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Blind murder cracked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
With the arrest of three persons, the city police has claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of a migrant, who was gagged to death and his body was dumped in a vacant plot near National Highway - I (NH- I) on March 30.

The accused have been identified as Vashisht Giri, Satish Gautam, alias Vijay Kumar, and Ramanand, alias Nandu, all residents of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (UP). They were staying in Sherpur and surrounding areas.

While Vashisht Giri and Vijay Kumar were arrested by thwe police from the Sherpur area here today, their third accomplice was arrested by Government Railway Police (GRP) a few days ago for operating the “Zeharkhurani” gang.

Earlier, robbery was suspected to be the reason behind the murder. Following the allegation, a special team was constituted under the supervision of Davinder Kumar station house officer (SHO) Division No 6.

An old enmity turned out to be the reason behind the killing. During the investigation, it was found that Satish was having an old rivalry with his brother-in-law’s brother Vashisht Giri.

Munna Giri, the brother-in-law of the victim, confirmed that Vashisht and Satish were bitter enemies.

Following a tip-off, the police conducted a raid and nabbed Vashisht. The accused cracked soon and confessed to committing the murder and dumping the body in a pit near NH-I, close to Mohan Dai Cancer Research Centre.

He further added that Vijay and Nandu were also involved in the crime. Narrating the entire story to the police, Vashisht said his elder brother Munna Giri had met with an accident a few months ago. Unable to travel, Munna sent his brother Vashisht to take his wife back from Bihar where she was attending a wedding.

On reaching Bihar, Vashisht had a fight with Satish over a petty issue. Satish along with his friends thrashed Vashisht. Thinking him to be dead, Satish and his accomplices threw Vashisht in a vacant plot. Somehow Vashisht survived and managed to return home. He narrated the entire episode to his brother Munna Giri, but the latter took no action. Vashisht was again thrashed. This time for proposing Satish’s younger sister for marriage, who is just 15-year-old.

Vashisht was feeling humiliated after being thrashed twice and wanted to settle score. On March 31, he hatched a plan along with Nandu and Vijay.

As per the plan, he invited Satish at a tavern “to make amends”. Satish arrived and both of them consumed liquor at the tavern located on the NH- I. When Satish got drunk, Vashisht informed his friends Nandu and Vijay.

Both of them soon reached the tavern and took Satish on the opposite side of the road where they gagged the victim to death and threw the body in a pit.

The trio has been booked under Section 302 of the IPC for murder.

Nature’s call proved handy

Had Kamleshwar Mishra, a commuter, not gone down the road to answer the nature’s call, Satish could not have been located for a long time. According to a police officer, due to the road construction project on the NH-I, a lot of mud was being thrown on the side of the road. Had Mishra not spotted the body, it would have remained buried in the mud.


Driver held for theft at employer’s house
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
It was the trusted driver Harnek Singh who helped his brother Kulwant Singh to commit a theft at the house of his employer Munish Gupta.

The police today arrested Harnek Singh and recovered cash, gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh from a vacant plot near Dugri here today.

It was on the night of April 5 that thieves struck at the house of Munish Gupta, a nut bolt manufacturer, located in Model Town Extension, and decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of the rupees, including a diamond necklace worth Rs 12 lakh.

During the time of the theft, Munish Gupta had gone to Delhi in connection with a business dealing and was further scheduled to fly to Hong Kong, but due to the theft incident, he had to cancel his visit.

Komal, wife of the industrialist, children and Munish’s mother were visiting a restaurant when the thieves struck at the house and stole the gold jewellery and cash.

Following the theft incident, Munish had suspected the involvement of an insider behind the theft.

The Model Town police then launched its probe in the case and questioned the servants and construction workers.

During the probe, it was found that a door of the house was left open. The driver Harnek Singh was inquired about his involvement and he cracked soon and confessed to having helped his brother in committing the theft.

In police custody he was repenting on his folly. “I was beguiled by my brother Kulwant Singh. I was working in the house for seven years. They treated me like a member of the family but I did wrong with them,” lamented Harnek Singh.

He said that Kulwant, who was previously booked in a theft case, hatched the plan of theft.

When the family was leaving the house to eat dinner, Harnek, who was asked to lock the door, left one door opened. When the family reached the restaurant, Harnek informed his brother Kulwant, who entered the house and decamped with gold jewellery and cash. Later, he dumped gold ornament and cash by digging a pit at a vacant plot in Dugri. While Harnek has been nabbed, Kulwant is absconding. SHO Jaswinder Singh said hunt is on to nab the accused.



MC lodges protest with police
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Perturbed over the alleged “demand of money” and “harassment” by a traffic policeman, senior Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials lodged their protest with senior police officials in this regard here today.

The officials alleged that the policeman posted near the bus-stand was demanding “fees” from drivers of low-floor buses running under the City Bus Service project and operating in the area.

MC officials said the drivers were parking their buses in front of the designated bus shelter near Jawahar Nagar Camp cut, but the traffic policeman kept harassing them on one pretext or the other.

The matter worsened this evening when the policeman “impounded” a low-floor bus, number PB 10 DJ 8481, and took it to Traffic Police Station located in the Police Lines. The matter was immediately brought to the notice of MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi, who took it up with senior police officials and the matter was resolved. The low-floor bus was later released without paying fine.

The traffic policeman claimed that the bus was impounded after the driver had wrongly parked it, which led to traffic jam. “I had told them yesterday also that they should park their bus at a proper place, to which senior officials had agreed. But today, they parked it wrongly and I asked the driver to give registration papers so that I could challan it. When the driver failed to provide the documents, I impounded the bus and took it to the police station in police lines. But later the matter was resolved,” claimed the policeman.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi confirmed this incident, but did not divulge any details.

When contacted Baljit Singh, manager of City Bus Service, alleged that the traffic cop was demanding money from the drivers. “I had spoken to him yesterday and had assured him that our buses would remain parked only at the bus shelter near the Jawahar Nagar Camp cut. At around 5 pm today, when the bus was parked at the bus shelter, the cop reached there and started arguing with the driver. He told him that as the bus was wrongly parked, he would issue him a challan. As the bus was parked right, we refused to give him the registration papers, after which he misbehaved with the driver and later impounded the bus,” claimed Baljit Singh.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Swapan Sharma confirmed the incident. He said there was some misunderstanding between the traffic policeman and the bus driver. “But with the intervention of senior officials, the matter has been sorted out,” said Sharma.



1 killed, 8 hurt in road accidents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 8
A middle-aged woman was killed, while eight persons were injured in two separate road accidents that took place at different places during the past 24 hours in the area. In the first accident, a middle-aged woman died, while a youth was seriously injured when the scooter they were riding was hit from the rear by a speeding bus at Ludhiana-Bathinda highway near Mullanpur Dakha last evening.

The deceased was identified as Tej Kaur of Abbupura village near Sidhwan Bet, while the injured was identified as Amandeep Singh of Rattowal village near Gurusar Sudhar. As per information, Amandeep Singh and Tej Kaur were going towards Mullanpur Dakha from Gurusar Sudhar when the accident took place.

When they reached near a petrol pump outside Mullanpur Dakha, a speeding bus belonging to a private company hit the scooter from rear while overtaking it. The collision was so powerful that Tej Kaur died on the spot, while Amandeep Singh received critical injuries. Soon after the accident, Amandeep Singh was rushed to a private hospital of Mullanpur Dakha where his situation was stated to be out of danger.

The bus driver fled from the scene after the accident. A case has been registered in this regard at the Mullanpur Dakha police station. The police has impounded the vehicle. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused bus driver.

In a separate accident, seven persons, including six from the same family, got injured when the Tata Sumo they were traveling in collided head on with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction outside Dalla village near Jagraon this afternoon. The injured have been undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital Jagraon.

The victims have been identified as Balwinder Singh, his father Partap Singh, sister Shinderpal Kaur, brother in law Sukhminder Singh, two cousins Kaka Singh and Gurpreet Singh and car driver Raj Kumar. All injured hail from Kaunke Kalan village near Jagraon.

All these persons had visited Lakha village to attend the ring ceremony of Balwinder Singh. When they were coming back from Lakha, the vehicle they were traveling in collided head on with a Mahindra Pickup at the bridge of Sirhind Canal near Dalla village.

Soon after the accident, a police party from Kaunke Kalan police post reached the spot and impounded both the vehicles. No case was registered till the filing of this report. According to investigation officer, Nishan Singh, the police has recorded the statements of the victims and investigating is on. A case will be registered after verifying the facts of the statements given by the victims, he added.



Illegal sand mining goes unchecked
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machiwara, April 8
Although government machinery has swung into action against sand mafia in some areas of the state after media highlighted this issue, the practice is going on near the Sutlej river falling in village Saidpur Kanon of district Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The village is situated where the boundary of Ludhiana district ends.

On a visit to the site, it was observed that the digging process was in full swing and about 20 JCB machines were working to extract sand from the river bed.

According to reliable sources. about 500 trucks are daily filled with sand and sent to several area of the state, including some adjoining states for sale. Ironically these loaded trucks pass through Dhussi Bundh, causing a big damage to this bundh. Due to this heavy traffic of vehicles, the condition of Dhussi Bundh is worsening, but the department concerned is paying a deaf ear towards this big problem and seems to be in line with the law violators.

Some residents residing near the Sutlej bank are so terrified that they prefer to be silent, as often the sand mafia men remains armed with weapons and there seems to be no fear of the administration to the mafia men. According to some villagers, the department has leased out only some area of this village to the contractors to extract sand, but the mafia men are mining more areas than allotted. At some places, the mafia men extract the sand very deep, posing a danger to the bed.

Several residents, including Jeet Singh, Balkar Singh and Nambardar Tarsem Lal, gave information that the villagers had brought this matter to the notice of Chief Minister during a Sangat Darshan Pragramme at Rahon and he had directed the Deputy Commissioner SBS Nagar to take immediate action, but the mining was still continuing as the mafia had a great political backing.

Deputy Commissioner SBS Nagar Shruti Singh said she had directed the SDM concerned and the district administration to stop the illegal sand mining and the violators would not be spared.



Rainwater harvesting wells pose threat to residents
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 8
Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, a 475-acre residential scheme developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, on Pakhowal Road here are a harassed lot as four rainwater harvesting wells constructed with the objective of groundwater recharge are proving counter productive.

Due to poor maintenance and negligence of the LIT staff, the utility is posing a grave threat to area residents while they also run the risk of water contamination.

Residents of blocks G,H and B of the colony, led by Arvind Sharma, secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, in a representation to the LIT, have complained that a rainwater harvesting well constructed in November 2011 in front of house number 967-G along the public park lies uncovered from day one.

"The groundwater recharge facility, uncovered for the past several months, is full of garbage. It is a potential source of road accidents, as many two-wheelers and cyclists have fallen into it and sustained injuries. At the same time, the well also poses a threat of contamination of drinking water supplied to the locality as the tubewell is located just about 100 metres away, residents alleged.

They further maintained that water harvesting wells constructed in the H and G blocks are located very close to sewerage lines which often remain choked with the sewage overflowing and falling into the rainwater harvesting wells due to poor maintenance. "In case remedial measures are not taken without any further delay, the locality might face an outbreak of water-borne diseases with serious threat to the public health," the complaint cautioned.

Residents of the colony have demanded that the water harvesting wells, set up with the anoble objective of groundwater recharge, be properly maintained so that these do not become a public nuisance.

LIT officials said staff of the engineering wing and the operations and maintenance branch will look into the complaint and take necessary steps for proper maintenance of rainwater harvesting wells in the area.



City centre case adjourned
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
The court of Sessions Judge GS Matharoo today adjourned the alleged multi-crore city centre scam case involving former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh till April 28.

No effective proceedings took place today. The case was adjourned after marking the presence of accused persons only. Ex-CM Captain Amarinder Singh was not present in the court.

His personal presence was exempted by the court for today.

His son RanInder Singh, Chowdhary Jagjit Singh, Harpreet Sandhu, Raminder Richi were present during the court hearing.



Rights activist booked on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
A 40-year-old self-proclaimed human rights activist was booked for projecting a close-circuit television camera (CCTV) towards the bedroom of a girl living in his neighbourhood.

The accused, identified as Ajay Thakur, a resident of Salem Tabri, was booked by the Salem Tabri police and the CCTV camera that the activist had projected towards the bedroom was removed.

According to Parvesh Duggal, mother of the girl, the activist was harassing her daughter for quite some time.

He had even tried to molest her and grab her by the arm, alleged the woman.

She said that she has even requested Ajay Thakur to remove the CCTV, but to no avail.

Following the investigation, a police team arrested Ajay Kumar and booked him under Section 354 (molestation), 341 (wrongly restraining a person) and 294, (obscene songs) of the IPC.



Woman stabbed by snatchers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
A 23-year-old woman was stabbed at the back by two motorcycle-borne snatchers in the Salem Tabri area here this evening.

The victim, identified as Jyoti Thakur, was returning home when the snatchers came from behind and tried to snatch her chain. She resisted them and amidst the scuffle, was stabbed at the back. She was rushed to hospital where her condition was stated to be serious.



Encroacher-official nexus alleged
Member of MC monitoring committee against encroachments has charged building branch officials of the civic body of being ‘hand-in-glove’ with violators
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
A member of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s monitoring committee against encroachments has charged building branch officials of the civic body of being “hand-in-glove” with encroachers. Col Jagdish Singh Brar (retd), member of the monitoring committee and president of NGO Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, said the monitoring committee was non-operational for the last five months, as the MC officials have failed to call any meeting for reasons best known to them.

“The last meeting was called on November 15 last year and ever since, no meeting has been organised. The MC officials are fully aware of this fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed them to call the meeting of this monitoring committee every month,” rued Col Brar.

Brar has even threatened to move court against the civic body if it does not call a meeting of the committee in the coming days. “What is the use of forming this committee when the MC is not even serious about it? Maybe the MC officials are busy in some other work and are least bothered about the increasing menace of encroachments in the city,” he said.

He has also raised a question mark over the relevance of the monitoring committee, which was set up for supervising the anti-encroachment drives and other issues related to encroachments in the city.

Several other members of this monitoring committee have time and again raised questions about its functioning. Earlier also, Brar had written to the MC Commissioner and Senior Town Planner and had accused the MC staff of deliberately not putting the proper proceedings of the meeting on the paper.

“Whatever suggestions we give or point out encroachments, MC’s building branch officials don’t take these matters seriously. Even though they write down all points but when it comes to taking action, they fail miserably. This way they are not only cheating the residents, but are even misleading the Punjab and Haryana High Court. I feel that this committee is more of paper work than anything else,” rued Col Jagdish Singh Brar.

He alleged that MC land is usurped by land sharks in several parts of the city. “I have given them examples how some people of Sunet village are selling the MC land. But the MC has failed to take any action against even those who are causing loss to the MC. I must say that it’s a sorry state of affairs and the Punjab and Haryana High Court must be informed about all that the building branch is doing,” he said.

When asked Municipal Town Planner Raj Kumar about the reason why the meeting has not held after November 15, he confirmed the delay. “Yes there has been some delay but we would hold a meeting in few days,” claimed the MTP.



Docs dwell on advances in kidney cancer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Dayanand Medical College and Physician Forum, Ludhiana, organised a symposium on “Recent advances in kidney cancer”.

During the conference, it was stressed that kidney cancer accounts for 3 per cent of all adult deaths from cancer. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh (professor of urology and head, transplant unit and president-elect of urological society-NZ) said obesity was fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancer. Smoking, high blood pressure (hypertension), older age, misusing certain pain medicines, including over-the-counter pain medicines for a long time, chemicals in your workplace are other major risk factors.

The treatment depends largely on the type and stage of the cancer. The symposium was inaugurated by DMCH managing society vice-president Gian Chand Dhawan and principal Dr Daljit Singh in the presence of president of Physician’s Forum, Dr Karamvir Goyal.

In his lecture on the recent surgical options and advances in kidney cancer, Dr Aulakh discussed that surgery was gold standard for kidney cancer. Recently, surgery can be done by laparoscopically and robotically.

Dr Amit Bahl, MD, DNB, MRCP, FRCR, FFRRCSI chairman of South West England and South Wales Uro Oncology Group, expert advisor to NICE on new drugs in renal cancer presented a talk on the recent medical advances in kidney cancer, stressing upon the role of newer drugs and immunotherapy options.

Earlier, there were no effective drug therapies for the kidney cancer disease.



‘Credit war’ over appointment of safai sewaks
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Ever since the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has finalised the list of 1,450 contractual safai sewaks, who have been regularised, credit war among various leaders have started. At one time, this credit war had reached at such a place that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had to intervene.

So now, after getting “clearance” from the CM, the MC has organised a function where appointment letters would be issued to these permanent employees.

This function will be held tomorrow at the Zone A office of the MC located near Mata Rani Chowk here.

The MC had finalised a list of 1,450 safai sewaks to be regularised last week. Ever since, different leaders from within safai sewaks have been trying hard to stake claim over this matter.

Interestingly, both factions are holding two different functions on April 14, one of which would be held in Ropar, while the other at Ludhiana. CM Parkash Singh Badal is to attend Ludhiana function, so the other faction thought that they would miss out their share of “credit”, as they would be in Ropar that day.

As both functions have been planned well in advance, the dates could not be changed.

A senior MC official while requesting anonymity said the group organising function at Ludhiana was urging the CM to hand over the appointment letters to the safai sewaks at their function.

“While the other group had pressurised the CM to hand over letters as early as possible, which means before April 14 function at Ludhiana. As the MC elections are approaching, the state government wants support of both groups and so cannot afford to hurt feelings of either of them,” said the official.

MC Zonal Commissioner AS Sekhon informed that a function to hand over the appointment letters to 60 safai sewaks would be held at Zone A office tomorrow.

“We would hand over appointment letters to 60, while the remaining would be sent their appointment letters by post,” told Sekhon.



Basic infrastructure, a distant dream for students of poor background
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
It may sound unbelievable, but it is true that the education system is also discriminating between the poor and the rich. Wide differences can be seen in government schools despite the fact that all of these schools get same financial help under the government schemes and aid. The schools in well-planned areas fare better in terms of infrastructure and basic set up than those in modest areas of the city. Government Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University; Government Primary School, Gobind Nagar, and Government Model School, Cemetery Road, and a number of other government schools in the posh localities are far better and have proper furniture and sitting arrangements for the students.

Contrary to it, the schools in modest areas of the city do not have basic infrastructure. Ironically, some of the schools do not even have sufficient benches for the students. Even buildings of some schools are in a miserable condition. Most of the schools in Salem Tabri, Shimlapuri, Jodhewal Basti, Haibowal and other areas stand nowhere as compared to the schools in the posh areas. All government schools are receiving a number of grants from various state and Centre-sponsored schemes. But the basic infrastructure is still a distant dream for the poor students.

“The Central government is sending sufficient grants under various schemes to uplift the infrastructure in the government schools. The major reason for the poor condition of the government schools is the lack of administrative skills in teachers. Moreover, dedication towards education is also needed,” said a teacher from a local government school.

Sanjeev Thaper, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, said, “The government grants are not sufficient to maintain the standard of schools and education. We are also facing the same problem due to the shortage of funds. Our schools look more equipped and maintained because we get some donations from the local citizens and politicians.”



Reporters’ Diary
Beggars are no more choosers

With the changing times, the adage, “beggars are not choosers” is proving to be false and quite literally. The other day when I was accosted by a beggar asking for something to eat and gave him chaana pooris, the beggar wrinkled his nose showing displeasure, asking me to bring something else saying he had a lot of these. He rather asked me to get him an ice cream from the stall nearby. A passerby hearing the conversation smiled saying even beggars of the city have not been spared from consumerism, as they beg not to satisfy their hunger, but for pleasure.

Field day for tantriks

Giving two hoots to the prohibitory orders issued by the district administration and police commissionerate on publication and telecast claims of magic cure, the horde of tantriks are splashing their advertisements in most of the vernacular newspapers, while the local cable network channels are also flooded with their paid propaganda claiming remedy to all domestic disputes, unemployment, failure in love life and even treatment of several incurable diseases and conditions. Even as thousands of city residents fall prey to these unscrupulous “tantriks” and waste their hard earned money without getting anything in return, the police and district authorities keep their eyes and ears closed to the exploitation and extortion racket.

Tough competition to Bollywood

The Punjabi movies have finally started giving a tough competition to Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters. Manager of a local multiplex, who has recently been posted in the state, was “surprised” with the kind of response a recently released Punjabi movie is getting as compared to a Bollywood flick and a 3D Hollywood blockbuster movie. He was seen discussing this matter with his seniors and was finding it hard to explain that the Punjabi movie be shifted to a bigger hall. “The Punjabi movie is running in a small cinema hall, while the bigger ones in our multiplex are running Bollywood movie. Interestingly, Punjabi movie is running housefull, while not many people are coming for Bollywood flick. I have asked my seniors to shift the Punjabi movie to a bigger hall so that we can earn well. I have come from Delhi and have never seen such response for the regional cinema,” he said smilingly.

‘Wake up call’

After days of hectic schedule, I decided not to get up early in the morning. But next morning before my alarm could ring, I heard a different sound with some movement. Hurriedly, I got up and saw the time on clock and it was 5.30 am. As I opened the main door of my house, I was taken by a beautiful surprise, as a big peacock was sitting on the boundary wall of my house and was trying to fly. Interestingly, it was not alone but its siblings, which were four in number, were also standing near the main gate waiting for the big flight of the peacock sitting on the wall. Indeed it was a soothing wake up call for me.


The towing away of vehicles in the city to teach residents a lesson not to violate the traffic rules has certainly borne fruits. The “carefree” residents in the city, who never bothered to follow the rules previously, make sure that they park their vehicles inside the yellow line in all major markets in the city. A woman, who had a kitty party at a restaurant in Ghumar Mandi, was trying hard to park the vehicle. As it was already late, the friend accompanying her asked to park the car outside any shop. The woman replied, “For getting a punctuality of Rs 200, I am not ready to shell out Rs 500 to the tow-away vehicle. Besides, when they will cut the challan, I will have to pay another Rs 1,000 or so. It is better not to get Rs 200 than to shell out more than thousand bucks.”

Contributed by Gurvinder Singh, Kuldip Bhatia, Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Anupam Bhagria and Shivani Bhakoo



More funds needed for growth of livestock sector: Experts
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
In spite of the fact that policy makers in the government are convinced that livestock sector is future engine of growth both in terms of growth/ employment, food and nutritional security, investments made in the sector, have been far lower than required to support even existing levels of growth.

Experts felt that incentives for private participation had been missing in livestock sector. They said funds were needed for strengthening infrastructure for research, extension and development.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), said the major component of livestock production system included health, breeding, reproduction and feed.

As per annual (2010) report published on economics of milk production and its regular monitoring in Punjab, losses from these components have been estimated to be Rs 430 billion. The reduction in these losses can improve the economy of the livestock entrepreneurship.

“The need is to provide quality diagnostic and vaccines for improved disease management. Poor reproductive efficiency is the other major concern that livestock sector is facing,” said Dr Taneja.

Besides, the experts stressed that food quality, safety and traceability were the major concern in the food supply chain from farm to folk. In the supply chain of milk from farm to consumer, middlemen/ milkmen were the weak chain but they handled a large volume of milk. There was an urgent need of policy intervention to register all those whosoever were concerned/ dealing with milk business, to establish the traceability. “Through registration, middlemen can also be encouraged to get short term training for milk handling vis-à-vis quality of milk. The facilities at the end of middlemen can also be audited before renewing their licence,” stressed Dr Taneja.

Rajpal Singh, a progressive dairy farmer, said poor delivery of livestock services had also been a major concern and agriculture models tried for animal science extension, had not given the required dividends. “Although the issue of poor delivery of livestock services has been raised at several forums and brought to the notice of planners, it continues to suffer. 



ludhiana scan
Delegation meets health minister

A deputation of the Ludhiana District Chemist Association met Health Minister Madan Mohan on April 5 at the residence of Bhagwan Singh under the presidentship of Tikka Dalip Singh along with Harish Kapila. Tikka Dalip Singh stated, “It has become difficult to get new drug licence under the new drug policy. We requested the Health Minister that new licence should be issued to genuine persons to reduce unemployment.” He further added, “We discussed with the minister to stop putting red stamp while issuing and renewing drug licence. In case of seizure of medicines, the drug authorities should fill up Form 16 instead of Form 15 and valid chemist should get three to four days to produce records of the seized medicine.

Blood donated

Congress leader Krishan Kumar Bhawa has celebrated his birthday by donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Bank along with his son Arjun Bhawa and Pooja Bhawa. He also distributed a cake, fruits and sweets to people.


A state-level meeting of the Education Provider Union led by president Ajmer Singh Aulakh was held here on Saturday. District presidents and state committee members participated at the meeting and discussed the problems faced by the education provider.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised on the occasion of World Health Day by the Ludhiana Youth Congress. The camp was presided over by Youth Congress president Deepak Khndori.

Martyrdom day

To mark the martyrdom day of Baba Jeevan Singh, a function was organised at Dhamot Kalan village in Payal. Speaker Punjab Legislative Assembly, Charanjit Singh Atwal, was the chief guest. He talked about the life of Baba Jeevan Singh and exhorted that the youth should give up drugs. He said we should take inspiration from the life of such great leaders and should work towards the betterment of humanity. — Tribune Reporters



Cleanliness missing from MC’s dictionary
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 8
The town is fast turning into a garbage dump. Heaps of garbage can be seen in every nook and corner. Foul smell emanating from the garbage has made the lives of residents miserable.

One can easily gauge the effectiveness of the local municipal council as far as lifting of garbage is concerned from the fact that the litter has not been lifted from outside Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School situated just a stone’s throw away from the MC’s office.

The situation is no different at the Raikot Road, Sadan Market, Shubash Gate, Disposal Road and College Road near Bus stand.

It is not that the MC is short of resources to handle such a situation. There is ample machinery as well as man force available with the MC for lifting the garbage, but lack of willingness among sanitation workers and apathetic approach of the officials concerned are the major reasons behind the problem.

SDM Isha Kalia had recently held a meeting with the municipal council officials as well as representatives of various NGOs to sort out the problem of garbage.

After listening to the suggestions of residents and representatives of the NGOs present during the meeting, a specific plan was chalked out to solve the problem permanently. After the meeting, the situation improved little bit, but things came to square one after a few days. “The garbage was lifted 10 days ago from our locality. Since then not even a single sanitation worker has come here to lift the garbage,” said Dr Arun Singla, a local resident.

Civic body president Baldev Krishan Dhir, when contacted, claimed that the workers were lifting garbage on a regular basis.



High drama witnessed
Towing away of car at Sarabha Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
High drama was witnessed at the Sarabha Nagar area here today when residents allegedly entered into a heated argument with a traffic policeman and took out the keys of a tow-away vehicle that was taking away a wrongly parked car.

The incident took place at around 11 am when the traffic police saw a car parked in the middle of a road. Soon a recovery vehicle was called and the car was being towed away.

In the meantime, the occupant of the vehicle Amit of Jagjit Nagar near the Pakhowal road saw his car being towed away and came in front of the police recovery vehicle.

The policeman and Amit entered into a heated argument.

While the owner of the car and policeman were arguing over the issue, Ramanpreet, a friend of Amit, also reached the scene and opposed the police action. The duo alleged that instead of giving warning, the policemen were unnecessarily towing away the vehicles to make a quick buck.

In a fit of rage, Amit removed the keys of the tow-away truck and put it in his pocket.

The Sarabha Nagar police reached the spot and detained the two residents for removing the keys of the tow-away truck.

It is learnt that the residents later apologised for their mistake and assured the policemen that they would not repeat the mistake in future. However, later during the evening, the duo was booked for interrupting a government servant in performing his duty.



Amateur artists display artwork
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Khushpreet Kaur from Dhuri started sketching with perfection right from the beginning when she created her first sketch about four years ago. Though she was good at drawing, even she was surprised, as her first sketch of Aishwarya Rai had the detailing and intricacy that everyone appreciated. She has since created many sketches and also done sketches on nature. When she came to know about an exhibition being organised through an acquaintance, she decided to come and display her work.

Some amateur artists like her displayed their work at the Artists of Ludhiana today.

The exhibition and dance workshop were organised in the city. Babli Singh, a member of the Punjab Lalit Kala Academi, inaugurated the exhibition. About 20 stalls exhibiting creative work were exhibited.

Ravneet Saggu, another amateur artist, loves to paint on walls and participated in the exhibition for sharing the experience. He says painting walls with good artwork infuses new life in them.



Alumni meet at homoeopathic college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
The second alumni meet of Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital and a state-level function to celebrate the World Homoeopathy Day was organised here today.

The organisation felicitated practitioners, teachers and senior doctors in the field. Nearly 550 delegates from all over Punjab and nearby states participated in this function.

Dr Anurag Sood, general sectary CLAP, presented the annual report and also urged the fellow doctors to participate whole-heartedly in educational seminars and workshops to be organised by CLAP in the future to keep themselves updated.


Meanwhile, a magician performing magic with a pigeon was stopped by activists of the Animal Welfare Board saying it is the violation of the Animal Act.



Easter celebrated with fervour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Easter was celebrated with fervour and churches in the city were all decked up for the occasion. To mark the day, devotees congregated in the churches.

According to Father Joseph, in charge of Holy Cross Church, Sarabha Nagar, about 1,000 devotees congregated at the club last night and prayed together till early morning. “This day commemorates the resurgence of Christ,” he said. Christian feast and holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion, he said.

“It is a happy occasion. After observance of Good Friday that marked the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life for the good of humanity, it was the day to celebrate and understand the teaching of Jesus for love and humanity,” said Stephen, who attended the celebrations. “We also observed Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance before Good Friday,” said another devotee.

Feast was organised in the city after the prayers were over. Some of the foreigners who are studying in the city also visited the church to celebrate the day. Theophilus from Liberia who is studying at PAU visited the church along with his Kenyan friend. He was elated to be a part of the celebrations.

According to Robert Dua, a member of the Christian Council of the city, said everyone celebrated Easter with the message of love and peace for all.

According to Father Joseph, there are about 17 Catholic churches in the district and the day was celebrated with devotion at all churches.



‘SMEs help generate employment’

Ludhiana, April 8
An industrial interaction was held between members of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) and Netherlands Senior Experts on SMEs under Free Assistance Programme for Developing Countries here yesterday.

Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, CICU, welcomed delegates while Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, said SMEs contributed significantly to the national priorities of employment generation, entrepreneurship promotion, industrial development and wealth distribution. Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said technical expertise played an important role in the growth of SMEs. Small enterprises could rarely afford technical experts and professionals. “Technical assistance can take varied forms: consultancy, vocational training, sectorial studies and field studies. It is imperative to adopt technical skills so as to enhance efficiency and productivity,” said Upkar Singh.

John de Bruijn said PUM Netherlands senior experts financially assisted by the Netherlands government provide free assistance to industries and organisations for upgrading their technical/ managerial know-how and training of personnel.

“PUM (government-funded organisation) was founded in 1978 and is currently operative in 80 countries, including India. PUM has more than 4,000 voluntary experts in almost all areas of economy. In India, PUM has assisted more than 2,500 units in the last 10 years and organised meetings/ workshops / seminars in 75 sectors, including paper, textile spinning, cement, cycles, automobiles, engineering, agriculture, food processing, dairy, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and bulbs,” said Brujin. — TNS



CM to meet DCs today
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called the first “high-level” meeting with the Deputy Commissioners (DCs), Additional Commissioners and administrative secretaries on several key issues at the secretariat, Chandigarh, tomorrow.

About a dozen important issues will be discussed by the CM with officials during the meeting, on which, the officials have reportedly started preparing well in advance.

According to sources in the public relations department, the meeting is held to pass-on necessary instructions to the district heads in the state. One of the important issues to be discussed at the meeting will be to connect all offices (under administration) under one roof like the mini-secretariat. The officials have been asked to bring proposals for the large districts where further expansions in the mini-secretariat were not possible. “The aim is to make things easy for visitors so that they need to go here and there to get their work done,” said an official in the department on the condition of anonymity.

“The CM is going to act tough with officials who skip offices and work from home. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the officials need to be present at their main offices, while on Mondays and Fridays, they could go on tours/fields. The removal of encroachments on the rural roads is another point in the agenda,” said the official.



SCD College: Good response to doctorate in Hindi
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
The PhD programme in Hindi at SCD Government College is getting a good response from students. Started in 2009, it is the only Panjab University affiliated college in the state where doctorate in Hindi is available after the university campus.

According to Dr Mukesh Arora, a professor in Hindi department and coordinator of research at the college, about 11 students are pursuing PhD in the subject and doing research on varied topics.

He said it was a precondition to start the doctorate that a minimum of three academicians with a doctorate in the subject should be in the college and no college in the state met this precondition. Adequate infrastructure and good library were also taken into consideration before starting the degree, said Prof Rajinder Jain, associate professor.

Considering the facts that it was introduced only a couple of years ago, the subject is getting a good response, he said.

“It is good that the doctorate degree is available in the college, otherwise, I would have had to go to the university to pursue my doctorate,” said Jeetu from Raikot and is pursuing PhD in the area of novels.



PSPCL set to hike tariffs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is due to increase the tariffs for all its consumer sectors from this month. The increase has not been announced yet. Last year also, the industry had to bear the brunt as tariffs were revised in August but were made applicable from April 1, as a result the industry had to suffer losses.

“We are anxiously waiting for the hike in tariffs but PSPCL has not announced it yet. Now we are taking orders according to the present production cost but once the power tariff is increased, the production cost will go high. Last year, the rates were revised in August but were made applicable from April 1, as a  result we had to bear the losses since we had booked the orders according to the previous production cost,” said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

Another industrialist, Tarun Jain, said the hiked tariff should be announced 15 days before so that the industry did not face any problem while booking its orders. Once the orders are booked on a particular price, we cannot revert it. Last year, we had to pay from our own pockets to finish the orders,” he said.

Further, Jindal said if PSPCL was to increase its tariffs then what was it waiting for. It should increase the prices immediately so that we do not face any problem, he said.



Budding shooter in the making
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Anhad Jawanda is 13 and shoots air pistol with aplomb. Having started playing the sports only a couple of years ago, he has already won a gold medal and two bronze medals at the All-India Inter-School Competition in group events in 10m air pistol categoty and won two gold and bronze medals in the individual events at the Punjab State Shooting Competition.

A student of Class IX at Guru Nanak Public School sees his future in shooting. His father Inderjeet Singh Jawanda, a national-level shooter, inspired him.

He undergoes training for a couple of hours everyday at the shooting range in Government College. The training involves exercises like dry run, weight training for strengthening wrists and building stamina. “It is a sport of accuracy and concentration as even a bit of distraction can spoil the game. For this purpose, we also do exercises for improving concentration,” he says.

According to Gurjit Singh, shooting coach with Punjab sports department in the district, shooting talent in the city is coming up well and Anhad is also doing well as a young talent. His father said he wanted his son to do well in the sports and got equipment, including pistol, especially imported from Germany for Anhad.



Seasonal affective disorder
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
With the change of season, seasonal affective disorder is ruling the mind of people. Dr Sanjiv Gupta, a consultant psychiatrist, said, “Although no real cause of the disorder is known, it is believed that the pineal gland which controls the moods goes through cyclical rhythm and changes.” “Some people become excited to the extent of mania, while others become depressed,” he said.

“In Punjab, there is a peculiar problem as people start taking more alcohol when they become either depressed or excited, worsening their condition,” he said. When they are in an excited state of mind, they take more risks, he added.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a psychologist, agrees that people are genetically predisposed to this kind of affective disorder. However, it can be treated with medication and cognitive treatment as well. “Positive thoughts release positive chemicals in the brain,” she said.



Kalyan is Bar Assn chief
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 8
Advocate Shiv Kumar Kalyan was elected as the new president of the Bar Association, Samrala, during the elections held for the post. He defeated former president of Bar Association, Daljit Singh Shahi by 11 votes.

A total of 59 members, out of 67, cast their votes in which Kalyan claimed 35 votes, while Shahi could take only 24 votes.

Apart from this, other office-bearers of the council were elected unanimously. Advocate Gurjit Singh was elected as vice-president, Gaggan Sharma as secretary, Binni Baweja as treasure and Gagan Thapar as joint secretary.



36 donate blood

Khamano, April 8
A blood donation camp was organised at the community centre, Khamano, by Life Care Welfare Society with the help of Nehru Yuva Kender, Fatehgarh Sahib. The camp was inaugurated by market committee chairman Gurdip Singh and SMO Khamano, Dr Shashi Kant. They appealed to the people to donate blood, as several precious lives could be saved by this noble cause.

A total of 36 units of blood were collected on the occasion. — OC



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
DMC Alumni Committee yesterday organised the third alumni CME at Dumra Auditorium of the DMCH. The event was inaugurated by treasurer of the DMCH managing society Satish Sanwalka.

Medical superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri said such CMEs were organised to felicitate the alumni of DMC. Guest lectures were also delivered. A panel discussion on the “Rapid use of antibiotics and growing resistance of pathogens” was also held.



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