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Khamano yet to get administrative complex
Gurminder Singh Garewal

Khamano, November 21
Officials of the local subdivision have been performing their duties for the past 16 years from non-government offices with the hope of getting an administrative complex. However, their wait has yet to bear any fruits.

Khamano along with new district Fatehgarh Sahib was made a subdivision in 1992 by the then Congress Chief Minister Beant Singh.

All other tehsils and district headquarters, which were announced later, got their buildings constructed but the local subdivision is yet to get one of its own. Reason: Khamano subdivision falls in five constituencies and no one has cared enough.

After the announcement, three successive governments in the state have completed their tenures.

The previous Congress government raised some hope after the project of administrative complex was passed. The complex was to be constructed at the cost of Rs 6 crore.

Towards the end of the tenure, even a wall was constructed around the proposed tehsil complex site, however, the work was stalled due to elections.

The current government is yet to focus its attention towards the issue even as it has completed around two years in office.

Some local residents have been crying hoarse over the indifference of the successive governments towards the subdivision.

Currently, the SDM office is working from the market committee building and the DSP Office is operating from the canal rest house building.

The office of the nagar panchayat, which gives permission for construction of new houses, is itself without an office and is working from a rented building.

The office of the CDPO has been running from different private buildings in the past.

Also, in the absence of courts, people have to cover over 25 km to attend their cases in the courts at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Samrala MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnian said the state government was considering the issue and the plan was in its last stage of approval.

The construction will start immediately after the final approval, he added.


Teacher held for drawing dual benefits
Headmaster, manager also in net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Contesting panchayat elections, getting elected and working as a panch for five years without resigning from his government-aided school cost a science teacher dearly when he was arrested by the vigilance bureau here today.

Besides Kulwant Singh, the teacher, Harbans Singh, head master of Dashmesh Khalsa High School, Heran, and Gurdial Singh, school manager, were also arrested for shielding and helping the accused.

According to bureau officials, Kulwant Singh, who was drawing salary from the government-aided school, had contested the elections from Aitiana village, near here, and had served as panch for five years from 1998 to 2003.

They said the accused should have resigned from the school if he wanted to contest panchayat elections. Working at both places meant withdrawing benefits from two government offices.

They added that the accused drew a salary of around Rs 6 lakh during the period of five years from the school and simultaneously discharged duties as a panch.

School manager as well as the head master were aware of his activities but they failed to take any action against the teacher. They even issued him a “no objection certificate” by misusing their authority before the elections, the officials said.

The bureau had received a complaint against the teacher some days ago and found the allegations to be true on inquiry.

A case under Sections 420 and 120, IPC, and under Sections 13 (1) (D) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered against the three.



It’s babus versus netas 
Common man paying the price
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
The common man is being sandwiched between babus and netas in the city. Bureaucrats and elected representatives must work in tandem for the welfare of people, but the public is at the receiving end due to environment of friction in the administration.

Public work is suffering as political leaders gun for officials, who in turn have to overcome hurdles in the form of criticism before getting down to serious work.

From the deputy commissioner to the municipal commissioner, several others are reportedly in the line of fire of politicians.

While BJP leader and deputy speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain, is against the DC, Sumer Singh Gurjar, Congress councillors are gunning for MC commissioner, G.S. Ghuman.

Gurjar had also invited the ire of a Hoshiarpur MLA, Sohan Singh Thandal, who happens to be the chairman of a state-level SC welfare committee for not attending a meeting. He now has to make the rounds of the Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, in this connection.

Ghuman is also facing criticism from the chief parliamentary secretary, local bodies, Harish Rai Dhanda, with regard to non-cooperation during a recent meeting of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Only yesterday, newly appointed sub-registrar (south), Major Gurjinder Singh Benipal, had to face the ire of some Akali councillors when he started working in the office and did not wait for the formal inauguration of the office by the wife of the MLA, Darshan Singh Shivalik. She came at 2 pm and the angry councillors said the officer did not wait for her and they would take up the matter with the high command of the SAD.

Many officials feel that the atmosphere is not going to help and only the common man was suffering. There are so many politicians in the city and someone or the other has problems if their work is not done or is delayed by even a few hours, they say.

Leaders, however, feel that bureaucrats are always trying to dilly-dally work. ‘‘If officials do not perform, elected representatives have to pay the price during elections,’’ an SAD leader said.

It is not for the first time that leaders are having problems with officers. Earlier also, councillor Simarjit Singh Bains was gunning for former MC commissioner, Vikas Partap. Dhanda too was against tainted tehsildar, A.P. Verma. 



Heist bid at Bank of India branch
Robbers escape with guard’s gun
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Alert staff foiling a robbery attempt at the branch office of Bank of India in Dhandari Kalan here today.

According to the security guard, Ranjodh Singh, three robbers — a well-dressed youth carrying a bag and two turbaned youths — entered the bank around 3.15 pm. The three went straight to cash counter.

“Their activities seemed suspicious and I went up to them to enquire about their purpose for the visit,” said Ranjodh.

The youths started arguing with the guard and the argument soon turned into a scuffle. In the meantime, one of the youths pulled out a pistol from his bag and fired two rounds in the air.

The shots created panic in the bank and people ran for cover.

Branch manager Ravi Kant Chaudhry was quick to respond and pressed the alert hooter after hearing the gunshots.

The three then pounced on the security guard and snatched his .12 rifle, fearing he could shoot them as they escaped.

The youths ran out of the bank and sped away in a car with two others who were already waiting for them.

A forensics team and a dog squad reached the scene and took fingerprints. Investigations to locate the accused were still on till the filling of the report.



IMA land being rented out for marriages ?
Anshu Seth 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
A senior doctor has alleged that the former district president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Gursharan Singh, had misused the land allotted to the IMA house in BRS Nagar as a marriage palace for almost seven years.

Dr G.S. Garewal, member of the IMA, in a letter to the IMA president alleged that the place was rented out in the name of Karan marriage palace for almost seven years and was being operated by the owner of the Adarsh tent house in Kochar market.

“The owner of Adarsh tent house had been paying Rs 30,000 per year for five years followed by Rs 50,000 per year for two more years,” Dr Garewal alleged, questioning the IMA president about the status of the inquiry into the misappropriation of accounts during the tenure of Dr Gursharan.

However, Dr Gursharan denied the allegations, stating that IMA house was being used for private marriage parties before he took over as district president. “I along with my team, after taking over as president in 2001, got it vacated in 2003,” he said.

Making shocking revelations, Dr Garewal pointed towards “unregistered” land of the IMA house. “It is strange that none of the IMA presidents have taken up the issue of getting the land registered in the association’s name. Also, the association has failed to pay the outstanding amount of Rs 1.85 lakh to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust in all these years,” he said.

Demanding a vigilance inquiry into the matter, Dr Garewal said: “It is the duty of the IMA executive committee to refer the case to the vigilance department or the CBI. The vacant land of the IMA house should have a 24-hour drug store, a conference hall and an outlet for poor patients.”

Taking exception of the announcement of elections by Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, chairman of the IMA (Ludhiana), he termed the action as unconstitutional and said the declaration should have followed the general body meeting on November 22.

Dr Iqbal said he had announced the date after receiving the go-ahead from the executive committee of the IMA. 



Woman alleges police atrocities, writes to CM
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, November 21
A woman of Sarabha village has accused the police of atrocities. In an affidavit to the Chief Minister, DGP and the human rights commission, Baljinder Kaur has accused the Jodhan police of harassing her and implicating her and her family in false cases because she had complained about an ASI, Labh Singh, to the vigilance for asking for bribe.

Acting on her information, the vigilance party had caught the ASI. Since then, the police had been harassing her. She said she married Gurpreet Singh in 1986 and he later died. She remarried Swaran Kumar of Sarabha. Her husband had bought a house and got the title deed registered in her mother’s name, who agreed to sell the house to someone and got Rs 10,000 as token money.

The buyer started pressuring him to vacate the house with the help of the police. Feeling harassed, Swaran Kumar consumed poison and died in hospital, she alleged, adding that on the behest of the buyers of the house, the Jodhan chowki in charge, Shawinder Singh Dhillon, and ASI Jaswant Singh falsely implicated her in the “murder” case of her husband, saying that he was her lover.

In 2007, she was acquitted by the court. During the pendency of her case, Labh Singh, in connivance with the SHO, Sahnewal, implicated her in a case of peddling smack and picked her up from the Ludhiana judicial complex. The case is still pending.

When she was released on bail after two months, her 19-year-old son Jagdeep Singh was implicated in a case of possessing illicit liquor. She said on 29 October, she was again implicated by the police in a false case under Sections 107 and 151 of the IPC.

She said her earlier complaints to the DIG and the SSP, Ludhiana, went unheard even though an inquiry was marked.

Chowki in charge Inderjit Singh, however, denied these allegations. He said all the cases were genuine and they had acted as per law.



Orders on tehsildar’s bail plea reserved
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 21
The court of additional sessions judge G.S. Saran today reserved orders on vigilance bureau’s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to tehsildar-cum-sub registrar Arvind Prakash Verma in a graft case for tomorrow.

The orders on the anticipatory bail plea moved by Verma after the adding of Section 8 of The Prevention of Corruption Act and 201, IPC, in a previously registered case against him will also be pronounced tomorrow.

Verma’s counsel alleged that his client was being harassed unnecessarily due to political vendetta. He claimed that his client never misused the concession of bail granted to him or tried to tamper with the prosecution evidence at any stage.

While the prosecution demanded cancellation of bail to the accused. 



Seized magoor fish destroyed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
About 15 quintal of Thai Magoor, which was seized from the Sherpur fish market here yesterday evening, has been destroyed by officials of the fisheries department. R.K.Verma, assistant director, fisheries (Ludhiana), said the banned variety of fish was buried by digging 10 to 15 foot deep pit at the fisheries department near the Chand Cinema.He said this particular variety of fish was very harmful for human consumption. The tempo owners, who were trying to unload this variety at Sherpur market were fined Rs 3,000 each, said Verma.

President fish farmers' association, Kanwaljit Singh, said neighbouring states were responsible for breeding this banned variety. "Authorities must keep a check on its sale”, he added.



Boy killed as car, truck collide
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 21
A child was killed and three persons were injured in an accident between a car and a truck near Uchi Mangli village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

According to information, a former sarpanch of Raipur, Kuljinder Singh Gill, was going in his car from Ludhiana towards Kohara with his wife Narinder Kaur, son Jaskaran Singh and daughter Lovepreet.

When their car reached near Uchi Mangli, it collided with the truck, resulting in the death of five-year-old Jaskaran. Kuljinder Singh Gill, his wife and daughter were injured. The police rushed the injured to Ludhiana and impounded the truck.



City Concerns

Encroachments rule the roost in the city markers and media reports indicate that encroachers are hand in glove with tehbazaari officials of the MC. The roads are congested with daily visitors to the markets, who battle with “rehris” and “farrhis” along the streets chock-a-block with vehicles. Union members make open accusation of greasing palms of tehbazaari teams.

Encroachments that have been removed reappear soon after. Ludhiana Tribune seeks your opinion on a possible way out of a menace which seems to have become a permanent feature of the city scape and makes people fret before venturing out of their homes to the markets.

Is only the government to be blamed for the encroachments in the shopping areas of the city? Do you recommend an official body to look into the allegations of bribing officials for allowing “rehris”? Can the public wash its hands off the current state of affairs?

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

— City Editor



Industry reels under power cuts
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
The onset of winters has failed to provide any relief to the local industry from unscheduled power cuts. Daily cuts of over five hours have the industry fuming and up in arms against the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, United Cycles and Parts Manufacturers Association, says, “The board has imposed power cuts for more than five hours from 10 am to 3 pm which has created a lot of problems for the industry.”

He added that, “The BJP and SAD had, prior to the polls, made tall claims about uninterrupted power supply in the state if the party came to power, but see the situation now. Even at this time of the year, when there should be no power shortage, artificial crisis has been created in the state, thanks to the faulty policies of the Punjab government. The state is giving electricity to other states from which it had bought power at the time of crisis due to which we are suffering. The government should take some urgent remedial steps to ensure continuous power supply to save our industry and schedule its power banking plan in an affective 

He said the industry would be forced to protest in case the power cuts were not stopped with immediate effect.

Local automobile manufacturer Rajnish Ahuja added that due to unscheduled power cuts, the industry was suffering heavy losses. “Besides losses in term of production, we suffer huge losses due to unscheduled power cuts being imposed in the state. These days most industries work on highly sophisticated machinery. When the power supply is cut off suddenly, the machinery stops working and develops complex technical snags and many times results in serious accidents. We have suffered losses running in lakhs due to these unannounced power cuts. The PSEB should at least inform us in advance before imposing power cuts so that we can plan our schedule accordingly to avoid damage to our machinery and any untoward incidents.”

Condemning the state government for creating power crisis due to lack of planning, textile manufacturer Vinay Kumar Sood said the government should manage its power banking programme in a phased manner so as to save us the harassment due to unscheduled power cuts.

However, chief engineer, PSEB, B.S. Baatth, said, “As part of the state’s power banking plan, we are paying back to those states we had bought power from in summers as well as to those we intend to buy electricity from in the next season, hence the five-hour long power cuts daily. Plus, during heavy demand season, we operate all our resources and machinery which need to be maintained during this season and for that, we need to impose power cuts.”

He added that, “There is no power shortage as the power cuts are scheduled. The industry in residential areas are facing some problems due to unscheduled cuts which are a result of gap in demand and supply of power. But that is only during the day time. The industry has the habit of crying foul. They should carry out their production work during night when there are no power cuts if they are facing any problems. I assure them uninterrupted power supply at nights.”

The scheduled and unscheduled power cuts in residential areas vary from five to eight hours a day thereby causing inconvenience to the residents.

Unlike previous years, the board is imposing power cuts this winters in almost all residential areas, including Dugri, Preet Nagar, Jagdish Nagar, from 9 am to 4 pm followed by seven hours cut in Isher Singh Nagar flats, model gram, Kartar Nagar, New Lajpat Nagar and Kochar Market on November 22.

Similarly, 220 kv feeder in Dhadari and 66 kv feeders catering the areas of Gaunsgarh, Inderpark, Gyaspura, Focal Point, Mahavir Spinning Mills, Vinayak textiles, Aarti steels, Ralson, Hero, Oswal and other Industrial units will remain closed from 10 am to 3 pm on November 24.

The power supply will remain suspended to Nix India, North India, Moga, Industrial shed Daha from 9 am to 5 pm on November 24.



MC to undertake traffic survey
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman and SP (traffic) Roopinder Singh would make a traffic survey of the city next week to study mobility in the city.

Talking to The Tribune, Ghuman said, “The basic idea behind our survey is that even we should be familiarised with various problems people had been facing. Self-study would help us to do enough homework so that we could hold discussion with the RITES that is already carrying out a detail study.”

He said the decision was taken during a meeting with DIG Ishwar Singh and SP (traffic) Roopinder Singh yesterday. He added that the government agency RITES has been asked to chalk out a plan so that bottlenecks could be cleared which would ease vehicle mobility.

Giving details, Ghuman said certain suggestions which he would like to share with the agency would be bus lease lines on all four roads at the Samrala chowk, so that halting of buses doesn’t hamper movement of other vehicles. Besides, slip roads on every traffic light would be one of his other proposals.

He revealed that areas like Damoria Bridge, Ghuman Mandi etc need to be one-way as they are a common traffic jam sites, especially during evenings. So broadening of these roads by removing encroachments and fixing time for two-way vehicular movement on these roads too would be included.

Senior town planner B.S. Brar, who was also present in the meeting, disclosed that four points would be kept in mind during the study. It includes installation of traffic lights on various crossroads like those near PAU gate No. 4 and BRS Nagar; observation of timings at various traffic lights as they had been scheduled according to the traffic five years ago and they need to be changed now due to increasing vehicles everyday.

The other points of study would be roundabouts as some of them like those on the Fountain chowk, Jalandhar bypass, etc need to be made smaller in size. Besides, some of these roundabouts do need traffic lights too, like those on Chandigarh-pattern, he added.



Bariatric surgery answer to obesity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Obesity has become an unparalleled worldwide epidemic for which bariatric surgery is the only effective treatment for long-term, sustained weight loss. It results in dramatic improvement of obesity related medical problems, including diabetes, hypertension, breathlessness, joint pains, insomnia,  and depression.

An obese patient weighing 180 kg was operated upon laparoscopically at the DMCH by Ashish Ahuja, assistant professor of surgery, DMCH, and P.S. Nain, associate professor of surgery, DMCH, along with Shashank Shah, an obesity surgeon from Pune. Anaesthesia team comprised P.L. Gautam, Suneet Kathuria and Harsimran Singh.

Ashish Ahuja said in this surgery was performed by Roux-en-y Gastric bypass creating a small gastric pouch and re-arrangement of the gastrointestinal tract.

Benefits of the procedure comprises rapid weight loss, buttonhole procedure with no scars, two-day hospital stay and the patient can be back to work within one week. The doctor also said weight loss exceeds 50 per cent of excess body weight within six months of surgery and rises steadily to an average excess body weight loss of 75 per cent at 18 months.

Subash Goyal, professor and head of surgery, DMCH, said the patient had an uneventful hospital course and was discharged on the fourth day of the surgery.



Makkar likely to become SGPC chief
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, November 21
The general house of the SGPC is meeting at Amritsar tomorrow for electing president and other office- bearers for 2008-2009. It seems that the meeting is going to be a lame duck affair as all senior leaders of the SAD, including Prakash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal are campaigning for the Delhi Vidhan Sabha seat. There is no candidate other than Avtar Singh Makkar eligible for the president’s post. The SGPC members will be made aware of the presidential candidate tomorrow itself.

The Badals are understood to have assured Avtar Singh Makkar that he will be elected president for the fourth consecutive term without any difficulty. However, the Akali Dal has to accommodate Karnail Singh Panjoli, another SGPC member who has been opposing the Akali Dal and he has recently joined the Akali Dal led by Sukhbir Singh Badal. He was elected SGPC member as an independent candidate and is well versed with the Sikh traditions.

The equations in the Sikh polities seem to have worked well under Prakash Singh Badal. He has been able to create a balance between the government, SGPC and the Akali Dal. His own position remains unassailable despite rumblings in the party.

The tenure of Makkar has been eventful and he is yet to settle the row with the Dera Sacha Sauda chief and the demand of Haryana Sikhs for the creation of a separate SGPC. The SGPC and Prakash Singh Badal are in touch with the SGPC members of Haryana. Daljeet Singh cheema, adviser to the Akali Dal, has been asked to sort out the issue with the Haryana Sikhs.

Another important event, which took place in the Sikh religious body during Makkar’s term, was the unceremonious ouster of Akal Takht jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti.



Date with flutist Shashank Subramanyam
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Confluence of Punjabi audience and Carnatic music brought alive the essence of real Indian classical music today at the auditorium of Ramgarhia Girls College as the renowned flutist Shashank Subramanyam and mridangam player Jai Chandra Rao shared the stage to weave a rhythmic spell.

Performing under the aegis of SPIC MACAY, Subramanyam with his ‘multi flute transposed fingering technique’ depicted the moods of raag ‘bindu malini’, at the same time enlightening the young music students about the notations of Carnatic music.

The perfect synchronisation of each compounding beat of mridangum and musical note from the flute took the audience through highs and lows of melody giving them a treat of taste of bhajan in raag ‘yaman kalyan’.

Shashank Subramnyam having performed at concerts, including Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, the Smithsonian Kennedy centre in Washington DC, J Paul Getty Hall in Hollywood World Flute conference Nashville, the Lowry in Manchester Modigliani hall in Italy, the Adelaide festival in Australia loves to perform for young students.

The artist ascribed himself as an ardent performer and an exponent of Indian classical music during an interview with The Tribune.

What is the major ‘distinct’ factor between veteran musicians and contemporary exponents of Indian classical music?

Veteran musicians have acquired proficiency par excellence in their respective streams, which the new genre musicians have still to achieve. It is the 'unsurpassed commitment' and 'selfless dissemination' of their talent that makes the performance of a seventy-year-old musician more powerful than that of a young exponent. Emulation is the right path for contemporary musicians to achieve the pinnacle of glory.

Do you find it taxing to cope up with the demands of 'enlightened audience' in overseas concerts?

Audience in west is more didactic in terms of 'understanding of music'. It is their exposure to Indian classical music, Arabian, English, French music that makes them more enlightened and performing for them makes the performer complete as an artist.

The western audiences are not only inquisitive but also relate to the music with exceptional warmth.

However, it is difficult at times to adapt to 'something more and new' as music can't be changed like design outlet.

How do you ascribe your journey from being a 'disciple' to becoming a 'guru'?

My maiden flute concert at Adelaide, Australia, at the age of twelve was the result of my 12-13 hours of ‘riyaaz’ every day. Right from my father-cum-trainer Subrmanyam to vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan, Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, I have learnt the art of perseverance that enabled me to achieve success at a young age. But I still have ten years before I actually step into the shoes of a real 'guru'. Though, I am taking lessons in some prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

Narrate one incident that can be termed as 'magic moment' of your life?

It was January 1(1991) when I performed in the slot fixed for a legendary musician at Chennai Music Academy where President of India was the chief guest. Time came to a standstill when I took the stage and the feeling of 'ecstasy' at the roaring response from the audience lingers in my memory.

SPIC MACAY is successfully taking up the challenge to promote Indian Classical music and culture among youth. Do you agree?

The organisation says a strict no to any money from liquor and tobacco companies, which speaks volumes for their dedication towards promotion of our culture and music. Schools and colleges should organise paid shows to motivate the volunteers.



From Schools & Colleges
Croation group to perform in Ryan tomorrow
Tribune New Service

Ludhiana, November 21
'Tvornica Lutaka' from Croatia will arrive at Ryan International Public School, Ludhiana, on November 23. This in accordance with Dr Augustine F. Pinto, chairman and Grace Pinto, director, Ryan group of institutions views that such interactions help the students to know about the culture, lifestyle and language of other countries. The group presents famous plays for children in the form of puppet show. The group started with a multimedia workshop for children and adults.

Dental checkup

Bal Bharati School organised a visit to the dentist for kids of Montessori wing. Children visited Soni dental hospital (Lalton). Dr Rohini Soni examined children's teeth and advised them to take care of their childhood teeth, as they keep space for permanent teeth to grow correctly. The activity was a part of 'Oral hygiene week'.

Talent hunt

A 'Talent Search Contest' was organised for the students of classes I and II at Kundan Vidya Mandir. The function was divided into four categories - solo song, dance, instrumental music and compering. In Class I the first position was bagged by Divansh in solo song, Gurjot Kaur in dance, Chavvi in instrumental music and Jabangeet in compering. In Class II the first position was bagged by Ritvik in solo song, Kudrat in dance, Bhuvnesh in instrumental music and Naman in compering. In Class I the second position was bagged by Ena Gupta in solo song, Gunjan in dance, Cheril in instrumental music. In Class II the second position was bagged by Samanyu in solo song, Rakshita in dance, Ayushi in instrumental music. In Class I Vaibhav bagged third position in dance and in Class II Khushi Papneja bagged third position in dance. Rajiv Nagalia, principal, presided over.

Cyber Olympiad

The students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, proved their merit by excelling in 8th National Cyber Olympiad held by Science Olympiad Foundation on September 4. The first rank holders were awarded with medals by Sunil Arora, principal. She applauded the students for their remarkable performance. The city rank of Pooja Sharma is 30, Himanshu Jain -25, Pankaj Chopra -22, Ajay Sethi -14, Sahil Bajaj-3 and Paras Abbat-3.

Quiz contest

A quiz contest was organised in S.D.P. College for Women here today by the department of history. The life and martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur was the main theme. Students participated with great zeal. Veena Maan, principal, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Annual day

International Public School celebrated its third annual day function. A.P. Pandey, DGP, Punjab State Electricity Board was the chief guest. Dr S.M. Sharma, principal, Arya College was the guest of honour. Students presented the cultural show - salsa, Rajasthani dance etc. S.C. Gupta, principal, read the annual report of the school.



SGG girls grab top ranks
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 21
The girls of SGG Janta Girls College, Raikot, proved themselves in the annual exams of Panjab University. After declaring the results of revaluations, the postgraduate department of political science now boasts of three top positions secured by their students.

It is a shot in the arm for this rural college and this department is just four years old. Amandeep Kaur of MA-I political science stood first in the university exams securing 302/400. Beant Kaur secured second position in MA-II political science exam of the university by securing 593/800 and Jaspreet Kaur secured fifth position by scoring 579/800.

Amandeep, though always a topper in studies said she never expected to secure this position. She is also a topper is co-curricular activities. She has a NCC-C certificate and is a university medallist in calligraphy. Jaspreet is the best giddha performer and best debater of the college.

Besides, participants from this college secured four third prizes in the Punjab University golden jublee Inter-zonal Youth Festival held at Doraha.



Trade fair at Desh Bhagat College
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 21
On the lines of the India International Trade Fair being held in New Delhi's Pragti Maidan, Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, today organised a trade fair on its campus with a view to provide an opportunity to students to exhibit their business acumen, innovative skills and vision for the future.

Besides setting up stalls of bakery delicacies, handicrafts prepared by the fashion technology department, jewellery items and entertaining skill games, the fair focused on insurance, banking consultancy and information technology. It was a big draw not only for students from the host institute but for students and representatives from neighbouring institutes as well.

The chief guest, V.K. Gupta, regional joint director of foreign trade from Ludhiana inaugurated the fair. He suggested that such activities should be undertaken on regular basis, as these provide the students an opportunity to get practical training and exposure.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Tejinder Kaur, vice-chairperson and Prof Shalini Gupta, director general of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, said by showcasing their organisational, commercial and marketing abilities, students have proved that they will find no difficulty in etching out a respectable place for themselves in the industrial world.



Teacher-taught relationship undergoes sea change
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Teachers’ impact remains upto eternity. Teacher like a potter moulds, shapes and chisels the personality of a child physically, mentally and spiritually. With the changing education system and modernisation, teacher-taught relationship too has undergone a sea change. Teaching is a profession that needs dedication and commitment but devoted teachers are becoming a rarity.

"Chelas (students) respect the gurus (teachers) provided they are competent. But the level of the teachers has come down. The whole society is money-minded and so teachers too have become commercial," says Paramjit Kaur, principal, B.C.M. Arya Model Senior Secondary School.

A mother of Class X student says that teachers ask the students to go in for private tuitions at their homes. The students who undergo tuitions from them score high marks, as these teachers are the paper setters and evaluators and the students who don't go in for tuitions from these teachers score very low.

Teacher should act like a guide, philosopher and inspiring force for the students. Col D.B. Sharma, director, Sat Paul Mittal School, says that they are very conservative and the rich legacy of the past that is the guru-shishya bond still exists in their school.

During a visit to the government schools, this reporter found that the behaviour of the teachers was not very polite.

The students in the government schools are primarily from the weaker sections of the society with uneducated family background. The teachers in these schools are required to be more sympathetic and compassionate towards the children of down trodden but the things are just the reverse. A teacher in a government school was blunt enough to say that it is a real ordeal to teach the wards of the migrants.

Teachers will have to improve their image in the society by re-dedicating themselves to the commitment of education.



Training on processed juices at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
A two-day training course on processing of sugarcane and fruit juices into natural vinegar began yesterday in the Kairon Kisan Ghar for farmers of Punjab. The course has been organised by the directorate of extension education in collaboration with the PAU department of microbiology and Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director of communication said processing of agricultural produce into value added commodities can help enhance the profitability of farmers and that processing can be made a family profession for commerce.

He said PAU has developed technology for preparing natural vinegar that needs to be popularised among farmers through electronic and print media and that KVKs in different districts and can help in this direction.

Dr Dhiman said the department has developed technologies for year round production of mushrooms that has created an impact making Punjab produce around 45 per cent mushrooms of the country. He said that the adoption of PAU recommended technologies of applying Rhizobium to pulse crops to enhance productivity. He suggested farmers to follow PAU recommendations and to read farm literature.



Road accident victims cremated 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
For a few struggle never stops, same is the story of septuagenarian Mohinder Singh, who is on a look out for livelihood for feeding his grandchildren.

Life played a cruel joke with Mohider Singh, a heart patient, who cremated his wife Pritam Kaur, son Jaspal Singh, daughter-in-law Baljeet Kaur and son-in- law Manmohan Singh at Shimlapuri crematorium today.

The four-members of his family were going to attend the bhog ceremony of Baljeet Singh's grandmother at Ferozepur. Before they could reach the destination their vehicle collided with a trolley. Manmohan was driving the car and all of them died on the spot.

He ready to shoulder all responsibilities after his son's death. "I am looking for options as it has been long time since I was enjoying my retirement life. Now, I have to look after the two families as my son-in- law also died in the accident and I have not only to support my grandchildren, but my daughter's children also," said Mohinder Singh.

The relatives of Mohinder Singh said the family was passing through severe financial crisis as the transport business of Jaspal Singh was not doing good. And to pull out the family from financial crisis his wife Baljeet Kaur had started a beauty parlour at home and was earning handsome amount.

His son-in-law Manmohan Singh, had also suffered heavy loses in his iron business for the past some time and was also dependent on Jaspal's family.

However, Lovepreet Singh and Avtar Singh, survived as they had gone along with their maternal aunt a day before the incident.

Shocked, Lovpreet Singh, a Class IX student, did not eat anything since the accident took place and was busy consoling his younger brother Avtar Singh.

"Now, I have to help my grandfather in his quest to run the kitchen fire burning at both houses. I don't know from where to start and what the future hold for me. But, one thing is for sure that I will not let my younger brother suffer because of the loss," he added.



Gurmail Singh elected panchayat union chief
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 21
The election to the union of the local panchayat block was held here recently. The election was held under the supervision of national vice-president of SAD (youth wing) Jagjit Singh Talwandi at the BDPO’s office.

Andlu Panchayat sarpanch Gurmail Singh was elected president, while Sahajanpur sarpanch Paramjit Singh was elected vice-president of the union. Pherurahin sarpanch Gurcharan Singh was elected treasurer, while Burj sarpanch Harinder Jit Singh was made secretary.

Jat Pura sarpanch Paramjit Singh, Burj Naklian sarpanch Kuldip Singh, Barmi sarpanch Karamjit Singh, and Sukahana sarpanch Chuar Singh were unanimously elected members.



Cut expenses to control recession, says Atwal
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 21
Claiming that people can play a major role in controlling the recession, Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal urged Indians in general and Punjabis in particular to curtail their expenses being incurred on luxuries, in order to boost country’s economy.

While talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after attending a social function here last night, Atwal asserted that the country’s economy could not be revived without people’s cooperation.Though the government has been impressing upon industrialists to cut down prices of their finished product, market constraints might not allow them to do so, apprehended Atwal. 



Jarkhar, PNB storm into semis
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 21
Jarkhar Academy along with Punjab National Bank Academy, Delhi, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, and Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bhopal, scripted victories in their respective quarterfinal encounters to secure berths in the last-four stage of the All-India Gold Cup Hockey Tournament (u-19) being organised by the Doraha Hawks Club at Gurukul Mehta Academy ground, Doraha, near here, today.

In the first quarterfinal, SAI, Bhopal, faced a stiff challenge from SAIL, Orissa, before managing to prevail over their opponents 2-1.

After wasting a couple of opportunities, SAIL opened the account just three minutes before the half time through B. Lakra. SAI, Bhopal, scored the equaliser when Alfaz struck in the 60th minute. Three minutes later, Lama sounded the board to make it 2-1.

They managed to hang on to the slender lead till the long hooter and emerged victorious.

In the second quarterfinal played between Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, and Punjab Schools XI, the former survived a scare before romping home victorious 2-1.

Punjab Schools XI surged ahead in the 19th minute through Gurdeep Singh. The academy players restored parity in the second half (43rd minute) through Jaspreet Singh. He again struck in the 66th minute sealing Punjab Schools XI’s fate 2-1.

In the third quarterfinal, Jarkhar Academy toiled hard to down spirited MP Academy, Bhopal 5-3.

Lovepreet put Jarkhar Academy into the lead in the second minute. They increased the lead (2-0) through Arjun Singh.

Bhopal outfit reduced the margin in the 17th minute through Pushkraj. Jarkhar lads added another goal in the 30th minute through Prabhjot Singh to read it 3-1. Bhopal boys again reduced the margin in the second half when Farooq Ali hit the target.

Jarkhar Academy pumped in two goals through Sukhdeep Singh (38th minute) and Sukhbir Singh (54th minute) but Bhopal lads did not lose heart as they struck another goal towards the fag end of the encounter when Sunil made it 5-3.

In the last quarterfinal, Punjab National Bank Academy, Delhi, defeated Co-X, Patiala, 3-1 to advance into the semifinals.

For winners, Kamlesh Rai scored a brace (18th and 24th minute) and Arjun netted once while the lone scorer for the losers was Satinder Singh in the 58th minute.



Guru Nanak college eves emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 21
Guru Nanak Women College, Model Town, defeated Guru Nanak Girls College 4-0 to emerge champions in the women’s section of the 14th Senior Ludhiana District Softball Championship held at Ramgarhia Educational Complex, Miller Ganj, here yesterday.

For the match to decide third position, Ramgarhia Girls College beat Guru Nanak Girl School 7-0 and had to content with third place. In earlier matches, Ramgarhia Girls College outplayed Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial School 5-3; Guru Nanak College, Gujarkhan Campus, drubbed Ramgarhia Girls College 9-0; and Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, blanked Guru Nanak Girls School, Model Town, 7-0.



Young Friends, Jalandhar Academy in semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 21
The Friends Academy of Delhi defeated Vidya Jain Academy of Delhi by 72 runs while Base Academy of Jalandhar beat Patiala Cricket Academy by 47 runs to enter the semi finals in the All-ndia Bachhittar Singh Grewal Memorial Cricket Tournament (boys u-19) being organised by the Shivam Cricket Academy and Lambardar Property Advertisers here today.

In the quarter final, batting first, Young Friends Academy sored 153 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The main contributors were Vinay and Mukul who made 46 and 25 runs, respectively.

For Vidya Jain Academy, Shivam and Nikhil bowled four overs each and claimed two wickets after conceding 18 and 20 runs, respectively.

In reply, Vidya Jain Academy, Delhi were bowled out for 81 runs in 19 overs. Ankit made 25 runs while Naveen scored 9 runs. For the winners, skipper Ankit Maini grabbed three wickets for 15 runs in two overs while Devinder took two for 13 in his quota of four overs. In the second quarter final, powered by a strokeful innings of 76 runs by Suraj, Base Academy of Jalandhar scored 184 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in which Raman contributed 27 runs.

For Patiala Cricket Academy, Inderjit captured three wickets for 15 runs and Prince scalped two victims for 21 runs.

Chasing the target, Patiala Cricket Academy were bundled out for 137 runs in 19 overs. Inderjit and Manpreet scored 39 and 19 runs, respectively. For Jalandhar, Sumit and Himanshu grabbed three and two wickets, respectively.



Peace students bring laurels
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, November 21
The students of Peace Public School, Banohar, Ludhiana bought laurels by securing many positions in Punjab School Education Board Zonal Athletics meet held at Ludhiana.

The students returned with winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. This is the first year of school participations in sports outside the school. Arshpreet secured first position in 400 meters and third position in 200 and 100 meters. Panpreet and Sohail secured second positions in 800 meters and 200 meters respectively. Harmanpreet secured second position in 400 meter and third position in 200 meter. Earlier, the students proved their worth in CBSE cluster Athletics meet held at Army Public School, Beas.



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