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Fake note, real loss
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A fake note in your hands is entirely your loss now. With a number of cases being reported of counterfeit currency being in circulation, banks have grown stricter in implementing norms related to such notes.

This means that in case you happen to possess one, you will have to lodge an FIR and let the bank destroy the same. The holder of such a note does not get it back. The rule is being implemented sternly as per the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) guidelines.

For the banks it is important to implement the apex bank's guidelines in order to check circulation of counterfeit currency.

But the common man, who may not know how to ascertain whether a note is genuine or not, is terming the development "unfair". The situation is worse in case of those who are not educated enough to make out the difference.

At a local bank, a daily wager, who came to deposit her earnings of 15 days, bitterly wept as the bank told her that the Rs 500 that she wanted to deposit was a fake. Officials could do little about it and for the labourer it was a big loss. "This is all that I had. Now they are saying they will destroy it. What is my fault if the note is not genuine?" she questioned.

Such cases are not rare. However, banks say there is little they can do to help such customers as destroying notes that are not genuine is the only way to deal with the problem.

"If we give it back to the customer, the note remains in circulation which is why we have to destroy it," said an official.

Most of the cases of counterfeiting are being reported in notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

In most cases, people can identify fake notes by their coarseness. Such notes are rough, the shine of the silver thread is conspicuous by its brightness. In contrast, in a genuine note the silver thread is not very bright and the words RBI and Bharat are on the thread. The thread is also smoother in case of a genuine note.

Meanwhile, the RBI has also asked banks to discontinue re-issuing Rs 500 notes of the 1996 series.


BSP attacks govt over rising prices
Party to hold district-level rallies
Kuldip Bhatia

Senior BSP leaders raise hands to express solidarity at the rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Senior BSP leaders raise hands to express solidarity at the rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, September 2
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today launched a frontal attack on the SAD-BJP government in Punjab over burning issues like rise in prices of essential commodities, increasing unemployment and failure to alleviate poverty in the state.

In a rally at Grain Market near Jalandhar bypass here, senior leaders of the party said a nation-wide "jan-chetna" (public mobilisation) drive had been launched on the directions of party supremo Mayawati to focus on the failure of the respective state governments to address the problems of the economically weaker sections and Dalits. In the course of the campaign, district-level rallies will be organised all over the country this month.

National general secretary of the BSP Narinder Kashyap, state president Avtar Singh Karimpuri, and general secretaries of the state unit Ramanjit Lally and Gurmel Singh Pehalwan were among those who addressed the rally.

Accusing the government of working at the behest of corporates and capitalists, Kashyap said prices of petroleum products, pulses, edible oils and other items of daily need were increasing rapidly while the government appeared to have no clue about tackling the situation. "The fact remains that the political parties which win elections with the funds provided by big industrial and business houses cannot take stern measures against hoarders and profiteers."

The BSP leader alleged that both the state and the Centre had failed to provide employment opportunities to the educated youth and unemployment had assumed alarming proportions in the state, as also elsewhere. Similarly, even after six decades of Independence of the country, the plight of the poor people had only worsened. "More than 12 crore people in India are houseless, have no guarantee of two square meals, do not have adequate clothing, education or other needs of life even today."

State chief of the BSP Karimpuri claimed that the party had chalked out a comprehensive programme to solve problems of privatisation, internal and external security, poverty, rural and urban development, basic education, civic amenities, infrastructure and power shortage on a priority basis. "The party will accord top priority to improve the lot of the homeless, farmers and farm workers, small traders and weaker sections if voted to power," he stated.



MCPI plans third front in Punjab
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI), while expressing concern over the serious economic crisis leading to general slowdown, is taking steps towards the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP third front in Punjab with the help of like-minded parties.

The Punjab state committee of the party, which met here on Monday under the presidentship of Prem Singh Bhangu, reviewed the global trends and political situation in the country. Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, general secretary, and several district presidents, attended the meeting.

According to state secretary of the MCPI Kuldip Singh, the party was of the view that the global economic crisis had affected the national economy. The GDP had come down to 7.6 per cent as against the projection of 9 per cent while inflation was hovering around 13 per cent, leading to unprecedented hike in prices of essential commodities.

While discussing the political situation in Punjab, the party deliberated on the issue of forming a third alternative without the Congress and the BJP which should be based on concrete policies and programme of anti-capitalist liberal and neo-liberal policies of imperialist globalisation.

The party has called upon all non-Congress and non-BJP parties to help forge such a front to ameliorate the conditions of working people in India.

In a resolution, the MCPI noted with concern the situation arising from floods in Bihar and pathetic plight of lakhs of affected people. It asked the government to provide immediate and adequate relief to the people.

The state secretary said the party would hold a state-level convention on October 12 at Ludhiana to chalk out a broad format of the third front as also focus on other problems of the poor sections and working people.



GNE College seats up by 165
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The All-India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, has increased the number of seats in various B.Tech courses by 165 in Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana. The seats will be filled from the current academic session.

On receipt of the notification from principal secreatry of technical education Tejinder Kaur, college principal Dr M.S. Saini held a meeting with all heads of departments to ensure that the seats are filled on merit basis.

According to media coordinator of the college Prof Kanwaljit Singh, 30 seats have been increaed in each branch i.e. civil, electronics and communication engineering, mechanical, electrical and computer science engineering and 15 seats in production engineering.

The meeting was attended by Dr Hardeep Singh Rai (HoD, civil), Dr Sehjpal Singh (HoD, mechanical/ production engineering), Jaswinder Singh (HoD, electrical), Dr Sukhdev Singh (HoD, MBA), Kanwaljit Singh (HoD, ECE), Parminder Singh (HoD, CSE), Akhshay Girdhar (HoD, IT), Dr R.P. Singh (HoD, applied sciences), Jasmaninder Singh Grewal, (head, workshop), Nirmal Singh Grewal (dean, S&W), Dr J.N. Jha (dean, consultancy), S.S. Gill (dean, administration), Gurdeepak Singh (dean, PG&R).

The counselling for admission to the increased seats will be held on September 9 and the last date for filling the forms is September 8. The forms are available from the college and can also be downloaded from the college website www.gndc.ac.in. The merit list will be displayed on the college notice board on Setember 9.



Online b’day greetings for Ishmeet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Fans visited various community websites to wish Voice of India winner the late Ishmeet Singh Sodhi on his birthday.

His friends and fans, who could not make it to his house, logged on to the websites like Orkut and Face Book to wish him. They visited Ishmeet's profile and expressed their well wishes for the family. Some started an SMS campaign to celebrate the birth anniversary of the singer. At least nine of Ishmeet’s profiles on Orkut were flooded with wishes. His profile on Face Book was also visited by a number of fans. Messages were still pouring in till the filing of this report.

Mona, one such fan, wrote: "Happy birthday Ishmeet, I wish I would have celebrated this day. I know bodies die, but souls live forever. You will always live in our heart, we miss you."

"I wish I could celebrate this day with you, but it is sad that you are not with us," read one of the messages. "I feel so bad. We have lost one of the best singers. You will always be remembered as Star Voice of India. Happy birthday," said another message.



Craze for sporty bikes on the rise
Shveta Pathak

Tribune News Service

From kids to college students, office-goers and the elderly, one can spot a large number of people riding colourful, attractive bicycles in the city

Ludhiana, September 2
The good old days of the black Roadster seem be over with sports and mountain-terrain bikes flooding the market. Feeling encouraged, Ludhiana, the largest bicycle-manufacturing hub, is churning out beauties in colours and designs like never before.

From schoolchildren to youths, women to working class, one could spot a large number of them riding coloured, wider tyres and attractive looking bicycles these days. Rough estimates point toward a sharp rise in demand for such fancy bicycles.

The change is significant and it is no more the made-in-China tag that one looks for when it comes to a good-looking bike. Unlike earlier, Ludhiana’s bicycle manufacturers are mainly focusing on the appearance of bicycles.

There is higher spending on using a wide variety of colours and technology. Production of these fancy bikes, that was barely 10 per cent earlier, has now risen to at least 50 per cent of the total. What is even more significant is the fact that the changing trend is not restricted to large or medium units, smaller ones, too, have joined in.

“Half of our production now includes fancy, mountain terrain bikes and sports bikes. Even kids don’t want to opt for plain-looking cycles. As profit margins are better in these bikes, industry has been quick to make the shift,” says Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.

Indian customers prefer the Ludhiana-made bicycle, as he believes it offers a better quality in comparison with its Chinese counterpart. Price difference is not much. Rates of Roadster have been continually rising thanks to steep and repeated hikes in the steel rates. While Roadster is available for Rs 1,950 onwards, prices of fancy bikes start from Rs 2,500.

“It looks much better and gives a better feeling. I don’t want to ride the black or green cycle any more which is why I went for this bike which has wider tyres, gears and is definitely better looking. It’s little more expensive but comes with many added features,” Harsimar Singh, a student, reasoned out as he opted for a mountain terrain bike.

Rising fuel costs have raised demand for bicycles by at least 10 to 15 per cent, say manufacturers. Another positive sign for the industry is that it has not been much hit by the entry of e-bikes. “We have rather recorded a rise in demand. e-bikes are giving competition to other two wheelers,” said a manufacturer.

For the largest bicycle manufacturing industry pricing is a critical issue. They did not increase the rates in proportion to rise in other input costs. In coming days, it’s demand that this industry hopes, would help it sail through.



No sale of mutton, chicken tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The district administration has banned the sale of mutton, chicken and eggs on September 4. The day is observed as 'Ahinsa' Day.

The order, which would be applicable to the entire district, has asked all hotels and 'dhabas' not to cook or serve any non-vegetarian dish on the day. All shops and ‘rehris’ selling meat and eggs have been asked to remain closed.



Now, viral infections grip Gyaspura
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Though the threat of gastroenteritis is not over in Gyaspura, residents are now suffering from viral and skin infections triggered by rotting waste, pools of filthy water in vacant plots and on roads.

Also, doctors have expressed concern over the stagnant rain water in dingy corners that increases the probability of breeding of Aedes mosquito causing dengue.

People residing in colonies near Dabba Lohara road are suffering from severe viral and bacterial infections. Almost every house in Adarsh Colony and Gurbachan Colony is down with high fever, sore throat, persistent shivering, nausea and diarrhoea.

Skin rashes followed by fungal infections is another problem that has triggered owing to the poor sanitation conditions in Gyaspura.

What is more upsetting is the sight of dead dogs in the garbage which is being dumped in the government land near Dabba Lohara road.

A resident of Adarsh Colony, while pointing at the decomposed bodies of the dogs, stated that it was difficult to pass from the area as the stink was unbearable.

Ironically, despite repeated reminders, the MC has failed to remove the bodies of stray dogs.

Dr R.S. Sodhi, medical superintendent at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Hospital, stated that former deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, Anurag Verma had approached the hospital authorities to set up a dispensary in Gyaspura to deal with epidemic cases. "Before we could finalise the project, the deputy commissioner was transferred and the files went in hibernation," Dr Sodhi added.

Ludhiana civil surgeon claimed that five water samples were collected from Jivan Nagar followed by distribution of chlorine tablets and ORS near slums adjoining Dhandari Kalan.

Residents of Kidwai Nagar, Janakpuri, Sherpur, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Jivan Nagar and labour colony were cautioned against seasonal diseases.



Sewa Bharti activists donate eyes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
Activists of the local unit of the Sewa Bharti Society vowed to donate eyes after death. The oath was taken in response to a call given by the Punarjot Eye Bank Society, which is organising a statewide awareness rally as part of observance of the 23rd National Fortnight for Eye Donation.

The rally was welcomed by doctors and social activists at civil hospital here today.

Addressing the rally, Dr Rajesh Garg, eye surgeon, and Dr Karnail Singh apprehended that incidences of blindness would multiply alarmingly if masses were not educated about eye care and significance of cornea donation after death.

Referring to studies undertaken by the health authorities, the doctors said there were over 2 million blind persons in the country and every year 40,000 to 45,000 fresh cases of blindness were being reported.

Emphasizing the need of creating awareness about eye donation after death, Dr Garg regretted that the Punjabis contributed only 1 per cent of the total over 35,000 annual donations.

Rachhpal Singh, in charge of the mobile team, said the awareness rally had started from Hoshiarpur on August 25.

Hundreds of persons, including men and women undertook to donate their cornea after death. These included Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat and minister Tikshan Sood. Nazar Singh, Gurnam Singh of Dhulkot village, Dalip Singh Rai, Bhagwan Dass and Savitri Devi signed undertaking today.

Ramesh Chand Ghai, a BJP leader, Amin Chand Joshi, vice-president and Jagjit Singh Jajjie, general secretary of the society, persuaded volunteers to donate eyes.



DMCH gets machine to cut kidney stones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A state-of-the-art machine for breaking kidney stones that is an Extra-corporeal Shock Wave Lithography (ESWL) was installed at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, a press release said, here today. A German-made dernier compact sigma modular lithographer is one of its kinds in the region and is able to crush even hard stones because of its powerful shock generator.

The extra-corporeal lithography works best with the stones between 4mm and 2 cm in diameter that are located in kidney.

The machine was made operational in the presence of faculty members and other staff of the urology department. An X-ray or ultrasound is used to locate the kidney stone and by a computerised system the kidney stone is powdered into fine particles and passes through urine.

Patients with the stone disease can be treated on outpatient basis without any cut or anesthesia and can be discharged within a few hours. The patient feels no pain and can resume work on the same day. Daljit Singh, principal, DMCH, lauded the installation of such a high-series machine for a non-invasive management of the stone disease.



At last, repair of roads begins
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 2
Commuters heaved a sigh of relief as the much-awaited repair of the main market road and Rampur road has been ultimately started by the municipal committee.

The main market road, known as the railway road here, had been crying for attention for the past many years. The condition of the road was pitiable and residents and road users often complained of the bumpy ride and deep potholes.

Inderjit Singh Kala, MC chief, asserted that he, along with his fellow councillors, including Manjit Singh Jaggi, Gurwinder Singh Babbar, Devinder Kaur Sethi, Harnek Singh, Kulwant Kaur, Bibi Satwinder Kaur, would make Doraha the best town to reside in as it would be endowed with all those facilities which a model town was expected to have.

He also said tenders worth Rs 1.5 crore, meant for developmental purposes, would be opened on September 11 after which work would be initiated on a war-footing.

The president said he would work primarily for the development of the town. His sole consideration being to ensure the cleanliness and sanitation for the residents. He claimed that he would try to provide sewerage facility to the residents.



Maid’s Death
Murder, not suicide: Report
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The death of an 11-year-old girl at Mata Nagar on Sunday has taken a new twist. The post-mortem report has confirmed that it was a murder.

The girl, who was as a domestic help, was found hanging from ventilator with the room locked from inside.

The police, which was earlier terming it as a suicide case, has now registered a murder case against an unknown person on the basis on the post-mortem report.

Meanwhile, Model Town police station SHO Waryam Singh said, "The couple who had employed the girl is still at large. The family had expressed ignorance and said the girl had retired to her room after serving them lunch.

He added, "The parents of the girl have nothing to say against the employer. The doctors, who had conducted the post- mortem, have also been asked to ascertain whether the girl was physically abused or raped.

The doctors have sent the swabs to the forensic lab in Kharar and the results are awaited."



‘Envoys of Indian Culture’ honoured in Oman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
As many as 12 artistes from Punjab recently represented India in the Gulf countries under the aegis of the Indian Cultural Council for Relation (ICCR).

The tour was organised by the ministry of cultural affairs, the Government of India.

Indian cultural team led by Ravinder Rangoowal, who is also the president of a Punjab cultural society, performed bhangra, folk orchestra, jindua, jhumar, malwai gidha, Punjabi ballet ‘Mirza Sahiba’ at Sana, Ibb, Dhamar, Aden in Yemen and Muscat, Salalah in Oman.

Sharing his experiences, Rangoowal said, "Response of audience was overwhelming as they not only danced to tunes of the folk orchestra but also joined our troupe on stage during the bhangra performance."

The Indian ambassadors in Yemen and Oman honoured the artistes and bestowed the title of “Envoys of Indian Culture” abroad.



Youth Cong launches membership drive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
The District Youth Congress (Urban) launched a month-long membership drive at Congress Bhawan here today. A party meeting convened to formally open the membership campaign was presided over by DYC president Dimple Rana, while in charge of the All India Youth Congress membership campaign Shakir Sanadi attended the meeting as the chief guest.

Addressing party workers, Shakir said primary members will be enrolled till September 30 and thereafter voter lists will be published for elections to the block units. The block-level office-bearers will later take part in the organisational elections to the district and state level. He said the party leadership had decided to accord 33 per cent reservation to women in the organisational posts.

Rana claimed that there was an overwhelming response to the membership drive as the block presidents and other functionaries were mobilising the cadres to join the party as active members in a bid to consolidate the youth wing of the party.



Project to cement streets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Chief Parliamentary secretary of Punjab Harish Rai Dhanda today laid the foundation stone of a project to cement streets in different localities around Neemwala Chowk.

Area councillor Sushil Raju Thapar said the project worth Rs 21.96 lakh would be completed within four months.



Diesel engine oil launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Castrol India today announced the launch of diesel engine oils, Castrol CRB Plus and CRB Turbo, incorporating "synthetic technology".

Shankha Banerjee, general manager, marketing, said with technological changes in commercial vehicle segment, truck and tractor users had increasingly started demanding better performance and dependability from their vehicles.

To keep up with the demand, our company is relaunching Castrol CRB Plus and Castrol CRB Turbo incorporating synthetic technology which provides greater engine protection, and performance, added Banerjee.



From School
Tiny tots put up a grand show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The campus of BCM School, Dugri, dazzled with colours amid kindergarten annual day “Natkhat Bachpan” celebrations, here today. Urmil Munjal was a chief guest. Students of the kindergarten participated in a cultural show. The function commenced with a prayer, which was followed by a solo dance, fancy dress and qawalli. Dressed in bright attires, kids tapped their feet to tunes of "Ghode jaisi chaal", "Mehndi", "Mai nikla gaddi leke" and many other songs. The attraction of the day was an item on unity "Haath se haath milao", which kept audience spellbound.

"Our aim is to bring the kids closer to our cultural heritage, which is unique in itself. Such programmes enhance personality of the students," said principal Vandana Shahi. All participants were given certificates by the chief guest.

Decoration contest held

The middle section of Kundan Vidya Mandir organised an inter-house board decoration contest here today.

All six houses of the junior humanities forum did exceedingly well in the contest. The boards displayed themes of “Aliens” and “Earth Be Cool”. Dressed up as aliens, students brought alive the earth's natural beauty.

A balanced blend of creative presentation coupled with artistic excellence conveyed the message clearly.

The students used hand-made and recycled paper to bring home the beautiful idea. Principal Rajiv Nagalia appreciated the efforts of staff as well as the students.

Swimmers shine

GRD School swimmers Prabhdeepak Singh and Simran Brar carved a niche for themselves at the Punjab school district swimming competition held at PAU recently. Prabhdeepak won gold in the 100 m breaststroke, 100 m free style and 200 m breaststroke. Simran won silver in under-14 category in 100 m and 50 m free style and 50 m breaststroke.

He has also won gold in 50 m and 100 m breaststroke and 200 m free style events during the 8th Ludhiana Sahodaya school swimming competition held at Khanna in August.



GCTA Election
Jaipal’s candidature challenged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The much-awaited election of the Government College Teachers' Association, Punjab, scheduled on September 6, has started gaining momentum with two rival candidates for the post of president challenging each other. One candidate has even threatened to move the court if the returning officer failed to entertain the representation sent by him regarding "ineligibility" of another candidate.

The returning officer, however, rejected the representation on the pretext that the constitution was being "wrongly interpreted" by the complainant.

Prof K.S.Aujla, returning officer of the GCTA election, said the complainant Dr S.S. Bomb was wrongly interpreting the constitution of the GCTA. He had already sought legal advice regarding the alleged ineligibility of Prof Jaipal for the post.

"Prof Jaipal is eligible to contest for the post of president", he made it clear, adding that objections could have been raised within the given time.

Dr S.S. Bomb, on the other hand, said he had not received the reply of his representation from the returning officer. He said he had sent his complaint late as the dates were not mentioned on the election schedule.

On the eligibility of Prof Jaipal, he said he had already enjoyed three terms, two as president and one as general secretary, consecutively of this august body. "Legally and constitutionally, Prof Jaipal is not eligible to contest again. His papers for the post of president are liable to be rejected", said Bomb, adding that he was the only eligible candidate for the post of president.

He further said if the returning officer failed to give a satisfactory reply, he will move the court to challenge the eligibility of Prof Jaipal Singh.

Both Prof Jaipal Singh and Dr S.S. Bomb are the senior lecturers in SCD Government College here.



If not to PU, give Central status to PAU: S.S. Johl
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
If the state government is not keen on imparting Central status for Panjab University, Chandigarh, then it can try to get this status for Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here, say academicians.

Already reeling under severe financial crunch, PAU, if given Central status, will get enough funds for autonomy, research and teaching purposes. The pensioners, who have not been able to get pension for months together, will feel more than happy if the Centre takes care of the funds of premier institution.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr SS Johl, a leading economist, who has been associated with PAU for decades, said the state government had failed to take the responsibility of the varsity, which had ushered the green revolution in the country. There will be no political interference if Central status was given to the farm varsity, he added.

Condemning the state government, Dr Johl said it was not willing to take the responsibility of funds but as far as political interference was concerned, every minister interfered in the smooth working of the varsity. "Centre will not take the varsity away from Ludhiana or from the people of Punjab if it came under the Centre. Rather, the varsity will get better administration with no interference. The common people will also get the benefit of its research", he said.

Dr M.S.Mahal and Mukesh Siag, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA), have said if Central status was given to the varsity, state government will be able to save Rs 100 crore, which it can spent on other universities. "We had written to the state government earlier also to provide central status to PAU. Again we will be writing to the CM to consider it seriously", said Mukesh Siag.

B.D.Tandon, president, Pensioners' Association, PAU, also supported Dr Johl on the issue. He said if the state government had failed to provide the dues of PAU retirees, how could it provide enough funds for research or teaching purposes.



Student pass holders allege harassment by drivers
Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
Accusing drivers of the state-run buses and private transporters of harassing them by not allowing them to travel despite holding valid passes, students of various colleges of the area have urged the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.

The state transport department showed an inability to direct the erring drivers to stop their vehicles near educational institutes as according to them, other passengers would not get seats if the students were allowed to board public transport freely.

In a communication addressed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the students of the colleges and their parents, have alleged that a majority of the drivers did not allow pass holders to travel in the buses.

Though the transporters were receiving their share from the amount collected from the students holding monthly passes, their conductors insisted on charging a full fare from them.

According to Karamjit Singh, a student of Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib, no state-government bus plied on the Ahmedgarh-Payal route during college hours and the drivers of the majority of the private buses did not stop near their institute. Some students were injured when they tried to board the running buses during the past months.

The students of Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur, Chhanna, Guru Har Krishan College, Phallewal, GNG Khalsa College, Narangwal, GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, Malwa Khalsa College, Bondli and Government College, Malerkotla, faced similar problems.

Even authorities in the state transport department instead of redressing the grievances of the students and their parents justified the behaviour of the drivers and the conductors. Transport minister Master Mohan Lal also showed his inability to intervene in the matter.



College ground bears brunt of admn apathy
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Sports infrastructure in the city is the most recent victim of administration’s apathy. The administration not only left the Guru Nanak Stadium in a shambles after the Independence Day function, but the previous venue for the Independence Day function, SD Government College ground, was also left in compete disorder.

Even after 20 days, no one from the district administration has bothered to restore the ground to its previous condition. The heap of bricks, which was left in the middle of the ground, was cleared by the players who came for practice in the college.

The land was dug at many places to pitch the tents, but it was not levelled once the venue of the function was shifted. The entire running track has been damaged and the cricket pitch destroyed completely. And all this has happened when the competition season is round the corner.

"No politician or bureaucrat came back to take stock of the situation,” said Abhinandan, an athlete who comes for practice in the ground.

The players have complained that their session is going to start soon but due to the damaged cricket pitch and outfield, they cannot practice there. The administration is still not doing anything to level the ground and they do not have the resources.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, said: "I fail to find a reason why the administration is eager to ruin the sports infrastructure in the city. First, the multipurpose hall was ruined during the assembly and MC elections and now, the official wrath has destroyed both sports stadia in the city."



Orientation programme for MBA freshers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 2
The RIMT Institute of Management and Computer Technology and RIMT School of Management Studies jointly organised an orientation programme for freshers of the MBA course on the RIMT-IMCT campus here today.

In this programme, 120 students of RIMT-IMCT and 80 students of RIMT-SMS participated.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the RIMT group Hukam Chand Bansal asked the students to use various facilities and resources of the institute to become the industry-ready managers of international standards. He assured students that every step would be taken to ensure quality in education and the satisfaction of the students.

The chief guest of the programme V.M. Trehan, who is the chairman of the Mekaster Group of Industries, called upon the students to adopt focused and disciplined approach in life for success.

Trehan said if any student was facing any financial difficulty in meeting the expenses of his studies, he should approach his group.

A book on “Management of Service Sector”, edited by director-general of the Regional Institute of Management and Technology Dr. B.S. Bhatia was released by Trehan. 



Shakti House win chess tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 2
Shakti House accumulated 33 points to bag the overall trophy in the Inter-House Chess Tournament organised at Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch, here today. Jyoti House and Jagriti House finished second and third.

A large number of students of different age groups, forming Shakti House, Jagriti House and Kirti House competed in this tournament.

In the senior girl's section, Shakti House won top honours while Jagriti House and Kirti House secured second and third position. In the junior section, Jyoti House eves proved their mettle and emerged champions while the second and third positions were bagged by Kirti House and Shakti House.

In the sub-junior girl's section, Kirti House outplayed their opponents to romp home winners. Jagriti House secured second position while Jyoti House had to content with third spot.

In the senior boy's category, Jyoti House lads romped home victors while Shakti House and Jagriti House finished at second and third place.

In the junior section (boys), Shakti House players overpowered their rivals to emerge as champions while Jyoti House secured second place and Kirti House finished at third position.

Jagriti House outnumbered Shakti House to emerge as champions while the third place was secured by Jyoti House.



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