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Stray bullet hits woman
Bank guard fires a shot during argument with kin
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
The security guard who fired the shot during a heated argument with his relatives in Ludhiana on Friday.
The security guard who fired the shot during a heated argument with his relatives in Ludhiana on Friday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 20
A 60-year-old woman was shot at after a security guard at a bank went “berserk” and fired a shot following a scuffle that took place over a monetary issue near Gill Road here today.

Mahinder Kaur of Shimlapuri had a providential escape as the bullet grazed her shoulder. She was discharged after treatment.

The victim was riding pillion on a motorcycle and was going to school along with her grandson for his admission when she suddenly screamed and fell from the bike after a bullet hit her. Her husband was riding the motorcycle.

The incident took place in the afternoon when the 61-year-old guard, Terlok Singh, indulged in a heated argument with his relatives Ekwinder, her husband Rahul and Lakhwinder Kaur, who had come from Haibowal, to meet him. In police custody after the incident, Terlok said they had lent Rs 1.26 lakh to one of his relatives Bittu and he had assured them that he would ask Bittu to return the money. The scuffle took place when they accused Terlok of shielding Bittu and wanting to usurp the money.

“I told them Bittu was hard up these days and would return the money in a few months. But they started fighting. A shot got fired from my licensed weapon,” he said, showing an injury on his thumb.

The trio, however, said: “He got angry when we asked for money and he refused to return it. This led to an argument. He then fired a shot, which hit the woman.”

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Atam Nagar) Mukhtiyar Singh said the guard and his relatives had been detained. 


Got weapon from police

l Terlok Singh, who hails from Amritsar, has worked as a guard at Golden Temple. He said he got the .12 weapon from the police during the peak of militancy when his relatives were killed by militants.

Panic spreads

l People were seen running for cover after the shot was fired. Commuters and bank employees gathered at Gill Road, which led to a traffic jam. A word spread that some persons were trying to commit bank robbery and a woman had been shot at. The police sounded an alert across the city.


Theft at hardware shop
Thieves serve sedative-laced food to guard, decamp with tools worth Rs 20 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Thieves struck at a heavy machinery hardware shop near Mohan Dai Cancer Hospital and decamped with costly material worth over Rs 20 lakh. The incident came to light here this morning when the employees of a factory unit located closed to the shop arrived for work and were shocked to see a hole in the wall.

The security guard of the factory, identified as Raju, was lying unconscious. The workers immediately informed the factory owner, who in turn called the owner of the shop.

According to Sanjay Gupta, owner of the mills store, the thieves gained access to the shop by breaking the wall. The investigating officer said the theft had been planned meticulously. The thieves befriended the guard and conducted a recce of the place.

The police is suspecting that the thieves might have visited the shop several times before committing the theft. They were aware that the shop owner had installed close-circuit television cameras. They also knew where to make a hole. The thieves did not break open the shutters of the shop as the shop is located near the National Highway-I and witnesses police movement.

The investigating officer said the incident took place at midnight. The thieves brought fish and liquor, laced with sedatives, for Raju. After consuming liquor, Raju fell unconscious and the thieves broke the wall and committed the theft.

“The CCTV cameras were not working, but the first thing the thieves did was to remove the hard disk from the computer where the CCTV recording is stored. Except for iron tools, the thieves did not touch anything,” the owner of the shop said.

The police has detained the guard for questioning. “A former employee, who might have been thrown out of the job a few months ago, could also be involved. One thing is certain, the accused deal in the sale and purchase of machine tools. That is why they did not waste time and only stole expensive tools,” said SHO Davinder Kumar.



Three sent to judicial remand till May 2
Mohit Khanna/ Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Judicial Magistrate Amarinder Pal Singh today sent Umesh, Pritpal Singh and Harwinder Singh, prime accused in the double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila, to judicial remand till May 2.

The prosecution was seeking extension of police remand for a few more days as the recovery of crucial evidence was pending.

On April 18, the court had declined the request of the police for extending the police remand of three other accused -- Ravinder, Hassanjit and Davinder.

The court had observed that there was no cogent reason for extending their police remand. Instead, they were ordered to be sent to jail in judicial remand.

The DSP and Monica were murdered at a farmhouse at Golf Link near Hambran Road, Ludhiana, on February 1.

The police had arrested the accused on April 5 and recovered mobile phones and car keys of the DSP and Monica.

Harwinder Singh worked as a security guard at Ayali Kalan and Pritpal Singh is a construction worker. Umesh is a videographer at a studio in the Clock Tower area.

After killing the DSP and Monica, the trio visit Gurdaspur, Chintpurni and Naina Devi.

They had also clicked pictures from the mobile phone of the DSP.

The pictures are stated to be crucial evidence against the accused in the murder case.

The accused Hassanjit, Davinder and Ravinder were arrested by the police during the course of the investigation and were accomplices in the crime.

Though they were not directly involved in the killings, they had reportedly helped the other three accused in hiding the vehicles used in the crime.



Demolition drive ‘moves’ MC
Civic body to take up campaign in phases
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
A file photo of a child carrying a utensil to help his parents move household articles following a demolition drive carried out in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A file photo of a child carrying a utensil to help his parents move household articles following a demolition drive carried out in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 20
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to carry out its demolition drive in parts. The decision was taken after MC officials faced some “resistance” from residents near the Jalandhar bypass, where the civic body had carried out the demolition drive yesterday.

Some MC officials, who were part of the demolition drive, were “pained” when they saw small children requesting them not to go ahead with the drive. “Who says we don’t have a human face? We feel sad whenever we demolish someone’s house. But that’s part of our duty and sometimes we have to ignore our emotions,” said a senior MC official who did not want to be identified.

Another official said when they went to demolish some illegal buildings, there was a little girl standing there with folded hands.

“She was living in a rented house and kept crying when we were demolishing a portion of the house. She repeatedly told us not to demolish her house. I was saddened over the whole issue and could not sleep properly. I thought what if she was my child. Sometimes we go through a tough time during such drives, but it was for the first time that I saw a little girl pleading like that. What can we do? We are just following orders of the court,” said another MC official.

During yesterday’s drive, children were seen helping their parents remove household articles from their houses. “That is why, we decided not to go ahead with the drive today,” claimed another senior official.



Now, deposit PF online
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Now, no need to stand in long queues to deposit the provident fund (PF) of employees. From April 1, it has been made mandatory for the employers to deposit the PF online. The service is known as electronic challan-cum-return (ECR).

The online registration was started on April 11 and 45 per cent companies of the city have already registered themselves online. The Regional Commissioner, Parampal Singh, claimed that the Employees Provident Fund Organisation, Ludhiana, had the highest number of companies throughout the country, that had registered online to date.

Earlier, the companies use to deduct PF from the salaries of the employees

and used to get it deposited through cheque or cash by filling a challan

in the bank. The cumbersome process is now over and depositing the PF in employees’ account is just a click away.

The employers are required to get themselves registered on the EPFO website

www.epf india.gov.in. for user ID and password for filling the electronic challan-cum-return.



2 held for thrashing man to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
The Sadar police has arrested two persons who thrashed a man to death at Baba Deep Singh Nagar near Gill Village last night.

The accused, identified as Naresh and Gollu, were arrested by the police here this evening.

The duo had killed the victim, Vinod Kumar, as he objected to a sex racket allegedly being operated in the locality. Both Gollu and Naresh attacked Vinod Kumar, who died on the way to hospital. The accused have been booked under Section 302 of the IPC.



Sewerage tenders floated for non-MC land
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
When it comes to doling out freebies to “encroachers”, one should take cue from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The otherwise cash-strapped MC floated tenders for laying sewerage on a piece of land which does not even belong to the civic body. The land measuring around 5,500 sq yards was allotted to the District Rifle Association (DRA) for the construction of a shooting range at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here. After the DRA raised the issue with the MC, it stopped the process of laying sewers.

The MC General House had allotted the land to the DRA and later floated tenders for laying a sewerage through it. DRA officials claim that most of the land has been encroached upon.

“Despite the fact that we have given several reminders to the MC Commissioner and other officials, they seem to be least bothered about clearing the encroachments,” Col JS Brar (retd), president of the association, alleged.

On April 11, the MC had floated tenders for laying a sewerage line through the land, following which a delegation of the DRA met operations and maintenance cell officials. In a letter, the Additional Commissioner (Technical) O&M cell directed the staff not to prepare a comparative statement of the tenders.

Even Assistant Town Planner SS Bindra clarified in his report to the cell that the land had been allotted to the DRA and a sewerage line should not be laid.

“Despite several requests, the MC has not been able to clear the encroachments and now it is trying to provide sewerage connections to encroachers. We will appeal to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and would brief it how the MC is hand-in-glove with the encroachers,” claimed Brar.



Motivating girl students
Rs 4.4 crore issued under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
To motivate girls toward education, a grant of Rs 4.40 crore was issued under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan for government schools of the state. Each district of Punjab will receive Rs 20 lakh for organising adolescent education camp, exposure visit, martial art training sessions and sports activities.

According to the directions issued by the State Project Officer, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA ), "An adolescent education and health care camp should be organised in selective schools of the district to spread awareness amongst girls about health problems they might suffer from when they are in their teens. Nearest lady doctor will visit these camps which will be organised five times in an academic year."

Moreover, Rs 7,000 on each school per year will be spent for holding exposure visit for girls. School girls will also visit the nearest historical and any important place in July and August.

As per the directions of the project coordinator of the SSA, "Martial Art should also be included in the curriculum of the schools to prepare the girls for self defence. Schools will manage technical experts for martial art training. This session will be conducted in the morning and August-September months were suggested for this activity. Each school will receive Rs 8,000 for this activity. "

The government will also provide sports kits to girl students to promote sports activities among girls. Girls have to play daily and sports competitions will be mandatory for schools .

Schools will have to organise an annual sports competition on Children’s Day i.e. November 14. For this SSA will give Rs 10,000 to each school for all sports activities.

Gurbeer Singh a teacher from local government school said, "These are much needed steps which have been taken by the SSA authorities. These initiatives will play an important role in women empowerment. Now, schools and teachers should implement these instructions with responsibility."



‘Studies will never take backseat’
Sisters Ritika and Ekta Kapoor will be seen in a Punjabi movie "Kissa"
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Ritika and Ekta Kapoor will be seen once again in a forthcoming Punjabi movie "Kissa" with Bollywood star Irfan Khan. Both students of RS Model Senior Secondary School aspire to be next Bollywood starlets like sisters Karisma and Kareena Kapoor.

While Ritika's idol is Kareena, Ekta idolises Karishma. "We want to be like the star sisters. Both are not only beautiful but also have acting abilities. Both sisters are waiting Karisma’s return to the silver screen and will be watching "Dangerous Ishq".

They are both excited about their forthcoming movie "Kissa" and working with a veteran actor like Irfan Khan was a privilege for them. Both sisters also have a role in Babbu Maan's "Hero Hitler in Love".

"Studies will never take a backseat. We take extra classes to compensate for the loss during the shooting days. At present, we are not doing serials since it requires us to shift our base to Mumbai and the time period requires is at least one year. We want to finish our studies and then join films," they said.

Ekta who will be in class IX next year said if good projects kept coming her way she would be doing films next year too. "Since class IX is a very crucial class in every student's life so I will not take too many projects but since movies are my first love, I will not mind doing a couple of roles next year as well. Movies are my lifeline," she signed off.



Illegal ‘ahata’ becomes operational
The municipal council had removed it a day before 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 20
An liquor vend (ahata) situated near local Vishavkarma Chowk bus stop again became operational today, a day after the local municipal council officials removed it. In fact, the local municipal council had received some complaints from the area residents against the vend being run openly near Vishavkarma Chowk.

Following this, the employees of the local municipal council removed the vend on the instructions of the executive officer of local municipal council Jagtaran Singh. The council had left the owner of vend after issuing him a warning. But only a day after the MC action, the owner of vend began running it again and the tipplers were seen consuming liquor openly at this place today.This is not only the only liquor vend running illegally in the town. There are, in fact, several such vends where people can be often seen consuming liquor during the evening.

Not only these so called ahatas, there are some other restaurants in the town which are serving liquor to the people though they have no licence to serve liquor. Despite the fact that these illegal drinking places are being run under the nose of the local administration, no concrete action has been taken against such illegal drinking places so far.

Executive officer Jagtaran Singh, said that he had received the information that the Ahata which was removed by the municipal council had become operational again. He said he had already instructed the MC officials to remove the ahata as soon as possible. Besides this, strict action would be taken against the owner this time, he added.

Surinder Singh, SHO, city police station, said that he was aware of the fact that there were some liquor vend running illegally in the town and they were gathering information on them. Soon they would be conducting raids. Action would be taken against those who were violating norms, he added.



Doctors perform specialised knee surgery

Ludhiana, April 20
Department of Orthopedics at DMCH has treated a 37-year-old’s damaged knee through arthroscopic reconstruction of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), a highly specialised procedure.

Dr Rajnish Garg (professor of prthopaedics) said the patient, Vijay Kumar, was suffering from an acute pain and weakness in his knee after he met with an accident. After undergoing a series of investigations, it was decided to treat his injury through arthroscopic surgery. Dr Garg said the highly specialised procedure was recently introduced at hospital. The surgery was performed with the help of a very fine telescope (arthroscope) which was introduced into the joint. It is a rare surgery which was probably been done for the first time in the region he added. — TNS



Awareness session on HIV/AIDS

Ludhiana, April 20
With an objective to educate factory workers and migrant labourers on various facts related to the spreading of HIV/AIDS, the CII, Ludhiana Chapter, in association with the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSAC) organised an awareness session on HIV/ AIDS at Vardhman Special Steels Limited.

Dr Harvinder Singh, deputy. mass media officer, Dr Jagat Ram , mass media officer at the District AIDS Prevention Unit (DAPU) and Dr. Inderjit Singh, medical superintendent, Dr. D N Kotnis Health and Education Care Centre, were the key speakers at the awareness session.

During his interaction, Harvinder Singh told the workers as to how this virus spread from one person to another.He said, “In a city like Ludhiana where the migrant population is the main workforce, it become even more important to educate such peoples on all aspects related to spreading and prevention of HIV/ AIDS for their own and others benefits. In Punjab, Amritsar has the maximum number of HIV positive cases followed by Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Unprotected sex is the main reason due to which the numbers of HIV positive cases are on the rise. Transferring HIV contaminated blood and use of HIV contaminated syringes (especially observed in case of drug addicts) are the other main reasons due to which HIV / AIDS virus spreads.

Dr Inderjit Singh , and Dr Jagat Ram , said that “It is important that we all should be aware of all the preventive measures to avoid contracting the virus and discuss this topic with an open mind because prevention is always better than cure . Safe sex, no to drugs, good health, good eating habits and faithfulness to your life partners are the keys which will actually help preventing the disease to spread further. Treatment and medicines for HIV infected peoples are available free of cost at all ESI/ government hospitals, these medicines provide required strength to HIV patients to withstand against the infection. It is important to treat HIV positive people with respect and care”. — TNS



Problems of unaided colleges to be discussed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha,April 20
In order to highlight the contribution and problems of un-aided colleges and teachers teaching there in, the "Punjab Educationist's Forum" is going to organise a seminar at Punjabi Bhawan on April 23 at 11 am.

Dr Kuldip Singh, organising secretary of the Punjab Educationists’ Forum and associate professor, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, shared that higher education was passing through acute crisis.

“The worst hit section in the present scenario is teachers working in un-aided colleges and those working on un-aided posts in aided colleges. Illogical embargo imposed on the recruitment of college lecturers in aided colleges since 2005 have had detrimental effects on the enthusiasm of college teachers engaged in the hefty task of nation building .Their contribution in the society need to be recognised and rewarded by the state and civil society as well. The role and contribution of un-aided colleges also needs to be analysed. So we are holding a seminar for this purpose”.

“The colleges without getting any financial assistance from the state are performing their duties, which are fundamentally meant for a welfare state”, he added. Dr SS Johal, former vice chancellor will preside over the seminar. Principal Tarsem Bahia, former fellow, PCCTU, will deliver the keynote address.



Industry seeks relief for kin of victims

Ludhiana, April 20
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has expressed sympathy for the family of victims of Jalandhar blanket factory collapse. "We feel that the collapse of the building was merely an accident.

The administration is taking harsh steps like, initiating criminal proceeding against the owner," said Upkar Singh, joint secretary of CICU. Avtar Singh, general secretary, appealed the CM and Deputy CM to conduct an enquiry. Meanwhile the Moulder and Steel Workers Union has demanded that the families should be given at least Rs 10 lakh as compensation. — TNS



Creating awareness to clean sutlej
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, is going to kick-start cleaning up of River Sutlej to observe World Earth Day. The project was flagged off today in collaboration of the Pune-based NGO Ocean Savers of India (OSI) under the aegis of The Indian Maritime Foundation of India to create awareness and respect for water bodies.

The NGO is working towards the cause of environment, BCM School will be the second branch of the organisation. A team of 40 volunteer-students along with environment manager of the school Vipra Kale are going to spearhead the project to create awareness about the rivers being poluted.

Karn H Ragade, vice-president of the OSI and council member of the IMF, said, “We as a nation pray to nature, and yet do not care about it. As an organisation, we try to imbue that sense of responsibility in the people that it is our country, we have to save it and make it beautiful and clean, rather than running away abroad.”

Kale said being in Punjab we need to take care of our rivers all the more because our identity and name itself brims from "Panj-aab" - the land of five rivers. Being only the second branch of the organisation, the school is going to organise activities on environment, including quizzes, art competitions, seminars, film festival, treks and excursions, lectures on maritime environment on the lines of the main branch.

Karn, V-P of the NGO said, "The power lies in the hands of the youth. It is not about an organisation, but about the country and the environment that we have to work for, together," he says. The 21-year-old said that the organisation believed in student empowerment, and to mobilize science, technology and spirituality for one theme "my country".

"The school is taking up the cause of environment aggressively as we are working on many projects on environment," Kale said. The school has ranked thrice amongst the top 10 Green Schools of India as audited by the Centre for Science and Environment. The school is also working on a project named “Globe” with the Indian Environment Society and also working with RBS Roots, an NGO, on project “Panjpani”, Kale said.



PAU economists predict stable cotton prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
PAU economists predict stable prices in cotton. China, USA and India are the three largest producers of cotton. These along with Pakistan and Turkey are the main consumers of cotton.

World cotton production during 2011-12 is estimated at 27 million tons (mt) as compared to 25 mt during 2010-11. With the global production exceeding consumption along with stockpiling of cotton by China, the global stocks are expected to increase by 41 per cent. Cotton prices in international markets dropped sharply from 229 US cents per lb during March 2011 to about 100 US cents per lb during March 2012. This may induce the farmers of all the leading cotton producing countries to reduce area under cotton.

The world cotton production in 2012-13 is expected to contract at about 25 mt. Due to the recovery in economic growth and lower cotton prices, the world cotton consumption during 2012-13 is projected to increase to 24 mt from 23 mt in 2011-12. However, the size of China's national cotton reserve, Indian cotton policy and any unexpected changes in global economy may create uncertainty for global cotton trade and prices in future. This was shared by Dr Jagrup Singh Sidhu, Incharge Agricultural Market Intelligence Centre (AMIC) in the PAU Department of Economics and Sociology.

Dr Sidhu said Indian farmers planted cotton in a record area of 122 lakh hectares during 2011-12 and produced 345 lakh bales. He said the consumption is expected to be around 260 lakh bales during 2012-13. So far India exported about 10 million bales of cotton during 2011-12, he added.

Due to relatively low prices of cotton in the domestic market, in current marketing year as compared to the last year, the Indian farmers may also shift some area from cotton to other profitable crops in 2012-13.



Entrance test for PAU MSc (hons) on June 18
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
The College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has started new courses in medical and non-medical streams for 10+2 pass outs.

Giving details, Dr RS Sidhu, Dean, COBS&H, said MSc (Hons)-a five-year integrated course-is being offered to 10+2 pass outs in five disciplines such as Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry and Zoology. The entrance examination for PAU MSc (hons.) will be held on June 18.

The students can get admission directly in MSc (Hons), unless they opt out of the course after completing three years (BSc).



Burn unit still non-functional
Patients being treated in female ward; SMO not aware
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Patients with burn injuries are being treated along with other patients as the burn unit of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital is yet to be made functional.
It was observed that Manorama, who has suffered burn injuries on her face, arms and the chest, was being treated in the female ward.

Satinder, her husband, said, “We live in Dhandari. My wife was cooking on a gas stove about a month ago. Suddenly, the stove burst and I along with my wife sustained injuries.”

Senior Medical Officer of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, Dr Karanveer Goel, said: “We treat burn patients in a separate ward to avoid any infection.As far as Manorama is concerned, I am not aware that she is being treated along with others. I will look into the matter and get her shifted in separate ward.”

When asked as by what time the burn unit will become functional, he said, “We have already shifted our emergency ward on the ground floor of the newly constructed building.

The burn unit is on the first floor. Though it has been constructed, but has not been handed over to us officially as of now.”

However, Gurpinder Singh, SDE, Punjab Health System Corporation, under whose guidance the burn unit has been constructed said, “We have already handed over the burn unit to the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. We finished the construction work two months ago, cleaned the entire unit and locked it.” 



CET on June 27

Ludhiana, April 20
The Registrar of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Dr PD Juyal, said admissions to undergraduate programmes will be done on the basis of the Common Entrance Test (CET) results. CET is going to be held on June 27.

The last date to apply for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes is May 14 and June 29 respectively. However, the application forms along with a late fee can be submitted to the university by May 21 and July 6 respectively.



Herman finally gets to go to school

Ludhiana, April 20
Three-year-old Harman Dhingra finally got admission to Pumpkin Kindergarten School. His parents had a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, following which he sent an official to the school and the school authorities finally acceded to admit the child in nursery class.

The school had earlier refused admission to Harman on the grounds of delay in submitting the admission fee in January, despite the fact that the child had already completed pre-nursery in the school. Herman’s father had filed a petition in court, responding to which the Punjab and Haryana High Court orderedthat the child should be permitted to attend the school.

Deputy DEO Karamjit Kaur on behalf of DEO(Elementary) Ranjit Singh Malhi had also visited the school on April 18, following the court orders. After meeting the DC today, Harman's parents went to the school accompanied by an official sent by the DC. The child was admitted to the school. To prevent any harassment to the child henceforward, his father Jatin Pal Singh Dhingra said that he would request the DEO to depute a teacher to see that the child was looked after well in school. The Punjab and Haryana High court had ordered the DEO (elementary), Ludhiana, "to depute a responsible teacher to pay a visit to the school to ascertain the well-being of the minor petitioner." — TNS



Health department pulls up its socks
Constitutes 18 teams to keep a check on the infection 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 20
Following last year's bitter experience when dengue spread its tentacles and also led to some casualties in the city, the district health department has pulled up its socks well in advance this year and constituted 18 teams to keep a check on the infection.

Disclosing this Dr Subhash Batta, civil surgeon, Ludhiana, said, "We have constituted 18 teams for random checking in residential areas. Each team comprises of three members and will conduct random checking of 25 houses daily by visiting home to home and will make people aware as how to keep themselves safe from dengue."

Batta further said that these teams would also visit schools, colleges and public places, including railway station and bus stand , so that public at large could be conveyed the message as how to save themselves from dengue.

Batta said," I have another plan in my mind which I will discuss with the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner soon. I want the health department and Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to work hand in hand so that water, sanitation and health facilities can be improved. All 75 wards, which come under the MC, Ludhiana, will be visited by the 18 teams of the health department to make people aware about cleanliness and do the needful wherever it is required. The area councillor will also accompany the team of health department, so that any problem related to water and sanitation can be redressed on the spot. This coordination will be of great help in curbing the spread of dengue."



Sensitising masses on water conservation
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
Showing concern over continued wastage of water on the premises of educational, religious and administrative organisations of the state, Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna, called upon office-bearers and activists of social and constitutional organisations to launch a coordinated movement to sensitise masses about conservation of the non-renewable natural resource.

While talking to the Tribune after addressing a meeting of the office-bearers of various organisations of the area, Khanna regretted that public of the border state was yet to realise consequences of over-exploitation of waters resources, including water bodies and underground water.

“Though a lot is to be done in this direction at the administrative level, consumers including students, employees and inmates of various jails have started understanding the significance of conservation of water,” said Khanna claiming that he had received a number of calls and messages from students and inmates regarding alleged mismanagement in supply of water at their institutes.

Emphasising on his slogan, “Everyday everybody should save at least a litre of water” Khanna said domestic helps could contribute maximum in the fight against misuse of water.

He gave more tips, “You can save a lot of water by being economical while washing cars and brushing teeth.

Keep on turning your taps off when you do not need water and do not allow water to floe into drains unnecessarily.”



From schools
Student wins second prize

Students of Rising Star School plant a sapling on the school campus on World Earth Day in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students of Rising Star School plant a sapling on the school campus on World Earth Day in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Interjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Ram lal Bhasin Public School, Phase I, Dugri, Ludhiana, student Lamia Fatma got a prize in the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-school Debate Competition held at The Punjab Public School, Nabha. She won the second runner-up speaker title in the dedate competition. Nine schools participated in the event. The principal of the school appreciated the efforts of the students as well as that of teachers.

Baisakhi celebration

The kindergarten section of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, celebrated Baisakhi with great fervour. The tiny tots came dressed in colourful attires and actively participated in various activities. Baisakhi was celebrated with pomp and grandeur. The children were taught that Baisakhi marked the time for harvest of wheat and had a religious significance too.The children also performed giddha and bhangra joyfully.

NCC programme at BVM

A motivational lecture was conducted in Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (Udham Singh Nagar) which was delivered by Lt. Colonel S. Sehgal commanding officer from 3Punjab Girls Battalion NCC. It began with the lighting of the lamp followed by enchanting sufi song by the students. The lecture emphasised on the need for joining NCC and the reason for choosing it as a career. He also appreciated the students who bagged the Sahara scholarship for excelling in NCC.

Earth Day

Rising Stars School, Jassian road, Haibowal, celebrated Earth Day. Children went for Nature Walk to know more about trees and insects. Children were enjoyed collecting dry leaves, catching butterflies, digging the soil and watering the plants.Children took the pledge to grow more trees and save water at home. They had prepared their own herb and vegetable garden.

Welcoming summer

To welcome summer in style little angels of Cherubs The Preschool went to ice-cream parlour In Dugri. They enjoyed various flavours of ice creams and danced on the latest songs .They had made ice-cream cones with the help of cotton and chart paper which was given to them as take aways.

‘Save earth to save life’

Joining little hands to protect mother Earth, Spring Dalians raised voice to save the planet in order to preserve life and sustain it. 'Earth Day' was celebrated with sense of social responsibility where in the school organised various awareness activities. The students from pre-nursery to class II came dressed as animals, birds, trees, flowers etc. to go for a nature walk, class II to V made articles using waste material spreading awareness of recycling the waste items. — TNS



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