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Rashly driven school bus overturns
28 students, two teachers of Sacred Heart, Jagraon, hurt
Jaswant Shetra
Tribune News Service

An injured student being taken to hospital.
An injured student being taken to hospital. Photos: Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 23
An overspeeding school bus, carrying more than 28 students and two faculty members of Sacred Heart Convent School Jagraon, overturned while negotiating a sharp turn near Sohian village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway this afternoon.

Almost all students and teachers who were travelling in the bus sustained injuries in the mishap. The bus was on its way to Halwara and was to drop the students and teachers on the way.

As per information, the bus had travelled only a few kilometres when the driver lost control over it.

Immediately after the accident, people from nearby shops and fields rushed to the spot. Fortunately, a highway patrol vehicle was also present near the accident site. The highway patrolling team, with the help of nearby residents, rushed the injured schoolchildren and teachers to Civil Hospital Jagraon.

According to doctors, some of the injured students were discharged after giving them first aid, while more than seven students were undergoing treatment at the hospital. At least two injured students, who received serious injuries, were referred to DMCH Ludhiana.

The teachers as well as some students who were undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital told The Tribune that the speed of the bus was quite high when the accident took place. “In fact, the accident took place due to overspeeding and it overturned when the driver moved it towards the Sohian link road from the highway. As the bus was at a high speed, he lost control over it,” said an angry injured school teacher.

As the news of the bus overturning spread, panic gripped the parents of a large number of children whose children study in the school.

Meanwhile, parents of many schoolchildren have urged the government to tighten the noose on administrators of all the private schools and make it sure that they strictly follow the safety measures set by the government for ferrying schoolchildren. “This is a serious issue. The administration should not ignore such things and should take strict action against anyone responsible for such accidents,” said a mother of one of the injured schoolchildren.

The police has registered a case of negligent driving against the driver Jarnail Singh. Jarnail Singh also got injured during the accident and is undergoing treatment. The police has booked Jarnail Singh under Sections 279 337 338 of the IPC. He is currently undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital under police custody.


Two elderly woman stabbed, one dead
Kamla Rani killed by nephew, Bimla stabbed by robbers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Policemen investigate the site where a robbery took place at Rishi Nagar in Ludhiana.
Policemen investigate the site where a robbery took place at Rishi Nagar in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 23
Rishi Nagar is becoming unsafe for elderly women. Recently, a woman was stabbed to death by her nephew and robbers stabbed another 80-year-old of the same locality after entering her house.

Deepak Verma, an auto-rickshaw driver, stabbed to death Kamla Rani (61), his aunt, last night. A long-running property feud was suspected to be the reason behind her killing. According to Kamal Kishore, the victim’s husband, his nephew Deepak Verma wanted to usurp their property. Both of them clashed over construction of a room lately. Deepak wanted to construct a room on the top floor of the house. Kamla Rani was opposed to it.

“Last night, when I entered the house I was shocked to see Deepak holding a blood-soaked dagger. My wife was lying dead on the floor with blood spilled all over. Deepak had slit her neck. I tried to nab him, but he managed to escape,” Kamal Kishore added.

He raised an alarm and informed the police about the incident. He said, “Deepak is a bachelor and had been creating problems for them.”

The two sketches of the suspects, involved in crimes at Rishi Nagar, released by the police.
The two sketches of the suspects, involved in crimes at Rishi Nagar, released by the police.

The Jammu police wanted him in assault and theft cases. He was living here alone as his father had died long ago and his mother is living in Jammu. He wanted to usurp the property of the childless sexagenarian couple.

Meanwhile, in yet another gory incident, two robbers entered into the house located at HIG flats in Rishi Nagar and stabbed Bimla Goel (80) after taking her hostage.

According to her son Vijay Goel, an advocate, his mother was alone in the house after his wife left for the office and his son for the school. “I went to a temple after having the breakfast. I returned home after a few minutes and saw a motorbike parked outside the house. Inquisitively I went inside the house and saw my mother soaked in blood. She was tied to a chair and two young men brandishing sharp- edged weapons were walking in the room. I immediately rushed outside and raised an alarm. The youngsters panicked and fled away,” Vijay added.

Bimla was rushed to a hospital with multiple stab injuries. According to paramedics, the elderly woman has suffered blood loss and her condition was stated to be serious.

SHO of the PAU police station Beant Juneja said Deepak Verma had been booked for killing his aunt and Bimla’s case was being probed. 



Residents can now bet on horse racing
Rs 200-cr race course proposed to come up in Mattewara
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 23
The city will finally have something to be proud of with the Punjab government going ahead with an ambitious project to set up a race course on 150 acres of land belonging to the animal husbandry department. With an eye to generate additional revenue the cash strapped government plans to rake in money by introducing horse racing, a popular form of gambling, in the state’s industrial hub.

Sources close to the administration said local industrialists were also pressing hard for a race course, which would be profitable for their stud farms, to be set up in the city.

Last February the district administration sent a project site plan to the managing director of the Punjab Infrastructure & Development Board (PIDB). The proposed race course will come up in Mattewara village near here at an estimated cost of over Rs 200 crore.

The sources added the government was is in the process of drafting the Punjab Horse Racing Regulation & Management Act-2011 before executing the project. A PIDB official said the act would include rules and procedures for setting up a race club and issue of licences for horse racing and betting.

The government has also decided to set up a polo club as part of this project that, besides the racing tracks, would also include a training centre, betting halls, a hotel, horse stalls, a riding centre, a theatre and an amusement park. “Various industrial houses are monitoring development of these plans”, the sources added.

When contacted deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari said: “I was asked about availability of land for the proposed race course project and subsequently the administration submitted the required details regarding the mega project”.



4-yr-old schoolgirl caned by principal
Tribune News Service

Disha’s father shows her injury marks.
Disha’s father shows her injury marks.

Ludhiana, July 23
In yet another case of corporal punishment in the city, a preparatory school principal thrashed a girlchild for fighting with her classmate in Salem Tabri yesterday.

The four-year-old girl, identified as Disha, sustained injuries on her legs after being allegedly caned by the principal.

The matter came to light when Kapil Kumar, father of the girl, saw cane marks on her body and staged a protest outside the school.

He said his daughter was studying in nursery class at the preparatory school located on 33-Feet-Road at Salem Tabri. On Friday, she had a fight with her classmate. The matter was brought to the notice of principal and she allegedly caned Disha.

To top it, the principal sent a note, stating that if the child again created indiscipline, she would be sacked. However, the matter was resolved in the evening when the principal tendered an apology.

Kapil Kumar did not lodge any formal complaint. Despite repeated attempts, the school authorities were not available for comments. 



Fake food inspector held accepting money
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The greed to make a fast buck by extracting more money from a shopkeeper in Jamalpur to settle a "failed sample" case proved costly for a man impersonating as a “food inspector” in the health department.

Health department inspector Manoj Khosla told the Ludhiana Tribune that after laying a trap officials caught the suspect, Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Neechi Mangli village, red handed on Saturday while demanding a bribe from the shopkeeper and was later handed over to the police.

Giving details, Khosla said health officials had taken samples of ‘masur dal’ (a pulse) from a shop, Gogz Supermarket, situated in Phase II, Urban Estate, Jamalpur on July 11 and they were sent to a laboratory for testing.

“Posing as a ‘food inspector’ Gurpreet approached Harinder Singh of Gogz Supermarket and asked the latter to pay him Rs 3,500. Harinder gave him Rs 3,500 and was issued a receipt for Rs 600 by the suspect. But after two or three days Gurpreet again visited the shopkeeper and told him he would have to shell out another Rs 2,000 as the case had not been ‘fully resolved’. Harinder asked him to come after a few days and, perturbed over the man’s behaviour, met district health officer Kulwinder Singh. He complained though he had already paid Rs 3,500 the ‘inspector’ was still asking for more money. Kulwinder got suspicious and went through the receipt that had a fake signature and health department stamp”, said Khosla.

He added the district health officer then asked Harinder to call Gurpreet over to his store on Saturday. "We laid a trap for the suspect. When he arrived at the store to collect the additional sum of Rs 2,000 he had been demanding we caught him red handed and handed him over to the Moti Nagar police. A case under sections 419 & 170 have been filed against Gurpreet, who was earlier booked on the same charges by the Koomkalan police last February", said Khosla.



With drain-cleaning machine lying defunct, Jagraon chokes
Jaswant Shetra

Rainwater and dry leaves inside the machine have made it to rust.
Rainwater and dry leaves inside the machine have made it to rust. Photos by writer 

Jagraon, July 23
A vehicle fitted with a machine for cleaning the drains of the city is lying unattended in the local municipal council’s office since long. The vehicle and the machine, which was purchased by the Jagraon Municipal Council two years ago, are not in a working condition. The civic body has failed to get it repaired despite the fact that the drains of a few localities are blocked. As a result, sewage water often gets assembled in various localities, thus putting residents to a lot of inconvenience.

The filth and garbage are swept away with the rainwater thus flooding all major roads and streets of the city during the monsoon. This in turn chokes the drains. The municipal council has not cleaned the drains since long despite the availability of the drain-cleaning machine. According to sources, the council has used this machine only twice or thrice after it was purchased in September 2009.

The machine-fitted vehicle was purchased at a cost of Rs 5.45 lakh from Bathinda and it always remains parked in open. The scorching heat, dust and the rain have rusted various parts of this machine.

The vehicle has so far only travelled 230 kilometers as is indicated in its meter. The civic officials have even failed to print the registration number on its number plate.

Kanwaljit Khanna of the Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, said, “There was no need to waste the public money on such a useless thing if the machine was not to be used by the council for cleaning the drains. This is just another example of how government organisation and elected representatives of the people waste public funds on useless things.”

Municipal Council’s president Baldev Krishan Dhir said: “The machine will be repaired within a few days and we will start using it for cleaning the drains.” He denied misuse of the funds for purchasing this machine. When asked to comment on why the machine was purchased on high rate when the same was available at lower price, he refused to comment and disconnected the phone.



Flt Lt Sekhon's statue quietly moved near DC’s office
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The statue of the 1971 war hero Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon and his aircraft have been shifted for the second time near the DC office in Ludhiana.
The statue of the 1971 war hero Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon and his aircraft have been shifted for the second time near the DC office in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 23
The statue of Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, the first Indian Air Force officer to be awarded the Param Vir Chakra, was relocated to a place near the deputy commissioner's office in the city’s mini secretariat on Saturday. The statue of 1971 Indo-Pakistani war hero from Issewal village standing along with a fighter jet was dismantled in the wee hours of the morning and, before anyone could have a clue what was going on, the statue was quietly installed near the DC’s office.

The statue, a major attraction for visitors to the mini secretariat, was relocated to make way for a Rs 9 crore multilevel public parking project, work on which is already in full swing. The company awarded the construction contract has axed nearly 40 trees and dug up a one-acre stretch of land to build the parking lot.

The statue, which was installed in 1999 at a roundabout at Samrala Chowk, was later shifted as the municipal corporation began work on widening the streets to ease traffic congestion.

Confirming the development, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the statue was shifted in the morning



MC hires 2 private firms for removing sludge
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started removing sludge from the sewerage system. The project, undertaken in this regard, would remove the sludge from a 5-kilometer stretch.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal said: “The municipal corporation has signed a contract with two private companies-Arun Goel and Company and Jagdish Lal and Company-for removing the sludge from the sewerage system from the SDP College for Women to the Samrala Chowk via Chand Theatre. The municipal corporation will pay Rs 6,750 for every 200-meter to the company for removing the sludge.”

Arun Goel and Company started removing the sludge about a month ago. It cleaned the stretch from SDP College to Chand theatre. To check whether the stretch has been cleaned thoroughly or not, the Municipal Commissioner, Senior Deputy Mayor and a member of the Finance and Contract Committee along with other officials inspected the site near Chand theatre by inserting CCTV cameras inside the sewerage system.

Bansal said: “The company has cleaned the stretch properly. These companies have been asked to carry out their work. Senior officials of the municipal corporation will inspect the work after every 200-meter and hand over the cheque for Rs 6,750 to the companies.” 



Traffic experts cry for speed governors 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Today’s incident, in which 20 students were injured after a school bus overturned while negotiating a sharp turn, has yet again brought to fore the necessity of installing a speed governor system.

Road safety experts’ demand of installing speed governors in school buses has fallen on deaf ears of the authorities. The trio of traffic experts, Sham Sunder Juneja (75), Kamaljit Soi and Darshan Arora, has requested all school authorities to install speed governors in the school buses.

“With the speed governors, we can regulate the speed of these vehicles to a maximum of 40 km an hour, which would avoid fatal mishaps. Apart from fitting the equipment in school buses, strict action should be taken against drivers who violate traffic norms and endanger lives of schoolchildren,” he said.

As per the Supreme Court guidelines, directing all high courts, it is mandatory for all owners or permit holders of vehicles to fit a speed governor in the vehicle, but the transport department has been dilly dallying the issue.

The devices should be compulsory for school buses, public and private transport buses, taxis, autos and all goods and transport vehicles.



Govt ropes in education dept to sensitise people 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 23
With more and more youngsters, predominantly students, sustaining injuries in vehicular accidents, the education department has virtually failed to implement its own programme to sensitise them (students) about the issue.

What to talk of coordinating with seniors in the traffic police department and organising awareness rallies, most of the heads of government schools have failed to even organise lectures during morning assemblies.

The violation of traffic rules by youngsters in general and students in particular has been on rise for the past several months. Any effort by the police to check violation get frustrated allegedly due to political interference and social pressures. Driving without a valid driving licence, without helmet, over-riding and reckless driving have become so common that people don’t even consider these to be violations anymore.

Taking cognizance of outcome of studies conducted on causes and consequences of vehicular accidents, the government had decided to involve the education department in sensitizing the public on the issue.

The director general (school education) had on in a letter written on June 2 directed the district education officers and heads of all government school to ensure that the awareness programme was implemented once the schools reopen after vacations.

While government schoolteachers were expected to deliver lectures during morning assemblies at their respective schools, the heads were supposed to organise rallies to spread awareness about the consequences of violation of traffic rules. They (heads) were also asked to coordinate with traffic police officials to facilitate imparting of technical knowledge to students at their institutes or in the field.

Most of the teachers were not aware of this decade being observed as Traffic Safety Decade. Showing ignorance about the communication sent by the director general (school education) heads of these schools maintained that they had been educating their students about traffic rules in routine.

Whereas authorities in the police department maintained that beat officers had been advised to organise awareness camps in educational institutes . DSP Amargarh Narinder Singh Ruby and Assistant Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Sikand said they had directed all SHOs of their areas to coordinate with heads of all educational institutes.



NGO to help needy patients
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
“Ann Jal Sewa Trust”, an NGO, has come forward for providing free of cost and nutritious food to needy patients or the ones who come from downtrodden society and get treatment at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

Disclosing about this, Shiv Ram Saroy, president of NGO and member of “Rogi Kalyan Samiti”, said, “We will provide free of cost food to the patients who are undergoing treatment here. However, their attendants will be given one time meal in just Rs 15 each. Out of this, Rs 5 will be given to Rogi Kalyan Samiti being run by the Civil Hospital, while Rs 10 will be given to the trust.”

Saroy further said, “We have 100 life members and to start with we have pooled up some money voluntarily. Many other NGOs are also helping us through finances and by providing raw material.”

Today being the first day, the food was prepared by two cooks of the NGO. A kitchen will be constructed soon.

Earlier the foundation stone of the kitchen was laid by health and family welfare minister Satpal Gosain.

Appeal to public

people have been public in general to donate for this noble cause generously. Saroy said, “People can donate both in cash and kind. If anyone wants to give ration, one can do that. And in case a person wants to serve any patient out of generosity will also be welcomed. We hope a cooperative support from the public — Shiv Ram Saroy, president, NGO 



Congress councillor hand in glove with land mafia, alleges resident
Bid to usurp land owned by an NRI
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
A resident of the city has accused a Congress councillor of helping land mafia in trying to illegally encroach upon a piece of land owned by an NRI in the Mahal Bagat area near Salem Tabri. The complainant, Dr Rajeev Hora, has alleged that the land in question is owned by one of his partners who lives in Canada.

A few residents of the area in connivance of a Congress councillor are trying to encroach upon 1,000 sq yards worth Rs 10 crore.

Dr Hora alleged that a few persons came to construct a wall on this plot measuring 1,000 sq yards. “Our family own around 12,000 sq yards in this area and this 1,000 sq yards of plot is owned by Rajbir Singh, who basically hails from Rajpura in Patiala district and is now residing in Canada.”

He immediately informed the Salem Tabri police about the incident. “Initially they didn’t pay any heed to this issue, but when I brought it to the notice of senior police officials, they called the other party to the police station,” Hora claimed.

He stated that the alleged encroachers claim that they were in possession of a power of attorney given by Rajbir Singh. “But that power of attorney isn’t carrying the photograph of Rajbir or the seal of the Canadian embassy.

Rajbir has not come to India for the past 20 years. And, if he was to give any power of attorney to these people, it had come through the Canadian embassy.

But in this case, its not there and I am sure that the encroachers were in possession of a fake power of attorney to grab this piece of land,” Dr Hora added.

SHO, Salem Tabri Police Station, Davinder Kumar, stated that both parties were called to the police station and told to produce documents with them. Dr Rajeev Hora has been asked to get his land demarcated by the revenue department so that no one tries to encroach upon it.

The Congress councillor could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. 

Illegal encroachment

A few persons came to construct a wall on the plot measuring 1,000 sq yards owned by Rajbir Singh, who basically hails from Rajpura in Patiala. He is now based in Canada. Our family own around 12,000 square yards in this area. A Congress councillor with the help of land mafia is trying to illegally encroach upon a piece of land owned by Rajbir in the Mahal Bagat area near Salem Tabri. The market price of the land is Rs 10 crore. —Dr Rajeev Hora, The complainant 



Awareness campaign on dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, today launched a door-to-door campaign in Ram Nagar area of Jamalpur to prevent spread of dengue. Nearly 1,000 houses were visited by three teams led by Dr Arvinder S Nagpal, Dr Rajanbir S Thind and Dr Sanjeev Uppal.

The residents were made aware about preventive steps to check dengue. They were motivated to clear the water logged in the streets by filling pits or by putting oil over the water to stop mosquitoes breeding.

The residents should wear full sleeves shirts and trousers to avoid mosquito bites. They were encouraged to use mosquito repellants and nets.

In case, some family member had high grade fever, he/she must be shown to a qualified doctor. The symptoms of dengue fever are quite similar to viral fever. The diagnosis was made from a simple blood test to detect the amount of platelets. Serial blood tests done will detect the fall in platelets count in a patient of dengue. In severe cases of dengue, there were chances of bleeding inside the body and could be life threatening. If the patient was given platelet transfusion at an appropriate time, many lives could be saved.



‘Need for collective efforts to solve inter-state matters’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
“The smoldering issues between Punjab and Haryana need to be handled collectively with a harmonious approach. Things should be discussed across the table,” these expressions were made jointly by Jagdev Singh Jassowal and Hardial Singh Aman, chairman and secretary general of Vishav Sabhyacharak Manch here today.

They were discussing the current problem of Hansi-Butana canal between Punjab and Haryana. A cordial approach can sort out all issues, said Jassowal. Jassowal said lingering matters of Chandigarh, returning Punjabi speaking areas to Punjab, steps to promote Punjabi in these states, etc, require a broad-based approach.

Aman laid emphasis on the rich heritage of Punjab adding that youngsters must be motivated to follow it. “Need of the hour is to protect our younger generation from the rampant social evils such as drug addiction, lack of work culture and diminishing respect for elders,” he said.



For years, they sacrificed for kids, now left to fend for themselves
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, July 23
In the twilight years when people hope to lead a happy and relaxed life after fulfilling familial and social responsibilities, neglect by children makes the time the most painful. When their own children brought up with love, care and sacrifices withdraw themselves from parents; it is all but struggle for the latter.

A visit to an old-age home at Sarabha Nagar brings forth the plight of the inmates, who have been deserted by their own children.

Sulakshna (name changed) was a proud mother of two sons. With three bungalows, factories, hundreds of workers around the family was leading a comfortable life. That was 10 years ago. The word “children” makes tears of pain and love well roll down her eyes. “Things started changing after my sons got married. My children don’t care for us anymore. Me and my ailing husband were left with no other option but to live and die here in the dark corners of the old-age home.”

“The younger generation hardly cares for moral values. The respect for parents, who bring them up with love, care and affection has all gone,” she laments.

Many of these inmates blame West for the deterioration of our cultural values. “We are getting westernized while the West is fast adopting our culture,” says Balbeer Parashar, another inmate of the old-age home. “Television and movies these days have corrupted the minds of people. Money and pleasures is all that matters,” he rues adding that the elderly are the most neglected lots of society.

VP Vadhera (96), another inmate, never had a son. He has been leading a life of loneliness, but wants that the aged should be treated with care.

Many others have “compromised” with the situation. Neena Sehgal, who’s been living there for more than 10 years, said she has accepted it as a way of life.

“I know my son will take me back. I know he loves me,” says another inmate. They have been leading quiet life, waiting for their children to come and take them back “home.” 



Congress seeks Gabria’s ouster
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 23
Reacting to allegations of corruption and amassing of wealth disproportionate to known sources of income against Punjab’s cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria by SAD councillors, the Congress has asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to probe into the charges to “bring the truth before the people”.

Former District Congress Committee president Krishan Kumar Bawa said: “It would be all the better if Gabria himself offered to quit, declare details about his real estate property and other assets acquired during the past four and a half years and face an inquiry conducted by an independent agency.”

Accusing Gabria of confining himself to “development activities” in one particular state assembly segment - Atam Nagar, from where he plans to contest in the assembly poll, Bawa said Gabria was making “tall claims” about speeding up development in the area.” But the ground reality is entirely different and the area residents are well aware of it”, he added.



‘Students from rural areas must enroll’
IAS and Allied Services Training Centre
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 23
Showing concern over lower contribution of the border state in central pool of administrative and allied services, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, director of the IAS and Allied Services Training Centre at Punjabi University, Patiala, has urged office-bearers of educational institutes of the region to persuade students from rural habitation to make use of the circle’s training services.

Appreciating the role of private organisations in improving the standard of education in the region, Walia said a lot was to be done to revive the lost glory of the state.

“Despite being more intelligent, our students do not get their share in the central pool of administrative and allied services. The reason behind is that we do not focus on methodology of attempting examinations according to the latest style,” said Walia.

Clarifying misconceptions about the centre, Walia explained that the students from all categories, including general, SC BC and other unprivileged classes, were eligible to take admission at the institute.



Puppets steal the show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
An inter-house puppet show was organised in Green Land Convent School, Dugri, here today. Students from Classes VI to X participated in the competition. The old and forgotten art of puppetry was brought alive by students through storiesof Panchtantra and other moral stories that inculcate values in children.

Director Vijayta Rudhra and principal Pukla Bedi asked the children to participate actively in such activities, as they play an important role in the overall development of a child’s personality. The special prize for voice modulation was given to Kapil Nagpal of Class X-A and Aastha Setia of Class X-B.

Results: First prize: Kirti House (story - The Lion and the Rabbit). Participants were Astha Setia X-B (lion), Paridhi Bansal VI-A (deer), Divya Kundal VIII-B (rabbit), Navdeep Kaur VIII-A, Hashmeen Dua VIII-A, Harsimran Kaur X-B, Ramanpreet Kaur VI-A.

Second prize: Shakti House (story - The Great Chanakya). Participants were Kapil Nagpal X-A (Chandragupta), Amandeep Singh VIII-A (Chanakya), Loveleen Kaur VIII-B (anchor), Prabhjot Kaur IX-A, Rakwinder Singh VIII-B, Manmeet Kanda IX-A, Harmanpreet Singh Sohal VIII-B, Deepam Gilhotra VIII-B.

Third prize: Jyoti House (story - The Courageous Brahmin). Participants were Japneet Bedi VII-A (narrator), Ankush Goyal IX-A (brahmin, thief), Akansh Gupta X-A (rich man), Raja VIII-B, Kirti Goyal VIII-B, Kirti Sharma X-B, Simran Kaur VIII-B.



Scholarships after passing out!
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
In an attempt to extend help to deserving students belonging to the scheduled castes, minorities or backward class, the state government may have started providing scholarships to such students, ironically these scholarships reach colleges after the students passout from their respective institutions, thus defeating the real purpose of such schemes.

Two such colleges at Phillaur and Dakha, respectively, got cheques sent by the state government after about three years when the students to whom the scholarships were to be given left the colleges after completing their studies.

Dr AS Ghuman, principal GTB Dakha, told the funds which were to be given by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to the colleges always reaches on time, whereas grants given by the state government were often late. He said the scholarships were being given to meritorious and needy students so that their studies were not affected due to financial crunch in the family.

“In rural areas, a majority of students belong to poor and needy families. The scholarships are to be given to these students so that their studies are not affected. An amount of about Rs 6,000-Rs 7,000 (annual) is given to the students in the form of scholarships. Unfortunately, this aid has never reached on time. We got the scholarships for the batches 2009-10 recently. The students, who were in BA II or III, have already passed-out from the college. This scholarship will be of no use to them now. Still, we will locate the families and hand over the cheques to the students,” said Dr Ghuman.

These are not sporadic cases of negligence or the delay by the state government. A majority of aided/unaided colleges get these scholarships for needy students after one or two years. Besides, the state government often delays in giving scholarships to these students. These scholarships are sent timely by the Central government but the state welfare board takes its own “convenience” to hand it over to the colleges.

Prof Tarsem Bahia, former principal, who has recently been given a project on bringing reforms in the education system, said, “It is unfortunate that such scholarships never reach to students when their families desperately need it. The real purpose of the scheme gets defeated due to the delay by the departments concerned. There is a need to streamline the process so that meritorious and needy students must not suffer.”



From Schools
Rhyme recitation

LUDHIANA: Rhyme recitation competition was organised in the KG wing of GMT Public School here on Saturday. Students of Nursery to Class I participated in the competition. The rhymes recited were in Hindi and English. Principal Amarjit Dhaliwal encouraged tiny tots. All students were excellent in their performance.


To emphasise “Each One Plant One”, a plantation drive was organised by staff and students of Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, in order to celebrate vanamahotsava here on Saturday. The guests of honour were school president Dr Bhupinder Singh Saran, Sukhdeep Gill and Sukhdev Singh from Global Cancer Concern, an NGO looking after cancer patients and their families. The students of middle and senior section planted a variety of saplings. Sukhdeep Gill also announced that the education of four children in the school will be sponsored by Global Cancer Concern.

Environment week

The environment week was celebrated from July 16 to 22 at Ryan International School, Dugri, with great fun and frolic. The emphasis of the celebrations was based on the necessity of balanced ecosystem and importance of flora and fauna. Students were encouraged to use paper bags. Several activities like slogan writing, poetry recitation, declamation, rally, PPT on environment and quiz contest based on environment were held. — TNS



BSc result: Guru Nanak eves shine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The declaration of BSc (fashion designing) final year result by Panjab University, Chandigarh, brought laurels for 
students of Guru Nanak Girls College.

Amandeep Kaur stood second in the university by securing 84.1 per cent marks. Surinder Kaur got 83.8 per cent marks, Varsha Devi bagged 83.3 per cent marks, while Preeti Garg got 83 per cent marks, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jaswant Kaur jointly got 80.95 per cent marks and Harpreet Kaur got 80.91 per cent marks. Reenu Chaudhary got 79.3 per cent marks and Minakshi Kaura got 78.6 per cent marks and grabbed third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th positions in PU, respectively.

All students secured the first division. College principal, Dr Charanjit K Mahal and president Gurbir Singh congratulated all for this success.



District Scan
Scholarships given

Eksar Shiksha Abhyan organised its second annual scholarship and school uniform distribution function at Tuttian wala mandir here on Saturday under the supervision of president Sanjiv Bhandari. Needy students were given uniforms and scholarships. Mohd Latif Mir, AGM Punjab National Bank, was the chief guest. Bhandari asked students to work hard and be self reliant in life.

Foundation day

The Bhartia Mazdoor Sangh organised their foundation day at Vishwakarma Temple here on Saturday. Leaders condemn wrong policies of the state and Central government due to which poor man was suffering badly. The leaders said the governments had failed to curb rising inflation in the country. Birendra Singh, one of the leaders, said monthly salaries of political leaders had seen an enormous increase in the recent times, whereas poor were being suffered due to rising prices of basic commodities.

Meeting held

A general meeting of the association of PSEB affiliated schools, Punjab, was held at Ludhiana under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma. NK Bangia, IM Dutta and others representatives from all districts of the state participated. Rajinder Sharma said we were going to meet education minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan on July 26 at Punjab School Education Board, Mohali. He further said at the meeting, the burning problems of affiliated schools will be discussed.

Parkash Diwas

Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle celebrated Parkash Diwas. Members of the organisation went to different hospitals, nursing homes and old age homes to distribute fruits, biscuits and literature praying for patients to get well soon. Harjit Singh Khalsa, zonal president, congratulated all members for their contribution to celebrate this day. Jaspal Singh, zonal secretary, said this day was celebrated in memory of Guru Sri Harkrishan.

Pool party

Pool splash party was celebrated at Jain Public School. Wearing swimming costumes, children had fun with toys and rides amid water showers. The party theme was “Mango as the king of fruits”. The children enjoyed a lot.

Teej celebrated

Teej was celebrated at MGM Public School. Participants displayed their art of mehandi, singing and dancing at the cultural extravaganza. Both junior and senior wings participated in the fest enthusiastically.

Foundation day

Shri Atma Nand Jain School committee celebrated its foundation day on Saturday. A newsletter “Prayas” containing important activities and events of the school committee and of five institutions was released by the chief guest. — TNS

Development programme

A five-day faculty development programme sponsored by the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, organised at the RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology concluded here on Saturday. Dr Balbir Singh, behaviour scientist and chief operating officer, NITCON, Chandigarh, stressed that entrepreneurship is of more significance in the current global scenario as the number of job seekers is more than jobs available. Campus director, Dr Harsh Sadawarti, expressed on the need of training and development in the academic sector. NITCON chief manager Vijay Arora said for the entrepreneurship development, one should learn from the failures. — OC



Migrant youth killed
Skeletal remains found scattered in fields 
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, July 23
They killed him in cold blood and scattered his mortal remains in the fields situated on the outskirts of Issewal village near here.

The brutal murder suspected to be committed about 10 days ago could have remained untraced had some villagers not spotted clothes of the deceased in the vicinity of his skeletal remains. Though the police has booked five suspects on the statement of deceased’s father Arvinder Chaudhary, DNA test of the remains will confirm the identification of the body.

Munish Chaudhary, alias Sonu (23), a migrant labourer from Ilamat village in Samastipur district of Bihar, was allegedly brutally killed by his peers about 10 days ago.

With the intent to destroy the body, the suspects cremated the body and scattered his skeletal remains in the fields situated on the outskirts of Isshewal village near here. The police could identify the victim on the basis of a passport photograph found in the pocket of a brown stripped shirt and black trouser lying at a small distance from the mortal remains which were spotted by villagers last evening. A piece of skull and a few long bones include the skeletal remains recovered from the fields.

According to SSP Ludhiana (rural) Gursharan Singh Sandhu, some villagers had informed the police that a human skull was lying in the fields in Issewal village. A police team led by SHO Prem Singh recovered some bones and clothes, containing a photograph of the migrant youth.

Arvinder, who had earlier informed the police that his son had disappeared after he went to deposit Rs 20,000 in some bank on July 12, confirmed that his son wore those clothes at the time of leaving home on the fateful day.

Investigations revealed that Sonu had come to Punjab from his native village about two months ago. Sonu was last seen by his friends on July 12 when he had talked to his mother on phone, too. He had told her that he, along with his friends was going to a bank to transfer Rs 20,000 in his account. Both mobile phones used by him went switched off shortly after his mother talked to him.

Failing to search his son, Arvinder lodged a missing report at the police station three days later.

Investigations further revealed that Amarjit Ram and his friends, Ganeshi Ram, Suresh Ram, Shivjir Ram, and Sunil Ram of Patluka village in Sita Marhi district, had eloped shortly after the disappearance of Sonu.

Arvinder alleged that Amarjit Ram and his accomplice had allegedly killed his son and tried to destroy the evidence by cremating the body.

Maintaining that it was too early to arrive on some conclusion, SSP Sandhu said the investigating team was working on hypothesis of three Ws (woman, wine and wealth) theory. “Though it is too early to arrive on any conclusion, I have directed the team to work on parallel hypotheses. By the time the suspects are nabbed, we will get the DNA test done so that identity of the deceased is proved technically too,” said Sandhu.



Mutilated body of 48-yr-old found on rly tracks
Family members suspect foul play
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Death of a 48-year-old man, whose mutilated body was found from a railway track near Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar in Khanna yesterday, is shrouded in mystery. Though, the Government Railway Police (GRP), Khanna, is yet to register a case, family members of the deceased have alleged that the man was murdered and his body thrown on the railway track to make it appear as an accident.

The victim has been identified as Anil Kumar, alias Neelu, a resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar. According to Anita, sister of the deceased, her brother had told her about risk to his life. “I have received a phone call from Anil nearly three days ago. My brother had then told me that he was apprehending danger to his life,” Anita added.

While victim’s brother Rajinder Sharda has levelled allegations against Om Parkash and the latter’s son-in-law Naresh Kumar for killing Neelu and throwing his body on the railway track.

Rajinder said: “Neelu was employed by Om Parkash and Naresh Kumar as a store manager. The police along with the anti-piracy wing had raided the shop a few months ago and nabbed Neelu for selling pirated CDs. Neelu had told the police that Om Parkash and Naresh Kumar were running the pirated CD trade. He had even filed a case against Om Parkash and Naresh Kumar. Since then they were after my brother’s life and wanted to kill him.”

ASI Jeevan Kumar, in charge of the Government Railway Police, Khanna, said the police was investigating the case. “We don’t want to jump on to conclusion. We are waiting for the post-mortem report to substantiate whether Neelu was killed before the accident or he was run over by a train. We will register the case after receiving the report,” Jeevan Kumar added. Meanwhile, relatives of the victim said they would cremate the body only after the police register the case. 



Three employees of private security agency arrested
Posed as Army officers, used to roam in SUV, duped poor youths through illegal training centre
Mahesh Sharma

Uniform seized from employees of a private security company.
Uniform seized from employees of a private security company. Photo by writer

Malaudh, July 23
Three employees of a private security agency, who had been moving in a SUV with a green beacon atop and frightening residents by wearing Army uniform, were arrested yesterday. The suspects were also running an illegal training center at Ramgarh Sardaran village where innocent youths from poor families were being trained in handling of weapons.

The police has seized one SUV, a large number of Army uniform, a few lapel pins and insignia from the possession of the accused. A few uniform were adorned with insignia of Ashoka chakra and traditional stars.

Those arrested have been identified as Jagdish Singh of Ramgarh Sardaran village, Satwant Singh of Ajnaud village and Bhagwant Singh of Jhall village. They were all designated officers of a company named PPS Force India Limited. A senior inspector general headed the company.

According to DSP Payal Rattan Singh Brar, the police were tipped off about alleged illegal activities of a few employees of a private security company in the area. Brar directed SHOs of all police stations falling under his jurisdiction to enhance the vigil in their respective areas. Residents alleged that the suspects used to roam in the area like a high-ranking Army officers. They had, on numerous occasions, even tried to intimidate shopkeepers and passersby. Locals, including officials of various government and private organisations, had even obliged them by giving special attention and concessions. A few of these so-called Army officials were also reportedly seen carrying weapons.

A police team lead by SHO Ashok Sharma intercepted one such group during patrolling. The suspects failed to produce any documents to justify their military background. They were not even authorised to affix a green beacon atop their vehicle.



Murder accused nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
With the arrest of two accused, the Daba police has claimed to solve the murder case of an auto-rickshaw driver, who was killed by two drug addicts on the night of July 8.

An auto-rickshaw driver, Baljinder Pal (29), a resident of Pakhar Colony in Daba, who tried to mediate in dispute between drug addicts was stabbed to death.

The accused, Talwinder Singh and Chaman Sharma, were nabbed following a tip off from Jain Colony.



Thieves strike at house, flee with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Thieves struck at a house located on the ATI road in the Durga Nagar area and decamped with cash worth Rs 3 lakh, including 2,700 Canadian dollars, gold jewellery, fixed deposits and property documents here today.

Kamaljit Kaur, a widow, was residing in the house along her son Amandeep Singh.

Her brother Joginder Singh, an NRI from Canada, was visiting her house. The stolen articles actually belong to Joginder Singh.

The victim stated that she, along with her son and brother, was away to her sister's house in Mohali.

In their absence, the thieves trespassed into the house by breaking the locks and fled with cash and jewellery.

The matter came to light this morning when their neighbour noticed the broken locks and informed Kamaljit about the incident.

The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.



BVM lads in final
Defeat its Udham Singh Nagar branch 7-2
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 23
Hosts Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, drubbed Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, 7-2 to book their place in the title clash in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Zonal Football Tournament (boys under-14) organised by the Punjab Education Department here yesterday.

The semi-final between two branches of the BVM School turned out to be a mismatch as Kitchlu Nagar branch faced a little resistance from their rivals as they came out triumphant easily.

For the winners, Abhinas scored five goals while Vikas contributed two goals to complete the rout. Amrinder struck twice for the BVM, Udham Singh Nagar branch.

In other matches played yesterday, Amrit Indo Canadian Academy blanked Government Middle School, Mangat, 3-0; GTB School, Dakha, prevailed over Sutlej Public School, Rahon Road 5-4, and BVM Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, overwhelmed Green Land School, Chandigarh road branch 5-0.



Green Land boys corner victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 23
Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, stamped its superiority over others as boy of this school emerged champions in the Ludhiana Inter-School Zonal Basketball Tournament (u-14) conducted by the Punjab Education Department here yesterday.

In the title clash, Green Land School cagers outnumbered Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, 37-32. Earlier, Green Land School outplayed GGN School, Ludhiana, 32-19 and in the semifinal, they defeated BVM Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, 22-16.



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