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CBSE Class XII Results
DAV boy is first with 96 pc
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Yatish Jain of DAV Public senior Secondary School from the commerce stream has topped the district in the Class XII examinations (CBSE) with 96 per cent marks.

Trailing him closely is Ajay Arora of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary, Shastri Nagar, with 95.8 per cent marks.

On his success mantra, Yatish says: " I devoted 10 to 14 hours to studies everyday." A cricket fan, he wants to get into Shriram College of commerce, Delhi.

"He has done us proud. We are known as a family of industrialists, but now on we can proudly proclaim that we have a scholar in our family,”said his beaming grandfather.

In humanities, Navdeep Kaur is first in the district with 94. 8 per cent marks. She is a student of BCM Arya Model School, Chandigarh road.

Prerna Verma of B.C.M School, Arya Model Senior Secondary, Sharsti Nagar, is placed second with 94 per cent mark.

Says Navdeep: " I have never depended on rote. I was expecting close to 90 per cent marks. My joy knew no bounds when I learnt I had topped the district with 94. 8 per cent marks. My parents wanted me to opt for medical or non-medical subjects but I have special interest in humanities."

Navdeep Kaur gives credit for her success to her former principal S.D. Kalia.

In case of Jashanjit Kaur, also of BCM Arya Model School, who topped in the non-medical stream with 96.4 per cent, academic distinction seems in her genes. Her mother, Gurdeep Kaur, was a Class X topper in her times.

"I was supported by my teachers who gave me extra time. I studied more than 10 hours everyday. I owe my success to my teachers and my mother.”

Ashish Markan of DAV Public School as well as Neha Ghai of BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, have both topped in the medical stream with 94 per cent marks.

Says Neha : " I am not a bookworm but I study with concentration."

Says Ashish Markan: "I prepared well for the exams. I took the help of sample papers to grasp the new examination pattern.This worked for me."

Students can access their CBSE Class XII results on mobile phones. Spice Telecom today said that students could key in their roll number and send an SMS to the company and get the result. 

Success Mantra

1  followed a schedule and devoted 10 to 14 hours to studies everyday

— Yatish Jain (Commerce)

1 have been regular with my work and have never depended on rote

— Navdeep Kaur (Humanities)

1  was helped by my teachers who gave me extra time

— Jashanjit Kaur (Non-medical)

1  am not a bookworm but I study with concentration

— Neha Ghai (Medical)

1  took the help of sample papers to grasp the new exam pattern

— Ashish Markan (Med)



BCM, DAV have best results
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A total of 47 students of BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, obtained more than 90 per cent marks.

BCM Principal Paramjit Kaur attributed the success to “commitment of teachers and hard work by students.

Fortysix students of DAV Public School did the institution proud securing more than 90 per cent marks followed by 43 from Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, and 29 students from KVM School.

Sixteen boys and girls of Guru Nanak Public School secured above 90 per cent marks; 13 of BVM School achieved the distinction and an equal number from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, got above 90 per cent marks.

Sahnewal: Class XII students of Tagore International Senior Secondary School here have brought laurels to the school by securing good positions in the CBSE examination. The result of the school has been 98 per cent.



Muthoot Burglary
The super rich who wanted too much, too fast
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
He has more air-conditioners in his house than a common man has coolers. But now he sleeps on cemented floor, under rickety fans, in the custody of the CIA police.

Puneet Aggarwal, accused in the multi-crore Muthoot burglary case, is probably the richest accused cooling his heel’s in police net.

Twentysix-year-old Puneet has bank savings and assets far more than the Rs 2.80 crore gold he allegedly stole in connivance with the acting bank manager, Ritesh Pillai, on Saturday. Puneet would have got only half of the amount.

His double-storeyed mansion in Urban Estate (Phase II) has more than a dozen rooms. Today, he shares a cell with Pillai and two others. His clothes make him stand apart.

Police investigation revealed that it was greed for more that led this affluent industrialist to become a co-accused in the crime.

The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, said Puneet had claimed that he had monthly savings of Rs 10 lakh or more. “His parents had bought a luxury car worth Rs 16 lakh last month. This was his fifth luxury car,” he said.

One poor decision has forced him to travel in police jeeps and vans, probably sweating more than the hundreds of labourers employed at his two electroplating units in Focal Point.

“His case has baffled us. We deal with poor or middle class persons or labourers or even those industrialists who had fallen on bad days, but here we have a man who is super rich, and yet greed for more did him in,” the SSP said.

Contacted through police sources, Puneet and Pillai said they made the plan while discussing the gold. “Pillai showed me how much gold he had in the company, and jokingly we said let us steal it. Soon, we started making elaborate plans,” Puneet told the police.

The police said the duo planned to keep silent for three months after the burglary. After that, Puneet would have sold the gold through his wide social and business network.



Petrol station raided
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A team from the department of district food, civil supplies and consumer affairs conducted a raid on Azad Fuel Station at Fountain Chowk here today.

The petrol station, owned by Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPC), was closed for an hour and petrol and diesel samples were taken.

The raid was conducted following a complaint by a customer, alleging that the owners and staff were supplying substandard fuel.

It’s not the first time that the station has come under scanner. Earlier, several raids and surprise checks had been conducted on the station.

“The staff is dishonest and never fills sufficient fuel in two-wheelers and four-wheelers. We have experienced the problem several times and had complained to the owner once, and he had apologised,” a customer alleged.

The DFSC (West), V.K. Sharma, said a team of officials had conducted a raid on the station and had also called BPC officials on the spot. Samples were taken and sent for testing. Action would be taken after getting the reports, he said.

However, a BPC official said the station enjoyed the second maximum clientele. “It is unfortunate that the station has been caught in controversies because of corrupt practices of the lower staff,” the official added.



Park panels get notices
But where are the grants?
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Just two months after park management committees (PMCs) were announced, the horticulture wing of the MC has issued notices to 22 PMCs for not maintaining the parks well.

A team of MC officials inspected the parks at random and issued notices two days ago. The notices have caused resentment among members of the PMCs, who say that several of them were yet to get cheques for maintenance, but had been served with the notices.

They said when the parks were being maintained by them, nobody had encouraged them. Now, they were being given notices.

The XEN, horticulture, J.S. Bilga, said action was taken against committees that were not following rules as per the agreement signed between the MC and the PMCs.

As per rules, 10 per cent of the area under a park was to be developed as flower bed and the rest for greenery and trees.

“This was done to reduce dust in colonies adjoining the parks,” he said, adding that the next action would be to deduct money from the maintenance grant being given to the PMCs at the rate of Rs 1 per sq metre.

“Look at the way they are treating us. Not many PMCs have been given the first grant yet, but the MC wants the parks to be perfect in just two months. And some parks that are well-maintained have also been issued notices. It must remember that it takes at least six months to develop a park,” S.S. Chana, who spearheaded the campaign for maintenance of parks, said.

Admitting that it was too early to penalise the PMCs, Bilga said: “We just want them to follow guidelines. We would not do anything to spoil the environment required to maintain the parks. We have sent letters to only 22 PMCs while there are more than 220 PMCs,” he said.



VHP, Bajrang Dal rally against terror
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 21
Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal today held a scooter and motorcycle rally in the city to register their protest against increasing disruptive activities of what they termed as “Islamic terrorism”.

They later presented a memorandum to the President of India through district administration calling for effective measures against terrorist outfits, supported by Muslim groups and institutions.

The rally commenced from Chowk Division No. 3 and passed through Ghas Mandi, Chaura Bazar, Sabun Bazar chowk, Girja Ghar chowk, books market, Kesarganj chowk, Lakkar Bazar, Gian Sthal Mandir chowk, Jail road, Jagraon bridge, railway station, Clock Tower, Kailash Cinema chowk, Dandi Swami, Ghumar Mandi, Aarti chowk before culminating at mini secretariat where the memorandum was submitted to additional deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti.

Leaders of the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, speaking at a rally at mini secretariat, stated that the nation was suffering from Islamic terrorism, fuelled by agencies from across the border, and terrorist outfits were targeting public places and places of worship at will.

‘Anti-terrorism day’ observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
The district administration organised a function to observe Anti-terrorism Day at Mini Secretariat here today. ADC (general) K.P. Brar presided over the function.

Darshan Singh, district public relations officer, Ludhiana, administered pledge to the participants to denounce terrorism and work for peace and communal harmony. A police contingent presented salute by reversing arms. Two minutes silence was observed for the peace of the souls of terrorism victims.

“There is a general sense of insecurity among people but ironically the central government has failed to learn any lesson from series of terrorist attacks at Varanasi, Ayodhya, Malegaon, Mumbai, Rampur and recently at Jaipur.”

In the memorandum, the two parties pointed out that delay in execution of the death sentence to Afzal Guru, the prime accused in attack of the Parliament House, had created an impression among militant Muslim groups that India was a safe haven for them.

This had led to flooding of a score of Indian cities and towns with arms and ammunition, explosives, fake currency and narcotic drugs, thereby virtual collapse of the economy and security setup.



Sub-registrar’s office waterlogged for 3rd day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Causing inconvenience to the public, the sub-registrar’s office here remained waterlogged for the third day today. People who had come to get sale deeds registered had to wade through the water to enter the office premises. Residents said though the office was shifted here a long time ago, no attention was being paid to facilities like drinking water or civic amenities.

“Due to the recent rain, the office is waterlogged. It is difficult for people to enter the office and shoes and clothes get spoilt,” said Sonu, a parking lot attendant.

Parminder Singh who had come to get his sale deed registered said: “I wonder why they don’t do something about it. Afterall, it generates a huge revenue for the state.”

The compound was kutcha and it was difficult to maintain balance while wading through the water, he added.



Jewellery Shop Attack
Police zeroing in on culprits 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh May 21
The police has tightened noose around members of a gang that had attacked a jewellery shop owned by Kuldip Singh Karwal, general secretary, SAD youth wing, and thrashed his brother,Gurdeep Singh, after dragging him to the Railway road here on Monday. Though a few persons were reportedly rounded up by the police, no body was arrested.

Contrary to the earlier belief that Gurdeep Singh was allegedly attacked by supporters of Ajit Singh Ahluwalia, the police ascertained that dispute over payment of Rs 50,000 was the reason behind the rivalry with the Karwal family.

Ahluwalia criticised supporters of Karwal, who had tried to exploit religious sentiments of Sikhs, by misguiding the police and public about the sequence of events that led to assault on Gurdeep Singh Karwal.

Investigations by a special team headed by the Malerkotla DSP revealed that Karwal family was in dispute with Mohammad Akhtar of Malerkotla. Akhtar had threatened Gurdeep of dire consequences after the latter refused to pay Rs 50,000 to the former.

As Karwal family was actively involved in row over the control of Gurdwara Singh Sabha, supporters of Jagdev Singh Boparai stated that the groups supporting Ahluwalia was involved in the attack.

The atmosphere in the town became emotionally surcharged when members of Karwal family instead of providing precise information to the police tried to garner sympathy of a particular community. However, the police succeeded in identifying the suspects on the basis of information received from eye witnesses.

Claiming that all accomplice of Mohammad Akhtar (prime accused) had been identified, DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand claimed that the investigating team had tightened noose around the assaulters.

Sikand called upon office-bearers of a few social and religious organisations to help the administration in maintaining peace and tranquility in the area.



Women empowerment project goes to PAU 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
The department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, Government of India, has sanctioned a mega project,” An integrated approach to provide employment opportunities to women” with a budgetary allocation of Rs 54.96 lakh to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) recently.

The sanctioned project will address issues concerning empowerment of women in their economic, social, psychological and physical well being. Giving details about the project, PAU vice-chancellor M.S. Kang said rural women being an integral part of the agricultural economy had a definite role in bio-diversity conservation and environment protection, adding that the envisaged technical programme under the project would be a guiding force for other institutes as the university would be taking a lead in women empowerment.

Dr Jaswinder Kaur Sangha, principal investigator the project aims to develop innovative strategies for knowledge and skill empowerment of women to promote, protect and preserve their productive role. “Some agriculture-related technologies dealing with tissue culture, floriculture, mushroom cultivation and growing of seasonal vegetables can generate opportunities for the technical and economic empowerment of women”, she added while disclosing that the project would be operated in multi-disciplinary mode with ultimate aim of reaching out to the target stake holders the rural women.

Dr Sangha said the project would envisage setting up of women bio-source application that would help in multi-economical viable and ecology compatible technology to rural women through activities such as mass propagation of tissue culture, sugarcane, floriculture, ornamental plants, organic growing of vegetables and cultivation.

Besides, the project will focus on protected cultivation of seasonal vegetables and practical training to women on the technique of nursery rising. “All four components of the project will consider creating awareness on nutritional health, hygiene and educating women in marketing skills”, said Dr Sangha.



Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 21
Rich tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 17th death anniversary by functionaries of the District Congress Committee (Urban) at Congress Bhawan here today. The meeting was presided over by senior party leaders Vidya Sagar Rampal and Des Raj Saini.

Party activists remembered the contributions of the slain prime minister in ushering the country towards the 21st century. They said it was under Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership that youth’s energy was channelised for creativity and nation-building activities.

“Reduction in the voting age, computer education for the youth and a revolution in communication were a few major achievements of the then government led by Rajiv Gandhi which made India take big strides toward modern technology and keep itself abreast with developed countries of the world,” they maintained.



Villagers organise mela
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
People attended the 9th annual mela organised in the memory of Lakh Daata Peer at Bulara village.

Villagers belonging to different communities performed “chadar ceremony” followed by a special performance of five dholis.

A Punjabi cultural programme was the main attraction of the evening wherein Sukhwinder Sukhi, Daler Punjabi , Ravinder Diwana and Manmohan Bhatti mesmerised the audience with their performances. A community kitchen was also organised.



Banks must reach out to poor

As part of Financial Inclusion Initiative, Punjab National Bank opened SB accounts of hundreds of factory workers and other underprivileged sections.

The scheme, conceptualised by bank CMD K C Chakarbroty, has been appreciated by the RBI and the government of India. This shows that banks need to reach out to the poor.

Other banks, including private ones, should also contribute toward the initiative by making banking services affordable to the poorest of the poor. Unemployed youth can be recruited as special staff for the purpose.Only then “financial inclusion” would justify its goal.

B.B. Goyal, Ludhiana

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Crop Damage Farmers seek claim; ICICI refuses 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Farmers living in villages in and around Jagraon have alleged that a private company from which they got their potato crop insured has refused to settle their claims despite they having inured huge crop loss. At least 40 farmers said the company charged a premium of Rs 1,600 per acre for which the sum insured was Rs 24,000 but,now it was refusing to make that payment.

"We got our crop insured in November, but in the last week of December a large portion of crop got destroyed due to the frost. The company had installed an equipment to check weather but it remained non-functional for at least 10 days. Now, the company is reluctant to settle our claims on the ground that the weather conditions in the area were not adverse," said Tarun Mohan Sharma of Sidhwan Bet, who got his 3 acres insured.

Most of the farmers hail from Sidhwan Bet,Sawaddi Kalan,Chowkiman and Janetpura villages.

The farmers, who are doing contractual farming for a company, said executives of ICICI Lombard, were avoiding them ever since they have sought their claim.

"We have been running from pillar to post and after incurring an loss of roughly Rs 30,000 to 32,000 per acre towards the crop apart from the insurance premium, the company's attitude is causing us a lot of harrasment," said Manjit Singh from Tuggal village.

The farmers said most of them recorded crop damage between 30 per cent and 100 per cent due to the frost. Demanding that the company should settle their claims, they said they would move the consumer court if it failed to do so.

When contacted, a company executive said, “We have not refused to settle their claims and are paying Rs 1,680 per acre to them.”



Rain brings relief to cultivators 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh May 21
The two-day rain brought relief not only to urban population, but the peasants as well gained financially by cutting down the cost for preparing fields for cultivating paddy and cotton crops in this belt of Malwa. Savings could have been much more had the administration given relaxed the ban on the early sowing of the paddy.

The intermittent rain besides bringing cheer to residents of urban areas delighted peasants of the area as they expected a substantial cut in the cost of preparation of fields for paddy and cotton crops.

Observations by The Tribune revealed that a large number of farmers, who had earlier made up their mind to start preparation for sowing paddy and cotton, postponed their programme as their fields had been flooded with the rain water.

Cultivators of fodder crops and pulses expected higher yield due to heavy showers during sowing period.

Hardial Singh of Chhapar village was happy that the cost of preparing the paddy fields will be reduced by Rs 1,000 per acre this year. “While we consumed diesel worth Rs 1,500 for preparing each acre for sowing the paddy last year, this year very little fuel will be needed to water the fields,” said Hardial Singh adding that labourers will be required this time.

Jasbir Singh, a botanist, said the rain was beneficial for fodders crops and pulses as they were growing phase.

He said nurseries, having grown paddy sapling, were also gainers. “Being first shower of the season it will add minerals in general and electrolytes in particular to the soil,” argued Jasbir Singh. 



Sacred Heart student wins laurels
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Megha Gulati has brought laurels to the city by topping the Class-X ICSE board examination in the district with 95.83 per cent marks.

She is a student of Sacred Heart Convent School. Sharing her delight with The Tribune, she said: “I just could not believe it for a moment. But now, I am feeling on the top of the world." She gives credit of her success to self-study and able guidance of her teachers.

Talking about her aim, Megha said, "For now, I hope to repeat my success in the Class-XII examination."

According to the authorities, the result of the Class-X examination has been excellent with 50 students scoring above 80 per cent. Megha Gulati topped with an overall percentage of 95.83 while Jobanmeet Kaur scored 85.16 per cent and Chanakyaveer Singh scored 94.83 marks.



Health wing cautions people against cut fruits
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana,May 21
The mass media wing and malaria field staff of the health department today organised awareness camps at the railway station, general bus stand and the Jawahar Nagar locality to educate people about preventive steps to be taken against water-borne diseases like jaundice, typhoid, cholera, gastroenteritis, which were common during summer and the rainy season.

Led by district health officer S.S. Dhir,health staff advised students to avoid eating cut fruit, uncovered food stuff, drink chlorinated or boiled water and observe basics of personal hygiene. A team comprising district mass media and information officer Satish Sachdeva and assistant unit officer (malaria) Darshan Singh held an awareness camp at Government Senior Secondary School in Jawahar Nagar. In the awareness camps, the people were asked to keep their surroundings clean, check breeding of mosquito in the vicinity of their houses, maintain hydration in cases of diarrhoea or vomiting and get blood tested for malaria in case of fever.



Time to break myth behind blood donation: Doc 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 21
Healthy people should voluntarily donate blood as there is a huge gap between its availability and demand for the critically ill-patients. Despite efforts being made at various levels, blood collected from voluntary donations in this part of the country constitutes just 20 per cent.

This was stated by Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head, department of transfusion medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, during a lecture on health education Monday evening. She asserted, “In India, as also in Punjab, people are not motivated to donate blood. They are scared of this because of numerous myths surrounding its donation. Of late, large number families have started donating blood during their birthdays, anniversaries, and other happy occasions. But, those who can donate blood must remember that it cannot be manufactured, it comes only from people. So, consider yourself always invited.”

Stressing on the need to make blood donation a mass movement, she called for making the process hassle-free. “Today people are too busy to spare time to donate blood. Factors like location of blood bank, procedural hurdles and inconvenient timings make them even more reluctant. Regular announcements should be made in the print and electronic media about the location of blood banks, timing and dates of voluntary blood donation camps whenever organised. 



Chandigarh comfortably poised
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 21
Hosts Chandigarh were well-placed against Ludhiana in third match of the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy played at the cricket stadium, Chandigarh, Sector 16, today.

Chandigarh won the toss and chose to bat first. They were bowled out for 252 runs after 73.5 overs with main contributions coming through Manan Vohra (55), Naveen Dhiman (39), Krishna (24) and Hitesh Bhutani (20).

For Ludhiana, Gaurav Sharma was the most successful bowler, capturing four wickets for 91 runs.

Sandeep Singh claimed three wickets for 19 runs, while skipper, Abhishek Talwar sent down 31 overs and grabbed two wickets conceding 72 runs.

Ludhiana began their reply on a sedate note. At the draw of stumps, they were struggling at 46 for 2 after 40 overs.

Sandeep Singh got run out on 30. Paras Mehndiratta with15 runs was the not out batsman, while Abhinav Bhatia was yet to open his account.



Punjab soft tennis squad named
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 21
The Punjab soft tennis team (boys) was announced today on the conclusion of a week-long coaching camp organised from May 14 to 21 here at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys. According to Kila Raipur MLA Jasbir Singh Khangura, who is also the president of the Punjab State Soft Tennis Association, the team would represent the state in the 6th Senior National Soft Tennis Championship scheduled to be held at Bhopal from May 26 to 29.

The players are Kuljit Singh Puri, Raj Kumar, Gurwinder Singh, Harpal Singh, Surinder Singh, Harvinder Singh and Parwinder Singh.

Narinder Singh and Jasbir Singh will accompany the team as coach and manager, respectively.



Basketball meet from May 28
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 21
The Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship for boys and girls will be held at AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, from May 28 to 31, according to Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) president Rajdeep Singh Gill.

Players born on or after January 1, 1995 are eligible to take part in this four-day meet. Khanna SSP Gautam Cheema and PBA joint secretary Vijay Singla are the chairman and organising secretary, respectively, of the event.

Performance during this championship will be taken into consideration while selecting Punjab boys and girls’ squads for the forthcoming 35th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship slated to be held from June 15 to 21 at Kapurthala, Gill said.



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