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A daring effort goes in vain
Manjit Nagar resident killed while saving girl who was playing on rly track, she dies too
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
A middle-aged man and a minor girl were killed after they were hit by the Moga-New Delhi Shatabdi Express at the Manjeet Nagar level crossing near Basti Abdulapur here this evening. The man has been identified as Rajwinder Singh (52) of Manjit Nagar while the girl couldn’t be identified.

According to information, the girl was playing on the railway track at the Manjit Nagar level crossing at 3:30 pm. In the meantime, the Moga-New Delhi Shatabdi Express arrived on the same track. Observing the threat to the girl’s life, Rajwinder Singh jumped to save her. According to eyewitnesses, the train hit them both and tossed them away from the track.

Rajwinder Singh was rushed to a private hospital while the girl was taken to the Civil Hospital.

The officials of the Government Railway Police said: “It seems Rajwinder Singh had died on the spot. The girl was declared dead on arrival at the Civil Hospital.”

Ram Krishan, investigating officer, said: “It seems both of them died on the spot as the train was running at full speed. The local residents rushed them to the hospitals. The post-mortem of the bodies would be conducted tomorrow. The girl couldn’t be identified yet.”


Docs reject amendment allowing ayurvedacharyas to perform MTPs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Doctors from the city have rejected the proposed amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, allowing ayurvedacharyas, homoeopaths and nurses to conduct MTPs.

Dr Sudhir Raj, president of the state chapter of the Indian Medical Association, said: “The amendment is apparently based on a study done by the Population Council in 2012, which revealed that trained nurses and Ayurveda physicians carry out medical abortions as safely as MBBS doctors. In 2012, when the MTP Act 1971 was in place, nobody other than an MBBS doctor registered under the Act could conduct abortions. How could the Ayurveda doctors and nurses carry out MTPs, as the study conducted by the Population Council says, despite this fact. This smells of malpractices in the medical field and can endanger the lives of thousands of innocent people”.

Another city-based doctor said: “The proposed amendment of permitting MTPs up to 24 weeks of pregnancy from the current limit of 20 weeks is for allopathic gynaecologists with ultrasonologists and neonatologists’ opinions. Getting the MTP done by untrained and unprofessional general practitioners is a retrograde step. MTPs should be done neither by the ayurvedacharyas nor by homoeopaths as they are not trained for this job. Nor are they equipped to handle any emergency,” she said.

Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, state joint secretary of the IMA, said: “Paramedical staff to conduct MTPs is also against the provisions of the Clinical Establishments Act, which does not recognise even paramedical personnel trained by the doctors for conducting medical procedures”.

He said MTP is a procedure meant to be conducted by an allopathic doctor only and couldn’t be conducted by the paramedical staff on their own as they are not at all well equipped to handle critical medical conditions arising during incomplete abortions”.

Dr Ramandeep Kaur, another city-based gynaecologist said the proposed amendment should be given a second thought as it could put the lives of many to risk. “MTP is a very technical procedure and cannot be carried out by untrained and non-technical staff,” she said.



bylaw Violations in GLADA schemes
Allotments cancelled, eviction on
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
Taking note of brazen violations of the terms and conditions of allotment and illegal change of land use, especially in residential structures, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has decided to act sternly against the defaulting allottees.

Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists, has revealed that in as many as 424 cases, the allottees of GLADA properties, including residential plots, houses and commercial sites, had violated the terms and conditions of allotment, made illegal change of land use or deviated from the approved building plans.

Making it clear that GLADA meant business and action as per the rules was being taken against each and every defaulter, the GLADA Estate Officer, RK Popli, told The Tribune that action for the cancellation of allotment under section 45 of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act 1995 had been taken in all 424 cases of violations.

“Further, eviction proceedings had been launched against 252 allottees under section 46 of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995. Another 13 allottees had obtained stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court while 60 cases of cancellation of allotment were under appeal before the competent authority,” he said.

According to Popli, final show-cause notices had been issued to the remaining allottees of properties where violations had been detected to explain as to why eviction proceedings should not be initiated against them.

The report submitted by the field staff of GLADA says maximum number of violations were found in residential flats or houses constructed on plots allotted by GLADA under different schemes. In a majority of cases, the residential houses have been put to commercial use; in many other cases multiple residential units have been combined to create commercial establishments. Many allottees have deviated from the approved building plans.

Popli said as per the policy laid down by the Housing and Urban Development Department, certain specific commercial activities of non-polluting nature and those which did not cause general nuisance to other residents, were permissible in some part of the residential houses on payment of compounding fee.

Allottees of such residential plots/flats whose properties had been resumed or were in the process of being proceeded against for carrying out commercial activity, could get their properties compounded on payment of the stipulated fee in case they fulfilled the conditions laid down in the policy, said Popli.

Permissible commercial activities in residential properties

  • Property dealing
  • Professional consultancy in architecture, law, taxation, accounts and medicine



10 suspended for taking away vendors’ veggies
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Taking away vegetables and fruits of vendors after an anti-encroachment drive has cost a few employees of the MC dear. Around 10 employees of the tehbazari wing have been suspended with immediate effect.

Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal has confirmed the development. He said 10 employees, who had been suspended with immediate effect, are Vijay Kalra, supervisor; Gurvinder Singh and Vijay Batra, both drivers; Nand Lal, Raj Mani, Gokul, Sanjay Kumar, Sanjay (son of Bhola Ram), Chotte Lal and Ram Deen, all beldars.

The incident took place on November 7 when the tehbazari wing of Zone D removed rehris from the Green Belt area near the Zone D office of the MC at Sarabha Nagar. The vendors had complained to the higher-ups that the MC employees removed their stalls and took the vegetables and fruits home.

An employee at the tehbazari wing said that it was an unfortunate incident. “On one hand you remove the vendors for they have done something wrong and on the other you yourselves do something that amounts to stealing. For just a petty benefit, they have put their jobs at stake,” said the employee.



Another ASI commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
An ASI of the police, Nirmal Singh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at a house on the Daba road this morning. He was transferred here from Tarn Taran district a few months ago. He was residing in a rented accommodation on the Daba road while his family lives at his native village.

The officials at the Daba police station said Nirmal’s son came to Ludhiana to meet him two days ago. Today, he asked his son to have breakfast at a restaurant. When he left the room, Nirmal hanged himself from the ceiling fan. When the boy came back, he found Nirmal hanging from the ceiling fan. He informed the police.

According to information, deceased had been upset for the past few days.

Jatinder Kumar, Daba SHO, said Nirmal was upset due to some personal reasons. We got information at around 9 am that he had committed suicide. The body has been handed to the family after post-mortem. Yesterday, ASI Harwinder Singh (45) committed suicide by consuming poison at his house in Lalton. Harwinder was posted in the anti-human trafficking cell.



Nothing Swachh about Sidhwan Canal
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign has had little effect on the attitude of the public here if the poor state of Sidhwan Canal is any indication. The practice of throwing garbage in the canal is still going on.

Though it is an offence to pollute a river or a canal, residents don’t hesitate from throwing polythene bags, sacks and packaged products in the canal in the name of religious rituals. They would not take the pain of removing polythene bags, sacks of packaging while immersing “puja” material in the canal.

The district administration has put up a board near the canal to discourage this practice.

Farmers said when they irrigate their fields with this canal water, polythene bags, sacks and packaging got scattered all over, which affected the fertility of land. Moreover, cattle consume this waste and fall sick.

Sarabjeet Singh, a farmer from Jhamat village, said: “We irrigate our fields with water drawn from a distributary of Sidhwan Canal. We have to put up a handmade device to filter the water. The government has to ban throwing litter in the canal. There is no change in the condition of the canal after the launch of the Swachh Bharat drive”.



Cops in Saharanpur to trace missing student
Tribune News Service

Harish BhattLudhiana, November 10
The attempt of the police and the parents of a 16-year-old student, who went missing on October 21, proved futile as the person, who called up the parents from Saharanpur, switched off the mobile when the police reached there.

Harish Bhatt, a student of Class X at GMT Public School, went missing from the Salem Tabri area on October 21.

Sangita Bhatt, his mother, said: “I called up may husband and asked him to pick me up from railway station. Before leaving the house, Harish’s father asked him to go to his maternal uncle’s home as he was scared of staying all alone at home. His maternal uncle’s house is close to our residence. When we came back from the station, I called up my brother and asked him to send Harish back. But my brother said Harish did not reach there. We started searching for him and lodged a complaint with the Salem Tabari police.”

The parents said three days ago, they received a call from a person who asked them to come to the Saharanpur railway station to take custody of Harish.

The parents, along with a police team, went to Saharanpur a day before yesterday. The police officials said when they reached Saharanpur, the person, who called them up, switched off his phone. Mandeep Bedi, Salem Tabri SHO, said: “Earlier, we registered a missing complaint. When the parents received a call from an unidentified person, we sent a police party along with the parents and registered a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons. Our team is there to trace the boy.”

Harish is the only child of his parents and his father Maja Ram is a priest at a temple on the Jalandhar bypass.



Body found in canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The city police today took out an unidentified body from Sidhwan Canal in the Shimlapuri area here today. According to the police, the victim was around 24 year old. The police did not found and identification card or document on the body.

Passersby spotted the body floating in the canal near Gill Bridge this morning. The police took out the body from the canal with the help of the local residents.

The investigating officer, said: “The deceased was wearing a checked shirt and trousers. It seems the deceased was a migrant worker. The body has been sent to the mortuary of the Civil Hospital for identification.”



SAD leaders missing from BJP hoardings
BJP to stake claim on more seats in civic body elections, say leaders
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 10
After newly appointed Punjab BJP affairs in charge Ram Krishan Katheria hinting about going it alone in the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab, the ties between the alliance partners have been becoming feeble with each passing day.

Though the senior leaders of the SAD and the BJP are now claiming that the relationship of the alliance partners is unbreakable and the alliance will continue, the situation is completely different on the ground level where the sourness between both parties is becoming more visible now.

After being constantly ignored by SAD leaders on various occasions, including at state government functions, local leaders of the BJP have now decided to reply the SAD leaders in their own way. Hoardings installed by the Hathur Mandal of the BJP in Jagraon area are a clear indication towards the deteriorating ties between the alliance partners.

The hoardings installed by the mandal on the occasion of Gurpurb carry pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national BJP chief Amit Shah, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma and several local leaders of the party but ironically there is no picture of any SAD leader on these. Even the pictures of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Jagraon MLA SR Kaler are missing.

The SAD leaders have allegedly been continuously ignoring the BJP leaders. SAD leaders often used to give a miss to photos of BJP leaders in the hoardings put up by them on various occasions. Even after the formation of the BJP government in the Centre, there is no change in the stance of the SAD leaders and they continue to ignore them.

Though the BJP leaders have not been happy with the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by the SAD leaders, they have avoided speaking openly against it. But now, the state BJP leaders are in no mood to tolerate the same. The recently held Haryana Assembly elections during which the SAD supported the BJP’s main rival INLD have further widened the differences between both parties. After an excellent party performance in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, the BJP leaders have now decided to answer the SAD leaders in their own way.

“We are also an equally important part in the state government. Now, we would not tolerate the step- motherly treatment meted out to BJP leaders by the SAD leadership and if the latter continue to ignore us, we would not hold back,” said a local BJP leader.

Keeping in view the upcoming Municipal Council Elections, the changed scenario is going to have larger implications. The aggressiveness being shown by the BJP leaders is seen as a ploy to put pressure on the SAD leadership to seek more seats in the civic elections.

The local BJP leaders claim that the BJP has much more base among urban voters as compared to the SAD. Hence, the BJP should contest on more seats in the civic elections.

“We would definitely demand more seats in the Municipal Council elections. We are rightly demanding more seats and the alliance would have to oblige to our demand,” said another BJP leader.



Elderly persons prone to infections: Doc
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Dr Vikas Loomba, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), delivered a keynote address at the 11th annual conference of the Geriatric Society of India. He delivered a talk on ‘Infections in elderly’.

Dwelling on the topic, he said people above the age of 60 years behave quite differently as compared to adults.

Keeping this in mind, the World Health Organisation had emphasised on the need of having different regimens for the treatment of the elderly age group (like in children). All around the world, the elderly are looked after by geriatricians and this is fast catching up in the country also, he said.

Emphasising upon this need, Dr Loomba stressed that worldwide there had been a constant surge in the population of the elderly.

The elderly constituted nearly one per cent of the total population at the beginning of the 20th Century.

In India, this figure had touched 5.4 per cent in 1951 and now, they constitute nearly 8 per cent of the population.

It is projected that by 2050, the elderly will constitute 18-20 per cent of the total population of the country as every 5th person will be an elderly.

“A few important facts about the aged persons are that they have an increased susceptibility to infections.

Infections are the 3rd commonest cause of hospitalisation after myocardial infarction and stroke.

Fifty per cent of the elderly may have at least one major infection every year and maybe a terminal event in patients with congestive heart failure and neurodegenerative diseases.

In rural India, pneumonia and tuberculosis are two of the five top most causes of death,” he said.

The elderly are more prone to infections due to the decreased body resistance, decreased immunity, polypharmacy and other co-morbid conditions like diabetes mellitus, hypertension and lung diseases.

Infections also have significant cost implications along with increased morbidity and mortality. Infections in elderly can be prevented to a significant level by vaccinating, especially against pneumococcal (once a lifetime), influenza (once a year) and tetanus toxoid (once in 10 years).



BKU warns against diverting river waters
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
Adopting tough postures against the NDA government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government in Haryana, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) sounded a note of caution against any attempt to violate riparian law and divert river waters from Punjab to any of the neighbouring states.

Reacting sharply to the proposal mooted by newly elected Haryana Government, BKU chief Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said today that the Punjabi farmers would oppose tooth and nail the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna link canal, which would deprive the state of the much needed river water. Interestingly, the Lakhowal-led faction of the BKU was an ally of the ruling SAD-BJP.

Addressing a state committee meeting of the BKU today on phone from Canada, Lakhowal outrightly rejected the minimum support (MSP) price of rabi crops announced by the Centre.

He said the whole price structure of farm produce be reviewed and the MSP be announced on the basis of recommendations made by Dr MS Swaminathan Committee. Expressing concern over the delay in payment to farmers for purchase of paddy by government agencies, he asked the government to speed up the payment so that sowing of next crops, including wheat, was not affected. The meeting also called for removal of all restrictions over sale of basmati rice outside the state.

Giving details while addressing a news conference, BKU secretarygeneral Puran Singh Shahkot said it was emphasised upon the government to direct the Cotton Corporation of India to immediately start purchase of cotton from mandis so as to check the distress sale of cotton by producers.

“The BKU will mobilse farmers to launch an agitation if purchase of cotton is not started without any further delay,” the meeting resolved.

The BKU further asked the government to announce the support price of sugarcane and also to make sure that crushing is resumed immediately. It wanted Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to make necessary arrangements well in time to provide eight-hour uninterrupted power supply to farmers for cultivation of wheat and other rabi crops.

‘Will oppose Sutlej-Yamuna link canal’

Reacting sharply to the proposal mooted by newly elected Haryana Government, BKU chief Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said Punjabi farmers will oppose tooth and nail the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna link canal, which will deprive the state of the much needed river water. Interestingly, the Lakhowal-led faction of the BKU is an ally of the ruling SAD-BJP.



Trust felicitates Good Samaritans
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Rangasamy Elango from Chennai and Santokba Dullabhji Memorial Hospital-cum-Medical Research Institute, Jaipur, were honoured with Sat Paul Mittal National Award for their service to humanity, while Sat Paul Mittal Award of Appreciation was given to Prof Vijay Barse of Nagpur, during a programme organised to commemorate 125th birth anniversary of first PM Jawahar Lal Nehru, today.

About 1,100 scholarships were given Mittal-Pandey Scholarships (girls) amounting to Rs 37 lakhs, apart from students winning inter-college debate held by Nehru Siddhant Kender Trust. Former External Affairs Minister Preneet Kaur was the chief guest.

The awards were given to recognise the efforts of the individuals for their social services. Rangasamy Elango started a Panchayat Academy and provides training and inspire for good practices in Panchayati Raj institutions. The academy acquaints and train members of the Panchyat for their responsibility, accountability and powers. Speaking on the occasion Elango said Panchayat is a beautiful system. He said before British Raj, the powers regarding the community, vested with the community, but when the Britons came, the powers went into the hands of the ruling dispositions. But the power should remain within the community and villages. He said he worked to develop a model Panchayat. People who want to work for the society must go to villages and towns, to be part of the Panchayats and Municipalities to make a difference.

Yogendra Durlabhji from Rajasthan received the Sat Paul Mittal National Award in institution category on behalf of Santokba Dullabhji Memorial Hospital-cum-Medical Research Institute, Jaipur. The medical facility takes care of the needs of 2.75 lakh thalassemia patients and also serves terminally ill patients. While receiving the award, Durlabhji said his father while on his deathbed had called Yogendra and his brother and told them that from whatever fortune he is leaving to them, apart from the little to meet their needs, the rest is for the service of the community. Rather than achieving their own aspirations, they should derive happiness by fulfilling hopes of people in society. Both of them were given Rs 2 lakh each as part of the award.

Prof Vijay Barse received Sat Paul Mittal Appreciation Award for inspiring slum children to play football. He inspired children in 2001 and it has become an international phenomenon now. Slum children from 75 countries now play the international Slum Soccer event. It all started when Mr Barse, started giving Rs 5 to every child living in a slum to play football. Soon children got addicted to the game. And gradually, the game of slum children grew from district to state, and then from national to international level. Prof Barse said this habit took slum children into a good place and engaged them into a constructive pursuit. It also prevented them from straying into anti-social activities and kept them safe. So, it was good for the society at large. He was given Rs 50,000 as part of the appreciation award. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President, Nehru Siddhant Kender Trust said he was inspired by Prof Barse’s story while watching him on television programme Satyamev Jayate.

Preneet embarrassed

Congress leader Preneet Kaur said the Punjab government should learn how to run schools from Bharti Foundation. It is running schools for underprivileged children in villages. She said although crores were spend on Adarsh schools, but the quality of education is very low in government run schools. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Nehru Siddhant Kender Trust said, “Now we have a Prime Minister with a vision. This decade would be a golden decade for the country.” These comments came as an embarrassment for Congress leader Preneet Kaur sitting on the dais as chief guest, it as was evident from her expression. When asked later, if she agrees with Mittal’s view about the country “now” having the Prime Minister with a vision, she replied “Everybody has a vision. The country has reached where it is because of decades of great leadership of past leaders,” she added.



With no chill in air, hosiery industry suffers cold in Ludhiana
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Hosiery manufacturers are having a tough time as retailers are not picking the woollen stuff and waiting for winters to arrive fully. In factories nearly 40 per cent of the manufactured goods are waiting for the customers to arrive.

The winter has not arrived fully and retailers are waiting for local customers while the out station consignments have already been dispatched.

Sanju Dhir, vice-chairman, Knits and Wear Association, said local retailers have yet not turned up. “Retailers are waiting for the winter to arrive fully. Manufactured stuff is lying in our factories and we are waiting for the customers,” said he.

Another hosiery manufacturer Vinay Kansal said that with winter season getting short, retailers pick the stuff on time. “Now winter season is not long as compared to some years ago. Retailers prefer to pick the hosiery material right on the onset of season,” he said.

Vijay Dhiman, a hosiery retailer, from Ghumar Mandi said winter season cannot be predicted. “Major weather change has been observed over the years. Now season is short and heavy stuff like blazers and coats are in demand only for 10-15 days. There is no point in stuffing the shops with woollens. I have started with full sleeves stuff and will buy woollens only once there is chill in the air,” he said.

Meanwhile, Krishan Raj, a hosiery manufacturer based near Daresi Ground said everything is dependent on the rain God. “We are praying for rains so that the there is nip in the air and demand for hosiery goods arise,” he added.



Garbage dumps near schools, colleges irk authorities
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Garbage dumps can be seen at various places in the city. But the dumps near the educational institutions have irked the students, staff, school/college authorities, who feel that these must be removed as they created lot of problems for all.

The garbage points near Khalsa College for Girls, Guru Harkishan Public School, near Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, have posed great problems for the students/staff of the educational institutions.

Inayat, a student of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, said bad smell emits from the dump near the school.

“Though we try to tolerate everything but at times it becomes too difficult to pass through the stretch as garbage, when remained un-lifted, emits foul smell and flies and mosquitoes scatter all around. We personally feel that such dumps must not be kept near schools and colleges as diseases, if spread due to unhygienic conditions, could be fatal to students (including small children),” said the student.

A teacher at Guru Harkishan Public School, wishing anonymity, said it became too difficult to be at school premises when the authorities fail to lift the garbage on regular basis from the garbage dump.

“The MC authorities should ensure that garbage is lifted everyday as tons of garbage is added every day at the dumping site, causing more trouble for the nearby residents and students/staff at the school.

At times, while lifting the garbage, the workers scatter polythene bags, leftovers all around and it become difficult to cross the road. It is high times and authorities must adopt techniques like those adopted in western countries while lifting the garbage,” said the teacher.



Thirteen child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The District Task Force rescued 13 child labourers, here today, from Jagdamba Exports, located at Bajra village on Rahon Road. The force raided seven factories today on the complaint of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

Mohit Singla, Assistant Director, said, “We rescued children from Jagdamba Exports. As per the age told by these children they were of age between 10 to 16 years. They used to stitching work and also as helpers.”

After rescuing them, the children were sent to Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital for a medical examination.

Dinesh Kumar of Bachpan Bachao Andolan said, “After the medical, the children were presented before Child Welfare Committee.”

The report of medical examination will come after two days. Singla said, “After the medical report the exact age of these children could be known.

The team which rescued these children includes Sukhvinder Singh Bhatti, Mazkhhan Singh and Mohit Singla, Assistant Director, Factory; Labour Inspector Gulshan Kumari; Inderjeet Bagga from health department and Dinesh Kumar from Bachpan Bachao Andolan.



Hospital site
GLADA fetches Rs 7.21 crore at auction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 10
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold a free-hold nursing home site in Sector 39 A, Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, for Rs 7.21 crore. The prime land with an area of 1.02 acre and a reserve price tag of Rs 4,93,68,000 yielded a premium of nearly 46 per cent.

According to GLADA Estate Officer RK Popli, who conducted the auction with other officials, said the successful bidder Dr Baldev Singh offered the highest bid of Rs 14,600 per square yard. In all, three bidders took part in the auction after depositing eligibility fee of Rs 9,87,360 each.

As per the offer document, the successful bidder was to deposit five per cent of the the final bid amount at the fall of hammer along with two per cent of the total cost of land for the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund.

Another 15 per cent of the bid amount will be payable within 60 days from the date of auction, and failure to do so will lead to cancellation of allotment and forfeiture of the amount deposited by the bidder. Balance 80 per cent amount could be paid in lump sum with 10 per cent rebate within 60 days of issue of allotment letter or else in five yearly equated installments along with 12 per cent interest.



Non-release of arrears
Non-teaching staff stage sit-in
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Members of the Private College Non-Teaching Employees’ Union held a sit-in in front of the DC office in protest against non-release of arrears. The protest had been held in the city, apart from Amritsar and Patiala today, members of the union said.

Despite the revision of pay on January 1, 2006, and revised grade on November 1, 2012, no arrears have been paid by the government, the members added.

The members alleged that although a meeting with Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal was held on September 23 this year, and the government committed to release the arrears and accept other demands of the union, no notification had been released by the government till date.

Bhupinder Thakur from the union said although the pay of teaching staff had been increased, but that of non-teaching employees remain dismally low and even arrears had not been paid after the revision of grades. Thakur said they had even won court in this regard, and have filed a contempt of court case against the government. The next hearing about the case is on December 5, he added.

Teachers’ union holds protest

Members of the 3442 Teachers Union held a protest in the city today against the state government. The protest was led by state coordinator Navdeep Singh and was held at Chatar Singh Park.

Members of the union said although they were appointed on a regular basis, but they were being discriminated by the state government and were payed merely Rs 10,000 per month, which had not been increased.

Despite assurances by the Education Minister after a meeting in September, nothing has been done in this regard. So, a protest will be held in Mohali on November 23, the members said.



National symposium on crop improvement ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
A three-day national symposium on ‘Crop Improvement for Inclusive Sustainable Development’ concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. More than 500 researchers and students from farm universities, institutes and organisations participated in the symposium.

Discussions on four relevant themes, including breeding for nutritional and industrial quality traits, conservation and utilisation of plant genetic resources, developing varieties having climate resilience and higher productivity and integration of biotechnology with conventional crop improvement were held. A galaxy of stalwarts delivered one convention and 11 lead lectures.

Under the chairmanship of Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and chairperson of the organising committee, the deliberations were finally built into a clear set of recommendations covering germplasm activities, breeding methodologies, biotechnological interventions, policy issues and a future plan of action.

A convention lecture on ‘abiotic and biotic stress management through genes from high altitude plants’ was delivered by Dr PS Ahuja, director general, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and an illustrious alumnus of the PAU.

The organizing secretary of the symposium and additional director of Research (Crop Improvement), PAU, Dr RK Gumber said eight symposium sessions were conducted besides a panel discussion and a plenary session. “The research papers were presented as 526 posters and 17 oral presentations. In addition, proceedings of more than 1,000 pages reflecting latest scientific developments in the field were published and distributed among the participants,” he added.

An award of honour was bestowed on two distinguished scientists by the scientific societies. PAU VC Dr BS Dhillon and an internationally known figure in the field of plant breeding and genetics received the honour for his outstanding contributions to maize breeding and for providing direction to agricultural research as head of various organisations and societies. Besides, Dr GS Nanda, former director of Research, PAU, was honoured for his outstanding contributions to wheat breeding.



Canadian scientist visits PAU, deliberates on water issues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Dr Shiv O Prasher, professor, Department of Bio-resource Engineering, McGill University, Montreal (Canada), visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to discuss the potential areas of research collaboration and to formulate strategies for addressing water issues.

He interacted with the university Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, and the officers, heads and faculty of various departments. Besides, he also visited Soil and Water Resources Museum, and College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology.

The deliberations resulted in three cooperative research areas, including waste water management, hydrogel technology, and biochar technology.

Dr Balwinder Singh, director of Research, PAU, shed light on the water problems of Punjab in addition to uranium toxicity in the state.

Dr JS Dhiman, additional director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), expressed concern over the problems of depleting underground water table, waterlogging, poor water quality and water pollution by agricultural and industrial effluents in the state. “Water is a key focus of number of research projects,” he said while emphasising on the development of need-based strategies for combating water issues.

Dr Shiv O Prasher appreciated the presentations given by the PAU experts. He said, “Agriculture is worldwide occupation. With the ever-increasing population and growing urbanisation, there is going to be a lot of pressure on agriculture and especially on water.” Safe use of waste water is vital, he added. Waste water should also be used for other purposes besides growing vegetables, he suggested.

During his presentation on ‘waste water use in agriculture’, Dr Dhanwinder Singh, prof of Soil Science, disclosed, “More than 10,000 hectare (ha) of land receives sewage water in the state.” He further said Buddha Nullah was free from pollution during the 60s but rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of the city caused a tremendous increase in the production of liquid and solid wastes. He stressed on treating waste waters/effluents suitably for irrigation.

Speaking on ‘integrated water management options in Punjab’, Dr KB Singh, professor of Soil Science, said the water demand in the state accounts for 4.93 million (m) ha metre, water supply 3.48 m ha metre and water deficit 1.43 m ha metre. He said the paddy-wheat system had led to overuse of water resources.

Water crisis will aggravate further due to climate change and continuous pressure to feed growing population, Singh observed. Referring to the role of water in state agriculture, Dr Singh said water leads to higher productivity.

Dr Priya Katyal, assistant microbiologist, said there was an increasing concern about uranium toxicity in Malwa region of the state.



gadvasu fest
College of Veterinary Science bags overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The College of Veterinary Science bagged the overall trophy of the week-long Inter-College Youth Festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Dr VK Taneja presided over the valedictory function.

The guests of honour included Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU; Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, member PPSC, and Dr Baljeet Singh Gill, associate dean, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr Darshan Singh Barhi, organising secretary, said over 200 students participated in 30 events. Three in campus colleges, including College of Fisheries, College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology participated along with the School of Animal Biotechnology, Veterinary Polytechnic College Kaljharani, Bathinda, and Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.


Overall trophy: College of Veterinary Science; runners-up: Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar; fine arts: Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar; literary event: College of Veterinary Science; music: College of Veterinary Science: dramatics: College of Dairy Science and Technology; dance: College of Veterinary Science; group dance (male): Ist- Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, 2nd- College of Veterinary Science, 3rd- College of Fisheries; group dance (female): Ist- College of Veterinary Science, 2nd- College of Fisheries, 3rd- College of Dairy Science and Technology; classical dance: Ist- Harpreet Kaur (School of Animal Biotechnology), 2nd- Gulgul (College of Fisheries), 3rd- Priya Bahri (College of Dairy Science and Technology).



SSA-RMSA Teachers’ Union holds meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The meeting of SSA-RMSA Teachers’ Union was held at a park in Jamalpur here today. They demanded regularization of jobs, maternity leave to female members, timely salaries and suspension of police cases against the members of the union.

Amandeep Singh Daddahoor, district president of the union, said they were being discriminated as the no rationalisation policy was being followed and maternity leave of only three months was given to female members as compared to six months leave.

The union is going to carry out a protest rally on November 23 if their demands are not met, he said.



Book fair begins

Ludhiana: A five-day scholastic book fair has been organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, Ludhiana, on Monday. Books based on characters and subjects, including story books, fiction, non-fiction, fun learning and activity-based books that kids love and want to read are being displayed there.

From newly released books and bestsellers to award winning titles, all are available at the book fair. Principal Dr Manjeet Kaur said such events, which are guided by CBSE, were important because the more kids read, the better reader they become, and the more successful they would be in school, work and life.

PowerPoint presentation

The two-day Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex PowerPoint Presentation competition (Maths and Science) for the session 2014-15 concluded at Green Land Convent School, Dugri. Twenty-one schools took part in the competition. The candidates were given four topics: Space craft-huge leap for the mankind, green technology- for sustainable future, nuclear power- energy in nutshell and forensic science- probing skill. The first prize was bagged by Harsh Poplay from Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar Bypass, and second prize went to Jasbir Singh from Guru Nanak International Public School and the third prize was won by Lucky Gumber from BCM School, Shastri Nagar.

Solo dance competition

A solo dance competition was organised by the Humanities Forum of the Kindergarten section at Kundan Vidya Mandir here on Monday. Meenakshi and Shivani were the judges. Aarav Jain bagged the first spot, Naunidh bagged second while Saksham and Harseerat got the third prize. Meanwhile, Tanisha and Tarinder got the appreciation awards.

World Science Day

Ryan International School, Dugri, observed World Science Day on the school premises here on Monday. Students of classes I and II prepared models in the school according to their thinking power. Students of classes III-V participated in a science quiz. — TNS



Insurance Co opens mobile office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Oriental Insurance Company (OIC) started a new mobile office under the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna today. The mobile office aims to tap the rural population under the scheme. This is the second mobile office of the company while the first one was started a few days ago in Kochi (Kerala).

“The main objective of the company will be to target the rural population. We will be tying up with sarpanches of villages who will be providing us information about the requirement and number of people for opening up accounts under the scheme. The mobile office will visit the village and help people in opening up accounts under the scheme,” said Parvesh Verma, divisional manager of the OIC.

The mobile van will be working for entire Ludhiana district with focus on the rural areas.

“People in cities are aware of banking facilities but rural folks still lack the knowledge and that is the main reason why we are targeting the rural population,” Verma added.

The scheme has been started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a target to provide universal access to banking facilities starting with basic banking accounts with an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 after six months. After six months of the opening of the bank account, holders can avail Rs 5,000 loan from the bank.



Probe marked against ASI

Jagraon, November 10
The Jagraon police have initiated an inquiry against an ASI deployed at the Jagraon city police station for failing to act in a theft case reported a few days ago. Some unidentified persons broke into a house of Subhash Chander Bhandari in the Old Grain Market area here on the night of October 30 and decamped with goods worth thousands of rupees.

The victim lodged a complaint with the police about the theft. The police marked the case to ASI Joga Singh for investigation. However, ASI Joga Singh failed to take a quick action in the case.

Sources said family members of the victim later approached the SSP, Jagraon, Ravcharan Singh Brar, and told him about the matter.

Taking a serious note of the incident, the SSP ordered a departmental probe into the matter and summoned the ASI to the Police Lines. — OC



Awareness drive

The Rising Youth Association, an NGO, organised a meeting at Rakh Bagh today. Members appreciated the activity of the Ludhiana Police against high-speed driving and drunk drivers. Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, said the faster you drive the harder you hit. Slowing down was the most effective and immediate way to reduce mishaps.

If we all slowed down, our chances of crashing, being killed or seriously injured on the road, would dramatically decrease. Despite years of warnings, campaigns, CCTV cameras, radars and police enforcement, speeding is still the major contributing factor towards death and serious injury on roads. Preetkamal Grewal, Sukhpreet Sandhu, Purandeep Singh, JB Singh were among the others present.

Coolers checked

Under the directions of Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, and under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, a team of 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and mult-ipurpose health supervisers checked the coolers at different areas for breeding of Aedes aegypti (larva of dengue). In Vishawkarma Colony Basti, Jodhewal, two containers; in Jalandhar bypass two coolers and two containers were found which were having larva. The information regarding the same has been passed to MC Officials for issuing fines.

More dengue cases reported

Seven more patients have tested positive for dengue out of which four belong to Ludhiana and three to other districts. A male aged 40 years from Mahavir Jain Colony, a female (18) from Iqbal Nagar, a 27- year-old man from Tibba Road and an eight-year-old child from Tajpur road, who were getting treatment from the CMCH were among the patients tested positive. Three patients, admitted to the DMCH, from other districts also tested positive for dengue. A 46-year-old man from Sangrur, a 20-year-old youth from Hoshiarpur and a man (59) from Faridkot have also tested positive. Now the total count of dengue patients diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals has gone up to 182, out of which 135 belong to Ludhiana, 41 to other districts and six to other states.

Art Beat Fest

The two-day IREO Ludhiana Art Beat Fest concluded on Monday on the note of art being an amalgamation of viewers’ choice and painters’ expression. Prof Sanjay Kumar, a renowned painter and print maker and head of the department of fine arts department at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, was the jury member of the event. Director, art scape, Simrat Kaur was also among the jury members. Conclave’s moderator was Pallab Bose. Later, the renowned artist Heeral Trivedi conducted a special workshop for students.

Assn to promote art, culture

Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) has decided to organise programmes in various parts of the city to promote progressive art, culture and literature relating to people’s issues through the medium of theatre. In a meeting held at the Punjabi Bhawan, it was decided to disseminate healthy culture in the society in the wake of degeneration in the field of art and culture under the influence of materialism and consumerism. Participants from the different sections of society presented their views. The members pledged to put in their efforts to make the state-level function to be held on December 21 at Ludhiana a success.

Office-bearers elected

A meeting of the Karkhana Mazdoor Union was held here on Monday during which its executive committee was elected. Lakhwinder Singh has been elected president, Imman Bahadur secretary, Sushil Pandey cashier and Gurjit legal adviser.

Martyrdom day on Dec 22

President of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandak Committee, Avtar Singh Makkar said the SGPC was playing an integral role in getting memorials constructed so that the coming generations were aware of those who laid their lives for the cause of the nation and the religion. He said the martyrdom day of Shaheed Baba Jeevan Singh would be observed with full rituals on December 22.

Power staff hold rally

In response to a call given by the Coordination Committee of Employees and Engineers, the staff of City Central Division, Grid Maintenance Division and Sunder Nagar Nagar Division of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Monday held a rally at the old circle office on GT Road here in protest against proposed transfer of 32 acres of the power utility to GLADA for commercial exploitation. The activists of the committee demanded that the decision to sell this land to GLADA at throwaway prices be revoked.

PCC (Urban) threatens fast

Development cell of Punjab Pardesh Congress (Urban) said factories license fees hiked by the Punjab Government was not justified and if it was not rolled back by November 25 then they would go on fast on November 26 at Jagraon bridge, said chairman of the PPC (Urban), Ramesh Joshi. Industry was already reeling under taxes and it could not take another burden, he said.

Cleanliness drive

Punjab SC Commission Chairman Rajesh Bagha on Monday participated in a Swachh Bhart campaign at Khanna. It was organised by a social organisation, SEWA, at the Municipal Council office, Khanna. Bagha in his address appealed all to clean their surrounded areas and to aware others also of the same. Bagha appealed students to save and preserve water. College president RS Jhanji and organisation president Anuj thanked all for their participation. Bagha also visited the Ambedkar Bhawan and assured all help to complete it soon. — TNS



Youth booked

Khanna November 10
The police had registered a case against a youth of Khanna for the alleged death of another local youth, Mandeep Singh. As per information, Jagdev Singh was doing electricity wiring work at a newly constructed house in Azad Nagar.

During the work, he called his friend Mandeep and both went to the house. When he was connecting the wires with the live wire on the roof, a live wire fell on Mandeep’s foot.

He got electric shock due to which he fell from the roof of the house. He was injured seriously and later died at the Civil Hospital. A case against Jagdev has been registered who absconded from the spot after the youth’s fall. — OC



Hockey tourney commences
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 10
The 16th Diwali Hockey Tournament, organized in the memory of Dr Ishwar Singh, founder president of the Guru Nanak National College, was inaugurated today at the Guru Nanak Stadium.

A total of 6 teams including Shakti Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha; Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha; Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur; Mehta Gurukul Senior Secondary School, Doraha; Government Senior Secondary School, Jatana; and Malwa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, are participating in the tournament.

Principal of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu inaugurated the tournament. In his inaugural address, he asked the athletes to adopt a positive attitude towards life and be prepared for challenges with a stable mind, open heart and healthy physic. He further asked the students to adopt the spirit of true sportsmanship in their lives so that they can take victory and defeat in the same stride.

The first match was played between Shakti Senior Secondary School, Doraha, and Government Senior Secondary School, Jatana, in which the former defeated the latter 4-2. The second match was played between Mehta Gurukul Senior Secondary School, Doraha, and Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, and the former defeated the latter 1-6.

Dr Nirlep Kaur, Chairperson, and Karamjit Singh, organizing secretary, said the winner team will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 11,000 along with team and individual trophy and the runners-up will be given a prize of Rs 5,100 along with the team trophy and individual trophy.



PU Inter-College Power Lifting meet
KCW emerge champs third time on the trot
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 10
Players of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, created history of sorts when they clinched the overall championship for the third consecutive year during the Panjab University Inter-College Power Lifting Championship, held at the university campus, Chandigarh.

Mandeep Kaur and Preeti Rawat from this college stamped their superiority over others to clinch gold medals in the 63kg and 72kg weight categories, respectively. Jaspreet Kaur and Hem Lata secured silver medals in the 47kg and 57 kg groups.

Two other girls from KCW, Ludhiana, Rajvir Kaur and Taranjit Kaur also shared silver medal in the 84kg weight category and played an important role in their college’s stupendous performance which helped it to emerge as overall champions.

Meanwhile, in the weight lifting competition, players from the college secured third position. Harjinder Kaur (52kg) and Taranjit Kaur (75kg) bagged silver medals and Hem Lata (58kg), Mandeep Kaur (69kg) and Rajvir Kaur (75kg) won bronze medals.

Dr Renu Saini, principal, KCW, Ludhiana congratulated the winners. She also appreciated the efforts of Coach Amarjit Singh and head of the physical education department Sukhpal Kaur for the outstanding achievement.



GNPS students compete in athletics meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 10
A large number of students took part in different sports events besides fun games in the 38th Inter-House Annual Athletics Meet of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, today.

Ranjit Singh Dhillon, MLA, Ludhiana declared the meet open. He was accorded a warm welcome by the members of the school management committee and the principal.

The meet began with a march past in which students representing houses—Prof Mohan Singh House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh House, Bhai Veer Singh House and Maharaja Ranjit Singh House—took part. Shaheed Bhagat Singh House won the trophy for the best marching contingent.


Boys (U-14) 1500m race: Sachdeep Singh (PMS) 1, Japanjot Singh (PMS) 2 and Sukhwinder Singh (BVS) 3.

Girls (U-14) 600m race: Armaandeep Kaur (BVS) 1, Tarneet Kaur (MRS) 2 and Jeevanjot Kaur (MRS) 3.

Boys (U-14) 400m race: Harnoor Singh (SBS) 1, Manjot Singh (MRS) 2 and Manikpreet Singh (PMS) 3.

Girls (U-14) 400m race: Manisha Purohit (PMS) 1, Gaganpreet Kaur (BVS) 2 and Harsimran Kaur (BVS) 3.

Class VI (girls) long jump: Avneet Kaur (MRS) 1, Sukriti Kaur (MRS) 2 and Harjap Kaur (PMS) 3.

Girls (U-14) shot put: Harmehak Kaur (MRS) 1, Gurleen Kaur (BVS) 2 and Harleen Kaur (MRS) 3.

Girls (U-14) long jump: Yashpreet Kaur (SBS) 1, Armaandeep Kaur (BVS) 2 and Parteek Kaur (BVS) 3.

Boys (U-14) 200m race: Utkash Singh (BVS) 1, Rannvijat Singh (MRS) 2.



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