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Mahatma Gandhi remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 1
Students, staff and management of Green Grove Public School, Khanna paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary tomorrow. Ms Amarjeet Sehgal, chairperson, Mr Prahlad Singh, trustee, and Mr Pawandeep Sehgal executive member of the school managing committee, were also present.

The day began with a welcome dance by Oshin, Pushpinder and Gaggandeep of Class VII. The Principal, Ms S. Georga, welcomed the guest. The students presented a tableau on “Dhe di hamein azaadi bina dhall and they regaled their grandparents with a dance on “Nani teri morni ko mor le gaye.” The tiny tots recited various rhymes. Guntasha Gill of Class IX in her speech highlighted the importance of the ideals of Gandhi. Navneet of Class VII expressed her gratitude to all grandparents and Nidhi of Class X thanked them.

Declamation contest: A declamation contest was held at Dr M.L. Punj Memorial Holy Heart Public School, Punjab Mata Nagar. The subject of the contest was “Role of newspapers in the modern world.” Gurpreet Kaur of Class XII bagged the first position while Jaspreet of Class X and Amandeep Kaur of Class XII won the second position.




Ludhiana, October 1
The Civil Defence (Punjab), Division No 8, organised a vanamahotsava at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dholewal, here on Saturday. Each child of Class VII was made responsible for the sapling. “It has been seen that the survival rate of saplings at plantation functions is not more than 5 per cent as no care is taken later. OC



Cut input tax credit period, say lawyers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Demanding reduction in the period of input tax credit (ITC), taxation lawyers said today the long duration was having an adverse impact on financial condition of traders.

“Traders have started facing financial problems due to 15 months taken in giving input tax credit. This period needs to be reduced,” said members of the Taxation Young Lawyers Association at a special meeting of the association.

The long period of input tax credit means that after making payment of VAT, it takes 15 months for a trader to get the credit, resulting in blockage of his money during this period.

This duration needs to be reduced to six months, the association asserted.

Chairman of the association Sachin Mahendru termed penalty imposed in case of failure to furnish return or annual statement as unjustified. “The penalty of Rs 100 per day and maximum of Rs 10,000 is not justified,” he said at the meeting. The association also emphasised that refunds needed to be returned without any complications.

They also said the penalty under VAT should be reduced from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1,000 and audit provisions be abolished in case of turnover being more than Rs 50 lakh.

Among others who addressed the meeting were Mr Divesh Chopra, general secretary, Mr Jatinder Khurana, president and Mr Ajay Kaushal, joint secretary.



Punjabis are good looking, says Rashmi
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, October 1
Fashion choreographer and producer Rashmi Virmani feels that Punjabis are very good looking and full of vigour. There is a need to properly channelise their energies and modelling can prove to be a very lucrative profession for the youngsters here. Rashmi was in city today to announce the audition dates for budding models to be selected from Ludhiana, Amritsar and Chandigarh.

In an exclusive interview with Ludhiana Tribune today, Rashmi said 60 per cent success of a model depended on grooming and 40 per cent on their dedication. “I am very selective in getting new faces. I believe in quality and not quantity. We have decided to select only five faces from Punjab for the second batch of my school — “The ramp school of fashion modelling”. The school has been doing very well in collaboration with Wigan and Leigh College to groom new faces into ramp scorchers.

The auditions will be held in Amritsar on October 5, in Ludhiana on October 6 and in Chandigarh on October 7. “Age is no criteria. We have got models who are just 14 while some are 27. So far, I have organised over 3,000 shows worldwide and it was a great experience. Being in the profession for more than 15 years now, you come to know about the calibre of an individual easily. The selection criteria is very strict and there are absolutely no compromises on that,” she said.

On asking how could she manage both family and profession fronts so well, Rashmi replies that it is not an easy job to maintain a balance. “One has to be very realistic and energetic. I have got two daughters. By the grace of Almighty, my husband and family is very understanding and supportive. One of us is always there with the daughters”, she said.

Rashmi said though she had worked with models like Sushmita Sen, Priyanshu Chaterjee, Neha Dhupia, Rahul Dev, Udita Goswami, etc., but working with Jessie Randhawa had always been a wonderful experience. “She is a thorough professional and knows how to set the ramp on fire”, she stressed.

Rashmi is planning to open branches in Kolkota, Mumbai and Bangalore.



PCMSA demands pay parity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has demanded pay parity with Central services doctors in time-bound scales of specialist PCMS doctors at the beginning of the service, two years and six years of service comparable to the scales at four, nine and 14 years of service of general duty doctors and IAS/PCS officers, conveyance allowance and free telephone facility to all doctors on call emergency duty for 24 hours.

The PCMSA has expressed resentment against a section of bureaucracy for allegedly hatching a conspiracy against PCMS doctors by denying 50 per cent DA merger on a par with that of Central doctors and misleading the state government by wrongly comparing their pay with IAS/PCS officers.

In a press note issued here, Dr Hardeep Singh, state unit president, and Dr Balwinder Kumar, district general secretary of PCMSA, respectively, said the PCMSA had taken a serious note of the denial of the pay fixation formula after 50 per cent merger of DA on a par with their counterparts at the centre health services to doctors.

All pay commissions at the centre and states had recommended more salary for doctors than IAS/PCS cadre, keeping in view the tough profession of a doctor.




Health camp for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
As many as 600 patients were examined on the first day of a two-day free senior citizen health check-up camp being organised by the DMCH at Dumra Auditorium. A team of 35 doctors conducted the camp. The programme was organised to mark World Senior Citizens Day.

Inaugurating the camp, Vice-President of the Managing Society of the DMCH, Mr Dharambir Bector said: “Healthy ageing, besides being related to advances in medical technology, is also related to the interaction of a wide range of social factors such as maintaining one’s self-esteem, leading a productive life, and having meaningful relationships.”

Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH, said the aim of the camp was to provide supporting treatment and rehabilitation of senior citizens.



McDowell’s golf meet begins
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 1
The first stage of the 4th edition of McDowell’s Signature Club Golf Championship teed off at the Ranjitgarh Golf Club, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, near here, today. Eightytwo golfers of the region had sent their confirmation for the event while 65 turned up today.

Mr Anil K. Virmani, Area Sales Executive, The UB Group, which is the main sponsor of the event, said there would be three handicap categories 0-8 ( played on gross stableford), 9-16 and 17-24 ( played on 3/3th nett stableford). The winners and runners-up from each handicap category form the six-member club team which will represent the club at the regional finals to be held at Noida on October 23, at Jamshedpur on November 6, at Bangalore on November 20 and at Pune on November 27.

The winning teams from each region will travel to Bangkok, Thailand for the All-India finals to be held on December 2.

In the 0-8 handicap category, Tejinder Pal Singh Gurm with 76 gross score romped home victorious and was followed by Jagbir Singh Grewal who scored a gross 84 while in the 9-16 handicap category, Kultaran Singh Ghuman secured 40 points to finish ahead of Raminder Singh Bajwa who collected 39 points to finish runners-up.

In the 17-24 handicap category, Dr J. S. Gill and R. S. Randhawa garnered 37 and 36 points, respectively, to finish first and second.

Tejinder Pal Singh Gurm with 270 yards attempt was declared the winner in the longest drive event while Vivek Ramchandani won the closest to the pin prize. Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, Khanna, won the taylor-made prize for the longest drive (270 yards). Manjeet Kaur, the lone woman participant, was also given prize at the concluding function.



Ludhiana girls win volleyball tourney
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 1
The CBSE cluster XVI (Pb) volleyball tournament came to a colourful end today at Gobindgarh Public School here. It was the culmination of three days of competition among 44 teams comprising boys and girls in the under-19 age group from all over Punjab.

Mr D. R. Yadav, Regional Officer, CBSE, was the chief guest. Mr Chaman Lal Garg, Chairman, School Management Committee, and Mr Swaranjit Singh Bagli, Secretary, GEST, among others were present.

More than 500 players across the state participated in the tournament. The final match among girls was won by Nankana Sahib Public School, Ludhiana, while DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, was the runners-up and Sant Isher Singh ji Public School, Karamsar Rara Sahib, bagged the third position.

Among boys’, the title was bagged by Police Public School, Amritsar, and DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, was the runnerup. MKD DAV Public School, Neshta, Attari, Amritsar, got the third position. The students of GPS enthralled the audience with a folk dance.



BVM athletes win four medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 1
Students of the local Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School gave another sterling performance. Seven students in the U-11 category, represented Patiala Zone in the Inter-Zonal Athletics Meet organised by the Sarvhitkari Educational Society on September 27 at Khanori Mandi in Sangrur, district bagged four medals.

According to Mr Baljit Singh Gill, Director, Sports, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Patiala Zone comprise Patiala, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Fatehgarh districts. More than 300 students of different schools took part at this meet.

The position holders and participants of BVM School are Prabhat Singh who secured silver medals in 100 m and 200 m races; Tarun won a bronze medal in shot put; Dipanshu, Abhishek, Tarun and Krishan Gopal Puri won silver medal in the 4x100 m relay race; Divyanshi competed in 100 m and 200 m while Neha Sood participated in 400 m race.


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