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Hosiery industry sees brisk business
Manufacturers expecting 10 to 15 per cent growth in their trade this winter season
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
With the winter already having set in, the hosiery industry is expecting a brisk business this season. It is hoping for a 10 to 15 per cent growth in trade.

Hosiery manufacturers have started the winter trade on a happy note.

International orders have already been dispatched. It is now time to cater to the local market, which is placing more orders with manufacturers in view of the rising demand. Traders do not place orders in bulk any more as the "season has reduced" for the past several years.

“Stocks booked earlier by buyers are now being cleared. Profits will be less this year due to high input costs,” said Karan Jain, a hosiery manufacturer.

He said the country’s Rs 8,000-crore hosiery market currently had an equal percentage of branded and non-branded players. “Of late, the focus has slowly started shifting towards the non-branded segment and its market share is likely to rise in the coming years,” he said.

“Winters have become short and due to it our season has also reduced. With the weather getting cold earlier than expected, we are hoping for a good business this season,” said Santosh Singla, a hosiery trader from Mochpura Bazar.

“With the prices of yarn rising by almost 25 per cent this year, we were worried about the business. However, with the timely onset of the winter, we hope to earn a good profit,” said Naresh Sood, another trader.

Hosiery goods of Punjab are in great demand, not only in the country, but abroad as well. This industry is a major foreign exchange earner for India. The USA and Russia are among its valued clients.

“With the prices of yarn having increased, we were apprehensive about the sales, but this winter the business has picked up and we are expecting to earn nearly 10 to 15 per cent profit,” said another trader.

Yarn prices up

With the prices of yarn rising by almost 25 per cent this year, we were worried about the business. However, with the timely onset of the winter, we hope to earn a good profit
— Naresh Sood, a trader 


Traders cry foul over slow movement of parcels
Ask Railways to provide additional wagons in trains to clear backlog 
Kuldip Bhatia

Hosiery goods parcels, booked for various destinations in the country, lie scattered at the Ludhiana railway station.
Hosiery goods parcels, booked for various destinations in the country, lie scattered at the Ludhiana railway station. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, December 2
With the mercury plummeting in the region and the demand for woollen and hosiery items increasing in the entire northern and eastern regions, hosiery manufacturers and traders in the city are sore over the slow movement of packages booked through the Railways for various destinations in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and the North-East.

Maintaining that since this is the peak season for the sale of hosiery goods and if the packages do not reach their intended destinations in the next couple of days, hosiery manufacturers and traders will lose business and reputation, Darshan Davar, president of the Bajwa Nagar Hosiery Manufacturers Association, has asked the Northern Railway authorities to provide additional wagons in all long-route mail and express trains, and also run special goods trains to clear the huge backlog of parcels at the railway parcel office here.

Those anxiously waiting for their packages to be loaded on trains for intended destinations also complain that certain agencies, which have taken railway parcel wagons on lease, are taking undue advantage of the shortage of parcel vans. Several traders and clearing agents alleged that consignors were being forced to pay a heavy premium for speedy clearance of their parcels which further cut into their profit margin.

Railway officials, however, assert that the backlog of some 2,400-odd outward-bound parcels is almost normal during the peak hosiery season. "On an average, around 1,100 parcels are being loaded every day on various trains. The Railways is also providing additional parcel wagons in most long-route trains, but an equal number or more parcels are booked every day which adds to the backlog," said chief parcel supervisor Ashwani Kumar.

Expressing similar views, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the Northern Railway MM Singh said all possible efforts were being made to clear the backlog of parcels at the railway parcel office here. "We are also taking up the matter with the headquarters in New Delhi to run a couple of special goods trains to specific destinations. However, this being a policy matter, will take some time to materialise," he said.



Confusion over number of subsidised LPG cylinders 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Paying more than double the amount for an LPG cylinder has started pinching consumers in the city. Till now, they had been paying Rs 435 for a domestic gas cylinder, but now many of them have been asked to shell out Rs 946 for the same cylinder, which has come as a big jolt for them.

Geetika Gupta, a resident of Rani Jhansi Road, said they had been given to understand that the fourth cylinder purchased between October and March next would be without subsidy. “Yesterday, a cylinder was delivered to me and I paid Rs 435. However, the delivery man asked me to pay Rs 946. I got the shock of my life. I had no alternative buy the cylinder without subsidy. It is really pinching and the Central Government must give a second thought to its decision,” she said.

Around 15 cylinders have already been given to consumers without subsidy. Within a month or two, a majority of the consumers will have to pay Rs 946 for each domestic gas cylinder.

Delivery man Santosh Kumar said, "When consumers are asked to pay Rs 946, they start fighting with us. Then we make them understand that their slip is issued by the agency and we are not keeping the extra amount with us.” 

Subsidised cylinders

Confusion prevails among gas agencies over the number of cylinders to be provided at subsidised rates. A consumer's card showed that she had taken two cylinders from October 1. However, she was charged Rs 946 for the third cylinder. She said, "I told the delivery man that this was my third cylinder and Rs 946 should be charged for the fourth cylinder, but he refused to listen. I will now go to the agency with my complaint.” x



Assn begins drive for adoption of stray dogs 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

The Sarabha Nagar Market Association hs launched a campaign for the adoption of stray dogs.
The Sarabha Nagar Market Association hs launched a campaign for the adoption of stray dogs. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, December 2
In collaboration with city artistes, the Sarabha Nagar Market Association has started a campaign to appeal to welfare associations in the city to adopt stray dongs. City-based artists have created cartoons with messages about adoption of dogs for the purpose.

Having adopted dogs over the past couple of years, the market association has been carrying out vaccination of dogs. It has been taking care of sick dogs in the area.

Gurpreet Singh, a member of the association, who initiated this campaign, said stray dogs were "part of the same environment". The welfare associations maintain parks, but stray dogs in the same areas are neglected. These should be adopted so that rather than becoming a problem, these dogs can be utilised.

These dogs become an asset rather than a problem after being adopted and trained. "Members of the association at the Sarabha Nagar market have been contributing for this cause. We have set up a kennel where sick dogs can be treated and sterilised dogs healed," said Gurpreet.

"We have also started a campaign by a dog character, "Popcorn", based on the name of a stray dog adopted by the association, to spread awareness about environmental issues.

Hoardings with messages for adoption of stray dogs have been put up in the market.

"Other market and residential welfare associations can work on the same pattern. We will help them if they need any assistance," he said. Dog trainers would be roped in to train dogs, he said.



Mandi Board fails to complete renovation work in stadium
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Iron sheets yet to be installed in block B of the stadium.
Iron sheets yet to be installed in block B of the stadium. photos: inderjeet verma

Work on toilets is yet to be completed.
Work on toilets is yet to be completed. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, December 2
The Punjab Mandi Board has failed to complete the assigned work of installing canopies in certain blocks and renovation of toilets and replacement of broken chairs at the Guru Nanak Stadium, the venue of kabaddi final and the prize distribution function of the ongoing third World Kabaddi Cup, scheduled for December 15.

The work was supposed to be completed by the Punjab Mandi Board by November 30. However, except for replacing a canopy in block A, the board has failed to accomplish the job.

Officials of the board and the Sports Department were hopeful of completing the proposed work by November 30. Directions had been issued by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to complete the renovation work before the start of the Word Kabaddi Cup.

According to officials of the Punjab Mandi Board, now the board will not install a canopy in block F since it is too late to complete the work on time. Chairs in the VIP block, which were proposed to be changed, are yet to be replaced.

The supporting structure for a canopy in block B has been installed, but iron sheets are yet to be fixed. The renovation work on toilets in all blocks is incomplete. Om Parkash, Executive Engineer, Punjab Mandi Board, who was on a visit to the stadium to review the progress of work, said, "It is true that we are running behind the schedule. The work is almost complete and we hope that the remaining work will be finished within a week."

District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, Kartar Singh Sehmbey said, "We hope to complete the work by December 10. Installation of canopies and seating arrangement are major works to be done. We will definitely complete these before the final of the World Kabaddi Cup."



Officials discuss arrangements
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
To make fool-proof arrangements for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on December 8, a meeting of government departments was held today at the Circuit House. The meeting, attended by higher-ups from various departments, was jointly convened by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

Officers of the municipal corporation, the PAU and the departments of Police, Health, Electricity and the PWD attended the meeting. The officials have been asked to make the necessary arrangements in time.

Sources said the Prime Minister would arrive at the Halwara Airforce Station in a plane and three or four helicopters would accompany the PM to the PAU, where he would stay for at least 80 minutes.

PAU officials have been asked to thoroughly check their buildings and electricity arrangements. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Rishipal Singh and SDM (East) Ajay Sood have been made liaison officers. The overall arrangements will be taken care of by ADC (G) Neeru Katyal.

An official said for the next one week, they would be on their toes, seeing all arrangements. “Since the Prime Minister is visiting the city, tight security arrangements have to be made by the Police and the Intelligence departments. Commandos of the NSG will arrive in the city three days before the Prime Minister's visit. We have made all arrangements for their stay as well,” the official said.



Woman ends her life

Ludhiana, December 2
A 28-year-old woman, Sandeep Kaur, committed suicide by hanging herself from a hook in the ceiling of her room here last evening. A case under Section 304 B of the IPC has been registered against the victim's husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law by the PAU police station.

According to SHO of the PAU police station Gurvir Singh, Sandeep Kaur was married to Punitpal Singh for the past two and a half years. The couple had a 10-month-old child. A resident of Adarsh Colony, Aggar Nagar, here, the victim took the extreme step as she was allegedly being tortured by her in-laws for dowry.

Last evening, Sandeep Kaur's mother-in-law and father-in-law went to Ghumar Mandi to get some grocery items. She was alone at home as her child was taken by the maid to a nearby park. “Sandeep hanged herself from a hook in the ceiling. Her in-laws forgot a purse at home. When they returned to pick it up, they found their daughter-in-law hanging. — TNS



Reporters’ diary
When Turbans cause confusion!

Recently, at a wedding, I met one of our distant relatives who lives in Bangalore and is a pure Bangalorean by nature. She came to Punjab to attend a Sikh wedding and during the initial couple of ceremonies I saw her a bit confused and baffled. When I asked her the reason behind her confusion she replied sweetly, “The problem lies in the faces. I am not used to seeing so many men wearing turbans and I fail to remember their faces. Whenever any person with a turban wishes me I fail to recognise him and think he is the same person I met a minute ago. There is a lot of confusion as I fail to recognise their faces. I am used to seeing only one turbaned man, Sunny Deol, and that too on the television”. I was amused to hear her confusion, which left me wondering at the same time.

Sensible act

Bhadaur House, Deepak Cinema Road, Mata Rani Chowk - the areas always remain too congested and witness traffic jams in routine. I saw a rickshaw-puller, pulling some load on his rickshaw and talking to someone on his mobile phone while he was stuck in a traffic jam. He was heard saying, "Bhai idhar traffic jam hai, apne aap ko museebat mein mat daalna yahan aa kar. Koi aur route apna lo". (Brother there is a traffic jam here. Don't put yourself into trouble by coming here. Instead take some alternative route). I was impressed to see that a rickshaw-puller had saved his fellow from the trouble of traffic jam, which was cleared after more than an hour.

A lesson learnt

Having jumped a red light at a busy inter-section in the city, a businessman friend of mine was stopped by a traffic policeman. "Sir, you have jumped a traffic light," the policeman told him in a very humble and respectful tone. The offender did know that he had violated the traffic law. But, in a bid to wriggle out of the situation and avoid being challaned, he meekly told the policeman that an SUV right ahead of him had made it impossible for him to see the traffic light. "As the SUV crossed the road, I followed it without realising that the traffic light had turned red," he pleaded with the policeman, who scratched his neck, thought for a while, and before letting the car driver go, said, "You have violated the law. But may be what you say is right and I give you the benefit of the doubt. However, be more careful in the future." Narrating this incident, the businessman friend said, "I have learnt a lesson and will follow the traffic rules from now on".

GK time

Whether the President's visit has changed anything might be questioned, but it certainly seemed to have contributed in increasing the curiosity and general knowledge of some of the policemen. While waiting for the President at the PAU, a policeman deployed as part of security, while talking with a fellow policeman, asked him who the Finance Minister currently is after Pranab Mukherji became the President. The other one, equally clueless, shrugged and said, "I'll have to find out."

A respectable person

A few days ago I called up one of my sources and heard the caller tune: "Thank you for calling Mr Jaswinder. Mr Jaswinder is busy, hold on or call him up after some time". After a few minutes I again tried his number and again heard the same caller tune. After 10 minutes when my source called me up, I said: "You have a very strange caller tune as if you are too busy." Listening to this, he said: "Madam, in today's fast moving world, one loves to be addressed in a respectful way. But, these days none respects the other person, so I decided that I should chose a caller tune which can at least present me as a respectable person."

— Contributed by Manav Mander, Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Gurvinder Singh and Anupam Bhagria



Riot of colour at chrysanthemum show 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
It was the riot of colour at a chrysanthemum flower show-cum-contest held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Various varieties of flowers, including reflexed, irregular curved, pompon, spider, spoon and quilled, were on display. The awards were given for the beauty and health of flowers as also for flower and pot-arrangements. A photography contest for youngsters was also organised as part of the event. Around 35 youngsters from different parts of the city participated in the show-cum-contest, which was divided into age-wise categories, including "faces and flowers" for the younger group, colours of nature for candidate aged 12 to 18 years and "harmony and contrast" for participants aged 18 years and above.

Jatinder Singh Sandhu, a member of the management committee of the gurdwara, said: "This initiative has been dedicated to Guru Har Rai, the seventh Guru, who has been a great environmentalist of his times. The initiative has been taken to spread awareness on environment, develop the interest of residents in beautifying their homes and surroundings with trees and flowers and bring youngsters close to nature."

Charandeep Singh, who won nine prizes, said it was great to see residents coming with such a rich variety of flowers.

"It was great to be part of the event as both flowers and photography interest me a great deal and capturing flowers was a beautiful experience," said Manpreet, a student

Tanvi, another student, said it is good to be part of the event as photography events in the city are generally rare.

Gurliv Singh, an engineering student, said it was good that such an initiative to involve people in making the environment clean, green and beautiful had been taken by the gurdwara.

"If youngsters get close to nature and purity, it is natural for them to get close to Gurbani and spirituality," said city-based photographer TPS Sandhu.



Govt should provide market for pulses, say experts
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
While the Punjab Government is emphasising the cultivation of pulses in the state, pulses’ breeder suggest the government has to make efforts to provide a market for pulses to promote its cultivation under the diversification of crops.

Dr Jeet Singh Sandhu, a renowned pulses’ breeder and Assistant Director General (Seed), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), who was in the city to attend the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security, suggested that the state government should emphasise the procurement of pulses in order to increases the area under pulses in state.

Dr Jeet Singh believes that Punjab could become a good producer of pluses if the government assures farmers of the procurement of crops.

The state imports a major chunk of pluses from the other states of the country for domestic use. According to the experts, farmers can't get profit by cultivating pulses compared to wheat and rice crops for there is no specific market for the same and yield is very less. All the efforts of government to diversify crops will prove futile.

"Punjab buys pulses from the other states to meet the consumption if the state government starts procuring pluses on viable rates. Then there will be no need to buy pulses from other states. We found that the yield of pulses in Punjab is better than other states of the country. We got a good response of summer ‘moong’ in Punjab. The government should encourage farmers for the cultivation of pulses by announcing minimum support price for pulses," added Dr Jeet Singh. 



Police redresses 102 complaints

Ludhiana, December 2
Under the guidance of Ishwar Singh, Commissioner Police, around 102 complaints were sorted out by a panel of police officials, including Assistant Commissioner Police (ACP) North Swapan Sharma, Dharampal, SHO of the Salem Tabri Police Station, Surinder Mohan, SHO of Kotwali, Vinod Kumar from Division Number 4 and Rajesh Thakur, in charge of the Jagatpuri Chowki here today.

Sharma said there were a total of 200 complaints and both the parties in each complaint were called. The nature of complaints included property disputes, matrimonial disputes and scuffle and brawls. “It was an initiative taken by the police so that the public should feel that they will get the justice,” said the ACP. — TNS



school notes
Annual function held

Kindergarten students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, gave a scintillating performance during the annual function, “Alfresco 2012”, held in the school grounds today. Rakesh Verma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. He was welcomed by children dressed in colourful bhangra costumes. A “Melody of Ripples” with songs and instruments enlivened the atmosphere. The “Temple of Shaolin” was a perfect replica of the Ninjas displaying their karate skills. “Kare Yog, Rahe Nirog” was another highlight of the programme, spreading awareness of physical and mental fitness. The “Dancing Divas” was a marvellous performance; a fusion of classical dances of North and South. The graceful tiny steps mesmerised the parents. Students of LKG and UKG presented a jungle party giving a message of coexistence in the “Whistling Woods” and to savour the beauties of nature in the “God’s Canvas”. The ballerinas and the other dances in “Jamboree” was an amalgamation of elegance, exuberance and vigour. “The Yuletide Echoes” was a performance apt for December as Christmas is around the corner. Class I students depicted the Nativity Scene and the 10 commandments exhorting the parents to celebrate Christmas in its true spirit.

Gurpurb celebrated

Guru Nanak International Public School

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, celebrated the Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev with religious fervour. The celebrations started one day before as students and staff participated wholeheartedly to perform 'seva' for 'langar' to be served. The school was decked up to mark the celebrations. The programme started with the recital of 'Japji Sahib' path by 51 students, followed by ‘Shabad Gayan’ under the patronage of the Guru Granth Sahib. To spread the divine ambience, students of the pre-primary, primary, middle and senior sections sang hymns, recited poems and delivered speeches.

Guru Nanak Public School

Students recite shabad during the Gurpurb celebrations at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.
Students recite shabad during the Gurpurb celebrations at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was also celebrated on the campus of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar. Students sang hymns and stressed on the importance of unflinching faith in the Guru through poems and speeches. As many as 619 students took part in ‘Gurbani Kanth’ competition and won several prizes. The shining star of GNPS, Devendrapal Singh, mesmerised the congregation by reciting shabads. The Management Committee, along with the principal, presented a memento to Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor of Ludhiana, and Devendrapal Singh.

GNI Senior Secondary Public School

Meanwhile, Gurpurb was also celebrated with enthusiasm on the premises of GNI Senior Secondary Public School, I-Block, BRS Nagar. Students sang shabads, delivered speeches, sakhis and recited poems. Councillor Veeran Bedi appreciated the students for their dedicated efforts. Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary, encouraged the students for their performances. Principal B. Bedi shared her views on the preaching’s of Guru Nanak Dev.

Annual presentation

Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School, Narangwal, celebrated “Rasmayee Pankhurian” - the annual presentation - on the school premises today. The function was graced by Poonam Suri (president, DAV CMC) and BK Singh Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, Ludhiana. As a tribute to Balwant Bakshi, an educationist, the Balwant Bakshi Block was also inaugurated. The dance-drama presentation had the hundred per cent participation of students from classes VI to XI. It was a continuous depiction showing 11 ‘rasas’ in myriad forms as perceived in our culture. Karuna, Anada, Hasya, Vatsalya, Shingar, Bhakti, Adhbhut, Bhayanak, Virodh and Shanti, all ‘rasas’, were shown intertwined in the social fabric. Social evils like dowry and female foeticide were shown in the Bhayanak rasa, whereas Vatsalya and Shingar were depicted through choreography. It was a mesmerising show conveying the message of universal peace and brotherhood. Poonam Suri gave a “Trishul” - a mantra for happy living to the audience. Sudesh Ahlawat, director of the school, expressed gratitude to the benefactors.


A function was held today at Pothohar Sayyad Khalsa National Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, in the memory of late Bhupinder Singh Malhotra, former president of the school, on the occasion of his birthday. A variety of programmes were presented by the students, which were appreciated and applauded by everyone present on the occasion. Outstanding students were awarded prizes for their achievements in different fields. — TNS



Schoolgirl injured in accident
Agitating villagers vandalise private bus; passengers hurt
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 2
A schoolgirl was seriously injured when a Honda Activa scooter, on which she was riding, was hit by a speeding bus near Mullanpur Dakha yesterday evening. The bus was belonging to a private transport company.

As per information, the accident took place around 6 PM yesterday near Haveli restaurant situated on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway when a Bathinda-bound private bus hit a Honda Activa scooter from the rear side.

The girl, identified as Tanvir Kaur, a resident of Bhanohar village near Mullanpur Dakha, received serious injuries in the mishap.

Activists of the Lok Sewa Committee, Mullanpur Dakha, immediately rushed the victim to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The condition of the girl is stated to be critical.

According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the collision was so severe that after hitting the scooter, the bus dragged it for around 25-30 meters.

Immediately after the accident, the driver and the conductor of the bus fled away from the scene. After sometime, a police team, led by Manjinder Singh, SHO, Mullanpur Dakha Police Station, arrived at the spot and started investigations. The police also impounded the bus involved in the accident.

Investigating officer ASI Jasmer Singh said the police had registered a case of negligence driving against the unidentified bus driver. Raids were being conducted to nab him.

After the accident, a large number of residents of Bhanohar village assembled on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway.

According to sources, agitating villagers started pelting stones and bricks on another private transport company bus going from Ludhiana to Barnala. As a result of which some passengers travelling in the bus received minor injuries.

Later, the driver of this bus lodged a complaint at the Dakha Police Station.

Confirming the development, ASI Jasmer Singh said the police had received a complaint about the incident and an investigation was underway in this regard.

An appropriate action would be taken against the people who pelted stones on the bus, he added.



Patients examined at medical camps in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The Sheela Dewan and Dewan Jagdish Chandra (freedom fighter, Ex-MLA, Advocate) Memorial Charitable Society organised a charitable free check-up camp for surgical patients at Gurdwara Mai Harkrishan Kaur.

Tests like ECG, RBS, Hb, TLC, DLC and urine routine examination were done free of cost. Medicines were also distributed among the needy.

As many as 10 patients suffering from gallstone, hernia, neck tumour and kidney stone registered during the camp would be operated on free of cost and the rest of the surgical patients, who came to the camp, would be operated on at half of the fee at Dewan Hospital.

The camp was organised for the patients suffering from gallstone, kidney stones, hernia, piles, prostate, thyroid, cancer, nodules and tumours.

Devki Nandan Khar, president, Freedom Fighters Organisation, was the chief guest, while Jagan Nath Shah was the guest of honour. Raju Thapar, a former councillor of the area, inaugurated the camp.

Meanwhile, the Ek Noor Charitable Educational and Welfare Trust organised a free medical check-up camp at Kiddies Paradise School in the memory of trust's chairman late Randhir Singh Dhiri. A panel of specialised doctors examined nearly 400 patients.

The camp was inaugurated by Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Political Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister. Mayor HS Gohalwaria and former MLA Harish Rai Dhanda were also present on the occasion.

Another free medical check-up camp was organised by the Anti-Crime Bureau Corruption in collaboration with the Red Swastik Society in jhuggies near Ladhowal.

The camp was inaugurated by Karamjit Singh, sarpanch of Ladhowal.

A team of doctors examined as many as 295 patients.

Yogesh Bakhshi, chairman of the Anti-Crime Bureau against Corruption, was also present on the occasion.



Cultural activities mark annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 2
IIAE Educational Society and Doric Multimedia, LPU study centres of Ludhiana, along with other LPU centres namely IVY Educational Society - Raikot and Samrala, Gian Jyoti Educational Society - Nabha and Sangrur, Dhuri Institute of IT and Management - Dhuri, celebrated the annual function titled "AAGAAZ-2012" at Nehru Siddhant Kendra, Pakhowal Road, today.

The programme showcased the talent of students who performed various cultural activities such as one-act play, choreography, folk dance and songs. The entire show was fabulous and was marked by splendid performances by the participants. The occasion was also marked by the felicitation of toppers by distinguished guests.



Ludhiana scan
Party workers’ meet held

A meeting of party workers was held at the Himachal Bhawan, near Dholewal, on Sunday. Pawan Dewan, president of the Congress Committee (Urban), and party member Pappi Parashar alleged that the Akali-BJP coalition had failed on all fronts and for all of their own failures, they kept blaming the Centre. They alleged that the government treasury was empty and lands were being sold to give salaries to the government employees. They said despite that, crores of rupees were being wasted on Kabaddi Cup.

AIDS awareness rally

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Students of various schools of the local town and surrounding localities, led by office-bearers of the Kalyaan Helpline, an NGO, organised an AIDS awareness rally. The rally was supervised by Dr SR Shahi, chairman of the organisation. The students prepared charts highlighting various aspects of adult education and raised slogans against the deadly disease.

Free medical camp today

Doraha: The Rotary Club, Doraha, will organise a free medical camp at Sidhu Hospital here on Monday. Patients suffering from diabetes, chest diseases, heart ailments, joint pains, kidney problems, etc, would be examined during the camp. A medical team led by Dr Gursaran Sidhu, Head of the Department of Medicine, would examine the patients.

Book released

A book titled “Pave Kaleje Dhooh” authored by Amrit Grewal Jolly was released at the Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. It was released by the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha in association with the Punjabi Sahit Akademi. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said reading books should be made a movement so that coming generations could understand and connect with reading and books.

Branch inaugurated

A specialised commercial branch of the State Bank of India was inaugurated at Focal Point on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Sangram Kumar Das, GM. Customers of the bank were also present on the occasion. — TNS



Gang of vehicle thieves busted 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 2
With the arrest of two persons, including a woman, the Jagraon police has claimed to have busted a gang of vehicles thieves. Among the arrested is Gurpreet Singh of Kiri village.

The police has also recovered two stolen motorcycles from their possession. According to the police, this gang of vehicle thieves had been active in the Jagraon area for the past many months. Both the suspects were arrested in the Malak Road area in Jagraon.

The SHO of the Jagraon city police station, Mohammad Jamil, said a police team, lead by the Jagraon Bus Stand police chowki in charge, ASI Baldev Singh, had set up a check post near the T-point connecting the Malak Road with the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway on Saturday as part of a routine search operation.

"The police party stopped a man and a woman riding a Bajaj Discover motorcycle at the check post. When the police officials asked the man riding the motorcycle to show the documents of the motorcycle, he failed to produce any. This made the police suspicious and when the police officials questioned him strictly, the man confessed that the motorcycle he was riding was stolen by him from the Dashmesh Nagar locality of Jagraon on November 29. Following this, the police arrested both of them," stated the SHO. 



Cong workers booked for pasting PM’s pictures on 108 ambulances
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Dec 2
The police has booked Congress activists under section 3 of the Punjab Public Property Defacement Act and arrested some of them after they pasted pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 108 ambulances. The suspects were, however, released on bail.

The Youth Congress leaders, including Gurmel Singh Gill Ber Kalan, Gurvinder Singh Ghaloti, Sukhwinder Singh Pandher, Chamkaur Singh Ghangas and Pirthi Singh Ghangas, were booked at the Police Chowki, Sihar.

Meanwhile, social and trade organisations have criticised both the parties (the SAD and the Congress) for allegedly exploiting public property for making political gains. They have urged the Election Commission of India to intervene in the matter and get publicity materials and pictures removed from all the public properties.

"As the tendency is aimed at gathering support during elections, the Election Commission of India should interfere in the matter and check the practice with immediate effect," reads a communiqué addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner, President of India and the Governor of Punjab Shivraj Patil.

Regretting that none of the social and political organisations had tried to check the practice, Sikandar Singh Jartoli and Baldev Singh Latala, social activists and office-bearers of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, alleged that the paraphernalia purchased and maintained with the public funds had been exploited for gaining publicity and political benefits.

Activists of the Youth Congress had pasted pictures of the Prime Minister along with those of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the ambulances of the 108 emergency service. The state government had directed the administration to make ensure that the pictures of the PM were not pasted on the ambulances. 

Ruling alliance flayed

Social and trade organisations have criticised both the parties (the SAD and the Congress) for allegedly exploiting public property for making political gains. They have urged the Election Commission of India to intervene in the matter and get publicity materials and pictures removed from all the public properties. 



3 booked for presenting fake papers in court
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Acting on a complaint lodged by Ranjit Kumar, Zone Judge, Special Court, Ludhiana, a case under sections 193, 199, 200, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B, IPC, has been registered against three persons, who, after presenting fake documents in the court, got a person released on bail on November 26, 2012.

According to information, the case has been registered against Jeet Ram, Jangir Singh and Buta Ram, all residents of Jalandhar district. The three prepared fake property documents and presented the same in the court to get bail for Basanti Lal, a resident of Bararia, Rajasthan, who was lodged in jail following a case registered against him under sections 18, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act.

The police is investigating the matter while the accused have absconded.

1 kg opium seized

The police has registered a case against Inder Singh, a resident of Kalghidhar Marg, New Shimlapuri, under sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. According to information, Inder was held near Quality Chowk here last evening during a police checking and 1 kg of opium was recovered from him. The police is further investigating the matter.



Annual Sports Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
Kids, dressed in different colourful tracksuits, took part in fun games during the Annual Sports Day of Mother's Touch Kindergarten, Rishi Nagar, here yesterday.

Vinay Sharma, principal of Don Bosco School, inaugurated the competition.

Children took out a march past and performed various drills during the opening ceremony. This was followed games like ‘khatron ke khiladi’, ‘make your own tiffin’, balancing act and crazy balls in the sandpit. Parents of the students also participated in different games.

Gagandeep Kaur, principal of Mother's Touch Kindergarten, thanked the parents. “Sports play an imperative role in our life. It is the best part of childhood, the spirited part of teens, the gaming part of adulthood and the leisure part of old age,” said Gagandeep.



Navya, Suryansh triumph in ‘sorting the balls race’
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
It was a day of exuberant energy at Kundan Vidya Mandir here today as Annual Sports Day was organised for the students of the kindergarten section.

In the LKG section, Navya and Suryansh came out triumphant in ‘sorting the balls race’, while Ridhi and Ojas bagged top prize in ‘thread the beads race’.

Kabir and Sunanda finished ahead of others in the ‘butterfly and flower race’, while Trisha, Bhavya, Shruti and Ishanya combined well to win the ‘shuttle race’.

The winners in the UKG section, Hrinay and Ishaan, proved too good in ‘watering the plant race’. Shubham Kapoor and Kaisha Jain bagged top positions in ‘getting ready for school race’, while Aditya and Charvee won ‘humpty dumpty race’.

Ashwani Kumar, manager of the School Management Committee, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony.

Principal Navita Puri thanked the chief guest and parents of the students who were present on the occasion.



Obstacle run held for residents
Tribune News Service

Participants run through a mud pit

a resident participates in the obstacle run
Participants run through a mud pit; and (below) a resident participates in the obstacle run near Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 2
An obstacle run was organised today at a residential township near Sidhwan Canal spreading over 4-km track.

The residents crawled through a muddy trench, braved the cold water pit "pool of shrill", jumped over the fire pits, ran through the "tyre troll" and climbed up and down the web of ropes during the event.

Instructors intervened to help the runners. The most fun obstacle, according to some runners, was the torture trench. Here, the runners crawled across a trench like Army personnel.

“This was not a race, because this was organised in a way that an individual challenged oneself and won over himself,” said Adnan Adeeb from GameOn India.

“Although such runs are common in the US, this was organised for the first time here,” he added.

"The event was an initiative to support our commitment for an active and healthy lifestyle for the young and the old,” said Madhukar Tulsi, president, Ireo.

“It was great fun to be part of the event. Such events should be organised more often in the city. It was a fun to complete these adventure run,” said a resident who participated in the event.h



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