L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S

MC House bonanza for illegal colonies
Water, sewerage to be provided in 2 months
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Hundreds of thousands of residents living in unauthorised colonies that mushroomed in the city before 2007 finally have a reason to rejoice with the state government deciding to provide them all basic civic amenities within two months. Municipal corporation commissioner AK Sinha, who announced this at today’s general house meeting, said the civic body would not allow any unauthorized construction to come up in the city.

The benefit of water supply and sewerage would reach nearly a million odd residents living in as many as 3,026 illegal colonies, identified by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, that mushroomed by 2007, the cut off date fixed by the government. After that almost the same number of colonies have been identified to have come up. But all these are now termed illegal since the government had issued a warning to all such colonisers not to develop such colonies otherwise action would be taken.

Besides an announcement on these colonies, the commissioner also announced a special F&CC meeting to look into the matter of illegal hoardings. Gurdeep Singh Neetu, a BJP councillor and one of the nine members of a committee set up into the matter, raised the issue on the floor of the house. "We identified places where hoardings were to be put up and 35-40 unipoles had to be removed. Forget about removal, the MC gave the nod to put up more hoardings in the city", he said.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary in the local bodies department, also asked MC officials to provide details about the fogging system, saying “it had not brought the desirable results in the city”. This issue came after councillors condemned the way fogging was being conducted in city. They said that MC had failed to curb dengue and there was dissatisfaction among general public on the issue of fogging.

The councillors also raised the issue of MC trucks “going on killer sprees”, which they said had claimed five innocent lives so far. They said the truck drivers had hired young people who had “absolutely no experience” of driving and drove “in a rash manner.” They came up with a proposal to write the names of drivers and vehicle number plates so that action could be taken against erring drivers.

Speaking on the ‘fake bill’ scam, councillors said FIRs should be filed against the "culprits" and not all the officials should be dragged in the case. “The file has been sent back to the department. FIRs will be registered against those found guilty", said Dhanda.

On planting more plants in various wards, many councillors asserted no plantation had taken place in their ward. 

Cong councillors lie low
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The loud claims made earlier by Congress party councilors to “take” the ruling coalition “head on” over development issues at the municipal corporation’s annual general house meeting held today turned out to be hollow as all the 17 councillors remained mute spectators.

What surprised everyone was a reversal of the roles of SAD(B) and opposition councillors. While the latter appeared to be in an ‘‘obliging’’ mood, it was left to the Akali and BJP councillors to

raise various issues confronting the city. The meeting was chaired by mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura.

The house routinely approved all items on the agenda and arguments took place only when the Akali-BJP councillors began talking about "scams" that had rocked the civic body in recent months.

The atmosphere in the house became tense when SAD(B) councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu named a superintendent who he accused of "running" the advertising "mafia". Parminder Mehta along with other Congress representatives retorted by saying Neetu had blamed a "small fish" for the racket while the "big culprits" remained behind the scenes.

The arguments put forward by leader of the opposition Hem Raj Aggarwal appeared to be weak. A senior Congress councillor said on condition of anonymity: “We kept on looking at our leader that he will raise the key issues but he seemed to be too mild. Though we tried to highlight many issues we were suppressed by our own team", a councilor rued.

Though Gurpreet Bassi Gogi had earlier claimed he would take up the matter of Dhanda's "unnecessary interference” in his ward he too preferred to remain silent.

From the “advertising mafia” to the MC’s “careless” drivers and unauthorised colonies, all the major issues raised at today’s meeting were by SAD(B) and BJP councillors only. Congress councilors took a back seat and proved to be a timid opposition in the house.

Another Akali councillor, Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, asked MC officials to provide details on the status of the indoor stadium project, whose fate has been hanging fire since 2004.

Harish Rai Dhanda (CPS) requested the MC commissioner AK Sinha to provide him all the files so that “he could see for himself why work on the project had not begun”. “I’d like to inspect it (the project site) myself along with certain councilors”, he added. Sinha assured him all the files would be provided to him (Dhanda) within two or three days.

The Akali councillors also urged the general house to increase their salaries, saying “MPs and MLAs had already got a pay hike”.


n Women councillors appeared to play an “active” role at the MC house meeting today. Ward no 61 councillor Gurdeep Kaur said “women were never given their due in the house nor were they asked to voice their grievances”

n At the noisy house meet, many councillors, executive engineers and other officials were seen taking a nap during the deliberations

n Congress councillor Gogi asked the mayor to let him speak and go out before Gyaspura himself asked him to leave the house

n Councillors urged MC officials to give them "VIP treatment” whenever they visited police station to file complaints

n Finally the Mayor asked to adjourn the house as it was getting too late. "Otherwise next time onwards we’ll have to make arrangement for lunch too", he said.

Major decisions

n Basic amenities in unapproved colonies soon

n Special Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meet to discuss erection of illegal billboards

n Land for two police stations agreed in principle

n Action to be taken against ‘fake bill’ scam suspects

n Proposed shooting range to be kept on hold 


Underage driver killed in hit-and-run case
17-yr-old Rajit Rattan was going for a tuition class when his scooter was hit by an unidentified vehicle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A promising young life was snuffed out in a road accident here today. Seventeen-year-old Rajit Rattan lost his life in a hit-and-run case on the Pakhowal road early this morning while he was on his way to his tuition class. The incident took place at 6 am.

Rajit was a student of Class XI of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, and was going for tuition on his Kinetic scooter when an unidentified vehicle hit him and fled.

The boy died on the spot.

A resident of Chander Nagar near Haibowal, Rajit used to leave his house everyday at 5.45 am to take tuition from a tutorial on the Pakhowal road.

When Rajit left in the morning, his parents would have never imagined that he would never return. He was hit near Nehru Sidhant Kendra.

"Rajit was a very bright boy. He wanted to be an engineer and used to take tuitions for competitive examinations," said a wailing Satish Sharma, Rajit's maternal uncle.

Sharma added that the incident had shaken the entire family. "Rajit's parents Anil Rattan and Bubbly are in a deep shock. They are completely shattered and his elder sister is not ready to believe that Rajit will never come back now," said Sharma.

When Rajit was hit, nobody was on the road. He was spotted lying dead in a pool of blood by PCR cops, who rushed him to the hospital. But it was too late by then.

Kamaljeet Singh, in charge of Chowki Kochhar Market, police station Division No 5, confirmed that the boy lost his life in a hit-and-run case.

He added that a case had been registered and a search for the accused was on.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the Rattans' residence when Rajit's body was brought home for last rites.



No measures to check menace
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Even though the death of Rajit here this morning shocked and angered city residents, the boy was underage to drive a two-wheeler.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence in the city. In recent years, numerous innocent lives have been lost in such accidents. Still, the menace continues unchecked.

These drivers have become a nuisance on the roads, especially before and after school hours in the city.

With scant regard for legal provisions and least concern for road safety, the students drive two-wheelers, cars and even SUVs to their schools and several public places without possessing valid driving licence.

There have been instances of underage drivers having been involved in accidents while trying to escape the cops in their pursuit to nab them.

"The problem has attained alarming proportions. Teenage drivers who do not hold a valid authorisation to drive a vehicle, parents who let their wards ride motor vehicles without licences and the police failing to enforce the law are all responsible for making the roads unsafe," remarked Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM School.

"Schools are also responsible since they provide parking space to the vehicles driven "illegally" to the school. The schools should allow entry to a vehicle only if it is driven by an adult," said another city resident Jaspreet Kaur.

"The parents of these drivers should also be brought under scanner to tackle the menace," remarked Shweta Singh, an MBA student.

The police has its own take on the matter. It argues that stopping so many children from violating the traffic norms is humanly impossible.

"The students get to know about possible check posts and drive through alternative routes or inner city lanes," said a sub-inspector.

Legal experts believe that there is need for harsher punishments for offenders of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Parents in Ludhiana argue that children take tuitions and need to visit various parts of the town.

They cannot commute long distances without driving motor vehicles and that the law should be amended to ensure that they are granted driving licences.

Studies show that a majority of students drive in an unsafe manner. They even resort to speeding and competing with each other on the road. They also imitate stunt performers while driving.

They lack awareness about road signs, traffic norms and have little respect for fellow citizens commuting on the roads. Such violations go unreported or unchecked. Most of the accidents involving underage drivers are not even brought on record. Most accidents mostly end up in a compromise between the offender and the victim.

The police also encourages them to reach a compromise to avoid tedious court proceedings.

The police initiates action only when a life is lost or a person is injured seriously.

Whatever the arguments in favour or against the underage drivers in the city, the fact is that they violate the law and leave behind a trail of trauma in the event of an accident.


Studies reveal that teen drivers, aged between 16-19, are four times more likely to crash than their older counterparts. They are also more likely to over speed, jump red lights, take dangerous turns and drive after consuming alcohol or drugs. They are more prone to road rage, over-excitement and are incapable of making split-second decisions.


According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, no person under the age of 18 shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place. A motor cycle without gear may be driven in a public place by a person after attaining the age of 16. In case of an accident involving under-age drivers, the father of the offending driver or/and vehicle owner are booked under appropriate sections of the IPC.



Old District Courts Complex
PUDA to auction two commercial pockets
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
Even as the real estate sector has not shown any sign of revival and buyers of the prime commercial property are still hard to find, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) is all set to sell, through an open auction, two more commercial pockets out of the erstwhile old district courts complex in the Civil Lines area on November 10. The two sites to be put on sale through an open auction are 3.60 acre and 1.60 acre with a reserve price of Rs 80,000 per square yard.

A pocket of 3.60 acre in the same complex was sold by PUDA through an auction on September 5, 2009. Its reserve price was fixed at Rs 1 lakh per square yard. The highest bid of Rs 1.31 lakh per square yard was offered by the Life Insurance Corporation of India, which purchased the land for a whopping Rs 228.26 crore.

After the district and sessions court as well as subordinate courts were shifted to the new courts complex, the land was handed over to PUDA by the state government for commercial exploitation under the “optimum use of government vacant land” policy. PUDA had already sold 11,000 square yards of the sessions court complex to Bharti Walmart at Rs 1.46 lakh per square yard. The construction work for this mall is going on at the full swing.

At the two commercial sites, being offered for sale for multiplex/shopping malls, construction of the basement will be permitted as per norms laid down for this purpose, provisions for parking will have to be made as per policy of the housing and urban development department, floor area ratio will be 1:3 with maximum ground coverage of 40 per cent and unrestricted height.

This, however, will be subject to the clearance from the Air Force authorities.

According to PUDA officials, all intending bidders for the pocket with an area of 3.60 acre will have to deposit eligibility fee of Rs 1,39,39,200.

While those bidding for 1.60 acre will have to pay Rs 61,95,200 before the commencement of auction. The successful bidders will have to deposit 10 per cent of the cost of the land at the fall of hammer on the spot and another 15 per cent within 30 days of the auction.

Balance 75 per cent would be payable after one year of the date of auction either in four equated yearly installments with an interest of 12 per cent, or else in lump sum with a rebate of 10 per cent on the balance payable amount.



5 get life term in murder case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal has sentenced five persons of Payal to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing Arminder Singh, resident of Payal, on July 9, 2006.

Those convicted include Dinesh Kumar Gandhi, resident of ward no. 7, Jaswant Rai, resident of ward no. 9, Amandip Singh, alias Shelly, Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, Surinder Kumar, alias Billa, residents of ward no. 10.

Finding no evidence, the court, however, acquitted two co-accused namely head constable Jarnail Singh, resident of Faizgarh village, Khanna, and Ravipal, alias Phunda, resident of Payal.

One of the accused Sukhwinder Kumar, alias Shaunki, had already been declared proclaimed offender.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the accused guilty. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon each accused.

A case under Sections 302/148/149 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Payal police station on July 10, 2006, following the complaint of Karamjit Singh, father of the deceased.

The complainant told the police that on July 9, he was having dinner with his family at his house and when someone knocked at their door his son Arminder opened the door and saw the accused standing outside the gate. His son left the house and went with them.

The complainant further added that he followed his son. When they took a turn towards a chowk, four accused were standing near the haveli of Nirmal Singh. Suddenly they attacked Arminder and fled. Injured Amarinder was taken to Sidhu Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

All the accused had denied their involvement, but the court found them guilty.



Dengue Outbreak
298 tested positive in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The city is reeling under the threat of dengue outbreak with the number of such cases touching the 1,500 mark.

A large number of patients, having tested positive, are undergoing treatment at DMCH, CMCH, SPS Apollo hospital and Oswal hospital. Numerous other cases are being treated at small hospitals and have gone unreported so far.

There have been reports of multiple cases of “low platelets” counts from the Haibowal and Ambedkar Nagar localities of the old city.

The health department has ruled out any possibility of the dengue outbreak as numerous other viral infections reduce the platelet counts.

Dr GP Mangla, district epidemiologist, said: “There were 590 confirmed cases out of which 298 were from Ludhiana alone. He also said that the number of suspected dengue cases had gone up to 650 and were still increasing. These could not be confirmed as private hospitals had failed to give the samples on the pretext that they were not keeping the old records.”

The Health and Family Welfare department in association with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) organised an awareness workshop on dengue and water borne diseases, immunization and maternal health.



DTO officials ignore probe on irregularities
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Officials of the city’s district transport office (DTO), have apparently defied an order of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Patiala to appear before it in connection with a pending inquiry into alleged irregularities in the issue of driver’s licences and vehicle registration numbers.

A local NGO, the Anti-Corruption & Crime Investigation Cell, had complained against what it called “corrupt practices” in the DTO office, Ludhiana to the Regional Transport Authority, Patiala in 2009 but there was no response even after a year.

Thereafter, the office of the public information officer and secretary of the authority, while replying to an application filed by the NGO under the Right to Information Act in a letter dated October 5, stated no action had been taken against the latter’s complaint as an inquiry had yet to begin.

What was shocking was that the reply stated: "No official from our office is responsible for the delay as it was caused by the nonappearance of officials of the DTO, Ludhiana who have been repeatedly asked to attend this office for an inquiry in the matter."

In its complaint the NGO had written about the "commission agents" at the DTO who it said were “facilitating” issuance or renewal of driver’s licences and vehicle registration numbers.

“Any one who goes through the right channels has to wait for months to get his driver’s licence or vehicle registration number, while those paying extra money to agents get their work done within two weeks”, the complaint stated.

Touts rule the roost

“Commission agents” at the city’s district transport office charge Rs 250 for registration certificate of a motorcycle or scooter, Rs 500 for a car and Rs 500-700 for a commercial vehicle. Even a transfer of a registration certificate is a cumbersome process with touts charging Rs 500 for cars and Rs 100 for motorcycles and scooters to speed up movement of relevant files. DTO employees are said to be part of the racket, reportedly pocketing a substantial share of the money collected.

DTO speaks

Ludhiana district transport officer Ashwani Kumar, said: "I had deputed an official to attend the inquiry at the Regional Transport Authority, Patiala, on October 6 as directed by the secretary. Then we got intimation about postponement of the probe following a ‘pen down’ strike by the ministerial staff. We’ve documentary records for every matter and are ready to appear before the RTA as and when asked”.



Suspension of Lecturer
Teachers’ body stages protest
Our Correspondent

Raekot, October 14
To protest against the alleged exploitation of their members at the hands of management committee of various private colleges of the state, activists of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) organised a protest rally and march here today.

Dr Jagwant Singh and Prof HS Walia, president and general secretary of the state body, led the protestors.

Terming the decision of the management committee of Swami Ganga Giri Janta College to suspend Tarun Ghaie, a lecturer, as arbitrary and against the law of justice, the protestors demanded immediate restoration of his services and implementation of the latest notification of the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

Ramesh Kaura, secretary of the trust running affairs of the institute, maintained that the management committee had initiated an inquiry to certain irregularities against the lecturer and final decision would be taken after considering material evidence against and in favour of him. He alleged that the lecturer had tried to disrupt the functioning of the institute by misguiding leaders of the union.

“Though he has been creating problems for the college for a long time, we tried to ignore his attitude keeping in view the interest of the students,” said Kaura.

Regretting that the management committees of a majority of private colleges had been exploiting lecturers by paying them salaries less than that prescribed by the law, speakers, including Jagwant Singh and Walia alleged that office-bearers of Janta college had initiated a fake inquiry against one of their whistleblowers, Tarun Ghaie, who dared demand the implementation of the latest recommendations of the Union government.

The leaders alleged that Ghaie, like many other lecturers of the private colleges of the state was paid only 50 per cent DA and no other allowances were paid to him. When Ghaie impressed upon the management to pay salary and allowances to all teachers according to the rules, he was suspended after serving a chargesheet on May 27, 2010.

Violating the principles of natural justice, Ghaie was not allowed to take his defence assistant during inquiry proceedings. The leaders regretted that the management committee had not bothered to provide service book and explanatory notes (if any) against the lecturer to the university authorities.



Youth fest at Doraha college from Oct 24
3,000 students to showcase talent
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 14
The 52nd Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University Chandigarh will be hosted by Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, from October 24 to 27.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal and convener of the festival said a total of 190 colleges of 12 zones, including Muktsar Zone, Ludhiana Zone- A, Educational Colleges Zone-A, Hoshiarpur Zone-A, Chandigarh Zone- A, Hoshiarpur Zone- B, Chandigarh Zone -B, Moga-Ferozpur (girls zone), Ludhiana Zone- B, Educational Colleges Zone- B, Educational Zone- C, Moga-Ferozpur (boys zone) will take part in the festival.

Prof Amarjit Kaur, organising secretary of the festival, said around 3,000 student artistes would exhibit their talent in 43 items during the four-day festival.

On the inaugural day of the festival, items like bhangra, group dance (general), classical dance would be presented at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college, while items like quiz (preliminary), poetry, short story writing, essay writing would be organised in the seminar room.

Ladies traditional songs, quiz (final) etc would be organised on the same day at the open stage.

On October 25, shabad/bhajan, group song, classical music (vocal) would be conducted on the main stage, while items like debate, elocution, poetry would be held at the seminar room. Alongside, geet/gazal, folk song, percussion, non-percussion would be held at the open stage. Embroidery (phulkari or bagh), embroidery (dasuti or cross stitch, pakhi designing, crochet work, knititng, mehandi application would be organised separately in the girls wing of the college.

On October 26, drama and histrionics would be conducted on the main stage, orchestra (Indian), group folk orchestra and folk instruments would be held at the open stage and collage-making, clay modelling, poster-making, cartooning, painting on-the-spot, still life drawing and rangoli would take place in the girls wing.

On the concluding day, items as giddha and group folk dance would be performed on the main stage, while skit, mimicry and mime would be conducted at the open stage of the college.



Youth Fest
Gobindgarh college shines with 14 prizes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 14
Gobindgarh Public College bagged 14 positions in the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival, Ludhiana zone-A, held at SCD Government College, Ludhiana. More than 12 colleges of Ludhiana, Khanna, Samrala, Doraha and Sidhsar participated in the youth festival. It is a moment of great pride and honour for the institution to win prizes on such a large scale.

Students who participated in six items, namely rangoli, knitting, cross stitch, pakhi making, poem recitation and folk songs, got first positions and have been selected for participation at the inter-zonal youth festival, which is going to be held at GNN College, Doraha, from October 24 to October 27.

Principal, Dr Neena Seth Pajni congratulated faculty members and students on their impressive performance in the youth festival. She further added that this rare achievement of the college would inspire other students to participate in such activities. President Vimal Vinod Bansal, chairman Swaranjit Singh Bagli and other members of the college management committee were present on the occasion.



49 students get placement

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 14
A total of 49 RIMT students got picked up by INDIA MART during the placement drive held here.

India Mart Acquisition Manager Kinshuk Sharma was present. A total of 130 students appeared for the first round of the group discussion followed by two rounds of personal interaction. A commendable performance was shown by the management students in which 49 students got placed. Director general Dr BS Bhatia congratulated the students. — OC



From Schools

Awareness programme

A team of five students, two teachers and an environment manager from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, conducted an awareness programme on "Contamination of surface soil with heavy metals due to discharge of industrial effluents into Buddha Nullah and their harmful effects on human health" at Government School, Salem Tabri.

The programme included a PowerPoint presentation for young minds, their parents and local farmers followed by a rally in Salem Tabri market area to make the masses aware about the menace. School students showed remarkable interest and enthusiastically participated in the rally.

Pamphlets carrying information regarding preventive measures to eradicate this problem were distributed among farmers and residents.

They also met local councillor of the area RD Sharma.

Magic show

A plethora of activities were organised at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh road, from October 7-14.

The activities included a movie show, magic show, extempore contest and fabric collage-making contest.

Two movies "Global Warming" and "Green Heroes" were shown to the students of classes VII and VIII.

Besides, a magic show was also organised for the students of classes IV, V and VII to encourage them to be creative in public speaking in English and Hindi.

Articulators' Club of the school organised an extempore contest for the students of Class VI. Art Club of the school also organised fabric collage-making contest for Class VIII.

Principal DP Guleria applauded the efforts of the students and encourage them by saying that such activities help in developing inter and intra-personal skills.

Dr Suresh Goyal and Dr Navneet Shukla from Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital spread dengue awareness, its causes, symptoms and preventive measures among students.


Dasehra celebration was held at Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran road, with fervour.

Various religious songs and dances were performed in the praise of Lord Rama and Sita. Speeches were also delivered by students.

Kamla Jain, founder and president, encouraged the students to become dutiful, noble and pious like Lord Rama.

Rekha praised the performance of the students and blessed them. Meena Jain, principal of the CBSE branch of the school, read the annual report in which she reflected the achievements of the school. Pradeep Jain, secretary, managing committee, also blessed the students.

Meanwhile, excitement was seen on the faces of students of Bal Bharati Public School. To give the students a closer look of the festival, different episodes of the Ramayana were depicted in an attractive form by the tiny tots of pre-primary wing.

Students of Mont-II narrated the whole “Ram Katha” in a simple and melodious way. The Hanuman Chalisa recited by Akshat of Mont-II was praise worthy. The scenes of battle between the armies of Lord Ram and king Ravana were beautifully enacted by the tiny tots.

The cheers of the students echoing the school campus enhanced the festivity of the occasion.

Principal Punam Dogra emphasised upon the importance of following a righteous path in life. She told students that king Ravana had unmatchable intellect and power, but his sinful ways dragged him to doom.

Rhyme contest

Maple Bear Canadian Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, held a rhyme presentation contest in different costumes on the occasion of Dasehra. Children came dressed in different costumes as per the theme.

Children who stood first, second and third were given medals. The prizes were distributed by Dr Baljeet Kaur from Vijay Anand Hospital.

Navratra celebrations
A girl participates in dandia during Navratra celebrations at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School
A girl participates in dandia during Navratra celebrations at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School
Tiny tots of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School celebrate Dasehra in Ludhiana on Thursday
Tiny tots of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School celebrate Dasehra in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photographs

Navratra celebrations were seen at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar.

Students dressed in red performed dandiya dance which was especially devoted to Goddess Durga. Boys and girls from classes V-VI participated in the dance.

All students paid obeisance to Goddess Durga by singing hymns. Aura of the school was filled with “jaikaras” of Maa Durga.

Inter-section face painting competition was also held among the students of classes VII, VIII and IX.

Chairman-cum-director of Greenland Schools Rajesh Rudhra and principal Baldeep Pandher applauded the students' zeal and prayed to Maa Durga to bless everyone with peace, prosperity and happiness. — TNS





From Colleges

Talk on job opportunities

The Indian Society for Technical Section (ISTE), students’ chapter and training and placement cell of GNIMT, Model Town, organised a pre-placement talk on job opportunities for MBA final year students under “Learn and earn scheme”. Mohit Singla, channel head- Punjab, from Fullerton Securities and Wealth Advisors Limited, discussed various part-time job opportunities available under the programme. The resource person gave details of the programme and explained the mode of providing training to the students on various financial products. The resource person stated, “After students are given training on the college campus, they can work during their free time and earn under the scheme while studying. Each student enrolled under the scheme will be provided with a unique employee code.”

Wing Commander SS Arora (retd), who coordinated the event stated, “The programme is for all streams of MBA i.e. marketing/ finance/ HR, which may prepare them for future job opportunities in the field.” All MBA final year students attended the interactive session. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director of the institute, stated, “It has always been our endeavour to apprise the students about various job opportunities available and make all efforts to train the students in their respective fields to enable them to join the corporate world before they pass out from the institute. This programme has been planned with the same objective.” He thanked the resource person for his interactive session with the students.

Interactive session

Dr Jackie Riley, director of the International Development of Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, visited the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan. Chairman Vijay Gupta, director JS Sohal and principal, Dr Pawan Kumar of LCET, welcomed Dr Riley. She interacted with the students and guided them how they can get the six-week summer internship and master-level education from Glasgow Caledonian University and what are the courses, advantages and facilities they are offering to the international students. She also announced that the students could stay in UK for two years on work visa after completion of the masters course. Meanwhile, HCL also visited LCET for placement drive-cum-training. They shortlisted 28 students after an aptitude test, technical round and HR interview. — TNS



‘New server to save uploading time’
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A new server will be installed at head office of the excise and taxation department in Patiala by December. This will, most likely, solve the problem of those who used to complain of slow server while filing the VAT returns.

Joginder Singh, project manager, Patiala, said: “They are aware of the fact that the speed of the server is very slow and it takes a lot of time in uploading one return form. After considering this, we have decided to install a new one in Patiala.”

“Due to the rush of quarterly returns, the server takes nearly 2 hours to file one return. The work gets piled up with advocates also and returns of others get delayed,” said Arun Kanwal, president, the District Bar Association.

Ashish Thaman, press secretary, said: “The time consumed while uploading one return is nearly 20 returns. Finally our problem should be solved once the new server is installed.” Suraj Khanna, a trader, said last time he had to pay hefty fine as he could not file his return on time.



Gene mapping can help treat cancer: Doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
There is good news for thousands of women suffering from early breast cancer as studies show that most adjuvant (treatment in early stage) therapies are important for fighting the breast caner. Dr JS Sekhon, oncologist at DMCH, stated this.

During the World Breast Cancer Awareness month there is the need for risk stratification and individualisation of its treatment as it can reduce the risk of recurrence to a large extent.

Hormonal status & HER 2 status offers, the potential for providing accurate prognostic and predictive information, with the selection of the best possible therapy for individuals and avoidance of over-treatment and under-treatment of patients with conventional chemotherapy.

“Gene mapping is the latest technique which is being used to identify the kind chemotherapy to be given to respective patients. Patients with a high risk of recurrence may opt for aggressive treatment while those with the lower risk may safely avoid over-treatment and potential side effects,” said Dr Sekhon.

In a recently published meta-analysis (from seven different studies) of more than 3,500 patients, who had received some type of post-surgical adjuvant therapy for breast cancer, risk of cancer recurrence was greatest during the first two years following surgery.

In addition to this, new studies show that the risk of recurrence of the breast cancer had been underestimated and recurrence within three-to-five year has occurred among women previously considered ‘low risk.’ The increased risk of recurrence can be reduced, curtailed/controlled by the latest advances in individualisation of breast cancer treatment and increasing survival rates.

People with the involvement of lymph nodes, family history of cancer, low or negative ER/PR expression, grade of tumor are among high-risk patients.

Early breast cancer refers to the stage of the disease and means the disease has not spread to other parts of the body, adds the oncologist.



Rotting Paddy
DC inspects tehsil complex
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 14
Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan visited a local tehsil complex and took stock of the paddy and wheat rotting there since the last year.

Advocates, deed writers, typists and clerks have already sent letters to officers concerned about the pathetic condition of the complex.

The delegation put forth a few their demands before the deputy commissioner like breeding of worms and construction of the tehsil complex.

The deputy commissioner told them that the district administration had taken up the matter with PUDA, which would soon start work in this regard.

He promised to get the rotten wheat and paddy lifted soon and added that directions have been issued to authorities concerned in this regard.



Youth Cong to take out rally from Oct 22
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab Youth Congress will take out a “padyatra” through out the state from October 22 to highlight the policies of the Central government aimed at the welfare of the urban and rural population.

President of the District Youth Congress (DYC) Dimple Rana assigned various duties for the proposed march.

He said the “padyatra” which will pass through the length and breadth of the state would start from Ludhiana.

He announced that a sizeable jatha of party workers would reach Mohali at the commencement of the “padyatra”, while party functionaries here will leave no stone unturn to make the rally a huge success.

Others present at the meeting included Gurpreet Dugri, Ajay Johar, Navdeep Cheema, Sonia Hora, Tejinder Chahal, Harish Dua, Rohit Mehta, Surbhi Pal, Sukhdeep Singh, Honey Singla, Sunny Malhotra and Gurvinder Dhillon.



I-Tax raid at firm
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 14
A team of the Income Tax officials raided a local firm today evening. The team lead by Assistant Income Tax Commissioner Amit Raj raided Hukam Chand Sood and Sons in the morning. They were examining the income tax records till the filing of this report.

The Income Tax officials came early in the morning and took the records of four showrooms of the firm in their possession.



Kho-kho Meet
Double delight for Sutlej school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
It was a double delight for Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School, Rahon road, when both boys and girls won the kho-kho title in their respective categories for the sixth consecutive year. In all, 11 teams of girls and eight teams of boys from Ludhiana and Phillaur participated in the event.

The runners-up in the boys’ category were KVM and Shamrock. DAV, Phillaur, and Shamrock finished with second and third positions, respectively, in the girls’ category.

Dr HS Cheema, chairman of the school, gave away the trophies and certificates to the winner teams. School principal Satwinder Kaur congratulated the winners, participants and DPEs of the participating schools.



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