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DC Gurjar transferred
Vikas Garg to take charge
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
After remaining in the midst of controversies, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar has been transferred out of the city. Orders to this effect were issued at Chandigarh today. Patiala Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg has been asked to take over the reigns of the district.

Gurjar will relinquish the charge tomorrow. Gurjar had earned the notoriety of being the most controversial Deputy Commissioner of the city. Even leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance had been gunning for him.

Gurjar had earned the wrath of the SAD MLA from Mahilpur, Sohan Singh Thandal, who was nominated to SC-BC welfare committee constituted by Vidhan Sabha, when he failed to attend a meeting in the city to apprise Thandal of welfare schemes going on in the district.

Though Gurjar said he was busy with the sangat darshan of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Khanna, his absence angered Thandal, who took up the matter in the Assembly.

The Speaker listened to both parties but could not reach a conclusion even after summoning Gurjar six times. He then referred the case to the Privileges Committee.

Besides Thandal, BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain also levelled allegations of corruption against the DC. He claimed that the DC had accepted bribe for allocating fire-cracker stalls on Diwali.

He complained about Gurjar to Badal during a sangat darshan programme. Badal then ordered an inquiry against the DC and asked Commissioner, Patiala Division, to look into allegations.

The latter, however, gave a clean chit to the DC and absolved him of the charges.

As if all this was not enough, the Vigilance Bureau also claimed that Gurjar had accepted bribe from revenue officials also.

The bureau had even written a letter to Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh for probing into the matter further. The DC, however, denied all charges.


F&CC Meeting
MC’s fast one on contractors
No work for those quoting rates more than estimates
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
In an attempt to break the nexus between municipal corporation officials and contractors, the Finance and Contracts Committee today decided to not allot work for brick lining of streets in unauthorised colonies to those contractors who quote rates more than estimates.

According to sources, the move was initiated after the rates quoted by contractors for brick lining of unauthorised colonies of all four zones were compared.

They revealed that the contractors in zones A, B and C had quoted rates between 2 and 10 per cent above the estimates, while the situation was a bit different in zone D. Some of the estimates did match the quoted price of the contractors.

The move, which was supported by municipal commissioner GS Ghuman, will save around Rs 70 lakh alone only in zone D of the fund-starved municipal corporation, which is still awaiting funds from the Punjab government for the works announced during the sangat darshan.

The sources revealed that there were 57 works of brick lining in zone A where rates were above estimates, while the number in zone B was 19.

Besides, the rates filed by the bidders itself proved that the contractors had pooled.

Also, the proposal for allotting work of extension of Gill Road flyover to Deepak Builders was also rejected and a justification was sought on how the cost of construction was increased from Rs 15 crore to Rs 23 crore.

The matter has been postponed till next meeting as the XEN, HS Khaussa, and the SE, Dharam Singh, were out of station today. The meeting, which had 132 issues for discussion, was held at the Mayor’s house.



Probe Panel
Report holds Dr Batra guilty of wrongdoing
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The district unit of department of health and family welfare, Punjab, in its recent report has pronounced Dr Rajesh Batra, owner of Batra Eye Hospital, guilty of performing eye operations without registration of his diploma from the Punjab Medical Council.

A team of doctors having inquired into the complaint forwarded by Dharam Pal Verma for wrongfully and forcibly operating upon his mother Gomti Devi (70), found Dr Batra guilty of having operated upon the patient without getting his DOMS (Diploma in Ophthalmology and Medicine Surgery) registered.

It is evident from the copy of registration certificate of Punjab Medical Council dated December 1, 2008 that Dr Batra operated upon Gomti Devi in August, thereby violating the regulations of Punjab Medical Council.

Another fact as established in the inquiry panel’s report is that Dr Batra had also failed to take the consent of the patient and his attendant before carrying out the operation, which is not only unethical but is equivalent to “offence”.

The complainant, on the other hand, has expressed dissatisfaction over the findings of the inquiry report of the health department. He pointed towards the last line that read that the operation of the left eye performed by Dr Batra was absolutely right.

“It is a contradictory statement as it is clear from the findings that every operation carried out by the Dr Batra before the registration of his diploma is ‘invalid’ and ‘illegal’ and there is no reference to my queries pertaining to misguidance and cheating by Dr Batra, who contrary to his claims of operating upon my mother’s eye had fitted a lense without informing us.”

Verma has also written to the health department to look into the ongoing malpractices as the clinic at Sahnewal was poorly equipped and was just a bait for the illiterate.



‘Tainted’ Naib Tehsildar back at work
Kanchan Vasdev/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The “tainted” Naib Tehsildar, who was caught red-handed by the Vigilance Bureau while taking bribe of Rs 5,000, resumed work at Mullanpur Dakha Sub-Registrar’s Office, raising many an eyebrow. Much to the surprise of residents, Naib Tehsildar Salinder Singh was back to work today in the same office and at the same position pending an inquiry into his arrest by vigilance being conducted by ADC Patiala APS Virk.

Under the rules, any government servant who remains in police custody for 48 hours or more is placed under suspension. However, after getting bailed out, Salinder Singh joined back. He was neither suspended nor transferred.

There were reports that Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh had assured an association of revenue officials at a closed-door meeting that Salinder would not be suspended.

The assurance had come when revenue officials had gone on strike in protest against the Vigilance Bureau action on the Naib Tehsildar. They had alleged that bureau officials had some ulterior motive and when these were not fulfilled by them, they were being framed.

The Chief Secretary had then ordered a magisterial inquiry into the episode. The ADC, Patiala, was asked to give the report within a month.

The turn of events has created confusion among public besides making them lose their faith in governance. There was confusion over whether the state government was trying to nail corrupt officials or patronising them.

Allegations and counter-allegations have been levelled by the bureau and revenue officials against one another.

“If senior functionaries of the government are believing that the Vigilance Bureau had not followed the rules then why should we have faith in it’s working? And if the bureau is right then why are officials being allowed to go scot free. Both cannot be right,” said a senior revenue official.



Gang of robbers busted, four held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 27
The local police has busted a gang of robbers by arresting four of its members who had been active in the Jodhan-Pakhowal area. The four were arrested following a tip off provided by an informer that they were hiding in an abandoned mixture plant near Gureh village and planning a robbery in the area.

A police team led by Jagraon SHO Pritam Singh, Chowkiman SHO Raminderjit Singh and Kaunke Kalan SHO Randhir Singh raided the hideout and arrested four members of the gang and seized sharp-edge weapons.

One of their accomplices, Babbi, a resident of Halwara, however, escaped under the cover of darkness.

Those arrested have been identified as Kuldeep Singh, alias Keepa, alias Deepa, of Raute village, near Nihal Singh Wala; Gurchait Singh; Gurmukh Singh, alias Oma; and Pardeep Singh, alias Gaggu.

The accused have confessed to their involvement in various robberies during the past five months.

Kuldeep Singh, Gurmukh Singh and Pardeep Singh had robbed Prabhjot Singh of Nangal Khurd of his scooter and mobile phone near Sarabha village on January 24.

The police has recovered the stolen scooter (PB 10 AG 1178) and mobile phones from them. SHO Pritam Singh said more recoveries were expected from the gang members. The police has registered a case against the accused under Sections 399 and 402, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act. 



Man robbed of Rs 7.8 lakh
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 27
A local trader was reportedly robbed of Rs 7.8 lakh by three persons in broad daylight at the bus stand here this afternoon.

According to sources, Jagjit Singh Mani of Bhaini Baringa village, employed with an agency of Western Union, Friends Enterprises, had returned from Ludhiana with a bag containing Rs 7.8 lakh in cash.

He told his employer Mushtaq Ali of his return. Mushtaq dispatched a scooterist to pick him up from the bus stand.

Mani, however, decided to walk some distance when three persons in a grey Santro car threw chilly powder in his face and snatched the bag before escaping.

The victim raised the alarm and informed his employer, who in turn informed the police. Raikot SHO Gurdial Singh and DSP Raikopt reached the scene and sounded alert in the area.

The police has registered a case in this regard.



To Mohna, with love
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
“I wish speedy recovery to my friend ‘Mohna’,” prays Joginder Singh, a childhood friend of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He has prepared and sent a handmade card with PM’s picture pasted on it reading “Manmohan Singh, Get Well Soon”.

City resident Joginder Singh and Dr Manmohan Singh were classmates for four years from 1937 to 1941 at a government primary school in Pakistan.

“I came to know from the news that Manmohan was unwell and had to be operated upon. I have been regularly watching updates on his health. I wish to see him back on his feet soon. I have nothing to do with politics and my only concern is the health of my friend,” he adds.

Joginder had gone to Pakistan in December and visited the school where they used to study. “Our school was in Chakwal and it was a walk down the memory lane when I visited the school. We both studied together for four years, from class I to IV,” he adds.

He did not take even a second to recall their roll numbers: “Mine was 188, while Manmohan’s roll number was 187.”

Recalling his formative years, Joginder adds that after school they used to play “gulli-danda” and “bante”. “We used to play with walnuts and I wished the time could come back and we both could spent some time together again. Manmohan was an intelligent and sincere student during his school days. There were four boys in our class with the same name so to avoid confusion we had given nicknames to all of them. The PM was nicknamed ‘Mohna’.”

“However, Mohna is a busy man today. A few years ago, I had gone to meet him but due to his busy schedule we could only meet for three minutes,” he adds.

Wishing a speedy recovery to his childhood friend, Joginder says: “I wish to see him back in is chair and work for the development of the nation.”



Suicides by students raise concern
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Three suicides reported in less than a week, all involving students, and an abduction story concocted by a student of Jagraon have sent the alarm bells ringing. In two cases, it was the examination pressure that led to the death of two city girls who were studying in Class X, while mystery surrounds over the death of Preety Sharma, a BEd student of Partap College.

The recent incidents have again laid bare the underlying pressure that children go through in this competitive scenario. Psychologists feel that as the days for annual examination are drawing closer, the pressure is mounting on students. They are not only battling the examination blues, but are also shouldering the burden of expectations of their parents.

“Parents and teachers expect good marks from a child so that they can be respected in society. They pay scant regards to what kind of mental turmoil the child is going through,” feels former professor KBS Sodhi.

The two girls who committed suicide were from the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and the student who created fuss by concocting his own kidnapping also belonged to a PSEB affiliated school. Gurmeet Singh, a government School teacher, feels that beating a student is not the solution.

It generates a sense of humiliation in students which results in extreme steps taken by them, said Gurmeet adding that the teachers should motivate the student. He added that in this competitive world the children were already under immense stress. The schools and the education boards should make some modalities to curb this growing trend.



Patriotic spirit grips city residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
A musical evening "Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo" dedicated to the martyrs was organised by the cultural society Dhvani at the Punjabi Bhavan. The programme included quiz on Indian National Movement. Rashi Sood set the tone of the evening when she sang "Ye Kaun Chitarkaar hai" while Dr Vikram took it further with "Jahan daal daal pe sone ki chiriyaan karti hai basera" while Jasmine and Zinia mesmerised the audience with “Vande Mataram”.

While Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, unfurled the Flag at Bal Bhalai School, Ambedkar Nagar. Dhanda remembered BR Ambedkar. Sweets were distributed among the students.

Congress Committee

District Congress Committee (Urban) and District Youth Congress (SC Cell) celebrated the Republic Day with fervour.

The committee also celebrated the Republic Day at other places, including Moti Nagar, Shimlapuri, Salem Tabri, Jalandhar bye-pass, Jamalpur colony, Subhash Nagar, Gulabi Bagh Tibba Road.

Senior citizens

All-India Senior Citizens Organisation celebrated the Republic Day at Sita Mata Mandir, Daresi. Yash Pal unfurled the Flag. While Karantikari Samajwadi Party also celebrated the Republic Day.


IMA Ludhiana observed the Republic Day at the IMA House. Dr AB Thomas, director Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was the chief guest and hoisted the National Flag. He said many countries in the world still have dictatorship where citizens do not have the right to elect their representatives and democracy is thus a boon for Indians.

The medical professionals from India are excelling in the world today and it is high time to make health care accessible to the people living in interiors.

Dr LS Chawla, chief patron of IMA, said doctors have to work for strengthening of the democratic system.



Teachers to go on mass leave today
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 27
As per the call given by the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (PFUCTO), the teachers of all universities, government and private-aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh will proceed on mass casual leave to protest against the dilly dallying attitude of the government as far as the implementation of MHRD notification is concerned, in front of D.P.I Colleges at Chandigarh tomorrow.

Dr Kuldip Singh, former general secretary of the PCCTU informed that the protest is being conducted to entreat upon the government for the implementation of MHRD notification, failing which, the teachers shall be forced to take up fasts and intensify their struggle in the coming days.

The members of the union said government should accept the genuine demands of the teachers at the earliest as the states like Haryana had already introduced the UGC scales for its teachers.

Further the restoration of full grant-in-aid, lifting of ban on recruitment and conversion of posts, pension and gratuity for college teachers apart from implementing the CAS and grade of 14940 of DPEs librarians from 1196, annual stagnation increments, exemption of RC and OC up to June 08, HRA for rural colleges shall comprise of other demands.



Migrants continue to leave city
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Global economic meltdown has hit the local industrial workers the hardest. Having lost their jobs in the wake of large-scale lay offs by the industry, these workers, majority of whom are migrants from various parts of the country, have no option left but to return to their native lands, from where they had come to the city in search of a better life.

Everyday hundreds of jobless labourers can be seen returning to their roots. Hence, trains travelling across the country, particularly to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh being jam packed with such passengers.

Construction industry, garments, leather goods, gems and jewellery and metal products industry, other labour-intensive services, such as cleaning, maintenance, private security and driving and related services, which cater to the requirements of the expanding corporate sector, manufacturing - the sectors which rely on informal contract workers - have all witnessed large-scale lay offs and retrenchments in the past three months.

Charanjit Singh Vishvikarma, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association, “As much as 50 per cent of the jobs have gone over the last three months and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Recession is yet to hit India, it is then that things will go from bad to worse. Major lay offs are around the corner as the industry is struggling to survive in the present scenario.” Migrants, thus, will have to leave the city and get back to their homes in order to survive, he remarked.

Sadly, most of the Centre Government’s efforts are focused towards easing the credit crunch, reviving the stock market and investor confidence which it is doing by introducing orb-specific sops. The government, however, has failed to consider the labour force, which is already directly hit and which accounts for the majority of workers in the country.

Nageshwar Singh, district president of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, said many workers have already been laid off and many more would be fired in the coming days. They will be forced either to stay in precarious conditions in the urban areas or go back to their places of origin. “Thousands have already left and hundreds continue to leave everyday,” he said.

Ram Nandan Mishra, from Sasaram, Bihar, who was employed with a local hosiery manufacturing unit and was laid off along with 70 others, said: “I have lost my job and have no money left to sustain in this expensive city. I am on the verge of penury and left with no option but to return home.”

Mishra’s case is not an isolated one. There are hundreds of others who are struggling to make two ends meet in the face of poverty and unemployment and are returning to their homeland.

More than 50 per cent of labour in the local small and medium-scale industrial units has been laid off during the past three months, which has been admitted by labourers as well as the owners of the small-scale, medium and large-scale industrial units.



55 rural doctors join statewide protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
As many as 55 rural doctors from village dispensaries in Ludhiana district, along with 350 doctors from other districts of Punjab, reached Anandpur Sahib to take part in a dharna staged by the Rural Medical Service Association (RMSA) against the state government for its failure to regularise their posts.

The police has registered a case against the RMSA president and some other doctors leading today’s protest. Raising anti-establishment slogans, the protesting doctors stated that this rally was an announcement of their ‘fight for rights’ which would be carried out without impediment of health services in the rural areas.

Exhibiting exemplary dedication for the cause of rural health and public interest, the RMSA called upon the rural doctors from only those dispensaries wherein patients could be covered by nearby primary health centres and community health centres.

Dr Jasdeep Singh, president of the district unit of the RMSA, while speaking to The Tribune stated that 47 out of a total 102 doctors working in rural dispensaries in Ludhiana district stayed back to cater to the people coming to the dispensaries. “However, the doctors will partake in the indefinite struggle commencing from January 28 wherein each one of the 1,200 rural doctors working under zila parishads in Punjab will relinquish their chairs and examine the patients while sitting on the floor on mats,” stated Dr Jasdeep.

With every day the struggle would fortify as the rural doctors were committed to fight for the cause of rural health in Punjab so as to safeguard the interests of the rural populace, which is already deprived in terms of medical facilities, the RMSA doctors went on to add.



Irregularities alleged during tender opening
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Corruption is allegedly going on unabated at the local municipal corporation as once again the fact came to fore today during the opening of advertising tenders.

The tenders that were submitted on January 23 were supposed to be opened the same day but due to dilly-dally by officials, the process was postponed for today.

Though the bidders were informed that the tenders were to be opened in their presence 11 am today, the tenders were opened ahead of scheduled time and given to a contractor who had agreed to pay Rs 5 crore to the civic body for advertising rights in the city.

Talking to The Tribune, Deepak Singla, director of Delhi-based Traffic Media, said: “We had quoted Rs 7. 2 crore as price for earning advertising rights of the city and our tender was rejected citing absence of Rs 25 lakh as demand draft.”

“I was told that the tenders would be opened at 11 am today and when I reached the zone-D office, much to my surprise the tenders had already been opened.”

“Besides, officials there, including Joint Commissioner Kuldeep Singh, said there was no demand draft in my sealed envelope, which was not opened in my absence.”

“When I told them that I can get proofs like a photocopy of the demand draft, the DD number, etc. they refused to listen,” he claimed, adding that he had reported the matter of missing demand draft to the SSP, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman and Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal.

On January 23, when the company director had come to take the tender form, he was denied one and after the intervention of Senior Deputy Mayor and fear from media, officials finally released a form and asked him to complete the formalities there and then only, lest his form should be rejected. Besides, the MC had also filed a caveat fearing a legal action when the tenders were invited. The process for advertising tenders has remained under scanner from the day 1.

Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts Joint Commissioner Kuldeep Singh was not available.



Emphasis on women poets’ plight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
A seminar on "Naari Kaav: Sirjan ate Chintan" was organised at Punjabi Bhavan by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi and Central Punjabi Writer's Sabha. While a kavi darbar was also held. Dr Amia from Delhi read his research paper on the topic. She gave various examples to prove her point and also talked about the problems faced by the women poets.

Prof Anoop Singh Virk said today they have started a new custom by holding a women's kavi darbar. "Now womenfolk will not feel neglected," he said.

Women poets from different cities participated in the darbar. The evening started with Sukhdeep Kaur's song "Shayari da safar lamera" while Dr Pal Kaur presented a satirical poem on the relationship of a poet and his wife. Amia Kanwar presented the poem "Talash" and Sukhwinder Amrit presented the poem describing the relationship of mother-daughter.

Gurcharan Kaur Kochar's third book on gazals titled "Ehsas diyan Rishmaa" was also released.



Yash Pal Sharma bereaved
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 27
Sandhya Devi, mother of Yash Pal Sharma, former cricketer and now a national selector, died here last evening after a prolonged illness. She was 96 and survived by two sons and five daughters.

Her cremation was held today at the Civil Lines cremation grounds, which was largely attended. Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman, selection committee, Punjab and senior vice-president, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, along with office bearers of the association, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president, BJP, Punjab, councillors, industrialists, sports personalities and representatives of social organisations were also present there.



Small benefits not enough for disabled: Guv
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Punjab Governor Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) has called for more professional approach while working for the welfare of the disabled and other special categories of the underprivileged.

Interacting with state aid beneficiaries who were given sewing machines and tricycles at the Republic Day function here yesterday, he said the administration needed to have a more professional approach for the long-term settlement of the special people.

“Doling out small benefits like tricycles were not enough,” he said.

General Rodrigues added that in Chandigarh: “We have opened three empowerment centers — for street children, mentally challenged and crippled children — to benefit the entire region.”

He asked officers to visit the centres and make plans for their respective areas. He offered partnership in all such programmes to give maximum benefit to people of the region from such service oriented programmes.



Absence of SAD-BJP MLAs draws flak

Ludhiana, January 27
Jassi Khangura, MLA (Kila Raipur), said it was highly regrettable that the district Akali-BJP MLAs did not attend the 60th Republic Day function here yesterday.

“While, they all line up for hours like sheep when the CM or his son come to Ludhiana, the failure of Akali-BJP MLAs to show up at the Republic Day function, where the Governor was present, is highly disrespectful,” Khangura said.

He said, “This not only reflects poor judgment, but also is a proof of their sycophantic behaviour. They would meekly wait for hours to catch a glimpse of the CM eye,yet they are not prepared to even acknowledge the person to whom they swore the oath of office in Punjab Vidhan Sabha.”

However, Member of Parliament Sharanjit Dhillon and Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura were present. The duo had departed while the function was still on. — TNS



Barn owl rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
A barn owl was rescued by a bird lover after it got entangled in a kite string on a treetop here this morning.
A barn owl that was rescued by a bird lover in Ludhiana.
A barn owl that was rescued by a bird lover in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

The owl was noticed by Vijay Gaur in a park in Prem Nagar Civil Lines. Crows had begun attacking the animal after it got entangled. The bird lover contacted Vipin Bhatia of Pakshi Sewa Samiti, who contacted Dr Sandeep K Jain, member, Punjab State Board for Wildlife.

They rescued the bird, identified it and contacted the District Forrest Officer (DFO) to send a forest team to fetch it. The owl was brought to Pakshi Sewa Samiti campus, near bus stand, where it was given first aid, food and water.

District Wildlife Inspector Varinder Pal Chawla reached the scene and examined the bird. It was then decided to release the bird in the evening in the same locality from where it was rescued.

A barn owl, also known as golden owl, is around 12-inch golden and white bird, having long heart-size face with small black eyes. Its upper part is golden brown with black and white speckles. It has white underwings and chest. The legs are coated with feathers. It makes sounds of hissing, snoring or extended wild shrieks. It nests on old buildings and treeholes. It is nocturnal and eats mainly rodents, but can eat small vertebrates, insects or sometimes grains. 



From Schools & Colleges

Ludhiana: The Republic Day was celebrated by the staff and students of Jesus' Sacred Heart School. March past, skits, group dances and aerobics brought out the zeal of students. Anju Banga, principal, highlighted the importance of the day.

Greenland Public School

Greenland Senior Secondary Public School celebrated the day with enthusiasm. Tricolour was hoisted by Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of Greenland schools. Students enthralled the audience with patriotic songs, dances and choreographies. Baldeep Pandher, principal, exhorted the students to spread the message of love, peace and oneness around them.

Ryan School

Ryan International School reflected the rich heritage and tradition of India. Various colourful and meaningful activities were conducted. The celebration commenced with the Flag hoisting ceremony and singing of the National Anthem.

BCM School

To inculcate the spirit of nationalism and unity among students, the Republic Day was celebrated at BCM School, Dugri. Flag hoisting ceremony was done by Mahatma Satyanand Ji Munjal.

Vardhman Public School

Vardhman International Public School celebrated the Republic Day in a unique way. Parents of the school children were the guests and parents of Nursery Class child Jasdeep Singh hoisted the National Flag. Sushil Malhotra, vice-president, Sanjeev Jain , Manager, Dr Anima Jain, principal were also present.

Tagore Public School

Celebrations were held at Tagore Public School in which students took part enthusiastically.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir

A colourful function was organised with gaiety and fervour at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Sector 39, Chandigarh Road. OP Sabharwal, member, BVM trust, graced the occasion. Ranjit Kaur, principal, hoisted the Flag.


The 60th Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Punjab Agricultural University yesterday. PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang, unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute from NCC cadets who painted the ambience with a patriotic fervour.

Offering greetings to audience comprising of deans, directors, officers, faculty members, employees and students of the university, Dr Kang said agriculture continues to be the backbone our economy, providing livelihood for the majority of 600 million rural people who live in half a million villages spanning across the country.


The Republic Day was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the staff and students of Government College for Women here yesterday. The principal of the college RK Aulakh unfurled the National Flag and paid tributes to the freedom fighters.

Christian Medical College

The Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm in Christian Medical College yesterday. Students from various medical colleges took part in the Republic Day parade. Earlier, a prayer meeting was also held in the college chapel.



3.5 kg opium seized, 3 held

Jagraon, January 27
The police has recovered 3.5 kg opium and arrested three persons in different incidents yesterday. In the first case, the Raikot police arrested Paramjit Singh alias Baba of Akalgarh village and recovered 510 gm of the contraband substance from his possession. The ASI, Malkait Singh, in charge of Lohatbaddi police post had intercepted him at Rajgarh village.

In yet another incident, the SHO, Hathoor, intercepted Joginder Singh alias Jugnu near Lakha village and recovered 1 kg of the contraband substance from his possession.

In another incident, the SHO, Sudhar, intercepted Yadwinder Singh alias Mata of Sudhar near the canal bridge, at Tugal village while on patrolling duty and recovered 2 kg of the contraband substance from his possession. In all three incidents the police had registered the cases under Sections 18/61/85 of the NDPS Act. — OC



Charanpreet adjudged best athlete
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, January 27
The annual sports meet of Peace Public School was held here. The meet was an impressive one, displaying stamina, speed and strength in various track and field sports.

Hockey Olympic silver medallist Retd. Lt. Col. Jaswant Singh, opened the sports meet. A colourful cultural programme replete with dance and synchronised exercises followed. The torch was carried in a relay by the highest achievers of the school national handball player Subhsangeet Kaur, and athlete Arshpreet Kaur. Veteran sportsperson and Olympian Capt. Daljit Singh, and international long jumper Amritpal Singh Grewal, explained the importance of talent technique and mental strength to excel in sports. Junior students were seen vying with one another in fun events like frog race, dress up race etc. 

Strong team play by Daffodil house helped them bag the first position in both boys and girls kho-kho matches. It gave the house a straggling 20 points jump. Simardeep Singh, Deepak Kaura and Vaibhav Sayal secured first second and third positions in TableTennis in under 17 segments whereas Pranav Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Angad Singh secured the three positions in under 15 segments. Vaibhav Sayal, Shubham Aggarwal and Arpit Yaday secured the top three positions in skating competition. 

Chanpreet Singh with 6 gold medals was adjudged best under 17 boys athlete while Jatinder Singh with 4 gold and a bronze medal was declared best under 14 boys athlete, Arashpreet Kaur with three gold, silver and a bronze was declared the best girl athlete while Sadhvi Chopra with 2 gold, silver and a bronze was declared best athlete in under 14 segment. 

Prizes of the week-long indoor and outdoor sports events were also given to the winners by Lt. Col. Jaswant Singh, educationist Sagar Chand Jain and principal CK Jija.



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