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Crime graph looks north in city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Snatching, theft and robbery cases have witnessed a sharp increase in the city in recent times. Be it any part of the city, one case or the other related to such crimes is reported almost daily. Thanks to the lack of coordination between the police and the jail authorities, the former fails to get the daily update about criminals and their records.

"Neither do we get any information nor we have any data about the criminals lodged in jails. They come out from jails on bail or after being released, but we know nothing about their activities. Had there been any coordination between the jail authorities and local police, the rising crime graph could have been brought down by keeping a track of criminals," said an official in the department on condition of anonymity.

A majority of criminals lodged in jails who indulge in petty crimes including snatching, theft and robbery incidents, are "habitaul offenders". And there is a provision in the law that these criminals can come under the Police Register Transfer (PRT) procedure. However, being a tedious and lengthy process, neither the jail authorities nor the police seem to be interested in keeping their record. If the claims of the police are any indication, there is a nexus between certain political leaders, "nukkar" (petty) criminals and cops, due to which such incidents keep on repeating in the city. " A majority of these criminals are drug-addicts, who commit the crime to get their daily dose (of drugs). And the snatchers have got “set separate shops” from where shopkeepers purchase the snatched products from criminals at lower prices. Obviously, they cannot go to any jewellery shop to sell the stolen products. If the department keeps a tab on guilty leaders/cops and criminals, things could be curbed to an extent," said the official. Jail Superintendent SP Khanna, when asked if any track record of criminals was sent to the police to curb crime incidents, said, "There is no such provision. The jail authorities do not provide any track record of criminals to the police. But yes, if it starts happening, things would be much different," said Khanna.

Knitwear Club seeks security

Members of the Knitwear Club here said that Ludhiana, being the hosiery hub, was the preferred destination of buyers. Due to the rising crime graph in recent times, buyers, however, feel scared to bring payments and even hesitate to purchase goods from the Ludhiana hosiery industry. Representatives of the club urged the police chief to provide adequate security in Dal Bazar, Chawal Bazar, Wait Ganj, Bajwa Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Hazuri Road, Modhopuri and other areas as customers carrying cash were vulnerable to robbers waylaying them.

Poor tracking of criminals

Neither do we get any information nor have we any data about the criminals lodged in jails. They come out from jails on bail or after being released, but we know nothing about their activities. Had there been any coordination between the jail authorities and the police, the rising crime graph could have been brought down by keeping a track of criminals.

A police official


Solid waste management for city
Company to restart work from next month
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A good news for city residents. Heaps of garbage along roads and shabbily maintained garbage-collection points might become a thing of the past, as the company, which has secured the contract of solid waste management for the city, will restart its operations from the first week of December.

A fresh agreement between the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the company, A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, will be signed next week and after that, the work will start.

Ever since the company officials started their operations of door-to-door collection of garbage from homes in the city from August 15, they were facing tough resistance from thousands of private garbage collectors operating in the city. That is why, the company could not start its operations properly and was collecting garbage from only few areas.

Later, in protest, thousands of safai karamcharis and private garbage collectors had gone on strike across the state from October 4-9. After getting an assurance, the strike ended and later, at a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh, Local Bodies Minister Tikshan Sud and other government officials, it was decided that A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd would lift garbage only from the garbage-collection points and from garbage bins of the MC.

A senior MC official said after the meeting with the government, it was decided that the private garbage collectors would continue lifting garbage from houses and other commercial establishments.

“So the company would now be involved in secondary collection and not primary collection, which is door-to-door collection of solid waste from homes and commercial establishments. The earlier contract with A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd was for primary collection and that is why, before the company restarted its operations, some clauses in the contract had to be altered,” said the official.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha said Rajnish Mehra, MD and CEO, A2Z Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, accompanied by other company officials and the consultancy firm, met him today. “We discussed the project and hopefully a fresh contract with the company would be signed by next week. And once the contract is signed, the company would start its operations,” informed Sinha.

Tasked with secondary collection

The company would now be involved in secondary collection and not primary collection, which is door-to-door collection of solid waste from homes and commercial establishments. The earlier contract with A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd was for primary collection.



Assistant town planners reshuffled
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In a major development in the building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), all assistant town planners (ATPs) have been shifted to different zones of the city. While ATP Nirmal Preet Singh has been transferred to Patiala, ATP Ravinder Sharma joins the Ludhiana MC from Amritsar.

Terming it to be a routine affair, MC Commissioner AK Sinha said as one of the ATPs had been transferred to Patiala, we had a vacancy. That is why, a new ATP was appointed, while the other ATPs were also reshuffled. All ATPs had been appointed in such a way that they performed to the best of their abilities.

ATP Surinder Singh Bindra, who was earlier posted in Zone B, joins Zone D. ATP Kamaljit Kaur, who was earlier posted in Zone D, joins Zone B. Harpreet Ghai, earlier posted in Zone A, joins Zone C and Ravinder Sharma, who was earlier posted in the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, has been appointed as ATP of Zone A.

Zone ATP

A Ravinder Sharma

B Kamaljit Kaur

C Harpreet Ghai

D Surinder S Bindra



Cold brings respite from dengue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
With the recent dip in mercury, there is a respite to people from dengue cases. City hospitals and clinics, which were earlier flooded with dengue patients from the district as well as from other parts of the state, have heaved a sigh of relief now.

Dr Jasbeer Singh, District Epidemiologist of Ludhiana, said, "For the past some days, we have not received new dengue patients. The department is busy testing the previously collected blood samples. There are hardly any new samples."

Dr Kanwal Maseeh, Medical Superintendent of Christian Medical College and Hospital, said,"There is a considerable decrease in suspected dengue patients."

Meanwhile, Deepak Bhatia, State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Survillence Project, Punjab, said, "This year, as many as 3,195 dengue patients were reported in the state. But now, the trend is increasing.”



2 killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 22
Two persons were killed, while seven sustained serious injuries in different road mishaps that happened last night around Phillaur and Phagwara. As per the information, two persons, including a motorcyclist and a Tata Safari driver, died on the spot when both vehicles had a head-on collided near the Haripur-Phillaur road last night.

In the second mishap, five persons, including four members of a family, sustained serious injuries when a speeding car hit a tractor-trolley near Thalla village last night. The injured driver, Navjeet Singh, car occupants, Ajit Singh, his wife Monica, daughters Ritika and Ramandeep, were admitted to the Civil Hospital.



Major fire at factory in Industrial Area
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A major fire broke out in a factory dealing with hosiery waste in Industrial Area Extension, here this evening. Workers came out of the factory soon after the fire broke out. They tried calling up the fire brigade at 101 but it took them at least 45 minutes to establish contact with the fire officials.

By the time the fire brigade arrived at the scene, the fire had engulfed the premises of the factory (No. 65 B).

According to sources, the owner of the factory was not at the scene when the incident happened.

Since hosiery waste is highly inflammable, everything turned into ashes within minutes. The exact loss could not be ascertained till the filing of the report. No casualty was, however, reported. Kartar Singh, ADFO, said he was going to the scene to take stock of the firefighting operation.

“At this stage, we cannot say anything in terms of financial losses,” he added.

Cause unknown

The fire occured in a unit dealing with hosiery waste which is highly inflammable. Everything was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes.



Vet varsity, PAU playground for stray dogs
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 22
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have become a haven for stray dogs. Researchers and employees find it difficult to roam in the campuses due to the increasing population of stray dogs. The stray dogs menace is also a threat to the lives of livestock.

“Animal flesh is always the hot choice of stray dogs, so these dogs get attracted towards poultry farms and livestock post-mortem house in GADVASU campus,” said an employee of GADVASU.

“Once an official took the initiative to make the campus dog free but he did not get success. We caught the dogs, throw them outside the campus, but every time they come back,” revealed another employee.

Meanwhile, estate official Jaskarn Singh, PAU, said, “Not only the university, villages and cities are also facing the same problem by missing a consistent sterilisation drive. We have limited powers, so we cannot do anything by law.”

“Sterilisation of dogs is the only solution. We will discuss the issue with veterinary university departments and will take an appropriate action,” said SP Sangha, estate official of GADVASU.



5 plots yield GLADA Rs 5.10 cr in auction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold five residential plots in Sector 32-A on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road through public auction, raising a little more than Rs 5.10 crore from the sale proceeds.

On offer were 23 residential plots, including 15 measuring 300 sq yd each and the rest measuring 400 sq yd each, in the prime residential colony.

As compared to some of the earlier occasions when residential plots and commercial sites proposed to be put under the hammer by GLADA failed to attract buyers, and the auction proceedings had to be called off, the sale of these residential plots, that too at a handsome premium (the highest bid being 48 per cent above the reserve price), has brought back cheer to the faces of the GLADA officials.

According to the GLADA additional chief administrator Jaswant Singh and estate officer Jeet Ram, who conducted the auction, 14 bidders had turned up at the public auction, indicative of a slight turnaround in the real estate market.

Of the five plots that went under the hammer, the highest bid (Rs 36,500 per sq yd with a premium of 48 per cent) was offered for plot No. 3959, followed by Rs 34,700 (premium of 41.05 per cent) for plot No. 1526, Rs 34,100 (premium of 38.6 per cent) for plot No. 1534 and Rs 28,000 (premium of 13.8 per cent) per sq yd for plot No. 1556. All plots, measuring 300 sq yd each, were carrying a reserve price of Rs 24,600 per sq yd.

That there were few takers for the residential plots with bigger area was evident from the very low bids received for the sole plot with an area of 400 sq yd, which went for Rs 27,600 per sq yd against a reserve price of Rs 27,060 (10 per cent extra for being a corner plot) yielding a premium of just about 1.99 per cent.

While GLADA officials appeared confident that the offers proposed to made in the future for sale of residential plots and commercial sites would evoke a better response and there would be no repeat of some of the public auctions that turned out to be a fiasco, the sources in the real estate market maintained that the reserve price of the residential plots offered for sale today were relatively high in comparison to the prevailing market rates in the area.

“Plots on resale are available in the open market for Rs 30,000 per sq yd and deals are being struck at this price level on a regular basis. Those purchasing plots in the open market also have an added advantage of under-valuation of the property for the purpose of registration of sale deed, which is not possible in the case of property purchased in the open auction conducted by GLADA,” said a property adviser, saying it was the major reason for the lukewarm response to the auctions conducted by GLADA for sale of properties.

Bloated reserve price

Realtors maintain that the reserve price of the residential plots offered for sale today are relatively high in comparison to the prevailing market rates in the area



Open discharge of sewage miffs residents
Delay in sewerage project inauguration causes resentment
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 22
It’s an endless wait for local residents to see the inauguration of the ambitious sewerage project even as the problem of sewage disposal gets murkier by the day. The problem is so extreme that sewage of the town is being discharged onto a piece of land allotted for the setting up an advanced training institute.

The accumulation of sewage is not only causing inconvenience to the residents but also posing a health hazard.

“Authorities seems to be least bothered about the accumulation of sewage, which has also inundated an adjoining road, posing problems for motorists,” residents lament.

“The inauguration of the sewerage project should have been treated as a matter of priority. If the project is delayed further, we will have to continue to live in appalling conditions,” says Pawan Kumar Kaushal, a local resident.

“It is up to the municipal council to get the project up and running at the earliest so that sewage doesn’t inundate streets and even houses,” says Inderjit Singh, another resident.

Lambasting the state government for its failure to mitigate their suffering, Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, another resident, says: “Even the sangat darshan programme by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has failed to provide any solution to the problem. Despite repeated pleas, our demands have remained unfulfilled. If, at this juncture, the council backs out from its promise of undertaking the sewerage project, all hell will break loose for the residents.”

Sudarshan Sharma, former president, municipal council, says: “Lack of planning for disposing of sewage and waste has been the biggest hurdle. Open discharge of sewage has aggravated the problems of the residents. The municipal council has failed to find any concrete solution to problem.” “The waste is being discharged into open spaces without realising its repercussions. In the rainy season, dirty water inundates streets,” says Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, a resident. “The problem is going to get worse, as due to the widening of the road along the canal, the drain carrying partial sewage along the canal has narrowed down,” fears another resident.

The executive officer of the municipal council says: “The project is in the hands of GLADA and they know the exact status of the project. The deputy chief minister will shortly lay the foundation stone of the water treatment plant for which four sites have been finalised. While two of these sites, located at Doraha village and Satnam Nagar, have been approved, the other two, on the Jaipura road and Arraichan road, are yet to get the official nod,” says MC president Inderjit Singh Kala.



Stray cattle menace hits villages, too
Old, abandoned animals wreak havoc in fields
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 22
Condemning government apathy over stray and old milch animals that destroy standing crops, farmers of the region have urged the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, to impress upon the authorities in the agriculture department to come to their rescue.

Claiming that a large number of stray cattle have been accommodated at Shree Radha Krishan Gaushala at Kaind village, Bimal Kumar Sharma, chairman of the organisation, has appealed to the owners of dairy farms to not abandon old and useless cattle.

Farmers led by Pritam Singh, sarpanch of Assi Kalan, Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli allege that herds of stray animals, including old cows and oxen, have been destroying crops standing in their fields.

This has resulted in a situation where farmers have to depute extra labour to prevent these animals from entering their fields.

Asserting that Malwa was one of the worst affected regions, farmers say crops cannot be saved unless the government takes organised steps to check wandering of stray animals.

As sentiments of members of a particular community are associated with cattle, farmers abstain from using force to save their crops from stray cattle.

They have urged the owners of gaushalas to take care of the cattle. The rest of the wild animals will be taken care of by government agencies, they add.

Claiming that they have been donating fodder to gaushalas of the region, the farmers have offered help in case of need.



Snarl-ups a norm on Lajpat Rai Road
Haphazard parking, encroachments by shopkeepers to blame
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 22
Residents of the local Lajpat Rai Road have been facing a tough time owing to frequent traffic jams on the stretch. Efforts of the local traffic police and some innovative ideas adopted by the police to ease the congestion on the road have also proved futile.

The problem is not new to the residents of the area. Things are set to get worse in the coming days when a large number of NRIs and their families visit the town for shopping. The road get packed with haphazardly parked vehicles, thereby obstructing the traffic.

One of the main reasons behind the chaos is the haphazard parking of vehicles by visitors. Most visitors to the market on the road come from surrounding villages and the problem gets out of hand when they park their vehicles, including trailers, Jeeps, cars, etc. on the road.

Though the traffic police has tried to control the situation by taking strict action against violators, there has been little improvement.

The police has been issuing challans to violators parking their vehicles haphazardly on the road in the recent months.

However, this has had little effect on people who refuse to mend their ways and continue to violate the traffic rules.

Visitors site lack of parking space in the town as the reason for frequent traffic jams.

“Due to the lack of parking space, visitors have no option but to park their vehicles along the roadside, thereby obstructing smooth flow of traffic. Traffic jams are widespread on the stretch between Kamal Chowk and Old Grain Market Chowk,” says Ravinder Saggu, a shopkeeper on the Lajpat Rai Road.

Besides, encroachment by shopkeepers on both sides of the road has compounded the situation. A large number of shopkeepers put up their products on display along the roadside, narrowing down the road further. The police has been appealing to the shopkeepers to remove the encroachment but to no avail.

Moreover, municipal council officials as well as councillors do not bother to act against the encroachers. Councillors often come to the rescue of such shopkeepers when officials initiate action against them for encroachment.

A number of important offices, including head post office, telephone exchange, State Bank of India, Central Bank of Indian, Punjab and Sindh Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, and some schools are located on the road and thousands of people visit these every day.

However, there is no proper parking space, leaving visitors with no option but to park their vehicles along the roadsides.

Jagraon traffic police in-charge Gurcharan Singh blames encroachment by shopkeepers and haphazard parking by visitors for the chaos.

“We have warned people a number of times and even challaned the offenders in the past but there is little change in their attitude. They keep parking their vehicles the wrong way, which is one of the main reasons behind traffic jams,” he says.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir says: “We have launched a number of anti-encroachment drives in the past and even impounded goods put on display by shopkeepers but things are back to square one within a few days.”



Keeping skin ailments at bay
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The dry winter season brings along many skin problems. Problems like psoriasis and eczema, etc. get exaggerated and add to the suffering of patients. Dr Shikha Aggarwal, a skin specialist, gave tips to students of Guru Nanak Girl College during a workshop on skin care, organised by the Rotary Club, here today.

“Once the cold days and nights of winter set in, our skin needs care. Since the skin is stripped of its natural oils in the winter, due to harsh weather outside and indoor heating, it is even more important to use winter protection for skin. This lack of natural oils and moisture makes the skin more susceptible to many skin diseases.”

The first step is to take lukewarm water showers rather than hot water for bathing. After every bath, preferably within 2-3 minutes, apply a good quality moisturiser to keep the body’s natural oil sealed inside. Add a few drops of oil to the water used for bath, said Dr Aggarwal.

The skin expert also advised the students to consume a healthy diet mainly of fruit and vegetables and drink a lot of water to maintain the natural glow of the skin.

“Winters also bring the worst out of our lips, which need immediate attention. Use a highly moisturising lip balm. Apply an exfoliating and humidifying cream to your feet,” she advised.

Around 300 students participated in the workshop.

Do’s and don’ts

  • Drink water as it hydrates the skin from inside
  • Use humidifier to bring moisture back into the air
  • Exfoliate once a week to remove dead cells
  • Use an oil-based moisturiser to protect skin from moisture loss
  • Use sunscreen having moisturiser
  • Use gloves preferably of cotton or cotton lining beneath wool
  • Take essential fatty acids “EFA”
  • Put a few drops of oil (olive/jojoba in bathing water



Night shelter serves little purpose for homeless
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 22
With the winter season setting in and climate getting cooler with every passing day, homeless persons of the town have no place to spend their nights. Though Jagraon Municipal Council (MC) had arranged a night shelter for the homeless last year, the shelter is serving no purpose, as it remained locked most of the time and the homeless are still forced to spend their nights in the open.

The MC had converted Shaheed Bhagat Singh community hall situated on the Raikot road into the night shelter last year with the aim of providing roof to the homeless, but there is not a single person who stays at the shelter.

According to records of the MC, at present there are about 10 homeless persons in the town and the MC has provided night shelter to them.

The records also maintain that besides offering shelter to these persons, the MC also provides other free of cost facilities, including blankets, food, etc, to them.

But during a visit to the night shelter, it was found that the main gate of the shelter was locked. Besides, there was not even a single person present at the shelter. Moreover, heaps of garbage was lying in front of the locked gate, which clearly shows that the shelter has not been opened for long.

Instead most of the homeless persons were seen spending their nights in the open at railway station, near bus stand, on the roadsides and other vacant public places. Interestingly, where the MC records put the number of homeless persons in the town to 10, the investigation carried out by the Tribune revealed that there were at least 50 persons who spend their nights in the open.

“I have been staying here for the past two months but nobody ever informed me about the arrangement of a night shelter in the town for the homeless,” said Shankar, a migrant rickshaw puller, who spends his nights in front of a shop outside the railway station.

However, it raises serious concern over the working of MC authorities. Either council officials have failed to make these persons aware about the facility of the night shelter or they do not want to do this for the reasons best known to them.

According to sources, this scheme is costing high to the government, but serving, too, little for the homeless.

When contacted, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir claimed that the MC has provided a night shelter for the homeless. When asked how many homeless reside there, he failed to reply and said he had to check the record to tell the actual number of people living in the night shelter.



MC joins hands with beauty company
Empowering girl child belonging to BPL
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
For empowering girl child belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) has signed a contract with a private beauty company in which girls in the age group of 15-35 years would be trained free of cost in vocational beauty and hair culture training.

A contract for the same was signed between the company and MC today and these girls would be absorbed under the Swarn Jayanti Shehri Rozgar Yojna, wherein the government will send shortlisted candidates from the BPL category to the company. Confirming this development, MC Commissioner AK Sinha said the selected girls would be trained at the company’s office located in Ghumar Mandi here.

“After completing this two-month course, the girls would get a certificate from the company, with the help of which they can start their own business. Besides, the company has also agreed to help these girls in finding suitable jobs. This course would make the girls financially independent and would also help them support their families,” said Sinha.

The girls, who can apply for this course should be in the age group of 15-35 years and should have passed class VIII. “The course in which the girls would be trained otherwise costs Rs 10,000, but as the company is in contract with the MC, this course would be free of cost. Every batch would consist 40 students and once this group completes the training, another group would be sent for training. There are around 5,000 families in the city which fall in the BPL category and I have already asked all councillors and MC officials to make a list of such prospective girls, who could be trained,” said Sinha.

If any city resident wants to avail this facility, he can contact MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon, who has been made in charge for this project.

A contract has been signed between the beauty company and MC today and girls belonging to the BPL category would be absorbed under the Swarn Jayanti Shehri Rozgar Yojna, wherein the government will send shortlisted candidates to the company. Confirming this development, MC Commissioner AK Sinha said the selected girls would be trained at the company’s office located in Ghumar Mandi here.



Stress to maintain soil health
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A three-week training programme on “Enhancement of soil health for sustaining crop productivity and improving environmental quality” began at Punjab Agricultural University today.

The training organised by the department of soil science under the aegis of Centre for Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT) of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi, attracted 25 scientists from ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities from all over the country.

Inaugurating the training, Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, highlighted the importance of maintaining soil health in improving agricultural productivity while conserving environment.

He further pointed out that the training would sensitise scientists about the need of enhancing and conserving soil health and maintaining environment for future generations.

Dr US Sadana, head of the department of soil science, highlighted the contribution of Punjab towards food grains to the central pool.



Brick-kiln owners vow to preserve environment
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Doraha, November 22
Owners and labourers working in various brick-kilns situated in the area vowed to extend support to the movement launched to preserve environment by officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PCCB).

Darshan Singh Jawanda, Sarabjit Singh Dhillon and Surinder Tangri, office-bearers of the Brick-Kiln Owners’ Association, Ludhiana, led the group in taking the oath. The oath was taken in response to the call made by PPCB officials led by RK Goyal and Rajiv Sharma, executive engineers at a brick-kiln at Pawa village near here.

According to Vijay Shahi, an office-bearer of the association, about 200 labourers and owners of the brick-kilns situated at Dehlon, Sayan, Shanker, Dulley and Ghabaddi villages had vowed to follow the tips to conserve energy and environment illustrated by experts of the board at a function organised jointly by the board and association today.

The owners also vowed to plant maximum number of saplings to nullify unavoidable pollution caused by burning of coal and wood in kilns.

The experts had illustrated that slight precaution taken during feeding of coal would cut down the consumption of fuel, besides decreasing the level of pollution.



fund exemption
Govt schools groan for want of alternative grant
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The implementation of the right to education (RTE) Act and the exemption for school students from paying various charges have put government schools in a tight spot, as the state government has not set aside any alternative grant for the infrastructure of schools.

The schools are helpless as they do not have funds to meet the expenses incurred in shape of electricity, telephone, newspaper bills, salaries of part-time sweepers and watchmen, or sundry items like official stationery and examination sheets.

Earlier, the schools used to charge PTA fund, amalgamated funds, sports fund to meet the official, stationery, electricity and other recurring expenses.

In the absence of funds, government middle schools are suffering the most, as the government has exempted students from paying all charges till class VIII under the RTE Act.

“Education is not a priority with the government. Schools do not have any fund to meet the expenses. How will the school authorities maintain good standards? The government should issue grants for the infrastructure of schools,” said a teacher, seeking anonymity.

‘No one has approached me’

We have not yet received any instructions on the issue of grant from the higher authorities. Not a single school headmaster has so far approached me seeking additional funds. If someone has any difficulty, they can discuss it with me

Sudesh Bajaj, District Education Officer



PAU staff Poll
Allegations rule the roost

Ludhiana, November 22
Even though the PAU employees’ elections are scheduled to be held on December 2, the election scene has already started gearing up at the campus with both major groups levelling allegations, counter allegations against each other.

While the group led by Paramjit Singh Gill said employees at the farm varsity “desperately” wanted a change in the leadership the other group represented by president Harbans Singh Mundi said they were unnecessarily levelling allegations against the latter. — TNS




Essay-writing contest

Raring to go: Cadets of the Khalsa College for Women in a jubilant mood ahead of the NCC Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday
Raring to go:
Cadets of the Khalsa College for Women in a jubilant mood ahead of the NCC Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

LUDHIANA: The NCC unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, in collaboration with the 3Punjab Girls Battalion, NCC, celebrated the NCC week by organising an essay writing competition here on Tuesday. The theme of the competition was “Has the Jan Lokpal Bill sounded death knell to corruption and do you think that means adopted by Anna Hazare were fair enough to achieve the end”. Cadets expressed views and emphasised on the purity of means to achieve the fruitful ends. Under officer Deepali Bhardwaj (BCom-II), cadet Shivani Thakur (BBA-I) and cadet Anu Thakur (BCA-I) were declared won top positions. Principal Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi congratulated the winners.

77 donate blood

A girl donates blood during a camp at Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Tuesday
A girl donates blood during a camp at Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The Youth Red Cross Society, NSS and NCC wing of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, organised a blood donation camp here Tuesday. The camp was organised in collaboration with the department of transfusion medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal inaugurated the camp. Commanding Officer Lt Col Subash Sehgal graced the event. More than 77 students and staff members donated blood.

Rally on NCC day

The NCC unit of GCW celebrated the NCC day under the supervision of Captain Narinderjit Kaur. Col S Sehgal, Commanding Officer of Girls Battalion Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Principal Gurminder Kaur welcomed the chief guest. The cadets took an oath to fight dowry menace to mark the NCC day. NSS unit under the supervision of Dr Manju Sahni also participated in the rally.

Leadership award

The Punjab College of Technical Education is conferred with the Dewang Mehta B-School Leadership Award 2011. The award will be given at a ceremony scheduled on November 26 at Mumbai. Dr KNS Kang, director, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated faculty and staff for their sincere and dedicated efforts towards imparting the best of business education to the students.

Quiz contest

GK quiz contest was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. The contest covered topics ranging from mythology, “Bharat ko Jano”, current affairs, spell bee, history, monuments, science, mathematics and comics. Principal Navita Puri applauded participants and housemasters for putting up a good show. Nikhil, Arunav, Harshit and Divyanshi from class VIII won the first prize.

Prizes given

DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised the closing-cum-prize distribution ceremony of Sports Mania Week. Students presented cultural programmes to mark the occasion. Chief guest Charanjit Singh Saini, retired district sports officer, Punjab sports department, gave prizes to the winners.


Saraswati Modern School organised a gala fete at Partap Singh Wala branch on the Hambran road. A variety of game stalls, including basketball, lucky dip, one-minute games, antakshari, were organised. Children participated in flower making arrangement, rangoli and tattoo making. Prizes were given to winners. The function ended with the National Anthem. — Tribune Reporters




Remembrance Day

Traffic experts Kamaljit Soi and Lokesh Maingi hold a candle march at Sarabha Nagar on Monday to observe the World Remembrance Day. The day is observed in memory of road accident victims.

Nagar kirtan

A nagar kirtan was organised from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib on Tuesday to observe the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. Participants performed gatka. Gurmat samagams will be organised at the gurdwara on November 23 and 24 as a part of the celebrations during which Hazoori Raagis from the Golden Temple will recite shabad kirtan.

Condolence meeting

Dr Jasjit Singh Sital, a retired professor from the department of biochemistry, Punjab Agricultural University, died of heart attack here last night. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, expressed grief over the sudden demise of Dr Sital. Basic Sciences College at PAU held a condolence meeting to pay homage to the departed soul. — Tribune Reporters



Woman hangs herself to death
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 22
A newly married woman, identified as Kiran Bala (22), reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan in her in-laws house in Rurrka-Kalan village in Phillaur sub-division last night.

The deceased father Husan Lal alleged that his daughter, who got married to Dharam Pal on August 31 this year, was being tortured by her in-laws to fullfill their dowry demands and the deceased was forced to take this extreme step. The police has registered a case under Section 304 of the IPC against the deceased husband Dharam Pal, father-in-law Mohan Lal, mother and sister-in-law and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem.



Body recovered

Phillaur, November 22
The body of a young unidentified person remained unnoticed in the fields near Muthada-Khurad village for several hours due to a jurisdiction dispute between Goraya and Phillaur police today.

The body was recovered by some villagers who informed the Goraya Police, who in return put the responsibility on the Phillaur police, which went on denying saying the place from where the body was found is in the jurisdiction of the Goraya police.

Later the Phillaur police registered a case under Section 174 of the IPC. — OC



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