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Three gangsters arrested
Pistol, cartridge recovered from members of notorious Chotta Lalla gang
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The city police has arrested three members of notorious Chotta Lalla gang and recovered a .315 pistol and a cartilage from their possession. A police team led by assistant sub-inspector Krishan Lal of the Division No 4 police station arrested the accused near railway tracks at Damoria Bridge.

The accused have been identified as Sonu Sidhu, alias Bullet, Baljinder Singh, alias Sapp, and Ravinder, alias Ravi Canadian.

The police said the accused were active members of the Chotta Lalla gang.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- I) Nilambari Vijay Jagdale said the accused, Sonu Sidhu, was heading the gang in the absence of Chotta Lalla, who was arrested recently.

Sidhu and his accomplices were previously booked by the Division No. 4 police in June 2000, October 2010 and October 2013. The accused were the rivals of Sachin and Mohni gang.

ADCP Nilambari Jagdale said with this, the police had arrested 14 members of both the gangs and recovered 10 weapons from them which they brought from Uttar Pardesh.

The police has not ruled out the involvement of the members of Chotta Lalla gang in the robbery of Rs 5 lakh that took place in Upkar Nagar on Friday.


Unauthorised colonies
Now, deposit compounding fee till December 2
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 17
Residents of illegal colonies can now submit applications for regularisation till December 2 with penalty. The last date was November 15. As per the amended notification issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, on November 5, 2013, the last date for the submission of applications for regularisation of colonies as well as plots and properties in such colonies was November 5, 2013 on the payment of stipulated compounding fee. However, applications could be filed with the appropriate authority till November 15, 2013, along with a penalty of 10 per cent for plot/property owners and 25 per cent for developers.

The government, through the amended notification, has permitted the applicants to submit applications for compounding of colonies with a penalty of 50 per cent for developers and 20 per cent for plot and property owners till December 2, 2013.

In an apparent bid to motivate the developers of unlicensed colonies and property owners to come forward for compounding, the government had also slashed the composition fee for residential buildings in such colonies from Rs 12.50 per square feet of covered area to Rs 5 within municipal limit and Rs 2.50 per square feet outside city limits. The industrial buildings were to pay a lower composition fee of Rs 12.50 and Rs 5 per square feet for inside and out of MC limits as against Rs 25 per square feet while the fee for institutional buildings was cut down from Rs 25 to Rs 12.50 per square feet irrespective of their location.

The government has also issued instructions to the concerned regulatory bodies to accept and process claims for refund from those applicants who had deposited compounding fee at the old rates before issuance of the amended notification on November 5.

If highly placed sources in the department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab are to be believed, the policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies did not yield the desired results even after subsequent extensions in date, reduction in compounding fee and other concessions. "The revenue collection till the stipulated date (November 5, 2013) has been way short of the target of Rs 1000 crores. And thereafter, the process of regularisation has been going on at a snail's pace," the sources said.

As far as Ludhiana is concerned, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority had received a little more than 35,000 applications from individual plot and property holders while some 800 developers had come forward for regularisation. The total revenue collection stood at around Rs 100 crore. The civic body had received 14,000 odd applications from individuals and 87 from colonisers mopping up Rs 38 crore in the process.

“Going by the number of colonies and buildings both within and outside city limits, the applications for regularisation of colonies and properties is just a fraction of the total number of colonies (more than 2,000) and plots/properties (estimated at nearly 2.5 lakh)," said an official.

Rs 100-cr revenue

The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority has received around 35,000 applications from individual plot and property holders while some 800 developers have come forward for the regularisation of colonies. The civic body collected a revenue of around Rs 100 crore.



MC sits on inquiry report
Fails to submit Pakhowal Road scam file to commissioner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are best at one thing: Saving the skin of its staff. Though the inquiry into the Pakhowal Road scam was over 15 months back, the MC is still to submit the report to the MC Commissioner. The inquiry into the scam was marked by the then MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, on May 31, 2011, and the then Additional Commissioner Kuldip Singh, now posted as MC Commissioner, Phagwara, prepared the inquiry report on August 8, 2011.

The report revealed that a blacklisted contractor was made payment by the MC officials against the rules. A formal inquiry was conducted into payments made to a firm blacklisted by the Finance and Contracts Committee of the MC, besides other anomalies in the construction of the Pakhowal Road stretch starting from the Sidhwan Canal bridge till the Municipal Corporation limits.

An RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had raised a question over the construction of this road, after which an inquiry was marked. “The file is still with the complaint and inquiry branch and has not been submitted to the MC Commissioner," said. “It has been revealed that Kuldip Singh had sent his report but the file went missing and could not be traced for more than a year," said Khaira.

MC Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal said the file would be put up before the Commissioner.

The Rs 1.49-crore work to re-carpet Pakhowal Road was awarded to a contractor, SS Singla, on February 28, 2009, allegedly without analysing his technical bid. “As per the norms, in every project of over Rs 1 crore, the contract is awarded only after analysing all technical bids. In this case, the contractor delayed work for over a year after which the agency was debarred for two years by the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) vide resolution dated October 7, 2010. Despite this, the final payment amounting to Rs 1.60 crore was made to the contractor on December 6, 2010, without the approval of the committee.



lakkar bridge project
Cemented girders to be installed on Nov 23
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Concrete girders that are to be installed on Lakkar Bridge in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 17
The Railways has finalised November 23 as the date for the installation of cemented girders on a 35-metre portion of Lakkar Bridge. The girders could not be installed on October 19 as the Railways failed to get the clearance from the authorities concerned. Now, the Railways has got the safety clearance from Commissioner, Railway Safety, New Delhi, for November 23.

Following the delay, the contractor suffered a loss of around Rs 10 lakh as he had procured equipment and specialised manpower for installing the girders.

The sloppy handling of the Lakkar Bridge project by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Public Works Department and Railways has resulted in the four-fold increase in the cost of the project. The initial cost of the project was Rs 13 crore, which has now escalated to around Rs 58 crore.

Even though the upward ramps of the 933.162-metre bridge from the Civil Lines and Reikhy Cinema side have been constructed, the portion on top of the railway tracks is yet to be completed.

The contractor of the project confirmed that the Railways has told them that the girders would be installed on November 23. “We expect to complete the 35-metre portion of the Lakkar Bridge project on that day. We want to complete this project at the earliest,” claimed the contractor.

The plan to build a rail overbridge in place of the 105-year-old bridge was floated in 1997. At that time, the MC had claimed the overbridge would provide easier access from the city’s older areas with newly developed ones and claimed the project would be completed within two years. The MC was to bear half the construction cost with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust picking up the tab for the rest.



85th martyrdom day of Lala Lajpat Rai
Lalaji’s legacy crumbling away
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 17
In a narrow lane at Mohalla Misarpura, a near collapsing building tells a tale of neglect. The ancestral house of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai has been a shambles, with neither the Central government nor the state government owning the responsibility.

A visit to the martyr’s house on his 85th martyrdom day revealed that nothing much had been done by the government to pay his due. Residents and representatives of various NGOs have been urging the governments to renovate the ancestral house of the freedom fighter, but to no avail.

Having received titles such as 'Punjab Kesari' and 'Sher-e-Punjab', the leader's house speaks volumes of the government's apathy. The near collapsing building bears testimony to the officials' failure.

The building can collapse anytime. "One can easily gauge the 'sincerity' of the government towards preserving freedom fighters' memorials after seeing the condition of Lala Lajpat's house. The state government is spending crores of rupees on organising Kabaddi World Cups every year, but when it comes to preserving such buildings, it goes bankrupt," said Amarnath, a senior citizen, who resides nearby.

The archeological department had declared the house a national heritage in 1987. The department was given the responsibility for its upkeep.

A library and a museum were also set up in memory of the freedom fighter a few years ago but nothing concrete has been done to save the building, where the martyr had spent his childhood days.

The state of affairs is such that heaps of garbage welcome visitors to the area.

One can see litter strewn at the entrance.

The library and the museum too are in a bad shape. Rusty doors and windows, broken furniture and worn-out books say it all. The museum and the library remain locked most of the times. Although the administration and educational institutions named after Lala Lajpat Rai organise functions every year to remember the freedom fighter, Lalaji has not got his due. Politicians keep making tall claims of providing funds for the renovation and maintenance of the building, but they have failed to make it happen.

Sources said a Cabinet minister had promised to release funds for the renovation of Lalaji's ancestral house a couples of years ago, but not even a penny has been spent on the building so far.

Urging the government to provide funds for preserving the historical building, advocate Mohinder Singh Sidhwan of Virsa Sambhal Manch lamented that the government had failed to preserve the memorials belonging to the martyrs.

Jagdev Singh Jassowal of the Desh Bagat Yadgari Society and Sanjiv Malhotra of Sher-e-Punjab, Jagrity Manch, demanded that the government should take steps to save the ancestral house of Lala Lajpat Rai.

Falling into ruins

Residents and representatives of various NGOs have been urging the governments to renovate the ancestral house of the freedom fighter, but to no avail.



Neurological disabilities on rise: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
India, the world's second most populous country, is facing the emergence of a 'hidden' epidemic, that is, disability due to neurological diseases. This was stated by prof Gourie Devi, former director and Vice-Chancellor of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, during the 31st Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration.

She said stroke, epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries due to road traffic accidents were the major causes of disability in India. She also spoke about the delivery of neurological services at various levels of care in India.

Dr LH Lobo Memorial Trust, Ludhiana, has been organising the Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration and Scientific Symposium for the past 30 years, in the memory of late Dr LH Lobo, an eminent and renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon and Former Head of Orthopaedic Department and principal of Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana.

This year the 31st Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration was organised by the Department of Neurology, CMC.

The inaugural function and the oration were conducted by Sukhpat Rai Wadehra, president, Dr LH Lobo Memorial Trust, and Dr MK Mahajan, secretary, Padma Bhushan Professor JS Chopra from Chandigarh was the guest of honour. After the oration a CME on 'Management of Central Nervous System Infections' was organised by the Department of Neurology, CMC. Prof Satish Chandra, director and Vice-Chancellor of NIMHANS, Bangalore, gave a talk on the neurological manifestations in HIV patients.

Dr S Prabhakar, Head of Neurology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, updated the audience on the recent management of bacterial meningitis.

Prof Mathew Alexander HOD, Department of Neurology, CMC Vellore, spoke about the brain infection following measles virus. Prof Gourie Devi discussed about the various types of TB infection that can affect the brain.

Prof Yashpal Singh briefly talked about the common viral infection of the brain called Herpes Simplex Encephalitis. Prof Gagandeep Singh discussed various treatment options for Neurocysticercosis (tape worm) affecting the brain.

Dr Jency Koshy gave a lecture on neurological complications that can occur due to Dengue fever. Dr Divya Deodhar spoke about the current treatment of TB infection affecting the brain.Dr Vikas Loomba talked about the emerging infection called Scrub Typhus and its neurological manifestations.

A PG quiz on the neuro infections was held during the programme. More than 200 delegates attended the programme.



Ludhiana scan
Annual satsang

Ludhiana: On the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti the second annual satsang was organised on Sunday. Pawan Dewan, president of district Congress committee (Urban), said Balmiki’s literary creation in the form of ‘Ramayan’ had been teaching us from times immemorial. We should follow the path shown by him and lead a simple life,” he said.

Martyrdom Day

Tributes were paid to Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha on his 98th martyrdom day at Sarabha village. Various NGOs paid floral tributes on the statue of the martyr while his family members were also present on the occasion. Family members complained that the Punjab Government was not doing much for the families of the martyrs. Meanwhile, the martyrdom day of the martyr was also observed by Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Market Association, Gill Road, Ludhiana. Senior Akali Dal Leader and president of the association paid homage to him. Saluja appealed to the Punjab Government and Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to build a memorial of the great martyr in the market.

Self-help group formed

A self help group has been formed by Hindu Uthan Parishad to help the unemployed become self reliant. The group will also be extending help to women in becoming self-independent by making them get employment near their houses. Hindu Uthan Parishad, national president, Vinod Jain said unemployment was increasing at an alarming rate and time had come when one should become self-dependent.

World Peace Day

Both India and Pakistan governments should immediately sort out the issue of opening of the gate at Dera Baba Nanak so that Sikhs and Punjabis are able to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib built by Guru Nanak Dev. Such a move will open the flood gates of ‘Aman Ki Asha’ between the two nations. On the occassion of World Peace Day on Sunday, we hope that distrust feelings among the two nations must be ended, said members of Mahatma Gandhi Peace Mission.

Sangeet sammelan

Bhaini Sahib: First Shashtri Sangeet Sammelan attributed to Late Satguru Jagjit Singh’s birth anniversary was organised at Bhaini Sahib by Namdhari sangat in which Ustad Harbhajan Singh and Balwinder Singh performed the Bhupati Raag. After it, World famous Santoor Vaadak Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Yogesh Shashtri performed their skill and enthralled the audience with the melodious sangeet. A Raag Ratnavli CD was released on the occasion. Satguru Uday Singh honoured all the participants of the sammelan.

Annual day

The Lodhi Club celebrated its Annual Day on Sunday. Bollywood singer Mamta Sharma performed to the accompaniment of the dance troupe. The club was illuminated with lights on the occasion. — TNS



Delay in appointment of ADC irks residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 17
The residents of Jagraon area are feeling cheated at the hands of the state government as it has allegedly failed to fulfill its promise of appointing an Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in Jagraon. The delay caused by the government in appointing the ADC has left the residents disappointed and frustrated.

It is reminded here that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised to appoint the ADC in Jagraon within 15 days, during a state level function organised to start Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme on October 25. Though 22 days have passed since the announcement yet the government has issued no notification about the appointment.

Disappointed over the delay caused by the government and criticising the ruling SAD-BJP alliance over the issue, Youth Congress Jagraon president Manjinder Singh Dalla said the state government had cheated the people of Jagraon.

Pritam Singh Akhara, convener of Sanghrash Committee formed to promote Jagraon as district, also condemned the state government for causing the delay in issuing a notification for the appointment of ADC.

“We had demanded to give district status to Jagraon. But the government ignored the demand and declared to appoint the ADC only to garner votes for the parliamentary elections. But now it has been unnecessarily causing delay in the process. If the government fails to fulfill its promise, the people would teach it a lesson during the forthcoming parliamentary elections,” said Akhara.

He also criticised local MLA SR Kaler saying that he had failed to press upon the state government to get the promise fulfilled. “It is the responsibility of MLA SR Kaler to put pressure on the government to get the work done at the earliest,” he said.

When contacted in this regard, MLA Jagraon SR Kaler said there were some technical issues which need to be resolved before the appointment. “Once the formalities are completed, ADC would be appointed without any delay,” he said.



Inauguration of MLA’S OFFICE
‘Sidelined’ BJP leaders vent ire
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 17
The leaders of Jagraon unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are upset after being sidelined from the inaugural function of Jagraon Akali MLA SR Kaler's office two days ago. No leader of the local unit of BJP was present in the function during which Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia had visited as the chief guest.

According to party insiders, the party leaders and workers did not attend the function as no invitations were extended to them by the MLA or by any other Akali leader. Though former Municipal Council president and BJP leader Baldev Krishan Dhir was present during Majithia’s visit to former MLA Bhag Singh Mllaha’s residence the same day, but not at the function.

Though the BJP leaders are not openly saying anything against the MLA but the party sources revealed that the relations of most of the local BJP leaders with MLA SR Kaler are not good. “It is not the first time that Kaler has ignored BJP leadership. Earlier too, he avoided inviting BJP leaders to party functions which is weakening the SAD-BJP alliance,” said a local BJP leader preferring anonymity.

Jagraon BJP president Raj Kumar Verma confirmed that no invitation for the inauguration function of MLA SR Kaler's office was sent to any BJP leader of Jagraon by the MLA, therefore none of the party leader attended the function. “We feel let down by this decision of Jagraon MLA. The BJP is an integral part of the government and it is unfortunate that the MLA did not invite the party leaders to the function,” said Raj Kumar Verma.

MLA Jagraon SR Kaler said we held a meeting with all the prominent leaders of Jagraon BJP today. “A programme has been finalised for the formal inauguration of the office on November 19. We have invited all the local leaders of SAD and BJP for the function,” said Kaler.



Residents harried as Badals visit city

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on a road in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

City residents were at the receiving end on Friday and Saturday when the father-son duo of Badals was in the city for various functions. The entire stretch of roads and intersections, including portions of state and national highways from where the chief minister and the deputy chief minister were to pass, were out of bounds for the residents. The police personnel deployed on the route were shooing away the shoppers from early morning even as the scheduled time of the visit of the VVIPs, was several hours away.

Traffic was diverted or blocked at the intersections well before the cavalcade of the leaders was to go through with the result that other road users were stuck in the traffic jams for extended periods. The deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who is seen with a smiling face in the advertisements of police help-line, telling people to keep the traffic moving, was the one, along with his father — the chief minister, their cavalcade wreaked havoc on the traffic movement in the city during two day long visit. Is it "raj" or "sewa"?

Lost in his own world

On Children's Day when city school children were busy in celebrations, I came across a little boy who was serving tea on a roadside “dhaba”. When he was awfully busy in attending to the customers, one of them offered him two biscuits and said, "Enjoy child, today is children's day." Lost in his own world of service, the little boy did not even noticed what is being offered to him and said, "sahib aapki chai rakh di hai" and moved away to next table. Seeing this, I thought that although he is a child but very mature who knows that necessity is more important than luxury. For him earning his livelihood was more important.

What is new in my country?

Recently during an interaction with some foreign delegates I got to talk to one woman entrepreneur from Hong Kong. After the interaction was over she invited me to her country, telling me all about the government of her country has done to promote tourism and also about what new her country has to offer to the people visiting the nation. "We have Disneyland for the kids, a new amusement park has come up in my city and for adults, downtown is a place to visit," she said. After telling about her country she asked me, what new does your country has to offer to people visiting here. I was mum and did not know what new my country has to offer. I kept on thinking whole day and could not find any satisfactory answer. It is only scams, scandals, corruption, rape and molestation cases which have seen an increase. What has the government new to offer to its people? Does anybody have an answer?

Girl ‘dholis’

Dhol, the musical instrument, is often associated with men. But these days, even the fairer sex is showing keen interest in this instrument. Few days back, I came to know that some girls at Punjab Agricultural University are actively learning the art of playing Dhol from an expert. After the varsity classes, a group of girls can be seen walking towards the mela grounds for playing Dhol. One such girl, who is a research fellow in the varsity, informed, "We are no less strong than men. So if men can play Dhol, why can't we? Its not only Dhol, but we plan to form our very own folk orchestra soon," she said with a smile on her face.

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Manav Mander, Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Founder’s Day

Khanna: Delhi Public School celebrated its third Founders Day today on the school campus. Kumar Rahul, IAS, director general, education, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. Many other dignitaries of the town also attended the function. The function was a cultural extravaganza showcasing the talent of the children from the pre-primary section of the school. Mesmerising performances were given by tiny tots. The budding artists performed various dances. Annual report of the school was presented by the principal Dr Parminder Duggal. She also highlighted the national and international projects for the students which will be helpful in giving children exposure beyond the textbooks.

Gurpurb celebrations

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Gurparab was celebrated at various schools of the region today. Students, staff and members of management committees of the trust running these institutes paid obeisance to the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and recited shabads during the celebrations. A function was organised at Green Valley Public Senior Secondary School, Jandali Road, where path of Guru Granth Sahib was held at the campus. Heads and teachers at MGM Senior Secondary School, Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, GSSS Bilaspur, GSSS Butahri and Guram impressed upon the students to follow teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Langar was served for those present.

Examination centres

Raikot/Mandi Ahmedgarh: Students of learning centers of the Punjab Technical University, appearing in examinations, for various courses have urged the organisers of their centers to ask the authorities to review their decision to establish examination centers at distant localities. Maintaining that decision to shift centers was taken by the university authority due to unavailability of required campuses, managers of these learning centers said they have already apprised the university authorities of difficulties being faced by candidates in going to distant places for appearing in exams. Over 800 candidates from the region have been pursuing various courses. The students include girls, housewives and working persons who will now be required to travel large distance as the authorities have decided to establish examination centers at distant places. As examination centers were earlier established at local educational instates, students were not prepared to travel large distances during examination days. — TNS



Interactive session on ISO certification

An interactive session on "ISO certification of laboratories" was jointly organised by the Technology Marketing and IPR Cell and ACS Registrar, UK, under the aegis of Directorate of Research, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dr SS Chahal, director, technology marketing and IPR Cell, PAU, highlighted the mandate of the cell and importance of ISO certification in the modern world.

Amit Gupta, chief executive, said ISO 9001: 2008 is a highly beneficial international standard. To achieve the certification under QMS certification scheme, complete documentation must be implemented for the identified processes, he added. After implementation, a team of ACS registrars audit and certificate will be granted. Gupta further said to achieve certification, all the processes must be properly documented, suitable control parameters must be defined, and complete system must be transparent for all activities like admission, planning, course designing, examinations, faculty appointment, purchasing.

Gupta suggested, "To start with, PAU should identify one or two laboratories to get ISO certification. After doing so, the entire institution should be prepared for presenting the credentials to ACS registrars for evaluation and audit.” He also explained about the identification of root causes of the problem/non-compliance, and said after removing root causes of the problems, suitable corrective and preventive action must be taken for improvement. Dr JS Dhiman, additional director, research (NR&PHM), while presiding over the session, informed the house that PAU has a number of laboratories which are accredited by various agencies, based on their quality management. He was of the opinion that the ISO certification for the laboratories is need of the hour to match international standards in agricultural education, research, extension and transfer of technology. — TNS



220 Squadron, 32 Squadron to get Presidential Standards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, will be awarding the prestigious Presidential Standards to 220 Squadron and 32 Squadron during a ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at the Air Force Station, Halwara, on November 20.

Commanding Officer of 220 Squadron Gp Capt Sharad Aneja and Commanding Officer of 32 Squadron Gp Capt GVNK Varma will receive the standards from the President.

220 Squadron (Desert Tigers) is the first SU-30 MKI Squadron of the Western Air Command. The SU-30 MKI is a frontline all weather air-dominance, multi-role fighter capable of undertaking varied Air Combat and Ground Attack missions.

32 Squadron was formed in Adampurin October 1963 with Mystere aircraft. The Squadron participated in the wars of 1965 and 1971. The Squadron presently operates Mig 21 BISON fighter aircraft.

Addressing a press conference at the Air Force Station, Halwara, Air Marshal SS Soman AVSM VM Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command said the Presidential Standards was a symbol of excellence and had been earned by the Squadrons with their dedication and worthy contributions both during peace and war.

It marks and depicts the hard work, valour and sacrifice of all the personnel posted to the Squadrons since their inception and is a befitting recognition to their selfless dedication and devotion. During the curtain raiser, Air Officer Commanding 9 Wing Air Force Air Commodore RGK Kapoor VM, Commanding Officer 220 Squadron Gp Capt Sharad Aneja and Gp Capt GVNK Varma were also present.

Defence Minister, Defence Secretary, Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab are expected to be present during the ceremony. Chief of The Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne PVSM AVSM VM ADC along with other Defence and civilian dignitaries would also witness the ceremony. Retired air warriors of both recipient Squadrons are also invited for the occasion.



Martyrdom day of Kartar Singh sarabha
Name rly station after martyr: Left
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
On the martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, the local unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and CPI (M) demanded that the Model Gram railway station be renamed as Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Model Gram railway station.

Throwing light on the ideas of Kartar Singh Sarabha, the speakers warned the people against the forces of communalism and casteism, which were out to destroy the basic fabric of pluralism of our country.

"The economic policies being pursued by the government have led to concentration of wealth in the hands of a few while the vast majority is languishing in glaring poverty," the speakers said. "Education and health have gone out of the reach of the common man," they stated. "There is an increasing commercialisation of education and health. It is time for the people to unite and uphold the values of secularism and democracy if the country has to march forward on the path of sustainable development," said the leaders.

Lashing out at the state government for its 'misrule', the speakers said this had led to misery of the people. "There is rampant corruption and the drug-sand-land mafia has become very powerful under the patronage of a few at the helm of the affairs in the state government," the speakers alleged. Those who addressed the rally included the district secretary of the CPI, Kartar Singh Bowani, and the state committee member CPI (M), Sukhvinder Singh Sekhon.



They pedal their way to women’s safety
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Spreading the message of women empowerment, 24 cyclists left the city for New Delhi today. The Cycle Rally-2013 under the banner 'Building India Safe for Women' started from Srinagar on November 9 and will be reaching Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on November 25.

"The increasing number of rape and molestation cases tickled our brains and our mission behind taking out the cycle rally is to create awareness about the safety and security of women," said Dr Abid Hussain, assistant director and programming officer, NCC, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Telling about the objectives of the rally, he said the main agenda was to generate awareness about women empowerment and their security. It aimed at exposing the students to various challenges and developing the skills to overcome difficult situations, he said.

Bushra Naaz, a cyclist, said, "Women are not given their due even today. The situation is even worse in rural areas."Another member of the expedition said women were in no way behind. "They have learnt to accept and overcome challenges," the cyclist said.

Jamia Millia Islamia is taking out the fourth such rally. The first one was organised in 2010. Its theme was 'dilon ko jodo' while the second rally 'aman ka Karwan' was held in 2011. The third event 'save water, save earth' was held in 2012.



Traders take a dig at state government
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal today stated that anti-industrial policies of the state government had forced traders to either shut down their units or shift their base. Addressing a press conference here today, Amrit Lal Jain, state president of the mandal, said 100 furnace and steel units at Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna and Ludhiana had surrendered their power connections to the PSPCL in a year while 70 per cent of the foundry units had closed down.

"Ditto is the situation of fastener units in Amritsar," Jain stated.

He said 200 cycle parts manufacturing units had shut down in Ludhiana. "The Punjab government should make efforts to revive the dying industry of the state," said Jain.

Mohinder Aggarwal, general secretary, said single stage taxation was against the basic principles of VAT, which was a multi-stage levy. Jain said, "The imposition of advance tax in lieu of entry tax which was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court is nothing but an attempt to surpass 
the judgement of the court by changing the nomenclature. Already a writ has been filed against the levy. The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal opposes the imposition of advance tax." He said the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme was a one-time settlement scheme for mistakes made by the government.

The members said the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Badal, during a meeting on July 30, 2013, had promised the industrialists that e-trip would not be levied on the movement of goods within the city.

They urged the Deputy CM to keep his promise.



Residents examined at medical camps

Ludhiana, November 17
Patients in different localities were checked through medical check-up camps held at different places in the city. Pancham Hospital, Near Jawaddi Bridge, organised a free mega medical check-up camp. A total of 250 patients were examined and free medicines were provided to them.

Later while addressing a press conference here today, Dr RP Singh, managing director and chief cardiologist, Pancham Hospitals, welcomed Dr Harprit Singh, a renowned joint replacement surgeon, and Dr Tanveer S Bhutani, arthroscopy & sports injury expert of Orthonova Hospital, Jalandhar, for opening a joint replacement & trauma centre at Pancham Hospitals.

While Raman Hospital, Kitchlu Nagar, in association with Rotary Club, (Greater) Ludhiana, organised obesity awareness camp . It was inaugurated by Professor Rajinder Bhandari, Dr RS Thind and Dr Sanjeev Uppal. Obese patients were examined and their Body Mass Index was recorded. Patients were advised accordingly about diet and physical work.

At a heart check-up camp organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute in association with Bhai Lal Singh Charitable Hospital, Bhinder Kalan, Moga, a team of doctors including Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, DMCH , along with Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Rakendra examined around 150 patients in the camp. — TNS



Auto driver booked for eve-teasing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
An auto-rickshaw driver and his accomplice molested a girl and tried to pull the victim inside the auto. The incident took place on October 3 when the victim was waiting for her sister opposite the Mini-Secretariat.

She said around 3.30 pm, the driver stopped the auto close to her and passed lewd comments. The driver's accomplice tried to pull the girl inside. The victim somehow managed to save herself an raised the alarm. The driver managed to flee.

The victim, however, managed to jot down the number of the auto. After sometime, she narrated the episode to her father. Angered by the incident, her father approached the police. Taking a serious note of the incident, SHO of Division No 8 Davinder Chaudhary tracked the name of the driver. The victim was also convinced to lodge a complaint. Today, the police registered a case against Vishal Kumar of New Shivpuri and his unidentified accomplices for eve-teasing and outraging the modesty of a woman.

ASI dies

Assistant sub-inspector Joginder Singh Kalsi, who consumed poison two days ago, died in a hospital today. The ASI was deployed on VIP duty when he had consumed the poison on Friday. Kalsi, a resident of Baranhara village, was posted at the Jagatpuri police post in Division No 4.

Man killed

Ashok Kumar (35), a resident of Haibowal, was crushed to death while crossing a railway track at Dhandari this evening.



basketball league
Navjot takes Sports School home
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 17
An all-round performance by Navjot Bagia helped Sports School, Jalandhar, score a convincing 56-21 victory over DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, in the third leg of the BFI IMG Reliance Punjab Schools Basketball League being organised by Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School at Guru Nanak Stadium today.

Navjot Bagia sank in as many as 14 points which proved decisive for Sports School, Jalandhar. DAV Public School cagers failed to cope with the pace and quick reflexes of players from Sports School, Jalandhar, and surrendered.

In another encounter (girls), Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, proved too good for LA Foundation, Sangrur, 40-18 in which Malika scored 16 points to help Ludhiana outfit wrap up the issue comfortably. In the boys' section, Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, overwhelmed Delhi Public School 66-26. Hemant Sabharwal accounted for 17 points for the winners. The match played in the girls' section between Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sardoolgarh (Mansa), and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, turned out to be low scoring affair in which the former came out triumphant 38-17.

Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mall Road, Amritsar, outwitted Aay Pee Jay Public School, Jalandhar, 50-17. In the last match of the day played in the boys' section between two teams from the city, Nav Bharti Public Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak International Public School, the former romped home victorious (54-23). For the winning side, Navdeep dropped in 16 baskets.



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