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Exhibitions give traffic blues
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
In the absence of proper parking facilities and a lack of strict measures by the Traffic Police outside the venues where two exhibitions were held, the residents had traffic blues today. Though the traffic police claims to have come up with a plan to improve the traffic situation in the city, looking at regular jams on the major roads toady, it seemed the police needs to look for other better options.

It was only by the evening that tow-away vehicles came to streamline the traffic on the road.
It was only by the evening that tow-away vehicles came to streamline the traffic on the road. photos: inderjeet verma

On the main stretch between the Jagraon bridge and the Bharat Nagar chowk (the main Ferozpur Road) and on the club road near the Durga Mata temple, long queues of vehicles parked in a haphazard manner on both sides of the road literally made it impossible for commuters to pass through the stretch. The commuters were stuck in traffic jams throughout the day.

On the main Ferozepur road, a four-day Indo-Pak exhibition was held at the Gulmohar hotel and today was the last day of the exhibition. Being a national highway, the road is always abuzz with activity with all kinds of vehicles plying on it. But it being the last day of the exhibition, hundreds of cars were parked on the both sides of the road, leading to traffic snarls.

"Look at the way the cars have been parked here as if we are all uneducated. This exhibition had to be a crowd-pulling show due to the participation of exhibitors from the neighbouring country. The organisers should have chosen some better option as there has been no parking facility near the venue. Someone parked his car in front of my car and it has been more than one hour I have been waiting to move my car out. It is so disgusting," rued Harjinder Singh, a senior citizen who was accompanied by his wife and daughter to the exhibition.

A lack of traffic management by the traffic police also added to the commuters’ problems. "The traffic police should have arranged recovery vans to tow away vehicles which are wrongly parked. Grand exhibitions are also organised in Chandigarh but those have never disrupted traffic. As hundreds of vehicles are added to the city traffic every month, the traffic police seems to have given up on the situation," said Avantika Chopra, another visitor to the exhibition.

Similarly, outside the Bike-Expo, which was held on the Government College for Women ground, residents were stuck in regular traffic jams today. The day being a Sunday, the expo pulled more crowds. However, a few traffic police personnel were seen outside both the venues to manage the traffic.

The SP, Traffic, Harmohan Singh, said his department had just five recovery vans, which were put up on major roads of the city. "We will station the vans on these roads to tow away vehicles, which are wrongly parked," said the SP. 

Shortage of traffic personnel

To manage the huge traffic on roads in the city, there are just 130 traffic policemen. Owing to the shortage of man-power and infrastructure, the problem of traffic jams/congestion continues in the city.


Two residents booked under corruption Act
Role of ACP under scanner 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Two local residents have been booked, while the role of an ACP is under scanner for receiving kickbacks in order to let off an American NRI who was picked up by the police in May last year on the allegation of human trafficking.

The case has been registered against Vijay Kumar and Harbhajan Singh, both residents of Bhattian and Phillaur, respectively, under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 506 of the IPC following the complaint of Amandeep Singh, son of US based NRI Beant Lal.

Amandeep said Vijay and Harbhajan were threatening him and demanding Rs 2.5 lakh for paying it to ACP Naginder Rana.

Amandeep Singh stated to the police that the problem started when his father Beant Lal, an NRI from America, landed in the city on May 1 last year.

On May 23, a police party from the office of ACP Naginder Rana raided the house of Bean Lal in Phillaur. The NRI was let off following the assurance of the village sarpanch. Beant Lal was asked to appear before the ACP. On the following day, Beant Lal, along with Meedu and Palli, sarpanch and a village resident, respectively, met the ACP.

Beant was shocked to find out that there was a complaint of human trafficking against him.

After listening to the case, he sat outside the office of the ACP. There he met Vijay and Harbhajan Singh, who told him that they would settle the matter at Rs 5 lakh.

He paid the first instalment of Rs 2.5 and fled to America. Amandeep Singh said ever since his father went to the USA, Vijay and Harbhajan were constantly threatening him to pay the rest of the amount.

Following the complaint of Amandeep, a case has been registered against Vijay and Harbhajan and the matter has been handed over to ACP Swapan Sharma for further investigation.

While speaking to The Tribune, Swapan said, "The matter is being investigated and strict action would be taken against persons found guilty during the probe."

Despite repeated attempts Naginder Ran was not available for comments.

SSP Muktsar conducting probe

Now SSP Muktsar Harsh Bansal, then Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP), conducted a probe in the matter. Sources said during the probe, Bansal had reportedly bashed the ACP for not informing the senior about any such raid and keeping the seniors in the dark about the progress of the case. But shockingly the senior cop found himself in troubled waters. An NGO and health minister started gunning against him and levelled serious allegations of corruption against the officer. Harsh Bansal, who was famous for his clean image, had an unceremonious exit from the city.



Fake policeman arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
A clerk of Punjab State Civil Supply Corporation Limited, who was duping residents by posing as a policeman, was arrested by the city police here last night.

The accused, identified as Kushal Sachar, landed in the police net when he was travelling in the vehicle supporting a blue beacon. His Maruti Alto car supported several VIP stickers that also raised suspicion among policemen.

Sachar was stopped by the Model Town police when he was visiting the Model Town market. On searching the vehicle the police found a fake identity card of a constable of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB).

The police got suspicious and took Sachar to police station. During the probe, he cracked soon and allegedly confessed before the police that he was a clerk in Punjab State Civil Supply Corporation Limited and had made a fake identity card of a policeman in order to dupe people. He was booked under Sections 171, 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC.

He was produced before court and sent to two-day police remand.



Midnight snatching turns out to be stray dog menace
Pakistan businessmen were involved in the incident
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
It was a quarrel over pelting stones at stray dogs that ultimately took the colour of snatching with Pakistani nationals and further became a serious issue. A day after five persons, including two flower-sellers identified as Narinder and Harish, were booked for snatching, the real story behind the whole midnight drama unfolded today.

After finishing the day’s work, the Pakistani businessmen, who are holding an exhibition at a hotel near Bharat Nagar Chowk, decided to have food at a local eatery.

One of the Pakistani businessmen Mohd Azim (40) was carrying non-vegetarian food in a polythene bag.

The stray dogs sniffed it and started following the group of Pakistani businessmen. In order to shoo away the dogs, the Pakistani nationals pelted stones at them. One of the stones hit an old man sleeping at a flower stall located near the road.

Narinder and Harish, who were also sleeping at their respective flower stalls, got up from their sleep on hearing the elderly man crying in pain. Sources said Narinder and Harish were heavily drunk.

The old man told Narinder and Harish about the men throwing stones at the dogs and one of stones hitting him. This led to a heated argument between the flower-seller and the Pakistani businessmen.

The heated argument soon turned into blows, following which Mohd Azim lodged a complaint of snatching against the flower-sellers and further went on to state that the snatchers had stabbed him as well.

The moment he levelled such a serious charge, the matter turned into a serious issue. The police department swooped into action and tried to play down the controversy.

Ashwani Kumar, SHO Division No 8, said, "Though, the real story behind the midnight drama is turning to be something else, we are investigating the matter from all angles."



Woman flees with car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Till now it was only men who were involved in car stealing, but now women, too, have also joined the notorious league. In a latest incident, a woman fled with a vehicle from the Sector 32 area on the Chandigarh Road area.

Jatinder Singh, owner of the Tata Indigo car, said he had parked the car outside his house here this morning and went inside to pick up some goods. He saw a woman along with a child roaming in the street.

"My son Harsh, who was on the roof of the house, saw the woman and the child entering the car. He raised an alarm and informed us. By the time we rushed to the gate, the woman had fled with the vehicle," said Jatinder Singh in his complaint.



GLADA fails to deposit education cess in treasury
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 26
There seems to be no end to audit woes of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), which has now drawn flak during the internal and external audit for the year 2010-11 for its failure to deposit Rs 21,44,200 worth of education cess in the government treasury.

Earlier also, the audit had raised objections over the failure of the GLADA authorities to collect arrears of some Rs 24 crore from the allottees and buyers, wasteful expenditure on the maintenance of urban estates and causing loss of revenue on account of unauthorised mobile towers in its colonies.

Terming the failure to deposit the education cess at the rate of 5 per cent of the total money collected from bidders in the auction of residential and commercial properties, conducted after April 2007 in the government treasury on a monthly basis as directed by the Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, as a serious lapse, the audit department pointed out that the amount of education cess of Rs 16,15,400 for July 2010, Rs 99,500 for August 2010, Rs 3,59,500 for September 2010 and Rs 69,750 for October 2010 was not deposited by the GLADA authorities in the government treasury.

In this regard, the audit department also cited a letter issued from the PUDA headquarters on June 17,2008 instructing all local area development authorities (including GLADA) to ensure that education cess as per directions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from out of total proceeds of the auction should be deposited in the government treasury on a monthly basis.

Activists of the Council of RTI Activists Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, who had obtained the copies of the internal and external audit report of GLADA for the year 2010-11 under the Right to Information Act, 1995, have urged the Punjab Government to fix the responsibility of the staff and officials of GLADA for this irregularity and take suitable follow-up action.



PSEB move to curb copying
Students to take exams in different schools
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
To curb the practice of copying in the Board examinations, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is going to make changes in the examination set-up from the next session. Now the students of government-recognised and affiliated schools would not take exams in their own schools. The schools would not set up examination centre on their premises. This was decided at a meeting of the Board officials and private school owners recently.

The board officials said the move was to curb the practice of copying in the authorised and affiliated schools. The decision would be implemented from the first semester of the next academic session 2012-13.

With the move, the students can be shifted to any of the examination centres around 2-3 km area.

Suresh Tandon, vice-chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, said the board was committed to root out copying from Punjab. The Board had already installed CCTV cameras in the examination halls to control copying.

Nakal Virodhi Adhiapk Front president Sukhcharan Singh said, "I appreciate the PSEB efforts against copying. To shift the examination centres would be very helpful to curb copying."



‘Schools flout CBSE norms’
Sell uniforms on premises, take money for re-admission
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 24
There is no provision in the norms of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that schools running under the CBSE can sell uniforms and shoes on the school premises, a majority of schools in the city sell their school uniforms in schools. Parents often allege that schools take 30 to 40 percent commission in this process.

Schools cannot take huge amounts in the name of re-admissions. Schools reportedly charge Rs 5000 to 8000 every year from the students for re-admissions.

To get rid of from these violations, a local resident Dinesh Soni filed an application under the Right to Information Act to know the norms and provisions.

In the reply to his RTI applications, the CBSE cleared the status that there was no provision of selling uniforms on the school premises and schools could not charge extra money in the name of re-admission.

Dinesh Soni, a parent of two children, who filed the application under the RTI Act, said, "Six years ago when my son was in class I, I gave Rs 1,850 as admission fee in a local school. Now this year when he is getting admission in class sixth class, the school authorities demanded Rs 4,450 admission fee. The school authorities increase 12 to 15 per cent fee every year".

"This information revealed by the RTI is sufficient to take action against the school authorities, but teachers did not complain to the board authorities. We are always ready to demonstrate against those schools which violate norms to loot parents," said Parveen, a local social activist. 

Not allowed, says CBSE

In the reply of an RTI application, the CBSE cleared the status that there was no provision of selling uniforms in the school premises and schools could not charge extra in the name of re-admission. Schools reportedly charge Rs 5,000 to 8,000 every year from the students for re-admissions



Sewage all the way on streets
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 26
Month after month and year after year, the residents of this street have been exposed to sewer water and the resultant dingy deplorable conditions but neither have they succeeded in voicing their state nor has the authorities thought of pulling them out of their existing position. If one has to go by the entreaties, being made by dwellers, it seems the municipal committee of Doraha has literally given up the very idea of evacuating the accumulated water from the street.

“The sewer water was there when the people were falling ill with dengue fever. Similar conditions prevailed during monsoon season when the foul smelling water played havoc. It is still in the same position now in winters and we are sure it shall continue to be the same in the approaching summers as well. We have accepted it to be our ill fate of residing in such a locality, where there is everything but for clean air and hygienic surroundings,” rued prof Kuldeep Singh, who resides in the street.

“The sanitary employees are not bothered about its early evacuation for days together. Many a time, have we approached the committee but they are in no way serious in solving our problem. The sewer pipes being narrow get choked very soon. But if the committee is not in a position to provide a permanent solution to our gravest problem where should we go in this hour of sour need? We simply cannot stay in such tormenting conditions where it has become difficult to even breathe,” the townspeople complained.

The people are forced to put up with filth, squalor, sewer and disease all around. “The sewer water not only floods the street but also enters the houses of the residents, thus making the situation all the more deplorable. The drainage system gets choked to such an extent that even a small downpour leaves the condition of streets and houses miserable. Even in normal conditions, the street turns into a pool of filthy garbage water. The street is already narrow and the constant water accumulation has only helped in multiplying the problems of the people,” they rued.

A resident of Shere Punjab street complained, “This is not for the first time that we are encountering such a problem. It has been years together that the sewer water is accumulated, stays for days, and then sanitary employees evacuate it on one fine day, but recollects once their back is turned.”

“It is on the municipal council of Doraha to get the sewerage project initiated at the earliest so that we are relieved of the problem of sewerage accumulation in the streets of the various wards and even at our very door steps sometimes,” said a resident. “The assembled water has not only made the life of commuters and that of the residents, a hell, but has also posed a serious health hazard, exposing the residents to a vulnerable number of diseases,” he added.



450 examined at medical camp

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 26
Lack of awareness about balanced diet and hygiene were identified as the major factors behind increasing incidences of infectious and deficiency diseases among villagers, including aged persons and children.

The observation was made by a group of doctors after examining about 450 ailing persons at a medical camp.

A blood donation camp, organised jointly by the Lions Club, Ludhiana, and the DMC and Hospital, at Shanti Tara College at Akbarpur Chhanna village, here today.

A group of physicians observed that a majority of the patients had contracted diseases due to lack of resistance owing to deficiency of essential nutrients in their diet.

Malnutrition among the children and aged persons resulted in the complications due to fall in immunity.

“Regrettably, even elderly women, who used to guide expectant and lactating mothers of their area, earlier, have now stopped implementing age old pattern of specialised diet in their families now.

“This has resulted in a situation wherein young women have started evaluating usefulness of food items on the basis of their price,” said Dr Tandon.

Over 450 persons were examined at a medical camp and were distributed free medicines. Diagnostic tests, including ultra sound imaging, were also done free.



Salad festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Ivanna institute of hotel management organised a salad festival here on Sunday. The hospitality students prepared a wide variety of salads. The institute conducts food festivals at regular intervals. The students of the institute, pursuing diploma and degree in hotel management, participated in the contest. The students prepared salads using different vegetables, fruits, chickens, eggs and other meat products.

Some of the salads prepared were barley and corn salad, beet n' dill, cabbage and apple salad, sprout salad, cashew n' chicken salad in lettuce wraps, colors of life, chicken n' pasta with sun dried tomatoes, devil's egg, power of soy, pineapple delight, carrot salad, chick-chick salad, bread salad etc.



Roshni Mela begins at Jagraon
 Thousands pay their obeisance at ‘Mazaar’
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 26
World famous “Roshni Mela” of Jagraon started with a bang, here today. The three-day long fair is held every year at the mosque of Peer Baba Mohkumdeen since the Mughals times. Thousands of people from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and other neighboring states take part in the fair every year.

The local administration had made elaborate arrangements to avoid any kind of miss-happening during the fair. A large number of police employees had been deployed at various points of the town to keep a tab on the anti social elements. The police has also banned the entry of heavy vehicles on Lajpat Rai road where the mosque of Peer Baba Mohkumdeen is situated to avoid traffic jams.

It is pertinent to mention here that “Roshni Mela” is the second largest fair of Punjab after Chappar Mela. A large number of devotees visit here during the three-day long fair to pay their obeisance.

The major attraction of the fair was the wrestling competition, held every year, during the Mela. Many national-level wrestlers take part in it. The contest is organised by Sai Mian Meer International Foundation and a large amount of cash prizes are offered to the winner, first and second runner-ups.

Besides, there are many other sources of entertainment for the visitors. This time, the fair is being organised at different venues due to the unavailability of required land at the place where the fair was traditionally organised. The local residents have also organised Langars (community kitchen) to offer food to the visitors.

The shopkeepers were expecting good business during three days of the fair even though the shopkeepers of the Old Sabzi Mandi road, where the fair used to be organised during previously, were little disappointed due to shifting of the venue. There was no space available this time as a residential colony has been constructed there.



Seminar on service sector
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 26
Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon, organised a UGC sponsored national-level seminar on “Service Sector in India: Challenges and Prospects” here on Saturday. The seminar was hosted by the department of commerce.

The seminar had two sessions. In the first technical session, the chairperson was prof Balkrishan and the resource persons were prof JS Pasricha, department of commerce, Punjabi University, Patiala and Dr Jagwant Singh from the GGDSD College, Chandigarh.

The second technical session was chaired by Prof AK Vashisht and the resource persons for the session were Dr Kanwar Kulwant Singh, department of economics and Dr Jatinder Kaur, principal, Mata Ganga Khalsa Girls College, Kottan.

In both the sessions, delegates from the various colleges presented their research papers. As many as 90 delegates from the different universities and colleges attended the seminar. About 45 papers were received and 25 papers presented in the seminar.

The inaugural address was given by prof Balkrishan, department of commerce, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. 



13-month-old gets financial help

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 26
Parents of a 13-month-old girl heaved a sigh of relief when the office bearers of the Canada Nettar Manch, Vancouver, announced to undertake a surgical treatment of her complete and congenital blindness.

The decision was taken after a team of ophthalmologists examined the child at an eye camp, organised at Phallewal village near here, today, and observed that an amount of Rs 2 lakh will be spent on her treatment.

As many as 300 patients were examined during the camp and at least forty of them were identified for implantation of intra-ocular lens.

Gurdeep Singh Grewal, convener of the organisation said the NRIs of the area, settled in Canada, had chipped in to establish the organisation, working for eradicating of blindness and the eye ailments from the region.

Mukand Singh Pandher, Hardev Singh Sidhu and Harjinder Singh Dhaliwal were among other NRIs who contributed for the noble cause.



Reporters’  Diary
Ludhiana traffic police ill-equipped

The recent drive by the City Traffic Police to bring some semblance of order in the chaotic traffic conditions and haphazard parking all along the busy and congested roads seems to be an exercise in futility for the simple reason that the police force seems to be poorly equipped both in terms of man power and recovery vehicles. The habitual offenders that the city residents have become due to poor enforcement and regulatory measures, they will not be deterred just by putting up of "tow-away zone" boards as vehicles continue to be parked outside the yellow line painted on several main roads with traffic cops or cranes nowhere in sight. If the top brass of the traffic police really means business, they will have to do much more to put some traffic sense and fear of law inside the heads of arrogant motorists.

Obsession for Pak products

The recent Indo-Pak exhibition held in the city pulled residents in good numbers. Though a majority of the products displayed were for women, still men, too, visited the exhibition with a lot of enthusiasm and interest. A woman visitor to the exhibition was heard saying that she had great love for Pakistani suits, juttis, shawls and other products. Stopping at a stall of footwear, she said to her friend: "Look at the intricate work on the juttis and sandles, they are so attractive and reasonable. We can never get such stuff in India." She kept on praising for the work and product. The attendant at the stall, who could not hold himself any longer, interrupted: "Madam, these are not from Pakistan, we have brought these juttis from Jaipur. These are juttis made by workers in Rajasthan". As the woman had no answer to this, she preferred to move to the next stall.

Losing touch with roots

Punjab is known for jutti's but seeing the miniature jutti key rings turned out to be very interesting for many of the visitors. The key rings were very interesting. Seeing the items related to Punjab culture, some of the residents said cultural heritage of the olden Punjab is still more alive in the other side of Punjab whereas here, we are becoming to westernised to lose touch with our roots. "I have visited Pakistani Punjab recently, and I can say that we need to learn from our brethren from there about how to preserve our culture," said a resident.

Identity confusion

At a cultural function when stage secretary announced that famous Punjabi writer Sandhu Sahib was with us, I was quite passionate to meet "Wariaam Sandhu". I had read his several Punjabi stories but had never seen him. During tea break, I asked the organiser, "Where is Sandhu Sahib?"

When I met "Sandhu Sahib", I told him. "I have read a number of stories written by you". Talking particularly of one story, I told that the climax was too good and the characters were very interesting, etc. After hearing all the "reviews", the person laughed and said: “I am Gulzar Singh Sandhu and you are praising Wariaam Singh Sandhu's stories in front of me". And I was speechless!

— Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo, Gurvinder Singh and Charanjit Singh Teja 



Demand for memory boosters up
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 26
With the college and school board examinations round the corner, students as well as their parents are getting jittery. Mere thought of examination makes students stressed, which affects preparation for exams. In such a scenario, there is a great demand of memory-booster products among students.

Taking advantage of the situation, firms manufacturing tonics and other products for “better memory” are having a ball. The advertisements of a variety of memory-booster tonics dot the city and the products are being sold like hot cakes.

There are several ayurveda and homoeopathy memory-booster products available in the market. “The ayurvedic memory products are the most sought after. There is a huge demand for memory-enhancing tonics,” says Deepak Jain, owner of a medical store situated on the College Road here.

According to Dr Surinder Sharma, a homoeopath, the number of visitors increases manifold ahead of examinations. “A large number of people, a majority of them students, have visited me with complaints of memory loss in recent past,” he says.

Atul Malhotra, a medical representative of a firm manufacturing homoeopathic medicines, says, “I daily visit 10 or 12 doctors and most of these doctors say there has been an increase in the demand for memory-improving tonics and medicines."

According to Dr Vipin Garg, an allopath, there is no prescription for boosting memory or better focus and concentration in allopathy.



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Dealers' meet at Bike Expo 2012
Tribune News Service

An old man sits in front of a hoarding on the concluding day of Bike Expo in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, February 26
SK Bikes invited about 125 dealers and distributors from all over India to Bike Expo 2012. The dealers, who represent 1,500 sub-dealers across the country, were also honoured on the occasion.

According to a press note, the company was going to complete its 10th year of incorporation. It has grown tremendously from a turnover of Rs 87 lakh in the first year to about Rs 190 crore at present. On this occasion, the company also introduced various models of bicycles under the ZX, NXT, speed and junior series. The launch series of cycle starts from Rs 4,000 onwards.

An old man sits in front of a hoarding on the concluding day of Bike Expo in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



Nostalgia at PAU pensioners’ meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
"That was really a good time in our life when we were working with the university. Now, we have a number of stories to discuss among us, jokes to laugh at and memories to keep in touch with our colleagues," said Gurdeep Singh, a pensioner from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU).

Pensioners of the PAU got together to take part in a pensioners mela at Pal Auditorium on the PAU campus. Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh inaugurated the mela and promised the pensioners to fulfil their demands.

The mela was organised by Roop Singh Roopa who managed a special fund for the welfare of the PAU pensioners. A play, "Amar Katha", based on Gulzar Singh Sandhu’s stories, was also staged on the occasion. The play had the massage of communal harmony. Punjabi story writer Gulzar Singh Sandhu was also present during the programme. The mela ended with a Malwai giddha performance, which was the main attraction.

On this occasion, Roop Singh Roopa felicitated pensioner above the age of 85 years. Doctors gave health tips to the pensioners.

Roop Singh Roopa Said: "We all pensioners struggle together for our demands. We pensioners are very close in relation. When the PAU is celebrating its golden jubilee year the mela is also special for the pensioners. We will organise such programmes in future also".



KCW cadet brings laurels to city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The NCC organised a 12-day special National Integration Camp at Andaman and Nicobar Islands from February 7 to 18. Cadet Kamini Chawla from Khalsa College for Women was selected as a candidate from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh region. 

Kamini Chawla, won two silver medals, in anchoring and in solo song, respectively. She also bagged a gold medal for her overall best performance and was adjudged as the best cadet.



‘Calypso 2102’ organised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
The students' council of the Christian Dental College at the CMC here organised "Calypso 2012", a cultural and sports inter-class competition. The historic "Lady Willingdon Hall" played host to the inauguration of the competition which commenced on February 13, 2012 with an “antakshari” competition that was won by the 4th year students.

The two-week long cultural bonanza witnessed both the students and faculty pitted against each other, taking part in a variety of sports, games, literary competition, music and dance. The last three days of the event saw participants showcasing their musical talent belting out popular contemporary and classical Hindi songs in "Raag" and English songs in "Juke Box".

The prizes for the competitions were distributed by Dr Rajender Gyani, chairman, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, society and executive committee member, Dr Ajit Singh.

The overall championship was won by the faculty.



Social bodies launch blood-donation drive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 26
Office bearers and activists of the social organisations of local town and surrounding localities announced to launch a coordinated movement to educate youth of the area about need to stopping bloodshed and helping the needy by donating the vital fluid.

The announcement was made in response to a call given by Divisional Commissioner, Patiala, SR Ladhar, in his keynote address during felicitation function of the 5th Sudhir Memorial Blood Donation Camp organised by the Social Welfare Organisation Ahmedgarh (SWOA) at the local Grain Market, here today.

As many as 805 persons, including 150 women, donated blood. The blood transfusion teams from the DMC and Hospital, Krishana Charitable Hospital Ludhiana and Blood Bank Sangrur collected blood for storage and supply to needy patients.

Stressing the need for voluntary blood donation, speakers urged the office-bearers of the social organisations to spread awareness about the significance of blood donation.

"Blood donation, like donation of some other vital organs has been the noblest contribution as it cannot be manufactured synthetically. Moreover, a healthy body can produce transfused blood within a reasonable period. So, in order to save human lives, we should not hesitate in donating it," said speakers. The organisers felicitated the donors with mementoes.



Extend income-tax limit: Bankers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The Indian National Bank Employees Congress has appealed to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for extending the income-tax limit to Rs 5 lakh in view of high inflation and rising prices so that the salaried class was provided some relief.

President of the congress, KR Tripathi, and Shiv Gupta, general secretary, in a joint statement issued here today, said the Central Government should take out dearness allowance from the purview of the Income Tax Act.

The members of the congress said the limit of the rebate amount of Rs 1 lakh under section 80 C of the Income Tax Act, should be raised to at least Rs 3 lakh to boost savings. The tax deducted at source (TDS) limit on interest of Rs 10,000 on deposits should also be abolished to motivate the public to save more. Besides, the mediclaim insurance should be enhanced from Rs 15,000 to at least Rs 50,000. 



Sanobar Kabir enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
A live performance of Sanobar Kabir was held in Lodhi Club yesterday. Sonbar performed on her hit number “Meri Beri Ke Ber mat Toro” and other Bollywood blockbuster songs. Russian girl Diya attracted the audience with her performance.

Indian dancers and western dance troupe made the night pleasant. Rajinder Singh, from Lodhi Club, said, "We enjoyed this programme a lot. Performance of Sonbar Kabir was marvellous. The audience enjoyed a good evening.”



Couple dies in accident, leaves 2 children behind
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, February 26
A man and his wife died in a road accident near Todarpur village, today afternoon. According to information available, Surinder Kumar (40), a resident of Ward No 8 Samrala, was retuning from his in-laws at Herian village on motorcycle with his wife Kuldeep Kaur (35). When the couple reached near Todarpur village, Surinder lost balance he was riding on high speed.

At a turn, the motorcycle rammed against a house. The accident was so fierce that both of them died on the spot.

Their bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, and were kept in the mortuary due to holiday and will be handed-over to their guardians tomorrow after the postmortem examination.

The couple is survived by two minor children.



Ludhiana Scan

Public meeting

Ludhiana: A public meeting on 'Questions on Development, Urbanisation, Industrialisation and Search for Alternatives' was held at MSME Hall, Ludhiana. The meeting was attended by the volunteers, India Against Corruption, New Delhi. The meeting was joined by the other organisations Shahid Bhagat Singh Youth Club, National Consumer Awareness Group, Muslim Bhaichara Manch, Senior Citizen Welfare Association, Human Right Munch, from the districts of Gobindgarh, Fathegarh Saheb, Patiala, Sahnewal, Doraha, Khanna, Moga, Navashahar, Bhatinda, Gonana Mandi and others.

City children in reality show

Over 16 children will take part in ‘Dance India Dance’ reality show from the Health and Creative Club, Haibowal.



Ludhiana baseball champions
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Te Ludhiana team won both the league matches and emerged as winners in the 6th edition of Senior Punjab State Baseball Championship for Women. The championship was organised at the ground of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, in the city today.

Ludhiana defeated Amritsar by 3-1 score. Main contributions came from Sukhjit Kaur, Nirmal and Amanjit Kaur. Ludhiana also trounced Ropar by 7-0 score, in which Sukhjit Kaur and Amanjit Kaur scored 2 points each and Arshi, Sandeep and Ramandeep Kaur accounted for one score each.

Ropar district outperformed Amritsar district by 2-1 to secure the second place. Arshdeep and Veerpal Kaur excelled for the winning side. Amritsar registered a facile 12-0 victory over Patiala to bag the third position.

In other matches, Ropar defeated Mohali by 16-0 and Ludhiana defeated Bathinda by 10-0.

Sukhdev Singh and Harbir Gill, secretary and organising president of the Punjab Baseball Association, gave away the prizes. Gurdeep Singh along with other office-bearers of the association was also present.



City team lead with 24 runs
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Ludhiana gained a lead of 24 runs against Bathinda during the first innings on the second day of the final match of Dhruve Pandove Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

A player play a shot during a match between Ludhiana and Bathinda at PAU, Ludhiana, on Sunday.
A player play a shot during a match between Ludhiana and Bathinda at PAU, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Pranav Chopra

Abhishek Talwar remained unbeaten with 107 runs that helped Ludhiana to get the lead.

The match is being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of Punjab Cricket Association.

In reply to Bathinda's 220 runs in the first innings Ludhiana started day's proceedings at an overnight score of 51 for 2 and were all out for 244 in 112 overs.

Ludhiana were cruising well and it seemed that they would overhaul the visitors' total without any resistance, but Ramesh and Sukhminder Singh of Bathinda found line and length that resulted in Ludhiana struggling at 105 for 5.

Abhishek and Chirag Maria brought steadiness in the game and also shared a partnership of 85 runs for the sixth wicket which gave Ludhiana the two hundred mark.

Chirag made 24 runs while Abhishek scored 107 that included two sixes and eight hits over the fence.

Other notable contributors were Nikhil Chowdhary and Nimit Malhan who chipped in 48 and 28 runs, respectively.

For Bathinda, Sukhminder and Ramesh grabbed three wickets each for 73 and 78 runs, respectively while Kuljeet accounted for one wicket for 35 runs and Sunny took one for 17.

Trailing by 24 runs, Bathinda, in their second essay were fighting with 39 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.

The two not out batsmen were Siddique (17) and Kamaljeet Sidhu (4). Both the wickets were claimed by Paras Bhardwaj.

Brief scores:

Bathinda (first innings) 220 all out

Kumar Raghav 60, Girish 35 and Kamaljeet Sidhu 25

Amritpal Singh 4 for 50, Sandip Singh 3 for 35 and Paras Bhardwaj 1 for 17

Ludhiana (Ist innings) 244 Abhishek Talwar 107 not out, Nikhil Chowdhary, Nimit Malhan 28, Chirag Maria 24

Sukhminder 3 for 73, Ramesh 3 for 78, Kuljeet 1 for 35 and Sunny 1 for 17

Bathinda (second innings) 39 for 2 in 15 overs

Girish 17, Siddique 17 not out and Kamaljeet Sidhu 4 not out

Paras Bhardwaj 2 for 23.



Basketball squads
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Players for Punjab State Basketball Championship for men and women were selected during a trial conducted at Guru Nanak Sports Complex today. The championship will be held from February 27 to March 1. The names of the Ludhiana district basketball academy (girls) were also announced by Dhaliwal.

Women - Chavdeep Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Rajbir, Indu, Jasdeep Kaur (jr), Ranbir Kaur, Nagma, Sandhiya, Kiran, Kiran (sr) and Sukhi.

Men - Sunil Bajaj, Dildar, Manjeet Singh, Harshdeep Singh, Arjun Prasad, Akash Gill, Ravinder, Ajay (Laddi), Navinder Sukhdev Singh, Jimmy Joy. Ajay Prakash has been selected as the coach.

Girls (academy) - Kiran, Avneet Kaur, Charndeep Kaur, Bakshoo, Jagroop Kaur, Ravinder, Raman, Parminder Kaur, Kulwinder Kaur, Malika, Surbhi and Shivani Sabharwal.



College Athletics  Meet
Seema bags four gold medals
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Seema, a student of BA III, stole limelight winning as many as four gold medals in addition to one silver medal and was declared the best athlete in the 42nd Annual Athletics Meet of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, held here today.

Seema had won the best athlete award in the past two years also. She managed to keep her supremacy over others in tact. She emerged victorious in long jump, high jump, shot put and discus throw besides finishing as runners up in javelin throw.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, inaugurated the meet in which over 100 students competed in different sports along with fun games.

Ranjodh Singh and Jagtar Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of Ramgarhia Educational Council, Dr Narinder Sandhu, Principal of the college, thanked the chief guest and wished the participants luck.

Dr Sandhu honoured the members of the organising team, including Dr Jasbir Brar, head of department of physical education, Rajeshwarpal Kaur and Jasbir Kaur Gill, for conducting the meet smoothly.

Results: Long jump- Seema 1, Harvinder Kaur 2 and Rajinder Kaur 3; High jump- Seema 1, Harvinder Kaur 2 and Avtar Kaur 3; Shot put- Seema 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Harvinder Kaur 3; Discus throw- Seema 1, Sharanjit Kaur 2 and Rekha 3; Javelin throw- Rekha 1, Seema 2 and Harpreet Kaur 3.



Local shuttler felicitated
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Pranav Chopra, who has performed consistently at the national as well as international badminton tournaments, was felicitated by the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA) here today.

He was honoured by the LBA at a function organised at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Sports Complex. Pranav was given bouquets by councillor Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.

Nearly 45 trainees of the LBA along with their parents and office-bearers of the academy were present on this occasion.

Pranav has been training youngsters at the LBA for the last three days. Today, on the conclusion of this training stint, he shared his experiences with the young players.

Pranav told the upcoming players how he along with Akshay Dewalkar from Maharashtra enabled India to march up to the quarter final stage during the Thomas Cup played at Macau, China, last week.

The LBA also showed video of the matches played by Pranav during the Tata International Badminton Tournament held at Mumbai in December last. During this match Pranav and Rupesh defeated the world ranked pair from Indonesia.

Young trainees of the LBA were also given T-shirts by Mohinder Kumar Chopra, a prominent sports promoter from the town. 



Annual sports day celebrated
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 26
Annual sports day of the junior wing was held at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, with a great pomp and show. The chief guest on the occasion was Lt Col Alok Shankar, Commanding Officer, Ludhiana.

In the beginning, a shabad was presented by the students. Then colourful balloons were released in the air. Students of nursery and kindergarten gave a beautiful dance performance.

The Punjabi culture was celebrated through Bhangra and Giddha presentation by the students of pre-primary and Class one and two. An English play presented by the students stole the show. Apart from this, parents also participated in the Annual Function by playing Musical Chairs.



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