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Ridhee is Punjab topper
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
The results of Class XII All-India Senior Secondary Certificate Examination conducted by the CBSE were declared today. Ridhee Singla of BCM School from commerce stream scored 97.4 per cent and was the topper in the state.

The second in commerce stream is Pushpinder Basi of DAV Public School who scored 95.8 per cent marks and third is Kanu Sethi of KVM School with 95.6 per cent. Tina Puri of DAV Public School scored 94.2 per cent and so did Ankit Jain of KVM School.

Rishab Marwaha of KVM scored 93.8 per cent closely followed by Tanya Sarin of Sacred Heart Convent with 93.6 per cent. Vishal Mahajan of KVM and Tania Sareen of Sacred Heart Convent School scored 93.6 per cent each. Tina Gupta of Sacred Heart Convent scored 93 per cent marks. Next were students from KVM Archit Grover, Bhumika Kumar and Shewta Sharma who scored 92.8 and 92 per cent marks, respectively. Swati Garg of Sacred Heart Convent School also scored 92 per cent while Himanshu Arora of KVM and Prina Jain of DAV Public School and Kamal Deep Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School scored 91.8 per cent each. Aditi Behal of Sacred Heart Convent School attained 91.6 per cent, while Kavya Marwaha of Sacred Heart Convent School and Ankita Jain of DAV scored 91.4 per cent each. Safurti Jain of KVM scored 91.2.

Amitoj Singh Bajaj of Sacred Heart Convent School secured 91 per cent and Ridhima Alwadi got 90.8 per cent followed by Swati Nagpal of the same school with 90.6. Nitin Goyal and Deepali Gupta of KVM again scored 90.2 per cent marks and Sakshi Dhall of Sacred Heart Convent School scored dot on 90 per cent.

In non-medical stream Sidharth Khanna of Sacred Heart Convent School scored 93.4 per cent followed by Charu with 92.2 per cent followed by Richa with 92 per cent and Ranjot Singh 91.4 per cent. All these students belong to DAV Public School. Japneet Kaur Chhatwal of Guru Nanak Public School scored 91.4 per cent. Neha Garg of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School scored 91 per cent marks whereas Har Simran of BCM School scored 90.2 per cent.

Sonika Bagga and Kirandeep of Sacred Heart Convent School scored 87.2 per cent marks in Humanities.

In medical stream Kavneet Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School secured 91.8 per cent marks while Nupar Nipun of DAV School scored 90.8 per cent marks.



Ridhee owes it to parents, Principal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
Ridhee Singla of BCM Model Senior Secondary School brought laurels to the city by securing first position in Punjab in the CBSE Class XII (commerce stream) results, which were declared today. She secured 97.4 per cent marks.

Feeling on top of the world, she attributed her success to the guidance of her parents, school Principal and her decision to no join tuition classes.

She expected a good rank but had not imagined she would stand first.

“No doubt I had expected to do well in the board examination, but not this well. I never had my own schedule for study. My teachers, especially school Principal Paramjit Kaur, were instrumental in my achievement as they patiently stood by me and supported me.”

Ridhee told Ludhiana Tribune that after hearing of her percentage, she was bewildered and it took her time to sink in the news. “It is an amazing feeling. I am are at the top!”

She felt that extra coaching classes organised by the school made the difference. “Extra coaching classes are provided to all students by the school, and they made the difference. For whatever doubts we had were cleared during extra classes.”

She said she was not over-studious as wanted to maintain a balance in her life. “I always have a right mix of fun and studies,” she said.

She said grasping the subject and understanding the basics were important aspects. “I have never studied for long hours. But whatever I have studied, I have tried to get to the basics, without cramming.”

She said cramming was risky and students easily forgot the answers.

She plans to do a degree in MBA after completing BCom.



Preeti tops BBA exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
Preeti Kalsi, a student of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has bagged first position in BBA (3rd semester) by scoring 89 per cent marks (534 marks out of 600) in December, 2004 university examination.

Other students of PCTE, Anmol Bansal, Madhuri Garg, Navtej Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Karandeep Kaur bagged second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions, respectively, in the university.

Anmol Bansal secured 521 marks, Madhuri Garg 516 and Navtej Singh 510 marks out of 600.

“This is the fifth first position in the December, 2004 university examinations bagged by PCTE students. They have already bagged first positions in BBA (I), MBA (I), BCA (I) and BCA (5th semester) examinations,” said Dr K.N.S. Kang, director of the college.



Suicide bid outside police HQ
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Upset over continuous domestic disharmony and her long wait for justice, a married woman of Baddowal village today attempted to commit suicide by consuming a pesticide in front of the district police headquarters at the Mini Secretariat this evening.

The woman, Sandeep Kaur, aged about 30, allegedly consumed rat poison after failing to get justice. She was found lying unconscious near the district police offices. She was rushed to Civil Hospital by the CIA staff police. The timely medical treatment saved her life.

A complaint application found in her purse revealed her identity and address as well as the tale of her miseries. The woman seemed to have come to the police headquarters to meet senior police officials in her pursuit for justice.

She alleged in the application that she was being harassed by her husband and in-laws. Her husband was allegedly a drunkard and used to beat her but her complaint to the police did not borne any fruit.

The woman claimed that she was being ill-treated by her stepmother. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune she alleged that she had nowhere to go and decided to end her life. “No action has been taken on my complaints” she alleged in the complaint.



Punjab to develop 700 Model Villages
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Jails, today said that the state government had formulated a comprehensive plan to carry out development of each and every village of the state, under which, funds amounting to Rs 20 crore had already been released for the pavements of streets and construction of drains in the villages.

Mr Birmi was addressing a rural grant distribution function to distribute grants for the development works to the panchayats of Ludhiana Rural constituency at Bajra Colony, 8 km from here last evening. In the function, grants amounting to Rs 30 lakh were distributed among the panchayats of 22 villages of the constituency.

The Chief Parliamentary Secretary disclosed that the government had also decided to launch another prestigious programme to develop 700 villages as Model Villages i.e. five from each development block every year and funds amounting to Rs 65 crore had been sanctioned under this scheme for this year. He said that in these model villages all the basic amenities, including sewerage, water supply, concerting of streets, solar lights, septic tanks and plantation, would be provided.

Mr Birmi asserted that the interests of the farmers were fully safe in the hands of Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, who ensured the smooth and corruption free procurement of wheat and paddy of the farmers during the last seven procurement seasons.

Referring to the programme for overall development of the state, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary said that stress was being laid on improving infrastructure and other facilities in the rural areas. Funds amounting to more than Rs 5000 crore were being spent through the PIDB.

He also claimed that 24-hour domestic power supply would be given to all the villages of the state during the this year. Mr Birmi further informed that Rs 950 crore were being spent for the repair of 17000 km link roads under a crash programme, attention was being given to rural water supply scheme in the villages and Rs 1200 crore were being spent on the widening and strengthening of state roads.

He asserted that in spite of the failure of rains during the last year, the government had ensured eight-hour regular power supply for paddy by purchasing power at a cost of Rs 2400 crore from other states.

This had resulted in an increase of 10 lakh MT of paddy production and the farmers were benefited by Rs 680 crore during a single season.

Commenting on the steps taken for the welfare of weaker sections of the society, the Chief Parlimentary Secretary said that the state government had decided to raise “Social Security Fund” amounting to Rs 450 crore to ensure the regular release of pension to old persons and given ‘shagun’ of Rs 6100 on the marriages of daughters of scheduled caste families under “Ashirwad” scheme.

Village panchayats which received the cheques of grants included Gobindgarh (Rs 2.73 Lakh), Rannian (Rs 2.23. lakh), Khagat ( Rs 1.75 lakh), Sarinh ( Rs 1.73 lakh), Nath ( Rs 1.50 lakh), Dhaur (Rs 1.50 lakh), Umedpur ( Rs 1.50 lakh), Sangowal (Rs 1.5 lakh), Kanech ( Rs 1.50 lakh), Khanpur (Rs 1.25 lakh), Jassran (Rs 1 lakh), Rawat (Rs 1 lakh), Dehri (Rs 50000), Kangwal, Mangli, Dule, Pawa (Rs 23000) each.



Residents purchase water in Kidwai Nagar
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, May 23
More than one lakh inhabitants of Kidwai Nagar and the adjoining areas have been experiencing acute water shortage these days. Schoolchildren, office-goers and working people are the worst hit. Residents complained that despite repeated complaints to the authorities concerned, no action has been taken so far.

They said that cleaning of utensils, washing and bathing have come to a halt, irritating all. One of the residents, Ms Pinki, said that her family
members had not taken a bath for the past two days. Toilets have been stinking because of shortage of water.

“A bucket of water has become invaluable for the residents. At times, we do not even get drinking water. The only respite is getting water from neighbours, who have got a submersible pump,” said Ms Pinki.

Mr Yash Paul Ghai, another area resident and director Public Cause — a social service organisation, alleged that telephonic complaints to officials, including Commissioner, Senior Deputy Mayor and others, had gone waste.

“We are cursing the authorities for not addressing the problem.In case the water woes are not redressed forthwith, residents may stage a dharna outside the corporation office,” complained Mr Ghai.

Another area resident complained that they had to buy water for Rs 60 per bucket from outside. “They fail to provide basic needs to people,” added the resident.

Sources in the corporation said that such problems could not be considered on holidays. He said, “either the corporation should hire more staff for holidays or provide over-time to the workers. On Sundays or other holidays, repair work gets stuck due to shortage of staff.”

Mr Randhir Singh, JE, when contacted, said earlier the problem was due to excessive power cuts. “But of late a major fault took place in Mustakhganj pump yesterday. Because of the shortage of staff on Sunday, it could not be repaired. The workers are on the job and we are hopeful that the residents would get the water supply by evening positively,” he said.



Ludhiana Calling

Come summers and cool drinks are much in demand. Soft drinks, beer, packed juices and several other products claiming relief from heat sell like hot cakes but nothing beats the cool coconut water. Though the fruit is grown thousands of miles away, yet thanks to the fast means of transport people here get it almost fresh. Huge queues are seen at shops or rehris selling the fruit. It has an added advantage too. The cut fruits or fruit jucies can make one sick but so far coconut water has not been found causing such problems.

Crime lingo

Crime reporters and photographers develop their own lingo with passage of time or talks in such a manner that people who overheard the conversation are left scared at times. A photographer of a local newspaper munching lunch in a hotel was talking over the mobile phone with another photographer, “Rape mein kar laeya, daketi tun kar aayian’’ (I have done rape, do dacoity). Hearing this, a group of people sitting nearby were startled to such an extent that they finished their meals in a jiffy and slipped out. They thought the man was a gangster and talking to other gang member whereas the photographer was talking about assignments.

Mobile phones

Cops keep on complaining of low salaries and perks, but yet most of them carry flashy mobiles whose costs are as high as Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000. In fact, cops are the first to use the latest models. And they keep not one but two mobile phones. They claim they have to maintain certain standard of living but who is paying for all that ?

Mayor ‘at large’

The city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, seems to have become unduly fond of foreign junkets, which, till now, appears to have brought no visible improvement in civic governance or creation of infrastructure in the mega city. The Mayor who is currently on his second tour to Canada during less than a year, had gone to France and China as well during the intervening period. The claims of constructing flyovers at a faster speed, judicious management of solid waste, introduction of mass rapid transport system for the city and better delivery of civic services, made after return from these foreign tours, have yet to be converted into deeds.

A surprise check

After dust had settled on the outburst by the Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chand Dogra, at the pathetic condition of local civil hospital and the shifted SMO Dr Manjit Kaur was back in place, the Managing Director of Punjab Health Systems Corporation Mr T.R. Sarangal made a ‘surprise check’ on the hospital a couple of days back. It is altogether a different story that the staff was preparing for this ‘surprise checking’ for last several days. However, the supposedly ‘damage control exercise’ turned out to be counter-productive when Mr Sarangal also could not control himself from pointing out that the sanitation level and upkeep of the hospital left much to be desired.

Langars can ‘cause diseases’

City people are very generous that they arrange langars of free food, sweetened water and even distribute cold milk to passers-by. The other day Sentinel saw that Verka plastic packs containing milk were discarded in a heap and hundreds of flies were sitting on need on. Milk taken out from packs was being given to passers-by in disposable glasses which people were throwing in all directions on the road. Some were carried away by the wind. If people can procure milk, glasses, surely they can bring empty boxes to be used as dustbins and put a man to supervise that all the empties go into bins. The unhygienic conditions created after the langar is over is bound to spread infectious diseases like cholera and stomach disorders.

— Sentinel



Sardara Singh Oberoi dead
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 23
Sardara Singh Oberoi, a staunch Akali leader and member of various educational and religious institutions, died after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. He was 80. He was the executive member of the management committee of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha. Besides, he remained in charge of Payal constituency for the SAD for 16 years.

He was the father of a local journalist, Joginder Singh Oberoi.

His funeral was largely attended. Wreaths were placed on his body by the staff and management of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School and GNN College Doraha.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister, too paid his tributes.

SGPC members Gurmail Singh Sangowal, Kamal Inder Singh, Tejinder Singh Rampur, Raghbir Singh Sharma and Devinder Singh Cheema; readers of the IAD (Longowal) Mangat Rai Lasara and Pritam Singh Haul; leader of the Lok Bhalai Party Avtar Singh Mullanpuri; leaders of the SAD (B) Jagdish Singh Garcha and Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill; leaders of the Congress Tej Parkesh Singh and Malkit Singh Doraha and local Municipal councillors were among those who attended the funeral.

Former Chief Minister Parkesh Singh Badal, H.S. Hanspal, Sukhdev Singh Libra and Shamsher Singh Dullo too expressed their condolences on his demise.

His “bhog” and “antim ardas” will take place at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Doraha, on May 29 i.e. Sunday.



Tributes paid to Oberoi
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 23
The management, principal and staff of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have mourned the death of Jathedar Sardara Singh Oberoi, founder member of the management committee of the college on Sunday.

Mr Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary of the college management committee, said the death of Jathedar Sardara Singh Oberoi was a loss to the college as well as the town. He said,” Mr Oberoi was a selfless and devoted worker who worked for the cause of society throughout his life. His dedicated services towards the cause of education will be remembered.”

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college, and the staff paid tributes to him and expressed sympathies with family members.



Youth Forum’s memo to toll manager tomorrow

Doraha, May 23
A meeting of the Youth Forum was organised here today in which it was decided that a memorandum regarding their demands will be presented to the toll authorities on Wednesday.

Mr Jandeep Kaushal, chairman of the forum, said the memorandum would be given to the toll manager at Doraha. The memorandum said that the local residents, who were occasional passersby, should be issued a concessional slip of Rs 10. The procedure of pass procurement should be simplified. A regular check on the “indifferent” attitude of toll supervisors and employees was also demanded, he said.

Mr Bobby Anand, vice-chairman of the forum, Mr Mudit Mohindra, president, Mr Joginder Kirti, vice-president, Mr Narinder Anand, general secretary and Mr Barjinder Jandu, secretary also participated. OC



Theft bid in gurdwara
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 23
Some thieves tried to loot a gurdwara in Galwadi village at the Amloh road here yesterday. According to Tirlok Singh, a sevadar of Gurdwara Begampura Galwadi, at about 12.30 pm yesterday some thieves broke out the locks of main gate and cash box. He woke up when he listened some noise. He raised an alarm and the thieves succeed to fled. No loss was reported, he said.



Reebok upbeat on growth in premium segment
Tribune News Service

Subhinder Singh Prem
Subhinder Singh Prem

Ludhiana, May 23
Reebok India is quite enthused over the growing inclination of Indians towards fitness and looks. The apparel and footwear major, that claims 50 per cent market share in the premium range, expects a business of over Rs 400 crore this financial. Besides, it will add more than one stores per week resulting in an increase in the number of its showrooms to 180 from the existing 130.

Mr Subhinder Singh Prem, managing director, Reebok India Company, says the company would continue focussing on the sports and fitness category.

“Fitness and sports- are not just what the brand projects itself through and for, we have carried on with this mission and have trained over 700 fitness instructors, apart from coming out with products that are actually used by sportspersons,” he said while talking to The Tribune.

Mr Prem was in the city today on the occasion of increase in plant capacity by Reebok’s supplier Ankita Impex. Increased competition and changed attitude have only made things easier for the company.

“While earlier, selling a pair of shoes priced for more than Rs 4,000 was a tough task, today our latest shoe priced at Rs 8,000 a pair is selling like hot cakes,” he said. Corroborating his point, he said a survey by Reebok revealed that while in 1997 only one out of every 10 people went to a gym, now this number has increased to seven.

“Besides, people want the latest and original stuff without compromising on quality. Be it colours or style- they want to go in sync with international trends.”

Growing acceptance of premium brands is what has helped the company maintain an annual growth rate of almost 50 per cent, he said.



Banks take possession of defaulters’ property
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 23
Officials of the State Bank of India and Canara Bank took possession of the property of the defaulters of the banks at the local Mata Rani Mohalla and Guru Harkrishan Nagar today.

Officials of the State Bank of India on the directions of Mr Shamsher Bahadar Sharma, Assistant General Manager, Zonal office Ludhiana, took possession of the property mortgaged by Amrit Pal Singh of M/s Nanak Industries, Malerkotla road, Khanna, at Guru Harkrshan Nagar under the provision of the SARFESI Act, 2002.

The Chief Manager of the State Bank of India, Khanna branch, Mr J.S. Grewal, said a 60-day notice was served on the party as per the Act rules. An amount of Rs 18 lakh was outstanding against the firm.

Canara Bank officials took possession of he property of Ramesh Kumar at Mata Rani Mohalla. Ramesh Kumar had taken a loan of Rs 8 lakh from the bank but did not return the amount. The bank took possession of two shops and a residential house mortgaged by Laxmi and Company to the bank.


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