Friday, September 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Teachers’ day
A red letter day for teachers
Our Correspondent

Students of DD Jain Women’s College all decked up on the occasion of Teachers’ Day
Students of DD Jain Women’s College all decked up on the occasion of Teachers’ Day in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, September 5
Today being Teachers’ Day, teachers of many schools and colleges staged skits and sang songs to make students happy. In some other schools, students enacted the roles of principal and teachers to give a chance to their teachers to relax.

Teachers’ Day was celebrated with great fervour in Shivalik Wala Doon School, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana. A seminar on Dr S. Radhakrishnan was organised on this occasion to commemorate the birthday of the Late President of India. Mr Sunil Maria, Chairman, Shivalik Wala Doon School, presided over the function.

The students of the school presented a variety of cultural items. They organised games like tambola, antakshri, musical chairs etc for their teachers.

Teachers’ Day was celebrated with great fervour at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana. The chief guest of the day was Mr H.S. Sidhu, SSP, Ludhiana. Speaking on the occasion, the Director of the school, Mr Rajesh Rudhra, told the teachers to imbibe the idealism of great personalities like Dr Radhakrishnan, Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand. He said that the profession of a teacher is a noble one and the teachers must live up to that standard. The Principal, Mrs Baldeep Pandher, inspired them to work with dedication and honesty as they have a very important and serious task of shaping human lives. The students of the school presented a beautiful cultural programme as a token of love for their teachers.

S.V.M. Senior Secondary School celebrated Teachers’ Day with great enthusiasm. On this occasion student-teachers expressed their views with their class-mates and taught classes.

The Principal, Mrs Sadhana Sharma, threw a flood of light on the life of Dr S. Radhakrishnan While giving her views, she said that hard work and constant struggle is the key to success. The teachers should also perform their duties by seeking inspiration from Dr Radhakrishnan’s life.

Mr Raju Thapar , councillor of ward no. 70, congratulated the teachers and appreciated the cultural programme put up by the students.

Child Heart Day Boarding School, Gobind Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Teachers’ Day to pay homage to the great philosopher , teacher and former President, Dr Radhakrishnan.

Students organised a function on this occasion. Students of senior classes taught junior classes and maintained discipline in the school. Mr P.P. Mehta, Principal of Dyal Singh College, Karnal was the chief guest on this function.

Today a variety programme was presented by teachers of DAV Public School to celebrate Teachers’ Day. The day started with the students thronging the Principal’s office to wish him. A cake brought by XII students was cut by the Principal amidst singing of a song in chorus by teachers as well as students.

The reins of the school were handed over to the senior students for the second half of the day,. They managed the school most efficiently under the ‘principalship’ of Master Vikas Gupta, a student of XII (medical).

Teachers’ Day was celebrated with enthusiasms in New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. All the staff members enjoyed the day and expressed happiness over the activities performed in the school. On this occasion three staff members, Mrs Harjit Kaur, Mrs Manju Sood and Mr Des Raj Dogra, were honoured by the management of the school for the session 2001-02for their achievements.

Teacher’s Day was also celebrated as ‘Value Enhancement and Enrichment Day’ at B.C.M. College of Education, Ludhiana. On this occasion, Dr Balwant Singh, Principal, Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, suggested that teachers should keep in mind only three things — the student, content matter and professional ethics.

Mr Satyanand Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Cycles, was also present on this occasion and distributed gifts to the teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.

Mr Ranjit Singh, Head Master of Government High School , Salim Tabri, threw light on the life of great teacher ,Dr S. Radhakrishnan, and urged the students as well staff to follow his example. Shivani Gupta, a teacher of the school, said, “A teacher is like a lamp that burns itself to give light to her students.”

Today Spring Dale Public School, Spring Dale Road, Sherpur, Ludhiana, celebrated Teachers’ Day. The senior students also played the role of teacher and went to the respective classes to teach pupils. Students presented a colourful cultural programme.

Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujjarkhan campus, Model Town, Ludhiana with great enthusiasm.

September 5 at Guru Nanak Public school was celebrated as Self Government Day when the reins of the school were in the hands of the class XII students. The talents of the students were brought out by holding an inter house talent contest. Bhagat Singh house stood first.

The Rotaract CLub of the Ramgarhia Girls College in association with the Rotary Club organised inter-class posters’ and collage-making competitions on the themes of AIDs , drugs and pollution. Final year classes took charge of teaching the students. A competition was held to judge the best student-teacher.

Students and teachers of Atam Public Senior School participated in curricular activities today to celebrate Teachers’ Day. A gala cultural programme was presented by the students.

KVM Management Committee hosted a grand function to appreciate and applaud the efforts of the teachers of the school during the past year.

SDP College also celebrated Teachers’ Day.

Mr Sandhir Sharma was selected the best teacher of 2001-2002 by the Punjab College of Technical Education for his academic excellence.

Teachers’ Day was celebrated at various educational institutes of Ahmedgarh town.

Students of M.G.M.N. Senior Secondary School organised a function to honour the teachers of their school. Ms Jasmine Sharma, Ms Prakirti Vinayak and Ms Monika spoke about the role of teachers in shaping the future of the students. The students showed concern about the declining status of a section of the teaching community in society. Mr Pardeep Sharda, Principal of the school, also spoke.



Cops, undertrials clash; three hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
At least three persons, including a police constable and two undertrials, received injuries in a clash that took place between a police party and undertrials in the old District Courts complex today evening. The undertrials also damaged a police van.

The police constable reportedly saved himself from the fury of undertrials by touching their feet in full public view and begging forgiveness.

The clash broke out when a police constable, Kishan lal, allegedly demanded Rs 500 from an undertrial, Sajinder Singh, for allowing him to meet his relatives and have lunch with them. The family of the undertrial had allegedly given him Rs 200, but he demanded more money.

When the undertrial and members of his family refused to give more money, the cop allegedly started abusing them. He pushed around the undertrial and his mother. This angered other undertrials who pounced on the constable and gave him a thrashing. They also damaged a police van in which they were brought for trials form the Central Jail.

The Division No. 8 police said a case was being registered against the undertrials for attacking a policeman on duty. However, no case was being registered against the constable as, according to the police, the allegation of corruption levelled against the cop was baseless.

A number of undertrials and cops also received minor bruises in the melee following the clash. Eyewitnesses said the drama continued for over 15 minutes. The situation was brought under control by a team of the PCR motorbike squad and a team from the Division No. 1 police station.

Eyewitnesses said the two police parties separated the cops and the undertrials and locked the undertrials in a van. They took the injured constable for a medical examination while the undertrial was first produced before a District Magistrate and then taken to the jail.

Ms Amarjit Kaur, mother of the undertrial, Sajinder Singh, told Ludhiana Tribune that the cop had demanded money and abused her. She said she was also pushed around. Her son and other undertrials could not bear it and attacked the cop, she said.



‘Nitrate poisoning killed animals’
Tribune News Service

Prevention and control
  • Fodder containing more than 0.1 per cent nitrate should not be given to cattle.
  • Fodder can be mixed with other safe crops.
  • Chaffed fodder should not be stored in hot and humid places.
  • Insecticides, pesticides should not be sprayed on fodder crops.
  • Source of nitrate must be eliminated from animals’ fodder.

Ludhiana, September 5
Injudicious use of a fertiliser and prevalent drought-like conditions are the factors identified behind the death of cattle that died in villages near Samrala. These animals were killed due to nitrate poisoning and high-fibre content of the fodder caused due to the drought-like conditions prevailing in the state.

These are the reports of Diagnostic Laboratory of Animal Husbandry Department at Jalandhar, whose team of doctors had collected blood samples of animals as well as the fodder. The reports of the samples were received today by the local experts. The reports proved that the three buffaloes belonging to Mr Bachittar Singh, a farmer in Rajewal village, had died due to nitrate poisoning. The investigation revealed that the farmer had applied excessive fertiliser in his fodder fields that caused the incident.

Treatment of nitrate poisoning
  • Methylene blue should be injected to affected animals.
  • Dietary supplementation with vitamins, iodised salt and trace minerals should be given. 

The report further said that a buffalo of Mr Sher Singh, a farmer of Kullewal village had died of constipation due to high-fibre content of the fodder that caused a blockade in the intestine of the buffalo.

Sources in the Animal Husbandry Department said that the nitrate poisoning was caused due to the high nitrogen content in the ‘over-grown’ fodder that was consumed by the cattle. Sources also said that the farmer had applied urea to his fodder crops three times in the season. This had caused high content of nitrogen in the crop.

The experts advised the farmers to stop feeding their animals green fodder immediately as cases of nitrate poisoning had already been detected. They said that if a cattle suffered from symptoms like respiratory insufficiency, rapid and weak pulse, frequent urination, diarrhoea and colic followed by trembling, collapse, coma and convulsions they should immediately consult a specialist as delay in treatment could cause death of the animals.

However, no more death cases had been reported other than these four. Experts said that there was no reason to panic. The experts of Punjab Agricultural University had advised the farmers not to feed their animals on fodder that grow more than a height of one metre per plant as such plants could have more fibre content. Moreover, considering the drought-like conditions prevailing in the state the effect could be more.

According to the PAU experts the nitrate toxicity happened when animals consumed fodder, including charri, oats, bajra, barseem and sugarcane or water containing toxic levels of nitrate. Hay silage and moist hays-stacks had also been associated with it.

The experts said that the problem of nitrate poisoning was directly linked with the injudicious use of nitrogenous fertilisers, herbicide and weedicides leading to accumulation of excess nitrates by plants from soil. Other factors like rain, drought, low-soil pH, low soil contents of molybdenum, sulphur, phosphorous and insufficient light also promoted uptake of nitrates by plants from soil.

The experts called upon the farmers to use safe agricultural practices and use fertilisers and pesticides judiciously. With the excessive use of agro-chemicals even safe crops may become toxic to animals as well as human beings.



Cabinet status for Mrs Jaswant Kaur
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Shaheed Beant Singh Nagar (Ludhiana), September 5
There is grief and consolation in the eyes of Mrs Jaswant Kaur, the wife of the former Chief Minister, Mr Beant Singh, who was accorded Cabinet status by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. “At long last I feel the great sacrifice of my late husband has been acknowledged and I express my gratitude to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for all this”, 68-year-old Mrs Jaswant Kaur told The Tribune here today at her residence.

Although Mrs Kaur has contested an election unsuccessfully to Parliament, she still remains apolitical in her tone and tenor. Not that she does not understand the happenings around and the politics that prevented several promises, made after the death of Mr Beant Singh, remaining unfulfilled. “I do not want to comment on anything”, she said, while trying to remain as non committal as possible.

While her son, Mr Tej Prakash, is the Transport Minister in Capt Amarinder’s government, her daughter, Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, is the MLA from Jalandhar cantonment. “They have inherited the legacy of their father and only the Congress blood flows through their veins”, she argued, while stressing the strong bonds of her family with the Congress. But it is the public love that touches him the most. “Although I thank all the leaders who attended yesterday’s death anniversary function, but I really feel touched by the sentiments of thousands of people who braved the scorching heat and humidity and stayed here all through the function”, she said.

Mrs Jaswant Kaur recalls her days when her late husband was struggling in politics as he started as a member of the gram panchayat and ultimately rose to become the Chief Minister. “Everything came to him after hard struggle and even when he became the Chief Minister, it was a crown full of thorns and he paid his life for it”, she pointed out, while recalling how much serious and concerned he was about launching Punjab again on the path of peace and development.

As now onwards her village Kotli would be known as Shaheed Beant Singh Nagar, Mrs Jaswant Kaur feels this honour will continue for generations together and people would definitely remember her husband and their own “son of the soil who did them proud”. In fact her observation was supported by other villagers also who felt honoured about it.

Probably for the first time in the last seven years the family of the late Chief Minister felt somewhat consoled after the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder, announced that all the commitments made at the time of his death would be fulfilled starting from changing the name of the village and allocation of grant for Sector 42 memorial. Mr Tej Prakash, his son, Mr Gurkirat Singh, Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha and Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, both close associates of Mr Beant Singh, were all praise for and grateful to the Chief Minister for his announcements.



4 cops, 2 others booked in illegal detention case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Over four years after a local politician was illegally detained and beaten up in the Basti Jodhewal police station here, the district police, late last night, booked six persons, including a former Punjab police inspector (ORP rank) and three other cops.

The former Inspector (now constable) and SHO, Basti Jodhewal, Prem Singh, ASI Gurmeet Singh, constables, Amrik Singh and Bhajan Singh, and civilians Mohinder Singh and Fauja Singh have been booked by the police. No arrest has been made so far.

The case was registered on the recommendation of SSP H S Sidhu. Mr Sidhu made the recommendation after conducting an inquiry on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The victim, Mohan Lal, was forced to seek the court’s help after his complaints put before the local police did not have any impact. He is a leader of the Samajwadi Janata Party and had contested the Legislative Assembly and the Municipal Corporation elections.

On the basis of the recommendation, the six accused have been booked under 10 Sections of the IPC. The inquiry into the sensational incident, however, did not find much evidence about the allegation of being sodomised and forced to drink urine by the accused.

Mr Sidhu was not available for comments.

A copy of the FIR said the accused had been booked under Sections 119 (offence committed by a public servant, which is his duty to prevent), 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause injury), 193 (giving false evidence in a judicial preceding), 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongfully confining any person), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 357 (assault or use of criminal force in wrongfully confining a person), 426 (mischief), 500 (defamation), 506(criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

Sources close to the accused claimed that all charges were false.

They said the complainant had, in fact, taken money from someone on behalf of Inspector Prem Singh. He was called to the police station to verify the charge and sent off immediately.

The incident allegedly took place on August 12, 1998. He had alleged that on that day he was illegally picked up by the accused, beaten up and harassed. He also alleged that he was sodomised and forced to drink the accused’s urine, besides made to dance with eunuchs.

The reasons for his abduction and harassment, both physical and mental, allegedly began when he rang up the police control room requesting help against a land grabber.

Mohan Lal had called up from New Subash Nagar, where he lived. The land grabber was allegedly close to the accused, who did not like the victim’s move to seek police help against them.

According to the complainant, he was called to the police station and allegedly beaten up by the cops and the civilians. One of his ears was also severely damaged.

He was then illegally detained for several hours, beaten up, stripped and sodomised.

The detailed inquiry report prepared over a span of few months, however, did not find any evidence of sodomy charge.



‘Nirwana mahotsav’ concludes
Our Correspondent

Kilaraipur, September 5
The 60th “nirvana mahotsav” of Swami Devi Puri ji Maharaj Kali Kambli Wale concluded here yesterday at Dera Harisar under the supervision of Swami Buddh Puri ji, successor of the religious seat.

The day began with a “kirtan darbar” where homage were paid to Kali Kambli Wale by a number of hymn-singers. Zakir Bhai from Gujarat sang “Hari Om Nama Shivaya” and “Kali Kambli Wale ke dar par khol, yahan bhag jagaya jata hai”. The qawwali he presented was so intense that the satsang hall started reverberating with the clapping of audience. Bibi Kiran rendered a shabad, “Mere Ram Raye, tu santa ka sant tere”. Devi Santosh enthralled the audience with devotional qawwalis,” Aao zamane walo, iss dar pe sar jhuka lo” and “Mere Kambli Wale satgur da darbar barra sohna hai”.

Kamal Bhai from Gujarat with his classical rendering of “Radhe Shyam, Radhe Shyam, Shyam Shyam Radhe Radhe”, “Chadariya jheene re jheene” in various ragaas including the “malkauns” and “Vilambit”, regaled the audience.

Sattar Bhai rendered “Shan-e-khuda ko dekha ham ne teri gali mein, karti hai saari duniya sajda teri gali mein”. At the end of the sabha, Swami Jagannath Puri from Kaithal and Swami Lal ji Bhai gave discourses on how to approach God.

Swami Buddh Puri ji asked the gathering to be fearless by having unshakable faith in God just like a little prince who was not afraid of the General employed by his father,” he said. Langar was also served to the gathering. Another kirtan sabha was held later in the evening in which the “nirvana mahotsav” of the great saint came to a conclusion amidst “jaikaras”.



Pangs of Partition

It was in the evening of March, 1947, when our neighbour, Vedha Pandit, informed us that Basali village was burning and property was being looted by marauders.

S. Guram Singh, (retd risaldar) advised all Hindus and Sikhs to assemble in a gurdwara where it was decided that we should move towards Rawalpindi before “goondas” could attack us. Next day, in the night, the whole caravan under the leadership of the risaldar, along with seven other soldiers, left for Rawalpindi leaving behind our property and valuables like cash and jewellery.

Next day, our caravan reached Rawalpindi. We heaved a sigh of relief on hearing that Dogra Regiment will escort us to Amritsar. When our train reached Sheikupura, we were attacked by “goondas” with lathis, spears and swords. The innocent and old were being killed and butchered like animals in the presence of their kin, who were watching helplessly with tears in their eyes.

Subsequently, curfew was clamped down and with the escort of Dogra Regiment, we reached Amritsar. After spending a few days at Amritsar, we moved to Ludhiana and settled there. After doing petty jobs in the factories, I joined the LIC from where I retired in 1998 after putting in 38 years. I have four children and they are all settled well in life. When they ask me to tell something about Pakistan, my body shivers with fear and pain while narrating the horrifying Partition.

Rajinder Singh Bindra, B-23, 667, New Hargobind Nagar, Ludhiana.



Schoolboy crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 5
A Class IV student of Radha Vatica School was crushed to death by a truck on the Amloh road on Wednesday morning.

Manvir Singh (10) was going to school on a bicycle. Around 7.30 am, a truck coming from the opposite side, while trying to overtake a tractor-trolley, crushed the boy. He died on the spot. 



Murder bid foiled
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 5
Three persons of Mangali Colony have been booked for making an attempt to murder a man of the same village.

According to the complainant, who is presently admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sahnewal, three persons, including Kulwinder Singh and Amandeep Singh of Mangali Colony, had tried to murder him while he was on his way to his village, Uchi Mangali, last night. The accused beat him up with sticks thus injuring him badly.

According to the complainant the accused had quarrelled with him in a restaurant at Sahnewal a few days ago.

A case has been registered under Sections 308 and 34 of the IPC. The accused are still absconding.

Three booked: Shambu, Ram Dyal Yadav and Rakesh have been booked for blocking traffic by putting their rehris in between the road. A case under Section 283 of the IPC has been registered.

Held for theft:
The local police has arrested Kala of Bagri (Rajasthan) on charge of stealing Rs 2,200 from the pocket of Mohinder Singh of Agwar Lehndi Bhaini, near Sabzi Mandi. His accomplice, Aalam (10), has also been arrested. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.



Industrialists meet Chief Minister
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
A delegation of the apex chamber of commerce and industry (Punjab) meet the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and told him about the grievances of the industry and trade were mounting and sought his help. The delegation told the Chief Minister that some departments were taking unilateral decisions, which had far reaching effects on the business. The delegation met the Chief Minister in Chandigarh yesterday.

The delegation, led by Mr P.D. Sharma, president of the chamber, included Mr Surinder Dawar, MLA, also opposed the entry tax on the raw material arriving in Punjab from other states. The government had proposed 4 per cent entry tax on iron scrap and yarns which had adversely affected the industry.

According to Mr Sharma, the Chief Minister conceded this demand and directed the taxation department to take necessary steps in this regard. The delegation also opposed the Exim form as such restrictions would affect the industry and trade. Movement of goods into the state and the goods moving out of the state would have no restrictions. The sales tax department had also proposed to increase the penalty on sales tax from 30 per cent to 50 per cent and the chamber had opposed the same. The Chief Minister asked the Financial Commissioner (Taxation ) to hold talks with the apex chamber of commerce and industry and sort out the matter.

The Chief Minister told the delegation that the state government was formulating the industrial policy and the chamber representatives would also to be consulted for the same.

The Chief Minister also informed the delegation that the state government had decided not to charge any duty on captive generators in the face of power shortage. The chamber suggested that all captive generating sets should be exempted from the levy of duty as had been done by Haryana upto 50 KW.


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