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Officials, residents wield brooms on Modi call
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Sweepers wait outside the school for the cultural function to conclude.

Ludhiana, October 2
The nationwide cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has gained popularity here in the last few days. Politicians, social organisations, NGOs and educational institutions are chipping in to make the drive successful. However, many residents feel the authorities concerned should strictly deal with anti-social elements who litter the city roads with impunity.

A resident of the Sunder Nagar area said it was good that politicians were cleaning roads but many of them shielded “anti-social” elements too. Talking particularly about the stretch from near Chander Nagar to Buddha Nullah, the local residents said the sand mafia had unloaded sand on the entire road, which hampered the movement of traffic. It took the local residents two or three days to clear the road.

While the campaign is gaining momentum in many wards, there are areas which remain neglected, especially the vacant plots. The residents of the Rani Jhansi road are perturbed as many “rehriwalas” unload their garbage in vacant government plots during the late hours.

“Holding brooms alone will not serve the purpose. The authorities and politicians need to reach out to people at the grass-roots. Garbage has to be lifted from each and every area to make the drive successful”, said Sushil Kumar, another resident.

GADVASU pledges to devote 100 hour a year

To motivate the faculty, staff and students to take part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University has taken the initiative wholeheartedly. Dr VK Taneja, VC, administered the cleanliness pledge to the university officers and heads of all departments. He said it was a positive and appreciable initiative of the state and central government to make India clean on the auspicious day of Gandhi Jayanti. The pledge includes 100-hour contribution in a year for the cleanliness drive and promise to motivate 100 more persons to join this campaign. Dr Taneja said: “We should be more cautious about biomedical waste of veterinary hospital, animal waste of different farms and should maintain sanitary conditions in hostels and canteens.”

Who will rein in sand mafia?

If we dare to say anything against the unloading of sand and gravel on the roadside, we get threats. Why don’t the authorities take action against the sand mafia? They scatter sand and gravel on the road but no one can stop them. We wish our area remains clean as well said a local resident. — A resident



100% water supply, sewerage by 2017: Principal Secretary

Ashok Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, Punjab, has said by 2017, all cities of the state will have 100 per cent water supply and sewerage, sewage treatment plants, night shelters, bus shelters, solid waste management facilities. He said the Punjab Government would be engaging a company named Engineers India Ltd that would conduct a comprehensive study on the cleaning of Budha Nullah.

Gupta said this after starting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at RS Model Senior Secondary School here. He was accompanied by Ludhiana Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and other MC officials.

Addressing the students, the Mayor said it was the duty of all residents to make sure Ludhiana remained clean and green. “Students are a nation’s foundation and we should inculcate a sense of maintaining cleanliness in them, so that it becomes a routine exercise for them,” said Gohalwaria.

“As I entered the city this morning, I found it much cleaner compared to the past around 10 years. But such exercise should become a daily affair,” he said.



Liquor flows despite ban
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Caring little about October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) being a dry day, a few liquor vends in the city were seen selling liquor. Many vends were partially opened while others were seen selling liquor clandestinely. Liquor vends located on highways kept their shutters down till 5pm but those located in the interiors had a field day.

One of the liquor vends located at BRS Nagar was found selling liquor clandestinely. Though the staff had downed the shutters, whenever a customer came, an employee standing outside the vend obliged him. Another liquor vend near Chaura Bazar was selling liquor with its shutters partially downed.

“The entire country is observing a dry day today and the sale of liquor is prohibited. The department should take stringent action against the erring vends. The sanctity of the day should be observed but these liquor vends care a little,” said Gurdev Singh, a senior citizen.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Manish Kumar said: “I will immediately get it checked and order stringent action against the defaulters”.

Meanwhile, some beer and whiskey brands were sold for double the price throughout the day. A bottle of beer, which is generally sold at Rs 120, was selling at Rs 250.



Municipal corporation in dire straits
Hot mix plant non-operational, no fuel for vehicles
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
It seems the financial position of the Municipal Corporation has turned from bad to worse. While the patch work on the roads is to be started in the wake of the rainy season, the hot-mix plant of the civic body has been non-functional for the past three or four days. Besides, a few petrol stations have refused to provide fuel to the MC vehicles as their dues have not been cleared by the civic body.

The plant was recently made operational to carry out the patch work on the roads during the festival season. As the payments were not made to the suppliers, they have stopped providing the material for the plant.

Cong councillors threaten no-confidence motion

Seeing no hope of convening the general house of the MC in the near future, the Congress councillors, led by Hemraj Aggarwal, Parminder Mehta and Balkar Singh, submitted a memorandum to Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria last evening.

Commenting on the sorry state of affairs in the MC, the spokesperson for the Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said if things continued to move this way, the Congress councillors will favour for a no-confidence motion. Mehta said development works had stopped, the petrol stations had refused to give fuel to the MC vehicles and the employees were not being paid salaries. “We are going to submit a memorandum to the Mayor in the evening because we had lifted our dharna about a month ago following assurances given by the Mayor about holding a quick general house meeting,” said Mehta.

BJP up in arms too

The councillors of the BJP are already up in arms against the Mayor for his alleged biased attitude. Recently, they had held a meeting and raised an objection over the working of the Mayor. They had alleged that the Mayor gave a preferential treatment to certain councilors while the BJP councillors were left high and dry.

The meeting was attended by both the Deputy Mayor and the Senior Deputy Mayor. It was expressed that the Mayor did not take the BJP leaders in confidence while ordering the recent “mass” transfer in the MC.



Unethical practices
Council issues notices to 25 docs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has issued notices to more than 25 doctors across the state who were found taking commission from diagnostic centres for prescribing tests from particular centres and giving advertisements on television in violation of the ethics of registered medical practitioners.

“Those doctors, who don’t stop unethical practices even after notices, will have to lose their registration, hence practice in the state of Punjab. Such violations are not acceptable to the PMC,” said Dr GS Grewal, president of the PMC.

The erring doctors have been asked to reply to the notice within 15 days.

Dr TS Kler, executive director, cardiac sciences, at the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, has also shot a letter to the Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, in this regard.

“This practice of giving money to doctors for referral is pretty old in this country and I think everybody knows about it. It is not only labs and other diagnostic centres, which indulge in such practices, but a large number of doctors in big private hospitals are also giving commission to doctors for referral. Certain private hospitals are officially giving referral fee to physicians on one pretext or another,” Dr Kler mentioned in the letter.

Dr Kler’s suggestions

*The government should spend more money on health (the present 3 per cent of the GDP is dismal). Only a healthy nation can prosper. The USA spends 16 per cent of 18 percent of the GDP on health. The government should provide primary health care to all 1.27 billion people of this country.

*The government should form a think-tank of 20 or 25 doctors drawn from different fields under the Ministry of Health, who will develop stringent policies for health delivery and education.



Committees try to cut others to size with taller Ravanas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
The city is all set to celebrate Dasehra. Huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna are being erected. These will be burnt before the sunset to mark the victory of good over evil. The Dasehra committees in different localities are trying to move a step further by creating bigger effigies than what they burnt the previous year.

The Ravana effigy at the Dasehra ground in Daresi is going to be the tallest one at 85 feet. The effigy bunt at the ground last year was 80 feet tall. Sanjeev Kundra from Shri Ramlila Committee, Daresi, said this year, all the heads of the Ravana would be burnt separately before the whole effigy got burnt. He said swirling fireworks would start from the head of the effigy. The effigy of Kumbhakarna will be burnt earlier while those of Ravana and Meghnath will be burnt tomorrow. The effigies have been stuffed with crackers and these will be set on fire at 6.05 pm, just before the sunset, he added.

The effigy at BRS Nagar has grown taller by 20 feet. Last year’s effigy was 30-foot tall. Dharam Pal Pahwa from the Dasehra Organising Committee said apart from the burning of the effigies at about 5.55 pm, there would be a firework show to mark the festival. The effigies have been stuffed with around 1,000 crackers. A pillar has been set up where special fireworks would be displayed, he added.

At Dugri, the celebrations are going to attract a large number of visitors as the Ravana effigy would be bigger than the previous one. A 50-foot effigy of Ravana is being be set up this year, said Vinay Nagpal from the organising committee. “Tableaux will be taken out before the effigies of are burnt,” he said.



Teachers pick planned leave over cleanliness drive
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 2
The teachers and students of government schools vowed to maintain cleanliness on their school premises. The schools initiated the cleanliness drive here today. A large number of teachers, who had planned their holidays from October 2, were disappointed with this move by the Modi government. Resultantly, some teachers did not attend the event.

The Education Department, however, did not conduct any inspection to check the attendance of teachers in the district. It is alleged that the teachers made “adjustments” to not to attend the school on a holiday.

The Deputy District Education Officer, Dr Charanjit Singh, said, “We did not get any report on the absentees. We just conducted a cleanliness drive at our office and took a pledge.”

Meanwhile, teachers have raised concern for the teachers, who were suspended and punished for deputing students to carry out physical tasks in the schools the previous years. They complained that now the government is itself asking students to carry out the work. As per the officials, some of the teachers have been suspended and some of them are facing inquiries in this regard.

The president of the Anti-Copying Teachers’ Front, Sukhdarshan Singh, said, “One person takes a decision and orders that lakhs of students should carry out cleanliness drive in the schools. Did anyone bother to ask experts about the aftermath of this practice? On one hand, teachers are punished if they ask students to do some work. And on the other hand, government is itself asking teachers to ask students to work. What about those teachers who were suspended and are facing inquiries for making students work on the earlier occasions?”

“We are not against the cleanliness drive but the way in which the government is imposing its decision on the school authorities is disrupting the educational environment at schools. The teachers and students are just engaged with the cleanliness task,” said Ramannjeet Singh, a teacher. 



Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
PAU up for clean surroundings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 2
‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ began at the Punjab Agricultural University. A large number of students, staff and faculty took a pledge to maintain cleanliness at their workplace as well as homes.

The Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, along with Deans, directors and the officers of university led the cleanliness drive on the campus. They swept the roads adjoining the flag post. Later, the faculty and students went to their respective departments and carried out the cleanliness drive there.

The Vice-Chancellor visited various departments and hostels to check if proper hygienic conditions were prevailing there.

Earlier, while addressing the students and faculty, PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr BS Dhillon said only those nations in the world are neat and clean where citizens themselves take the responsibility to maintain cleanliness. He gave examples of Germany and Japan, where people treat their surroundings like their own homes and do every bit to keep it neat and clean. Sukhwinder Singh, a student at PAU, said, “Today, I cleaned my room and almirah. All the residents must participate in the national-wide campaign.”


Employees take cleanliness pledge
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 2
Brooms, spades and dusters outnumbered any other tool used by constituents of various social, religious, educational and financial organisations of the region today. Bringing novelty to their action, some organisations took up personal hygiene projects in slums of their areas.

Besides contributing via manual labour to the country’s biggest-ever cleanliness drive, employees of various government and public undertaking organisations took a pledge to ensure cleanliness in their offices and residential areas by working at least two hours per week as part of Narendra Modi administration’s “Swachh Bharat” mission.

Each office had made detailed arrangements to administer the pledge to its employees on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary today.

The main function was organised at the local Civil Hospital where volunteers of the Sant Nirankari Mission led by Hari Datt Tewari undertook intensive cleanliness in various wards of the hospital and the green belt.

Dr Rajesh Garg and Dr Gurdeep Singh led employees of the Health Department in the cleanliness mission.

Officials and clients of Dehlon, Sehora, Katani, Jodhan, Raikot and the local branch of the State Bank of India, led by Mohit Jindal, Ashwani Bansal and TP Singh, organised cleanliness camps at various places.

Children of slum-dwellers were persuaded to maintain personal hygiene at a camp organised jointly by the State Bank of India and the Cattle Feed Manufacturers Association.

SK Sethi, regional manager, supervised the camp and SHO Dehlon Amandeep Singh Brar was the chief guest.

Soap cakes and toothpaste tubes were distributed among children by the organisers. The children who did not take a bath today were given a bath by the volunteers.

Policemen posted at Sadar, City, Dehlon, Malaudh, Payal, Sudhar, Raikot and Jodhan remained busy in cleaning campuses and surroundings today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said besides undertaking cleanliness drive at police stations and chowkis, beat in charges organised awareness camps in their respective areas.

Students and staff of MGMN Senior Secondary School, Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, Maya Devi Senior Secondary School, Global Earth Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalya, Guru Har Krishan College Phallewal, Guru Nanak Ayurvedic and Nursing College, Bhutta College of Engineering and government schools of the area undertook cleanliness drives at their respective institutions.



Villagers told to grow more trees, keep environment clean
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 2
A team of doctors from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, today visited Jaspalon village near here to provide training to villagers as well as girl volunteers of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

Dr Pushpinder Singh, Senior Food Technologist at Punjab Agriculture University, educated the villagers and volunteers on the preservation of various fruits and vegetables in the form of juices, squashes, jams, jellies, candies, etc.

He, along with technician Gurdeep Singh, gave a practical training to the villagers by preparing juices, jams and squashes, thus motivating them to adopt it as a profession to become economically independent.

Dr Pushpinder Singh also asked the villagers to form various self-help groups so that they may find a profession for themselves by sitting at home.

Dr Daljit Singh Khurana, Professor, Vegetable Department, PAU, Ludhiana, educated them on kitchen garden and vegetables to be grown in different seasons of the year.

He asked the volunteers to utilise the minimum vacant space in their houses to grow various vegetables so that they might be consumed in their pure natural form.

He said vegetables and fruits available in the market had high quantity of pesticides in them, which could even adversely affect the health of people.

Dr Parminder Singh, Floriculturist at the PAU, Ludhiana, asked the villagers to grow more and more trees and flowery plants around their houses to keep the environment fresh and clean.

The campers and villagers themselves prepared squashes and jams under the supervision of experts and felt satisfied. The participants also received answers to their queries by the experts.

Before the beginning of the programme, the volunteers launched a cleanliness drive in and around a gurdwara of the village.

They also educated the villagers on the importance of keeping the environment clean.

Students of Jaspalon village also attended the camp. They were informed about the need to fight against social evils and perform their duty sincerely and in a disciplined manner.

The programme officer said a total of 80 volunteers were participating in the seven-day NSS Camp, which includes cleaning of surroundings imbibing moral and social values in the volunteers and educating the villagers on various evils prevailing in society.



Maintain cleanliness at house, workplace, ADC tells officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
As part of the “Swachh Bharat” Abhiyan, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Amrit Kaur Gill today administered the oath of cleanliness to officers and staff of the Deputy Commissioner office at the Mini-Secretariat here. She said the officers should not only maintain cleanliness at their house but also at their workplace.

She said a competition for maintaining cleanliness at offices under the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, was held every three months.

Gill said functions under the “Swachh Bharat” Abhiyan were also organised at different sub-divisions, government, semi-government and private institutions of the city. During these functions, employees working with respective offices were administered the oath for maintaining cleanliness.

Meanwhile, staff of the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), Ludhiana Range, today took the oath under the national cleanliness campaign. DIG-Ludhiana Range GS Dhillon also took cleanliness oath along with staff.

As part of the Swachh Bharat mission, Air Force Station, Halwara, undertook a cleanliness drive in the civil areas around the station. Air Commodore PK Vohra administered the pledge to all personnel and the village volunteer force.

Officials and employees of the Health Department also took the oath under the supervision of Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.

A similar pledge was also taken by Income Tax officials at their office located at Rishi Nagar.

At Zone B office of the Municipal Corporation, Zonal Commissioner Zone B Kamlesh Bansal took the cleanliness oath along with all employees/officials.

A programme on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was organised at the administrative office, State Bank of India, Ludhiana. SK Sethi, Regional Manager, RBO, Ludhiana (Non-BPR), administered the oath to all employees.



Gandhi Jayanti
Floral tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 2
The District Congress Committee paid floral tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 145th birthday today. Office-bearers and workers of the party recalled the contribution of Gandhi to the nation and society. Taking a pledge to follow the ideals of peace, secularism and tolerance shown by Gandhi, Congressmen served a note of caution to the people that certain communal groups and forces were out to disturb communal peace, and the nationalist forces ought to fight them together.

The Urban Development Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee organised a prayer meeting to observe Gandhi Jayanti. Chairman of the cell Ramesh Joshi offered garlands to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi while describing him an apostle of peace and non-violence.

Congress legislator Rakesh Pandey and spokesperson of Congress councillors Parminder Mehta today chided Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior functionaries of the NDA Government for “using” the name of Mahatma Gandhi for their political gains.

Paying tributes to the Father of the Nation, Dr Brijendra Peteriya, Director, Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), administered the cleanliness oath to all scientists and staff of the PRSC on the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All scientists and staff of the centre participated in the cleanliness drive in and around the campus. The Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) participated in the “Clean India Campaign” on Gandhi Jayanti. City Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Principal Secretary of the local government Ashok Gupta, MC Commissioner Pardeep Aggarwal, and President FICO Gurmeet Singh Kular launched the campaign at BCM School.

Gandhi Jayanti was also celebrated by activists of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Mission at Gandhi Dham, where a memorial was built in 1948 on the banks of the Sutlej on the Phillaur side on the day of the immersion of Bapu’s mortal remains after his assassination in Delhi.

Gurdip Singh, a compatriot of Vinoba Bhave, recited customary ‘Sarv Dharam’ prayer. It was followed by bhajans and patriotic songs by children of the Sri Krishan Pinglawara Charitable Trust.

The day was also marked by planting around 100 trees by Morning Walkers Club of Phillaur and some youth from Ludhiana. Organising secretary of the Peace Mission Brij Goyal and its president Gurbinder Singh Atwal asked the people to protect the memorials built in the memory of freedom fighters.

Goyal flayed the administrative officers for not paying obeisance at the memorial despite the PM dedicating the day as the beginning of the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. Despite so many representations and media coverage, the administration failed to remove encroachments and filth dumped at the land of Gandhi Dham.

PS Gulshan, son of late Ujagar Singh Bilga, a freedom fighter and doyen of the Sarvodya Movement in Punjab, also echoed the same sentiments.



NSS camp

The Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Talwandi Sabo, organised one-day NSS camp to mark Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The camp was organised under the supervision of Dr Arun Kumar Kansal, principal of the college. Dr DR Godara, Dean Student Welfare, was the special guest on the occasion. Programme co-ordinators Jagwinder Singh and Simmi Sharma guided the students during the camp. Other staff members also participated actively during the camp. The MD, Sukhraj Singh, said the camp was a success. He congratulated Dr Kansal and his team for organising the camp.

BCM College lifts trophy

Students of the BCM College of Education excelled in the Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival of Colleges of Education (Zone A). The youth festival was held at the Rayat & Bahra College of Education, Hoshiarpur, recently. The college bagged the overall trophy by winning 31 prizes, including 15 first position prizes, 12 second position prizes and four third position prizes in various categories such as giddha, skit, mime, geet, shabad, rangoli etc. It is for the second consecutive term that the college has bagged the overallall trophy in the youth festival. Dr Monika Sethi, officiating principal, BCM College of Education, congratulated and appreciated the efforts put by the students and faculty in the youth festival. Mahatma Satyanandji Munjal (chairman), SK Mehta (secretary), RB Khanna (director coordinator) applauded the winners for their outstanding achievement in the youth festival.

Cleanliness drive

The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, Ludhiana, began cleanliness drive on Thursday. The campaign is aimed at cleaning the country and at improving the sanitation facilities. Dr JS Sohal (director), Dr Pawan Kumar (principal) and senior faculty members of the college swept the college campus. Students also took part in the activity. The campaign will be administered by the NSS wing of the college. The chairman of the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, VK Gupta, congratulated the management, staff and students. — TNS



Cleanliness campaign

Students of Green Land Convent School celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photograph

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur Road, Ludhiana, initiated Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on Thursday. The day began with cleaning of the library, computer lab and finally the school campus. The school management and teachers also took part in the drive. The managing director, Avinash Kaur Walia, encouraged them to vow to keep their houses and the surroundings clean as well. She urged them to refrain from throwing empty bottles and wrappers out of the car or bus windows. The chairperson, Nirmal Singh Walia, director Mandeep Singh, deputy director Amita Mittal, principal Kamalpreet Kaur and headmistress Mohini Albert also took part in the campaign.

Workshop on life skills

Ratna Sagar organised a seminar for teachers on Life Skills. The comprehensive workshop dealt with thinking skills, social skills and emotional skills. The resource person was Deepak Nanda. In the four-hour workshop the resource person told the gathering about scholastic areas, perspective building in life skills development, familiarisation with understanding attitudes and values, value development in students, introduction of gender sensitivity, basics on health and wellness components, physical well being and descriptors in co-scholastic areas. Different activities were also conducted, involving the teachers, to make the things all the more understandable.

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road. Students sang song ‘Raghu pati raghav raja ram’ on the occasion. The students of Classes VI to XII were told about Gandhi ji. Essay-writing and slogan-writing competitions were also organised on the occasion. A cleanliness drive was then started on the premises. The director of the school, Rajesh Rudhra, highlighted the principles and teachings of Gandhi ji. The Principal of the school, Vinita Sanan, congratulated the staff and students.

Slogan-writing competition

Green Land Convent School, Civil City, celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. On the occasion, the students participated in the cleanliness campaign. The kindergarten students came dressed as various freedom fighters such as Lal Bahadur Shastri and Mahatma Gandhi. An animated movie based on environment cleanliness was also shown on the occaison. Students of Classes II to XII also participated in the cleanliness campaign. Various competitions such as slogan-writing competition, poster- making competition and calligraphy based on themes such as time management, cleanliness and dignity of labour were also organised. The school principal, Alka Mahajan, appreciated the efforts of the staff members and students.

Special morning assembly at Green Land school

Green Land Convent School New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation and Lal Bahadur Shastri. A special morning assembly was organised where students sang bhajans. Students also quoted some of the famous inspirational words of Gandhi ji. On the occasion, pre-primary and primary students came dressed as Gandhi, Kasturba Bai and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Students were also shown documentaries on cleanliness and the life history of Gandhiji. Article-writing competition was also organised for secondary classes on the topics of anger management, time management and preventing violence and conflicts. Inter-Class Classroom Management Competition was also held. The principal of the school, Jyoti Pujara, paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Harshveer wins silver in skating meet

Harshveer Singh Sekhon won silver medal in 10-km roller skating road event in the Asian Roller Skating Championship in China. This is the country’s first medal in skating. Sekhon will further participate in 20-km road race event as well as 42-km marathon. His alma mater, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, prayed for his success and organised special hawan recently.

School shines in chess championship

Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, proved their mettle in the Punjab Schools Chess Tournament, organised by BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, recently. In the under-14 boys’ category, the school grabbed first position. In the under-14 girls’ category and in under-19 boys’ category, they clinched third position. Overall the students won three trophies, five gold and 10 bronze medals. The principal, Vinita Sanan, praised them for the achievement. — TNS



Dasehra venues turn into mini-amusement parks

Ludhiana, October 2
Dasehra venues are becoming a place for enjoying fun rides during the week-long affair preceding the festival. Most of the grounds where the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna will be burnt have almost turned into mini-amusement parks. Children and even grown-ups can be seen making the most of the occasion.

With each passing year, Dasehra fairs have transformed from just simple rides and vendors selling traditional delicacies and other items to sophisticated rides and shopping stalls like an organised festive event.

Step into a fair ground, huge Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, pendulum boats, mini rail ride, and many more fun rides and events resemble like an amusement park.

“I enjoyed all rides at the fair throughout the week and had lots of fun. I will like to visit such fairs every year,” said 13-year-old Simar.

“There are only a few places in the city where one can enjoy such fun rides. But, they are situated far-off from the City Centre. So, festivals like Dasehra and Janmashtami are the best time for children to enjoy fair and fun rides,” said Manoj Kumar, a resident.

“Dasehra fair is getting bigger every year. This year, there are at least 15 fun rides. It is an absolute fun,” said Ruchi, a resident enjoying the fair at Dugri.

“My children came here throughout the week to enjoy the fair,” she said.

“The way Dasehra fairs are organised has changed a lot. Now, there are machine-driven rides at the fairs. Change is inevitable, but traditional touch should always be there to introduce the new generation to our cultural roots,” said Suresh Sharma (57), a resident of Model Town. — TNS



Rail overbridge still a distant dream
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 2
Construction of railway overbridge seems to be a distant dream for residents of local town and surrounding localities. The residents have urged the government to at least constrict underbridges on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line. They have also urged the authorities concerned to repair the approach roads in the town, so that underbridges constructed near Ghungrana and Jitwal villages can be used by commuters.

The residents have been pressing their demands on the leaders of various parties as well, so that traffic on Pohir and Jagera roads could be regulated.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have turned a deaf ear to the demands. Resultantly, the residents had also initiated organisational measures to get the bridge constructed. Frequent closure of level-crossings at the Pohir and Jagera roads also results in traffic jams.

The residents claimed that the staff leaves the station after closing the level-crossings. They said there have been frequent scuffles as well with the railway employees, manning the level-crossings.

Amargarh legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan said he has discussed the issue with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The ministers have assured that either an underbridge or an overbridge would be constructed at the level-crossing on Pohir or Jagera roads at the earliest, said Jhoondan.

Owners of shops and workshops, located at Pohir and Jagera roads, said their business was also being affected adversely due to the closures. They said customers have stopped visiting their shops. Social activists had earlier given a representation to the then Divisional Commissioner of Patiala SR Ladhar to coordinate with officials and expedite the process, but nothing has been done so far in this regard.

Earlier, former MP Sukhdev Singh Libra had also promised to get the demand accepted during his tenure in the UPA government. The Railway Ministry, which allegedly took more than a year to respond to letters written by Libra, had reportedly turned down the demand for constructing a railway overbridge at the level-crossing B-25 on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line.

Villagers, led by Congress leader Jagpal Singh Khangura, argued that the traffic problem can be partially solved if approach roads including Dhulkot Road and Jandali Road are repaired. The commuters can then use underbridges near Ghungrana and Jitwal villages for crossing Ludhiana-Dhuri railway line.

Residents, commuters a harried lot

The residents have been taking up their demands with the leaders of various political parties, so that traffic on the Pohir and Jagera roads can be regulated. The Railways have allegedly turned a deaf ear to their demands. Resultantly, the residents had even initiated organisational measures to get the bridge constructed. Frequent closure of level-crossings on the Pohir and Jagera roads also results in traffic jams, causing inconvenience to commuters as well as residents.



Date of TDS, TCS deposit extended
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Taxpayers heaved a sigh of relief as the last date for depositing tax deducted at source (TDS) and tax collected at source (TCS) has been extended. Holidays in the first week of October were becoming a cause of concern for taxpayers as banks will be closed on these days, which would result in non-payment of TDS and TCS. Though there is also an option of e-payment, a few opt for it.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued an order to extend the last date of deposit of tax deducted at source/tax collected at source in September 2014. The date has been extended from October 7 to October 10 without entailing any consequential interest. The decision has been taken keeping in view the holidays in the first week of October. However, the due date for filing TDS/TCS statements for the second quarter of the FY 2014-15 will remain the same. “The Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued an order to extend the last date of depositing tax deducted at source/tax collected at source during September,” said a senior IT official. “It is a welcome step as there are too much holidays in the first week of October and the extension will prove beneficial for taxpayers,” said Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer.



Delegation from foreign institutes visits PAU

A high-level delegation from the CIMMYT (Mexico) and the Borlaugh Institute for South Asia (Bisa), led by Dr John Shap, chairman of the CIMMYT Board, visited the Punjab Agricultural University recently. The delegation visited demonstration areas of the Departments of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy and Entomology.

The delegation included, Nicole Birrell, member BOT, CIMMYT, Dr Marianne Banziger (CIMMYT DDG Research and Partnership), Dr HS Gupta, director general, BISA, Dr Etienne, director research, CIMMYT, South Asia, Miriam Shindler, CIMMYT, DG’s Communication specialist, and Dr Raj Gupta, team leader, BISA farm developments. The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, explained the delegates about large-scale adoption of the PAU-developed wheat and rice varieties in Punjab, as well as other parts of the country. He said two wheat varieties developed by the university, PBW 343 and PBW 550, had the largest cultivated area in the country. The delegation also visited University Seed Shop, Plant Clinic and the Centre for Communication and International Linkages, where a set of university publications was presented. — TNS



World Elders Day
Over 100 elderly persons attend interactive session
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
SPS Apollo Hospitals observed World Elders Day and conducted a public awareness programme at Senior Citizens House here today. Through this educative and interactive session, the hospital was able to create awareness regarding falls, psychological problems, mental disorders, memory loss, risk factor of stroke and attitude of societies towards the elders.

The hospital also distributed free information booklets and education material among all those present on the occasion.

Over 100 members of the Senior Citizens Association participated in the interactive session.

Addressing the patients, Dr Rupinder Singh Bhatia, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, SPS Apollo Hospitals, shared the important warning signs of stroke including sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

Such meetings would be held regularly and would bring together elder members of society, patients, stroke survivors, doctors, rehabilitation specialists and dieticians, said Dr Rupinder.



City residents uphold sanctity of Ashtami
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Kanjak Puja was celebrated on the occasion of Ashtami here today. As per the ritual, young girls were worshipped by the residents. They were offered Prasad that included halwa, puri and chane.

Eighth day of Navratri is called Ashtami. Godess Durga is worshipped on the occasion. Those who keep fasts during Navratri eat Prasad after worshipping small girls, who are treated as Goddess Durga.

Feet of the girls were washed by men of the house and vermilion was put on their foreheads.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, all schools were closed today. So children enjoyed the sanctity of the festival at home.

Shagun, an eight-year-old girl, said, “School timings are kept late on Ashtami otherwise. So we don’t get much time to visit our near and dear ones. But this year, we were relaxed as it was a holiday today. I went to my friend’s house and visited my relatives as well. I sat in the puja and got so many gift items,” said Shagun.



Club celebrates Dasehra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Aastha Ladies Club celebrated Dasehra, Karwa Chauth and Diwali at a function organised at Friends Regency here. A fashion show was also organised in which members of the club participated.

A “lehenga show” was also presented on the occasion. During the celebrations, a skit was performed by children depicting the life of Lord Rama to celebrate Dasehra and Diwali on the occasion.

Members of the club said it was great to celebrate the festivals together.

The members also gave performances on traditional songs. A variety of lehengas in various forms of embroidery and innovative designs were displayed by the members of the club during the ‘lehenga show’.

Most of the members were dressed in traditional attires to celebrate Karwa Chauth.



Senior Citizens Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
To mark International Senior Citizens Day, the Senior Citizens Social Welfare Society (regd), Urban Estate, Focal Point, organised a family get-together here today.

Basant Singh, president of the society, welcomed chief guest Rakesh Kumar Popli, Estate Officer, GLADA, Hakam Singh Giaspura, former Mayor of Ludhiana, Sunita Aggarwal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Ludhiana, Jagdish Sharma, former Mayor, London Borrough of Hounslow (UK), other senior executivs of GLADA and family members of the senior citizens of the club.

Rakesh Kumar Popli assured the members of the improvement of the Senior Citizens Club building constructed by GLADA and maintained by the Senior Citizens Social Welfare Society under the guidance of the authority.



Punjab Basketball League
Ludhiana eves, Punjab Police boys retain titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 2
Defending champions in the men’s and women’s sections, Punjab Police, Jalandhar, and Ludhiana district, respectively, won their last league encounters to retain the titles in the Punjab Basketball League that concluded at Gure village, near here, today.

In the women’s section, international star Nagma dropped in as many as 15 baskets to enable her team (Ludhiana) to sail through to victory (45-36) against Amritsar district. Patiala district quelled a stiff challenge from last year’s runners-up Jalandhar district, whom they overpowered 49-40 to secure the third position. Harpreet Kaur contributed 15 points.

Similarly, in the men’s section, the current champions, Punjab Police, Jalandhar, outwitted Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Patiala, 56-34 to retain the title while Ludhiana district got the better of Punjab Youth XI 71-61 to finish at the third place.

Manpreet Singh Ayali, an MLA from Dakha, and Yurinder Singh Hayer, Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, and senior vice-president, Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), distributed the prizes among the winners.

Jatinder Pal Singh and Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, PBA, were among other prominent persons present at the prize-distribution function.

Nagma corners glory

In the women’s section, international star Nagma dropped in as many as 15 baskets to enable her team (Ludhiana) to sail through to victory (45-36) against Amritsar district. Patiala district quelled a stiff challenge from last year’s runners-up Jalandhar district, to secure the third position.



SAI centre trainees chip in
Our Sports Reporter

Sportspersons, officials and others take part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 2
As millions of people across the country participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, trainees of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, joined officials, coaches and sports promoters to be the part of the biggest cleanliness drive here today.

Wielding brooms, a large number of sports persons, accompanied by officials of the Sports Authority of India, representatives of different sports associations and prominent personalities of the area were in attendance at the sports complex in front of Guru Nanak Stadium.

They cleaned the grounds, hostel rooms, administrative blocks before coming out on to the road where they collected the garbage.

Sukhpal Singh Brar, Arjuna Award (volleyball) recipient and Additional Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

Among others who took part in the drive were Sanjeev Sharma and Ajit Singh, Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of the SAI, Northern Centre, Chandigarh, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Gurdev Singh, secretary, Punjab Volleyball Association, GS Walia, president, Punjab Judo Association, CM Handa, Principal, Bav Bharti Public School, and Rakesh Singh, in charge, SAI Training Centre, Ludhiana.



170 take part in cycle rally
Tribune News Service

Members of the UCPMA Cycle Club at Aalamgir Sahib. A tribune photoGRAPH

Ludhiana, October 2
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) Cycling Club today organised a cycle rally.

The Ludhiana UCPMA, in association with Pedlar Club, has formed a club - UCPMA Cycling Club.

The rally began from the UCPMA office. It went to Alamgir and then returned to the office.

The rally covered a distance of around 18km. Around 170 participants took part in the rally.

Among total participants, most of them were the members of the UCPMA and others were employees of different cycle units.



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