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Vienna Fallout
Curfew brings life to a halt in city
lVehicles burnt lCars smashed l50 pilgrims from UP stranded lVendors make hay 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Normal life was disrupted completely in the city today as violence and arson ruled the roads when followers of Dera Sachkhand protested against the killing of Sant Ramanand at Vienna in Austria.

The violence started from last midnight and continued throughout the day when the mob took to streets burning tyres, damaging road dividers and throwing bricks and stones in the middle of roads.

Residents mostly stayed indoors. Roads remained deserted as only the agitators seemed to have taken over them. They went through many areas, blocking the roads and scaring away commuters. After torching a truck, smashing of private cars and several business establishments, the law and order situation worsened in the day time.

Fear was writ large on the faces of commuters, especially women, who had to rush back to their respective homes after the imposition of curfew. The cops were seen telling them to speed up and reach a safe place.

The mass transport was disrupted. Buses remained off the roads as Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg directed bus operators to ply these at their risk. Mini Bus Operators Association president JS Grewal said they would not take any risk. The bus stand wore a deserted look.

The roads were dotted with bricks, stones, and remains of goods that were burnt in the afternoon making residents uneasy.

The entire market was closed after the declaration of statewide peaceful bandh by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Seeing the agitators not relenting, the district administration imposed a curfew in the noon. The residents were not even had enough time to arrange for essential commodities.

Several vegetable vendors, milk vendors and general store owners, however, dared to keep their shops open. They made a fast buck today by selling their goods on a premium as people indulged in panic buying.

Many city residents were stranded in other parts of the state as they could not reach their houses in the city. Several of them stayed in hotels and dharamshalas in neighbouring cities.

A tourist bus from UP was also stranded in the city after the imposition of curfew. Nearly 50 passengers, who were to visit Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu were waiting for the curfew to be relaxed at the Sadar police station.

Though the city was on the boil, it was a play time for several children on the city roads. Children were seen playing cricket in the middle of the roads as traffic stayed away. An all party meeting was organised in mini secretariat here and the residents were appealed to keep calm and not lose peace and harmony.

Vikas Garg appealed to the residents not to panic as everything was under control. He asked them to ensure their safety and wait for the situation to regain normalcy.


Heavy price for happenings in a distant land
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Ludhiana paid the price for what took place in Vienna yesterday, as hundreds of angry followers of Dera Sachkhand and other Dalit bodies went on a rampage and created ruckus in various parts of the city.

Tension started building up here since last night when angry mobs headed towards the Jalandhar bypass chowk, damaged a bus and then torched a vehicle. Followers also burnt hoardings and police barricades.

Mob fury spilled on streets here since early morning. The protesters divided themselves into groups and blocked the vehicles on National Highway 1.

Jodhewal bears the brunt

Tension first prevailed in Jodhewal this morning when the news of the killing of 56-year-old Sant Ram Nand spread like wild fire.

Mob, mostly in teens, headed towards the Jodhewal chowk and smashed vehicles and shops. It pelted stones at police vehicles. The situation became so tense that the police also ran for cover.

Jalandhar bypass witnesses mob fury

Around 400 protesters marched towards the Jalandhar bypass. And what could be termed as the ugly show of strength, they pelted stones at whatever came in their way.

After creating ruckus on the Jalandhar bypass, the angry protesters entered Shimlapuri and closed down schools and pelted stones at vehicles.

Rly Station, Clock Tower targeted

While one group of protesters indulged in destruction in the Salem Tabri area, the other group, consisting of 200 youths, entered Chaura Bazar and lit fire on the road at Clock Tower.

The protesters then entered inside the railway station and broke ticket counters. A senior police officer was also manhandled when he tried to pacify the crowd.

The followers damaged a famous South-Indian restaurant near the railway station and damaged a petrol pump.

Chaos on Jagraon bridge

While the police was busy handling mob at the railway station, around 100 people came with sticks and stones in their hands and damaged vehicles and pelted stones on the road to thwart traffic flow.

Commuters stranded at Domoria Bridge

Hundreds of commuters were stranded at Domoria Bridge area as Sachkhand followers pelted stones at commuters. People ran for cover at whatever came in their way. The followers then damaged a jewellery showroom at Mall road before returning to the Jalandhar bypass.

Meanwhile, Shimlapuri police was caught in the line of fire. As the police was already busy pacifying Dera Sacha Sauda followers, Sachkhand followers surrounded a gurdwara, but the religious heads of both organisations managed to effect a compromise and the situation was controlled.

Residents show resistance

Followers faced a tough time at Khud Mohalla as residents posed resistance to them and made the Sachkhand followers run for their money.

The police was particularly slow to react and it was after the followers started attacking the vehicles that the police swung into action.



Disaster management fails
DC orders closure of schools today
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The ineffectiveness of disaster management of the district administration came to the fore today when the administration allowed agitators to hold the city to ransom.

It seemed that the administration waited for the situation to turn from bad to worse before swinging into action and imposing curfew in the city.

Though the violence had started the last midnight only with followers of Dera Sachkhand protested in Jalandhar bypass chowk by damaging the roundabout and putting afire hoardings in the area, no immediate action was taken.

The worst hit were the schoolchildren, who went to schools in the morning as the administration failed to order the closure of schools as a precautionary measure.

After the curfew was imposed, they were asked to leave immediately. Their school vans were asked to divert their way several times and they had a difficult time reaching. The innocent children could not understand what had gone wrong that they were made to feel unsafe in their own city.

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg admitted that there was a delay in closing the schools. He said they had now ordered the closure of school for tomorrow.

Residents feel that learning from experiences from Jalandhar, the administration should have imposed curfew in the morning only. This could have stopped the agitators from holding the city to ransom.

“But they waited for them to come out openly. It was only at 12:30 pm that the curfew was imposed. Otherwise they could have saved many people from the horrifying experience of their life to pass through violence marred roads,” said a resident.

He added that even cops posted outside the DIG office seemed helpless when a frenzied mob, with swords and iron roads, took over the road a few metres away from his office.

Seeing cops on back foot, panicky residents returned from the spot in a jiffy.

Meanwhile, the SSP and the DC made rounds of the city roads to create a sense of security among residents.



Educational institutions affected
Van ferrying schoolchildren stopped by agitators, saved by shopkeepers
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Functioning of the educational institutions came to a halt today as the city witnessed the incidents of violence in various parts.

The private schools have already been closed for summer vacations from May 23. The government schools opened as usual in the morning. But the Deputy Commissioner ordered the closure of the schools around 9 am as a precautionary measure.

In the meantime, incidents of violence had started taking place in various parts of the town and the school authorities had to face a lot of problems in sending the students back to their homes. More difficulty arose, particularly, in sending the students of junior classes to their homes. The students of the senior classes were able to go back themselves.

The school authorities summoned the parents of the junior students to the schools to their wards’ home.

A harrowing incident took place near Chaura Bazar, when a van of a private school carrying small children was stopped by the agitators. But the shopkeepers immediately intervened and did not allow any harm to the students. The shopkeepers served water to the children and their teacher accompanying them.

The parents of the children were informed and told to come and collect their children to take them home.

But they were afraid to come and said it was the duty of the van driver to drop them.

Subsequently, the driver of the van dropped each student one by one to his/her home on foot.

At a management college, the staff locked itself in the college, when the agitators came there for the closure of the institution.

Meanwhile, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, ordered the closure of the university following the imposition of curfew in the town.



Govt officials in a fix over public dealing
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The violence which started in Jalandhar yesterday following the attack on Sant Niranjan Dass and Ramanand, chief and deputy chief of Guru Ravidas Sabha Gurdwara, in Vienna reached Ludhiana leaving its impact on government functioning too.

Though government offices like the district administration, the district courts, tehsildar offices and the Municipal Corporation opened here this morning, officers were in a dilemma over the public dealing.

Talking to The Tribune, officials from the Municipal Corporation said, “The mob had come over at the A-zone office of the Ludhiana MC this morning and asked the officials to close down the offices. But it was not possible until we had instructions from the Municipal Commissioner or district administration.”

They added that the mob was not allowed to enter the office and agitators burnt tyres on the roads. The offices were finally closed at 12.30 pm after the administration’s orders of imposing curfew were received.

Similarly, officers from the mini secretariat said, “The situation in neighbouring cities like Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Phagwara was already tense and the violence had reached the other cities too. The district administration was not clear about the situation in Ludhiana as a result of which all government offices were opened.” They added that the district administration should have taken a stock of the situation at the night only and clear orders should have come by morning. However, it was not so.

The directions of curfew came around 12.30 pm by the time public dealing had already started. “Though turnout of the public was thin, but we had to work as the offices were opened and after receiving the orders finally the work came to an immediate halt,” added officers.

Ravinder Singh, who had come from Raikot for some work at DC office, said, “The officers were not available and there was no news of the government offices too being closed. The press statements by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal of Punjab bandh were heard, but I had no idea that government offices too would remain closed.” 



Passengers harassed as trains hit by violence
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 25
With the entire rail traffic virtually paralysed all through the day after violence erupted in many parts of the city, and burning down some coaches of Kanyakumari-Jammu Himsagar Express near Jalandhar, thousands of outbound passengers, a majority of them with confirmed reservation tickets were stranded at the railway station here today.

Apprehending damage to the trains by rampaging mob, the railway officials here had detained Jammu-bound 2331 Himgiri Express and 2471 Swaraj Express, which were terminated at Ludhiana later in the day.

The station superintendent Ashish Sharma told The Tribune that some 72 passenger, express and mail trains pass through the city during 24 hours. But since this morning, only two up trains (Himgiri and Swaraj) had arrived at the railway station, which had been detained here and terminated as well.

He said as per information received from senior railway officials, Ludhiana-bound New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express, Dadar-Amrtisar Express and New Delhi-Amrtisar Shan-e-Punjab were terminated at the Ambala cantt railway station with their onward journey cancelled.

A large number of harried passengers, most of them unaware of the incidents of violence and imposition of curfew in several major towns of Punjab, including Ludhiana, were seen frantically enquiring about the arrival and departure of their trains, but the railway officials were not in a position to provide information about restoration of rail traffic.

Those holding advance journey tickets or reservations were in for more trouble because there was a virtual scramble of the passengers for getting refund of railway tickets or cancellation of reservation. After a number of heated exchanges between the harassed passengers and the railway staff, some additional counters were set up for making refund of journey and reservation tickets.

Agitated passengers were seen blaming the protesters with holding them to ransom and causing damage to railway property, which was a national loss. Partap Singh, a businessman, who was to board a train for Delhi with his family, wondered, “Though the incident, in which a religious person was killed, is the most unfortunate, but why are the trains being targeted and innocent people, including women and children, being tormented by the followers of dera?”



Curfew takes its toll on industry
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Business was greatly affected owing to curfew clamped in the city following protests and violence in the wake of the attack on Dera Sachkhand head Niranjan Dass and his follower Rama Nand in Austria.

All business establishments were closed and shopkeepers were asked to down shutters after the city administration imposed curfew here this afternoon.

P.D Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Ludhiana, said business activities at industrial units have been severely impacted.

Though the losses suffered by the industry could not be ascertained, industry sources said they could be around several hundreds of crores.

There are more than 10,000 industrial units, including those of textile, hosiery, steel, auto parts, cycle and cycle components, engineering goods, spinning mills, in the town and its surrounding areas.

Curfew has not only disrupted the functioning of factories, but also thousands of daily wagers could not find work either.

Harbhajan Singh, general secretary, Ludhiana Confectioners' Association, said, "The entire industry is shut. Just a day of closure has caused a big loss running into lakhs.

If the situation is not brought under control, things will get worse for the traders."

Confectioners are particularly worried because their items have limited shelf life. Similarly, fruit and vegetable sellers were a worried lot.

Jagdish Bajaj, president, Unn Bazar, said, "Transactions worth lakhs have been cancelled. We have suffered huge losses for no fault of ours.

The traders who have come from other cities for trade are holed up inside hotels, shops and offices fearing attack.

The situation is very grim in some parts where tension has built up following the imposition of curfew."

He said people should maintain peace and instead of violent agitation, a peaceful way should be adopted to express anguish. 



Cops step up vigil in Sangrur, Khanna
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Apprehending possible reaction by sympathisers of Dera Sach Khand and activists of dalit Sikh organisations following the attack on the chief of the sect and death of second chief Rama Nand, the police has intensified its vigil in the area.

The security at religious places belonging to various sects in Sangrur, Khanna and Ludhiana (rural) districts has also been revamped.

Besides, directing the rank and file of the force to ensure security of residents and visitors in their respective areas, the district authorities have asked the SHOs to keep vigil on anti-social elements who might try to cash in on the religious sentiments of the innocent people.

They have also been directed to act swiftly if some important information about possible disturbances is provided to them.

Investigations by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the police had beefed up security around the religious places and deras having allegiance to the Sach Khand sect and dalits in the areas falling under jurisdiction of Sangrur, Khanna and Ludhiana (rural) districts.

The areas have been divided into sections and in charges of these areas have been asked to take help of local leaders and social workers to maintain peace and tranquility in the localities.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after supervising the security arrangements in the area, SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, claimed that they had done appropriate arrangements to protect the life and property of members of all sections of society.

Urging office-bearers of various social and religious organisations to work for maintaining peace in the area, Bhullar claimed that no one would be allowed to disrupt the law and order situation.

“As it is the constitutional and moral duty to protect life and property of all, we will not allow anyone to disrupt peace in the area.

I have directed my officers to value information and suggestions given by all individuals and organisations irrespective of their political or religious alliance,” he added.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, Dakha DSP Paramjit Singh Gorayan and DSP Payal Anil Joshi supervised the security arrangements in the areas falling under their jurisdiction.



Life halts at Khanna
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 25
Markets, main roads, bus stand and railway station of the city wore a deserted look today after violence in Jalandhar and Patiala over the reported death of Sant Rama Nand of Guru Ravidas Gurdwara in Ballan village near Jalandhar.

Taking preventing measure, a large number of police officials were deployed in sensitive areas of the police district, however no untoward incident was reported from any part.

Former PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo took out a protest march against the killing of the sant in Vienna. It is learnt that Sant Rama Nand along with his followers had gone to Vienna in Austria to take part in a religious function where he and his followers were assaulted by a group of Sikhs armed with firearms and swords.

Senior police officials were seen taking stock of the situation and were in touch with SHOs and DSPs of different areas. They urged people to maintain peace and harmony and said stringent action would be initiated against people found guilty in provoking the area residents.



Encroachers at it again
Plot again under illegal possession in Dugri
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 25
There has been yet another bid to encroach upon a piece of residential land in a posh locality of Dugri, Phase I, developed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) here.

After The Tribune had carried a report nearly a month ago about an attempt to grab the land under the garb of a "Pir ki marhi", officials had removed part of a temporary boundary wall, piled-up bricks and building material stacked outside the plot. The occupants, claiming to the disciples of the pir, had also agreed to remove the leftover structure and vacate the plot in a few days.

However, taking advantage of government holidays on Saturday and Sunday, they have constructed a cemented boundary wall and a gate was also in the process of being put up to secure the possession of the plot.

With no follow up by the GLADA officials, the plan of certain unscrupulous elements to grab the prime property valued at more than Rs 75 lakh as per the prevailing market price seems to be heading towards success.

The area residents said some people had put up a makeshift structure in the corner of the vacant plot (property number 2163) measuring 300 square yards more than a year ago, claiming that the site was the grave of a pir.

"Till sometime back, only an old man used to come in the morning and evening to light an earthen lamp, burn incense stick and pay obeisance at the place.”

However, for a couple of weeks now, the plot was buzzing with activity, lot of bricks and other building material had been dumped in front of the plot, green flags and banners had been put up and a sound system had also been installed, added some residents.

The GLADA officials had confirmed that the plot was unallotted and lying vacant as per the records. They said temporary structure on the site was removed and the occupants were told to remove the remaining material at their own within 2-3 days. When told that a cemented boundary wall had been constructed and a gate was also being put up at the site, they said necessary action would be taken to evict the unlawful occupants.



Villagers break building shackles
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
For centuries, residents of Noorpur Bet village lived in one-storeyed houses.

They did not add any floor for a belief that the houses should be lower than a shrine in the village, much revered by them, otherwise their crop and families would be cursed.

All these years, they were threatened by a belief that if they constructed more floors, they would be ruined or calamities would strike as their houses could not be higher than Jhande Wala Pir in the village. Nothing could change their belief and no floors were constructed.

The compulsion of expanding families, changed lifestyle and pressure on land then forced them to construct the upper stories. Build more floors to the shrine first before raising a house — came as a solution and bingo, the shrine is now multi-storeyed and the houses too.

‘‘We have seen in the past decades that whosoever built rooms on the terraces, had to suffer. Either their crop was damaged or they faced problems in their families. In short, they were cursed. So we did not want to take any chances,’’ said Charan Kaur, a villager.

However, now the villagers have two-storeyed houses as the shrine too is two-storeyed. ‘‘Whosoever constructs on the upper floor, offers bricks, cement and other building material at the shrine. The village panchayat then uses this material for improving the religious place,’’ said Mandeep Kaur, sarpanch of Noorpur Bet.

She argues since the Pir is happy with them, the villagers believe their crop will not be damaged due to any weather condition, they would not face floods despite village being situated near Sutlej river.



Camp lays stress on hygiene, balanced diet
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Members of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Trust vowed to educate people from rural areas and slum-dwellers about the significance of hygiene and balanced diet for maintaining good health.

The oath was taken in response to a call given by Avtar Singh Grewal, chairman of the trust, after the conclusion of the medical camp, jointly organised by Shaheed Kartar Singh Ayurvedic College and Sarabha Memorial Hospital at Sarabha village on Sunday. The camp was organised on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Grewal said the office-bearers and members of the trust had associated with the medical fraternity for eradicating diseases from rural areas.

Referring to observations made after examining around 400 slum-dwellers, Grewal said unhygienic conditions and lack of awareness about balanced diet were the major causes of their poor health.

"Though a majority of families can afford food for all their members, they are not aware about the importance of various components of a balanced diet. Similarly, improvement in hygienic conditions can also bring the desired results," Grewal said.

Teams of doctors, led by specialists in medicine, orthopaedics, gynaecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, dentistry, physiotherapy and ayurvedic system of medicine, examined patients for various ailments. Diagnostic tests, including ECG and X-ray, were conducted and medicines were provided free of cost. Langar was also prepared.



Obesity awareness camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 25
An obesity awareness camp was organised here by the Rotary Club, Doraha, to educate people about the critical nature of obesity.

Surender Seth, past district governor, was the chief guest of the camp. He expressed his concern on rising childhood obesity and growing sedentary lifestyle in India.

He said, “As people now have machines substituting all physical exercise in addition to junk-food eating habits, it is difficult for the population to control growing weight.”

Dr Gursharan Kaur Sidhu, assistant district governor, Rotary Club, said obesity had become an epidemic and obesity-associated diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, dyslipidemia, infertility and certain cancers were dangerous and silent killers, which together constituted ‘Metabolic Syndrome.’

She further said, “Once obesity is effectively treated, these diseases will disappear gradually.”

Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, director, Weight Loss Surgery Centre, and advanced Laparoscopic surgeon, said bariatric surgery was the only effective treatment for long-term sustained weight loss in morbid obesity and resolution.

Operated patient’s part of the “Obesity Support Group”, said they had lost 70 per cent of their excess body weight over a period of 10-12 months and were able to maintain sustained weight loss. They also shared how it felt to live away from social stigma and a life free from insulin injections and hypertensive drugs.

Amardip Kaur, dietician of the hospital and co-coordinator of the support-group, said support-group helped the patients to develop their own social network with operated patients, to whom they could come for any emotional, nutritional and physiological support. 



Baba Maingal Singh drowned in Harike Pattan
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 25
A pall of gloom descended over the Nanaksar Kaleran and among the followers of Nanaksar sect with the breaking of the news of boat being drowned at Harike Pattan today. Baba Maingal Singh (75) of Nanaksar Kaleran today met a tragic end as the boat, in which he was lodged, capsized in Hari-Ke-Pattan.

He, along with 12 others, was lodged in a boat meant for seven only. Not only this, the rest two boats were also housing 13 persons each, nearly double of their capacity. They were there to immerse the mortal remains of Sant Baba Sadhu Singh of Nanaksar. When the boat had just reached in deep waters of the reservoir, suddenly it got filled with water. All the 13 onboard drowned. Eight of them, including Kartar Singh (England Wale), Baba Sewa Singh, Baba Kartar Singh, Bhai Blahmbar Singh, somehow reached the shore of the reservoir, while five of them died. They were swept off by the high speed flowing water.

Baba Maingal Singh was taken out from Harike Pattan in a critical condition and was shifted to a hospital in Moga, where he breathed his last. Later on, bodies of Raagi Joravar Singh, Raagi Ravinder Singh Sodhi, Harjinder Singh Laddi (personal assistant to Baba Maingal Singh) and Bhai Gurcharan Singh Jagadhari Wale were taken out from the water reservoir.

The body of Baba Maingal Singh was bought to Nanaksar late evening and the mourning devotees rushed to the gurdwara.



SSF wants Libra in Cabinet
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 25
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF) appealed to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, to include Sukdev Singh Libra, MP, Punjab, in the Union Cabinet to strengthen the status of the Congress in Punjab

Libra has been elected MP for the third time. Being a veteran Akali and MP from Ropar, Libra had supported the Manmohan Singh Government last year against his party. He got expelled from the Akali Dal and was not given the ticket to contest.



Class X student gets corporal punishment
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, May 25
A student of Class X is reported to have faced corporal punishment at the hands of a teacher on Friday.

Jarnail Singh (15) was beaten up first by SST teacher Malvinder Kaur and then principal of the school Balwinder Kaur.

Jarnail, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, had forgotten to bring the drawing sheet to the school. Scared of being punished, he tore a page from the notebook of his classmate to do his assignment. When the SST teacher came to know of it, she asked him to stand up and started slapping him. One after another, she slapped the student for more than 30 times and then she took him to the principal of the school, Baljinder Kaur.

On hearing the complaint of the student, the principal started beating up Jarnail Singh with a wooden ruler. After being thrashed, Jarnail Singh fainted in the principal room itself. Ranjit Singh, father of the student, said the principal then sent an employee of the school to his house, where he said Jarnail had fainted as he was not fed properly in the morning. On regaining conscious, Jarnail Singh narrated the whole incident to his parents, who got him examined at the Raikot civil hospital and obtained his medico legal report (MLR) and then complained the matter to the police. The teacher and the principal of the school, however, refuted the charges levelled by Jarnail and his father and said they were giving false statement just to terrorise them.

They further said no such incident ever occurred and Jarnail had fainted in the playground while playing. The police, under the pressure of school authorities and PTA members, was now pressurising Ranjit to enter into a compromise with the teachers.

Acting Raikot SHO Kanwarpal Singh, refuting the allegations of pressurising Ranjit Singh, said he was inquiring the matter and would act accordingly. Ranjit, however, alleged the police inaction.



Teachers enhance knowledge through seminars 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Terming the teacher-training programme imperative for maintenance of standard of education at schools, Ashok Kumar Bhalla, circle education officer, Nabha, and Jawahar Lal, coordinator, said hundreds of primary and upper primary teachers from Sangrur district had enhanced their knowledge by attending seminars organised at various schools in this part of Malwa.

Jawahar Lal said a majority of teachers had shown keen interest in perceiving knowledge imparted by experts in various fields.

He said, “Contrary to a common belief, a majority of the teachers, including office-bearers of unions, have been attending the seminars according to the schedule.”

He further said no irregularity was noticed during surprise checking at schools in Ahmedgarh and Malerkotla blocks.

Applauding the role of coordinators in arranging lectures by experts in various fields, Bhalla and Jawahar Lal called upon teachers to utilise the knowledge acquired at these seminars for the welfare of their students.

Earlier, Kuldip Singh, principal, government In-service training centre, Sangrur, Chhaimber Singh, principal, GSSS, Sandaur, and Ashok Bhalla, CEO, Nabha, had addressed participants during various sessions. Besides, teachers were also taught about latest Eduset technology. 



Office timings of PAU changed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Punjab Agricultural University office timing will be changed from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. from June 1 till further orders due to hot weather conditions. This information was given by Dr RK Mahey, registrar, PAU. He said the university would continue to function for five days a week.

Virk auditorium at PAU

The Film Hall of the Centre for Communication and International Linkages will be developed as an auditorium named after an eminent Punjabi short story writer and Bharti Sahit Academy Award winner, S Kulwant Singh Virk.

The PAU additional director of communication, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, said Virk had served the Communication Centre as the first joint director. He further added that the auditorium would have projection and sound system and would be used for carrying out various activities such as screening of documentary films, holding of group discussions, arranging interactive meetings, organising seminars and holding various in-house functions. 



School holds investiture ceremony
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 25
Green Grove Public School organised an investiture ceremony here today. President JPS Jolly was the chief guest.

Principal S George congratulated the students who were honoured with badges.

Sandeep Singh of Class XII was elected the head boy, while Oshin Sethi of Class XI became the head girl of the school.

Aastha of Class X and Sukhman of Class IX became the captain and vice-captain of Gandhi House, respectively, while Naksh of Class XI was selected the captain of Nehru House and Alisha of Class X became the vice-captain. Navreen of Class X and Navkiran of Class IX were selected the captain and vice-captain of Tagore House, respectively, while Jatinder of Class XI became the captain of Tilak House and Rashmi of Class X became the vice-captain.



Affiliation granted

Doraha, May 25
Doraha Public School, run by the Sant Kartar Singh Kamaliawale Educational Society, has been granted affiliation up to the secondary level by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, from the current session.

Jose P Thomas, principal, said the affiliation had been granted on the basis of the inspection carried out by the CBSE inspection panel. Sukhpal Singh, chairman, congratulated the principal and staff of the school. — TNS



3 students out on bail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Three out of four accused in the recent case of alleged ragging in Lord Mahavira Homoeopathy College are out on bail and have counter alleged Amit Gupta (the complainant) for falsely implicating them in the case.

The police had registered an FIR against three, Prateek Singh, Mazid Khan, Arun Kumar, the final year students of Lord Mahavira college and Mohit (an outsider) under Sections 323, 341 and 506/34 IPC against the allegations levelled by Amit Gupta for beating him up with iron rods and baseball bats over the ragging.

Prateek Singh, a final year student in the college, stated that the incident had taken place outside the college premises, hence it couldn’t be termed as ragging. Pratik further stated, “Amit Gupta was not a fresher but from the 2007 batch and if at all we were ragging him, he should have brought up the issue in past two years,” added Prateek.

He also said, “The scuffle took place between Amit Gupta and Mohit and I was just trying to cool them down. Mazid and Arun were nowhere in the scene,” disclosed Prateek.

The students also showed the sheet carrying signatures of the students and lecturers defying the word ragging.

It is clearly written on the paper that the college atmosphere was pleasant.

On the other hand the principal while talking to Ludhiana Tribune supported the students that Amit Gupta had maligned the college name as it was an incident that happened outside the college premises.



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