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mid-day meal scheme
Schools short of rations
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
While the authorities looking after the mid-day meal scheme in the district claim that the scheme is running smoothly, certain school managements have been raising a hue and cry alleging that the authorities have failed to provide them rations for preparing meals for students.

Several schools have not been supplied rice and wheat for the past two months. The school managements are now requesting shopkeepers to provide them rations so that meals can be cooked for the students, but shopkeepers, too, have refused to oblige them.

Among the schools where rations have not been provided by the authorities are Government High School, Brahmpuri, Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, and Government Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal.

One of the senior teachers at Government High School, Brahmpuri, Parveen Kumar, said there was a shortage of about six quintals of rice in their school. "I was provided the telephone number of an inspector of Punsup, who is supposed to provide the rations. When I contacted him, he asked us to give a complaint in writing,” said Parveen Kumar, adding that it was better to plead before shopkeepers than make rounds of offices of inspectors responsible for providing the rations.

Parveen Kumar said the Basti Jodhewal school also had a shortage of 85 kg of rice and about 1 quintal of wheat.

Tarsem Banga, manager of the mid-day meal scheme here, admitted that complaints had been received from schools about shortage of rice and wheat and the stocks would be provided soon.

Punsup Inspector J Jain said wheat and rice stocks for three months had been received from the FCI on November 11. “There are 46 schools in one block. It will take around 10 to 15 days in sending the rations to schools,” he said.


Eight jhuggis gutted; three head of cattle killed
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 26
Three head of cattle were killed and eight jhuggis gutted when a fire broke out in a slum near Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib, 5 km from Jagraon, today.

The fire broke out around 1 pm and left eight families homeless. There was, however, no loss of human life in the incident.

The damage could have been much more had the fire not been controlled in time. A team of firefighters from Moga reached the spot within 30 minutes of the incident and brought the fire under control with the help of local residents.

A police team, led by Jagraon SHO Mohhamad Jamil, also reached the spot and began investigations. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Sources said the fire broke out in a jhuggi when a woman was preparing a meal for her family. As wind was blowing in the area, the fire soon spread and engulfed nearby jhuggis within minutes. Slum-dwellers expressed anger as no official from the civil administration had visited the spot even two hours after the fire broke out. No leader of the ruling party visited the area after the fire incident.

This was the second fire incident in the slum in the past one month. Earlier, a fire had broken out here two weeks ago, causing damage to two jhuggis.



Gun goes off accidentally in court complex
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 26
Panic gripped litigants and lawyers when they heard a gunshot in the court complex here today. The incident took place at about 12.45 pm when there was rush near the library of the District Bar Association.

The bag of a person, Manjit Singh, fell on the ground. When he bowed to pick his bag, the pistol went off accidentally. The bullet hit his body, but luckily he was saved.

Blood started oozing out of his hand. He had come to the court complex to meet his lawyer in connection with his case. Interestingly, the incident took place when militant Balbir Singh Bhootna was in the court complex in connection with a case.

District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, former DBA vice-president Vijay B Verma, Lawyers Brigade president Sanjiv Malhotra, secretary Sham Ahuja and Rakesh Sharda said the incident had highlighted lapses in the security system in the court complex. Entry of weapons is prohibited on the court complex.

The lawyers demanded that the security should be beefed up in the court complex.



6-yr-old boy who fell from roof dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
A six-year-old boy, who fell from the roof of his house while flying a kite yesterday, died at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) this morning. The deceased child has been identified as Avinash, a native of Uttar Pradesh.

Sant Lal, Avinash's father, works at a shawl shop in the Moachpura area of Old City and stays in a room near the shop. Avinash had come back from his village a few days ago. Yesterday, around 11 am, he went up on the roof to fly a kite. While trying to fly the kite, he fell from the roof and sustained major injuries on the head and other parts of the body. Residents took him to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Surinder Mohan, SHO of the Division No. 1 police station, said, “It was a very unfortunate incident. The boy sustained severe injuries after falling from the roof. He could not recover from the injuries and died this morning."



Suicide bid by woman, paramour
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 26
Two lovers tried to commit suicide by consuming poison here. They have been booked by the police. The duo was referred to a hospital in a critical condition.

Sources said a married woman of a nearby village, who had two children, fell in love with a youth and was missing from her house since November 22.

According to her husband, she was running a beauty parlour in the nearby Balala village and went missing. He reported the matter to the police, which received information that the woman was in her 30-year-old paramour Manpreet Singh's house. Manpreet Singh was unmarried and both of them reportedly consumed poison.

The police took the duo to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, from where they were referred to the Sector 32 hospital.



LPG cylinder catches fire, four injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Four labourers received burn injuries when an LPG cylinder caught fire in New Subash Nagar in the Basti Jodhewal area this morning. The injured have been identified as Raju, Ramu, Ashok and Suresh, all migrants from Uttar Pradesh.

According to police officials, the victims received 50 to 70 per cent burn injuries. The labourers were cocking food in the morning when the gas pipe leaked, causing a fire, which spread in the room. Residents came to the rescue of the labourers. They were taken to the Civil Hospital. The condition of the inured persons is stated to be stable.

Gurpreet Singh, SHO of the Jodhewal police station, said, "The injured labourers used to work in a factory unit in the area. Furniture and goods lying in the room were reduced to ashes. We have recorded the statement of the injured."



Rs 116 cr spent on roads, says DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
In a bid to ensure smooth traffic movement in the state's biggest industrial town of Ludhiana, the state government has spent about Rs 116 crore on the strengthening of the roads in the past three years.

Disclosing this here today, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said the Administration was fully committed to realise the state government's dream of developing Ludhiana as a pollution-free city. Under a prestigious programme initiated in 2010, the entire road network across the city had been strengthened in a planned manner. Existing roads have been widened and new ones constructed to tackle the rapidly increasing vehicular traffic. The Deputy Commissioner said the traffic problem in the central part of the city had been resolved with the construction of the flyovers at the Gill and Partap chowks, and ramps on the Jagraon bridge and the Gill chowk.

Aggarwal said a 4.5-km stretch of the Ferozpur road, which is the second busiest road in Asia, had been widened from the Sidhwan canal point to the MC limits at a cost of Rs 40 crore. Besides, Rs 19 crore had been spent on the construction of small bridges and a slip road along Buddah Nullah. To facilitate pedestrians, footpaths and underpasses had been constructed near the District Courts and the Secretariat. He said approximately 70 per cent of the work had been completed and the projects would be completed shortly.

Aggarwal also added that the district administration was setting up informative boards at various points in the city to guide the public. He also appealed to the general public to obey the traffic rules and cooperate with the administration to make this highly populated industrial town clean green and pollution free.



Issues related to exporters discussed

Ludhiana, November 26
Indian exporters must expand their export horizons and give maximum attention to the top 20 emerging markets. This was stated by Ravi Capoor, joint secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, during an interactive session held here today at the United Cycles and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA).

Ravi asked the industry to identify products at least 10 items wherein floor prices can be fixed. He asked the industry to upgrade the technology. He also asked the industry to prepare a comprehensive/proper plan for the R&D centre and funds were available for machines/equipment and labs, etc.

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, UCPMA, and Joginder Kumar, chairman, discussed the issues related to exporters. The association members told Ravi that bicycle was the major industry of Punjab, the units of which are situated in and around Ludhiana, and China was its main competitor. The domestic bicycle industry had adversely been affected due to heavy import from China. So, a large of units had been closed.

The members also demanded that custom duty on parts should be raised to 50 per cent from 20 per cent. They demanded that the import through such routes should be banned or some corrective measures should be taken by the government to curb these activities. — TNS

Memo submitted

The Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO) on Tuesday met Ravi Capoor and submitted a memorandum regarding the demands of the MSME industry. Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, FICO, said they want the 2.06 per cent Central excise duty on bicycles abolished. On imported bicycles, at least 10 per cent excise duty should be imposed as this industry pays 12.36 per cent Central excise on the raw material and other inputs, which is not refunded anywhere. The basic exemption on the excise duty be increased from Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 5 crore for the smooth operation of industries.



People not aware of business potential in region: CICU secy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
A CIS Outreach programme, an initiative to create awareness about the trade and business potential of the business region, was organised by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) with FICCI today.

Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, said the CIS countries came into existence after the disintegration of the erstwhile Soviet Union. All CIS countries put together have a population of around 300 million and a combined GDP of around US $3 trillion. Some of these countries have rich mineral reserves and oil and gas reserves. This has played an important role in their economic development and has led to high disposable incomes and purchasing power.

Upkar Singh, Joint Secretary, CICU, said like India, many of these countries were multi-lingual and multi-ethnic. India had enjoyed strong cultural links with this region, especially the Central Asian countries, and all these countries were considered to be natural friends of India.

“Our trade with the CIS countries is less than 2 per cent of our total global trade. This implies that the potential to increase trade and investment is very high,” he said.

Avatar Singh, General Secretary, CICU, said while doing business with this region, the biggest hurdle they face was information deficit. Many people did not know about the business opportunities the region had to offer. This programme would encourage the local businessmen to look at the CIS region with a lot of interest.

Dr Mala Iyengar, director, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, said though there was an enormous reservoir of goodwill for India, this had not translated into strong business ties.



Raids on jewellers’ premises

Ludhiana, November 26
The Excise and Taxation Department today conducted raids on Palace Jewellers and Palace Jewellers Private Limited located on College Road.

A team, led by AETC Rajwinder Kaur, conducted the raid and seized computers, laptops, pen drives and important documents from both the premises. The jewellers were allegedly not filing VAT according to their sales.

Last year in November, the Income Tax Department had conducted raids on the premises of both the jewellers. Palace Jewellers had surrendered Rs 3.5 lakh while Palace Jewellers Private Limited had surrendered a whopping Rs 8 crore. — TNS



Community Centre record checked at LIT office
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Chief Vigilance Officer of the Local Bodies Department today conducted a surprise check on the premises of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and checked the record related to the allotment of land for a Community Centre in H and I Blocks of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here.

A city resident, Baljit Singh, had lodged a complained with the department seeking the cancellation of the allotment of the land, as the community centre was allegedly being used commercially.

The Community Centre of H and I blocks of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar is constructed on 2,000 square yards. It was allotted by the Trust in 1985 at a reserve price of Rs 51 per square yard. It has now been practically converted into a commercial entity. Moreover, 75 per cent of the cost of land have not been paid to the LIT for the last more than 25 years, he alleged.

Baljit Singh said the community centre was being run like a marriage palace and the people operating it were making huge money out of this. It is learnt that no building plan had been got approved for the construction of two big halls and 30 rooms in the community centre, which are being offered on rent for marriages and other functions.

“People living in its vicinity often complain of loud music being played during marriage functions and other parties. Music plays till late in the night, which not only created noise pollution, but also disturbs the sleep of the local residents. There is no provision for parking, fire safety and disposal of waste after the marriages or other functions," Baljit Singh alleged.

Attempts to contact CVO VP Singh went futile.

Meanwhile, sources in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust said the CVO checked the record pertaining to the allotment of the land where community centre was being constructed. “He has also taken some record with him,” said the source.



UG classes
Semester system from next session
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has decided to start the semester system in undergraduate classes in the colleges affiliated with the PU from the next academic session. An 18-member committee on the semester system, constituted by the PU, has given its nod to the system for bringing improvement in the studies. The final decision will be taken during the Syndicate meeting to be held in December in Chandigarh.

Though it will not be easy for the PU to bring this change, this has to be done to improve the education system and for the welfare of students, say principals and teachers.

Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla, one of the members of the committee on the semester system, said the change was never acceptable readily.

She said: “As per the UGC guidelines, the system is there in almost all universities. Though it will be a great challenge for the university, one has to take the initiative for bringing the improvement. This will be beneficial for students. No doubt, they will have to be more into day-to-day studies, but the next syllabus will begin once semester exams are over. At the same time, we have to make sure that other extra-curricular activities of students do not suffer due to the semester system in undergraduate classes".

The only major problem to be faced because of the semester system will be the shortage of teachers/faculty members in colleges as this system needs more teachers.

Jagjit Singh, a guest faculty lecturer, here, said there was a ban on the recruitment process by the state government and in the absence of teachers, this system might not succeed.

He said: “The respective colleges used to hire guest faculty lecturers and they were relieved after getting services for about 8-9 months. If the semester system will start, the lecturers will be hired for 12 months because after every six months, students will take the semester examinations”.

The other major problem will be the reevaluation system. The students cannot get the advantage of reevaluation in semester examinations and the university is reportedly working on all these aspects.

"These are all little hiccups, which can be taken care of by the university,” said Dr Chawla.

The Punjab Commerce and Management Association has also welcomed the move to introduce the semester system in the UG classes.



Seminar marks World Obesity Day

Ludhiana, November 26
As part of World Obesity Day celebrations, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, conducted an obesity support group meeting and a seminar on Bariatric surgery. The seminar was conducted by Arindam Ghosh, senior consultant, genera surgery, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana. The hospital organised a special session on “surgical treatment of obesity” taken up by Dr Ghosh. The session was attended by more than 60 persons. — TNS



PAU notes
Training course concludes

A week-long advance apiculture training course concluded at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday. The Apiculture Unit of the the Department of Entomology, PAU, organised the course as part of the project “Developing Entrepreneurship among Beekeepers of the Punjab for Stock Improvement and Augmenting Hive and Crop Productivity” funded under the National Horticulture Mission. As many as 51 progressive beekeepers from 13 districts of Punjab participated in this course. Addressing the participants, chief guest Dr HS Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Agriculture, said: “The research and extension efforts of PAU apiculture scientists have ushered in the commercialisation of apiculture in the country and brought in ‘sweet revolution’. This also paved way for the export of honey to several other countries.” Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, course director and principal investigator of the project, said the training course was endeavoured at ushering in diversified beekeeping, thus, increasing beekeepers’ apiary profitability.

Two-day training course

A two-day training course on “Popularisation of Underutilised Greens for Iron Security” was organised at Punjab Agricultural University for home scientists of various Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Punjab. The course was conducted by the Department of Food and Nutrition, PAU. Dr Balwinder Sadana, senior nutritionist-cum-head, Department of Food and Nutrition, expressed concern over the iron deficiency, anaemia, which is a serious health problem. She said: “If we compare the Indian scenario of iron deficiency anaemia, its prevalence is much higher as compared to global prevalence in all the age groups.” “About 90 per cent of pregnant Indian women are suffering from anaemia against the global figure of 48 per cent,” she said. Inadequate intake of iron and its low bio-availability are the main causes of anaemia, observed Dr Sadana. She urged the KVK scientists to contribute to reducing iron deficiency among the rural masses by implementing the knowledge acquired from this course.

Outstanding farmers to be honoured

Punjab Agricultural University will honour innovative and outstanding farmers of the state with five prestigious awards during the Kisan Mela to be held in March 2014 on the university campus. The innovative farmers will be awarded with cash prizes, plaques and citations for their excellence in agriculture and horticulture. Besides, they will be conferred with the awards for adopting improved water management technologies, farm mechanisation in agriculture and organic farming. Giving details of the “Innovative Farmer Awards 2014,” Dr MS Gill, director of Extension Education, said: “’The Chief Minister Award in Agriculture,’ carrying a cash prize of Rs 25,000, will be given to self-cultivating farmer of field crops in Punjab. The ‘Chief Minister Award in Horticulture,’ carrying a cash prize of Rs 25,000, will be given to self-cultivating farmer of horticulture crops in Punjab, he said. — TNS



From Schools & Colleges
Fun-filled activities

Annual Parent Outbound was held at Indus World School on Monday. It was special for parents as the school organised a day of fun-filled adventure activities. The parents worked in groups to complete the assigned tasks like wall climbing, rappelling, river crossing, flying fox and adventure zone activities. There was a session of shared feedback where the parents reflected on the manner in which the activities would help them in becoming better parents. The best performance by a father was Kamal Sapra (father of Jayana Sapra) and in the mother's category Parminder Kaur (mother of Avleen and Armaan). The overall best team award went to Blue Team.

Story-telling contest

A story-telling competition was held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School for the students of Grade 1, 2 and 3 to enable them to improve their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings in an effective way. The students actively participated in the competition and used different kinds of props and models to narrate their stories. Expressions, dialogues and voice modulations were used by students to tell their stories, which helped them to develop emotionally and gain a better sense of self-esteem. It was a day of fun ‘n’ frolic. The stories narrated by Archit Sood, Gursachi, Kapish, Anshuman, Deepika, Kavya Adya, Yanika, Gurkirat, Narayana and Arwan Bajaj were commendable. The chairman-cum-director of the school, Rajesh Rudhra, and principal Baldeep Pandher said such kind of competitions played a crucial role in personal, social, emotional development of students and instill confidence in them.

Group song competition

Ryan International School, Dugri, was declared the second runner-up in the Inter-School Group Song Competition organised by the Satyug Darshan Kala Kendra recently. A number of schools participated in this two-day programme. Various competitions like group dance, solo dance, patriotic dance, solo song, group song, etc., were organised on the occasion. The competition was held at Ishmeet Music Academy. Winner schools were honoured with trophies at Jalandhar and Ryanites were awarded with runner-up trophies. Ritu Syal, headmistress of the school, congratulated the winners and wished them good luck for future.

Declamation contest

In the Sahodaya Inter-School English Declamation Competition, 42 students from Doraha, Sanehwal, Khanna and Gobindgarh tested their oratory skills. They vied with each other for the top slots. Arshnoor Kelley of Class IX and Daman of Class VII from Green Grove Public School spoke on Women Empowerment and Gender Discrimination, respectively. They left the audience spellbound with their marvellous and heart-touching discourse. Arshnoor and Daman from Green Grove walked off with the first position in the seniors and middle categories. Green Grove Public School was also declared the champion.

Literacy campaign

To establish a relation between the institution and the community and to create awareness among people about the importance of education in daily life, the GMT College of Education organised a literacy campaign at 14-Peeru Banda Nagar, near Salem Tabri. The theme of the campaign was Each-One-Teach-One, which went successfully under the guidance of principal Dr Shikha Soni. She addressed the students and said it was every teacher's responsibility to contribute towards the goodness of society.

Dharna staged

In response to the call given by the Private College Non-Teaching Employees Union (PCNTEU), Punjab and Chandigarh, non-teaching employees of Arya College staged a dharna under the leadership of Rajiv Bhasin, vice-president, PCNTEU, in support of their arrears on account of revision of pay scales with effect from January 1, 2006, lifting the ban on recruitment in aided colleges and implementation of pension and gratuity as per pay parity.

Awareness camp

A seminar/awareness camp on the Protection of Women and Girl Child from Sexual Harassment was organised at the DD Jain Memorial College for Women. KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate, was the chief guest on the occasion. Singla congratulated the students for establishing the cell on the college campus and made them aware of the provisions in the law to safeguard their chastity and integrity. He persuaded the students to speak for their rights and not to be a mute spectator to any kind of atrocity inflicted upon them. — TNS



Power shutdown

Due to necessary maintenance, power will remain suspended on November 27 from 10 am to 4 pm at Deep Nagar, New Deep Nagar, Akash Puri, Dhobi Ghaat, Prem Nagar, Chander Nagar, Vishnui Puri, Tagore Nagar, Sat Sang Road, Malerkotla House, Green Park, Vivek Nagar, Champa Street, Dandi Swami and adjoining areas.


Bahujan Samaj Party district in charge Shivchand Gogi condemned the incident where unemployed linemen were mercilessly beaten in the presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. These linemen had been struggling to get job for the past 15 years and yesterday's incident had created a hatred feeling for the Badal family, he said.


Jagdev Singh Jassowal from the Punjabi Sabhayacharak said the Punjab government should celebrate "Punjabi Suba Diwas" in a formal manner and a holiday should also be announced in this regard.

Shopkeepers of National Road hold a candlelight march in memory of the 26/11 victims, in Ludhiana on TuesdayCandlelight march

Various shopkeeper associations of the Ghumar Mandi and National Road on Tuesday took out a candlelight march in the memory of 26/11 victims.

REMEMBERING THE MARTYRS: Shopkeepers of National Road hold a candlelight march in memory of the 26/11 victims, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Anti-Obesity Day

VLCC on Tuesday celebrated “Anti-Obesity Day". A low-calorie recipe show was held, besides an awareness camp against obesity, and disease-related presentation. A painting competition of different age group was also held. Students from various schools of the city participated in this competition. — TNS



pending demands
Non-teaching staff members observe day-long strike
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 26
On the call given by the Punjab Colleges Non-Teaching Staff Association, the non-teaching staff of Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, today observed a day-long strike in the college in support of their various long-pending demands.

The striking staff members led by LRDAV College Non-Teaching Staff Members Union president Sushma Kumari and general secretary Sarabjit Singh raised slogans against the state government for constantly ignoring the demands of the non-teaching staff members of private colleges. The striking members demanded from the state government to implement all their pending demands with immediate effect.

College principal Dr Karan Sharma as well as the teaching staff of the college also supported the strike observed by the non-teaching staff members and urged the state government to fulfil their demands. Senior lecturers Professor Tersem Sagar and Dr Parvesh Kumar also took part in the strike.

The demands of striking non-teaching staff members include release of arrear as per 2006 grade, implementing new grades revised on 1-12-2011 with immediate effect and lifting the ban imposed by the government on new recruitments on various non-teaching posts in the colleges.

Darshan Singh, Jagdish Singh, Bhola Nath, Sukh Ram, Inder Bahadur and many other members of the non-teaching staff were also present.



Stray cattle rule the roads in Jagraon
Pose threat to motorists; authorities turn a blind eye to the menace
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 26
Uncountable herds of stray cattle continue to pose problems for the residents of Jagraon. There is no area of Jagraon where these animals are not seen roaming freely in large numbers.

These stray cattle, mostly bulls, can be seen creating nuisance in various areas of the town every other day. Recently, a herd of aggressive bulls created a lot of nuisance on the College Road, Jagraon. Besides damaging a few vehicles parked on the roadside, these bulls also attacked some residents and people were seen trying to save themselves by taking cover in the nearby shops.

These kinds of incidents are becoming common in Jagraon but the administration has failed to tackle this problem so far.

Apart from all other roads in the city, a large number of stray animals always remain present on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur and Barnala-Jalandhar highways. These animals can be seen moving freely on the highways or sitting in the middle of the road, thus posing a risk to the commuters.

During the past few years, several mishaps have taken place because of the presence of stray animals on the roads and a number of people have lost their lives in these accidents. But, the administration seems to have learnt no lesson from these incidents.

“It appears as the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to such a serious problem and nothing concrete has been done to resolve this problem so far. The problem has reached dangerous proportions with the increasing number of stray animals in the area. Several meetings have taken place to discuss this problem, but nothing has been done at the ground level to improve the situation,” said Madan Lal, a senior citizen of Jagraon.

The residents feel this is high time the administration chalks out an effective plan to tackle this problem.

It is reminded here that there are three big gaushalas in Jagraon, but despite this a large number of stray animals still remain present in the town. The representatives of these gaushalas claim that it is impossible to keep all these animals in gaushalas as they are already housing animals more than the actual capacity.

Sanatan Dharam Govind Godham head cashier Jagdish Ohri said there were much more cows and bulls as compared to the capacity of all gaushalas in the town.

"Moreover, there is a dearth of funds to manage these stray animals. The government should provide more funds so that the gaushalas can hire employees to manage stray cattle,” said Ohri.

Jagraon Municipal Council Executive Officer Davinder Toor said the Municipal Council had already requested the government to provide land and funds to set up a big gaushala on the outskirts of Jagraon.

"We hope the government will soon grant us the land and funds. Once we receive the permission, we will set up another gaushala and all stray animals will be housed there,” said Toor.



Chemist shot dead in shop at Khanna
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 26
An assailant shot a chemist in his shop on the Samrala road late this evening. According to information, the chemist, Pardeep Chahal (50), was sitting in his shop named Chahal Medical Hall at about 8.15pm when a person came to his shop and demanded money. When Pardeep refused to give him money, he shot him with a revolver at point-blank range. He was critically injured.

Khanna SSP Sushil Kumar confirmed the incident. He said the reason for the attack was yet to be ascertained and they were investigating the matter. He said Pardeep died on the way to a hospital. The possibility of loot as motive could not be ruled out in the incident, the SSP said, adding that the police was yet to confirm about the number of attackers.

The SSP, the SPD and other officials concerned visited the crime scene.



crime briefs
Man hurt in accident

Ludhiana: A speeding vehicle hit a scooter on an elevated road here on Tuesday. The scooter rider, Sukhvir Singh suffered several injuries. Sukhvir was going towards the Jalandhar bypass when the vehicle hit his scooter from the rear side. The police rushed the injured to a hospital and impounded the vehicle.

2,500 litres of kerosene seized

The police nabbed three persons for illegal trading of kerosene and seized 2,500 litres of fuel in two cases in the Moti Nagar area. The accused have been identified as Subash Kumar of Jammalpur colony, Gaya Parshad and Bharat, both residents of Bhagat Singh Colony. A police party was patrolling the Dental College Chowk on Monday when it got a tip-off that Subash was selling kerosene from his building material shop without a licence. The police raided the shop and seized 700 litre of kerosene. Meanwhile, the Moti Nagar police raided another shop and seized 1,800 litres oil.

Man arrested for impersonation

The police registered a case against a person for posing as a Lamberdar during a hearing in the district courts. The accused has been identified as Anil Kumar of Mundian village. The accused was present in the court as a witness. The judge suspected that the accused often depose as a witness in different cases.

3 held for harassing NRI

The NRI Police Station on Tuesday arrested three members of a family for harassing their NRI daughter-in-law and demanding dowry from her here. The accused have been identified as Rajvir Singh, his Chanchal Singh father and mother Amarjit Kaur. The complainant, Balwinder Kaur has alleged that the accused had been harassing her daughter Navdeep Kaur, who resides in Germany. — TNS



Youth booked for murder bid

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 26
The Dehlon police have booked a youth under Sections 307, 354 and 506 of the IPC and Section ¾ of the SC Act for allegedly attempting to murder a girl of Kalakh village near here last night.

The accused has been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Jand village. He attacked the girl at his home situated on the outskirts of the Amarpura locality, near Kalakh village. — OC



Too much focus on kabaddi draws flak
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
The World Kabaddi Cup is the only world cup, which is organised every year unlike the world cups of other sports. The world cups of cricket, hockey and football, etc, are organised every four years. As the state government has been spending crores of rupees on the World Kabaddi Cup every year, the players of other sports disciplines and their organisers feel ignored.

However, the state government justify this practice, saying that organising the World Kabaddi Cup every year helps promote sports in the state. However, sports critics alleged that the ruling SAD-BJP alliance organised the World Kabaddi Cup to get political mileage.

While the government spends cores on organising the kabaddi tournaments and hiring Bollywood stars for ceremonies, the other games have been suffering for want of basic infrastructure.

It is a bitter truth that the city, in which the concluding ceremony of the mega event is scheduled, has poor infrastructure for the basic sports like football, wrestling, softball, swimming, cycling and other such games.

The Sports Department has failed to depute coaches at a number of sports wings. Moreover, while the Punjab Government awards the winning kabadddi team Rs 2 crore, the players of other games do not get proper tracksuits or sports kits.

"Kabaddi is a sport of all the Punjabis and people of the state like to play and watch kabaddi tournaments. We are not against kabaddi but when the state government is focusing only on this discipline, the other sports have been suffering. Owing to the scarcity of funds and lack of appreciation in other games, players get demoralised. The state government should uplift all the sports equally," said an official from the Sports Department.

‘It is a fun event, not sports’

Read the history of sports in the state and you come to know we got all the talented players from rural areas. With a lot of focus on kabaddi, most rural talents get attracted towards this sport. The rural youths do not want to opt for other disciplines. They do not think beyond kabaddi, which is not a recognised game at the national or international level. This kabaddi hype will ruin the other sports. The World Kabaddi Cup is a fun event, not sports.
Teja Singh Dhaliwal, Office-Bearer of Punjab Basketball Association

If the government spends such a huge amount to uplift hockey, then the state could revive its past glory. Other games are equally important. So, the government should chalk out a policy for a balanced treatment to all disciplines. The foreign countries give equal attention to all sports. Instead of spending crores on a 15-day event, we have to organise leagues to promote the other games.
Hardeep Grewal, Hockey Olympian

I have been participating in veteran athletics championships at the national and international levels for the past several years. We arrange for transportation, accommodation and everything else from our own pockets. Most of us left sports as we could not bear these expenses. On the other hand, the government is spending crores of rupees on kabaddi. The government should treat all sports equally.
Charanjit Kaur, veteran athlete

Punjabis have been playing kabaddi for centuries without any government aid. But there are the games like hockey and football, which need good infrastructure and can’t run without government’s support. The government should spend money on those games which provide recognition to our players at the international level.
Niku Garewal, a sports organiser

Our governments and other organisations have been saying that sports can wean the youth off drugs. But there is no motivation or support to the rural youth to join sports. Youngsters have no platform to show their mettle in sports.
Gurvinder Singh Saran, a football player

Kabaddi, which is being promoted by the Punjab Government, is a show, not sports. The politicians are using the love of Punjabis for kabaddi to derive political mileage. The players from other sports are demoralised and in depression.
Parminder Kumar, a player



BCM, Sacred Heart eves set up title clash
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 26
BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, faced a little challenge from their respective opponents. They went on to set up the title clash in the girl's section on the penultimate day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Basketball Championship (u-19) held here today.

Both the semifinals turned out to be a one-sided affair. In the first semi final, hosts BCM Senior Secondary School edged out Nankana Sahib Public School 17-3 with Shweta contributing as many as nine points.

The second semifinal played between Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, too, was a low-scoring match in which the former came out victorious without being challenged (26-9). Ravneet Kaur accounted for 16 baskets that proved decisive in Sacred Heart Schools' victory.

Meanwhile, in the match for the hardline cup, Guru Nanak Public School pipped Nankana Sahib Public School to secure the third place.

In the boys' section, hosts BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, and DAV Public School, Pakhowal road, scripted easy wins to secure berths in the summit clash.

BCM School, Chandigarh road, outperformed BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 32-10. However, DAV Public School survived a scare from Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass, before clinching the cliffhanger with a narrow margin of just three points (72-69).



Sri Ram College pugilists shine
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 26
The pugilists of Sri Ram College, Dalla, near here, brought laurels for the college by winning two gold medals in the Punjab University Inter-College Boxing Meet that concluded recently. College student Sukhdeep Singh clinched gold medal in the boys' category while Simranjit Kaur bagged gold in the girls' category.

College principal Ravinder Talwar said Sukhdeep defeated Sukhjit of DM College of Moga in the final of the 75 kg category (boys) while Simranjit beat Simranjot of Jhar Sahib College in the girls' category.

Dr Ravinder Talwar said: "It is a matter of great pride that two students of our college participated in the championship and both returned with gold medals."

"The most encouraging thing is that our student Sukhdeep Singh defeated World Youth Boxing Championship silver medallist Kailash Gill in the semi-final before winning the final," said Dr Talwar.

Both the pugilists were given a warm welcome when they arrived in the college after taking part in the championship. They were felicitated at a brief function organised in the college.



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