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Commuters grin and bear it
Tribune Reporters

A policeman tries to clear the road during the auto-rickshaw operators' protest outside the Mini-Secretariat. — Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 15
Chaos descended on city roads today. Activists of various organisations took the city to ransom by blocking roads all through the day. Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Youth Akali Dal and Mahila Congress held protests on Ferozepur Road near the Mini-Secretariat and Bharat Nagar Chowk today. Traffic went haywire outside the Mini-Secretariat following a protest by the SAD and the party's youth wing. The protesters blocked the road and burnt effigies of the Congress.

Members of the Mahila Congress also gathered at Bharat Nagar Chowk, and protested against the Shiromani Akali Dal.

No vehicle was allowed to move on the road near the outside the Mini-Secretariat. Those coming out of the MC parking were stuck in the middle as the area remained choked with protesters and vehicles.

Adding to the chaos, members of the LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society took out a rally of 200 auto-rickshaws from Atam Nagar to the Mini-Secretariat.

Ambulances were also seen stuck in the traffic jam.

Members of the Ludhiana Dyeing Industries' Association also held a protest against the Punjab Pollution Control Board today. The industry representatives gathered outside the office of the PPCB at Dholewal Chowk. Harjit Singh, ACP (Traffic) said: "We tried to persuade the protesters not to block the road, but they did not relent. We did our best to keep the traffic under control, but things worsened as no vehicle was allowed to move by the protesters."

Lawyers of the city continued with their strike and staged a dharna near the office of the Deputy Commissioner today. The protesters were demanding adequate parking space.

However, a senior official said the authorities have decided to shift malkhana and the file had been sent to the Mayor. The agitating lawyers also burnt an effigy of the state government.


Speaking out
Traffic jams due to protests bear heavily on commuters

Traffic jams due to unions holding protests on roads and blocking traffic are a common sight nowadays. Putting into chaos the daily traffic flow, these protests not only cause inconvenience to commuters and residents but also shake the whole Administration.

We spoke to some residents about the issue and this is what they had to say.

Protesters cause inconvenience

A separate place should be allotted for carrying out protests and dharnas. Protesters should not be allowed to throw life out of gear and cause problems for hundreds of commuters. The protesters should be dealt with strongly to prevent them from causing inconvenience to the general public.

Sanjeev Sharma, a resident

Protesters inhuman, selfish

How can anybody protesting in favour of their demands term their protests as correct, when they are themselves responsible for causing inconvenience and leaving people stranded for hours. This is selfish and inhuman on their part, as they are equally indifferent as the ones they are protesting against.

Inderjeet Singh, a resident

Separate place should be allotted

Blocking of traffic in the name of dharnas should not be allowed at all. Sometimes ambulances get stuck in such jams, thereby, endangering the lives of the patients. There should be a separate place for carrying out protests, so that protesters can air their grievances without causing problems to general public.

Daljeet Singh, a resident

Admn shoud do something

Even political parties and teachers do not shy away from causing inconvenience to others by obstructing the traffic flow. This has happened to me on a number of occasions as well. This is a big nuisance and should be handled sternly by the police and the Administration.

Payal Pahwa, a resident

Blocking traffic not ethical

Blocking the traffic is not the right way to protest. Obstructing traffic can cost someone a life, as even ambulances and patients get stuck in the traffic. Protests that cause inconvenience to general public should be banned.

SK Goyal, a resident

Police must tighten its noose around protesters

Road rallies should not be allowed. Protesters target the busy traffic areas and particularly the busy chowks deliberately. Sometimes we have to take the longer routes. Getting stuck in the traffic due to these protests is a big nuisance. The police must handle protesters strictly and blocking traffic must be considered as a crime.

Satnam Singh Jassal, a resident


Civic body suffers paraplegic attack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
City residents remained at the receiving end as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation staff went on an indefinite strike against the registration of a criminal case against a MC junior engineer and an SDO of the operations and maintenance wing. The working of the civic body came to a standstill as both the engineering and technical staff as well as the ministerial staff struck work.

The officials were booked after sewer man Surinder Kumar died while cleaning a drain in the Abdullapur Basti area on January 11.

A case under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered against junior engineer Surjit Singh and SDO Ranjit Singh. Since then, employees of the B&R branch and O&M branch are on strike. Yesterday, the ministerial staff also joined the protesting staff, completely paralysing the functioning of the civic body.

Thousands of residents who visited the MC offices for work had to return empty-handed. "I wanted to submit my building plan, but there was no one in office to accept my application. Officials of the MC should have made some alternative arrangements so as to save residents from inconvenience," lamented Surjit Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, who had gone to MC Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar, today.

Another resident, Darshan Kumar, had gone to MC office for depositing property tax. "I was not able to file my property tax return at the MC office so I had no other option but to visit the Mall Road branch of HDFC Bank to deposit the same," he said.

A senior MC official, who is supporting the striking employees, said there was already a shortage of staff in the MC. "Our engineers are made scapegoats every time a sewer man dies. Criminal cases are registered against the employees for no fault of theirs. If the government and MC fail to provide safety equipment to the sewer-men, how can junior engineer or an SDO be held responsible for that?" he questioned.

The MC staff even held a meeting with MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari last evening and had made it clear that until the criminal case was withdrawn, they would not join office.

"We have decided to hold a protest at MC Zone A office at Mata Rani Chowk on Thursday morning," said an office-bearer of Ministerial Staff Union of the MC.

Members of the MC Sangharsh Committee held a protest outside the Zone A office of the MC and demanded that contractual sewer-men should be given permanent employment. They said permanent jobs should be given to the kin of the works who die while on duty.

OFFICIALSPEAK: Confirming that the work suffered at the MC offices due to the protest, MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said: "Negotiations are on with the protesting employees and we are hopeful that they will soon resume work."



Thieves break open PNB ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Thieves made away with cash after breaking open an automated teller machine (ATM) of Punjab National Bank near Swarn Palace in Giaspura last night. The incident came to light around 3 am when PCR personnel found the ATM broken. There was no security guard deployed at the ATM booth. The thieves, who had covered their faces with monkey caps, were caught on the closed-television television camera installed in the ATM booth.

The thieves entered the booth around 2 am and left at 2.20 am. After entering the ATM booth, they sprayed the CCTV cameras before cutting the cash box with a gas cutter.

This is not the first incident of an ATM break in the city. Recently, thieves attempted to break open an ATM at Lohara. An amount of Rs 2.5 lakh was taken away by thieves from an ATM located near the Sahnewal police station. The police have, however, failed to crack the cases.

Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon had recently issued orders that ATMs without security guards would remain closed from 8 pm to 6 am. The orders were issued following a meeting with the officials of nationalised and private sector banks.

The meeting was conducted in the wake of rising ATM break incidents.



Missing boy traced to Kerala

Ludhiana, January 15
A six-year-old boy who had gone missing a week ago from the Atam Nagar area, was traced to Alleppey district in Kerala. Sonu, who boarded a train while playing with other children, was spotted at the Allapi railway station. He told the police that he was from Ludhiana and his father, Gollay Yadav, worked for a tea vendor near Baba Balak Nath temple in Atam Nagar.

Passengers thought that the boy's parents were also travailing on the train. Some of them also offered him food.

Sonu started crying when a majority of passengers alighted from the train at Cochin. Fortunately, the child landed in the safe hands of the Government Railway Police at the Alleppey railway station.

A resident of Kerala, Sunny Thomas, who had worked in the industrial city, established contact with his friends Alex P Sunil in Ludhiana. Sunil started searching for Sonu's parents.

“It was a tough task as the boy's parents had not filed a police complaint. It was shocking that Sonu's parents were not aware where Kerala was. They told us that they do not have the financial means to reach Kerala. Finally, we contacted ADCP-II Bhupinder Singh, who is in touch with the Kerala Police,” said Alex. — TNS



For illegal action, there is no reaction
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation's building branch is known as the most corrupt branches of the civic body. On learning that an illegal building was being constructed at Rani Jhansi Road, officials of the branch chose not to act.

The government had to suffer losses. The civic officials allowed illegal 'clubbing' of two adjoining shops into one showroom which now houses Kalyan Jewellers. Not only this, owners of the showroom have even constructed an illegal floor and it is surprising that the MC officials did not notice the anomalies.

After an internal inquiry conducted by the MC Commissioner, a letter was shot off to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Local Bodies Department for taking appropriate action against Assistant Town Planners Ramesh Chhabra and Surinder Singh Bindra and draftsman Mohan Singh who were posted in Zone D when the showroom was being constructed. "The owners got two building plans approved. One plot measured 492.29 sq yards and the other measured 492.50 sq yards. Later, they clubbed both the plots into a single unit, which was completely illegal," said a senior MC official.

Rules say the building plan for a commercial activity is cleared by the state government and not by the MC. Had they proposed the building plan of 985 sq yards, it would have been approved by the state government, which meant that would have to follow the building bylaws. "That is why they preferred getting two plans sanctioned. This would not have been possible without the help of the building branch officials," said the officer.

In 2009, the owners asked the MC to compound their property and take the compounding fee.

The then MC Commissioner asked his staff to take the compounding fee and forward the case to the state government as both the properties had been clubbed. "Despite orders of the then MC Commissioner, the file was not forwarded to the state government by draftsman Mohan Singh and ATP Ramesh Chhabra. A few months after the compounding of the property, the third floor was constructed," said sources.

The owners then applied for a no objection certificate, which was surprisingly issued to them. "Two NOCs were issued for one unit. ATP Surinder Singh Bindra issued the NOCs without visiting the site," said the officials.

Orders defied: The inquiry report forwarded to the CVO, a copy of which is with The Tribune, clearly states that a chargesheet should be issued against Mohan Singh and Ramesh Chhabra while a show-cause notice should be served on Surinder Singh Bindra.

Official speaks: MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the involvement of the MC officials could not be ruled out. "We have forwarded a detailed report to the CVO for taking strict action against all those responsible for the illegal construction," she stated.



Dyeing industry ends stir
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
The two-day strike by the dyeing industry of Ludhiana was today called off after political intervention. The industry remained shut down today, but they will not be observing strike from tomorrow onwards.

The dyeing industry had been observing strike against the alleged high headed attitude of the Punjab Pollution Control Boards (PPCB). All the dyeing units under the banner of Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association remained shut today.

The dyeing unit owners also held a protest outside the office of the Punjab Pollution Control Board at Dholewal Chowk.

BJP leader Parveen Bansal and chairman of the District Planning Board Hira Singh Gabria met the agitating industrialists and arranged a meeting with the PPCB officials today.

Spread across Tajpur Road, Rahon Road, Focal point, Industrial area, Bahadur-ke-Road, Jalandhar bypass, as many as 300-350 dyeing units observed strike today.

During the meeting with the officials, the industry discussed several issues related to the industry in context with the department.

“Department officials lend a hearing ear to our problems and now another meeting with the officials at Patiala will be arranged very soon to discuss the issues,” said Bobby Jindal, general secretary of the Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association. Ashok Makkar, president of the association, said the dyeing industry is being unnecessarily harassed by the PPCB officials. “Every other day the officials are coming to the units to collect the samples. Officials visiting the units are coming from Gill Road, Dholewal Chowk and from head office at Patiala,” said Bobby Jindal.

The chief engineer, PPCB, Gulshan Rai, said, “Pollution concerns public at large and water pollution created by the local industry is not only affecting the local population but also the people living in other parts of the state. Collecting samples and conducting raids is our duty to check if everything is in order.”



Masses apprised of road safety, traffic rules
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 15
The Payal police today organised an elaborate programme for students, truck and tempo drivers, and sarpanches, panches of the surrounding villages, to apprise them of the road safety norms and traffic rules and regulations.

Addressing students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School and Dashmesh Model School, SSP, Khanna, Sushil Kumar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said road accidents can be evaded to a great extent if the driver is thoroughly vigilant.

“As the road awareness week is being observed, we are taking into consideration even the eye sight of the tempo and truck drivers. Out of the total 100 tested, as many as 71 failed the eye test,” said the SSP. The DSP, Payal Balwinder Singh Bhikhi, said, “Stray animals on the road, over-loading of goods, over speeding, use of mobile phones while driving led to 134 road accidents last year in Payal itself,” said the DSP.

The general secretary of the Punjab State Apex Body of NGO, Gursharanjit Singh, said, “A total of four trauma centres have been sanctioned for Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar and Khanna, wherein, the victims of road accidents will be admitted directly, without fulfilling any official formalities, thereby avoiding the unnecessary delay and hence, an early treatment.”



From schools
Army Day celebrations

Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated Army Day on the school premises. Students were shown a PowerPoint presentation on the Indian Army. They were told about the role and functions of the Army. Meanwhile, students of the Montessori wing attended a workshop on communication skills. Madhumita Roy, the English teacher, told the students to improve their language skills by regularly reading newspapers and talking with their parents and friends in English.

Children to get exam tips

Steps, the school wing of TCY, will hold a seminar for parents and students on January 19 at the Shastri Nagar and Sector 32 campuses of BCM School. The seminar will help students in developing skills to excel in school and entrance exams. It will also help parents to know how they could create an environment that was conducive to stimulating the intellectual curiosity of their children. This seminar would be important keeping in view the changes introduced by the CBSE, including problem solving assessment and open textbook-based assessment.

Road Safety Week

Phillaur: To make students aware about traffic rules, DRV DAV Public School organised a programme. The event marked Road Safety Week. Students participated in an essay-writing competition on the topic “Safety from Road Accidents”. SP, traffic police, Ram Singh was the chief guest. He made the students aware about road safety rules and their importance. He said the human life was precious and it should be saved by following traffic rules. School principal Yogesh Gambhir said it was important to know our duties and obey rules to become better citizens. — TNS

Selection trials held

Nightingale Senior Secondary School, Shimlapuri, hosted trials to select the state flying-disc team. As many as 350 players from all over Punjab participated in the event. In all, 20 boys and as many girls were selected. These students will represent the state at the Eleventh National Flying Disc Championship at Bhubaneswar (Orissa) from January 31 to February 2.



Lord Mahavir civil hospital
Diagnostic centre awaits equipment
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
The newly constructed diagnostic centre at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital has failed to become operational in the absence of equipment. Constructed over an area of 4,200 square yards, the centre has been built under a public-private partnership. While, the land for constructing this centre has been provided by the Civil Hospital and Punjab Health System Corporation has spent Rs 55 lakh on its construction, a private firm will install equipment and run the facility.

Sub-divisional engineer Gurpinder Singh Sandhu said the centre was ready for installation of machines.

“Only flooring is to be done, which would be carried out after the installation of equipment,” he said.

Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana, Dr Jasbir Singh said the engineers of the private company took measurements of the premises in the last week of December.

“The engineers said the machines will be installed within two weeks,” said 
Dr Singh.

Dr Rajkrishan Karkara, Senior Medical Officer, Ludhiana, said: “A Mumbai-based company has been assigned the job of running diagnostic centres in all the government hospitals of Punjab. All these centres will be made operational simultaneously. We have informed the company that the construction of these centres is over, and now it can install the equipment.”

Once the centre becomes operational, testing including MRI, CT-scan, ultrasound and mammography will be done here. Although, a private firm will run the facility, rates will be decided by the Punjab Government.



AAP campaigns on city’s periphery
Tribune Reporters

Khanna, January 15
Going by the overwhelming response of people from all walks of life, the Aam Aadmi Party will form the next government in Punjab. This was stated by AAP leader and former DGP Shashi Kant, who was in the town to chair a party meeting. Kant said the fear of public backlash was haunting other political parties and some forces were trying to disrupt the rise of AAP, but the people had made their mind for a change in the state.

The former DGP said despite an attempt to kidnap him in Chandigarh, he would continue to work against drug abuse.

He said the party had given an ultimatum to the local administration to stop the sale of drugs within 15 days or face an indefinite dharna from January 26.

He appealed to the people to support AAP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: In order to spread awareness about the policies and ideologies of the Aam Admi Party, activists and office-bearers of the Ludhiana rural wing of the outfit convened meetings at various places in Dehlon village today. Convener of the wing Manvir Singh Grewal led the activists.

Grewal said the registration movement launched by the party had received an overwhelming response. He said farmers in general and rural youth in particular were fed up of the VIP and dynastic culture in the traditional political parties.



On Day 4, they take a chill pill
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

An ensnaring dance. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 15
Running amok, coldwave has wrecked havoc on participants of the 18th National Youth Festival. Most of them have fallen sick while the others are on edge. The platform to realise their dreams has turned out to be a nightmare.

More than 300 participants are running temperature. Excruciating muscle pain, cold and fever have dampened their enthusiasm. A medical cell has been set up by the district administration at Punjab Agricultural University.

Today, 95 participants were attended to by doctors at the medical cell. On Tuesday, 135 had approached the medical team for examination. Those who hail from southern states are finding it difficult to accustom to the climatic change. Many participants could not perform as they did not have warm clothes.

The district administration has provided quilts and blankets to the participants who are taken to the venue in open vehicles. Mann Singh Toor, a cultural activist, said: "The participants are performing in traditional attire and are not covered. Such events should be organised in April." Nisha from Kerala said: "I was hospitalised. One can die of cold here."

"It is my maiden visit to Punjab. My trainer had told me to carry warm cloths. But I had to buy more. I don't know how people beat the chill here," said Raju from Tamil Nadu.



Common effluent treatment plant yet to see light of day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
On one hand, the Punjab Pollution Control Board is strengthening its noose around the erring dyeing industry and on the other, the work for setting up of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Tajpur Road is yet to commence.

According to information, the delay is due to the pending lease deed of the land acquired for setting up of the treatment plant.

The tender for setting up of CETP was given to Triveni Engineers and the work for the setting up of CETP with the capacity of 50 mld per day is yet to see the light of day.

“All formalities have been completed and even the tender has been given to Triveni Engineers,” said Bobby Jindal, general secretary of the Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association. The government has given the land for setting up of CETP and the lease deed will be passed in the Vidhan Sabha,” said the general secretary of the association.



Blankets distributed

Maheeda , an NGO, distributed 300 blankets to the poor and needy people. The initiative was undertaken to counter the severe chill that has gripped the northern part of the country. Founder of the NGO Hardeep Brar said, “All the religions teach us basic and common concept of humanity and compassion.” Bharat Vikas

Mini marathon on February 2

The Parishad Charitable Trust, Punjab, announced to hold Nasha Mukti Daur (mini marathon) in association with the Social Security and Women and Child Development, Chandigarh. Narinder Mittal, secretary-cum-coordinator said the mini marathon is being organised on February 2 and will pass through Fountain Chowk, Old Court Chowk, Dandi Swami Chowk, KVM School, Kali Mata Mandir, Anurag Hospital (total distance 5.6 km) and will end at Viklang Sahayata Kender, Rishi Nagar.

The marathon will start from outside the Guru Nanak stadium.

Manch meeting

A meeting of Vidhav Punjabi Sahit Vichar Manch was held here on Wednesday under the president ship of Pritam Pander. — TNS



Drugs controversy
Akali Dal, youth wing leaders burn PPCC chief’s effigies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Members of the Youth Akali Dal and the Shiromani Akali Dal protested against the Congress today. The SAD members, including PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon; chairman, District Planning Board, Heera Singh Gabria and MLAs Ranjit Singh Dhillon, SR Kler and Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, burnt the effigies of PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and drug lord Jagdish Bhola near the Mini-Secretariat.

The leaders accused Bajwa of having links with international drug mafia. They alleged that the PPCC chief’s family was in the business of smuggling arms, ammunitions and drugs since independence. They said there were links between Bajwa and Bhola, and he named SAD leader Bikramjit Majithia at Bajwa’s behest.

The YAD leaders said Bajwa’s campaign against Majithia had been launched with the purpose of demoralising the Punjab Police that had launched a nationwide campaign against the international drug mafia.

They said Bajwa feared that if the state police continued this campaign with same vigour, it would lead to revelation of his links with the drug mafia. The protestors said Bajwa wanted to derail the police probe by seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which they accused of being the “Congress Bureau of Investigation”.

As many as eight effigies were burnt by the Youth Akali Dal as various leaders had brought separate effigies. MLAs Simarjeet Bains and Balwinder Bains stayed away from the protest organised by the Youth Akali Dal. Most of the senior Akali leaders from the district were present during the protest.



An enriching experience
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Students, who contribute to the newsletter, share a light moment. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 15
For the past four days, the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan has been publishing a newsletter to highlight the events of the ongoing 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University. The trilingual newsletter reports all activities everyday. A team led by Parbhat Kumar released the fourth issue today.

The volunteers distribute the newsletter every morning. Office-bearers of the body said they published the newsletter every year.

"The newsletter aims at highlighting the events. It encourages the youth. We have received a good response from the participants and residents," said an office-bearer.

Six students of Punjab Agricultural University have taken the responsibility. They go to the spot, talk to people and report the latest happening. Narjeet Singh, a student of MTech, PAU, said: "Reporting gives exposure. It has been an enriching experience. The colourful hues have given the campus a new look." Jaspreet Singh, a student of BTech, said: "For the past four days, we have been trying to capture each and every moment."Hardeep Kaur, a student, said: "I love reporting. It gives you a chance to talk to people, learn from their experiences. I am enjoying every bit of it."



The bitter truth
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
There has been no check on the consumption of liquor during the 18th National Youth Festival. People visiting the campus have been brining liquor to the venue. But this has caused a lot of inconvenience to women. "It is strange that people are consuming liquor in an educational institution," said Indu, a participant.

"The event aims at sensitising the youth against the ills of society and it is shocking that there is nobody to check such activities on the campus," she said."The presence of police personnel has failed to make any difference. Visitors are savouring liquor at the venue," said a member of Haryana contingent. "Women brought the nuisance to the notice of organisers," he said. "There should be a check on such people coming from outside so that they don't bring in liquor with them," he said. A participant said his friends arranged drinks for him.



Gippy’s performance livens up balmy evening

Popular singer-actor Gippy Grewal belted out his popular songs last evening. The Open Air Theatre at Punjab Agricultural University was jam packed. Participants, officials and residents danced as the singer performed. Those, who had not listened to Gippy Grewal, were bowled over by his performance. Edmon from Mizoram, while performing a step of bhangra, said he enjoyed the performance and it was great to hear the cheerful Punjabi music. He had never seen a live performance earlier, he said. Anjali Prasad from Uttarakhand said everybody could be seen dancing to the beats of dhol. Haridutt from Himachal Pradesh danced in the aisles along with the other members. Another participant from Manipur said Punjabis were the best when it came to music and enjoyment. "Gippy weaved a musical web around them," he said. — Text by Gurvinder Singh



HC disposes of case
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Officials of the district administration, Municipal Corporation and police department got relief today. The writ petition on parking problem at Ferozepur Road was disposed of at the High Court today. The court issued orders that public/paid parking lots would be thrown open to public.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and ACP (Traffic) Deepak Hilori were present in the court.

As far as the parking fee is concerned, the civic body will take the call. If a vehicle remains parked for more than one hour, the charges will be doubled and after three hours, it will be tripled up to four hours. But after four hours, a fine up to Rs 5,000 will be imposed on vehicle owners. The vehicles will not be towed away.

Fact file

*Parking lots will be thrown open to public

*A fine of Rs 5,000 will be imposed on vehicle owners after four hours of parking

*Top officials were present in the court



chess meet
Host school dominates on Day 1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 15
Hosts Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, proved their dominance on the opening day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Chess Championship for boys and girls that began here today.

Rajesh Rudra, chairman and director of the chain of Green Land Schools, declared the championship open. Baldeep Pandher, principal of the host school, welcomed the participants. Around 200 students of different schools affiliated to the CBSE are taking part in this championship.

First day's results

Girls (U-14) Round I: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, 4-0; Green Land Convent School, Civil City, bt Green Land Convent School, Dugri, 2.5-1.5; BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, 4-0

Round II: Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Green Land Convent School, Civil City, 4-0; BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, 4-0 and Green Land Convent School, Dugri, bt Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, 3-1.

Boys (U-14) Round I: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, 4-0; BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt Green Land Convent School, Civil City, 4-0; Green Land Convent School, Dugri, bt DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 3-1; Green Land Convent School, Subhash Nagar, bt BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, 3-1; Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, bt Delhi Public School 3-1 and Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, bt Guru Nanak International Public School 3-1.

Round II: BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, 2.5-1.5; Green Land Convent School, Dugri, bt Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, 3-1; Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, drew with Green Land Convent School, Subhash Nagar, 2-2; Delhi Public School drew with DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 2-2; BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, bt Guru Nanak International Public School 4-0 and Green Land Convent School, Civil City, bt Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, 3-1.

Boys (U-19) Round I: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Green Land Convent School, Civil City, 4-0; BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 3.5-0.5; Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, bt BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, 2.5-1.5; Green Land Convent School, Subhash Nagar, bt Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, 3-1; Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, bt Guru Gobind Singh School, Daad, 3.5-0.5 and Green Land Convent School, Dugri, bt Guru Nanak International Public School 4-0.

Round II: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Green Land Convent School, Dugri, 4-0; Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, bt BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, 3-1; Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, bt Green Land Convent School, Subhash Nagar, 4-0; BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, bt Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, 3-1; Guru Gobind Singh School, Daad, bt DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 3-1 and Green Land Convent School, Civil City, bt Guru Nanak International Public School 2.5-1.5.

Girls (U-19) Round I: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, 4-0; Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, bt Green Land Convent School, Civil City, 3-1 and BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, bt BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, 2.5-1.5.

Round II: Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, bt Guru Gobind Singh School, Daad, 4-0; Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, drew with BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, 2-2 and BCM Public School, Chandigarh Road, bt Green Land Convent School, Civil City, 3-1.



Jarkhar Sports Fest begins today

Ludhiana, January 15
The stage is set for the 28th Coca Cola Jarkhar Sports Festival to be organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, Ludhiana-Malerkotla Road, from January 16 to 19. Stating this at a press conference today, Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, chairman of the organising club, and Darshan Singh Shiwalik, MLA, said though the competition would start on January 16, the festival would be inaugurated on January 17. The games torch will be brought in a procession from Manji Sahib Gurdwara, Almagir. A cycle rally will also be taken out by Avon Cycles on Friday.

"The life size statues of the flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, and that of hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, will be unveiled on the opening day of the festival, popularly known as the Modern Rural Mini-Olympics," they added.

Milkha Singh accompanied by his son and ace golfer, Jeev Milkha Singh, former international hockey star Ashok Kumar and Dhyan Chand will inaugurate the statues.

Hockey (seniors boys and girls), hockey seven-a-side (U-17), basketball, handball, volleyball, kabaddi (academies and one village) and wrestling competitions, besides cycling and athletics will be organised during the festival. Winners of the hockey tournament will be given prizes worth Rs 2.5 lakh while winners in other disciplines will be given 101 bicycles by Avon Cycles. The four-day sports festival will be telecast live by Fastway channel on all four days. — OC



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