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Gastro patient’s death sparks protest
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Angered by the death a 26-year-old gastroenteritis patient, Hira Lal, migrant workers living in Sherpur Kalan and Dhandari Khurd staged a protest at the Focal Point road today morning. They expressed resentment at the municipal corporation’s failure to clear the heaps of garbage in these areas and supply potable water.

Carrying Hira Lal’s dead body with them, the migrants protested from 7:30 to 11:30 am. MC additional commissioner Kuldip Singh along with zonal commissioner AS Sekhon arrived at scene at about 11 am to diffuse the situation. It was only after work to clean up the garbage was begun that the residents called off their protest.

Meanwhile, the number of gastroenteritis cases has gone up to 450 in the affected areas as is evident from the fresh cases coming to the twelve hospitals located in and around Sherpur and Dhandari.

However, district epidemiologist Dr GP Mangla claimed the total number of new cases did not exceed ten.

Unhappy with the civic body’s approach on the cleanliness drive, Vineet, who resides near the Aarti Steel unit, said sweepers came and began to clean up just before the scheduled visit of the officials and stop work soon after they left. “Similarly, we’ve not received chlorine tablets and drinking water in the area. Neither have MC workers cleared the garbage dump," he added.

"If civic officials are unable to get the area cleaned during the next 48 hours I’ll file a public interest litigation against the MC. The filth in this dump near Aarti Steel has added to the hell like conditions in which the migrants are living in”, said AN Mishra, president of the All India Purvanchal Vikas Parishad.


Threat charge by Benipal
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
In yet another confrontation between Major GS Benipal, the Tehsildar who is an Executive Magistrate, Class-I in Ludhiana, and SAD councillor Simranjit Singh Bains, Benipal charged Bains with having publicly threatened him today in Gill village.

Major Benipal, while talking to The Tribune, said he was called by the kanungo Tatpal Singh for the "nishandehi" (demarcation) of a road in Gill village at 4.30, where Simranjit Singh Bains threatened him. "As soon as I reached the spot, Bains asked his associates to crush me under the truck," Benipal alleged.

On the other hand, Simranjit Singh Bains stated that Benipal had deliberately interfered in the work, which had been assigned to Tehhsildar Tarsem Mittal. "The kanungo Tatpal Singh was doing the final demarcation of the road being built by Mandikaran Board when Benipal came on the spot and started interfering. He got into an argument with a truck driver, who had asked him to move his car from the middle of the road, but I did not even come out of my office," Bains said.

Major Benipal has registered a complaint with the Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari, who while speaking on the issue said he had asked both Major GS Benipal and Simranjit Singh Bains to give their complaints in written. " I will order an investigation into the matter after getting the written complaints," the DC said.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Officers Association district president Kanwar Narinder Singh said that they would meet the Ludhiana deputy commissioner to take serious steps to resolve the matter.



Pollution board under scanner
Delay in taking action against ESIC hospital for violating rules on biomedical waste
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The inordinate delay on part of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to take action against the ESIC Model Hospital for violating biomedical waste (management and handling) rules has brought the working of the board under scanner.

In the information provided to a city-based NGO under the RTI Act, the ESIC Model Hospital had given a record for the major and minor operations performed at the hospital from January 2009 to June 2010, which was incomplete and in violation of the biomedical waste management and handling rules.

The information provided by the hospital refers to the fact that a total of 4,533 major and minor operations were performed in the ESIC Model Hospital, Ludhiana, between January 2009 to June 2010, but no generation of waste has been shown in the soiled waste (items contaminated with blood and body fluids).

Ironically, the PPCB has failed to file a prosecution against the ESIC Model Hospital despite the fact that the hospital was found guilty of violating the biomedical waste management and handling rules during a surprise check conducted by officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) in July this year. The needle destroyer was not functioning properly as the needles were not destroyed completely.

PPCB XEN Arun Kakkar had categorically referred to the discrepancies pertaining to the role of housekeeping in the segregation of waste. The XEN, in his report, had pointed towards the hospital's failure to get the renewal of "authorisation" from the PPCB for biomedical waste disposal, which had been nullified for incomplete records.

Rules violated

The biomedical waste management and handling rules were framed in 1998, but even after 12 years, a majority of hospitals fail to abide by these. The biomedical waste generated from the hospitals, when disposed haphazardly, causes serious infections to the people coming to hospitals. It has been established that it also contributes to the "hospital-acquired infections", which are resistant to all types of drugs/antibiotics


Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Rajat Aggarwal said the board had adopted a zero-tolerance policy in the matters pertaining to the violation of biomedical waste management and handling rules. The board is in the process of counselling the hospitals on the issue as a majority of them are not aware of the prerequisites of the rule, the PPCB chairman said. "However, we will not let go of violations, as the negligence in the disposal of biomedical waste is a hazard for human health. The board will take appropriate action as per the schedule,” Aggarwal went on to add.



Ban on new units in Mandi Gobindgarh to go
Manav Mander/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The environment ministry is expected to soon lift the moratorium on new industries in Mandi Gobindgarh, which has been included in the list of critically polluted areas. However, the ban on Jalandhar will continue.

The action plan report submitted by the Punjab Pollution Control Board, which has been approved by the Central Pollution Control Board, will be forwarded to the ministry for its approval in a day or two.

Last January the environment ministry had banned the setting up of new factories in 43 critically polluted areas in the country till August, by when the Central Pollution Control Board and state boards were to prepare a plan to improve the environment in these areas.

The ministry had assessed 88 industrial areas across the country and identified 43 as “critically polluted”. As a result PPCB had imposed a moratorium on 17 different categories of industries, including electroplating, furnace, bleaching, dying, lead smelting, alloy making, printing and few others in Punjab.

Sources said in the action plan the department has proposed to shift the industries running in residential areas to nonresidential areas. PPCB has identified a total of 1,060 water polluting units and 684 air polluting units. The ban has been imposed on some of the industries.



Undertrial escapes
Three cops suspended
Charu Chhibber/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
In a shocking incident that has brought officials of the city’s Central Jail under the scanner, a prisoner escaped from police custody in Chandigarh where he was taken for treatment last night.

According to sources, after Joga Singh, an undertrial lodged in the prison since last May, complained of illness yesterday jail officials were told to take him to PGI, Chandigarh, for treatment.

Police officials stated jail wardens Kashmiri Lal, Rajeev Kumar and Avtar Singh, along with two other jail officials, Dalip and Sucha Ram, took Joga to Chandigarh in a private vehicle while the others followed in another car. However, the undertrial escaped from custody even before they could arrive there, ACP Naginder Rana said.

Meanwhile, Lal, Avtar and Kumar, after they returned to the city this morning, claimed they were bringing the undertrial back in a bus this morning after the latter was treated at PGI. They said as soon as they alighted from the bus at Samrala Chowk the undertrial pushed them and managed to flee, sources said.

However, investigations revealed Joga had escaped yesterday itself from Chandigarh.

Rana stated Kashmiri Lal, Rajeev Kumar and Avtar Singh were suspended for dereliction in duty, Rana stated. He added further investigations were on and a case had been registered in Chandigarh. Joga, who hails from Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh, was incarcerated in the jail since May 9 on charges of vehicle theft and for his involvement in sale of stolen vehicles

with fake registration numbers. A case against him was registered at the Focal Point police station under sections 379, 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, police officials refuse to disclose more details about the case.

Unanswered questions

  • What kind of illness did the undertrial complain of?
  • Why was he taken to PGI, Chandigarh instead of a city hospital for treatment?
  • Why was he transported in a private vehicle?
  • Why did the jail officials travel in different vehicles in two groups?
  • How did Joga Singh manage to escape from custody and when?
  • Why did the jail officials accompanying him not sound an immediate alert about his escape?
  • Did the suspended officials help the undertrial escape?



Morning assembly a farce at most govt schools
Reciting National Anthem a tall order for heads, teachers
Mahesh Sharma

Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
Ideal decorum desired to be maintained during morning assembly at educational institutes is almost missing at a majority of government schools of the region.

Let alone singing the National Anthem in a disciplined manner by those present in the assembly, a large number of staff members, including some heads, do not even remember the first five stanzas of the anthem composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Though the higher authorities in the education department had observed the tendency long time ago, all administrative steps taken to improve the quality of morning assemblies in the past few months had proved futile.

Heads and teachers, who are supposed to guide students about rhythm and pronunciation of the anthem, have been found missing during surprise visits by the inspection teams constituted for the purpose.

Investigations revealed though efforts had been made by school heads to improve the quality of the morning assembly, government schools had failed to live up to the desired standards, with students, teachers and heads unable to sing the National Anthem in a disciplined manner, either collectively or individually.

Hardly anyone, barring some heads and teachers, was able to write or dictate correct version of the anthem when asked to do so. Apprehending embarrassment, they requested anonymity of their institutions.

Even if the anthem is sung in some schools, discipline is maintained rarely as more and more students and teachers keep trickling in during the assembly.

Finding it difficult to wrap up the scheduled items within time, organisers choose to skip discussion of the issues connected with personality development of students.

Unconcern of the heads towards performing moral duty of respecting the national anthem is no more unnoticed by the higher authorities.

“It has been observed that during inspection of government schools, emphasis is not being laid on recitation of the National Anthem, thought of the day, physical training and participation of teachers in morning assemblies. As heads of these schools are not present in the assembly, both students and teachers aren’t much interested in activities of the morning assembly,” reads a communication received at schools of the area falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur district.

Having reviewed the causes and consequences of the tendency, the higher authorities, including director-general of school education and heads of all district-level inspection teams, had decided that principals and heads of all schools be bound to ensure complete observance of decorum during morning assembly at their respective schools.

“As respecting the National Anthem has been enshrined in the list of our moral duties, all heads should ensure that their students remember it by heart,” director general (school education) advised all concerned, including DEOs (elementary and secondary) of the state.

Perusal of records revealed the DG (SE) office had earlier warned the heads against the tendency on July 9, 2009; November 13, 2009; May 20, 2010 and July 15, 2010; but to no avail.

Though the inspection teams had reported that a large number of heads were found missing during surprise visits to schools during assembly, no action was initiated against erring officials.



On Janamashtmi, city abuzz with religious activity
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The eve of Krishna Janmashtmi witnessed great religious frenzy across the length and breadth of the city.

Temples and religious places have been abuzz with frantic activity since early morning in preparation for the Krishna Janam Diwas. Beautifully decorated jhoolas, idols of Lord Krishna and Radha; jhankis and floral embellishments have been put up in various city temples.

Krishna Mandir, Govind Dham Mandir, Durga Mata Mandir and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir have been decorated beautifully with electric light, flowers and fancy adornments.

Preparations for various lavish ceremonies and prayers in honour of Lord Krishna are also in full swing. Chanting of shlokas, readings from religious texts, singing devotional songs and dance performances were today a common sight in temples.

Attractively decorated tableaux, too, have been put on display at various places exhibiting the birth of Lord Krishna inside a prison and many other interesting incidents from Krishna's life like 'makhan chori' and his dances with the gopis.

Many religious organisations displayed mesmerising tableaux in massive processions taken out on the city roads this afternoon amid thick crowds of devotees gathered to pay obeisance. The city residents, too, decorated their homes to celebrate Lord Krishna's birth anniversary.

And as the city is drowned in festive colours, the artists are not the ones to lag behind. Krishna Utsav, known the world over to inspire artists to paint their canvas with colours of devotion and fondness, is a very special occasion for artists across India. Painters and sculptors in the city could be seen painting their imaginations while performing artistes rehearsed Krishna Leela in form of devotional songs, bhajans, dance performances, dramas and ballets, ahead of their final performances as the clock strikes midnight to herald the Lord's birth. Lord Krishna's swings have also been prepared.

In view of a public holiday tomorrow on the occasion of Janmashtmi, most educational institutions, including schools and colleges, celebrated the day today on their respective premises with great religious fervour.

Meanwhile, city residents waited in excitement for the clock to strike midnight when actual Janmashtmi festivities will begin.

"The celebration will reach its peak at midnight, with the birth of Lord Krishna, amid hymns, Vedic chants, blowing of the holy conch. The idol of Lord Krishna will then be bathed with milk and curd and rocked in the cradle," said Radha Krishna Sharma, priest at a local temple, disclosing the details of the celebration in various city temples as devotees could be seen queuing up outside temples as the sun went down the horizon.

Devotees are especially looking forward to the distribution of prasad after the celebrations start at midnight. "Delicious sweets and other eatables made of milk like kheer, laddoo, butter, shrikhand and singhare ki poori are the main dishes prepared for the day," remarked Pandit Shyam of a local temple.



Tampering with F&CC agenda opens Pandora’s box
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 31
In fiddling with the proceedings of Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) meeting, the top brass of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have stirred a hornet's nest with no easy way out from a tricky situation.

The additions and alterations made in some 20 agenda items after these were approved by the committee in its meeting held on June 14 have not only evoked an angry reaction from opposition Congress councillors but even the junior partner in ruling coalition - the BJP - has also reacted strongly to the “gross financial irregularity” involving an additional expenditure of approximately Rs 1.25 crore and that too in an underhand manner.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal from the BJP and SAD councillor Simarjet Singh Bains, both members of the F&CC have cried foul over the changes made in the approved agenda.

Even though Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura had been feigning ignorance over the alterations and additions made in the approved agenda items, insiders maintain that nobody could dare challenge the authority of the F&CC in this manner unless the move was authorised by the Mayor himself. The allegation gets credence in view of the fact that apart from Giaspura, Bansal and Bains, the F&CC panel has just two other members, including Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Pal Singh Grewal of SAD.

Highly placed sources in the MC said that tampering with the proceedings of the approved agenda items had not been done for the first time. “The civic administration gets away with it because the top functionaries follow the practise of scratching each other's back. The councillors benefiting from such alterations and amendments obviously keep quiet and may be others who receive the proceedings do not take the trouble of comparing the approved agenda with the proceedings, said a councillor

Requesting anonymity, a BJP councillor alleged that the development works of some of the SAD-B councillors were included in the approved agenda by the top MC functionaries at the instance of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was keen to project his "development agenda" for the mega city with an eye on the next assembly elections.

Making it clear that they intended to take the matter to its logical conclusion, about half a dozen Congress councillors, including Sanjay Talwar, Rakesh Parashar, Ashok Bagga, Jasbir Singh Chadha and Sham Sunder Malhotra today met MC Commissioner AK Sinha and reiterated the demand for a thorough probe to fix the responsibility for tampering with approved agenda of F&CC and strict action against the guilty persons, whoever they might be.

Cong councillors ask Mayor to quit

In a memorandum submitted to the MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Congress councillors has asked Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to own the moral responsibility of tampering with the F&CC agenda and quit. They said amidst several scams and irregularities in the civic body, the Mayor had been claiming of action against the guilty but no one had been indicted till date.



Punjab to become ‘Nirmal state’
Govt sanctions Rs 124 cr for constructing 1.1 lakh toilets in rural areas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
With an aim to make Punjab a "Nirmal state", the state government has sanctioned Rs 124 crore to provide free-of-cost toilets in rural areas.

In order to ensure transparency, the government has adopted e-tendering and the process will start from September 1.

Speaking at a state-level bidders’ conference held in Ludhiana today, chief engineer, water supply and sanitation department, SR Aggarwal said 1.1 lakh toilets would be constructed in 3,487 villages in Punjab under the NBARD project. The rural toilets are based on the design recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF. The toilets under the project would be provided by March 31, 2011, said Aggarwal said. The project would uplift the sanitation standard in villages of Punjab, Aggarwal added.

The chief engineer said the department had signed an agreement with state-run ITI Company to implement the e-tendering process for the project. The web site address for e-tender is: www. etender.punjabgovt.gov.in



Assessment notices to traders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Traders are in a tizzy after the excise and taxation department has issued assessment notices to them across the city. Notices have been sent for the financial year 2006-07 to those traders where discrepancies have been found in the VAT returns. Nearly 4,000 traders have been served the notices.

Notices have been served to the exempted units, sheller owners, cases where the ITC (input tax credit) was claimed wrongly and difference in data. Now the traders who have received the notices will be required to get their account books checked, those who have claimed the ITC will be required to produce bills, those who have sold goods on the basis of C and H forms and have submitted the forms will be required to submit additional tax.

A senior official from the department said notices had been issued to those where some discrepancies had been found during scrutiny. "Now assessment will be done only after the traders reply to the department's notices.”



GADVASU trains hill farmers on dairy farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, trained farmers of Una district of Himachal Pradesh in a three-day training programme on scientific dairy farming, said Dr H.K. Verma, professor-cum-head.

At the concluding function of the training programme, organised for 20 beneficiaries, Dr Verma said there was immense potential for improving income and employment in the rural hilly areas through increased milk production, besides meeting the demand of quality fluid milk in the tourist state.

Experts interacted with the farmers and dealt with their queries at the concluding function. Dr V B Joshi, deputy director, animal health and breeding, animal husbandry department, informed that the training programme was sponsored and held by the experts of GADVASU.

The Himachal Government has trained around 40 batches from GADVASU. Dr Verma said, "The trainees were imparted training in animal feeding, breeding, health care, and management of animals in hilly areas, besides being shown the elite herd of cattle being maintained at the institute's dairy farm and the progressive dairy farmers in the field that would help their dairy farms."

Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, director, extension education, GADVASU, said the university was organising such training on a regular basis viz dairy farming, poultry farming, piggery farming and many other tailor-made courses as per demands.

A senior farmer and participant of this training programme thanked the university and organisers for such a meticulously organised training. Dr R. S. Sahota, course coordinator, gave a word of advice to all outgoing farmers. All farmers were provided university literature and also subscribed for monthly magazine Vigyanik Pashu Palan.



Musical nite in memory of Ishmeet

Ludhiana, August 31
The Ishmeet Singh Foundation will organise a grand musical nite “Yaadein….. Ishmeet Ki” (sponsored by the State Bank of India) on the eve of the 22nd birth anniversary of “Voice of India” Ishmeet Singh on September 2 at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Ludhiana, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

In the musical nite, achievers from different reality shows will take part.

Musical celebrities Sumit Khatri (winner - Bharat ki Shaan, Doordarshan), Sanjeev Kumar (Winner - Music ka Mahamuqabala, Star Plus), Haneet Singh (winner, Waar Parivar, Sony), Sumangal Arora (winner, Awaaz Punjab di, MH1), Vipul ( second runner-up, Voice of India 2, Star Plus), Rupali Chhabra, finalist, Voice of Punjab, PTC), Arvind Gujral (Indian Idol Top 17 (Sony) winner War Parivar (Sony), Sunwinder Singh, Sa re ga ma pa Top 6 (Zee), Prabhjot Kaur , Finalist, Chak de bache(9X), and Varun, Finalist, Chak de bache-9x). — TNS



Tributes paid to Beant Singh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 31
Tributes were paid to former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh at a prayer meeting organised by the Desh Bhagat Yadgari Society to mark his 15th martyrdom day, at Rajguru Nagar here today.

Recalling the valiant fight launched by the slain Chief Minister against terrorism in this border state, Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the society, and a former president of District Congress Committee, said Beant Singh had made the supreme sacrifice for restoration of peace in Punjab and to safeguard the unity and integrity of the country. Bawa and other speakers at the meeting said that terrorism and separatist elements were once again rising their heads but the government was closing their eyes to such nefarious activities that could threaten the peace and communal harmony in the state.

Meanwhile, Functionaries of the District Mahila Congress paid tributes to former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh at a "shardhanjali samaroh" organised at the Congress Bhawan to mark the martyrdom day of the leader here today.

Addressing the meeting, district president of the party Leena Taparia said it was because of the sacrifice made by the then chief minister that the people moving around fearlessly all over the state. Terming the leader as a huge source of inspiration for the party workers, she said he had laid down his life in the war against terrorism.

The Mahila Congress chief said a large number of political leaders, including many from the Congress, had fell down to the bullets of militants during more than a decade long dark days in the state, but it was the commitment with which the government led by Beant Singh fought against the separatist and radical forces, that peace could ultimately return to Punjab. Taparia along with other activists of the party paid floral tributes at the portrait of Beant Singh.



FCI workers protest, seek direct payment
Kuldip Bhatia
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 31
Activists of the FCI Workers Palledar Union and the Punjab Palledar Union today staged a joint dharna in front of the FCI area manager office and submitted a memorandum demanding implementation of the notification for direct payment to the labour. Addressing the protesters, general secretary of the FCI union Amar Singh Bhattian said the Union Labour Ministry had issued a notification on April 23 for bringing 31 depots of the FCI under direct payment. But the FCI management had failed to implement the notification.

The affected workforce was holding chain protest at all district centres of the FCI in Punjab seeking justice without any result so far, Bhattian said, adding that the workers would be forced to intensify their agitation if the FCI authorities failed to concede to their demand.

As a token of their stir, the palledar unions will join the nationwide strike called by the trade unions on September 7 to register their protest against price rise. The functionaries of the two unions called upon the state government to put an end to contract labour system in the state food procurement agencies, and regularise the workers. They demanded grant of provident fund facility, enhancement in labour rates for loading and unloading in the wake of rising prices and scrap the condition of 5 per cent quota in government jobs on compassionate grounds.



From Colleges
Birth anniversary

In order to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder president of the college Dr Ishwar Singh, a cultural function was especially organised by the students of GNN College, Doraha, and GN Model Senior Secondary School at the Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college today.

The chief guest of the function was Santa Singh Umedpuri, chairman, Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab, who recalled the selfless devotion and exemplary services offered by Dr Ishwar Singh to Doraha town in general, and the college and school in particular. He congratulated the management, principal, staff and students for organising such a grand cultural extravaganza. He said the Central Government, apart from making primary education compulsory for all, should make higher education still more obligatory in order to see India rise in the true sense of the term. He appreciated the endeavour of the students in organising such a cultural show.

General secretary of the college management committee Prof Balwant Singh Pangli and director Jaswant Singh Gill spoke about the contribution of the founder president to the college and the entire town. He relived the services of the founder president and the multi faceted role he played of a physician, an educationist, a social worker, a politician and a philanthropist, till his death. Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college, introduced the chief guest and extended a warm welcome to all the dignitaries.

A play composed by Pangali and directed by Prof Sompal Heera entitled 'Hai Canada' was especially staged on the occasion. Apart from this, solo songs, group folk song, group dances were also performed. The chief guest was honoured by the college.

Blood donation camp

University Business School (UBS), Panjab University Regional Centre (PURC), Ludhiana, in association with Lions Club, Ludhiana Greater, organised a blood donation camp today.

A total of 50 units of blood were collected. Volunteers were the students of UBS and UIL departments of Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. The students were honored with an appreciation certificate and a gift hamper sponsored by Trident -Abhishek Industries Ltd., Ludhiana. Durga Prasad, Head-Administration, Trident Group appreciated the spirit and gesture of the students towards a noble cause.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head, department of transfusion medicines, DMCH, Ludhiana, addressed the donors and the gathering about the need of blood donation as guest of honour. Dr. Deepak Kapur, director, PURC, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Dr Ravi Inder Singh, resident co-ordinator, Panjab University Regional Center, was the guest of honour.



From Schools
Investiture ceremony

To infuse a sense of social responsibility among students an investiture ceremony was held at BCM School, Dugri, wherein students of senior classes were appointed leaders of the council. Gursimran Singh and Anjani Mishra took the oath as school captains. Navjot, Jasmeet, Nitesh, Jasleen, Amanmeet, Ishu Singla, Ramandeep and Nupur were honoured as house captains of Gulmohar, Kohinoor, Shalimar, and Pukhraj House respectively by chief guest Dr JS Sekhon, Head of Department of Oncology in DMC&H, Ludhiana. SK Mehta, manager of the school, RB Khanna (Education Advisor) congratulated the office -bearers.

The function was preceded by the oath taking ceremony. The Overall Trophy for the year 2009-10 was presented to Gulmohar House. Kohinoor House bagged the Sports Trophy.


Bharat Vikas Parishad, Dr Kitchlu Branch, today held a competition on patriotic songs and poems at Government High School, Haibowal Kalan. Amongst the 21 participants, Ranjana stood first, Bunty was second and Gurpreet was declared third. Amit and Harpreet Kaur won the consolation prize. Prizes were given by area councilor Mukhtiar Kaur. She appreciated the NGO for their work for educating the poor. Dr DRC Bakhetia, state convenor, BVP, administered the oath of maintaining age-old tradition of respect between the students and teachers under the Bharat Vikas Parishad Guru Vandan Chatra Abhinandan project.

School principal Poonam Vohra thanked the Bharat Vikas Parishad members for reviving the Indian traditions of education.


Janamashtmi was celebrated at Mother’s Pride Junior today on the occasion of Janmashtami to the pleasure and enjoyment of children. The entire school was beautifully decorated like Vrindavan with "matkis" filled with "makhan" and peacock feathers and Rangoli adding to the ambience of the festival. Children dressed up as Lord Krishna and Radha enjoyed the feel of the entire festival. The celebrations began with the Tilak ceremony to get the children into the festive mood. The children enjoyed ras-leela and dancing on Lord Krishna’s songs and also visited the magnificent temple set up in the school.

Pool party

Fun and frolic marked the splash pool party held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School today. About 350 students of nursery and KG dressed up in colourful swimsuits had a gala time listening to music and flaunting their umbrellas. The whole campus resonated with the giggles and laughter of the tiny tots. Chairman-cum-director of the school Rajesh Rudhra and principal Baldeep Pandher applauded the effort made by the teachers and said such activities were necessary to ward off boredom and monotony in everyday life.

‘Ras leela’

New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, celebrated Janamashtmi Utsav with great religious fervour. The primary wing students were dressed up as Lord Krishna and Radha. The function commenced with ‘ras leela’ played by tiny tots. Bhajans and dances were also performed.


Tiny tots of Love Dale Montessori celebrate Janamashtmi in Ludhiana on TuesdayLove Dale Montessori celebrated Janamashtmi with great fervour.

Tiny tots dressed up as Lord Krishna, Yashodha, Vasudev, Balram and Kans and enacted scenes from Lord Krishna's life. Children also danced to the tunes of religious songs and hymns.

Tiny tots of Love Dale Montessori celebrate Janamashtmi in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: inderjeet Verma

Krishna’s jhankis

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Janamshtami with great enthusiasm and fervour. The school was tastefully decorated giving a feeling of Lord Krishna, Radha and gopis making marry in Gokul. The life cycle of Lord Krishna was depicted through beautiful jhankis.

Right from the Birth of baby Krishna to Geeta Updesh, all episodes of his life were impressively shown. — TNS



Safety of schoolchildren thrown to wind
Face myriad problems while availing transport facility
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
Not caring two hoots for road safety norms prescribed by the authorities and courts, management committees of certain private schools and colleges continue to ignore the safety of students availing the transport facility.

Instead of arranging roadworthy buses for ferrying students, a majority of owners of private organisations prefer to transport students in unauthorised vehicles fabricated by assembling old and worn-out parts available with scrap dealers. In order to enhance their income, conductors are not deputed on many buses and drivers are also selected from a retired lot. Preventive and punitive measures initiated by some officials of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts seemed to have been nullified allegedly due to interference of political leaders. Residents, including parents of the students availing the facility, have urged the Chief Minister and the education minister to impress upon the authorities concerned to ensure that laid-down rules and regulations were obeyed . Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the management panels of a majority of private schools and colleges, providing transport facility to their students, overlooked norms prescribed by the authorities.

The safety of students is compromised while making arrangements for transporting them between the institute and their residence.

In a recent case, Aditi Sharma Khushi, a five-year-old girl, was killed while de-boarding her school bus at Kup village near here. Investigations revealed that a physically challenged person was driving the school bus at the time of the incident and there was no conductor to help students board and de-board. The belt of the school bag of Khushi reportedly stuck in the door of the bus and she was dragged to a long distance by the driver. In a majority of incidents overturning of school buses, falling of students from school transport and ramming of school bus in running train, human error was found to be the cause of the mishap.

Some officials, including Samrala SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal, had initiated preventive and punitive action against management committees found violating norms. The officials maintained that contrary to directions of the transport authorities and courts of law, a large number of obsolete vehicles were being used to ferry students. The authorities had directed school authorities to ensure that only drivers with valid licences and trained helpers were deputed on buses. Both should attend orientation courses being conducted by the transport authorities from time to time.

The name of the driver and manager, transport wing (with their mobile phones), should be written on the bus so that parents and passersby could inform them about any discrepancy. A senior teacher should accompany the students during transportation.



Gang of vehicle lifters busted, 3 held
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, August 31
Last evening the local police arrested three members of a notorious gang involved in snatching of vehicles by attacking owners with sharp-edged weapons.

The gang members confessed to have thrashed many persons who had tried to resist their attempt to rob them.

Two stolen motorcycles, some mobiles and valuables and crude and sharp-edged weapons used in the crime were recovered from their possession.

A police team led by Jasmer Singh arrested the accused at a naka laid at Drain Bridge near Kailpur near here last evening.

The trio had tried to run away on seeing the police at the bridge. However they were overpowered after a brief chase by the cops. They were identified as Jaswant Singh of Rauli village under Mehatpur police station, Sandeep Singh of Bara Salam in Mehatpur area and Tarlochan Singh of Sunnar Kalan in the Noormehal area.

Investigations revealed that the arrested miscreants were members of a notorious gang that was involved in snatching of vehicles and valuables by attacking owners with sharp-edged weapons. The miscreants used to attack their targets near railway crossings and damaged portions of link roads where the victims usually slowed down their vehicles.

The gang members also confessed to have injured some persons who had resisted their attempts. They had snatched a motorcycle and other belongings from Harmeet Singh after waylaying and thrashing him near Dhatt village on August 21.

Earlier the gang was active in Kapoorthala, Mukerian and Pathankot areas from its members snatched a number of two wheelers and mobiles. They had recently shifted to this area and snatched one Activa from the Humbran road area too.

The police is also trying to identify the automobile dealers who facilitated the miscreants in disposing off stolen vehicles.

DSP Jasdev Singh Sidhu said he had directed SHO Jangjit Singh to constitute special teams to raid places where the gangsters had been hiding after committing crime.



Golf: Amit leads

Phillaur, August 31
Amit Kumar of Phillaur shot a one over 73 to lead after round two of the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Ranjitgarh Golf Club in Phillaur. His total now stands at one under 143.

Maniram Sharma of Karnal is placed second at even par 144. Amit Kumar (70-73), playing at his home course, made two birdies against three bogeys in round two on Tuesday.

Maniram Sharma (72-72) of Karnal carded a second successive 72 to be placed one stroke behind the leader in second position. Pradeep Kumar (72-73) of Pathankot is a stroke behind in third place. Local amateur Viren M Singh Ghumman (78-69) is placed fifth at three over 147. — OC



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