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2 kids crushed to death
Were playing when they were mowed down in separate incidents
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
The lack of proper playgrounds and negligent driving claimed the lives of two children in separate incidents in the Daba area here since yesterday. Both children were playing in the streets when they were crushed to death under vehicles. The children belonged to families of labourers.

A four-year-old boy was crushed to death under a tractor-trailer at 4.50 pm today. The victim has been identified as Dishant, a resident of Shaheed Ajit Singh Colony. Dishant was playing in a street in front of his house when the mishap took place.

He was the elder among two siblings and used to study in a nearby anganwari. His sister is three years' old. A team from the Daba police station reached the spot, but failed to arrest the tractor-trailer driver.

According to the police, the tractor was being used for transporting bricks from the Daba road to a construction site. Unaware that children were playing on the street, the driver mowed down Dishant.

Ashwani Kumar, SHO, Daba, said, "We have registered a case against the driver under Section 304-A of the IPC. Efforts are on to nab the driver".

In another accident that took place yesterday in the same area, a three-year-old girl was crushed to death under an auto-rickshaw while she was playing in a street outside her house. The victim has been identified as Jaspreet Kaur, a resident of Fateh Singh Nagar in the Daba area.

According to the police, an overspeeding auto hit Jaspreet, resulting in her death. The driver has been identified as Naveen Kumar, a resident of Gobindesar Tedi Road.

The driver used to supply milk in the area in his auto and was reportedly in a hurry when the mishap occurred. The girl used to stay with her father Gurpreet Singh as her mother and father had a matrimonial dispute. The driver has been booked under Section 304-A of the IPC.

Ashwani Kumar, SHO, Daba, said, "The lack of proper parks and playgrounds in the area is one of the major causes of such accidents"

victims were children of labourers

A four-year-old boy, Dishant, was crushed to death under a tractor-trailer on Sunday. He was a resident of Shaheed Ajit Singh Colony. A three-year-old girl was crushed to death under an auto-rickshaw on Saturday. The victim has been identified as Jaspreet Kaur, a resident of Fateh Singh Nagar in the Daba area. The children belonged to families of labourers.


land mortgage
Cash-strapped civic body commits a faux pas
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
The cash-strapped Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is so desperate for funds that it committed a blunder while seeking the last instalment of a Rs 100-crore loan yesterday. The last instalment of Rs 17.5 crore was pending and for that the civic body had to mortgage land worth the same value.

However, the municipal corporation staff prepared documents of land worth Rs 50 crore, which also included land which had either been already mortgaged or was not meant for mortgaging. This caused much embarrassment to the civic body as the building branch staff learnt about this blunder only when they had reached the office of the Sub-Registrar for getting the land registry done.

It is learnt that for seeking this last instalment of Rs 17.5 crore, the municipal corporation was to mortgage land located near the office of the Sub-Registrar on Hambran Road. However, the municipal corporation staff prepared documents of a chunk of land behind the Sub-Registrar's office, the fire brigade building, land where a hot mix plant is located, land where a municipal corporation workshop is located and even of land given to PEDA. All these properties fall on Hambran Road and are around seven acres worth around Rs 50 crore.

The land, which was actually to be mortgaged, was of a much smaller size and was worth around Rs 17.5 crore.

On learning of the blunder, MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia pulled up the officials concerned. It is learnt that now the municipal corporation will prepare documents for two sites, one located behind the Sub-Registrar's office and other adjoining the MC workshop.

"We are still in the process of preparing the documents and the last instalment of Rs 17.5 crore will be released by the bank only when the land registry is done," said an MC official on condition of anonymity.

No blunder, says Addl Commissioner

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia claimed that there was no blunder on the part of the MC staff. "It was a technical mistake and we have rectified it," she claimed.

Civic body to take another loan of Rs 50 crore

Apart from the Rs 100-crore loan, the MC is in the process of getting another loan of Rs 50 crore from Canara Bank. For this purpose, MC will once again mortgage its properties. After facing a financial crunch for several months, the civic body finally got a loan of Rs 100 crore sanctioned from Canara Bank in the second week of May. The MC secured this loan at 10.25 per cent interest per annum for a period of three years.

Rs 100-crore loan

It is learnt that the MC had got a Rs 100-crore loan sanctioned from a bank. For seeking the last instalment of Rs 17.5 crore, the MC was to mortgage land worth this value. However, the MC staff prepared documents of land worth around ~50 crore



slump in market
Cracker dealers fear losses this Diwali
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Due to an overall slump in the market, the sale of crackers in the city has been badly hit with virtually no buyers in the market. As if this was not enough, the ongoing protest by Dalits at the Jalandhar bypass has further dampened the spirits of the buyers, who feel reluctant to visit Patakha Market to purchase crackers.

The police has designated a separate market for wholesalers of firecrackers near the Jalandhar bypass where 78 stalls have been put up by traders. However, with a poor response from the buyers, traders fear huge losses this time. President of the Patakha Market Association Pradeep Gupta said traders had stocked crackers worth over Rs 20 crore, but so far, the sale of crackers had not crossed the Rs 2-crore mark.

"Diwali is around the corner and there are few buyers in the market. The major reason for this is that there is no money in the market. Secondly, the area has been cordoned off by the police due to the ongoing protest by members of a community. There is a huge police force in the area and buyers feel reluctant to visit the market due to it. We are facing huge losses," said Gupta.

Another dealer Sanjay said though the police had been deployed in strength for people's security, it was coming in the way of business. He hoped that the sale would pick up during the next couple of days.

Residents of Ludhiana are known for celebrating the festival of lights in a lavish manner. Crackers worth several crores of rupees are burnt by the "cash-rich" society in the industrial hub on Diwali night.



Festival rush takes toll on traffic in state’s industrial hub
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 27
The festival rush in commercial centres in the old city as well as upmarket shopping centres elsewhere has compounded the traffic problems in the industrial capital of the state, which is already burdened with an ever-increasing vehicle population. An ill-equipped traffic police force, with its poor management skills and slack enforcement, further adds to the woes of road users.

With shopping for Diwali on in full swing, the markets, especially the commercial hubs of Chaura Bazar, Kesar Ganj, Gur Mandi and Bijli Market in the old city and the upmarket shopping malls and other favourite shopping centres like Ghumar Mandi, the Civil Lines, Sarabha Nagar and Model Town, are flooded with buyers.

The flip side of the overcrowded markets is haphazardly parked vehicles along the roadside, most of the time in such a manner that these obstruct the flow of traffic and lead to traffic jams on busy roads.

While traffic policemen allege that a majority of the vehicle owners are insensitive and lack road sense, which leads to disruption of traffic, visitors to the commercial centres claim that with no designated parking spaces in or around most of the busy markets, they have no choice but to park their vehicles wherever space along the roadside is available.

Parlad Singh, a shopkeeper in Chaura Bazar, said poor traffic management and lack of proper parking facility were causing immense loss of business to the shopkeepers in this market. "High-end shoppers now avoid visiting Chaura Bazar, which was a favourite shopping destination for several decades. The main reasons for this are poor traffic management, lack of parking places and encroachments along both sides of roads, which make even walking difficult during peak hours."

Shopkeepers along the Old GT Road, especially near the railway station, Clock Tower, Mata Rani Chowk, Bhadaur House and Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk, have alleged that the traffic police has failed to effectively implement regulatory measures to improve the situation.

"There is hardly any time of the day when there is no traffic jam at one or the other intersections on the GT Road, causing inconvenience to commuters and loss of business to shopkeepers," said Sunil Kumar, the owner of a showroom near Mata Rani Chowk.



42 more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Forty-two new cases of dengue were diagnosed here today. Of them, 32 patients, 24 from the city and eight from the periphery, are from Ludhiana district. The patients belong to Salim Tabri, Field Gunj, Shiv Puri, Dana Mandi, BRS Nagar, Giaspura, Mayapuri, Jagraon, Jodhewal Samrala, Dhandari, Sherpur, Saheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Janta Nagar, Tibba Road, Mundian, Dhandari, Sherpur, Jogiana, Dugri, Model Town and Sunet.

Nine patients are from other districts -- four from Mansa, two from Jalandhar and one each from Patiala, Bathinda and Faridkot. One patient belongs to Rajasthan. Of the total dengue cases reported from various hospitals in the city, 590 are from Ludhiana district, 293 from other districts and 115 from other states.

A team of the Health Department visited Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Indra Puri, Preet Nagar and Gaushala Road where they held group meetings. A total of 58 coolers and 114 containers were checked by the team and no larva was found.



dengue scare
Migrants going back home
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Dengue is taking toll on the industry too. With the fear of the disease lurking large, workers have started leaving the city while those who have contracted the disease are going back home for recovery.

This year, dengue has spread badly and affected a large number of people. "The fear of dengue has gripped the workers. To save themselves, a large number of workers are going back home. Those who have been afflicted with the disease are also returning to their home towns as treatment is cheaper there as compared to the city," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

Meanwhile Parkash, a migrant labourer, who works in one of the dyeing units in the city, said he, too, had booked train tickets after one of his co-worker died of dengue. "This fever is not too prevalent in our state. The treatment is costly here. Everyday, I read in newspapers that the death toll due to dengue is rising. I will be going to Bihar and will return once the winter fully sets in," he said.

Sewak Singh, a garment manufacturer, said five of the workers from his unit had decided to go back home. "I tried to persuade them, but to no avail. I hope they return soon," said he.

Jindal stressed the need to take measures for checking the spread of dengue. "The government should make sure that fogging is done in all the cities and the spread of dengue is controlled timely," he said.

Hari Parsad, another migrant, who is suffering from dengue, said he was going back home so that his wife and mother can take proper care of him. "I will not be able to take care of my diet and medicines and will be more comfortable at my place. Once I am fit and fine, I will come back and join work," he added.



3 held for running illegal LPG business
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
The city police has arrested three persons for allegedly running an illegal business of LPG and has seized 37 gas cylinders and other equipment from their possession. The accused have been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of New Shakti Nagar, Parveen Kumar, a resident of Noorwala Road, and Radhe Krishan Gupta, a resident of Noorwala Road.

According to the police, it got a tip-off that some persons involved in the LPG business were filling gas from a cylinder to other cylinders by operating a machine at New Shakti Nagar.

A team from the Jodhewal police station raided the house and caught the accused red-handed. According to Gurpreet Singh, SHO, Basti Jodhewal, the accused had developed a mechanism to fill gas from cylinders to vacant cylinders. The accused used to fill gas in CNG-run autos and LPG-run cars.

The police has seized 37 commercial, domestic and mini gas cylinders of various gas companies, two computerised weighing machines, a gas-filling machine and other equipment from the house.

The SHO said, "We suspect they are hand in glove with gas agencies. Today, we produced them in a court, which remanded them in two-day police custody. The accused have confessed that they have been in this business for long. The police has registered a case against the accused under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.



Stubble burning continues despite ban
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 27
Despite a ban, the burning of paddy stubble in the fields continues unabated in the Jagraon area. Though the administration and the officials of the Agriculture Department have been spreading awareness among the farmers about the harmful effects of burning paddy stubble, a majority of them are still indulged in this practice.

During a survey conducted in various villages around Jagraon, the paddy stubble was found burning in a majority of the fields. The situation is most grave in the villages falling in the Bet area near the Satluj. Similar is the situation in the fields situated on the sides of the Ludhiana-Moga Highway.

Smoke billowing from paddy fields is a common sight in the fields of villages surrounding Jagraon. The practice of paddy stubble burning is not only going unabated in the rural areas, but also it could be also noticed in the fields located alongside the highway.

Though the experts have been warning the farmers of the harms of stubble burning, there seems to be no change in the attitude of the farming community. Unaware of the harms caused by stubble burning, a large number of farmers could be seen burning stubble late at night and during the day in the area. The farmers say they have no other option but to burn the paddy residue to prepare the fields for the next crop.

The practice of stubble burning not only causes a lot of pollution, thus leading to major health hazards, but also it has an adverse impact on the fertility of the agricultural land. Besides, the thick smoke emerging from the stubble burning in the fields also leads to road accidents.

But despite all these problems, a large number of farmers still prefer burning the paddy stubble in the fields. The farming community terms it as an easy method to clear the fields for the next crop.

The farmers say they do not see any harm in stubble burning.

“Almost every farmer does it. We have been following this practice for several years as it is an easy and cheapest method to prepare the fields for the next crop,” said a farmer.

Apneet Rayat, SDM, Jagraon, said the administration had warned the farmers against burning stubble. “But if the practice is still going on, we will look into the matter and an appropriate action will be taken against the farmers who are found involved in this practice," she said.



No let-up in onion prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
October will prove to be costlier for people. On one side, the festival season is going on that will add extra burden on the pockets of the people, while on the other, the monthly budget of households is already going haywire due to the high cost of vegetables and fruits.

Onions continue to make people cry, while potato is following the league.

“I was hoping that the prices of vegetables will come down, but nothing of that sorts happened. Onion prices have once again shot up and are presently being sold at Rs 80 a kg. According to speculations, onion prices will rise further. On top of it, Diwali is approaching near that will also add burden on the pockets,” said Samita, a homemaker from Bhagat Singh Nagar.

Surinder Kaur, another homemaker from Sunrise Colony, said it had become very difficult to manage the things.

“Though my husband has doubled the money he used to give me earlier for buying grocery, still it is becoming very difficult to manage kitchen affairs. We distribute fruits among our near and dear ones on Diwali every year. However, this year I am thinking of giving smaller baskets to them,” she said.



Patna blasts condemned
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, October 27
National BJP leader and Kisan Morcha All-India secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal has condemned the serial blasts ahead of Narendra Modi's Hunkaar Rally, which occurred in Patna today.

Expressing concern over the incident, Grewal conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for the recovery of those injured in the incident.

The BJP leader called upon the people to maintain calm. Grewal said the nation must remain united in its firm resolve to fight against all forms of terror and violence, which have no place in a civilised society.

Grewal called upon the authorities concerned to carry out speedy investigations in order to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice.



Dairy farmer sets an example for youth
Shivani Bhakoo/Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune Reporters

Manjit SinghLudhiana, October 27
The Dairy Development Department, Punjab, recognises the hard work of Manjit Singh, a native of Mohi village, near here, who, within a span of just three years, has been able to create a niche for himself in the dairy sector. The department propagates his success as an example among the youth so that they adopt dairy farming.

Born at Mohi village, Manjit Singh got his basic qualification from the village government school. He started running an electrical shop where he bound motors and repaired fans, besides taking care of the family occupation - agriculture.

He got attracted towards the dairy sector when he noticed high demand for milk. After discussing the issue with his family, Manjit contacted the Dairy Development Department for starting a dairy.

He just got 15 days' training under the Self-Employment Scheme in 2010. Seeing his interest in the dairy business, the department sponsored his loan case for 20 cattle and a shed to the bank. Bank sanctioned a loan and Manjit got a model cattle shed constructed as per the guidelines of the department. For hygienic milking, he got a milking machine system installed at the daily and got constructed two silo towers to store green fodder throughout the year.

Today, Manjit has about 40 cows and buffaloes and among them about 20-25 are milch cattle that give 300 litres of milk a day. Most of his cross-bred cows give about 20 litres of milk (each) per day.

Manjit is now the member of the District Dairy Development Core Committee. About a month back, he was honoured by the Gujarat Government after he got an invitation by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.



Deck up your house with designer diyas, candles
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Decorative candles on display at a shop in Ludhiana
Decorative candles on display at a shop in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 27
With numerous options available in the markets, residents of the city are geared up to impart festive look to their houses on Diwali. Add a zing to the festival of lights with various designer candles, diyas, lamps and illuminating lights available at every nook and corner of the city.

Hanging bells can be a creative idea by using conventional and unconventional bells and diyas to decorate one corner of the house. An assortment of bells and diyas of different sizes hanged and placed at different heights will give an interesting effect.

Colourful designer candles are available from Rs 30 onwards, while there is no upper limit. Perfumed and floating candles range from Rs 20 to Rs 1,000. Gone are the days when during Diwali houses would be illuminated with earthen diyas. These days, people love to light up fancy candles.

Raj Kumar, a potter at Ghumar Mandi, said: "Nowadays people prefer buying designer diyas and candles. The demand for traditional and simple candles and diyas has faded away. People buy just a bunch of earthen diyas as a symbol of old tradition," he said.

You can use different shapes, size and colours of candles to decorate your room for the special day. You can even use floating candles and aromatic candles. You can also decorate the entrance of your room with a colourful rangoli design or different flower petals and place diyas around rangoli.

Designer candles also make an excellent Diwali gifts. Tanu, a college student, said: “I will be gifting packs of designer candles in attractive packaging to my friends and teachers”.

You could buy inexpensive earthenware pots and urns from the market and give them an exclusive touch by decorating them yourself. A combination of pots of various sizes would make it more dramatic. Shallow terracotta vessels could be filled with water, flower petals strewn in them and candles and diyas be made to float in them for that special Diwali feel. Prefer a dark corner for the assortment of diyas and lantern.



Homemade chocolates catch fancy of residents
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A girl shows homemade chocolates in Ludhiana
A girl shows homemade chocolates in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 27
With Diwali round the corner, homemade chocolates have caught the fancy of the city residents. A large variety of flavours and designs in homemade chocolates is the key to the growing trend.

Nowadays, more people are getting into chocolate-making. Most of them have jumped into the bandwagon of chocolate-making as a hobby or an occupation. This is the result of the growing popularity of homemade chocolates.

One of the reasons for the popularity of these homemade chocolates is the sheer variety of flavours possible in them.

“We offer more than hundred flavours of chocolates. Some of the flavours include elaichi, chilli flakes, gulkand, butterscotch, cakes pop, chocolate vermicelli, choco-truffle, fruit-flavoured chocolates, etc. Cocktail and mocktail chocolates are also made,” said Payal Popli, a city-based chocolate-maker.

Another chocolate-maker from the city said various shapes that were made of chocolates through sculpting were another reason for the rising popularity of these chocolates. Different shapes like replicas of castles, world marvels and other shapes were also made.

“The key to customisation is in the packaging of the chocolates. There is no end to the number of ways chocolates can be packaged,” she said.

“This is also a great opportunity to customise and infuse creativity in the packaging. With Diwali round the corner, I have packaged diyas to make a special package for the festive season. Even, names of people are inscribed in chocolates,” she said.

“Large companies that make chocolates in bulk cannot achieve this kind of customisation and variety for select clientele. So, small-scale local chocolate brands for select clientele are ruling the roost when it comes to homemade chocolates,” said Payal.



Staff should learn to be humble

At government offices, there is a general complaint by the visitors that the staff behaves “rudely”. Starting from peons and attendants to stenos and superintendents, etc, the behaviour of the staff towards the visitors is often found “unpleasant” in comparison to their bosses, who hold top positions in the District Administration. A visitor at the Mini-Secretariat was heard saying: “The staff working in offices is rude. You ask them twice or thrice, then they give you the answer and that, too, in a rude manner. Look at these officials sitting on top posts, they meet you with such humility and listen to you patiently giving an impression to the visitors that half of their problems are solved. The staff should learn something from these officers”.

Parking blues

Even as the number of vehicles in the city keeps increasing with each passing day, the parking spaces in all parts of the mega city are woefully inadequate. In the absence of designated parking lots, vehicles owners, too, have got used to parking their vehicles along roadsides, that too in a haphazard manner showing utter disregard to the obstruction in the way of smooth flow of traffic and convenience of other road users. Wherever parking spaces have been provided, especially along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, the members of public complain of fleecing by parking contractors with the civic body closing its eyes to the plight of the people. The administration as well as the Municipal Corporation ought to ensure that adequate parking spaces are available to the motorists and take stern action against overcharging by contractors. Only then they would have the moral right to take action against the vehicle owners for offences like wrong parking and other violations of traffic rules.

Gifts to ‘please’ near and dear ones

Diwali, the festival of lights, is approaching near. One can come across a mad rush of people who are busy in buying gifts for their near and dear ones. Holding big packets in hands, they are running from one place to another just to "please" their friends and relatives. Sharing gifts is more or less becoming like a courier culture, who knocks at your door and hands over your packet and goes away. None has time to sit and spend some time with each other. Perhaps, Chinese philosopher Confucius said it rightly “Life is very simple, but we insist on making it complicated”.

Glancing at jewellery

Tribune Photo: Himanshu MahajanEvery woman is fond of jewellery. Be it gold, silver, platinum, diamond or even junk, women love to adorn beautiful pieces in their ears and neck. Recently during a lifestyle exhibition organised in the city, a stall witnessed the maximum rush from womenfolk. Guess what was being sold at the stall - exquisite jewellery pieces. By seeing a huge rush, every woman was rushing towards that particular stall. Due to the rush, women were peeking at the jewellery from behind (see photo). Some were trying the earrings while others were seen having a quick look at the shinning pieces.

(Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Manav Mander)



Medical camps

A medical camp was organised by the Shree Dharampal Trust at Chander Nagar. Doctors from various private hospitals examined the patients. Free medicines were also distributed among the patients.

Mata Gujari Charitable Hospital organised an eye and dental check-up camp at Gurdwara Akalgarh Sahib here on Sunday. A team of doctors from the CMC, Luhdiana, examined the patients. As many as 700 patients got their eyes checked, of which 100 were selected for surgery. Over 150 patients were examined for dental diseases.

Satsang sabha

The Ambedkar Jankalyan Morcha, Punjab, on Sunday organsied a satsang sabha in view of the Valmiki Jayanti. District Planning Board chairman Hira Singh Gabria was also present on the occasion. While speaking on the occasion, he said: “Valmiki was a great man. In today's world, we need to follow the path shown by him”.

Youth congregation

A youth congregation was organised by the Hindu Uthan Parishad on Sunday. Swami Madhusudrancharya, while speaking on the occasion, advocated the youth to shun drugs. “No country can progress if its youth is not active and farsighted. But, the youth of our country are ruining their lives by becoming addicted to drugs. They should understand their responsibility towards their nation and shun drugs,” he said.


Baljinder Kaur has been appointed as the general secretary of the Women Congress (Rural). President Neelam Kohli said their aim was to strengthen the party at the base level. “We will be imparting information to the people by making them aware of the schemes launched by the Central Government for the welfare of the women and the people at large,” said Neelam. She also appreciated the efforts being made by Union Minister Manish Tewari towards the development of the city.

Leaders send onions as Diwali gift to PM

Youth Akali Dal leaders satirically sent onions as Diwali gift to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to highlight the increasing prices of onion. The party members gathered at the Jagraon Bridge to send the onions. Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha alleged that the Central Government was responsible for the inflation.

Book-release function

A poetry book entitled “Mann Tandoor”, penned by Gurbhajan Singh Gill, former senior editor (Punjabi), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will be released at the Committee Room of the PAU Vice-Chancellor on October 28 at 2.30 pm. Gurbhajan Gill is presently serving as the director (Planning and Development), Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda. The dignitaries namely Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor; Dr NS Malhi, Vice-Chancellor, GKU; and Dr SS Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda; will be present on the occasion. Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Additional Director, Communication, said Prof Ravinder Bhattal and Dr JS Dhiman would give a brief detail about the book. — TNS



pau youth festival
Play, mime leave students spellbound
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Various theatre events, including one-act play, mime and mimicry dominated the evening session at the ongoing Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Gurpreet Singh Toor, AIG (Intelligence), was the chief guest for the evening.

Addressing the students, Toor said, “Dramas mirror various facets of society and are important for creating awareness about various social evils in the society.” He said dramas being an effective medium of communication, play a crucial role in building a better society. He also appreciated the students for their effective performance in various theatre events.

Dr Dhillon lauded the students for showing great dedication and discipline during the festival. He said similar dedication in academics could help them achieve higher goals in life. He called upon the students to play dramas in villages and create awareness about social evils like corruption, drugs, female foeticide, excessive expenditure on social functions, etc. Dr Dhillon said PAU being an agricultural institution was proud of producing several famous artists and litterateurs, who had contributed a lot for the betterment of the society.

In the packed open air theatre of the university, the students of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology presented their play titled ‘Ann Datta’ while students of the College of Agriculture presented a play ‘Jadhon Main Sirf Aurat Hundi Han’. The students of Basic Sciences College presented ‘Ali Di Chithi’ and girls from Home Science College presented their play ‘Gilli Mitti Da Bot’.

Narjit Singh from the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology was declared the best actor of the Youth Festival while Manjit Kaur from the College of Home Science was declared the best actress.


Quiz: First- College of Agriculture; Second- College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Third- College of Basic Sciences and Humanities.

One-Act Play: First- College of Home Science; Second- College of Basic Sciences and Humanities; Third- College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology.

Mime: First- College of Agriculture; Second- College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Third- College of Basic Sciences and Humanities.

Mimicry: First- Karamjit Singh (College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology); Second- Pavitar Singh (College of Agriculture); Third- Munish Suthar (College of Agriculture).



Animation proves a good teaching aid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Use of animation in education sector has grown manifold with the advent of smart classes and learning software. Parents and teachers say that animation has simplified teaching and learning for children and has become a great teaching aid.

Increasing use of animation in school syllabi and academic teaching has helped in the simplification and demonstration of complex and abstract phenomena and to memorise things in a better way. In many classes, including science, with the use of animation, workings of solar system and various other phenomena can easily be demonstrated.

Earlier, children were dependent on learning these only through pictures. “Use of animation has become a boon for the teachers as for learning and understanding through the use of pictures and imagination was difficult for the students and equally difficult for them to explain. Animation films clarify and demonstrates things in a much better way,” said Harneet, who uses computer software and animation for teaching during his class.

Parents too are happy with the introduction of visual learning aids. Videos of poems with the animated characters playing and the classroom rhymes are recited as voice over are both a source of learning and entertainment for many children.

“I started showing these animated videos of poems to my son before he entered the pre-school. And by the time he started speaking clearly, he could recite the poem and also enjoyed the context of the poem because he had seen the animated story behind the poem through videos,” said Harvinder, a parent.

Although, cartoons and special effects are a great part of animation for entertainment, but the greatest benefit of animation is for educational purposes, said Rohit, a teacher.



Fingerprint test helps children choose a career
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Not sure about your strengths and weaknesses and don't know about which career path you or your child should follow? The answer could be hidden in your fingertips. A new technique called Dermoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test (DMIT) have been discovered which is helping city residents to find answers to the above mentioned questions.

Dr Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor, identified eight intelligences, including linguistic, logic-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

Based on this theory of multiple intelligences, the technique emphasises that correlation between the distributions of these intelligences in parts of the brain with those of fingerprints. Different intelligences are distributed in different parts of the brain and the patterns of the fingerprints indicate how strongly the different parts of the brain are developed, according to experts.

Various patterns of the fingerprints indicate how strongly the different parts of the brain are developed indicating natural propensities of an individual and which fields one might be strong or weak in.

“There are nine classifications for the various patterns on fingertips and ridges,” said Shivani Singh from Mindkey Life Solutions. This indicates how different persons are inherently wired towards certain intelligences and perhaps not so well in some other. Some intelligences like intrapersonal intelligence help the person overall, be it in any field he chooses, said Singh.

This test is still relatively new in India but is becoming popular as people are becoming aware of this, said Satish, a parent. He said he got the DMIT test done for his children, and it turned out to be very helpful for the career path the children should opt for.



Educating students on water conservation a necessity: DGSE
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 27
With the intent to sensitise students of the state about the significance of conservation of water, the education department had launched an awareness movement which aims at involving all students of Classes VI, VII and VIII in the water conservation crusade.

Probably for the first time, authorities at all government and private aided schools have been asked to ensure that all the students of designated classes of the border state divulge their ideas and tips through paintings during the first phase of the national level competition being held through Central Ground Water Board on Tuesday.

Perusal of records revealed that the director general, school education (DGSE), Kumar Rahul, had directed all district education officers and school heads of the state to persuade and prepare the students of Classes VI to VIII for participating in the first phase of Water Conservation 2013 painting competition scheduled to take place on October 29.

Teachers concerned have been asked to illustrate elements of Save Water–Secure Future, the theme behind the exercise. Painting materials and drawing sheets will be provided by the host department.

Investigations further revealed that the department had felt the necessity of sensitisation of students about causes and consequences of depletion of water table in their respective areas.

“Surveys conducted from time-to-time and reports submitted have pointed out that both availability and the quality of water had been degrading persistently. Consequently, the Union and state governments are extremely worried about the approaching crisis and educating students about conservation of water, besides formal education had become most urgent,” said Kumar Rahul, DGSE. The DGSE has further directed the authorities to ensure that the teachers organising the competition should guide participating students about the elements of the issue so that the goal of sensitising them about the conservation of natural resource is achieved.

While all participants will be given certification of participation, best three paintings from each class will be sent to nodal officers of their respective regions.

State-level competition will be held at Chandigarh in November and 50 students exhibiting best performances will take part in the competition. National level competition will be held in New Delhi from December 27 till January 8. The winners of the event will be awarded cash prize worth Rs 1 lakh.


Surveys conducted from time to time reveal that the availability and quality of water is degrading persistently. Consequently, the Union and state governments are worried about the approaching crisis and educating students about conserving water. Formal education in this regard has become a necessity




Placement drive held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 27
More than 100 students of the Bhutta Group of Colleges were shortlisted by reputed industrial houses during the two-day job festival that concluded at the college campus at Bhutta village recently.

Mandeep Bhullar, convener of the event, informed over 200 BTech, MBA, BBA, BCA, BSc (IT) students of various instates of the group had participated in the festival, which was inaugurated by Johny Garcha, managing director of the trust, running the institutes.

Officials of various renowned groups, including Pic N Frame, Impinge Solution, Scom Technologies Private Limited, Europa Digital Limited, Videocon, G Tech and Media Freaks interviewed the candidates and shortlisted the eligible students for the job.



One-act play contest

Ludhiana: In an inter-school one-act play competition held at Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex, Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar by-pass, bagged the first prize. The competition was organised by KVM and students from around 15 schools participated. The play titled, ‘Mukti Dham’ portrayed the hapless parents who are sent to old-age homes so that they do not interfere with the lives of their children who consider them to be a burden. Rohit Sharma, one of the student actors, bagged the best actor award and was also honoured with cash prize. The chairman of the chain of Green Land schools, Rajesh Rudhra, and Principal Baldeep Pandher congratulated the students for their stupendous performance.


Delhi Public School, Khanna, held its Investiture ceremony on Saturday. Vice-chairperson of the school Annu Bains was the chief guest of the function. Principal Dr Parminder Duggal expressed the hope that the duties vested on the council members will prepare them to become vigilant and committed citizens of the country and wished the student appointees all the best for their endeavours. The ceremony started with the unfurling of the school flag. The Head Boy-Abhishek Gaur and the Head Girl- Hridyanshi Toor of Class IX along with their team of office bearers took the pledge to hold the school motto of ‘Service Before Self’ in high esteem and to deliver their duties to the best of their abilities and honour the trust bestowed upon them. The vice-chairperson along with the principal pinned the badges and sashes on the shoulders of the newly elected office bearers. Bains inspired the students to develop the qualities of leadership in them so that they can become good role models for the rest of the students. The students of all the four houses of the school participated in the march past. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

Students felicitated

Five students of Nankana Public Senior Secondary School, Kilaraipur, were felicitated for bringing laurels to the institute and area by showing outstanding performance as members of the winning team at the state-level gatka competition held at Anandpur Sahib recently. Management committee and staff led by secretary Kuldeep Singh and principal Jaskiranjit Kaur felicitated Mankirat Kaur, Sukhdeep Kaur, Gurleen Kaur, Ekjot Kaur and Jasdeep Kaur for their valuable contribution in fetching victory. — TNS



cyber crime
Chennai resident booked for defrauding city industrialist
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
The police has booked a Chennai resident for defrauding a city resident of $ 11,614.40 by hacking his e-mail ID. The accused has been identified as B Mohammad Irfan, a resident of Sudarshan Nagar in Chennai. The amount in Indian currency is around Rs 7 lakh.

Jagmohan Singh Wadhawan, owner of Wadhawan Mill Store, had lodged a complaint with the police in April about this forgery. The police booked the accused under the Information Technology Act after conducting investigation.

According to information, Jagmohan Singh used to send machines tools to African countries after finalising the deals through e-mail. He received an e-mail from an African company asking him how much money the latter needed to deposit in his account.

Jagmohan attached the bills and asked the company to deposit $11, 614.40 in his bank account. Meanwhile, an identified person hacked his e-mail ID. After hacking his ID, the person started communication with the African company and gave it a new account to deposit the balance amount. When Jagmohan asked the company about his dues, the company officials informed him that they had deposited the money in the bank account. After six-month investigation, the police found that the Chennai resident had hacked the e-mail ID and defrauded Jagmohan of his money.

Satnam Singh, investigation officer, said: "A team of the Ludhiana Police will visit Chennai to arrest the accused soon".



Chandigarh club lift golf trophy
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, October 27
The team of the Chandigarh Golf Club lifted the prestigious 5th Col BS Kahlon Memorial Interclub Golf Trophy at Ranjitgarh Golf Club, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today.

The tournament was played on a stroke play basis. The gross score of the winning team was 237. Best three cards of competing teams were taken into account. The winning team comprised HS Kang, IPS Mann, Darvesh Kumar and Sandeep Sandhu.

Thirteen teams from various golf clubs and golf bodies participated in this tournament. The runners-up were RCF Golf Club. The team comprised GS Hira, Simaranjeet Singh, Jagmohan Singh and Sukhjit Singh. The runners-up trailed the winning team by a margin of 1 stroke on the basis of better back 6 holes.

The tournament was conducted by a professional team lead by Viren Ghumman who also happens to be the captain of the Ranjitgarh Golf Club, Punjab Police Academy Phillaur.

The prize for the individual excellence in the longest drive category went to Col Yam Thapa, representing BEPTA Golf Club, Patiala, recording a distance of 306 yards. In the maximum birdies category, the prize went to HS Kang from the Chandigarh Golf Club, who hit five birdies. Darvesh Kumar, representing Chandigarh Golf Club, won the nearest-to-pin prize. He dropped the ball just 7 feet 5 inches away from the hole.

The winner for the individual excellence in the gross category was HS Kang from the Chandigarh Golf Club who scored 74 and the runner-up was Jagmohan Singh, representing the RCF Golf Club, Kapurthala, who trailed the winner by a margin of 3 strokes.

The winner in the net category was SS Bajwa, representing the PAP Golf Club, Jalandhar, with the score of 70 and the runner-up was Neeraj Thapar, representing the PPA Golf Club, Phillaur, who trailed the winner by a margin of 1 stroke.

Late Col BS Kahlon, in whose memory the tournament is held, had been the general secretary of the Punjab Golf Association since it was founded. ADGP, HRD & CP, Punjab, and president of the Punjab Golf Association SK Sharma was the chief guest who, while giving away the prizes, highlighted the various achievements of the Punjab Golf Association and also duly appreciated the contribution of Late Col BS Kahlon. Gurpreet Deo, IG, Training-cum-Additional Director, MRS, Phillaur, was the guest of honor. Yashvir Mahajan, MD, PSIEC, presided over the prize-distribution ceremony.



BFI-IMG Reliance B'ball League
Khalsa Girls School register thumping victory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 27
Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, began their title hunt with a thumping 57-26 victory over Government Senior Secondary School, Hoshiarpur, in the BFI-IMG Reliance Basketball Schools League played at Delhi Public School here today. Kulwinder Kaur played a major role for the winning side, chipping in with 12 baskets.

In their second encounter, Khalsa Girls School, Ludhiana, faced a little resistance from Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, whom they trounced 57-30.

Gurprit Singh Toor, AIG (Vigilance) and president of the District Basketball Association, Ludhiana, declared the league open in which 10 teams each in the boys and girls' sections drawn from different schools in the state are competing. He wished the participating teams success and advised them to play in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), besides Amarjeet Kaur, physical education teacher, Khalsa School; SAI coach Harjinder Singh, City Director, IMG Reliance Basketball League, Devinder Dhindsa; Jaipal Singh, coach of Ludhiana Basketball Academy; Balmit Kaur, Principal, DPS; and Buta Singh, Chairman, Technical Committee, PBA, were present at the inaugural function.

Results: Girls- Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, overwhelmed Doraha Public School, Doraha 65-14; Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, pipped Government Senior Secondary School, Hoshiarpur, 57-26; APJ School, Jalandahr, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana 36-26; Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Sardulgarh 42-20; and Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, trounced Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana 57-30.

Boys: Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, routed Delhi Public School 73-36; Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, outplayed DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana 55-28; Government Senior Secondary School, Kapurthala, outnumbered LA Foundation Public School, Sangrur, 43-19; Sports School, Jalandhar, outclassed Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana, 57-26; Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, edged out Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 71-55; Spring Dale School, Amritsar, beat Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 63-24 and Heritage Public School, Gidderbaha, defeated Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana, 36-7.



GGSPS students win karate meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 27
The boys of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, near here, did their school proud by winning the trophy in the Ludhiana Inter-School Sahodaya School Karate Meet held at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road, here today.

A large number of karatekas, drawn from different schools, competed in this meet. The participants from Guru Gobind Singh Public School overpowered their rivals to win 19 medals, including 10 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze medals.

The medal winners in the kata event include Gurveer Singh, Jashanpreet Singh, Gursimran Singh, Jasminder Singh, Vivekanand Sharma in karate while Gursimran Singh Dhillon, Jaspreet Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Kawardeep Singh.

Avtar Singh Makkar, chairman, GGSPS and president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), appreciated the students and their coach, Ashok, on this outstanding achievement.



Prithipal memorial TT tourney from Oct 30
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 27
Around 200 paddlers from across the district are expected to take part in the 24th Prithipal Singh Memorial Ludhiana District Table Tennis Championship to be organised in the PAU Indoor Gymnasium Hall here from October 30 to November 1.

According to Fang Jenn Chin, secretary, Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association, matches in the cadet, subjunior, junior (boys) and girls besides the youth, men and women sections will be held during this annual event. The lucky doubles, senior men (single) contests will also be held. About 150 matches will be played daily during the championship.

The Ludhiana teams for the cadet, subjunior and junior sections will be selected on the basis of the participants' performance in this championship, added Fang.

Entries close with table tennis coach Jaspal Singh at the PAU on October 28. The participants have been asked to submit the proof of their date of birth. Cash and attractive prizes will be given to the winners.



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