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Commuting in city eased
Buses start plying on Ferozepur road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
Residents, there is a good news for you. Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) has started plying buses on the Ferozepur road from today onwards. With this, those living in Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Aggar Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and others localities along the Ferozepur road could commute from one pace to another without bothering about traffic jams.

Interestingly, the buses operating on this route will also pass through residential areas like Block J and HJ of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Rajguru Nagar.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had carried out the trial run of the buses on this route in March to check its financial viability. The officials decided to start plying buses on this route on priority basis. The trial run has also been carried out in the Dhandra and Chandigarh road. The Ferozepur route is 9.5-km long while the Dhandra is 9.7 km and the Chandigarh road 11.3 km.

Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited has added a fleet of 10 new semi low floor non AC buses. These buses have been purchased directly from Ashok Leyland at a cost of Rs 3.52 crore.

Presently only 10 low-floor non-AC buses are running on a single route-starting from the bus stand to the Jalandhar bypass.

A senior official said the buses would ply from 5.30 am till 11 pm everyday. “Now that this route has been made operational, another fleet of 30 low floor buses is expected by June end. When these buses arrive, we would depute them on the Dhandra road, Chandigarh road and GT road route,” the official added.

The city bus service was launched by the Municipal Corporation on December 17 and it has been running successfully ever since. The main reason for the success of the service is that it is comfortable and much cheaper than auto-rickshaws.

Residents are given tickets through electronic ticketing machines. Behind the ticket, the time table and route map are printed. If one travels up to 5 kilometers in this bus, he pays Rs 5, for traveling between 5 and 10 kilometers Rs 10 and for a journey above 10 kilometers the ticket charges are Rs 15.

The LCBSL official added that for traveling on the Ferozepur route, the maximum amount one has to pay would be Rs 10 as the entire route is only 9.5 kilometers. “One has to pay at least Rs 10 for one trip in an auto-rickshaw, but for distance up to 5 kilometers in a low-floor bus residents will have to shell out just Rs 5. So this service is economical, safe and comfortable,” the official added.

Ferozepur Route (9.5 km)

Railway station, Durga Mata Mandir, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Mini-Secretariat, Bhai Bala Chowk, Aarti Chowk, PAU Gate Number 1 and 2, Verka Milk Plant, Sunet village turn, Aggar Nagar, intersection near Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar J-Block, near Lodhi Club, BRS Nagar HJ Block, Rajguru Nagar, Jeevan Preet Nagar, Aman Nagar cut and Ferozepur road octroi post.


Cong councillor’s PA, three others booked
They were betting on ongoing IPL matches 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
In a major crackdown on punters, the Division No 3 police has booked personal assistant of Congress Councillor Sanjay Talwar and three others for allegedly betting on the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

SHO Maninder Bedi said the councillor along with notorious bookie Ashok Kumar and his accomplices-Bobby, Sonu and Prince- manhandled head constable Tarlochan Singh and stopped him from performing his duty.

The SHO said Bobby, Sonu and Prince informed the councillor about the raid.

The councillor reached the spot and allegedly instigated the punters, who were confronted the police party, Bedi added.

“I reached the spot and after verified the facts. Four persons were booked under Sections 307, 332, 186, 353 and 420 of the IPC and 13A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act. Meanwhile, a word was spread that I was attacked and injured, which is untrue. I am perfectly fine. In fact, it was Tarlochan, who sustained injuries.”

Sanjay Talwar, councillor, said, “The matter has been blown out of proportion. I have not been booked in any case. It was the police party that had reportedly thrashed a youth and made him sit in the police vehicle. I have pacified the irate crowd. The crowd up in arms against the police. The matter has been amicably settled. We came to know that four persons have been booked for thrashing the police party and betting on cricket matches in the morning.” No one has been arrested so far. 



Three held for killing man
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, May 12
The Goraya police has succeeded in arresting a youth identified as Anil Kumar and two other friends of his-Karamjit Singh and Rajinder Kumar- after three days. All of them are residents of nearby village Mahal. They were arrested on the charges of brutally murdering Anil’s father-in-law Kuldip Chand in broad daylight on May 9.

The entire incident revolves around inter-caste love affair, which was unacceptable to both families.

Goraya SHO Sarabjit Singh Rai said today that Anil Kumar had confessed having killed Kuldip to aveng Sandeep Kaur's death. She was reportedly found dead under mysterious circumstances in her parent’s house at Chack Thotrra village on February 25.

The SHO said Anil Kumar of Mahal village, who runs an electronics shop at Apra, fell in love with Sandeep, daughter of a transporter Kuldip. The lovers got their marriage registered with the Registrar of Marriages, Chandigarh, in August 2009.

Their parents refused to get them married. Sandeep started living with her parents. It was after a lot of persuasion that Anil and Sandeep’s parents decided to get them married. Strangely, Sandip breathed her last a day before the wedding on February 25.

Her parents told the police that she had been suffering from typhoid. Anil’s parent, however, refused to believe this, alleging that it was a case of “honour” killing.

Anil along with two other accused struck Kuldip Chand with sharp-edged weapons and escaped. 



3 migrants held, 14 kg marijuana seized
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The city police has busted a gang of three members and recovered 14 kilograms of marijuana worth Rs 2.80 lakh from them.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (II) Bhupinder Singh said three persons identified as Pramod Kumar Jaiswal and Sudama Sahni, both residents of the Motihari district, and Ram Sarup Prasad, a resident of the Betia district in Bihar, were stopped and interrogated near the Gill road. Marijuana worth over Rs 2.80 lakh was recovered from their possession. Jaiswal was carrying 4 kilogram marijuana in a polythene bag. Sudama and Ram Sarup were carrying 5 kilogram each.

They used to purchase the drugs from their native places in Bihar and sell these at exorbitant prices in Punjab. “The drug mafia has spread its wings in the state and is playing with the lives of innocent people. We hope that more drugs would be recovered from their possession during interrogation,” Bhupinder Singh added.

A case has been registered against the accused by the Shimlapuri police station.



Misuse of Food Supply building
Safe heaven for drug addicts, anti-social elements
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 12
The building of the godowns situated in the premises of Punjab Food Supply Department situated near LRDAV College, Jagraon, has been proving a safe heaven for the drug addicts as well as other anti-social elements.

The building of the godown had been used by the Punjab Food Supply department to store the food grain several years ago but the department had stopped using the building for storing food grain due to near collapsing building several years ago and till then this building has been laying worthless. But this place has been proving quite ‘useful’ for the drug addicts.

The heaps of empty bottles of cough syrups as well as strips of many habit forming drugs misused by the drug-addict youths could often be seen laying in the building premises, which is situated only a few meters away on the back side of the main office of the Punjab Food Supply department where many officials of the department remain present whole the day.

If that is not sufficient to prove that, drug addicts are using the building, one can often see many youths and other drug-addicts consuming these habitforming drugs at this place.

During a visit to the said building, today, a large number of empty bottles of cough syrup banned by the health department were found on the building premises.

A poor rickshaw puller, who is addicted to drugs was also seen collecting some drops of the cough syrup from a large number of the empty bottles laying in the building premises. When asked what he was doing here, he hesitated to talk initially, but when pressed, he revealed that he was addicted to drugs and as that today he had no money to buy it, so therefore, he arrived here to ‘manage’ some drug from a large number of empty bottles of cough syrup laying there.

Besides, a large number of college students situated a few meters away from this office, also use this place for consuming drugs. These youths spent most of their time at a couple of barber shops and tea points situated near the college and sometimes they create a lot of ruckus in the market due to which the residents as well as shopkeepers of the area have too face a lot of troubles.

“These youths often create problems in the area and sometimes clash with the passerby and local shopkeepers on minor issues. We are really facing a tough time due to presence of such anti social elements in this area,” said a local shopkeeper requesting anonymity.

The area residents and shopkeepers rued that though they had brought the issue into the notice of the local police many times yet nothing concrete has been done to prevent such anti-social elements from sitting uselessly here.

Food Supply Officer at Punjab Food Supply Office, Jagraon, Seeta Ram, admitted that he was aware of the problem but said he feels helpless in stopping such people from entering the premises.

“It is not that we did not make any effort. Sometime ago we stopped two youths from entering the building premises but when we were leaving from the office, they stopped us on our way and threatened us of facing serious consequences if we try to stop them again in the future. We cannot face such anti-social elements and even the police is not cooperating with us,” he rued.

When contacted, the SHO Jagraon Surinder Singh said that he has not received any complaint regarding this from anyone so far. But he added that the police would take a strict action in this direction if someone comes forward with a complaint.



Proving her mettle as a nurse
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
In the modern times when very few people serve the suffering humanity with total dedication and devotion, here is an auxillary nurse midwife (ANM) of the health department who has followed the footsteps of Florence Nightingale and has set an example for many.

Sheela Deol an ANM working at Sub-Centre, Jawaddi (under Sahnewal block of the health department), who has been awarded today by the President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil for her services to the health society.

The only one from state to get gold medal, a citation and a cheque of Rs 50,000 was brimming with confidence when she said, "I have achieved a target but for me sky is the limit. I will work more consistently to make my performance better than ever. Of course, it is an unforgettable day of my career as ANM." Commenting about her achievement Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said, "It is a matter of proud for me that an employee of my district has been selected for this prestigious award. I congratulate her and wish her more achievements in her profession. It is good to be a dedicated worker but when a person works with passion, it definitely makes him or her different from others." Her husband, Inderjeet Singh Deol, who is a businessman said, "It is a big moment for all of us. Last year she was awarded at a state-level function for her services. Now she has taken a step forward, which is a milestone indeed." A mother of two, Sheela conducted 109 institutional deliveries in a year along with chipping in for other health services running under National Rural Health Mission.

When asked her about future plans, she replies softly, "I will hone my skills towards excellence."



International Nursing day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
To commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing profession faculty and students of college of nursing, DMC and Hospital celebrated International Nurses Day here today. Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary, DMC Managing Society were the chief gust on the occasion.

Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal, college of nursing ephasised that, “In quest for quality and access to health care, nurses must constantly strive to use evidence based approaches to nursing service. The use of evidence for nursing actions is a critical and achievable way to improve health system performance.”



Writer pays homage to Manto
Birth anniversary celebrations on in city
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
As Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto's birth centenary celebrations are on, noted writer Kewal Dheer walks down the memory lane with his book "Manto Mera Dost" that was penned way back in 1962.

Writing about a hero-in-absentia is not an easy job, particularly if you happen to share with him his passion for writing. There's always the danger that you'll be projecting your own literary aspirations on your hero. But fortunately, Dheer steered clear of this when he wrote "Manto Mera Dost". "Manto's strong literary presence made my task easier," says Dheer, whose introduction to Manto was through "Thanda Gosht", one of the most controversial works of Manto. Manto was much ahead of his times. His stories were incisive portrayals that had a visionary's insight. Unfortunately, the people were not yet ready for his stories, says Dheer. Manto's short yet eventful life had many shades to it. The legal wrangles his stories got him into, his addiction to alcohol, his perceptive and creative abilities that refused to budge under societal pressure - all are now a part of the great story writer's story.Not many know that he was a playwright also, says Dheer. "Incidentally, he never wrote in long hand. He would be seen typing away furiously on his typewriter. And deletions and additions were very rare while he typed his radio plays. "Dheer, along with other litterateurs, plans to organize "Manto Utsav" in October this year. "I would be inviting Manto's daughters to Ludhiana," adds the writer whose annual visits to Pakistan are marked by a visit to Manto's grave.



Row between DMCH, union gets murkeier
2 employees were fired in January
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The row between Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and its employees’ union seem to be getting murkier with every passing day with both the sides claiming to be right. The office bearers of Dayanand Medical College and the Hospital employees union claim that two of the employees were suspended after their elections on April 18, while the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital authorities claim they were suspended in January, much before the "union elections."

Charan Dass and Hardish Masih, president and press secretary of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Employees Union were suspended by the hospital authorities.

A delegation of DMCH employees union and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh had met the police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and the Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashish Chaudhary, yesterday, had apprised them of the situation. Today, the union members held a protest outside the office of the labour department office and alleged that the department officials were doing nothing to solve this matter.

Hardish Masih claimed that the DMCH authorities were trying to suppress their rights by suspending them.

“We as well as the other hospital employees are facing harassment from the hands of the hospital authorities every day. And whenever we raise our voice, we are suppressed with such tactics. We have requested the police authorities to organise a table talk between both the sides so that the law and order situation of the hospital be maintained. We also demand that both Charan Dass and I should be, immediately, reinstated because we have not created any indiscipline," claimed Masih.

When contacted Col JV Singh, DGM (Admin & HR) he said that both, Charan Dass and Hardish Masih, were suspended for their careless attitude and misbehaviour in January.

"Later, on April 18, they formed an illegal union just to save themselves from disciplinary action. We already have a recognised the employees union and the union of which they claim to be office bearers is illegal and not recognised by us. We are very clear that we would not tolerate any kind of pressure tactics ," he said.



No nurseryman to nurse school gardens
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 12
On one hand students of government schools are expecting laptops, which was one of the promises of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal before the State Assembly Elections on the other hand it is hard to the manage the government schools due to the shortage of staff.

Saheed-E-Aazam Sukhdev Thaper Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, where post of gardener has been vacant since 2003. In the absence of gardeners there is no one to take care of the 10-acre school campus.

The issue came in light when an RTI activist Varinder Singh complained to Punjab State Human Rights Commission that the school is neglecting safety of students as grass and weeds were mushrooming in school campus during rainy session last year.

While replying to the Human Rights commission, the school admitted that it has no gardener to take care of school campus. A single post of gardener has been vacant since May 31, 2003 after the retirement of previous gardener.

The school authorities stated that they have only 2 safai sewkas who were not sufficient to take care of 46 classrooms and laboratories of school. School demanded from the Human Rights commission to give instructions to the Education department to provide them at least 6 safai karmchari and 6 gardeners.

The school authorities claimed that after the complaint from Varinder Singh, they have destroyed the weeds by hiring the labourers after collecting money from teachers.

Varinder Singh, the RTI activist said, "I have complained to the commission for the safety of student. Now commission asked me to file my statement. I have only one thing to say that the government should provide the gardener and other required staff to school for the safety of students."

Karamjeet Kaur, principal, Saheed-E-Aazam Sukhdev Thaper Government Girls Senior Secondary School said, "It is very hard to take care of the campus without a gardener. But we manage this by spending from our own pockets. The department should fill the vacant post of gardener."



Cultural programme marks annual function at INIFD
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
An annual function was organised at INIFD campus. The highlight of the evening was the most appreciated designer collection 'Infinity' by designer duo Manoj Kumar and Vinod Bhardwaj of Lakme Fashion Week.

They were mentored by eminent Designer Aki Narula. The students danced impeccably to the tunes of different dances, for they dazzled the evening with their stunning dances.

Students celebrated the evening dancing with abandon. Piyush Malhotra presented the semi-classical dance form. The Punjabi performance by girls got everyone set to dance. Solo hip-hop dance by Ravia was appreciated by all.

Students performed different genres of dance, including Latin, belly, hip-hop, salsa. 



Inhabited by migrants, still well maintained
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
Ward number 13 is a mix of both East and West. It has well maintained colonies such as Sector 39 on the Chandigarh road and at the same time, it has areas like Hira Nagar, New Moti Nagar, Railway Colony and others, which houses a large number of migrant population.

Ill-maintained fountain in ward no 15 in Ludhiana.
Ill-maintained fountain in ward no 15 in Ludhiana.

Located between the Chandigarh road and Muslim Colony area, around 13 acres has been attached to this ward by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) as well as the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA).

If you enter this ward from Muslim Colony side, one is welcomed with huge heaps of garbage, ill-maintained roads, water accumulated on roads and other problems related to civic amenities.

But when one reaches Moti Nagar, one of the first localities developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust four decades ago, residents start airing their grievances. People say that even as this locality is one of the best in the city, the land meant for developing a community centre now looks more like a pond full of sewerage water.

They say that despite several requests, neither area councillor Sukhdev Singh Gill nor the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities have taken steps to resolve this problem. Stray animals as well as buffaloes can be seen taking a dip in this water, which is literally black in colour. Not only this, the area around this pond is full of garbage and litter, making lives of area residents miserable. Ironically, Everest Public Senior Secondary School is located right opposite this pond and the MC authorities seem to have turned a blind eye towards it.

In Sector 39 you are welcomed by well-maintained roads and parks. People of this area praise the councillor for making this area liveable. New building of the NRI police station is located in this area.

Residents of areas such as Railway Colony, New Moti Nagar, Hira Nagar and some others complain about the ill-maintained “vehras”. They say most of the “vehras” don’t even have proper civic amenities. Most of these are owned by councillors and a few politicians. Those residing in the “vehras” regret tat the roads are not maintained properly and water gets accumulated in the area whenever it rains.

Sukhdev Singh Gill, sitting councillor, of SAD, is a confidant of former Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria. He had successfully contested the 2007 municipal elections and is likely to contest from this ward this time also.

The ward consists of areas such as Sector 39, GRD Colony, Kirti Nagar, New Kirti Nagar, Hira Nagar, Moti Nagar, New Moti Nagar, Sector 40, Baba Gajja Jain Colony, Nehru Nagar, Mahindra Colony, Arya Colony, SBS Colony, Railway Colony, Chaudhary Colony, besides some others.


In the past five years, I have spent Rs 20 crore on the upkeep of roads in the ward. About Rs 2 crore has been spent on the development and maintenance of parks and lying of sewerage system. Even the stadium located in Sector 38 has come up due to my efforts. Two new tube wells and 12 new transformers have been installed so that people could get uninterrupted power supply. Besides this, a mini rose garden has been constructed in the area. The problem of Community Centre near Moti Nagar will also be resolved soon. We would be filling it up with sand and debris so that its level increases and water does not accumulate there. Very soon, sector 39 A will be developed on the model of Sector 17 of Chandigarh

— Sukhdev Singh Gill, Councillor



People drink contaminated water from hand pumps to survive
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 12
Sanitation is matter of concern to those residing in ward no 16 of the municipal corporation. Heaps of garbage and stagnant water on streets due to poor sewerage system can be seen on the Sherpur road, Sabzi Mandi and Fauji Mohala. Fauji Mohala is a hell in this ward. A disputed plot near the railway lines has been turned into a dumping ground. Area adjoining Fauji Mohala is still deprived of potable water. People are left with no option other than drinking contaminated water of hand pumps.

Water accumulated on a street in ward no 16.
Water accumulated on a street in ward no 16.
A view of a street; and (bottom) vehra at Fauji Mohalla.
A view of a street; and (bottom) vehra at Fauji Mohalla. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Migrant labourers are in majority in this ward. Out of 40,000 people only 5,500 are voters. More than 100 migrant labourers are residing In a 50 square yard plot. Water logging, stink and flies are common in most of the “vehras”.

Medical stores and quacks can be seen on every nook and cranny of the area. According to a chemist, residents are suffering from chronic diseases due to unhygienic living conditions and unawareness regarding healthcare facilities. Taking advantage of the situation, quacks are fleecing people by providing them temporary relief.

Major colonies are Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Asha Colony, Saheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Fauji Colony, Ranjit Nagar, Sherpur Kurad and Kailsh Nagar.


All colonies in my ward have a proper drainage system. However, potable water is not available in an area adjoining Fauji Mohala. I have spent a lot on the development of area during my tenure. I have constructed dharmshalas in various areas by spending a major chunk of the grants. To provide the potable water to all, 5 tube wells were installed in various areas. We will have to improve the condition of cremation ground and cemetery in the area. Cleanliness of the area is always our priority. We have started a drive recently. We are picking up the garbage from plots and roadsides, but sometimes residents don’t cooperate. Sewerage system gets blocked occasionally

— Navjeet Kaur, Councillor



From schools
Mother's Day celebrated in city schools

Firsteps School

Ludhiana: Firsteps School celebrated Mother's Day here on Saturday. Mothers had a day out with their children. Lots of fun-filled activities were organised in the school, where the mothers and the children participated together. Children with the help of their mother made photo frames and paste their photos, which were clicked and developed instantly there.

GRD academy

The GRD Academy organised Mother's Day for pre-primary wing here on Saturday. Wing commander JS Bhalla was the chief guest on the occasion. Parents and the grandparents attended the function.

Green Land Convent School

Mother's Day was celebrated in Green Land Convent School, Dugri, with gaiety and joy. It was a fun filled day for the mothers who were specially invited to celebrate the day. The children paid tributes to their mothers through a heart touching dance.

MGM Public School

'The Mother's Day' was celebrated with great zeal in the MGM Public School, Dugri. The cards prepared by the students were displaying the prestige of mother in their life.

Vajra Army School

Mother's Day was celebrated in Vajra Army School where in, the significance of this day that honours mothers and salient aspects like motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society was highlighted to the school students during the special assembly held on Friday.

Shifaly International School

Shifaly International School celebrated Mother’s Day. The students to show love and care for their motherr presented many cultural items.

Mother's Pride Pre School

Healthy Kids Campaign at Mother's Pride Pre School, Ludhiana, in collaboration with SPS Apollo Hospital, paediatrics department celebrated Mother’s Day. The event was lead by a team of doctors.

Philanthropic gesture by BCM students

BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, took an initiative to extend their services to an NGO Swami Vivekanand Saraswati Gurukul. The school students donated the books and their old school uniforms.

Slow-cycling race

A slow cycling race was organised in the campus of GMT Public School on in the school ground here on Saturday. The motive of this activity was to encourage the habit of cycling among the school children.

School magazine

On the eve of Mother's Day, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir released its 8th issue of school magazine 'Panchamrit' at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. during the occasion.— OC



from colleges
GNIMT bhangra team for International youth festival

Ludhiana: The Akdeniz University, Antalya (Turkey) has invited bhangra team from Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) to participate in the 15th International Mediterranean Youth Festival to be held at Antalya (Turkey) from May 16 to 18. The team has been representing the PTU in North-Zone Intervarsity Youth Festivals and National Intervarsity Youth Festivals since 2006. The team has won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the North-Zone Intervarsity Youth Festivals. The team was declared as a National University Folk Dance (bhangra) Team for the last two years. The Team shall be leaving for Turkey on May 14.

Annual prize distribution function held GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, organised a prize distribution ceremony and farewell party today to bid adieu to the outgoing students of MEd and BEd classes. Dr Baljeet Kaur Gill, college principal was guest of the day and she gave away the prizes to students for academics and co-curricular activities. She wished the students success, which they cherish and dream of and urged them to work hard to achieve success in the careers.



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Social awareness lecture

Ludhiana: On the first death anniversary on Nitin son of Amrit Pal, a state-level trade union leader from PAU Amrit Pal and his family members decided to celebrate the death anniversary of Nitin as a symbol of social awareness against road accidents and their root causes. For the purpose a lecture on 'road accidents and social dimensions' was organised on May 11 at Students Home Auditorium, PAU, Ludhiana. SP Singh, a senior journalist and political analyst, speaking on the occasion said that the system was responsible for increasing rate of deaths due to road accidents. He said that there was no proportion between road length and number of motor vehicles. The road length has increased by 340 per cent from 1970 to 2010, while the number of motor vehicles increased by 8200 percent during the period. The government should actively do to regulate this proportion. Dr Kamaljeet Soi asked the people to follow the existing traffic rules.


Baba Banda Singh Bahadar International Foundation celebrated People celebrate 302nd anniversary of victory of Sirhind at Rakba village in Ludhiana on Saturday. 302nd anniversary of invasion of Sirhind at Rakba village. A state-level function was organised to mark the occasion. He was also announced at Fakhar-e-Kaum during the function. Representatives of the foundation demanded postage stamp on Banda Singh Bahadar, a chair should be established in his name at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

People celebrate 302nd anniversary of victory of Sirhind at Rakba village in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Anniversary celebration

To celebrate the 106th birth anniversary of Saheed Sukhdev on May 15 a state-level function would be organised at Saheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Senior Secondary School Bharat, Nagar chowk. While addressing a meeting of officials of various departments Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjli Kartik gave the instructions to officer for the perpetrations of function. According to the ADC Rupanjli Kartik Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, and the PWD Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon would be present on the occasion.

Indo-Pak relations

Maulana Rashid Ahmed, president of the Punjab state unit of Jamiat-Ulema-i-Islam, one of the major opposition parties in Pakistan was felicitated on his visit to the city by Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulan Habib-ur-Rehman at Jama Masjid. Speaking on the occasion, he emphasised the need for better relations between India and Pakistan and easier visa norms not only for promotion of bilateral trade but also for the strengthening the bonds of brotherhoods between people of both the nations.


Vijay Kumar Kaushal, state president of Janta Dal United has nominated Sonu Sivian as general secretary of the state unit of the party.

Reality-show auditions

Auditions for television music reality show ‘Voice of Punjab’ started in the city here on Friday. The auditions started from May 7 and would continue till May 25 in nine cities. Contestants in the age group of 18 to 27 years would participate. As many as 8 to 10 contestants will vie for the title in the grand finale to be held in Punjab later this year.

Rural roads

The Union Rural Development ministry, Government of India, has allocated Rs 39.17 crores for the rural roads in Ludhiana. The ministry has granted Rs 800 crores for the rural roads across Punjab. Disclosing this here on Saturday, the Ludhiana MP and the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari said that the Union Minister for Rural Development Jai Ram Ramesh had sanctioned Rs 800 crore for repairing 2,000 kilometers of rural roads across Punjab. Under the scheme five rural roads of Ludhiana will be covered.

Reverse osmosis plants installed

To supply clean drinking water in rural areas, Reverse Osmosis plants have been installed in 37 villages at the cost of Rs 5 crores, said Chairman of Zila Parishad Manpreet Singh Iyali here on Saturday. The project under the under the water supply and sanitation mission was aimed at covering 100 per cent population of villages.

Elections of Knitwear club

Elections of Knitwear Club for the term 2012-14 were organised on May 11 at Malhotra Resorts Jalandhar Bye pass were held on Friday. Darshan Dawar was elected president of the club. Narinder K Miglani was elected as general secretary and Harish Kairpal was elected as treasurer. Several other members were elected for other posts.


Indian Valmiki Adi Dharm Samaj protested against a comment on cartoon of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar. Dr DP Khosla vice-chairman of Safai Karmchari Bhalai Board said that cartoon of Dr Ambedkar is being printed in political science book of political science. Members alleged that the UPA Government was against Dalits.

Inquilabi March

Inquilabi Kender Punjab would organise an Inquilabi march from the birthplace of Shaheed Sukhdev till the premises of the organisation on May 15. This was announced by convener of the organisation Jaswant Jeerakh, in a meeting of the members of the organisation held here on Saturday. — OC



2 killed in road mishap
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, May 12
Two motorcycle-borne persons were killed when a speeding truck hit them from behind near Bhadla Neecha village last night. The deceased were identified as Ajaib Singh and Bhagant Singh, both residents of Alipur village.

According to the statement of Zora Singh, an eyewitness, with the Khanna police, he was going to his village last night when he noticed two persons going on a motorcycle. When they reached near Bhadla Neecha village, suddenly a truck coming from behind hit the motorcycle and both died on the spot.

The Khanna Sadar police has registered a case against the truck driver, however, the truck driver, identified as Pappu, managed to flee from the spot.



House burgled
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, May 12
The house of Amarjit Singh, an NRI, at Dalla village was reportedly burgled last night. Burglars took away Rs 20,000 cash, four tolas of gold ornaments, three wristwatches and two mobile phones. The police has registered a case.

In second incident of theft, a power transformer of Jagtar Singh, a farmer, was found stolen from the fields in Shadipur village last night.



ML Markan Trophy
Sangrur score 573 in first innings
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 12
Thanks to a triple ton by M Zuhaib (325), Sangrur hoisted a huge total of 573 runs in their first innings against Ludhiana in the qualifying round match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

The winners in this match will qualify to play in the elite group, while the losers will be relegated and will have to compete in the plate group.

Sangrur’s innings revolved around Zuhaib, Mohd Bilal and Muzamil. Besides Zuhaib, Bilal scored 109 runs, while Muzamil chipped in with 73 runs.

Anirudh Aggarwal, Rahul Khanna, Manan Jain and Sher Bahadur scalped two victims each. At draw of stumps, Ludhiana in their first innings were 215 for four after 68 overs. The main contributors were Ramandeep (80), Deepin Chitkara (51), Harnoor Singh (31) and Manvir (41). Rohit was at the crease with eight runs against his name.

Fielding overage players

The practice of fielding overage players continues to be the favourite tool to win matches and prize money. The “menace” of fielding such players goes on in the absence of any stringent check. Ludhiana team coach Charanjit Bhangu lodged a formal objection with the match referee against Sangrur for fielding four overage players. He raised the objection well before the start of the play and deposited the requisite fee of Rs 2,000 per player. In his complaint, Bhagu raised the objections against M Zuhaib, Mohd Bilal, Digvijay and Ajay Kumar for being overage. Subsequently, Saida Khan, coach of Sangrur team, also raised objection during the lunch break. He alleged that Ludhiana team was also fielding two overage players, Anirudh and Sher Bahadur. Now, the ball is in the court of state cricket governing body, Punjab Cricket Association to summon the “overage” players for x-ray examination to determine the age of these players and incase even a single player is found overage, the team concerned will be scratched for three years, besides penalty of Rs 50,000.



Double delight for Tania Munjal in table tennis meet
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 12
Tania Munjal, a student of DAV Public School, hogged limelight after clinching two titles on the second day of the Open Varinder Memorial Table Tennis Tournament being organised by the Varinder Cultural Society and Maverick at the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Tania stamped her superiority over others as she emerged champion in the cadet and sub-junior girls’ sections. In the cadet girls’ final, Tania quelled a strong challenge from Tamanna of Green Land School, Sector 32, Chandigarh road branch, in four sets.

Tania won first game 11-8 but lost the next one 8-11. She managed to overpower Tamanna in the third set 12-10, which gave her the lead. In the fourth set, Tania rattled Tamanna easily to win it 11-7 and lifted the trophy.

Tania was again in thick of action when she clinched her second individual title. In the sub-junior section, Tania outnumbered Priyanka of Khanna whom she tamed in straight sets 11-8, 11-6 and 11-9 to fetch the second title.

In the cadet boys’ category, Bhuvan Popli of DAV Public School and Pranav from Green Land School outplayed their rivals to set up the title clash.

Bhuvan defeated Jaskirat Singh of Bal Bharti Public School 11-7, 11-4, 9-11 and 11-6 to move into the final where he will take on Pranav who outclassed Shukmeet 11-4, 11-9 and 11-8.

Other results:

Junior girls (quarterfinals): Yashi bt Shivani of Khanna 11-6, 11-7 and 11-9; Akansha of DAV Public School bt Manveen of Bal Bharti Public School 11-8, 11-7 and 11-4; Amoldeep Kaur of DAV Public School bt Muskan of Bal Bharti Public School 11-4, 11-7 and 11-8; Dhriti bt Poonam of Khanna 11-7, 11-9, 11-13 and 11-9.

Sub-junior boys (pre-quarterfinals): Parivanshdeep Singh of DAV Public School bt Prabhnoor Singh of Green Land School 11-7, 11-9 and 11-6; Abhay Mahajan of Alpine International School lost to Jasjeet Singh of Ryan International School 9-11, 8-11 and 6-11; Naman of Alpine International School bt Karaj Narula of Sat Pal Mittal School 11-8, 11-9 and 11-6; Harry Vig of DAV Public School bt Mandeep Singh of Ryan International Public School 11-6, 11-4 and 11-8; Ayush of Alpine International Public School bt Shubham Baweja of Green Land School 11-8, 11-6 and 11-8; Jay Aditya of Sat Pal Mittal School bt Kunal of Green Land School 11-8, 11-7 and 11-6; Rupesh of Green Land School bt Sukhmeet of Bal Bharti Public School 11-6, 11-4, 11-13 and 11-8; Jasjot Singh of Ryan International Public School bt Nitin of BCM Senior Secondary School 11-9, 11-6 and 11-9.



Cricket trials tomorrow
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 12
Trials to select cricket probables (U-22) will be held here at Arya College ground on May 14 at 3.45 pm, according to Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA).

Players born on or after September 1, 1990 can take part in these trials. The selected probables will be enrolled with the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) regional coaching centre being run by the LDCA at the same venue.

The Ludhiana contingent (u-22) will be finalised from these probables to participate in the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship to be organised by the PCA, added Chitkara.



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