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Fire destroys goods worth crores
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 7
A fire broke out in a timber store near Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road this morning. Wood, plywood and ply board worth crores were destroyed. It took over 12 fire tenders and some 40 fire brigade personnel eight hours to put out the fire.

Firefighters douse flames at the timber store near Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Friday
Firefighters douse flames at the timber store near Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The fire started at 7 am when the shop was closed. Passersby noticed the fire and informed the fire brigade.Fire tenders from the headquarters and other stations rushed to the spot. A recovery van had to be pressed into service to break open shutters which had become red hot due to the devastating fire. “Soon the entire stock of wooden sleepers, plywood sheets and ply board was engulfed in the fire,” said some eyewitnesses.

The firefighters continued pouring water on the smouldering stock as well as around the building to keep the fire from spreading further and causing damage to adjoining buildings.

While the exact loss was still being assessed, material worth Rs 2 crore was said to have been destroyed in the blaze. The fire also caused immense damage to the building which developed cracks at several places.

A short-circuit is stated to be the reason behind the fire. “As workers burst crackers last night to celebrate Gurpurb, those could have led to the fire,” the firemen said. 


False case racket
Two more cops dragged into legal mess
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
The controversy shrouding ND Sharma and his false molestation case racket refuses to die down. In the latest development, names of two top police officers have figured in an application submitted in the court of Judicial Magistrate Supreet Kaur (in the case of ND Sharma versus SHO Davinder Singh), the next hearing of which is on November 29.

Low-rung officers also find mention in the complaint. Perminder Singh, a victim who is facing nearly 20 false molestation cases, today showed the application in which ND Sharma had levelled serious allegations against DCP Nilamberi Jagdale and NK Sharma, the then ADCP-IV.

The application read: “The accused (Nilamberi Jagdale and NK Sharma) had been exposed in the documentary evidence. As per witnesses’ statements, a strong prima facie case has been made out against the accused.”

“The application was duly signed by ND Sharma and submitted in the court which is now a legal document placed in the judicial file,” said advocate Vijay Goel ,who is also facing 14 molestation cases.

Sharma has filed cases against Perminder Singh, Joginder Miglani, Pargat Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Ranjit Kaur (now dead), Bhupinder Singh, Sarabjit Kaur, Pritpal Singh, SHO Davinder Singh, ASI Baljit Singh, ASI Malkit Singh, DCP Nilamberi Jagdale and NK Sharma, the then ADCP-IV.

Vijay Goel said: “The application is authenticated as my name was also dragged in the case without any reason.”

Advocate ND Sharma said: “I filed the application after I was exonerated by the court in a false FIR registered against me. And the present FIR was just a counterblast by the police in connivance with Joginder Miglani. The witnesses have also been booked by the police.”

Skeletons tumble out

Perminder Singh, a victim who is facing nearly 20 false molestation cases, today showed an application in which ND Sharma had levelled serious allegations against DCP Nilamberi Jagdale and NK Sharma, the then ADCP-IV.



Jamalpur killing 
Eyewitness mum, kin cry foul
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Harpreet Kaur, alias Simran, the lone eyewitness in the Jamalpur fake encounter, met the victims’ parents today. Two Dalit brothers, Harinder (25) and Jatinder Singh (23), were killed by a SAD leader on September 27.

Yesterday, Simran vacated the house where the killing took place.

Before the encounter, Simran’s husband had committed suicide in the house.

The father of the youths, Satpal Singh, had complained that the police was not letting them meet Simran. Satpal Singh even went on to say that the police were siding with the accused.

The police today called the victims’ parents and Simran.

Satpal Singh said the woman was not ready to divulge anything. “When asked what had happened and who all were involved in the killing of my sons, she (Simran) started crying. We have lost our children. If we are ready to listen to her, why isn’t she saying anything. She is pretending,” said Satpal.

On September 27, SAD leader Gurjeet Singh (prime accused in the case), along with a police constable from Machhiwara and two police home guards, raided the house of Simran in Jamalpur and shot dead Harinder and Jatinder.

Initially, the police claimed it to be an encounter, but as the day elapsed, the police took a U-turn and booked SAD leader Gurjeet Singh and others. Machhiwara SHO Manjinder Singh was dismissed while Khanna SSP Harsh Bansal was placed under suspension.

The incident took place in front of Simran, who fled the house.

Jinxed house

On September 27, SAD leader Gurjeet Singh (prime accused in the case), along with a police constable from Machhiwara and two police home guards, raided the house of Simran in Jamalpur and shot. Harinder and Jatinder. 



Part of illegal building razed in Model Town
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 7
Building branch officials today demolished a portion of an illegal commercial building in the Model Town market. SS Bindra, Assistant Town Planner, Zone D, said a portion of the building was pulled down when they learnt that the owner had not got the building plan approved.

The building owner, he said, later got a building plan approved for a residential building, but started constructing four shops. The part of the building was razed and a notice was issued to the owner asking him not to go ahead with the construction of the commercial building as the building plan had been approved for a residential house.

The undeterred owner of the building, however, resumed construction of the building. Pillars were erected on which scaffolding was laid for a lintel. Bindra said on the face of it, the owner was planning to construct four shops at the site in violation of building bylaws.

“Amid mild resistance, the pillars were razed and scaffolding for the lintel was dismantled with a bulldozer,” Bindra said, adding that the owner had been warned against carrying out any further construction work at the site in deviation of the approved building plan.



Avoid foods that can turn your body into junkyard
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Junk food has addictive potential and it should come with a statutory warning. This was stated by experts on the second day of the National Conference of Nutrition Society of India. Prof Shashank R Joshi, president, Association of Physicians of India, said junk food should be banned and even the World Health Organisation had recommended the same. “Fast food has addictive power and one becomes addicted to it like alcohol and smoking. Even advertisements and products should come with a statutory warning,” he said.

“Advertisements should be regulated in our country and the government needs to take steps in this direction. Before munching on junk food, consumers should know that they are eating something injurious,” added Dr Joshi.

He said advertisements played an important role and sometimes people got carried away by marketing campaigns of companies. “Some companies label products as “diet” or “sugar-free”, but are actually as harmful as their original versions. Junk food is actually causing harm to our society, with more and more people falling prey to lifestyle diseases,” said Dr Joshi.

You eat a burger with 1,200 calories and in turn require a run of 5 kilometres to burn the same.

“People are increasingly becoming addicted to junk food, but at the same time, lack of physical activity is making things worse and resulting in obesity,” he said.

Dr B Sesikeran from Hyderabad said nations had failed to achieve desired results where junk food was banned so instead of banning junk food, the government should ensure that eatables are not overloaded with saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, salts and sugar.

“Food should be more nutritious and less fattening. The idea of having a no canteen is wrong because if there will be no canteen, students will eat out after school. There should a canteen in the school, but it should have healthy eating options. Instead of giving a packet of crisps or a burger to a child, mothers should look out for more healthy options that are at the same time attractive too,” added Dr Sesikeran.



Police fine 39 tractor-trailers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
The police challaned 39 tractor-trailers and impounded nine vehicles for violating traffic rules. Yesterday, ACP (Traffic) Richa Agnihotri carried out a midnight operation. Nakas were laid at Ferozepur Road and at Sherpur Chowk. The drive continued till the wee hours, with the ACP supervising the proceedings.

Inadequate parking space leads to chaos

A police officer said the space was not adequate to park the impounded vehicles. Rice husk contractors were seen using their political connections to free the vehicles. 



Defunct city bus service
Congress leaders scoff at MC
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 7
Senior Congress leaders Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, along with party councillors, today chided the Municipal Corporation over its failure to resume city bus service, which was lying defunct for the past more than four months.

The Congress leaders, including president of the District Congress Committee (Urban) Gurpreet Singh Gogi and several councillors, reached the bus parking depot adjoining the office of Sub-Registrar on the Humbran Road where they performed “aarti” of the stationary buses and also cleaned them up to focus on the problem of the local transport being faced by the city residents.

In a word of caution to the Civic Administration, the Congress leaders said if the bus service was not resumed within one-and-a-half month by the MC, they would be forced to run the buses and provide the local transport facility to the public in their own way, which however, was not specified.

Bittu and Ashu claimed that the erstwhile UPA Government had provided an amount of Rs 65 crore under the Centrally-funded Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission Scheme for the city bus service in Ludhiana.

Due to the negligence on the part of the Punjab Government and the MC authorities, the city bus service had been discontinued since July when the contract of the then private company was revoked with the result that the buses went off the road, they added.

The Congress leaders apprehended that if the buses remained parked at the depot for some more time, these might become unroadworthy or turn into junk causing huge losses to the civic body, while at the same time leading to denial of an essential service to the city residents.



Provide loan to farmers, needy on priority, banks told

Ludhiana, November 7
Supreet Singh Gulati, vice-chairman of the District-Level Review Committee-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana, has said that if any bank official demands bribe from any applicant in lieu of clearing a bank loan, he would ask the Vigilance Department to register a case against the erring bank official.

Supreet Singh Gulati said he had received some complaints where applicants were harassed for the clearance of loan, which was wrong.

He also directed bank officials to make sure that the farmers and the needy should be provided loan on a priority basis and without any delay.

Gulati was chairing a quarterly meeting of Lead Bank at the Bachat Bhawan here today. He said if any bank or its official was found indulging in dilly-dallying tactics for the clearance of loan, departmental action would be taken against him.

Gulati said banks should open more branches in the rural areas. He also directed Lead Bank manager Manjit Singh Jaggi to provide him details of banks, which have granted less amount of loan to the weaker sections of society, whereas their target was more. After seeing the details, he would write to the authorities concerned to initiate action against such officials.

Gulati directed the bank officials to make sure that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana was implemented successfully in the district. He said a survey regarding opening of bank accounts under the yojana was nearing completion, but he had come to know that accounts were being opened at a slower pace. He directed the bank staff to visit every home for opening of bank accounts and complete the process by November 15, 2014.

He said under the first phase, only one bank account was being opened in each household. It was observed that several bank officials skipped the meeting and this was taken seriously by ADC (D) Supreet Singh Gulati, who asked his staff to write to the seniors for action. — TNS



Aadhaar cards: 16 permanent enrolment centres set up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
To make sure that all residents of Ludhiana district get their Aadhaar cards made so that they are enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the District Administration has set up 16 permanent enrolment centres in different parts of the district. These centres will have 19 machines, through which the residents can get their Aadhaar cards made.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Agarwal said the Registrar, UID, Punjab, had directed that all residents of Ludhiana district, who had not yet got their Aadhaar cards made, should be enrolled for the same to avail of benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna.

For making Aadhaar cards, four machines have been set up at Suwidha Centre in Ludhiana and one each at EO Office at Samrala, Suwidha Centre at Samrala, Suwidha Centre at Raikot, BDPO Office at Raikot, Suwidha Centre at Payal, Suwidha Centre at Jagraon, BDPO Office at Jagraon, BDPO Office at Dehlon, EO Office at Khanna, BDPO Office at Khanna, BDPO Office at Ludhiana II, BDPO Office at Pakhowal, BDPO Office at Doraha, BDPO Office at Sidhwan Bet and BDPO office at Machhiwara.

The Deputy Commissioner has urged all residents of Ludhiana district to get their Aadhaar cards made so that they could avail of benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.



Farmers will get payment of paddy crop soon: Minister
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister, Punjab, said farmers whose paddy crop was procured by the government would get their payment soon.

“We have written to the Centre to release Rs 15,000 crore for the payment to farmers. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also approached the Centre to get the funds released. We hope that the issue will be sorted out within two or three days,” said Finance Minister.

Parminder Singh Dhindsa was in the city to preside over the national symposium on “Crop Improvement for Inclusive Sustainable Development” at Pal Auditorium in Punjab Agricultural University.

The Central Government did not release the funds (cash credit limit) to the state government to pay the farmers for the procured paddy crop.

While answering the queries of the media, Dhindsa said all subsidies, including agricultural subsidies, would continue in future. We will not change our decision under pressure as subsidies are in favour of the public of the state”.

“We didn’t get any reaction from our ally, Bharatiya Janata Party, on subsides. Only the media is highlighting this issue. Everyone has its own viewpoint about subsidies. Personally anyone can oppose or favour subsides, but the decision to stop the subsidies can’t be taken without the consent of the high commands of both parties,” said Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

Dhindsa said: “Punjab has seen remarkable agricultural growth in the past 50 years. The policies of the state government, new technologies and varieties developed by the PAU, and the technical improvements made by farm experts have led to increase in food production”.



Day 2 ends with symposium on nutrition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
The 46th National Conference of Nutrition Society of India ‘NSICON-14’ was formally inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Science, Faridkot, Dr SS Gill.

The organising secretary of the 46th National Conference of Nutrition Society of India, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, said the conference will give the participating delegates an opportunity to learn several aspects of nutrition and apply their applications to the field of medicine, nursing, epidemiology, public health, biology, reproductive and child health, health economics and health informatics.

On behalf of the founder president Dr C Gopalan, Dr R Hemlatha (Joint secretary, Nutrition Society of India) said nutrition plays a central role in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases.

In his presidential address, Dr AV Kurpad said, “This year, we have focussed on the interface among public health nutrition, human nutrition and clinical nutrition.”

Today young scientists’ award session and free communications session was held.

The highlight of the conference was ‘Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and junk foods-Is there a relationship?’

Dr B Sesikeran and Dr GM Subba Rao from Hyderabad spoke on ‘Is it junk food or junk eating’ and on ‘Regulation, marketing and advertising of junk food’, respectively. Dr Sukhinder K Cheema from the Memorial University of New Foundland, Canada, spoke on ‘Junk food: A western perspective’. Dr Michael S Kramer from the University of Medicine, Canada, delivered 38th Gopalan Oration on the topic ‘International standards for birth weight-Does one size fit all?’

The day concluded with a symposium on nutritionn, metabolism and NCDs’ and free communication sessions. 



non-utilisation of the funds
Congress leaders demand high-level enquiry
Ashok Kaura

The Congress MLA, Rakesh Pandey, PPCC general secretary Satnam Singh Kainth, ex-MP and PPCC secretary Parminder Mehta, today took a strong exception to the non-utilisation of the funds earmarked for the welfare of the Dalits.

The leaders demanded a high-level enquiry into the non-utilisation of the funds saying such a lapse cannot be unintentional. They alleged that the Badal government had exhibited its discriminatory attitude by diverting the funds, meant for Scheduled Castes, to other schemes.

They said the recent report submitted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the utilisation of funds by the state government meant for the Dalits had exposed the Badal government. The implementation of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan has put Punjab at the bottom among the states, the trio claimed. They said it was shocking that the Badal government had failed to utilise 33 per cent of the plan.

They claimed that an amount of about Rs 1,300 crore for scheduled castes remained unspent in 2012-13. While in the previous year, the amount was reportedly Rs 1,420.93 crore.

The leaders also slammed Badal government for the proposed increase in VAT to 12.5 percent for diesel, which will increase the price by Rs 2.25 per litre. They said the Punjab Congress will oppose this move and will launch an agitation, if imposed.

Commenting on the ruling alliance between SAD and BJP, the Congress Leaders alleged that despite deep differences between both the ruling parties, the leaders of SAD and BJP have started damaged control exercise, keeping in view the coming local bodies’ elections in Punjab and Assembly poll in Delhi.



‘Winter on Wheels’ reaches the city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Teachers and students at Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, had a unique opportunity to participate in the ‘Winter on Wheels’ campaign here today.

“Rather than just collecting clothes, we wanted to create awareness and celebrate the human bond that connects us all,” Firoze said. The caravan, including a truck carrying the winter clothes, has been through 13 cities before reaching Ludhiana.

Firoze said the idea was not only to create awareness and appeal to people, but also to leave an imprint on their mind to celebrate the spirit of oneness of humans not just in the face of a tragedy, but otherwise as well.

He said he travels almost throughout the year and had just returned from Kashmir when the tragic floods occurred. He added that although much of the material was being sent, but with winters approaching, they would need more woolen clothing. “With donations, we are going to buy blankets for them,” he said.

The caravan started from Hyderabad on October 20 and reached Ludhiana today. They have been carrying out signature campaigns, music performances, street art performances, graphic art and wall painting activities in the cities they have been stopping by.

Meanwhile, Poornima made a wall painting in the school showing a ray of hope for the flood victims. A part of the painting depicts floods, but the better part is of the prosperous Kashmir with greenery and hi-tech urban places, she said. 



55-yr-old ailing man needs financial help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
A 55-year-old patient, Ram Babu, a resident of Gopal Nagar, Tibba Road, undergoing treatment for CAD-Triple vessel disease at Christian Medical College and Hospital, requires an emergency bypass surgery-CABG. He works as a rickshaw-puller and needs financial help for his treatment.

Anybody willing to help can send a cheque or DD in the name of CMC Ludhiana Society with ‘For Pt Ram Babu’ written at the back.

The cheque or DD should be sent to the Department of Cardio Vascular Surgery, 1st floor, Ward 14, Room 2201, CMC&H (0161–2660022).



TBA holds seminar

Ludhiana, November 7
A seminar on the topic titled ‘Procedure of appeals’ was organised by the Taxation Bar Association (TBA). The president of TBA, Balbir Khanna, was the speaker. “Appeal can be filed before Commissioner (Appeals), when a taxpayer is adversely affected by orders as passed by various I-T authorities. 

As per Section 249(2) of I-T, an appeal should be made within 30 days of the date of service of notice of demand,” said Khanna. The general secretary of TBA, Jatinder Khurana, also spoke on the occasion. — TNS



Parents create ruckus outside Bal Bharti School
Accuse the authorities concerned of not keeping their promises, principal denies allegations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
High drama was witnessed outside Bal Bharti School at Dugri today as parents gathered there and protested against the school for not keeping its promises.

Parents alleged that the school had not formed the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in a democratic way as it was committed by the authorities concerned till September. Also, they had not returned the fee that was charged for smart classes, even though the smart classes never commenced. They also alleged the annual fee and tuition fee was being hiked inordinately every year.

Parents of children in the school had protested earlier as well, following which a team from the District Education Department had visited the school.

The parents said their children were being harassed by the school authorities in case of late submission of fee. Showing an answer sheet, they said although marks were awarded, but it was written that the child was a fee defaulter and marks would not be added.

They also alleged that the authorities were being partial with the children whose parents had not raised their voice against the school. Meanwhile, the other children were not being allowed to participate in school activities and were being discriminated, they alleged. Despite the orders of the authorities, commercial activity was on in the campus and uniforms were also being sold on the premises, the parents alleged.

Principal Poonam Dogra however, refuted all the allegations saying that only a few parents were leveling false accusations on the school. “Only some of the parents are creating ruckus for their vested interest and want to spoil the annual function to be celebrated tomorrow,” she alleged. She added that PTA already exists, but it would be formed according to government norms when such regulations are in place by the government. She added that smart classes were being run in the school since a long time now, and fee was nominal. No commercial activity takes place any longer on the campus, she said. 



crop improvement
National symposium commences at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
A three-day national symposium on ‘Crop Improvement for Inclusive Sustainable Development’ began at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

The symposium has been jointly organised by the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding (ISGPB), New Delhi; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources (ISPGR); New Delhi; Maize Technologists Association of India, New Delhi; Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Crop Improvement Society of India (CISI), Ludhiana and PAU.

Chief guest Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister of Punjab, said the state farmers had been pro-active in making breakthroughs, and adopting new varieties and technologies. “But at present, agriculture is one sector which is under tremendous pressure in spite of its golden era,” he said. Dhindsa emphasised on addressing the farm issues of small and marginal farmers, decreasing post-harvest losses, increasing shelf-life of food products, and combating climate change issues.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Paramjit Singh Ahuja, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said in view of swift climate changes, there is a need to focus and re-establish the credibility of productive agriculture.

Meanwhile, VC Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said Punjab agriculture had glorious past but intensive rice-wheat cropping system has resulted in many issues and challenges. 



Bal Swachhta Mission from Nov 14
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Children’s Day, this year, will witness the start of the week-long ‘Bal Swachhta Mission’. Students at government schools will be seen carrying out cleanliness activities.

Director General School Education (DGSE) GK Singh has issued a letter stating that: “Children can play an important role in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that was started by PM Narendra Modi. If they are inspired to clean their home, school and surroundings, they can be the ambassadors of the cleanliness campaign in the society at large.”

Activities during the week includes cleaning of schools and anganwadis, surrounding areas, including playground, maintenance of personal hygiene, hygienic food, clean and potable water, clean toilets.

Navjot Kaur, a teacher at Government School at PAU, said the schoolchildren participated enthusiastically in the ‘Sohna School Muhim’ that concluded recently, so a good response was expected for the cleanliness drive as well.” 



5-day testing camp of scouts ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
The five-day Tritiya Sopan Testing Camp of Scouts and Guides concluded at Traffic Park here today. As many as 240 scouts and guides from 13 schools took part in the camp.

Also, Flag Day celebrations were held today. Guide captain Anupam Malhotra, District Organiser Commissioner Raj Kumar and District Training Commissioner Karamjit Singh Grewal told the scouts about the various aspects, including scout rules, etc. They also took out a rally to create awareness about social evils and traffic rules as well. 



gadvasu fest
Students rally to fight against social issues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
Not only fun and recreation but serious issues of society are also the primary concerns of today’s youth. The Day 4 of the ongoing youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) kicked off with this spirit.

GADVASU students sensitise residents against social evils during the youth fest in Ludhiana.
highlighting Scourge: GADVASU students sensitise residents against social evils during the youth fest in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma p2

Events such as singing, dance and theatre were the main attractions of the day. University Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja inaugurated the fest at the Open Air Theatre of the PAU. Dr Taneja said these moments would be cherished the memories of the youth and would have a long-lasting impact. Issues of real and serious concerns of our society were depicted through a procession taken out by students.

Prior to the inauguration ceremony, three in-campus colleges of the vet varsity along with Veterinary Polytechnic Kaljharani and the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, exhibited beautiful and meaningful pageant during the procession.

The procession started from the College of Veterinary Science showcasing the social issues of atrocities towards women, female foeticide, corruption, dowry and other social evils.

The scenes were beautifully choreographed and depicted social concerns of the existing era as well as it expressed the high level of awareness and vision of the students. The dedication towards the responsibility was apparent from their acts. Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, DSW and convener of the youth festival, said the students were very excited to participate in the youth festival. It is a valuable time which shows them multi-dimensions of life through art, culture and literature, he said.

In today’s event all the three colleges at campus along with the School of Animal Biotechnology, Veterinary Polytechnic Kaljharani, Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, took part.

Students take out a procession during the ongoing youth festival at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students take out a procession during the ongoing youth festival at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Friday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma


* Cultural procession: 1. College of Veterinary Science, 2. College of Fisheries, 3. College of Dairy Science and Technology

* Folk song (solo): 1. Sumanpreet Kaur Virk (College of Veterinary Science), 2. Kashmir Chand (Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani), 3. Khalsa College of Veterinary
and Animal Sciences, Amritsar

* Creative dance (solo): 1. Anirudh (College of Veterinary Science), 2. Harpreet Kaur (School of Animal Biotechnology), 3. Ravinder Kaur (College of Veterinary Science)


* Mime, quiz, skits and mimicry will be held in the morning session

* One act play and mono acting will be held in the afternoon session at the Open Air Theatre of the Punjab Agricultural University.



Ola services launched in city

Officials of Ola mobile app for cab booking launch services in Ludhiana on Friday
Officials of Ola mobile app for cab booking launch services in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ola (formerly Olacabs) mobile app for cab booking, announced the launch of services in Ludhiana on Friday. Customers can book cabs through the Ola mobile application for Android, iOS and Windows and can also book a cab by calling 0161-33553355. 

The Ola app currently has over 36,000 cars available across 20 cities, making it the largest as well as the fastest growing cab booking app in India. The co-founder and CEO, Ola, Bhavish Aggarwal, said, “Ludhiana is my hometown and it gives me immense pleasure to implement a world-class travel solution developed by my team in my city. Ola has over 100 cabs signed up in Ludhiana and plans to increase the number of cabs on its platform to 200 within the next six months. Customers can book an AC sedan for Rs 15 per km. The minimum fare is also low at Rs 49 for the first two km.” — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Unions for clean city

The Joint Council of Trade Unions has condemned the pathetic level of insanitation in the city. The unions asserted that no improvement has taken place even after the work for sanitation and disposal of garbage was handed over to a private company. The general secretary of the council, DP Maur, said privatisation of sanitation work had failed to bring about any improvement in the sanitation level. He claimed that the Municipal Corporation might have saved a huge amount by recruiting a large number of sanitation workers on contract at low salaries. It has called for concerted and effective action to keep the city clean.

5 test positive for dengue

Five more patients tested positive for dengue. The patients belong to Ludhiana. A male (37) from Civil Lines, 38-year-old male from Noorwala Road, 28-year-old male from Ram Nagar, 32-year-old female from Vivek Nagar and one male (46) from Tharike are undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The total number of dengue patients diagnosed with the disease in Ludhiana hospitals has gone up to 168, of which 14 belong to Ludhiana, 38 are from other districts and six are from other states. The public can get information related to any health problem, free-of-cost, by dialling a national helpline number 09999-000-102. It is a 24-hour service.
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (extreme right) and Gulshan Kumar (second from right) donate land to residents of GK Estate Colony in Ludhiana on Thursday
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (extreme right) and Gulshan Kumar (second from right) donate land to residents of GK Estate Colony in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photoGRAPH

Office-bearer elected

A meeting of Baba Namdev Foundation International was held under the presidentship of Sukhwinderpal Singh Garcha. During the meeting, Marathi writer Pandrinath Bokare was unanimously selected as the general secretary of the foundation. Garcha said the decision has been taken after due consideration as Bokare had been preaching the teachings of Baba Namdev throughout in Maharashtra.

Regularisation policy

A meeting was held in Zone B office, Municipal Corporation, to discuss the regularisation policy on Friday. Councillors from different wards, assistant town planners, engineers from buildings and roads and superintendents were present.

CICU delegates meet minister

The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking’s delegation led by general secretary Upkar Singh, met Economics Minister Arvind Singh at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo. The CICU’s delegation was in Tokyo to attend a machine tool exhibition. The delegation also made a representation and stated that the Punjab government is also trying to exert a pull on investment in Punjab. The minister said the Japanese investors will be updated with the activities being taken by the CICU and the government of Punjab.

DCC chief makes appeal

The chief of District Congress Committee (DCC), Ludhiana Urban, Gurpreet Bassi Gogi, appealed to the Congress workers to not to get misled by those indulging in anti-party activities. Meanwhile, Rahul Malhotra, claiming to be the DCC secretary, has resigned in protest against the alleged dictatorial attitude of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu. Malhotra has written a letter to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, in this regard.

Land donated

The Punjab Minister for Irrigation, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, donated the partly-constructed building of gurdwara at GK Estate Colony in Mundian Kalan to the people. He also laid a foundation stone for the construction of the second storey of the building. The piece of land, measuring 400 square yards, with a market value of around Rs 1 crore was donated by the developer of the colony, Gulshan Kumar, following the persistent demand of the residents to have their own gurdwara in the colony. Dhillon, along with chairman of Dalit Vikas Board Vijay Danav, and developer of the colony Gulshan Kumar congratulated the people on the occasion of Gurpurab. Functionaries of the Gurdwara Management Society, Swarn Singh, president, Kamaljit Singh, chairman, Sikander Singh, general secretary, Surjit Kaur, vice president, and Rajinder Kaur, cashier, expressed their gratitude to the developer of the colony. — TNS



Woman set ablaze, 3 booked 
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, November 7
On the complaint of a married woman of Powat village, the Machiwara police have registered a case against her husband and other family members for setting her on fire.

The woman stated that she got married to Venod Kumar, a resident of Powat, in 2011.

After two weeks of her marriage, her husband and other family members started beating her to bring dowry. She alleged that on October 5, her husband along with his brother and mother beat her up and set her on fire by pouring diesel on her. Hearing her shrieks, villagers gathered on the spot and took her to the Civil Hospital, Machhiwara, from where she was referred to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Later she was taken to Chandigarh for further course of treatment. After some recovery at Chandigarh, she was again brought to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, where she is undergoing treatment. The police, on the basis of her statement, have registered a case against her husband Venod Kumar, brother-in-law Ravi and her mother-in-law Saroj Bala.

The trio is at large. The ASI, Amrik Singh, said investigation is on.

Dowry harassment

The woman alleged that on October 5, her husband along with his brother and mother beat her up and set her on fire by pouring diesel on her. The police, on the basis of her statement, have registered a case against her husband Venod Kumar, brother-in-law Ravi and her mother-in-law Saroj Bala. The trio is at large. The ASI, Amrik Singh, said investigation is on.



Man opens fire at in-laws

Samrala, November 7
A man allegedly opened fire at his in-laws and injured three of them. A woman was also among the injured. The incident took place at Dhande village near here when relatives of Jatinder Pal Singh had come to the village to sort out a marital dispute between Jatinder and his wife, Amandeep Kaur. Jaswinder Singh, a relative of Amandeep, said they had come to sort out a marital dispute. 

They tried to convince Jatinder not to harass Amandeep, but he didn’t listen to them. When they decided to approach the police, Jatinder took out his revolver and fired at them. He escaped from the scene after committing the crime. A case has been registered against Jatinder. A case has also been registered against the family members of Jatinder. — OC



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