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Swine flu claims 45-yr-old's life
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
The season's first swine flu death has been reported from Ludhiana. A patient suffering from swine flu died at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) today.

Jagjit Singh (45) from Atam Nagar in Ludhiana, who had been admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital since September 16, died this evening. He was on ventilator and had other complications also in addition to swine flu.

Dr Deepak Bhatia, State Nodal Officer for Swine Flu, said, "The detailed health history of the patient has been requisitioned from the hospital. It is hoped that we will get the details in the morning."

It is the second death from swine flu this year. The first death was reported on April 21. The patient was from Nangal and he was provided treatment at the DMCH.

Dr Bhatia said there was no need to panic, though taking adequate precautions was imperative. "We have already issued directions to the Civil Surgeons all over the state. The treatment for swine flu is available at the district hospitals."

He said the infection spread through the air route and it was important to maintain personal hygiene. "Frequent washing of hands is one of the precautionary measures," he added.

In case of symptoms like high-grade fever, cough, cold, sneezing, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting and breathlessness, immediate medical intervention must be sought, said Dr Bhatia.

Preventive measures

  • The spread of germs can be prevented by covering your mouth with a disposable cloth or tissue while coughing or sneezing
  • Frequent washing of hands helps
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose if your hands are unwashed
  • Maintain a safe distance from those showing symptoms of flu
  • If you have any symptoms suggesting swine flu, consult a doctor immediately

6 cases of suspected dengue

Six fresh cases of suspected dengue were reported on Thursday from different hospitals in the city. One of the patients is from Rajasthan, while another one is from Gurdaspur. Four patients are from Ludhiana 


Daljit Bittu’s police remand extended
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 27
Judicial Magistrate Ashish Thathai today extended the police remand of former president of the Akali Dal Panch Pardhani Daljit Singh Bittu by two days. Bittu is facing serious allegations of making attempts to disturb the peace and harmony of Punjab by helping extremists.

Additional Public Prosecutor Monika Gupta submitted before the court that several calls were made from Pakistan on the cell phone of the accused. This fact came to light while interrogating him during the previous police remand. The police was trying to ascertain whether those calls had any connection with his "counterparts" Jagtar Singh, Wadhawa Singh and other extremists, residing in Pakistan at present.

The police was also probing whether they were making any plans to disturb peace in the state by conniving with each other, the public prosecutor added.

The defence lawyer refuted the police theory. He said most of the calls alleged to have been made from ISD code +92 were missed calls and only two or three of these were “received”, that too for a short duration.



Vanity Numbers for Vehicles
Ludhiana nets Rs 1.82 cr in four auctions
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
When it comes to maintaining "status and style", residents of Ludhiana, the industrial capital of Punjab, it seems, are ready to spend lavishly. It is because of their lavish lifestyles that the state exchequer has been able to generate a whopping Rs 1.82 crore through the auction of vanity numbers of vehicles during four auctions in the past six months.

During the past six months, the department has generated over Rs 1.82 crore through four such auctions of vanity numbers. District Transport Officer MS Chatwal said Ludhiana district always led in the state in the matter of generating income through the auction of vanity numbers.

"Residents are crazy to get vanity numbers and are willing to spend lavishly to get the numbers of their choice," said Chatwal.

Pushpinder Singh (name changed), a local resident, who bagged the 0005 number for his Audi a few months ago in an auction, said he had to shell out Rs 2 lakh for it. "I was always eager to get an Audi and when I purchased it, I decided to get an attractive and lucky number for my vehicle. Number five has been lucky for me, so I got it by paying Rs 2 lakh," said Pushpinder Singh.

Due to the craze for vanity numbers, many residents, who have now purchased new vehicles, do not want to part with their old numbers. "People sell old vehicles, but not the vanity numbers, which is against the rules. If one has purchased a new vehicle, a new number has to be allotted to the owner. However, if he or she wants to retain the old number, permission has to be sought from the Transport Department, but residents hardly follow the rules. In such cases, we will act tough against the defaulters", said Beant Juneja, traffic in charge.



GLADA auction draws poor response
13 of 38 commercial properties on offer sold for Rs 6.17 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 27
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold 13 commercial properties in Dhandari Kalan, Phases III and IV, for Rs 6.17 crore through a public auction. On offer were 38 sites, including 11 shop-cum-offices (SCOs), seven shops in Phase III and 10 SCOs and an equal number of booths in Phase IV of the industrial hub.

The SCOs, shops and booths, which were sold at a marginal premium, carried a reserve price of Rs 6.04 crore.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, who conducted the auction with Estate Officer Jeet Ram, attributed the low premium and 25 commercial sites finding no buyers to general sluggishness in the real estate sector.

One of the bidders pointed out that the reserve price of the properties was on the higher side as compared to the prevailing market rates.

The lone booth, with a floor area of 164.08 sq yards, sold in Dhandari Kalan, Phase IV, fetched a price of Rs 88,000 against the reserve price of Rs 87,387 per sq yard.

The highest bid for four shops in Phase III, measuring 33.33 sq yards each and having a floor price of Rs 1,34,705 per sq yard, was Rs 1,50,500 per sq yard whereas the lowest successful bid was Rs 1,35,200 (a mere Rs 500 above the reserve price).

Of the eight booths with a floor area of 23.72 and 24.79 square yards, put under the hammer, property number 68 found the highest bidder at Rs 1,53,500 against the reserve price of Rs 1,41,725 per sq yard while booth number 74 fetched Rs 1,42,100 per sq yard.

Official's take

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, who conducted the auction with Estate Officer Jeet Ram, attributed the low premium and 25 commercial sites finding no buyers to general sluggishness in the real estate sector 



IPS officer's transfer orders revoked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
The transfer orders of ACP (North) Swapan Sharma have been revoked while ACP (East) Naveen Singla has been asked to join his new assignment. Both IPS officers were transferred yesterday and had been deputed in the Chief Minister's security wing.

It is learnt that public pressure did the trick for Sharma. The ACP enjoys considerable support in the city. His drive against encroachments on the roadside by vendors was highly appreciated. He had been instrumental in tackling the growing crime rate by busting several gangs of criminals.

The tow-away drive was introduced during his tenure as the ACP (Traffic) and it had received an overwhelming response.

Sources said industrialists pitched for Sharma and pressed the Chief Minister to revoke his transfer orders. ACP (East) Naveen Singla, too, was in the spotlight as he was transferred four times during the past one year.

Hectic activity was witnessed last evening after the news of the transfer of the two officers spread in the industrial city. Representatives of the Knitwear Club and several members of industrial associations met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, requesting him to revoke Sharma's transfer orders.

Some police officers were of the view that the decision to transfer Singla was harsh as he had already been transferred four times during the past one year.

By this morning, both officers had completed their pending assignments and were all set to leave the city. However, in the evening Sharma's transfer was revoked.

Last night, a delegation of the Knitwear club met the Chief Minister, who was in the city to attend a religious programme.

“The CM promised us to revoke Sharma's transfer orders. We thank the CM for keeping his promise,” said Vinod Thapar, president of the Knitwear Club. 

Public pressure

It is learnt that the transfer orders were revoked following public pressure. Representatives of the Knitwear Club and members of industrial associations met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday night, requesting him to revoke ACP (North) Swapan Sharma transfer orders.



Sand shortage hits construction work
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
With the auction of sand and gravel mining having been postponed and an undertaking in this regard furnished by the state government in the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently, those involved in the construction business or dealing in the sand/gravel business have started feeling the heat due to an “acute shortage” of sand.

Those who have already started construction work on houses or business establishments are the worst sufferers. Many of them have reportedly stopped the construction work due to the sand shortage. Those continuing with the construction work have been forced to shell out hefty amounts for sand.

Sand and gravel dealers maintain that the shortage of sand is likely to continue till October 9. “The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for October 9, when the court is likely to issue some orders. There has been a shortage of sand in the district due to the ban on sand mining. We are getting a limited stock of sand, that too by paying a huge amount of money,” said RK Chabra, a local dealer.

The prices of sand have skyrocketed during the past two months. Sand, which was available for Rs 12 per foot about a month ago, is now being sold for over Rs 20 per foot.

“I had ordered for a small trolley of sand three days ago. I got it today. I had to pay Rs 1,000 for it. I still feel lucky as I will now be able to continue with the construction work of a hall, which had been stopped due to the unavailability of sand,” said Avninder Singh, a businessman.

Earlier, the auction for mining of sand in three quarries in Ludhiana district was to be conducted online on September 25 and people were expecting that they would get respite. However, due to the postponement of the auction, not only have the prices increased further, but people have been facing a shortage of sand.

Sources said following the strict measures adopted by the police, a majority of the landlords had stopped procuring sand from their fields. However, trucks and trolleys of sand were being brought in from other states in an illegal manner. 



No end to traffic woes of Jagraon residents
Lack of parking space, encroachments to blame; MC, police drives fail to yield results
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 27
There seems to be no end to the traffic woes of the commuters as well as the residents of Jagraon. One can often see vehicles struck in traffic jams on various city roads including Tehsil Road, Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Raikot Road, Lajpat Rai Road, College Road and at many others places.

The frequent traffic jams have become the order of day on most of city roads and one can often seen long queues of vehicles struck in traffic jam. The most drastic situation is at Lajpat Rai Road where there are many important government offices including Telephone Exchange, Post Office and major banks like State Bank of India, Punjab, and Sindh Bank, Central Bank of India are located very close to each other.

People visiting these offices and banks often park their vehicles on roadsides, which obstruct the smooth flow of traffic. Visitors term the lack of proper parking space in the town as the main reason behind frequent traffic jams. Besides, the illegal encroachments by most of the shopkeepers in front of their shops have further worsen the situation.

Same is the situation on the Tehsil Road, where long lanes of vehicles can been always seen struck in traffic jams. Though the local police has installed no parking signboards on various points of this road yet the people often park their vehicles there.

One such signboard has been installed in front of the office of the SSP, Jagraon, but the people including the police officials still park their vehicles here.

Another area of the town, which often witnesses frequent traffic jams is Old Grain Market Chowk which is the junction of three busiest roads of the town including College Road, Railway Road and Lajpat Road and when the vehicular traffic of all these roads in addition to the traffic coming from Old Grain Market side meets here, the situation becomes too chaotic that even the pedestrians find it difficult to make their way through the vehicles struck in traffic jam.

In fact, this is one of the oldest and most congested areas of the town. The illegal encroachments by the shopkeepers in front of their shops have crammed it further which is the main reason behind frequent traffic jams. The lack of parking space results in haphazard parking of vehicles by the visitors on the roadsides, which worsens the situation further.

The local residents blame the illegal encroachments by the shopkeepers and the visitors coming from nearby villages for the problem. “The shopkeepers have encroached upon the roadsides which has narrowed the already congested area. Besides, the visitors coming to the town often park their vehicles on road sides in an uneven manner which obstruct the smooth flow of traffic,” says Kapil Gupta, a local resident.

The visitors on the other side blame the lack of parking space for the problem. “There is no proper parking space in whole of the town therefore we have no option but to park our vehicles on the roadside. The local municipal council shall provide a proper parking space to the visitors to avoid such situation,” suggested Sukhjinder Singh Chinna from a nearby village who frequently visits the town.

The local police blames lack of cooperation on part of public for the traffic problem. “We have tried upon an array of ideas to sort out this problem. We even carried out a specific drive some time back under which we sought public cooperation and help from the municipal council for removing roadside encroachments. But neither the local municipal council nor the public is ready to cooperate with us,” says DSP Surinder Kumar.

Jagraon Municipal Council president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, admits that the lack of parking space and illegal encroachments by the shopkeepers has been the main reason behind frequent traffic jams, which is causing huge inconvenience to the public.

“We keep launching anti-encroachment drives to remove illegal encroachments time to time. But people do not cooperate with us and again encroach upon roads,” stated Dhir.



Traders oppose FDI in retail
Say big retail chains to hit them hard
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Small shopkeepers and traders are opposing the decision of the government to introduce the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector. They are demanding an immediate ban on the entry of multinationals and Indian corporate houses into the retail business as they pose a threat to the neighborhood grocery stores, small shopkeepers and vegetable vendors.

“We are against the government’s policy of permitting the foreign direct investment in retail, and the entry of big Indian businesses in retail. Traders, big and small, will be affected. Small traders will be affected as big corporations and the MNCs will make the smaller ones go out of business,” said a hosiery dealer.

“The entry of Walmart and other big retail chains would devour small shopkeepers and hawkers. Big supermarkets want monopolies while small retailers cannot compete them. They will simply get squeezed out and that is what happened in Britain,” added Rajinder Singh, a departmental store owner at Model Town.

The government should learn lessons from other countries which have been affected by the corporate retail.

In Thailand, multi-national retail chains that entered in 1997 captured over 10 per cent of the market share, impacting 60,000 small retailers. The Thai government had to step in and create a fund to give assistance to them and has since imposed zoning restrictions on mega retail stores.

While in China, the foreign direct investment in retail is highly regulated; many stores are allowed to stock only China-manufactured goods, said member of Retail Karyana Merchant Association.

Main demands of traders and shopkeepers

  • No foreign direct investment in the retail trade and an end to the Walmart-Bharti joint venture.
  • The scrapping of wholesale cash-and-carry licences, repealing the APMC (Agricultural Produce Marketing Cooperatives) Act.
  • Formulation of a national policy on retail trade.
  • The introduction of zoning regulations for large multi-brand retail stores.



Expedite work on memorial, company told
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 27
The authorities have taken a serious note of the delay in the completion of Wada Ghallughara Kup Rohira Memorial, which is being constructed to commemorate the sacrifice of 35,000 sikhs, who were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali, the Pathan invader, on February 5, 1762.

Rahul, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, and SDM Malerkotla, Rajesh Tripathi, inspected the site and directed the officials of the company, responsible for the construction, to expedite the work. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had dedicated the memorial to humanity at an impressive ceremony,held at Rohira 10 months ago.

After inspecting the construction work of the memorial Rahul said he had directed officials concerned to complete the project without any delay.

Recognising the role of the state government in reviving the cultural heritage through memorials, Rahul maintained that the Chief Minister was keen to see the memorial opened for general public. 



Admn beefs up security for Chhapar fair
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 27
The administration have claimed to have made unprecedented arrangements for the Chhapar fair here today. The fair will commence from Friday. Besides, ensuring medical services, over 1,700 cops have been deployed for providing security during the fair. The officials, supervising the arrangements, said the officials of the Health Department and Industries Department had been asked to make adequate arrangements for ensuring safety of people.

Besides, the permanent police control room, established near the shrine, at least six sub-control rooms and an equal number of public assistance booths have been set up to keep the vigil. According to SHO Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, more than 1,700 police personnel have been deployed to keep vigil during the four-day fair. The venue had also been divided into various pockets, said the police.

Taking cognisance of theft incidents, the police has decided to play CDs to warn people about the modus operandi of miscreants. Anti-sabotage squads have also been constituted to tackle any tough situation.



Skills should decide workers' wages: Assn

Ludhiana, September 27
The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), president Gurmeet, while criticising the notification related to labour wages, today said the wages of a worker should be determined on the basis of his skill competence. He added unskilled workers cannot be appointed as trainees.

“Our objection is the quantum of increase in minimum wages proposed by the govt. The minimum wage proposed to increase for unskilled worker from Rs 4,268 per month to Rs 5,200 per month-an increase of 932 per month-is highly unjustified in the present situation,” he added. — TNS



21-day training course ends at GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
A 21-day training course on diagnostic ultrasonography in livestock, organised by the Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT) in the department of veterinary gynaecology and reproducion, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Punjab, under the auspices of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, concluded here.

The training had started on September 5. The valedictory function was attended by Dr SNS Randhawa, Dean Post Graduate Studies-cum-Director Research and Dr HS Sandhu, Dean College of Veterinary Schence. Dr PS Brar, Course Director and head of the department, informed that 15 faculty members from the universities and that of the ICAR institutes of nine states of India, participated in this course.

Dr Brar informed that the participants were trained and equipped with hands-on experiences of set ups and buttonolgy of different types of ultrasound machines, practice on different animal species including cattle, buffaloes, equine, caprine and canines and use of color flow doppler ultrasonography.

The intensive training also involved the use of special technique of trans-vaginal ultrasound guided ovum-pick up in cattle and buffaloes. Dr M Honparkhe and SPS Ghuman were the course co-coordinators. For the first time, on-line expert lectures by scientists from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, were also delivered to the participants. Experts from Hisar and Pantnagar also took part in the course.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Randhawa urged the participants to ensure the use of learned techniques for resolving the diagnostic issues related to animal fertility. He stressed on the fact that optimal reproductive potential was must to ensure sustainable and profitable livestock farming and to make India the leader in livestock productive output. Dr Sandhu lauded the efforts of CAFT Centre in raising the background knowledge of participants and building their capacities through improving their abilities to do diagnostic ultrasonography.



‘Oh My God’ kicks up a controversy
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Hours before the much awaited release of Hindi film "Oh My God", landed in a controversy after some radical groups raised objection over the content of the film.
The delegation met the Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, and complained that the promotional clips of the film has mocked at spiritual Gurus which could hurt the sentiments of the followers.

After a meeting the delegations, the Commissioner of Police decided to visit the special screening of the film this evening. “Yes, I am going to watch the movie along with the members of religious groups to check the veracity of their complaints. If the scenes were found to be objectionable, then accordingly, an appropriate action would be taken,” said Ishwar Singh.

Officials said the fate of the film hangs in balance as spiritual Gurus, who have been mocked upon in the film promos, enjoy huge followers in the city. 



Refunds to be available online
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
In a relief to the industry, Industry Minister Anil Joshi has announced that VAT refunds will be available online within three months. "The way you deposit your VAT online, in the same manner you will receive your VAT refunds within three months. Work in the Excise and Taxation Department is being streamlined and we are making an effort to eliminate the paper work in the department by providing online services ," Joshi said while addressing a meeting of the United Cycle and Parts Association.

In another breather to the industry, Joshi announced that the Punjab Pollution Control Board had been asked that there was no need for getting approval of the site approval committee for the units located in designated areas.

He further announced to set up a 66 KVA power sub-station near the Vishvakarma Park, which would cater to the needs of the units, located in mixed land use areas. He instructed the director of industries to see an appropriate site for setting up of the sub-station. Meanwhile, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association honoured eight distinguish industrialists with "UCPMA Udyog Award" for their various achievements. The industrials, who were presented with the award, included OP Munjal, Onkar Singh Pahwa, Harjit Singh Sondh. The UCPMA website was also launched by Anil Joshi. The balance sheet was presented during the meeting and budget for the next year was also passed, said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the UCPMA. 



E-billing: Assn to go on strike
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 27
Trade and industrial associations have decided to go on a strike from October 2 against the e-billing, imposed by the Excise and Taxation Department. This was decided at a meeting, held by the Mandi Gobindgarh Induction Furnace Association, here today. It was also decided that the sale of goods would be stopped from October 6.

While addressing furnace owners, Mohinder Gupta, president of the association, said until the e-billing notification was not withdrawn, the factories would not resume production. If strike takes place, as decided by the association, the exchequer will incur huge loses.The state government is estimated to lose Rs 200 crore on account of electricity and Rs100 crore on account of VAT payments. The Central Government will also be losing Rs 350 crore on account of central excise duty.

Meanwhile, the Scrap Traders Association has decided to support the furnace association. 



Association opposes hike in wages of unskilled workers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
The Auto Parts Manufacturers' Association has condemned the state government for increasing the wages of unskilled workers by 33 per cent. In a statement, Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the association, and Ranjodh Singh, general secretary of the associations, said the step of the state government would put an extra burden on the auto parts manufacturing industry, which was already passing through a lean patch.

They said, instead of minimising the wages for the betterment of the industry, the state government had hiked the minimum wages.



Workers oppose hike in diesel prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
A meeting of the Joint Council of Trade Union was held to discuss the issues concerning the workers of organised as well as unorganised sectors.

Expressing concerns at the recent hike in prices of diesel and reduction of subsidy on the LPG, the meeting felt that this would hit the working class the most as they are already low paid.

Contract system has further added to their woes. It is ironical that even the public sector units are not paying minimum wages.

The meeting, which was attended by All-Indian Bank Employees Association, PAU Employees Union, PSSF, Punjab Roadways Workers Union, PRTC Employees Union, Construction Workers Union, Hosiery Workers Union, Municipal Corporation Workers, AITUC, Asha Workers and Punjab Government. Class IV Employees Union also condemned the Lathi Charge and registration of the FIR against the agitating teachers demanding jobs at Ludhiana.

The meeting demanded the review of new pension scheme effective from January 1, 2004 on all the government and public sector employees, increased minimum wage of Rs 10,000 per month, enrollment of employees in various departments/sectors on regular basis instead on contract and daily wages, effective implementation of already existing labour laws, immediate implementation of security of service laws for the workers of unorganised sector, Anganwadi and Asha workers be given regular employment with grade equivalent to class 3 and 4 employees, pension for all, creation of social security fund for unorgnaised sector workers.

DP Maur general secretary joint council of the trade unions, Ludhiana, informed that a convention of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) will be held at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, on October 5 to finalise the upcoming programme of the central trade unions i.e. march to the Parliament by the trade unions in Delhi on December 20, 2012 and then nationwide general strike of the workers and employees on February 21 and 22 in 2013. Gurudas Das Gupta, M.P. general secretary AITUC will address the convention.



Paddy starts arriving in market
Procurement to begin from October 1
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna September 27
Although the procurement of paddy officially is to start from October 1 yet the paddy has started reaching in the Asia’s big grain market at a large scale.

As per information from Chairman Market Committee, Khanna, Lakhbir Singh Kalalmajra, about 5,000 quintals of paddy has arrived in the grain market so far till the evening of September 27 as compared to that of the last year’s 3,200 quintals.

He informed that private players are purchasing the paddy in the grain market from 1,200 to 1,250 from the farmers.

He said that the government rate would be implemented from October 1 at the rate of Rs 1,280 per quintal. The paddy has more moisture than the norms. He appealed the farmers of the area to bring paddy to the grain market that will be dry up to norms.

When The Tribune team visited the grain market, the farmers who had brought the paddy, were seen drying the paddy heaps with the help of laborers.

Yadvinder Singh, a resident of Libra village, who was in the grain market with his paddy said he has taken his produce a day before and was drying it with the help of labourers. He said the Central Government should give Rs 100 per quintal bonus to the farmers of the state as they had to spent huge amount of money due to less rains this years.

Kanwaljit Singh, a farmer of Kamma village who was in the grain market with his produce said private players were offering less rate than the government rate. But he has no option but to sell his produce on lass rate.

He, however, expressed satisfaction about the arrangements by the market committee in the grain market including of water, sheds and tarpaulins. Secretary market committee, Malkit Singh, when informed that all the arrangements in the grain market, Khanna, and that of the other adjoining grain markets are ready from October 1 on wards.



From schools
Rhyme recitation contest

Children take part in a rhyme recitation contest at Cherrylane Play School in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Children take part in a rhyme recitation contest at Cherrylane Play School in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana: Cherrylane Play School conducted a rhyme recitation competition on Thursday. Parents also took an initiative to dress up their wards according to poem they recited. Participation certificates and prizes were distributed among the children. Charul Chowdhry, director of Cherrylane said ,"Rhymes are the best medium to open up a child as well as good way of entertainment.The parents were very happy and encouraged their children get first hand stage exposure."

Salad dressing competition


To mark the occasion of healthy diest day a salad dressing competition was organised for the students of Montessori wing at Ryan International Public School. The students learned about the importance of eating fresh vegetables and salad. Their enjoyment and creativity knew no bounds as they worked their way with slices of cucumber, carrot, tomatoes and other vegetables. Principal Parveena John said: " In Ryan we not only focus on the overall growth of children and we also pay attention to the physical well being of children. Meanwhile, a pet show was also organised for the students. The students were apprised of the different breeds of animals and birds. — TNS



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CICU’s plea to of Mayor

Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Avtar Singh, general secretary, and Upkar Singh, joint secretary, of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), have hailed the elections of Mayor and expressed confidence that HS Gohalwaria will handle the affairs of the corporation in a smooth, effective and transparent manner and bring the much needed improvements to make Ludhiana. They have requested and urged upon Gohalwaria that a large number of issues such as cleaning of Budha Nullah, potholed roads, disposal of garbage, choked sewerage, implementation of rain water harvesting besides completion of development works and recovery of dues should be given top priority. Efforts should be made to fix time frame for pending developmental works and any unnecessary delay should be viewed seriously.

Ganesh Mahotsava

The ninth day of Ganesh Mahotsav was celebrated by the Sidh Data Sewa Society (regd) with fervour at Sidh Data Mandir near Green Land Senior Secondary Public School. The ‘Navgraha Pooja’ was ritually accomplished amidst the chants of ‘mantras’ under the guidance of eminent priests. The priest elaborated on the subject of nine sun-signs and explained the importance of ‘Ekadashi’. The president of the Sidh Data Sewa Society, Rajesh Rudhra said that on the tenth day of Ganpati Mahotsav, ‘Visarjan Ceremony’ will be observed religiously. He extended a cordial welcome to one and all to be a part of the ceremony.

Pt Shardha Ram Phillori remembered

Holy-Path Senior Secondary School paid rich tributes to Pt Shardha Ram Phillori, the writer of Aarti "Om Jai Jagdish" here on Thursday. A function was held under the presidentship of Leena Taparia. The organisers told the students the meaning of the Arti and encouraged the students to be dedicated and hardworking. The students were told that Phillori was born on September 30 about 175 years back in the small town Phillor near here.

Union members hold meeting

A delegation of the SSA/RMSA a, Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab, met the Director General School Education, KSPannu recently. The union members had sought an appointment with DGSC on the issue of their pending demands like regular pay-scales, provident fund, holidays etc. The union members said that state government was not paying any attention towards the implementation of their long pending demands, which was uncalled for. The union leaders urged DGSC to press-upon the governmnent to meet their demands else they will be forced to adopt an agitational approach.

Martyr’s birth anniversary

The Mahila Congress will celebrate the birth anniversary of Shaheedeazam Bhagat Singh on September 28 at Guru Amardas Nagar. Leena Taparia said on this occasion, a cultural programme will be organised and the sacrifice made by the martyr, will be told through the songs. Rich tributes will be paid to the martyr by the school children, leaders and councillors.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised on the premises of Baba Kundan College of Education and Pharmacy, Jamalpur, Ludhiana, in association with the Zindagi Live Foundation. The camp was conducting to mark the celebration of the birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. Around 40 units were collected by a team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College. The blood would be used for the need of welfare of thalassemic children. Dr Sahil Hora, director of the institution, thanked the team of Zindagi Live for their efforts. — TNS



Woman sets herself ablaze, hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Exasperated by her unemployed husband, who thrashed her for money, Manjot Kaur, who worked as a staff nurse with the DMC Hospital, set herself on fire on Thursday.
Manjot Kaur had solemnised a love marriage with Lakhwinder Singh few years ago and was being tortured by her husband.

According to the family members, Lakhwinder Singh used to consume liquor and thrash her everyday. The residents, living in the neighbourhood, came to her rescue and brought her to the hospital.

Her condition is stated to be serious. She has suffered over 70 per cent burns. Meanwhile, the police has arrested Lakhwinder Singh. 



Thieves flee with cash, gold

Ludhiana, September 27
Some unidentified persons broke the windshield of a car and fled with cash, gold other valuables. According to Inderjit Singh, owner of the vehicle, he was in a furniture shop near Bharat Nagar Chowk when the incident took place.

The incident came to light when Inderjit came out of the furniture shop and saw the valuables stolen. He has reported the matter to the police. — TNS



51 probables selected for kabaddi world cup
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 27
The selection panel, constituted to conduct the trials to pick up the probables for the 3rd edition of the World Kabaddi Cup, slated to be held at different venues across the state in December, released the list of 51 players at the conclusion of a two-day trials.

These probables will attend a camp prior to the final selection of the Indian contingent to take part in the World Cup in which over 10 teams are expected to compete.

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, who is also the convener for the trials, said the names of the probables are Raiders-Loveroop Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Harjinder, Sukhjinder Singh, Balram, Sukhbir Singh, Khushwinder Singh, Sat Pal, Gagandeep Singh, Sultan Singh, Harjeet Singh, Malwinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Harbhajan, Amandeep Singh, Jatinder, Amandeep, Gurlal, Anil Kumar, Vikas Kumar, Maninder, Maninderjit Singh, Talwinder, Hardevinderjit Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Sucha Singh, Vikramjeet Singh and Raman Kumar.

Stoppers-Hardeep Singh, Balraj Singh, Iqbal Khan, Surjeet Singh, Harvinder Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harjeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Narpinder Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Amarjeet Ram, Ekam Singh.

Standby-Gurpreet Singh, Karamjeet Singh and Balwinder Ram.



GNPS players bring laurels to school
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 27
Students of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, brought fame to their school after performing brilliantly in handball, basketball and football competitions during the Inter-School Zonal Tournaments, which was organised by the District Education Department, recently. Mona Singh, principal of GNPS, said the boys' teams in the under-14 and 17 category emerged champions in handball while they secured the second position in the boys' U-19 group. Similarly, in the girls' group (handball), players from the school secured the third spot in U-14, 17 and 19 categories.

In basketball the students of GNPS made their presence felt as they finished as runners-up in the boys' U-14 category while the girls from the school emerged victorious in the same category. In football, boys' U-19 team performed well throughout the tournament and secured the second position. 



Zonal basketball meet concludes
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 27
The Zone-Level Basketball Competitions (Sahnewal) for Boys (U-14,17 and 19), which was organised by the Punjab Education Department at Doraha Public School, Doraha, concluded today. Seven teams competed in the tournament. In the U-14 group, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (SGHPS) defeated the host team by 14-12 . Government High School Jamalpur outplayed Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha, by 84-0 in a one sided match to clinch the third position.

In the U-17 group, Doraha Public School (DOPS) defeated Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, by 31-16 in the final. Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, overcame Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, to clinch the third slot. Doraha Public School defeated USPC Jain Public School, Jamalpur, in the U-19 group.



Alpine International defeat Sacred Heart School, enter semifinals
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 27
Alpine International Senior Secondary School outplayed Jesus Sacred Heart School, Ludhiana, and entered the semifinals of the CBSE Cluster XVI Table Tennis Championship here today. Alpine International defeated Jesus Sacred by 3-1 in the boys’ U-14 category.

In the girls’ U-19 category, Alpine International School scripted victory over Gobindgarh Public School, Gobindgarh.

In other matches (boys’ U-14), Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, toiled hard to defeat DAV Public School, Ludhiana, by 3-2 while Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, defeated Bhavan SL School, Amritsar. DAN Public School, Amritsar, in a closely contested match overcame Police DAV School, Jalandhar, and won it by 3-2.


Boys’ U-14 (first round)- Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar, bt Green Land Convent School by 3-0; Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, bt MGM Public School, Dugri, by 3-0; Ryan International Public School, Ludhiana, bt Green Land Convent School, Ludhiana, by 3-1; Gobindgarh Public School, Gobindgarh, bt Green Land Schiil, Ludhiana by 3-0.

Boys’ U-16 (first round)- Green Land Convent School, Ludhiana, bt Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar, by 3-2; DAV Public School, Ludhiana, bt Army Public School, Faridkot, by 3-1; Green Land Convent School, Dugri, bt BCM School, Ludhiana, by 3-0; Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, bt GPS, Gobindgarh, by 3-1; Innocent Public School, Jalandhar, bt Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar, by 3-0; SRA Public School, Jalandhar, bt GPS, Gobindgarh, by 3-1; DAV International Public School, Amritsar, bt DAV Public School, Ludhiana, by 3-1; Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, bt GMT Public School, Ludhiana, by 3-2; MGM Public School, Ludhiana, bt Cambridge International School, Jalandhar, by 3-0.

Boys U-16 (second round)- CIS, Jalandhar, bt Spring Dale Public School, Amritsar, by 3-0; Manav Public School, Amritsar, bt Green Land Convent School, Ludhiana, by 3-0; DCM Presidenty School, Ludhiana, bt DAV Public School, Ludhiana, by 3-1; Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, bt Green Land School, Dugri,by 3-0; DAV International School, Amritsar, bt SRS Public School, Amritsar, by 3-0 and MGM Public School, Jalandhar, bt Green Land Public School, Ludhiana, by 3-0.



Delhi defeat Punjab by 3 runs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 27
Punjab failed to capitalise on the valuable contributions of Kunwar Pathak (42) and Deepin Chitkara (24) as they went down against Delhi by just three runs in the final of the North Zone Inter-State Cricket Tournament (U-14), which concluded at the Delhi Public School, Rohtak, today.

Punjab bowlers did well to contain Delhi to a reasonable total of 157 runs and their batsmen too started the chase on a positive note with 44 for 2 on Wednesday. Needing 114 runs win the match, Punjab failed to put up resistance for long and went on to lose wickets at regular intervals today. Eventually, they were all out for 154 runs after 73.3 overs.

For Delhi, Karan Sharma's bowling was decisive as he took five wickets in 21.3 overs, six of which were maiden.


Delhi 157 all out in 94.3 overs ( Karan Sharma 42, Ankit Partap 42, Ankit Chillar 39 and Vikas 11; Mudit 2 for 12 and Abhishek 5 for 50)

Punjab 154 all out in 73.3 overs ( Shubham Gill 16, Abhishek 5, Nirmal 16, Kunwar Pathak 42, Deepin Chitkara 24, Prabhsimran 21, Rahul Kashyap 4, Navpreet 10 and Surinder 7; Karan Sharma 5 for 43, Vikas Solanki 2 for 14 and Ankit 2 for 19).



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