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Youth run over by speeding truck
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A speeding truck claimed the life of a 23-year-old youth who was crushed near Giaspura Chowk here this morning. The victim, Rajinder Kumar, was going to a factory for work while his elder brother Ashok was following him on another bike when the accident occurred.

An eyewitness said when Rajinder, a resident of Laxman Nagar, reached Giaspura Chowk, a speeding truck hit him from the rear, making him fall. He was crushed under the truck.

Rajinder was working as an accountant with a chartered accountant (CA).

“He himself wanted to be a CA and had recently purchased books to prepare for the entrance test. But destiny had something else in store for him,” his brother choked as he said.

Rajinder had to go to a private factory for some audit work. “He wanted me to accompany him to the factory and we went on separate bikes. When the accident took place, Rajinder was a few yards ahead of me. I had never imagined that I would see my younger brother die in front of my eyes in such a terrible accident,” said Ashok.

The truck driver, identified as Revti Raman Pandey, fled leaving the truck behind. However, he was nabbed by the police.

ASI Dalip Singh, in charge of the Sherpur police post, said a case under Section 304-A of the IPC had been registered against the truck driver.


Man beaten to death in fight over liquor, 2 held
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Rakesh Vishwakarma
Rakesh Vishwakarma

Ludhiana, September 6
A 40-year-old man was beaten to death by two other people following an altercation over buying liquor in the city’s Rajiv Gandhi colony near Moti Nagar late on Monday night. The deceased, Rakesh Vishwakarma, a resident of the LIG flats located in the area, had not returned home in the evening from the factory in Doraha where he worked.

The suspects, Jagdish alias Jaggi and Sunny, both residents of the colony, had reportedly demanded money from Vishwakarma to purchase liquor. When the latter refused the two beat him up badly, causing his death.

Vishwakarma used to reach home every workday at around 8 pm and when he did not turn up on Monday night his family members became uneasy. His son, Vishal, 20, and wife, Parvati, went out to search for him in the locality. When they neared Rajiv Gandhi colony they found both Jagdish and Sunny mercilessly thrashing him.

Vishal and Parvati tried to intervene in the fight and save Vishwakarma but the two men kept beating him and, when he eventually fell down unconscious, they fled the scene.

Moti Nagar police station house officer inspector Jaswinder Singh said the police had set up a ‘naka’ (checkpost) near Vishwanath Mandir in the area on Monday night.

“Vishal’s son Vishal came running the checkpost and told the cops two men were beating his father. “He came there at around 3 am today and narrated the entire incident. He told us when three were drinking they got into a fight. We immediately went to the scene and found Vishwakarma had already died. Later a case of murder was filed against Jagdish and Sunny,” Jaswinder stated.

The police then set up teams to search for the two suspects and on Tuesday afternoon the cops saw both Jagdish and Sunny near a checkpost they had set up near Dhandari.

“The suspects tried to flee on seeing the police but were eventually nabbed. Jagdish and Sunny, Both are thought to be in their early twenties and are employed as sweepers in a private firm,” Jaswinder said. The suspects will be produced in a court on Wednesday.



Snatchers target women, decamp with jewellery
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Beware! Snatchers seem to be having a field day in the city. In two different incidents over the last 24 hours, two women became the target of snatchers in different parts of the city.

While two youths snatched a gold chain from a woman in the Dugri area last evening, another woman was robbed of her gold ear rings in the Salem Tabri area today morning.

Darshan Kaur, a resident of Phase II, Dugri, in her complaint to the Dugri police, stated that around 8.30 pm last evening, she along with her daughter-in-law Navneet Kaur was returning from the market on her scooter when the incident of snatching took place.

“Navneet was driving the scooter while I was riding pillion on the scooter. When we reached near our house, two turbaned youths came from behind on a black motorcycle. The youth who was riding pillion on the bike snatched Navneet’s gold chain and the duo fled from the spot,” read the complaint filed by Darshan Kaur.

After the incident, a case under Section 382 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against two unidentified persons at the Dugri Police Station.

In yet another incident, an unidentified person snatched gold ear rings from a woman in the Salem Tabri area today morning.

Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of New Vishnu Puri Colony, was going to pay obeisance at a nearby temple at around 6 am this morning.

The incident took place when the complainant, Sukhwinder Kaur, was going to the temple on foot. A youth came from behind and snatched her gold ear rings.

She complained to the Salem Tabri police that after committing the crime, the accused ran towards his accomplice, who was waiting for him on a motorcycle standing at a distance.

The accused then fled from the spot.

Sukhwinder Kaur has lodged a complaint with the Salem Tabri police.

The Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Ashwani Kumar, at the Salem Tabri police station said they had received a complaint in this regard. “We are looking into the matter,” he stated.

2 cases in 24 hours

Two incidents of snatching have been reported from the city over the last 24 hours. Two youths snatched a gold chain from a woman in the Dugri area last evening while another woman was robbed of her gold ear-rings in the Salem Tabri today. A case under Section 382 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused in these cases.



Man strangles wife, flees with kids
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A man allegedly strangled his wife to death in Preet Vihar area last evening. Later, the accused, 42-year-old Pappu, fled along with his two children.

The accused is a migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh. Police officials said the victim, Lalita, would object to his alleged illicit relations and he used to beat her.

Last evening, Lalita’s mother Shakuntla Devi came to meet her daughter, who had got married to Pappu 12 years ago.

She told the police that when she reached their house, Pappu was standing outside the house along with his children. “When I asked him about Lalita, he said she was inside. When I entered the room, I was shocked to see her lying motionless on the floor. She had strangulation marks on her neck and was dead,” Shakuntla Devi told the Sadar police.

The police was informed and it has started investigations into the matter.

Harinder Singh, SHO of the Sadar police station, said Pappu had killed Lalita by strangling her with his hands. “He is absconding and his children are also with him. We have dispatched teams to look for him,” he said.

Meanwhile, a murder case has been registered against Pappu on the complaint of his mother-in-law.



Forgery suspect posted back to Civil Surgeon’s office
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
On of the two employees accused of tampering with and forging documents at the office of the city civil surgeon who was earlier transferred has again been posted at the same office.

According to the complainant, Paramjeet Singh, who retired as a superintendent in the health department, “Two employees - Satish Kumar Garg and Ganesh Kumar Bansal - were accused of tampering with or forging budget related documents of the health department and reportedly embezzled funds during the years 2004 and 2005. Last year an inquiry was conducted by the health directorate’s joint director (finance and accounts) and Dr Rakesh Kumar, Punjab deputy director of health services and it established the culpability of the two employees.

Both were later transferred from the civil surgeon’s office to another posting.

“But now Garg, who was superintendent (purchase) at that time, has been posted at the same office as superintendent. I fear he may again tamper with office records related to the case in which he was found to be involved”

“I’ve met state health & family welfare minister Satpal Gosain and requested him to immediately transfer Garg immediately this office and also take strict action against him."

‘Waiting for report’

I have posted him here as he will retire within four-five months. I have sent the case file to Principal Secretary Health Satish Chandra and am waiting for his report. Without a report how can I know if a person is a thief or a saint? I will take action only if he is found guilty.

Satpal Gosain, Health Minister



‘PU grant for youth festivals not enough’
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, September 6
While Panjab University claims to be a cradle of learning, it has not been able to provide sufficient funds for the development of creative talent through youth festivals.

The amount of Rs 1.5 lakh that the university grants for organising youth festivals falls short of the actual requirement.

A college organising a youth festival has to spend at least Rs 5-7 lakh on a five-day event. Host institutions, organising these festivals, have few resources to generate funds and souvenirs are the main source for raising funds. Every participating college is made to contributes at least Rs 5,000 in the form of an advertisement in the souvenir.

Students are the second option for generating funds as they also pay Rs 7.30 in their annual fee for this purpose. The colleges collect Rs 50 to Rs 100 from students under the parent teacher association fund or festival fund.

Another alternative for generating funds is the discretionary grant announced by chief guests invited for inaugural and concluding ceremonies. But most of the times, that also depends on their “mood” and financial resources available at their disposal. A faculty member from SCD Government College said: “A sum of Rs 7 to Rs 8 lakh is required for the five-day zonal youth festival. Souvenirs can generate only Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 in one zone. Students’ fund from participating colleges is not more than Rs 1 lakh while the university pays only Rs 1.5 lakh. Raising the remaining money is a problem for host colleges.”

“We can’t say that the university funds are not sufficient. But due to inflation, we need more money to organise the function. Private colleges collect huge fee from students for these events, but when government colleges take even Rs 50 from students, it becomes news,” said Gurminder Kaur, principal of Government College.

‘Funds sufficient’

Funds are sufficient to organise youth festivals as all participating colleges contribute funds collected from students to the host institution. The colleges in the city have a huge strength of students so it is very easy to organise the youth festival on a zonal level. Any hike in the university grant for this purpose will indirectly put more burden on the students, which is not desirable.

— Spokesperson for PU



NGO activists catch ‘agent’ selling blood plasma from Civil Hospital
Two laboratory technicians suspended for their alleged involvement in blood bank racket
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The health department has apparently woken up from its apathetic slumber after members of two NGOs - Salaam Zindagi and the Active Anti-Corruption Group - caught hold of an “agent” later identified as Prem Masih, who was reportedly engaged in the illegal sale of blood from the Civil Hospital’s blood bank.

Following this the Punjab health services director J P Singh suspended two laboratory technicians at the hospital - Kaur Singh and William Masih, who were also allegedly involved in the racket.

The incident seemed to come as an eye opener for the health department. The city’s chief medical officer, Dr Daleep Kumar, said: "I had also suspected something wrong going on at the blood bank when I’d visited the hospital for the first time a few days ago. I found records on component separators were not being maintained properly."

When asked as why the blood transfusion officer did not maintain records, he replied: "Actually I’m not trying to shield him but the fact is he had joined here only a few days ago and still is still in the process of settling down. Moreover, the incident took place in his absence."

Meanwhile, district drug inspector Sanjeev Garg said: "There are eight blood banks in the district and all are under the health department’s purview. Although we keep conducting checks on them from time to time, the blood transfusion officers posted there also need to be alert. From now on we’ll be conducting random checks. Only a few days ago after receiving information from our sources we caught a person illegally selling blood at a laboratory near Haibowal."

When asked about the action against the owner of the Punjab Laboratory in Haibowal whose premises was being used for illegal sale of blood, Ludhiana district health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said: "We’ve booked him under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act."

Meanwhile Manjeet Saini, president of Salaam Zindagi, said: "With the active support of Ramesh Bangar, president of the Active Anti-Corruption Group, we were able to catch the suspect red handed in the act of selling three units of random donor platelets to a dengue fever patient named Sandeep at Pahwa Hospital on Monday. Sandeep first called me up for the platelets but when I contacted the Civil Hospital blood bank I was refused. In the meantime Sandeep also called up Masih for the required blood platelets and I got to know the blood bank had given him (Sandeep) the three units. When Masih was handing over the platelet units to the patient at the Pahwa hospital we nabbed him then and there”.

“I want to make a request to all the blood banks to give us blood when need it for any needy patient as we keep collecting blood units through out camps and hand over the same to blood banks. It is very surprising that donors are refused with agents are provided with blood and that too at very costly amount, that is, a unit costing Rs 30 being sold to patients for Rs 2,000. We will soon meet state health & family welfare minister Satpal Gosain and hand over a memorandum to him in this regard."

Meanwhile, JP Singh, when asked who had been appointed as the inquiry officer for the case, said: "You know today is a holiday. I’ll depute someone tomorrow as the inquiry officer and I can’t say anything more on the matter before the inquiry report comes, which is expected to take 15 to 20 days."

Employees union hails govt’s action

Lakhwinder Singh of the Karkhana Mazdoor Union said: "We welcome the health services director’s decision to suspend two lab technicians involved in the incident. City residents have been sore over the irregular practices at the Civil Hospital’s blood bank. Only last month a female patient named Aakasho Devi died due to the negligence of Kaur Singh, one of the two technicians suspended. It was only after we protested that an inquiry into the case was marked, but no action was taken against Kaur. These corrupt practices should be nipped in bud immediately."



SGPC president ‘violates’ model code of conduct
Installs his hoarding on government land
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and another candidate Rajinder Kaur are openly violating the model code of conduct by pasting their hoardings regarding the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) election on the boundary wall of SCD Government College here.

Makkar, however, said he was unaware about it and termed it as “enthusiasm” of his supporters who, he claimed, were all geared up for his victory in the SGPC election.

A city resident, Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, rued that it was sad that the SGPC president was using government property to propagate his agenda. “Its clearly a violation of the model code of conduct and the district administration should take strict action against him and get this hoarding removed at the earliest,” said Cheema.

Clarifying this matter, Makkar said that he was not aware of the fact that his hoarding was installed on the boundary wall of SCD Government College. “I did not ask anyone to use government property for installing the hoarding and if it is present there, some of my supporters might have got it installed there,” he said.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka said no candidate could use government land for pasting their posters or installing their hoardings. “It is a violation of the model code of conduct and we would certainly move a complaint in this regard with the Election Commission,” said Phoolka.

When asked, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said, “In Vidhan Sabha elections we maintain a register in which we note down all violations related to the model code of conduct by respective political parties. However, for the SGPC election there is no such provision. I have already directed MS Jaggi to take action against all such hoardings and posters, which are either on government land. We can certainly get them removed and I would direct Jaggi to get this poster removed at the earliest.”

Not in my knowledge

I did not ask anyone to use government property for installing the hoarding and if it is present there, some of my supporters might have got it installed there.

— Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief

Official Speak

It is difficult for us to take action against such violations as the candidates say the hoardings are installed by their supporters without their knowledge.

— Rahul Tewari, DC



Mela Chhappar
Poll code relaxes administration
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 6
The administration is feeling relaxed this time during the days preceding famous rural fair, Mela Chhappar.

Courtesy, implementation of the model code of conduct by the Election Commission in view of the SGPC elections in the state. Otherwise rank and file in the administration should have been dancing on tunes of local and petty leaders of the party in the regime in the state.

Accusing certain officials of violating the code of conduct by providing manpower and infrastructure for preparation of rally, office-bearers of certain organisations led by Punjab Kissan Sabha general secretary Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli have urged the Chief Election Commissioner to deploy special observers on the venue of the mega event.

Observations revealed that contrary to the previous trend, officials in the civil administration were feeling a bit relaxed during the days preceding Mela Chhappar, which is to commence at Guga Mari near here.

While higher authorities, including administrative officials, used to be camping at the mela site even weeks before the organisation of the rally of the party, their activity is restricted to get necessary arrangements made near the shrine. Parleys of meetings of heads of various departments, focusing mainly on making arrangements at the venue of the rally to be addressed by the Chief Minister and his colleagues is missing this year.

A senior functionary at the district administrative office on the condition of anonymity said local leaders of both major parties had been treating government officials as bonded labourers during the mela days. “While leaders of the party in regime used to get odd jobs done by our men by threatening to get punished by the Chief Minister, the opposition leaders used to blackmail by threatening to organise protest dharnas,” lamented the official showing satisfaction over implementation of the code of conduct in the state.

Observations reveal that contrary to the previous trend, officials in the civil administration are feeling a bit relaxed during the days preceding Mela Chhappar, which is to commence at Guga Mari near here, due to implementation of model code of conduct in view of the SGPC election.



Misuse of Govt Machinery
Cong urges EC to depute observers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 6
Accusing SAD and BJP leaders of exploiting the government machinery for promoting election campaign of candidates launched by the party in regime, Congress leaders of the region have urged the Election Commissioner to depute observers to ensure that normal functioning in government offices was resumed.

In a communication addressed to higher authorities, including the President of India and the Chief Election Commissioner, Congress activists, led by chairman of the Block Samiti Balwant Singh Dulman, have alleged that the manpower and infrastructure of government offices were being used to organise rallies and meetings for running election campaign of candidates launched by the SAD during ensuing SGPC elections. This has resulted in a situation wherein seekers of services were getting harassed to find an opportunity to the meet the staff concerned.

Apprehending that deployment of staff for rehearsal and poll duty would further deteriorate the functioning of these offices, Congress leaders have urged the authorities to depute observers to ensure that violation of the code of conduct was stopped immediately and officials were made to sit in their seats rather than facilitating candidates.

It was alleged that official machinery of certain market committee offices, civic body offices and block-level development offices had been at the disposal of SAD leaders monitoring election campaign of their candidates.



‘Badal lowered esteem of Sikh bodies’
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha/ Raikot, September 6
Accusing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of exploiting religious sentiments of Sikhs for harnessing support for his party and befooling innocent Punjabis by labelling his political rivals as agents of the Congress, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh remarked that Badal had started his career as a Congress supported legislator.

Paramjit alleged that Badal and his associates had lowered the esteem of Sikh organisations by ‘saffronisation’ of the Akali Dal.



Jewellers feel the pinch as gold turns pricey
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, September 6
The gold, which was priced at Rs 29,000 yesterday, declined further by Rs 500 per 10gm. It dipped to Rs 27,000 only to recover and stablise at Rs 28,500. This fluctuation amid rising prices of gold are keeping customers at bay and making investors jittery.

“There is hardly any sale or purchase of jewellery as the prices of gold continue the upward trend. But the sale has gone down by 50 per cent in the past six months,” said Anand Sikri, president, Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association.

Marginal jewellers are bearing the brunt of the price rise. “Bigger shopkeepers are fairing better than marginal players like us as gold is getting out of the middle-class reach. Customers with higher net income have large amount of money and they tend to choose bigger names in market,” said Sham Bhandari, a jeweller, who owns a showroom near the Fountain Chowk. “We have been in this profession for years, but we are against our children taking up this profession,” he added.

Meanwhile, Gagan Bagga, manager, PC Jewellers, a chain of showrooms in jewellery, agrees that their sale hasn’t dipped due to brand and schemes offered by them. The footfall to their showroom has been a steady one.

“The way prices continue to raise, it seems in a few years, you’ll see only a few people wearing gold jewellery,” said another jeweller who owns a showroom in Mall Plaza.

Jewellers selling silver jewellery also feel the pinch of rise in prices of silver jewellery. “It is not an edible item or petrol that people can’t do without during the price rise. So all we can do is to wait and hope for things to normalise,” rued Ajit Jain, another jeweller on College Road.



UCPMA poll: Verbal duel between groups over faulty biometric card
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Though the “much-awaited” United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA) elections are scheduled for September 15, but allegations and counter allegations have become the order of the day. A verbal duel was witnessed among members of both groups at the UCPMA office when a member of a group alleged that the biometric card showed his wrong details. The other group, however, said there wasn’t any problem with the card, but a few members had punched a wrong number. But both groups indulged in a verbal dual and it was only after a few senior members of the industry intervened that the things were brought under control.

Though the campaigning is at its peak with contenders from both groups trying hard to woo the members, still neutral ones in the cycle industry are trying hard to bring about an unanimous decision.

KK Seth, who is working in this industry for the past three decades said, “We are trying hard to reach a consensus by requesting people to take joint decision. We are also meeting members of both groups. Barring a few many of them still want that the contenders should not fight over petty issues,” Seth said.



Failure to release salaries
Teachers’ body protests against govt
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 6
A meeting of the SC/BC Teachers’ Union, Punjab, was held at Khamano under the chairmanship of block president Supinder Singh and district president Bhagat Singh Saroa.

Speakers flayed the state government for not releasing salaries of EDS principals and teachers from March till date.

They alleged that due to non-payment of salaries, the teachers are forced to take loans for their livelihood. They threatened that if their dues are not cleared immediately, they will be forced to take other measures against the state government.

The meeting was addressed by senior functionaries of the state unit and attended by several teachers of the block and district. They also decided to form a “tankhah divao committee” if the government failed to release the dues on time.



Showers bring cheers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Afternoon showers in the city lead to a dip in the mercury and brought smiles on faces of city residents. It was slightly cloudy since morning, but the heat and humidity for the past few days had made the life miserable.

Due to the cloud in the southwestern part of Punjab, the weather according to a metrologist is likely to stay pleasant tomorrow as well.

People came out to enjoy the pleasant weather. After college, Tina Narang said: “I have brought it to save myself from the sun, but I’m enjoying the cool weather and don’t use it”

The shopkeepers also welcomed the short spell of the shower. “The good thing is that it stopped raining after short time. It’s been hot and humid for quite a few days now, but people are coming out to enjoy the pleasant weather,” said Dinesh, a shopkeeper in Ghumar Mandi.

A group of aged people sitting in the Rose Garden said they usually come for a walk in the evening. “But because it’s already pleasant, so we thought why not make the most of the nice weather,” said Naresh Jain, resident of Sant Nagar.



from colleges
Expressing their love for teachers

Ludhiana: Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, celebrated Teacher’s Day with great fervour on Tuesday. Students played the role of teachers. While showing their respect, they tried to understand the responsibility of a teacher. Principal Paramjit Kaur provided the students with the opportunity to experience the life of a teacher for some time.

Doraha College

Teacher’s Day was celebrated by remembering Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birthday in Doraha College of Education on Monday. Dr DR Vij, national president of the Council for Teacher Education, was the honourable guest.

Dr Vij said, “Teachers should try to inculcate humanity and other moral values in the students.”

Dr Sawhney, principal of Doraha College, said: “We are lucky enough to have the valuable views of Dr Vij on this day.”

2,000 saplings planted

Two thousand saplings were planted at Government College for Women by the forest department along with NSS and NCC cadets of the college here on Tuesday. Prof Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman of the Planning Board was the chief guest. He was welcomed by Gurminder Kaur, principal of the GCW.

The plantation was done under the Green Ludhiana Project. Professor Bhandari said Ludhiana was a polluted city so there was a necessity to plant more and more trees in Ludhiana.

He praised the role of the forest department and the college principal for adopting this project. Manju Sahni and Narinderjit Kaur organised this function on behalf of the forest department. About 500 students participated in this project.


The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a workshop on the topic, “The best you can make out of Windows 7” for MCA students here on Tuesday. Centre manager Satbir Singh and technical head Parminder Singh from Jetking, Ludhiana, were the resource persons. Satbir Singh introduced features and facilities of Windows 7. Parminder Singh highlighted the relevance of features of this operating system and demonstrated them live to the students.

Cultural fest

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management organised a two-day cultural fest-cum-talent hunt competition on the college premises. The events included one-act plays, inter-class quiz, debate, elocution, collage making, cartooning, poster making, essay writing, short story writing, poem writing, rangoli, mehandi, Punjabi folk dances, classical dances, on-the-spot painting, still photography, clay modeling, mimicry and skit. The trophy was bagged by BCom-III, BCom-I was declared the first runner-up and BCom-II was declared the second runner-up.

Students’ placement

Mandi Gobindgarh: A placement drive was held yesterday at RIMT Institute for the placement of MBA students. More than 114 students participated in the recruitment process carried out by a team from Axis Bank.

The students underwent presentations, tests and interviews resulting in placement of 15 students as assistant manager and branch officer at packages ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh.

Tribune Reporters



from schools
Teacher’s Day celebrated

Ludhiana: Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School celebrated Teacher’s Day on Monday. Students expressed their love and respect for their teachers. Students gave flowers, greeting cards and wrote colourful messages on them. Principal Rev Sr Christo congratulated all teachers for their loyalty and dedication towards their work and institution. Various games were arranged by the students for teachers and prizes were distributed to winners.


Teacher's Day was celebrated at GSSS, Hassanpur, under the able guidance of principal S Jaspreet Mohan Singh with great enthusiasm on Monday. The students recited poems and songs. The principal told the students about the life and achievement of Dr S Radhakrishnan and importance of this day. He congratulated the students and staff members.

Ganpati Mahotsava

A religious aura continued to hover on the sixth day of the Ganpati Mahotsava, which is being celebrated near Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, here on Tuesday. Around 500 students from the chain of Green Land Schools participated. Pt Somnath told students, teachers and devotees about “Navgrahs” and “Eight Chiranjeevis”. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Liquor vends shut from Sept 16 to 18

In order to ensure peaceful polling during elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, to be held on September 18, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has ordered all liquor vends in the district to remain closed from September 16 to 18. During this period, liquor will not be permitted to be sold or served at hotels, restaurants, clubs and other places licensed for the purpose. In the orders, issued under powers conferred under Section 54(1) of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, it has been stated that violation of the prohibitory orders will be sternly dealt with.

Grievances cell

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh has constituted a grievances cell of the PPCC with Karanpal Singh Sekhon as its chairman. Punjab Youth Congress general secretary Sukhwinder Singh Danny and former president of District Youth Congress Amarjit Tikka will be the co-chairman and general secretary, respectively, of the cell.

School sought

The Valmiki Sabha has urged the state government to open a government school at Street No. 7, Model Colony, Jagirpur road, to impart education to children of the Dalit community. A resolution proposed by sabha secretary Raju Vaid during a meeting of the sabha was supported by representatives of other bodies like the Bhagwan Valmiki Bhalai Manch, the All-India Anusoochit Jati, the All-India Sarvshakti Mahila Mandal, the Bharti Valmiki Youth Federation and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Fresher’s party

A fresher’s party was organised by the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology. Freshers were dressed up according to the theme, “Filmi tadka”. Ankit Dhingra was adjudged Mr Fresher, while Praachi Bajaj won Miss Fresher title.

Saplings planted

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) carried out a massive plantation drive at its city central division office near the Old Sabzi Mandi. PSPCL deputy chief engineer (city east circle) SK Gupta, along with other senior officials planted saplings on the premises. Senior executive engineer, city central division, MP Singh said 500 saplings were planted on Tuesday.

National quality award

The Government of India has conferred “National Quality Award 2010” upon city-based Duke Fashions (India) Limited. This award is given every year in the apparel category by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) for excellence in innovation and manufacturing quality readymade garments.

The award will be presented to the chairman of the company, Komal Kumar Jain, by the President of India Pratibha Patil in New Delhi. Duke had also received MSME National Award for quality and entrepreneurship in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Last year also the Union Home Minister had given “Leaders of Tomorrow Award” to Duke Fashions.

Parties flayed

Balwant Singh Khera, general secretary of the Socialist Party of India, has stressed the need to cleanse political parties and the political system in the country in the wake of the tirade against corruption launched by social activist Anna Hazare. He said almost all political parties received huge funds as donations from corporate houses. When elected to power, these parties fooled voters while safeguarding the interests of big business houses and powerful industrial lobbies, he claimed. In a scathing attack against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, he said on the one side, Badal was supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill, but on the other, the institution of Lok Ayukt had virtually been made defunct by the ruling coalition in the state.

Tribune Reporters



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