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house tax & water supply & sewerage bills
State govt in please-all mode
With poll nearing, waives interest worth crores of defaulters
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
With the state assembly elections approaching, the state government seems to be in a please-all mode. The government has given a “breather” to defaulters by deciding to waive off crores of rupees of the pending amount of interest related to house tax and water supply and sewerage bills.

It means that residents have been given a choice that if they want to get their pending dues cleared, they will have to pay only the principal amount, while the interest charged on that particular amount (penalty) would be waived off.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is yet to recover a whopping Rs 154.91 crore as pending water and sewerage bills from city residents. Another Rs 50 crore is pending as house tax. Interestingly, this pending house tax amount includes only that of defaulters who owe more than Rs 1 lakh to the MC.

Even if the principal amount is deducted from the total amount, the waived off amount too would run into crores of rupees.

Confirming that the state government’s decision was inked to the assembly elections, a senior MC officer said “That is why residents don’t pay their bills on time; they know that whenever its election time, the penalty would be waived off. Had the MC recovered the entire amount, it could have been used for the overall development of the city. Unfortunately, our leaders believe in vote bank politics and that is why, people don’t pay their bills on time,” said an official.

MC Joint Commissioner PS Ghuman said, “Earlier, the local bodies department had issued orders that people who want to clear their pending house tax, water supply and sewerage bills, could pay till September 30. But later, some residents urged the state government to increase the date of clearing their dues. That is why now the residents who want to avail this facility can avail it by March 31, 2012.”


railway reservation complex
e-surveillance mooted
Move to check menace of touts, agents
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 25
In the wake of an organised racket of touts, agents and middlemen thriving at the railway reservation complex here, and all earlier attempts made to check the menace having proved futile, the divisional headquarter of the Northern Railway has now mooted a proposal to put the reservation complex under electronic surveillance.

Senior railways officials say once close circuit television (CCTV) cameras are in place at the reservation centre, arrangements will be made to watch the footage on a daily basis to identify the touts, those making repeated appearance and others carrying multiple forms for reservation of railway tickets.

Till such time, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff deployed at the railway station has been directed to get vidoegraphy done during heavy rush and also keep a close watch on those persons trying to make "benami" booking in the tatkal or general category.

For quite some time now, railway booking agents, touts and other middlemen have been ruling the roost at the reservation centre. While genuine passengers or their representatives keep standing in the queues waiting for their turn to make reservation, agents and touts manage to get tickets reserved on an "out-of-turn basis", thanks to certain "obliging" staff members. And then the same tickets are sold to desperate passengers on a hefty premium.

Sources at the railway reservation centre claimed that the problem was more acute in the case of "tatkal" tickets, which were purchased by middlemen as soon as tatkal booking opened in the morning with the help of "conniving" railway employees, while the genuine passengers were left in the lurch, and had no other choice but to buy tatkal tickets from agents by paying anything from Rs 200 to Rs 500 extra for each ticket.

"Now the problem has been solved to some extent with the railway decision not to entertain booking agents from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for tatkal booking and also saying no to multiple booking by others. But still some manipulating touts do manage to get tatkal tickets posing as genuine passengers," the sources added.

Railways officials asserted that electronic surveillance seemed to be the only permanent solution to the problem. "We shall not only be able to identify and act against dubious persons and touts by watching the CCTV footage, but more importantly, the staff at the reservation centre will also remain under the scanner all the time with no chances for any wrongdoing."



No flight from Sahnewal since Nov 17
With dip in mercury, the city has been witnessing foggy weather for many days
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The plight of the flight operating from the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport continues to remain the same despite the change in timings from November 23.

Keeping in mind the poor visibility record at the local airport, the timing of Air India flight taking off from the airport was changed from the existing evening time (5 pm) to afternoon (12.30 pm) from November 23 onwards.

The new schedule was implemented to avoid cancellations, but Air India officials at the airport said the flights on Wednesday and today were cancelled due to poor visibility conditions at Sahnewal.

For the past few days, with dip in mercury, the city is witnessing foggy weather, which is believed to be the main reason behind the cancellation of flights. On Wednesday, the visibility before landing and take off at the airport was only 1.5 km, while the required visibility is 5 km.

An airport official said frequent flight cancellations had resulted in a fall in the number of passengers.

It is also learnt that the work on DVOR, a device helping in better visibility, installation at the airport is under process with the under-grounding of 11kv high-tension wires going on. But the airport authorities have said that till the time 66-kv high tension wires are shifted, it will be difficult for the authorities to install the DVOR device.

Amrik Singh, manager of Air India at the Ludhiana airport, said that the number of passengers had come down as they were not able to operate flights on a regular basis. “Unfortunately, on Wednesday as well as today, we had foggy weather and that is why, the flights could not reach Ludhiana. The flights were cancelled from Delhi itself. The last flight had landed at the Ludhiana airport on November 17.”

As per the new timings, the Air India flight would depart from the Delhi airport at 11:05 am and would arrive at Ludhiana airport at 12:10 am. The same flight would then take off from Ludhiana at 12:30 pm and would reach Delhi at 1:35 pm.

Flight timings from Nov 23 (every Wed, Fri & Mon)

Departure from Delhi 11.05 am

Arrival at Ludhiana 12.10 am

Departure from Ludhiana 12.30 pm

Arrival at Delhi 1.35 pm



Gursharan keeps date with city
Prime Minister’s wife was in Ludhiana to attend the bhog of a relative
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
It turned out to be an unforgettable journey for many passengers travelling on the Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Amritsar when they came to know that they were on board with none other than Prime Minister's wife.

Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was here to attend the bhog of former PAU Prof Dr Seetal Singh, who passed away a few days ago. She also visited the house of her sister Thananter Kaur (84).

Passengers landing from other compartments were surprised to see the lady escorted by SPG commandoes at the railway station here this morning.

For those travelling in the executive class of the Shatabdi, it turned out to be a memorable journey with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife.

Dressed in a fawn suit and black sweater, Gursharan made a quick exit from the railway station. She was accompanied by her son-in-law.

Tajinder Singh, a co-passenger, said, "The lady is known for her simplicity and humility. She was perhaps accompanied by her relatives and commandoes were protecting her. Not for a moment did the two pose inconvenience to passengers travelling alongside them."

Puja, another passenger, was delighted when she came to know that the PM's wife was travelling along with her.

"I couldn't believe I was traveling on board with Gursharan Kaur. There was security all around the railway station. The moment she alighted from the train, commandos created a circle around her," said PS Bhatia.

The train was scheduled to arrive at platform No 2, but was taken to platform No 1 due to security reasons.

Prince Grover, a resident of Chaura Bazar, expressed excitement at the fact that a person running the world's biggest democracy has a Ludhiana connection.

He was all praise for the simplicity of the lady and said while small-time politicians throw the rules to the wind, the PM's wife did not let her presence cause inconvenience to others.

The catering staff of the Shatabdi said the two took tea and bread slices for breakfast.

Rly station spruced up

The otherwise dingy railway station was given a fresh look ahead of the VVIP’s arrival. Sweepers were seen cleaning and washing the station hours before their arrival. Expressing delight at the cleanliness at the railway station, a passenger said, "May the PM's wife visit the city everyday."



Abandoned infant dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
A female infant who was found abandoned yesterday in the bushes at Rahon Road died here yesterday itself. Dr Karamveer Goel, senior medical officer of Lord Mahavira Cvil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "It was very difficult to save her as she was only 28 or 29 weeks old and was also suffering from hypothermia. She died at 9:15 am."

The infant was spotted by a passerby yesterday who then informed the police and later the staff of ambulance 108 and tried saving her life by rushing her to the civil hospital. The infant was wrapped up in rags and the placenta was also intact.



Advance VAT
Knitwear industry seeks CM’s intervention
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 25
Terming the proposal for advanced value added tax (VAT) to be collected on goods imported from other states for trading, manufacturing and processing as detrimental for the knitwear and textile industry, the Knitwear Club has sought the intervention of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for providing relief to the seasonal and crisis-ridden sector.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, Knitwear Club president Vinod Thapar observed that as if to add to the woes of the industry, the government has further made a provision that input tax credit (ITC) would be taken in account with the last quarterly return and manufacturers would have to deposit at least 25 per cent of the estimated tax with each return, or else pay the penalty.

He said the government seemed to be in no mood to provide any relief to the knitwear and textile industry, which was already reeling under the adverse impact of several factors like hike in the prices of raw material, global competition and matching international standards in cut-throat competition.

“The assistance of the state government to this sector is a pre-requisite to gaze ahead in terms of growth. And more so during this particular season when weather appears to be set opposed to this particular industry forcing a large number of units to either stop the production altogether or slash the output down drastically,” Thapar added.

Making a fervent plea for coming to the rescue of the knitwear and textile industry to save it from reaching a point of no return, the club asked the Chief Minister to do away with the proposal of advanced VAT tax and initiate other necessary steps to enable the industry keep afloat.

Govt adding to woes

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, Knitwear Club president Vinod Thapar observed that to add to the woes of the industry, the government had further made a provision that input tax credit (ITC) would be taken into account with the last quarterly return and manufacturers would have to deposit at least 25 per cent of the estimated tax with each return, or they would have to pay the penalty



Woman ‘cheated’ at beauty parlour
Says her necklace went missing while she was getting a facial done
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
High drama was witnessed at a beauty parlour at Sarabha Nagar here this evening when an army officer's wife levelled allegation that her ancestral gold necklace was stolen from the parlour.

The woman identified as Maya Dasgupta, wife of Col Dasgupta, visited the beauty parlour to get her facial done. Before her facial began, she was asked to remove her necklace.

After her facial session when she entered the changing room she raised an alarm claiming that her gold necklace was stolen.

The claim of Maya sent the parlour authorities in a tizzy. Soon the police was also informed about the incident. The employees were also frisked but the necklace was not found.

Col Dasgupta said, "To us the necklace is priceless. It was the ancestral jewellery and gifted to my wife by the elders of the family."

On the other hand, the parlour authorities said, "We have issued clear guidelines to the customers to remove their jewelry before they visit the beauty parlour for facial, manicure and pedicure."

Manjinder Singh, SHO, Sarabha Nagar, said, "I cannot comment, who has stolen the chain, as the matter is under investigation."



NRI grooms lose sheen
Parents now prefer boys with well-paid jobs in India
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 25
Non-resident Indians (NRIs) have lost their sheen in the current shift in the economic stability all over the world. There was a time when all Indian parents, especially Punjabis, wanted NRI grooms for their daughters.

But now a time has come where parents are looking at boys with handsome salaries in stable government jobs instead of highflying NRIs or Green card holders after the economic turbulence felt by the western economies.

Statistically speaking, even advertisements seeking NRI grooms have gone down by around 20 per cent due to this economic uncertainty. The increasing uncertainties relating to bankruptcy of companies and loss of jobs and incomes have lead to this shift in preferences. On the other side, booming Indian economy has also been playing an important role in bringing down the demand of NRI grooms. It is not only the reputation of the NRIs that has travelled via the Internet that is keeping the prospective brides away, but also the recent economic downturn has further strengthened Indian brides’ resolve to keep these boys at bay.

“There has been a dip in the response for the NRI grooms post the slowdown and the demand has fallen than before. People now are not willing for NRI grooms because of the stumbling western economies,” says a Chandigarh-based marriage bureau owner, Vinod Ahuja.

As far as shaadi.com searches go, government employees are among top 20 professions that are most sought after as of now.

The lure of the much sought-after Dollar doesn’t hold much of an appeal anymore. With the Indian economy booming.



ISO to hold state rally against social evils
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 25
The Indian student organisation (ISO) has decided to hold a state rally against social evils in the Amloh constituency and will announce youth welfare policies at the rally, ISO national president Ajay Thapar said here today after completing his tour of the constituency.

Thapar assured to take up the matter of growing corruption prevailing in the education department. He demanded to bring youth force in the front line of politics. He further said that he had established ISO units in all the colleges of the state.

He said that the youth wing of the SAD working in the state had done nothing for the welfare of the youth rather it had spread the menace of drugs among the youth. ISO state chief Mandeep Singh Bittoo, national general secretary Jahangir Singh Chohan and adviser Parminder Bhangoo were present at the press conference.



20 juveniles nabbed after raid at hookah bar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
A team of the health department and the police nabbed 20 juveniles after a raid at a hookah bar here this evening.

The raid was conducted following Ludhiana Tribune reports highlighting the menace of consuming hookah among juveniles.

The team led by district health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh first raided Hide-Out hookah bar in BRS Nagar and detained the 20 juveniles.

A majority of the teenagers had bunked tuition classes and were inhaling hookah.

"We have collected samples from the hookah bar and sent these for chemical tests," said DHO.



Jagraon vegetable market an eye sore
Veggies being sold under unhygienic conditions
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 25
Notwithstanding the instructions of the district health department about maintaining sanitation level and hygiene of various eatables to prevent outbreak of various diseases, the vegetables are being soled under extremely unhygienic condition in local sabzi mandi (vegetable market).

Despite of the fact that it’s a very busy mundi yet it has been neglected by the authorities for the past many years.

During a visit to sabzi mandi, it was found that the vendors were selling the vegetables and fruits amid stagnant rainwater, filth and heaps of garbage. Moreover, rotten vegetables were also laying scattered all over the area emanating foul smell.

No cleanliness is maintained here and in every nook and corner one can see pile of garbage.

The local administration is oblivious to the situation prevailing in the vegetable market as no sanitation level and hygiene is maintained in the market.

“The authorities have not taken any necessary action to maintain cleanliness and hygiene here. The state of affairs is such that the vegetables and fruits are being kept on ground amid heaps of garbage and dirty water”, lamented Iqbal Singh, a resident.

Moreover, a large number of stray animals also keep wandering in the market and sometimes they even eat the vegetables and fruits kept by vendors on the ground.

“I have never seen any official from health department visiting the vegetable market to examine the sanitation level. There is no cleanliness here and the vegetables are being sold in highly unhygienic surroundings”, rued Manjit Rana, another resident. The apathy of the local administration towards keeping a check on the sanitation level has given a free hand to the vendors to sell the vegetables and fruits in unhygienic manner. The residents have demanded that proper arrangements for the cleanliness of the vegetable market should be made.

SMO Dr Amrit Kaur claimed that the department had conducted a number of surprise drives in the city to check the sale of unhygienic eatables. We have also been issuing strict warnings to the vendors to maintain proper hygiene or else face action.

When asked about the condition prevailing in the vegetable market, she said she was not aware of the situation but assured that she would look into the matter and take timely action.



‘Declining patience level among kids a worrying trend’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The yesterday's incident where a 10-year-old boy set himself afire after being stopped by his parents from going out with his friends has yet again brought to fore the declining patience level among children.

The incident was the second such case here where a child took the extreme step after being reprimanded by their parents.

The boy, identified as Ravi Kumar of Shamsher Colony, sustained 60 per cent burn injuries and was rushed to Civil Hospital. His condition was stated to be serious.

The boy's father Murari Dass told the police that Ravi's mother was stopping him from going around with his friends, “who were indulging in bad habits”.

Yesterday, when Ravi's mother told him to stay inside the house, he locked himself in the room and set himself afire by pouring kerosene.

This was not a stray incident. In June, Rohit (11), son of a class IV employee at the PAU, hanged himself with the ceiling hook in a kitchen. Later it came to light that the boy was pulled out of school due to bad grades. He was also stopped from going out with friends.

He was upset and stopped talking to his parents and siblings. On June 1, when he was alone at home he committed suicide.

Dr Mukhtinder Singh, a homoeocare and paediatrics specialist, said, " Behavioural disorders lead to the loss of self-control among children these days. Parents must observe out-of-proportion reaction and hysterical behviour among children. Watching too much cartoons and eating preservative-laden foods are also reasons behind such behaviour. Further the parents need to be tactical while keeping their children away from bad company."



Residents seek action against tipplers, gamblers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Residents of Upkar Nagar and Guru Nanakpura demanded strict action against anti-social elements who consumed liquor in public parks of the locality and created nuisance.

The matter was raised during a police-public meeting held at Kapoor Marriage Place here today.

The meeting was headed by ACP Swapan Sharma. He assured the residents that action would be takn against anti- social elements.



125 students to donate eyes

Ludhiana November 25
The Punrjot Eye Bank Society organised a meeting with the students of Government College for Women in association with the Rotract Club.

On the occasion, Subash Malik, secretary of the society, said that about 10 lakh people are suffering from corneal blindness in India which can be cured by corneal transplant. But unfortunately, only 10 per cent of the required cornea per year is donated. As many as 125 students filled the forms for donating eyes. — TNS



Students rue delay in compartment results
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 24
Making it hard for the students who failed to pass their examns in the graduation, Panjab University has delayed the results of the compartment examination. The affected students are in dilemma either they should submit the examination fee of the next class or not. The students who received compartment in final year exams and now pursuing postgraduate degree or diploma, are in utter confusion.

The problem is big for those students who migrated to other universities.

A girl from Guru Nanak College for Women, pursuing postgraduate diploma in mass communication is confused whether she should pay the examination fee or not . For clearing compartment in one subject in graduation, she took the exam in September 2011. But the result is still awaited.

Another girl student from Government College for Women in the same situation, said, “I am worried about my future. Now I have taken admission in college by giving a huge amount of fee. I hoped that the result of compartment paper would be declared in November, but in vain.

"My classmates are submitting the examination fee but I am unsure about my result. I am disappointed from the delay. Because December is approaching and we have only three months left before the final examination. What would we do?" she rued.



Turban-tying contest marks Parkash Utsav at GNN college
Our Corespondent

Doraha, November 25
Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, here today. After bhog, the students recited the gurbani.

Dr Sarabjit Singh, an associate professor, department of journalism and mass communication, PAU, was the resource person and the chief guest.

A turban tying competition was held in which Ravinderjit Singh secured first position whereas Harpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh secured second position, jointly. Kamaljit Singh won third position. The winners were given ‘Dastars’. “Shudh Gurbani Ucharan” competition was also held and Jasvir Kaur bagged first prize while Randeep and Pawanpreet won second. The third prize was jointly shared by Pawanpreet and Harpreet. The winners were awarded trophies for their achievements.

Major Bhupinder Singh Dhillon, political secretary to the Chief Minister, Colonel Rupy Brar, president Roop Brar, general secretray Harpartap Brar, senior vice-president Jogeshwar Singh Mangat, executive committee members Sartaj 
Dhillon, Adarsh Pal Bector, Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Pavittar Pal Singh Pangali were also present on the occasion. The students prepared guru ka langar and served it at the end of the programme.



Digital exhibit unveiled at BCM school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
An "Oxford Digital Exhibit", a complete digital learning solution for the students was unveiled in the presence of academicians and principals from schools, in and around Ludhiana, at BCM Arya Model School.

Ritu Narang, CBSE resource person for Life Skills, said technology has empowered students, who now have an access to an enormous repository of knowledge at the click of a button. Thus there is a growing and compulsive need to break away from traditional pedagogy.

Principal Paramjit Kaur, said, “This digital solution is not a mere change but brings a transformation for effective classroom interaction. It is compatible with every platform in the existing interactive white boards (IWB), normal classrooms, desktops and laptops. It is cost-effective and enriching digital solution suited to Indian classrooms with no recurring cost to the school."

Manzar Khan, MD, Oxford University Press, highlighted the need to integrate digital technology with the curriculum of different subjects and use it as a strong tool to impart quality education.

An ELT and science workshop followed the unveiling of oxford digital exhibit. During the ELT workshop conducted by Sonali Bhattacharya, the teachers shared their experiences with the resource persons to overcome any difficulties in teaching English in their classes. Champa Banerjee in science workshop focused on primary science curriculum and urged the teachers to be more dedicated and scientific in their approach.



From schools
World Reading Day

World Reading Day was organised at GMT Public School. The students were told the importance of reading. The students were made to read their favourite books.

BCM School Dugri registered among the 6000 invited schools in the reading campaign by Scholastic called 'One Nation Reading Together.' The motive behind the campaign was to promote the Right to Read of every child. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi said reading widely and fluently will give the stamina to deal with learning problems faced by children. In 21st century, the ability to read is necessary not only to succeed but to survive, she added.

GK quiz, paper reading contest

An inter-house general knowledge quiz was organised at KVM School in which six teams representing Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash, Raman, Patel and Tagore House participated. The questions related to various topics like plants, animals, space, monuments, freedom fighters and current affairs were asked. An inter-house Hindi paper reading contest was also organised. The participants expressed their views on various topics including 'Madhur Vani', 'Santulit Ahaar', 'Mehnat Ka Phal-Meetha'.

Drawing contest

Ludhiana: Maple Bear School organised a drawing and coloring competition here on Friday. Join the dots and coloring competition were organised for pre-nursery and nursery classes.

Annual function

Guru Nanak Public School organised annual prize distribution function. Trophies were awarded to the students securing CGPA 10 in class ten. Anita Saini, PGT fine arts, and Som Pal from the supporting staff were honoured for completing 25 years of dedicated services to the school. The cultural programme was presented. “Kathak Aamad”, a choreographic presentation in Hindi was also performed. Folk dances of Punjab like sammi and the ghumar of Rajasthan, comprising gholia and kalbellia were also performed. Life and death of Julius Caesar, an important Shakespere’s character, was depicted through the English play performed by the students. A Punjabi play “Taenki Dard Na Aaya”, Giddha and Bhangra were also performed.

Basketball tournament

On the third day of Ludhiana Sahodaya Basketball Tournament at MGM Public School, MGM Public School beat GGNPS. GNPS beat DPS and GNIPS beat BCM Dugri in the Under-14 group. DPS beat GGNPS, Greenland, Jalandhar Bypass, beat DAV, BRS Nagar, CFC beat MGM Public School in the Under-19 group.

NCC Day observed

NCC cadets of 3 Punjab Battalion observed NCC Day at Green Land Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, in the form of 'Run for Fun'. On the occasion, the students shared their views through write ups on the various topics like 'Female Foeticide', 'Save Electricity' etc. The students also pledged to save the country in times of need like a true patriot.

Poster-making competition

An inter-school poster making competition was held at Green Land Convent School, Dugri. Nearly 120 participants from 22 CBSE schools participated in the competition. The students were divided into two groups based on their classes. The students of class ninth and tenth were put in Group-A whiles the students of eleventh and twelfth participated in Group-B. The topics were, Food Adulteration, Save Earth, Mera Bharat Mahan, Hi-tech Life-Blessing or Curse, India of my dreams, Today's Youth, Alternative to non-renewable resources, Drug Abuse. Kapil Nagpal and Navdeep Kaur from Green Land Convent School, Dugri won the first prizes.

Communal Harmony Week

Spring Dale Public School observed Communal Harmony Campaign week and Flag Day.

To promote the communal harmony, national integration and fraternity among the students, a number of activities, lectures and speeches were conducted during the entire week. On this occasion, a painting competition was also organised. On the concluding day, communal harmony stickers were also distributed.



From colleges
Visit to senior citizens’ home

Ludhiana: The NCC cadets of Ramgarhia Girls College visited the senior citizens home at Rotary Bhawan on November 23 as a part of NCC week activity. The residents talked about their professions before retirement and also showed their collections of rare manuscripts. The cadets had taken some gifts. Associate NCC officer (ANO), Prof Harpreet Kaur, further stressed the importance of close-knit families to the cadets.

Seminar on accounting and finance

The postgraduate department of business innovations and commerce, SCD Government College will organise one day National Seminar on "Innovations in Accounting and Finance” on November 26 MCom business innovations students. The seminar is aimed to explore and analyse the paradigm shift in accounting and finance and find out the areas of further research in the field. Eminent expert of strategic finance Dr SC Vaidya, former dean of the university instructions, Panjab University, Chandigarh, will deliver the inaugural address and speak on the strategic issues in accounting and finance for the benefit of students. — TNS



PAU notes
Chrysanthemum show

Ludhiana: A three-day "Chrysanthemum Show" will be organised at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) by the department of floriculture and landscaping in association with the Estate Organisation of the varsity. Dedicated to renowned Punjabi poet, Bhai Vir Singh, the show will take place from December 1 to 3 near the flag post of the College of Agriculture, PAU. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, will inaugurate the show on December 1 at 2.30 pm.


The convocation and prize distribution function of the College of Home Science (COHS), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will be held on November 29 at 11.00 am in the Pal Auditorium. Dr Gurbachan Singh, chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi, will be the chief guest.



Thieves decamp with sanitary fittings, cash

Ludhiana, November 25
Three thieves struck at a sanitary shop in Brown Road and decamped with copper taps and cash worth Rs 2 lakh.

The incident came to light here this morning, when Surinder Singh, owner of Dashmesh Pump Store, opened the shop and was shocked to find it ransacked.

Surinder said three thieves were caught stealing on CCTV camera. He said the thieves trespassed into the shop by breaking the door located at the rooftop.

In the meantime, the police has registered a case and probe has begun. — TNS



Fans dejected as Sachin misses milestone yet again
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
This morning cricket fans in the city were an excited lot as Sachin Tendulkar was already more than halfway through to the much-awaited score of hundredth 100. The brilliant display of strokes, coupled with great footwork right from the start had no doubt left in the minds of his fans that the milestone was only a matter of minutes.Smiles and cheers turned into expression of dismay all across the stadium and the echoes and expressions of the dismissal could be heard and seen on the faces of his fans. It was the 10th time he got out in the 90s.

"Ah, so near and yet so far," sighed Harjit Singh, a resident of Dugri. I had taken my first-half off at office just to watch Sachin achieve this milestone, but unfortunately it didn't happen today. It was sad especially when he was batting so brilliantly and only six runs away" he said.

"It was hard luck. I think number nine is unlucky for him for it has been nine months since he scored a century and now got out in the 90s once again," said Gursharan Singh, who plays for Ludhiana cricket team. "But he is a big player. It is only a mater of time and will complete the feat soon," he added.

Paras, a cricket enthusiast, had his fingers crossed ever since the match started this morning, cheering every run Sachin scored. "My heart sank and I stopped watching the match after he got out. He was awesome this morning despite the pressure on him with fans cheering for him," he said.

Navjot, another player from Ludhiana, said that it was good in a way as suspense and excitement would grow even more now. More eyeballs would be glued to the game next time when he came out to bat. "The century is just around the corner, and we'll see that happen on the tour of Australia for sure," he smiled.

Jeweller-turned-robber, 3

The brilliant display of strokes, coupled with great footwork right from the start had no doubt left in the minds of his fans that the milestone was only a matter of minutes.Smiles and cheers turned into expression of dismay all across the stadium and the echoes and expressions of the dismissal could be heard and seen on the faces of his fans. It was the 10th time he got out in the 90s.



City girl brings laurels in karate
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Anshita Sharma’s stamina and strength is example for many budding players in the city as her efficiency won her the International Championship of Karate held at Pune organised by the National Karate Federation of India (NKFI).

She has bagged the gold medal beating Priya from Bhutan in the international meet.

Anshita has won six gold medals in a short span of time. She has participated in one international, several national tae-kowan-do and karate championships.She has five national gold medals to her credit.

Anshita (17), is a class XII student from Government College for Women and wants to pursue her studies. Talking about her dream she revealed that she wants to become an IAS officer or an architect.

"I dedicate my victory to my parents because they encourage me to do some thing extraordinary in life. I want to become black belt in the sport", she added. Now she is working hard for the World China Championship.

Her father Sulekh Sharma, working with the Punjab National Bank, is on cloud nine due to his daughter's achievements. He said, "It was a memorable moment when we got the news about Anshita's victory. I can't express my feelings in words only a father can feel it when his child achieves something in life. Anshita is very hard working and I feel that she will achieve more in life".

Principal Gurminder Kaur said, "I am proud of Anshita. We will try and give her all facilities we can tohelp her in her endeavour. “She made us proud”, her tae-kowan-do coaches Narinder Sharma and Ramesh Sharma said.



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