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Ishwar Singh back in saddle
Takes over from Ishwar Chander as new Police Commissioner
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
IG Ishwar Singh has again been appointed the new Police Commissioner of the city. He has replaced IG Ishwar Chander, who has been made the Director of the PPA at Phillaur. IG Ishwar Singh took the charge this evening.

He had earlier served as the DIG of Ludhiana range and was also the first Commissioner of Police of the city. He was the first choice of the SAD-BJP alliance as he has extensive knowledge about the city and its problems.

Known for his clean image, Ishwar Singh had initiated many schemes to tackle the fear psychosis among residents about the police. He also made his mobile phone number public and it was during his tenure that the Sadar police station received a facelift.

Tumultuous stint

IG Ishwar Chander had a tumultuous stint being the third Police Commissioner. Known for his discipline, he could not get anywhere and was reportedly considered as a “makeshift” arrangement before the Assembly elections.

Soon after the SAD-BJP government came to power, the rolling of heads was imminent. Chander could not complete three months in office as the Commissioner of Police. He had taken the reins on December 31 from Dr SS Chauhan who was transferred following the orders of the Election Commission for allegedly favouring the SAD-BJP government during the elections.

He did not get much time to settle as the elections were around the corner and much of his time was spent on maintaining the law and order situation in the city.

The double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monika Kapila rocked the city.

The police had to face a lot of criticism for failing to crack the high-profile murder case. 

Challenges ahead

Solving blind murder cases, including that of the Moga DSP, murder of a barber who was shot outside a temple and the shooting of Namdhari leader Avtar Singh Tari, would be the biggest challenge for the new Commissioner of Police. Keeping a check on the incidents of snatching will also be a challenge for him


Shortage of drivers hits bus service
Low salary deters applicants; few takers for post of conductor too
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The shortage of drivers is affecting the City Bus Service as the Municipal Corporation (MC) is unable to take the delivery of 40 buses under the project. MC sources say that because of low salary, not many people are coming forward to join the civic body as drivers or even conductors.

At present, 20 drivers and 20 conductors are employed with Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd, which is managed by the MC. The drivers are paid a monthly salary of Rs 2,500, besides Rs 1.25 per km, while the conductors are paid Rs 2,500 in addition to Re 1 per km.

The MC had advertised 80 posts each of driver and conductor and the last date of submitting the applications is March 26, but to date, only 30 persons have applied for the post of driver and around 150 for conductor.

As a result, the board of directors of the bus service met at Chandigarh yesterday and decided to increase the salary of the drivers and conductors.

“Now, both the drivers and conductors would get a fixed monthly salary of Rs 4,000 in addition to Rs 1.5 per km and Rs 1.25 per km, respectively.

We hope that the number of applicants would increase. The last date of submitting the applications has also been extended to April 4,” Baljeet Singh, manager of the bus service said.

The written test would be conducted on April 15 and by April-end, the buses would be ready to run on the city roads. The MC will run 10 buses each on Chandigarh Road, Delhi Road, Dhandra Road and Ferozepur Road.

Identified routes

Dhandra Road (9.7 km): Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Preet Palace, Atam Park, Maryland Cut, Dugri, Manakwal octroi

Ferozepur Road (9.5 km): Railway station, Durga Mata Mandir, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Bharat Nagar Chowk, mini secretariat, Bhai Bala Chowk, Aarti Chowk, PAU, Verka Milk Plant, Sunet village turn, Aggar Nagar, BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Jeevan Preet Nagar, Aman Nagar cut and octroi post

Chandigarh Road (11.3 km): Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Gill Chowk, Partap Chowk, Dholewal Chowk, Cheema Chowk, Transport Nagar, Samrala Chowk, PUDA market (Jamalpur), Police Colony, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Hari Singh Nagar, Mundian and Satsang Ghar Mundian

Delhi Road (13.5 km): Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Gill Chowk, Partap Chowk, Dholewal, Sherpur, Giaspura Chowk, Dhandari railway station, Kanganwal Chowk, Pawa, Sahnewal Airport and octroi post 



Jewellers firm, refuse to relent
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
It has been a week since jewellers across the city have downed their shutters in protest against the increase in excise duty and doubling of customs duty on precious metals. Today, the jewellers protested and decided to remain on strike till the duties are rolled back.

The otherwise busy Fountain Chowk and Sarafan Bazar, the jewellery hub of the city, wore a deserted look as all the stores were closed.

“Representatives of the Jewellery and Gems Association of India held a meeting with the Finance Minister yesterday, but nothing was decided so, we decided to continue the strike,” said Anand Sikri, president of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association.

“This is an unprecedented occasion where almost all jewellers across the country have closed their shops against the Budget proposal. The city is losing revenue amounting to Rs 25 lakh everyday due to the strike,” he said, adding that the Centre was losing around Rs 9 crore every day.

The Finance Minister has proposed to increase the basic customs duty on standard gold bars, gold coins of purity exceeding 99.5 per cent and platinum from 2 per cent to 4 per cent; and on non-standard gold from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Basic duty on gold ore, concentrate and ore bars for refining is being enhanced from 1 per cent to 2 per cent. Excise duty on refined gold is being increased in the same proportion from 1.5 per cent to 3 per cent. 



With technology, copying also goes hi-tech
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
With the development of new techniques, copying in board examinations has also gone hi-tech. Students are adopting new techniques for copying in the exams. This was revealed by flying squads of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) who recovered several “micro guides” and blue tooth devices. Earlier, students used to depend on handwritten slips, but now they are using photostat to generate the micro image of “guides”. This way, they are able to carry the entire “guide” with them in the examination centre.

Mobile phones and blue tooth devices are also common among students. Harjit Singh Balari, in charge of a flying squad, said: “Blue tooth and mobiles are commonly used these days for copying. It is hard to trace the device as it is very small. Sometimes, the staff and invigilators do not screen the students properly. This leads to the frequent use of such methods for copying.”

Sukhdarshan Singh, president of the Anti-Copying Teachers Front, said: “With the advancement of technology, students are using new ways to cheat. Flying squads have recovered several mobile phones from examination centres. If students are using new techniques for copying, the board should also adopt new methods to curb it. The board should install CCTV cameras and other advanced equipment at the examination centres.”



curbing copying
Only two out of 10 flying squads active
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 23
The Punjab School Education Board had constituted more than 10 teams to curb the copying in schools in the district. But it was seen that only two flying teams were actively running the drive. Board officials said, the board was going to give new directions to fix the responsibility of flying squad teams. A board official admitted that all the flying teams were not working properly in a recent drive to check copying.

Flying Squad teams led by Surinder Singh Gerewal and Harjit Singh Balari were the two teams, which caught more than 12 cases of copying in class X examination. Ironically, other teams in the district failed to catch a single case.

Surinder Singh Gerewal, in-charge of the flying squads, said "The teachers who help students in copying and are responsible for spoiling their future. If the in charge of a flying squad does his duty with honesty one can curb copying in examinations."

Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab School Education Board, said, "we deploy teachers in the flying squad teams for checking those centers which are already under the surveillance of teachers. If the teachers take the responsibility,copying can be curbed and there will be no need to constitute these teams. We will take new decisions soon on the working of these flying teams".



Hoax bomb call
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Barely a few hours before the arrival of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, the police went into a tizzy after an anonymous person called the police control room to say that he had planted a bomb at Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-State Bus Terminus.

The incident took place at around 7 am when an attendant at the control room received the call. The police sounded an alert and carried out a search operation at the bus stand. Passengers were evacuated from the bus stand and the entry was restricted. Since it was a state holiday, there weren’t many passengers at the bus stand. It was nearly after an hour that the police termed the bomb threat as a hoax.



Stalking led to murder, claims police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
It is learnt that 18-year-old Pardeep Kumar, alias Happy, who was found murdered, used to stalk a girl in the locality. The girl had complained to her parents that he had grabbed her arm.

Her parents had brought it to the notice of Happy’s parents, but it did not deter him. They had also reported the matter to the police two days before the murder.

The police had summoned Happy’s parents, but the victim followed the girl the next day. Police sources claimed that in the evening of March 21, the girl’s father, Jagdish Kumar, maternal uncle Munish Kumar, cousin Saurabh and an unidentified person picked up Happy and took him to Rajpura where he was murdered. His body was dumped in Morinda near the Sirhind branch canal.

ADCP Kulwinder Singh said: “While one person has been arrested, raids are on to nab the rest. I have come to know that the victim used to follow the girl and tease her. Her parents had complained to the police.”



Alert bus driver nabs pickpocket 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
An alert bus driver and a conductor nabbed a pickpocket who was reportedly fleeing after stealing nearly Rs 18,000 from a local resident here today.

The incident took place near Chand Cinema this afternoon when the victim raised the alarm on seeing the pickpocket jump from the moving bus.

He claimed that the pickpocket was in the possession of a sharp-edged weapon and stole his wallet by cutting his pocket. The driver immediately stopped the bus and chased the pickpocket and succeeded in nabbing him.

They handed over the suspect to the Salem Tabri police for further action.



Garment makers not to lower prices
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The Finance Minister has provided relief to readymade garment manufacturers in the Budget, but they are unlikely to reduce prices as they say the relief is “negligible”.

Insignificant relief in excise duty and increase in service tax is not enough to slash the prices, the manufacturers say.

Surinder Kapoor, a garment manufacturer and exporter, says: “The relief is too small to reduce the prices. The profit margin has already gone down and there is no scope of slashing the prices. There is not going to be any reduction in the prices of branded garments as the Central government has raised the excise duty on garments from 10 to 12 per cent. Moreover, there is going to be an impact of the service tax hike in our overall input cost.”

Another manufacturer, Lalit Jain, says: “The overall relief is just 0.9 per cent, which is too small to bring down the prices. The increase in the service tax is also going to impact us so the question of reducing the prices does not arise.”

It has been proposed to enhance the excise duty on branded apparels from 10 to 12 per cent even as it has also been proposed to raise abatement from 55 to 70 per cent of the MRP, meaning duty will be levied on 30 per cent of the garment sale’s price.

Describing the raise in abatement on garments as eyewash, the garment industry asked the government to either withdraw the excise duty or wait for the introduction of goods and service tax before levying any duty on garments.

“The garment industry is going through a rough phase since the excise duty was levied on the garments in the Budget last year.

We made several representations to the government last year to roll away the duty, but to no avail. The worst sufferers are small garment manufacturers. We have been burdened with taxes,” he added.



Jewellers burn effigy of government
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna/Khamano, March 23
On the call of the Jewellers Association of India, the Jewellers of Khanna held a protest on GT road and burnt an effigy of the Central Government for increasing the tax on gold.

The jewellers gathered near the bus stand under the command of president of the Khanna unit Sedha. Raising slogans against the decision of the Centre, the protesters demanded the rollback of increased tax. They declared that their protest would continue till their demands were fulfilled.

Meanwhile, at Khamano, the jewellers gathered near the main chowk under the leadership of block president Subash Kumar and blocked traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road for some time. They raised slogans against the Central government for increasing tax. They sought that their demand should be conceded immediately to save their profession.



Three years on, burns unit still not functional 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The much-awaited burns unit of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, which was supposed to be operational last November, is still not functional. The construction of the mega project had started about three years ago. The hospital authorities attribute the delay to staff shortage and also to the final touches which are still to be given. As a result, the burns patients are being treated in the old ward adjoining the ward of unidentified patients.

Dr Karamvir Goel, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), said: “The ground floor of the building got ready about a month ago. Since the trauma and emergency ward of the hospital required immediate renovation, we had to shift these wards to the ground floor of the newly constructed building. The first floor of the burns unit is yet to get the final touches. I hope it would be completed soon.”

He added: “We are also facing a shortage of staff. The higher authorities have assured us that very soon staff, including doctors, paramedical staff and nurses, will be appointed. Earlier, due to the model code of conduct, the staff could not be appointed.”

The burns unit will have 30 beds to cater to burns patients.



Awareness lecture on tuberculosis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
NIMA, Ludhiana, and Aasha TB Projects (ATP), organised a public awareness lecture and nukkad natak for hosiery workers here today at Jolley Doaba Hosiery.

Dr Surinder Gupta,secretary, NIMA, Ludhiana, said that an awareness lecture was organised along with a nukkad natak at Jolley Doaba Hosiery in Shivpuri to sensitise hosiery workers regarding tuberculosis.

A nukkad natak on tuberculosis was performed by the PSI team. More than 100 hosiery workers and neighbouring people attentively listened. Dr Surendra Gupta clarified their queries.



Traffic expert meets police officers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
City based traffic expert Kamaljit Soi on Thursday met Commissioner of Police Ishwar Chander and Swapan Sharma ACP (Traffic) to discuss measures to improve mobility for ensuring free-flow of traffic on city roads.

The discussion was focused on conducting a road-safety audit and road-assessment programme of all the roads falling in the city commissionerate.

The main traffic bottlenecks have been identified as Bharat Nagar Chowk Samrala Chowk, Sherpur Chowk and Jagraon Bridge.

"But the heartening fact is that the situation has improved after the recent drive undertaken by the city police to tow away the haphazardly parked vehicles. The blocking of unnecessary intersections has also led to dip in the accident cases," said Soi.

In the next two month all roads will be audited for road safety.

This audit will be carried out by the Punjab State Road safety Council along with a team from IIT, Delhi, said Soi.

"I am thankful to the police commissioner for extending cooperation to finalise road safety and traffic management policy in the city," said Soi. 



Residents happy with rollback
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 23
Residents, in general, have hailed the rollback of hike in railway fares of general class of passenger and mail/express trains, sleeper class, AC chair car and AC 3-tier announced by new Railway Minister Mukul Roy in the Lok Sabha on Thursday saying that the increase in railway fares would weigh heavily on the common man who was already reeling under food inflation and spiraling prices.

There were, however, some others who expressed their displeasure to the abject surrender of the Congress-led UPA government to the pressure tactics of TMC supremo Mamta Banerjee. 

The government has done well to withdraw the proposed hike in railway fares which, otherwise, would have added to the misery of the people who were already under huge financial strain due to rising prices and overall high inflation. The Railway Minister has been considerate to the people with limited financial resources — Balraj Singh, Ex-serviceman

The common man is already reeling under the burden of ever rising prices of essential commodities and hike in railway fares, especially for those travelling in general and sleeper classes, would have made things more difficult for the poor people. The increase in fares of AC 2-tier and I AC is justified because those travelling in higher classes can very well afford to pay more for their comforts — Kiran, Housewife

Marginal hike in railway fares, that too after nine years, would not have pinched much in view of the fact that cost of living has been rising constantly during this period. However, the UPA government gave in meekly to the blackmail of TMC leader Mamta Banerji at the cost of plans to make railways safer, more efficient and provide better infrastructure — M Ahmed, Shopkeeper

The rollback of railway fares for those travelling in general and sleeper classes is a welcome step and a marginal hike in AC 3-tier would also have been acceptable to a majority of the people — Naveen Sharma, Hotel Employee

Any financial relief or rollback of hike is always welcome. But the flip side is that unsound financial condition of the railways will result in shelving all plans for expansion and improvement in the rail network — Rishi, Medical representative 



‘Chanakya’ to be staged in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Actor Manoj Joshi, who was in the city said that the play, Chanakya, which was to be staged in the city was one of the most viewed plays. The actor and director of the play said that the play would be staged for the 199th time across the states, but first time in Punjab.

The play focuses on the life of Chanakya, when Alexander came to Takshahila, till Chandragupta become the king.

He said that the country was rife with corruption today needed Chanakyas in every state to curb corruption and instill patriotism and unity in the countrymen.

The actor has been associated with theatre since childhood and even during college life.

He said that theatre not only entertained, but was a picture of society and nation and it should be that way. Theatre was his first love and that was the reason why he continued to do theatre despite working in movies.

Having done various roles in about 70 movies both Hindi and Marathi movies, including Hungama, Bhoolbhulaiya, Guru, he said that he didn't have any predilection for any particular genre of acting as he was a versatile actor. "An actor should be intelligent and should understand different psyches to be able to enact different roles effectively," he said. His role in Guru was the most challenging so far, he said. His upcoming movies include Dabang 2, Choron Ki Baraat and two Marathi movies. 



Sutlej Club abuzz with activity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Candidates heve filed in their nominations for different honorary positions at the Sutlej Club. Messages, calls and meeting up with members are going on full throttle with only a day left before the elections on March 25. For about eight positions and three executive members positions, 23 members have filed their nominations at the club.

Gulshan Kumar and Gurinderjit Singh Ladi have filed their nominations for the position of vice-president, Dr Rohit Dutta and Sanjiv Dhanda have done the same for the position of general secretary. For the post of joint secretary Gaurav Chauhan, Manmohan Kaura and Rajesh Kakkar have filed their nominations. For the finance secretary post, Ashok Malhotra, Sanjay Aggarwal and TS Thapar have filed their nominations. Gurinder Singh Kairon and Rajesh Bhambi have done the same for the post of mess secretary. Ruchi Bawa and Latti Bawa have filed nominations for the post of cultural secretary. For the post of sports secretary, nominations have been filed by Balraj Sahni and Vineet Randev(Bonny). For the bar secretary, Navtej Singh Natt and Rajesh Kapoor have filed in their papers. For executive committee, Hardeep Singh Rajpal, Monika Aggarwal, Monika Mittal, Parichay Sood and Rakesh Satija have filed their nominations.

According to a club official, Sanjiv Dhanda, Sanjay Aggarwal, Vineet Randev and Monika Mittal have filed the nominations for the same post they were holding in the previous term, whereas Gulshan Kumar, Dr Rohit Dutta, Ashok Malhotra, Gurinder Singh Kairon, Balraj Sahni, Ruchi Bawa, Latti Bawa, Harddep Singh Rajpal, Monika Aggarwal, Rakesh Satija will be contesting for the first time.

Sanjiv Dhanda, for whom it would be the last term as he has already served as cultural secretary and as he general secretary previously, said that he wanted to contest the elections because he wanted to serve the club. "If there are positions for taking the lead, owning responsibility and serving, why should one?," he said.

Gurinderjit Singh Ladi, who is contesting for the post of vice-president said that it was his fourth and last term said and he wanted to contest as he wished to work for the betterment of the club. He said that members pushed him to come forward and contest.

According to sources, some of the senior members are encouraging "two groups" to reach a compromise and withdraw their names. The date of withdrawal of nominations is March 24. 



Martyr Sukhdev's house remains locked
Litigation on between Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial Trust and state government
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 23
Unlike previous years when there used to be a virtual scramble among the political leaders and other government functionaries to pay tributes to the martyrs trio - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, at Sukhdev's ancestral house in the Naughara locality in the old city here, the martyr's house remained locked due to the ongoing litigation between the Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial Trust and the state government.

The ancestral house of the martyr was locked by the district administration on January 16, 2012 after the state government had made an announcement to convert the house into a national monument to perpetuate the memory of the martyrs.

According to Ashok Thapar, president of the Sukhdev Memorial Trust, a plea was made with the High Court that the ancestral house of Sukhdev be opened on March 23 to enable the people to pay tributes to the martyrs trio. However, instead of making any specific orders on opening of the house, the double Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice AN Jindal asked the state government to observe the martyrdom day.

"Taking advantage of the ambiguity in the orders passed by the High Court, the state government chose not to hold any function at the ancestral house of the martyr which is tantamount to showing disrespect to the sacrifice made by the martyrs in the course of the freedom struggle," Thapar said.

Thapar, along with other functionaries of the Trust organised a havan in the memory of Sukhdev and his valiant colleagues - Bhagat Singh and Rajguru in front of the ancestral house of Sukhdev where tributes were paid to all those who had laid down their lives in the fight against the British rule. A large number of schoolchildren attended the function and sang patriotic songs on the occasion.

Even as Sukhdev's house remained out of bounds for the city residents on his martyrdom day, elsewhere in the city the Punjab Minister for Public Works Sharanjit Singh Dhillon made tall claims that the state government was erecting memorials and monuments to perpetuate the memory of martyrs in Punjab.

"The government is also taking all possible measures to show due respect to the families of the martyrs and freedom fighters," Dhillon claimed after garlanding the statues of the martyrs trio at Jagraon Bridge here.

The Desh Bhagat Yadgari Society organised a prayer meeting at Gill Road where tributes were paid to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Krishan Kumar Bawa, president, Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of the society, Congress legislator Surinder Davar and others exhorted the youth to take inspiration from the deeds of the martyrs and freedom fighters so that they could make positive contribution towards taking the country ahead and fighting against social evils.

The activists of the Sanjha Morcha, comprising workers of the CPI, CPM, and the Peoples Party of Punjab while paying tributes to the martyrs trio at the Jagraon Bridge pledged to build a nation based on justice and equality. The political activists lamented that even after 64 years of independence, the vast majority of the population was living under abject poverty and was devoid of basic infrastructure.



Homage paid to martyrs
Organisers pledge to work for justice
our correspondent

Jagraon, March 23
Martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev was observed jointly by various social organisations here today.

A joint function was organised by these organisations here in which the activists of the Sanjha Morcha comprising People’s Party of Punjab, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Naujwan Bharat Sabha, Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, and other social organisations paid rich homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of country.

The activists pledged to build a nation based on justice and equality for all citizens of the country. The participants during the function stated that the martyrs had dreamt of a nation with equal rights to all citizens of the country and uplift the downtrodden and poor people.



Eye-screening camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Ek Prayaas, an institute for children with special needs, run by the Social Action Group organised a free eye check-up camp to check eyes of the children. The children were screened for eye disorders by a team of highly experienced ophthalmologists from the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC&H).

Ophthalmologist Dr. Mahesh Jindal, along with his team visited the institute to examine these children. After check up basic medical help was given to few children. Jindal after examining the children said “We have screened all the children. Their visual function and ocular function was assessed. 



4 injured as roof collapses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
As many as four persons were injured, including one seriously, after a newly constructed roof collapsed in the Janakpuri area here today.

The victims were identified as Shikha, Dev Raj, Kalika Prasad and Dinesh Kumar.

The four were working on the newly constructed roof when it suddenly collapsed.

They were immediately rescued by the fellow labourers and were rushed to a hospital. The condition of Kalika Prasad was stated to be serious. 



PAU alumnus go down memory lane
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
After 39 years, when BK Kaushal, a builder from Chandigarh, met his classmates at Punjab Agricultural University at the age of 66, it was a trip down memory lane for him. “I was poor and could not buy a dissection set. Our professor turned me out of the class several times. Now, I have millions of rupees, but the memories of those days stay with me,” he says.

“Our batch of 1964 did not have girls. Girls enrolled in 1966 in BSc (Agriculture), but they were not beautiful. But the 1967 batch had beautiful girls. That’s why I did not score much in exams,” he laughed.

More than 100 students of the 1964 batch met at a reunion today. The idea of a reunion came to former Vice-Chancellor MS Kang in 2008 when the first reunion of his batch was organised.

Dr MS Kang said: “When I was the Vice-Chancellor, a number of friends used to come to meet me and we shared our college life and experiences. The idea of a reunion struck me and we started it in 2008. We meet every year after the Kisan Mela in March.”

Sharing his personal experiences, he said: “There was a call of strike and I decided not to be a part of it. I attended the classes. One of my professors appreciated the gesture.”

Dr Hari Singh, a councillor, said: “I remember we all came from villages and used to wear kurta-pyjamas. Most of my batchmates retired from good positions. We meet here every year to share the memories and discuss social concerns.”

Dr Baborr Singh, a retired professor, shared his memories. “Once we went to the university’s poultry farm at midnight to steal a cock. But the hens started cackling and the watchman woke up. We had to flee,” he remarked.

Asked about a paper leak incident, the old students did not disclose about it, but laughed rather cheekily.




A cultural extravaganza “Rendezvous 2012” was organised by Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy here on Friday. The function was inaugurated by the director principal Kuldip Singh.
Students showcased their talent through cultural extravaganza. director principal Kuldip Singh appreciated the efforts of students and the faculty in organising the event. He advised the students that in this era of cut-throat competition, nothing but hard work ,discipline, professionalism and good communication skills could make a person successful. Also present during the function were Dr SS Luthra, Manjit Singh, SPS Bhatia, Shikha Sehajpal, Ramneet Kaur and Preet Kamal.

328 donate blood: On the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Rajguru, Shaheed Sukhdev, the Zindagli Live Foundation, an NGO, organised a blood donation camp in support to thalasemmic children at PCTE Group Of Institutes Campus-II, Baddowal. As many as 328 students and staff donated blood to medical teams from DMC headed by Dr Manvi Gupta, Dr Attri from Civil Hospital and Dr Rupinder from CMCH, Ludhiana. PK Gill, vice-chairperson Dr BS Sekhon, dean (pharmacy), Swapan Chanana, deputy director, avin Chandra, dean (finance) also graced the occasion.

Panel discussion: The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a panel discussion on “ FDI in Retail Sector” for the students of MBA and BBA. Parvinder Singh, HoD, department of business management, GGNIMT, introduced the retail senario in India. Outlining the statistics, he informed that the current size of the Indian Retail Market was $590 million that included 50 million retailers leading to a generation of 40 million employments. The students of MBA, second semester, presented the findings of their survey on FDI from the perspectives of wholesalers, retailers, consumers (rural and urban), industry (large. medium, small) and agriculture. Ajit Lakra, president, Federation Knitters and Textile Association, Ludhiana, represented the industry and said that the quality and price of a product were governed by competition and FDI would bring in that competition leading to multiplicity of benefits accruing to consumers. — TNS




Nav samvat:
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the advent of Nav samvat, the beginning of the New Year and Navratras according to the Hindu calendar with sacred fervour of devotion and enthusiasm. At 7 am, the procession of students accompanied by teachers and the principal commenced after paying obeisance at the feet of Goddess Durga, the symbol of shakti. Senior boys were carrying the young 'Goddess Durga' in a beautifully adorned 'Paalki' to the beats of the school band. The whole atmosphere resounded with slogans of bhakti. Besides People were made aware about female foeticide

Students greet residents: About 600 students of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, wished a happy and prosperous new year to the residents by going around the areas of Kitchlu Nagar and Rishi Nagar. High energy level could be seen among the students during the move as the residents welcomed hem standing by the roadside. Stalls were put up to provide refreshment to students. On the occasion, principal Santosh Mehra congratulated the BVM Family and motivated the students to take pledge to be more humane and generous.

Martyrdom anniversary: Students of Kiddies' Paradise School, Kochar Market, commemorated the 80th martyrdom anniversary of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, whose sacrifices liberated millions of Indians from the shackles of Imperialism Tastefully decorated school campus with slogans "Sar Pharoshi Ki Tammana" and "Shaheedo Ki Chittaon Mein Lagage Har Bars Mele" resounded with "Inqlaab Zindabaad". Schoolchildren paid tribute to the supreme sacrifices of martyrs and offered flowers to the heroes portraits .

Graduation ceremony: To give certificates to primary students who joined BCM Arya Model Senior. Secondary School a "Graduation Ceremony" was organised in the school auditorium on here on Friday. Paramjit Kaur, the school principal, inaugurated the programme with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. PK Oberoi (headmistress) accorded a warm welcome to the parents of students who were passing out from the primary and middle section with new hopes and aspirations. The children were excited to enter an altogether different stage of their lives. Students wearing caps and capes were full of excitement, which was writ large on their faces.. The children were in a jubilant mood and were ready to step into the middle school

Tributes paid: Tributes were paid to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, who laid down their lives for the country, by the management, staff and students of Green Land Senior. Secondary Public School. Addressing staff and students, the chairman-cum-director of Green Land schools, Rajesh Rudhra, said that we should never forget the sacrifices of the martyrs, who embraced death for the sake of our country and countrymen. He also said that teachers must help students imbibe the spirit of patriotism, so that they stand up for the unity and integrity of the country, which is being weakened by some self-centred people within the country. — TNS



Two proclaimed offenders nabbed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 23
The Ludhiana (rural) police have claimed to arrested two proclaimed offenders wanted in different criminal cases registered against them in various criminal activities. The accused have been identified as Sarwan Singh of Ferozepur and Supinder Singh of Beetal village near Moga.

As per the information given by Sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh, a police team arrested both of them following a tip off from Bhaini village near Sidhwan Bet where they had come to meet some of their friend. Following this a police team from Sadar police station raided Bhaini village and arrested both of them.

According to SHO Rachpal Singh, Sarwan Singh was wanted to the police in a case of abducing a minor girl of Jagraon in 2006. After the kidnapping of the minor girl, the police had booked Sarwan Singh on the statement of girl’s father Harnam Singh.

The police had also booked Supinder Singh to assist Sarwan in abducting the girl. After registering a case against both of them, the police had arrested them in December 2006. But both were released on bail after few months and a trial is underway at a Jagraon court in this regard. 



2 nabbed for murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The Jodhewal police has nabbed Sonu and Sham Lal, small-time vehicle thieves, in connection with the murder of a man committed a year ago. The accused confessed to having killed Kashmir Singh, a resident of Phillaur, and dumping his boy in a vacant plot. After killing him, they fled the town and started living in the industrial city.

They then started indulging in petty thefts for a living. The police has booked them in a vehicle theft case and has intimated the Phillaur police about the murder accused.



DBA elections: 11 more files nomination papers
Scenario hots up for poll scheduled for April 4
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, March 23
Eleven more aspiring contestants filed nomination papers for different posts, on the last day of filing of nomination papers, in the annual election of the District Bar Association (DBA) scheduled for April 4.

Former Bar Association president Jagmohan Singh Waraich today filed his nomination papers for the coveted post of president of DBA flanked by his supporters. Former Bar Council chairman Harish Rai Dhanda, ex-DBA president Naval Kishore Chibber, sitting vice-president JS Miglani, secretary Gurkirpal Singh Gill and Harish Narang accompanied him on the occasion.

Former DBA vice-president ND Chopra also jumped in fray for the post of president. He filed nomination papers with his supporters, including Ex-Bar Council chairman BK Goel, former DBA presidents KR Sikri, Hemant Kalia, ex-DBA secretary Rajneesh Gupta, senior lawyers NPS Gahir, Baldev Singh Arora, Yash Pal Ghai.

Whereas, Ravinder Pal Singh alias Ravi Grewal also filed their nomination papers for the same post.

While, for the post of secretary Parminder Pal Singh Laddi filed nomination papers in presence of his large number of supporters. He was accompanied by Harish Rai Dhanda, Pawan Ghai, ex-DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, ex-secretary Gurpreet Singh Virk, Rajwant Singh and RajKumar Thapar.

For the post of joint secretary Aman Sharma and Davinder Pal Singh have filed their papers. For the post of executive members Amardeep Singh , Amrik Singh, Prabhjeet Singh, Rajesh Kapoor have filed nomination papers. Scrutiny of papers will be done on March 24. 



Cricket trials from March 26
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 23
To groom young players for the national and international-level competition, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has chalked out a programme to select players of substance.

PCA coaches will be train the selected boys (13 to 15 years) at cricket academies located in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali and Chandigarh. The PCA will organise inter-academy tournaments to give the boys match exposure and experience.Trials to select the talented upcoming cricketers will be conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at Arya College on March 26 and 27 at 9.30 am.

A panel of three selectors, including two from the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and one from the local association will watch the aspirants before finalizing 20 boys and inducting them into the Ludhiana academy.



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