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MC official manhandled, staff stall work 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 24
High drama was witnessed in A-zone office (headquarters) of the municipal corporation, as a tehbazari superintendent was slapped, and employees in all four zones of the civic body stopped work for the second half of the day. After extended parleys between the affected parties, a compromise was reached late in the evening.

It all started at around 2 pm, when a few activists of the Municipal Karamchari Dal, led by its vice-chairman, Choudhry Yash Pal, went to meet Rajiv Bhardwaj, tehbazari superintendent, to make a plea that the hoardings put up in connection with the forthcoming shobha yatra of Maharishi Valmiki should not be removed during the ongoing drive against removal of all hoardings, banners and unipoles.

Eye witnesses said that the official said that he had no authority to go selective and the matter ought to be taken up with the higher officials who had ordered the removal of all hoardings after the expiry of the contract for advertisements.

After exchange of heated words, a supporter of Yash Pal slapped the tehbazari superintendent. A large number of MC employees who had gathered at the spot after hearing the commotion, felt offended and humiliated, as their colleague was assaulted and they decided not to continue with the work. The MC employees in other zones in the city also followed suit and many of them rushed to the A zone office to express solidarity with their co-worker.

In the meantime, senior MC officials and elected functionaries, including mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma arrived at the spot and tried to pacify the agitated workers who had announced to go on an indefinite strike unless the miscreants tendered an apology to the aggrieved employee.

The meeting between the representatives of the MC employees and activists of the Municipal Karamchari Dal continued for more than three hours, and it was late in the evening when both the parties agreed to a compromise.

Lakshman Dravid, chairman of the Municipal Karamchari Dal, said the matter had been amicably settled and the MC employees were satisfied with
the outcome. 

The incident

It all started at around 2 pm, when a few activists of the Municipal Karamchari Dal, led by its vice-chairman, Choudhry Yash Pal, went to meet Rajiv Bhardwaj, tehbazari superintendent, to make a plea that the hoardings put up in connection with the forthcoming shobha yatra of Maharishi Valmiki should not be removed during the ongoing drive against the removal of all hoardings, banners and unipoles. Eye witnesses said that the official said that he had no authority to go selective and the matter ought to be taken up with the higher officials who had ordered the removal of all hoardings after the expiry of the contract for advertisements.After exchange of heated words, a supporter of Yash Pal slapped the tehbazari superintendent.


Imposter harasses couple, takes police for a ride
Booked for eve-teasing, obscenity; enmity stated to be reason behind act
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
An imposter, who posed as a Punjab Police Inspector, took the city police for a ride and harassed a couple. Soon, the imposter's antics were exposed and he along with his two accomplices was booked for eve-teasing, obscenity and wrongfully restraining a couple.

The accused identified as Raghav of Model Gram and his two accomplices, Manu and Anhad, were arrested here this evening, when the matter was brought to the notice of Gurpreet Kaur Purewal, ACP (West).

"Personal enmity was the reason behind today's incident, which was well orchestrated. Raghav tired to hoodwink the police officers by claiming that he was an Inspector," said Purewal.

Sources said Raghav, who went to a gymnasium in a shopping mall, had recently entered into an argument with aother gym visitor, Chetan Sood, during a training session. The incident took place this morning when Chetan Sood along with his fiancee was visiting Sarabha Nagar Market, said the source.

Raghav, Manu and Anhad, who were travelling in a Maruti Swift car spotted them and passed lewd comments on the couple.

Fearing trouble, the couple sat in their vehicle and drove towards Welcome Palace.

However, Raghav intercepted their vehicle. While narrating the incident, Sood said in no time, Raghav opened the door of his (Sood's) car, pulled out the keys and threw it in a plot. Sood stated to the police that Raghav's motive was to humiliate him in front of his fiancée. Raghav did not stop here. After manhandling Sood, he called the police and once the police reached there, Raghav introduced himself as a police inspector. Suspecting Raghav's claims, the police took him to the police station. Sources said that till afternoon, Raghav received a "VIP treatment" at the police station. It was in the evening that police came to know that Raghav was an imposter.

Chetan and his fiancée told Purewal that the entire episode had caused a lot of mental agony to them.

Taking action, the police arrested Ragjav, Anhad and Manu and booked them under Sections 294, 323, 341, 506 and 150 of the IPC.



No grant, schools themselves fund the mid-day meals
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The grant released by the government for the mid-day meals in schools could only serve the purpose till August, and once again, there is paucity of funds. Teachers and principals of respective schools have started collecting funds at their own level.

According to available information with the District Education Department (primary), the funds of Rs 3.70 crore came from the government on September 5, for the mid-day meals in the district. One of the employees of the department on condition of anonymity said, "All funds have been sent to the respective schools and almost all of them have cleared their dues till August end. For September onwards, they will have to make their arrangements again, till the arrival of the next grant for the mid-day meals", aid the employee.

One of the senior teacher of a government school, wishing not to be quoted said that it had become very difficult to sustain the scheme in the absence of grants by the government. "Still we make our own arrangements so that the mid-day meal scheme does not suffer. Teachers and principals pool-in money to get the ration so that the meals can be prepared. The schools that have funds spend it on meals, but the condition of middle schools is bad and a majority of the schools collect the funds from teachers and principals", said the teacher.

The mid-day meal scheme has been embroiled in controversies ever since its inception. At times there are no funds with the government, while in other cases students had refused to eat the mid-day meals due to the sub-standard material being used. 



Dust storm sends residents indoors, rain brings the much-needed relief
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Girls enjoy the rain at the Khalsa College for Women
Girls enjoy the rain at the Khalsa College for Women

A waterlogged street in Sofaian Bagh.
A waterlogged street in Sofaian Bagh. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 24
The city witnessed moderate rain following a dust storm this afternoon. The Agro Meteorology Department at Punjab Agricultural University recorded 24mm rain in one-and-a-half hour.

Following rain, and the dust storm, the temperature in the city dipped to 21.4 degrees Celsius. Giving details about the weather conditions, Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Agro-Meteorologist at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), said that the rain was rare once the monsoon was over.

Meteorology experts said the heavy rain fall in Gujarat led to the disturbance in weather. The experts at the PAU had been expecting clear weather in the next few days.

Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill said, "The disturbance is temporary, since the forecast says that the weather will be clear in the next few days. It will not affect the crops much".

The winds uprooted several trees and rain led to waterlogging of roads in many areas.

The evening was pleasant as the temperature dipped and the cool breeze provided relief from the humid weather.

Sandeep, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar said "We did not expect it to rain today as the weather conditions were humid for the past few days. All houses were full of dust after the dust storm, but later, the rain provided the much needed relief".

"The weather this evening is pleasant. I have enjoyed the drive on the city roads, as there is no dust and cool breeze is blowing. However, the roads and streets are waterlogged, but the rain has brought the much needed relief", Honey, a resident of Maya Nagar, said. 



Now, Bikramjit Singh proves his mettle at Kuala Lumpur
Wins silver medal in long jump at athletics meet
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Bikramjit Singh being welcomed by his fellow players at the Ludhiana railway station.
Bikramjit Singh being welcomed by his fellow players at the Ludhiana railway station. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 24
Once again Bikramjit Singh, a budding athlete from the city proved his mettle in an international event. Bikramjit Singh won a silver medal in the long jump event at the first Asian School Track and Field Championship held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from September 17 to 24. A huge number of trainees from the Sports Authority of India Training Centre, Ludhiana, coaches and sports lovers reached the Railway Station to welcome Bikramjit.

Bikramjit won the silver medal after jumping 7.14 meter at the championship, while gold went to a Sri Lankan who jumped 7.21 meter.

An athletic trainee at the Sports Authority of India, Training Centre, Ludhiana and a student of class XII at Nav Bharti Public School, Kailash Chowk, Bikramjit has also won a gold medal at the National School Games in 2012-13, where he jumped 7.31 meter and also clinched a silver Medal at the National Junior Athletic Championship in 2012-13.

Two boys from Punjab were a part of the School Games Federation of India Athletics Team and represented the country in the first Asian Schools Track and Field Championship.

Sanjeev Sharma, the Director Incharge of the SAI Northern Centre, Chandigarh, said, "The credit goes to the hard work of Bikramjit and dedication and sincerity of SS Pannu, Incharge-cum-coach of SAI Centre, Ludhiana. We have many hopes from Bikramjit and we expect that he will achieve a lot more in the field of sports".

Pannu said, "Bikramjit is a very dedicated and committed player. We are on cloud nine with his achievement.

Bikramjeet said, "The credit of this achievement goes to my coaches and parents. I am very happy that all my coaches, officials of SAI and buddy players have came at the railway station to congratulate me".

Meanwhile, Deputy Director Ajit Singh and District Sports Officer Kartar Singh also congratulated the athlete.



Theme parties a growing craze
Birthday parties of children are celebrated on themes of cartoon, superhero characters
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Cartoon characters came alive during the birthday parties of children these days. Mickey Mouse, Doremon and other cartoon characters are guests at the birthday parties of tiny tots of the city.

Themes parties are quite prominent among children’s birthday parties. Themes like jungle party, mickey-mouse superheroes like Spiderman, Superman themes are quite popular. The trend of having a theme to a party has caught on quickly. For girls themes for very young girls are based on themes like Princess Cinderella, whereas for the grown ups, Hannah-Montana and teenage themes are organised.

Teenagers sometimes like themes like Madagascar, Masquerade for birthday parties, according to a birthday party organiser. Puppet shows, magic show during the parties add the charm for the kids. Tattoo makers, make-up artists also come up to add colour to the parties.

"When the trend started in the city about five years back, it was restricted to elite. Only elite would have a theme-based parties and decorations for their parties, and the parties of their little ones, but now the trend has really caught on," says Shikha Arora of Eventum Party Zone. Even the little games the children play are based on the themes of the parties. We add a touch of the theme to the games, she says.

Event organisers have started going the extra mile offering customised theme parties and much more. "We have a complete play way for the kids with small tunnels, bouncies for games etc. We have furniture, cutlery especially for little kids," says Payal Mohindra from Thematics.

"Themes for birthday parties make them more memorable. My daughter remembers her birthday party. Parties are organised in any case, but the themes make them more fun for children," says Renu Uppal, a resident.



Dist BJP chief meets CMC staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
District president of the Bharatiya Janta Party Praveen Bansal met and listened to the problems of protesting employees at Christen Medical College and Hospital here today. Following the meeting with employees, Bansal also met AJ Thomas, director, Christen Medical College and Hospital and members of management.

In a press note released by district cell of BJP Parveen Bansal said protesting employees did not gave any list of demands to him. The hospital authorities gave positive response to address the problems of employees. When the employees will submit the demands to CMC&H management they will take it seriously and will try to address the problems.



Fading tunes of traditional instruments
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Girls on their way to perform a giddha during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana.
Girls on their way to perform a giddha during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

A girl takes part in a clay modelling competition at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana.
A girl takes part in a clay modelling competition at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 24
Punjab has a rich folk legacy but the sad part is that youngsters are forgetting the rich culture. Only a few Punjabi singers are spotted with traditional instruments during concerts or functions.

Folk instruments made their presence felt during the ongoing youth fest at the Khalsa College for Women today.

Girls, who performed giddha, were seen carrying toombi, a high pitched, single string instrument.

The girls, who did not know how to play the instrument, said the was made of a wooden stick mounted with a gourd shell resonator. "A single metallic string is passed on a resonator over a bridge and tied to the key at the end of the stick. The string is struck with the continuous flick and retraction of the forefinger.

The instrument was a favourite with famous Punjabi singers. Another wooden instrument spotted at the fest was jori/nagoza. The Punjabi woodwind instrument resembles a pair of wooden flutes which a musician plays by using three fingers on each side.

"It is not easy to play the instrument as the sound is generated by breathing into it rapidly; the quick recapturing of breath on each beat creates a bouncing, swing rhythm. The pairing of nagoza with dhol in a piece of music produces a great sound that makes everyone tap the foot for dance," stated a nagoza player. A teacher said it was only during youth fests and cultural functions that the instruments were seen.

"The instruments are a part of Punjabi culture which is reflected in folk songs and dances. Bhai Mardana, the disciple of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, used to play a musical instrument called rabab. Guruji used to say: "Mardaneya, Rabab Vaja Bani Ayi Aa,"she said.



Education dept presumes all students to be bright
Gives eligibility criteria for NTSE a miss, mandates 100% attendance for all students 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The education department believes all students are eligible for competitive exams. Despite knowing that only those students who have scored 70 per cent in the Class IX annual examination are eligible for National Talent Search Exam (NTSE), the department has made 100 per cent attendance mandatory for Class X students. It has also sent a schedule through Edusat Society to all government schools asking them to prepare students for the exam.

As per a letter uploaded on the website today, all students will attend the classes (in first period) from October 1 to November 8, 2013. The letter states that it will be mandatory for all students to attend the classes as 'these will be of great help for the students'.

"This means that every day, the students of Class X will be trained for the NTSE. Every school has its own timetable but first period of the particular subject (it may be English, maths, science, social studies and Punjabi) will be missed for over one month in the schools. Barring a few, a majority of the students are not even eligible to take the NTSE. But classes will be held for every student," said a teacher. A principal of a school lamented that on an average not more than five to six students appeared for the exam as it was "too difficult". "The standards of learning need to be improved. The students are too weak in subjects like maths, English and science. But all students will have to attend Edusat classes and the subject which is taught in the first period in each school will suffer. The decision taken by the department is not fair," said the principal.

When asked if the department had thought of something to make up the loss of students as first period of respective subjects will be missed, Rajiv, in charge, Edusat, SAS Nagar, Mohali, said, "Students need not worry as the timetable can be adjusted accordingly."

When told that a majority of students did not even take the NTSE, Rajiv said the classes were beneficial for all students.



from colleges
NSS Day celebration

LUDHIANA: NSS day was celebrated at Doraha College of Education here today. The theme of the celebrations was "Not me, but you". The celebrations started with the blessing of God by recitation of Shabad. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, Doraha College of Education was chief speaker.

Prof Sukhwinder Singh, programme officer, NSS Unit -I said, “we should motivate our inner-self first and then try to serve society." NSS volunteers highlighted the aims and objectives of NSS through a power point presentation. An article on social service was also presented and activities of the session 2012-13 were highlighted. A tree plantation campaign was held to make the volunteers aware of benefits of clean & green environment at Mughal Sarai, Doraha, jointly by NSS Units and Rotaract club of Doraha College of Education. Various trees such as Neem, Tulsi, Lemon, etc were planted. Japvir Singh, director, Doraha Group of Institutes stressed on spreading awareness about the causes and consequences of environmental degradation besides providing quality education to the students.

Lecture delivered

NSS Unit of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering college, Ludhiana, organised a motivational lecture. The speaker on the occasion was Jalnidh Kaur, first girl from Punjab, who has won the prestigious Rhodes scholarship for Post-graduate studies at Oxford. Prof. Arvind Dhingra, program officer, NSS, highlighted the activities of NSS units of the college. Introducing the speaker, Prof Deepinder Singh, officer In-charge NSS said "The achievement of Jalnidh is a source of inspiration". Jalnidh Kaur shared her experiences with all and shared about preparation for interview, what kind of questions was asked. She also dwelled on the importance of positivism. While thanking the guests, Dr Manohar Singh Saini, director of the college delivered vote of thanks.

Seminar held

RIMT-Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College organised a seminar on “Wireless Communication and It’s Tools” here today. Presentation was given by Kuljeet Sandhu, managing director, IQBRI Telecom (Mumbai) along with his technical team. Eminent expert was given a floral welcome by principal Sushil Garg. The team displayed different tools like GPS tool, TEMS tool, Punch Tool, Compass and Different kinds of Antennas and explained the working of each one to the students.

Youth festival

A girl makes a painting during on-the-spot painting competition held at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
A girl makes a painting during on-the-spot painting competition held at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Total 16 events were organised on the second day of Youth Festival, organized at Khalsa College for Women. With an objective to boost the self confidence and sense of achievements, these competitions help to develop the personality of the students.

Chief -guest for the first session was Dr MS Kang (former vice-chancellor, PAU). He was given a warm welcome by college principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, staff & students. Principals of various colleges & members of college managing committee graced the occasion with their auspicious presence. The prize distribution ceremony for the first session was conducted by KK Singla (Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ludhiana) and Apinder Singh Grewal (Former Mayor, Ludhiana). Addressing the audience, KK Singla laid emphasis on the importance of such youth oriented programmes and said future of any nation depends upon its youth. The results are as follows: Debate: Garima Syal first prize; Arshdeep Kaur second prize; Megha Jain third prize; Elocution: Surbhi Joshi first prize; Enakshi Goel second prize; Navdeep Kaur third prize; Poem Recitation: Bavandeep Kaur first prize; Shreya Jain second prize;Jaspreet Kaur third prize; Instrumental Music(percussion); Jasdeep Kaur first prize; Navpreet Kaur second prize;Harpreet Kaur third prize; Instrmental(Non- percussion) Navroop Kaur first prize; Taranjot Kaur second prize; Baldeep Kaur third prize; Indian Orchestra: Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, first prize; Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, second prize; Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, third prize; Individual in group items: Prabhjot Kaur first prize; Amandeep Kaur second prize; Sonam third prize. — TNS



from schools
Lifetime achievement award

Education World - Lifetime Achievement Award in education leadership 2013 was given to Dr AF Pinto & Madam Grace Pinto of Ryan Group of Institutions & Ryan International School, Ludhiana.

Education World in association with C -Fore organised its sixth annual India's school ranking award where India's top day-boarding and International schools were felicitated. Dr AF Pinto and managing director Grace Pinto were awarded with lifetime achievement award in education leadership 2013 for their extraordinary contribution towards the growth and development of high quality English medium K-12 education and for playing a major role in building India's promising education segment providing value-based education to children throughout the country.

Junior athletics championship

Amritpal Singh, a student of Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, won bronze medal in shot-put event at the National Inter-Zonal Junior Championship being organised in Kochi (Kerala). Amritpal secured third position by throwing shot-put at a distance of 16.49 meters. Principal, Management and his sports teacher have congratulated Amritpal for his performance.

Motivational lecture

Management of Springdale school invited an eminent educationist Dr DJ Singh, Ex. Joint-director, Punjab Police Academy, Pillaur, to deliver a motivational lecture to teachers. At the very outset, a power point presentation on school and its activities was presented by Amrita Gakhar, academic advisor. Dr DJ Singh motivated the teachers to have pure and positive thoughts, to improve in all fields and to be conscious of their diet. In this interactive session, he advised them to be loyal by quoting an anecdote of a person who cut the branch of the tree he was sitting on and faced dire consequences. Avinash Kaur Walia, founder, principal and director presented a bouquet and a token of appreciation to Dr DJ Singh.

Students visit gaushala

Faculty members and students of DRV DAV School, Phillaur visited Shri Krishan Gaushala Pingalwara. They distributed clothes, utensils and other essential items to the orphans. They taught them making envelops and birthday caps which would help them to be self- reliant. — TNS



pau notes
NSS Day observed

LUDHIANA: National Service Scheme (NSS) Day was observed today at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), wherein Gurpreet Singh Toor, zonal AIG (Intelligence), Punjab Police, and PAU alumnus, delivered a thought provoking lecture on the topic "Challenges before Youth."

Exhorting the PAU students to read books, Gurpreet Toor said books are man's best companion. "It is only through books that we remain attached to our glorious tradition and culture," he added. Voicing concern over declining moral values amongst the youth, he observed that they affect the personality of the students. He told students to evince and take active participation in co-curricular activities such as fine arts, music and sports. Gurpreet Toor also expressed concern over the increasing drug abuse amongst the youth and emphasised on making collective efforts to free the society from the clutches of drug menace. He said technology is a double-edged weapon and its appropriate use can pave way for the progress of the society.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture, said the organisation of informative and inspiring lectures is vital to guide the youth. The declining ethics amongst the youngsters is a matter of concern, he expressed, while calling upon the students to lead a disciplined life and develop a sense of responsibility.

Director students' welfare, Dr Balwinder Singh, additional director, communication, Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal and heads and faculty members of various departments of the PAU also attended the lecture. Dr PK Chhuneja, professor of Entomology, PAU, proposed the vote of thanks.

Registrar bereaved

Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon and the senior officials, faculty members and non-teaching staff of the University expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Santosh Kumari, mother of PAU Registrar, Dr PK Khanna. PAU fraternity extended their heartfelt condolences and expressed sympathy to the members of the bereaved family. — TNS



200 PCTE students attend interactive session
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter's Student Net, at Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), invited eminent business personality of the region, Sandeep Riat. Riat is the managing director, Akal Spring Limited, and a former chairperson of CII, Ludhiana Zonal Council. As many as 200 students from business management program, PCTE, attended the session.

Riat shared her own real life experiences as to how did she manage to run the debt burdened auto parts company, after her father passed away, and motivated the students by narrating her own business success story. She emphasised on the significance of honesty and integrity in business dynamics.

She also equipped students with the information regarding new entrepreneurial ventures, family businesses and start up or first generation entrepreneurial businesses. She insisted students to dare to think big in their entrepreneurial projects.

“There are numerous businesses options available to start with, numerous ways to arrange funds through the help of governmental bodies and other private financial institutions, but first and foremost important aspect is the courage to think big,” said the managing director.

Riat exemplified success stories of few first generation entrepreneurs to motivate the students. The students attended the session with great enthusiasm. It was an enriching experience, said a student on the occasion.



Audio CDs to promote Punjabi literature
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A city-based writer and artist, Janmeja Singh Johal, has adopted a new technique to expand the reach of Punjabi literature among the masses. Johal has recorded several books in an audio CD called Speaking Books, which is all set to release. With this initiative, people who don't understand the Gurmukhi script, but can understand Punjabi language, will be able to ‘listen’ to their favourite books.

“As many as 60 percent of the population in Pakistan are Punjabis, but they are well-versed in the Sahmukhi script, not the Gurmukhi script. Then there are Punjabis settled abroad, who are also facing the similar problem. So this initiative will cross the language barrier,” said Johal.

Initially, Johal recorded five books in one CD. Now, as many as 100 classic books are under the process of recording.

Darshan Basraon, Gurmukh Bhullar and Sawaran Tiwana are lending a support to Janmeja Singh Johal in making this initiative a successful one.

Jaswinder Singh, a Canada-based poet said, “It is a common saying that Punjabis are good listeners but not good readers, as compared to Bengalis and other sub-nationalities. It is, indeed, a great way to promote the Punjabi literature among the masses.” 



Two bodies found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A decomposed body of a woman was found from a vacant plot, near Veer Palace, today. The incident came to light this evening, when area residents smelled a foul odour emitting from the plot. Residents were shocked to find a decomposed body of a woman and informed the police. The woman appeared to be a migrant in her 20s. The station house officer, Moti Nagar, said an effort to ascertain the identity of the woman is on.

Meanwhile a body of a middle-aged man was found from a canal in Barewal area. The body was spotted by commuters this evening who further informed the police. Either the victim drowned or was killed and then thrown in the canal, said a police official.

The bodies have been sent to the civil hospital for conducting a post-mortem.



Mini-bus operators resent hike in Motor Vehicle Tax
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The Mini-Bus Operators Association, Punjab, held a meeting today. Representatives from all over Punjab discussed issues related to the 80 per cent hike in tax under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Jaswinder Singh Grewal, president of the association, said in their last meeting with Bikram Singh Majithia, the latter had assured them of doing the needful.

But nothing has been done so far. "We postponed our agitation following his assurance," said Grewal, adding that they would have to resort to agitation to press for their demands. The authorities have failed to keep their promises.

Among others present in the meeting included Tarlok Singh Batala, Jarnail Singh Garhdiwal, Harmeet Singh, Balwinder Singh, Vinod Kumar, Bhupinder Singh and Lakha Singh. 



450 examined at eye camp
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 24
The 10th annual free-of-cost eye check-up camp was organised by Ajaib Singh Saggu Welfare Council, Jagraon, at Vishavkarma Mandir today. As many as 450 patients, suffering from various kinds of eye diseases, were examined by a team of doctors led by Dr Ramesh Mansooran.

During the occasion, over 98 patients with serious eye complications were also chosen for surgeries. According to Harwinder Singh Saggu, president of the council, the operations of the selected patients would be conducted free-of-cost at Mansooran's hospital.



Trendy yet comfortable
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Loafers are becoming a favourite with youngsters in Ludhiana.
Loafers are becoming a favourite with youngsters in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 24
If this was done 10 years ago, they'd have become a laughing stock. Saying a no to socks, more and more youngsters are going in for colourful loafers and canvass shoes.

From colourful shoes, trousers, jeans, above-ankle jeans to below-ankle canvass shoes, distinctions are blurring.

"Colourful trousers matched with loafers are the in thing," said Amandeep Kaur, a faculty member from INIFD. Earlier, girls would be conscious about their clothes, but now guys too have turned equally fashionable, she said.

The fashion trend that began in the West is catching on here as well.

"Earlier, I found it a bit weird when I saw someone wearing ankle-length jeans and canvass shoes. I thought it was girly. But I had a change of heart as boys too look cool wearing the same," said Anupreet, a college student.

"Rather than the conservative look that men have been confined to for a long time, splash of colour and smart clothing do make men look cool. With colour and fittings, there can be a faster change in men's fashion too," says Bhavneet, a fashion design student.



Cycle parts manufacturers air grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,September 24
Members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, Effluent Treatment Society (LETs) and Ludhiana Electroplating Association today held a meeting with member secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board Babu Ram.

They said the units were facing a great difficulty in getting their licences renewed.

They said the pollution department sent them to GLADA. The office issued a form and charged Rs 5,000 as renewal fee.

The delegation also held a meeting with principal secretary, labour, Vishawjeet Khanna. Babu Ram told the delegation that he along with the chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board would visit Ludhiana tomorrow and look into their problems.



Clerical staff continue stir on Day 7
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The clerical staff's strike entered the seventh day today. Visitors to the Civil Surgeon's office were at the receiving end.

The employees staged a dharna and raised slogans against the state government and the health department.

Sukhvinder Singh, Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association, said, "The strike will continue till our demands are met. The apathetic attitude of the authorities have forced us to resort to agitation. The health minister and director, Health and Family Welfare, have been dilly dallying the issue."

The demands include promotion of assistants, superintendents, stenographers and statistical staff. They demanded that 60 posts of accountant should be filled at the earliest. 



Ludhiana  Scan
One tests positive for dengue

One more patient has tested positive for dengue from Ludhiana district on Tuesday. The confirmed patient is undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital and belongs to Sherpur. According to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Officer, as many as 58 patients from Ludhiana have been diagnosed with the disease.

Plantation drive

Rotary Club Ludhiana Central (3070) organised a tree plantation drive at Satpaul Mittal Memorial Park, Sarabha Nagar, on Tuesday. The project was inaugurated by Kuldeep Singh, Municipal Corporation, Phagwara, and assistant governor of Rotary Dr Sanjiv Uppal. The Club has many other projects in pipeline as well, such as blood donation camps, medical camps and education camps. Rotary Club in association with other Rotary clubs in Ludhiana and Rotary district is also committed to providing an aid to heart patients.

Learning centre

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The Congress Yuva Sandesh has announced to open a centre of learning for women, to make them independent and self-reliant. Besides imparting training in various professional courses, the centre will also be setting up a sewing centre in the region, said Balwinder Singh Raja, incharge, Sangrur.

Protest held

Workers of the Youth Akali Dal protest against the Indian government and the USA government in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Workers of the Youth Akali Dal protested against the Indian and US government on Tuesday. “In the US, a Sikh professor was labeled as a terrorist and was compared to Osama,” said Gurdeep Singh. Addressing the workers, Singh said, “It is a matter of shame that despite the fact that India has a Sikh Prime minister, the other country is still unaware about the identity of Sikhs.” — TNS
Workers of the Youth Akali Dal protest against the Indian government and the USA government in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



10 injured in road accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 24
A road accident on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, near Hedon village, injured 10 persons including two minors. As per the information, a canter collided head-on with a bus, going from Chandigarh to Faridkot, injuring three members of a family, driver and conductor of the bus. The driver of the canter also sustained injuries.

A 19-year-old driver of a tractor trailer passing from the site of the accident was also injured in the mishap.

“The accident occured at 6.30 in the morning. Three members of a family injured in the accident have been referred to a private hospital in Ludhiana, while the other five are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Samrala,” said a police official.

The injured have been identified as Rachpal Kaur (28), her daughter Rubi (14) and her son Ankit (7), all residents of Khanna, Sukhdev Singh, driver of the bus, Inderjit Singh, conductor of the bus, Dalip Singh, a resident of Mohali, and Gurmel Singh, a resident of Pamaal village. Two minors were discharged after giving first aid.

A case would be registered against the driver of the bus as it was his fault, said the station house officer, Samrala.



Thieves take away six mobile phones
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Four unidentified persons entered a mobile shop located on RK Road near Cheema Chowk and decamped with six mobile phones and Rs 30,000 in cash by throwing red chilly powder into the eyes of its owner.

The complainant, Deepak Kumar, said the incident took place this evening when four persons, who came in a car, entered the Hot Spot mobile shop posing as customers.

While one stood at the entrance to watch the movement of police, the others engaged the victim in conversation and kept asking him to show a mobile phone.

Sensing an opportunity, one of the robbers pulled out red chilly powder and threw it into the eyes of the victim. In no time, the robbers decamped with six mobile phones worth Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 30,000 in cash. The victim raised the alarm and cried for help. Soon the police reached the spot. The victim's statement was recorded. The police will scan the CCTV camera footage.

3 arrested for theft

The police has arrested three security guards, employed with a factory, for stealing 71 kg of copper and 200 pieces of cycle tubes.

The accused, identified Jitesh Tiwari, Krishan Kant and Abhay Mishra, were nabbed from the Dhandari area when they were on their way to sell the stolen material.

The trio was working in Ram Sons Cycle Factor at Phase V of Focal Point.

2 held for stealing spare parts

The police has arrested two persons and recovered 150 spare parts of auto-rickshaws from his possession.

The accused have been identified as Gopal and Dashrath. The duo were nabbed from the Dhandari area yesterday.

The accused were working in Puja Industries at Focal Point.

Case registered

Four days after swindlers took cash and gold worth lakhs of rupees on the pretext of fixing locks of a cupboard, the police has registered a case against two unidentified persons and started investigations.

A case has been registered on the complaint of Kuldeep Singh, a cloth merchant who lives in Amarpura.

Kuldeep's wife called swindlers inside the house and told them to open the cupboard as she had lost its keys. The swindlers swiftly took away Rs 10,000 in cash and 8 tola of gold ornaments.

2 vehicle thieves held

The police has arrested two vehicle lifters and recovered three stolen tempos from their possession.

Ashok Kumar, inspector, CIA, said the accused, Krishan Lal of Patiala and Manjit Singh, alias Bablu, of Tibba Road, were nabbed following a tip-off.



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