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reality check
Butchers sacrifice health concerns
Centre approves modern slaughter house for city, MC to get Rs 19 cr soon
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
There seems to be a ray of hope for residents who are at the receiving end of “illegal” slaughtering in the city as the Central Government has submitted a “favourable” report with regard to setting up a modern slaughter house here. The Centre is likely to send a grant of about Rs 19 crore to the Municipal Corporation soon.

Confirming the development, Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal said the Central team visited the city last month. It has sent a favourable report with regard to setting up a modern slaughter house in the city. “We expect within 10 days, we will be able to get the grant as we have fulfilled all their conditions and the team has approved our project,” said Aggarwal.

Civic body lab receives 100 animals daily, but no chicken

There has been no record of chickens that are slaughtered in thousands in unhygienic conditions. Dr YP Singh, Veterinary Officer, Municipal Corporation, said they receive goats in the laboratory but none came with chickens. “Depending on the season, 100 animals are daily brought to the laboratory on an average basis by butchers. If an animal is found pregnant or suffering from some disease, we reject them as they could not be slaughtered for human consumption,” said Dr Singh.

When asked was there any system to prevent illegal slaughter , Dr Singh’s said there was no system to keep a tab on those indulging in illegal slaughtering.

No record of meat shops with MC, admn

Neither the Municipal Corporation nor the Health Department has any record of the meat shops being run in an “illegal” manner in the city. The registration of meat shops is done by the respective Civil Surgeons under the Food and Safety Act.

An official of the Civil Surgeon’s office said not more than 24 meat shops have been registered in the city whereas the reality was that a large number of persons slaughter animals at small stalls, near railway tracks, on the outskirts, in Industrial Area, Focal Point and Jawaddi. Most of their clientele are migrant people who hardly bother about hygiene.

No designated places

The MC has decided to conduct a survey on the meat shops in the city. “The problem is that there are no separate meat markets in the city and thousands are being run illegally all over the city. There should be designated places in zones. We are getting a survey done and within 15 days, we will get the report,” said Dr YP Singh.

What butchers have to say

Most butchers are “not interested” in getting their animals tested for the simple reason that it is a “costly” procedure. “Why should we shell out about Rs 200 to get our animals tested? We have to engage a vehicle to take them to a slaughter house, wait for our turn, get them checked and then bring them back to the shops. This is sheer harassment and we all avoid it,” said a butcher of Vijay Nagar.

Risks associated with illegal slaughtering

If animals/chickens are not tested before slaughtering, it could lead to an outbreak of diseases. Dr GS Grewal, president of the PMC, said chikungunya was a fatal disease that spread if chickens “unfit” for consumption were served. “Before slaughtering, each and every animal has to be checked by the authorities concerned, the Health Department or the Municipal Corporation,” said Dr Grewal.


Panjab varsity to go CGPA way
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
To ease stress among students and make higher education on a par with the international standards, Panjab University (PU) will introduce the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system on its campus and affiliated colleges.

According to information, RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of the PU, is interested in introducing this system to evaluate the performance of students.

A standing committee has been constituted to present this agenda at a Syndicate meeting. Senate members are hopeful that the CGPA system would be introduced soon.

Dr Mukesh Arora, a Senate member from Ludhiana, said the case was under process and the standing committee would present this proposal at a Syndicate meeting.

“It will be helpful to ease stress on students. In the current mark system, students face a stiff competition. This leads to stress on them. With the implementation of the CGPA system, the students will get grades. This will help to ease stress on them,” said Dr Arora.

“Moreover, most nations have this grade system. Students, who want to pursue their study abroad, will also be benefited with the implementation of this system,” he added.

A meeting of the standing committee was held on November 3. The next meeting is scheduled to be held soon.

Harpreet Kaur, a student at the Government College for Girls, said: “I don’t know how the university will implement this system. But, as we experienced during our schooling under the Central Board of Secondary Education, it was good compared to the marks system”.



high-profile arrests in graft cases
Officials with tainted past scared
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The arrest of Superintendent of the Central Excise and Service Tax Department Amarjit Singh Dhaliwal and District Child Protection Officer Shilpa Jindal in a corruption case has sent shock waves among police officials and employees of other departments who were previously under the vigilance scanner.

Visitors to different offices are being asked to leave their mobile phones outside.

The arrest of AS Dhaliwal and Shilpa Jindal, who were earlier believed to have a clean image, has alerted the officers and employees who were earlier the vigilance scanner for one reason or the other. Both officers were known for their hard work and dedication.

Dhaliwal, who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from Gurdeep Singh Jujhar, transporter-cum-managing director of Fastway Citizens Cable Network, on October 22, was promoted as IRS officer three days after his arrest.

Shilpa Jindal has received accolades for her effort in rescuing a girl, who was kidnapped from Amritsar nearly four years ago and was forced to do child labour after her failed marriage. Shilpa became favourite among the representatives of the NOGs working towards eradicating child labour by dint of her hard work.

Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee president Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon expressed surprise over her arrest.

“Just in the afternoon on November 7, I spoke to Shilpa regarding a case of child labour. The next day I was aghast to read in the newspapers that she had been arrested after a person known to her received Rs 50,000 from a woman who wanted her differently abled grandchild be sent to Pingalwara in Amritsar. She was drawing a handsome salary and was having a respectable job,” said Sukhdir Sekhon.

Jagshir Singh, another social activist, who had recently blown the lid off a human trafficking, suspects foul play behind her arrest.

“Shilpa, who had joined recently, had angered many bigwigs with her hard work. It is very shocking that even she got involved in such corrupt practices along with her brother. There must be more to the story than meets the eye,” said Jagshir Singh.

“I have never seen AS Dhaliwal exploiting anyone. Rather, he used to be the first persons to come forward to help the needy. He kept a low profile. His house needs a whitewash and he has only a scooter to commute,” said a shopkeeper, who was making a collage of Dhaliwal’s achievements.



Corrections in voter list
Get it done today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Anybody, who wants to get any error rectified on the voter list or wants to enrol as new voter, may submit his objection or submit the form by tomorrow (November 10), which is the last date for entertaining such applications.

The District Electoral Officer has deputed 2,637 booth-level officers (BLO) and 14 electoral returning officers (ERO) for 14 Vidhan Sabha constituencies for the purpose. One can contact the BLO concerned on his cell number which are available on the website: www.CEO. Punjab or can contact the ERO concerned.

Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, said: “Any person whose vote is yet not prepared may visit his BLO or ERO concerned till tomorrow to submit his Form 6. However, those who have settled abroad should fill out Form 6-A for registering as voter and form 7 for getting their names deleted from the voter list. For any other amendment to the list, one should fill out Form 8 and for change of address one should fill out Form 8-O.”

One can get these forms free of cost from the office of Election Registration Officer or from the booth level officer concerned.

Work to make amendments to the voter list started on October 15.

Bhangu said on November 20, the election registration officers will rectify the mistakes and on January 5, 2015, a new voter list would be released.



Snatchers strike at will
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Barely two days after two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched the gold chain from the sister-in-law of a BJP councillor, Mintu Sharma, snatchers robbed another woman on Brindwan Road.

The incident took place last evening when the victim, Kiran Manocha was going for shopping.

She said when she was crossing Brindawan Road near Kailash Cinema Chowk, two youngsters, who were on a motorcycle, came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 17,000 and a mobile phone.

Today, the police registered a case and started investigation.



2 youths die in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
A speeding Toyota Innova killed two scooterists near Raghunath Enclave here this evening.The Innova driver fled the scene.

The victims have been identified as Manjeet Singh and Inderjit Singh.

They were returning to their home at Barewal when the Innova hit their scooter from behind. The duo died on the spot. The police have registered a case and started investigation.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the deceased staged a dharna. Manjeet was married and is survived by two children and his wife while Inderjit had just finished his studies.



ASI commits suicide

Ludhiana, November 9
Punjab Police ASI Harwinder Singh (45) allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his house in Lalton last evening.

Harwinder was posted in the anti-human trafficking cell. Last evening, he returned home and asked his wife for tea. His wife entered the kitchen to make tea. When she returned from the kitchen, she was shocked to find her husband lying unconscious and froth coming out of his mouth.

He was rushed to a multispeciality hospital on the Ferozepur road where the doctors declared him brought dead. — TNS



Rift in Jagraon Congress
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 9
The divisions in the Jagraon unit of Congress party came to fore once again, as some party leaders exchanged barbs, during a party meeting, held here today, to discuss party strategy for the Municipal Council elections, supposed to be held soon.

The situation turned awkward during the meeting when Congress leader Jagdarshan Kaur stood up to address the party workers but party leader Pritam Singh Akhara opposed to her speech. Terming Jagdarshan Kaur an outsider, Akhara said Jagdarshan Kaur has no right to address the party workers as she does not belong to Jagraon assembly constituency and therefore she is not aware of the issues and problems confronted by local Congress workers.

On the other side, the supporters of Jagdarshan Kaur said she has been appointed as an observer for Jagraon for the upcoming Municipal Council elections by the party high command and she has every right to share her view with the party workers. But an adamant Akhara was not ready to allow Jagdarshan Kaur to address the meeting which led to heated arguments between Pritam Singh Akhara and the supporters of Jagdarshan Kaur.

Both the sides almost came to blows but the timely intervention of some senior party leaders prevented it. The issue was resolved after the intervention of former Jagraon MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini and some other senior party leaders but it took a lot of efforts and time from them to pacify both sides. However, Jagdarshan Kaur was able to speak only after Pritam Singh Akhara left the meeting.

Later on, Jagdarshan Kaur claimed that the Congress party is united and ready to contest and will win the upcoming Municipal Council elections. When asked about the heated argument that broke out between party workers during the meeting, she termed it a trivial incident. “Congress party is a democratic party and everyone has a democratic right to raise his/her point. There might be some differences among the party workers but these issues will be resolved. There is no political party which is free from internal divisions,” said Jagdarshan Kaur.

It is reminded here that the divisions in Jagraon unit of Congress party are not new and these divisions have become visible on number of occasions in the past too. The divisions among the party leaders have become wider recently. The divisions within the party leaders could prove costly for the party in upcoming Municipal Elections if these are not resolved on time.



Cong objects to proposed restructuring of wards
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 9
The Jagraon Block Congress has strongly objected to the proposed restructuring of wards of the Jagraon Municipal Council by the Local Bodied Department.

Leaders of the Jagraon Block Congress said the proposed mapping of new wards falling under the Jagraon Municipal had been done to benefit the ruling alliance in the upcoming Municipal Council elections, which was not acceptable.

A delegation of the Jagraon Block Congress leaders led by Block Congress president Gopal Sharma met Jagraon Municipal Council executive officer Davinder Singh Toor and handed him a written objection of the party against the proposed restructuring of wards.

The local Congress leaders have accused the authorities of violating the norms while restructuring the wards to benefit the ruling alliance.

“The authorities have violated the norms while restructuring the wards of the local Municipal Council. This has been deliberately done to benefit the ruling alliance of the SAD-BJP in the Municipal Council elections, which are supposed to be held in near future,” alleged Congress leader and former Jagraon Municipal Council president Davinder Kathuria.

“The authorities have violated various norms during restructuring of wards. The department has not even properly followed the reservation policy of the government. As per the norms, 33 per cent wards should be reserved for the Schedule Caste candidates. That means, there should be 7 wards out of a total of 23 wards reserved for the Schedule Caste candidates. But as per the new proposed plan, the authorities have reserved only 6 wards of the local Municipal Council for the Schedule Caste candidates, which is in violation of the reservation policy,” said Jagraon Congress’s SC wing chairman Ajmer Singh Dholan.

Demanding a review of the restructure plan, the Jagraon Congress leaders said the party would challenge the plan in the court if it was now reviewed.

Jagraon Municipal Council executive officer Davinder Singh Toor confirmed that the Congress leaders had submitted a complaint against the restructure plan.

He said the complaint was being forwarded to the Deputy Director, Local Bodies Department.



Traffic police should be proactive

The police crackdown against violation of traffic rules in the city is a welcome step but while moving on busy highways and feeder roads one still comes across two wheeler drivers without helmets, or talking on their cell phones, triple riding or at times some crazy persons holdings infants in a precarious manner. People often forget that safe driving is in their own interest and it is their own life which is at risk along with that of other riders if they flout traffic rules. While the traffic police ought to perform their task of regulation and enforcement scrupulously, there is dire need to bring about changes in the system and procedure for issuing driving licenses. The authorities must make sure that those seeking driving licenses for two wheelers or four wheelers are well versed with basic traffic rules, road sense and most importantly, their responsibility towards other road users. Only then the city roads would become a safer place to move on.

Passing the buck!

Helpless or no guts to accept challenges! Both, the tehbazari wing of Municipal Corporation and the traffic police claim tall to ease out the traffic problem in Bhadaur House area but the claims fall flat when nothing in reality is done to relieve commuters/residents in the city. Adopting typical passing the buck game, tehbazari wing officials maintain that they will “clear” everything but the cooperation of traffic police was required. Decades have passed and problem still persists. Neither the cooperation is provided by the traffic cops nor there any willingness on the part of tehbazari wing to do the needful. The system has virtually become too bad and there are bleak chances of improvement. If residents can find any way to get a sigh of relief, it would be appreciated.

Kids, the future of our country

Recently, I saw a girl showing a balancing act in one of the busy city markets. While the kids of her age were seen entertaining themselves with her act, she was earning her bread and butter with her acts. It was only the matter of their belonging to different class of families that kids of the same age group were having different lives. An onlooker who was also seeing the little girl’s act said that the new government on the priority basis should ensure a safe and secure future for the kids and education should be an integral part of their upbringing.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo, Manav Mander



GADVASU fest ends on a colourful note
Tribune News Service

Participants stage a play
Participants stage a playand (below) students take part in a shabad gayan event during the youth festival at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
students take part in a shabad gayan event during the youth festival at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Sunday

Ludhiana, November 9
The week-long Inter-College Youth Festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) entered its sixth and final day with a note of gaiety. The fest started on November 4 under the guidance of Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, director, Students Welfare, GADVASU.

Dr Darshan Singh Barhi, organising secretary, said students presented their art in different fields, including fine arts, theatre, singing, dances and literary events. Dr Kamal Garg, DPI Schools and an alumnus, was the chief guest on yesterday’s unction. He gave away prizes to the winners. Renowned Singer Dr Sukhnain Singh and Gurtej Sidhu performed for the audience.


Mimicry: Ist- Ravneet Singh (College of Dairy Science and Technology), 2nd- Rahil Solanki (College of Veterinary Science), 3rd- Alisha Chabra (College of Fisheries);

Mono acting: Ist- Karan Kumar (College of Dairy Science and Technology), 2nd- Swaraj Pal Singh (College of Fisheries), 3rd- Navjot Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar);

A girl presents a dance
A girl presents a dance

One act play: Ist- College of Dairy Science and Technology, 2nd- Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, 3rd- College of Veterinary Science;

Best actor: Harmanjeet Singh Sandhu (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar); best actress: Chandandeep Kaur (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar);

Gurbani shabad gayan/bhajan (solo): Ist- Gurpartap Singh (College of Dairy Science and Technology), 2nd- Amandeep Kaur (College of Fisheries), 3rd- Sarbjot Singh (School of Animal Biotechnology);

Western songs (solo): Ist- Raman Vohra (College of Veterinary Science), 2nd- Harmanpreet Kaur (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar), 3rd- Manpinder Kaur (College of Dairy Science and Technology);

Western group songs: Ist- College of Veterinary Science, 2nd- College of Dairy Science and Technology.



Theatre artiste Narjeet Singh on cloud nine
Wins the best actor award at the Punjab Agricultural University youth fest for the third time in a row
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Narjeet Singh, a theatre artiste, won the best actor award consecutively for the third time at the youth festival of the Punjab Agricultural University that concluded here recently.

Today, he is well known in the campus for his wonderful stage performances but when he took the first step towards the stage he just wanted to make the farmers aware of the conservation of natural resources. It was year 2009, when Dr Anil Sharma, assistant director, Communication (TV and Radio), PAU, motivated him to take part in a play to make the farmers aware of agrarian issues such as depletion of water and judicious use of insecticides and pesticides.

Narjeet Singh, pursuing MTech at the College of Agriculture Engineering at the PAU, started taking part in plays during BTech first year in year 2009. Initially, he used to take part in nukkad nataks but later participated in the youth festivals.

His one act play during the youth festival in 2011 was appreciated by the spectators. In year 2012, Narjeet was adjudged the best actor of the university. Last year, he directed a one act play and staged it. He was again adjudged the best actor for his act. This year, Narjeet portrayed the role of martyr Bhagat Singh.

“It was quite challenging as audience expects an extreme energy level, when someone is doing a role of a real life hero like Bhagat Singh. Secondly, the play was in Hindi and a large number of Urdu words were used in the dialogues. I worked hard and judges recognised my efforts,” Narjeet said.

Talking about the commitment with theatre, he said, “I never performed on stage during my school days. But in the last four years, theatre has become an addiction. I feel that theatre is a medium to express myself. Though, it is not able to support an artiste financially but I will try to continue it despite all odds.”



Workshop on ‘One Health’ concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
International school on One Health which was jointly organised by the School of Public Health and Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and University of Saskatchewan, Canada, concluded here today.

Dr JPS Gill, organising secretary and director, School of Public Health and Zoonoses, said discussions were focused around the One Health Initiative, policies in Indian context, importance of inter-sector collaboration and partnership at national and state levels.

Experts delivered lectures on food safety standard issues at national and international levels, role of wildlife in emergence of diseases, emergence of rickettsial diseases in northern India etc.

Dr VK Taneja, VC, GADSVASU, said, “There was a need for continuous monitoring through surveillance for spatial and temporal data base of pesticide, heavy metal and antibiotic residues and pathogens to develop mitigation strategies.”



Jobless teachers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The TET Pass Unemployed Teachers’ Union held a meeting at Chatar Singh Park today regarding their demands still being unmet by the state government.

District president of the union Deep Raja said the state government had been doing injustice to the TET pass teachers. Even though the merit list of candidates for 5,078 posts of rural associate teachers was released, but no appointments have been made despite the assurances by the Education Minister.

Prince Arora from the union said the policies of the state government were forcing the teachers to carry on with protests and making them take steps such as causing traffic jams. They also demanded that all the candidates, whose counselling was done regarding 5,078 posts of rural associate teachers, should be appointed by the government. They raised slogans against the government and protested for their long-pending demands.



‘Dress code’ for schoolteachers
Two years on, authorities give minister’s orders a miss
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 9
The authorities have failed to implement the orders of the former Education Minister to strictly check the tendency of teachers dressing in a provocative manner. Even two years after the orders of the State Education Department nothing has been done in letter and spirit.

However, staff of certain schools has vowed to be a role model for their students by adhering to a traditional dress code.

Reportedly, two years ago, Director General School Education (DGSE) had written to all district education officers (DEOs) and principals to ensure that teachers wear decent dresses to schools.

“Some teachers dress in a provocative manner. It has a negative impact on children who get more interested in dressing up fashionably instead of concentrating on studies,” read the communication sent by then DGSE Kahan Singh Pannu.

Though, the authorities had circulated the orders of DGSE among all concerned, but nothing fruitful was done in this regard. While a majority of educators dressed decently and wore sober attires, a significant number of members of teaching and non-teaching staff continued wearing gaudy dresses.

Management committees and organisers of some private educational institutes had even tried to appease their staff by allowing relaxation from conventional dress norms at least during some days of the week. Professionalism and increased efficacy were cited as reasons behind the relaxation.

Acknowledging the need of sobriety at educational institutes, Dev Raj Sofat, chairman, Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, and Pardeep Sharda, principal, MGMN Senior Secondary School, said members of staff at their institutes had vowed to follow guidelines of the department in letter and spirit. “Rather our staff follows uniform dress norms twice a week,” Sofat claimed.

Flouting norms

Former Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka had pointed out that certain teachers wore inappropriate dresses to schools. The department had also taken serious note of students flaunting fashionable dresses and bringing gadgets to schools.



from schools
Short plays staged

Students perform during a short play competition at BCM School, Basant Avenue, in Ludhiana on Sunday
Students perform during a short play competition at BCM School, Basant Avenue, in Ludhiana on Sunday

Ludhiana: The Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex short play competition organized at BCM School, Dugri, brought to the fore the talent of young budding actors. Twenty teams from different CBSE schools across the city participated in the event based on the theme of eradicating social evils from the society. Plays such as Durga Chali Gayi, Sarhadan hor vi Ne, Nasheyan Vich Galant Samaj were not only meant to sensitise the audience about social issues, but also to be a step in the direction of finding a solution to these problems. Greenland Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar Bypass, bagged the first prize.

Workshop for teachers

New GMT Public school organised a one-day workshop for their teachers to make them aware of modified pattern of CCE and class efficient management. Anamika from Oxford Educate was the resource person. She told the various methods to manage the class and also the right way to implement CCE in schools. Principal Manjeet Kaur actively participated in the workshop and promised to organise more workshops to help the teachers.

Poem recitation

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, organized the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex poem recitation competition for students of the primary wing. Students of more than 26 schools affiliated to CBSE participated in the competition. Hindi recitation was for the students of classes II and III based on the theme of 'satire' or 'my dream' while English recitation was for students of classes IV and V based on theme of 'social evils'. The students conveyed their message through finest satirical poems. A panel of distinguished judges judged the participants on various parameters, including voice modulation, facial expression, pronunciation, etc. Yugal from Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, won the first position in Hindi recitation and Hardik from Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, won the first position in English recitation.
Devotees partake of langar during the Gurpurab celebrations at Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujjarkhan campus
Devotees partake of langar during the Gurpurab celebrations at Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujjarkhan campus. Tribune photographs

Gurpurab celebrated

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji with great zeal and fervour. The celebrations started a day prior with seva by students, teachers and workers. The programme started with recital Japji Sahib by 51 students followed by shabad gayan under the patronage of Holy Guru Granth Sahib Ji. — TNS



from colleges
Cleanliness campaign

Ludhiana: NSS volunteers of the Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management organised a one-day cleanliness and hygiene camp on the college campus here. The purpose of the cleanliness drive was to sensitise the students about the value of cleanliness and hygiene in our environment and surroundings. Adressing the students, principal Dr RL Behl motivated them to keep their classrooms, canteen, library and college premises clean and hygienic. He advised the students to make use of the dustbins placed at various places in the college and classrooms. Also, a competition was held among the student groups to judge the best cleaned class of the day.

Essay writing competition

Khanna: An essay writing competition was organised by the Public Administration Department at the AS College for Women, Khanna. The topic for the competition was 'Corruption in Administration'. Twenty students took part in it. — TNS



Admn for hassle-free visit to govt offices
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 9
The administration has decided to rope in social organisations for apprising residents of their rights and services available at the police community centres.

Officials led by Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural), Ludhiana, Ravcharan Singh Brar urged office-bearers of social organisations and members of the advisory committees at Raikot and Sadhar to act as a bridge between the administration and beneficiaries.

Acknowledging that members of lower strata of society were still hesitant to visit government offices for getting petty jobs done, Brar called upon activists of various organisations to spread awareness about services being provided at the police community centres, popularly known as Suvidha and Sanjh Kendras. Brar appealed to the activists to organise awareness camps.

At the same time, Brar advised officials at the community centres to ensure that visitors were not made to suffer. Brar said the members of the advisory committees could persuade residents to settle disputes through mutual compromise and arbitration. Legislator Manpreet Singh Ayali said the administration had initiated the process of establishing satellite Suvidha Centres at various villages so that more frequently required documents were provided without any hassle. “The administration has chosen 25 villages,” claimed Ayali.



MCPI-U flays Modi govt
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 9
Accusing successive governments of destabilising the economy of the nation and disrupting peace in the region, the Marxist Communist Party of India-United (MCPI-U) called upon various leftist organisations to launch a coordinated movement against the alleged defective policies of economic liberalisation and privatisation being pursued by the union government.

The call was given during the concluding session of the politburo convention at Kilaraipur village, near here today.

Som Nath Ghosh, a politburo member from West Bengal, presided over the convention.

The delegates expressed concern over failure of the BJP government to control the skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities and the ever-increasing unemployment in the country.

Kuldeep Singh, general secretary, and convener, of the event said the congregation had condemned the policy of saffronisation of all systems including education and culture. Apprehending danger to peace in the region due to alleged communal policy of the government, delegates called upon office-bearers and activists of all secular and nationalistic organisations to launch a coordinated movement against the hidden agenda of BJP and RSS to suppress minorities and patriotic people.

The politburo also resolved to support All India Protest Call given by various trade organisations and condemned USA supported Israel attacks on Palestine and bomb attacks on Syria, Iraq and Libya. The meeting also decried role of Islamic state

(ISIS), a fundamentalist Muslim organization for creating panic in the world.



Man accuses Sahnewal doctor of harassment
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, November 9
A resident of Sahnewal and husband of Saroj, who had a wound on the hip portion, has alleged maltreatment and harassment by a doctor of CHC, Sahnewal.

In a written complaint, submitted to the SMO, Sahnewal, and posted to Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana, Health Minister, Punjab and Chief Minister, Punjab, Ravinder Verma, husband of Saroj, has alleged that a doctor of Community Health Centre of Sahnewal not only delayed her wife’s treatment unnecessarily but also demanded fees indirectly from them time to time.

Ravinder Verma, the complainant shared with this correspondent, “The doctor admitted Saroj on 28th October for a hip wound and operated her. Fee of Rs1,000 was deposited by them in the hospital for a minor operation. The very next morning the doctor dressed the wound and asked the Ravinder to bring her to his residence at Doraha for the next dressing. When the latter expressed his helplessness, he began to neglect them and insisted them to get the wound dressed at his residence itself,”

“As the SMO was informed about the case, the alleged doctor had to do the dressing most unwillingly for which he made the patient wait for hours together and even asked them to deposit Rs 150 in the form of the fees for dressing which he said was non-returnable even on SMO’s insistence. As the doctor came to know that we had filed a written complaint against him, he asked us to withdraw the same or he would discontinue the dressing in future. When we refused to take the complaint back, he refused dressing any more due to which we have to do it on our own,” added Ravinder Verma.

Councillor of the ward Devinder Chahal shared that the doctor has been performing such unscrupulous acts for quite some time.

SMO Sahnewal Parminderpal Singh Sidhu said, “I have received a verbal as well as written complaint against the doctor. I have forwarded it to CMO and I am also conducting an inquiry into the same.”



Vegetable prices come down
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Vegetable prices have gone down by Rs 10.

Gurmeet Singh, owner of Jaggi Vegetables, said the prices of vegetables had started coming down.

“Winter has set in and the prices will remain stable. Except peas, all other vegetables are available at cheaper rates,” he said.

Sonia Khurana, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar, said: “The prices have gone down by Rs 10-15.” People prefer eating saag and spinach during winter as these are priced at Rs 20.



An insight into a cop’s life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The starcast of Punjabi movie Baaz was in the city today. Lead pair Babbu Maan and Pooja Verma, apart from other members of the crew, spoke about the movie which also stars Yograj Singh, Sardar Sohi and Bollywood actor Mukul Dev. Directed by Simerjit Singh, the movie is about the life of an honest policeman, played by Maan.

The film crew said the movie was about the struggle of a police official. Pooja Verma said it was her debut Punjabi movie and being a Punjabi from Delhi, she thoroughly enjoyed doing the movie.

She essays the role of a doctor in the movie. Pooja has worked in South Indian movies and started her career with modelling, but said she saw a bright future in the film line. She said Maan was supportive and it was a learning experience to work with him as he was a professional actor.

Maan is doing a movie after a hiatus of two years and looking forward to the release of the movie. The singer-actor has also sung a song “Enni Vi Nahi Maadi Police Punjab Di” which somewhere explains the theme of the film. Efforts have been made to put forward a good image of the state’s police with Baaz. Babbu explained: “I am playing the role of Inderpal Singh Sidhu who is an honest police officer. Being the lyricist of the film, I’ve tried to pen down good words about the police.” Babbu has composed the music too which is being loved on TV channels and social networking websites. The movie has been shot in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.



Life on a canvas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The two-day Ireo Ludhiana Art Beat Fest concluded today. A conclave was also organised.

Prof Sanjay Kumar, a painter and head of the department of fine arts at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, along with director of art scape Simrat Kaur, were the jury members.

The conclave’s moderator was Pallab Bose.

Artist Heeral Trivedi conducted a special workshop for students. Heeral translates her life into a language of colour and images, defining her own revelations and explorations of life. A student of painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Gaekwada University Baroda, Heeral opted for the use of abstract forms as a means of expression.

Winners were honoured. Charanjit Kaur, Prabhjot Saundh and Saru S won the top three prizes.



30 women honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
A function, Naari Shakti Sammaan Samaroh-2014, was organised by the Aadhar Foundation, an NGO, engaged in social work for the welfare of women.

Thirty women from different walks of life were honoured during the event.

Dr Ashima Behl, a dentist, was felicitated for participating in free dental camps. She is teaching oral medicine and radiology at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, a charitable organisation. Ashima has also worked at Laxmi Bai Dental College, Patiala.

Simple Kwatra, Miss India runner-up, was also awarded. Other achievers on the list are Richa Agnihotri, ACP (Traffic), Kashish, Komal Aggarwal, Meenu Aggawal, Monica Arora, Navita Sharma, Nidhi Sharma Khajuria, Rashi Sood, Ravneet Guram, Renu Thapar, Shaveta Arora, Shaveta Sharma, Dr Sonia Lamba and Vandana Kapoor.

National president of the Aadhar Foundation Ravinandan Sharma said they had been felicitating women for the past six years. “Police officers were also awarded for serving society,” the president said.



A run-in with talent, perfection and prowess
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
It was culture, art and classical dance prowess on display during the musical evening “‘Dharohar”, a programme organised by the Shobhana Kala Kendra at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening.

A kaleidoscope of classical and folk dances were performed by 135 participants and students of the organisation. Indian classical and folk dances were performed with grace and perfection to the tune of live Indian classical music. Starting with 70 students, who mesmerised the audience with their spectacular performance.

Children presented “Chote miya barre miya” in which three different groups performed Kathak. There were in all 90 students in the presentation in which different aspects of Kathak like tukda, amad, paran, chakkardar paran, gatnikas, thumri and premlu were performed. This was followed by seven folk dances — Santhal, Bhangra, Maharashtrian, Haryanvi, Rajasthani and Gujarati. Children dressed in ethnic and colourful costumes danced to the beats of dhol, dholak, ghara, tabla, drum and nagara.

The show reached its peak with the fusion between drum, tabla, tap dancing and kathak which left the audience spell-bound. The performance of participants aged between three and 36 was appreciated by one and all. The organisation has been propagating culture, dance and teaching in the city for the past 20 years and is affiliated to the Pracheen Kalan Kendra, Chandigarh. It was founded by Purva, an accomplished Kathak dancer.



Docs dwell on cardiac anaesthesia, critical care
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
A Conference on ‘6th Update in Cardiac Anaesthesia and Critical Care’ by the Department of cardiac anesthesia and intensive care was held at Hero DMC Heart Institute.

The two-day conference was based on the theme ‘Modern Updates in Cardiac Anaesthesia’ including training about Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).

The first day of the conference began with workshop on “Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) which was conducted by Dr Venkat Goyal from Mumbai.

According to Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, the conference provided the participating delegates with the opportunity to learn about the latest clinical advances in research, practice, treatment and care in the field of cardiac anaesthesiology. The lectures by experts in field of cardiac anesthesia, interactive discussion with expert panelist, quiz competition and free paper sessions and poster presentations definitely encouraged the young anesthesiologist.

The speakers for the second day of the session were Dr Poonam Malhotra from AIIMS, New Delhi; Dr Prabhat Tewari SGPGI, Lucknow; Dr Sanjay Goel from Max Hospital, New Delhi; and Dr Sameer Srivastava, New Delhi; Dr Sikha Sharma from Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Manish Madra from Fortis Hospital, New Delhi and Dr Sanjula Virmai, GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi, delivered lectures on various topics such as transesophageal echocardiography, ‘neuromonitoring in cardiac surgery, pacemakers, anesthetic management of video assisted thoracic surgeries, use of ultrasound in children with heart disease and advancement in the management of cyanotic congenital heart disease. While Dr Rajesh Mahajan discussed about prevention of infection which is always a concern in operated patients.

More than 150 delegates participated in the conference. The conference ended with free paper session and prize distribution.



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Dengue cases

Four more patients belonging to Ludhiana district have tested positive for dengue. A male aged 22 years from Model Town, one female (35) from Chander Nagar and one 47-years-old male from New Deep Nagar are under treatment at DMCH, Ludhiana. Meanwhile, one male patient aged 36 years from Tibba Road is admitted at Civil Hospital also tested positive for Dengue. Now total number of dengue patients diagnosed in Ludhiana Hospitals has gone to 175 out of which 131 belong to Ludhiana, 38 to other districts and six to other states.

Limbs distribution camp

Artificial limbs distribution camp was held today at Viklang Shayata Kendre. Artificial limbs, calipers, wheel chair and hearing-aids were given to 15 physically handicapped persons. The camp was sponsored by Ludhiana Invincible Round Table 202. Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust Punjab co-hosted the camp.

Meeting held The monthly meeting of Vishav Punjabi Sahit Vichar Manch was held here today. Pritam Pander, president of the sabha, presided over the meeting. Gurcharan Kaur Kochar performed a ghazal. Canada-based poet Sukhminder Rampuri could not attend the meeting due to health issues.

Kirtan held

A nagar kirtan dedicated to the meeting day of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Ravidas was organised today. Nagar kirtan started from Dhandra village and culminated at Gurudwara Tapasthan, Khuralgarh.

Blood donation camp

Volunteers donate blood during a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday
Volunteers donate blood during a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo

SS Mavi, patron, Ludhiana Builders Association, in association with People for Justice—a Non Government Organisation on Sunday organised a blood donation camp on the factory premises, near Pakhowal Road. Ajit Singh Chairman of the NGO said, “The blood donation camp was organised on the eve of second wedding anniversary of SS Mavi’s daughter. Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital supported the camp and collected as many as 75 units of blood.”

Cong leader flays SAD-BJP

The president of District Congress Committee Gurpreet Gogi today said tall claims of SAD-BJP government of initiating various development projects, fall flat as the state government had not fulfilled any of the pre-poll promises made to the residents of Punjab. Gogi said he will collect the details of each and every work announced by the SAD-BJP, which have not been completed till date. — TNS



One killed in rail mishap
Our Correspondent

Khamano, November 9
One person was killed in a rail mishap in Khamano. He was hit by a speeding train last night. Sugreev said that incident took place last night when the Amritsar to Chandigarh train No 12412 was going towards Chandigarh.

He said the body of the unidentified person was kept in mortuary at Khamano Civil Hospital for identification and will be kept for 72 hours.

He gave information that the person seems to be of forty years and was wearing kurta pajama of pink colour.



Table Tennis tournament
Ropar, Jalandhar reign supreme
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 9
Players from Ropar and Jalandhar shared honours, clinching four and three titles, respectively, in the 55th Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium today.

Ropar players annexed titles in the cadet girls, sub-junior girls, junior girls, besides women’s section, while those from Jalandhar won titles in the junior boys, youth boys and youth girls’ category.

In the sub-junior girls’ section, Yashi Sharma from Ropar faced a little challenge from her rival, Kashish of Amritsar whom she overpowered in straight sets 11-9, 11-5 and 11-8. Later, she added another title to her kitty as she outwitted Neha from Jalandhar 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 and 12-10.

Dhriti Sharma representing Ropar warded off stiff challenge from Yashi before romping home as champion in the women’s final. Dhriti came out triumphant after surviving a scare in three sets 11-9, 13-11 and 11-5.

Ananya of Ropar outplayed Hiya Syal from Fatehgarh Sahib 11-8, 11-7 and 11-9 to win the cadet girls’ title and in the boys’ section, Jaskawalpreet Singh of Mohali survived many anxious moments before emerging victorious against his town mate Jasjot Singh 11-4, 12-10, 6-11 and 11-9.

In the sub-junior boys’ final, Sarthak of Jalandhar proved too good for local lad, Parivanshdeep Singh whom he tamed 11-9, 13-11 and 11-7 while another player from Jalandhar, Gursharan Singh defeated Sarthak of Amritsar 11-7, 8-11, 12-10 and 11-9 to lift the title in the junior boys’ section.

In the youth boys’ section, Roopam of Jalandhar beat Rohan of Amritsar 11-7, 11-9 and 11-5 while in the youth girls’ final, Neha of Jalandhar toiled hard to outnumber Yashi of Ropar 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 and 11-5.

The final played in the men’s section between Vikram Aditya and Rohan, both from Amritsar, turned out to be a keenly contested affair in which the former eventually came out winner 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 and 14-12. Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor, Ludhiana, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function.

Title winners

Ananya of Ropar outplayed Hiya Syal from Fatehgarh Sahib 11-8, 11-7 and 11-9 to win the cadet girls’ title and in the boys’ section, Jaskawalpreet Singh of Mohali survived many anxious moments before emerging victorious against his town mate Jasjot Singh 11-4, 12-10, 6-11 and 11-9. In the sub-junior boys’ final, Sarthak of Jalandhar proved too good for local lad Parivanshdeep Singh whom he tamed 11-9, 13-11 and 11-7.



Volleyball Tournament
DCM Presidency School corner glory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 9
Students of DCM Presidency School, Nankana Sahib Public School, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, bagged top honours in the U-19, U-17 and U-14 categories, respectively, in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex (LSSC) Volleyball Tournament that concluded today.

Teams from various schools from across the district competed in the tournament for boys and girls.

In the girls’ U-19 category, HVM Convent School and Nankana Sahib Public School secured the second and third positions, respectively, while in the U-17 category, the second and third positions were earned by St Thomas School and hosts DCM Presidency School, respectively. In the U-14 category, DCM Presidency School finished at the second spot while St Thomas School got the third position. In the boys’ section (U-19), Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police School, Phillaur, proved its class to lift the title, followed by the DCM Presidency School and Shifali International School, respectively.

Students of Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, proved their mettle to win the title in the boys’ U-17 category while DCM Presidency School finished as first runners-up and HVM Convent School had to content with the third position. In the boys’ U-14 category, hosts DCM Presidency School stamped their superiority to clinch the title and Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, secured the second position while BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, finished at the third place. Harmeet Kaur Waraich, director, LSSC, and principal of Nankana Sahib Public School distributed prizes. Principal of the host school Nupur Nutan thanked the chief guest.



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