L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Disc jockey murdered
Refused to play songs, was attacked with iron rods by groom’s friends
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Refusal to play songs led to the murder of a disc jockey (DJ) at a marriage palace on Bajara Road last night. Twenty-five-year-old DJ Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Naginder Nagar, Rahon Road, was beaten to death by the groom’s relatives during a wedding function.

The accused have been identified as Pritpal Singh, Kunal and Jaswinder Singh.

As per information, Gurvinder was hired for ladies’ sangeet and the function was organised at Mahajan Palace near the groom’s residence.

Till 11.30 pm, the groom’s friends and relatives remained busy on the dance floor. At midnight, they started pestering the DJ to play songs of their choice. It’s learnt that the situation went out of control as the party revellers formed two groups, demanding that their favourite songs be played without any break.

Gurvinder told them that the songs would be played one by one. But both the groups kept pressuring him to play their favourite songs.

Police sources said Gurvinder, in order to avoid any clash, refused to play the songs and left the dance floor. As soon as he left, some youths started following him. They entered into a heated argument with Gurvinder and attacked him with iron roads.

Gurvinder suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Civil Hospital, where doctors referred him to a private hospital. He succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. The Meharban police reached the spot and recorded statements of eyewitnesses. A case under Section 302/34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Meharban police station. Rajesh Thakur, SHO, Meharban, said, “We have booked three persons and are on the lookout for the trio. The accused will be arrested soon.”

The body was handed over to the family after the postmortem this afternoon.

fateful night

Demanding that their favourite songs be played without any break, revellers formed two groups. They started pestering the victim, Gurvinder, who, in order to avoid a clash, left the dance floor. The groom’s friends followed him and launched an attack on him. 


Over 65 illegal structures pulled down 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The Municipal Corporation today razed more than 65 structures in Pavittar Nagar and Gopal Nagar, Sem Nullah, today.

The demolition drive, as expected, was not a cakewalk for the civic body as residents whose houses were demolished, pelted MC officials with stones. One of the ASIs suffered injuries during the drive. His condition is stated to be stable. The police and the civic officials were told to reach the police lines at 7.30 am. More than 400 police personnel, including policewomen, 150 employees of the civic body, Additional Commissioners, Zonal Commissioners, Assistant Town Planners and Superintendents, carried out the drive. Panic gripped the area as soon as the team reached Pavittar Nagar. It came as a bolt from the blue for the residents.

Next hearing on Sept 9

The MC could not put off the drive as the next date of hearing is scheduled for September 9. And before that, the civic body had to take action. During the last hearing, the court had given the MC three months’ time to remove encroachments.

CM convened a meeting

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, MC Commissioner and police officials in Chandigarh recently. He reportedly asked them if the drive could be avoided as some local politicians had approached him. But the CM was reportedly told that the High Court’s orders could not be defied.

150 illegal structures

Of the 150 illegal structures in Pavittar Nagar and the Gopal Nagar area, more than 65 were razed on Saturday. The drive that started at around 9 am was over by 5 pm. It was learnt that five residents had got stay orders. Residents were seen begging of MC officials not to take action against them as they had been residing in the area for the past two decades. They were in tears when the police started removing their belongings. 

Three councillors arrested

Three Congress councillors, including Maharaj Raji, Gurpreet Gogi and Balkar Singh, were arrested by the police from near Pavittar Nagar when they objected to the demolition drive. Gogi said the poor were being targeted by the authorities as they could not fight for their rights. “In 2009, a notification was issued by the state government that residents be allowed to purchase properties if they paid DC rates. There was no need to demolish their houses,” said Gogi. He said although the High Court had asked the civic body to demolish the houses, it should have done something to rehabilitate the residents,” said Gogi. 



Cop suspended after bribe video goes viral
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A traffic policeman deputed at Bharat Nagar Chowk was suspended after his video of accepting bribe went viral on social media.

The constable, identified as Jasbir Singh, was caught on camera while taking a bribe of Rs 500 from a resident on September 4. Police Commissioner Pramod Ban has marked an inquiry into the case.

On September 4, the constable signalled a car to stop for checking. He asked the driver, Ramesh Bangar, to show him documents.

After going through the documents, the official asked Bangar to pay a fine of Rs 1,000, since the papers were not complete. Bangar offered the constable Rs 500 and after a few minutes, the latter accepted the money. Bangar made a video of the incident and approached a senior traffic official. Following this, the constable was made to return the money and tender an apology. Bangar uploaded the video on social media and mobile apps.

Autopsy report confirms murder

The youth whose body was found from a drain near Jalandhar Bypass Chowk three days ago was murdered. Doctors, who conducted the post-mortem, said the youth was strangled to death. The Salem Tabri police have registered a case of murder against unidentified persons.

Drug peddler held

The police have arrested a person and recovered 25 grams of heroin from his possession. The accused has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. 



Banning mining — A bridge too far 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 6
Despite a ban, illegal sand mining continues unabated on the banks of the Sutlej. Sand prices have gone through the roof and to bring the situation under control, the state government has decided to change the mining policy.

As per the new policy, the contractual system will be abolished and the mining will be brought under the jurisdiction of the Punjab Mandi Board and Market Committees.

Unhappy with the decision, contractors have intensified the mining and transportation of sand. It is learnt that the contractors want to make a healthy profit before the issuance of a notification by the state government.

Sources said the number of vehicles transporting illegally excavated sand from the Sutlej had increased.

One can see a large number of sand-laden vehicles on Sidhwan Bet Road.

Officials of state mining department have failed to check the practice. The sources said the a few officials of the mining department were hand in glove with the contractors.

“It is strange that the mining department is unaware of the issue. It is not possible for the contractors to commit illegality without the help of the officials of the department. There is a nexus,” said a official.

Area mining officer Gurcharan Singh Deol could not be contacted.



Richa Agnihotri is new ACP (Traffic)

Ludhiana, September 6
Dr Richa Agnihotri is the new Assistant commissioner of Police (Traffic). She has replaced Harjit Singh (IPS), who has been posted at Abohar. Dr Richa Agnihotri (PPS) joined the Punjab Police in 2012.

Earlier, she was posted in Jalandhar. Dhruv Dhaiya (IPS) has replaced Kulwant Singh as the ACP (North). — TNS



Larvae found from 14 coolers
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Cases of dengue have started pouring in from different areas of the city. Till now, 9 positive cases of dengue have been reported in this season from Ludhiana district. Larvae of Aedes Egypti are been found from several places in the city. Today also, larvae of Aedes Egypti were found from 14 different places.

Under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, Ludhiana, a team of 20 breeding checker, along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisor, checked the coolers of different areas for breeding of Aedes Egypti (larva of dengue).

In Janakpuri, larva was found in three coolers, whereas 10 coolers were found having larva in the Railway Colony and one near Guru Nanak Stadium.

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said: “The information regarding the larvae has been passed on to MC officials.”

It has been observed that many people are still unaware of dengue larva. Though summers are almost over, people have not dried up their coolers.

Free dengue test

Anyone who is suspected of suffering from dengue fever may get free test done at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said: “We conduct ‘Mac Eliza’ test here free of cost.” Meanwhile the district Health Department has also established a control room number, 0161-2444193, for this purpose.

Dos and Dont’s

  • Dengue spreads through mosquito bites, which occur during daytime.
  • Mosquitoes breed in containers having fresh water like flower pots, water coolers, water tanks, etc.
  • Clean and dry coolers once a week.
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers/tyres.
  • Wear full sleeves and cover your feet
  • Spray insecticides under the tables/behind the curtains.
  • Use anti-mosquito nets to prevent dengue and malaria


Symptoms of dengue appear after 14 days of mosquito bite. A patient suffers from high fever and severe headache with severe pain behind eyes. Other symptoms include joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and bleeding.



1,264 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The Tera Panth Yuvak Parishad, a non-government organisation, today organised a blood donation camp at two different places here and collected 1,264 units of blood. As many as 542 units of blood was collected at Tera Panth Bhawan, while the remaining units of blood was collected at a camp organised at a government college.

The blood donors were inspired by Sadhwavi Shri Madhuwbala at Tera Panth Bhawan. Kuldip Surana, convenor of North India for this NGO, said Health Minister of Punjab Surjit Kumar Jyani and MP Ravneet Singh Bittu announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh each for the NGO.

300 donate blood

Mandi Ahmedgarh: To contribute their share in over one lakh units of blood donated on the occasion of Annual Blood Donation Day, over 300 followers of three wings of the Tera Panth Jain Sabha donated blood during a camp organised at the Cinema Road here today. The Executive Director of Shryans Industries Limited inaugurated the camp. Ravinder Puri, former president, Municipal Council, was the guest of honour.

Rakesh Kumar Jain, secretary, Tera Panth Yuva Parishad, said the members of the parishad and mahila mandal had donated blood to blood banks at the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, and Krishna Charitable Hospital, Ludhiana, in response to a call given by the national body.



Pvt firm to maintain cleanliness in govt hospitals: Minister
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The work of maintaining cleanliness in government hospitals will be handed over to a private company. For this, the process will be completed within two months.

This was stated by Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health Minister, Punjab, here today while inaugurating a limb distribution camp.

Talking to The Tribune, Jyani said: “A few days ago, we invited a tender for the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, for the work of maintaining cleanliness. But it was not within our budget. So we did not approve it. We will give the work of cleanliness on contract for all government hospitals of Punjab. I am already in communication with an official concerned about this.”

Commenting about the staff shortage in government hospitals, the Health Minister said: “We have filled all sanctioned posts”.

But it needs to be mentioned here that the staff strength is far less as compared to the number of OPD patients. The Health Department is constructing a number of buildings at several places.

About this, Jyani said: “Patients are showing more faith in government-run hospitals. The number of patients in OPDs has increased. Similarly, the number of deliveries in government hospitals has also increased. We will depute more staff once we complete the required infrastructure.”

Earlier, he inaugurated an artificial limb distribution camp. It was organised by Viklang Sahayta Kendra of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Rishi Nagar. He also assured a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Narinder Mittal, secretary, Bharat Vikas Parishad, said till date, their organisation had distributed more than 41,000 artificial limbs, wheelchairs, etc, among physically challenged people.

Jyani also inaugurated a mega blood donation camp. It was organised by the Terapanth Akhil Bhartiya Yuvak Parishad at Terapanth Bhawan, Iqbal Ganj.

Among others, District Social Security Officer Inderjit Kaur, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh, BJP District President Parveen Bansal were also present.



Music lovers applaud postage stamps dedicated to maestros

Ludhiana, September 6
The postage stamps released by the postal department dedicated to music legends of the country are being received with cheer by both philatelists and music lovers in the city. They said that the set of postage stamps are a tribute to the legends of music.

The set of eight postage stamps dedicated to music maestros Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhimsen Joshi, DK Pattamal, Gangubai Hangal, Kumar Gandharva, Vilayat Khan, Mallikarjun Mansur, Akbar Ali Khan. The postage stamps of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Bhimsen Joshi are in the denomination of Rs 25 and the rest are of Rs 5.

“This is legendary set of stamps, because these are dedicated to the legends of music. They are not only doyens of Indian music, but contributed and enriched world music,” said Kapil, a music lover.

“Most of these musicians had elevated the status of the Indian music and had even given a greater recognition of the musical instruments they performed with in the world of music. Their perfection made their music sublime,” said Swati, another fan of Indian classical music.

It is a valuable set of stamps for the lovers of music, said Mukesh, a philatelist. The postage department has done well to salute the great legends of music and must bring out more stamps to pay tribute to music icons and legends, he said. — TNS



Inmate dies at Central Jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A 70-year-old jail inmate died at the Central Jail early this morning. The deceased has been identified as Sadhu Singh, a resident of Kular village. He was lodged in the jail for the past four months. The court had awarded six-year sentence to him in an attempt to murder case.

According to information, Surinder Singh, one of the close relatives of the deceased, is also lodged in the same barrack.

Surinder said Sadhu went to toilet at 4 am. When he returned to his bed, he fell unconscious. He immediately informed the jail authorities. The authorities rushed him to the Jail Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

The jail authorities said the deceased was not well for the past several days. He was undergoing treatment at the Jail Hospital. According to the authorities, he was also a drug addict.

Jail Superintendent Surinderpal Khanna said: “Sadhu was lodged in the jail on April 28 this year in connection with an attempt to murder case. He was a drug addict. He was under depression for a few months. He used to visit the Civil Hospital for treatment. Sadhu remained at the Civil Hospital for five days recently. After that, he was undergoing treatment at the Jail Hospital”.

The body of the deceased has been sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.



School Notes
Teacher’s Day celebrated

Teacher’s Day was celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town. School management, director and principal lauded the contribution made by the teachers and for their devotion to the cause of education. Acknowledging the role of teachers and expressing gratitude to them, the School Management presented gifts. The teachers under the stewardship of the Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill had a great time.

Guru Nanak Public School

Teacher’s Day was observed at GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, with gaiety and enthusiasm. Tributes were paid to Dr Savapalli Radhakrishnan. A workshop on stress management was organised by CBSE empanelled agency Les Transformations. The workshop was conducted by Rishabh Khanna from Les Transformations. During the workshop teachers were apprised about various stress causers and stress busters through various motivational videos and activities.

ABC Montessori School

Former president of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday was celebrated with joy and enthusiasm at ABC Montessori School. Little students dressed up as teachers added light to the day. They wished their favourite teachers with fresh flowers and beautiful handmade cards. Little ones were anxiously waiting for this special day and made it extraordinary for their loving teachers by presenting a colourful cultural programme.

Green Land Convent School

Teacher’s Day was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at Green Land Convent School, Dugri. Various competitions were organized on this occasion. The whole school expressed the feelings of gratitude towards teachers in one form or the other. Solo songs were also presented, showing regard to the teachers. Shabad Rudhra, president, Chain of Green Land Schools, greeted students and teachers. He was touched by the performance of the students. He emphasised the necessity of teacher’s role in student’s life. Vijayata Rudhra, the director of the school also graced the occasion with her presence.

Guru Gobind Singh Public School

Teacher’s Day was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm at Guru Gobind Singh Public School. Students wrote an essay—‘The teacher that changed my life, The teacher whom I like the most’. Inter-house greeting card competition was held in school and first position was bagged ‘Bhai Veer Singh House’ girl Amandeep Kaur, Jeevanjot Kaur of Bhai Mati Das House bagged second position and Harshdeep Singh of Bhagat Puran Singh House.

GGN Public School

GGN Public School, Rose Garden, Ludhiana, celebrated Teachers’ Day with lot of zest and zeal to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the great teacher, philosopher, educationist and former president of India. On this auspicious occasion, a special morning assembly was conducted in which students presented group songs, poems dedicated to teachers. A talk highlighting the significance of Teacher’s Day was also presented. All the teachers were honoured with bouqet by the dignitaries of Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, Ludhiana and a sumptuous lunch was hosted by the management on this solemn occasion. Director principal S Karnail Singh highlighted the indispensable role of the teacher even in the revolutionary informative and technological changes emerging in education.

Atam Devki Niketan

Atam Devki Niketanm, Kidwai Nagar, celebrated Teacher’s Day to mark the birthday of Dr S Radhakrishanan. Teachers celebrated with a dance party. They all played lots of games and had a great lunch. Principal Mridhu Ablash conveyed the message that teacher is the inspiration for students and a real friends and guide to a student. A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image but to develop students who can create their own image.

Ryan international School

Teachers Day was celebrated at Ryan International School. The students honoured and greeted their teachers and made the day special for them. They show cased a wonderful fusion of music, dance and choreography for their mentors. Level wise assembly was conducted in which, the students put up foot tapping and rhythmic performances. The teachers, dressed as per the dress code given by the students, appreciated the efforts put in by the students, blessed the children and wished that they grow up to accomplish all their goals.

Green Land Convent School

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar celebrated Teacher’s Day with full excitement and fervour. The students expressed their gratitude towards their teachers and welcomed them with a tilak ceremony and with the showers of flowers to show their inner feelings of love and respect for them. They also presented them bouquet of flowers and cards as a token of their love and admiration.

DCM Presidency School

Teachers play a pivotal role in unlocking the hidden potential of a child and carving their futures. To acknowledge the tireless effort put in by the teachers and make every teacher experience the joy of teaching, Teachers’ Day was celebrated at DCM Presidency School with great zest. The teachers were felicitated at the entrance with a flower and a card. A special assembly was conducted by the students of classes XI and XII to pay tribute to their teachers.

KVM School

Kundan Vidya Mandir celebrated Teacher’s Day to honour and appreciate the teaching fraternity and to pay tribute Dr Radhakrishan, a philosopher and a great teacher. A grand function was organised in the city campus of the school. Namita Raj Singh, Headmistress, city campus, formally welcomed the elite gathering and saluted the nation builders. The function began with the garlanding ceremony to pay tribute to Dr S Radhakrishnan, followed by an address by the school principal Navita puri.

Childhood Kindergarten School

Childhood Kindergarten School, Punjab Mata Nagar, celebrated Teacher’s Day today on school premises. To commemorate this day with all its zest, students of Childhood Kindergarten, conducted various activities and paid tribute to their teachers. Initiatives such as ‘Follow my Teacher’, ‘Band of Respect’ and ‘Thank You Wall’ were carried out by students to express their gratitude towards the contributions made by their teachers.

Sacred Heart School

Teachers’ Day was celebrated with great gusto and aplomb at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar. The function kicked off with a prayer dance presented by the students of primary and high school. Student presented flowers as a token of their love and gratitude for the teachers. The fusion dance presentation by senior secondary students was a scintillating amalgamation of vibrant music and rhythmic steps. This was followed by a skit which mirrored the teachers as architects of the future generation.

Spring Dale School

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School made arrangements for the staff and students to watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narender Modi’s address. He had one to one interaction with the students and shared his own life experiences to inspire them. Overjoyed after watching the telecast, the students thanked the School Management and extended gratitude to the PM for giving them the great teachings in few hours. — TNS



Sale of crackers
Police to allocate temporary licences 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
In the wake of ensuing Dasehra and Diwali festivals, the police are going to allocate temporary licences for the allotment of booths for sale of crackers in various parts of the city.

Application forms for wholesale depots will be available at the licensing branch of the Police Commissioner’s office from September 9 to 12 between 9 am and 2 pm.

The last date for submitting the duly fulfilled and attested forms is September 19. These forms will be submitted at the licensing branch till 5 pm on the working days, states the communiqué issued by the office of the Commissioner of Police.

Application forms for the allocation of retail booths located on the Pakhowal Road, Model Town Extension, Sidhwan Canal, Sector 39-A, Chandigarh Road, near Hambra Road Fire Station and Dugri Phase I and II will be available from October 1 to October 4.

The last date for submitting the duly attested form is October 10. The application forms could be procured from the licensing branch on the working days and submitted at the same place during the working hours between 9 am and 5 pm.

Draw for wholesale cracker depots will be announced on September 23 at Police Training School at Police Lines at 11 am, while draw for retail counters will be announced on October 15 at the same time.



Devotees to get literature on various phases of mela

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 6
Devotees curious to know about the history of Chhapar Mela will be provided literature depicting various phases of the event.

Office-bearers and activists led by Jatinder Sharma Happy Baba said now visitors no longer would have to depend on hearsay stories about the history of the event.

“Besides constituting committees of volunteers, the organisers have got literature published which will be provided to the devotees on demand,” said Jatinder Sharma.

Investigations revealed the village fair that originated as a small gathering of locals to worship snakes, the embodiment of Guga 160 years ago, has emerged as a mega festival in the past three decades.

The legend narrates a story of a boy and a snake born together in an agricultural family of Chhapar village. The serpent and the boy were so intimate that if one suffered a pain the other used to cry.

The snake had stretched its hood over the child. One day when the mother of the child had gone to the fields and laid him on a cot. Thinking that the snake is going to bite the child, a passerby killed it with a stick. The child also died immediately after the death of the snake and the family was left in sorrow.

The elders of the village advised the family to perform religious ceremonies to worship Guga and Sidh and a he-goat was left free to mark the place of worship by striking at a particular place.

The place was recognised as Mari Guga where people from all walks of life have been worshipping Guga on the fourth day of the month of Bhadas every year.

The peasants and animal breeders of the Malwa belt recognise the fair to the extent that they change the agricultural chores according to the dates of the mela.

Locals also narrate another story regarding the second fair known as “Minor Mela Chhapar.”

On the onset of the 20 Century, the then Maharaja was said to have banned the mela on a complaint by some farmers. But soon after the ruler banned the event, his horses started dying mysteriously and the misfortune stopped only after the ruler announced to organise the minor mela following the major one. Another story explains that a ‘faqir’ once anchored a twig after cleaning his teeth. A local person uprooted the twig in a fun.

The ‘faqir’ then cursed the people of the local area that the place would witness a heavy camp here, which would be followed by a deserted look. — OC

Chhapar Mela begins today

Chhapar Mela is formally beginning on Sunday. The first day of the event is known as “Chaunkian”. It is especially meant for women and children to pay obeisance to Guga Peer. With the passage of time, men have also started visiting the fair on the first day. Being Sunday, the first day is expected to draw huge crowd.



Residents of Mini Chhapar belie government's claims
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 6
Come Chhapar Mela, activists and office-bearers of social and trade organisations have joined hands to protest against the government for getting their grievances redressed.

As usual, leaders of the ruling party have to adopt defensive attitude to prevent any unsavory situation on the day when Chief Minister of the state lands at the venue of the event to address his party’s conference.

While activists of the state-level trade organisations, including unemployed youths and discontented employees, are keeping their cards close to their chest, residents of the town and the surrounding localities have already started protesting against the government.

Accusing the successive government of ignoring development of the village, residents of Hargobind Nagar Mini Chhapar alleged that the present government had transformed their village into a hell-like place contrary to the California Model.

Members and head of the civic body, who were earlier hesitant to join the protest, sarpanch Sanjay Kashi and panch Hardev Singh declared to sit on fast-unto-death today.

Efforts made by legislator Dakha Manpreeet Singh Ayali to get the dharna lifted proved futile when the villagers declined his offer to fetch grant for the development.

The protesters said they would lift the dharna only after the issuance of the cheque for the development.

Maintaining that huge grants had been brought by him in the past, Ayali assured the civic body members that more funds would be released soon for various projects, including construction of roads and drains.

Activists of the Ahmedgarh Bachayo Morcha led by former president Jatinder Bhola and Sukhcharan Jit Sharma accused the government of ignoring development of the town and the surrounding localities.



Foundation stone of training centre laid

Ludhiana, September 6
Foundation stone of Punjab and Sind Training Centre at Ayali Khurd village was laid here today. The stone was laid by Manpreet Singh Ayali MLA and Jatinderbir Singh, chairman-cum-managing director, Punjab and Sind Bank.

For this purpose, land measuring one acre has been allotted by the Punjab Government. The function was attended by Supreet Singh Gulati, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), and SPS Kohli, General Manager, head office of the bank, Chandigarh.

Manjeet Singh Jaggi, manager (Lead Bank), said the centre was started in 2009 and had been running from a rented accommodation. He said till now over 2,500 youths had been given training. The centre would be completed by March 31, 2015. — TNS



Labour Department’s indifference exposed

It was shocking to learn that three employees were asphyxiated after a fire broke out in a factory unit. The victims could not escape as the main gate was locked by the factory owner. I highly appreciated Ludhiana Tribune and the reporter in particular. The reporter has taken up cudgels to fight for the cause of the poor factory workers. He highlighted how poverty is a curse and he also brought to the fore the callousness and carelessness of not only the factor owner but Labour Department also. Tragedy is too deep for the dear ones of the hapless and helpless labourers.

Prof Vijay Sheel Jain, Ludhiana

Efforts needed to clean the city

Basic amenities and public health issues need to be addressed. For this the supply of clean drinking water needs to be ensured along with the proper sewerage system and better road conditions. Besides this stringent measures are required to check the adulteration in the food items. To make the city beautiful we need to increase the area under green by planting more trees, maintain the designated parks and develop more parks similar to the leisure valley along the canal. Encroachments alongside the roads and railway tracks should be removed. Efforts should be made for the renovation of Purana Quila in Daresi, the birth place of Shaheed Rajguru and other historical places.

Kirti Dua, Ludhiana



Ludhiana Scan
Change name of liquor brand

The members of Belan Brigade led by President Aneeta Sharma today staged a protest against a liquor company at Chawni Mohalla. The protestors urged the government to change the name of the liquor brand ‘Teachers’. Aneeta Sharma said the government should immediately change the name of Teachers brand of liquor as it has been adversely affecting the teachers and students. She also appealed the teaching community to oppose the liquor brand which is being sold under the brand name Teachers. “It is unfortunate that on the one hand we are observing Teacher’s Day and on the other hand liquor is being sold on the name of teachers. The government shall ban the sale of this liquor brand till the company does not change its name.

General secretary appointed

Dr Shiv Gupta was appointed as the general secretary of the state unit of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). An announcement in this regard was made today. Dr Shiv Gupta has already been serving on various designations of different non-government organizations. Apart from being a National Deputy General Secretary of National Front of Indian Trade Union, Dr Shiv Gupta is also serving as general secretary of Indian National Bank Employees Congress, general secretary of Hosiery and Industrial Workers Association. Dr Gupta has also been general secretary of International Human Rights Organisation and Director General of Anti-Corruption Council of India. While congratulating Dr Shiv Gupta for his nomination as the general secretary of INTUC Punjab, Harinder Singh Bholu, KR Tirpathi, JP Singh Walia, Sundar Lal Mehta, Harish Kapoor, Raj Garg, Harpal Singh Kohli and others hoped that he would continue to work for the betterment of poor and labour class.

Eye donation awareness camp

To create awareness about donation of eyes and inspire the masses to donate eyes, Punarjot Eye Bank Society organised an Eye Donation Awareness Camp today. An exhibition on eye donation was also organized. Avinash Sikka, president, Maa Bhagwati Club, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Sikka applauded the efforts being made by Punarjot Eye Bank Society to eradicate blindness from the society. He also asked the masses to donate eyes so that the other people can see the world. Subhash Malik, secretary, Punarjot Eye Bank Society, said several people from various walks of the life visited to see the exhibition. The office-bearers of society including Sukhchain Singh, Inderjit Singh, Sarabjit Kaur, Manjit Kaur and others were also present during the occasion.

Ganesha mahotsava

The members of Ganpati Utsav Committee Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar observed another day in obeisance of Lord Ganesha at Durga Mata Mandir, BRS Nagar, here today. MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Municipal Councilor Balkar Singh Sandhu, Sanjay Talwar, Maharaj Raji and several others paid obeisance to Lord Ganesha during the occasion.

Joint committee formed

A meeting of leaders of various political parties and the representatives of various social and religious organisations was held at Ambedkar Nagar today. The leaders of the political parties Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress, BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and others took part in the meeting and vowed to work together for the development of area. A Sarab Sanjhi Ekta Welfare Society comprising members from various sections of the society was also constituted during the meeting. The leaders of all the political parties decided to come on single platform for the betterment of area. A decision to form a 51 member joint committee was also taken during the meeting. While 31 members of the committee were elected during the meeting, the remaining 20 members would be selected during the next meeting. Social Worker Dr Surjit Singh was unanimously elected as the chairman of the society. Baleshwar was elected as vice-chairman of the society while Bant Singh was elected as president.

New technology

A new dedicated specially designed Nile Sir stent was used by Dr RP Singh, Senior Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist, Pancham Hospital, Ludhiana, to clear the blockage that was formed in the coronary artery involving two branches of a patient. According to Dr Singh, 70-years-old patient Sant Singh was a diabetic man with single vessel disease and a bifurcation lesion. He explained that in such a case if a balloon angioplasty is performed in one; there are chances of the other branch closing, which would lead to further complications. “Hence we used the Advanced Nile Sir Stent (dedicated bifurcation stent) which is shaped in such a way to remove narrowing from both the branches and has to be inserted through two wires to place it simultaneously in both branches,” said Dr RP Singh. — TNS



Notorious gangster murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Kala Hwas, a notorious gangster, was murdered by some unidentified gangsters at the Rahon Road here this evening. The police are suspecting that Kala was murdered by his rival gangsters.

As per information, Kala was going toward Rahon along with his driver in a car. When he reached near Octroi (chungi) post, four unidentified miscreants came on two motorcycles and fired gun shots.

Kala died on the spot. The shooters managed to flee from the spot.

Kala Hwas was facing several criminal cases, including the Bunti Bajwa murder case.

He was out on parole these days. He came out of the jail a few months ago.



Day 1 of inaugural edition
Kabaddi league fails to draw crowds
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 6
Matches in the Punjab leg of the inaugural edition of the World Kabaddi League started at the AstroTurf Hockey Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today. The matches were played under floodlights.

Sikander Singh Maluka, Punjab Cabinet Minister and president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. Ranjit Singh Dhillon, MLA was also present on the occasion.

The organisers had announced that the matches would begin at 6 pm as the event was telecast live by a channel. However, the first match played between Khalsa Warriors and Punjab Thunder began at 6.20 pm. Noted singer Preet Harpal appeared at the ground for a while and recited a few lines from his songs prior to the start of the match.

Contrary to the claims of the organisers that the league would be an overwhelming success like in the UK and Delhi, two out of the three enclosures at the PAU stadium for the spectators remained empty. Only a handful of fans turned later in the evening much to the delight of the organisers.

A big screen was installed in the stadium for the benefit of the spectators present there. They enjoyed every moment of the event watching their favourite game. To add colour to the event, cheer girls were there who performed during the course of the matches.

Box: Scant respect for AstroTurf surface

Having scant respect for the costly AstroTurf surface at the venue, the organisers allowed to station camera cranes for the live telecast of the league matches. Stages for the cheer girls were also in the playing area of the synthetic surface. “This could damage the surface beyond repairs. They should avoid such activities since this surface was laid at a whopping amount of around Rs 3 crore a decade ago,” said a hockey lover present at the stadium.



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