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Infighting takes it toll
First time in 46 yrs, winners not handed over trophy
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Kila Raipur, February 21
A 46-year-old tradition went for a toss, when the winners of Bhagwant Memorial Hockey Trophy were not handed over the gold cup today, thanks to infighting and subsequent splitting up of the Grewal Sports Association.

The winners, Hockey Club Dhudike, were handed over a cash amount and not the customary gold cup, moulded out of 1 kg gold. They became the first unfortunate team in 46 years for not having been given the trophy.

The gold cup, worth Rs 18 lakh as per the current gold rates, was instituted in the memory of hockey player, Bhagwant Singh after his death in 1964. His father, Prahlad Singh of Narangwal village, had donated 100 tolas of gold so that the trophy could be instituted in his late son’s name.

Since then the cup was handed over to the winners every year. But, this time it remained in the locker as the rules say that at least three office-bearers of the association could take it out.

As this time only one-officer bearer, Gurpinder Singh Grewal had organised the event, he could not take it out of the locker single handedly. So they had to just handover a cash amount to the winners.

The winning team-Hockey Club Dhudike- said they really felt bad that they could not take a picture of their being handed over the trophy. ‘‘It would have been a great honour for us. But what can be done now,’’ said a player expressing displeasure.

He said still they would be happy that they were the winners of prestigious Kila Raipur hockey.

The organiser, Gurpinder Singh, had been claiming that the gold cup was just a showpiece and it was not given to a team to be taken away.

It was just for clicking a picture with the winning team. Later it was kept in the bank locker again for a year.

Earlier the organisers had decided to get a replica of the cup prepared but as it involved an expense of Rs 18 lakh they decided to use their resources for organising the games properly.


‘Tatkal’ Ticket Bungling
2 rly booking clerks, in charge suspended
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 21
In a raid conducted by officials from divisional headquarters of the Northern Railway at the reservation complex here on Saturday, two reservations clerks and in charge of the reservation centre were placed under suspension for gross financial irregularities and alleged manipulations in the booking of “tatkal” tickets for the day.

In the wake of increasing complaints about “benami” booking of “tatkal” tickets by the railway staff, which were later passed on to railway reservation agents on a hefty premium, a team led by assistant divisional commercial manager of the Northern Railway Tarlok Singh conducted on the spot check of the reservation counters as soon as the work commenced this morning.

The team found the cash short by Rs 1400 with a reservation clerk Harpreet Kaur while another clerk Parvesh Kumar was found to be in possession of a “tatkal” ticket. Another journey-cum-reservation ticket was also found in the drawer of the clerk, which he claimed, had been made at the request of one of his colleagues. However, he was not able to substantiate his claim.

On the basis of the findings of the inspection team, the divisional officials have placed the two clerks and in charge of the reservation centre Ramesh Kumar Bedi under suspension and departmental inquiry has been ordered against them.

Senior divisional commercial manager Dharmendra Kumar said there were complaints about the malpractice in booking of “tatkal” tickets by the reservation staff, who appeared to be hand in gloves with a few railway reservation agencies. As the “tatkal” tickets, which are limited in number for each station, were exhausted in a matter of few minutes after the booking opened in the morning, the net result was that the reservation agencies were making a fast buck while the genuine passengers were left in the lurch.

In a stern warning to the railway employees, the official said strict vigil would be maintained on the working of the staff deployed for reservation and sale of journey tickets, and any one found to be committing any irregularity would not be spared.

Meanwhile, the activists of Railway Employees Union made a vain bid to mount pressure on the inspection team, alleging the employees were being victimised. Quite a few trade union leaders thronged the railway rest house in an attempt to create ruckus and save their colleagues from disciplinary action. But the raiding team gave them a slip and submitted a detailed report to their superiors, who took no time to initiate action against the erring staff.



Act of Sacrilege
Christians stage protest, demand action
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
Up in arms over the act of sacrilege and torching of a church in Batala by miscreants on Saturday, a large numbers of Christians staged an angry protest at the Jagraon bridge here today. They demanded immediate action against the miscreant and steps to inculcate a sense of security among the minorities.

Led by activists of the Christian United Federation, which claims to represent 146 churches in the region, the protesters lambasted the administration as well as the state government for failure to take timely action to avert acts of mob violence and burning of a church.

Pastor Joseph K, Pastor Waris Masih, Pastor K Koshi and president of the CUF Albert Dua served an ultimatum to the government to bring the guilty persons to book and ensure safety and security of the minorities in the state without any further delay. “In case the authorities failed to take action, the Christians will offer themselves for sacrifice following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ,” they added.

John Masih, Samsung Dogar, Augustin Das and P Sunil were also present during the protest demonstration.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly Sat Pal Gosain has taken strong exception to objectionable poster of Jesus Christ and consequent acts of violence in Batala.

In a statement issued here today, he said he was deeply hurt at the reprehensible act that had led to communal tension. Calling upon the government to deal firmly with those behind the mischief, he also made an appeal to the Christians and their religious bodies to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state.



Migrant beaten to death
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, February 21
A 20-year-old migrant succumbed to his injuries after he was brutally beaten up by his neighbour, who did not like the youth’s advances towards his wife.

Anil Kumar, a resident of Kishore Nagar in division No. 7, breathed his last at a private hospital in the wee hours today. He was brutally beaten up by Mangal Singh, a cable operator of Adarsh Nagar and his aide Noga Singh, last night.

The duo had allegedly called him to their house after finishing day’s work. As soon as Anil, who worked with a water filter unit, entered they confronted him and asked him to stay away from their house. Anil allegedly refused to listen and even challenged them.

This angered the duo. They in a fit of rage brutally thrashed him. Anil, who was not very well built, fell unconscious. Both then took him to a hospital. There he breathed his last in the small hours today. The police has registered a case against Mangal and Noga under Section 304 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, a pal of gloom descended in Anil’s house. The victim was unmarried and has two younger brothers. He was residing in the city for the past 10 years.

The police has arrested Mangal, while the other accused is absconding.



Scuffle turns ugly
Man fires at younger brother
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ravinder SinghLudhiana, February 21
A scuffle over the financial matters turned ugly when an enraged brother allegedly shot his younger brother in the neck in the Dugri Phase- I area here today.

The victim has been identified as Ravinder Singh (32), who sustained a bullet injury, which was being fired from an air rifle amidst the scuffle. The bullet pierced the neck and got stuck in the lower jaw.

Ravinder was rushed to the civil hospital where he would be operated upon by the team of surgeons.

The incident took place this morning when victim Ravinder went to his elder brother’s house and demanded Rs 4 lakh, which the latter had borrowed from him a few months ago.

According to the parents, both brothers entered into a heated argument. Meanwhile, Gurvinder took out his air riffle and trained the weapon at the victim.

Prabhjot Kaur, wife of Ravinder, said her husband pounced at his brother to snatch the weapon and this resulted in an accidental fire.

Amandeep Singh, in charge, Dugri police post, has begun the investigation. Gurvinder is absconding following the incident. Family sources said the victim might not lodge the complaint against his brother due to family pressure.



Master Plan
Traders urge govt to revoke notification
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The Small-Scale Industrialists and Traders Association is up in arms against the state government for its notification on the master plan, which has declared the “industrial” areas of the city as “residential” ones. The association members have urged the government to revoke the notification and areas be designated as industrial as more than 7,000 industrial units were being run in these areas for the past several decades.

Gurwant Singh, general secretary of the association, said prior to the master plan, objections were forwarded to the city town planner within a stipulated time frame. “The objections are on records but we were never taken into confidence before declaring the entire Shimlapuri and New Janta Nagar areas as residential. We feel that the file has never been opened by the authorities concerned”, added Gurwant Singh. He added that a delegation of traders/industrialists had met Hira Singh Gabria and Satpal Gossain over the issue but to no avail.

The members rued that in these “residential” areas, 99 per cent of the industry was being run for the past two to three decades. These industries were not pollution the air or water body either. Ramesh Rattan, chairman of the association, said industrial buildings/shops etc were not constructed in a day in Shimlapuri/New Janta Nagar. “If they had intentions to declare the area as residential, why did they allow us to go ahead with our construction? We have spent lakhs and crores of rupees on buildings/infrastructure etc, why didn’t authorities raise objections then?” asked Rattan.

He further added that the traders should unite in this regard. “If this becomes residential then beauty parlours, cloth merchants, karyana stores, sewing and embroidery etc will also not be allowed to operate. The government needs to revoke the orders for the interest of the industry”, Rattan added.



Traffic Management
Despite orders, cops lack will to perform
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
It seems that juniors of the newly appointed Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh are not giving a toss about his assurance to effectively manage the city traffic.

An example of it was witnessed on the Pakhowal road near Hero Bakery. As soon as the traffic lights went off due to the power cut, traffic emerging from all sides was found stranded.

While the commuters were irked, the cops posted in the area turned up after quite a long time. Rohit Kapoor, who was among those stranded, said, “Everything has a limit? These cops don’t mind sipping tea o n the roadside. They are being paid by the government to help public, but they are least bothered. Staff-crunch that these people always complain of has nothing to do with their duty. If this is the way they work, traffic management should be handed over to private companies.”

Likewise, Rajesh Sharma, who, too, was stuck in the jam, said, “This is a routine affair. Traffic cops know about the timings of power cuts and prior arrangements should have been made. But nobody bothers. Every newly joined bureaucrat makes big promises, but at least they should try to keep a word.”

Coming to the Bharat Nagar Chowk where the police officials, including traffic cops, were found imparting traffic lessons to the people vanished yesterday.

People hardly followed the traffic rules. Vehicles were being parked on zebra crossings, while the cop on duty was found to be talking to somebody on his mobile call.

Even a private bus skipped a red light, but cops hardly bothered to stop it.

If this were the way police commissioner’s orders are being implemented, when would things improve in the city?



Phishing cases on rise
People lured by phone calls, SMSes promising attractive gifts, prize money

Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Samrala/Khamano, February 21
Cases of cheating through mobile phones, SMSes and unsolicited e-mails are on the rise in Khanna and the adjoining Khamano areas in the past few months.

People are falling prey to fake phone calls and e-mails claiming to distribute fortune of a millionaire, congratulating people of hitting a jackpot and inviting people to purchase a gold brick at a low price. Officials at various police stations and the CIA branch of the Khanna police are investigating, but have failed to crack these cases due to lack of evidence.

“Some residents of Khanna had recently lodged a complaint with us, wherein they claimed that an unknown caller had announced a prize. The caller demanded Rs 5,000 and then Rs 7,000 in lieu of the prize, ie a luxury car,” said an official of the CIA in Khanna.

He said the complainants recharged coupons of Dish TV from various outlets of Khanna and the adjoining areas. Some of them were told to destroy return slips, but one or two of them managed to save it and produce them before the police. These slips may work as evidence or clue, said the police.

Another resident of Samrala fell prey to an SMS recently that he had won a BMW car. He was directed to purchase a recharge coupon of Rs 5,000 to get the car. After spending Rs 5,000, the sender of the SMS again called the victim and directed him to purchase more recharge coupons of Rs 7,000 and next time they demanded Rs 10,000. He was even told not to share the prize with anyone, including his family members. He realised his mistake after spending Rs 12,000 and lodged a complaint with the police.

The police said most of the cell phones had code numbers of Dubai or Pakistan. A resident of Samrala, Gaurav Bajaj, said he, too, received similar e-mails and SMS alerts. He said the cheaters sent e-mails, SMS alerts and made phone calls in bulks to thousands of people and a few of them got caught in the net.

Senior police officials had urged people to ignore all such phone calls, SMS alerts and e-mails.



Targeted for drive against social evils
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
Spreading awareness against female foeticide and drug addiction has turned out to be a risky affair for Harbans Singh Brahampuri.

After an assault six months back, he is now allegedly being threatened by supporters of some drug peddlers and organisers of ultrasound scan centres.

Ludhiana rural SP(D) Gurpreet Singh Toor has directed the Latala police chowki in charge to file a report after investigating the matter.

Refuting the allegations levelled against him and his supporters, former sarpanch Ranjit Singh has claimed the complaint to be politically motivated.

In a communication addressed to the authorities, including the Chief Minister and the Ludhiana rural SSP, Brahampuri has accused Ranjit of trying to stop him from spreading awareness against female foeticide and drug addiction.

Maintaining that he has been attacked by Ranjit and his supporters a number of times, Brahampuri has alleged that Ranjit has abused him on the basis of his caste.

Despite repeated requests, the Latala police has not initiated any action against the suspects so far.

Disappointed at the inaction on the part of the police, Brahampuri has regretted that he has been suffering for supporting a movement launched by the Ludhiana rural SSP.

“What pains me the most is that low-rank officials are helping supporters of drug peddlers while we are trying to facilitate and support a movement launched by their boss against anti-social elements,” says Brahampuri.

He has now urged the higher authorities to provide him security so that he can continue his fight against social evils in the future.

He has been spreading awareness against social evils through educative songs and poems for the past two decades.

Though he does not get regular financial help from any organisation, a few officials, including heads of educational institutions, have been supporting him.



XEN hit by auto-rickshaw
To be operated upon today

Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Municipal Corporation XEN (O&M cell) Manjit Singh was hit on rear by an auto here on Saturday night while he was inspecting work of sewer near the Jalandhar bypass. He was rushed to the DMC Hospital in critical condition. He would be operated upon twice tomorrow.

According to information, the XEN along with SDO Nacchatar Singh were returning from Jalandhar after attending a wedding when the mishap took place. “It was between 10.30pm and 11 pm when we saw labourers laying sewer in the A-zone. I along with the SDO got down from the car to see what was happening. While Nacchatar was standing in front, I moved just a few steps backward when an auto hit me. The auto driver seemed to be drunk as the vehicle was he was unable to control it,” said Manjit Singh, while talking to The Tribune. He has been admitted to the ICU of DMC Hospital. He added that the auto driver tried to flee from the site, but the labourers managed to catch hold of him. Meanwhile, Nacchatar Singh rushed him to the hospital.

Eyewitnesses revealed, “The auto driver seemed to be under the influence of liquor from the way he was talking and reacting. It was not intentional, but just happened.”

Area SHO Daljit Singh said, “No case has been registered as both parties reached a compromise.”

Wishing him quick recovery, Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha said, “XEN Manjit Singh is a competent officer and we expect him to get well soon and join his work at the earliest. He is one of the honest officers we have in the civic body and I pray for his good health.” He added that officers like Manjit Singh were the ones on whose goodwill the corporation was standing.

Dr Ravinder Pal, attending XEN Manjit Singh, said: “He is responding well to the treatment.”



State of health in rural areas - I
Essential medicines are not available here
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The non-availability of essential medicines at primary health centres and subsidiary health centres in villages across the district has rendered poor and needy patients helpless, leaving them with no option but to fall back on quacks and chemists.

Medicines for routine ailments like common cold, stomach disorder, chest congestion, fungal infections and upper respiratory tract infection are not available at primary health centres, mini-primary health centres and subsidiary health centres.

These centres have been functioning without analgesics, diuretics, antibiotics, anti-allergics, anti-hypertensives and other essential medicines.

Even the National AIDS Control Programme has taken a backseat at these centres as the mandatory kits for reproductive tract infection and sexually transmitted infections are missing at the centres.

The only supply that health centres and village dispensaries have been getting is of iron syrups and folic acid, which is supplied under the National Rural Health Mission.

This correspondent, during a recent visit to the primary health centre in Mullanpur, Chowkiman and Bopa Rai, found that a majority of the essential medicines were missing at the centres.

Doctors used to prescribe medicines and the patients were asked to buy those from the nearest chemist.

Said Sudha, coming out of PHC in Chownkiman village, “I had severe fever and chest congestion, but the medicine was not available at the hospital and the doctor asked me buy the medicine from outside.”

Some primary health centres, in the absence of medicines, had become ‘sick units’, where the number of outdoor patients had become almost zero.

The primary health centre at Bopa Rai Kalan had not been getting supply of medicines for the past one decade.

The trust formed in the name of Sant Sunder Singhji Bhinderwale had started giving a monthly supply of essential medicines to the centre.

To be continued



Schools stop underage driving
Cite Police Commissioner, who denies passing orders

Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Confusion prevails among the local school authorities whether curbing underage driving is on the agenda of the Police Commissioner.

While all city schools allow their students to bring motorised vehicles on the campus, some have now directed their students to stop driving, claiming that Ludhiana Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh has passed orders in this regard.

When contacted, the Police Commissioner denied having passed any such directions even as the school authorities stuck to their decision.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, the principal of a school at the BRS Nagar said, “We have directions from the traffic police to ban students from bringing motorised vehicles to the school. The ban has not gone down well with students and their parents. They do not understand that we are doing this for children’s safety.”

She refused to disclose the names of police officials who had passed the order.

The move of the schools evoked strong criticism from parents of schoolchildren.

“The school authorities are harassing the students in the name of the ban. Even those who are above 16 are not being allowed to bring their gearless vehicles to school. My son is a student of Class XI and has a learner’s driving licence, in spite of which the school authorities have refused to let him drive to school,” alleged Harbhajan Singh.

Mickey, a Class XI student, said, “We understand the school authorities’ concern. They are doing this for our welfare, but they should use their discretion while barring those who are eligible. Their failure to do so is causing a lot of inconvenience to us.”



Poor results of govt schools
Dept wants to analyse failure
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
Concerned over the poor results of government schools in board exams, the administration has started an organised process to analyse reasons behind the tendency.

The National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR) has been asked to conduct a study on causes and remedies of the deteriorating standard of education in these schools.

Persistent poor results of board classes, including Classes V, VIII, X and XII, seems to have awakened the authorities. For the first time, an organised study to know the causes of poor performance of students has been started. The study, to be conducted by the NIAR, Mussoorie, has been planned under annual work plan of the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan Authority, Punjab.

Sources in the department revealed that teams of investigators of the research institute would be interacting with students, teachers and parents to collect data on various aspects of education in elementary and senior secondary schools being run by the state government. It is yet to be decided whether the study would be extended to private institutes or not.

The rank and file in the department has been directed to extend cooperation to the visiting teams. “It is especially written to you all that field investigators from the NIAR, Mussoorie, should be extended full cooperation and necessary information be provided,” reads a communication addressed to all DEOs (elementary and secondary).

Office-bearers of teachers’ unions, led by Sikandar Singh Jartoli, state president, Government School Teachers’ Union, however, termed the move as a “window dressing” and an insult to the government teachers.

“When it is clear that the situation has arisen due to the persistent deputation of teachers on the non-teaching duties and acute staff shortage, why should the administration waste time and energy on such vague exercise. It is an insult to those teachers who have put in all energy to save the system from collapsing,” said Jartoli, maintaining that the government should fill all vacancies before conducting any study.



PAU Notes
Session on production of pulses today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The department of plant breeding and genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, in collaboration with the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Institute of Pulses Research and Development, is organising a one-day brainstorming session on challenges, prospects and strategies to enhance the pulse production in North India tomorrow.

Scientists from agricultural universities of North India as well as the Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, will participate in the session.

Dr JS Kolar, member, PAU Board of Management, will be the chief guest. Dr JS Sandhu, president of the local chapter, said the session was important in the present context as the prices of pulses were skyrocketing due to their low availability.

Cultivation of pulses in the present scenario in Punjab was also important, keeping in view of the sustainability of the cropping system, he added.

Flower show

Punjab Agricultural University will organise a flower show dedicated to flower lover Dr MS Randhawa on February 25 and 26.

Giving details, Dr Ramesh Kumar, head, department of floriculture and landscaping, said the flower show would be held near the examination hall of the PAU and would be inaugurated by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU.

He said the event would be organised by the department of floriculture and landscaping in collaboration with the estate organisation and the department of family resource management in which flower lovers, including schoolchildren, college students, institutes, corporations, amateurs, gardeners could participate.

Entry forms and brochures would be available at the registration counter of the flower show, said Dr Kumar, chairman of the flower show committee.

The programme would have an exhibition of flower arrangements (fresh and dry), competition for cut flowers, flower ornaments, flowers grown in pots, competition for cacti, succulents, foliage, perennial flowering plants in pots, bonsai and competition of plants to be given as gifts, he said.

For details, contact: DrRamesh Kumar (98148-02495), Parminder Singh (98766-15237) or BM Bhardwaj (94176-07196).



From Schools & Colleges
Radiance-2010: Students showcase talent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Radiance-2010, a cultural and academic extravaganza, was held at the Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology for Women here yesterday. Students from different institutions showcased their skills and talent with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Fashion flora

The campus of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, dazzled with myriad hues as the annual fashion event - Fashion Flora ’10 - was celebrated here yesterday.

The event witnessed the amalgamation of talent and beauty. Students of the department of fashion design sashayed the ramp with pride in self-designed dresses. The colourful range of dresses included formal, informal, bridal and ethnic wears that were showcased in two sessions, wherein the first session included six rounds and second session consisted of 30 rounds.

Chief guest Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, zila parishad, appreciated the efforts of the students and encouraged the institution to organise such events that give an opportunity to young minds to explore their innovative capabilities.

Judges of the day were Dr Kavita Marriya, former principal of Government Home Science College, Chandigarh, Dr Kanwaljeet Brar, associate professor, department of clothing and textile, College of Home Science, PAU, Ludhiana, Sangeeta Dewan, lecturer, department of clothing and textiles, Government Home Science College, Chandigarh, Manmeet Sodia, director, Ivanna Institute of Fashion Designing, Kokila Bhandari, head, NIFD, Ludhiana, and Surinder Singh Bedi, director, Small-Scale Industry.

Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal made a reference to the amount of labour put in by the students and faculty of the fashion design department to make this event possible. Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, applauded the brilliance and excellence of talent shown by the students in their collection.

Students take test

The training and placement cell and the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) students’ chapter organised a computer adaptive test held for its BBA and BCA final year students.

Representatives from Aspiring Minds conducted the test in two batches. This test had English comprehension, logical ability quantitative ability and personality assessment test. Over 110 students appeared in the test.


The UGC has approved an inter-disciplinary research project on “Effect of frustration and hostility on mental health of adolescents” and has provided an aid of Rs 1.2 lakh to Dr Aditi Satija from the department of psychology.

The UGC has also granted an aid for two national seminars for the college. The first has been granted to Harveen Kaur, department of sociology, on “Aggression and Violence in Youth: A Psychological Perspective of Reasons and Remedies” with a sum of Rs 1 lakh.

The other has been given to Parminder Kaur, department of computer science, for research in “e-commerce: Issues and Challenges”, with a sum of Rs 80,000. College principal Dr Narinder Kaur Thind congratulated the achievers.

Annual day

A colourful cultural bonanza was presented by students of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School, Narangwal, here today during their annual day celebrations at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.

The event, Srishti-Satrangi, was a theme-based one-hour function in which over 400 students participated. They depicted the creation of the universe and man and how the five senses of the body make life beautiful but need to be balanced by controlling emotions with the help of the mind.

The students also showcased the transformation of man into a demon if allowed to be entangled in the web of the five vices.

The students gave out a strong message that in order to avoid the vengeance of nature, it was imperative that man learnt to balance his life and worked towards peace.

Guest of honour Prof Ved Prakash, vice-chairman, UGC, New Delhi, and DIG Dr Sharad S Chauhan, were impressed with the beautifully synchronised presentations of the students.



Educators vow to update skills, infrastructure
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
The Bhutta group of educational and technological institutes has vowed to update skills and infrastructure in accordance with the changing demands of students in view of the affects of globalisation.

This oath was taken in response to a call given by experts during the concluding session of a seminar organised at the Bhutta College of Education yesterday.

Claiming that the globalisation had affected education, experts called upon teachers and management committees of educational institutes of the region to update skills and infrastructure keeping in mind the changing needs of their students.

In her concluding remarks, college principal Manpreet Kaur Bhullar appreciated the keynote speakers for highlighting various avenues.

The teacher-taught relationship, the preservation and improvement of the environment, the work culture at educational institutes and the impact of information and communication technology were elaborated upon during the seminar.

Teachers and students of various educational institutes presented papers. Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest.

Former higher and technical education minister Jagdish Singh Garcha presided over the function. Dr VK Sharma and Sonu Grewal proposed the vote of thanks.



Lecture on better living
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
An extension lecture on “How to become a better human” was delivered at the Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, by Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Dashmesh Canadian Sikh Society.

He also gave in-depth information on the secrets of success in life.

He said as per the teachings of Gurbani, a good way of living brought success in life.

He gave appreciation medals to students who answered the questions correctly.

He said all persons should live a simple life.

The members of managing committee and principal Dr Paramjit Kaur were also present.



Dry run to rent liquor vends fizzles out
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The move initiated by the excise and taxation department to rent out liquor vends seems to have fizzled out. Ludhiana had been adopted as a model city for starting the system on a trial basis. Had it been a success here, other cities in Punjab would have followed suit.

The department was to give 233 shops on rent for the next financial year, but it received only 150 applications, of which only 50 were valid.

Though the last date for submitting applications had been extended to January 25, it had failed to deliver. The shops were to be given on rent for one year.

Keeping in view the problems faced by new liquor vendors, the department had thought of starting this procedure and invited applications for giving shops on rent. When contacted, DETC Parampal Singh said the plan to give liquor vends on rent had fails to catch up in the city.

“Of the applications we received, only 50 complied with all requirements. We would continue with the old method,” he said.

“We thought of starting this system as some new vendors were having problems. We thought that this system would help those who were new to the trade,” he added.



Conduct mock drills in factories: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Following spurt in fire incidents in industrial units across the city, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg met officials of the department and discussed modes to curb such incidents.

Garg directed factory owners to conduct mock drills on their premises once a month and sensitise the workers about the fire safety measures. He said the industrial units using high quantity of LPG, ammonia gas, chlorine and other inflammable products should adopt proper fire safety measures. He said strict action would be taken against industrialists found violating the directions.

He added that fire fighters, the health department and the police should take prompt action in case fire breaks out so that loss of life and property could be checked.



43 needy couples tie the knot
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
Guru Nanak Charitable Trust, Glasgow, UK, has helped 43 downtrodden and poor couples to tie the knot. A mass marriage programme was organised by the trust at Cheemna village, near here. The marriages were solemnised as per Sikh traditions at the local gurudwara.

A number of donors, including Gurdial Singh Dhillon, Paramjit Singh, Harbhajan Singh Brar, Apaar Singh, Anup Singh, Harjinder Singh Grewal and Iqbal Singh, were present.

A common kitchen was organised for the visitors and the families. This was the fifth mass marriage programme organised by the trust.

Utensils and items of daily use worth over Rs 75,000 were given to the newlyweds, besides watches and gold ornaments.



Now, get auto loans without collateral
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
It’s a dream come true for prospective auto drivers in the city as Punjab National Bank has floated an ambitious scheme for providing unsecured loans for purchasing LPG-run auto-rickshaws.

The bank will finance up to 85 per cent of the vehicle’s cost without asking for any collateral in the form of property or a third party guarantee.

PNB senior manager BB Goyal said: “To start the loan scheme, the bank’s circle head GS Chohan handed over the keys of 10 auto-rickshaws to applicants. They have become the proud owners of this vehicle that has been tested on Delhi roads, too. The autos have been financed by the bank’s Salem Tabri branch. This initiative will provide employment to numerous jobless youths in Punjab.”

Chohan said many other branches of the bank would also finance autos under the scheme soon.



Youth killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
A youth of Agwar Ladhai was killed yesterday when his motorcycle was hit by a tractor-trolley at Kothe Pona village, near here. Bhola Singh, father of the victim, said his 30-year-old son Sonu, alias Waheguru, was going on his motorcycle (PB10CB-7319) last evening when he was hit by a tractor-trolley.

The driver of the tractor-trolley fled from the spot and his son died on the spot due to excessive bleeding.

The Jagraon police registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC. No arrest had been made so far.



Manisha, Arvinder shine in athletics meet
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
Manisha and Arvinder Jit emerged fastest runners at annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Group of Educational Institutes, Gopalpur, which concluded at college premises yesterday. Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman of the educational trust, presided over the concluding function.

While exhorting the students to fulfil the expectations of their parents and teachers, Dr Walia said sports had become an inseparable part of curriculum at all levels. “Though bookish knowledge can enable a student to get a degree, elements of sports prepare him for practical aspects of life,” claimed Walia.

Dr Iqbal Singh Walia, general secretary, assured the authorities that the management committee would try to provide facilities needed for the promotion of sports and extra-curricular activities.

The organisers felicitated winners in various events. Over two hundred students from Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute, GN College of Education and GN College of Law participated in various events.

Results: Pallavi and Varun won badminton (singles). Doubles in the event were won by Shilpa- Pallavi and Sachin- Varun pairs.

Table Tennis (double) was won by Varun Vector- Harpal and Mohammad - Bharat teams.

Other results: 100m (women): 1 Manisha, 2 Meenakshi; 100m (men): 1 Arvinder Jit, 2 Amit Saini, 3 Rohit Kumar; 200m (women): 1 Manisha, 2 Meenakshi, 3 Kuldeep Kaur; 200m (men): 1 Pardeep Singh, 2 Amit Saini, 3 Jatinder; Three-legged race (men): 1 Shubham Gupta and Pushpinder, 2 Ravinder and Balwinder, 3 Vivek and Sangam; Three-legged race (women): 1 Manisha and Madhurima, 2 Meenakshi and Madhurima, 3 Jaspreet and Navdeep.



Tewari for promotion of kabbadi
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
The member of parliament and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari, today laid stress on the need for promoting kabaddi in the state. He said, kabaddi was originally the game of Punjab, but unfortunately none of the state governments had done enough to promote the sport till date.

Speaking after the award distribution ceremony of the fifteenth kabaddi championship held in Jodhan village organised by Baba Sahib Singh Bedi Sports Club, Tewari said it was very important to promote sports.

He said sportspersons were always loved and looked upon with respect and admiration. Hence, it was necessary they set high examples for others to emulate.

Tewari said besides the promotion of sports, sportspersons could also help in effectively combating the curse of drug addiction that was threatening the very foundations of the society. He promised his full assurance for promoting the sport and announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the club for the promotion of the game. Local MLA Jassi Khangura also announced Rs 21,000 for the promotion of kabbadi.



Harmit, Hardeep adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 21
The two-day 39th annual athletics meet of GTB National College, Dakha, concluded yesterday. Lieut Col Jaswant Singh, former Olympian, presided over function. Harmit Singh of M A II nd year (History) and Hardeep Kaur of BA IIIrd year were adjudged best athletes.

Earlier, Kuljit Singh Bhatthal, an alumnus of the college, was the chief guest of the inaugural function. He donated Rs 50,000 for the development of sports in the college.

Results: Boys: 200mts- Gurpreet Singh 1st, Rajinder Singh 2nd and Harjeet Singh 3rd. 400mts - Harmeet Singh 1st, Guru Dutt 2nd and Harjeet Singh 3rd. Shot put-Balwinder Singh 1st, Gurdeep Singh 2nd and Kanwaljit Singh 3rd. Discus throw-Karmjit Singh 1st, Kamaljit Singh 2nd and Parminder Singh 3rd. 800mts-Guru Dutt 1st, Jatinderpal Singh 2nd and Gurminder Singh 3rd. 100mts-Gurpreet Singh 1st, Harmeet Singh 2nd and Rajinder Singh 3rd. Girls: 200mts-Hardeep Kaur 1st, Gurpreet Kaur 2nd and Sandeep Kaur 3rd. Shot put- Gunpreet Kaur 1st, Navdeep Kaur 2nd and Sandeep Kaur 3rd. 100mts and 400mts -Hardeep Kaur 1st, Amandeep Kaur 2nd and Pawandeep Kaur 3rd. High jump-Gunpreet Kaur 1st, Inderjeet Kaur 2nd and Harbir Kaur



Kila Raipur Games
Tug-of-war turns ugly
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Kila Raipur, February 21
The tug-of-war event took an unpleasant turn here today when both teams accused the other of fielding outsiders. The incident took place when Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was addressing the gathering. He was praising organisers and said he liked the tug-of-war event.

During his speech, both teams entered into an argument and raised allegations against their opponents. It was mandatory to field players representing the village team.

The organisers tried to resolve the issue and told both teams to start the match as Badal was keenly observing the controversy.

In the mean time, the Moga team alleged that some NRIs had been included in the Jalandhar team.

Soon Badal decided to leave the venue. The dejected organisers told both teams to leave the venue.



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