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Liquor flows for free, courtesy politicians
Code, posters, Rs 10 note act as a ploy to distract police, poll officials
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
With the police getting tough with those ferrying liquor in the evening, politicians have devised code signals for liquor vend operators so they could handover bottles to their handpicked men.

A new trend has started in which a candidate dots liquor vends with posters to indicate his men that liquor is available free-of-cost and tipplers just have to show the name of the candidate.

“It would not take much time for you to guess the purpose behind so many posters of the candidate on the wall of the liquor vend. The posters indicate that the particular candidate is offering liquor for free,” said a senior police official.

Another trend is gaining popularity in old city and Shimlapuri with the police and election officers tightening their noose around those ferrying liquor.

“A tippler offers Rs 10 to a liquor vend employee. This indicates that only one bottle is required. If the tippler offers Rs 20 this means two bottles. Close aides of a candidate are spreading the word among the groups of youth as to where the liquor is available,” said Komal Kumar, a resident of Janakpuri. However, a few liquor vend operators have refused to side with any party or a candidate.

“No, we are not entertaining any men linked with a politician. The police is repeatedly cracking its whip on us. We will heave a sigh of relief once the election are over,” said a liquor vend operator. 


Excise dept seals liquor vends
Dry day to be observed from today till Jan 30 due to poll
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service
Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department seal a liquor vend in Ludhiana
Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department seal a liquor vend in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 28
The Excise and Taxation Department today sealed liquor vends falling under the Ludhiana district to ensure that these remain closed on dry days (January 28 to January 30) till 5 pm due to the poll in the state. At least 15 teams comprising officials from the department toured the city after 5 pm and sealed each vend so that the owners could not open them on dry days.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Gurtej Singh, said a few liquor vends had flouted the norms in the past by opening vends on dry days. “To check this practice, we have sealed all vends so that nobody is able to sell the liquor,” he added.

Gurtej Singh added that anybody found selling liquor on dry day would be fined under the Excise Act, penalised and a police case registered against the offender. In addition to this, the licence could also be cancelled. “Nobody will be excused and anybody found selling or serving liquor will be dealt with sternly,” he added. In addition to this serving liquor in bars, and at parties is also banned on these days. Excise and Taxation Officer, Paramjit Singh, who was heading the team for sealing liquor vends on the Ferozepur Road, said, “The department decided to seal liquor vends as a few vendors try to open vends late at night or early morning on these days. They will not be able to open the vends as these will remain sealed.” 



BLO removed, teacher served notice
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Raminder Singh, Auction Recorder, Mullanpur Market Committee, who was deputed as a booth level officer (BLO) of booth No. 75 at Government Senior Secondary School, Boparai Kalan, has been removed on complaint of campaigning for a particular party. The District Election Officer has even asked the secretary of the Mullanpur Market Committee to serve a show-cause notice on him. Gurmit Singh, a clerk in the Plant Breeding Department of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) has replaced Raminder Singh.

The principal of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram, Ludhiana, has reported that District Election Officer Rahul Tewari took serious note of Harpal Singh’s, a Punjabi teacher, refusal to accept election duty. He had ordered that a show-cause notice be served on him if the department does not get a reply from by 10 am till January 29. Tewari had even ordered a criminal case to be registered against him and he be taken in police custody if he fails to reply.

Rahul Tewari confirmed that the booth level office had been replaced and notice served on the teacher. Returning Officer, Dakha, conducted an inquiry in this regard. 



4 injured in group clash
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Four persons sustained injuries following an ugly group clash that took place in Labour Colony on the Gill Road here today.

The injured have been identified as Kamaldeep Sharma (55), his son Arun Sharma (25), Sachin Kumar (22) and Jaswinder Singh.

Jaswinder and Sachin sustained injuries inflicted on their heads by a sword. Arun and Kuldeep Sharma sustained injuries on the hands and back.

The police was in a tizzy after a few residents spread the words that clash had taken place between supporters of Independent candidate Simarjit Bains and SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria.

Later it was found that the personal enmity between the neighbours had led to the clash.

Jaswinder Singh, who sustained sword injuries on the head, alleged that the armed assailants led by Kuldeep Sharma and his son Arun attacked him following a tiff.

“The father and son were planning to settle a score for the past a few days. I was standing at my shop along with my friend Sachin in the morning. Arun along with hired goons attacked me and my friend Sachin with swords,” said Jaswinder Singh.

Both the groups fought at Civil Hospital as well. Kuldeep Sharma and Arun sustained injuries following the clash. The police was deployed at the local civil hospital to avoid further trouble.

A case has been registered against both groups. 



Last day of campaigning keeps candidates on toes
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Candidates of various parties remained on toes throughout the day to woo voters either by visiting them or by conveying their message through pamphlets and SMSes.

Tanveer Singh Dhaliwal, a SAD councillor, urged people to vote for Prof Rajinder Bhandari, a BJP candidate from the Ludhiana (West) constituency by issuing pamphlets in his favour. While the pamphlets distributed by Bharat Bhushan Ashu were like “Ashu is just not a name but a revolution” along with another pamphlet with all details.

Similarly, DP Maur, the PPP candidate from this constituency, distributed pamphlets with his photo along with the party’s name and symbol.

Prof Rajinder Bhandari, a BJP candidate from the Ludhiana (West) constituency remained busy in door-to-door canvassing. Twenty-five groups of the BJP and SAD workers were busy canvassing in favour of Bhandari.

They gathered at his election office near the Bhai Bala Chowk. At around 3 pm the workers, supporters and leaders took out a rally in Ghumar Mandi market and concluded the campaign at his office before 5 pm.

DP Maur said: “Today being last day, we constituted seven campaigning teams. I myself remained busy at Haibowal. I am satisfied with my campaigning.” 



Stop displaying RTE guidelines: DGSE
New initiatives should be taken only after polls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Implementing the instructions of the Election Commission, the Punjab Education Department has issued orders to stop the process of displaying the Right to Education Act (RTE) guidelines on school walls. In a letter issued by the Director General of School Education (DGSE), it is mentioned that political parties could take credit of the decision to display these RTE Act guidelines and therefore the process of displaying the guidelines should be stopped.

Earlier, the DGSE had issued a letter on December 16 to all government school heads in which he ordered that the RTE Act guidelines should be displayed in school premises within 15 days. The department had also issued Rs 700 to all schools for installing boards where RTE guidelines were to be printed.

After the imposition of the model code of conduct, a few schools in the city did set up boards to display the guidelines, but a numbers of schools are yet to follow the order.

Principal Sanjeev Thapar from PAU Government Model School said, "Government had issued grant for this project. We received Rs 700 to display the RTE guidelines. Now we have received a new letter from the DGSE office to stop this process as it is a violation of the model code conduct, and any political party could claim credit for this initiative."



Campaign trail : jagraon
Candidates leave nothing to chance
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, January 28
Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shiv Ram Kaler likes to give an early start to his day. The poll campaigning just does not brook any delays. Bumpy rides to the villages of Jagraon in cold are, to him, a physical reminder of the changed reality-the transformation of a bureaucrat into a politician.

As the SAD candidate from the Jagraon Assembly constituency that was declared "reserved" post-delimitation, Kaler's priority is to “connect” with the people from different walks of life. He is pitted against the Congress candidate Ishar Singh Meharban.

Dressed immaculately, he stands out among the villagers who are swaddled in an assortment of warm clothes that are an unfashionable antidote to the winter chill.

The moment the former ADC, Ludhiana, folds his hands to greet the villagers, the gathering at Abbupura village in Jagraon warms up to him. He’s in time for his scheduled visit to the village. Punctuality is his strong point, he believes.

The Dhadi singers are eulogising the SAD rule. A supporter takes charge of the preliminaries. He begins, “Kaler saab has had 48 years of administrative experience….”

“I wasn't 12-year-old when I got the job,” mutters Kaler almost inaudibly. He juggles a few phone calls and some stray complaints about anomalies in the voters’ list till it’s his turn to address the gathering.

The thrust of his speech is his experience as an administrator. He promises to draw liberally from his repertoire of administrative experience. There's some emotive appeal too when he says he has seen life in the raw. “My father was a labourer. It was not easy for him to educate his children,” he tells the audience.

The speech shifts to the SAD (B) manifesto and the “developmental projects” undertaken by the Badal government. “As your MLA, I would only be a phone call away,” he says, as he promises to work for the efficient implementation of the Right to Services Act.

Once the speech is over, he’s ready for a photo shoot. A 90-year-old man greets him enthusiastically and offers him his family’s support. Kaler snatches a few minutes from his packed schedule to offer condolences to a family that has seen a death recently. Abbupura village is done. It’s over to the next village and Jagraon.



“Shotgun” woos voters in style 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Shatrughan Sinha, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, has urged voters of Punjab to vote for the party, which will work for the development and the welfare of the people.

He said the party mired in scams and corruption must be shown the door. Asking the voters to vote and support the Akali-BJP alliance in Punjab, Shatrughan Sinha said the voters had every right to monitor the leader chosen by them, make him energetic and if the leader failed to come up to their expectations, latter even had the right to “throw” him.

Coming all the way from Mumbai to campaign for Parveen Bansal, the Akali-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana North Constituency, the cine star said the voters, by now, must have made up their minds to support the candidate or the party, but his basic aim was to tell people to choose the party which believed in “true democracy” and “healthy politics.”

“Mere seene me nahin to tere seene me sahi, ho kahin bhi aag jalni chahiye,” quoting couplet from Dushyant Singh’s poem, Sinha, wearing a black suit and sunglasses, asked the voters to support Bansal, who was “janpriya” and “dabang.” He added that his own political journey had been difficult as nobody supported him. “Leaders like Jaiprakash Narain, Atal Bihari Bajpai and Lal Krishan Advani have inspired me and I have learnt a lot from them,” said Sinha.

He further added that power means service of mankind; it should not be made a tool for minting money. Especially asking youngsters to support Bansal, Rajinder Bhandari and Satpal Gosain (all BJP candidates), he said the youth could do wonders if they want. “And if you all feel that I am right then you must support and elect Parveen Bansal and ensure that he wins with a huge margin,” he added.

Sinha inspired the voters in style, when a BJP worker tried to come on the
stage; Sinha said “khamosh” and the voters applauded him. He said, “Democracy does not mean bullets for bullet but avenging hurt through ballot.”

poll buzz

Campaigning ends
As the campaigning for the Assembly elections came to an end today, the focus of all prominent candidates in Jagraon remained on urban areas. Major Singh of the People’s Party of Punjab as well as Congress rebel Rajeshinder Singh Sidhu, who has been contesting as an Independent after being denied a party ticket, have also shifted their base to Jagraon after campaigning in rural areas.
Even the PPP chief, Manpreet Singh Badal, visited the city thrice. He went door to door seeking votes for party candidate Major Singh.

Nagma comes down heavily on SAD-BJP
Film actress Nagma, who had come to campaign for Congress candidate Gurkirat Singh Kotli from the Khanna constituency, came down heavily on the ruling alliance. She alleged that Punjab was reeling under financial crunch. She added that the ruling government had failed to eradicate social evils.

Advertising unipoles
With campaigning coming to an end today, candidates of various political parties will continue to “campaign” in their respective constituencies, courtesy advertising unipoles. Even as some of the candidates are arch rivals, when it comes to advertising unipoles, some of them are located right next to each other. Interestingly, unipoles of SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria and Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains are installed right next to each other on the Dugri Road (Atam Nagar constituency), while another such unipole of BJP candidate Rajinder Bhandari and Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu is installed at Fountain Chowk (Ludhiana West constituency).

Contributed by Jaswant Shetra, Gurminder Grewal, Puneet Pal Singh Gill 



Where contenders don’t need no education
Out of the main 33 candidates, only a few are postgraduates, rest matriculate
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
From private matriculation to masters in commerce, candidates have done it all.

The Tribune checked the educational qualifications (submitted by them at the time of filing nomination papers) of 33 candidates and found some interesting facts.

Out of the 33 candidates, the SAD has two candidates, who have done postgraduation while the BJP and Congress have one postgraduate each.

SAD candidates Charanjit Singh Atwal (Payal) and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (Sahnewal) have done LLB while Rajinder Bhandari of the BJP, who is contesting from Ludhiana West, has done masters in commerce.

The Congress candidate, Lakhvir Singh Lakha (Payal), has done MA (Punjabi).

The Congress tops the list of graduates. Six of its candidates are graduates whereas the BJP has only one graduate, Parveen Bansal, who is contesting from Ludhiana West. The SAD has two graduates. Three Independents are also graduates.

Interestingly, educational qualification of Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, who is contesting as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidate from the Ludhiana South constituency, is an under matriculation while Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria, the SAD candidate from Atam Nagar, has done private matriculation from Magadh University.

Educational qualifications of candidates

Ludhiana West

Rajinder Bhandari (BJP): MCom (department of commerce and business management, Panjab University).

Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Congress): BA (Arya College for Boys, Ludhiana).

Atam Nagar

l Hira Singh Gabria (SAD): Private matriculation (Magadh University).

l Malkit Singh Birmi (Congress): Graduation (MM Modi College, Patiala).

l Simarjit Singh Bains (Independent): BA (Baba Sahib Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Muzaffarnagar).

Ludhiana South

l Hakam Singh Giaspura (SAD): Under matriculation.

l Ashok Prashar (Congress): Middle school (Khalsa National Higher Secondary School, Shahpur Road, Ludhiana).

l Balwinder Singh Bains (Independent): BA (Panjab University).


 Manpreet Singh Ayali (SAD): Done BA first year from SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

l Jasbir Singh Jassi Khangura (Congress): BA (oxon), physiological sciences (medicines), Oxford University.

l Daljit Singh Sadarpura (PPP): Class XI (Malwa Senior Secondary School).


l Darshan Singh Shivalik (SAD): Matriculation (Punjab School Education Board).

l Malkiat Singh Dakha (Congress): Matriculation (Punjab School Education Board).


l SR Kler (SAD): Graduation (Panjab University, Chandigarh).

l Ishar Singh Meharban (Congress): BSc (engineering agriculture) (Panjab University, Chandigarh).


l Ranjit Singh Talwandi (SAD): Matriculation (Punjab School Education Board).

l Gurkirat Singh Kotli (Congress): BA (Panjab University, Chandigarh).

l Bhalinder Singh (Independent): BA (AS College, Khanna, and LLB LBS College, Jaipur).

Ludhiana Central

l Satpal Gosain (BJP): Matriculation (Government High School, Kesar Ganj Mandi Road, Ludhiana, and diploma in electrical engineering from Karnal).

l Surinder Dawar (Congress): Matriculation (Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana).

Ludhiana East

l Ranjit Singh Dhillon (SAD): Matriculation (Punjab School Education Board).

l Gurmail Singh Pehalwan (Congress): Government Primary School, Dheri village, Ludhiana.

l Daljit Singh Grewal (Independent): Matriculation (Khalsa National Higher Secondary School, Ludhiana).

Ludhiana North

l Parveen Bansal (BJP): BA (Punjabi University, Patiala).

l Rakesh Pandey (Congress): Matriculation (Arya Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana).


l Charanjit Singh Atwal (SAD): BA (GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and LLB Law College, Chandigarh).

l Lakhvir Singh Lakha (Congress): Masters in Punjabi (Punjabi University, Patiala).


l Bikramjit Singh Khalsa (SAD): BE (civil) Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana.

l Gurcharan Singh (Congress): Matriculation (Government High School, Bhikhiwind, Amritsar).


l Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (SAD): BA (Panjab University and LLB Punjabi University, Patiala).

l Vikram Singh Bajwa (Congress): BA (Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh).


l Kirpal Singh Khirnia (SAD): FA (AS College, Khanna).

l Amrik Singh Dhillon (Congress): Matriculation (Government High School, Samrala). 



Shahi Imam for Congress
Charanjeet Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Shahi Imam Habib Ur Rehman Sani Ludhianavi in a press conference today stated that the SAD-BJP alliance had betrayed the community by not fulfilling their genuine demands.

Shahi Imam said their party Majlis Ahrar Islam and 90 per cent of the Muslims would support the Congress.

Shahi Imam said the reservation cell of Punjab welfare department had sent a letter to the Deputy Commissioners of all districts asking them not to issue SC certificates to Muslims, which had taken the Muslim community aback.

He alleged that the survey commission that was set up by the ruling government for taking care of WAKF properties was a nuisance as the only motive of the Akali government was to snatch the properties of WAKF Board. 



Campaign trail : Sahnewal constituency 
Candidates put in last-minute effort
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, January 28
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, former Member Parliament and SAD-BJP candidate,
has been pitted against the son-in-law of Congress Legislative Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Vikram Bajwa.

With a definite end in mind, the candidates have adopted explicit means to persuade the electorate. While Dhillon tries to relate to the specifics, Bajwa is general in his approach. The Akali candidate, being in charge of the Sahnewal constituency for the past two years, has already prepared enough ground whereas the Congress candidate is being credited mainly by those who want nothing but the Congress to win.

Harcharan Singh Jeunewal, circle head, Koom Kalan, Bhag Singh Mangarh, district president of the Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes Cell, Sharanjit Singh Garcha, member, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, are among those who are already waiting for Dhillon in his drawing room as early as 7 in the morning in order to brief him about the day’s proceedings.

Dhillon’s cavalcade leaves for Kasabad, but a journey that would otherwise take half an hour, takes double the time, the reason being Dhillon’s nature of greeting people even on the roadside. The village though belongs to the Congress rebel and an Independent candidate, Inderjit Singh Kasabad, the sarpanch, Surat Singh, has already gathered a good number of villagers who give credit to Dhillon for the national highway which is going to pass through their village.

At Jamalpur (Lelly), where he reaches at 10.15, he claims votes in the name of development and the grants released now and then. At Sujatwala village, where Dhillon reaches half-an-hour late, sarpanch Jaswant Singh has already gathered the crowd. Even if some elderly persons try to complain about the delay in old age pension, Dhillon handles them, his rhetoric being his strength.

At Mattewara, where he reaches at 1 pm, the residents of Garhi Fazil village, Garhi Togarh, Khuajke and Machian are already waiting to listen to Dhillon. At Bajra, sarpanch Jaswinder Singh has called a meeting, where Dhillon takes a hurried meal as he carries his lunch box in his car.

Covering the Railway Road, grain market and colonies of Sahnewal town, all through the evening, Dhillon reaches Nandpur village at 11.35 pm, where the villagers are still waiting for him in cold.

Congress candidate Vikram Bajwa’s election campaign gained momentum after her mother-in-law Rajinder Kaur Bhattal paid a visit to the constituency. Apart from pacifying dissidents, she tried to erase the label of an outsider that was pasted on him.

Everyday Bajwa meets his confidants, including Jasminder Sandhu, Sukhjit Singh Hara, Ramesh Kumar Pappu, Kedar Singh Kohara, Anoop Raj Jandiali, Manwinder Singh Machian, Daljit Atwal Koom Kalan and Kanail Singh Kaile Koom Kalan between 7 and 8 in the morning and 11 and 12 at night.

After a light breakfast, he starts his campaign at 8.15.

Congress worker Gurpreet Singh has already arranged a meeting at Heeran village, where Bajwa is to speak on the issue of development. Surinder Kumar Bitta, former sarpanch of Kakke village, gives Bajwa’s campaign in charge and media adviser Daljit Khurd a call that Bajwa is to address the people of his village at 9 and that the gathering is waiting. The cavalcade leaves in a few minutes for Kakke village where Bajwa is greeted with slogans and garlands.

“The Akalis can make tall claims of development, but the real picture becomes clear only when one visits these villages. There needs a lot to be done and I shall leave no stone unturned to usher in an era of development if voted to power,” Bajwa shares with this correspondent as he is about to address another group at Katani Kalan at 11.20 am.

In the “under-developed” area of Bet, where he jointly addresses the villagers of Chaunta, Mattewara, Mangali, Boothgarh, Gausgarh, Baliewal, Ratangarh, Fatehgarh Jattan and Gujran at 2 pm, Bajwa says sustenance is in no way an easy affair. Bajwa in order to generate employment and make at least one member of the family self-sufficient, promises to set up at least one college, factory and a medical centre in the area.

He still has a number of wards to be visited in the evening at Sahnewal, Kohara, Kot Gangu Rai, Upplan, Bhaini Sahib and Partapgarh villages.



Election officer orders probe
Dang’s kin vote in two places
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
After The Tribune highlighted that a SAD councillor and his family members are having votes in two places, the District Electoral Officer (DEO) has marked an inquiry into the matter.

The Tribune had highlighted that Harbhajan Singh Dang, the SAD councillor, and seven of his family members are having votes in two different areas of the city.

A total of eight votes, including that of Dang, his wife Surjit Kaur, son Harpreet Singh, daughter-in-law Amarjit Kaur, son Davinder Singh, daughter-in-law Pushpinder Kaur, son Sarabjot Singh and daughter-in-law Gurinder Kaur have been made in booth Nos 20 and 29.

No person can have more than one vote in any part of the country and if such a thing happens, an FIR can be registered against him/her. However, Dang had claimed that he had duly informed the officials to delete his votes in Ambedkar Nagar after he shifted to a new house.



660 cartons of liquor seized 
Our Correspondent

Macchiwara, January 28
The district police has seized 660 cartons of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) comprising 7,920 bottles meant to be distributed during the elections. Khanna SSP, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, said a police team had on a tip-off barricaded the Nawashahar-Samrala road. A Tata 907 was intercepted on the Macchiwara-Kohara road and 298 cartons seized from the vehicle. The driver, however, managed to escape.

In another incident, a Tata 907 was stopped on the Garhi Bridge near the Macchiwara-Samrala road. But, the driver stopped the near roadside and escaped. The vehicle was searched and 362 cartoons of liquor of seized. 



From colleges

80 units of blood collected:
A blood donation camp was organised at Govind National Collage, Narangwal, in the memory of Baba Gurdit Singh. A 12-member team was there to collect the donated blood from blood centre, sector 37, Chandigarh. A total of 80 units of blood was collected from the camp.

Fest to mark Basant Panchami: A fest was organised on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in the campus of DD Jain College of Education here today. The various Jain institutions run by SS Jain Girls School Committee participated in it with great fervour. The function commenced with the ‘Navkar Mantra’ followed by ‘Saraswati Vandana’. This was followed by performances such as punjabi group dance, solo dance, folk song, gidda etc by the would-be teachers of the host college. 



From schools

Basant Panchmi celebrated:
 To keep old customs alive and to make children aware of the changing season, Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, celebrated Basant Panchmi with fervour and enthusiasm. The students of pre-nursery, nursey and KG enjoyed the event to the maximum. Dressed in yellow clothes, they even brought yellow-coloured eatables, toys and balloons. The students mesmerised everyone with their dance performances on songs like 'Mera Sohna Desh Punjab' and 'Rangla Punjab'.

Everest Public Senior Secondary School: Basant Panchmi was celebrated by the students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, here today. Rajinder Sharma, president, association of the PSEB affiliated schools, was the chief guest of the event. A fancy dress competition was held on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Rajinder Sharma informed the students about the importance of the day.

Penguin Castle Pre School: Children from Penguin Castle Pre School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Basant Panchami with great gaiety and fervour today. They came dressed in bright yellow clothes to mark the occasion. The kids were explained that yellow colour on this day signified the splendour of nature as the yellow flowers of mustard crop cover the entire field.

Farewell party: The faculty and students of the Senior Secondary Section of GN International Senior Secondary Public School gathered today to bid adieu to Class XII students. Junior students staged various shows and performances, such as mimicry, jokes song and dance etc on the occasion. 

Kite Making and Spellathon competition: A kite making competition was held at GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the students of classes IIIrd , IVth and Vth. Fantastic weather, kites and friends are superb ingredients for fun time. The awareness, significance of kite making and joy of being a part of Indian tradition gives a sense of involvement and adds spirit to the aura of festivity. To judge the creativity, originality and presentation skills of budding flowers,Students put forth best efforts to make attractive kites.

Spellathon Competition: To assess the ability of young learners in spelling words correctly and to encourage them to express themselves, a ‘Spellathon Competition’ was organised at GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the students of Classes I and II here today. A total of 32 students participated in the event. Rounds in the competition were based on plurals, action words, missing letters, puzzles, etc. 



SAI trials to select athletes begin from Feb 2
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, January 28
Trials to select upcoming and talented players for induction into the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre at Guru Nanak Sports Complex for the session 2012-13 will be held during February 2-4.

According to Harbans Singh, the official in-charge of the SAI Training Centre, Ludhiana, these trials will be conducted for aspirants in the age group of 14 to 18 years in the disciplines of athletics (residential and non-residential boys and girls); basketball (non-residential boys and girls); judo (residential and non-residential boys and girls); handball (residential and non-residential boys); football (residential and non-residential boys); volleyball (residential and non-residential boys and girls) and weightlifting (residential and non-residential boys).

The players who have secured the first three positions in the state or national-level tournaments are eligible to take part in these trials.

The sportspersons selected in the residential scheme will be given free facilities such as boarding, lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, medical allowance, and education allowance, in addition to insurance coverage and training by expert coaches.

The athletes who are chosen under the non-residential scheme shall be given facilities as per the norms of the SAI, like stipends, sports kit, insurance coverage, sports equipment and training by expert coaches. Harbans Singh added that potential and talented players would be selected on the recommendations of panels of experts and selection committee set up by the SAI.

Interested players have been advised to report to the registration committee of the concerned game at 10:00 am on February 2 at the trials venue. They are required to bring their sports-kit along with two passport size photographs, original and photo copies of their proof of age and attested copies of their sporting achievements.

The aspirants appearing in these trials shall have to arrange their own stay during the trials and no TA/DA shall be paid, said the in-charge of SAI Training Centre.



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