L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


No govt action yet against lapses by hospital staff
Head, seniors drawing pay from postpartum centre, hospital account 
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Despite having found the head as well as senior staff of the Dr BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital guilty of drawing their salaries from the state government’s postpartum centre as well as from the hospital's account, the Punjab department of health & family welfare has failed to take any action on the matter.

A group of hospital employees who procured the details under the RTI Act had alleged the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Wahegurupal Singh, and some senior physicians, including gynaecologist Kiran Gupta, were drawing their salaries from the postpartum centre and were also getting paid by the hospital administration under changed names.

A team of state health department officials along with district family welfare officer Dr Sanjeev Hans had conducted a probe into the matter last year. The inquiry report stated though Wahegurupal was shown as an employee of the postpartum unit but the attendance register did not have his signatures. The report also mentioned the salaries drawn by Wahegurupal, Gupta and clerical staff of the postpartum unit as well as from the hospital.

The departmental inquiry clearly stated the allegations against the medical superintendent of operating the skin outpatient department at the postpartum centre were true. The most shocking revelation of the probe was that Wahegurupal and Gupta, employed under the postpartum programme, were also getting a “nonpracticing allowance” from the government, as had been alleged by hospital employees. Hospital officials are also said to have provided "wrong information" in the affidavit to the health department, as has been established in the inquiry report.

Nursing College Row

The Punjab Revenue and Rehabilitation Department had recently declared the nursing college at Dr BL Kapur Memorial Hospital as unauthorised. The department’s land revenue branch has pointed out that the hospital’s administration had taken the land on lease in 1950 for 30 years but had failed to get it renewed after 1980.The department has also asked the hospital administration to give proof of the approval of the nursing college's plan from the “authorised organisation".

MS Denies

We have neither received any communication pertaining to the inquiry from the health department, nor are we drawing any salaries from the postpartum unit as we haven’t received any grant from the department for the past three years. We’re doing honorary work under the additional charge of this unit as it doesn’t have adequate staff. Papers in this regard have been submited to department. — Dr Wahegurupal Singh, Medical Superintendent


Revision round concludes
Many left out; nothing can be done now: Census in charge
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
What will happen to people who have not been counted even in the revision round of Census 2011? The answer is “nothing can be done about it now” as there are no instructions for any further counting to be carried out from higher authorities.

With the revision round of the Census 2011 concluding today, a large number of people are still waiting to get themselves counted. But, official machinery, which woke up three days ago, is expressing helplessness, as there is no time left to cover the “left out” houses and people.

MS Jaggi, Joint Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, who is also holding the additional charge of the Census operations in Ludhiana district, said the teams had done a commendable work in the revision rounds. “All four joint commissioners, including I, received numerous calls on our mobile phones from those who have not been counted by enumerators due to one reason or the other. We ensured that houses in all such areas are counted. Despite that, there must be some who might have been left out. But, we can’t do anything about it now,” Jaggi added.

However, speaking on time chosen by enumerators for visiting “left- out” houses, Rajan Khera, an IT professional, said: “Working people, who are not available at home during the daytime, can be contacted in the evening.

But neither officials nor enumerators have bothered to visit such households early in the morning or late in the evening.” The casual attitude is evident from the fact that enumerators have not even bothered to take the contact numbers of people who were not present in their houses. “Contact numbers can be noted down from neighbours, directories or the area welfare associations,” Hans Raj, a senior citizen, said. 

Wrong Maps With Supervisors

The Municipal Corporation has failed to provide new maps to supervisors and enumerators. They were thus unaware of the exact number of households to be covered in new localities. In the absence of a map depicting exact location of new colonies, it is impossible for us to supervise enumerators working in respective areas. The area assigned to me had three newly developed residential colonies, but these were not depicted on the map. Thus, I failed to check them till people lodged complaints. — A Supervisor



GNIMT students upset over non-refund of security deposits 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Students of BBA, BCA, MCA and MBA of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology have been running from pillar to post to get their security deposits refunded. Even parents of these students are perturbed over the dilly-dallying attitude adopted by the institute’s management.

“My daughter completed her MBA from this institute. But the management has failed to refund Rs 4,500 security deposit so far. She along with her friends went to get refunds but was rudely told to come next week. This is not done. Why are they harassing students and parents,” a parent asked? A few students were told that delay in handing over the security deposits was due to lack of funds with college, he added.

Anil Sharma, another parent, said his son completed MCA this year. Students were being told to fill a form worth Rs 2 for seeking refunds. “They are being asked to even fill a declaration on the pretext of donating some amount to the college (out of their security deposits). We were not told about this at the time of admission. Donation depends on willingness of a person. One can’t force a student or a parent to donate the money to the institute. It is an educational institute, they should not ask for donations like this,” he added.

Director of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Col HS Singha (retd), said: “We will start refunding the security deposits from Monday onwards. As far as donation is concerned, there is no compulsion. We are just asking from those who are willing to donate for becoming a member of an alumni association.” 



City kabaddi players sulk after losing
to Jalandhar
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The ‘kabaddi’ players of the host team displayed a lack of sportsman spirit when they refused to appear on the stadium to attend the award ceremony after having lost the game to the Jalandhar team.

After a humiliating 52-32 defeat against Jalandhar in the final of the ‘kabaddi’ contest at the Guru Nanak stadium here on Friday night, members of the host team were seen sulking in front of the power packed Jalandhar squad and struggled to earn one point. The visitors stretched the lead from the beginning of the match and notched 15 points in the first quarter of the game.

Sources in sports department said the players gave a below par performance as they were “scared” after NADA teams visited the stadium to collect dope samples from the players.

Soon after losing the match the Ludhiana team made a quick exit into the dressing room and refused to come out for the award ceremony even after being called by announcers.

Caught in an embarrassing situation Gurmail Singh Pehalwan, senior vice president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association, who was to give away the prizes to the winner and the runner up, went straight into the dressing room along with veteran ‘kabaddi’ player Devi Dyal to cheer up the dejected players. He reportedly urged them to come out of the room and receive the runner-up award.

However, his repeated pleas fell on deaf ears and eventually only four of the players agreed to go out and received the award for the home team. The prize distribution ceremony ended in a jiffy and players along with officials made a hasty exit.

Meanwhile, most of the spectators were found to be in an inebriated condition. People were seen drinking even inside their vehicles and then entering the stadium.


Host players performed bad as they were “scared” of NADA teams that visited the stadium to collect dope samples. Soon after losing the match, the Ludhiana team made a quick exit into the dressing room and refused to come out for the award ceremony even after being called by announcers.



After decade, MC wakes up to flower show
550 entries received for the show
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Though Municipal Corporation (MC) failure to ensure greener cover to the city and equally apathetic attitude in holding flower shows from the past more than a decade, flower show organised by the civic body still gets massive response, as a number of residents along with schools take part.

The last flower show organised by the MC was in year 1999, but due to callous attitude of the civic body in maintaining and promoting greenery in the city, it’s only now this year that the show is being organised after a decade.

However, the response to MC's late initiative was quite good as it received around 550 entries for the flower show. Though most of the entries were from school and colleges and that of residents barely touched 234, but public institutions especially government institutions also made their presence felt by participating in the contest, which was inaugurated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary of the local bodies department Harish Rai Dhanda and MC Commissioner AK Sinha.

Though private entries of 234 residents in the city having population of more than 40 lakh seem to be too little figure, but it shows how apathetic the residents have become along with the civic body towards a greener planet.

Even startling thing was that there was hardly any entry from inner areas of the city and most of entries were from posh areas of the city where people have maintained big gardens in their houses.

However, a big respite for MC was that a large number of viewers showed interest in watching this show and families enjoyed the display of colourful flowers with their loved ones.



MC starts drive on amnesty scheme
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
In order to make the residents aware about the amnesty scheme launched by state government so that revenue of the Municipal Corporation could be increased, the civic body authorities have directed its staff to start a drive by issuing notices to residents informing about the scheme.

Recently, Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia had made announcement regarding waiving off of the interest on pending arrears of various branches till March 31.

The directions to start the drive were passed by Joint Commissioner BK Gupta, who is the in charge of the house tax branch, here today. While presiding over a review meeting of the branch conducted for ensuring recovery of pending arrears, Gupta asked his staff to ensure that notices were served to various defaulters against whom arrears of the house tax were pending.

Gupta said in the notices it should be clearly mentioned that how much arrears have been pending against them and what amount residents would have to pay if they availed the benefit of amnesty scheme under which interest on the payments was waived.

Gupta told the Superintendents and Inspectors of his branch to ensure that notices were served to defaulters at the earliest so that they could avail the benefit of the scheme.

MC officers were viewing the scheme as an opportunity for generating maximum revenue from defaulters. In most of the cases interest money had become equal to basic amount due to its non-payment, making it difficult for residents to pay such hefty amount of money.

According to sources, house tax worth Rs 25 crore was pending towards residents and if MC got this amount then shortage of funds with the civic body could be overcome.



Begins desilting sewers to check gastro outbreak
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Apparently having learnt from its mistakes in the past, due to which gastroenteritis spread in several parts of the city, the municipal corporation has begun desilting sewage lines in vulnerable areas ahead of the summer season to prevent any epidemic.

Every year a large number of localities like Giaspura, Jamalpur and Sherpur fall prey to gastroenteritis and other waterborne diseases that have caused several deaths. Unauthorized water supply connections in slum colonies inhabited by migrant workers are thought be the primary contributor to the spread of gastroenteritis. Another major cause is contamination of water supply resulting from the civic body’s failure to desilt sewers and faulty garbage disposal.

Due to the MC’s apathy in addressing these problems civic officials have been reprimanded by various statutory bodies. A team of health department officials that visited the city recently took MC staff to task for the latter’s indifferent attitude.

Though insensitive MC officials have been passing the buck to other departments however in an unprecedented manner keeping in mind the interest of general public MC has now geared up for taking precautionary measures in vulnerable areas in advance. As the officials feel that summer season is most crucial time when the waterborne diseases spread in these areas so the operations & maintenance branch has decided to desilt all sewage lines in vulnerable areas before the onset of summer so that any sort of such situation could be avoided.

VP Singh, superintendent engineer in the operations & maintenance branch, convened a meeting of branch officials few days ago in which he asked them to conduct desilting operations in a proper manner, after which MC officials began the work. Sources said Singh and other officials of the executive engineer rank were themselves monitoring the drive and strict instructions were issued to junior staff that strict action would be taken against them if any sort of laxity on their part is observed.

When asked to comment on the matter, Singh confirmed the civic staff had begun the drive to desilt sewage lines in areas considered vulnerable to the spread of gastroenteritis and other waterborne diseases.

Terming it as a “routine exercise”, he added: “It’s our job to conduct desilting operations every year. Before summer sets in all sewers in the city will be cleaned up. Pilferage of water through illegal connections would also be checked”.



Dealers continue to protest against excise duty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The protest against levying of excise duty by the Sewing Machine Dealers and Assemblers Association continued here today at Lakkar Bazar. The sewing machine industry in Punjab was shut due to imposition of the excise duty. The business establishments and several shops were closed to mark the protest.

Pankaj Arora, president of the association, said: “Government was adamant on ruining the business community.” The agitated dealers and traders went to Jagraon bridge and burnt the effigy of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The dealers said since it was a small scale industry, the industrialists couldn’t bear the excise duty. “The Central government must revoke its decision of imposition of excise duty for the welfare of business community,” said Arora.

The BJP trade cell also protested against the excise duty move on traders at Chowk Hari Dev Mandir, Mochpura, today.

BJP district president Rajiv Katna said 10 per cent excise duty on garment manufacturers will ruin the industry in the city. Yarn prices were already sky-rocketing and the additional burden of the excise duty was uncalled for. “Businesses in the city will close down due to such steps. In case government fails to revoke its decision, we will intensify our agitation,” said Katna.



Allotment of Chambers
Lawyers stage dharna
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
Confusion prevails over the issue of allotment of 40 chambers to lawyers in the Lawyers’ Chamber Complex (Part-II) with a few new applicants alleging injustice and staging a dharna yesterday.

These lawyers raised slogans against the DBA President and its secretary and demanded that chambers should be allotted through draw of lots.

A few lawyers, who had applied for chambers in 2006 and had staged a dharna on Thursday at the district court complex, were demanding allotment of chambers on preferential basis as they had applied long ago. They had even deposited the entire amount in this regard. The chambers have already been allotted to 30 lawyers who had applied in 2006.

President of the District Bar Association, Naval Kishore Chhibber, refused to confirm this. New applicants met the president of the District Bar Association and put forth their demand of scrutinizing lists of allottees and cancellation of chambers allotted to non-practising lawyers. 



Australian team observes polio activity in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
A nine-member team of Rotarian observers from Australia visited Ludhiana under the leadership of Rtn Joseph Forgione recently during the National Immunisation Day (NID) round.

The team observed polio activity in rural booths and urban areas and also carried out a door-to-door visit in various localities.

Assistant Civil Surgeon, Dr YP Mehta; district immunisation officer, Dr KS Saini; and other state and district-level health officials were also present during the meetings followed by immunisation programmes.

SMO World Health Organisation, Ludhiana, Dr Dinesh Kumar Singh spoke on the current status of polio in India, Punjab, Ludhiana and the initiatives taken in Ludhiana. He revealed plans for better coverage of migratory population and children, progress summary and help provided by the India National Polio Committee of Rotary International. DIO, Dr Saini briefed about micro planning for polio round and past experience.

Thereafter, the team from Australia visited villages, including Ayali Kurd, Bhurdry, Sharil, Jarkher, Hambra dispensary, Leelan dispensary, PHC Sidhawan Kurd, Jagraon block and Raikot block areas. The team members administered polio drops and marked children in 25 booths.

In addition, 35 booths and four brick-kilns were also monitored and over 350 children were checked for finger marks in streets and brick-kilns.

The team expressed satisfaction over the polio activity. However, the team pointed out that the quality of marker pens was unsatisfactory and all hutments of brick-kiln were covered, but the team number was not written on the hutments, only P or X mark and date was found.

The vaccine carriers were noted during the visit to urban areas that included Sarabha Nagar dispensary, along with supervision of the cold chain system during the immunisation in slums and to the nomad population along side of canal in Sarabha Nagar.

Migratory population in Vadas and slums of Sunet, Kidwai Nagar, Vijay Nagar industrial area and Janakpuri was also  monitored.



Youth returns from Libya, recounts tale of horror
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 5
It was an emotional moment for Gurdeep Singh when he reunited with his family after returning safely from Libya. Though Gurdeep, and many others like him, has returned empty handed as he was robbed of all the money he had earned while he was going to the airport to board a flight to India, it was quite satisfying for him to return home safely and reunite with his family members in Sidhwan Bet, near Jagraon.

“It is very satisfying to be united with my family again as a few days back I was not sure if I can meet my family again,” stated Gurdeep. Besides Gurdeep, four other Punjabi youths, including Sat Naraian of Lambran village, near Jalandhar, Dharminder and Harjit of Hoshiarpur and Jagmohan of Jhoraran village near Raikot, have also returned from Libya.

According to Gurdeep, the money he had earned while working in a construction company was looted by the locals. They even snatched his mobile phone and some other valuable belongings. “The situation is so bad that there is no law and order and people are looting each other,” said Gurdeep.

Recalling the days spent in a camp in Libya, Gurdeep said: “Though the company we were working in provided us all possible assistance, it was an unforgettable experience as nobody knew what was going to happen in the next minute. It was just like a nightmare.”

Gurdeep was, however, all praise for the efforts made by Indian government to rescue the Indian workers stranded in Libya. According to Gurdeep, the Indian Embassy in Libya was very cooperative.

“We boarded an Air India flight from Libya on March 2 and landed at Indra Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi from where we boarded a bus to reach home past night.” Gurdeep said the officials of the Indian government were very helpful and they even offered money to some of the people so that they could reach their destinations.

“The situation in Libya is becoming more violent with each passing day. The condition of Indian workers who were working with small scale companies is worst as neither their companies nor the security agencies there provide any kind of help to them,” stated Gurdeep when asked about the condition of other Indians stranded in Libya.

He further said that the Indians who were working in small companies were not paid their salaries. According to Gurdeep, there were hundreds of Indians still trapped inside the camp of a company in Sirt. Nearly 1,000 of those stranded there were Punjabis, he added.

Now, Gurdeep is looking for a job here so that he could earn a livelihood for his family. When asked whether he wanted to go back to Lybia if the situation became normal, Gurdeep said, “I will not go there at any cost in future.”

“Instead I would prefer to work in my own country, no matter how much money I earn here. After all nothing is important than one’s life,” he added.



Ex-servicemen to attend rally 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
At least 15,000 ex-servicemen, including war widows, are expected to take part in a rally to be staged by the Indian Ex- Services League in front of the mini-secretariat on March 10.

Col Bhag Singh (retd), president of the league, said the ex-servicemen would urge the government to implement one-rank-one-pension scheme for all soldiers.

Brig RKS Gullia (retd), president of the league, and member of the Haryana unit of the league and a few politicians would also take part in the rally. Environmentalist and spiritual leader like Balbir Singh Seechewal and Jagjit Singh Lopon would also attend the rally.



From tillers to toilers
Punjabi women enter new bastion, prove their mettle
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Ludhiana, March 5
Industrialists, perturbed at the shortage of labour, have found Punjabi women the best workforce for replacing migrant labourers in hosiery units. Though the work being done by women in this industry was slower in comparison with migrant labourers, still business houses feel that the stability part was more important than the efficiency of labour in any industry.

At least 25 women, aged between 18 and 35, have been jointly trained by the Apex Cluster Development Services and the Ivaana Institute to be absorbed in local hosiery/textile units. And the results have been quite satisfactory.

Jagmohan Singh from Oyster Group of Companies, who has given jobs to some of these women, said he was exporting products to countries like China, Russia and the Europe. He found women working in factories during his China’s visit. Most of the Chinese women were working on flat-knit machines, over-lock machines, embroidery and stitching machines.

”If we also realise this, we will never face labour shortage in Punjab. Due to tantrums of migrant population from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, many hosiery and textile units have moved to Tripura as more women are working in industries there. The trend of workingwomen is missing in our industry. If women extend helping hand to the industry, we can do wonders,” Jagmohan Singh added.

One such trained woman Gunjeet Kaur (26), who was absorbed by a hosiery unit here, said it was an altogether a different experience and satisfying one. “Being financially independent is a nice feeling. I am being paid ` 4,500 by employers. It is six hours job and I am enjoying working on stitching machines. The working atmosphere is also good,” she added.

Amarjeet Singh Raja from Raja Industries, where these women were imparted training, said they work slower as compared to migrant population, still industrialists were satisfied. “Within six months, these women will start working at par with migrant population. But they are about 50 per cent cheaper than those from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. We prefer married women to unmarried ones due to the stability factor,” he added.

Manmeet Sodhia from Ivvana said they faced numerous problems while convincing in-laws/parents of these women. But at the end of the day, the experiment of giving training to the women came out to be a successful venture.


* Trained, but leave units after marriage

* Bit slower than migrants from Bihar, UP

* Time constraints

* Positive Aspect

* Women work at cheaper rates than migrants

* They prove to be stable workforce

* No shortage of local women labour



BJP stands by industrialists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Keeping in view the assembly elections ahead, political parties have started wooing different sections of society. A glaring example was witnessed today when the BJP openly stood along with industrialists on the issue of levying of 10 per cent excise duty on cloth by the Union Government and threatened to protest outside parliament if the duty was not withdrawn.

Addressing newsmen, in presence of a large number of industrialists, BJP MLA Harish Bedi, district president Rajiv Katna, leader of BJP councillor group Gurdeep Singh Neetu and a battery of other councillors of the party slammed the Union Government for imposing the duty.

The leaders claimed that the duty would give a fatal blow to the industry of the city that was already facing a number of crises. BJP leaders said their party was a friend of industrialists and traders and they had always stood by their side whenever any crisis has occurred in the industry.

The leaders said they would not tolerate any sort of injustice to traders and industrialist and would fight for safeguarding their interests.

BJP leaders also said that since Congress MP Manish Tiwari had already assured the industrialists of taking up the matter with the Union Finance Minister on Monday, they would wait for a positive outcome of the meeting or else they would launch an agitation against the Union Government by organising protest outside the parliament house on Wednesday.



SIT formed to nab Zaher-khurani gang
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
In the wake of increasing cases of sedation with train passengers, the Government Railway Police Force (GRPF) has formed special investigating team (SIT) to nab Zaher-khurani gang, operating across the state, said the DGP Railways RP Singh.

Singh was here for a review meeting with the GRP police station. He also met ADCP Harsh Bansal, ACP PS Pannu, SHO Kotwali Nirmal Singh and RPF Commandant Gurjasvir Singh.

He said stern action would be taken against the accused behind sedating passengers and hoax bomb calls. “Such matters have been taken very seriously and accused will be seriously dealt with,” said the DGP.

He said the meeting was conducting for better co-ordination with the police.

According to sources, GRP police stations across the state will be computerised. 



Auto-parts makers to get incentives: Gabria

Ludhiana, March 5
To give a boost to auto-parts industries, the state government will provide special incentives. Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria said Punjab government had brought several schemes to address the problems of auto parts industries.

Under the single window system, a time-bound clearance of 14 departments has been arranged. Besides, all the departments concerned are being made computerised to reduce the burden of paper work. New focal points are also being set-up to start new industries in the state, said Gabria, while inaugurating new office building of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association at Focal Point. — TNS



Training institute for poor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Punjab and Sind Bank has set up a rural self-employment training institute with an aim to provide training to unemployed youth.

The bank has now taken an initiative to construct a building for the institute at Ayali Khurd village where the training in various activities will be provided to rural youth belonging to the weaker sections of society.

The foundation stone of the building for the institute was laid by PK Anand, executive director, Punjab and Sind Bank. 



292 students shortlisted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 5
Subex visited RIMT Group of Institutions here yesterday to recruit students for Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

A total of 1,144 students appeared for the written test, out of which 292 students were shortlisted.

The recruitment drive was for BTech students. Vice-chairman of the group Vijayant Bansal said after slowdown in recruitment, placements for students graduating this year was in full swing at RIMT.



From Colleges
Women’s Day contest

LUDHIANA: To sensitise the existence of women in society “Mata Gur Kaur Memorial Inter-College Competition” was held at GMT College of Education to celebrate International Women’s Day under the guidance of principal Shikha Soni. The chief guest on the occasion was famous Punjabi poet Surjit Pattar.

Various items, including declamation contest, poetry recitation, rangoli and flower arrangement were presented. Students from 15 colleges participated in different activities.

Kashmir Singh Thind, chairman of the college, congratulated the winners. Principal Soni concluded the programme by saying that a woman should stand against female foeticide, and must educate daughters so that they know about their rights and perform duties without any hindrance.

Book fair

A two-day book fair was organised by Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, which concluded here today.

It was inaugurated by the principal Dr Paramjit Kaur. Booksellers, who exhibited their books, included Lyall Book depot, USG, Chetna Publications, Lahore Book depot, Gurmat Pustak Bhandar and Sukrit Unit.

Students as well as teachers, who were benefited by this fair, purchased books on various subjects. The fair was organised to inculcate interest in reading books.

Prize distribution

Acknowledging the fruitful endeavours of girls in various fields, 49th annual prize distribution function was organised at Khalsa College for Women today. Jassi Khangura (MLA, Kila Raipur) presided over the function.

The function commenced with an invocation to God. College principal presented an annual report of the college through multimedia and in that she highlighted the achievements of students in academic, cultural and sports arena for the session 2010-11. She asked students to give their best and be career oriented.

47 students securing top positions in university examinations were honoured.


The career guidance and placement cell of the SCD Government College organised two seminars on March 3 and 4. Rajni Kakkar of the Project Wisdom enlightened the students about the top universities of the world.

She stressed on dreaming big and aiming high. She guided the students about how to get admissions to various top business schools, law schools and science faculties of universities abroad. Institute of Creative Excellence, a unit of the Balaji Telefilms, conducted a guidance seminar for students interested in making careers in media and acting. Principal Jasbir Makkar said the placement cell comprising Prof Deepak Chopra, Prof BS Wadhwa, Dr GS Sandhu and Dr Manpreet Sahota was doing an excellent job.


It was a special moment for the final year graduate students of Arts faculty. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal presided over the farewell function. Students presented an entertaining cultural programme. Students of BA (II) presented dance numbers, poetry and songs. The main attraction of the programme was modelling by students of BA (III) dressed in trendy clothes, as they walked the ramp with rhythmic music in the background. Jasmine of BA (III) was adjudged Miss Farewell. Satbir Kaur of BA (III) and Shalini Kashypay of BA (III) were crowned 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.

Kavita and Bhavneet were crowned as Miss Elegant and Miss Beautiful Smile, respectively. The senior students gave compliments to their respected teachers. —TNS



From Schools
Interactive session

LUDHIANA: Students of Ryan International School had an interactive session with Kuldeep Manak, internationally renowned Punjabi folk singer, who visited the school on Wednesday. The students accorded him a musical welcome. Kuldeep Manak addressed the students and told them about the history and traditions of Punjabi folk singing, its various aspects and uniqueness. He also emphasised the need of inculcating values and respecting parents. He also sang a mesmerising song.


Bal Bharati Public School organised an excursion for students of Montessori-I to the Krishna Balram Gaushala to give a lesson in community living. Children were enthusiastic to come forward to protect the aged, helpless and injured cows with water, hay, food and fodder. Students were told about Lord Krishna’s childhood stories as how he cared for the cows and took them out for grazing. They also paid a visit to Krishna Balram Temple situated inside the gaushala to seek blessings of Lord Krishna. – TNS



Thieves strike at 2 shops
Steal laptop, computer; Rs 17,000 cash 
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, March 5
Thieves struck at two shops located on the Railway road and decamped with one laptop, one computer and its accessories, a LED screen and Rs 17, 000 in cash.

The thieves first entered a readymade garments’ showroom- New Gupta Emporium- and stole Rs 10,000 in cash. Shop owner, Ankush Gupta, said the thieves broke a small window meant for an exhaust fan on the backyard of the shop to enter the showroom and then stole Rs 10,000 cash in the showroom.

The thieves also entered an office of a courier company- First Flight Courier- and decamped with one laptop, one computer, a LCD screen, computer accessories, a few important documents and cash worth Rs 7,000.

The thieves entered the office from the rooftop as construction work was on in the office.

Both shop owners came to know about the incident after they opened the shops today morning. Both shops are located close to each other.

A case has been registered against unidentified persons on the complaint lodged by shop owners. 



HC judges give tips to lawyers, students
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana’s Legal Training Committee today organised a seminar on the topic “How to be a good lawyer & procedural laws” at Panjab University Regional Centre, under the supervision of its chairman BK Goel.

Four Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave tips to the legal fraternity and law students for becoming a good lawyer. They also spoke on the topic of procedural laws and held interactive session with law students and lawyers.

Speaking on this occasion, Justice MM Kumar of the high court said there was no shortcut for becoming a good lawyer. Referring to law students, he said that: “If you wish to join the profession of law then you must be ready for struggle. For a fresh lawyer, first four to five years are of great struggle. Afterwards, he starts getting the fruit of his struggle.”

Justice AG Masih said honesty, integrity and character were the basic qualities to be a good lawyer. “Never mislead the court or produce overruled judgements, as it gives a bad name to a lawyer. Willingness to learn more about the latest development in the field of law leads to success in career. A lawyer needs to be a patient listener when judges put any query,” he added.

Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Rakesh Jain spoke on the topic of procedural laws.

They held interactive sessions with law students and lawyers.



Referees’ protest delays football matchMohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The final football encounter between Ludhiana and Jalandhar of the Shaheed-e-Azam Punjab Games was delayed for nearly half-an-hour following protest by referees here today.

The referees were protesting against being neglected by sports organisers.

They complained that referees were given Rs 300 a day by the sports department. Further, the department has made no arrangements for the stay of the referees.

They added that initially the organisers had made arrangements for their stay at the Alamgir Gurdwara, located 18 km from Guru Nanak Stadium, the venue of the games. But later their accommodation was made at the Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, located in Deep Nagar.

They further complained that no arrangements were made by the organisers to ferry them to the games venue and they spend from their pocket.

“We were given a handful of Rs 300 for umpiring in five matches. Even a daily wage labourer would be better than us,” ruled one of the referees.

Krishan Kirpal, the match commissioner, also complaint against the sports department authorities for neglecting the referees, who were accredited by the Punjab Football Association (PFA).

“Strange are the ways of sports department. While the organisers are showering money on players, they offered peanuts to the referees who have the responsibility to conduct the games. When the referees raised the issue with sports department officials, they were snubbed and told to keep quite. Is this justified?” asked Gyan Singh, chairman of Punjab referee board, who is also the match commissioner.

The matter was resolved after the intervention by senior football players.



Rupinder adjudged best athlete 
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 5
The 6th Annual Athletic Meet of Doraha College of Education was organised here today. Dr CS Grewal, director of physical education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Sandeep Sawhney welcomed the chief guest.

Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, Umal Kaur, director, Doraha Public School, Tapvir Singh, coordinator of Doraha Public School, Japvir Singh, director, DIMT, Doraha, were also present.

Students participated in various events like 800-metre race, 400-metre race, 200-metre race, 100-metre race, long jump, shot put, discus throw, sack race, spoon and lemon race, potato race, chatti race, chain race and tug of war. A cultural programme was also organised. Prizes were given to the winners. The chief guest announced the closing of the athletic meet. 


800-metre race - Rupinder Kaur 1, Amandeep Kaur 2, Prabhjot Kaur 3; 400-metre race - Ramandeep Kaur 1, Rupinder Kaur 2, Gurpreet Kaur 3; 200-metre race - Rupinder Kaur 1, Ramandeep Kaur 2, Prabhjot Kaur 3; long jump - Jaspreet Kaur 1, Prabhjot Kaur 2, Harpreet Kaur 3; javelin throw - Sandeep Kaur 1, Jaspreet Kaur 2, Sandeep Kaur 3; needle thread - Parneet Kaur 1, Kulwinder Kaur 2, Harpreet Kaur 3; 100-metre race Rupinder Kaur 1, Ramandeep Kaur 2, Prabhjot Kaur 3; skipping race -Rupinder Kaur 1, Jaspreet Kaur 2, Daljit Kaur 3; lemon race - Jaspreet Kaur 1, Ramanpreet Kaur 2, Sandeep Kaur 3; 50-metre race - Rupinder Kaur 1, Prabhjot Kaur 2, Ramandeep Kaur 3; chatti race - Manpreet Kaur 1, Seema 2, Mandeep Kaur 3; balloon race - Pragya 1, Geeta Pahuja 2, Aman 3; potato race - Pawandeep Kaur 1, Monika 2, Prabhjot Kaur 3; sack race - Vandana Bhatia 1, Amandeep 2, Nisha 3; shot put - Manpreet Kaur 1, Amandeep Kaur 2, Daljit Kaur 3; three-legged race - Prabhjot Kaur & Pawanpreet Kaur 1, Manjeet Kaur & Balveer Kaur 2, Amandeep Kaur & Jaspreet Kaur 3; chain race - Surinder Kaur 1, Pushplata 2, Ravneet 3; backward race - Harpreet Kaur 1, Neelam 2, Jaswinder 3.



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