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PSEB Class XII results
115 from city out of 350 make it to state merit list
Well done Ludhiana!
* Girls make a clean sweep in merit list n Most top ranks taken away by humanities students
* Merit list dominated by private school students
* Doraha girl tops science stream in state
* No student from vocational stream makes it to top 10
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Jaspreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, has topped in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII science stream in the state with 93.3 per cent marks. Overall, in the combined result of Class XII, Jaspreet has stood second in the state.

In humanities, the city students claimed the second and third spots in the state, while in commerce, the third spot has been grabbed by a local girl.

Ruby Mishra and Nikhit Jha of BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, have stood second and third, respectively, in the state in the humanities stream. Ruby, with 93.4 per cent marks, is the overall third position holder in the state while Nikhit is at rank four overall.

The merit list of the Class XII board examination, held in April this year, was released at Chandigarh this evening. Out of the total 350 students in the merit list, 115 are from the city.

The Punjab School Education Board will declare the rest of results today. These can be accessed at www.pseb.ac.in


Success didn’t come easy to this driver’s daughter
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
“If one believes in oneself nothing is impossible,” exclaims 17-year-old Ruby Mishra, who has done the city proud by ranking third in the state in the PSEB Class XII exams. A student of BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, she has emerged second in the state in the humanities stream and first in the city.

Daughter of a driver, Ruby has seen her family undergoing many hardships in educating her and her two elder siblings. "But my parents never gave up - they continued to fight against all odds and made sure to provide the best schooling to us," she remarked, recalling the times when she felt she would have to give up her studies for lack of funds.

"However, my school principal, Mehta, has been very supportive throughout. He not only inspired me to study hard but also helped me by waiving my school fees so that I could continue to study further," said Ruby.

Proud of his daughter's achievement, Ruby's father, Om Prakash, said, "I always wanted my kids to study hard and be successful. There were financial constraints but my wife and I made sure never to let a cash crunch cast its ugly shadow on the children”. He said he would support all three of his children in whatever decision they make in their lives.

Ruby's mother, Kusum, could just smile at her little girl's big achievement with tears of happiness and pride flooding her eyes.

Throughout a topper in her school, Ruby loves music, be it listening to popular Bollywood numbers or singing. A keen painter, the multi-talented girl loves to pour her heart out on the canvas. "Painting gives me immense pleasure and peace as I’m able to express my deepest emotions with the help of a brush," she says.

"I want to become a renowned fashion designer and dress Bollywood actors and actresses," said Ruby, whose inspiration is Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra.

"I love to wear stylish clothes but lack of money never allowed me to do so. I want to become a good fashion designer so that I can design as well as wear fancy clothes like actresses," said Ruby.



Narrow escape for 26 as school bus catches fire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
A major tragedy was averted after a school bus ferrying 26 students caught fire after coming in contact with an overhead low- tension wires at Kali Sarak near Jodhewal Basti here today.

The incident took place at around 11.45 am when the school bus belonging to Shree Shalig Ram Jain Public School near the Jalandhar bypass was taking children back home after the school.

According to Ashok Mohan, an eyewitness, the bus came in contact with the low-tension wire while crossing a street.

As the bus went further huge sparks started emerging on its roof. In no time the bus caught fire. This terrified the children who started screaming.

Fortunately, it was lunchtime in the majority of the factory units located in the vicinity and there was huge presence of workers on the street when the incident took place. The factory workers helped in evacuating the children out of the bus.

The students were rushed to their respective houses in a private vehicle. The news of the school bus catching fire spread like wildfire and panicked parents rushed to the spot to look for their wards.

“The tragedy could have been catastrophic had the current passed through the bus,” said Mandeep Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Basti, who, too, looked visibly shaken.

He said the police would take action against school bus driver Ashok and the power corporation for negligence.

The house located on the corner of the street also came in contact with the flames, but the resident took prompt action and immediately doused the fire.

“These wires were hanging loose following squall that hit the city two days ago. The dangling wire is a threat for commuters. Residents of the colony have even lodged a complaint in this regard with the electricity department, but the employees were seeking bribe to fix the snag,” said Ashok Mohan.

Good Samaritans

Owners of Amit hosiery showed exemplary courage and helped the bus driver in dousing the fire. They gave 30 fire extinguishers to douse the fire. They also gave shelter to the schoolchildren and informed their parents about the incident. The factory workers were able to douse the fire even before the fire fighters could reach the spot. An innocent girl was oblivious of the fact that he had just escaped certain death a few minutes ago. Eight-year-old Isha Goel, a student of Class III, who travelling in the same bus, returned with her uncle to look for her books. “She was carrying profusely as all her books had got burnt and now her teacher would punish her. She forced me to visit the spot once again so that we could find some books but all have been destroyed in the fire,” said Tarsem Lal, her uncle. 

Sitting on powder keg

With loose overhead low- tension wires virtually touching the road, the residents of the Kali Sarak are virtually sitting on powder keg, waiting to explode any moment. There is a gas godown just 10 meters away where the bus caught fire. Police sources said a few days ago some sheds had also caught fire due to overhead low- tension wires

Driver, school to blame

School may also land in trouble for violating magisterial orders, as it remained open even after the deputy magistrate’s order for closing all schools due to the heat wave. The orders came in effect from May 24. Pawan Kumar Jain, president of the school, said they had declared holidays for the nursery students. The resident said they had warned the driver not to take the bus from the street due to the dangling low- tension wires. But he refused to listen to them and despite repeated warnings put the life of 26 students at risk



School bus mishap
Powercom shrugs off responsibility, attributes it to squall
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 31
It was touch and go for 26 students of Shri Salig Ram Jain Public School here, who along with a driver and an attendant had a miraculous escape after the bus banged into an overhead low tension cables and caught fire this afternoon.

“This freak accident took place due to the dust storm, rain and the high-velocity winds that hit the city on Thursday and Friday. The storm wreaked havoc on the transmission and distribution network all over the city. Almost half the feeders and quite a few transformers have been affected due to this,” said Pradeep Gupta, senior executive engineer, city (West) division.

Ruling out any kind of negligence on the part of operations and maintenance staff of the Powercom of the subdivision concerned, he said the overhead HT/LT composite cable had slackened after a shed fell on the supporting electric pole, which was uprooted. “But then, the bus driver ought to have seen the electric cables and exercised necessary caution while entering the narrow (18-foot wide) street to drop the schoolchildren.

The Powercom official said the power supply to the area where the mishap occurred was immediately cut off and emergency maintenance work being carried out after isolating the transformer feeding the locality.

According to Gupta, the technical staff has been working overtime during the past couple of days to restore normalcy, carry out repair of snapped cables and damaged transformers besides attending to individual complaints. “The task becomes all the more taxing in the wake of huge shortage of technical staff. Once we are through with the repair and maintenance work necessitated due to vagaries of weather, we shall deal with the routine maintenance work to check recurrence of such mishaps.”



Sale of residential plots
GLADA nets Rs 17.09 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 31
The offer for the sale of 26 freehold residential plots in Sectors 38 and 39 in the Urban Estate on the Chandigarh road through open auction by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) here today evoked a huge response as 24 plots were sold for Rs 17.09 crore as against the reserve price of Rs 11.59 crore with an overall increase of 47.45 per cent.

GLADA had put, in all, 26 plots of various dimensions-100 to 500 square yards, on the block for sale through open auction at a reserve price of Rs 18,775 per square yard.

“The highest bid for a plot went up to Rs 38,500 per square yard-an increase of 105 per cent- while the lowest price commanded by the sold properties stood at Rs 22,000 per square yard,” said Indu Malhotra, GLADA’s additional chief administrator, who conducted the auction along with estate officer Jeet Ram and superintending engineer RK Sharma.

At least 100 prospective buyers attended the auction proceedings, each of them having paid Rs 50,000 as the eligibility fee for offering bids. The successful bidders were made to pay 10 per cent of the total cost of plot on the spot. Another 15 per cent of the bid amount has to be deposited within 30 days of the auction while balance 75 per cent can either be paid in lump sum within 60 days of the auction with a rebate of 5 per cent, or else through six half-yearly installments at 12 per cent interest.

The response to the auction of residential plots in the colony being developed by GLADA on the Chandigarh road was in stark contrast to sale of commercial properties through public auction last week when just a single shop out of eight SCOs and 20 single storied shops on offer at the Old Jail road here, could be sold by PUDA.



Hookah joints spreading tobacco habit among youth
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Cancer prevention steps

Dr Pardeep Kumar Sharma, a specialist in surgery of mouth, face and jaws at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana stated the initial stages in oral cancers could be managed better. Five-year survival rates and overall prognosis in initial stage cancers in much better than in late stage cancers. “Comprehensive cancer prevention, screening and detection programme, followed by treatment of advanced oral cancers in the form of surgery or radiotherapy, is the most palliative remedy”, he said.

“Prevention of oral cancer should be taken up under the national cancer control programme. Involvement of oral health or primary healthcare personal with relevant training in oral health in early diagnosis and treatment would be the right step to prevent oral cancer”, Sharma said.

Ludhiana, May 31
The ‘hookah culture’ being popularised in the city’s restaurants and coffee shops appears to have increased the habit of smoking tobacco among teenagers, thereby exposing them to a three times bigger risk of heart diseases. School going boys and girls belonging to affluent families, who have become regular visitors at ‘hookah joints’, begin with puffing different essences and then gradually switch over to nicotine/tobacco hookahs.

Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist at the Hero DMC Heart Institute, observed tobacco chewing and smoking among teenagers is steadily on the rise. "The city’s hookah joints are a legalized form of substance abuse, playing havoc with the health of youngsters. The administration should take stern action against these joints," he averred.

In its recent survey the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle (GGSSC), an NGO combating tobacco addiction in Punjab, pointed out 70 per cent of school going children are addicted to tobacco chewing and smoking.

In a complete paradox, despite the Supreme Court’s directions law enforcing agencies have done little to remove vends stocking cigarettes and ‘gutka’ (a preparation of betel nuts and tobacco designed to be chewed) within a radius of a hundreds yards of educational institutions.

Said Darshan Singh, project director at GGSSC’s Ass Kiran deaddiction centre: "The habit of tobacco smoking and chewing is spreading fast among college girls also, with already 10 per cent of them becoming tobacco addicts. The government should intensify its deaddiction campaign before it’s too late”.

People who begin smoking and chewing tobacco at an early age are more susceptible to lung cancer, peptic ulcer, coronary diseases and strokes as has been established in clinical studies conducted on patients below 40 years of age.

While speaking on the hazards of pipe and ‘beedi’ smoking, experts stated the habit introduces one additional factor - direct heat - as people smoked ‘beedis’ or pipes at a particular angle and place in the mouth and the direct heat became a very potent factor in causing cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is also associated with oral and cervical cancers.



A day of crime
1 hurt as old enmity turned bloody
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Old enmity turned bloody after an armed assailant opened fire and critically injured a person at Aman Nagar in Salem Tabri here today. Ashok Sidhu (32), the victim, who resides at Piru Bandha colony, sustained bullet injury in his ribs and was rushed to DMC hospital. His condition is stated to be critical.

The incident took place at around 1pm in Aman Nagar street No.4

When the assailant identified as Inderjit Singh arrived along with his accomplice on a motorbike and fired a shot at Ashok.

The bullet pierced the victim’s ribs. Ashok ran for cover and hid in the house of his friend Kala.

Inderjit chased and entered Kala’s house. Meanwhile, the residents surrounded the assailant and started pelting stone at him. Inderjit opened fire and fled away from the spot. Fortunately, the bullets did not hit any of the residents.

Ashok was later rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case and launched a massive manhunt to nab the accused. According to the police, it was a case of old enmity.

A few criminal cases are pending against the victim and the assailant.



Cash, valuables worth Rs 9 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Thieves struck at a house in Ashok Nagar, near Salem Tabri area, today and decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 9 lakh. The incident came to light early in the morning when Rajinder Kumar, a neighbour, saw the locks of the house belonging to Balraj Gogna broken and informed him about the incident.

Gogna, a retired PSEB junior engineer, was visiting his relatives in Hoshiarpur.

He said he recently sold a property and kept nearly Rs 7 lakh in a safe in his house along with jewellery.

According to Rajinder Kumar, Gogna handed over the keys to him before leaving the house.

“As Balraj is my distant relative, he gave me the keys of the house and told me to regularly visit the home in his absence. At 8 am today when I opened the main gate of the house, I was shocked to see that two doors leading towards the dining room and bedroom were open and the whole house was ransacked,” said Rajinder Kumar, who subsequently raised the alarm and informed the police and Balraj about the incident.

According to the police, the thieves might have struck the house during mid-night. The cops have not ruled out the involvement of an insider behind the theft.

“The thieves were fully aware that the cash was kept in the house. They did not waste time and targeted the doors leading towards the iron safe where the cash was kept,” said the investigating officer.

However, the fingerprint experts and dog squad failed to find any clue about the thieves.



Four held for prostitution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Taking stringent steps against prostitution in the city, the police arrested three women, including two sisters, and a pimp for running a brothel in LIG quarters, near Tibba Road, here yesterday.

The accused have been identified as Jyotika (21), Jotna (19), both sisters and their friend Sunita, while the pimp has been identified as Sandeep.

The police had received several complaints from residents about the alleged activities of the occupants of quarters. Following complaints, the police laid a trap and arrested the four.



Paddy Plantation
Don’t flout orders, farmers told
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 31
In spite of banning of plantation of seedlings of paddy before May 10 and transplant of paddy seedlings (paniri) by June 10 by the Punjab government and the agriculture department, the farmers have started defying the orders with cases of transplant of paddy being reported from villages away from main roads.

Dr Yadwinder Singh Chhina, chief agriculture officer (COA), Ludhiana, said the decision had been taken to save the depleting groundwater level.

He said some cases of seedling plantation had come to their notice but these were destroyed.

The direct cultivation of paddy crop was also banned till June 1.

Dr Amandeep Singh, and Dr Parkash Singh, agriculture development officers, said the ruling was effective throughout the state.

They said it was better for farmers and their crops if they followed the instructions. In case of violation, strict action would be taken against the offender under the Punjab Preservation of Sub-Soil Water Act, 2009.

He said there was a provision of Rs 10,000 fine on the offender besides the cost incurred on destruction of the crop.

He said the Act was formulated to save the depleting groundwater level because of excess exploitation for irrigation purposes.

Dr Chhina said if the crop was planted before the due date, the consumption of water was extraordinarily high, whereas after the due date there was a high probability of monsoon approaching and taking care of a major part of irrigation.

This, he added, was economically viable for farmers too. He said the department was active in implementing the instructions in this regard.



Miscreants flee with 300 bags of rice
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 31
A gang of miscreants, at least 10 in number, allegedly took away a truckload of rice bags from the premises of Vishnu Luxmi Rice Mill at Maherna village, near here, this morning after injuring and tying the two watchmen on duty.

A joint team of the Raikot police station and CIA, Jagraon, led by Waryam Singh and Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, has started investigation into the case after registering an FIR against unidentified persons under Sections 458 and 380 of the IPC.

According to Ravi Gupta, partner of the firm, the gang members allegedly took away 300 bags of rice in a truck owned by the firm around 2 am.

Hanif Khan and Rakesh Kumar, watchmen at the sheller, were allegedly beaten up and tied by the miscreants before their escape with the booty.

The owners of the sheller had loaded 180 bags of rice each on to two trucks for shifting to godowns of a procurement agency at Kilaraipur last night.

As milling had been stopped a few days ago, there were no labourers at the sheller. Though the miscreants were unarmed, they took hold of wooden logs from the premises and overpowered the watchmen before they could raise the alarm.

They then shifted 120 bags from one truck to th other and left with the stolen commodity.



Gas Pipeline
Farmer unions urge people to join rally
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 31
A joint meeting of Kirti Kisan Sabha Punjab, Kranti Kari Dihati Mazdoor Sabha Punjab, Lok Hitoo Front Punjab, Anti-GAIL (India) Limited Gas Pipeline Action Committee was organised here today.

The members urged people to attend the anti-GAIL “Sangram Rally” at Moga on June 7.

Lakhwinder Singh, secretary, Kirti Kisan Sabha Punjab, highlighted the anti-farmer and anti-agriculture workers policies of the state government.

He demanded the re-tracking of the unbundled PSEB, ownership rights to cultivators, concrete steps to check price rise, strengthening of the public-distribution system and 10 marla plots for workers, etc.

Pawan Kumar Kaushal of the Kranti Kari Dehati Mazdoor Sabha Punjab opposed the forceful acquisition of farmers’ agricultural land against the decision of the Supreme Court for the purpose of laying of gas pipeline by GAIL (India) Ltd. from Bhawna Dadri to Doraha, Doraha to Bathinda and from Doraha to Nangal.

He proposed the GAIL authorities to lay the gas pipeline along the NH1, banks of canals, drains and wastelands from Doraha to Bathinda and Doraha to Nangal so that agricultural land could be saved.

Zora Singh, a kisan leader, stressed the need for fight the anti-people, anti-farmer and anti-worker policies of the central and state governments.

Sukhwinder Singh Nathumajra of the Lok Hitoo Front, Gurcharan Singh Lapran, convener Anti-GAIL (India) Ltd. Gas Pipeline Action Committee, and Balkishan of the All-India Centre of Trade Unions (AICTU) also addressed the meeting.



Residents relieved at KLF militant’s arrest
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 31
Residents of the region have heaved a sigh of relief after the arrest of Baba Bakhshish Singh, a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) activist, who had been declared a proclaimed offender by the Ludhiana (Rural) police.

However, they want a coordinated drive against disruptive activities of sympathisers of radical pro-Khalistan groups based across the border.

A few months ago, reports of some militants owing allegiance to the (KLF), an erstwhile Sikh separatist group, being active in the area under the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana (rural) police district had created apprehension among residents.

They had urged the police and government officials to increase vigil against disruptive forces.

Bakhshish Singh had planted an IED at the LPG bottling plant at Nabha on January 18 and near Air Force Station prior to Republic Day.

The revelation of the presence of some militants, including Baba, in Raikot and Barnala areas during the past few months has shocked residents.

The car used in the failed bombing near the air force station had been stolen from Rampura Phool in Barnala police district and bought from Nabha in Patiala district.

The explosives were brought from Mumbai and later planted in the car at Bhalwan village in Dhuri sub-division.

Though the vehicle carrying the explosives crossed several police checkpoints, set up as a preventive measure before Republic Day, and remained stationed near the air force station for two days, the police failed to notice it.

Jasbir Singh Jassa of Manki village, arrested earlier, had admitted that Baba Bakhshish Singh had deputed him to arrange an old car for implanting improvised explosive device at Halwara.

Though the Ludhiana (rural) police had seized huge quantities of explosives and arms from terrorists and their sympathisers during the past years, some of the militants had succeeded in dodging the police. Political interference had also hindered action against them.

The conspiracy behind the Shingaar Cinema blast in Ludhiana was also allegedly hatched at Ghuman village in the area.

A perusal of records revealed that terrorists owing alliance to the Babbar Khalsa and various KLF factions had been active in the area during the militancy.



Sanitation Project
Administrators of four districts visit city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Deputy Commissioners of three districts — Muktsar, Mansa, Ferozepur — and ADC (development) of Bathinda visited villages in Dakha constituency to study the total sanitation project (TSP) of rural development initiated by zila parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali here yesterday.

Ayali had recently initiated the pioneer projects of cleaning ponds in three villages — Datewal, Issewal and Rurka — falling in the constituency.

Ayali said sewage, a bane of villages, would be purified through a filtration system and used for irrigation.

Official sources said the aim of the visit of the administrators was to find ways and measures to conserve water resources as these areas were facing acute water shortage. They appreciated the effort of cleaning of ponds and promised to initiate similar projects in their districts as well.

Ludhiana is the first district to start the total sanitation project for its villages. The central government had launched the project a few months ago.

Ayali said the sports clubs of the villages and panchayats also contributed towards the project. He said ponds of 43 villages falling under Ludhiana would be cleaned under the project.



Play highlights foeticide in Punjab
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
A power-packed portrayal of the young artistes on contemporary environmental and social problems prevalent in the state in the Punjabi play “Katha rukhan te kukhan di” gave the audience a lot to ruminate even after the competition of the act.

Written and directed by Professor Sompal Heera, the play was staged under the aegis of Youth Sabhiacharak Lok Hiteshi Manch, Punjab, in Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, last evening.

In what can be termed as a fine example of imagery, the villages have been named as “Tabahi” and “Kudimaar” with reference to their destruction of green cover and female foeticide, respectively.

Soliloquy used in the drama had the narrator describing Punjab as the land of “dhai dariya” (two and a half rivers) as half of its waters went to Punjab in Pakistan.

Citing scarcity of water as the probable cause of bloodshed in Punjab was aptly depicted in the light of impending World War III for the same reason by the environmentalists.

Ripped between their rich cultural legacy and the contemporary vices of addiction to alcohol and drugs, a young boy’s character in the play curses his father for the lost greenery, increased pollution and water depletion as he recites: “So kyun manda aakhiye, jit jammein rajaan…,” a quote from the bani of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

An art connoisseur, lauding the revelation of all encompassing problems, said: “Diverse problems right from increasing number of HIV/AIDS, cancer and TB patients in the state to the evil of drug/alcohol addiction has been beautifully imbibed in the script which makes it a complete didactic show.”

A wailing mother tries to reason out with the sarpanch of the Kudimaar village who is blinded by his chauvinism and took pleasure for having killed 420 newborn girls.

The narrator, trying to convey the message of the lost equilibrium in the village society, says: “Is pind ton baraat sirf jandi hai par kade ithe baraat aandi nahin” (the village gets new brides, but never sends off brides to other villages).

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, the president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, honoured the noted theatre director Ashwani Chately, who was also present on the occasion. Accredited for having staged a variety of plays in Punjab, Delhi and Mumbai, Chately promised to sponsor two shows of “Katha rukhan te kukhan di” adding that, “The passion to do theatre is evident in the efforts of the crew of Youth Sabhiacharak Lok Hiteshi Manch, Punjab, as they have made an honest attempt to touch the significant arena of theatre mechanics, background music, lighting and stylised costumes.”



Civic Amenities
‘India way behind European countries’
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 31
Terming lack of “nationalistic character” among majority of political leaders and indifferent attitude of citizens towards their rights and duties as a major reason for the present situation of the state, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda urged office-bearers of social and education organisations to launch co-ordinated movement to prevent the state of affairs from further deterioration.

While talking to The Tribune, after his recent visit to European countries, Dhanda regretted that despite having natural resources and manpower, India in general and Punjab in particular was lagging behind in terms of development and civic amenities available to residents.

Lack of patriotism among leaders and unconcern of masses towards their rights and duties were termed major causes for the situation.

Admitting that successive governments had allegedly been implementing unrealistic policies for vote banks, Dhanda maintained that ideal civic amenities could not be provided with present tax structure. Once convinced that taxes paid would be used for improving standard of civic amenities.



From Schools
World No Tobacco Day

Ludhiana: SDP Collegiate Senior Secondary School, campus SDP College for Women, celebrated World No Tobacco Day today on the college campus. To mark the day, a rally was organised by Classes XI and XII students. Students enthusiastically raised slogans against the use of tobacco and its negative health effects. Principal Dr Meenu Sharma made the students aware about the importance of day the day.

Poster-making contest

Conveying a message against smoking, students of Green Land Senior Secondary School participated in a poster-making contest on the eve of no-tobacco day here yesterday.

The students depicted how tobacco was causing cancer of various organs and how young lives were lost to the disease.

They sent a strong signal to the youth to refrain from consuming tobacco. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman of the school, addressed the students and asked them to remain away from tobacco throughout their life.

Summer workshop

A five-day summer camp was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Phase I, in Dugri. The workshop named ‘5-Stars’ was organised for the students. Various activities like food arrangement, candle making and decoration, pot painting, POP art, gift wrapping, flower making, fun with needle and thread, calligraphy, food without fire, tile painting, pool party and rain dance etc. were organised.

It was an educative and informative experience for the children as they got an opportunity to explore their talents. They enjoyed the eatables and danced on the beats of different songs.

Balraj Bhasin, president of the school, sent his best wishes to the students. Headmistress of the school Tarannum Fatma appreciated their efforts. — TNS



Reporters' Diary
Search for dogs

MC Commissioner, Mayor and Senior Deputy Mayor have always been seen inaugurating projects, holding meetings, giving versions to mediapersons etc. But it was very interesting to see all these “powerful” men running after dogs. It all happened at the inauguration of the Doggie-Lane Project -- the programme for sterilisation of dogs in the city.

Photographers were clicking pictures of these men, while their security personnel were running after them in search of a dog. At last the team caught hold of a dog and put in a net after 15 minutes.

As soon as they tried to put the dog in a van for taking it to the hospital at Alamgir for sterilisation, a shopkeeper came running and said, “It is a female dog who has given birth to four pups!” The team of veterinary doctors/ workers had no other option but to leave the dog there itself.

Undue credit

Junior Badal is well known for making tall claims and claiming credit where it is in no way due. His pretensions on power projects and facilitating flight between Ludhiana and Delhi having been exposed thoroughly, the Deputy Chief Minister is now onto flaunting infrastructure development projects.

At the time of inaugurating the Gill Road flyover here recently, he declared a time-bound schedule for completion of another flyover at Partap Chowk at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore. However, the cash strapped civic body is clueless as even some of the ongoing projects are already held up or getting inordinately delayed due to paucity of funds.

Even otherwise, the government ought to realise that development is one of its foremost constitutional responsibilities and people are entitled to basic infrastructure. Your government is not doing anyone a favour by taking up construction of flyover with public funds Mr Badal.

Pet care

Caring for pets comes easily to pet lovers whereas it becomes the “toughest task” for the first timers as they go overboard in making efforts to nurture the pet.

A close friend on her daughter’s insistence brought home a dog and religiously followed the routine prescribed by the veterinary doctor. Giving the dog its milk, Pedigree, eggs and taking it out for walks in the morning and evening was more important than any other chore for this friend.

Overfeeding caused diarrhoea to the pup one day, hence it was immediately taken to the vet who, after examining the pup, advised the friend to take it easy on its meals and said its chewing on grass would be normal as it helps in improving digestion.

Now, it was a revelation for this friend who, without wasting a moment, brought a bunch of fresh grass and offered it to the pet with every meal. It was then that the daughter intervened and asked her mother to relax and took over the pup’s responsibility.

Serials ruling the life

TV serials rule the lives of some women. Their day starts and ends by watching soap operas. All through the day they keep thinking about the central characters of their serials. Their day’s work is regularised according to the telecast time of the serial. So and so that they get themselves so engrossed in the serials that they start thinking the way the characters in the serials think.

One of the main characters of a serial doubts her husband’s loyalty. In the serial, the protagonist keeps calling her husband during office hours, cross-checks it from her colleagues and keeps searching his pockets and wallet.

Following her, one of the women followers of the serials started doubting her husband’s faithfulness and started making frantic calls to him. The husband was also surprised at her wife’s behaviour and one day he came home early to surprise his wife.

He got a shock of his life to see his wife watching a serial and noting down points, which she would do to check her husband’s loyalty. The husband then made his wife realise that fiction was far from reality and she should not blindly follow it.

Modern poetry

A septuagenarian bard at an informal chat on love at a kavi sammelan reflected, “In our times, love started from the eyes, deepened with flowers and letters and ended with tears.” Deep in thoughts, a 20-something poet replied, “In our times, love starts with cell phone, deepens with SMSes and ends with - ‘the number you have dialled is busy on another call’.”

Contributed by: Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Anshu Seth, Manav Mander, Charu Chhibber



At the Crossroads
Memorable decade with Ludhiana Tribune

NS Tasneem My association with “Ludhiana Tribune” dates back to its inception on June 1, 2000. Its first issue was released in Hotel Park Plaza by the then Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, Shri Hari Jaisingh, in the presence of a select audience. My article appeared on its first page in the column ‘At the Crossroads’.

Ever since I have been contributing articles, from time to time, regarding renowned and upcoming figures in the fields of Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English literatures. At times I have presented my musings and contemplations on the various aspects of human life. Nostalgia for my past life, mostly my stay in Shimla from October 1951 to October 1961, took the form of certain articles of mine.

Initially, ‘At the Crossroads’ had been a weekly column for about six years. Later, it drifted to a fortnightly column due to my engagement, to a greater degree, in creative work. Incidentally I had been a student of Urdu and Persian, besides of course English, up to my first graduation. Under the impact of Urdu and Persian, I remained fully engaged in reading and writing in Urdu till 35 years of my life. In 1961, I started writing in English after my postgraduation.

It was in 1964 that Punjabi took the place of Urdu for my creative writing. I picked up the alphabet of Punjab at that time for this purpose as I had no schooling in that language. There has been no turning back for the last 46 years, resulting in a plethora of my work, fiction and criticism, in Punjabi as well as English. The show of literary journalism is also going on.

— NS Tasneem



Tax liability of Rs 2 lakh or more
Be ready to pay tax every month
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Any person whose annual tax liability during the previous year was Rs 2 lakh or more will now have to pay the tax every month. This has been stated in a notification issued by the Excise and Taxation Department recently.

The notification mentions that if a person is paying Rs 2 lakh or more will now be required to determine his tax liability for every month and pay tax by the 20th of every month.

If the tax is to be paid through the crossed cheque or draft then the last date will be 30th of every month, if paid through the treasury receipt he will have to submit the same to the designated officer, along with the information as required in Form VAT-16.

In addition to this payment for the past month of each quarter shall be made on the 20th day or the 30th day of the close of quarter, as the case may be along with quarterly return.

Photocopies of the treasury receipt showing the payment of tax for the past two months also should accompany the return in Form VAT-15.



Miraculous escape for 50 in bus-truck collision
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Around 50 passengers had a miraculous escape after a private bus collided with a truck at Jodhewal Basti here today. The incident took place around 1.30 pm right in front of the Jodhewal police station.

According to the police, the truck driver was driving recklessly. The accident took place when the truck driver was trying to overtake a vehicle from wrong side. Finding no space, the driver took a sharp turn towards right and collided with the bus.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The driver was apprehended. Till the time of filing this report the police was in process of registering a case against the driver.



Conmen take away bag containing lakhs
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 31
Tricksters took away a bag containing lakhs of rupees from a car belonging to a local businessman on the Amloh road this afternoon. The businessman, Satnam Singh, whose car was parked in front of a shop, had told his driver to get some biscuits exchanged from a shop.

A youth drew the businessman’s attention to the leaking oil from the engine of the car.

As soon as the driver opened the bonnet and both got off the car to take a look, some unidentified men took away the bag containing the money.

The businessman raised the alarm and searched the area but could not trace the miscreants.

The police was informed after which senior police officers, including Fatehgarh Sahib SSP and area SHO, DSP and SP, reached the scene.

The description of the man who had approached the businessman was given to the police, which started a search to arrest the accused.

However, the police was unable to find any clue. A case in this regard has been registered.

While the police officials investigating the matter initially put the amount at around Rs 16 lakh, they later said the exact amount was yet to be disclosed by the complainant.

SP (D) Preetam Singh said efforts were on to arrest the culprits and the amount was in lakhs.



Cricket: Ludhiana beat Jalandhar, enter final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 31
On the basis of the first innings lead of 30 runs, Ludhiana emerged victorious against Jalandhar in the semi-final match in the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 Cricket Tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association that concluded at Burlton Park, Jalandhar today.

Ludhiana, in their first innings, scored 451 in which the main contributions came through Bharat Malhotra (135), Geetansh Khera (91), Lalit Malhotra (82) and Sunny Pandey (59).

In reply, despite fine centuries by Nitish Sahota (111) and Luv Kumar (115 no), Jalandhar could muster 421 runs. In their second innings on the fourth and final day, Ludhiana were 305 for 7 when it was called a day. Geetansh Khera made 109 runs with the help of 21 fours while Sunny Pandey scored 108 runs, which included as number of hits over the fence.

Brief scores: Ludhiana (1st innings)- 451 all out in 158.3 overs (Bharat Malhotra 135, Geetansh Khera 91, Lalit Malhotra 82, Sunny Pandey 59, Gagandeep 18, Deepak Bansal 17 and Varun Chitkara 16; Yogesh 3 for 85 and Pargat 3 for 23).

Jalandhar (1st innings)- 421 all out in 119 overs (Luv Kumar 115 no, Nitish Sahota 111, Tarvar Kohli 43, Akshay Gupta 44, Robin Singh 32, Pargat 27; Rahul Singla 4 for 70, Jashan Sihdu 3 for 103 and Deepak Bansal 2 for 110).

Ludhiana (2nd innings)- 305 for 7 in 83 overs (Geetansh Khera 109, Sunny Pandey 108, Deepak Bansal 44; Himanshu 2 for 33 and Yogesh 3 for 95). In the final, Ludhiana will take on Patiala.



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