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Dirty flows the nullah, still
Power supply to dyeing units cut
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A day after the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) disconnected power supply to 55 dyeing units in the city for polluting Budda Nullah, the nullah flows as dirty as ever carrying effluents and other discharge from electroplating units and dairies on the Tajpur road.

The action of the Pollution Control Board to shut down these units for the time being invited appreciation from residents and environmentalists, but residents did say too little was being done for the nullah.

Several electroplating units that are not getting effluents treated from the common effluent treatment plant are still discharging this into the nullah. Dairies also wash off dung into sewers. Not to be left behind, the MC discharges thousands of kilo litres of untreated domestic waste into the nullah.

A visit to the nullah near the Tajpur road today, where dyeing units were closed yesterday, revealed thick and black water that looked like tar. It carried excreta, dung, animal waste and garbage.

“After dyeing units were closed, why is the nullah water still dirty? It should have been crystal clear,’’ said VK Goyal, general secretary of the Federation of Dyeing Factories Associations.

He said while there was pollution from all quarters, only the dyeing industry had been singled out. ‘‘There was sewage, solid waste, animals waste and pesticides flowing into the nullah. Why single out dyeing units?” he asked.

Residents said stern action taken was justified, but the matter should not end here. “Action should have been taken against all polluters. It should not stop here now. Only then there is hope,’’ said Pritampal Sigh, a resident of Haibowal.

The action has, however, brought hope to villagers living downstream. “We are happy things have started moving. There is some hope,” said Jagjit Singh, sarpanch of Burj Lambran village, located on the bank of the nullah.

Joginder Kumar, president of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, meanwhile, in a statement here today said that they would ensure zero liquid discharge by February 15.


Beautification Drive
PAU axes 20 trees
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The social organisations, environmentalists in this part of region are trying hard to save the green cover as the trees still continues to be axed. Under the garb of development and cleanliness drive, hundreds of trees at the Old Court Complex and Civil Hospital were cut. Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), too, does not seem to lag behind in the "cleanliness" drive as about 20 trees were recently cut on the campus.

According to sources, all these rare trees have been axed in the past one-and-a-half month. Three pilkan trees adjoining Thapar Hall were axed whereas eight thick green plants with colourful flowers were removed from a canteen near the Thapar Hall. Two old shady trees from near the PG Building and two near the Department of Soils were axed for "beautifying” the campus have been cut in December. One old keekar tree, which, the environmentalists consider to be rare these days, was cut from near Gate No. 1 of the university. Besides, thick bougainvillea bushes have been removed from the roadside.

The sources disclosed further that the authorities were removing the green belt spread over 29 km on the campus. An employee of non-teaching union said the authorities removed beautiful landscaping during Dr Randhawa’s tenure. "The officers say that trees have been pruned, but decades old trees have been badly butchered and you feel bad for that", he said.

Even during 12th Punjab Science Congress held at PAU yesterday, Baba Seechewal, leading environmentalist, had requested that all the functions be celebrated by planting a sapling for promoting the green cover. He said trees were important and everyone must contribute to save this precious green cover.

Estate officer Gurkirpal Singh when contacted said he felt bad when people, instead of appreciating work, criticised authorities. "The pilkan trees have not been cut but pruned for increasing its life span. Otherwise they were dying.

We are trying to bring back the bed of roses as was there at the time of Dr Randhawa. For this, the drive has already been launched", he said further adding that he had joined as the estate officer just three months ago, why and by whom the landscaping was removed, he could not comment on that.



Woman set afire by husband, daughter
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A woman was allegedly set afire following a petty quarrel by her husband and 12-year-old daughter at Model Town last evening.

The victim, Surinder Kaur, sustained 90 per cent burns and was rushed to the DMCH, where her condition is stated to be critical.

The incident took place last evening, when an argument between Gurmeet Singh and his wife turned ugly. According to Beant Juneja, SHO of Model Town, the relationship between the couple was not cordial and they used to quarrel on minor issues.

A relative of the family, on the condition of anonymity, said these days they would fight more frequently as Gurmeet Singh had suffered heavy losses in his shoe business.

Surinder Kaur said Gurmeet Singh poured kerosene on her when she tried to pose restrictions on her 12-year-old daughter, who helped her father and held her from behind.

The accused then set her on fire.

She was rescued by a neighbour and rushed to hospital. The incident has come as a shock for colony residents. “They used to fight a lot, but we never thought that things would come to such a pass,” a resident said.

Another resident said the girl used to favour her father due to which her mother would beat her up.

Meanwhile, the father and daughter are absconding. The couple’s 10-year-old son has been left all alone and there is no one to look after him. The police has booked the accused in this connection.



Shobha Yatra
Hundreds of commuters stranded for 2 hours
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Hundreds of people were stranded on the GT Road (between Phillaur to Phagwara) till late evening due to Guru Ravidas shobha yatra today.

Passengers complained that the jam had been so bad that they were forced to leave buses and preferred to walk to Phagwara, from where they would take another bus.

Talking to The Tribune, Sonu Sidhu said: “I was on my way to Mukerian from Ludhiana and since my car is caught in the jam, I can’t even leave it and go.” The mismanagement by the authorities concerned was another reason why people were having a harrowing time.

Another family caught in the jam said: “Taking out processions that inconvenience commuters should not be allowed.” They complained that they had small children with them and since they had been coming from Patiala, the children were tired and there was no other way to reach their hometown Jalandhar.



Man booked for raping niece
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
In a strange turn of events, a man has been arrested for kidnapping and raping his niece over a period of two years.

Jaspal Singh, a resident of Junawal village, near Kum Kalan, had allegedly abducted his niece three years ago.

He has been arrested from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.

What is more shocking is that the girl has a two-year-old son from the accused. He later got the boy admitted to an orphanage.

Her 40-year-old maternal uncle lured her and eloped with her when she was only 15 years old. According to her parents, the accused established relations with her when she was visiting her maternal grandparents at Daulatpur village.

Her grandparents had been arrested by the police in this connection three years ago. Now, the girl is alleging that Jaspal Singh raped her all these years and threatened to kill her and her parents if she did not comply with his demands.

She said the accused kept changing his house to evade suspicion.

The duo was spotted in Mandi, after which a police team nabbed the accused from the bus stand there.



2 labourers killed in roof collapse
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 8
Two labourers are reported to have died when the roof of a house collapsed here today. The incident occurred around 11 am when the labourers were demolishing a house at Shekhupura village, and its roof fell on them.

The house belonged to Nirmal Singh and Narinder Singh of Jassowal had taken the contract of dismantling the house. The victims have been identified as Joga Singh (51) of Jassowal and Roop Singh (27) of Jagraon.

Joga Singh died on the way to hospital. The condition of Roop Singh was serious and he was taken to the DMCH, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.



Missing woman found with paramour
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 8
A woman who had gone missing about nine months ago was reportedly recovered from the house of her paramour. Her husband was facing charges of killing her on the complaint of her father.

Paramjit Kaur of Gurunanak Pura in Raikot went missing nine months ago after she left her house for Daudhar village to seek some remedy to her problems from a baba. She had taken her sons, aged six and three, with her. Her family searched for her for days, but she could not be traced. Later, Gurjant Singh, her father, lodged a complaint with the police, accusing Manga Singh, her husband, of killing her.

Manga Singh continued to look for her and at last, succeeded in finding her at the house of her paramour Gurbhej Singh of Kaunke Kalan village. She refused to return to her house.

Yesterday, the panchayat brought her to the Raikot police station along with her paramour. She said her husband ill-treated her. But Manga Singh’s neighbours refuted her allegation.

The SHO said he and panchayat members sat till late in the evening and succeeded in persuading her to live with her husband. They also advised Gurbhej Singh to act as per law if he wanted to marry her.



Vaccination: NGO fleeces residents
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 8
An awareness campaign regarding the administration of Hepatitis B and typhoid vaccines, conducted at a dharamshala of the town by a health society of Jaipur, is nothing but a farce as alleged by the residents of the area.

It is alleged that the vaccination administered by the society is costly. The society is said be befooling the ignorant residents by administering them injections, for which they are being charged much more than the actual amount.

According to a local pharmacist, "The cost of the multi-dose vial is approximately Rs 140, which can be administered to 10 adults at a time, thus costing Rs 14 for each individual. Coupled with the cost of the syringe, Rs 2, the total amount of the vaccination comes to Rs 16 per individual.

But astonishingly, the society is charging Rs 10 as cost of the registration form and Rs 60 for adult vaccination and Rs 40 for vaccination for those below 10 years. Thus, an adult is forced to shell out Rs 56 for a dose, and that too in a camp organised as a generous gesture to the public.

It has also been alleged that these NGOs made arrangements to organise such a camp in a nearby village, where they registered the villagers for the vaccination but never returned to administer the same.

It is further alleged that the persons who have been assigned the duty of administering the medicine have no medical degree. When enquired about the same, they were unable to give a satisfying reply to some residents.

It was not in the notice of the medical officer of the town, Dr Meera, as she was reportedly on some emergency duty. However, Dr Walia, SMO, Payal, admitted that these NGO were not trained in medical profession and hence they had been stopped from organising such camps in future. He also said the organisers of the camp had failed to produce any accompanying doctor with medical degree.

Asked why they were then allowed to conduct the camp, the SMO said he was helpless as these organisers had the permission of the district authorities in their hand.



Companies in cost-cutting mode
Sharp fall in promotional campaigns
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Promotional campaigns of various companies have registered a sharp decline over the past three months as firms have taken cost-cutting steps in the wake of the economic meltdown.

The number of product launches, press conferences and exhibitions have gone down considerably. Be it finance, automobiles, retail chains, hospitality or the service sector, promotional activities of almost all sectors have been hit in the past three months. Worst hit are banks and firms dealing in finance, automobiles and electronics.

"Most companies, big as well as small, are taking cost- cutting measures in the wake of the global economic meltdown. So, quite naturally, the first sphere to be affected in such conditions is their promotional activity," said Seema Jham, branch director, Perfect Relations.

Alice Guram, who runs a public relations firm in the city, remarked that the companies that were earlier organising a number of events in the city are not coming up with even a single show now.

Seema said: "There has been a 20 per cent drop in the number of promotional events and campaigns by our clients over the past three months."

Anupama Jha, executive, Excelsior Public Relations, who used to organise above 20 promotional campaigns in a month on an average in the city for various firms, says the number has dropped to 15 and even less. "The drop in numbers reflects that the companies are focusing on cutting down on promotional expenses," she added.

Not only this, the companies organising promotional events, are even asking their public relation agents for a change in the venues of their campaigns from five-star hotels to clubs and smaller hotels.

"Earlier, the companies organised lavish lunches and dinners during product launches and other similar events but now "high tea" has replaced lavish meals. Moreover, payment cycles of various PR firms has also increased from four months to eight or nine months now as the companies are increasingly delaying payments," said Alice.

Celebrity presence at such events has also thinned with firms preferring to hold events where celebrity presence is required, at Mumbai or Delhi to save on the expenses.



Social networking sites a threat: BJP cell chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The Ludhiana Citizen’s Council organised a seminar-cum-debate on terrorism here today. Experts from various fields, including Lok Sabh Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, former Punjab DGP KPS Gill, former MP Sunil Shastri and BJP’s investor cell chairman Sukhminder Singh Grewal, took part in the seminar.

Atwal said: “An anti-terror squad should be formed at the national level. We must strengthen ourselves to fight terrorism.”

Urging parties to come together to tackle the menace, he said the problem could be weeded only if there was a united stand against it.

Terming information technology a tool in the hands to terrorists, Sukhminder Grewal said: “Social networking sites like Orkut and Facebook had been helping terrorist groups to promote and organise their activities. Besides, Google and Youtube have become tools for learning anything just by sitting home.”

Unless the nation became strong enough to curb cyber crime, nothing concrete could be achieved in this direction, he added.

Among others present were CMC director Dr AG Thomas, Muslim Pers Law Board chairman Mohd. Usman and DAV School principal RS Patial.



Rural docs’ strike enters fifth day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The ongoing chain hunger strike call given by the Rural Medical Services Association entered its fifth day today. The agitating doctors working at village dispensaries across the state on contractual basis under zila parishads adopted “medical terminology” to reveal the shortcomings of the Akali-BJP regime. The doctors sat on a protest dharna at Bathinda.

In a statement issued today, RMSA (Rural Medical Services Association) district unit president Dr Jasdeep Singh said doctors, keeping up with their promise to work for rural health, organised a free medical camp wherein they sat on floor mats and attended to patients followed by free distribution of medicines.

Rural medical officers have started a “youth signature campaign” at villages of the Malwa region wherein the youth were being asked about the policies of the Punjab government and whether the government should go or stay.

Looking at the response to the campaign, the RMSA had decided to commence the next phase in Ludhiana district followed by other districts.

“Following the call of Punjab Chief Secretary to discuss the demands, the RMSA has deferred the protest march in Anandpur Sahib scheduled for February 9,” said RMSA state president Dr Aslam Parvez.

However, the ongoing hunger strike of rural doctors in Bathinda would continue till the demands were met.

A large number of people came out in favour of the campaign and voiced their opinion, he added.

Dr Aslam added that the RMOs would start relay rural rallies wherein 10-15 villages would be covered every day apprising rural people about their right to health.

Young doctors pointed out that on one the hand Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was trying to project youth as the lifeline and future of the state by installing his son Sukhbir Singh as the Deputy Chief Minister, on the other his policies were pushing young doctors, teachers and other sections of society towards unemployment, and crime.

Punjab was amongst the leading states in India in terms of brain drain, the doctors added.



Motivating people to pledge bodies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The thought of living after death and giving a new life to someone inspired these people to donate their bodies. NS Nanda started an NGO, New Hope, with the idea that best gift one can give to anyone after death is their body and today he has the backing of 229 persons.

Sharing her experience at a meeting organised by the NGO here today, Rita Maria, a donor, said one day she thought of giving the best gift to someone. “The answer that came to my mind was my body. By donating my body, I can help doctors in their research and even help the needy by donating organs,” she said.

She had pledged only her eyes but now decided to donate her body.

Veena Mahajan used to hear about dissection of bodies for carrying out research from her daughter, who is a doctor.

“I had donated my eyes a long ago and when I came to know about this NGO, I decided to donate my body as well,” she adds.

Veena’s husband RL Mahajan added that the decision was taken by them unanimously. “Both have decided to donate our bodies,” she added.

Nirmal Mehta, another donor, added that she was moved by seeing so much suffering especially the among poor. “All members of the NGO have decided to pledge our organs to the poor and not sell these to the rich,” she added.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief guest of the occasion, said more and more people should come forward and extend their hand to eradicate social evils prevailing in society.

NS Nanda said every citizen should feel his responsibility and do something for the uplift and welfare of the poor and the downtrodden.



South-East Asian furniture exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
“Exotic East” an exhibition organised here, brought the wondrous touch of furniture, artifacts, lamps, lights, mirrors, wall panels and contemporary Asian home décor from Indonesia and Thailand at the Satluj Club.

Vinit Uppal from Amritsar and Tara Rana from Jalandhar have put these exquisite pieces for exhibit in the city.

These are beautifully handcrafted and finished. The products, which have been imported from Thailand, are mainly made of wood and are finished with lacquer and small mirrors of different colours. There's nothing like the natural beauty of fine Indonesian woven furniture, they added.

For centuries, this distinct style of furniture has held a place of honour in homes, hotels and restaurants all over the world. These materials have never been used in Indian furniture and are being showcased in Ludhiana for the first time.



22 cinema houses face closure
Distributors demand huge amount for screening high-cost films
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, February 8
The business of the cinema houses has been hit badly, thanks to the coming of the malls and the construction of multiplexes with hi-tech screens.

The town has as many as 22 cinema houses, while the two malls have four multiplexes each. While the multiplexes are attracting huge crowds and are mostly houseful whenever new films are released, a majority of the cinema houses aren’t attracting people.

A few cinema houses are even screening obscene films for attracting the crowd. Though the authorities have taken action against managements of such cinema houses, but all of them allegedly continue to screen such films.

According to Bhupinder Singh Malhotra of the Society Theatre, the cinema business has been hit hard and only 25 per cent of tickets are being sold these days. They can’t screen the new high-cost films because the distributors are demanding higher minimum guarantee money for running such films.

Malhotra said due to heavy traffic in the city, the cinema business has also suffered, as people don’t like to enter the congested areas despite they having maintained cinema houses well.

The demolition of the Lakkar Pul, which connects the old city with the Civil Lines and other new residential areas for the past seven years, has also affected the cinema business.

On the other hand, despite the high rates of the tickets in the multiplexes, they are having roaring business. In Waves Cinemas, a multiplex, tickets are sold for Rs 60 for the first show and Rs 160 for the next show, and for the night shows, Rs 60 and Rs 50, respectively. In the PVR, another multiplex, rates are Rs 50, Rs 110 and Rs 130, and on weekends, Rs 140 and Rs 130, respectively.

Whereas cinema houses are selling tickets for Rs 10, Rs 15 and Rs 20. These houses screen four shows except for the night show.

The late night shows were stopped during the period of militancy in the state. The cinema owners want to start the night shows, but the police has not provided them security.

The multiplexes’ managements have their own security arrangements. But despite that, a businessman and his wife were badly beaten up last week by a few miscreants, who were teasing the girls. The fault of the businessman was that he had objected to their activities, who had allegedly political connections.

The businessman had alleged that when he was being beaten up, the security guards of the multiplex fled from the scene, instead of coming to his rescue.

Brajesh Kumar, in-charge of the Wave Multiplexes told The Tribune that they had made adequate security arrangements with three security officers put on duty. There was no complaint of any harassment.

Mukesh Kumar, manager, PVR multiplexes, claimed that they had tightened the security after that incident.

The security staff had been given special training by the police.

RK Jaiswal, SSP, said the security at the multiplexes had been beefed up and action taken against the miscreants involved in the beating incident.

Malhotra said owing to the power cuts, the cinemas were facing lot of financial difficulties, as they had to run the cinemas on diesel generators.



CM promises memorial at Kutba village
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today paid tributes to the victims of vadda ghallughara (major holocaust/massacre) at Kutba village near here. At least 35,000 Sikh men, women and children were massacred at Kup-Rahira village.

Many people were massacred in a day’s battle between the Khalsa army and Ahmad Shah Durrani that was fought on February 5, 1762.

Badal while addressing a gathering at gurdwara Vadda Ghallughara regretted that no memorial has been raised in Punjab in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the religion and state.

He announced a monument, spread over 5 acre to be constructed at the cost of Rs 10 crore, in the village. He said the name of the road from Rahira to Gehlan village would be rechristened in the name of martyrs besides being re-laid and widened at the cost of Rs 50 crore.

Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, said memorials at Chaparchiri village in Sirhind where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur had established first Sikh empire after defeating the Mughals in 1710 and at Todar Mal ki Haveli at Sirhind would also be developed.



Lok Sabha Poll
Youth Cong wants paramilitary forces’ deployment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Activists of the Punjab Youth Congress today demanded induction of the paramilitary forces during the Lok Sabha elections in the state on a plea that the ruling coalition would use government machinery for benefiting their candidates.

Addressing a press conference here today, secretary, Punjab Congress Committee, Malkit Singh Dakha, district Youth Congress president Dimple Rana and Punjab Youth Congress general secretary, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, said the government would use unfair means for ensuring their victory in the elections. Thus, a neutral policing was required during that period, they added.

The Congress had won half the battle by successfully organising rallies at Mullanpur and Fatehgarh Sahib. The impressive gathering there showed that the Congress would emerge victorious in the coming elections.

The Youth Congress was all prepared and members had already been assigned duties at different booths.



Promotions: Teachers cry foul over delay
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Resentment prevails among the government school teachers over the delay in the clearance of their assured career promotion (ACP) cases pending with the district education office.

According to the teachers, the promotions in the next grade under the ACP scheme are granted after 4 years, 9 years and 14 years of service, respectively. They will get new grade only if their service book records are found to be satisfactory by the district education authorities.

The teachers alleged that the principals of the schools have already forwarded their ACP cases along with the service books to the district education authorities, but the cases have not been cleared by the DEO (secondary) for the last 6 months to 1 year. The teachers expressed their apprehension that the delay in clearance of the cases could result in misplacement of their service books.

The teachers further alleged that this issue was raised in the sangat darshan held by Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, in the office of the DEO (secondary) but so far nothing has been done.

When contacted by The Tribune, Sudesh Bajaj, DEO (secondary) refuted the allegation of the teachers and claimed that she had cleared all the files of the teachers pending with her before December 31 last year.

She further said that each case had to pass through six stages and she had a very transparent policy. She explained that those cases of teachers were withheld whose pass percentage of results was less than 50 per cent.



60 units of blood donated
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 8
The Lok Sewa Society organised a blood donation camp at Red Cross Hospital here. Society president Khulbhushan Gupta said it was the society’s 10th blood donation camp. Volunteers donated 60 units of blood during the camp.

Raghubir Singh Toor (44), president, Jagraon Bar, donated blood for the 60th time. Toor aims at donating blood for at least 100 times.

He said the first time he donated blood was in 1977 when he was in class IX and was inspired by his NCC instructor. He motivated youth to donate blood for social cause.

Malkait Singh Bittu (31), for whom this was fifth donation, said he was motivated by Toor to come forward for the cause.

Key donors who donated blood included Naresh Gupta (52 times), his wife Monika Gupta (12) and Simmi Aggarwal (10).

Ashok Verma, Dr Dilpreet Singh, Divakar Jain were also present on the occasion.



‘Jashan-e-Baharan’ marks basant
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 8
The educational institutions of Guru Gobind Singh Educational Trust, Kamalpura, celebrated a cultural programme, ‘Jashan-e-Baharan’, to mark Basant Panchmi.

The students of GGS Khalsa College for Women and GGS Khalsa College of Education for Women presented histrionics, jokes, skits, choreography and other events.

Several competitions like Miss Basant, salad decoration, wall painting, rangoli, kite making, phulkari and sanjhi mai were also held.

The programme was presided over by comedian Surinder Farishta popularly known as Khulle Shah.

Happal Singh, Avtar Singh, Arvinder Bhatti and Kashi Ram Chann were the guests of honour. Besides principals of the institutions, Dr Geeta Sharma and Dr Barinder Kaur, along with the trustees, encouraged the participants and distributed the prizes to the winners.

From GGS Khalsa College for Women Mandeep Kaur was declared as Miss Basant, Anita Rani was adjudged best salad decorator and histrionic, Harpreet Kaur, Sukhdeep Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur and Shapinderjit Kaur won first prizes for rangoli decoration, kite making, phulkari and sanjhi mai, respectively.

From GGS Khalsa College of Education for Women Bhawandeep Kaur was declared as Miss Basant, Milanpreet Kaur and Preetinder Kaur bagged first and second prizes in wall painting, respectively, Mamta was adjudged best salad decorator, Neeraj, Shelly Rani, Baljit Kaur, Bindia and Rajbir Kaur won second prizes for rangoli decoration, kite making, phulkari, sanjhi mai and histrionics, respectively.



United colours of basant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
William Blake said: "To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."

The advent of Basant has added to the beauty of environs, thereby lifting up the spirits of the young and the old. From the lawns of massive mansions, the gardens in school and colleges to the public parks in every corner of the city, the beds of rose and rings of marigold have an added attraction for the onlookers.

Chrysanthemums, with their riot of colours, varying from maiden white, sunny yellow, soft pink to flaming red, have become a rage with some flower enthusiasts in the city, who have created terrace gardens to accommodate maximum varieties.



Ramanpreet, Amandeep win inter-college contests
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 8
In its endeavour to provide awareness regarding environment to the community, BCM College of Education, in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, organised inter-college competitions today.

The theme of the competitions was ‘Our environment: under threat’. In this series inter-college PowerPoint Presentation for students and teachers and poster making competitions were held. The topic for PowerPoint Presentation was ‘Global warming’ while the topic for poster making was ‘Saving our environment- handling- soil, water nd pollution’.

Students from about 15 colleges spread across Punjab participated in the competition. Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners.

Dr Khushvinder Kumar, principal, BCM College of Education, told that the project was allotted by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, under “National Environment Awareness Campaign 2008-09”.

The results:

PowerPoint Presentation (teachers’ category):

1 Kuldip Kaur of BCM College of Education; 2 Gurinder Kaur of GG Khalsa College of Education; 3 Nisha Sharma of GMT College of Education.

PowerPoint Presentation (students’ category):

1 Ramanpreet Kaur of Chandigarh Group of Colleges; 2 Shruti Luthra of Divya Shiksha College of Education for Women; 3 Manisha of BCM College of Education; Reena Mathur of Chandigarh Group of Colleges bagged consolation prize.

Poster making competitions:

1 Amandeep Kaur of GMT College of Education; 2 Suman of BCM College of Education; 3 Shruti Marhawa of Rayat & Bahara College of Education; Shweta Pathak of Divya Shiksha College of Education was accorded the consolation prize.

In the second series, ‘Cleanliness drive’ was organised by the students of BCM College. The students cleaned 10 different corporation parks of Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road, and also earmarked various points where trees could be planted. The people living in colonies around the park appreciated the community work done by the future teachers. At certain places the general public too volunteered and rendered a helping hand to students.



Cultural extravaganza at ‘Ectopia-2009’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Undergraduate medical students of 2004 batch were declared overall winners of the three-day colourful cultural festival ‘Ectopia-2009’, which concluded at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here last evening.

Out of five batches of undergraduate students, the group of 2004 batch secured the maximum score of 253 for their excellent performance in various cultural activities. Batch of 2005 was declared second and Batch 2008 was declared third with 221 and 210 points, respectively.

With this, the three-day cultural extravaganza came to an end with glittering prize distribution ceremony, along with exhilarating performances by the participants. In the mono-acting contest held in the evening, the first prize was won by Iqbal of Batch 2005, Raghav of Batch 2004 got the second prize and a student of Batch 2008 bagged the third prize.

Divyanshu and Raghav of Batch 2004 were declared Mr Ectopia and Neha Thakur of Batch 2005 was adjudged as Ms Ectopia.

The major crowd-puller of the evening was a group dance contest. Dressed in chick-attire, the medical students left the audience spellbound with their electrifying performance based on foot-tapping folk and Bollywood numbers. Batch 2007 secured first prize while Batch 2006 and Batch 2008 were declared second and third, respectively, for their rhythmic dance performances.

In his address, Dr Sandeep Puri, chairperson of DMCH Cultural Committee, appreciated the enthusiasm of the students with which they took part in various contests and lauded the effort of faculty members for their whole-hearted cooperation.



Ritika, Aditi declared best students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Ritika Goel and Aditi Sharma were declared the best students in junior and senior wings, respectively, during an annual function organised at Maya Devi Goyal Public School, Pohir village, near here yesterday. Gurjeet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Pardeep Kaur and Rajvir Kaur were declared best sportspersons in their respective categories.

Students presented a cultural programme that started with a welcome song. The patriotic choreography on Shaheed Bhagat Singh ‘Mein Pher Awanga’ was appreciated by all.



Students give patient new lease of life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A Hoshiarpur resident, suffering from a heart ailment, got a new lease of life when six students of a college came forward to donate blood for his surgery. The patient’s family had asked for help in this regard.

The patient, who underwent bypass surgery at a heart institute here recently, needed immediate blood transfusion. Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College principal asked her students to visit the hospital for blood donation. Raman Moudgil, Rajanpreet, Saurav, Sachin, Inderjeet and Hardeep stepped forward and donated blood for the patient. The doctors said the patient was now out of danger.



Railway track on fertile land

The railways will have to acquire the land in quite a fertile area spread between Sahnewal and New Morinda for the proposed new rail line, which is one of the most fertile stretches of land in Punjab. This will further shrink the already shrinking area under agriculture.

The farmers have already expressed their reservations against their land being acquired. However, there is still a better and less costly alterative to all this, which will not only save a lot of labour, time and money, but will also spare the farmers the pain and torture of parting with their land.

Instead of constructing a new 67-km long railway track, the railways should explore the possibility of operating along the existing railway line between Ludhiana and Rajpura.

There is a better option of constructing a rail line from Rajpura touching the Chanidgarh-Morinda rail track at Santa village falling between Kharar and Mohali track. This will need the construction of only 20 km of railway track instead of 67 km required between Ludhiana and New Morinda.

Yet another option can save the construction of about 54 km with the construction of about a 1/2-km track. This can be done between the milestone number 315 and 316 near Sirhind. However, the change may add the distance between Ludhiana and Chandigarh by 10 km, but that would not make a major difference in terms of time as it would be a matter of five minutes more.

Gurpreet Singh Mandiani, Ludhiana

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Gurpreet adjudged best athlete
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 8
The annual sports meet of the four institutions of the Shri Guru Hargobind Ujjagar Hari Trust, Sidhwan Khurd, was held at the grounds of Khalsa College for Women.

Besides Khalsa College for Women, GHG Institute of Law for Women, Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School and GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women took part in the meet.

The meet was presided over by Dr Charanjit Singh Grewal, director sports, PU, Chandigarh.

The trustees and principals of the respective institutions attended the meet and handed over prizes to the winners.

While Gurpreet Kaur emerged as the best athlete of KCW, Sandeep Kaur was adjudged best athlete of Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School and Prabhjot Kaur of GHG Institute of Law for Women. The staff also participated in races.

Results: Khalsa College for Women: 50m: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Manpreet Kaur and 3 Jagwinder Kaur; 100m: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Jagwinder Kaur and 3 Kamalpreet Kaur; 200m: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Jagwinder Kaur and 3 Kamalpreet Kaur; 400m: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Jagwinder Kaur and 3 Kamalpreet Kaur; slow cycling: 1 Harmandeep Kaur, 2 Sandeep Kaur and 3 Amandeep Kaur; long jump: 1 Gurpreet Kaur and Jagwinder Kaur, 2 Manpreet Kaur and 3 Inderjit Kaur; high jump: 1 Manpreet Kaur, 2 Gurpreet Kaur and 3 Jagwinder Kaur; shot put: 1 Navdeep Sandhu, 2 Gurpreet Kaur and 3 Manpreet Kaur; javelin throw: 1 Navdeep Sandhu, 2 Gurpreet Kaur and 3 Bhavanjeet Kaur; discus throw: 1 Navdeep Sandhu, 2 Jagwinder Kaur and 3 Manpreet Kaur; hammer throw: 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Navdeep Sandhu and 3 Gurpreet Kaur; staff race (men): 1 Tejinder Singh, 2 Dr Lakhbir Singh Gill and 3 Manjinder Pal; staff race (women): 1 Dr Iqbaljeet Kaur, 2 Rajwinder Kaur and 3 Jaspreet Kaur.

Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School: long jump: 1 Shivdeep Kaur, 2 Sandeep Kaur and 3 Manveer Kaur; frog race: 1 Navdeep Kaur, 2 Hardeep Kaur and 3 Harmandeep Kaur; three-legged race: 1 Sandeep Kaur and Amandeep Kaur, 2 Ramandeep Kaur and Rajdeep Kaur, and 3 Harpreet Kaur and Jaskiran Kaur; slow cycling: 1 Jaskiran Kaur, 2 Harpreet Kaur and 3 Lovepreet Kaur; sac race: 1 Navneet Kaur, 2 Jaspreet Kaur and 3 Sandeep Kaur; skipping race: 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Khushpreet Kaur and 3 Kirandeep Kaur; javelin throw: 1 Ramandeep Kaur, 2 Gurpinder Kaur and 3 Harpreet Kaur; 200m: 1 Parveen Kaur, 2 Jaspreet Kaur and 3 Sandeep Kaur; 100m (junior): 1 Jaspreet Kaur, 2 Sandeep Kaur, 3 Parveen Kaur; 100m (senior): 1 Mandeep Kaur, 2 Navdeep Kaur and 3 Sukhjinder Kaur; pot race: 1 Gurpinder Kaur and 2 Harpreet Kaur; potato race: 1 Manjot Kaur, 2 Gurvinder Kaur and 3 Rajvir Kaur.

GHG Institute of Law for Women:

100m: 1 Amritpal Kaur, 2 Prabhjot Kaur and 3 Kirandeep Kaur; 200m: 1 Amritpal Kaur, 2 Mandeep Kaur and 3 Sunpreet Kaur; three-legged race: 1 Prabhjot Kaur and Navneet Kaur, 2 Sunpreet Kaur and Manjinder Kaur, and 3 Jaskiran Kaur and Vishu; shot put: 1 Prabhjot Kaur, 2 Navneet Kaur and 3 Manveer Kaur; discus throw: 1 Vishu, 2 Prabhjot Kaur and 3 Shalini; javelin throw: 1 Amanpreet Kaur, 2 Navpreet Kaur and 3 Sunpreet Kaur; spoon race: 1 Rupinder Kaur, 2 Navneet Kaur and 3 Manjinder Kaur; sack race: 1 Prabhjot Kaur, 2 Mandeep Kaur and 3 Sunpreet Kaur; long jump: 1 Amritpal Kaur, 2 Rupinder Kaur and 3 Manjot Kaur; slow cycling: 1 Shalini Joshi.



Athletics meet at BCM Arya School
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 8
A large number of students competed in fun games during the two-day annual athletics meet of the primary wing of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shashtri Nagar branch, which concluded here yesterday.

Dr Aruna Sood, senior consultant, Christian Medical College and Hospital, inaugurated the meet and took salute from participants.

The participants took the oath to play in the fair manner. This was followed by a synchronised display of yoga exercises.

A spectacular display of hoop drill by budding students mesmerised spectators and left them spellbound. Competition for parents, grandparents and teachers were also organised.

Results: Class I: Three-legged race: 1 Saksham and Vibhor, 2 Vikram and Sahil, 3 Shagun and Shaileja; lemon race: 1 Shubhneet, 2 Hezal and 3 Kashish; balloon race: 1 Yuvraj, 2 Arjun and 3 Nitish; sack race: 1 Ajayveer, 2 Pahul and 3 Armaan; obstacle race: 1 Harsh, 2 Tanveer and 3 Karan Sood; hop race: 1 Priyanshu, 2 Amrit and 3 Shivam; back race: 1 Raghwinder, 2 Rishit and 3 Akshay; relay race: 1 Prabhot and Priyanshu, 2 Dhruv and Gautam, 3 Deepanshu and Simran; frog race: 1 Shivam, 2 Keshav and 3 Yashika Madaan.

Class IV (boys): sack race: 1 Sanchit, 2 Kartik and 3 Mayank; three-hand race: 1 Shivam and Puneet, 2 Akash and Guransh, 3 Jasjeet and Manik.

Class IV (girls): matka race: 1 Samridhi, 2 Muskan, Richa and 3 Shyna; relay race: 1 Khushpreet and Kanishka, 2 Kajal and Simrandeep, 3 Anjali and Deepika; skipping race: 1 Parima, 2 Muskan and 3 Niharika; three-legged race: 1 Harshita and Diksha, 2 Umika and Jasmeet, 3 Aarushi and Sharu.

Grandfathers’ race: 1 Ved Parkash and 2 Hem Raj; fathers’ race: 1 Arvind Dutta, 2 Dr Satish Kumar Gupta and 3 Paramjeet Singh Walia; mothers’ race: 1 Amrit Kaur, 2 Amrit Kaur and 3 Anju Walia; teachers’ race: 1 Shallu, 2 Anjani and 3 Payal.



TV Media XI clinch a cliffhanger
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 8
Nitin (90) and Naresh (54) excelled with bat as TV Media XI, Jalandhar, scored one-run win over Ludhiana Media XI in a friendly Twenty20 cricket match played at Arya College for Boys campus ground, Civil Lines, here today.

TV Media XI skipper Jagtar Rangpuri won the toss and chose to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, the visitors amassed 210 runs for the loss of three wickets. Tarsem Dewgan was the lone successful bowler, capturing one wicket for 42 runs. Ludhiana Media XI required six runs to win on the last delivery of the cliffhanger but Tarsem Dewgan could only hit a boundary, leaving the team short of target by just one run.



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