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SAD, Congress win 6 seats each
Veterans like Gabria, Gosain bite the dust
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Both SAD and Congress have won six Assembly seats each out of the 14 Assembly seats in the district, while the Independents have got two seats.

From the six urban constituencies of Ludhiana (East), Ludhiana (South), Atam Nagar, Ludhiana (Central), Ludhiana (West) and Ludhiana (North), the Congress wrested three seats, while the Akalis had to be content with one seat-Ludhiana (East).

However, in the rural constituencies the SAD maintained its winning streak. In the last Assembly elections, the Congress had won from the Payal Assembly constituency. The constituency, which was reserved post delimitation, had late Chief Minister Beant Singh’s son Tej Parkash as the MLA. This time, septuagenarian SAD leader and former Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal has defeated 36-year-old Congress candidate Lakhvir Singh Lakha.

The Dakha constituency that was de-reserved post-delimitation has been retained by the Akalis. In a contest marred by allegations and counter allegations and also the maximum number of complaints to the District Election Officer (DEO), SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali defeated the Congress candidate Jassi Khangura by a comfortable margin of over 16,000 votes in this constituency.

The Jagraon seat that was reserved post-delimitation has gone to the Akalis. Former bureaucrat SR Kaler defeated the Congress candidate Ishar Singh Meharban by a very slender margin of 204 votes. Incidentally, Kaler is among the first timers who contested in the Assembly poll.

The only Independents who have won the elections in Ludhiana are Balwinder Singh Bains, who defeated SAD candidate Hakam Singh Giaspura in the Ludhiana (South) constituency and Simarjit Singh Bains, who defeated SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria in the Atam Nagar constituency. Both brothers, who were expelled from the SAD, are the first timers.

Among the veterans who have lost the elections are Gabria (SAD) and Satpal Gosain (BJP), both ministers in the Badal government.

The BJP has lost the three seats-Ludhiana (Central), Ludhiana (West) and Ludhiana (North)-from where it had contested.

In the Khanna Assembly constituency from where the SAD had won the last Assembly elections, the Congress candidate Gurkirat Singh Kotli has defeated the Akali candidate Ranjit Singh Talwandi.

In Ludhiana district, the Ludhiana (West) Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu has won with a maximum margin of 35,904 votes. 


PAU gymnasium turns into a garrison
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, march 6
Tight security arrangement by the city police foiled the evil designs of miscreants who were planning to create ruckus near polling stations.

Employees busy counting votes at SCD Government College.
Employees busy counting votes at SCD Government College. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The city remained peaceful as barricades were erected at various places and reports of commuters being harassed due to traffic diversion were also received from various parts.

Panic spread following rumor of clash between the supporters of SAD candidate Manpreet Ayali and Congress candidate Jassi Khangura.

Talking prompts action extra force was deployed near the counting station located at Sukhdev Hall in the PAU.

The PAU gymnasium was turned into a garrison, where the fate of the candidate from Ludhiana Central, North, Gill and West locked in the ballot.

The cops were seen shooing away the overzealous supporters of the respective candidates who were trying to break the security cordon.

ADCP Sukhpal Singh Brar, ADCP Kulwinder Singh, ACP Swapan Sharma, ACP Gurpreet Kaur, ACP Gurpreet Singh Walia and ACP Ramneesh Chaudhary were guarding the area.

“Overall the counting remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported. I thank my team for their excellent job,” said DCP Ashish Chaudhary.



Bigwigs lose crores as SAD returns
 Anti-incumbency had forced many to bet on Cong 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The unexpected results in the Assembly elections might have brought immense joy to the ruling Akali-BJP government, but for majority of city-based industrialists, the results were shocking. If those involved in betting for the past many years are to be believed, then a large number of industrialists have lost bets worth several crores of rupees due to the defeat of the Congress.

A bookie, who lost about Rs 2 crore, disclosed, “The results are shocking. I had never thought that the Akali-BJP would return to power. I had put bets on both individual candidates and the party. And the bookies, who had put stakes on the Akali-BJP combine, was limited. There were others, who were confident of the Congress victory. I will have to make the payment within a week.”

On asked if any loser refuses to pay the amount as nothing was in black and white, the bookie said, “We have been into betting for the past two decades and the word of mouth is everything in betting circles. No one can backtrack after making a statement. If the loser has no money, he will have to make his own arrangements. He can buy little time but the money has to be paid at the end.”

While another bookie said most of those into betting had put money on Congress because of past trends. “The anti-incumbency factor forced many to put stakes on the Congress as almost everyone was sure that Congress will form the government. The pro-incumbency factor was never ever expected by majority of the bookies. And those who had put money on the Akali-BJP combine have gained tremendously. The verdict of public is really astonishing. Betting on high stakes is not everyone’s cup of tea. Those having no dearth of money take the huge risks,” said the bookie further adding that as compared to stakes involved in Bathinda side, the stakes were still low in Ludhiana.



4 councillors win Assembly poll
Likely to impact upcoming MC poll
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
After four councillors from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation made it to the Punjab Assembly, it would certainly have an impact on the upcoming Municipal elections to be held in August or September. The reason behind this is that six heavyweight councillors from the city and one from Mansa had contested the elections and four of them managed to win.

The councillors, who contested the elections include Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, municipal councillor from ward No. 72 and SAD candidate from Ludhiana (South) constituency, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, councillor from ward No. 41 and the BJP candidate from Ludhiana (North) constituency, Finance and Contract Committee member Simarjit Singh Bains, councillor from ward No. 71 and Independent candidate from Atam Nagar, Ranjit Singh Dhillon, councillor from ward No. 2 and SAD candidate from Ludhiana (East), Daljit Singh Grewal, councillor from ward No. 8 and Independent candidate from Ludhiana (East) and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, councillor from ward No. 54 and Congress candidate from Ludhiana (West) constituency. Prem Mittal, a municipal councillor from ward No. 51, was the SAD candidate from the Mansa constituency.

Out of these councillors, only Prem Mittal, Simarjit Singh Bains, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Ranjit Singh Dhillon managed to win.

Amongst these four councillors, Ashu had the biggest margin. He defeated his opponent Rajinder Bhandari of the BJP by a margin of 35,904 votes. Simarjit Singh Bains was the second in terms of margin. He defeated Hira Singh Gabria of the SAD by a margin of 28,498 votes, followed by Ranjit Singh Dhillon, who defeated Gurmel Singh Pehalwan of the Congress by 4,569 votes. Prem Mittal defeated Gurpreet Kaur of the Congress by a margin of 1,301 votes.

Another councillor, Daljit Singh Grewal, who was contesting as an Independent and had support of Simarjit Singh Bains and his group managed to secure 22,500 votes. Parveen Bansal lost to Rakesh Pandey of the Congress by 2,174 votes, while Hakam Singh Giaspura lost to Independent candidate Balwinder Singh Bains by a whopping margin of 32,232 votes.

During the last municipal elections held in 2007, both Giaspura and Simarjit Singh Bains were the main contenders for the post of Ludhiana Mayor. Now that Simarjit as well as his elder brother Balwinder have been elected as MLAs, they are likely to field several candidates as Independents.

A source close to Bains brother said this time; the group would be fielding candidates from almost all wards. “Some of them, whose wards fall under Atam Nagar and Ludhiana (South) constituencies, have already started preparing for the MC elections because for them the Assembly elections were like a semifinal. So when the MC elections are announced, our candidates would be ready for contesting,” claimed the source.

When contacted, Simarjit Singh Bains said its too early to make such plans. “But residents would certainly witness an interesting contest in upcoming MC elections,” he said smilingly.



Manpreet’s outfit misses the mark
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 6
The pre-poll coalition outfit put together under the name of Sanjha Morcha by former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has turned out to be stillborn if the performance of its candidates fielded on 14 Assembly seats in this district is any indication. The only consolation that the Sanjha Morcha candidates can draw from their crushing defeat is that Manpreet himself has failed to make any mark, and has lost on both seats that he contested.

Political observers feel that the parties brought together by the Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet after he was shown the door by the SAD, had nothing in common, and or rather were working to cross-purposes. Moreover, except for the left parties-the CPI and the CPM-no other party like SAD (Longowal), headed by former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala, or for that matter even the PPP had any cadre base or mass support.

Not only this, majority of the candidates put up by the Morcha had no political background, lacked the oratorical skills, and had never been in public life. Barring the CPI candidate, DP Maur, a trade union activist, who contested from Ludhiana (West) Assembly segment, the electorate had never heard the names of many of the candidates put up by the Morcha on various seats.

At least in three Assembly segments-Ludhiana (North), Ludhiana (East) and Ludhiana (Central), quite a few voters did not even know the names of the Morcha candidates. “Those (the Sanjha Morcha candidates) are non-entities, and are in the fray just for the sake of contesting elections. They themselves know that they will lose their deposits as the main contest is between the SAD-BJP nominees on one side, and the Congress on the other,” remarked Ranjit Kaur, a schoolteacher and a resident of Basti Jodhewal.

Gurdial Singh, a shopkeeper in Field Ganj area, said, “Manpreet Badal is a good orator and can impress the intelligentsia with his sound and logical speeches.

But see the kind of persons did he put up in the election. No political party worth its name can accomplish anything in the Assembly poll by fielding such candidates who had licked the dust even in civic elections, or complete green horns who have no experience of public dealing.”



City on a pause for 5 hrs as people remain glued to TV
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
It was not just contestants, party leaders or the supporters who seemed anxious and tensed till the results of Assembly elections were declared, but common man, too, remained glued to television sets to know the outcome. Barring a few, most of the residents, including industrialists, shopkeepers, housewives, senior citizens spent about five hours surfing news channels to know the fate of contenders and the winning party.

The poll “verdict” remained the topic of discussion at the workplaces throughout the day. As soon as the results were declared by 1 pm, cavalcades of winning candidates, their supporters could be seen moving on roads and dancing.

Tejinder Singh, a shopkeeper in Ghumar Mandi, said, “I did not go to work till 2 pm as it was more important to know the fate of Punjab. I was curious, as we have to look to the government for the next five years. The voters in Punjab are much aware and they gave their verdict in favour of the party, which they thought was deserving.”

Monika Gupta, a homemaker in BRS Nagar, said she had an appointment with the dentist at around 10:30 am, since the result trends were so exciting; she rang up her dentist to postpone it. “I never wanted to leave the television set, so I requested my doctor to postpone the appointment to a day,” she said.

It were not just the people of Punjab who were interested in knowing about the election results but the migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, too, kept on discussing about the next ruling party. A vendor selling vegetables on the Rani Jhansi Road said, “I have got the latest update on results. Wherever I went to sell vegetables, I make it a point to know which candidate was trailing and which was winning in Ludhiana.” 



Supporters dance to beat of dhol
Anupam Bhagria/Jaswant Shetra /Lovleen Bains

Ludhiana, March 6
PAU gymnasium, which usually remains occupied with sportspersons, today wore a different look as it was all aplomb with supporters of various parties who had gathered there to know the outcome of their fate as it was one of the counting centres.

The long beeps of electronic voting machines kept echoing in the gymnasium hall and remained the centre of attraction for all present there.

The hall was divided into different segments for counting of votes of different constituencies under tight security. Candidates were seen taking note of each and every round of counting. Anxious but composed, they were seen keeping tab on every thing.

Meanwhile, a group of supporters and workers of different political parties kept discussing the trends and future government. As the general public was not allowed to enter the counting centre, a large number of supporters of different political parties kept sitting in the nearby grounds for getting to know the latest news. Similar environment was observed at Government College for Women, SCD Government College and Malwa Central College for Women.

And as the results were declared, the supporters of candidates rushed towards the counting centre to greet them with garlands and bouquets. To mark their happiness, they danced to the beat of dhol.

Jagraon: The supporters of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) celebrated the victory of party candidate Shiv Ram Kaler from the Jagraon (Reserved) constituency today. A large number of party workers gathered at the residence of Kaler to congratulate him even before he was declared the winner. They were seen dancing to the beat of dhol.

A retired government employee and a first-timer, Shiv Ram Kaler beat his rival Isher Singh Meharban of the Congress by 206 votes. Of the total votes polled, Shiv Ram Kaler got 53,031 votes while Ishar Singh Meharban of the Congress could get 52,825 votes. Around 9,546 votes were cast in favour of Major Singh Lakha of the People’s Party of Punjab.

Congress rebel and Independent candidate Rajeshinder Singh Sidhu bagged 3,158 votes, Surinder Kumar of the Bahujan Samaj Party managed to get 1,085 votes, Avtar Singh Rasoolpur of the Pendu Mazdoor Union bagged 1,192 votes and two Independents, including Parminder Singh and Kewal Singh bagged 626 and 477 votes, respectively.

Sahnewal: The supporters of the Akali-BJP alliance today celebrated the victory of their candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon from the Sahnewal constituency. They distributed sweets among residents of the town and surrounding villages.

Expressing his gratitude towards the people of his constituency, Dhillon said, “The electorate has voted for development and progress. The developmental phase, through which the state has passed through all these five years, has ultimately forced the voters to decide in favour of the Akali-BJP combine.”

“During the past five years, a number of development works have been initiated in the area,” he said.

He added that more development projects would be initiated in years to come.



...Take to Facebook to congratulate winners
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The cyber space has caught the poll-result fever. Victory or defeat, the supporters of the candidates of various political parties are venting their feelings out on the Facebook. With a passion that’s quite evident in the messages posted on the Facebook wall. 

The winners’ Facebook page is chock-a-block with congratulatory messages. In a typical cyber space lingo, the messages are a mix of shorthand Punjabi, with a peppering of some English words. “Veer g bahut bahut vadiya,” reads a message on the Facebook page of SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, who won the Dakha Assembly seat. “Mubarakaan 22g…Congrats veeree,” are some other messages posted on his Facebook page. For those who have lost the elections, the Facebook page has an outpouring of some pep talk coupled with a philosophical take on the issue. 

“Sir be strong never mind…koi gal nahi bai…Winning & loosing (sic) are part of life no need to worry…Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts,” read various messages posted on the Facebook wall of Congress candidate Jassi Khangura, who was defeated by Ayali. In his post, Khangura writes, “I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the Dakha results. There was absolutely no indication whatsoever of such a turn. Every report from the agencies, officials and workers indicated a victory. In due course we shall try to understand the reasons and issues behind this result. 

My supporters, near and far, are as disappointed as I am…I intend to pursue a career in Punjab politics ...” In tune with the festival of Holi, some Facebook pages of the candidates who have won show vibrant colours. Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s Facebook page, apart from the standard congratulatory messages, has a very colourful ‘congrats’ that stands out right at the top. Predictably, most of the Facebook pages of the winners have photos showing them at their happiest ‘garlanded’ best, though some winners’ pages have photos and messages that are loud and shrill! After all, the cyber space must say it all, as a Facebook buff puts it.



Foes turn friends
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
In an excellent show of camaraderie, the winning Independent candidate, Balwinder Bains, and losing Congress candidate, Ashok Prashar Pappi, were seen hugging each other following the poll result at SCD Government College here today.

“Whatever may be the reason, but it was a victory of democracy. Now, it is time to introspect where we went wrong,” said Pappi.

On the other hand, Balwinder Bains was seen giving Pappi a lesson on becoming a mass leader.

“In 20 days, no one can win the heart of masses. We have been serving the area residents for the past 20 years. We have covered the length and breath of the constituency. We are aware of residents’ problems. We connect with them and they look upon us during testing times. The residents of the constituency have faith in us,” said Balwinder Bains.

While leaving the venue, Pappi said, “Twenty days were not enough for campaigning. If tickets would have announced nearly two months ago, the result would have been different.”

It is learnt that a majority of Congress candidates were not even aware of the limits of their constituency.

Balwinder Bains, while praising the Congress candidate, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, said now the time had changed. “That phase is over when people used to vote for the party. Now, the voter is very intelligent. They only vote for those politicians who work for the welfare of people. It was a compulsion for the Congress to give ticket to Ashu. Even if he would have fought as an Independent he would have won the elections,” said Balwinder.

While celebrating the victory of SAD candidate Man being the chairman of the zila parishad, had spent nearly five years uplifting the living standard here and his efforts had paid off.



Atwal edges past Lakhbir Singh 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Former Lok Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, who contested as the SAD candidate from the Payal (Reserved) constituency, defeated Lakhbir Singh Lakha of the Congress by a thin margin of 634 votes only. Atwal got 55,224 votes while Lakhbir Singh Lakha got 54,590 votes. However, Malkit Singh of the PPP got 4,479 votes.

The Congress candidate from the Ludhiana West constituency, Bharat Bhushan, who is known as Ashu, won by more than 35,000 votes by defeating Prof Rajinder Bhandari said, “I owe my success to God.”

While former president of the PAU Employees Association DP Maur, who contested as the PPP candidate from the Ludhiana West constituency could get 5,364 votes.



PSEB to constitute flying squads
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6Contradicting its earlier decision, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has now decided to constitute flying squads to check copying during the board examinations.

The PSEB had earlier decided to install CCTV cameras in examination halls, instead of having flying squads, to curb copying. But the proposal of having CCTV cameras could not see the light of day. The teachers were also worried that if the board did not constitute flying squads or install CCTV cameras in examinations centres, how would copying be checked. The decision to do away with flying squads was taken due to financial reasons.

Suresh Tandon, vice-chairman, Punjab School Education Board said, "We will be sending flying squads to examination centres and are putting all efforts to curb copying. The CCTV camera proposal proved a non-starter because of the paucity of funds. We would reduce the number of teams, but flying squads are essential to examine the examination centres."

Sukharshan Singh, a teacher, said, "Flying squads were not useful in curbing copying in any way because most of them failed to catch even a single case of copying. Some corrupt members of the flying squads even take bribes and turn a blind eye towards incidents of copying. If the board was interested in curbing copying, then installing CCTV cameras was the best option.”



Industry pins hopes on new government
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The SAD-BJP combine is all set to form the next government. Being an industrial hub, the city is expecting a good policy which will help the industry grow leaps and bounds as several units have already shifted from the state.

Industrialists feel that they should be given ample opportunities and tax benefits in the state itself. “Although the SAD-BJP alliance will form the government, in Ludhiana it has lost its major five seats, which is an indication that the industry is not happy with the government. Since Ludhiana is an industrial city, the government should keep its interest in the mind. A good industrial policy is the need of the hour and I hope that after starting its second term, it will form a good policy,” said president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, Badish K Jindal.

An exporter, Vinay Jain, said the government needed to concentrate on the industry looking at the move of Punjab industrial units shifting their units outside and even undertaking expansion outside the state.

“We need to strengthen our industry in Ludhiana,” he added. Due to some factors, a majority of industries are planning to move out of Punjab. For the benefit and promotion of industry in Ludhiana, it is important that some incentives or special benefits should be provided to the industry in order to promote and upgrade it. “I hope that the coming government takes initiative and forms a new policy which will give a boost to the industry in the region,” added Varinderjeet, an industrialist.

“The industry in neighbouring states like Himachal, Rajasthan and Haryana are exempted from taxes and new industries are given benefits for a specific time span. Such schemes should be initiated by the new government in Punjab as well,” added Jasjit Singh, a trader.



CII to launch initiative against drug abuse

Ludhiana, March 6
CII Ludhiana Chapter will soon launch an initiative “Care and councilling cells on drug abuse” in Ludhiana with the support of Karma Hospital to help factory workers overcome drug addictions.

Under the initiative, a team of doctors from Karma Hospital will visit the CII members companies once a month, and will provide all kinds of necessary consultation and support free of cost to the treat the workers who want to overcome drug addiction,” said Inderjit Nagpal, former chairman, CII Ludhiana.

An awareness session on drug de-addiction was organised by the CII Ludhiana Chapter at Vardhman Special Steels Limited. A special play on drug abuse was also performed by a group of students from Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) during this session. The play saw a highly interactive participation of more than 120 workers.

Dr Rajesh Thapar, convener of CII’s drive against drugs initiative, shared his views and said, “For the last two years, we at CII Ludhiana, are taking forward this initiative and organising various sensitisation session’s in companies across Ludhiana, with a special focus on factory workers.” — TNS



Young Indians visit Hero Eco Tech
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Young Indians, Ludhiana, an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), organised the visit for the students of Deaf Cricket Federation to Hero EcoTech Limited, Ludhiana. Around 15 students from the Deaf Cricket Federation visited the plant accompanied by general secretary of Deaf Cricket Federation, Padam Paasi.

Jaspreet Singh, HR Manager of Hero EcoTech Ltd, accompanied the students and informed them about the different processes followed by various departments. Students also saw a short video clip about the company's processes and fully-automated machines. The visit finished in about an hour during which the students visited their lab, assembly section, receipt section, welding section, fabrication, paint shop and the canteen where they were offered refreshment. They also had a small talk with the HR team.

Sifti Riat, Co Chair, Young Indians, Ludhiana, said the objective of the visit was to give students an exposure to different processes in the Hero EcoTech plant. 



Maya Nagar Shootout
2 women claim victim’s body
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
High drama was witnessed at the local Civil Hospital today over the last rites of Satish Kumar, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Maya Nagar yesterday.

The incident took place today morning when two women claiming themselves to be the wives of the victim came to the Civil Hospital and told the police to handover the body to them.

The women, identified as Seema and Anita, claimed the body and were seen arguing over the performing of the last rites of the victim.

Anita, mother of two sons, is an estranged wife of Satish Kumar.

She came to the city along with her father-in-law from Karnal in Haryana and wanted to take the body of Satish Kumar to the native village for cremation.

But Seema, the second wife of the victim, who was supported by her relatives, objected to this and stressed on the cremation to be conducted in the city. It is learnt that Satish had left his wife in Karnal and started living in the city.

After setting up a barbershop, he got married to Seema and the couple had a son out of the wedlock. Parents of Satish learnt about the second marriage and snapped all ties with the victim.

Following a daylong showdown between the two wives, Anita and Seema, the matter was resolved.

The compromise was affected after the father of the victim was told to get the permission from the court for taking the victim’s body to the native village.

Finally, the family agreed and the body was handed over to Seema for cremation.

Meanwhile, the police has failed to make any headway in the murder case. Ashwani Kumar, SHO, Division No 8, said the police was investigating the matter.

“It does not appear to be an honour killing as the parents of the victim were not aware about the whereabouts of Satish Kumar. Further they don’t appear be nurturing any grouse against Satish,” Ashwani Kumar. 



Teachers’ education need of hour: Experts
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 6
The GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon, in collaboration with the Council for Teacher Education, organised a national level seminar on "Quality Assurance in Teacher Education" in the college auditorium today. The seminar was attended by as many as 50 delegates from different institutes.

Various academicians and scholars from educational institutes of the country expressed their views on ensuring the quality in teacher education. While delivering the keynote address, Dr BK Passi, former chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, emphasised on enhancing the quality in teacher education. He further said that it is the right time to ensure that quantitative expansion does not hamper the quality of education.

During the first intellectual session, Professor Vijayalakshmi, former professor and dean, School Education, Shri Padmavati Mahila Vishvavidyalaya, Hyderabad, spoke on the challenges to provide quality assurance in teacher education. In the second session, eminent academician and principal, BCM School, Ludhiana, Dr Vandana Shahi, spoke about the measures needed to ensure quality in teacher education.

The speaker of the third session Dr Santokh Singh Gill, district guidance counsellor, focused upon the role of various agencies for monitoring the quality in teacher education. Prof Shakuntala Nagpal, former Head of Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, deliberated on quality indicators in teacher education during the fourth intellectual session, and emphasised that continuous professional development of teacher-educators is very crucial.

Earlier, chief guest Dr DR Vij, National President Council for Teacher Education, inaugurated the seminar by lightening the ceremonial lamp. A large number of teachers, principals and students of various educational institutes were present during the seminar. In the end, college principal Dr Baljit Kaur Gill, and office bearers of SGHGU Hari Trust thanked the chief guest and other dignitaries present during the seminar. 



drunken driving
Policemen ill-equipped to check violations
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 6
Even though the Union government has proposed to make traffic norms more effective, in the absence of scientific equipment, the traffic police is unable to check the violations.

The traffic wing of Ludhiana (rural) police is ill-equipped to check traffic violations. Sources said the Ludhiana (rural) traffic police has been grappling with the shortage of technical equipment such as alcometers and laser speed gun which are essential to identify drunk drivers and overspeeding vehicles, respectively.

The Ludhiana (rural) police had been given four alcometers and one laser speed gun about 10 years ago. So far the police has fined as many as 27 persons for drunk driving while not even a single violator has been fined for overspeeding.

The sources added that four alcometers available with the traffic police were non-functional and the authorities have not got these repaired. In such a situation, it becomes difficult for the police to check drunk driving. A majority of road accidents occur due to drunk driving and overspeeding. But in the absence of equipment, the police is unable to check the violations.

SSP Ludhiana (rural) police Amar Singh Chahal admits that the police was ill-equipped to deal with the problem. “I have requested the higher authorities to provide 11 alcometers, but not even a single alcometer has been provided so far,” said Chahal.



‘Positive attitude key to success’ 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 6
An extension lecture on the importance of moral values was held for the students of the computer department of Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Management of Technology, Dakha, at the seminar hall of the college. Dr Bikramjit Singh Virk, associate professor at NJSA College Kapurthala, visited as the resource person during the occasion.

While welcoming the resource person, Prof SS Dhillon, director of the institute, emphasised upon the need of having a positive attitude and never say die approach in the present era of competition. He further said that there is a huge requirement of the students of Information-Technology in all kind of organisations today.

In his interesting power point presentation during the occasion, Prof Virk dwelt upon the various aspects of moral values. He also explained the careers options open to I-T students in networking, industries, programming, banking, teaching etc. He also discussed the cost of each course and the remuneration expected.

While concluding his lecture, Dr Virk opined that the present age is the age of smart work and competition, and it is important to be positive and active to excel in life. He urged the students to develop a positive attitude for attaining success in life. Dr Virk also answered questions asked by the students of the college.

In the end, college principal Dr Assa Singh Ghuman encouraged the students to make moral values an integral part of their daily life for becoming a good human being and to achieve success. The program concluded with the vote of thanks presented to the resource person and other dignitaries by the college principal. 



NRIs remain glued to television sets
Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Although Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) do not have a say in the formation of the government, still those visiting India were as excited as any other person in the state. Punjab politics always forms a subject of interest among NRIs and is regularly discussed among them.

Manjinder Singh, living in Canada, and presently visiting India was glued to the television set, along with his brother’s family.

“Punjab politics is always a matter of great interest not only for those who are living here, but also for those living abroad. Today, I woke up early to watch the election results. I was very hopeful for Manpreet Badal, but sadly he could not make it to the victory stand,” he said.

Another NRI, Gurmail Singh from London, presently staying at Jagraon, said politics was unpredictable like a cricket match.

“Till yesterday, everyone was expecting the opposition’s victory, but as soon as the results started coming in the morning, it took all of us by surprise. SAD-BJP won with a thumping majority and I hope that they will work towards the development of the state,” he added.

Sharon, who is on a visit to India from the UK along with her family was little disappointed as she could not go anywhere for the entire day due to election results.

“In the morning, everyone was watching the election results and thereafter followed the discussions. Although it was a day full of activity for elders, for me it was a boring day as I do not have any interest in politics,” she said.

Some of them were even communicating the results to their friends and relatives back in their countries. “My cousin kept on enquiring about the results over the phone as he could not watch the television,” said Jatinder Grewal, an NRI. 



Last-minute diversions bug commuters
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Commuters faced a tough time today as barricades were installed on all roads leading to different counting centres in the city. The counting started at 8 am and ended in the afternoon. They had to go through a harrowing time as they were asked to go from alternative routes.

Sneh Anand, a postgraduate student, said, “I was to go to the PAU library, but I was stopped near

Pal Auditorium and was asked to park my bike there. I made a request, but I was told that the counting was going on so I would not be allowed to go on the bike.”

Barricades were also installed on roads leading to the main gate of SCD Government College.

Bansi Lal, a rickshaw-puller, said, “I had to adopt a longer route today as the road was blocked. But I was not paid extra money for doing so.”

On certain roads, haphazardly parked vehicles of candidates and their supporters also created traffic jam for hours together. At certain places people even argued with the police personnel.

Sumeet Khanna, a resident of Upkar Nagar said, “I understand that installation of barricades is a must for today, but the administration should have given a guide map in order to avoid the convenience.”



PAU Notes
Crop produce competition

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise a “Crop Produce Competition" during its on-campus Kisan Mela, scheduled to take place on March 21-22. Giving details, Dr SPS Brar, Senior Extension Specialist (field crops) and convener of the Produce Competition Committee, said that besides the competition of recommended varieties of vegetables (potato, carrot, green onion, green garlic, brinjal, radish, turnip, tomato, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, green chilies, sweet pepper or any other seasonal vegetables), the competition of other crops, such as sugarcane, shakker, gur, turmeric etc, will also be held. He told that among fruits, the competition of recommended varieties will take place. Among floriculture, samples of gladiolus, cut rose, loose rose, marigold, gerbera and other flower will be received.

Informing that the produce competition will be organised on the first day of the mela, Dr Brar said that the entries for the competition will be entertained upto 11:30 am on March 21, at the produce competition stall, near Kairon Kisan Ghar, PAU.

New appointments at PAU

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has appointed Dr Neelam Grewal as dean, College of Home Science, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman as Additional Director Communication, Dr Manjit Singh Gill as Additional Director Research (Crop Improvement), Dr PK Khanna as Additional Director Research (Food Science, Nutrition and Engineering), Dr TS Thind as Additional Director Research (Natural Resources and Plant Health Management) and Dr HS Dhaliwal as Additional Director Research (Horticulture). The decision was taken in the 253rd meeting of PAU Board of Management held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon at the university camp office, Mohali, on March 5. According to the PAU Registrar, Dr RK Mahey, all the appointees had joined their posts. 



From Schools
Play safe holi

Ludhiana: The students of Sai Public School celebrated Holi on the campus. The students raised the slogan ‘say no to synthetic colours’ in the school assembly. School principal, Amrita Gakhar, informed the students about the side effects of using synthetic and liquid colours. Teachers and the students wished each other.

Workshop on mind management

A "mind management workshop" was also organised by Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday. The theme of the workshop was "How to train mind and intellect to secure more in exams." School principal, Sadhana Sharma, highlighted the need of meditation in the present scenario to concentrate for better learning. She explained that the students should do some yogic breathing techniques. Several students were honoured with mementoes on the occasion. The most regular: Neha, Richa, Shikhar, Kunal, Manisha, Lalita, Gurjot Singh. The most punctual student: Vishal, Mandeep Singh, Yashmine, Kashish, Ratika, Gurpreet, Rohit. The most obedient student award was bagged by Sharmila. The award of excellence went to Mehak, Kunika, Manpreet, Twinkle, Heena, Saurabh, Nitika, Simran Priya, Khushbu, Sandeep. The best volunteers were Deepali, Aashima, Kunika, Reeva. Head boy Honey and head girl Sandeep were also conferred with prizes.

Visit to village

The students of Ryan International School, Dugri, visited Gahaur village. The students interacted with the other students of the government school in the village. Thereafter, the students moved to the farms and interacted with the farmers. 



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