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BCM grabs first spot as Sacred Heart slides to second place
n 87 students of BCM while 67 students of Sacred Heart scored more than 90 per cent marks
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Celebrate their success with chocolates in Ludhiana on Monday.
Celebrate their success with chocolates in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 23
After sliding to second position during the class XII CBSE results last year, the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, bounced back and grabbed the first spot with 87 students of different streams, including medical, non- medical, commerce and humanities respectively scored more than 90 per cent marks in the all important examination.

However, last year's toper Sacred Heart Convent School dropped to second spot with 67 students securing over 90 per cent marks, while DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, secured the third position with 50 students securing over 90 per cent mark.

KVM School too came back strongly with 36 students scoring over 90 per cent marks. Similarly, students of St. Thomas, Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, Green Land School, Spring Dale School made a cut in the 90 per cent bracket.

Though, BCM produced most number of students (87), who hit the 90 per cent bracket, Sacred Heart Convent, Sarabha Nagar, got better of BCM and DAV school by producing two toppers.

JUMPING WITH JOY Saisha (97 per cent, commerce), Shiwangi Sood (97.4 per cent, humanities) and Ashima (96.4 per cent, commerce) of BCM SChool in a jubliant mood in Ludhiana on Monday.
JUMPING WITH JOY Saisha (97 per cent, commerce), Shiwangi Sood (97.4 per cent, humanities) and Ashima (96.4 per cent, commerce) of BCM SChool in a jubliant mood in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Humanshu Mahajan

Last year it was BCM students Manroop and Sonaal Bhanot, who became bracketed toppers in medical stream, but this time it was Nilita Sood and the Mehnaz Kaur of DAV School, who became bracketed toppers.

Visibly elated over the results, Sister Chantal, principal of Sacred Heart Convent School, said, "The results were on the expected lines. Our students have worked hard, burning the midnight oil, to reach the top." Crediting the schoolteachers for the success, she said the latter "had done a brilliant job".

Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM School, Shastri Nagar, and RS Patial termed the result fairly good.

"It reflects the hard work and dedication of our committed staff. Our 87 students have scored more than 90 per cent, which is big achievement," said Paramjit Kaur.

While RS Patial said, "We strive for excellence at it has borne fruits, with 50 students of our school scoring more than 90 per cent mark in the class XII examination."


Girls outshine boys again
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Girls have yet again outplayed boys by securing top positions in all four streams in the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) Class XII results.

Navita Puri, principal, Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) School, said, "It was expected that girls would do well. The girls have shown more dedication and hard work, which has yielded good results. They are also perceived to be more serious in their studies than boys and this is what works in their favour.”

This year's proud toppers, including Garima Aneja (with 98 per cent marks in commerce), Gursimran Kaur (97.4 per cent in non-medical), Nilita Sood and Mehraj Kaur (97 per cent in medical), Shivangi Sood (97.4), have thrown their male counterparts out of the competition. “Look at the irony, while the girls doing well in every field, people still crave for a male child, We may have brought changes in society, but there are people who still consider girls as burden,” Sunil Vinayak, a designer.




Garima tops dist with 98 pc 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The dream team of Garima Aneja and Gursimran Kaur of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, came out triumph in Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results by securing top positions in the district in commerce and non-medical streams here today.

The duo of Garima and Gursimran Kaur scored 98 per cent and 97.4 per cent marks, respectively in commerce and non-medical streams, respectively, while it was a double delight for DAV Public School as Mehnaz Kaur and Nilita Sood became the bracketed toppers with 97 per cent in medical stream.

Shiwangi Sood held the fort for BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, as he topped in humanities with 97.4 per cent marks.

The Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, today declared the results of Class XII. The schools were humming with jubilant achievers, who were sharing their achievement with their teachers, friends and parents.

Holding sweet meat boxes in the hands, they were seen offering sweets to teachers, while the other students of the school were also feeling equally enthusiastic after hearing the announcements of their school results.

Garima while sharing her success with Sister Chantal, principal of the school, said, “The school played a big role in guiding me.”

Talking to the Tribune RS Patial Principal of DAV Public School said, “I am happy that hard work of students, parents and teachers has been rewarded.”

While Shiwangi Sood of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, topped in humanities with 97.4 per cent marks. Bubbling with joy, this achiever said, “I am thankful to my school principal Paramjeet Kaur and all teachers for always inspiring me and guiding me.”




Achiever who helped others
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
She is an achiever, but with a difference. Shiwangi Sood, a student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, who has topped in humanities group in the district with 97.4 per cent, believes in learning by doing.

Perhaps this is why she became a teacher of her soft toys and then her classmates, whom she helped to pass in first division.

Talking to The Tribune, Shiwangi said, “I used to learn by acting as teacher to my soft toys. I used to keep those in my room and consider those as my students. Whenever I had to learn something, I acted as teacher and could memorise my subject during teaching practice.”

Wishing to be an IPS officer, she said, “After some time, I started teaching 13 weak students of my class on nominal charges. They were finding it tough to pass when I started teaching them. But today, I am very happy that some of them have passed in first division, with a few scoring 70 per cent.”

She is aspiring to do BSc in psychology from Panjab University in Chandigarh or Delhi University. “I lost about 5 kg during examinations as I used to dance a lot whenever was under stress. Dancing and listening to music relaxes me a lot.”



Turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
He turned his stumbling blocks into stepping stones, but not without overcoming pain. Goormeet Singh, a student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School here, who scored 90.4 per cent in humanities, has an inspirational tale for all.

Suffering from juvenile reactive arthritis for the past more than four years and complex regional pain syndrome, Goormeet Singh once again has come up with flying colours.

Talking to The Tribune, he said, “I was not keeping well and used to exercise for at least four hours a day. Once I warm up my body through yoga, physiotherapy and stretching, I find myself more for than a normal person. I worked hard under the guidance of my teachers and parents and scored.”

Goormeet, who wanted to be a doctor, had to change his aim. He said, “When I was in class IX, my right arm went into contracture. Later after a lot of exercise, it opened. The doctor advised that six hours of study at school and four hours of tuition for studying medical would be difficult for me. This became as a turning point in my life and I decided to study humanities. But I enjoy it. Only yesterday, I went to Chandigarh with my father for appearing in the law entrance exam.”

His father Jasmeet Singh, an investor, and mother Navneet Kaur, a home-maker, said, “We have only one son, but we feel very proud of him. We do not have words to express thanks to God and school principal Paramjit Kaur for awarding him and Dr Aman Sharma, assistant professor of internal medicine at the PGI, who is treating him.”

The time when all students love to watch TV or chat with each other, this achiever has to play in the ground. About this, Goormeet said, “To keep my body warm, I have to play football or any other game daily. When I get up in the morning, my whole body gets spastic. So I heat it up through yoga for 45 minutes and start my daily chores. In a way , exercise is lifeline.”



Website glitches in result download
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Students and schools tried to get the class XII CBSE result, which was declared today, at the earliest, but due to glitches in the CBSE website, www.cbse.nic.in, many had to face problems.

Harmeet Kaur Waraich, principal of Nankana Sahib Public School, said, “We tried to see the school result at 10:30 am, but it did not open through the code. So we started downloading the result candidate-wise and got it. It was a very time-consuming process.

It was around 12:15 pm when the website started functioning properly and we could download the school result in one go.”

A similar problem was mentioned by Dr Vandana Shahi, principal of BCM School, Dugri.

She said, “Due to overloading on the website, we faced initial glitches in downloading the result. It took us a long time to find out even as our students continued to have anxious moments,” she said. Students of various schools were eager to know the result. “I tried the website on my computer. It did not work.

Then I went to a cyber cafe, but to no avail. Students were calling each other up to know if the website was working at their place,” said Ranvir Singh, a student.



Rising costs hit MSME sector hard
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Punjab's MSME sector is in deep crisis due to rising prices. Ever since the process of economic reforms started in 1991,the cost of capital has become too high to absorb in these competitive times.

"Earlier, this sector was getting bank loan at a very low interest. The sector is being charged a new rate at about 7 per cent or even more against the base rate. Logic and precedent exists to cap the lending rate to this sector at + 2 per cent of the base rate," said PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition to the interest rate, the processing charges are very exorbitant. Banks world over charge nominal interest rate but they make up with the fee-based services. Here the leading private banks are making best of both the worlds.

HDFC, Axis and IndusInd Banks have fee-based income, which compares very favorably with the interest incomes.

"The high processing charges has rendered the existence of MSME sector shaky in the competitive times. Due to acute shortage of labour and demand for adopting new technologies, things have turned from bad to worse for the sector," added Sharma.

Upkar Singh, Joint Secretary of Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, apart from highlighting the high-bank processing charges said the MSME sector of industry was going through a bad phase.

Though the chamber (CICU) has been repeatedly acquainting the government of the critical position of the industry in Punjab especially MSMEs which were under stress, no respite has been provided by the present government.

Avtar Singh, general secretary of CICU, said the unwarranted hike and demand of additional security would prove fatal for the industry, which was already going through financial crisis and blockade of refundable VAT amounts. 



Toppers are civil services aspirants
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Majority of toppers who topped in different streams are aspiring to have a career in civil services. The district topper in all streams, Garima Aneja, said, “I want to join the civil services because through this, one can bring corruption to an end. I personally feel that corruption is the main cause of all problems in India, so it should be tackled strictly. I aim to be a strict officer so that I can curb this menace."

While Shiwangi Sood who topped in humanities stream said she wanted to become an IPS officer. She said, “Dr Kiran Bedi is my role model. According to me salary and position does not matter, one should do what one believes in.''

While Arshdeep Kaur of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, who scored 95.6 per cent marks and stood second in humanities in the district, said, “I am also interested in becoming an IAS officer. I want to help the masses and that too through a respectable post. So after completing my economics (honours) I will sit for civil services examinations."



Two students drown
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Two students who bunked school were feared to have drowned in Sidhwan Canal here today. The victims, identified as Gagandeep Singh, a resident of Dhandra road, and Sidharth of Model Town, both students of class X of Green Land Senior Secondary School, Dugri road, bunked school, along with their classmates Sunny, Ishan Monga and Nipundeep Singh and went to Gurdwara Karamsar, Rara Sahib to pay obeisance.

Sunny, who was accompanying the students said the incident took place at around 11am while they were returning home after paying obeisance at Gurudwara Karamsar, Rara Sahib and halted at Flahi Sahib Gurdwara. Gagandeep and Sidharth entered into canal in order to swim but they drowned.



Civic bodies not conversant with terms
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Raekot/Mullanpur Dakha, May 23
Compliance of the rules under the Municipal Solid Waste (management and handling) Act seems to be beyond the control of a majority of the civic bodies of the area.

What to talk of ensuring efficient modes of collection and processing of the solid wastes generated in localities governed by them, a majority of officials and office-bearers of the civic bodies are not conversant with the terms associated with the Act.

Office-bearers of the boards and committees constituted to monitor the maintenance of the standards regarding ground water, ambient air, leach quality and the compost quality also seem to be unconcerned about degradation of environment due to alleged rampant violation of the rules.

The authorities and elected representatives, on the other hand, have maintained that they had been exploiting all their resources to undertake management and handling of solid wastes being generated in their localities.

Investigation revealed that the management and handling of solid waste had emerged as the gravest problem for the office-bearers of the civic bodies of the area falling under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

While it was mandatory for the civic bodies to ensure that the solid waste should be collected, stored, segregated, transported, processed and disposed without causing threat to the health of residents of the area, ideal management and handling was conspicuous by absence.

Dumps of unsorted solid wastes in thickly populated localities, open trolleys carrying decomposing litter and burning of solid waste narrate telltale stories of the unconcern of the authorities towards implementation of the provisions of the Act. Foul smell emanating from decaying litter and smoke proves injurious to vegetation, besides proving harmful to human health.



From Schools
Singing contest

participate in a singing competition at Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana.
IN THE MAKING Students participate in a singing competition at Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Away from the fiction of reality music competitions on television, Kundan Vidya Mandir organised a real singing competition-Sur Sangam. It was for students of classes LKG to XII. Five hundred students from Civil Lines and City Campus gave the audition, out of which 54 were selected for this mega event. MP Gupta, president, Kundan Lal Trust, was the chief guest.

The competition started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp. There were three groups. From LKG to VIII, song was the genre, for IX and X, Sufi and song and for XI and XII, gazal, Sufi and song were the genres.

‘Earth Week’

Taking their drive of “Earth Week” a step further, students of Radcliffe School expressed their thoughts through the medium of colours. The theme was ‘Water and its Family.’ The morning assembly was dedicated to water and its uses and it’s conservation. Teachers spoke on the importance of ‘Water is Life’ and ‘Every Drop is Important, Save It’. Principal of the school gave them some tips on how to save water. A drawing competition was organised.


Class buds: Harnoor Kaur 1, Shagun 2, Vaibhav and Mohammad Taban 3; blossoms: Yash 1, Harleen 2 and Aashiv Oberoi 3; pre-primary: Poorvi and Vinayak 1, Divyanshi 2 and Varinda and Abhayveer 3.

Summer camp

A week-long summer camp-2011 today got off to a flying start at Saraswati Modern School. Founder and president of the school Kamla Jain inaugurated the camp. Students thronged the school campus for acquiring new skills in painting, art and craft, cookery, yoga, aerobics, dance, music, badminton, chess, tennis and spoken english. — TNS 



Government urged to declare Sarabha’s ancestral home a national memorial
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A statute of Sardar Kartar Singh Sarabha installed in his memory at Sarabha village of Ludhiana.
A statute of Sardar Kartar Singh Sarabha installed in his memory at Sarabha village of Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Sarabha village (Ludhiana), May 23
Residents of Sarabha have demanded that freedom fighter and martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha's ancestral house in the village should be declared a national monument. "If the government wants to it can declare this tomorrow (Tuesday) itself, which also happens to be his birth anniversary, as Sarabha laid down his life for the freedom of our country. Besides his death anniversary on November 16 should also be declared a holiday," averred Jaswinder Singh, joint secretary of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sports Club, Sarabha.

Sarabha’s ancestral house, situated in a narrow street of the village, was declared a protected monument by the Punjab archaeological department in 1998. Two years later then chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced the house would be declared a national monument.

The house, where a watchman has been posted by the state government, has four rooms on the ground floor and some rooms on the first floor. The house now also has bust of the martyr and contains some things owned by the martyr's family.

Hanged in Lahore on November 16, 1915

Kartar Singh Sarabha, who participated in the Indian struggle for freedom from the British, was born on May 24, 1886 of a well to do farmer, Mangal Singh, in Sarabha village (now in Ludhiana district). After receiving his primary education in the village, Kartar completed his matriculation from Malwa Khalsa High School, Ludhiana and in 1912 went to the United States where he enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley. In Berkeley he joined the Ghadar party, founded in 1913 with Sohan Singh Bhakna as president and Hardyal as secretary. Kartar later left the varsity and joined Hardyal in running a newspaper 'Ghadar' (revolt). He returned to India in 1914 to fight for his country's independence. He was sentenced to death on September 13, 1915 and hanged in Lahore on November 16, 1915 for his role in the ‘Ghadar conspiracy’.



Villagers keep alive martyr Kartar Singh’s legacy
n Govt begins work on monument in his memory
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Hoshiar Singh Grewal
Hoshiar Singh Grewal, chairman of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Trust. A Tribune photograph

Sarabha village (Ludhiana), May 23
Residents of this village have preserved Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha's memory with their several endeavours in the field of sports, social service and education. The village boasts of being one the few in Punjab having a 200 bed charitable hospital, an ‘ayurvedic’ and a nursing college besides other educational institutions.

To keep the martyr’s memory alive villagers organize a sports festival with several events including football and ‘kabaddi’ every year from November 12 to 16.

Sarabha’s ancestral home has become a centre of attraction for people from neighbouring villages as well as from abroad. Deepinder Singh, an Indian currently residing in Australia, had come especially from Ludhiana to see the house. "I already knew about this (Sarabha’s) ancestral house as I had read it on the internet. Now that I’m visiting Ludhiana I came to know the village residents were organizing an ‘akhand path’ (Sikh ceremony) at the house. I’m so happy to come here and get a feel for history," he said.

The state government has commenced work on a monument in the martyr's memory opposite the sports stadium. Situated in two acres of land donated by the village ‘panchayat’, it houses two rooms and another structure. When complete the rooms will be used as a library and a reading room.

Another nonresident Indian, Hoshiar Singh Grewal, who is also chairman of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Trust, said: "He (Sarabha) has always been a symbol of martyrdom and many other martyrs including Bhagat Singh, who regarded him as his guru, friend and brother, were influenced by his sacrifice. We’re proud to say we are from Sarabha village.”



BJP’s real face stands exposed: Congress
n Activists burn effigy of local bodies minister 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
Activists of the District Congress Committee (DCC) led by its president Pawan Dewan today burnt an effigy of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Tikshen Sood for his alleged involvement in corruption during his tenure as a forest minister.

Hundreds of party workers marched from the party office to Bharat Nagar Chowk, where the effigy was burnt. Protesting Congress workers were shouting slogans against the corrupt Akali-BJP government.

DCC president Pawan Dewan urged the state Governor to immediately sack the minister.

Dewan said the BJP had been exposed. “It (the BJP) was trying to put up an honest facade, while its real face stands exposed in front of the public.” He said, if the BJP was really sincere about dropping the corrupt leaders, it should have immediately removed Sood.

The DCC chief added that it was not for providing clean and honest ministers that the BJP had sought their resignations, but it was only to stem dissension within the party. “The so-called high moral ground is the result of internal party problems that led to the resignation of all BJP ministers.” 



BJP a divided house in city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Months before the state assembly elections, the BJP seems to be a divided house. Health minister and senior BJP leader Satpal Gosain was to lay the foundation stones of two development projects in the city, but Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal gave a miss to both the functions.

Interestingly, one of the functions was organised in Bansal's constituency, from where he had been elected a municipal councilor thrice. Gosain laid the foundation stone of a childrens’ park coming up behind the civil hospital and a storm sewer project for the Janakpuri area residents.

Bansal rued that he was not intimated about the function. "I have been elected thrice the municipal councilor from that area and people know me personally. I had thought that my seniors would discuss the matter with me before organising such a function because it was a dream project for me. But it is sad that I was not even intimated about the function," he rued.

Amit Gosain, special secretary to the health minister informed that Bansal was duly informed by the BJP office about the function. "He should have been present at the function but maybe he was having some other priorities," he said.

When told that Bansal had stated that he was not intimated by any person about this function, Gosain was to quick to react, "You can confirm about it from the BJP office," Amit Gosain informed.

Further taking a dig at Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, Amit Gosain stated that only he (Bansal) was having a problem with development works initiated in the city. "People from all political parties have welcomed this project of storm sewer as it will benefit people living in Janakpuri and adjoining areas, but Parveen Bansal is having some problem with it. Maybe he wants to play politics over this issue," Amit Gosain stated. To discuss the storm sewer project, Bansal had visited the Janakpuri area along with senior officials of the Sewerage Board and Municipal Corporation few days back. 



Cops hand over runaway girl to parents
n Had fled to Amritsar to avoid returning to estranged husband
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A strained relationship with her husband and the inability of her poor parents to support her forced a 20-year-old woman, Amarjit Kaur, to flee her parental home in Chhapar village about 15 days ago.

The Galliara (Amritsar) police handed her over to her parents on Monday. However she asked the latter to promise her they would not compel her to return to her husband and in-laws’ house.

The matter came to light when Amarjit filed a complaint with the Galliara police last Saturday evening that some young men were “troubling” her. The cops went to a ‘sarai’ (resting place) inside Amritsar’s Golden Temple where the girl was staying. Though they could not find the youths reportedly harassing her, they got suspicious about the young girl staying alone there.

Amarjit was reportedly detained by a police ‘munshi’ (clerk) to find out her where she lived. On Sunday she gave her parents’ address in Chhapar. The police called up the village ‘sarpanch’ (chief) informing him the girl was safe and her parents could take her back. The latter arrived in Amritsar late on Sunday night and Amarjit was handed over to them the next day.

The parents were accompanied by a member of the village ‘panchayat’, Ravinder Singh Romi. Talking to The Tribune on phone from Amritsar, he said the girl had left her parents' home about 15 days back when the latter put pressure on her to go back to her in-laws' home in Manuke village.

“Since she was not getting along well with her husband and in-laws, she didn’t want to go back. But her parents kept on urging her to return and she ran away because of this. The girl got married about one and a half months ago to a Manuke resident who was already married and was a divorcee. They did’nt get along well and she came back to her parents whom she persuaded not to send her back again to her in-laws’ home. Since the parents were poor and needy, they could not afford to look-after another member. They asked Amarjit to go back to her husband to which she objected and left the house without informing them. We searched for her everywhere but to no avail. Last evening we got a call from the Amritsar police about the girl", said Romi.

Meanwhile, Galliara police station house officer Mukhtiar Singh said Amarjit came to the police station with a complaint that some young men were bothering her at the ‘sarai’ where she was putting up after running away.

“The ‘munshi’ accompanied her to the Golden Temple but we didn’t find any of those men there. When the ‘munshi’ asked the girl how she came to Amritsar she was evasive. However, on Sunday she gave the whereabouts of her parents whom we contacted promptly”, said Mukhtiar.



Punjab govt sleeps over rly overbridge proposals
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Payal,May 23
Residents of the region seem to have lost hopes of seeing railway overpasses at certain crucial level crossings on the Ludhiana-Dhuri and Ludhiana-Khanna lines.

While the Punjab government is yet to send request to the railway ministry, the union government has maintained that work can be considered only after the receipt of proposals from the state government. Some railway overbridges (ROBs) demanded by the residents can be constructed on cost-sharing basis, while others qualify for deposit term condition.

The railway ministry has, however, taken more than one year to respond to letters written by Fatehgarh Sahib Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra, it is learnt.

“No proposal has been received from the state government in this regard. Proposals for all level crossings having train vehicle units (TVUs) of over one lakh, including LC No. B-164/A (near Doraha), have already been sent to the Punjab government for taking up the construction of overbridges on cost-sharing basis. The work can be considered after receiving the proposal from the state government,” reads a letter written by minister of state for railway KH Muniyappa in response to Libra’s letter on May 12, 2010.

Libra has been advised to take up the matter with the state government to expedite the process.

The minister has clarified that the level crossing No. B 25 on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line at Ahmedgarh did not qualify for the construction of an ROB on cost-sharing basis as it only had 81,710 TVUs, while the one near Doraha had TVUs over 6,02,988.



Tumour removed from brain through open surgery
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
About two years ago, 46-year-old Sarabjeet Kaur, a resident of Gurdaspur, used to experience headache, sometimes continuously and sometimes after regular intervals. Like everyone else, she took pain-killers. Some doctors said she had migraine while others said it was due to blood pressure. She kept running from pillar to post for relief.

Talking to The Tribune, Sarabjeet Kaur said, “We went to Amritsar and then to Delhi for treatment. At last, my husband Sucha Singh, a police sub-inspector, brought me to Sobti Neuro and Super Speciality Hospital. Dr Manoj Sobti told me that I had a tumour in the brain. I was operated upon. Now I am fine and have neither headache, nor pain in the eyes.”

Giving details, Dr Sobti said, “Her tumour was deep, under the pituitary gland. We had to operate upon her through open surgery as the tumour was jelly like and showed a mass lesion.” He said Rathke’s cleft cyst was a very rare benign tumour. Its incidence was less than 1 per cent of all brain tumours and only 62 such cases had been reported so far. He added that there was no specific reason behind it and it was not congenital.



Jagraon sans fire station
n MC’s dilly-dallying tactics irks residents, forced to seek help from Moga, Ludhiana
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 23
Residents are sore over dilly-delaying tactics of the local municipal council in setting up of a fire station despite numerous fire incidents in the past several years.

This issue was once again highlighted after a massive fire broke out in the city recently. Though, the administration had summoned fire tenders from Moga and Ludhiana, but not a single fire tender or a team turned up to douse the fire. This has irked the residents further. They are, now, in no mood to let the municipal council linger the issue.

The municipal council had to summon fire tenders from Ludhiana and Moga to douse the fire earlier also. It takes nearly an hour for fire tenders from these stations to reach Jagraon. By the time fire tenders reach the spot extensive damage had already taken place. As a result, the need of setting up a fire brigade station in the city has been badly felt by the residents.

According to sources, some residents have raised the issue of setting up a fire station at Jagraon before MP Munish Tiwari during his visit to the city a few months ago. Tewari had promised to issue a grant in this regard.

But the issue has been hanging fire since municipal council’s chief, Baldev Krishan Dhir, rejected the proposal on the pretext that the council neither has funds to pay salaries to fire fighters nor space for setting up the fire station.

Municipal council chief’s stand on the issue has not gone down well with city residents as most of them had openly criticised him. “There is an urgent need for setting up a fire station in the city. The stand taken by the municipal council’s chief is unjustified,” said Gurdeep Singh Sidhu, a resident of the Gulabi Bagh locality.

Kanwaljit Khanna, secretary, Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, said: “When Tewari was ready to issue a grant for setting up a fire station, it is ridiculous on the part of the municipal council’s president to reject the offer saying that the council has no funds.

What’s the use of such a council, which can’t even manage funds for such an important project? If municipal chief is bent upon taking such a stand on an important issue, he has no moral right to stay on this post,” he added.

Municipal council’s chief Baldev Krishan Dhir said: “It’s true that the MP had promised to issue a grant for setting up a fire station at Jagraon, but he never issued any grant. Besides this, I never rejected the proposal. I had only stated that the council is short of funds. Whenever we get the funds required, we will start the work for setting up a fire station.” 



Industrialists vow to develop green belts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Focal Point Welfare Association, Khalsa Board, Phase-VII, Focal Point, yesterday announced to plant 778 saplings in the area.

Association patron Rajesh Arora inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling here. President Kulwinder Singh Benipal and Kalra said after the plantation of grass and saplings, they would ensure their proper upkeep.

The president said the association would bear the expenses of gardeners for the purpose.

They urged industrialists to plant saplings in their area. Leaders of various associations appreciated the gesture and vowed to maintain greenery in their respective areas.

Chamber of Industrial & Commercial Undertakings general secretary Avtar Singh and joint secretary Upkar Singh said industrialists should actively participate in the drive.

United Cycle and Parts Manufacturing Association president Joga Singh and finance secretary Surinder Singh Chauhan said they would develop three parks and plant 1,100 saplings in the entire Phase VI.



Women lift bridal wear worth Rs 24,000
n Were accompanied by two men
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Four women accompanied by two men, stole bridal suits worth ` 24,000 from a boutique "Be-beautiful" at Pakhowal Road this afternoon.

Sunil Vinayak, the owner of the boutique, informed that two women wearing white suits entered his shop and asked him to show formal outfits. When the owner was showing them the suits, two more women accompanied by two men entered the boutique. They began bargaining. When Vinayak refused to comply wih their demands, all four left the boutique. After five minutes, they again walked inside the shop and asked the owner to reduce the prices of the outfits they liked.

"I politely declined to oblige but they kept on standing for another five-minutes. When they left the shop, two women already present at the boutique also began asking for good discounts. When I refused, they also left the shop after five minutes without making any purchases. I became suspicious and counted the pieces. To my shock, a few pieces were missing from the outfit stand. I tried to hunt for all of them but all in vain. I have informed the police about the incident", said Vinayak.



PUDA sells booth sites in Samrala for Rs 1 cr tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Nine booth sites in Old Tehsil Complex at Samrala were sold for nearly Rs 1 crore through public auction by the

Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today.

Offers were made for 20 booth sites with varying floor area at a reserve price of Rs 47,368 per square metre, but only nine shops attracted bids marginally over the reserve price.

PUDA estate officer Jeet Ram conducted the auction under the supervision of additional chief administrator Jaswant Singh.

Some 15 intending buyers participated in the auction proceedings after paying eligibility fee of Rs 50,000 each, which was refunded to unsuccessful bidders. 



Body of businessman found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A businessman, Pawan Kumar Malhotra, 45 years, who lived near Daresi grounds died under mysterious circumstances last night. His body has been sent for the post-mortem examination. No case has been registered so far.

Rajesh Thakur, in charge of the police station said the deceased was coming back from his box-factory at Focal Point. In the morning, his body was found on the road near Ramji Sweet Shop, Gill road, when passers-by spotted his body and informed the police. The police informed the family about the death. Thakur said, "He died under mysterious circumstances. It may be an accident in which the driver of some vehicle must have hit him. We are waiting for the postmortem report, after which further investigations will be made", said Thakur. 



Three get life term
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
A local court has convicted Avtar Singh of Janakpuri (son of an ex-councillor Malkiat Kaur) and his two accomplices Inder Singh and Satwinder Singh of Janakpuri, Ludhiana, in a murder case.

Delivering the verdict, court of Additional Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh Kang ordered them to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. Besides, a fine of Rs 5,000 each was also imposed on them.

They were facing accusations of killing a cloth merchant, Ashok of Janakpuri, on December 31, 2003.

However, the court acquitted co-accused Kulbir Singh of EWS colony near Vardhman colony with the observation that the case against him to be doubtful.

According to prosecution, the motive behind the occurrence was that Avtar Singh was suspecting that his mother was having illicit relations with Ashok Kumar, a shopkeeper of Janakpuri, Ludhiana.

The police had recovered the dead body near Jainpur village. The body was having injuries on head and neck with sharp-edged weapon. Acid was also poured on head, face, chest and private parts of the dead body, which was lying naked except for one vest which was also burnt with the acid.

A case under Section 302, 34 of IPC was registered at the Sadar police station on January 1, 2004, on the complaint of Ramesh Kumar, brother of victim.

The complainant had stated to the police that last night his brother had gone to market, but he never returned. They tried to look for him with the help of other shopkeepers and friends, but all in vain. When the dead body was found, he disclosed to the police that Ashok was having illicit relations with Malkiat Kaur. The police examined 13 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. 



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