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Market encroachments rampant
Chaos on city roads as shopkeepers put up wares on roads in front of shops
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Tall claims of the traffic police about not allowing shopkeepers to put up tents or stalls outside their shops during Divali have fallen flat as temporary encroachments by shopkeepers dot city markets. In the absence of stern action by the law-enforcing agencies, shopkeepers have conveniently put up a majority of their products on roads, leaving very little space for commuters to move.

The public roads have temporarily been encroached upon at leading market places, including Sarabha Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Model Town, Dandi Swami and Field Ganj. The shopkeepers have "extended" their shops up to the yellow lines (the area meant for parking) on both sides of the roads, giving a tough time to shoppers.

Kajal Beri, an accounts teacher, said shopkeepers had put up everything outside their shops on the roads and it becomes too difficult to get space for parking vehicles. "I have to carry heavy stuff to a distance as I could not find space to park my vehicle nearby. Almost all the shopkeepers in Ghumar Mandi have put up stalls outside their shops to attract maximum customers. No doubt during the festive season they do brisk business, still they must realise the problems being faced by commuters," she said.

Owing to less space for traffic movement in market places, residents were seen banging their each other’s vehicles.

Sukhwinder Singh, a shopkeeper in the Ghumar Mandi area, said shopkeepers were helpless as there was no space in the shops to keep huge stocks. "The police or visitors must understand that during the festive season, everyone has to bear a little inconvenience as the entire city seems to have come on roads for shopping," said the shopkeeper, adding that it was virtually impossible to keep huge stocks inside shops.

Traffic in charge Jasmin Kaur, however, said it was the duty of the Municipal Corporation to remove the encroachments from markets. When she was confronted with the fact that these were temporary encroachments during the festivals and not the permanent ones, which were to be removed by the MC, Jasmin Kaur said the department would take action against erring shopkeepers.


Parking contractor fleeces visitors
Charges Rs 30 for four-wheelers against Rs 20 fixed by administration
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The contractor of the newly constructed multi-storey parking at the Mini Secretariat, which was inaugurated on November 1, who paid Rs 45 lakh as bid money to get the contract, has started overcharging visitors to the Mini Secretariat. Right under the nose of the Deputy Commissioner and other administrative officials, the contractor has conveniently started charging Rs 30 for four-wheelers against Rs 20 fixed by the district administration.

Since November 1, the day the parking contract was given to the contractor, many complaints about overcharging had come been made by visitors. But, it is unfortunate that all the administrative officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, have not been able to curb the unethical practice by the contractor.

According to sources, the DC reportedly had asked the District Nazar to personally check as to whether the parking slips issued by the contractor were as per norms and thereafter the contractor was issued a warning. But, the parking contractor seems to be "unfazed" in the wake of the warnings given by the officials. So much so the board displaying the parking rates was removed illegally by the contractor and it was later reinstalled after the intervention of the administration.

Since hundreds of visitors visit the Mini Secretariat daily, it is expected that the District Administration will take a stern action against the erring contractor.


Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said he was aware about the problem and the contractor had been given a strict warning. "We will take an action against him, if he continues with his unethical practice," said Tiwari.



Pakhowal road issue: Clean chit to officials
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Despite several discrepancies in the construction of the Pakhowal Road, the senior MC authorities have given a clean chit to the officials concerned. A formal inquiry was conducted into payments made to a firm blacklisted by the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC, besides other anomalies in the construction of the Pakhowal Road stretch starting from the Sidhwan Canal bridge till the Municipal Corporation limits.

After an RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, complained to the then MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, an inquiry was marked to the then MC Additional Commissioner, Kuldip Singh, on May 31 last year.

Even though Kuldip Singh was supposed to submit the report to the authorities within 15 days of the start of the inquiry, the inquiry moved on a snail’s pace and it was submitted to the authorities after a gap of almost three months, on August 8 last year. But it seems that no action was taken because the inquiry report clearly gave a clean chit to the MC officials.

Khaira had come to know about anomalies committed in the recarpeting of the Pakhowal Road on the stretch from Sidhwan Canal to the MC limits. The Rs 1.49-crore work was awarded to a contractor, SS Singla, on February 28, 2009, allegedly without analysing his technical bid.

According to the norms, in every project of over Rs 1 crore the contract is awarded only after analysing all technical bids. In this case, the contractor delayed work for over a year after which the agency was debarred for two years by the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) vide resolution dated October 7, 2010. Despite this, the final payment amounting to Rs 1.60 crore was made to the contractor on December 6, 2010, without the committee’s prior approval.

Even as the final payment was made to the contractor, the MC was not even in possession of the bitumen bills. "I have proof regarding this anomaly because when I filed a complaint under the RTI Act, the MC authorities gave it in writing that they have asked for a copy of bitumen bills from the contractor as they were not attached in the work file. Not only this, my name was revealed in front of the contractor, which is a violation of the RTI Act," alleged Kuldeep Singh Khaira.

When the contractor was debarred by the committee on October 7, 2010, by that time, the contractor had not signed any agreement with the MC.

Interestingly, the inquiry report (which is in possession of The Tribune) states, "The execution of agreement at a later stage after work order has been issued and accepted by the contractor and work has been started at the site within time does not effect the contract in any way. Once work is taken up in hand within the stipulated time period, the signing of agreement is only a statuary obligation."

But, the agreement was done on October 25, 2010, while work order was issued 19 months and 25 days prior to it. Had there been an agreement, according to terms and conditions, penalty could have been imposed, and maybe that is why, the contractor, despite getting debarred, ended up losing nothing. Had the F&CC imposed a penalty, the contractor could have easily challenged it in the court.

Not only this, when the contractor was debarred (on October 7, 2010) another @work of re-carpeting of road stretch from the Pakhowal Road to Gurdwara Sahib, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, was executed on the directions of the then Mayor, Hakam Singh Giaspura, who approved this work on October 28, 2010, to the same blacklisted contractor. But, the inquiry report had answer to this also as it states, "This work was executed out of savings of the original estimate as per the approval granted by the Mayor on the request of ward councillor".

Kuldeep Singh Khaira alleged that this clearly shows that despite several discrepancies, no action was taken and all the MC officials concerned were given a clean chit.



Wanted MVI held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Rakesh Gupta, Motor Vehicle Inspector, against whom cases were registered at the Model Town Police Station and by the Vigilance Department here, has been nabbed near the Bharat Nagar Chowk in the evening. Gupta had been absconding since July 18, 2012, when the Vigilance personnel had conducted a raid at his house and seized incriminating documents, Rs 35 lakh and about 1.3 kg of opium from there. Gupta had escaped during the raid.

The raid was conducted after Gupta provided a no-objection certificate for a bus which was impounded by the police in Fatehgarh Sahib. Following corruption charges against Gupta, the raid was conducted under the guidance of DSP Gurcharan Singh. But, the DSP, too, was embroiled into controversy as he allegedly provided secret information to Gupta and had taken Rs 25 lakh in lieu of providing him the action plan of the department. Gurcharan was suspended and later was arrested by the police. At present, he is in in jail.

Today, on getting a tip-off from an informer, the police nabbed Gupta at the Bharat Nagar Chowk while he was waiting for someone.



Gang of snatchers busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
With the arrest of three persons here, the city police claims to have solved about a dozen cases of snatching and robbery. The kingpin of the gang, Bharat Bhushan, along with Rakesh Kumar and Arvind Kumar, was arrested on the Tibba Road while they were making a plan to commit another crime.

The ADCP, Nodal, Harmohan Singh, said the police recovered one pistol, 10 mobile phones and other weapons from their possession. Bharat Bhushan is a resident of Basant Nagar while Rakesh Kumar is from Jagirpur and Arvind Kumar was a resident of Tajpur Road. The ADCP said two more members of the gang, Sonu and Balraj, however, escaped. The members of the gang were arrested after a source provided vital information to CIA II in charge Gurbans Singh Bains that the gang was planning a strike.

The gang had been active in the city for the past more than two years and had committed various crimes, including snatching and robbery. The police said the kingpin lived in a private hostel at Ghumar Mandi and he used to recruit fresh faces in the gang.

Strikes by the gang

  • On August 13, 2012, Rs 10 lakh looted from a man near Prince Hostel
  • On August 16, 2012, a man was robbed of cash and gold chain in the Deep Nagar area
  • On August 31, the gang looted a ring, cash from a resident at the Bhai Bala Chowk
  • On October 5, its members looted cash and mobile phone in the Police Division number 8 area
  • October 22, Rs 14,000 was looted from a gas-delivery boy in the division number 3 area



Ice-cream, bakery samples fail test
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 10
Samples of ice creams and bakery products collected by a team of the District Health Department have failed purity test. Disclosing this here today, District Health Officer Kulwinder Singh said: "Two samples of ice cream collected from Franco's Ice Cream Parlour, Kesar Complex, Malhar Road, have failed purity test. The quality of ice cream has been found substandard."

Meanwhile, samples of bakery products collected from Sweet Temptations, Udham Singh Nagar, have also failed the test. Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said, "A few days ago we collected four samples of bakery products from this bakery shop. Of these three have failed the test."

Many days ago, the Health Department also collected samples of tobacco products from Moti Ram and Sons. The DHO said, "Two samples of 'Jaafrani Patti' were found unfit for human consumption as instead of silver foil, aluminium foil was used on these."



Tale of woes doesn’t end for him
Having acted in more than 300 movies, Satish Kaul lives in an old-age home
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 10
“Do not discard your parents like any worn out material as your children may, in a few years, be thinking the same about you” was the message given by the shattered superstar of Punjabi films, Satish Kaul, residing in a home for the elderly near Doraha, to the young generation of the day.

Satish Kaul may be a lonely man today but everything is still not lost for him. Time may have stopped ticking for him at the moment when his only American-based son ‘questioned’ about his father’s wish of staying permanently with them, but he took no time in recovering himself from the shock by flying back to Punjab, the only place where he now wants to live and ultimately be buried.

Having acted in around 300 Hindi and Punjabi films and hits like Sassi Punnu, Ishq Nimana, Suhag Chooda and Patola, Kaul today has been sheltered by Heavenly Palace. “It was suffocating for me to spend more than three months, at the old age home run by Ludhiana Citizens Council for life is no less than a hell for the inmates there. I literally cried and my cries were heard by Anil Monga, the chairman of Heavenly Palace, Doraha, even though I had no pocket to pay a security of Rs 1 lakh and a monthly installment of Rs 13,000,” said Kaul, in a depressed voice.

“I got the lifetime achievement award from the hands of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in the year 2010 but could not get any sort of financial assistance, despite requests, appeals and entreaties, till date, from either the son or his father, the elderly Badal. But I am sure one day, the shattered condition of this Punjabi actor, who worked with heart and soul to preserve the Punjabi language, culture and heritage in the prime of his life, shall be listened at least by the elderly Badal, who is a frequent visitor to the elderly home erected at his native village Badal,” he said in a confident voice.

Satish Kaul further said, “I do not want even a single penny for myself but for my campaign which I have initiated just a month before and have succeeded in saving 33 elderly people from being pushed to the old age homes and inspired 6,000 youths by getting their signatures, pledging reciprocation for the love, care and support they are at present getting from their parents.”

Explaining about his campaign Kaul shared, “I have already covered Batinda, Giddarbaha, Ferozpur, Badal, Jalalbad, Faridkot, Mansa, Ropar, Chandigarh etc and I am now initiating my campaign in Doraha and the surrounding villages followed by Jagraon and step by step the whole of Ludhiana passing on to Haryana, Himachal and slowly but steadily the whole of India.”

“The pain of being discarded by those, who were once my life blood, is though unbearable yet I try my level best to get the better of it at all times. The only aim for which I am working at the age of 76 with a hypertensive heart is towards reconciliation of the estranged couples and families, which are on the verge of breaking up. I am moving from door to door with sour feet just to educate the parents to impart more value based education to their kids and the youngsters to be compassionate towards their parents who would soon be running into their shoes .His forth coming movie “Bagh Da Rakha,” hovers around the same theme. Even if I succeed in rejoining even one family at one time, I can at least enjoy a comfortable sleep at night.”



Few takers for postal schemes
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Ludhiana leads in the number of postal saving scheme accounts but recently, the number has declined over the years due to host of reasons. There are several saving schemes available at post offices, including saving account, offering 4 per cent interest rate, recurring deposit with 8.4 per cent rate of interest, term deposit, which is offering 8.1 per cent interest for one year and National Saving Certificate offer 8.6 per cent for five years and 8.8 per cent for ten years, yet people are not much willing for opening new accounts.

An official at the Postal Department said," many alternate investment options available with banks are offering rate of interest as high as 9 per cent. So, people have started choosing options that offer better returns. Additionally, with the availability of investment options like mutual funds, people have also started investing there."

Besides, availability of alternative options, reduction in the commissions of agents had made an adverse impact, another official said. The incentives for agents in some of the schemes were reduced from 1 per cent to 0.5 per cent about a year ago. "The incentives on the PPF and senior citizens savings certificate were removed altogether. So, the interest of agents in bringing clients also reduced with time," another official said.

Discontinuation of popular saving schemes like the Indra Vikas Patra a few years ago and the Kisan Vikas Patra a year back have also impacted the opening of accounts.

"Lesser number of lucky draws by the state government may also have contributed to decreased enthusiasm for opening accounts. A lucky coupon is given to a person depositing an amount of Rs 10,000 or more in the saving schemes at post offices. A lucky draw is held and prizes like tractor, gold coins are given to the winning entries. Such lucky draws were held quarterly but now these are being held only once a year," according to an official.



sale of gold coins
Dhanteras: Head post office to remain open today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Despite being a Sunday, the Head Post Office would remain open tomorrow for the sale of gold coins on the occasion of Dhanteras.

Swaraj Kaur, Senior Postmaster at Head Post Office, the Head Post Office would remain open tomorrow from 9 am to 5 pm.

According to an official at the postal department, there is always a good sale of gold coins on the occasion of Dhanteras at post offices, as people consider it auspicious to purchase gold on this day.

"Purchasing gold on the occasion of Dhanteras is auspicious. It is believed that the gold purchased on this day remains with you for a long time and brings good luck," says Deepika Sharma, a resident.

The gold coins available at the post offices are available in various denominations including 0.5gm, 1gm, 5gm, 10gm, 20gm, and 50gm. The gold coins are 24 carat gold with the purity of 99.99 percent and are manufactured in Valcambi, Switzerland, in association with World Gold Council and Reliance Money Infrastructure.



Relief for mc
Super suction machines clean sewerage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The de-silting of 72-inch sewerage line, starting from Shingar Cinema Chowk till Sector 32 intersection on the Chandigarh Road is being carried out with the help of super suction machines.

Even as this work started in June this year, a team comprising Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and other MC officials today supervised the ongoing cleanliness work.

The work for de-silting the 72-inch sewerage line was started from Baba Than Singh Chowk and a stretch of 3.5 kilometers will be cleaned using super suction machines. This work is being supervised with the help of CCTV cameras.

These super suction machines are providing much needed relief to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as already a stretch of 3.7 kilometers (from Chand Cinema till Baba Than Singh Chowk) has been cleaned.

“Due to this work, two disposals (Shingar Cinema and Gau Ghat) have been closed. Earlier, this sewerage water was falling directly into the Budha Nullah and when the de-silting work of this 3.5 kilometer stretch completes, almost all the disposals will be plugged," informed Kamlesh Bansal, MC Spokesperson and Zonal Commissioner.

Out of this 3.5 kilometer stretch, one kilometer has already been cleaned.

Today, a team comprising Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Deputy Mayor RD Sharma, Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal and other senior MC officials and sewerage board officials supervised the ongoing work.

"This work is being carried using all kind of safety equipments. We hope that this work will be completed by January 31 next year," claimed Kamlesh Bansal.



Kisan union demands recommended rates for wheat produce
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Bharati Kisan Union (Lakhowal) demanded from the Centre Government to announce the MSP for wheat crop as per the Swaminathan commission recommended in its report. Farmers demanded that government has to announce Rs 2,450 Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the wheat crop.

During a state-level meeting of the Kisan Union, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president BKU stated that Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) had recommended the government to give no hike in the MSP for wheat, but now the government has instructed the CACP to review its recommendation after study all the factors.

The BKU has also demanded Rs 6,000 MSP for per quintal cotton and Rs 400 for per quintet sugarcane.

Meanwhile, Ajamer Singh Lakhowal alleged that the Centre Government was discriminating with the farmers of Punjab as it has given the package for drought hit to farmers of south India but did not gave this package to Punjab farmers.

"BKU also opposed the move of the government to impose the diversification model on farmers. If, the government will provide good and profitable crops as the alternative of wheat and paddy and provide efficient policy for marketing then farmers can move for the diversification modal," stated Ajmer Singh Lakhowal.



Celebrate green Divali, IMA to people
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
With a motto to ensure peace and calm everywhere, the IMA president Dr DP Singh Arora urged the people of Ludhiana to celebrate green Diwali this year. Dr Narjit Kaur honorary secretary IMA, Ludhiana, said we should celebrate an environmentally safe Diwali as firecrackers lead to noise and air pollution, which leads to ENT/Chest problems.

Dr Arun Mitra suggested to say no to fore crackers as Ludhiana is already leading in noise and air pollution and has maximum number of asthamatic and allergic patients. He said that high level of noise produced by crackers could lead to permanent deafness in any age group especially children.

While Dr Karamvir Goyal said, sadly all firecrackers are mostly burst by very young children. Since the substances being handled are extremely toxic, many of child labourers fall sick and die in their teenage years.

While Dr RK Sharma said every body should be very careful about sweets and eatables as lot of cases of adulteration are being found everyday.



GADVASU pathologists sweep awards at annual national conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
As many as six faculty members from the Department of Veterinary Pathology participated in the XXIX Annual Conference of Veterinary Pathologists recently held at Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar. They bagged a number of prestigious National awards.

Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, Senior Veterinary Pathologist-cum-Head, was awarded 'Fellowship of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists' for the year 2012 for his outstanding achievements in Veterinary Pathology; Dr Charan Kamal Singh, Senior Veterinary Pathologist, 'Best Laboratory Animal Pathologist' for outstanding research on rabies in albino mice and guinea pigs; Dr Apminder Pal Singh Brar, 'Savithree Jibach Sinha Best Poster Award-2012' for his research paper entitled "Coventional and advanced diagnosis of cryptosporidiosis in bovine calves" co-authored by Naresh Kumar Sood, Kuldeep Gupta, Mudhit Chandra, Deepti Narang, Gagandeep Singh and Bhupinder Singh Sandhu; Dr Kuldip Gupta, Dr Patri Rama Rao Award-2012 for best PhD thesis entitled "Pathological and immunohisto-chemical studies on canine mammary tumours with emphasis on diagnostic and prognostic aspects" and Dr Mirza Rizwan Biag, Dr Ram Raksha Kiran Shukla Award-2012 for best Master's thesis entitled "Studies on molecular and signaling pathways of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in canine mammary tumor".

Since the inception of the department, it is for the first time that the faculty has won 5 awards at a national conference. These include 'Canine Mammary Tumour' as a model of 'Human Breast Cancer', which is an important, upcoming field for finding novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Research on rabies with emphasis on ante-mortem diagnosis is an area of utmost significance and zoonotic importance. Involvement of cryptosporidia in diarrhoea in bovine calves is responsible for heavy economic losses to farmers and its zoonotic importance is well documented.

Dr Sood, Dr Charan Kamal Singh and Dr Amarjit Singh presented lead papers in their areas of expertise during the conference. Dr Amarjit Singh was nominated as Web Manager of Indian College of Veterinary Pathologists (ICVP) and editor of the E-newsletter of ICVP. Dr Kuldip Gupta, Associate Professor acted as rapporteur in another technical session.

Paper presented in the Young Scientist Award session by Dr Akeel Bashir on 'Immunohistochemical Detection of Rabies' guided by Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu was highly appreciated by the delegates of the conference.



‘Adopt scientific, rational approach for social change’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 10
Taraksheel (Rationalist) Society of Punjab organised a biannual conference at Punjabi Bhawan here today. A large number of delegates from Punjab participated in the conference.

Economist and social worker Dr Anoop Singh was the main speaker on the occasion. While addressing to the conference, Dr Anoop Singh emphasised to adopt the scientific and rational approach for the social change.

"Taraksheel Society has been playing a historical role to making aware the people about the superstitious and unscientific issues. Scientific ideas are now more relevant due to changes in society," said Dr Annop Singh.

Balwinder Singh Barnala, president Taraksheel Society Punjab said, "It is matter of pleasure that society members have done a great job in last two and half decade. Rationale ideas have been spreading in the society with the hard work of Taraksheel cadre. Two and half decades ago, some of the members of this society had took pledge to make a superstition free society. Now our organisation has been playing a vital role in the changing world."

Master Jarnial Singh Karanti, delegate from Mohali said, "Despite the science has made a lot of change in our surrounding but unfortunately common people of the India are still practising the irrational thoughts in their daily lives. We have to work with more dedication to make the aware about the irrational and unscientific activities."



‘India third largest producer of coconut’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 8
Coconut Development Board, a body of Ministry of Agriculture, spreads awareness about the use and significance of coconut products. In the 5th Horticulture Congress-2012, Coconut Development Board set up a stall to make people of Punjab about the various products made from the coconut. Field officers of department displayed various products made from coconut.

Officials of the Coconut Development Board said India is the third largest country in the production of coconut following the Indonesia and Philippines.

There were several products were displayed at this exhibition like coconut water, coconut buko, desiccated coconut powder, coconut chips, coconut milk powder, coconut milk cream, coconut flour, coconut jam, coconut cheese, coconut "chatani", coconut oil, coconut gur (jiggery) coconut mats, coconut tar, coconut wooden furniture, coconut prantha, coconut rice, coconut sweets, coconut kadi, coconut kheer and coconut pickle. Field officer, Jaya Kumar, said, " The main focus of the Coconut Development Board is to encourage the cultivation of coconut through out the India.



13 dengue cases reported

Ludhiana, November 10
As many as 13 Dengue cases were confirmed in Ludhiana district today. Out of these cases, six cases were reported in Ludhiana city and seven cases in the rural areas of Ludhiana.

Meanwhile, eight cases were reported from other districts of the state. District Epidemiologist Dr Puneet Juneja said,"With this Ludhiana has witnessed 164 cases of dengue in this season." — TNS



Ludhiana scan


In recognition of meritorious and outstanding services in trauma care, CMC, Ludhiana, was honoured by the Life Line Foundation and American Academy of Emergency Medicine India(AAEMI) in its 14th national conference, held at New Delhi.The award was presented by Dr Anita Bhavnani, president, AAEMI. Professor Dr Valsa Verghese of the CMC received the award.

Meeting held

Meeting of the Machine Tool Cluster, Ludhiana, was chaired by president Davinder Singh on Saturday. The members were apprised of the definition of trust building. SS Dhillon, director, MSMEs, Ludhiana, and Sukhwinder Singh Rekhi, SIPO, District Industries Centre, Ludhiana,said Punjab was lagging behind in this segment compared to the other states of India.

Ration distributed

Members of NGO Thandi Chaan distributed ration to 21 needy women at Guru Arjan Dev Nagar on Saturday. Swami Madhsoodancharya and district president of the Congress committee, Pawan Dewan, were the chief guests.

Direct subsidy

Krishan Kumar Bawa, former president of the district Congress committee, said direct subsidy to the beneficiaries was a commendable step. He said recent statements of Nitin Gadkari and Ram Jeth Malani regarding the move were irresponsible.

Medical camp held

A free medical camp will be organised tomorrow at Guru Nanak Nagar by Ramdas Sewa Society in association with Sai Baba Miya Meer Charitable Organisation. — TNS 



From colleges

Divali celebrations

The Rotract Club of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, celebrated Divali with senior citizens at Swami Vivekanand Ashram (old age home) on Saturday. Club In charge Munisha, Amarpal Singh (president), Shivam Chabbra (treasurer) and other members of the club visited the ashram and distributed eatables to the senior citizens. The students entertained them by singing songs, performing mimicry, playing flute. VS Sachdeva ,president, Rotary Ludhiana-North, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, director, Rotary Ludhiana-North, also accompanied the club members and lighted diyas in the ashram.

Gulzar Group of Institutes

The leading engineering college of Punjab, Gulzar Group of Institutes, is all set to celebrate cracker-free Divali. Students pledged to go green this Divali by participating in the campaign. In order to keep pollution level low and to save the environment, 2,000 students vowed not to use crackers. Gurkirat Singh, executive director, Gulzar Group of Institutes, said, "We always strive to bring meaningful difference in the lives of our students. Divali is a symbol of joy and prosperity and we can contribute in the welfare of society by celebrating a pollution-free Divali."

Career-orientation programme

The career counselling and placement cell of Kamla Lohtia SD college, Ludhiana, headed by Prof Sandeep Chanana and Prof Deepak Dhingra, in collaboration with IMS, a management training institute, organised a career-orientation programme for MBA aspirants on Saturday. As a part of the programme, Munish Dewan, director of IMS, informed the students about the pattern and essentials of CAT and MAT. He answered various queries of the students. The session was very interactive and was followed by a test based on reasoning, analytical skills, and language test. Around 300 students from B Com, BBA, BCA and BA participated in the programme.
Students present a dance item during a function at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday
Students present a dance item during a function at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students honoured

Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, organised a special function to honor the winners of the Panjab University Zonal and Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival, 2012. Satinder Kaur Bisla, president, Akali Dal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sainder Kaur Bisla shared the sweet memory of Master Tara Singh who laid the foundation of the college. She further congratulated the prize-winning students and wished them good luck for the future. Various cultural events also took place. The function commenced with "Saraswati Vandana".

Seminar held

A seminar on legal awareness was organised on the premises of Kamla Lohtia SD College on Saturday. KK Singla, session judge, Ludhiana, was the main speaker on the occasion. After inauguration of the event, a brief introduction was made by CL Vashisht, senior advocate. He apprised the audience of their legal rights and duties. He talked about the Punjab Legal Service Authority, which was formed in 1996, after the formulation of Punjab Legal Services Authority Rules. In keeping with the main aim of the constitution, the authority provides legal services free of cost to under-privileged sections of society. The authority provides services to disabled persons, industrial worker, victims of disaster or any person with income below one lakh. Vashisht said the long litigation period could be avoided by reaching to the Lok Adalats. — TNS



From schools


Don Bosco Global School in association with Tech Fest IIT-Bombay and Bootcamps organised a two-day workshop on Saturday. Students from many leading schools of the city participated in the workshop. On the first day, the participants were told about electronic components used in a robot . The second day of the workshop was particularly exciting for the participants as they were given robotic kits to assemble wireless robots under the guidance of the able IIT faculty. The selected students will participate in a competition at the national level.

Children's Day celebrated

To celebrate the birth anniversary of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the Children's Day was celebrated at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, on Saturday. The programme started with a special assembly followed by a cultural programme. Speaking on the occasion Ffather John lauded the efforts of the teachers and reminded them to see the proper development of young minds as they are the most valuable natural resources.

Divali celebrations

Students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Phase- I, Dugri, celebrated Divali on Saturday. The students used mirrors, vivid shades of yellow, blue, pink, gold and silver, dried flowers, glitters, beads to embellish diyas and candles. The students of classes VI-X made beautiful rangolis. In rangoli competition class VIII-A stood first. They made geometrical design of rangoli.

Sat Paul Mittal School

Sat Paul Mittal School celebrated Divali and the Children's Day on Saturday. The school was decorated with diyas and lights. To make it a joyful day, a cultural programme was presented by the teachers. The students enjoyed the show thoroughly and expressed their joy and gratitude with a thundering applause. The function concluded with the address of Lt Col (retd) Dr D B Sharma, director, Sat Paul Mittal School. He discouraged the students from bursting crackers. To mark Divali celebrations, an Inter-house rangoli competition, diya decoration and card colouring competition was organised.

Musical programme

Showcasing rich cultural of the country and spirit of "unity in diversity", the students of DCM Presidency School, presented a musical programme on Saturday. A dance item, showing freedom fighters Jhansi Ki Rani was appreciated by all. e. The Choreography "Kasam Li Hai" was successful in evoking patriotic sentiments. At the end of the programme, the rich cultural heritage of Punja was presented in form of giddha and bhangra. The function came to an end with the national anthem.

HVM Convent School

HVM Convent School, Basti Jodhewal, organised various competitions like rangoli, diya-candle decoration and card making during Divali celebrations at the school. The aim of the celebrations was to allow the children to explore their creative skills and artistic expression. School president DP Sharma, chairperson Meena Sharma and director H Malaki were the chief guests. Prizes were given to the winners.

Green Land Sr Sec Public School

Divali celebrations were held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bye Pass, on saturday. the Students dressed up as various characters of the Ramayana. The stage wore the look of Ayodhaya with people singing and dancing to celebrate Lord Rama's return to Ayodhaya. A diya decoration and a slogan-writing competing was also held for students of I-III. Beautiful rangolis and diyas added grace everywhere.

Athletics meet

GGN. Public School, Rose Garden, held its 26th Annual Athletics meet on Saturday. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was the chief guest. Principal Satpreet Kaur welcomed the guests and acquainted them with the achievements of the students in sports. The chief distributed the prizes to the winners and motivated them to participate in sports.


Bal Bharatians pledged to celebrate eco-friendly Divali by saying no to crackers . The students of class I and II showed their creativity by decorating candles and diyas. The students of class III made wind chimes. The idea was to motivate for the use of traditional lamps and to cut down electricity consumption this Divali. Principal Punam Dogra appreciated creative ideas of the students.

Prize-distribution function

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir celebrated its annual cultural and prize distribution function on Saturday. The logo for the current year was "Go Green". Laxmi Kanta Chawla, former Health Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. A dance item praising the motherland enthralled the audience. Principal Bandana Sethi presented the annual report of the school. "Adhoore Sapno Ki Chubhan", a choreography, depicting the never-ending expectations of parents was specially appreciated. The Chief Guest gave away the prizes to the students for their academic and curricular achievements. Speaking on the occasion, Laxmi Kanta Chawla praised the students as well as faculty. — TNS



Man held with heroin worth Rs 25 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Heroin worth Rs 25 lakh was seized from a local resident at BRS Nagar on the Lodhi Club road here last evening. Pankaj Kumar (37), a resident of the Civil Lines area, was nabbed by the police during a naka on the road. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. In charge, Narcotics Wing, Harbans Singh said he claimed to be a hosiery manufacturer.

He was held with 50 gram of heroin, which he had bought from Rahon. Pankaj is a drug addict. "He maintains he himself consumes the drug, but for making a quick buck, he sold it to youngsters at times.

A case has been registered against Pankaj, who is married. The complain has been registered in the Sarabha Nagar police station," said Harbans Singh. He added that Pankaj was signalled to spot for checking at a check post but he (Pankaj) tried to escape by speeding his motorbike. "The motorbike developed some problem stopped midway. Then the police nabbed him," he said.



Woman commits suicide

Ludhiana, November 10
Anjali Devi, 21, committed suicide last night by hanging herself from ceiling. Balwinder Singh, SHO, Basti Jodhewal, said the deceased had married to Suresh Kumar about 3-4 years. Both belong to Uttar Pradesh.

They were residing at Ambedkar Nagar in a rented accommodation. "We came to know about the incident when the landlord informed us at around 8 am today. Suresh Kumar works at a factory and the couple reportedly had an altercation last evening. — TNS



3 booked in suicide bid case
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 10
The Samrala police booked three persons in the alleged attempt to suicide case by a granthi some days ago and found the missing woman. Three persons- Baldev Singh, Varinder Singh and Jagjit Singh- all residents of Detwal village were booked under Sections 306,511 of the IPC. They were booked on the complaint of Gurpal Singh Sunny, granthi Balihar Singh's son. He had alleged that his father consumed poison due to the three persons.

Notably, Balihar Singh, who was a granthi in a gurdwara at Bhukhri village , tried to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance allegedly at the police station, Samrala, on November 6 when his son and son-in-law were asked to appear in the police station on the complaint of the three accused.

Earlier, the accused had lodged a complained that Balihar Singh's elder son, who was residing in Malaysia, had lured their girl and had been missing since then.

However, the Samrala police said the granthi had tried to commit suicide outside the police station while family members alleged that the incident took place inside the police station.

Balihar Singh is sill under treatment at CMC Hospital in Ludhiana.

When contacted, Harjinder Singh, SHO, Samrala, said:'' The woman's father ( one among the three complainants) and her relatives were booked in the case.''

He confirmed that the missing woman was found and would be handed over to her parents after completing legal formalities.

He confirmed that the condition of the granthi was still very serious.



Tejeshwer is Punjab Ranji team’s physical trainer
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 10
Dr Tejeshwer Dyal Singh from Ludhiana has been appointed as physical trainer with the Punjab Ranji Cricket Team being led by cricketer, Harbhajan Singh.

According to a communique from the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), Tejeshwer Singh, currently posted as a teacher, physical education with the Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here will train the Punjab senior team for the ongoing cricket season.

TD Singh, PhD in sports psychology from the Panjab University, Chandigarh has created history of sorts as he is the first person from Punjab state, who has been assigned with this duty.

Tejeshwer was associated with the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) as physical trainer for the last couple of years and after recommendations, his name was forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for level I test conducted by the cricket apex body which he passed out successfully.

Subsequently, Tejeshwer was attached with the Indian probables (U-17) as an interim trainer who attended a 42-day (June-July) camp at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.

Tejeshwer, son of a former Punjab Ranji player and a national umpire, RD Singh, has already trained players such as Karan Goel, Geetansh Khera, Bharat Malhotra, Tarun Kanish and Deepin Chitkara.

Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman, selection committee, Punjab (senior) along with Rajinder Nath Mahajan and Vinod Chitkara, president and general secretary, respectively of the LDCA congratulated Tejeshwer on his appointment the PCA.

They wished him success in future and expressed hope that Tejeshwer had the expertise and capability to be assigned the duty at national level.



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