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Unauthorised Colonies
Govt turnaround on power connections
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 24
In a reversal of its policy of not granting new power connections to unauthorised colonies, or even those PUDA approved colonies where estate developers had failed to provide basic infrastructure like poles and transformers, the state government has directed the PSEB to withdraw these restrictions.

The board has passed on the directions to its staff to process all pending applications for new connections and also accept fresh applications for the same.

During sangat darshan, the Chief Minister had issued instructions to senior officials of the PSEB to ensure unrestricted release of power connections in all localities which were under a blanket ban since March 2008 as far as unapproved colonies were concerned.

Councillors and legislators had urged the CM to do so as there was no rationale behind the denial of connections to people in unauthorised or approved colonies.

Their plea was that if a coloniser had defaulted in developing a colony without seeking approval or failed to provide basic infrastructure for power supply in an approved colony, why should residents be penalised for it.

The PSEB is, however, skeptical over the shift in policy, which is being seen as a populist move in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections that are around the corner.

On the condition of anonymity, a senior PSEB official told The Tribune that unrestricted release of connections to domestic consumers would entail huge expenditure.

“In a way, this tantamount to encourage unregulated development of colonies and will make developers wash their hands off their commitment to provide infrastructure,” he added.


Sambar killed for its meat
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, October 24
A sambar that ventured out in the fields was killed by some persons for its meat. Forest department officers reached the scene, but the hunters fled. They, however, managed to take away its horn, which was cut using a sharp-edged weapon.

The police registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act on the complaint of employees of the forest department. According to information, the sambar had came out from the forest area falling along the Sutlej in search of grass, but Jinder of Sikanderpur village, along with some friends, allegedly killed it after a long chase.

In the meantime, villagers informed forest guard Balbir Singh, but before they could do something, the accused killed it and fled.

Hunters remain in the search of wild animals because some of their parts are used in “desi” medicines.

Forest officer Mahavir Singh said there was shortage of staff, but the department was trying its best to save wild animals with the help of people of the area.

From the bank of Sirhind Canal to the bank of the Sutlej, only one guard and 10 daily wage earners have been deployed.

This area stretches up to 50 km and they work from from 8 am to 5 pm.



Humble diya fails to kindle
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Designer candles and diyas are in much demand these days and there are few takers for regular candles and earthen diyas. As a result, the sale of earthen lamps has fallen and will do little to lighten up the homes of their makers.

An exhaustive range of designer candles, trendy diyas and Chinese hanging lamps are available in the market. Even designer “chattris” are available at leading stores and malls. One can choose from various shapes like round, oval, square and heart, besides flower shaped.

If one wants gets the real feel of the festival, candles in the shape of Radha and Krishna are also available. The prices of these candles start from Rs 50. Jelly and aromatic candles are available in different scents like strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and mango.

Shopkeepers are earning huge amounts by selling such stuff in contrast to potters who earn a meagre Rs 200 to Rs 300 by selling lamps, idols and other earthenware.

Some potters have come from states like Bihar and Rajasthan to earn a few bucks during the festival season. Sitting along roads and canal, the changing trend has left them disappointed. “With designer earthen lamps and candles, the demand for our art has diminished considerably,” said Hakeem Chand, a potter.

Urging the government to support craftsmen, he said steps should be taken to improve their economic condition and preserve the long-established art form.



Karigari makes Sunet special
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
A large number of craftsmen specialising in embroidery have settled in the city. Transcending borders, they have come from places like Bareilly, Lucknow and Kolkata and have set up business here.

Ludhiana boasts a rich range of zardosi, phulkari, kasooti, aari, chickankari and other patterns. Sunet village houses more than a 1,000 “karigars” from other states and is a source of quality embroidery. The list of clients include NRIs and buyers from Chandigarh and Haryana.

Artists sitting in a single room are busy throughout the day and work hard on their frames to finish the orders on time. They begin the day at 7 am and are busy till late in the night.

Sajid, who came here from Bareilly some 15 years ago, has seen the area grow into a karigar’s hub. He claims to be the first one to have started the embroidery business in the area.

“I had heard a lot about Ludhiana from people of my city who came here in search of work and settled here. I, too, thought of trying my luck here and it worked. Since then, there was no looking back and today, five persons are working under me,” he says.

Karim, after learning the art in this village, has today opened up his own shop. “I have no certificate in fashion or dress designing, but due to my creative bent of mind, I have been able to design the patterns myself,” he adds.

Another artisan Mohd Iklaq says he is catering not only to boutiques, but also to leading fashion stores, which are getting the embroidery done from him.

“Showroom owners claim the piece to have been embroidered in Kolkata or Lucknow, but the reality is different,” he says.

Apart from bridal lenghas, the customers can also get matching purses and sandals made.

Akriti Sharma, a regular visitor to the area, says her suits are embroidered here. “Be it a suit or saree, I get them made from here. These people are expert in the art and every piece is exquisite,” she adds.



15-year jail term for two peddlers
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, October 24
Expressing concern over the rising incidence of drug trafficking in the state, special judge M.S. Virdi said it was a challenge to society and the menace needed to be curbed.

This was observed by him while convicting two persons on the charges of peddling drugs. The judge turned down the plea of leniency by the accused, keeping in view the huge recovery of narcotics from their possession.

Those convicted are Dara Singh of Banga, Nawanshahr, and Harbhajan Singh of tehsil Samrala. The duo were ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 15 years each.

A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on them.

An FIR had been lodged against the accused at Khanna in 2001 under Section 15 of the NDPS Act on the basis of secret information.

According to the prosecution, the police got a tip off that the accused were coming from Rajasthan in a truck laden with a huge quantity of poppy husk.

A police party stopped the truck and seized 27 bags of poppy husk weighing 35 kg each.

The defence counsel, however, said the story of the prosecution was fabricated.



Remand extended in diamond case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The local court at Phillaur today extended the judicial remand of Mohit Sharma, prime accused in the high-profile case of attempt to rob diamonds worth Rs 3.54 crore from a Mumbai-based merchant.

The remand has been extended by another 14 days, sources said here today.

The court also extended the police remand of six more accused till November 27.



PU youth fest ends with pomp
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 24
The Punjab University zonal youth and heritage festival that commenced from 20 September and hosted by Sri Ram College, Dalla, concluded here with pomp and show.

On the final day, the festival was presided by Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, chief adviser to the CM. Punjabi pop singers, Parminder Kaur Sandhu and G.S. Peter also visited the festival to cheer-up the participants.

SDM Jagraon was in a different mood in the festival. He recited his favourite poem “Bhagat Singh Di Madi” written by Uttam Singh.

The prizes were given by the guest of honour Bhag Singh Malla, Chand Singh Dalla and principal Dr Kuldeep Kaur. The results are:

Bhangra: LR DAV College, Jagraon, RSD College, Ferozepur, and DM College, Moga.

Giddha: LR DAV College, Jagraon, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, Sri Ram College, Dalla and Guru Nanak College, Moga.

Shabad singing: BKM College, Muhar, Sri Ram College, Dalla, and Guru Nanak College, Moga.

Group dance: DM College, Moga, BKS College, Muhar, Sri Ram College, Dalla.

Solo: Tanveer Dhaliwal of DM College, Moga, Mandeep Kaur of BKM College, Muhar and Neelam Jain of Sri Ram College, Dalla.

Folk dance: RSD College, Ferozepur, LR DAV College, Jagraon, and BKS College, Muhar.

Solo: Tejinder Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Moga, Manpreet Kaur of BKS College, Muhar, and Kanwaldeep Singh of RSD College, Ferozepur.

Crochet: Jagroop Kaur of DM College, Moga, Paramjit Kaur of Gobind National College, Narangwal, and Gurjit Kaur of GTB National College, Dakha.

Knitting: Simarjit Kaur of GTB National College Dakha, Renu Bala of Gobind National College Narangwal and Neeru Bala of Government Science College, Jagraon.

Vaar singing: GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, GN Government College GTB Garh and Guru Nanak College, Moga.

Kavishri: Gobind National College, Narangwal, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar and GN Government College, GTB Garh.

Cross-stich: Lakhwinder Kaur of Government Science College, Jagraon, Inderjit Kaur of Guru Nanak College and Moga, Satbir Kaur of DM College, Moga.

Phulkari: Surjit Kaur/Gurpreet Kaur of DM College, Moga, LLR Government College Dhudike, Gurpreet Kaur and Jashanjit Kaur of Gobind National College, Narangwa.

Pakhi making: Gurpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Moga, Amandeep Kaur of LLR Government College, Dhudike, and Ramandeep Kaur of Gobind National College Narangwal.

Recitation: Sukhbir Kaur, Rajbir Kaur and Om Parkash

Allocation: Shankutla Yadav, Simaranjeet Kaur and Sukhvir Kaur

Debate: Tanvir Dhaliwal, Ankush and Vijay Singh Rathore



Training course at PAU concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
A three-day training course of College of Agricultural Engineering, PAU, on Repair and Maintenance of Micro Irrigation (drip and sprinkler) Systems for the department of soil and water conservation officials concluded, a press release said here today.

Dr Manjeet Singh, in charge Training Unit, Dr KG Singh, senior research engineer and Dr Satish Kumar Gupta coordinated the course.

The PAU experts provided useful tips related to components, installation etc. along with a criteria for evaluation of systems. They also elaborated upon comparative economics of different irrigation methods for various crops, field problems encountered in drip and sprinkler irrigation systems and their remedial measures. Field demonstrations and performance evaluation of the drip and sprinkler irrigation systems at PAU research farm as well as at farmers’ fields were also arranged.

The trainees visited the installation of the drip-and- micro-sprinkler irrigation system at the farmers’ fields for vegetable and medicinal crops. Several field problems were discussed during the visits at the fields.

Nineteen officials from the department of soil and water conservation, Punjab, participated in the course. Dr MP Kaushal, head of the department, emphasised on the need of water saving by using water conservation technologies for maintaining the level of agricultural productivity.

Dr Manjeet Singh and Dr KG Singh stressed training courses were immensely important in successful farming, adding that excessive withdrawal of underground water must be checked.



Stress on information technology for development
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
A four-day workshop on ‘Role of ICT and computer use in agriculture’ organised by the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus concluded here today.

The workshop was conducted with the focus of providing knowledge and skill for computer usage to agricultural development officers of the state.

Dr SPS Brar, director, PAMETI inaugurated the workshop and told the importance of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for agricultural extension. He said, “ICT can be a boon for reaching farmers. Also in the Central government’s reforms in Extension Scheme, it is mandatory for the block technology team in charge to have technical know-how of computer as well as of modern ICT.”

Dr Dinesh Grover, head of Computer Science, PAU, gave an introduction about personal computer. He told the participants about Microsoft Windows and its uses. Vikramjeet Singh, lecturer at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) spoke on Microsoft Office and its components in general. Jaswinder Singh from GNIMT demonstrated the use of Windows Vista.

Vishal Khullar, associate (Farm Management), PAMETI, demonstrated the use of ICT through video conferencing during which participants interacted with the experts from National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad. Vishal said, “In the scenario of declining staff in public extension system, there is tremendous scope for using ICT as a tool to reach about 10 lakh farming families in the state.”



From Schools & Colleges
UN Day takes centrestage
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
Maple Bear Canadian Play way and Nursery school, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm and fanfare.

The children were attired in fancy dresses of Lord Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughan. The pre-nursery kids decorated candles with glitters, ribbons and stars.

Veena Aggarwal, principal of the school, explained to the kids that Diwali is a festival of lights which is celebrated every year to commemorate coming back of Lord Rama to Ayodhya.

Sanatan High School

A recitation competition was held at Sanatan High School here today, in which students from pre-nursery and I class participated. Harshit, Divya, Manish of K G, third and fourth classes, respectively, bagged the first prizes. The judges which included Sapra and principal of Sanatan Vidya Mandir School Meera Kaul gave away the prizes.

GCW College

A quiz competition was held in Government College for Women, Ludhiana, under the aegis of the Political Science Society on UN Day. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Mukesh Arora and guest of honour was Prof Jagpal Singh. President of the society Pavneet Kaur extended a warm welcome to the guests and participants.

KGSS School

The students celebrated UNO Day and Human Rights Day at a function in the school. The chief guest of the function was Prof Jagpal Singh, member Senate of Punjab University and head of the department of political science at SCD Government College for Boys.

Students of 10+2 and 10+1 class delivered a speech on chief organs of the UN, while the chief guest and other speakers expressed their views about the UN.



PAU gets final instalment of grant
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, October 24
Punjab Agricultural University has received the last and final instalment of Rs 25 crore from the central government. With this, the PAU has received the entire grant of Rs 100 crore.

Dr P.S. Minhas, director, research (PAU) today said that they had set up five central laboratories with the funds received from the centre. These included a biotechnology lab, residue analysis lab, soils lab and food technology lab. Some money had been earmarked for departments.

Dr Minhas pointed out that they would have to depend on the state government for funds for working contingencies. If the centre had allowed them to convert this grant into a corpus fund, they could have earned an interest of Rs 10 crore annually, which could then have been used for contingencies.

Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, while presenting the state budget for 2008-09, had announced a special grant of Rs 50 crore for the PAU to be used as a corpus fund. But nothing has happened so far.

The university continues to face a financial crisis and retirees have been paid pension up to September, but the university does not have any money to make the payment for October.

The vice-chancellor, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, has informed the CM and the finance minister about the situation and sought more funds for the payment of pension.

The government had promised to meet the pension needs up to December.

The proposal to levy a cess of 50 paise per Rs 100 against the sale of produce of farmers as recommended by the Johl Committee has not yet been implemented.

The government had promised to implement this cess from the arrival of kharif crop.



VC justifies calling police
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, today justified calling the police on the campus yesterday and said it was just a show-off to maintain discipline and academic atmosphere at the campus.

The students of College of Agricultural Engineering had gone on strike yesterday to protest against the schedule of the examinations. Kang explained, “We were having a meeting of the assessment committee here and experts had come from different places, including a former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University. I heard the slogan shouting and went downstairs. I told them to stop it. Still, they persisted and our meeting was disturbed.” He stated when the students did not stop shouting slogans, he called the police. “We can always use the police for constructive purposes,” the vice-chancellor said.

The vice-chancellor said the students of College of Agricultural Engineering had the chronic habit of going on strikes, whenever there were exams. I wanted to break this tradition.



Accident triggers clash
Drivers blame school mgmt for not turning up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
A minor accident took place here today between the two buses at Samrala roundabout, route no.7, which provided an opportunity to the drivers and conductors of the Ryan International School to have a tiff with the school management. They alleged that the management never turned up on the accident spot and dragged local politicians into the scene creating quite a ruckus.

The drivers and the conductors called up the political leaders, started shouting and tried to give it a religious colour. The children were safe and no one was hurt.

According to the management, their bonus is due and they are pressing for it. The spokesman of the school said the staff was on the contract basis and they sorted the matter with the senior manager of the Bakshi Security Services who provides the contractual labour.



SBI adopts girl students
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The State Bank of India today adopted 12 girl students of Government Senior Secondary Model School and presented them a cheque of Rs 5000 each. The cheques were presented by regional manager, State Bank of India, Inderjit Bakshi.

Bakshi said the bank had launched a scheme of providing financial assistance to the poor students who are good at studies. This assistance was being given to the girl students in the age group of 8-14years. The bank would even extend additional help to the needy students.

“This was a national scheme launched by the SBI to spread education among the women. The bank had adopted 257 girl students so far in Ludhiana. Imparting them education would help in the social upliftment,” he said.

Sanjeev Thapar, principal, while welcoming the chief guest lauded the scheme and said it would help in spreading education among women.

Sharda Sharma, a student’s mother, who received a cheque today was happy that her child would be able to get proper education.

OP Sharma, manager, SBI (PAU Branch), was also present on this occasion.



Teachers’ Stir
Union activists leave for Sangrur to join protest
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
Around 100 activists of the Punjab State Recognised and Aided School Teachers Union of the Ahmedgarh block led by Raghbir Singh Grewal left for Sangrur today to join activists from Sangrur, Barnala and Mansa to gherao the deputy commissioner’s office.

The state body of the Punjab State Teachers Union also announced to extended support to the struggle launched by private school teachers union.

Accusing the government of harassing teachers, state president Sikandar Singh (Jartoli), general secretary Bahadur Singh (Hoshiarpur), Surjit Singh (Barnala), Baldev Singh Mangat (Ludhiana), Usha Rani (Mohali) and Makhan Singh Brar (Moga) asserted that they would extend support to private teachers if their demands were not accepted.

Addressing a gathering, leaders criticised the policies of the government. They alleged that the government was bent upon paralysing the functioning of private-aided schools.

The leaders demanded that the government should restore the benefits of pension and merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance. They also urged the government to lift ban on the recruitment.

Office-bearers of units of MGMN Senior Secondary School, Jain Muni Kundan Vidya Mahavidyalya and Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalya also spoke.



Celebrating 100 years of rural education
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Sidhwan Khalsa Institutions for Women have carved a special niche for themselves in rural education for 100 years and will celebrate Founder's Day tomorrow. Charanjit Singh Attawal, deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha will be the chief guest.

Initially, a Girls school was started with four girls students in 1909. The late Bibi Harprakash Kaur, who rose to become the MLA from this area, was the first student of this school. The school was started by her father Narain Singh, who donated 20 bighas land to the school.

In 1934, the school was upgraded to high school. This school brought a revolution in women education especially in the time when women were not allowed to step out their homes. Thus, this institution became a pioneer in women education not only in Punjab but also in the whole country.

After independence, there was a meteoric rise of these institutions. In 1950, Khalsa College for Women came into being and this institute is a premier postgraduate institute.

In 1953, J.B.T. classes were started. In 1955, BEd and in 1969 MEd were started. In 1977, after getting affiliation from CBSE, a public school was started. This school is imparting English medium education to rural students.

Five Sidhwan Institutes are imparting education to about 5,000 women and presents a scene of mini university. All institutions are being run by the trust head Capt. Dalbara Singh and the secretary Surinder Sidhu.



Science fair concludes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
Over 200 budding scientists from around 30 schools of Malerkotla tehsil demonstrated applied aspects of various principles of science at a two-day science fair that concluded at DAV High School here yesterday.

Concluding session was presided over by DEO (S) Balwant Kaur and Jagpal Singh Khangura, senior congress leader was the chief guest.

The science teachers’ association felicitated state awardees, principal Bhupinder Kaur and Amarjit Singh Bhutani, a science teacher, on the occasion.

Speakers, called upon social and educational organisations to help the administration educate masses about applied aspects of various scientific principles. "Demonstrations by students have shown us that natural resources, including energy and environment can be conserved by exploiting scientific principles," said Khangura.


In elementary section, Saloni of Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalya bagged first prize in agriculture and food security event. Kiranjit Kaur of Government High School, Jandali Khurad and Vaishali of DAV High School, stood second and third, respectively.



Federal Mogul team visits RIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 24
A team led by EHS manager Ramnish Kumar Bedi from Federal Mogul visited the RIMT management campus.

The team visited colleges, which included RIMT Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, RIMT School of Management Studies and Regional Institute of Management and Technologies.

The team also interacted with the students and faculty members of the institutes. Bedi said his team was impressed with the infrastructure, faculty members and the teaching methodology of management institutes.

The team also held talks with director-general of the institutes Dr BS Bhatia and the director of the institutes. The team also explored the possibility of conducting campus placements and providing training to the brilliant students of the campus.



Jobless persons get cheques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
About 20 unemployed persons received cheques for financial assistance from Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, here today.

Seventeen beneficiaries received a cheque for Rs 5,000 each, while another got it for Rs 20,000 and yet another for Rs 25,000.

A welfare organisation, Evergreen Women Association, got a cheque worth Rs 2 lakh.

The benefits had been announced by the Chief Minister during his visit to the city recently.

As many as 25 beneficiaries received cheques under a Rs 3.75 lakh allocation made by the CM under the shagun scheme. Dhanda said those seeking old age pension could apply at his office in Ghummar Mandi, everyday between 10 am and 5 pm.

He said the office would peruse the details of the application and inform successful pension seekers.



Dhanvantri Jayanti celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 24
Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrated Dhanvantri Jayanti with fervour. On this auspicious occasion, ‘Poojan and Havan’ was performed.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman of Desh Bhaghat Group of Institutes, graced the occasion with his benign presence. He honoured Dr Ramesh Kumar Kapila and Dr Ajai Kumar Yadav for their dedicated and committed services for upliftment of the institution.

Dr Loveleen Kaur Ahuja, principal of the college said Lord Dhanvantri was the father of Ayurveda and was symbol of immortality. Dr Ajai Kumar Yadav expressed his views about the importance of the occasion, saying that Lord Dhanvantri is a symbol of health.



21 scientists attend training programme

Ludhiana, October 24
A three-week advanced training programme on “Breeding for Biotic and Abiotic Stresses” organised by the Centre of Advanced Studies in Genetics and Plant Breeding at PAU concluded here today, a press release said.

This was the 22nd training course in a row organised by the centre.

Dr S.K. Mann, dean, postgraduate studies, who was the chief guest, advised trainees to utilise the knowledge gathered in the course for their research programmes and suggested them to develop projects in association with the faculty of PAU.

Dr B.L. Bhardwaj, head, department of plant breeding and genetics-cum-director of the centre, presented an overview of the topics covered in the course.

The course was attended by 21 assistant professor and associate professor-level scientists from seven states (Gujarat, J&K, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Punjab), he said. — TNS



Rural Raikot grapples with rising crime
Our Correspondent

Raikot, October 24
The rural Raikot seems to be in the grip of criminals. Numerous complaints of theft and robbery have been reported during the past three months.

Recently, a resident of Halwara was robbed by five masked men on the Burj Littan road on the outskirts of Burmi village. The incident took place around 9 pm when he was returning home after work from Barnala Rice Mill, Raikot.

The robbers took away mobile, wrist watch and some cash from him.

During the past 15 days, some thieves stole copper from four transformers, while around 10 pump set were striped of motors and electric wiring. Interestingly, the copper was stolen only from those transformers that had been installed by farmers at their own cost.

The area falling near Raikot-Sarabha road, Raikot-Pakhowal road, Lohat Baddi-Rachine and Raikot-Dhalian roads is more prone such incidents of crime.

The local police has so far been ineffective in curbing the activity of criminals. Though cases of robbery and theft appear on a daily basis, the police is reluctant to even register such cases.



Sahodaya Debate
BCM bags running trophy
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 24
Gobindgarh Public School hosted the 1st Ludhiana East (Khanna) Sahodaya School complex debate, in which nine teams from Ludhiana, Khanna and surrounding areas participated.

Each team was represented by two students, one speaking for and the other speaking against the motion. The topic was ‘India-US nuclear deal is a win, win situation for India’.

Shivani of BCM, Ludhiana, came first, Navjivan Hira of AS Model School, Khanna, stood second and Muskan of OP Bansal Model School, Mandi Gobindgarh, came third.

Rachit Aggarwal of Tagore International Public School, Sahnewal, got the consolation prize. The overall running trophy was bagged by BCM of Ludhiana.



Symposium on sports anatomy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The department of anatomy, DMCH, will organise a day-long CME-cum-symposium on “Sports Anatomy - A clinical overview” as part of the 3rd annual meet of north states chapter of the Anatomical Society of India.

The CME-cum-symposium is being organised under the aegis of the Medical Council of India and the Punjab Medical Council.

The scientific programme will cover various aspects of sports anatomy with related injuries.

A number of experts from various institutions of the country will deliver plenary lectures.

The rehabilitation aspect of injuries will also be discussed following a panel discussion on “Know your body limits”.

Experts for the CME include Dr JS Sandhu, Prof Sanjay Wadhwa, Dr Mohd Yamin, Dr Sanjeev Mahajan and renowned sportspersons.



Rupinderjit crowned Miss Fresher
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The annual function of Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology was held here today. Jagdish Singh Garcha, former technical education minister of Punjab, was the chief guest. Students presented a cultural show on the occasion comprising skits, play, folk dances and songs. Rupinderjit Kaur and Simranjeet Singh were declared as Miss Fresher and Mr fresher, respectively. Sanjana and Karan Mahajan were the runners up.



Dengue cases now 1,541
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The district health department today confirmed that the dengue cases had increased to 1,541 in the district. The number of suspected cases are 364 in the district, followed by 696 cases from other districts.

Health authorities carried on with their campaign against dengue and malaria as teams of doctors and paramedical staff visited residential areas to warn people against diseases.



Dr Pirthipal Singh dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Former director health services, Punjab, Dr Pirthipal Singh (76), died yesterday following a prolonged illness.

He was undergoing treatment for liver malfunction and cardiac problem at the DMCH for the past one month. The hospital authorities termed cardiac arrest as the cause of his death. Dignitaries from all walks of life attended his last rites yesterday at the cremation ground in Model Town Extension. Senior medical fraternity paid tributes to Dr Singh.



Repair roads

It’s about months that the repair work of Gill Road, opposite Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, was started and sadly, the road is still in a bad shape. The repair could have been completed by now if the work was executed in a systematic way. For example, there are three cuts in the divider of the road from one end of the college to the other end. The road up to GNE central gate could have been completed by opening the road up to MERADO gate thereby causing little traffic congestion.

Likewise, the other side may have been completed. But the work is going on at snail's pace. Perhaps our contractors and government supervisory technical staff take pleasure in putting the general public to avoidable inconvenience for as much longer time as they could.

Surely this is not the proper way of repairing roads in this technological advance world.

Resham Singh Gill, Ludhiana

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Two families booked for dowry
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 24
The police has registered a case against two families for seeking dowry. Amarjit Kaur of Rattowal married Gurjinder Singh of Bhani Sahib village, near Samarla, in 2007.

In her application to the DIG, she alleged that her in-laws returned the motorcycle she had got with her and started harassing her to bring a car. They would also beat her up.

After an inquiry conducted by the DSP, Raikot, a case was registered against Gurjinder Singh (husband), Gurmukh Singh (father-in-law), Swaranjit Kaur (mother-in-law), Neelam Rani (sister-in-law) and Sabi (brother-in-law) under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC.

No arrests have been made so far.

In another case, Harbans Kaur of Rasulpur village alleged that her in-laws were in debt and asked her to bring Rs 10 lakh from her parents as part of dowry. They started torturing her mentally and physically to do so.

She said her parents were not in a position to meet this demand and her in-laws turned her out of the house and now she was living with her parents.

The Jagraon police has registered a case against her husband Sukhwinder Singh, mother-in-law Balwinder Kaur and sister-in-law Swaranjit Kaur.



Victory for BVM School
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) won the opening match of Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex (LSSC) Football Tournament, which commenced at the Kitchlu Nagar campus of the school here today.

In an encounter, the winners managed to scrape past Indo-Canadian, Ludhiana 2-1. The tournament was inaugurated by RS Gill, principal, Guru Nanak Public School, who is also the director of LSSC.

In another match, Kundan Viadya Mandir defeated Gobindgarh Public School, Mandi Gobindgarh, by scoring 1-0 while USPC Jain School, Ludhiana, edged past Nankana Sahib Public School, Ludhiana, with a similar margin.

The match between A.S. Modern School, Khanna, and GGN Public School turned out to be a one-sided affair with the former scoring a convincing 3-0 victory over their opponents.

Scoring at will, Ryan International School, Ludhiana, trounced St. Thomas School, Ludhiana, 4-0 in yet another one-sided game.



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