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Mundi group sweeps PAU union poll
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The PAU Employees' United Front made a clean sweep in the Punjab Agricultural University Employees' Union elections by winning 13 of the total 15 seats. This would be the group's second consecutive term in office.

The Front’s Harbans Singh Mundi emerged the winner for the president’s post by beating Paramjit Singh Gill of the PAU Employees' Forum by a margin of 35 votes while Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu defeated Baldev Singh Walia by a margin of 22 votes for the post of senior vice-president.

The post of vice-president went to the Forum’s Balbir Kaur who defeated Manmohan Singh of the Front by 60 votes. Avinash Sharma defeated Gulzar Pandher of the Forum by a margin of 69 votes for the post of general secretary.

Others from the winning team include Charanjeet Singh Sekhon, Sarabjit Singh, Ashwani Nauriyal, Jasbir Singh, Bikkar Singh, Parveen Kumar, Yadwinder Pal Singh, Mahal Singh Sidhu, Mandeep Pal Singh Sekhon, and Kashmir Singh.

As many as 1,484 PAU employees cast their votes in the poll held yesterday and the results were announced by V K Dutta, chairman of the election committee, in today afternoon. Members of the newly elected team were garlanded on a stage.

Celebrating his victory, Mundi said, "PAU employees have once again reposed their trust in us and we’ll not let them down. We’ll continue to work for our co-workers' welfare like we have always done and ensure their long-pending demands are fulfilled at the earliest. In our endeavour we seek full support from the other employees' bodies and want all of us should work together for our colleagues' well being”.

Meanwhile, terming his and his team’s defeat in the elections as "no deterrent in serving our colleagues", Gill said, "I along with my team members assure the new president we’ll work with them in full cooperation and ensure all demands of the employees are considered at the earliest."

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Residents turn to pvt guards for weddings
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
As the police has failed to check the increasing number of snatching incidents during wedding functions, wary city residents have now begun recruiting private security agencies to keep snatchers at bay. In the recent past several cases had been reported where the miscreants, mostly nomads, fled with expensive jewellery and cash snatched from guests when they got busy in wedding ceremonies.

"I was concerned after learning about the sudden rise in snatching incidents during wedding functions so I decided to take the help of a private security agency to escort the 'baraat' at my son’s wedding. They were told to keep an eye on beggars. After all prevention is better then cure," said Sham Singh Hairke, a city resident.

Another resident, Mangat Ram Mangla, said he too had hired security personnel from an agency to be present at the wedding venue. ‘‘They remained there throughout the day and the function took place without any untoward incident”, he said.

Recently a snatching incident took place inside a gurudwara where some miscreants stole cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 1.2 lakh from the handbag of Napinder Kaur, wife of state labour commissioner Raminder Singh, during a wedding ceremony. Interestingly, Surinder Kaur, wife of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was attending the wedding and the police was on its toes to provide security during the entire function. Following the incident the Sarabha Nagar police sprung into action and, after closely scrutinising the video of the wedding, released a suspect’s photograph.

According to the police, an organised gang of snatchers, consisting of nomads, has been targeting senior citizens. The gang members first conduct a recce of the place and then strike by taking on an elderly person in an isolated area of a street where no one would notice them.

In one such incident members of a gang attacked a woman in her seventies when she was leaving after attending a wedding function in the Model Town area. According to a witness the snatchers were led by a man. The female gang members first confused the elderly woman by demanding money from her and, in the meantime, the gang leader snatched her earrings.


Fire at chemical unit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Petrochemical worth lakhs of rupees was gutted at Hindustan Chemical on the Gyaspura road here today. The incident took place this afternoon. Fire department officials said the factory produced thinner which was highly inflammable. The thinner was sold to cycle manufacturing units across the city.

The exact cause of the fire is not known yet, but it is learnt that it broke out due to spillage from a drum of thinner, which was left in the open.

As many as 10 fire engines were pressed into service to douse the fire. It was only in the evening that the fire-fighters managed to control the fire.

No causality has been reported and factory workers escaped unhurt. The unit owner said the exact loss was still to be estimated.

Tension had gripped the area as labourers working in the units close to the chemical factory were furious following the incident. They accused the factory owner of flouting safety norms in order to make more money.

As per information, the labourers tried to attack the factory owner, but he managed to flee.



Residents fear illegal structures would return
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Though the ongoing demolition drive has earned the MC brownie points, residents fear that it may be eyewash since the MC was under pressure from the High Court and the structures may come up again after some time.

Some shopkeepers said they were just waiting for November 25, the date of hearing in the court, and the encroachments would return once more. And this assurance has been given by low-rung MC officials, no less.

Shop owners whose structures were demolished have already started planning to rebuild them. Deepak Kumar, who has a shop along the Ferozepur road, claimed that he had been assured by the MC demolition squad that he could rebuild the structure after November 25.

According to sources, MC officials are planning to make a service lane and streets where the area had been cleared, but these could easily be occupied again.

Ramesh Kumar Juneja, whose illegal structure was removed at Janakpuri, said though the squad had damaged his shop, but an employee had told him to build a makeshift arrangement so that it could be easily removed when the MC next conducts the drive in the area.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha was not available for comments, but sources close to him said he had made it clear to his staff that the drive would continue even after November 25.

Parmeet Singh, who owns a shop at Chaura Bazar, mocked: “We encroach on the street and display hosiery material there. A person who puts up a stall along the road on Chaura Bazar earns more than the one who owns a shop there.”



Unable to bear sister’s wedding expenses, man kills self
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Unable to meet the expenses of his sister's wedding, a 35-year-old man working as a salesman at a shoe store in Model Town committed suicide by hanging himself from an electricity pole opposite the PSEB office on Ferozepur Road today morning.

The body of Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Barewal Road, was found hanging by commuters this morning. A police team arrived at the scene after being informed about the incident and took the body in its possession.

After his parents passed away a long time ago, Mahesh, the eldest among four siblings in the family and still unmarried, got one of his sisters married earlier. He had been planning to get his youngest sister married next month.

According to Vijay, the deceased’s younger brother, Mahesh was feeling depressed for the past few days as could not generate enough funds for the wedding despite all his efforts.

"He wanted to spend on his sister's wedding beyond his means but limited resources and skyrocketing prices posed formidable problems," said one of Mahesh’s relatives standing on Ferozepur Road. “Mahesh tried to raise money by taking a personal loan from a bank but the latter refused him credit. As most of his salary was spent on paying his rent he was meeting household expenses with the meager amount that remained”, he added.

According to the relative, Mahesh did not return home after work since last evening and kept his mobile phone switched off. The police informed his relatives about the incident in the morning. In the meantime, the body was sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem examination.



Oz team visits PAU, keen to collaborate in trade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
A five-member Australian delegation from Griffith, New South Wales, visited Punjab Agricultural University yesterday. The delegation, led by Christine Stead, councillor, Griffith City Council, was here to explore the possibility of cooperation in trade and cultural relations between Ludhiana and Griffith.

Other members of the delegation included John Dal Broi, managing director, Joncondon Pastoral Company and Obledo Management Trust and former mayor of Griffith City Council (GCC), Satwinder Sandhu, group manager, City Strategy and Development, GCC and Peter Brooks, general manager, GCC.

At a special meeting, the delegation members interacted with top administrators of the city, including DC Vikas Garg, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Devinder Singh and PAU officials, including the Registrar, Director, Research, Additional Directors and research scientists.

In a presentation on the city of Griffith by Satwinder Sandhu, he informed that Griffith was a small town in Australia with a population of just 30,000 persons. Grapes and citrus are the two major crops and the city has well developed wine and citrus industry for their processing. The Griffith city council has recognised the importance of the global community and is looking for opportunities of business and investment sectors as well as study and exchange programmes with foreign countries.

"We are keen to establish business ties with India as the nation is the economic power house in the world today," expressed the delegates. Brook said there were many possibilities in the civic activity as well between Ludhiana and Griffith in addition to researchable issues and cultural exchanges that needed to be looked into.

Representatives from local industry, department of agriculture, Punjab, department of horticulture, Punjab, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana and Punjab Agricultural University were also present and interacted on the possible areas of collaboration.

Garg, who presided over the meeting, presented mementos to the delegation and thanked the delegation members for coming to Ludhiana to explore the areas of possible collaboration. He said Ludhiana and Griffith shared common interests and had strong linkages. He added that a good start had been made and that a bigger delegation would be expected to take the matter of collaborative tie-up further.



Industry finds women workers indispensable
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Among the migrant population it is not only the men but also a sizable number of female workers who have contributed immensely to the city’s industrial growth. In fact many industrialists and businessmen have found the women to be more hard working and consistent in performing their tasks.

Most of the female workers, numbering perhaps in the thousands, have been hired by the garment and textile industry for packing and packaging products.

Abhishek Jain, who deals in hosiery goods in Sunder Nagar, said a majority of women workers came from villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He added their husbands worked in other factories and the wives equally shared family responsibilities by becoming self-reliant.

"They are good workers, more dependable than their male counterparts. Male workers refuse to listen to you at times but there is no such problem with the women. They work in various units with dedication and commitment", said Goel.

Vardhman group of industries chairman SP Oswal had recently stated his company encouraged hiring of female workers, especially young girls from rural backgrounds. Today hundreds of such girls are working at the firm’s several plants.

Vardhman Spinning & Yarn CEO VK Goel told The Tribune his company encouraged young girls to work in its various factories. A hostel was being constructed for working women for the firm’s new textile unit near here, he added.

"The new textile unit will be dominated by women workers who are willing to come from villages located in Ferozpur, Faridkot, Bathinda and Patiala districts", said Goel.

Hitesh Gambhir, owner of a garment unit at Focal Point, said female workers were mostly hired for packing and packaging. "Besides, they can tuck buttons, cut threads, pack materials in bags and do similar tasks that most of the men avoided. Women are also more patient and don’t waste time on making unnecessary calls on mobile phones. Today they are earning as much as their male counterparts in industrial units depending on the nature of work", said Gambhir. “Many migrant labourers had brought their families to the city to raise their incomes”, he added.

Anju Rani, a worker at a factory in the Industrial Area (Extension A) stated she was a divorcee with two small children. "I do get some financial support from my father but he’s too old to bear the burden alone. I work in a factory and am being paid Rs 120 per day as wages. Working for 20 days means getting around Rs 2,500 a month. At least I’m able to send both my children to a government school as I’m earning. Had I stayed back in my native village I would not have been able to earn any money all. Villagers are still very conservative and don’t allow women to work", she said.



325 illegal structures removed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The municipal corporation removed around 325 illegal structures during a demolition drive carried out in various parts of the city today. The drive began from Samrala Chowk and went on to Cheema Chowk, Mohan Dai Cancer Hospital.

At Samrala Chowk, timber material and haphazardly parked vehicles were removed from the road.

Later, MC bulldozers removed temporary and permanent structures from the road leading to Kadwai Nagar.

However, the demolition squad spared Kadwai Nagar and its adjoining areas, said to be the strongholds of state deputy speaker Satpal Gosain and senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal.

In the afternoon, the demolition team divided itself into two groups — one heading towards the Jamalpur road and the other towards Fountain Chowk.

At Jamalpur, the team picked up from where it had left yesterday and carried out anti-encroachment drive till Veer Palace.

At Fountain Chowk, the team removed temporary structures put up by eating joints.

An official said temporary encroachment had become permanent over the passage of time and it was necessary to discourage encroachers.

Some MC officials actively took part in the drive and helped lower-rung staff in removing encroachment.

The traffic police also assisted the tehbazaari team in impounding vehicles parked haphazardly at a number of places. A majority of vehicles were released after a warning.

On the road from Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Old Sabzi Mandi, to Daresi Ground, shopkeepers were seen removing their extended structures.

A shopkeeper said it was better to remove structures before MC bulldozers came in and caused damage to their buildings.



Former PAU Dean honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Dr Tejinder Harpal Singh, former Dean, Postgraduate Studies, who led the research on cotton for over three decades at Punjab Agricultural University, has been honoured with Life Time Achievement Award by Nagpur-based Cotton Research and Development Association (CRDA).

Singh received the award from Dr CD Mayee during a national conference held on November 17-19 at Nagpur. The award carries a citation and a shawl.

Singh is known among eminent cotton scientists internationally. He had been associated with research and development activities in cotton during 1954-1995 in various capacities and had worked with eminent scientists, including Dr LS Negi, SN Sikka and AB Joshi at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Dr SG Stephens of USA. He worked as a team leader of cotton researchers at PAU and contributed tremendously under the All-India Coordinated Improvement Project. He provided leadership to breeding work in cotton and other crops as head of the department of plant breeding.

Singh's efforts have earned Punjab a place of prominence on the cotton map of India. He and his team developed 18 high-yielding and short duration varieties of desi and American cotton that were well received in the country.

He commanded respect not only among the cotton scientists in the country but also among cotton growers. He is the recipient of nine awards, including Dr G.S. Khush Distinguished Professor Award, from different organisations in recognition of his achievements and contributions.

The Punjab Governor honoured him with a 'leader of survey team' in 1984. The PAU Board of Management appreciated his team for evolving LH-900 variety of cotton.

Singh is still providing useful technical advice to cotton growers of the state.



Kids pledge to plant a sapling on birthday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Glaciers are melting, carbon dioxide levels are shooting up, natural resources are rapidly depleting, species are getting extinct and the earth is bearing the brunt of the selfish activities of man. At such a time, when most of the "educated, social and cultured" adults sit and wonder about the problems and their possible solutions, students of St Bawra Public High School have set an example.

Taking a lead in actually doing something towards saving our planet rather than "waiting for someday, someone, something to happen", every child of the school today pledged to plant a sapling on his or her birthday or any other special occasions in their lives. They also pledged to plant trees on their parent's anniversary.

Taking this mission forward, 15 students of the school who shared their birthday this month, planted saplings on the campus.

On the occasion, Mamta Ashoo, municipal councilor, Ward Number 49, was the chief guest and participated in the noble mission.

The event started with a prayer followed by a musical composition by students.

Later, the councilor held an interactive session with the students and discussed the burning issues of global warming and deforestation deeply. 'Save earth' slogans were also raised by the students. Satish Soi, director of St Bawra Public High School, proposed a vote of thanks. The event concluded with the national anthem.

Overall, the event was successful in bringing a new level of transformation in the young generation where all students carried the motto of 'Saving the mother earth'.



From School & College
Sanatan school holds declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
A declamation contest was held at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School by Ved Parchar Mandal for the students of senior wing. Chief guest Anand Swaroop Jhanji, former manager of Ludhiana Central Co-Operative Bank was welcomed by president Rajesh Kahsyap, school manager CL Sachdeva, vice-president Haresh Sachdeva and principal Sadhna Sharma. The function started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the chief guest followed by a Sarawati Vandana by students of the primary section. About 20 students from Classes VI to XII participated in the contest and spoke on various themes.

Founder's day

Gupta Model School, Club Road, celebrated its Founder's Day with great enthusiasm to commemorate the 72nd birthday of Surinder Gupta, the school's founder. KR Sikri, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, was the chief guest. The function started with the lighting of the lamp. On the occasion, a fancy dress competition, declamation contest and a cultural programme were also held.

Painting competition

Mandeep Kaur of Class V and Aishman Grewal of Class VI, students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, participated in a painting competition conducted by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India. Their paintings on the topic "Save Energy, Save Life" and "You have the power to save power" were adjudged the best from 50 selected for a state-level competition. They received a cash award of Rs 1,000 each and also goody bags containing a torch, night lamp, crayons, T-shirt, caps and energy efficient bulbs. The competition was conducted with the aim of finding solutions to energy crisis and conserving energy resources. Principal Manjushaw Vinayak congratulated the winners.


The NCC department of SDP College for Women organised a one-day seminar on drug addiction under the leadership of Commanding Officer Lt Col S Sehgal to mark NCC Day celebration here on Thursday on the college premises. The seminar was sponsored by 3 Pb Girls' BN NCC, Ludhiana. College principal Dr Meenu Sharma presided over the seminar.



Govt urged to lower toll on NH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
A meeting of leading industrialists and public representatives was held to discuss the charging of exorbitant toll tax by the National Highway Authority of India here today. They criticised the highway authority for charging hefty toll tax from motorists as well as freight carriers.

A member of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) said Punjab had no natural resources of its own and was a border state, resulting in extra freight cost, CST, entry tax for the industry. As such, the additional burden of toll tax had hit the industry and motorists hard.

The helfty toll tax had increased the transportation cost, which was resulting in hike in prices of essential commodities, added the members.

Also, traffic jams, road rage and accidents were commonplace due to the poor state of the national highway in the state. They said the NHAI should publish details of toll tax collections and availability of funds for cess on petrol and diesel and expenditure being incurred on the maintenance and development of the national highway in the state.

The state government had become a mute spectator to the fleecing of motorists and industry, they alleged.

“The state government must take strong notice of this and take up the matter with the Centre for effecting immediate reduction in toll tax rates. The state government must intervene or else people would be forced to resort to agitation. We also appeal to NGOs to launch a drive against charging of exorbitant toll tax and file a public interest litigation with the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking suitable directions to the NHAI to effect a rollback,” said the members. Travelling by car from Ludhiana to Jalandhar costs Rs 82 one way and Rs 123 for return journey at the Satluj barrier near Phillaur.



Teacher’s front, trade unions stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 20
The Private School Teachers’ Union along with the Democratic Teachers Front and other trade unions yesterday staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office against the management of Guru Nanak Public School following the dismissal of two teachers by the school authorities.

The dismissed teachers had led an agitation demanding salaries under the government scales.

Scores of teachers and members of various organisations participated in the dharna and condemned the atrocities of private schools and exploitation of teachers in violation of rules.

At least 15 women and two male teachers — Harpreet Singh Burmi and Kuljeet Singh Tajpur — had taken part in a teachers’ protest on October 29 at the school, which has around 1,400 students.

On October 30, representatives of teacher unions also joined them and in order to hush up the case, the school management persuaded the agitating teachers to take classes, seeking time till November 4.

On October 31, parents of students staged a dharna at the school and on November 1, Bikramjit Singh Binjal, president of the school management, bowing to their pressure dismissed Burmi and Tajpur.

The protesting teachers claimed that the parents’ protest was stage-managed by the school management to prevent other teachers from taking part in future agitations over pay scales.

Various union activists and trade union leaders had been camping at the school ever since the dismissal of the teachers and had staged protests.

They had also appealed to the local administration to intervene and reinstate the two teachers. Burmi said they would continue their agitation and unions supporting their cause were in favour of forming a joint action committee to intensify their agitation. Democratic Teachers Front district committee member Harish Modgil said all teacher and trade unions of the area had joined hands over the issue.

The protesters later handed over a memorandum to tehsildar Ram Singh in the absence of SDM Mukand Singh.



Tribune Impact
MC plans shifting of power, telephone poles
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 20
The civic administration has initiated steps to shift electricity and telephone poles standing in the middle even after widening of some of the major roads to improve the flow of vehicular traffic.

Ludhiana Tribune had carried a story in its issue of November 17 that a number of poles standing in the middle of roads at various places in the city were posing a grave threat to motorists and other road users.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha today said a senior officer of the corporation had been directed to get a survey of busy roads conducted to identify the electricity and telephone poles that were causing obstruction to traffic and posing threat to road users.

“Once the survey is completed, the matter will be taken up with the Punjab State Electricity Board for obtaining estimates for shifting the poles that have to be carried out as a deposit work. Since substantial funds are to be spent for shifting of electricity poles, we shall fix priority on the basis of traffic volume and get the work done in a phased manner,” he added.

According to him, there were quite a few telephone poles at different locations that were no longer being used to support cables. But Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had not removed the poles for unknown reasons.

“We shall coordinate with the BSNL authorities and even provide the MC labour for the removal of such poles as the work does not entail any financial commitment.”



Horse show marks NCC Day celebrations
Tribune News Service

An NCC cadet holds a Tricolour during a horse show at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, November 20
Punjab Remount and Veterinary (1 Pb R & V) Sqn NCC of College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, celebrated the NCC Day with a horse show on the campus here today.

Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, director students’ welfare, and Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, dean, college of veterinary science, were special guests.

The dignitaries highlighted the role of the NCC in instilling discipline in life and emphasised the need for taking up a career in the defence forces.

Cadets of 1 Pb R & V Sqn NCC took part in a horse show, displaying show jumping, tent pegging and horsemanship.

Maj Mangesh, OC, 1 Pb R & V Sqn NCC, thanked the qualified instructor staff and diligent ANOs for training cadets, who had brought laurels to the units in various equestrian events.

Maj Mangesh also briefed about the utility of the newly built obstacle course by Col KJ Singh, Group Commander, Group HQ, Ludhiana, in the unit for cadets appearing for SSB interviews.

He also talked about the Republic Day Camp-2009 held in New Delhi in which his ace rider cadets won various awards and medals.

The unit also participated in the Chandigarh Horse Show, organised by Western Command, Chandi Mandir, from November 15 to 17.

In this show, assistant lance dafadar farrier Sunny Kumar of 1 Pb R & V Sqn NCC secured a silver medal in the farrier competition and cadet Beant Kaur won commendation in ladies’ hack ride.

Over 200 cadets from various city schools witnessed the horse show.



Vet body launches agitation
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 20
Rural veterinary officers working under zila parishads and veterinary officers of the state animal husbandry department have initiated a statewide agitation to protest against the failure of the government in giving them the non-practising allowance and regularising the services of rural veterinary officers.

Dr Ashok Sharma and Dr Abdul Mazid, presidents of the Punjab State Veterinary Officers’ Association and Rural Veterinary Officers’ Association, respectively, criticised the defiant attitude of the state government in not releasing the allowance.

In a joint press statement issued here today, the leaders flayed the discriminatory attitude of the Punjab government towards veterinarians and the delay in the implementation of their right dues.

“When other state governments, Union Territory administrations, veterinary and agricultural universities and even the Indian Army were in the position to give the allowance to veterinarians, it was surprising to see the Punjab government’s reluctance in paying the allowance to its veterinary officers when the animal husbandry and dairy sectors were playing a key role in improving the fiscal health of the state.



‘Teran Kahanian’ released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Releasing the newly published book “Teran Kahanian” by Parminder Nimana today, the eminent Punjabi poet, Dr Surjit Patar said the short stories have become a popular medium to convey the message of writers.

He said that the stories in the book reflect the sensitivity of the author to what was happening around him and said that the writer had tried to portray his own experiences in simple understandable terms.

Each short story is a sincere effort that emphasises on devotion, dedication and diligence, the right ways to achieve targets, observed Dr Patar. Gurbhajan Gill, president of Punjabi Sabhyachar Akademy, while commenting on the style and content of the book said that the characters used in the stories by Nimana have strong resemblence to the people from real life.

Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas in her foreword on the book termed the book as an addition to the Punjabi literature.Prof Niranjan Tasneem, Dr SN Sewak, Prof Ravinder Bhathal, Gurdit Singh Kang were also present on the occasion.



Plantation drive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
The NSS unit of Desh Bhagat Engineering College, here, organised a two-day camp at its campus. As many as 150 volunteers of the college participated in the camp, which was inaugurated by Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat group of institutes. College principal Tejwant Singh speaking on the aims of the camp said that the camp was to clean the surroundings of the college and painting the pavements on the road sides of all roads in the campus. The main focus of organising the NSS camp was to channalise the energy of the youth and to develop the sense of responsibility and inculcating in them the urge to serve the society.

The students formed NGO named ‘Kudrat’. The members of the NGO planted saplings on the campus.



RIMT boy wins gold in youth Fest

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
Anmol Singh, a student of BTech (ECE) of RIMT-Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh, has once again kept the tradition of his college alive by winning gold and silver medals at zonal and inter-zonal levels, respectively by playing non percussion instrument (Rabab) at the PTU Youth Festival 2009.

He has won laurels for his family and concerned institutes since his childhood as he won Master award at the age of 7. Now, along with his regular studies, he is also pursuing bachelor’s degree in classical music from Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, to promote classical music. — OC



Man shot at; Rs 2.4 lakh snatched
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
Two unidentified persons snatched a bag containing cash after a scuffle in which Raj Kumar (24) was shot at around 5.30 pm here today.

According to sources, employees of a trading company -- Motia Khan, Raj Kumar and Raju -- after taking Rs 2.40 lakh from a steel unit, were going on their scooter when they were intercepted near Yuvraj Palace.

A clean-shaven person, driving a motorcycle without a number plate, intercepted the scooter and a man wearing a turban and riding pillion, tried to snatch the bag containing the cash. When Raj Kumar tried to resist, the turbaned man fired at him and fled with the bag.

The SSP and Amloh DSP reached the spot, along with other officials. The injured was taken to hospital, from where he was referred to the DMCH, Ludhiana, due to his serious condition.



Body found in sack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
An unidentified body of a man was found wrapped in a sack at Jaspal Bangar village here yesterday. The body was badly mutilated. The police said the body was that of a middle-aged man. The incident came to light this morning when a cleaner complaint to the police about foul smell emanating from a sack lying on the roadside.

The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem. The police is trying to locate the relatives of the deceased.



One booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The Sarabha Nagar police has booked a city resident for tricking innocent youths by selling them fake IELTS certificates and graduation degrees.

The accused, who was identified as Pritpal Singh, a resident of Chawni Mohalla, was booked for fraud.

The city police received a tip-off that Pritpal Singh had been selling fake IELTS certificates and graduation degrees.

Following the information, the police raided the office of the accused and seized fake IELTS certificates and graduation degrees. Pritpal Singh managed to flee.



Trophies lose sheen among felicitators, recipients
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 20
Framed pictures are fast replacing traditional trophies as mementoes when it comes to felicitating dignitaries by social organisations. Models of weapons and photographs of religious places are among the most liked presents these days.

Having lost craze among organisers, trophies are being shifted from showcases and cupboards to stores in houses these days.

Higher inspirational value, utility and easy availability of popular items are being cited as the reason behind the trend.

Investigations by Ludhiana Tribune have revealed that instead of passing through the cumbersome process of procuring trophies for felicitation of guests, function organisers prefer to purchase framed pictures and other suitable items for the purpose.

Though new items are easily available at department stores, manufacturers and suppliers of trophies have also started providing these at their stores.

“Instead of convincing organisers to purchase mementoes prepared by us and lose our customers permanently, we have started stocking items of their choice at our showrooms,” said a local memento and trophy manufacturer, admitting decline in sale of his original products.

Dr Bhupinder Singh Bedi, patron of local unit of an international club, says both organisers and recipients like the new trend.

“Whereas the trend has relieved organisers of the long process of placing orders for trophies and then waiting for their supply at the nick of time, recipients have also appreciated the change. Those who have been receiving mementoes frequently have started dumping them in bags instead of decorating them in showcases and cupboards,” adds Bedi.

Jagjit Singh Jajjie, an organiser, asserts that the higher inspirational value, utility and easy availability of popular items have prompted the replacement of mementoes during felicitation functions.

“Mementoes have become so monotonous that recipients have stopped taking them home. Instead, they give these to their aides and friends. On the other hand, organisers have wider range to choose from, according to the personality of the recipient,” argues Jajjie.



Anmol adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Anmol Kaur, representing Bhaskar House, was adjudged best athlete in the girls’ under-14 category while Anupjot Kaur of Apple House and Ivesh of Kalpana House were declared best athletes in the under-16 and 19 categories, respectively, in the annual athletics meet of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today.

In the boys’ section, Kshitiz of Bhaskar House was named best athlete in the under-14 category.

Rishab of Rohini House was declared the best among under-16 participants and Gurpreet emerged as best athlete in the under-19 category.

Meanwhile, Bhaskar House bagged the overall trophy, followed by Aryabhatt House and Apple House, which finished second and third, respectively.

Earlier, school management committee manager RB Khanna inaugurated the meet in which students representing different houses took part.

School principal Paramjit Kair presided over the closing ceremony and distributed prizes.



Sports meet at Nankana Sahib school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Students representing Sahibzada Ajit Singh House bagged maximum titles and helped their team emerge overall champions in the 25th Annual Athletics Meet of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, here today.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function.

Gurmail Singh Sangowal, member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, along with office-bearers of the Nankana Sahib Education Trust was also present.

The chief guest also honoured students who brought laurels in different disciplines during the district and state-level tournaments.

They include Harjot Singh and Jawinder Singh Sidhu (weightlifting), Ajayvir (cricket), Gurkirt Kaur and Ratinder Kaur (volleyball), Sunaina Malhotra and Harmanpreet Kaur (handball), Neha Gupta, Parul, Mehakpreet Kaur, Neelam, Arashdeep Kaur and Vaneet Malhotra (badminton).

Results: boys u-19: 1500m race: Ajayvir Singh 1, Gurkirat Singh 2 and Sukhveer Singh 3.

Girls u-19: 1500m race: Rajvir Kaur 1, Innpreet Kaur 2 and Kiranjeet Kaur 3.

Boys u-17: 1500m race: Gursimranjot Singh 1, Ajit Singh 2 and Simranjeet Singh 3.

Boys u-17: long jump: Lovepreet Singh 1, Harjinder Singh 2 and Karanveer Singh 3.

Girls u-17: long jump: Mandeep Kaur 1, Amrit Pal Kaur 2 and Dimple Kaur 3.

Boys u-16: 1500m race: Lovepreet Singh 1, Karanveer 2 and Bhavjeet Singh 3.



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