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All city roads lead to Guru Nanak Stadium
All set for Indo-Pak kabaddi final; government machinery on toes for the grand closing ceremony of World Cup
Shivani Bhakoo & Anil Datt
Tribune News Service

Painters give the finishing touches to the props of artistes.
Painters give the finishing touches to the props of artistes. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 13
Top government officials from various departments, including the district administration, the Police, the MC, Health, Excise and Taxation and Sports, are on their toes for the success of the grand closing ceremony of the fourth World Cup Kabaddi, scheduled for tomorrow evening.

A meeting of all major departments was convened today to review the arrangements. The arrangements were supervised personally by the higher-ups.

The entry for the general public to Guru Nanak Stadium will be allowed from blocks C, D and E with block number 3, 9 and 8, respectively, while those having VIP passes will enter the venue from blocks B and F. The entire media will get its entry from gate number 6 while gate number 4 will be strictly reserved for VVIP guests — dignitaries from both Punjabs (Pakistan and India). At all gates, Class I officers will be in attendance, taking care of the guests.

Dignitaries to start arriving at 9.30 am at PAU

All VVIP delegates from both Pakistan and India will start reaching the helipad, prepared at Punjab Agricultural University, at 9.30 am tomorrow. Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, MC, who will receive the dignitaries at the PAU, said the guests would arrive in four choppers and the first chopper would land at around 9.30 am at the PAU

Screens put up in city

As it will not be possible for all city residents to watch the final and the closing ceremony of the fourth World Cup Kabaddi live from the stadium, which has a seating capacity of 40,000, the authorities have made arrangements by putting up huge screens in areas, including Rakh Bagh, Fountain Chowk, Mini Fountain Chowk, Old Sessions Court, the Government College for Girls parking area and other vantage points across the city. Besides, the event management company is putting up several huge screens inside the Guru Nanak Stadium for the benefit of spectators present at the venue.

Grand finale

The stage for the grand finale of World Cup Kabaddi at Guru Nanak Stadium is all set for arch rivals India and Pakistan to slug it out for the top honours and fetch the huge prize money at stake. This will be a coincidence that both India and Pakistan teams will clash for the title in the presence of their respective chief ministers -- Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Shahbaz Sharif, Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will distribute the prizes to the winners and the runners-up.

Kenyan team members' demand

Meanwhile, members of the women kabaddi team from Kenya have expressed the desire that the participation money should be be given to them and not to their manager. The Sports Department has asked them to give it in writing to avoid any ugly scene over the issue.

Fireworks at stadium

The main attraction of the mega sports event will be a firework display after the prize distribution function. The authorities claim that the spectacular firework will regale foreign dignitaries and spectators. These fireworks will not be aerial, and crackers will be burst from the ground during the event.

Hundreds of gatka players arrive

Hundreds of gatka players, including girls and children, are putting up at the stadium to perform tomorrow. The organisers have arranged for their stay at the badminton hall, adjacent to Guru Nanak Stadium.

Ranveer to perform

Popular film actor Ranveer Singh and Punjabi artistes, singers and comedians will entertain the gathering during the closing ceremony Residents were today seen seeking passes to have a close glimpse of the stars.


Tight security arrangements in place
Tribune News Service

A dog squad inspects the stage for the closing ceremony at Guru Nanak Stadium.
A dog squad inspects the stage for the closing ceremony at Guru Nanak Stadium. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 13
The police have beefed up security arrangements in and around the city in view of the closing ceremony of the fourth edition of World Cup Kabaddi, scheduled to held tomorrow. As many as 4,000 security men have been deputed for the security arrangements, including those from companies and paramilitary forces.

Chief guest Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to India and a 30-member delegation from Pakistan will visit several venues, including the Punjab Agricultural University campus, Hambran Road, Sarabha Nagar and Guru Nanak Stadium in the city. Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon visited the venues and took stock of the security arrangements.

Sukhpal Singh Brar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Headquarters, said, "All security arrangements have been done. Apart from the 4000 security men, anti-riots teams will be ready for instant action during the closing ceremony and the visit of the chief guest."

The Ludhiana police will present a guard of honour to the chief guest. Police personnel rehearsed for the guard of honour on the PAU campus. The police are keeping a vigil on every activity near the venues. A large number of security personnel have been deputed at Guru Nanak stadium and the other venues.

What the Police Commissioner says

Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said, "We have made foolproof arrangements for tomorrow's event. We have made three-tire security arrangements this time. Police personnel have been deputed in outer areas of the city and checkpoints have been set up to seal the inner city. There are tight security arrangements at Guru Nanak Stadium."



Chinks appear in SAD-BJP over outdoor media policy
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 13
Cracks appear to have developed between the SAD and the BJP, alliance partners in the civic body here, over the adoption and implementation of the amended outdoor media policy.

While city Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria announced that the policy had been adopted along with other agenda items in the last general house meeting held on December 6, the BJP has expressed staunch opposition to the manner in which the new policy was sought to be thrust upon the people.

The party also apprehends massive financial loss to the municipal corporation by way of lower recovery from advertisement tax if the rights were awarded to a single company for a period of 15 to 20 years as per the provisions of the amended policy.

BJP councillors, along with those from the Congress and opposition parties, had raised a strong voice of protest when the agenda items, including the adoption of the outdoor media policy, were said to have been approved without any discussion on the floor of the House.

Both the BJP and the Congress councillors were not in favour of giving a nod to the new media policy without discussing it in detail. However, the Mayor had stood his ground and maintained that the policy had been approved and would be adopted.

Several BJP councillors feel that most of the provisions of the amended media policy were loaded in favour of the advertising agency which will practically gain monopoly rights for outdoor advertising, that too for a very long period.

Senior MC functionaries and top brass of the MC, however, contend that the master plan of the outdoor media policy, formulated by the consultants appointed for this purpose, lays down that the concessionaire will have to make heavy capital investment by way of providing street furniture all across the city which may involve an expenditure of Rs 40 to Rs 50 crore.

"Ïf the outdoor agency obtaining rights for outdoor publicity makes such a huge investment, it also needs a sufficient period of time to recover its initial investment, earn profits and also make payment to the MC against the publicity rights," said a senior MC official.

Apparently turning down the plea made by the Mayor and other senior SAD leaders in the civic body to avoid confrontation on this issue, a few BJP councillors are understood to have approached Punjab Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi to cancel the entire agenda which, they assert, had been "hastily" approved without any discussion in the general house meeting on December 6.



Students yet to get winter uniform
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
The winter uniform for students of classes I to VIII in government schools, for which the grant is provided by both the Central and the state governments, is yet to reach the students. Thanks to a recent "tussle" between the state government and the non-teaching employees working under the SSA/RMSA, students are being made to suffer.

Though the strike by the non-teaching employees was called off following a warning issued by Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka about a week ago, the work of making lists of schools, their requirements, fund disbursement to blocks and quotations for the uniform by the school managements are yet to be completed.

The uniform has not reached a majority of the schools. In some schools, the authorities have collected funds for the purpose. At Government Primary School (I-A), the authorities bought 53 pairs of shoes for students. An official, Amrit Kaur, said, "We waited for long to get the uniform, but when we didn't get it, we chipped in as it had become a necessity since many students were still coming in slippers. We collected Rs 5,000 and bought shoes. A few students have still been left out and we are arranging funds to buy them shoes. The uniform should have been provided on time."

The managements of Government High School, Brahmpuri, Government Elementary School, Kailash Nagar, Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, and Government Elementary School, Khud Mohalla, said the funds had not reached the schools.



anti-encroachment drive
People cry foul as MC team ‘goes beyond its brief’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The municipal corporation here is often found wanting in providing basic amenities like good roads, clean drinking water, a proper drainage system and smooth traffic, but that is not the case when it comes to "causing harassment" to the people.

A team of the Tehbazaari wing of the MC, led by the Additional Commissioner, reportedly removed two-wheelers and other vehicles from public parking areas along Ferozepur Road between the Sidhwan Canal and the octori post and repeated a similar exercise on Pakhowal Road here today.

Several shopkeepers and employees in commercial complexes, banks and other establishments located on this stretch of the road alleged that the MC team impounded vehicles in an indiscriminate manner without assigning any reason even when these vehicles were parked in vacant spaces without causing any obstruction in the service lanes or vehicular flow on the main Ferozepur Road.

MS Sekhon, an employee in a commercial complex, said pleas made by the owners of impounded vehicles that the MC had not provided any paid parking facility along this stretch of the road (between the Sidhwan Canal and the octori post) and nor were any signboards put up against parking of vehicles went unheeded. "Many vehicle owners had to pay penalty and suffer harassment without having committed any offence," he said.

There were reports that later in the day, the MC team, in the course of clearing temporary encroachments on Pakhowal Road, had gone beyond the MC limits, which again was an unlawful act.

MC Additional Commissioner Devinder Singh, however, defended the action of the MC Tehbazaari team, saying that the civic body was following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which had ruled that all commercial complexes along Ferozepur Road would have their own designated parking area and public parking sites would not be used by these or those visiting these establishments.

He also denied that the MC team had gone beyond the city limits on Pakhowal Road during the anti-encroachment drive.



Kabaddi veteran gets raw deal
Bal had introduced circle-style kabaddi to Punjabis settled abroad
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
His beard might have turned grey with age but the passion for kabaddi in him remains as alive as it was decades ago, when he used to play the game as well as train players. A veteran of kabaddi, Sarwan Singh Bal, was on a personal visit to the city today.

At 77, he is happy that he brought the game to a level that now world cups of the game are being organised, but at the same time his is a bit disappointed for he has not even been invited to the finals of Kabaddi World Cup and was not consulted for the mega event.

Bal is known as the “Columbus of Kabaddi” who took the game to the foreign shores and introduced circle-style kabaddi to the Punjabi communities settled abroad. The celebrated kabaddi player, who had played the game for a decade, was hired as a coach by the Sports Department of the state in 1968 and he coached several champion teams, but in Punjab style and national-style games.

He went to England to prepare a team in circle-style kabaddi, as it was on a decline during the seventies. He had coached the team in England for three months. He later pushed for such teams among the Punjabi communities based in Singapore, Canada and the US. In 1989, his team also visited Pakistan and won the tournament there. The teams coached by him in Singapore, Canada and England participated along with a team from Pakistan in Canada Kabaddi Cup-1990. The Canada Kabaddi Cup is organised with the same fervour even now, says the veteran coach.

Rising popularity of the game abroad has led to the formation of private kabaddi clubs who would invite players from Punjab. These players would return to their villages and organise tournaments there. Thus with the efforts of Bal, a kabaddi movement commenced and it let the seeds of the game germinate in the state and abroad.

The good thing about the world cup is the dope test run on players, as drugs and steroids are claiming lives of young players from villages, he says.

He says there is a need for providing training to foreign teams for the level of the competition to rise rather than it just being reduced to a show-off. They have the energy and power, but they lack the technique, he adds.

Foreign teams, particularly womens, need to be trained. "They talk of taking the game to the Olympics but it is not even recognised elsewhere in India. This is only possible if the level of all the participating teams is raised. Teams to train foreign players should be sent from here and even players from other states should be trained to participate in the circle style of kabaddi," he says. 



PAU set to welcome guests from Pak
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
Punjab Agricultural University is all set to welcome Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab, and the members of a delegation from Pakistan. Sharif will also visit Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). Iqrar A Khan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan), will also be the part of the 30-member delegation from Pakistan.

An exhibition, featuring various projects running at the PAU and achievements in the field of research in the last 50 years, will be held outside the Thapar Hall.

The PAU authorities will serve carrot lassi, "khoye de pere", fish nuggets and fish cutlet prepared by at GADVASU to the visitors from across the border.

Meanwhile, Punjab Agricultural Universityhave cancelled some of the examinations in view of Shahbaz Sharif's visit.

Gifts for Shahbaz Sharif

Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal will gift a combine harvester to Shahbaz Sharif. The PAU authorities will gift him a Maize Dehusker Machine. Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Additional Director (Communication), said the area under maize in Pakistan Punjab is quite good.

PAU VC and visiting Pak CM are neighbours

The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, hails for Doburji village in Tarn Taran district, which is only 12 km from the native village of Shahbaz Sharif, Jaati Umra. "I am delighted over Shahbaz Sharif's visit to the PAU. I have passed his native village so many times. I always pray to the Almighty for peace and love between both the nations. It is in the favour of both the countries," said the Vice-Chancellor.



kabaddi finals
Health Dept deputes 4 teams

Ludhiana, December 13
The Health Department has deputed four medical teams for the the final of the World Kabaddi Cup scheduled to take place at Guru Nanak Stadium tomorrow. Assistant Civil Surgeon Kaushal Saini said: "Each team has six or seven members, including an orthopaedician, medical specialist and a pharmacist.''

He said three medical teams had exclusively been deputed for the VVIPs, includiing Chief Minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Pakistani Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

For collecting samples of eatables to be served to the VVIPs , there will be eight teams. Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana Subhash Batta said: "We have constituted eight teams of food safety officers, including officials from Moga, Sangrur, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur districts."

Meanwhile, three ambulances have also been arranged by the health department. Dr Batta said: "Medical specialists will be available at the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, till the matches get over. All the major hospitals of the city have been put on standby." — TNS



kabaddi cup function
College wall demolished again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
Come what may. The authorities will leave no stone unturned to make the World Kabaddi Cup, the "brainchild" of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, successful, even if they have to put others in trouble. In order to create enough parking space, the wall of the playground of the Government College for Girls was again demolished by the authorities today.

Though a few policemen approached the college authorities last evening to take "permission" for getting the wall demolished just for the event, they said they were no ones to object to the demolition of the wall and a decision to this effect was to be taken from higher-ups in Chandigarh.

"But that was just a formality. We all knew that they will demolish the wall to create enough parking space," said one of the senior teachers at the college, adding that every year, they have to demolish the wall and then again construct it. "It is better that they make some permanent arrangement as the event is going to be held every year.

Jashanjot Kaur, a student of GCG, said neither the students nor the authorities had any problem with the demolition of the wall but who should be held responsible if there was some security lapse since it was a girls' college?

Meanwhile Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, said he was not aware of the development. "It must have been done due to some security reasons and the Police Department could have taken the decision," he said. 



Chinese team comes calling
Challenges facing cycle industry in India, China discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
A meeting of the United Cycle Parts Manufacturing Association (UCPMA) was held under the chairmanship of Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma with a delegation of the China Bicycle Association (CBA) today. Problems being faced by the industry were discussed during the meeting.

The UCPMA suggested that as and when any firm of China engaged in the manufacturing of cycle parts desired to collaborate with an Indian company, it should go through the UCPMA and the China Bicycle Association (CBA) as it will be beneficial for the companies of both the countries. He said whenever an exhibition was held in China, the charges for setting up stalls should be concessional and the CBA should help in this respect so that more and more industrial units from India came forward for participation. The members of both sides suggested in order to promote the cycle industry, the associations should put up a joint stall.

From the UCPMA, SC Ralhan and the leader of the Chinese Bicycle Association shed light on the problems facing the industry and made some suggestions.

Secretary Pradeep Wadhawan welcomed the delegation.

Chinese delegation visits Avon cycles

Meanwhile, the delegation visited the unit of Avon Cycles on Thursday. The delegation was headed by MA Zhongchao, chairman of the China Bicycle Association (CBA), and comprised of other officials, including Huo Xiaoyun, vice-chairman; Wang Zhaoyang, president of PHOENIX Group, Wu Zhongjiang, exhibition commissioner of the CBA; Chen Xiaoping, general manager (assistant) of Shanghai XieSheng Exhibition Co. Ltd., CBA; Shen Mengjin, project assistant of Shanghai XieSheng Exhibition Co. Ltd, CBA. 



Teachers' protest hits studies
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 13
As per the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU), teachers of all private-aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh proceeded on mass casual leave in order to attend a rally in front of DPI Colleges in Mohali today. Studies of students of approximately 175 private-affiliated colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh suffered as the December examination are just at a stone’s throw.

“On the one hand, imparting education is the government’s priority, while on the other, those doing the job are forced to live in miserable conditions. They have observed black festivities on account of non-payment of their salaries. The government forces us to resort to such extreme measures. Around 2,000 teachers are waiting for their salaries for the past nine months. The release of grant is nowhere in sight even as the financial year will end in February. It is really a sorry state of affairs,” said Dr PS Gill, president of the PCCTU.

Dr Kuldip Singh, General Secretary, PCCTU, said: “The API should be scraped and the state should form its own promotion policy. Hundreds of teachers, whose promotional scales are due, have been badly caught up in the mire of new API score, which has been ‘unthinkably’ framed by the UGC,” he said.

“The other pending demands include child care leave for women teachers, pension in tune with government employees, amendment in the Service Security Act of 1974, creation of posts of professors in aided colleges in tune with government colleges, arrears of pay revision of teachers working against unaided posts, relaxation of refresher courses and orientation courses at par with Government colleges, speeding up the case of arrears of DPEs/ librarians lying pending from 1/1/96, similarities in granting PhD increments with the counterpart government colleges, etc,” he said.

“We will be forced to intensify our struggle in the coming days if the government still remains a silent spectator and refuses to think about our genuine demands,” he said.



Carol-singing contest marks Christmas celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
With only a few days to go before Christmas, celebrations of the festival have already begun. Christmas carnival was celebrated at Sacred Heart Convent School. A carol-singing competition was also organised for all classes in the school. Students also made cribs and mangers, depicting the scene of the birth of Jesus. Students from Class VI onwards sang carols with their own music bands. Some of the classes had life-sized mangers. About 30 judges from outside had come to judge the performance of all sections of different classes in the school. Santa Claus, Christmas trees carols and decorations were organised across the school.

The festival was also celebrated at the College of Nursing at the Christian Medical College and Hospital. Students of the college decorated the college premises. A crib was in place and decorative lighting, along with candles and decorative pieces prepared by the students, were placed in the corridors at the college. A play titled “The Wonderful Star” was also staged at the college enacting the happenings during the birth of Jesus.

“We had a great time decorating the college premises for the festival. We intently wait for the festival and this is the time to deck up the campus with Santa images, decorative pieces and Christmas trees,” said Ashwin, a student of the college.

Markets outside the hospital and vendors had placed paper stars and other decorative pieces related with Christmas on the Brown Road.



Competitive exams
Rotary Club to motivate students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 13
The local unit of the Rotary Club has launched a movement to motivate students of the area to take part in competitive exams. Besides holding motivational lectures and workshops, the organisation has started organising free coaching for those appearing in competitive exams.

Appreciating the gesture, candidates preparing for examination for the selection of inspectors in the Department of Food Supply said tips given by a team of experts led by SP Sofat and Pardeep Sharda had boosted their morale, besides enriching their knowledge about various subjects.

Pardeep Sethi, president of the club, said the team of experts led by SP Sofat and Pardeep Sharda had been organising special classes to give tips to candidates appearing for preliminary examination for the selection of inspectors in the Department of Food Supply and other competitive examinations. Motivational lectures were also given at various educational institutes.

The project will continue in future, too, wherein free training would be imparted to desirous candidates, besides providing preparatory materials.

The organisation has also coordinated with the IAS and Allied Services Training Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala, for updating teachers of various schools of the region. Special classes being organised at Victoria Public Senior Secondary School and MGMN Senior Secondary School received warm response from candidates coming from the rural background. Earlier, they had to travel to distant places for this purpose.



CICU holds group discussion
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
A focus group discussion on “Sheet Metal in Auto Applications” was held here by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), Ludhiana.

The meet was coordinated and hosted by Tata Steel, along with its channel partner Sangeeta Steel Corporation.

Harshender Garg, senior manager, Sales (retail), Tata Steel, in his welcome speech, gave a brief introduction on Tata Steel and its products, including the new capacities coming up.

Vivek Vardhan, manager-PAG, Tata Steel, representing the Product Application Group of Tata Steel, gave a detailed presentation on the manufacturing process of the cold rolled steel at the company’s steel plant in Jamshedpur as well as different applications.

Various queries were answered during the interactive open house session with respect to the problems and development of end application products by customers.



My movies have a message for all, says film-maker
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Satdeep Singh
Satdeep Singh

Ludhiana, December 13
Satdeep Singh's films on the surface seem to be religious but the young engineer-turned-film-maker says these are rather spiritual and have a message for all rather than being religious and made for a particular community.

His feature film on drug addiction titled, "Empty Inside", is all set to be screened in the city. "Most films tell how terrible it is to become a drug addict but in this film there is a wider approach to understand the problem, saying that everyone is addicted to something or the other. But rather than becoming an addict to negative things like drugs, one must have a positive addiction.

"In the movie, we have not only explored the reasons for the drug menace, but also tried to give a solution to the problem. We have explored various layers of the problem, about the need to fill emptiness inside and the reasons for the emptiness," says Satdeep, the director, editor and writer of the film.

He has gained much appreciation for his short films "The Forgotten Truth", "Born To Lead", "Five Folds" that have won best film awards at the Sikhnet online film festival in the past three years consecutively. Another of his short film, "Taaj", has won the best film award in the Diversity video competition held in California. His first feature film, ''Proud To Be a Sikh", is set to be released in Punjab in January.

Satdeep wants to continue making meaningful cinema unlike the mainstream Punjabi films harping on the comedy line. He is currently making two films, one titled "Farzannd" and another related to the issues of Punjab farmers.



From schools & colleges
Founder’s Day celebrated

Founder’s Day of Everest Public Senior Secondary School was celebrated here. Rich tributes were paid to Late Dina Nath Sharma, (Retired Civil Engineer)-the founder of the institution, who devotedly served the cause of education with the sole mission of enlightening the poor and backward class students with the torch of knowledge. Farzana Alam, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, was the chief guest on the occasion. Professor Harlal Singh, former director, Punjab School Education Board, and Ranjit Singh Dhillon, MLA, were the guests of honour. An inter-school declamation contest was organised on the occasion. Students from various schools participated in it and spoke on various topics.

National Doctoral Fellowship

Professor Kavita Sharma, Department of Business Administration, RIMT-Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, has got a grant of Rs 7.83 lakh under the National Doctoral Fellowship (NDF) by the AICTE, New Delhi, under the NDF Policy-1/ 2012/13. She is a registered PhD research scholar in the Faculty of Management under Punjab Technical University. She is doing PhD on the topic “Investor Perception towards Mutual Funds - A Study of Faculty of Engineering Colleges in Punjab”. The National Doctoral Fellowship is for a fixed period/tenure of 3 years initially and extendable for one year, subject to the recommendation of experts committee of the AICTE or till the completion of the research. Her first instalment of Rs 2.61 lakh has been released for the financial year 2013-14 by the AICTE, New Delhi. She has brought glory to the RIMT Institutes and set up an example for other research scholars. RIMT director Dr Harsh Sadawarti wished her for bright future ahead. RIMT chairman Vijayant Bansal said he was thankful to the AICTE for supporting young research scholars. — TNS



PAU notes
One-day stakeholders’ workshop

A one-day stakeholders’ workshop on “Food Production and Environmental Sustainability: Challenges to Research and Extension” was organised at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here on Friday. The Department of Economics and Sociology, PAU, conducted the workshop under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-funded project “Capacity Building in National Planning for Food Security.”

Farm experts from the university and countries such as Kenya and Australia delivered lectures during the workshop in which the faculty of the Department of Economics and Sociology participated. Dr RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, spoke on “Technologies and Practices for Natural Resource Management: The Scaling Up Strategies.”

Highlighting the importance of land and water resources, he said the conservation of natural resources was vital for sustainable agricultural production system. He said agriculture in India accounts for 80 per cent of water consumption. Dr Sidhu said: “As Punjab is a major contributor to the national food security, conservation of water, especially, groundwater resource is essential.” Besides, maintenance and enhancement of soil quality and fertility were also crucial, he said. Dr Inderpal Singh, senior manager, Economic Policy and Strategy, NSW trade and Investment, Australia, shared his views on “Water Management (2000) in New South Wales.”

He shed light on Murray-Darling Basin, which is known as the food bowl of Australia. He also referred to the national approach of Australia towards water management. Dwelling upon “Natural Resource Management: A serious concern for agriculture,” Dr JS Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), said future improvements in food production needed to be made in face of depleting natural resources base.

He stressed on the development of new and refinement of existing natural resource management technologies. Voicing concern over climate change issue, he underlined the need for focus on adaptation technologies to mitigate its adverse effects and timely prediction of extreme weather events. Dr Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, Kenya, Nairobi, highlighted the activities and the work undertaken by ecosystem services economics unit of the UNEP. Talking about trade-off between food production and eco-system services, he lauded the contributions of PAU (partner with UNEP) in trade-off assessment. Dr MS Sidhu, Head, Department of Economics and Sociology, presented the key objectives and activities of UNEP-funded project “Capacity Building in National Planning for Food Security.” — TNS



Ludhiana scan
Meeting held

A district-level meeting of the PCMS Specialist Doctors Association was held at the Civil Hospital here on Friday under the chairmanship of Dr Avinash Jindal, president, Ludhiana Branch. As many as 32 specialist doctors of Ludhiana district attended the meeting. Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal, state president of the association, said the government had agreed to provide Innova (AC cars) for doctors going for VIPs and other duties. It was decided to compel the government for giving 50 per cent basic pay as specialist allowance, separate specialist cadre, to enhance academic allowance to 15 per cent basic pay from existing Rs 250. No specialist doctor will do MLC and postmortem duty. The government should recruit more MBBS doctors for EMO/postmortem duties and they should be given benefit of EMO duties for PG admission. Doctors of the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, decided not to do the evening OPD till more staff and doctors were recruited.

SC ruling lauded

Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman addresses a press conference.
Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman addresses a press conference. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman has lauded the Supreme Court verdict on gay sex saying the unnatural sexual relations had been termed as a sin not only in Islam but also in other religions. Commenting on the ruling, he said keeping gay sex within the ambit of criminal act as per the provisions of the Indian Penal Code was a right decision. “The act is against the Indian culture and civilisation as well as against the laws of nature,” he said. The Rashtravadi Shiv Sena also hailed the SC verdict on gay sex and condemned the decision of the Congress-led UPA government to amend the law so as to give legality to gay rights.

Book fair begins today

Book fair will be held at Punjabi Bhawan from December 14 to December 17. The fair is organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi. The fair will be inaugurated by the president of the Sahit Akademi, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill. To inculcate the reading habit among people, especially youngsters, book fairs are organised every year by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi in different districts.

Cheque given

The SGPC has given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the Sports Council of Ludhiana. Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the Sahit Akademi, said: “Steps taken by the SGPC to raise the level of hockey game are appreciable and we hope the game will once again make the name of Punjab shine worldwide”.

Work inaugurated

The work for the construction of Baba Banda Bahadur Hall at Baba Banda Bahadur Bhawan, Rakba, was inaugurated on Friday. President of the Baba Banda Bahadur International Foundation Krishan Kumar Bawa said Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a great martyr as he laid down his life for the cause of religion.


The Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena burnt the apron depicting the profession of doctors while protesting outside the Civil Surgeon’s office against the corruption creeping into the profession. Geeta Diwan from the organisation said this profession had become a way to loot general public. Rather than ousting corrupt doctors and working against mafia of doctors, political groups and governments protect the doctors, alleged the members of Hindu Sikh Jagriti Manch.

Death mourned

Partap Singh Bajwa, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, expressed grief on the demise of industrialist and PPCC secretary Darshan Singh Bedi, in a letter addressed to his grandson Jatinder Pal Singh Bedi, a PPCC member. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has expressed grief to the grieving family. — TNS



Man held with heroin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
The police have nabbed a person and recovered 80gm heroin from his possession here today. The accused has been identified as Surinder Singh of Tajpur .

Gurbans Singh Bains, ACP (Crime), stated that the police were on patrolling duty in Sector 32 on the Chandigarh road. They found his activities suspicious while he was heading towards the Tajpur road. The police nabbed him when he tried to flee from the spot and recovered 80 gm heroin from his possession.

A case has been registered against the accused. The official said the market price of the seized heroin was around 40 lakh.



6 kg of silver stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
Two miscreants have stolen 6 kg silver by breaking the windowpane of a goldsmith’s car in the Bhadaur House area yesterday. The goldsmith, Punit Passi had parked his car outside Deepak Cinema and gone to a puncture shop shop to call a mechanic. When he returned he found the windowpane broken and 6 kg silver stolen.

ATM guard robbed of mobile, cash

In another such incident, three miscreants snatched a mobile and Rs 1,500 from a security guard deployed at an ATM in the Jamalpur area last night. The victim has stated in his complaint that three motorcycle-borne youths came at the ATM booth and demanded money from him. When he denied, they attacked him with an iron rod and snatched his mobile phone and Rs 1,500. 



Bank robbery accused produced before court
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 13
An accused, who was arrested about 18 years ago in connection with some militant cases, was presented before a court here. The court fixed the next hearing in the case for December 28, which will be held through video-conferencing from Tihar Jail.

The accused, Daya Singh Lahoria, was also involved in a case of bank robbery at Khanna in 1987. The robbers looted Rs 8 lakh in the heist.

He was brought here by a team of the Delhi Police in a high security bus from Tihar Jail. A large number of police personnel were deployed in the court complex.

Lahoria's wife Kamaljit Kaur and his sister Sukhwant Kaur were present in the court complex and they got some time to meet Lahoria. They have demanded that Lahoria should be granted parole as he had been in the jail for the last 18 years.

Lahoria had fled the country in 1992 after his name figured in some cases of violence, including the Delhi bomb blasts, Jaipur kidnapping. He was extradited to India from the US in 1995.



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