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3 dead, 20 hurt in accident
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
Three “Premis” were killed and at least 20 others injured when a speeding truck hit two trucks carrying them, parked alongside the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Lehra village near here last night.

The death toll could have been higher had the police, passersby and a team of doctors not rescued the injured from the mangled vehicles.

Gurdeep Singh of Khatra (22), Binder Singh of Rurka (23) and Sadhu Ram (40) of Rurka village were killed when a speeding truck (HR 56 2597) carrying sand hit the vehicles carrying them. While Gurdeep and Binder died on the spot, Sadhu Singh succumbed to his injuries at a multi-speciality hospital in Ludhiana.

Rinku, Surinder Kaur, Shingara Singh, Manvinder Singh, Kala Singh (all of Rurka village) and Kulwinder Singh and Harnek Singh of Guram village were among those injured seriously.

The Dehlon police has registered an FIR against the unknown driver of the truck who fled from the scene.

As the accident site is situated away from human habitation, residents of the area came to know about the incident only in the morning.

Investigations revealed that about 100 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda had left in two trucks (PB 10 G 9531 and PB 10 CB 7575) from Rurka village for Sirsa at about 10.30 pm on Saturday.

As the driver of one of the trucks had forgotten to bring necessary documents with him, he asked one of his friends to bring the same from his home and parked the vehicle on side of the road. The driver of the other truck also chose to stop instead of continuing the journey.

While a majority of devotees remained seated in the trucks, some got down and stood near the vehicles.

The driver of a speeding truck coming from the Ludhiana side allegedly lost control over the wheel and hit the trucks carrying the Dera followers. The impact of the collision was so high that both trucks were dragged for a long distance.

Though almost all occupants, numbering about 100, had received injuries, only seriously injured (about 25) were shifted to various hospitals of the area, including multi-speciality medical centres in Ludhiana.

The police is yet to receive information about victims admitted in various hospitals.

A team of doctors, led by Dr Sunit Hind, rescued the victims from the mangled remains of trucks and shifted them to various hospitals. Ambulances, private ambulances, in addition to 108 ambulances, were pressed into service to shift the injured.


Bains brothers to field 75 Independent candidates in MC elections
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

 Simarjit Singh Bains (left) and Balwinder Singh Bains (right) along with CM Parkash Singh Badal during a political rally last year. At that time, both brothers were blue-eyed boys of CM as well as Deputy CM, but now they have announced to field independent candidates for the MC elections from all 75 wards in Ludhiana.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Simarjit Singh Bains (left) and Balwinder Singh Bains (right) along with CM Parkash Singh Badal during a political rally last year. At that time, both brothers were blue-eyed boys of CM as well as Deputy CM, but now they have announced to field independent candidates for the MC elections from all 75 wards in Ludhiana. a file photograph

Ludhiana, March 25
Bains brothers are all set to give nightmares to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), with the brothers, Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, both Independent MLAs, announcing to field independent candidates for the upcoming MC elections from all 75 wards of the city.

Presently the group is having the support of around a half dozen councillors in the 75-ward Ludhiana Municipal Corporation house.

Speaking to The Tribune, Simarjit Singh Bains, once a blue-eyed boy of Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and Youth Akali Dal president and cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, said they would not tie up with any political party for the upcoming MC elections, which are expected to be held in August or September this year.

“The kind of mandate which we got from residents of the Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South constituencies was beyond imagination. That is why, we have decided to contest the MC elections from all wards of the city,” claimed Simarjit.

“This time we would be fielding our candidates from all 75 wards of the city because our main motive is to flush out corruption from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which is not only the richest civic body of the state, but also the most corrupt one. So now we are going to start the post-mortem of this MC so that people don’t have to grease palms of officials as well as politicians in the civic body to get their work done,” said Bains, who along with councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal is named in the Tehsildar GS Benipal stripping and assault case of 2009. Both of them even spent around 10 months behind bars in connection with this case, which is still in court.

Bains brothers had started their political careers from SAD (Amritsar) almost a decade ago and they joined SAD (B) on October 30, 2004. Before contesting as independents, Balwinder was SGPC member, while Simarjit a municipal councillor and Youth Akali Dal district president. Bains brothers have always remained at loggerheads with Hira Singh Gabria.

The brothers parted ways with the SAD when Simarjit, who was hopeful of getting an SAD ticket from Atam Nagar, was denied ticket. Instead the party gave ticket to Balwinder from Ludhiana South. Simarjit then met Sukhbir Badal at Jalalabad and returned Balwinder’s ticket and later announced that they would contest as independents from two constituencies. A few days later, they were expelled from the party.

Good winning record

During the last MC elections in 2007, the brothers had fielded around 16 independents (against official SAD candidates chosen by former cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, arch rival of Bains brothers) from different wards, out of which 13 had won.

Presently, the group consists of seven councillors, which includes Parminder Singh Soma from ward number 68, Kamaljit Singh Karwal from ward number 66, Swarandeep Singh Chahal from ward number 69, Daljit Singh Grewal from ward number 8, Gurpreet Singh Gora from ward number 9, Sunita Rani Lohara from ward number 64, and Simarjit Singh Bains himself from ward number 71.

Another councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi from ward number 63, who was a one-time confidant of Bains, switched sides in December last year and joined hands with Hira Singh Gabria, after his wife Sukhwinder Kaur was co-opted in the SGPC house after being denied ticket by the SAD. She was a sitting SGPC member when she was denied a party ticket.



10 SHOs shifted by police commissioner
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Barely a day after taking charge as Commissioner of Police of the city, Ishwar Singh, today made a major reshuffle and transferred nearly 10 station house officers (SHOs) with immediate effect. It is the second reshuffle that took place in the police department in past few days. Earlier, the previous police commissioner Ishwar Chander had transferred over 20 police officer on March 14.

Sources said the SHOs who were transferred to police lines are those who were posted in the city during the time of elections.

While inspector Surinder Mohan has been posted in Kotwali, Maninder Bedi has been given the charge of Division No 3 police station. Sumit Sood have been posted as SHO Division No 4, while Beant Juneja has been given the charge of Division No 5 police station.

Inspector Davinder Choudhary has been posted as SHO Division No 6, while Gopal Krishan has been appointed as SHO Division No 7.

Balwinder Singh has been made SHO Shimlapuri while Jatinderjit has been posted as SHO Daba.

The transfers were on the cards as these officers had earlier worked under Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh during the latter's previous team.



Recovery of pending dues from residents
MC going strong
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to be going good when it comes to the recovery of pending dues. Till March 22, the MC has been able to recover around Rs 25 crore as pending dues from city residents. The target till March 31 is Rs 40 crore, which the MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi claims would be achieved.

In the month of February, the MC recovered Rs 20 crore as pending dues from the residents and for March, it had set a target of Rs 40 crore.

By March 22, which means 13 working days (on March 6, it was counting of votes for Vidhan Sabha and on March 8, it was Holi. Saturday and Sunday are holidays in MC), the civic body has recovered an amount of Rs 25 crore, which comes out to be roughly around Rs 2 crore per day.

Regarding the recovery of pending dues, Jaggi had sent a clear and strict signal to its staff and had told them that the money should be recovered at any cost.

That is why, three days before the counting of votes for the Vidhan Sabha, the MC didn’t even spare a leading transporter considered close to Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and recovered an amount of Rs 10.37 crore from him.

These orders were issued with regards to tax and dues that are pending against city residents. The Commissioner has told its staff to recover at least Rs 1 crore daily and if any official falls short of achieving the target, strict action would be taken against him, including suspension and charge sheet.

The city residents owe crores of rupees to the MC on account of pending house tax, water supply and sewerage bills. Owing to state Assembly elections, most of the MC staff was put on election duties, which hampered recoveries to a large extent and as the current fiscal is coming to an end, the MC speedied up its recoveries.

The shortage of funds was even hampering development projects as some works like the Pedestrian Under Pass got delayed as the contractor was not made the payment of Rs 50 lakh.

The house tax branch was asked to recover at least Rs 70 lakh daily, O&M Cell was asked to recover at least Rs 16 lakh daily for pending supply and sewerage bills and building branch to recover Rs 20 lakh daily.

Initially, in February, the MC had set a target of Rs 40 crore for recovering the dues by March-end, but as Rs 20 crore was recovered in February alone, a target of Rs 40 crore for the month of March alone was set.

“And now in 13 working days till March 22, our officials have done a commendable job by recovering Rs 25 crore. By March 31, I am hopeful that we would achieve our target by recovering Rs 40 crore,” claimed Malwinder Singh Jaggi.

Two employees chargsheeted

Acting on his statement, “Perform or Perish” regarding the recovery of pending dues, MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi today chargesheeted two employees while issuing showcause notice to six employees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

The employees who have been chargesheeted are Vijay Gandhi and Gopal Singh, both clerks in House Tax branch of MC. Showcause notices have been issued to Pawan Sharma (clerk), Avtar Singh (recovery clerk), Dinesh Thakur (fitter and recovery clerk), all from the Operations and Maintenance Cell, Tejinderpal Singh Panchhi (Superintendent), Hardeep Singh (Inspector) and Malkit Singh (Tax Collector), all from Zone D.

While confirming this development, MC Commissioner Jaggi said all eight of them were not showing interest in the recovery of pending dues. “In February, I had issued strict instructions that if any official fails to achieve his recovery targets, strict action would be taken against him. That is why, I have charge sheeted two and issued show cause notices to six employees,” said Jaggi.

It is learnt that both Vijay Gandhi and Gopal Singh had remained absent from the meeting called by Zonal Commissioner regarding recovery of pending dues, besides they had also failed to accomplish the targets. Tejinderpal Singh Panchhi, Hardeep Singh and Malkit Singh had failed to recover pending house tax of Rs 2 lakh and had the MC not acted on time, it would have suffered a loss of Rs 2 lakh.



Rohit Dutta is gen secy, GS Ladi vice-president of Sutlej Club
Shivani Bhakoo & Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The members of prestigious Sutlej Club chose a fresh face, Dr Rohit Dutta, for the most coveted post of General Secretary of the club for the next two years in the elections held here today.

There was a tough fight between Dr Dutta and outgoing general secretary Sanjeev Dhanda for the post. Dr Dutta defeated Dhanda by a margin of 353 votes. Dutta polled 1,073 votes, while Dhanda got 720.

Dhanda of the Gulshan Kumar camp suffered another setback with the winning of G.S.Ladi as the vice-president of the club. Gulshan Kumar, another contestant for the post, lost the battle from GSLadi with a margin of 640 votes. Votes polled in favour of Ladi were 1,210 while Gulshan Kumar got 570 votes.

The post of Cultural Secretary was bagged by a female member Ruchi Bawa, who won the post with 1352 votes by defeating rival Rattandeep Singh Latti, who was able to secure just 420 votes. There was again a tough fight between Navtej Singh Natt and Rakesh Kapoor for the post of bar-secretary. Kapoor won by getting 883 votes while Natt scored 878 votes.

The mess secretary for the next two years will be GS Kairon, who won the post with 897 votes against Rajesh Bhambi, who scored 864 votes.

Vineet Randev (Bonny), the present sports secretary, has again been elected for the same post by the members. He defeated Balraj Sahni by getting 920 votes. There was a triangular fight between Ashok Malhotra, Sanjay Aggarwal and TS Thapar for the post of Finance Secretary. The post was bagged by Sanjay Aggarwal with 789 votes.

Gaurav Chaudhry has become the new Joint Secretary of Sutlej club. He defeated Rajesh Kakkar by scoring 1,236 votes.



Vehicle-lifters confess to two murders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The confessing of one murder after another by Sonu and Sham Lal has put the Jodhewal police in a tizzy.

The duo, which was nabbed in connection of a vehicle-lifting case, had shocked the police yesterday when it had confessed it they had killed Kashmir Singh, a resident of Phillaur, a year ago. The accused today confessed before the police that they had committed yet another murder.

They told the investigating officer that they had killed Manohar Lal, a resident of Tajpur road, nearly 15 years ago in the Doraha area. Sham Lal told the police that he was having illicit relations with Mohan Lal's wife.

The victim came to know about the relationship and restricted the entry of Sham Lal in his house. This rattled Sham Lal and he started looking for an opportunity to settle scores with Manohar Lal.

According to a plan Sham Lal and Sonu invited Manohar Lal for drinks, to which the victim agreed and went in an auto-rickshaw with Sohan Lal and Sonu.

Both consumed liquor near the banks of the Sirhind branch canal in Doraha. When the victim was drunk, the accused attacked him with sharp-edged weapons and killed him.



Arhtiyas threaten agitation
Oppose decision on direct payments to farmers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 25
Hundreds of arhtiyas from different cities of Punjab thronged the local Grain Market to take part in a state-level conference held by the Federation of Arhtiya Associations of Punjab today in support of their various long-pending demands.

This conference was organised to gather support throughout the state against the Centre Government’s move in which it had asked the state government to make direct payments to farmers for the food grains procured for the central pool.

Various speakers from different parts of the state addressed the conference. Urging the centre government to take back this decision, the federation threatened to launch an agitation in case direct payments were made to the farmers.

The federation members also stated that the existing system of sale and purchase of food grains was running smoothly and there was no need for a change. “The present system of payment suits all the sides including farmers, commission agents as well as labourers. If the government starts making payments of food grains to the farmers direct by cheques, it will cause problems for commission agents as well as farmers,” said Vijay Kalra, president of the federation, while addressing the gathering.

He said at present payments to the farmers were made by account payee cheques routed through commission agents. Kalra alleged that the state governments had no infrastructure to issue and distribute 120 lakh cheques to farmers for the procurement of their produce.

Bharti Kisan Union president Balbir Singh Rajewal, in his address during the occasion, assured full support to the Arhtiya Association in its struggle. Though he also urged the association to take care of farmers’ interests.



Union Budget takes flavour out of food products
Manav Mander
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Budget has not entirely been an impressive one for the food sector. Ice cream and chocolate will melt under the tax heat while kids’ favourite potato chips, tomato ketchup and other processed food will also get costlier.

Apart from a few sops announced on research and development and agriculture that benefit the food industry, consumers will have to digest an across-the-board excise duty increase, making packaged food products and ready-to-eat products costlier.

“There will be an impact across all food categories. We are now assessing the actual impact. Processed food products like biscuits used to attract different excise duties at 5 per cent and 10 percent. Both have gone up by 1 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively,” said Rajini Bector, MD, Cremica Limited.

The hike in excise, service tax and transportation will have an impact on prices. The companies now will have to work out the final consumer price after taking into account all these factors. However, benefits to farmers and to the agriculture sector will be positive.

The increase in excise duty on ice cream and flavoured milk from 1 percent to 2 percent at the onset of the summer season, may not augur well for the largest maker of ice-cream, Amul.

“We had represented to the government to remove excise on these products which are largely consumed by the children and youth. The excise duty on chocolates and malted milk food also has increased from 10 per cent to 12 per cent,” said a spokesperson for Amul Ice-cream.

Those who are health conscious have not been spared either. Prices of low-fat spreads and margarine could go up as excise duty has been hiked by 1 per cent to 6 per cent. However, prices of soya food products would come down because of a reduction in excise duty.

Aarti Sabharwal, who works in an insurance company, said the budget was not at all people friendly. “Even the things like processed food have become costly. One cannot avoid the things regularly used in the kitchen. After budget, the monthly budget of my kitchen is definitely going to shake as I cannot cut down on my kids’ demands or foods like chocolate and chips,” she said.



NRIs’ love for foreign-made products

NRIs come to their motherland and try to prove themselves superior in their style of living. A few weeks ago, some of our NRI guests came to our place and started exhibiting their so-called superior lifestyle. I was stunned to see that they bought waffers, cookies, chocolates and other eatables with them as if nothing was available here.

I was astonished to see that they were preparing their breakfast cereal from the packet they have brought. We all were having our breakfast at the dining table and the NRI kids were astonished to see my breakfast and suddenly replied, “Is it available here”. I was having a pancake of an international brand. This was the time when I made them realise that times have changed a lot and now everything international and of high quality is today available in India as well. This was the time the kids started sharing the meals with us and started eating what we eat. This time I thinking about the kids’ parents as they failed to teach them and educate them about their motherland. They should have been living abroad due to any reason but should not look down upon their motherland and this is the responsibility of the parents to make them understand this.

— Manav Mander

‘Irritating’ SMSes

The elections of the Sutlej Club were held on its premises on Sunday. Outside the premises, various stalls were put up by the respective candidates and supporters to "welcome" the members. As soon as any member arrived near the barricades, the contestants and their family members surrounded the member, making it tough to pass through. They kept on pleading the members to support them. Irritated by the phone messages in support of a particular candidates from several quarters, a member said: "I am so irritated that I have made up my mind not to support this particular candidate. For them, money may not be any problem but they have disturbed our peace of mind". Another city resident said: "I am not even a member of the club still I have got more than 50 messages in the past two days. They have all the right on their money, let them waste it like this!"

— Shivani Bhakoo

It is not done!

The elections to the elite Sutlej Club in the city is always a stormy (literally) affair and the contenders spare no efforts to promote their candidature to the post that each one is contesting. But in the zeal to promote themselves and show their opponents in poor light, some of the contestants did cross all limits. Suggestive stories were fed (and some of them got published also) in a section of the press. If the way the elections to the club are contested and the bad aftertaste that the aggressive electioneering leaves behind is any indication, it would be no exaggeration to say that a majority of the contenders forget the basics of the club culture, the sense of brotherhood, togetherness which keeps such social bodies alive. If hushed allegations are to be believed, some of the contestants resorted to "paid news" in vernacular press which is all the more reprehensible and ought to be condemned.

— Kuldip Bhatia

Musical aid

Gone are the days when customers used to go to restaurants and request their favourite music to be played. An eatery in the city has kept speakers accessible in the middle. The customers go and plug in their favourite songs. "Now, as people carry their music with them all the time in mobile phones and portable music players, there is no need to keep a stock of music with ourselves. Customers come and play music to their own taste. This not only keeps the customers amused, but also helps in getting regular streams of customers coming in," he smiles.

— Gurvinder Singh

‘Let me do my job’

Begging in the name of God is very common in the city. It has been observed that every Saturday morning, fresh faces suddenly appear with a container in their hands, carrying an idol of Shani Deva. This Saturday morning, I got a wake up call from one such person, who spoke loudly in our street, "Shanivare", and asked for mustard oil to please Shani Deva. The youngman who gave this wake up call to many, was also taking help of a about six-year-old boy, who, too, was calling "Shanivare". Feeling irritated, I asked the them as why they did not do any work, he said, "Today it is Saturday and I do just one job on Saturdays, let me do my job," saying this he again said loudly, "Shanivare !"

— Anupam Bhagria



India has maximum TB cases in world: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
To mark World TB Day, Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, organised a CME at IMA House yesterday. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subash Batta was the chief guest on the occasion.

He motivated the doctors present there to participate fully in RNTCP Programme to eradicate TB. Dr Gurcharan Avasthy, medical director, Apollo Hospital, Dr Manoj Sobti, President Elect State, IMA, and Dr Narotam Dewan, state IMA Finance Secretary, were guests of honour on the occasion. Around 150 doctors attended the CME.

Dr DP Singh Arora, President, IMA, Ludhiana, said the project was funded by a Global Fund and was aimed at controlling three deadly diseases, namely AIDS, TB and malaria.

Dr Narjit Kaur, Secretary, IMA, Ludhiana said the goal of the workshop was to sensitise doctors in private sector on the RNTCP/DOTS Programme.

Addressing the CME, Dr KK Bansal, IMA Technical Consultant for Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh, gave a detailed account of the programme. He said India had the dubious distinction of harbouring maximum number of TB cases in the world. 



They still cherish moments spent at alma mater
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Holding flowers and stick in their hands, two gracefully dressed old women were standing in front of Sahir Auditorium of SCD Government College, recalling the good old times they had spent together. Swaran Grewal and Khushpal Kaur, who did their post graduation from this college in the early fifties, and were there today to participate in the alumni meet of the college.

It was around 4:30 pm and the college lawn was buzzing with activity while colourful flowers were adding to the beauty of this college which produced many IAS and IPS officers and scientists who have won laurels at the national and international level. And holding a bunch of flowers in her right hand, Swaran Grewal said, "I passed my postgraduation in English from here in 1952, served here as English lecturer, head of English department and also as officiating principal. And above all I met my soul mate Late Major Raghubir Singh Grewal here. How can I forget it. I come here every year to attend the meet."

While her friend Khushpal Kaur, who did MA in geography in 1956 from this college, said, "I still remember I performed as an artist in a play which was directed by someone known as Mr Pasi and still cherish the moments when the whole auditorium clapped for me."

Indeed it was a nostalgic day for scores of alumni when they converged on the college lawns. The twinkle in their eyes on seeing their alma mater and on meeting their batch mates revealed the excitement and happiness in their hearts. Many of them had visited the college after a gap of more than a decade. Navdeep Singh who passed out from here in 1983 and at present working as Programme Executive, AIR, who said, "We have lost many friends who departed us at an early age. I miss Rajdeep Gill and Vishav Sharma who are no more. Although I could not participate in the last few meets due to my busy schedule, this year I could make to it."

His batch mate Madan Khosla, an officer at Punjab National Bank, said, "People search their friends on facebook these days. But we search them through the alumni meet." While another alumnus Gurdev Singh, a businessman, said, "I feel proud when I think that I belong to this college."

One of the eminent guests on this occasion was SK Goyal, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, and also distinguished alumnus of the college. It was an emotional moment when PC Wadhwa, former DGP (Haryana cadre), a passout of the 1951 batch of MSc (maths), was escorted to Sahir Auditorium by Dr Mukesh Arora, Dean, Alumni Relations and Syndicate, and Senate member, PU, as he was not keeping good health. Wadhwa had topped Panjab University in maths with 97 per cent marks. An award for the topper in maths has also been instituted in his name by the college.

The function was presided over by Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, DPI (Colleges), Punjab, also an old student of the college. The guest of honour was Vijay Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Ludhiana.

On this occasion, Life-time Achievement Award was conferred on SK Goyal and Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar and Excellence Award was given to Vijay Verma. These awards were presented as a token of recognition and appreciation for their outstanding contribution to public service.

Awards of Honour were also presented to other distinguished guests among whom was PC Wadhwa.

The highlight of the function was an hour-long documentary on the life and works of Sahir Ludhianvi, another unforgettable alumnus of the college. The producer of this documentary Rajesh Badal, Executive Director, Rajya Sabha Television.



‘Chanakya’ staged
Tribune News Service

Play ‘Chanakya’ being Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Play ‘Chanakya’ being Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Ludhiana, March 25
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) staged "Chanakya", the magnum opus that has been staged in 400 shows around the world, at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here last evening.

The play relived the story of Chanakya, who was the greatest-ever political strategist and statesman of India.

His ideas of statecraft, which were articulated in his "Arthshastra", are still relevant today.

The play discussed many key issues like personal interest versus selfless love for nation. It portrayed the moral dilemmas that are often faced by those in power. Sometimes, a decision may seem to go against the ethical norms, but the situational morality makes it the best possible and the only right decision. 



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Music and Theatre Workshop of CMC Ludhiana organised a play titled "Harvey" here last evening. The workshop which comprises doctors and students of various colleges of the institution, organises regular productions. The show was staged three days together commencing from March 22 at the Lady Willingdon Hall, CMC.

The play was a comedy in three acts authored by American playwright Mary Chase. It was about an affable man named Elwood P Dowd (played by Manu Mathew Kurien) who claims to have an unseen friend named Harvey- a six-foot, one-half-inch tall rabbit. His social-climbing sister, Veta( Angela Elizabeth Eapen), and her daughter, Myrtle (Meriya Joseph), find his eccentric behaviour embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to the sanatorium and a comedy of errors ensues. As the play moves hilariously through various comic situations, there is an underlying message of goodwill and encouragement that the lead character always portrays.

The message of love and bonding between family members which prevails eternally despite mutual faults, is powerfully depicted in the play. Be it the well-coordinated production, the enticing props and costumes or the proactive backstage crew, the production held together and moved gradually through the three acts. A collective team, comprising a cast of about 11 students and about 50 others pitched in their time, efforts and talents in the making of 'Harvey'.

"It was fulfilling experience to put up a three-act comedy on stage with the right expressions, timings, punch lines to deliver and even working off-screen and on-screen chemistry with the co-cast. It boosted our confidence allowing us to improve," said Angela, one of the actors. "Though there wasn't much tedious work involved, we worked hard at depicting the scenes to the finest detail," said Ansu John, a member of the props crew.

"It was a gratifying job to design the costumes and transport the actors to a different era," said Amritha Kurien, from the costumes team. The director of the play, Dr Dhruv Ghosh, a paediatric surgeon of the CMC said, “It was a great joy to work with the students on the play. Their talents never cease to amaze me.” 



Feroze Gandhi Market contractor fleecing public: Shopkeepers
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A board displaying parking rates at Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana.
A board displaying parking rates at Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 25
Shopkeepers of Feroze Gandhi Market have stated that the parking rates fixed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in their market are the highest in North India. They have maintained that the parking contractor has been fleecing the residents by overcharging and by not allowing them to use the same slip for parking vehicles in all blocks of the market.

The parking contract for the market has been bagged by a company named LRY Labour Contractors by paying an amount of Rs 1.03 crore. This is Rs 36.35 lakh more than the revenue of Rs 66.75 lakh earned in 2011.

The shopkeepers have alleged that the contractor has been asking for a fresh ticket for parking in different blocks of the market, whereas as per the contract, the same ticket is valid from 6 am to 11 pm everyday and the same ticket could be used for parking vehicles in all blocks of Feroze Gandhi Market again and again.

“It’s like a one-day pass and that is why, we have increased the rates to Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 for parking a bicycle, a two-wheeler and a four-wheeler, respectively. When the previous contractor was operating from this market, there were complaints related to overcharging as there were different rates for parking vehicles for up to four hours and more than four hours,” claimed Naveen Malhotra, superintendent, Zone D, MC.

Col Harjap Singh (retd), chairman of Traders and Property Owners Association, Feroze Gandhi Market, said that the contractor had been overcharging the public. “He has not even displayed all the rates properly. As we have our businesses in the market, we are issued monthly passes by the contractor. He should mention monthly pass rates on the boards as well,” demanded Harjap.

Harjap further said that as the contractor had bagged the parking contract by paying a whopping Rs 1.03 crore. That is why he is indulging in such tactics. “He gets parking done on pavements, green belts and other such areas that are not mentioned in the parking contract.”

Feroze Gandhi Market can easily be called the financial hub of this industrial city with a large number of banks, financial institutions and hotels situated there. Even the Ludhiana Stock Exchange is situated in the market. There is a total of five parking lots in the Feroze Gandhi market.

Things to keep in mind while parking in Feroze Gandhi Market:

Rates for parking a bicycle, two-wheeler and four-wheeler for almost entire day (6am to 11pm) in this market are Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20, respectively.

Once you pay for parking and get a slip, you can park your vehicle anywhere in all blocks of Feroze Gandhi Market area.

You should retain your parking slip and need not return it to the contractor while moving out your vehicle of the block as the same slip could be used for parking again and again in different blocks in the market.

In case of any complaint, contact Naveen Malhotra, superintendent, Zone D, MC at 97800-39410.



LMA discusses Union Budget
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) held a panel discussion on the Union Budget 2012-13 today.

Experts at the panel discussion were SK Goel, IRS, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, and Chief Commissioner PS Truthy. The three panelists were MC Munjal (MD Majestic Auto Ltd), Anil Kumar (Executive Director, Shreyans Industries) and VK Goyal (Executive Director and CEO, SEL Group).

During this session, there were many questions and issues discussed on topics like auto components, export of textiles, garment manufacturing, bicycle exports and imports, paper and raw material etc.



Health Notes

Ludhiana: Dr Surinder Gupta, secretary, NIMA, Ludhiana, organised an interactive roadshow outside his clinic to educate general people on tuberculosis.

He told the participants that they should avail themselves of free sputum-test facility and anti-tuberculosis treatment. He said DOTS clinics are available in each and every mohalla.

If a patient of TB is left untreated, he/she can infect his/her family and people around them.

He also informed them about the consequences of incomplete treatment. Because of incomplete treatment MDR TB occurs, which requires costlier treatment. Results in MDR TB treatment depend upon the severity of the resistant strain. He added MDR TB can prove fatal.

One should not indulge in smoking of tobacco, as it is a major cause of tuberculosis.

Dr Surinder Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thapar and Dr Inder Sharma were also present.

World TB Day

The Rising Youth Association organised a lecture on ‘World Tuberculosis Day’ at Sherpur Chowk on Sunday. Dr Gurpreet Singh, chest physician with SPS Apollo Hospital, delivered a lecture. he said tuberculosis or TB was an infectious bacterial disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the disease. 

The prevalence of AIDS with TB destroys or weakens the body's immunity, making it harder to control the disease.

Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, said awareness was an effective weapon to prevent spread of tuberculosis.



60 present research papers at conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The PCTE Group of Institutes organised international conferences in the field of Management and Information Technology on the PCTE campus here today. The events were organised on “Economic and Social Survival: Opportunities and Challenges” and “Upcoming Trends in Information Technology”. Mahesh Munjal, Managing Director, Majestic Auto Limited, was the guest of honour.

At least 60 delegates from both the fields of management and information presented their research papers.

Dr KNS Kang, Director-General, PCTE Group of Institutes, said: “We must hold such conferences so that people can share their knowledge and experiences.”

Alumni meet

The annual alumni meet of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, was organised here on Sunday. Old students of the college from different streams were present on the occasion. Principal of the college Kawaljit Kaur inaugurated the function with the lighting of the traditional lamp. She welcomed the students to the college and congratulated them for achieving new heights in their life. — TNS



School  Notes
Annual Function

Dayanand Anglo Vedic School, Pakhowal Road, celebrated its annual prize distribution function here on Sunday. Principal JK Sidhu read out the annual report of the school. As many as 336 students were awarded prizes for their meritorious achievements in academic and non-academic fields. A multi-cultural show was presented by the students who kept the audience captivated with their scintillating performances. The main highlight of the show was sammi and bhangra.

Fun competitions

About 70 students participated in a function organised at Yippee - The Fun Zone. Competitions in fancy dress and painting were organised. - TNS



Ludhiana Scan
Rail roko agitation

The Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha has announced to organize "Rail roko agitation" in eight states of the country on April 3 to impress upon the UPA government to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee and provide Rs 500 bonus per quintal on wheat. Morcha National general secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, while talking to mediapersons here at Phillaur, announced this. He said the one-day rail blockade would be held in eight wheat-producing states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttakhand. Grewal said that during the rail roko agitation on April 3, Rail traffic in Punjab would be blocked at Amritsar, Bathinda, Sangrur and Sahnewal.

Protest against fee hike

The Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena protested against the high and increasing fee and funds by the CBSE schools. They said uncalled for fee and expenses were being charged by the schools.


A seminar on "Sadi di Punjabi Natak te Rangmach" is being organised by the Youth Sabhiacharak Lok Hiteshi Manch and the Antarashtri Naat Academy on March 25 at Punjabi Bhawan, according to Santokh Singh Sukhana, chairman of the academy.

Martyrdom day Mazdoor mukti morcha on Sunday observed the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. “Bhagat Singh was an enormously brilliant, fascinating and intellectual young man who epitomised the best values of secularism and rationality and put his nation, team and people before himself,” said one of the union leaders while addressing the gathering. Workers gathered at the function said they had to adopt the revolutionary path followed by Bhagat Singh to make the employers follow the labour laws. “We are being paid meagre salaries and forced to work overtime. All these things need to be changed and today while observing the martyrdom day on Bhagat Singh we pledge to make our workplaces a better place to work,” said another leader. - TNS 



2 held with intoxicants
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 25
The Khamano police has arrested two youngsters and recovered a large quantity of intoxicants from their possession during a naka at Sanghol near here.

According to the police, a police party had laid a naka on the Sanghol-Ranwan road. It noticed a motor cycle on which two youths were riding. Seeing the police party, the youngsters tried to flee but were overpowered by the police party. During their search, a large quantity of intoxicants was recovered from their possession. They had procured the intoxicants from Ludhiana and were going to sell these in the Khamano area. The seizure include 175 bottles of Rexcof, 7,500 tablets of Phenotil and 180 capsules of Parvon Spas.

A case has been registered against them under section 22-61-85 of the NDPS Act and the police was investigating the matter. The youngsters have been identified as Jagjit Singh (26) and Sarabjit Singh (25), both residents of Khamano.



Delhi dethrone Haryana
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 25
The present champions, Haryana failed to keep their domain intact as last year's runners-up Delhi dethroned them to clinch overall trophies in the men's as well as women's sections in the 4th Senior National Kurash Championship organised by the Punjab Kurash Association that concluded at Shastri Badminton Hall here today. The hosts, Punjab had a consolation as they finished runners up in both the sections.

In the men's section, Delhi secured 28 points to emerge as champions while the hosts, Punjab faired extremely well to garner 26 points to finish as runners-up. Haryana men could muster just 15 points and had to content at third place at the victory stand.

However, in the women's section, Delhi sprang a surprise, accumulating 29 points to finish well ahead of others and romped home champions. The second and third position holders, Punjab and Karnataka collected 15 and 13 points, respectivey.

Yesterday, it were the hosts, Punjab who were in thick of action as they won five out of ten bouts to lead the pack while Delhi and Haryana had annexed two titles each to follow them.

But, today Delhi players gave a stunning performance which helped them to surge ahead and eventually come out as victors.

Eight bouts were held on the concluding day and players from Delhi came out triumphant in six of these to prove their class.

Jyoti from Delhi was declared the best player in the women's section while Avtar Singh of Punjab was named the best player among men participants.

The results on final day:

(Women)- below 44kg: Pooja of Tamilnadu 1st, Sonakshi Singh of Chandigarh 2nd, Komal of Haryana and Komal of Delhi 3rd.

Below 63 kg: Shailja of Delhi 1st, Pooja of Karnataka 2nd, Neha of Chandigarh and Kusum Saini of Madhya Pradesh 3rd.

Above 78 kg: Pooja Beniwal of Delhi 1st, Anju of Haryana 2nd and Deepika Sharma of Chandigarh 3rd.

(Men) below 56 kg: Md Naushad of Delhi 1st, Nitin of Punjab 2nd, Akshay Kwatra of Rajasthan and Naveen of Haryana 3rd.

Below 60 kg: Abhishek Rana of Delhi 1st, Anup Malik of Haryana 2nd, Manpreet Singh of Punjab and Yallappa S Gorurava of Karnataka 3rd.

Below 66 kg: Ankit Bisht of Delhi 1st, Sumit Kwatra of Rajasthan 2nd, Nanish M Baddi of Karnataka and Rakesh of Haryana 3rd.

Below 73 kg: Vishal Ruhil of Delhi 1st, Rakesh of Tamilnadu 2nd, Amandeep of Punjab and Rakesh Kumar of Madhya Pradesh 3rd.

Below 81 kg: Avtar Singh of Punjab 1st, Akash Tatwade of Madhya Pradesh of 2nd, Manjit Nandal of Haryana and Surash Singh of Jammu and Kashmir 3rd.



Baurhai Kalan club kabaddi champs
Our Correspondent

A kabaddi match in progress at Jandali village, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday.
A kabaddi match in progress at Jandali village, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday.

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
The kabaddi team of the Sports Club, Baurhai Kalan, emerged victorious in the two-day annual Kabaddi Cup Tournament that concluded at Jandali Kalan village, near here, today.

Jandali Kalan were declared the runners-up.

The tournament, which was jointly organised by the village panchayat and the Social Welfare Club of the village, was inaugurated by the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal. Jaipal Singh Mundian, member, SGPC, and Jasmel Singh, an NRI, were guests of honour. Baba Gagan Deep Singh and Baba Bhim Singh gave away the prizes to the winners.

Bhupinder Singh Bath and Harminder Singh patron and president of the host organisation said only eight teams were allowed to play in each category.



Cricket: Piyush Likhi stars in SDP Academy victory
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 25
Piyush Likhi excelled with bat and ball (86 runs and 2 for 22) to help SDP Academy script another nine-wicket win over Friends Cricket Club in the second match played at the SDP College for Women, Circular Road, near Daresi Ground, here today.

In the first match played last Sunday, Piyush scored a strokeful 109 runs to enable his side to outplay Unique Cricket Club by 21 runs.

Today, Friends Cricket Club won the toss and opted to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, they made 171 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in which the main contributions came through Bali and Raju, who scored 68 and 54 runs, respectively, while Ashu chipped in with 24 runs to give credibility to their team's score.

For SDP Academy, Sonu was the main wicket taker (four for 18). However, the target set by Friends Cricket Club for the victory turned out to be a meagre one as SDP Academy batsmen were in their true colors with Piyush Likhi again was among runs.



99 turn up for cricket trials
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 25
As many as 99 aspirants turned up to attend the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) to select the probables (u-16) for its regional coaching centre on the Arya College ground here today.

The selection panel formed by the LDCA that include Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Pawan Pandey, Navneet Sharma, Dinesh Puri, Ankur Kakkar and Naresh Marwaha judged these boys at the trials.

The selected players will be enrolled with the centre being run at the same venue under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association. The Ludhiana district team for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship for ML Markan Trophy will also be finalised from these probables, informed Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA.



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