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Holi rush: No room in trains
Railways fails to run special trains ahead of festival, migrants suffer
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 17
Festival rush in long route trains and the failure of the Northern Railway to run special trains has upset the travel plans of migrants, who are keen to visit their native places in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and North Eastern states ahead of Holi.

As almost all long route trains have long waiting lists or in some cases no room status for advance reservation in sleeper, 3-AC and 2-AC classes, a majority of persons visiting the railway station either return disappointed or turn towards unscrupulous booking agents and touts, who promise to get them journey-cum-reservation tickets at a hefty premium.

For the migrant population, who intend to flock to their native places ahead of Holi, the only choice remains a couple of trains which have no sleeper class and run only with unreserved (general) compartments. But the plight of those undertaking long rail journeys in grossly overcrowded trains without an assured seat or berth can be well imagined.

Enquires made from railway officials revealed that most of long route trains, especially those bound for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, have waiting lists running into hundreds which practically means that barring a few persons, those on waiting lists will never make it to the confirmed list.

The trains which have become out of bounds for passengers include the Archna Express, Amritsar-Katihar Express, Garib Rath, Amritsar-Howrah Mail, Amritsar-Howrah Express, Begumpura Express, Shaheed Express, Saryu-Yamuna Express, Ganga-Sutlej Express, Malwa Express and Chhatisgarh Express.

After being disappointed at not getting tickets for the entire next week, several intending passengers to Saharsa, Darbhanga and Katihar (in Bihar) asked the railway authorities to run at least one special train with unreserved (general) and sleeper class coaches during the next week.

Intending passengers at the railway reservation complex alleged that some railway booking agents and touts were exploiting the situation by promising confirmed tickets in "tatkal" category for which the "premium" was anything between Rs 350 and Rs 600 for each ticket.

Senior railway officials said a couple of festival special trains had been introduced for Barauni and Darbhanga (Bihar) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) while additional bogies were also being added to some of the long route trains to cope with the festival rush.


Councillors stay away from budget meeting
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
Not all councillors showed interest in attending the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation budget meeting held yesterday. Many councillors were conspicuous by their absence when the budget was passed for the overall development of the city.

Some persons who had come to attend the meeting on the behalf of their councillor wives or daughter-in-laws were sent out of the committee room by the Mayor.

The councillors who remained absent from the meeting had suggested various measures during the General House meeting held on Tuesday.

Besides, only two councillors stood up to discuss the budget and give their suggestions. Interestingly, both the councillors were from the BJP, which is a coalition partner of the SAD in the state government as well as in the Ludhiana MC.

"It seems that attending the budget meeting has become more of a formality. In fact, the budget meeting should see more discussion and participation by the councillors," said a councillor.

Some of the 'parshad pati', a term devised for terming those persons whose wives are councillors, had come to attend the budget meeting, but were asked to leave the committee room by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria. These included former councillor Parminder Mehta, whose wife Sushma Mehta is a Congress councillor from Ward 35, Sunny Bhalla, whose wife Deepika Bhalla is a Congress councillor from Ward 54, former councillor Pritpal Singh Ghayal, whose daughter-in-law Amandeep Kaur Ghayal is a sitting Congress councillor from Ward 17 and some others. But Harpreet Singh Bedi, whose wife Veeran Bedi is an independent councillor from Ward 57, was seen attending the meeting. Bedi is having a close affiliation with the SAD and was even the personal assistant of former minister Hira Singh Gabria.

The councillors who did not attend the meeting were mostly from the SAD. Out of seven MLAs who are also members of the MC House, only three - Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Surinder Dawar and Ranjit Singh Dhillon - attended the meeting, and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Simarjit Singh Bains, Balwinder Singh Bains and Rakesh Pandey remained absent.



Cellphones, cameras stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
Electronic goods worth over Rs 20 lakh were stolen from an electronic goods showroom on Chandigarh Road.

Thieves decamped with about expensive mobile phones, digital cameras and iPads from Dee Kay Electronics.

The night guard was on duty when the theft took place. CCTV cameras were also installed on the premises. The showroom owners came to know about this theft around noon today when the showroom was opened.

The police said the CCTV footage showed two persons stealing electronics goods. Ashok Dhawan, owner of Dee Kay Electronics, said the thieves decamped with 15 iPads, digital cameras and expensive mobile phones. “We suffered a loss of around Rs 20 lakh,” he said.

Raj Kumar, SHO, Division Number 7 police station, said: “We can see two persons laying their hands on the electronics goods in the CCTV footage. The thieves laid their hands on mobile phones of only Samsung and Nokia companies, while they didn’t even touch iPhones,” he said.



It’s never too late for health department
Academic session over, authorities fail to supply medicines to schools under health programme
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
The state health department has finally swung into action, albeit little late, and is all set to supply medicines to government schools under the school health programme.

The medicines were to be supplied at the beginning of the academic session. Now, when students are taking their final exams, these will be of little use.

The principal of a government senior secondary school said: “The medical check-up of students has been conducted twice, but they were not given the medicines. If we get the medicines now, they will be of no use as academic session is already over. How can we distribute the medicines to students during exams?"

Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr KS Saini said: “The aim of the school health programme is to conduct medical examination of students twice a year and provide them with medicines.”

Students are diagnosed with nutritional deficiency, anaemia and worm infestation. Ludhiana Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said: "We distribute folic acid and iron tablets to all students as worm infestation also causes anaemia."

Reason for delay

Director, Health Services, Punjab, Dr Ashok Nayyar said: “We use to get medicines from the Government of India. But from last year, we were told to buy medicines on our own. It was a time-consuming process. We invited tenders from pharmaceutical firms and orders were placed in December 2012. We received the medicines a few days ago." He approved of the fact that the supply of medicines was late. “It’s a continuous process. The medicines will be distributed in the new academic session, which will begin from April 1, he said.



His brush with city’s landmarks
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
Chaos and cacophony failed to come in the way of Darshan Singh Saggu while bringing alive the hustle and bustle around Clock Tower on a canvas.

"His paintings vouch for the fact that beauty is everywhere and one just needs an eye to behold," said a painting enthusiast.

His paintings have been put on display at an exhibition, Addicted to Art, at Gallery Artmosphere.

Six professional artists and five amateurs have displayed their artwork in the 16-day art exhibition that started today. Organised by Hyphen Art, more than 40 works are on display.

Having learnt to paint did not go in vain for Darshan.

Despite picking up brush after more than a decade, capturing landscape with paint and brush still holds its own charm for him. A disciple of Jaspal Singh, protégé of Sobha Singh, he paints landscapes. Presently, working on a series of landmarks in the city, in addition to Clock Tower, he is painting various scenes from the city on the canvas.

He said working with water colours was one the most challenging things as there was no scope for mistake in the medium.

"One can make corrections while working with oil colours or sketches, but here you need control over the brush, the colour and even the water," he said.

The bitter truth

Artwork series titled Urban Jungle by Tejinder Ladi Singh depicts the concrete jungle replacing the natural environs and trees. The oil pastel works present the chaos caused by the unplanned construction of concrete buildings in urban towns, tarnishing the beauty and landscape. Another work shows the depiction of women as women. His work was selected at the United Art Fair, a national-level exhibition, last year. Working as a full-time artist for the past four years, he delves with different media, but oil pastels remains his favourite medium.

From canvas to wood

Narinder Singh from Amritsar has been carving out his hobbies. Being from a science background, to an artist, his passion has spilt from canvas to wood. He has sculpted several art-pieces from wood. Most of his works are abstract, but he has sculpted more than 100 art-pieces in wood. "Sculpting is 360 degree art, which I find very interesting," said 38-year-old

Colours get meaning

Sahil Jain, a BCom student, has been drawing since early childhood and now wants to depict various aspects of human mind and society through his paintings. One of his paintings depicts people changing colours like chameleon. He said, "All of us perform various roles and change our expressions and mannerism like a chameleon." He also depicted the pain of rape victim.



60 private schools may face closure
Fail to get registered under RTE Act
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
About 60 schools which are not registered under the RTE Act are likely to face action.

As per the public notice issued by the Director General of Secondary Education, March 12 was the last date for registration.

While certain private schools in the city unheeded the directions issued by the state government, the managements of many others felt that there was a lot of confusion over the directions as they were under the impression that children from six years of age to 14 years of age were covered under the RTE Act. The reason may be any, but the schools which have failed to fill the required form, may face closure from April 1, 2013, and a penalty of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed if they still remain open after March 31.

As per information, there are about 1,550 schools (CBSE/PSEB/affiliated, private) in the district. It is mandatory for each and every school to fill the required form. The government had announced to implement the Act in state from April 1, 2013.

March 12, 2013, was the second date given to the schools all over the state to file all the details required for the implementation of the Right to Education Act. The earlier date for filling the forms was October 2012. It is also learnt that the Block Panchayat Officers had visited these schools and clicked their pictures.

Confusion continue to prevail among the managements of playway schools which said the Act was not meant for them as students at primary and elementary levels had to be covered.

District Coordinator of the RTE Act Anil Matharu said pre-primary, primary and upper primary schools were also to be covered. The public notice by the DGSE contained all the details and there was no scope for confusion. "The private schools which have failed to follow the instructions will have to face the music," said 



Treated water goes waste
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
About 85 MLD of treated water at the sewage treatment plant in Balloke is going down the drain.

The plant was built at a cost of Rs 62 crore and operates 24 hours.

The treatment plant uses advanced Austrian technology to treat water and has good parameters to clean water.

The Housing and Urban Development Corporation-funded project took more than a couple of years to complete.

After going through several stages, including treatment, separation from sludge and chlorination, the treated water is released in Buddha Nullah, which is replete with industrial affluents and sewage. Waste from the nullah then merges into river Sutlej.

The treated water retains minerals, which are very good for irrigation purposes, according to officials.

The water can irrigate approximately 20 hectare-metre per day, according to experts.

The water can also be used for other purposes, including washing and cleaning.

"The tertiary treatment process by subjecting the water to further treatment can make the water potable," said the experts.

Similar is the fate of treated sewage water from a 50 MLD capacity sewage treatment plant at Bhattiyan area using the same sequencing batch reactor (SBR) technology. The one at Jamalpur with 111 MLD capacity has older technology. "It is ironical that the water 'salvaged' after a project of crores is just wasted with such apathy," said a farmer.

MC Commissioner RK Verma said laying of pipelines for irrigation was not under the ambit of the municipal corporation and came under the purview of the irrigation department.

He said treatment plants were relatively new to Punjab, as there were no plants in the state 10 years ago, so further processes would evolve with time.

"This exposes the short-sightedness and lack of coordination in the government sector. The usage of water for irrigation or potable purposes should have been implemented right in the beginning and coordination between departments should have been there in the beginning," said a farmer.

"Not only sewage but there is no check on industrial effluents flowing into river water or water lanes in the city," said a resident.

Projects in pipeline

A team from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation visited the sites of projects funded by the organisation a couple of days ago. VK Joshi, regional head from the organisation, said more projects worth `453 crore partly funded by the organisation were in the pipeline.



State’s steel units on I-T Department’s radar
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
After hawala scam was unearthed in Mumbai and Pune, Punjab's steel units are on the Income Tax Department's radar.

The department has not ruled out the involvement of Punjab's steel industry in the racket since many cases have come to fore in the past.

The department achieved a major breakthrough by finding fake bills worth Rs 7,222 crore presented by 189 assesses in Mumbai and Pune in their return to artificially deflate taxable income.

A large number of taxpayers were found obtaining bogus/non-genuine bills for purchases/expenses from hawala dealers and used those to suppress taxable income.

These assesses are mostly from the construction, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and steel sectors. Of late, steel units of Mandi Gobindgarh have been under the scanner of both Income Tax and Excise Departments.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg. The department will take action on information gathered from across the country. A similar exercise is now expected to be carried out at other industrial locations of the country," said a senior I-T official.

"The tax officials will be closely examining the possibility of tax evasion and may also seek help from the Excise Department," added the official.

Hawala racket

‘Hawala’ entails making bogus invoices to allow traders to claim tax credits. The hawala operator, posing as the 'seller', exists only on paper and gets a cut in return. The department recovered fake bills worth Rs 7,222 crore presented by 189 assesses in Mumbai and Pune in their return to artificially deflate taxable income.



Food for thought

Ludhiana, March 17
"There shouldn't be any restriction on the length of a short story," said Dr Ashok Bhatia, member of the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, Karnal, during a seminar on 'Mini Kahani' at Punjabi Bhawan today.

The event was organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi.

"Once restrictions about length or the number of characters are imposed on the literary genre, it is detrimental to the soul of the mini story," he said. "Emotions are life's essence," he said.

Mittar Sen Meet, Niranjan Tasneem, Dr Ashok Bhatia and Gurpal Singh Lit also spoke on various issues.

Tasneem said, "The soul of a short story is in its brevity and wit. It should give a food for thought." Meet said on the lines of mini story, mini novels should also be introduced in literature.

Research papers on different aspects of Punjabi mini story were also read out.

Dr Anoop Singh presented his paper on political and social depiction in the short story format in Punjabi while

Dr Naib Singh Mander spoke on the condition of women depicted in short stories. — TNS



reporters’ diary
Property tax muddle: Admn to miss deadline


The civic body and the district administration, it seems, have tied themselves up in knots over the property tax which is to be imposed from April 1 in Ludhiana along with other cities and towns in Punjab. While the deadline is less than two weeks away, the draft of unit values of different zones, carved out on the basis of price of land, type of construction and delivery of civic amenities, is yet to be fixed. Meetings scheduled by the Deputy Commissioner, who is the chairman of the district-level unit value fixation committee, have been put off more than thrice for one reason or the other, during the past three weeks. Once the draft is announced, the authorities will give 30 days to the public to file objections. Apparently, it will not be possible for the administration to meet the deadline for the new levy, which, even otherwise, is being fiercely opposed not only by the opposition parties but certain sections of the ruling alliance as well.

Special persons!

A city-based youth had his mobile number inscribed on the rear number plate of his motorcycle. At a traffic signal, a curious motorcyclist asked him the reason for displaying his mobile number. He replied candidly, “It is for ‘special people’ to get in touch with me, if they get impressed by me.” The other motorcyclist chuckled and said, “Whether you get a call from someone special or not, you will surely get a call from the ‘uniformed people’ for any traffic violations if you keep the mobile number there.”


A Congress leader in the city, who is in the habit of sending press releases on a daily basis, sent another press note recently. In it, the Congress leader condemned the Badal government for "unnecessarily" honouring and felicitating their own party leaders for one reason or the other. Instead, the leader said the ruling party must focus on development. In the same press note, the Congress leader “informed” the mediapersons that the newly elected president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Commitee Pratap Singh Bajwa will be "honoured" by the local Congress leaders.

Suffering from friction

While visiting a city-based hospital for a story, I came across an NRI woman from suburbs, there to get examined by a gastroenterologist. She was to see the same expert whom I was supposed to meet for my story. As I was waiting in the reception area, she came to me and started narrating her tale of woes while waiting for the doctor. She said, "I have been suffering from ‘friction’ for the last 10-12 days. So let me meet the doctor first." Listening to her I wondered as to why she was there, when she was suffering from a skin disease. Before I could get anymore confused, she said, “Mere liver vich ‘friction’ ho gaya hai (I have contracted ‘friction’ in my liver). I work as an attendant for an aviation company and will be going back in the first week of March. Meinu siraf tin weekan di chhuti mili hai (I could get leave for just three weeks)." As she completed her sentence, the doctor called her in. It took me a while to understand she meant ‘infection’. I wondered as to why we Indians preferred to speak a foreign language, over the mother tongue. Perhaps, that’s why ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan!’

Diet vs nourishment

These days everyone is conscious about weight and wants to be fit. They adopt different means for the same. Some hit the gym, while others do yoga. Many are also visiting diet clinics to adopt a healthy lifestyle. One of my friends used to consult a dietician over the phone for her diet plans. Her domestic help was shocked to know that the dietician charged her for prescribing the diet plan for the day. She said innocently, “For the money you pay the dietician to get your diet plan, my whole family can be fed for the entire month.”

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



Nine GNG College students not to appear in final-year exam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
The nine BCA final-year students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town here, who had sought admission in BCA-II without clearing their compartment in BCA-I will not be allowed to take the exam of BCA final year, till they cleared the compartment.

The decision was taken by the Panjab University Syndicate, during a meeting in Chandigarh last evening.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr RPS Josh, a syndic, said that "technically" these students could not take the final-year exam as to date they had not cleared their compartment in BCA first-year. "Earlier, they were given two chances, and now they will be appearing for the golden chance,” said Josh.

Meanwhile, members of the Syndicate maintained it was wrong to admit students to the next class, while they were still to clear their compartment. If the college was at fault for giving admission to students, it too was to be blamed.

Another important issue discussed by the syndics pertained to the filling of vacancies in the government and private colleges. Vice-Chancellors of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Panjab University, Chandigarh, will submit a representation to the state government to lift the ban on posts, imposed in 1982.



Identify students with weak eyesight, DGSE tells schools
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
Director General, Secondary Education, KS Pannu has asked the District Education Officers (both primary and secondary) and headmasters/principals of government schools to identify students who are hard of hearing or have a weak eyesight.

The DGSE asked the authorities to pay attention towards such students.

Pannu said it was observed that these students paid less attention towards what was being taught in class.

"One of the main reasons for this could be their weak eyesight. Such students show lack of interest in studies. And to identify these weak students we have recently instructed the DEOs/principals to ask class teachers to conduct a test of all students. The students having weak vision or poor audibility should be given much attention and they need to be closely monitored by the teachers," said the DGSE.

As per the instructions, if need be, the students should be examined at a nearby hospital or a dispensary. In case such students are identified, the district Inclusive Education for Disabled (IED) Children should be informed about it. The DGSE said a separate training module was prepared for the teachers.

Gulzar Shah, district IED, said they were getting lists of such weak students from schools. He said, "About 60 such students were identified in the past two to three months and half of them will be taken to a hospital tomorrow. They will be given medicines and spectacles and, if need be, eye surgery will be performed," said the IED.



With summer setting in, tomato prices set to rise
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
The price of fruits and vegetables remained stable during the week, with only tomatoes seeing an upward trend, being sold for Rs 30 per kg in the city. Much to the relief of residents, the price of onion came down to Rs 25 per kg from Rs 30 last week.

Other vegetables were being sold at the same price as the last week. “Now that summer has arrived, the price of tomatoes has started picking up. I hope it does not increase any further; otherwise, I will have to switch to tomato puree,” said Raman, a city resident.

Ram Rahim, a vegetable vendor from Ghumar Mandi said, “In the coming days, the price of peas and tomatoes are expected to rise. It is the time when most of the people start preserving these vegetables, and hence buy them in large quantities.”



Cost of water treatment should be reduced: Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
Meeting of the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society was held here yesterday evening. Problems faced by the society were discussed during the meeting. Gurmeet Singh Kular, CEO, said when the treatment plant was set up, the amount of water to be treated was less, which had increased now.

He said the cost of treating water should be reduced. Those units which were located near the treatment plant should be charged less, he said.



Residents protest against MC president in Jagraon
Inconvenienced by bad condition of streets, drains
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 17
Irked by the bad condition of streets and drains in Ward No. 9, residents staged a protest against the Municipal Council president Baldev Krishan Dhir, who represents the ward.

Protestors said they had made several requests to the MC president for improving the condition of streets and drains in the area, but nothing had been done so far.

"We have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to the bad condition of streets and chocked sewage. The dirty sewage water often floods the streets. It stinks and also invites insects," said Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Shastri Nagar.

"All our requests fall on deaf ears. The stagnant sewage water might lead to an epidemic," said another resident Hans Raj.

Such protests against Dhir have been staged many times in the recent months.

This time, however, senior vice-president of Jagraon BJP Jinderpal Dhiman, led the protest. Dhir, too, belongs to BJP.

"I have no personal grudge against Dhir. I joined the protest because residents have been facing many problems due to the negligence on the part of the Municipal Council,” said Dhiman.

“We will continue to hold such protests till all problems faced by residents are not resolved by the civic body," he said.

Dhir said the Municipal Council had been carrying out developmental works in the whole town as per resolutions passed by it.

"We have already floated tenders for the construction of streets and the work will start soon," said Dhir. 



from schools
Annual function
A child performs during the annual function of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School at Lions Club in Ludhiana on Sunday
A child performs during the annual function of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School at Lions Club in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, organised its annual function at Lions Club on Sunday. Children put up a great performance. The main attraction of the evening was dance performances from different states of India. Students danced to a variety of folk and western songs. School principal Veena Aggarwal read out the annual report and lauded efforts of teachers and parents for making the long journey of Maple Bear successful. More than 150 students participated in the function. The event was presided over by ADC(D) Rish Pal Singh. AS Gujral, chairman Of the Zila Parishad, gave away mementoes and certificates. Children who were felicitated included Shreyas, Reyansh Jain, Dishita, Navya and Harshita from nursery, and Abeer, Aarav, Samya jain and Lysha from pre-nursery.

Little Steps School

Little Steps School celebrated its annual function, "Open House 2013", with full fervor and enthusiasm. The function started with a prayer. A lively presentation of rhymes, skit, and group songs was appreciated by everyone. The alumni graced the occasion too. There were group performances on songs popular and folk songs. Certificates were distributed by the principal, BM Bhandari.

Drishti Dr RC Jain School

The kindergarten wing of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School celebrated its annual day on Sunday. The chief guest, advocate Neelam Khanna said children were the future of the world and should be brought up in such a way that they contributed maximum in the growth of society. Through their musical presentation "Nav Umang", students gave a message to save earth from pollution and deterioration. In the circus show, the appalling condition of animals was shown.

Graduation ceremony

The Childhood Kindergarten bid adieu to the outgoing batch of pre-nursery in the 'graduation ceremony' held on Sunday. The function started with a welcome song by the students. The school principal, Ishneet, blessed the students and wished them luck for their future endeavours. She urged them to remember the values and principles inculcated by the school. The students of kindergarten performed an enthralling dance sequence, 'Koi ladkihai', taking the outgoing batch on a trip down the memory lane. A PowerPoint presentation, capturing emotions, precious moments and memories of the outgoing batch, was also screened thereafter. The highlight of the function was a talent hunt. Kanav Arora was adjudged Mr Talented, while Ms Talented title was bagged by Ojjaswi Ahuja. The most coveted title of Mr Childhood was conferred upon Neel Chaudhary, while Vaanya Moudgil got the title of Ms Childhood. — TNS



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Textile meet

Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, assured the industrialists that they will not face any kind of corruption in any of the departments as the government was committed to industrial growth and development. Speaking at a textile meet, organised by Moti Nagar United Factory Association, he claimed the state would have surplus power within a year. Mahesh Khanna, general manager, District Industries Centre, apprised the gathering of several promotional schemes of the state government.

Free homoeo, diabetes camp

Lions Club Ludhiana organised a mega free homoeo medical and diabetes detection camp at Lions Bhavan. Over 225 patients were examined and free medicines were also provided to them. Seven patients were detected with high glucose level in blood and were advised to change their lifestyle and go for regular check-ups.
Prof KBS Sodhi shows his book Kudrat Da Maseeha in which he has translated 27 poems of William Wordsworth
Prof KBS Sodhi shows his book Kudrat Da Maseeha in which he has translated 27 poems of William Wordsworth. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Prof translates English poems

Prof KBS Sodhi, former teacher at GGN Khalsa College, has translated William Wordsworth’s poems in his book “Kudrat Da Maseeha”. A master’s degree in Punjabi and English allowed 70-year-old Prof Sodhi to translate the works in English to Punjabi, verse to verse. The book comprises of 27 poems. "I have chosen the poems that were not easy to translate. Poems like Intimations of Immorality during Childhood, Tintern Abbey and Leach Gatherer were challenging to translate," he said. He has earlier translated Shakespeare's sonnets as well as John Keats’s poems. He is also translating John Milton's Paradise Lost.

Exhibition concludes

The 7th edition of “The Woman” exhibition came to an end on Sunday. During the three-day event, exhibitors from around the globe displayed exquisite attires, dazzling jewellery and household decor and furnishings.


Migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with their hard work, have helped in the development of Punjab. This was said by Member Parliament Manish Tewari, while addressing a meeting of people from Purvanchal who gathered under the leadership of Rajesh Mishra. Tewari said the Akali-BJP government should give due honour to the people of other states. He also honoured Rajesh Mishra.

100 attend CME

Apollo Transplant Institutes and SPS Apollo Hospitals jointly organised a continuing medical education programme on kidney transplantation. It was attended by over 100 medical professionals from different parts of Punjab. The session was conducted by Prof Sandeep Guleria, head of kidney transplant, Apollo Transplant Institutes, and chief surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. Prof Guleria focused on the recent advances in kidney transplantation as well as an overview of the treatment of chronic renal failure.

Community service

The Hindu Utthan Parishad has opened a sewing and child education centre at EWS colony. This is an attempt to uplift the economically weaker section of the society by educating children and making women self-dependent, said Vinod Jain from the organisation. Such centres are being run at different places by the organisation, he said.

154 attend medical camp

A free medical camp was held at Central Park in Model Town. As many as 154 patients were examined by a team of doctors comprising of medical specialist Dr BS Ahuja, Dr Ashwani Malhotra, Dr Gurbinder Kaur and Dr Kirandeep Kaur, a physiotherapist. Free screening for diabetes and anemia was also done and free medicines were provided.

Bajwa takes on Badal

Phillaur: Sharply reacting to comments made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about his father late Satnam Singh Bajwa that he was an Akali activist before joining the Congress, the newly appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa said Badal was suffering from “selective memory loss”.

Eye check-up camp

Mandi Ahmedgarh: As many as 600 persons got their eyes checked free of cost during the DK Memorial Eye check-up camp organised by the Shryans Group of Industries and the Mahavir Dal Sanatan Dharam Sabha at Bajrang Akhara. As many as 200 persons were operated for implantation of intra-ocular lenses. Free medicines and spectacles were also distributed to the patients. — Tribune Reporters



Prostitution racket busted, four held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
With the arrest of four women, the police has claimed to have busted a prostitution racket running in the Sherpur area of the city. On receiving information, the police raided the area and nabbed the women, who are residents of Lakha Singh Da Vehra in Sherpur and Salem Tabri. A case under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act has been registered.

Laptop, camera stolen from car

A laptop, a digital camera and a data card were stolen from a car parked on the PAU campus.

The complainant, Hitesh Sharma, said someone had smashed the windowpanes of his Bolero and made away with the laptop, camera and data card. A case has been registered.



3 held with heroin, powdered drug
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 17
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman, with 10 gm of heroin and 200 gm of powdered drug.

The accused have been identified as Sukhdev, a resident of Ram Nagar, and Rohit Sharma, a resident of Prince Nagar in Jamalpur. The police arrested the duo at a checkpoint near Cheema Chowk. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them.

In a separate incident, a woman, Nirmal Rani of Noorwala Road has been arrested by the Division Number 3 police with 200 grams of powdered drug. She was arrested at a checkpoint near Harcharan Nagar. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against her. A local court has sent her to judicial custody.



Gang of snatchers busted
2 miscreants nabbed at a checkpoint, woman held too
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 17
The Khanna police has busted a gang of chain snatchers. At a checkpoint on Amloh Road, the police arrested two gang members and recovered four gold chains and a mobile phone from them, along with the motorcycle they was riding on.

On the information given by him, the police also nabbed a Mandi Gobindgarh-based woman. She used to buy the snatched chains from the gang members. The police recovered a gold chain from her possession. The arrested woman was identified as Rinku Tiwari.

The arrested gang members were identified as Sukhdev Singh (22), of Mandi Gobindgarh, and Kamaljit Singh (23), a resident of Delhi.

The arrested youths, reportedly, confessed to have snatched chains from one Neeraj, a resident of Deep Nagar, and Pooja of Kartar Nagar Khanna, and mobile phones from one Promila Kumari, a resident of Samadhi Road, and one Saroj Bala of Model Town.



Court gives custody of underage bride to parents, man booked
Our correspondent

Mandi gobindgarh, march 17
A girl was rescued from her parents' custody, after her husband accused them of kidnapping her, only to be returned to their custody, after a court today found her to be underage.

A resident of Guru Nanak Colony here, Sajjan Kumar stated in his complaint that on March 13 his wife was kidnapped by her mother Noorjahan Begam with the help of a former councillor. Sajjan was married to Noor Shabba, alias Arab Tara Khatoon, on March 4.

SHO Dalbir Singh and investigation officer Nirmal Singh said, "The girl is underage, so the police has cancelled the FIR filed against the parents, and instead lodged an FIR against the complainant, Sajjan Kumar."



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