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Armed robbers target women in city
Kill, rob one at home in Thapar Colony

Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Children shocked, confused

While panic spread in the entire Salem Tabri area, the children were under immense shock. Confusion was evident on their faces. The residents of the locality did not let the children enter the house until their father, Rajesh, reached the spot. While Bhavya started screaming on seeing her mother, little Mannat could understand the tragedy and began to cry along with his sister and father. Manat was seen asking his father to take his mother to doctor as blood was oozing out of the victim’s body.

Ludhiana, February 2
In a shocking incident, armed robbers killed a 28-year-old woman in Thapar Colony near the Jalandhar bypass area here this afternoon. The brutality of the assailants could be gauged from the fact that they even pulled off the gold earrings worn by the victim. The victim, Priyanka, aka Pinki, was a native of Bihar. Her husband Rajesh works as a manager at a hotel situated in Haibowal.

The couple’s seven-year-old daughter Bhavya and four-year-old son Mannat are studying in GMT Public School, located in the colony.

The incident came to light when Pinki did not go to school to pick up her children. In routine, she used to go to the school and bring both her children back home at around 1 pm.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paramjit Singh Pannu said both children reached home and found the door locked from inside.

Pannu said the children, when unable to trace their mother, inquired about her from area residents . Thereafter, the neighbours decided to break open the door.

Soon they broke open the door and were shocked to find the blood soaked body of the woman on the floor. She had deep injury marks of a sharp-edged weapon on her head and other parts of the body.

The whole house was ransacked by the killers and they decamped with Rs 10,000 and some gold ornaments.

Meanwhile, the Salem Tabri Police has registered a murder case and have started investigations in the matter. “Prima facie, it looks like a case of loot, but we would thoroughly examine it from all angles,” ACP Paramjit Singh Pannu stated.


Deprive another of car after dumping her on road
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
In yet another armed carjacking in the city, two assailants snatched a Hyundai Verna car at gunpoint on College Road after taking the woman whom it belonged to hostage. She was later thrown out of the moving vehicle near Hambra Road.

The incident took place Tuesday night when the woman, later identified as Babita Jain, a resident of Gurdev Nagar, was returning to her parked car (registration no: PB10 CV0563) after coming out from a nearby beauty salon. She said one of the suspects trained a gun on her forehead and told her to keep quiet. When the vehicle reached near Club Nirvana on Hambran Road the assailants threw her out of the moving vehicle and sped away from the scene.

The police said the victim had gone inside the salon but came out almost immediately after being told it was closed. "The suspects took the woman hostage and fled with the car”.

One of the suspects wore a turban while the other was clean-shaven. The police has filed a case of kidnapping and snatching and is investigating the matter.



Multi-crore financial scam unearthed
4 arrested; had duped many on the pretext of providing easy loans
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Pulling the lid off a multi-crore financial scam, the Khanna police has arrested four fraudsters who conned thousands of people, especially from South India, on the pretext of providing them easy loans.

The accused, identified as Amit Sachhar of Quilla Mohalla, Jalandhar, Ajay Kumar Khurana of Ludhiana, Ashwani Kumar of Kharar and Narinder Kumar from Mohali, were arrested by the police following a raid last night.

Giving details about the arrest, SSP Khanna DP Singh said the accused were operating from Punjab and Haryana and were having their offices in Panchkula, Zirakpur, Ambala City, Mani Majra, Mohali and Khanna.

They have reportedly duped several thousand people in Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala Andhra Pradesh (AP), West Bengal, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

"Their modus operandi was to place an advertisement in local vernacular newspapers luring people on the pretext of providing them easy loan with affordable interest rate," said the SSP.

To provide the loan, the accused used to charge a processing fee of Rs 750 for less than Rs 10 lakh of the loan amount and Rs 1,500 for more than Rs 15 lakh.

Not only this, they used to charge a “legal advisor fee” between Rs 5000 -Rs 10,000 from their clients.

After charging the “legal advisor fee”, the accused used to issue a fake sanction letter and used to take 10 per cent of the margin money in advance from the gullible customers on the fake sum assured.

The SSP said the entire process used to take nearly three months. The fraud came to light after some victims presented cheques in banks for encashing the loan amount.

Their targets were people from down South, as they used to visit their office once in a month for the processing of their files. Besides, the accused had floated several websites to lure people seeking loan. The accused were produced before a court and sent on remand.

Details and addresses of the fake companies floated by the accused

  • Mahajan credit and finance SCO, Sector 10, Panchkula
  • KJS Financial Service Private limited, Zirakpur.
  • Blackbull Fincom Private limited, Ambala
  • PGH Financial Services Private Limited, SCO. No 447 Motor Market, Mani Majra
  • Blackbull Fincom Private Limited, Mohali
  • Lifeneed Associate Grewal Complex, Khanna
  • Amittva Management, Landra Road, Kharar
  • PGH Financial Services, Rajpura



Abduction Case
Fiance’s kin held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A day after a girl was abducted by her fiance, cops arrested three persons, including the boy's brother, here today, but had not recovered the girl. Yesterday afternoon, Mandeep Singh Gill, along with his friends and family, kidnapped the girl from her house at Shimlapuri.

The boy and his accomplices attacked the girl's family, who were trying to foil the abduction bid.

The girl's family was asking Mandeep's family to postpone the wedding, scheduled for February 11, as the girl's brother, living in Australia, expressed inability to reach on the schedule date.

Besides, arresting the trio, the police recovered the vehicle used in the crime.

The persons arrested were identified as Mandeep's brother Sandeep Singh and his friends Randeep Singh and Kanwaljit Singh.



Jail inmate does a ‘Veeru’
Climbs tower after his parole was rejected
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
An inmate did an act from the movie “Sholay” by climbing over the security tower in the Central jail at Takeover road here this morning after his request for parole was rejected by jail authorities.

The drama continued for nearly three hours following which he two other inmates brought him down on an assurance that his demands would be met soon.

The inmate identified as Manmohan Chand (52), a resident of Anandpur Sahib, who is facing 10-year-jail term after being convicted in a drug peddling case, was upset after his application for parole to attend the marriage of his daughter was reportedly rejected by jail authorities.

The incident occurred at 7.30 am, when Manmohan, perched atop of the Central security tower situated inside the Central jail. Reportedly, no one was manning the security tower.

On reaching the top of the tower he started screaming and claimed that if his demand would not be addressed he would commit suicide by jumping from the security tower.

The jail officials and inmates spotted Manmohan and gathered under the security tower and requested him to come down. But Manmohan refused to budge and demanded to talk to jail superintendent SP Khanna.

As soon as Khanna was informed, he reached the spot and asked Manmohan to come down and talk. In the meantime, Division no 7 police also reached the spot.

The matter was also brought to the notice of the DIG jail Jagjit Singh and Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria.

After receiving a nod from jail minister and senior officials, the jail superintendent initiated a negotiation process and assured Monmohan that all his demanded would be addressed and he would be allowed to attend the marriage of his daughter.

It was after the assurance from the inmate that Manmohan Chand came down from the security tower at 10.30 am. No case was registered against Manmohan.



Widening of NH 1
MC to keep watch on open manholes
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Ludhiana, February 2
After a vehicle belonging to a private company, which is widening the National Highway No.1, damaged a manhole today, civic body officials have deployed their staff to check the manholes during the work.

A company’s truck, which was loaded with bitumen, had got stuck in the manhole a few feet away from the one in which Sujan had fallen and died. As soon as MC staff got the information they rushed to the site and informed their seniors about it.

VP Singh, superintendent engineer, Operation and Maintenance (O&M) branch, immediately called the staff of the company and asked them to work carefully else they would be forced to take action. The officer even deployed his staff on the National Highway to check that no manhole gets destroyed during the ongoing work.

He said due to the shortage of the staff they have decided to seek support of the residents for ensuring the safety of the manholes. We will also request to common man to inform us about broken or uncovered manhole in the city, he added.



Bridging the gap with brush
Art exhibition by Australian at PAU from today
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

For a Cause

Moved by the incidents of violence against Indian students in Australia, Daniel Connell from Australia has decided to paint them on his canvas. He is in the city for an exhibition “Faith” at MS Randhawa Art Gallery, PAU, from February 3 to 9.

Ludhiana, February 2
With his brush strokes, Daniel Connell is trying to bring the Indian community closer to Australians. Moved by the incidents of violence against Indian students in Australia, he has decided to paint them on his canvas. Daniel Connell from Australia, who is in the city, will put up an exhibition “Faith” at MS Randhawa Art Gallery, PAU, from February 3 to 9.

Commenting on the assaults on Indian youths he said: "Several Indians were attacked in Australia, but we should not term it as a racist campaign. Whole country was ashamed due to these criminal activities. Australia has nothing against Indians and such things can happen anywhere in the world," he added.

Indian students usually stay in the suburbs at economical places and travel late nights, therefore they are more vulnerable to attacks, he said.

After Connell met with a taxi driver Lakhvir Singh, a student from India, he decided to show them as protagonists in his artwork.

“I met several Punjabi students, working part-time as taxi drivers, and was highly impressed them,” he adds.

He has made sketches of 10 Punjabi youths with charcoal on paper who are studying in Australia in different streams and working part-time as tax drivers. Besides sketches, he has also made paintings of some Sikh youths.

This is the fifth time Connell is visiting India and is bowled over by Indian hospitality and graciousness. "People here are very friendly and warm. I am in love with the vividness of Indian art and culture. The miniature paintings and engravings at Ajanta caves have impressed me a lot," he said. Connell has explored the northern and southern part of India except Kashmir. “I have heard a lot about Kashmir and will definitely visit there one day,” he added.

His exhibition has two aims. First is to make Australians aware of the true identity of Sikhs and to explain to them how glorious there community is. Second is to make Sikhs comfortable in Australia and to give them respect and love.

Since 2007 Daniel has been working as a freelance artiste and in 2008 his portrait of Greg Chappell was selected as a finalist in the world's richest portrait prize, The Doug Moran. Recently, he won the Fleurieu One Day Painting Prize for his landscape work in Australia.



Spot checks on rural dispensaries scare docs away
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

9 dispensaries without RMOs

Of the 107 dispensaries in the district, nine are without rural medical officers as nine posts in the “backward class” category remain vacant and the state government has not given the nod to fill them up. RMOs from nearby dispensaries have been given additional charge of these dispensaries, which has deprived villagers of regular medical services.

Ludhiana, February 2
Following the surprise checks conducted on rural dispensaries by senior officials of ‘zila parishad’, its office has been swamped by leave applications filed by rural medical officers (RMOs), who till now had been conveniently absenting themselves from duty.

In the past week over nine RMOs working in various village dispensaries have applied for long leave, the reason being fear of being marked absent in the wake of the constant checks being conducted on rural dispensaries.

A senior ‘zila parishad’ official claimed a large number of female doctors used to “play truant” at their dispensaries. "The dispensaries were left at the mercy of auxiliary nursing midwives or multiple health workers, who aren’t qualified to prescribe medicines or refer cases to health centres or hospitals," the official added.

Interestingly, a doctor after remaining on leave for a month joined duty for a week and then again forwarded an application for a month's leave.

So much so that the rural medical officers were reportedly also in the habit of going to their dispensaries just twice or thrice a week and mark themselves present in the attendance register for the whole week.

‘Zila Parishad’ secretary AS Gujral said he had refused to sanction leave to the rural medical officers. “The Ludhiana deputy commissioner had issued instructions that said department heads should not sanction the leave of more than 10 percent of the total staff. From now on all the leave applications will be forwarded to the ADC(D) along with the previous leave record of the doctors," he went on to add.

However, a doctor requesting anonymity said the rural medical officers had no option but to go on leave to prepare for various postgraduate examinations. "The Punjab government is depriving us of the opportunity of clearing postgraduate exams. As professionals we’ve every right to search for better future prospects”, the doctor added.

Meanwhile, Dr Aslam Parvez, president of the Rural Medical Services Association, Punjab, said the association would not support doctors who remain absent from their duties. "Our aim is to strengthen the public healthcare system in the rural areas of Punjab so as to provide best consultation and treatment to the rural populace," he added.



Locking of New Kitchlu Nagar’s gate
Residents protest, colonizer refutes allegations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Irked at locking of a gate by a colonizer allegedly due to the non- payment of ‘illegal’ fees levied by him, residents of New Kitchlu Nagar on the Hambran Road staged a protest against him. The colonizer has, however, refuted all allegations.

BK Sharma, Mahesh Sharma, Arun Nayyar, Rishab Jain, Sanjeev Gupta, Subash Gupta and Sukhwant Singh, all residents of New Kitchlu Nagar alleged that the colonizer had been collecting ‘illegal’ fee in the name of water, sewerage and developmental charges. They alleged that the colonizer had not even provided facilities like water supply and sewerage. Since the area doesn’t even fall under the Municipal Corporation’s limits so the building bylaws were not applicable to them. Yet, the colonizer was collecting the developmental charges for them, the residents alleged.

The residents alleged that the colonizer had locked the main gate of the colony for the past a few days after they refused to pay ‘illegal’ fee to him. They rued that schoolchildren were unable to board their buses on time, but the colonizer has refused to relent. They alleged that a complaint in this regard was lodged with the Deputy Commissioner and the Police Commissioner but they have failed to take any action against the colonizer due to his political clout.

CL Chetley, the colonizer, said this decision was taken by the welfare society of the locality in a unanimous manner. He added that people with vested interest were creating all the fuss. At least 45 incidents of snatching had taken place in the locality during the past a few days. Thus, the welfare society decided to lock five out of the eight gates in the locality till arrangements are made.



Laying storm water sewerage
Irregularities in allotment of work alleged
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Irregularities have became a common phenomenon in the working of the Municipal Corporation (MC). A testimony to this is that the civic body has adopted a reverse flow of rules to allegedly benefit a contractor by allotting work to him and calling the tenders for it later.

According to available information, on January 16, the operation and maintenance (O&M) branch of the MC had called for the tenders of laying down the storm water sewerage in front of the cremation ground at Civil Lines locality at an estimate cost of Rs 6.51 lakh. For it, the contractors were asked to place their bids by February 2. However, ignoring statutory norms, MC officials had, in order to extend largess to the contractor, already allotted the work of laying down of the sewerage line to a contractor.

Sources revealed that as a result, the contractor had already started the work of constructing the sewerage much before the MC had formally called for the tenders of the work. Sources also revealed that as the work was allotted to the contractor by violating the norms, officials have directed the contractor to expedite the work due to which the work has almost touched the half-way mark. Commenting on it, Amarjeet Singh, a social activist said as the area suffers from acute water-logging during the rainy season so the work was necessary, but it could not be tolerated that it was given by violating the norms. He said the move seemed to be an effort by the MC officials to extend largess to the contractor undertaking the work. "A thorough inquiry must be conducted into the matter and action must be taken against the officials who had violated the norms," he added. When sked to comment on the matter, Manjeet Singh, Executive Engineer of the O&M branch, asserted that the work was not the same for which tenders had been called adding that the work was done by following a set procedure.



Payment of Compensation
1984-Sikh riot victims seek CBI probe
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
Charging the Punjab government with committing grave irregularities in disbursement of Rs 440 crore released by the Centre as resettlement grant for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board has urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to order a CBI inquiry into the bungling.

In a memorandum submitted through local MP Manish Tewari to the Central government, the board has alleged that the funds provided by the Centre in 2006 for payment of ` 2 lakh each to eligible families of riot victims, were still to reach a large number of beneficiaries. “Till date only ` 215 crore has been distributed among the riot-affected families while at least 11,000 families in different parts of Punjab are still waiting for the resettlement grant.”

Presenting the memorandum to the Congress MP here today, Kartar Singh Patna, chairman of the board, said about 3,000 files of riot victims and riot-affected families were gathering dust in government offices here. Even after explicit directions from the Union government for immediate disposal of these files, nothing worthwhile had apparently been done.

Patna and other functionaries of the board specifically drew the attention of the government towards the case of an employee of the SDM office, who was arrested by vigilance department for taking bribe to settle resettlement claims of riot-affected families. “Efforts are on to hush up the matter as a few high officials and self-styled leaders of Sikh migrants are involved in this fraud.”

The board further asked the government to intervene and prevail upon the Punjab government to speed up the process for allotment of residential flats to riot victims as per the policy formulated for this purpose as also dispense justice who were allotted flats of lower category than opted for in the draw taken out by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority in October 2010.



Now, no official vehicles for MC junior officers
Manvinder Singh/TNS

Ludhiana, February 2
Junior officials of the municipal corporation will have to forego the privilege of being allotted government vehicles for official duty with the civic body’s top brass of the civic body having decided to take the vehicles back from them.

There are a number of officers of superintendent rank who have reportedly been using official vehicles on duty. However, on the other hand, key officials of the rank of subdivisional officer in various MC branches have not been given this facility despite their being entitled for it.

VP Singh, superintendent engineer of the operations & maintenance branch, raised the matter with MC commissioner AK Sinha during a meeting Tuesday called to review the progress made by civic officials in recovering pending financial arrears. He told Sinha the basic reason for the slow pace of recoveries in the branch was that its officials were not being provided official vehicles to move around the city.

“Though officials in other MC branches, who aren’t engaged in any field work, are using official vehicles, their SDOs who have to move all over the city to recover pending water supply and sewerage charges as well as monitor developmental projects aren’t getting any vehicles. The result is that the work in our branch gets disrupted”, Singh added.

Acting swiftly Sinha asked additional commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar to issue instructions that superintendents in all MC branches along with assistant town planners of the building branch who were using government vehicles would have hand them over to zonal commissioners of their respective areas. “If any official requires an official vehicle he or she would have make a formal request to the zonal commissioner”, Sinha added.



They take pride in helping the needy
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
After being operated upon two days ago for “hip replacement” by US-based surgeons, who are members of an NGO- Operation Walk Maryland- Sat Narayan (44), a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, was oozing with confidence while exercising with the help of physiotherapists.

“I had given up hope to walk straight and resume my work an year- and-half ago, but this operation is like my rebirth as I can already feel the strength in my bones,” he added.

The specialists have operated 46 patients from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during their four-day stay at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Case of Sanjay Kumar 932), a resident of a village near Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), was the most challenging one for the doctors as both of his knees were diseased for more than 10 years thereby making him a high-risk patient. “We rejected his case twice but his determination to undergo surgery at any cost compelled the doctors to go ahead with the surgery, which was successful,” said Dr Deepak Jain, assistant professor of orthopaedics and coordinator of the project. The patient had in letters written to the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and the Prime Minister sought funds for his surgery, but could not get even a penny. On getting the news about surgeries of knee/hip replacement free of cost by the NGO from a well wisher, Sanjay reached Ludhiana.

Dedicated physiotherapists

Justin Cheesmon, Mary Campbell and Theresa Williams, all physiotherapists, begin their day in the recovery ward of the Orthopaedics department. Bowled over by the humility of the professionals, the patients look forward to their physiotherapy sessions. The “unmistakable gleam” in the eyes of the young as well as the old patients on seeing the physiotherapists speaks volumes for their fondness towards the team.

Charitable Cause

Dr Lowry Barnes, a leading orthopaedics surgeon from New York, is happy to have operated upon poor patients. Having performed surgeries free of cost under the aegis of Operation Walk Maryland in Peru and Dominican Republic, he is not concerned about having missed his practice. “Charity is on top priority for me as I feel helping the underprivileged is a privilege that every doctor/surgeon should avail,” he adds



Vacant Posts
Strike: PAU students firm on demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
The hunger strike by students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) entered its seventh day today. Coming to the rescue of students, even the Vice-Chancellor of PAU has written to Punjab CM, informing him about students’ agitation against the vacant posts lying in agricultural department, Punjab.

Dr Kang, in his letter to Parkash Singh Badal, stated that a meeting was arranged by PAUSA representatives with the Agricultural Minister Sucha Singh Langah about a week ago wherein the minister had assured the students that the Punjab government would fill some posts soon.

Dr Kang has conveyed the request of students to arrange for a meeting with the Chief Minister to discuss the issue.

Though Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Harish Rai Dhanda, visited the campus to offer some consolation, but he expressed his inability, as he gave a brief picture about the economic health of the state. He also said he was not in a position to promise anything, but will do his best. He also added that in a democracy, agitation was the best means to address one’s concern and tried to persuade the students to suspend the strike, but the students resolved that the strike will continue till a written assurance was made.

An ‘ultimatum’ was also given to the PAU authorities and Punjab government, the deadline of which was set for Thursday.

“The protest which has been silent so far must not be taken casually by the authorities concerned,” said the student representative.



Students have date with flute maestro
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A date with Shashank Subramanyam, Indian master flute player, who was nominated for Grammy 2009, turned out to be an exhilarating experience for the students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan, campus.

The college campus resonated with the melodious notes of the flautist Shashank Subramanayam, who was in the college to perform under the aegis of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPIC MACAY).

The “mridangam” artiste Jai Chand accompanied the flautist on his show at the college. The young flautist enthralled the audiences with compositions in raga “Hans Dhvani”, “Vatapi” and the best being the “Carnatic” folk, which were received with a round of applause.

Having learnt flute from the age of three, Shashank became the youngest performer at the age of seven and learning with maestro Pt Jasraj strengthened him in Indian classical music.

Accredited with unique technique of multi flutes transpose and dual octave, the flautist from Karnataka has collaborated with John Mclaughlin, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pt Vishva Mohan Bhatt.

When asked about the scope of Indian classical music, the flautist said: “As long as people have a passion to learn classical music they will manage to carve a niche for themselves. I have 15 young students who are ardently learning the art of flute playing and I am sure their commitment to the art will be appreciated and rewarded,” Subramanyam added.



PU conducts interviews for law faculty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Coming to the rescue of law students of Regional Centre at Panjab University, interviews for law faculty was conducted in Chandigarh today. A lot of candidates walked-in for the interview, which was taken by a committee constituted by Panjab University.

The candidates, majority of them practicing advocates, appeared for the interview.

The results of selected candidates will be declared soon.

It may be mentioned here that law students of PU Regional Centre had recently protested against the “callous” attitude of PU in appointing faculty to teach two major programmes- Code of Criminal Procedure and Code of Civil Procedure.

Since students were paying hefty fees to the centre, they had condemned authorities for not appointing qualified teachers.



435 contestants for Miss College Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
The number of students taking part in Miss College Ludhiana has reached to 435 with the conclusion of first round of open auditions held here today. The second round of auditions will start from tomorrow at Saroj Khan Dance Academy.

Project director Neha Jain said enthusiasm among students was tremendous. “In the second round, all selected contestants will exhibit their talent and 60 talented students will be able to take part in the grand finale, to be held at Guru Nanak Bhawan on February 10”. Cash awards will be given to the winners.



Seminar on emerging India on Feb 18
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 2
The postgraduate department of commerce and business administration of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, will organise a two-day UGC-sponsored national conference on “India an emerging service economy: Issues and challenges” on February 18 and 19.

Scholars like Komal Amit Garg, Business Standard; Dr Balwinder Singh, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; DBS Bodla, Kurukshetra University; Dr AK Vashishat, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Gagandeep Sharma, BBSB Engineering College; Dr Bikram Singh Virk, Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Government College, Kapurthala; Dr SK Chadha, Panjab University, Chandigarh; and Mandeep Singh, Axis Bank, will share their expert views with the delegates.

Principal, Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, said that scrutinised papers would be published in the form of an edited book. Length of full paper should not be more than 2,500 words and the hard copy of the manuscript should be sent to Prof Gursharanjit Singh, PG department of commerce and business administration, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, by February 10. The soft copy must be sent at raman_dhiman01@yahoo.com. The last date of sending the abstract, however, is February 5.



Move to open pre-nursery schools
Anganwari workers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
The District Anganwari Employees’ Union has criticised the state government for its decision to open pre-nursery schools in the state. Addressing a district-level meeting in Ludhiana, president of the district unit of the union, Subhash Rani, stated that angawari workers would stage a protest against the government if they went ahead with the proposed plan.

Rani also said that instead of spending money on new pre-nursery schools, the state government should improve the infrastructure of the anganwari centres and employ qualified staff in this regard.

She said the government was taking the plea of the Right to Education Act for the opening such schools, which was a farce as the Act was applicable to the children between six to 14 years.

Anganwari workers also deliberated on their plans to participate in a rally to be organised in New Delhi on February 24 to protest against non-fulfillment of pending issues like gratuity and pension of the Anganwari workers.



MoU signed

Ludhiana, February 2
The PCTE Group of Institutes signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Lithuania - Nikolas Romaris University in Vilnius. The MoU has been signed for exchange of students, faculty and research work eventually.

Harpreet K Kang, deputy dean, international affairs, PCTE Group of Institutes, signed the MoU on her visit to Lithuania. “Not only do we share the Aryan race and Sanskrit as a mother language for both Hindi and Lithuanian language, but also a lot of culture in terms of hospitality and honour given to the guests and lifestyle. These things will enhance a feeling of similarity and harmony, when the students will travel across borders to both countries,” said Kang. — TNS



From Schools

Extempore contest

LUDHIANA: An inter-school extempore contest was held at GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, today.

Teams from 20 schools affiliated to CBSE participated in the contest. Each team comprises five students.

The aim was to inculcate the habit of reading newspapers among students and to keep them abreast of national and international happenings.

The contest also aims to widen the students’ intellect by providing access to things apart from their syllabus.

“Students face multifaceted challenges and need to be equipped with latest knowledge not only about their curriculum, but also about the happenings around them,” said principal Gurmant Kaur Gill.

“Such competitions are a need and vital for success of every youth in the present day scenario,” said Ishwinder, a mechanical engineer and central head of Aakash Institute, Ludhiana, who was judging the competition.

Students expressed their views topics like “Role of Happiness in Our Life”; “Excuses Children Make for Not Doing Homework”; “Manners Matter”; “Media Controls and What We Think”; “Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated”; “Empowerment of Women in India”; “Should CCTV Cameras be Installed in Class Rooms”; “Eye Donation”; “Violent Games Make Children Violent”.


The annual meeting of the management of Green Land Schools was held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School here yesterday. Chairman Rajesh Rudra announced the implementation of the sixth Pay Commission in all schools run by Sant Kirpal Vidyak Mission from April 1. — TNS



Training programme for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
With an aiming to develop entrepreneurship among farmers Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today initiated a seven-day training programme on processing of soybean.

Many farmers are participating in the programme, which is sponsored by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

“Soya bean is emerging as best alternative for cow or buffalo milk,” said Dr RT Patil, director, CIPHET, while addressing the participants taking part in the training programme.

“This is good for patients with heart related problems, diabetics, women suffering from menopause and osteoporoses,” he said, adding that soya bean products should be processed properly.

The seven-day training will include training on processing and utilisation of soya bean, processing of soya bean into milk, value added products from soya bean, practical on soya bean milk, materials and equipment for packaging of soya products, technologies for enhancing efficiency of processing equipments, evaluation of adulteration of foods, micro-biological quality evaluation of food products etc.



MC officials get show cause notice for negligence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Irked over the casual attitude of officials of the computer branch in billing city residents for water supply charges, municipal corporation officials have issued a show cause notice to three top officers of the branch.

At a meeting held Tuesday to review the progress made by civic officials in recovering pending financial arrears, it was pointed out that the pace of recovery of water tariffs was slow because the computer branch had not dispatched the bills. Taking note of this MC commissioner AK Sinha asked additional commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar to enquire into the matter.

Brar issued a show cause notice to the branch’s superintendent engineer, executive engineer SP Singh and subdivisional officer Balwinder Singh.



Virka village gets Rs 27 lakh for development
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur, February 2
In an effort to uplift infrastructure and provide basic amenities in rural areas, Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, handed over a grant of Rs 27 lakh to the panchayat of Virka village, near here, yesterday.

He handed over the cheque for Rs 27 lakh to Jaswinder Kaur, sarpanch, and said more such grants would be sanctioned for other development works.

An amount of Rs 10 lakh has been earmarked for the repair and construction of roads and streets and Rs 9 lakh will be spent on cleaning of the village pond.



Mini Olympics
Sports enthusiasts visit Kila Raipur

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 2
With organisers of the platinum jubilee edition of the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, also as Mini Olympics, still busy in preparations, sports enthusiasts have started visiting the stadium ahead of informal commencement of the mega event on Thursday.

Visitors include farmers, students and owners of bullocks and dogs. A large number of members of various teams of Kabaddi, hockey and athletics have reached from world over.

A large number of sports enthusiasts had visited the Grewal Sports Stadium, Kilaraipur, the venue for world famous rural sports, today.

While farmers and owners of bullocks came to “check” the preparations, students bunked their classes to see the preparations.

Deepa of Lohgarh village, whose bullocks had been participating in the fair for many years, said he had brought his bullocks ahead of the event so that they (bullocks) become familiar with the tracks.

“As two of my bullocks are participating in the race first time, I thought of bringing the pair to the stadium ahead of the event,” said Deepa.

Paramjit Singh Grewal, secretary of the association, said arrangements for comfortable stay of sportspersons coming from foreign countries and other states had been made.

While some teams have already reached, others will be arriving late in the evening today. The organisers have deputed special teams of volunteers to receive teams at airport, railway station and bus stand.

A team of camels that has since emerged as major attraction at Pushkar Mela, has already started for Kilaraipur from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, the organisers informed.

Though formal inauguration of the event will be done on Friday, competitions for “time bullock races” will be held tomorrow.

Sideshows will include performances by “bazigars” and Nihangs, martial arts will be displayed by a team of Miri Piri Academy.



Budding hockey players get bicycles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 2
Budding hockey players of Jarkhar Academy near Ludhiana, who excelled in education, were given bicycles. These players received bicycles at a function organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club here yesterday.

The prominent sports promoter of the area, Ajit Singh Bhangani, along with the senior vice president of the club Jagjit Singh Sandhu and sarpanch Savinder Singh Jassowal gave away bicycles.

Sandhu and Bhangani gave Rs 31,000 and Rs 11,000, respectively, to the academy.

Chief coach of the academy Harminder Pal Singh said players who would maintain discipline and perform well would be given bicycles, along with scholarships.

“Those who will excel at national and international-level tournaments will be given motorcycles.

They will also be given specialised coaching, track suits and other facilities,” he added.



Lovepreet, Satwinder adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 2
“Sports plays an important role in the all-round development of students,” said Chanan Singh Matharroo, chief guest, at the fifth prize distribution function at CS International School, Kumbh village, near here today.

The chief guest distributed prizes to the winners in log jump, shot put, 100m, 200m, 400m, cycle race, balloon race. International Table Soccer championship winner Jaskirat Singh and Sagar Sain were also honoured.

Among girls Lovepreet Kaur and among boys Satwinder Singh were awarded best athletes prizes.



Guntas, Daksham shine in athletics meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 2
The annual athletics meet of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Model Town branch, began yesterday in which students of the kindergarten and primary section took part with great enthusiasm.

Nilambri Jagdale (IPS), Assistant Commissioner of Police (South), inaugurated the meet, which will conclude on February 5.


Nursery A (balloon race): Guntas Kaur 1, Abhinav Singla 2 and Hitashi Thakur 3; Nursery B (back race): Jagjot Singh 1, Piyush 2 and Jagjot Saini 3; Nursery C (Santa Claus race): Sumeet 1, Gurkirat Singh 2 and Bismaad 3; Nursery D (cycle race): Jatasay 1, Maahir Verma 2 and Tushar 3; Nursery E (bird race): Amagh Chhuneja 1, Sahibpreet Singh 2 and Mahish Puri 3; Nursery F (postman race): 1 Daksham, Antra 2 and Prabhensh Singh 3.



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