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2 boys drowned in Sutlej 
Had gone to the banks to immerse idol of Goddess Durga
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Celebrations turned into tragedy in the Ladhowal area after two boys drowned in the Sutlej during the Durga immersion here today. The deceased have been identified as Dharamvir (14) and Sunil Yadav (20), both residents of Gagan Nagar in the Daba area.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Ladhowal Randhir Singh said the incident took place this morning when nearly 40 residents of Gagan Nagar reached the banks of the Sutlej on a vehicle. While they were busy immersing the idol of Goddess Durga, Dharamvir, jumped into the river to swim.

Soon, devotees saw Dharamvir crying for help. Sunil Yadav jumped into the river to rescue Dharamvir. However, both were swept away by the current. The devotees could not do anything but helplessly watch them drown.

In the afternoon, the bodies of both the boys were fished out from the river in the Noorpur Bet area. The bodies were sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem. The SHO said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on Gagan Nagar. The parents of both youths regreted their decision of allowing their children to go for the Durga idol immersion.

Sunil Yadav was a student of BCom final. His mother said he was good at studies and was their only hope of possible better future. 

Residents fail to learn from the past

July 27: Sahshad, an embroider, drowned in the Sidhwan Canal

March 13: Arjun (20) and Vinay (21) of Qilla Mohalla drowned in the Sutlej.

June 16, 2013: 20-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh, a resident of the Dharampura area, near Baba Than Singh Chowk, drowned in the Sutlej.

May 20, 2013: Three youngsters, 18-year-old Prabhjot, 20-year-old Purneetpal Singh and 18-year-old Rajdeep Singh, all residents of Ghamnewal village, near Hambra, drowned while swimming in the Sutlej.


Betting racket unearthed in city, six arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The city police have arrested six persons for betting on cricket matches. The accused have been identified as Amit Malhotra of Janakpur, Jatinder Singh of Khurana Colony in Bhamian, Sanjay Kumar of the Daresi Road area, Vaibhav Verma of Joshi Nagar, Amit Kumar of Madhopuri and Rajesh Chopra of Guru Nanak Nagar in Haibowal.

While addressing a press conference, the ACP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh said the police received a tip-off that the accused were operating a betting racket from a house in Sector 32 on the Chandigarh road.

Following the tip-off, a police team raided the place and arrested the accused. The police also seized Rs 1.15 lakh from the spot.

The ACP said the accused had procured sim cards of various mobile service providers by submitting fake identities. They used to frequently change their base. If any of their clients won a big amount, then the accused blocked their mobile numbers and shift to a new place.

The police have recovered 29 mobile phones, two recorders, a laptop, a television and a mobile exchange from the possession of the accused.



Youth jumps from third floor of mall; injured 
Tribune News Service

A relative of Sahil requests the doctor for providing him proper treatment.
A relative of Sahil requests the doctor for providing him proper treatment. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Police investigate at the scene where the youth jumped in an attempt to commit suicide.
Police investigate at the scene where the youth jumped in an attempt to commit suicide. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, October 6
A 24-year-old youth jumped from the third floor of a shopping mall located on the Ferozepur road here today.

The youth, identified as Sahil, a resident of Shimlapuri, suffered multiple injuries, including a broken leg. He was admitted to a multispeciality hospital.

According to his parents, Sahil was suffering from some mental illness and was undergoing treatment.

He left home along with his friend Lalit, who lives in Jawahar Nagar, three days ago on the pretext of paying obeisance at Golden Temple. The whereabouts of Lalit were not known.

Before jumping from the mall, he called up his sister and told her that he was going to end his life by jumping from the shopping mall.

According to the police, the incident took place this morning.

A security guard said Sahil reached third floor of the mall and removed his slippers. In no time he jumped off.

The mall authorities rushed an injurd Sahil to the hospital. The police were in the process of recording his statement.



Karvachauth: Bangle tinkle echoes in city markets
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Karvachauth is round the corner and women in the city are geared up to celebrate the festival with class and style. Bangles and Karvachauth are inseparable and shopkeepers try to make maximum profits during this time of the year.

When it comes to bangles, women are spoilt for choice. Glass, metal, mirror, laakh, Swarovski, pearls, thread, the choice is endless.

“Karvachauth is incomplete without bangles. I have specially come from Firozabad to put up a stall in the city during the festival days. Firozabad is famous for glass bangles and nothing matches the tinkle of these glass bangles. I have bangles in every shade and hope to do good business during the festival season,” said Shankar Parsad, a bangle seller from Firozabad.

Apart from the markets like Ghumar Mandi, Model Town and Sarabha Nagar, it is Meena Bazar located in the interiors of the city that houses bangles of every material, size and quality. Just walk into one of those crowded streets and one will see colorful shops stocked with bangles of all kinds. There is a different charm in this busy market. Walking thorugh the busy lanes, one can hear the tinkling of the bangles all around.

Diyankar Madaan from Meena Bazar says the sale of metal bangles and traditional bangles is really high during Karvachauth.

“It is one of the festivals on which sale of bangles is higher than any other accessory. There are lots of options available in the market starting from Rs 50 to 5,000 a dozen,” he says.

There are some modest shops that not only sell traditional glittering bangles, but also bangles studded with vibrant stones and pearls. Even simple glass bangles are available in the traditional as well as modern colours. To make a complete set of bangles, “karas” are also in huge demand these days, said another shopkeeper Mustaq from Meena Bazar.



With festival season come encroachments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
With the festival season at its peak, almost all markets are flooded with new and fancy items for Karva Chauth, Ahoi Ashtmi Vrat and Divali, etc. To attract customers, shopkeepers in major markets have displayed their goods on the public land, making it difficult for residents to move and shop around conveniently.

The shopkeepers at many markets, including Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Chaura Bazar, Dandi Swami Chowk, Talab Bazar, Gur Mandi and Field Ganj, have displayed their goods on tables kept outside their shops. Giving two hoots to the inconvenience caused to the general public and violation of the traffic rules, they have encroached on the roads up to 10 feet.

Bal Kumar, a salesman at a gifts shop in Ghumar Mandi, said from now on, a table will be put up outside the shop and gift items displayed for Diwali shoppers. “It is a routine practice and every festival season, we extend the shops by displaying out stocks on tables. Buyers would not know what all we have inside the shops unless the samples are displayed on the tables outside the shops,” said the salesman.

A policeman on duty near Chaura Bazar said during festivals, such temporary encroachments were a common sight. Though these encroachments cause traffic congestion and cases of road rage, there are no check on them. “Diwali is a major festival of India and people do not mind spending huge sums on buying decorative items, utensils, household items, etc. Shopkeepers display their stocks outside the showrooms to avoid rush inside. Though all this is not permitted by law, the authorities adopt a lenient view during the festival season. We are there to regulate traffic but at times, we also turn a blind eye to these encroachments because things cannot be improved when violations are on such large scale,” he said.

To remove these temporary encroachments, a drive was initiated by the Municipal Corporation and they had confiscated goods from the Field Ganj area, Bhadaur House and Sarabha Nagar. However, within a few hours, the encroachments surfaced again. Keeping the festival season in mind, the MC, Police Department and the District Administration had made an appeal to the residents to obey the traffic rules and not to keep their stocks on the footpaths and corridors. However, such appeals go unheard as for the violators this is the best time to make profits.

“We know it is unethical to block the public roads and display goods outside. But everybody likes to make maximum profits during Diwali when residents loosen their purse strings. In routine, we can respond to such appeals but not during the festival season,” said Omkar, a shopkeeper near Mata Rani Chowk.



Eatery owner found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The dead body of a 55- year- old man was found in the fields of Jandiali village near the Chandigarh road today.

The deceased has been identified as Gurdev Singh, a resident of the Chandigarh road area. He went missing yesterday.

According to the family of the deceased, Gurdev was carrying Rs 70,000 cash when he left the home.

He is owns an eatery.

Preliminary investigation revealed that he was killed and dumped in the fields.



2 held in Daba rape case 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
The city police today arrested two persons, who were involved in kidnapping and raping a minor in the Alamgir area. Yesterday, the police had booked four youngsters of the Daba area in a gang rape case.

The accused have been identified as Sonu and Raja, both residents of Shahzada Fateh Singh Nagar, and their two accomplices Soni and Nindi, who are still at large.

Jatinder Singh, Daba SHO, said efforts were on arrest Soni and Nindi. The medical test of the victim was conducted which confirmed rape.

In police custody, Sonu, who lives in the victim’s neighbourhood, reportedly told the police that he was having an affair with the girl.

Meanwhile, some woman organisations reached the Daba police station and staged a protest. They ended their protest after the police told them that they had arrested two of the accused.

In her complaint to the police, the mother of the 17-year-old victim, a resident of Mohalla Basant Nagar, said her daughter had left for her school (Government High School at Lohara) at around 8 am on Saturday. The accused abducted her on the way in an auto-rickshaw and took her to Alamgir.

They sprinkled some sedative on a handkerchief and made her daughter smell it, after which she fell unconscious. The four raped her and dumped her near Guru Nanak Engineering College, her mother said.



Breaking into Eid frenzy
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Muslims relish sweets on Eid-ul-Zuha in Ludhiana on Monday.
Muslims relish sweets on Eid-ul-Zuha in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 6
Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-Zuha with gaiety today. A huge turnout was witnessed at Jama Masjid. Men, women and children dressed in traditional attire offered prayers. Eid-ul-Zuha is one of the most important Muslim festivals and is observed as a “Festival of Sacrifice” by the community. Religious heads spoke of peace and about the relevance of supporting each other.

MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said brotherhood, peace and prosperity should be promoted.

“Let’s follow the message of love, humanity and start celebrating our religious functions together,” added Bittu.Delicacies such as korma, biryani, shammi kebab and bhuna gosht are relished on the day.

The festival is essentially about rich flavoursome, succulent mutton delicacies. City resident Aursha said she had been making arrangements for the past couple of days.

“Today, I treated my guests to mutton biryani, lamb chops, mutton korma, kadai kaleegi , pulao, naan and to satiate the sweet tooth I prepared sevaiya and phirni,” she added.

About the festival

EId-ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervour in India and the world. Many Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbours and the poor. 



Eat, pray and love

Tied with the thread of faith: Spreading the message of brotherhood, peace and prosperity, friends and families get together on the day. Delicacies such as korma, biryani, shammi kebab and bhuna gosht add to the flavour of the festival.
Tied with the thread of faith: Spreading the message of brotherhood, peace and prosperity, friends and families get together on the day. Delicacies such as korma, biryani, shammi kebab and bhuna gosht add to the flavour of the festival. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan



Damaging of statue: Baba Gurmukh’s followers seek arrest of miscreants
Our Correspondent

Dehlon, October 6
Followers of Baba Gurmukh Singh Lalton have demanded the arrest of miscreants who had allegedly vandalised the statue of the Komagata Maru ship martyr at his native Lalton Khurad village a few days ago.

Though the police has initiated a probe into the incident after registering a case against unknown persons, no arrest has been made.

Followers of the martyr, led by Sukhwinder Singh Leel, an office-bearer of the Komagata Maru Centenary Celebration Committee alleged that the administration had failed to protect memorials of freedom fighters and martyrs who had laid their lives for the nation. Though the statute installed at Government High School had been vandalised thrice till now, the administration had failed to identify and punish the miscreants.

Office-bearers and activists of the committee, led by Jaswant Singh Zirakh, Jasdev Singh Lalton and Kasturi Lal, announced to organise a function to pay tributes to Lalton on October 8.

Meanwhile, activists of the Desh Bhagat Yadgari Committee Jalandhar, led by Amolak Singh, Raghbir Kaur and Darbara Singh Dhillon, also condemned the repeated desecration of the statue of Lalton. Investigations revealed that some unknown miscreants had damaged the statue of Baba Gurmukh Singh Lalton a few days ago. The Lalton police had registered a case against unknown miscreants but no arrest has been made yet.

A few years ago followers of Lalton had constituted the Gurmukh Singh Action Committee to get the suspects identified and booked. Later, some social organisations and artists came forward to get the statue repaired.



Girl power comes to the fore
NSS volunteers take out a rally to raise their voice against social evils at Tamakaudi village
Loveleen Bains

Doraha, October 6
Girl volunteers of NSS with the collaboration of the panchayat of Tamkaudi village and Bhai Ghanaiya Welfare Sewak Jatha took out awareness rally today to raise their voice against social evils. This was done as a part of the seven-day NSS camp being carried out at Guru Nanak National College.

Holding placards and shouting slogans in the streets of Tamkaudi, Lopon and Jaspalon villages, the volunteers with the support of the village women pleaded for equal rights , importance of the girl child, significance of a gender equal society, eradication of evils such as female foeticide, eve teasing, molestation and torture of women, girls and even infants. The volunteers went door-to-door to awaken the women, who they felt, are not aware of their rights and hence are degraded by male dominated society even today. They stressed that education alone could bring a change in their socio-economic status and it should be the responsibility of the parents of the girls to provide them with education, so that they could sustain themselves and their family and be of service to the nation at large.

The volunteers motivated the village women and said, “The need of the hour is to make the masses aware of the position of girls in the society. You should be well aware of your rights as women, as law is on your side and should not try to suppress any type of oppression by keeping mum. Rather you should raise your voice against any and every social evil especially related to women so that more and more females develop the guts to come before the society and make their tale of woes public.” Manpreet Kaur, sarpanch of Tamkaudi village, advised the girls to become self-reliant in order to give a boost to their identity and secure adequate place in the ‘imbalanced’social set up. Jagmohan Singh Kang, principal of Government School, Tamkaudi, too shared that the time had come when girls should realise their place and indispensible role and thus try to improve their status and position through education and awareness.

The programme officer in turn instructed the volunteers to raise their voice against the evil practice of killing the baby girl in mother’s womb. “Moreover, as conscious citizens you must realise your duties far better than your rights as it is the selfless, duty-conscious citizens who can make a nation great and strong,” she added. The programme officers elaborated upon the aims and objectives of the National Service Scheme and motivated the volunteers to recognise the dignity of labour. 



Teachers’ Union to launch agitation on October 18
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana /Dehlon, October 6
Accusing successive governments of ignoring their genuine demands, the Sarav Sikhya Abhyan and RAMSA Teachers’ Union has announced to launch an agitation on October 18.

The decision was taken during the concluding session of a meeting organised at Ludhiana today.

Regular pay scale and allowance in parity with other government employees and immediate orders for regularisation in their parent department were cited as major demands.

Office-bearers and activists of the union led by district president Amandeep Singh Dadhahoor and general secretary Iqbal Singh alleged that the state government had allegedly ruined their career by betraying form promises made in the past.

While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in a meeting held over a year ago, had assured the union to implement a permanent policy to regularise around 13,000 employees in their parent department within a fortnight, but nothing concrete had been in this regard till now.

“Instead of keeping his promise, the Chief Minister got our members thrashed mercilessly by the police when they were protesting peacefully to seek justice,” said Dadhahur and Singh.

Referring to decision taken in the concluding session of the meeting, Dadhahur and Singh said coordinated movement to get their demands accepted would be launched on October 18. 



Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme
Online registrations hit a new high
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Punjab gets another feather in its cap as online registration figure for the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for scheduled castes (SCs) touched a record number of 2,95,344 on September 30, 2014, i.e. the last day of online registration.

Giving details Gulzar Singh Ranike, Welfare Minister, Punjab, said there had been an increase of 35.28 per cent registrations in 2014-15. He said online registration figure had reached 2,95,344 as compared to last year’s 2,18,323. Ranike added that 77,021 more students had registered on the Ashirwad portal.

The minister said a total of 4,403 institutes, including both government and private, are a part of this scheme. “Due to rigorous persuasion of the matter with GOI, central share of Rs 149.67 crore has been received for the first time in advance for the current year,” he added.

Seema Jain, secretary, Welfare, said the state government was closely monitoring all welfare schemes and all the officers/employees had been directed to serve the people and implement the schemes in a transparent manner so that the schemes should reach to intended beneficiaries. 



from schools
Baba Isher Singh remembered

Ludhiana: The death anniversary of Baba Isher Singh was observed at Baba Isher Singh (Nanaksar) Public School on Monday. School staff members and students recited path of Japji Sahib. During the programme, a music team recited shabads, religious poems and speeches on Baba Isher Singh. Principal Sarabjit Kaur Khattra addressed the students by saying that they should also follow the teachings of Baba Isher Singh.

(Clockwise from above) Hosts in a jubilant mood after winning a handball championship at Blossoms Convent School; tiny tots take part in a cycling event during ‘Melange Fest’ at Jesus Sacred Heart School; and dentists examine the teeth of students during a camp at DAV Public School in Ludhiana.
(Clockwise from above) Hosts in a jubilant mood after winning a handball championship at Blossoms Convent School; tiny tots take part in a cycling event during ‘Melange Fest’ at Jesus Sacred Heart School; and dentists examine the teeth of students during a camp at DAV Public School in Ludhiana. Tribune Photographs

Melange 2014 concludes

Melange–II culminated amidst much fanfare and celebration at Jesus Sacred Heart School campus. Vibrancy resounded in the entire campus with events, including athletics, group dance competition, healthy baby competition, beautify my name letter and puzzle solving competitions. About 1,500 participants from 30 schools participated in it. Rising Stars school won the overall trophy while Bachpan remained the first runner-up and Mother’s Pride was the second runner-up. Chairperson Amarjit Kaur Sehgal was the chief guest on this occasion.

School launches Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign

Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign was launched at BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar, on Monday. Many activities are scheduled for promoting awareness amongst students regarding personal cleanliness, sanitation and environmental protection by experiencing, shram daan, speech, slogan writing, poster making, innovating ways of proper hygiene and many other competitions which will help in revitalising the promotion of awareness about cleanliness and hygiene. Motivating the students to give their hundred per cent in the Swachh Vidayalaya Campaign, Principal Neelam Mittar said: “Propagation of ideas is not enough we should all work for the right installation of the campaign in the context of teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.” The drive will conclude on October 15.

Dental check-up camp

Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, organised a free dental check-up camp at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind along with his team of doctors conducted the camp. Also present were Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Dr Bharti Uppal and Sangeeta Bhandari. They made the children aware of the dental problems and did a thorough check-up of the students using properly sterilised instruments. They apprised the students of the dental problems, precautions to be taken and timely dental treatment. They also created awareness regarding dental sealants. Around 1,400 students from classes VIII to X got their check-up done. A quiz was also held amongst the children regarding the maintenance of oral hygiene. The students were given toothpaste and tooth brushes. Principal K Sidhu emphasised the need to organise such camps from time to time to increase the awareness regarding dental health amongst the children.

Handball championship

Blossoms Convent School organised a sports meet in the school campus which was inaugurated by principal Amarjit Kaur Naaz, president Manpreet Singh Brar and principal of Satyabharti School Vivek Tiwari. A Handball Championship was held among 16 teams from different schools under the Sahodaya School Complex (West). The principal emphasised the importance of sports along with the studies which contributes to the physical as well as mental health of the students and therefore is included in the syllabus by the CBSE itself. All the teams performed well, however in the girls’ category, Amrit Indo Canadian, GHG School-Sidhwan Khurd and Blossoms Convent School bagged the top three positions in the competition. In boys’ category, Blossoms Convent School was declared the champion whereas GHG School, Sidhwan Khurd, got the second position. — TNS



Dr Upkar Singh Sadana joins as National Consultant in Ministry of Agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Dr Upkar Singh Sadana has joined as National Consultant (Soil Science) in the National Food Security Mission, Ministry of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.

Dr Sadana embarked on his professional journey in 1982 as Assistant Soil Chemist in the Department of Soil Science and subsequently, rose to the position of a full-fledged professor in 1997. He was appointed as Head, Department of Soil Science, PAU, in August 2011 and continued to steer research, extension and teaching activities of the department till he reached the age of superannuation in April 2014.

Dr Sadana is an Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Stiftung post-doctoral fellow, and in this capacity, he worked at the Institute of Plant Nutrition, Technical University München, Germany, from July 1992 to December 1993, and several times afterwards at the Institute of Agricultural Chemistry, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Dr Sadana has made significant contributions in the domains of chemical equilibria of micronutrients, modelling nutrients dynamics in the rhizosphere and efficient management of micronutrients’ deficiencies in different cropping systems. In recognition of his spectacular research contributions, the Indian Science Congress Association conferred on him ‘Pran Vohra Young Scientist Award-1989’. Besides, he was awarded ‘SN Ranade Memorial Award 2000’ for excellence in micronutrients research. The IZA-FAI award for promoting the use of zinc in Indian agriculture was bestowed upon him during the year 2012. International recognition of his research endeavours has taken him places abroad. Dr Sadana has been to Australia, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Pakistan, China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal and Spain. His research has yielded more than 150 research publications, out of which more than 70 possess an international stature.

About his life

Dr Sadana is an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University. He embarked on his professional journey in 1982 as Assistant Soil Chemist in the Department of Soil Science and subsequently, rose to the position of a full-fledged professor in 1997. He was appointed as Head, Department of Soil Science, PAU, in August 2011 and continued to steer research, extension and teaching activities of the department till he reached the age of superannuation in April 2014.



Encroachments continue to mushroom under ROB
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 6
Illegal encroachments under the railway overbridge (ROB) at Tehsil Road here have been increasing with each passing day. A large number of people have encroached upon the Municipal Council land and they are operating their businesses from there without paying a single penny to the council.

The state of affairs is such that over 50 encroachments have come up on both sides of the railway line under the railway overbridge in the absence of any check by the MC authorities. These encroachments have not only causing a loss to the municipal council exchequer, but also presenting a bad look to the city.

During a visit to the site, it was found that a large number of vendors have encroached under the ROB. Some of these vendors have even erected concrete structures under the bridge but the municipal council authorities seem to have turned a blind eye towards the situation.

The vendors are running meat shops, tea stalls, juice bars, kiosks selling cigarettes/bidis at the encroached land. They have been doing a brisk business.

Sources said it was not that the municipal council authorities were unaware of these encroachments.

If the sources were to be believed, the people have made these encroachments upon the municipal council land in connivance with a few MC officials.

The town has been facing the problem of traffic jams since a long time. The absence of parking space in most of the markets of the city is considered to be the main reason behind the issue as visitors often park their vehicles on roadsides due to lack of parking space, thus causing long jams.

Some NGOs have suggested that the municipal council shall use the land under ROB as parking lot to ease out the traffic woes in the city but the council authorities had not paid any heed towards this suggestion, instead they have let the space vacant to allow people to encroach upon the land.

“If the council turns the land under the ROB into a parking lot, the traffic problem would have been solved by now. Besides, the parking lot shall also generate a huge revenue to the MC. But the council has not approved this suggestion due to the reason best known to it,” says Kanwaljit Khanna, general secretary, Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab.

EO, municipal council, Jagraon, Davinder Singh Toor, said: “Our anti-encroachment teams have been conducting raids on a regular basis. We had removed these encroachments a number of times in the past but after some time the vendors again encroach upon the land. We have also impounded rehris and other material of the vendors several times.



Ex-PAU professor pens book on molecular genetics
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Dr Gurbachan Singh Miglani, a former professor of genetics at Punjab Agricultural University, has authored a book titled, ‘Essentials of Molecular Genetics’, a textbook, for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying molecular genetics.

Dr Miglani who retired from the Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, PAU, in December 2005 is now a visiting professor at the School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB), where he is teaching biotechnology and molecular genetics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has been a
recipient of ‘Meritorious Teacher Award’ of the PAU.

The foreword of this book has been written by world renowned rice scientist Dr Gurdev S Khush, who has observed that ‘there is a gap between the knowledge that is required and what is actually being taught in molecular genetics courses at bachelors, masters’ and doctoral levels’. The book will fill the above mentioned need to upgrade the level of teaching of molecular biology.

International edition of the book has been simultaneously brought out by Alpha Science International, the UK. Prof Miglani has earlier authored several textbooks; noteworthy among them are Dictionary of Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology, Basic Genetics, Advanced Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Fundamentals of Genetics, Genetic Material, Gene Expression and Gene Regulation. 



Tourism students visit city hotels
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism of Desh Bhagat University organised an industrial-cum-educational visit for its airlines, tourism and hospitality management students. During the visit, the students were taken to hotels in Ludhiana. The objective of the visit was to make them familiar with the current trends in the competitive world by sharing knowledge, ideas and skills with those of the people from the hotel industry. Students along with their teachers visited the hotels and took a close look of the functioning and hospitality at the hostels.

The students took a complete round of the hotels and visited different sections, including kitchen, restaurant, inventory/store room, bar section, accounts and housekeeping department and rooms, etc. Staff of both the hotels interacted with the students and acquainted them with basic and important things related to hospitality. The staff gave information about the process of making and serving food to the guests. They highlighted that every guest should be attended with soft smiles and politeness. The students also witnessed the working and work culture of the employees which enhanced their knowledge and practical experience.

University Chancellor Dr Zora Singh and Pro-Chancellor Tejinder Kaur appreciated the initiative taken by the training and placement department.

University Vice-Chancellor Dr Shalini Gupta and director, Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism, Amit Sachdeva said such trips were useful in enhancing the knowledge of the students. 



Festive season: Security beefed up in Mandi Ahmedgarh, Dehlon
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Dehlon/Raikot, October 6
The police has beefed up security on account of the ongoing festive season.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh, Gurmit Singh; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Malerkotla; Deputy Superintendent of Police Raikot, Satnam Singh Bains; and circle officer at Payal Balwinder Bhikhi claimed to have enhanced the vigil in and around religious places, educational institutes and busy markets of their respective regions.

The circle officers have directed specially constituted anti-sabotage teams to enhance vigil near religious places, besides undertaking combing operations. The teams have also been told to keep a vigil on strangers and anti-social elements who might slip into the area under the garb of visitors and relatives of residents.

Besides stepping up night vigil, the police have installed special checkpoints and intensified patrolling throughout the area. Police personnel have been advised to keep in touch with the authorities at the fire department and health centres so that rescue operations in case of any eventuality could be started without any delay.

Teams of police personnel, under the supervision of Harwinder Pal Singh, SHO Sadar; Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO, Dehlon; and Harinder Singh, SHO, Malerkotla; undertook combing operations in localities situated under their jurisdiction during the past days and last night. Suspected hideouts of miscreants and homes of those people who tried to hide anti-social elements during the ‘black days’ were searched.

Maintaining that the exercise was done to boost the morale of residents and ensure their safety during the festival season, Gurpreet Singh Sikand said beat officers had been directed to ensure that no stranger sneaks into the area under the guise of a relative or a friend of local residents.

The decision to beef up the security was taken during meetings chaired by the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana; the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur; the Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna; and the SSP, Ludhiana (Rural); recently. The police chiefs had directed the police officials to deal strictly with organised perpetrators of crime.

The preventive action assumes importance in view of the disruptive activities at religious places during the festival season in the past. A large number of activists of radical organisations of various communities have also been active in the region. Being on the intersection of at least five police districts of Ludhiana, Ludhiana (Rural), Khanna, Sangrur and Barnala, criminals have been striking at one place and then taking shelter in surrounding areas. The region is inhabited by substantial population of all communities including Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians.



Residents seek action against officials
Our Correspondent

Samrala/Machhiwara, October 6
Several residents of Powat village, including social activist Capt Balvir Singh (retd) and sarpanch Ranjit Singh, in a letter to the state Chief Minister and others concerned have demanded action against those persons or officials who have recommended unsuitable site for mining near their village.

In the letter, the residents mentioned that Sirhind canal is the biggest canal in Punjab and it emanates from the Ropar reservoir. Till Machhiwara, its alignment is close to the old bed of the Sutlej, often known as the Bet area.

They said the Bet area was low lying and this canal passes through a raised plateau from Kiri Afgana village. Till Garhi Tarkhana, it is about 11 m higher than the nearby Bet area to its north.

They stated that the raised plateau area, north of Sirhind canal, between Behlolpur and Powat was sandy. The sandy area was close to the canal. Due to the broken ground, the sharp slope to the north and soil erosion make the northern bank more vulnerable.

They said since the sand available in the sandy belt was fit for use in construction, illegal mining had been taking place with impunity for the past couple of years.

They rued that the authorities concerned did not pay any heed to the request of local farmers whose agricultural land was being affected by this illegal activity.

They stated that a big realtor who had bought about 30 acres of sandy land in the area had sought permission for excavation of sand and they were shocked that the Punjab Government had approved the site, along with other 37 mining sites.



Patch work on city roads resumes
Tribune News Service

The work was stalled during the rainy season. Most of the newly constructed roads are in a pitiable condition in Ludhiana.
The work was stalled during the rainy season. Most of the newly constructed roads are in a pitiable condition in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 6
The patch work on roads, which was stopped abruptly by the civic authorities during the rainy season, is expected to start tomorrow.

Bitumen is being laid on the roads. Three major roads — Tajpur Road, Rahon Road and Hambran Road — will be repaired. The authorities have prepared a ward-wise schedule.

Giving details, Additional Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, who is taking care of the project, said: “It is learnt that the newly constructed roads are in a pitiable condition. The MC has signed an agreement with contractors as per which if a pothole is seen on a road within a year of its construction, repairs will be carried out free of cost. The contractors have been asked to maintain the roads for three years,” said Thori.

Residents feel that in the absence of any check, the authorities are compromising on the quality of work. “Due to staff crunch and lackadaisical approach of the civic body, the work is suffering,” said Balkar Singh, a resident.

Spokesperson for Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said the condition of roads was bad. “The civic body needs to look at the quality of work and action should be taken against contractors using substandard material,” said Mehta.

Support pours in for suspended employee

Coming out in support of MC employee Bali Ram, who was suspended for scaling a wall to enter the Zone D office during a surprise check by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, members of the Municipal Employees Sangharsh Committee today met MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal. The members said since Bali Ram was a hard working employee, the authorities should have given him a patient hearing. After listening to the members of the panel, Aggarwal said the officials may ask Bali Ram to file his reply.



Business News
Menswear launched

Roop Square launched menswear from Studio One, a Delhi-based brand. A wide range of its products including shirts, waist coats, blazers, sherwani, trousers, coat-pant, were launched. Studio One is a fashion and lifestyle retail business brand. The brand is developed and launched as a menswear fashion range of contemporary clothing with a styling that made it relevant for the Indian market and quickly established leadership brand.

Autumn-winter collection

There’s more to autumn-winter style than just slipping on some woollens and Duke’s latest autumn-winter collection is the perfect amalgamation of style and comfort and will help city residents brave any weather. Men, women and kids collections have been developed in sync with global trends. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan
Legal awareness camp held

The baby who was operated upon for a rare heart surgery with his parents at SPS Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana.
The baby who was operated upon for a rare heart surgery with his parents at SPS Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo; Himanshu Mahajan

To help the needy women and those belonging to poor strata of society, the Dr Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society held a legal awareness camp here for two days. The camp was held under the guidance of its chairman Surjit Singh. The camp was inaugurated by Simarjit Singh Bains, Independent MLA. The MLA said in the present time of inflation, the services had also become expensive and it was not possible for poor women to fight for their rights. Bains asked women to face society with boldness.

No sale of non-veg items

Police Commissioner of Ludhiana Parmod Ban exercising his powers has ordered to close meat, eggs shops and slaughter houses in the city on October 7 and 8. The orders have been issued keeping in view the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki. Serving of non-vegetarian food items and eggs at hotels, dhabas and restaurants is also prohibited during these two days.

Meeting held

The Shiv Sai Sandhya Samiti and the Shri Shirdi Sai Palki Samiti on Monday said preparations for Sai Sandhya, to be held on November 6, and the rath yatra, to be held on December 25, would be done by organisers. Convening a meeting over the matter at Haibowal, dignitaries from various walks of life said both events would be successful. On December 25, a silver idol of Shri Sai in silver palki will be the major attraction.

Teachers honoured

On International Teacher’s Day, the NRI Sabha, Jalandhar, honoured Kusum Lata, national award winner headmistress of Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, along with other two national award winner teachers from Ludhiana district. There were total 40 teachers who were honoured.

B’day celebrated

The legal adviser of the Asian Club Mahila Wing celebrated her birthday with visually impaired children of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre, Hambran Road. On the occasion a cultural programme was also organised and students were served snacks. Sukhwinder Singh, managing director of the club, was also present. Sara Johanson, director of the centre, thanked the club for this gesture.

Rare heart surgery performed

A one-day-old premature baby boy, having low heart rate and difficulty in breathing, was admitted to SPS Apollo Hospital. As the patient’s heart rate was not improving, Dr Anurakti Dev Singla, senior consultant, paediatric interventional cardiologist, put temporary pacemaker and referred the child for permanent pacemaker implantation to the cardiac surgery team. KC Mukherjee, chief of cardiac surgery, and his team did the procedure. Dr Mukherjee said: “There were many challenges in handling the case. Dr Mukherjee added that though the procedure was risky due to its complexity, the surgery was completed only in 45 minutes. — TNS



Robbers’ gang busted; 6 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , October 6
With the arrest of six persons, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who were planning to commit a robbery at a fuel station.

The accused, identified as Baldev Singh alias Jassa, Mandeep Singh, Sunny, Rahul, Jagjit Singh and Karamjit Singh, all residents of the Daba and Lohara areas, were arrested from Phase VI by a police team last night.

Police officials said the accused having criminal record were arrested following a tip-off. The police have also recovered 23 mobile phones, Rs 20,000 in cash, two motorcycles and sharp-edged weapons from their possession.



Two youths booked for molestation

Ludhiana, October 6
The police have registered a case against two persons for molestation. The accused have been identified as Rahul Saini and Kamal Kumar. The girl’s father lodged a complaint with the police stating that the duo had been harassing his daughter for the past two years.

He said on September 19, the accused molested his daughter. They also sent lewd messages to her, he added.

The accused doctored the pictures of the girl and sent those to the victim’s brother. The complainant told the police that his daughter was traumatised and was unable to concentrate on studies. The police have also slapped various sections of the IT Act on the accused. — TNS



Table Tennis meet 
Cambridge eves get the better of Green Land
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Cambridge International School for Girls, Jalandhar, beat Green Land, Sector 32, Ludhiana, 3- 0 in the U-14 category on the second day of the 2014 Cluster XVI Table Tennis Tournament being held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32.


U-16 boys: DAV School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, beat DAV KRB, Moga, 3-0; Gobindgarh Public School, Fatehgarh Sahib, beat Green Land School, Sector 32, Ludhiana, 3-0; Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar, beat BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32-A, Ludhiana, 3-0; APJ School, Jalandhar, beat DAV, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, 3-0; Green Land School, Dugri, Ludhiana, beat DPS, Jalandhar, 3-2;Gobindgarh Public School, Fatehgarh Sahib, beat Sri Ram Ashram, Amritsar, 3-0; Cambridge International School, Jalandhar, beat DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, 3-2; DAV Public School, Amritsar, beat Ryan International School, Ludhiana, 3-0; DAV Public School, Amritsar, beat Mayor World School, Jalandhar, 3-0; APJ, Jalandhar, beat Green Land, Dugri, 3-1; DAV, Amritsar, beat Cambridge International, Jalandhar, 3-2; U-19 boys: MGN School, Jalandhar, beat DCM School, Ludhiana, 3-2; Ryan International School, Amritsar, beat Green Land Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, Ludhiana, 3-1; DAV International, Amritsar, beat BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32,

Ludhiana, 3-0; DPS, Jalandhar, beat Millennium School, Amritsar, 3-0; Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Amritsar, beat DAV, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, 3-0; DAV International, Amritsar, beat Ryan International School, Amritsar, 3-0; MGN, Jalandhar, beat DPS, Jalandhar, 3-0; Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan beat KVM School, Ludhiana 3-0; U-19 girls; Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar, beat Green Land School, Sector 32, Ludhiana, 3-0; DAV School, Amritsar, beat BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Ludhiana, 3-0.


U-19 boys: MGN School, Jalandhar, beat DCM School, Ludhiana, 3-2; Ryan International School, Amritsar, beat Green Land Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, Ludhiana, 3-1; DAV International, Amritsar, beat BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Ludhiana, 3-0; DPS, Jalandhar, beat Millennium School, Amritsar, 3-0; Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Amritsar, beat DAV, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, 3-0; DAV International, Amritsar, beat Ryan International School, Amritsar, 3-0; MGN, Jalandhar, beat DPS, Jalandhar, 3-0; Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan beat KVM School, Ludhiana 3-0.



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