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Chaos marks trial run
Commuters have a harrowing time on Sidhwan Canal bridge
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
On the first day of the trial, the traffic diversion on the Sidhwan Canal bridge led to chaos in Sarabha Nagar and the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar areas of the city. The commuters suffered because there was traffic jam near the MC Zone D building in Sarabha Nagar and on several other roads of the locality.

One side of the Sidhwan Canal bridge on the Ferozepur Road was closed for vehicular traffic on a trial basis for two hours, instead of earlier proposed five and half hours. The traffic moving towards Ferozepur was diverted towards Sarabha Nagar from 11 am to 12 noon and again from 4 pm to 5 pm. This side was closed for the construction of an underpass for the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project.

But the traffic police personnel showed satisfaction over the diversion and stated that they would hold another trial on Monday.

“Today being a Saturday, the traffic on the roads was comparatively lesser than other weekdays. We will now hold another trial on Monday. Most probably, we will divert the traffic from Wednesday onwards,” Gurpreet Singh Toor, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said.

Today being the first trial, the commuters had to take a long route. Some of them rued that the police or the construction company did not even install signboards so that they could know which way to go.

A commuter, who was travelling to Jagraon rued, “I always use the Ferozepur Road to go to Jagraon, but today I was asked to take another route from Sarabha Nagar and I did not know the roads of this locality. By mistake I reached Pakhowal Road and had to return, which led to wastage of more than 30 minutes. If the signboards had been installed there, it would have been easy for persons like me to reach the destination on time,” he rued.

Toor said that by Monday, when the next trial takes place, all these roads will have proper signboards. “Besides we will also install signboards on the entire stretch of the Ferozepur Road. These particular boards will urge the residents to avoid using the Ferozepur Road and take alternate routes to reach their destinations. We have also come up with a proposal where we ill provide our email address and seek suggestions from residents regarding the trial,” stated Toor.

Not only this, the traffic police has asked the construction company to provide them with 15-20 personnel to help them in managing the traffic.

Pardeep Kumar, project manager of Supreme Infrastructure, the company constructing the project, stated that they would send their personnel to the Police Lines tomorrow. “They will be trained to manage the traffic in case of a diversion. The traffic police has shown satisfaction over our arrangements and we are all set to start the construction work of the underpass,” he said.

Routes on which traffic is to be diverted

Once one side of the bridge is closed, vehicular traffic going towards Mullanpur, Jagraon, Moga or Ferozepur will have to be diverted. The commuters will have to take a left turn opposite the PAU Gate Number 1. Those crossing the Sidhwan Canal bridge near the MC Zone-D Office and passing through Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, will come to Ferozepur Road from opposite the Verka Milk plant. The posh locality of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar will receive a lot of traffic in the coming days.


Scrap unit explosion spreads panic
Mini-truck parked outside shop saved many lives
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
A policeman examines blood stains at the blast site in Ludhiana
A policeman examines blood stains at the blast site in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 6
The explosion at a scrap unit in Jindal Market near Samrala Chowk that left three persons dead and five others injured spread panic in the area today.

Workers of the All-India Transport Company, which is located above the premises, where the explosion took place were visibly shattered.

Balraj Singh, a manager in the company, said, "The sound of the explosion was deafening. The human limbs were strewn at the explosion site. The impact was so strong that a table was broken to pieces. It didn't take me much time to realise that a bomb had blasted. Fortunately, I was saved."

Anuj, a computer operator, was showing the shattered windowpanes of the office.

"I have never heard such an explosion before. We are fortunate that the structure did not collapse," said Anuj.

A traffic policeman said a mini-truck was parked outside the scrap unit otherwise the number of causalities would have been more.

"If the truck would not have been parked outside the scrap unit, the explosive material could have hit commuters and resulted in more causalities", said the traffic policeman.

Blood stains were spattered on the vehicle that was parked outside the iron scrap unit.



Imported liquor worth Rs 4 lakh seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
As many as 44 bottles of imported liquor was seized by the Excise Department here today. A case has been registered against four persons under the Excise Act.

Giving details, Navdeep Singh Hadiwal, Inspector, Excise (City-West), Ludhiana II, said that they had got a tip off that liquor was being brought to the city. "We laid a trap to catch the culprits. The persons nabbed are Ashok Kumar and Nand Kishor from Amritsar while Ramesh Chander and Tarlochan are from the city. The accused from Amritsar came here to deliver the bottles. Two cars have also been impounded ", said Hadiwal.

He further added that the imported liquor bottles would approximately cost Rs 4 lakh. Some bottles had been purchased from duty free shops in Kolkata and Amritsar.



'We have lost all our hopes now'
Kin of blast victims demand strict action against scrap unit owner
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
A relative of Balbir Singh, who died in the blast.
A relative of Balbir Singh, who died in the blast.

Ludhiana, October 6
The family of Balbir Singh, driver of a pickup truck, lost all hopes for a better future with the news of his (Balbir) death. He was the only breadwinner of the family.

"He was working day and night so that he could collect enough money for our son’s education. But all hopes of a quality life have been shattered. I d’not know what to do. I d’not want to live anymore," lamented Savitri, wife of Balbir. She demanded strict action against scrap unit owner.
Police officers try to pacify kin of victims at the blast site in Ludhiana on Saturday
Police officers try to pacify kin of victims at the blast site in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Similar scene was witnessed outside the scrap unit. Mukesh Bassi’s mother wept inconsolably outside the iron scrap unit when her son was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.

People came forward to help others in time of need after the incident. Shakti, a businessman, gave money to expedite the treatment of Rajesh Kumar, a victim.

Rajesh's brother Dinesh Kumar works with Shaki. Dinesh said, "Shakti knows my financial condition. He was aware that I would not be able to arrange for the medical expenses. So he paid the medical bill."

Bansi Lal Premi, general secretary of Dr Ambedkar Nav Yuvak Dal, demanded strict action against the scrap unit owner, Manjit Singh.

"It is due to his (Manjit Singh) negligence that the blast took place. The workers here are made to work under inhuman condition. They are not covered under ESI or provident fund. Who would pay for the loss? Three people died while five are injured and might not be able to work again. If they would survive how they would fend them selves?” 



Corruption charges against CVO, SVO
Local Bodies Dept starts probe
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
To investigate the allegations of “corrupt practices” in the vigilance wing of Local Bodies Department, the Additional Secretary of Local Bodies Department has now started an inquiry into the matter and has asked for the record from Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) and Senior Vigilance Officer (SVO).

The hearing of the case will be held in the office of Additional Principal Secretary of Local Bodies Department on October 8 and the CVO and SVO have been asked to report there.

Rohit Sabharwal, president of Council of RTI Activists, an NGO, had complained about alleged “corrupt practices” being adopted by CVO AK Kansal and SVO Atul Sharma. The complaint was sent to the Central Vigilance Commissioner, New Delhi, on September 12.

“While working on two crucial posts of CVO and SVO, the two officials have given a new height to corruption. A very bitter fact has come to our notice. The said two officials are charging huge protection money from various branches of MC and in return they are not taking action against any complaints filed against these branches of MC,” alleged Sabharwal.

He further alleged that several complaints against the MC are filed on daily basis. “Sadly, no action has been taken by these officials,” alleged Rohit Sabharwal.

The memo number PA/VSSS/2012, which is in possession of The Tribune, is addressed to CVO and SVO. It states that the Additional Secretary of the Local Bodies Department has received a complaint from Rohit Sabharwal, president of Council of RTI Activists, and it is being investigated.

“The hearing of the case will be held in room number 308, third floor, Punjab Civil Secretariat-II, Sector 9, Chandigarh at 12 noon on October 8. You are requested to bring along all record regarding dealing of complaints and pending complaints along with your remarks,” read the memo sent by Additional Secretary, Local Bodies Department.

When contacted, AK Kansal, said he ahs no knowledge of any inquiry against him. “I have not received any letter in this regard. Let me first check and I will get back to you,” he said.



Midday Meal Scheme
Contractors making a cut in ration
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 6
Government schools in the area are not being supplied requisite amount of ration under the midday meal scheme. The matter came to light when the ration supplied by a contractor at a government primary school was found to be lesser in weight.

According to sources, most of the contractors who have been awarded the contracts for supplying the ration to schools often cut a considerable amount before sending it. This practice has continued for a long time and the contractors have earned a huge amount of money, added the sources.

In the present case, when the ration delivered to Government Primary School for Girls at Agwar Gujjran area on the outskirts of Jagraon was weighed by the school authorities, it was found to be five to six kilograms lesser than the mandated amount of 50 kg.

When the schools authorities asked the labourer hired to supply the ration about the reason behind the lesser weight, he stated that he did not weigh the bag before supplying the ration. "We are employed by the contractor and are bound to follow his instructions. We never weigh the ration provided by the contractor before supplying it to the schools," he added.

School principal Tejinder Singh stated that they had been suspicious about the weight of the ration being supplied to the school. "When we raised the issue with the ward councillor and chairman of the school management committee Sarita Katyal, she instructed us to get the ration weighed. When we weighed it, we found it to be around five kilograms lesser, following which we refused to accept it," said the principal.

When contacted, Block Education Officer (Primary) Gurjit Singh said the school management had informed him and the matter was being investigated.

"We have also brought the incident in the notice of the District Education Officer and an appropriate action will be taken against the contractor for the violations in the midday meal scheme after getting the instructions from the Education Department," he added.



Budha Nullah to be cleansed soon
PWD Minister, Mayor, MC chief visit spot; civic body asked to prepare master plan
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will soon be coming up with an “exclusive” master plan for the Budha Nullah, which over the years has turned out to be an eyesore of the city.

For this purpose, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, along with State PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma, and other MC officials visited the Budha Nullah today.

The MC officials started from the Chander Nagar pulli (small bridge) and travelled along the Budha Nullah till Tajpur Road.

A 14-kilometer stretch of Budha Nullah, which once was a clear water body, flows within the municipal limits, starting near Central Jail on the Tajpur Road till Balloke village, and has 25 small bridges on it.

Over the years, crores of rupees have been spent on this nullah but its state remains the same. Even the much-awaited Buddha Nullah Ecological Economical Restoration Project, which was inaugurated by the then Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on April 23 last year, has stayed on the papers till date. This Rs 16-crore project, named “In-Situ Sewage Treatment with Bio-remediation”, was inaugurated by releasing four pots of microbial culture into the waters.

While speaking to The Tribune, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria confirmed that “problems” do exist with respect to the Budha Nullah. “But I assure you that very soon, they will be sorted out. That is why, I have asked the MC Commissioner to prepare an exclusive master plan regarding the Budha Nullah so that we are able to chalk out a clear cut plan for cleaning it in a systematic manner,” said the Mayor.

A glorious past

From a clean water channel just four decades ago, along whose bank the city flourished in the late 19th century, Budha Nullah has today turned into a slow-moving stream carrying black-coloured and foul-smelling toxic elements from the city to the Sutlej River. The nullah has a golden past. There is substantial evidence that the nullah was a sub-channel of the Sutlej River. The Lodhi Fort, according to historians and Ludhiana Gazetteer, was constructed in the 17th century on its bank. Originating from several streams coming from a hillock near Ropar, the nullah, which was earlier known as Budha Dariya, takes proper shape near Macchiwara. It then passes through the city and then joins Sutlej in the Bet area. Though Sutlej changed its path, the streams continued to feed the Budha Dariya. After the 1960s the clean Budha Dariya began changing form as a number of industries began depositing effluents in it.



Tax residency certificate must for foreign investors
Notification to come into effect from April 1, 2013
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The government has mandated that from April 1, 2013, all foreign investors desirous of claiming benefits under the double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs) will have to produce tax residency certificates (TRC) of their base country in which they are located.

According to a notification issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes these amendments will come into effect from April 1, 2013, and apply in relation to the assessment year 2013-14 and subsequent years.

"Till date, India has inked DTAAs with 84 countries. Now, it is provided that an assessee, not being a resident shall not be entitled to claim any relief under a DTAA unless a tax residency certificate is attached. It must certify him/her being a resident of any country 
or specified territory outside India," said a senior IT official.

Accordingly, the TRC to be obtained by an assessee for availing himself of tax benefits should contain the name of the assessee along with status - whether it is an individual or a company - the nationality (in case of individual) and the country wherein the company or firm is registered or incorporated. The TRC should have the tax identification number (TIN) of the assessee, residential status for the purposes of tax, the period for which the TRC is applicable and the address of the assessee for that period. Also, the certificate will be duly verified by the government of the country or the specified territory of which the assessee claims to be a resident for the purposes of tax.

"The interplay of treaty and domestic legislation ensures that a taxpayer, who is resident of one of the contracting countries to the treaty, is entitled to claim applicability of beneficial provisions either of treaty or of the domestic law," said Harish Aggarwal, a tax professional.



Take precaution as winter is setting in: Docs
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
With a dip in temperature, there is spurt in number of patients complaining of respiratory diseases. Doctors are advising people to take precaution as the weather is changing.

Dr Jagdip Whig, chest specialist and visiting consultant at SPS Apollo Hospital, said, "The number of patients, who complain of respiratory problems, has increased by 15 to 20 per cent. These days as asthematic patients are visiting us more as asthema gets precipitated due to changing weather. Patients complain of breathlessness, wheezing in chest due to blockage in chest and also suffer from fever."

He further said most of the time asthematic patients stop taking preventive medicine. But this is the right time that they should again consult their physicians.

Dr Sunil Aggarwal, a city-based Homeopath, said, "Due to pollution in environment and less temperature, people are becoming prone to allergies. The only precaution they can take is to avoid roaming under direct sunlight. Drinking of cold water should be avoided. But in case a person is suffering form any of these problems, then they should immediately consult a doctor."



Experts: Rain in Sept reason for good weather
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
After being "baked" in hot weather for last few months, the residents are enjoying the change in the weather. People are feeling bit relaxed during the evening hours due to fall in temperature.

According to the Meteorological Experts, good rainfall in September is the reason behind this change in weather.

Dr KK Gill, agrometerologist of PAU said, "We were expecting this change in the first week of October. Last rainfall was reported on September 23. It was a very good rainfall which made the weather so pleasant now. We have received 160 mm rainfall in September, which is 60 mm more than average."

It has been reported that from the last weak of September maximum temperature has been recorded as 33 degree Celsius and minimum remained at 23 degree Celsius.

"This year we have recorded 382 mm rainfall from June to September, which is below average as we consider 580 mm as average monsoon," added Dr Gill.

Kamal, a resident of Pakhowal Road said, "Weather is fantastic and we are enjoying it. Today, when I woke up, I felt slight chill in the air."



Policemen manhandled

Ludhiana, October 6
A police party that raided the Ghati Mohalla area to nab a miscreant was allegedly surrounded and manhandled by residents of the locality here this evening.

The incident took place when the Daresi police raided Ghati Mohalla to nab a miscreant. The residents alleged that the problem took place due to police high handedness of the police.

Residents alleged that they assured the police that they would bring the youth to the police station but the police officers refused to listen to their repeated requests. This led to heated arguments between the residents and the police. While the policemen were taking away the youth with them, they were allegedly manhandled by the residents. However, the Daresi police remained tight lipped about the incident. — TNS



Postage stamp on Indo-Tibet border force grabs philatelists’ interest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Postage stamp released by the postal department to commemorate the 50 years of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF), a couple of days ago, has become favourite of city philatelists.

A postage stamp, miniature sheet and first day cover has been released. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force has been playing an important role in the country's defence since the wake of Chinese conflict on October 24, 1962.

It is a versatile force capable of functioning in challenging conditions. Starting with only four battalions, it has grown into 45 Service and 4 Specialist Battalions. It guards 3,488 km long India-China border from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. It also provides security to yatris of Kailash Mansarover Yatra.

Being a mountain-oriented force, its personnel are skilled mountaineers, skiers and rafters and have scaled peaks of Himalayas, including Mountain Everest.

It has also played an important role in UN peace keeping efforts. It is also playing an important role in internal security assistance to various state governments. It has been helping combat militancy in the country.

The force personnel have excelled in sports as well and have been awarded several with awards and medals by the government.

"I have a good collection of postage stamps, and this stamp is one of the important stamps launched on defence forces. This is the second stamp about defence this year. One on Armed Forces Medical College was also launched," said Maneet, a collector.



Book bank, a boon for needy students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Setting an example, the book bank of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women that was established at the college library in 1988 continues to serve the needy students. The book bank gets books from students who voluntarily donate them after completing their studies in the college.

Dr Balvir Kaur, college librarian, said: "We have around 2,000 such books in the book bank. Students come again and again to borrow the books from the library. But according to norms, we cannot issue books for a period more than 21 days. One day an idea struck us to start the book bank from where students could get the books for the whole session. I discussed this idea with the then principal and the college management. They approved it and the book bank was established."

The book bank has books for various classes on various subjects. More than 200 students are being benefited by the books every year. Amrit Kaur, a student of BBA, said, "The syllabus books are very expensive these days. It is a good initiative."



Muktsar double murder: Fugitive nabbed in Ludhiana
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
A day after nabbing three convicts who fled from the Gurdaspur jail, the Ludhiana Police has apprehended another fugitive who was involved in two high-profile murders that took place in Muktsar.

The accused, identified as Mandeep Singh, a resident of Sri Ganga Nagar, had jumped the parole along with his wife Chunar Lamba in May 2011. They were serving a term for killing Chunar’s uncle in 2006. After jumping the parole, the accused went on to kill his aunt in June last year and amassed her entire property.

Mandeep, who was travelling on an SUV, was stopped at a police checkpost on the Ferozepur road late last night. Harinder Singh Chameli, SHO, Sadar, who had been posted as SHO, Mukatsar, when the murder took place identified the accused. Mandeep tried to escape but his vehicle was intercepted by the police party.

Mandeep Singh had changed his identity and was staying at Sector 70 in Mohali. He had also constructed cottages in Baddi and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh and was using them as hideouts.

Mukatsar city SHO Jasvir Singh said property dispute over 200 acre of prime land in various parts of the state was the reason behind the two killings.

Jasvir Singh said Mandeep, who used to run a motor mechanic shop in Ludhiana, got married to Chunar Lamba. It was the second marriage for both of them, he said.

Chunar’s uncle Mohanbir Lamba was a wealthy man. The couple hatched a plan to kill him. They, along with hired contract killers, killed Mohanbir Lamba in 2006. They were subsequently arrested and sent to jail.

They came out of jail on parole in May 2011 and killed Manmohan Kaur, Mandeep’s aunt, by poisoning her. SHO Jasvir Singh said the duo cremated her and took control of her entire property and wealth which is estimated to be over Rs 100 crore.



Laughter can do wonders, say doctors
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
As World Smile Day was celebrated yesterday, experts here spoke on importance of happiness and laughter in our lives. "Laughing can do wonders," says city-based psychologist Dr Ravinder Kala.

"Research about happiness and psychology of resilience is being studied at Harvard Medical School. The effect of yoga and laughter are being studied. I attended a workshop at there last year," she says.

In the US, they have found newer way to forced laughter, which induces actual laughter. Rather than just laughing, they involve the body and gestures. It should be practised in a group at a particular time, preferably in the morning. A group 8 to 10 people should start laughing pointing fingers at one another, and everyone would laugh in a different manner. People should jump, wriggle their bodies and laugh freely. The activity should be continued for at least 15 minutes.

So even if it is artificial in the beginning, it induces actual laughter, she says. If practised in a group, it can be a very enjoyable experience, says Dr Kala.

When one smiles, lips are stretched, it sends signals to the brain, the way to release of endorphins opens up. When body sends positive signals to brain and the brain further gives hpositive signals to the body.

When feeling stressed, one can stand in front of the mirror, and laugh while making faces and feeling free, she says.

“Forcing to laugh alone and in a group as part of a laughter club has been the key to my happy state of mind and health,” said an elderly person.



Medical statistics in focus at national conference
ribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The Department of Community Medicine at DMCH organised a three-day 30th Annual National Conference of Indian Society for Medical Sciences today. The conference was organised on the theme “Understanding & Translating Statistical & Epidemiological Innovation into Biomedical Research” which in tune with worldwide celebrations of the International Year of Statistics in 2012.

The conference was formally inaugurated by Professor TCA Anant, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, along with Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Science Dr SS Gill, who was the guest of honour.

According to organising chairperson Dr Anurag Chaudhary, professor and head of community medicine, the conference is being organised for the first time in the region since the inception of Indian Society for Medical Sciences in 1983. The conference will give the participating delegates an ample opportunity to learn several areas of bio statistics and their application in the field of public health, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, biology, reproductive and child health, and health economics, said Dr Anurag Chaudhary.



Industrialists to go on hunger strike today

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 6
The strike called by both traders and the industry against the imposition of e-billing by the Excise and Taxation Department of the state government continued here today. The members of Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GSCCI) have now decided to go on a fast from October 8.

In a protest meeting held at Loha Bazar today, GSCCI president Bharat Bhushan Jindal made this declaration. A group of five members will sit on the hunger strike, he said. — OC



Ludhiana scan

Volunteers donate blood during a blod donation camp on the GNDEC campus in Ludhiana
Volunteers donate blood during a blod donation camp on the GNDEC campus in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma

360 donate blood

A voluntary blood donation camp was organised by the National Service Scheme unit of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) in coordination with an NGO, Salaam Zindagi Foundation, on the college premises. As many as 360 volunteers donated blood on the occasion. Dr MS Saini, director of GNDEC, said the college will be organising two blood donation camps every year to encourage the students towards social service. Chief guest Dr Raju Singh Chhinna, medical superintendent of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the students, especially the girls, who donated more than 140 units of blood.

Farmers’ plight raises concern

The Kisan Youth Organization of India (KYOI) has expressed concern over the deteriorating state of farmers in Punjab. The organisation also blamed the government for not tackling the issue. In a press statement, the organisation said that farmers should be relieved of the paddy-wheat rotation as water levels were depleting at an alarming rate. The agriculture was suffering in the state due to intensive use of insecticides and pesticides, it stated. The organisation demanded that necessary steps be taken to provide respite to the farming community.

Dharna against liquor vend

Residents of Ashok Vihar, Raman Enclave and Rish Nagar staged a dharna against a liquor vend that was opened in the area around three months back, The residents asked the authorities concerned to get the vend removed as it had become difficult for the women to move freely due to the visitors to the liquor vend. The area Councillor Balkar Singh also took part in the dharna and asked authorities to get it removed at the earliest.

Protest against illegal autos

Akhil Bharti Attank Virodhi Front and Sewa Sankalp Sangathan staged a protest against the illegal auto-rickshaws that they claimed were playing with the health of residents by spreading pollution. The protest was staged outside the PAU Gate Number 2. The protestors also blamed the Administration for not cracking a whip on such auto-rickshaw owners. — TNS



From colleges

Workshop on writing research proposals

Research cell of BCM College of Education organised a workshop on ‘Writing research proposals" on saturday. Nearly 50 delegates participated in the workshop to hone their skills. Delegates, included faculty members and MEd students. Dr Kuldip Puri, Associate Professor, USOL, Panjab University, Chandigarh was the resource person on the occasion. In the workshop, the participants attempted to prepare research proposals on different topics and the experts suggested amendments to be done on the proposals to make it more workable and practical. On this event, Dr Khushvinder Kumar, principal of the college, thanked Dr Kuldip Puri for giving suggestions to the students.

Faculty Development programme

Institute of Fashion Technology organised a faculty development workshop for the faculty and staff members here on Saturday. The workshop was conducted by a senior trainer from Visthar Shikhsha, Jyotsna Gupta. The session included tips on "Everyday etiquette in professional life" wherein the participants were given an interactive talk on managing day to day relationships, consideration of human values and dos and don’ts which need to be followed in our daily life. The workshop, which continued for almost 3 hours, comprised fun games, role playing, team building activities etc. In the end, all participants gathered on the stage and conducted a small skit. The programme was attended by the Executive Director, faculty and the staff members of the Institute.

Girl tops PTU

Palwinder Kaur, a student of GTB Institute of Management and Technology, Dakha, brought laurels for the college as well as Ludhiana by securing first position in BCA 4th semester examination by securing 92 per cent marks in Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. Sawarn Singh Dhillon, director of the institute, said Palwinder Kaur of Raqba village near Sudhar is the first students of this institute who have secured the first position in PTU. The management, staff and students of GTBIMT were enthralled to know the achievement of Palwinder Kaur. Palwinder Kaur was felicitated in the institute premises today by the management of the institute.

‘Joy of giving’ week

Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT), Ludhiana, celebrated ‘Joy of giving week’ on the college campus here on Saturday. The event is celebrated in Delhi, Bombay, Banglore and Madras with full participation of NGOs members and school and college students. This event helps one to teach students to donate for a common cause.



Proclaimed offender arrested
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 6
The Ludhiana (Rural) police has arrested a proclaimed offender, identified as Balwant Singh, alias Rana, from a deserted place near Ballowal village yesterday.

The proclaimed offender and his eleven accomplices were earlier sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with a double murder case in the infamous Teer-Kamanan Wali Jang (bow and arrow fight).

Two persons were killed during the fight, which took place between two groups of Rai Sikhs at Chakk Kunj Khanewal in Jalalabad area, 15 years ago.

Ashish Chaudhary, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana (Rural), said the police suspected the offender when he tried to flee after noticing the police vehicle.

A sharp-edged weapon was recovered from his possession when he was nabbed. An FIR under the Arms Act was registered against him at Jodhan police station. It was during the investigation that Rana confessed his involvement in the Wali case in which two persons, named Jatt and Dyala, were killed.

Twelve persons, including Rana, Mangal, Beeru and Srwan, were sentenced to imprisonment. Though all others served the required period in jail, Rana and Sarwan absconded after some time.

To avoid identification and arrest, Rana moved from one place to another and worked as a labourer under fake names. As of late, he was staying at Nurpur Khaira village and had come to visit Mela Chhapar.

Investigations further revealed that majority of the weapons used in the said fight were manufactured by members of both groups. Rana was an expert in manufacturing and using of bow and arrows.



One held with Rs 2.5-kg opium
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 6
The Khanna Police has claimed to have arrested one person and recovered 2.5kg opium from his possession. As per information from Bhupinder Singh, SPD, Khanna, a team of CIA led by in charge Purshotam Singh Bal laid a naka near Rahaun village last night.

The police party noticed two persons going on foot with plastic bags in their hands. When the police signaled them to stop they tried to escape but one of them was overpowered by the policemen while one managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

During search, about 2.5kg of opium was recovered from his possession. The arrested person was identified as Shafi Mohammed, a resident of Chola Shadi Pur, UP, and the other who escaped was identified as Nitin Bhambri, a resident of Purani Sarai, Khanna.

A case was registered against them under the NDPS Act.



Demanding back money costs 50-year-old woman life
Mahesh Sharma

Dehlon, October 6
Demanding back the money that she had lent to one of the friends of her son had cost 50-year-old Kulwant Kaur of Bhamia Kalan village her life. Her body was found dumped in fields near Sayan village near here three days ago. The suspect, Rakesh Kumar of Tiba Road Ludhiana, was nabbed by the police from a busy market near Cheema Chowk in Ludhiana today.

On the pretext of showing her some property situated at a prime location on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, the suspect had taken her to deserted fields where he allegedly killed her.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, the accused had been identified on the basis of the information provided by the family members of the deceased. His disappearance immediately after recovery of the body had raised suspicion, he said.

Investigations revealed that Rakesh Kumar had borrowed an amount of Rs 2 lakh from Kulwant Kaur a long time ago and had failed to return the money despite her repeated requests.

Recently, the victim had reportedly started reprimanding the accused for the delay. Feeling offended, Rakesh Kumar allegedly decided to kill Kulwant Kaur.

With the intent to kill her, he took her on his motorcycle to Sayan village and stabbed her in the back while she was sitting in the fields. He later strangulated her.

The police has recovered the knife used in the crime.

The suspect had been working at a private bank in Ludhiana and was lately trying his luck in the field of modelling too.



Athletics Meet
Anjali, Rahul victorious in 5000m race
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 6
Rahul Sharma, a student of Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, and Anjali, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, got better of their opponents in boys and girls (U-18) category, respectively, to romp home in the grueling 5,000m race in the annual District Athletics Meet that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Rahul clocked 17.52:00 secs to finish ahead of others while Lakwinder Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Katani Kalan, took 18.37:19 secs to secure second position. Jaswinder Singh of Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Doraha, took 18.41:67 secs to grab the third position.

In the girls’ category, Anjali took 28.00:11 secs to bag top honour, followed by Rinky of the same school who clocked 29.06:27 secs to finish as runners-up.

Final results

Shot put (boys-16)- Divnoor Singh (first), Navjot Singh of Nankana Public School, Kila Raipur (second) and Arshpreet Singh of Raikot Public School, Raikot (third).

Boys (U-18): Amritpal Singh of GNPS, Mullanpur (first), Simardeep Singh of Government Secondary School, Ludhiana (second) and Atinderpal Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-20): Vikramjeet Singh of NSPS, Rampur (first), Tejinder Malhotra of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (second) and Pawan Puri of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (third).

400m race boys (U-16): Amritpal Singh of Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana (first), Prabhveer Singh of Nankana Sahib School, Rampur (second) and Taranpreet Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-18): Jatinder Singh of STC, Ludhiana (first), Prashant Sharma of GMT Public School, Ludhiana (second) and Rajiv Kumar of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (third).

5000m race (boys u-20): Gurmeet Singh of Desh Bhagat College, Barswal (first), Harpreet Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Daushir (second) and Chahat Khanna of SCD Government College, Ludhiana (third).

1500m race (boys u-16): Rajveer Singh of GTB School, Khanna (first), Amritdeep Singh of Arya School, Ludhiana (second) and Damanjodh Singh of GNH School, Doraha (third).

Boys (U-18): Labhvinder Singh of Government Senior Secondry School, Kadian Kalan (first), Harjot Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar (second) and Amarjit Singh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-20): Harpreet Singh of Government School, Dausahoor (first), Hitesh Bhandari of BCM School, Shastri Nagar (second) and Rishab Gupta of Arya School, Ludhiana (third).

3000m race boys (U-16): Rohit Kumar of Government Senior Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar, Ludhiana (first), Gurpreet Singh of Sarvhitkari Vidayala, Jagraon (second) and Mohammad Parvez of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (third).

High jump (boys u-14): Ravinder Singh of Governemt School, Daduahur (first), Inderjeet Singh (second) and Amrinder Singh of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-16): Ravinder of Government School, Dadhuhar (first), Sidharath Goswami of KVM, Ludhiana (second) and Hemant Seth of KVM (third).

Boys (U-18): Parminder Singh (first), Gurtaranpreet Singh (second) and Arshdeep Singh (third).

Boys (U-20): Mohit Ghai of GN Khalsa College, Ludhiana (first), Jaswant Singh of Government School, Daudhahar (second) and Shubham Joshi of KVM, Ludhiana (third).

Javelin throw boys (U-16): Khushpreet Singh (first), Karamjeet Singh of Government School, Daudahur (second) and Rohit Sharma of Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School (third).

Boys (U-18): Varun Kumar of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (first), Satwinder Singh of Government School, Daudahur (second) and Bunty Singh (third).

Boys (U-20): Prabhjot Singh of Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana (first), Harmanpreet Singh of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (second) and Tejinder Malhotra of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (third).

Triple jump boys (U-18): Parminder Singh of GTB, Khanna (first), Arshdeep Singh of GSSS, Ludhiana (second) and Rajiv Kumar of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar (third).

Boys (u-20): Sukhdev Singh (first), Mohit Ghai of Khalsa College, Gujjaranwala campus, Ludhiana (second) and Rishab of Arya College, Ludhiana (third).

5000m race girls (U-20): Yogita Rani of AS College, Khanna (first).

3000m race girls (U-16): Laxmi Shauhan of Government High School, Begowal (first), Ramandeep Kaur of Government High School, Begowal (second) and Pallavi Sethi of Walia Model School, Khanna (third).

1500m race girls (U-16): Laxmi Chauhan of Government School, Begowal (first), Gurpinder Kaur of Rampur (second) and Ramandeep Kaur of Government School, Begowal (third).

Girls (U-18): Sukhbit Kaur of GNGC, Model Town (first), Aneel of Ryan International School, Ludhiana (second) and Jaspreet Kaur of Ryan International School, Ludhiana (third).

Girls (U-20): Amandeep Kaur of GNGC, Model Town (first), Amandeep Kaur of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar (second) and Hardeep Kaur of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar (third).



Hockey Tournament
Punjab Police stun national champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 6
Punjab Police XI, Jalandhar, caused a major flutter as they stunned the current national champions, Army XI, 2-0 on the third day of the eighth All India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

The first match of the day began on a brisk pace with the ball changing hands quickly but the moves initiated by both the sides failed to yield any result. It was in the 19th minute when, in a counter attack, former captain of the national hockey squad, Raj Pal Singh of Punjab Police, received a parallel pass from Olympian Gurbaaz Singh and he dodged past the marching goalkeeper of Army XI to flick the ball into the net, much to the chagrin of the national champions.

Stung at this reverse, Army XI players went all out for the equaliser. They made forays into the rivals' territory time and again, forced a couple of penalty corners, but fumbled at the crucial moments.

They earned as many as nine penalty corners but failed to capitalise on these scoring chances. On the other hand, Punjab Police were awarded a penalty corner in the 50th minute and Sukhmanveer Singh successfully converted it into a goal which sealed Army XI's fate at 2-0.

In the second match, played between the Punjab and Sind Bank and BSF, Jalandhar, a handful of spectators present at the stadium witnessed an excellent stick work as players of both the sides dished out fine hockey.

The bankers got an early lead when Ramandeep Singh opened the account in the very first minute. They managed to hang on to this till the long whistle. With this, BSF lost all their three matches and made an exit from the tournament.

The third match was played between Bharat Petroleum, Delhi, and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, in which the former, after surviving a scare, managed to prevail 4-3. The winners were leading 3-1 at the half time.

Olympian Tushar Khandekar scored two goals for the winning side, while Prabhdeep Singh and Ravipal Singh Sansarpur accounted for one goal each. Karampal Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Deepak Kumar struck for the losing side.

In the last match of the day, defending champions Indian Oil, Delhi, defeated Punjab National Bank, Delhi, 3-1. Gurjinder Singh converted two penalty corners into goals, while skipper Deepak Thakur scored one goal to help Indian Oil win the match. The lone goal for PNB came from their captain Ajitesh Rai's stick.



Squash court in state of neglect
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

The squash court building in dilapidated condition at Rakh Bagh in Ludhiana
The squash court building in dilapidated condition at Rakh Bagh in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, October 6
The two-storeyed squash court at Rakh Bagh, a prime location in the city, which was constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, is lying in a state of neglect for the last 10 years. According to the sports officials, the building design did not meet international norms, due to which the court, which was inaugurated in 2002, was not opened for conducting practice sessions.

Due to the neglect, it has now become a safe haven for anti-social elements as well as a shelter for stray dogs.

The pathetic state of this well-constructed building depicts its sorry tale. The plaster of Paris (POP) has started falling from the ceilings. The marble floor has been covered with garbage. The windowpanes and switchboards have been stolen from the building in the absence of any caretaker. Weed has grown at the entrance and around the building.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, a veteran sportsperson and General Secretary of Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), said: "Sports are not on the priority list of our politicians and bureaucracy. They have spent crores on this building that has come to no use. There are several other sports buildings in the city which have the same story.”

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said that he was not aware of the issue. “Now that you have brought it to my notice, I will look into the matter,” he told this correspondent.



KVM shooters excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 6
The students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, bagged top honours at the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rifle Shooting Championship, organised by the education department, at the KVM shooting range.

A large number of participants drawn from as many as 52 schools from across the district competed in this event. The students of the host school who finished among position holders include Tanish, Abhinesh Partap and Milanpreet, who won gold medals in the air rifle (peep sight) in the boys u-14, u-17 and u-19 categories respectively.

In the open sight event, Akhilesh Sood won a gold medal in the boys u-19 group. Damandeep won a gold medal in the air pistol event for boys u-14 category, while Ashish Tripathi also bagged a gold in the u-19 group of the same event.



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