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City boy Dipan ranks 37 in CBSE-PMT
Mehnaz follows with rank 41
Both students of DAV Public School
Anupam Bhagria
Tribun News Service
Mehnaz Kaur who ranked 41 with her father and grandmother at Jodha village near Ludhiana
THRILLED Mehnaz Kaur who ranked 41 with her father and grandmother at Jodha village near Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 31
Dipan Uppal of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, topped the city by getting the 37th rank in the pre-medical test (PMT) conducted by the CBSE, the result of which was declared last night.

Dipan, who belongs to a family of doctors, says: “I scored 435 marks out of 480 and was expecting so. My father was away to Canada, so I along with my mother and sister went to a gurdwara to thank the almighty for my success.”

He owes his success to his parents, sister and his grandfather Prof Dharam Pal Uppal who taught him chemistry.

“I took coaching for the exam. I am hoping to clear the exam for the AIIMS. Its result will be declared in July, so I want to secure my seat through the CBSE PMT result at Maulana Medical College in Delhi,” he says.

Mehnaz Kaur of the same school who ranked 41 says: “I was expecting a good rank, but this is beyond expectation. Without extra coaching it was an uphill task. I will appear for the AIIMS exam, and will secure a seat either at Mualana Medical College or Lady Hardings Medical College in Delhi.”

Prabhjeet Kaur from the KVM, who ranked 293, says: “I used to commute daily from Phillaur to study here and it has been worth it the effort.”


Granddad: guide and mentor
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Dipan Uppal, who topped the city in the CBSE PMT exams, owes his success to his grandfather 86-year-old Prof Dharampal Uppal, a retired teacher of chemistry.

He may have taught more than a hundred aspiring doctors at Mahindra College in Patiala. And now he is teaching PMT aspirants free of cost at various institutes.

Prof Uppal says: “For me teaching and learning is a life-long process. It cannot be stopped. I enjoy teaching because I feel younger than my age when I answer difficult queries of budding doctors. I do not like to be called 86 years old. I would rather be called a man with teaching experience of 34 years. I keep brushing my knowledge by reading reference books.”

He taught his son Dr Sanjeev Uppal, who is head of the department of plastic surgery at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). “I am lucky to teach my grandchildren. I feel proud that many doctors whom I taught have brought laurels to the country by getting their names registered at international and national levels. Among these are Dr GS Wander, head of cardiology at Hero DMCH Heart Institute, and Dr Vinay Gupta, former head of psychiatry at DMCH.”

Asked about the difference between students of his time and the present time, he says: “We used to respect our teachers like our father. But these days things have changed drastically. Perhaps, the values are changing.”



19 hrs of hard work makes him a winner twice over
Clears IIT too with a rank of 519
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Having put in 19 hours everyday, Gursharan Singh is a double winner. Unlike other achievers, this student of KVM School has achieved something unusual. Gursharan comes from the reserved category and successfully cleared the CBSE PMT with a rank of 311 and ranked 519 in the IIT.

With two good ranks of different streams in his kitty, he wants to opt for dual degree of computer engineering from the IIT, Hyderabad.

Talking to The Tribune, Gursharan says: “Mathematics and science are my passion, so I did not face much problem in preparing for both medical and non-medical simultaneously for the board as well as competitive exams. But I really worked hard and my parents and teachers contributed a lot to my success.

I did not rest from 4 am till 11 pm as I kept shuttling between the school, coaching centre and my home. In the last two years, I forgot what hobbies are. But I am happy that I could get good ranks.”

His father Darshan Singh is a manager at a bank and mother Harjeet Kaur is a homemaker. He took inspiration from his sisters who are pursuing their MBBS degree at Bathinda and Amritsar. “I will also appear in the Punjab PMT. I hope to get admission in computer engineering at the IIT Hyderabad, failing which I will opt for MBBS and then pursue for the civil services,” he says.

He never felt stressed out and would sometime play computer games to take a break. About his success mantra, he says: “Study with concentration.”



Naulakha Cinema to be history
72-yr-old theatre to make way for shopping complex
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 31
A 72-year-old prominent landmark of the city, Naulakha Cinema, will soon be history with its new owner deciding to demolish it to construct a shopping complex. The cinema, that was inaugurated in 1938, saw residents spending their evenings there and watching Bollywood blockbusters of yore.

The owners, Raikot MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan and former Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon decided to raze the building as the cinema had fallen on bad days after the multiplexes took over.

A few years ago, Malhar Cinema was demolished to make way for a shopping mall and a multiplex. Naulakha would be the second cinema of the city to lose to the multiplex culture.

“We are yet to decide on how to use the land of the cinema. We are constructing shops. We do not know what happens next. It was proving to be a white elephant for us. So we decided that demolishing it and using the land would be a better option,” said Pardhan.

The news of the demolition has left many residents of the city nostaligic. “I remember having spent evenings of my youth in this cinema. It used to screen Bollywood blockbusters. I am sad that it will become history now,” said Dr R Vatsayan, a resident, while recalling his bond with the cinema.

“I will remember it for providing me three hours of relaxation after a tiring day at work,” he recalls.



389 buildings, 18 colonies illegal: MC survey
Most violations in zone D n Civic body to take stringent action
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Belying the tall claims of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation of taking action against violators flouting building bylaws and checking encroachment, a latest survey conducted by the civic body has not only discovered 389 illegal buildings but has also identified 18 illegal residential colonies in the city that have sprung up in recent years.

The survey that was completed today revealed that the 389 buildings were either constructed without obtaining prior permission from the MC or were in variance with the actual building plans submitted to and sanctioned by the MC.

This data has been submitted and compiled today after a weeklong survey conducted by the assistant town planners (ATPs) of all four zones. While zones A, B and C comprise commercial and industrial areas, zone D comprises residential areas. Most of the illegal buildings have been constructed in Zone D (see box) whereas most of the illegal colonies have come up in zones A and B, indicating that these are inhabited by labourers employed in the predominantly commercial and industrial area.

The survey was conducted following a Punjab and Haryana High Court order in 2008 directing the MC to undertake a comprehensive survey of the entire municipal area of Ludhiana to identify encroachments, illegal constructions on government and municipal lands as also constructions made in violation of the sanctioned plan or without obtaining the sanctioned plan."

On March 9, an RTI activist had sought information under the Right to Information Act regarding the comprehensive survey report, which was conducted by the MC. But the MC, in its reply before the State Information Commission, stated that no such survey had been conducted.

"There are a total of 389 illegal buildings and 18 illegal residential colonies within the municipal limits. These include all under construction as well as already constructed buildings. Our priority will be to take action against owners of under construction buildings and then focus on other violators,” said Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, who oversaw the survey.



Busy summers ahead for schoolchildren
Workshops and camps focusing on painting, pottery and dance classes a hit
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Summer vacation is no time to stay indoors and kids never mind the draining heat. Though schools are closed, the coming month promises to be busy for children given the number of summer camp options in the city. There are workshops and camps focusing on painting, pottery and dance classes, while some have diversified into aerobics, karate, swimming and calligraphy. Kids also have the option of overnight camps, which extends from one to 10 days where children go camping, rock climbing, trekking and fishing. Here are some off-the-beaten-track things the summer of 2011 brings for children.

Camping and trekking

A weeklong experience offers a chance for rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking and more. Children can go in groups or even with their parents. Youreka Summer Camps and camping at Peach Valley are the options from which the kids can choose. The seven-day camp offers activities according to the age of the child. The Youreka Camps are held at three locations, Sitlakhet, Tirthan and Chakrata, while Peach Valley located at Rajgarh offers river climbing, trekking, outdoor survival techniques such as map reading, navigation with compass, setting up camp, and rescue and care. "Last year, our school took us to Rajgarh for camping and trekking. It was a wonderful experience. This year, I am planning to go at the same place with the group of my cousins," said Harsh, a class VIII student of Guru Nanak Public School.

Dance and fitness classes

City youngsters are high on fitness and such workshops are a hit among the young brigade. This summer, Amit Verma's Footlose is offering one of a kind fusion and fitness programme that will help one in getting fit and toned this summer. "The fitness programme will incorporate various dance forms and different workouts. Dance forms like Arabian fusion dance, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, belly dance and workouts like zoomba, taebo, jazz fitness, and dance aerobics will be taught during the fitness workshop," said Amit Verma, director of Footloose. Sutlej Club will also be having dance workshops like Latino, Egyptian, popping and locking, classical and Bollywood. Choreographers trained by Saroj Khan and Remo will give training to the participants.

Cooking classes

It may sound strange, but some school-going children, especially girls fond of cooking, also attend cooking classes. School kids do not go for the usual cooking classes teaching them chicken and briyani but these kids go to learn exotic foods. "This time I will learn to make chocolate, cookies and cup cakes. Its fun learning to cook and then relish back home with the entire family," said Tamanna, a class IX student of Sacred Heart. Kids love to learn making chocolate, cakes, ice-cream, smoothies, cookies and summer drinks.

Art attack

Kids with the artistic side can go for art workshops teaching them variety of things from fabric painting, oil painting, glass painting, pottery and toy making. Sparsh, an art workshop by Tejinder Laddi Singh will teach oil pastels, soft pastels and charcoal painting. Apart from this various workshops are being held in the city teaching the art of toy making, candle making, pottery and different style of paintings. Anees Siddiquie will take workshop on calligraphy at Sutlej Club. In addition to this there will be expressive writing workshops, art and craft workshops at the club.



Small, medium units pitch for defence contracts
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Despite the government repeatedly laying stress on involving micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in government procurement, the sector accounts for less than 7 per cent of the total state contracts worth about 7 lakh crore awarded every year.

Punjab already contributes a significant chunk of manpower to the country’s defence sector and can play an equally important role in supplying defence equipment. However, its share in government defence contracts remains insignificant. Though the MSME sector wants to be involved in defence procurement, the state has never taken up the issue with the central government.

“The Punjab government should press the central government to get micro, small and medium enterprises in the state dovetailed with the defence procurement procedure. It can revitalise the state’s moribund industrial sector by lobbying for defence contracts,” said PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

India is among the top 10 military spenders. Its defence budget has been growing at an average of 17 per cent annually and has now touched Rs 147,344 crore, with almost three-fourths of the defence equipment being imported. In the indigenous production, its significant portion of subsystems and components are manufactured by government-owned ordinance factories.

The private sector’s role is largely restricted to sourcing parts and components. There are over 6,000 vendors in the Indian defence industry, of which 95 per cent are small and medium enterprises, but Punjab's share is trivial.

“In procurement of defence equipment there is a lot of scope for the participation of the MSME sector. As new technologies and globalisation reduce the importance of economies of scale, MSMEs look to contribute to the country's defence sector,” Sharma noted.

India is expected to spend nearly Rs 400,000 crore on procurement of defence equipment during the current Eleventh Plan period. “Both the state and central governments should understand that Punjab’s industrial sector is slowing down. As such, the state should take up the issue of procuring defence contracts with New Delhi to revive the industry,” said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.



4 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 31
Four persons were injured when a speeding truck collided with a Maruti car and a Punjab Roadways bus near the main chowk on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road here today.

Though no case was registered, the police has seized all the vehicles involved in the mishap.

Suman Rani of Jagraon and Rama Rani were identified among those hurt. The incident took place when the driver of a truck (PB 11-K-1145) dragged a Maruti car (HR-01-Z-1875) for a long distance when he lost control over his vehicle.

The truck also collided with a Punjab Roadway Bus (PB-05-R-8853) coming from the opposite direction.



Ludhiana Scan

BSP postpones protest on Ambedkar Bhawan

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has postponed the proposed hunger strike and dharna over the delay in commencement of work for the construction of Ambedkar Bhawan and community centre on Jalandhar bypass here. The protest to be organised on June 1 has been put off following death of Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said the BSP general secretary Ramanjit Lally. He said the next date for protest would be announced later after discussing the issue with followers of Dr BR Ambedkar. He, however, termed it as most unfortunate that even after the Chief Minister had made a commitment in October 2010 for taking up the project, the work has not commenced on it even after eight months. "BSP activists along with other like-minded bodies, will again resort to hunger strike and dharna at Ambedkar Chowk here to press the demand for commencement of work on the project without any further delay.

Plea on Lokpal Bill

The Anti-Corruption Council of India has made a plea with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and head of the government panel of Jan-Lokpal Bill drafting committee P Chidambaram to include the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and the judiciary in the ambit of the proposed legislation so as to empower the institution of Jan-Lokpal to entertain complaints of corruption against highly placed political leaders, the executive and the judiciary. Secretary general of the council Shiv Gupta urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prevail upon all members of his Cabinet to declare their assets, which would go a long way in bringing transparency in public life.

Support for Swami Ramdev

Over 20 social, religious, educational, industry and trade bodies along with several NGOs have extended their support to the satyagraha against corruption proposed to be launched by Swami Ramdev at Ram Lila Ground in New Delhi on June 4. Addressing a meeting of the representatives of supporting organisations at Krishna Mandir in Model Town here on Monday evening, Gurcharn Singh, founder member of Patanjali Yog Samiti, said there was great enthusiasm among the people to reach Delhi for participation in the mass movement against corruption. He expressed confidence that the agitation will force the government to initiate necessary steps for bringing back black money of over 400 lakh crores, deposited in foreign banks. The proposed agitation will also focus on the need for bringing legislative measures for awarding stringent punishments to the corrupt, so that in future no one dares to misappropriate public money or generate black money in such a way. Among others Darshan Singh Shankar, Vijay Kapoor, KL Gupta and Vijay Sayal were present at the meeting.

Anti-tobacco pamphlets

National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) secretary Dr Surendra Gupta, who is also the president of Aasha TB Projects, said a massive drive against the menace of tobacco was undertaken on Monday by doctors and volunteers of both the outfits. While awareness and educative pamphlets were distributed at the Gandhi Nagar hosiery market and main road in Surinder Nagar, educative films - "idea" and zindagi di talash" with message against drugs and tobacco, were screened in Shivpuri. In his interactive talk, Dr Gupta asked the youth to carry home the message against tobacco and drugs. Indian society, particularly the Punjabi youth, had fallen prey to the deadly mixture of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Many parents had lost their children and many families had been destroyed due to the crime arising out of the habit of these substances.

No Tobacco Day

The District Legal Services Authority organised a function to observe the No Tobacco Day at Labour Shed at Aarti Chowk here on Tuesday. District and Sessions Judge SP Bangar, who was the chief guest at the function, said that those engaged in manual work should shun tobacco, drugs and other addictive substances, which not only caused immense damage to the health, but also affected social and financial status of the people who were addicts. "The working masses should rather concentrate on providing good education to their children so as to create a healthy and prosperous society," he added while making it clear that tobacco, drugs and other addictive substances were big impediments in the way of a healthy society.

Ill-effects of tobacco discussed

Focusing on ill effects of tobacco, Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary Dr Karamvir Goyal said these depended on the circumstances, mechanisms, and factors of tobacco consumption. Addressing a meeting to observe the No Tobacco Day, he said epidemiological research has been focused primarily on cigarette smoking, which has been studied more extensively than any other form of consumption. "Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the United States and in India. Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer). It also caused peripheral vascular disease and hypertension. The effects depend on the number of years that a person smokes and on how much the person smokes. Starting smoking earlier in life and smoking cigarettes higher in tar increases the risk of these diseases. Cigarettes sold in underdeveloped countries tend to have higher tar content, and are less likely to be filtered, potentially increasing vulnerability to tobacco-related disease in these regions, he added.

Renewable energy

Welcoming the decision of Germany to phase out nuclear power plants by 2022, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), has appealed to the Government of India to reconsider its policy on the nuclear power plants. IDPD president Dr LS Chawla and general secretary Dr Arun Mitra said in a statement here on Monday that the inter-governmental panel on climate change in its meeting of world renowned scientists, held at Abu Dhabi earlier this month, had said that renewable energy could account for almost 80 per cent of the world's energy supply within four decades. "But this could only be possible if the governments pursue the policies needed to promote green power." They said the inter-governmental panel on climate change, the body of the world's leading climate scientists, convened by the United Nations, had observed that if the full range of renewable technologies were deployed, the world could keep greenhouse gas concentrations to less than 450 parts per million, the level scientists have predicted will be the limit of safety beyond which climate change becomes catastrophic and irreversible.



School Notes

Pool party

LUDHIANA: To beat the heat and celebrate the summer season, Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School held a splash pool party for students of Nursery to class III. Students enjoyed dip in the water. Kids enjoyed sink and float activities. Tiny tots of the pre-primary section were told about personal health and hygiene where as students of class I and above were informed about healthy eating habits. Students enjoyed eating summer fruits like watermelon and mangoes after refreshing themselves. It was a treat given to the students before the commencement of summer vacations.


A weeklong art and craft, dance, music, computer, personality development and mathematics workshops concluded at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. It displayed the imagination, creativity and dexterity of about 1,200 school students. Ashwani Kumar, the school manager, inaugurated the art and craft exhibition. Namita Raj Singh, headmistress, city campus, applauded the efforts of the students. The kindergarten students displayed their talent through clay and thumb paintings. Primary students prepared Feng-shui turtle, fabric painting on T-shirt, photo frames, flower vase, worli painting, napkin holders, nameplates and decorative hangers. The students of Middle Section displayed their dexterity through canvas painting, tribble painting on glass, tile and fabric paintings. — TNS



Seminar on awareness of deaf and dumb
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 31
A seminar on ‘Social Awareness for Deaf and Dumb’ was organised by Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, under the aegis of the Deaf Way Foundation, Delhi, today.

The foundation, an NGO having branches in many metros, had been working in various fields of social endeavour, its executive director Arun C Rao said.

He said they had been providing vocational training, placement services, interpret services, leadership training, personality development, counselling and sign language seminars and workshops for the deaf and dumb and their families.

He said the Awareness and Health Education for Adult Deaf was a division of the foundation created to respond to needs for creating awareness about HIV/AIDS among the deaf and dumb.

Specially developed curriculum had been prepared to cater to a non-verbal and non-literate audience, he added.



PAU Notes

Training camp

PAU Director of Extension Education Dr MS Gill said a training camp on the management of micronutrients in crops for the members of the PAU Kisan Club would be held on June 2 at Dr Borlaug Wheat Auditorium.

He said during this camp, the subject matter specialists of the PAU would deliberate on important topics relevant to the theme. The topics to be covered will include role of zinc in human health, improving crop productivity by use of micronutrient fertilisers, etc.

Dr Gill said special talks on agronomic bio-fortification of zinc in foodgrains by Dr Ismail Cakmak, scientist from Turkey, on role of zinc associations for farming community by Dr DAS Sumitra of the International Zinc Association, on role of farm innovations toward farm productivity by Mohinder Singh Grewal, a progressive farmer, will be held on the occasion.



High on walking for a cause
NRI campaigns against drugs in Canada
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
In a first of its kind of drug awareness campaign across the globe, a group of friends from Calgary in Canada, including a local NRI, have come together and given it a novel turn.

Members of the Drug Awareness Foundation Calgary (DAFC) will cover over 8,000 km across the length and breadth of Canada. The brainchild of 58-year-old Balwinder Singh Kahlon, a Ludhiana-based NRI, the walk began from St Johns in Newfoundland on April 1 and will culminate in Victoria (British Columbia) in November. The team will cover a minimum of 35 km every day.

Kahlon has a house in Sarabha Nagar here, where his elder brother resides. A student of GGN Khalsa College, Kahlon, along with his friends Sandra Morrisey, Avtar Rehill and Sukhdarshan Singh Sawara, began the walk in the presence of the minister of justice and attorney-general of Canada.

Speaking over the phone from Canada, Kahlon said: “We decided that we should do something to help people afflicted by drugs. When they started taking drugs, they did not know the consequences or how it would end. Even the Indian community is addicted to opium and poppy husk in Canada and the situation is only getting worse.

“We want to take a proactive and preventive approach to get to people before they get hooked to drugs. We have seen drugs getting deeper into the city, affecting everyone, and we wanted to help. We try to talk to people with addictions and in the beginning most do it just for fun or as a social thing.”

During the walk, the team contacts groups, organisations and individuals. “We encourage parents to spend more time with their children and not just let them watch television or be on the phone. They should be active with the children and get them involved in extracurricular activities.”



Health dept team returns empty handed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 31
A team of senior officials from the District Health Department, which was in Jagraon today on a surprise visit to take samples of eatables from various shops, was forced to return empty handed under pressure of a SAD-BJP alliance leader.

The surprise visit proved a futile as a majority of shopkeepers closed their shops as soon as the team of the health department officials comprising district health officer Dr Jagpal Singh, food inspector Dr Rakhi Vinayak and others arrived here this morning.

When the team was taking samples of mustard oil from a mustard oil manufacturing unit at Old Grain Market today, local BJP leader and Jagraon Municipal Council president Baldev Krishan Dhir started arguing with the team. To shield the owner of the mustard oil manufacturing unit, who is one of his close associates, Dhir also tried to pressurise the team to not take samples.

The officials succumbed under political pressure when Dhir made a call from his mobile phone to a newly appointed Punjab Cabinet minister and a senior BJP leader, who instructed the team to ‘cooperate’ with the mustard oil unit owner.

The instructions of minister landed the health department team in fix as a battery of mediapersons had gathered there by that time. Sensing trouble, the MC president again called the minister and informed him about the situation following which the latter asked him to allow the team to take samples and leave everything else on him.

The health department officials took the samples of mustard oil but when they asked the mustard oil unit owner to sign the papers and samples to complete the formalities, he refused. However, he finally signed the papers when Baldev Krishan Dhir assured him that he need not to worry and everything would be fine.

When contacted, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir refused to comment on the issue. District Health Officer Dr Jagpal Singh did not respond despite repeated calls on his mobile phone.



Smoking kills, everyone knows, but who cares!
Smokers don’t want to be saved, don’t care two hoots about health hazards
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 31
Unaware of the observance of the “World No Tobacco Day” and appeals and warnings made by the civil administration and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about the hazards of smoking, smokers continue playing with their lives as usual.

A majority of the smokers did not bother about the consequences of smoking at public places. While some smokers justified their action by arguing that the government should not allow manufacturing and sale of cigarettes in case these were injurious to health, others claimed that it was not possible for a smoker to quit the habit. Women from lower strata of society were no exception to the tendency.

Parvati, a migrant labourer, said she had been smoking cigarette and biri since her childhood. Though she could not explain the benefit of smoking, she said a majority of women from her clan smoked either to fight fatigue or kill time. There were still others who could not start the day without smoking.

Ruldu, a vegetable vendor, said he had been purchasing cigarettes and biris from kiosks situated near educational and religious institutions. Common brands of cigarettes, ‘bidis’ and chewing tobacco are available in canteens of mills and factories.

Though it was an offence to sell tobacco products near educational institutes, kiosks situated near main gates of many government schools are selling these products in routine.

Investigations revealed that most of the educational institutions of Sangrur and Ludhiana districts had failed to implement the orders of the district administration regarding the Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act, 2003.

What to talk of sensitisation of students against smoking and consumption of tobacco products, these institutes did not bother to display notices, warning traders against display and sale of these products. Contrary to the provisions of the Act, most educational institutes have some hidden spot of smoking the banned products.

A visit to the area revealed that educational institutes had at least one sale point near its premises where cigarettes or the other tobacco products were being sold openly.

There were some institutes that had a cigarette vendor adjoining the boundary wall but no school or college was found displaying the required warning board.

The Deputy Commissioners of both the districts had directed the heads of all educational institutes to ensure that cigarettes and other tobacco products were not being displayed or sold within a 100-yard radius of their institutes.

Though they had asked them to display notice boards on their institutes regarding ban on the sale of these products, no such board was seen displayed in any institute of this area. According to the Act, an owner of manager or any person in charge of the affairs of educational institution should display a board outside the premises stating that the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in an area within 100 yards of the institute was strictly prohibited and that it was an offence punished with fine up to Rs 200.

With schools being the most suitable place to organise such functions, none of the social or constitutional organisations observed the day as a majority of educational institutes are having summer vacations.



Youth ‘poisons’ uncle to death, booked
Accused owed victim Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
What appeared to be a case of drug overdose turned out to be murder by poisoning as a debit-ridden youth poisoned his maternal uncle to death at the Railway Colony here last evening.

The Division No. 8 police has booked 23-year-old Deepak Kumar, alias Deepu, of Civil City for poisoning his uncle 27-year-old Ajay Kumar to death.

Seeya, wife of the victim, said her husband worked as a Class IV employee at the railway station and returned home from work at around 3 pm. “After a few minutes, Deepu also arrived in his car. My husband and Deepu sat in the car and started drinking a cold drink. After some time, the condition of my husband deteriorated. He went to the bathroom and later collapsed in the bedroom. In the meantime, Deepu fled the scene. Ajay was rushed to the DMCH where he was declared brought dead,” she said.

She alleged that Deepu had served him poison-laced cold drink. She claimed that monetary dispute was the reason behind the murder as Deepu owed Ajay Rs 1 lakh.

However, relatives of Deepu stated that Ajay was a drug addict and an overdose might have caused his death. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, against Deepu who is on the run.



21-yr-old woman, married last year, commits suicide
Husband held after suicide note accusing him of suspecting her found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
A 21-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan using a ‘dupatta’ in the Sant Pura area, near the Chaura Bazar, here today.

According to the police, the woman, identified as Jyoti (21), committed suicide as her husband Sushil Karmar, a salesman, used to suspect her.

They were married past year and had a troubled married life as Sushil used to thrash Jyoti over the suspicion that the latter was having an illicit relationship.

The incident came to light this afternoon when Sushil arrived home for lunch and found her hanging from the fan. He raised the alarm and informed the police.

The police recovered a suicide note, in which Jyoti accused her husband of suspecting her. The police arrested Sushil and booked him under Section 306 of the IPC.



Road rage turns ugly
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
An accident, followed by an incident of road rage, took an ugly turn at Bharat Nagar chowk last night.

Ashwani Kumar said the incident took place around 11 pm when he, along with his wife and son, was headed home. They were waiting for the traffic light to turn green. Soon after the light turned green, they started moving.

“I reached the middle of the road when an overspeeding Tata Indigo ignored the signal and rammed into my vehicle. My wife and son were injured,” he said. As soon as he got off the vehicle, four men alighted and indulged in a heated argument. “They were drunk and told me to drive the car towards a corner. I told them that they were not going anywhere till the time they paid for the damage,” he said.

“I immediately informed the police. One of the men pulled out a revolver and threatened me of dire consequences,” Ashwani said.

Before the police reached the spot, they fled. The police identified three of them as Pawan, Johnny and Raj Kumar Aggarwal.



Youth killed, another hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, May 31
A youth has been killed and another injured in a road accident near Pawat village. They were returning from Anandpur Sahib.

A truck coming from the rear hit their motorcycle. Manpreet Singh (19) of Jamalpur died on the spot while Harjit Singh was injured seriously. The police was informed and the injured was rushed to the Civil Hospital at Machiwara in a critical condition. The police registered a case in this regard.



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