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Substandard pipes in tubewells
MC cites unavailability as reason
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The Municipal Corporation authorities have reportedly submitted their reply to the show-cause notice issued by the head of the Technical Advisory Group to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Major-Gen VK Bhat (retd) with regards to use of substandard material in tubewells. They have stated in the reply that the MC had used the pipes that were available at that time (about two or three decades back) and if these are to be replaced, fresh instructions be issued to the department.

General Bhat had issued the show-cause notice to the department concerned following a report submitted by the Chief Engineer to the Local Bodies Department that in almost all the tubewells sunk in the city, “sub-standard” pipes had been used in connivance with certain officials. As these were not ISI mark pipes, metal gets mixed with water, rendering it unfit for human consumption.

A higher official with the operations and maintenance wing of the Municipal Corporation said those pipes were not used in the city alone but across the state as no ISI mark pipes were available then. “The old pipes were available for Rs 1.5 lakh (each 12.5 HP tubewell) while the ISI pipes cost Rs 3.5 lakh (each 12.5 HP tubewell). We have submitted the report to the Punjab Government and have asked it to issue fresh instruction for the purchase of new pipes to replace the old ones,” said the official. 

Residents get contaminated water

Complaints are pouring in from different areas about contaminated water supply. The problem aggravates during the rainy season. Contaminated water leads to cases of diarrhoea and cholera. A few residents have complained that they received water laced with metal as the pipes were of substandard quality. The Zonal Commissioner (O and M), Kamlesh Bansal, said technical persons from a Mohali-based company visited the city thrice a year to check the quality of water and to date, it had not been not proved that residents got water laced with metal.


Quacks flourish under admn nose
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Quacks continue to flourish in the city while the Health Department seems to be little bothered about taking action against them.
The department has no concrete data on the number of cases registered against quacks during the past six months. Officials pass the buck when asked about the cases registered against quacks.

Many quacks can be found operating right under the nose of the administration at the 
Mini Secretariat. Without any fear of action, these “medical practitioners” don’t hesitate from advertising in the print and electronic media.

Many of them are flourishing in colonies having a large migrant population. Come summers, and these quacks surface. The summer is the time when gastro, diarrhoea and other vector-borne diseases hit localities and this is also the time when these quacks make a quick buck.

“Whenever we receive any complaint, we take action and get a case registered against the erring person. But I have no data of the cases registered against them,” said the Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta.

The Punjab Medical Council recently got a criminal case registered against one such person from Kot Mangal Singh, who claims to be an MBBS (AM) and MD (Bio). He was not registered with the PMC.

Dr GS Grewal, president of the PMC, said they had launched a drive against those indulging in unethical practices, thus bringing bad name to the profession. “The quality of treatment versus expenses is uneven and anybody found advertising or indulging in unethical practices is on the PMC radar,” he said.

Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court has instructed the state government in general and the Civil Surgeons in particular to conduct periodical raids and surveys on shops and clinics of unqualified medical practitioners.

Thousands of quacks are operating in the district and the Health Department has failed to register cases against them. An official of the Health Department said whenever they conducted a raid, these practitioners managed to escape.

Even the Indian Medical Association (IMA) members, who are authorised to register cases against quacks at the nearest police station, have shown reluctance to fight for the cause.

What IMA says

Dr Raj Kumar, president, Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, said the IMA had taken up the initiative and started procuring the details of the quacks flourishing in the city. “We have also collected photographs and will soon be submitting the same to Punjab Medical Council and the Civil Surgeon for taking necessary action against them,” he said.



Reshuffle in building branch
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
To ensure a smooth working of the Municipal Corporation, the Municipal Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, allocated more branches to a few officials in addition to work already allocated to them. The Commissioner issued the orders at around 9:30 pm yesterday.

Ghanshyam Thori, Additional Commissioner, will also look after the light and horticulture branches. Another Additional Commissioner, Neeru Katyal, will also take care of the building branch, sale of property, estate branch and Suvidha Centre and the computer branch. The in charge of the tehbazari wing, Satwant Singh, Assistant Commissioner, will assist Additional Commissioners Neeru Katyal and Rishipal Singh in works relating to the building branch, sale of property and the advertisement branch, respectively.

As the building branch of the MC is facing an acute shortage of staff, SPS Kalra, Executive Engineer (Building and Roads), has been given the additional powers of Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) and ATP, Zone-A, with immediate effect. Vijay Kumar, Head Draftsman, Zone D, will be ATP of Zone-B while Surinder Singh Bindra, ATP of Zone-D has been given the charge of ATP of Zone C. Monica Anand, ATP of Zone B, has been shifted to Zone D. Jasbir Singh, Head Draftsman, Zone C, will take care of Zone D.

“We are facing the staff crunch in the building branch. Till the time vacant posts are filled by the government, we have carried out a minor reshuffle, so all zones are run in a smooth manner. We are continuously writing to the Higher-ups to fill the vacancies at the earliest,” said the Municipal Commissioner.



Ex-serviceman narrates his tale of woes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Bhupinder Singh shows some documents in Ludhiana on Monday.
Bhupinder Singh shows some documents in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, November 3
A day after the police registered a case against tainted advocate ND Sharma and his accomplices, an 80- year-old war hero, who is facing nearly 10 cases of molestation, shared his ordeal with The Tribune.

Bhupinder Singh (80), a 1965 war hero, who could barely walk without supports, regrets the day when he was basking in the sun outside his house in January, 2013. A few days later, a police team from the Sherpur police post came to arrest him.

“The police came to my house and shouted my name. I opened the door. They were shocked when I told them that I am Bhupinder Singh. They told me that Kulwinder Kaur had filed an eve-teasing complaint against me. I was not the lone victim. Five more persons of my locality were also named in the complaint,” added Bhupinder Singh.

He said Kulwinder Kaur, who lived in the neighbourhood, was like his daughter. He had once lent her money. Her husband was in the US at that time.

Bhupinder Singh said Kulwinder Kaur filed back-to-back complaints against her. “To say the least, these allegations are disgusting and unfortunately there is no one to share my agony,” he lamented.

He has to shuttle between courts to defend himself against the ugly allegation.

“My children have settled abroad. I do not ask them to come here as I fear they might also be implicated in similar cases. I wish to spend the twilight years of my life with my children. Look at me. I could barely walk. Do you think I can molest anyone?” he asked, before bursting into tears.

Bhupinder Singh said ND Sharma’s father Kuldeep Rai was also in the Army and was a thorough gentleman. “KD Sharma was like a son to me. I had never imagined that he (KD Sharma) would do this to me. They want to harass me to any extent, so I vacate the property in my possession,” said Bhupinder Singh.

Meanwhile, KD Sharma said: “All allegations levelled by Kulwinder Kaur against Bhupinder Singh are true. Bhupinder Singh is lying. Actually he is 70 years old. He should be subjected to a potency test to find out the truth.”

The fake case racket

Advocate ND Sharma (main accused) and his accomplices Kulwinder Kaur, Prabhjot Kaur, Pritpal Singh, Kultar Singh, Manjit Kaur, Kamal Devi, Balwinder Singh, alias Sant, Gurdev Singh, Darshan Singh, advocate Mahinder Lal Tiwari and Dinesh Tiwari were booked under sections 389, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC for filing false molestation cases. It is alleged that they used to extort money from the victims in lieu of withdrawing the complaints. No arrest has been made so far.



Youth dies of drug overdose 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
A 21-year-old youth died of suspected drug overdose at Daad village here. The deceased has been identified as Damanjit Singh, a daily wage earner. He had gone missing from his house yesterday. His body was found on the back of a fuel station in the city this morning.

The police was informed. A police team reached the sopt and launched ivestigated . A search of the body yielded a syringe.

There have been many such cases in the past. A drive was launched against drug addiction accros the state 




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PAU youth fest gets off to a colourful start
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The Inter-College Youth Festival for the session 2014-15 was formally inaugurated at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) amidst traditional fervour and enthusiasm here today.

The campus was abuzz with ecstasy and gaiety. Suraiya Naseem Grewal, Member of Provincial Assembly, Punjab (Pakistan), was the chief guest, while Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab (India), was the guest of honour. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU presided over the function.

The most notable feature of the fest was the multi-hued cultural procession taken out by the four constituent colleges of the PAU - College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, and College of Home Science.

The procession provided a rich glimpse of diverse issues such as drug addiction, hatred, unemployment, poverty, disappearing agrarian community, crime, corruption and scams, casteism and Partition. The major emphasis was on saving girl child and “Swachh Bharat” mission based on political, social and economic terms.

The procession stressed on making culture, environment and mind “Swachh.” Various events such as music items and creative dances were held today.

Speaking on the occasion, Suraiya Naseem Grewal said her parents were the native of Bhukhari village and listened a lot about eastern Punjab (India). Partition could not separate us as the same bond stayed and our hearts were together till date.

She said the cultural procession at the PAU with Punjabi boliyan and giddha were reminiscent of her yesteryears. She also planted a sapling of Acacia (Australian Wattle) near Thapar Hall and visited the Museum of Rural Life of Punjab, PAU.

Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said the procession was highly educative as it conveyed a strong message against all social vices prevailing in society within a short time.

He urged the youth to inculcate moral values and give up the evil practice of corruption and dowry in order to make “Bharat Swachh.”

He also observed that girls were leading in all arenas in the present times and had surpassed boys in academics.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said the PAU had produced great stalwarts, including writers and artists, in the field of Punjabi. He exhorted the students to participate and compete as these were more important than winning. Besides, he asked the gathering to remain focused on the mission of Swachh Bharat.


Cultural Procession: 1 College of Agriculture; 2 College of Home Science; 3 College of Basic Sciences

Folk Song: 1 Sakshi Kaushal (College of Home Science); 2 Sumita Bhalla (College of Home Science); 3 Sunanda (College of Agricultural Engineering)

Solo Dance: 1 Jagriti Kaur (College of Home Science); 2 Rupeet Gill (College of Agriculture); 3 Shabnam (College of Basic Sciences)



From Schools
Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday celebrations

ABC Montessori School, Ludhiana, celebrated Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday here on Monday. The function began with the recitation of “shabads” by students and teachers. The special features of the programme were “sakhis”, poems and speeches by students based on the life history of Guru Nanak Dev. Later, students were taken to Gurdwara Singh Sabha, E-Block (BRS Nagar), to partake langar. A procession was organised in a beautifully decorated trolly, which was led by Panj Piare (Five Beloved Ones).

Students visit ‘Tiger Safari’

A one-day visit to ‘Tiger Safari’ was organised by Ryan International School, Ludhiana, for students of Class VII. The students enjoyed the scenic beauty of the place and saw the National Animal ‘Tiger’ in its habitat. Emphasising upon the need for such educational trips, Principal Gurpal Anand said: “Our students learn new things and enhance their knowledge as they go for such excursions. At the same time, they polish their social skills and critical thinking.”

Vigilance Awareness Week observed

Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed nationwide in all CBSE schools. It was enthusiastically observed on the premises of BCM School, Dugri, too. Students of the senior wing got the opportunity of being face-to-face with advocate Ravinder Rawat who is practicing law for the past five years. Recounting his knowledge and experiences till date, he had an interactive session with the students and informed them about ‘how e-judiciary has helped in making court proceedings more transparent’. He also solved various queries of the students regarding consumer rights and their implementation. School counsellor Charanjit Kalra had an interactive session with students 
on e-procurement. Students of Classes VI-VIII had a debate competition on the topic, “e-ticketing has been effective in reducing corruption from booking system”. Two teams from each class spoke in favour and against the motion, creating awareness in the listeners. Thanking the advocate for enlightening the students with such beneficial information, school principal Dr Vandna Shahi appreciated this endeavour of the CBSE.

Students visit gurdwara

Babies Paradise School took students to the historical Gurdwara Damdama Saheb of Pehali Pathshai and Chavi Pathshai for the celebration of Guru Nanak Dev’s Gurpurb. The students took part in nagar kirtan and recited “Waheguru- Waheguru”. Ardas was also performed. — TNS



International School on One Health
Vet varsity to hold health programme on Nov 5
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The School of Public Health and Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), will organise an International School on “One Health”: An Integrated View on Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Zoonoses on November 5 on the campus premises.

The event is being jointly organised in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, under the Integrated Training Programme in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy (ITraP), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, said ITraP is an interdisciplinary, international training initiative in infectious diseases, food safety and public policy based at the University of Saskatchewan, (UofS) Canada. It is part of global “One Health” initiative, which aims at creating collaborations between experts from health and environmental disciplines for better health care for humans, animals, and environment. The Free University (FU), Germany, is also a partner in this programme.

This is third international school under this ITrap programme with first being held at Berlin, Germany and second in Saskatchewan, Canada.



From Colleges
PCTE student excels in PTU exam

Bhawanpreet Kaur Barrhing, a student of BSc (Biotech) 2012 batch of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), stood first in the Punjab Technical University in the fourth semester examination. She scored 89.50 per cent marks. Two other students of the same batch - Radhika Chauhan and Simran Singh Sachdev - secured third position in the university with 86.13 per cent marks. In the Biotech 2013 batch, Gurneelam Kaur from the PCTE stood third in the second semester university examination, whereas Gimmi Sacher, Antarpreet Kaur and Gaganpreet Kaur from the PCTE stood sixth, seventh & eighth, respectively, in the university exams. Dr KNS Kang, Director-General, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated the students.

Khalsa college students bring laurels

Students of the Khalsa College for Women have made the college proud at the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival held at DAV College, Chandigarh, from October 28 to 31. Arshdeep Kaur (first prize, elocution), Arshdeep Kaur (second prize, debate), Rupinder Kaur (second prize, bag making) were the winners at the youth festival. The college also won team prize in skit (second) group dance (third) and giddha (third). Principal Dr Renu Saini lauded the efforts of the students and wished them luck to scale greater heights. In the same youth festival, students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women also made their mark. Babalpreet Kaur of BA-III won first prize in dasuti/cross stitch competition. The college team bagged second prize in folk orchestra and Raspreet Kaur won the first prize (individual), followed by Jeevanjot (second) in the same item. Third prize was won by college team in drama and Shweta of BA-I got the third prize (individual) in the same item. Sukhmeet Kaur won the third prize in histrionics.

National Unity Day

The NSS unit of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) observed National Unity and Security Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The contributions of Sardar Patel towards uniting the motherland as its Home Minister were shared with the students. It was followed by a pledge-taking ceremony by students. Director Dr HS Singha focused on the services of Sardar Patel in integrating 526 princely states under the Indian Union. The director also motivated the students to strive to maintain the unity and integrity of the country.

Inter-college lawn tennis meet

Ishtpreet Singh, Sahil Shorey, Nalin Dhand, Romil Kapoor, Vipul Gautam and Mayank Vaid - students of RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh- bagged bronze medal in PTU Inter-College Lawn Tennis Tournament at Bhaddal. RIMT Group chairman Vijayant 
Bansal and campus director Dr Harsh Sadawarti congratulated the team members. — TNS



Schools pledge to celebrate eco-friendly Gurpurb
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Schools of Ludhiana today pledged to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev's birthday in an environment-friendly way with a special focus on curbing the garbage output. The schools took this step after various non-government organisations motivated them.

The schools will promote the use of steel or other reusable cutlery instead of non-biodegradable Styrofoam and other disposables, which are common in langar distribution, during the Gurpurb celebrations at the school level.

Office-bearers of Ramgarhia Educational Council, Guru Nanak Public School, GGN Public School and Nankana Sahib Public School shared their vision of green Gurpurb celebrations today with EcoSikh, VMAD and Young Flares - non-government organisations.

EcoSikh India Project Manager Ravneet Singh said: "As per the current Municipal Corporation figures, Ludhiana produces 968 tonnes of garbage everyday, 60 per cent of which is non-biodegradable Styrofoam or plastic. EcoSikh's Green Gurpurb Programme can definitely help in reducing the garbage problem in the city. It provides a platform to all educational institutions to lead as messiahs of change and foster eco-friendly celebrations of Gurpurb."

While congratulating the schools, Ranjodh Singh, EcoSikh Punjab Convener and president of Ramgarhia Educational Council, said: "The initiative taken by the city schools is praise worthy. We appeal to Sikhs in every part of the world to renounce the use of disposables and switch to reusable steel thalis/plates and make their Gurpurb celebrations nature-friendly."

Jagtar Singh, General Secretary, Ramgarhia Educational Council, said: "The institutions that are being run under Ramgarhia Educational Council will introduce steel thalis or reusable crockery in Gurpurb celebrations. We will put maximum effort in the eco-friendly celebrations."

Jasbir Singh, Chairman, Guru Nanak Public School, said the school will put in its best efforts to minimise Styrofoam garbage and would only use steel or other reusable cutlery for langar during the Gurpurb celebrations at the school on November 13.

Founder and Director of VMAD Baljit Kaur also shared the way their organisation, along with Young Flares and EcoSikh, has been instrumental in promoting environment-friendly nagar kirtans by cleaning up the trash that processions generally leave behind. This month the trio would be organising four major nagar kirtans in the city.



GADVASU youth fest begins today

Ludhiana, November 3
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise its 5th Inter-College Youth Festival on its campus from November 4 to November 9.
Preparations are being made by the authorities for conducting the festival in a smooth and transparent manner.

The festival will host a number of competitions such as on-the-spot painting, poster-making, cartooning, collage-making and photography, clay modelling, rangoli-making, installation, light vocal, group song, patriotic song, light vocal mime, quiz, mimicry, etc.

The events will be held at the Examination Hall, College of Veterinary Sciences, Open Air Theatre etc.

Balwinder Singh, a student, said: “Youth festivals are the best part in the college life when all students get together to show their hidden talent. These are being organised for the past 4-5 years and almost all students of GADVASU tried to be a part of the festival by taking part in one event or the other.” — TNS



Garbage chokes Barewal
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The residents of Barewal are perturbed over the alleged lackadaisical approach of Municipal Corporation. The civic body has not lifted garbage from the area for a long time now despite repeated complaints by the residents.
The situation has become worst near the cremation ground of Barewal.

An area resident, Bantu, said all the sweepers in localities, including Barewal, Ashapuri, a part of Agar Nagar extension, bring the garbage from households and dump at a particular point near the cremation ground. “Standing for even a few minutes at the particular point is not possible here as the garbage emits foul smell,” said Bantu, adding that despite making repeated pleas to sweepers to find an alternative, nothing has been done in this regard so far.

Another resident, Mithu Singh, said few marriage palaces had mushroomed in the area and all their waste was also being dumped at this place. “The garbage is dumped here and the authorities lift it at their own will after four-five days. If 
we request the sweepers not to throw heaps of garbage here, they say there is no other place where they can dump the garbage. We have to bear foul smell, and also due to the filth, the place has become a breeding area for mosquitoes and flies. Dengue is at its peak now but the authorities concerned are not bothered,” said Singh.



Further cut in diesel rates ignites fare cry
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 3
With reduction in diesel prices by Rs 2.25, the demand for cut in bus fares has become all the more powerful.
“Earlier, the rates were increasing, so it was justified in a way for the Punjab government to increase the fares as well. But, now when the diesel rates have reduced up to Rs 6 in the past ten days, the authorities concerned seem to be in no mood to decrease the bus fares.

 The government must consider the welfare of passengers as well. Even a marginal reduction will benefit the passengers,” said a commuter.

The bus passengers have been demanding a proportionate decrease in bus fares. They ask that if the fares are hiked with the hike in diesel rates, why they can’t be decreased with cut in diesel prices.

“The Punjab government, we doubt, will give such a relief to the passengers as majority of the transport is running in their name. Why would they run themselves into loss? Giving relief to passengers at the cost of their own loss will never be entertained by the authorities. We cannot afford to be silent spectators now. We will not oblige with their irrational move. We urge the Chief Minister to look into the matter at the earliest. Majority of the passengers is either labour class or the mediocre section of the society,” said a social reformer.

A college lecturer who travels in a bus from Ludhiana to Khanna on a daily basis said, “If the government reduces the price of diesel, how does it even matter to us as the fares remain the same. We demand a proportionate reduction in bus fares so that the cut in prices may bring some relief for us too.”



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Meditation training

A team of scholars of Asian Astrologers, under the direction of chairman astrologer Sukhminder Singh, attended a special workshop for meditation training in the Pyramid at Swami Vivekanand Centre. The creator of Swami Vivekanand Pyramid Meditation Centre, Anil Bharti, Leena Bharti and chief meditation trainer Rachna Gupta imparted training through visuals and practical experience. The president of Asian Astrologers, Rajan Sharma, appealed the fellow scholars to adopt meditation in life.

Four test positive for dengue

Four more patients from Ludhiana tested positive for dengue. A female aged 22-year-old from Pritam Nagar, 42-year-old female from Sham Singh Road, 18-year-old youth from Guru Nanak Pura and 23-year-old male from Chander Nagar have been diagnosed with the disease. Total number of patients diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals has gone up to 145, of which 105 belong to Ludhiana, 34 to other districts and six are from other states.

Larvae found

Following the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, a team of 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisor checked the coolers of different areas for the breeding of Aedes Egypti (Larva of dengue). In Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Samrala Chowk, two coolers, eight pots and two tanks were found infected. In PAU, two coolers, one pot and in New Shimla Puri, three coolers and one tank were found breeding larvae. The information regarding the same has been passed to the MC officials for issuing challans.

Orders issued

On the occasion of parkash utsav of Guru Nanak Dev, additional district magistrate, Ludhiana, Amrit Kaur Gill has issued orders for the closure of meat, egg and butcher shops on November 6. Orders are applicable for shops falling under Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna, Payal and Raikot. Gill said killing of animals on this occasion can hurt the religious sentiments of the people. — TNS



Aghast at suicide incident, students refuse to stay in hostel
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 3
Hostel of the Sanmati Government College of Science Education and Research, Jagraon, is gripped with fear and concern since a girl student committed suicide in the hostel on Saturday.
The hostellers are so affected by the shocking incident that no girl is ready to continue her stay at the hostel.

Two days ago, Manmeet Kaur, a student of BSc (final year) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan in her hostel room. Reportedly, some of the girls had even fainted due to the disturbing incident.

The girls, who left for their respective homes after the tragic incident, have not yet returned to the college yet. Most of the students did not even attend their classes today.

The college has a hostel facility for girls only.

Though the college authorities are trying to convince the students to return to the hostel but, the terrified students are not willing to stay in the hostel.

“The incident was nothing less than a major psychological shock for the students. Most of the girls have not recovered from the shock,” said a faculty member of the college on the condition of anonymity.

The college director, Mohinder Kaur Grewal, said the incident was a psychological shock not only for the students but also for the college authorities as well.

“We are very disturbed by this unfortunate incident and it would take us some time to recover from this. We are making all possible efforts to motivate and encourage the girls. We will extend every possible help to the students so that they can join the hostel and resume their studies as soon as possible,” said Grewal. 



Pvt agencies buying basmati, paddy procurement hit 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Unheeding experts’ advice, a majority of the farmers grew basmati this time.
The District Administration claimed that achieving the target of procuring the paddy would be difficult this year as basmati was being purchased by private agencies only. It is learnt that government agencies are purchasing the remaining varieties of paddy.

The District Food and Civil Supply controller, Ludhiana, Sona Thind, said, “Last year, we procured as many as 15 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy in Ludhiana. But this year, as more farmers have produced paddy, so achieving the set targets will be a bit difficult.”

As compared to the last year, the city mandis have received six times the quantity of basmati this year.

The district mandi officer, Narender Pal Singh Tiwani, said, “We had received 6,716 MT of basmati till November 1, 2013. But this year, it has gone up to 38,218 MT. Private agencies will be buying it.”

Till November 2, 2014, city mandis had received up to 11,18,519 MT of paddy (other than basmati), of which a total of 10,79,499 MT has been purchased by different grain agencies. The Pungrain purchased 3,78,610, Markfed bought 2,38,480, Punsup took 2,60,302, PSWC procured 96,042, Agro purchased 97,330, FCI took 1,189 and private agencies acquired 7,546. As many as 7,33,074 MT stocks have been lifted, of which Pungrain lifted 2,60,100 MT, Markfed obtained 1,60,033, Punsup got 1,63,083, PSWC purchased 77,039, Agro got 64,100, FCI acquired 1,173 and private agencies procured 7,546 MT of paddy.

Meanwhile, arrival of paddy has picked up pace in different mandis.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal, said, “The District Administration is trying its best to help farmers so that they may not face any problem in selling their paddy.” The DC also appealed the farmers to bring dry paddy in the mandis.

‘Reuse gunny bags’

To combat the problem of shortage of gunny bags, the Central Government has allowed the farmers to use old gunny bags.  Earlier the capacity of the gunny bags used to be 35 kg but, this year the capacity has been increased to 37.50 kg.



RASSS launches Punjab chapter

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Servicing Sector Society (RASSS) launched its Punjab chapter on Monday. The RASSS has been formed to save the ozone layer and to reduce global warming. It is the first ever society launched in India which will take care of service sector (technicians). 

The idea of forming the society was given by United Nations Environment Programme, Bangkok. The society will educate the technicians on phase out hydrochloroflorocarbons (HCFC) refrigerants from the Indian market due to its ozone depletion potential. It will teach about the new eco-friendly skills. — TNS



Youth’s death on October 22
Murder being projected as mishap: Kin 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The kin of 27-year-old Mishu Kalia, along with residents of a locality near Deepak Cinema, today held a protest outside a shopping mall near Fountain Chowk.
Kalia had met with an accident near Extension Library on October 22. While the police initially maintained that the deceased died after his scooter rammed into a divider near Extension Library on the night of October 22, the CCTV footage belie the claims of the police.

The deceased’s mother, Meenu Kalia, said her son was killed and the incident was being projected as an accident. Meenu alleged that the police had made it an open-and-shut case.

The family maintained that they would continue their protest till the time a murder case was not registered and the suspect was not arrested.

ADCP-I Joginder Singh pacified the angry protesters and assured them of doing the needful. Following this, the dharna was lifted. Joginder Singh maintained that thorough investigation was being conducted in the case and all the accused would be arrested soon.

Ashwani Kalia reiterated that he had got hold of a footage captured through a CCTV camera installed in a shopping mall near Sessions Chowk in which Mishu was being stopped.

They demanded action against the police for not rushing the accident victim to hospital.

They claimed that Mishu kept struggling for life. Had he been provided timely treatment, he could have been saved, they added. 



Girl with glory, grit and goal 
Miss India 2nd runner-up wants to rid society of drugs
Tribune News Service

Tinseltown attracts Lipika Khosla.
Tinseltown attracts Lipika Khosla. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Ludhiana, November 3
Lipika Khosla, a local resident, was crowned Miss India Global International 2014 second runner-up during a beauty contest in Ludhiana recently.

A BA-III student of the Government College for Girls, Lipika resides in Ashok Nagar. The event was held for the first time in Punjab.

As many as 400 contestants participated in the contest. The Miss India Global International 2014 recognised Lipika’s work on de-addiction. She said: “My work impressed the jury. I will continue to work in this direction,” said Lipika.

Lipika will be the ambassador of Miss India Global International 2014 for the next one year.

“I want to be an actress,” she said. Neha Khosla was crowned Miss Punjab 2014. Gurminder Kaur, principal, Government College for Girls, congratulated the students on their achievements.



Suicide attack unfortunate: Pakistan leader
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Suraiya Naseem Grewal, Member of Provincial Assembly, Punjab (Pakistan), who was the chief guest at the Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University, said the suicide attack at Wagah Border was unfortunate and that it could impact the ties between the two countries.

Suraiya Naseem said she belonged to Bhukhari village in Ludhiana district.

“My grandparents always talked about their native villages. Partition could not part us. The bond has only strengthened with the passage of time,” she said.

Suraiya said: “I have never felt this way before. The place is close to my heart.” She called for cultural exchange programmes. “We can make efforts. The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, and the PAU can start such programmes. We can do anything to make things work,” said Suraiya. Suraiya Naseem said she could not express the feeling in words.

She exhorted the youth to restore the glory of the state. “I wanted to tap feet with giddha performers. We miss such events in Pakistan,” she said. She was accompanied by her two daughters.



illegal buildings
MC tightens noose around violators 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Fourteen teams comprising executive engineers, sub-divisional engineers and junior engineers submitted details of under-construction buildings in their respective blocks.

Forty-six teams have submitted the records to the MC. Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh said he had not received any details as he was on leave.

A building inspector said 14 teams submitted the details today. Forty-six teams were formed to survey 37 blocks in the city. Each block (about 37 blocks) has provided a list of buildings (depending on the density of population and the area of block).

“The final list containing details of challans, approval of maps, compundable and non-compoundable buildings will be handed over to the ATPs. Building branch officials will give details to the higher officials,” said the inspector. There are 1,800 under-construction buildings in the city.

The ATPs will give information on the status of the buildings.



Social activist alleges fraud 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The dream of greener pasture landed the president of an NGO in trouble.
Kamaljit Kaur, president of the Women Justice Organisation, said she came in contact with an immigration agent through an advertisement. She said the agent agreed to send her to Canada and the deal was struck at Rs 20 lakh.

Kamaljit Kaur claimed that she gave Rs 14 lakh to the travel agent, who told her that she would be sent to South Asian countries first. She did not know that the agents were smugglers and were using her for allegedly bringing gold ornaments, wine, cosmetics and other valuables from South Asian countries.

She said she had filed a complaint with the Police Commissioner and also wrote a letter to the Government of Punjab and the Human Right Commission. 



PSPCL employees crusade against land grab 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 3
Terming the proposed transfer of 32-acre land of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) for commercial exploitation as an attempt to grab prime land, employees and officials of the power utility vowed to fight the high-handedness.

Addressing a state-level rally in front of the central zone office of the PSPCL today, members of the PSEB Engineers and Employees Coordination Committee maintained that the proposed down town project on 100 acres along Sidhwan Canal, including 32 acres, would not materialise.

“The power utility is being forced to part with the prime chunk of land just because certain politically connected vested interests had their eyes on the property,” they said, adding that in all probability, the down town project, like several such projects conceived by GLADA, would be scrapped and the land belonging to the PSPCL would be handed to property developers on a platter at throw away prices.

The members said in addition to causing massive financial loss to the PSPCL, the decision to transfer the land to GLADA would have adverse impact on the interests of both the employees and consumers. “The consumers will have to go to different places to get their works done in 16 offices presently working on the premises of the zonal complex, more than 500 families of the PSPCL employees, residing in two power colonies will also be dislocated,” they said.

The members alleged that in showing undue haste to transfer the land to GLADA, the state government as well as the management of the PSPCL were unheeding the directions of the court against shifting of the PSPCL offices elsewhere and eviction of employees and officials from the two power colonies. Reiterating the demand to revoke the decision (of transfer of land to GLADA), the committee said it would be forced to further intensify the ongoing struggle if the government and the PSPCL management failed to see reason and persisted with its proposal.



Athletics meet: Medal haul by GNPS players
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 3
Players of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, performed well and brought fame to their school in the CBSE Cluster XVI Athletics Meet held at CT Public School, Jalandhar, recently.

A large number of students from different schools competed in various track and field events and those from the city school proved their class to bag medals.

Armandeep Kaur won a gold medal in the 800m race in the U-14 category while the quartet of Tarneet Kaur, Ramaninder Kaur, Yashpreet Kaur and Navreet Kaur Diljot Kaur annexed a gold medal in the 4x100m relay race.

In the U-19 category (boys), Gurlalpreet Singh secured a bronze medal in 800m race while the U-19 boys team bagged a silver medal in the 4x100m relay race. On the basis of their performance in the championship, seven players of the school have been selected for the CBSE nationals scheduled to be held in Gujarat later this year.

Principal of the school Mona Singh appreciated the students efforts. She also congratulated the staff of the physical education department.



Teams announced for softball meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 3
The following players will represent Punjab in the 7th North Zone Softball Championship for Men and Women slated to be held from November 7 to 9 in Chandigarh. They have been picked up after trials organised by the Punjab Softball Association yesterday.

PN Passi, general secretary of the association, said Jagjit Singh, Inderbeer ,Gurpreet Singh, Parkash , Ajay and Manjot ( all from Amritsar), Vinay Saini , Philip Chuhan and Ranjot Singh ( all from Jalandhar), Harpreet Singh (Moga), Arun, Vikramjeet, Deepak (all from Ludhiana), Pawan (Patiala) and Mandeep Singh (Sangrur) had been selected. The women’s team comprise Harkirat Kaur, Jasjot Kaur, Ramandeep (Ludhiana), Manisa, Amrita and Poonamjeet (all from Ludhiana), Amarjeet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Mamta and Madhvi (all from Jalandhar), Harpreet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur (all from Gurdaspur) and Simranjot (Patiala).



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