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NRI’s murder
Wife's role under scanner 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
In the Kulwant Singh murder case, the role of his wife Mukhtiar Kaur has come under the scanner after she appeared as a witness in the case.

Kulwant Singh (75), an NRI, was allegedly killed by his younger brother Jaswant Singh (62) on May 16 at a house in Mehma Singh Wala village near Dehlon. Jaswant was recently arrested in this connection.

Mukhtiar Kaur had told the police that her husband Kulwant Singh was apprehending a danger to his life from his brother Jaswant Singh, also an NRI, who owns a mega pizza chain in the UK.

According to Satinder Singh, SHO of the Dehlon police station, Mukhtiar Kaur had reportedly told the police that she received a call from Kulwant a few days before the murder during which he had mentioned about a threat to his life from Jaswant.

However, investigations revealed that Mukhtiar and Kulwant had strained relations and were living separately, a fact highlighted by the accused, Jaswant Singh, during the investigations.

Investigating officer Swarn Singh said, "Jaswant told us that Kulwant and Mulhtiar Kaur were living separately and recently divorced each other. However, no evidence was found that the couple had divorced."

Jaswant's two sons attended Kulwant Singh's bhog ceremony at a gurdwara in Mehma Singh Wala village yesterday. This had raised many an eyebrow in the village.

An elderly resident said on condition of anonymity that the murder case would head for a compromise.

"Mukhtiar Kaur, who stays in the UK, is not going to pursue the case. With the passage of time, the case will weaken and Jaswant will be let off. Both Mukhtiar and Kulwant had strained relations. It can be gauged from the fact that Kulwant's body kept lying dumped in a room for nearly 15 days and Mukhtiar did not bother to ask anyone about her husband's whereabouts," said the resident.

Jaswant was today produced before a court, which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. 

Officer refutes charges

Investigating officer refuted the allegations that the accused, Jaswant. was given a VIP treatment. He said Jaswant was not made to sit in an AC room. He said the accused was not taken to the District Courts complex in a swanky SUV as alleged

A peep into the case

* On June 5, the city police had arrested 62-year-old Jaswant Singh Grewal, a millionaire, for allegedly murdering his elder brother Kulwant Singh (75). A property dispute was stated to be the reason behind the murder.

* Kulwant was allegedly killed by Jaswant at a house in Mehma Singh Wala village on May 16. On May 30, his mutilated body was found from the house.

* In order to hoodwink the police, the accused fled to Malaysia on May 22 for four days. He flew to Malaysia to use his visit as an alibi to make the police believe that he was somewhere else when the incident took place


Encroachments resurface outside DC’s office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
As the tehbazari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation gets busy in checking encroachments in other parts of the city, encroachments have resurfaced outside the Deputy Commissioner's office on the Ferozepur Road service lane as well as the footpath alongside this lane. Due to the encroachments on the footpath, people are forced to walk on the service lane, which is fraught with danger due to the traffic.

Several persons have set up shop on the footpath right alongside the boundary wall of the Deputy Commissioner's office. These people are either typists, deed writers or sell stationery or eatables.

After the MC was pulled up by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, encroachments from footpaths as well as the service lane and the parking spaces between Ferozepur Road and the service lane used to be removed almost on a daily basis.

However, after the last court hearing, the MC has reportedly gone soft on such encroachers due to a "shortage of staff".

Naveen Malhotra, MC Tehbazari Superintendent (Zone D), said they were continuing with their anti-encroachment drives in the area. “If any such encroachments have come up on the road, we will clear these positively by tomorrow. If any person is found operating from the footpath, his goods will be confiscated,” he said.

Tehbazaari officials today confiscated four kiosks and an equal number of rehris from near the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here. “We also visited the Feroze Gandhi Market to check whether the parking contractor had started issuing new parking slips or not. The contractor told us that he was not overcharging and had placed a printing order for new parking slips,” said Malhotra.



Civic body yet to float tenders for parking lots
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is yet to float tenders for the allotment of parking lots between Ferozepur Road and its service lane. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had recently asked the MC to float tenders for these parking lots to check encroachments on the service lane.

Ever since this service lane has been constructed, it has never been put to use the way it was initially planned. Most of the commercial establishments along this service lane have been using this lane for parking purposes.

Even the parking zones between Ferozepur Road and its service lane are used by vendors for commercial purposes who put up their "rehris" and "farhis" there.

Perturbed over this, a city resident, living in a house opposite gate number 2 of Punjab Agricultural University, had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the misuse of the service lane in front of his house. Acting on his plea, the court directed the MC to get the service lane vacated. During the hearing in the case, 10 violators were identified of which six properties were sealed.

During the last hearing, the court directed the MC to auction these parking zones so that the service lane could be made fully operational.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said following the court orders, they had been working in this regard.

“We are in the process of finalising the terms and conditions for the auction. Besides, a survey is also being carried out by our staff. We plan to develop this space as a parking lot and tenders will be floated. This time also, we will adopt the e-tendering process,” said the Mayor.

Three commercial establishments, Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, KP Complex and Olivia Complex, today submitted their case before the MC Commissioner through their advocate Harpreet Sandhu. Due to parking-related violations, these commercial establishments were sealed by a panel, constituted by the MC, on May 10. “These commercial establishments have already started taking measures to develop parking space as per the building plan on their premises. I personally submitted these plans to the MC,” said Sandhu.The Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered on May 29, “Commercial establishments which intend to convert a part of their building into alternative/earmarkedparking may submit the revised building plans duly signed by anapproved architect along with the requisite charges as may be prescribed under the building by laws along with other requisite certificates. The MC shall decide the matter within four days. Ifthe site plan is in accordance with the building bylaws, the MC shall de-seal the premises to allow such an establishment to continue with its activities subject to an undertaking that thealternative/earmarked parking area shall be made available within one month.”



Be people-friendly, PWD Minister tells officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
Punjab PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has hailed the appointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the chairman of the BJP poll campaign panel for the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Dhillon said this while addressing a gathering during a programme organised to felicitate zila parishad/block samiti members.

Speaking on the occasion, he said there was a pro-Akali Dal-BJP wave in the state and the combine would win all 13 Lok Sabha seats.

Directing government officials to be more people-friendly, the minister said the Punjab Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister were planning to make Punjab the number one state in India in the next three years. He claimed that Punjab would be a power-surplus state by the end of this year. He said all link roads due for repair were being repaired at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. He added that three ultra-modern jails were being constructed in Amritsar, Shri Muktsar Sahib and Bathinda at a cost of Rs 450 crore.

Dhillon, while honouring the zila parishad and block samiti members of the Sahnewal constituency, said the people of Punjab voted for the Akali Dal in the recent zila parishad and block samiti poll for the "betterment" of the state. The members were honoured with siropas.

Among those present on the occasion were Youth Akali Dal general secretary Simranjit Singh Dhillon, chairman of the Milk Plant, Ludhiana, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, BJP leader Sukhminder Pal Singh Grewal and another Youth Akali Dal general secretary Tarsem Singh Bhinder.



Doctors’ strike call has little impact 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The strike call given by the PCMS Doctors Association against the recent transfers of health specialists failed to make an impact on the health services in Ludhiana district. At the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, all departments were working smoothly and there were a large number of patients in almost every OPD.

Doctors attend to patients at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Monday
Doctors attend to patients at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Monday; and (below) a huge rush of patients at an OPD in the hospital. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
a huge rush of patients at an OPD in the hospital.

Sharanjeet Kaur, an ASHA worker from Balala village, who was accompanying an expectant woman, said, "We reached here at 11 am for a check-up. I was happy to find that there was no strike in the hospital and doctors were attending to the patients."

There was a huge rush of patients in OPDs. Sunita Rani, who came all the way from Basti Jodhewal, said, "I didn't find any difficulty in getting my sister-in-law examined from a doctor in the gynae OPD."

Kanwaljit Kaur, a staff nurse in the labour room, said, "We were busy since morning in attending to patients. C-section operations were also being conducted by doctors."

A Senior Medical Officer, Dr Raj Kumar Karkra, said, "I also attended to many patients, besides dealing with the visitors to my office, and felt satisfied that no one suffered at our end."

Meanwhile, the strike call had little impact in areas on the periphery. Reports from Mandi Ahmedgarh, Dehlon, Pakhowal, Malaud, Sahnewal, Samrala, Khamano, Machhiwara and Khanna said the health services were not affected.

At the Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, 135 patients were attended, said a Senior Medical Officer, Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu. He said,"Though three of our PCMS officers were on a pen-down strike today, they attended to emergency patients."

Dr Balwinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Jagraon, said, "Dental OPD and gynae patients were attended to properly. Though ortho, skin, paediatrics and radiology specialists remained on strike, they attended to emergeny cases. Two C-section operations were conducted along with other deliveries. I also attended to many patients, besides dealing with medico-legal cases."

What the assn chief says

Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the PCMS Specialist Doctors Association, Ludhiana, said, "We have decided not go on strike as Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal assured us on June 7 at his residence that the transfer orders in genuine cases will be cancelled. He has already cancelled the transfer orders of 62 of the total 532 and has assured us that more cases will be reviewed. Keeping this in view and the health needs of poor patients, we have decided not to go on strike and will provided our service tomorrow also."



Penalty slapped on LIT for failure to provide info 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 10
The State Information Commission, Punjab, has awarded a compensation of Rs 5,000 to Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, while deciding an appeal filed by the applicant against the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) alleging failure on the part of the Trust to provide information sought under the RTI Act.

In his orders passed on June 4, State Information Commissioner Narinderjit Singh noted that on the last date of hearing on April 11, Public Information Officer Avtaar Singh Azaad, Executive Officer, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, was directed to be personally present on the next date of hearing to submit his written response regarding the letter dated March 16, 2013, of the appellant within two weeks with a copy to the appellant.

"Counsel for the appellant submits that the directions given by this commission have not been complied with and the appellant is facing harassment and detriment due to the delay in providing information and the appellant be compensated," the orders said.

Accordingly, the commissioner directed the public authority, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, to pay an amount of Rs 5,000 as compensation to the appellant within one week through a bank draft to be sent through a registered post. The commissioner further directed the PIO of the Trust to be personally present on the next date of hearing on June 27.

Rohit Sabharwal had filed an application before the LIT to provide details of the record and annual reports submitted to the State Information Commission, Punjab, pertaining to all actions taken under the RTI Act as laid down in Section 25 from January 2009 till date. Under the Act, it is mandatory for all public authorities to maintain a complete record of all applications received under the RTI Act, all decisions taken on these applications, charges collected under the Act and particulars of any disciplinary action taken by the public authority concerned against any official or staff member with respect to the administration of this Act.

In his written submission to the commission, the PIO of the Trust had admitted that the information sought by the applicant was not available either with the RTI branch or the record room of the LIT. The PIO had taken the stand that the information would be supplied to the applicant as and when it was traced out, while submitting that the delay in providing information was neither intentional nor wilful, and further that the staff concerned in the LIT had been directed to be more vigilant in the future. 



Punbus contractual staff block traffic
 Demand cancellation of case registered against union members 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 10
A day after the local police registered a case against the members of Punbus Contract Workers' Union, while they were protesting against the state government during a protest yesterday, a large number of union members again held a protest outside Jagraon bus stand.

Annoyed over registration of case against the union members, angry protestors also staged a dharna at Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway and blocked the traffic for around 10 minutes, thus, causing huge inconvenience to the commuters. The protestors raised slogans against the state government and the police department and demanded immediate cancellation of a case registered against union members.

"We were protesting in a peaceful manner yesterday but despite this the police registered cases against the union members under political pressure. In fact, the state government has been trying to oppress the union members, who were protesting to get their long pending just demands fulfilled. The government misuse police to get a false case registered against the union members to create pressure," said Boota Singh, secretary of the Punbus Contract Workers' Union. "We are not going to bow down before the government at any cost. We will continue our struggle till our demands are not met," he said.

The local police had registered a case against many union members, including Mahima Singh Sidhu and Sukhdev Singh, state president, and Jagraon unit president of Punbus Contract Workers' Union, respectively, yesterday for allegedly illegal trespassing, breaking the lock of the door of retiring room forcibly and obstructing the bus service on the complaint lodged by the Punjab Roadways, Jagraon Depot General Manager, Jagdeep Singh. However, the police has not arrested any union member so far.

The DSP, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar, denied that the police has booked the members of the Punbus Contract Workers' Union under any pressure. "The case against union members was registered only on the basis of a complaint registered by general manager Jagdeep Singh," said the DSP. 



City singers make their presence felt 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The city has been a centre of music and culture with popular singers like Daljit Dosanjh making waves in the Punjabi music circuit. The city has already seen the success of singers at musical reality shows in the past few years. Some singers are also making their presence felt online.
City-based singers Karan Sembhi (left) and Prabh Gill
City-based singers Karan Sembhi (left) and Prabh Gill

A city-based singer, Karan Sembhi, whose debut music album "Shortlisted" was recently released, is already topping the music charts on the popularity lists. Having studied at Guru Nanak Public School, Karan, 23, has completed a course in Interior Designing. He was passionate about music since childhood. Like the current singers, he is not averse to taking the Pollywood path. He listens to "good" music as only listening to good music and training would help him to sing good songs, he says.

Prabh Gill from the city is already an online star. His music tracks 'Hostel No 1', 'Notorious Jat' and other such tracks are already very popular. His career got a head start after the track was uploaded on Youtube about four years ago. There has been no looking back since. He wants to become a playback singer, he says.

Realities TV star Shahnaz Akhtar also became popular via a music reality TV show. He is already working with music directors in Bollywood. Apart from regular "riyaaz" and musical training to improve further, his live shows are already very successful, he said. He has performed in South Africa, Israel and Dubai and his tours to Canada, US and other places are already scheduled, he says. He admires Sukhvinder Singh and Sonu Nigam and wants to earn a name like these singers in Bollywood.



Children need more attention, care, say city psychologists
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
Mom, we have won the match and I scored maximum for the team. We got champions trophy and today I also got mathematics test copies back in which I scored 100 per cent marks. Now please tell me when you will come home. This was the pleading voice of Rohan, an adolescent boy, while talking to his mother on phone who was busy with her office work. And answer that comes from other end was, “I am busy will talk to you later” and the call ends. One can well imagine how much the feelings of Sam got hurt for whom the whole world was her mother but mother has no time for him.

This is not a single child's story but a common story of all the children of adolescent age whose mothers is over worked and remains busy in one job or the other. Recently, celebrated Mothers Day once again brought into focus in the modern mothers’ desired attention towards their children specially the adolescents who badly need them.

Dr BP Mishra, Clinical Psychologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: “I usually come across many children from the age of 8 to 15 years who complain headache, irritation and have some behavioural problems. The reason behind is that their mothers do not spend quality time with them. This complaint comes from both working and non-working mothers."

Shantanu said, “My mother always keeps comparing me with my cousins and friends. She never appreciates me. I feel very bad. I wish I too had a mother who used to be friendly with me and narrate bed time stories to me.”

Dr Ravinder Kala, another city-based clinical psychologist, said: “Adolescents usually complain of lack of time with their mothers, communication problem, criticism and comparison with other children. Most of the times, working mothers are more harassed or angry due to stress, so parenting to that problem starts. Anxious nature of mothers also adds to the problems.” 



Belly dance workshop gets under way 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
A belly dance workshop, “Khal Belly Hafla” was organised in the city by an institute. The workshop comprised of 56 participants.

There were four levels of belly dancing, including beginners; it comprised technical aspects of belly dancing, including the correct posture, muscle control and isolation of different body parts. Another level was termed as bellywood, it combined Bollywood music with belly dancing. On the occasion, there was a special performance by Akanksha Vadera and Sakshi Malik from the Banjara School of Dance. Akanksha said, “The term belly dancing is the western name coined for West Asian dance form Raqs Sharqi. The city has come a long way and about 150 students have already taken part in belly dance workshop,” he said.

Sangita B Khushwaha, organiser of the workshop, said: “Belly dance is getting popular in the city.” 



Posting, transfer orders issued

Ludhiana, June 10
The Punjab Government has issued posting and transfer orders of five IAS and 27 PCS officers in the state with immediate effect. Among them, Kanwal Preet Kaur Brar, PCS, has been transferred and posted as ADC (D), Ludhiana, while Rishipal Singh, PCS, has been posted as DETC, Ludhiana. Jatinderpal Singh, PCS, has been posted as SDM, Raikot, while Arina Duggal, PCS, has been posted as AC (General), Ludhiana, and in addition AC (Grievances), Ludhiana. 

Ajay Sood, PCS, SDM, Ludhiana (East), has been relieved from the additional charge of Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.—TNS



Farmers ignore new methods, stick to traditional techniques to sow paddy 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The state Agricultural Department and Punjab Agricultural University have been making efforts to promote new methods of paddy sowing to save water and labour for last few years but farmers seem less interested in the direct-seeded method and paddy transplanter machine.

On the first day of paddy transplantation, farmers were seen sowing paddy using conventional methods. However, farmers have been facing labourer shortage and the level of groundwater has been decreasing swiftly but they did not adopt the protective measures.

Despite the efforts of Punjab Agricultural Department and extension workers of Punjab Agricultural University only 16 acres area has been sown with direct seeded method in the last 10 days. The government gave permission to the farmers for sowing direct seeded rice from June 1. Same is happening in case of paddy, a machine which decreases the labour and cultivation cost is also not popular among the framers. Officials at the Agriculture Department said, “They are expecting that only 300 hectare will be cultivated by using the paddy transplanters. In the initial stage, only educated farmers do these types of experiment. There are some complications in sowing paddy by using transplanter.”

Bakshish Singh Chahal, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ludhiana, said: “We recommend direct seeded sowing only in healthy fields. Moreover, it is quite tough to change the mindset of the farmers. They keep using the conventional method. We are making all efforts to educate them and hopefully they will adopt this soon.” “The farmers can get more yields by using paddy transplanters as it increases the number of plants. Moreover, it reduces the cost of cultivation and labour. There is already a shortage of labour in agriculture. Farmers should adopt the new technology for paddy transplantation,” he said. 



pu-affiliated  colleges
BCA-I students fare poorly in exams 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The colleges in the city, which send immediate press releases about their "stupendous" results in various courses, are silent on the results of BCA part I this time. Though the result of the class got declared about a week back but colleges preferred to keep mum. Reason: The result of both private colleges and government colleges was poor. The overall result of BCA part I of Panjab University, Chandigarh, is just 29 per cent this year.

A principal of the local college said, “Out of 70 students, more than 45 students in BCA part I got failed. We are too worried. It’s not that the results of our college is bad, all colleges are sailing in the same boat. In Chandigarh, the students are even holding protests against the bad results. Last year, our result for BCA part I was 100 per cent but we were shocked to see the figures this time.”

One of the senior teachers at a government college said that out of 40 students, 10 students had failed in BCA part I this time. Maths remains the main subject in which students have performed badly. In most of the colleges in the city, majority of students have either failed or have compartments. The private college managements are responsible for the poor show in the sense that usually, their seats for BCA courses could not be filled. In order to get the seats filled in private colleges, the university decided to exempt students, who did not take Maths in Class XII. The eligibility now is matric with Maths.”

Another principal of a local college said there was some lapse at university's end. Either the checking was not proper or there was some another mistake while compiling the results.

Meanwhile, an official at the PU, said a committee has been formed which would look into the matter. "We have decided to re-check three papers of 10 students randomly and then see if there is any improvement or students get similar numbers. If required, we will do certain modifications. But anything on this will be decided after June 13.”said the official. 



school notes
Summer camp

Ludhiana: A summer camp was organised at BCM School, Dugri. Many activities like basketball, badminton, western dance, cook and deco, acrobatics, art and craft, calligraphy and table tennis were introduced and the children opted for the activity of their interest. To apprise the budding talents about the copious number of arts, the school invited a special team, “Step and Style”, which undertook all efforts to endow the students with their desired theatrical talents. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi made the parents and students aware of the impressive strides of these arts in the short life and the importance for channelising the energy of hyper-active children in a positive way.

SDP Collegiate Girls Senior Secondary School

SDP Collegiate Girls Senior Secondary School organized a 10-day summer camp. The experts gave tips on latest hair styles, nail art and make-up. The students were told to make decorative items from waste material. One of the experts gave training on English speaking. Besides, students were given training for their overall personality development.
Students at a summer camp at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana.
Students at a summer camp at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Students of Kiddies Paradise Playway School pay tributes to Guru Arjan Dev.
Students of Kiddies Paradise Playway School pay tributes to Guru Arjan Dev. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Painting, declamation competition

A function to conserve biodiversity was organised at National High School. Painting, declamation and folk dance competition were organised on the occasion. The project coordinator Manpreet Kaur said that there was a need to conserve and grow more and more plants.

Shaheedi purb observed

Students of Kiddies Paradise School observed Sahib Shri Guru Arjan Dev’s “shaheedi purb” with great devotion. Tastefully decorated school campus highlighted pancham patshah's shaheedi. Students recited gurbani kirtan “tera bhana meetha laage” and “japyo jin arjun dev guru”. They also recited Path “sukhmani sahib” with great devotion. School principal Taranjit Kaur highlighted the importance of the day. the children showed full enthusiasm throught out the day—TNS 



PAU holds entrance tests
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Tribune 10
The entrance examination for various courses at Punjab Agricultural University started from June 7. The students who want admission in next academic session at the PAU have been appearing for these exams . To avoid the rush, the PAU is conducting entrance tests for the postgraduate courses daily. The first exam was conducted for the journalism course on June 7.

Today, the entrance examination for postgraduate course for the College of Home Sciences was conducted at examination hall.

According to the PAU officials, the applicants have to score more than 20 per cent in the entrance exam to get eligible for selection. These examinations have negative marking and students cannot score more than 50 per cent.

The PAU will conduct common entrance exam (CET) for under graduate courses on June 18. 



Admission process under way in city colleges 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
A large number of students are getting themselves enrolled in various colleges in the city daily. As per the academic calender of Panjab University, Chandigarh, the admission to various courses, including BA, BBA, BCA, BCom, BSc will start from July 11-21. To avoid the last minute harassment, students have started filling and submitting the forms well in advance.

Principal Gurminder Kaur from the Government College for Girls said that students came daily to buy forms/prospectus. “We have around 14,000 prospectuses for all the courses and about 8,000 have already been sold. We started the sale of forms from June 1. The price for each prospectus is Rs 40,” she said.

While at the SCD Government College for Boys prospectus will be made available to the students from June 15. The college has also got approximately 13,000 prospectuses published for different courses for the current academic session.

Praveen Chawla, principal, Master Tara Singh College for Women, said they had started selling the forms about 15 days ago. “This time we have got about 2,500 prospectuses published for different courses and the cost of each form is Rs 150. The university has given specific dates according to which the admission process will be completed by July 21 and immediately after the admissions the classes will begin,” said Chawla.

Suman, who has passed Class XII with humanities, said that she would go for Economics Honours. “I have come here (at GCG) to collect the form. I will submit it as soon as possible. On last dates there will be huge rush of students and parents. Besides, in case we fill the forms wrongly or if there is any discrepancy, we will get to know about that well in time. I do not want to start my college in panic by filling forms on last dates,” she said. 



Scholar gets INSPIRE Fellowship

Ludhiana: Dr Mamta Pandey, a PhD student of the School of Animal Biotechnology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University , Ludhiana, was awarded INSPIRE (Innovation Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Fellowship by the Science and Technology Ministry, Government of India. She did her MVSc in Animal Biotechnology from the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, and is presently pursuing her PhD programme from the School of Animal Biotechnology. She is working on molecular characterisation of classical swine fever virus during her PhD programme. Dr Gurvinder Singh Brah, director of the school, said: “Dr Mamta is the first student from school to get the INSPIRE fellowship which amounts to Rs 2,16,000 a year along with a contingency grant of Rs 20,000 each year for five years. Further, school boosts to have developed state of the art research and teaching facilities and all of the PhD pass outs are presently employed in the regular teaching and research positions in the premium institutes of the country.”

Save livestock from ticks in summers: Expert

Though ticks can be found throughout the year but their number and activity increases during the summer season as temperature and humidity are highly favourable during this season contributing towards the increase in their population. Ticks cause a lot of damage to dairy animals in this season leading to the transmission of tick-borne diseases. Dr LD Singla, professor and head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, GADVASU, said: “Ticks build up their population too early during summers and it is necessary to spray the animals and surrounding area with acaricides at least thrice at an interval of ten days in consultation with a veterinary doctor. Care should be taken so that the animals may not lick the spray. Let it dry on the animal itself for proper control of arthropod vectors. Never use a single acaricida for a longer period of time, as it results into the development of resistance.” He said, “Crevices and cracks in the walls and floor of the shed are the major hideouts for ticks where they lay their eggs. Hence, it is important that chemical should be sprayed on these spots too or the cracks and crevices 
should be properly sealed.” —TNS 



Official’s early departure opposed
 In ensuing scuffle at Sub-Registrar's office, man takes out sharp weapon
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
Ever since a raid was conducted at the Sub Registrar's office here by the Vigilance officials, it seems the working at the office has not been streamlined so far. A scuffle reportedly took place at the office when the naib tehsildar, Mullanpur (who has been given additional charge), reportedly tried to left early for the day. The visitors reportedly raised an objection to his early departure from the office, saying that the official reaches the office late and leaves early.

However, the Tehsildar, West Office, PS Bains, maintained that no such incident took place and there was a minor "brawl" when two "dealers" started arguing over the issue of commission and one of them took out a sharp weapon.

One of the employees at the office said the naib tehsildar reached the office late and after an hour or so, he started winding up for the day. The visitors raised an objection as their documents could not be registered. They (visitors) even raised slogans against the department. The naib tehsildar was "made" to sit for sometime more by the visitors and around 45 documents were registered. On an average, around 100 documents are registered every day. Owing to holidays on Saturday and Sunday, Monday remains the busy day at the Sub-Registrar's offices, said the employee.

Meanwhile, PS Bains said since he had to go to the court, the Naib Tehsildar performed the duty today. "I had asked him and he reached the office by 9:30 am. Since he had to go to Mullanpur, too, he left the office at 12 noon. There was no scuffle or protest by anyone. In fact, two dealers had a minor fight over some issue and one of them took out a sharp weapon. But, the issue was settled down later," claimed Bains. 

naib tehsildar made to sit and work
The naib tehsildar allegedly reached the office late and after an hour or so, he started winding up for the day. The visitors raised an objection as their documents could not be registered. They (visitors) even raised slogans against the department. The naib tehsildar was "made" to sit for sometime more by the visitors and around 45 documents were registered.



Fix paddy MSP at Rs 2,450, says BKU
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 10
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) today called upon the Union Government to fix the minimum support price of paddy at Rs 2450 per quintal in accordance with the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Committee, announce the support price for basmati and ensure a minimum of eight hours' regular power supply to the agricultural sector to facilitate paddy sowing.

Addressing a news conference here, the BKU president, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, emphasised that keeping in view the diversification of traditional crop rotation, the government ought to fix a remunerative price of maize while also making comprehensive arrangements for its marketing.

While calling upon the state government to release the arrears of sugar cane amounting to Rs 104 crore without any delay, Lakhowal asked the Centre to raise the support price of sugar cane up to Rs 450 per quintal in accordance with the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Committee.

The BKU chief sought intervention of the government to check exorbitant charges for the extension of load for tubewell connections being demanded by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. "Keeping up with its assurance, the state government should direct the PSPCL authorities to extend load at Rs 2,200 per horse power, and additional amount, if collected from farmers, should be returned," he said.

Lakhowal indicated that if the load extension charges were not slashed, the farmers might have to launch an agitation against the government and the PSPCL authorities. 



Staff back suspended supervisor
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
Following the suspension of Gurdip Singh, sanitary supervisor at the DMCH, the safai karamcharis of the hospital today staged a dharna and demanded his reinstatement.

Gurdip Singh said: "I was put under suspension today. It has been alleged that I leave duty in between, support the safai karamcharis who sleep on duty and misbehaved with OSD Satish Kundal on May 20." He said: "All these allegations are baseless and I had no tiff with the OSD."

Meanwhile, Col JB Singh, Deputy General Manager, Administration and Human Resources, DMCH, said: "The job that Gurdip handles is very important as whenever there is any emergency, the man power is provided by him. A few days ago when the OSD was conducting an inspection, he found Gurdip sleeping on duty along with other safai karamcharis. The OSD tried to click his photo and in the meantime, Gurdip woke up and started threatening him and prevented him from clicking the photo of the sleeping karamcharis.''



Army to hold recruitment rally on June 25

Ludhiana, June 10
The unit territorial Army is going to conduct a recruitment rally for two vacancies of Soldier Clerk (Staff Duties) and one vacancy of Soldier Chef Community (Cook) on June 25.

The rally, which would be conducted at Camping Ground Complex (Military Area), near Jagraon Bridge, would culminate on June 29.

Major officiating Adjutant for Officiating Commanding Officer K Kaping has stated the candidates had been requested to report at the camp ground complex at 6am with the requisite educational and other documents. — TNS



Mice feed on body at mortuary

Ludhiana, June 10
Exposing the poor arrangements at the mortuary of a hospital located near Daresi here, mice ate the nose of a woman's body today.

The incident came to light when the relatives of the woman, identified as Harbans Kaur (70) of Nanak Nagar in Salem Tabri, raised slogans against the hospital authorities. They said they had kept her body in the mortuary last evening after she was declared dead by the hospital authorities.

Today, when they came to take the body, they found mice feeding on the body. The nose was eaten by them. The hospital authorities refused comments on the incident. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Civil Surgeon issues advisory

Ludhiana: Keeping in view the forthcoming rainy season, the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, has issued an advisory for the public in general. He has appealed to the masses that for saving themselves from diseases like dengue fever, malaria, diarrhea and vomiting they should not to allow water to stagnate near their houses. He said coolers should be cleaned once in a week and water should be changed, spray insecticides to kill mosquitoes and wear full sleeve clothes. He said that any case related to dengue and gastroenteritis should be send to the nearest government's health institute or at the control room number of Civil Surgeon Office ie 0161 2444193. He also suggested use of mosquito nets.

AAP welcomes govt’s move

Aam Aadmi Party has welcomed the move of including political parties under the umbrella of the RTI. Harjot Singh Bains, state convener, AAP (Aam Aadmi Party), Punjab, while welcoming the move, said they would be happy to answer queries of common people about the party as the party belongs to them. Ravi Goswami, District Treasurer, AAP, Ludhiana, said: “The party will regularly post its details of fund, expenditure and membership on their website.”

Turban-tying competition

A turban tying competition was organised by the Akal Khalsa Welfare Society in which nearly 61 youngsters participated. MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon was the chief guest on the ocassion. Dhillon appreciated the efforts of the organisers for hosting competitions which bring youngsters close to their cultural heritage.—TNS 



Man held for setting shop on fire

Ludhiana, June 10
The Salem Tabri police has nabbed a person for setting a shop on fire situated at old Sabzi Mandi after stealing Rs 2,500 cash. The accused has been identified as Nanku, a resident of Ashok Nagar.

The incident took place on June 8. According to Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Daresi, it was around 9:15pm when he visited his shop and was shocked to see the shop engulfed in flames.

He doused the fire and found out that Rs 2,550 were missing from the shop.

A case under Sections 454, 380, 435 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. —TNS



One nabbed with 7.5 kg of poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
The division number 5 police has nabbed a person for carrying poppy husk. The accused has been identified as Varinder Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur. The accused was nabbed from bus stand during a police checking. 

During the search of his belongings, police seized 7.5 kg of poppy husk. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.



Woman's purse stolen 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
A pickpocket stole the purse, containing gold earrings and Rs 2,500 cash, of a dog-bite patient while the latter was standing in queue for treatment at the Civil Hospital here today. The victim, Saroj Rani of Guru Nanakpura, said the incident took place thoday afternoon when she was standing in a queue at the Civil Hospital. The matter was later reported to the local police station

Row over land resolved

The row over the vacant land at Tajpur road headed for a compromise after the authorities decided that a school would be constructed on the land. Yesterday, two communities were at loggerheads for the construction of a religious place. The incident also led to the transfer of the SHO Division No 7. 



Stadium renovation
Next Kabaddi World Cup brings some hope
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, june 10
Sports persons, coaches and sports officers in the city are eagerly waiting for the World Kabaddi Cup, which is just six months away. The final match of the previous Kabaddi World Cup was played at Guru Nanak Stadium here on December 15 last year.

Now, everyone in the city, who is concerned with sports, knows that the renovation work of sthe tadium, which was announced several years ago, only resumes when the government announces the World Cup scheduled. It has been learnt that just before two months of the World Kabaddi Cup matches, the renovation work was resumed and was again suspended after the final match. This practice has been going on for past three years.

The renovation work at Guru Nanak Stadium, which had stopped on December 10, 2012, is still not been resumed. The officials at Guru Nanak Stadium seem helpless.

The renovation work at the stadium has been allotted to the Punjab Mandi Board. When the Punjab government had announced the World Cup Kabaddi schedule, the officials of the Mandi Board would visit the stadium daily. But after the match, no one from the Mandi Board came to check the status of the renovation work. The contractor and the sports officials do not have any satisfactory answer about the delay.

It has been learnt that major part of the renovation work is still pending. The Mandi Board has installed only two canopies in the A and B blocks. The proposed renovation of the multipurpose hall is hanging fire.

"The players and spectators face inconvenience due to the dilly-dallying attitude of the government. The urinals and washrooms in various blocks need urgent repairs," said Harpreet, a local player.

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said: "It is true that sports suffer due to this delay. There is a constant communication between the Sports Department and the Mandi Board. We hope that the work will resume soon".



hockey fest concludes
Grewal Club lift hockey title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 10
Mata Shib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, in the junior section and Grewal Club, Kila Raipur, in the senior section came out triumphant to win the titles in the 4th Olympian Prithipal Singh Seven-a-side Hockey Festival, which concluded at Jarkhar village on the the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

The festival was jointly organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association and Jarkhar Hockey Academy in the memory of hockey legend, former captain of the national hockey squad and penalty corner specialist Prithipal Singh.

In the junior section, the final was played under floodlights between Jarkhar Academy and Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, in which the former emerged victorious 6-2 to lift the winners' trophy.

The Kila Raipur players who surged ahead in the 8th minute when Rajesh Kumar sounded the board. Three minutes later, Jarkhar Academy restored parity through Sukhpreet Singh (1-1).

Sukhpreet again struck in the 13th minute to put his side in the lead while Ajay Kumar added two goals (27th and 30th minutes) to consolidate the lead (4-1).

Harsimranjeet Singh of Kila Raipur scored a fine field goal in the 31st minute to reduce the margin 4-2. Pawanpreet struck twice in quick succession (37th and 40th minutes) which sealed Kila Raipur's fate 6-2.

Ajay Kumar of Jarkhar Academy was declared the man of the tournament while Pawanpreet Singh and Harsimranjeet Singh shared man of the match award.

In the senior section, Grewal Club, Kila Raipur scraped past Jagtar XI of Jarkhar 5-4.

The match was decided through a tie breaker as the two teams were tied 3-all at the end of stipulated period.

Narinder Singh of Kila Raipur was adjudged the man of the tournament and Damanjeet Singh of Jagtar XI was named the man of the match.

Avtar Singh Makkar, President, SGPC, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. He announed a grant of rupees 1 lakh for the organisers of Jarkhar Hockey Academy.

Olympian and DIG, Police, Surinder Singh Sodhi, Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, MLA, Randhir Singh Rakhra, Chairman, Sugarfed, Punjab, Jathedar Gurmail Singh Sangowal, Arjuna awar winner, Sajjan Singh Cheema, social activist, Hardyal Singh Aman, Manpreet Singh Talwandi and Tanvir Singh Rania, members, Zila Parishad were among other prominent personalities present on this occasion.

Life Achievement Awards

Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the Punjab Sahitya Academy, Deputy Director, Sports, Punjab, Sohan Lal Lotey, Director, Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Raj Kumar and Master Gurdev Singh Rurka were honoured by the organisers at the prize distribution function. They were felicitated with Life Achievement Awards by Avtar Singh Makkar, President of the SGPC, for their invaluable contributions to their respective fields.



PCA inter-academy tourney: Deepin restricts Jalandhar to 136 runs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 10
Skipper Deepin Chitkara (6 for 34) helped Ludhiana to restrict Jalandhar to a meagre score of 136 runs after 55.2 overs in the first innings of a match in the PCA Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament (12 to 14 years) played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) to facilitate match practice to the budding players of the regional coaching centres running in all the district headquarters.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. However, their batsmen failed to tackle the accurate and consistent bowling by hosts' captain, Deepin Chitkara who sent down 20.2 overs and grabbed 6 wickets giving away 34 runs.

Another bowler from Ludhiana, Lovish Dhir too impressed with his bowling skills. He captured three wickets for 12 runs in just four overs.

The main scorers for Jalandhar were Rishab Saini and Azam Nazar who contributed 49 and 33 runs, respectively to steer their team to reach three digit.

In reply, Ludhiana started on a cautious note and at the draw of stumps, they were 46 for 3 after 12 overs. Jaish Jain made 33 while Nihal Wadhera accounted for 10 runs.

For Jalandhar, Jatin chipped in with two wickets for 16 runs while Lovepreet scalped one victim for 8 runs.



Ludhiana emerge swimming champions, create 4 new meet records
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 10
Swimmers from Ludhiana district reigned supreme, securing 227 points to emerge overall champions in the 38th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Waterpolo Championship that concluded at the War Heroes swimming pool, Sangrur, yesterday.

Participants from Ludhiana district bagged top honours in the girls' group-II besides finishing runners-up in the girls' group-I, boys' group-I and boys' group-II. Competitors from the hosts district, Sangrur, garnered 217 points to finish at the second spot.

The Ludhiana swimmers created four new meet records to stamp their superiority over others.

In the 200m individual medley (boys), Manavdeep Singh Bal clocked 2:26.10 seconds to set a new meet record. The existing record of 2:28.59 seconds was made in 2011 by Harroop Singh of Sangrur.

In the girl's section, Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of Ludhiana rewrote the record in the 400m free style event. He took 5:30.38 seconds to put to shade the earlier record of 5:32.45 set by Abhipsha Thakur, also from Ludhiana, in 1997.

Ishpreet Kaur of Ludhiana created two meet records. In the 200m free style, Ishpreet with the timing of 2:35.45 seconds, put to eclipse the old record of 2:38.18 seconds, set by Abhipsha Thakur in 1997.

Ishpreet again hogged the limelight when she clocked 1:11.47 seconds to establish a new meet record in the 100m free style event. The earlier record of 1:12.00 seconds was made by \Manjot Kaur of Patiala in 2008.

Apinder Singh Grewal and Ajay Kumar, president and honorary secretary, respectively, of the District Swimming Association, Ludhiana, appreciated the swimmers' achievements and congratulated their coaches on this outstanding performance.



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