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allotment of Liquor vends
Revenue from liquor up by 27%
District likely to generate Rs 710-cr revenue; 4,955 applications received
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Liquor vendors deposit money with officials of the Excise Department after the auction in Ludhiana on Saturday
Liquor vendors deposit money with officials of the Excise Department after the auction in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 22
The district is likely to generate a whopping revenue of about Rs 710 crore from the draw of liquor vends —held by the Excise Department at Harsheela Resorts - — here today. A rise of nearly 27 per cent in revenue has been registered as against last year, when the total collection through the draw of liquor vends was about Rs 556 crore.

The city was divided into 32 zones and about Rs 477.44 crore is likely to be generated from these zones alone.

Besides this, the department will generate a whopping revenue from districts I, II and III.

The draw process was conducted in a transparent manner as the excise officials invited the applicants to inspect the jar themselves.

The first slip in today’s draw was selected by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and zone number 21 was allotted to one Anish Malawat.

The Singla and Manik Raikey Group grabbed eight zones, followed by the Shiv Lal Group with seven, Amrik Singh Dhillon with five, Deep Malhotra and Chabra Group with three zones each, and the Chadda Group with two zones.

The District Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Amrit Kaur Gill, said the total number of wine shops in Ludhiana district were 1,336, three more than the previous year’s figure of 1,333 vends.

There are 745 shops of Punjab Made Liquor (PML), while 591 are of Indian Made Foreign Liquor in the district.

HPS Ghotra, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said: “Besides this, the department is expected to collect Rs 60 crore as the application fee, which is non-refundable. As many as 4,955 applicants had applied for today’s draw of which, 10 applications were rejected by the department due to certain discrepancies.”

The consumption of liquor is highest in Ludhiana district.

Consumption of liquor

Punjab-made liquor: 17841415 proof litres

Indian made foreign liquor: 10845491 proof litres

Beer: 6759253 in bulk litres

Different application fees

The application fee was different for different areas. For Ludhiana MC, the fee was about Rs 70,000 (non-refundable), while for Khanna, it was Rs 55,000, and for other rural areas, it was Rs 35,000.

The grabbers

The Singla and Manik Raikey Group grabbed eight zones, followed by the Shiv Lal Group with seven, Amrik Singh Dhillon with five, Deep Malhotra and Chabra Group with three zones each, and the Chadda Group with two zones.


Harassed by caller, girl consumes toilet cleaner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Distraught over an unidentified caller harassing her over the past few days, an 18-year-old girl from Satguru Nagar consumed a toilet cleaner here on March 20. The Daba police station registered a case in this regard today.

The police said Kusum (name changed) had been regularly receiving messages and calls from an unidentified caller, who allegedly threatened her with dire consequences if she did not meet him.

Sarabjit Singh, SHO of Daba Police Station, said: “The unidentified caller was forcing the victim to meet him. He threatened her that if she did not do so, he will not only throw acid at her, but also rape her and her mother. The victim was traumatised and consumed Harpic on March 20.” The girl is out of danger now, added the SHO.

Meanwhile, a case under Sections 506, IPC, and 66-A, IT Act, has been registered against the accused.

In a similar incident on March 13, an 18-year-old girl had committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence in Sarabha Nagar. Fed up with a stalker, the victim took the extreme step.



Poll code: Education dept stops distribution of books
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
In the wake of the ongoing model code of conduct, the Education Department has passed directions not to distribute free of cost books to students under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The move is bound to affect as many as 2.13 lakh students in the district.

The District Education Office has received directions from Anjali Bhawra, principal secretary, School Education, to stop the distribution of books. However, school teachers are worried that if the Election Commission does not allow the distribution of books, students have to wait for another one-and-a-half months for the same.

Officials in the Education Department said they had written to the Election Commission to seek permission for the distribution of books.

The next academic session will commence from April 1.

Ranjit Singh Malhi, District Education Officer (primary), said, “We stopped the distribution of books as the department wrote to the State Election Commission to seek permission for the same. We cannot violate the model code of conduct.”

Male teachers not to be shifted from girls’ schools

The orders of the Education Department to transfer male teachers from girls’ schools, that was scheduled to be done before the end of the 2013-14 academic session, i.e. April 1, will not be implemented.

“We received directions from the DPI (schools) to not implement any transfer orders owing to the ongoing model code of conduct,” said Paramjit Kaur, District Education Officer.



‘Carnival of Joy’ kicks off in Ludhiana
Products made by differently abled children are being showcased at the two-day fashion expo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The two-day fashion and lifestyle exhibition titled ‘Carnival of Joy’ started here today. Products prepared by students of Nirdosh School for mentally challenged were exhibited at the expo.

According to Sushma Gupta from Inner Wheel Club, products, including candles, envelopes, gift papers and paper bags created by differently abled children were sold well at the exhibition.

Many fashion and lifestyle labels from Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Pakistan apart from those from the city showcased their products at the expo. Garments, jewellery designers, home decor items, footwear and fashion accessories were also displayed.

According to Madhur Bharwani from Lucknow, who was exhibiting jewellery, said she had come to exhibit her jewellery for the second time in the city. “There was a good response for my jewellery last time so I decided to come again and here I am,” she said.

“People here are conscious about latest trends in fashion. They have a very modern fashion outlook,” said another exhibiter from Delhi. Mondo Casa displayed an array of tableware, crystals, accessories and soft furnishings from a variety of notable European brands, apart from many other fashion labels.

Traffic chaos fails to mar the charm

The entire service lane of Hotel Park Plaza was blocked with cars, buses and vans of the exhibitors for bringing their material/products at the Carnival of Joy on Saturday. The commuters had a tough time in the absence of any check by law enforcing agencies/traffic cops.

Besides, there was a huge rush of vehicles by the residents, who visited the exhibition on day one. Sumita Arora, a visitor, rued that there was total chaos outside the venue and no cops were deputed for the parking of vehicles. She said it was the duty of the hotel personnel as well to make sure that ample parking space was provided to the visitors.

SP (Traffic) Gurdeep Singh said although traffic police personnel were deployed at Bhai Wala Chowk, sometimes overflow of traffic during such events creates momentary blockage of traffic. However, the traffic chaos was cleared after sometime, he said.



Fair: A treat for handicraft lovers
Tribune News Service

A Rajasthani stall at the All-Indian Handicraft Fair in Kumra Palace, Ludhiana, on Saturday
A Rajasthani stall at the All-Indian Handicraft Fair in Kumra Palace, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 22
Fabrics from across the country were exhibited at the All-Indian Handicraft Fair that commenced at Kumra Palace today. Fabrics and handicraft products from Jammu and Kashmir, HP, UP, MP, Assam, Uttarakhand and Odisha were also exhibited at the expo organised by SS Memorial Educational Society under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles.

According to RC Dhand from the society, more than 100 stalls have been put up by the society members. Handicraft products, including carpets, jewellery, suits, sarees made from handlooms were exhibited.

Around five stalls exhibited Banarasi fabric. According to Danish Ansari, Banarasi silk is a unique type as it is handmade. Tanchhui, paadda silk, brocade, cotton and silk fabrics were also available. Shehzaada, a stall owner, said it takes about 45 days to create a real zari saree, so it is slightly expensive. But the sheen on the sarees doesn’t tarnish even after 10 years, he said.

Uma from Pune bought sarees and suits that are typically worn in Pune for her stall. The cotton suits and designs have a golden border, she said. “These small checks are called Indori checks,” she added. These are light weight suits and sarees, worn by women in Pune.

Bharat Jain from Gujarat had set up a stall of special handmade bandhini and koti fabrics. These fabrics featuring mirrors are worn by people of Gujarat, he said.

Garments created from crochet technique were exhibited at a stall from AP. Woodwork and wooden products from Saharanpur, wooden chests, recliners were also on display. Light chikankari fabrics from Lucknow were also seen.



Fire Brigade faces neglect
Civic body’s apathy putting lives of residents at risk
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
With the summer season round the corner, the cases of fire are expected to rise. However, the Fire Brigade, which remains one of the most neglected departments of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, doesn’t seem to be fully equipped to deal with the situation.

In 1981, the city had four fire stations, four fire tenders, 18 leading firemen and 86 firemen. More than three decades have passed since and the city’s population has increased, but the department’s manpower and declined and infrastructure has deteriorated.

The ailing department today has only four leading firemen and 42 firemen, pointing towards civic body’s lack of seriousness about the safety of residents.

As per rules, one fire tender is required for a population of 50,000, which means for a population of 17 lakh in Ludhiana, 34 fire tenders are required. However, the Fire Brigade has only 13 fire tenders in working condition. In the absence of a hydraulic ladder, the Fire Brigade is also ill-equipped to tackle with fires at shopping malls and multiplexes.

A Fire Brigade official said the incidents of fire increased with the advent of summers.

“Every year we ask the MC to make fresh recruitments in the department, but nothing is done. The civic body is least concerned about the safety of residents. Additional manpower is the need of the hour and the MC should look into the matter,” he said.

A senior MC official said the file related to the recruitment of firemen had already been sent to the state government for approval. The decision would be taken after the Lok Sabha election, he said.



unauthorised deployment
MC chief orders withdrawal of security staff
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Shruti Singh has asked the department concerned to withdraw "unauthorised deployment of security staff" with immediate effect.

Also, keeping in mind the model code of conduct imposed for the Lok Sabha election, the civic body has withdrawn vehicles of the chairman and vice-chairmen of the Dalit Bhalai Vikas Board, said a senior MC official.

They include Vijay Danav, Dr DP Khosla and Raj Kumar Atikaye.

The letter issued by the MC chief yesterday reads that deployment of security staff should be done only to those official who are entitled to it, as per rules and regulations.

The High Court had recently asked the MC to explain the deployment of enforcement staff on security duty of eminent persons and allotment of vehicles to persons who had nothing to do with MC’s affairs. The financially starved MC had provided them vehicles along with fuel.

An RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had filed a civic writ petition in the High Court, following which these directions were issued.



Psychiatrists dwell on ‘future directions’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The Department of Psychiatry, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, today organised 23rd annual conference of the Punjab and Chandigarh branch of the Indian Psychiatry Society at Dumra Auditorium.

The conference was inaugurated by secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta along with principal Dr Daljit Singh, vice-principal Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent Dr Ashwani Chaudhary and additional medical superintendent Dr Sandeep Sharma.

Organising chairman Dr Ranjive Mahajan welcomed the delegates to the conference, which has the theme “Future Directions in Psychiatry”.

The conference began with Dr Vidya Sagar Memorial Oration by Dr BL Goyal from Amritsar. The topics covered during scientific sessions included the Mental Health Care Bill.

Dr Ajit Avasthi from the PGI, Chandigarh, discussed its relevance to psychiatric service delivery, while Dr AK Kala dwelled on its impact on their practice.

In the concluding scientific session, Dr Rajeev Gupta spoke on the changing roles of a psychiatrist and Dr Sandeep Grover spoke on the major changes in diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders.

Dr Navkiran Mahajan, organising secretary, said that in order to make positive changes in the field of psychiatry, it was important to appreciate and understand the limitations of the present approach to therapy.



Drugs ruining Punjabi youth: HS Phoolka
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today took out a rally, led by party’s Lok Sabha candidate HS Phoolka. Supporters on scooters and cycles passed through various parts of the city.

In the first phase, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Sunet, Rajguru Nagar, Ferozepur Road, Octroi Post, New Agar Nagar, Barrewal and Jain Colony were covered, while in the second phase Vardhman Sabji Mandi, Tajpur Chowki, Jalandhar Road, Tibbi Colony and Bhola Colony were visited by Phoolka and party volunteers.

Addressing the mediapersons, Phoolka said, “Unlike other parties, this road show has not been organised to show the party’s strength but to bring people together against corruption. It is extremely vital for people to stand united if they want a corruption-free government.”

Phoolka said Punjabi youth were being forced to leave the country and go abroad because of the breakdown of the administrative system and unemployment.

“The youngsters have been ruined by the endless supply of drugs and liquor in the state,” he said.

AAP’s “Main Aam Aadmi Hu (I am a common man)” and “Mainu Chahida Swaraj (I want Swaraj)” caps were a big hit at the rally.



Bains meets lawyers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Independent candidate for Lok Sabha Simarjit Singh Bains today met members and office-bearers of the Ludhiana Bar Council. Bains told the gathering that he would get all demands of the council fulfilled after winning the election.

He questioned the Chief Minister’s statement that Punjab was witnessing a good time like that during Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign.

“At that time, there was no illegal sand mining, corruption and fight among ministers over liquor vends," said Bains.



Railway Pensioners’ Welfare Association
Pay parity demanded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The annual general meeting of the Northern Railway Pensioners’ Welfare Association was held at the NRMU Complex here today. Association chairman Sher Singh presided over the meeting.

While addressing the house, Singh lambasted the finance ministry for not merging 50 per cent of the DA/DR with basic pay and pension. Singh said, “Parity in pay scales has not been granted to the pre 1996 and pre 2006 pensioners. Due to this, the pensioners are facing acute hardships.”

“The Apex Court had many times observed that there should be no discrimination between the past and current pensioners. Still the government is not willing to give full parity,” added Singh.

Alleging that the UPA Government’s regime was marred by corruption and scandals, Singh said, “I urge the pensioners to vote for Simranjit Singh Bains, candidate from the Ludhiana constituency.”

Association president SM Sharma said, “The health unit at Ludhiana is in a deplorable condition. There is no hospital for emergency treatment.”

The association had approached the Director General, Health Railway Board, to alter the policy and order the posting of specialist doctors at the health unit.

Meanwhile, the meeting also mourned the demise of late ML Dawar.



Women urged to exercise franchise
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 22
“Being applauded on a special day of the year is not enough for women and all calendar days can be special day for women if they consider the constitution of government as their fundamental duty,” say women administrators.

“The fact that women outnumber men in the new electorate list shows that we have succeeded in educating them (women) about their duty to play an active role in the constitution of government if they want to be recognised on all days of the calendar,” said Dr Indu, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur.

“Of the total 9,128 new voters in Sangrur district, 4,817 are women,” she added.

Dr Indu said, “It is high time that women should realise that independent decisions on their part can enhance their status in society instead of being felicitated on certain days and ignored on all other days of the year.”

Dr Neeru Katyal, land acquisition collector, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, said, “Studies have proved that in certain departments, women are more successful than men. Their contribution came out to be multiplicative rather than being simply cumulative.”

Defying the old notion about the lower productivity of women, Dr Katyal said, “Gone are the days when the work done by men and women was different in maths curriculum. Studies have proved that gender role has nothing to do with efficacy and output. Rather, the differences are individual.”

Annapurna Arora, assistant manager in a nationalised bank, said, “Women should not hesitate to contribute in the process of electioneering.”

“Rather we should feel proud that society and the administration have started involving us in the electioneering process,” said Arora maintaining that the rights of women were ignored when all decisions were taken by men.

Meanwhile, the women administrators echoed that the tendency to feel insecure in male-dominated places could be eradicated if women leaders spared time and educated their colleagues and juniors about their responsibilities and rights.



Pakistani delegates visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
A 13-member delegation from the University of Agriculture, Faislabad (UAF), Pakistan, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), here today. The delegation led by Dr Shahzad MA Basra, professor and chairman, Department of Crop Physiology UAF interacted with the scientists of various PAU departments.

The other senior scientists in the delegation included Dr Abdul Wahid, professor and chairman, Department of Botany; Dr Zahid Ata Cheema, professor of agronomy (retd); Dr Farrukh Javed, associate professor of botany; Hafeez-ur-Rehman, lecturer in crop physiology.

The delegation also included eight PhD scholars from UAF.

During their visit, the scientists from Pakistan were impressed to see the field trials of different crops. The delegation arrived in India to participate in an international conference on crop productivity held at Bathinda recently. A set of PAU publications was presented to the visiting delegates.



Non-board classes result on March 26
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Breaking the age-old tradition of declaring school results of non-board classes on March 31, the Education Department will now declare the results on March 26 that is exactly a day after the completion of practical examinations of Classes IX and XI on March 25.

In a circular issued by Anjali Bhawra, principal secretary School Education, the schools were informed to organise a Parents-Teacher Meet on March 26. The examinations of non-board classes, including IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX and XI concluded on March 21. But the practical examination of Classes IX and XI will conclude on March 25. Now, the teachers concerned with these classes are in fix as over the preparation of results within a day.

Gurbir Singh, office-bearer of Math Teachers Association, said, “It is a set pattern in government schools to announce the results of non-board classes on March 31. The department should have rescheduled the date of result well in advance so that the school authorities could make alternative arrangements. Now, more than 30 per cent staff in schools has been deputed for examination duty for Class X boards. I don’t understand when the teachers will prepare the results?”

Meanwhile, the officials of the Education Department informed that they had changed the dates of declaration of result due to delayed Class X examination.

Amarbir Singh, in-charge Examinations-cum-Assist State Project Director (Science), said, “The practical examination of Classes IX and XI will be completed within 2 hours on March 25. Then the teachers can prepare the result after the practicals.”

Rescheduled result date

The school staff will be busy on March 31 which is the scheduled date for Class X mathematics exam. Section 144 of the IPC will be imposed around the examination centres, so it will not be possible to call the parents-teacher meet on that day. So, the result date has been changed

— AMarbir Singh, in-charge Examinations



Experts dwell on emerging unconventional computing areas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
A conference on ‘Emerging Unconventional Computing Areas’ was organised by the Computer Applications Department at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, here today.

Dr Gurwinder Singh, Head, CSE Department GNDU, was the keynote speaker for the day. He gave an overview of the unconventional areas and highlighted the huge power and potential restored within these computational areas. He set the tone for the conference and enlisted the research directions along with the various subfields of this broader topic. This was followed by a series of invited talks by eminent researchers and academicians.

Amit Kamra, Assistant Prof, Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, GNDEC, presented a paper on ‘Bio Medical Imaging’. He emphasised on the growing importance of the field in the clinical science.

Prof Satinderjit Singh, Head, Computer Applications Department, GGNIMT, stressed on the various techniques and mathematical models associated with the field of artificial intelligence to study the working of human brain.

Vandana Jindal, Head, Department of Computer Science, DAV College, Bathinda, emphasised on the routing and security enhancement features of wireless sensor networks.

Dr Leena Jain, associate professor and Head, Computer Applications Department, GIMET, Amritsar, highlighted the emerging trends and stressed on the challenges associated with this field.



Territorial Army to conduct recruitment on March 25-29
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
The 103 Infantry Battalion of Territorial Army Sikh Light Infantry will organise a recruitment rally for the category of General Duty Soldier and Soldier (Tradesman) at the 103 Territorial Army Battallion from March 25 to 29.

Recruitment for candidates belonging to the state of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh will be carried out on March 25, for Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and NCR of Delhi will be carried out on March 26.

The documentation and medical examination for screened candidates would be carried out on March 27 to 29.

The educational qualification required for Soldier General Duty is matriculation (Class X) with 45 per cent marks except for candidates belonging to the districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur of Himachal Pradesh.

For these candidates, passing Class VIII is the minimum criterion.

The educational qualification required for tradesmen is also metric pass.



World Water Day

Ludhiana: Students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School celebrated World Water Day with great enthusiasm. The day was observed to raise awareness on the misuse of water. In the morning assembly, students of senior wing highlighted the problem of misuse of water in urban areas that was affected the rural masses. Students also expressed their ideas through posters. The school principal, Suman Arora, encouraged all the schoolstudents to save water.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised for the students leaving Everest Play Way and Nursery School. Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the PSEB-Affiliated Schools, Punjab, addressed the students on the occasion and wished them luck. He said the school had played a significant role in educating tiny tots. He emphasised on the physical development of children along with their mental development. A colourful programme was presented by the students. Competitive events including Ms and Mr Playway were also organised.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised at BCM, Basant City, Pakhoowal Road. Dr Kiran Saini, counsellor of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, was the chief guest. She gave a number of tips to parents regarding parenting and told them how to develop social skills of their children. School principal Amar Jyoti Chawla also addressed the parents. — TNS



Birth anniversary observed

The birth anniversary of Phool Chand Ji Maharaj was celebrated by Mahavir International with fervour on Saturday. Artificial organs were distributed to 25 handicapped persons. Vir Ramkumar Jain said the physically challenged were a part of the society.

Sahit Akademi expresses grief

Members of Punjabi Sahit Akademi express grief at the demise of Khushwant Singh. President Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Senior VP Dr Anoop Singh and general secretary Dr Sukhdev Singh said Padma Bhushan awardee Khushwant Singh was not only a great journalist, but a great writer and an intellectual whose writing would keep influencing the society.

Blood donation camp

Members of the BSNL Employees’ Union donate blood in the Telephone Exchange building, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana, on Saturday
Members of the BSNL Employees’ Union donate blood in the Telephone Exchange building, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

BSNL Employees Union, Ludhiana, organised 8th volunteer blood donation camp at Telephone exchange building compound in Bharat Nagar Chowk on the eve of the 13th formation day of the union. Balbir Singh, circle secretary, said the union started its first camp in March 2007 and was continuing the practice till date and the number of blood donors had increased every year. Raghunath Singh, general secretary of CITU, said he was attending the camp from the last four years. Singh added inspired from the efforts of the BSNL Employees Union other unions had also started organizing such camps.

Bhagat Singh's martyrdom day

Moulder and Steel Workers' Union is going to initiate a campaign to organise public meeting and function on Shaheed Bhagat Singh's martyrdom day on March 23. The union has planned to organise the programmes in labour dominating residential areas. Harjinder Singh, president of union, informed that a function would be organised at PUDA ground on Chandigarh Road at 11 am on March 23. Meanwhile, another function would be organised at 3 pm in the Giaspura area on the same day.

World Water Day

On the occasion of World Water Day, a programme was organised by Jeev Jantu Paryavaran Sambhal Sewa Samiti at Satya Bharti School in Tunga Heri village. DFO Daljit Singh and Subhash Sondhi from the organisation said water could be saved if people take small steps to save it. Even if little concern is shown towards saving water while brushing, taking bath, washing utensils, etc can make a lot of difference, he said.

Musical show staged at CMC

Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, presented the first show of its adaptation of 'SHREK-The Musical' at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. The audience heartily applauded the excellent music and live singing conducted by Eric Williams. Manu Kurien as Shrek, Jasmine Baluja as Princess Fiona, Sajeev as the talking donkey and Karan Pramod as the Lord of Duloc led the 50-member crew in a spectacular performance. This year, about 160 students are actively involved in the cast and crew of 'SHREK-The Musical'. The proceeds of this musical show will go towards the benefit of patients treated at CMC. — TNS



Members of Offset Printers’ Association to visit London

Ludhiana: A 25-member delegation of the Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) will be leaving for London to attend the IPEX 2014 exhibition from March 24 to 29. Held once in four years, IPEX is the biggest English speaking trade fair of the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Parveen Aggarwal said, “Printing is the only industry in India which is growing at 18 per cent per annum, and there is great capability to undertake the global outsourced printing and packaging work in India. Ludhiana is being developed as the ‘Printing and Packaging Cluster’ with the help of the Ministry of MSME, GOI and this group visit to IPEX may prove a landmark for the overall growth of this sector.” Giving details about the visit Kamal Chopra said the visit to IPEX was being organised under the International Cooperation Scheme of the Ministry of MSME, GOI and the government had already sanctioned Rs 9,50,000 for the group visit by the Offset Printers Association (OPA). SS Dhillon, director MSME DI, Ludhiana, said, “OPA is definitely working with one step forward in all the fields, I would like to congratulate the management of the body.” OPA is the leading association of the region to organise such group visits, it is for the seventh time that the delegation is visiting under I/C scheme of the GOI. — TNS




PSPCL consumers a harried lot

PSPCL consumers of Model Gram (W41), Ludhiana, are being constantly harassed on the pretext of inflated incorrect electricity bills for the last four billing cycles. Every time, the consumers have to rush to the PSPCL’s office for getting the mistakes rectified for no fault of theirs. Handicapped senior citizen like me feels tortured and mentally harassed by this act. The bills are corrected but with a false assurance of receiving the correct bill next time. A number of written reminders and personal visits have failed to yield any positive results till now. Further adding to our woes are the bills above 10 KV which are being sent on monthly basis and cannot be deposited at Easy Bill outlets meant for the convenience of consumers.

Dr Prem Narain Bhatia

City needs innovative rainwater drainage system

Rainwater blockage and its accumulation on roads, especially in the inner parts of the city, continue to irk motorists and residents since many years. With a question mark on the performance of the authorities concerned, residents nowadays are confused as to vote for the candidate of which party in the coming elections as no governance has so far raised to the standards of accountability. Several low-lying areas of the city such as Domoria Bridge, Bhadaur House Market, Electronic Market and Meena Bazaar continue to battle with the problem of waterlogging every year but feasibility study of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) with the help of IIT Roorkee to lay sewerage in these areas is still on cards. Water, collected on the main roads, flows down towards these low-lying areas and further due to poor sanitation conditions, people residing in these areas have to face the problem of water entering their houses. After rains, it becomes impossible to visit markets as most of the streets become muddy. The local Administration needs to implement innovative rainwater drainage system to decentralise water management for infiltration and retention of rainwater flow.




Youth arrested with 20-gm smack
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 22
The Samrala police claimed to have arrested a youth and recovered 20 gm of smack from his possession. The arrested youth was identified as Tejinder Singh (27), a resident of Balala village. As per Samrala SHO Pawanjit, a police party led by ASI Sham Lal of Samrala police was patrolling in the area.

When the police party reached near Madpur village they spotted a youth walking alone. When the police asked him to stop, he tried to escape but was overpowered.

During his search the police party recovered 20 gm of smack from his possession.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him at Samrala police station. He was produced in a court at Samrala from where he was sent to Ludhiana Jail for 14 days.



BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab State Inter-College Basketball League
Ludhiana cagers storm into finals
Our Sports Reporter

A match in progress on the penultimate day of the inter-college basketball league in Ludhiana on Saturday
A match in progress on the penultimate day of the inter-college basketball league in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 22
Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys and the Government College for Girls stormed their way into the final of the inaugural edition of the BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab State Inter-College Basketball League at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the first semifinal in the boys’ category, SCD Government College survived a scare against DAV College, Amritsar, before coming out victorious 84-73. In the second semifinal played between Khalsa College, Amritsar, and the Lovely College of Engineering, Phagwara, the former won comfortably 75-52.

In the girls’ category, the Government College for Girls got the better of Government Physical Education College, Patiala, 45-37 to secure a berth in the final.

The local girls will be meeting HMV College, Jalandhar, in the title match. The Jalandhar team fought it tooth and nail to overcome BBK DAV College, Amritsar, 66-65.

The final in the boys’ category will be played tomorrow at 2 pm while the girls will face each other for the title at 3.30 pm.

Players to be felicitated

The Punjab Basketball Association will honour the players of Punjab senior and junior teams who performed well in the national basketball championships in the past three years. The players will be felicitated along with coaches at a special function during the closing ceremony of the inter-college basketball league on Sunday.



SAI to open sports wing at Jarkhar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 22
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) will open a sports wing at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium in Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here. This was announced by Ajit Singh, Deputy Director, SAI, North Zone, Chandigarh, at Jarkhar today. He, along with other officers of SAI, visited the stadium.

The team went round the hockey grounds and hostels prepared for the trainees.

After the visit, Ajit Singh said he was very impressed with the facilities being provided to the players.

“The organisers are contributing a lot to the development of sports in this part of the state. Trainees are being given good diet and being provided with fine lodging and boarding arrangements,” said Singh.

The Deputy Director called upon the organisers of other sports festivals in the state to learn from the Jarkhar example so that players could bring fame like the young hockey trainees of the Jarkhar Hockey Academy.

He also appreciated the office-bearers of Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club for installing statues of Olympians at the main stadium.

“This will motivate youngsters to take part in games and earn a name for themselves and their parents as well,” said Ajit Singh.



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