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Fog-triggered pile-ups leave 84 injured
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Vehicles involved in accidents at Doraha on Wednesday
Vehicles involved in accidents at Doraha on Wednesday. Tribune photos
Vehicles involved in accidents at Doraha on Wednesday
A passenger, who was injured in two pile-ups at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I, under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Wednesday
A passenger, who was injured in two pile-ups at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I, under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana/Doraha/Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
Dense fog this morning triggered three pile-ups in the district, leaving 84 persons injured. The injured were taken to hospitals from where 40 were discharged after being given first aid.

While two pile-ups took place at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I, the third pile-up was reported from Alamgir village.

According to Jagdeep Singh, cluster in charge of the 108 ambulance service, nine ambulances were pressed into service to take the injured to hospital.

Some of the injured were taken to the Civil Hospital, while three were taken to the PGI.

In the first accident, 15 women were injured, two of them seriously, when a private bus belonging to a textile company hit a milk canter in the Alamgir area early this morning. Soon, a PTRC bus rammed into the private bus followed by three other vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles said the accident took place due to low visibility.

Pieces of smashed windowpanes of these vehicles were scattered on the road. This further led to small accident.

The injured were identified as Jyoti, Rekha, Mukhtiar Kaur, Balbir Kaur, Hadeep Kaur, Puja, Inder Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Ranju, Jasveer Kaur, Neelam Rani and Sukjinder Kaur from Jassowal and the Jagraon area.

Jyoti and Rekha sustained serious injuries and were taken to a multi-specialty hospital in the city. Thirteen women were reportedly discharged from the hospital after being given treatment.

In another incident, nearly 25 vehicles were damaged in two pile-ups at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I.

The incident took place at 8.45 am when a private bus rammed into a stationary chemical-laden canter. In not time, another private bus collided with both the vehicles. This led to a pile-up and 17 vehicles rammed into each other.
A passenger, who was injured in two pile-ups at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I, under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Wednesday
A passenger, who was injured in two pile-ups at Rajgarh Bridge near Doraha on the NH-I, under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Wednesday

Heavy smoke following a small explosion in one of the vehicles further reduced visibility on the NH-I.

According to the Doraha SHO, as the visibility was low, another pile-up took place on the other side of the road.

A private bus followed by five cars rammed into each other. Two persons, Manpreet and Baljinder, were seriously injured and were taken to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The other injured, identified as Charanjit, Rajinder, Sanjiv, Kuldeep Kaur, Shiv Charan, Baljinder Singh, Shehnaz, Kasim, Dilshad, Sabar, Manpreet, Manjeet Singh, Jassimran, Sahni, Baldev, Jaswinder, Paramjit Kaur, Suinder, Ram Sahni, Parmod, Suresh, Lakhwinder and Sushma, were taken to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, and other private hospitals in Doraha.

A majority of the injured were from Fatehgarh Sahib, Amloh, Ludhiana and the Muktsar area.

According to the police, several persons were hurt in the pile-up and were discharged after treatment.

Safai workers pitch in

Marriage palace workers cleaned the road after the accident and removed scattered glass pieces from the road near Alamgir. Safai workers from a nearby marriage palace reached the spot and cleaned the road. Some commuters took the injured to hospital.

Traffic chaos on NH-I

The pile-up led to a massive traffic chaos on the NH-I. Serpentine queues of vehicles were visible on both sides of the road. It took nearly an hour for the traffic to be restored. There was dense fog, but despite this some commuters were travelling on the wrong side of the road. There were numerous vehicles, the headlights of which were not functioning.

Narrow escape

PHILLAUR: Occupants of three cars and a stationary truck had a narrow escape in a pile-up that occurred near Kaira-Bhattian village between Goraya and Phillaur due to poor visibility caused by thick fog early on Wednesday morning.

Reports received here said three cars and a truck were involved in a pile-up due to fog. ASI, Phillaur, Jaswinder Singh went to the spot. He said all occupants of the four vehicles had a narrow escape thought the vehicles were damaged.


Relief for residents of core area
MC's F&CC clears proposal to exempt them from paying development charges; 123 projects passed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Providing the much-needed relief to residents of the core area, which comprises the old city having more than 17 municipal wards, the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today cleared the proposal to exempt residents of the area from paying development charges.

Besides the core area, residents living in areas falling under the town planning scheme or which have been developed by government agencies, have also been exempted from the charges.

The decision was taken during the second F&CC meeting of the House held at the Mayor's camp office today. At the meeting, 123 development projects worth several crores were passed.

Interestingly, the meeting held today was one of the longest in the history of the corporation. It started at 11.30 am and continued till 6:30 pm, that too without a lunch break.

In December, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had announced that the core area residents would neither have to pay development fee nor compounding fee before getting a TS1 certificate from the corporation.

Even a section of Congress councillors was opposed to levying of development and compounding fee on residents of the core area. Now that the F&CC has passed the proposal, it will be put up in the MC general house meeting.

The meeting was attended by the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Deputy Mayor RD Sharma, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma and senior MC officials.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, the Mayor said the core area residents would not have to pay development charges. "As far as property tax is concerned, it will be levied on the instructions of the UPA government at the Centre. I wonder why Congress councillors are opposing it when their own party floated the proposal."

Water, sewer connections to be regularised

The F&CC has cleared a proposal under which city residents can get their illegal water and sewer connections regularised by March 31. The MC will organise camps in all 75 wards, where residents can come and get their connections regularised. At the time of getting these connections regularised, the residents will not have to pay development charges. After March 31, if any resident still has an illegal connection, the MC will take action against him.

MC Commissioner gets more teeth

For providing more financial autonomy to the MC Commissioner, the F&CC cleared now the MC Commissioner will have powers for releasing Rs 5 lakh for any development work. Earlier, the MC Commissioner had power to release only Rs 25,000 and any amount more that that required the approval of the F&CC.

Meeting held, at last

The meeting was first scheduled for January 17 and was postponed to January 19. However, on January 19, it had to be postponed yet again as the Mayor was in Delhi in connection with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections. Ever since the new House came into being, only one F&CC meeting had been held (on November 1 last year).

Stray dog sterilisation to start again

A proposal to start sterlisation of stray dogs was cleared by the F&CC today. In the first phase, 25,000 stray dogs will be sterilised and the total project cost has been fixed at Rs 2 crore. The MC will soon float tenders for it. Earlier, the civic body had started a dog sterlisation drive, but it failed.

Consultants give presentations

Two companies, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFS) and Feedback Infrastructure Services Pvt Ltd, have been hired as consultants by the MC. Today, the companies gave presentations on different projects and issues of the city. The consultants have decided that they would help the MC in finding suitable consultants for carrying out some projects such as the city development plan, an indoor stadium on Pakhowal Road, a multi-storeyed parking in Feroze Gandhi Market, a multi-storeyed parking near Mata Rani Chowk, Budha Nullah, complaint centres, solid waste management and financial reforms. It was also decided that a master plan for outdoor media (advertisements) will be prepared.

What the F&CC decided

  • Fully computerised Suvidha Centres will be set up in all 16 sub-zonal offices of the MC. In these centres, residents will be able to pay bills, register complaints and get many other works done
  • Sub-zonal offices will be renovated and more staff will be deployed in these
  • The MC will get medical insurance of all sewer workers of the MC done. The total cost of this project will be Rs 1.5 crore
  • GIS labs will be made operational in all four zones and at the headquarters of the MC
  • The record of deaths and births of the past 10 years will be computerised
  • From February, the MC will start a comprehensive tree plantation drive, in which 50,000 saplings will be planted in different parts of the city
  • A detailed project report for works related to water supply and sewerage will be prepared
  • The F&CC meeting will be held on a fortnightly basis
  • Of the 125 items on the agenda, 123 were cleared while two were rejected
  • Safety jackets with reflectors for beldars and safai karamcharis will be procured



Swine flu cases on the rise
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
More cases of swine flu are being reported from various parts of the state and the adjoining states this year. According to experts of the Health Department, swine flu is an endemic in the district now as cases are pouring in from local areas also with no travel history.

The District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, said, "Till last year, we used to get cases of swine flu who had a travel history, especially from foreign land. However, this year even people who have not travelled elsewhere have tested positive for swine flu and are under treatment in hospitals. Last year, we received only 10 swine flu cases from Ludhiana and other districts in city hospitals. This year in January alone, we have received 19 case of swine flu in city hospitals from the district, state and adjoining states. None of them have a travel history."

Dr Deepak Bhatia, state nodal officer for swine flu, said, "The number of swine flu cases now are more than the corresponding period last year. In 2011, 46 swine flu cases were reported from Punjab and other states. However, in 2012 there were only 14. This year we have received 52 cases from Punjab and other states so far."

He said it was a viral infection and there was no specific reason behind it.

10 samples sent for testing

Ten samples of suspected swine flu patients were sent to the PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Of these three are from the DMCH, five from the CMCH, one from Apollo and one from Oswal Hospital.

5 more test positive

Five patients tested positive for swine flu on Wednesday. One of them is from Sangrur and is under treatment at Sangrur. Two are from Faridkot district of whom one is being treated at the CMCH and the other at the DMCH. Two patients from Ludhiana district also tested positive for swine flu. One of them is undergoing treatment at the CMCH while the other is being treated at the DMCH.



Man gets 10-yr jail for raping 2-yr-old
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Fast Track Court Judge Mandeep Pannu (Additional Sessions Judge) has convicted Dina Nath (50), a resident of Samastipur district in Bihar, of raping a two-year-old baby.

He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for 10 years. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon him.

According to the prosecution, the accused raped a two-year-old baby residing in the same vehra where he was residing.

The mother of the girl had reported to the police that her daughter was playing with children. The accused took her with him. Later, she heard the baby's cries from Dina Nath's room. When she entered the room, she was shocked to see the accused raping her daughter. The accused was apprehended and handed over to the police. A case under Section 376 of the IPC was registered at the Focal Point police station on March 3, 2007, following a statement of the mother of the victim.



Missing boy found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
The mutilated body of a 13-year-old boy, Sarabjit, who was feared drowned in a pond, was found after the authorities drained out water from the pond at Mundian village here today.

Sarabjit Singh had gone missing on January 7. The parents spotted a container and his kite near a village pond. Suspecting that Sarabjit had drowned, his parents informed the police.

The police reached the spot and an earth-moving machine was pressed into service to find the body. The search operation continued for over 20 days. Even professional divers failed to find the boy.

Finally, water was drained out of the pond following which the police found Sarabjit's mutilated body.

It is suspected that Sarabjit may have been drowned while trying to catching the kite.

The boy’s father, Tersem Singh, who works as a security guard at an industrial unit, said: “So far, I was living with the hope that my son has gone missing and will be found, but now my world has been shattered.”



Three arrested for woman's murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
The police today claimed to have cracked the Reshma Devi murder case by arresting three persons in this connection.

Kulwant Singh, SHO, Sahnewal, said Gurinder Singh of Pharuwal village, Balwinder Singh, alias Sony, of Mehlo and Avtar Singh of Gobindgarh village had been arrested for allegedly killing Reshma Devi of the Mai Baag Kaur Colony near Gobindgarh village on Chandigarh Road on the night of January 28.

Reshma Devi (35), a mother of four, used to run a tea vend. Her son Sikander (12), who was an eyewitness to the incident, played a crucial role in cracking the case. He identified the trio and told the police that Gurinder, Balwinder and Avtar had thrashed and killed his mother following an argument.

During investigations, it came to light that Reshma used to work in a factory unit where she developed relations with one of the accused. She left the job and started running a tea vend near the factory unit. On the night of January 28, Reshma's paramour brought two of his friends along with him.

The trio wanted to have physical relations with her, but she refused. The three, who were in an inebriated condition, entered into an argument with her and gagged her to death.

Ramesh Kumar, the victim's husband, who works as a security guard at VJS Auto Private Limited, was informed about the incident.

After receiving information, the police raided the house of the trio and arrested them.



Fastener units face closure
Industry flees to Gujarat, Kolkata citing unfavourable trade conditions in state
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Embroiled in various problems, the local fastener units are finding themselves in a severe crisis. Many small units are on the verge of closure while some have already stopped operations. With no definite procurement policy of the state government in sight, a large number of units have shifted to Kolkata while others are moving towards Gujarat. The state fastener manufacturers have planned to set up a cluster in Gujarat by investing Rs 1,000 crore initially.

The units are facing numerous challenges like costly inputs, power shortage, high freight rates, location disadvantages, rising land costs, unfavourable policies of the state government, lack of value addition by the SMEs, which have made it tough for them to survive in the city.

"We are left with no other option but to move out of the state. Even the state government does not have any procurement policy for the industry. More than a dozen small units here are on the verge of closure and around 350 have already shut down in Amritsar. We are paying Rs 2,500 as freight per metric tonne extra, compared to that in Kolkata and Vishakapatnam," added Narinder Bhamra, president of the Fasteners Association of India.

"We see Gujarat as a favourable destination for our business to grow. Various facts like industry-friendly policies of state government, round-the-clock power supply, cheap and affordable raw material and low cost land are favourable to the industry," said Jatin Kalra, the owner of a fastener unit in the city.

"Since we have to sell products outside the state, we have to pay for the freight. The central excise exemption limit still stands at Rs 1.50 crore only whereas the cost of raw materials has gone up remarkably. We want this limit to be increased to Rs 3-4 crore, and the state can earn more revenue," added Bhamra.

"There is a severe power shortage in Punjab, which is hampering operations. And despite the state government's claims, power is not sufficiently available to the industry. Moreover, power is so costly that it becomes very difficult to compete with the other states," said Harish Sethi, another industrialist.



Vends removed from railway platform No. 1
Vendors cry foul; passengers of long-route trains inconvenienced
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 30
The Railway authorities have removed vends from platform no. 1 at the local railway station in order to ease crowding at the station.

According to the railway officials, vends make the station look shabby and can pose a threat to passengers' safety. Most of the luxury trains carrying VIPs and higher railway officials arrive at platform no. 1.

Transit passengers faced a lot of inconvenience as food and other stalls are out of their reach. Most transit passengers are unable to buy 'janta khana', confectionery items, paper soap, comb and other such things. The Railways has shifted the removed vends to "Musafirkhana", making it a congested area.

According to the railway authorities, the length of platform no. 1 is more than 1 km. when a train stops on the platform for a few minutes, a transit passenger does not have time to buy the required stuff from "Musafirkhana".

The vendors also complain that their sales have been affected.

"We have licences to set up vends at platform no. 1 but the authorities ordered the shifting of the vends to "Musafirkhana". We are incurring losses," said a vendour.

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: "We have followed the orders of higher officials. It is true that the public has been facing inconvenience due the removal of the vends from the platform. But, as far as the safety of passengers is concerned, it is justified".



Star cast of 'Stupid 7' descends on Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
The star cast of the upcoming movie, "Stupid 7", was in the city today. Young actors of the movie, including Milind Gaba, Pukhraj Bhalla, Jasmeet Kaur, Karanjit Singh, Gunjit Cour, Sukhman Brar, Jannatpreet Kaur, Saibi Sodhi, who have played the lead characters in the movie, were in Ludhiana along with director of the movie Pali Bhupinder and other actors Jaswinder Bhalla, Ramnik Sandhu and Madhvi Malhotra.

"This is a story of seven teenagers highlighting seven issues children face these days," said Pali Bhupinder.

The movie highlights different issues coming to the fore due to a generation gap between children and parents. In the movie, a teenage girl gets infatuated with a teacher, another girl hates men blaming them for female foeticide, a boy wants to become a cricketer against the wish of his parents, parents of a child are against their son becoming a singer. Loneliness of a rich child, whose parents are a working couple, is another problem in many homes these days.

The movie is about the generation gap between parents and children, says the director, who has made a debut as a movie director with the film.

Two child actors in the movie, Jasmeet Kaur and Jannatpreet Kaur, are from Ludhiana. Jaswinder Bhalla said he had played the serious role of a grandfather in the movie. "I was surprised when they approached me with this kind of role," he said. He plays the role of a grandfather of a teenager in the movie.

"It is a different movie in the sense that most of the Punjabi movies feature singers in lead roles. But, children were chosen and trained in acting by Pali Bhupinder. But, it is good that a director with the theatre background has made the movie," said Ashok Masti, who has composed the music for the movie.



Councillors’ dharna enters third day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Dharna of Congress councillors entered in third day here today. As many as 12 Congress councillors led by senior congress leaders, Hem Raj Aggarwal, Rakesh Prashar sat on the Dharna at the MC headquarter Mata Rani Chowk.

Parminder Mehta, spokesman of Congress councillors, said, "We are protesting against the ruling party as they failed to conduct general meeting of the MC house for last eight months.

Moreover, the MC has started collecting development charges we want to withdraw the development charges. Meanwhile, proposed property tax should not be implemented. If they want to implement than they have to conduct a debate in the house".



NRI attacked by relatives

Ludhiana, January 30
An NRI was injured in an attack by brother and other members of his family at Kutbewal Gujjran village, near Lodhowal, here today.

The NRI has been identified as Davinderpreet Singh (38), a resident Kutbewal Gujjran village. He had lived in Australia since 2005.

The incident took place at the village at around 4.30 pm when the NRI entered his house. Jaswinder Singh and Daljit Singh, Davinderpreet's brother and nephew, respectively, allegedly attacked him with a 'kirpan'. "We had come to know that the accused had started demolishing the house for reconstruction to show their possession over the house," Satpal Kaur, the NRI's wife alleged.

"We asked them not to demolish their house but they started thrashing all of us. Jaswinder Singh and his wife caught hold of my husband and nephew Daljeet Singh attacked at my husband with a sword," she alleged."We called at helpline 100 and the police took Davindrpreet to the DMC," she added. — TNS



Man stabbed with ice-cutter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
A 23-year-old man was attacked with an ice-cutter following a fight on the Issa Nagri bridge here this evening.

The victim, who has been identified as Ashish, was rushed to a private hospital soon after the incident. According to sources, he was serious. He has suffered stab injuries on the head and chest.

An old enmity was suspected to be the reason behind the assault on Ashish.



PAU student brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Pardeep Kumar with his citation during a function at the PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Pardeep Kumar with his citation during a function at the PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, January 30
Pardeep Kumar, a Ph.D student of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, was awarded with the "International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award 2012" for his excellence in academics, co-curricular activities and international relevance of Ph.D research.

Dr Adrian Johnston, vice-president, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), USA, and Dr Kaushik Majumdar, South Asia Programme Director, IPNI, presented the award, carrying a cash prize of USD $ 2,000 and a certificate of excellence, to the university student in a programme, "IPNI Award and activities for promotion of research in plant nutrition," organised by the PAU Science Club.

Dr Pardeep Kumar said he applied online for this award and submitted his academic profile, record of extra circular activities on website.

It has happened first time when a PAU student awarded by IPNI. The institute has awarded 24 students from all over the world in which three students from south Asia got this award.

"My research work is focused on human welfare and international relevant so they recognised me for this award. My research topic "Agronomic bio fortification of Wheat" addresses to nutritional deficiency and provide natural solution. Nowadays, when people facing chronic diseases due to deficiency of iron and zinc in food, I have given a solution that deficiency of such elements can remove by the use of natural fertilisers. My research topic is internationally relevant," said Pardeep.

International Plant Nutrition Institute has announced this award on its website in November 2012. "It is the beauty of the IPNI that they present the award by visiting the respective university", informed Pardeep.

"It is very encouraging for me and the award will also boost the moral of other PAU students. I will continue these efforts to promote the science for human welfare. Now we have sufficient food but food security and nutritional security is equally important so our Research Should be focus on human welfare," said Pardeep Kumar.



Man crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 30
A middle-aged man was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway here last night.

As per the information, the accident took place in front of Victoria marriage palace, Jagraon, around 9 pm when an unidentified vehicle, crushed the victim who was a walking towards the Ludhiana side from Jagraon.

The incident came to light when some passers-by informed the local police about the accident following which a police team lead by ASI Baldev Singh reached the spot and rushed the victim to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

According to investigating officer, ASI Baldev Singh, the identity of the deceased could not be established so far. The postmortem examination of the victim has been done and his body has been kept in the hospital mortuary for identification.

He further said the driver of the unknown vehicle fled from the scene along with his vehicle immediately after the accident. "The police has registered a case against an unidentified driver under section 304 of the IPC and further investigation is on. The process of tracing the vehicle and the accused driver has already been started," added ASI Baldev Singh.

In the meanwhile, a Tata Indica car was badly damaged when a truck rammed into it twice on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Jagraon today evening.

According to car owner, Parminder Singh, a truck hit his car twice when he was heading towards Ludhiana from Jagraon. There were two persons travelling in the car at the time of the accident and both of them escaped without injuries. Though the car got badly damaged during the accident.

The police has impounded the truck and took the truck driver in its custody. No case was registered in this regard till the filing of this report. Investigating Officer ASI Baldev Singh said that the police has been recording the statements of both the sides and the investigation is underway.

"We will take an appropriate action against the guilty after verifying various aspects of the incident," stated ASI Baldev Singh.



City pays tributes to Bapu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Martyrdom day of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was observed in the city today.

Various organisations in the city observed the day. Mahatma Gandhi Peace Mission, Gandhi Dham on the bank of river Sutlej observed the martyrdom day of Bapu Gandh. Organisers of the peace mission involved school children and kins of freedom fighters for the occasion. A two-minute prayers in silence by standing before Mahatma’s memorial was observed. On the occasion, freedom fighter’s kins were especially honored for their families’ sacrifices.

Maharani, widow of Jagdish Lal Joshi, a freedom fighter recalled the days of independence struggle when his husband along with other were arrested in Quit India Movement. Pritam Singh Gulshan a Punjabi writer and a son of Ujaggar Singh Bilga, a devout of Gandhi and Vinova Bhave was honoured on the occasion.

Students of Santam Dharam School took pledge not to resort to drugs, dowry, corruption, female foeticide, disrespect to National flag. Parents and children were honoured with certificates and medals inscribed on which was Bapu Gandhi spinning wheel.

A pictorial biography of Mahatma Gandhi compiled by mission was released by Gurbinder Singh Atwal, president of peace mission, while Brij B Goyal, organising secretary informed that peace mission will restart Sarvodya Mela at the place from this year which was being held by Sutlej Khadi Mandal earlier since 1948 till late sixties.

Congress Sewa Dal observed the day today. Gurmel Singh Kaler, convener, Punjab Pradesh Congress Sewa Dal said that today, the nation needs to follow the ideals and messages of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that political parties need to give up petty politics and new society should be built without the differences of caste.

Pawan Dewan, president of District Congress Committee (Urban), Ahimsa as propagated by Mahatma Gandhi is the only way to achieve unity and brotherhood in the world today and it can resolve many difficult issues the world is facing today. The new generation should follow the ideals laid out by the father of the nation, he said.

A two-minute silence was observed at Mini-Secretariat to pay obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Neeru Katyal, said the sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi would always inspire us to maintain peace and harmony in the country. Krishan Kumar Bawa president of Desh Bhagat Yadgari Society, Punjab said people need to rise above petty politics to serve the nation.



from colleges
Old students day celebrated

Ludhiana: The Old students Association provides an ideal opportunity to all the old students to rekindle their association with their alma mater and to renew the contacts with their teachers. Keeping alive the tradition of previous years, a get together of old students and the faculty of the college, was organised here on Wednesday at the GCG, Ludhiana.

Three eminent old students were honoured for their achievements in their respective fields and tremendous contribution to the society. Bibi Satinder Kaur Beesla president Istri Akali Dal Nawan Shehar. Khushpal Kaur (retd principal) and Manmeet Kaur Sodhia an educationist and Director Ivana Institute of Hotel Management, (retd principal) Iqbal Kaur were the worthy guests. Principal, Gurminder Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the guests. Bibi Satinder Kaur Beesla could not reach because of unavoidable circumstances and was honoured in absentia. A cultural programme was also performed to mark the occasion. — TNS



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Homage paid to Father of the Nation

OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School remembered the Father of nation on his death anniversary. In the vibrant guidance of Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president SDP Sabha, Ludhiana, several competitions-viz-poem recitation, songs and portrait making camp organised exclusively for tiny-tots from Nursery to III standard. Students of class III confirmed their position in portrait making competition, while the budding star of Nursery got 1st position in poems and songs competition. School principal Dr Sanjeev Bindra applauded the participants and also congratulated all of them. On the occasion, director of SDP institutions S Verma, Inderjit Kohli, Ramesh Jhinkwan, MS Suman Sood etc. paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

Green Land Convent School, Dugri

Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was remembered on his 65th Martyrdom Day by staff and students of Green Land Convent School, Dugri here on Wednesday. The students paid flower obeisance to him and remembered him with folded hands and closed eyes. His favourite bhajan “raghupati raghav raja ram” was sung and his message of one ness and humanity was highlighted. A one-minute silence was observed by the whole school to pay him tributes. Paying homage to Gandhi, Rajesh Rudhra, chairman, chain of Green Land Schools enlightened the students about the sacrifices made by him and stressed upon the fact that the path shown by him was as relevant today as it was in the past.

A tribute was paid to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation by the staff and students of Green Land Convent School, Civil City. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was assassinated on this unfortunate day, was a disciple of truth and non-violence. A silent prayer was observed for the peace of this great soul by the whole school. The principal of the school, Jyoti Sachdev Pujara paid homage to the Father of the Nation and delivered a speech throwing light on this apostle of peace, non-violence and truthfulness. — TNS



pau notes
Farmers can expect better sunflower prices: PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 30
The Agricultural Market Intelligence Centre (AMIC) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has predicted the sunflower prices in the range of Rs 3,500 to Rs 3,700 per quintal during May and June, 2013. The in-charge of the AMIC, Dr Jagrup Singh Sidhu, said the Centre had gathered and analysed the market intelligence regarding sunflower from various sources to help the farmers to take sowing decisions. The government increased the minimum support price (MSP) of sunflower from Rs 2,800 per quintal in 2011-12 to Rs 3,700 per quintal in 2012-13, he said, informing that the prices of sunflower in the major markets of the state ruled around the MSP during 2011-12.

Therefore, farmers should keep this information in view to plan their area under sunflower vis-a-vis other alternative crops like spring maize, moong, early summer vegetables, etc by comparing their relative returns, he emphasised.

Revealing that in India, sunflower occupies the fourth place among oilseed crops in terms of acreage and production, Dr Sidhu said the area under sunflower in the country was 2.50 million hectares with a production of five lakh tonnes during 2011-12. He further disclosed, "The major producers of sunflower are Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh which account for about 81 per cent of the area and about 90.27 per cent of production of the country. The total oilseed production in the country during 2011-12 is estimated at 35.6 million tonnes and total edible oil production during the same period was 11.5 million tonnes."

Seeds of sunflower, potato varieties available for purchase

The Director of Seeds of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr HS Randhawa has informed the farmers of the Punjab state that the seeds of the PAU recommended sunflower hybrids including "PSH 996" and "PSH 569" are available at the Seed Sale Centre (SSC) of the University. The seed of new sunflower hybrid "PSH 996" is also available at Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS), Hoshiarpur (Kheti Bhawan). Therefore, the interested farmers can purchase the seeds of both the sunflower hybrids from the SSC of PAU (main campus) and FASS of Hoshiarpur.



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Library inaugurated

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, along with Punjab Cabinet Minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, inaugurated Mata Gujri Memorial Library at Bhanohar village here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Selinger said Punjabis had made a significant contribution to the Canadian province of Manitoba. On a visit to India to promote trade ties, Selinger he said, as the executive head of Manitoba, was interested in learning about the culture and life of the people here to forge mutually-beneficial ties. Kuljeet Singh Bhathal, an NRI, who has been instrumental in building the library, said the objective of having the library in the village was to empower the youth, particularly young women, through education.

Traffic diversion

The road with connects Dugri with Gill Chowk would remain closed for three months for the construction of Expressway project. The section of road near Gill railway crossing would remain closed from February 2 for the construction of bridge. The traffic place today made arrangement that the ongoing project should not pose traffic hiccups. The police has diverted traffic to alternative routes.

PAU pensioners' mela in February

Punjab Agricultural University is organising PAU Pensioners' Mela in February. A large numbers of pensioners' and employees would participate in the mela. Jila Ram Bansal, general secretary, of the PAU Pensioners' Association and a senior leader of employees in a press note said that like in the last year, this time also pensioners' showing a keen interest to participate in the mela. Rup Singh Roopa, former president of the PAU Employees' Union, Ludhiana, and founder of Kehar Singh Roopa Financial Award is also visiting Punjab from America to participate.

Unrest among PAU employees

A meeting of senior former employees held near Sukhdev Singh Bhawan in which non-payment of arrears to the PAU employees were discussed. DP Maur former president of the PAU Employees' Union and general secretary of Joint Council of Trade Unions, Ludhiana, said the Punjab Government granted arrear of revised pay scales to its employees for the period from 01.01.2006 to 31.07.2009 in three installments viz. 40 per cent in May, 2011; 30 per cent in May, 2012 and 30 per cent in May, 2013, respectively. The Punjab Government and GADVASU had already disbursed both the installments of arrears to its employees.

Rollback of duty demanded

A delegation from the Knitwear Club (regd), Ludhiana, comprising Darshan Dawar president, Narinder Miglani general secretary, Rajinder Bhushan Mani, Jaswant Takkar, Senior vice-presidents, Ashok Makkar, vice-president and Sudarshan Jain led by Manish Tiwari, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and Pawan Dewan president District Congress Committee, Ludhiana, met P Chidambaram, Finance Minister here on Wednesday in New Delhi with the request to roll back the Excise Duty on branded readymade garments. While giving a patient hearing the Finance Minister assured the delegation that appropriate step would be taken to find out a suitable solution.


A meeting of Executive Committee of Urban Phase Residents Welfare Society Phase-II, Dugri, was held here. The meeting was presided over by PS Bawa, councilor of the area Ward No 60. All the executive members showed a great concern over the pathetic conditions of parks, which had not been developed so far in-spite of their repeated request to the authorities streetlights still required. Accidents and crime happen in the dark area. There is no proper drainage system and with the result roads are broken. Sewerage system needs be attended from time to time. Bus service, government dispensary and sports club are also needs of the residents. Regarding roads the members brought in to the notice of the councillor that even the court orders to take care of the conditions of the roads in the area did not ring well, as the re-carpeting of almost all the damaged roads did not last long. Councillor, Jaswinder Singh Bhola, assured the members to take immediate steps in this regard.

SAD leader thanks voters

On the victory of Shromani Akali Dal Badal in Delhi Gurudwara Management Committee (GMC) elections, senior Akali leader and former general secretary Shromani Youth Akali Dal (Badal) Jatinderr Pal Singh Saluja thanked the Sikh voters of Delhi and congratulated Parkash singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and high command of SAD for there day and night campaigning. Sweets were also distributed at Saluja Estates Gill Road Ludhiana to mark the landslide victory of SAD In Delhi.

Mai Bhago Diwas

Mai Bhago Diwas was celebrated by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in which teams from nearly 20 colleges participated. Students who have achieved various achievements in different fields like sports, studies and extra curricular were honoured here on Wednesday.

Power shutdown

Power will remain on Thursday from 66 kv and 220 kv Sanhewal from 9 am to 5 pm.

Hope Charitable Society for Needy People distributed socks and shoes to the needy children at Baba Shri Chand Play-Way School here on Wednesday. On the occasion, Municipal Councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu, Gurpreet Singh Khurana and Manjeet Kaur were the chief guest. Earlier, the school principal, Rakhi Khurana presented annual report of the school.

Ahmedgarh Ratan Award

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Claiming that fundamental knowledge gained during school time had paved path to their success, winners of the Ahmedgarh Ratan Award, conferred on them by the Municipal Council, called upon management committees of local educational institutes to provide the best facilities to their respective wards. Kuldeep Kareer, Registrar Punjab and Haryana High Court, Pawan Kumar Vinayak former DGP West Bengal, Dr Rajinder Mittal MCH and Anil Kumar Aggarwal chief executive director Shryans Industries Limited said arranging best qualified and experienced teachers and requisite infrastructure should be top priority of office bearers of bodies running private schools and colleges. Ravinder Puri president municipal council advised students to adopt honoured personalities as their role model.



Jagraon police books man on charge of sexual abuse
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 30
The Jagraon police has registered a case against one person for allegedly abusing a girl sexually on the pretext of marriage.

The accused has been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Gobindpura village near Nakodar.

The victim girl hails from Parjian Kalan village near Sidhwan Bet. In her complaint to the police, the girl alleged that the accused Gurpreet Singh abused her sexually several times on the pretext of marrying her.

"I met Gurpreet some months ago. When I started trusting him after a couple of meetings, Gurpreet started abusing me sexually. Gurpreet promised me that he will marry me and he kept on abusing me sexually for many months on the pretext of marriage. But when I told him to get married, he refused to do so and cheated me," alleged the victim girl.

Following this, the victim girl along with her family members lodged a complaint against Gurpreet with the police and demanded strict action against him.

Confirming the development, investigating officer ASI Amarjit Singh informed that the police has registered a case against Gurpreet Singh under Sections 376, 366, 363 of the IPC on the basis of the victim girl's statement and further investigation is on. Though the police has not managed to arrest the accused so far.

"The accused has been absconding since the registration of case against him. We are conducting raids to arrest him and he would be put behind the bars very soon," assured ASI Amarjit Singh.



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Theft at computer shop

Ludhiana: Thieves entered a computer showroom located at Saggu Chowk near Kaka marriage palace and decamped with computers and other electronic appliances worth Rs 2.5 lakh.

Sources said that the thieves reached the rooftop of the showroom and then entered the first floor. They broke the windowpane and entered the showroom. Showroom owner said the incident came to light this morning when he reached the showroom and found the material ransacked.

He said he switched off the CCTV installed in the showroom due to the fear of the shot circuit.

Woman commits suicide

A 32-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house at her house in Daba area here today.

The deceased has been identified as Hema. Sources said Hema was suffering from depression for the past sometime and that is why she committed suicide when no one was at home. Her parents spotted the body and informed the police about the incident. — TNS



Sahodaya schools’ chess: Green Land, BCM Arya share honours
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 30
Hosts Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch, and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, shared the honours, clinching two titles each in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex (LSSC) Chess Championship, which concluded here today.

The students of Green Land School bagged the titles in the boys and girls' u-19 groups while players from BCM School stamped their authority in the girls' u-14 as well as boys' u-14 categories.

In the boys' u-19 section, Green Land School proved its superiority securing 16 out of 16 points to emerge victorious while BCM Arya Model School scored 11.5 points to finish as runners-up and Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh road branch, with 10 points, had to content with the third position.

Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass branch, collected 17.5 points out of a maximum 20 points to bag the title in the girls' u-19 group. They were followed by Green Land Convent School at the second spot with 12 points while the third place was secured with 8 points by BCM Public Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road branch.

Similarly, in the girls' (u-14) section, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, accumulated 16.5 points to finish ahead of the others and lifted the winners' trophy.

The second and third places went to Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch (15.5 points), and Green Land Convent School, Civil City branch (7 points), respectively.

In the boys' (u-14) category, BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar branch, faced a stiff challenge from Green Land Convent School, Dugri branch, before coming out triumphant with a whisker.

BCM School scored 12 points while Green Land School followed them closely with 11.5 points and the third position holders, Green Land Convent School, Subhash Nagar branch, got 10.5 points.

Rajesh Rudhra, Chairman-cum-Director of the chain of Green Land Schools, and Principal, Baldeep Pandher, gave away prizes to the winners.



All set for Kila Raipur sports festival
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
Five eminent sportspersons will be felicitated during the 77th edition of the Kila Raipur sports festival, also known as mini-Olympics, commencing on Thursday.

The Grewal Sports Association, organiser of the event, has announced that athlete Paramjit Singh, who broke Flying Sikh Milkha Singh's record, Dronacharya Award recipient Hargobind Singh Sandhu, wrestler Parminder Singh Doomchheri, Maluk Singh, former DSP, and hockey coach Baldev Singh Shahbad Markanda would be felicitated during the sports festival.

Jasbir Singh Khangura and Balwinder Singh Jagga, chairman and secretary of the association, respectively, said the decision to felicitate these sportspersons was taken keeping in view their achievements and contribution towards the promotion of sports.

Special teams of volunteers, which will receive participating teams, have set up temporary camps near the airport, railway station and bus stands.

Though the event will be opened on February 1, competitions in "bullock races" will be held on Thursday.

The organisers have received confirmations for participation in the festival from the country's top sportspersons. Managers and representatives of the top hockey teams like the Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP and the CISF were reported to have visited the place to take a look at the arrangements.



Shivam Academy enter cricket final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 30
In a thrilling finish, Shivam Cricket Academy, Ludhiana, defeated Joshi Cricket Academy, Jalandhar, by three runs to secure a place in the final of the inaugural edition of the Friendship Cricket Cup Tournament (u-16) being played on the Dana Mandi ground, near Jalandhar bypass, here today. Six teams are taking part in this knock-out tournament in which matches of 15 overs each side are being played.

Batting first after winning the toss, Shivam Cricket Academy scored 94 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 15 overs.

The main contributors were Ankur and Harsharan who chipped in with 18 and 16 runs, respectively.

For the visitors, Divam Joshi claimed two wickets for 15 runs in three overs while Laksh grabbed one wicket for 20 runs in two overs.

Chasing the small target, Joshi Cricket Academy could muster 91 runs after losing nine wickets as they ran short of balls. Divan Joshi's 19 runs and Naveen's score of 14 went in vain as they fell short of the target by just three runs.

For the winners, Akash and Harsharan sent down three overs each and conceded three and 12runs, respectively, and took two wickets each.



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