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Shivaji Nagar nullah a blot on Ward No. 18
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The residents of Ward Number 18 are sore over the apathetic attitude of the authorities in addressing their long-pending demands. They seem to have surrendered to the situation, believing that works will be done only when the Municipal Corporation gets sufficient funds. At the same time they feel it is difficult to live in the pathetic conditions here.

The ward comprises areas, including Kashmir Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Narinder Nagar, Harcharan Nagar and Ranjit Singh Park. The major problem has been the uncovered “ganda nullah” at Shivaji Nagar. A project to cover the nullah was approved in 2011 but due to the fund crunch, the work could not be started.

“In the rainy season, the nullah overflows. Rainwater flowing from Transport Nagar, Link Road and Janakpuri accumulates in the area. Our repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Laying storm sewers remains the only option to the problem and for that the MC needs to shell out at least Rs 26 crore, which seems impossible in the present scenario,” said Inder Aggarwal, councillor (BJP) of the ward.

The councillor said there were other problems due to which he had to face the wrath of the public. But these could not be solved as a huge amount of money was needed to come over the problems.

The roads of Kashmir Nagar are in a shambles. An open fish market was another problem in the area.

Major problems

  • Gunda nullah of Shivaji Nagar
  • Bad condition of roads at Kashmir Nagar
  • Stray dog menace
  • Works left incomplete due to non-release of payments to contractors
  • Rainwater from Transport Nagar, Link Road and Janakpuri accumulates in the ward


A-Z fails to come up to residents’ expectations 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Despite warnings issued by the higher-ups in the Municipal Corporation and by the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, the A-Z Company, which has been awarded 25-year contract for lifting garbage in the city, has failed to come up to the expectations of both the residents and the authorities. The door-to-door lifting of garbage, which was the main condition in the memorandum of understanding (MoU), still seems to be a distant dream.

The spokesperson for the Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said the company had “failed” to fulfil the needs of the residents. “It is a big company, which is working in many other states. But here, the of lifting garbage is poor. The company officials are hand in glove with certain MC officials and the weight of the lifted garbage is never checked properly by the higher-ups.

Sanitary Inspectors are made to sit at the main garbage lifting points but none keeps a check on them. We have been apprising the higher officials that company was not working properly but nobody listens to our pleas. The MC continues to bear losses,” alleged Mehta.

Following complaints against the company, the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, had asked the company to submit a week-wise report of garbage lifted from several areas, but to no avail.

The Municipal Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, said the company was issued warnings and the authorities were keeping a check on its working. But residents feel there is no point paying so much to the company, which had failed to come up to the expectations of the public.

“The piles of garbage can be seen in the area any time as the company staff revisit the area after two or three days. We bear the stink throughout the day but none cares about our plight,” said Jaswinder Singh, a resident of a locality near the cremation ground in ward number 18. Similar is the situation in many other wards.

What company official says

In charge of A-Z Company here VP Chauhan said the company, too, was facing great difficulty as payments have been pending for the past five months. The company is not getting any cooperation by the civic body officials. Under such circumstances, it is becoming difficult to work here. Unless and until the company raises a hue and cry, the MC does not release a single penny, said Chauhan.


AS Sekhon, Additional Commissioner, admitted that there was no improvement in the working of the company and this had been conveyed to the higher authorities. “The harsh decision of termination of the contract remains the only option but that has to be taken by the higher authorities. Besides, we have to look out for alternative arrangements too,” said Sekhon.



New VAT numbers
Delay hits inter-state transactions
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Traders are facing a lot of difficulty in getting new value added tax (VAT) registration number. Applications are lying pending for the past one month.

Gurtej Singh, a trader, said he had applied for a new VAT registration number last month, but had not got it so far. “We cannot make transactions outside the state till I got the number. I have been incurring losses due to the delay,” he said.

A delegation of the Indian Taxation Advocates Association also met the department officials in this regard. “Many applications of our clients are lying pending for the past about one month. We also met the official concerned in this regard. People who have applied for new VAT registration numbers are incurring losses and their wait seems to be getting longer,” said Jatinder Khurana, executive member of the Indian Taxation Advocates Association.

“After completing all paper work, I submitted my application for a VAT registration number last month. But I have not received the number to date. I am doing the rounds of the office. Every time I visit the office, I am asked to come again. Sometimes the official concerned is on leave and sometimes he is in the field. I hope my number is issued soon, so I can start my inter-state transactions,” said another trader.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the department said the pending applications would be cleared soon. He cited staff shortage as the reason for the delay.



Abhishek’s death
Police protecting culprits, says father 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Controversy shrouding the mysterious death of Abhishek Banerjee refuses to die down. On one hand the police and doctors of the Civil Hospital seem to be convinced that Abhishek died due to drug overdose, his father, Dr AK Banerjee, claimed that the police were shielding the son of an influential gas agency owner.

The youth had reportedly told the police officials that he had snorted heroin with Abhishek on the night of his death. Dr Banerjee, who visited Delhi to meet the President, has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

“The police and doctors, too, are working under pressure. This can be gauged from the fact that after the chemical report ruled out possibility of Abhishek’s death due to poison, Dr Gurbinder Kaur of the Civil Hospital sought a specific narcotics report from a special laboratory in Kharar,” said Dr Banerjee.

Dr Gurbinder Kaur, in a letter (dispatch No. 14433, dated November 3) to the Chemical Examiner in Kharar had sought a specific narcotics examination report.

Dr Gurbinder Kaur stated that she had conducted the post-mortem examination on Abhishek’s body on June 22. The viscera had been sent for a chemical examination as the police inquest proceeding indicated that the deceased died due to alleged overdose of narcotics. However, she (Dr Gurbinder) did not receive the chemical report, states the letter.

She further stated in the letter that she received a query from Division No. 8 SHO along with a copy of the chemical examination report.

It was mentioned in the chemical examination report that no poison was detected in the contents (viscera), but there was no mention about the narcotics.

However, the authorities at the special laboratory in Kharar replied on November 11 (a copy of which is with The Tribune) that the chemical examination report was full and final.

“The reply by the Chemical Examiner has substantiated that my son had not died due to drug overdose,” said Dr Banerjee

Now, I expect a free and fair investigation into my son’s murder,” said Dr Banerjee.

Dr Banerjee said there was a threat to Abhishek’s life as he had helped the police in busting a gang of drug peddlers in 2013.

Sources said the drug peddlers got to know that Abhishek was instrumental in their arrest.

The incident

It was on June 22 that Abhishek was found dead in his father’s black Honda City outside SCD Government College. The post-mortem report revealed that he died on the night of June 21. Initially, it was suspected that Abhishek, who was pursuing LLB from Pune, died due to drug overdose.



Yet another cop dies, GRP rules out suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
A 42-year-old policeman died after being hit by a train this morning. The deceased has been identified as head constable Surjit Singh. He was deployed at the treasury branch in Mini Secretariat.

Surjit lived in Jamalpur Police Colony. Today, he left for Dukh Niwaran Gurdwara early in the morning.

Investigating officer (IO) Ashok Kumar of the Government Railway Police (GRP) said Surjit was hit by a train. He has ruled out the suicide angle in his death.

November 10: ASI Nirmal Singh hanging himself at a house on the Daba road.

November 8: ASI Harwinder Singh (45) committed suicide by consuming poison at his house in Lalton. 



Councillor’s daughter was stalked 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Two days after the 16-year-old daughter of former Congress councillor Ashok Bagga committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of a house at Shivaji Nagar, it has come to light that the deceased was allegedly stalked and teased by a youth.

Yesterday, the Division No. 6 police registered a case against a youth, identified as Rohit Kumar, who also lives in the same locality, on charge of driving the victim to suicide.

Ashok Bagga alleged that his daughter was studying in Class X and was constantly harassed by Rohit. On November 17, his daughter visited Jalandhar in connection with an educational trip. On her way back, the school bus took a halt at Hardy’s World in Ladhowal. Ashok said Rohit reached there too and started harassing her.

However, the schoolteachers made him leave that place. Ashok said his daughter was scared and was under immense stress. His daughter narrated the incident on returning home, he added.

Ashok had stated in his complaint that he had assured her daughter that he would speak to Rohit’s parents. But in the evening, Ashok’s daughter ended her life by jumping from the fourth floor of the house.

Sources said Rohit was allegedly blackmailing her.




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Online coaching on the cards
Education Minister says it will help bridge gap between rural, urban students
Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna, November 19
The Punjab Government is committed to provide all kinds of assistance to government school students to make them as competent as the children studying in urban and missionary schools.

This was stated by Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema while addressing a gathering at Delhi Public School, Khanna. He said the Punjab Government was making proper arrangements to ensure quality education in all government schools so as to bridge the gap between rural and urban students.

The minister said to achieve this, modern technology would be introduced in far-flung villages as well. He said medical and engineering aspirants in rural area will be provided online coaching, as they lacked quality training needed to compete with their urban counterparts.

Cheema said in the first phase, online coaching would be started in around 100 schools, and later its reach would be widened to more schools in the state. He said private coaching centres were providing quality education, but taking a lot of fees.

“The state government will provide this facility at reasonable rates,” said 
the minister.

Talking about the lack of sanitation facilities in government schools, Cheema said every possible step would be taken to construct toilets for girl students in all schools of the state till March 2015. He said the government had already released Rs 19 crore for this purpose and the remaining funds would be made available soon.

The Education Minister also stressed the need to make students aware of the social evils plaguing society. School students staged a play and presented cultural items on the occasion.

100 schools to be covered in first phase

Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister, Punjab, said in the first phase, online coaching will be started in around 100 schools, and later its reach will be widened to more schools in the state.



WiFi modems banned in govt schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
To check the use of internet on mobile phones on school premises, the District Education Office has directed all government schools not to use WiFi-enabled modems.

In a letter directed to all school heads in the district, Deputy DEO Charanjit Singh stated that if any WiFi modem was found in any school during inspection, action would be taken against the computer teachers and school heads. The use of WiFi modems in the information and computer technology labs has been banned as well.

The directions came after two teachers were caught using WiFi on their mobile phones during the school hours. Although, the use of WiFi was banned by the Director-General, School Education, earlier this year, it is still in use in some schools.



Plantation drive
Students raise awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
In support of the noble initiative undertaken by the Punjab Police, Spring Dale Public School participated in a plantation drive at Sherpur.
A police team headed by ACP (South) Rupinder Kaur and Focal Point SHO Surinder Singh joined hands with the school to carry out a rally in the area.

Holding placards, students raised slogans such as “Save Trees, Save Life” and “Each One Plant One”. The police officials, school management members and students also planted saplings on the roadside, raising awareness about the importance of trees in conserving environment.



Three girls selected for Udaan scheme
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Three girls studying in Class XI at the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students have been selected for the Central Board of Secondary Education’s “Udaan” project.

Two of the selected girls went to New Delhi for an orientation programme, while the other went to Amritsar. They received tablets and other study material. Stand-in principal of the school Anoop Passi said the students were selected on the basis of marks obtained by them and their economic background.

Besides online and offline tutorials, lectures and study material, students will receive periodic counselling to motivate them and their parents. 



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Students felicitated

Ludhiana: Meritorious students who scored more than 90 per cent marks in various subjects besides those who excelled in sports were felicitated at Joseph’s School. Dr Satya Nand Sewak from Punjab Agricultural University presided over the annual prize distribution function. The function began with a hymn, followed by a dandia performance. Class XI and XII students presented bhangra at the end of the event.

Career counselling

A special career counselling session was held at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. One of the leading career counsellors of India, Usha Albuquerque, was the resource person. Nearly 600 teachers and students from various local schools attended the session. Usha highlighted the need to know about one’s interest before making an important career-related decision. She also interacted with the students of Class XII on their choice of careers. In an open session, students’ queries were answered by the resource person. Sushma Singh, founder member of a Delhi-based career counselling firm, and Dr Amitav Babi Mitra, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, BML University, also spoke at length about career options.

Student brings laurels

Piyush, a Class V student, has brought laurels to DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, by receiving a prize for his poster at a state-level energy conservation competition in Panchkula. School principal Dr Mohan Lal Sharma congratulated the budding artist.

Puppet show

Mother’s Pride Pre-School organised a puppet show. Puppeteers enchanted the tiny tots with their skilful handling of the puppets. School director Shobhan Soi said it was important to organise such recreational activities for children.

Jingle writing competition

DAV Public School, Phillaur, organised a jingle writing competition. Teachers of member schools of Jalandhar Sahodaya Complex were invited to the event. The theme for the contest was moral values and topics were given on the spot. The overall trophy was awarded to MGN Public School, Adarsh Nagar, Jalandhar. Principal Yogesh Gambhir congratulated the winners. — TNS



Training course concludes

Ludhiana: A three-week national-level training course on advances in resource conservation technologies for soil, water and crop productivity concluded at the farm varsity. Twenty-five people from different Indian Council of Agricultural Research institutes and state agricultural universities attended the course. In his address, the chief guest, Dr HS Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Agriculture, said the present scenario underlined a need for sincere efforts to evolve sound resource conservation technologies to sustain soil quality and crop productivity.

250 units of blood donated

The Social Workers’ Association and National Service Scheme unit of the PAU organised a blood donation camp at Gurdwara Sahib located on the campus. In all, 250 units of blood were collected. The chief guest, eminent Punjabi writer Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill urged the youth to come forward for the noble cause. He advised them to serve the humanity with sincerity. Association president Gurshaminder Singh said in all nine students suffering from thalassaemia have been selected for treatment.

Diversification in focus

Deliberations on integrated farming system, climate change and agronomy education were held on the second day of the national symposium on “Agricultural Diversification for Sustainable Livelihood and Environmental Security”. The thrust was also laid on horticulture, multi-purpose trees and new underutilised crop-based agriculture systems for vulnerable agro-ecosystems. Besides others, Dr JP Mishra, Adviser (Agriculture), Planning Commission, and Dr SS Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, delivered lectures during the day.

French quiz held

The PAU club “Littéraire Français” organised a quiz on French language and culture in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and Culture. Students of one-year certificate course and the diploma course took part in it. After the quiz, GADVASU professor Dr CK Singh shared with the audience experiences of his visit to France. He said he was impressed by the cleanliness and architecture of Paris. — TNS



NCC officials, cadets attend conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
A Sainik Sammelan was organised by the Ludhiana National Cadet Corps (NCC) Group at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) auditorium here today.

The Group Commander, Brig RPS Sandhu, addressed the commanding officers of all affiliated NCC units. He congratulated and felicitated the cadets who brought laurels to the group at various levels.

Brig Sandhu motivated the entire staff to continue with the good work. He said the safety of cadets was paramount during training, and it should not be compromised at any stage.



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Good Samaritans

Ludhiana: The NCC unit of the Khalsa College for Women visited the Missionaries of Charity at Jalandhar Bypass. Around 40 cadets took along with them grocery items, fruits, sweets and chocolates. They also donated their pocket money.

Cleanliness drive

The students of DD Jain College of Education organised a rally under the Clean India mission. They made people aware of the need to maintain hygiene. Holding brooms, they cleaned the roads as well. — TNS



Education Dept gears up for students’ safety 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 19
The Education Department has launched a coordinated movement to ensure safety and security of students of government and private schools of the area.

With an intent to make the movement a complete success, the authorities at various schools have been advised to rope in office-bearers and activists of social organisations of their respective areas.

An initiative has been taken in pursuance of directions of the Central Government in connection with physical and socio-psychological safety of children.

Director-General School Education (DGSE) GK Singh had directed heads of all schools of the region to ensure security of students of their respective institutes with zero tolerance of any deviation from guidelines issued by the Centre.

Construction and maintenance of school buildings, guidelines on location of the school, implementation of the Right to Education Act, safety of students during excursions and tours, separate and clean toilets for boys and girls, supply of pure drinking water and hygienic and safe mid-day meals were cited as avenues of immediate attention.

The DGSE had directed district education officers of the region to ensure that these guidelines were implemented in letter and in spirit.

The heads have already started roping in members of school management committees and social organisations for enhancing safety measures taken for security of their wards.

“Though we had already advised in charges of various classes to ensure safety of students of their respective classes, we have sought cooperation of members of the civic body, the SMC and other organisations in ensuring their safety outside the school,” said the principal of Government Senior Secondary School of the town.

Perusal of the guidelines revealed that the Education Department authorities were expected to create such an environment in and around educational institutes wherein safety and security of students was ensured.

“Children require a healthy and supportive environment to grow. All children have a right to live in dignity and have access to education in an environment that is safe, protective and conducive to growth and development. The school environment is associated with the overall growth and development, cognitive behaviour, safety and security of the child,” reads the communiqué forwarded to heads for meticulous compliance.

Claiming near universal enrollment among children at the primary level, the higher authorities in the Central Government maintained that there was a need to support efforts made for enrolment by interventions to ensure safety and overall well-being of students.

“Schools need to protect their children from risk of natural disasters, health hazards, abuse, violence and accidents,” reads the communication, adding that the controlling and regulatory bodies to ensure that affiliation should be given only to those schools which could implement guidelines in letter and in spirit.



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Industrialists meet CM

A delegation of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation on Wednesday met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He assured the delegation that the industry would not have to pay the five years’ compulsory advance factory licence renewal fee.

Apply online for learner’s licence

Those who have completed 18 years of age and wish to apply for learner’s license will now not be required to go to the district transport office as they can now apply online at — http://sarathi.nic.in, www.punjabtransport.org, www.ludhiana.gov.in. The service was formally launched by DTO Anil Garg at a Suvidha Centre.

Medical OPD on Sundays

USPC Jain Charitable Hospital, Sunder Nagar, has started medical and skin OPDs on Sundays. Dr RS Gupta examines patients every Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Secretary Bharat Bhushan said the hospital runs cardiac and cancer OPDs on last Wednesday of every month with the assistance of Medanta, The Medicity, Gurgaon.

Pulse Polio campaign

On Day 4 of the Pulse Polio campaign, the total number of houses visited by health teams is 1,55,336. As many as 70511 children immunised on the fourth day.

Meeting held

A meeting of the Punjab Coal Association was held here on Wednesday during which it was decided that the coal supply to brick-kiln owners will be suspended in case they fail to clear their pending payments by December 31, 2014. President of the association Manmohan Singh said payments had been lying pending from the past sometime and the association had decided to stop the supply unless it was cleared.

Labourers to protest today

The Kharkhana Mazdoor Union will hold a protest outside the DC Office tomorrow against the changes being made in the labour laws by the Central Government. Rajwinder of the union said they hoped for good days but with the recent proposed changes in the labour laws it seems their bad days had started.

New police station

Councillor of Ward No 59 Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal has thanked the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Police Commissioner Pramod Ban for converting the police chauki in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar into a Police Station (thana). He said residents would heave a sigh of relief now. Commissioner Police Pramod Ban said the department was working to get all required infrastructure to start the facilities soon at the police station.

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi

Rich tributes were paid to Former Prime Minister of India late Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary by leaders of the Congress here on Wednesday. Rakesh Pandey and Parminder Mehta said she was a great leader and had contributed immensely for the uplift of women and the country. She was a great visionary who sacrificed her life for the nation, they said. — TNS



Non-teaching staff seek release of arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Members of the Private College Non-Teaching Employees’ Union organised a sit-in protest at Arya College protesting against the non-receipt of arrears. Despite the revision of pay on January 1, 2006, and revised grade on November 1, 2012, no arrears have been paid by the government, said ML Khullar a member of the union.

He said the protest was being held across the state.

Though a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was held on September 23 and he had already directed Education Department officials to release the arrears, the same have not been released.

No new recruitment was being done by the government. The government must resume recruitments of the non-teaching staff as well, said Khullar.

Another member of the union said salaries of non-teaching employees were low and even arrears were not being paid after the revision of grades.

The union had even won a court case in this regard, but still its demand was not being met by the government. Hence, the union had filed a contempt of court against the government, said a member of the union.



Mixed response to unexpected holiday at government schools
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 19
As the Punjab Government declared a holiday today in all government schools in the state due to the outstanding performance of Punjab in the National School Games held at Sri Anandpur Sahib, the children returned to their homes excited. Some of them complained against the move.

“The half-fetched information regarding the holiday today was not conveyed properly on Tuesday night as they say that two ministers had a tussle over the declaration of holiday. We kept waiting till late night but to no avail. We got up half-heartedly and went to the school but were happy over the final announcement,” said a Class VII student.

The mother of a Class V student of a local government school complained: “The government should be clear about such issues. If the holiday had been declared it should have been conveyed and the information circulated to all schools.”

“I spent Rs 10 for going to the school in Jugiana and returning home in Sahnewal from there. My father is already in a tight position as far as the finances are concerned. Today, I could have easily saved money for tomorrow. I was really pained when I reached the school as it was a holiday,” said a Class IX student.

“Internal rift between two ministers over the declaration of holiday cost children dear who had to get up early in the morning and get ready to reach the school and return happy, but still disappointed,” said another parents.

“I had fever today but at the same time I do not wanted to miss my test today. I asked my one of my family members to drop me in a car. But I found the school closed. I could have taken rest at home had I come to know about it earlier,” a student.



Ford launches new facilities

Ford India on Wednesday augmented its sales and service network in the city with the inauguration of five new facilities. The company inaugurated a 3S (sales, service and spares) Imperial Ford facility in Ludhiana. Located at the Ferozpur Road, Ludhiana, the new 3S facility will be spread across 20,000 sq ft and offer Ford’s 2014 line up of smart, safe and class-leading fuel-efficient products along with a host of unique after-sales services. 

These facilities will extend the reach of Ford’s world class products and services to new customers. Speaking on the expansion, Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford India, said: “It is one of our key priorities to make the Ford brand more accessible to customers. With a footprint of 20 sales and service outlets in Punjab and with after-sales service initiatives like ‘Quick Lane’ and ‘Happy Pocket Service’, we are making it convenient for customers to own and enjoy the brand.” — TNS



Students make people aware of water conservation
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 19
Sri Guru Harkrishan Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, observed ‘Water conservation week’ from November 12 to 19.
The students took out a rally during this week and chanted raised slogans like ‘Save water save life’ on streets of Doraha. A total of 125 students participated in the rally. 

Starting from the local railway station, students marched through the market displaying placards to make people aware of saving water and using it wisely.

“There are three vital elements required for survival - air, water and food. Without these, we can’t survive. People should work towrads its conservation. They have turned a blind eye to the damage being caused to water, air and land,” said a student volunteer.

“The Mother Earth provides water to human beings for their survival. In fact, in Shri Guru Granth Sahib water is given due respect. “It is treated as a father”. it should not be wasted,” shared another student.

Principal Manju Shaw Vinayak said: “The week was celebrated to spread awareness regarding conservation of water. Students should be involved in the project to bring home the message that every drop is crucial and people are plundering this wealth by their unscrupulous acts and they would have to repent for it later.”



3 injured in clash in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 19
Three persons - a pregnant woman and two brothers - were injured when members of two families clashed with each other following a minor argument in Galib Kalan village, near here, today.

Both sides openly used sticks, baseball bats, hockey sticks and swords before the police team reached the spot and pacified them. The police sent the injured to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.

The injured have been identified as Sarabjit Kaur, Gurdeep Singh and Hardeep Singh. The injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital and their condition is stated to be out of danger.

As per information, there was a dispute between two families of Galib Kalan village. Both sides had clashed with each other in the past also. The police had called both parties to the local police station for reaching a compromise today. Sources said the members of both families had an argument before reaching the police station. The arguments soon turned into a violent clash in which three persons from both sides got injured. In her complaint to the police, Sarabjit said Gurdeep and Hardeep came to her house today when she was alone and started beating her. After some time, family members of the woman also arrived there and started thrashing the members of the other family.

Gurdeep and Hardeep alleged that it was Sarabjit and her family members who started the fight. Investigating officer ASI Karamjit Singh said the police had recorded the statements of the members of both families and investigation was on.

“We are investigating the matter and appropriate action would be taken after verifying various aspects of the incident,” the ASI said.



Gill assumes charge as market panel chief

Jagraon, November 19
Senior SAD leader and former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Jagraon Harsurinder Singh Gill today assumed charge as chairman of the market committee of Jagraon. Hari Om Mittal took charge as the vice-chairman of the committee.

Both Gill and Mittal were appointed chairman and vice-chairman of the market committee, Jagraon, respectively, by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recently. After taking charge as the chairman of the market panel, Gill thanked the Chief Minister for providing him an opportunity to serve residents of the area. — OC



Fresh case of dengue surfaces, toll reaches 207
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
One more person tested positive for dengue today. With this, the total number of patients in Ludhiana hospitals has reached 207.
Of them, 155 belong to Ludhiana, 47 to other districts and six are from the other states.

“Residents do not check stagnant water in pots and tyres. Still, the situation is better this year as the count last year was 1,022,” said district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma.

Despite carrying out fogging, the cases are still surfacing.

How is Dengue caused?

Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito: Aedes aegypti. The mosquito can breed in 10 to 15 ml of water accumulated in vessels, buckets, flower pots and tyres left in the open. When the mosquito bites a person infected with the virus, it gets infected. On biting other persons, it infects them too. The mosquito bites during the daytime.


People infected by the dengue virus may suffer from high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding


  • Always keep overhead tanks properly covered.
  • Dry water coolers twice a week.
  • Wear full-sleeved shirts and cover your feetin the morning and evening.
  • Spray insecticides under tables/behind curtains.


  • Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house.
  • Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop.



A story about three brothers and the bond they share
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The starcast and crew of upcoming movie Happy Go Lucky was in the city. Actors, including Amrinder Gill, Harish Verma, Sumit Sandhu, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Isha Rikhi, Shruti Sodhi, Dakshita Kumaria and director Harry Baweja promoted the movie.

Amrinder Gill said the movie was about three brothers. After Goreyan Nu Dafa Karo, Gill brought out a single track and an album, apart from music concerts. He said he was a singer first and then an actor. “I am in the industry because I am a singer and music will remain my first passion and acting comes later,” he said.

Harish Verma said it was a romantic comedy. “Happy Go Lucky are the names of three characters. Go is short for Goldy, the character played by Verma. He said he had his hands full and was readying for another movie releasing the next week named Proper Patola.

Ghuggi said he played several roles and played proxy for all three brothers in the movie. “It is going to be a comical movie,” he said.

He said a few Punjabi movies being made, but it was good that the content and the quality of the movies would now go up. “Rather than anybody jumping into the industry and trying their hands at making money through movies, only those who want to make good cinema should be there in the industry for it to do well,” he said. 



Police officials to learn traffic management 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The traffic police will organise “the eighth programme” at KVM School in Civil Lines on November 20.
Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban will inaugurate the programme.

As many as 50 police officials and 75 drivers of commercial vehicles will attend the first session.

Under the programme, 100 police officials will be trained in the domain of traffic management with special emphasis on checking drunk driving. Two latest technologies will also be introduced to the police.

As many as 150 drivers will also be imparted training in defensive driving.

They will be apprised of basic legislations, traffic control devices and code of conduct.

Road accidents are the eighth leading cause of death globally. 



samples of sweets
Report out a month after Diwali
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The samples of sweets collected two days before Diwali have passed the purity test. Twenty samples were collected by the Health Department.
The halwai association said the department should collect samples 15 days before Diwali so that the results are declared a day or two before the festival.

“The samples have passed the tests. Neither the sweets were adulterated nor substandard,” said District Health Officer Dr Abnash Kumar.

The samples were collected from Dhodha Sweets, Kays Lovely Sweet Shop, Khushi Ram and Sons, Aman Sweets and Sharma Sweets.

Narinder Pal Singh, president of the Punjab Halwai Association, said the department should not create panic.

“The department should collect samples throughout the year and before Diwali. The samples were collected before Diwali and the results have been declared now,” he said.

“The exercise proves futile since the results come after the sweets are consumed. The department should declare the results before Diwali,” said Gambhir Singh, a city resident.

A beer sample collected from Transport Nagar failed the test. The Excise and Taxation Department has slapped a penalty of Rs 50,000 on the vendor. The Health Department has registered two cases. 



Urban health mission to benefit the poor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The Punjab Government will launch the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) from Ludhiana on November 21.
Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, in a press release issued today, stated that cities with a population of 50,000 and above would be covered under the Centrally-sponsored scheme which aimed at providing affordable quality health services to the urban population with emphasis on urban poor and vulnerable population.

The minister said with the launch of NUHM, 78.83 lakh population (76 per cent of the total urban population) of the state, including 35.96 lakh slum population and other vulnerable groups such as rag-pickers, rickshaw-pullers, homeless and street children would avail the benefit across the state.

He said for slums with a population of around 1,500 to 2,000 people, one accredited social health activist (ASHA) would be deputed; for every 10,000 people in cities, one auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) would be appointed. A primary health centre (PHC) will be set up to cater to every 50,000 people and a community health centre (CHC) will be set up for every 2.50 lakh persons in cities.

Jyani said more primary health centres and community health centres would be established next year. The NUHM will be implemented at the existent PHCs and CHCs from this financial year and that the present health centres would be upgraded for the purpose. He said the state government was expecting an aid of Rs 80 crore for the launch of the NUHM in Punjab this year. He said six CHCs would be built in Ludhiana next year. “The entire project will cover 41 cities, including Ludhiana,

Jalandhar and Amritsar,” he stated. Besides, one outreach camp will be held in slums every month from November 21.

More centres to come up

Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani said more primary health centres and community health centres would be set up next year. The National Urban Health Mission would be implemented at the PHCs and CHCs from this financial year and that the present health centres would be upgraded. He added that they might get Rs 80 crore for launching the scheme.



Man held with opium
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 19
The Khanna police have claimed to have arrested a elderly person and recovered 250 gm of opium from his possession.
As per information, a police party of the CIA, Khanna, was on patrolling in the area near Galwadi village. When the team reached near Galwadi, they spotted a person walking. When they signalled him to stop, he tried to return back but was later overpowered. 

The police recovered 250 gm of opium from him. He was identified as Manjit Singh (65), a resident of Amloh.

CIA In Charge, Khanna, Baljinder, said a case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused and he was presented in a local court from where he was sent in judicial custody for 14 days to a Ludhiana jail.



Two bikers snatch purse 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse from a clerk of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) today.

The incident took place near Aarti Chowk when the victim, identified as Mahinder Kaur, was entering office. Two youths came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 1,000 and a mobile phone.


The Patiala police today raided a jewellery shop at Tajpur Road. The police said a gang of robbers had sold stolen ornaments to the jeweller. The team questioned the jeweller.



National Aquatic Championship 
Harleen Kaur strikes golds 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
Harleen Kaur won two medals in the 68th Senior National Aquatic Championship held at Subhash Sarover Pool in Kolkata recently.
Harleen of Sangur district represented Punjab in the championship and made her presence felt, clinching one gold medal and one bronze medal. 

She proved too fast for her immediate rivals as she bagged top honours in the 200m breast stroke event.

Balraj Sharma, general secretary, Punjab Swimming Association, and vice-president, Swimming Federation of India, said Harleen missed the national mark by a whisker. She clocked 2:47.91 seconds to lay her hands on the gold medal. However, she fell just short of the existing national record of 2:46.49 seconds. She added another medal to her kitty when she won a bronze medal in the 100m breast stroke event with timings. She improved upon her last year’s performance of 1:22.09 seconds, but had to content with the third position.

Harleen Kaur is also the winner of a gold medal and a bronze medal in these events during the 41st Junior National Aquatic Championship for Boys & Girls held in Bhopal in July this year.

Other swimmers from the state Aman Ghai from Jalandhar, Jashandeep Singh from Ropar and Manavdeep Singh Bal from Ludhiana also performed well in the championship at Kolkata and improved upon their previous timings, but were unable to finish at the podium. “Punjab’s men water polo team, on the basis of their performance in the national aquatic championship, qualified for the ensuing National Games 2015 to be held in Kerala in January and February,” said Sharma.

On cloud nine

Harleen Kaur added another medal to her kitty when she won a bronze medal in the 100m breast stroke event. She improved upon her last year’s performance of 1:22.09 seconds.



Players finalised for kabaddi camp 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
After a series of trial sessions, the following players (men and women) have been finalised for the preparatory camp prior to the final selection of Indian kabaddi squads for the fifth World Kabaddi Cup scheduled to be held at different venues across the state from December 6 to 20. As many as 24 women and 29 men were shortlisted for the mega event.

The probables (women) are Sukhwinder Kaur, Jyoti, Rajwinder Kaur, Sukhjinder Kaur, Priyanka, Rambhartari, Menka, Meena, Seema, Karmi, Navdeep Kaur and Sunita (raiders), Reetu, Anu, Monika, Jasbir Kaur, Siniya, Sukhdeep Kaur, Manisha, Sarabjeet Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur, Reenu and Ritu (stoppers).

Men: Sandeep, Kaptan, Sandeep Singh, Gurmit, Balram, Guljar, Gagandeep Sabhra, Sultan Singh, Talwinder Tinda, Sukhjinder, Jasmanpreet, Gagandeep, Kamaljit, Gagandeep Singh, Manminder Singh and Gurlal (raiders), Mangat Singh, Balvir Singh, Ranjodh, Satnam Singh, Khushdeep, Bhupinder, Nirbhai, Amritpal, Arvinder, Gurpreet, Kulveer, Yadvinder Kotli and Lakhwinder Cheema (stoppers).



Special children stand out 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Children of Ek Prayaas, a school for children with special needs, exhibited their talent during the three-day 17th Special Olympics Bharat, Punjab Chapter, held in Hoshiarpur from November 14 to November 16.

The students participated in different events such as 25 metres, 50 metres and 100 metres races, 25 metres, 100 metres and 400 metres events. Jatin won a gold medal in 50 metres and a silver medal in 25 metres. Krishna won a gold medal in the 100 metres race and bronze in shot put.

Nitin bagged a gold medal in the 50 metres race and a bronze medal in the 25 metres race. Paramveer bagged a silver medal and a bronze medal in the 100 metres race and 400 metres walk, respectively. Gagan won a bronze medal in the 25 metres walk.

Dr Menka Rajput, physiotherapist, and Kiranjit Kaur, sports teacher, appreciated the efforts of the students and exhorted them to work hard to achieve their goal.

The students showcased their skills at the event which was a melange of dedication and hard work.

They did the school and their parents proud by performing well in the Olympics.

Samira Bector, president, Social Action Group, said: “We are proud of our children and will make sure that they are able to participate in such events in future as well.”

The students should take part in extra-curricular activities and aim for the moon.



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