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MC to act tough against defaulters
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Perturbed over the dwindling financial position, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to tighten its noose around residents who have failed to clear their water supply and sewerage bills. The MC will start its recovery drive from tomorrow, and this time, the water supply and sewerage connections of all defaulters will be disconnected by the civic body.

According to rough estimates, city residents owe more than Rs 300 crore as pending water supply, sewerage and other bills to the MC. The issue of such a big amount remaining pending often comes up for discussion during meetings, but due to political interference, the defaulters often go scot-free.

The non-payment of bills by residents due to alleged political interference has hampered the functioning of the MC. At present, the MC is seeking funds from every possible source, be it the state government, the Centre, World Bank or other such agencies. The financial condition of the civic body has worsened to such an extent that it had to mortgage its offices and other properties for seeking a Rs 100-crore loan from Canara Bank. Now, some more properties have been mortgaged for another loan of Rs 50 crore from the same bank.

It is learnt that the Rs 100-crore loan was taken for a period of three years and more than Rs 1 crore goes as monthly interest alone.

A senior MC official, who did not wish to be named, said due to a shortage of funds, little development was taking place in the city. “We are just managing the affairs. Sometimes even paying salaries to our staff becomes difficult,” said the officer.

It is learnt that due to the financial crunch, a majority of the development taking place in the city is from funds provided by the Centre under various schemes. The best example of it is the City Bus Service, which is running because of funds provided under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the MC could become fund surplus if it was able to recover the pending bills from city residents. “No massive recovery drive has taken place in the city for several months. It will be our priority now. I have asked my staff to recover water supply and sewerage bills from all defaulters and if any person fails to deposit the outstanding amount, we will disconnect his connection,” she said.

Residents owe ~300 cr to civic body

According to estimates, city residents owe more than ~300 crore as pending water supply, sewerage and other bills to the MC. The issue of such a big amount remaining pending often comes up for discussion during meetings, but due to political interference, the defaulters often go scot-free. At present, the MC is seeking funds from every possible source, be it the state government, the Centre, World Bank or other such agencies


School admissions give parents the blues
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Several schools in Ludhiana have begun the admission process.
Testing times FOR PARENTS: Several schools in Ludhiana have begun the admission process. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 10
The "Herculean task" of getting admission for their wards to the "best" schools in the city is taking a toll on parents these days. According to psychiatrists, during the admission time, the anxiety among parents increases. Besides, "family fights" become a regular feature over the choice of school.

As interviews (interaction) in leading schools in the city begin, "panic" has gripped parents. Most parents are worried as the future of their wards largely depends on the environment in schools.

Principals of playway schools have asked parents to maintain calm and not to pass on their anxiety to the tiny tots.

Jaswant Kaur, who has been running a playway school, Pinewood, in the city for over two decades now, said she had witnessed a discernible change in society. "Earlier, admission used to be a normal feature, but now, anxiety and panic grip parents whenever the admission process begins. We take mock interviews of both parents and children, and ask parents not to pass their anxiety to their wards. At times, students perform very well in interviews, but parents mess up. The parents need to be focused and to the point at the time of interviews of their wards," Jaswant Kaur said.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, a leading psychiatrist, said during the admission time, fathers were perturbed over

the undue pressure exerted by their wives to get their wards admitted to a particular school by hook or by crook. He said parents must discourage the habit of "branding" schools.

Meanwhile, there are some elite families which want their wards to go to schools which teach moral values and develop the overall personality of the child. Instead of being part of the mad race for "prestigious schools", many parents are looking at other options this time. Kanu Kaul (name changed), a homemaker from a leading industrialist family, said she did not want to sent her son to a school which carried a "status symbol".

"I want my child to go to a school which teaches equality and where there is no show-off culture. Though I can afford to send him in luxury cars, I want him to go in regular school buses. Besides, I will prefer a school which stresses on the overall development of the child and doesn't focus on studies alone. Though much depends on the atmosphere being provided to a child at home, the school provides a strong foundation and we need to be cautious while choosing the school," said Kaul.

Schools in city begin interaction process

The interaction (interviews) process in several schools in the city has already started, while some others have issued the registration dates. At Sat Paul Mittal School, interviews began on November 5, while in Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, children are supposed to show their original documents from November 13 to 16.

The KVM will start the sale of registration forms for admission from November 15 to 22. Delhi Public School has already started its online registration from November 1 to 9. At Guru Nanak International School, the registration will be held from November 15 to 30, while in the BCM, Shastri Nagar, the registration will take place on November 18 and 19.

Principal's take

Navita Puri, Principal of Kundan Vidya Mandir, said all children were good and destiny played a crucial role in the admissions. "We believe in general interaction with parents and children. We get more than 1,200 applications, but are able to accommodate only around 200 students. All parents and children come with hope, but luck plays an important role," said Puri.



21 more test positive for dengue; MC challans 22 violators 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has challaned 22 persons after larvae were found in their containers and coolers in various localities. The action follows information provided to the corporation by the Health Department in this regard.

Confirming this, the Health Officer of the MC, Dr Charanjeet Uppal, said, "Each one of them has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 500."

Though the chill in the weather has brought down the number of dengue cases, the Health Department is continuing with its awareness programme regarding the precautionary measures to be taken to prevent dengue.

Meanwhile, 21 more patients tested positive for dengue at various hospitals in the city today. Of them, 12 are from Ludhiana district — eight from the city and four from rural areas. Six cases are from other districts — one each from Bathinda, Muktsar, Ropar, Nawanshahr, Sangrur and Mansa. Three cases are from other states — two from Jammu and Kashmir and one from Haryana.

The District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, said, "The total number of cases diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals so far this season is 1,293, of which 794 are from the district, 373 from other districts and 126 from other states."


The total number of cases diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals so far this season is 1,293, of which 794 are from the district, 373 from other districts and 126 from other states
Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist



High-end bikes cruise through city for a cause
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The loud thunder of Harley-Davidson and other high-end superbikes attracted the attention of city residents as the stunning bikes cruised through different parts of the city. However, the "glamour and noise" of the bikes was for a cause today as the group riding the bikes named it "A Ride for Charity".

Forty-two riders of these superbikes chipped in to give "happy meals" to children of the Bal Bhawan and warm clothes to the elderly at the adjoining Senior Citizens Bhawan.

Jasjeet Libra from the group said the bikers, who usually rode through the city for leisure every weekend, decided to chip in for charity this time. "We called everyone known to us, who owned superbikes, to chip in to bring joy to the children and the elderly," he said.

The bikers brought joy on the faces of the children at the Bal Bhawan who had never seen such motorbikes earlier. Abhishek, a student at the Bal Bhawan, said he liked the bikes a lot. Members of the Senior Citizens Bhawan also appreciated the initiative.

"Since we get together every weekend, we have decided to organise a charity ride every month," said Jasjeet.

The group comprised bikers of different age groups -- from the young to those stepping into old age with "flashes of grey" in the hair. Jainish Singh Bindra, one of the group members studying in Class XII, said he was elated to ride with the group. The joy was all the more since the ride was for charity.

Javed Grewal, one of the members, said it was a great experience to come together for the joy of giving. "We plan to cover more places and help more people in and around Ludhiana," said Javed. 

Happy meals

Forty-two riders of superbikes chipped in to give "happy meals" to children of the Bal Bhawan and warm clothes to the elderly at the Senior Citizens Bhawan 



Reporters Diary
Festivals: Need to check pollution

Festivals are a part of our customs and traditions and different communities celebrate different functions throughout the year. But during celebrations, we tend to forget that we have to take care of our environment also. During Diwali, people indulge in burning crackers and polluting the environment which further compounds the alarming level of air and noise pollution. Similarly, during Chhath puja, people pollute rivers by immersing various articles in the river. Water plays a pivotal role in our lives. Majority of the people simply forget that by immersing idols of Lord Ganesha and goddess Durga in the water bodies, rivers and canals will be polluted which in turn will make the God unhappy. Despite repeated pleas made by the government and the NGOs, people refuse to understand and keep polluting the environment.

Giving laws the go-by

City residents are increasingly witnessing disobedience of laws every day. Be it creating obstructions in traffic movement on busy roads in the name of religious, social or political functions by staging protests on intersections or pitching tents in the middle of the road or else playing loudspeakers late in the night or very early in the morning in religious or social functions, and blatantly violating directions of the Supreme Court of India. Senior bureaucrats, ministers and legislators attend these functions. When the protestors block highways, authorities keep requesting them to disperse, thereby willingly or unwillingly becoming a party to violation of the laws. Ironically, even the top brass of police turns a blind eye to such brazen show. The administration and the police need to put their act together to deal with the violations.

Dengue is coming!

A few days ago, I was waiting for the information at the Health Department about the dengue cases. I called up an officer but his phone was busy. After a few minutes, I again called up the officer and without listening to my query and without wasting any time, he spontaneously said, "Just wait for a while, dengue is coming. I could not resist my laughter and the officer said, "What I meant to say is that report of dengue is ready and I am about to send it."

The English entertainment

English people left the country more than six decades back leaving behind the language that continues to be an asset for the country for being the only language to connect different regions of the country. But it is an 'asset' in another way as it continues to be a source of amusement arising from the way we spell various words. A 'stationary' shop inside the PAU is a live example. Another shop near PAU selling 'Application Farms' is another example. If you are looking for a bride, you'd surely not be seen around the marriage bureau near Kochhar Market named "Male-Milap", would you?

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh



SC officers’ association welcomes government’s move on promotion
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The Schedule Caste Animal Husbandry Officers' Welfare Association held a meeting to welcome the state government's move to amend the rules to give promotion to the scheduled caste officers here today.

Dr Gurcharan Singh, president, SC Animal Husbandry Officers' Welfare Association, said that they have been struggling from last 24 years to get their right.

"Now, the state government is going to implement the report of the welfare committee of Punjab Assembly," he said.

"We are thankful of the state government for considering the report of the assembly. There is not a single officer from scheduled castes on higher post in the animal husbandry department. We demand that the government should amend the rule and implement new rules as soon as possible," said Gurcharan Singh.

There are over 200 officers from schedule castes in the animal husbandry department.



High power rates jolt furnace industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Furnace industry in the city is in troubled waters due to various reasons, including high power cost. The rates of power have increased considerably in the past one year giving tough time to the furnace units. Input cost of the industry has increased leading to diminishing margins as a result many units have shut down.

"Power rates have increased manifold in the past one year. There has been an increase of Rs 1,500 per tonne. If one year back the production cost per tonne was Rs 3,000, now it has gone up to Rs 4,000," said Mohinder Gupta, president of the Mandi Gobindgarh Furnace Association.

Another industralist Satish Aggarwal from Mandi Gobindgarh said, "More than 30 per cent steel and furnace industries in the steel town have shut down. The imposition of 2.5 per cent import duty on steel scrap and a 5 per cent VAT has sounded the death knell for the units. About 15 to 20 per cent manufacturers have put up their furnaces for sale, but have failed to find buyers. The others have cut down production by 50 per cent."

The ban on mining and shortage of scrap supply has pushed the steel industry on the brink of closure. The demand for steel has gone down by 50 per cent. Most units are operating one shift a day, forcing the labour to sit idle or move to neighbouring states.

"The production of the overall industry has gone down by 50 per cent. Furnace industry is facing many problems, including increase in power rates and cross subsidy. According to the information available many units have surrender their power connections and the VAT numbers. Government should look into the problems faced by the industry otherwise it will either shut down or shift to other states," said Lalit Khanna, another city-based furnace unit owner.



Painting exhibition under way at city restaurant
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
A painting exhibition is under way at a city-based restaurant Bistro 226. Artworks of about eleven city-based artists, including Mark Victor, Amita Gupta, Amrit Sambi, Mallika Bhatti, Amarpreet Walia, Paramjot Walia, Prem Sharma, Sumit Gogia and sculptor Harminder Singh Boparai, Mandeep Kaur and Aarti Sehgal are on display.

Although the concept of displaying paintings by professional and amateur artists for exhibition and sale at restaurants is common in metros like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, but the trend seems to be getting a fillip in the city as well now.

Amita Gupta, a city-based artist, who has displayed her paintings on bamboo and tree series, said: "Paintings on display at a restaurant is a different experience. They are appreciated by general people too, apart from art lovers at a restaurant, whereas art galleries are visited only by art lovers."

Harminder Boparai and Amita agreed that restaurants must encourage art and such coming together of art and restaurants should take place in the city, for the promotion of art. Boparai, who has his Lalit Kala Academy-recognised sculpture on display for the exhibition, said: "It is a different and good experience to display paintings at a restaurant and seeing it appreciated by people new to art." 



Baby show, exhibition mark second day of public information campaign
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 10
Government health and social services dominated the second day of three-day long awareness programme, Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign, being held at Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur Dakha, by the Press Information Bureau for creating awareness about various government policies.

A healthy baby show was also organised on the occasion. As many as 73 children participated in the show and presented dances and songs. While speaking during the occasion, Child Development Planning Officer Sudhar Sunita Rani informed the gathering about various children welfare schemes run by the government for development of children. She also spoke about widow pension and elderly pension being provided by the social security office and asked the people to take benefit of these government schemes.

Experts, including District Mass Media Officer Dr Harjinder Singh spoke about the importance of breast feeding for the growth of children. District Lead Bank Manager Manjit Singh Jaggi spoke about government subsidies. He asked the people to open bank accounts to get benefit of the Direct Benefit Scheme.

Press Information Bureau Principal Director General Neelam Kapoor said, "More than 700 such campaigns are being conducted in India. She also shed light on various schemes like Food Security Bill, Mid-day Meal Scheme, Land Acquisition Act and Right to Information Act."

An exhibition regarding various schemes implemented by the Central Government was also put up during the occasion. 



Government schools told to form tobacco-control committees 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Nov 10
With intent to get recommendations of the Department of Health and Family Welfare regarding tobacco-control measures implemented in letter and spirit, the state Education Department has directed all the officials of the department to ensure that no student, staff member, member of management committee or a visitor can consume tobacco on the premises of any school.

The tobacco-control committees will be constituted soon which besides monitoring the progress of the movement will submit quarterly reports to the administration.

Perusal of records at offices of all elementary and senior secondary schools of the region revealed that Director General School Education Kumar Rahul had directed heads of all the schools besides district education officers to ensure that recommendation of the Department Of Health And Family Welfare regarding tobacco control are implemented in letter and spirit.

Similar orders were passed about three years ago, but nothing concrete was done in the direction. Though the authorities at all schools were asked to ensure that no tobacco product is sold within radius of 100 meter from the boundary of the institutes but very few number of schools succeeded in getting the Tobacco Product Act implemented.

It is for the first time that the authorities have recommended constitution of a committee to monitor the progress of movement re-launched for getting school campuses freed from tobacco products.

“The tobacco control committee should be constituted at each school which will include science teacher, NSS/NCC volunteers, parents of at least two students, legislator and SHO of the area, councilor and panch. Head of the school can be the chairperson of the committee which will monitor steps being taken to make the institute tobacco free and submit reports to the administration after organising quarterly meetings,” said DGSE Kumar Rahul.

Balwinder Singh Grewal and Pardeep Sharda, principals at Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, and MGMN Senior Secondary ,Ahmedgarh, said recommendations of the Act had already been implemented at their institutes. We have initiated process for constitution of the tobacco control committee under new guidelines. 



Gurlal Singh, Priyanka adjudged best cadets 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The annual training camp of the No 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC concluded at the JNV, Dhanansu. The 10-day camp was attended by over 500 cadets from various schools/colleges of Ludhiana.

Speaking on the occasion, Wg Cdr SS Kaila said, “During the period, the cadets were following a fixed routine of PT, drill, academic classes, sports and cultural events every day. The motivational movies/video clips/talks were a regular feature in the evenings. The cadets also got the opportunity to showcase their skills in cultural events which was held daily before dinner. Besides living in a disciplined environment, the cadets also developed the spirit of bonhomie and camaraderie with other school cadets.”

The prize distribution ceremony was held last evening with over 120 cadets winning medals in various competitions held during the period. Additionally, trophies for inter-troop competitions were also awarded to schools in JD/JW. While the cultural event and PPT presentation was won by the NSPS JNV School emerged winners in static aero-modeling and X-country events. The sports trophy was shared by Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and the GNPS. The GNPS won the coveted drill trophy with a superlative show in addition to being adjudged the best overall troop. The ANO of the GNPS, Gurdeep Singh, was adjudged the best ANO of the year. The prizes were given away by Wg Cdr SS Kaila.

With two gold medals (sports) and one silver (12 bore-skeet shooting), CSUO Gurlal Singh of Arya College was adjudged the overall best cadet in the SD. Amongst the girls (SW), Cadet Priyanka Routela of BVM School was adjudged as the best cadet after she won a total of three gold medals (X-country, solo dance and team game-football).



school NOTES
Baby show

Ludhiana: A baby show was today organised at Brats and Cuties, a pre-school. Children of the age group 6 months to 4.5 years participated in the show. Children up to 3 years of age contested for categories like active baby, healthy baby, sparkling smile, chubby cheeks and extrovert child. Over 70 children participated in the competition.

Group song competition

An inter-school vedic group song competition was held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road. The competition was organised by the Ved Parchar Mandal. BCM Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, stood first while BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and BCM School, Chandigarh, stood second jointly. Third position was shared by DAV Public School and BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Annual festival

An annual festival was today organised at Don Bosco School. The annual was report read out by the principal Vinay Sharma. The traditional warm welcome with Saraswati Vandana was given to the audience. Choreography was presented on the theme "unity in diversity". The audiences were overwhelmed to see the manner in which pre-primary wing students danced on Kashmiri, Goan and Punjabi dances. The fusion of bhangra and hip-hop marked the grand finale of the festival. Chief guest Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, councillor, praised and appreciated students and faculty. —TNS



Inter-college ghazal singing competition

Winners of an inter-college ghazal-singing competition in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana.
Winners of an inter-college ghazal-singing competition in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana: Ghazals of Shiv Kumar Batalavi were sung by majority of students who participated in the inter-college gazal singing competition organised by the Punjab Sahit Academy. The competition was held in the memory of AS Pooni, former president, Punjabi Sahit Academy. As many as six teams from 12 colleges participated in the event. The panel of judges included Dr CL Bhalla, Joy Atul and Trilochan Lochi. On this occasion, president of the academy Gurbhajan Gill was also present. Team from the Khalsa Colege for Women, bagged the winner's trophy.

Awareness rally held

An awareness rally was organised by the GMT College of Education, Ludhiana, in collaboration with an NGO, Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha, Ludhiana, under the guidance of Principal Dr Shikha Soni. She addressed the teachers not to restrict their role to teaching alone but also to take social responsibility. Students made posters on the themes prevention from dengue and to save the environment. All the teachers and students of the GMT College of Education and members of the NGO participated in the rally. Members of the Rotract Club also participated in the campaign. —TNS



Diabetes awareness camp begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
To make people aware about diabetes, an NGO, Rising Youth Association, is organising an activity in different public parks of the city. The activity started today and will conclude on November 16. Unde this campaign parks of BRS Nagar and adjoining areas, PAU, leisure valley, Rose Garden, Rakh Bagh, Dugri, Golden Park and mini Rose Garden will be covered.

Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, said: "Today, we started this campaign from the Neelimorh Park, BRS Nagar and I-block Park. Harpreet Singh Bedi, director, Khadi Board, inaugurated the awareness camp.



Tewari assures support for Punjabi film industry
Tribune News Service

Manish Tewari during the launch of AIR FM Gold studio in Ludhiana.
Manish Tewari during the launch of AIR FM Gold studio in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photo

Ludhiana, November 10
Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari today came to the rescue of the Punjabi film industry.

The minister said his ministry would provide all support and cooperation required in setting up the Punjabi film industry in Punjab.

He said if the Punjab Government takes an initiative, the ministry could consider setting up the regional Film Censor Board in Chandigarh that would cater to the needs of the regional, particularly Punjabi, cinema.

The Union Minister also asked the Punjab Government to come out with a proposal for facilitating the setting up of the Punjabi film industry in Punjab. Making a strong case for producing Punjabi films in Punjab only, he pointed out that Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali films were made in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, respectively. There was no reason as to why Punjabi films should not be produced in Punjab.

Tewari also warned against the "fascist forces" who, he said, were posing a threat to free thinking and cultural development in the country.

He warned that the freedom of thought and expression and the cultural development was always the first target of the fascist forces. Addressing a function after inaugurating the studio and programme services of the Ludhiana FM Gold here today, Tewari said the Punjabi farmers in Gujarat were being threatened and coerced to move out by the "fascist forces", despite various courts having ruled in the farmers' favour.

The minister said there should be an investigation of all land deals of politicians belonging to different political parties.

“Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa has already said he is open to investigation,” he said.



AIR FM Gold studio launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
AIR FM Gold studio was launched at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University, today. FM Gold Ludhiana will start the relay of local programmes from 9 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 7 pm.

During the launch of the programmes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the duration would be increased to two hours in the morning and evening each in a month or so. Eventually, the channel would be turned into a 24-hour regional channel in Punjabi. He said FM Gold was only there in five metro cities.

“Regular features will include traffic and weather updates, tips for good living and popular music, besides information on health, agriculture, heritage, art, culture, literature, legal matters, trade and industry and sports will be provided to the listeners,” said the minister.

Tiwari said Ludhiana had always been a nursery of independent thoughts and literature and had produced tall figures in the art and literature. This channel would provide a platform for the young talent.

On this occasion, a cultural programme was organised at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University.



Don't fleece farmers, BKU chief warns traders
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
Sounding a note of warning to private traders, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has asked them to desist from fleecing the farmers by forcing them to sell paddy at below minimum support price (MSP) in the name of moisture content and discoloured grains due to unseasonal rains.

Addressing a news conference here today, BKU president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal also exhorted the paddy growers to insist on obtaining form J at the time of the sale of paddy so that these transactions were properly recorded.

He also asked those farmers who had to resort to distress sale of their produce to bring the facts to the notice of the BKU so that the specific complaints could be investigated through the market committees concerned and interests of the farmers could be safeguarded.

Lakhowal said he would present a strong case for fixation of prices of the farm produce as per recommendations of Dr MS Swaminathan Committee at the next meeting of the Central Advisory Committee to be held in New Delhi on November 13. The BKU chief is to address the third meeting of the committee, set up by the Government of India, as the main spokesperson for the Punjab Government.

He said through a resolution adopted unanimously, the BKU had rejected the MSP of kharif crops announced by the Centre. The union had reiterated its demand for the revision of procurement price of wheat and other kharif crops taking into account heavy increase in the cost of farm inputs.

Lakhowal also urged the Punjab Government and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to ensure 8-hour uninterrupted power supply for the agricultural sector during the forthcoming sowing season of wheat.



Veggie prices hit common man hard
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
For the past couple of months, the prices of vegetables are heading towards north and are giving tough time to the homemakers to manage their budget. After onions, tomatoes also followed the league.

“It has become very difficult to manage the household budget these days. No vegetable is priced below Rs 50. Tomatoes and onions are most cherished among them,” said Paramjeet Kaur, a housewife.

Supriya, another homemaker from Sunrise Colony, said she had stopped the use of tomatoes in her kitchen. “I prefer using ready-made tomato puree, dry mango powder, tamarind or yogurt in place of tomatoes. It is difficult to replace onions, but I have successfully replaced tomatoes. Buying onions and tomatoes both priced between Rs 80 and Rs 100 is a difficult task,” said Supriya.

Aman Gill, another homemaker from the Pakhowal Road, said since both tomatoes and onions were essential ingredients of Punjabi kitchen, one could not completely stop their usage, but I have definitely limited their use”.

“I myself give onions and tomatoes to my cook and make sure that these are not cut into abundance in the salad,” she said.



Ludhiana Scan
Live workshop

Ludhiana: The Department of Ophthalmology, DMCH, on Sunday organised a live phaco workshop in association with the Ludhiana Ophthalmological Society (LOS) in Eye/VRS Operation theatre of the hospital. It was inaugurated by the secretary of the DMCH Managing Society, Prem Kumar Gupta, along with principal Dr Daljit Singh, professor and head of the Ophthalmology, Dr GS Bajwa, president, LOS, Dr JM Singh, chairman, LOS,Dr SM Bhatti, and workshop coordinators Dr Rajinder Singh, Dr Sumeet Chopra and Dr Priyanka Arora. The scientific sessions, during the workshop, covered surgical techniques in various clinical situations of phacoemulsification surgery, aided by live surgical demonstration by Dr J S Thind and Dr Ravijeet Singh. A new technique of cataract surgery (Topical PHAKO) has been started in Ludhiana for the first time in the DMCH. The procedure doesn't require injection, stitching and bandage in cataract surgery. The stitchless surgery allows natural healing to occur resulting in increased patient comfort and a faster return to good vision.

Medical camp

A medical camp was held by Dr Ramesh Superspeciality Eye care and Lazer centre in cooperation with Usha Jampal and her family in the memory of Ramesh Jampal at Shehzad village. On the occasion, eyes of 225 patients were checked and 40 patients were operated for cataract


Under the aegis of the Ludhiana Obstetrician and Gynecological Society, a two-day conference was held at SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. It is a live telecast from Bengaluru under the banner of "The International Institute for Training and Research in Reproductive Health". Conference showcased latest trends and techniques in the field of infertility and high risk pregnancy. Inauguration ceremony was performed by Jugdiep Singh, Managing Director, SPS Apollo, Ludhiana, along with Dr Neelam Sodhi, president, Dr AS Rattan, Honorary Secretary Dr Saroj Aggarwal and Dr Vidhu Modgill, infertility specialist, of Ludhiana Obstetrician and Gynecological Society (LOGS). Over 112 gynecologists from different parts of Ludhiana and adjoining areas participated in the live web conference.

Road-cleaning event

Young Flares, a Ludhiana-based youth group, in collaboration with Ecosikh and Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar organised a road cleaning event during the Nagar Kirtan organised by the Gurdwara on the auspicious occasion of gurpurab. Over 30 of youngsters from the NCC and Young Flares walked along the route, collected the garbage and delivered it to the Ludhiana MC.

Protest on Nov 18

Teachers of the aided schools have decided to gehero the district revenue offices in the entire state on November 18. President of the association Gurcharan Singh Chahal said, "Teachers of the aided schools are yet to receive the second installment of their new scale revisions. Punjab government is giving them a step motherly treatment and teachers from the entire state will show their resentment against the same."


A function was held at Bapu School at Basti Jodhewal on Sunday during which Shahid Ali Khan, Minorities Welfare Minister, Bihar, and Sarvan Kumar, MLA, Nalanda, and Asadullaha, chairman, Bihar Wage Board, were honoured. Speaking on the occasion, Shahi Imam Maulana Mohd Usmaan Rehmani said that they want to tell their guests from Bihar that people from their state living in Punjab were given respect in the state. "Those who talk about communalism are the real enemies of the country," he said.

Annual function

Children present an item at a function organised by the Ludhiana Malayalee Association at Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana.An annual function of the Ludhiana Malayalee Association was held on Sunday. It is the founder association of Keralites in the city, established in 1974, with an aim to bring Malayalee people living in Ludhiana on one platform. Function was held to celebrate Kerala and Punjab day. Members of the association, not only from Ludhiana but also came from Malerkotla, Halwara, Jalandhar, Mohali and other neighbouring cities, participated in the event. Girls' dressed in traditional red and white saris performed dance which left everybody spellbound.—TNS

IN SYNC: Children present an item at a function organised by the Ludhiana Malayalee Association at Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



2 injured in firing incidents
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Two persons were injured in separate incidents of firing late last evening. The first incident took place at 9.45 pm in the Preetam Nagar area of Hibowal in which two gangs, Sachin-Mohini gang and Lalla Gang, entered into a major scuffle.

According to information, Gaurav Bachu of the Sachin-Mohini gang and some of his accomplices opened fire at Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukha, of the Chhota Lalla gang.

In this clash, Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukha, received two gun shots in his stomach and lower body part. He was rushed to the DMC Hospital.

Lakhwinder Singh, brother of Sukha, told the police that Gaurav, along with his four accomplices, came outside his house and opened fire at him. But, he managed to escape. Later, the accused attacked Sukhwinder Singh in the Pritam Nagar area with an intention to kill him. The accused managed to flee from the spot.

According to the information, both the gang members had an old rivalry. Earlier also, one of the gang members had fired on the other.

The Division Number 4 Police registered a case against Gaurav and four unidentified accused under Sections 307, 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far.

In another such incident, some unidentified accused opened fire at Gurmeet Singh, owner of a sweetmeat shop in the Dhuri Lines area, on late Saturday evening.

The accused managed to flee from the spot after firing. The accused persons came on a car.

Gurmeet Singh suffered two bullet injuries in his legs. According to information, the attackers and the victim had an old rivalry. The victim was rushed to a hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

The police has started investigations in this matter. However, no arrest has been made so far.

Man dies in road accident

Ludhiana: An over-speeding truck crushed a cyclist to death on Chandigarh Road here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Darminder, a native of UP. The deceased, along with his father, was heading toward the city when the truck hit them from the rear. Darminder died on the spot. The police has nabbed the truck driver and registered a case.

12 laptops stolen

Thieves struck at a computer shop and decamped with 12 laptops on the intervening night of November 9 and 10. The police has registered a case. - TNS 



Rural games: Gurdaspur bag gold in 4x100m relay
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
On the second day of the Swami Vivekananda Punjab State Rural Games for Boys (U-16), players from across the state showed their mettle in 12 disciplines. The games are being organised at Guru Nanak Stadium, Multipurpose Hall and sports complex at Punjab Agricultural University.

4x100m relay: In 4x100 relay event, Gurdaspur bagged gold, clocking 46:21 seconds. Meanwhile, Jalandhar won silver in 46:37 seconds, while Tarn Taran got bronze in 48:26 seconds in this event.

1,500m race: In 1,500m race event, Kamaldeep Singh of Sangrur won gold in 4:12.48 mnts, Gurpreet Singh of Tarn Taran won silver in 4:13.26 mnts and Dhani Kashyap got bronze in 4:14.64 mnts.

Long jump: Pricedeep Singh of Sangrur clinched gold in long jump by jumping 6.47m, Mohitpal Singh of Gurdaspur won silver with 6.36m and Gulshan Kumar of SBS Nagar got bronze with 5.84m distance.

400m race: In 400m race, Arshdeep Singh of Patiala won gold with timing of 51.01 sec, Jagmeet Singh of SBS Nagar got silver by completing the race in 51.06 sec, whereas Navdeep Singh of Patiala got bronze in 53.19 sec.

Discuss throw: Hardeep Singh of Patiala won gold in the discuss throw event by throwing discuss to a distance of 42.17m, Gagandeep Singh of Gurdaspur won silver with 38.50m and Harpreet Singh of Ludhiana won bronze with 36.14m.

Kabaddi: In the semifinals of kabaddi, Mukatsar Sahib outplayed Patiala (41-21) and Amritsar defeated Gurdaspur (43-41) in a cliffhanger match.

Basketball: In basketball quarterfinal matches, Patiala defeated Bathinda (52-44), Mukatsar beat Jalandhar (52-48), Ludhiana crushed Fazilka (47-14), while Sangrur outplayed Mansa (54-40).

Weightlifting: In weightlifting 50-kg category, Gurpreet Singh of Ropar clinched gold, Vikas Ram of Jalandahr won silver and Mangal Singh of SBS Nagar got silver medal. In 56-kg, Gagandeep Singh of Sangrur won gold, Abhisheikh Shukla got silver and Kilrajpal singh of Kapurthala got bronze. In 62-kg, Kamaljeet Singh of Gurdaspur won gold, Navroop Singhof Kapurthala got silver and Harpreet Singh of Amritsar got bronze. In 69-kg, Ramandeep Singh of Sangrur won gold, Sanju Sharma of Gurdaspur bagged silver and Gurkirat Singh of Jalandhar got bronze.

Volleyball: In volleyball quarterfinal matches, Bathinda beat Mansa (2-1), Jalandar outplayed Amritsar (2-0), host Ludhiana defeated Faridkot (2-0) and Kapurthala defeated Gurdaspur (2-0). In semifinals, Ludhiana outplayed Bathinda (3-1) and Kapurthala defeated Jalandhar (3-2).

Football: In football quarterfinals, Gurdaspur outclassed Faridkot (4-0), Amritsar outplayed Sangrur (3-0), Mansa defeated Hoshiarpur (4-2) and SBS Nagar beat (3-2).

Judo: In judo below and up to 60-kg, Karamjit Singh of Gurdaspur won gold, Jatin of Ludhiana got silver and Puneet of Pathankot won bronze. Below and up to 66-kg, Munish Gill of Jalandhar won gold, Harshpreet of Mohali got silver, while Pulkit Rana of Ludhiana got bronze. In below and up to 73-kg, Harshdeep of Bathinda won gold, Karamkit Singh of Amritsar won silver and Kuldeep of Patiala got bronze.



Shamrock Christian School beat BCM, Dugri

Ludhiana, November 10
Only one match was played on the fourth day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament today. The tournament is being organised by Green Land Convent School at Green Land Stadium. The match was played between BCM, Dugri, and Shamrock Christian School.

Shamrock Christian School won the toss and elected to field first. BCM, Dugri, scored 103 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. Chasing the target, Shamrock Christian School made 104 for the loss of 3 wickets in 18 overs and won the match by 7 wickets.

Abhishek Kaushal from BCM School scored 50 runs off 62 balls, while Abhishek Gupta made 22 runs off 35 balls. Balraj Singh from Shamrock Christian School took 2 wickets by giving 13 runs. Ankit from Shamrock Christian School scored 36 runs off 30 balls. — TNS



Kabaddi trials to take one more day
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Sikander Singh Maluka, president, Punjab Kabaddi Association, at the venue of the trials at the PAU.
Sikander Singh Maluka, president, Punjab Kabaddi Association, at the venue of the trials at the PAU. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, November 10
The trials for the selection of the Indian team for the fourth edition of the World Kabaddi Cup could not be completed today as the selection committee failed to conduct all rounds.

The trials were scheduled to complete within two days, but according to president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association Sikander Singh Maluka, the selection trials for the training camp would take one more day to complete.

Selection committee members said the number of raider aspirants was almost double than stopper so trials took more time.

Today, Sikander Singh Maluka visited Punjab Agricultural University for the inspection of the ongoing trials. Maluka held a meeting with sports officials, office-bearers of different kabaddi federations and kabaddi promoters at Sutton House, PAU.

While interacting with mediapersons, Maluka said they would strictly watch that no drug addict player was selected during the trials.

"In this edition of the World Kabaddi Cup, the award money for the winner women team has been increased. Now, the winner women team will get Rs 1 crore. The award money for the winner men team remains the same, which is 2 crore,” Maluka said.

“We will shortlist at least 50 players in these trials. The training camp for male players will be organised at Bathinda, while the training camp for female player will be organised at Ludhiana,” the president said.



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