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Proposal to extend MC limits to rock House
BJP, Congress councillors to oppose the move, seek better facilities for city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The move of extending the limits of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation by a kilometre is likely to rock the MC General House meeting scheduled for December 6. The BJP and the Congress have been opposing this move ever since it was proposed by Akali MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik on June 19, 2009.

If the MC limits are increased by a kilometre, 49 more villages would become a part of the civic body. This in turn would help the fund-starved MC to generate more funds.

During the General House on November 28, 2011, the then Health Minister, Sat Pal Gosain, MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and Akali councillors were in favour of passing the proposal, but the then Senior Deputy Mayor, Parveen Bansal, who is now district president of the BJP, and Congress councillors were against the move.

Darshan Singh Shivalik has been raising the issue on the plea that the MC should provide basic amenities to residents of colonies on the city’s periphery, which are not within the MC limits. He said as a majority of colonies located on the periphery are developed, it would help the civic body generate more revenue in the form of property tax.

Speaking to The Tribune, BJP district president Parveen Bansal said he had called a meeting of BJP councillors tomorrow to discuss the matter. “I am not against development of villages, but the city needs attention on priority basis as several areas still need better civic amenities,” he said.

Sanjay Talwar, Congress councillor and party nominee for the Finance and Contracts Committee membership, said the party would oppose this resolution. “The MC should focus on the development of 75 wards in the city. We all know that MC was already short of funds and if new areas were added, it would put additional burden on the civic body, which would end up disturbing the development of the city,” he claimed.

Villages to be included in MC

Rajpura Dogran, Qadian, Bhattian Dogran, Bahadurke, Noorwala, remaining portion of Kakowal, Kaneja, Bajra, Jagirpur, Meharban, Bhoda, Kakka, Bhamian Khurd, Bhamian Kalan, remaining portion of Mundian Kalan, remaining portion of Mundian Khurd, Bholapur, Mangli Neechi, Mangli Uchi, Gobindgarh, Pawa, Khakat, Jaspal Bangar, Brahman Majra, Bulara, remaining portion of Gill village, remaining portion of Dugri, Manakwal, Mehmoodpura, Dhandra, Phullanwal, Daad, Threeke, Jhande, Bains, Ayali Kalan, Jhammat, Ayali Khurd, remaining portion of Barewal Awana, remaining portion of Fatehpur, Partap Singh Wala, Baranhara, Balloke, Chuharpur, remaining portion of Jassian, Hussainpur, Thakkarwal, Sangowal and Rania.


2 booked for firing gunshots in market
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The city police have registered an attempt to murder case against persons who opened fire during a scuffle at the Sarabha Nagar market last night. The accused have been identified as Varun Chhabra and Goggi. The complainant, Sahil Garg, runs a booth in the Sarabha Nagar market.

The police said accused Varun and Goggi approached Sahil to download data from internet a few days ago. However, the downloaded data was not running properly.

The accused visited Sahil’s booth at 10.30 pm on Tuesday with their complaint. However, Sahil did not respond as he was busy with other customers, said the police.

A heated argument ensued between the accused and the complainant. Meanwhile, Varun took out his pistol and fired two shots at Sahil.

In his complaint to the police, Sahil said Varun fired at him with intent to kill him. The police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and Section 307 of the IPC.

Investigation officer Balraj Singh said, “The accused are on the run. We are conducting raids to nab them.”

10 held under Immoral Trafficking Act

The city police have booked 10 persons under the Immoral Trafficking Act in separate raids on Tuesday. The police raided a house in Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, and arrested four persons late on Tuesday evening. The owner of the house, a woman, was been running the racket, the police said. The police also conducted a raid at a house in the Kailash Nagar area of the city and nabbed six persons. Investigating officer Gurpreet Singh said the police had registered a case under Sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956, against the accused.



Man arrested for kidnapping child
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The city police have arrested a person for kidnapping a child. The accused has been identified as Surinderpal, a native of Uttar Pradesh. He currently resides at Amreek Nagar in Jalandhar, the police said.

The accused was arrested from near Guru Nanak Stadium yesterday. During investigations, the accused confessed to the crime. He said he picked up the child from Howrah Mail on November 27.

The accused boarded the train from Amritsar and started conversing with a travelling in the same compartment. He lured a one-year-old child with biscuits and toffees. When his parents were sleeping, he alighted from the train with the child at a station in Bihar.

The police said the accused returned from Bihar a day before yesterday and came to the city to allegedly sell the child. Investigation officer Surinder Kumar said during interrogation, the accused confessed to have kidnapped another eight-year-old boy from Howrah Mail at Jalandhar. The police handed over the children to the Bal Bhawan authorities in Ludhiana. The police are also looking for their parents.



After dengue, health dept gears up for swine flu
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Even as dengue cases are still being reported in the city, the health authorities have geared up to tackle another highly contagious respiratory disease — swine flu. With dip in the mercury, cases of dengue are on the decline, but suspected cases of swine flu are being reported in the district. A total of five swine flu cases were reported in the DMCH in the past few months.

The health department has also decided to hold a meeting to tackle swine flu. Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said: “I have called a meeting which will be attended by representative of all hospitals in the city on Friday. We will review all the arrangements to check the spread of swine flu. The hospitals will be instructed to set up isolation wards along with ventilators."

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: “Although none of the suspected cases tested positive for swine flu, we are prepared to check the spread of the disease. We have stocks of Tamiflu, the medicine required for this disease, NH-95 masks and viral transport media, bottles required for collecting samples.”

In 2012, a total of 14 cases of swine flu were reported from the state. Out of there, four died.

Meanwhile, three patients tested positive for dengue at city hospitals today.


The symptoms include acute respiratory disease syndrome, high fever, cold, body ache, running nose and diarrhoea

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do not sneeze or cough in the open
  • Wear mask if required
  • Avoid visiting crowded places
  • Keep a distance of at least 3 meters from infected person
  • Contact a doctor if you have symptoms of swine flu
  • Take medicine only after consulting a doctor
  • Keep yourself well covered



Mandi board pulls the ball to dodge sports dept
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium on the premises of Punjab Agricultural University is nobody’s baby. Constructed by Punjab Mandi Board at a cost of Rs 6 crore two years ago, the stadium is yet to be handed over to the sports department. In the absence of security and caretaker, the stadium has become a safe haven for miscreants.

Players and office-bearers of the Malwa Hockey Academy have been facing inconvenience as there is no one to take care of stadium.

Punjab Mandi Board did not construct the boundary wall as it was not listed in the contract. In the absence of the boundary wall, miscreants often enter the stadium and damage property.

Office-bearers of the Malwa Hockey Academy say the design of the canopy and washrooms is faulty. There is no electricity in the area covered by the canopy and washrooms four feet below the ground level.

Jagbir Singh Grewal, treasurer, Malwa Hockey Academy, said: “The stadium is not safe in the absence of the boundary wall. Washrooms are not in use due to faulty design. The government should intervene and the stadium should be handed over to the sports department.”

Officials of the sports department say they cannot take care of the existing infrastructure at the stadium as the Mandi board has not handed over it to them.



Rail reservation counter at post office non-functional
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Rail ticket reservation counter at the head post office has been lying non-functional for the past one month, much to the inconvenience of city residents. “It was convenient for us to book a railway ticket at the reservation counter at the head post office. The railway station is in the congested area of the city and we have to wait for hours in long queues to get a ticket there," said a city resident.

"The railway authorities say the computer at the reservation counter at the head post office has developed a snag. The system will have to be replaced,” said senior postmaster at the head post office Swaraj Kaur.

“We have written to the authorities to replace the system and also brought the matter in the notice of the circle office of the postal department," she added. Officials of the postal department said residents keep coming to the reservation counter only to return disappointed. “Some residents even argue with the staff at the post office, but we are helpless, said an official. "It is strange that the snag has not been rectified for over a month,” lamented Arnav Batra, a city resident.



Demand for fire station
MC refuses to return protester’s tent
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 4
The authorities of Municipal Council (MC), Jagraon, have refused to return the tent installed by a youth who held an indefinite hunger strike in front of Jagraon MC for setting up of a fire brigade station at Jagraon. The authorities had confiscated the tent on the morning of the third day of hunger strike.

The youth, Kapil Bansal, had launched an indefinite hunger strike on November 27 in protest of local administration’s failure to set up a fire brigade station at Jagraon despite a grant issued by the state government for the same around two months ago.

On the second day of strike, the youth was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, by SDM Apneet Rayat as he fainted due to dehydration. “Next morning, when I returned to the protest site after recovering, the tent outside MC office was missing. However, I sat on strike again as my demand was not fulfilled. Later in the evening, I ended the strike when SDM showed me the copies of the demand draft sent to Tata company for buying a truck to start the fire brigade service,” said Kapil Bansal.

According to Bansal, when he approached the MC authorities after the strike, they told him that the tent installed by him has been impounded as it was installed without due permission. “I requested the authorities to return the tent. Even though I am ready to pay the fine required for getting it released but the authorities are not ready to hand over the tent,” he claimed.

The local residents have condemned the stubborn attitude adopted by the MC authorities in this regard. “Kapil sat on hunger strike for a common cause of local residents. The authorities shall return the tent on moral grounds but they are not ready despite of the fact that Kapil is ready to pay the required fine,” said Rahul Gupta, a resident of Jagraon.

Jagraon MC former president Raju Malhotra said the MC authorities were bound to return the tent after the disposal of fine required for getting the tent released. “The MC authorities are ethically on the wrong side in this case. As per the Municipal Act, the authorities need to return back the things confiscated by them after the payment of fine by the concerned parties,” said Malhotra.

Bansal has now approached SDM Apneet Rayat with the complaint against the local Municipal Council. In his complaint, Kapil Bansal has alleged that the MC authorities seek a written affirmation of not holding any such protest again in future for returning the tent which was in violation of his democratic and constitutional rights. “I will be forced to protest again if my tent is not released after the payment of fine,” said Kapil.

SDM Jagraon said Kapil Bansal brought the issue into her notice yesterday when she was to leave her office. “I could not take up the matter with MC authorities today as I have been in Chandigarh. I would talk to the executive officer of Jagraon tomorrow and the tent would be returned after the disposal of fine,” said the SDM.



MC general house meet tomorrow
Mayor favours extension of MC limits
The first citizen says the proposed move is need of the hour while municipal councillors differ
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today claimed that extension of the MC limits by a km was the need of the hour. “If the proposal is passed in the MC general House meeting slated for December 6, all shamlat lands of 49 villages would become MC properties. Besides, the residents would also pay property tax and development charges to the civic body, raising its fiscal position. I am hopeful that the councillors would not object to the proposal.”

However, municipal councillors rue that the city was already suffering on amenities front for want of funds, and adding more areas to the MC limits would only increase the burden on the civic body.

Congress councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi rued that projects such as covering of Ganda Nullah, indoor stadium on the Pakhowal road and pedestrian underpass near Aggar Nagar were lying incomplete due to shortage of funds. “If we add more areas to the MC, the financial burden would be unbearable,” he claimed.

Sources in the MC claimed that the proposal was likely to be cleared in the MC general House meeting on December 6. “If the limits are extended, the MC would reap financial gains in a big way,” the sources added.

Interestingly, if 49 villages in the city’s periphery are brought under the MC, the number of wards would also increase from existing 75.

The issue of increasing the city limits has rocked the MC House in the past as well. In 2009, MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik had proposed expansion of the MC’s limits by one km.

During the MC general House meeting on November 28, 2011, when Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon started reading the agenda and reached the item related to extending the MC limits by a km, the then Senior Deputy Mayor and present BJP district president Parveen Bansal, accompanied by the then Congress councillor Bharat Bhushan Ashu (now Ludhiana (West) MLA), councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi and others objected to it. They claimed that the proposal had already been rejected in the core committee meeting.

Then, Shivalik had said if the proposal was not accepted, villagers might block sewerage lines passing through their villages. Reacting to it, Bharat Bhushan Ashu had said if the proposal was passed by succumbing to such “pressure tactics”, the villagers might snap power lines and roads passing from their areas. “It was not the right way,” Ashu had said.

Then, Parveen Bansal had said, “With the existing sewerage network, we are unable to meet the needs of the city residents. And if the MC limits are increased, it would put an extra burden on the network, resulting in problems.” However, Bansal now seems to have taken a safer stand by claiming that the decision in this regard would be taken after a meeting of BJP councillors slated for tomorrow.



Students make most of sudden offs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 4
Frequent and sudden announcements of holidays in schools and educational institutes proved a boon for videogame parlours, cinemas and cafeterias. A big section of students, instead of returning to their home prefer to spend their pocket money at these places.

There are others who encash the opportunity by visiting distant picnic spots and religious places.

Even today, students of many government schools were unaware about the holiday and got to know only after reaching to the schools.

Earlier too, a large number of students, predominantly teenager boys, spent their day at places of their choice instead of returning home after finding their schools closed on account of holiday declared by the Education Department.

As formal communication was received by the school heads late in the afternoon yesterday, so the students and staff came to know about the announcement in the morning only.

Naresh Sharma, a social activist of local town, said he had to persuade a large number of students to return to their homes instead of waiting for opening of videogame cafeteria and cinema halls, after authorities at their respective schools declared a holiday in the morning today.

“We saw a group of students outside a mini cinema hall here. We were shocked to learn that the students, some of who belonged to families from distant villages, had decided to spend time at these places as they did not have the keys of their houses,” said Sharma. After coordinating with the parents of some of the students, Sharma managed to send them to their houses.

Nirmal Singh Nimma, president of a social organisation of Dehlon village, said he had to take help of members of his organisation in persuading some students who instead of returning to their homes had planned visits to distant places after they found their schools closed.

Acknowledging the tendency Pardeep Sharda, principal of local MGMN Senior Secondary School, said he along with other senior members of his school reached school on such occasions to ensure that the students coming with their parents were sent home immediately. Extra arrangement is made for the return journey of the students in case there is no means of transport to their localities, claimed Sharda.

SHO City Mandhir Singh said he had advised the members of his staff to be over cautious about the safety of the students on such occasions, when holidays are declared suddenly.



Ministerial staff to observe strike

A general body meeting of the State Ministerial Services Association was organised on Wednesday wherein it was decided that members would go on pen-down strike on December 5 and 6. The association is demanding improvement in the pay-scales of clerk, stenographer, Superintendant grades 2 and 3 and other posts besides promotion scale to clerical workers under the Assured Career Progression Scheme, merging of DA with basic pay etc.

Doctors visit Muzaffarnagar

A team of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) visited Muzaffarnagar, which witnessed communal violence recently. The team went to Shahpur town and Kutba, Kutbi and Kankra villages, which were hit by the violence over two and a half months ago. The team also visited the makeshift camps for the displaced people of the area. The team comprised of national general secretary of the body Dr Arun Mitra, national secretary Dr Sudhir Dhakre, UP state secretary Dr Sanjeev Verma and Dr Neelam, member, Central Council, IDPD. Dr Arun Mitra said, "Dr Kuldeep Singh Chauhan, a leading physician, organised the visit. During interaction with people there, the visitors learnt that the area had remained peaceful until the incident a couple of months ago. The locals believed that the events were stage-planned, managed, and engineered. People were quite vocal about the role played by the administration in curbing the violence. An ordinary crime of stalking and eve teasing was turned into communal problem. The displaced people are afraid of going back to their homes. The confidence building measures are far from sufficient." Dr Mitra said that they sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh seeking immediate effective measures to ensure return of people to their respective homes.

Proposal submitted

The Central Government will be constructing 175 km of roads in three rural assembly segments of Dakha, Jagaraon and Gill.

The proposal in this regard was prepared and submitted to the state government by the local MP and the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, to be forwarded to the Government of India. A spokesman for the minister said the roads would be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. So far, the Government of India has already provided Rs 100 crore to the state government for construction of roads in rural areas of Ludhiana district. The work on the project was expected to start soon, the spokesman added.


The district unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has, through a letter to Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, demanded that the procedure for submission of forms for the Atta Dal Scheme be streamlined so as to end the harassment being faced by the beneficiaries. The party said those going to the Suvidha Centre to submit applications are asked to affix photos and get the forms attested by the councilor or the notary. This was against the laid down procedure on the form. Poor people have to skip their work and lose their daily earnings to comply with a number of formalities. CPI leaders Ramesh Rattan, DP Maur and Dr Arun Mitra demanded that the laid down procedure should be publicised through the media and a flex board be fixed outside the Suvidha Centre giving details of the procedure. — TNS



Parents, teachers should join hands to combat drug abuse: Psychiatrist
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 4
Identifying drug abuse and lack of counselling as the major factors behind the poor performance of youth of the border state in the national-level competitive examinations, the experts have opined that coordinated efforts by parents and teachers can save their wards from falling prey to the menace of drug addiction.

Free flow of money, easy availability of drugs and narcotics and detachment due to nuclear family system were identified as the other factors behind the tendency.

Addressing a group of office-bearers and activists of social and educational organisations of the area at the Hind Group of Paramedical Institutes, Dr Anshu Gupta, a psychiatrist, warned that a number of teenagers falling prey to menace of drugs abuse had increased steeply during the past few years. The victims included females even and that too from elite section of society.

“The tendency if unchecked will lead to a ‘Nasha Yukat’ state contrary to the claims and dreams of Nasha Mukat Punjab,” said Gupta.

Referring to information gathered from parents of drug addict patients, Gupta cautioned that even school going girls had started taking intra-venous doses of opiates as according to them it gave instant kick. Majority of the patients had learnt tips about type and method of administration of narcotic and psychotropic drug through the use of internet, claimed Gupta.

Acknowledging the tendency Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, Director of IAS and Allied Services Training Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, said intensive counseling of teenagers had yielded positive results during the past years and contribution of the state in central pool of administrative services.

“Besides organising seminars and workshops for students, the management committees should ensure that staff and teachers are updated about latest techniques in carrier counselling,” said Walia adding that the Centre had already launched a programme to equip school teachers with tips on counselling of their wards.



Demand for expediting probe into bogus billing scam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Members of the Active Anti-Corruption Group today met the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (DETC) Rishipal Singh and discussed the Rs 2000-crore bogus billing scam. The chairman of the group, Satpal Gosain, appealed to the DETC that the inquiry into the scam be hastened failing which they would be launching a protest.

“We have given 15 days period to the department to probe the scam so that the erring officials should be put behind bars,” Gosain said.

He alleged that while genuine traders fail to get their VAT refunds those who had an "understanding" with the officials were not only getting refunds within 2-3 days but were also causing loss to the state exchequer.

“We even prepared a list of the tax evaders and gave it to the office of the Chief Minister but no action was taken against them,” claimed Gosain.

The DETC, Rishipal Singh, said the CBI and the state vigilance were looking into the matter and the department had also formed a three-member committee to hold investigations.

Rumours rife about CBI officials at Sales Tax office

The police were stationed in strength around the office of the DETC as members of the Active Anti-Corruption Group had announced to ghereo the office. Police nakas were set up at two places near the Mini-secretariat where the office is situated. Seeing a large number of policemen, rumours about CBI officials arriving in the city to enquire about the bogus refund scam were rife. However, excise officials confirmed that no official from the CBI came for investigation today. The High Court has ordered a CBI enquiry into the bogus refund scam.

‘Probe only bogus bills and not refunds’

Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Association of Small Industries in India, said they had filed a writ petition in the High Court against the marking of a CBI enquiry into the bogus refund scam. “The CBI should investigate the bogus bill scam but not the bogus refunds issued by the department as bogus bills had led to bogus refunds. If the CBI probed bogus refunds too, the Excise Department will not release pending refunds claiming that it does not have papers or the CBI has stopped issuing new refunds,” said Jindal.



Gadvasu notes
Role of women in dairy farming discussed

Women are important and integral part of physical and economic strength of our society. Their vital contribution can develop more positive and new horizons in the society. This was said by Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, in his inaugural address in context of ‘Women in Dairy Farming’ at Ramgarh Seekri village (Talwara).

He said women were contributing a lot in Agriculture and livestock professions in rural folk but not in a systematic manner. Organised work by women may deliver better results in production and economy. Dr Taneja said free of cost training programmes in different livestock professions and value additions were available for women at the university.

Dr Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, director of extension education, GADVASU, revealed that different departments of the university exhibited the new techniques and practices for the benefit of the livestock farmers and attended their queries. Experts explained about the women related professions which may increase their income. Milk processing technologies for value addition was discussed with them. Free testing facilities for nitrate poisoning of fodders, mastitis testing, testing of faecal and feed samples were available.

Dr AL Saini, director of Regional Research and Training Centre, Bhatoli (Talwara), said a large number of beneficiaries also visited the mela. Women self-help groups explained their success stories, goats and pig farmers also narrated their achievements. Rope making machine was demonstrated which improves the production against manual techniques. — TNS



Cbse regulations
Students to get 30 minutes more for open book exam
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The CBSE has decided to give 30 minutes extra time to the students of Class IX and XI in the final exams of March 2014, particularly for the open book exam. The Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) will be introduced in March 2014, as a distinct section, however comprised in the main question paper.

The CBSE came upon this decision, since OTBA questions will be an addition to the original paper pattern, unchanged from the last year. CBSE director has informed the schools that OTBA questions will be in addition to regular and typical question paper of 3 hours.

“Students will be allotted exam time of 3 and a half hour in the subjects where OTBA has been introduced. The latest extended time of 30 minutes is in addition to the 15 minutes allocated for the students to read the question paper,” said Navita Puri, principal of KVM School.

The OTBA is to be conducted only for students of Classes IX and XI as part of the final exams in March. The OTBA study material has been released for Class IX for all chief subjects such as English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Whereas, for Class XI, the OTBA study resources are provided for subjects such as Geography, Economics and Biology.

This year OTBA exam will be conducted only in these subjects and this is a pilot project. Students appearing for OTBA exams will be provided with study material one month before the final exam. However, the CBSE has made it certain that the introduction of OTBA will not affect the standard process of taking the exam.



Practical learning still on a back seat
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The state government may be spending lakhs of rupees in creating corners for Maths, English and Social Studies in government schools so that students could easily learn by practically looking at the things (related with the particular subject) and the school authorities may have set-up such corners as part of ‘Teaching-Learning Material’, but these are ‘hardly’ being used by the teachers while teaching them.

Surabhi (name changed), a Class IX student of a Government School at Civil Lines, said there were corners for Maths, English and Science where many things were kept by the authorities. “But the teachers have never tried to describe about these placards, posters or the models, though they are part of our syllabus,” said the student.

One of the senior Maths teacher at a Government School here said unless the authorities do the monitoring process, such steps taken by the department could hardly bring any improvement in the education system. “The government has provided funds to create such corners in each school, where material related to the subject could be kept to make the learning process easier for the students. But in majority of the schools, teachers do not bother to get things from the corners to teach them. They are kept as a showpiece,” said the teacher.

Meanwhile, the District Science Supervisor, Varinder Kaur, said it was virtually not possible to visit each school and keep a tab on whether the teachers were taking help of the corners or not. “But it is their duty to teach students with the help of such aids, posters, teaching material kept for the purpose. It is bad if they are not doing so. But during our annual inspection, we’ll see whether these corners have been used or not by taking tests of the students,” said the supervisor.



Fear of contracting diseases, a major concern for NRIs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 4
NRIs visiting Punjab are scared of contracting certain diseases during their visit to their native localities situated in the border state. Typhoid and Hepatitis are among those diseases for which the majority of visitors get expensive vaccines before arriving in India.

As these vaccines are normally not provided by the health departments of a majority of developed countries, those planning visits to India have to depend upon general practitioners of their respective localities.

Even after receiving supplementary immunity the visiting NRIs take extra preventive measures while at their respective places.

Investigations revealed that NRIs settled in Canada, USA, Australia and UK were scared of traveling to their native states without getting vaccinated for various waterborne and infectious diseases. Contrary to earlier trend when they used to relish traditional drinks, including lassi and jaljeera especially prepared for them, they prefer mineral water and sterilised food only.

Yadwinder Singh Phallewal, a resident of Phallewal village, said all his NRI relatives, who visited his home, refused to taste the traditional drinks served to them.

Sukhbir Singh Grewal, an NRI from Canada, said a majority of people visiting the border state were scared of contracting pathogens. “Though there is no provision of giving vaccines to prospective visitors by the government Health Department, general practitioners were administering vaccines for certain diseases, including typhoid and hepatitis cost of which ranged between 150 and 200 dollars,” he said.



Development grants
Tewari flays MC for ignoring Cong wards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today lashed out at the local Municipal Corporation authorities for discriminating against the wards represented by the Congress.

He claimed that there was a huge gap in the development grants provided to the wards represented by the Congress and those by the ruling Akali-BJP alliance.

Addressing a well-attended public meeting organised by Congress halqa in-charge Ashok Prashar Pappi at Lohara village in the Ludhiana South assembly segment, Tewari said the wards represented by the Congress councillors were getting peanuts in comparison with those represented by the Akali-BJP councillors.

He said the MC authorities cite shortage of funds whenever the Congress councillors seek development funds for the areas represented by them. However, there was no dearth of grants for the areas represented by the Akali-BJP alliance. “Development cannot be carried out at the whims and fancies of individuals,” he asserted, adding that the development activities in the city must be uniform and free of bias.

Those who are trying to discriminate against the wards represented by the Congress must realise that they were answerable to people and time was not far when they would be held accountable for their omissions and commissions, he said. Tewari said the Akali-BJP alliance must not take the power for granted. "It does not take much time for a tide to turn," he said, adding that people would teach the ruling alliance a lesson in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, Tewari presented a cheque for Rs 10 lakh to the village sarpanch for setting up a cremation ground in the area. He also laid down the foundation stone of the cremation ground.

Among others present on the occasion included Pawan Dewan, Milkiat Singh Birmi, Gurmail Singh Pahlawan, Hemraj Aggarwal and others.



Chrysanthemum show begins at PAU
Tribune News Service

Students at the chrysanthemum show at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 4
A two-day chrysanthemum show, presenting the bounty of nature, commenced today at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Keeping up with the tradition, the department of floriculture and landscaping and the estate organisation, PAU, jointly organised the show, which is dedicated to the eminent Punjabi poet Bhai Veer Singh.

Inaugurating the show, the chief guest, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The myriad coloured chrysanthemums provide happiness to the onlookers and beautify the environment. The PAU has developed and recommended 17 varieties of chrysanthemums to date.”

The guest of honour, Dr Ramesh Kumar, director, directorate of floriculture research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, said the PAU was one of the leading centres in chrysanthemum under the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on floriculture.

About 3,000 pots with more than 200 varieties of chrysanthemums belonging to different categories have been displayed for the visitors. The show will be open for the public till December 5.



From schools
Junior athletics meet

Ludhiana: Junior Athletic Meet of the kindergarten section commenced on the campus of GMT Public School on Wednesday. Students of pre-nursery to UKG participated on the first day. March past was organised by the junior block students with their house flags. The tiny tots took part in the events, including 50 m race, back race, ball race, frog race, parents’ race and teachers’ race.

Volleyball tournament

Volleyball team of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School won the Swami Vivekanand and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Volleyball Tournament organised by Shifaly International School, Rahon Road. Nineteen teams participated, Shifaly bagged the second position and Green Land School bagged the third position.

World Disabled Day

On ‘World Disabled Day’, students of MGM Public School along with special contribution by ‘Aashirwad’, an NGO, volunteered to take part in the ‘Walk and Road’ show. The students holding innumerable slogans and placards moved in a procession from school campus to Dugri Market attributing humanistic feelings. — TNS



Budding entrepreneurs discuss secrets of success
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A seminar on ‘The Secrets of Success for Small and Medium Business - Season II’ was organised by India’s SME Forum at Ludhiana. This open for all forum titled ‘Secrets of Success’ for eligible SME’s had a focus on keeping it simple, easy to understand and knowledge sharing and that is the real secret of success for budding entrepreneurs for whom the ISF endeavor has been initiated to help and guide.

SS Dhillon, director MSME-DI, Ludhiana, talked about the developing face of the SME Sector and the opportunities that lies in different industries.

“Such forums are vital for making local SMEs competitive in the face of increasing global competition,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president Federation of Industries and Commercial organisation.

Anant Upadhyay, zonal manager, Bank of India, Ludhiana-zone, said there was a need for developing strong entrepreneurial environment and one should take risk in life to set a vision of being future entrepreneurs and translate a business idea into reality by taking a risk.

Sushma Morthania, director general of India SME Forum said, “The aim of the forum is to boost the confidence of the Small business owners and to enhance their knowledge that will expand their outlook of knowledge on growth related constraints that is preventing their progress.”



Civic body all set to hike licence fee
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
After imposing property tax and charges for regularisation of illegal colonies, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to increase licence fee for shopkeepers and other businessmen besides bringing more businesses under the licence fee net.

As per the proposal, marriage palaces and banquet halls will now be charged at the rate of Rs 5,000 per programme instead of the existing fee of Rs 500 per day; and tent houses will have to pay Rs 2,000 instead of existing Rs 150.

Similarly, from the existing licence fee of Rs 500, hotels would have to pay Rs 3,000 (up to 10 rooms), Rs 5,000 (11-20 rooms) and Rs 15,000 (more than 20 rooms).

Now, banks, shopping malls and nursing homes will also have to pay licence fees. Banks will be required to pay Rs 4,000 while shopping malls will be charged Rs 20,000. Similarly, nursing homes with less than five beds will have to pay Rs 3,000, the establishments with 5-15 beds will have to pay Rs 5,000 while those having moiré than 15 beds will be charged Rs 10,000.

The license fees for other shops and businesses too have been hiked.

Items on agenda

  • Taking a loan of ~2,000 crore from HUDCO for carrying out several development works in the city
  • Providing 3,000 sq yards of land on lease for construction of the Daba police station
  • Increasing the monthly salary of councillors to at least ~30,000
  • Changing the town planning scheme of Gurdev Nagar part 2
  • Providing Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems in various areas of the city so that people living in slums and along polluted river channels could have access to clean drinking water



Cycle manufacturers urge govt to roll back hike in power charges
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association today asked the state government to rollback the increase in power charges. A meeting of the office-bearers of the Association held under the chairmanship of Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma discussed the increase in the electricity charges in the form of fuel-cost adjustment and peak load exemption charges. Vishivkarma said the fuel charge was enhanced once again from October 1, 2013 by nine paise per unit. Earlier, the government had hiked the fuel charge as well as peak load exemption charge from April this year.

"On the one hand, the SAD and BJP leaders have been boasting that the state was on way to become power surplus while on the other, the state government is raising power charges and putting an unnecessary burden on the industry as well as the general public," said Vishivkarma.

The cycle industry is already reeling under recession and was under tremendous pressure owing to the competition posed by Chinese products that were being imported in bulk. In the light of this, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) are struggling to survive.

Vishivkarma urged the government to rollback the hike in power charges in the interest of the cycle industry.



Punjabi singer releases debut album
Tribune News Service

Gursimran Kaur Mehra releases her debut music album titled ‘Toomba’ at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 4
Singer Gursimran Kaur Mehra released her debut album titled ‘Toomba’ at Punjabi Bhawan today. The album comprises of ten songs.

The budding singer has been singing and learning music for the past decade. Hailing from Gurdaspur, the singer said she was interested in music since childhood and had learned music from singers such as Mohammad Siddique, Ranjit Kaur and later from Master Gulzar.

She has given several solo stage performances during the programmes of Mohammed Siddique.

“There is a need to maintain purity and decency in music and singers who receive good response must not get distracted. The fact that people nowadays listen to veteran singer Surinder Kaur as they would listen to their mother is because of that ‘purity’ in her songs,” said Gurbhajan Singh Gill, President of Punjabi Sahit Akademi.

Social and cultural activists Jagdev Singh Jassowal and former District Congress president KK Bawa amongst others were present on the occasion.



Go for vasectomy and get a cell phone

Machhiwara, December 4
The Punjab Health Department on the directions of the Punjab Government is luring people to initiate for vasectomy by offering cash money and other schemes to control population.

Several posters pasted at the Civil Hospital, Machhiwara, stated that the persons who will initiate for vasectomy at the Civil Hospitals will be paid Rs 1,100 in cash and one kilogram of desi ghee or a mobile phone, free of cost.

SMO Machhiwara said the department would also give Rs 200 to those who would lure others for the operations.

As per the information, the health officials would fix the target for the doctors. One such camp was organised in the month of November but no one turned up as the schemes were not available but now the department has decided to re-organise the camp on December 6 along with the above mentioned schemes. — OC



Foreign ambassador visits India

Ludhiana: The ambassador of The Democratic Republic of Congo to India, Francois Balumuene, visited the PCTE Group of Institutes for co-operation and avenues in higher education.

He said he was impressed by the state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, modern outlook, huge number of foreign students and faculty. On the visit, the ambassador met the students from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was happy to hear about their learning experience at PCTE.

Dr KNS Kang, director general of the group, said though the students were from a French speaking nation, PCTE was organising special courses, both in English and Hindi, for these students to abridge the gap. — TNS



One held with 100-gm heroin

Ludhiana, December 4
The police have arrested six persons under separate cases registered under the NDPS Act on Tuesday. The Sahnewal police seized 100 gm of heroin from one Manoj Kumar of Moga. In another case, Vikramjeet Singh, a resident of Jodhu Colony, Sri Muktsar Sahib, was held with 350 gm of drug powder. In a separate case, the Koom Kalan police arrested one Satwinder Singh and recovered 300 gm of drug powder. In yet another case, the Mehraban police arrested one Babaldeep Singh with 500 gm of drug powder. Besides, Kuljit Singh and Harwinder Singh, residents of Hoshiarpur district, were held with 300 gm of drug powder.

Man held for rape bid

Suraj, a resident of Bihari Colony, Industrial Area, here has been arrested for attempting to rape a minor girl on Tuesday. Dorine Paswan, the victim's father, reported to the police that he noticed Suraj taking his five-year-old daughter into a washroom and nabbed him indulging in an immoral acitivity. A case has been registered under Sections 376, 506 and 511 of the IPC and Sections 8 and10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012. — TNS



2 peddlers held

Koom Kalan, December 4
The Koom Kalan police have arrested two persons and recovered 800 gm of intoxicated powder from their possession. The accused has been identified as Duni Chand (38) of Kharar and Satwinder Singh (23) of Jalanpur village near Samrala.

SHO Koom Kalan Surjit Singh Nagra said a naka was set up at Katani Chowk. The police party spotted a motor cycle coming from canal side when they signaled him, the accused tried to escape but he was overpowered. During search, the police recovered 500 gm intoxicated powder from Duni Chand.

In another incident, a police party spotted a person on a motor cycle towards Panjetta village. During search, the police party recovered 300 gm of intoxicated powder was recovered from Satwinder Singh.

The police have registered a case against the duo under the relevant sections. They were sent to judicial custody for 14 days. — OC



Inter-school athletics meet: Host school shines bright on Day 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 4
The host Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, won 11 titles on the inaugural day of the two-day Sahodaya Inter-School Athletics Meet held here today. Around 1,200 athletes (boys and girls) from CBSE schools of the city are taking part in various track and field events being organised during the meet.

Surinder Singh, general secretary of the host school, opened the meet. GNPS principal Mona Singh welcomed the chief guest and the participants. National player Sahib Singh Nagi of the school administered the oath to the athletes to compete with true sportsman spirit. Results are as under:

Boys u-14

100-m race: Ramanjit Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Joginder Singh of Sacred Soul School 2 and Karanpreet Singh of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3. 400-m race: Varun of GMT Public School 1, Jashanpreet Singh of Bal Bharti Public School 2 and Amritpal Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 3. Long jump: Harbeer Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Tapan Thakur of GNIPS, BRS Nagar, 2 and Gurjot Singh of Sacred Soul School 3.

Boys u-16

100-m race: Ekambir Singh Sidhu of Sacred Feart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, 1, Japanjot Singh of GNIPS, Model Town, 2, and Prajwal Bharwaj of Don Bosco Global School 3. 400m race: Ankitpal Singh of NSPS, Kila Raipur, 1, Harmeet Singh of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarbha Nagar, 2, and Bhavjit Singh of Raekot Public School 3. 1500-m race: Harmandeep Singh of Raekot Public School 1, Om Parkash Kumar of Victoria Public School 2 and Vinayak Maithani of BCM, Shastri Nagar 3. Long jump: Harmanjeet Singh of NSPS, Kila Raipur 1, Shivam Dhingra of BCM, Shastri Nagar, 2 and Harjot Singh of Shamrock Christian School 3. Discus throw: Manjinder Singh of BCM, Shastri Nagar 1, Harmanjeet Singh of NSPS, Kila Raipur 2 and Nishant of GNIPS, BRS Nagar 3.

Boys u-19

100-m race: Paramir Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Hartejasavi Kapoor of KVM 2 and Gurdev Singh of Raekot Public School 3. 400-m race: Sidharth of KVM 1, Taranpreet Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 2 and Simranjeet Singh of GGN Public School 3. 1500-m race: Paras Chander of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Abhishek Khanna of DCM Presidency 2 and Rajesh Kumar of GGN Public School 3. Discus throw: Gurmanpreet Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Gurvinder Singh of Raekot Public School 2 and Shahbaaz Singh of GNIPS, Model Town 3. 4x100-m relay: NSPS, Kila Raipur 1, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 2 and BCM, Chandigarh road 3. Long jump: Hartejasavi Kapoor of KVM 1, Ishupal Singh of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 2 and Gurdev Singh of Raekot Public School 3.

Girls u-14

100-m race: Kashvi Chhabra of Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri 1, Harleen Kaur of NSPS, Gill road 2 and Jashabdeep kaur of NSPS, Kila Raipur 3. 400-m race: Harshdeep Kaur of Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri 1, Harleen Kaur of GNIPS, BRS Nagar 2 and Sukhmanpreet Kaur of NSPS, Kila Raipur 3. Shot put: Jashanpreet Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Alisha of KVM 2 and Ravneet Kaur of GNIPS, BRS Nagar 3.

Girls u-16

100-m race: Vani Bhandula of Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri 1, Raveena Saini of NSPS, Gill road 2, and Nitika Ghand of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3. 400-m race: Raveena of NSPS, Gill road 1, Gurpreet Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 2 and Akansha Sharma of Sacred Feart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar 3. Shot put: Harmahik Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Sumedha Seth of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar 2 and Amol Roop Kaur of GNIPS 3. 4x100-m relay race: GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar 2 and S Guru Harkrishan Public School 3. High jump: Lovleen Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Preety of KVM 2, Manjit and Ishpreet Kaur of GNIPS, Model Town and Raekot Public School 3.

Girls u-19

100-m race: Nitika Ryait of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Malika Chaudhary of BVM, kitchlu Nagar 2 and Ashna Jacob of CFC Public School 3. 400m race: Abhiti Sharma of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 1, Aanchal Malhotra of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar 
2 and Harmandeep Kaur of Raekot Public School 3. 
800-m race: Armaandeep Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Aanchal Malhotra of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar 2 and Laveena Jain of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar 3. Shot put: Shubhneet Kaur of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 1, Baljeet Kaur of NSPS, Kila Raipur 2 and Yashika of GNIPS, Model Town 3. 4x100-m relay race: Sacred Soul School, BRS Nagar 1, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar 2 and Shamrock Christian School 3.



World Cup kabaddi
Control room to coordinate between committees

Ludhiana, December 4
To ensure coordination between the committees and sub-committees constituted for the smooth conduct of the men’s final and the closing ceremony of the 4th World Cup Kabaddi, scheduled to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here on December 14, a control room has been set up at the miscellaneous branch of the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, on the premises of the Mini-secretariat.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said all the information about the mega event would be available at the control room 24X7. He said Vikas Kumar (93169-66111), Piara Singh (94637-96595), Paramjeet Singh Sappal (84272-00389), 0161-2773392), Jai Parkash (97799-11444), Gurpinder Singh (98146-02370) and Gurpreet Singh (94650-36534) would be in shift-wise attendance at the control room.

Police commissioner reviews arrangements

Even as the D-day is 10 days away, Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, visited the venue today to review the arrangements for the upcoming event. He along with other officials remained at the stadium for some time and was seen issuing directions. A number of dignitaries besides cinestars and other artistes are expected at the closing ceremony of the World Cup Kabaddi on December 14. — OC



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