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Ragpicker beaten to death
SAD sarpanch’s son, two others booked for culpable homicide 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Pankaj shows injuries on his back.
Pankaj shows injuries on his back. A Tribune photograph

Issewal, December 3
Three persons from Issewal village, including a son of the sarpanch Owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), were booked for killing a 35-year-old ragpicker and assaulting his two friends.

The deceased was identified as Manoj Kumar, a resident Partap Singh Wala village. He succumbed to injuries on Monday night. His brother-in-law Pankaj Sahni and Manjit Singh suffered injuries in the attack.

Station house officer of the Mullapur police station Dilbagh Singh said the incident took place on November 27 when Gurinder Singh, son of Surjit Kaur, sarpanch of Issewal village, along with his accomplices Jatinder Singh and Kulwant Singh, caught Manoj Kumar suspecting him to be a thief.

Gurinder posed as a police official and called Pankaj and Manjit Singh at Issewal village. They were allegedly thrashed by Gurinder, Jatinder, Kulwant and other residents of the village, said the SHO.

The role of Mullapur police has also come under the scanner for allegedly hushing up the matter and not taking action against the accused after the victim died.

High drama was witnessed at Partap Singh Wala village today when the victim's wife, Sumitra Devi, along with her relatives demanded arrest of the accused.

She said the victim died in police custody. Instead of registering a murder case against the accused, the police imposed a minor section of the IPC against them.

"I have to look after four children. Instead of helping me, the police were shielding the accused," lamented Sumitra Devi.

On the other hand, DSP, Mullapur, Navreet Singh refuted the allegations and claimed that Manoj and his accomplices were not kept in illegal custody.

"Manoj Kumar was brought to the police station after villagers thrashed him. The villagers claimed that Manoj, Pankaj and Manjit were thieves and were caught red-handed. We had refused to register a case and told them to rush Manoj to a hospital. On Monday night, we came to know that Manoj succumbed to the injuries following which we registered a case under Section 304 of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and started investigations," the DSP said.

Tension gripped Partap Singh Wala village and surrounding areas after the victim's relatives refused to cremate the body and threatened to block the road. The police, however, managed to pacify the crowd. The body was cremated after post-mortem.

"We came to the city to earn a livelihood. We were not treated as humans. My brother- in- law was thrashed to death, while I along with another ragpicker, Manjit Singh, suffered injuries. We are hardworking people not thieves," said Pankaj.


Eight-laning project fails to take off
Two constructions companies quote rates higher than the reserve price 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The eight-laning of Ferozepur Road has failed to take off as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is yet to finalise the modalities of the contract with the bidders.

The reserve price of the project was Rs 209 crore, but two companies interested in the project quoted a much higher price of Rs 243 crore and Rs 256 crore, respectively.

As the quoted price was much higher than the reserve price, the MC authorities could not take a decision and have asked the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) to rework the project.

Tagged as the dream project of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, its foundation stone was laid on November 15 and Badal had claimed that the project would be ready within 18 months. The eight-laning will be done from the Sidhwan Canal bridge to the Jagraon nridge.

The tenders for the project were opened on November 11 and a Hyderabad-based company — Navyug Engineering Company Ltd — quoted Rs 243 crore. Another company — SP Singla Constructions — quoted Rs 256 crore. But the MC authorities failed to negotiate with the companies.

Ludhiana (West) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said instead of negotiating with the companies, the MC should float new tenders.

“I suspect that the state government wants to favour a particular company and maybe that is why they are not cancelling the tenders. How can a company quote more than the reserve price? If the state government as well as the MC wants that they should get appropriate price, they should divide the work into four parts and float tenders accordingly. This way, the number of bidders would increase and the project would complete on time,” said Ashu.

MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari claimed that RITES has been asked to have to rework the project. “We want that RITES should prepare a new report so we are able to start negotiations with the companies. RITES is expected to submit the report in a few days,” he said. 



Politicians camp at national capital
Proxy leaders mark their attendance at local functions 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 3
With polls in Delhi round the corner, local leaders, with intent to appease their political masters, have left the region with bag and baggage.

Social functions, including weddings, inaugural functions, anniversaries and bhog ceremonies, which earlier used to be crowded with political leaders and their supporters, are now missing even local leaders.

Former councillors and aspirants for next civic body elections are prominent among those whose absence is being felt during these functions.

It was probably for the first time that sitting and former MLAs got their presence marked through proxy during social functions, including weddings and bhog ceremonies.

Office-bearers and activists of political parties were seen urging the organisers to announce that their leaders could not attend the functions due to preoccupied schedule as a part of the election campaign of candidates of their respective parties.

Paramdeep Singh Deepa and Jagrup Singh, SAD leaders of Dehlon, said they had to procure letters on official letterheads of their leaders for getting their presence felt during some bhog ceremonies held recently.

“As a majority of senior leaders of our party have already left for Delhi to join the election campaign of candidates launched by the SAD, we had to represent them during functions where they were invited as special guests. However, we have procured messages to be presented during these functions," said Deepa and Singh.

Acknowledging the tendency, former president of the municipal council Ravinder Puri admitted that he had to change his schedule for attending these functions.

Vikas Tandon and Ravinder Superfine, office-bearers of the block and local units of the Congress, said they had been asked by senior leaders of their party to represent them during functions which could not be attended by them due to Delhi elections.

Munish Singla, president of a wing of the BJP, said he along with members of his team attended functions on behalf of their senior leaders. 

Delhi elections

Former councillors and aspirants for next civic body elections are prominent among those whose absence is being felt during these functions. The sitting and former MLAs got their presence marked through proxy during social functions, including weddings and bhog ceremonies. Office-bearers and activists of political parties are seen urging organisers to announce that their leaders could not attend the functions due to preoccupied schedule as a part of the election campaign of candidates 
of their respective parties in Delhi. 



A home away from home for Pak team
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The 18-member contingent of the Pakistani women kabaddi team is feeling at home here as all of them are from the Punjab province of the neighbouring country.

Naaddia, captain of the team, said: "Only political boundaries divide both the Punjabs. Our culture and traditions are the same. I hope that kabaddi will bring the two nations closer."

However, the team is not upbeat after facing defeat at the hands of Denmark on Monday. The Pak team will now take on India in semifinals. Members of the team were interacting with The Tribune after their practice session at Guru Nanak Stadium today.

Affiz Bhatti, deputy director (sports), Punjab State, Pakistan, and in charge of the Pakistani team, said, "Our team is new and it will be difficult for us to beat India in the semis."

"We received an invitation from the Punjab Kabaddi Association for the world cup and the team was selected. Kabaddi is a male-dominated sport and not a single girl used to play kabaddi in Pakistan. All girls in the team play other sport," he said.

"Our girls play in tracksuits as they are not allowed to wear shorts in Pakistan," he added. Mohamand Ali, the coach of the Pakistan team, was also present during the practice session. 



Gang of drug peddlers busted, 7 held

Issewal, December 3
The city police have busted a gang of drug peddlers with the arrest of seven persons.

The police have also recovered contraband worth over Rs 55 lakh from the accused.

The police said accused Bhupinder Singh, alias Kala, a resident of Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, and Manoj Kumar, alias Ramu, from Muktsar, were the kingpins of the gang.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police IV Swapan Sharma said the accused were arrested following a tip-off.

The other five accused include Vinod Kumar, a resident of Kharar, Satwinder Singh, a resident of Jalanpur in Samrala, Babaldeep Singh, alias Babbu, of Tarn Taran, Harvinder Singh of Hoshiarpur and Vikramjeet Singh of Muktsar.

"We have recovered 250 grams of smack, 100 grams of heroin and over 2.5 kg of drug powder from the accused," said Swapan Sharma. — TNS



Go green message from God’s abode
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A pink cycle in the lawn of a gurdwara at Sarabha Nagar.
A pink cycle in the lawn of a gurdwara at Sarabha Nagar. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 3
The crusaders of faith have taken up the responsibility to save environment. Gurdwaras and temples in the city are spreading the message of “Go Green”. Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, Field Gunj, began the mission around three years ago and started distributing saplings among devotees. The gurdwara management is still continuing with the practise.

Flower shows are a regular feature at the gurdwara. Flowers are nurtured at Gurmat Missionary College, Jalandhar bypass.

Pritpal Singh, president of gurdwara management committee, said: “It is the little bit we can do to preserve and conserve nature. Preserving nature is like worshipping God. Flowers and plants are the creations of god and we need to conserve them,” he said.

The management of Gurdwara Shree Guru Singh Sabha has also launched "Balhari Kudrat Vasya". The gurdwara committee planted around 500 saplings in Sarabha Nagar and is also nurturing them. Tress around the gurudwara road have been adopted by the gurudwara.

A pink-coloured bicycle has been displayed in the lawn of the gurdwara to encourage cycling which in turn will keep a check on vehicular pollution.

Shree Geeta Mandir on Pakhowal Road has creations of Nek Chand, which are a part of the garden on the temple premises. About 20 statues, including ducks, gardener, watchman, women and Lord Shiva, catch everyone’s eye.

Most of the statues are placed in flowerbeds surrounding a well at the centre of the temple complex. 



To see arrangements in place, DC holds meeting with officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Since the final match of the fourth World Kabaddi Cup is being organised at Guru Nanak Stadium here on December 14, the Deputy Commissioner, Rajat Aggarwal, held a meeting with the higher officials here today to see that the grand event was held in a smooth manner.

Aggarwal said that the final match would be held between the two men teams at Guru Nanak Bhawan on December 14. Besides, many Punjabi comedians will entertain the huge gathering at the stadium during the closing ceremony. Bollywood Actor Ranbir Singh will be the star attraction of the event.

Instructing top officials, the Deputy Commissioner said that arrangements were to be made for safe drinking water, first-aid, panel of doctors, transport, parking, traffic plan and security during the mega event. He said that such games motivated the youth towards sports and would keep them away from deadly drugs.Amongst others present at the meeting were DCP Harsh Bansal, ADC G Neeru Katyal, ADC D Baldev Singh and Assistant Commissioner (G) Shena Aggarwal.



General House may witness fireworks
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation's third General House meeting will be held on December 6. The last meeting was held over four months ago.

The meeting may witness fireworks as councillors have not been able to carry out development works in their respective wards for want of funds.

Reeling under fund shortage, Congress councillors as well as Independents have been holding protests against the MC.

"Ever since the formation of the house, the MC has been making efforts to carry out development work in the city. All of us are elected representatives and when we fail to develop our wards, residents complain. It is due to the bad policies of the state government that the state's richest body is now mortgaging its properties for meeting its expenses," lamented Sanjay Talwar, a Congress councillor.

Even contractors are shying away from participating in some of the projects as their payments were delayed in the past.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria stated that the meeting would include several agendas cleared in the recently held Finance and Contracts Committee meeting. "Our main focus is the overall development of the city and several projects which are directly related to the residents will be put up before the MC house," said the Mayor over phone. The Mayor, along with several Akali councillors, is camping in Delhi for the Vidhan Sabha elections.

F&CC elections likely on December 6

Parties are going into election mode, with the General House meeting being scheduled for December 6.

The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) elections are likely to be held during the General House.

Ever since the formation of the house last year, the F&CC has not been formulated yet and the Congress as well as a section from within the Akali Dal have been cornering the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance over the issue.

The F&CC is one of the most prestigious committees of the civic body. Any development work to be carried out in the city or allocation of funds for any project need to be sanctioned by the F&CC.

At present, the F&CC consists of only three members, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Deputy Mayor Ripu Daman Sharma. The remaining two members are yet to be elected.

In the previous MC house, the F&CC consisted of the then Mayor, Hakam Singh Giaspura, the then Senior Deputy Mayor, Parveen Bansal, the then Deputy Mayor, Sunita Aggarwal, Simarjit Singh Bains (who is now the MLA from Atam Nagar) and Akali councillor Pal Singh Grewal.

"There is no F&CC and all the meetings convened by the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor are illegal. Until and unless the remaining two members are elected in the General House meeting, there can be no F&CC," claimed Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

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

Even Akali MLA Simarjit Singh Bains has been opposing the Mayor over the issue. "Due to poor management by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, it's the Akali Dal which is suffering. Gohalwaria had assured the MC house that the F&CC would be formally constituted and it would be only then that the F&CC meeting would be held, but the Mayor himself has backtracked from his statement, which is causing embarrassment for the party," he claimed. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he was in Delhi and the issue would be discussed once he reached the city. 

Stormy affair

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said a number of development projects, which were cleared in the Finance and Contracts Committee meetings, would be discussed during the December 6 meeting.



A lucrative business
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 3
Recession-proof business of tantriks is proving highly lucrative, with more and more residents of the town approaching them to get rid of their problems.

One can see their shops or offices in every nook and cranny. Most of the shops are located near the railway station, alongside the railway line, Tehsil Road, near the bus stand and residential areas.

A large number of tantriks are running business in Sidhwan Bet, Mullanpur Dakha, Hathur, Gurusar Sudhar and Raikot areas.

Advertisements of such tantriks continue to appear in various newspapers on a regular basis.

They make tall claims of tiding over health-related problems, family disputes and martial disputes.

Not only poor and illiterate people fall a prey to these tantriks, but also the ones who are highly educated fall in their trap.

A number of cheating cases have been reported in the town in the past.

A tantrik was arrested with 250 gm of opium a few months ago. Out on bail, he is doing a brisk business.

"Some of them earn thousands per month," said sources.

"It is a strange paradox that as people are becoming more educated and aware, the number of people becoming a victim to the tantriks is also increasing," said Balwinder Singh Gholia, vice-chairman, Ekta Human Rights Bureau.

"The false claims made by the tantriks in their advertisements violate the Prevention of Treatment Through Religious and Magical Remedies Act, but the administration has failed to act against them," said Gholia, demanding action against them.

Jagraon SSP Ashish Chaudhry said, "I have already issued instructions to all police officers asking them to act against the tantriks." 



Teachers without salary for 8 months
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Teachers of primary aided schools have not received salaries for the past eight months. Savinderjit Kaur, district president and Davinder Rehan, press secretary of the Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union, Ludhiana district, said only 28 employees were working in seven primary schools in the district. In September 2013, teachers of high and secondary schools got their salary with effect from April 2013.

Members of the union said the High Court had issued directions to the Punjab Government to release the salary.

They said the state should be held responsible, if a teacher was forced to move the court.

Paying no heed to the High Court directions and a notification issued by the Governor of Punjab, the government has failed to release the salary of the teachers. The teachers said the state government should merge government schools with aided schools on the lines of the Haryana Government. 



from schools

Ludhiana: A patriotic solo song competition was organised at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School in which 20 students of the primary wing participated enthusiastically. Tasmeet Kaur, a student of Class V, secured the first position. Anjali of Class IV stood second while Ashish of Class IV secured the third position. Students of the senior wing participated in a bookmark making competition. Angad (Class VI), Ambika (Class VII), Gurkamal (Class VIII) and Sanmeet Singh (Class IX) were appreciated for their artistic skills.

Dance performances

An inter-house dance competition was held at DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur. Students of classes III to V presented a folk dance while students of classes VI and VII performed a western dance. Prosperity House bagged the first prize in folk dance while Dignity House got the second prize. In western dance, Dignity House got the first position while Prosperity House stood second. The overall trophy was won by Prosperity House. Principal Yogesh Gambhir congratulated the winners.

Degrees conferred

Parveena John, principal, Ryan International School, Jamalpur, was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Senate and the Board of Directors, Medicine Alternative (ALMA ATA-1962). The convocation was held at Bandaranaike Memorial Hall, Sri Lanka, on November 24. Manjit Kaur Makkar, principal, Guru Gobind Singh Public School, got the Doctorate of Literature at a function in Sri Lanka. She was invited to the International Conference of UNESCO and UNICEFwhich was attended by 65 nations.

Paper reading

A Hindi paper-reading competition was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. Principal of the school Navita Puri presided over the function. The judges for the competition were Renu Katyal, KG section, and Rachna Dutta from the city campus. In charge of the primary section Annu Sehra appreciated the students.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt was held at Green Land Convent School, Sector 32. The aim of the programme was to explore students' talent. Principals, parents and students from the other schools also participated in the function. The students participated in activities such as colouring competition, poetry recitation, solo dance, solo song and fancy-dress competitions.

Students felicitated

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, organised a function to felicitate sportspersons.

Sports Achievement Awards were given to more than 90 students competing in the state and national levels. Capt DD Upadhyay, international boxing champion graced the occasion as chief guest and gave away the prizes.


Air Sqn NCC displayed MIG-29, MIG-21 during a fete Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar. The stall was a crowd-puller.Students and parents won prizes. Radio Control Aeromodel Flying was the main attraction. Wing Cdr SS Kaila, CO, No. 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC, and his training staff conducted the event..

Sports day

Indus World School held its annual sports day, Indus Olympics, with zeal. The day commenced with a march past. Students performed hoola hoop and aerobics. Parents took part in three legged, needle and thread, laying the bricks and saree draping races. Ramanjit Ghuman, principal of the school, presided over the prize distribution ceremony and appreciated the efforts of the students and their parents.


Students of Child Welfare School were given stationary and other items. Agyapal Singh, an NRI, had sent a donation of Rs 1 lakh. MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, who was the guest of honour, appealed to the NRIs to contribute more and more for the welfare of society. He appreciated the efforts of social worker Dr Surjit Singh.

Students and staff of Adarsh Public School, Ludhiana, take part in a tug-of-war.
Students and staff of Adarsh Public School, Ludhiana, take part in a tug-of-war. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Athletics meet

Adarsh Public School held its fifth annual athletics meet. Lt Col DB Sharma declared the meet open. Students participated in events like lemon race, 100 m race, hurdle race, sack race, relay race and tug-of-war. Members of the Governing Council encouraged the students to take part in such events. The function ended with a giddha.

Laboratory opened

ITC Computer Laboratory was inaugurated at Arya Senior Secondary School. The lab was inaugurated by Assistant District Education Officer Gurjot Singh. A painting competition was also organised. The students made paintings on World AIDS Day. Winners were given certificates.— TNS



from colleges
Awareness rally

Ludhiana: Students and staff of the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, took out an AIDS awareness rally. They created awareness among residents of Chohad Majra village, Hawara Kalan village and Gagarwal village. The students raised slogans. Around 250 volunteers participated in the rally.

Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur

GTB National College, Dakha, observed the Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Fifty students of the college donated blood. The students also participated in a poster-making competition. Inter-college competitions in essay writing and quiz were held to mark the function. Students and staff of the college organised an 'akhand paath'. Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, a Sikh scholar, was the chief guest. An inter-college quiz was also held. Harwinderpal Kaur, Rajni Bala and Harmandeep Kaur of the Government College for Girls stood first. Manjot Kaur, Khushdeep Kaur and Kirandeep Kaur of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, secured the second position while Oshandeep Kaur, Amrit Kaur and Divya Mourya of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, stood third. The Government College for Girls won the overall trophy.

Birth anniversary

Sahitkar Sadan working under the Language, Literature and Cultural Affairs Council of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle will celebrate the birth anniversary of Punjabi writer Dr Bhai Vir Singh on December 5 in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Amritsar Sahib. — TNS



470 examined at free medical camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Ludhiana Mediways Hospital organised a free multi-specialty medical camp at Pamal village, wherein a team of senior doctors comprising Dr Pawan Katyal (cardiologist), Dr Devjeet Dhillon (ophthalmologist), Dr Manish Garg (MS orthopaedics), Dr Manisha Mittal (gynaecologist), Dr. Bharati (dental) and Dr. Lalit (general medicine) provided consultation and complete health screening to about 170 patients.

ECG, blood sugar, BP and other routine investigations were also carried out at the camp. Free medicines were distributed during the camp and patients were offered considerable concession on follow up treatment and investigations at Ludhiana Mediways Hospital.

The camp was organised with cooperation of village ex-sarpanch Amarjeet Singh, members of Kalgidhar Sports Academy and all the village residents.Meanwhile, a medical check-up camp was held by Pancham Hospital at Gurdwara Guru Gian Jawaddi Taksal under the leadership of Dr RP SIngh. The camp was inaugurated by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar. As many as 300 patients suffering from different health problems came for free checkup and were distributed free medicines. 



Bright colours dominating wardrobe this winter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Come winter and bright colours soothe the eyes. Bright shades of blue, magenta, yellow, orange and green are ruling the roost, with velvet and khadi silk being the fabrics of the season.

People prefer different colours, now. Unmellow yellow, electric blue, fig, wine, tea rose, tangerine, fern green, mulberry are some of the colours that are the flavour of the season.“It is mix and match of unusual colours, which is in fashion these days. Different hues of yellow colour are riding high, followed by green,” said Shristi Acharya, a student of fashion designing.Kittu Sidhu from Designer Threads Lounge, spoke about the colours in vogue. She said, “During summer neon shades catch the fancy of the youth, while in winter, edgings of bright shades like royal blue, orange and green will be in. Khadi silk, velvet, caudrai and tweed are the materials that will make waves this season,” she said.

“In winter, I will be adorning mix and match of bright colours. Firozi will gel with steel grey or magenta will go with faun. This winter, my wardrobe is full of bright and vivid colours,” said Saakshi, a college student.



125 differently abled students participate
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, December 3
World Disability Day was observed by the Education Department here at Braille Bhawan, Jamalpur, today.

As many as 125 differently abled students enthusiastically participated in various cultural items and their efforts were appreciated by all present at the event. The programme was organised under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan. The students presented dance numbers, sang songs and conveyed the message that with the will in mind, anything was possible. Disabilities must not stop onefrom achieving goals in life. 



Spreading awareness through skits, songs
Tribune reporters

Ludhiana, December 3
More than half a dozen non-government organisations working for people with disabilities celebrated "Badhte Kadam", a programme based on the international day for persons with disabilities at Dugri Phase I market.

Based on the UN Theme "Breaking barriers, opening doors- for an inclusive society and development for all" the NGOs, including Muskan, Darpan, Nirdosh, VRC(ATI), Ek Prayas, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Balaji Pram Ashrma, Ek Jot Special School, Ashirwad and VRTC for the Blind participated in it.

A rally was held with the help of students of MGM Public School who made people aware about the rights of disabled persons by raising slogans. It was observed that people passing along side the road not only stopped, but also listened to the whole programme including a skit, songs and lecture related to the differently abled and also interacted with the members of these NGOs."

Dr Neelam Sodhi, founder of the NGO Ashirwad, said, "The smiles on these faces were enough to encouarge us. Chief Judicial Magistrate KK Singla also was present and participated in the event with enthusiasm. He also spoke about legal aspects of the disabled."She further said that every child should be given right to admission under the RTE and none should be denied of it. She appealed to the public in general that people having children with "down syndrome" should apply for admission in schools and the schools should admit such children.



Ludhiana Scan
Heart patient needs help

Members of the Action Against Corruption, an NGO, take out a rally in Ludhiana.
Members of the Action Against Corruption, an NGO, take out a rally in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A 10-month-old child, Aaditya, who is suffering from a heart ailment, needs financial help. He is undergoing treatment at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. His father Akhilesh Singh earns Rs 5,500 per month. An amount of Rs 40,000 is needed for his surgery. Good Samaritans can send the amount to 'AIIMS CT Patient's Account' through a draft.

Office-bearers elected

The Physically handicapped Association, Punjab, elected its office-bearers at Punjabi Bhawan. The following are the elected office-bearers. Chairman: Kashmir Sanawa; state presidents: Balwant Singh Dardi; state senior vice-president: Harbhajan Singh Dhaiwal; vice-president: Heera Singh; secretary: Jaswinder Singh; general secretary: Harmesh; joint secretary: Avinash Sharma; cashier: Pawan Thuklra; sports secretary: Sanjeev Kumar; propaganda secretary: Narinder Singh and editor: Gurmeet Singh Randhwa. Members of the association discussed their demands, including an increase in pension from Rs 250 to 3,000 per month and free travelling.

School for Deaf Children observed World Disabled Day. A havan was performed. Children participated in games and won prizes.

Cheques distributed

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari distributed cheques for Rs 60 lakh among villages falling under the Dakha Assembly segment from his MP’s local area development (MPLAD) fund. The money will be spent on the development of the villages. He was accompanied by former MLA and Congress Dakha halqa in charge Jassi Khangura, DCC president Pawan Dewan and the other party leaders. The grant will be spent on constructing streets, health centres, daramshalas, cremation grounds and mobile water tankers at Dewatwal, Bhanohar, Jangpur, Gorsian Makhan, Rauwal, Madarpura, Salempura, Ranguwal, Latala, Jodhan, Bassian Bet, Pamali, Jangpur, Morkrima, Dhollan, Khurshedpura, Sarabha, Ballowal and Chhapar villages.

World Disabled Day

The Rotary Club Greater Ludhiana observed World Disabled Day. The theme was break barriers, open doors for an inclusive society and development for all. The programme was celebrated by Ashirwaad under the guidance of Dr Neelam Sodhi. NGOs Balaji Prem Ashram, Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Darpan, Ek Prayas, Muskaan, Vocational Training Centre and Vocational Training Centre for Blind attended the programme. The president of the club, Dr Rajan Bir Singh, and chief guest KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate, honoured 
the organisations. Children gave a dance performance.


NGO Action Against Corruption launched a campaign against Chinese Dor. A rally was taken out from Reikhi Cinema Road. The members urged residents not to buy Chinese dor as it was a threat.


The Dynamic Youth Club held a meeting at Miller Gunj. Members of the club were told that the club would be registered soon. The members said they helped the needy by providing them bicycles and imparting education.

New senior consultant joins

Dr Karamvir Goyal has joined as the senior consultant and head of the internal medicine department at Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana. He has served as a specialist in the health department for 27 years.


Sikh scholar and eminent writer Dr Sarup Singh Alag has been given International Sikh Award for his selfless service to humanity. The award is given to a person who 
tops the nominations received in the specific segment. Around 150 entries were received by organisers. — TNS



Foreign players with no sports background
Women kabaddi teams have nanny, domestic help, helper, laundry worker as players 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
It may sound strange, but a number of players from other countries have no sports background and they were selected just for the sake of participating in the World Cup Kabaddi. Some of the players in the women kabaddi team work as laundry worker, nanny, domestic help, trainer at kindergarten and helper at shops in their native countries.

Many students who never play any professional sports at their native place have been playing in international teams for the kabaddi cup. The Punjabi coaches or mangers “arrange” 12 to 15 youths and teach them some basics of kabaddi to constitute the teams in foreigner countries. A number of players of different sports are also playing in the international women kabaddi teams of Kenya, Denmark, and Mexico.

These arrangements can be seen almost in all the women teams.

The Denmark team was the first runners up in the third Edition of the World Cup last year. Surprisingly, only two girls from the last team came to participate this year.

Jasmine, player from Denmark, said, “All those who visited last year were busy in school or some other work, so they did not come this time.”

Bikramjit Singh, the coach of Denmark team, said “We constituted our team three months ago and they have been practicing for the last two months. Only five players from our team have sports background. Others have been selected, as
they were interested in participating.”

Reacting on these “arrangements” the sports lovers and players have condemned the practice.

“The government is organising a show for entertainment and not sports. The players in the state are being deprived of basic facilities and our government is entertaining foreign players, who don’t even have any sports background”, said Niku Grewal a sports organiser.

“Why is our government spending crores on the kabaddi cup. The government will give away prizes in lakhs to the participating teams, who have never ever entered a kabaddi ground before” said a coach requesting anonymity.



Players from other countries taken in by Indian culture
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Triana (left) and Maria from Mexico in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Triana (left) and Maria from Mexico in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune Photograph

Ludhiana, December 3
Women players from Mexico, who are here to take part in the World Cup Kabaddi, are impressed by the Indian culture and they want to go deep into its roots.

Two cousins representing Mexico- Triana and Maria, of 24 and 26 years respectively, not just love Indian culture and values, but have been trying hard to adopt these in their lives.

Triana, born to a Roman catholic couple, has started practicing Sikhism. A dietician by profession, Triana studied at Miri Piri, Amritsar, for four years, starting from 2004. Wearing karas in both her arms, Triana said that the teachings of all the Gurus had great impact on her mind and she recited Gurbani in routine.

"The family is non-vegetarian, but I am vegetarian due to Sikhism. I like doing kar-sewa and love to eat langar in gurdwaras. I am trying hard to take my team to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple, but if for any security reason, we are not allowed to go then we will go once the matches are over. I have told them so much about the Golden Temple that they are eager to visit the temple at the earliest", said Triana adding that India was like a second home to her.

Besides, cousin Maria is simply bowled over by yoga and meditation. She has got “om” tattooed on her left arm. Maria said, “Önce the tournament is over, I will go to Rishikesh to attend one-month yoga and meditation camp. The Indian culture is so rich that it motivates you to lead a stress-free life".

Maria has been practicing yoga for the past many months and she feels that it gives her relaxation. “Once you are into meditation and yoga, you are free from stress and worries. It is the best way to keep the diseases away", stressed Maria.The members of the Mexican team had great fun while practicing with the New Zealand team. The foreign players are fond of Indian food and thay are waiting for the tournament to be over so that they can visit other Indian cities.



Spring Dale School victorious
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 3
Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Sherpur Chowk, warded off a stiff challenge from hosts Shifali International School, Rahon road, before coming out triumphant 2-1 to lift the winners trophy in the Swami Vivekanand and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Volleyball Tournament (boys U-19) that concluded here today.

Teams from 22 schools from all over the district competed in the two-day tournament. Jagroop Singh, Sports Department, PAU, and Akali Dal leader, Surinder Pal Singh Grewal inaugurated the tournament.

Earlier, in the semifinals, Shifaly International School and Spring Dale Senior Secondary School wrapped up their respective matches to assure themselves berths in the final.

Shifali International School got the better of Green Land Senior Secondary School 2-1 and Spring Dale Senior Secondary School overpowered DCM Presidency School in an identical fashion (2-1).

In the match for hardline cup, Green Land School pipped DCM Presidency School to secure third place. Usha Jain and Parmod Jain gave away prizes to the winners. Rosy Jain, principal of the school, congratulated the winners.



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