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Three-yr-old girl raped in school
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a private school located the in Hargobind Nagar area here yesterday.

The matter came to light today after the police registered a case and detained a few in this connection. The police also got the girl medically examined to substantiate whether the rape was committed or not, the report of the medical examination is awaited, said investigating officer Sandeep Kapoor.

The incident took place yesterday when the three-year-old- girl, who studies in the primary section of the school, was returning home along with her elder sister. She was crying profusely and complained of pain in the groin. Shocked on seeing the wounds, her mother immediately rushed to the school. She lodged a complaint with the school authorities in this regard. The victim’s elder sister also studies in the same school.

The school authorities on the other hand feigned ignorance. Today, the relatives of the girl entered the school and created ruckus. Fortunately, the police reached on time and saved the situation from turning ugly.

The school authorities said, “ There is no male staff in the school. They have provided one section of the school to the authorities for making UID cards. We suspect that someone might have sneaked inside the school from the UID centre and committed the inhuman act. However, we are cooperating with the police in every manner.”

Investigating officer Sandeep Kapoor said: “A case has been registered against an unidentified person for raping the minor. We have also questioned a few persons in this connection and would nab the criminal soon.”


Cellular War
Emergency nos. out of reach
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
City residents continue to suffer due to the ongoing war between the BSNL and private telecom companies as they have been unable to contact the police or the
fire station in case of an emergency.

Though the police had launched two mobile helpline numbers — 9592917440 and 9815800251 — for the convenience of residents, they have been unable to access these numbers on account of the standoff.

The snapping of emergency services may result in serious implications with the police as well fire fighters unable to give help on time in emergency situations.

The elderly who are not in possession of a mobile phone are the worst hit. They complain that they have been unable to contact their children due to the ongoing telecom war between cellular companies.

“I do not have a mobile phone and once my children are out, I cannot contact them. I cannot contact anyone. The BSNL and private telecom companies should resolve the issue and mitigate the suffering of residents,” said Santosh Rani, septuagenarian.



Bitter side of sweet(s) business
16 quintals of adulterated sweets seized, samples sent for test
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 12
The festival season is in full swing, and as always, those trading in sweet poison are working at a feverish pitch to wreak havoc on the health of the people.

A team of health department officials today raided a sweetmeat factory on the Tajpur Road here and seized about 10 quintals of “petha” (sweetened pumpkin) under the food safety norms. Later in the day, another 4 quintals of “petha” and two quintals of “burfi” and “rasgullas” prepared from adulterated “khoya” were seized from a sweets workshop located in the Naya Mohalla area of the old city.

To be sold at several places in the city and surrounding areas, the “petha” and sweets (made of “khoya”) were being manufactured in unhygienic conditions. The entire lot of “petha”, “burfi” and “rasgullas”, which, on the face of it, appeared unfit for human consumption, was sealed, and samples sent for chemical analysis to a government laboratory.

A team of the officials, comprising food safety officers-Manoj Khosla and Harpreet- said “pethas” were being prepared in an unhygienic conditions in a factory owned by Bhure Lal on the Tajpur Road. The utensils used for boiling and sweetening the “pethas” were dirty while flies and mosquitoes were hovering over finished products. Workers employed for preparing this sweet were not having medical fitness certificates.

According to the health officials, more or less, similar conditions were witnessed at the workshop owned by Udit Dareja in Naya Mohalla.

Further action against the owners of the “petha” factory and sweets workshop, if warranted, will be taken under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act on the basis of the lab report.



No-Entry Zone
Despite ban, ‘killer’ MC truck defies orders
Akhilesh’s father stops truck plying on Samrala-Chd highway; vehicle impounded
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Despite claiming several innocent lives in the city recently, drivers of the “killer” garbage-lifting trucks belonging to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation refuse to learn any lesson from the past. Though, municipal authorities have issued orders that the trucks would not ply on roads during school hours (from 6 am to 8 am and from 1pm to 3 pm) when schoolchildren go to school and return home, these trucks continue to blatantly violate the orders.

In an attempt to wake up the authorities from their slumbers, Lokesh Maingi, a local resident, who had lost his son Akhilesh Maingi on August 6 after the municipal truck mowed down him, blocked the Samrala-Chandigarh highway for a few minutes and intercepted a garbage lifting truck, which was plying on that particular road between 1pm and 3pm.

Talking to The Tribune, Lokesh Maingi said: “By stopping the truck, I can not bring back my son. But, I don’t want others to lose his son or daughter in such a fatal incident. When the truck drivers have been warned against plying on these roads during school hours, they should obey the orders. It was second such truck plying on the road during school hours. I overtook, stopped the truck and did not allow the driver to move further. I called the Municipal Commissioner and other officials and told them about the violation of their own orders,” complained Maingi further adding that traffic was allowed to move after the SHO of the area arrived. He impounded the vehicle later on.

Maingi added that it was unfortunate the driver, who was responsible for Akhilesh’s death, had not been arrested as yet. “I have been told that the driver took an anticipatory bail, that means anyone can commit the crime and roam around freely. Only we know how painful it is to lose one’s child. Society must come together to raise voice against such incidents,” said Maingi.



Textile workers ‘manhandle’ babu’s driver
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Labour Commissioner’s driver Vipan Sharma was allegedly manhandled by protesting Textile Mazdoor Union workers outside the labour department office here today as the former tried to request the agitating workers to let a peon (a woman) fetch water from a tap.

The driver was manhandled by workers sitting on a dharna outside the department. The police was investigating the matter and no case had been registered till the filing of the report.

According to sources, Varsha Rani, a peon in the labour department, had gone out to fetch water from a tap. However, she was prevented by the agitating workers from fetching the water.

On seeing a woman employee in distress, Vipan Sharma intervened and requested the workers to let her fetch the water.

A worker then pushed Vipan, who fell into a puddle near the tap. Some workers standing nearby started manhandling the driver and injured him.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Vipan said the workers refused to listen to his plea. It was only after the intervention of some employees that the assault stopped, he claimed.

Area SHO Balwinder Singh said investigations were on and a case would be registered after the recording of victim’s statement.

Meanwhile, Lakhwinder, convener of the Textile Mazdoor Union, claimed that certain department officials in connivance with textile manufacturers had staged the “drama” to defame workers.

“None of the workers had manhandled the driver. They are levelling baseless allegations to defame workers. Our protest entered its 21st day today and it has been a peaceful one all along. Why should we indulge in violence, which will go against us?,” said the union leader.

Pays for chivalry

A woman peon in the labour department had gone out to fetch water from a tap but was prevented by the agitating workers from doing so. On seeing the employee in distress, Vipan Sharma intervened and requested the workers to let her fetch the water. A worker then pushed Vipan, who fell into a puddle near the tap. A few workers standing nearby then manhandled him.



BlackBerry blinks, users fume
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The users of Blackberry mobile phones in the city have been passing through tough time for the past few days. The delay in sending messages and emails along with Internet disruptions have been caused by the core switch failure, according the statement by the Canada-based mobile maker.

BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina are affected because of the disruption in services.

Ritesh Pillai, working with a private company in the city, not knowing about the problem reinstalled the software only to find about the technical failure later on.

Sarabjit Singh, who is in exports business, said he was doing most of his business through e-mail thus the delay. He carries his laptop along with the data card while travelling.

“I think it is the best and user-friendly device. But, issues like this and constant tussle between the company and the government and other issues, I am considering keeping another phone handy in case any problem arise,” says Gurpreet Singh, who runs a shawl business near Subhani Building.

“I love using Facebook on my Blackberry. I especially bought it for this purpose, but I am getting a bit frustrated because of the delays of messages and Internet not working properly,” said Ananya Chowdhary, a BBA student. “As some of my friends have also bought Blackberry, we are in constant touch with them through Blackberry messenger service. But messages are being sent and received after a few hours,” she added.

Manav, who works at a Blackberry store in Shastri Nagar, said they had been getting complaints, but the problem was temporary one. “It would be fixed by the evening.



Sarabha Nagar
40 full-grown trees felled
Blame game between park committee, MC officials on
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have been rocked by another scam. About 40-odd full-grown trees have gone missing “under mysterious circumstances” from a park located in the I-Block of Sarabha Nagar. While members of the park management committee claimed that municipal officials cut the trees, MC Zonal Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon said the committee members had told him that these trees never existed in the park.

Area residents rued that the trees were cut in the name of development and the wood sold by those responsible for the act. Mukesh Jindal, who was getting his car repaired in a nearby market a fortnight ago, saw the trees being cut and immediately informed senior municipal officials.

“I was sitting there and saw full-grown trees being cut. Sadly, our city is the most polluted one in the country and if we keep on cutting trees like this, things would worsen in the coming days,” Jindal added.

BK Shahi, president, Park Management Committee of the area, said, “The trees were cut by the municipal officials and we just removed the stumps. Moreover, the trees were already under termite attack. We are renovating the park.”

MC Landscaping Officer, Surinder Kumar, said the corporation had not cut any tree from any park of the city so far. “I am not aware of the matter as I was on leave for the past few days.”

MC Zonal Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon said: “I visited the park a few days ago and was told by the committee officials that the trees never existed in the park. I have summoned the record from the department concerned and would look into the matter.”



Jagraon rly station
Absence of canteen harries passengers, staff
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 12
The absence of a canteen at the local railway station, one of the oldest in the region, has been a source of discomfort for passengers as well as employees.

The passengers and railway employees feel there is a dire need for starting a canteen at the railway station, which has been lying shut for over three years due to indifference on the part of the higher railway authorities.

In fact, the canteen has been lying closed since 2008 when its last contractor, a woman, left the town and went back to her village. Ever since, no one has turned up to take the canteen on contract.

According to sources, high security fee sought by the railway authorities has been one of the main reasons for people not showing interest in taking the canteen on contract.

The sources say the canteen has been lying closed following a dispute between the railway authorities and the last contractor. The contractor had left the canteen without paying an outstanding amount of Rs 2.5 lakh to the authorities.

“The railway authorities then laid down the condition for those signing the contract for the canteen to first deposit the amount as security fee. This has discouraged people from taking the contract of the canteen,” add the sources.

The Jagraon railway station was built during the British rule and connects the town with places like Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Jaipur and others. The need for a canteen is being felt direly by hundreds of passengers who visit the station daily.

“Things like mineral water, tea, bread, biscuit, cold drink, etc. are readily available at railway stations around the country. However, even mineral water is not available here. The situation got worse some days ago when the water cooler at the station broke down, depriving passengers of cold water,” said Madan Garg, a regular passenger.

And it is not just the passengers who are irked at the absence of a canteen. Railway employees, too, are not happy with the situation.

Over 100 employees working at railway station have expressed displeasure at the absence of a canteen.

In absence of a canteen, the employees have to go out to get things of daily need. The employees are even forced to fetch tea from outside.

“We have been forced to get eatables from outside, which consumes a lot of time. Even tea is arranged from a vendor outside the railway station premises,” said an employee while requesting anonymity.

Station master Jaswinder Kumar admitted that there had been a dispute between the last contractor and the railways.

However, he refused to comment on the reason behind the closure of the canteen, saying he was not aware of the matter as he joined the office after the last contractor had left.

“Any decision on making the canteen functional will be made by the higher authorities,” he added.

Meanwhile, the passengers as well as local railway employees have urged the higher authorities to get the canteen running again the earliest.



Sukhbir’s halt at ex-Bar chief’s house ruffles feathers
SAD aspirants eying Ludhiana West ticket not pleased
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s visit to former Ludhiana District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghuman’s house has raised may an eyebrow in the local political circles. Sources in the SAD say as Ghuman is vying for a ticket for the upcoming Assembly elections from the Ludhiana West constituency, the visit has not gone down well with other leaders in the race from the constituency.

During his visit to the city yesterday, Badal had visited Ghuman’s residence located in the Civil Lines area.

He was accompanied by Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Small Traders’ Board chairman Ajit Singh, Market Committee chairman Inder Mohan Singh Qadian, municipal councillor Harbhajan Singh Dang, besides other Akali leaders.

Some other leaders who are also eying a ticket from the constituency, earlier represented by former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, kept away from this visit.

Even senior Akali leader and former MLA Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal remained seated in a car outside Ghuman’s house. When asked about the reason for this, Grewal said: “As the Deputy CM had made a brief halt at Ghuman’s house, I remained seated in the car as I had some work.”

Ghuman (42) has remained the president of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana, for two consecutive terms — from December, 2007 to February, 2010. Ever since the Ludhiana West seat fell vacant after Dhanda’s resignation on July 6, several Akali leaders had been vying for a party ticket from there.

The constituency has areas represented by 13 councillors like Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Barewal, Tagore Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Civil Lines, Mall Road, Rakh Bagh, parts of Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Model Gram, Jawahar Nagar Camp, besides others. Besides, the constituency also has Punjab Agricultural University, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, SCD Government College, Government College for Women, Ludhiana Stock Exchange, District Courts Complex, Mini Secretariat, Feroze Gandhi Market, often termed the financial hub of the city, besides other important areas.

Grewal stays in car

Senior Akali leader and former MLA Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal remained seated in a car, as Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal visited former District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghuman’s house



Congress leader gets threat mail
Unknown sender claims to be member of jihadi group
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A local Congress leader, Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, has received a threat to life from an unknown person claiming to be a member of a jehadi group “fighting for a cause”.

On October 8, Cheema received an email from an unknown person, who claims to be living in Bhopal, “requesting” him to help his organisation, failing which he would be eliminated.

Cheema reported the matter to the Sarabha Nagar police, which has forwarded the complaint to the cyber crime wing.

Speaking with The Tribune, Cheema said Dr Mukesh Kaveeshwar sent him an email from ID: “dr_m.kaveeshwar@yahoo.com” on October 8.

“I was shocked to see this email as I don’t know anyone with this name. Even the subject of the email was ‘new opportunity for business’. I initially took the matter lightly, but when I discussed it with my family and friends, they advised me to take it seriously and that is why I reported it to the police,” Cheema said. The email, a copy of which is with The Tribune, reads: “I am a senior consultant at Government Homoeopathic Medical College, Bhopal…. I am giving you a chance to do business and money in near future. I am attached to the pious Muslim fighters, they are jehadi fighting for the cause…. I request you to help our organisation and join for the cause, if you don’t help us we may harm you or you may be killed as your town has seen so many casualties in the recent past. Don’t go to police. We are watching you. I am waiting for your reply and give me time to meet you…. Contact me as soon as possible otherwise this may prove fatal to you.”

Sarabha Nagar police station SHO Gurdev Singh said they had received a complaint from Ishwarjot Singh Cheema yesterday.

“We have forwarded his complaint to the cyber crime wing and they will look into it,” he added.



Initiative on disaster management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The inaugural session of the Disaster Management Under Taking Youth aimed at taking up voluntary work for social causes was held today.

The organisation has been formed a team of volunteers to help victims of natural disaster.

As part of the initiative of the organisation, the volunteers will be given special training for assisting the civil authorities in evacuating people affected by floods, providing first aid to victims of accidents, helping firefighting agencies and saving people in all other exigencies and calamities.

The organisation will also train the civilians in assisting the police in controlling the traffic. The volunteers pledged to work towards drug de-addiction.



PAU research work appreciated at national level
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The Punjab Agricultural University's research work on grapes and guava, being conducted in the department of horticulture and at Regional Research Station, Bathinda, has been appreciated at the national level.

Dr P. Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, presented the Scroll of Appreciation to PAU scientists at XXth Group Workers' Meeting on AICRP-Sub Tropical Fruits, held at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam, Theni, Tamil Nadu, from September 29 to October 2.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the horticulturists for the outstanding research work and exhorted them to continue working with zeal and fervour.

Dr PS Aulakh, head, department of horticulture, said that the research on grapes and guava is being carried out under the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Subtropical Fruits. He said that senior horticulturist Dr MIS Gill was the officer In charge of the project whereas Dr NK Arora and Dr Navjot, assistant horticulturists at Ludhiana and Bathinda, respectively, were the co-team members.



Urological Society
DMCH doc to head north-zone unit
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and transplant surgery, and head of the transplant unit at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here was named president (elect) of the Urological Society of India (North Zone) at a general body meeting held during the annual conference of the society in Shimla.

The north zone unit of the professional body has about 600 urological surgeons practicing in the states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Rajasthan.

Aulakh said his main objective would be to promote high standards in the practice of urology and to associate together in one corporate body all the scientific personnel interested in the practice of urology. He stressed upon promoting research in urology so that new therapeutic options could be made available to the patient.

"Another aim is to regulate and raise standard of training and teaching of doctors entering the field of urology by collaborating with national and international urologists and organising continuing urological education programmes," he said.



Seminar on IT certifications
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on “IT Certifications - A Success Mantra for IT Professionals” for the students of MCA here today.

Manjit Singh, director, techno-campus and consultant with the Punjab Police on cyber crimes, told students about the IT industry and its expectations from the prospective employees.



PAU employees protest
Demand payment of pending arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The PAU Employees Union held a dharna on the campus here today in which employees from various departments got together and raised slogans against the state government and comptroller AC Rana.

The employees have been demanding their pending arrears, which the employees working in other departments have already got in the recent past. The agitating members condemned the "anti-employee" policies of the state government and authorities. Avinash Sharma, general secretary of the union, thanked the employees for their support. He said that dharna would continue till the demands of employees were not met.

Amongst others present on the occasion were Jasbir Singh, Harbans Singh Mundi, Paramjit Singh Gill, Sarabjit Singh, Praveen Banda and Ranjosh Singh Grewal.



sky watching programme
Getting a glimpse of moon, Jupiter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
"Seeing Jupiter with three moons on one side another one on the other was a breathtaking experience," said Ishana Jain a class XII student from Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines.

Kundan Vidya Mandir in association with Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, has organised a four-day night sky watching programme from October 10 in which about 500 students are set to see the moon and the Jupiter up close.

Atam Shroff studying in class XII said that he was excited to see the Moon and Jupiter with a telescope. "It is a great experience," he said.

Munish felt that seeing the stars like that was a celestial experience. "I have read that many astronomers spend days together watching the stars. It felt nice to experience this feeling. The universe is extraordinary. No wonder they spent such long hours," he said.

Another student said that seeing the moon like this has kindled his experience in astronomy, and he might pursue this as a career. Vikram Aditya, studying in class XI was a little disappointed as he expected bigger images and more magnified images. But despite that it was a nice experience he said.

“Because of pollution in Ludhiana, it is difficult to see all the stars even with a telescope”, said Manpreet Singh from the science city. "You can see the Andromeda Galaxy only after 2 am at night, because of the pollution," he said.

He informed that one of the telescopes was classical and the other one being used for seeing the Jupiter was an electronic telescope. These telescopes have 80X magnification," he said.

Students were seen discussing about the galaxies stars and big-bang theory and other facts about the universe.



284 patients examined at medical camp
‘Surgery is the only option left for some intractable diseases’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 12
Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College & Hospital organised a four-day free eye check-up and surgery camp on the college campus here today. Inaugurating the camp, Desh Bhagat Group chairman, Dr Zora Singh and vice-chairperson Tejinder Kaur, said the institute has been providing the medical facilities to the people at subsidised rates for the past 15 years.

Free medical check-up camps and awareness meetings are also being organised in collaboration with government & non-government organisations. College principal Dr Kulbhushan Vashisht stated that despite traditional therapies of Ayurveda like Panchkarma, Kshara-Sutra & Leech Therapy for the treatment of chronic diseases, 'Surgery' is the only option left for some intractable diseases. Earlier 284 patients were registered and medical tests were conducted on them.

Special counters were set-up for the patients to provide them hassle free services. Senior Medical Officer Dr Ranjit Singh, Dr Jagdish Singh, MS (Eye), Mrs Anita Jindal, phthalmologist officer from Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh examined the patients.



Seminor on psychology of interview and selection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A training workshop for MBA and MCA final year students was organised at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) on psychology of interview and selection. Asit Ghosh, Founder Director of Tuff Trak International, from Kolkata conducted the workshop. He has been conducting such training on confidence building and various other training programmes in the city for a long time. He has conducted training programmes in many sectors including corporate, education, hospitals in various parts of the country.

After the training he said that he is disappointed to see students in the city taking a casual approach towards their careers. "During the workshop, I have found that there are many girls who can be a brilliant aspect to the industry. But I was pained to learn that many of of them are pursuing MBA just to increase their matrimonial values," he said. He added that this attitude is particularly prevelant in the girls in Ludhiana as even in Chandigarh, girls are career oriented.



World Arthritis Day
‘Despite advancement, patients sans adequate healthcare’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 12
To mark the World Arthritis Day, the Punjab Rheumatology Clinic, in association with the local branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA), today organised a public awareness lecture on arthritis, which was followed by a free check-up camp. IMA president Dr Kulwant Singh inaugurated the camp while Dr Karamvir Goyal, secretary released a booklet on arthritis.

Dr Parshant Aggarwal (immunologist) and Dr Bharti Aggarwal, consultant rheumatologist at Punjab Rheumatology Clinic, examined patients suffering from arthritis.

Parshant Aggarwal said there are misconceptions regarding various rheumatological disorders due to lack of awareness among the common people as well as the medical fraternity. Despite the significant recent advances in the management of arthritic illnesses, a majority of patients suffering from rheumatic disorders fail to get adequate healthcare.

"An analysis of more than a thousand patients suffering from arthritiswas done and more than 90 per cent were receiving only symptomatic treatment in the form of various unlabelled medicines. Alarge number of patients were not under the care of a qualified doctor, posing a significant threat to their health," he pointed out.

Dr Bharti Aggarwal stated that arthritic illnesses consists of much more than pain, and hence optimal management focuses not only on pain relief but basic cause of the disease. With the currently available treatment modalities, most of the patients are able to maintain an active, independent, and near normal lifestyle.



from schools
Chemistry fest at BCM Arya school

On the second day of the chemistry festival, inter-school quiz as well as chemistry olympiad were organised in which the first prize was won by KVM School, the second by BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, and the third position was secured by Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana.

Book fair in GMT

A three-day book fair by scholastics organised at GMT Public School began on Wednesday. The books were categorised into various topics like early learning, study skills, hobbies, short books, activity for classes III to V, magic and mystery, non-fiction biography.

Seminar on self-management at GNPS

A seminar on "How To Manage Self" was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, for the students of class IX and X. Brahmachari Suvir of Chinmaya Ashram and an alumni of IIT, Delhi, informed the students that in today's materialistic world where people were hankering after opulence, it was imperative to introspect and realise one's shortcomings. They were told that participation in the process of nation building was of a greater consequence. — OC



ludhiana scan
Demand to repair road

The district congress committee president Pawan Dewan has asked the civic authorities to repair the caved in roads in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar around the city centre. Presiding over a meeting of the party workers in Ward 59, he said the road damaged during rains was still awaiting repair while the MC and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust were closing their eyes to misery of the residents. He later went round the area to take stock of the situation. He said he had found roads in quite a pitiable condition. Dewan expressed surprise as to why the civic administration had not woken up to the problem so far although the monsoons were long over.

Birth anniversary of Banda Bahadur on Oct 16

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation will celebrate 341st birthday of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Rakba village in the district on October 16. President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Captain Amarinder Singh will unveil a life-size statue of the saint soldier, who laid the foundation of the first Sikh empire. Foundation stone of a museum, dedicated to saints, seers and gurus will also be laid on this occasion. President of the foundation Krishan Kumar Bawa said Baba Banda Bahadur was also known as a liberator of the farmers as he was the one to have bestowed the rights of ownership upon the cultivators apart from avenging the killing of two sons of the 10th Guru Sriguru Gobind Singh. "Five successful farmers will be felicitated at the birth anniversary celebrations," he added. — Tribune Reporter



Green Land paddlers for national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
Five students from the local Green Land Senior Secondary Public School have been selected for the XVIth National Cluster CBSE Table Tennis Meet to be held at Varanasi from October 13 to 18.

Ramanpreet Kaur, Dilpreet Kaur, Ashima Mehra, Anmol Grewal in the girls’ under-16 category and Jasmeen Kaur in the under-19 section will take part in this championship.

The girls were given a warm send-off at a function on the school premises today.

Rajesh Rudra, chairman-cum-director, chain of Green Land Schools, and Baldeep Pandher, principal of the school, gave their best wishes to the students.



District roller skating on Oct 21, 22

Ludhiana, October 12
The District Roller Skating Association (DRSA) will organise 14th Roller Skating District Championship here at the Lesiure Valley Skating Rink, Sarabha Nagar, on October 21 and 22 according to president of the association, AK Sharma.

Around 200 skaters are expected to take part in the boys as well as girls sections in the two-day championship. Entries will close on October 18. — TNS



Greenland team to play TT nationals
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
Table tennis players (U-16 girls, U-19 girls - Individual category) from Greenland Public School, GT Road, who are going to represent Cluster XVI in CBSE Table Tennis Nationals at Sunbeam School Lahartara, Varanasi, from October 13 to October 18 2011.



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