L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Diet clinics a fad in city, residents go for detox diets
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
Diet clinics are mushrooming in the city with detox diet plans becoming a trend among health-conscious residents. But experts caution that such regimes should be undertaken only under the supervision of experts and dieticians should also be chosen with utmost care as some un-qualified self -claimed experts are also running clinics in the city.

Ritu Sudhakar, chief dietician at DMCH who is also the secretary of the Ludhiana Chapter of Indian Dietetic Association, said consulting a diet clinic had become a fad among the residents.

“The people should choose the diet clinic very carefully after verifying the qualification of the dietician concerned. I do not say that all the diet clinics in the city are run by un-qualified individuals but yes, some are," she said.

She further said that the people should never start dieting on their own after downloading diet charts from the Internet, as it can really play havoc with their health.

A chief consultant at one of the diet clinics said there were one,three, five and seven days plans for detox diets.

"These are special diet plans to clean the system, when you have eaten too much. It is not at all recommended for children or youngsters and only if a dietician suggests one should start it," she added.

"Dieting and exercising together are the mantra for keeping fit. The trick to getting back into shape is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise. One should also go for a walk and work out for one hour daily to lose weight. If one wants to go for diets, then only an IDA recommended dietician should be consulted, said Dipti Chauhan, deputy dietician at Christian Medical College and Hospital.

What is detox diet?

Detox diet is basically an intake plan to cleanse the system by giving the stomach a break from excess food which has accumulated and the toxins that are in the body.

Choose your dietician carefully

  • Check the qualification
  • The membership ID of Indian Dietetic Association is a must.

Follow simple rules to stay healthy

  • Cut down the intake of sugar and juices.
  • Don’t eat fat and fast foods.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.
  • Be active


5.4 quintal of poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
In a major crackdown on drug peddling, the team of CIA- I raided a house located at Jain Colony near Grain Market in the Salem Tabri area and seized 5.4 quintal of poppy husk. The house was being used as a godown by a drug peddler. The stored contraband was being supplied to various districts, claimed the police.

The police have registered a case under Sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act against Raghubir Singh of Raikot and his two accomplices, Nirmal Singh and Gagandeep Singh.

Inspector Ashok Kumar said that the house belonged to an NRI and Raghubir Singh, who was a relative of the NRI, was staying there as a care taker.

Earlier, Raghubir Singh was also booked in a drug peddling case by the Sangrur police.

Sources said that CIA staff received a tip-off from the Sangrur police that Raghubir Singh was operating from the city.

"The house was located in a posh locality so no one could suspect that drugs were being stocked in the house," said Ashok Kumar.

After receiving the information, the police surrounded the house, but the accused managed to flee from the scene before the arrival of the police.

The poppy husk was kept in 18 gunny bags. The residents of the locality said that a truck used to be parked outside the house at midnight, from which Raghubir and his accomplices used to unload gunny bags.Kumar said that the contraband was being smuggled from Rajasthan.

The police team today conducted raids at the native village of Raghubir to nab the accused.



MC slaps notices on 30 defaulters
Municipal Corporation to carry out anti-encroachment drive on January 31
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has slapped notices on 30 defaulters in all four zones of the city to remove encroachments from their premises or be prepared to face the music, as a major anti-encroachment drive will take place on January 31. On the High Court's directions, the MC will remove about 1,700 encroachments from all four zones.

Officials claim that they are "fully" prepared and are ready to face any kind of "resistance" from the defaulters. At the same time they admitted that the failure in removing the encroachments in the recent past had emboldened the defaulters.

On the condition of anonymity, one of the Assistant Town Planner (ATP) said that the defaulters had become bold and thought that they could stop the MC from carrying out the drive.

"The violators have become bold for two reasons. One, they enjoy political patronage and second, the MC does not have enough police force to act tough against them. In the last two anti-encroachment drives, we could not succeed because residents engaged in violence and we did not have sufficient police force with us. But this time, we are not going to spare them and will take more than 300 police personnel with us to do the needful", said the ATP.

After they failed to carry out the anti- encroachment drives in the past, MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to provide them with enough police force. Now, during the anti-encroachment drives, 300 police personnel will accompany the MC officials.

Hearing a writ petition on November 28, 2013, the High Court had directed the MC to maintain a dairy and note down zone-wise action taken to remove encroachments. The next date of hearing of the particular case is on February 11, 2014, and before that the MC wants to show that enough action has been taken to remove the encroachments.



Under-construction auditorium a white elephant
Work going on at snail’s pace; budget doubles from Rs 9.5 crore to Rs 20 crore
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The under-construction auditorium at Punjab Agricultural University has turned into a white elephant for the university authorities. The work is still going on at a snail’s pace and the budget has doubled from initial Rs 9.5 crore to round Rs 20 crore.

Even after four years, the PAU authorities have been able to complete only the structure and the remaining work such as interior, sound, lighting, installation of chairs, flooring, besides several others, is still incomplete.

The official deadline for the completion of the project was 2012.

The reason behind the delay is shortage of funds, as the PAU authorities did not fix the prices of 295 items. This means that the authorities failed to fix the prices of the items at the time of allotting the contract to the contractor and decided to fix the rates once the structure was complete.

“But by the time the structure was complete, the prices of 295 items doubled. And now, if the university plans to purchase all the items at the current-day rates, the project cost will escalate by several crores and this is the main reason behind the delay. Had the PAU authorities fixed the prices of these items at the time of allotting the contract, the project would have been complete by now with in the allotted Rs 9.5 crore,” rued a PAU official, on the condition of anonymity.

It was in 2007 that the Union Government had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the infrastructure and research at the PAU. The auditorium, having a capacity of 1,500 persons, was to be completed from the funds given. Ironically, even the construction work on the project remained suspended for several months.

Another PAU official requesting anonymity claimed that the project would not be completed anytime soon. “The PAU has already spent around 80 per cent of the total budget of Rs 9.5 crore and at least Rs 10 crore more is required to complete the project. It is only due to negligence on the part of university officials that the project has been delayed and exceeded the allotted budget,” he said.

Official speak: The work on this project is going on and we are hopeful that it will be completed soon. We are monitoring the project on monthly basis. — Dr Jaspal Singh, Chief Engineer, PAU



I-T Dept surveys Jain Group; 36 parcels without bills seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Income Tax Department conducted a survey on the premises of the Jain Group. Surveys were conducted on the directions of BB Nanavati, Commissioner of Income Tax (I), under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Income TaxRavinder Mittal and Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Vivek Aggarwal.

The team conducted a survey at nine premises of the Jain Group located at different places, including Gandhi Nagar, Daresi, Rahon Road, Jalandhar Byepass and Noorwala Road. Papers, computers and balance sheets were checked by the Income Tax Department during the survey.

Meanwhile, the Sales Tax wing of the State Excise and Taxation Department confiscated 36 parcels of readymade garments without bill from the railway station. Raids were conducted under the supervision of Randhir Kaur, AETC. Giving information, ETO Manmohan Singh said that the parcels were coming from Howrah, Kolkota, and were being delivered without a bill. “We have confiscated the parcels and verification will be done. The parcels are worth Rs 6 lakh, but the exact figure will be known only after the verification is done,” added the ETO.

Another raid was conducted today by the Excise and Taxation Department at Tripat Electrical at Focal Point. A discrepancy in the VAT submission was known to be the reason behind the raid.



MC Commissioner promises to streamline traffic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today gave nod to several projects which, if implemented, will substantially ease traffic chaos in the city. The projects were given the nod during the monthly meeting held with the traffic police here today.

The emphasis was laid to find ways for stream lining the traffic in the jam -prone area of the city.

Giving details, Vinod Kumar, SHO (Traffic), and Rahul Verma, a traffic expert, said the MC Commissioner had assured that the road marking (yellow marking) would soon be done on the side of the road to deal with erratic parking.

Road markings will be made on Ghumar Mandi, Cemetery Road, Kochar Market, Barelwal Road and Pakhowal Road in the first phase, as these areas are the worst affected by haphazard parking.

The MC commissioner said that soon the carpeting would be done on Chandigarh Road, Link Road, Hambra Road, Pakhowal Road , Taj Pur and Rahon Road.

He said the roads would be carpeted and safety furnitures including, cat eyes, zebra crossing and road marking would be done to ensure safety of passengers and pedestrians. The median in front of Circuit House, Bus Stand, ESI Hospital and Fortune Classic Hotel that were partially closed for smooth flow of traffic, would be closed completely.

Unused telephone, power poles to go

A proposal was mooted to remove unused telephone poles. The traffic police also demanded the relocation of 12 electricity transformers that were causing traffic problem. The MC Commissioner said the next meeting would be attended by the officials of the Power Corporation for an on-the-spot solution to the problems. It was also decided that the unused telephone poles would be removed.



Heavy rush for Aadhar cards
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
After the price of domestic LPG cylinders has increased to Rs 1,310, there has been a spurt in the number of residents getting their Aadhar cards made. Earlier, the residents were not taking Aadhar cards seriously, but after the price of domestic LPG cylinders shot up, the residents could be seen making a beeline to several places where Aadhar cards were being made. The number of Aadhar card applicants have increased.

Congress councillor Mamta Ashu said “A month ago, I had started a camp in my Model Gram office where Aadhar cards were being made. Earlier, we had two machines and now we have five machines. Every day, we are making cards of more than 150 residents,” she said. “The subsidy on the domestic LPG cylinder, which was earlier paid by the government, will now be credited to the bank account of the beneficiary. And the residents not having Aadhar cards will have to pay Rs 1,310 and they will not get the subsidy amount. That is why the residents are making a beeline to get their Aadhar cards made,” said Sona Thind, DFSC (East).

‘Aadhar card not mandatory’

Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily had recently stated that Aadhar card was not mandatory to obtain subsidised cooking gas. He had stated that the oil PSUs (public sector undertakings) had been directed to give subsidised LPG to even those customers who did not possess the unique identification number and that a circular in this regard would be issued soon.



LIT pays no heed to govt’s orders
Fails to cancel allotment of land for community centre in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 29
Despite the Punjab Government instructing the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to cancel the allotment of land for a community centre, the latter has failed to do so. The government had issued the orders more than a month ago. Annoyed with LIT authorities, area residents approached the Punjab Minister for Local Bodies.

The residents lamented that despite meeting the executive officer and the chairman of the Trust on December 30, 2013, and January 2, 2014, respectively, the allotment of the land measuring 2000 square yards in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar was not cancelled. They said the authorities did not act against the employees who misplaced documents and even the management of the community centre was not penalised for illegal construction.

In a letter, Baljit Singh, a resident, stated that prime government land (worth more than Rs 40 crore at prevailing market price) was under unlawful occupation of the society running a marriage palace in the community centre. "As vehicles remain parked haphazardly, residents have to face inconvenience," the letter read. Acting on the report of an inquiry conducted by the Chief Vigilance Officer, Local Government, the state government had asked LIT authorities to cancel the allotment of the prime land.

Baljit Singh sought information under the Right to Information Act and found that the land was allotted to the welfare society more than 25 years ago and it had made only 25 per cent of the payment. It was learnt that the community centre had been converted into a commercial entity where a marriage palace was being run for which no house tax, water and sewerage charges were being paid to the civic body. Information obtained by the residents disclosed that no building plan had been approved for the construction of two big halls and 30 rooms in the community centre which were being offered on rent for marriages and the other functions.

Allegations levelled against the management of the community centre by Baljit Singh and the other area residents were established during a probe conducted by the Vigilance wing of the Local Government Department which made the government take a decision to cancel the allotment of land and initiate proceedings against the staff/officials of LIT and management of the community centre.

LIT executive officer Jatinder Singh said they had received a memorandum demanding the cancellation of the allotment of land. "Action is being taken as per the directions of the government," he said.

Building plan not approved

Information obtained by residents disclosed that no building plan had been approved for the construction of two big halls and 30 rooms in the community centre which were being offered on rent for marriages and other functions.



anti-employee policies
Non-teaching staff flay government
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
On the call of the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab-Chandigarh, employees of Arya College held a protest on the premises of the college today. The protesters urged the state government to release the pending arrears of revised scales. Non-teaching staff of as many as 150 government-aided colleges, across the state, is under the union at present.

The senior vice-president of the non-teaching employees union, Rajiv Bhasin, said, “The non-teaching employees of private colleges have been facing inconvenience due to the anti-employee policies of the state government.”

“We are deprived of pension facility and the government is yet to fulfil its promise of giving pension to the non-teaching staff of aided colleges,” said Bhasin.

“The aided colleges are the backbone of the education in state but the attitude of the government towards the non-teaching employees is not positive. The Akali-BJP led government promised us to provide all the benefits and pending arrear but even they have not acted on their words so far,” said the senior vice-president.

There are four aided colleges in the Ludhiana associated with the union.

An activist of the union, Bimal Kumar, said the non-teaching employees will intensify their protest if their demands were not met.

Rajiv Bhasin informed that that all the non teaching employees of private aided colleges will hold a protest and boycott work on February 8, 17 and 25.



LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society submits memorandum
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society today submitted a memorandum to the District Transport Officer (DTO), Anil Garg, and demanded to stop plying of cell and geo auto-rickshaws within the limits of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.

The president of the society, Jaspal Singh, Islam Ganj, said, “Cell auto and geo auto (auto-rickshaws with four wheels) are still plying on the city roads with state permit. By giving permit to these autos, the government has deceived the LPG autos as many diesel-operated auto owners especially converted their vehicles into LPG and CNG. The government had itself directed the owners of the auto-rickshaws to convert their vehicles into environmental-friendly LPG and CNG. But now, as the government has allowed even the diesel autos to ply on the city roads, the LPG autos have received a huge setback in terms of their business.”

The LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society has already submitted a memorandum in this regard to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal through District Administration on January 15, but to no avail, said the president of the society.

The District Transport Officer assured the society of doing the needful at the earliest.



Ludhiana scan
Tubewell installation

The work to install tubewell in Ward Number 41 started under the guidance of Surinder Dabar and Pawan Dewan on Wednesday. The area councillor, Pinki Bansal, thanked Manish Tewari for the initiative.

Remembering martyrs

The civil and police officials in the district will observe two minutes silence at 11 am on Thursday to pay homage to the martyrs at Mini Secretariat, under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rajat Aggarwal. The DC appealed to the masses to pay homage to the departed souls.

Hunger strike

A one-day hunger strike was carried out by Bibi Sukhdev Kaur at Bhai Bala Chowk against the step-motherly treatment meted out to the kin of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha. The protesters demanded to resume the stalled work at Sarabha's house at the earliest. Besides they urged the authorities concerned to name the road from Bhai Bala Chowk to Raikot as Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg.

Tax conference

National Tax Conference (NTC) will be held on February 15 and 16. The Governor of Punjab, Shivraj V Patil, and Justice JS Khehar, Supreme Court of India, will be the chief guests for the inaugural and valedictory sessions respectively. The conference is being jointly organised by the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) (NZ), Punjab Tax Bar Association (PTBA), DTBA (sales tax), Ludhiana, and Taxation Bar Association (direct taxes), Ludhiana.

IMA Punjab demands probe

The Indian Medical Association, Punjab, has condemned the ‘violence’ by relatives of the patient against doctors and other staff at PHC, Bassi Pathana. “To indulge in violence and hold doctors guilty without any evidence is unfair. Such acts create an atmosphere of fear among medical staff,” said president of the IMA, Punjab, Manoj Sobti. The IMA, Punjab, has demanded an inquiry into the matter by an expert committee before lodging an FIR against doctors.


‘Have a Heart Foundation’ held a meeting at Satluj Club on Wednesday. The president of the foundation, Balbir Kumar, said the foundation has performed 14 surgeries on needy people in last one year. The foundation has decided to perform as many as 50 surgeries now and help the needy in the best way we can, said Kumar.

700 examined at health camp

A team of ayurvedic and homeopathic doctors at Malaud called upon the office-bearers of social and education organisations to launch a coordinated movement to educate masses about various constituents of a balanced diet. The observations in this regard were made after examining as many as 700 patients during the Ayush outreach camp at Kila Hans village. Sarpanch Gurdeep Singh Maan inaugurated the camp. Dr Amita Chopra, district homeopathic officer, and Dr Pardaman Singh, district ayurvedic officer, led the teams of physicians and examined patients including schoolchildren. The camp was jointly organised by the Punjab Health Department and the Department of Ayush. — TNS



School heads told to update info on dept's website
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 29
The Education Department, Punjab, has instructed the heads of government middle, high and senior secondary schools to update the information pertaining to their respective schools on the department's website.

The department had launched the web portal last year and all the schools in the state had uploaded the information related to their teachers, staff, students and existing infrastructure.

The Director General School Education (DGSE), Kumar Rahul, has directed the school heads to keep a tab on their school-related information displayed on the website. He has issued a circular to all district education officers (DEOs) for implementation of the instruction.

Kumar Rahul stated that changes in the number of students and staff besides the alteration in the existing infrastructure undertaken last year should be updated on the website.

The DGSE also directed the coordinators of the Management Information System (MIS) to send the report about errors, if any, to the school to which they pertain so that the schools head can rectify them.

According to the DGSE directions, the DEOs should update factual and authentic information.

In case a school head has a confusion or encounters a technical problem while uploading information on the web portal, they could contact the district coordinator of the MIS, stated Kumar Rahul.

"The schools had uploaded the information regarding their students, teachers, staff and infrastructure on the web portal around a year ago. Now, the information is outdated. The information on the website should be current and the Education Department has issued the direction on time," said Sandeep, a government school teacher.

DGSE directive

The Education Department launched its web portal last year and all the schools in the state uploaded the information related to their teachers, staff, students and existing infrastructure. However, the information feeded then is now outdated. The Director General School Education (DGSE) has also directed the school heads to keep a tab on their school-related information displayed on the website.



From schools
Web safety session

Ludhiana: Students of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, were sensitised to web safety. Two sessions were organised for students. The resource person, Rakshit Tandon, who is associated with the Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi and Haryana Police, detailed about all the activities related to cyber crime. He said adolescents commit many cyber crimes like hacking, cyber bullying and others. Tandon also made the students aware about the IT Cyber Law Act and the punishment and fine cyber crimes draw. He also explained to the students the ways to keep their Facebook, Twitter and other social networking accounts safe and secure. Principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich, teachers and students from classes IX to XII attended the sessions. It was an informative session for students, as they are more active on the Internet these days. They spend more time on social networking sites, play online games and while doing so, they sometimes commit crime, Tandon said while exhorting students to refrain from indulging in such unlawful activities.

Annual prize distribution

The Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, celebrated its annual prize distribution function on Wednesday. Father John, the director of the school and the chief guest at the function, felicitated the winners of various academic, sports and cultural competitions held during the current academic session. The winners were awarded with trophies and certificates. Sportspersons from the school, who made a mark at national, state and district-level events, were lauded for their dedication, commitment and hard work. The star of the day was Ritish Goyal, who stood second in the AISSCE with 98.6 per cent marks. The director of the school congratulated the prize winners and appreciated the efforts of school principal Sister Christo and the staff.

NSS camp

A weekly National Service Scheme (NSS) camp of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, is being held at Government Senior Secondary School at Chaunta village. NSS volunteers paid obeisance at some places of worship. Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, said the visit to religious places would help students to tread the right path. NSS programme officer Neena Sharma also inspired the volunteers. — TNS



Pending demands
Chain hunger strike by activists enters 14th day
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
Chain hunger strike launched by activists and office-bearers of over two dozen local organisations entered its 14th day today. Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra and legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan assured protesters of acceptance and implementation of their genuine demands, while the Sub-Divisional Magistrate said he had already forwarded the charter of demands to the higher authorities.

None of the authorities or leaders, however, have tried to persuade protesters to put an end to their agitation.

The protestors held a torch march in the area last night. The march passed through Gandhi Chowk, Bazar Bajajan, Cinema Road, Dehliz Road, Jandali Road and Railway Road before concluding at Bhagat Singh Chowk.

The protesters carried placards and banners too and raised slogans against the Administration and the state government.

The protest led by patron of the manch Vicky Sharma and chairman Vikas Tandon alleged that even elected representatives had failed to meet their demands.

The protesters threatened to intensify the stir if their demands were not met at the earliest.

Main demands of the protesters include upgrading town to sub-division, establishment of a government degree college in the area, construction of at least one underbridge or railway overbridge and plying of buses up to local bus stop and improvement in civic amenities.



leader speak
PAU pensioners paid after 28 days
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) pensioners finally received their pension for the month of December 2013 on Tuesday. There was nearly a month-long delay in disbursal of pension despite the fact that the court had directed the PAU authorities to release pension as well as other retirement benefits on time. In case of default, the court had stated, pensions would be released using the funds meant for salaries of the PAU staff.

Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, president, Confederation of PAU Pensioners' Associations, lamented, "The retired scientists and the supporting staff of the university, who devoted the prime of their life to make the country self-sufficient in food, are virtually facing the threat of starvation due to irregular disbursement of pension every month."

He said a delay in pension results in financial hardship for pensioners as well as their family members, particularly those who do not have any other source of income.

"Those suffering from chronic diseases require regular medicines and late disbursal of pension delays purchase of necessities thereby causing health problems and mental stress. Resultantly, pensioners may become patients of depression or develop suicidal tendencies," rued Dr Gill, who thanked PAU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon for taking personal interest in the matter.

Jaswant Singh Zirakh, general secretary, Confederation of PAU Pensioners Associations, urged the VC as well as the state government to make sure they get their pensions on time.



Punjabi losing out to Internet a cause of worry for language exponents
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
It is said that the survival and growth of a language directly depends on the literature produced in that language. However, the Internet has hindered the growth of Punjabi even as literature in the language is being churned out. Today’s generation is hooked to Internet and seldom spares time for reading books.

Language experts are of the view that the Punjabi literature has come to a point of stagnation. Books are still written in Punjabi but less number of readers is what the exponents of the language worry about.

Karamjit Grewal, a national award winner and a teacher at Government High School, Kheri Chameri, opined that though hundreds of books were being published each year, its readers were limited.

Grewal, who has many children books to his credit, said books were popular in rural areas where children have limited access to the Internet but sadly, they neither have libraries nor easy access to books.

About children literature, he said writers need to move forward. "Today's generation has come out of the world of fairies and demons. They want science fiction, to which they could relate easily," he said.

Gurdev Singh, a retired Punjabi professor, said most of the literature being produced today lacked thought process. "Even the poetry that is written today has no depth," he said.

Subhash, who runs a book store at Chaura Bazaar, said, "It is a fast-paced world and today's generation wants things instantly. They get the information they need at a click of mouse. Now, even Punjabi books are being digitized. The number of buyers visiting us has decreased considerably. The demand for Punjabi literature books is limited to those students who are carrying out research works.”



Youth for change in political system

With scams and incidents of crime hitting headlines almost every other day, functioning of governments in the state and at the Centre have become a topic of discussion. Ludhiana Tribune spoke to students in the city to get their viewpoint.

There should be some eligibility criteria for politics. Those wishing to enter politics should have a specified minimum education. Like in other important positions, there should be an entrance test for politicians. Only those who could clear it should be eligible to contest elections.

Ginni Sharma

Many politicians in the government are in the twilight years of their lives. The system should be run by young politicians, who are dynamic and energetic. Timely and correct decisions are essential for smooth functioning of the political system and for accelerating the country’s progress.~

Gursimran Kaur

The policies of the government should be well-chalked out. Politicians make rules but do not ensure their proper implementation. Further, old politicians should make way for young leaders. They can become a mentor. The leadership should be young as they can connect with the youth better and take more progressive steps.~

Himanshu Kapoor

There should be a rule to prevent dynasty rule. Members of a single family should not be allowed to be part of one political party. Today, families run governments, be it Centre or the state. Children of politicians get tickets while many deserving young leaders are left out.

Mandeep Kaur

Politicians should not be allowed to take populist measures at the cost of state’s economy. Depleting resources like water and electricity are being wasted through these measures. Honest people at the helm of the government are far better than the extremely dynamic but corrupt persons.


Since India is a young country, the government should ensure there are ample job opportunities, training and enough support to young people to establish themselves in their respective fields. Sadly, unemployment is a cause of concern in our country.

Prabhjot Kaur

Politicians having a criminal background should not be allowed to contest any election. Even those who have served their sentences should not be allowed to fight polls. Graduation should be the minimum qualification for contesting state or general elections.

Jaspreet Singh



Food that brings good fortune
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Food festival began in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 29
Chinese restaurants will remain packed to capacity over the next few weeks. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, will be celebrated on Friday (January 31), marking the start of the Year of the Wooden Horse. Chinese New Year 2014 is the 4711th year of the Chinese calendar.

2014 is the Year of the Horse and restaurants will offer foods that will bring luck and good fortune.

A food fest 'The Year of the Horse' began at Radisson Blu Hotel today. Wok-tossed potato (wok-fried potato with sesame seeds and chilli soy sauce), vegetarian dim sum are some of the dishes, especially prepared for the festival. Some of the dishes included in the menu, especially for the celebrations are longevity noodles, essentially one long noodle representing long life, which presumably brings bad luck if cut and whole fish, preferably those with silvery scales resembling coins. “Dumplings are also an important part of every Chinese New Year feast as they are thought to resemble purses full of gifts. Vegetable dumplings are typically wrapped in the shape of an ancient boat-shaped coin,” said chef of a Chinese restaurant at Sarabha Nagar.

Executive chef Rajinder Sareen of Hotel Park Plaza said they had designed a special menu for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Orient Blade.



PAU notes
Geraldine Dzeka adjudged best foreign student
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 29
Geraldine R Dzeka, a student of the PCTE-Institute of Pharmacy, has been conferred with the Best Foreign Student 2013 Award by the Punjab Technical University. The award was presented during a function organised to mark the 18th Foundation Day of the university.

Dzeka hails from Zimbabwe and took admission in the B-Pharmacy course at the PCTE Institute of Pharmacy in August 2010. She won many events, including the British Parliamentary debate organised at the PCTE Group of Institutes. She also won the business plan contest and stood third in a case study competition. Besides, she is an athlete and an active member of the International Students Organising committee.

The foundation day function saw a huge turnout of senior educationists and foreign students.

The award is in recognition of Dzeka's excellent academic performance and active participation in extra-curriculum activities.

Dr Zia Ur Rehmaan, Head of Department, PCTE-Institute of Pharmacy, said, "Dzeka has made our department very proud. Her enthusiasm and capability is an inspiration for other foreign students on the campus."

Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated Dzeka and faculty members of the Institute for their sincere and committed efforts.

Dr Kang said, "We at the PCTE work towards overall development of students so that they can compete with toppers in their respective fields."



12 shanties, over 35 shops pulled down
Tribune News Service

MC workers confiscate a rehri at Ghumar Mandi.
Tribune photo: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, January 29
The tehbazari wing of the civic body today removed encroachments from Vardhman Colony. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is to lay the foundation stone of a government hospital in Sector 32 (Vardhman Colony) on February 1. He may hold a public meeting too.

Rajiv Saggar, inspector, building branch, said 12 shanties were removed during the drive. He said rehris were also confiscated. At Tajpur Road, MC officials removed 35-40 shops.

Saggar said police personnel accompanied the officials. Prem Singh, an area resident, said the encroachments were in the area for long and no action had been taken against violators. "As the CM is visiting the area, the officials swung into action," he said.

In the evening, the tehbazari wing removed rehris from Rani Jhansi Road and Ghumar Mandi.


MC officials carried out an anti-encroachment drive at Sector 32, Vardhman Colony, where Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of a government hospital on February 1. Residents said the CM’s visit had prompted the officials to raze illegal structures. In the evening, rehris were confiscated from Rani Jhansi Road and Ghumar Mandi



LETS reduces 5 per cent rate for water treatment

A special meeting of office-bearers of the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) was held with the JBR Technologies Private Limited, the operator of common effluent treatment plant functioning in Ludhiana. As the industry is passing through recession, LETS management impressed upon the operator to reduce the rate by minimum 15 per cent for treatment of effluent water.

JBR Technologies Pvt Ltd agreed to reduce the rate for treatment of effluent water by 5 percent with immediate effect which has been approved by LETS management as well. It was also decided to increase the existing capacity of CETP from 3 lakh litre per day to 5 lakh litre per day. The modalities of enhancement will be framed soon. The meeting was chaired by Avtar Singh, CEO, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, secretary, Upkar Singh Ahuja, director, Manmohan Singh Ubhi, director from LETS. Rajinder Singh and Pardeep Singh from JBR Technologies Pvt Ltd also attended the meet. — TNS



One killed, 11 hurt as van carrying labourers overturns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
A migrant labourer was killed and 11 injured after a van ferrying labourers overturned on being hit by a pickup truck near Chandigarh Road today. The incident took place this morning when the labourers were comimg from Kohara to Ludhiana in a van. When they reached Bharomunna village, a pickup truck came from behind and hit the van while overtaking. Van driver Prem Singh lost control over the vehicle and it overturned.

The deceased has been identified as Bheem Kumar (25) died on the spot, while Prem Singh and labourers including Davinder, Vinod, Lilli Prasad, Bale Chand, Murari Panday, Akhilesh Kumar, Vipan, Nirmal Singh, Kamlesh Kumar and Nagin Kumar were seriously injured. They were rushed to various multi -specialty hospitals in Ludhiana and Doraha for treatment.

ASI Jagir Singh, the investigating officer, said that a case under Section 304- A of the IPC for rash driving causing death had been registered against the unidentified pickup truck driver.



MC finds out ways and means of saving power
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Municipal Corporation will ask a Delhi-based company to replace 15,000 bulbs (streetlights) with light emitting diodes (LEDs) within a week. Though the city has 1 lakh points (streetlights), only 15,000 bulbs will be replaced.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohlwaria said soon a meeting would be held with officials of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) (a Government of India's firm) to place an order. "Two months ago, the company had replaced 100 bulbs near Dugri and the civic body was able to save 40 per cent power. As claimed by the company, luminosity levels will remain the same as compared to normal lights. We are pretty satisfied with the results and expect to place an order soon," said the Mayor.

The MC will sent a proposal to the Punjab Government to place the order. An LED costs Rs 6,000.

Every year, the civic body foots electricity bills amounting to Rs 6 crore. If LEDs are introduced in the city, the MC will be able to save money.



Cricket: KVM get better of PAU School
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 29
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) trounced Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, by 186 runs during the Inter-School Tournament (U-16) for the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup at Nankana Sahib Public School.

The event is being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.

In the second match played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys, Nankana Sahib Public School overpowered GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass, by 22 runs to record their first win.

In the match between KVM and Government Model School, PAU, the fomer hoisted a huge score of 285 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs. The highlight of their innings was fine batting display by Shubham, Bhuvnesh and Vaibhav, who contributed 76, 78 and 49 runs, respectively. Devam made 17 runs and Deepin Chitkara, who scored 67 runs against GMT Public School yesterday, was out today after making 16 runs. For PAU School, Rahul, Mohan and Anuj claimed one wicket each after conceding 68, 48 and 23 runs, respectively.

Facing a daunting task, PAU School wilted under pressure as their reply culminated at 99 runs after 29 overs. Chatterpal and Amit were the main contributors with 35 and 27 runs, respectively.

Deepin Chitkara was again successful with the ball. He claimed four wickets for 29 runs while Vaibhav, too grabbed four wickets for 18 runs. Keshav captured two wickets for 16 runs.

In another match, Nankana Sahib Public School scored 182 runs in 36 overs in which the main scorers were Yash Dhiman (40), Ajay (23), Satveer (18) and Jaskaran (14).

For GMT Public School, Akshay, Sagar and Ankit took two wickets each after giving away 20, 26 and 32 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, GMT Public School were bowled out for 160 runs in 42 overs. Akshay and Hitesh contributed 42 runs each while Aman chipped in with 25 runs.

For the winners, Amandeep secured five wickets for 22 runs while Harman and Ishmeet grabbed two wickets each to help their side to wrap up the issue.



It’s time for some action
Kilaraipur Sports Festival begins today, 6,000 to participate
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
Organisers of the Kilaraipur Rural Sports, popularly known as Mini Olympics, are busy making arrangements for the mega event commencing tomorrow. Sports enthusiasts have started arriving at Grewal Stadium. Bullock and dog owners are among those flocking to the stadium. Deepa, a resident of Lohgarh village, said he had brought his jockeys and bullocks to the stadium so that they could become familiar with the tracks.

Gur Sandeep Singh Sunny and Balwinder Singh Jagga, organisers, said arrangements for the stay of sportspersons coming from foreign countries and the other states had been made.

Special teams of volunteers have been constituted to receive teams at the airport, railway station and bus stands. Though the event will be inaugurated on Friday, competitions for 'time bullock races' will be held on Thursday (January 30).

Sports enthusiasts will see the country's top sportspersons in action this time. Top hockey teams such as Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP and CISF have already confirmed their participation. Winners and runners-up of the bullock cart race and one-village open kabaddi will get Rs 1 lakh and Rs 75,000, respectively. The team lifting the Bhagwant Memorial Hockey Cup will get Rs 51,000.

More than 6,000 sportspersons are expected to participate in the event. Grey hound races, mule cart races, tug-of-war, loading and unloading of tractor-trailers, gymnastics, cycle races and hockey tournament for girls, boys will be held. Paramjit Singh Grewal, general secretary, GSA, said Rs 40 lakh would be given to position holders. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the guest of honour. Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon will inaugurate the event on Friday.



Beant Kaur declared best athlete, Sunita best player
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 29
Beant Kaur was adjudged the best athlete and Sunita was declared the best player of 2013-14 in the 71st annual athletics meet of the Government College for Girls that concluded today. Surjit Kaur Maluka and Satinder Kaur Bisla were the guests of honour at the prize distribution function. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, congratulated the winners. Former captain of the Indian women's hockey team and head of the physical education department proposed the vote of thanks.


100m race: Jaspreet Kaur 1, Sarabjeet Kaur 2 and Beant Kaur 3; spoon and potato race: Muskan Gupta 1, Rajbir Kaur 2 and Amanpreet Kaur 3; 200m race: Beant Kaur 1, Jaspreet Kaur 2 and Rinki 3; three-legged race: Karandeep Kaur and Rajni 1, Babita and Kiran 2, Vibhu and Rajinder Kaur 3; 400m race: Beant Kaur 1, Rinki 2 and Anjali 3; 1,500m race: Beant Kaur 1, Rinki 2 and Harshita 3; obstacle race: Pawandeep Kaur 1, Harshita 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3; javelin throw: Balwinder Kaur 1, Parminder Kaur 2 and Baksho 3; discus throw: Rajpreet Kaur 1, Balwinder Kaur 2 and Anjali 3; high jump: Baksho 1, Manjeet Kaur 2 and Beant Kaur 3.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |