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Mehak, Yatish with 96.4 % stand second in Punjab
Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class X exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
Mehak Wadehra of KVM School bracketed with Yatish Jain of DAV Public School topped the district in the All India Senior Secondary Examination (AISSE) of Class X conducted by CBSE with 96.4 per cent marks.In fact both of them have stood second in the state and have brought laurels to the city.

The result of the city is better this year than last year's on an average as more students have secured above 90 percent marks. DAV School has 47 students scoring above 90 per cent marks while Sacred Heart Convent School has 45 students scoring above 90 per cent. As many 31 students of KVM have scored above 90 per cent marks whereas 23 students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School have secured above 90 per cent marks. Several other city schools have students securing above 90 percent too. Girls have outshone the boys as the norm has become.

One common thing among the city toppers is that they never took tuitions and did self study. All of them said that self study is of utmost use and tuitions are just a hogwash and have become fashionable.

Talking to Tribune Mehak Wadehra said:"I was expecting around 95 percent marks but I got 96.4 percent and ofcourse I am thrilled about it. I used to study 7 to 8 hours, but I never took any tuitions. I owe my success to my parents and teachers . I will take up non-medical and later on go to IIT and study for MBA. Mr SC Saxsena, Principal of KVM School, said that if the students get support of parents, guidance of teachers and the blend is tight , the students will fare well .

Yatish Jain of DAV Public School said,"We got a study schedule from the school and I did follow it. I studied 5 to 6 hours and later on studied 7 to 8 hours. I will join the commerce stream and do MBA from a very good institute.I owe my success to our principal, Mr R.S. Patial, our friend, philosopher and guide, staff members and my parents ."

The second in the district is Aditi Salwan of DAV Public School. She secured 96 per cent. She wants to join non-medical stream and later join IIT and go for MBA. The three students on top have scored 100 percent marks in one or the other subject .

Four students of DAV have stood third with 95.8 per cent marks each. They include Karanpal, Tushir, Jasneet and Apurava. At the fourth position are Dhriti of DAV School and Kritika Vohra of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School and Jashan jeet Kaur of BCM Arya Model School with 95.2 per cent marks At the fifth position are Kayur Goyal of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School along with Govind, Purva, Deepali of DAV Public School with 95 per cent marks.



Midwife booked for disposing of body of new born
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 27
A midwife of nearby Kup village has been booked under Section 318 and 120B of the IPC for allegedly concealing birth of a child by secretly disposing of its body.
The case was registered after an investigation that lasted for about nine months, as the police tried to establish the nature of pieces of flesh from the vicinity of the maternity home of the accused. Accomplices of the accused, including a woman from Adamwal village, have also been booked but no arrest has been made so far.

According to Mr Rachhpal Singh, DSP, Malerkotla; Surinder Kaur, widow of Atma Singh of Kup Kalan; Surjit Kaur of Adamwal and other unknown persons have been booked for the allegedly crime.

Action had been taken on the basis of a statement of Mr Imtiaz Ahmed of Malerkotla on August 26, 2005. Mr Imtiaz had alleged that Surinder Kaur, owner of a maternity and child care Home at Malerkotla, had been conducting illegal abortions. He had seen her disposing of a body of new born child. The police collected pieces of the lacerated body and sent it to the forensic laboratory in Chandigarh for chemical examination in order to establish its nature.

"Now, when the scientists have reported that the sample sent for examination was a part of human body, it suggests that the accused had concealed birth of a child. To establish parentage of the killed child, we will seek a DNA report of the sample too," said Mr Hara while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune.

Preliminary investigations by a police team led by Mr Sukhdev Singh, SHO, Malerkotla, revealed that Surinder Kaur had been running a maternity home at Malerkotla. She had employed certain employees who did not fulfill the requisite qualifications for helping her in the process of child birth and maternal care.

The residents of the area accused the midwife of performing illegal activities. Her activities had also affected the business of the shopkeepers and other establishments, it was alleged.

On the particular day, the residents of the area noticed that the attendant of the maternity home had thrown a blood-stained plastic bag. It was found to contain pieces of a human bod. 



Making a mockery of the RTI Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Efforts of a local residents to draw information on the upkeep of public parks from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation have yielded nothing literally with the local body supplying him with incomplete information, including some details he had never asked for.

The MC authorities worked hard to prepare a four- page reply to his letter but most of the information given had nothing to do with that required by him.

Mr Pawan Sood, an office- bearer of the Federation of Park Management Committees, has shot off a letter to the Public Information Officer of the MC apprising him of the situation. Asking him to read the questionnaire carefully, Mr Sood has asked for item-wise information as soon as possible.

A confused, Mr Sood said he had asked the MC to provide him the details of allowances given to the employees for development of parks in the city but he was told about the money spent on their salaries every month.

In yet another question he asked the MC for the expenditure incurred on every park in the city in the past four years. He had asked in detail about the money spent by the PMCs and the contractors respectively on every park. The MC, however, provided him with a list of amount released to some contractors in the past four years.

He was supplied with this much of information only after he had complained to the Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Mr Rajan Kashyap, against the MC authorities for not supplying information under the Right to Information Act in March this year.

In a letter to Mr Kashyap, Mr Sood had stated that they requested the Commissioner of the MC to furnish details of expenditure incurred on the maintenance of parks and green belts during the last four years.

He added that he had personally handed over the letter to the Commissioner's office on February 17. ‘‘I got the information in May and that too is of no use for me. There is no park-wise information on money spent on fountains, lights, construction of boundary walls, grills and their painting. Moreover there is no detail about maintenance of lawns and flower beds etc.” he said.

The issue of management of parks have been a bone of contention among the MC authorities and the Park Management Committees. The city has witnessed a battle of sorts between the two with the issue reaching the Punjab State Human Rights Commission also. 



NRI comes to aid of 16-yr-old heart patient
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 27
Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia, an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University and NRI philanthropist settled in Canada, has offered to contribute towards the medical expenses to be incurred on the surgery of Harjinder Singh (16) of Umaidpur village near Sahnewal. This is in response to a story published in Ludhiana Tribune today.

In his communication sent to this reporter through e-mail, Dr Ahluwalia showed his concern about the future of the child whose life is in danger.

"Please let me know the exact amount needed for the surgery and I will send my share to the parents of the child after they contact me on telephone," reads the message received from him.

The Tribune has passed on the feelings of the philanthropist to the parents of the child, who is presently admitted in Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital.

His parents — Bhinder Singh and Daljit Kaur — with meagre financial resources were not in a position to afford the surgery involving an expenditure of nearly Rs 2 lakh.

Dr Ahluwalia, who is a regular reader of The Tribune, has been extending financial help to needy families on the basis of stories published in this paper. Huge amounts have been sent by him and his friends for the help of needy patients and deserving sportspersons.



Teenager done to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
A 15-year-old boy, working in a shop selling glass products, was murdered in the city late last night.
The victim, Rohit Kumar, a resident of Prem Nagar, was allegedly beaten to death by two teenagers working in the same shop. DSP R.K. Sharma said the boys had some argument over the working in the shop. The argument led to exchange of blows, which resulted in Rohit's death. He allegedly died due to injuries on his private parts.

Mr Sharma said the main accused, Rinku, a resident of Islam Gunj, had been arrested, while his accomplice was absconding. A case has been registered on the complaint of Mr Krishan Lal, grandfather of the deceased.

The victim was cremated this afternoon after a post-mortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital.



Youth frustrated with Cong, says Akali leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The youth of the state are frustrated with the performance of the Congress government, which has miserably failed to provide them with any employment opportunities.

This was stated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP and president of the SAD youth wing of the party, while addressing a rally at Gurdwara Alamgir Sahib today. He said not only the youth but people from every section of society were fed up with the non-performance of the government, “which has failed on all fronts”.

Attacking the Congress, he said Capt Amarinder Singh has squandered the mandate of the people with his autocratic style of functioning. Babus have a free run in the state and the police is a law unto itself, he lamented.

Commenting on the Reliance land deal, he said it was due to the pressure exerted by the Akalis that the government was forced on the backfoot to take away all concessions to the business house. If this had not been done, the government would have extended the concessions to other firms, he alleged.

On the occasion, he urged the youth to make the nagar kirtan being taken on the occasion of the 400 martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev a success. The leaders and workers were assigned duties to ensure the smooth passage of the nagar kirtan besides mobilising people for the historic event.

The nagar kirtan will start from Talwandi Saboo on 8 a.m. on June 14 and will reach Moga in the evening. The activists have been asked to erect welcome arches on the way, besides looking after the comfort of those taking part in the procession.



Bharowal is chief of cooperative employees’ body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Gurmail Singh Bharowal, a leader of co-operative employees in Punjab, has been elected president of the All India Cooperative Employees' Federation.
He seeks to carry on his employees welfare services at the naitonal level now. Mr Bharowal said the co-operative movement in the country can realise its optimum utility if co operatives socieits come together and provide better amenities to workers and employees.

He said he would work for geting agricultural cooperatives in Punjab the status of mini-cooperative societies on the lines of similar societies in Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Mr Proy Sami has been elected the chairman of the federation.



Kisan Union threatens agitation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
A group of representatives of Kirti Kisan Union of the Ludhiana unit met Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, today and demanded police action against the person who hit Sukhdev Singh Chaktaike, vice president of Raikot unit, with his car.

They also warned in writing of taking strong steps in the event the demand was not met within a week. The union leaders said last year, on November 8, a Cielo car (4877) was involved in the accident. The injured was struggling for his life with paucity of funds but the high ranked officers had not lent their ears.

The agitation against police inaction would be launched on June 6. 



Setting up of pay panel sought

Ludhiana, May 27
Resentment is brewing among Central Government employees and pensioners across the country over the delay in the constitution of the sixth Central pay commission as announced by the Prime Minister on February 1 this year.

The state employees and pensioners are also awaiting the announcement as most of the state governments follow the Central pattern in respect of pay scales and retiral benefits for its staff and retirees. — OC



10,000 pirated CDs seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
In a major success against piracy, a team of the police seized about 10,000 , VCDs, DVDs and MP3s from four shops in Bhadaur House market today.
Most of the seized discs were of porn movies.

DSP (Detective) Bhupinder Singh revealed that three persons, Hardeep Singh, Satish Tandon, and Pawan Kumar had been arrested on the charge of the violation of the Copyright Act and selling pirated movies and music discs.

He said Bhadaur House market was the hub of the trade. Shopkeepers bring pirated movies and music discs from Delhi and sell copies here.

The Bhadaur House market remained closed in the after noon as panic reaction due to the raids.



3 booked for assaulting woman

Ludhiana, May 27
Jagrup Singh, his wife Pal Kaur and their son Mohan Singh of Bassian village allegedly assaulted Kuldip Kaur of their village with 'gandasa', sticks and stones in a street quarrel.
The injured have been admitted to Chief Hospital, Raikot. A case under Sections 323, 324, 325, 34 of the IPC has been registered . — OC



SBI launches SME city credit centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Mr Hemant Contractor, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI), Chandigarh circle, inaugurated a small and medium enterprises (SME) city centre here today.
The centre would centralise the entire credit process for SME business, resulting in better speed, efficiency and higher consistency. The centre would handle nearly 7,000 accounts during the current year.

The centre is an upgraded version of small enterprises credit cell that has been functioning in the city since 2004. The entire post sanction follow-up too would be done at the centre which was earlier being handled by branches of the bank.

The bank said the customers could continue their transactions through the respective home branch. With core banking in place, they could also do their transactions through any branch at the centre.

With a view to take care of its customers in the medium enterprises category, the bank has positioned relationship managers, medium enterprises at its three branches in the city, namely Millerganj, SCB Civil Lines and the Overseas branch.

The bank said its initiatives were a part of its business process re-engineering (BPR) project. The aim of the project was to provide better customer service, follow world-class processes and systems, facilitate efficient credit delivery and increasing the market share.

The bank has taken several other initiatives like opening a retail assets central processing centre for housing loan, car loan, education and personal loans, a currency administration cell for cash management of local branches and outbound sales force for marketing of home loans.

Mr S.S. Sharma, General Manger, Chandigarh circle, and Mr R. Karthikeyan, Deputy General Manger, zonal office, were also present on the occasion.



Small units unhappy with govt on octroi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Even as the state government claims that it is determined to abolish octroi, small-scale industrialists here have little faith in these promises. Industry, which is quite disappointed with the government for its failure to solve its problems, feels the government’s statements these days have more to do with coming elections than with people welfare.

“A high-level meeting has been organised by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to discuss the issue but we feel it is merely an eyewash in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections,” said Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings. (CICU).

Industrialists here say that despite the Chief Minister having agreed to hold a meeting with them, they have their doubts that the matters troubling them would be solved. Local industrialists are planning to raise the issues like problem in getting VAT refund, octroi abolition, increase in water bill charges and subsidies.

“Never has there been a serious move to solve industry’s problems. The recent statements by Finance Minister Surinder Singla that in lieu of octroi, a certain percentage on VAT is being planned and that a state VAT does not mean that all local taxes would be abolished have only hurt us. We are not hopeful of positive results but will certainly put our points to the CM,” said Mr Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.

Industrialists say that even till date they were facing problems in getting VAT refunds. “Getting a refund is not an easy job. If I purchase something and pay VAT on it, I am refused a refund even if my seller has not paid it. Why should there be such problems,” said an industrialist.

A major issue bothering small-scale units these days is increase in water bill charges. “Earlier we were charged Rs 600 for six months per connection. This amount has suddenly been increased to Rs 3,600, which is not acceptable to us and we would take it up in the meeting,” said Mr Kapoor.

On octroi abolition, industrialists say the alternatives government has been planning so far are not acceptable to them, as all of them would put an additional burden on them. “The tax imposed should not burden those who are not burdened right now,” they said.

“The burden of octroi should not be shifted in any form on industrialists here,” said CICU.


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