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Firm, labourers in patch-up mode
Company to give Rs 3-lakh compensation to victims’ kin
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Day after the incident in which one worker was killed and two others were injured after the scaffolding on the eighth floor of Bharti Pavilion Mall near Fountain Chowk collapsed, the company officials and the labour leaders were in a patch-up mode. The matter was reportedly settled for a compensation of Rs 3 lakh.

The SDM (East), Ajay Sood, is conducting a magisterial probe into the incident, which was ordered by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari.

The body of Kundan, who was killed in the incident, was sent to Bihar and nearly Rs 1 lakh was sent to his family as token amount.

According to the administration sources, the deceased's next of kin would get a compensation of around Rs 8 lakh, including Rs 3 lakh from the company, Provident Fund (PF), ESI, workman allowance and salary.

Earlier, workers’ leaders had accused the mall authorities of indulging in the practice of child labour. The Labour Department officials had promised to take action in this regard, but once the compromise was affected, the workers’ leaders and the Labour Department officers took a U-turn.

High drama was witnessed this morning when workers stalled work and demanded police action against the erring persons.

Union leader Hargobind Tiwari, who was leading the workers, stated that the workers would not go to work until action was taken against the people who were responsible for the incident. Presenting certain children, he claimed that they were forced to do child labour.

Initially, the contractors hired by the construction company did not budge. But, a little before the afternoon, they softened their stand and decided to conduct a meeting with the workers’ leaders.

After an hour-long meeting, the construction company agreed to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to next of kin of the deceased.

Soon after the compromise was affected, the workers were told to resume work. After that the leaders did not demand any police action.

The U-turn by leaders, officials

Labour leader Hargobind Tiwari, who had earlier blamed the construction company for encouraging child labour, took a U-turn and said: "We should not rake up the issue of child labour as the company has agreed to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the deceased kin. The company has also assured them that it would keep a check on the menace of child labour".

Omkar Chand Saini, an official of the Labour Department, had initially said they had found nearly 50 child labourers working at the construction site. He had asserted that he would take adequate action in this regard.

Later on, Saini retracted from his statement and claimed that he had heard from someone that nearly 50 child labourers were working at the construction site.

"I would conduct a count of all the employees working at the construction site at the mall and action would be taken against the construction company if any child labourer was found working at the site of construction at shopping malls," said Omkar Chand Saini.

An official of the construction company said: "We had arranged labour from Bihar. They came here along with their families. Gradually their children also started accompanying them at the construction site and started doing odd jobs. From now onwards we would not allow any children to accompany their kin at the construction site."

Meanwhile, Ajay Sood, SDM (East), said "The magisterial probe is still on. The act of giving compensation to next of kin of the deceased, who died in the incident, does not dilute the irregularities."

Commuters inconvenienced due to construction

The shabby manner of constructing the mall has yet again come under the scanner. The adjoining streets are covered in dust, which causes a lot of problems to commuters. The pavement meant for the pedestrian has been encroached upon. The construction material lying outside the mall hinders traffic flow. Labourers are ferried to the construction site in a pick-up truck like sardines, posing a threat to their life.


City Mayor ‘welcomes’ latecomer MC staff
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The latecomer staff of the Zone-A office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation got an “unpleasant surprise” this morning when they were greeted by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria himself. Interestingly, the newly elected Mayor, who is known for his clean and non-controversial image, sat at the office entry and “welcomed” all the latecomers.

Ironically, by 9 am only 20 per cent of the Zone A employees (20 out of 100-odd staff) were present and workers continued reaching the office by 10 am.

Gohalwaria kept sitting at the entry from 9 am to 9.40 am and was shocked to see the latecomer MC employees. Their office timings are from 9 am to 5 pm.

He not only checked the latecomers, but also visited all the offices in the building and found that cleanliness there was very poor. He was shock as to how the MC employees worked in such unhygienic conditions.

He found wastage of electricity was going on unchecked. The fans and lights were on in almost all the offices where officials were yet to reach. The Mayor asked the officials concerned to immediately keep a check on the wastage of power.

While speaking to The Tribune, Gohalwaria said today, he just wanted to send this message to the MC employees that they were under close watch.

“They should better mend their ways and should reach offices on time. Today I just warned them verbally but from now on, if any employee is found reaching the office late, I will certainly take the strictest possible action against him. They should understand that reaching offices late means the common man is harassed,” said Gohalwaria.

With regards to the sanitation and unhygienic conditions in the Zone-A office, Gohalwaria said: “I wonder how the staff is working under such poor working conditions. The table cloths were full of dust, the dusters were thrown in one corner, the sewadar’s were sitting along with the staff whereas their duty says they should sit outside offices, the tables and chairs were kept in a haphazard manner and several other such things. When I asked the staff that whether they are satisfied working in such poor conditions, they had no answer. These are basic things that can be checked by the official himself,” rued Gohalwaria. Perturbed over such poor conditions, the Mayor has now written to the officials concerned for maintaining cleanliness.



‘Tantrik’ murders cousin to hide his affair
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
In yet another case of killing by ‘tantrik’, a 27- year- old youth stabbed his cousin to death and threw his body into the Sirhind Branch Canal, near Dehlon. The victim had visited his ‘tantrik’ cousin to find a cure to his falling business.

The victim, identified as 28- year-old Aman Kapoor, a resident of Midha Chowk, disappeared under mysterious circumstances on September 23.

Satpal Kapoor, his father, said, "Aman last spoke to me on the night of September 23. He was last seen with my brother's son Raman. We kept waiting for our son anxiously for a few days and asked Raman about his whereabouts. Finally, we reported the matter to the police."

After receiving the complaint, the police picked up Raman. The accused cracked soon and confessed to killing his cousin and dumping the body in the Sirhind Branch Canal, near Dehlon.

The victim's father said both the cousins were not on talking terms.

"My son was a property dealer. As real estate business was going through a crisis, Aman started visiting the house of Raman, who reportedly possesses supernatural powers. Aman believed that Raman would chant some mantras and his business would flourish again. But, my son was killed instead. I do not know why he did this," lamented Satpal Kapoor.

According to the police, Aman had made an MMS of Raman and his paramour while both of them were in a compromising position. Raman told the police that Aman was blackmailing him. Finally, Raman decided to eliminate the victim. On September 23, Raman took a dagger from Sher Singh and called Aman. Raman told the victim that he would have to perform some rituals on the banks of the Sirhind Branch Canal and his problems would be cured. While Aman was chanting mantras, Raman stabbed him in the back and threw the body into the canal. Meanwhile, the police today launched a major search operation to find the victim’s body. The police visited Bathinda but could not locate the body.



Two commit suicide in city

Ludhiana, October 1
Two cases of suicide were reported in the city today. In the first incident, Rakesh, a resident of the Jamalpur area, who was reportedly suffering from depression, allegedly killed himself by slitting his throat.

The incident came to light here this afternoon when the members of his family reported the matter to the police. Rakesh had tried to commit suicide in the past too.

In the second incident, a class XII student committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in the Salem Tabri area here. The deceased has been identified as Subh Harman Kaur.

According to the deceased's father Iqbal Singh, except the victim's grandfather the entire family had gone to Alamgir when she took the extreme step. When family returned home they saw Subh Harman's body hanging from the ceiling fan.

The police could not spot any suicide note at the scene.

The police has initiated inquest proceeding under section 174 of the IPC.



encroachment on improvement trust land
Scheme still on paper as illegal occupants thrive
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 1
A proposed residential scheme coming up on 3.03 acres still remains on paper even after 13 years of its conception, thanks to a lackadaisical attitude of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) authorities towards encroachments on a major chunk of the prime land in Model Town Extension Part I.

While unlawful occupants on the land worth over Rs 100 crore, meant for carving out plots, commercial sites, green belts and a primary school, are thriving, the bona fide residents of MIG flats, that form a part of the proposed scheme, as well as other people in the adjoining localities are suffering due to undesirable activities and unhygienic conditions created by the encroachers.

The proposed scheme, which will come up on 3.03 acre on the Dugri Road (behind Matta Palace) under the posh Model Town Extension Part I project, was mooted in 1999. According to the layout plan, residential flats were to be constructed on 0.57 acres, plots to be carved out on 0.40 acres and open spaces, roads and green belts on 0.99 acres, a primary school on 1.02 acres and 0.5 acres was to be developed for commercial purpose.

Even as the LIT was in the process of construction of residential (MIG) flats in the colony, the rest of the land under the scheme has allegedly been usurped by Nirmal Singh and his family, who claim that the land had been acquired by the LIT for a residential scheme but their claim to the allotment of a plot under the locally displaced person (LDP) category had not been entertained.

In the information provided to the affected residents of the locality under the Right to Information Act, the LIT authorities admitted that a chunk of land situated north to the MIG flats was under unlawful possession of Nirmal Singh and his claim for the allotment of a plot measuring 1118.52 square yards was under process.

Residents of the area and owners of the MIG flats have alleged that a large number of dwelling units for labourers had been constructed on the LIT land and the occupants of these quarters were a nuisance for the bona fide residents. Not only this, at least three dairy farms with some 50 head of cattle were running from the land under illegal possession. The civic body had banned operation of dairy farms in the city limits.

According to the residents, the dairy farms were causing unhygienic conditions for them whereas those living in the labourers’ quarters were also a drain on the civic amenities provided to the genuine residents of Model Town Extension Part I and adjoining colonies.

Avtar Singh Azad, Executive Officer, LIT, while admitting that Nirmal Singh and members of his family were occupying a part of the land meant to be developed for residential and commercial purpose, said steps were being taken to evict the unlawful occupants of the land. "We have sought police assistance from the Commissioner of Police to clear the encroachments, and action in this regard will be taken very soon."



gandhi jayanti
Mahatma Gandhi's ideology fading away in city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Although the name of Mahatma Gandhi would have stirred emotions and reverence decades ago, with the passage of time, the following of the father of the nation among the youth in the city seems to be whittling away to an extent.

But those who know about him and follow him do so staunchly and feel that his ideology needs to find more space in art and media.

But many a youth are turning indifferent or don't relate to Gandhi's ideology.

Although in the present times, I don't know whether Gandhi's ideology is practical, says Rohit, a student. "Even Anna Hazare, who has apparently been following Gandhi's ideology, has been able to make little dent, despite efforts, in his fight against corruption," he says.

When asked what they knew about Gandhi, not many of the youngsters could spew out anything except that he is the Father of the Nation. There, however, are admirers of the leader among youngsters. "Gandhi is an inspiration. It is natural for leaders who rise from a struggle, and continue to struggle. But despite coming from a relatively well-off family and studying abroad, he struggled for the country, for the masses, set high ideals and became a great leader," says Lovedeep Singh, a Class X student.

Many of his followers, however, feel for the new generation to know and find relevance in his thoughts more, art and media should highlight Gandhi and his thoughts more, for more youngsters to relate to him. "There has been some resurgence in the awareness of youngsters, thanks to the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The movie was great and perked up my interest and I tried to learn more about Gandhiji," says Vikrant, a student. "Prior to watching the movie, I never really knew much about Gandhiji, but after that, I read about him and feel that non-violence, although difficult to practise in the current times, can bring about the change," he says.

But unfortunately, little is shown in the media and art to show what Gandhiji's ideology really was, and more such movies need to be made, he says.



'Charkha' loses its sheen, relegates to museum
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
With the ideology of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fading away, one hardly gets to see "Charkha", the symbol of simplicity, anywhere in the city now. With the emergence of handloom and textile industry, the "Charkhas" have become a thing of past now.

Now, the "Charkhas" can be seen only in museums.

Sham Singh (73), a local resident, said "Charkhas" used to sell like hotcakes in Sabun Bazaar, with those residing in rural areas thronging the market.

"Gandhi wanted people to wear hand-made attire," said Sham Singh.

"With more and more people becoming tech savvy, "Charkhas" are seen only in museums," said Jasdeep Singh, an IT professional.



Get dressed in ‘khadi’ this Gandhi Jayanti
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Once Mahatma Gandhi used "khadi" and non-violence as two powerful weapons to throw out British colonial rulers and today "khadi" has become a canvas for fashion designers. Today, "khadi" is one of the most sought-after material among the youth and elderly.

Once a symbol of India's Independence Movement popularised by Mahatma Gandhi, hand spun "khadi" has got a makeover and become a style statement. It's no longer seen as a poor man's cloth, thanks to designers giving it a modern touch.

"During the freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhi urged Indians to wear "khadi" and it became a symbol of nationalism that was proudly worn by patriotic citizens. The material was never dyed and had a rough, uneven look more or less like a sack. But today the lowly and humble "khadi' is making a style statement. The material is dyed with the finest organic colours and woven to a soft and smooth finish, giving it a contemporary feel, a wrinkle free look," said Swati, a boutique owner at the Pakhowal Road.

"Khadi" dresses are made in accordance with the changing season. Lighter "khadi" outfits in pastel colours during the summer and dark, heavy dresses with embroidery during the winter.

"Khadi" has come to represent a handmade-in-India product of value and pride. And while it continues to be a symbol of freedom, it also represents an evolving India-the best of India's past endures in this ancient weave, yet it embraces elements of contemporary India to find a new synthesis and relevance, quips Achint Sharma, a senior citizen.

"Be it summer or winter, I never part from "khadi", it is my material for all seasons and with designers giving it both an ethnic and modern touch it is my favourite outfit for casual and formal wear," added Sharma.

"Well after over 60 years of Independence and over about 75 years since Gandhi first began to spin the iconic fabric, the world has changed definitely. Today, "khadi" has moved out of the popular genre to a more elite class and people today flaunt their designer jackets and kurtas made of the humble material," added Jyotsna, a fashion designing student.

"Khadi" symbolises the soul of India and when you wear "khadi" you are wearing a piece of heritage. So are you going to gift yourself a stylish "khadi" kurta this Gandhi Jayanti?



Grain Market faces neglect
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 1
The Old Grain Market of Jagraon is the perfect example of the municipal council's apathetic attitude towards providing basic amenities. Despite the fact that business to the tune of many crores is being done here, the grain market has been laying in a state of neglect since many years.

The grain market of Jagraon is the second largest grain market of Asia after Khanna. Besides, a number of commercial establishments, a large number of people also reside in the area. Moreover, the shops and houses of many prominent personalities, including representatives of the local municipal council, are also situated near the grain market but still the market has been neglected for long.

The state of affairs is such that heaps of garbage can be seen laying in each and every corner of the market. The area is one of the dirtiest localities of the city. According to the shopkeepers of the market, the most important problem of the market is improper drainage system due to which the water gets accumulated even after slight rain and the whole area turns muddy.

The businessmen of the grain market said they suffered huge losses every year due to the poor drainage system as goods of the shopkeeper got destroyed in rainy season.

"In spite of repeated appeals to improve the drainage system of the grain market, nothing has been done in this direction and we are incurring heavy losses every year. The local municipal council seem least bothered about our problems," said Raj Kumar Bhalla, a commission agent at the grain market.

Another shopkeeper Vikas Kapoor said: "We have taken up these issues with the MC a number of times. Besides this, we have also met various leaders of the ruling party but we get only promises and nothing concrete has been done to solve the problem."

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the municipal council had recently laid down interlocking tiles in the grain market, which had solved the problem to some extent. "We are going to fix interlocking tiles in the remaining area of the market in coming days and a tender in this regard will be floated very soon. The problem of drainage will be over soon," added Dhir.



Paddy procurement kicks off at Khanna
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 1
Amid the call for the boycott of paddy procurement by the officials of government procurement agencies, the procurement of paddy started at Khanna, Asia's biggest grain market, today. Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of the Mandi Board, Punjab, and former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi initiated the procurement process.

While talking to the media, Lakhowal claimed that amidst the boycott call, the private agencies were procuring paddy according to the MSP. Lakhowal said all arrangements had been completed in the state and the government would make sure that farmers sell their crop without any problems. He assured that the Punjab Government would resolve the issue of boycott soon.

Secretary of market committee, Malkit Singh, said the procurement had started and farmers were getting Rs 1300 per quintal, which was above the MSP. He said till September 30 private players had procured about 20480 quintals of paddy as compared to 7600 quintals of paddy last year. Some farmers expressed their dissatisfaction with the present MSP and demaded that the MSP should be Rs 1500 per quintal.



Procurement begins, 16 lakh tonne of paddy expected in market
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Nearly 16 lakh tonne of paddy is expected to arrive in the market with the procurement process starting today. The Administration has made arrangements to facilitate the process, for which 103 purchase centres have been set up.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari addressed a meeting of purchase agencies and farmers on the occasion.

He gave instructions to the SDMs and representatives of purchase agencies to ensure that farmers did not face any problems while selling their produce.

He also asked the officials concerned to ensure unrestricted power and water supply to the grain markets.

He further apprised the farmers that complaint redressal cells had been formed under SDMs to address their complaints.

Tiwari also told the officials of the purchase agencies to refrain from taking any leaves till November 15 without prior notice.

Tiwari also appealed to the farmers to bring moisture-free paddy to the market.



Ahmedgarh to get underbridge soon
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has assured to implement all pending demands of the civic body without further delay. Assurance in this regard was given on the occasion of Chhapar fair when councillors, led by Ravinder Puri and legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, presented charter of demands to the Chief Minister on Sunday.

The accepted demands, included construction of underbridge, opening of government senior secondary or high school and strengthening of the sewage system in the town.

According to Jhoondan and Puri, the Chief Minister has directed officials concerned to work on the construction of at least one underbridge and strengthening of sewerage system without any delay.

The Chief Minister has asked to constitute a committee to study the need of a government high or senior school in the town.

Though Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had sent a high power committee to study the feasibility of a flyover or underbridge earlier, the government had not yet coordinated with the Union Railway Ministry to take necessary measures.



Ban on mining leaves brick-kiln owners worried
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 1
Perturbed over the hike in VAT and imposition of a ban on mining, brick-kiln owners today held a state-level meeting in Ludhiana. During the meeting, the members decided to meet the Chief Minister in a day or two and make him acquaint with their problems. They said they would stage protests if their problems were not addressed.

"Environment clearance is a must for each brick kiln unit. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has also issued a notification making it mandatory for these units to have environment clearance for mining area of less than five hectares. To further add to our woes, the state government has increased the lump sum amount of VAT from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month," said Kuldip Singh Makkar, president of the Punjab Brick Kiln Association.

Brick kilns have been lying closed since June 20 as they have to get the environment clearance and now the VAT has been doubled. "If the situation does not improve, we will be left with no other option, but to change our profession," added Makkar.

"Presently, we were giving a lump sum amount of Rs 20,000 per month as VAT and now it has been doubled to Rs 40,000 per month. I fail to understand why the government is burdening us with the taxes. It has become impossible to meet both the ends. If the government does not rethink its decision, we will have to shift our base," said Amarjit Singh, a brick-kiln owner.

Hike in service tax on goods opposed

Members of the Knitwear Club have condemned the hike in service tax on goods carried in trains.

They have also opposed the 5 per cent increase in passengers' fare.

"It seems that the government is in no mood to give relief to the industrialists and common man."

"The hike in power tariff had already burdened the industry and now the hike in service tax has added to our problems as Ludhiana is a hub for the hosiery industry and most of the goods are carried through trains, the decision will affect us," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the club.

Due to the hike in the diesel price, the fares have been increased and now the service tax on transportation of goods has put a question on the the existence of the hosiery industry.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking has condemned the hike in power connection charges for industrial, farming and domestic consumers. Upkar Singh, joint secretary of the CICU, said, "The decision is anti-industry. On the one hand, the government is exhorting industrialists to set up new units in the state while on the other, it is burdening us by increasing the charges for power connections," he added.



Finally, PAU to get new roads
Recarpeting work starts after university receives a grant of Rs 2 crore
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to get new roads on the campus. The work of recarpeting of the roads finally started yesterday. after the Punjab Works Department released Rs 2 crore.

PAU has received Rs 2 crore from the Punjab Works Department that has released a fund for this purpose after seven years. In the absence of this grant, a number of roads on the university campus had deteriorated. Earlier, the university authorities had got some roads repaired before the Kisan Mela.

At present, the PAU authorities are getting those roads recarpeted on priority which are in the worst condition. The work has been started from the Gate No 3.

Students and staff, meanwhile, are happy as the long awaited work of recarpeting has started.

"The condition of some roads was very bad which inconvenienced the commuters. We welcome this move of authorities," said a student.

Dr Jaskaran Singh, PAU estate officer, said: "The grant we have received is sufficient for the recarpeting of the main roads on the campus. Some of the link roads which are in a good condition, however, would not be recarpeted. The work will be concluded in some days.”



Good Samaritans: For the love of a cause
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
On the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, a number of students of Punjab Agricultural University who regularly donate blood got together on the PAU campus. They were not carrying any records that could tell how many lives they had saved by voluntarily donating blood time and again, but their dedication was evident through the enthusiasm they showed.

There are hundreds of such students on the PAU campus who never hesitate from donating blood when the need arises.

"We are always ready to donate blood to a needy patient. I cannot give a concrete figure as to how many amongst us have donated blood, but I know for a fact that no one returns without hope from our hostels,” says Parminder Gujaar, a member of the Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association (PAUSA). Gujaar claims that more than 90 per cent of the boys staying at the PAU hostels never hesitate from donating blood, and the university students donate more blood than the city residents.

Rajbir Singh, a student who regularly donates blood, says that there are a number of hospitals in the city where people in need of blood are told to contact the PAU hostlers to get blood. "People come here frequently to borrow blood. At times we have to go with them at midnight to donate blood,” says Rajbir.

"Most of the students here, being from a rural background, are always ready to help people in need,” says Jagtar Singh, an MSc student.

The students have also made lists of blood groups of all the hostellers who are willing to donate blood. “We are not interested in organising blood donation camps. It is more meaningful to help the people when they are in actual need," says Gujaar.

Sportsman spirit

Last year, during the inter-university tournaments, some relatives of a patient, admitted to the DMC Hospital, came to our hostel early in the morning, and requested us to donate blood. There was an important volleyball match on that day. I was in a fix. Finally, however, I went with those persons to donate blood. Upon returning, I also played the match with full dedication

Parminder, student, Punjab Agricultural University



DMCH honours blood donors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The Department of Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) celebrated National Voluntary Blood Donation Day by honouring more than 80 social organisations, involved in organising blood donation camps, as well faculty members of the medical college, who have been regularly donating blood for the last several years.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, head of transfusion medicine, acknowledged the contribution of various social organisations, who have been regularly working for the community welfare. Senior office-bearers of the hospital management gave away mementoes to honour the attending representatives of the organisations.

Secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta said the hospital recently became the first hospital in the state to implement Individual Donor Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (ID-NAT) that ensures safety during blood screening. "We have decided to introduce ID-NAT testing as this is an international standard blood screening test and has caught many cases of HIV-1, HCV and HBV infections that were missed by regular tests. We feel, with this new technique, DMCH patients can be feel much safer,” he said.



festive season
ACP meets officials to discuss security arrangements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
With festive season round the corners, ACP (North) Swapan Sharma today asked the officials concerned to step up security in the city. He held a meeting with the officials, councillors and shopkeepers in this regard today.

The ACP said: "During the festive season, people consumed liquor in public places." He asked the public representatives to inform the police about such people. He said, "Shopkeepers will have to seek permission before selling crackers. They will have to follow instructions of the Administration and adopt fire-safety measures.

The police has also instructed restaurant owners to note down address of visitors and ask for their identity proof.



school notes
City students pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Ryan International School, Dugri, observed the Day of Non-Violence to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi today. The day commenced with a special assembly in the Montessori and the senior classes. Students and teachers prayed for world peace during the assembly. A declamation contest was also organised for the students of Classes III to VII. The Montessori students made posters and wrote slogans to promote peace.

GMT Public School

The students of GMT Public School saluted the “Father of the Nation” on his 143rd birth anniversary here today. The day began with a speech delivered in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi that highlighted his works and achievements. The students were told about Gandhi’s struggle for freedom and his use of non-violence for achieving it. The children promised to follow his teachings and the path of non-violence.

Shifaly International School

Children at Shifaly International School, Rahon Road, participated with full enthusiasm in the function organised to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti. Students narrated life, ideology and philosophy of Gandhi through various speeches on the topic - “Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in Modern Times”. The students also presented a patriotic dance on the tune of “Vande Mataram” and recited poems related to peace. The principal motivated the students to follow the path of peace and never to indulge in any kind of violence: verbal, psychological, physical, criminal or structural.

Saraswati Modern School

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated at Saraswati Modern School today. Students threw light on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi through speeches and poems. Group song “De Di Hamein Azadi” enthralled the audience. The school manager told the students why Gandhi was called a “mahatma” by sharing anecdotes from his life. The function ended with the national anthem.

Cherubs The Preschool

Cherubs The PreSchool celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by organising a special assembly for the children. Gandhi's life and his ideology were highlighted through a PowerPoint presentation. The teachers motivated all the students to follow the path of truth and non-violence The children also sang “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” along with the teachers.

Bal Bharati Public School

Bal Bharati Public School paid a tribute to “Father of the Nation” Mahatma Gandhi by celebrating his birth anniversary on the campus today. The students of Class III enthralled the audience with the singing of Gandhi’s favourite prayer: “Ragupati Raghav Raja Ram”. Shreyansh, Rizul, Hirendra, Mehardeep, and Parth of Classes I to III delivered speeches carrying the messages of love, peace and forgiveness. The school principal exhorted children to take a pledge to keep Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit alive by working for an impartial, secular and unprejudiced India.

ABC Montessori School

ABC Montessori School celebrated Gandhi Jayanti today. A rally, with banners and placards conveying the message of peace and non-violence, was taken out on the occasion. Devanshu Malhotra and Advay Gupta of the pre-nursery class and Purav Verma of the nursery class were dressed up as Gandhi on the occasion. Kirat Kaur of the lower kindergarten acted as Kasturba Gandhi and explained the importance of truth through a bhajan. Other young children were also dressed up as Rani of Jhansi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Subhash Chandra Bose, Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh among others.



Students bring laurels to GGN college
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 1
Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, brought laurels to the college by winning 34 awards in the Ludhiana Zone-A Youth and Heritage festival of Panjab University, organised by AS College, Khanna.

Prof Amarjit Kaur, organising secretary of the festival, said around 150 student exhibited their talent in 40 items during the four- day festival. The students participated in events such as bhangra, quiz, poem writing, short-story writing. Play ‘Ret Dian Kandan’, directed by Prof Sompal Heera, not only secured the first position but also won two individual prizes as well. Kuldeep Singh, a student of the college, was acknowledged as the best actor and Jaspreet Kaur as the best giddha dancer.

The items which secured the first position, included classical music(vocal), classical instruments (non-percussion), giddha and drama.



Miss Australian Punjaban visits ancestral village

Khanna, October 1
Manpuneet Kaur Grewal, who was selected Miss Australia Punjaban, was welcomed he ancestral Chawa village today. She had won the crown in June 2012. While talking to the media, she said she won the crown due her hard work.

Manpuneet (18), a student of B Com, said she wanted to win the crown and had left a semester her study to participate in the contest. The villagers along with her family members were present on the occasion. — OC




Senior Citizens' Day observed

Senior citizens take out goodwill march in Ludhiana on Monday
Senior citizens take out goodwill march in Ludhiana on Monday. A tribune Photograph

The Senior Citizen Social Welfare Society celeberated the International Senior Citizens' Day by organising family get together here on Monday. The society as per the past tradition has assured to hold seminars and health check-up camps.The society further pledged to work for polution-free environment . Meanwhile, the day was also observed by the Senior Citizens' Welfare Association Ludhiana, (SCWAL) by holding a goodwill march, followed by a goodwill rally. More than 500 senior citizens took part in the march. The march was flagged off at 7.30am by DC Rahul Tewari. He praised the positive and helpful approach of the SCWAL in projecting problems of elderly persons.

Book released

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal released book "Prostate problems- Know before it is too late" on Monday. The book is written by Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and transplant Surgery at DMCH, Ludhiana. The author is known for his contributions to the field of urology. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said there were many myths and controversies regarding the diagnosis and treatment of prostate diseases. He added that the book would be translated in Punjabi and circulated all over Punjab.

"It is dedicated to prostate patients who continue to suffer with the prostate diseases but prostrate diseases can be cured if diagnosed timely," Dr aulakh said.

‘Mission Ludhiana’ criticised

Manish Tewari, Ludhiana MP and National Spokesperson of the Congress, on Monday flayed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal's "Mission Ludhiana", which according to him was was a "daydream". He said the state government had diverted Rs 8.5 crore, which had come from the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for Urban Poor, for other purposes. "A government which does not have sufficient money to pay salaries to its employees is making claim of spending Rs 3561 crores on Ludhiana," he added.

Office-bearer elected

The 50th annual general meeting of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII) was held on Monday. Badish Jindal, a Ludhiana-based entrepreneur, was unanimously elected as a national president of the FASII. Jindal is associated with the micro and small enterprises movement for the last one-and -a-half decade. Among the FASII presidents, Jindal is the youngest national president.

Shifting of barrier demanded

Knitwear Club has written to Deputy Excise and Taxation Comissioner KP Brar to shift the barrier outside the railway station. "Checkpost, placed outside of the railway station, was installed by the department to check the bills and to conclude other formalities but it was causing traffic," said Darshan Dawar, prsident of the Knitwear Club. "At one hand the police is trying its level best to control traffic and on other hand the checkpost has become hindrance as there is always a long queue of vehicles, which are loaded with goods," he added.

2-day exhibition concludes

A two-days exhibition "Carnival of Lights" ended here on Sunday. The exhibition gave many options to people for the upcoming festive season. The latest festive collection for personal and homes was brought to the city by designers and entrepreneurs from all over India. Trendy fashion and traditional garments, home accessories like lamps, flowers, trays, candles, soft furnishings, table, bed linen, furniture and interior accessories, garden furniture, bags and jewellery, trousseau, chocolates were at display during the carnival.

Customer meet

Bank of India, Ludhiana branch, organised a customer meet on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The customer meet was presided over by zonal manager Anant Upadhay. Two customers of the branch, RP Singhania and Jatinder Parkash were honoured for being the customers of the branch since its opening.

New trains introduced

Phillaur: The Northern Railway today introduced two new weekly trains. The trains will ply on Jammu Tawi-Nanded and Pathankot-Bikaner routes. According to Bhushan Nandwani, station superintendent, Phagwara, DN Pathankot-Bikaner Express train will leave Pathankot at 2.00 pm on every Friday and after a brief halt at Phagwara, it will proceed for Bikaner. The 4232 UP Bikaner-Pathankot Express Weekly train will reach Phagwara at 8:15am.



hockey meet
12 teams to vie for top honours
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 1
Twelve major hockey teams from all over the country will take part in the second Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champions Trophy to be organised by the Sports Council of Ludhiana at the Prithipal Singh AstroTuf Stadium in Punjab Agricultural University from October 21 to 27.

Chairman of the council Olympian Rajinder Singh said a meeting was held to review preparations for the mega event. A cash prize of Rs 7 lakh will be at stake.

"Various committees have been formed to make and oversee the conduct of the tournament in which Air India, ONGC (Dehradun), Indian Oils Corporation (Mumbai), Namdhari XI (Bhaini Sahib), Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Indian Railways and Army will shrug out their shoulders for the top honours in the men's section while teams in the women's section include Central Railways, South-Eastern Railway, Rail Coach Factory (Kapurthala) and Chandigarh XI," said Rajinder Singh.

"The opening ceremony, besides semifinals and final, will be held under floodlights," added Singh.

Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal, JP Singh, Inder Mohan Singh Kadian, Ajay Pal Punia, Jagbir Singh Grewal, Kulwant Singh Sohal, Dr Darshan Bari, Prabhdeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Tejbir Bhola, Gurvinder Singh, Pavgittar Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Satwinder Jawaddi were among others who attended the meeting.



Eight teams for hockey tourney
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 1
The eighth edition of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, slated to be held at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University from October 3 to 9, has been rescheduled.

It will now be conducted between October 4 and 10. This was stated by Harcharn Singh Bhullar, chairman, Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association (LSWA), after a meeting of the body today.

Dr AP Singh Mangat, president of the LSWA, and former national coach Baldev Singh said the mega event was being organised by the association under the patronage of IPS Harpreet Singh Sidhu.

Top eight hockey outfits of the country, including the current national champions, Indian Army, Indian Oils, Bharat Petroleum, ONGC (Dehradun), Punjab Police (Jalandhar), Punjab and Sind Bank (Jalandhar), Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai and Punjab National Bank (Delhi) will be seen in action during the week-long tournament.

Besides, four teams in the junior section (U-19) will also battle it out. Teams in the junior section include Sangrur Academy, Jarkhar Academy, Sports Wing, Kila Raipur and Moga XI.

Dr Mangat added that the main feature of the opening ceremony would be gatka display by teams from the All-India Gatka Federation.

"Sohan Lal Lotey, Deputy director, sports, Punjab, along with SP Singh Oberoi, a social activist, Iqbal Singh Sandhu, general secretary, Surjit Hockey Society, Jalandhar, and Punjabi singer, Harbhajan Harman will be honoured for their contribution to their respective fields," said Dr Mangat.



Hockey: Easy win for Doraha lads
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 1
Mehta Gurukul Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, scored a facile 13-0 win over Akal Academy, Batala, in the opening match of the North Zone Hockey Tournament which began at Mehta Gurukul Academy, Doraha, today.

Players of the Akal Academy failed to match the speed and agility of Mehta Gurukul School as they could not open their account and surrendered meekly.

Earlier, Chanajit Singh Atwal, speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and Neeraj Bhalla, joint secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, inaugurated the tournament in which team from over thirty schools are taking part.

Atwal unfurled the sports flag and took salute from the participating teams.



Amritsar, Ludhiana emerge basketball champs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 1
Amritsar and Ludhiana districts bagged top honours in the girls and boys sections, respectively, during the inaugural edition of the IMG-Reliance Punjab State Schools Basketball League which concluded today at the Guru Nanak Stadium.

Twelve teams in the boys' category while eight squads in the girls' category competed in the league organised by the Punjab Basketball Association under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India.

In the girls' section, Mansa and Gurdaspur districts secured second and third positions, respectively, while Patiala district finished as runners-up in the boys' category. Amritsar district finished third.

The winners in both the sections received a cash prize of Rs 75,000 each while teams finishing as runners-up pocketed a cash prize of Rs 40,000 each.The teams securing third positions were richer by Rs 30,000 each.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab, gave away prizes to the winners.

The minister said the government was committed to uplift the standard of sports in the state for which all the possible assistance would be given to talented boys and girls to prepare them for the competitions.

Dhillon also announced that the third World Kabaddi Cup Tournament would be held from December 1 to 15 at different venues across the state.

The Assistant Commissioner, Jatinder Pal Singh, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, and Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, were present at the prize distribution function.



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