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Major train tragedy averted
Alert operating and power cabin staff halt train after it jumps red signal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 21
A major train tragedy was averted here late last evening. But for an alert railway operating and power cabin staff, thousands of passengers aboard the Ambala Cantt-Amritsar passenger train (DMU) and the 12238 Begumpura Superfast Express from Jammu Tawi to Varanasi would have been in danger as both trains were running on the same track in opposite directions near the Ludhiana railway station.

According to railway officials, the driver of the Ambala-Amritsar passenger train jumped the red signal and moved on the down line ahead of the Ludhiana railway station unmindful of the fact that the Begumpura Superfast train from Jammu was coming on the same track from the opposite side.

On realising the grave lapse on the part of the driver of the passenger train, the power cabin and operating staff stopped the passenger train near Lakkar Pal just ahead of the railway station while the oncoming superfast train was given a halt at the Ladhowal railway station, about 10 km from here.

Divisional Traffic Manager Palwinder Singh and Station Superintendent RK Sharma, along with other officials, visited the spot where the passenger train was halted. After about 50 minutes, the passenger train was brought back to the Ludhiana railway station where the driver, Ranjit Singh, was detrained and got medically examined.

The passenger train as well as the Begumpura Superfast Express commenced their onward journey after a one hour delay, which kept the passengers aboard both trains on tenterhooks.

As the railway traffic on both the up and down tracks was suspended till the time the two trains remained halted, more than a dozen trains, including the Amritsar-New Delhi evening Shatabdi, were delayed for around an hour.

Divisional Railway Manager NC Goyal said a committee headed by the Senior Divisional Operating Manager would conduct an inquiry into the incident. The driver of the passenger train had been placed under suspension.

Lapse on part of driver

According to railway officials, the driver of the Ambala-Amritsar passenger train jumped the red signal and moved on the down line ahead of the Ludhiana railway station unmindful of the fact that the Begumpura Superfast train from Jammu was coming on the same track from the opposite side. On realising the grave lapse on the part of the driver of the passenger train, the power cabin and operating staff stopped the passenger train near Lakkar Pal just ahead of the railway station while the oncoming superfast train was given a halt at the Ladhowal railway station, about 10 km from here

Conflicting claims

During a preliminary inquiry by senior railway officials, the driver of the passenger train, Ranjit Singh, asserted that he moved the train after the signal turned green and refuted the charge that he had jumped the red signal. However, the power cabin staff maintained that the train had chugged off at the red signal


Tributes paid to police martyrs
Tribune News Service

Kin of police martyrs attend the Police Commemoration Day function in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 21
Police Commemoration Day was observed today with a solemn parade held at the Central Police Lines here this morning. The names of around 700 officers and men were read during the commemoration parade. As many as 53 personnel, who laid down their lives for the safety of city residents during the dark days of militancy, were remembered on the occasion.

A solemn parade was held in which contingents of the Punjab Police saluted the martyrs. A police band also performed on the occasion. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh was present on the occasion.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police S Bhupati read the names of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Later, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh lauded the role of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the security and integrity of the country.

The Commissioner of Police joined officers and police personnel in paying tributes to the police martyrs.

Ishwar Singh listened to grievances of family members of police martyrs. The Commissioner of Police went up to elderly women and addressed their grievances.

While some complaints were settled on the spot, the Reader was asked to table the other complaints on Monday.

30% discount on treatment

Policemen and family members of martyrs will receive 30 per cent discount on medical treatment at the DMCH. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said the DMCH authorities had agreed on his request to provide 30 per cent concession on the treatment cost to police personnel. He said the facility had been extended to family members of martyrs. He added that soon all police officials in the city would be covered under medical insurance.

Significance of the day

The day is being observed since 1959 in memory of a small contingent of police personnel, which was attacked by Chinese troops. As many as 10 men were killed. Since then, all states and UTs observe this day and pay homage to those valiant officers and soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland.



4 hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
At least four persons, including two brothers, were hurt in a group clash that took place at Aittiana village in Ludhiana district, near here, late this evening. The two brothers received bullet injuries in the incident.

Old rivalry is believed to be reason behind the incident.

The Sudhar police has initiated a probe into the incident.

Investigations revealed that Gurmeet Singh and his brother Randhir Singh were injured when Gurdev Singh of Aittiana allegedly opened fire on them with his revolver. The victims also attacked the assailant with sticks and he received head injuries. Manjit Singh who, along with other villagers, tried to intervene also received multiple injuries.

The injured were taken to different multi-specialty hospitals in Ludhiana.

Though the police is yet to register a formal complaint, preliminary investigations by a police team revealed that old rivalry was the reason behind the brawl. The incident took place when Gurmeet Singh and Randhir, who were returning home after attending a wedding of their relative, were confronted by Gurdev Singh.

Assailant opens fire

Investigations revealed that Gurmeet Singh and his brother Randhir Singh were injured when Gurdev Singh of Aittiana allegedly opened fire on them with his revolver. The victims also attacked the assailant with sticks and he received head injuries. Manjit Singh who, along with other villagers, tried to intervene also received multiple injuries



2 booked for duping widow of Rs 2 lakh
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 21
A widow of Hathur village near Jagraon was allegedly duped of Rs 2 lakh by two persons on the pretext of sending her daughter abroad. The police has booked two persons in this regard.

The accused have been identified as Bagha Singh and Jaswant Singh, both residents of Muradpura village in Tarn Tarn district. The accused are at large. The police is conducting raids to arrest them.

Dilbagh Singh, SHO of the Hathur police station, said Balvir Kaur of Hathur had lodged a complaint with the Hathur police against Bagha Singh and Jaswant Singh. In her complaint to the police, Balvir Kaur stated that she wanted to send her daughter, Ramanjot Kaur, to Canada. One of the accused, Bagha Singh of Muradpura village, who is married in Hathur came to know about this.

"One day Bagha Singh visited my house. When I told him that I wanted to send my daughter to Canada, he told me that he knew a travel agent who could send Ramanjot Kaur to Canada. A couple of days later, Bagha Singh came back to my house with a travel agent, Jaswant Singh. After asking me about the education of my daughter, Jaswant Singh promised me that he would send my daughter to Canada. He told me that it would cost around Rs 8 lakh," said Balvir Kaur.

She said, "A deal was struck at Rs 8 lakh with Jaswant Singh for sending Ramanjot Kaur to Canada. In January 2011, Jaswant Singh and Bagha Singh took Rs 2 lakh from me and said all documents would be ready in a few months. However, when he failed to send my daughter to Canada even after the passage of many months, I asked him to return the money I had paid to him. However, he refused to return the money and instead started threatening me."



90-yr-old woman done to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
A 90-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death in the Lohara area here today. The incident came to light when Darshan Singh, an NRI and son of the victim, identified as Nachatter Kaur, arrived at the house and saw his mother’s body lying in a pool of blood.

He raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident. The SHO of the Daba police station, Jatinder Singh, said, “Robbery does not seem to be the motive behind the killing as nothing has been stolen from the house and it has not been ransacked.”

Darshan Singh, who lives with his family in Italy, said, “I had gone to attend the bhog ceremony of a relative and when I came back, I saw my mother lying dead.”

Nachatter Kaur was living alone in the house. A domestic help used to visit the house once a day and cook food for the woman.

The police has registered a murder case against unidentified assailants and has started investigations.



Martyrs' kin allege raw deal
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Kin of police personnel, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, are living an agonising life. While some have not been offered jobs, those who got jobs have not been given promotions.

Davinder Kumar, who was recruited as a constable following the death of his father Chaman Lal, is a victim of alleged government apathy. Chaman Lal died while fighting terrorists on Janaury 16, 1986.

After completing his graduation in 1990, Davinder was appointed as a constable.

"Instead of being recruited as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), I was given the rank of constable. Senior officials had assured me that I would soon be promoted. However, after spending nearly 22 years in service, I have been given just one promotion. On the other hand, my contemporaries have risen to the rank of DSP," said Davinder Kumar. Madhuri (22), who was only eight months old when her father, constable Sham Sunder, died in a bomb blast in 1992 in front of the residence of Congress leader and then Education Minister Harnam Das Johar, is among many complainants who claim they are victims of department apathy.

“For the past five years, I have been sent back home many times on one pretext or the other. However, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has assured me that I will soon be offered a job. However, my past experience has been bitter,” said Madhuri, adding that her family was living life in penury since the time of her father’s death.

“My family was pinning its hopes on me. My father did not think twice about his family before laying down his life for the safety of the people, but these people are making me run from pillar to post in pursuit of a job,” said Madhuri. Widows of police personnel, who laid down their lives during militancy, lost everything at the prime of their life. They faced hardships and social stigma. Besides, greedy relatives were eying to grab their property.

“Do they think they can fool us by offering tea and pakoras? They are mistaken. They are making a mockery of us. If they redress our problems, it is fine otherwise we will stop attending martyrs' day,” said Rekha, sister of a martyr.

Hardev Singh, brother of a martyr, ASI Gurdial Singh, who was shot dead while overpowering snatchers in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area last year, said he could not attend the commemoration day as he received an invite only on Saturday evening. Kin of some police martyrs also made similar complaints.



Reporters’ Diary
Life without cellphone

Today we cannot imagine life without a cell phone. Few days back my mobile phone developed a snag and I had to spend four days without it. Although I was relieved of irritating marketing calls and did not receive any unnecessary phone calls, yet I faced many difficulties. I arrived unannounced at my sister's place only to find that she was not at home. My frantic search for a PCO turned futile and I had to borrow a phone from a shopkeeper to make a call to her. Technology has both advantages and disadvantages. There was a time when there were only landlines and they were considered as a luxury. Today things have changed totally and now the things, which were earlier considered as a luxury, are a necessity. I cannot imagine my life without a mobile phone.

Change mindset of police personnel

Efforts made by the police department to make the policemen people friendly are a welcome step. Deployment of PCR and mobile squads at designated points in the city is a positive step in the right direction. However, the police administration should bring a change in the mindset of low-rung police personnel, who, often are discourteous if not arrogant while dealing with aggrieved people, who approach them. Despite the best efforts by the top police officials, a common man is still scared to seek police assistance in need. People still firmly believe that if they go to police, they will have to part with their hard-earned money.

Ice cream shake for cows

Sometimes it becomes difficult to make children understand the importance of balanced diet for keeping body and mind healthy. A few days ago I went to Govind Godham. On seeing people serving a calcium supplement along with green fodder to sick and ailing cows, a little girl said to her mother, "Look, people are offering an ice cream shake to cows. " Listening this, her mother tried to explain that it was a calcium supplement and not an ice cream shake and It was given to the cows as they had deficiency of calcium. The immediate reply of the girl was,"But mom it looks like an ice cream shake and just see how the cows are relishing it. Please get this one for me too. I will also have it with my food.'' Listening to her request, all visitors present there could not resist their laughter.

For pleasing address

Enter a residential area in a city, you will come across a "sector". Sector is generally associated with a larger area that may include blocks and lanes or streets. But naming every street as sector confounded a visitor from Chandigarh. When he asked about the different nomenclature, a resident of the area said although this was not one of the best areas of the city, yet it was decent. "We have named it "sector" as naming the lanes as "street" or "lane" was too down market. So we have deliberately named the lanes as "sectors"," he said.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Gurwinder Singh



Ludhiana scan
Anniversary celebrations

The Bhartiya Valmiki Youth Federation will organise a "shobha yatra" to mark the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki on October 28. The yatra will start from Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Focal Point. This was said Veer Dara Taank on Sunday.

NGO seeks cooperation

City-based NGO Feed Foundation thanked Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday for issuing instructions to the Deputy Commissioner for closure of meat shops and liquor vends, which were situated close to religious places. The foundation has sought public cooperation in waging a war against other social evils.

Yoga camp concludes

Krishan Lal Gupta, state president of Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman, said the PYS had decided to organise a number of yoga training programs in all districts of the state. He said the aim behind this was to spread the mission of Yog Guru Swami Ramdev, which was creation of a disease-free society. Gupta was addressing at the end of a three-day yoga camp, conducted by the district Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman at Urban Estate, Dugri, on Sunday. More than 100 people attended the camp. Vijay Kapoor, president of Ludhiana mandal and Pramodh Sharma, district president, asked the office-bearers and yoga teachers to increase the number of yoga classes.


Taraksheel Society organised a seminar on superstitions on Sunday. The speakers said there was a need to come out from the clutches of superstitions. A book, written by Hem Raj Steno, was also released on the occasion and the dignitaries appreciated the writer for making dispelling many myths.

Artificial limbs distributed

Nikhil Singal Noble Trust, an NGO, organised a free artificial limb distribution camp on Sunday. The NGO distributed artifical limbs, callipers, wheel chairs to 50 needy persons. VS Jindal, general manager of the NGO, said,"The trust has been engaged in the service humanity by providing free education, health care, vocational training to downtrodden."

CITU to protest on Nov 4

The CITU will hold a massive rally against the "anti-worker" policy of state government on Novermber 4. Workers, belonging to several trade unions, will take part in the rally. The leaders of CITU said the workers had always been "exploited" by the successive governments and none had done anything to uplift them. Various schemes and initiatives were announced for workers but they were never implemented, they said. About 50,000 workers were expected to attend the rally, said the CITU leaders.

Office-bearers elected

The BJP Senior Citizen Cell, Punjab, has appointed four zonal incharges to strengthen the cell and the party at the grassroots level, Dr Balkbir Kapila, coordinator of the cell, said . Ransingh Kalsi, Dewan Bhupindernath, Babu Ram Jindal and Surinder Sharma were appointed as zonal incharges, he added.

Ghazal writer honoured

Punjabi ghazal writer DR Dhawan was honoured by Punjabi Ghazal Manch on Sunday. The function was organised at Phillaur. Speaking on the occasion, Dhawan said ghazal depicted the feelings in a best possible manner. He said in recent times ghazal writing had changed but still there were people, who were ardent ghazal lovers. — TNS



School notes
Athletics meet

Ludhiana: Sat Paul Mittal School organised its eighth annual athletics meet on Saturday. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh was the chief guest. Bipin Gupta, vice-chairman, Governing Council of the school declared the meet open. Students participated in 100 m, 200 m and 4X100 m races. Satluj House was declared the Cock House. Avranpreet Singh of Class VIII-A, Viren Thapar of Class X-B and Shubhankar Gupta of Class XI-C were declared best athletes in Group A, B and C boys categories, respectively. Muskaan Bakshi of Class VIII-D, Mehma Vij of Class X-A and Mannat Bhogal of Class XI-A were declared best athletes in Group A, B and C girls categories, respectively.

Carnival- 2012

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised Carnival- 2012. Various activities such as solo song, dance, poem recitation and storytelling were held. Fifty students participated in the competitions. A healthy baby show was also organised with an aim to encourage parents to be attentive towards regular immunisation, cleanliness, smartness and nutrition of children. It was to create awareness among mothers on post natal care. Dr Rajni, Dr Monika Bansal, Dr Harpreet and Dr Aarti, renowned senior doctors from Raghu Nath Hospital were the judges.


Everest Play-Way and Nursery School, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park,organised a function to mark Navratras on Saturday. Students came dresses in colourful attire. Students performed dandiya. Cakes and sweets were distributed among students.


Don Bosco Global School played host to Sahodaya Inter-School Storytelling Competition on Saturday. The competition was open to all Central Sahodaya Schools. Around 21 leading schools from the city participated in the competition which was divided into two categories. Category A was for classes I to III under which participants presented prepared stories while Category B was impromptu for classes IV to V. Topics were given on the spot. BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, was adjudged the best team and bagged the running trophy. — TNS



It’s like a homecoming, says Rajesh Puri
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Rajesh Puri, veteran actor and theatre artist, was in the city yesterday. He played the character of a funny and innocent person in the play, “Tere Ghar Ke Samne”, which was staged at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening.

He said he had been to the city earlier as well and it would be the third time, he would be performing here. He said he felt nostalgic while on the way and feels good about the appreciation he receives from people. "It is always like homecoming when I come here, because I, too, am a Punjabi," he said.

Having given 5,000 performances in 200 plays, he says he is too busy with theatre to do movies, but he has a role in the upcoming Punjabi movie “Power Cut”.

He is also doing a television series “Parvarish”. About the content of the television serials having gone down, he says: "During the days of ‘Buniyaad’ and ‘Hum Log’, we used to shoot one episode in four days and now four episodes are shot in one day. So the content and the detailing in the plot, script and performances is bound to suffer".

About the state of theatre in the times of multimedia, he said the theatre was going the same as it was years back. "I don't see it growing, but it would retain its audience, and it would sustain. It would have a set of audience interested in the art," he says.

Talking about the changes in the production of serials and movies, he says there has been a tremendous change, but he has enjoyed every moment of it. He has been associated with the theatre for the last 30 years, and has been fortunate to have had good time acting and directing, he adds.

Dismissing that acting schools can create genuine actors, he says although they can impart technical knowledge, which is very important these days, to artists but they cannot create actors, Talent for acting and direction is innate.

Advising youngsters, he says they should only give some time to themselves to gauge their capabilities, but shouldn't waste their youth pursuing something what they are not good at.



Youth murdered over land
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 21
A youth of Bilaspur village, near Doraha, was murdered last night and his body was spotted in the fields this morning. In a statement given to the police, Nimal Singh, the deceased’s father, said a village youth, Manpreet Singh, called his son Gora Singh (25) at about 8 pm and both went towards the fields.

When Gora Singh did not return after a long time, they started searching him but could not find him.

In the late hours, Manpreet Singh telephoned them that he and Gora Singh were attacked by some persons and he himself was injured in the attack, and had been admitted to a hospital at Payal.

When Nirmal Singh asked about the whereabouts of Gora, Manpreet expressed ignorance. In the morning, the members of the Gora’s family spotted his body in the fields. The body bore multiple wounds.

Top officials of the Khanna police visited the spot. They said Manpreet tried to mislead the police by telling a false story of attack on them. He injured himself and got admitted to a hospital. The police said a piece of land was said to be the reason behind the murder. It was investigating the case from all angles.

A case has been registered against Manpreet under section 302 and he will be taken into custody after his discharge from the hospital.



City mourns Yash Chopra’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
As Yash Chopra passed away today, the city mourned the loss. Yash Chopra and BR Chopra had lived in the Mali Ganj area of the city after the partition. Remembering the gregarious and jubilant film director, many in the city felt sad Vikas Garg, a Field Ganj resident, said: "One of the jewels of Bollywood has gone." "I have hardly missed any of his movies," he says.

Kewal Dhir of Sahir Cultural Akademi said he was a lovely person and a brilliant film-maker. "I spoke with him last time on his birthday," he says.

"Being a story-writer, I often spoke with him, he used to say that story is the thread and it has to be strong because it makes a good," Dhir says. He made an immense contribution for the film industry, he said. "He used to love Ludhiana and liked the people of the city," he said.

Dr R Vatsayan said his brother Raj Chopra had visited him a couple of years back. "Contrary to popular perception, Yash Chopra was a very disciplined and a teetotaller," he said.

Former Advocate General of Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu, said the sudden demise of the director was a big loss not only to Bollywood but to the entire Punjabi community.

He projected the culture and heritage of Punjab on screen in a very elegant way," Sandhu said.

Radhika Jaitwani, a city-based social activist, said Yash ji had promised her to visit her for an event, commemorating 100 years of Bollywood, which she had organised here a couple of weeks back, but he couldn't come because he was unwell.



Dhindsa inspects construction work on memorial

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
Taking seriously the alleged use of poor quality and inappropriate material in construction of Wada Ghallughara Kup Rohira Memorial, which is being constructed to commemorate the sacrifice of 35,000 sikhs, who were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali on February 5, 1762, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said," We want to see the the each rupee spent from exchequer on any project is worth its value." He said he had directed the company officials to ensure that all material, which did not fulfil the durability criteria, should be replaced.

Kumar Rahul, DC, Sangrur, and SDM Malerkotla, Rajesh Tripathi, assured that further construction would be undertaken according to the guidelines and suggestions of the committee, which was constituted to supervise the progress of work. MLA Iqbal Singh Jhoondan accompanied the minister.

CM Parkash Singh Badal had dedicated the memorial to humanity here last year. The memorial comprises a 110-ft tall tower and will be built over 10.7 acres. It was to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore but the company had demanded to increase the budget as prices of construction material and labour cost had increased. — OC



PAU youth festival: Students showcase their creativity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The third day of the "Golden Jubilee Inter-College Youth Festival" of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), witnessed scintillating performance during various creative and intellectual events.

The participants showcased their talent and aptitude in photography, on-spot painting, extempore/ elocution and rangoli competitions

Dr DS Cheema, Director Students' Welfare, welcomed the guests and the participants.

He exhorted the students to inculcate character- building ideas for greater success in life.

He also asked the students to remain dedicated to their goals to achieve success in their lives.


Photography- Gursimran Singh (Agricultural Engineering and Technology), Anmol Toor (Home Science), Taranpreet Singh (Agriculture) ; on-spot painting - Devmallya Chatterjee (Agriculture), Aanchal (Home Science), Kuldeep Kaur (Home Science); extempore/elocution- Sulakshna Rao (Basic Sciences and Humanities), Sushant Mehan (Agricultural Engineering and Technology), Aakanksha Melkani (Basic Sciences and Humanities).



World plantation day
Developing special bond with trees
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Raghav Bansal (14) has been regularly planting saplings for the last five years. Motivated by plantation drives held in schools and colleges, many youngsters have made it a point to plant trees every year.

Many institutions inspire children to plant trees on their birthdays. The children feel a special connection with trees they plant as they grow with these.

Raghav vividly remembers the Ashoka tree that he planted on his 10th birthday. "I planted the sapling with the help of a gardener in the garden at BCM Arya Model School. And now it has grown taller than me," he says. A neem tree he planted on his next birthday has grown even taller, he says.

Apart from the emotional connection, children understand the usefulness of planting saplings, says a teacher.

Eight-year-old Bani, who planted a medicinal plant on her birthday, says trees purify the air. "I like the fragrance of plants," she adds. Indree, her mother, says we made her plant “ajwain” saplings at home and it was good to see the child had developed attachment with the plants. Bani is looking forward to her next birthday to plant a neem sapling, she says.



2 killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 21
Two friends were killed in a accident when a tyre of their car burst and the vehicle overturned after hitting a tree. According to information, Avtar Singh (25), a resident of Kohara, and Amarjit Singh (19), a resident of Koom Kalan, were returning to Kohara in an Indica car after making some arrangements at a marriage palace. At about 12.10 am when they reached near Chahilan village, a tyre burst and the driver lost control over it. The car hit a tree and overturned.

Avtar died instantly while Amarjit was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where doctors referred him to Ludhiana. He died on the way to Ludhiana.

The SHO of the Samrala police station, Harjinder Singh, the bodies of both the youngsters were handed over to their relatives after post-mortem.



Health team collects 12 samples of eatables

Ludhiana, October 21
A team of the district Health Department today collected eight samples of sweets from different sweet shops at Jagraon.

Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said: "I, along with Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur, collected eight samples of sweets on the directions of the District Health Officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh. We collected two samples of ‘khoya burfi’ and ‘khoya’ from Ram Lal Hakoomat Rai's shop, two samples of ‘burfis’ from Satti Sweets in the Old Grain Market, two samples of ‘gulab jamun’ and ‘khoya burfi’ from Mohan Sweets at the Guru Teg Bahadur Chowk and two samples of ‘khoya’ from Daleep Sweets situated at the Tehsil Chowk in Jagraon. " Earlier, the team collected four samples from a bakery shop at Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. Garg said, "We collected samples of eatables, including fruit cream and sandwich, from the bakery shop, Sweet Temptations." — TNS



Belgium murders
Punjab to raise issue with Centre
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 21
“The Punjab government will raise the issue of the security of Punjabis, who are abroad”. This was stated by Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, who was attending the bhog ceremony of the NRI woman Rajvir Kaur and her three sons at Buani village today. “The foreign countries should remember that due to their hard work and perseverance Punjabis are contributing immensely towards the economic prosperity of these nations, so it becomes responsibility of the foreign governments to provide extra security and to the NRI’s, who have now settled there permanently or want to settle there,” said the Speaker.

Condemning the brutal murder of the mother and her three children, Atwal said the cold blooded murder had raised a question on the security system of these countries. “The Panjab Government will urge the Central Government to pressurise the Belgium Government to nab the accused and secure justice as early as possible. The guilty should be given stringent punishment," he said.



Primary School Games
Ludhiana players dominate on Day II
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Players take part in the 400m relay race during the 28th edition of the Punjab State Inter-District Primary School Games at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 21
Players from Ludhiana district dominated the proceedings on the second day of the 28th edition of the Punjab State Inter-District Primary School Games being held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Ludhiana lads and eves recorded victories in kabaddi matches to stamp their superiority. Besides, players from Patiala district and Bathinda too came out triumphant to advance into the next round.

In long jump (girls), Jasvir Kaur from Ludhiana district proved too good for her rivals and romped home victorious while Vishwajeet Kaur of Amritsar district and Lovedeep Kaur of Mansa district secured second and third positions, respectively.

In wrestling (30kg category), Gurnam Singh of Ludhiana got the better of Shanker from Mansa district while Amandeep from Hoshiarpur district had to content at third position.

Second day's results: Kabaddi (boys)- Ludhiana, Bathinda, Sangrur, Faridkot, Mansa, Patiala and Ferozepur districts won to qualify for the nextr round while in the girl's section, Ludhiana, Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Patiala and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar districts wrapped up their matches to move ahead.

Kho-kho (boys): Mansa bt Ferozepur, Rup Nagar bt Taran Taran, Sangrur bt Kapurthala, Pathankot bt Patiala, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar bt Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Moga bt Fazilka.

Kho-kho (girls):Rup Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Muktsar, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Sangrur, Bathinda and Farzilka districts came out victors in their matches.

Gymnastics (boys)- Bathinda -first, Ludhiana -second and Muktsar-third.

Gymnastics (girls)- Bathinda- first, Ferozepur-second and Faridkot- third.

Wrestling (boys below 25kg )- DC Ram of Ropar-first, Sukhpreet Singh of Sangrur-second and Shaunki of Ludhiana- third.

Long jump (boys)- Lovedeep Singh of Amritsar-first, Lovepreet Singh of Rup Nagar-second and Sanam of Fazilka-third.

200m race (girls)- Jyoti of Bala of fazilka-first, Balwinder Kaur of Bathinda-second and Monika of Mansa- third.

200m race (boys)- Karan Malhotra of Ludhiana-first, Bikramjeet Singh of Gurdaspur- second and Manpreet Singh of Fazilka-third.

Football (boys)- Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Rup Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sangrur and Barnala scripted victories to move into the second round.



Students get bigger platform
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
“I have never seen such a big stadium with seating arrangements. I used to practice on the footpath of a link road at my village. So it is a bit uncomfortable to run on Astro turf. Everything is new for us but I am enjoying", said a 10-year-old athlete from the border village of Chogawan in Amritsar district.

According to a sports trainer, it is the first time when the education department has organised the primary school games on this scale. Due to the lack of funds, students were deprived of such a big platform. The exposure which students get during these games is priceless. These types of initiatives will improve the performance of the state in sports in the near future, he said.

A majority of kids participating in these Inter-district Primary School Games are from weaker sections of the rural society.

Meanwhile, in an interesting event, the girls kabaddi team from Mansa gave a tough fight to Bathinda but they lost the match by 4 points. The fight was neck and neck. When the match concluded, the referee announced that Bathinda team is the winner. The little girls started crying after hearing the announcement. Everyone present in the kabaddi ground felt involved in their sorrow of losing the match. "These Girls played with full dedication. I have never seen such passion for games," said a sports official.

Food management

Owing to a lack of funds, the organisers had arranged mid-day meal for players and trainers from Gurdwara Alamgir Sahib. But the meal was not adequate, so the organisers announced again and again, "Players have to avoid the food as they have to perform in events. If one wants to eat, then eat less food. Trainers and teachers should take food after the students". But ignoring the announcements, teachers and trainers took the food on priority, and players too ate to their fill.



Officials determine players’ age by counting teeth
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Sports officials count the teeth of a player to determine his age during the primary school games in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 21
While the other nations are adopting ultra-modern techniques in the field of sports, we are still dependent on the centuries-old procedures. It may sound surprising that sports officials determine players’ age by counting their teeth before a sport event.

The same practice was seen during the Inter-district Primary School Games, where age screening is a must. In these events no one bothers about birth certificate and other birth proofs. Officials say it is very easy to produce a fake birth certificate so we rely on the traditional system which has been in practice for school games for 28 years.

According to the sports officials, only a student, who has 26 teeth, can participate in these games. If a player has 27 or 28 teeth, then we disqualify him. It's in the 28-year-old rules being followed during the primary games.

"In the absence of authentic birth proofs we don’t haven any other parameter to measure players’ age. It is a common trend in our country that overage players are made to play in sports events by hiding their correct age. To stop this practice we have only this way to measure the age," said Baldev Singh, a sports trainer.

"We know that it can't be accurate but we have to follow the rules. Some time a good player with more teeth is disqualified. Students did not collect their age proofs as it is clear to everyone that age will be measured by counting their teeth and hair in armpits," says another trainer.

Expert’s take

It is a totally unscientific practice. One can not measure the age of a player by counting the teeth. There can be a delay in the surfacing of teeth or these can grow early due to several reasons. It can be hereditary or due to eating habits~

— Dr Vikas Jindal, dental surgeon



Mumbai ONGC drub Baba Farid Club
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 21
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Mumbai, registered an emphatic 7-4 victory over Baba Farid Club, Chandigarh, to begin their campaign on a sound note in the All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy-2012 being organised by the Sports Council of Ludhiana at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charantjit Singh Atwal inaugurated the tournament in which eight teams in the men's section and four teams in the women's section are taking part. Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was the guest of honour while Pritam Singh Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow, presided over the opening ceremony.



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