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Pancham tops Class XII in city
Our Correspondent

Medical stream (from left): Pancham Kalra (93.8%), Aarushi Passi (90.8%), Geetika Sharma (90.6%), Divya Arora (90%) and Richa Arora (90%)

Non-medical stream (from left): Dilparinder Singh (93.4%), Dinesh Maheshwari (92.2%), Chirag Kapoor (90.8%), 
Simarjit Kaur (90.6%) and Kirti Ramendu (90.6%)

Commerce stream (from left): Paramnoor Singh (93.4%), Kiran Jyoti (92.4%), Parjeet Kaur (91.6%) Kirpanidhan Singh (90.2%) and Shipra Jain (90.06%)

Ludhiana, May 23
Pancham Kalra, a student of the medical stream at DAV School, has topped the CBSE plus two examination in Ludhiana by securing 93.8 per cent marks. The results were declared today.

Dilparinder, a student of DAV School, has topped in the non-medical stream with 93.4 per cent. Paramnoor Singh of Guru Nanak Public School has topped in the commerce stream by securing 93.4 per cent.

Harkiran Kaur of Sacred Heart Convent School has topped in the humanities stream with 88.2 per cent.

Kiran Jyoti and Shashank Gupta of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School secured 92.4 per cent and 92.2 per cent, respectively, in the commerce stream Parjeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School scored 91.6 per cent.

Preeti Lamba of KVM, got 91.6 per cent in the commerce stream, Kunwar Mahajan of DAV School secured, 91.6 per cent, Nidhi Malik of DAV 90.8 per cent, Shipra Jain of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School 90.6 per cent, Kirpa Nidhan Singh of Guru Nanak Public School 90.2 per cent and Deepak Sobti of BCM School 90 per cent.

Bhuvnesh Aggarwal of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, secured 92 per cent in the medical stream. Shivali Goyal of KVM got 90.8 per cent while Geetika Sharma of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, secured 90.6 per cent. Arushi Passi and Divya Arora of DAV Public School have secured 90.8 and 90 per cent, respectively. Jaskiran Kaur secured 90.8 per cent. She is from Tagore Public School and has cleared the CBSE PMT exam. Chirag Kapoor and Deepak Sobti of BCM Secondary School secured 90 per cent each.

Ankur Bansal of BCM Arya Model School and Richa of BCM School secured 90 per cent in the medical stream.

Dinesh Maheshwari of Sacred Heart Convent School secured 92.2 per cent in the non-medical stream. Sahil Wadhwa of KVM secured 90.8 per cent marks and Kriti Ramendu of DAV School secured 90.6 per cent. Saurabh Gupta of KVM scored 88 per cent in humanities.

The topper, Pancham Kalra, attributes his success to hard work and blessings of his parents. Though I belong to Moga, I joined a city school to get good education. My parents are doctors and practise in Moga. My father used to commute between Moga and Ludhiana everyday to take care of my needs. I attribute my success to him and my teachers. I am really thankful to everyone who helped me,” he said.

Talking to his future plans, he said he wanted to be a cardiologist as his parents want him to work for the suffering people.

Paramnoor Singh, the commerce topper, said he wanted to become a Chartered Accountant. He said he had to put in 15 hours daily to score 93.4 per cent. He said his father was a CA and wanted him to follow in his footsteps. He feels that tuitions help students, especially in the commerce stream. 



Girl sold by maternal uncle, harassed for dowry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A 22-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly sold by her maternal uncle and beaten up and tortured for dowry by her in-laws, who even got her hair cropped. She was taken to a tantrik as she was allegedly possessed by a devil and was rescued by her mother when the girl lost her mental balance.

Pinki, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Colony in the Focal Point area, had returned home in August last year and her mother, Guddi, had been making rounds of various doctors to get her treated.

Addressing a press conference in the city today, she claimed that she had lost her mental balance and had turned aggressive after she was mentally and physically tortured by her husband, Raju, a resident of Shimla Puri. She alleged that he had been demanding dowry and when her mother refused to give it, his family took her to a tantrik and harassed her for being possessed by a devil.

Showing prescription slips of doctors and various injury marks on her body, the mother claimed that Pinki got married to Raju on July 2, 2002, and stayed with her in-laws till August last. She said Pinki’s maternal uncle, Pappu Chautala, a contractor, had allegedly taken Rs 2 lakh from the groom’s family and sold her off to a man, who was indulging in illegal activities.

“My uncle had claimed that my husband was a government employee and would keep me well. But when I went to his house, I found he was doing nothing but used to steal pigs and sell these off. He was booked by the police a number of times regarding such cases. He had been demanding a motor cycle from my mother, who is a widow and works as a domestic help,” Pinki claimed.

She showed her semi-burnt , blood-stained clothes and her cropped hair and claimed that she was tortured. She also showed some injury marks on her body. Interestingly, the medical reports in her possession claimed that she was aggressive and had been causing injuries to herself. She claimed that they had complained about the matter to the police, which was not taking any action.

Her maternal Uncle, Pappu Chautala, however, refuted all allegations and counter-alleged that though the girl had lost her mental balance, she was neither tortured nor her hair cropped when she was brought home. He claimed that he had accompanied her mother when she was being brought home and her long hair was intact. He claimed that he was being falsely implicated in the case as he was helping her in-laws’ family.

He said she had moved court to claim maintenance from her husband and he had taken the case to the Marital Disputes Cell. He claimed that officials at cell had tried to work out a compromise between the parties, but the mother did not want to send her daughter back. He alleged that this was the reason why they had levelled allegations after one year of her coming back home. He said he was siding with the groom’s family as he felt they were right.



Indian Overseas Bank penalised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The banking ombudsman of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has penalised Indian Overseas Bank, Clock Tower branch here due to deficiency in service in the Sanjeev Woollen Mill Case and has directed the bank to return Rs 12.5 lakh, along with fixed deposit interest of four years, debited wrongly from Mr Sanjeev Goel’s account.

Mr Goel, an industrialist claimed to be the victim of a unique cheating by the bank, perpetrated allegedly by a senior official for personal gains.

Presenting the orders before mediapersons today evening, Mr Goel said he has got a partial justice so far. He had deposited fixed deposits worth over Rs 1 crore in 1980s with the bank but, in 1990 the bank put his money in the sundry account on the pretext of some allegedly false reasons.

Since then he has been forced to make rounds of police stations, courts and banking ombudsmans office to get his rightful due.

He managed to get back Rs 2 crore from the bank while the dispute regarding another Rs 1 crore still stands. An FIR was also lodged against a bank official in 1990 but it was later cancelled.

The industrialist had made the FDs as guarantee to the bank for standing counter-guarantee to the Customs Department for the client, who dealt mainly in export-import business. The Bank refused to pay any amount to the claimant in 1990 stating that that the FDs have been invoked by the Customs Department in 1990. However, Mr Sanjeev Goel contested that the Customs department had only asked for the renewal of the guarantee and not invoking it.

For 10 years, the dispute went on. The bank kept on claiming that the FDs have been invoked and used the money but in 2000, the bank debited Rs 12.5 lakh from Mr Goel’s account as guarantee charges. This contradictory action eventually put the bank in trouble and the case was decided by the ombudsman in Mr Goel’s favour.

Meanwhile, a civil court had also upheld the claims of the industrialist and summoned some bank officials accusing it of criminal breach of trust under Sections 406 and 409 of the IPC last year.



MC clears projects worth Rs 5 crore
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
In a bid to step up the pace of development and create infrastructure in the city, the municipal corporation has cleared projects worth about Rs 5 crore. These include new estimates for different kinds of works as well as issuing work orders against tenders already received for some works.

The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the civic body, which met here yesterday after a gap of almost three months because of the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections being in force, cleared various works for carpeting of roads in the city at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore, besides, sewerage and water supply expansion projects worth about Rs 90 lakh. In addition, estimates for the repair of existing tubewells and the installation of new ones to augment the water supply at an expenditure of Rs 45 lakh were also approved.

The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, presided over the meeting, which was attended by the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Prem Mittal, the Deputy Mayor, Ms Sushila Gupta, Mr Surjit Singh Ahluwalia and Mr Hakam Singh Giaspura, both members of the committee.

While a nod was given to release pending payment of Rs 9.5 lakh to 39 park management committees and a project for the installation of streetlights in different localities at a cost of Rs 17 lakh, another proposal worth Rs 24 lakh for the maintenance of parks was put on hold for the time being, pending certain clarifications of work allotted to private contractors.

Giving details, the MC Commissioner told Ludhiana Tribune that a proposal for the construction of a foot overbridge along the railway overbridge on the Dhuri line was accorded approval in principle. The bridge, to be erected at a cost of Rs 14 lakh, would benefit thousands of residents on both sides of the railway track in this area. Other development works, to which the F&CC gave the go-ahead, include cleaning and desilting of Budda Nullah and other open drains in the city at a cost of Rs 20 lakh and purchase of sewerage-cleaning machines to cope with the problem of choked and overflowing sewer lines.



Police charged with shielding accused
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
A farmer of Rachhin village has accused the Latala police of acting under political pressure and shielding four persons who allegedly assaulted him after entering his house on May 11. The police on the other hand denied the charges and maintained that investigation has already been started.

Mr Gurdial Singh (67), a resident of Rachhin village, who had lost his eyesight four years earlier, said, his son Gursev Singh (43) was brutally beaten up by Nirmal Singh, Tejwant Singh, Jaspal, all residents of Rachhin village, and Gurtej Singh of Narangwal village. But the Latala police instead of taking action against the accused, picked up his son who had received multiple injuries on head and limbs. “When condition of my son, worsened at Latala chowki, instead of taking him to hospital, they threw him out, form where we took him to the Civil Hospital, Dehlon he said.

Gursev was later shifted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Accusing the police of acting under political pressure, Mr Gurdial Singh alleged that instead of registering a case against the accused, they had been compelling my son for a compromise. Mr Amarbir Singh, in charge of the Latala chowki, denied the charges.



Cong men celebrate govt formation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
The mood was euphoric with distribution of sweets and celebrations all around the city by the Congress workers as Dr Manmohan Singh and members of his Cabinet were being administered oath of office in New Delhi and the Congress regained power at the Centre.

Thousands of party workers, led by Congress legislator Surinder Dawar, took out a rally and distributed laddoos all along the way from Cheema Chowk to other localities, covering a major part of the Ludhiana East assembly segment, represented by Mr Dawar. Speaking at the occasion, Mr Dawar said it was a historic turn of events in the political history of the nation when AICC president Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed the highest executive office in the larger interests of the party and the country.

Among others, Mr Ramesh Joshi, Mr Rakesh Parashar, Mr Sanjay Talwar, Mr Ashok Bagga, Mr Rajinder Soi, Mr Kailash Kapoor, Mr Jasbir Singh Chadha, Mr Sushil Parashar, Mr Vijay Novelty, Mr Ashok Parashar, Mr Pradeep Jindal, Mr Suresh Soni, Mr Chanchal Singh and Mr Rajesh Romi were present.

Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Chairman, Labour and Employment Cell of the PPCC, organised a function in Rajguru Nagar on Saturday in which sweets were distributed and party workers performed bhangra to celebrate installation of the Congress government led by Dr Manmohan Singh. Mr Bawa said Ms Sonia Gandhi had won the hearts of the entire Punjabi community by nominating Dr Manmohan Singh to head the new Congress government. Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mr Ashok Makkar and Mr Pawan Garg also attended the function.

Activists of the SC and ST Cell of the District Youth Congress organised a meeting in Janakpuri where sweets were distributed to mark the formation of the new Congress government in the Centre. Dr Ajit Singh, Chairman of the cell, expressed confidence that the nation would assume new heights in economic development under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh. In another function held at the residence of Ms Simmi Pashan in Udham Singh Nagar locality here, party workers danced to the beat of dhol and distributed laddoos to mark the installation of a Congress government at the Centre.

Knitwear Club president Vinod Thapar said in a statement here today that it was an honour to the soil of Punjab to have one of its sons as the Prime Minister of the biggest democracy of the world. He said the new Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, had always proved to be a great economist, bureaucrat and politician but the fame he had earned as a reformer, was unmatched till date .



Rid country of communalism: seminar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Speakers at a seminar on “Political changes in the country- challenges and prospects”, organised by the Citizens Action Front today, welcomed the change in the political scene in the country and called upon the leadership for a mature, collective, coordinated and concerted effort to free the country from communalism, casteism and economic slavery forced on the people by the NDA government.

The panelists dwelt at length on various aspects of the country’s development from security perceptions, secularism, sustainable economic development, development of agriculture, preservation of ecology, health and education for all, gender equality and children’s rights.

The rejection by the people of political formation guided by communal and fascist ideology has raised new prospects by which we can move society in positive direction. People attended the seminar from all walks of life including doctors, teachers, agricultural scientists, trade unionists, women activists, social activists, etc.

Dr Arun Mitra, convenor of the front, said from the very first day there has been attempt to defame the new formation by manipulating the Sensex and declaring that the Sensex had fallen, as Left forces were to be part of the new formation. Later, it was said since Sonia Gandhi has opted out from the Prime Minister’s post the Sensex has risen. The stock market is just a speculative economy not concerning lot of vast majority of our people. Not more 1.7 per cent of population invests in the stock market and that too for just immediate monetary gains.

We have to be vigilant from such machinations and projections, as such difficulties will be created in the future too. The speakers felt that development of the country is dependent on peace in the South Asian region. Therefore, it is important that our country takes the lead for strengthening relations with Pakistan and initiate a dialogue on elimination of nuclear weapons. In the past few years, our approach to the issue of peace and security has been guided by the US. We have to shed this and take our own decisions and strengthen the Non-aligned Movement, he said.

There is immediate need to check the infiltration into various state institutions by RSS cadres. The distortion in history, which was done under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, needs to be immediately corrected. Gujarat incidents must be thoroughly probed and the guilty be brought to book as per the law of the land.

In the past, there has been direct intervention by foreign multinational corporations and financial institutions in all spheres of life. This has to be immediately corrected. While collaborating for development we must watch our national interests and strive for a self-dependent economic development. Public sector units must be saved and interests of the workers guarded. The so-called labour reforms should be halted immediately.

Education and health should be treated as assets. The government spending and responsibility in these spheres should be substantially increased. There should be at least 6 per cent spending on health and education each.

Agriculture must be developed on scientific lines as per our needs. The intervention by foreign companies like Cargill and Monsanto should be stopped. Interests of the farmers and agriculture labour should be looked into and agriculture reforms, which have been left for many years, should restart now. Rural development and strengthening of public distribution system in these areas should be made a priority. Ecology must be preserved and healthy environment promoted. Various international treaties in this regard must serve the interests of world community as a whole. Our country should take lead in this direction.

Gender equality should be ensured and children’s rights be given priority. Steps should be taken to eliminate child labour.

It was felt that there is an urgent need to continue with people’s movements as the forces of communalism have been defeated in the elections but they have not died out. They have to be fought back ideologically. The participants in the seminar however strongly felt that the left parties should reconsider their decision and join the government.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr Rajinder Pal Singh, Dr P.S. Sohi, Principal F.C. Chopra, Mr D.P. Maur, Mr Tejinder Mohi, Mr Mewa Singh, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Major S.S. Aulakh, Mr Vijay Kumar and Mr Bharpur Singh.



She battled all odds to succeed
Lovleen Bains

Sanhewal, May 23
Ms Manjit Sandhu is a rare example of ordinary women showing extraordinary grit. In spite of adverse family circumstances, she is proud of her worth by her never-say-die spirit.

She had never thought that her wedding would be reduced to a shroud of misery and punery, with her partner’s failure in business and a consequent physical aliment to his husband that confined him to the bed. Coping with a stressful, solitary and directionless life, she created a force from within and braved every battle with her newly imbibed spirit of independence and will power.

When crisis struck her, she was a mother of two with no professional degree in had to support her family. Leaving behind her two children Mr Manjit joined an institute of hotel management and catering technology at Mumbai in 1974. After completing her course in beauty and personal grooming, she shifted to Ludhiana where she began hobby classes. After that there was no looking back. She joined as the head of the Home Science Department at Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, in 1985. Training young girls in interior designing, pot-painting, flower-making, cooking, personal grooming and personality development, became a part of her professional life. Her regular work proved a great monitary support to her family on one hand and an exposing energy-booster for her own self, on the other.

As she settled in her professional career, she began training cooks and nanies to enable them to settle abroad with their families. Ms Sandhu takes pride in recalling the names of her students who are in foreign countries on the basis of the training imparted by her.

Sandhu started a home science college which after a period of 20 years has now became an institution in itself. Her college offers all types of courses. In cookery section, she offers courses Chinese, Italian, Continental and Mexican dishes . Her preparation of snacks , mini meals, and dals, are famous in the city. Her recipes have been published in national and international journals. Apart from this, interior decoration, pot-painting and personal grooming are also a part of her curriculum.

Manjit Sandhu feels that labour never goes in vain.”Life has ultimately rewarded me. Now I can look forward to a comfortable future as I have put in my best to earn it.” She has established herself as a woman holding vast experience in the field of personal grooming and personality development. She regularly visits catering college at Bombay as an expert. She wants the younger generation to know the tactics required in the making of a balanced personality.



INTUC congratulates Manmohan Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Punjab unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has congratulated Dr Manmohan Singh on becoming the Prime Minister, stating that it was a matter of pride for Punjab.

Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor and Dr Shiv Gupta, president and general secretary, said a delegation would soon meet Dr Manmohan Singh and submit resolutions for due consideration by the newly appointed Congress government at the Centre.

They said their main demands included enhancement of the income tax limit to Rs 1.50 lakh, raising the bank interest on savings and fixed deposits to increase national savings, withdrawal of anti-labour policies, scrapping of the disinvestment policy in case of profit-earning public sector undertakings, stoppage of the contractual labour system in government departments, stoppage of amendments to the Industrial Disputes Act and the Trade Union Act and appointments on compassionate grounds in case of death of government employees.

Road and railway journey to senior citizens free of cost, early wage settlement of bank employees, recognition to the Indian National Bank Employees Congress, creating employment opportunities in government, semi-government and state/Central government departments, and amendment to the People’s Representation Act to debar criminals undergoing imprisonment from contesting elections so that honest politicians may govern the country are among the other demands.

The INTUC leaders said Punjab should be given due representation in the Council of Ministers.



Yoga gaining popularity
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
Mr Tulsi Das Jaitwani, chief patron, and Mr Krishan Lal Gupta, president, Punjab Chapter of the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan, have said that regular yoga classes are being conducted in 61 places in Punjab. They said 250 centres were functioning regularly, of which 60 were in Ludhiana alone and conducted yoga classes regularly from 5.30 am to 6.30 am.

Mr Jaitwani said thousands of men, women and children were being imparted training in yoga by experienced yogacharayas. Yoga not only helped people remain physically and mentally fit, but also helped in curing diseases like blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, T.B. and asthma.

Mr Jaitwani said last year a camp was organised in a forest in Faridkot district where military officers were imparted yoga training.

Similarly, the sansthan had started yoga classes in the Police Lines, Ludhiana, where high-ups in the Police Department, along with their family members, were being given lessons in yoga.

On the first Sunday of every month, a meeting of “sadhaks” from all centres is organised where asans relating to some specific illnesses are taught. Besides, patients are also suggested medicines. Mr Jaitwani said the interest of people was increasing in yoga.

Mr Gupta said the aim of the sansthan was to educate one member of each family in yoga.



Probe begins in dowry case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The crime branch of the Punjab today began an inquiry into the Manju dowry burning case, in which the city police is on the backfoot for allegedly not taking timely action on her complaint.

The woman, Manju, had suffered burn injuries all over her body after in-laws allegedly burnt her for not bringing sufficient dowry last year. She had to knock the doors of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission for justice as no case was registered by the Basti Jodhewal police.

The commission had directed the Punjab police crime branch to investigate the matter. A team for the crime branch arrived at her in-laws house in Street No. 2, Basti Jodhewal, and recorded the statements of the accused, the victim and colony residents. Manju Bala had married Satish Kumar, a resident of Basti Jodhewal, on April 14, 2000.


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