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1 dead, 11 hurt as school van overturns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
One student died and 11 others were injured after a school van overturned at Shahbad village near the Chandigarh Road here today afternoon.

The van belonging to Nankana Sahib Public School, Khasi Kalan, was ferrying at least 31 students of the surrounding villages.

The incident took place 1.30 pm, when the driver of the over speeding van on its way from Ramgarh village to Shahbad village lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn. The van turned turtle and rolled into the field.

Lovepreet Singh (13), a student of Class VII, died on the spot. The students’ said Loverpreet Singh, was sitting next to the window and when the van overturned he got crushed under the vehicle.

The injured have been identified as Komalpreet Kaur (5), Satpal Singh (6), Navpreet (4), Karamdeep Singh (8), Jaskaran Kaur (6), Harpreet Singh (5), Ravneet, Damanpreet, Pawanpreet Singh, Karanpreet Singh and Jaspreet Kaur.

As soon as the incident took place the villagers gathered immediately rushed the children to private hospitals. Sumandeep Singh (20), van driver, was thrashed by the residents before being handed over to the police.

Harpreet Singh and Harjot Singh, two students, who sustained minor bruises, alleged that the driver used to indulge in rash driving and was often warned by the students.

Harjot further alleged that the driver used to take his hand off from the steering wheel and used to show it to children to earn accolades for his stunts.

The villagers who rescued the students alleged that the driver was under the influence of some intoxicant. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the driver Sumandeep Singh for rash driving.

A pal of gloom descended at Jhabewal village. Charanjit Kaur, Sarpanch, Jhabwal village, and mother of Lovepreet Singh, were inconsolable. Hardeep Singh, father of the child, demanded capital punishment for the driver.


Misbehaviour by councillor
DC ‘awaits’ complaint, tehsildars cry foul
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A day after tehsildars protested against misbehaviour by a councillor, the controversy turned murkier today with the Deputy Commissioner saying he had not received any complaint, while the tehsildars insisting that they had submitted a complaint to the official in writing.

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg told The Tribune that they would get a case registered as and when they received a complaint by the tehsildar. They were yet to get the complaint, he added.

On the other hand, the agitating tehsildars maintained that they had submitted a copy to the Deputy Commissioner last evening and they were
surprised that no action had so far been taken.

They claimed they had seen in the past that cases of misbehaviour had not been registered against leaders of the ruling party. However, they would not accept it this time, they added.

If the administration failed to take action, they would take the agitation to the division level, said a tehsildar.

Akali councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal was accused of misbehaving with sub-registrar (central) Major GS Benipal when the former had gone to his office to get some documents registered.

Major Benipal had alleged that Karwal used derogatory language against him for not offering him a chair in spite of his being an elected representative.

This did not go down well with the tahsildar, who lodged a protest with the Deputy Commissioner. A delegation of tehsildars had met the Deputy Commissioner last evening.

The tehsildars said they would wait for the next two days and if no action was taken would chalk out their next course of action.



Bharat petro stations run dry
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The news of outlets of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) going dry has made city residents panicky with majority of them trying to get their vehicles completely filled ahead of dry days.

While most of the BPCL petrol stations wore a deserted look with customers returning without having their fill of the fuel since afternoon, those petrol stations, which had fuel, witnessed huge lines.

According to sources, BPCL outlets in Punjab had run out of diesel and petrol because of a standoff between two public sector oil companies, BPCL and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). Company officials remained tight-lipped about the reason behind the crisis and denied that the petrol was were out of stocks. They maintained that there was no need to panic as supplies were pouring in.

However, Somesh Chadha, president, Ludhiana Petroleum Association, said: “There is no standoff between the IOC and BPCL as being reported in media. There is technical snag in the refinery of the BPCL due to which the supplies have been hit. But the situation is not very grim and there is hope the supplies to petrol stations will resume from Monday onwards.”

Businessman Ravi Gupta said: “The news of petrol stations going dry has already started panic buying with people coming with huge containers to collect petrol and diesel. One is already not sure about power cuts and if even diesel supply is paralysed that means no work in small-scale industries.”

Another businessman Ashwani Kumar said: “Diesel and petrol have become an important commodity and after the news of diesel and petrol going to be out of stock, I have already asked my men to stock enough fuel so that business is not affected. If the condition of BPCL stations remaining dry continues this may lead to more intense situation with hoarders trying to black market petrol and diesel.”

He added that during summers power always plays hide and seek, so diesel was important for factories and even he has got around 20 litres of diesel as reserve.



Liquor vends in every nook and cranny
Revenue, not people, on govt’s priority list
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
In the battle between revenue and residents, it seems the former has always been on the priority list of the Punjab government, which has been allowing liquor vends to come up in every nook and cranny despite protests.

While the new contracts of liquor vends were given on April 1, the Ludhiana city has witnessed several protests by the residents ruing that the sale of liquor in the residential areas has been troubling them a lot.

Major chunk of residents who are women complained that when they had bought land the areas were marked residential according to the municipal corporation; however, change of land use policy of the government is the major reason behind inconvenience caused to them.

Sonica, a resident of Sarbha Nagar, said: “When we bought this house the area was residential and now there are six liquor vends despite the fact that there are schools in the area. Even the protests seem to be of no use as successive governments have allowed liquor shops to flourish just because they earn lot of money.”

Sheela (name changed), a resident of Giaspura, said: “Liquor vend in our neighborhood is just an eyesore. My husband visits that place daily and than creates scenes at home. Domestic violence is a daily routine in my home and I am really worried about girls due to increasing sexual assault and eve-teasing cases.”

Notably, since April 1, the city has witnessed several protests, including one in Gurdev Nagar on April 9 and one at Mukhtira Ganj and the Industrial Area on April 2. Above all residents of BRS Nagar, too, are against a liquor vend erected in the green belt.

In these cases at first the municipal councillors joined hands with the residents to oppose the liquor vend and later try to solve the situation amicably by putting some conditions on the liquor vend owners. Finally the liquor shops had emerged and the problem still remained. The situation in recent days had become so intense that a case was registered against a few women in Giaspura following a verbal conflict between liquor vend owner and them.

“Those who have huge bungalows, it doesn’t mean that they have right to play with our lives. If liquor is a priority for them, why don’t they open a liquor shop adjacent to their houses,” the protesters added.

Those living in different part of the city stated that situation gets vulnerable at around 7 pm and continues till late night with drunkards often engaging in brawls.



Constable commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Depressed over his son’s marital dispute, a 50-year-old constable with the Punjab police committed suicide by consuming some poison substance at his residence in Jamalpur police quarters here today afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Waryam Singh, who was deputed as constable at the Sunder Nagar Police station.

Waryam, who was on election duty, was posted in Jalandhar. According to the relatives, he was under depression due to the ongoing marital dispute of his son.

Deceased’s son Babbu Singh had recently married to Jagdeep Kaur, but soon after the marriage the relations between the couple got strained due to the alleged interference of in-laws. The relatives alleged that the girl’s parents were harassing the constable and his family due to which he committed suicide.

The family members alleged that the constable left home for his duty as usual but returned mid way. He committed suicide when he alone at home. The police has also recovered a suicide note from his possession.

The police has booked daughter in-law Jagdeep Kaur and her parents Harjit Kaur and Harbhajan Singh for abetment to suicide. Not arrest has been made so far as the trio managed to escape. Meanwhile, the body has been sent for a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital.



Milk Pilferage
Crisis in Verka plant deepens
GM transferred to Chandigarh
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The crises at the local Verka milk plant seem to have deepened further with the transfer of General Manager Balwinder Singh to Chandigarh. At least 500 members of the Milk Plant and Dairy Workers’ Union openly came out in support of Balwinder Singh, against whom the case of milk pilferage had recently been registered.

They have also threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from May 25, if the police did not withdraw the case against the general manager.

Talking to The Tribune, the president of the union Sukhdev Singh said they would continue their struggle till the false charges against Balwinder were withdrawn. A few higher officials were trying to malign the reputation of an honest man as the latter (general manager) had refused to bow to their pressure.

“Chairman Ajmer Singh Bhagpur has framed baseless allegations against Balwinder Singh. The case has been registered at his behest. Till date, there has been no evidence of the general manager’s involvement in the theft of milk on May 13th night. The chairman wanted the general manager to be a puppet in his hands. When the latter refused he was punished. His reputation has been maligned by Bhagpur to settle personal scores”, said Sukhdev Singh.

Sikandar Singh, joint secretary of the union, said they were ready for an open debate with the chairman on this topic. “And we will definitely prove him wrong. But, he will never initiate any dialogue because he knows that he will be proved wrong”, said Sikandar Singh further adding that the night when milk was stolen, general manager was not in the city even.

Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, however, said the struggle by the union members was being “diluted” with each passing day. He said the plant was fighting against corruption and adulteration. “But the general manager had his own interests. He had no affection for the plant and it was suffering under him. I am doing my duty to fight against such dishonest people. Balwinder Singh, in connivance with contractors, was stealing the milk from tankers on regular basis. How could such an act be tolerated”, asked Bhagpur.

HS Grewal has been given the charge of the General Manager, Ludhiana District Cooperative Milk Producer Union, in place of Balwinder Singh. According to sources, the new general manager has convened a meeting of the Board of Directors (12 members) on Monday for discussing the issue in detail.



577 cases settled at lok adalat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
As many as 577 cases involving over Rs 3 crore were settled by the District Legal Services Authority during its the quarterly lok adalat held in the district under the supervision of its chairman GK Rai (Sessions Judge) today.

The authority had constituted 17 Benches to hear disputes and reach amicable settlement. Secretary of the Legal Services Authority and Civil Judge Senior Division Lachhman Singh said in 10 benches were constituted in the city, in which 930 cases were taken by different Benches.

These Benches settled 361 cases, involving an amount of Rs 1,71,32,274. At Jagraon, three benches heard the litigants under the supervision of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Mandeep Kaur Bedi.

The benches settled 89 cases involving an amount of Rs 31,41,713. At Samrala, two Benches took up 98 cases. Out of these, 54 cases involving Rs 69,90,240 were settled amicably.

Two Benches were also constituted at Khanna, in which 89 cases were taken up. These Benches settled 73 cases involving Rs 34,22,742.

Each Bench was headed by a judicial officer and assisted by a lawyer and a social activist, added Lachhman Singh.

The cases taken up involved matrimonial disputes, motor accident claims, civil, civil appeals, cheque bounce, traffic challans, landlord-tenant disputes. Criminal cases of compoundable nature were also taken up.

Sessions Judge GK Rai appealed to the litigants to resolve their disputes through lok adalat. He said it was the speedy and cheaper way to get justice.

It also helped in reducing the bitterness amongst the contesting parties, as both parties felt winners, added Rai.



BSNL’s data card in short supply
NIC (network interface card) is in great demand among subscribers due to its low cost and good speed but the BSNL has failed to supply the card to match its demand
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The shortage of NIC (network interface card) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for past over one month has compelled subscribers to go in for other options.

NIC is in great demand among subscribers due to its low cost and good speed but the BSNL has failed to supply the card to match its demand.

The card is popular especially among students. While the card with USB port is not available, the other option that the BSNL is giving to its subscribers is the EVD (evolution data card).

While cost of NIC is Rs 3,186, EVD costs Rs 4,192. Also, the monthly charges for NIC are Rs 250, whereas for the EVD they are Rs 550. Consequently, subscribers opting for the EVD have to shell out extra money for the service.

Davinder Tiwana, a student, said he had been waiting for the past one month for NIC but it was not available with the BSNL.

“NIC is cheaper and the speed provided is also good,” he added. “The best part of opting for the data card is that I do not need a landline connection for the same. Card with USB port is not available and since I have a laptop I need the card with a USB port,” he added.

Sources in the department said NIC might remain unavailable in the near future and subscribers who wanted to buy a data card would have to opt for the other option.

Rama Bhargavi, a customer, rued that she had to opt for an EVD after waiting for nearly one month. It would have been better had she got NIC as the monthly charges were less than the EVD. “I have to save a little every month now,” she added.

While higher officials in the department claimed that NIC would be made available soon as they had already placed the order, an official maintained that there was a gap between the demand and the supply.



MC complacent as city cries for water
Of the 63 water storage tanks, half were in disuse
as they had outlived their utility
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, May 23
Claims of the Ludhiana municipal corporation authorities of providing 100 per cent water supply to the town have proved hollow with major areas of the city reeling under severe water crisis.

The low-lying areas and the outer areas of the city, which have come under the limits of the corporation, are the worst hit. Things are no different in posh residential colonies of the city too.

However, the authorities have been maintaining that there is no shortage of water. Interestingly, in 2003, the corporation had organised a function to celebrate 100 per cent supply of potable water to the city.

Enquiries revealed that there were 650 tubewells in the city. Of these, 450 were fitted with motors of higher horsepower, while the remainder had 5 to 12.5 HP motors.

RS Dhillon, superintending engineer, water supply department of the corporation, claimed that there was no shortage of water and 12-hour supply was being made to the residents daily.

He claimed that 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water was supplied every hour to the city by tubewells.

However, of the 63 water storage tanks, half were in disuse as they had outlived their utility. To make the matters worse, most of the tanks were not cleaned regularly. Similarly, chlorination of water supplied by the corporation was not being done regularly.

In the past, chlorinated water samples had been found unfit for human consumption by the laboratories of Punjab Government and Punjab Agricultural University.

Parminder Mehta, a councillor, alleged that there was severe shortage of water in the areas of Daresi Road, Mochpura, Old City, Haibowal Road, Jassian, Gyaspura – all represented by the Mayor. Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, another posh residential area, faces a serious shortage of water.

Residents living around Budha Nullha have been getting polluted water for long. The corporation has planned to dig new tubewells and the Punjab Water and Sewerage authorities have submitted estimates for 33 tubewells worth Rs 4.7 crore.

G S Bhattal, SE, sewerage board, said 14 tubewells were in advance stage of completion, while 10 were near completion. The work had been slowed down due to poor funding by the corporation, he rued. Long power cuts had also affected water supply to the town.



Leader of Opposition in MC
Scramble among Cong aspirants for post
The role of councillors in campaigning during the general elections remains key to the selection of the leader of opposition
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
With general election over, Congress councillors here are busy lobbying for the post of leader of opposition in the Ludhiana municipal house.

Though the exact picture remains unclear, the major names that have surfaced so far include councillors Amrit Varsha Rampal, Sham Sunder Malhotra, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Hem Raj Aggarwal, Parminder Mehta and Sushil Raju Thappar.

According to sources, the role of councillors in campaigning during the general elections remains key to the selection of the leader of opposition.

“Canvassing for MP Manish Tewari is going to be one of the deciding factors for the leader of opposition,” said sources, adding that councillors had already started taking credit for Tewari’s victory.

The sources added: “Councillors have started meeting senior party leaders in Chandigarh to take credit for the work done during the Lok Sabha elections. However, the decision is likely to come in June.”

On February 23, Prem Mittal, leader of opposition in the municipal corporation house, had joined the SAD in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.

Mittal was stated to be a close associate of Gurcharan Singh Galib, SAD candidate from the Ludhiana constituency, and had apparently left the Congress due to this.

The house has just 17 Congress councillors out of the total 75 and the decision is unlikely to be tough one to make as the selection has to be made out of just a handful.

Talking to The Tribune, District Congress Committee chief Jagmohan Sharma said: “The final decision on the leader of opposition would come after Nurmahal byelection and the verdict would be given by Lal Singh, acting president of the PPCC.”



Tewari welcomed on homecoming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Congress workers and leaders accorded a rousing reception to newly elected Member of Parliament Manish Tewari after his return from Delhi here today.

A civic reception was organised at the Circuit House and was attended by senior party leaders, councillors and workers.

Expressing gratitude to the workers and leaders, Tewari said: “It is not my victory. It is the victory of Congress workers and voters who voted for Dr Manmohan Singh.”

He maintained that the mandate given by the people of the city to him had added his responsibilities towards them.

Reiterating his commitment to live up to the expectations of the people, Tewari said his top priority would be to make the city one of the best places across the country to live. He rued: “Despite producing huge industrial output, we have lagged behind somewhere.” Ludhiana would be another modern-day metro like Bangalore and Hyderabad, he added

“I want Ludhiana to be identified like Bangalore and Hyderabad in the West,” he stated. Addressing his supporters, the Congress’ national spokesperson said: “I am not just the spokesperson for my party, I am the spokesperson for all of you… I am your representative, colleague, comrade and companion on whom you can bank anytime, anywhere.”

Tewari added that while it was his duty to acknowledge the support of every voter and supporter, the best acknowledgement should reflect in deeds than words. Giving out his phone numbers to residents, he said he would be “just a phone call away”.

Those present included Darshan Brar, Jagmohan Sharma, Dimple Rana, Malkiat Singh Dakha, Nahar Singh Gill, Gurpreet Singh Gogi, Sham Sunder Malhotra, Rakesh Prashar and Raju Thapar.



New MP expresses grief over train tragedy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Manish Tewari, MP, has expressed shock and grief over the death of eight students in a train-school van collision near Bilga recently.

Expressing his sympathies with the bereaved families, he sought a probe into the accident. He has also promised to raise the issue of unmanned level crossings in Parliament. There were over 500 unmanned crossings in the Ferozepur division alone, he added.

While it was not possible to man all crossings according to the existing standards and railway rules, he hoped that some remedial measures will be taken to prevent the loss of lives.

“Something needs to be done on priority and it will be done,” Tewari said, adding that he will take up the matter with the railway authorities.



City students design air bike
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Basing their efforts on the principle, “Experimentation always leads to innovations”, students of Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College have designed a motorbike that runs on air in spite of fuel.

The final year students of a three-year diploma course in automobiles worked for about three months to make an air motorbike, which has three reservoirs of 70 kg.

Akshdeep Singh and Balvir Singh said: “We were a group of four and wanted to do something extraordinary in our project. We thought of various ideas and finally agreed on creating an air motorbike that is pollution-free.”

This motorbike has a 100 CC engine and weighs around 180 kg. The maximum speed is 18 km/hr because of its weight and if its weight is reduced, it could give more speed, they added.

The group said: “The reservoirs are made of steel and thus, are heavy. If it is replaced by carbon fibre, both efficiency and speed would increase but due to financial constraints we could not get the required material. We spent about Rs 40,000 on this motorbike that would help us in placements further.”

Giving credit to head of the department Jagraj Singh Kaul, the students said, "He has been a motivator throughout and has helped a lot in making the motorbike."

They added that they wanted to work further on the project as the motorbike could run underwater too, but the idea was withheld due to financial constraints.



Give autonomy to state education council: Bureaucrat
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Expressing concern over the deteriorating state of education in Punjab, senior IAS officer RC Nayar has suggested that the State Council for Education Research and Training be made autonomous as “a society to take care of all district institutes of education training, five telescopic in-service training centres and all other types of training institutes for teachers”.

This would help the state improve the educational standards of the training institutes. He added that teachers employed in these institutes be given 30 per cent more than that of the pay scales of school teachers.

An academic-turned-bureaucrat Nayar, who is posted as Financial Commissioner (Revenue), has sent a number of suggestions to the Social development and Governance Reforms Commission for consideration.

The suggestions have greater relevance in view of the fact that elementary education system in particular and high school education in general is in a shambles in Punjab.

There are thousands of vacancies of teachers. School buildings are in dilapidated state and lack basic infrastructure.

The number of students flunking the examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board is rising every year compared with those schools affiliated with the CBSE.

Nayar has also called for introduction of books and curriculum of the NCERT in all schools affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board so that maximum students belonging to the state are able to enter professional institutes after class XII.

Nayar, who has served as Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot and Ferozepur, has been closely watching the functioning of schools and has suggested the concept of ‘education unit complexes’.

He has emphasised that it would be appropriate for the state to recruit teachers only for educational unit complexes in the blocks of a tehsil and no teacher should be transferred till he gets promoted except on the basis of mutual transfer and, that too of the same subject and same level of school with the concurrence of heads of both education unit complexes.

He has added that it would be appropriate if all administrative work relating to schools of an education unit complex is got done at the highest level of the school and, for this, one of the teachers should be specifically nominated. If possible, the office of BPEO should be got located at these complexes and a post of one clerk per complex be created if it does not exist already.

The teacher concerned should get honorarium of Rs 200 per month for doing this job, he added.



Seminar on counselling at GMT College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A national seminar on "guidance and counselling in modern era" was organised at the GMT College of Education here today. Dr DR Vij was the chief guest. Principals, dignitaries and resource persons from various colleges participated in the seminar.

Dr Raj Gupta, Head, Education Department, Chandigarh, said there councellors were in much demand due to growing nuclear families.

The concept of nuclear families was widening the gulf between thinking, ideals and values of old family customs. Counselling was also needed for old age persons who were struggling with their routine health problems as well as with safety and security for the rest of their life. Dr Vij observed that teacher should act as a counsellor at the school.



Students hone skills in summer camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Students of Ryan International School are having a wonderful time as the school has organised a summer camp from May 18 to 30.

Over 600 students are participating in workshops being conducted under the supervision of coaches and trainers.

Activities like aerobics, martial arts and skating are being organised to enhance their physical fitness.

Also, workshops related to dance, music, art and craft are being organised. School principal Gurpreet Kaur Sandhu appreciated the enthusiasm of the participants.

The summer camp gives students of Ryan International School a break from a monotonous routine, she added.



India Mart picks Desh Bhagat students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The MBA students of Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences (DBIMCS) have been selected as management trainees by India Mart Intermesh, business-to-business market place company.

The students were selected after rigorous rounds of aptitude tests, group discussions and HR rounds, which were held at the company head office in Noida.

The students who got selected include Manish Asopa, Jasleen Kaur, Deepali Shahi, Tanveer Ahmed Wani and Javaid Ahmad Parray.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman, and Shalini Gupta, director general of Desh Bhagat Group, while congratulating the selected students exhorted them to prove their worth.



Mockery of evaluation system
Students entreat evaluators to pass them for favour
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 23
A few teachers on the evaluation duty here have complained that in the absence of any check on their part or for that matter the university, candidates appearing in the examinations go all out to make all sorts of entreaties to the examiners with the hope of winning their favour in some way or the other.

While going through the papers one comes across a number of such pleas and requests which the students make in anticipation of getting at least pass marks from the examiners.

For instance in one such paper a candidate had written- “Main parh nahi sakia kiyonke mere mummy de death ho gai hai. Kirpa karke mino pass kar deo, tuhade bachian di rab lambi umar karega (I wasn’t able to study as my mother had expired. I request you to give me pass marks. May god give long life to your children).

Another such paper carried “Main paper witch bahut beemar ho gai see. Is karke par nahi saki? Je tusin minu pass kar dende ho tan tuhadi har murad poori ho javegi” (Since I had fallen ill during the exam, I could not study properly. If you give me pass marks, god will fulfill your wishes).

Still another read “Madam/ Sir I could not study as my marriage fell during the exam days itself. Since it is the question of my prestige, I have to clear the exams somehow.”

“Mera eh akhri saal hai. Is lai mein har halat witch pass hona hai nahi tan gar de mera viaah kar den ge, par mein hor parhna chahundi han. Kirpa karke mino par hon joge number jaroor de dena” (This is my last year. Sir, I have to clear these exams at all costs or my parents will get me married where as I want to study further. Kindly give me pass marks at least) was another appeal.

There is another instance to quote in which it was written at the end of the paper “Main is vishe witch kamzor han. Is karke meri vari- vari compartment aa jandi hai.

Tuhadi har mano kamana poori hove je tusin menu pass kar dio.” (I am weak in this subject. So I have to face compartment every time. If you give me pass marks every wish of yours will be fulfilled)

Sometimes one finds such a plea in the beginning itself. In one such case a candidate wrote “Menu university vallon golden chance milia hai. Age main tin war paper de chuki han, par pass nahi hoi. Is var vee main mehnat tan bari keti par paper he aukha aa gia. Please meno par kar do, tuhadi umar lambi hove.” (I have been accorded a golden chance by the university. I have already appeared in the paper three times but could not get through. This time, too, I had worked very hard but the paper was tough. Please give me pass marks, god will grant you long life.)

Whereas in some cases candidates go to the extent of mentioning their contact numbers and even ask the examiners to contact them and get whatever they wish in lieu of the pass marks.

A teacher on evaluation duty at a local college revealed that such cases, instead of being handled strictly, are either laughed away with the fellow evaluators or at times handled leniently.

“It has been observed that such cases, whether genuine or otherwise, sometimes succeed in their motive, for the teachers too are at times touched by their pleas and entreaties”.

Moreover, according to an evaluator, “In the instructions for the candidates column it’s clearly stated-’your making appeals to the examiners in your answer book will entail the penalty of cancellation of the paper’

According to a candidate, “Students making such appeals should be handled sternly, for if they are not penalised, they would be all more encouraged the next time”.



School celebrates ‘red day’
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 23
Tiny tots of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School celebrated red day today. Classes from kindergarten to IIIrd standard took part.

Importance of red colour was highlighted on this occasion. Students and teachers came dressed in red. The school premise was given a red hue. Sukhpal Singh, chairman of Doraha Group of Institutes, was the chief guest.

Students emphasised the importance of the day through cultural programme. Cultural items like English dance, Hindi song and choreography were presented.

The chief guest also honoured the Class IV employees of the school. Principal Manjushaw Vinayak congratulated the students for their performance.



Students given warm send-off
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 23
The annual prize distribution and farewell function for the outgoing 11th batch of BEd and 2nd batch of MEd classes of BCM College of Education was organised on the college premises today.

About 55 BEd students and 13 MEd students were given prizes for their achievement in tests. A total of 40 students were honoured for excelling in Zonal and Inter-Zonal Youth Festival. 25 students were commended for giving outstanding performance in skill-in-teaching competitions organised by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

The achievers of different intra-college competitions and office-bearers of different clubs and societies of the college, too, were honoured.

Dr DJ Singh, senior director Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, was the chief guest. Dr Singh congratulated the winners and inspired the students to be careful about their communication and body language.



238 teachers attend camp
Our Correspondent

Khamano, May 23
A teacher’s training camp was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Khamano, to uplift the level of education in the government schools.

Around 238 teachers, including teaching fellows and teaching volunteers of 80 schools of the block, attended the camp.

DMT Pritpal Singh Bhambri said teachers learnt new methods of teaching through the camp. BMT Anju Bala, Monika Sharma, Meenu Nanda and Gurinderpal Singh spoke on the new techniques of teaching English and other languages. They said students showed interest in learning English.



VAT collection up by 40 pc in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
VAT collection in Punjab has risen by more than 40 per cent in Punjab during the past two years.

Informing this here today, A Veenu Prasad, Commissioner Excise and Taxation, Punjab, told the Tribune that the total collection of VAT had risen to Rs 745 crore during 2008-09 from Rs 5,000 crore in 2007-08.

The loopholes were being plugged and further tightened, he added. Prasad further revealed that the VAT refund of Rs 350 crore was given last year.

There was another arrear of Rs 200 crore, which would be paid this year. He explained that the refund had risen because of the CST (Central Sales Tax), which was first four per cent and three per cent and now had reduced to two per cent.



Pact signed to boost garment business
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Vinod Thapar, president of Federation of Knitwear, Textile and Allied Industries Association (FEKTAA), and Rajveer Singh, director, ACDS, signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) here today.

The association is an industrial association constituted for promoting the business of the knitwears and garments in the city.

It was mutually agreed that ACDS would assist the knitwear association for building capacity of members and guiding them to becoming competitive globally.

Linking small enterprises with the appropriate business development services, these will be the target beneficiaries of the project.

The project is focussed on developing these services in order to infuse efficiencies in the medium and small enterprises.

The project will include sensitisation, training, capacity building of service providers, information dissemination, finance and credit facilitation and enabling business transactions between the small enterprises and the service providers.

Apex Cluster Development Services (ACDS) is a cluster development consultancy and are the implementing consultants to SIDBI for this project culminating in October, 2011. ACDS is implementing a similar project in fruit and vegetable processing cluster in Pune and in Apparel and Knitwear cluster in Tirupur.

The project will facilitate a well-networked and sustainable business, training and an institutional framework in the Ludhiana knitwear cluster on a public-private partnership basis to increase its global competitiveness.



Role of SEZs in growth highlighted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Confederation of Indian Industry organised a sensitisation session on “Special Economic Zones - The Changing Business Landscape at Ludhiana” here on Thursday.

Dr LB Singhal, director general, Export Promotion Council (EoU’s and SEZs), Government of India, who was the chief guest interacted with local exporters and industry members on the concept, benefits, perceptions and myths about the SEZs.

Welcoming the participants, Gunbir Singh, chairman, CII, Punjab state council, said the purpose behind the SEZ concept was to liberalise the trade and investment scenario in India whereby a conducive and hassle-free environment was created for industry to grow and propel the development and growth of the particular area and the country.

However, due to lack of awareness and myths on the concept, potential investors especially from Punjab had somewhat shied away from investing in these zones.

SS Bhogal, chairman, CII Ludhiana zonal council, called upon the members to use the opportunity to clear their doubts and queries about the concept.

He expressed the need for change in mind set among the state’s industry and looking towards doing business from SEZs as the industry counterparts from Southern and Western India had been successfully operating from SEZs in states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Singhal said the SEZ scheme, which was implemented in 2006, had already provided direct employment to 2.55 lakh persons, while another 75,0000 had benefited through indirect employment generated.

Delving into the causes of SEZ concept not gaining ground in Punjab in particular and North India in general, Dr Singhal highlighted that high land valuations in Punjab was deterring developers from coming in.

However, in spite of this handicap, 10 SEZ projects had been formally approved, while another seven had been given in principal.



Lagda Ishq ho Gaya
Star cast in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
It was a pleasant surprise for the audience when they saw the star cast of a recently released movie “Lagda Ishq Ho Gaya” here yesterday.

The entire star cast was at Orient Theatre here yesterday for promoting the movie. Both Roshan Prince and Shveta are making debuts with this movie.

Roshan Prince had earlier won the “Aawaz Punjab Di” title. The movie has been shot at various locations in Uttranchal, Shimla, Manali and Chamba.

"Basically, it is a love story in which lovers face various problems from families and society and finally unite in the end," Roshan Prince tells.

Shveta said she was always close to Punjab and this movie has made her closer to Punjab and Punjabis. “Roshan speaks good Punjabi and I have learnt a lot from him during the shooting,” she adds.

A viewer at the theatre, Suman, said she was surprised to see Roshan Prince in front of her eyes. “ Roshan is a good singer and has lived up to the expectations of the audience,” she added.



565 examined at health camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
As many as 565 patients were examined at a medical and dental check-up camp organised by CMCH at Kausar CMCH hospital, near Malerkotla.

The patients were given medicines free of cost. The camp was organised under the RHOP (Rural and health Outreach Programme) with an aim to serve the poor and needy in remote areas. A team of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff examined the patients.

Medical superintendent Dr Kanwal Masih said: “It has always been our endeavour to reach out to the masses and offer quality healthcare. The CMC has been organising such camps from time to time and will continue to do so in the future.”

Dr Anoop Benjamin, professor community medicine and in charge RHOP, said: “The free camp is part of CMC’s endeavour to providing good health to people of the region.”



Death of hairstylist
Gang war likely to turn bloody
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
With the death of hairstylist Jeewan Mattu four days ago after he was shot at on April 23, the gang war between the Manvir group of Gill village and Jasvir group of Shajad village is likely to turn bloody.

As both groups enjoy political clout, the police is also going easy on the case. It is due to the lackadaisical approach of the police that these groups have formed their own gangs and have been carrying out such attacks.

Jeewan Mattu, owner of Hollywood Salon in Sarabha Nagar, would have been alive but for the lackadaisical attitude of the police. In October last year, Manvir was shot at thrice at point-blank range allegedly by Jasvir Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Bhagwant and Gurdeep at the district courts complex.

However, Jasvir was let off by the police after preliminary investigations, while the other accused were at large. Ever since the attack, Manvir has been looking to settle the score.

While the police has now converted the attempted murder case into a murder case against Manvir Singh, Harpreet Singh, alias Mikka, Suresh Kumar, Ram Saran and Amandeep Singh, the group is planning another strike at the Jasvir group.

Sources in the police said recently Jasvir had requested the police to arrest Manvir and his accomplices as they were wanted in a murder case. He had reportedly told the police that Manvir was out to kill him and his friends.

Jeewan Mattu was shot in the neck while he tried to save Jasvir, who had come to his shop for a shave. After struggling for nearly a month, he succumbed his injuries at the DMC Hospital four days ago.

Manvir’s criminal record

Besides several cases of brawl against him, Manvir has been booked for attempted murder after he attacked a policeman near GNE College on the Gill Road.



Two injured in brawl
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 23
A group of youths had assaulted two persons of Akhara village near here yesterday over an old dispute.

The victims identified as Darshan Singh and Pardeep Singh said they were sitting in a shop at the village bus stop when accused Jarnail Singh alias Jaily, Kulwinder Singh alias Tari and Balwinder Singh of the same village reached there in a black Scorpio.

Thereafter, Jarnail started beating up Darshan Singh with an iron rod and when Pardeep tried to intervene, Jarnail’s accomplices assaulted him also.

Jarnail and Pardeep were injured and tried to flee the scene but Jarnail took out a pistol and threatened to fire at them. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot but the accused had escaped by then.

A team led by Jagraon SHO Gurmeet Singh chased the accused and raided their suspected hideouts as well but to no avail. According to information, the police seized the pistol. A case has been registered.



12 kg poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
The Dehlon police has registered a case under the NDPS Act against unknown persons after it seized 12 kg poppy husk from a deserted place near Latala village.

The police acted on the basis of a tip-off provided by an anonymous caller. The contraband was purportedly to be supplied to farmers and labourers in the area.

Sources said a team of narcotics cell of the Ludhiana (rural) police seized a bag containing 12 kg poppy husk near a pond on the outskirts of Latala village today.

The informer had claimed that some drug peddlers had been visiting the area to establish their network among farmers and labourers.

The peddlers were suspected to have come during wee hours and had probably fled on seeing villagers on morning walk.



Cyclist killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 23
A cyclist was killed when he was hit by a speeding car here yesterday. The victim, identified as Jaswant Singh, a resident of Sehjad village, near Sudhar, was going on a cycle to work.

A car driven by Mohan of Ballowal village hit the cyclist from behind, killing him on the spot.

The Sudhar police has registered a case against Mohan under Sections 279, 337, 427 and 304 A, IPC, on the statement of Balbir Singh, nephew of the victim.



National Football League
14 teams to fight it out
The four teams are- Salgaocar SC of Goa, Pune Football Club, Viva of Kerala and Lajong Sporting Club of Shillong
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 23
Fourteen soccer teams will slug it out in the next edition of the I-League. Arjuna awardee and honorary general secretary of the Punjab Football Association (PFA) Inder Singh informed this at a press meet here last evening.

Top 10 teams from this year's league, along with four others that have qualified form Division B Football League, will compete in the National Football League scheduled to start by the end of this year.

The four teams are- Salgaocar SC of Goa, Pune Football Club, Viva of Kerala and Lajong Sporting Club of Shillong.

Churchill Bros of Goa emerged winners in this year's league, while, Mohun Bagan of Kolkata finished runners up. JCT, the premier soccer outfit of North India had to content with ninth position. However, JCT won the Fair Play Trophy.

Shivtar Singh Bajwa and Tara Singh Lotey, vice-president and joint secretary of the PFA, respectively, Jaswinder Singh Bhandari, district sports officer, Ludhiana, Harbans Singh, in-charge of the Sports Authority of India Centre, Ludhiana, Sukhwinder Singh, chief coach of JCT, Jagir Singh and Jaspal Singh, football coaches, were also present.



Martial Arts
Kirandeep carves a niche
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, May 23
Kirandeep Kaur (10) has carved a niche for herself in the field of martial arts. A student of Ryan International School, Chandigarh road, Ludhiana, Kirandeep gave awesome performance in kickboxing, karate, taekowondo and martial arts to establish her name in several state and national-level competitions.

Exhibiting quick reflexes and ability to counter attack, Kirandeep, a Class V student has won a number of medals and continues to add more in her kitty.

Kirandeep started taking part in martial arts at the age of four and since then, she has achieved success at national-level tournaments also.

Kirandeep, a black-belt holder won gold medals in the Ludhiana District Kickboxing Championship, CBSE Inter-Schools Karate Championship in addition to the Punjab State Inter-School Full Contact Martial Arts Meet. She also made her presence felt by winning medal in the Open Inter-School Karate Championship.

She annexed four gold medals in the North Zone Martial Arts Competition and also won an equal number of gold medals in the National Martial Arts Championship. Her coach, GC Mondal sees a great talent in her and expects more success for her.



Agri college honours sportspersons
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 23
College of Agriculture Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organised a function on the university campus here yesterday to honour the students who excelled in several disciplines in the All-India Inter-Agri Varsities Sports Meet.

According to Dr Manjit Singh Mahal, president of the sports committee of the college, these students have brought laurels. Dr MS Aulakh, dean College of Agriculture, was the chief guest.

The students who were honoured included Ramandeep Singh who was the member of the Ludhiana district squad which emerged champions in the Junior Punjab State Hanball Meet, Mandeep Singh bagged gold medals in long jump, broad jump and finished runner up in the 4x100m relay race and was adjudged the best athlete in the sports meet and was also declared the best athlete and best cyclist in the PAU annual athletics meet.

Another student, Harmeet Kaur was honoured for winning gold medals in shot put and discus throw events in addition to securing silver medal in the sports meet.

Other students who were honoured: Balinder Kaur Chahal clinched gold medals in the 800m and 1500m races, silver medal in the 400m race and 4x100m relay race in the sports meet, Taranjit Singh proved his superiority over others and secured a gold medal in 100m sprint, silver medal in 200m and 4x100m relay races, Pervinkle Grewal won bronze medal in discus throw in the same meet.

The quartet of Satinder Kaur, Jiwanjot Kaur, Jaskirat Kaur and Mandeep Kaur was felicitated for winning silver medal in the 4x100m relay race while Aditya Chadha, Mohit Goyal, Inderpal Singh and Manpreet Singh won silver medal in table tennis in the sports meet.

Besides, Prince Deep Singh, along with Nikhil Ambish Mehta, Daljit Chadha, skippers of the PAU handball, volleyball, hockey and table tennis teams, respectively, were also honoured.



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