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Revised policy on the anvil
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 7
The much-awaited amended policy for one-time settlement and regularisation of unauthorised colonies across the state is likely to be announced soon. The Punjab Government is understood to be giving the final touches to the new policy, which aims at the revival of the crisis-ridden real estate sector and check the mounting losses from stamp duty collections.

Meetings of stakeholders have been convened in a bid to seek their views and frame a policy to provide relief to developers of colonies and people who have invested their hard-earned money in thousands of unlicensed colonies in different parts of the state.

Kultar Singh Jogi, president of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, said Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia convened a meeting of legislators and senior officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department in Chandigarh last week.

"The meeting, attended by Sarup Singla and Som Parkash, both legislators, Kamal Sharma, general secretary, BJP, and political adviser to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, deliberated in detail on the issue of unauthorised colonies in the state and the crisis being faced by the real estate sector, which is putting a huge drain on the state exchequer by way of reduced collections from stamp duty," Jogi said.

Sharing the developers' point of view, Jogi, who was present at the meeting, asserted that the real estate business in the state had come to a complete halt, which in turn had adversely affected the construction activity. "Due to the uncertainty prevailing over the status of the unauthorised colonies, a majority of the people who had purchased plots in such colonies are reluctant to get sale deeds registered and take up construction work, which has further compounded the crisis," he said.

Jogi said the policy makers had been urged to come out with a policy of compounding all existing unlicensed colonies on "as is where is" basis with broad provisions for collection of external development charges (EDCs) of unsold plots from the developers and in cases of plots having been sold and sale deeds registered, the onus of payment of the EDCs should be on the buyers of the plots.

"The developers are prepared to bear the burden of the licence fee and nominal penalty for compounding of their existing colonies provided the charges are reasonable and based on categories of towns as laid down in the policy announced by the state government on January 4, 2011, to cover town planning schemes lying within the city limits. It was stressed that colonies located within the city limits and outside be treated on a par for the purpose of compounding and regularisation," Jogi added.

Regularisation of Illegal Colonies
Meetings convened

Meetings of stakeholders have been convened in a bid to seek their views and frame a policy to provide relief to developers of colonies and people who have invested their hard-earned money in thousands of unlicensed colonies in different parts of the state


Despite HC orders, diesel-run autos continue to ply on city roads
Drivers of LPG and CNG-run autos up in arms, seek action
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Topand drivers of LPG and CNG-run autos raise their voice against diesel-run autos. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 7
Despite a ban imposed by the High Court on diesel-run autos in the city, many such autos are plying on city roads, creating pollution. Drivers of LPG and CNG-run autos, who are getting affected because of the plying of illegal autos, have asked the district administration and the traffic police why the campaign initiated against these auto drivers has fizzled out.

Talking to The Tribune, president of the LPG/CNG Auto Welfare Society Jaspal Singh Islamganj said it was unfortunate that despite the High Court ban, illegal autos, which were over 10,000 in number, were still plying on city roads. "These are 'jugadu' autos, not just because their documents are incomplete but also because all parts of these autorickshaws have been assembled. The parts are of substandard quality. These pose a risk for passengers. Besides, these spread both air and noise pollution," he said.

Islamganj said due to the illegal autos, drivers of LPG and CNG-run autos were facing a lot of problems. He said auto drivers having permits from Khanna, Jagraon, Moga and Phillaur were plying on city roads, which was illegal. The authorities had failed to curb this "menace".

"Though the traffic police had initiated a drive against them, it seems it has fizzled out. The administration and the traffic police must take necessary steps to stop these illegal autos," Islamganj said.

DTO's take

District Transport Officer MS Chatwal said no permits were being issued to new diesel-run autos, while the old permits were being renewed after checking documents. About 15,000 old diesel-run vehicles were plying in the city

10,000 illegal autos

  • About 10,000 illegal autos are plying on city roads
  • The number of CNG/LPG-run autos is about 3,000
  • Drivers having permits from Jagraon, Khanna and Phillaur plying their autos on city roads illegally
  • The illegal autos are a major source of air and noise pollution



New packaging norms set to push up prices of products
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
New packaging norms, to be implemented from November 1, are set to push up product prices further. Companies say they are left with no option but to increase the prices of products to check the eroding margins.

As per an amendment, all manufacturers of 19 commodities mentioned in the second schedule of the said rules will have to pack items in standard sizes and any unfair reduction of quantity will not be permitted.

Following complaints regarding unfair reduction in the quantity of packaged products from some consumer organisations, the government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

Baby food, weaning food, biscuits, bread, butter, coffee, tea, cereals, pulses, milk powder, salt, edible oils, rice and wheat flour, aerated soft drink, drinking water, cement and paints are among other products that manufacturers are required to pack and sell in standard sizes.

Package sizes in the case of biscuits, soaps, coffee, tea and beverages start from as low as 25 gm and to up to 1 kg.

In other categories, including branded rice and flour, sizes of packages start from 100 gm and go beyond 5 kg, while the minimum package size in the case of detergents and laundry soaps is 50 gm.

Welcoming the move, Sona Jain, a city resident, said, “This is a good initiative taken by the government. In view of the price rise, companies were reducing the weight of the commodity. Now, at least we will know how much we are buying,” she said.

Sharanpreet, a school student said, “I was astonished to see that the package size of the biscuits was reducing by the day. When I enquired from my father, he explained that not wanting to hike the price of commodities, companies were reducing the package sizes."

Interestinly, Jagdish Singh, another city resident, said, "I do not mind getting a few grams less, but the prices should not be increased. My pocket cannot afford yet another incraese in the price of essential commodities," he said.

Package sizes

Under the new norms, biscuits can only be in package sizes of 25 gm, 50 gm, 60 gm, 75 gm, 100 gm, 120 gm, 150 gm, 200 gm, 250 gm, 300 gm and thereafter in multiples of 100 gm up to 1 kg. Similarly, toilet soaps can have package sizes of 15 gm, 25 gm, 50 gm, 60 gm, 75 gm, 100 gm, 125 gm, 150g and thereafter in multiples of 50 gm


Garbage dumps raise stink, make life hell for residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Even as a solid waste management project has started in the city, garbage dumps continue to raise the hackles of residents. Those residing in the vicinity of the garbage dumps have been holding protests and and have also written to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, but to no avail.

Stink, mosquitoes and flies are in abundance in areas where the garbage dumps are located.

Ironically, a garbage dump on rear side of Orient Cinema in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar has come up on land owned by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, while another dump in C Block of Model Town Extension is also located on a huge chunk of government land.

A portion of a road along the railway line in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has virtually turned into a garbage dump, raising questions over the efficiency of A2Z Waste Management Ltd, the company that has been awarded the contract for solid waste management in the city.

Affected residents are up in arms against the company and have asked it to shift the dumps.

On September 7, residents and shopkeepers of areas near the garbage dump in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar had held a protest, demanding the shifting of the garbage dump.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, a resident of the Defence Colony in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, said theirs was one of the poshest localities in the city. However, ever since this garbage dump has come up here, we have been forced to live in hell. Whenever it rains, water gets accumulated here and results in foul smell in the area. Whenever the wind blows, the entire area gets foul smell. The A2Z company has not taken permission for setting up this garbage dump, he said.

The garbage dump in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area is called a secondary garbage collection point in technical terms and private garbage collectors dump garbage of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and the adjoining localities here. This garbage is lifted by the A2Z company and sent to the garbage dump in Jamalpur village on Chandigarh Road.

Suresh Arora, a resident of C Block of Model Town Extension, said over the years, a vacant chunk of government land in the locality had been turned into a full-fledged garbage dump. We have approached the civic authorities and the area councillor several time, but to no avail. We have been forced to live in inhuman conditions, he said.

Company's version

Manoj Mishra, deputy general manager, A2Z Waste Management Ltd, said the garbage dumps were likely to be "upgraded". "We have expedited work on lifting garbage and a night shift has also been started for the purpose. Low-lying spaces in these garbage dumps are being filled with debris. We are also spraying insecticides so that residents dont suffer, he said. 



Project to curb stray dog menace awaits MC nod
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
The municipal corporation (MC) is yet to give its nod to a project to curb the growing menace of stray dogs in the city. The municipal authorities maintain that NGOs from Mumbai and Bengaluru have been asked to tackle the problem, but huge funds are required for the purpose. Work on the project will begin only after the MC and the F&CC approve it.

Replying to a letter given by the district administration to the MC in August, the Senior Veterinary Officer of the MC has said that as per an estimate, there are about 25,000 stray dogs in the city and Rs 2 crore will be required to curb their growing population.

Regarding sterilisation of dogs in the city, a meeting was held in April under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, in Chandigarh.

During the meeting, a latest technique called "Collect Neuter Vaccinate Replace" (CNVR) was proposed. Tender notices for it were issued in newspapers. However, the technique was banned by the Animal Welfare Board of India. According to its guidelines, only conventional technique are allowed for a sterilisation programme.

Under the programme, kennels will be required for post-operative care of dogs.

The Senior Veterinary Officer said since there was no competent NGO in Punjab to take up this project, NGOs from Mumbai and Bengaluru were contacted. These were ready to construct their own infrastructure, provided these were provided suitable land and other facilities.

The officer said proposals and tender notices were ready. However, finances were awaited, which would be approved during the MC and the F&CC meeting. After that the project would be launched immediately.

NGOs to get task

The municipal authorities maintain that NGOs from Mumbai and Bengaluru have been asked to tackle the problem, but huge funds are required for the purpose. Work on the project will begin only after the MC and the F&CC approve it 



One more blast victim dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Chhotu Ram, who was admitted to Apollo Hospital after being injured in a blast at Samrala Chowk yesterday, died this morning. The death toll in the blast has now gone up to four.

Dr Kapil Chib, Medical Superintendent, Apollo Hospital, said Chottu Ram was operated upon by Dr Khetarpal. "He had severe injuries and could not survive. The condition of three other patients admitted to the hospital is stable and they are out of danger. Dr Ajay Abrol is taking care of the injured," said Dr Chib.

During the blast at a scrap godown in Samrala Chowk yesterday, three persons had lost their lives, while another victim died at the hospital today.

Three other injured are undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital here while one more injured has been admitted to the CMC.

The four persons who have died in the blast have been identified as Kishore, Balbir Singh, Chottu Ram and Salig Ram.



Contractors warned against ration pilferage
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 7
Block Primary Education Officer (BPED) Harinder Kaur today stated that strict action would be taken against those contractors who are cutting down on ration supplied to schools under the midday meal scheme.

While speaking to the media persons during her visit to Jagraon, Harinder Kaur said that she has instructed the authorities of all primary schools of the area to properly check the weight of the ration supplied to them under midday meal scheme.

"The department will also conduct surprise checks on a regular basis at various schools in the area to find out whether the ration supplied under midday meal scheme adheres to norm. If any contractor is found guilty, his contract will be canceled and an appropriate action will be taken against him," she said.

"The contractors who supply substandard quality of food grain play with the health of children. Such contractors will face consequences," she added.

The matter came to light about two days ago when a labourer hired by a contractor came to supply the ration at Government Primary School for Girls at Agwar Gujjran area, on the outskirts of Jagraon.

When the school authorities weighed the ration, they found it to be 5 to 6 kg less. The school authorities brought the issue into the notice of higher authorities of Education Department.

Jagraon MLA SR Kaler also stated that a strict action would be taken against the contractors who are found guilty. He also assured to take up the matter with the higher authorities.



Reporters diary
Children know little about Mahatma Gandhi

On Gandhi Jayanti, I asked two children from different social backgrounds about the importance of the day. To my surprise both children gave me the same answer: "Today is the birthday of the person, whose picture is there on the currency notes." I asked them what else they know about the man; to which they said this is all they know about him. One was the daughter of one my friends, while other was the daughter of my domestic help. "We are enjoying our holiday, said both of them. Appalled, I took out some time to explain the importance of the day.

Humorous slogans on vehicles

Many people love to write slogans on the rear side of their vehicles. Some are very common like "Nazar layenga, CMC jayenga" "Sad na rees kar", "Sad na kishtan te aai haan, "No girlfriend, no tension", "Aa sohneya ve jag jyondeyan de mele", "After whiskey, one is risky" and "Mera Bharat mahan". Some vehicle owners use couplets which are different. One such couplets which I saw was written on a milk van, which read "Pind tera, sadak sarkari, mitran ne nit langhana"

U-turn by labour leaders

There is more to it than it meets eyes on the "questionable" role played by a couple of labour leaders, including a former functionary of the Parvasi Bhalai Board, in brokering peace between agitated workers and management after a migrant labourer died falling from the sixth storey of an under-constructed Mall in the city. Immediately after the mishap, the leaders organised a protest at the spot and charged the construction agency and management for ignoring safety measures. They also accused them of employing under age children and non-payment of salaries to the labourers. However, the very next day, even as the magisterial probe was in progress, they took a complete U-turn.

Big fish eating small ones

A religious body is taking steps to stop activities of tantriks in the city. It is surprising as to how a religious body, which itself believes in similar rituals and superstitions, take such a step. Activists of a rational group said, "This seems to be the case of a big fish trying to eat small fish. He was of the view that there ought to be a law to protect the fringe superstitious persons from organised superstitious groups.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Charanjit Singh Teja



Procurement of paddy begins at Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 7
The procurement of paddy finally started at Asia's second largest grain market. The procurement was scheduled to begin on October 1, but it delayed due to strike by procurement agencies.

Jagraon MLA SR Kaler and Market Committee Jagraon Chairman formally announced the paddy procurement at Jagraon Grain Market. Kaler assured the farmers that the Punjab government is bound to purchase all paddy crop.

He also instructed the officials of the procurement agencies to purchase the farmers' crop without any delay. Warehouse, a government procurement agency, purchased paddy crop of a farmer hailing from Kamalpura village near Jagraon on a price of Rs 1,280 per quintal.

As the government has set a minimum amount of moisture for the procurement of the paddy crop, Punjab Mandi Board has deployed employees with a moisture measuring instrument at entrance gate of the grain market so that the paddy crop of any farmer which has moisture more than 17 per cent could not enter the market.

During the first day of the purchase, several farmers whose paddy crop had moisture more than 17 per cent were not allowed to enter the grain market. Some of the farmers complained about this rule saying that they have no instrument to check the moisture of the crop before bringing it to the market.

"Either the government should provide us with such instrument or should allow us to enter the market without any check. Moreover, the procurement agencies can wait for the moisture in the crop to reduce before purchasing it," said Ranjit Singh, a farmer from a nearby village.

Market Committee Jagraon Secretary Jaswinder Singh said the amount of the moisture has been set by the government and if the farmers have any complaint they should take up the matter with the government. He also appealed the farmers to bring only moisture-free paddy to the market to avoid harassment.



ADC to conduct probe
Developer complains against SDM
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
The Additional Deputy Commissioner will conduct an enquiry into the complaint made against Purshottam Singh Sodhi, Collector-cum-SDM,Khanna, for "discharging official duties with bias, mala fide intention, personal vengeance and ill-will".

According to information, the complaint has been filed by M/s Lal Dayal Construction, Chandigarh, which has alleged that the SDM, Khanna, had vested interests in the development of a colony, "Green-City", in the Khanna MC limits. He (the SDM) is a benami owner/ investor of 19 kanal and 9 marlas in or around the colony. By "misusing" the official powers, he was trying to judge his own land case.

The complainant further added that Sodhi had a share of about 2.5 acres out of the total eight acres on which "Green-City" is coming up. "But due to certain disputes and differences, Sodhi started creating problems and harassing us. In connivance with certain officials, he started filing frivolous complaints against me. Not only this, he forcefully entered the premises of the colony and demolished the boundary walls raised by certain buyers, who complained to the police and a DDR was lodged on April 16", said the complainant, adding that the day Sodhi took charge as SDM, Khanna, he instructed the Patwari and Tehsildar not to issue any fard and not to register any sale deed with respect to the land.

When the complainant decided to return the stamp papers to avoid financial loss, the official, being head, started dilly-dallying on returning the amount, alleged the complainant.



Dengue: Self-protection drive launched
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Keeping in view the spurt in cases of dengue in the district, the Health Department has started a "self-protection campaign". Talking to The Tribune, the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "Owing to the optimum weather conditions, dengue larvae have changed into adult mosquitoes.

So this is the high time that self-protection is required for each one of us to save ourselves from mosquito bites. So, I have issued instructions to all the Medical Officers and staff of dispensaries of the Health Department to make sure that the schools, colleges, institutes and the residents of the areas falling in their respective zones take necessary preventive measures to ward off dengue. Only yesterday I called up a meeting of all of them and told them that they should work for spreading awareness on self-protection. The schools should tell the students to wear full-sleeve shirts and trousers. Although the rainy season is over and there is hardly stagnant water, people should take these preventive steps."

To spreading awareness, the department has also decided to distribute pamphlets among residents. Dr Batta said: "I have also told the medical officers to seek help of temples and gurdwaras to convey the message of the drive to the masses.

8 more test positive

Eight more patients had tested positive for dengue at different hospitals of the city till yesterday. District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, said: "Of these three are from Ludhiana and one each from Kapurtala, Barnala, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Himachal Pradesh." Now, the number of dengue patients in Ludhiana district has risen to 59 this season. The report of swine flu samples is awaited.

Self-protection measures

  • Clean and dry coolers once a week
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers/tyres
  • Wear full-sleeve shirts and cover your feet in the morning and evening
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains
  • Report suspected cases of dengue to the nearest dispensary of the office of the Civil Surgeon on the control room no - 0161-2444193



Get trendy with new hairstyle this season
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Trendy hairstyles and haircuts this season is a combination of vintage and modern. The flicks, fringes, pixie crop and choppy, edgy haircuts are in and look extremely classy. Buns, curls, swirls and French hairstyles have resurged and have become popular for formal events.

"One should revive and evolve with new hairstyles as they add extra spark to ones personality. If one is not getting haircuts to stay in style then one should go in for classy and iconic hairstyles. One can go in for a sleek and sharp look and steal the limelight, or stay subtle and choose a tousled hairstyle. The occasion and clothes matter a lot in deciding haircuts and hairstyles," said Abhay Girdhar, a prominent hairstylist from the city, while addressing a workshop held here recently.

Take care of re-bonded hair:

  • Use shampoo for straight hair.
  • Use conditioner every time you wash your hair
  • Apply a hair serum after drying hair.
  • Oil your hair regularly
  • Use natural hair masks once a week before washing your hair. You can use aloe vera gel, curd or olive oil with an egg.
  • Oil and steam your hair every fifteen days. You can wrap a towel dipped in warm water, around your hair. This will deep condition your hair.
  • Consume a balanced diet. Include nuts and sprouts in your diet.

Haircuts that are in Side bangs, flicks: Bangs and flicks are still one the most popular haircuts. They add style to your hair and suit women of all ages. Be innovative with your bangs and make them edgy and sassy rather than curvy.

Fringe: The overarching haircut trends will define style for you. The evened out fringes look extremely chic. You can iron it or blow dry, it looks great both ways.

Pixie crop: The choppy hairstyles are rocking this season. The pretty pixie crop has been revived and the experimental pixie haircuts are spectacular. It is one of the most glamorous haircuts and those who want to keep short hair must switch from the bobs to the retro choppy look.

Some tips for fixing re-bonding disaster:

  • Get a hair cut done
  • Approach the salon you got re-bonding done from. Ask them to repair the damage
  • Oil your hair regularly
  • Use hair serums or leave-in conditioners
  • Get deep conditioning done every fortnight
  • Avoid any other chemical treatment for next six months
  • Tie a bun



Government-aided schools
Snag delays salaries
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Although the state government has released funds for payment of salaries in government-aided schools, the schools here are yet to receive these. The District Education Officer said there was a problem in the departments server, which led to the delay.

The funds were released by the government on Wednesday and other districts received these on the same day. However, schools here are still waiting for it. Not only this, the staff members of schools last received their salaries in February.

The six-month delay in receiving salaries took place as the state government objected to the estimation prepared by the District Education Office. Following the objection, a fresh survey was conducted which took more time and hence the delay.

Some teachers of government-aided schools contacted Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary (Finance), through email. He stated, Funds have been released. You should get the payment on October 3.

However, the funds are still lying with the District Education Office. Davinder Kumar, a teacher at Nauhria Mal Jain Model Senior Secondary School, rued that government-aided schools in other districts managed to get funds on Wednesday itself. But in Ludhiana, the funds are yet to be released, he added.

Another teacher said once the funds are allocated to school management committee, it will take another two days to hand these over to the staff. The DEO should understand that we are without salaries for the last seven months and if there was a problem, it should have been rectified without further delay, he said.

When contacted, Paramjit Kaur Chahal, District Education Officer (Secondary), Ludhiana, said there was a problem in the server, which led to the delay. The staff will get their salaries within four days, she said.



from colleges
Annual day function

Jaspreet Singh and Harminder Kaur were declared Mister and Miss Fresher of Bhutta Group of Colleges at a two-day annual day function 'Fete Junction 2012' that concluded yesterday. Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal was the chief guest. Jagdish Singh Garcha, former minister in Punjab government, presided over the function. Mandeep Bhullar, convener of the programme, said over 2,000 students exhibited their talent during various sessions of the event. Over 300 students were felicitated for outstanding achievement in their respective fields. Songs, skits, folkdance giddha and bhangra were appreciated by all. Onkar Singh Joney gave away prizes to the winners.

Youth festival

The PU Zonal Youth festival (Ferozepur Moga Zone A) concluded yesterday at GTB National College yesterday. Cabinet Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon presided over the concluding function. While welcoming the chief guest, Principal Dr Assa Singh Ghuman expressed his satisfaction at the smooth conclusion of the function. He praised the students and staff of the college. The chief guest applauded the efforts put in by the students and promised to help the college in whatever way he could. Nimal Jaura, Director Youth Welfare Panjab University, also addressed the students. The host college bagged the first prize in drama, "Mitti Da Bawa". Bhawanjeet Kaur of the college bagged the first prize for best individual performance in mime. Veerpal Kaur came second in mimicry. The college team came first in bhangra competition. The college quiz team secured the second position among eleven participating teams. The skit team also bagged the second prize. Results: Bhangra: 1st LRDAV, Jagraon, 2nd GTB National College, Dakha, 3rd DM College Moga; Quiz: 1st DM College, Moga, 2nd GTB National College, Dakha, 3rd PU CC, Nihalsinghwala; Histrionics: 1st GN College, Ferozepur, 2nd GTB National College, Dakha; Drama: 1st GTB National College, Dakha; Mime: 1st Sri Ram College, Dalla, 2nd BKS College Muhar; Skit: 1st LRDAV College, Jagraon, 2nd GTB National, Dakha, 3rd DM, Moga.



from schools
Painting event held

Indus World School (IWS), Ludhiana, organised a colour carnival, Colour Your World, here on Sunday. IWS created a platform for children to come together to learn and create unique things through creative art activities. This colour carnival was open to all children of the city. More than 300 children between 2 to 10 years of age participated in the event. There were five categories. Each group had a range of activities, including painting, masquerades, textures, creating art without brushes and body art. While the children were engaged in the activities, the parents too explored their creative talents. They were actively engaged in tie and dye event.

Inter-house competition

Inter-house competitions were organised at Tagore Public School here on Sunday. Recitation competition for juniors (VI to VIII) and declamation competition for seniors (IX to XII) were held, in which students took part actively. The theme of the recitation competition was female foeticide. The result of juniors group: Jasdeep VIII-A first, Shivangi of VIII-C and Taranpeet of VIII-A, both second and Richa of VIII-A third. Tagore House stood first, Subhash House second and Shastri House third. For the seniors group issues given were corruption, social networking and negative aspect of TV programme on society. The result: Manvinder of XI first, Deepshikha of XII second and Harvineet of XI third; Shastri House stood first, Tagore House second and Nehru House third.

Magazine launched

Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, launched its second edition of its annual magazine I-Genius in the presence of its Trust members, including Harbans Lal Aneja (chairman), BK Aneja (managing director), Swati Aneja (director), A P Singh (principal), staff and parents of the students. Principal AP Singh congratulated the editorial boards and students. Later on, copies of the magazine were distributed among parents.



Air force day
NCC air wing favourite among students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
As Air Force Day was celebrated today, cadets of the NCC No. 4 (Punjab) Air Squadron from the city were readying themselves to attend All-India Vayusena Camp to be held in Bangalore. Nine cadets from the city have been selected for the camp.

There is a good enthusiasm among students of different schools and colleges for joining the Air Force, and this is evident in the number of cadets coming up for joining the NCC air wing, says Commanding Officer Sanjeet Singh Kaila.

These cadets joining the NCC have an advantage in getting jobs or pursuing higher education. They have an edge when it comes to joining the Air Force. Equipped with the NCC air wing C certificate, cadets have to take a small aptitude test before appearing for the final interview, which is much easier than other exams, including the CDS and NDA exams. Even after recruitment, the basics learnt at the NCC camps keep them in good stead.

Cadets, who have attended such camps and flown aircraft, admit that it is a great experience, which has transformed them as individuals. Apart from gaining knowledge and skills they gained during firing, drills and flying exercises, they become very disciplined and confident.

Ravneet Kaur, a student of Guru Nanak Girls College, who has won a bronze medal in shooting, says the NCC has made her a confident person. "I have been part of camps attended by cadets of different states. Interacting with them brings immense learning to a person," she says.

Davinder Pal, who has won a bronze medal at a camp, which was held last month, says the 'C' certificate is an advantage for him as he wouldn't have to take the test and would appear straight for the interview.

"My life has certainly changed after joining the NCC air wing. I joined it casually at first, but was surprised by the exposure it offered. My participation in many camps has provided me a lot of technical knowledge as well," says Didar Singh, who has won a gold medal in aero-modelling recently.



100 yrs of Bollywood
Kala Kendra organises cultural event
Tribune News Service

Students present a dance item to commemorate 100 years of Bollywood at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 7
To commemorate 100 years of Bollywood, city-based Shobhaniya Kala Kendra organised a cultural event to pay musical tribute the world's oldest cinema at Guru Nanak Bhawan, last evening.

About 105 students of the Shobhaniya Kala Kendra under the direction of Purva Puri, an exponent of kathak, performed various genres depicting different eras and transitions of Bollywood.

The synchronisation of dance movements along with mellifluous film music was appreciated by the audience. The students depicted humble beginning and evolution of Indian cinema from 1930s to its glitzy and glamorous self today in more than 30 programme.

Puri said the 50s was the golden era for dance in Bollywood and many good dancers like Vaijantimala made the movies richer by their dance performances.

This era followed by disco and cabaret dance and the 80s with dancers like Govinda and Mithun, she said.




400 examined at eye camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
Nearly 400 patients were examined at the inaugural session of an eye camp organised by Lions Club Greater at Hind Hospital here today. Vice-district governor KM Gupta inaugurated the camp and Ravinder Puri, president, Municipal Council, was the guest of honour.

Ophthalmologists, led by Dr Navjot Singh Chugh, observed that major eye ailments, including myopia and hyper-metropia, were caused due to lack of awareness among residents of rural and suburban areas.

"Besides ignoring proper hygiene care of eyes, people here pay a little attention to nutritional constituents required for optimum vision," said Dr Chugh.

According to Ashok Verma, convener of the project, 93 persons were identified for implanting lenses. Free medicines were provided to the patients. Ravinder Pal Singh and Sat Pal, president and secretary of the club, respectively, thanked facilitators and volunteers for their gesture.



Man, mother booked for dowry
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
Following a complaint lodged by Jaswinder Kaur, an NRI from Kanganwal village, City police today booked her in-laws under Sections 498 A and 406 of the IPC for allegedly harassing her for dowry.

Jaswinder accused her husband Harmanpreet Singh Sidhu, a resident of local Amarpura locality, now settled in Abbotsford in British Columbia, and her mother-in-law Satwant Kaur for subjecting her to physical and psychological torture. She also said that they took her jewellery, clothes and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. She stated that he deserted her after getting permanent residence status.

Denying the allegations levelled against them, the defendants said Kaur had concealed facts about her past life at the time of marriage.



Snatchers, bootleggers nabbed

Ludhiana, October 7
The police nabbed Ranjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both cousins and residents of Janta Colony here, at a check-post in Dugri today. The police has recovered habit-forming drugs, including cough syrups, injections and capsules from them.

They have admitted to having committed three snatchings in the city in the past three months. An amount of Rs 7,000 was also recovered from them. A case has been registered against the duo.

In yet another incident, 15 cases of liquor were recovered from Gagandeep Singh and Inderjit Singh, both residents of Jammu Colony here. ASI Sanjiv Kumar said the accused used to lure young boys in delivering liquor to them by paying them Rs 100 for each delivery. They had bought the liquor from Phillaur. TNS



Gold Cup Hockey Meet
Semifinal line-up complete
Indian Oil (Delhi), Army XI, Punjab and Sind Bank and BPCL make it to last four
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 7
Defending champions, Indian Oil (Delhi) along with the current national champions, Army XI, Punjab and Sind Bank and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BCL) completed the semifinal line-up in the senior section on the fourth day of the Eighth All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.

This tournament is being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus.

Punjab Police, Jalandhar, who scored an upset victory over the national champions, Army XI (Delhi) yesterday, failed to continue the winning streak and went down fighting 2-3 against Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala and made an exit.

It were the Punjab Police who gained an early lead when Satvinder Singh scored a field goal in the 8th minute. They continued exerting pressure but could not increase the lead.

Trailing by a goal, RCF men reorganised themselves and played better hockey in the second half. After wasting two scoring chances in quick succession, they restored parity in the 49th minute through Karanpal Singh.

However, Punjab Police, again went into the lead in the 60th minute as Harinder Singh sounded the board to read it 2-1.

Three minutes later, RCF levelled the score (2-all) when Karampal Singh finding the target again. He added another goal four minutes later to complete his hat-trick and also steered his team to victory (3-2).

In the second match (senior), Punjab and Sind Bank overpowered Punjab Nantional Bank 2-1 to secure their berth in the last-four stage. All the goals were scored in the first session.

Jatinder Singh of Punjab National Bank drew the first blood in the 14th minute through a penalty corner while Sarvanjit Singh scored the equaliser for Punjab and Sind Bank in the 23rd minute.

Karamjit Singh of Punjab and Sind Bank scored the match decider four minutes before half time that also sealed PNB's fate 2-1.

The third match was played between Army XI and Bharat Petroleum that remained unresolved (1-1) but the former made an entry in the semi final on the basis of better goal average.

Bharat Petroleum opened the account in the sixth minute through a field goal scored by Sherdan and Vinay Kumar of Army XI made it one-all in the 16th minute.

Earlier, the first match of the day was played in the junior section in which Sangrur Academy outplayed Moga Academy 5-2 after leading 3-2 at the breather.

Inderpreet Singh Chadha, the sponsor of this tournament handed over Rs 2.50 lakh while Ashok Prashar Pappi, a Congress leader gave Rs 1 lakh to the organisers.



New turf adds colour to hockey
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
It was the first experience for many hockey players to play hockey on the blue Astroturf during the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being held at Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium in Punjab Agricultural University here.

Barring the players from Team Indian, who played in the London Olympics, it was the first experience for the players to play on the blue turf. According to the organisers of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, it is the first national tournament, which is being organised on this blue turf at the PAU.

While players playing on the blue Astro turf for the first time took it as a challenge, veteran players considered it just a change in colour. It is difficult for the eyes to get used to the change of colour of the synthetic surface.

Olympian Rajpal Singh said: "I don't feel any change while playing on a blue or a green turf. The main objective behind changing the colour of the turf is to make the game more colourful. The players from foreign countries have been playing on the green surface for many years so they have changed the colour of the turf. It is a good effort by the Punjab government that it has replaced the green turfs with the blue ones. These efforts will boost the sport in the state, added Rajpal.

Another Olympian, Gurbaj Singh, said: "When a hockey player gets into action on the blue turf for the first time he faces a little inconvenience as it takes time for the eyes to get familiar with the change of color. But after sometime, everything becomes normal. Our players used to play on grass grounds so the green turf is more comfortable for them. But, if we want to compete with the other countries, we have to follow the international pattern and develop such infrastructure in Punjab".

Sunil form the Army team, said: "It is my first experience on the blue Astro turf. It is more attractive than the green one. I have been enjoying the game here".

Blue turf for Team India

The Sports department started laying the blue Astro turf before the London Olympics at Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium. The Indian hockey team was supposed to attend a coaching camp besides playing practice matches on this turf as they were to compete on the blue turfs in London. But due to the delay in the construction work at the stadium and the laying of the Astro turf, the practice matches could not be held.



Hockey veterans blame poor selection for London debacle
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
The players are not guilty of the poor performance of the Indian Hockey team during the London Olympics as the criteria to select players was faulty. The Indian hockey team performed poorly in the London Olympics-2012 but gave a good performance in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other international tournaments in 2010. It is clear enough that when senior players are sitting on the lines how could a team perform well in the Olympics?''

This was stated by Rajpal Singh, Hockey Olympian, who was in the city yesterday to participate in the Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament.

According to Rajpal, Punjab has very talented budding players and the future of hockey in the state is bright.

Nothing is impossible. We can revive the past glory of Indian Hockey. There is need to develop good sports infrastructure. Our players cannot compete with the players of foreign teams after practising on the grass. We need to lay Astro turf in more hockey stadiums in the state, he added.

Meanwhile, Gurbaj Singh, another Hockey Olympian, said, We are lacking in planning. There were around eight new players who played in the Indian Hockey team in the London Olympics. The players, who have been playing in the team for four or five years, were not part of the Olympic team. We have talented young players but the policies are not favourable for the sport."

"Sarwanjeet Singh has been playing in the Indian team for the past five years. But the selectors did not give him chance to play in the London Olympics. There are several such problems which discourage sportspersons," he added.



Ludhiana athletics teams announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 7
The following boys and girls have been selected to represent Ludhiana district in the 88th Open Punjab State Junior Athletics Meet to be held at BKS College, Muhar, Ferozepur district, from October 11 to 14, according to DS Walia, president, District Athletics Association, Ludhiana.

Girls u-14: Baldeep and Preety; u-16: Gunjan, Laxmi, Inderpreet, Kayenaat, Neha, Priyanka, Arshpreet and Gurpinder; u-18: Kulbir, Abhiti, Sukhbir, Anjali, Pratishta, Ravinder, Upneet and Daljeet; u-20: Shivdeep, Amandeep, Rubina, Hardeep, Sukhdeep, Yogia Rani, Amandeep and Rajwinder.

Boys u-14: Jogeshwar Singh, Ravinder Singh, Inderjit Singh, Abhay Puri, Arashveer Singh; u-16: Rohit Sharma, Suraj, Amritpal Singh, Rajveer Singh, Amritdeep Singh, Rahul Sharma, Dilpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh, Divnoor Singh, Sidharath Goswami, Kushpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh; u-18: Nitish Tyagi, Jatinder Singh, Prashant, Lovejot Singh, Sharanbir Singh, Jagroop Singh, Sukhmandeep Singh, Bikramjeet Singh, Parminder Singh, Varun Kumar, Tushar, Gurmanpreet Singh, Amrit Pal Singh, Gurtaranpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh, Simarjit Singh, Lovepreet Singh and Sahibjit Singh; u-20: Khaja Faisal, Sunder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Tarandeep Singh, Baljinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Chhagandeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Jagwant and Vikrant.



BCM School students shine
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 7
The students of Bahadur Chand Munjal (BCM) Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, bagged two out of four titles at stake in the Sahodaya Schools Lawn Tennis Tournament held at GRD Academy, Hambran Road, here yesterday.

Kundan Vidya Mandir and Delhi Public School secured one title each. In the boys under-14 category, Delhi Public School clinched the title while Kundan Vidya Mandir and BCM School, Shastri Nagar, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

The BCM Senior Secondary School emerged as champions in the boys U-19 category and the hosts, GRD Academy, finished as runners-up. Kundan Vidya Mandir secured the third position.

In the girls U-14 category, BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, proved its mettle by bagging the top position. Kundan Vidya Mandir and GRD Academy bagged second and third positions, respectively.

Kundan Vidya Mandir came out triumphant in the girls U-19 category. The second place went to BCM School, Shastri Nagar, while BCM School, Chandigarh, secured the third position.

Meena Jain, principal of GRD Academy gave away prizes.



Brother duo shines in shooting
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 7
Brothers Abinash Pratap Singh and Punar Pratap Singh have won laurels for their school, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, finishing among the position holders in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rifle Shooting Championship organised by the district education department at the KVM shooting range yesterday.

Students from more than 50 schools from across the district took part in this championship in which Abinash and Punar made their presence felt, winning gold and silver medals, respectively.

In the peep-sight event, Abinash Pratap Singh, a student of 10th standard, proved his supremacy over others in the u-17 category to bag the gold medal. Punar, a student of class VI, followed the suit as he was too performed well but had to content with the silver medal in the same event in the u-12 category.



Women's cricket team declared
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 7
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) conducted trials to select the Ludhiana womens (senior) cricket team at the Arya College ground here today.

The selection panel watched the aspirants and finalised the team for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Women to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association in the third week of this month. Teams from seven districts of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Mohali, Patiala, Chandigarh, Moga and Ludhiana will take part in the meet.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, released the list of players selected at the trials. The names of the selected cricketers are Baljit Kaur Saini, Baljinder Kaur, Gurprit Kaur, Navjit Kaur, Baljit Kaur, Neha, Surinder Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur Gill, Shikha, Baldeep Kaur, Ruchi, Pardeep Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Kamaljit Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Manjit Kaur and Ramanpreet Kaur.

They have been advised to report to coach Anita Gosain on October 9 at Arya College ground at 4 pm.



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