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hawala racket busted
Three arrested, Rs 61 lakh seized, but kingpin not found
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
With the arrest of Nirmal, Dalip and Harish, the city police has claimed to have busted a hawala racket and recovered around Rs 61 lakh from their possession.

The suspects, residents of Mehsana district in Gujarat, were nabbed from the bus stand area this morning when they were planning to take the money to Yumananagar.

Kulwinder Singh, ADCP-III, said the three suspects had been living in the Sham Nagar area for two years.

“Posing as transporters, they had spread their hawala network in the city. We were keeping an eye on them and tracking their movements. After receiving a tipoff this morning, we nabbed them,” said Raj Kumar, SHO of the Division No. 5 police station.

The police was currently scanning the mobile phone details of the suspects to find out whether the trio had any international link.

“We are at the preliminary stage of investigation. We have yet to find out whether the suspects were backed by some terrorist organisation,” said the ADCP.

Sources said those running the hawala racket had been working far more efficiently than any money transfer company.

“If someone has to send money to a friend in Mumbai, he contacts them. They pay a visit, collect the money and call up their aide in Mumbai,” said a police source.

“The aide visits the friend and hands over the money. He makes the sender speak to the friend over telephone for confirmation. The business was thriving on trust,” the source explained.

The police handed over the matter to the enforcement department to find out how many persons were involved.

The suspects were school dropouts. While Nirmal had been receiving Rs 8,000 a month, Dalip and Harish were being paid Rs 6,000 per month.

The police only managed to nab the conduits, but failed to lay its hands on the kingpin.


Congress leader cries foul
Says land-grab case at ADCP Atwal’s behest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
A day after being booked in a land-grab case, former district Congress committee president Jagmohan Sharma today cried foul and claimed that he was a victim of political vendetta.

Claiming the involvement of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-II) Satveer Singh Atwal, he said, “The case was registered at his behest. Only the police can explain how the owner can be booked in a land-grab case,” he said.

Sharma claimed that the police did not ask him to present his side his side of the story before registering a case against him.

“The case was registered at 11:30 pm on February 16. The police raided my residence as if I was a criminal or terrorist. My family panicked at the time of the raid,” he said.

“I will drag them to court and file a defamation case against the police officials involved in registering the case against me and my partner Vipan Jain,” he stated.

“Before raiding my house, the police should arrest the killers of DSP Balraj Singh Gill and ASI Gurdial Singh,” he further said.

He went on to claim that the complainant, Harpal Singh, on the basis of whose statement the case was registered, was not a partner in the property.

“ADCP Atwal told me that the land is worth Rs 100 crore. I wonder what his intentions were,” said Sharma.

In a show of strength, local Congress leaders and councillors Gurpreet Goggi, Balkar Singh, Amarjit Tikka, Som Nath and Kailesh Kapoor criticised police highhandedness.

Despite repeated attempts, ADCP Atwal was not available for comment. Police sources said that the 16,000-sq-yd plot in the Dhandari Khurd area had been purchased by Jain, Sharma and Kulbir Singh Virk.

After real-estate prices hit the roof, Sharma and Jain had occupied the front side of the land and started construction, which led to the trouble.



Strange but true — driver’s licence after going through test in just 16 seconds!
Information got under RTI Act points to this startling fact
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
If the information sought by a resident of Ropar under the RTI Act is any indication, the district transport office (DTO) here issues driver’s licences after driving tests conducted in less than 16 seconds per person.

If this is the way driving tests are being conducted by inspectors here, fatal accidents are bound to take place on roads, feel experts.

Dinesh Chadha of Ropar procured information from the district transport office at Ludhiana that during the period from January to August past year, the department had issued 40,177 learner’s licences and 22,376 permanent licences.

In the span of eight months, the department issued a total of 62,553 licences after conducting driving tests.

The information provided included the fact that the driving tests were conducted by the motor vehicle inspector at the Punjabi Bhavan here from 10 am to 1 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

This meant that the tests took 9 hours a week, 35 hours a month and 288 hours in eight months.

In 288 hours, the office conducted a total of 62,553 tests and each test took 16 seconds. “In 16 seconds, a person cannot even sit and start a car,” said Chadha.

The vice-chairman of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, Kamaljit Soi, expressed shock over this startling fact. He said the driving tests were nothing but an eyewash.

“The department does not have the infrastructure to conduct driving tests. In 16 seconds, it checks how a person drives, takes a U-turn, reverses the vehicle and obeys traffic rules,” he stated.

“Hundreds of innocent persons lose their lives in fatal accidents, but we refuse to learn. Middlemen get everything done at a price. I do not think that inspectors even conduct the tests,” he rued.



Correcting syllabus just before exams
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 18
After a slumber lasting years, the Punjab School Education Board has recently woken up to incorrect information in certain books that form a part of the curriculum.

Teachers have been teaching class-VIII Punjabi students that Rabindranath Tagore got married in 1833 and the month in the Hindu calendar that starts after Lohri is ‘Poh’. Many students may have crammed this incorrect information for the examination.

But now, when examinations are round the corner and students are revising the syllabus, the board has circulated a notice among district education officers to correct the information and rectify the mistakes.

In the circular, the board has pointed out that Gurudev Tagore got married in 1883 and ‘Magh’ is the month that begins after Lohri.

"We welcome the rectification, though it has come after a long time. It is understood that ‘Magh’ starts the day after Lohri. The correction in the year of Tagore’s marriage was necessary," said a teacher with a government school.



Beeping EVMs
4 policemen suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Four policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty a day after EVMs were reported to be beeping at the PAU here.

Inspector Raj Kumar, sub-inspector Baljinder Singh, ASI Balbir and head constable Gurvider Singh were sent to the Police Lines following the Police Commissioner’s order.

The EVMs started beeping around 3 am, but the police informed the authorities about the incident only around 9 am.



District short of wheat storage space
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
About eight lakh metric tonnes of wheat is expected to be procured in between two and three months, after harvesting starts in April, but the district has shortage of space to stock wheat.

If the official data is any indication, there is a shortage of space for keeping about 2.06 lakh metric tonnes (MT) in the district.

Raising this concern, DS Grewal, secretary with Punjab’s food department, has

written to all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) in the state to convene regular meetings with officials of the mandi board and procuring agencies to look for alternative space.

In a letter dated February 13, he has noted that wheat will start arriving in mandis in April and alternative space must be found to keep stocks as godowns are not enough.

An official with the mandi board here has disclosed on the condition of anonymity that there is huge shortage of space for wheat stocks.



Wasted or utilised, that’s the question
Many teachers against the 15 minutes given before exam starts
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
According to Punjab School Education Board norms, the examiner provides 15 minutes to examinees to take a look at the question paper before the start of an examination. Teachers consider this period waste of time.

Instead of utilising this time, students start asking one another for answers. Some teachers say students use this time for the selection of ‘copying material’. After selecting the required ‘slips’, they throw out the rest.

Examinees also have to fill in the optical machine reader (OMR) form on the first page of the answer sheet within the three hours. They spend between 15 and 20 minutes to fill in the form, according to many teachers.

They have to encircle letters of their name, roll number, name of subject, subject code, class and other columns.

Teachers and educationists suggest that the board reduce the time for reading the question paper and give extra time for filling in the OMR form.

“It is hard to control students for the 15 minutes before the examination begins because they start sharing ideas about answers. The board should reduce the time as it is waste of time. If the board thinks that three hours are not sufficient, it can increase the time,” said Gurbeer Singh, a mathematics teacher with a government school.

“Student utilise this time for the selection of copying material. Copying is very common at schools in the state,” said another teacher, requesting anonymity.

“After distribution, the examiner provides examinees 15 minutes to read the question paper. After that, they fill in the OMR form, which consumes at least 15 minutes. They spend half an hour without reason. Answer sheets should be given to the examinees before the question paper as students can fill in the information in 15 minutes,” said Balwinder Kalia, an educationist.

‘Depends on invigilators’

How can a student turn his neck if invigilators are honest? It depends on invigilators. They have to control students as it is their duty. We provide the facility to students. If they misuse it, invigilators are responsible. Teachers should improve their character instead of pointing fingers at the system. Invigilators can give answer sheets to fill in the OMR before question papers.

Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab School Education Board



athletics meet
Amandeep adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Girls perform aerobics exercises; and (right) girls present a folk item during the cultural programme on the final day of the athletics meet at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday
Girls perform aerobics exercises; and (right) girls present a folk item during the cultural programme on the final day of the athletics meet at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 18
Amandeep Kaur, a student of BA-I, who bagged three titles yesterday, besides finishing at the podium in other four disciplines, added another medal in her kitty and was declared the best athlete in the 51st edition of the annual athletics meet of the Khalsa College for Women (KCW), Civil Lines, which concluded here today.

She finished as a runner-up in the 200m race, which was won by Gurpreet Kaur.

Dr DS Cheema, dean, College of Agricultural University, Ludhiana, presided over the concluding function. He was accorded a warm welcome by the college principal, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind.

Members of the college management committee, including Pritpal Singh Grewal, SS Grewal, Sudarshan Singh Deol, Gurdish Singh Grewal, Sarbrinder Kaur, IS Sandhu and Daljinder Singh, along with faculty and students were present to witness the closing ceremony.

Dr Thind highlighted the achievements of the college students in different games during the current academic session. “The players from the college reaped a rich haul of 86 medals, including 38 gold medals in various sports competitions,” the principal added.

The principal appreciated the girls’ performance and congratulated Amarjeet Kaur, head of the physical education department, and coaches who polished the players to bring glory for their alma mater.

The main attraction of the concluding function was an aerobics show and giddha by the college students.


400m race: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Jasbir Kaur and 3 Satinder Kaur; 200m race-: 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur and 3 Amandeep.

Chatti race: 1 Mamta, 2 Sukhdeep and 3 Manpreet.

Sack race: 1 Parminder Kaur, 2 Narinder Kaur and 3 Charandeep Kaur.

Spoon and potato race: 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Mandeep Kaur.

Obstacle race: 1 Sandeep Kaur, 2 Monika, 3 Manjeet Kaur.

4x100m relay race: 1 BA-I, 2 BA-III and 3 BA-II. Staff race: 1 Aman Gill, 2 Harman, 3 Amritpreet Kaur.

Old students’ race: Ragini Khanna, 2 Navdeep Kaur, 3 Gaganpreet Kaur.



Karamsar govt college lifts Mat-Bhasha trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The Punjabi Sahit Akademy, Ludhiana, organised Punjabi Mat-Bhasha Mela dedicated to the International Mother Tongue Day at the Punjabi Bhawan here today.

Students of more than 23 colleges from the state participated in the event.

Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the academy, said the Library Act in the state should be passed. Talking about Punjabi songs being churned out these days, he said influx of sleazy songs needed to be curtailed, as these were polluting our language. He further said the government should promote reading culture in Punjabi in order to promote the language and everyone should purchase at least one Punjabi book on February 21 every year to commemorate their love for their mother tongue.

Inter-college competitions, including Punjabi story writing, folk song, cultural quiz, poster making on the theme of Punjabi poems, poetry and declamation, were organised as a part of the event. Mat-Bhasha trophy was won by Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib.


Poster-making contest: 1. Navdeep Kaur from Khalsa College for Women, 2. Amandeep Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls College, 3. Baljinder Kaur from Lal Bahadur Shastri College, Bathinda.

Poetry recitation: 1. Praveen Kumar from Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib, 2. Madhuri Sharma from Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, 3. Ashima from Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Ludhiana.

Declamation: 1. Sandeep Singh from Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, 2. Manprateet Kaur from Kamla Nehru College, Phagwara, 3. Arshpreet Kaur from Government College for Women.

Story writing: 1. Naina Sharma from Khalsa College for Women, 2. Roshiva from GMT College for Education, 3. Amandeep Kumar Jakkhu from Guru Nanak College, Phagwara.

Folk song: 1. Dheeraj Kumar from Guru Nanak College, Phagwara, 2. Amrit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls College, 3. Praveen Kumar from Government College, Rara Sahib.

Cultural quiz: 1. Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College (Kamalpura), 2. Khalsa College for Women (Sidhwan Khurd), 3. Government College, Rara Sahib.



‘Traders continue to cheat consumers’
Use of faulty weights and measures rampant
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Consumers are being routinely taken for a ride by unscrupulous traders through cheating on weights. From gold and silver to petrol and vegetables, customers fall victim to such cheating everywhere.

The Legal Metrology (weights and measures) Department, hit by infrastructure deficiency, has, meanwhile, totally failed to curb the nefarious practice. Shockingly, the department does not even have a telephone number where consumers can register their complaints. The staff is always on field duty so meeting them is a distant dream. This fact came to light after a city resident had sought information in this regard through the RTI Act.

RTI activist Varinder Singh through the RTI has asked about the timings of the department and the telephone number at which consumers could register their complaint.

Surprisingly, the reply from the department mentions that the government has not provided them any telephone and the department opens from Monday to Friday. As they have field work, so they are in the field most of the time. In addition, there are only five employees of the department posted in the city.

“Seeing the population of the city, five employees for the entire city are very less in number. Five persons can never cover the length and breadth of the city. The department should strengthen its staff for improving work efficiency,” said Varinder Singh.

“Customers are being cheated with under-weighed goods. There are question marks on the genuineness of the weights and measures tools being used by traders right from roadside vendors to big shops,” said Jagbir Singh, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar.

Vegetable vendors can be openly seen flouting norms. Some of them do not even use proper weights and go unchecked. “Instead of using weights, some of the vegetable vendors in the city are using stones to weigh the stuff. I tried to reach the legal metrology department, but was unable to contact the officials,” said Harpreet Kaur, a homemaker from BRS Nagar.

The crux of the problem is that there is gross absence of government mechanism to plug this trend. The Legal Metrology Department, which is duty-bound to regulate the misuse of weights and measures, is functioning, but only on pen and paper, added Varinder Singh.



from colleges
Students exhibit talent in ‘Fashion Flora’
Tribune News Service

Students sashay down the ramp during ‘Fashion Flora-2012’ at Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Saturday
Students sashay down the ramp during ‘Fashion Flora-2012’ at Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photos: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, February 18
The annual fashion event, “Fashion Flora-2012” was organised at Guru Nanak Girls’ College here on Saturday. The mega event witnessed the amalgamation of talent and beauty. Students of the department of fashion designing sashayed the ramp with pride, as the dresses they wore were designed by them. The colourful range of dresses included formal, informal, bridal and ethnic wears that were showcased in two sessions, wherein the first session included seven rounds and the second session consisted of 16 rounds. Chief guest, Dr SM Bhatti, principal CMCH, appreciated the efforts of the students and encouraged the institution to organise such events that give an opportunity to young minds to explore their innovative capabilities. The judges of the day included Dr Sandeep Bains (scientist, College of Home Science, PAU), Dr Poonam Rampal (associate professor, BBKDAV College), Beenu Kapoor (associate professor, BBKDAV College), Amandeep Lall (additional director INIFD), Nidhi Gupta (director “Brain O Brain”) and Surinder Singh Bedi (assistant director of hosiery and textiles micro small and medium enterprises). Guru Nanak Education Trust president Gurbir Singh applauded the brilliance and excellence of talent shown by the students in their collection.

RMNLU-Lucknow win laurels

RMNLU Lucknow bagged the first position after a three-day grueling five rounds of debate at DR Singh memorial British parliamentary debate, which concluded at the PCTE Group of Institutes, Ludhiana. The second position was bagged by faculty of management studies, Banaras Hindu University. The best speaker for the session was Ravi Shankar Jha from RMNLU Lucknow. In all, 36 teams participated in the competition.

Interactive session

The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ), Ludhiana, organised an interactive-session-cum demonstration on energy conservation under the national environment awareness campaign on Saturday at the GMT College of Education. Highlighting the need of energy conservation, jatha president Maj Sher Singh Aulukh called upon the students and faculty members to develop habits not to waste energy. The jatha will organise lectures-cum-demonstrations on this issue in several institutions. Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, said renewable energy resources should be utilised to meet energy needs. India has abundant of solar, wind, biomass, urban and industrial waste and micro-hydle resources, which can be tapped with more research and development. Taking a critical view of the pursuit of nuclear energy, he said this was neither economical nor safe. On the other side, renewable resources are transparent and non-hazardous. Anupam Nanda, in charge Punjab Energy Development Authority, Ludhiana, held a quiz among the students and asked them to use renewable energy resources. He informed about various subsidy schemes by the government. College principal, Dr Shikha, and teacher in charge Bhupinder Kaur lauded the role of jatha in promoting healthy environment.

B-school quiz

The industry institute interface cell of the college organised business standard B-school quiz for students of Kamla Lohtia SD College. Around 130 students from undergraduate and postgraduate courses participated in the quiz. The quiz had questions related to business. President Sunil Aggarwal, vice-president Sandeep Aggarwal, general secretary Brij Mohan Ralhan and director BD Budhiraja of Kamla Lohtia SD College applauded the innovative approach of the industry interface cell of the college. Principal, Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma congratulated the team of the cell and motivated the students to participate in such activities. Deepak Dhingra (in charge, industry institute interface cell) has pledged such competitive activities at regular intervals for providing exposure to the students. He insisted that such activities would help the students to enhance their knowledge and competitive skills. Winners were given books and certificates.The result: I-Karmjit, II-Vinay Dawar, III-Lalita Joshi and consolation-Dhruv, Nitin Chadda and Vaneet. 



Experts stress on resource mgmt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
A seminar on “Agricultural economy of Punjab: Science-policy interface” was organised at the Farmers’ Service Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today.

The former Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Dr KS Aulakh, chaired the seminar. PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, delved on “Punjab agriculture: Issues and challenges”. He said earlier varieties of wheat and paddy responded well to fertilizers and that in an attempt to harvest more, farmers used excessive nitrogen and other inputs.

Dr SS Gill, director-general, CRRID, deliberated on “Expenditure and resources mobilisation for the revival of Punjab economy”. “With proper management and governance, Haryana and Gujarat have left us behind,” he said, adding that the per capita income, which was nearly double in 1979-80 than the national average is diminishing.

He emphasised on proper resources management. Dr Gill expressed concern that currently the state has a debt burden of Rs 80,000 crore.

The state, which in 1979-80 spent nearly 70 per cent on development, is now spending just 28 per cent on it, observed Dr Gill.

Dr Karam Singh, consultant, Punjab State Farmers’ Commission, discussed the role of institutions in the development of the state.

He said water was grossly mismanaged and added that NASA warning on water depletion has highlighted severe shortage of portable water, reduction in agricultural productivity, conflict and sufferings, which will surely accompany the shortage.

He suggested the need for high-level agricultural development coordination authority and to help small farmers with education and training.



Going strong despite odds
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Clad in the uniform of Punjab Police and sitting along with other old students of SCD Government College, Sant Pal, was the centre of attraction for many at the annual prize distribution function of SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

Indeed it was an unforgettable moment for Sant Pal, who was to be awarded for his academic excellence. And as his name was announced, beaming with confidence but lost in serious thoughts, he reached the stage and received the trophy, which he deserved for standing first in geography (postgraduation) in the college.

Talking to the Tribune, Sant Pal Singh said, “The financial condition of my family was not good, but I continued my studies. I graduated from SCD Government College with 70 per cent marks having subjects, including geography and political science. Due to the financial problem, I went for the trials of the Punjab Police in 2010 and got the appointment letter last year in November. I believe in the Almighty and thank Him for helping me in the hour of crisis.”

His father Balwinder Singh is a mason and his wife Charanjeet Kaur is a homemaker. He has two younger brothers. One of them had to leave studies in between due to the financial problem. While his youngest brother is pursuing his studies of class X. He says, “I will help him to be a doctor, as now I am able to support him.”

The 22-year-old young is enjoying his job. He says, “I feel elated when people salute me in the uniform and respect my duty. I have no words to express for my alma mater, which provided me a congenial atmosphere for fighting against all odds.”



297 meritorious students felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The annual prize distribution function of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, was organised at the Sahir Auditorium of the college here today. The chief guest was SK Goyal (IRS), chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, New Delhi.

College principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar presented the college report wherein she enlisted the achievements of the students in various field. She also implored the students to continue hard work and aim high in life.

As many as 297 students were given prizes for their outstanding achievements in the field of academics, sports and cultural activities.

These included 42 college colour certificates, 40 merit certificates, 30 prizes to NSS students and 10 certificates to achievers in the NCC and air wing activities.

The winners were also given trophies and certificates. Among these, Rahul, a physically challenged student, was also awarded for standing first every year.

The chief guest said it was a nostalgic moment for him to stand in his alma mater. He congratulated the prize winners and advised them to make the optimum use of this golden period of their life.



‘Create healthy environment for educational growth’

Ludhiana, February 18
To motivate government school teachers for bringing quality in the education system, a one-day workshop on induction training was organised by the Government In-service Teachers’ Training Centre (GISTC), Ludhiana, here today under the aegis of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) on the instructions of director general of school education (DGSE). “More than 24 experts from various government schools of the district got induction training during this programme, which the latter would utilise to introduce newly inducted teachers of the department about the educational system and techniques during the proposed induction training programme, commencing February 21,” said Sneh Saini, principal of GISTC, while addressing key resource persons here today. Senior lecturer Jasbir Kaur was the coordinator of the workshop. She advised teachers to create healthy environment for educational growth in the schools.

Addressing the teachers on “teacher motivation”, Dr Davinder Singh Chhina, a lecturer, asked them to motivate their students and fellow teachers to contribute for the educational cause by generating interest of students in studies, making learning process comprehensive and interesting with latest modules. He also deliberated his views on group activities and leadership qualities among students, asking teachers to inspire students for social, educational, cultural, sports and humanitarian works. — TNS



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Book released

A book “Akhar Mala” of Dr Balwainder Singh Kalia was released at the Punjabi Bhawan here on Saturday. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president Punjabi Sahit Akademy, presided over the function. Surinder Rampuri, Nirmal Jaura, Janmeja Johal expressed their thoughts about the book. Gurbhajan Singh Gill said the book would be useful for our next generation.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt contest was held at GNE Degree College here on Saturday. Over 55 contestants participated, in which Gulrez Akhtar and Kulwinder Kelly were the judges.

‘Star ki Khoj’

Hundreds of girls from Ludhiana made a beeline in front of a mall on Saturday as Dabur Amla Hair Oil hosted the first-ever “Dabur Asli Amla Star Ki Khoj” to identify the girl with the best hair in the city. Bishakha Chandan was crowned the winner. The winner will now feature in an advertising campaign along with Bollywood celebrity and Dabur Amla Hair Oil brand ambassador Rani Mukherjee.

Tribune Reporters



Radiance at institute
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology organised "Radiance 2012" which included different activities here yesterday.

Navita Puri, Principal, Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, inaugurated the event. Students from KCW, GGNIMT, Ramgarhia Girls College, GCW, LCET, GNIMT participated in different events.

The management of “Khalsa Deewan” and Dr Vijay Asdhir (Director) encouraged the students to participate in these events in the future.

The following are the results.

Rangoli: 1st prize: Ritu and Kirandeep (Ramgarhia Girls College) and 2nd prize: Sonam and Sunaina Ramgarhia College.

Folk song: 1st prize: Amanpreet Kaur (KCW) and 2nd prize: Armit Kaur (Ramgarhi Girls College).

Gidha: 1st prize: KIMT College

Flower arrangement: 1st prize: Neha Khosla (GCW) and 2nd prize: Navneet(KIMT)

Group dance: 1st prize: KIMT group

Collage making: 1st prize: Avneet and Arshpreet (KIMT) and 2nd prize: Charanpreet Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College).

Mehandi: 1st prize: Swati (GCW) and 2nd prize: Parminder Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College).



Vet varsity bags six awards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Faculty members and postgraduate students of the department of veterinary medicine, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), had participated in the 30th annual convention and national symposium of the Indian Society of Veterinary Medicine held at Central Agricultural University, Aizawl, Mizorum.

Dr SS Randhawa, director research-cum-dean postgraduate studies, GADVASU, presented lead papers on fore-stomach disorders of ruminants, which was a major problem of dairy animals. Dr Kirti Dua, head, department of veterinary medicine, presented a lead lecture on the farm animal welfare and stressed the importance of animal welfare in the changing animal husbandry scenario of the country.

Besides, Dr BK Bansal, Dr SK Uppal, Dr Sushma Chhabra and Dr Naimi Chand chaired different scientific sessions of this conference. Dr Rakesh Ranjan was awarded with the ISVM appreciation award in recognition of his contribution to the cause of society.

A paper presented by Dr Raj Sukhbir Singh on the management of tetanus in wild monkeys was also appreciated by the scientific gathering and awarded the best oral presentation award in wildlife medicine section. A postgraduate student, MS Dhami’s presentation of fungal conjunctivitis in goats was also judged the best oral presentation in infectious disease session.



Rs 5 lakh snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Unidentified assailants snatched Rs 5 lakh from a vehicle dealer here today. The incident took place around 9 pm when Gagandeep Singh, owner of Swani Motors, was closing the showroom.

Gagandeep said two persons on a motorcycle, who were wearing monkey caps, started fighting with him. His security guard tried to intervene, but was thrashed by the snatchers.

Before Gagandeep could react, the snatchers fled with the bag, containing Rs 5 lakh. till the time of filing of this report, the police was scanning CCTV footage to identify the snatchers.

Driver flees with car, Rs 5 lakh

A driver of a shoe merchant fled with Rs 5 lakh from the sabzi mandi area here today.

The incident took place here this evening when Deeraj Kumar, a shoe merchant from Haryana, alighted from the vehicle to have food at a roadside dhaba.

According to the complaint, as soon as he entered the dhaba, his driver, Sonu, fled with the vehicle. He stated to the police that a bag containing Rs 5 lakh was lying on the backseat of the vehicle. According to the reports, the police has recovered the car.



3 booked for forgery
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 18
The Samrala police has registered a case of cheating against three persons.

Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Bohapur village, complained to the SSP Khanna about the fraud case, who in return marked an inquiry to the Samrala police.

Lakhvir stated that three persons, namely Jaswinder Singh, Subash Chander and Madan Lal, all residents of Ludhiana, took Rs 8 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him to Cyprus. But they neither sent him abroad nor returned his money and even threatened him of dire consequences.

The Samrala police after inquiry registered a case against the accused.



Coca-cola cup
PAU school lads register victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 18
Continuing with its winning streak, Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), recorded the second consecutive victory in the ongoing PCA Inter-School Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the Coca-Cola Cup being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

Government school lads scored an emphatic 207-run win over St Thomas Senior Secondary School. Yesterday, they had defeated Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary School by 140 runs.

Government Model School won the toss and decided to bat first today. Their batsmen were again in true elements, as they went on a leather hunt to post a big total of 237 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Sher Bahadur was the main scorer who made 84 runs. Parul Mehdiratta followed him with 39 runs, while Punit and Sajid Khan contributed 26 and 24 runs, respectively.

For St Thomas School, Deepanshu, Abhishek and Khushwinder scalped two victims each after giving away 39, 22 and 35 runs, respectively. Shivam grabbed one wicket for 44 runs and Kapil took one for 45.

In reply, St Thomas School surrendered meekly without waging a battle. Their essay culminated at 30 runs after 18.4 overs. Not even a single batsman could reach the double figure.

For government school, fast bowler Karan was the tormentor-in-chief. He sent out 4.4 overs and conceded just five runs to capture six wickets. Mayank bowled five overs and claimed three wickets for 15 runs, while Sajid Khan secured one wicket for 12 in five overs.

Former Punjab Ranji team skipper Ankur Kakkar was the chief guest. He gave tips to the youngsters, which could benefit the upcoming cricketers.

Tomorrow, two matches will be played. In the first match to the held at SCD Government College ground, Kundan Vidya Mandir will play against Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, while the second match will be played between St Thomas Senior Secondary School and Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary School at Arya College ground.



Jaspreet is best athlete
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 18
The joint annual athletics meet of Sidhwan education institutions, Khalsa College for Women, GHG Harparkash College of Education and Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School, concluded at the Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, today.

Jaspreet Kaur of BA-1 was declared the best athlete. Various track and field events, including 50m race, 100m race, 200m race, 400m race, 4x100m relay race, three-legged race, shot put, hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, high jump and triple jump, were organised.

Olympian Pargat Singh was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the event. He distributed prizes among winners of various events. Earlier, principal of GHG Harparkash College of Education, Dr Baljit Kaur, welcomed the chief guest. KCW, Sidhwan Khurd, principal, Dr Paramjit Kaur, congratulated the winners.



Monika, Gurpreet shine in athletics meet
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 18
The annual athletics meet for boys of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded here today. The meet was inaugurated by Jaswinder Singh Brar, DPI (colleges), Punjab.

The chief guest exhorted the athletes to give equal time to sports as well as academics, as he opined that the former is an integral part of the latter.

Various events like races, high jump, long jump, shot put, sack race, three-legged race, 400m relay race, 100m race, 5,000m race, tug-of-war, hammer throw, triple jump, 1,500m race, 400m race, 200m race and javelin throw were organised. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion. Bhangra performance left spectators awestruck.


Girls: 100m: Monika Sood, Jaswant Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur.

200m: Sandeep Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur, Sandeep Kaur.

400m: Sandeep Kaur, Jaswant Kaur, Parmeen Kaur.

2-km walk: Sandeep Kaur, Tara Rani, Jaswant Kaur.

High jump: Samma, Manpreet Kaur, Ravinder Kaur.

Long jump: Rupinder Kaur, Ravinder Kaur, Shamma.

Shot put: Amanjot Kaur, Harjit Kaur, Sukhpreet Kaur.

Discus throw: Amanjot Kaur, Jasreet Kaur, Ravinder Kaur.

Javelin throw: Amanjot Kaur, Chamandeep Kaur, Avneet Kaur.

800m: Jaswant Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Parmeen Kaur.

4x100m relay race: Sandeep Kaur, Gurdeep Kaur, Ravinder Kaur; Jaswant Kaur, Narinder Kaur, Tara Rani; Pawandeep Kaur, Parmeen Kaur, Avneet Kaur; Shamma, Jasdeep Kaur, Manpreet Kaur.

Boys: 200m: Gurpreet Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Karnail Singh.

400m: Harmandeep Singh, Jastinder Singh, Ghanshayam Yadav.

800m: Harmandeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Amritpal Singh.

1,500m: Harmandeep Singh, Kamaldeep Singh, Daljit Singh.

5,000m: Karamjit Singh, Randeep Singh, Amritpal Singh.

Long jump: Gurpreet Singh, Karnail Singh, Indervir Singh.

Shot put: Gurpreet Singh, Paramvir Singh, Manpreet Singh.

Hammer throw: Gurpeet Singh, Simranpreet Singh Gill, Harvijay Singh.

Javelin throw: Karnail Singh, Karamveer Singh, Navdeep Singh.



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