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Biometric system to keep track of girls’ attendance at hostels
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The biometric system will keep a track of the attendance of girls Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) hostels. The PAU authorities are scanning fingerprints and retina of hostellers as everybody has a unique retinal vascular pattern and fingerprints.

The new system has been introduced as the authorities found flaws in the manual attendance that came to fore during the students’ strike in September. The authorities did not have any database of hostellers so girls often mark the proxy attendance.

"We don’t have any problem with the biometric attendance system. Now, we can mark our attendance just by placing our finger in the machine rather than filling columns in the attendance register,” said a girl hosteller.

Dr Tejdeep Kaur, warden, girls’ hostel, said: “In the era of technology, electronic surveillance is the need of the hour.” 

What is Biometrics?

Biometrics are automated methods of recognising a person based on physiological or behavioural characteristics. Among the features measured are face, fingerprints, hand geometry, handwriting, iris, retinal, vein, and voice. Biometric data are separate and distinct from personal information. Biometric templates cannot be reverse-engineered to recreate personal information and they cannot be stolen and used to access personal information.


MC removes illegal hoardings 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities have started removing illegal hoardings in the city. Hoardings of religious, social and political organisation dot various parts of the city. Though the MC authorities claim that that have started removing hoardings, illegal advertisements can still be seen at several vantage points across the city.
An illegal hoarding installed in the Guru Nanak Pura area in Ludhiana.
An illegal hoarding installed in the Guru Nanak Pura area in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Perturbed at the advertising boards installed by political, social and religious organisations in the city, the MC had made it clear at a meeting held on Wednesday that all such hoardings would be removed without any intimation.

Ever since the contract of advertising companies expired in June, the vacant unipoles are being used for installing hoardings. Some political parties have even installed hoardings on direction boards.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the process of removing illegal hoarding started on Thursday.

“It would be a regular feature now and in the coming days, all illegal hoardings would be removed. We are getting a good response from residents and even today, I got a couple of queries where some organisations sought permission to install religious hoardings. The violators will be challaned and FIRs will also be lodged against them,” said Kalia. 



Three arrested with country-made pistol 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The police has nabbed three persons with a country-made pistol and two cartridges at the Daba area. The accused has been identified as 26-year-old Angrej Singh, Jatinder Singh and 25-year-old Mohan Kumar, all residents of Dhillon Nagar.

The police said the suspects were stopped at a checkpoint near Gurdwara Reru Sahib. During search, the police recovered a .315 bore country-made pistol and two cartridges from their possession.

The suspects were recently released from jail. They were serving jail term in an attempt to murder case.

Aswani Kumar, SHO, Daba, said a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered against the suspects.

A panel that was never formed

Political scene has hot up ahead of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) meeting. The panel, which has not been constituted 'formally', has been holding meetings on a regular basis. As per rules, the committee can be formed only during the MC General House meeting, but Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has failed to form the panel. The Congress as well as the SAD councillors have been demanding the formation of the committee for long. P4



Smog leaves residents gasping for breath
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
This is that time of the year when breathing becomes difficult. Smog caused by burning of paddy stubble and dip in temperature has left residents, especially asthma patients, gasping for breath.

ENT specialists Dr Arun Mitra said: “Dry cough and nasal allergies are on the rise.

Elderly and children are at risk. Woollens, proper diet and hygiene can be a saviour.

Another specialist Dr Mitra said: “Water vapours collect around smoke particles resulting in the formation of smog, which causes respiratory problems."

Dr Harkamal Sidhu, head, department of medicine at BL Memorial Kapoor Hospital, said: “A majority of patients reaching the hospital complain of chest and respiratory problems. Smog and the dip in temperature are to blame for their condition."

Ayurvedacharya Dr Ravinder Vatsayan said: “Those who have respiratory problems should go for pranayama.” 

* Avoid going out when the smog has set in
* Consult your doctor if you have a problem in breathing
* Cover your nose with clean cloth while driving



change of land use
New units go without power
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Industrial units located in the mixed land use areas are feeling the heat as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is neither issuing new connections, nor upgrading the load of existing units.

The change of land use (CLU) certificate is what is causing the delay. "The extension and expansion of the industry in the mixed land use areas has come to standstill. A total of 465 units have applied for new connections. The already working units are not ready to give the CLU certificate," said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation. Kular said even the CLU certificate given by the corporation mentions that the certificate was not for the extension of power load. "Even after depositing the fee for advance consumption, the industry is not being given connections," added Kular.

PSPCL officials said they were issuing new connections and were also upgrading the load. Industrialists need to provide the CLU certificate. 



Religious fervour marks Chhath puja
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 8
The three-day Chhath puja, which began yesterday, was observed in Phillaur, Goraya, Apra, Bilga, Noormahal and Nakodar. On the second day, thousands of migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar celebrated it.

The Chhath puja is the only festival in the country when prayers are offered not only to the rising sun but also to the setting sun. The festival is celebrated six days after Diwali. Thousands of devotees were seen standing in knee-deep water in the Sutlej near Phillaur and canals of Goraya, Noormahal and Nakodar to perform puja. A mela-like atmosphere prevailed at these places including on the banks of Sutlej near Phillaur. The migrants burst crackers, illuminated their houses and organised langars. Youths regulated traffic on the national highway themselves. Even Punjabis have taken a fancy for this festival of migrants. They participated in it, some out of political compulsions and others out of curiosity. Some of them brought trolley loads of raddish, while others gifted boxes of apples. Some Punjabi women also observed fast.

Chhath is marked by rigorous fasting for two days during which even drinking of water is prohibited. It is harsher than Karva Chauth - fast observed by married women in Punjab. Chhath is performed by married women for the welfare of their children, especially sons.

Anil Kumar and Joginder kumar, Bihari brothers, said the real name of the festival was Ravi Khashti Vrata, meaning a fast for sun observed six days after Diwali. Origin of this fast can be traced to the days of Mahabharta and claimed that even Kunti used to observe it.

A young girl Sanju said devotees sleep on the floor and wear unstitched clothes for three days. At sunset, holy water and milk are poured in the river or canal and “argya” is offered. On the next day prayers are offered to the rising sun.



Health dept to hold Indo-UK CME 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The State health department is going to organise Indo-UK CME (Continuous Medical Education) a one-day programme with UK based medical experts on November 13 at Chandigarh. Director Health Services, Punjab, Dr Ashok Nayyar said,"The aim behind this is to impart training to undergraduates and postgraduates about latest medical developments. The medical experts of both the countries will exchange medical know-how related to cancer and drug addiction."

Twenty five medical experts of different fields from UK will come to participate in it. The programme will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Dr Nayyar said, “Very soon state health department will launch a helpline number for the patients of the state where they will get all the information related to the diseases and about government hospitals where its treatment is available. He said, "We are visiting different government hospitals in the state and discussing problems with the staff and providing them with solution so that better health facilities could be provided to one and all. In yesterday's conference with civil surgeons at Ludhiana also we discussed many problems," he added.



Bridging the gap between Japan and Punjab through poetry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Talk about Haiku in Punjabi, and the name that instantly comes to the mind is Parminder Sodhi. The Japan-based litterateur from Punjab has been instrumental in introducing the Japanese philosophy and literature in Punjabi and has helped in propagating the popular Japanese poetry form in Punjabi literature.

Haiku is a short poem comprising three lines, which is brief and surprises with its wit and insight. "The beauty of this poetic form is that through it you can convey some of the deepest thoughts and reflections of the human mind in fewest of words," says the Haiku writer. Haiku, now is becoming very popular among youngsters. Online Punjabi poetry pages are filled with this form of poetry.

Sodhi brought concepts of Taoism to Punjabi literature. He has written seven books of poetry. His books “Kudrat De Dakiye” and “Rabb De Dakiye” are well received. He has written several classics of Japanese literature in Punjabi.

Talking about Japan, he says there are a limited number of Punjabi families there. There is a gurdwara in Kobe city and a number of Sindhi families have also settled in the city, says Sodhi. Although he runs Indian restaurants to make a living, he lives to write beautiful poetry, he says.

The litterateur received Shiromani Sahitkar in 2007. The author was in the city to attend a literary programme.



32 units of blood expire at civil hospital, disposed of
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
As many as 32 units of blood were found expired at the blood bank of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital today. Seeing no other option, these were disposed of by the staff.

This happened even as non-governmental organisations and hospitals keep holding blood donation camps to meet the ever-increasing demand of blood. While, needy people run from pillar to post in search of the vital fluid, the civil hospital had to discard 32 units.

Confirming it, senior medical officer of the hospital Dr Rajkumar Karkara said: "I got to know about it in the afternoon and asked for an explanation from the in charge of the blood bank."

District Family Welfare Officer Dr Maninder Singh, who is probing the case, said: "I started the inquiry this afternoon. I’ll be able to fix the responsibility by tomorrow, once it is completed."

A blood unit can be stored for up to 45 days. 



farm varsity
Staff await salaries
 Stage a protest against state government
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Continuing with their protest for demanding their pending salaries and arrears, employees of Punjab Agricultural University gathered outside Thapar Hall on the second day today.

The employees had received their previous salary on October 17, that too, after a delay, the union members said.

The employees lamented that let alone gifts and bonuses, they did not even get their salaries on Diwali. They said the delay was due to the delay in the release of grants by the state government. The government had been releasing the grants late in the past as well.

Employees and pensioners of the university carried out such protest rallies last month too.

The general secretary of the union, Dr Gulzar Pandher, said the government also had not released the arrears for the scale revised by the Pay Commission in 2006. "Although the government employees have received the arrears, we are still waiting," he said.

"State Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa had in his budget speech announced that the arrears of the PAU employees would be released in the first quarter, but now the second quarter has also passed," Dr Pandher said.

During his visit to the university last year, the minister had also promised that the arrears would be released by the end of 2012, but nothing was done about it, he said.

"Now we are contemplating on taking some drastic measures to make our voice reach the government," said a union member.

PAU Retirees Association also protested for the delay in receipt of pensions and arrears. 



from colleges
Workshop on import-export

Ludhiana: A workshop on “clearance procedure of import-export” was organised for the students of postgraduate diploma in international business at Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana. Prof Ajay Sharma, GGDSD College, Chandigarh, was the resource person. An expert in international business, Sharma started the session with an introduction to the Indian taxation system. He, then, shared information about procedural activities of import-export with students. He discussed the documentation formalities of international trade.

Industrial visit

The fifth semester students of the electrical engineering department of RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a technical visit to Rikken Instrumentation Limited, Panchkula. The training engineer of the company, Ranjan Ranu, explained the working and details of single-phase and three-phase electronic energy meters manufactured in the company. They gave a presentation on the advantages of the electronic energy measuring devices over conventional devices. Speaking on the occasion, the director of the institute, Dr Harsh Sadawarti, motivated the students to participate in these activities to enhance their knowledge.

Slogan writing

The NCC wing of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a slogan-writing competition. The topic was gender equality. Sixteen cadets participated in the competition. The slogans that came up included “world can progress if there is complete gender equality” and “once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior”. Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman congratulated the winner.

National Pharmacy Week

Sadhar: Sachin Goyal, Bipandeep Kaur and Renuka emerged winners in poster-making, paper-reading and rangoli competitions organised during a three-day event held to observe National Pharmacy Week at the GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy. VK Kapoor, director research, GHG Trust, presided over the concluding session. Prof KK Bhutani, director, NIPER, Mohali, was the chief guest. Various speakers highlighted the need of research in pharmacy for achieving best results in medicine and surgery. —TNS



from schools
Science fair

Ludhiana: Four science models of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School have been selected for the state-level competition, after winning eight prizes at the district-level science fair. The two-day competition was held recently at Pothehar Senior Secondary School. The models were divided under four main themes: Energy, Agriculture, Health and Environment. The winners were awarded trophies and merit certificates. Congratulating the winners for their excellent performance, Avinash Kaur Walia, the managing director and founder principal of the school, encouraged them to innovate in order to succeed in the field of science and technology.

NCC camp

Girl cadets from Ryan International School, Ludhiana, participated in a 10-day camp organised by the NCC Academy, Malout. Thirteen cadets attended the camp and tested their skill, strength, endurance and tenacity in an array of activities focused on grooming them. The cadets undertook various challenges and proved their mettle. Manpreet won the second prize in gun firing. In continuation with the winning spree, Amandeep secured the first position in quarter guard. Her success was multiplied manifold when she was selected for the Republic Day Parade. — TNS



GNPS students bring laurels

Ludhiana: Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, emerged victorious in the Sahodaya Inter-School PowerPoint Presentation held at GNIPS, Model Town. 

Thirty teams from various schools in the city participated in the competition. GNPS students won the first prize for their maths presentation titled '24 Hours around the Globe' and second position in the science segment for their presentation titled 'Waste Management-A challenging task'. Principal Mona Singh congratulated the team on their outstanding performance. — TNS



A panel that was never formed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Political scene has hot up ahead of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) meeting. The panel, which has not been constituted 'formally', has been holding meetings on a regular basis.

As per rules, the committee can be formed only during the MC General House meeting, but Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has failed to form the committee.

The Congress as well as the Shiromani Akali Dal councillors have been demanding the formation of the committee for long.

Two members are yet to be elected despite the fact that the MC house was constituted more than a year ago.

Now, that the F&CC meeting is to be held tomorrow, Akali MLA Simarjit Singh Bains and Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu have raised objections to the very existence of the F&CC.

Ludhiana (West) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had assured the MC house during the last general house meeting that the F&CC would be formally constituted and it would be only then that the F&CC meeting would be held.

"The Mayor is holding the meeting tomorrow, which means he has misled the MC house. I wonder why the Mayor is running away from constituting the F&CC," said Ashu. Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said the Mayor should keep his promise of constituting the F&CC before holding any meeting. "It's a simple and easy process and the Mayor should also make sure that two councillors are elected as members," he demanded. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he had told the councillors that he would form the committee. "But there are several development works that need to be discussed and cleared, so I cannot let the city's development suffer due to politics. I assure everyone in the MC house that the F&CC will be constituted soon," claimed the Mayor.

150 agendas to be discussed

The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) will hold a meeting tomorrow. This would be the third F&CC meeting and more than 150 agendas will be tabled.The committee comprises the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two other members. The MC Commissioner is also the ex-officio member of F&CC. Any development work that is to be carried out in the city has to be passed and cleared by the F&CC. And if the F&CC refuses to clear any file concerning development works, it cannot take place.

After the formation of the MC house in September last year, the first F&CC meeting was held in October last year, while the second in July. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “We will be discussing more than 150 agendas related to development of the city." The meeting is scheduled for 3 pm at the Mayor’s camp office adjoining Nehru Rose Garden. 

F&CC members

At present, the F&CC consists of only three members. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Deputy Mayor Ripu Daman Sharma are on the panel. In the previous MC house, the F&CC consisted of the then Mayor, Hakam Singh Giaspura, the then Senior Deputy Mayor, Parveen Bansal, the then Deputy Mayor, Sunita Aggarwal, Simarjit Singh Bains (who is now the MLA from Atam Nagar) and Akali councillor Pal Singh Grewal.



Sanitation workers submit memorandum 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
A delegation of the Bharatiya Valmiki Sewa Dal today submitted a memorandum to the MC Joint Commissioner. Sanitation workers have been demanding regularisation of services.

Surinder Kalyan, president, Bharatiya Valmiki Sewa Dal, said they demanded that well-educated persons should be appointed as supervisors and the workers should be promoted.

They said sewermen working on a contractual basis should not be forced to do other works.



A blend of aesthetics and sumptuous food
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Restaurants in the city are becoming more attractive. A restaurant at BRS Nagar has a Taj Mahal atop while the grey vertical bars on the facade of a recently opened restaurant on Malhar Road look different.

Another restaurant on the theme of Bollywood has a fluorescent coloured web on the window alongside the scene of a Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan from Sholay painted on a wall.

Saurabh Dhall from a restaurant said everybody wanted their restaurants to look attractive and stand out. Residents are also impressed with the great aesthetics along with the good food being served at the restaurants. "It is a great trend as apart from being the Merc capital, the city is also earning the reputation of being the culinary capital," said Nidhi, a resident. So it only behoves for the restaurants to go all out to be different and stand out. Vineet, a city-based interior designer, said the restaurants were becoming more innovative now when it came to different designs of the interiors and the façade.

As Ludhiana is the city of foodies, people here do not shy away from splurging on good food. "New restaurants are going all out to attract customers and patrons and carve an identity of their own by making the façade different," said Amandeep, a 



No funds in treasury to pay dues
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The state government bears the additional financial burden of around Rs 7 crore per annum by increasing the salary of those in power, but when it comes to make payments to those who arranged vehicles or organised state-level events for the government, the treasury has no funds.

The state government has still not cleared the dues of mini-bus operators, who had arranged vehicles during the block samiti and panchayat elections held four to months ago. One of the contractors, who arranged the state and district-level functions of the swearing-in ceremony of the elected members (panchayat samiti, zila parishad) has not received the payment.

President of the Mini-Bus Operators Association, Punjab, JS Grewal said the operators were tired of making the rounds of the offices of the District Transport Department, State Transport Department, Treasury Department and ADC (D). "Dues to the tune of Rs 40 lakh are still pending with the government. Every time, we go to the treasury wing, we are told to contact the higher authorities in Chandigarh," lamented Grewal. He stated that the District Transport Department had asked to arrange 350 vehicles, including district buses and mini buses, to pick and drop candidates and their supporters at polling stations. "An amount of Rs 8,000 per vehicle had to be given to us by the government," said Grewal. A contractor said he had arranged for the tents and chairs for the state level and district level swearing-in ceremonies of the zila parishad and panchayat members at the grain market but a payment of about Rs 10 lakh was still awaited. "I got the payment in instalments," said the contractor.

When asked about the delay in payments, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said,"The payments will be released soon." 



Parliamentary poll
Parties get into election mode
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Ahead of the Parliamentary poll, the Akali-BJP combine is making development its poll plank, while the Congress, apart from hard selling the flagship programmes of the UPA Government, is focusing on the economic issues concerning masses.

In Ludhiana, the economic capital of Punjab, the Congress is keeping on its priority list fiscal issues like property tax, levying of advance consumption deposit, imposition of e-trip, taxes levied on marriage palaces and imposition of VAT on petrol.

In the run-up to the poll, the district Congress is holding regular block-level meetings. It is also in the process of forming the booth committees. "We'll tell people how they are being taken for a ride by the Akali-BJP combine in the state," said the District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) Chief, Pawan Dewan.

"Development is the first casualty in case of this government. The Akali-BJP Government is busy inaugurating projects. They hardly have any time for addressing the 'real' issues and concerns of the people. Non-issues are given importance while the core issues take a backseat.

For instance, liquor vends outnumber educational institutions in the state," he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to 'inform' the public about the UPA Government programmes and schemes.

From November 9 to 11, the Union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting is organising a light and sound programme to inform the rural masses about the Centre's welfare schemes.

According to political observers, Union Minister Manish Tewari, who's the Congress MP from Ludhiana, is doling out grants to the district from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund, even as the party leaders are hard selling the Centre-sponsored programmes and schemes.

A senior Congress leader said the UPA Government had launched a slew of development schemes for the welfare of the rural as well as the urban masses. "There's nothing wrong in disseminating the 'right' information and taking credit for what the UPA Government has done for the people," he stated.

BJP chalks out strategy

The district unit of the BJP organised a meeting to chalk out the poll strategy on Friday. The meeting, presided over by district BJP chief Parveen Bansal, was attended by various district, mandal and ward level leaders. Punjab BJP general secretary and Ludhiana in charge Tarun Chugh took stock of the party's 'Ghar Ghar Chalo (Door-to-Door)' campaign in the district. Chugh said it was imperative to expose the 'anti-people' policies of the UPA Government. "Our party workers are all prepared to make 'Mission 2014' a success," said Bansal. 



Ludhiana Scan

NOC fee waived

The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer Association thanked the Punjab Pollution Control Board for waiving fee for NOC of old period up to March 31, 2010 completely. "As this was a long standing demand of our association, now the board has decided to give a golden chance to the old units which are running without any NOC and the fee will be charged from April 1, 2010 and this relaxation is allowed till December 31, 2013, said Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association. Any applications received in this respect after December 12, 2013 will not be considered for issue of NOC for running the unit. In order to get benefit from this relaxation the members who have to get NOC should apply to the board so that they may be able to run their unit without any difficulty.

Bodybuilding championship

The Swami Vivekananda Sports Club will hold a state-level Body Builders’ Championship on November 10 and 11. It will be conducted at Dussehra Ground at Upkar Nagar. Chairman of the club Parveen Bansal gave this information today. He added that such championships are organised by the club to curtail the increasing drug menace in the state.

Musical night

Ishmeet Singh Music Academy will organise a musical programme at Rose Garden on every Sunday with the support of District administration and Municipal Corporation, said Shena Aggarwal, IAS trainee. The programme will be held from 6 pm to 7 pm. Academy said the musical programme held last week was appreciated by the people. MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari and Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal have decided to organise the musical night on every Sunday.

Parkash Utsav celebrated

A programme to celebrate the Parkash Utsav of Baba Vishwakarma was organised at Daba Road, Shimlapuri, by Rajput Swarankar Sabha. A directory of noted personalities of Rajput Swarankar Sabha was released on the occasion.

Hanuman Chaleesa recitation

Yuva Akali Dal will participate in organising Hanuman Chaleesa recitation by 10,000 children on November 23 to be organised by Hindu Nyaypeeth. This was informed by Gurdeep Singh Gosha, Praveen Dang from Hindu Nyaypeeth and Ashvini Katyal.

Awareness programme

State Bank of Patiala, Ludhiana zone headed by Raieev K Sharma, Deputy General Manager, sponsored a Kisan Club Awareness programme organised by National Horticulture Board, Chandigarh, held at Wheat Auditorium at Punjab Agricultural University. More than 300 progressive farmers attended the programme. The officials of the Bank addressed the gathering elaborating various agriculture loan schemes for farmers. The queries raised by farmers were duly addressed. Pamphlets were also distributed among the farmers. Besides loan schemes, the other banking facilities provided to the customers were also highlighted.

2,070th branch of OBC inaugurated

The Oriental Bank of Commerce on Friday opened its 2,070th branch at Shaheed Gurdev Singh Market, Jatana Road, Begowal village, Ludhiana. It is 73rd branch under Regional Office, Ludhiana and has been opened in unbanked area to cater to the needs of rural population. The branch was inaugurated by Shashi Jain, Dy. General Manager and Regional Head, Ludhiana. Jain welcomed the esteemed customers present on the occasion and informed that Oriental Bank of Commerce has entered into league of big banks with total business of above Rs 3 lakh crores. In the state of Punjab, the Bank has 6 regional offices with total branch network of 433 and 322 ATMs. Bank has wide range of schemes for all segments of the society and thrust is being given to SME, retail and agriculture sector. In the end she thanked the valued customers for their whole hearted support and faith in the bank.

General meeting

A general meeting of the members of the Joint Action Committee of the Punjab School Education Board affiliated schools was held today under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma. Speaking on the occasion, Kulwant Sharma, one of the members of the committee, said Punjab government is providing scholarship to the students to those who are getting more than 80 per cent marks in the class tenth. It is regretted that government is providing scholarship only to government school students and not to affiliated school students. "It is the step motherly treatment of the government with the affiliated school students. Students are students whether studying in private or government schools. They should be equally treated by the government, said Rajinder Sharma.

Bihar minister visits city

Shahid Ali Khan, Minister of Information Technology, and Minorities Welfare, Bihar, paid a visit at Jama Masjid, Field Ganj today. He flayed Narendra Modi and said, Modi as PM is neither in favour of the nation and nor for the minorities in particular. He said BJP is mistaken that the 90 seats were bagged by BJP on their own in the state during the Vidhan Sabha elections. People voted for the party only because of Nitish Kumar. He also added that Bihar is on the route to development and would soon become a model state. There is marked improvement in the law and order situation in the state, after Nitish government came to power and crime has decreased.

Doctor HS Bedi, who performed a heart surgery on five-year-old Mohit, in Ludhiana
Doctor HS Bedi, who performed a heart surgery on five-year-old Mohit, in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Doctor honoured

Rotary Club, Greater Ludhiana, honoured Dr HS Bedi on successful completion of heart surgery of master Mohit from Taran-Taran. Mohit is son of a labourer who earns a meager sum of Rs 4,500 per month. He was suffering from congenital heart disease. Operation done by Dr HS Bedi was a tough one lasting 4 hours. Dr Rajan Bir Singh Thind, Dr Sanjiv Uppal and Amanpreet Singh were also present on the occasion. — TNS



35-yr-old man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
A 35-year-old auto driver committed suicide in the Paviter Nagar Haibowal area yesterday. The deceased was identified as Jatinder Singh.

He hanged himself from a ceiling fan. He is survived by wife and a one-and-half-year-old son.The police is yet to ascertain the reason behind the extreme step. A case has been registered.

Windowpanes smashed

An person in an inebriated state smashed the windowpanes of two city buses near Budha Nullah at Salem Tabri. The police said after alighting from the bus, the man started pelting stones at the buses. As he was under the influence of liquor, he was asked to get down.

Police raid

The police conducted a raid on a house in Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, Tajpur Road, and arrested nine drug addicts. One of the accused managed to flee the spot. The accused have been identified as Ramandeep Singh, alias Sarpanch (28) of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, Satyajit, alias Dibba (39) of Nali Mohalla, Jagjit Singh, alias Honey (27) of Sewak Nagar of Dholewal, Rajesh Kumar, alias Shammi (26) of Vishwakarma Nagar, Tajpur Road, Ashu Verma (25) of Hari Kartar Colony, Mohit Sharma (22) of Prabhat Nagar of Dholewal, Vishal Malhotra, alias Shalu (25) of Prabhat Nagar of Dholewal, Ajay Sharma, alias Pandit (32) of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, and Sarang, alias Shavi (24) of Harcharan Nagar.

Motorcycle thieves held

The police arrested two motorcycle thieves, including a minor, and recovered three motorcycles from their possession this evening.

The main accused has been identified as Roshan (22), resident of Harbanspura area.

The police said the accused were nabbed during a naka near Shingar Cinema.

When the police asked them to show the documents, they told the police that they had stolen the bike.

The accused confessed to have stolen two more bikes from Kalyan Nagar and Daresi on August 30 and October 12, respectively. The police said the accused took to crime as they were unemployed. 



Bassi Pathana team lift Diwali hockey cup
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 8
Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, lifted the Diwali Hockey Trophy by defeating Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School 3-0 in the 15th Inter-School Diwali Hockey Tournament organised in memory of Dr Ishwar Singh, the founder president of Guru Nanak National College.

A total of eight teams participated in the tournament.

The first match was played between Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, and Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Rampur, in which the former emerged victorious. In the second match, Government Senior Secondary School, Rampur, defeated Government High School, Uttalan, 2-0. In the third match, Government Senior Secondary School, Dhamot, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, 4-2. Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, defeated Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School 6-3. In the semifinals, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Dhamot, 1-0. Bassi Pathana defeated Government Senior Secondary, Rampur. In the final, Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, beat Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School 3-0. The winning team was awarded a cash prize of Rs 11,000 by the college while the runners-up, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School School, bagged a cash prize of Rs 5,100.



Curtain raiser to Punjab rural games
Charanjit Singh Teja 
Tribune News Service 

Ludhiana, November 8
The Swami Vivekananda Punjab State Rural Games for Boys U-16 will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium from November 9 to 11. As many as 2,500 participants will be taking part in various events. 

Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, director, sports, Punjab, said coaching camps would be organised for the players who would be selected for the national-level rural competitions. Dhillon said apart from athletics meet, the players would take part in basketball, boxing, football, hockey, handball, judo, kho-kho, kabaddi, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. 

Rupinder Singh, assistant director, sports, Punjab, will review the arrangements.

The athletics meet, kabaddi, kho-kho, basketball, volleyball, judo, boxing, wrestling and weightlifting competitions will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium while hockey, football and handball competitions will be held at Punjab Agricultural University. He said special buses had been arranged. Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said all arrangements had been made. Neeru Katyal, ADC, Ludhiana, said players from 22 districts had been accommodated in 22 schools. Kartar Singh Sehamby, district sports officer, Ludhiana, said the venues had been readied.



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