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Youth shot at, another stabbed in group clash
Both taken to hospital in critical condition
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
In the latest incident of lawlessness plaguing the city, a young man was shot at while another sustained stab wounds following a clash between two groups in the Upkar Nagar locality.

The youths, identified as Amanpreet Singh, 21, and Ajay Kumar, 22, both residents of Jamalpur, were later rushed to the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital where their condition was stated to be serious. While Amanpreet was hit by a bullet on his left shoulder, Ajay was stabbed on his right thigh with a sharp-edged weapon.

The incident took place at about 4:30 pm when a group of armed men on motorbikes and in SUVs intercepted a group led by Amanpreet and Ajay, which had gone to the Nanakpura locality in connection with some work. While the two were stopped outside Fauji market those accompanying them managed to flee.

According to an eyewitness, Amanpreet and Ajay were beaten up with baseball bats so harshly that one of the bats broke into pieces. Amanpreet was then shot at and Ajay stabbed with a sharp-edged weapon when the two tried to run away.

"Fortunately the magazine of the pistol used in the shooting got dislodged and the cartridges fell on the street. Otherwise both might have been killed," said another eyewitness.

On seeing the police the assailants fled the scene. The injured youths were taken to the hospital in a police vehicle. In the meantime the cops have launched a hunt to nab the assailants.

Said Rinka, another eyewitness to the incident: "I was inside my home when I heard a gunshot. I immediately went outside and saw a clash taking place between two groups. Some assailants broke the windshield of my vehicle. Fortunately the police arrived there on time and the suspects fled the scene, otherwise the two youths might have been killed."

Interestingly, the incident took place only a few yards away from the division no 4 police station and, in a strange coincidence, at the same spot where a man was shot at on May 3.


Human touch in cops essential, says new police chief
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
From nabbing killers of ASI Gurdial Singh and Dera Bhaini Sahib worker Avtar Singh to curbing the growing snatching incidents and tackling traffic problems with a handful of police force, the new Police Commissioner Dr Sharad Satya Chauhan perhaps realises that he has a tough road ahead of him.

Dr Chauhan took the formal charge from his predecessor Ishwar Singh following a formal guard of honour at the police lines here today.

Dr Chauhan was all praise for the outgoing commissioner Ishwar Singh for making the Commissionerate system a success.

Soon after holding the chair, Dr Chauhan said he was open to suggestions from any quarter of society, which could bring positive change and benefit the city residents.

The newly appointed commissioner said the cops should have a human touch and listen to the problems of the residents carefully.

He said he was keen to curb corruption plaguing the police department and committed to deal with the land grabbing mafia with an iron hand.

He said tackling traffic would be his priority. In an open announcement to drug mafia, he said the drug peddlers should either leave the city or shut down their trade, as he would not let the drugs peddlers thrive in the city. He said he would make the anti-narcotics wing more strong to curb the drug peddling menace.

He admitted that no society was crime-free, "But I assure the city residents that we are committed to bringing the crime rate down," said Dr Chauhan.

Talking about political interference, he said he had enough experience and believe that 90 per cent of politicians understand the situation and do not pose hindrance in the working of the police.

Meanwhile, bidding adieu to the city the outgoing Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh met all officers and thanked them for helping him in making the Commissionerate System a success.

In a rare display of camaraderie the officer interacted with other officers and his subordinates gathered in a room, who looked keen on sharing their experiences of working with him.



Youth beaten into coma by girlfriend’s family
Boy’s parents say girl had called him over to her home
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
From mercilessly beating up teenaged boys and girls ostensibly in love with each other to even killing them to “save the family’s honour, many city residents do not hesitate to take extreme measures to prevent romantic youngsters seeing each other. And, many young lovers prefer to commit suicide rather than be separated from their partners.

In the latest incident an alleged love affair with a girl proved costly for Ranjit Singh, a resident of Ajit Singh Nagar Basti, Jodhewal and a class 12 student of Jawahar Nagar Senior Secondary School, when he slipped into a coma after being thrashed by the girl's parents when he went to their home to meet her on July 20 night.

Ranjit's parents have maintained the girl called their son up and invited him to her house but it turned out to be a trap and he was reportedly beaten up by the girl's father and brother. Both panicked when saw him falling unconscious on the floor. Later the girl's parents informed Ranjit’s family that he had “intruded” into their house with the intent to commit a theft and they had detained him.

Ranjit’s parents then went to girl's house and found their son in a coma and immediately took him to the city’s Civil Hospital. In the meantime, the police was informed and has begun investigating the matter.

This was not the first incident in the city where a girl's parents took an extreme step to teach her boyfriend a “lesson” after the latter had gone their home. The brutal murder of a Dugri resident, Prabhadeep Singh, last year is still fresh in the memory of city residents.

Prabhdeep, son of a municipal corporation superintendent, KP Singh, was shot in the neck by his girlfriend's father, Gurvinder Singh, on the night of February 8 in 2010. The girl had reportedly invited him to her home and when he arrived there her father caught hold of him, beating him up and shooting him in the neck with a gun. Prabhdeep, who lost his vision due to the bullet wound, later succumbed to his injury.

Previous incidents in city

n July 18: Police book Ajay Kumar on charges of murder for setting his 16-year-old girlfriend afire
n July 16: A 15-year-old girl set herself on fire after her boyfriend, also a minor, refused to marry her. The girl succumbed to 90 per cent burns she had sustained at the city’s Civil Hospital
n July 14: Sandeep Kaur (16) and Harjeet Singh (20), the couple who ran way from their homes in Tarn Taran, committed suicide by ingesting pesticide after the police raided their “hideout” in Ludhiana
n July 5: In a case of “honour” killing, Gagandeep Singh, a ‘dalit’ boy, with whom a girl belonging to a Jat family had “eloped”, was killed by unidentified assailants
n July 4: Deepak Kumar (20), a resident of Parbhat Colony, died after he was forced to drink juice laced with poison by the brothers of the girl with whom he was having an affair



Local kiln owners selling bricks at a premium
Excise officials, police reportedly abetting illegal activity
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July22
While there are no restrictions on transportation of bricks within or from outside Punjab, provided taxes including VAT have been paid, a group of the city’s brick kiln owners is said to be resorting to arm twisting methods to force customers to buy locally made bricks at higher prices. Ironically, certain officials of the excise & taxation department and even the police have been reportedly complicit in this unlawful activity.

Enquiries made by The Tribune revealed top quality bricks are being sold for between Rs 4,500 and Rs 4,800 per thousand in the local market while those from other places in Punjab or even from adjoining states like Rajasthan are available at a much cheaper rate (for about Rs 500 to Rs 700 per thousand).

A few brick kiln owners in the city confirmed some of them had been pressing for steps at the association level to block entry of brick laden trucks into the city so that stocks of locally made bricks could be cleared.

Having failed to garner much support within the association for a collective effort, the dissident group within the body is now reportedly filing complaints to the excise & taxation department to intercept trucks loaded with bricks coming into the city from other areas on the pretext of evasion of VAT that , according to the department, was being charged on a lump sum basis from most brick kiln owners.

On Friday morning some half a dozen trucks carrying bricks from places like Moga, Kotkapura, Malout and Sangria in Rajasthan were detained by excise officials to inspect their documents. While a couple of them having bills of sale and proof of having paid VAT were released, a few other trucks drivers were still waiting for the brick kiln owners to respond to queries raised by excise officials.

When asked to comment on the matter, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari said there were no restrictions whatsoever on the movement of bricks across the state provided the brick kiln owners had paid all taxes due.

Meanwhile, assistant excise & taxation commissioner Jaskaran Brar said some trucks carrying bricks were intercepted by the department’s field staff to check whether they were having bills of sale or not.

"Even in the case of VAT having been paid in lump sum, the brick kiln owners have to issue bills for all sale transactions and the trucks are supposed to produce these bills at interstate barriers or taxation staff at any other point. Only those trucks have been detained where the drivers failed to produce bills of sale or proof of VAT having been paid by brick kiln owners, and all others carrying the required documents have been released," Brar added.



Raikot third industrial focal point in Punjab
Other two are Mohali, Kapurthala
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 22
Raikot in this district is among the three new locations chosen for setting up three new industrial focal points in Punjab, along with Mohali and Kapurthala.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited (PSIEC) vice-chairman Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal said the proposed new industrial focal point at Raikot would be developed in 50 acres while the other two-at Mohali and Kapurthala-would be spread over 73 and 220 acres, respectively. The new industrial focal point at Mohali would have IT Park as well as designated residential area for the entrepreneurs.

He said the PSIEC was in the process of identifying all vacant plots in the existing industrial focal points at Bathinda, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Hoshiarpur. Soon these plots would be allotted to industrialists as per the industrial policy laid down by the Punjab government.

Claiming to maintain complete transparency in the allotment of industrial plots in the focal points to be made by the PSIEC, he said no advertisement was placed to invite fresh applications for allotment of industrial plots in the state after 2005. “If any allotment of plots in the industrial focal points has been made in the intervening period it obviously would have been made in violation of the policy,” he observed.

Outlining more steps being taken by the PSIEC, Grewal said it was proposed to provide better infrastructural facilities like roads, water and effluent disposal network, streetlights in 28 focal points at an estimated expenditure of Rs 42 crore and the project was expected to be completed in the next three months.

“Accepting another major demand of the industrial fraternity, the Punjab Government has permitted the allottees (industrial houses) to use 10 per cent of the total allotted area for commercial use like opening showrooms for their products, or display of their wares.”

Grewal added that the issue of release of new industrial power connections and load extension of existing units was also being taken up with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited at an appropriate level.



Show-cause notices by PPCB
Dyers blame govt for delay in setting up of effluent treatment plant
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 22
Claiming that they had already purchased land for setting up of the proposed common effluent treatment plant (CETP) and orders had already been placed for the equipment and machinery required for effluent treatment, the Bahadurke Textile and Knitwear Association today said that the delay was being caused by the government itself in granting environment clearance to the project. The civil works for the CETP could not be taken in hand until the green clearance was given by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The 20-member dyeing units located at Bahadurke Road here have been served show -cause notices by the Punjab Pollution Control Board under Section 33-A of the Water Act 1974 to explain within 15 days as to why their units should not be ordered to be closed down and power supply disconnected for failure to start work on the CETP, which was to be completed and made operational by November 30.

The PPCB had issued notices to the defaulting units on the basis of information collected by its field staff that no land had been purchased by the dyeing units for the CETP and they had not moved any application for seeking mandatory environmental clearance. "A project like the proposed CETP takes almost an year to become functional after commencement of work. As on date, not a single brick has been laid, and the dyers can, in no way, make the CETP operational by the deadline," the PPCB officials said.

The association of dyers, however, blames the government for the delay. "Nearly four -acre land for the project has been acquired on long lease, a bank loan for the project estimated to the cost of Rs 162 crore has been sanctioned in principle, and the project report approved by the National Environment Engineering Research Institute of India (NEERI), Nagpur, has been forwarded to the environment ministry for seeking clearance, which is held up for more than three months now," asserts Tarun Bawa Jain, president of the association.

He added, "Not only this, we have already placed orders for the equipment and other technical work. The civil work will commence as soon as the green clearance is accorded." Terming the issuing of show-cause notices as unfortunate, or rather vindictive, Jain said dyeing units elsewhere in the city were also similarly placed, and their CETP was also nowhere near completion by the deadline. But for unknown reasons, only the dyeing units at Bahadurke Road were being targeted, he added."

Erring units

Arihant Scientific Dyers, Atam Dyeing, Triveni Processors, Sangat Dyeing House, Adinath Dyeing, Ranbir Textiles, Sangat Dyeing House, Ekta Dyeing, Nexux Dyeing, Sri Balaji Dyeing, Oswal Dyeing, Girnar Hosiery Factory, Adinath Knit and Fab, PI Cotex, Chopra Processors, SK Brothers, Hues and Tints, Screen Printers, Jain Shawl, Balaji Scientific Dyers, Navkar Dyeing House

Environmental clearance

The PPCB has issued notices to defaulting units on the basis of information collected by its field staff that not a single piece o land has been purchased by the dyeing units for the CETP and they have not moved any application for seeking mandatory environmental clearance.



Army recruitment rally at Anandpur Sahib from Aug 9
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, July 22
The Army Recruitment Office in Ludhiana is going to organise a recruitment drive for the first time in Anandpur Sahib. It will be organised from August 9 to August 13 and cover Ropar and Mohali districts as well.

“This is been done keeping in mind requests received from the local populace and the efforts of the Army to reach out to the targeted population and the aspiring candidates,” said Col Sharad Dhindaw, Director, Army Recruitment Office, Ludhiana, while addressing a press conference here today.

Earlier, the recruitment rally for Ludhiana, Moga, Ropar and Mohali used to be conducted collectively. The benefit of the “truncated” rally (i.e. holding it separately for Ropar, Mohali, Ludhiana and Moga) is that the respective cities will get appropriate representation.

He said this would become an established norm if the rally turns out to be successful.

The recruitment for Soldier General Duty for SAS Nagar (Mohali) and Ropar districts would be conducted on August 8 and August 9, respectively. Recruitment of the technical and clerical assistants will be held on August 11. The medical examinations would be conducted on August 12.

The railway station and ISBT authorities in the area have already been told to make arrangements to deal with the influx of candidates on the respective dates. Gurdwaras and inns of the area have been informed so that they can extend their support to the aspiring candidates.

NGOs and other organisations must come forward for accommodating the candidates.

Colonel Dhindaw said nativity of the candidates would be scrutinized to prevent recruitment of candidates from other states.

On being questioned whether biometric test system devised for recruitment by the Ludhiana office was successful, he said, “It was working well and it might be implemented in neighbouring states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh soon.”

Candidates warned

Prospective candidates must not get mislead by agents and crooks. They will be selected only on the basis of their ability.

Col Sharad Dhindaw, Director Army recruitment office



Combating Quackery
Homoeopathy council launches website
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
To combat quackery, the Punjab Homeopathy Council has finally launched its website.

The website has complete information on qualified and registered homoeopaths of the state.

Stating this, Dr Umesh Wadhwa, chairman, Council of Homoeopathic System, said, "The main purpose of the site is to make people aware about qualified homeopaths of the state, as many times we come across patients who fall easy prey to quacks, who present themselve as ‘homoeopathic doctors’. In reality, they are not and thus play havoc with the health of innocent patients."

The website, punjabhomeopathiccouncil.in, contains complete information about the Punjab Homeopathic Council. Dr Wadhwa said, "All forms related to the council can be downloaded from this site and if anyone has any objection, he/she can contact the council office."

The council is planning to start academic activities and doctors will receive regular information regarding various developments of the council through SMSes and from the site. To update professional knowledge, the council also plans to invite articles from doctors, which will be put on this website.

Get registered or face action

The site has detailed information of at least 3,600 qualified and more than 5,000 registered homoeopaths in the state. Any doctor whose registration has not renewed up to 2012 should immediately contact the council office or he/she will have to face legal action.

Dr Umesh Wadhwa, chairman, Council of Homoeopathic



Vidhan Sabha panel reviews welfare schemes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 22
Government officials entrusted with the task of execution of state and central welfare schemes for the intended beneficiaries drew flack from the Vidhan Sabha Committee for Welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes during a review of different schemes at a meeting here today.

Without saying it in many words, the chairman of the committee Dr Dalbir Dalbir Singh, a legislator from Amritsar, made it clear to the supervisory officials that they would have to face the music in case of misappropriation or misutilisation of funds intended for the welfare of the scheduled castes, backward classes and those living below poverty line (BPL) families.

Along with other members of the committee, which included, legislators Darshan Singh Shivalik, Choudhry Swarna Ram, Ishar Singh Meharban, Harcharan Kaur and Nirmal Singh, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari and officials of various departments attended the meeting. They will have another sitting tomorrow.

Pointing towards the tendency of officials to fudge figures, harass the genuine beneficiaries or collude with bogus claimants, Singh said such actions would not be tolerated and the officials would have to mend their ways. "The government will take serious note of any harassment or irregularity in sanctioning or disbursement of grants, subsidies and pensions," he stated.

Later talking to The Tribune, he said the committee had decided to visit district headquarters to monitor the implementation of various welfare schemes for the scheduled castes, backward classes and BPL families. "There are some complaints of delay in sanction or disbursement of funds under the Shagun Scheme, scholarships or other grants, both state and central. And we are making efforts to monitor the working of the department concerned, bring about improvement in the system, and make recommendations for taking action against guilty officialsin cases of gross negligence or dereliction of duty."

Offocials to be responsible for misuse of funds

It was made clear to the supervisory officials at the meeting that they would have to face the music in case of misappropriation or misutilisation of funds intended for the welfare of the scheduled castes, backward classes and families living below poverty line.



‘BSNL ill-equipped to meet competition’

Ludhiana, July 22
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) held a day-long dharna in front of the office of the GMT here today in response to a call given by central committee of the National Federation of Telecom Employees (NFTE).

They were protesting against the unwillingness of the BSNL corporate-level management to procure proper equipment so as to enable the PSU to compete with private sector.

Mohinder Parsad, Surjit Singh, president and secretary, respectively, of the district unit of the NFTE, along with other speakers, said the BSNL, in an apparent bid to befool people, was organising the “customer care and delight month”. "But the management expects its soldiers (workforce) to combat in a war without proper arms. Even basic items like telephone set, modems, cables etc are not being made available," they said. — OC



lift collapse
One worker crushed to death, another injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
One worker was crushed to death and another sustained serious injuries after an under- construction lift accidentally fell on those working at an auto part unit located in Focal Point, Phase- VII, last evening.

The victim, identified as Mohmmad-ul- Haq (36), died on the spot. Hasibul (32) sustained multiple fractures on his arms and legs. This incident took place during the trial run of the lift. Haq and Hisbul were putting cement to smoothen the wall when the lift was carrying the construction material.

Suddenly the iron rope that elevates the lift disentangled and fell on the workers. While Hisbul was rescued and rushed to a private hospital, Haq died on the spot. According to paramedics in the civil hospital, the worker died due to severe head injury.

The workers, later, staged a dharna and urged the police to act against the factory owner for trying to keep the matter under wraps. Both Haq and Hasibul are residents of Bihar and were living in a makeshift tenement near Vishav Karma Colony.



Surjit takes over as DSO
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 22
A former All-India Inter-University Swimming champion Surjit Singh Sandhu joined as the District Sports Officer in Ludhiana today. He has taken over from Sat Pal Singh, who has been transferred to Tarn Taran.

Prior to this posting, Surjit was working as a swimming coach at Ropar. He also served in the Punjab Education Department as the sports instructor at Sangrur. A degree holder from NIS, Patiala, Surjit joined the Punjab Sports Department in 1987 and produced a number of swimmers of national and international repute like Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awardee Puneet Rana, Jashandep Singh and two times national champion Jeewan Kumar.



At last, govt girls school gets four teachers for vocational courses
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, July 22
So far, there was no even a single teacher to teach a vocational course to girl students in Government Senior Secondary School for Girls at Sahnewal. It was today that the school authorities came to know that the school had been sanctioned four posts for vocational staff, three of which joined today and one is expected to do so in the coming days.

It was last week that a demand was raised through the columns of this paper that the well-erected, full-fledged vocational building of the school was lying vacant and that there was not even a single teacher to teach vocational course to the aspirants. Finally, the vocational building was unlocked after 15 years today.

But sadly enough no government ever bothered to look into the matter and hence many girl students were left devoid of vocational education all these years.

Kulwinder Kaur, the principal of the school, shared that three teachers, including Surinderjit Singh and Gurinderjit Singh would teach textile chemistry, whereas Bindu Sood would teach banking. “The fourth one is expected to join any time”, she said.

“The girls mainly show interest in vocational subjects as home science, commercial garment making, knitting technology, textile craft (weaving), textile designing, But since there was no vocational teacher, they were left with no other option but to change their line and hence lose a chance to get self reliant,” she added.

This vocational building was constructed by the P.W.D in 1994. The position was such that every year on the assurance of the government the students at the entry level were asked to opt for one or the other vocational subject but were forced to leave it mid way and opt for other vocational course.



Zonal annual review meet on precision farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
A two-day zonal review meet on Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC), organised by the PAU Department of Soil and Water Engineering (SWE) began here today. The meet has been facilitated and supported by the National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture (NCPAH), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India.

Addressing the meet Krish S. Iyegar, joint secretary, NCPAH, said that each PFCDs had been playing a key role in their states. Adding that the review meet was an important event to assess the progress and pinpoint the emerging needs, he said adding that, "System has to thrive and emerging issues have to be resolved by contributing in a meaningful manner and with the productive mind." While Dr SS Gosal, director of research disclosed, "The cultivated area of Punjab is 4.1 million hectares and the cropping intensity is 189 per cent.



‘Record keeping vital for dairy farming’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Maintaining records of the account books is crucial for understanding benefits of dairy farming. This was stated by Dr Inderpreet Kaur, assistant professor (livestock economics), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

Throwing light on preparation of account book and its benefits, she told a dairy farmer, like other businessmen, has to take numerous decisions with regards to production and marketing. For taking rational decision, it is essential to maintain the records about income and expenditure of this business. The basic aim is to increase the income and decrease the costs. Thus, account books come handy in fulfilling this aim.

She revealed that while preparing account books, the information in proper sequence from the beginning of dairy farm must be recorded. The investment and costs in dairy farms are mainly of two types: fixed costs and variable costs. These costs should be noted year wise with date and month.

The information relating to age and breed of animals, number of lactation, date of parturition, details on estrus, etc, must be recorded in detail with date in dairy account book.



Man dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Dr Satish Kant, professor, Department of Hindi, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, died in an accident on the college road here today afternoon.

He was returning home when this accident took place. Sources say, “The car in which he was travelling collided with a rickshaw, a scooter before overturning. He sustained head injury and was immediately rushed to the DMCH where he was declared brought dead.” Dr DV Jindal, a former colleague of Dr Kant, said, “ He was the youngest professor to be awarded Doctor of Literature in Hindi in the country and was a very popular teacher.”



from schools
‘Poor infrastructure in govt schools’

Ludhiana: Ludhiana MP and the ntional spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari on Friday said improving infrastructure in government schools was quite important and one of his top priorities. He said, although there had been a phenomenal growth in private educational sector, the government schools still continued to be the bulwark of the country's education system.

Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone for new blocks in Jawahar Lal Nehru Kanya Senior Secondary School and Government Senior Secondary School (boys) in Jawahar Nagar here on Friday, he expressed confidence that the government schools would continue to improve upon their performance. He said, the government schools needed to be better equipped to produce better results. He also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh each for the two schools from his discretionary fund.

Laurels for BCM students

Shrishti Punj, a student of class V of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, represented the school at the 8th National Abacus and Mental Calculation Competition held at Chennai and won the consolation prize. Nearly 4,000 students from all over India participated in the competition. Shrishti began learning abacus at the tender age of seven years. She loves to play with numbers. Shrishti states that it is really exciting to solve complex arithmetic problems within no time. Principal Paramjit Kaur lauded the truly admirable mathematical skills of the child and congratulated her parents as well as her guide teacher Rashmi Taneja.

Rhyme time

The kindergarten wing of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension, organised an English recitation competition on Friday. The headmistress Harjit Kaur Dua congratulated the winners for their enthralling performance. The children gave message that the warmth in ones heart was far more powerful than the brain.

Results :

1 Gurans Kaur (UKG-G I),

2 Jagteshwarpreet Singh (UKG-C II),

3 Amarjeet Kaur (UKG-A III)

Fashion show

The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School organised a fashion show of "summer wear" for the smart and cool kids of class nursery upto class II in the main school hall. The fashion show featured about 80 students from different classes. They had come decked up in bright colourful and trendy summer attires. It was a delight to watch the kids walk in their outfits confidently during the catwalk on the ramp. The “Summer Prince” and the “Summer Princess” were chosen. Thrilled by the success of the show, director P. Kahlon congratulated the students for displaying their talent at such a young age. Headmistress C. Paul and co-ordinator Abhineet Sarna also appreciated the efforts put in by the students and their teachers. — OC



Teachers’ body flays govt policies

Ludhiana, July 22
The Sanjha Adhyapak Front, Punjab, today held a dharna and burnt an effigy of the Punjab government for partial policies of the state government.

Gurbeer Singh, press secretary of the front said, "The Punjab government had issued amended pay scales to the police personnel and nurses but ignored teachers." While Saudagar Singh, president of the front said that the Punjab government was making excuses in issuing the report of anomaly committee”. — TNS



NRI helps cancer patient
Trubune News service

Ludhiana, July 22
Zorawar Singh Gakhal a London-based NRI who runs two radio stations in London has come to the rescue of a cancer patient Twinkle by collecting a significant amount for the treatment.

According to a hospital release, the NRI has set up two radio stations in London, a commercial channel called Asian World Radio and another devotional channel called Sukh Sagar Radio.With the proceedings he gets, he organises free eye camps in different parts of India. After seeing the appeal of Twinkle, who suffers from Hodgkins Lymphoma, the NRI collected a significant amount through his radio station for her treatment.



ludhiana scan
Seminar on natural disasters

A district-level seminar on facing natural calamities was organised for heads of various departments in the district administration at Bachat Bhawan recently. Experts of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration gave training on facing natural calamities like earthquake, floods, fire and lightening. TS Gill, district coordinator for disaster management, said main aim of the workshop was to minimise loss of lives and property in the face of calamities. He advised that a district-level taskforce to remain prepared and advised departments to appoint a contact official for the purpose. Gurvinder Singh

Mock drill

Fire department officials carried out a mock drill at Guru Nank Bhawan in Ludhiana. This was done to check the preparedness of the department if any fire incident broke out in the city.

Awareness rally

The staff of Ambulance 108 held a demonstration at the Community Health Centre, Manupur. Senior Medical Officer Laxman Singh and other hospital staff along with 40 ANM’s of different villages also participated in it. The demonstration was given as to how one should benefit from rescue tools, emergency medicines and injections, delivery kits, oxygen and suction machines.

Orientation Programme

As a part of a orientation programmes for freshers who have opted for BCA, BBA and B.Sc, the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a session on “ Importance Of English Communication And Ways To Improvise It” on Thursday. Mandeep Ajrawat, Director, Nuances- The school of English Education-was the resource person for the day. KK Dhir, founder Registrar, PTU, and Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar, was the guest of honour. Ajrawat shared with students the importance of English communication through a presentation that sensitised them into believing that effective English communication had become a predominant factor in every sphere of their lives. Dhir concluded the session by making an appeal to the students to practice hard to learn the skill. He motivated them by informing that nothing was impossible if there was a will to do it. — TNS

Centre opened

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The Zenith Institute of Information Technology and Management, a distance-training centre of Lovely Professional University was opened at the Pohir road on Wednesday. Sant Dhanna Singh, head granthi, Nanaksar Ashram, Barundi, inaugurated the institute. Balwinder Singh Bains, an SGPC member, was the chief guest. Speakers said the center would help those living below the poverty line and middle class, as most of them were not in a position to send their wards to educational institutes situated in cities. — OC



PNB chief manager nabbed for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Chief Manager of Punjab National Bank, Khanna, Ram Niwas Malik, was caught red handed by sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 today. The chief manager was nabbed on the directions of SSP Vigilance Bureau (Ludhiana range) SS Mand.

DSP (Vigilance) Gurcharan Singh caught the Malik while he was accepting the bribe from Harbans Singh, a resident of Ramgarh village near Amloh in Fatehgarh Sahib.

The complainant, who had applied for a loan in March, owns a dairy farm at Ramgarh village. The Khanna branch of the bank in his favour sanctioned a loan of Rs 1.35 crore. He had obtained Rs 64 lakh in installments. Harbans met Malik on July 21 and asked him to release the next installment of the balance amount. Malik demanded Rs 1.5 lakh as illegal gratification for releasing the next installment. The deal was struck at Rs 1 lakh to be paid in two equal installments. The complainant, later, approached the Vigilance Bureau in this regard.

The sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau laid a trap and caught Malik while accepting the first installment of the bribe. A case has been registered in this regard.



80 aspirants turn up for baseball trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 22
At least 80 aspirants attended baseball trials being organised at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town.

The Amateur Baseball Federation of India (ABFI) is conducting these trials. under the scheme—Talent Hunt Search Major League Baseball Competition. Boys, who will throw the ball with a speed of over 80 km per hour, will be selected during the trials.

A spokesperson of the Punjab Baseball Association said the federation had been holding such trials at various venues across the country and had shortlisted 50 of them for next month’s training in Mumbai.

The list of players will be pruned down to 10. They will undergo a six-month coaching in China. The best among them will be enrolled with Pittsburgh Pirates Club- the professional baseball club in the USA.The two-member selection team of ABFI will hold trials in Moga on July 22, Jalandhar (July 23 and 24) and in Amritsar on July 25 and 26.



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