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UID enumeration from July 1
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 22
The Municipal Corporation (MC) will commence house-to-house enumeration to cross-check the data entered in the national population register (NPR) from July 1, which will continue till March 31, 2013. On the completion of the enumeration process, the next phase of the nationwide programme to issue a unique identification card (UID) will be taken up.

This was stated by PS Ghumman, Joint Commissioner of the MC, who is also the Principal Census Officer, after a meeting of the MC charge officers here today. All 32 charge officers deployed for the enumeration process attended the meeting.

Besides extended interaction with the charge officers, a power-point presentation was also made during the meeting to apprise them of the detailed procedure for enumeration and the significance of the data which needed to be cross-checked before final entry in the NPR.

“The charge officers will coordinate with 3,132 enumerators, one each for as many blocks in the city limits, who will go from house-to-house to cross-check the data collected for the NPR which was recorded during the census operations conducted in 2010 for National Census 2011.

In the next phase of the operations to be taken up after March 2013, every individual will be photographed, in addition to obtaining their fingerprints and iris prints which will go in the making of the UID.

State Census Officer Naginder Yadav said the UID based on the NPR would be issued to every individual over the age of five years.“Those who had already received the Aadhar UID cards issued by the UID Authority of India will have to provide their UID number without having to provide documentary proof of residence or verification as the data recorded on their
Aadhar cards will be transferred to the new UID cards,” he said.


Despite incentives, fewer men opt for vasectomy
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
To promote vasectomy operation in males, the government is facilitating men with free of cost non-scalpel vasectomy along with incentive of rupees 1,100, yet the misconceptions continue to haunt males and keeping them away from this surgical procedure of sterilisation.

Recently, the Christian medical College and Hospital had organised a free non-scalpel vasectomy camp in the family planning wing of the gynaecology department with the help of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, and District Family Welfare Officer under the National Health and Family Welfare Scheme of the Government of India. It was announced that first 50 acceptors would have a choice to take an Avon cycle or Rs1,100.It is surprising but true that very few males came forward to undergo the procedure.

Talking to the Tribune, Dr Kumkum Awasth, head of the gynaecology department of CMC, said, "Very few males opt to go for vasectomy.” In 2008-2009 114 cases of tubectomy and three of vasectomy was performed. In 2009-2010 there were 143 cases of tubectomy, 12 of vasectomy. In 2010-2011, 198 tubectomy and 16 vasectomy procedure was done. In 2011-2012 (till March 21), 259 tubectomy and 72 vasectomy operations were performed. To promote vasectomy, the government also began giving incentive of Avon cycle to males and the percentage of vasectomy

procedure increased from 8.08 per cent last year to 27.8 per cent this year. She further said that illiteracy and unawareness played a big role in it.

Dr Neelam Sodhi, gynaecologist, said," These people need counselling. At the grass-root level, generally, males are not included while holding discussions related to family planning."

Dr Subhash Batta, Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana, said, " Team members of the health department try their level best to counsel such people for vasectomy, but their mindset has not changed as of now. To promote vasectomy the government has also initiated a scheme that if a male goes for the procedure, he is given a cash amount of Rs 1,100, but still less males opt for it. And this is the reason that we complete our targets of tubectomy and lag behind in completing targets of vasectomy.”



18-yr-old youth killed for ‘honour’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The mysterious disappearance of an 18-year-old youth from Dhandra Road in Dugri has turned out to be a shocking case of honour killing.

The victim, who has been identified as Ardeep Singh, alias Happy, was reportedly having an affair with a minor girl living in the same locality. The family of the girl objected to it and brought the matter to the notice of Happy’s parents. However, the duo kept meeting against their parents’ wishes.

The gruesome murder came to light here this evening when the city police arrested the maternal uncle of the girl in this connection and recovered Happy’s body from the Sirhind branch canal near Morinda this evening.

Happy was allegedly abducted from the Dhandra area here last evening by Munish, Saurabh and their two accomplices. The parents of the victim had levelled allegations againt the girl's family for kidnapping their son.

After registering a case, the police questioned the girl’s family. It was found that Munish, Saurabh and their accomplices abducted Happy and took him to a vacant plot in Rajpura, where they murdered him. Later, they took his body to the Morinda canal branch and dumped it there.



Three robbers nabbed, kingpin at large
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The police has busted a gang of robbers behind the midnight robbery that took place at Kanganwal on February 27 with the arrest of three persons.

The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Sandeep Sunu and Sunny Kumar. While Ranjit was brought from Central Jail on production warrant, Sonu and Sandeep were arrested from the Bhatya Bet and Giaspura area, respectively.

However, the kingpin of the gang, Raju Bingar, managed to flee. During interrogation, the accused reportedly cracked soon and told the police that Raju operated a gang consisting of 12 robbers. He also owned a pickup truck. The gang used to conduct a recce of the industrial area to find out which factory unit operated at night.

On the night of February 27, Raju along with his accomplices reached a unit and overpowered the workers before fleeing with nut-bolts worth over Rs 5 lakh.

On his way back, Raju dropped the rest of the accomplices and fled with the stolen material. After selling the nut-bolts, he shared the booty with the other members of the gang.

The gang had targeted factory units in Phagwara and Jalandhar also.



Man arrested for double murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Two days after the brutal double murder of two women at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, the police today arrested the alleged accused, Arun Kumar, from the Vishal Nagar area here this afternoon.

ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur said the police received a tip-off that Arun was seen in Vishal Nagar. Following the information, the police conducted a raid and nabbed the accused, who reportedly confessed that he had killed Usha and her daughter-in-law Poonam by repeatedly hitting them with a bat.

Arun was suspecting his wife Vimla of having an illicit relationship with Ram Lakhan and his son Rahul. On March 20, Arun arrived at the house and asked for his wife. Usha and Poonam retorted that his wife had left the house, leaving behind the child.

In a fit of rage, he bludgeoned Usha and Poonam to death before fleeing
with his son.



Zero tolerance to traffic violation in city
Woman SI challaned for tinted car windows
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Sending out a strong message among residents that traffic violations would not be tolerated even if it involves a police official, the traffic police has challaned the private vehicle of a woman Sub-Inspector (traffic) for tinted windows.

The car was challaned following the complaint of a traffic marshal.

The incident took place last evening when the traffic marshal spotted a Hyundai Accent car with tinted windows. Upon enquiring, he found that the vehicle belonged to Sub-Inspector Kulwant Kaur.

Later during the evening, the traffic marshal brought the matter to the notice of the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Swapan Sharma, who sent a traffic team to challan the vehicle, which was also parked wrongly.

SI Kulwant Kaur used to park her car on the Ferozepur road near Bhai Bala Chowk.

The Sub-Inspector had been warned earlier to remove the tinted film from the car windows, but she did not do so.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) said: “This shows our resolve. We are not going to tolerate any traffic violation even if our own officer is involved in such an act. A strict message has been sent to traffic violators in the city that they will have to face the consequences.”

SI Kulwant Kaur refused to comment on the incident. Along with traffic zone in charge Kulwant Singh Malhi, Kulwant Kaur had played a crucial role in making the tow-away drive in Ghumar Mandi a success. She had been actively challaning women traffic violators in the city.



saras mela
West Bengal artisans get Rs 5-lakh order
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The artisans from West Bengal, who came to participate in Saras Mela at the Government College for Women, have booked orders worth Rs 5 lakh from the local industry. These artisans were able to sell products above Rs 6 lakh during the 12 days mela.

An industrialist said, “I have purchased products worth Rs 50,000. I have placed orders for jute products, which are expensive in showrooms and malls. But we are getting them at reasonable rates. My friends have purchased wrought iron and other furniture from Saharanpur- based artisans. What we get here is much expensive, but garden chairs and tables are being sold at affordable prices.”

ADC (General), Pradeep Aggarwal said self-help groups were satisfied with the footfall in the mela. Products made of jute, terracotta, wrought-iron furniture, pickles and spices from Kerala were sold like hot cakes.

“Besides these, dry flowers from Nagaland were also sold in a large number. At least 235 members of self-help groups from 23 states have expressed satisfaction over the encouraging response to the mela. Many of them have booked orders, which means they can get good business from the local industry in future as well,” added Aggarwal.



Kisan Mela concludes
New technologies a must for profit: farm Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhian, March 22
The Golden Jubilee Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), concluded here today.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) Vice-Chancellor Dr. VK Teneja was the chief guest on the occasion. While honouring the winners of various produce competitions, Taneja said that the common mission of both PAU and GADVASU was to work for the welfare of farming community of Punjab on a sustainable basis. Taneja remarked that both the universities organised the Kisan Mela jointly and that this was exemplary in the country. This will definitely benefit the farming community, he said. In view of the shrinking land holdings, subsidiary occupations such as dairy farming, fishery, poultry, goat farming, bee-keeping, mushroom growing, etc. the Kisan Melas would help enhancing farming income.

In his presidential remarks, Dhillon said with reference to Agriculture Minister Tota Singh's message of putting farmers on the track of cooperative culture, Dhillon said that for a profitable agriculture, 'cooperative culture' was a must. He suggested farmers to cultivate pulse crops such as summer moong after wheat, which offered multiple benefits of soil enrichment and profitable returns.

Farmers must work in a business mode, said Dhillon. He emphasised that proper account keeping was important to farming. He advised farmers to connect with experts by reading farm literature brought out by PAU.

Dr SS Gosal, PAU director of research, said that by adopting new farm technologies agriculture could be made more scientific and profitable. He said that two experimental varieties of paddy with better quality, disease tolerance and yield were in the pipeline for release.He said that Kisan Melas provided opportunities to get direct feedback from farmers that helped in orienting the need-based programme.

PAU, GADVASU have common mission, says VC

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) Vice-Chancellor Dr. VK Teneja was of the view that the common mission of both PAU and GADVASU was to work for the welfare of farming community of Punjab on a sustainable basis.



Kisan Mela concludes
5,000 fruit saplings sold
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The Nutrition Garden Project of Punjab Agricultural University to promote horticulture in the state has got good response from farmers. More than 5,000 saplings of various fruits were sold in two-day Kisan Mela. Kinnow, peach, sweet oranges and lemon plants were the main attractions of the farmers.

Gurbax Singh Kahlon, head of horticulture department, said most of the farmers bought these plants for domestic use. We have started a Nutrition Garden Project in which we suggest the farmers to plant trees for nutritional needs of their families. Nutritious food is very necessary for our body to keep fit. By implementing this project farmers can stay healthy and fit".

"We sold more than 5,000 fruit saplings. Farmers were most interested in Kinnow trees. The university will start selling the new variety of kinnows "daisy tangerine" from the next season" said Kahlon.

Suggesting the framers Kahlon said, "Farmers should adopt the horticulture for the diversification of farming. We suggest them to properly check soil and water before adopting gardening for a good yield".



Farm literature a big hit with farmers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Agricultural literature attracted farmers at the PAU Kisan Mela as the university sold over three lakh books and 700 persons opted for monthly subscription in two days.

About 15 stalls selling literature pertaining to religion and other subjects were displayed at the mela. Various publications and booksellers were happy with the response of the public. “Package of Practices of Crops” was the bestselling book at the fair.

The Additional Director Communications, PAU, Dr Jagtar Dhiman, said: “Awareness among rural masses about scientific books has been increasing. Four years ago, the university used to generally sell around 58 lakh publications, which increased to 104 lakh by 2012. The subscription of the monthly magazine of the university has also gone up due to the layout, content and paper. “Now, we are going to start an online subscription of the farm magazines ‘Changi Kheti’ and ‘Progressive Farming’. Both magazines are available on our website.”



This time it was flash mob with a difference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
A flash mob piqued the attention of curious onlookers at PAU near Thapar Hall on the second day of PAU Kisan Mela. Instead of grabbing the attention by dancing, which is usually done at a flash mob, about 30 students started reading at the place, out of the blue. Underlining the need to read books, the group freezed for 10 minutes reading books under the theme - “Readers are Leaders”. A book Asal Vidya authored by noted scholar, psychiatrist and former director of PGI, Chandigarh, Dr Jaswant Singh Neki was gifted to the visiting farmers on the spot.

The students wore banners to promote work culture with slogans - “Work is the best panacea for all ills”, “Work is the best antidote to depression”, “Work is more fun than fun,” etc.

Sukhpreet Kaur, MCA student said, "Students are enthusiastic about gifting books to the visiting farmers. Reading and gaining knowledge is imperative for changing the attitude of masses."

Noted photo artist TPS Sandhu and Harwinder Singh, a software engineer from Boston, USA, presented their self-autographed books to the volunteers and appreciated their efforts.

In the age of GDP we often forget the importance of happiness and we need to focus now on gross domestic happiness (GDH) as well, quipped Gursewak Singh, an MBA student.

Around 500 books were distributed amongst the farmers by the students in order to spread the messages of dreaming good, working hard and saying no to drug abuse, said Sarabjeet Singh, associate professor with languages and journalism department, who organised the event.



Foot Overbridge
NHAI relents, but project yet to start
Construction material lying in the open for three months in Doraha
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 22
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) might have relented to the demand of erecting a foot overbridge at a bus stand in Doraha, but it has failed to do so despite the fact that construction material are lying in open for the past three months. People have started doubting the intention of the NHAI due to this.

The residents of Doraha, including those of Zaildar Mohalla, Sunder Nagar and Jaipura had met the project director of the NHAI at Ambala after contractors failed to fulfill the demand of the residents. Residents claim that the engineer in charge had worked out the possibility of erecting a foot overbridge at point 294+040, which comes exactly at the place of the bus stand.

Prof Parkash Singh, Master Amarjit Singh Ghudani, Bahadur Singh Begowal, Sardul Singh Grewal and Santokh Singh Grewal were among those who met the project director on behalf of the local populace.

“Though the authorities have assured to fulfill our demand. Yet we are doubtful till the plan is executed. The town shall be literally split into two if this step isn’t taken at the earliest,” said Jandeep Kaushal, a resident of Doraha.

“Commuters are facing hardship due to the six-laning of the roads. They are left with no alternative other than crossing the busy national highway. Senior citizens and children suffer the most. The chaotic traffic slows down the movement of the pedestrians,” said Arun Bector, a resident of the area.

People, especially school and college going students and employees, who board buses on either side of the road are left with no option other than crossing the busy National Highway. Thus, the foot overbridge is badly needed at Doraha.

“The material has been unloaded at the bus stand still the highway authority is delaying the project for reasons best known to it, said Harpratap Brar, another resident.

The NHAI officials said the foot overbridge would be erected if the material had been unloaded at the place.



Shifting of speedpost centre irks residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Some of the city residents are facing trouble in booking speed post on Sundays, as the only post office where the facility is available on Sundays was sub-post office Miller Ganj.

The facility was shifted from the Speed Post Centre near the railway station in January 2011. After that, the speed post and registry services have been started at different post offices where booking is done till 7 pm at some offices and till 9 pm at the other offices.

The facility has been restored a few months back, but on Sundays, people have to go to Miller Ganj office only.

Due to which employees are particularly inconvenienced, because many of them prefer to use the facility only on Sundays because of the time constraints, and have to go all the way to Miller Ganj Post office.

"I work with a private organisation and am tied-up from early morning to late evening. I get time only on Sundays for sending any speed posts," said Nitin Verma, a resident of Vishal Nagar.

"In the absence of any conveyance it gets difficult to reach there, because no autos or city-buses from there, whereas railway station is easily accessible, he said.

Although, starting of the speed post services till late hours at some of the post offices was a good step yet the services on Sundays should be started at some post office, which was more accessible, rather than only at Miller Ganj post office, said an elderly resident of the Civil Lines.

RL Meena, Superintendent of the post offices, Ludhiana City Division, said that the matter will be considered.



Water level falling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The residents on the World Water Day feel that administration is not doing much to save water in the city. Dr VK Arora of the department of soil sciences said that the water table was going down by 2.5 feet every year.

RP Gupta, secretary of Maharaja Agrasen, an NGO, which also works to bring awareness about saving water, said that the government should spread awareness about the judicious use of water, which was not being done. Laws about water harvesting should be done.

Jit Kumar Gupta, vice-president of Indian Institute of Architects said that about 40 to 45 per cent of total potable drinking water goes into sewerage in the city, and the flush system is water intensive.

For this purpose, the water cisterns need to be replaced with 5 litre cisterns washrooms all across. Currently, 1 cisterns with 15-10 litres are being used across in most of the places.

Recycling has to be made mandatory. Of the total water that was currently being supplied, 80 per cent of was being wasted and only 20 per cent is being consumed, he said. Wastewater from bathrooms and kitchens was grey water and has minimal pollution and requires minimal treatment. The grey water after treatment should be used for flushing purposes. The administration needs to ensure that treatment mechanism should be installed and made mandatory. Waterless urinals should be installed and used at all places including homes, he said. These contain chemicals and do not require water.



Principles of ethical hacking discussed

Ludhiana, March 22
The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on “Ethical hacking and its associated career opportunities” for the students of the MCA and that of the BCA, here on Thursday. Parminder Singh, technical head of an institute, was the resource person for the day. He explained that an ethical hacker is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners, seeking vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could exploit. He elaborated that an ethical hacker is required in an organisation to test a security system, and report problems instead of taking advantage of them. —TNS



From colleges

Grand finale tomorrow

Ludhiana: Punjab College of Technical education will celebrate the grand finale of the week long International students’ week tomorrow on the PCTE Campus. In the festival, foreign and Indian students played various games like football, volleyball, basketball and pool. In the finale foreign students will display their talent in fashion show, dramatics, music, dance etc and documentary of their respective countries showing their culture and rich heritage will also be shown on the occasion. Balunyura Baker, Education Attaché, Embassy of Uganda will be the chief guest on the occasion. Other dignitaries form the various embassies of the representative students will also be present in the function.

Career in Army discussed

GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a programme on “Career opportunities in the Indian army”. Col Vijender Ralhi, Ex Dir RTG ARO Mandi delivered a presentation on the role of Indian Army in safeguarding the civilians and motivated the young and vibrant generation to be a part of it. He not only informed the students about the lucrative salaries but also about special allowances and post-retirement benefits to comfort one’s old age. — TNS



From schools

Martyrdom Day observed

Students of Spring Dale School observe Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Singh, Rajguru and SukhdevLudhiana: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School held an assembly to pay homage to the martyrs. The students, staff and the management members gathered to remember the martyrs on their death anniversary. After holding silence for minute, speeches were delivered by the students, throwing light on the life of great leaders. The programme concluded with the song "Mera Rang de Basanti Chola".

Students of Spring Dale School observe Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. A Tribune photograph

Shikshan Sansthan inaugurated

Ludhiana has now another unique public school where all the facilities are available for children of poor families of the town will be made available. Kashmiri Lal Jain, president SAN Jain Sabha, Ludhiana, has built Mahavir Jain Shikshan Sansthan in Hussainpura village on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway in the memory of his parents. — TNS



Photo studio owner hangs himself

Ludhiana, March 22
A 55-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his shop located on the Rahon road here today. The victim has been identified as Roor Singh. He was running a photo studio.

According to his family members, he was depressed as he was not getting good returns from the business. The police said he used his turban to hang himself. The victim was spotted hanging from the ceiling by a customer, who raised the alarm and informed the police. — TNS



Two held on murder charge
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, March 22
The Phillaur police has arrested two accused identified as Bahadur Singh and Jarnail Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib district for allegedly murdering a truck driver Mangal Singh near Lassarra Village in Phillaur subdivision few days ago. They had snatched a scrap-loaded truck from the deceased, killed him, and threw his body in the nearby fields and sped away along with the scrap-loaded truck, the police said.

Earrings snatched

Two unidentified armed motorcycle-borne youths snatched earrings from an NRI woman and sped away to Noormahal in Phillaur sub division last night.

Pipes meant to use for the installation of submersible pumps worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from Nagar village in Phillaur subdivision last night. The police has registered a case.

Tempo driver killed

A tempo driver, Pawitar Singh, was killed on the spot when his vehicle dashed against a tree near Zandiala Manjki village in Phillaur subdivision last night. The accident occurred when the tempo driver lost control of the vehicle on a turn, the police said. The police has registered a case and started the investigation.



Sports bodies reach a compromise
Two-day kurash championship to be organised from March 24 at Shastri Hall
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, March 22
Two city-based sports associations-Punjab Kurash Association (PKA) and the District Badminton Association (DBA)- that were at loggerheads over holding a national martial arts competition at Shastri Badminton Hall, Guru Nanak Stadium, eventually reached a compromise on the issue. The event will now be organised at Shastri Hall on March 24 and March 25.

The Punjab Kurash Association had booked the multipurpose indoor hall for organising the national event. It was forced to look for an alternative site after the hall was closed for renovation. The organisers sought permission for hosting the meet at Shastri Badminton Hall from municipal authorities. This infuriated the badminton fraternity. The members of the badminton association contested the municipal corporation’s decision to allow the kurash association to host the upcoming event.

The badminton association had objected on the ground that the martial arts competition would damage the costly wooden floor at Shastri Hall, which was re-laid at a whopping cost of Rs 20 lakh recently.

Parveen Thakur, general secretary, Punjab Kurash Association, told The Tribune that the compromise was reached after a few local sports promoters like Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, and Jagbir Grewal (Nikku) intervened.

“We will take extra care while organising the national meet at Shastri Hall. Only two out of four badminton courts will be used for conducting the bouts after properly covering these with carpets and mats. Except for the participants and match officials, no one would be allowed to come near the courts,” Thakur added.

Committees have been formed for conducting the national event smoothly. At least 250 players will reach the city for taking part in the event.



dba poll
Another files papers for chief’s post
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Vijay B Verma, who had served as vice-president of the District Bar Association for record five times, staked claim for the president’s post. He along with a large number of supporters filed his nomination papers in the presence of returning officer Parveen Talwar.

Sanjiv Malhotra, Rakesh Sharda, Sham Sunder Ahuja, SP Sharma, SM Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh Prince and Achint Sood, all advocates, were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar filed his nomination papers for the post of executive member. At least 13 lawyers have filed their nomination papers in the past three days. The election will be held on April 4.



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