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2 brothers attacked over Facebook content
Incident triggers panic among traders of Akalgarh market; shops shut; two arrested
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Shops closed at the market after the clash
Shops closed at the market after the clash. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 30
Two brothers, Harwinder Singh and Jatinder Singh, who run a garment shop at the Akalgarh market, were attacked by a group of people for allegely posting some mischievous content on an Akali leader's photo on Facebook.

Jatinder Singh alleged that his brother and he were attacked by supporters of Paramjit Singh Khalsa, president of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), at the shop around 12.30 pm.

Jatinder Singh said he was at his shop when some men came there and asked him to come to the office of another trader of the market as Paramjit Singh Khalsa wanted to meet him.

"When we refused to go along with them, they started beating us up without saying anything and used swords in the attack. Harwinder suffered serious injuries and has been admitted to the Civil Hospital," said Jatinder.

Panic gripped the market after the incident. Youth Akali leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha and other associates of Jatinder also reached the spot and the whole market was closed.

Paramjit has denied the allegations. He said, "We did not thrash them. I was in the Akalgarh market to meet activists of the federation. They informed me that Jatinder Singh had uploaded some content on Facebook to defame senior Akali leaders. We called him at our office. When our men went there, they attacked them."

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 1, Manjeet Singh Dhesi said, "The matter is related to posting of some content on Facebook. We arrested Maninder Singh and Amanpreet Singh after the clash. Police investigation is under way and we will register a case after taking the statement of Harwinder, who is under treatment at a hospital".

The police has recovered two swords from the spot. Both groups charged each other firing gunshots into the air. However, police officials did not confirm it.

"We are still verifying the facts. CCTV cameras have been installed in the market and we will examine the footage from these. The situation is under control and traders have opened their shops," said the ADCP.

Victim's take

My brother and I were at our shop when some men came there and asked us to come to the office of another trader of the market as Paramjit Singh Khalsa, president of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), wanted to meet us. When we refused to go along with them, they started thrashing us and used swords in the attack. Harwinder suffered serious injuries and has been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Jatinder, victim

Paramjit denies charges

We did not thrash them. I was in the Akalgarh market to meet activists of the federation. They informed me that Jatinder Singh had uploaded some content on Facebook to defame senior Akali leaders. We called him at our office. When our men went there, they attacked them.

Paramjit Singh Khalsa, president, Sikh Students Federation (Mehta)


Inter-state gang of carjackers busted
Police coordination helps nail gangsters
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Coordination between the police of the city and other districts played a pivotal role in the busting of yet another inter-state gang of carjackers which had taken away a car and other valuables form a 21-year-old youth of the city at gunpoint in Ferozepur last night.

The incident took place around 9.30 pm when Chirag Oswal was returning home after having dinner with his friends at Ansal Plaza.

The two miscreants, identified as Gurvinder Singh and Gurdev Singh, alias Deepu, were arrested by the police on the Kohara-Sahnewal road following a tip-off. They were planning to flee towards Moga. The police has recovered Chirag's Hyundai Verna and a Hyundai i-20 that was forcibly taken away from Rishu Kwatra on August 19 on the Ferozepur road.

Sources said Gagandeep Singh, the third member of the gang, was nabbed by the Fathegarh Sahib police in the wee hours here today.

The police has recovered a pistol, a toy pistol, five cartridges and 100g of heroin from the possession of the arrested persons.

Meanwhile, DCP GS Toor said, "Soon after the incident, we put the police on alert. We received information that cars were spotted near Dholewal Chowk. We got a clue that either the carjackers would flee towards Khanna or they would try to escape towards the Chandigarh road."

The DCP said he spoke to the SSP, Khanna, and the SSP, Fathegarh Sahib, and gave the details of the suspects and the vehicle to them. The Khanna and Fathegarh Sahib police responded quickly and set up nakas on the highways.

In the meantime, a team of the CIA chased the suspects on the Chandigarh highway. The Khamano police spotted the carjackers and tried to stop them, but they broke the barricades and made their way towards Morinda.

On reaching Morinda, the carjackers were stopped by the police at yet another naka. "They returned and waited at a dhaba for a few hours. They wanted to take liquor, but the dhaba owner did not allow them to do so. Then they visited an inn and after taking liquor, they tried to return to Moga through the city.

In charge of the CIA GS Bains was following the suspects and they were caught close to the Kohara-Sahnewal road during the wee hours and both the stolen cars were recovered," said DCP GS Toor.

Moment of horror

Chirag Oswal, son of industrialist Deepak Jain, still shivers when he recounts the moment of horror. "I was returning home after having dinner with my friends at Ansal Plaza. I walked down towards my car that was parked near the shopping mall. An i20 car was parked next to my vehicle and three persons were sitting in it. Before I could reverse the vehicle a turbaned youth walked towards my car and knocked at the windshield. I alighted from the vehicle. He put a pistol on my abdomen and told me to handover my mobile phone, watch and cash. Another youth alighted from the vehicle and collected the material.

Suspects drug addicts

The suspects are drug peddlers and chronic drug addicts. They had stolen the vehicles to hoodwink the police. They told the police that they used stolen vehicles for drug peddling. Whenever they were chased by the police, they deserted the car and fled. As the car used in drug peddling was a stolen vehicle, the police could not get hold of them.



At last, Rs 20,000 reward for battling foeticide
Bakshi blew the whistle on illegal practice in pvt hospital
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
After running from pillar to post for five years for getting a reward, which was "due to him" for carrying out a sting operation regarding an abortion, Vivek Bakshi was a "partially" relieved man today when he was given a cheque for Rs 20,000 at the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.

Bakshi, who blew the whistle on female foeticide at a private hospital, said, "I did a sting operation regarding an abortion in 2007. The woman undergoing abortion already had two daughters and she wanted to eliminate the third girl child."

He said, "After the sting peration, I took the then Deputy Commisisoner, Ludhiana, Sumer Singh Gurjer, the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sat Pal Sharma, and other officers of the Health and Police departments into confidence. Following the sting operation, health officers swung into action and 'suspended' the registeration of the ultrasound scan centre of the hospital for suspected violation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test Act and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act."

Bakshi, a property dealer, said, "On August 15, 2009, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal honoured me with a citation for doing a commendable job against female foeticide. However, for the cash reward, I had to struggle."

He said, "I filed many RTI pleas, wrote applications to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry and also to Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Satpal Gosain and Principal Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra, requesting them to give me my due reward. And now after five years, I have got only Rs 20,000 as reward for being an informant. I did a sting operation and as per rules, I deserved a reward of Rs 50,000." He said the "indiferent attitude" of the govenment had made him a different man now. "Earlier, I was enthusiastic to continue with my campaign. However, now I feel demoralised."

Bakshi has two schoolgoing kids and his wife Neelam Bakshi is a senior staff nurse at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said, "After being informed, we pursued his case and I am happy that he got his due today.” 

More such people needed

I am happy that Vivek Bakshi has got his due. Our society needs many more such people to curb the menace of female foeticide.~

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana



Ensure all eligible persons get voter card, officials told
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Punjab Chief Electoral Officer-cum-Principal Secretary, Elections, Kusumjit Sidhu has asked the District Election Officer and assistant election registration officers to ensure that no eligible voter is left without the voter card in the district.

Chairing a meeting of officials in the district at Sutton House, PAU, Kusumjit said at the time of making fresh voter cards and making the necessary changes in the voters' list, it must be ensured that no one above the age of 18 years was left without the voter card, which was the democratic right of every individual.

Kusumjit said the work on making amendments to the voters' list was expected to start in September. The Chief Electoral Officer asked the District Election Officer to contact colleges, universities and heads of schools to get lists of students who would become eligble voters from Januray 1, 2013. She said the priority of the Election Commission was to ensure 100 per cent enrolment of voters in Punjab. Kusumjit asked Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to make Form No. 6 (required for getting the voter card made) available at the Suvidha Centre also for the convenience of the public.

She directed the officials concerned to carry out the necessary corrections at the earliest in case they received any complaints regarding the voters' list. She said voter cards of all government employees should also be made so that they could exercise their right to franchise, even while performing election duty.

Among those present on the occasion were Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Toor, Ajay Sood, SDM, East, Parshottam Singh Sodhi, SDM, Khanna, Ghansham Thori, SDM, Samrala, Babita Kaler, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Baldev Singh, ACA, GLADA, and Manpreet Singh Chatwal, DTO.

Chief Electoral Officer's directives

  • Says no person above the age of 18 years should be left without the voter card
  • Work on making changes in the voters' list expected to start in Sept
  • Tells officials to contact college/university authorities for names of eligible voters
  • Says Form No. 6 (required for getting the voter card made) should also be made available at the Suvidha Centre



Abortion kits seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
On the instructions of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, a team of the health department today conducted a sting operation at two medical shops near Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) today and seized four abortion kits.

Drug Inspector Karuna Gupta said, “We went to Grover Medical Hall and Krishna Medical Hall as decoy customers and asked for abortion kits without showing medical prescription. The shopkeepers sold these to us. The kits are in our custody now.”



Long wait for Aadhar cards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
It has been a long wait for residents wanting to get Aadhar cards made. After the first phase of making Aadhar cards at post offices here concluded in Februrary this year, it was stated that work would resume in April. However, the work has not been resumed as yet, leaving city residents angry and disappointed.

"It is strange that the work is taking so long to resume. I wanted to get the Aadhar card made during the first phase, but could not do so because of long queues at post offices. And now, many like me have been waiting for months, but the process is yet to be resumed," says Rajesh Sharma, a resident.

"Just like many other initiatives of the government, the Aadhar card initiative also seems to have hit a roadblock," says Simar, a Rajguru Nagar resident.

According to an official, one of the two IT companies that were associated with the Department of Posts for the Aadhar cards has been dissociated.

According to sources in the IT company, the work is expected to resume in sub-post offices in the city soon. There were a lot of discrepancies and mistakes made by some companies entrusted with the task of making the cards. The government has to decide now how to deal with the issue, the sources added.

A senior official at a city post office said no notification had been made regarding the resumption of work as yet. However, a notice was received a couple of months ago stating that work of making Aadhar cards would be started soon, but no date was mentioned.



Ludhianvis’ hospitality bowls over Femina pageant winner
Tribune News Service

Neha Hinge
Neha Hinge. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 30
Femina Miss India International 2010 Neha Hinge visited the city today. Visiting the city for the first time, she was bowled over by the hospitality and warmth of the people of the city.

She said she loved not only the warmth of Ludhianvis but also the food here is amazing. She said she had relished ‘dal makhni’, ‘butter chicken’, ‘parathas’ and other Punjabi dishes since she arrived in the city yesterday.

Punjabis are friendly and it is good to have a Punjabi connection. She is playing a Punjabi girl in her debut movie "Love U Sohnio", which is slated for release early next year, she says. "I have played the lead character Sohnio in the movie," she says. "I am paired with Tanuj Virwani, actor Rati Agnihotri's son, who again is a Punjabi," she says.

Hailing from Dewas, near Indore, she had worked with an IT firm for two years before winning the Miss India beauty pageant, and there has been no looking back for her since then. She says she has a few dream roles and would love to play Kareena in ‘Jab We Met’, Rani Mukharjee in ‘Black’.

She says she feels pampered here. Talking about the salons here, she says it is good to see that there is awareness among people of the city about fashion and beauty. The salons and spas here are spacious compared to the ones in Mumbai, she adds.

Neha was here to introduce new hair and skin-care services at a salon in the city today.



Students forced to study in the open
Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar School at Bharat Nagar lacks proper lighting
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Despite the government's claims to raise the standard of education in government schools students of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, have been forced to study in the open. Due to the absence of proper lighting, the students are forced to study in low visibility conditions, particularly whenever the weather is cloudy.

A visit to the school revealed that even the students of class X were studying in a room, which had a 100-watt bulb. The light in the classrooms was so low that it was literally very difficult for the students to even read from their textbooks.

A student of the school rued that whenever the weather is cloudy, it becomes difficult to study. “We cannot read and write properly. I wish more tube lights and bulbs were installed in our classrooms,” said a girl student.

A teacher said on regular days, there are no visibility related problems in the classrooms. “But whenever it is cloudy, we are forced to teach the students in low visibility conditions. In case of power cuts, we are forced to hold classes in the corridors,” rued a teacher, who did not wish to be identified.

When contacted, Paramjit Kaur, District Education Officer (Secondary), she confirmed that such problems do exist in schools. She also said she would ask the school principal to look into it. “I assure you this problem would be solved at the earliest and we will make sure that students are provided proper studying conditions,” said Paramjit Kaur.



Metro Rail Project
Traders fear displacement
Plead with state government to spare private properties
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 30
Apprehending mass scale displacement and loss of business, shopkeepers and traders today made a plea to the state government to leave alone private properties, especially shops and other commercial establishments from the proposed metro route.

The shopkeepers and traders of several localities in old city like Field Ganj, Jail Road, Karimpura, Kalgidhar Road, Shahpur Road and Sukhram Nagar have joined hands to form a “Metro Sangharsh Committee” to oppose setting up a metro station near Gurdwara Kalgidhar, which was expected to affect a large number of shops and buildings.

Led by sangharsh committee president Vipan Sood (Kaka), the shopkeepers and residents of the affected area submitted a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal through former minister and senior BJP leader Satpal Gosain at his residence.

The traders and residents likely to be affected by the proposed acquisition of land for the metro station near Gurdwara Kalgidhar on corridor 1 of the metro rail project (from Ayali Chowk to BBMB power station at Jamalpur) said most of the shops and ancestral businesses were being run by several generations now.

A mass displacement of owners of commercial and residential properties will spell doom for the affected people, as they would not only lose their properties but also face ruination of their respective business, they said.

The memorandum pointed out that development projects like the metro rail ought to be taken up, but at the same time, the state government and administration should not compromise with the welfare of people, which was its moral and constitutional duty.

The residents of the area and shopkeepers strongly felt that a metro rail station in Field Ganj locality was not needed, as the distance between Durga Mata Mandir and Gurdwara Kalgidhar was not that long. “The authorities will do well to shift the next station after Durga Mata Mandir to somewhere near Old Central Jail where vacant government land was available,” they pleaded.

Gosain assured the deputation of shopkeepers and residents that he would take up the matter with the government at the appropriate level while assuring them that it would not be the intention of the state government to displace and uproot a large number of people from their respective properties.

“The project is in its preliminary stage and every possible step would be taken to save the city residents from avoidable inconvenience and displacement,” he said.



Industry leaders call on MPs
Say need to boost agro-based industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
With an objective to align the vision of Punjab’s industry with the state’s parliamentarians and set an actionable agenda for inclusive growth of Punjab, a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) delegation comprising senior industry leaders from Punjab met Punjab MPs.

Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Akali MP from Tarn Taran, lamented the fact that youngsters are migrating from villages to cities because of lack of employment avenues.

He further suggested that agro-based small-scale industry should be encouraged to make agriculture more viable and profitable.

“Education and upgradation of skills of the youths of border districts and making them employable is highly imperative,” he added.

Awinash Rai Khanna, BJP MP from Hoshiarpur, highlighted the need to give impetus to the sectors like agro processing, mobile phone manufacturing and dairy industry.

He also suggested that the parliamentary committees should be extensively used to raise awareness and formulate consensus on key issues confronting Punjab industry and state.

Deepak Mittal, chairman, CII Punjab state council and managing director, International Tractors Limited, shared the challenges and issues confronting the state and how Punjab needs to capitalise on its inherent strengths in the sectors like agro processing, textiles and light engineering.

DL Sharma, vice-chairman, CII Punjab State Council, while briefing the parliamentarians on the CII’s initiatives in Punjab, expressed the need to market and promote Punjab as an ideal investment destination. He apprised the MPs of the CII’s initiative of setting up a gurukul at Nawanshahar where school dropouts would be trained on hard skills in old gurukul style and then employed by the industry.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, former chairman, CII northern region and vice-chairman and managing director, Bharti Enterprises Limited, shared the CII’s viewpoint on GST, FDI in retail and land acquisition bill and sought their support and consensus on major policy decisions pertaining to their implementation.

Mittal also stressed the need to adopt PPP in school education and initiate pilot projects in the border areas, which would help bring employment avenues and initiate economic activity in the region. He also felt that parity in taxation is imperative for the growth of food processing industry in the state.



Private banks ignore weaker sections
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Though the banks in the district claim to have achieved their targets, the private sector banks have literally "squeezed" their loans for the weaker sections fearing that marginal farmers or those belonging to the SC and ST will not be able to repay their loans. Instead, they prefer to pay the government penalties on account of low credit to the weaker sections.

A review meeting of the banks, which was attended by over 70 representatives, was held at the Bachat Bhawan here today. It was chaired by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Rishipal Singh.

According to sources, the Lead Bank, Ludhiana, had planned to advance Rs 2,598 crore in the district for the first quarter of this financial year. It had extended a credit of Rs 2,772 crore, which was 107 per cent of the target allocated to it for the quarter.

"Though the targets have been achieved by the banks, if we see the overall performance. But, it is unfortunate that for the private sector banks, the weaker sections of society remain at the bottom on their priority lists. According to the rules, 10 per cent of the total advances should be given to the weaker sections, small and marginal farmers, landless farmers, SCs/STs, etc, but despite repeated requests, the private sector banks prefer not to extend loans to them fearing they will fail to make the loan recovery.

"Only Nationalised banks, which are around 21 in the district, have adhered to the particular section. There are a total of 47 banks in the district, one cooperative bank, 21 nationalised banks and the remaining private sector banks," said a senior bank manager.

He also said the private sector banks were willing to deposit penalties to the government on account of low credit to the weaker sections, which was nominal, rather than providing loans to people from weaker sections.

The ADC, Rishipal Singh, asked all the representatives present at the meeting to provide more and more loans to the people from weaker sections so that they could become self-reliant.



Complaints of negligence against university vets
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
There have been a few cases accusing GADVASU doctors of negligence recently. Amandeep Singh, a villager from Gahaur near Baddowal has alleged that his dog (a German Shephard) died due to the negligence of the attending doctors at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. The complainant said it was a simple case of dog-bite (the dog was bitten by another pet-dog) but due to the lackadaisical approach adopted by the doctors, his pet died within 10 days. The university, however, maintains that the dog died due to a chronic renal problem.

Amandep Singh said,"My dog was bitten by another dog and I brought it to GADVASU where one of the attending doctor prescribed certain antibiotics. I started giving the medicines to the dog but after 2-3 days, it stopped eating and grew weak. I again took it to the doctors at GADVASU and a new doctor, without reading the earlier prescription, gave some more medicines. The dog's condition became serious and the third time, the attending doctor asked me why I was giving it so strong antibiotics. But when I told him that these were mentioned in the prescription, the doctor changed his views and said that the dosage was fine. Two days later, the dog died."

A few days ago also, a woman had alleged that her buffalo died due to the negligence of the doctors at the varsity. Meanwhile, GADVASU dean Dr S Prabhakar said the pet dog suffered from a chronic renal problem. "Still we are investigating into the matter. We at GADVASU try to provide the best possible facilities," said Dr Prabhakar.



Students enter into scuffle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Two groups of school students clashed near Arya College today. According to eyewitnesses, two boys were standing with a girl and were waiting for a bus.

Meanwhile, three boys on a motorcycle passed hostile remarks. The boys on road got agitated and started beating the motorcyclists. Meanwhile, some of the residents, who know the motorcyclists, also joined the fight.

“None of them complained to the police and both groups reached a compromise,” said Ranjit Singh, SHO division number 8.



Cops to keep check on anti-social elements in PAU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
The police department has deputed policemen in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to keep a tab on carjackers, snatchers and anti-social elements on the university premises.

According to the university authorities, police officials have informed PAU officials that some of the gangs of carjackers are active in the area also.

Jaskaran Singh, PAU estate officer, said, “The incidents of carjacking, snatching and vehicle lifting are common nowadays. Police officials told us that the anti-social elements are active in the area. So, they are keeping a tab on such activities.” However, the police officials said it was a routine checking. Gurbeer Singh, SHO, PAU police station, said, “We depute the policemen to ensure safety of visitors in the PAU campus.”



Training workshops for schoolteachers soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon be starting training workshops for teachers and school leaders. The main focus of these workshops will be on new initiatives and implementation of various innovative practices in all aspects of school education, including use of information and computer technology, assessment and evaluation.

In this regard, the CBSE will be collaborating with private schools, including Sahodaya School complexes, which have an auditorium with a capacity to accommodate approximately 80-100 participants.

The CBSE has consistently been striving to establish new benchmarks in secondary education through its policies and programmes and this move will definitely strengthen the implementation of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme and bring other reforms in the education system of the country, added Navneet Kaur, a school teacher.

The CBSE has a separate training division that would take care of all training and development needs of teachers and school leaders.

In this regard, Dr Sadhana Parashar, director (training), CBSE, has written letters to the heads of private schools mentioning that the CBSE would like to use this facility to conduct or organise trainings and workshops on various new initiatives.

The auditorium may be used for two consecutive days for which the expenditure of providing lunch, refreshments and stationery to the participants shall be borne by the CBSE. The interested schools and Sahodaya School Complexes may fill in the requisition form and e-mail to sadhanap.cbse@nic.in, cbsecp@gmail.com <mailto:cbsecp@gmail.com>, mentions the letter by Parashar.



Viral fever cases on the rise
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
With a lot of humidity in the weather, cases of viral fever are on the rise in the city. People suffering from viral fever usually complain of bad throat, cold, temperature and body ache.

Dr Ashwani Malhotra, senior medical officer, Community Health Centre, Payal, said, “We have been receiving 10 to 15 per cent cases of viral fever in our OPD. People usually complain of fever with body ache.”

While senior medical officer of the Civil Hospital, Raikot, Dr Sanjeev Hans, said, “There are routine cases of viral fever. This year, the cases of viral started pouring in after the rain. So, one should take necessary precautions.”

Many people indulge in self medication, which may prolong the fever.

Dr Kanwal Maseeh, Medical Superintendent of Christian Medical College and Hospital, said, “One should take medicines after consulting a doctor. Light food and more of liquid diet should be taken to recover early. Take enough Vitamin-C for better immunity level.”



Step out in rain with style!
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
Though the rain makes hearts happy, it makes heads heavy with worry! Worry about what to wear and what not to! But you should not compromise on your style statement and all you need is a little planning while stepping out in the rain.

If planned with a little care, monsoon is a perfect opportunity to make bold fashion statements. It is that time of the year when you can alternate your dressing mode and make a style statement with their colourful fashion wear, be it apparel, footwear or accessories.

The monsoon demands a cool fabric like cotton. Due to its absorption qualities, it helps keep the pores open and let the skin breathe. “White is my all-time favourite and it looks great during a cloudy and rainy day. A flowing skirt or anarkali kurta in white colour is the best option during the monsoon. Opting for a churidaar instead of a salwar will be a wise option, as it will not get spoil in the rain,” said Jhanvi, a fashion designing student.

The footwear is another issue to be taken care of. “It should be kept in mind that they are comfortable and with a firm grip so that you don’t slip due to slippery surface.”

Crocs have turned out to be one of the most popular footwears nowadays and they have numerous fans among both common man and celebrities. While plastic ballerinas and flip flops also top the chart of every fashion enthusiast, who does not want to spoil their fashion statement, while stepping out in the rain.

“The crocs are the best option for the rainy season. Leather and sport shoes are a big no. I have bought crocs in different colours and they match well with my dresses, be it jeans, skirts or suits. Since crocs are flat, it is comfortable to step out even during the rain,” added Geetika, a KCW student.

The handbags are also a part of the style statement and the right kind of material should be chosen to look stylish and planned for the weather. Waterproof handbags can be tried, as they keep the belongings safe. Branded companies are providing stylish bags in varied colours and shapes.



14 challaned for smoking at public places
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
The task force challaned 14 persons under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act, 2003, today.

A team, including district epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, drug inspector Perneet Kaur, food safety officer Harpreet Kaur and representative of an NGO, Krishan Malik, visited five places, including Ghumar Mandi, bus stand, Pakhowal Road, Model Town and Feroze Gandhi Market and challaned 14 persons for smoking at public places.

Dr Anil Verma said, “We collected Rs 2,200 as fine. At Ghumar Mandi, we came across two cigarette sellers near GGN Khalsa College and Khalsa College for Women. Both were challaned for selling cigarettes near educational institutes.”

When asked as why the task force does not challan gutka vendors, Dr Verma said, “We are yet to receive departmental instructions in this regard. Once we get it, we will act accordingly.”



Rare honour for city doctor

Ludhiana, August 30
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) has selected Dr Kuldip Singh, Professor of surgery, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, to deliver a keynote address at the annual general meeting of the SLS and the Endo-Expo 2012 to be held at Boston, Massachusets, USA, from September 5 to 8.

The invitation was extended by the board of directors of the SLS after shortlisting laproscopic surgeons of different countries. Dr Kuldip, who was instrumental in bringing laproscopic surgery to northern India in 1992, will give the keynote address on September 6 entitled “Tips and tricks to get best results in laproscopic cholecystectomy-a personal experience of 20 years.” — OC



from schools
Founder's Day celebrated

Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated its Founder's Day here recently. The celebrations commenced with a special assembly and a special prayer. The students presented a dance performance. Students also went to Gahaur village for plantation and charity. A special assembly was also conducted in the Montessori wing of the school. Students came dressed as our visionaries and enjoyed watching a 5-D movie based on deforestation.

Guest lecture

A guest lecture was organised at BCM Senior Secondary School here recently. Gourav, a public relationship manager at a company, informed students about the operations of financial market, mutual fund plans, power of compounding. The students participated in various activities like filling application form, ECS forms.
A girl participates in a classical dance competition organised by KVM School in Ludhiana on Thursday
A girl participates in a classical dance competition organised by KVM School in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

GNPS shooters win laurels

Shooters of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, won laurels for the school at the 13th Punjab State Inter-school Shooting Championship held at Markfed Range in Mohali from August 24 to 26. Sub-Junior Boys team comprising Anhad Jawanda, Ekam Singh Grewal and Udaypartap Singh Grewal won gold medals in Air Pistol. While the junior boys team comprising Vikram Grewal, Manveer Grewal and Dilpreet Singh Waraich won gold medal in air pistol.

Dance competition

Kundan Vidya Mandir organised Sahodaya Schools solo classical dance competition. Over 15 teams from various CBSE schools participated in the competition. Result: Group-I, 1. Shreeya of DAV Public School, B.R.S. Nagar, Ludhiana. 2. Aseem Kaur of DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana. Group II 1. Aishwarya of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. 2. Zinnia of BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana.

Spring Dale win trophy

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School won overall trophy in the competitions held at Gurudwara Flahi Sahib, near here. Carrying the historical significance, Gurudwara Flahi Sahib came in existence when centuries ago the Tenth Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji visited this place and tied his horse with the Flahi tree. On account of the ninth death anniversary of Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind Ji, various prize winning competitions like Poetry Recitation, Lecture competition, Shudh Gurbani Kanth Competition, Dastar Competition, 100 meter race, Gatka and Shabad Gayan Competition, were organised. A total of 53 schools with around 1,300 students from all over Ludhiana district participated in the competition.

Polka Dot Day

Cherrylane Play School organised Polka Dot Day. In the event, children were asked to wear a polka dotted dress from home. Children were shown round shape on their dress and in all the things around them. A circle hunt took place in school in which tiny-tots hunted for all the circles around them. A banana peeling and eating competition was organised for the nursery class students. Akshat, Gurjot and Keerath bagged the first, second and third prize, respectively in this competition. The event aimed to educate the children about eating healthy fruits in their daily lives.

Function on different themes

A function was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir. The children presented a colorful programme on different themes, our lives are meaningless if we do not have any values, this is being inculcated in the young minds of small children so that they grow up to be better human beings. A presentation on “People who help us” was also shown. — TNS



Miscreants fire five shots at house in Krishan Nagar locality
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
There was panic in Krishan Nagar locality late last night after certain miscreants fired five shots at Ashok Chopra’s house.

Chopra said the miscreants fired five shots at his gate and fled the scene. The police has got the footage of the assailants fleeing in a car in the recording of a close circuit television (CCTV) camera.

"The assailants, who opened fire at the house, were travelling in a black car. We do not know how many of them were in the car," said the officer investigating the case.

Chopra said he had no enmity with anyone and he was absolutely clueless about the reason behind the shooting.

A forensic team collected the bullets lodged in the gate.

The local residents said they were shaken out of their sleep hearing the bullet shots and rushed out of their house to find out the reason behind the shooting.

The police also reached the spot in no time and a search operation was launched to nab the assailants who opened fire at Chopra's house.

The police has registered a case against unidentified assailants and started investigations.



1 held with 40 gm smack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
A drug peddler, Amandeep Singh, alias Deepa, a 33-year-old man, has fallen in the police clutches yesterday evening and policemen recovered 40 grams of smack worth Rs 20 lakh from him.

He was arrested from Kailash Nagar area of Basti Jodhewal.

In charge, Anti-Narcotics Cell, Harbans Singh, said they laid a check post at the Kailash chowk when they noticed the accused activity a bit suspicious. He said when they checked him, they recovered smack from his pocket. He said in the preliminary investigation they had come to know that the accused was a drug addict and used to distribute same in Dholewal area.

He said a case had been registered against the accused. In another case, in charge Harbans Singh informed that they have arrested Pushpak Malhotra (26) of Haibowal, along with the psychotropic drugs. He said the accused used to sell these drugs at his mobile shop.

In another case, the police has arrested Suresh Vishwakarma, a resident of Pipilia village of Madhya Pradesh, and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession. He was arrested by the police near the Civil Hospital yesterday evening. The police has registered a case against Suresh and started investigations.



Minor raped
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, August 30
A minor girl, studying in class IX at a government school was allegedly raped by two village youths, when she went to her friend’s house in a nearby Chuheki village here yesterday.

The accused have been identified as residents of the same village. The girl alleged that they entered the house forcibly, sent her friend out after threatening and raped her.

The police said they received a complaint on Wednesday. Victim’s mother said that her daughter's namesake classmate and a friend of the village had come to their home at 3 pm. “She took my daughter to her home saying that she had to return a notebook. When my daughter did not return home till 4 pm, I went to see her. When I reached there, her friend was standing outside the house and did not allow me to enter.” she said. “I entered forcibly and suddenly two youths fled after pushing me away,” said the mother.



One arrested with 1.5 kg opium
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara, August 30
The Machhiwara police claimed to have arrested one person and recovered 1.5 kg opium from his possession.

As per information, a police party had laid a naka near Sehjomajra village. They spotted a person who had a bag in his hand and was walking on foot. The police signalled him to stop but the man tried to escape. The police overpowered him and during a search of his bag the police recovered 1.5 kg of opium.

A case under NDPS Act was registered against him and he was arrested. According to SHO the alleged accused was already facing a case of NDPS act at Bassi Pathana and after his release from jail he again started selling narcotics. The alleged accused was identified as Dilraj a resident of Jaipur.



Woman sets herself ablaze, dies

Phillaur, August 30
A young woman allegedly ended her life by setting herself ablaze. The woman has been identified as Rekha, a resident of Mohalla Brahmpuri, Phillaur. She was rushed to the local Civil Hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead.

The incident was noticed by the nearby residents who saw smoke coming from the house of the deceased. They broke open the door which was locked from inside.

Mohan Lal, father of the deceased, alleged that his daughter was being tortured by her husband, Harbans Lal, of nearby Tehing village, who had been beating her frequently. He alleged that Rekha continued to be the victim of violence since the first month of her marriage in the year 2005.

He added that Rekha came to him last month and narrated her plight. But after a long discussion, her husband Harbans came and assured not to repeat the violence after which Rekha returned to with her husband.

Meanwhile, Rekha called up her father and asked him to take her away from her husband to her parental house. Rekha had allegedly set her self in fire before her father could reach.

The police has registered a case against her husband and handed over her body to her father. — OC



Inter-School tourney
BCM, DAV students script victories
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 30
Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, DAV Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, and GRD Academy on the Hambran road, scripted victories in their respective matches in the Sahodaya Inter-School Badminton Tournament for boys (u-19) being held on the BCM Arya School campus, here today.

Hosts BCM Arya Model School outwitted Green land School, Civil City, 2-0 while DAV Public School scored an identical (2-0) win over Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar. In other matches, GRD Academy shuttlers got the better of Sacred Heart Convent School 2-0 and Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, overpowered Anand Ishar School 2-0.

Tagore Public School, along with Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, too, recorded comfortable wins against their opponents.

Tagore Public School blanked GGN Public School, Rose Garden, 2-0; Guru Gobind Singh Public School prevailed over CFC Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, 2-1; GMT Public School beat Green Land School, Sector 32, Chandigarh road, 2-0; Sacred Heart Convent School pipped DCM Presidency School 2-0 and BCM School outplayed Guru Nanak Public School 2-0.



Tae kwon do meet
BVM, Green Land eves hog limelight
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 30
The hosts Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, besides its Udham Singh Nagar branch, Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Dugri, hogged the limelight in the girls under-14 category of the Inter-School District Tae Kwon Do Championship being held at BVM School campus, here today.

Players from all these schools wrapped up two titles each to stamp their supremacy. Around 800 participants from different schools are competing in this championship in the under 14, 17 and 19-year categories.

Meanwhile, MM Vyas and Santosh Mehra, president of the BVM Trust and principal of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, respectively, gave away the prizes to the winners.

The following are the results

Girls- u-14: below 16kg- 1st Shagun of BVM, kitchlu Nagar, 2nd Aashleen of BBS Public School and 3rd Tulsi of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar.

Below 18kg- 1st Ramandeep Kaur of Green Land Public School, 2nd Samira of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar and 3rd Bhawna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar.

Below 20kg- 1st Tamanna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, 2nd Karuna of Green Land Public School and 3rd Kismat of BCM, Basant City.

Below 22kg- 1st Kritika of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, 2nd Mehakpal of Nankana Sahib Public School and 3rd Palak of Green Land Public School.

Below 24kg- 1st Khushi of Green Land Public School, 2nd Vanya of BCM, chandigarh road and 3rd Trimanpreet Kaur of Spring Dale Public School.



Saraud school lift kabaddi title

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Aug 30
Boys of Government High School, Saraud village, and Government Senior Secondary School, Maholi village, emerged winners in the U-14 and U-17 categories in the Zonal Kabbadi Tournament that concluded at Saraud village yesterday.

According to event coordinator Shaukat Ali, the winners had defeated teams of Government High School, Chakk Shekhupura, and Government Senior Secondary School, Bhogiwal, in their respective final matches. — OC



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