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Toll collection racket busted, 1 arrested
Conman used to issue fake slips to motorists
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A road construction firm got ripped off by a streetsmart conmen who pocketed toll amounting to lakhs of rupees from motorists every day by issuing them ‘kucchi’ (fake) slips at a toll barrier near Phillaur. With the arrest of a suspect the city police has claimed to have pulled the lid off on what is said to be the biggest toll collection racket.

The scam, first detected by employees of SOMA Isolux, the firm that has been contracted the project to widen the a stretch of the GT Road and which also collects the toll, came to light today when the driver of a privately operated bus showed a fake toll slip to them at the toll plaza. The fraud was detected when Col (retd) Suresh Yadav, the firm’s general manager, was visiting the toll barrier following repeated complaints of toll violation by the private bus operator.

The bus driver, who refused to be named, stated to the toll plaza authorities that the bus pass was issued by Manjot Singh of Samrala Chowk. “The bus pass was issued to the driver with an assurance he wouldn’t be stopped at any toll barrier. If the bus was stopped, Manjot and his men would create a ruckus at the barrier,” said Yadav.

He added a complaint had been filed earlier with the police about the safety of the toll barrier employees. “The employees working at the toll plaza are a scared lot. They have been threatened by miscreants who told them to allow private buses to go through the barrier without charging them toll. The rising cases of clashes at the toll plaza have become a cause of concern,” he said.

Ladhowal police station house officer Jatinder Singh said soon after receiving information the firm’s officials swooped into action and conducted a raid at the Samrala chowk, from where the gang was said to be operating. While Manpreet was nabbed, his two accomplices, identified as Harwinder Sangha of Hoshiarpur and Manjot Singh of Phagwara, managed to flee the scene.

Manjot reportedly charged Rs 760 for every bus and used to assured the driver no toll would be charged from him at the toll barrier.

Jatinder said the police filed a case on “papering fake toll plaza slips” under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC. He added the involvement of an “insider” - specifically an employee of the firm collecting the toll - in the racket has not been ruled out.

Mounting losses

The toll barrier near Phillaur is reportedly incurring a loss of Rs 27 lakh every month. According to sources close to the firm collecting the toll, about 300 buses were using fake slips issued by one of the suspects running the racket.


Tap water in city largely unsafe
25 of 40 samples fail quality test
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Before you drink water from an MC tap in the city, beware - it can be contaminated. In lab tests conducted on 43 water samples collected by the health department from various residential areas almost three-fifths of them -25 - were found to be impure.

Water supply in the city, which has of late earned the dubious distinction of notoriety of being the state’s “gastroenteritis capital” due to outbreaks of waterborne diseases every year, continues to pose health risks.

The water samples were collected from houses in Guru Nanakpura, Ambedkar Nagar, Chawni Mohalla, Ram Nagar near CMC Chowk, New Shivaji Nagar, New Hargobind Nagar, near government dispensary in Basti Jodhewal, Sardar Nagar and other localities between January 4 to 17.

District health officer Dr Jagpal Singh told The Tribune the department had sent the test report to the MC commissioner with a copy forwarded to deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari.

While the residents suffer, the MC does not seem to bother. The MC authorities washed their hands over the failed samples. V.P. Singh, executive engineer, Overseers and Management Centre said: “The samples were not collected in the presence of MC employees. ‘‘Moreover we’ve not received any complaint about contaminated water supply from any area residents”.

This is not for the first time samples have failed test. Last December 51 samples out of 106 collected were found unfit for drinking. And the worst scenario was witnessed in areas including Dhandari, Gyaspura and Sherpur, represented by none other than city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura himself. That time too the civic body had come up with the same excuse.

No lessons learnt

Last year a dozen people in the city lost their lives to gastroenteritis with about 450 falling seriously ill after drinking contaminated water. Both MC and health department officials engaged in passing the buck to each other. This state of affairs continues today and residents have little hope things will improve.



DC finds land registrations pending
Three employees absent from duty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
In yet another surprise check conducted by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, two-and-half-month-old land registrations were found pending in the office of the Sub-Registrar, Ludhiana (Central), while three employees from the Sub-Registrar office, Ludhiana (West), were found absent from duty.

Taking a strong notice of the pending registries, the DC instructed Tehsildar Arvinderpal Singh to immediately handover the documents to the people concerned. He also checked the recent records of the land registrations and made telephone calls to the people asking them about the difficulties faced by them at the sub-registrar, Ludhiana (Central), office. However, all the employees in the office were present on duty.

In order to streamline the working of the land registration department, the DC urged the people to come forward with the complaints against employees and officials demanding bribe.

The DC also checked the Sub-Registrar office, Ludhiana (West), where two out of the three employees of the Punjab Land Record Society were absent.

Tehsildar Gurdev Singh Sidhu was instructed to handover two pending registries to the respective owners. 



Employees on indefinite strike
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Sixty five data-entry operators, maintaining land records, and 15 workers, involved in computerisation of revenue records, went on ian ndefinite strike at the DC office here today.

The data-entry operators, employed by the CMS have not received their salaries for the past three months, while the employees of Punjab Land Record Society (PLRS) are demanding “regularisation” of their jobs. There are 250 employees working under the PLRS across the state.

The indefinite strike will also stall the state government's plan to open up a computerised land record centre by March 31.

The computerised Land Record Employees Welfare Association president Shivraj Singh Shahkot stated that they were working to streamline the land records for the past five years, but the government had ignored their repeated requests to “regularise” their jobs. “Once the work of computerisation of land records gets completed, we will be relieved from our jobs. Thus, we will not end the strike till the time we are regularised under the state government,” Shahkot went on to add.

The contractual staff should be taken seriously, as they work on less salaries yet give good results. The government has adopted a very casual attitude as we are considered as a “stop-gap” arrangement, protested an irked employee.

Registering their protest, the data-entry operators stated that they were promised a good salary hike in December 2010 but instead of giving them an increase, the company was not even giving the stipulated salaries.

The state project manager of the CMS Ambrish Saxena, when asked about the striking employees, said, "The data-entry operators will get their salaries tomorrow and they will resume work.

The bills had been sent to the Punjab Land Record Society for clearance and it was the delay on the part of the society that caused delay in the disbursement of salaries,” said the project manager.



Patwari nabbed taking bribe
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Vigilance sleuths nabbed a patwari in a graft case here today. The accused revenue official, identified as Albail Singh, posted at Dhandra Tah, was nabbed red-handed while he was receiving a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Jagjit Singh, a resident of Karnal Singh Nagar, Phase- III.

The complainant had stated that he had purchased a plot measuring 100 sq yd, behind Joseph School near Dhandra Road from Surinder Singh.

A copy of “Jamabandi” was required to complete the formalities pertaining to the land deal. To procure the “Farad Jamabandi”, he contacted Albail Singh on February 15. The revenue official demanded Rs 10,000 for issuing a copy of Jamabandi. The matter was settled at Rs 5,000.

In the meantime, complainant Jagjit Singh approached the vigilance bureau. After receiving the complaint, the official laid a trap and laced the currency notes with a special fluid.



Patwari chargesheeted for making fake land deed
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Taking a strict action against the officials involved in fraudulent preparing a bogus land deed, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari on Wednesday issued a charge sheet to a ‘patwari’ and ‘kanungo followed by a written complaint against the ‘tehsildar’ forwarded to the Punjab financial commissioner (revenue).

“Patwari Karjanpal Singh, kanungo Mohan Singh and the tehsildar (west), KS Randhawa, in connivance with Mahinder Singh cheated his brother, Joginder Singh, by selling his piece of land in Gill village”, said Tewari.

Mahinder and Joginder had inherited an equal area of land belonging to their father, Puran Singh. However, the former connived with the officials and sold his brother's share of land. After Joginder learnt he had lost 250 square yards of land as a result of the fraud he met Tewari who immediately ordered a probe into the matter.

The inquiry report submitted by the subdivisional magistrate (west) to the DC categorically implicates the ‘patwari’, ‘kanungo’ and village ‘lambardar’ in the case. The report clearly states that, instead of writing Mahinder’s name in the mutation, Karjanpal wrote Joginder’s name and sold the latter’s land in three parts on different dates.

Interestingly, the officials facilitated Mahinder to the extent of tampering departmental records. The land registration records bear Mahinder’s name but the revenue records bear that of Joginder. The land was sold to Inderjit Mahajan, Dheeraj Mahajan and various other people on different occasions. However, in his reply given during the inquiry, Karjanpal stated the change in names was a “mistake” and was “not intentional”. When asked about the “slip-up" that occurred thrice, the ‘patwari’ maintained “it was just a mistake that can happen on more than one occasion”. Karjanpal was eventually found guilty of preparing the unlawful land deed and Mohan, who instead of rectifying the mistake ignored it, was found to be a party to the misdemeanor.

According to Tewari, the ‘tehsildar’ concerned was equally responsible for the lapse. “He failed to discharge his duty efficiently by ignoring the mix up in the land registration and mutation records”, he added.



LIT trustee to be booked for obstructing official duty
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The local police is set to book a trustee of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Gurinderpal Singh Pappu, a day after he reportedly broke the seals put by the municipal corporation on several city shops accused of violating building bylaws. Following a complaint on the matter filed by MC officials the police may register a case against him on charges of preventing an official from performing his official duty.

Police commissioner Ishwar Singh told The Tribune today: “We’re yet to receive a copy of the complaint but, as soon as we get it, a case (against Narinderpal) will be filed. We won’t spare any one breaking the laws. I’ve learnt MC commissioner AK Sinha has forwarded the complaint to me and am waiting for it to take further action”.

Meanwhile, Sinha said the civic body had referred the case (MC seals on shops being broken) to the police. "We’ve also approached the LIT for canceling allotment to those who had begun commercial ventures in residential areas, in line with the high court orders", he added.

While the civic body has reportedly forwarded a request to the trust to cancel such allotments, LIT chairman MM Vyas said: “We’ve yet to receive the letter and will act only after we get it". However, he distanced himself from Narinderpal’s action saying the trust “had nothing to do” with Tuesday’s incident. "This was done in personal capacity by the trustee and LIT must not be held responsible for the act", he said.

Senior Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said: “No one is above the law. The incident has given a bad signal. It seems for ruling party, the rules should be followed by the common man only and not by those in power. Narinderpal must be booked under the relevant laws. It will be considered a lapse on the part of the MC, police or LIT if strict action isn’t taken against the irresponsible trustee who not only interfered in the functioning of the civic body but also supported those who flouted the rules. In case they fail to take action, we will take this issue in the MC general house till it meets the desirable end", said Mehta. 



Ex-Armymen wage battle against black money
Mohit Khanna/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
In a unique endeavour, the retired Army officers of the Signal Corps have started a signature campaign to bring back the black money being dumped in the Swiss banks. The signature drive was started yesterday to mark the 100th raising day of the corps of signals.

The signing chart, which refers to the President and Prime Minister of the country, states that black money, which is lying in Swiss banks, should be brought back to India and steps should be taken to check corruption in all government offices.

The signature campaign, which was placed in the middle of the dinner table, caught everyone by surprise. Col RS Sohi (retd) delivered an emphatic speech and requested the officers and their wives to sign on a chat and support the cause.

“Time has come to protest against the existing system. I want more Army officials to come forward and sign on the chart. We need to bring in change. The corrupt system is not acceptable. By initiating a signing campaign we want to draw the attention of the President and Prime Minister to think seriously over these issues,” he added.

The officers demanded in unison that the black money kept in Swiss banks should be brought back soon and it should be distributed among the poor.

Lt Col Mukhtialr Singh Kang (retd) said: “Every day you open a newspaper, you find a new scam and some minister is accused of usurping millions of rupees. And after some time you find these politicians roaming scot-free.”

The officers, who signed the memorandum are Maj Gen SS Jawandha, Brig PS Toor, Brig DS Sidhu,Col RS Sohi, Col Harbaksh Singh, Maj Sher Singh Aulakh, Col RS Kang, Col BS Sandhu, Col HS Hansahia, Col RS Shahid, Lt Col PS Birdi, Major SS Khosla, Lt Col JS Garcha, Lt Col Manjinder Singh and Capt Surinder Singh.

See also P4



KVM club provides succour to kids of adopted institution 
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
In an exceptional display of zeal towards social causes, student members of the Prarth Club of Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, have been working tirelessly towards the welfare of 250 students of their adopted institution - Hindu Putri Pathshala (HPP), Haibowal village - for the past four years.

The 15 student members of the club, along with other students of their school, have been making generous weekly voluntary contributions from their own pocket money towards the welfare of their adopted school.

The money, thus collected, goes towards providing essentials to the students of the HPP, most of whom belong to the lower strata of society.

Every month, the members of Prarth Club hold a meeting in their school, after which they visit their adopted institution with gifts for the students, which are of utmost importance in their day-to-day life.

At the HPP, the members of the Prarth Club not only interact with the students but also, educate them about imperative issues pertaining to society, health, environment and so on. They even take periodic updates from students on how they have incorporated "last month's session" into their daily lives. Over the years, the KVM has provided furniture for the students as well as staff members of the HPP, including tables, chairs and desks. The club has also been distributing daily use items like water bottles, combs, tooth brushes, shoe polish and brushes, soap, nail cutters, notebooks, eatables etc to their fellow students at the HPP.

Not only this, every year, the KVM also adopts two toppers of the HPP - one boy and one girl, and supports their education till Class XII. These toppers are also honoured at the annual prize distribution ceremony of the KVM, along with its own students.

The school also invites students of their adopted institution for all its cultural events, where the latter get a rare opportunity to interact with Kundanites and also perform on stage with them.

Talking about the club, the KVM principal Navita Puri said: "The initiative to start the Prarth Club was undertaken by our school manager Ashwani Kumar about four years back. He then roped in mathematics teacher Vijay Kapoor and history teacher Pushpa Sharma to take charge of the club's activities. Since then, both teachers are sincerely working towards achieving the club's goal, is which primarily to help others."

Kapoor and Sharma said that every year students from Class XI or X are entrusted with the duties of the club. "Once the students move to a higher class, their successors take over in the new session," they said.

Meanwhile, as part of their monthly visit to the HPP, the members of the Prarth Club today held an interactive session on the importance of maintaining cleanliness in daily life for the students.

It was indeed a pleasure watching the students interact with each other. While the student member of the club seemed to have suddenly become teachers for their young "pupils", guiding them about personal hygiene; on the other hand, the obedient students enjoyed every bit of the words of wisdom from their "didi" and "bhaiya".

Involved in social causes

The Prarth Club is actively involved with in social causes and recently visited the local Old Age Home, where the members spent time with inmates and also distributed shawls among the elderly.


Expressing great joy at the zeal of her students towards social and environmental issues, Puri said she wished every educational institution in the country followed the noble path shown by her children. "If each school adopts its less fortunate counterparts, there would be no uneducated children in our country," she says.

Guardian angels

Expressing her gratitude towards the KVM, Kamlesh Dhir, principal of the HPP, said: "I have no words to thank the management, students and staff of the KVM enough. Vijay Kapoor and Pushpa Sharma are like our guardian angels, who have been our constant support through the past four years."



Farmers throng bank stalls to avail loans
Mahesh Sharma

Jagraon, February 16
With an intent to increase their profitability, more dairy farmers have started showing interest in upgrading their existing dairies by availing loans from financial organisations and subsidies from the state government.

The tendency was observed during the first two days of the fifth PDFA Dairy Agricultural Expo Fair that commenced here.

Investigation revealed that a large number of progressive dairy farmers had shown inclination to upgrade their existing dairies by availing loans from Commercial Banks, including the State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Punjab National Bank and Axis Bank.

Officials at the stalls organised by these banks remained busy in responding to queries on formalities and modalities to enable farmers avail loans and subsidies for setting up new dairies and improving existing ones.

During an interactive session of seminar on prospects and challenges of the dairy business, officials led by Assistant General Manager, Ludhiana, Anuradha Narayanan assured entrepreneurs that the procedure for sanctioning and disbursement of loans for the dairy and agriculture had been liberalised during the past months.

Financial position of a large number of dairy farmers had improved after the SBI signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the PDFA last year. The Punjab Dairy Development Department, Milkfed and the Progressive Farmers Association had joined hands with the State Bank of India in order to boost milk production and promote dairy farming in the state.

With the bank earmarking a sum of Rs 100 crore under the scheme ‘the Dairy Plus’ the state seemed to have made-up for the shortfall in demand and supply of milk. The bank sanctioned loans to both the existing as well as the start up dairy ventures, with a requirement that the minimum number of high yield cows in each farm was 25. The selected dairies were integrated dairies with state of the art technology.

Appreciating steps taken by the PDFA, Avtar Singh of Shankar village said he had initiated the process for developing his dairy by availing loan from the State Bank of India.

“Though I am already running a dairy farm, I have decided to upgrade it by availing loan from Dehlon branch of the bank. Besides availing subsidy on construction of shed, equipment and insurance of animals, I will be receiving expert advice as and when required,” said Avtar Singh adding he would replace all indigenous cows with hybrid varieties soon.

The bank had drafted a policy to rope in at least 500 beneficiaries during the first two years. Roughly, for a dairy farm of 50 cows, a sum of Rs 58 lakh was required (Rs 48 lakh as project cost and Rs 10 lakh as working capital loan). The bank gives 75 per cent of this amount as loan for a period of seven years.



Decks cleared for Rs 150-cr HUDCO loan to MC
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
With the Municipal Corporation (MC) officials finalising the terms and conditions with their counterparts in the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), decks have been cleared for a loan of Rs 150 crore for the civic body.

The MC had sought a loan of Rs 150 crore from HUDCO for carrying out important developmental projects in the city. As the state government had given guarantee for that loan to be given to the MC, a team of HUDCO officials, including Deputy Controller (Law) Jasbir Singh and Deputy Controller (Finance) Harjeet Singh held a meeting with MC Additional Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar for finalising the terms and conditions of the loan at her office on Tuesday.

At the meeting, it was decided that the loan would be given to the civic body for a period of 13 years and the MC would start giving instalments for repaying it from January 2012. Similarly, the loan would be given to the MC for completing the project of laying down of sewerage under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which is to be done at a cost of Rs 240 crore along with other major developmental works.

At the meeting, MC officials had also called staff from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) so that exact assessment of funds required for the project could be made. Though earlier it was planned that officials of HUDCO would be visiting some sites of the ongoing projects before giving their assent to the loan, impressed by the presentation of MC officials, the HUDCO officials agreed to give the loan without even visiting the spots.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that as the MC officials do not want that it should pay a heavy amount of interest, they have planned that in initial stage, they would ask HUDCO to give only Rs 30 crore to them and later on, as the PWSSB officials tell their requirement for funds, the MC officials would seek it from HUDCO for laying down the sewerage.

When asked to comment on it, MC Additional Commissioner Brar confirmed that the terms and conditions of the loan had been finalised. She asserted that the loan would prove beneficial to the city as with it, more funds would be available for the development of the city. 



Book exhibition at vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A two-day book exhibition organised by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was inaugurated by Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, at the examination hall of the College of Veterinary Science here. 

Dr Simrat visited various stalls of the participating book sellers/publishers and substantiated keen interest in the books on recent developments in the veterinary, animal sciences, fisheries, dairy technology, biotechnology and allied subjects.

The university officers, heads of the departments, faculty and students visited stalls and expressed intense attention to the latest published literature in respective areas. Around 19 renowned book sellers/publishers from various parts of northern India, including New Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rohtak and Ludhiana displayed books on the different disciplines of veterinary, animal sciences, dairy technology, fisheries, biotechnology and allied areas.

Prof-cum-librarian Dr PK Trehan said besides strengthening the library collections, this exhibition was supposed to stimulate the reading interest among the students and faculty of the university. The exhibition would promote friendly relationship between readers and books and would develop curiosity among the faculty and students to explore the books available on recent topics of interest.



‘People still unaware of their rights’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
Acknowledging that some professionals were trying to exploit the provisions of the Human Rights Commission, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna regretted that the common man was still unaware of his rights.

While the State Human Commission in Punjab had emerged number one in the country, commissions in other states lacked the desired support by their respective state governments, said Khanna.

He was talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after interacting with office-bearers of the BJP, the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha and the women wing of the BJP here on Tuesday. He was here to pay tributes to Chiranji Lal Puri, veteran saffron leader, who died recently. 



NH-1 widening to eat up road to Jaipura
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 16
Going by the latest project of the widening of National Highway No. 1, from now on no road shall lead to Jaipura village.

As per the project, there will be no separate provision of entry or exit to this particular village. “We fail to understand if other villages and towns have been kept in mind and the provision of flyovers from over them have been made, then why this particular village and its adjoining areas have been left out?” Questioned the residents.

“Now, we are making our way through somehow by crossing the cut near the petrol pump, but when the road project nears completion, all such cuts and spaces will be closed permanently,” said a resident of Chankoian village.

“Residents of Chankoian, Gurditpura, Maksoodran and a number of such villages, who take to this route, will have to face inconvenience if the authorities fail to provide proper arrangements for their entry and exit,” opined a group of Doraha residents.

“If the existing plan is allowed to materialise, anyone, who wishes to take road to Jaipura village, will either have to risk his/her way from the opposite side, which is from under the flyover of the town or cover an additional distance of more than a km and come from under the Kaddon bridge.

Though a service lane has been provided, but fails to pave ones way towards the village road, thus giving a tough time to village residents.

The village residents alleged that they had no idea as to which course will they be finally taking once the project of six laning was completed. “So far, we have no information whether we will be provided with an alternate arrangement or not, but as per the developments it is being felt that the authorities have overlooked the convenience of these villages and have made us helpless,” residents complained.



Id-Milad-un-Nabi celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Members of the Muslim community celebrated Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Sal's birth anniversary with religious fervour here today. All Muslim establishments, including the Jama Masjid, mosques, madrassas and khankas across the city served community langars.

A massive religious procession was also taken out on the occasion in which thousands of city residents participated with zeal and enthusiasm. The procession passed through the Shivpuri Daresi Ground, Madhopuri, Bajwa Nagar, Balmiki Chowk, Sunder Nagar, Rahon Road Chowk, Bapu School and Basti Jodhewal.

The procession was led by Mullana Hakim Ibrahim Noori Mufti Lateefu, Rehman Kari Syeed, Nasim Qadri and Mullana Ahmad Ashfi.



Jaspreet, Sarabjeet excel in teaching contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 16
The Panjab University zonal skill-in-teaching and on-the-spot teaching aid preparation competition was hosted by the Doraha College of Education yesterday.

Various colleges from Zone B participated in the competition. The chief guest of the competition was Dr Dinesh Talwar, fellow PU, Chandigarh. Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, fellow PU, Chandigarh, was the observer. Students showcased their creative potential both in teaching and aid preparation.

Dr Dinesh Talwar gave away the prizes to the winners of the competition. He congratulated the participants and said, “Winning and loosing does not matter, what is important is to participate in the competition.”

Doraha College of Education principal, Dr Sandeep Sawhney thanked the participating teams for making the event successful. The day culminated with the National Anthem.

Results Teaching of social studies

Skill-in-teaching: Jaspreet Kaur, GHG Harprakash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd 1; Sonika Bali, AS College of Education, Khanna 2; Shruti Srivastva, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar; and Sushma Rani, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 3.

On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Jaspret Kaur, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana 1; Sandeep Kaur, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar 2; Mamandeep Kaur, AS College of Education, Khanna 3.

Teaching of political science

Skill-in-teaching: Sarabjeet, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana 1; Inderjeet Kaur, Bhutta College of Education, Bhutta 2; Sandeep Kaur, Guru Gobind Singh College of Education for Girls, Kamalpura, Ludhiana 3.

On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Harpreet Kaur, Guru Nanak College of Education, Gopalpur 1; Sukhpal Kaur, Guru Gobind Singh College of Education for Girls, Kamalpura, Ludhiana 2; Shweta, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana 3.

Teaching of geography

Skill-in-teaching: Iqbal Singh, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar. On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Pardee Kaur, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar.

Teaching of history

Skill-in-teaching: Reshma, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar 1; Komal, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 2; Mandeep Kaur, Bhutta College of Education, Bhutta 3.

On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Manpreet Kaur, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana 1; Isha Sharma, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar 2; Kamaljeet Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 3.

Teaching of physical education

Skill-in-teaching: Lakshmi Devi, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana 1; Hardeep Singh, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar 2; Avneet Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 3.

On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Ranvir Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 1; Jasvir Kaur, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadar 2; Amandeep Kaur, GHG Harprakash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd 3.



Encroachments removed in Khamano
Our Correspondent

Khamano, February 16
Nagar panchayat, Khamano, in a strict action today, removed illegal encroachments from various parts of the town, including Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

In the morning a strong contingent of nagar panchayat officials led by EO Surinder Kumar, SO Gurpreet Singh and other employees equipped with JCB machine removed kiosks, iron sheets and other illegal constructions on the main road and even on Badeshan road, Khanna road and Mansurpur road.

Some shopkeepers who were occupying illegal land on Badeshan road removed their kiosks before the nagar panchayat officials reached.

According to nagar panchayat officials they had removed these illegal occupations on the directions of the High Court.



Signal Corps
Resentment over discrimination against retired officers 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Disappointed over the discrimination against retired officers of the Signal Corps, nearly 14 retired signallers, along with retired officers of the infantry division celebrated the centenary function of the Signal Corps’ Raising Day at a local restaurant last night.

The resentment came to fore during the get together when officers revealed that only six out of 14 Signal Corps officers were invited for the centenary function at the command office in Jalandhar.

“I am peeved at the treatment meted out to us. It does not matter if someone was a Brigadier or an officer, but for me all were part of the Signal Corps and I am proud of the fact that I had once severed Signal Corps with utmost dedication,” Lt Col PS Birdi, while sharing his disappointment with his fellow colleagues during a function.

While some officers were vocal in marking their resentment, there were others who tried to brush off the controversy.

Retd Col RS Sohi categorically criticised the “preferential” treatment of the Jalandhar Signal Corps authorities.

“The pick and chose policy adopted by the department was condemnable. We gathered here to mark our symbolic protest against the authorities in Jalandhar, who invited a selected officer at a function in Jalandhar,” said Sohi.

Retd Brig DS Sighu, Retd Dharam Singh and Retd Lt Col Mukhtialr Singh Kang said they were proud to be a part of Signal Corps. They added that they do not have any complaints against anyone for inviting a selected bunch of officers at a function in Jalandhar as they take things in their stride.

Col RS Sohi said the Raising Day was celebrated at the Western Command headquarters at Chandi Mandir in Panchkula and the 11 Corps at Jalandhar.



Cultural programme marks foundation day
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 16
Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes celebrated its foundation day with fervour. The occasion was sanctified by bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib and Gurbani Kirtan. Jarnail Kaur, mother of Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, was present on the occasion.

The occasion was celebrated by cutting a cake and organising a colourful cultural programme, including giddha, bhangra, modelling, music and dance.

Dr Varinder Singh, Chetan Gupta, Nidhi Gupta, Dr Inderjit Singh Sethi, Kuldip Kaur Longia, Surjeet Kaur Patheja, Dr Loveleen Kaur, Dr Arjun Singh, Dr Tejwant Singh and Dr Kulbhushan were present.



Stress on importance of political values
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The department of political science, Government College for Women, organised the “annual society” under the chairmanship of principal Gurminder Kaur. She was welcomed by society president Sheenam, a student of BA III.

Staff members, including vice-principal Sudarshan Mehta, Dr Sarabjot Kaur, Dr Surinder Kaur Gill, Pooja, Kulwinder Kaur, Dr Harpreet Gill, Prof Krishan Singh, Kiranjeet Kaur and Rosy Sapra, also graced the occasion with their presence.

While speaking on this occasion, the college principal said political values were important for society. A quiz contest was also held and the principal also honoured meritorious 



Sukhman crowned Miss Basant

Khanna February 16
Inter-college “Miss Basant” and inter-college quiz competitions were held at AS College, Khanna, in which vice-chairperson of the Khanna Nagar Council was the chief guest.

Eleven teams of girls from different colleges participated in the contest. Sukhman Kaur of AS College, Khanna, was crowned “Miss Basant”, while Kulwinder Kaur of Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, was declared the first runner-up and Sifali of AS College, Khanna, was declared second runner-up. Manisha Arya of Arya College, Ludhiana, was crowned “Miss Basant Personality” while Harpinder Kaur of PU Camps was declared “Miss Basant Talented”. In the fancy dress competition, Navjot Kaur was declared the winner. In the quiz competition, Arvind College, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize followed by Arya College. — OC



From Schools

Ludhiana: Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a farewell function for students of Class XII. A havan was also performed to seek the blessings of the Almighty. A cultural bonanza was also organised in the school auditorium. Pujan Chhibba of Class XI formally welcomed Ashwani Kumar, manager, school managing committee, Navita Puri, officiating principal, heads of various sections, teachers and students.

A colourful choreography was presented by students of Class XI. A contest to select Mr and Miss KVM, Mr and Miss Versatile, best smile and KVM Scholar was held. Students were nominated for each category. A ramp show followed by a question-answer round was also held as part of the contest.

School principal addressed the audience. She said she was feeling nostalgic. She advised the students to aim higher, prepare better and achieve the best.


To seek the blessings of God, students and faculty members of GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, today recited Shri Sukhmani Sahib paath on the school campus.

The paath lent a serene and pious touch to the environment on the school campus and students were seen engrossed in shabads. The morning concluded with the recitation of a shabad from Guru Granth Sahib by music teacher Gobinder Singh followed by ardas by divinity teacher Amrit Kaur.

Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill wished luck to the students. — TNS



From Colleges

LUDHIANA: A two-day seminar on drug addiction organised by the Bhutta College of Education in collaboration with the department of life long learning and extension, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was inaugurated here today. Renu Gandhi, Dr Avinish Jolly, Naveen, Sonu Grewal, Mandeep Bhullar, etc, acted as resource persons. Dr Joginder Mukherjee, principal of Bhutta College of Education, welcomed the guests. Staff members, students and members of community participated in the seminar. Renu Gandhi highlighted the objectives of the seminar. Dr Avinish Jolly, a practicing Advocate in Punjab and Haryana High Court and a social activist, threw light on drug addiction and its prevalent influence on community. The seminar aimed at creating awareness among the community against the menace of drug addiction and its effects.


Team of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Khanna, got the overall first position in Panjab University Inter-College Yoga Competition held at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sikha Singh of BA III won a gold medal and Hasanpreet Kaur of BA III won a silver medal in the competition. Principal, Dr Neena Seth Pajni congratulated Prof Rupinder Singh and Prof Sarbjit Kaur, assistant professors in physical education, and winners for showing excellence in this event.

Prize distribution

The annual prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College was organised here today. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd), former Vice-Chief of Army staff and former director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), was the chief guest. Sukhbir Singh Grewal, former director, Hindustan Lever Chemicals and Steel Strips Wheels, was the guest of honour on the occasion. In his keynote address, Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi urged the students to face the challenges of life with determination, hard work and vision to succeed against all odds.

Principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal highlighted the achievements of the college in the field of academics, sports and cultural activities and modernisation in the infrastructure in the annual report of the current session. Gurbir Singh, president of Guru Nanak Education Trust, congratulated the students for their achievements and encouraged them to develop a true learning spirit in them.

Music Society

The Music Society was organised at the Government College for Women here today. The function was presided over by Sudarshan Mehta, college vice-principal. Dr Nimita Sharma and Anita Sharma welcomed the chief guest on the occasion. The function started with a recital of Saraswati Vandana by BA III (honours) students.

Career opportunities

The Indian Society for Technical Education, Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, organised a seminar on “Career opportunities in IT field” for its BCA students. Chirag Bhatia, an alumnus of GNIMT and support engineer Microsoft, was the resource person. Chirag discussed various career and training opportunities in the field of information technology.

Discussing on the career opportunities in the IT field, he stated, “Programmers, system administrators, data base administrators, networking, etc, are various major career path in the IT industry.”

Delegates take part in a workshop at the GGN Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Delegates take part in a workshop at the GGN Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

“The power of reason is more than the power of guns,” said Dr HS Deol, former member, PPSC, during a workshop on “Interview guidance” organised for MBA, MCA and BCA students of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) here today. Dr Deol defined interviews as a platform to determine whether one is qualified for job position, motivated to do job and to find if he is the right fit for the applied position. He advised the students to perceive an interview as an art of selling your skills and convincing others in believing that you are the most suitable candidate for the job.

Dr Deol shared with the students the magic mantra to crack the toughest of the interviews with ease. The session concluded with the question-answer round where the students cleared their doubts. — TNS



Speaking Out
Breaking MC seals
Remove trustee

Condemning yesterday’s incident in which one of the trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) Gurinder Pal Singh Pappu took law into his hands, the affected residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar said those who couldn’t respect law had no right to be in the chair. Even the chairman of LIT MM Vyas said the trust had not given the trustee any powers to act like that.



Banned drugs seized, 2 held
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
The Dehlon police has arrested two members of a gang involved in the supply of banned pharmaceuticals to drug stores in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts. One of the suspects has been identified as the son of a Khanna police official. Rich haul of pills, capsule and syrup bottles was seized from the accused.

Inder Jit Singh, son of a police official presently posted in Khanna, and Amritpal Singh of Gosal village were arrested by a police party led by Swaran Singh during a naka at Sahnewal Chowk in Dehlon village near here on Tuesday. The police seized 4,700 pills of momotil, 380 capsules of pyrevon spac and parvon spass and 90 pills of caricol, besides a Bullet motorcycle (PB-10CD-8725) from their possession.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had been involved in the supply of banned drugs to retail counters situated in nearby villages and localities. The present consignment was purchased from some drug stores at Pindi Street in Ludhiana. The police was yet to confirm the background of the suspects, but it is being said that Inderjit’s father is posted as a sub-inspector in the Khanna police district. Dehlon SHO Harvinder Singh Cheema said he had directed the investigating team to identify the other members of the gang and tighten noose around them. 



Separate counter for mobile theft complaints
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
After witnessing a steep rise in mobile phone thefts, the city police has set up a centralised social counter to deal with such complaints. According to sources, the counter will cater to the complaints related to mobile phone thefts.

Sub-Inspector Bhupinder Singh has been given the charge of the social counter. Bhupinder Singh, who is known for busting several cyber crime cases, will handle the mobile phone theft cases.

The social counter for mobile phones has been set up at community police resource centre at mini-secretariat.

The move to establish an exclusive counter to address the complaints of mobile phone thefts was felt after the rise in mobile misplacement or theft cases.

The mobile counter was established following the direction of Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh.

It was felt that complainants had to rush from pillar to post to register complaints related to mobile phone thefts. Most of the times complaint was not even registered by the police and the matters were buried in daily diary report (DDR).

Sources said such complaints flooded the office of Commissioner of Police, following which a mobile complaint redressal counter was established at CPRC branch.

The Commissioner has appealed to the residents that they should co-ordinate with the in charge of the mobile complaint redressal counter in registering their complaints.

The communique issued by the Commissioner of Police stated that the police was committed to maintain law and order in the city and requested the residents to co-operate with the police in nabbing the miscreants.

The spate of theft at mobile stores is also a cause behind setting up a centralised counter to address the complaint of mobile misplacement and theft cases.

January 28: Thieves struck at mobile store in Ishmeet Chowk near Model Town and stole 70 mobile phones and cash worth ` 50,000

January 30: In the second incident on Sunday, thieves struck at two mobile stores at Ghumar Mandi and Ferozepur road, respectively, and fled with 92 mobile phones.

February 4: Thieves decamped with 42 mobile phones by breaking the locks of mobile shop located at Feroze Gandhi market.


The Commissioner of Police has appealed to the residents to make use these helplines — for traffic- 1073, for crime- 100, 1090, woman helpline 0161-2414933, 1021.



Kavita adjudged best athlete
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The SDP College for Women wore a festive look when its 42nd annual athletics meet was organised here today amidst fervour, gaiety and exuberance.

A day before, the campus playground was richly decorated with multi-coloured banners, flags, buntings and painted pots.

FUN TIME: Kavita of BA(III), who was adjudged best athlete. 2. Girls dresed to present a cultural programme. 3. Girls in action during a martial arts show at the SDP College for Women. 4. An athlete in action during a high jump event. 5. Students take part in a leg race. 6. A slow cycling event in progress at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
FUN TIME: Kavita of BA(III), who was adjudged best athlete. 2. Girls dresed to present a cultural programme. 3. Girls in action during a martial arts show at the SDP College for Women. 4. An athlete in action during a high jump event. 5. Students take part in a leg race. 6. A slow cycling event in progress at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Inderjeet Verma

Sajjan Singh Cheema, ADCP (traffic) and Olympian basketball, was the chief guest on the concluding session of the meet.

The meet was declared open by director S Verma in the inaugural session of the function.

The chief guest of the inaugural and concluding session, Balraj Bhasin and Sajjan Singh Cheema, respectively, were accorded welcome by director S Verma, principal Dr Paramjit Kaur, staff, students, head of physical education department Parkash K Grewal, Samriti and best players of the college.

More than 750 students presented a PT show, calisthenics and hoops and ribbon race.

The students actively participated in events like 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m races. The students took part in chatti race, potato race, slow cycling, three-legged race, sack race, fun race/obstacle race, etc. Karate was the special feature of the show. Kavita of BA-III was adjudged the best athlete of the session 2010-11.

Cheema said the government should take steps to promote sports and games in schools and colleges. The students regaled audience with folk dance, giddha. The traffic education cell of the Ludhiana Police also put up an exhibition of posters in the campus to make students aware of traffic rules. The principal offered a vote of thanks.



Athletics meet at Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Along with education, games play a pivotal role in life. Acknowledging this importance, the Khalsa College for Women inaugurated the two-day annual athletics meet here today.

Dr DJ Singh (joint director-cum-dean, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur) graced the occasion as the chief guest. He was accorded a warm welcome by principal, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, college managing committee, which included Pritpal Singh Grewal (president Khalsa Dewan), Dr SS Grewal (vice-president), Sarbrinder Grewal (manager), Gurdish Singh Grewal (treasurer) and Mohan Inder Singh Sandhu (member).

The participants performed with zeal and zest in various games as javelin throw, slow cycling, long Jump, spoon and potato race, shot put, sack race, obstacle race, etc.



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