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NRI brides turn tables on Punjabi youth, start duping them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
Punjab, which is notorious for “honeymoon husbands”, is witnessing a new trend these days. Earlier, only NRI men were notorious for marrying local girls and retuning to foreign shores after spending a few months with them. The girls (wives) left behind by them hoped that one day they (their NRI husbands) would return to take them back. Now, NRI girls have also joined the league and are duping husbands on the pretext of taking them abroad.

Several such sham NRIs are taking full use of matrimonial websites and pocketing huge amount by duping innocent residents.

In a latest incident, two city-based youths and one from Amritsar were duped by NRI women, who ripped off their spouses’ savings on the pretext of taking them abroad.

Nischal Hansi, a resident of GTB Nagar, was happy pursuing his career in pharmacology. In February 2010 he got a matrimonial alliance from UK-based NRI Ambika Malik. He couldn’t say no and agreed to get married to her. The marriage was solemnized as per Christian rituals at Batala.

“After spending a few days my wife flew to the United Kingdom. Her parents, too, followed suite and fled in July and September, respectively. Not only this, they enjoyed the luxuries at my house for nearly six months, which exhausted my entire saving,” said Nischal Hansi, adding that everything seemed normal for about a few months. “On the intervening night of June 7 and 8, 2010, I received a call from my wife’s mobile phone. Instead of Ambika, a male voice was heard. The man was talking loudly and he even threatened me. After a few minutes he hung up the phone. Since then I have been trying to contact Ambika, but she has never picked up the phone,” said Nishchal

“My mother-in- law returned in November. When I enquired from her, she refused to recognise me. I probed into the matter and was shocked to know that my wife did not even got the marriage registered. It was all pre-planned and I was conned,” lamented Nischal.

Nearly Rs 4 lakh was spent on the wedding and Rs 1 lakh on providing hospitality to the girl’s family during their stay in India.

Vikas Verma, a city resident lost $ 800 after a girl, who met him on matrimonial website, smooth over him.

The girl identified herself as Simran from Canada. She duped the youth by promising to marry him. After a few “romantic” conversations she sought financial assistance from Vikas for the kidney transplant of her foster mother who was admitted to a hospital at Jakarta in Indonesia.

“There are several such profiles of pretty girls on matrimonial sites which are usually from the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. In my case, girl concocted a story that her mother is ill and is undergoing a kidney transplant in Indonesia and needs money for drugs and medication.

She demanded $ 800 from me,” said Vikas.

A resident of Amritsar, who recently visited the office of a local leader, was seen requesting the latter for making arrangements for sending him to the USA.

The youth, who refused to divulge his identity, said he got married in 2010. The girl after spending a few months with him left for the USA and did not return. “Though she is in constant touch with me, but whenever I ask her about my immigration she gets annoyed and stops talking to me. I am happy that am married to an NRI and don’t want to spoil my chances of visiting abroad by lodging complaint against her,” said the youth, a native of Baniya village near Amritsar. 


Transporters’ strike 
Industry suffers Rs 50-cr loss
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
City-based industry has suffered losses worth Rs 50 crore in the wake of the statewide transporters' strike against mandatory installation of speed governors here today.

No business was carried in the city at all as transporters struck work from 9 am to 7 pm. As many as 20,000 trucks, 7,000 tempos and as many mini buses remained off roads today, affecting all spheres of life, especially the business.

Talking to The Tribune, Charan Singh Lohara, chairman, Punjab State Goods Transport Association, said since the truckers remained off roads, the industry suffered loss worth Rs 50 crore.

Early in the morning, transporters from the district gathered at Transport Nagar and burnt an effigy of transport minister Master Mohan Lal and raised slogans against him. Members of Truck Operators' Association, Tempo Truck Operators' Association, Mini Bus Association and the District Bus Owners' Association participated in the day-long protest.

Transporters are protesting against the state government's notification on installation of speed governors in all public and goods transport vehicles to curb the maximum speed limit. All new vehicles under the listed categories will be registered by the state transport department only if they are fitted with speed governors. Failing to get speed governors installed in the registered vehicles will call for punitive action against the owners and drivers. 



Deputy CM meets Bains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
After passing through a rough phase within the party and the government after being named as an accused in Tehsildar, Major G.S. Benipal stripping and assault case, Youth Akali Dal supremo and councillor, Simarjit Singh Bains, got his lost importance back, when Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, visited him today.

Sukhbir was in town to visit a few SAD and BJP leaders. He also visited Bains and his supporters and stayed with them for more than 30 minutes.

His visit has put to rest all speculations that Bains will work against SAD in the 2012 assembly elections as he was given a cold shoulder by the party after his alleged involvement in the Benipal case.

Bains had stayed away from all party functions and spoken openly against it. He had not even attended the function of Youth Akali Dal Patron, Bikram Singh Majithia, despite being the chief of the Youth Akali Dal. 



Royal wedding keeps people glued to TV
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on Friday had scores of city residents glued to their TV sets throughout the day. While many bunked offices to be home “in time for the wedding ceremony", there were others who remained hooked to TV screens at marketplaces, malls, restaurants and cafes.

The interest in the year’s most awaited wedding was evident from the large crowds outside stores in the city’s markets who gathered to watch the live coverage of the royal nuptials on huge screens put up especially for the day. The over five-hour long ceremony elicited great excitement as people from all walks of life and from all age groups took time out to witness the world's most expensive royal wedding.

Anticipation of the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey was especially high among young girls and women. "It's so nice to witness a big, romantic wedding like this. It's like a fairytale and I didn’t want to miss out on any moment of it so I cancelled all my plans to be at home and enjoy every bit of the wedding with my pals," said Smiley, a college student.

Her friend Supriya, too, was excited about the grand wedding. "Occasions like this are so rare. And since the immense technological advancements have given us an opportunity to witness the wedding as it takes place in London, we didn’t want to lose out on it. So here we are, watching every single moment live on our TV sets as if it was all happening in front of our eyes."

Just like their younger counterparts, numerous mothers and grandmothers too stayed glued to their TVs in much the same way they must have during the 1981 wedding of William's parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.

"Diana's wedding to Prince Charles was a very big event about which we only read in the newspapers or saw small glimpses in the day's news. Williams' wedding is also an equally big occasion, made bigger by the live broadcasts," remarked septuagenarian Shobha Rani, who cherishes a special affinity for the royal family, having lived in Britain for over three decades.

The wedding also evoked special interest among the local business community in the wake of its Ludhiana connection - the scarves that were given as souvenirs to the guests at the royal wedding have been manufactured by city-based Centex Exports.

Many were even trying to catch a glimpse of the "exquisite mementoes" on the dignitaries present as they watched the ceremony on TV. "We thought may be we could spot a scarf from the city on some of the royal guests and feel proud of it," said Mandeep Singh, a young businessman.

Interestingly, most of the city's wedding watchers the Ludhiana Tribune talked to conceded that the TV broadcast allowed them a glimpse inside the formal, pomp-filled world of the British monarchy that they only know from books and films. "Where else would one see such dignitaries from across the globe?" asked Mukesh Juneja.



Miffed over graft, Akali leader opts out of advisory panel
Announces his resignation
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Kanwaljatinder Singh
Kanwaljatinder Singh

Ludhiana, April 29
High drama was witnessed during the district advisory committee meeting here today when Youth Akali leader Kanwaljatinder Singh boycotted the meeting and tendered his resignation. He wanted that the charges levied by the government for issuing Farad and Intqaal (Mutation) should be made public and the rate list pasted outside the patwari’s office.

Disappointed over the lack of will in taking action against revenue employees, the leader reportedly threw his identity card and announced his resignation during the meeting.

“I don’t want to be a toothless tiger. Instead of taking action on our complaints the administrative official is passing the buck. We are members just for the heck of it and corruption is thriving in the department,” said Kanwarjatinder Singh.

The incident took place during the post-afternoon session when the leader asked district revenue officer Balraj Kaur to install list of government charges on issuing Intqaal and Farad outside the offices of every Patwari in the town.

He said, “The government rate for issuing each Farad is Rs 20, while Patwaris’ are charging Rs 200 for issuing these. The government takes Rs 150 for issuing Intqaal during the time of the registry and claim that it would be delivered at resident’s home. Bur, this never happens and partwari charges nearly Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 for issuing Intqaal.”

Kanwarjatinder is the only member of the district advisory committee who has attended 13 out of 16 meetings; the most attend by any member of the committee.

Even during the last meeting held on March 31, 2010, he had highlighted the issue and complained about the prevalent corruption.

“During the last meeting they promised me that they would call the president of the patwari union to answer my queries, but even today no one came. And when I asked the district revenue office to make the list of government fees public she replied that I always talk against the department. No absolutely not, I want transparency in the department. I don’t want that people should be exploited and being a representative of the people I have every right to raise my voice against corruption. I don’t want to be a member of the committee where they are made to sit like a mute spectators and the complaints are not addressed,” he added.

Sources said general assistant to deputy commissioner JK Jain, who was presiding over the meeting, saved the situation from taking an ugly turn.

But Kanwaljatinder took another potshot at the administrative officials and said, “The administration conducts raids in all departments to check absenteeism but this has never been done in case of patwaris.”

While downplaying the issue district revenue officer Balraj Kaur said: “Kanwarjatinder was complaining against corruption in the department. How can we eradicate corruption? I asked him if he has specific complaint against any partwari. But the leader abruptly stood up and walked out of the meeting.”

Kanwarjatinder said: “Either legalize corruption or take action against the corrupt revenue officers.” 



Credit war between Cong, SAD continues
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 29
While development of infrastructure and providing better amenities to the city residents does not seem to be on the agenda of any political leader, it is altogether different when it comes to taking credit for whatever development works are being undertaken.

It was in the course of the ongoing tussle for taking credit and drawing political mileage from the development projects in the city that witnessed second inauguration of the work for boring of a new tubewell in Gobind Nagar locality along the Punjab Agricultural University here in a span of 10 days.

Addressing a news conference here today, Gurpreet Gogi, Congress councillor from Ward No 53, alleged that Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary and an SAD-B legislator from Ludhiana West, today came to the site where the work was going on for a new tubewell in Gobind Nagar for the last 10 days, and inaugurated the project just to take credit for the development project with which he had nothing to do.

"The entire project (for boring and energising a new tubewell to augment the water supply in my ward, has been got approved by me and the funds are also being provided by the Municipal Corporation from out of the area councillor's quota. The work started on the project on April 18 after I had performed the ground-cutting ceremony," claimed Gogi while adding that the SAD-B legislator had made no contribution to the project.

However, Dhanda denied having performed any formal inauguration of the said development project. Talking to The Tribune, he said the area was a part of his constituency and he had merely visited the site to see the progress of the ongoing work. Refusing to be drawn into any controversy, he said, "It is not a matter of taking credit of any sort. I had got the project approved and pushed for installation of a rig on priority so that the water supply could be augmented and increased demand for water supply in the summer season could be adequately met."



Doraha LPG consumers are a harried lot
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 29
With the suspension of license of the Gyan Gas Agency, Doraha, the sole supplier of LPG to the town and the surrounding villages, the residents as well as the villagers are facing a tough time.

It was on April 7 that the Indian Oil Corporation suspended the license of Gyan Gas Service after the expiry of license and its non-renewal after March 31, 2011.After this the IOC entrusted the Suhavi Gas Agency at Sahnewal, 7 km from here, to supply LPG gas cylinders at Doraha and surrounding areas on the stipulated days. Four days have been reserved for the town and one day for the Doraha village. Apart form this, the agency has to supply cylinders at the villages associated to it as well.

“It is at this point that the complications creep in. Although the time for the arrival of the cylinders is 11 o’clock but the consumers have to be in line as early as 4 o’clock in the morning. The shortage of LPG cylinders has made life tough for the consumers. The consumer will get the cylinder but on the condition that he will have to stand in the queue for not less than seven to eight hours before they are ultimately delivered” rued a consumer.

A long queue of consumers can be witnessed here for the past 10 days. Right from the daybreak, the consumers literally grapple to acquire a cylinder. This has not only hit the normal routine of the residents but the ones who are employed are the worst sufferers. A teacher teaching at Khalsa School said that she had to take a leave from the school in order to get a cylinder. “It is really very difficult as both of us are working and in the absence of home delivery, the situation has become really complex” expressed a bank employee.

“I can’t afford to close my shop for the sake of a cylinder and hence I have to request my aged father to stand in a queue. As the mercury rises, it becomes unbearable to stand in the scorching heat. The other day, an old man fainted while he was standing in a queue since morning, waiting for the agency people to arrive, who, do so at their own sweet will. They generally after come after 11.30am and sometimes even at 12noon,” told a shopkeeper.

In villages, the situation is all the more deplorable, “The villagers have to wait endlessly for the supply to arrive and on some days the supply does not come at all as it happened at a nearby village the other day. “We waited endlessly only to know in the afternoon that the supply to the village would not come for the day” complained a villager.

The Suhavi Gas Agency informed the villagers that due to sudden decrease in supply, the demand was difficult to be met.

Narinder Singh, Food Supplies Inspector, when contacted said that with the suspension of license of the Gyan Gas Service, the customers are facing problems but the issue is expected to be shortly resolved with the company.

License of gas agency suspended

It was on April 7 that Indian Oil Corporation suspended the license of Gyan Gas Service, as it had expired and was not renewed after March 31, 2011. After this, the IOC entrusted the Suhavi Gas Agency at Sahnewal, 7 km from here, to supply LPG gas cylinders at Doraha and surrounding areas on the stipulated days



PSPCL to go easy on power cuts
Promises to supply eight hours of uninterrupted power to agri sector 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 29
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is set to meet the increased demand of electricity in summer season and bring out a qualitative improvement in the power supply to all categories of consumers in the areas falling under Central zone.

Claiming this during a press conference here today, the engineer-in-chief of Central zone PS Gill said as per the government policy, eight hours of uninterrupted supply will be provided to agricultural sector during forthcoming paddy season, industry will not have power cut for more than one weekly off, while the domestic sector will not have to face any power cut or disruption due to load shedding.

Giving details of several infrastructural upgradation projects, undertaken for improvement in power supply, he said the capacity of eight 220 KV sub-station had been enhanced from 1,700 to 2,300 MVA. Three new 100 MVA each transformers had already been installed at 220 KV sub-stations at Ajitwal, Pakhowal and Ferozepur road in addition to completion of the new 220 KV Humbran-Ferozepur road HT line which will benefit several posh localities in the city.

Similarly, capacity of 70 sub-stations of 66 KV capacity each in the Central zone has been increased from 2,390 to 2,688 MVA, and two new 66 KV sub-stations had been erected at Tajpur road and Grain Market.

Another seven 66 KV sub-stations in different parts of the city had also been upgraded to take additional load.

According to Gill, a total of 3,836 transformers were reloaded in Central zone during the previous financial year and 6,307 new transformers were installed.

The situation for providing new power connections had also improved. As far as the release of new connections was concerned, 44,259 connections under GS category, 1,389 industrial and 1,808 tubewell connections were issued.



Now, Jagraon loses historic landmark
Jaswant Shetra

The inscription on the iron girders indicates the time when the Jagraon Tehsil Complex was built.

The demolished structure of the old Jagraon Tehsil Complex.

The demolished structure of the old Jagraon Tehsil Complex.
1. The inscription on the iron girders indicates the time when the Jagraon Tehsil Complex was built.
2. & 3. The demolished structure of the old Jagraon Tehsil Complex. Photos by writer

Jagraon, April 29
Two weeks after Ludhiana lost two prominent landmarks - the 105-year-old Lakkar Bridge and the Old Kotwali building, the oldest structure built in the city during the British Raj - residents of Jagraon are now witnessing the demolition of the town’s Old Tehsil complex, a century-old historical structure that is a fine specimen of British-era architectural design.

Work on razing the building, built in the 1860s, began a few days ago and most of it has already been pulled down. A new structure to house the ‘tehsil’ offices will be constructed at the site.

The old building was one of the three tehsil complexes built in Punjab during the British Raj. The other two in Ludhiana and Samrala - have already been demolished.

The Old Tehsil complex was constructed keeping in mind different aspects like stiffness, safety and ventilation and the condition of many its parts was still good before the demolition work started. Town residents who have fond memories of the British-era structure are sad to see it go. Many of them feel if it had been properly maintained there would have been no need to pull it down, at least for the present.

According to the people who have spent a long time working in the building, it was still in a very good shape and could have survived for many more years. “There are still many buildings in Punjab that were erected over a hundred years ago but are still are in very good condition because of good maintenance,” said Manjitinder Johal, a veteran engineer.

Citing examples of Khalsa College, Amritsar (built in 1890), Mahindra College, Patiala (1872) and Government College, Ludhiana (1920), he noted: “These British-era structures are still in very good condition and also safe because they were maintained properly. Besides, most of the train stations in the country were also built during British rule and are more than a century old but are still sound.”

“Instead of spending crores of rupees in constructing new buildings if the authorities concerned had issued timely funds for the proper maintenance of such old buildings, there would have been no need to demolish old and historical buildings and constructing new ones. This way the government could have saved a huge amount of money besides preserving such historical buildings”, reasoned Mahinder Singh Sidhwan, a lawyer who is president of the Virsa Sambhal Manch. According to sources close to officials in the ‘tehsil’ complex, the public works department did not take any initiative to restore the building before declaring it unsafe some years ago. “Neither did the Archeological Survey of India bother to protect the historical structure”, they added.



Abducted boy gets a rousing welcome
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

A file photo of Abhijeet
A file photo of Abhijeet

Ludhiana, April 29
Making a dramatic appearance after remaining abducted for nearly 30 hours, the four-year-old destiny’s child Abhijeet aka Manthan has got a star status in Harkartar colony.

Till two days ago, Manthan was unnoticed, just like any other child playing in the street, but now residents are making a beeline outside his house to catch a glimpse of the child.

“It took nearly four hours for us to actually reunite with the child as soon as after he was rescued everyone burst in celebrations. While someone was kissing him, others took him in their lap and were dancing. Elderly women of the area were offering him milk, while children of his age offered him sweets,” said Ajit Singh, his father.

Kiran, mother of the child, is not willing to take the risk of leaving her child alone. “I will not let my child go out of my sight again as I have paid a heavy price for it.”

Manthan made a dramatic entry last night when the residents spotted him from the same spot from where he was abducted on the afternoon of April 27.

He was immediately rushed to the police station, where the police tried their best to extract information about his abductors, but to no avail. Then the police took the help of Ajit Singh, father of Manthan, but it did not bear any fruit.


Timely help

Police received its share of success, as parents of the abducted child visited the house of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-I) Harsh Bansal and thanked the officer for his efforts in rescuing the child.



Day II: Demolition of Lakkar bridge
Another span dismantled
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 29
Another 18-metre-long span of the century-old Lakkar bridge (rail footbridge), which is to make way for a motorable railway overbridge between the old city and the Civil Lines area, was successfully dismantled on the second day here today. One span of 16-metre was dismantled yesterday.

Authorities of the Northern Railway had on April 28 and 29 (between 10 AM to 3 PM) allowed partial dismantling of the bridge (not in use ever since the construction of ROB started a few years ago).

The third and last span of the bridge, almost of the similar length that was removed today, would be dismantled when the operational wing of the Railways gives six to eight hours time. During this period, the rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Amritsar section will have to be diverted or stopped for that duration.

Detachment of 18-metre long steel structure with concrete flooring of the bridge standing at a height of 26 feet and weighing several tonnes was no small feat. At least 50 persons were doing the job under the direct supervision of Northern Railway deputy chief engineer SK Sharma, executive engineer William Jeet Singh and several other officials of the engineering wing of the Railways.

It took nearly four-and-a-half hour to break the concrete floor and cut off the steel structure from its supporting pillars with the help of gas cutters. Once the span of the bridge was detached from its supporting structure, a thick rope made of wires was tied on both ends, which were fed into the hook of a giant crane. Once the supervising engineers gave orders, the crane lifted the structure and gently placed it to the ground. It took just a couple of minutes for the portion of the bridge to be reduced to a big heap of scrap which was later cut into small pieces and removed from the railway tracks.

While the detached span of the bridge was being lowered to the ground, at least 12 workers were holding the thick plastic ropes tied on both sides of the detached portion to keep it in proper position, lest the steel structure should touch high tension electric cables underneath and result in a short circuit.

“Our men and machines have performed well and the entire operation has been uneventful,” observed Sharma once the detached span of the bridge was successfully lowered to the ground. Other supervising officials and members of the crew, who were holding their breath as the detached portion of the bridge was dangling midair, also heaved a sigh of relief and congratulated each other.

Rail traffic unaffected

Though the dismantling exercise continued for nearly 5 to 6 hours yesterday and today, and six tracks was closed during this period, the rail traffic remained unaffected. “All passenger and mail trains are running as per schedule on the Ludhiana - Amritsar section. However, a few goods trains had to be rescheduled,” said station superintendent RK Sharma.



From Schools
Debate contest

Children of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School during their graduation ceremony in Ludhiana on Friday.
TRIUMPHANT TOTS: Children of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School during their graduation ceremony in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: An English debate competition was organised in Green Grove Public School by the Senior Humanities Forum. The topics chosen by the speakers were "Our Nation is Still Unprepared for Disasters", "Common Wealth Games - Wastage of Money", "Reality Shows Should be Banned", "Competition is Beneficial to the Learning Process", "Laptops Should Replace Notebooks in School", "Boys Should Learn to Cook". Twenty-five students from Classes VII to XI participated in the debate with great enthusiasm. School principal S George presided over the contest. The judges of the day were Alpana and Prabhjeet Kaur. Vice-principal Ronald-de-Rozario and senior coordinator Lalit graced the occasion. The contest began with a welcome song by Class VII students.


1. Savreen of Class VII B: 2. Akansha of Class IX and Navkiran of Class XI: 3. Baljot of Class X A and Karanveer of Class VII B; Consolation- Aprita of Class VIII, Priya of Class VIIII, Ankita of Class VIII, Jatinder of Class IX, Ashna of Class X B, Jaskirat of Class X A , Pushpinder of Class X A and Purnoor of Class XI.

The principal congratulated the winners and encouraged the participants and audience to become good orators. The competition was conducted by activity in charges Neha Chum (juniors) and Suresh (seniors).


Students of Classes X-XII of G.N. International Public School, Model Town, on Thursday experienced a mesmerising morning with Sumit Mahajan, CEO of an IT firm and a teacher of The Art of Living.

Sumit has been associated with The Art of Living organisation for the last 12 years and has dealt with about 5 lakh young minds till date, solving their problems and making their lives worth living. The purpose of this seminar was to help students deal with their day-to-day problems by forming a focus and having stress-free minds. Students were told how to value and imbibe virtues like honesty and sincerity and not run after the so-called superficial distractions like dance parties and pubs.

"Don't run after happiness, just do your duties sincerely and happiness will follow," said Sumit, to the students.

"People who are open minded, progress in the world, otherwise one tends to stagnate," he added.

The importance of meditation was explained and the techniques of meditation were taught in a very subtle manner. "Brain, the most vital organ of our body needs rest and due pampering which is possible through meditation," stressed Sumit.

Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill thanked Mahajan and his team to have shared their rich and expert advice with the young minds.

Display board decoration

A display board decoration competition was held at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha. Students of all classes participated in this competition with great zeal. Display boards of the classes were decorated beautifully by the students. The classes were divided into four groups and the judges minutely observed the display boards of all groups. Principal DP Thakur felicitated the winning classes and appreciated the students for their efforts.


Group I (nursery-UKG)1, UKG 2. LKG (A), 3. LKG (B);

Group II: (Classes I-V), 1. Class I (B), 2. Class II(B), 3. Class V (B);

Group III: (Classes VI-VIII), 1. Class VIII (B), 2. Class VIII (A), 3. Class VII (C);

Group IV: (Classes IX-XII),1. Class X (C), 2. Class XII Com (A), 3. Class X (A).

Dental check-up camp

The health club of B.C.M Senior Secondary School, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road, organised an oral hygiene and dental check-up camp on the school campus on Thursday. The students of primary section had their thorough dental check up done by an expert team of dentists from Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital. The main purpose to organise the camp was to spread awareness about oral hygiene amongst students and acquainting them with remedial measures for proper dental care.

Graduation ceremony

Tiny tots of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar, showcased talent during their graduation ceremony on the school campus here today.

Various performances by the students left the audience spell bound. Chairman-cum-director, chain of Green Land Schools, Rajesh Rudra, principal Baldeep Pandher and headmistress Ruby Sharma congratulated the parents and stressed upon the need to nurture them.

The young graduates felt proud on receiving their degrees.

Investiture ceremony

The school ground of GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, witnessed a grand ceremony of investiture of the school council for 2011-2012 here today.

Students, who were nominated from classes X-XII for different categories like - house captain (boys and girls), sports captain (boys and girls), president, vice-president, manager, secretary, head boy and head girl, on the basis of academic achievements, co-curricular activities, over-all personality, etc.

These nominated students were then selected as a council on the basis of the interview taken by principal Gurmant Kaur Gill.

The elected school council took the oath with proper sanctity and pledged to perform their duties with all sincerity and responsibility.

Painting contest

To commemorate the memory of Sanil Khanna, an old student of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, “Sanil Yadgar Kala Pratiyogita” was organised at the mini-hall here today.

Sanil Khanna was an alumnus of 2004. He was a promising animation engineer. He lost his life in a tragic accident on June 5, 2010. Sanil was an exceptionally gifted artist. His alma mater Kundan Vidya Mandir paid homage to its beloved alumnus by organising the competition.

A total of 121 students from various schools participated in the contest. There were six groups for classes I-XII.

The duration of the competition was two hours. Students exhibited their artistic talents. The judges had a hard time in compiling the results.

The prize distribution was held at the school auditorium. A documentary on Sanil’s life was also shown. The winners were given prizes. Principal Navita Puri paid tributes to Sanil.


Group A: 1st Inesh Aggarwal, KVM, Civil Lines.

Group B: 1st Sulakshna, KVM, Civil Lines.

Group C: 1st Gauri Verma, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

Group D: 1st Diksha, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar.

Group E: 1st Sanpreet Singh, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary, Shastri Nagar.

Group F: 1st Taranjeet Kaur, Guru Nanak International Public School.

Meanwhile, school cabinet for the primary section of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, was selected for 2011-2012. An investiture ceremony for the same, along with prize distribution for A+ grade, rank holders and full attendance was organised in the school today.

Children were enthusiastic about the event. The cabinet members took oath and were congratulated by principal Sister Christo. Head boy Manan Bhatia and head girl Jyoti Jindal became the proud members of the cabinet.


A Punjabi recitation contest was held today at Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi, to re-kindle the importance of the mother tongue and to keep the contribution of great poets like Prof Mohan Singh, Bhai Vir Singh, Amrita Pritam and Shiv Kumar Batalvi alive.

A total of 45 students participated in the contest under different class groups with enthusiasm. They recited poems on topics like “Abhagan Ladki”, “Insaan”, “Hind Di Chaddar”. Children of Class I-VII mesmirised audience with their presentation.

Principal DK Khanna applauded their efforts and emphasised to foster moral values among them. She honoured the winners with medals.


Group A (Classes I-II): 1st Parneet Kaur, Class II; 2nd Prabhleen Kaur, Class II; 3rd Anchalpreet Singh, Class I.

Group B (Class III-IV): 1st Bavneet Kaur, Class III; 2nd Jasmeet Kaur, Class III; 3rd Pratham Goel, Class IV.

Group (Class V-VII): 1st Sabreena Kaur, Class VII; 2nd Sidvick Raj Kaur, Class VI; 3rd Robinjeet Singh, Class VI.

Consolation prize: Yashmeen Kaur, Class VII.

Breaking the ice

“Let’s know each other”, an introduction party, was organised at Bal Bharati Public School Unit-I for students of nursery, mont-I and mont-II of session 2011-12. Young Bal Bharatians of Montessori wing came dressed in beautiful attires. The students were ready with their first lesson to uplift their confidence, along with good communication skills. The aim was to help children realise their intrinsic potential and become all-rounders.

The students came forward and put up varied items like rhymes, stories, songs, prayers and self-introduction in their own unique styles.

More than 400 students participated in this activity. Principal Punam Dogra welcomed the new students and congratulated their teachers for developing their communication skills.

Road safety week

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School celebrated road safety week from April 25-29. Students were sensitised about road safety rules and virtual drill sessions were also conducted.

The aim was to educate students about traffic hazards. These activities were conducted at the behest of the ICSE Board. Various activities related to the above topic were conducted on the school premises.

Students from Mont-I to Class II participated. Charts on road safety were displayed, poems on topics like traffic lights were recited by students of Class Mont-I and Mont-II. Class I had prepared charts on zebra-crossing, wearing seat belts in the car, not to over speed while driving, etc. Class-II gave information regarding the precautions to be taken while riding the bicycle.

Children of Classes II-IV participated in different worksheets, like figure out the hidden words, learn the road code of conduct, clear the way through the maze. Headmistress of the school Tarannum Fatima encouraged the students to be law abiding citizens. — Tribune Reporters



Yoga guru has date with city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
Keeping a date with the elite crowd of yoga in Ludhiana, Yogi Ashwani Yog from Dhyan Foundation today demonstrated yoga asnas, terming them to be a perfect combination of meditation and piety.

The yoga guru is in the city for a two-day special camp to promote ancient form of yog.

“Yog, which is referred to as yoga in contemporary world is being looked upon as a substitute for work out/exercise,” said the yoga guru.

Yog is a part of ancient Indian culture that existed 4,000 years ago and every aspect, including human anatomy to environmental conservation was extensively researched and documented, said yoga guru.

When asked about his reasons for conducting the camp in a fancy hotel instead of demonstrating it in a park, yogi said his disciples were carrying out various camps in different parts of the city, which are attended by the people from all walks of life.

Accredited for penning “Sanatan Kriya-51 miracles and hauntings” an anthology of the experiences of 51 people, who were miraculously cured with yoga, yogi Ashwani was recently invited by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Mumbai, wherein doctors performed an experiment to check the claims of the yoga guru about his diagnosis of certain diseases.

Yog by Dhyan foundation is taught in its original form without any modifications and Yogi Ashwani abides by the conventional dictates of “guru shishya parampara.”

Pranayam, Pratyahar, Samadhi, Dharna, Dhyan are the five golden rules that the yoga exponent asked his followers to practice.



Bollywood shutterbug Punita on photography and more… 
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

 Bollywood photographer Punita Gupta during her art exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday.
IN THE MALE DOMAIN: Bollywood photographer Punita Gupta during her art exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 29
She is a woman in a man’s a world and one of the most talented one at that! Meet Bollywood shutterbug Punita Gupta, who is one name that can be associated with some of the biggest stars of the Indian film industry.

"Photography is my love. And as far as I can remember, I have always wanted to do this," says Punita, matter-of-factly, adding that during her early years, she drew inspiration from her grandfather, who would walk around, clicking family pictures.

Punita's voyage into photography started in 2002, and took the absolute contour in 2004 when she went to London College of Communication to do her masters in the subject. Her love and enthusiasm has only travelled upwards over the years, she discloses.

She goes on: "The camera is magical. The sound of the shutter, pop of the flash, the spooling of the film and the smell of the prints fuel my passion and help me see and experience life through a different lens altogether."

Punita concedes that watching a picture takes shape on a piece of paper and seeing it communicate a million feelings is what gives her an absolute adrenaline rush.

On her journey into the Tinsel Town, the talented photographer says after her degree at London, she was eager to come back to India. "Bollywood just happened and since it was lucrative to work with big names, I took the plunge," she avers.

Shilpa Shetty was the first star Punita clicked. "This was in 2006 during a dance show for a television channel," she says. Since then, there has been no looking back for Punita who has captured every big name of Bollywood from Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan to Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sameera Reddy and Suneil Shetty. She even has, to her credit, a documentary with Hollywood superstar Richard Gere.

"I find Sonam Kapoor and Kreena Kapoor among the younger lot very beautiful and extremely photogenic. In the older lot, Madhuri is the undisputed queen and Bachchan senior is undoubtedly the king when it comes to talking to the camera," opines the photographer who cherishes a dream to capture business tycoon Ratan Tata in her lens. "It is very rare to find a more magnanimous personality," she reasons.

Interestingly, Punita does not aspire to make a mark in Bollywood. "The glamour of the film industry flies out of the window in just two days and then hard work stares you in the face. Though I love the glamour of Bollywood, my passion and love lie outside of it," she says, pointing at her collection titled "Shunya", on display at the Artmosphere Art Galary.

"This collection is very close to my heart as it talks about the nothingness in emptiness. It is a celebration of nothingness - an exposition of spaces narrating their unrelenting stories with stillness, aspiring towards nothing and in that becoming a whole," Punita says fondly about her pictures. "When you reach nothingness, you achieve everything," she smiles.

The confident young photographer wishes to keep coming to Ludhiana over and over again and enjoy the art lovers' undivided attention. "I want to see scores of visitors at my art exhibits without having to invite them whether here or oversees," she says.

On future plans, Punita says: "Women have slowly but gradually made deep inroads into photography which was hitherto considered to be a male bastion and I am confident that very soon, we will take over and capture it." 



Murder case solved, 2 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
The police claims to have solved a blind murder case with the arrest to two youths. A youth was found dead in a vacant plot at Kheri Chamhari village near Lalton in 2009.Victim, Baljinder Singh, also had a criminal past and was wanted in several theft cases.

The accused identified as Rahul Kumar and Ravi Kumar, who were picked up in a theft case confessed having killed Baljinder Singh, a member of their gang, in July 2009.

The duo told the police that the trouble started in July 17 when Baljinder wanted to keep a major chunk of the booty that they got after committing a theft in a house.

They took Baljinder to a vacant plot in an auto-rickshaw, killed him and fled away from the spot. Both were produced before a court and remanded in police custody. 



Two run over by truck, one dead

Mullanpur Dakha, April 29
The local police has booked unknown driver of a truck who had allegedly run over two brothers of the town, when they were going for morning walk near the police station here today. While one of the brothers had a miraculous escape, the other, a senior postman died on the spot.

The suspect succeeded in fleeing from the spot after leaving the truck behind after a brief chase by the police. Jagjit Singh A case has been registered. — OC



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