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NRI stabbed 39 times, says report
Police finds vital clues
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
NRI Jasmer Singh found murdered in his house in Gurmail Park, Tibba Road, late last night, was brutally done to death with 39 stab marks.

It was inflicted by a narrow but long knife, according to a post-mortem examination conducted here today.

The police has detained a man and a woman for questioning with reliable sources saying the motive of the crime as well as the killers have been identified.

It was a torturous death for the 58-year-old NRI, who was scheduled to fly back to England on April 30.

He had come to India in February to solemnise the marriage of his son, who is also employed in England. His son had returned a few weeks ago.

Jasmer Singh was living alone in the house with the police suspecting he had illicit relationship with a woman, who had played vital role in striking the match of his son. His elder son has also reportedly levelled a suspicion at a woman.

Last night, Paramjit Singh, father-in-law of the newly married younger son, of the NRI went to inquire about his health. He told the police the NRI had not answered his calls since last evening.

He was reportedly shocked to find the house open with only the bedroom of the NRI locked. He called his name but there was no answer.

Later, when he peeped into the room through the ventilator, he saw his body tied to the bed with blood all around.

The police was initially suspecting robbery could be the motive behind the crime.

It later learnt the NRI was about to fly back which led to the suspicion that someone did not want him to go.

The police learnt some persons had come to his house in a car.

Police officials investigating the crime sounded upbeat about the outcome of their probe claiming the case had almost been solved within 24 hours of the occurrence.

The officials said the police had to verify a few things and the group of accused would be revealed tomorrow.



No tension of high-tension wires
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 28
High-tension (HT) wires forming part of the transmission and distribution network of the Punjab State Electricity Board in all parts of the city continue to pose a serious threat to residents.

Ironically, even though being fully aware of the risk of electrocution by getting too close to the cables, the residents fail to take necessary precautions and have to pay dearly for their negligence.

During this month alone, Bhagwan Rai was killed by electrocution in the Salem Tabri area while another young girl Radha suffered 95 per cent burn injuries as a result of electric shock from the cables passing from above her house in a city locality only yesterday.

This complex problem defies solution for the simple reason that with the proliferation of population in the mega city and haphazard development of unplanned residential colonies, the basic safety measures have been overlooked.

The engineer-in-chief of the Punjab State Electricity Board B.S. Bath maintains that the Indian Electricity Act clearly lays down that no building can be constructed under the cables.

"In fact, those who have built up their houses under the HT cables have violated the law and thus, have to pay the price for an illegal act."

Bath said the owners of such buildings might have their own compulsions since the plots lying under HT cables are said to be sold by the colonisers at throw away prices, but the PSEB also has its limitations.

"It is not practically possible to shift HT cables where residential colonies come up in violation of the provisions of relevant law."

He further said on its own part, the PSEB issues notices to owners of such buildings that were under threat from HT cables and even power connections are not provided to such buildings, but still the people continue to put themselves to risk by coming too close to HT power cables at their own peril.



Agent Murder
Sketch of suspect released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The police today released the sketch of one of the three suspects in the April 19 late evening murder of an insurance agent in his office in Sant Ishar Singh. The police is suspecting role of contract killers in the crime.

On the basis of information gathered by area residents, the police is suspecting three youths were involved in the killing of Lokesh Garg. However, the sketch of only one of them is prepared.

Police sources said three youths had come on a motor cycle that evening to the office of Lokesh Garg.

After killing him at point-blank range, two youths taken away his car while the third went away on the bike.

The sources said the youths displayed a clinical display of killing a person, leaving almost negligible clues.

They could even have used a silencer gun for the crime as no area resident had heard a gunshot.

The police said the deceased Lokesh could have known the assailants as he maintained a studied silence about their description to his employee, who had taken him to a hospital.



Don’t impose cuts in morning, PSEB told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
To solve water problems of city residents, municipal corporation officials have written to the Punjab State Electricity Board not to impose power cuts between 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. everyday so that they receive water in morning hours.

Action follows in the wake of complaints by the local residents who were saying that they were not getting water and they had to do without it during hot summer days.

There were complaints from some area or the other everyday. Commissioner, MC, Vikas Partap, today called a meeting of officials of the O&M cell here and directed them to ensure that residents got water without any problem.

‘‘After scrutinising the complaints, we found that residents were troubled when there was no power supply in the area. We have now written to the PSEB urging upon them not to impose cuts during morning hours,’’ said Partap.

He said 448 big tubewells and 198 small tubewells were installed in the city to supply water to the residents.

He added that seven tubewells had developed snags and the residents were complaining.

The MC was, however, supplying them water through water tankers and the snags were being rectified on a priority, he added.

He called upon the residents to complain to the authorities if they faced water shortage.

‘‘We will definitely make alternate arrangements. We will ensure that the residents do not suffer due to water scarcity, ’’ he said.



Murder Bid on Couple
Kin on police radar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A police investigation into the attempt to murder case of a septuagenarian couple in Barrewal colony two days ago suggests that the assailant could be a contract killer hired by some close relative of the victims.

Informed sources have revealed three suspected contract killers have been
rounded up.

A police official revealed the 63-year-old injured industrialist Gurcharan Singh has in a statement to the police revealed the name of a relative who he was suspecting.

However, his wife Surinder Kaur, who was also badly wounded in the attack when the assailant hit the rifle butt on her head, has maintained silence about the suspect.

Police sources said a property dispute seems to be the reason behind the attack. He said the assailant had come to kill the man and not the woman.

The investigators have noted that the assailant knew very well the sewing parts manufacturer would be doing yoga alone in his room at that hour as per his routine practice.

The sources said the youth could not be identified as he had covered his face, "Yet the victim gave enough description of his eyes and body make."

Cops are also suspecting the role of some amateur shooter in the attack. The police are questioning other relatives of the victims to corroborate the suspicion.



CMCH governing body meeting today
Opposing groups trade charges
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
In the wake of the meeting of the governing body of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here tomorrow, battle lines have been clearly drawn to gain supremacy in the premier medical institution of the minority community in northern India.

Both, the previous management of the CMCH and their opponents, the CMC Sangharsh Samiti, are trading charges in the open and blaming each other for causing damage to the institution for personal motives.

The feverish activity in both the camps is obviously aimed at exerting pressure on the governing body, which is to decide several key issues and also make appointments to some of the top posts in the CMCH.

While the former chairman of the governing body, Bishop Joel V Mal, and a former director, Dr John Pramod, had made scathing attacks on the activists of the Sangharsh Samiti yesterday, levelling allegations of misuse of the church to malign the then administration and holding the institution to ransom, the samiti today rubbished the charges, saying the former head of governing body was trying to create a communal rift to regain lost ground.

Interestingly, the present administration appears to have accorded official recognition to the samiti or rather joined hands with them in their campaign against the previous management as the CMC employees were in constant touch with members of print and electronic media seeking coverage of a press conference called by the samiti on Monday evening.

Amrian Gill and Samson Dogar, president and general secretary of the samiti, respectively, in a signed statement, alleged that Bishop Mal and his supporters were planning a show of strength in the city on April 29 when the governing body of the institution was to hold meeting.

According to statement, “Bishop Mal, heading the church, has ordered closure of all schools and colleges run by the Christian community all over the state so that a massive rally can be organised in his support while the GB will be deliberating on many crucial issues”.

The activists of samiti reiterated that the sole purpose of the crusade against the previous management was to bring transparency in the working, curb the private participation which could prove detrimental to CMCH in the long run, as also safeguard the reputation of the institution.



Overloaded autos ply despite ban
Put schoolchildren’s life at risk; authorities, parents not bothered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Private auto-rickshaws and mini-buses continue flout the ban imposed by the authorities on overloading by ferrying schoolchildren more than the prescribed load (seating capacity).

Such overloaded auto-rickshaws can easily be spotted on the city roads. Most of them could be seen ferrying at least 15 students.

These drivers create extra room for the children by making them sit in the portion where luggage is supposed to be kept.

Whereas others make small children sit in the laps of their seniors or on a narrow board on the side from where they are almost hanging out of the vehicle.

Such children are always at risk due to heavy vehicular traffic on the city roads.

It is not just the private auto-rickshaws, which are flouting the rules. Even school buses and mini-vans could be seen putting the lives of innocent children at risk due to the rash driving.

“The drivers of such school buses; it seems are always in a hurry as they never follow the stipulated speed limit. They not only put the lives of the innocent students at risk but also that of pedestrian,” said Sanjiv Pandey.

Bumpy rides and sharp turns taken by the speeding school van drivers make it completely impossible for a large number of schoolchildren to balance themselves on their way home. The hot sunny weather has further added to their woes.

Such vehicles could be seen plying outside the mini secretariat, Police Lines, at Bharat Nagar and Fountain Chowks and the Clock Tower.

Traffic cops stationed on these roots are just moot spectators. Not only the district authorities but also the principals, staff and parents seem to be unperturbed with this day today happening.

Surprisingly, a large number of teachers could be seen travelling along with the children in such vehicles.

Gaurav Gupta, a businessman, said,” Authorities open their eyes only after an accident. Therefore, parents must ensure that the auto drivers they hire follow the rules. They must see that the private autos have a side door and other safety measures. Though, it might be fun for the children and cheaper mode of communication for parents, overcrowding children in autos is dangerous.”

District transport officer Chander Gaind said, “The department is taking strict action against the offenders. Our officers are manning the key areas of the city and quick to challan the vehicles offending rules.”



Caste comments: Teacher seeks action against guilty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A science lecturer, working at Government Senior Secondary School at Threekey village, has blamed district authorities as well as a panchayat for not taking any action those who had written comments against her caste on the school’s wall about nine months ago.

The lecturer said on September 7, 2007, a few persons wrote such comments about her and her fellow lecturer on the wall.

Besides this, a few posters were pasted on the wall and the school’s black board.

The victim lodged a formal complaint to the SC and ST commission, which directed deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar to probe into the matter.

But, nine months have passed but the accused have not been brought to the book.

Her husband Gill said, “This act has tarnished his wife’s image in the school. Just because she belongs to the lower class she has to face embarrassments at the hands of students and society.”

What kind of message we are conveying to students by writing such comments on the school’s wall, he asked.

The victim said even the panchayat had visited the school and collected such posters, but nothing has been done so far.

The victim said the authorities should probe into the matter, bring the culprits to book and take appropriate action so that no such incident takes place in future.



Improvement trust to pay Rs 5,000
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to pay the compensation of Rs 5,000 for causing unnecessary harassment and mental tension to a consumer.

It was also asked to execute the sale deed in her favour.

Pronouncing the order, president of the forum T N Vaidya and its member Daljit Singh Bakshi directed the LIT to pay Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses.

The order came while deciding the complaint filed by Rachna Chugh of Ludhiana.

In her complaint before the forum, Rachna had stated that the Adarsh Colony Cooperative Building Society had purchased 39 acre land in Sunet village.

Later LIT developed Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in the same area and the land of the society was also acquired by LIT.

Then the society went to the High Court seeking relief. As per the orders of the High Court, LIT allotted 281 plots to the society. She got the plot.

Meanwhile, the area came under the jurisdiction of municipal corporation and the bylaws of the corporation were enforced in the area.

She started the construction of the house. The corporation raised objections to the construction by pointing out some deviations.

Then she paid Rs 4,874 for compounding of the deviations on November 6, 2005. Later on, the corporation sanctioned the sewerage and water connection.

But despite repeated requests, LIT failed to execute the sale deed, added
the consumer.

On the other hand, LIT officials said she had not raised constructions in accordance to the sanctioned plan and unless she submitted the completion certificate, the deed could not be executed.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the forum held that the area was under the corporation and once the deviation was compounded by the corporation, then it would be valid for all purposes and intents.



Skeletal remains of missing man found
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
Contrary to the common procedure of sending viscera to the state chemical laboratory at Patiala to ascertain the cause of death in case of unnatural demise, skeletal remains of a farmer of Parain village were dispatched to the institute to conduct a chemical examination.

The remains were spotted by agricultural labourers from standing wheat crop at a field at Parain village in Ludhiana district two days ago.

The deceased, identified on the basis of clothes and a locket, was recognised as Gurcharan Singh (40). He had disappeared from his house about a fortnight ago.

Though the police was yet to establish the sequence of events leading to the death and subsequent degradation of the body, it is suspected that Gurcharan Singh had fallen unconscious in the fields and was later devoured by stray canines.

Investigations by a police party led by Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Humbran, revealed that Gurcharan Singh was an addict and was living alone in the village after the death of his wife a few years ago. Due to his alleged irresponsible attitude, his in-laws had taken away his children.

Though Gurcharan had disappeared under mysterious circumstances about a fortnight ago, none of his relatives bothered to take the help of the police to search for him as it was not the first time that he had gone missing.

A group of migrant agricultural labourers was shocked to locate the skeletal remains in the standing wheat crop in the field of Makhan Singh on Saturday evening.

It was after the police sought public help to identify the 'body' that Suirnder Singh, recognising the clothes and a locket, identified the deceased to be his brother Gurcharan Singh.

The police registered a report under Section 174 of the CrPC as Surinder Singh had stated that the family did not want action against anyone.

The police said further action would be taken after the cause of the death was ascertained by experts.

"Though there are meagre chances of getting the cause of the death ascertained, we have to wait for the chemical examination of the 'skeletal remains'," said Dhindsa while talking to The Tribune.



Bride killed in mishap; groom hurt
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, April 28
Celebrations turned into mourning and a pall of gloom descended on the town after the news of death of Jasdeep Kaur, alias Mona, who along with five other members of her family, including her husband Parminder Singh, was injured yesterday.

The victims were injured when the vehicle carrying them collided with an electric pole near Rayyian village last evening.

Mona of Ludhiana and Parminder of the local town were married on the previous night of the accident and they were going to a beauty parlour and dressing house at Ludhiana for participating in the reception party that was scheduled to be organized here last night.

Mona breathed her last some hours after a major surgery was conducted at a tertiary medical centre at Ludhiana this morning.

A large number of relatives and friends, who did not receive information about the accident, were seen returning from the venue of the reception party.

The families of Mona and Parminder were in a joyous mood after their marriage was organised with pomp and show on Saturday.

While relatives of both families were preparing to attend the reception party, the couple planned to get ready at a beauty parlour and dressing house at Ludhiana. Gagan Deep, Dharamvir, Ramandeep Kaur and Simar Preet accompanied them.

Hardly had the vehicle travelled a distance of 10 km from the place of celebrations that the driver lost control over the vehicle and it dashed against an electric pole. The injured were rushed to various hospitals at Ludhiana.

A major surgery was conducted to save the life of Mona, but she succumbed to her injuries early in the morning today.

Parminder, who was struggling for life at some other hospital, was yet to be informed about the cruel joke nature had played on him.



Terrorism victims deserve better deal, says Rahul
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
General secretary of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi said victims of terrorism in Punjab, as also in other parts of the country, deserved a better deal and the respective state governments ought to redress their problems on a priority basis.

Rahul expressed these views during a meeting with Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the Terrorist Victims Association Punjab at his residence in New Delhi last week.

Bawa along with other office- bearers of the association had met the AICC general secretary to apprise him of the problems of thousands of victims of terrorism and their family members, who were being given a “raw deal” by the government.

The junior Gandhi reacted positively to the suggestion that he should meet some of the terrorism-affected families from Punjab to have first-hand information of their poor plight.

For this purpose, a tentative date of May 15, 2008, was fixed during the meeting.



Training on queen bee rearing concludes at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A five-days advance-training course on techniques of mass queen bee rearing and production of honeybee products, organised at PAU for progressive beekeepers of the Punjab concluded with the award of certificates to the successful trainees today.

The concluding function was presided over by Dr Sat Pal Mehra, additional director of Extension Education, PAU.

The training was conducted under the aegis of ICAR’s “All India coordinated project on honey bee research and training”.

Dr N.S. Butter, head of department of entomology, impressed on the need for adoption of diversification in apiculture to make beekeeping profitable.

He mentioned that the fast production of quality queen bees on commercial scale will give a fillip to beekeeping and diversification of beekeeping by production of other bee products will augment income of beekeepers.

Dr Butter asked the trainees to rear their own quality queen bees following rigorous selection of existing stock rather than depending on private firms for queens available at exorbitant price.

Dr Mehra shared his views that the state had made rapid stride in beekeeping and honey production.

The state produced about 26 per cent honey of the entire country. He asked the beekeepers to bring about another jump in production of bee products.

He also asked the beekeepers to become the member of the Progressive Beekeepers Association and to interact with experts of the university.



Seminar on prospects of citrus concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A seminar on prospects and problems of citrus in Punjab was held at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. National Horticulture Mission, Punjab, sponsored the seminar.

R.S. Sandhu, financial commissioner, development, Government of Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion while PAU VC Dr M.S. Kang presided-over the event.

The experts discussed about the productivity, quality, problems, future strategies, marketing varieties, and managing insect pests of citrus in detail.

The PAU scientists elaborated that in citrus, kinnow mandarian had become the leading fruit crop occupying more than half of the total area under fruit crops, which was giving highest returns to the fruit growers.

In other words, kinnow (citrus) was the prime fruit of the state. Other citrus fruits included sweet orange (musambi), lime (kagzi) and lemon (eureka) etc.

R.S. Sandhu informed that Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s grant of approximately Rs 100 crores would be spent on promoting various agricultural schemes in Punjab.

He said future of citrus fruits in Punjab was bright, only sincere efforts were to be initiated by all concerned.

He also stressed that farmers must be imparted with latest knowledge by concerned agencies. Carelessness on the part of horticulture department, PAU, and other developing agencies will not be tolerated at any cost, he added.

Among others present were Dr Jasbir Singh Randhawa, Dr Pushpinder Singh Aulakh, Dr Bhagwant Singh Chahal, Dr Gurbhajan Gill, Dr N.S. Malhi and Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh etc.



Victims of tussle

Due to ongoing tussle between area councillors, residents of New Sukhdev Nagar, Bhamian Road, have to encounter so many problems. Because of this, road leading to their residents have not been re-carpeted since many years.

Top layer on the road has almost wiped out. Due to this, the area has become very dusty. Although, area councillor has re-carpeted adjoining roads but no one is paying attention towards this main road.

High tensile wires of electricity are hanging and posing threat to area residents. Repeated requests to the electricity department for these wires to be properly hanged went in vain.

Due to poor conditions of these wires and fault in the main line, whenever any resident complains in order to restore its supply, the department demands money.

The administration as well as the MC is hereby requested to resolve these issues as early as possible.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana



Biz Word
Hand-knitting yarns
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Oswal Woollen Mills Ltd, the city-based oldest company of OWM Nahar Group, yesterday launched a new range of hand knitting yarns.

The brand names of "Evershine, Florida, Micro, Mercury, Ragini and Sunflower" were launched during the dealers meet here.

Hand-knitted garments made of these yarns were also displayed at the occasion. A large number of dealers from all over India attended the meet.

Prizes and shields were distributed among high performance dealers of some regions. M/S JDS Oswal Traders bagged the "best all-India dealer" award.



From Schools
Bindia Mullick trophy for Ishant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Bindia Mullick Memorial Trophy was presented to Ishant Nayer of Class X of Sacred Heart Senior Seconday School, BRS Nagar, here for scoring highest marks in Social Science (CBSE) paper at a prize distribution function organised on the school premises here today.

After a solemn prayer service, the toppers of every class received certificates and mementos. The Classes X and XII CBSE toppers were also felicitated.

School director Father Davis distributed prizes among the students. Principal Sister Sobel congratulated the winners for attaining glorious heights and blessed them. She also motivated the students to work hard and achieve success.

Physics Club

The physics club of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a quiz competition for students of Classes XI and XII here today.

There were five teams-C.V.Raman, J.C. Bose, Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday and Issac Newton. The students were asked the question related to the field of the physics.

After five rounds, the Albert Einstein team was adjudged the winner.J C Bose Team stood IInd and Michael Faraday IIIrd.

School principal Sunil Arora gave trophies to the winning teams and the runners-up with certificates.

Global Warming

With rapid industrialisation, global warming is increasing day by day. To counter global warming, it is essential to increase forest area.

With this objective Saraswati Modern School organised a sapling plantation drive. Students of the Saraswati Education Trust and teachers planted saplings.



Misuse of school funds alleged
Our Correspondent

Raekot, April 28
Future of over 1,700 students of SGG Senior Secondary School, Goindwal, is at stake as two warring groups of the governing body, supported by Congress legislator Harmohinder Singh Pardhan and SAD leader Jagjit Singh Talwandi, have locked horns over issue of control of the institute.

While the Congress-supported group had sought police protection for the proposed election to the body on May 1, the BJP-SAD-backed administrator had demanded a probe into alleged misappropriation of funds worth Rs 70 lakh by former president patronised by the Congress MLA.

Accusing the Congress legislator of exploiting innocence of certain members of the committee, Satish Aggarwal claimed he (Aggarwal) had been entrusted administration of the school after some office-bearers were found guilty of embezzling funds worth Rs 70 lakh in August, 2007.

“Though we had given them a chance to either deposit the deficit amount of Rs 70 lakh or submit receipts regarding payment of the amount, they conspired to bury the matter by grabbing power,” alleged Aggarwal, claimed the committee in power had sought a probe into the scam.

Denying allegations levelled by the other group, Aggarwal claimed that four out of 12 complainants had been expelled from the committee.

Apprehending danger to peaceful working of the institute, Aggarwal urged the authorities to prevent unauthorised persons from interfering in the affairs of the school.

Aggarwal alleged that a clerk had admitted having burnt certain records on instance of former president Lachhman Dass.

Refuting charges of misappropriation of funds, the group led by Pardhan threatened to launch a struggle in case they were stopped from convening proposed election meeting.



Error in MFC paper
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Students of the first year of Master of Finance and Control (MFC) complained that their fourth exam of Management Economics and Quantities Techniques contained erroneous figures due to which they could not attempt question containing 10 marks.

Around 25 students demanded grace marks from Panjab University, Chandigarh, for the question.

Sachin, a student of MFC first year, expressed concern that the erroneous question could affect his percentage.

Alumni meet

An alumni meet of the first batch of Punjab Revenue Training School was organised with the support of Mohinder Singh Nagpal here today.

The meeting was held at his residences where the decline of revenue department of both the states of Punjab and Haryana was discussed.

Nagpal’s efforts were appreciated at the meeting and other alumni members were invited to attend the next meeting.



Pharmacy students awarded medals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy organised an interactive workshop "Impetus 2008" for its students here.

The workshop was organised with a view to enhancing the awareness levels and also to develop the professional skills of the budding pharmacists.

The programme was inaugurated by the chief guest Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, the governing body of the college.

He appreciated the efforts of the institution, faculty and students for organising the event as these interactive workshops encouraged experimental learning, which was necessary for the overall development of the students.

Shiv Dutt Sharma, regional business manager, Zydus Cadilla, while speaking on the occasion sensitised the students about the importance of communication skills and personality development in the pharma marketing sector.

He motivated the students to pursue a career in marketing due to the rewarding packages and excellent growth opportunities offered in the sector.

Dr Rupinder Singh Bhatia, senior consultant and neurologist, SPS Apollo Hospital, talked on the role of stress management.

He emphasised the need for balanced approach in examination so that it did not cause stress later on.

Time management was emphasised in addition to the role of exercise and diet. He also stressed on the students to stay away from drugs and intoxicants.

Nikhil Chopra was awarded with Giani Raghbir Singh Medal for standing Ist in D. Pharm IInd year. Preet Kamal Kaur was awarded for standing IInd in D. Pharma IInd year.

Rajinder Kaur and Amandeep Kumar were given prizes for standing Ist and IInd respectively in D. Pharma Ist year.



NSS starts save-earth campaign
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
At least 200 NSS volunteers from colleges affiliated with the Punjab Agricultural University, began the “save environment campaign” at PAU farms, Ladhowal, today.

According to programme coordinator of the NSS unit Dr K.S. Verma, volunteers planted hundreds of saplings of poplar.

Both boys and girls deweeded Congress grass along the connecting roads of the Ladhowal farm.

Earlier, the NSS volunteers observed World Earth Day in the Pal Auditorium under the supervision of programme officers Dr. T.K. Gill, Dr J.P. Singh and Dr Sarita Saini.

Prabhjyot Kaur, a scientist from the department of Agro meteorology, spoke at length about the prevailing threats to the Earth.

Later, the volunteers took part in the poster-making competition on different environment-related themes like global warming, depletion of forest cover, ill-effects of toxic pollutants and ecological imbalance etc. Milkha Singh Aulakh, dean, College of Agriculture, appreciated the efforts made to create awareness among the youth for safeguarding the environment.



GGNIMT holds workshop for MBA students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised an interactive workshop on the “Road to success-introspection to achievement” for MBA and MCA students here today.

Kotak life insurance training manager Manish Sharma said the success could not be defined. If one has to succeed in life, he or she needs to concentrate on four important elements- knowledge, attitude, skills and habits.

He further talked about the strategy to align all these elements in such a way that they proved to be useful for achieving success in life.

Institutes director Kuldip Singh thanked the guest for sharing his idea with the students. Coordinator Gunwant Singh Dua said proper direction was must for a budding professional to achieve success in life.



SAI centre trainees given cheques
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 28
Trainees of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centre near the multi-purpose hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex were given quarterly stipend cheques.

They were handed over the cheques at a function organised here yesterday. International javelin player and DSP Satbir Singh distributed the cheques of Rs 2,000 each to 58 trainees under the day boarding scheme of the SAI.

Trainees who received the cheques included two of athletics, nine of basketball, 26 of handball, 16 of volleyball and five of judo disciplines.

Addressing the players, Satbir Singh said they were lucky as they were getting latest and scientific training here by the qualified coaches at a well equipped modern stadium.

He also appreciated the parents of these trainees who according to him understood the importance of physical activity to lead a healthy life and sent their wards to the centre.

He advised the players to set their goals high and achieve the same through hard work. He added that there was no short cut method to excel in life and those who intended to succeed in sports should strictly follow the instructions of their coaches.

“One should adhere to day to day training schedule, say no to drugs so that you could become a national star”, he said.

District sports officer, Ludhiana, Gianinder Singh Sandhu, Nirmal Singh Grewal, a gold medallist (hammer throw) in Asian Games, Sita Kapila, Jasvir Singh, Surinder Singh, Neelam Rani, Rakesh Singh, Sonia Kumari, Devinder Singh and Harinder Sharma, all coaches, were also present on the occasion.



City lads win basketball championship
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Host Ludhiana emerged champion in the 59th Junior Punjab Basketball championship held at Phillaur here yesterday.

Ludhiana defeated Mansa, 68-34, in the last league encounter of the tournament. Mansa stood second while, Amritsar and Faridkot finished third and fouth, respectively.

On the other hand, Ludhiana eves stood second in the league tournament. While Gurdaspur stood first, Amritsar and Ropar finished third and forth, respectively.



Hurdle race at Bal Bharti School
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Bal Bharati Public School organised the final day of the hurdle race competition for the primary section here today.

The children had to cross the hurdles titled as ‘Great Wall of China’, ‘Twin Tower’, ‘Mount Everest’ and ‘Empire Estate’.

Punam Dogra, principal, Bal Bharati School, said it was an annual physical training programme prescribed for students to inculcate sportsmanship amongst them.



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