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Couple held
 Setting dera head, wife ablaze
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
The police today arrested Jatinder Kumar Kala, the main accused who allegedly set afire dera head Sushil Kumar and his wife Shamma at Malapur village yesterday, and his wife Paramjit Kaur.

Deputy Commissioner Police Ashish Chaudhry said 32-year-old Kala and his wife Paramjit Kaur were arrested from Partap Singh Wala area while they had gone to meet Kala's sister. His mother, Urmila Devi, has also been arrested.

SHO Satinder Singh said a case under Sections 307-34, IPC, had been registered against the accused. Some other persons were also involved in the incident, but they had not been identified yet.

"Kala's house is opposite Sushil Kumar's in the village and the street where the families reside is narrow and congested. During interrogation, Kala and Paramjit admitted that they were perturbed over the 'nuisance' created by the Baba's followers who parked their vehicles haphazardly in the street. Kala did not like the dera and there was a tussle between the families. Yesterday, in a fit of rage, Kala and some other accused threw kerosene on Sushil Kumar and Shamma and set them ablaze," said the SHO.

Kala works as a cutter in a hosiery factory in the area.

The condition of Shamma, admitted at the DMCH, was stated to be critical as she suffered more than 90 per cent burns. Sushil Kumar was stated to be in a serious but stable condition, the SHO said.

A complaint had been registered against the accused on the basis of a statement recorded by Shamma in the hospital. "Baba has got two minor children. The daughter is about 14 years old while the son is around 10 years," the police said. 


Potable water pipes wind through drains in Dhandari
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
Fear of water-borne diseases is real for residents of various localities of Dhandari. The drinking water supplied in the area reaches them through pipes that pass through the drainage system.

A team of the health department, which conducted a random check in "vehras" of the Dhandari area yesterday, detected several problems related to potable water and sanitation. The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Community Health Centre at Sahnewal, Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, said: "I along with my team visited Durga Nagar, Deep Nagar, Prem Nagar, Ishwar Nagar and 'bakra' market. We visited 'vehras' having over 50 rooms in each and each room was occupied by five to 10 migrants. The drinking water being supplied to them by the Municipal Corporation passes through the drainage system. Submerged in muddy water, these pipes supply potable water to the residents of these 'vehras'."

He said as per the instructions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, he had informed SDEO Ashwani Kumar of the sewerage and water supply department about the situation.

High-risk area

Potable water gets contaminated in this area often and people fall sick every summer and during monsoon. Last year, gastroenteritis broke out in this area. Residents are being made aware about hygienic conditions to prevent any such outbreak



It was a horrific collision, say injured
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
It was not less than a nightmare for those who were injured in a road accident near Jagraon today. A police official died on the spot while eight others were injured when a police Jeep they were travelling in collided head-on with a speeding private bus coming from the opposite direction.

The injured were rushed to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The bus driver, Jagseer Singh, received several injuries on the head, face and lower parts of the body while 53-year-old Gurcharan Singh, a police official, is still unconscious.

"Police personnel sustained more injuries than bus passengers," attendants at the hospital said.

Hans Mandeep Singh from Hans Kalan village said: "I was going to the soil conservation department in Moga, where I work. It was a nightmare for me today. The bus was air-conditioned, so I do not know what actually happened outside. Within seconds, people fell on me and I got compressed under them. My legs were injured."

Another police official, 22-year-old Gurparshad Singh, stated: "I fell unconscious after our Jeep collided with the bus. I only remember the sound of a crash and our Jeep ramming into trees after it skidded. When I regained consciousness, I found myself in hospital."

Charanjit Singh, another victim, said it was the worst experience of his life. "There is a major injury on my back. Our bus skidded and hit trees. I got a sharp jolt and a pain spread in my back."



Police to auction vehicles with no claimants
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
The efforts of the Ludhiana police over the past one year have borne fruit. After getting the details, data and permission by the respective courts, the police is soon going to auction 697 vehicles that have no "legal claimants". The revenue generated through the action will be deposited with the state exchequer.

Commissioner Police Ishwar Singh said a four-member committee comprising District Transport Officer; Works Manager Roadways/PRTC, Ludhiana; General Manager District Industries Centre (DIC), Ludhiana; and Additional Deputy Commissioner Police (Traffic) had been
constituted recently for setting the reserve price of the vehicles.

"Once the reserve price is set, we will auction the vehicles," he said.

The police had impounded these vehicles under several categories. "The courts had issued summons to the owners of the vehicles to produce their valid ownership, but they have failed to do so. For claiming the 697 vehicles, the courts had even placed advertisements in various sections of the media and public notices were served on owners, but no one came with any proof for the release of their vehicle," he said.



Cycle industry gets a fillip
 Orders from neighbouring states pour in
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
Tenders from the neighbouring states have lifted the spirits of the ailing local cycle and cycle parts industry. The industry will be busy for the next three-four months in completing the orders it has received from the neighbouring states.

Though only four big houses have managed to get the orders from the neighbouring governments to supply cycles, but the entire cycle parts industry in the city will be busy in completing these orders.

Orders have been received from Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Nearly 30-35 lakh cycles will be manufactured for these states.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association, said: "The cycle industry has got the much-needed relief after receiving these orders. Though only big houses managed to grab the tenders, but for making a complete unit, they also need the help of various other cycle parts manufacturers. Makers of bells, chains, baskets and spokes have their hands full and are all geared up to complete the orders on time," he said.

Due to the conditions laid down by the state governments, only big houses managed to get the orders. At least 20 per cent share of the MSME sector should be kept in such orders given by the government, he said.

Munish Jain, a manufacturer of cycle chains, said his unit got the order to manufacture 2,000 chains. "In a time when the market is witnessing a slowdown, these orders have come as a relief," he added.

Another cycle parts manufacturer said: "I have my hands full for the next couple of months. I hope the industry keeps receiving tenders so that the business stays afloat." 



drug peddlers
Police tightens noose
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 13
After vowing to eliminate the menace of drug addiction, which has destroyed the lives of several youths in the area, the Jagraon police has tightened its noose around those involved in peddling of drugs like heroin, smack, charas, opium, poppy husk and other habit-forming substances.

The police has been working hard to control the menace under the leadership of Gurpreet Singh Toor, SSP, Jagraon. After taking charge as 
the SSP, Jagraon, Toor 
has taken on the 
work of eliminating the menace of drug addiction from the area.

Following this, the Jagraon police had launched a special drive against the drug smugglers active in the area and several persons had been arrested along with drugs like heroin and smack. Under the drive, the police has not only increased surveillance in Jagraon and surrounding areas, it has also enhanced its information network. Besides, the police is also taking the help of NGOs working against the menace of drug addiction.

The drive has begun to show results, so far, 12 drug peddlers have been arrested by the police with the drugs like heroin, smack, opium, charas and poppy husk in the last two weeks.

Though the police has not been able to catch the big fish involved in the trade so far, but with the leads provided by the arrested small-scale drug peddlers during the course of investigation, the police is hopeful of busting a major racket of drug suppliers in the coming days.

The use heroin and smack has reached alarming proportions in the past few months in Jagraon and the surrounding areas and a large number of youths, including the villagers, have got hooked on to drugs with the passage of time.

Even though the Jagraon area has been suffering from the menace of drug abuse for a long time but the use of drugs like heroine and smack has increased manifolds din the last nine months. The youths who were earlier addicted to drugs like opium and poppy husk are now getting hooked to heroin and smack which are popular among the youths here.

Because of the rise in addiction of heroin and smack, which are too expensive, the crime has also increased in the area as the addicted youths commit crime to buy the expensive drugs.

The fear of police action has gripped the drug peddlers due to which the supply of drugs has gone down now.



Police geared up for flood-like situation: SSP
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara July 13
In order to check the preventive measures to control floods in Sutlej at Dhussi Bandh, Inderbir Singh, SSP, Khanna, today visited the area and took stock of the situation.

He along with some other officials concerned visited Dhulewal, Sansowal, Issapur and Shergarh villages falling in the Khanna police district around Dhussi bandh and checked the sensitive points.

Talking to theTribune he said, "A control room has been set up that will be linked to the district administration. Two police guarding teams have been deputed in the area to keep a vigil if floods do come and to inform the officials immediately. " He said that he had talked to sarpanches and panches of the adjoining villages and appealed them to help the administration in the wake of floods. However, he said that there was no fear of floods so far and the water level was normal.

He assured that the district police department was geared up to deal with any situation in the wake of floods. DSP Samrala Jagwinder Singh Cheema and other police officials concerned were also accompanying him during the visit.



dengue outbreak
One patient from Jalandhar tests positive 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
A suspected dengue patient from Jalandhar, who is under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital since yesterday, has tested positive. Confirming this, district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "The 23-year-old patient, Dushyant Kumar, from Jalandhar has tested positive."

Meanwhile, no other suspected dengue case has been reported from any other district. He further said that team of health department has already sprayed temiphos where there was stagnant water. Anyone who comes across stagnant water and mosquitoes can contact for free spray at control room number 0161 2444193.



Money order through SMS planned

Ludhiana, July 13
BSNL and India Post have tied-up to offer money order service using mobile phones. According to an official, the receiver of the money would get an SMS for the transaction and could get the cash from post office by showing the message. The new project is at the planning stage and would be introduced after conducting a pilot in August or September this year. The pilot project is expected to be carried out in Punjab, Kerala, Bihar, and Delhi circles, he said.

"It is time that public sector organisations also rolled out new services, as they are facing a stiff competition from private companies," said Satish, a resident. There is a need for such innovative initiatives from other government organisations as well, he said. — TNS



Health officials destroy uncovered eatables
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
To prevent spread of diseases during the monsoon, a team of health department destroyed uncovered eatables and rotten fruits and vegetables at various spots in the city on Thursday. The team checked the shops of eatables and fruits at the bus stand, Jawahar Nagar Camp, Kochhar Market, Bharat Nagar Chowk, etc. on the directions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta. 

The destroyed eatables included samosas, bread pakoras and over-ripened fruits. The team also told the vendors that all eatables should be kept covered and over-ripened fruits and vegetables should not be sold as these affected health.

The team made people aware about diseases. They also asked the public to keep the surrounding areas clean and to always wash their hands before eating anything.



Rural students fast taking to fashion designing 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
Fashion designing has become a favourite course among rural students too who have started showing interest in the subject. Some are studying it as an additional subject others are studying it as a full-fledged subject. Many city colleges have also introduced B.Sc in fashion designing, which has been well received by the students.

Dr Karan Sharma, principal of D.R.V. D.A.V Centenary College, Phillaur, said from this academic session they had introduced B.Sc in fashion designing. "Seeing great demand for the course among students we too have decided to take the plunge and B.Sc in fashion designing affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has been introduced from this year onwards. In addition to this, we have also started cosmetology as a subject in B.A. first year," he said.

Adding further he said B.Sc in fashion designing is cost effective and job-oriented course, which will further help the students in taking up jobs according to their expertise in the fashion world. Now, students belonging to the rural background are also coming forward and showing interest in the course," he said.

Jaspreet Randhawa, from Maachiwara said besides her regular studies she would also be pursuing fashion designing. I have read about many students from the city who have made it big in the fashion world by doing these courses. I also aim to enter the glamorous world of fashion by doing the course," she said.

While another student, Harmeet Kaur, does not want to make it big in the glamour world, but intends to open her own boutique after gaining expertise in fashion designing. "In our town, there are few boutiques but there are many NRI customers who travel down to Ludhiana to get their garments stitched and I want to serve these prospective customers by offering them unique and exclusive designs in their hometown. I know stitching and by doing fashion designing, it will add to my expertise," said Harmeet from Jagraon.



Contract health workers protest

Ludhiana, July 13
Members of the Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union held a protest ‘dharna’ outside the Civil Surgeon’s office here today.

They said more than 85 workers had not received salaries for the last four months. Union president Kiranjeet Kaur said surplus workers had been shunted out.

They were not given salaries for the last four months and a few for a year, she stated. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, said, "I have ordered the official concerned to fix responsibility." — TNS



Vendor’s makeshift shop razed
His only fault was that he asked an MC official’s wife to select vegetables herself
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
A vegetable vendor had to face the wrath of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials after he allegedly “misbehaved” with the wife of a senior MC official. Eyewitness said that his only “fault” was that he had asked the official’s wife to select the vegetables herself.

Immediately after the senior MC official came to know about such “misbehaviour”, he sent a battery of MC officials from the Tehbazaari Wing as well as from the police to the spot and the vendor’s farhi (makeshift shop) was razed. Not only was it razed, but his vegetables were also thrown on the road, causing losses to him.

The vegetable vendor first named the officer’s wife, but later when he was photographed by mediapersons at the spot, he left the spot.

An eyewitness, who owns a nearby shop told The Tribune that this afternoon, a an senior MC official’s wife had come to buy vegetables from a vendor in Dandi Swami Chowk.

“She is a regular customer of this vendor but today, the farhi owner himself was not present in the shop as he had gone somewhere. Some other person was sitting there and was not aware about the VVIP customer’s identity. The customer asked for ladyfingers and the person sitting on the spot told her to select them herself. This was the point which irritated the woman and she left the spot. Later, a team of Tehbazaari officials accompanied by the police reached the spot and razed his farhi,” said an eyewitness.

The farhi has been operating in the area for a long time and the MC official’s wife is a regular customer here. “We wonder why she suddenly realised that this place was an encroachment, when she had been visiting this place for a long time,” rued a vegetable vendor.

Later, when the senior MC official came to know that mediapersons had got a whiff about the incident, he “planned” a cover up exercise. To cover up the incident, a “special” drive against all vegetable venders of the city was carried out by the Tehbazaari wing officials of the MC.

The farhi’s selling clothes, vegetables and fruits were removed by the MC officials from near the Lodhi Club in the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area, Pakhowal Road, Dandi Swami Road and Haibowal main road, besides other such places.

Tehbazaari superintendent Naveen Malhotra refused to confirm the incident. He claimed that the drive was carried out on the orders of the senior MC officials. “An RTI activist has been submitting applications against these encroachments and that is why we carried out this drive. From near Lodhi Club alone, we have removed around 500 farhis,” he claimed. 



Illegal Colony
Five convicted of PUDA Act violation
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 13
Judicial Magistrate Vikrant Kumar has convicted four brothers and one another for carving out illegal colony without the permission of PUDA. They have been ordered to undergo two years imprisonment each.

Those convicted include, Teja Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Inderjit Singh, Harpal Singh, all brothers hailing from Dhandra village and Rajesh Kumar of Rahon Road, Ludhiana.

Apart from the sentence, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each upon the accused. The court declined the request of the convicts for leniency.

A case against all the accused persons was filed by the PUDA in a local court, in October 2003. Ramesh Lakhanpal, a senior lawyer representing PUDA apprised that the court held the accused guilty under Section 36 of the PUDA Act. To prove the guilt of the accused persons, five witnesses had been examined, he added.

However, during the trial, the accused had pleaded innocence. But after appreciating the documentary evidence adduced by the PUDA regarding the division of land by the accused persons, the court found them guilty.



Police set to launch eight MSVs for effective policing
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
The city police is all set to launch nearly eight mobile surveillance vans (MSV) for effective policing. Equipped with close circuit television (CCTV) camera that will be directly linked with the control room through high- speed Internet, these vans will be deployed at all major roundabouts and popular market places of the city and it will provide live telecast to the police officials sitting in the control room.

The move has been taken to make the city e- surveillance hub. There have been incidents in the past where the criminals managed to escape from city after committing crime and the police was seen helplessly looking for the CCTV footage of the criminals.

Even in the Moga-DSP murder case, the police had a tough time searching for the CCTV footages of the accused persons.

“These vans are being introduced to make the city police more high-tech and it will immensely help the police in tackling crime.The real time telecast will also help in effective monitoring,”? said Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

Police official said the CCTV camera would directly send the picture to the control room where it would be monitored by the police officer, who would further brief his senior about the incident.

These CCTV cameras would store images and it would be used as an evidence, if needed. Further it would keep a check on the city traffic and traffic police officials.

“There have been complaints that the traffic police ask for bribe and let off some of the traffic offenders who enjoy political connections. Besides taking a look on traffic, these vans will keep a check as how efficiently the traffic police is doing its job,” said the police official.

No information is available about the cost of these vehicles. The department sources said the police spent around Rs 2.5 lakh on server and installing the multi- zoom CCTV cameras on top of these vehicle. Talks are on with the companies for arranging a 3-G connection.



Cave in
Portion of road repaired
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials finally woke from their slumber and repaired the portion of the road that had caved in in the Bal Singh Nagar area of Basti Jodhewal around 10 days ago. After the road caved in, the MC officials kept sleeping over it, putting lives of area residents in danger.The road has been repaired following report in The Tribune highlighting the issue yesterday.

The road, the portion of which had caved in, was constructed few days before the Municipal Corporation elections in a “hush-hush” manner and the area residents suspected that rules were not followed while constructing the road. Because this road was constructed on that portion where sewerage line was laid a couple of months ago and as per rules, before constructing a road where a sewerage line had been laid recently, it was preferable to wait for at least six months so that the road could settle down properly.

Area resident Mandeep Singh told The Tribune that the MC officials reached the spot today and repaired the road. “They have assured us that no such incident will take place in the near future,” he informed.

MC Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal said that after he came to know about the spot where the road had cave in, he immediately sent a team of officials to the spot. “Temporary repair work was carried out last evening, while it was repaired properly today. I have asked my staff to keep a close watch on any such incidents in the near future as well so that no person gets injured,” claimed Bansal.



Atal Apartments
LIT adopts proposal for additional parking space
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 13
Hours before the state government dissolved all 28 improvement Trusts in the state on Wednesday, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) adopted a proposal to provide additional parking space in the proposed 8.8-acre multi-storey housing complex, the Atal Apartments, to be constructed at the Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar on the Pakhowal road here.

A meeting of the LIT, presided over by Madan Mohan Vyas, approved the proposal for providing parking space for two vehicles each to allottees of HIG and MIG flats in the proposed housing project.

As per original drawings submitted by architects to the drawing branch and sent for final approval to the office of the Chief Town Planner (CTP) of Punjab by the LIT authorities, it was pointed out that space would be provided in stilt parking (covered) for 110 vehicles for 234 HIG flat residents and surface parking for another 135 vehicles.

The general feeling was that parking space for one vehicle per flat was inadequate in view of the increasing number of vehicles among the middle class, who would be potential buyers of flats in the scheme.

LIT officials said a proposal was mooted to construct a basement parking in the building and revised drawings were submitted to the CTP, which included parking space for 581 vehicles in stilt parking, surface parking, below-stilt parking and basement parking for 234 HIG flat residents.

Allottees of 220 MIG flats would have parking space for 453 vehicles. The basic design of flats to be constructed remained unchanged.

Since the revised drawings of the project would lead to an increase in the total cost of the project and a proportionate increase in costs of HIG and MIG flats, the CTP had desired that the proposal be formally approved at a Trust meeting and only then be revised drawings sent for approval.



Banyan trees stand tall
 Contractors refuse to axe those, leaving MC in the lurch
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
The fear of inviting misfortune by axing banyan trees is costing the municipal corporation (MC) dear. Even after bagging a contract for uprooting 145 trees on roads, the contractor concerned has refused to go ahead with the work, leaving the civic body in the lurch.

For making roads safer by uprooting trees on roads, the MC had floated tenders for uprooting 145 trees, including around 60 banyan trees. The tender was allotted and the work order issued.

The contractor concerned left the work midway, claiming that if he uprooted banyan trees, he would invite misfortune as the trees were considered pious. MC sources said nobody was coming forward to uproot banyan trees as those were considered pious.

This could be judged from the fact that a euclyptus tree near the Feroze Gandhi market on the Ferozepur road was uprooted yesterday while a banyan tree right opposite the place was left untouched.

“We know that trees on roads pose a big threat to motorists, but are unable to get those uprooted. We had thought of getting some cure for this superstition earlier, but could now only hope that the trees were uprooted by forest department officials,” said a senior MC official.

Left in the lurch, MC officials then decided to take the help of the district administration. It was learnt that MC officials recently requested Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari to ask the forest department to get the trees uprooted.

MC joint commissioner AS Sekhon said tenders for uprooting 145 trees on different roads were floated thrice. “When tenders were issued the first time, the contract was bagged and a work order issued. The contractor later refused to uproot the trees as some were banyan trees. We served him four notices, but he did not budge,” he said.

“We had no option but the forfeiture of the earnest money, which was Rs 50,000. The same tender was floated twice, but no contractor came forward for it. We have now decided to allot the work to the forest department. It will get the trees uprooted and we will pay the department accordingly,” he added.



Nursery student hurt at school
 Father files complaint; principal says injury minor
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
A parent of a nursery student has alleged negligence on the part of the authorities of the Lovely Lotus Playway School as the child sustained an injury on the forehead while participating in a race at the school here.

The principal of the school refuted the allegation, saying the injury was minor and the parent was making it an issue to seek publicity.

Eknoor’s father Ravinder Singh filed a police complaint online against the school authorities.

Ravinder Singh alleged that his son got injured due to the negligence of the school authorities.

"My son got a major injury on the forehead and he had to be given nine stitches. The school authorities considered the injury TO BE minor and gave him improper first-aid," he said.

Principal Harpreet Kaur said, "It was an accident which happened while a race was going on. Injury is a common thing when children are growing up. Eknoor is overprotected by his parents. When other students were participating in the race, he was doing something else near the gate. His forehead hit the grill, which was not sharp-edged. We gave him proper first-aid and called up his parents."

The principal refuted the allegation of Eknoor’s father. She said, "We take all safety measures according to international rules. There is no negligence or irresponsibility. The wound is not very deep. They are making a mountain out of a molehill."



GADVASU professor’s research praised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
Dr Charan Kamal Singh, professor with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was invited to Kolkata to deliver a scientific paper and chair a technical session during the 14th national conference of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India on "Towards a sustainable rabies control programme in India - a one health initiative".

His presentation on "Latest advances in diagnosis of rabies in living animals" was appreciated.

Dr FX Meslin of the World Health Organisation asked him to send his views to its headquarters to help devise the international policy of ante-mortem diagnosis of rabies.



midday meal
Costs for 7 months pending
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
It is a tough time for teachers of government schools, which have not been receiving the cost to run the midday meal scheme. The government had released funds in April, 2012, for pending cooking costs till December, 2011. The costs for seven months was still pending.

According to department officials, the scheme was being run at all schools in the district before the summer vacation, but some schools were not able to run it after that.

Some schools got wheat from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to run the scheme. Sukh Ram, a government school teacher, said the government did not release funds after April.

Tarsem Lal, district coordinator for the scheme, said they received a letter from the department today that funds would be released in one or two days, adding that they released wheat from the FCI godown.



Grewal adviser to CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today appointed former minister and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal Maheshinder Singh Grewal his adviser. A spokesperson with the Chief Minister's office said Badal cleared the file in this connection this afternoon.



Anti-encroachment drive continues
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 13
Acting on the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) continued its anti-encroachment drive here today.

The comprehensive operation, which was commenced in the morning, was led by GLADA estate officer Jeet Ram. Accompanied by a police posse, the team faced little resistance.

Around 250 encroachments were cleared in Phase III of the Dugri Urban Estate and almost an equal number later in Sector 40 on the Chandigarh road.

It pulled down platforms in front of houses, fencing and iron grills around ornamental plants and kitchen gardens and structures on road berms, streets and green belts.

GLADA officials said temporary encroachments along roads and streets were removed and owners warned against putting up temporary or permanent structures within five metres of roads and streets.

According to Jeet Ram, nearly 2,500 temporary and permanent encroachments were identified during a field survey carried out as per high court directions.

"A week’s notice was served on defaulters. After the period was over, we initiated the drive," he said.



From schools

"Vegetable market"

To teach junior students the significance of vegetables, a "vegetable market" was set up at the Cherubs The Preschool here on Friday. Different vegetables were shown to them and they were given toy currency to buy their favourite vegetables. They were taught the importance of vegetables in their daily diet and were encouraged to eat vegetables of all colours for good health.

Career counselling

The authorities of the DAV Public School at Sarabha Nagar Extension here organised a career counselling session for commerce students on Friday. Munish Dewan from the IMS Learning Resources Private Limited was the resource person. He spoke on options available, application procedure, eligibility criteria and topmost schools in the country. A hundred students attended the seminar. Principal JK Sidhu was present.

Saplings planted

Tiny tots of Sri OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School planted saplings on the school premises. They took an oath to plant at least one sapling at home. — TNS



From colleges

Workshop on digital photography held

The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies organised a workshop on digital photography on Friday. Fifty students pursuing courses in mass media, journalism, management and information technology attended it. AP Singh, senior editor, communication linkage department, Punjab Agricultural University, was the guest speaker. He briefed students about different types of cameras and basic camera controls. He said, “Digital photography uses an array of light-sensitive sensors to capture images on which lens are focused, opposed to exposure on a light-sensitive film. The captured image is stored as a digital file, ready for digital processing, viewing or printing. Until the advent of this technology, photographs were made by exposing light-sensitive photographic films and using chemical photographic processing to develop and stabilise images. Digital photographs can be displayed, printed, stored, manipulated, transmitted and archived using digital and computer techniques, without chemical processing.” After the workshop, an in-house competition on digital photography was held. The theme was ‘Any object from nature’. Students participated in it with enthusiasm and interest.

Student shines

According to the authorities of the Gobindgarh Public College at Alour in Khanna, BA-II student Sonia Sehgal had secured a position in the Panjab University examination by scoring 84.56 per cent. College principal Neena Seth Pajni congratulated her.

Foreign faculty

Foreign faculty and students have joined the PCTE Group of Institutes. Roberto Angel Arrucha Estrada from Mexico is teaching marketing and advertising. Sarpe Constantin Adrian from Romania is teaching human resource management and marketing. Dina Emad El-Bawab from Egypt is teaching business administration. Lida Vrisiida Vandora from Greece is teaching economics. Group director-general KNS Kang has said they have more than 95 foreign students from 13 countries. — TNS



No excitement about Olympics
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 13
With the London Olympics due to start in a few days from now, little excitement is being seen in markets and among youngsters in the city. Sports experts say this can be attributed to the lack of sports culture in the city and not much being done by the government for sports.

Most of the markets have not received any merchandise or accessories related to the Olympic Games. "Big showrooms may have football accessories and dresses or cricket T-shirts, but there is total absence of Olympics stuff," says Rahul, a sportsman.

Many of the youngsters professed ignorance about when the Olympics were going to start. "I only watch and play cricket," say Vineet, a student.

Mani, a sports goods store owner, explained that the reason for the hush about the Olympics was that people here were only interested in cricket. Football accessories and T-shirts were available, he added.

One could see T-shirts and accessories of popular European football clubs, but not many companies were interested in investing in Olympics merchandise as it did not have much sales, he said.

Sportsmen complained that people here did not have sports culture. As there was no response from the market, companies did not invest in it, they added.

Because of the absence of such advertising and popular products of Olympics, those were not taken up by youngsters, said Gurjeet, a sportsman. According to Hardeep Singh Grewal, the lack of sports culture in the city was the reason for lack of popularity and enthusiasm about the Olympics and sports in general.

The government should help popularise sports among the youth, he added. There should be prizes for participation in Olympics, he said. 



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