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2 killed in roof collapse
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Two labourers died after the roof of an old structure being demolished at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) near Ghumar Mandi collapsed here today. The incident took place around 10 am when the labourers were demolishing the structure situated on the corner of the institute.

The victims have been identified as Ram Karan (30) from Sitapur in UP and Parveen Kumar from Bihar. Both of them were staying at a “vehra” in Model Gram.

The DSP, West Raj Kumar, said the structure engineer had declared the building unsafe and had asked the college authorities to demolish it.

Sources in the college said the tragedy took place because the labourers, who were stated to be unskilled, were demolishing the pillar which supported the roof. When they hammered the pillar, the roof came crumbling down due to the vibration. The structure was already weak and could not absorb the vibration.

During the time of the incident, six others were also working on the other part of the building. “We heard a loud explosion and all of us were shaken. We rushed towards the incident site and started the rescue operation. Ram Karan and Parveen were bleeding profusely. It took us half an hour to pull them out of the rubble,” Jagdish, who was also working with the victims, stated, adding that they were dead by then.

When the students heard the noise, they ran out of the classroom thinking it was an earthquake.

The police has booked the contractor, Swadeshdeep Singh and Kawaljit Singh, for negligence. The DSP said the contractor was absent from the spot when the demolition was being carried out.

On the other hand, the contractor claimed that the labourers were not demolishing the structure. The incident took place when the victims were crossing the roof to reach a room situated on the other side.

The coordinator of the GGNIMT, GS Dua, said the family of the victims would be compensated by the institution. The institute declared a holiday following the incident.

The incident took place in the eastern block of the institute. The block had been vacated around a year ago when the building was declared unsafe by the structure engineer.

Classes are being conducted in the northern block of the institute.


Unskilled labourers at high risk of accidental death
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
With no insurance cover or reimbursement of medical claims, thousands of labourers working at construction sites risk their lives every day for a meager daily wage of Rs 150. The majority of labourers are unskilled and are not aware about the risks associated with their jobs.

This fact came to the fore in today's incident in which two labourers died when a roof of an old structure caved in while they were demolishing it. Gurdeep Singh, who “arranged” labourers for the contractor, Savdeshdeep Singh, said hundreds of such labourers get injured, many of them left incapacitated for life, with still others being killed in accidents at construction sites.

"What we can do - while skilled labourers demand a king’s ransom the unskilled ones agree to work for much lesser wages and are the ones who often get injured or even killed while working," said Gurdeep.

Derisive of the district administration’s disaster management cell, a labourer asked, "What kind of disaster management? We have to undertake rescue operations on our own and have never seen ‘babus’ (bureaucrats) coming to an accident scene to take stock of the situation."

Parkesh, youngest brother of Ram Karan, one of the two labourers who were killed in today’s accident, and who works as a whitewasher, lamented the fate of Ram’s pregnant wife and seven-year-old child of his victim.

"What will happen to them now? We are all living on daily wages and have no savings. I’m not in a position to provide financial support to my brother’s widow," said Parkash. “My brother was planning to return home and was working overtime to earn more money as his wife was pregnant”, he added.

He expressed despair over the fate of the child that was yet to be born.

Four of the five brothers, all daily wagers, were living in a dingy one-room ‘quarter’ (tiny room) situated at the rear of the new court complex in Model Gram. They had left their families behind in UP.

Meanwhile, no one came forward to claim the body of the other labourer killed in the mishap, Parveen Kumar, who was from Bihar. He had been living in the city alone, according to the contractor.

Ashok, a labourer, accused contractors of “putting the lives of unskilled workers at great risk just to make a few extra bucks”.



Shooting of Youth
Victim may lose vision if he lives
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Blinded by love, Prabhdeep dared to enter the house of his beloved, knowing little that he would not be able to see again. The world of parents’ came crashing down today when doctors told them that their son’s condition was critical and if he survived, he might not be able to see again. On life support system, Prabhdeep is in coma after the girl’s father, Gurvinder Singh, shot him in the neck. The accused reportedly shot him after he spotted him with his daughter inside the house.

According to a senior neurologist, Dr RK Kaushal, the bullet had damaged the brain and had got stuck there. “There is no point in taking out the bullet through an operation. The bullet has already caused a lot of damage to the brain and our priority is to heal the wound caused by the bullet. Right now, the condition of the victim is very critical. If he survives, the chances are that he might not be able to see again.”

KP Singh, father of Prabhdeep, said it was a planned attack on his son. “The girl called my son to her house as part of a conspiracy, which must have been hatched by her father. Neighbours have told me that Gurvinder had not only shot at my son in the neck, but also smashed flowerpots on his head and repeatedly hit him with an iron road which resulted in grievous injuries,” KP Singh said, adding that the accused took his son to be dead and put his body in a car and were in the process of dumping it at a secluded place when they were intercepted.

KP Singh, a resident of Dugri Phase-I, claimed that he was informed about the incident by his neighbours. “The house of the girl is situated in Phase-II which is around 200 m from my house. My neighbours told me that my son had been injured. At first I did not believe them and I checked his room. When I did not find him there, I took the car and went towards the accused’s house. When Gurvinder saw my car approaching, he along with an accomplice, threw my injured son from the moving vehicle and fled.”

The mother of the victim is still in a state of shock and has not eaten anything since the time of the incident.

Cursing the moment when her son went to the girl’s house, she said: “Why did he fall into the trap of the girl and went to the house? He promised me that he would concentrate on his career and was waiting for a visa to Canada.” SI Amandeep Singh, in charge of the Dugri police chowki, said the police was looking for the the accused.



Project for sterilisation of dogs fails to take off
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 10
The project for the sterilisation of stray dogs in the city, which was to get under way today, has been put on hold for the time being on account of the failure of the Amritsar-based firm, Doggie Lane, to obtain mandatory registration from the Animal Welfare Board of the Central government under the relevant law.

According to officials of the municipal corporation, after securing the contract for the sterilisation of dogs, had given a written undertaking to get the registration before taking the work in hand which was scheduled to commence from today.

The MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, said even though the contract awarded to the firm had not been called off as of now, but in the wake of the proliferating canine population, the civic body was also exploring other avenues for getting the work started without delay.

“We have invited the second lowest bidder to take up the work if the firm so desires. At the same time, the matter is also being taken up with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University to explore the possibility of sterilisation of dogs with the assistance of experts and infrastructure available with it,” he said.

The firm had not only defaulted in obtaining the registration before undertaking the surgical procedure for the sterilisation of dogs, but doubts are also being cast on the experience and infrastructure facilities available with the firm to carry out the task.

“The firm lacked the required number of skilled and qualified veterinary professionals and also did not have the necessary experience in conducting surgical procedures at such a large scale that are needed to sterilise an estimated 20,000 dogs within the municipal limits of the city,” veterinary scientists and animal rights activists have opined.

Confirming that the firm had been instructed not to commence work for the time being, the health officer with the MC, Dr Charanjit Uppal, said the further course of action was being worked out.



PAU convocation: Girls outshine boys
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
It was a “Women's day” at the annual convocation of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) here today as members of the fair sex walked away with maximum honours. Considering the dominant presence of girls in the toppers' list, chief guest Dr MS Swaminathan said: ‘‘We are glad that girls have walked with most medals.’’ The PAU awarded 355 degrees, 64 merit certificates, 12 gold medals, five awards and a plaque during its annual convocation, out of which, majority of these went to girls.

"The large number of female recipients of degrees and awards is an indication that women are the emerging force in India in every field," said the Chancellor.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MSc), Mater of Technology (MTech), Matser of Business Administration (MBA), MBA (agribusiness) degrees were given.

Besides, gold medals, medals and merit certificates were also given to the students as well as to the exceptional staff members.

The medals included Dr Avtar Singh Atwal Gold Medal for 2007-08; Sardar Bahadur Lal Singh Medal for 2008-09; Lala Sri Ram Ji Medal for 2008-09; Dr Gurbaksh Singh Gill Medal for 2008-09; Dr K Kirpal Singh Medal for 2008-09; Sardar Iqbal Singh Dhillon Medal for 2008-09; Dr Sardar Singh Medal for 2008-09; Dr Narinder Singh Randhawa Medal for 2008-09; Dr BR Sharma Medal for 2008-09; Dr GS Sidhu Medal for 2008-09; Shri Puran Anand Adlakha Medal for 2008-09 and Dr PN Thapar Gold Medal for 2008-09.

Cash awards were also given to exceptional staff members for their contribution to teaching. Meritorious Teacher Award for 2008-09 went to Dr DS Dhillon, head, department of extension education.

The award carries a cash award of Rs 5,000, a certificate and a citation. Shri Hans Raj Pahwa Award for 2006 went to professor of horticulture Dr Wasakha Singh Dhillon.

The award carries a cash award of Rs 5,000 and a citation. Harpal Kaur Memorial Award for 2009 went to Dr Sarbjit Singh Bal, director (seeds). The award carries a cash prize of Rs 3,000 and a citation. Award of Plaque for 2008-09 was given to Dr Tarlochan Singh Thind, senior plant pathologist, department of plant pathology.

The award carried a plaque, merit certificate and a citation. Dr Satwant Kaur Memorial Best Extension Worker Award for 2008 went to Dr Gurcharan Singh Romana, extension specialist (SM), FASS, Bathinda. The award carries a cash award of Rs 3,100 and a citation.

Earlier, chief guest Dr Swaminathan, who is also Member of Parliament, was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the Chancellor.



VC comes to rescue

The Vice-Chancellor today saved three students from disappointment, when he passed their names to the announcer, who expressed her helplessness at not being able to find names in the list. Sensing the goof up within a few seconds, the Vice-Chancellor walked to the announcer and gave her the names after reading them from the degrees. The students were happy to receive the degrees.

Happiness all around

All faces at the convocation beamed with happiness when Father of the Green Revolution Dr Swaminathan said he could recognise most of them.

Mentioning the names of Dr GS Khush and former PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khem Singh Gill, the noted scientist said he was getting nostalgic about his association with these scientists.

Wrinkled shame

Amid all the fanfare and efforts that go into making an event a success, the concerned authorities seem to have forgotten to get the robes ironed. The wrinkles on the gowns worn by the chief guest, PAU Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, senators were sure to give Chinese wrinkled dog Shar-pei (of Garnier anti-wrinkle cream fame) a complex.

Queen's English

Horrendous pronunciation of numerous commonly used words by key speakers proved to be a comic relief for audiences.

VCs in-making

Soon after the event, the dignitaries walked out of the hall, a large number of fresh graduates took to stage and occupied the seats where the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and other dignitaries had been seated.

One by one, the "young Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors" got themselves clicked.

Changing colours

The university authorities hung up their glaring mistake on the wall behind the dias, displaying the name of the event.

The otherwise yellow sun in the university seal had been painted orange, perhaps to match the background of the board.



From Schools & Colleges
Jatindera Greenfield School felicitates student
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The management, principal and staff of Jatindera Greenfield School, Gurusar Sudhar, felicitated student Inderjot Singh Gill, who has done the school proud by participating in the Republic Day parade held in New Delhi on January 26, this year. Inderjot is an NCC cadet and participated in the parade along with cadets from other states. Inderjot was among those, who participated in the parade from Punjab. He has also received appreciation from Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Governor Shivraj V. Patil at a function held at Chandigarh. He was also invited to a tea party at the Prime Minister's residence, where he was introduced to dignitaries.

Seminar: The Khalsa Insitutute of Management and Technology for Women conducted a seminar on "skills and technologies for an emerging India" by IL&FS Education in collaboration with Intel. The seminar was conducted under the guidance of Vishal Gaur and Ashish Aggarwal. They discussed in detail, the innovative technology support and affordable training and skill development programmes for learners in different age groups. Dr Vijay Asdhir (director), faculty and students of KIMT attended the seminar.

Job Fair: Synetic Business School today organised a job fair on its campus in Ramgarh. Seventeen companies from manufacturing, insurance, banking, IT and hospitality sector participated in the fair. Over 500 students from arts, commerce, IT, science, and management streams appeared for interviews. Students from the Government College for Boys; Arya College for Boys and Girls; AS College, Khanna; Kamla Lothia College and Guru Nanak Girls' College participated in the fair.

Placements: As many as 30 students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, were selected by various MNCs and banks at the job fair held at SBS, Ramgarh. Placement coordinator Prof TS Arneja said the officials of various banks and companies were impressed with the performance of the students during the selection process. College principal Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi and Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary of the college governing body congratulated the students. 



Paddy still not lifted from Khamano Mandi
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, February 10
Despite Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s order to lift the paddy from grain markets in Khamano and Sanghol in two days during his visit to Ranwan on January 27, the paddy is still lying in these mandis.

A delegation of commission agents met the Chief Minister and told him about paddy lying in the mandis even after about three months of purchase. The Chief Minister had directed the Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, to order purchase agencies to lift the paddy, but even after 13 days, the paddy is still lying.

About 11,000 bags of commission agent Ikbal Singh Bali, who is a member of the District Grievances Committee, are lying in the Mandi.

According to sources, the affected commission agents have issued notice to MDs and DMs of purchase agencies regarding payment and lifting of purchased paddy.

They alleged that their paddy was purchased till November 11 last year, but the officials concerned failed to lift the paddy and they were not given payment. They had also written to Chief Minister, Food and Supply Minister, secretary food and other officials concerned that they would not be responsible for any loss.

They have also demanded immediate payment of the paddy, along with the interest (18 per cent per annum).

From local market committee 17,000 bags of paddy of warehouse purchase agency 5,400 bags of PUNSUP agency are lying in the Khamano Grain Market and 10,000 bags of warehouse are still lying in the Sanghol Grain Market, the sources added.

DFSC, Fatehgarh Sahib, said he was trying to solve the problem, but there was no DM of warehouse because last DM was suspended, as he was unable to settle the issue and new DM was yet to be deputed.



Strike by PSEB employees
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 10
Offices of the PSEB wore a deserted look as clerical and technical cadres of the board observed a strike here today against wage anomalies and policies of privatisation. Power supply remained largely unaffected, but residents had to face inconvenience as the rectification of faults took hours and the cash counters were closed. The suvidha centre in the zonal office of the PSEB was also closed during the day.

While trade union functionaries claimed that the strike was total and only the contractual staff was present in some offices, PSEB officials stated that 84.2 per cent of the total staff strength of 5,983 in the central zone was on strike while 108 employees were on leave.

“The power supply to the city and suburban areas in the central zone, and essential services were maintained with skeleton staff. In the absence of technical staff, complaints of consumers could not be attended to, but there was no major disruption in power supply anywhere,” informed Pradeep Gupta, senior executive engineer and spokesperson for the board here.

According to Kewal Singh Banwait, vice-president of the PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), the call for strike was given by the trade unions in protest against anomalies in the report of the wage formulation committee and proposed privatisation of the PSEB.

The employees held gate rallies at divisional offices of the board across the city.



‘Money Order Videsh’ in city soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The much-awaited scheme of the Department of Posts - Money Order Videsh - will start in the city soon. Offering international cash-to-cash and cash-to-account transfers, the scheme promises special remittances for students studying abroad.

‘Money Order Videsh’ is similar to the money order scheme. Under the scheme, customers can make payments to their relatives living in other countries and also receive remittances from foreign countries at a local post office.

The scheme will also be beneficial for students studying abroad. Payment up to Rs 50,000 could be received in cash and amounts above that will be paid through cheques or credited in the account with the maximum limit up to Rs 1 lakh. A person can avail the scheme 12 times in a year.

Amritpal Singh, a city resident, said the scheme would be helpful to those whose family members are living abroad. “Instead of using the money transfer services, sending the money through post offices will be a better option. But the post office needs to execute the scheme well and make sure that all the payments reach their destinations on time," he said.

Sources in the postal department revealed that employees at the head post office, Bharat Nagar, have already received training in software for the scheme, which is expected to be operational this month.

“This kind of money transfer is not even offered in commercial banks. The scheme will be beneficial to students studying abroad and our relatives living abroad can also send us money easily,” said Satinder Singh, a city resident.



Industrialists meet DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The meeting of the single window clearance committee of the industries was held here today under the chairmanship of the DC, Vikas Garg. Several issues pertaining to the industry were raised, including small-scale industry and auto parts, etc.

Badish K Jindal, chairman of the Punjab chapter of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India, said the main issue of the industry was the refund of VAT. The industry said 75 per cent of VAT refund should be given at the time of the submission of bond by the applicant while the remaining could be given after filing the forms.

The industry was resentful of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) which showed that no work or files were pending with them.

“PPCB officials do not even accept our cases so their reports had to be nil. They just reject our files. From now on, the rejected cases would be brought to the notice of the DC,” he stated.

The industrialists also expressed concern over the poor condition of roads at Focal Point. “The DC told us that tenders had been floated and a viable solution would come about soon,” an industrialist added.



SAD-BJP government is trader friendly: Ratti
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 10
“The SAD-BJP alliance government is both people friendly as well as trader friendly” said Narottam Dev Ratti, chairman, Punjab Traders Board, who was here along with vice -chairman Madan Lal Bagga, to preside over the meeting of workers of the Akali-BJP Beopar Mandal that was held here last evening.

Bagga appointed a local trader Lalit Goyal, the state secretary of the Beopar Mandal, whereas, Yashpal Goyal, Krishan Singla and Kewal Krishan were selected for the district committee of the Beopar Mandal.

Coming down heavily over the anti-people and anti traders-police of the UPA government, Ratti said the scarcity of foodgrains that had led to price rise was a stage -managed event of the central government. He said the authorities were not answering as to why 40,000-metric tonne pulses was left to rot at Calcutta port and was not fixing the responsibility of this damage. He said the delay of further 1lakh metric tonne of pulses in the open market on one pretext or other clearly showed the Central government was intentionally allowing the rise in price and blaming the state governments for this. He further said during the NDA regime, the prices did not rise even during the draught-like situation and now when the states had a bumper crop, the prices were rising. Interestingly, the farmers were not benefiting from this price rice as major chunk of the profit was going to big traders.

Talking to The Tribune, Bagga said the state government was reducing VAT on pulses from 4 per cent to 1 per cent. All the formalities had been completed and the formal announcement was pending. On the issue of enhanced taxes in the state he said the government was planning to reduce the taxes on the essential commodities and the tax on luxury goods would remain hiked.

Apaar Singh and Raj Kumar Bhalla, however expressed dissent with the Beopar Mandal as the organisation did not support the agitation of commission agents. They said the government left no stone unturned to put a partition among the relationship of farmers and commission agents. They said the green revolution was bought in Punjab by the farmers but commission agents played a vital role in it as finance was given to farmers from the commission agents.

In the meeting the BJP local leadership was seen virtually shaken as the Beopar Mandal was an outfit of the SAD and all four members included in it belonged to BJP. Dr Shristi Garg, Dr Rajinder Sharma, Raj Verma and Baldev Kishan Telu were seen raising the issue before Ratti and Bagga accusing them of wooing the BJP workers after taking them in isolation from the meeting.

On the other hand, Bagga dismissing the allegation said they were giving suitable representation to the BJP in this cell and moreover, they never made any difference within the workers of the SAD-BJP alliance.



Govt ruining state economy: Congress
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 10
Former president of the District Congress Committee and chairman of the Punjab Housefed Krishan Kumar Bawa yesterday made scathing attacks on the SAD-BJP government, charging it with wreaking havoc on the state economy through wrong policies and indifferent approach towards the core issues.

Addressing a party workers’ meeting at Shimlapuri here, organised by Praveen Sharma, ward president and Rajinder Rajan, youth leader, he said the ruling combine had failed to fulfil its poll promises. “There is no power to run the industries. Migrant labour has fled after mob violence, creating an acute shortage of skilled and unskilled workers. A large number of industrial units have either shifted to other states or are in the process of doing so with the government closing its eyes to the stark reality."

Chiding the senior government functionaries for making tall claims and making castles in the air, he said the law and order situation was deteriorating with the each passing day. Rather than addressing the problems of the people, the government had chosen to silence the agitating and protesting sections with repressive measures. “The self-immolation and subsequent death of an agitating EGS teacher, Kiranjit Kaur, is a glaring example of the worst kind of governance in the state and failure of the government on all fronts,” he said.

The Congress leader said member of Lok Sabha from Ludhiana Manish Tewari was making efforts to bring a number of development projects for the mega city from the Centre but the state government was not extending desired cooperation and many of the projects were stalled for non-availability of the state's share of funds. He made a special mention of the youth icon of the party Rahul Gandhi for his mass mobilisation of the youth all across the country and his endeavour to reach out to the poorest of the poor.



Vet varsity scientist honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Prof AK Jain, senior buffalo breeder of GADVASU, was felicitated by the Indian Society for Buffalo Development at the International Buffalo Conference held at the National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), New Delhi.

Director general of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research Dr S Ayyappan conferred the award on Dr Jain in recognition of his contribution to research and development of buffaloes.

Dr Jain is principal investigator of two research projects on the improvement of Murrah breed of buffaloes and is associated with the dairy farm of the university since 1974. GADVASU buffalo herd has been ranked best among the 15 centres of the buffalo improvement project located in different parts of the country and financed by ICAR, New Delhi.

GADVASU herd has produced buffaloes yielding more than 23kg in one day and more than 4,500 kg milk in 300 days of milking. The GADVASU Dairy Farm supplies breeding bulls and semen of high genetic worth to farmers for the improvement of the productivity of buffaloes in the state.

Management practices like design of new sheds, management of buffaloes in summer, protocols for anoestrous and repeat breeding buffaloes, mechanisation of dairy farm like machine milking and cooling of milk, preservation of green fodder as silage for feeding to animals in scarcity months has been adopted by dairy farmers.



CIPHET director awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
CIPHET director Dr RT Patil was awarded with the Eminent Engineer Award of Institution Engineers India during the 23rd National Convention of Agricultural Engineers organised by the Maharashtra State Centre of Institution of Engineers held at Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri, on February 6.

The award has been conferred on him for his eminence and contribution to engineering.

Dr Patil also delivered a keynote on mechanisation of post-harvest sector- problems and prospects. The Maharastra State Centre of Institution of Engineers recognised that during the tenure of Dr Patil as director of the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, the institution has accelerated the pace of post-harvest research manifolds and also guided many novel post-harvest technologies developed by CIPHET scientists.



PU zonal competition on teaching aids
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 10
The inter-college competition of Ludhiana Zone of Punjab University, Chandigarh, was held at the GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd. Students from 13 colleges in the zone presented their skills in teaching practices and teaching aids.

The competition was presided over by Suresh Arora, fellow, Punjab University, and Baljit Kaur Gill, principal. Students displayed their models besides competing for best handwriting on blackboard, sketching, painting, salad making, dishes etc.


Teaching practices

Science teaching: 1. Manmeet Kaur of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 2. Shivani Saggar of Malwa College of Education, Ludhiana, 3. Gurpreet Kaur of DD Jain Girls College Of Education, Ludhiana.

Maths teaching: 1. Anita Sharma of Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, 2. Shupinder Pal Kaur of Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, 3. Bawleen Kaur of Doraha College of Education, Doraha.

Economics teaching: 1. Priyanka Sehgal of Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, 2. Sukhpreet Kaur of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 3. Pooja Chhabra of Shilpa Kaura of DD Jain Girls College Of Education, Ludhiana.

Quiz (commerce): 1. Shilpa Kaura of DD Jain Girls College Of Education, Ludhiana, 2. Navpreet Kaur of Malwa College of Education, Ludhiana, Ritu Dheer of GHG Harparkash College of Education forWomen, Sidhwan Khurd.


Teaching Aids

Science teaching: 1. Karishma Bhardwaj of AS College of Education, Khanna, 2. Ravneet Kaur of DD Jain Girls College Of Education, Ludhiana, 3. Ruchi Bhatia of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd.

Maths teaching: 1. Pooja Saini of Malwa College of Education, Ludhiana, 2. Sarabjit Singh of Bhutta College of Education, Bhutta, 3. Kuljit Kaur of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd.

Economics teaching: 1. Meenu of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 2. Manju Gautam of AS College of Education, Khanna 3. Jartej Singh of Bhutta College of Education, Bhutta.

Quiz (commerce): 1. Guneet Nagpal of Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, 2. Jandeep Kaur of Doraha College of Education, Doraha 3. Sonika Rani of Gobindgarh College of Education, Khanna.

The overall trophy of Blackboard writing and sketching was won by SDS College of Education, Lopon, whereas, the overall trophy for painting competition was won by the Bhutta College of Education, Bhutta. The trophy of home science was won by BCM College of Education, Ludhiana.



Trends in entrepreneurship discussed
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 10
A panel discussion on “Emerging Trends of Entrepreneurship” was organised for MBA and BBA students at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology here today. Various industrialists and educationists of the region participated. Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, Japvir Singh, director, Doraha Group of Institutes, and Dr RK Lekhi, director of the institute, welcomed the guests.

Keynote address was given by Dr RK Lekhi, highlighting different aspects of entrepreneurship. He set the ball rolling by listing various sub-themes open for discussion.

Kular gave an insight into the ancient history and origin of entrepreneurship in India. Amandeep Singh Gill, who is also the founder member of Turbanites Club, said if some one felt strongly about something then it must be done with conviction.

Amanpreet Singh focused upon a coherent Internet strategy for small businesses. He also highlighted the problem of power shortage faced by Punjab industrialists.

Importance and problems of women entrepreneurs was also highlighted by Mandeep. Sudarshan Sharma said the need of the hour was to encourage growth entrepreneurs for country’s growth.



Faculty development programme at PIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 10
Punjab Institute of Management Technology organised a faculty development programme on research methodology here today. Former Punjabi Agricultural University MBA department head Dr SK Singla was the guest speaker.

Dr Singla explained and illustrated the use of different research methodologies applied to finance, marketing and human resource areas of management. Dr Singla touched theoretical and practical aspects of research methodologies. The session was interactive and beneficial in the development of research aptitude among the faculty members. PIMT director Dr AS Joshi graced the occasion.



Play on stress in students’ life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Manojigyasa, a society of psychology students of Government College for Women, organised a function in the college here today. RK Aulakh, college principal was the chief guest. The highlight was a play: "Distress- A Mess" written, directed and enacted by Subah, Priya, Malika, Payal, Karuna, Manjot, Yoshita, Sania and Silvy.

The play brought forward the problem of increasing stress in student's life and how psychology could help.

With increasing pressure and expectations, the mental pressure is increasing on students. The aspirations of the parents are putting the student's life in a fix these days.

Subha Sharma was declared the best actress. A psychology quiz was also organised in which team consisting of Aanchal, Ramneek, Upneet stood first. To add colour to the function, a dance on a medley of songs on the theme of student's life was also presented by Meenu, Priyanka and others. Meenu received the best dancer's award.



IT surveys yield Rs 1.85 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The income tax department swooped down on various establishments for evading tax in the city and Mandi Gobindgarh during the past 24 hours. A team consisting of nearly 100 officials from all over the state was in the city last evening.

They left at around 6 am for Mandi Gobindgarh. The surveys were held on the directions of RK Goyal, director of income tax. In Ludhiana, the surveys were conducted on four establishments. The firms, premises and residences of three groups from Mandi Gobindgarh were the target. Surveys were conducted at Madho Steel Group, Gian Sariya and RK Steels. The team conducted raids on nearly 18 premises of these three groups and the surveys were continuing till the filing of this report.

The residential and commercial property was also taken into account by the team. Jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees was recovered from bank lockers and incrementing documents were seized. Besides, godowns of the firms were also sealed. Income worth several crores is suspected to be unearthed.

Last evening, Rs 1.85 crore was surrendered during the surveys held at the four firms in the city. A survey was held at Ved Brothers near the railway station and Rs 40 lakh was surrendered by the firm. Another survey was held at Baldev Electrical at Books Market and Rs 50 lakh was surrendered. A survey at Chhabra Wine Group at Field Gunj yielded Rs 45 lakh. In addition to this, Rs 50 lakh was surrendered by Kapila Lyallpuriyan di Hatti on Gokul road.



Small-town women eager to take up jobs in cities
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Shedding their inhibitions to work in cities far removed from their homes, girls and even married women from smaller towns more than matched the enthusiasm of their male counterparts at the state ‘rozgar mela’ (job fair) organised for students and graduates of industrial training institutes by state technical education ministry.

Hundreds of hopefuls submitted their applications against available vacancies at the event, held at the Industrial Training Institute, Gill Road. Addressing the students Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram said the government proposed to set up nine new industrial training institutes in Punjab and upgrade the existing eleven ITIs in the Kandi area.

However, what was more interesting was the fact that dozens of married women showed up at the job fair expressing their eagerness to work in government, semi government and private concerns.

Satpal Kaur, who studied textile designing at an ITI in Zeera in Ferozepur district and got married in 2007, showed up at the event with her one-year-old son. "My husband, who is in the army, has been away from home for months. So I want to grab the opportunity to have a career for myself."

Jasbir Kaur, an ITI graduate from Nawanshahr, credited her in-laws for extending support to take up a job outside her hometown. "I’m teaching tailoring at a local school but I want to take up a job in an industrial concern," she said.

A group of girls from ITI, Phagwara hovered around the stall of a private placement agency, unable to resist the temptation to get an update for working in call centers in Chandigarh and Delhi. They stated they had been taking special courses in "English Speaking" to improve their communication skills, a must for those working in a call center.

M. Singh, an ITI teacher, termed the job fair as a ‘maha kumbh’ for ITI graduates which he said would motivate them to work harder.



Hunt for Punjab’s beautiful face
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Beauty hunt "Fem De Sohney Sohney Mukhde" will be launched for Punjab state. The pageant is being organised to discover Punjab's beautiful and fair face. The contest will be conducted across five cities- Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Patiala and Jalandhar.

The winner will get a chance to appear on television. Brand head, Fem, Medha Mohan said the beauty contest would be held across five cities through both beauty parlours and high streets.

The shortlisted candidates would be invited for a city finale and the three finalists from each city would vie for the coveted title at a grand finale to be held in Chandigarh on March 7, said Mohan.



Rozgar Mela
Appointment letters given to seven ITI students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
With an aim to provide employment to the passouts of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), the Punjab Ministry for Technical Education organised a state-level "rozgar mela" today at ITI Gill Road, Ludhiana. Chaudhary Swarna Ram, the Punjab Minister for Technical Education handed over appointment letters to seven ITI students.

Hundreds of students from the government and private industrial training institutes submitted applications against job vacancies, which had been displayed on the stalls of the respective industries.

The industries had put up a number of vacancies for technical experts, including mechanics, welders, foremen on the banners put up at their respective stalls.

More than 30 industries from Ludhiana and the adjoining areas partaking in the job fair will provide employment to 5,000 ITI students.

Ram during his inaugural address said, "Ludhiana being an industrial town has more opportunities for the students of industrial training institutes. On the other hand, the industries here will get trained hands, who are better equipped in terms of technical knowledge," the minister said.

The minister also announced that the government had sanctioned an amount of Rs 75 crore for the industrial training institutes and an additional grant of Rs 40 crore for the polytechnic institutes.

Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary for Technical Education said that keeping in mind the need to provide best technical training to the students, 30 ITI s will soon be declared as centres of excellence. He also lauded the role of industrialists Mahesh Munjal, Onkar Singh Pahwa , SS Bhogal in making the rozgar mela a success.



Order to attach property of SSP’s office
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 10
The local court has attached the office and office premises of the SSP in an order passed here today. Manjit Singh, an employee of the Punjab Police, had filed a case against the Government of Punjab through the SSP, Khanna, challenging the order of his dismissal from service passed on February 4, 1994.

The court of the then Civil Judge, BK Bhatia, passed an order in 1999, reinstating Manjit Singh’s services along with seniority and continuity in service, besides arrears and allowances.

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana as well as the Supreme Court had confirmed the order. However, despite the decision being in favour of Manjit Singh, he has not been paid a single penny by the government to date and the arrears of his emoluments have shot up to lakhs of rupees.

His counsel added that the government had not even fixed Manjit’s seniority, which had further added to his woes as his junior employees were working at higher ranks and were drawing more salary than him.

Aggrieved with the attitude of the government, Manjit Singh moved the court at Khanna again and filed a petition to get the order passed in his favour executed. During the course of the proceedings, the court ordered the attachment of the office and the official premises of the SSP.



Power board told to give connection to tenant
Our Correspondent
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, Feburary 10
The permanent lok adalat has ordered the Punjab State Electricity Board to release a new electric connection to tenant Mayank Mehra and Subashyank Mehra of M/s Roshan Sweets, Kailash Chowk, Ludhiana.

The orders were passed by the chairman of the permanent lok adalat SukhDarshan Singh Khaira and members RS Khokhar, Nand Lal.

The controversy had arisen after the disconnection of the electric connection on the ground of non-payment of bills in time.

The complainants had submitted that they were tenant in the property. Initially, the shop was rented out to their grandfather Roshan Lal in 1959, who had died. Thereafter, their father ran the shop but he also died in 2008.

Due to financial crunch, they could not pay the electricity bills. Even the shop was closed. But they again opened the shop and made the payment of outstanding dues Rs 8,566 thorough Rajinder Kumar, agent of the landlord. But the connection was not restored.

The PSEB officials pleaded that no doubt amount was deposited but the signatures on the application for restoration of connection were not of Rajinder Kumar.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the permanent lok adalat held that instead of indulging in the controversy, the PSEB should provide fresh connection to the tenant, as he was entitled for the same.

The amount deposited by them be also adjusted in new connection.



Rotary team moved by Punjabi hospitality
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 10
Michelle Renee Austin, Michael A Hayoun and Michael V Lurilli, members of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange team from New Jersey, lead by S Patel, were so impressed by the elements of rich cultural heritage of Punjab that they chose to be called by their Punjabi names suggested by the host families during their stay in Punjab.

Mohini, Mohinder Singh, Mohinder Dara Singh and Samajh Dar Singh are the names they wish to retain even when they return to their native land.

Diligence and faithfulness, supplemented with their way of expressing respect to the elders, has been described as the key to prosperity of the Indians in general and the Punjabis in particular.

“We do not know which magic wand our hosts had. While love and affection came out to be the most penetrating tool to conquer others’ heart, their way of showing respect and worshiping parents like God seems to be key to success of our hosts whom we will never forget,” said Michelle Renee Austin, a real estate manager from New Jersey.

Claiming that she had studied lifestyle of members of at least 50 ethnic groups living in her native area, Austin maintained that Punjabis were unmatchable when it came to question of entertaining their guests.

“Distinct from the any other community, they will reschedule their routine whenever a guest visits their house. It was beyond our expectation that all the members of their families not only presented a unique hospitality but also accepted us as their own members,” said Austin.

S Patel, leader of the team, said more and more exchange teams and researchers were attracted to Punjab as it provided a chance of learning and imbibing elements of rich cultural heritage. Being a border state, it showed assimilation of elements of culture of neighbouring countries too.

“We had never expected that we would have a glimpse of people of another country (Pakistan). Display by Indian and Pakistani jawans at Wagha border during the retreat ceremony was memorable,” acknowledged Patel.



Athletics meet at Doraha Public School
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 10
Doraha Public School organised its second annual athletic meet today. Dr Neeru Katyal Gupta, SDM, Payal, inaugurated the meet by unfurling the flag. The athletic meet began with the march past of the students of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi House. The students of classes I to IV displayed their skills by performing drill with dumbbells and laziums. class VIII boys displayed ‘gatka.

The students participated in a series of events like 400m, 200m, long jump, shot put, discus throw etc. Besides recreational races like sack race, skipping race, double frog race, slow cycling, wheel and barrow and three-legged race were also organised.

The march past and tug of war were also adjudged.

Dr Tarlok Singh Sandhu, chief guest, distributed prizes to winners. Sandhu has represented India in Moscow Olympics in basketball. On this occasion, the newly built basketball ball court was also inaugurated. The students presented patriotic song, folk song, giddha and bhangra.

In the senior section, Inderpreet Kaur and Harpreet Singh were declared the best athletes among girls and boys respectively. In the junior section, Avneet Kaur and Rahat Pandey were the best athletes. Sutlej House bagged the trophy for the best march past and the trophy for the best house (overall) was bagged by Ravi House. The chief guest congratulated the students for their effort and success.

The results of various events organised in the meet are as follows:

100m race (boys) Harpreet Singh-1, Piyush-2, Manpreet -3

100m race (girls) Inderpreet Kaur-1, Arshdeep Kaur-2, Tanima-3

400m race (boys) Piyush-1, Sushi-2, Ankit -3

Long jump (girls)-Harmilan Kaur-1.Avneet Kaur-2, Kawalpreet Kaur-3

Shot put (girls) Simarpreet Kaur-1, Jaspal Kaur-2, Avneet Kaur-3

Ballon race (girls) Tavleen Kaur-1, Sukhleen Kaur-2, Sanjula-3

Double frog race (boys) Arshdeep and Ekamjot-1, Anmoldeep Singh and Rajeev-2, Gurmukh Singh and Nipun Shelly-3

Skippig race (boys) Sajol Belwal-1, Gurveer Singh-2, Jasman Gill-3

50m race (girls) Jasmilan-1, Rashmeet-2, Harmehar Kaur-3

Chati race (girls) Jaspal Kaur-1, Shivreet-2, Inderpreet Kalsi-3

In junior section, the Beas House won the tug-of-war contest while in the senior category, Ravi House was the winner.



Sports Meet
Nainy adjudged best athlete
Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 10
Nainy Bala, student of BA (I) was adjudged the best athlete in the annual sports meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, which concluded here yesterday. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, was the chief guest.

Dhanda emphasised that sports was the field where girls could learn goal setting, strategic thinking and pursuit of excellence in performance, besides, career oriented approach.

Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, college principal, read out the annual report highlighting achievements by the college girls at the national and international level tournaments.


100m race: 1st Nainy Bala, 2nd Rajni Bala and 3rd Amanpreet Kaur

Obstacle race: 1st Harpreet Kaur, 2nd Deepika Saini and 3rd Kavita Rani

Sack race: 1st Nainy, 2nd Kirti and 3rd Sonam

Staff race: 1st Ritu, 2nd Jasdeep Kaur and 3rd Gurpreet Kaur.



Sacred Heart honours students of martial arts
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 10
Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, organised a prize distribution function here, today. School principal Sister Pavitra and vice-principal Sister Paulin gave away the prizes to tiny tots of the school for their proficiency in martial arts.

The certificates were received from the Indian Martial Arts Association .The students belonged to the junior category.

The principal apart from giving the certificates congratulated them for putting in their best efforts and the teachers in charge as well for enabling them to gain proficiency in this art, which is the need of the hour. She also expressed that more and more students should be motivated to learn this skill, which when practised made one more bold, energetic and perfect.



Annual sports meet at dental college
Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 10
The team of BDS (III year) students prevailed over the team of IV year students by 1-0 in football match on the first day of the annual sports meet of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital, Chandigarh road, here today.

A large number of students are taking part in different sports. Besides fun games, creative skills in art and craft activities like rangoli-making, flower arrangement, poster-making, face painting competition, mehandi cake icing and soap carving were highlight of the day.

Baba Jaswant Singh, chairman of the college, declared the meet open. He said sports inculcate the qualities such as spirit of discipline, obedience and self-restrain.

"On play ground, one learns about cooperation, team work, sense of duty and determination," he added.

Vice-chairman, Kirpal Singh said the competitors were vying for Sardar Jawala Singh Memorial Trophy. All the position holders will be given prizes and certificates, said the vice-chairman.

In tug-of-war, interns' team overpowered teaching staff team and in carom (boys), Gagan (intern) came out triumphant, followed by Aseem (III year) and in the girl's section, Ridhi of (II year) emerged winner, while Shilpa (intern) finished runner up.

In chess (boys), Bhavneet (intern) proved too good for Amitoz (III year). In mehandi competition, Navjot Simmi, Sonali and Parul secured first, second and third position, respectively.

Piara Singh, managing director of the college, along with trustee Dalbir Singh, Dr Veena Kataria, Dr (Col) Rana VK, principal, Dr DS Kalsi, vice-principal, Dr Vivek Saggar, in charge-sports committee, Dr Parminder Singh, Dr Naveen Oberoi and senior faculty members were also present.



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