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Rich haul of fake shoes
Were carrying brand name of 2 US-based firms; showroom owner held
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The city police siezed fake shoes carrying the names of two US-based companies from a showroom at the Akalgarh market here this evening. The police has arrested the owner of the showroom for selling fake shoes.

Ramesh Dutt, Director, Speed Network, Chandigarh, a consultant company hired by the two companies, said he had received a request from the Tommy Hilfigher and Lacoste companies of the USA that heavy sale of fake shoes carrying the names of their companies was on in Ludhiana.

The fake shoes were also exported to other countries. This had led to a loss to the companies and had also caused a loss to the government exchequer in terms of revenue.

Dutt said his team carried out a survey in the city market and found that a showroom and two shops were dealing in fake shoes in the city.

It was found that they had stored a huge stock of shoes in a godown located near Congress Bhawan close to Clock Tower.

Dutt lodged a complaint with Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh, who handed over the case to the SHO of the Division No. 1 police station, Surinder Mohan.

The police today raided the showroom and the godown and seized fake shoes, which would have fetched Rs 20 lakh to the owner.

“A case has been registered against Karanbir Singh, owner of Plaza Shoes. The police is investigating the matter,” said Surinder Mohan.

Would have fetched Rs 20 lakh

The police on Wednesday raided a showroom and a godown at the Akalgarh market and seized fake shoes, which would have fetched Rs 20 lakh to the owner.

Fake products

It is not the first time that the police has tightened the noose around those selling fake products. On May 15, the police had arrested two persons for manufacturing and selling fake cosmetics material of noted international brands in Gur Mandi.


Marriage palace owners get relief
State govt makes amendments to regularisation policy 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 19
The Punjab Government is understood to have carried out certain amendments to the marriage palace regularisation policy which was notified a few days ago for existing marriage palaces and also for setting up of new marriage palaces.

Responding to fervent pleas made by the affected marriage palace owners, the government has allowed certain relaxations in the last date for submission of applications, payment of fee for regularisation as well as in the stipulated building bylaws.

While the proposed amendments, which have been cleared by the state Cabinet, are yet to be notified, sources in the Housing and Urban Development Department said the last day for the submission of applications for regularisation, fixed earlier as December 20, had now been extended to December 31. A time frame for the process of regularisation had also been laid down in the policy, and the regulatory bodies would have to accord approval latest by January 15, 2013.

Similarly, the condition of payment of 50 per cent of the total charges for regularisation, payable along with the application, has been relaxed, and now the applicants would have to pay 25 per cent of the total charges at the time of the submission of application as first instalment of the regularisation fee.

The sources said the government had also conceded the demand for relaxation in the condition of minimum area for marriage palaces on link roads in the state. The relaxation in the minimum required area would be available to existing marriage palaces only while new marriage palaces would have to adhere to the provisions laid down in the policy. In addition, the government had also amended some other conditions in the building norms keeping in view the practical difficulties being faced by the marriage palace owners, the sources said.

Hailing the relief provided by the state government, Gulshan Kumar, a city-based realtor and marriage palace owner, said the government should also reconsider the change of land use (CLU) charges of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 40 lakh per acre fixed for marriage palaces located on highways and link roads, respectively.

District Town Planner MS Mann, who was entrusted with the task of carrying out a physical survey of all existing marriage palaces, said the initial survey of 119 palaces had been completed. "The details collected by the survey teams with regard to dimensions and other conditions laid down for the regularisation of marriage palaces are being tabulated and the report will be submitted to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), the regulatory body, within a couple of days," he said.

Chief Administrator of GLADA Shruti Singh said once the survey report of marriage palaces was received from the Town and Country Planning Department, the process of acceptance of applications along with the first instalment of the CLU, would be set in motion.



Respite for danga peerats
Govt revises rates of houses meant for them yet again
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The state government has revised the rates of houses meant for danga peerats. A meeting of senior officials, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was held in Chandigarh recently in which it was decided that the actual cost, fixed way back in 1991-1992, should be charged from the danga peerats and the interest should be waived off.

The danga peerats were provided accommodation in two categories: Lower Income Group (LIG) and Middle Income Group (MIG). Initially, for the LIG flats, danga peerats were to pay Rs 33,000 while for the MIG flats, they were to pay Rs 88,000. Following directions from the High Court, the authorities were asked to prepare a list of the danga peerats and allot the houses through a draw of lots.

In the meantime, the agencies concerned, including the Housing Board and PUDA, asked the state government to revise the rates to make up for the difference in the cost of the land and construction as the earlier rates had been fixed about two decades ago. The interest factor was added to the actual cost. The Financial Commissioner, Revenue, held a meeting on the issue and the new rates were fixed at Rs 15 lakh for an LIG Flat and Rs 34 lakh for an MIG accommodation.

The danga peerats moved the High Court against this decision. The court asked the government to give a second thought to the decision.

"A meeting was held a few days ago in Chandigarh and the Chief Minister asked the authorities not to levy the interest factor on the actual cost of the house. A copy of this decision will be sent to the authorities concerned soon. It will give respite to the danga peerats," said a senior official of the Revenue Department, Chandigarh.



Officials to meet on eviction today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Senior officials of the district administration, the police and GLADA will meet tomorrow to discuss the sensitive issue of eviction of occupants of six houses by December 31 as ordered by the Supreme Court. These houses, allotted to "danga peerats", were "illegally" occupied by some other danga peerats.

The present occupants of the houses have already been allotted houses following orders from the court and these six houses have to be handed over to the original allottees. It is learnt that a meeting of magistrates and senior police and GLADA officials has been convened for tomorrow on the eviction issue.

The houses were allotted to danga peerats. When the original allottees went to take the possession, they found the houses occupied. The original occupants filed a writ petition in the High Court, which ordered that the houses be handed over to the original allottees. The occupants moved the Supreme Court against this order. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari was asked to be present in the court thrice. The court asked the authorities to provide alternative houses to the present occupants and these houses should be handed over to the original allottees by December 31.



Garbage raises big stink; blame game continues
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Ever since solid waste management has been started in the city, areas developed and managed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) are crying for attention due to lack of proper lifting of garbage.

A private company, A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, has a contract with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation but areas developed by the LIT are suffering because A2Z is allegedly not lifting garbage from these areas.

The road running parallel to the railway track in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road looks like a garbage dump. For the past few days, neither A2Z nor the LIT has made efforts to lift the garbage.

Residents of this area have been requesting the LIT as well as the area councillor to get the garbage lifted. LIT officials say it is the responsibility of the MC to get the garbage lifted.

Area councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal said, "The LIT, the MC and A2Z should understand that if there is an outbreak of disease in the area due to the garbage, it can spread to the adjoining localities as well. It will be better if they realise their duties and get the area cleared,” he said.

MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon said if there was any such problem, he would get the garbage lifted. “We have already written to the LIT that as the contract of solid waste management is with a private company and we pay it for lifting the garbage, the LIT should pay Rs 450 per tonne as charges for lifting the garbage. A formal letter in this regard was sent a few days ago. We are also trying to fix a meeting between the MC and the LIT on the issue,” said Sekhon.

'Sorry, office timings over'

LIT engineer Sukhbir Singh Jakhar said the Trust did not a mechanism for lifting garbage. Asked whether he would take up the matter with the MC, Jakhar said, “My office timings end at 5 pm. After that I have to devote time to my personal affairs. Whatever information you require, please call me tomorrow between 9 am and 5 pm. Right now I am busy with my friends,” he said.



ts1 certificate
Maps to clear confusion
Will show areas exempted from paying development, compounding fee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
With a motive to clear the confusion around the payment of development fee and compounding fee before getting a TS1 certificate from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the MC will be placing maps in all the zonal offices. These maps clearly mention the areas that are exempted from paying the fee. Residents can visit the offices to check whether their area is exempted or not.

A few days back, the MC Commissioner had ordered that at the time of obtaining a TS1 (tax superintendent register number 1) certificate, the residents will have to first pay development charges and composition charges (see box), clear water supply and sewerage dues and take a no objection certificate from these departments. These charges have to be paid on buildings that are older than five years and fall in the non-scheme areas.

It was then decided that the MC’s building branch will prepare a list of all the areas that are exempted from paying these charges and mark them on maps that will be placed in all the MC offices.

While speaking to The Tribune, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “I will personally make sure that these maps help in clearing the confusion around the payment of development and compounding fee. I hope that once these maps are placed in the MC offices, people will heave a sigh of relief.”



Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway turning into death trap; admn fails to check menace
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The death of three youths from Barnala in a road accident near Gohar village has yet again put a question mark on the safety of travellers on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway. These youths were headed to the city for donating blood to their friend.

Not a single day passes without a fatal accident on this stretch. Overtaking and rash driving has become an unwritten rule on the stretch from Ludhiana to Mullapur.

Taking cognizance of the issue, Deputy Comissioner Rahul Tiwari, along with the then DTO Ashwani Kumar and road safety experts had conducted a survey earlier last year.

The team had identified 22 accident prone spots on a stretch from Mullapur to Ludhiana and decided to install delineators, cat eyes, speed breakers and sign boards on the road for the safety of the commuters.

The project, however, was never undertaken as the PWD department expressed its inability in bearing its cost.

Following the election, moreover, it was decided to turn the stretch into an expressway.

The commuters complain that the construction company removed the existing sign boards from the road, making it even more unsafe to travel on the stretch.

Buses driven rashly

Drivers of the private as well as the government-owned buses are contributing to the menace.

They are indulging in rash driving, leading to fatal accidents. Several attempts to install speed governors on these buses have also failed.

Road safety experts feels that accidents will decrease if speed regulations are imposed on the highway and persons involved in over speeding are strictly dealt with.

Marriage palaces add to the menace

The marriage palaces are also contributing to the menace. People visiting the marriage parties are often in an inebriated condition while returning, leading to fatal accidents.

Recently DIG, Ludhiana Range, MF Farooqui and SSP, Jagraon, Ashish Choudhary had taken strict action against the persons who were found indulging in drunk driving. It led to fall in such incidents.



Bus stuck in workshop, courtesy cash crunch
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
A low-floor bus of the Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL), which developed a snag around a month ago, is still parked in the workshop despite being repaired. Reason: The authorities failed to clear a bill, due to which the workshop owners refused to give delivery of the bus, say sources.

A driver working with the LCBSL told The Tribune that low-floor bus (number PB 10 DJ 8475) had developed a mechanical snag more than a month back. “Another bus (number PB 10 DJ 8474) had also gone to the same workshop due to some mechanical snag but was sent back after repair. The other bus, however, is still in the workshop because the LCBSL authorities failed to clear a bill amounting to around Rs 40,000. We have come to know that the workshop owners had told categorically that till the time the bill is cleared, they will not give delivery of the bus,” he said.

The LCBSL officials, however, refute these allegations, and claim that the bus has been parked in the workshop because there has been a delay in the delivery of some spare part. Baljit Singh, manager, LCBSL, said: “There are no issues related to any outstanding bill because our buses keep visiting the same workshop for repairs.”

When contacted, Rakesh Kumar Verma, chairman, LCBSL, and MC Commissioner, said the matter had not come to his notice.

At present, the LCBSL is successfully running a fleet of 20 low-floor non-AC buses in the city, out of which 10 have been procured from the Tata company and the other 10 from Ashok Leyland. Another lot of 30 buses is parked in the Tata company’s regional sales office near Chandigarh and is still awaiting delivery.



Punbus contract workers’ strike enters sixth day
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 19, 2012
The indefinite strike launched by the Punbus Contract Workers' Union, demanding the abolition of contract system, entered the sixth day today. The union members also held a demonstration against the Punjab government at Jagraon depot of Punjab Roadways.

During the protest, the union members raised slogans against the state government and the state transport department for constantly ignoring their demand.

While speaking to the media persons after the demonstration, Jagraon unit president of the union Sukhdev Singh said: "The state government has been deliberately causing financial loss to the Punjab Roadways buses to benefit the private bus companies owned by certain leaders of the ruling party. The union has decided to not join the work till our single point demand of regularising the drivers and conductors hired under the contract system is not met."

As a result of the strike, hundreds of buses are not plying on the roads, making the passengers, particularly the students, a harried lot.

"We completely depend upon the Punjab Roadways buses to reach our college, but as the Punbus buses are not plying, we have to wait too long to board a bus. Moreover, the drivers of the Punjab Roadways buses do not stop their buses at bus stops and we have no option but to board private buses and shell out extra money to reach our college," rued some students while waiting for a bus at a local bus stand.

Other passengers too have been facing a lot of inconvenience. Some passengers complained that they have to travel to their destinations in packed buses. The passengers have urged the state government to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Public, a harried lot

We completely depend upon the Punjab Roadways buses to reach our college. But as the Punbus buses are not plying due to the ongoing strike, we have to wait too long to board a bus

— An affected student



Sexual harassment: driver suspended
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The issue of driver hired by the NGO, who is facing allegation of harassing a widow and asking her for sexual favour in lieu of money, today sparked a fresh controversy after the NGO and civil hospital authorities gave different version over the job status of the driver.

While Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Karamvir Goel said that driver has been dismissed from services, the trust member maintained that the driver was suspended and was not dismissed.

"Though, the working of NGO does not come under my ambit, but anyone who iss involved in the harassment of the woman will not be allowed to operate from the civil hospital. Today, the driver was dismissed from the service," said SMO Karamvir Goel, who has sought written explanation of the entire incident from the NGO.

Stephen, the driver, was hired by NGO for ferrying abandoned dead bodies and dead bodies of those who are poor.The matter came to light yesterday when the panchayat members of Assi Kalan village visited the civil hospital and lodged a complaint before the members of the trust.

The woman said the incident took place on December 11 when her husband died while undergoing treatment.

The woman reportedly said she had requested Stephen to ferry the body to the village. It was during midnight when Stephen agreed to ferry the body. Woman's nephew was also accompanying her. She reportedly said that Stephen stopped the van midway and asked her for money. She said the driver asked her to establish physical relation in lieu of money. According to her statement, the matter was settled at Rs 300.

On the other hand, BJP leader and member of the trust Ravinder Arora, today said the driver has been suspended and he has not been dismissed from services. He said that the trusties have written a letter to the Commissioner of Police demanding an independent probe in the entire issue.

"We have demanded an independent investigation into the matter. The driver has been suspended after the incident was reported to the trust and the money has been returned to the woman," said Ravinder Arora, a trustee.

He said a class IV employee had asked Stephen to ferry the dead body to Assi Kalan village at 2:30am. "Both driver and class IV employee of the civil hospital were aware about the guidelines of the trust. The trust had recently set up a mortuary at the civil hospital," said Ravinder Arora.

Pritam Singh, former Sarpanch of Assi Kalan village, said the woman had reported the matter to him and told him about that the driver had initially demanded Rs 1,000. When they expressed inability to pay the money, the driver started getting physical with the woman.



Delhi gang rape ignites flame of awareness
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Following the gang-rape incident of Delhi, which has sent shock-waves in the society, city residents have joined hands together to put pressure on the government to take necessary steps for the safety of women.

While a section of society has been organising a candle-light march to generate awareness amongst the masses, another has written to the Punjab Chief Minister to provide security to women in the cities, who were becoming soft targets for crimes such as dowry, snatchings, honour killings, house robberies and eve-teasing.

Ahsaas, an NGO, in a letter written to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked to ensure safety of women. Sangeeta Bhandari, president of the NGO, said: "Even in cities like Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar, women are not safe." She said more number of women should be employed in the police force and there must be one woman officer in each police sation.

"Eve-teasing should be considered as a crime and amendment should be made in the Constitution of India to make this a 'non-bailable' offense. Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP should make efforts to take the issue in Parliament that there should be a death sentence for the rapist. All the major roads, buses and markets should be equipped with the CCTV cameras so that culprits are caught soon. Fast track courts should be constituted for dealing the cases, regarding crimes against women," said the president.

all for support

  • In retaliation to the gruesome act of rape and in support of an innocent girl, a candle light march will be organised tomorrow at 6:30 pm at Sarabha Nagar .
  • Komal Aggarwal and Rashmi Bector, representing FICCI Women Chapter, said: "The march is to show our solidarity for the cause and to awaken social agencies to be more vigilant. Words cannot heal the wounds of the victim but we are putting efforts so that such cases do not take place in future.
  • On the issue of insecurity of women in the country, students of the International Institute of Fashion Design have come forward to spread awareness among students by organising an awareness campiagn in which they will be enlightened about various safety measures, which could be used at the time of emergency. The male students will take a pledge for respecting women and ensure their security. The campaign will be held tomorrow at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.



Preparations on for bhog ceremony of Satguru Jagjit Singh on December 23
Our Correspondent

Bhaini Saheb, December 19
The newly appointed Satguru Uday Singh today took stock of the arrngements with officials of different departments to give last touches to the Bhog arrangements of late former Satguru Jagjit Singh on December 23. Satguru directed Namadhari officials to make proper arrangements for the proposed Bhog ceremony with the help of concerned officials. He said that Shjardhanjli Samaroh and Dastar Bandi will be held from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm at Namdhari Darbar.

A meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of Surinder Singh Namdhari, vice-president of Namdhari Darbar, in which SMO Koomkalan Dr Ajit Singh; Narinder Singh Tiwana, DMO, Ludhiana; Amrik Singh Bajwa, Chief Sanitation Inspector; Gurbachan Singh, SHO, Koomkalan; Surinder Kumar, EO, Doraha; Balwinder Singh, EO, Sahnewal; Bhupinder Singh, tehsildar, Koomkalan; and some other officials of PWD participated.

The meeting was briefed that special buses will run on December 22 and 23 from Neelon to Bhaini Saheb, Ludhiana to Bhaini Saheb and Partapgarh to Bhaini Saheb. It was also decided during the meeting that the temporary bathrooms will be constructed for the sangat that will gather on December 22 and 23. A special parking space will be set up in 10 acres of land at Bhaini Saheb- Partapgarh road and another parking will eb made available towards Chandigarh road from Bhaini Saheb.

Surinder Singh further said different parking arrangements would be made for the VIP Parking and the langar. He said a big crowd from country and abroad is expected on the Bhog of late Satguru Jagjit Singh.



Factionalism in Knitwear Club comes to the fore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The row of the Knitwear Club has intensified with both the factions holding press conference to put forward their point. The club politics now has been divided into two groups. Financial matters are the main reason behind the feud between the chairman and the president.

During the meeting, Darshan Dawar, president of the club, said they have passed a resolution according to which only two persons would be authorised to sign the cheques of the club. Signatures of the president will be must while any one from chairman, general secretary and treasurer can sign the cheque as a second person. He said, "We have passed the resolution and it will be adopted from tomorrow onwards."

Narinder Miglani, general secretary of the club, said the annual general body meeting of he club would be called soon and things would be discussed in detail and we would try to sort of the difference that had occurred between the club members.

Addressing the press conference, Vinod Thapar, chairman of the club, said the other faction had called a meeting to solve the disputes but he did not attended the meeting as it was called at some private place.

"If they want to solve the dispute they should have called the meeting at the club premises. There is no point in holding the meeting at a factory premises. So, I have called a meeting of my own to clear the things," said Thapar.

He said, "Financial matters have become a matter of discord in the club. It was decided to buy a conveyance for the person who is responsible for collecting payments of the subscriptions for the club. We have 1,400 members and it was not possible for the person in charge to move around in the city on bicycle. A cheque was passed to buy a motorcycle for him and all of a sudden controversy was created from the cheque."

"Four persons are authorised to sign the cheque which includes chairman, president, general secretary and treasurer. The signatures of president and treasurer are compulsory to pass the cheque," said Thapar.

Thapar said if situation arises they have will hold the elections for the club all over again.



Festivity in the air...
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A child holds a Christmas gift

A Santa Claus outside a store in Ludhiana
A child holds a Christmas gift; and a Santa Claus outside a store in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 19
Christmas festivities are in the air and residents are busy making preparations to welcome Santa Claus.

City markets have been tastefully decorated to celebrate the festival.

Plum cakes are already being baked and the shops are decked up with mouth-watering cakes, puddings, pies, pastries, wines and champagnes.

"As the year comes to an end, a thing to look forward to is Christmas. When we talk about this festival, the first thing that comes to the mind is the tasty plum cake. I will be preparing the cake at home for my family, while for relatives I have already ordered cakes from one of bakeries in the city," says Abira D'Souza, a resident of Brown Road.

When it comes to Christmas decorations, Irie Jijin feels it is incomplete without the "Nativity Scene".

"I always honour the birth of Christ by displaying a manger in an area that is visible to all," she says.

“The Christmas tree, meanwhile, serves as the centre of attraction indoors, and I decorate it with fancy ornaments, garlands, lights, small gifts, chocolates, candy canes and novelty decorative pieces, such as personalised photo frames, cookies and ornaments,” adds Irie.

Christmas decorations

  • Spread the Christmas spirit by tying bows and satin ribbons all over your home
  • Hang a collection of hand-knitted Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantle
  • A Christmas fruit basket, filled with fresh oranges, pomegranate, and apples, serves as an attractive centrepiece for your dining table.
  • Hang lights on windows, doorways and ceilings of all rooms
  • Place scented Christmas candles in the house.



GADVASU scientist attends training in Canada
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Dr Mandeep Singh Bal, assistant scientist, Animal Disease Research Centre, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), attended a six-month advanced training at zoonotic parasite research unit, department of veterinary microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

The training was in the field of molecular diagnostics related to zoonotic parasitic diseases. Dr Bal worked on immunological diagnosis of zoonotic parasites in wild carnivores from northwestern North America and the molecular characteristics of zoonotic parasites prevalent in western Canada. He helped in refining and optimising molecular diagnostic assays that will be used on a regular basis at the Zoonotic Parasite Research laboratory, WCVM, university of Saskatchewan, Canada. He also took charge of the veterinary monitoring of the experimentally infected animals and played a key role in projects of PhD/MSc students.



Ban on hookah bars
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, exercising his powers under the section 144, has put a ban on the hookah bars in the entire district. This includes Corporation and Municipal Committee areas, besides the villages that constitute the revenue district of Ludhiana.

Tiwari said that it had brought to his notice that a number of hookah bars in Ludhiana district were serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine to minors. He said that it was suspected that apart from tobacco, other harmful substances were also mixed with tobacco molasses and served in these bars.



Deposit TDS or pay penalty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The CBDT has taken serious view of non-filers (of tax deducted at source) and has incorporated a new Section 234E in the Act which levies a fee of Rs 200 for each day of delay. The system does not accept the TDS statement until the delay fee has been paid.

Tax deductors has a strong tendency of holding back the taxes deducted. It further deprives the government of its much needed taxes.

"If they are deducting the TDS of their employees it is their duty to deposit the same with the exchequer. In case they are delaying it then need to pay a penalty for the same," said a senior IT official.



Samples of dairy products collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The team of district health department today collected as many as 11 samples of milk and paneer here today. Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said, “We collected the samples under the guidance of Dr Jasbeer Singh, district health officer, Ludhiana.

We collected two samples of paneer from the dairies at Haibowal and one sample from a vendor. As many as six samples of milk were collected from milk vendors."



Police to tighten noose around eve-teasers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The commissioner of police today issued strict orders asking the city police to strengthen security outside girls' colleges following the rape incident in Delhi. According to the communiqué sent to all the ADCPs, the police officials have to show zero tolerance towards eve teasing incident.

The police officials have to ensure that check posts are laid outside all girls’ colleges and institutes.




Book on parenting released

An ideal guidebook for parents ‘Parenting with care’ was released at Green Land Sr Sec Public School. The book is written by the principal of the school, Baldeep Pandher. The book was unwrapped by Rakesh Aggarwal, Regional Passport Officer, and Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the Green Land Schools during the annual prize distribution function of the school. Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Rudhra said: “Parenting is a very serious job but it is often neglected. It is often taken for granted and the young parents know nothing about how to handle the children.” He said, “This book is an outcome of handling children of all age groups and has been penned down, especially for parents.” He congratulated Baldeep Pandher on the release of her book and said it would help the new as well as the seasoned parents to face the difficult task of understanding their children. He also said that counselling sessions for parents will be conducted in the school.

DAV, Phillaur, celebrates annual day

The DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, celebrated its annual day at the school premises. Its main theme was the progressive journey of women’s life from old to the new era. The programme started off on an auspicious note with the invocation of Goddess Saraswati. The chief guest, RS Sharma, general secretary, DAV CMC, formally inaugurated the annual day by lighting the lamp. The students presented a plethora of activities, including welcome song, and modelling. The main center of attraction of the function was the drama "Meera to Meera" which was the finest merger of dance, music and dialogues. Prizes were distributed among the awardees and other achievers. The presence of eminent guests like SK Malhotra, PP Sharma, BB Sharma, ML Aeri and principals of many other DAV's added to the grandeur of the occasion. The event ended with the vote of thanks by Yogesh Gambhir, principal.

Public speaking

With a view to nurture public speaking skills among children, Cherrylane Play School conducted ‘show and tell day’. This unique concept encouraged each child to come on the stage and introduce themselves. Different articles and flash cards like duck, teacher, brinjal, car, van, cow, peacock, sun, egg, milk, water, tiffin, sparrow, pig and book were placed in front of the cchildren .Each child was shown an article and asked to say a couple of lines on the given object. The idea behind this unique concept was to initiate the creative thinking process of the child. The children exuded confidence on stage using their wit and knowledge. The parents congratulated the school staff for nurturing independent thinking process. In the concluding event, a three-year-old child narrated a ‘Lion and mouse’ story.

Visit to Red Ribbon Express

To update their knowledge about AIDS, NSS, volunteers of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri road, visited the railway station to attend the seminar of Red Ribbon Express under the aegis of Balraj Bhasin, president, SDP Institutions. NSS in charge Neena Sharma and Science teacher Jaswinder Singh Lamba accompanied the students. School principal Jasveer Singh Chauhan said such educational visits would create awareness among the students.

Helping hand for cancer patients

The Bal Bharatians of Unit-II motivated their kith and kin to come forward and donate for cancer patients across the globe. The school organised a talk of Sukhdeep Gill from 'Global Cancer Concern India' during the 'Science Week' in the month of November, a month that is devoted to the awareness for cancer. The students were apprised about the causes, symptoms and suffering caused by the different types of cancer. They were motivated by their teachers to rise for the cause and spread this awareness in their neighbourhood. The students collected Rs 15,000 for the cancer patients. The draft of donation was handed over to Sukhdeep Gill by Principal Punam Dogra and the students. The principal appreciated the efforts of the students for spreading awareness among the society.

Inter-house GK quiz

An inter-house GK quiz contest was organised by the junior humanities forum at Kundan Vidya Mandir, city campus for the students of primary section. The quiz was divided into various categories. Each team comprised of four participants. More than hundred questions were asked during the quiz. The audience enjoyed the learning process. The participants competed with great fervour to win the contest. There was a tie between two teams. The winners were declared by Headmistress Namita Raj Singh.




Energy conservation

Railway officials provide energy-saving tips to employees during a seminar at the railway station in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Railway officials provide energy-saving tips to employees during a seminar at the railway station in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The electric power wing of Northern Railway organised a seminar on energy conservation at the railway station as a part of the ongoing energy conservation week from December 14 to 21. The Divisional electrical engineer Idris Khan, senior section engineer Gursharanjit Singh Dhunna, along with other officials provided tips on energy conservation to the railway employees. They stressed upon using energy efficient electrical appliances and replacement of incandescent lamps with CFLs and T-5 tube lights. The employees were motivated to save energy which would lead to financial gain for railways as well as a service to the nation.

Slash VAT, demand ice cream makers

The first general body meeting of the Punjab Ice Cream Manufacturers Association was held on Wednesday. During the meeting, issues related to the industry were discussed. Addressing the meeting Rajinder Singh Basant, chairman of the association, said the VAT on ice cream should be slashed. "We are paying 14.2 percent VAT which is quite high, and should be lowered on the lines of the neighbouring states. In addition to this, the ice cream industry has been shifted to the orange category, which is not fair, and we demand that the industry be included in the green category," said Basant.

Satsang on Jan 1

A meeting of the Municipal Karamchari Dal was held under the leadership of Lakshman Dravid. It has been decided that a “satsang” to pay tribute to Saint Balmiki, followed by a Guru Ka Langar, will be held at the main office of the association on January 1. The meeting was well attended by the members.

Scientist awarded

The Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists (IAVPHS) has conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr JK Sharma, retired professor and former HOD, Veterinary Public Health, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, in recognition of his outstanding contributions for the advancement of veterinary public health. He was honoured during the International Symposium and Xl Annual Conference of the IAVPHS, held at Vet Varsity recently. Dr Sharma was nominated as an expert member of the state committee on animal health by the Governor of Punjab. He was also awarded Dr VS Alwar Memorial Award by the Indian Association for Advancement of Vety Parasitology.

Cassette released

A folk music album, “Desh Mera”, depicting the sorry state of affairs in Punjab, was released by Vishv Punjabi Virasat Foundation and All India Udasi Sikh Samprda. The singer, Sandeep Singh Rupalon, has raised issues such as drug abuse in the album. — TNS



Married man dupes girl into wedlock
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The city police today booked a man, who duped a girl into marrying him posing as a bachelor. The accused is still to be arrested. The victim, Sapna Sood, a resident of Gobind Nagar, said that the accused, Inderjit Singh of Doraha, who is working as a car sales executive at a showroom in Focal Point, solemnized the marriage with her on January 28 this year. They had been in a relationship before getting married.

After the wedding, they started living there. A few weeks ago, however, Sapna came to know that Inderjit had already married. in 2003 and had two children.

The Commissioner of Police had ordered an inquiry into the matter, after receiving the complaint. A case under section 494 and 420 has been registered against the accused, said investigation officer Mohamand Rashid.



Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka teams dominate on second day of National School Games
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 19
On the second day of the 58th National School Games, hockey, boxing, kabaddi and handball competitions were held at different venues in the city. Teams from Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka dominated in these events.

Meanwhile, mismanagement on the part of the Education Department was reported on the second day too. Players were seen without any clue about timings of the events, as the Department failed to release the schedule. Some to the teams were informed at the last moment about their matches.


Kabaddi (Women): Orissa beat Himachal Pradesh 34-19, Punjab beat Chandigarh 72-07, Uttar Pradesh beat Gujarat 38-27, Andhra Pradesh beat Uttarakhand 65-20, Rajasthan beat Chhatisgarh 22-20, KVS beat Vidya Bharti 25-20, West Bengal beat Jharkhand 39-13, Tamilnadu tie with Delhi 21-21, Haryana beat West Bengal 39-17, Tamilnadu beat Vidya Bharti 69-07, Maharashtra beat Karnataka 51-11

Kabaddi (Men): Andhra Pradesh beat Navodya Vidyalya 52-26, Gujarat beat Vidya Bharti 49-21, Punjab beat Tamilnadu 30-24, Haryana beat Himachal Pradesh 47-17, Himachal Pradesh beat Jharkhand 45-23, Kerala beat Chhattisgarh 25-20, KVS beat Dadar Nagar 51-09, Uttrakhand beat Puducherry 21-15, Maharashtra beat Karnataka 42-22, Rajasthan beat Madhya Pradesh 34-08, Delhi beat Puducherry 18-08, Uttar Pradesh beat Karnataka 38-17

Handball (Men): Punjab beat NVS 33-10, Uttar Pradesh beat KVS 31-16, Himachal Pradesh beat Goa 26-14, Delhi beat Rajasthan 32-20, Madhya Pradesh beat Tamilnadu 24-18, Kerala beat Goa 20-16, Puducherry beat Uttarakhand 15-11, Karnataka beat Orissa 28-08

Hockey (Women): Delhi beat Karnataka 2-1, Haryana beat Puducherry 6-0, Himachal Pradesh beat Kerala 1-0, Maharashtra tie with Andhra Pradesh 0-0, Punjab beat Tamilnadu 3-0, Madhya Pradesh beat Vidya Bharti 10-0, Chhattisgarh beat Gujarat 5-0

Hockey (Men): IPSC beat CBSC 1-0, Uttarakhand beat Vidya Bharti 4-0, Gujarat beat Madhya Pradesh 1-0, Haryana beat Karnataka 1-0, Delhi beat Andhra Pradesh 5-0.



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