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Info panel penalises ex-LIT official
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 6
Delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act in two cases cost the erstwhile executive officer (EO) of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) dear. The State Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 in each case on the officer.

Disposing of an appeal filed by Rohit Sabharwal, a city-based RTI activist, State Information Commissioner Narinderjit Singh took serious note of the delay on the part of the then EO-cum-public information officer, who has now been compulsorily retired, of the Trust, Avtaar Singh Azaad, in providing information to the appellant on reports sent to various government departments on compliance of the RTI Act under the provision laid down in Section 25 of the Act.

In the orders pronounced on September 30, 2013, after hearing the submissions of the PIO and the appellant, the commission observed that the PIO had not provided credible explanation for not providing information to the appellant till June 11, 2013, on an application filed on September 17, 2012. Even the written explanation of the PIO filed on March 13, 2013, is vague and misleading and does not clearly reflect the true position.

Parting with the orders, the Commission ruled: “As per the provisions of Section 20 (1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the commission imposes a penalty of Rs 25,000 on Avtaar Singh Azaad for not having acted as per the provisions of the Right to Information Act and for not providing information to the appellant within the timeframe prescribed therein. “The executive officer of the Trust is directed to recover Rs 25,000 from the respondent (Azaad) and deposit the same with the Government of Punjab under appropriate head of account within four weeks,” the Commission directed.

In yet another appeal filed by Arvind Sharma, secretary of the council of RTI Activists, the commissioner imposed the penalty of an equal amount (Rs 25,000) on Azaad for causing delay of more than seven months for providing information under the RTI Act.

The appellant had sought information from the LIT regarding number of speed breakers constructed in 475 acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Maharishi Valmiki Nagar schemes, along with copies of tender documents, work orders, details of construction agencies and the total expenditure incurred on these works.


Dengue: 30 more test positive
Anupam Bhagria
Trbune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Thirty more patients tested positive for dengue in the city today. Out of these, 16 belong to Ludhiana district and five from Jammu and Kashmir Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Anil Verma said: “Sixteen patients, residents of Tajpur Road, Bhagwan Pura, Shivpuri,Chander Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Raikot, BRS Nagar, Salim Tabri, Rajguru Nagar,Payal,Focal Point, Dhandari, Samrala Chowk and Rishi Nagar, are undergoing treatment at the DMCH.

Eleven patients belong to Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Sangrur. With this, the number of dengue patients in the in the district has reached 189.



Four employees transferred
Probe team says no child was swapped at Civil Hospital
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Four employees, including three staff nurses and a Class IV employee, have been transferred after the special investigation team (SIT) found them guilty in the alleged child-swapping case. However, the team maintained that no male child was replaced.

The controversy of a baby boy being swapped by a girl child had created a storm at the Civil Hospital on October 3. Sushila (26) and Sandeep, who already have three daughters, claimed that their fourth child was a baby boy. They showed documents issued by the hospital in support of their claims. Sushila claimed that she had given birth to a baby boy on September 30.

The police registered a case of kidnap and fraud against the hospital staff.

The investigating team comprising Dr Tashinder Goel, Dr Malvinder Mala and Dr Harpreet Singh found that three staff nurses — Neelam, Bhupinder and Palwinder Kaur — committed clerical error and listed female child as a male child in the delivery register.

While Neelam has been transferred to the Khanna Civil Hospital, Bhupinder and Palwinder have been shifted to the Samrala Civil Hospital.

Class IV employee Paramjit Kaur, who had congratulated the couple and had sought money from them, was also transferred to the Sahnewal hospital.

Dr Kawaljit Kaur, gynaecologist, who was present during the delivery, claimed that the baby was a girl child.

Senior medical officer RK Karkara said a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) would be installed near labour room and the gynaecology OPD.

The case

A migrant woman, Sushita (26), and her husband, Sandeep, alleged that the staff of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, replaced their newborn male baby with a baby girl on September 30.

The couple claimed that they had a male baby, who was exchanged with a baby girl on the hospital premises. The couple also approached former Health Minister Satpal Gosain



PRTC retirees await pension
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
In a blatant violation of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has failed to provide pension to its 3,000 pensioners. The pensioners got their dues for the month of August a couple of days ago. Perturbed at the callous attitude of the PRTC, the retirees have decided to hold a massive protest at the Ludhiana office of the corporation on October 7. President of the PRTC Pensioners’ Association Krishan Lal said the retirees were being made to suffer for no fault of theirs.

“We need money to clear our medical bills, but the authorities are not concerned about our plight. We will hold a protest near Dhyan Singh Complex on October 7,” said Krishan Lal.

Vice-president of INTUC (PRTC) Suresh Sood said: “The High Court has directed the corporation to deposit the pension of retirees on the 5th of every month. The financial condition of the corporation is deteriorating by the day,” said Sood. PRTC, an autonomous body, has to make payments to the pensioners to the tune of over Rs 5 crore every month.

General manager of the PRTC OP Khichi said: “Once the funds are arranged, the pension will be released.”



Regularisation of properties
MC nets Rs 2.49 crore in a day
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
With just a day remaining for the regularisation of illegal houses and plots, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation generated Rs 2.49 crore in a single day today. Ever since the drive for getting illegal colonies, plots and houses regularised was started, this has been the highest revenue generated in a single day.

Today, the maximum revenue was generated by Zone D - Rs 1.34 crore. The Zone B generated Rs 51.90 lakh, Zone A Rs 31.36 lakh, Zone C Rs 20.69 lakh and the headquarters generated Rs 11.62 lakh today.

FIRs would be registered against those who fail to get their properties regularised after October 7, said an MC official.

It is also learnt that as a large number of people are applying for getting their properties regularised, the state government might extend the last date by a week.

During a survey carried out regarding property tax, the MC identified around 3.8 lakh units (residential, commercial and industrial). As per rough estimates, there are 50,000 houses in unapproved colonies.

Assistant Town Planner (Zone D) Rajinder Sharma has appealed to city residents to get their properties regularised by October 7.



Cop booked for abetting suicide

Ludhiana, October 6
A Punjab Police sub-inspector has been has been booked for implicated a man in a false case and forcing him to commit suicide. The sub-inspector, Swarn Singh, is presently posted at Dehlon. The case has been registered following an inquiry conducted by SDM (West). The inquiry report was sent to the ADGP (Crime) and the Commissioner of Police.

The sub-inspector was booked under Section 306 of the IPC and under various sections of the prevention of Corruption Act.

The incident took place on September 2011 when Swarn Singh booked Prem Singh of Bhutta village for allegedly possessing 35 kg of poppy husk.

The sub-inspector told Prem Singh that he would implicate him if he failed to arrange money, alleged Prem Singh's brother. He said that this forced Prem Singh to consume poison.

The police initiated inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC. — TNS



380 patients attend camp

A free medical camp was organised by Shivpuri Mandir Committee in association with NIMA, Ludhiana, at the Shivpuri Tootianwala temple. As many as 260 patients were examined free-of-cost for diabetes and over 120 patients were checked for heart ailments by a team of doctors. The NIMA team, led by Dr Surinder Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thapar, Dr Ish Handa, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Diwaker Sharma, along with supportive staff, examined patients suffering from diabetes and other common disorders.

Book released

The Vishwa Punjabi Sahit Vichar Manch in collaboration with Punjabi Sahit Akademi released a book titled 'Lahu Bhijje Panne' at Punjabi Bhawan. The book has been written by Kuljeet Mann. Speaking on the occasion, Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said we must preserve our rich heritage and culture and research about it as much as we can.

Policies flayed

President of the District Congress Committee (Urban) Pawan Dewan, and Ahok Prashar Pappi from the party accused the Akali-BJP government of deceiving the general public of the state. They said the present government has intentionally levied heavy taxes to burden people.

Adhikar yatra

Adhikar Yatra will be organised by the Punjab Youth Congress on October 2 from Amritsar will reach Ludhiana on Wednesday. The procession will cross seven Vidhan Sabha constituencies. This was said by the Youth Congress president, Deepak Khandoor.

Party meeting

Former councillor Surinder Chhinda and Kanwardeep Singh Pappi organised a meeting of the Congress workers at Jamalpur. The Congress workers said they will be staging a dharna against the implementation of Property Tax, outside the Municipal Corporation office (main).

Strike continues

The strike of the Ludhiana Textile workers continued for the third consecutive day on Sunday. Workers have demanded a 30-per cent increment, bonus and the implementation of labour laws. The strike is being carried out by the Textile Hosiery Workers Union, Punjab.

Operation Walk

As many as 400 patients were examined in the second screening camp at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to identify patients suffering from hip and knee ailments. On the occasion of Operation Walk -2014, a free-of-cost hip and knee replacement surgery will be conducted on the underprivileged patients suffering from the ailment. The surgery would be conducted in association with a team of doctors from USA, in the last week of January next year, said a health official. The patients will be identified from all over the state after setting up extensive recruitment camps.

Store inaugurated

A new showroom of Study by Janak, presenting men's couture, was inaugurated by Punjabi singer and actor Jasbir Jassi at Kumal Towers Mall Road on Sunday. Jassi also gave a singing performance on the occasion. — TNS



Sahnewal CHC not in pink of health
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, October 6
The health infrastructure is ailing in the town. Residents have to go to other cities for treatment in the absence of doctors and medical facilities. Sanjeev Verma of the Young Citizens’ Welfare Association (YCWA), Sahnewal, said the government had failed to upgrade medical facilities in the town. The association had urged the government and the authorities concerned to improve the healthcare facilities, but to no avail, he said.

The senior medical officer of the community health centre (CHC) at Sahnewal said: “We have to send patients back due to staff shortage. A majority of the staff members have either resigned or have been transferred.”

“The facilities have been upgraded for a population of 2 lakh at the Machhiwara community health centre, but things are not so rosy at Sahnewal, which has a population of 7 lakh. The health centre here awaits experienced staff and latest equipment,” said MC councillor Davinder Singh Chahal.

“The improved medical facilities will do no good if the government continues to follow the policy of rationalisation, wherein a majority of doctors posted in rural areas are being transferred to other regions,” he said.

“There are only five multipurpose health workers at the Sahnewal health centre against the sanctioned strength of 29,” said a senior doctor. The posts of pharmacists and lab technicians are lying vacant, he said.

“If it has to be this way, the authorities should shut down the CHC. The building can be used for some other purpose,” said members of the Young Citizens’ Association.

Senior medical officer Parminderpal Singh Sidhu said: “The existing staff is also under tremendous pressure due to staff crunch. I have already apprised the health department about the staff shortage,” he said.

Rationalisation policy to blame

The improved medical facilities will do no good if the government continues to follow the policy of rationalisation, wherein majority of doctors posted in rural areas are being transferred to other regions. There are only five multipurpose health workers at the Sahnewal health centre against the sanctioned strength of 29. The posts for pharmacists and lab technicians are also lying vacant. The existing staff is also under tremendous pressure due to staff crunch.



A colourful day at vet university
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University today witnessed students competing for top honours in clay modelling, photography, collage making, rangoli making and other events.

Besides the College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology, College of Fisheries and School of Animal Biotechnology, which are situated on the university campus, institutes affiliated to the varsity--Khalsa College of Veterniary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, and Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani--participated in the festival.

Topics for clay modelling included ‘Punjabi culture’, ‘fighting’ and ‘affection’. In photography, topics were 'old is gold' and 'living crowd'. For collage making, these were 'any festival', 'fashion in modern life' and ‘save wildlife'. 'Diwali', 'griha pravesh' and 'floral design' were the topics for rangoli making.

The top three positions in the various competitions went to the following:

Clay modelling

Navjot Singh (College of Dairy Science and Technology), Kamaljyoti (College of Veterinary Science), joint third: Malkeet Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar), Dadi Bhaskar (College of Dairy Science and Technology) and Baljot Kaur (College of Fisheries)


Amandeep (Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani), Amanjot Brar (College of Veterinary Science), Malkeet Singh (Amritsar)

Collage making

Kirpal Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science)

2nd Priyanka Kumari (College of Veterinary Science)

3rd Rubal Lubana (College of Veterinary Science))

Rangoli making

Arashdeep Kaur (College of Veterinary Science), Geetika (College of Dairy Science and Technology), Amandeep Kaur (College of Fisheries)

On-the-spot painting

Amanjot Brar (College of Veterinary Science), Harmanjeet Singh (College of Dairy Science and Technology), Barinder Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science)

Poster making

Kirpal Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science), Ashish Pal (College of Dairy Science and Technology), Barinder Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science)


Amandeep Kaur (College of Veterinary Science), Kirpal Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science), Barinder Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary Science).

A plethora of events marks PU youth fest

The third day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Education Colleges (Zone-B) saw a plethora of events at the Partap College of Education. Audiences were in for a treat as students from different colleges performed in dramas, skits, histrionics, mimicry and mime. Various literary events such as debate, poetry and elocution helped students present their views on varied topics. The art and craft events, including rangoli, embroidery, phulkari, cross stich, pakhi designing, knitting and mehandi designing, brought to the fore their creative skills.

A girl, after competing in the mime competition, tries her luck at knitting during a youth festival at the Partap College of Education in Ludhiana on Sunday. 
Photo: Inderjeet Verma




No splurging on goodies, melas this festive season
Inflation hits residents hard; forced to slash festive budget by 40 per cent owing to high prices
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Inflation has hit residents hard this festive season and the budget of the middle class has been affected. The festival season in the north starts with Navratras followed by Dasehra and Diwali. The people generally spend 25 percent of their income on festive shopping, but this year, the middle class and the lower-middle class will be forced to slash down their budget by at least 40 per cent owing to high prices. The buying capacity of the residents has decreased however the high-income groups will remain unaffected.

“I generally save for the festival season, but this year, with the prices of essential commodities sky rocketing, I have not been able to save. All these months I have struggled to cope up with the monthly expenses due to the rise in prices of fruits, vegetables, bakery products and fuel. I will not be able to splurge this festive season," said Kulwinder Kaur, a teacher by profession.Be it sweets, dry fruits, crackers, fruits, vegetables, bakery products or dairy products, prices of all the products have gone up this year compared to last year. "I will be spending less on shopping this year as compared to last year. With sales on at most of the stores I am planning to buy gift items right now to save some money. Prices of gift items like crockery, traditional Indian sweets and dry fruits have gone up considerably," added Girish Sharma, a government employee.

Revision in interest rates by banks has also sent the residents’ EMIs soaring further, eroding their purchasing power. Most of the middle class and the lower -middle class people plan to cut down on personal expenses and bargain to keep their festive budget under control."My grocery, bakery and poultry bill has become double and it has naturally affected my household budget. Despite best efforts, I have not been able to save anything for the coming festival season. This year, we will have to make adjustments and shop from the festive bonus my husband will be getting from the company he works for. We will not be have any extra money apart from his bonus," added Shikha Saini, another homemaker from Rishi Nagar.



District education dept fails to update website
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Teachers in the district are not able to access the latest updates and instructions of the education department. Courtesy: Failure of the District Education Office to update its official website—ictludhiana.org—for the past one month. The latest information available on the website dates back to September 5.

"In the absence of latest information on the website, we have to call each other to get any official updates. Till the time the website was being updated regularly, we used to get all the information with a single click of the mouse. Now, however, we couldn’t even access the latest list of transfers that was released by the department,” said a senior teacher of Government School, Jawahar Nagar Camp.

Another teacher said the department had released a list of vacancies, but in the absence of any information on the website most of the teachers were unaware of the development.

"After September 5, no fresh instructions have been issued on the website, inconveniencing the teaching community,” said the teacher.

Earlier, the education department used to upload all the important information and documents on the website. Besides teachers, parents too could access these updates.

"The system was very helpful to the teachers and parents, but the department suddenly stopped providing information on the website. These days, everything is technology based and we need such a system to keep ourselves informed,” said Sukhwinder Singh, whose child studies at a government school on Cemetery Road.

The District Education Officer Paramjit Kaur Chahal said she had been on leave for around 10 days. "We will update the website soon,” she said.

Difficult to access latest information, say teachers

Till the time the website was being updated regularly by the authorities, we used to get all the information with a single click of the mouse. Now, we couldn’t even access the latest list of transfers that was released by the education department.

— Senior teacher, government school, Jawahar Nagar camp



Reporters’ diary
Regularisation of colonies: Residents a confused lot

Ludhiana: While the October 7 deadline for the regularisation of unlicensed colonies as well as plots and built-up properties in such colonies is ending tomorrow, the residents of affected residential areas in the city are still confused due to the two different formulas adopted by the regulatory bodies for the purpose. The general impression among the people is that only those colonies carved out after the enactment of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) in 1995 are being regularised.

The Department of Local Bodies, in fact, issued directions that colonies which existed before the year 1995 are exempted under the revised policy formulated by the state government. The civic body, however, has decided that as per the guidelines issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, all colonies developed after the enactment of the Regularisation of Colonies Act 1975 are to be regularised on the payment of a requisite fee and development charges. While affected residents fret and fume, the government, it seems, will laugh its way to the bank.

An innocent ‘date’

One of my colleagues, finding some time in between his reporting assignments, decided to relax at a cafe. He ordered a coffee and started reading a magazine lying there. Next to his table, two youngsters--a boy and a girl--were chatting with each other in a friendly manner. The colleague, with nothing better to do, started observing the “couple” on “date”. To his surprise, the girl told the boy that ever since he had played a game on her mobile phone, “the speed of the online games has slowed down”, “the buttons are not pressed easily” and “you have damaged my phone”. The boy, in his defence said, "It is not my fault. You need to update the engines and tyres of your cars in the game.” The girl got so angry that she snatched the phone from him and left the cafe. "I have never seen such a cute and innocent date before!” said my colleague.

Most beautiful necklace

To mark World Heart Day a few days ago, SPS Apollo Hospital organised a mini-marathon in the city. Residents came out in large numbers, accompanied by their kids. Some mothers, carrying babies on their shoulders (see pic), had to sacrifice their speed for the sake of their children’s sleep. These tiny tots, finding the cozy embrace of their mothers, dozed off as the event moved on. Seeing these sleeping babies, I recalled a famous anonymous quote: "The most beautiful necklace a mother can wear is not of gold or gems, but her child's arms around her neck."

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo and Anupam Bhagria



Revenue officers’ body gets new team
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 6
Office-bearers of the Punjab Revenue Officers’ Association (PROA) were appointed by the president of the association, Kanwar Narinder Singh, after close consultation with District Revenue Officer (DRO) and chief pattern Ram Singh and chief adviser Mukesh Kumar, today.

The naib tehsildar of Gurayan, Gurpreet Singh, was appointed as the senior vice-president of the PROA while Gurminder Singh, Tehsildar, Dera Bassi, and Jagsir Singh, naib tehsildar, Nabha, were unanimously appointed as vice-presidents of the association. Similarly, Amanpal Singh, tehsildar, Jalandhar, was appointed as the general secretary, and Satnam Singh, naib tehsildar, Garhshankar, was allotted the post of finance secretary.

Tehsiladar of Ludhiana West Pardeep Singh Bains was selected as the organising secretary and Joginder Singh, tehsildar, Nabha, was designated as the propaganda secretary.

For the post of the press secretary, Bhupinder Singh, naib tehsildar, Koom Kalan, was chosen. Harminder Singh, tehsildar, Jalandhar, Darshan Singh Sidhu, tehsildar, Patiala, Gursewak Singh, naib tehsildar, Ferozepur, and Kuldip Singh, tehsildar, Bathinda, were elected as the secretaries of the association.

Sanjeev Kumar, tehsildar, Mohali, and Pardeep Kumar, naib tehsildar, Shahkot, were allotted the post of joint secretary.

Members of the association consisted of Rohit , DRO, Mohali, Rajinder, DRO, Tarn Taran, Jashanjeet Singh, tehsildar, Amritsar, Lakhvir, tehsildar, Moga , Mandeep, tehsildar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ravinder, tehsildar, Rajpura, Karamjit, naib tehsildar, Dehlon, Lachhman, naib tehsildar, Pathankot, Paramjit, naib tehsildar, Agrarian, Rajesh, naib tehsildar, Banjar Toar, Gurmail, naib tehsildar, Zira, Kamaljeet, naib tehsildar, Natahana, and Gurnam Singh, Bhawanigarh.



Adept at acting, these young ‘Ramas’ have gone places
Ramlila group from Mathura Vrindavan is in city to entertain Ludhianvis
Tribune News Service

Participants in a Ramlila at Daresi ground.
Participants in a Ramlila at Daresi ground. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 6
Barely into their adolescence, many of them have performed the roles of Lord Ram, Lakshman and characters demanding considerable acting skills, adroitly. The group has especially been called from Mathura Vrindavan by the Ram Leela Committee at Daresi.

They have gone to perform at various places all over the country. They have entertained the audiences in Goa, Lucknow, Bhopal, Patna, Gaya, Chhatisgarh, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and even Nangal. The actors find it difficult to recollect all the places they have performed in. Enacting their roles for many years, these teenagers slip into any role very easily and on many occasions the role is assigned to them minutes before their performance. There is no paucity of talent because all of them have been performing various roles for years together now. Give them a role, and they will start delivering the dialogues.

These young actors say that they take time off from school for a few days to go for “Ramlia” or “Raslila” tours. Ram Avtar, studying in class XII says that studies do not suffer, as they just add a few more days to the Dasehra holidays and go out to perform.

There are 15 children from the 'mandli' who have come to the city to perform. But many perform on rotation basis. They also perform Raslila at various places at different times of the year. A child studying in class VII, who is a part of the team, says that he likes playing Bal Krishna. Gokul, a class XII student, says that he enjoys performing at such functions, as they not only entertain the people, but tell them stories of gods. He has been performing for the past seven years, he says.A member of the Ramlia Committee at Daresi Ground says,”We call the group from Mathura Vrindavan, as the actors are adept at acting and are much better than the local artistes .



Foundation stone laid for sewerage projects
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 6
"Overall development of the Sahnewal constituency is our priority and in the next three years, the constituency will emerge as the best constituency in Punjab.” The view was expressed by Public Works Department Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon while laying the foundation stone of sewerage projects in Dhandari, Mangli Neechi, Gobindgarh and Mundian Kalan.

The sewerage project of Dhandari village, Gobindgarh and Mangli Neechi will be completed by March 2014. After its completion, all colonies of the area will be covered under the sewerage system. The sewerage project of Mundian Kalan has also been approved and will also be completed by March 2014.

The sewerage system has been a long-pending demand of the residents of the area. Speaking on the occasion, Dhillon said that it was during the Akali-BJP alliance regime that Punjab had touched the heights of development. He said that the Congress had ruled India for more than 50 years and did nothing for the overall development of the country and the poor. On the occasion, Ludhiana MC Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Councillor Surjit Rai, Simranjit Singh Dhillon, General Secretary Youth Akali Dal, Karamjit Singh Khassi and Prem Sagar Aggarwal were also present.



Air Force a rage among youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The Indian Air Force will be celebrating its 81st anniversary on October 8. Commanding Officer, NCC Air Squadron, Ludhiana Wing, Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila said, “For 65 seats, we have received 350 applications for this session so far. There are as many as 900 NCC Air Wing cadets across the schools and colleges in Ludhiana alone. By this, we can judge the passion among youths to join the NDA and the Indian Air Force. They are inquisitive about fighter aircrafts and life in the Air Force. It is indeed an honourable profession.”

Captain Dr Hemraj Garg (retd) said, “Having witnessed several wars including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kargil, we have undoubtedly emerged as one of the most powerful Air Force in the world.”

Having served the country for 30 years, Garg said, “If I were granted a wish, I would definitely choose to become a young boy, so that I could join the Air Force all over again.”

81st anniversary of IAF

For the allotted 65 seats, we have received 350 applications for this session so far. There are over 900 NCC Air Wing cadets in Ludhiana alone. By this, we can make out the passion among youths to join the NDA and Indian Air Force. It is indeed an honourable profession. — Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, Commanding Officer, NCC Air Squadron, Ludhiana Wing



‘India, Pak must find peace to fight poverty’
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
India and Pakistan must find peace between themselves for our children to be fed and educated; otherwise, the “arms” will eat all the food and leave us in poverty and hunger, said Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, Pakistani columnist and poet.

Qasmi, who is also a former Pakistani ambassador to Norway and Singapore, was here to attend the the birthday celebrations of litterateur Dr Kewal Dhir, who turned 75.

“There is a renewed hope with PM Nawaz Shareef at the helm, as he is an exponent of peace,” said Qasmi.

With the previous government completing its term, there was a hope of the political situation stabilising in the country and the current government completing its term as well, he said.

“There is no hatred among the people of the two nations, but those with vested interests try to foment hatred,” he said.

Being the chairman of the governing body of Alhamra Pakistan Arts Council, he has organised international Urdu conferences, and wants similar conferences for Punjabi as well.

"Although, I have great respect for Urdu and make a living out of it, I love my mother language Punjabi as well,” he said.

Born in Amritsar, Qasmi said he still considered himself an 'Ambarsari' and visited his ancestral home on reaching India.



GADVASU gets project on brain fever
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The school of Animal Biotechnology of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University made efforts to initiate research on Japanese encephalitis (JE) is commonly known as brain fever.

Dr SNS Randhawa, Director of Research -cum-Dean Postgraduate Studies, said the school had been able to get a research project from the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi. The project has been sanctioned to Dr Niraj K Singh, Assistant Scientist, who said that the research project entitled "Development of virus-like particle (VLP) of Japanese encephalitis virus as a potential vaccine candidate". Niraj Singh will focus on generation of established cell line by recombinant lentiviral vector having pre-membrane and envelope gene of JE virus to serve as a continuous source of virus like particles .Randhawa said that human beings were at serious risk of vector-borne viral diseases like Japanese encephalitis, which were caused and transmitted by mosquito to human beings from natural reservoir like pig, horses and some other animals. Japanese encephalitis can cause disability and even death in young children. The prevalence of Japanese encephalitis virus has been reported in pig population of Punjab which may put human life to risk.



Prices of fruits, food items hit the roof
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The prices of fruit and food items have shot up during the Navratras. During the Navratras prices of fruits, dry fruits and food items like ghee are hitting the roof. Taking advantage of the festive season, traders have hiked the prices of the products, which are sought after by customers.

"Bananas which are usually priced at Rs 30 per dozen are now being sold at Rs 60. Apples from Kashmir are also priced at Rs 120, which are generally available for Rs 100 per kg. Fruit sellers try to make maximum out of the situation and hike the prices of the fruits and vegetables consumed during the fasts," said Aarti Khanna, a city resident.However, most fruit sellers and dry fruit vendors argue that they are forced to sell their products at higher rates during this period because their suppliers increase the rates of the fruits and other food ites in view of the festive season.



Two brothers injured in accident near Jalandhar bypass
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Two brothers are battling for life after being hit by an over speeding car near the Jalandhar bypass here today. The injured have been identified as 10-year-old Daljit Singh and 13-year-old Gujit Singh.

The incident took place this afternoon, when the siblings were returning home after listening to a religious discourse. The two were travelling on a bicycle. When they reached near Jalandhar Bypass, an overspeeding car came from the rear and hit the bicycle. The impact was so strong that both the brothers were thrown off the bicycle at a distance.

They sustained serious injuries and were rushed to a multispecialty hospital for treatment.



Swindler booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The man who was duping people on the pretext of selling gold coins at throw away prices was booked today. The police arrested Ganesh Kumar and recovered nine fake gold coins from his possession. Ganesh, who lives in a shanty, located near Jagraon Bridge was duping people by telling that he had gold coins and wanted to sell them at throw away prices. He sold fake gold coins to innocent residents claiming it to be original.

Couple booked for forgery

To retain a government ration depot, a Patiala -based couple identified as Amit and Sonia Sharma ,obtained a mutual divorce in 2010 when the government had introduced a regularisation policy and sent a notice to cancel one ration depot licenses after it was found that the couple was obtaining two lincenses, one on the husband’s name while the other was on the wife’s name. The couple retained both the ration depot licenses. In 2012 Sonia and Amit remarried.

The goof up came to light when Ashok Kumar, a resident of Model Gram, lodged a complaint to the Food Supply Department. A probe was launched and it was found that the couple had taken the city police for a ride. Amit and Sonia have been booked for forgery, criminal breach of trust, cheating and for forging of documents.



Hockey final
Sonepat team pip Namdhari Academy in a thriller
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Bhaini Saheb, October 6
The first Satguru Jagjit Singh Yaadgari Junior Hockey Tournament concluded at Bhaini Saheb in which eight top hockey teams of the country participated. In the final match, Sonepat Academy beat Namdhari Academy in a thrilling encounter by 2-1 and bagged the first position. Before this match, Namdhari Academy entered the final by defeating Punjab and Sind Bank by 5-4 through penalty coners.

In the second match, Sonepat Academy defeated Bhopal Academy by 3-1and entered the final. The prize distribution function was presided over by Namdhari chief Satguru Uday Singh while the prizes were distributed to the winners by Cabinet Minister Sharnjit Singh Dhillon.

The winning team of Sonepat Academy was given Rs one lakh cash prize while the runnersup Namdhari Academy was given Rs 50,000 as prize. The third and the fourth teams were given Rs 25,000, while the participating teams were given 15,000 ach. Spokesperson Lakhvir Singh Dera said Jaswant Singh of Namdhari Academy was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the tournament while Ganga Singh of Punjab and Sind Bank was adjudged the best full back. He said that Satguru said that the tournament would be held annually. He also said that Cabinet Minister Dhillon announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for sports at the Dera.



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