L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Rain plays spoilsport at Kisan Mela
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Heavy rain played spoilsport at Kisan Mela, which kicked off on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus today. A large number of farmers, who had come from across the state and neighbouring states were caught up in the rain in the afternoon.

The rain started at around 12:30 pm and within minutes, many places on the campus were flooded, giving a tough time to the visitors. When the inaugural function was going on at the Open Air Theatre of the PAU, it started pouring down suddenly. The chief guest, Tota Singh, Agriculture Minister, who was addressing the farmers, left midway. The progressive farmers were awarded in a hurry as the main tent started leaking. A large number of spectators rushed towards the stage to get a cover.

Vendors lose business

The rain proved costly to the vendors who have set up stalls after paying a fee to the PAU. “I have paid Rs 5,000 to set up a stall but could sale food items worth only a few hundreds. The rain spoiled our raw material. Now, the farmers have returned home. How will we make money now?” said a vendor.

Long queues of stranded vehicles

In the absence of proper traffic arrangements on the PAU campus, visitors were stuck in long traffic jams after the rain. Long queues of vehicles were seen on all the roads leading to the main gates till 3 pm. Effort of a few policemen failed to improve the situation

Chief guest announces shed over Open Air Theatre

Observing the problem faced by farmers during the rain, the chief guest, Tota Singh, announced that a permanent shed would be constructed over the Open Air Theatre ground. “The function has been disrupted in the absence of a permanent shed here. I will provide funds to build one,” said Tota Singh. It was a long-pending demand of the university as rain often disrupts Kisan Mela and other functions, which are organised in September.



City resident electrocuted, wife admitted to hospital 

Ludhiana, September 12
A man was electrocuted while his wife suffered critical injuries after they came in contact with a dangling high voltage power line at their house in the Salem Tabri area last night.

The man has been identified as Sandeep. He went to the rooftop of his house to collect dry clothes. While collecting the dry clothes, he came in contact with the high voltage power line. Priya, who rushed to help her husband, also suffered critical burns. The duo was rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared Sandeep dead on arrival. — TNS



Rain spells misery on city roads
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Just two hours of rain, which started at around 12:15 pm, threw life out of gear in the industrial city. It started pouring down all of a sudden. Many residents got stranded on the water-logged roads.

The worst affected were the farmers from other districts of Punjab and the neighbouring states who thronged Punjab Agriculture University and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to witness the two-day Kisan Mela.

Following the rain, the roads outside the Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines, Domoria Bridge, Kailash Chowk, Janakpuri, Focal Point, Sunder Nagar, Moti Nagar and Haibowal were flooded, giving a tough time to commuters.

Vehicles of many commuters got stuck in the roads, which have been dug up to lay cables. A car got stuck in one of the pits near Rose Garden where underground cables are being laid by a private company.

“The roads dug up by the companies pose a threat to commuters. At evening and night, two-wheeler skid on these slippery roads. Even if the cables are to be laid, this should be utmost priority of the companies to construct the road keeping in mind the safety of the public. It has been more than one month since digging started but none pays heed towards the safety of residents,” said Balkar Singh, a resident of the Udham Singh road area.

City receives 33.6 mm rainfall in two hours

The city received 33.6 mm rainfall on Friday. According to the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agriculture University, “The weather is expected to remain partly cloudy with the possibility of thundershowers at isolated places over Ludhiana and its adjoining areas during the next 24 hours.”

100-year-old Neemwala chowk tree uprooted

More than 100-year-old neem tree, after which the Neemwala chowk at Civil Lines was named, was uprooted in the afternoon. 



From kisan to machine mela
Tractors, equipment have replaced stalls of insecticides and pesticides in the recent years
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A farmer carries plants on his head after he was caught in sudden showers
A farmer carries plants on his head after he was caught in sudden showers Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

Ludhiana, September 12
Kisan Mela has basically turned into a ‘Machine Mela’. Machines, especially costly tractors and harvesting technology dominated the mela ground during the ongoing PAU Kisan Mela.

Reportedly, over the last few years, stalls of machines have replaced stalls of insecticides and pesticides in the mela. Tractors with mega house power, equipped with air-conditioners costing lakhs have been displayed. According to a report by the National Commission on Farmers, farm households own tractors more out of prestige than necessity. As per the report Punjab has 4,35,000 tractors. Fifteen national and international companies sell tractors in the state. Tractors have become a symbol of prestige for farmers and sometimes they even sell their lands to get one.

Agriculture Minister Tota Singh said: “The number of tractors being manufactured is more than actually required. We need only one lakh tractors in the state but the actual number is way too above. We are focussing to strengthen the cooperative societies to address the issue. More than 4,000 cooperative societies have their tractors.”

Various international brands of tractors and other farm machinery have been installed at stalls and offered lucrative deals. Some machine manufacturing companies have even deputed woman representatives to promote the machines and attract more buyers. Not only farm machinery, Kisan Mela even witnessed stalls of cars and bikes. 

Tractors: Symbol of prestige than a necessity

According to a report by the National Commission on Farmers, farm households own tractors more out of prestige than necessity. As per the report, Punjab has 4,35,000 tractors. Fifteen national and international companies sell tractors in the state. Tractors have become a symbol of prestige for farmers and sometimes they even sell their land to get one.



Hi-tech tractors unveiled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The PAU Kisan Mela witnessed the launch of various new models of tractors. Mahindra and Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES) today announced the launch of new Arjun Novo, technologically advanced and stylishly designed new generation tractor. The tractor will be available in two variants- 57HP- 605DI-i priced at Rs 7.30 lakh and 52HP- 605DI-PS priced at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom price in Ludhiana).

Arjun Novo offers options of both open station as well as an air-conditioned cabin, a unique offering in the sub 60HP tractor segment in India. Bharatendu Kapoor, Sr vice-president, sales, Channel and Customer Care- Farm Division, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, said, “The new Arjun Novo has been developed through extensive research and insight conducted with over 100 farmers across 10 states to understand the mechanisation needs of farmers across India.”

Meanwhile, Sonalika also unveiled the country’s first and the only 24 speed tractor in 60HP category. Worldtrac 60Rx boasts of many more firsts such as highest lift capacity of 2,500 kg, biggest engine of 3,707 cc and 5 disc oil immersed brakes.

DL Rana, COO, Sonalika, said, “Keeping with Sonalika tradition, we have tried to deliver a product that effectively meets the needs of the progressive famers. It delivers superior power and multiple speeds, while being low on maintenance and fuel at the same time.”

In addition to this, New Holland Fiat India, a subsidiary of CNH Industrial, also unveiled its latest tractor– ‘Excel 6010’ at the ongoing Kisan Mela 2014 at the PAU.

The unveiled model from EXCEL series tractor- 6010 (60 HP) model is fitted with IVECO 8000 series turbocharged engine. The new series tractor offers for the first time a unique combination of all the advanced features which includes Cat Eye headlamps, 12+12 syncro shuttle transmission, a spacious flat deck, suspended pedals, multi-speed PTO, Lift-O-Matic with height limiter, lift capacity of up to 2,500 kg and a 100 litre fuel tank. 

Farmers cry foul over song on alcohol

On one hand the state government has initiated campaign to save the youth from drugs but on the other folk singers hired by the PAU authorities were seen promoting drugs during the Kisan Mela. Singer Bhupinder Gill sung a song with lyrics- ‘Panj (5) vaj gaye, billo nee peg laa lain de’, which was objected by farmers.



Pashu Palan Mela kicks off at GADVASU
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) inaugurated the 17th Pashu Palan Mela here today. Agriculture Minister Tota Singh inaugurated the mela and said the government was emphasising on sustainability of white revolution through propagation of indigenous breeds of buffaloes (Murrah, Nili Raavi) and cattle of Sahiwal breeds.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr BS Dhillon was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, said diversification within the livestock professions was the need of the hour. Not only dairy farming but fisheries, poultry, piggery and goat farming were the fine diversification options in livestock. Value addition of products may diversify these professions in a different mode. Theme slogan of the mela was also based on the same lines: ‘Pashu uttpaadan dI gunvatta vdhao, paushtik khao te vadhere munafa paao’ (Develop value added products, these are more nutritious and profitable).

GADVASU showcased all its research, education and extension programmes at the Pashu Palan Mela for the benefit of livestock farmers. The mela takes place twice a year in March and September. The two-day event at the mela ground of GADVASU provided a platform for farmers, scientists, extension workers, dairy officers, fodder and fishery officers, various veterinary pharmaceuticals, agribusiness firms and banking sectors to show and share their experience and information about the latest knowledge of technologies and schemes which has come up in the livestock sector.

Dr SNS Randhawa, director of extension education, revealed that a large number of people showed their interest in taking up goat, pig and fishery farming.

Stall was set up by the College of Fisheries showcasing various carp fishes, ornamental fish, azolla, duckweed cultivation and duck farming with integration of fish farming. 

Government’s agenda

The government is emphasising sustainability of White Revolution through propagation of indigenous breeds of buffaloes and cattle of Sahiwal breeds. Also, the menace of milk adulteration is being checked at every step for the benefit of consumers.
Tota Singh, Agriculture minister



Encroachments removed from city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Cracking a whip on encroachers, the Municipal Corporation along with the Police Department removed temporary encroachments and vehicles parked haphazardly on roads from the Bhadaur House area today.

As soon as the MC team accompanied with police personnel arrived near the AC Market Calibre Plaza, shopkeepers started removing their encroachments from roads and corridors. None of the encroachers had expected that after a heavy rainfall, the authorities will conduct a drive.

Officials confiscated rehris, scooters, motorcycles and other goods of shopkeepers and nobody dared to stop them.

Satwant Singh, in charge, Tehbazari wing, Municipal Corporation, himself had done a survey of the area in the morning, following which action was taken against the encroachers.

He said the drive would continue till the area was cleared from encroachments. Similar drives would be conducted with the cooperation of the Police Department to check the problem of temporary encroachments and traffic-related problems.



Illegal goods seized from train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The Excise and Taxation Department today seized 168 articles without bill from a train at the Ludhiana Railway Station and collected Rs 4 lakh as fine.

The department officials under the supervision of Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer Randhir Kaur confiscated these articles from Madras Express that arrived here from Delhi.

The seized articles contained ready-made and cosmetic goods, said excise and taxation officers Navdeep Singh and Shalendra Singh.

The value of the seized goods is worth Rs 9 lakh. Madras Express was going to Jammu. It halted at the local railway station when the articles were seized.



Youth’s murder: 4 accused arrested 
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 12
The Khanna district police have claimed to solve a blind murder case and arrested four persons, including a woman.
The body of a youth was found in a field of Saharan Majra village near Khanna around one week ago. The reason behind the murder was illicit relations between the woman, one of the accused, with the deceased.

The arrested persons have been been identified as Gurjinder Singh alias Raju, a resident of Kalamajra village, near Samrala; his cousin Mehar Singh; one of his friends Joti, both residents of Salana Dara Singh village in Fatehgarh Sahib, and Ramandeep Kaur alias Raman of Saharan Majra village.

SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, while talking addressing mediapersons said a police party, headed by SP (D), Khanna, Satinder Pal Singh, cracked the case within a week.

The SSP said Sarwan Singh, sarpanch of Saharan Majra village, informed the police on September 5 that a body of a youth was lying in the fields of the village. Later, the deceased was identified as Dharminder of the same village.

The SSP said on a tip off, the police team detained Gurjinder Singh of Kalal Majra who confessed that Ramandeep Kaur, a widow of Saharan Majra developed illicit relations with him from some time.

He said earlier, the woman was having an illicit relationship with the deceased.

Gurjinder said she complained to him that the deceased was harassing her without any reason. She lured Gurjinder to eliminate him. He took the help of his cousin and one of his friends to commit the crime.

The SSP said as per plan, the woman called the victim to her home but the latter failed to turn up. The next day she again called him and he reached a place near the village where the three accused attacked him with some sharp-edged weapons and killed him.

The SSP claimed that the accused, after committing the crime, took away the cellphone of the deceased with them.

He said the police had recovered the motorcycle of Joti, which was used in the crime, the cellphone of the deceased and two other cellphones of the woman, given to her by Gurjinder and Dharminder, from them. The woman tried to burn the phone given to her by Gurjinder. The phone was used by her in the crime.

Investigations were on in this regard, the SSP added.



alleged molestation bid
College students seek action against principal
Our Correspondent

Khamano September 12
Students of the Cordia Group of Colleges are up in arms and have demanded action against the principal of the management wing of the college after three hostel girls alleged molestation bid by the principal. The college management said they had constituted a committee to probe the matter.

Resentment prevails among the students and area residents after three girl students of BCom gave a complaint to the college demanding action against the principal.

As per the complaint, the girls alleged that on the night of September 8, principal Vikas Kumar entered a room of girls in the college hostel at about 12am in an alleged drunken state.

They alleged that the principal, who was wearing a casual dress, started teasing them with wrong intentions after entering the room and even tried to molest one of the girls.

Later, they complained about the matter to the college director and staff and demanded the removal of the principal.

Students alleged that the management had failed to take action in this regard even after three days. They had demanded that if the management failed to take any action against the principal then their fee should be refunded. When the Principal was contacted in this regard, he refuted the allegations and said he was against indiscipline and had gone to the hostel room to switch off the lights.

He said he was accompanied with two watchmen and went there after hearing some noises.

He alleged that most of the college students were in his favour and only some students were making hue and cry due to unknown personal reasons. College director Kulvir Singh Rai said they had received a complaint in this regard and they had formed a five-member committee to probe the matter.

He said the committee was recording the statements of all concerned and would submit its report and action would be taken against those found guilty.



ludhiana scan

Donations collected for flood victims

BJP workers and office-bearers on Friday collected donation to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakh for sending tarpaulins to flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir. Parveen Bansal, district president of the BJP, said: “We have collected donations in cash from areas like AC Market, Bhadaur House, Atam Park and Ghumar Mandi.” He thanked people for donating generously for the noble cause. Meanwhile, with the help of local residents, the SDM, Samrala, on Friday sent a truck loaded with relief material to Jammu and Kashmir for flood victims. SDM Anuprita Johl said the material included 10.5 quintal of wheat flour and 17.5 quintal of rice.

Martyrs remembered

A religious function remembering martyrs of Kama Gata Maru incident was held at a gurdwara in British Columbia where the Khalsa Diwan Society honoured Pawan Dewan, president of the Ludhiana Congress, Urban. Dewan appreciated the efforts of people living abroad and still carrying forward their legacies. — TNS



Is DCC all set for restructuring? 
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Is the District Congress Committee (DCC), Ludhiana, all set for restructuring?
Sources reveal that the DCC, both rural and urban units, will soon have new chiefs. Already, Congress leaders are vying for the posts of district chief.

Congress councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi’s name is doing rounds for the post of the president of the DCC (Urban). Gogi is close to legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu. He also shares a good equation with Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Another name that has been doing rounds is that of Leader of the Opposition in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Hemraj Aggarwal. Senior Congress leader and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) working member Amarjit Singh Tikka, who is a loyalist of Capt Amarinder Singh, is also eyeing the post. Congress leaders Ishwarjot Cheema and Sanjay Talwar are among other contenders.

Political analysts say the Congress has preferred, in the past, a Hindu face as the chief of the urban unit of the DCC, Ludhiana. Gogi’s choice would be a departure from the past.

For the DCC (Rural), the names of veteran leader Gurdev Singh Lappran and Congress leader Major Singh Bhaini are doing rounds. Bittu is learnt to be close to Lappran. Lappran remained the DCC (Rural) president twice – from 1993 to 1998 and from 1999 to 2004. A few decades ago, Lappran had quit the Congress to join the Shiromani Akali Dal, only to return to the Congress party fold.

Major Singh Bhaini is senior Congress leader Gurdip Singh Bhaini’s son.

However, PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, when contacted, refused to comment on the issue.

He said he was not aware of any such restructuring of the DCC, Ludhiana.



ATP told to check illegal buildings 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh has asked the Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) to check illegal buildings in Zone A.
Rishipal Singh said he had received a complaint regarding the illegal establishments yesterday.

The complaint was filed by a RTI activist. The buildings in question are located at Kashmir Nagar and Alfa Tower Brown Road and opposite Kirpal Nagar Pulli, Nauria Mal Jain School and Trunk Bazaar.



Kalvari Church-CMCH row
Board meets amid heavy security 

Ludhiana, September 12
The governing body meeting of the Employees Welfare Society of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) went off peacefully today. Yesterday, 13 members of Kalvari Church had suffered injuries as the police had to resort to force.

Police personnel were deployed outside the church in order to avoid any such incident today.

Thulassedharan Pillai, president, Christian Medical College and Hospital Employees Welfare Society, said, “We have decided to register an FIR against Arun Malik and Paul Sahota for flaring up the issue. The employees have been placed under suspension and it is learnt that they have posted hate messages on social networking sites,” said Pillai.

During the meeting, Dr Sudhir Joseph, director, St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi, was appointed the new chairman of the CMC Ludhiana Society. Earlier, Dr Rajinder Gyani decided to step down as the chairman to put all controversies to rest. The church members had alleged that the hospital authorities had violated the law by giving a contract worth Rs 9 crore to the son of the CMCH chairman, Rajinder Giani. Prem Masih was appointed the new vice-chairman while Dr Bimal Charles was namedthe treasurer of the society. Dr Rajnesh Calton was appointed the associate director. Dr Bobby John is the new principal of the medical college. — TNS



State government draws flak from power employees 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 12
Resentment prevails among officials and employees of power utility companies over the proposal of the Punjab government to hand over some 32 acres of prime land on Ferozepur Road to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority for commercial exploitation.

Apprehending that the move will dislocate hundreds of families of the employees residing in the colony as well offices of the two companies, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), all trade unions, associations and officials of the power utility companies have threatened to launch an agitation.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Engineer, Central Zone, PSPCL, representatives of trade unions and other associations alleged that the eviction process had already been set in motion, albeit in a hushed manner.

They said the decision to sell the land was not in the larger interest of the power utility companies as well as their employees and officials. 



Badminton meet
Ludhiana, Sangrur enter semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 12
Players from Ludhiana and Sangrur dominated and secured their berths in the semifinals (girls U-17) in the doubles’ category on the third day of the Punjab State Inter-District Badminton Tournament for junior boys and girls at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium.

In the first quarterfinal, Sangrur pair of Amanjot and Aman overpowered Rupinder and Sukhpreet from Fazilka in straight sets 21-18, 21-7 to book a place in the last-four stage. The Ludhiana pair, Dhriti Vohra and Neha, scored an emphatic 21-5, 21-5 victory over Bhumika and Manpreet Kaur of SBS Nagar while Sangrur girls warded off stiff resistance from Sanampreet and Nazuk from Moga 20-22, 21-11 and 21-8. Prerna and Maulika got a walkover against Harpreet Kaur and Navjot Kaur from Hoshiarpur who failed to turn up.

Boys singles (U-19) second round: Prajwal Mahajan (Gurdaspur) beat Samit Singla (Barnala) 21-3, 21-14; Mitaksh Gandhi (Ludhiana) beat Ripanshu (Patiala) 21-17, 21-11; Deepak (Jalandhar) beat Varun Tandon (Patiala) 21-10, 21-14; Gaganjit Singh (Amritsar) beat Hamza Wakut (Sangrur) 21-13, 15-21, 21-16; Sukham Maheshwari (Amritsar) beat Arpit (Ludhiana) 21-11, 21-18; Shivam Sharma (Gurdaspur) beat Divayanshu (Hoshiarpur) 21-11, 21-17; Vibhav (Gurdaspur) beat Lakshay Singla (Ludhiana) 21-19, 21-14; Vikas (Gurdaspur) beat Vishal (Ropar) 16-21, 21-10, 21-12; Rishav (Hoshiarpur) beat Rhitvik (Bathinda) 22-20, 23, 25, 21-18; Amit (Gurdaspur) beat Harshdeep (Mohali) 21-2, 21-9; Dhruv Kapila (Ludhiana) beat Sushant (Gurdaspur) 21-12, 21-12; Ramandeep (Patiala) beat Rishab (SBS Nagar) 21-15, 21-16; Ramandeep (Ropar) beat Abhiman (Muktsar) 21-9, 21-9; Rishi Kapoor (Jalandhar) beat Pratham (Amritsar) 21-23, 21-7, 22-20; Dhruv Vashisht (Ludhiana) beat Simranjit (Sangrur) 21-19, 23-21 and Madhur (Amritsar) beat Akshun (Pathankot) 21-15, 21-16. 



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