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Newlywed escapes death
Suspecting infidelity man tries to set wife on fire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Suspecting his wife of infidelity, a newlywed made a self-immolation bid and tried to set his 26-year-old wife afire as well. She had a providential escape after residents of the area and her relatives managed to rescue the woman from the clutches of her husband. She complained that her husband was about to set himself and her afire by pouring kerosene.

The incident took place in Salem Tabri today morning. Hemant Gupta, son of Rattan Lal Gupta, who runs a hardware shop near Laxmi Cinema, thrashed his newlywed wife Sina on the suspicion of infidelity.

The couple had first met through a social networking website six months ago and fallen in love with each other. After six months long courtship, they got married on January 24.

Sina, a resident of Faridkot, who is doing PhD in nursing, said their relationship got strained soon after their marriage. Hemant suspected that Sina was in love with someone in Faridkot. This led to frequent fights between the couple.

Today, Hemant thrashed Sina and decided to commit suicide. He locked the room from inside and poured kerosene on Sina and tried to set her afire.

Sina said after pouring kerosene he started looking for a rope so that she could not escape. She raised an alarm fearing threat from a maniac husband. Listing to her screams the residents of the locality broke open the door of the house and rescued her.

The newlywed called her parents and narrated the entire incident. Mahesh Kumar, father of Sina, cursed the day when both of them met and fell in love.

“My daughter is educated; I don’t know how she fell into the trap of this man. My daughter is my only hope,” added Mahesh Kumar.

SHO of the Salem Tabri police station Bitten Kumar said the accused had been arrested and booked under Sections 307, 309 and 323 of the IPC for trying to kill his wife and for a suicide bid.


Maid commits suicide
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 29
A 16- year-old maidservant died under mysterious circumstances in the Haibowal area. While the owner of the house alleged that the maidservant identified as Suman, a resident of Batala, committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan when the couple was away from the house.

The incident came to light this evening when the couple, who owns the house in Haibowal, returned home and was shocked to find the maidservant hanging from a ceiling fan.

They raised an alarm and soon residents of the locality gathered in front of the house. The police reached the spot and took the body in its possession after questioning the owner of the house.

Suman was working in the house for the past three years. Police sources said she entered into a heated argument with her employers when the latter objected to excessive use of mobile phone by her two days ago. The Haibowal police maintained that the incident requires further probe and the case would be registered after receiving the autopsy report.



bhagat singh nagar
Family on vacation, house burgled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Thieves struck at a house located in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and decamped with a mobile phone, computer, laptop, gold ornaments and cash worth lakhs. According to Vinit Garg, owner of the house, the incident came to light when the family returned to the house after a vacation.

“The house was locked for three days. We were shocked to find that the entire house ransacked as soon as we opened the main gate. It did not take us much time to understand that the thieves had laid their hand on almost everything lying in the house,” said Vinit Garg.

He informed the police about the theft. Police suspects it to the handiwork of an insider who was aware about the family’s visit.

The theft was committed with ease. Investigating officer said the thieves broke open the locks and remained in the house for a pretty long time. Vinit claimed that he has suffered a loss worth Rs 5 lakh.



LIT approves Rs 105.52-cr budget
Plans to raise Rs 85 cr from sale of residential, commercial property
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 29
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has approved the annual budget of Rs 105.52 crore for the next financial year. It is two-and-a-half time more than the revised budget estimate for the current year which stood at Rs 42.21 crore.

LIT Chairman MM Vyas, who presided over the special budget meeting, which continued till late in the evening yesterday, said the Trust intended to raise Rs 85 crore from the sale of residential and commercial property next year as against Rs 30 crore collected this year.

The other projected major sources of income will be building fee (Rs 2 crore), fines and penalties (Rs 5.5 crore), recovery of loans from local bodies (Rs 6.40 crore), earnest money from contractors and applicants (Rs 2 crore) and cess (Rs 3 crore).

According to Vyas, major part of the expenses will go towards development works and maintenance in existing scheme for which Rs 50 crore has been earmarked. A sum of Rs 10 cr from out of this amount will be spent towards the construction of “Atal Apartments”, an 8.8-acre residential scheme being developed in Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar.

Plans are afoot for development of a new scheme. Rs 10 crore have been earmarked for purchase of land for this purpose. “The LIT will try to provide residential plots to new applicants as well as those who were earlier allotted plots but possession could not be given to them for certain reasons,” he added.

Provisions have been made in the next year budget for expenditure of Rs 9.50 crore on pay and allowances, Rs 1 crore for legal expenses, Rs 20 lakh for maintenance of open spaces, Rs 1 crore for advertisement and Rs 19.67 crore for payment of income tax.



Deadline ends, admn to approach rlys
Wants Lakkar Bridge to become operational at the earliest
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Perturbed at leisurely pace in which the Lakkar Bridge is being completed, the district administration has decided to write to the Deputy Chief Engineer, Northern Railways, to make the bridge operational at the earliest. The deadline of completing the bridge ends on March 31.

An official of the municipal corporation said the authorities had deposited Rs 2,200 crore for the construction of bridge, whose fate hang in balance for the past five years for one reason or another. “The Deputy Commissioner called officials of various departments today and latter reviewed every project minutely. Since complaints were pouring up for the completion of the Lakkar Bridge, the Deputy Commissioner has decided to contact the railway authorities for getting the work completed at the earliest. Residents are being harassed due to the incomplete bridge,” the official added.

According to sources, the officials met for more than 4 hours. Projects like Ladheri Bridge, Ludhiana-Nawansher Bridge, and Chahwa-Payal Bridge were reviewed in detail.



Absentee teachers pulled up
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
The education department has finally swung into action and pulled up teachers who have been long leave. Director Public Instructions (Schools) has the district education offices to collect and send data of such absentee teachers.

According to sources, most of these teachers have gone abroad after taking long leave. This is affecting studies of schoolchildren. The education department is in a fix as it can not depute other teachers on these vacant posts. Moreover, these teachers have neither joined the schools nor resigned from their posts.

The department changed the leave rules for going abroad last year. Now, teachers have to give resignation along with applications for taking long leave.

Charanjit Singh, Deputy District Education Officer, said, “The department is now strict with those who have gone on long leave. It is a routine matter. We will identify these teachers and give the details of these cases to head office.”



Bus overturns, 14 injured
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 29
At least 13 girls and a driver sustained injuries after a bus ferrying students of an institute overturned at Pandhi village near Dehlon today evening. The incident took place while the bus was heading towards the city.

According to the available information, the bus overturned when its driver lost control while trying to avoid a collision with oncoming vehicle. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment.



BJP-Cong standoff takes ugly turn
Residents protest against BJP councillor’s husband
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 29
BJP councillor of ward number 22 Sunita Fenta and her husband Harbans Lal Fenta had to face embarrassment as irate residents of Vishwakarma Colony in Basti Jodhewal, led by a few Congress activists formally inaugurated new submersible pump installed by the municipal corporation to augment the water supply.

On the other hand, the councillor and her husband claimed that the new submersible pump became operational early today morning after Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal inaugurated it. The Congress activists are resorting to cheap publicity gimmicks, they added.

A large number of residents, including women, raised slogans against councillor’s husband. They did not take kindly to reported threats made by him.

Congress activists Ashnwani Sharma and Pinky Bhatia, who were instrumental in release of power connection for the submersible pump and making it operational, alleged that Fenta was deliberately standing in the way of release of power connection as he was holding grudge against residents of the area for going against the party (BJP) in the recently held Assembly poll.

Countering the allegations levelled by Congress leaders, the councillor asserted that she had got the new submersible pump sanctioned and installed. She also refuted the charges that her husband had threatened the residents or obstructed the release of power connection.



Banks flouting law to face the music
People forced to park vehicles on road leading to traffic jam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 29
After Ghumar Mandi and Salem Tabri, erring private banking establishments will have to face the music. The city police has decided to act tough against those which have failed to provide proper parking space to its customers.

In the absence of parking space, majority of the customers visiting the banks are left with no option but to park their vehicles on the roadside resulting in traffic jams.

Besides banks located on the Mall road, Miller Gunj and the Pakhowal Road have become favourite spots for snatchers and robbers.

Jasjit Singh, owner of the Manju Cinema, expressed his disgust at the way these banking establishments were flouting law with impunity.

“While cinema authorities have been made to follow the rules, there seem to be no rules for banking establishments. With no parking space provided, residents are forced to park their vehicles in the middle of the road,” said Jasjit Singh.

A private bank in Miller Gunj has become the perfect hunting spot for snatchers. Over 20 incidents of snatchings have been witnessed in the past three years. When the police probed the reason behind the increasing incidents of snatching the result was shocking.

It was found that the snatchers either snatch the cash when residents approach their vehicles, chase victims and rob them at a secluded place.

Recently, high drama took place at Pakhowal road when the tow away vehicle took the “wrongly” parked vehicle of a resident who had come to withdraw money from the bank.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Swapan Sharma said the police had served a few notices on banking establishments to provide parking space to visitors. But the bank authorities are not taking us seriously. Now, we are planning a tow away drive get the roads cleared,” he added.



Fissures in canal road
The stretch was constructed a few months ago
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 25
The newly constructed canal road has developed fissures and become the cause of inconvenience to commuters, especially those who drive at speed. Road work is still in progress under the project of four laning of the stretch from Doraha to Ludhiana till the Ferozepur junction.

“Under the road-widening project, the canal road was constructed in a satisfactory manner. The commuters had heaved a sigh of relief as the dangers involved in travelling on a narrow road, with eroded edges, was at all times high. The four laning of the road has definitely brought respite to commuters. But we were literally abashed to see fissures appearing in the newly constructed road. If within a few months the road has withered to such an extent, what is going to become of it in the coming months?” said Jaswant Singh Gill, who daily commutes from Ludhiana to Doraha.

“If there is any technical fault involved in construction, are the authorities not to blame for it? If there is a problem of inadequate grip, why was the road thrown open to travellers? Whatever may be the reason, the PWD Department is responsible for such callousness,” he added.

“Most of the commuters now prefer to take the southern bypass road due the bottlenecks involved in the city’s interior. But having suffered inconvenience at the time of construction of the road for months together, we have to face fissures on the road in no time. What is the department’s technical wing looking into?” questioned another commuter.

Angrez Singh, in charge, canals, said the road had not yet gained proper grip and the pressure of vehicular traffic caused fissures at places. “We are trying our level best to check fissures by first making the surface rough and then enabling it to have a proper grip, so that it becomes fit for heavy traffic in future,” he added. He, however, could not give any specific response to the query whether the early opening of the road to traffic or some technical "mistake" is to blame for fissures.



Sale of illegal SIM cards rampant
Rise in their demand in view of coming IPL season
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 29
In a blatant violation of norms set up by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and strict guidelines issued by the government against the illegal sale of SIM cards by shopkeepers, the practice of selling illegal cards on the basis of fake identity proof has been going on unchecked at a large scale in Jagraon.

According to sources, such shopkeepers paste the picture of someone else on an application form and fill the name and address of an imaginary person on the basis of forged documents. Even though these documents are often scrutinised by the service provider concerned, shopkeepers manage to get SIM cards issued on forged documents.

The sources revealed that as a majority of these illegal SIM cards were obtained by bookies as well as persons involved in betting on cricket matches, a steep rise has been witnessed in the sale of illegal SIM cards ahead of the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL), which is scheduled to begin in the first week of April.

“With the fifth edition of the IPL round the corner, the demand of illegal SIM cards has increased manifold during the las couple of days. This demand is supposed to increase further after the beginning of the IPL as bookies have to keep changing their mobile numbers frequently to play safe,” revealed a local youth, who is involved in betting.

He claimed that a large number of illegal SIM cards had been sold to the bookies as well as persons involved in betting on cricket during the ODI Cricket World Cup held some months ago.

Meanwhile, SSP, Ludhiana (rural), Amar Singh Chahal said he was not aware of any such illegal practice so far. He, however, has instructed shopkeepers and retailers selling SIM cards to release these only after verifying documents properly or face the action. “Besides we will also increase the vigil and make use of all our resources, including the latest technologies, to keep a tab on betting,” he added.



Huge rush at revenue offices
Govt to hike collector rates by 20 per cent from April 1
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Collector rates for getting a land deal registered are going to be increased from April 1. Buyers will now have to shell out about 20 per cent more (collector rate) to get a land deal registered. According to sources, the rates will be revised throughout the state from April 1.

Owing to the "proposed" increase in the rates, the offices of sub-registrar in the East, West and South zones witnessed a huge rush of visitors throughout the day today. Fearing that they will have to shell out more money after two days, a majority of visitors at the respective tehsildar offices preferred to get their deals registered today itself.

An employee at the Sub-Registrar office disclosed that the rates were revised every year but this time there was a huge increase. "Different areas, tehsils, villages, blocks, etc, have set their rates and there are about 1000-1500 different rates fixed for different areas. These rates are being revised from April 1. We are receiving a huge rush of visitors due to the proposed hike in the collector rates. This is definitely going to put more burden on the buyer," said the employee.

He added since it was Punjab Bandh yesterday, the number of visitors had doubled today. "We have one more day (tomorrow) to get land deals registered and we expect a huge rush tomorrow too," he said.

A buyer, Rajesh Kumar (name changed on request), said he had been standing in the queue for the past three hours. "But I want to get the registry done today itself. If it is postponed till April 1, I will have to pay about Rs 1.25 lakh more due to the revised rates. I hope that my work is done today. There is a huge rush of visitors today," he said, adding that the government could revise nominal rates but 20 per cent increase was massive.

Check corruption, DC tells officers

Rahul Tewari, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Collector, has ordered that all the PCS officers working in Ludhiana district will sit in the Sub-Registrar offices situated at the Ludhiana Headquarters from 11 am to 1 pm. They shall skip the office only if they have been called by some court/commission, etc, or by their Head of Department/Departmental Secretary and in "no other case", they can skip this duty. While sitting in the offices, they shall ensure that no corruption takes place in these offices and public work is done immediately.



Bandh hits immunisation
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Punjab bandh, the call for which was given by different Sikh organisations, has affected health services in the district. Although the government hospitals and dispensaries remained open as usual, fewer patients turned up in the OPDs.

Being Wednesday, it was a day of immunisation in the government dispensaries but only 40 per cent of the beneficiaries could make it to the health centres. Now, the medical officers have decided to hold field camps for immunisation.

Dr Hardeep Singh, president, PCMS Association, said: "All the government dispensaries had remained opened yesterday from 9 am to 3 pm but less than 40 per cent beneficiaries visited these. Being Wednesday it was our immunisation day. On this day many pregnant women and kids up to five years of age are vaccinated. But due to bandh, a majority of patients did not come to the dispensaries."

He said they would immunise people (who missed on Wednesday) on Saturday by holding field camps.

Meanwhile, fewer people visited at Civil Surgeon Office to obtain birth and death certificates of their near and dear ones.



Take ‘desi ghee’ in limited quantity: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
“Desi ghee” if taken in limited quantity is not bad, said Dr Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist and director, Centre for Dietery Counselling, Delhi, during a seminar organised by the Ludhiana Management Association here recently.

Refined oil is bad for health, she says. High-heated refined oils available in the market like sunflower, soyabean oils can cause more damage to health. One should rather go for mustard oil, canola oil or olive oil for cooking, she said.

About sugar replacements, she said although these have been known to be safe, but one should not become dependent on these. Even small changes in your diet can improve one’s health. One needs to be cautious of one’s diet. For example, one extra spoon of sugar for a year can increase your weight by 1 kg, she said.

Bakery foods should be taken in limited proportion, she said. Biscuits, rusks are not that good for health if taken in excess. It should be replaced with fruits, dry fruits, dark chocolate and other healthy foods.

She said “tart your meal with salads. Salads have unique benefits. It also has alkaline effects on the body, which is beneficial.”

She said that 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of stroke by 60 per cent. Omega-three fats available in fish, flax seeds, sesame, green leafy vegetable, rajma are good for health as these decrease triglycerides in blood, improve HDL, reduced blood pressure, increase immunity, reduce chances of gall-bladder formation.

Tea is good for health. It also cuts down on cravings. But one should watch out for sugar levels. She said that rather than taking fewer large meals, frequent small meals should be preferred. It keeps the metabolism active. Variety of food, taken in moderation and balance is they key to good nutrition she said. One should balance ones excesses and work out.

Soft drinks contain a lot of sugar, which can increase the chances of metabolic syndrome by 50 per cent. For the elderly, she said that they must reduce the intake of calories, and improve the nutrient-level. Intake of calcium should be increased after the age of 45.

She said mediterranean people take in more fats - as Mediterranian food has oodles of olive oil, creams, nuts and seeds, yet their rate of heart disease is way less. The fat they take in is not saturated fat therefore its not bad for health.

She said that ideally the waist size of men should be less than 90 cm and of women should be 80cm, measured from the navel. The body mass index (weight/height) should be less than 23.

Indians as an ethinic race are more prone to central obesity and diseases than other races. They are 20 times more prone than Japanese, 17 time more than Chinese.

Yoga can improve life and pranayam is the most important part of yoga, said city-based Shivani Bajwa, during the seminar. Just through right breathing technique and pranayam one can bring harmony in ones life and so many problems like depression can be resolved just by breathing properly she said.

Improve eating habits

  • Start meals with salads.
  • Half of the plate should contain fruits, vegetalbes.
  • Avoid eating while watching TV or reading.
  • Don't skip meals.
  • Don't skip meals as dieting plays havoc with metabolism. It can make one cronically obese
  • Late night meals should be avoided, as there should be a gap of about four hours before sleeping. If one feels hungry, something light can be taken.
  • Eat only till 80 per cent fullness as your brain gets to know when the stomach is full, after a bit of delay.

One in 100 suffers from celiac disease

Celiac disease is a condition of wheat intolerance. 1 in 100 of the population suffers from this problem and 97 per cent remain undiagnosed. People who suffer from this disease cannot tolerate gliadin - a gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It can develop at any age. Dr Ishi Khosla said, "Even though you might have had wheat all your life, your body can have this disease at any age," she said. "Most of the times it is diagnosed very late when conditions have already worsened." It can result in stunted growth, diarrhoea, gastric problems, pain in abdomen, lack of attention, and other problems. Patients have to give up wheat-based food for life. But awareness about the disease is still very low, she said.



Dept gears up to curb dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
A meeting of Dengue Control Task Force was held at the office of the Civil Surgeon here toady. It was presided over by Civil Surgeon Subash Bata. On the occasion, Subash Bata said the Health Department had divided the city into four sections and deployed dengue control teams in all the sections.

He said the department would put up hoardings and distribute pamphlets at schools and religious places to create awareness on dengue.

Meanwhile, he advised the public not to let water stagnate near their homes, in coolers and other utensil.



Kidney transplant institute opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, today launched Apollo Transplant Institute to offer kidney transplant services in the region. Prof Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director. Apollo Hospital, Delhi, said: “SPS Apollo, Ludhiana, has started kidney transplant service here."

Jugdiep Singh, Managing Director, SPS Apoll Hospitals, Ludhiana, said: "The centre will bring together the finest medical professionals, state-of-the-art infrastructure and the highest standards of clinical excellence and patient safety. A world-class kidney transplant programme in Ludhiana would not only benefit the people of Punjab but also those from the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Rajasthan”.



Paper leak rumour ploy to loot students of classes X, XII
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Rumour of paper leak is a routine affair during the ongoing Punjab School Education Boad (PSEB) examinations. Most of the time major examinations of class X and XII are hit by fake stories of paper leaks. Moreover, a number of students are fooled in buying the claimed "leak paper".

In the last semester, the English examination of the first semester of class X was leaked. This time, the board authorities claimed before the 2nd semester examination that there would be no leak of paper. Now, in this semester no such incident were reported but rumours were on the peak on the day when the English examination of class X was conducted. The same type of rumour was reported on the day of the Science examination of class X.

Taking advantage of these rumours, some turned it into a good business for them selling their own "versions" of "leaked papers". A number of students who were looted by some people by selling them guess papers in the name of copies of "leaked paper".

"One of our classmate called me up that our English paper has been leaked and a person was selling it for Rs 2,000 each copy. Luckily, I had no money and I did not buy the paper but my friend, who bought it, wasted his money because that was a guess paper," said a student of class XII.

Harjit Singh Balari, an academician said: "A group of people is active in the the Doraha area who sold last year question papers to the students by claiming the certain papers had been leaked. Some students bought the question paper for more than Rs 1,000. Students should be beware from these robbers".



California delegation visits PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
A three-member delegation from the Agricultural Leadership Foundation (ALF), California, USA, visited the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) today, to understand the basics of the India agriculture, to promote agricultural leadership in California and to build strong relationship among the agriculturists of both the nations.

The delegation members, comprising Dr Michael Thomas, director of education, ALF, California; his wife Thomas and a USA based progressive farmer, Kamaldeep Singh Bains, interacted with the registrar, deans, directors and additional directors of the PAU.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr RK Mahey, PAU registrar, presented an overview of the organisational set-up of the university. Highlighting that the PAU played a prominent role in ushering in an era of green revolution, he said that the state was making substantial contribution of wheat and rice to the central food grain pool.

Dr SS Gosal, director of research, PAU, apprising the visiting delegation of the research programmes of the university, said that the two dominant crops of the state, wheat and rice, are grown in the state on an area of 3.6 m ha and 2.8 m ha, respectively.

Dr Thomas revealed that only 2 per cent of the population of California was involved in agriculture. Agriculture has to be taken as the priority; otherwise it will affect the food zone, he said. Dr Thomas stated, "Teaming up with India aims at equipping the fellows of the ALF with the technical guidance of productive agriculture and experiences of agro-producers and agro-processors, which upon return to the USA would be transferred to the other farmers. The programme was scheduled to take place in February 2013," he said.



Bright children need extra care: Experts
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Parents and teachers need to give special attention in dealing with exceptional children in order to provide them a stimulating and learning environment.This is essential to channelise their learning abilities in the right direcction.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a psychologist said that parents should not focus too much on such children as this can make them attention-seeking and stubborn. "They should be made to feel good, given a better atmosphere for intellectual stimulation and parenting of love and discipline," she said. Comparison of such children with peer group can make them develop problems and can also make them anxious introverts or aggressive hyperactive, she said. Although their intelligence is higher, their emotional growth and requirement is the same as other children, she said.

Bhavya at the age of four can read long sentences with ease, even difficult multi-syllabic words. He can search internet, search for his favourite topics including cars and play games online on his own. He can easily identify the cars from the logos, even the uncommon ones like Lamborghini, Lexus, Jaguar and Porsche.

For children of higher learning ability, we have to make sure that they get stimulating and learning environment as this helps their cognitive development, says Paramjit Kaur, principal of the school. Monika Sharma, a teacher’ “Such children learn so quickly that going at the pace of their peers becomes boring to them.” Nimrat Shergill, another psychologist said that children usually have an IQ of 92-100. Those with the IQ of 110-125 are considered very good, and the IQ of 125-140 is considered exceptional, near genius, she said. Children like Bhavya, who have an IQ of 145, because of higher intellect, have the abilities and curiosity to try everything. So parents are counselled to channelise their energies in the right direction.



ITI students get prizes

Ludhiana, March 29
The Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Gill Road, organised a zonal-level cultural and sports prize-distribution programme here toady. Usha R Sharma, Commissioner, Technical Education and Industrial Training, was the chief guest.

She said sports and cultural events encourage discipline among students. She distributed the prizes to the winners. A cultural programme was also held. — TNS



Induction training concludes

Ludhiana, March 29
Sharing tops on health education with participating teachers at the conclusion of “Induction Training Programme” here today. Health expert, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, of the DMCH asked teaching faculty to focus on the ‘awareness about health of the school children' and make it mandatory to have regular check-ups of kids, to save the younger generations from the deadly diseases. — TNS




Seminar on entrepreneurship

Ludhiana: Minimise expenses and maximise profits, says expert of Banaras Varsity. The professor and head of the department of extension education, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Dr Deepak De, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and delivered a lecture on "Framework of Entrepreneurial Venture" during the seminar, organised by the PAU department of extension education on-campus. He interacted with the faculty and the students of directorate of extension education, business management, economics and sociology, home science extension and communication management (HSECM) and family resource management. Dr HS Dhaliwal, Additional Director of Extension Education, Dr (RK Dhaliwal, head of the department, extension education and Dr Sukhjeet Kaur, head of the department, HSECM, participated in the seminar. In his talk, Dr De laid emphasis on sensitising the needs, vitalising the skills, capitalising the capabilities, visualising the options, canalising the creativity, rationalising the strategies, finalising the plans, prioritising the activities, customising the services, popularising the products, minimising the expenses, maximising the profits, legitimising the deals and concreting the values.

‘Farmers must involve youth in agriculture’

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) showcased its latest farm technologies during Kisan Mela, at its Regional Research Station, Gurdaspur, here today. The former Agriculture Minister Punjab, Sucha Singh Langah, inaugurated the Mela. Hardev Singh Riar, member of PAU, board of management and Dr BS Boparai, Former Member also graced the occasion. Addressing farmers, the chief guest, Langah said that PAU has done a great service to the farmers ever since its inception in 1962, by evolving the need-based technologies that transformed farming in the Punjab and the state tread on the path of progress. Presiding over the Mela, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon highlighted that farmers should apply inputs to their fields based on expert advice and urged them to follow PAU recommendations, which were cost-effective and also environment friendly. He disclosed that PAU brings out need-based farm literature for providing the latest knowledge to farmers and added that the state development departments are also helping PAU to enhance the outreach of farm literature to farmers.



from colleges

Students excel

Ludhiana: The students of postgraduate departments of music vocal, Punjabi, fine arts and computer science from Ramgarhia Girls College have come up with flying colours in the semester I examination of Panjab University, Chandigarh. Goldy, Baldeep Kaur and Manpreet Kaur secured first position in the class with 262, 261 and 260 marks out of 400, respectively.

Farewell party at Guru Nanak Khalsa College

The students of postgraduate department of commerce, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a farewell party for the outgoing students. A cultural programme was organised during the occasion. The main attraction of the show was farewell contest.

Talk held on ‘Kaurav sabha’

The Punjabi department of Government College for Women, today, organised a talk by novelist, Mittar Sen, "Meet" on his novel "Kaurav sabha". Mittar Sen Meet is a retired District Attorney of Ludhiana and renowned novelist of Punjabi language. He has written two novels to his credit, "Kaurav Sabha" and "Tafdeesh". Professor Krishan Singh, head of the Punjabi department, said that the novels were prescribed to the students in the postgraduate department. During his speech, Mitter said that the novels were very important for social and from literary attitude.

Annual convocation held at AS College

The annual convocation of AS College Khanna was held today. Justice Mehtab Singh (former acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court) was the chief guest for the occasion. After the national song Principal, Dr RS Jhanji read out the annual report, highlighting the achievements of the college. About 450 students were conferred with degrees at the convocation at AS College Khanna. 




Inaugural prayer service

Ludhiana: An Inaugural Prayer Service was conducted at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School for the smooth functioning of the new academic session 2012-13, here today.

Teachers and students participate in Havana ceremony at BCM School in Ludhiana on Thursday
Teachers and students participate in Havana ceremony at BCM School in Ludhiana on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Havana ceremony at BCM Dugri

Spiritual commencement of the new session of kindergarten was done with the Havana ceremony on the BCM premises, here today. The Havana was performed in the benign presence of the school principal Dr Vandana Shahi, School Manager SK Mehta, education adviser RB Khanna and most important of all the tiny-tots along with their parents and teachers.



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Baisakhi celebrations

Ludhiana: The Asian Club will organise a function on the occasion of Vaisakhi "Dhol Visakhi Da" on April 12 at Deep Senior Secondary School, ATI Road. The function will have the Punjabi culture, depicted through various ways including cultural program & contests.

IDPD welcomes PM's statement

Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) welcomed the statement of Dr Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India asking for a nuclear free world. In a press release by the IDPD, it has been said that India has always been a champion for nuclear disarmament. Even if a single country has the nuclear weapons, the chances of their development by other countries will always remain as the nuclear weapons possessing states looses the moral right to ask other countries desist the same. The fear of these weapons falling into the hands of non-state actors will always remain. The stand of the IDPD and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in this regard has been vindicated by the Seoul meet. The IDPD also appeal to the Prime Minister to pay heed to the people movements and put moratorium on the nuclear plants for power generation as the nuclear energy is neither safe nor economical. Moreover the nuclear plants cloud any time is used for production of nuclear weapons.

Youth Congress meeting held

A meeting of Ludhiana Youth Congress was held at Circuit House. General secretary of Punjab Youth Congress and coordinator of Ludhiana Kamaljeet Brar and Beer Davinder Singh Sidhu were also present. Addressing the meeting, Brara and Sidhu said that as per the instruction of Rahuil Gandhi, from each Lok Sabha Constituency, master coaches would be selected. The age for them should be 30 to 45 years and should be able to stay away from home for five to seven days.



One held for abduction
Raids on to nab seven other accused
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 29
The Sudhar police has arrested one of the youths out of eight, booked for kidnapping a class XII student, from an examination center at a school in Hehran village near Raikot on Tuesday evening. The accused has been identified as Talwinder alias Kala of Rajoana Kalan village near Raikot.

Police said that Kala was arrested from a hideout following a tip off. Seven others youths booked in this regard have been absconding so far and the police was conducting raids to nab them.

Earlier, the police had also discovered the abducted youth Jagtar Singh (17) from near Pipliwala village in Ferozepur district.

It is reminded here that some people with their faces covered abducted Jagtar Singh on a gunpoint from an examination center in Dashmesh Khalsa School at Hehran village near Raikot while he was taking his Punjabi paper during the evening session.

In his statement to the police, Jagtar Singh informed that Talwinder Singh along with some of his friends had been teasing his sister. When he objected to it, they had a minor dispute with him. Later, Talwinder and his accomplices abducted him from the school while he was taking his examination.

Jagtar Singh said the kidnappers first took him to Raikot where they badly beat him up. Following which the kidnappers were taking him towards Ferozepur in a car but when they saw a police Naka on the GT Road, they got afraid and pushed him out of the car and fled away.

After which Jagtar managed to call his family members from a mobile phone of some passerby and informed about his location. Following this, the family members and a police team found Jagtar from Pipliwala village near Ferozepur.

The police has booked Kamaljit Singh alias Kamma and Talwinder Singh alias Kala both of Rajoana Kalan village and Gurpinder Singh of Rajoana Khurd along with five unidentified persons in the case. While the police has arrested Talwinder, the remaining seven accused were absconding till the fling of this report.



Man held for stealing transformers
Our Correspondent

Machiwara, March 29
The Machiwara police has arrested a person on charge of stealing transformers and motor cycles and recovered some stolen items from his possession. The SHO of Machiwara, Amardeep Singh, said a police party had laid a naka near Powat village last evening. When police personnel signalled a motor cyclist to stop he tried to flee but was overpowered by them.

During interrogation he revealed that he had stolen the motor cycle and was going to Una in Himachal Pardesh. Later on, he confessed several thefts of transformers from the area.

The police has recovered about 60 kg of lead stolen by him from some place. He has been identified as Ladi Singh (30), a resident of Tajpur road, Ludhiana. He was presented before a court at Samrala which he sent him to police remand for one day.



Two stolen trucks recovered in city
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, March 29
The Salem Tabri police recovered two trucks that were stolen nearly five days ago from Jalandhar. However, the two accused, who had stolen the truck, managed to give the police the slip.

The incident took place this afternoon when Bitten Kumar, SHO, Salem Tabri, received a tip-off that vehicle thieves were hiding with stolen trucks in the Dana Mandi area, near Jalandhar Bypass, and were planning to change the number plates and chassis of the stolen vehicles.

Following the information, Bitten Kumar, along with SI Jagroop Singh, raided the place. On seeing the police the thieves fled from the scene leaving behind the stolen trucks.



hockey stadium
Players resent slow pace of renovation
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 29
Finally, the sports authorities fulfilled long-cherished dream of the Ludhiana hockey players by laying Astroturf of international standards in Olympian Pirthipal Singh Hockey Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus. However, a lot of construction work is still pending, which is a big hurdle in organising any tournament in the stadium.

Moreover, the authorities don't know the date of completion of the work. The district sports authorities are claiming that they have already paid the Punjab Mandi Board for all expenses and it is responsible for the delay in the completion of the project.

According to the sports officials, work on laying a pipeline, fixing a canopy and setting up urinals is yet to be completed. Moreover, the sitting area is under construction.

Earlier, budding hockey players had suffered a lot in the absence of a stadium equipped with Astroturf in the area. Even the authorities concerned had failed to organise any big hockey event in the city for the same reason. Hockey players were very hopeful about the new Astroturf ground but a slow pace of work has disappointed them.

"The Astroturf ground is shining but it is of no use for us till the water pipe line is laid," said a player.

Meanwhile, District Sports Officer Surjeet Singh said: "To lay down Astroturf and carry out renovation of the stadium is the responsibility of the Punjab Mandi Board. We don't know the reason for the delay in the completion of work. The Sports Department has already paid his share and we have written to the board. I can't say much about the reason for the delay."

Where is water pipe line?

The Astroturf ground is shining but it is of no use for us till the water pipe line is laid.

— a player



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