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Jagriti Yatra inconveniences students
Students appearing for MBA and journalism exams reached late at the centres due to traffic jam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The Jagriti Yatra affected most of the students as they fell victim of traffic jam on their way to Guru Nanak Dev Engineering (GNE) College here today. Students who were appearing for the MBA and journalism examinations reached late at there respective examination centres due to traffic jam caused by the Jagriti Yatra.

The dejected students complained that they could not complete the examination in a stipulated time. They further complained that the centre in charge refused to grant them extra time.

The entire Gill Road and connecting roads to GNE College were cordoned off due to the Jagriti Yatra and the sea of devotees made it impossible to the students to reach the examination centre on time.

"I got struck in traffic for about half an hour and much to my disappointment when I reached the examination centre, the entrance gate was closed as the construction work was in progress. Finally, I parked my motor cycle outside the gate and scaled the wall to take my examination. But the examination in charge did not show any courtesy and refused to grant me extra time because of which I could not complete my exam, "said a student of journalism.

Some of the students had no option left but to move along the yatra in order to reach the examination centre. The student complained that the centre in charge did not listen to the plight of the student and refused to grant them extra time.

The student complained that they attempted the examination in a hurry and yet they could not complete the examination.

"I requested the examination in charge to grant us extra time but he refused to listen comply with our request. He told us to first fill the electronic roll no sheet which wasted another 15 minutes,"said another student.

The examination in charge, who refused to devulge his identity, said they were abide by the rules and could not do any thing to help the students.



Now, patwaris go on protest leave
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
With 326 patwaris of the revenue department going on mass protest leave in the district, the public work in the department is suffering.

The worst sufferers are the contenders for the panchayat elections belonging to the scheduled castes as the last date for filing the nomination is March 27 and they have to submit an SC certificate to contest for reserved seats.

Besides the work of registration of sale deeds in six tehsils, including Ludhiana (east), Ludhiana (west), Jagraon, Payal, Khanna and Samrala, is suffering due to patwaris protest.

In both offices in the city, the work of registration of sale deeds has come down to 70 per cent only. The patwaris had gone on a strike on March 13 to press for their demands, including promotions, appointing senior kanungos as DRAs and absorbing relative of a dead employee on compassionate grounds.

According to Kuldeep Mann, an officer-bearer of the Revenue Patwar Union, all these demands were agreed in principle by ADC Kamalpreet Brar during a meeting held on November 12 last year. But nothing has been done for far.

The agitators would continue their protest. There would be three holidays due to Holi and weekend. On March 24, they would sit on a dharna.

The SC panches, who are to file their nominations by March 27 are worried that if they would not be given the SC certificate, to be attested by their area patwari, they would not be able to contest elections.

Many of them, who were in the city today to get a certificate, said their certificate was to be signed by a patwari, then a kanungo, a naib tehsildar and finally and the SDM. If the certificate could not complete the step one how would it move further, asked the panches.

There are 6412 panches in the district and one third of them are SCs. They demanded an alternate arrangement for their works from the administration.



Police foils bid to grab land
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 18
The police foiled a bid to grab a prime piece of land by some local residents who tried to install a portrait of Guru Ravi Das in the Vinod Nagar locality and erect a temple in his name to get hold of the land.

The police had received information that some persons were trying to erect a temple in the name of Guru Ravi Das allegedly in an attempt to grab the prime piece of land. The police immediately reached the spot and stalled the work. The persons told the police that the land belonged to them. However, the police asked them to produce the related documents by the next morning and till that time asked them to stop the work. They could not produce the papers.



1.5 lakh houses to get sewerage link
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
As many as 1.5 lakh houses belonging to under-privileged sections of society will get sewerage facilities in the city as the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission has approved the detailed report of projects to be undertaken by the municipal corporation.

Under the project, the city is all set to get the Rs 241.39 crore.

Vikas Pratap, commissioner, MC, said after receiving the grant they would enhance the coverage of sewerage facilities in the city as well as augment the sewerage treatment plants being put under the Satluj Action Plan.

The MC will lay new sewers out of which 34.72 km would be trunk sewer and 638 km will be the branch and lateral sewers.



Sarpanch kills himself
Suicide note blames 3 persons
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 18
Nahar Singh, a SAD leader and dalit sarpanch of Ber Kalan village in Ludhiana district, committed suicide after allegedly being abetted by three persons, including a religious leaders and a former sarpanch of the village. The suspects were named in a suicide note found from clothes of the deceased.

The Payal police has initiated probe into the matter.

Nahar Singh (42) consumed some insecticide, when he was alone at his house at about 7.30 last evening. He was shifted to a private hospital at Malaudh from where he was referred to a multi-speciality hospital at Ludhiana. He was declared brought dead there.

Investigations revealed that some persons, including a Congress supporter, former sarpanch and organisers of a dera at the village, had allegedly harassed and insulted Nahar Singh by using unparliamentary language against him on the caste basis. Nahar Singh had urged the Khanna police chief to book the suspects under the SC/ST Act and the SSP Khanna had deputed SP (D) to do the needful after verifying allegations levelled by the complainant. Both parties joined investigations on March 13 and the SP (D) had asked them to come again on March 19.

In his suicide note, the deceased alleged that three persons whose name started with letters G, S and B had treated him in such an inhuman way that could not be explained.

Taking his poverty as curse for him and his family, Nahar took the harsh step to end his life and demanded action against the suspects mentioned in the note.

The DSP Payal said he had directed SHO Payal to initiate action on the basis of circumstantial evidence. "If handwriting of the suicide note is confirmed to be of the deceased, a case under section 306 will be registered against the suspects," said Brar, adding that the process for verification of handwriting had been initated. The police has recovered pen used for writing the note.

Body of the deceased was handed over to his kin after getting post-mortem conducted at civil hospital, Ludhiana.



Ads removed from direction boards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The municipal corporation today removed flex sheets bearing advertisements of DLF company from three overhead direction boards in Bharat Nagar chowk, Bhai Bala chowk and Campa Cola chowk here today.

The sheets had come up overnight in contravention of rules. The MC received a complaint in this regard today and commissioner Vikas Partap immediately ordered the removal of these bills.

Partap said overhead signboard were put up to provide direction to commuters on the major roads and nobody was allowed to put any other material on these.

This is not for the first time that an advertisement was put up on the overhead board. Earlier, many political and religious posters were put up on these boards showing pictures of dignitaries.

The MC was unable to remove these under these circumstances as political leaders were annoyed if political boards were removed. And touching a religious board was like stirring a hornet's nest. In both cases usually no action was taken. The prompt action taken today came due to the fact that DLF was a private company and it could not be allowed to block the signboard.

In the past also the residents have vehemently complained about the covering of these signboards but to no avail.



Consumer Courts
Consumer to pay Rs 10,000 for ‘unnecessary litigation’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
Dismissing the complaint filed by a consumer, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered him to pay compensation of Rs 10,000 to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for un-necessarily dragging the institution into litigation.

Pronouncing the verdict, president of the forum J S Chawla and its member Daljit Singh Bakshi observed, 'If such like litigation is not checked, litigants or public will unnecessarily harass government agencies like Improvement Trust etc. by putting them in unnecessary litigation'.

The orders were pronounced while dismissing the complaint filed by B R Bhardwaj of Manjit Nagar, Ludhiana. The consumer had filed the complaint seeking direction to the LIT for handing over him the possession of a plot allotted to him about 20 years back in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

It was submitted by the complainant before the forum that he had applied for plot under the government's discretionary quota in any development scheme in 1983. The Punjab government sent its approval to the LIT for allotting him a plot measuring 125 sq yards. Thereafter, he was alloted a plot in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar scheme in 1987.

He was instructed to deposit Rs 13,750 in lump sum or instalment of Rs 3,437. Then he wrote a letter to the LIT for handing him over the possession of the plot and wait till then for depositing the amount. But the trust officials told that the land was under litigation and there was stay on land, to deliver the possession. So, he did not pay the price of the land. Later he was informed that his allotment had been cancelled for not depositing the amount, added the complainant.

On the other hand, the officials of Improvement Trust pleaded that as per clause 2(a) of the allotment letter dated April 29, 1987, the complainant was bound to deposit the total sale price of plot within 15 days or in the alternative 1/4 amount in 15 days and rest in six montly instalments. But the complainant failed to do so. Now after 20 years, when the prices of the plot have gone up in city, he had approached the forum.

The consumer forum remarked that the complainant failed to comply with the initial terms and conditions of the allotment and he knew very well that the allotment would stand cancelled for want of all this.



Consumer rights highlighted during rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
On the occasion of Consumer Day, a consumer awareness rally was organised by GMT Public School here today. 

Around 150 students of 10th and 12th classes participated in the rally, which was flagged off by the directors Kashmir Singh Thind and Jasbir Singh Thind. The aim behind organizing the rally was to sensitise consumer about their rights so that they do not buy fake and inferior goods. 



14-yr-old patient needs monetary help
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
Raju (14), a city resident, has been admitted to the Paediatrics Ward of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for the past 10 days. His father Ashok Kumar is a washerman and has set up his pushcart for ironing of clothes in Labour Colony on Gill Road.

According to treating doctors, Raju is undergoing treatment for "aplastic anaemia". It is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. The approximate duration of treatment is one year with an expenditure of Rs 2.5 to 3 lakh on medication.

On behalf of Raju, the DMCH authorities have made an appeal to the kind-hearted people for providing financial help to the family in great distress. All those willing to help can either contact the office of the medical superintendent (0161-4687504) or PRO Office (0161-4687514, 094178-06606) at DMCH. All donations should be made in favour of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and “Treatment for Raju (C.R. No 21581, Admn No 7674)" written on backside of the cheque/DD or on the covering letter.



BSNL staff protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) observed a day-long fast here today. The employees observed the strike in protest against the "management's inaction" on the issue of five promotions given to non-executive employees of the organisation.

Raising the "long-pending" demands of the employees, Balwinder Singh, district secretary, BSNL Employees Union, said there should be no discrimination between the executive and non-executive employees and promotions should be given with effect from October 1, 2004.

Paramjit Singh, district president of the union, also addressed the protesting employees.



Biz Word
Lecture on industrial safety
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) will conduct a lecture on industrial security for its members here tomorrow. Ishwar Singh, deputy inspector general of police (Ludhiana range), will address the members on the subject, said K.N.S.Kang, general secretary of the association.

Kang said industrial security had become an all-pervasive management function of asset protection, loss prevention and crisis management and was a subject of deep concern today both for the central and state governments.



250 students felicitated on annual day

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 18
Over 250 students of GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, were felicitated for distinguished performance in various fields during their annual prize distribution function organised at Nihang Samsher Singh Hall yesterday.

Principal of the college, Dr Swaranjit Singh Deol presided over the function and Dr R. Sharma, director Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, was the chief guest.

Addressing the students, Dr Deol exhorted them to acquire excellence in their respective fields of education. He asked them to adopt scientific temper in order to meet the challenges of the modern era.

Appreciating achievements of the college, the chief guest said the college was one of the pioneer institutions engaged in rural education. Dr Deol, besides passing a vote of thanks, highlighted the achievements of the students in various fields. According to Gurdev Singh, in-charge of the event, Sharanjit Kaur Shampy of MA I was declared best sportspersons of the college. Besides an elaborate cultural program a slideshow about the annual report was also exhibited. — OC



PCTE students get international placements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Palvee, Sunil Sharma, Sanjoy, Prakriti and Ramit, all MBA final year students (batch 2006-2008) of Punjab College of Technical Education have got international placements in Technology Blueprint, a UK based company.

Talking about the company, Dr K.N.S. Kang, director PCTE, informed that Technology Blueprint is a software house specialising in software solutions for the property industry. These students would spend first six months of training in Gurgaon office and will be shifted to UK after that, informed Dr Kang. He also said PCTE has started with the second round of placements and 38 students of current batch of MBA (2006-2008) have got two offers in hand at better packages. The second round of placements started at PCTE from March 7 and is still on. 



College of education celebrates annual function
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 18
The A.S. College of Education organised an impressive function to celebrate its first Annual day, which was presided over by Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary, here today. SDM Sukhwinder Singh Gill was the guest of honour.

Students of the college presented a colourful programme to mark the occasion. Various items including group song, sarswati vandana, individual songs, skit, choreography giddha, bhangra etc were put on show.

Members of the A. S. educational society lauded the efforts put in by students and faculty members of the college. The also motivated the students to participate in extra-curricular activities as these help in overall personality development.

Principal Dr Neena Aneja read out the annual report of the college.



NIMA, AASHA hold awareness lecture
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
The local branch of National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) and ‘AASHA TB Project’ today jointly organised an awareness lecture on tuberculosis (TB) at Hariom Knitfab Hosiery in Shivpuri. The lecture was held to mark ‘World TB Day 2008’ to be observed on March 24.

Speaking on the occasion, NIMA secretary and president of AASHA lifeline project for TB Dr Dr Surendra Gupta said the World TB Day aims at building public awareness because tuberculosis causes the death of several million people each year, mostly in the third world countries including India.

He said those with cough for more than 3 weeks, low grade fever, loss of weight, swelling in lymph nodes (painless nodules in neck, axilla, groin region, or in abdomen), or blood in sputum, should get themselves tested for TB and if tested positive to get free "Directly Observed Treatment under Supervision" (DOTS), which is readily available in every private and government dispensary and hospital. He said NIMA and AASHA is planning to organise awareness lecture campaign in association with other NGO's and service organizations as well.

NIMA president Dr Rajesh Thaper said the global plan to stop TB, launched by WHO, had set forth a roadmap for treating 50 million people and enrolling three million patients who had both TB and HIV on antiretroviral therapy over the next 10 years, saving about 14 million lives. By 2015, i aimed to halve TB prevalence and deaths compared with 1990 levels.



Blood donation camp organised
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 18
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences in collaboration with Swami Vivekananda Sewa Samiti, Mandi Gobindgarh, here today organised a blood donation camp during which a number of students, faculty members and other people donated blood. 

This was the 19th camp that was organised under the aegis of Vivekananda Samiti and Civil Hospital.

While inaugurating the camp, Dr Zora Singh, chairman of Desh Bhagat Institutes, lauded the role being played by Swami Vivekananda Sewa Samiti, Mandi Gobindgarh, in organising such camps. He also appreciated the blood donors and encouraged more people to come forward for this boble cause.

The camp was conducted by a medical team led by Dr Ranjit Singh, SMO, Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh. 



Gold Cup Hockey Tournament
Indian Airlines, Air India enter semis
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, March 18
Indian Airlines and Air India, who topped their respective pools, and Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited secured berths in the semi-finals of the 5th All India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at the Prithipal Singh Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

On the fourth day of the tournament, the first match played between Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala was keenly contested in which the former squeezed past 4-3 to advance into the last four stage. Ravi Paul of BPCL found the target in the 17th minute to put his side in the lead. RCF scored the equaliser in the 25th minute through Simrandeep Singh. Three minutes later, BPCL men again gained the lead when Gurpreet Singh converted a penalty corner and a few seconds before the break, RCF restored parity through Gagandeep Singh.

Within two minutes into the second session, Gurpreet Singh again struck to help his team to surge ahead. He added another goal in the 44th minute to complete his hat-trick (4-2). RCF reduced the margin in the 50th minute when Gagandeep Singh sounded the board. The final score read 4-3.

In the second match, Air India proved too good for Punjab National Bank and edged them out 4-1.

PNB players shot into an early lead when Banmali X scored a field goal in the 6th minute. The equaliser came off Len Ayappa's stick four minutes later. He struck again in the 61st minute to make it 2-1.

Air India pumped in two more goals through Gaurav Tokhi (65th minute) and Sachin Kumar (67th minute), which sealed PNB's fate 4-1.

In the third match of the day, Indian Oil Corporation, Limited beat Punjab Police 3-0 to assure themselves a berth in the semi-final. Prabhjot Singh (13th minute), Didar Singh (33rd minute) and Deepak Thakur (58th minute) scripted IOCL's easy win.

The last match of the day was played between Indian Airlines and Air Force, Chandigarh, in which the former came out victors 8-1.

Sandeep scored three goals while Parmod Tirkey accounted for two goals. Pawan Kumar, Dilbagh Singh and Kulbhushan contributed one goal each to complete the rout. The lone goal for the losers came off Sanwar Ali' stick.

Tomorrow's fixtures

Semi-finals: Indian Airlines vs Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at 2.45 pm and Air India vs Indian Oil Corporation Limited at 4.15 pm.



Sandhu gives tips to budding cricketers
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 18
It was moment of pride for young budding players of cricket nursery, Centre of Excellence, being run here at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground when former cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu visited the centre yesterday and gave some useful tips to the trainees.

Sandhu, who played a pivotal role in India's historic title win the 1983 World Cup in England, appreciated the efforts of Amrik Singh Nagra, organiser of the center, in providing latest training to youngesters.

The former pace bowler watched young cricketers during net practice and gave them useful tips, which could help them improve. He told trainees about the importance of loading of front arm, run-up, rhythm and proper action for the bowlers, besides head stability, back-lift, stance and weight transfer for 

He was impressed with the abilities of some of the trainees including Anmol Jain, Yuvraj Singh, Harman Minhas and Adarshpreet Singh.

Arjuna awardee (basketball), Sajjan Singh Cheema, Amrik Singh Minhas, president, Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association, and Sukhwinder Singh, a prominent sports organizer, were also present on the occasion.



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