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Illegal hoardings
MC soft on politicians
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have adopted different yardsticks in dealing with violators. The civic body officials don’t hesitate to take prompt action against persons who install illegal hoardings. But they close their eyes to violations by political parties. A number of illegal hoardings of political parties, especially the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, can be seen installed illegally across the city.

The new advertising policy bans installation of hoardings alongside roads. The hoardings installed on unipoles are illegal as the contract of the advertising company which had installed these unipoles has expired. The MC cannot grant the permission to install the hoardings.

The unipoles are being removed by the civic body, but those which still exist are being used by political parties.

A number of illegal hoardings can be seen alongside Ferozepur Road. Hoardings of the BJP and the SAD whith pictures of their leaders dot the area.

The rules stipulate that the MC can fine the violator and can also register an FIR against him. However, the MC has never imposed a fine on politicians.

When contacted, Davinder Singh, Zonal Commissioner (Zone D) said the illegal hoardings would be removed. “We are already removing unipoles so that no person can use them for advertising,” he said.


UCPMA: Race for top post hots up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Though Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma has been elected president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA), the post of chairman is still lying vacant. The UCPMA is likely to get its new chairman within a week.

“The core committee of the UCPMA has been formed which will play a pivotal role in electing the chairman, who can be from within the committee members or can be any other member of the association. The chairman will be elected unanimously and the final decision will be taken by the members of the core committee," said Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma.

The core committee of the senior leaders of the bicycle industry include Manjit Singh Khalsa as convenor and Joginder Kumar, GL Pahwa, Joga Singh Deol, Avtar Singh, Upkar Singh Ahuja, Avtar Singh Bhogal, RD Sharma, Parveen Gupta, Gurdial Singh Gemco and Badish Jindal as its members.

Names of Manjit Singh Khalsa, Joginder Kumar and GL Pahwa are doing rounds for the top post of the association. Manjit Singh Khalsa also served as the chairman in the previous term so his chances of getting re-elected to the post are bleak. GL Pahwa and Joginder Kumar are the strong contenders, say sources in the bicycle industry.

GL Pahwa is one of the senior most members of thw association, while Joginder Kumar played a pivotal role in essaying the win for Vishivkarma. The entire group was knows as Joginder Kumar group during the elections.



Health Dept clerical staff call off strike
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Though the strike of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices’ Clerical Association ended late on Wednesday evening, those visiting the Civil Surgeon’s office during the day remained at the receiving end for the sixth consecutive day today.

Applicants were not able to get death and birth certificates, drug licenses, handicapped certificates and medical certificates required for new jobs.

Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said: “The strike of the clerical staff has been called off. I will urge the staff to clear the pending work and help visitors by working even on weekends."

Talking to the Tribune, Dr HS Bali, officiating director, ESI, Punjab, said: “We held a meeting with the office-bearers of the Association and agreed to fulfil their pending demands."

Earlier in the day, some applicants were seen urging Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Kaushal Saini and Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta to help them to get their documents. The protesting employees also stopped some clerks from doing office work.

Sukhvinder Singh, state president of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices’ Clerical Association along with other office-bearers of the association also submitted a memorandum to the Civil Surgeon.



12 more test positive for dengue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhana, September 25
Twelve more patients tested positive for dengue at Christian Medical College and Hospital and Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital today. Out of these, six patients are from Ludhiana district. Two patients are from Tibba Road, one each from Gurubagh Colony, Jandali, Dhandari, Industrial Area, Basti Lohara, Khanna and Dhandran. Two patients are from Mundian. The remaining six patients belong to Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Sangrur, Patiala and Fathegarh Sahib. With this, the number of dengue patients in the district has reached 70.

A meeting of all medical superintendents and heads of all departments of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and the CMCH under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme was held today at the Civil Surgeon’s office. The health department has directed all medical colleges and private hospitals to report the number of dengue cases on their premises to the authorities concerned. The CMCH and DMCH have 220 beds for dengue patients.



Mystery shrouds newlywed’s death
Husband, in-laws booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The police has booked husband and in-laws of a newlywed woman who died under mysterious circumstances at a shanty near Jagraon Bridge today. Reema (18) was allegedly being harassed by the accused for dowry. The police has registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC against the victim's husband Ravi, mother-in-law Premo and father-in-law Som Nath.

The incident came to light this morning when Ravi, who works in an orchestra, raised the alarm that her wife had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The police reached the spot and started investigations. The victim’s mother Babli alleged that Ravi and his parents killed her and hung her body from the ceiling fan to make it appear like a suicide.

She said her daughter married Ravi a few months ago. Soon after the wedding, Ravi and his parents started demanding money. Reema was working as a maidservant and express helplessness to arrange the money.

“I had recently given a motorcycle to Ravi. But this did not satisfy his greed. Ravi was pressing my daughter to arrange Rs 2 lakh,” alleged Babli.



31-yr-old was murdered, says police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The man whose body was found from a canal at Barewal yesterday, was murdered, said the police. The police identified the victim and a case of murder was registered against unidentified persons. The victim, 31-year-old Manjeet Singh, aka Bobby, a resident of the Shimlapuri area, was missing since September 20. Bobby's relatives said he was in debt and had borrowed Rs 2 lakh.

On September 20, Bobby went missing under mysterious circumstances. His mobile phone was also not working. Bobby's body bore injury marks. The investigating officer said it was now clear that the deceased was killed and thrown into the canal to eliminate evidence.



Bains group to boycott meetings convened by Gohalwaria
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
A political storm seems to be brewing up within the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) as the Bains group has openly announced that it would boycott all meetings convened by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria. The Bains group that enjoys the support of around 10 Akali councillors from a total strength of 27 alleged that the Mayor had “failed” on all fronts and if he was not changed, the SAD would suffer in the Lok Sabha elections.

Gohalwaria had convened a meeting in his camp office today also and the Bains group stayed away from it.

The Bains group is led by MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and his elder brother Balwinder Singh Bains. Both had contested the last Assembly elections as Independents and had won with big margins. Later, they joined the SAD.

Gohalwaria had convened today's meeting so that the Akali councillors could interact with the new MC Commissioner, Rahul Tewari. But out of the total strength of 27 in the 75- member MC House, only around 15 Akali councillors attended the meeting, while some of them could not make it to the meeting as they were either busy or sick.

While speaking to The Tribune, Parminder Singh Soma, an Akali councillor and a close aide of Bains brothers, said when during the MC General House meeting he had questioned the Mayor about the development carried out in the city in the last one year and he had no answer to it. This clearly shows that there has been no development in the city and if Gohalwaria is not replaced by the party, the SAD would suffer in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said, while claiming that the group also enjoys the support of eight Independent councillors.

Another Akali councillor from the Bains group, Kamaljit Singh Karwal, said they would soon meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and would apprise him about the situation in the city.

“From now on we would boycott all meetings as well as functions organised by the Mayor. During the term of his predecessor Hakam Singh Giaspura, development was going on in the city. But ever since Gohalwaria became the Mayor, the MC revenue has not increased and no development is being carried out. We do not want the party to suffer only due to one person,” he said.

However, Gohalwaria rubbished that there was any infighting in the party.

“We had invited all Akali councillors to today's meeting, but if anyone preferred to stay away, it is their own personal choice. I would also apprise the party high command about the alleged anti-party activities of some councillors,” the Mayor said.



PU zonal youth fest
Audiences entertained to the hilt
Tribune News Service

Audiences have a gala time; and (below) a girl presents a mimicry item during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 25
The audiences were in for a treat at the Khalsa College for Women, as students took the stage on the third day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival. During the mimicry competition, girls weaved stories by producing sounds of aeroplanes, generator-sets, birds, drums and guns besides imitating various popular actors and personalities.

Plays staged by teams from various colleges were an amalgamation of emotions, expressed like professional artistes by the students. The participants touched upon many issues, including communal harmony, problems faced by children of working couples and plight of widows.

One such play, "Ik Si Heer", portrayed the plight of a woman who is married off to a non-resident Indian. The portrayal of the protagonist being ill-treated and being left alone to fend for herself in a foreign land created a sombre atmosphere.

In one-act play, girls from Guru Nanak Khalsa College won the first prize. The host college came second, while the Government College for Girls bagged the third prize.

The top-three individual prizes went to Sapandeep Kaur from the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Mandeep Kaur from the AS College for Women, Khanna, and Gurvir Kaur from the host college.

Students also participated in a quiz. The team from Government College for Girls won the competition. Guru Nanak Khalsa College and Guru Nanak Girls College stood second and third respectively.

Comic timing: Bringing various characters to life, students amused the audiences during the histrionics event. While Sukhmeet Kaur from Guru Nanak Khalsa College bagged the first prize, the second and third spots were grabbed by Heena from the SDP College for Women and Kiranjit Kaur, respectively. In the mime competition, participants narrated stories through their expressions and gestures. 



Zone-A students vie for top honours at Doraha college
Lovleen Bains

Students take part in the shabad recital on the inaugural day of a youth fest at Guru Nanak National College in Doraha on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Doraha, September 25
The Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival for the Ludhiana Zone-A colleges commenced today at Guru Nanak National College. College principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed Dr Nirma Jaura, director, youth services, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and other dignitaries.

After inaugurating the festival, Dr Jaura congratulated the college authorities for taking the initiative to host the festival. He asked the students to grab such opportunities.

Around 1,400 students are participating in the 46 events lined up during the four-day festival. On the opening day of the festival, group shabad/bhajan, classical music vocal, geet/ghazal and folk song competitions were organised.

Creative events such as poem writing, short story writing and essay writing were also conducted.

Theatrical items including drama, skit, mime, mimicry and histrionics besides poem recitation, debate and elocution will be conducted tomorrow.

On the penultimate day, instrumental music, Indian orchestra and dance competitions including classical dance, giddha, bhangra and group dance will be held. Quiz, collage making, clay modeling, poster making, cartooning, rangoli, painting and photography will also be organised on the same day.

Traditional and music events including group folk orchestra, folk instruments, var, kali, embroidery, pakhi designing, crochet work, knitting and mehandi design besides folk dances will be organised on the concluding day.

Fifteen colleges are taking part in the festival. These include AS College, Khanna; Malwa College, Bondali, Samrala; Gobindgarh Public College, Alour; Government College, Karamsar, Government College, Sidhsar; GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana; Arya College, Ludhiana; SCD Government College, Ludhiana; Government Evening College, Ludhiana; Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial Shahi and Sports College of Physical Education, Samrala; KLSD College, Ludhiana; Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Jhande; Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana; Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Hussainpura, Ludhiana, besides the host college.

The top three positions in various events were secured by the following:

Shabad (group)

AS College, Khanna; GNN College, Doraha; SCD Government College, Ludhiana

Shabad (Individual)

Sahil Nagpal (KLSD College, Ludhiana), Karam Singh (Malwa College, Bondali), Shivam Sharma (Arya College)

Classical music (vocal)

Karam Singh (Malwa College, Bondali), Sahil

Nagal (KLSD College, Ludhiana), Jatin Pahwa (GPC Alour)


Aastha Sharma (Shri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana), Kuldeep Kaur (SCD Government College, Ludhiana), Abhishek Sharma (Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College)

Short story writing

Mandeep Kaur (Guru Nanak National College,

Doraha), Kalyani (GPC, Alour), Amit Kumar (KLSD College, Ludhiana)

Essay writing

Shabnampreet Kaur (Malwa College, Bondali), Akshay Jain (KLSD College, Ludhiana), Anamika Kunra (Arya College, Ludhiana)



‘Fests perfect platform to hone skills’
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
“Careers of many popular Punjabi artistes began at youth festivals. These cultural events are the perfect platform for youngsters to hone their skills,” said Bhagwant Mann. The ace comedian was in the city as the guest of honour at the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival being organised at the Khalsa College for Women.

Mann said performing at school and college level events needed an initiative on the participant’s side. He said he too used to perform at several school and college-level events.

“I became popular in my college after winning prizes at such youth festivals,” said Mann, who is a two-time gold medallist in histrionics at Punjabi University.

Mann said many great artistes including Gurdas Mann, Rana Ranbir, Balkar Sidhu, Binu Dhillon and Gurpreet Ghuggi transformed their interests into burgeoning careers after tasting success at youth festivals.

Sharing his experience of performing for the first time, Mann said he when he got on stage, he was nervous and his legs trembled.

“Gradually, one builds confidence,” he said.

Talking about his future projects, Mann said he was coming up with the second edition of his popular comedy series “Kulfi Garma Garam”. He has also written a book of poetry dedicated to women. He recited a poem about the state of women in Punjab. Mann said girls must become self-dependent to combat crimes against them.

Earlier, when he took the stage, Mann made the audience almost split their sides with his jokes, puns, mimicry and anecdotes.



Manhandling case
After misbehaviour, MC staff go scot-free
Superintendent, who was manhandled by sweeper, enters into compromise
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The misbehaviour by some of the MC staff having political backing is not new in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Ironically, whenever such incidents take place, the junior staff often go scot-free, owing to their allegiance to the ruling party. Last afternoon, superintendent Rajiv Bharadwaj was slapped by a sweeper and MC officials failed to take any action against the guilty sweeper because he enjoyed patronage of those who enjoy good rapport with the ruling party.

It is learnt that when the superintendent wanted to file a police complaint against the sweeper, some of the Class IV employee union office-bearers, who had come out in sweeper's support, categorically told the superintendent that they would also slap a counter case against him.

A senior MC official, on condition of anonymity, told The Tribune that the superintendent had been “pressurised” and thus he had agreed to compromise with the sweeper.

"Its sad that the superintendent was first slapped by a sweeper and later, union leaders enjoying political patronage had come out in support of the sweeper. At the time the incident took place, the sweeper should have been on duty in the ward allotted to him. Now, that he has gone scot-free, tomorrow any person can misbehave and even physically abuse the MC officers. The union leaders should know their limits and should not support any person who misbehaves with the officers. Even the political bosses need to have a re-look into whom they should support and whom they should not," said the officer.

Even during the MC demolition drive in Sunet village on December 5 last year, a class IV employee of the civic body tried to disrupt the drive by arguing as well as abusing his senior officials. The class IV employee was seen openly shouting at the ditch machine drivers to get off their vehicles. However, no action was taken against the class IV employee.

When contacted, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said that he stood by Bharadwaj. "I supported him and had even informed the police. But if he wants to enter into a compromise with the sweeper, what can we do? However, I have directed the MC Commissioner to make sure visitor registers are maintained in all MC offices so that we can keep a check on people visiting our offices," informed the Mayor.

Welfare organisation condemns incident

The Ludhiana Welfare Organisation (LWO) has condemned the incident in which tehbazaari superintendent Rajiv Bharadwaj was slapped by a sweeper and an outsider in MC Zone A office, on Tuesday. Shri Paul Sharma, president of the Ludhiana Welfare Organisation, said that it was shameful that the MC employee was pressurised for a compromise by the MC top brass. LWO chairman SP Sharma said that the Punjab and Haryana High Court was requested to take suo moto notice of the attack on an MC employee while performing his duty.



PAU fixes rates of food items
Vends, eateries on varsity campus to follow price list
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The administration of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has fixed the rates of food items available at the canteen, vends and roadside eateries on its campus to provide food to students, employees and other visitors on reasonable rates. Though vendors and contractors of eateries have to charge customers as per the rate list, they are finding it difficult to maintain the quality of food.

The eatery owners have written to the Estate Officer at the PAU to revise the rates of different food items.

According to the rate list, the eatery owners have to charge Rs 5 for tea and Rs 30 for lunch, including two vegetarian curries.

The contractors who are using gas cylinders on market prices and paying handsome rent to the university are feeling helpless in providing quality food items with low profit.

“We work to get some profit but due to inflation, the margin has been decreasing. The authorities do not compensate by reducing the rent or tax. We do not want to compromise with quality but no one can provide quality tea in Rs 5.

The prices of milk, sugar and LPG have been increased but we are still providing the tea on the old rate,” said a contractor at an eatery on the PAU campus.

Manpreet, a student, said: "The rates are reasonable but the quality of food is poor at all canteens. If contractors want to get revised the rate list, then the authorities have to compensate the latter so that they maintain the quality of food. Moreover, one cannot get tea in Rs 5 from anywhere outside the PAU."



Ludhiana Scan
Terrorist attacks flayed

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of the Desh Bhagat Yaadgiri Society, Punjab, on Wednesday condemned the terrorists attacks on a church in Pakistan during the worship and on a mall in Kenya. “We can progress only if peace is maintained at the international level and steps should be taken to curb such attacks,” he said. The Shahi Imam of Punjab has also condemned the attack on the church in Pakistan. “Such attacks on the one hand are killing innocent people, and on the other it is defaming the Muslim community as a whole,” said Shahi Imam in a release issued from Jama Masjid, Ludhiana.

PCC meeting

A meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Congress was held here on Wednesday at Dugri. Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader Krishan Kumar Bawa said people were suffering under the rule of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government. They made big promises during the elections but none of the promises were fulfilled.

Farmers raise demand

Jatt farmers have been given step-motherly treatment by omitting them from the list of the backward category. A meeting of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) was held here on Wednesday in this regard and Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, said Jatt farmers should be included in the list of the backward category so that they could also avail the benefits given to this category.

Prayer for speedy recovery

The Vets Club, Ludhiana, held a prayer meeting on its campus for speedy recovery of SK Kalia, (IPS), Senior Superintendent of Police, Pathankot, who is being treated for severe accidental injuries, at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Dr SK Kalia, who is basically a veterinarian, was seriously injured while travelling in his official car, which was hit by a truck, a few days ago. Dr SK Kalia was on his way back to attend to a complaint against sand mining mafia. He is a life member of the Vet Club. — TNS



Cosmetic changes to Guru Nanak Stadium
Temporary arrangements stall expansion of sports facility
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Punjab Government has been claiming that the sports infrastructure has been improving, as they have been organising the World Kabaddi Cup tournaments is various cities of Punjab, but the ground realities is different from its claims. The Guru Nanak Stadium at the Sports Complex witnesses temporary arrangements every year during the World Kabaddi Cup.

The stands without a canopy; and (right) the damaged chairs.

The Punjab Government has been organising the World Kabaddi Cup at Guru Nanak Stadium for the last three years, but the stadium has witnessed very minor changes in its basic infrastructure so far.

It has been learnt that the district administration and the Punjab Mandi Board install the required infrastructure at the stadium on a temporary basis every year.

The chairs and other infrastructure installed last year before the World Kabaddi Cup has been damaged again.

Moreover, the renovation work at the stadium has not been restarted even after 10 months of the tournament. The proposed canopy in F block has still not been installed. The renovation work at the multipurpose hall has not been restarted.

Niku Grewal, a veteran sportsman, said, "Sports is not on the priority list of the government. Politicians only announce that they will work to uplift the sports infrastructure in the state. Kabaddi cup has nothing to do with development.

The Mandi Board and the authorities make temporary arrangements for the World Kabaddi Cup so that the arrangement stays on till the event is over".

"We do not find any major development in the stadium after the start of the World Kabaddi Cup. Not a single new washroom has been made functional in the three -year long renovation work at the stadium. The condition of buildings around the stadium is pathetic", said a player requesting anonymity.

Kartar Singh, District Sports officer, said, "We are trying to start the renovation work at the stadium.

The chairs and other damaged infrastructure will also be repaired soon".

Chairs damaged

The district administration and the Punjab Mandi Board install the required infrastructure at the stadium on a temporary basis every year. The chairs and other infrastructure installed last year before the World Kabaddi Cup has been damaged again. Moreover, the renovation work at the stadium has not been restarted even after 10 months of the tournament. The proposed canopy in F Block has still not been installed. The renovation work at the multipurpose hall has not been restarted



City schools making TET mandatory for teachers on instructions of CBSE
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in its recent circular issued to all schools affiliated to it, has made it mandatory that the teachers who wish to serve in schools affiliated to it, will have to clear the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). The test will be mandatory for both for the trained graduates and primary teachers.

Following the instructions given by the CBSE, various school managements in the district, have also made certain changes. In almost every school, affiliated to the CBSE, not all the in-service teachers are TET passed, so many school managements have put a clause that the increments of the teachers will be stopped, in case they fail to clear the TET exam.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Harmeet Kaur, principal of Nankana Sahib Public School, said that following the CBSE instructions, the management had passed directions that the in-service teachers would also have to clear the eligibility test. "In case, the teachers fail to do so, their increments will be freezed. We can not suspend or terminate the teachers, but at the same time, latter needs to update their knowledge. Incentives will be provided only when teachers will clear the eliginility test", said the principal.

While, condemning the move, one of the teacher at KVM school, on condition of anonymity said that the directions were not in favour of the in-service teachers. She said that she was serving for the past several years and at that time, there was no such criterion. Such instructions should not be made mandatory for in-service teachers, she said.

The teachers, who will be recruited now, should be asked to qualify the particular test.

We are so experienced and times have changed, it will be unjustified to ask the in-service teachers to take the TET exam", rued the teacher.



Inter-college basketball meet concludes
Global College, Amritsar, victorious
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 25
The Punjab Technical University (PTU) Inter-College Basketball tournament concluded at RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh. In men’s category, Global College, Amritsar, became the champions by defeating Saheed Udham Singh College of Engineering, Tangori, by six points and in Women’s category, MIMIT, Malout, beat Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, by 16 points.

Total 40 teams (men and women) from various colleges took part in the tournament. Earlier, in the first semifinal (men), Global College, Amritsar, beat RIMT-Maharaja Aggarsain Engineering College by 18 points.

In the second semifinal, SUSCET, Tangori, beat SVIET, Banur, by 20 points. The third position was bagged by RIMT-Maharaja Aggarsain Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh, by defeating SVIET, Banur, by two points.

In the first semifinal (women), MIMIT, Malout, beat GZS, Bathinda, by 19 points. In the second semifinal, BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, defeated SBSCET, Ferozepur, by eight points. The third position was bagged by GZS, Bathinda, by defeating SBSCET, Ferozepur by eight points.

Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, founder, chairman, RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, congratulated the winners and appreciated the participating teams. Director Dr Harsh Sadawarti gave away the prizes to the winners.

The Director, Physical Education, Dr RS Pathania and Harinder Singh congratulated the winning teams , as all were jubilant to win prizes.



DC lauds NGO’s work
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, while releasing the health and social magazine of Punarjot Eye Bank Society today, appreciated the efforts of the society for eradication of blindness. Aggarwal, who is also the chairman of District Blindness Control Society, assured all possible help to the society in the noble mission of eye donation.

Medical director of the society Dr Ramesh said it was a matter of pride that recently eye surgeon from Sweden Dr Loocnnis Sidiropoulos got trained in eye banking from Punarjot Eye Bank and was now working in the field in Sweden.

Dr Ramesh said many more eye surgeons from other countries had approached the society for getting trained in eye banking.

Honorary secretary of the society Subhash Malik said the society had a surplus of corneas. He appealed to the corneal blind persons to get registered with the society for free transplantation.

Malik thanked the district administration for its cooperation in this mission. SDM (Ludhiana-West) KPS Mahi, District Revenue Officer Mukesh Sharma and SMO, Eye Mobile Unit, Dr Manjeet Singh were also present.



Farmers to get Rs 60 crore subsidy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
For purchasing new machinery for agriculture and for proper planning of farmers to decide about the change in rotation of crop-system, the state government has decided to provide Rs 60 crore as subsidy to the farmers. This was disclosed by Manpreet Singh Ayali, MLA, during a district-level Farmer Training Camp held at Mullanpur, today.

Ayali asked the farmers to take to machines so that they do not face labour shortage. He also asked the farmers to take help from cooperative societies for getting better benefits. He said that cooperatives provided machinery like zero til drill, lazer leveller, happy-seeder etc at a lesser rent.

DR Kataria, Joint Director, Agriculture, said that government would provide Rs 5 -lakh quintal wheat seed at subsidized rates to the farmers. He said that sufficient amount of urea had been arranged by the department. Besides, farmers will be provided pesticides.



Drive against use of drugs, liquor during elections
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Residents of the area have announced to launch a coordinated movement against use of drugs and liquor in elections. They declared to support only those candidates who would abstain from consuming or supplying narcotics and drugs during elections.

Office-bearers and activists of various social, religious and political organisations, led by Amargarh legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan and senior SAD leader Dr Kuldeep Singh Bhullar, vowed to associate with a crusade launched by the administration against the menace of drug addiction.

The speakers, including the district secretary of the Sikh Students’ Federation and youth leaders Yadwinder Singh Phallewal, Baljinder Singh and Pal Singh, alleged that the use of2 drugs and narcotics during elections had been fast increasing for the past few years.



Byelections for 34 posts of panches on October 20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Rajat Aggarwal, has announced the schedule for the byelections of 34 panches on October 20.

Aggarwal said that the blocks where gram-panchayat elections could not be held on July 3, 2013, for some reason, the byelections would be held on October 20. Further elaborating on the schedule, the DC said that from October 3 to 7, the candidates could file their nomination papers, on October 8, the scrutiny of papers would be held while till October 10, the candidates could withdraw their nomination papers. Aggarwal made it clear that on October 5, there would be no holiday (Saturday) and candidates could file the papers with the Returning Officers or the Assistant Returning Officers concerned.



State athletics body to conduct trials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Punjab Amateur Athletics Association is going to conduct state-level trials for the selection of the Punjab athletics team for the National Junior Athletic Championship on September 30.

The national championship is going to held at Bangalore from October 15 to19. The selection committee will decide on the state team during the trials.

The trials will be conducted for all the major athletic events at Guru Nanak stadium.

Ajaib Singh Kaleke, president, Punjab Amateur Athletics Association, said that all the athletes in theage group of U-14, U-16, U-18 and U- 20 are invited for the selection trials. "All player are requested to reach on time with their age proof certificates" said Kaleke.



Child labour
I was forced to work as domestic help, says victim
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The city police formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the allegation of 12-year-old girl that BJP State Mahila Morcha president Reenu Thapper forced her to work as a domestic help.

The girl had recently run from the city and reached Jalandhar, where she narrated her ordeal to her parents.

The girl maintained that Reenu's claim that she provided free education to downtrodden children was a mere eyewash.

The girl claimed that he was forced to work as a domestic help and was not given education.

The Commissioner of Police, PS Gill, formed a SIT, including Nilambari Jagdale, ADCP- I, RK Jhalotra, ACP- North, and Inspector Surinder Mohan. The police today recorded the statement of the victim and her parents.



From schools
Students have a gala time

Ludhiana: While students of the senior wing were busy with their examinations, the primary wing students of Darshan Academy took part in a plethora of activities. The Nursery students did palm painting on the theme of love. Students of Classes I to V recited poems and narrated stories during the morning assembly. Meanwhile, the commerce stream students of Class XII visited an orphange. They interacted and played with children there.

Career counselling

A seminar on career counselling was organised for the students of Class X at Kundan Vidya Mandir. Subject experts enlightened the gathering, which included parents, on the importance of choosing the right stream in Class XI. The guest speaker, Narender Singh, talked about vision enhancement and goal setting. The seminar concluded with the National Anthem. — TNS



Head constable, wife booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Ludhiana police has booked a head constable, working with the vigilance department, and his wife for taking an illegal possession of a house belonging to a non-resident Indian. Meanwhile, the vigilance department has launched a parallel probe in a disproportionate asset case against the head constable, Amandeep Singh.

Theft at DMCH hostel

Thieves broke into the hostel room of a doctor at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and stole cash and valuables from his almirah. The complainant, Dr Bharat Mehra, told the police that he had gone to Amritsar to meet his parents on September 22, when the incident occurred. When he returned the next day, he found the lock of his almirah had been broken, and three diamond sets, two bangles and two gold earrings besides Rs 30,000 were missing, Mehra said. The police has recorded the doctor's statement and started the investigation. The police suspects that an insider committed the crime as the premises are out of bounds for outsiders.

Two booked for snatching

The police today booked one Akhtiar Singh and his accomplice Rajdeep Kaur, both residents of Chabbra Colony, for snatching Rs 25.12 lakh from a non-resident Indian. The complainant, Avtar Singh, who is based in the US, said he had recently sold a piece of land and was visiting the office of a property dealer to receive the cash. The accused, who were present at the office, allegedly snatched the money from him. When he told them to return it, they threatened to implicate him in a false case, alleged Avtar Singh, who then brought the matter to the notice of the police.

Miscreants detained

Some persons belonging to a religious organisation, who were trying to illegally take the possession of a piece of land at Lakkar Bazaar, were detained by the police today. The incident reportedly took place this evening.



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