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PAU don put on notice
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Perturbed over the delay in the completion of several development projects and the alleged use of substandard construction material in Punjab Agricultural University, a show-cause notice has been issued to a PAU Associate Professor. Due to these anomalies, the already cash-starved PAU has suffered a loss of crores of rupees.

The show-cause notice, a copy of which is with Ludhiana Tribune, was issued to Deepak Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, PAU, on January 31 on the basis of an inquiry conducted by a panel comprising Dr Neelam Grewal as chairperson and Dr NK Khullar and Dr JS Mahal as members.

According to the notice, “The size of four green houses, constructed at different krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs), was reduced from 120 ft by 45 ft to 96 ft by 32 ft despite the fact that this size had been clearly mentioned in the rough-cost estimate based on which the detailed notice inviting tender (DNIT) was issued and both of these were signed by you. The consent of the user department regarding the change of size of the green houses being constructed has not been taken. You knowingly did not get the drawings of the said work made in the specified size to created ambiguity in the matter. As administrative approval for 14 units of polyhouses of 500 sq m amounting to Rs 70 lakh was obtained from the Vice-Chancellor, it was your duty to place the order to the firm concerned for getting each unit of approved size constructed. However, you got four units of under-sized polyhouses constructed at the four KVKs and the work at the remaining 10 units of polyhouses was not even started till March 3, 2011 (the date till you discharged the additional duties of Executive Engineer (C-II).”

The notice states that rules were flouted in the use of 8 mm thick triple-layered polycarbonate sheets, which were of inferior quality.

“In the allotment of any building work, non-schedule (NS) items, though sometimes unavoidable, are kept at the minimum level. However, in case of the allotment of work related to the construction of an auditorium, you have recommended 295 NS items worth Rs 4.5 crore (more than 50 per cent of the tender cost). You did not make any effort to get the number of NS items reduced in the DNIT of the work. You also tried to help the contractor by tampering with the tender,” the notice states.

“The Vice-Chancellor, after considering the report of the inquiry committee and going through the facts of the case came to the provisional conclusion to remove you from the university service. You are called upon to show cause within 15 days as to why you may not be removed from service for the above lapses,” says the notice issued by the PAU Registrar.

Being targeted, says Gupta

The Associate Professor, Deepak Gupta, claimed that he was being targeted due to his personal differences with a senior PAU official. “I have done nothing wrong and everything was done by taking due permission from the PAU authorities. Even the inquiry committee chairperson was a non-technical person,” he said.


MC to set up teams for tax recovery 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
To crack the whip on those who do not pay their taxes on time and to collect the pending arrears, the MC has decided to constitute 30 teams of officials. The teams will focus on the recovery of taxes to improve the financial condition of the fund-starved MC.

The civic body generates revenue from property tax, water supply and sewerage charges, advertisements, MC properties which have been rented out and industrial disposal charges, besides miscellaneous charges. Notices are sent to residents in all four zones (A,B,C and D), who pay the taxes on an annual basis. The MC faces problems in the collection of arrears. Defaulters are reluctant to deposit their arrears, resulting in a loss of revenue for the MC.

MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the MC had asked the officials concerned to constitute teams, which would focus on the recovery of taxes alone.

"The problem arises whenever there is additional work or employees get busy in their core areas. I have told Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia to constitute teams of 50 to 60 inspectors and clerks to focus on the recovery of taxes. The teams will go to residents, give them notices, keep a record of the arrears and follow up the cases so that the MC generates more funds," said Tiwari.

The civic body has started acting tough with residents for the recovery of taxes. A meeting in this regard was held by the Additional Commissioner recently in which officials were told to pull up their socks. The MC wants to generate enough revenue before the end of the current fiscal.



Cops flouting ban on use of black films on vehicles
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
What to talk of implementing the Supreme Court directions regarding the ban on the use of back films on cars and buses, policemen are themselves using black films on their vehicles in violation of the law with impunity.

Though Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh claims zero tolerance against the use of black films on vehicles, the fact is that the rules are being grossly violated by officials of his department.

One such car belonging to a police officer remained parked in the official parking lot outside the Commissioner's office. "In my opinion, the Commissioner of Police should first put his house in order before taking action against residents. The violation speaks volumes about the control and influence he enjoys over his force. If officials of his department are not following the guidelines, how is the public expected to follow the rules," said Virinder Bhakoo, a philanthropist.

The officer's vehicle is not a stray case; several vehicles having black films can easily be spotted at the Mini-Secretariat. Residents say though all are equal in the eyes of the law, police officers consider themselves above it.

"The traffic police fail to take action against their own men," said Santokh Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar. Among those using black films on their vehicles are some local politicians and scribes.

"It is not only unlawful, but unethical as well. Policemen should know that they are not above law, but the custodian of law. If they keep on violating the rules, how are people expected to follow the directions. The Commissioner of Police needs to conduct a survey in the city to find out how many such officers are useing black films on their vehicles," said senior advocate Ashok Lakhanpal.



Computer still gives govt staff the jitters 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The state government may have provided computers as well as training to its staff for using these, yet the new technology still gives jitters to some of the employees.

A senior employee of a government department said, "All computer work is done by my assistant. When he is not there, I get it done by other subordinates. The very thought of working on a computer makes me feel uncomfortable."

An officer of a government department said, "I have observed some employees shying away from the computer. They still maintain a manual record. When I ask them the reason, they have to cut a sorry figure."

Another employee said whenever he had to send information to his seniors, he used the services of hired computer operators after office hours so that his work did not suffer.

Asked to comment on the issue, District Transport Officer Anil Garg said, "We work on computers. It is very convenient. Once the employees get the hang of it, there are no problems. Employees need to be briefed about it so that they don’t fear the computer."

Another officer said, "Initially, employees may face some difficulties while working on computers, but with constant practice, the task becomes easy."



Bailable warrants against MC PIO
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The State Information Commission, Punjab, has issued bailable warrants against the Public Information Officer, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for not providing information to Dev Raj Sharma, a resident of Durgapuri here, under the Right to Information Act.

Surinder Awasthi, State Information Commissioner, has also asked the Commissioner of Police to serve enclosed bailable warrants on Rajinder Sharma, Assistant Town Planner-cum-Public Information Officer, MC, to ensure his presence before the commission on the next date of hearing on February 19.

According to the commission's orders, the respondent PIO was absent without giving intimation to the commission despite the fact that a show-cause notice had already been issued to him. The complainant, Dev Raj Sharma, said he was allowed to see the records on December 23 last year, but the requisite record was not shown to him, which was in gross violation of the commission's directives.

Taking a serious note of Rajinder Sharma's conduct, the State Information Commission has issued bailable warrants in exercise of powers conferred upon it under Section 18 (3) of the RTI Act with the direction that the PIO shall produce the relevant record relating to the appellant's RTI application on the next date of hearing. 



Proposal for another hot-mix plant to come up in MC general house meet
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Being one of the largest districts in Punjab, the industrial city of Ludhiana has a huge network of roads. However, a majority of roads are in a deplorable condition and in need of immediate repair.

Adding to the problem - there is only one hot-mix plant in the city, which is not adequate to repair all roads.

Realising that another hot-mix plant was required for the maintenance of roads, a proposal in this regard will be brought up in the General House meeting on February 21.

Confirming the move, Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains told The Tribune, “The proposal to set up another hot-mix plant in the city will be raised during the General House meeting on February 21.”

“Every day, road repair work is carried out in different parts of the city. To cater to the need, there is only one hot-mix plant on the Hambran Road. In case, roads of Sherpur or Dhandari are to be repaired, it takes at least an-hour-and-a-half to reach the spot. By that time, the hot pre-mix gets cold. This affects the quality of work as the patch repaired with the cold pre-mix does not have firm grip and longevity. This is why the road gets damaged with potholes,” added Bains.

An executive engineer with PWD B&R, said, “This not only affects the quality of work but a lot of time and money is also wasted. Another hot-mix plant is required on the other side of the city.”

The new hot-mix plant will cost around Rs 35 lakh. The MC has already identified a chunk of land where another hot-mix plant can be set up.

This will cater to Zones B and C areas whereas the Hambran Road hot-mix plant will cater to Zones A and D.



Mid-day meal scheme: Move to deduct cooks’ salaries draws criticism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The Punjab government’s move of deducting the salary of cooks — who prepare meals in government schools — has drawn flak from the mid-day meal workers.

A meeting of mid-day meal workers was held at Chatar Singh Parka wherein the workers alleged that the state government and the Director General School Education (DGSE) were ignoring their demands.

Charanjit Kaur Boparai, president, Mid-Day Meal Workers Union, said, “We had met DGSE Kumar Rahul on December 9 and discussed problems being faced by the mid-day meal workers. He assured to address our grievances. But two months have passed and nothing has been done.”

Kuldeep Kaur Alamgeer, another mid-day meal worker, said, “A hike in salary has been our long-pending demand. Our salaries should be deposited in our bank accounts.”

Opposing the government’s move to privatise the mid-day meal scheme, Alamgeer, said, “Private companies will harass mid-day meal workers.”

Boparai said, “The Centre has fixed a salary of Rs 10,000 per year for a mid-day meal worker. The Punjab government used to give a dearness allowance of Rs 200 per month. However, the government has withdrawn the allowance for the last few months. Now, workers only get Rs 700 per month, which is not sufficient to make ends meet.”

“The workers cook meals in pathetic conditions. The government has provided one cook for every 100 students. They don’t have health insurance and many mishaps have taken place in the cooking area,” she added.



Now, PAU to pay service tax
Varsity charges fees from morning walkers exceeding Rs 10 lakh
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will now pay service tax to the Central Excise and Customs Department for charging fees from the morning and evening walkers.

It is for the first time that PAU will pay, and in return, charge service tax from the public.

Sources in the Central Excise Department said, “Every year, a team from the department visits PAU to review the revenue and payment of taxes.”

“PAU has already been paying service tax on many other services it imparts such as lending stalls and space to hold fairs. But it is for the first time that PAU will be paying service tax to provide its space to morning and evening walkers. As the collection exceeds Rs 10 lakh, it comes under the purview of service tax,” said an official from the Central Excise Department.

The official further said, “Since PAU already has a registration number for paying service tax, it will not register itself again.”

PAU receives nearly 800 morning and evening walkers, of which, 270 are senior citizens. While senior citizens are charged Rs 1,000 annually, others pay Rs 2,000 per annum. Now, the fee for general category will be Rs 2,500, while senior citizens will have to pay Rs 1,125.

PAU estate officer Jaskaran Singh Mahal said, “PAU will be paying service tax on the fee collected from morning and evening walkers. The review team from the Central Excise Department pointed out that since the amount collected from the fee was exceeding the limit, PAU needed to pay tax on this service imparted to the public.”



File VAT quarterly returns by Feb 6
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
With only two days left to file their Value Added Tax (VAT) quarterly returns, lawyers and chartered accountants are on their toes these days.

In view of the inconvenience faced by businessmen in compiling details of stock as on December 31, 2013, the Excise and Taxation Department had extended the last date for filing VAT quarterly returns to February 6.

The quarterly return in Form VAT-15 for the 3rd quarter — October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013 — is to be filed till February 6 with the details regarding stock as on December 31, 2013, of the specified goods.

Goods such as electronic goods, home appliances and bakery products have been included under the single stage taxation system from January 1, 2014. Following the implementation of single stage taxation, it has been made mandatory to upload the details of stock while e-filing returns for the quarter.

Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer, said, “People are unaware of the fact that they have to upload the details of stock. The department should have introduced it from this quarter onwards so that traders were ready with the details. But, now, with the extension in date, things have become easier.” Another manufacturer said, “The department should personally send e-mails to every manufacturer so that they don’t miss out on any new development. I was not aware of this fact. Now, I will have to wait for a few more days to upload my returns as I need to check my stock details.” 



NGO comes to aid of polio-hit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Members of Non Government Organization (NGO) Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan celebrate family functions by donating for the treatment of polio affected people.

Established in the year 2005, the NGO had provided treatment to more than 1,300 polio affected people by getting their surgeries done free of cost. Rakesh Jain, president of the NGO, said, "We provided artificial limbs, tri-cycles, wheelchairs and hearings-aids to the needy. We sent blood filters for a 3 years old Pakistani girl and also helped 12 years old who was suffering from heart disease."

The NGO arranged for all this through donations of its members and office bearers. Jain said, " Punam Gupta, wife of Dr Pram Gupta, sent Rs 21,000 to the NGO. The members and office bearers keep motivating their friends and relatives to donate for this noble cause. The NGO has also solemnised marriage of 12 needy girls and taking care of 60 students.” 



Karmo — Mega sound and light programme — casts a spell
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Karmo- a mega sound and light programme of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, enthralled audience on third day at Dasehra Ground, New Shimlapuri.

About 150 artists participated in the two-hour programme. It depicted Punjabi art and culture in a beautiful way and many artists made it interesting by performing gatka, bhangra, giddha and jago.

The theme for the performance was struggle of a woman. The programme will conclude on February 6.



Music is above caste, creed, politics: Arif Lohar 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Renowned Pakistani singer Arif Lohar visited the ancestral home of legendary singer Yamla Jatt at Jawahar Nagar on Monday.

Arif Lohar performed at Sutlej Club, where he started his performance with a song of Yamla Jatt ‘Tere Ni Karara Mainu Luteya.’ He said Lal Chand Yamla Jatt is his favourite singer on this side of the border. He added that music is above the fences of caste, creed and politics. Talking about the culture of Punjab, he said there is no difference in Punjab on both sides of the border and there is a need of common platforms for better cultural exchange between people.

Arif said Alam Lohar had been the love of his life, and his music is sacrosanct for him. The musical instrument ‘Chimta’ which was used by his father is a symbol of 'Fakeeri'. Modern music instruments are result of adaptation with times, but he has not altered the traditional music of his father and only added to it, he said.

Vijay Yamla, grandson of Yamla Jatt, said both Alam Lohar and Yamla Jatt were friends and both were pioneers in music, while Lohar popularised ‘Chimta’ as music instrument, his grandfather immortalised ‘Tumbi’. "We showed him the photograph of both Alam Lohar and Yamla Jatt greeting each other warmly," Vijay said.



Students interact with singer Sukhpal Aujla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
PAU Young Writers Association organised an interaction “Ru-Bu-Ru” with lyricist and singer Sukhpal Aujla at Students Home in Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

A short documentary film directed by Daljit Ami, based on the importance of literature was also screened.

Association president Jagdish Kaur welcomed Sukhpal Aujla as well as the students.

Aujla presented his favourite songs and also shared his experiences with the students.

Punjab Agricultural University students who are associated with Young Writers Association also presented their writings to the audience.

Anchoring was done by Punjab Agricultural University students Saachi and Kritika. Jaspreet Singh proposed vote of thanks and other students who co-ordinated the function included Swarnjeet Singh, Jobanjit Singh, Jagreet Singh Virk, Ishani Nagpal, Ankita Batra and Kanchan.



Now, get roll Nos. online
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The recent decision of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to deliver roll numbers - for Class X and XII examinations - to students on its website has spread cheer among the student fraternity. The roll numbers will be available on the PSEB website from February 5. Now, students need not face harassment while collecting their roll numbers from the district offices of PSEB.

Earlier, it was a hectic task for PSEB officials to deliver the roll numbers to students, who had to stand in long queues or repeatedly visit offices to procure the same.

Though the PSEB will send the roll numbers to students by registered post, the same can also be downloaded from its website.

A student can appear in the examination by showing an attested copy of the downloaded roll number.

The practical examinations of PSEB will start from February 15.

The board officials also informed that the roll numbers for all other categories -- reappear, compartment and additional subjects - would also be available on the PSEB website.

“This is an appreciable move. Earlier, students, parents and school representatives faced huge inconvenience to get the roll numbers. Sometimes, people used to visit the Mohali office a day before the examination,” said Darshan Singh, a teacher.

Rajinder Sahrma, president, PSEB Affiliated Schools Association, said, “Students will get relief with this decision. Not only students but even the school managements used to face harassment during the examination days. The move is appreciable.”



NCC cadet does city proud 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
With her determination, National Cadet Corps (NCC) Cadet Japleen Kaur was declared first-runner up in All India Best Cadet Competition held during Republic Day Camp (RDC) in New Delhi, recently. Jasleen, a cadet of 4 Punjab Air Squadron, NCC, Ludhiana, joined NCC two year ago and participated in RDC for first time.

A total of 28 Cadets including 13 girls from various units under NCC Group HQs, Ludhiana, participated in the camp.

Japleen, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, participated in camp in junior wing. She got selected for RDC after proving her mettle in various camps spread over a period of three months. Earlier, she won the gold medal in Inter-Group Competition held at Ropar.

Lt Col Manjinder Singh, CO 5 (Pb) Girls Bn, Moga, was the contingent commander of the Punjab Directorate and he awarded Japleen with a cash incentive of Rs 8,000.

Japleen got tanning under guidance of Brig RPS Sandhu, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarters, Ludhiana.

On her achievement, Japleen stated, “I am on cloud nine and feeling proud. I had joined NCC for overall development but this achievement increased my confidence level.”

Talking about her dream, she said, “I want to join World Health Organization as a doctor to serve the humanity.”



From schools

Lecture on cancer

World Cancer Day was observed at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana with a lecture on cancer was delivered by a team of doctors including Dr Natasha Chopra and Dr Urvashi Mehta from Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Banur. Dr Natasha spoke about the alarming number of cancer patients in the region and told the students about the reasons and causes that lead to cancer. In a power point presentation, Dr Natasha explained the cause of cancerous growth, various types of cancer and prevention. She advised students to be conscious about their health and avoid any such thing that may harm their bodies. The lecture ended on the word of caution that we hear and read such talks from many but hardly try to imbibe what we hear. So they urged students to develop good habits.

Annual Sports Day

The Ryan International School, Jamalpur, celebrated its Annual Sports Day here today. Students displayed their sportsmanship. A galaxy of dignitaries including Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, Rakesh Singh, Senior Judo Coach and Charanjit Singh graced the occasion and motivated the students. The meet was declared open by the chief guest Kartar Singh. Students showcased their sportsmanship and team spirit in various athletics events including 200 m, 400 m,100 m race. Challenge race for boys and girls were organised.

Basant Panchami

To bid an adieu to the winter season and welcome the spring season, Basant Panchami was celebrated in DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur. The students came in yellow attire. Various competitions like modeling, kite making and poetry writing were held for different classes. The proud Master and Ms. Basant were also selected and awarded with trophies. Ruhani and Niharika were declared as Ms. Basant and Master Ratnakar was declared as Master Basant.

SAAR Pre School

Basant Panchmi was celebrated on the premises of SAAR Pre School with great fervour and zeal. The tiny tots looked dazzling in the yellow dresses. Pooja of Goddess Saraswati was performed by the principal along with staff and kids to invoke the blessings of goddess Saraswati followed by the distribution of yellow sweet dishes.

MGM School

All got hued in golden on the eve of Basant Panchami celebrations at MGM School. Goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge and wisdom was worshipped on the occasion. Morning assembly started with lighting of the holy lamp and then the celebrations were started with zest and fervour. The king of seasons Basant was honoured with the songs echoing one after the other in the assembly.

Maple Bear Canadian Play Way Nursery School

Maple Bear Canadian Play Way & Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana celebrated Basant Panchami referred to as Saraswati Puja marking the start of spring season. The yellow colour plays an important role in Basant Panchami as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. Saraswati is worshiped in a yellow dress, and sweet saffron rice and yellow sweets were distributed among students.

ABC Montessori

To celebrate the festival in an enthusiastic way, ABC Montessori, Basant Avenue, celebrated the occasion of Basant Panchmi on the school campus. Kids came dressed in yellow colour dresses. The festival was celebrated with full vivacity and festivity to mark the end of the winters. The members of the school decorated the campus with yellow rangoli.

Green Land School

The Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bye Pass, Ludhiana, welcomed the spring season with great enthusiasm. Children of KG wing looked stunning dressed up in yellow attires. The students worshipped Goddess Saraswati and Lord Brahma to whom the festival of spring is dedicated. The chairman-cum-director of Green Land Schools Rajesh Rudhra told about the significance of yellow colour on this day.

BCM School

BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, celebrated Basant Panchami with fun and frolic. Function was inaugurated by the principal Amar Jyoti Chawla. Students along with their teachers enjoyed sweet meals and sang songs in praise of goddess Saraswati. Students enjoyed kite flying. Principal blessed the students with her precious and kind words.

Green Land Convent School

To mark the Basant Panchami and arrival of the spring season was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, Ludhiana, with religious fervour. The ceremony began with the worship of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, learning wisdom, music and art. The students offered flowers to the Goddess Saraswati to seek her blessings. They recited hymns giving a traditional touch to the aura of the school. The rhythmic beauty of song filled the air with a divine feel and atmosphere turned religious in its aspects.

HVM Convent School

Students of HVM Convent Senior Secondary School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated festival of Basant Panchmi with full fervour. Children were dressed up in bright yellow attire to mark the festival. The day started with Saraswati Vandna followed by speeches, fancy dress competition and games. Yellow sweets were distributed among the children. President DP Sharma, director Meena Sharma and principal Radhika Jain presided over the function. Students were told the importance of the day and it is celebrated to welcome the spring season. Shifaly international school Shifaly international school organised a function to mark the event of Basant Panchmi on the arrival of spring season. Vishal Jain, director of school, and Rosy Jain, principal, graced the function with their presence. The beginning session of the function started with the recitation of “Gaytri Mantra and Sararswati Vandna”. To add more colours to it, tiny tots who came in the yellow dress were looking like sunflowers.

International Public School

Basant Panchmi was celebrated today in International Public School. Students and teachers shared their views on this day and all the students were made familiar with the importance of this festival. Various competitions such as ‘thali’ decoration, kite flying, bangle decoration, flower making were held for the students of different classes who participated actively in the events. Students were encouraged to bring yellow food. 



Ludhiana scan

World Cancer Day observed

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, NGO-Can Fight Cancer hold a meeting which was attended by the members of the organisation and around 20 volunteers drawn from medical profession, survivors and caregivers. The group plans to meet once-a-month to share their experiences. Dr RP Jain, president of the organisation said, "For people who brush their shoulders with the disease in one form or the other, there is so much to handle. There are so many misconceptions, apprehensions, fears that walk along. The idea behind starting this support group is to cater to psychological and emotional needs of those who have successfully battled the disease or going through the ordeal or taking care of a patient. We are making an attempt to provide a forum where people can express themselves and feel free to discuss their thoughts."

Indian Medical Association

Indian Medical Association (IMA) Ludhiana stressed for early detection and treatment of cancer so that it can be cured in the early stages. Role of prevention as an effective method to fight cancer was discussed. IMA appealed general public not to fall prey to false promises made by quacks to cure cancer as it only leads to delay in treatment. IMA Ludhiana organises free medical camps in collaboration with District Authorities 3rd Sunday of every month.

Confederation of Indian Industry

Confederation of Indian Industry’s Young Indians, Ludhiana Chapter, observed “World Cancer Day” with association of Herminder Memorial Cancer Centre and World Cancer Centre, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School. More than 350 students from BCM Arya Model School and faculty attended the session. Dr Urvashi Mehta and Natasha Chopra from Herminder Memorial Cancer Centre and World Cancer Centre gave lecture to educate and empower the young minds about pandemic disease. Dr Urvashi Mehta explained different kinds of cancers, their symptoms, corrective measures and their remedies.

SPS Apollo Hospital

On World Cancer Day, Oncology department SPS Apollo hospitals, organised different cancer awareness programmes in rural areas in association with the local Panchayats and Gurudwara Committees. “It has been found that In India an estimated 2 to 2.5 million people suffer from cancer. To add to this number around 0.7 million new cases are reported every year from which nearly half die. It is also known that two-third of the cancer patients come in an incurable stage at the time of diagnosis. Also, reports show that more than 60 per cent of these affected patients are in the prime of their life aged between 35 to 65 years," said Dr Gautam Goyal, Consultant Oncologist at SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana.

Seminar on novel

Leading literary organisation Vishav Punjabi Sahit Vichar Manch will organise a seminar on novel "Te Ganga Vagdi Rahi’ written by Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas on February 8 at 10.00 am, Punjabi Bhawan. Secretary general Dalvir Singh Ludhianvi said famous novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal, Prof Narijan Tasneem, Karamjit Singh Aujla and president of manch Pritam Pandher will preside over the function. Prof Krishan Singh and Dr Gulzar Pandhar will present their papers on the novel. Others will express their views on it and poets will present their poems.

Book released

A book titled "Deshbhagat Ujagar Singh Bilga" written by Pritam Singh Gulshan, son of late Ujagar Singh Bilga, was released at Deshbhagat Yadgari Memorial Hall by Deputy Director, Doordarshan, Dr Om Gauri Dutt Sharma. The function was attended by number of freedom fighters, especially from Bilga. 



Three arrested on charge of yarn theft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The Sadar police have arrested three persons on a charge of stealing 141 cartons of yarn worth lakhs of rupees. Those arrested have been identified as Surinder Kumar, alias Handa, and Harjit Singh, both residents of New Subhash Nagar, and Shinderpal, alias Shindi, a resident of Shimla Colony.

Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO of the Sadar police station, said the accused were trying to deliver this yarn from a godown of Nahar Fibre Mill in Gill village to Madhya Pradesh. He said the truck driver and cleaner concerned did not deliver the yarn in Madhya Pradesh and their mobile phones were also switched off.

A case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against them on January 11. During routine checking, the trio was arrested from the bus stand and 50 cartons of yarn were seized from Surinder, 61 cartons from Harjit and 30 cartons from Shinderpal,” the SHO said.



2 held with smack worth Rs 1.4 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The anti-narcotics cell has arrested two youths and seized smack worth Rs 1.4 crore from their possession. The youths have been identified as Harvinder, alias Hinda (24), and Lakhwinder, alias Lakha (20), both residents of Goohla in Kaithal district of Haryana. The duo was arrested at a naka set up near the Civil Hospital here.

Harbans Singh, in charge of the cell, said the police signalled the driver of an Alto car (HR 09 C 3191) on suspicion. On a search of the vehicle, we seized 280 gm of smack from their possession,” said Harbans.

15 bottles of cough syrup seized

The anti-narcortics cell has seized 15 bottles of a cough syrup (used as a drug) from the possession of Jaspreet, alias Jassa (29), of Janta Nagar. “He was earlier also involved in such cases and was arrested from near Gill village. He had brought these bottles from Ambala and was planning to sell these here,” said Harbans.



Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament: Ludhiana defeat Ropar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 4
Skipper Gitansh Khera, Nikhil Chowdhary and Abhinav Bhatia set a mammoth target of 561 runs and defeated Ropar on the penultimate day of the qualifying round match in the Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament being played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Ludhiana scored 454 runs in their first innings, wherein Khera and Chowdhary scored 210 and 101 runs, respectively. The hosts restricted the visitors to 196 runs to gain a vital lead of 258 runs.

Ludhiana opted to bat again. Enjoying a huge lead, the hosts scored 302 runs in their second essay, setting an impossible task of scoring 561 run on the final day, tomorrow.

Abhinav Bhatia stole the limelight today by scoring 151 runs. Other notable contributors were Nikhil Chowdhary (55), Vaibhav (31) and Abhishek Talwar (18).

For Ropar, Resham and Harpreet Singh took four and two wickets, respectively.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 454 all out in 109.2 overs (Gitansh Khera 210, Nikhil Chowdhary 101, Abhishek Talwar 28, Abhinav Bhatia 83, Talwinder Singh 4 for 58, Resham 3 for 116, Harpreet Singh 2 for 152.)

Ropar (first innings): 196 all out in 62.5 overs (Harmanjit 45, Deepansh 82; Baltej Singh 2 for 29, Amritpal Singh 2 for 28, Deepak Bansal 1 for 32 and Anil Sihag 1 for 42).

Ludhiana (second innings): 302 all out in 88.1 overs (Abhishek Talwar 18, Abhinav Bhatia 151, Vaibhav 31, Nikhil Chowdhary 55; Resham 4 for 75, Harpreet 2 for 112 and Talwinder 2 for 33).



Jaap, rising star of the rink
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 4
An upcoming roller-skater from Ludhiana, Jaap Kaur had been aspiring to don the national colours at international-level tournaments. Jaap Kaur, a student of Class 8 at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, won gold medals, in the 10-12 years category, in the Punjab State Skating Championships during the last three years.

At the national level competition, she secured silver medal in the 10,000m point to point race in the National Roller Skating Championship held in Virar, Maharashtra. She also bagged silver medal in the 300m time trial event in the National CBSE Skating Competition also at Virar besides a bronze medal in the 3,000m road race.

For her success in a short span of time, Jaap Kaur gives credit to her coach, JS Dhaliwal, who has produced a number of skaters who brought fame to the nation in the Asian Championship and others who have done the state proud taking part in various national championships. “He trains with modern methods including different exercises, weight training and other techniques that helped me a lot to achieve the results,” said Jaap Kaur.

I use to skate 40 kms in the early cold mornings, cross country far away on the canal banks towards Mullanpur on the Ferozepur Road and my coach, Dhaliwal accompanied me on his scooter, she added.

She lamented that lack of any assistance from Punjab government to the players of skating and non-existence of infrastructure were the main reasons that a very few take part in the game here. Our neighbouring state, Haryana, had announced various incentives to the position holders in the National Games like a gold medal winner is given a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh while the silver medalist gets a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and the bronze medal winner becomes richer by Rs 1 lakh.

The state government should provide the required facilities to the promising and talented boys and girls so that they could showcase their talent and bring fame for the motherland, added the budding skater.



For them, cricket is a religion
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The passion for cricket runs through the veins of the city’s youth. The sound of ball hitting the bat, loud cheers from fellow players, triumphs of scoring centuries and stumps falling reverberate vacant spots across the city every Sunday.

These are the ‘cricket clubs’ of the district. As many as 40 such clubs exist and each team has a designated name.

Some of these include Darshan Cricket Club, Sloggers Cricket Club, Imperial Cricket Club, Ravinder Ghora Club, Shakti Nagar Cricket Club, Nikka Cricket Club.

The matches are usually of 20-25 overs and last for 5-6 hours. Due to paucity of playing space, the players pool in funds for the maintenance of the private or government ground where the match is scheduled every week.

The GLADA ground on Chandigarh Road is a favourite among the teams.

A player, said, “Events such as circus and exhibitions are organised at the ground. We spend around Rs 20,000 for its maintenance.”

The players will soon organise a tournament at the Shimla Puri ground in memory of Lakshman, a player who recently passed away due to cancer.



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