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Children forced to march barefoot on track
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 20
The state government has funds to organise Kabaddi World Cup, but when it come to organising school games, it fails to provide sports kits and even shoes to players.
Students from a majority of schools from across the state marched barefoot on synthetic track at the opening ceremony of the Inter-District Primary School Games being organised at Guru Nanak Stadium in the city today. Besides, most of the players were without sports kits.
Players drink water from a sprinkler pipe at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Players drink water from a sprinkler pipe at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Only a few districts, including Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, provide proper sports kits to their players. The players from Fazilka and Muktsar don't have sportswear or uniforms.

"We had visited at district education office to collect sports kits for district champion players. But we did not get tracksuits and shoes. Officials said that sports kits were not in stock," said a trainer from Muktsar.

"A majority of students studying in government schools are from financially weaker section and cannot afford to buy the sports shoes and sportswear. Moreover, some of the players wore school uniforms and students from Fazilka district were in casuals and were barefoot. These are the ground realities. The state government has failed to uplift sport at the grassroots level," said a sports trainer from Ludhiana.

The education department of state organises the inter-district primary school games after a gap of two years. Education department officials said department had not funds to conduct these games.

It is due to the apathetic attitude of the state government that during the recently held London Olympic Games, only one sportsman from Punjab, who was associated with the Punjab Sports Department, managed to make it to the Olympics, whereas several athletes from the neighbouring Haryana were part of the Indian contingent.


No funds for sports kits: Minister

We are facing shortage of funds. These primary school games have not been organised for the past many years. This year, we took the initiative to organise the games. But we don’t have funds to provide sports kits to sportsmen.~

— Sikander Singh Maluka, Education Minister, Punjab 


Sports Minister keeps players waiting for 2 hrs
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Students participating in the Inter-District Primary School Games being held at Guru Nanak Stadium had to wait for about two hours for the state sports minister to reach the venue and declare the games open.

Even as the Education Minister issues show-cause notice to teachers for coming late, he himself failed to reach the stadium on time. Punjab Cabinet Minister, Sikander Singh Maluka, arrived around 1.45 hours late to declare open the 28th edition of Inter-District Primary School Games. The inauguration function was schedule for 11 am, but the minister came at 12.45 pm. The student, who had their breakfast at 9 am, had to wait for the minister without water and food till 12.45 pm. And their wait continued for a couple of hours as they had to take part in the opening ceremony.

"Due to the late arrival of the minister, the scheduled was disturbed. Now, we are worried about the performances of our players. How can they perform without taking meal on time,” rued a trainer.

In the absence of portable water, students were seen drinking water from sprinkle pipes.

“What the students would learn from this practice of the Education Minister, who were forced to waiting for him for about two hours. Officials and educationalists have been waiting for the minister by holding garlands from 10.30 am. The minister should respect time. Moreover, punctuality is not only for teachers and students, it's for all,” said a principal of a local government school. 


Traditional games

Primary school students, who were sitting on the track to participate in the march past ceremony before the formal opening of Inter-District Primary School Games, were seen playing traditional games such as kaan udh, chiri udh, mirch masala etc. 



Eve-teasing: Students clash outside stadium 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A student of Government Senior Secondary School, Model Town, was beaten up by some other students after he stopped them from teasing girls at Guru Nanak Stadium today. Ironically, the incident took place in the presence of the police.

The victim Parwinder Singh, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Model Town, said some of his schoolmates were teasing girls at the stadium where the students were gathered to attend the inauguration functions of the primary school games.

“Teachers had deputed some senior students to keep a tab on the activities of other students. We noted some notorious activities and warned the students. When was on my way home, one of the students came with his associates and stared beating me up,” said Parwinder Singh.

Meanwhile, the other student, identified as Jagjit Singh, said the group of students thrashed him at the stadium and he beat up Parwinder Singh to take revenge.

After heated argument between both the groups, the police from Division No 8 intervened and pacified them.



Getting birth certificates to become easier
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
To make the procedure of getting birth and death certificates easier, the District Administration and health department have prepared a computer-base data of all records which got damaged in a fire that took place in birth and death record office in 1994.

The authorities have sent two more proposals to the Principal Secretary, Health, for active consideration, if these proposals are accepted, it will be easy for residents to get the desired document.

As per information, two counters have been set up at the Civil Surgeon's office where two dealing clerks will provide information to visitors.

An employee at the Civil Surgeon's office said,"The clerks will immediately provide the information to visitors. Earlier, visitors were asked to come after a week or so to check whether the documents were available."

An IAS trainee Apneet Kaur has been working on the project.

To make it even less cumbersome, the District Administration has also urged the government to get the entire birth and death data from 1994 to 2012 computerised and for this the National Informative Centre (NIC) has also been contacted.

The company has reportedly asked for a sum of Rs 5 lakh to do the needful in five months. Apart from this, another proposal stating that visitors should be issued certificates, if they have vital documents, was also kept before the authorities.

"Getting birth and death certificates has always been a tedious task. We have been urging the authorities, too, to make it simpler. If such proposals are sent to the government and are cleared by the authorities, we can save a lot of time," said Satvinder Singh, a resident.



Geo-Spatial Data Centre to survey all districts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The Director of Land Records, Punjab, said, "Since Geo-Spatial Data Centre, Survey of India, will conduct a survey in all districts of Punjab for the authentication of field records/administrative boundaries, cooperation must be provided to the team by all SDMs/Tehsildars/Naib Tehsildars and other revenue officials."

Following a letter written to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, by the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, Geo-Spatial Data Centre, the instructions were passed on to the officials.

An official said Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Geo-spatial Data Centre, Survey of India, Chandigarh, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, was looking after the survey needs of Punjab, Union Territory of Chandigarh and adjoining areas.

"For the smooth survey operation by the team, Divisional Forest Officers of all divisions, PWD, irrigation department, drainage department, Director, Land Records and Food and Supplies Controller, have been directed to render all necessary assistance to the field staff. 



Dairy Complex faces neglect
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Shopkeepers of the Haibowal Dairy Complex (Part A), Hambran Road, lamented that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was not paying heed towards providing basic facilities. They said they had given several reminders to the MC, but to no avail.

The market was auctioned by the civic body in 2000.

Owners of shops in the complex said the MC neither provided them with pavements nor did it construct the parking area. They added that even the approach road to the market was a shambles.

KL Babbar, a shopkeeper, said the parking area was being used as a garbage dump by some area residents. "It's polluted and I have never seen any MC employee cleaning it," he added.

Another shopkeeper lamented that the MC had started the work for developing the area a few years ago. "But the work was stopped midway and we suspect that the MC officials wasted lakhs of rupees. Had we purchased a shop anywhere else, we would have got all kind of facilities," said the shopkeeper.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said he would look into the matter. "The shopkeepers can come and meet me if there is any problem in the market," he assured.



Sweets samples collected

Ludhiana, October 20
A team of the district health department today collected eight samples of sweets from various shops at Jagraon.
Food safety officer Ravinder Garg said,"We collected two samples of khoya burfi and khoya from Ram Lal Hakoomat Rai's shop, two samples of burfi and khoya burfi from Satti Sweets Old Grain Market, two samples of gulab jamun and khoya burfi from Mohan Sweets, Guru Teg Bahadur Chowk, and two samples of khoya and khoya burfi from Daleep Sweets at the Tehsil Chowk."

11 test positive for dengue

Eleven persons tested positive for dengue today. District epidemiologist Dr Puneet Juneja said,"Out of the 11 dengue patients, five belong to Ludhiana, two hail from Pathankot and the remaining three are from Hoshiarpur, Faridkot, Mukatsar and Himachal Pradesh."

Ludhiana district has witnessed 99 cases so far. — TNS



Senior citizens seek action against illegal workshop
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Senior citizens from the Adarsh Lane Welfare Society have demand that Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma should take the matter of illegal workshop seriously.

They alleged that despite meeting the Commissioner four times, he had failed to take any action against the owner of Amar Sweets, who had been running a workshop from a residential area in Haibowal.

The civic body had sealed the workshop thrice, in May and November last year and again on June 25 this year and on September 6, even an FIR was registered against the owner of Amar Sweets for breaking the seals.

SP Sharma, an office-bearer of the Adarsh Lane Welfare Society, said, “This clearly shows that the MC had miserably failed to solve the problem despite the fact that the workshop was sealed thrice."

Perturbed over the issue and MC’s attitude, the members held a protest outside the MC Commissioner’s camp office on Thursday.

The society members condemned the “irresponsible” statement of MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma.

Civic body Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said, “I am yet to study the file concerning the matter. But if the workshop is situated in a residential area, strict action will be taken against the owner and he will have to shut it down."



Parking contractor accused of overcharging
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A businessman from Feroze Gandhi market has accused a parking contractor of the area for overcharging. This is not for the first time that someone has accused the contractor of overcharging.

Shopkeepers said the contractor was sticking parking slips on vehicles parked on the main road and overcharged flouting the norms of the contract which did not allow charging of parking fee from vehicles parked inside the yellow line or on main road passing through Feroze Gandhi Market.

Vineet Pal Singh Monga, who owns a showroom in Feroze Gandhi Market, said, "Last evening, I parked my car inside the yellow line on one of the roads and the contractor tried to stick a parking slip on my Fiat Palio car. When I objected to it, he started threatening me and asked me to pay the parking fee," he alleged,

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he would get the matter probed. “If the contractor is overcharging, action will be taken against him."



Cops to be more people friendly
PCRs, Taveras to be stationed at 65 designated places in the city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
To be more visible to the general public and to be accountable to both the department and residents, about 65 PCRs and 12 Taveras have been told to stand on designated points throughout the city with immediate effect.

During the day, these police vehicles will stand on the points given by the department while at night the points will again be changed and designated. After attending to complaints and patrolling in the area, the PCRs, Taveras will come again on the given points.

Giving details about the move, ACP Swapan Sharma told The Tribune that the exercise was started to make the police more visible, accountable and receptive to the general public, especially during the festival season. "Earlier, areas were allotted to the PCRs, but now they have been given about 150 particular points (both for day and night). This will act as a deterrent to anti-social activities", said Sharma.

"Apart from this, low-cost LEDs have been installed in PCRs. At night, the lights will keep on flickering, giving an indication to the public that PCRs, Taveras are on duty. This will definitely improve the police-public contact", said Sharma.

He also added that the police personnel will attend to their complaints and come back to the given points.

To be there to help those in need, the department has provided slips to PCR men. "We are also providing them slips which have been published by the department. In case a complainant comes and he/she does not know which police station to approach to lodge the complaint, the PCR men will write the name of the ACP and the SHO concerned to the complainant and guide them to the particular station. The police will also keep a record of the slips to make the PCR personnel more efficient", said the ACP. 

The move
  • PCRs, Tavera personnel to stand on designated points
  • Both day and night PCRs will stand at 65 points each
  • Lights of PCRs to keep on flickering during night hours
  • The exercise is to establish better police/public rapport
  • Slips provided to PCRs to guide general public



Playing Demon King runs in their blood
Third generation of Khera family still essays the role of Ravana to perfection
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Men of Khera family have been essaying the role of the Demon King Ravana from the past 42 years. Acting runs in their blood and it is the third generation of the Khera family that is essaying the role of Ravana to perfection.

Acting in Ram Leela was started by Dhayan Chand, while Raj Kumar followed in his father's footsteps and now Vijay was doing the same. Come festival season and there is lot of hustle bustle in the Khera family. Rehearsals, costumes and make-up become the talk of the family during the Navratra season.

Dhayan Chand has been directing Ram Leela for the past many years, but now has withdrawn from the duty due to health reasons.

Vijay belongs to the third generation of the Khera family. In the morning he goes to his workplace and after coming back home, he rushes to the Ram Leela ground. "The role of Ravan is very powerful in Ram Leela and so is his make-up. It takes a lot of time to give a perfect look to Ravana," he said. He hopes one day his children too will follow in his footsteps.

Recalling the old days, Raj Kumar said there was a time when women of the house did not like me taking part in the Ram Leela, but today things have changed and my family is comfortable with my son taking part in Ram Leela.

"My wife is comfortable with me playing the Ravana. Back home, my children keep asking me to narrate a specific dialogue. We love the festival season as it brings with it a lot of happiness and joy to the family," said Vijay while giving a touch up to his make-up. 



MC recovers Rs 39 lakh from retail chain

Ludhiana, October 20
The cash-starved Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started making efforts to recover the outstanding dues from big companies operating in the city. Continuing the drive, the MC has recovered Rs 39.25 lakh as house tax from a retail chain, Best Price, which is running its operations in the city.

An MC team comprising additional commissioner Davinder Singh, Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal, Additional Commissioner (Technical) Manjit Singh and other officials today visited the office of the Best Price store and recovered an outstanding house tax worth Rs 39.25 lakh from there.

While giving details, Kamlesh Bansal said “The house tax was pending for some time and that is why, we visited the spot today and recovered Rs 39.25 lakh from the authorities at the Best Price store. To make sure all outstanding dues are paid on time, we will carry out such drives in the coming days as well,” he informed. — TNS



college notes
Youth fest

Ludhiana: LCET students hogged limelight in the PTU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival. Students of Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology won various competitions organised at Desh Bhagat Institute, Mandi Gobindgarh, on October 16 and 17. The two-day youth fest witnessed various activities. Rohit Sharma, Munish Sharma, Sanjay Chauhan, Raman Kumar, Rajat Talwar, Rahul Bhagat and Gursimran Singh secured the first prize in mime. Gian Singh of MBA third semester won the first prize in instrumental solo and first prize in rangoli making was bagged by Monika of ECE seventh semester.

Foundation stone laid

Foundation stone of an academic block was laid at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna). Pawan Sharda, president, Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust, CL Garg, chairman, GPC and principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni graced the occasion. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed guests.

Classical dance

Nancy Sheda of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, secured the first prize in Indian classical dance during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival held on October 18.

Fest ends

The Panjab University Youth Festival concluded on October 16 at Lala Hans Raj College of Education, Moga. Isha Pawar secured the first prize in Indian classical vocal and singing. Isha Pawar, Payal, Divya Sood, Priyanka Kakkar, Kavita Rani and Priya Behal stood first in Indian group singing.

Job fair

As many as 52 students of Bhutta Group of Colleges were selected during a two-day job fest that concluded at Bhutta College of Engineering on Saturday. IP Infotech, Adecco, Connect and Videocon, Wind Tech Technologies and Eifer India, Allumez Technologies, Tech Pratish, Pic 'n Frames, Gaugan, Intellisense and RG Teletech visited the institution.


The Computer Science Society of PCTE Group of Institutes organised the second International Students' Conference on Saturday. More than 35 research papers were received from renowned institutions all across the country. Fifteen research papers were presented on latest trends in IT such as "Network Security", "Cloud Computing", "Image Processing", "Bandwidth Management System", "Automated Traffic Progression and Regulation", "Compilation Server" and dedicated learning techniques. Dr KNS Kang, director-general, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated students and appreciated their efforts.


Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT) held its fourth convocation. Dr Nachatar Singh, Adviser to Vice-Chancellor, PTU, was the chief guest. About 550 students have completed various courses from the institute so far.

Festival kicks off

Punjab Technical University (PTU) Inter-Zonal Youth Festival-2012 began on Saturday in Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana.

Cultural bonanza

A cultural bonanza was organised at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, to honour the winners of Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival for winning first three positions. — TNS



Four drivers arrested, trucks impounded
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 20
The Hathur police has confiscated four trucks involved in illegal smuggling of sand. The trucks were impounded by the police from different places during separate operations in the Hathur area in the past 24 hours.

Four drivers of the trucks have been arrested for smuggling the sand. The accused have been identified as Paramjit Singh of Kamalpura village near Jagraon, Shamsher Singh of Kaleke village, Arwinder Singh of Kattu Walia village and Gurpreet Singh of Khudi Kalan village (last three in Barnala district). The police has registered a case against all the accused under the Mining Act and started the investigation.

Dilbagh Singh, SHO, Hathur police station, said these vehicles were impounded from different places under the Hathur police station in the past 24 hours in separate operations. "When the police asked the drivers to show the documents of the sand they were carrying in their vehicles, they failed to produce any document and were arrested by the police," stated Dilbagh Singh.

The police has impounded the four trucks, added SHO Dilbagh Singh. Though there has been a ban on mining and smuggling of sand in the area, still some people are involved in the illegal business in the area.

Recenly, the police and mining department officials have impounded several trucks and tractor trailers involved in illegal smuggling of sand and arrested many persons under the Mining Act.

However, Dilbagh Singh said that the police had been working closely with the mining department officials and any person found involved in the illegal practice would not be spared. 



3 held with 60 gas cylinders
Accused used to take out gas from LPG cylinders, refill it in empty cylinders and sell them on black
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
In a major breakthrough, the city police has arrested three accused working with different gas-companies, who used to take out gas from LPG cylinders before delivering it to the consumers and refilled empty cylinders with it and sold it to consumers on black. The police has recovered 60 gas-cylinders from their possession from which the accused had taken out the gas. Besides, material used to open the seals of the cylinders was also recovered from them.

While giving the details, Sub-Inspector Harbans Singh, In charge, anti-narcotic staff, said that the accused has been identified as Sonu Kumar (30), a native of Bihar, Rahul Yadav (23), a native of Uttar Pradesh and Mukesh Kumar (24), also belongs to UP.

After getting a tip-off, a raid was conducted at Jwala Singh Nagar, Jassian Road, Haiboal Kalan, taking into confidence the officials from the Food supplies department. Harbans Singh said, “The accused used to take out the gas from the domestic cylinders and refilled it in empty cylinders and then sold them on black. With the nabbing of the accused, we have recovered 60 such cylinders from which 2-3 kg of gas was taken out (from each cylinder) and seals were broken. The accused are so smart and experienced that they again put the seals o neatly and the consumers don’t come to know of it ", said Harbans Singh.

The accused were working as gas-delivery boys at the gas agencies of Indane and Bharat Gas. As per their modus operandi, before delivering the gas-cylinders to the consumers, they took-out the gas from each cylinder and filled it in empty cylinders. Then they sold it to consumers on black. A small four-wheeler from Bharat gas (PB 10 CU 2097), a rickshaw and a cart have been recovered by the police from their possession. A case under Section 420 of the IPC and the 7 EC Act has been registered against the accused. 



Man dies at railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A 65-year-old man having a beard died on platform Number 6 at the Ludhiana Railway Station at 10 pm last night.
Pyara Singh, ASI, GRP, said that the person was coming from Ferozpur. When the train halted in Ludhiana, he got off the train and collapsed suddenly.

"We have kept the body at the Civil Hospital mortuary for identification and we are waiting for family members of the accused to come forward and claim it", said the ASI. 



Lawyers boycott courts
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 20
Expressing annoyance over the start of evening courts and demanding withdrawal of the same, the local lawyers boycotted the courts.
The members of the District Bar Association (DBA) were also demanding to observe five days a week to give some relief to the legal fraternity.

DBA president Jagmohan Singh Warraich claimed that it was discrimination with the lawyers, judges and employees working at the district-level courts. Five-day week was being observed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, state and Central government offices then why weren’t they allowed to do so was beyond comprehension.

Vice President Ashok Sharma and GS Sodhi, secretary of DBA, thanked the lawyers for extending full support to make the boycott a success.



Green Land school drub BVM
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 20
Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh road branch, defeated Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, by 22 runs in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex (LSSC) Cricket Tournament being organised by the education department at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road, here today.

Batting first after winning the toss, Green Land Convent School scored 107 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Nischey contributed 27 runs while Mohit scored 20 runs to help their team to put up a defendable total. For BVM, Konark sent down four overs, conceded 14 runs and took two wickets while Jai claimed one wicket for 14 in two overs.

Green Land Convent School bowlers did a commendable job by containing BVM batsmen to 85 runs in 17.2 overs. Rahul chipped in with 35 runs but could not save his team from an inevitable defeat.

For the winners, Nischey gave away just two runs and captured three wickets in two overs while Mukesh grabbed two wickets for 15 runs.

The second match slated to be played between DAB Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar branch, and GRD Academy, Hambran road, was awarded to the former as the latter failed to turn up.



Primary School Games kick off
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 20
Hosts Ludhianas district in the girls’ category and Mansa district in the boys’ section began their campaign on a positive note as they wrapped up their matches in kho-kho on the opening day of the 28th edition of the Punjab State Inter-District Primary School Games which kick started at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Around 500 students, representing different districts of the state are taking part in the three-day sports event which was declared open by the Punjab Education Minister, Sikander Singh Maluka. During the march past, the minister took salute from the participants.

First day's results

Kho-kho (girls): Ludhiana bt Ferozepur, Tarn Taran bt Hoshiarpur, Mohali got walk over against Kapurthala, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar bt Fazilka and Rup Nagar got walk over against Pathankot. Kho-kho (boys): Mansa bt Amritar, Kapurthala bt Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala bt Jalandhar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar bt Gurdaspur and Moga bt Faridkot.

Kabaddi (boys): Moga bt Gurdaspur, Muktsar bt Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sangrur bt Kapurthala, Rup Nagar bt Jalandhar, Tarn Taran bt Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritar bt Pathankot.

Kabaddi (girls): Mansa bt Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Hoshiarpur bt Faridkot, Barnala bt Fazilka, Ferozepur bt Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala bt Rup Nagar. 



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