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Traffic regulations spell chaos
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
The move to close one side of the Sidhwan Canal bridge for commuters fizzled out within an hour today as chaos prevailed soon after the traffic police imposed the traffic regulations.
The decision was taken keeping in mind the construction of the expressway project.

On witnessing chaos, the police opened both sides of the bridge for the smooth flow of traffic.

Stranded commuters opposed the move, saying that the administration should make alternative arrangements before closing one side of the bridge.

Police sources said since today was a Sunday, the number of vehicles on the road was less. Traffic woes would aggravate from tomorrow if the traffic regulations were imposed.

"We tried our best to ensure that commuters did not face traffic hiccups, but the regulations resulted in a traffic snarl-up," said a traffic policeman.

Shivam, a resident of Sham Nagar, while narrating his ordeal, said, "My wife and I decided to watch a movie at a multiplex on Ferozepur Road today. However, there was a complete chaos on the Sidhwan Canal bridge. We got stuck in a queue and there was no escaping the traffic chaos. It took us nearly half an hour to cross the stretch. The traffic snarl-up spoilt our mood and we cancelled our plan to watch a movie. We returned home through BRS Nagar to avoid traffic hiccups."

Commuters were seen arguing with the police.

A traffic police officer blamed the chaos on commuters who broke the queue in order to get through.

"We could not ensure smooth traffic using one side today as divider cones, signboards and diversion signs were not installed. Our men are working to set up divider cones on one side of the bridge," said Assistant Commissioner of Police J Elinchezhian.

Sources said the traffic chaos today had left the police jittery and traffic officials were still deliberating whether to impose traffic regulations tomorrow or not.

Residents who wanted to visit South City, Country Home and the adjoining areas created more problems for the traffic police by not following the traffic regulations.


Movie plan cancelled

My wife and I decided to watch a movie at a multiplex on Ferozepur Road on Sunday. However, there was a complete chaos on the Sidhwan Canal bridge. We got stuck in a queue and there was no escaping the traffic chaos. It took us nearly half an hour to cross the stretch. The traffic snarl-up spoilt our mood and we cancelled our plan to watch a movie. We returned home through BRS Nagar to avoid traffic hiccups~

— Shivam, a resident of Sham Nagar

Commuters angry

On witnessing chaos, the police opened both sides of the bridge for the smooth flow of traffic. Angry stranded commuters opposed the move, saying that the administration should make alternative arrangements before closing one side of the bridge.


Now, submit VAT-20 form manually till tomorrow
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Much to the relief of traders, the Excise and Taxation Department has extended the date for submission of the VAT-20 form manually by November 20. A meeting was held between the Excise and Taxation Commissioner and representatives of the Punjab Tax Bar Association during which the decision was taken.

“Keeping in view the difficulties faced by dealers and advocates, we have decided that the VAT-20 form for 2011-12 can be submitted manually up to November 20 and thereafter it shall be submitted online from December 1 to December 31. All AETCs have been directed to accept the VAT-20 form manually by November 20,” said A Venu Parsad, Excise and Taxation Commissioner.

“We held a meeting with the Excise and Taxation Commissioner and apprised him of our problems following which he extended the date. Now the VAT-20 form can be submitted manually till November 20,” said Ashok Juneja, president of the Punjab Tax Bar Association.

Jatinder Khurana, president of the Taxation Young Lawyers Association, said many traders had got their returns filled manually much before the department made online filing mandatory. It was getting difficult to re-fill the entire returns all over again on the site while some needed to update their software for the purpose. The extension in the date was a welcome step, he added.

Gursewak Singh, a trader, said, “I had already got my returns filled manually when the department announced that the returns be filed online. From the next quarter, I will file the returns online. Thankfully, this time we have been allowed to file the returns manually, which I have already done.”



Road accidents have claimed 115 lives in dist in 5 months
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Though the data available with the police shows that as compared to last year, the number of accidents has reduced this year, as many as 115 persons have lost their lives in accidents in the district during the past five months. Of these accidents, a majority have taken place on two roads: the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road and the Sherpur-GT Road.

According to the police, from June 1 to October 31 this year, 110 accidents (in which cases were registered under Section 304 of the IPC) took place in the district and 115 persons lost their lives in these.

There were 96 other road accidents in which 102 persons were injured. In 2011, as many as 137 cases were registered under Section 304. As many as 142 persons were killed in these road accidents during the June 1-October
31 period.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said on these two roads, pedestrians bicycle riders often became victims of rashly driven vehicles. "Once motorists are outside the city, they accelerate their vehicles, which is one of the major reasons for fatal accidents. Besides, while crossing roads, pedestrians and those on bicycles get crushed under speedy vehicles at times. We have taken several steps to check the speed of vehicles and have been motivating people to use reflectors on bicycles to avoid fatal accidents during night," said Ishwar Singh.

An Assistant Commissioner Police (ACP) said there was no proper laning of roads and marking by the municipal authorities. Besides, many roads had been encroached upon, which was one of the reasons behind the accidents. "Boards displaying speed limits have to be properly installed for the convenience of commuters. With joint efforts, we can control the number of accidents," he said.

Fog major reason behind mishaps P3



Ludhiana-Moga highway a death trap
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 18
The Ludhiana-Moga highway has turned into a death trap with more than a dozen casualties reported in separate road accidents during the past few months. Fifteen people have lost their lives in accidents on the Ludhiana-Moga highway in the recent past. Besides, more than 20 persons got critically injured in these accidents. A majority of these accidents have taken place on a 23-km stretch between Mullanpur Dakha and Nanaksar on the highway.

A 2-km stretch between Sidhwan Khurd village and Chaunkiman village and a 5-km stretch between Jagraon and Nanaksar on the Ludhiana-Moga highway have emerged as the most vulnerable points.

Despite a large number of fatal mishaps having occurred near these points during the past few months, the administration is yet to install signboards at these locations. In the absence of signboards, commuters fail to have an idea about the risk spots.

Heavy traffic, blatant violation of traffic norms, overspeeding, drunken driving, absence of reflectors on road dividers, reckless driving by drivers of heavy vehicles, particularly those of private buses, are some of the reasons behind the accidents.

Besides, the existence of several marriage palaces on both sides of the road has added to motorists' woes. Those visiting these marriage palaces often park their vehicles on the roadsides, disrupting the smooth flow of traffic. Moreover, a large number those attending wedding ceremonies or other functions in these marriage palaces often indulge in drunken driving, increasing the risk of road accidents.

Another major reason behind the accidents is the presence of a large number of stray animals on this highway. There have been many instances when the sudden appearance of stray animals on the road has lead to accidents. The situation becomes more dangerous during night as drivers often fail to spot an animal on the road.

The National Highways Authority of India has undertaken a project to four-lane this highway. Construction work is going on full swing.

Once the project is completed, the number of accidents is likely to reduce.

However, the ongoing construction work has increased the risk of accidents due to lack of safety precautions.

According to officials of the company which has been awarded the contract of widening this road, September 2014 is the deadline for the completion of the project.

“We will complete the project on time. We have taken the required safety measures during the construction work,”€¯ claimed assistant project manager Kamlesh Shukla.

Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar says there is need for creating awareness among people about traffic rules.

Asserting that a large number of accidents take place due to blatant violation of traffic norms by drivers, he says people should follow traffic rules and avoid drunken driving to avert mishaps. 


Accidents on the highway since July

July 12: A cop died in a car-truck collision near Nanaksar

July 13: Two cyclists crushed to death under a car near Nawa Chooharchak village

July 21: A pedestrian crushed to death under a car near Nanaksar

July 23: Five persons injured in a car-tempo traveller collision near Alighar village

July 31: A middle-aged man died in a motorcycle-SUV collision near Sherpur Chowk

August 6: A middle-aged man killed in head-on collision between scooter and car

October 13: Five persons, including four of a family, killed and three injured in a bus-SUV-bike accident

October 17: One person killed and two injured in separate accidents near Jagraon

October 28: Two persons, including a child, died and five others injured when a car rammed into a truck near Mullanpur Dakha

November 7: Two persons injured as a bus hit a cyclist and two three-wheelers near the Jagraon bus stand

November 14: Youth killed and three others injured in a car-truck collision 



Developers adopt wait-and-watch policy
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 18
With the state government putting off the announcement of a new policy on regularisation of unauthorised colonies, real estate developers, it seems, will have to wait for some more time before the process for compounding and regularisation of illegal colonies is set in motion.

Even after a series of meetings between officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department, developers and other stakeholders during the past couple of months, the government has apparently failed to make up its mind and come out with a simplified and liberal policy to deal with the crucial issue of unauthorised colonies.

Sources in the corridors of power say the draft of the policy is ready, and at one time a decision was taken to announce the policy before November 19 when the Punjab and Haryana High Court will take up a clubbed writ petition from Punjab and Haryana on this subject. "However, there was another opinion that the draft policy be presented to the HC first, and a formal announcement be made only after the draft policy finds favour with the judiciary," the sources said.

That the state government will take some more time to finalise and notify the new policy was also indicated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal when he made a presentation on real estate prospects in Punjab in a convention of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India in New Delhi on November 17. Sukhbir said at the convention that the Punjab Government would come out with a comprehensive real estate policy by December 15.

Established players in the real estate sector here maintain that the market is sluggish and no deals, either in the approved colonies or in unauthorised colonies, are taking place. "Both developers and buyers have adopted a wait-and-watch policy, and a turnaround is expected only after the new policy is announced, that too if the government provides the promised relief and concessions to developers and property owners," the sources said.

An exercise by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to constitute a screening committee for compounding of illegal colonies, and to divide the unlicensed colonies into four categories has also drawn flak from developers.



Inadequate info about mishap site often delays arrival of ambulance
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Traffic jams in the city and inadequate information regarding the mishap sites given by callers create problems for the staff of "Ambulance 108" to locate accident victims on time.

Jagdeep Singh, Cluster Head, Ludhiana-1, for Ambulance 108 said, "Often when we get a call regarding an accident, the caller is not able to give us information about where the accident has taken place. For instance, if there is an accident on Ferozepur Road, the caller just tells us that there has been an accident on Ferozepour Road and fails to describe where exactly it has occurred. In such a case, it become difficult for us to locate the right place on time, resulting in a delay in the arrival of the ambulance."

He said sometimes callers inadvertently gave them wrong information, which added to the confusion and delay.

Citing another problem being faced by the ambulance staff, he said, "There are a few hospitals in the city which do not attend to serious accident victims till their attendants deposit money. We usually take accident victims to nearby civil hospitals."



'FDI in retail against common man'
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
A Meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal held today. Shyam Bihari Mishra, ex-MP, was also present on the occasion. Members of the Beopar Mandal from across the state participated in the meeting during which important issues relating to trade and industry were discussed.

While addressing the traders, Shyam Bihari Mishra, national president, said the Congress-led Central Government was harassing the trading community. He said traders were being mentally tortured by creating unnecessary pressure on them. He also pointed out that no policy had been created for the welfare of traders, which indicated that the Central Government did not have any sympathy with the trading community. He said when prices of goods were sky-rocketing, traders were barely able to manage their business and alleged that the Central Government wanted to ruin them by allowing Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector.

Mishra further said the government was trying to impose the "Inspector Raj" through several measures like the Food Safety Act and the Goods and Services Tax.

He demanded that the government should constitute a Traders' Welfare Board to formulate policies for the traders. Speaking on the occasion, Kasturi Lal Mitta, district president of the Beopar mandal, appealed to fight unitedly against the Centre's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail as it would be detrimental for the economy. He said the FDI would ruin the economy, particularly the retail sector, and would be against the interests of farmers, common man and businessmen.

General Secretary Mohinder Aggarwal said "The new e-trip system, started by the state government, is giving a tough time to the traders. We have requested the government to rollback its decision." 



Fog major reason behind road mishaps
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Fog remains the major reason behind road accidents in the winter. With visibility almost nil, it becomes difficult to drive and accidents, especially head-on collision, are common.

Prithpal Singh, Consultant, Traffic Police, Punjab, said, "Driving with caution can help save precious lives."

He has some tips to offer to motorists to avoid accidents during foggy weather.

n Switch on the headlights with dipper. High beam should be avoided as lights get reflected back

n Ensure that all lights and blinkers of your vehicle are working

n Swiitch on all blinkers of your vehicle as the amber light is visible from a longer distance

n All types of commercial vehicles should use conspicuity tape - a special tape manatory for all commercial vehicles. This should be pasted on all three sides of the vehicle as it is visible at night and foggy weather

n Keep a distance from the vehicle in front of you. The thumb rule is that tyres of the vehicle in front of you should be visible while touching the ground

n In case of a breakdown of your vehicle, park it on the side of the road and switch on the parking lights and put a safety triangle - a reflector in such a way that there should be a distance of 50 metres between the vehicle and the reflector 



Dr Aulakh takes over as head of urological society
Tribune News Service

Ludhna, November 18
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor of Urology and Transplant Surgery at DMC, Ludhiana, took over as the president of the Urological Society of India(NZ) during the three-day annual conference of uro-surgeons, held at Government Medical College, Jammu.

His elevation to the post is an acknowledgement of his contribution to the field of urology. Dr Aulakh has performed more than 1,000 kidney transplants and nearly 10,000 kidney cancer, stones and prostate operations. He has also authored a book "Prostate problems, Know before it is too late".

Speaking on the occasion, he said he would do his best to raise the academic standards by organising workshops, seminars and scientific activities. The Urological Society of India (NZ) consists of 660 urologists, including those from premier institutes like PGI, Chandgarh, AIIMS, New Delhi, and SGPGI, Lucknow.



Devotees perform Chhat Puja

Ludhiana, Nov 18
The Chhatt Puja was performed by hundreds of devotees here in Ludhiana today. Soni Yadav, a resident of Bihar, who works at PSPCL, said " The sun is the God, who gives us us energy and guidance, so we worship it." She said it was the biggest festival of Bihar and people in certain parts of Uttar Pradesh also perform.

TR Mishra, chairman, Focal Point Industry Welfare Association, said from tomorrow devotees would keep fast for the next 24 hours. "Day after tomorrow, they will worship the sun and have 'prasad'.

There are lakhs of devotees here in the Industrial capital of Punjab, who perform the Chhatt Puja. For those who feel that canals are far-off, small ponds have been made, in which they can take a dip . The four-days puja has great importance and the devotees celebrate it with much enthusiasm." — TNS



Reporters' Diary
'Rein in illegal three-wheelers'

The much-hyped drive against thousands of illegal three-wheelers plying on the city roads seems to have lost its steam if the attitude of the traffic police or the Transport Department is any indication.

The auto-rickshaw drivers are back to their dirty tactics of stopping right in the middle of the road, on slipways or other congested locations to drop the passengers. Almost, without exception, the "jugaroo" (improvised) three-wheelers have no side indicators, headlights or breaklights, and to make the matters worse, they violate all traffic rules with impunity. The allegation that most of the three-wheelers are being operated under the patronage of well-connected political leaders, or even police personnel gets credence from the way this crucial issue has been handled by the administration. There is need to rein in three-wheelers.

School days

School days are full of fun and frolic. It was way back when I was in the first standard. Our class teacher was taking the English class. She was teaching a lesson and all the students were repeating after her. During the class, one of our classmates was having his lunch. He was reciting the chapter along with the class and was also having his lunch. Seeing this, the class teacher stopped teaching the lesson and said "stop eating your lunch". As the boy was busy with his tiffin box, he did not realise that teacher was addressing to him. While the whole class was quite, he alone recited after the teacher and said "stop eating your lunch". Everybody laughed along the teacher and the teacher let him go with a warning.

Divali gifts

Majority of people love to go for shopping before the festival of Divali. During the shopping, they do not buy things for themselves but for friends also. But a few smart people prefer to exchange gifts after Divali. One such person standing at a stationary shop after Divali told the shopkeeper to wrap his old gifts and said,"Bai Ji, I always give gifts to my friends after Divali. There is a reason behind it as before Divali I receive gifts from all my relatives and friends and out of these I keep the selected ones with myself and give remaining ones as return gift to my friends and relatives. This clears all the backlog. Isn't it a smart move ?

CM and local Akali leader

Recently, when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was here as the chief guest on the occasion of Vishvakarma Day, he held a small media interaction. A local Akali leader was keenly "observing" all the arrangements and was showing his latest photographs taken with the leader. The overenthusiastic Akali leader told the mediapersons to wait as the Chief Minister would be meeting them shortly. Badal did not let the opportunity go to take a shot at the Akali leader. Pointing his finger towards the "sheepish looking" Akali leader, he said, "Mere wallon tuhanu eh hi jawab de deya karega, kyon bai theek hai?"(He would reply to the questions raised by mediapersons. Is it okay

Contributed by Kudlip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria, Shivani Bhakoo



Hasya kavi sammelan organised

Ludhiana, November 18
A hasya kavi sammelan was organised at the Nehru Siddhant Kender last evening. Noted poet and humourist Surender Sharma along with other poets presented hilarious poetry. The poets, including Ritu Goyal, Yusuf Bhardwaj, Nawaz Devbandhi, Dr Seeta Sagar and Mahendra Ravi participated in the sammelan.

Yousuf Bhardwaj took a dig on the Haryanvi attitude of taking everything in a lighter vein and Ritu Goyal brought in the serious notes of poignancy with the poem dedicated to significance and importance of father . Nawaz Devbandhi made many think with his insightful Urdu couplets. Dr Seeta Sagar from Kurukshetra University drew a loud applause as she poetically described all aspects of Ludhiana, its people, landmarks, and everything it is known for. Mahendra Ravi made many laugh. In one of the poems, he showed the imaginary world in which ghosts were scared of the human beings , Surender Sharma made everyone laugh with his typical Haryanvi style. — TNS



Experts dwell on thalassaemia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Three-days long 16th annual Pediatric Haematology Oncology Conference “PHOCON-2012” concluded here today.
It was presided over by Secretary of DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta.

The highlight of the concluding day was the topic “Fertility Check-Up of Thalassaemic Patients” by the doctors from I-CET group. With the advancement in medical treatment, most of the Thalassemic patients now lead an essentially normal life. According to the doctors, the iron overload associated with thalassaemia can affect the development of both male and female sex organs, which can in turn affect the reproductive capabilities of a person with thalassaemia.

The doctors highlighted that maintaining a proper chelation therapy could help in preventing fertility issues.

A total of 30 patients were examined at the fertiltiy check-up clinic.

Dr De Sanctis from Italy spoke on “Endocrine problems in Thalassaemia”, followed by lecture a on “Issues of fertility” by Dr Nicos Skordis from St George University, London.

Dr Heba Elsedfy from Cairo enlightened the delegates about “Cardiac complications in Thalassemia”. Other international speakers included Dr L Krishnamurthy from the Children Hospital, St Pittsburg, USA.

Dr MB Aggarwal, Dr Shripad Banavali and Dr Girish Chinnasway from Mumbai spoke on topics “Management of ALL”, “Philadelphia Chromosome positive” and “Germ Cell Tmours: Teatment Agorithms”



Garbage not lifted for a month
Residents of Jugiana village forced to put up with stink
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, November 18
Jugiana village is at present passing through a most critical phase as, in the absence of sweepers and villagers have heaps of garbage.

“It has been a month now, not even a single sweeper came to collect the garbage from any street of the village as a result of which the heaps of garbage have collected all around, thus making the stay hellish for the residents. You can very well imagine that a single garbage bucket in our houses starts stinking on the very next day. What would be the condition of the village where big heaps of waste spread all around the village have not been taken away for the past one month? How would the villagers be living, eating and breathing in such conditions?” asked an angry villager.

“Where is the municipal corporation and the councillor of the area now? Earlier, at the time of elections, the garbage was lifted on every Tuesday and that too without giving any reminders to the so-called sweepers. But now the situation is so pathetic that even if you keep calling them time and again, they would never bother to entertain you. I, myself have been asking the councillor to send sweepers to the village but to no avail. Nobody bothers to come and clean the place. The village pond, located in the heart of the village, has out-lived its capacity to absorb the wastewater for which the garbage water, filth and sullage remains jammed in the small nullahs which get over-brimmed in no time and the streets turn into pools of filthy garbage water. Even a small shower is enough to provide an easy passage of this waste into the houses of the villagers. The collected garbage heaps are further complicating the situation for the residents.

There is no dearth of flies and mosquitoes in the village and neither of those who are falling a prey to them with each passing day. Our life has been reduced to a mere hell. The authorities are just sleeping and doing nothing else. An epidemic outbreak is sure to occur in the near future if such conditions are allowed to prevail even for one more day,” complained another.

The authorities have badly failed in providing any sort of basic amenities to the residents of this village that is the last ward, which fall under the municipal corporation of Ludhiana. It has been abandoned to the extent that when the tubewell installed by the authorities starts pumping out water, the water pipes leak from several places and then take in all the waste material gathered around, thus providing every chance of forcing the villagers to drink water mixed with sewer. The lights given to the village are always out of order. At one time we thought of deploying a special person who would keep reminding the authorities, every now and then, about the problems the villagers face from time to time but even this has not proved to be of any help as the reminders and pleas fall on deaf ears and hence are useless.

The villagers contend, "It has been eight years since the village came under the municipal limits. But we are utterly deprived of the facilities so essential for our very sustenance."

Sarabjit Singh Garcha, the councillor of the area when contacted said, “I admit that the labour class is not doing its work properly. Earlier, due to Balmik Jayanti, they went on leave for four five days after which they never resumed their work properly. I shall pull them up now and they shall start functioning at the earliest. As far as the heaps of garbage are concerned, the sweepers of A to Z Company shall be picking them up now that they have been paid by the municipal corporation.”



Lala Lajpat Rai’s ancestral house cries for attention
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 18
The ancestral house of legendry freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, in Jagraon has been laying in shambles due to the constant negligence by the different governments. The near collapsing building of house has been crying for attention. But neither the State Government nor the Union Government seems to be paying any attention towards this.

Today was 84th martyrdom day of Lala Lajpat Rai. But the local administration forgot to organise any function in memory of great freedom fighter. Though a local school and college named after Lala Lajpat Rai organise functions every year to remember the great freedom fighter and tall claims are made by political leaders during these functions to provide funds for the maintenance of the house building but nothing has been done on the ground level to save the building.

During a visit to the Lala’s ancestral house situated in Mohalla Misarpura of Jagraon today, it was found that the building of Lala’s house was in an utterly bad condition. The building may collapse anytime if not repaired at the earliest.

Having conferred with titles such as 'Punjab Kesari' and 'Sher-e-Punjab', the late leader's ancestral house speaks volumes of the government's apathy. The near collapsing building of the house is the ample proof of government's indifference towards preserving the memorials related to great freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country.

"One can easily guess the 'sincerity' of the government towards preserving the freedom-fighters' memorials after seeing the condition of Lala's house. The claims of the government for preserving memorials of freedom fighters remain only on paper. The government has made no effort to save the building of the house from collapsing," said Amarnath, a senior citizen who resides alongside the ancestral house of Lala Lajpat Rai.

It is reminded here that the archeological department had taken the custody of the ancestral house in its hand in 1987 and also declared it a national heritage. A library and a museum were also constructed in the memory of the freedom fighter some years ago. But nothing concrete has been done so far to save this historical building from ruins, where Lala spent his childhood days.

The state of affairs is so bad that heaps of garbage welcome the visitors at the entrance of the house. The library and the museum are too in no better condition and remain locked most of the time. The rusty doors and windows, broken furniture and worn-out books explain everything.

Sanjiv Malhotra of Sher-e-Punjab Jagrity Manch and Kanwaljit Khanna of Inqulabi Kendra Punjab have urged the government to provide funds for saving the building of the ancestral house of Lala Lajpat Rai from ruining.



Final list of riot victims to be handed over to GLADA after November 28
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Following the orders of High Court to verify and submit the final list of riot victims, who have to be given compensations (not been given any benefit so far), the district administration will hand-over the final list of beneficiaries to the GLADA authorities after November 28.

Over 1,000 government officials have been put on duty to verify the riot victims in Ludhiana district and the reconfirmation list will be submitted following a writ petition number 7,178, filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, said there were about 9,000 riot victims in the district and list of 4,500 riot victims had already been finalised and majority of them had been given the compensations.

"While the second list, after reconfirmation, will be submitted to GLADA once the employees will hand-over the facts to administration before November 28. There are about 1000 flats, which are to be given to the beneficiaries (who hold the red-card and live here in Ludhiana) on lottery basis. The remaining will also get compensation as per government's other guidelines," he said.

It may be mentioned here that the sensitive issue of riot victims has always generated controversy because of their own "factionalism". One group claims that they were the real sufferers and were the Red-Cards while the other group rubbishes former's claims. Against each other, they have filed writ petitions in the court, too.

It is also being alleged that the president of Danga Peerat Welfare Society Surjit Singh "owned" a few flats at Dugri and had rented them to tenants. When recently, certain inquiry officials were about to verify about the ownership of the flats meant for the riot victims only, Surjit Singh allegedly tried to get these vacated from the tenants and latter resisted and even threatened to "expose" Surjit Singh.



Children like interesting stories: Author
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
"The key to writing for children is to "write for children," and not about children," says Faqir Chand Shukla. Faqir has been selected by the state language department for two awards for his Punjabi and Hindi books of short stories. He has won the award Shri Guru Harkrishan Children's Literature Award for "Door Hunda Hanera". His book "Janam Din Ki Party" has also been adjudged as the best literary work for children in Hindi language.

"Children need to be informed in an interesting manner, rather than being preached," he says. "Stories have to be made interesting for children. The message has been to be given to them indirectly," he says.

His first story was published in a magazine back in 1957, he said. Believing his writing talent as god-gifted, he says he never took any training in creative writing.

He has won several awards including ten national awards for literature, Punjab Rattan Award, Shiromani Sahitkar Award and 16 state awards, he says.



Prices of vegetables expected to remain stable
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
Prices of vegetables remained stable during the past week. Vegetables like carrots, turnips have started descending the market. Much to the relief of people, this week did not see any increase in the prices of vegetables.

" Now as the festival season is over, the prices of fruits and vegetables have become stable. The supply from the neighbouring states have also normalised," said Mian ji of Mian ji vegetable and fruit shop at Aggar Nagar.

Vegetables of winter season have started arriving the market and much to the relief their prices are not sky-rocketing. "While turnip is priced at Rs 20, carrot is available at Rs 40 per kg. "Hope the low prices remain throughout the winter season," said Sheetal, a homemaker from SBS Nagar.



College notes
Extension lecture

Ludhiana: The commerce department of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna) organized a lecture on Strategic Management on its premises. College principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni said that Dr B.S Hothi (Director, PIMT) was the resource person. He highlighted the various benefits of strategic management related to challenge of environment, Swot analysis. More than 200 students of BBA and that of the BCom classes were presents during the lecture.

Cultural programme

A cultural programme was organised at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here on Sunday to honour the newly elected senators of the Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr SS Johal, Chancellor, Central University, Bhatinda, and the nominated member of the Senate was the chief guest. The elected members of the Senate, Panjab University, were honoured on this occasion, which included eminent educationists like Parveen Chawla (Senator, Principal Constituency), Harpreet Dua (Senator, Teacher Constituency) and Kuldeep Singh (Senator, Teachers Constituency). A number of cultural items were presented by the students. A play titled "Operation Cloudburst" written by Nadira Babbar was performed and the students left the audience spell bound by their presentation. An item of histrionics "Jai Jai Kursi Maiya" was presented by Harjot Kaur of BA II. Amandeep Kaur of the PGDMC played on Algoza and mesmerised the audience. Punjabi culture and heritage was also showcased by the students of the college in the form of various other folk items like, Kali and folk orchestra. The show came to a grand finale with the presentation of giddha, leaving the audience enthralled by the beats of folk instruments and colourful costumes.

Placement drive

A placement drive was held at the RIMT campus by the Indian Army for BTech students. More than 250 students appeared in the recruitment process carried out by Col S Bal from the Indian Army. Col Bal said the Indian Army was the land based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Army came into being when India gained independence in 1947, and inherited most of the infrastructure of the British Indian Army that were located in post-partition India. Apart from conflicts, the army has also been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping missions. A meritorious performance was shown by the RIMT students in the interviews conducted by army officials.

Elocution contest at SDP College

An elocution competition was held at SDP College for Women here on Sunday at the seminar hall of the college. The students from BCom took part in the contest. They spoke on various topics including, What ails the Indian Economy, Youth and Indian Agriculture, Challenges of Infrastructure Development in India, Promoting India's Exports, Fighting Corruption-The Role of CMI Society. Best speakers were given the prizes.


On the concluding day of the International Conference on Rural Planning and Development Transitions of Rural Economy in India at Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, Sanghol technical session was chaired by Prof Kapil Kapoor (Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi). As many as 20 papers were presented in the session. The main themes were Role of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Culture in Rural Development in India, Bank Credit and Rural Development in India, Microfinance and Rural Development. Sina Mani, president of BOPIO International, UK, spoke on the various issues related to rural India. He said that education could help rural India to achieve overall success. He specifically, emphasised on the level of corruption which is a symbol of decline in value system. Prof Kapil Kapoor in his address highlighted the main causes of underdevelopment of rural area and also suggested the ways through which rural growth can be achieved. He also made a presentation on the difference in the life style and infrastructure development of rural and urban India. — TNS



From schools
Inter-school declamation contest

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, organised the Reena-Simmi Memorial Inter-School Declamation Contest on Sunday. Dr RC Tejpal, Principal, Arya College for Boys, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. The contest started with the welcome address by Reena Kapoor. She formally welcomed the chief guest, Judges, participants, teachers and students. Before the contest, the judges were introduced. Anupama Moudgil and Dr Kiranjeet, HOD, English Department, Government College for Women, Ludhiana, and Dr Rajinder Jain, Dr Hardeep of Government College for Boys were the judges. 20 teams participated in the competition. BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, won the overall trophy.

Scholarship hunt contest

The young artists of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (USN) participated in the HP Colour Splash Scholarship Hunt Contest on Sunday. The students showcased their talent through various paintings which majestically impressed the jury and brought them to the altar of victory. Rehmat Raju , Muskan Maini and Sukriti Jain brought laurels to the school after winning the cash prize of Rs 5,000 each. Muskan said, "I want to live on the beautiful earth, painted in the pictures. "It was quite inspiring and motivating for the other art lovers as it aroused in them an ardent desire to be the winners next time. Bhartiya Vidya Mandir has always focused on exploring the hidden potential of the students and will continue to do so in future also," said the principal.

Dance competition

An inter-school dance competition was organised at Ryan International School, Ludhiana, on Saturday. The students showcased immense talent, dedication and competitive spirit. While congratulating the winners and thanking the chief guest and judges Principal Parveena John said , "Visionaries like Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru changed the course of history and shaped the present day India. That was an immense contribution not only to the nation but to the world at large. Hence, to ensure that we do not lose sight of the path shown by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, we at Ryan International School, Ludhiana, make every effort to nurture our children like blossoms radiating peace, joy and harmony."

Children’s Day celebrations

Students of Doraha College of Education organised the Children's Day celebrations at Government Senior Secondary School(GSSS), Shahpur. The students of classes VI to X participated in the event. Dr Sandeep Sawhney , Pricnciapl, Doraha College of Education, was the chief guest. Principal of GSS School Harjinder Kaur was also present there. She thanked the students of Doraha College of Education for organising the event. The day was began with the recitation of a "shabad" by class X girls. A cultural programme was presented by the students of Government SS School, Shahapur.

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School celebrated the birth anniversary of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, in a very special way. Remembering 'Chacha Nehru's' love for children, the school organised various colourful activities to make the day memorable for everyone. To celebrate the occasion, a birthday party was organised where the students from class came dressed in 'Chacha Nehru's' attire . A birthday cake was also cut and distributed among the students. To add to the celebration, the students of LKG and UKG gave dance performance on the songs 'Re Mama, Re Mama' and ' Hum Nanhe Bache'. Managing Director Avinash Kaur Walia, Director S Nirmal Singh Walia, Director (Admn) Mandeep Singh, Principal Sandeep Raikhi and Headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur graced the occasion with their benign presence.


A workshop "Smart Kids in 21st Century" was organised for the parents by Ryan International School, Dugri, on Saturday. The workshop was conducted by Madhu Sharma, a trained psychometrician, from the United Kingdom. Sharma apprised the parents about the graceful methods of upbringing children to make them successful citizens and encourage them to carve a niche for themselves in the world. The headmistress of the school said under the aegis of their mentor Dr Augustine F Pinto, such workshops were conducted in th past to increase the awareness of the parents.

Prize distribution programme

CS International School MGG celebrated its annual prize distribution-cum-cultural programme - Utsav 2012 on Sunday. The programme started with recitation of a "shabad" and a devotional dance. Dr Manmohan Kaushal was the chief guest, who was welcomed by school principal Gagandeep Katoch. A modelling event, based on punjabi culture attires enthralled the audience. Dr Manmohan Kaushal appreciated the students and guided them to live a noble life and persuaded the young aspirants to live corruption-free life for the betterment of the nation. — TNS



Ludhiana scan
Valmiki Jayanti celebrated

CLP leader Sunil Jakhar (left) pays tributes to Maharishi Valmiki at a programme in Ludhiana.
CLP leader Sunil Jakhar (left) pays tributes to Maharishi Valmiki at a programme in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

Dalit Mahapanchayat celebrated Valmiki Jayanti at Kapoor Palace here on Sunday. The function was presided-over by the president Chander Shekhar Sahota. Many dignitaries took part in the celebrations. The Dalit leaders assured their fellow-beings that the problems being faced by them would be resolved soon. The leaders blamed the state government for not giving a patient hearing to the problems of Dalits and said that the ruling government did not let the funds (meant for Dalits) reach to them.

Training courses for the unemployed

Ashish Kapoor, principal, Apparel Training and Design Centre said that short courses for the unemployed youth of backward classes will be held and the interested students could send their applications by November 26. The interested applicant must be between 18-35 years of age and should be a primary pass-out. The training courses will be for Smart Sewing Machine Operators, Smart Surface Ornamentation Technique and Smart Quality Checker. The courses will be for one and two months, respectively.

‘Protect gaushalas’

Office-bearers and activists of various constitutional, social and religious bodies called upon the people to come to the rescue of 'gaushalas'. Cows provide milk, oxen sustain cultivation of fields, maintained speakers including legislator Darshan Singh Shivalik, former SAD minister Jagdish Singh Garcha, Ravinder Puri president municipal council, Ahmedgarh, and Krishan Kumar Bawa patron of the Bairagi Mandal Punjab. Leaders were addressing a gathering of office-bearers and activists of a few social and religious organisations during Gopashtmi celebrations at Shri Radha Krishan Gaushala, formerly known as Seth Gobindmal Chanan Ram Parmapati Gaushala, at Kaind village near here today. —TNS



Carpenter rescued, 1 held for illegal confinement
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
The city police rescued a man, who was kept in an illegal confinement for a week, today. Manoj Kumar, a carpenter, was detained on November 12 when he returned from his native village in Uttar Pradesh. The Salem Tabri Police rescued him from a room in Ashok Nagar following a secret information. Naveen Kumar, a trader, has been arrested for illegally confining Manoj Kumar.

According to sources, Manoj had taken a loan of Rs 10,000 from Naveen Kumar few months ago but failed to return the money.

Manoj claimed that he was paying the money in instalments.

However, Naveen was pressing Manoj to pay the entire money with interest in just one instalment.

Manoj had gone to his native village a month ago. On November 12, when Manoj returned, he was picked up by Naveen and his aide and was kept in a room for more than a week for not paying the money.

Besides, Manoj was thrashed by Naveen and his men.

A case has been registered against Naveen under Section 342 of the IPC and Naveen has also been arrested.

He will be produced in the court on Monday.



Three held on murder charge
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, Nov 18
The local police has nabbed three persons allegedly accused in the murder case of Mohammad Muneem, who used to run a meat shop near Ambey Majra village, Mandi Gobindgarh, said the district police chief Hardyal Singh Mann during a press conference here today.

On the statement of Mohammad Imtiaz, brother of the victim, the police has registered the FIR number 228 under Sections 364, 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC on November 15.

It was stated in the complaint that Kameshwar Mukhia, who also runs a meat shop near the victim, used to feel jealous on the heavy sales of his competitor.

The inquiry was entrusted to SP (D) Gurpreet Singh, DSP Devinder Singh Barar and inspector Gurmeet Singh. The accused person Kameshwar accompanied by Santosh Mukhya and Upinder Sahni kidnapped the victim in Scorpio Car No PB 23N-1189 on November 9 at 9.30 PM and killed him by bludgeon victim’s head. They tied the stones with the dead body, after putting it into a piece of cloth (palli), they threw it into Bhakhra Canal near Sonda Head on the night of November 9.

The district police chief Mann said that the police with the help of divers, succeeded to trace the dead body of Kameshwar on November 16 and arrested all the three accused persons on November 17 (Saturday) from the Mandi Gobindgarh Bus Stand, while they were trying to run away to Bihar state said Mann.



Keshav best gymnast in city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 18
City gymnast Keshav Thakur (13) once again proved that he is the best gymnast in city. Keshav was declared second best gymnast in the state during Punjab School Games recently held at Sports School, Jalandhar.

13-year-old Keshav, won one gold and two silver medals in the championship. He won the gold medal in table vault and silver medals in pommel horse and parallel bars.

Keshav had won several gymnastic tournaments in last two years.

His coach Prem Singh he has a strong and flexible body, which is perfect for a gymnast. He lived up to her reputation, as he did not disappoint her coach and parents in these school games.

On his achievement Keshav said, “With this achievement I have made my place in the school national games. Now I am concentrating on the national events. I am working hard and sure that I will clinch medals in school national games.”

Keshav has been practicing for last four year at multi-purpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Dev stadium. He used to practice for four hours everyday and wants to be an international player.

Prem Singh, his coach, said, “Keshav has good potential as he has won many championships. Despite the lack of proper infrastructure for gymnastic, he is performing well and I think he has a good future. He is dedicated toward his game and I hope he will represent India in International events.”



BCM, Green Land script victory in carrom tourney
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 18
Hosts BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road branch, along with another school from the city, Green Land Public School scripted victories in their respective matches on the first day of the CBSE National Carrom Championship that started here today.

Besides, participants from the CBSE affiliated schools from Varanasi that include Varanasi Public School, Aditya Birla Public School, Vikram Nagar, Jyoti Public School, Dr Amrit Lal Public School, Happy Model School, Sunbeam School, DLW School and Swami Harsevanand Public School recorded wins to move into the next round.

Earlier, Pushkar Vohra, Director CBSE, declared the championship open. He took salute from the participants at an impressive march past.

The highlight of the opening ceremony was a spectacular cultural programme followed by welcome songs, sports dance and martial arts display by the students of host school.

DP Guleria, principal, BCM School, Chandigarh road branch, welcomed the chief guest and the participants.

Around 400 participants (boys and girls) drawn from different schools across the country are taking part in the four-day event.

He added that the main feature of the opening ceremony would be an impressive cultural programme to be presented by the school students.

Dr Madhuruchi Lamba, vice-president, Mohan Dai Memorial Cancer Hospital, principals of BCM Schools, faculty members and a large number of students were present at the inaugural function.



Indoor swimming pool hangs fire
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 18
Swimmers from the city are unable to practice for the upcoming swimming events due to non-availability of indoor swimming pool.
All the swimming pools located in city are in open and swimmers are not able to practice for the swimming events in these pools as the winter has started. Around 10 years ago, the municipal corporation (MC) had started to construct an indoor pool adjoining the open swimming pool at Rakh Bagh.

It was to provide a pool to swimmers for practice in winters. But after several years the project of constructing the poll is still hanging fire due to apathetic attitude of the corporation authorities. According to swimming pool authorities, the work was stopped for unknown reasons. The practice sessions of swimmers at the MC pool were stopped on October 30 now only 7 to 8 national-level players has been practising for their national events with the permission of Municipal Commissioner.

Jatinder Singh, a swimmer from city said, "I think that it is the only reason why we are not able to compete with the swimmers from the southern states. Players from the city have been practising in cold water for the national events. They cannot perform well by practicing in such conditions. Indoor swimming pool is an urgent need of our players but no one bothers."

Vishakha Singh, a swimming coach said, "Despite the lack of swimming pool with warm water facilities, our players perform best in the state. If municipal corporation completes the indoor swimming pool, performances of our players can improve a lot. The building of pool was constructed a few years ago, now a filter plant and tiles are required."



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