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No check on Illegal colonies
Despite tall claims by GLADA and MC, unscrupulous developers have a field day
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 24
Tall claims regarding regulatory measures being taken against developers of unauthorised colonies by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) outside the city limits and the municipal corporation (MC) within the city limits notwithstanding, unscrupulous developers are thriving with construction going on in full swing in unlicensed colonies, both outside and within the city limits.

While GLADA has initiated certain measures to check unauthorised colonies and to discipline licensed developers by putting details of some 1,800 unauthorised colonies and 100-odd defaulting licensed developers on its official website, the MC has been found wanting when it comes to acting against unlicensed colonisers.

Taking advantage of the "slack regulatory and enforcement measures", the developers of several unlicensed colonies in the city are carrying out construction work with impunity in gross violation of building norms and other laws.

Residents of the Aamantran colony, developed by Rajan Construction and Colonisers, in Kailash Nagar on the GT Road, have been at the receiving end ever since they purchased plots in the colony and constructed their houses.

"We were hoodwinked by the developer, who had claimed that the colony was approved by PUDA. He had mentioned it in the brochure showing the layout of the colony," said Avinash Sharma, president of the Residents Welfare Association of the colony.

Sharma and other residents of the colony alleged that the developer had misrepresented facts regarding streetlights, water supply and sewerage. "A lot of construction has come under high-tension power lines, which is illegal. Besides, the area shown as parks and gree belts in the colony is also being covered now," they maintained, while charging the developer with construction of a commercial complex without approved building plans or change of land use in the colony.

Assistant Town Planner (Zone A) of the MC Kanwaljeet Kaur said the colony was developed a few years ago without obtaining a licence. "We are not taking any action for the time being against the construction that had been carried out by the coloniser or the buyers of plots in the colony, no fresh construction is permitted," she said.

The ATP said action would be taken in case of any new construction and coverage of land shown as green belts in the colony.



Police cracks the whip on overloaded auto-rickshaws
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
Over 200 motorcycles and overloaded auto-rickshaws were challaned during a drive by the traffic police here today. Over 25 policemen, including staff of three PCR vehicles, stopped motorcycle riders and auto-rickshaw drivers at a checkpoint on the Mall Road.

"Several auto-rickshaws were overloaded. In many cases, there were as many as 10 passengers travelling in an auto-rickshaw. The drivers of these auto-rickshaws were challaned," said Buland Singh, Inspector, Traffic Police.

He said violation of traffic rules would not be tolerated and the drive would continue this week.

He said many auto-rickshaw drivers were challaned for not carrying documents. Several bikers were challenged and their vehicles impounded after they failed to produce documents.

"There have been several incidents where motorcycle-borne snatchers have been involved in snatching incidents. We have intensified our drive against those riding motorcycles," said Buland Singh.


Two injured seriously as cricket players exchange blows
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
A cricket match turned ugly after two teams exchanged blows over an umpire's decision. Two players sustained serious head injuries in the incident, while eight players were hurt. Those injured seriously have been identified as Rahul (21) and Sanjiv (24). Both have been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

The incident took place this morning when both teams were playing a cricket match at the GLADA ground.

Suddenly, a controversy erupted over the umpire's decision and both teams started hurling abuses at each other. Players from the batting side allegedly hit Rahul, who was fielding on the boundary, with a bat on his head.

It was a free for all as players of both teams attacked each other with whatever they could lay their hands on. Sanjiv was also injured in the melee.

Rahul claimed that Kavin, Honey, Binny and Ajay had attacked him. The Division No. 7 police has recorded their statements.

Biker run over by vehicle

A 25-year-old biker was mowed down by a vehicle at Dashmesh Nagar Chowk here last night. The victim has been identified as Pankaj Kumar of the Muradpura area.

According to the victim's father, his son, who was working as a sale-purchase executive at RS Enterprises, was returning home from work when a vehicle hit him at Dashmesh Nagar Chowk on the Gill road.

The impact was so strong that Pankaj lost control over the bike and fell on the road. He sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. The police has registered a case.

Flesh trade racket busted

The Shimlapuri police has busted a flesh trade racket being run from a house in Deep Nagar with the arrest of three women. The pimp managed to give the police the slip.

According to inspector Jaswinder Singh, the police received a tip-off that a pimp, Jassi Aunty, was operating a racket from her house.

The informant told the police that if it conducted a raid, the women could be arrested red-handed.

Courier bag snatched

Three youths allegedly snatched a bag from a courier company employee by putting red chilly powder in the victim's eyes.

The incident took place last evening when Arun Kumar, a resident of the Daba area, was travelling on the Sua road in the Kanganwal area for distributing couriers.

He alleged that three persons, who were riding a motorcycle, intercepted him. Before he could react, the snatchers put red chilly powder in his eyes and decamped with the bag.

Arun Kumar said the snatchers might have thought that there was cash in the bag, but it was carrying only important couriers.

Truck impounded

The police has arrested a Kumkalan resident with an illegal sand-laden truck. The man, Kulwinder Singh, was arrested while he was driving the sand-laden truck. He was stopped at a police checkpoint and the vehicle was impounded.

Road rage: Biker assaulted

A hosiery trader was seriously injured following a road rage at Kadwai Nagar here today.

The victim, Manoj Kumar, a resident of Janakpuri, was riding a motorcycle when it stopped all of a sudden. Five youths, who were riding two motorcycles, hurled abuses at him. He retorted. This led to an ugly fight. Onlookers claimed that the five youths attacked Manoj with sharp weapons.

Woman commits suicide

A 30-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Makkar Colony near Giaspur here today.

The incident came to light when her husband returned from work and saw her hanging from the ceiling fan.

It is learnt that she was under depression as she could not bear a child for over a decade.



Patients' health concerns whitewashed at Civil Hospital
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
The Civil Hospital authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to the well-being of patients. The gynaecology ward, where patients are under treatment, is being whitewashed. The hospital authorities did not feel the need to shift patients from this ward to some other room. As a result, some of them decided to move out of the ward.

A hospital staff member said they did not have any place to shift patients. "Patients have to adjust whenever such work is under way," he said.

"Beds in the ward were moved around while the whitewash work was under way as a result of which patients did not face any problem," claimed another staff member. The Senior Medical Officer, Dr Karmveer Goyal, said, "We accommodate more patients than the capacity of the hospital. As a result, we did not have any place to shift the patients."

The hospital authorities have put up boards on the walls stating that smoking is prohibited in the hospital. However, patients' relatives and workers can be seen smoking on the hospital premises. Beedi and cigarette butts can be seen scattered on stairs in the hospital.

The Senior Medical Officer said, "It is tough to keep tabs on every smoker. Hundreds of people visit the hospital every day. We do not have sufficient security staff to take action against smokers."



Lax security at city railway station
Mohit Khanna
Triune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
While the police has beefed up security across the country following the twin blasts in Hyderabad, the security at the railway station, one of busiest railway junctions of the region, is far from satisfactory. In 2009, dreaded terrorist Balbir Singh Bhootna had killed a tea vendor, Santosh, at the station and injured two policemen in his bid to escape. He was arrested and sent to jail.

At the time of the incident, many promises were made to improve security at the station, but little was done in this regard.

Of the sanctioned 32 CCTV cameras, only four have been installed at the railway station. Worse, the railway police has not installed the recording system to store the sequence of events captured by the CCTV cameras.

Constable Harjit Kaur said, "We have arrested many pickpockets with the help of the CCTV cameras. We can be more effective if the recording system and more CCTV cameras are installed."

Guram Singh, SHO, GRP, said, "We have written to the department for the installation of more CCTV cameras."

The railway police has received 13 threat calls since 2009. The calls were made by those claiming to owe allegiance to various terrorist groups.



Man held for firing into the air
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
Firing celebratory shots into the air proved costly for Ravinderpal Singh, owner of Pritam Ka Dhaba. Ravinderpal Singh, who was attending the wedding of his cousin Bablu, had opened fire into the air with his .32-bore revolver at midnight.

Surinder Mohan, SHO, Kotwali, said on getting information about firing of the shots into the air, the police reached the spot and arrested the man and seized his licensed revolver.



Meat shops closed today

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has ordered closing of meat shops, butcher-shops, egg stalls and making non-vegetarian food in hotels and dhabas in the police commissionerate, Ludhiana, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas on February 25. He said that on this day, killing of an animal is considered inauspicious and such an act may hurt religious sentiments.

Installation ceremony

Installation ceremony of Lions Club, Ludhiana, (Samrat) was organised at the Lions Club here on Sunday. During the ceremony, president of the club, Dr Sunil Lakhotra, said all Indians have to come forward for the development of the nation. He said that apart from free medical camp in backward and rural areas, the club would make free books available for poor children this year.

Eco-friendly campaign

The 2013 edition of the eco-friendly campaign was organised in the city here on Sunday from Sutlej Club to Expo Ground, Govt College for Women. People including students participated in the rally chanting 'cycle chalao paryavaran bachao' (ride the bicycle to save the environment). Ishwar Singh, Commissioner Of Police, emphasised on the need of special tracks in the city for the safety of cyclists. The campaign Avon Cyclogreen, was aimed at motivating people to ride bicycles at least once a week. Earlier, inaugurating the rally, Ishwar Singh (IPS), Commissioner Of Police, Ludhiana, hailed the effort and said, "Residents of the city, who are now facing an ever-increasing problem of traffic congestion and atmospheric pollution, must seriously consider the option of cycling for short distances."


Meeting of Punjab Roadways officers association was organised here on Sunday. Narinderpal Singh was elected as president. Decisions like inducting new buses to Punjab Roadways and not in PUNBUS, procurement of HSD in Punbus and Punjab Roadways to be streamlined to remove anomalies in pay scales were taken during the meeting.


TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union organised a meeting here on Sunday. During the meeting, they alleged that the government is not serious towards upgrading education in the state. Representatives from the union said that their demands including recruitment of TET teachers have been long pending and nothing is being done about the same.

Door-to-door campaign

Rotaract Club of GGN Khalsa College participated in 'End Polio Now campaign'. Amarpal Singh (president) said the teams provided vaccination by door-to-door service and vaccinated children at Main Dispensary of Model Town and covered about half of the Model town area in which over 450 children were immunized. He also mentioned that virus P2 is eradicated in India but still we are fighting against Viruses P1 and P3, which are present in fewer ratios. He further added that with help of Government, 'Rotary international' is trying to eradicate Polio from the country and will soon declare a Polio free country.

Dental camp organised

A free dental check up camp was organised by Nav Sanjeevani Foundation at Dental Lounge Clinic on Samitry Road here on Sunday. Dr Tejinder Pal Singh vice-president Shiromani Akali Dal inaugurated the camp. Addressing the function he said because of bad eating habits, adulteration and pollution, the dental problems were seen even among the school children. — TNS



LUDHIANA calling
Facebook friends get together

No doubt social network site "Facebook" organised the people for the revolution in some countries and people mobilised through the Facebook and came forward for social causes in the country. But in Punjab, the Facebook came with different types of revolution. A few days ago some Facebook friends organised a get together at Punjabi Bhavan. The main attraction of meeting was that everyone has costly DSLR camera and they clicked the pictures with each other. "Facebook make every one photographer," said a photojournalist.

Not "so clean" act

The so-called sanitation drive carried out with much fan fare in Sarabha Nagar main market on Saturday, in fact, turned out to be a big headache for both the members of public visiting the posh market as well as a vast majority of the shopkeepers. From morning itself, the whole parking area of the market was cordoned off and no vehicles of the shopkeepers or public were permitted inside. For quite sometime, even the police personnel guarding the entry points to the market were not aware of the actual reason for making the market out of bounds for the public, and they kept on telling every body that "orders had come from top officials" (upar se order hai, may be there is some VIP visiting). Most of the shopkeepers and those visiting the showrooms, restaurants or other commercial establishments in the market had to park their vehicles quite far away and had to walk braving the rain. The task (of cleaning up the market) was indeed noble but perhaps the modality required some improvement.

Saving grace

A first-time visitor from Chandigarh said he was completely flabbergasted at the amount of pollution, traffic chaos in the city. "I had heard about the tales of chaos here, but there is too much pollution here. The auto-rickshaws plying in the city and the amount of black smoke emitted is too much for anybody," he said. The only saving grace for someone from Chandigarh are a couple of "roundabouts" at Partap Chowk, Cheema Chowk and Fountain Chowk, which are badly maintained though,” he said.

Women cops all alert!

These days at several roundabouts and markets, smartly dressed-up women cops are seen, who are all alert. One of the IPS officials (woman) serving in the city, under whose guidance, these women cops are being trained, said many of them were highly educated. They had done graduation, post-graduation and even MBA. When asked how were they taking the challenge in the male dominating society, the official replied, "They are too confident and are very dedicated and have been performing their duties well with their male counterparts. State needs to recruit more women cops so that fair-sex gets more comfortable".

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Charanjit Singh Teja, Gurvinder Singh and Shivani Bhakoo



PAU notes
Experts give tips on agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised three guest lectures today, which were delivered by the eminent speakers namely Prof Dilawar Ali Khan, Pakistan, Sandip Das, special correspondent, National Daily, New Delhi and Dr Lakhwinder Singh Hundal, Head Division of Soil Science, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, USA. The talks were hosted by the Society for Advancement of Academics, Sports and Cultural Activities; PAU Science Club; Department of Journalism, Languages and Culture; and the Department of Soil Science of PAU. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and the University deans, directors, additional directors, heads and faculty of various departments participated in these lectures.

Presenting the perspective of Pakistan's Agriculture, Prof Khan pointed out that inadequate seed coverage and mechanisation, imbalanced use of fertilisers, lack of proper extension services, and inadequate investment in farm research were some of the reasons for slow and erratic growth in farm productivity of Pakistan. "The agricultural growth rate, during 2010-11, has been 1.2 per cent, according to Pakistan Economic Survey 2012," he divulged, saying that there has been six-fold increase in wheat and rice production. There has been three-fold and four-fold increase in farm area and in number of farmers in Pakistan, respectively.

Delivering his talk on the topic, "Role of Media in Agriculture," Das said agriculture is a lifeline and a huge subject, which cannot be ignored by the media, particularly, when there has been a sharp rise in the prices of farm commodities. He observed, "During last one decade, there has been an explosion of media which paved way for decentralisation or localisation of media, be it local TV channels, newspaper editions from small towns or local radio FM channels.

In his talk on "Land Application of Bio-solids: Emerging Concerns," Dr Hundal, deliberated extensively on the environmental implications of household waste and focused on the environmental hazards of endocrine disrupting chemicals, associated with the indiscriminate use of cosmetics, toiletries, plastic ware, etc. He exhorted the postgraduate students to explore new arenas of emerging environmental issues related to the soil science.

PAU flower show a big draw

A two-day "Dr MS Randhawa Memorial Flower Show and Competition," organised at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), received unprecedented response from the individuals, private institutions, amateurs, nurseries, and government and semi-government institutions. The show, jointly coordinated by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (DFL), Estate Organisation and the Department of Family Resource Management of PAU, culminated today.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, Dr Ajay Pal Singh Gill, former Professor of Floriculture, PAU; and former Consultant, FAO and APEDA, said that the flowers convey a strong message of jollity, gaiety, harmony and peaceful co-existence. He called upon the public to grow ornamentals for beautification and healthy environment. Dr Gill paid glowing tributes to late Dr MS Randhawa, former Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, and said he played an institutional role in developing the landscape of the PAU. He gave away certificates and prizes to the winners.

The guest of honour, Dr JS Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), PAU, wished that the display of the flowers would send a message among the people to look after nature and learn to live in harmony and peace. He extended his best wishes to the prize winners. Maximum prizes were bagged by BCM Arya Model Sr Sec School, Shastri Nagar (35); DAV Public School, BRS Nagar (23); IREO Water Front (21); Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar (18); Technocare Nursery and Garden Centre (17), and Guru Nanak Girls' College, Model Town and College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd with 14 prizes each.



Admn fails to check stray cattle menace
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 24
There is no relief from the menace of stray animals in Jagraon. The number of stray animals has been increasing constantly and despite repeated requests of the local residents, the administration has failed to tackle this problem. The presence of a large number of stray animals including cows, bulls, dogs etc in various residential localities and roads of the town has become a common scene in Jagraon. One can often see herds of these stray animals wandering in various parts of the town.

Despite the presence of three gaushalas in Jagraon many dozen cows and bulls keep wandering in the town freely. Apart from inner areas of the town, a large number of stray animals keep wandering on major roads including the Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway and Jalandhar-Bathinda highway. These stray animals pose a grave risk to the lives of the commuters traveling on these roads. The risk increases manifolds during the night as the drivers fail to spot the animals present on the roads due to darkness.

Though many fatal road accidents have taken place due to presence of stray animals on these roads during the recent past and several people have lost their lives in such accidents yet the local administration seems to have learnt no lesson from such incidents and nothing concrete has been done to sort out this problem.

Local residents said apart from causing general nuisance these stray animals often become aggressive and cause damage to private and public property. "A school going girl student riding a two-wheeler got injured when she fell on road after being hit by a frantically running bull only a few days back on the College Road. In a separate incident, two bulls wrestling with each other damaged shutters of some shops and turned down a rehri of a vegetable vendor thus causing huge financial loss to the poor vendor," recalled Sanjiv Rana, a shopkeeper of College Road Jagraon.

Similar kind of incidents have also been witnessed at Raikot Road, Tehsil Road and some other areas of the town where dozens of stray animals keep wandering whole the time. A feeling of terror and panic prevails among the local residents due to aggressive behaviour of these stray animals.

Apart from bulls and cows, a large number of stray dogs have also been causing serious troubles for the local residents. The bloody clashes among the stray dogs have become very common in the town.

Sources said, one of the major reasons behind constant rise in the number of stray animals in the town is the Pashu Mandi (animal fair), which is organised every month in Jagraon, as many participants leave behind several animals, which become useless for them.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir claimed that municipal council is doing its best to sort out the menace of stray animals. "The number of stray animals is rising rapidly as the people coming to take part in Pashu Mandi leave behind several animals every month and all our efforts to control stray animals prove fruitless," said Dhir. Shri Krishan Gaushala secretary Jagdish Ohri said, "We have already many more animals as compared to the capacity of Gaushala and we are not in a position to accommodate more animals."



More people coming forward for blood donation
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 24
Screening of their blood for ruling out possibility of infection diseases has emerged a factor for success of blood donation camps being held by organisations which ensure a safe blood supply for everyone who may need transfusions.

While the recipients get germ-free healthy vital fluid during golden hours of emergency treatment, donors get screened for probable infection by pathogens of dreaded diseases including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and syphilis. Introduction of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAT) by some organisations has drawn members of elite class towards regular donation at these camps.

Investigations revealed that donating blood had emerged as an element of lifestyle among members of middle and higher strata of urban and agrarian society.

Acknowledging the trend, office-bearers and activists of social and religious organisations led by Ravinder Puri, president municipal council said more and more people had started coming forward to donate blood at camps being organised by established organisations as it provided an opportunity to screen the vital fluid for presence of pathogens of infectious diseases. Many precious lives were saved by timely detection of dreaded diseases following donation at camps organised by Social Welfare Organisation of local town during past years. “One of the relatives of an employee of my organisation was saved from Hepatitis C after his blood, donated at the camp, last year tested positive for the disease,” said Puri adding a number of donors were found carrying pathogens of dreaded diseases in latent form.

Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman of the SWO, said confirmatory tests were conducted on fresh samples of blood of suspected cases and follow up poor patients was undertaken by the organisation. Investigations further revealed that at least nine tests for infectious diseases were conducted on each unit of donated blood. Tests for hepatitis B, syphilis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1 and HIV-2), human T-lymphotropic virus and the hepatitis C virus are most significant among them.



From schools
Farewell party

Ludhiana: Harsh Vidya Mandir situated in New Subash Nagar, celebrated farewell party for the students of Class X. On the occasion, several cultural programmes were presented by the students of class IX. The environment of school had become musical when students performed giddha, bhangra, Punjabi songs to the tune of DJ. Various activities showcased by the students, which were highly appreciated by the students. In the end, principal Meena Sharma and director DP Sharma of the school gave best wishes to the students for their board exams.

Cash prize for BVM students

In ADSAT exam conducted by the PSEB recently, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar students proved their mettle by winning 30 gold Medals. Neelesh and Reeshanshu were honoured with a trophy, prize and cash award of Rs 500 each for their extra ordinary performance. Five students bagged a trophy and prize. Over 137 students were awarded merit certificates. The exam deals in analysis and development of scientific aptitude and talent test 2012-13. Principal Bandana Sethi applauded all the participants for their brilliant and extraordinary achievement.

Orientation programme for parents

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, organised an orientation programme for the parents of the new admissions for Classes Nursery and LKG for the session 2013-14 here on Saturday. About 500 parents attented the programme. The programme commenced with a welcome note by the principal, Gurmant Kaur Gill, who familiarised the parents about the ethos of the school and spoke to them on aspects of parenting in keeping with the philosophy of the school. She also assured the parents about the proper care and individualized attention of their children. — TNS



Stone of sub-station laid at Bhagpur village
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 24
Punjab Minister for Public Works Department Sharanjit Singh Dhillon laid the foundation stone of 66 kv sub-station in Bhagpur village. KD Choudhry, Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, and Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Chairman, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board Punjab, were also present on the occasion.

Dhillon, while addressing the gathering, said lot of development works were being carried out in the assembly segment of Sahnewal. He said, “A railway over bridge is being constructed at Sahnewal and construction of a high level bridge on Satluj River near Mattewara village is in full swing.”

He said five roads in the area were being widened at an expenditure of more than Rs 40 crore. Link roads of the village which were in a bad condition had been identified and soon they would be repaired at a cost of nearly Rs 14 crore. Some other roads of the area where traffic had increased would be widened from 10 feet to 12 feet in the next financial year.

KD Choudhry said, “The new 66 kv sub-station is being constructed in an area of 2,200 square feet at a cost of Rs 4 crore. This will be completed in four months before the paddy season. With the completion of this sub-station, the other two sub-stations- 220 KV sub-station at Kohara and 66 KV sub-station at Bhaini Sahib- will get relief as far as load is concerned.”

Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, Baba Jagroop Singh, Harcharn Singh Jeaunewal, Gurcharan Singh Meharban, Sharanjit Singh Garcha and Bhag Singh Mangarh were present on the occasion.



State wrestling squad finalised
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
A large number of aspirants attended the trials organised by the Punjab Wrestling Association (PWA) at Alamgir Akhara on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today. Pehalwan Ram Krishan and Pehalwan Harmail Singh Kala, president and general secretary, respectively of the PWA announced the team after the trials.

Soni Siora will take part in the bout for Punjab for Bharat Kesari title while Sukhchain Singh has been named captain of state team for the All India Invitation Wrestling Competition to be held at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh from February 28 to March 3 by the Indian Style Wrestling Association of India.

The names of the selected wrestlers are Davinder Singh of Patiala (51 kg), Jasvir Singh of Jalandhar (60 kg), Sandeep Singh of Amritsar (66 kg), Vikas Kumar of Khanna (74 kg),Ajay Kumar of Ropar (84 kg), Kartar Singh of Jalandhar (96 kg) and Sukhchain Singh of Patiala (96 kg to 120 kg). Saraj Singh Bhola of the Mander Academy will accompany the team as coach.

The winner of the Bharat Kesari title will be given a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the first runners-up will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and those reaching semifinals will get a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

“Position holders in different weight categories will be richer by Rs 15,000 and the ones finishing at second place will pocket in Rs 10,000 each while those losing in the semifinals will get Rs 5,000 each,” said Ram Krishan. 



Ensure quality education or face the music, teachers told
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
Director General of Secondary Education (DGSE) KS Pannu has warned teachers of government schools to teach students or else face the music. He said, “The lackadaisical attitude of teachers will not be tolerated and they will not be allowed to play with the future of students.”

The DGSE has issued instructions to all the DEOs in the state to randomly visit the schools and prepare a survey report.

Recently, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Rishipal Singh along with the officials from the education department had visited the schools in rural areas and reported to DGSE about the poor performance of the students.

Teachers say they are helpless

The teachers claimed that they were helpless ever since the Right to Education Act was implemented. "The RTE means providing education to all the children. Admission is provided to the students by getting a simple undertaking from the parents about the age of their ward. The child who has never been to school appears for class XI or XII exams. how will he perform well? There are many complications in the system. By simply making teachers accountable is not justified at all. Besides, we are put on several duties too by the government authorities and because of this the studies suffer in schools,” said Parveen Kumar, General Secretary, Government School Teachers' Association.



Children given polio drops
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
The five-day pulse polio campaign to administer polio drops to the children up to the age group of 5 years was launched in the district today. According to the information from the health department officials, on the first day of campaign 16,2203 children were administered the polio drops at various booths and houses in the city. Volunteers of department also covered 15,6371 houses to administer drops.

Dr Sanjiv Hans, District Immunisation Officer informed that health department has constituted 2,392 teams and they have chalked out to administer polio drops to 576851children during the campaign period.

"We have estimated that our teams will approach to 96,3216 children in five days," said Dr Sanjiv Hans.

Dr Hans informed that anti polio campaign proved very effective in the district, as there no case of polio has been reported in last four years.

The health department will not now set up the booths in next days since the volunteers have been asked to visit the houses to make sure that no child will deprive off the polio drops. The campaign will continue for five days in the city and adjoining areas and for three days in the rural areas of district.



Civic body clears encroachments from service lane

Ludhiana, February 24
Continuing its drive to clear all temporary and permanent encroachments from the service lane along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road (national highway), the team of officials from the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed rehris, farris and venders from several places in the service lane from Gulmor Hotel to Aarti Chowk and further upto Sidhwan Canal.

Superintendent of tehbazari wing, MC, Naveen Malhotra, led the drive and the shopkeepers as well as owners of hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments were told to keep the service lanes clear as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The MC team also went from Aarti Chowk to the PAU gate No. 4 along the university campus from where several rehris and other temporary encroachments were removed. Some half a dozen vehicles parked inside the service lane were issued challans and goods stacked to block free flow of movement in the service lanes were seized by the MC team.

Malhotra said the MC staff would maintain a strict vigil on the service lane all along the Ferozepur Road. — TNS



Circus entertains city residents with comic acts, stunts
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Circus artistes showcase their talent at a show in Ludhiana.
No child’s play:
Circus artistes showcase their talent at a show in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 24
Great Bombay Circus is entertaining the residents of the city with its tricks and stunts. Manipuri boys performed stunts, and African performers juggled the caps and played with fire to impress the crowd. Tube jugglers and Russian sari dance also drew applause for the skill and perfection.

Girls' gave an impressive performance with the bicycles. Various artists showcased their skills of riding the bicycle by taking the front wheel up in the air.

For many people comedy skit by the clowns in the circus was a complete entertainment.

Shubham, a student at R&D Centre, said: "This is better than watching a Bollywood movie. It was great watching these artistes perform with such a co-ordination and skills. They are so talented."

For some, it was a nostalgic moment. "All my childhood memories came back. Although with the changing times it has evolved a little but it still remains the same entertaining circus," said Narinder Singh, a city resident.



Gadvasu notes
Varsity to host book fair on February 27, 28
Tribune NEws Service

Ludhiana February 24
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is going to hold the sixth Annual Book Exhibition February 27 and will conclude on February 28. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, will inaugurate the exhibition on February 27 at 11.00 am in the examination hall of College of Veterinary Science, Dr RS Brar the university librarian, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, informed.

The university realises that thinking and intellect can be developed in students mind with latest books and thus hosting a book fair is the best way to support reading efforts. Students, teachers love Book Fairs as this provide easy access to a wide assortment of books and inspires them to read more.



Weaving magic with modern gadgets
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
Disappearing a TV tower, playing tricks with your mobile phones, laptops and gadgets, Rajesh Kumar is making people guffaw with wonder and amusement.

Unlike traditional Indian magicians, Rajesh doesn't wear any headgear and cloaks. "I don't do magic like traditional Indian magicians do. I rather like to do it in more like a rockstar way," he said. "I rather like to do tricks with modern gadgets like mobile phones, computers, and laptops," he said.

“I was quite a geek and a shy as a child. That's when I started watching magic on Youtube and then started performing it in front of the camera rather than people," he said. "I was called for a television reality magic show on Star One and I ended up in the top ten magicians on the show.," he said. There has been no looking back ever since, he says.



Youth beats up woman with bat, booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24
A 42-year-old woman has claimed that she was thrashed by a youth with a bat. She has also suffered a pelvic bone fracture. The victim, identified as Manjeet Kaur, of Bahadurke village was taken to the Civil Hospital today where Ladhowal the police recorded her statement and registered a case against a man, identified as Sunny. She said that Sunny's grandmother had indulged in a heated argument with her over a minor issue of leaking sewerage pipe. Manjeet Kaur complained that Sunny's grandmother was accusing her for breaking the sewerage pipe. This led to a heated argument. In the meantime, Sunny came out of the house with a bat in his hand and started thrashing her, due to which she sustained a pelvic bone fracture.

ASI injured in road accident

ASI Mehtab Singh suffered a serious eye injury following a road accident at Jagraon Bridge here today. The accident took place this afternoon when Mehtab was travelling towards Vishkarma Chowk on his vehicle. Suddenly, a car moving in front of him applied brake. It is learnt that the car driver had applied brake to pay obeisance Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. ASI Mehtab Singh could not apply brakes on time and rammed his car into the vehicle moving in the front. He was rushed to a hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.

Motorcycle stolen

A resident of New Bhagwan Nagar in Jodhewal Basti has lodged a complaint that some persons fled with his motorcycle in a broad daylight on February 11. The complainant, Jogesh, reported that he had parked his bike inside his house.



Senior Punjab State Body building Championship
Ravi Kumar is Mr Punjab
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
Ravi Kumar from Fatehgarh Sahib emerged as Mr Punjab-2013 in the 40th edition of the Senior Punjab State Bodybuilding Championship organised by the Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABA) at Mangla Gaushala Asharm, near Sugar Mill, Dhuri, today.

Around 150 bodybuilders from across the state took part in this one-day championship. The panel of judges comprised of Arvinder Singh, Dr Randhir Hastir, Vijay Kumar, Deepak Prashar, GL Sharma, Ranbir Saini, Brajesh Kaushal, Mohd Akhtar and Ravi Prashar.


Below 55 kg: 1. Ram Bilas of Fatehgarh Sahib, 2. Manmohan Singh of Amritsar, and 3. Harbans Singh of Barnala.

Below 60 kg: 1. Manpreet Singh of Gurdaspur, 2. Achin of Ludhiana, and 3. Kamaljit Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib.

Below 65 kg: 1. Ravi Kumar of Fatehgarh Sahib, 2. Raman of Jalandhar, and 3. Baljinder Kumar of Fatehgarh Sahib.

Below 70 kg: 1. Ashok Kumar of Kapurthala, 2. Bihari Lal of PAP, Jalandhar, and 3. Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

Below 75 kg: 1. Nishant Bansal of Fatehgarh Sahib, 2. Vishal of Jalandhar, and 3. Rajan Bali of Ropar.

Below 80 kg: 1. Jugal Kishore of Jalandhar, 2. Bikramjeet of Barnala, and 3. Abhijit Ojha of Jalandhar.

Below 85 kg: 1. Jaskarandeep of Fatehgarh Sahib, 2. Vikas Khanna of Jalandhar, and 3. Lakhwinder Singh of Hoshiarpur.

Below 90 kg: 1. Jagdish of PAP, Jalandhar, 2. Gulshan Bhatti of Jalandhar, and 3. Vikas Khanna of Amritsar.

Below 100 kg: 1. Narinder Singh of PAP, Jalandhar, 2. Harwinder Singh of PAP, Jalandhar, and 3. Amrinder Singh of PAP, Jalandhar.

Above 100 kg: 1. Charan Mohan of PAP, Jalandhar, 2. Onkar Singh of PAP, Jalandhar, and 3. Dawinder Singh of PAP, Jalandhar.

On the basis of their performance in this championship, the winners in each weight group has been selected to represent the Punjab state in the Bodybuilding Federation Cup slated to be held at Jalandhar on March 9 and 10, said Ravi Prashar, Honorary General Secretary, PABA.



Govt has done little for football in state: Assn
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 24
The Akali-BJP led Punjab Government has been claiming that the government has been promoting sports in the state to save youth of Punjab from drug addiction but the ground reality tells a different story from the political statements. Except kabaddi, other sports are suffering due to the ignorance of the state government.

According to members of the Punjab Football Association, the Punjab Government has not released any fund for the promotion of football in the state for past 15 years. After the retirement of football coach Jaspal Singh, the Punjab Sports Department has not deputed any new football coach in the district. Jaspal Singh retired from the post in July 2012.

Meanwhile, the Sports Authority of India also closed the football academy last year.

“The government is only promoting kabaddi. It is the political game of the ruling party,” said a football player.

Football associations have to arrange money to provide sports kits to the players, organise tournaments on district, state and national level and to provide the refreshment and diet to the players.

According to sources, an association spends Rs 1 lakh to organise a state level tournament and one sports kit costs around Rs 7,500.

“The Punjab Sports Department used to give Rs 10,000 to organise football competition 15 years ago. Now the sports department charges from the association to organise the national league matches in their stadiums. We arrange money with our individual efforts to keep the football alive on the playgrounds of Punjab,” said Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president, District Football Association, Ludhiana.

"We have very potential players in the district but due to the lack of proper funding the game have been suffering a lot. There are five players from district who have been playing in the international events,” he said.



Speed Fund Scheme
Sports Department to conduct trials tomorrow
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
The Punjab Sports Department, under its Speed Fund Scheme for 2013-14, will conduct trials in as many as 10 disciplines at Guru Nanak Stadium on February 26. This was announced by Kartar Singh Sehamby, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana.

The disciplines include athletics, boxing, badminton, cycling, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), judo, lawn tennis, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

The players who have secured one of the first three positions in the sub junior/junior state championships or sub junior national/junior national championships and are between 13 to 18 years as on December 31, 2013 are eligible for these trials.

The selected boys and girls will be inducted into the sports academies and different sports wings (schools) being run by the department at different venues. The interested players have been advised to report at the trials venue at 8 am on the scheduled date.

The selected players will get Rs 5,500 per month for their diet, equipments, education, medical and transportation. Besides, they will get an opportunity to participate in all the national and international competitions and a sum of Rs 10,000 will be given yearly for their kit.

The department has constituted different committees headed by the sports personalities of international repute for the smooth and fair conduct of the trials, said Kartar Singh.



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