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Rs 50 lakh stamp duty evasion in one day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
One day of casual leave by sub-registrar Mukesh Sharma has cost the state exchequer over Rs 50 lakh by way of stamp duty evasion.

The deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

While Sharma was not available for comments, well-placed sources revealed that the sub-registrar, who was in charge of the registries on that day, executed the deeds that had been objected to.

It is learnt that while an average of 150-175 sale deeds are executed on a single day, when Sharma was on leave, about 250 deeds were executed on November 14.

Some of the sale deeds pertain to Raniya, Kohara, Dhurkot, Khanpur, Brahman Majra and Jaspal Bangar villages. In about half a dozen cases, stamp duty worth Rs 35 lakh was allegedly evaded.

The cumulative figure on account of evasion of stamp duty has been put at over Rs 50 lakh.

The process of registries was hastened in a manner that most of the backlog with Sharma was cleared in one day.

Sharma had been hand-picked by the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, for his honesty.

He had also been given the state award. After he joined, revenue collections had increased as it was ensured that the stamp duty was paid.

The DC told The Tribune that the controversial registries, amounting to about a dozen, had been confiscated. Besides, realising the stamp duty from defaulters, action would also be taken against guilty officials. Action would be taken under Section 47-A of the Stamp Act, he said.



UP Blasts
City resident’s relative among dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The father-in-law of a local electrician died in the blast that took place at the district courts in Faizabad, UP.

The brother of a factory worker is also feared dead in the bomb explosion in Lucknow. He has been called there to identify the body.

Ashok Kumar, who belongs to Faizabad and works in Ludhiana as an electrician, lost his father-in-law Ram Lal in the Faizabad blast.

The victim had accompanied a relative to the court for the hearing in a case. He was standing close to the cycles on which a bomb had been planted.

“My wife told me they had learnt about his death late in the night as the family had no inkling about his visit to the court. He was only accompanying a relative and lost his life,” he said, adding that “it is the common man like us who suffers at the hands of both the security forces and terrorists.”

He said now travellers like him would be frisked several times on the way to Faizabad and even in Punjab after the blasts.

Similarly, Mohan Kumar, a factory worker, is making arrangements to go to Lucknow. His brother had gone to the court for some work and had not returned home. He got a call from a relative that a body recovered from the site could be that of his brother.

A number of migrants belonging to the three districts made frantic calls to their families back home to know if all was well.



Security beefed up at public places
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
The state police has beefed up security arrangements at public places in the area in the wake of yesterday’s serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh.

Security has been beefed up in the areas falling under jurisdiction of Ludhiana (rural), Ludhiana (urban), Sangrur and Khanna police districts.

Circle police officers of Dehlon, Payal, Raikot and Malerkotla supervised enhanced security arrangements.

SSPs at district headquarters have directed circle officers to beef up security arrangements in their respective areas.

Special teams of officials from CIA wings have been constituted to undertake searches at railway stations, bus stops, religious places and other administrative offices.

Court complexes drew special attention of the authorities.

According to SSP Ludhiana (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the security had been beefed up in the area in view of the serial blasts. “Though there is no similarity among UP blasts and those taking places in Punjab, we have focussed our attention on court complexes and premises of administrative offices,” said Bhullar, adding that special checkpoints had been set up to search vehicles.

Payal DSP Rattan Singh Brar claimed that all sensitive places in the circle had been thoroughly searched.

Emphasis was laid on searching vehicles, including public transport, coming from other states.

Ludhiana: Meanwhile, the legal cell of the SAD has condemned the bomb blasts that shook UP courts yesterday.

Cell general secretary Iqbal Singh Gill, in a statement here today, said it was an attack on humanity and such incidents should be condemned.

He added that lawyers and public were the target of the blasts and demanded the stepping up of security at courts.



Villagers block traffic for 6 hrs
Retired Captain loses leg in accident
Tribune News Service

Doburzi (Ludhiana), November 24
Capt Sarbjeet Singh (retd), a resident of Defence Colony here, lost a leg and three of his relatives, including his wife, were seriously injured in an accident late last night.

The accident took place when their Santro crashed into boulders kept by the police to form a barricade.

Infuriated, residents of nearly 10 villages, along with a large number of ex-servicemen, staged a dharna and blocked traffic for over six hours. They said accidents took place regularly due to the boulders which were not visible at night.

The leg of Capt Sarbjeet Singh had to be amputated. He also suffered multiple fractures on the other leg and arms.

His wife Manjit Kaur Gurm and her sisters, Tejinder Srinivasan and Devinder Kaur Gill, have been admitted in a serious condition to hospital.

Col P.S. Virdi (retd) and Col J.S. Brar (retd), representing ex-servicemen, and Sukhwinder Singh, spokesperson for the panchayats of nearby villages,

removed some of the barricades and agreed to lift the dharna when the civil and police administration assured them that the boulders would be removed at the earliest.

Sukhwinder Singh said despite their repeated pleas to the administration to stop using boulders as barricades, the officials did not do anything. “People are killed or sustain serious injuries, but the administration is not bothered. We had given representations to the police many times,” he said.

Police sources said the barricades were put up so that vehicles, especially trucks, could be stopped and searched.

The sources said the department did not have funds for iron mesh barricades. The police had to divert the traffic through villages to avoid a jam.



MC notices infuriate residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Anti-encroachment notices to 40 residents of Malerkotla House in the Civil Lines by the MC has left residents fuming as they claim that they had constructed houses before the 1976-ATP scheme and hence, these were not illegal.

The MC had issued notices to the residents, asking them to remove the encroachments on MC land else face action.

The notices, however, made the residents see red as most of them claimed that they had not encroached upon MC land.

“We have not usurped any land belonging to the civic body. Though there are several buildings whose boundary wall has been extended by a few feet on the road, no action can be taken against them unless they start constructing the houses afresh,” Anupam Kumaria, a resident, said.

He added that as per the ATP scheme that came into force in 1976-77, none of the houses constructed before that time could be considered an encroachment, lest the owner constructed it afresh. The owner was required to leave the encroached piece of land, before he constructed the building.

“We have met the town planner also and he agrees with our point,” he claimed.

“It is strange that MC officials are in the know of things, but are issuing notices to us. We have asked them to tell us about the encroachments in our buildings. Only then will we be able to give a reply,” he added.



Sugar traders to close shutters tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Local sugar traders will close shutters on Monday in protest against levy of entry tax on sugar from backdate.

“The decision to impose entry tax itself was unjustified. We were told that it would be implemented from the midnight of November 20. However, now the department wants us to pay it from November 5,” said Jagjit Singh, president of the Wholesale Sugar and Vanaspati Traders Association here.

He said if entry tax was imposed from backdate it would cause heavy losses to traders who imported sugar from other states. “We are against this move and will protest this by observing a bandh on Monday,” he said.



Victim of red tape
Ex-serviceman’s long battle for pension
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
He fought for 33 years to plead his case with the ministry of defence to get pension. Finally, his long battle bore fruit and was sanctioned the same. However, he has now been fighting another battle for the past nine months to receive pension, thanks to red tape.

This former writer in Indian Navy, Vadish Kumar Gupta, who suffers from schizophrenia, is now left to correspond with the authorities while failing to understand the reason behind the delay.

All this is happening in spite the fact that the ministry had clearly written to the principal controller of defense accounts, pension cell, Mumbai, to give pension to him in March.

The ailing man is now waiting for the pension before something happens to him.

“My health is deteriorating with every passing day. What will I do with the pension if something happens to me?” asked Gupta, whose case has been highlighted in these columns several times.

It was after his story was highlighted that a review medical board was set up to look into his case.

It had upheld that his mental sickness was aggravated by military service with the degree of disablement at 30 per cent for life.

Vadish Kumar was invalidated from Indian Navy 36 years ago.

The earlier medical board had reported that his mental sickness could not be attributed to Navy service. Thus, he was not given pension all these years.

He suffered for three decades for getting the same. After all these years of hardship, his due continues to elude him.

“The controller of defence accounts, pension cell, Mumbai was sent the report of review medical board with a direction that the necessary endorsement may be made on claimant’s sheet roll. I was too happy to receive the letter but it has just become a trophy for me. I fail to understand the delay now.”

Gupta was discharged from services with a diagnosis “schizoid in personality” in 1970.

His case was forwarded to the naval authorities by the local sainik welfare office as well as AICC secretary Manish Tewari.

Gupta had joined the Navy on October 14, 1967. After completing basic and divisional training of January 18, 1968 he was posted at INS Hamla, Mumbai.

He remained there till May 1969. Later, he was posted at INS Angre till October 1969. He was discharged from INS Ashwini with a stigma of being a schizophrenic.



Gurpurb celebrated with religious fervour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety here today.

Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at various gurdwaras decked up for the occasion across the city.

Residents lit up their houses and set off firecrackers in the evening.

Earlier in the day, functions were held at various gurdwaras in the city. A three-day function culminated at Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha in Model Town Extension today.

Hazuri Ragis of Shri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Kirpal Singh, Bhai Nirmal Singh, Bhai Gurvinder Singh, Bhai Harinder Singh, Bhai Navneet Singh, Giani Puran Singh recited kirtan and Gurmat Vichar.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar addressed the congregation. He urged people to follow the teachings of the Guru.

Members of the gurdwara management committee were also present.

Community kitchens were organised at various places.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Thousands of devotees from the town and surrounding villages participated in Gurpurb celebrations here today.

Students and staff of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College, Guru Nanak College of Education, Gopalpur, and Bhutta College of Engineering, Bhutta, celebrated Parkash Utsav on the college premises. Kirtan was organised by students.

GNAMC chairman Balwinder Singh Walia and BCOE director Mann Singh Garcha called upon students to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak.

Kirtan was organised under the aegis of the Pir Budhu Shah Seva Society and the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Singh Sabha, at the Singh Sabha Gurdwara on the railway road here.

Celebrations were held at Gurdwara Bhagat Ravidass, Gurdwara Bhai Singh and Gurdwara Baba Nam Dev here and in surrounding villages, including Lohgarh, Dhulkot, Jandali and Pohir.

Community kitchen was also organised at various places.



Ram Setu
Manch drive from Nov 29
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
Terming preservation of the Ram Setu as beneficial for the nation, convener of the Ludhiana division of the Shree Rameshwaram Ram Setu Raksha Manch called upon office-bearers of a few religious and social organisations of the area to launch a coordinated move to impress upon the Union government to save the bridge.

While talking to the office-bearers and activists of a few various organisations of the town and its surrounding village, Ajay Malhotra, convener, Ludhiana division, said demolition of the Ram Setu besides hurting the sentiments of the Hindus would destroy the glorious past of India. Stocks of thorium, that had been guarded by the bridge would also be exposed, Malhotra apprehended.

He claimed that at a large number of stones floating on water had reached in the state. Separate yatras in Ludhiana Mahanagar, Ludhiana (Rural), and Sangrur and Barnala districts would be organised to make people aware of the significance of the bridge.

Later, Malhotra claimed that a large number of religious and social organizations had shown interest in the proposed yatra. The yatra would start from Ahmedgarh on November 29 and reach Barnala on December 6 after passing through the Malerkotla and Dhuri areas.

Tarsem Lal Sharma, chairman, Bimal Sharma, patron, Pardeep Sethi. president, Yogesh Kumar, general secretary, Vicky Tondon, vice-chairman and Vicky Sharma, vice-president, were also present.



Maur goes canvassing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
D.P. Maur, running for PAU Employees’ Union president, along with his supporters went around the campus seeking votes yesterday.

He concentrated on individual canvassing in the director farm, vegetable, soils, cotton, pulses, seed technology, wheat, forestry, agronomy, entomology B-block, old garden and agrometeorology farm sections.

Senior PAU employees leaders Ranjeet Singh, Kulwant Singh, Surinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Satpal Sharma, Amarjeet Singh ASI, Darshan Singh and Rakam Singh were part of the group.



Youth survives ‘rare’ injury
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Pradeep Kumar (23), a city resident, had no idea what fate had in store for him when he left home in the morning a few weeks ago. He was riding his motorbike when a sudden windstorm disbalanced him and he collided against a tree. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to a private hospital here.

"On arrival at the hospital, the victim was gasping for air and bleeding profusely from a gash on his throat. His wind pipe was severed at the level of voice apparatus and had injuries to his blood vessels and muscles," said Dr Prafull Arya, senior consultant surgeon.

"In such a case, any delay, even for half-an-hour, could have been disastrous. This was a rare injury with complete disruption of laryngeal apparatus at thyro-crecoid level. Careful repair had prevented narrowing of wind pipe."

Dr Arya and his team performed a four-hour life-saving surgery. "The wind pipe and voice apparatus were repaired and ruptured blood vessels were reconnected."

The surgeon said neck and throat wounds of Pradeep had healed completely. A follow-up endoscopy, conducted at the hospital on Thursday, showed total healing of laryngeal apparatus and the airway.

According to Dr Arya, such cases are very rare and they need immediate intervention and surgical repair by experienced hands.



Chaura Bazaar a hunting ground for pickpockets
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Pickpockets are having a feast at the Chaura Bazaar in wake of heavy rush of shoppers during the wedding season.

As wedding season begins to roll, shoppers throng Chaura Bazaar to make purchases. However, some of them end up loosing their entire money as pickpockets get active during this period.

According to some shopkeepers, an organised gang of pickpockets and thieves have been active in the bazaar.

Today, a woman buying clothes from a vendor fell prey to a pickpocket after he snatched her purse and took off. People gave him a chase but he vanished into a narrow street.

Heavy traffic and narrow street makes the bazaar a happy hunting ground for thieves.

Raju, a salesman, said: “Due to increased crime, people are reluctant to shop here. This is the most popular place for shoppers during wedding season but such incidents dent its reputation.”

A shopkeeper, who runs a cloth business near division No.1 police station, said: “Such incidents are commonplace here. Every week we come across similar incidents but what is alarming is that thefts are committed in an organised manner. Women gangs are also active here. Locals are reluctant to complain as they fear that this will bring a bad name to the bazaar.”

SHO Nirmal Singh, who joined his duty 10 days ago, said: “I have received a number of complaints of vehicle theft but none of pickpocketing so far. I urge people to inform the police of any such activity so that precautionary measure could be taken.”



Excise officials did not cooperate: Police
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 24
Gurmit Singh Brar, SHO of the Sadar police station, reacting to a news report published in Ludhiana Tribune, blamed excise officials for misrepresenting facts in the case of misbehaviour against its staff at Lakha village.

He said the excise officials had not been co-operating as they did not come to the police station in spite of repeated messages sent to them by the police even as the other party had been present every time it was called to join investigation.

In an affidavit, Rehsam Singh of Lakha blamed the excise officials for having entered his house where he and his relatives were having drinks.

He alleged he was forcibly taken away by the excise officials and the house was searched but no incriminating article was seized.

He accused them of misbehaving with his wife.

The matter was being investigated by the police before the registration of a case, but the excise officials did not cooperate.

The police also refuted the allegation of the excise officials that they had contacted the police in this regard.



Dehlon police station building unsafe
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
Cracks have appeared in walls and lockup of the Dehlon police station, but the authorities are yet to take action to ensure the safety of its staff.

The munshi’s hall is a gateway to the department and police personnel and visitors are risking their lives sitting under a roof whose girders are supported by wooden planks.

The staff at the police station is housed in a dilapidated building which has cracks in two lock-ups. Sources in the police confirmed that the building was in a bad shape, but said the office would soon be shifted to a new complex that was under construction.

Most of the walls have developed cracks and some rooms do not have roof. The SHO’s room, maal khaana and barracks are in the worst condition.

Perusal of records show that a gazetted officer had written on September 27, 1905, that there were large cracks in two lockups and one wall was cracked and in urgent need of repair.

Hardcore terrorists had also been lodged here for investigation. The police had to take extra care during their detention.

Prem Singh, SHO, said the building was unsafe and a spacious complex was under construction.



City doctor gets best thesis award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Dr Shaveta Kundra, lecturer in the department of pediatrics at the CMCH, has been awarded the best thesis award for her research work on the evaluation of the utility of Indian adaptation of WHO-IMNCI algorithm regarding the assessment and classification of illness in children between two months and five years of age.

The award is instituted by the Indian Journal of Paediatrics, New Delhi, to recognise excellence in research by postgraduate students.

According to a communication received from the selection committee, 36 entries were received from all over the country, out of which four were selected for the award.



City doctor is vice-chief of national body
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Dr Veena Jain, head of gynaecological oncology department, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, was nominated vice-president of the Association of Gynaecology Oncology of India for 2007-2009 at a annual general body meeting of the body held at Madurai from November 16 to 18.

Dr Veena, along with Dr Satish Jain, chief of surgery and surgical oncology at Oswal, were among over 500 delegates from India and other countries including the USA, the UK, France, The Netherlands and Finland.

Dr Veena Jain, who was among the guest faculty at the scientific session, delivered a talk on palliative care in cancer.

Dr Veena also participated in panel discussion on controversies in management of early stage cancer cervix.

Dr Satish Jain chaired a session on “Advances in carcinoma breast” and presented his views on conservative management of breast cancer at the conclave.

According to Dr Satish Jain, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation has been selected as the venue for 18th conference of the association in 2009.



Online sports magazine released
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 24
An online sports magazine carrying details about sports in Punjab, achievements of sportspersons, sports festivals and activities of rural sports clubs was released at a function organised at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here yesterday.

The magazine has been prepared by Prof Kanwaljit Singh with the help of the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council.

Releasing the magazine — www.punjabsports.com — Padmashree awardee and director, sports, Punjab, Pargat Singh expressed hope that it would help millions of Punjabis and other Indians settled abroad to learn more about sportsmen and women from the state besides sports activities.

Former national hockey coach Baldev Singh along with national hockey player Prabhjot Singh, Kiranjit Kaur (basketball) and the Rurka Kalan Football Academy was honoured.

Arjuna awardee and secretary, Punjab Football Association, Inder Singh, former hockey Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal “Neeta” and former Indian hockey team captain Ramandeep Singh Grewal were among those who attended the function.



Mushrooming colonies

Number of migrants, beggars and rag pickers is increasing in the city with every passing day; as a result, the city is constantly living under the threat of broad daylight robberies, murders, kidnapping and mushrooming of new jhuggis in a few parts of the city, including the posh areas. They play a vital role in making the city dirty. Slum dwellers use empty plots, roads and their living surroundings to answer the call of nature. They haven’t even spared the local railway station.

A large number of jhuggis erected near the Jagraon bridge, backyard of the electric loco railway shed, Pakhowal side (near canal), really present an ugly look, which give bad impression to foreigners who visit such areas.

Local administration and our political leaders must wake up in this context and impose complete ban not in the city but in the entire state.

Jai Gopal Kusla, Ludhiana

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Migrant held for kidnapping neighbour’s son
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 24
The district police on Thursday arrested a migrant from near A.S.College within hours of kidnapping of a seven-year-old son of his neighbourer.

The accused identified as Suresh Kumar, a resident of the Kailash Nagar area, who had reportedly kidnapped Vishwanathan’s son. Because he believed that Gita used to provoke his wife against him. Thus, he wanted to take revenge from her. According to the police, Gita had gone to meet one of her friends at a brick kilns in Kalalmajra village. She made her son sit outside the brick kiln and went inside to meet her friend. But, on return she returned she found her son missing from the spot.

She immediately reported the matter to the police. The police registered a case against Suresh Kumar on Friday night. The boy was recovered from him and handed over to the parents. According to the police, Suresh followed Gita up to Kalalmajra village, kidnapped the boy and returned to Khanna. Unable to decide what to do next, he kept on wandering on the road and was eventually arrested by the police.

Suresh Kumar was arrested on Friday and remanded in the police custody for one day by a local court



Four booked for duping youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The Model Town police has booked four persons, including a woman, for allegedly duping a youth on the promise of getting him recruited as a constable in the railway police.

The alleged victim, Kehar Singh of Baliyewal village, Jagraon, alleged that the accused - Natha Singh, Kailash Kaur, Harpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh, all residents of Block-C, Model Town - took Rs 1 lakh from him to get him the job.

However, neither did they return the money nor get him the job. He then lodged a complaint with the police.


Affiliated school panel meets board chief
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 24
A deputation of the association of the Punjab School Education Board, Affiliated Schools, Punjab (regd), met board’s chairman Dalbir Singh Dhillon under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma and made him aware of the difficulties faced by them.

Rajinder Sharma informed him that affiliated schools of the state should be upgraded as per the norms laid down for the government-aided schools. They also demanded the rules laid down for getting affiliation to the Punjab School Education Board should be amended so that private schools could easily get affiliation.

Rajinder Sharma said optional subjects should be stopped as their marks were not counted in the final examination. The chairman listened to their grievances and assured to solve their problem as soon as possible.

Function at BVM

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Sec 39, Chandigarh Road, celebrated its annual cultural prize distribution function here today. The school was tastefully decorated for the occasion. Surinder Mohan Sharma, SDM (West), was the chief guest. He distributed mementos among position holders.



Punjab students ‘most favoured’ abroad
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Foreign doctors from the United Kingdom will come calling to Bilga, a small town near Phillaur, next year to enhance their experience about medical practices in other countries.

The University of Birmingham will send two women doctors to India for a six-month internship course at Bilga Hospital, said Sally Mansell, senior international officer of the university, here yesterday.

Students from Punjab are the most favoured lot among universities abroad because of their proficiency in English, mathematical abilities, and hard work, said Steven Roden of the University of Salford.

Roden is part of a five-member delegation of top five universities visiting the state on the invitation of their Indian representatives, the OCA Education, United Kingdom.

The five premier league universities are universities of Birmingham, Liverpool, East Anglia, Brunel and Salford.

Earlier during the day, they met Punjab Agricultural University dean G.S. Chahal and other faculty members to explore the possibilities of joint research, faculty and students exchange.

We are on an exploratory visit and are keen on having exchange programmes and other joint activities with the universities in the North, added Mansell.

Ursulla Henry, deputy director, International Relations and Recruitment of the 126-year- old University of Liverpool, which has to its credit eight Nobel prizes, said the universities in the United Kingdom had close links with the industry that helped their students get international career options.

Henry said the university was also offering scholarships to all qualifying Indian students for postgraduate programmes.



From Schools & Colleges
Tiny tots celebrate Gurpurb
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Students of Kiddies Paradise School, Kochar market, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev with religious fervour yesterday. The campus was bedecked with flowers for the occasion. Five tiny tots came dressed as Panj Piyaras. Children recited hymns to mark the occasion. The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was also celebrated at Shifaly International School, Rahon Road, yesterday. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme on the occasion.


To spread the message of communal harmony and national integration, SDP College for Women observed communal harmony campaign and fund-raising week.

Students carried flags bearing message of communal harmony and donated money towards the National Foundation for Communal Harmony.

The money will be spent on rehabilitation of children rendered orphan in violence.

GNIMT students excel

Six GNIMT students have figured in the list of BBA toppers of the PTU, Jalandhar, for the 2004-07 batches.

Neha Mahajan, who won gold medal (82.76 per cent marks), attributed her success to hard work and guidance of teachers.


About 70 teachers from a few schools of the city participated in a workshop for Hindi teachers organised by Saraswati house at Kundan Vidya Mandir.

Dr Harish Chandra and Geeta Budhiraja, associated with the study, teaching and writing of Hindi, were the resource persons. Dr Harish Chandra motivated teachers to understand and appreciate the national language.

He also urged them to make the teaching-learning process more interesting and make difficult concepts easier for students.

Hostel night

A hostel night was organised by hostel inmates of Khalsa College for Women on Thursday night. The programme was initiated by Jaswant Kaur Deol, a Khalsa Dewan member. She was accorded a warm welcome by Principal Varinder Kaur Thind. The boarders mesmerised those present with dance performances.



Young Farmers school honours 100 students
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 24
Young Farmers Public High School, Bhadson village, near here organised its 24th annual prize distribution function on Thursday.

Students, parents and residents of the village appreciated songs, dance and drama presented by students.

Students dressed up in traditional costumes performed folk dances of Punjab and Haryana. Tributes were paid to Bhagat Singh through a Punjabi skit “Bhagat Singh di yadd da shatabadi warah.”

The dance performance on song “Desh Rangeela” kept the audience spellbound. The guests were also mesmerized by the soulful rendition of the qawali, western dance and circus show put up the boys.

Patiala divisional commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia was the chief guest. He distributed prizes among 100 outstanding students and players.

Anupreet Kaur Tiwana, who topped in Class X PSEB examination in he district along with Ashwinder Kaur of Class X and Arneet Kaur of Class VIIIth were also honoured on the occasion.

Chief coordinator Mandeep Grewal welcomed the chief guest. Principal Chandardeer Grewal read out the annual report of the school.



Students get tips on shaping career
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 24
Students of Government College, Karmsar, Rara Sahib, were yesterday educated about career guidance schemes, vocational training programmes, self-help and placement services by Sukrit, an organisation created for students’ cause.

Sukrit coordinator Prof Sarabjit Singh, who works with the department of journalism and mass communication, PAU, talked about the programmes and projects undertaken by the organisation for youths to deal with various negative pulls and pressures of society.

He exhorted students to work hard to achieve higher goals in life. He stressed on the need for developing skills and adopting positive attitude towards life and the work.



Govt urged to promote Sanskrit
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 24
In order to preserve and promote the Sanskrit language, Sri Saraswati Sanskrit College has urged the state government to come up with special scheme to give a fillip to the ancient language.

Speaking on the valedictory ceremony, Pushpinder Joshi, in charge of the college, said the state government should also encourage the language as being done by the Union government. He said in recognition of the contributions made by the Sanskrit college in preserving the language, the union ministry for human resource development had sanctioned a special project to the college that was conducted on the campus.

The college that was started here in 1907 has produced a few well-known Sanskrit scholars of the nation. It has also imparted education to a large number of people coming here from across the globe.

Maha Mandaleshwar Swami Matung Muni, who presided over the ceremony, said Sanskrit was a great language which had its own qualities.



DMCH students celebrate communal harmony day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Medical and nursing students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday took part in celebrations, organised under the aegis of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), in the course of communal harmony campaign and fund raising week, being observed from November 19 to 25. The celebrations also coincided with the “Flag Day” that was celebrated yesterday.

Through their active participation and brilliant performances, the students made concerted efforts to infuse spirit of communal harmony, national integration and fraternity among those present at the function.

The function started with “Vande Mataram”. Shweta Gupta was the chief guest. DMCH principal Daljit Singh exhorted youths for strengthening the spirit of communal harmony. He stressed that educated people should take strong steps in bringing peace and national integration in the country.

Students had prepared slogans and posters on the theme of communal harmony and national integration. The programme started with a declamation contest on topics pertaining to preserving communal harmony and combating the forces, giving rise to communalism and regionalism. In the debates, the students called for distancing politics from religion and foe transparency and accountability in governing institutions.

The students also showcased their talents in other activities, including choreography and short plays.

Among those present on the occasion were medical superintendent (P) Rajoo Singh Chhina, dean academics S.C. Chopra and other faculty members of DMCH.

Following are the results:

Slogan writing competition - 1. Ekta Gupta (batch 2006); 2. Priya Bharti (batch 2006) and Robinpreet, B.Sc Nursing

Poster competition - 1. Jasleen Kaur of (batch 2007), 2 Rupan Saini, B.Sc Nursing and Gurkamal Kaur Toor (batch 2007)

Choreography - 1. MBBS (batch 2006), 2. GNM Nursing

Declamation - 1. Vainy Aggarwal (batch 2006), 2. Robinpreet, B.Sc Nursing and Sukhvir Kaur, GNM Nursing.



Czech artistes perform at folklore festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Folk artistes from the Czech Republic gave a scintillating performance during the Punjab International Folklore Festival 2007 organised by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council at the Government College for Women here yesterday afternoon.

Folk artistes from the Czech Republic along with 14 other international artistes led Hanna was in the city yesterday to perform in this festival. Most of them were from Brono and Prague cities of the Czech Republic.

Festival director D.S.Chhina while welcoming the international artistes said, “We have invited these artists to make them aware of Punjab’s rich folklore traditions so that the latter could become state’s folk ambassadors. We have started the trend of organising international festivals to promote Punjab and spread the message of peace, goodwill and international friendship.”

Cultural affairs minister Hira Singh Gabria and MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon honoured the international artists on the occasion. Gabria appreciated the role of the PCPC in organising the event and inviting Czech artists. Such kind of international exposure to our students about is a must as such events help in promoting Punjab tourism and our great heritage” said Gabria.



Surjit Academy rout Kila Raipur team
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 24
A brace each by Harjinder Singh and Prabhdeep Singh enabled Surjit Academy of Jalandhar thrash Grewal Academy of Kila Raipur 8-0 in the boys’ u-16 years section of the Punjab Hockey League at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

The meet is being organised by the Punjab sports department.

Surjit academy went into an early lead through Manjinder Singh who found the target in the eighth minute. Harjinder Singh pumped in two goals (16th and 21st minute) to consolidate the lead 3-0.

Prabhdeep Singh struck in quick succession (24th and 26th minute) to further cement the lead 5-0.

Manjinder Singh again sounded the board in the 30th minute and five minutes later, Satbir scored a fine goal to make it 7-0.

Immediately into the second session, Manjinder again found the target (8-0), sealing Kila Raipur academy’s fate.

In an another match (u-14), Thapar Academy of Sansarpur (Jalandhar) district scored an emphatic 6-2 victory against Sports Wing of Takhanwad (Moga).

In the seventh minute, Sahil Kular put Thapar Academy ahead while Chamkaur Singh of Sports Wing scored the equaliser in the 24th minute (1-1).

Sahil Kular scored his second goal in the 31st minute to help his team gain the lead again. With two minutes to go for the lemon break, Tirath Singh of Sansarpur struck to make it 3-1.

Sahil Kular added two more goals (41st and 44th minute) to enhance the lead to 5-1. Sarbjit Singh struck the next minute to increase the lead to 6-1.

Chamkaur Singh found the target in the 47th minute to reduce the margin 2-6.

In the third match, Faridkot squeezed past Moga 2-1.

After a goalless first half, Komal Kumar of Faridkot scored a stunning field goal in the 43rd minute. Seven minutes later, Amardeep Singh of Moga converted a penalty corner to level the score.

In the 59th minute, Sukhjit Singh of Faridkot successfully converted a penalty stroke which steered his team to wrap up the game by a narrow margin.

In the fourth match (u-16), Ropar Academy beat Mehta Gukul Academy, Doraha, 5-1 after leading 3-1 at half time.

Ropar lads surged ahead in the 5th minute when Ramandeep Singh scored a field goal. Gurpreet Singh made it 2-0 through a penalty corner conversion, while Ramandeep added another goal to make it 3-0.

Sukhbir Singh struck twice in the second half to read 5-0. Rohit was the lone scorer for Mehta Gurkul Academy, Doraha.



Bodybuilding meet today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 24
The Ludhiana Amateur Bodybuilding Association will organise the annual bodybuilding competition at the community centre, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, on November 25.

Association honorary general Ravi Prashar said aspirants had been asked to enroll themselves by 11 am tomorrow.

Competition for “Mr Ludhiana Junior” and “Mr Ludhiana Senior” will be conducted wherein competitors in below 55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg and above 75 kg categories will be held in the junior section, while in the senior section competitors will vie for top honours in below 75 kg, below 80 kg and above 80 kg categories.



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