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Suvidha Centre server tests visitors’ patience
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Work came to a standstill at different counters of the Suvidha Centre at the Mini Secretariat here today as the server had remained down for more than three hours. A large number of visitors had to wait for more than 4 hours for getting their work done.

Sumeet Kumar, who came from Jamalpur to get a no-objection certificate for applying for a passport, said: “I reached here at 11:30 am but was told to wait as the server had some problem. After every few minutes I kept asking the staff but the replay was the same, “Server is down”. It really irritated me as I have to take full day leave from my office just due to this problem.”

It is not for the first time that the server stopped working during working hours. The problem recurs after every two or three months.

None of the staff members was able to give a satisfactory reply to the visitors. A senior citizen, who was there to collect the death certificate on behalf of his relatives, said: “Look at the government’s callousness. While the government claims that many facilities are being provided to people, these come with such problems. It is a waste of time and energy.”

Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the Ann Jal Sewa Trust, who is also the Numberdar for Ludhiana (Urban), said: “I went there as a witness for getting a marriage registered. We had to wait for more than three hours for the work, which is done only in a few minutes. We were told that the server is down. The staff was unable to tell us as to how much time it would take to make it functional.”

It was only after 3 pm when the server started functioning and some of the visitors got their documents completed. However, some people who could not wait that long, returned disappointed.

Jarnail Singh, in charge of the Suvidha Centre, said: “The work came to a halt due to some technical snag in the server at Chandigarh. But after some time, all the counters were working.”


Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said: “We regret the inconvenience to the people due to the server problem. Whenever the server goes down, the work comes to a halt and people suffer. It also adds to the pending work and even the staff have to work extra hours for completing the work. The problem is very much in the notice of the Chief Secretary, Punjab. He has discussed it with the Principal Secretary, Governance Reforms, C Ram, and also asked for some permanent solution to it. Hopefully, we will get a permanent solution to the problem very soon.”



Dealers line up cars for Dhanteras deliveries
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Car companies are expecting good sales on Dhanteras. a Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 20
With Dhanteras falling tomorrow, car dealers in the city have kept their fingers crossed after a slow start to the festive season. Dhanteras is traditionally a day when the highest number of vehicles is delivered since it is considered auspicious. Customers, who had booked vehicles as far back as August, are opting to receive delivery of their vehicles on Dhanteras.

Raman Grewal, senior sales officer at Radiant Toyota, said they would be delivering nearly 20 cars tomorrow on the occasion of Dhanteras. “Mostly sedan, Etios and multi-utility vehicle Innova will be delivered tomorrow. People, who have pre-booked the cars, want deliveries tomorrow since it is considered auspicious. Meanwhile, we are also expecting five or six on-the-spot customers tomorrow as well,” added Grewal.

Vikran Juneja, director, Vidhata Honda, said tomorrow is the big day, according to the Indian rituals, and is considered auspicious for buying cars. “On-the-spot buying is very less when it comes to cars. People generally book them in advance and those, who have booked it pretty advance, want the delivery tomorrow because of Dhanteras. We will be delivering 10 or 12 cars although we had an expectation of selling 20 or 15 cars on this day,” he said.

While most of the automobile companies had discount offers to lure customers this festive season, several showrooms were also giving gift hampers to buyers. A showroom manager said: “Overall sales are good. Most of the bookings and payments have already been made in advance. Only the cars would be delivered on Dhanteras”.

A wave of excitement can also be seen among the customers who will be getting the deliveries of their cars tomorrow. “I have booked my car well in advance, so I can get the delivery on Dhanteras, as it is considered auspicious,” said Arun Aggarwal, a city-based businessman.



DSP Balraj Gill murder
Prosecution concludes evidence in case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 20
Prosecution has closed its evidence in the DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila murder case after examining 41 witnesses here today. Additional Sessions Judge Priya Sood thereafter adjourned the case for October 31. On the next hearing, the statement of the accused will be recorded under section 313 of the CrPC. Then they will be given an opportunity to lead defence evidence, if any.

On June 12, 2012, the police had filed a charge sheet running into 374 pages against the six persons arrested on the chagre of killing Moga DSP Balraj Singh.

The charge sheet was filed in the court of Judicial Magistrate Amarinder Pal Singh.

It was filed against Harminder Singh, alias Binder, Pritpal Singh, alias Ladoo, Umesh Karda, all residents of Talwara village, and their accomplices Ravinder Singh, Husanjit and Davinder Pal Singh Laddi.

The DSP and his friend Monica were found brutally murdered at a farmhouse in the Golf Link area on February 1, 2012. The farmhouse belonged to a friend of the DSP.

The charge sheet says it is not a case of any conspiracy of planned murder. The prime accused used to loot the couples in the Golf link area at night. The DSP and Monica were the victims of the accused’s greed.

At the time of the incident, the DSP was not carrying his service revolver. Nor did any of his gunmen accompany him.

Next hearing on October 31

On the next hearing, the statement of the accused will be recorded under section 313 of the CrPC. Then they will be given an opportunity to lead the defence evidence, if any



SIT demanded for probe into child abuse case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A day after a 34-year-old tutor, along with her two brothers, was booked for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, Sukesh Kalia, vice-chairman of the Protection of Children’s Rights Commission, Punjab, today visited the city along with the activists of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan to meet the Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban. The victim was also accompanying them.

Kalia asked the Commissioner of Police to form a special investigation team (SIT) for an in-depth probe into the matter. Kalia hinted that the woman could have links with the international nexus of operators dealing in pornographic films featuring children.

While speaking to The Tribune, Sukesh Kalia said: “It was indeed a horrific case. I have learnt that the woman tutor’s car was spotted near the railway station. I suspect she had fled the city along with her two brothers. There is a high possibility that the woman has links with some international group. So her arrest is necessary. The Commissioner of Police has told me that a high alert was sounded for all airports and railway stations in this regard.”

The police yesterday recovered sex toys, videos and other articles from the house of the accused at Sham Nagar.

In his police statement, the victim, a resident of the Vishwakarma Town area, said he, along with his parents, used to live in the same house as tenant.

On the pretext of teaching him, the woman tutor used to show him pornographic movies and abuse him sexually.

As the tutor sexually abused him, her two brothers made the video of the shameful act.

The victim said his tutor had made such videos of other children too.


Setting trends: Healthy gift ideas for Diwali
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Visiting friends and relatives on Diwali and giving them gifts is a common practice. Whenever Diwali is around, the instant thought that comes to our mind is carrying a box of traditional Indian sweets to greet our near and dear ones. With adulteration of sweets being reported every other day, nobody wants to gift their relatives sweets on Diwali.

City people are setting a new example this Diwali by switching to healthy gifting. A healthy gift would be much more valuable than other expensive gift items.

Here are a few healthy options that you can choose to gift your loved ones during Diwali.

Basket of whole grains: Brown rice, whole rice, wheat flakes, whole wheat pasta, muesli, couscous and quinoa are some healthy food stuff to gift your friends. Some whole wheat biscuit packets and energy bars would go very well with these gifting options.

“Today, people do not want to gobble down the unhealthy sweets on Diwali and instead want to eat and gift healthy stuff during Diwali. A basket of healthy whole grain products like wheat pasta, wheat flakes, whole grain biscuits, steel cut oats, granola, wheat berries and grape nuts can be a perfect option for the fitness freaks this Diwali,” said Deepti Makhija, a city-based clinical nutritionist.

“A box of whole grain biscuits is really doing good sales this Diwali. Instead of opting for cakes or chocolates, people are going for healthy options this year,” said a salesgirl at a store located on Ferozepur Road.

Scented Oils: Bottles of scented oil with natural aroma can also be a perfect gift for Diwali. Along with the oil, a pack some aroma soaps make an attractive basket and a perfect aromatic gift.

“Aromatic oils have their place secured in the natural beauty routine. They’re natural, chemical-free alternatives to everything from traditional cosmetics to potentially toxic fragrances. These oils have been credited with treating problems, including digestion issues and acne. These improve concentration, kill germs and are a perfect gift for my near and dear ones this Diwali,” said Ritvika Ghai, a city resident and ardent lover of natural and aromatic products.

“Though there are many types of scented oil for candle fragrance. This has come up as a good gifting option and many corporate houses have ordered these in bulk. Stylish designer candles with scented oil and dispensers are really doing well as a gifting option on Diwali,” added Ritu Kishwar, a city-based candle designer.

Ayurvedic gifts: Chyavanprash is and ideal Ayurvedic tonic as also a gifting option on Diwali. This is the ideal health supplement for the coming season and is especially beneficial in preventing cough and cold. “Shilajit” and “Tulsi Ark” are also excellent gift options.

Nuts and Dry Fruits: Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts or cashews are some healthy gift options. You can get attractive gift hampers for these dry fruits.



say no to fireworks
Crack the tough nut this Diwali
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
This year, youngsters want to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. Expressing concern over the rising pollution levels, the young brigade has decided to say no to crackers. Schoolchildren have been asked not to waste money on crackers. As Ludhiana is one of the most polluted cities, efforts are being put in to celebrate a cracker-free Diwali.

Principal of Nankana Sahib Public School Harmit Kaur said for the past three years, she had been requesting students to celebrate a green Diwali. “I have got a good feedback. Regular appeals/requests made by the school managements have yielded good results. We have learnt that children have told their parents not to waste money on crackers this year,” said Harmit Kaur.

Ritu Mehta, a social worker, said every year, the residents spent crores on buying crackers which was a wastage. “Crackers cause pollution,” said Mehta. Appeals on televisions and radio have worked magic. Besides, messages/texts are being exchanged on social networking sites.

Inayat, a Class V student, said, “Our teacher has told us not to waste money on crackers. Instead, we can offer sweets and other necessary articles to the poor at orphanages/old age homes. We can make them happy this way.”

Senior environmental engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board, Karunesh Garg said: “Post-Diwali, the pollution levels rise. The situation is alarming. If efforts are made, we can save our environment and precious lives,” said Garg.



school notes
Spell-bee competition

A spell-bee competition was organised at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur. The students honed their skills at spelling memory, good range of vocabulary, calligraphy and importance of legible handwriting. Students from Classes I to X participated in the competition.

Students of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, and MGM Public School, Dugri, (right) have collected eatables and other items for various NGOs and Red Cross Senior Citizens Home, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana. Tribune Photographs

Diwali celebrations

BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32-A (Chandigarh Road), celebrated Diwali. Students of Classes I and II participated in candle decoration and diya decoration. Class Ill students displayed their talent in rangoli competition, Class IV students took part in flower-making and Class V students proved their mettle in collage-making. Principal DP Guleria appreciated the efforts of the students.

Swachh Diwali

BCM Senior Secondary School, Dugri, celebrated Diwali in a clean and green manner. The students of primary classes took part in rangoli-making and toran-making competitions while, the senior students participated in poster-making and candle-making contests. The tiny tots decorated their classrooms with candles and diyas. A lecture was also delivered to discourage students from bursting crackers. The principal, Dr Vandna Shahi, administered a pledge to the students to observe green and clean Diwali.

Students celebrate festival with elderly persons

Students of DAV Public Senior Secondary School celebrated Diwali with elderly at the Old Age Home, Bulepur (Khanna). The head of old age home motivated the students to respect their parents and the elderly. Other members of the old age home shared their experiences with the students. The students and teachers shared sweets and fruits with them. Shabad was also presented on the occasion.

Students visit senior citizens’ home

Students of MGM Public School, Dugri, led by Prakash Kaur Thind, visited Red Cross Senior Citizens Home, Sarabha Nagar. The residents were overwhelmed and reciprocated the gesture with their best wishes. The children also interacted with senior citizens.

Workshop on career counselling

New GMT Public School organised a workshop on career counseling. Ashok Kumar from Akash Institute advised the students to choose their career according to their interests and capabilities. The principal, Manjeet Kaur, told student to choose the right path for a better future. Director Jasbir Singh Thind said such career counseling workshops will be conducted for students in future as well.

Students collect eatables

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, launched a week-long programme ‘Ek Muthi Anaaj’. The programme is aimed at helping the orphans and destitute of the society. Under this progamme, each child had been putting handful pulses/wheat/rice/sugar/flour etc in a bag on a daily basis. Quintals of collected material were further sent to Ekjot Viklang School, Red Cross Bhawan, and Nishkam Seva Trust (Old age home and orphanage). The school principal, JK Sidhu, thanked the students for making the programme a success.

200 attend motivational session

Over 200 students of Guru Nanak International Public School (GNIPS), Model Town, attended motivational talk on goal setting. The talk was delivered by Paarth Ashok Narang. The workshop addressed the areas such as time management, goal setting and learning in a distraction filled environment. “Our aim is to bring the students out of the shackles of stress and distraction,” said Gurmant Gill, principal of GNIPS.

Inter-school festival

Students of Ryan International School, Dugri, participated in GS Memorial Inter-School Kids Festival. The Ryanites bagged third prize in rock star band competition. The headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, applauded the students and congratulated all the participants.

Kho-kho tournament

Ludhiana School Kho-Kho Tournament (U-19) was organised in Shifaly International School. As many as 11 teams of girls and 16 teams of boys from GMT Public School, Shamrock Christian School, BCM Basant City, Springdale Senior Secondary School, Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Green Land Convent School, Green Convent School, Subash Nagar, Satluj Public School, Maharaja Ranjit Singh School, Phillaur, Shri Guru Hargobind Public School, IPS School, Nankana Public School, Sacred Soul Convent School, Tagore Public School and Greenland Convent School, Dugri, took part in the meet. The programme was inaugurated by director, Harmeet Kaur Wrainch, Ludhiana Sahodya School Complex. — TNS



Youth and Heritage Festival, Ludhiana Zone A
PU Regional Centre resonates with fun and frolic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The Youth and Heritage Festival, Ludhiana Zone A, entered its third day at the Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. The day started with one act play, skit and poem recitation. The day was dedicated to Dr Randhir Singh Chand. The chairperson of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, was the chief guest in the morning session.

Conducting competitions such as phulkari or bagh dasuti, pakhi designing, crochet work, knitting, mehndi designing and application, embroidery and the likes keep the spirit and tradition of the Punjabi culture alive and healthy, said the chief guest.

Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Dr Nirmal Jaura, Dr Ravi Inder Singh, Dr Shiv Kumar Dogra and Dr Narinder Sidhu gave away the prizes to the winners from yesterday’s events.

Dr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, DIG, Jalandhar Range, who was the chief guest in the evening session, appreciated the efforts of the youth.

Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Rentala Venkat Ratnam was also present in the evening.


Cartooning-SCD Govt College, Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College , Ludhiana, and Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce

Still life drawing-SCD Govt College, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and SCD Govt College, Ludhiana

Installation-Govt College, Karamsar Rara Sahib, Sri Atam Vallabh Jain College Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha

Poster-making-Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana, Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala

Classical dance-Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana

Group dance general-Arya College, Ludhiana, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce, Ludhiana, AS College, Khanna

Poem recitation-AS College, Khanna, Arya College, Ludhiana, Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala

Elocution-AS College, Khanna, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, GPC, (Alour) Khanna

Rangoli-Sri Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana, Sri Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana, AS College, Khanna

Skit-Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha

Mimicry-Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha

Mime-SCD Govt. College, Ludhiana, Malwa College, Bondli, GPC Alour (Khanna) and Arya College, Ludhiana

Bhand-GPC, Alour (Khanna), SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana.



Don’t let iodine deficiency damage your brain
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) can lower the IQ by 15 points. Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day is observed on October 21. During pregnancy, even milder deficiencies can affect foetal development and result in physical and mental retardation.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of the paediatrics department at the Civil Hospital, said, “Iodine is an important ingredient in one’s diet. If a pregnant woman’s diet does not contain adequate iodine, the foetus cannot produce enough thyroxine and foetal growth is retarded. Hypothyroid foetuses often perish in the womb and many infants die within a week of birth.”

The current data on the embryology of the brain suggest that the critical time for the effect of iodine deficiency is between 14 and 18 weeks of pregnancy.

“Consider iodised salt as a vaccine since it protects against the single largest cause of brain damage among children in India,” experts said.

“Iodine is an essential micronutrient required daily in minute quantities (100-150 micrograms) for normal human growth and mental development. The disorders caused due to the deficiency of nutritional iodine in the food are called iodine deficiency disorders (IDD). Goitre is only the tip of the iceberg. Iodine deficiency results in physical and mental retardation. It affects people of all ages, irrespective of sex and socioeconomic status,” added Dr Pardeep Sharma, another city-based paediatrician.

“Iodine is an element that is needed for the production of thyroid hormone. The body does not make iodine, so it should be an essential part of your diet. If you do not have enough iodine in your body, you cannot make enough thyroid hormone. Thus, iodine deficiency can lead to enlargement of the thyroid and to mental retardation in infants and children whose mothers were iodine deficient during pregnancy,” said Dr Gulati.

Sources of dietary iodine

About 90 per cent of the iodine is obtained from food and the remaining from water. Iodine is available in traces in water, food and common salts. It is low in foods grown at high altitudes. Rich sources are sea fish, green vegetables and leaves such as spinach grown on iodine-rich soil. Common sources are milk, meat, and cereals. Common salt fortified with small quantities of sodium or potassium iodate is now compulsorily made available in the market as iodised salt to check goitre. Certain vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and radish contain glucosinolates (thiogluosides) which are potential goitrogens. Eating too much of these foods inhibits the availability of iodine to the body and thus leads to the development of goitre.



Prof Mohan Singh Mela
Day 3 of fair dedicated to givers, achievers
Tribune News Service

A spectator clicks the picture of a Punjabi singer. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 20
The three-day 36th Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Punjabi Cultural Fair concluded at Punjabi Bhawan today. The third day was dedicated to Kulwant Singh Lehri.

Punjabi singer Lakhwinder Wadali was conferred Sur Shehzada Award, Kolkata-based journalist and social worker Bachan Singh was given Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Journalism Award, senior advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court HC Arora was honoured with Zaildar Kartar Singh Jassowal Memorial Social Service Award, progressive farmer Davinder Singh Mushkabad was given Dr MS Randhawa Memorial Award, classical music and folk singer Prof Sarup Singh Sarup was given Sur Samrat Award, Punjab Director General of Police Rajinder Singh was conferred Social Service Award, international athlete Navjot Kaur Dhillon was given Comrade Ujagar Singh Khatrai Kalan Award, Doordarshan’s senior programme producer Agyapal Singh Randhawa was felicitated with Albel Singh Grewal Memorial Media Award, singer Preet Harpal was given Sur Taal Award while noted lyricist Bachan Bedil was 
conferred Nand Lal Nurpuri Award.

On the last day, Jasbir Jassi Gurdaspuriya, Preet Harpal and Ravinder Grewal gave spectacular performances. Comedians Gurdas Kaira, Lovely Dhillon and Balbir Mastana tickled the funny bone of the audience.



Ludhiana scan
Installation ceremony

Lions Club, Ludhiana, celebrated its 53rd installation ceremony. District Governor Rajeev Goyal was the chief guest. The new office-bearers are: President: Pawan Goyal; secretary Varun Chandok and treasurer: SP Sharma. Shapti Pal Verma, chairman, welcomed guests. The president said they would work for the welfare of the poor. A service project was also launched. Members distributed sewing machines among widows.

3 test positive for dengue

Three more patients have tested positive for dengue. A resident of Haibowal Kalan, seven-year-old boy from Purana Bazar and a 25-year-old youth from Ambedkar Nagar are undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. A resident of Hoshiarpur was admitted to hospital after he tested positive for dengue. In Ludhiana hospitals, the number of patients is 88.

Help for flood-hit

The SK Malhotra Charitable Trust, Noormahal Road, Phillaur, has donated a cheque for Rs 50,000 for the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir. SK Malhotra, who is also the chairman of DRV DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, and DAV Public School, Phillaur, said it was their bid to give hope to the flood-hit.

Office-bearer nominated

Vipan Mittal, MD, Kuddu Knit Process (P) Limited, has been nominated the senior vice-president of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO). KK Seth, chairman FICO, S Gurmeet Singh Kular, chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulated him.


The 49th annual conference of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (APSICON 2014) concluded at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Monday. More than 3,000 plastic surgeons from India and abroad attended the conference. Ashish Gupta, consultant plastic surgeon, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, emphasised the need for immediate surgical repair of eyelid injuries for best functional and aesthetic results. He said one should maintain detailed patient surgical records and photographs for medico-legal as well as patient awareness purposes. — TNS



GADVASU pockets 3 gold medals
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20The faculty and postgraduate students of the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University won three gold medals at the 38th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Veterinary Surgery (ISVS) and International Symposium.

The subject was “New horizons of camel surgery and large ruminant surgery”. The event was held at the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAJUVAS), Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The conference was attended by more than 450 surgeons from all over India and abroad.

The GADVASU surgeons and PG students presented 10 research papers in various sessions.

Dr NS Saini, professor-cum-head, presented a lead paper in the ruminant aurgery aession titled “An approach to the diagnosis and treatment of surgical disorders of forestomach in ruminants”.

In equine surgery session, a paper titled “Recognising and managing the equine colic surgical patients: A clinical study of 17 patients” authoured by Dr Arun Anand, SS Singh, Arashdeep Kaur, J Mohindroo, SK Mahajan and NS Saini, won gold medal for best paper.

In ruminant surgery session, a paper titled “Ultrasonographic localisation and mineral profile of urinary calculi in young and adult bovine animals” that was authoured by Dr Prachi E Taksande, NS Saini, J Mohindroo, Tarunbir Singh and Ashwani Kumar, was adjudged best paper of the session.

In orthopedic surgery session, paper “Static intramedullary interlocking nailing for tibial fracture repair in large animals” by M Raghunath, V Prabhakar, Ashwani, SS Singh, T Singh and J Mohindroo won a gold.

During this conference, Dr NS Saini, acted as chairman in radiology and imaging technique session and Dr Arun Anand was the rapporteur in the equine surgery session.



Cleanliness drive launched
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
The SAD government has launched a co-ordinated programme to strengthen and improve hygiene in rural areas. An amount of Rs 1,220 crore has been earmarked for the plan drafted and approved for the complete overhaul of 12,282 villages of the border state.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayats, Parkash Chand Garg said the authorities had already initiated the construction of lavatories, besides cleaning ponds.

Garg claimed that according to the comprehensive plan, 17,255 ponds at villages would be cleaned to ensure proper drainage of polluted water. “An amount of Rs 120 crore has been earmarked for the purpose,” he said.

“The administration plans to construct as many as 58 ‘panchayat ghars’,” said Garg maintaining that the state government had already approved a grant Rs 36.25 crore under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Shasastrikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA).

Acknowledging that sanitation needed to be improved in rural areas, Garg said the government was committed to providing lavatories in the villages.

An amount of Rs 20 crore had been reserved for the mission under which each and every house will have a clean toilet.

Garg said Rs 15,000 would be spent on each toilet out of which Rs 11,500 would be spent under the new scheme and Rs 3,500 would be contributed by the NREGA. The department plans to construct 17,391 lavatories this year.



Lifestyle changes can curb hypertension, says expert
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
With one of every five persons suffering from hypertension in India, there is a dire need to change lifestyle and increase awareness to prevent the silent killer spread its tentacles. This was stated by the chief cardiologist, Dr Gurpreet Wander, at Hero DMC Heart Centre, Ludhiana, during a concluding session of medical check-up camp at Pohir village.

Wander said regular exercise, especially brisk walk, balanced diet with low salt intake and cessation of smoking were a few ways that could ensure a hypertension-free life.

Hypertension affected over 15 billion people across the world, irrespective of economic strata.

Referring to information collected from over 500 patients examined during the camp, Dr Wander said majority of the residents were unaware about their food requirements and prosperity of the Punjabis had resulted in increased incidence of hypertension and cardiac arrests.

Dr Puneet Dhawan and Dr Marina said maintained that there is great need of setting up such check-up camps in villages.

The organisers provided free diagnostic tests, including echocardiography and medicines, to over 500 patients at the camp.

Dr Anurag Chaudhary, Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Ajay Pal were among team of doctors who examined the patients.



MC gets 10 bidders
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The pre-bid meeting on advertisements has attracted 10 bidders. Although officials refused to divulge details, those who attended the meeting maintained that many bidders were “unhappy” with the terms and conditions.

An advertiser said the conditions laid by the MC authorities had disappointed many.

“We are in the trade for more than 15 years and for the past one-and-a-half year, we have been waiting for tenders. But a few conditions benefit only one or two global companies.”

Another advertiser alleged that earlier in short-term tenders of six months, two companies had participated and had offered a revenue of Rs 2.5 crore to the civic body for six months only, but the tender had been cancelled without giving any genuine reason. And now hard and monopolistic terms had been designed for the present tender to benefit a particular bidder which prohibits local advertisers to bid. “We are unable to understand the policy of the government or the MC,” said the advertiser.

Additional Commissioner, civic body, Rishipal Singh said: “Experience matters and investments have to be made. If the annual turnover of one advertiser is not Rs 8 crore, two or three can bid for the same,” said Aggarwal.



Cyclists take the green road
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Ludhiana Peddlers, Ludhiana, took out an awareness rally today. More than 100 cyclists, led by Ranjodh Singh, patron of the club, urged residents to celebrate a green Diwali. The cycled through Sarabha Nagar, Malhar Road and Ferozepur Road.

The members said Diwali was the festival of lights and that the residents should avoid bursting crackers as it caused pollution. Angad Singh, an office-bearer of the club, said, “Every year, children suffer burn injuries. If we pledge to go the green way, we will make the difference. We have taken the initiative and are looking forward to celebrating a clean and green Diwali this year.”

Jagdeep Beeta Malhotra, secretary of the club, said, “We distributed cards among the residents. The theme of our campaign is “Save the earth for green Diwali” and “Let’s fill our hearts with praise and light, and not with fume and crackers.” Club president Davinder Singh Nagi promoted cycling. The event was co-ordinated by Surjit Singh Matharoo, vice-president.



Cultural fetes go global
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 20
The Department of Youth and Cultural Affairs of the Panjab Technical University has introduced a concept of international dances in the Zonal and Inter-Zonal Youth Festivals in the current year.

The advisor of the Department of Youth and Cultural Affairs of Panjab Technical University, Dr SM Kant, said, “The step has been taken to ensure that the foreigners, too, get a chance to visit India and learn about its rich culture and heritage. A team from Rwanda participated in the international dance competition this time. Besides traditional dances, we need to learn about those dances as well which form a part of our global psyche.”

“Our participants will also get a chance to visit foreign lands. Our motive behind organising such festivals is to share, exchange and impart,” the advisor added.

“Our students will not only get a degree from here but will also be prepared for newer challenges and varied opportunities. The participation is definitely a positive step towards the promotion of brotherhood and concern among countries,” said Sumeer, assistant director, youth and cultural affairs of the PTU.



Talent, creativity at its best on Day 2 of heritage fest
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
Over 300 students from 18 colleges, associated with A Zone of Punjab University, showcased their talent on the second day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, today.

The director of the Youth Welfare Panjab University, Dr Nirmal Jaura, Dr Swaranjit Singh Deol and Manjit Singh Gill, president, chaired various sessions of the event that was inaugurated by the deputy director general, Doordarshan, Jalandhar, Dr Om Gauri Dutt Sharma, on Sunday.


Music instrumental (Percussion)-Lala Laj Pat Rai Government College Dhudi Ke 1, Guru Nanak College Moga 2

Music instrumental (Non-percussion)-BKS College Muhar 1, GN College, Narangwal, and GTB College, Dakha 2

Poem writing-Amandeep Singh of GN College Moga 1, Arashdeep Bhanot of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 2

Story writing-Jagandeep Singh, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 1, Lal Singh, RSD College, Ferozepur 2

Essay writing-Sidhant Gupta of RSD College, Ferozepur 1, Parbhat Kumar of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 2

Group shabad-Guru Nanak College, Moga 1, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 2 Classical vocal-DM College, Moga 1, GN College, Moga 2, BKS College, Muhar 3.



Ebola threat
Panic, concern grip African students in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
African students studying in India and having families living in the area affected by the deadly Ebola, are worried about the well-being of their people. Angeline, pursuing graduation in the city, hails from Guinea, which is one of the three badly-affected countries with the Ebola virus and fever, after Liberia and Sierra Leone. “It is distressing to know about the ill-effect of Ebola in Africa. I call home after every two-three days to inquire about the health of my family and how the situation is,” said Angeline.

“Although the virus is affecting the Western and Central Africa and my country is towards the south, but it is still a major cause of worry and concern. I hope the virus is controlled soon, and doesn’t spread anymore,” said a student.

Tresor, a student from Congo, said, “Fear and terror has taken over because of the virus. All necessary precautions are being taken.”

Another student from Congo said he wanted to go to his country, but his parents have told him not to because of the virus.

“It is a tough and a testing time because it is approaching the epidemic proportions,” said Sage, another student.

“A concerted action by all the countries should be initiated to end the virus. It is not only taking lives in Africa, but can also endanger lives of people from other countries, if it’s not curbed timely,” said another student.



Nine bread varieties launched in Ludhiana

Harvest Gold, leading bread manufacturer, launched a variety of breads in Punjab in collaboration with the UI Agro Enterprises Pvt Ltd. A manufacturing plant has also been established at Bhilaspur village in Moga.

The managing director of the UI Agro Enterprises Pvt Ltd, RPS Dhaliwal, said they had assured the state government of investing in the state during the Progressive Punjab Summit that was held in Mohali in February this year. The bread manufacturing plant near Moga will provide employment to the youth of area, added Dhaliwal. The director, Shivrajpal Singh Dhaliwal, said they will expand their business very soon. Dhaliwal said they have launched nine different varieties of bread. The manufacturing plant near Moga produces 70,000 bread packets daily. We are targeting to achieve an annual turnover of 400 crore, added the managing director of the UI Agro Enterprises Pvt Ltd, RPS Dhaliwal. — TNS



Ayurveda students vow to work for underprivileged
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
Staff and students of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute at Gopalpur village vowed to dedicate their lives to the service of ailing humanity. Responding to a call made by the management of the college, students pledged that they would dedicate their knowledge and professional skill to the welfare of ailing humanity.

On the occasion of annual poojan celebrations, Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman, and secretary Iqbal Singh claimed that ayurveda is the most reliable and is also economically suitable for the underprivileged.

The management called upon the students to make optimum use of their knowledge.

The gathering also prayed for a disease-free society on the occasion.



Couple accused of kidnapping child, booked
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 20
A two-and-a-half year old boy was allegedly kidnapped by a migrant couple yesterday. The boy has been identified as Rohan Kumar, son of a migrant labourer, residing in a rented accommodation at Rajgarh village, near Doraha.

The SP (D), Khanna, Satinder Pal Singh, said incident took place when labourer Rakesh Kumar had gone to work and his wife was at home. Finding the mother of the child busy in household chores, a childless couple residing in the same building allegedly took away the child.

The Khanna Police have registered a case under Sections 363, 365 of the IPC against Ashok Kumar and his wife at the Doraha police station for kidnapping the child.

The SP further said, “The police parties have been deployed at the railway stations and other places to search for the couple and the child.”



Women games from October 30
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 20
Ludhiana will host the annual Punjab State Women Games from October 30 to November 1. More than 2,000 players drawn from all parts of the state, besides around 300 officials, will visit the city during the three-day event.

Ajay Sood, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Khanna, today chaired a meeting to review arrangements at Guru Nanak Stadium.

The players will slug it out in athletics, basketball, badminton, handball, hockey, gymnastics, kabaddi, kho-kho, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and lawn tennis.

The venues for the events are Guru Nanak Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, Shastri Hall, SCD Government College for Boys, Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium in front of Guru Nanak Stadium and Municipal Corporation Swimming Pool, Rakh Bagh.

The ADC instructed officials of the MC, district transport, civil surgeon office, district police and Mandi Board to make all arrangements. The meeting was attended by Kuljeet Pal Singh, SDM (West), District Forest Officer, Daljeet Singh Brar and Assistant Director, Youth Services, DS Lotey.



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