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Kala Hawas killing
Case takes a new turn
Accused claims that he was not in city when the gangster was shot
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The prime accused in the Kala Hawas murder case, Rajwinder Singh, alias Ravi Khwajeke, has claimed that he was not in the city when the gangster was killed.

Hawas was shot dead by two unidentified motorcyle-borne assailants on Rahon Road on September 6.

Ravi, a former Congress sarpanch, and his brother Sandeep Singh were booked on charges of murder and attempt to murder.

Police sources said Ravi, who had joined the probe, had told the police that he was at a hotel in North East when the killing took place.

Ravi said he was shocked to learn that the police had booked him. Recently, the family of Hawas held a protest outside the Jodhewal Basti police station, accusing officials of bias. The police have refused to divulge any details in the case. Police sources said Kala and Ravi were enemies. The victim, Kala Hawas, faced 15 criminal cases. Recently, he came out of jail and was also exonerated for murder attempt on Akali leader Bunty Bajwa, who was killed during the elections.

Investigating officer said the case was registered on the complaint of Arshdeep Singh. Besides booking them under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, the police have slapped several sections of the IPC on the accused. The sources said Khwajeke had killed Hawas as the latter had shot at his brother during a wedding at Kohara three years ago. ASI Balwinder said the Jodhewal Basti SHO was on leave and that he did no want to comment on the issue.

The incident

Complainant Arshdeep Singh said he, along with Kala Hawas, was going towards Rahon in a car. When they reached octroi (chungi) post, four unidentified assailants came on two motorcycles and opened fire on them. Kala died on the spot. The shooters fled the scene.

Gang of goons

Sources said Ravi Khwajeke and Kala Hawas were rivals and were running their own gangs. Both of them took special interest in college politics. In 2009, Kala shot at Satwinder Singh Aujla, the then president of the Student Organisation of India at GGN College. The police had booked Ravi Khwajeke in the case. In 2010, Ravi Khwajeke was booked after Jaswinder Singh (Jassi), who was also contesting the presidential election in the college, alleged that besides damaging two vehicles, a group, led by Ravi Khwajeke, sarpanch of Khwajeke village, robbed his supporter of Rs 1.5 lakh and a licensed pistol.


Murder accused jumps parole, booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The police have booked a murder accused for jumping parole. The case was registered against Arvind Singh of Hambran village 11 years ago. Arvind was booked in a murder case in 1999. He was out on parole for four weeks and did not return to jail on May 22, 2003.

Jail Superintendent SP Khanna said correspondences were made to the police department to bring the parole jumper back. Randhir Singh, SHO, Ladhowal Basti, said efforts were being made to arrest the accused. “Recently, we received a letter from the Jail Superintendent following which we registered a case against Arvind Singh under Section 8(9) of the Punjab good conduct Act, 1962, and launched a manhunt to nab the accused. Sub-inspector Balbir Singh is investigating the matter,” said Randhir Singh.

3 booked in abetment to suicide case

A day after a woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Rurka village, the police today booked her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law in an abetment to suicide case. The accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, his mother Gurdev Kaur and sister Baljit Kaur. The case has been registered on the complaint of victim’s father Joginder Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib. He told the police that his daughter Gurmeet Kaur tied the knot with the accused 12 years ago. Soon after the wedding, the accused started harassing her daughter. Joginder said yesterday, his grandson Gurjot Singh called him saying his mother had committed suicide.

Woman booked for fraud

The police have booked a Jalandhar-based woman for duping a city resident. The accused, identified as Pushpa Shekia, was booked on the complaint of Amandeep Singh of Bachittar Nagar. The complainant told the police that he needed a Class XII certificate for his sister Amarjet Kaur. After reading an advertisement in a newspaper, he approached Pushpa. The accused told Amandeep Singh that she would arrange a certificate for his sister and took Rs 30,000. Amarjit Kaur was in for a shock when her visa application was rejected in 2010. Officials told her that the application was cancelled as her Class XII certificate was fake. Following this, Amandeep reported the matter to the police and a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC was registered.



Floods damage dry fruit crops in Kashmir
Hike leaves a bitter taste in mouth
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
As floods have washed out crops of walnut, almond, saffron and apricot in Kashmir, the prices of dry fruits have gone up.

Walnuts without shells are being sold at Rs 2,000 per kg while the price of apricot has seen a rise from Rs 400 to Rs 600 per kg in the past few days.

Dry fruit seller Jeevan Ram said the festive season was round the corner and the prices of dry fruits were going through the roof.

“Due to erratic supply, the prices are expected to rise around Diwali,” said Ram.

“Almost 80 per cent of the crop has been washed away. There seems no respite in sight,” said Tilak Raj, a dry fruit trader, Kesar Gunj Mandi.

“The prices were expected to rise. We will have to think twice before buying dry fruits. This time, we will make do with fruits,” said Ruhi, a homemaker.

In Kashmir, Anantnag, Pehalgam, Avantipur and Shopian are famous for walnut and saffron production.

Kashmir’s pride

Walnuts from Kashmir are popular all over the world. Based on the thickness of their shells, they are further classified as ‘Burzil’, ‘Kagzi’ and ‘Wont’ (corresponding to paper-shelled).



Northern Railway rolls out more festival trains
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 21
The Northern Railway has announced a few more festival special trains to cope with extra rush of passengers during Durga Puja, Dasehra and Diwali. The trains will run between Jammu Tawi-Udaipur, Ahmedabad-Katra and Mumbai CST-Jammu Tawi.

Railway officials said the 04971/04972 Garib Rath Superfast Express special weekly train would run between Jammu Tawi and Udaipur from October 2, 2014, to November 28, 2014, making in all 18 trips (both ways). The train will depart from Jammu Tawi every Thursday at 9.30 am and reach Udaipur at 8.55 am the next day. From Udaipur, it will leave every Friday at 11.50 am to reach Jammu Tawi at 1.40 pm.

The train with 3-Tier AC and AC Chair Car accommodation will have commercial halts at Pathankot Cantt, Jalandhar Cantt, Ludhiana, Dhuri, Hisar, Bhiwani, Rewari, Alwar, Bandikul, Dausa, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Phullera, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Nasirabad, Vijaynagar, Bhilwara, Chanderia, Mavi and Rana Partap Nagar.

City residents will get yet another rail connectivity with Katra, the base camp for Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, through the 09421/09422 premium superfast express special biweekly train which will make 18 trips between Katra and Ahmedabad from October 1 to October 29, 2014. The train will leave Ahmedabad every Wednesday and Saturday at 4.10 pm and reach Katra at 6.30 pm the next day. From Katra, it will depart every Thursday and Sunday at 9.00 pm and arrive at Ahmedabad at 12.45 am. The train will have 2-Tier AC, 3-Tier AC and sleeper class accommodation and would stop at Palanpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi railway stations.

A weekly festival special train (02171/02172) will run between Mumbai CST and Jammu Tawi from September 26, 2014 to October 5, 2014 making four trips in all. It will leave Mumbai CST on Friday at 6.35 AM and reach Jammu Tawi at 5.30 pm the next day. From Jammu Tawi, the train will leave at 5 am and reach Mumbai at 10.20 pm the next day. The train with 1-AC, 2-Tier AC, 3-Tier AC, sleeper and general class accommodation will have stoppages at Dadar, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Manmad, Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Agra, New Delhi, Panipar, Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt and Pathankot Cantt.



City Bus Service floats tenders
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The City Bus Service has floated tenders under Net Cost Contract (NCC) Model 15. A pre-bid meeting of officials is scheduled for September 23 at Zone D office. City Bus Service in charge Baljit Singh said the last date for the submission of proposals is October 7, 2014, adding that technical bids would be opened the same day. The officials are hopeful of getting a good response. Baljit Singh they were mulling over expanding routes to nearby villages. He said 10 routes had been identified so far.

New routes

  • Bus stand via Shimlapuri.
  • Bus stand to Dhandran up to Kheri village.
  • Bus stand to Alamgir.
  • Meharban Octroi up to railway station and other stations on the route.
  • Bus stand to Chandigarh Road up to Kohara.
  • Bus stand to Ayali Chowk up to Baddowal area.
  • Bus stand to Pakhowal Road up to Lalton village.
  • Bus stand to Sahnewal.




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No end to illegal buildings
Keep mushrooming under alleged patronage of politicians, officials
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The “vested interests” of some politicians and officials of the building branch are allegedly preventing Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal and Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh from gathering details of illegal buildings mushrooming across the city.

Two such huge commercial buildings are coming up at Ghumar Mandi in utter violation of the building bylaws. One of the buildings is located next to Mai Nand Kaur Gurdwara. The owners, who deal in women’s traditional garments, have reportedly not taken any permission for the land-use change from the Municipal Corporation.

While construction is on in full swing, the civic body’s building branch has allegedly turned a blind eye to the violation.

Another huge showroom is being “extended” in Ghumar Mandi right under the officials’ nose. Not giving two hoots to norms, the owner is constructing more floors on the existing showroom.

Another commercial building is being constructed opposite Deepak Cinema by clubbing two separate buildings. The showroom, which is nearing completion, will reportedly deal in readymade suits and dress material.

An inspector with the building branch, wishing not to be quoted, said that all these buildings were “illegal”; still, no action could be taken as few high-ups in the building branch were involved.

“We face political pressure as well. A challan has not yet been issued to the building located near Mai Nand Kaur Gurudwara. We all know that it is illegal, but we cannot do anything,” said the Inspector.

The MC Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, said an important meeting to identify such illegal buildings would take place tomorrow.

“I am personally looking into the mushrooming of such buildings and no violator will be spared,” said Aggarwal.



Exchanging banter at leisure


Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Kisan Mela at the Punjab Agriculture University is the platform where farmers come to get know about new seeds and farm techniques. But it also gives farmers some time to leisure, sit and relax. During the mela few days back, a group of farmers were seen sitting together and discussing some issues about their village (see pic). “We are so busy in our daily life that we hardly get time to sit and talk but today we got an opportunity and discussed some issues of our village for which we were not getting time otherwise,” said one of the farmers at Kisan mela. No doubt mela is much awaited among the rural folks!!

Encroachments back to square one

The tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation, led by a senior civic official, had removed temporary encroachments from Bhadaur House and AC Market, a couple of days back to ensure free flow of traffic and bring some semblance of order. The road in front of AC Market remain choc-bloc with haphazard parking of vehicles on both sides of the road, loading and unloading of goods continues right in the middle of the road and other encroachments in the parking area of Bhadaur House are back in place. With the shopkeepers having no fear of the law and MC staff being indifferent, the problem will defy a permanent solution till some harsh measures are taken and that too in a persistent manner.

Who cares!

At the traffic signal on Mall Road near officials’ residences, traffic policemen are deputed at times, especially during evenings. It was so shocking to see that even when the signals were red it was being jumped blatantly by many. A rickshaw puller jumped the red-light and even told a two-wheeler to stop, though it was latter’s turn to cross the road. The traffic-cop was busy attending a phone call while vehicles were barging into one another. A friend of mine stopped her car and asked the cop to see that traffic rules were not being obeyed. The cop said, “You go madam, this is routine here. They are not going to mend their ways. Let me attend this important call and I will see what I can do!” My friend could not utter a word and moved on.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo



Countless pits, this is supposed to be a road!
Sherpur Road connecting various villages to Jagroan cries for attention of the civic authorities
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 21
The residents living in the residential localities situated on Sherpur Road, Jagraon, had been facing a lot of inconvenience due to utterly bad condition of the road. There are countless pits on the two kilometer long stretch of the road which have been causing a lot of problems to the commuters.

The road connects dozens of villages including Sherpur Kalan, Kothe Fatehdeen, Kothe Baggu, Kothe Jeeve Ke, Kothe Sherjang, Sheikhdaulat, Galib Kalan, Kaleran, Galib Ran Singh with Jagraon. A lot of people travel on the road everyday.

Apart from many residential areas, many important places like new grain market, sabzi mandi, offices of market committee and mandi board punjab are located on the road due to which a lot of vehicles passes through this road. According to the area residents, the road has not been constructed for a long period of time therefore it has become dusty. “A lot of dust remains flying in the air due to increasing vehicular traffic on this road which is most troubling for us. Apart from causing breathing problems, the dust in the air might also lead to various kinds of diseases,” said Joga Singh, a shopkeeper of Sherpur Road.

The residents said they have raised the issue with the authorities of Mandi Board several times but nothing has been done to improve the condition of the road so far. “We have requested the authorities to at least repair the road but all our requests seem to be falling on deaf ears,” rued Amritpal Singh Grewal, a resident of Sherpur Road. Jaswinder Singh, secretary, Jagraon Market Committee, said the construction of road was delayed due to lack of funds. “We had written to the government to release the funds for the road. Hopefully, we will receive the funds soon,” added Singh.



82K children get polio drops on Day 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
A five-day pulse polio drive started in the city today. Although World Health Organisation has declared India a polio-free nation, the government has been taking preventive measures to prevent a relapse.

Children in the age group of 0-5 years were administered polio drops. Apart from visiting door-to-door, drops were administered at the railway station and bus stand.

On the first day, 1,71,031 houses were visited and 82,643 children were administered polio drops.

Dr Sanjeev Hans, district immunisation officer, said, “We are conducting door-to-door drive in the city and surrounding towns and villages. A total of 3.80 lakh children will be administered polio drops in this drive, by covering 7,25,653 houses.”

The Health Department has formed 1,577 teams that include 99 mobile and 67 transit teams. In all 302 supervisors will carry out the drive.



ATP blames other officials for lapses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
Reacting to the letter issued by the Municipal Corporation Commissioner to the Secretary, Local Bodies Department, Assistant Town Planner Harpreet Singh Ghai, who got transferred to Moga, said he was being “targeted” due to “vested interests”.

“The MC Commissioner has written to the official that I have not obeyed the orders of seniors. I have already given my explanation in the matter. It was Shivratri, a holiday. The task at hand was related to Zone C and Banke Bihari was supposed to file the reply. He, however, did not attend the office despite repeated calls from me, the then Additional Commissioner and Mayor. The ATP (headquarters) was also on leave,” said Ghai.

Talking about the illegal construction at Kitchlu Nagar, Ghai alleged that ATP Monica Ghai was guilty. In another case of illegal colony at Giaspura, Ghai said only GLADA and PUDA were empowered to take action against the illegal colonies and the then ACA, GLADA, had initiated legal proceedings in the matter. The government, vide orders dated July 11, 2014, had completed the inquiry and he was not found guilty in the case.



Forget Hindi or English, its Hinglish all the way!
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
With the introduction of smartphones and the emerging trend of texting, ‘Hinglish’ has become a recognised language now. The language that is a mix of Hindi and English and written with the English alphabet instead of Devnagri has caught on in a big way in the city.

‘Hinglish’ has paved way for communication that was earlier restricted to the English speakers and ‘typers’ in the city.

Interestingly, some of the new smartphones being launched in India have also recognised the language and come with a ‘Hinglish’ typing alternative to English and Hindi.

“I am pleasantly surprised to see the Hinglish virtual keyboard on my smartphone,” says Vikas Kumar, a resident.

“The best part was the even the ‘swype’ or ‘word flow’ function was also working for Hinglish, so my mother was also able to send messages with ease. This really shows the evolution of Hinglish,” added Kumar.

This influence of Hinglish can even seen in advertisements these days. Rather than using the Devnagri script in ads, Hinglish text can be seen, says Rohit, a linguistics student.

This is true with Punjabi and other regional languages as well, thanks to social media boom. Social media on smartphones like Whatsapp are giving this a fillip, he says.

Although purists say this is deteriorating the language, others say that this trend is helping in sustaining Hindi and regional languages.



INIFD brings cultural heritage alive on ramp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) organised Annual Designers’ Contest and showcased the budding designers’ creativity through a fashion show called ‘Fashion Layers’. The event was organised to mark the passing out of the final year students of the Fashion Design Department at Green Lawns, INIFD Campus, Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.
Models showcase creations of budding designers during the Annual Designers' Contest of the INIFD in Ludhiana
Models showcase creations of budding designers during the Annual Designers' Contest of the INIFD in Ludhiana
Models showcase creations of budding designers during the Annual Designers' Contest of the INIFD in Ludhiana

The show began with the lamp lighting by senior ddirector of the Institute, Vikram Gupta, directors Arvind Gupta and Charu Gupta and additional director Amardeep Lall.

Vibrant collection “KAASHI” was presented by Piyush Malhotra, Dipti Sachdeva, Lavika Handa, Simran Kaur, Kirti, Neha Malhotra, Rikitka Malhotra, Ruchika Nanda, Karuna, Chandani, Kamljit Kaur, Niharika Mahajan and Priyanka. “KAASHI” symbolised the heritage of Banaras which is known by its other names such as Varanasi and Kaashi. The Indian silhouettes with a flash of western blend depicted the typical drapes and styling adorned by sadhus.

The next collection was inspired all the way from Lucknow’s famous art of Bone Carving. The bones of camels and buffaloes are generally used to create intricate pieces of art and accessories such as brooch, hairpins, hairclips, earrings and pendants. The designers reflected the elegance of the beautiful art through predominant usage of white color in their intricate work, for creating geometrical and floral motifs. This aesthetic collection was put together by Sarabjot kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur.

The third collection was inspired from Nakashi, an art form that is practised in Cheriyal of Warangal district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The art is believed to be brought to India by Mughal Emperors. The collection depicted Nakashi art containing bright hues with a predominance of red in the background. The beautiful vision was set into reality by Gurjot Kaur and Sharan Marwaha.

In the collection CUT-PUTLI, contemporary fusions of traditional and modern culture adorned by using cut and sew method to the fabric using madhubani paintings combined with plain khadi silk on tunics, waist coats and trousers with buttons and pockets as a design element was showcased. The one piece dresses were contemporary with short and sweet silhouettes. Wooden bangles, jholas and clutch bags were used as props. The collection was put together by Rohit Jindal.



Junk food sale continues around schools
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 21
There seems to be a little coordination between health departments and the education sector when it comes to following the government’s direction to restrict sale of junk food in and near the educational institutes.

The Director General School Education (DGSE), GK Singh, had directed the Education Department to restrict the sale of junk food six months back. But, nothing has been done in this regard so far.

The restricted food items are easily available to students in majority of the educational institutes in the region.

Contrary to the directions and expectations of the DGSE, none of the officials of the state Health Department check tiffins brought by students to the schools.

Interestingly, majority of the in charges of the government and private schools have failed to differentiate between various types of food items. The schools authorities were also told to organise seminars and workshops to educate students about significance of nutritious food for good health.

But contrary to the expectations of the authorities, junk food continues to be sold in and around the school premises.

Besides, consuming junk food in routine, students and teachers have been distributing snacks and fast food to others on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, patties, samosas, bread pakoras, pastries and noodles are easily available to students of almost all schools. A cheese pan pizza contains 670 kcal and 26 gm of fat while, a burger has 460 kcal and 28 gm fat. Similarly, a samosa has 250 kcal and 10 gm fat while, a vegetable patty has 175 kcal and 8 gm fat.

Soft drinks, too, are being sold near schools, which, according to a study of the Indian Centre for Science and Environment, contain four toxic chemicals, namely lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos.

Taking cognisance of the tendency, the DGSE has directed the in charges of all schools to highlight correlation between health and nutritious food in the morning assembly.

Acknowledging their limitations in checking the sale of food items at shops outside their institutes, heads of some schools said they have started taking preventive steps in the direction.

The principal, MGMN Senior Secondary School, Pardeep Sharda, and SP Sofat, director, Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, said talks by specialists are being organised in the morning assembly.

Dr Sunit Hind and Dr Rajinder Pal Singla said people should refrain from junk food, especially fried items, as they are very low in essential micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals, and are high in calories.

What is junk food?

Junk food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional value and often high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories. Junk foods typically contain high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little protein, vitamins or minerals. Foods commonly considered junk foods include salted snack foods, gum, candy, sweet desserts, fried fast food, and sugary carbonated beverages.



Cleanliness drive

Doraha: The NSS (Girls) unit of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, launched a cleanliness drive during the one-day NSS camp in Government Senior Secondary School. A total of 43 volunteers participated in the camp. The volunteers cleaned the lawns and the parks of the school. They also removed the garbage lying scattered on the premises of the school. The volunteers also told the students to maintain cleanliness in school. They told them to not to throw wrappers etc in the lawns. They asked them to maintain and keep their surroundings clean so that they may live and breathe in a hygienic atmosphere. They were also trained how to preserve the plants and the greenery around them. The NSS volunteers, along with the school students, also planted saplings. The vice-principal, Sudarshan Kaur, and school teacher Pushpinder Kaur and programme officer of the NSS told students about the importance of clean surroundings.

Freshers’ party

Dakha: The PG Department of Commerce of Guru Tegh Bahadur National College, Dakha, organised a freshers’ party for the students of MCom I. The students presented a bouquet to the principal Dr Guriqbal Singh, who advised the students to understand the true spirit behind such occasions. The HOD, prof Avtar Singh, said such traditions should be arranged as they shrug of the fear of stage among students. The students sang songs, presented dances and played interesting games on the occasion. Students of MCom I introduced themselves and presented items on the basis of which Bharat Bhushan was declared Mr Fresher and Shatvir Kaur was declared Miss Fresher. — TNS



Doc apprises masses of new technology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
Niswarth Sewa Society organised a seminar on thalassaemia Awareness today.

Dr Atul Bhavsar from Government Akhandanand Ayurved Hospital, Gujarat, was the key speaker during the seminar.

Dr Atul has claimed to have invented a new medicinal technology through which the thalaEssaemic children are treated. The technology has been approved by the Gujarat government.

During the seminar, Dr Atul also discussed the cases treated by him so far and apprised the audience of the new line of treatment. An open question-answer session was also held on the occasion.



100 attend CME on obstetrics, gynaecology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), conducted quarterly meet of the Northern Obstetrical Gynecological Society of India (NOGSI) today.

The function was inaugurated by Dr Kim J Mammen, associate director, CMCH. The event was attended by eminent obstetrician from the city and neighbouring areas.

The faculty enlightened the delegates about practical approach to obstetrics and gynaecology. The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) awarded four credit points for the continuous medical education (CME). The CME was also attended by a member of the PMC, Dr Sunil Katyal.

Speakers included eminent gynaecologists from Punjab, Chandigarh and Shimla. Around 100 delegates attended the CME.

A wide array of issues in obstetrics and gynaecology were discussed on the occasion. The gathering was addressed by chief guest Dr Kim J Mammen who welcomed the delegates and congratulated the department for organising the conference.



Materialism takes over little joys of life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
Time and again academicians and psychologists have stressed on the need for outdoor activities for students. But thanks to dwindling spaces and parks, burgeoning restaurants and changing cultural values, city youngsters prefer to remain indoors now.

Nowadays, families hardly plan for picnics. There was a time, when people used to go to Rose Garden every weekend for family get together and the children in the family used to look forward to every Sunday.

Thanks to the changing trends and tastes, residents rather rush to restaurants and multiplexes.

“Now, nobody enjoys picnic in the city parks. So, families prefer to go to hotels and restaurants,” said Sandeep. But restaurants and multiplexes do not match the joy of picnics, added Sandeep.

Suresh Chand, a senior citizen, said the atmosphere in the city parks used to be different earlier. But now, the garden is frequently visited by couples. So, elderly or families do not come for picnic any longer, said Chand.

The joys of life are being replaced with expensive things and everyone is enchanted by market-driven pleasures. “Simple joys like watching birds, gazing at the clouds or stars, enjoying nature are being replaced in the fast changing world. Trend of picnics is also vanishing slowly,” said another senior citizen.

The academicians claim that lack of physical exercise and outdoor sports is affecting youngsters’ health. It shows in their academic performance too.

“A youngster who is suffering from ill-health cannot perform well in academics,” said a retired professor.



Free medical camps benefit residents
Tribune News Service

A man undergoes an eye test at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital
A man undergoes an eye test at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital

Ludhiana, September 21
A monthly free multi-speciality medical check-up camp was organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at IMA House in association with the district health department and Punjab Medical Representative Association, Ludhiana.

More than 100 patients were examined during the camp. Blood tests and ECG were done for free. Also, free medicines were distributed to the needy patients.

The camp was conducted by Dr RK Sharma, Dr Deepak Parasher, Dr Narjit Kaur, Dr Deepak K Gupta, Dr Divya Arora and Dr Neeraj Aggarwal.

Hero DMC Heart Institute too organised a free medical and heart check-up camp in association with Sidh Peeth Trust. The camp, held at Dandi Swami Mandir, was led by Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist of the institute.

Free medical facilities, such as ECG, blood sugar test and medicines, were provided to patients. Dietician consultation was also provided to motivate people to eat healthy.

“Hypertension is a silent killer that can be managed through astute medication and lifestyle changes. Our aim is to increase awareness about various complications related to heart diseases. Many people suffer serious illnesses due to preventable diseases. Through such camps, we can help in early detection as well as prevention of such diseases,” said Dr GS Wander.

A free eye check-up camp was also held at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital. Patients were given necessary treatment and medicines. Doctors gave tips on how to keep their eyes clean.



Hindu bodies to hold protest

The Hindu organisations of the city have decided to hold a protest and launch “Rail Roko” on September 24, against the slaughtering of cows in Malerkotla. The organisations including Shiv Sena, Punjab; Shiv Sena Hindustan, Hindu Jagriti Morcha, Yuva Jagriti Manch, Hindu Morcha and others have decided to protest against authorities for not arresting the killers of the cows.

Chemists meet

A meeting of Civil Lines Chemist Association was held today. President of the association, Aman Ahuja while addressing the meeting, said that it has been decided that they will be giving medicines only on a new prescription with seven days validity. They will be maintaining record of all the medicines sold in a register. “There will be no rate cut in the medicines and no competition among the chemists,” said Vinod Sharma, chairman. The association also decided to gather relief fund for the Kashmir flood victims.

Stunt show

KTM, a European racing legend, conducted KTM Stunt show in Ludhiana. The show was organised in order to showcase the mind-blowing stunt from the professional stunt riders. The show was held at car market, Sarabha Nagar. The professional stunt team demonstrated breathtaking stunts on the KTM Dukes. The event was open to all and the spectacular stunts took the city by a storm.

Office-bearers elected

A meeting was organised by Human Welfare Society. Jatinder Khurana was elected as president of the society. Bhupinder Rocky was appointed as chairman, Sanjiv Verma as vice- chairman, Mangat Chandel as senior vice-president, Satpal Singh as vice-president, Mukesh Kumar as secretary, Parveen Kumar as finance secretary, Vinay Sabharwal as legal advisor, Navjot Singh and Deepak Bajaj as organising secretary, Rajiv Singla and Arun Kumar as joint secretary, Munish Kumar and Sumit Kumar are propaganda secretary, Dinesh Kumar, Ankush Aggarwal and Shanky as communication secretary. On this occasion newly elected president Jatinder Khurana thanked the members and assure that he will work for the betterment of the society. He told that free medical camps and blood donation camp will be soon organised.

AAP trains volunteers

AAP leader HS Phoolka addresses a meeting of party workersAam Aadmi Party today held training for all its volunteers in the state on drug de-addiction and Right to Service Act. During the camp, volunteers were given training for helping in drug de-addiction. HS Phoolka while addressing the meeting said drugs are eating away the youth of the state and steps need to be taken to save them.

AAP leader HS Phoolka addresses a meeting of party workers. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Bittu slams SAD-BJP

Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu today flayed the Akali Dal-BJP government in the state and the NDA Government for their anti-farmer policy. He said the paddy related policies of the centre had made the farmers’ future bleak.

Dengue case reported

The total number of patients diagnosed with dengue at Ludhiana hospitals has gone to 24. One female 24 Years belonging to Gopal nagar Ludhiana had been admitted to CMCH and reported as a confirmed case of dengue. — TNS



Sugar Free launches campaign

Sugar Free launched a ‘donate your calories to help nourish children’ campaign today, in partnership with NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation to benefit and improve the status of school going children in the country through their mid-day meal programme. A large population of India had excess calorie consumption an even larger proportion of India did not have a nutritious meal every day. Sugar Free aims to create a calorie balance by donating the calories saved by Sugar Free consumers to undernourished children, through the mid- day meal program which targets school children.

John Players unveils new collection

John Players has unveiled its latest autumn winter collection offering denims, casual shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets. The collection has captured global trends with conversational prints, jacquards, colour blocking and aviator range of experimental denims. The collection is inspired from aviators of World War II. — TNS



72-yr-old raped, accused held

Khanna, September 21
The police had registered a case and arrested the accused for raping a 72-year-old widow. The victim is resident of Rosiana village near Maloud.

As per complaint, the victim alleged that on the night of September 10, a youth named Jasvir Singh (25), came to her house. She said Jasvir caught hold of her and raped her. She said the accused threatened her not to tell about the incident to any one. She narrated the incident to her family members. The family members reported the matter to the police yesterday.

A case under Sections 376,506 of the IPC was registered. The accused was presented in a court and was sent to two days police remand. The woman was admitted to Civil Hospital, Maloud, and presently undergoing treatment. — OC



Earrings snatched at gunpoint
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 21
Despite tall claims by the police department, there seems to be no end to the snatching incidents in Jagraon. In the recent past, several incidents have taken place in the area.

Three unidentified persons snatched gold earrings from two women near Bhundri village at gunpoint today. According to Gurmit Kaur, one of the victims, she and her mother-in-law Sukhdev Kaur were going to Jagraon.

She said, “As soon as we reached near Aliwal Chowk, Bhundri, three youths approached us and snatched gold earrings from me and my mother-in-law at gunpoint.”

The police have started an investigation into the matter.

This is the third snatching incident in Jagraon in this week. Earlier, some unidentified youths had snatched earrings from two women at Disposal Road and near Agwar Gujjran in two separate incidents.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ravcharan Singh Brar had formed an eagle squad to prevent the snatching incidents, there is no end to such incidents. The police have badly failed to check such incidents which have raised a serious question mark on the functioning of local police.

DSP Jagraon Surinder Kumar said the police have registered a case against unidentified persons and a search operation has been launched to trace them. He assured that the accused would be arrested soon.



Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament
LLR DAV College, Jagraon, win tie
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 21
Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, defeated Gur Gobind Singh Public College, Alour, by 32 runs in the second match of the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Jagraon college scored 182 runs in 33.2 overs. The architects of their innings were Gurtej Singh, Vineet Kumar and Hatinder Singh who contributed 56, 42 and 36 runs, respectively.

For the Alour college, Raman took four wickets for 22 runs in 4.5 overs, while Suraj claimed three wickets for 17 runs in seven overs and Harsh grabbed two wickets for 35 runs in seven overs.

Chasing the target, Gur Gobind Singh Public College could muster only 150 runs, before getting all out in 36.5 overs. The main scorers were Surja (56), Jaspreet Singh (16) and Sahil (15).

For the winners, Simarjeet Singh, Amanpreet and Ravinder shared two wickets each.



City lads clinch baseball title
Scrap past Amritsar outfit 1-0 in the final match
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 21
Ludhiana survived a scare against Amritsar to clinch the title in the boys’ category during the Eighth Senior Punjab State Baseball Championship for Boys and Girls being held at Mata Gurdev Kaur Sahi Sports College, Samrala.

The local outfit came out triumphant 1-0. In the play-off for the third position, Kapurthala faced a stiff challenge from Jalandhar, but eventually romped home victorious 2-1.

Earlier, in the semifinals, Amritsar prevailed over Jalandhar 2-1, while Ludhiana drubbed Kapurthala 6-1 to set up the title clash.

In the league matches, Mohali overwhelmed Moga 9-1, Jalandhar beat Ferozepur 2-0, Fatehgarh Sahib blanked Fazilka 10-0, Kapurthala scraped past Sangrur 1-0, Ropar pipped Patiala 1-0, Amritsar outnumbered Mohali 4-0, Jalandhar overpowered Gurdaspur 2-1, Ludhiana defeated Muktsar 1-0, Fathegarh Sahib outplayed Mansa 2-0 and Kapurthala outclassed Ropar 5-0.

Gurbir Singh Sohi, president, Gurdev Kaur Sahi Sports College, Samrala, gave away prizes to the winners. Punjab Baseball Association secretary Sukhdev Singh Aulakh and organising president Harbir Singh Gill were also present at the prize distribution function.



katoch shield
Ludhiana end day on 245 for 6
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 21
Powered by Sunny Pandey’s 110-run knock, Ludhiana finished the first day of a four-day match against Jalandhar on 245, with four wickets still remaining.

Playing the Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today, local skipper Geetansh Khera won the toss and elected to bat first.

Besides Pandey’s knock that came of 243 balls and witnessed the ball crossing the boundary 16 times, once over the rope, Abhinav Bhatia (41) and Geetansh Khera (39), too, made useful contributions for the local side.

Ankit Pursharthy and Vaibhav Narang were at the crease with five and three runs, respectively, on the board at the draw of stumps after 90 overs.

For the visitors, Navdeep Singh bowled 18 overs and took three wickets, giving away 30 runs. Yogesh, meanwhile, got rid of two batsmen for 57 in 26 overs and Rahul ended with a lone victim against his name, conceding 40 runs.

Sunny Pandey has been performing well consistently. Yesterday, he chipped in with 87 runs for SCD Government College in a Panjab University inter-college tournament.



College hosts volleyball meet
Our Sports Reporter

The college director hands over awards to the winners on the RIMT campus on Sunday
The college director hands over awards to the winners on the RIMT campus on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, September 21
RIMT-Academic College, Mandi Gobindgarh, today hosted an inter-department volleyball tournament.

Six teams took part in the tournament.

The team comprising third semester students of the agriculture department got the better of the first semester team to win the final.

College director Dr Maninderjit Singh Pabla, distributed the prizes.



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