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MC sans Leader of Oppn
Members of F&CC, other sub-committees not nominated yet
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Although more than one month has passed since the newly elected councillors were administered oath, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation still does not have a Leader of Opposition. Even members the finance and contract committee (F&CC) and other sub-committees have not been nominated. The newly elected MC House was administered oath on September 21.

Its not only the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janta Party that have not been able to finalise the names of the members of F&CC and of other committees, but even the Congress has not been able to finalise the name of the Leader of Opposition, who will also be the leader of Congress councillors.

Last time, when the MC elections were held in 2007, it took more than seven months for the ruling combine to finalise the names of F&CC members and even hold the first General House meeting.

The last MC house was administered oath on August 8, 2007, and it was in March 2008 that the Mayor was given all powers in the first General House meeting. But the present Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, claimed that this time they would not take seven months to hold the General House meeting.

While speaking to The Tribune, Gohalwaria said that the names of the F&CC members would be announced soon. “Not only this, we will also form other committees and sub-committees that will help the MC in performing better. Last time, it took seven months to hold the first General House meeting and form committees and sub-committees. This time, it will be held soon,” he claimed.

But the Mayor claims that even though no new committees and sub-committees have been formed, the pace of development will not be affected. “The Mayor himself is empowered to take all decisions in consultation with the Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the MC officials,” informed Gohalwaria.

Interestingly, the MC elections were held on June 10 this year and the councillors were administered oath more than three months later, on September 21.

Even the Congress has not been able to finalise the name of the Leader of Opposition yet.

Now, that local MP Manish Tewari has been made the Minister of State (independent charge) for Information and Broadcasting at the Centre, it will be interesting to see whether he manages to get his “own man” on the post. Even the ongoing cold war between Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Manish Tewari has allegedly led to the delay.


Two of family die in road mishap
Car rams into stationary bus leaving five injured
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 29
Two persons, including a 10-year old boy died, while five others were critically injured, when a car they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck parked on the roadside. The accident took place near Mullanpur Dakha late last night.

The damaged car that met with an accident near Mullanpur Dakha on Sunday night; and (right) Inconsolable relatives. Tribune photos

The deceased have been identified as Tilak Ra,j alias Sonu (35), and Mohit Kumar (10), while the injured include Mohit's parents Rakesh Kumar and Sheetal, Tilak Raj's wife Parveen Rani, Harish Kumar, alias Ginni, and his wife Jayoti Bala. It was learnt that all victims belonged to the same family.

As per information, all victims had gone to Ludhiana to meet Rakesh's mother-in-law, who is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana. The accident took place while they were coming back to Jagraon.

As soon as the Ford Fiesta car (PB 25 D 0625) they were travelling in reached near the link road of Dakha village, it rammed into a stationary truck (PB 04 9982) which was parked on the roadside. The car was being driven by Rakesh Kumar.

Such was the impact of the collision that Tilak Raj and Mohit, who were sitting on the front seat, died on the spot while five other were critically injured. Soon after the accident, all the injured were rushed to Medicity Hospital, Ludhiana. Later on, Rakesh Kumar, Sheetal and Harish Kumar were shifted to DMCH, as their condition was stated to be critical. The two other injured, Praveen Rani and Jayoti Bala, are said to be out of danger.

The Mullanpur Dakha police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver who fled from the spot soon after the accident. The truck driver was absconding till the filing of the report and the raids were being conducted to nab him.

Meanwhile, the police has handed over the bodies to their relatives after conducting a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.


Traffic police to act tough this festival season
To tackle huge rush in markets; shopkeepers asked to follow rules
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Due to the ongoing festival season, the traffic police has become "tough" while tackling a huge rush at the markets. Meetings are being convened with the shopkeeper associations to make provisions for proper traffic movement on roads, or else face the music.

Beant Juneja, Supervisor (Traffic), PCR and Control Room, said that the leading markets, including Ghumar Mandi, Field Ganj and Model Town, were the main concern, as shopkeepers there displayed their products on the roads, making it tough for the commuters to move freely.

Juneja said, "We are holding another meeting with the Ghumar Mandi Shopkeepers' Association tomorrow. The one-way traffic norm has been done away with on their request as they (shopkeepers) maintained that this had been affecting their business. But they have to follow certain rules to avoid traffic jams and road rage during the festival season. They will not put up stalls outside their shops and display their wares on roads. They will not put up any tent outside the shop that becomes a hindrance to passersby. They need to provide space to their customers. Their staff must park their vehicles in open spaces, to provide relief to the customers".

He said that the police was going to act tough with the defaulters by registering criminal cases against them. "During festivals, the roads are generally congested. In case they violate the directions, we will register case against them", claimed Juneja.


Mini Secretariat
Multi-storeyed parking to become operational on Nov 1
Fresh bidding for parking contract on tomorrow
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
The much-awaited multi-storeyed parking lot of the Mini Secretariat will become operational on November 1, providing relief to thousands of visitors and officials visiting the Mini Secretariat on a daily basis. The fresh bidding for the parking contract will be held on October 31 here.

Giving details about the new parking lot, Reena Duggal, Assistant Commissioner General to Deputy Commissioner, said that recently, a bidding had already been conducted and a five-month contract was given to a person who had made a bid for Rs 51 lakh. "The person had to deposit about Rs 17 lakh (one-third amount) on that day but he was not able to make the payment so we had to cancel the auction. Now, again on October 31, the bidding of the multi-storeyed parking will be held. In the last auction, about 22 bidders were there in the race for the contract so we expect a large number of bidders this time, too", said Duggal.

The construction of the parking lot that started about 10 months ago will cater to hundreds of visitors visiting the Mini Secretariat on a daily basis. The new multi-storeyed parking lot will not cater to the vehicles of the Courts Complex or the Police Department as they have got their own separate parking space. Visitors coming to Suvidha Centre, DTO office, Excise and Taxation office etc will be accommodated at the new parking lot. An amount Rs 21 crore has been spent on the construction of the parking lot where 2,000 vehicles, including 800 four -wheelers and 1, 200 two-wheelers will be accommodated.

An official at the Mini Secretariat said that with the new parking lot becoming functional, the officers, too, will be relieved. "The present parking space opposite the DCs Office will be made exclusively for the officers now. Earlier, we used to face a lot of problem while parking our vehicles as the traffic-police used to tow away our vehicles. Now, we will be relieved as separate designated parking space will be provided to the officials", said the officer.

Besides, the parking lot at the Mini Secretariat will also get a facelift, which is being looked-after by the ADC (Development).



Security lapse on PAU campus
Broken boundary wall provides easy access to thieves
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 29
In order to ensure security on the campus, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has installed CCTV cameras for electronic surveillance and deputed a number of security men on the entry gates; however, the boundary wall of the campus is broken at various points leaving a chink in the security arrangements.

The boundary wall of the PAU in front of Hathi Complex had collapsed after a car hit its boundary wall.

Even after a month of the incident, the authorities are yet to reconstruct the wall. Moreover, there is no boundary wall between the Peer Baba area and single room flats at the PAU, and residents of the Peer Baba area take short cuts to their houses using the PAU roads.

However, PAU officials claimed that authorities were strict on trespassers.

A number of theft incidents have taken place inside the campus. Two months ago, the authorities of PAU Government Model School held two ragpickers stealing taps on the school campus. A number of beggars can also be seen on the university campus.

"We used to feel secure because of this boundary wall. But now, due to the broken walls, there is no check on the people entering the campus. Anti-social elements can take advantage of the security lapse. The authorities should reconstruct the walls as soon as possible", said a resident employee requesting anonymity.

A resident of the single room flat (SRF) said, "We have no privacy in our quarters after the wall between the SRF and the Peer Baba colony was broken.

There is no check on trespassers and the authorities need to re build the walls as soon as possible".

Estate officer Dr Jaskaran Singh was not available for comments.


PIO served notice for delaying info
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Causing delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act might prove costly to Public information Officer (PIO), to the office of the District Food and Supplies Controller Rajnish Kumari, as the State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her. In the show- cause notice the DFSC been asked to state the reason as to why the penalty should not be imposed on her for willful delay of the information to the RTI applicant. It further states that if she fails to furnish the reason and does not avail herself of the opportunity of personal hearing on the next date fixed, it will be presumed that she has nothing to say and the commission will proceed to take further proceedings against her ex-parte.

Resident Kuldeep Singh Khaira had sought information regarding the rent deed of the DFSC office with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

“Instead of providing the information, a Nazar Branch clerk named Amit Soni made false entry in the dispatch register mentioning that the information has been provided to me and also dared to prove that this entry was fake. I filed a complaint for departmental action against him with DFSC Rajnish Kumari, and even the inquiry officer had written in the inquiry report about Amit Soni’s bad intention in providing the information. But still, the DFSC did not take any action against him, after which I approached the State Information Commission,” Khaira said while speaking to The Tribune.

The SIC order reads, “After hearing both the parties and perusing file, it emerges that the PIO has delayed in providing the information to the complainant. In view of this, Rajnish Kumari, PIO, office of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, Ludhiana, has to give in writing through affidavit under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act, as to why penalty should not imposed on her for willful delay of the information to the RTI applicant and why the compensation should not be awarded to the complainant under the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. In addition to her written submission, the PIO is also hereby given an opportunity under Section 20(1) proviso, thereto, for a personal hearing before the imposition of such penalty on the next date of hearing.”

The SIC order further reads, “She may note that in case she does not file her submission and does not avail herself of the opportunity of personal hearing on the next date fixed, it will be presumed that she has nothing to say and the Commission will proceed to take further proceedings against her ex-parte.” The next date of hearing is November 7.


Fire in godown, goods worth lakhs gutted
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire at the godown of a famous kite maker near Iqbal Ganj Chowk area in the old city this evening. A short circuit is believed to be the reason behind this incident.

Laddoo Patang Wala, a famous kite maker of the city, had stored kites and raw material used for making them in the godown.

The fire, reportedly, started around 4pm, following which fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Krishan Lal Kakkar, a fire officer, said: “We suspect that the fire started due to a short circuit. More than 15 fire tenders have been used but we are still not able to control the fire, because the raw material used for making kites is highly combustible.”

Till the time of filing of this report, the fire brigade officials were still trying to control the fire.



Ludhiana scan
Karva chauth celebrations

Gayatri Ladies Club organised Karva Chauth celebrations at Friends Regency on Monday. Dance was performed by the members of the club. A skit on the theme of Karva Chauth was also performed. A modelling contest was also organised. Shweta Arora won the modelling contest in below 45 category and Babli Arora won it in the above 45 category. Tambola was also played during the occasion.

Office-bearer elected

Dr Tej K Kaul , former prof and head of anaesthesiology & resuscitation, DMCH, was made the national president of the Research Society Of Anaesthesiology (RSACP) for two years recently by the governing council of the society at the concluding session of the 22nd Annual National Conference of RSACP. More than a thousand delegates attended the conference. During his speech at the conference, Dr Kaul elaborated the challenges ahead while stressing that the anaesthesiologists should play a vital role in pain relief, critical care, intensive care, resuscitation, trauma services and also hospital administration. Dr Kaul remained the chief-editor of JOACP (Journal Of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology ) for 10 years between 2000 and 2010. He has to his credit about 40 guest lectures in the country and abroad.

Dance competition

A dance competition was organised by Ludhiana Citizen Council on Monday. Children in the age group 3-7 and 7-12 took part in the competition. The children danced on the tunes of various bollywood numbers. In 3-7 age group, Bhavya stood first while in the 7-12 age group, Isle Arora emerged as a winner.


A meeting of the Class IV Government Employees' Union, Punjab, was held under the chairmanship of Bhawar Singh on Monday. During the meeting members demanded that the mid-day meal workers should be made permanent and the pending instalment of DA should be released. They demanded that contractual employees should be made regular.

Valmiki Jayanti celebrated

Valmiki Gyan Yog Parchar Samiti organised a 'langar' on the occasion of ValmikiJayanti on Monday. Subhash Sondhi of the samiti said we should follow the path laid down by Bhagwan Valmiki and to celebrate his birth anniversary we organised a community kitchen where every needy came and would have meal during the day.

Beauty contest

Arshdeep Kaur Pandher, who was named Miss Canada Punjaban, Toronto 2012 would participate in the Miss World Punjaban, 2013, Pageant to be held in Ludhiana in February next year. This will be the 12th International Miss World Punjaban event. The event will be organised by the Sabhyachrak Satth, Punjab. — TNS


City hospitals organise events to spread awareness about stroke
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 29
Various events were organised by the city-based hospitals to observe World Stroke Day here today. CMC Stroke Unit has been carrying out several public awareness activities in the city for the past six days. Medical students, physiotherapy interns and students, doctors of CMC, and staff and students of All Saints College of Physiotherapy gathered for the "Stroke Walk".

In all, 120 people participated in the walk. During the walk they displayed placards and educational leaflets to the public. They concluded the walk near the Canal road here.

Another team of doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and students in a separate vehicle took part in a road show. They passed through Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines, Model Town and various malls in the city.

In the road show, emphasis was placed on recognition of stroke symptoms and immediate treatment of stroke.

Dr Santosh Mathangi, consultant, physical medicine rehabilitation department, who organised the stroke walk and the road show stated that after the medical treatment patients should receive rehabilitation in the form of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Meanwhile, SPS Apollo Institute of Neurosciences observed World Stroke Day by conducting a meeting of the stroke awareness club.

Over 70 patients participated in an interactive patient education forum with Dr RS Bhatia and Dr Siddhartha Garg, senior consultants, department of neurology.

According to Dr Bhatia, the forum laid special emphasis on awareness, timely treatment and need for immediately rushing the patient to hospital.

The club was launched last year on the World Stroke Day and in the past one year, the hospital has organised more than 30 sessions across the region.

This initiative was launched in response to the low awareness levels about stroke, said Dr Kapil Chib, deputy medical director, SPS Apollo Hospitals. He said people lacked awareness despite the fact that stroke is responsible for nearly six million deaths each year, which is more than the number of deaths caused by AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together.


Western festivals gaining popularity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
People in our country have started celebrating the western festivals without understanding the significance of the festivals, which are driven by consumerism and market forces that are alien to our culture. Halloween celebrations is such a festival that has been adopted blindly. Although people go and enjoy and party after wearing spooky and weird dresses, masks and dresses, yet they do not know real reason behind the festival.

The consumerism has transplanted Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, which is driving the sales of products associated with the festivals but these are being celebrated only at the surface level as people have little insight into the reasons of celebrations.

"How many of these marketing companies promote international days, observed by the United Nations, for the betterment of the world. They don't do it because they don't benefit from these and don't make money on such days," says Harinder, a Model Town resident.

So people should not he fall prey to the marketing tricks as these have little value addition to their lives, Harinder says. Even children are becoming victims of market forces as they blindly follow what is being promoted by the media and the marketing firms, says Harjit Singh, a parent.

Some residents, however, believe that all the festivals and customs change over the years. For most people Halloween was just another occasion to party in a different way, another resident said.

The history of Halloween

According to popular beliefs, the history of Halloween or All Hallow's Eve can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival which was celebrated over two thousand years back. As the year of Celts commenced on November 1, they believed that the dead visited the world and on the night of October 31, the spirits of the dead walked the earth and provoked sickness or damaged crops. The Celts built bonfires, wore dreadful costumes and masks and consumed costumes to ward off evil spirits on this evening.



Rly pensioners pin hope on Pawan Bansal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 29
The railway pensioners, who have been flogging the successive governments, for being indifferent and insensitive to their needs at the fag end of their lives and turning a deaf ear to their demands are seeing a saviour in the new Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal. Elevation of Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari as Mos (independent charge) as if is an additional advantage to them.

The Northern Railway Pensioners' Welfare Association chairman Sher Singh said for the first time since independence the Railway Ministry had been entrusted to an MP from the northern India and that too from Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab. "Bansal has proved his worth as the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the UPA-2 Government and there is no reason that he will not do better as the Railway Minister," Sher Singh said.

The pensioners' body would soon seek an opportunity to place before Bansal some of the most pressing demands, which remained pending for a long time, he added.

"First of all, the elderly pensioners over the age of 70 years should to be allowed an escort in first class or AC 2-tier trains. The medical and health care facilities, available to pensioners are inadequate in the region, which needed to be expanded with providing proper infrastructure at the railway hospitals," Sher Singh said.

The pending demand for allotment of accommodation to the railway pensioners and that too on nominal rent should also be considered favourably, the chairman of the association asserted. According to Sher Singh, induction of Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari had come as a big boon to the industrial hub where major infrastructure development projects were lagging behind the schedule. He expressed confident that both Bansal and Tewari would be able to do much more for speeding up the work on various infrastructure projects, which were lying in limbo.


Use mehendi cautiously, it may cause allergy!
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Coloured mehendi may well be the flavour of the season as Karva Chauth is round the corner, but caution must be exercised while using such products as they may cause skin allergy.

The presence of harmful chemicals like para-phenylenediamine (PPD) in the mehendi mixture can lead to strong skin reactions. Lawsonia (the botanical name for mehendi) consists of a principal colouring compound named Lawsone, which reacts with the skin and imparts a dark red colour to it.

Today mehendi cone manufacturers and those applying mehendi are found to be using PPD in mehendi mixture. The chemical is a common ingredient in permanent hair dye products, as well as dyes for fabrics, fur and dark makeup. PPD is also used in printing and photocopying inks. Also, the natural oils are being replaced with white oil to give a dark colour.

"Today nobody has time and patience to prepare mehendi paste at home, so people have been buying mehendi cones from the market,” said Sonia, a city resident.

"Some people are very sensitive to this chemical and its prolonged use can prove fatal. The chemical may cause itching, body ache and redness," said Jyotsana, a dermatologist from the city. As a precautionary measure, consumers should buy only those cones which carry manufacturer's name and address, she added.

Homemaker Anjana said, "No one really has the time to prepare mehendi at home. Moreover, homemade henna pastes never seem to give you that colour.”

Raju Kumar, a departmental store owner said, "Nobody asks for mehendi cones of a specific manufacturer, and even we do not really check whether the name is there on the cone or not. We place our orders depending upon the requirement".



Value added tax
Confusion prevails while filing returns
Second form reintroduced this quarter
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
The number of forms to be attached with the Value Added Tax (VAT) return has been revised. Earlier there were two forms, before the department switched to a single form. From this quarter, however, once again two forms have been introduced. Ironically, some of the banks refused to accept the reintroduced form due to lack of awareness.

The revision has also led to confusion among traders who are busy submitting the quarterly return for July to September. Tax liability depends upon the VAT return and has to be paid either by a cheque or a draft within twenty days after the quarter ends.

If a person wants to deposit cash or do online payment then the limit is set at thirty days after the quarter ends.

Eighty-nine per cent of the total tax has to be deposited in the excise and taxation department account and a challan form has to be submitted for the same. The remaining 11 per cent is to be deposited in municipal fund's account using a yellow-coloured form.

"Two different forms have to be attached with the VAT return from this quarter. Some traders are unaware and attaching only one form. Even banks are refusing to accept the yellow-coloured form. The department should inform about such changes in advance," said Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional.

Manjit Singh, a trader said: " Traders should be informed in time through mail so that they are not caught unawares.”

Meanwhile, DETC Kanwalpreet Brar has even held a meeting with bank officials to clear the confusion.



Civil hospital
Patients inconvenienced by lack of toilets
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
Due to lack of proper sanitation facilities at the civil hospital here, people are forced to defecate in the open on the hospital premises. This is happening despite the Centre’s claim of spending a huge amount of money to make the public aware about the ill-effects of defecating in the open, with the Union Environment Minister Jai Ram Ramesh even advising girls not to get married in a family that did not have a toilet at their home.

People are seen using walls of the old emergency building as urinals, and the ground on the rear side of the new building for defecating. This area is rampant with wild growth and sewerage water from the hospital accumulates in a pond present there.

Hundreds of people visit the hospital for treatment everyday and a number of patients are admitted to various wards in the hospital. Except for the toilets in the new building, urinals and sanitation facility in the other buildings is in a pathetic condition. According to an attendant of a patient admitted to the general ward, the number of toilets at the hospital is insufficient, due to which attendants are inconvenienced every morning.

Shiv Ram Saroye, member of an NGO, said: "There are outsiders who defecate in open on the hospital premises. The boundary wall is broken on the rear side and the residents of Islam Ganj often come inside to defecate.”

Dr Karmveer Goyal, senior medical officer, said: "This practice has not come to my notice. We have sufficient toilets and urinals, but at times people are habitual of defecating in the open. We will depute security guards at such locations to avoid this practice.”


Gadvasu notes
Fine arts rule first day of youth fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
The third youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) commenced with fine arts events being held today. The College of Veterinary Science, the College of Dairy Science and Technology, the College of Fisheries, the School of Animal Biotechnology participated in the festival along with other affiliated colleges, including Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.

Dr Sushil Parbhakar, controller of examination, was the chief guest in the morning session. He said that youth festivals acted as medium for internal expression of students. "We are providing good facilities to students to improve their performance. Participants are also in high spirits,” he said.

Dr Charan Kanwal Singh, organising secretary of the festival, said that in the first session, on-the-spot painting and poster making competition were held. In the photography competition, themes included 'portrait of nature', 'texture' and 'moods', while in poster-making, participants were asked to paint a 'natural landscape'.

Satinder Pal Singh Saini of the college of veterinary science won on-the-spot photography, while Amanjot Brar of the same college came first in spot painting.

Afternoon session saw the collage making competition. Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, director student welfare, was the chief guest in this session. He encouraged the students to show their full potential in the fine arts events. The theme of this competition was 'White Revolution'. Tarnjot Kaur of the college of veterinary science won the first prize.

Cartoon making, clay modeling, debate, extempore speech and elocution competitions will be held tomorrow.



Rajpal Yadav visits city to promote directorial debut
Tribune News Service

Actor Rajpal Yadav promotes his movie Ata Pata Laapata in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 29
Actor Rajpal Yadav was in the city today. Having visited the city a number of times earlier too, he said it was always nice to be here as people were warm hearted and full of life. He was here to promote his upcoming film Ata Pata Laapata in which he has also donned the director’s hat. The movie is produced by his wife Radha Rajpal Yadav.

It is a musical satire on the prevailing conditions, he said. "It is an organised musical chaos, and a movie with a message," he said.

He plays a double role in the movie. Being his maiden directorial venture, he got the opportunity to utilise his studies in design too, he said. This movie is "kitchen ka cinema", he said, as everyone in the family could enjoy it together.

"I have always believed in providing audience with three M's — manoranjan, meaning and motivation. Through this movie I have strived for the same," he said.

This was the last movie in which Dara Singh acted. "What can I say about Papa ji; he has worked with all dedication in the movie like his other performances," said Yadav, talking about the late actor. Apart from this movie, he is presently working in about six other movies as an actor. One of these movies is in English - “Prayer for Rain”.



Hurricane warning in USA leaves kin anxious
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 29
The declaration of emergency in several states of the United States of America due to hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States has spread panic among the residents of the area, whose relatives and friends have settled in the eastern states of the USA. Those who had talked to their relatives over the phone were relieved of anxiety while others knowing little about the exact location of their friends and dear ones remained stuck to TVs for getting updated information on the latest situation.

Elders and illiterate were more worried as they had meagre knowledge about the geographical demarcations of the regions where their relatives have settled. Dilbagh Rai of Issi village said the members of his family, including his brothers and nephews, had been calling members of his sister's family since they learnt about the apprehension of the havoc . "While some members of the family are settled in New York and New Jersey, other live in South Carolina," said Rai.

Randhir Singh of Kalakh village and Nirmal Singh Chahal of Dehlon said they were worried about the safety of their close friends who had taken shelter at the house of Zabar Singh, an NRI from Dhulkot, in New Jersey. A large number of residents of Butahri, Sihar, Baurhai, Latala, Kanganwal, Jand, Jartauli, Jandali , Lohgarh and Bhutta villages besides the town have settled in the states of the USA where emergency has been declared by US President Barrack Obama.



NSS camp concludes at Sidhwan Khurd
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 29
A week-long NSS camp, organised by Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, concluded with a valedictory function during which Dr Devinder Kaur of Sran Hospital, Mullanpur, was the chief guest. While speaking during the occasion, the chief guest motivated the students to stand against social evils like female foeticide, drug abuse, dowry system and discrimination against women. The students also discussed various kinds of problems confront by them with the chief guest.

The NSS volunteers carried out a cleanliness drive in nearby Gureh village, during which the volunteers cleaned the village premises. The volunteers also spread awareness among the villagers against social evils like dowry system, drug abuse, female foeticide. A cultural programme was also organised at the end of the NSS camp. The camp started on October 22 with the inaugural address of Dr Supinder Kaur, senior lecturer at University Institute of Law, Ludhiana. He motivated the students to study law to protect the rights of common people. At the end, college principal Dr Paramjit Kaur thanked the chief guest and the NSS volunteers for making the NSS Camp a success.



No norms for fixing rates of medicines, reveals RTI
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 29
There is no restriction on pharmaceutical companies regarding the fixing of rates of medicines at the time of launching of medicines and the companies fix rates on their own. This has come to light after an RTI activist PD Bansal of Khanna sought information regarding norms of fixing the rates through from the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority of India through RTI .

The NPPA had replied that there was no check on fixing of rates and the companies decided the cost on their own. Bansal said it was a wrong practice and there should be norms regarding this. He said patients were forced to buy medicines at very high rates and people had no option but to buy medicines on such high rates.

He said pharmaceutical companies charged higher rates and the NPPA had failed to curb the practice. He said their Lok Seva Club, Khanna, had written to the NPPA to formulate new policy regarding this for the welfare patients.



Candidates announced for treatment society’s polls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
With elections to the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETP) that looks after the affairs of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) round the corner, one of the factions contesting the elections announced the names of the candidates to four posts today.

Gurmit Singh Kular's name has been nominated for the post of CEO, while Charanjit Singh Vishkarma's name has been proposed for the post of general secretary. For the posts of directors, names of Narinder Bhamra and Jagatvir Singh were proposed.

"Our manifesto will focus on electroplating, phosphating, wire drawing and other industries those have polluting effluents," said Kular.

"Focus will be on bringing momentum and mobility in this clean-up mission. We will take initiative to strengthen the drive for eradicating the effluents causing pollution,” he said.



Youth held on rape charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
The crime-graph in the city may have witnessed a decline in recent times but crime incidents continue to happen the city, which has a population of over 17 lakh.

In another heinous crime, Umesh, a 23-year-old youth was arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl at New Madhopuri area. Giving details about the incident, Narinder Singh, SI, said the accused runs Umesh Vaishno Dhaba in New Madhopuri.

"Today morning he went to meet one of his friends where he saw the six-year-old girl Munni (name changed) alone. Umesh, the accused, took her to a room of the house and raped her. When the child raised an alarm, the neighbours got suspicious and gathered around the house. They handed over the accused to the police," said the SI.

The father of the victim is a rickshaw-puller while mother works as a domestic help.

Both the parents had gone on work when the incident took place.

The girl was sent for medical examination.

A case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. Notably, in 2011, 33 cases of rape were registered in the city while in 2012, till now, 27 cases have been registered.



Woman dies in road accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 29
An old woman was killed in a road accident near the bus stand, Samrala, when she was hit by a speeding canter. Mukhtiar Singh, havaldar, Samrala police, said the woman, identified as Balvir Kaur, was going to pay obeisance at a gurdwara.

The woman was walking alongside the road when a speeding canter coming from Chandigarh side hit him and she was injured seriously. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where she succumbed to injuries. A case was registered against the canter driver.



Girl commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 29
An unidentified 18-year-old migrant girl committed suicide by jumping in front of a train today. Her body was recovered by the GRP at Dhandari Railway Station. The police has started probe into the matter and trying to locate the relatives of the unidentified girl.

In another incident, Sanjay Verma, 42, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance here on Sunday. A resident of Kakowal, Sanjay Verma was admitted to a private hospital by the relatives but he died Monday morning. He was reportedly mentally disturbed. 



Roller skating meet
GNPS bag overall trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 29
Students of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, gave stupendous performance to keep their supremacy over others and bagged the overall trophy of the 15th Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship, held at the Leisure Valley Skating Rink, Sarabha Nagar, recently. The skaters of the school virtually made a clean sweep by winning in the sub-junior, junior as well as senior boys' and girls' sections to prove their supermacy. They were followed by the participants of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, who finished as runners-up.


Rink race -boys'- ( 0-6 years) 500m: Rachit Jain, Nirvan Malik and Swastik; rink race-boys- (6-8 years)- Gurkirat Singh , Sukhraj Singh and Jasjot Singh; 8-10 year category- Chasmeet Singh, Paras Singla and Japjot Singh; 10-12 year category- Utkash Singh, Gurvir Singh and Jugadh Bir; 12-14 year category- Ranbir Singh and Rupinder; boys 14-16 year category- Godozabur Singh, Haramndeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh; above 16 year category- Bavneet Singh, Lovavtar Singh and Rajveer Singh.

Rink race 2 -girls'- 0-6 year category- Gurjot Kaur, Gargi Gupta and Jaisveen Kaur; 6-8 year category- Harsheeta Dhir, Aditi Gupta and Tanmaya Watts; 8-10 year category- Armandeep Kaur, Kavya Sood and Mehreen Kaur; 10-12 year category- Saruchi Garg, Ravneet Kau and Hemkashi Chawla; 12-14 year category- Jasleen Kaur, Arshdeep Kaur and Harleen Kaur; above 12 year category- Aishwarya , Simran Kaur and Simran Saggar;

Inline rink race 3- 300m- girls' 8-10 year category-- Manjot Jaur, Muskan and Sant Kaur; 10-12 year category- Jap Kaur, Varleen Kaur and Tehdil Kaur;

12-14 year category- Prasha Seth, Anjleen Kaur and Ravneet Kaur Gill; 14-16 years- Jasmeet Kaur Gill, Gurman Kaur Pannu and Simran Kaur.


Cricket tournament
Green Land enter final
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 29
An all-round performance by Rahul ( 24 runs and 4 for 17 ) enabled Green Land Senior Secondry School, Jalandhar, to script an emphatic 40-run victory over Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, and secure a berth in the final of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament. The tournament is being organised at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal, Ludhiana-Jalandhar road, near Laddowal.

In the final, slated for tomorrow, Green Land School will clash with GMT Public School. Batting first, Green Land School made 120 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. The main contributors were Rahul and Jatin who chipped in with 24 and 19 runs respectively. For Sacred Heart School, Arman bowled four overs, conceded 29 runs and grabbed three wickets while Paras claimed two wickets for 20 runs.

In reply, Sacred Heart School could muster 80 runs in 18.3 overs. Paras and Ishan made 17 and 10 runs respectively but that was not enough to achieve the target. For the winning side, Rahul took four wickets for 17 runs while Avinash scalped two victims for 10 runs.

Sacred Heart School win

In the second match, Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, got the better of Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh road, by 16 runs but failed to assure a place in the final as GMT Public School, Jalandhar, had already secured a place in the final on the basis of better run rate. Sacred Heart School won the toss and opted to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, they scored 118 runs after losing nine wickets. Piyush contributed 32 runs while Paras made a valuable contribution of 30 runs. For Green Land Convent School, Mohit and Puneet got rid off three batsmen each after giving away 14 and 12 runs respectively.

While chasing the target, Green Land Convent School could make 102 runs after losing seven wickets. Mohit and Puneet, who scored 46 and 27 runs respectively, could not save Green Land Convent School from an inevitable defeat. Piyush took two wickets for 11 runs while Anmol secured one wicket for two runs for Sacred Heart School.



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