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Campaign message fine, but spirit lacking
5 saplings killed at college, renders Nanhi Chan ineffective
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The daughter-in-law of Chief Minister and MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, had launched “Nanhi Chan” campaign to spread the message of saving the girl child and plant saplings. But, ironically, the authorities uprooted five saplings of “imli” and jamun during the preparations for the “Dheeyan da mela” to be inaugurated at Government College for Women tomorrow.

The mela is being organised by the tourism and cultural affairs department to create awareness among people about social evils like foeticide and pollution. However, the authorities are sending out a contradictory message by killing saplings.

Harsimrat Kaur will give a speech to save trees on the occasion and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest while finance minister Upinderjit Kaur will inaugurate the function.

The saplings were planted by the forest department two months ago in the college.

The authorities pitched tents on the college ground for stalls and the saplings were uprooted when a carpet was rolled out on the ground.

“Politicians often come to the campus and give lengthy speeches on environment, plantation and foeticide. But the ground realities are different. In reality, no one cares for saplings and daughters,” said a student.

‘What can we do?’

A month ago, we had written a letter to the college to ensure the safety of saplings during the festival season as the college organises several events on its grounds. The college did not bother about it. If someone had damaged the saplings outside the college boundary, we would have penalised them. but if the government is organising the event, what can we do?

Naresh Mahajan, District Forest Officer


Octogenarian shoots daughter-in-law
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 20
An 87-year-old man allegedly shot his 50-year-old daughter-in-law following a heated argument over a petty issue at Barmalipur village near Khanna yesterday.

Jagar Singh, a former peon with the excise department, opened fire at his daughter-in-law Amritpal Kaur with his licensed .12 bore rifle and fired two shots in her chest.

The SP (D), Khanna, Balwinder Singh, said the family of the accused used to have arguments often and Jagar Singh held his daughter-in-law responsible for it.

Yesterday, when he saw Amritpal Kaur arguing with her son, he went to his room in a huff and returned with his rifle and shot her.

After hearing the shots, the husband of the deceased ran towards her to save her. Seeing him, the accused opened fire on his son also, but he saved himself by taking cover behind a wall.

The SP said when the police reached the spot, the accused had fled. The octogenarian took this step in a fit of rage. He had the rifle for the last 20 years and he had never misused it, the police said.



Jilted man kidnaps girl’s brother
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Police has arrested a man who abducted the five-year-old brother of a girl and took him to Uttar Pradesh so he could marry the girl.

The police rescued Panchu, son of a labourer, Mansuran Thakur, from the clutches of the kidnapper here today.

The accused has been identified as Sonu Verma. He told the police that he had been visiting the house of Mansuran for the last few months.

Sonu used to give Mansuran Rs 1,500 per month to have food in his house. He said he fell in love with Anju, Mansuran’s daughter, but she rejected him.

Furious, he kidnapped Panchu and took him to UP. After reaching UP, Sonu called Mansuran and told him that he would release his son only if he sent his daughter to UP.

After receiving a complaint, a police party rushed to UP and nabbed the accused. Panchu was rescued and handed over to his parents today.



9 pollution centres found cutting corners
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
After a Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) survey revealed that vehicular pollution was the main reason for making Ludhiana the most polluted city in the country, board officials conducted a surprise check at pollution under check (PUC) centres of the district.

Of the 35 PUC centres checked by the officials, nine were found issuing pollution under control certificates without even checking vehicles.

The PPCB had conducted a survey in the city on October 14, where ambient air quality samples from the bus stand, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Samrala Chowk and Dholewal Chowk were taken. It was found that the Jagraon Bridge area was one of the most polluted parts of the city, where 348 microgram/m3 of air was found to be polluted during the day. This figure is three times more that the national ambient air quality standards, which is 100 micrograms/m3.

PPCB senior environmental engineer Karunesh Garg said the surprise check was conducted after it was found that the extent of vehicular pollution in the city was very high. “Shockingly, nine PUC centres were issuing pollution check certificates without checking vehicles. But even more shocking was that the machines at some centres were not even working and they were still issuing certificates,” he said.

Defaulting pollution check centres

n Yuvraj Pollution Check Centre, Sherpur Chowk
n Laxmi Service Station, Ferozepur Road
n Auto Serve, Sherpur Chowk, GT Road
n India Motors, Dholewal Chowk
n Bedi Tyre Plaza
n KP Tyres
n Labhu Ram Khushi Ram, Jawaddi
n Ravi Car Club, Samrala
n Amarnath and Sons, Khanna



Justice has been done: Kamaljeet’s kin
Former leader of Shiv Sena (Vidyarthi Sena) gets death for murder
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Hours after former Shiv Sena (Vidyarthi Sena) Punjab president Suraj Ahluwalia was sentenced to death for killing a taxi driver, the family of the victim heaved a sigh of relief and hailed the court’s decision.

“Justice has been done,” said the kin of Kamaljeet Singh, who was shot from point blank range at a taxi stand office in Upkar Nagar by Suraj Ahluwalia three years ago.

The news of his conviction by the Sessions Court brought cheer on the face of Gurjinder, Kamaljeet’s cousin who was present in court when the judgment was pronounced.

For Amar Singh, father of Kamaljeet, Suraj Ahluwalia was like a family member. “Happy, Kamaljeet and Suraj were good friends and used to visit the houses of one another. I never thought that Happy and Suraj could kill my son,” he said wiping his tears. Kamaljeet used to return late at night and the trio would often drink together.

Inderjeet, brother of the victim, said: “Suraj used to boast about his security guard and his weapon. I had warned him not to indulge in such activities and stay grounded. I had an inkling that Suraj would kill my brother one day.”

The victim’s mother Balbir Kaur could not bear the shock and has been suffering from a heart ailment since his murder.

“I was planning to get him married. But the killers snatched him away at the fag-end of my life. Why did they kill my son? He had not harmed them. Why was he shot brutally? Finally, justice has been done,” said an inconsolable Balbir Kaur.



Women in rat race to look thin
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Ever since Indian women have won accolades in beauty pageants, city-based girls and women have developed a tendency to reduce their weight and look thinner. For achieving this goal, they avoid nutritious food and prefer coffee without milk. This leads to appetite loss and deprives them of a balanced diet. Though they remain mentally active but their muscle and fat keep them thin.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, a city-based psychiatrist, said, “Not only adolescents but married women are also taking part in the rat race. Such patients either start starving themselves or induce vomiting after overeating. This has become a common phenomenon among women who enjoy kitty parties or love to attend social functions. Unable to control their taste buds, they eat all spicy and fried stuff and then induce vomiting fearing that it might make them fatter.”

Dr Rajiv Gupta said: “I treat two to four such patients daily. Most of them suffer from three types of diseases, namely anorexia nervosa -in which patient has tendency to lose weight and start inducing vomiting. While some suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In it, patients keep doing same work again and again like washing hands and induced vomiting. However, a few of them also come under the category of “maladjusted people”-who get happiness after eating but then vomit everything.”

All this helps in keeping them mentally active, but too thin. The women and girls indulging in this are perhaps not aware of its ill effects.


The menstrual cycle of a woman gets affected if she stops taking a nutritious diet. Ovulation stops if one reduces weight excessively. One undergoes mineral deficiency and stunting of growth.

Dr Anisha Kellogg, Associate Professor, Gynaecology dept, CMCH



500 posts lying vacant
Charanjit Singh Teja and Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
On one hand while the state government is making tall claims of improving education, the posts of principals in government schools are lying vacant. Despite the recent announcement of promotions, around 500 posts in state government schools in continue to lie vacant.

In February last year only 710 posts of principals were filled from more than 1200 vacancies, leaving about 568 unoccupied. 251 personnel have been promoted this month but 139 principals of those promoted the last time have already retired-leaving more than 500 posts still vacant.

Anoop Passi, lecturer at Government Model School in Ludhiana, said promotions of more than 63 lecturers were due. "If the promotions are not made before November 10, these lecturers will have to file for promotion all afresh before the Department Promotions Committee, further delaying the promotions," he said.

DGSE B Purushartha said promotions are dealt by the state government. “There will be no financial increment in filling the posts of principals, but it is a psychological necessity and incentive for the eligible lecturers to be promoted,” he said.



Assault Case
60-yr-old cancer patient absolved of charges
Vows to root out corruption from food dept
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Devinder Khurana, a 60-year-old cancer patient, who was falsely booked in an assault case on May 22, 2010, can, now, heave a sigh of relief. The city police today submitted a cancellation report after charges filed against him turned out to be a false.

The development took place after the sexagenarian moved the Punjab State Human Right Commission (PSHRC) for seeking justice in the case.

Following his complaint, the PSHRC ordered an independent probe into the matter. The probe was handed over to a senior IPS officer.

In charge of the Sarabha Nagar police station reinvestigated the matter and absolved Khurana from the assault charges.

The cancellation report states that the charges against the 60-year-old cancer patient, who is physically challenged, as his left hand and jaw don’t work, were found to be false.

He was charged for allegedly thrashing a ration depot owner with a cane. Heaving a sigh of relief following the cancellation of an FIR Khurana said: “I had no inkling that I would have to pay such a heavy price for applying for a new ration card.”

The problem started after the ration depot owner refused to register his form.

“I smelled a rat and came to know that the ration depot owner has made fake entries. I sought information in this regard from the Food and Civil Supplies Department regarding the total number of beneficiaries. But this rattled ration depot owner who begin harassing me.”

The Information Commission took up Khurana’s complaint for hearing on August 6, 2010, and the commission asked the then Punjab DGP for an immediate enquiry into the allegations.

“Following the hearing, I came to know that I was booked four months ago in an assault case. They implicated me in a case so that I could not lay bare the scam in the Food and Civil Supply Department,” said Khurana.

As soon as Khurana returned home after attending hearing on August 6, a police party raided his house and told him that a case has been registered against him. “I was arrested and taken to the police station. I was released after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000,” he said.

He added, “Now that the charges against me have been found to be false, I would again launch a crusade against the corrupt employees working in the District Food and Civil Supply Department.”



22 trained in prawn farming at GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A two-day training programme on “Skill Development in Freshwater Prawn Farming” was organised by the Department of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). At least 22 farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh attended the programme.

Aquaculture has evolved from a backyard activity to a technology- driven commercial and profitable venture in India. Freshwater prawn farming is gaining popularity in India due to huge domestic and international demands, said Dr Asha Dhawan, Dean, College of Fisheries. It could not become popular in Punjab due to non-availability of seed and feed, short-rearing period (April to October) and lack of proper marketing. The GADVSU is trying hard tp address these problems so as to make prawn farming popular in the state.

Dr Akhil Gupta, Assistant Professor (Fisheries) and the coordinator of the training programme, briefed the trainees about the care of post-larvae, role of supplementary feed and better managerial practices to boost prawn production. He also demonstrated the role of different ingredients in the formulation of low-cost diet to reduce the production cost.

Sultan Singh, a successful fish farmer and owner of a fish-processing plant in Haryana, interacted with the trainees and suggested different methods to earn more from limited resources.

Feedbacks from the participants were recorded for impact assessment and further improvement to make the trainings more farmer-friendly. The participants not only appreciated the efforts made by the GADVASU in conducting the training programme, but also requested the authorities to conduct such trainings for more days.



Fusion 2011
Schoolchildren bridge the divide
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A student gets her face painted during FUSION-2011 organised at BCM Arya School in Ludhiana.
A student gets her face painted during FUSION-2011 organised at BCM Arya School in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, October 20
“It is a good opportunity for the children to interact and know about each others countries. They have become good friends and keep in touch with each other through e-mails and cell phones,” says Monica Walia, an arts teacher of BCM Arya Model School.

At least 15 students from a school in Pakistan and 31 others from three Nepal schools are here to participate in various events organised in Fusion - 2011 at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. A few schools from Rajasthan and other cities are also participating in the event.

The three-day event comprises activities like the dancing and singing contests, face painting, greeting card making, spellathon and tattoo art among other events. This event began in 2005. It is for the sixth time that this event is being organised on the school premises.

Three schools from Nepal, including Budhanilkantha School from Kathmandu, CB Public School and Durgashaikshik Griha School from Lumbhini besides International Grammar School from Islamabad are participating in the event.

The Pakistani team was elated. They were supposed to reach on Tuesday, but they got late due to the delay in visa. Tara Kamal, vice-principal of a Pakistani school, said, “The schoolchildren had come for the fest two years ago also. They loved it and have come again with fond memories. I decided to accompany them this time.” As soon as we crossed the Wagha Border she told students that wasn’t much difference except in the notions of people. “We have the common language and common culture, but differences arise only because of the ugly propaganda. When people actually meet one another that they realize that there is no reason for hatred,” she said. Meeting and mixing of the youth together is a great way of bridging the differences between the countries, she said.

Budhikarki, who is the coordinator for the Nepal team, said he was happy with Punjabi hospitality. Ashish Chowdhari, who studies in ninth grade at Durgashaikshik School said he enjoyed his stay, but was a little nervous because city children were very talented. Chanduni has been to India on numerous occasions, but it is her first visit to the city. She felt nice and has already made friends during morning assembly today. Asmita Bohara from CB School said she was touched by the friendliness of everyone.

Paramjit Kaur, Principal, BCM Arya Model School, said the purpose of hosting such an event not only provide students to unleash their talents but also helps in instilling leadership qualities.



PU youth fest commences

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
Over 250 students from 23 education colleges of Panjab University amused spectators on the first day of the 53rd Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival that commenced at Bhutta College of Education at Bhutta village here today.

Satpal Gosain, minister for health and family welfare, Punjab, inaugurated the function and former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha presided over the session.

Acknowledging contribution of the management committee in promotion of art and art culture and preservation of the heritage, Dr SM Kant, director, youth welfare department of the PU, appreciated that more than 600 students from various colleges of the zone had reported for participation in the function.

Results: Group dance: First, DAV College of Education, Hosiarpur; Second, Doraha College of Education; Third, DD Jain College of Education.

Classical Dance: First, Pallvi of BCM College of Education; Second, Pallavi of DD Jain of Education; Third, Prabhjot Kaur of Doraha College of Education.

Poster Making: First, Khushbir Kaur of Government College of Education Chandigarh; Second, Jagmeet Kaur of Bhutta College of Education; Third, Gurpreet Kaur of BCM College of Education.

Photography: First, Satwinder Kaur of DAV College of Education Hosiarpur; Second, Kamalpreet Kaur of GMT of Education; Third, Prema Sehgal of DD Jain of Education.

On the spot painting: First, Lalita of GMT of Education; Second, Simranjit Kaur of GMT of Education; Third, Anshu Prabhraya of BCM College of Education.

Still Life: Navdeep Kaur of GMT of Education 2, Sarabjeet Kaur of Sant Baba Hari Singh College Mahalpur and Vishali Jindal of Bhutta College of Education 3.

Collage Making: First, Rupneet Kaur of Gobindgarh College of Education; Second, Dasuya Kuljit Kaur of GTB Khalsa College of Education; Third, Ritika Saini of Dev Samaj College of Education.

Cartooning Making: First, Guveen Kaur of BCM College of Education; Second, Puneet Kaur of Nankana Sahib College of Education Kot Gangu Rai; Third, Simranjeet Kaur of GMT College of Education.

Clay Modeling: First, Pratibha Kumari; Second, Sakhshi Jindal of Government College of Education Chandigarh; Third, Saniya Jain of GMT College of Education.



Fashion institute organises NGO visit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology organised a day out for all the students to an NGO, Ashirwad, which is a rehabilitation center-cum-school for people with developmental disabilities. The move aimed to inculcate in the students the values of compassion, humility, emotion of sharing and above all, love for their fellow beings.

The students of the institute from all the three streams-fashion design, knitwear design and fashion merchandising and production were present on the occasion. They had made cushion-covers, potlis, Diyas, wax candles, fancy envelopes, mobile covers, bags, a contribution for an exhibition cum sale held at Ashirwad.

The students had a face to face experience with the realities of life and felt how blessed they are in their life.

The coordinator of the event Jyoti Kakkar, thanked the academics coordinator Ratandeep Rakhi and the faculty Pradeep Mandal and Mohammad Sagir for their unflinching support.



Shun crackers this Diwali, urges youth association
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 20
The Rising Youth Association, an NGO, organised an interactive meeting with residents of Rajguru Nagar here to motivate them not to burst crackers on Diwali.

Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, said for most people, crackers were the highlight of Diwali. But little did people realise that in thickly populated and highly polluted cities like Ludhiana, the temporary joy of watching crackers burst wreaked havoc on environment. The toxic substances in crackers released toxic gases that were harmful to health. Also, the high noise level generated by the crackers caused immense suffering to birds and animals. Not only this, crackers were dreaded by those who were ailing.

Dr Karandeep Singh Kochar, an ENT specialist, said the toxic substances and other chemicals that went in the manufacture of crackers could lead to several temporary health problems and over the period to many chronic diseases like irritation in the respiratory tract, anaemia and damage to kidney, nervous disorders, hearing impairment and allergic skin conditions.

NGO joint secretary JB Singh said the sustained drive against crackers had evoked a good response and the sale of crackers in the city had reportedly declined by 20 to 30 per cent. “However, a lot more is still to be done and relentless efforts have to be made to save the environment,” he said.



City has 447 dengue patients

Ludhiana, October 20
Suspected cases of dengue from various parts of the city and across the state have been continuously pouring in hospitals of the city.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer (DHO), said 447 dengue patients had been reported from different areas of the city.

He said: “In this season, two patients from Ludhiana have died of dengue so far. Two other patients who died belonged to another state.”

The DHO said instructions had been issued to all hospitals of the city to send samples of suspected patients to the health department for a test. — TNS



World Osteoporosis Day
Adolescents also suffering from osteoporosis
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Women are more prone to osteoporosis due to menopause and hormonal conditions, but nowadays, not only men, but also adolescents have started suffering from it.

Dr RS Sodhi, head of the orthopaedic department and Medical Superintendent of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said: “In the recent years, I have seen that city adolescents -- between the ages of 11 and 18 years --- are also suffering from osteoporosis. The reason is poor outdoor activity. Children only play computer games and avoid outdoor games, which are required for healthy bones. Among my patients, about 25 per cent are adolescents.”

Giving reasons for osteoporosis among the elderly, Dr Ravinder Vatsayan, an ayurvedacharya, said: “Sedentary lifestyle, excessive smoking and drinking and taking low levels of dietary calcium are reasons for the bones becoming porous and brittle in old age.”

He said certain digestive disorders effected the absorption of nutrients. These disorders included inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease, long term use of steroids, thyroid disorders and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Heredity predisposition was another cause of osteoporosis.

“Osteoporotic conditions can be present without any symptoms for decades unless the bone fractures. Osteoporosis also does not affect the whole skeleton to an equal degree. Prevention of osteoporosis in the elderly is as important as its treatment. Unfortunately, by the time the disease is detected, nearly a quarter of the bone mass is already lost,” he said.


n Bodyache
n Backache
n Lethargy


n Go for regular bone marrow density test
n Have balanced diet
n Avoid junk food
n Exercise regularly/go for walks
n Play outdoor games
n Ensure optimum calcium intake



MC Commissioner inspects road
Samples taken to check quality
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
After receiving a complaint relating to irregularities in the construction of a road in the Sector 39 area on the Chandigarh Road here, MC Commissioner AK Sinha today visited the site and asked MC officials to take samples of the road.

Construction on the road had started some months ago when Sinha was on a training programme. “I visited the spot after I received a complaint that there were several irregularities in the construction of the road. It’s a long road and I was told that a particular portion was not constructed as per specifications,” he said.

The chips used in the construction of the road were big in size. “We have taken the samples, which will be sent for checking at a laboratory. After the report, which is expected in 15 days, we will be able to know about the content of the coal tar, bitumen and other materials,” said Sinha.

Sinha also visited a park under construction at Kidwai Nagar and checked the work on the covering of Ganda Nullah.

On September 30, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal had conducted a surprise check at a road under construction in Model Town. Bansal had noticed that substandard material was being used. Samples were taken and sent to Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College.

However, Executive Engineer HC Salaria said the laboratory report had given a clean chit to the contractor. “As per the report, there were no anomalies in the construction of that road,” he said.



NSS camp at RIMT ends

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 20
The NSS unit of RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a day’s camp on the college premises under the guidance of programme officer Upasana Mehndiratta. The theme of the camp was “Keep Campus Clean.” The camp was inaugurated by college principal Dr Rajwant Kaur.

Volunteers participated in activities like cleaning of the rooms, picking of scraps, washing windows and maintenance of the bulletin board. Each group was assigned different duties. Poster making and slogan-writing competitions were organised to make volunteers aware of the environment. — OC



Dog show at vet varsity on Oct 30
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a dog show on October 30. The show will be organised at the Silver Jubilee Complex of College of Veterinary Science. Dr Kirti Dua, Head, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, said dogs of different breeds from northern India would compete in the show. Prizes will be given to the best dogs brought to the show. Prizes would also be given to the best junior handler and best lady handler. On describing importance of dog as pet, Dr Dua said it one of the most popular household animals kept for companionship and a person’s enjoyment.

The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance and for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits. Pets help in relieving stress to those who like having animals around.

There is now a medically approved class of “therapy animals,” mostly dogs that are brought to visit confined humans. Walking a dog can provide both owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction.

All major pharmaceutical companies would also participate in the show. Besides this, there will be stalls from dog-groomers and pet food manufacturers. Those interested can get themselves registered with the Head, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence.



from colleges
Slogan writing and painting competition

Ludhiana: NCC unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised a painting and slogan writing contest for creating consciousness about the environmental protection, human rights and communal harmony among the cadets. 30 cadets participated in the competitions. The Theme for the painting competition was ‘Let us save this Earth’ and for slogan writing competition it was “One contribution that I can make to, make a better world is?” Shiwani Vaid and Ritu Verma of BCom I secured first and second positions, respectively, in slogan writing contest. Ritu Verma, Deepali Bhardwaj and Bhawna Pahuja secured first, second and third positions, respectively. Principal Karmjit Kaur Virdi congratulated the cadets and encouraged them to develop a sense of social responsibility to make a world ’Global Kutumb’, a world free from all types of inequalities and discriminations.

Dheeyan da Mela

The meeting of organisation committee, "Dheeyan Da Mela", was held at Government College for Women. S Hira Singh Gabaria Ji, Minister Jails, Cultural Affairs, Printing and Stationary, Punjab, presided over the meeting. S Ranjodh Singh, president Lalit Kala Academy, Prof Kuldeep Kaur Tiwana, Jagdev Singh Gohlwadia, college principal, Gurminder Kaur and many other members participated in it. Gabaria said new looks have been given to the fair. Many new items have been included this time. Narinder Biba Award of Rs 50,000 in folk song category will be awarded to the best singers. Gurmeet Bawa and many other singers will participate in this fair. The fair will be inaugurated by Finance Minister Upinderjit Kaur on October 21 at 9.00 am. Sewa Singh Sekhwan education minister, Punjab, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Tikshan Sood Minister Local Bodies, Punjab and many other leaders will attend the fair. Students will be briefed about previous culture. About 40,000 people are expected to attend the fair. The college students from whole Punjab will attend the functions. All the arrangements for this fair are made by the organisers.

Two-day workshop

Human Values and Professional Ethics Cell, Punjab Technical University (PTU) organised a two-day workshop under the aegis of ISTE Chapter Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town. Dr Devansh Mittal from IIT, Hyderabad was the resource person in the workshop. In the inaugural address, Bhardwaj emphasised the need for human values and professional ethics education keeping in view the prevailing values system in the society. He also informed the participants about the contents and pedagogy used in delivering the human values education. Dr SB Singh, in his first technical session, introduced the theme of workshop and emphasised that everything starts from self and ends at self. In the second session Dr Devansh Mittal emphasised on the right understanding of relationship and physical facilities. Dr HS Singh proposed a vote of thanks and expressed his deep gratitude to the PTU vice-chancellor, coordinator and other members of the PTU advisory council for holding the Workshop in GNIMT. — Tribune reporters



school notes
Science fest at Bal Bharati

A “Science Fest” was organised at Bal Bharati Public School here today. Brain-teasing and model-making contests were organised as a part of the fest. Students of class third to fifth made working models on various topics like water cycle, bioscope, kaleidoscope, white light is made of seven colours, windmill, formation of day and night, natural calamities like volcano and earthquake, water level indicator to save water and artificial satellite. Senior students visited the meteorological department of Punjab Agricultural University. The students were explained how the temperature, humidity, soil temperature, total sun shine, wind speed, wind direction and atmospheric pressure are recorded on daily basis. The fest will continue till October 25.

Youth fest at BCM Dugri

BCM Dugri celebrated Youth Fest 2011 titled “BCM Ke Rang Alladin Ke Sang”. The fest was categorised into on stage and off stage events. Events like “Add mad show”, “brain-o-mania”, “picture depiction” and “ek kahawat” were added to the fest apart from solo singing and dancing. The overall winner of the on stage events was Kohinoor. Flower arrangement-dry and artificial, rangoli making and display-board decoration included the off-stage events.

Diwali celebrations

New GMT Public School celebrated Diwali on the campus here today. Diya decoration, greeting card making, rangoli design making were organised by the school students.

Rangoli competition

A rangoli competition was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension for the primary wing. The students made thematic presentations in the form of Ganesh portraits, flora and fauna motifs, and geometrical designs. — TNS



Electronics shop burgled

Amloh, October 20
Thieves broke into an electronic shop at Shamspur village, about 4 kilometers away from here on Tuesday night.

Balwant Singh, proprietor, Swatch Telecom and Mobile Care, said the thieves decamped with 70 new and 100 old mobiles, recharge coupons wroth Rs 10,000 and Rs 35,000 in cash. The thieves entered into the shop by breaking its shutter. However, the locks on both sides of the shutters were intact. — OC



Inter-state gang of vehicle thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The city police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of two persons. It has also recovered a stolen car and a motorcycle from their possession.

While the police succeeded in nabbing Ravinder Singh and Kailash Kumar, their accomplices Dev Kumar and Tirlochan Singh managed to give it a slip.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Satbir Singh Atwal said the accused were nabbed following a tip off. The gang was very active in the city. They used to steal the vehicles and further sell them by forging documents.

Yesterday, the police was tipped off that Ravinder Singh was trying to sell a stolen car from near the Canal Bridge at Shimlapuri. The cops laid a trap and nabbed Ravinder Singh. A stolen Tata Indigo car was also seized from his possession.

Ravinder cracked during interrogation and divulged details about the whereabouts of his accomplices Kailash Kumar, Dev Kumar and Tirlochan Singh.

The police team headed to Guru Nanak Nagar in Khanna and raided the hideout. While Kailash was nabbed with the stolen motorcycle, the other two accomplices managed to escape. The ADCP said the investigation was on and the accused would soon be nabbed.



Four vehicle thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 20
The local police claims to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of its members, including a woman. The gang was active in Khanna and its surrounding areas for the past several months and had stolen about a dozen vehicles. Former sarpanch of Harbanspura village Surmukh Singh was kingpin of the gang. Another member has been identifies as Parvinder Singh Babu.

The police has seized three motorcycles, three Activa, a Swaraj tractor, a .315 bore pistol and five cartridges have been seized from their possession. Four members of the gang have been arrested while one is absconding. The accused have been identified as Parvinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Anju Bala, all residents of Khanna, and Surmukh Singh, a resident of Harbanspura village near Khanna. Sandeep Singh, who is also a resident of Khanna, is absconding. DSP Khanna, Davinder Singh Dhuri, said the gang was cornered while they were planning to loot a petrol station. They were nabbed from the deserted backyards of Sunder City Enclave.

The DSP said Anju Bala (27) used to conduct recce of the place where the gang committed thefts later on. She met Parvinder Singh later on. Lust for money made them establishes a gang, which committed robberies. They were presented in a court and remanded in police custody till October 24.



Hockey enthusiasts will have to wait
Preparations for Kabaddi World Cup delaying project, officials want one more month
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Preparations for the Kabaddi World Cup is delaying other ongoing projects undertaken by the Sports Department of Punjab. Thus, hockey enthusiasts will have to wait for some more time as Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has missed yet another deadline. Though Director (Sports), Punjab, Pargat Singh, on September 5, fixed October 15 for completing the stadium, but a visit to the place revealed that the workers are still constructing stands and the Astroturf is yet to be laid. According to Pargat Singh, the project is getting delayed, as the entire sports department is busy preparing for the Kabaddi World Cup.

“It’s a mega event and that is why, our main focus is on the Kabaddi World Cup. Besides materials meant for laying an Astroturf is still lying in the Dhandari Dry Port. I have directed officials to bring it to the PAU, so that the work on Astroturf could be completed at the earliest. But I assure you that the stadium would be complete by November end,” claimed Pargat Singh.

Officials said it might take one month for the stadium to complete. “Right now, we are constructing stands and spectators’ gallery. The work on lying of Astroturf would soon start as we have already prepared the base,” an official said.

This is the second deadline, which has passed, with the earlier one of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who had claimed that the stadium would be completed by August 30. At that time, Pargat Singh had claimed that the deadline could not be met due to the downpour in the city and had asserted that the stadium would be ready by October 15.



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