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7-yr-old crushed by school bus
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
A seven-year-old girl was crushed when a school bus ran over her at around 7.30 am today. The victim was going to school with her father when the accident took place.

A bus belonging to Everest Public School ran over her near Hari Om Temple, Bhagat Singh Colony, here. The girl has been identified as Anshika, a student of LKG at Jagat Public School.

Anshika was going with her father, Ayodhya Gupta, a tea-stall vendor. An auto-rickshaw driver, who was repairing his three-wheeler, had covered a part of the road. Anshika was passing the auto-rickshaw when the bus failed to notice her and ran over her. She died on the spot. The police reached the spot and nabbed the bus driver. Many labourers from nearby areas gathered and asked the police to hand over the driver to them. It was only after the intervention of the area councillor that the agitating labourers left the spot.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of the area, Kanwarjit Singh, said the victim’s father had not lodged any complaint. He claimed that a compromise had been reached between the victim’s family and the management of Everest School. “The gilr’s father has given an affidavit that he will not file any complaint on the issue in future either. Still, we have registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC,” said the SHO.

Dev Narayan, a neighbour, said the victim’s family had been staying in Ludhiana for the past 13 years. Asked if they were satisfied with the compensation, Dev said: “We are poor workers who have come from Gorakhpur in UP to earn our livelihood. We agreed to whatever was decided.”

Kamaljit Soi of the Punjab State Road Safety Council said it was time to fix responsibility for death in accidents. 

Rs 2 lakh compensation

y A compromise was reached between the two parties after a compensation of Rs 2 lakh was offered to the girl’s family. “The family has already lost their child. With this money, at least they can plan something for the future. Fighting in court for justice is not possible for the girl’s father,” a friend of the victim’s father said.

Norms for school buses

n School buses are supposed to prominently display a board with the name of the school, route and timings

n The driver should have experience of at least five years and must wear proper uniform and name plate

n Drivers should undertake a refresher course at least once in two years

n Buses should have a conductor/attendant trained in handling children

n School buses are not permitted to exceed a speed limit of 50 km/hr

n No bus is allowed to transport children in excess of 1.5 times of its registered seating capacity

n Buses must have first-aid box and fire extinguisher


Visiting UK team gets a taste of city’s chaotic traffic
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The visiting delegation of the Leicester City Council in Britain got a first hand experience of the city’s unruly traffic when it got stuck in a huge jam at Jagraon Bridge for almost half an hour while the delegation headed towards the Lakkar Bridge which is under construction.

The delegation’s four members, who arrived here on Monday afternoon, had earlier visited various projects being undertaken by the Municipal Corporation, including the Partap Chowk Flyover and the underpass adjacent to the mini secretariat.

Led by Leicester assistant mayor Ted Cassidy, the delegation’s other members were councilor Culdipp Bhatti, waste management officer Chareseina Calleja and regeneration officer, social economy Mark Mizzen.

Officiating city mayor Parveen Bansal, who welcomed them, stated they had come to India to participate in a conference organized by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum in Aurangabad from September 22 to 23. “As they are already in the country and Ludhiana has signed a sister city agreement with Leicester, the delegation members decided to visit our city too.

They visited some of our ongoing development projects and will leave for Aurangabad on Tuesday,” he added.

The delegation members also visited the apartments under construction in Giaspura and the museum on the Punjab Agricultural University campus.

“Though city residents are facing some problems due to ongoing construction activity, it’s they who would benefit in the longer run,” the members told municipal corporation officials.



Dry fruit trader faces Rs 94-lakh fine
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 20
The excise and taxation department has launched a crackdown against evasion of value added tax. The department slapped a penalty of Rs 94 lakh on a dry fruit trader in Sham Nagar yesterday for evading tax on dry fruit imported from Canada.

Elsewhere in the city, officials of the department conducted a raid on a hosiery unit on the Bahadarke road and seized some documents while also inspecting the stocks of finished goods and raw material.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Tejbir Singh Sidhu said a team of officials had intercepted a consignment of imported dry fruit while it was being off-loaded from a tempo at the godown of the trader a few weeks ago. Inspection of the record and VAT returns of the trader revealed that the consignment was not entered at the inter-state information collection centre, which was mandatory in case of imported goods and nor was the transaction reflected in the tax returns.

Assessing the value of the imported dry fruit at around Rs 1.88 crore, a penalty of Rs 94 lakh, equivalent to 50 per cent of the value of the goods, had been imposed on the trader, and a demand notice had been issued to him for depositing the amount with the department, Sidhu said.

In a similar manner, a consignment of Delhi-bound hosiery goods of Sachdeva Knitwears was intercepted by the team. It did not have the requisite documents and proper invoices. Sidhu said officials inspected the hosiery unit and some documents, including challan books, bill books and stock registers were seized. The physical verification of stocks was also carried out.

“We are still inspecting the records and assessing the extent of evasion of tax, if any. Follow-up action, whatever required, will be taken as per the law once the seized documents and records are processed,” he stated.

He said the despatch of hosiery goods for winter had commenced. The officials were keeping a strict eye on the transportation of goods by road while the field staff had been assigned on round-the-clock duty at the check post outside the railway station to check tax evasion.



Driver tricked, Rs 7 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
About Rs 7 lakh were stolen from a car by an unidentified person outside the Toyota-Radiant showroom, Ludhiana-Delhi highway, this evening.

SHO, Focal Point, Kanwarjit Singh said a child could be involved in the incident. He said, “The Fortuner belongs to Tarun Goel, a local resident dealing in oil business, who had come to visit a factory near Toyota showroom while the driver, Maan Singh, was inside the Fortuner.”

The SHO added that, “As per the driver’s statement, a small kid was lying on the ground near the car. The driver came down to see what had happened to the kid when an unidentified person opened the back door and took away the bag in which about Rs 7 lakh were kept. Even the child could not be traced after the incident,” said the SHO.

No case was registered by the police till the filing of this report, but the investigations were on. Kanwarjit Singh said he was investigating the matter and the case would be registered against the unidentified person.

2 laptops stolen

Two laptops belonging to two students of Law College, Regional Centre, were stolen from an i20 car parked outside the centre. The laptops belonged to Saurabh Sharma and Ferry Sophat.

According to information, the students had parked the car outside their centre today as the authorities had asked them not to park their vehicles inside the premises. Two laptops worth Rs 1 lakh, important documents and law certificates of the students were stolen by unidentified persons by breaking the rear windowpane on the car.

The students complained that they were not being allowed to park their cars inside the premises. “If they told us that cars were not allowed, we could have come on two-wheelers. We told them that parking cars on the main road, near Fountain Chowk, was not safe, but to no avail,” said a student on the condition of anonymity.



Partap Chowk flyover misses deadline yet again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The extended monsoon season has taken its toll on construction as the opening of the Partap Chowk flyover has again missed the deadline of September 20 set by MC officiating commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi. Earlier, the opening of the ramps of the flyover was delayed due to rain.

MC officials say that as it did not rain in the city for the last two days, they are hopeful that the ramps will be ready by this weekend.

“We will complete the entire project by the first week of October, provided it does not rain again,” said Jaggi.

Various ongoing development projects in the city are hanging fire due to the incessant rain over the last few weeks. Jaggi had earlier said it was due to rain that they were not able to do any construction work or re-carpet roads.

On September 15, the MC had planned to re-carpet the Gill Road as well lay a new road on the Partap Chowk flyover, but it was put off after it started raining that day.

The foundation stone of the project was laid on May 25 last year and the total cost of the project is Rs 22.92 crore. The MC officiating commissioner also claimed that despite such weather, the road on top of the public under pass (PUP) would be thrown open for public on October 5.



Man electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Rajesh Kumar (35), a resident of Jahanabad village in Bihar, got electrocuted while trying to dry clothes on a high-tension wire passing through his relative’s house.

He had come to the city in search of greener pasture and was staying at his relative’s house in Uttam Nagar Colony.

Head Constable of the Meharbaan police post said the victim died as soon as he came in contact with the high-tension wire.

The post-mortem examination of body was conducted at the local Civil Hospital today. The body was handed over to the relatives later on. 



A2Z company takes U-turn
Defers move to abandon operations in city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The waste management company today took a U-turn and abandoned its decision of winding up from the city. A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd officials had claimed that the company would stop its operations in the city.

The company had been given the contract of solid waste management for the city and had been involved in door-to-door collection of garbage from ward numbers 56 and 57.

Company officials said they have decided to continue their work in the city, after senior Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) officials asked them to go ahead with the project.

Aniruddha Laskar, acting head of company, said though they are facing problem in their work due to opposition by private garbage collectors. “But after the assurance by senior MC officials, the company would continue with the project,” said Anirudh.

The company officials, who said yesterday that they had not been allowed to dump garbage at MC’s garbage dump in Jamalpur village, today said that now they are getting full co-operation from MC officials. “The MC officials are fully supportive and only some of the MC workers were opposing us. But hopefully the matter would be sorted out,” said Laskar.

A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd was launched in ward numbers 56 and 57 on August 15. But due to opposition by private garbage collectors, they had to operate under police protection.

A social activist, SS Chana said, “All of us know that solid waste management is need of the hour for the city and the state government as well as the MC should find a permanent solution so that the issue gets sorted out soon.”

Neither any MC official nor I asked the company to stop operating. The contract is still effective and very soon, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will be meeting members of the Valmiki community. Hopefully, the project will be launched in the entire city without any problem.

— Amarjit Singh Sekhon, Assistant Commissioner, MC 



Villagers against setting up of garbage disposal units 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
During public hearings on the municipal corporation’s proposal to set up solid waste management plants in Jamalpur and Jainpur villages, residents raised several objections and demanded both locations be shifted.

Most of the people who took part in the meetings said setting up garbage disposal plants led to foul smell, mosquitoes as well as diseases in the area and accused civic officials of not paying any heed to their objections.

The hearings were held in the presence of officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the municipal corporation as well as the district administration officials. Among those who attended were PPCB senior environmental engineer Karunesh Garg, MC assistant commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon and additional deputy commissioner (development) Pardeep Aggarwal.

“No one wants a garbage dump or a solid waste management plant to be situated near their home or workplace. That’s why many villagers are opposing the proposal. Some wanted the Jainpur site should be shifted near Ladhowal, while others suggested the MC should sell off this land, which can fetch a high price now, and purchase another chunk of land that is less costly at located some other place. We’ve noted down all the objections and will now compile a report in this regard,” said PPCB senior environmental engineer Karunesh Garg.

The proceedings were videographed and a CD will be submitted to the central environment & forests ministry along with the report filed by PPCB.

Sekhon said in Jainpur village 32 acres of land would be given to A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, while of total the 100 acres of land in Jamalpur 55 acres would be given to the company. “People raised objections and we told them the firm will employ ultramodern technology for processing solid waste. But we’ll certainly keep the villagers’ objections in mind before proceeding with the projects”, he added.



Delay in development works irks residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 20
The Jagraon Municipal Council is facing the ire of the local residents due to the delay in various development works undertaken by the council in the town. The delay in the construction works, including re-carpeting of the Raikot Road, fixing interlocking tiles on the Railway Road and many other localities in the city, have been causing huge inconvenience to people.

According to local residents, the MC has been unnecessarily causing a delay in the development works due to which they were forced to face many problems. Irked over the inconvenience caused by the delay in the development works, the residents of these areas alleged that the civic body was deliberately causing delay in the development works to benefit contractors.

The MC had initiated the work to re-carpet the Raikot Road and the Railway Road only a few days ahead of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections. The contractors had also laid down stones on these roads some days back, but then the work was suddenly stopped due to the SGPC elections. This led to inconvenience to the commuters while passing through these roads.

The incessant rain in the past few days has worsened the situation and the areas where the development works were being carried out had become muddy. Travelling on these roads has become very difficult for two-wheeler riders as some of them have even got injured after falling on these uneven and muddy roads.

“First the SGPC elections interrupted the ongoing development works. Now rain in the area would further delay the project. It is the common man who is facing inconvenience due to the delay. Faulty planning of MC officials is bothering commuters and the residents. They should have kept in mind the SGPC election and rainy season before drawing a plan to start the development works,” said an irritated Ranjit Singh, a resident of the Railway Road.

The situation was worst at the Raikot Road, where the work was stopped after laying down the stones. The MC did not even find it necessary to level these stones with the road roller. Now, the commuters, especially the two-wheeler riders, have been facing a harrowing time. Students and teachers of educational institutes, including Government Science College on the Raikot Road, were the worst affected.

“The MC should have at least levelled the stones laid down on roads. It would have taken only one day to level the stones laid on the road, but it seems MC officials have no sense to understand the problems of people,” said Baldev Singh, a student.

When contacted, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said, “Though we were aware of the SGPC election and we charted out a plan keeping in mind the elections, our plan was foiled due to the heavy rain.”

However, he felt sorry for the inconvenience caused to the people due to delay in development works and assured to complete these works as soon as possible.



Councillors leave for Canada on tech tour
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation councillors have finally managed to get Canadian visas this time. Last month, some of the councillors were refused visas by the Canadian High Commission in Chandigarh, after which the technical trip had to be cancelled.

Led by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, a seven-member delegation comprising municipal councillors Parminder Mehta from the Congress, Gurdeep Singh Neetu from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Harbhajan Singh Dang and Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, both from the Shiromani Akali Dal, Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal from the BJP, and Additional Commissioner Kuldip Singh have finally left for a 12-day technical tour to Abbotsford (Canada) yesterday. Interestingly, the Mayor’s personal assistant Ashok Kumar is also a member of the technical delegation.

In August, the visit of MC officials to Abbotsford (Canada) was cancelled after some of the municipal councillors failed to get Canadian visas. The delegation members were to reach Abbotsford on August 24, but due to visa problem the visit had to be cancelled.



Police still in the dark about suspect
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Though the two minors, who were raped by the pedophile near Gyaspura about a month ago, are yet to get justice, the so-called “leaders” of the area have been reportedly “coaxing” their father to get wrong statements recorded with the police to settle their personal scores with rivals. Police Commissioner Dr SS Chauhan had promised to make the inquiry report public by September 19, but the police is still groping in the dark. It had already recorded the statement of at least 100 persons so far.

Senior official though father of these girls had taken a few names of those who could have reportedly committed the heinous crime; he keeps on changing his statement every second day. The police summoned a few of the suspects and got them medically examined at the local civil hospital, but nothing came out of it.

The culprit has not been identified as yet as the total population of the areas was about 1.5 lakhs (about 6-km stretch). A police official said the day two minors were raped, a community kitchen was organised in the back lane of the street and a large number of people had gathered for feast.

“Mother of the girls, in a statement recorded with the police, had stated a person came and asked girls to accompany him to the community kitchen. Had the mother seen the stranger, she would not have allowed them to accompany him. Had the person been familiar, she could have recognised him by now. We are recording a large number of statements on daily basis, but the father keeps on changing them. The family is being ‘coaxed’ by ‘small-time’ leaders,” the official added.

DCP Ashish Chaudhry said the allegations levelled by the family had still not been proved as the accused (who have been named by the family) have alibi backing their claims of innocence. “Still, we expect to arrest the culprit soon,” said Chaudhry.

Both girls were abducted from near their house on August 7 and were sexually abused. The next day they were found from near Shimlapuri Canal.



Gosain rues easy access to employees
Says contractual health staff pressurising govt through him to regularise them
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The accessibility of Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain has become a pain in his neck, as contractual employees of the Health Department are resorting to various ways and means to pressurise the government through him to regularise them.

The minister’s effort to follow those in the western countries and become accessible to people has backfired and left him to believe that he should follow the adage: While in Rome, do as Romans do.

Talking to The Tribune, Gosain said: “As I am one of the most accessible ministers of the state, employees have started taking me for granted. “Kadi oh paani di tanki te chadh jaande ne, te kadi meinu gher lainde ne” (Sometimes they climb atop the water tanks or gherao me for getting their demands fulfilled). I should have acted like other leaders and remained elusive to one and all. At least these people would have taken me seriously,” said a disappointed minister.

Taking a tough stand against the employees, Gosain said: “I have been advocating their case like a lawyer and that, too, without charging any fee, but they are still getting out of control. It was on August 28 when a few female employees gheraoed SK Sharma, managing director, NRHM, at Chandigarh and me. I told them that this was not the right way. Even Sharma had got angry and asked me not to give salary for 23 days when they were on strike. The file is with me and I am yet to sign it. But, if the employees do not mend their ways, I will certainly take action as per the request of the official concerned.”

It was in August when more than 5,000 employees working under the National Rural Health Mission went on a strike for 23 days and returned to work after their demands were fulfilled. And now the employees working under RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Programme) have gone on strike since September 2. These employees say that Satpal Gosain compelled them to do so by not fulfilling their demands. They have decided to continue with their protest and strike until they were regularised.



CPI takes out protest rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
The CPI took out a rally to protest against hike in petrol prices in front of the mini-secretariat here today. Leaders of the Left parties termed it as a bolt from the blue for the common man as it had further escalated the prices of essential commodities.

The speakers said the Left parties had cautioned the government against deregulating the prices of petrol, as it would give an opportunity to the profit-motivated oil companies to increase the prices at would.

The CPI activists said frequent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel had helped in hiking the prices of almost all items of daily need, thereby disturbing the budget of every household. The activists urged the government to create a reserve fund at the government level for making adjustment in the increase or decrease of the prices of crude oil in the global market.



Swindlers cash in on gullible Punjabi youths
Exploit ‘mindset’ by declaring them winners of £ 1 million lottery 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Another gang of swindlers is out to dupe Punjabi youths by exploiting their mindset of becoming millionaires overnight. It’s neither selling gold nor alluring them in the name of marriage.

This time the swindlers are exploiting the banner of the World International Olympic Committee- SMS Sweepstakes London- to trap gullible Punjabi youths by declaring them winners of one Million British Pound lottery.

The winners have been asked to provide their personal details like names, gender, email IDs, date of birth and direct mobile numbers besides nationality. Fearing suspicion, these swindlers are seeking details of bank accounts at later stage.

Though mobile companies usually warn against sinister designs of the senders, most of the recipients are in habit of ignoring such warnings.

“Be informed that the World International Olympic Committee-SMS Sweepstakes London-has declared you winner of £ 1 million. Your REF number is UK020/ZA,” this is what Pawan Garg, a resident of Chaura Bazaar, read and ignored “Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or providing the sender with any personal information.”

“It was only after talking to a woman on telephone number 27785140561 that I realised that it could be a fraud,” said Garg adding the woman had enquired about his bank accounts and credit card number.

Garg could have transferred token money of Rs 9000 to account number dictated by the woman had he not come to know that one of his nephews had received similar email with the same reference number a few days ago.

When this reporter called on the telephone number, the receiver introduced herself as Mrs Jose Braun, claims manager of the organisation, and said those who got themselves registered by paying ‘compulsory’ welfare fund for those taking part in the next Olympic will get the prize amount in the joint account to be opened after scrutinising the details provided by the winner.

She, however, did not divulge the initial amount to be deposited in the account to be jointly opened by the officials of the organisation and the winner.

Investigation further revealed that the swindlers were also exploiting the names of statutory bodies and financial organisations, including the RBI.

This is being done to extract vital information about the financial status of their target, which they (swindlers) might use to transfer money from their accounts.

Meanwhile, the police has warned people against falling prey to swindlers who allure innocent people in varied manners.

Various banks have also cautioned their clients against consequences of providing their details to unknown persons.

“The RBI never asks for bank account details for any purpose. It appeals to public not to respond to emails and not to disclose their bank account details,” reads an SMS received by a few account holders of a nationalised bank.



Children spoilt for choice 24x7
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, September 20
“My children remain glued to animated cartoons being aired by various channels 24x7. I have tried hard to keep them away from TV, but failed,” says Kiran Aggarwal. “In the beginning, like all parents, I myself made them watch cartoon channels, but now all they want to do is watch them,” she added.

Turn on the TV and channels like Cartoon Network, Pogo, Disney, Nickelodeon, Animax, Hungama, Jetix, Baby TV, Toon Disney and CBeebies are there to keep the children busy.

With so many channels these days showing kids stuff, it’s turning into an addiction. “Pok-e-mon or Ben10 is all they need and care for when such shows are aired,” she added.

“When we were growing up, we hardly got a chance to watch cartoons. Programmes like Jungle Book, Mickey Mouse were shown on a few channels. But, now, the kids have been spoilt for choice. They need to be cautioned and disciplined about watching all these cartoons,” says Pankaj Mishra, a resident of Basant Enclave.

“Immediately after watching the cartoon shows, my kids turn their avatar. What rules the minds of these kids are Pok-e-mon, Bayblades or Power Rangers,” says Raman Talwar. “So they behave like their favorite characters.”

“My son becomes Ben10 and I the villain. He jump and punches me,” says Sarabjit Singh. All sorts of accessories and products of different cartoon characters are available in market. Companies are making hay while the sun shines out of children craze. Stationery products like folders, sharpeners, geometry boxes, school bags and dresses based on popular cartoon characters are available in markets.

Naman Jain says manufacturers are taking full advantage of children preference for cartoon characters. .

According to Param Saini, a psychotherapist says, “Children do need some kind of entertainment, but the cartoons they watch should be educational ones and help in inculcating moral values in kids or scientific shows rather than irrelevant cartoons with violence and not much of content. A limited amount of time should be allotted to children. Watching too much TV is one of the major reasons behind obesity in children. So discretion of parents is certainly required.” 



Undertrail dies of heart attack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, september 20
An undertrail lodged at the local Central jail reportedly died of a heart attack in the wee hours today.

Jail Suprintendent SP Khanna said the incident took place at around 3.30 am today. Hardev Singh, who was booked under the NDPS Act by the Khanna police, was a resident of Arapar village in the Nawanshehr district. “Hardev just screamed and other undertrails in his barrack ran towards him. They informed the authorities as soon as his condition started deteriorating. The medical aid was provided by the doctors at the hospital. He was taken to the local Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.The family had been informed about his death, said Khanna.



Two guards suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Two security guards at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University (GADVASU ) were suspended on Monday for their negligence in the Khaki Campbell duck case.

On the night intervening September 16 and 17, stray dogs had mauled and killed at least 85 Khaki Campbell ducks at the duck house, constructed near the College of Fisheries, at the integrated fish-cum-duck farming system ponds at GADVASU.

The stray dogs had bitten the ducks to death. Only eight ducks survived the attack.

According to SPS Sangha, director, Students’ Welfare cum Estate Officer, GADVASU, "Security guards Rana Singh and Tejpal have been suspended for their negligence. A charge sheet would be given to them and they would be asked to submit their reply within a stipulated time period. Accordingly, we would take the further action."



School Notes
City principal to attend CII summit

Ludhiana: Principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Mona Singh, has been invited by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to attend the CII national summit on “Quality in Education” being held at Bangalore from 22nd to 24th September. The theme for the summit is 'Empowering India Through Quality Education'.

Story-telling competition

Students participate in ‘birds’ party’ at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Students participate in ‘birds’ party’ at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised a story telling competition for primary wing and birds’ party for playway wing in the school premises here on Tuesday. Dr Seema Bhagat Head of Gyane Department, ESI Hospital was the chief guest on this occasion. Kids of playway wing from pre-Nursery to KG participated in birds’ party and were disguised as different birds. A story telling competition was also held in which many students took part. — TNS



City school teacher to represent India in global forum
Tribune News Service

Sanjeev Kumar Taneja
Sanjeev Kumar Taneja

Ludhiana, September 20
To shun away the phobia of mathematics, a government school teacher used his computer skills and used it for teaching the subject to students of 20 schools simultaneously. Due to his this achievement Sanjeev Kumar Taneja from Government Senior Secondary School, Threekay, Ludhiana district, has been nominated to represent India at “Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011” going to take place in Washington DC, USA, from November 7 to 10.

The forum, which is attended by teachers across the globe and serves as an opportunity for teachers to share their best teaching practices under diverse learning environments, has selected five teachers from India and Taneja is one of them.

Taneja, who is also district coordinator for mathematics under quality improvement in maths and development project of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Punjab, said: “I started this pilot project for one month in 20 government schools. I downloaded a software, “Microsoft Lync 2010”, from the Internet and used it for education. However, it is used for business purpose otherwise. Through this I deliver lectures on mathematics using PowerPoint Presentation and by sharing various Internet sites related to maths for teaching class X. During this process, we revised the whole mathematics syllabus of the first semester of class X within one month.”



Students introduced to retail management
Tribune News Service

ludhiana, September 20
Ludhiana for Children Society(LCS), local partner of Smile Foundation took its students to a Mall for exposure in retail management. The centre is running Smile Twin e-Learning Program (STEP) for the underprivileged children to provide them vocational training in computer science, retail management and spoken English.

After completion of the course the society also endeavours to place them in the retail sector. The STEP programme aims to make the students financially independent.

At present there are 35 students who are receiving training at LCS STEP Centre. The students are given training at very nominal charges and almost 50% of the students are receiving education at LCS free of cost.

The students visited various stores. They were briefed about operations, products and customer handling.



SAD-BJP govt on its last legs, claims Kang
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
Former minister and the PCC coordinator for Ludhiana Jagmohan Singh Kang today said that the SAD-BJP government was on its last legs and people were waiting to show it the door in the coming assembly polls.

Addressing a meeting of the district congress committee (DCC), he said that the coalition government in Punjab had broken all the records in corruption and mis-governance. People were fed up from its policies. He said, in order to provide an outlet to the anger and grievances of the people, Congress had embarked upon a mass agitation programmes at district headquarters. "We shall hold protests against the rampant corruption, break down of law and order and conditions of a jungle raj in Punjab."

DCC president Pawan Dewan said the party in mega city would hold protest against the government. He added that the district unit of the congress party had already prepared and made arrangements for the proposed protest and expressed confidence that people, in large numbers, will mark their presence against the corruption and poor governance by this government.



Probe into illegal blood sale hits a wall
‘Complainant not cooperating’
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
More than ten days after two NGOs reported an incident involving illegal sale of blood at the city’s Civil Hospital, the district health department is yet to file the report of an inquiry launched in the case. Health officials said the complainant was not cooperating in the probe but the latter claimed he was not contacted at all.

The health department got a wakeup call on September 6 after two local NGOs, Salaam Zindagi and the Active Anti-Corruption Group, caught hold a man, Prem Masih, who was allegedly involved in illegal sale of blood from the hospital’s blood bank. He reportedly sold the blood to a dengue patient at Pahwa Hospital, Sandeep Kumar.

In his “apology” to health officials, Masih also named two laboratory technicians William and Kaur Singh who he claimed were involved in the illegal sale of blood from the blood bank. Following this city civil surgeon Dr Daleep Singh immediately had both technicians suspended.

On September 7 Punjab health services director J P Singh had stated: "I’ll mark an inquiry into this case." Following this Daleep set up an inquiry board but the probe is still being conducted.

Said Daleep: “The three-man inquiry board includes district health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh, district drug inspector Sanjeev Garg and another expert. But we’re facing some problems as the complainant, Sandeep Kumar, isn’t cooperating with us. He isn’t giving us his statement in writing”.

Meanwhile, Kulwinder said: “We also sent a message to the complainant through a representative of Salaam Zindagi asking him to file his statement, but he didn't respond."

However Manjeet Saini, president of Salaam Zindagi, said: "The complainant has been suffering from dengue fever and is unable to come to the civil surgeon’s office to submit his statement. I was asked to bring Kumar to the office but that’s not feasible”.

When contacted Kumar averred: "I didn't get any message on filing my statement from the health department”.



District Scan
BKU to participate in national meet

The functionaries of Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) will attend a two-day national meet going to be held at Amravati (Maharashtra) from September 22 to 23. The BKU secretary general Ajmer Singh Gill and Puran Singh Shahkot, who will represent the Punjab farmers at the national conference, said representatives of farmers’ bodies from all across the country would dwell upon the poor plight of the farmers and discuss ways and means for their economic growth. Crucial issues like suicides by the farmers, prices of farm produce, food grains export-import policy and debt waiver would be discussed and a common strategy would be evolved to seek justice for the farming community.

Plan for Army personnel

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has launched a special "jai jawan" plan exclusively for the members of central para-military and armed forces under 2G and 3G prepaid mobile segment. The plan will provide 20 minutes free talk time daily to customers on any two BSNL mobile phones to enable them talk to their family members even while on roaming. The users will also get a facility of reduced call charges to specific mobile or landline numbers anywhere in the country and concessional tariff for video calls on BSNL and other networks as well as other voice calls.

300 given cancer relief fund

Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain said the Chief Minister had received 442 applications of patients suffering from cancer under the Cancer Relief Fund Society. Out of these 300 cancer patients, who are under treatment at different cancer hospitals, have been issued relief fund. Gosain said Rs 3,67,96,448 had been distributed among 300 patients.

Pharmacists hold dharna

The Rural Health Pharmacists Association today held a dharna in front of the office of zila parishad. The pharmacists also gheraoed the zila parishad and raised slogans against the government. Their demands are to get the rural pharmacists working in the rural health dispensaries since June 2006 regularised.— Tribune Reporters



45-yr-old found dead
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 20
A body of a 45-year-old man was found nude in a security agency office at the Tehsil Road Jagraon on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Balwant Singh, a resident of Bohna village in district Moga.

According to the police, Balwant Singh was an alcoholic and was an employee with the Punjab health department. The incident came to light when the owner of the Muskan Security Agency went to his office in the morning and found Balwant Singh’s body.

Raghuvir Singh, owner of the security agency, said Balwant Singh was a relative of one of the former employees of his company and sometimes, he used to stay in the office at night. “On Saturday night Balwant called me and asked to keep the office opened, as he had missed the bus for his village. He wanted to spend night in my office. After that I left for my house without locking the office. When I went to my office next morning, I found his body,” said Raghuvir.

Sources said that Balwant was suspended for being absent from his office for a long time. Meanwhile, the police registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPc. The post mortem report of the victim is awaited. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, who live in Canada.



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