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Stabbing near DIG's house
Man in serious condition, police officer's securityman also injured
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
There seems to be no end to snatching incidents in the city. In the latest case, two motorcycle-borne snatchers stabbed a man a few yards from DIG MF Farooqui's official residence on the Rani Jhansi road last night.

It is learnt that the policeman deployed at the DIG's residence suffered injury on his hand as he tried to nab the escaping snatchers.

The victim, identified as Arun Kumar, was on his way to his house in Ghumar Mandi along with his relative after visiting his native village.

According to the victim, when he reached near Vohra Dental Clinic, two motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and intercepted them.

On seeing the snatchers, Arun's relative raised an alarm and shouted for help.

The youth riding pillion pulled out a dagger and went after Arun. The snatcher got rattled and stabbed Arun as he failed to find anything.

On seeing the escaping snatchers, the policeman tried to give them a chase. But the snatcher riding pillion stabbed the policeman on the hand and managed to flee from the scene.

The victim was rushed to hospital, where his condition was started to be serious due to the loss of blood.

"We are aware of the incident, but so far the victim is not in a condition to record his statement. The snatchers were two in number and they would be nabbed soon," said SHO Division No 8.


Migrants to be protected: Police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Taking a serious view of the rising snatching incidents with migrants, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Choudhary has launched a special drive to thwart snatchers from targeting migrants.

The city police would coordinate with the railways authorities to maintain a list of train timings heading towards Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as these two states cater to a majority of industrial labour. Keeping in mind the timings, policemen would be deployed in the migrant-populated areas.

"It has been observed that snatchers target migrants when they are heading towards the railway station to catch a train or they are returning home after visiting their native states," said the DCP.

Besides checking the documents of motorcycle-borne youths, the police would keep an eye on the anti-social elements roaming around the railway station.

It is learnt that the police would also conduct a meeting with the industrialists to know about the dates when they distribute salary among employees.



Following SC order, traffic police launches drive against black films
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Cracking its whip on the residents indulging in the black filming of the windscreens of their vehicles, the city traffic police today initiated a special drive and removed several black films from the vehicles.

The move has been taken following an order of the Supreme Court.

The apex court has banned the use of any kind of black films on vehicle windowpanes.

Manjinder Singh, SHO, Traffic, said, "We are going to be stricter on traffic violators in the coming days. The traffic police would set up special nakas against the use of black films on windowpanes of vehicles and issue challans on the spot."



Unauthorised colonies
GLADA, district administration work at cross purposes
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 10
What Rahul Tewari as Chief Administrator (CA) of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) intends to do towards the compliance of the provisions laid down in the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) 1995 and check the mushrooming of unauthorised and unlicensed colonies in the mega city, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) in him disagrees, albeit for practical reasons.

Tewari, the Ludhiana DC, who currently holds the additional charge of the GLADA CA as well since the incumbent official KS Pannu is away on a two-month training, issued directions to revenue officials in the capacity of the GLADA CA that the registration of sale deeds in unauthorised colonies be stopped forthwith, as it was hampering the regulatory and enforcement action being taken against the developers of unlicensed colonies.

Citing provisions of PAPRA, the circular letter sent to deputy commissioners of Ludhiana, Moga, Ferozepur, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar said unscrupulous colonisers and developers of unauthorised colonies were getting sale deeds of residential plots registered by showing the land as agricultural in contravention of the prevailing laws.

The circular letter was also forwarded to all Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars acting as sub-registrars in the city and elsewhere in the district for the registration of sale deeds. Soon after receiving the circular letter asking them not to register sale deeds in unauthorised colonies, revenue officials started turning down the sale deeds presented for registration.

“On Tuesday (May 8) the work relating to the registration of sale deeds in all three offices of the sub-registrars in the city came to a complete halt in accordance with the directions received from the office of the DC, who also heads the revenue department,” said a revenue department official.

In the wake of an uproar and protest lodged by the intending buyers who were ready with the sale deeds and required stamp papers for the purpose of registration, the GLADA directions were put on the hold and on the very next day (May 9), the work in all the offices of sub-registrars was back to normal.

Talking to The Tribune, Tewari stoutly defended the stand taken for the resumption of work relating to the registration of sale deeds. “We cannot completely stop the registration of sale deeds just like that since it will cause a lot of inconvenience and harassment to genuine buyers as well.”

The GLADA circular (on the registration of sale deeds in unauthorised colonies) is a routine affair. “Such circulars, advisory in nature, are issued from time to time and much should not be read into these directions just because I am also holding the charge of the GLADA chief administrator currently,” he remarked, adding that the total stoppage of work for the registration of sale deeds would not only cause avoidable harassment to the buyers but also cost the state exchequer very dear in terms of loss of revenue from stamp duty.

Tewari further said that the registration of sale deeds of land was a policy matter and prerogative of the state government. “We have referred the matter to the Financial Commissioner Revenue, Punjab, seeking policy guidelines from the government."



DTO to pay Rs 5,000 for harassing consumer
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the local District Transport Officer (DTO) to pay Rs 5,000 on account of harassment faced by a consumer while dealing with his office.

Pronouncing the order, forum president Roshan Lal Ahuja directed the DTO to register the vehicle of the consumer, in accordance with law and hand over the Registration Certificate of the vehicle without charging any further fee/tax on the basis of notification dated February 28, 2011.

The orders were pronounced in a case filed by Subash Kundra, aka Katty, of Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana.

The controversy began between the consumer and the DTO office over the demand of additional fee/tax.

The consumer had submitted that he purchased a vehicle on October 15, 2010. He paid road tax of Rs 22,680 on December 20, 2010, prevalent at that time and the DTO office accepted the same.

But when he applied for the issuance of permanent RC of his vehicle, the opposite party refused to issue the same. It demanded tax on the basis of notification issued by the Punjab Government in February 2011, which was termed as illegal by the consumer.

However, DTO officials pleaded before the forum that the consumer had applied for the RC after the coming of the new notification on February 28, 2011, in force.

It also relied on the departmental instruction dated May 3, 2011, in which it was instructed that the notification dated February 28, 2011, shall be applicable to all vehicles, which were registered after the notification.

But this stand of the DTO office failed to convince the forum. However, the forum held that the office was free to charge the penalty for the late registration of the vehicle under the law.



animal care
Ludhianvis prefer private practitioners to vet varsity
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal takes the services of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) whenever his pets get sick. In the recent past, a pair of ponies belonging to the CM was sent here for treatment. Unfortunately, the cash-rich society in Ludhiana prefers to take their “expensive” pets to private practitioners, instead of taking them to GADVASU, which is the premier institute in the region for animal care.

A pet lover, Romila, who has got a pug, said she had nothing against the premier institute. The only thing was that it was more convenient to visit a private veterinarian than to take the pet to GADVASU and wait for the veterinarian. “I have been keeping pets for the past several years. There is a veterinary doctor, who is a good family friend. I prefer to take my dog to him,” said Romila.

While experts at GADVASU said on an average they provided treatment to about 16,000 pets every year and 90-100 pets were examined daily by the doctors at the veterinary hospital. Dr GS Dhaliwal, head veterinary clinic complex, GADVASU, said it was the best referral hospital for animal care in North India.

“We have got the best of the facilities. But we cannot change the mindset of people. May be they feel it convenient to visit the nearby pet clinics to get their animals examined. Here they have to get the pets registered and then they have to wait for their turn. In the fast moving society, everyone wants to save time. This could be the major reason that they prefer to visit private doctors,” said Dr Dhaliwal.

Meanwhile, Dr Ajay Pal Singh Mangat, a private veterinary doctor, said pet lovers prefer to visit private practitioners because of personal touch being given to the pets there. Apart from this, the post-operative care is better in private clinics. “The pet lovers keeping too expensive pets do not mind spending extra bucks to provide the best of healthcare treatment to their pets,” said Dr Mangat.



2 killed, 11 injured in road mishap
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Two persons were killed and 11 were injured after a speeding vehicle hit a van on the National Highway-I near Sahnewal late tonight.

The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital for treatment. The incident took around 10. 30 pm when the speeding vehicle rammed into the van. The van toppled on the road, resulting in the death of two passengers and left 11 others injured.

Rescue operation was in progress till the time of filing of this report. The accident led to a massive traffic jam on the NH-I.



2 buildings sealed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation sealed two under-construction commercial buildings near the Bharat Nagar Chowk area here today. Both these commercial buildings were being constructed in a residential area.

Acting on the complaint, Assistant Town Planners Ravinder Sharma and Surinder Singh Bindra visited the spot and sealed both buildings.

SS Bindra said a commercial building was being constructed in street number 2 of Bharat Nagar, which is a residential area. “As per rules, no person can construct a commercial building in a residential area and that is why, we sealed the premises. Another building on Bus-Stand Road was under construction and the owners had not taken necessary permission from the MC and that is why, it was sealed as well,” said Bindra.



Small cycle units cry foul
Big companies grab tenders of Karnataka government
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Small scale cycle units are crying foul over tenders given by the Karnataka government. These were invited by it for procuring cycles to be distributed among students under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) project. Only top notch companies managed to grab the tender as the conditions laid in it were beyond the purview of the small units.

Now, small manufacturers are alleging favouritism. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had stated that 20 per cent share would be given to the MSMEs under all government projects, still small-scale bicycle industry had been kept away from floating the tenders.

KK Seth, MD, Neelam Cycles, said the Karnataka government had floated the tenders for procuring cycles under the project, but conditions that the company should have sold 20 lakh bicycles to the government in the past and should have sale of at least 1.50 crores kept the small scale cycle units of the city outside its purview.

"This is no criteria, they should have asked for cycles bearing ISI mark or something on the technology front. The conditions directly stop small units from floating the tenders. We have been supplying cycles to the neighboring states, but such conditions made it impossible for us to get the tenders,” he added.

Another small scale cycle manufacturer said, “Ludhiana is the hub of cycle industry and several small manufacturers are exporting their cycles and these are at par with those made by the top notch companies. Such conditions should not have been laid down by the government,” he added.

Subhash Lakra from SK Bikes said they had sought information regarding the tenders through RTI and would approach the ministry once the information was provided to them.



Three deep freezers lying defunct
Civil Hospital mortuary yet to get nod from PHSC
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Three deep freezers are lying defunct in the mortuary of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. It is still waiting for an approval from the Punjab Health System Corporation in this regard.

According to sources, “These have been lying defunct for the past several months. The mortuary receives 10 or more bodies daily. Six deep freezers were installed by Samvedna Trust, an NGO, in this hospital in June 2011. Many a times bodies are kept outside these freezers if all are filled.”

Deputy Commissioner (Medical), Ludhiana, Dr AK Handa, said: “We have on numerous occasions written to the Punjab Health System Corporation to get these freezers repaired and Rs 2.25 lakh has been sanctioned for this. We are waiting for their approval so that these could be repaired at the earliest.”

The mortuary has to keep unknown bodies brought by the police. Sometimes such bodies reach here in decomposed form with maggots creeping in them.

These are kept for 72 hours or more due to which foul smell starts emitting out of these. 



CICU delegation to visit China
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
After the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), it’s the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) that will be taking lessons from China. A 38-member delegation representing different sectors will be visiting China from June 12-16.

CICU is celebrating 2012 as the “Year of Manufacturing Excellence” and they are determined to increase their manufacturing capacity and China trip will help them in achieving the same.

“The delegation from different sectors like bicycle components, sewing machine parts, machine tools and auto components will be visiting China for technology upgradation and tackle the problem of labour shortage faced by them,” said Upkar Singh, joint secretary of CICU.

The members will also be attending the international machine tool exhibition being held at Beijing and will later meet the members of the Beijing Chamber of Commerce. “We will also be visiting a couple of industrial units at China to learn how the work is actually carried out in their units and also to know about automation,” he added.

“Manufacturing of bicycle component has been almost stopped in Ludhiana but the industry wants to revive it and we will be learning and taking tips from them and revive the trade after coming back,” he added.



I-T raid on garments units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Income tax (I-T) officials today raided garments groups from the city. Raids were held both at their residence and work premises.

Additional director, income tax, BK Singh, headed the team. Units located at the Jalandhar bypass, Tajpur road and premises at Sarabha Nagar were raided, while their residences located at the Ferozepur road, and Barewal road were also searched by the team of the income tax officials.

Bank lockers were sealed and account books were also taken into the account. In addition to this, balance sheets and account books at their units were also thoroughly checked by the team. The raids were still on till the filing of the report.



Vet Varsity
Nestle selects 3 at placement drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), was established in 2008 and it’s the first batch of about 20 BTech (dairy technology) students who are expected to pass out in June 2012.

Nestle is the first company to visit for the campus placement. Giving details, placement in charge, Dr PK Singh, said Nestle had selected three students, namely Abhay Raj, Gursharn Singh and Karanpal Singh, for their Moga unit.

According to an estimate, against the annual demand of about 1,000 dairy graduates, only 350-400 graduates were produced in the country, moreover, there was also a demand from foreign countries, including Middle East and European countries for the graduates.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU, congratulated the students who got job.



‘Enhance storage capacity for wheat’

Ludhiana, May 10
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Lakhowal, demanded from the Central government to vacant grain stores for the next paddy session.

BKU secretary Baldev Singh Gumtala alleged that due to lack of proper storage in the state, wheat is not procured properly. He stated that it is already admitted by the Central government that near about 90 lakh tonnes of wheat is lying outside due to the shortage of storage capacity.

The BKU demanded that if the government is not able to enhance the storage capacity then they should give 100 per cent subsidy to farmers to build stores. — TNS



Water-logging, unkempt parks irk residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Though the councillor of ward number 11 is claiming that the development works initiated by him would soon be completed, but residents of the area say many parts of this ward had not been developed in the past five years. Water logging, overflowing sewerage, shortage of transformers, bad roads, ill-maintained parks, which is located on the outskirts of the city, are some of the major problems faced by of those residing here.

A triangular park on the Bhamian road looks more like a garbage dump than a park. Residents hoped that their children would use it for playing and recreation purpose, but it lacks green cover and remains littered with garbage.

People residing at Kuliawal village, too, complain of bad roads and overflowing sewerage. During the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections, MLA Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had promised to get the road re-carpeted within a fortnight. But, nothing has happened so far.

Garbage could be seen littered in some parts of Ahluwalia Colony as well. The roads are in poor condition. People are taken aback by web of power cables crisscrossing the streets and bad roads. It is learnt that this ward houses a large number of migrant population in Jappan and Ahluwalia colonies. Sitting councillor, Pal Singh Grewal, a senior SAD leader, has been representing this ward for the past two terms. This ward might be reserved for women and someone from Grewal’s family might contest from here. The ward consists of areas like Jamalpur, Gobind Colony, Raseela Nagar, Ahluwalia Colony, Kuliawal, Bachittar Nagar, Bachan Nagar, Jappan Colony, Master Colony, Ganpati Vihar, Sarpanch Colony, Beant Colony and Sawan Colony, besides others.


I have got five new tube wells installed in different areas of my ward. A new stadium in Sector 38 and two community centres have also constructed in my ward. Besides this, I can claim that the entire area of my ward have streetlights. Within a few months, sewerage lines would be laid and connect these with the main line. For constructing metalled roads, installing interlocking tiles and other such works, work orders worth Rs 2 crore have already been issued. Besides, I have also developed undeclared areas such as Sawan Colony and other adjoining ones
— Pal Singh Grewal



Heaps of garbage a pain in the neck
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
People residing in ward no 12 are worried about pathetic condition of roads and delay in carrying out development works in the area. Most of roads have not been carpeted till date. Even the main road (33 Feet Road) passing through mid of the ward is being laid for the past several months. Dust in the air has made the life of shopkeepers and people residing near the 33 feet road miserable. This road leads to most of the areas of the ward.

Moreover, heaps of garbage in vacant plots and roadsides has become pain in the neck of residents. Laying of sewerage in a number of colonies, which were deprived from sewerage and potable water supply earlier, are hoping for a good future. Area councillor claimed that he spent huge amount on installation of sewerage, but people unhappy due to the delay in completion of the wok. Ram Nagar, Mundian Kalan, Harjap Nagar, Gobind Nagar, New GTB Nagar, Sarpanch colony and Jawala Nagar are the areas where residents are facing problems due to poor facilities.

The only areas in the ward where population is stable are Mundian village and GK Estate. Majority of the ward is inhabited by migrants. Councillor Sukhwinder Singh, contested the last election on SAD ticket, and intends to do so again, if he gets the ticket this time.

There are about 43 colonies in Ward No 12, including Sri Chand Colony, Beant Colony, Sant Nagar, Sarpanch Colony, New Sarpanch Colony, Gobind Colony, New Guru Nanak Nagar, Partap Colony, Guru Nanak Nagar, Harjap Colony, New Harjap Colony, Prince Colony, Adarsh Nagar, preet nagar, Sidhsar Colony, Sham Nagar, SS Nagar, Kunal Colony, Satgur Nagar, New Sunder Nagar, GK Estate, Laxman Nagar, Old Suder Nagar, New Sunder Nagar, New Ram Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Ram Nagar, Jai Gurdev Nagar, GTB Nagar, Bank Colony, Sikandar Colony, Akal Sahai Colony, New Satgur Nagar, Atma Nagar, Hari Nagar, Gurbaksh Nagar Ashru Colony and Mundian Kalan.


The area wasn’t even developed before I became councillor. With the support of the party, we spent Rs 39 crore for developing the area. Most of the amount was spent on installation of sewage, of which 70 per cent of the work has been completed. About 2 crores was spent of streetlights. Work on 33-feet road is underway. If I get re-elected, I will complete all pending work like water supply. I would also like to get a high school constructed at Mundian village 
— Sukhwinder Singh



unmanned level crossings
Rlys moots closure
Admn forms panels to check their viability
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Railway authorities have proposed to close all unmanned level crossings in the district. They have urged the district administration to close four unmanned level crossings- C-8, C-18, C-20 and C-23-and construct diversion roads as these could prove fatal.

Talking to The Tribune, the railway authorities said they met the officials of the district administration in this regard yesterday. The administration has constituted committees comprising officials to check whether the proposal forwarded by the Railways was viable or not. If not, then the committee will come up with other suitable alternative.

Committee members comprising Gurmit Singh, SDM West (additional charge), Rohit Gupta, Tehsildar (West), and Harbhajan Singh, Divisional Engineer, Railways, Patiala, will see the C and B unmanned level crossings between Alamgir village and Dhandran village.

In second such committee, Ajay Sood, SDM (East), Rakesh Kumar, naib-tehsildar, Dehlon (additional charge) and Harbhajan Singh, Divisional Engineer, Railways, Patiala, will check and submit the report of the unmanned crossing numbers C-18 and C-20, which is on Dehlon to Raikot road and from village Gill to Kila-Raipur Railway Station.

The third committee comprising Ajay Sood, Rakesh Kumar and Harbhajan Singh will look at unmanned crossing number C-23 from Khera village to Mehtabgarh. “The meeting was held under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner. We have submitted that these unmanned level crossings be closed to avoid fatal accidents, but it depends on the officials of the district administration to see whether our submission is viable or not. They will submit the report to the Deputy Commissioner within 15 days,” an official added. 



Buyer-seller meet from tomorrow
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Knits and Wears, an annual buyer-seller meet, will be held from May 12 to 16 here. It is expected that the footfall of dealers will go up to 2,500 this time. Dealers from across the country will be visiting Ludhiana to book orders.

Sudarshan Jain, president of Knits and Wear, while addressing a press conference here today said it was the third year that we were holding this buyer-seller meet, as it had proved to be a great success, both among buyers and sellers.

“Nearly 60 per cent part of the annual income is earned by traders through this meet. Orders worth crores are expected to be booked during the meet,” said Jain.

“The best part is that new entrepreneurs are also coming forward and showcasing their products. The meet will not only help us cater to the domestic markets but would also be a step towards entering into markets around the globe,” he said.



pilot programme
68 units give letter of intent to comply with norms
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Employing child labour in the industrial units was costing dearer to business houses and had also lead to cancellation of international orders in the past.

Getting an order from an American company had become tough, as employing child labour in the manufacturing process was becoming the main reason for loosing out orders for Indian manufacturers.

Pegged at Rs 1.50 crore in Punjab and Rs 14 billion in India, the garment manufacturing industry was in turmoil. To tackle the situation, council and textile ministry has started a pilot programme “Disha” or “Driving industry towards sustainable human capital advancement”. The programme is a part of their efforts to improve India’s image as a moral sourcing destination and was started by the textile ministry after blacklisting of the sector by countries such as the US and multinational chains on the grounds of products being made in units using forced, bonded or child labour.

“This programme will encourage members to follow better social practices, which will give them a competitive edge in the global market where social compliance is increasingly becoming an important buying decision. Sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles, this initiative by AEPC attempts to educate apparel exporting members on a code of ethics that covers all critical social and environmental concerns like child labour/trafficked labour, freedom of association, health and industrial safety, etc,” said Darshan Singh, joint commissioner directorate general of foreign trade during a DISHA workshop at Ludhiana.

Around 134 units have so far enrolled for DISHA certification and 68 units have given their letter of intent to comply with the norms. Besides, self-assessment tool (SAT) workshops have been conducted for 51 units in Tirupur, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Delhi. AEPC has a target of enrolling a total of 400 units by the end of this year and 2,000 garment factories by 2017 with a focus on small exporters.

“DISHA will not only give the opportunity for the industry to negate international claims of presence of child labour/trafficked labour in the garment industry, but will also help to improve the overall image of the industry,” said HKL Magu, vice-chairman (northern region), AEPC.



DGP order leads to reshuffle

Ludhiana, May 10
Three station house officers (SHOs) and seven heads of chowkis would face the axe following the orders of the Director General of Police SS Saini, stating that policemen belonging to the Punjab Armed Police (Jalandhar) and own rank and pay (ORP) vacate their present postings and report at their parent cadre and postings.

The DGP’s order created a furore in the local police department, as a majority of police officials, who are facing the axe, enjoy political support.



Parmjeet Chahal joins as DEO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Parmjeet Kaur Chahal, district education officer (DEO), Fatehgarh Sahib, joined as the district education officer (secondary), Ludhiana, here today.

The earlier district education officer (secondary), Leela Rani, was transferred after 26 days from joining.

According to sources from the education department, a political leader from the ruling party was unhappy with the joining of Leela Rani.



10 samples of food items collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The district health department collected 10 samples of various food items today. The samples were collected from Jalandhar bypass, Samrala Chowk, Pakhowal road and Sarabha Nagar areas.

Five samples of mineral water of various brands, along with samples of cold drinks, packed juices and glucose powder were collected today, according to food safety officer Manoj Khosla.

He said the samples were collected as per the directions of district health officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh.



from schools
Tiny tots vow to save environment
Tribune News Service

Tiny tots water plants to celebrate Green Day at Cherubs The Preschool in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Tiny tots water plants to celebrate Green Day at Cherubs The Preschool in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 10
Cherubs The Preschool celebrated “Green Day” on Thursday on its premises to make tiny tots aware about environment, global warming, importance of trees, etc. The day was full of activities for the children. They seemed to be thrilled in their green attire to mark the importance of green that symbolises global environment. All classrooms were decorated with green balloons, ribbons and plants. The tiny tots also administered oath to save the environment. This was followed by a sapling plantation drive.

Investiture ceremony

Investiture ceremony and a prize distribution function was organised at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, here on Thursday. The ceremony started with a prayer dance to seek blessings of the Almighty. The judiciously elected cabinet members took oath on the day. Head boy Gurpreet Singh and head girl Divnoor Kaur were the proud members of the cabinet. Prizes were given to the students who excelled academically in the session 2011-2012. Students with 100 per cent attendance were also awarded with the certificates.

Sat Paul school

With an objective to espouse confidence, development of leadership qualities and sense of responsibility among students, the investiture ceremony was held at Sat Paul Mittal School here today. It was an occasion wherein the school authorities by appointing a student council acknowledged the upcoming leaders and reposed trust in them. The selection of the student council was done on fair basis. The criteria of selection was the students’ academic performance, participation in co-curricular activities, confidence, etc.

Inter-school challenge

In an endeavour to enrich young minds and enable them to prove their mettle in the battle of confidence, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, under the aegis of Derek O’Brien Associates organised an inter-school “Faster Smarter Better Challenge-2012” here on Thursday. The event covered 32 leading schools across the city, which picked the brightest minds from classes VI to IX.

Students win laurels

First Open State Tenshikaan Karate Championship was held at Rahon in which budding karate players of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The students bagged nine medals, including five gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Principal Bandana Sethi appreciated and applauded the efforts of all the players and coach Sanjeev Thakur.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, here on Thursday to express gratitude to mothers for hardships they bear in bringing up a child. A number of activities were organised to celebrate the day. Tiny Tots of the kindergarten wing prepared crowns for their mothers, so as to crown them for the love they shower at their children.

ABC Montessori

It was a morning full of fun, frolic and enjoyment, as mothers gathered as fairies from cloud nine at ABC

Montessori, BRS Nagar, to celebrate the Mother’s Day with smiles and laughter.

Everest school

Mother’s Day was celebrated by tiny tots of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana, with great enthusiasm and fervour here on Thursday. Coordinator Asha Sharma, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Special Study Centre, was the chief guest on the occasion. Various games like musical chair, paper folding dance, etc, were organized gor the mothers and their children.

Global vote

DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised “Global Vote 2012”. About 1,300 students participated in the vote for the world’s children prize for the rights of the child. WCPRC is based on the UN child convention and strengthens voices of children, connecting them together across countries and continents and helps them to demand honour for the rights of the child.

Poem recitation contest

English poem recitation contest was organised for students of the junior section to provide a platform to the children where they can use language confidently. The students were judged on the basis of grammar, intonation, pronunciation, confidence and delivery style of the poem.



ludhiana scan

While addressing mediapersons on Thursday, Dr Ravul Jindal, a vascular surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said varicose veins could occur in any part of the body, but are mostly found on thighs and calves due to strenuous and long hours of continuous standing. “Varicose veins are often painful and itch. Scratching them could cause ulcers,” added Dr Jindal. The ailment is usually characterised by aching and heavy legs, ankle swelling, dilated bluish bulge under the skin, redness, dryness and itchiness of skin.

Best trainee award

Lt Paramjeet Kaur has won the best trainee in the senior wing category in ANO/GCI training held at OTA Gwalior from February 6 to May 5. In the three-month training, trainees had to undergo various assignments. She is from the NCC unit of 3 Punjab Girls Battalion and a student of Khalsa College for Women.

Dance premier league

Ecstasy, a dance studio, organised a dance premier league on Thursday. Three teams, including Dazzling Divas, Dancing Sizzlers and Groovy Girls, participated in the competition. The teams comprised girls and middle-aged women.


Punjab Farm and Agritech, an outlet of farming machinery is going to organise a seminar on the use of paddy cultivation at Mullanpur Dakha. Special delegates from Japan would also participate in this seminar.


Actors of Punjabi movie “Taur Mitran Di” visited the city for its promotion yesterday. It is the first independent production of actor Jimmy Shergill. Actors Amrinder Gill, Amita Pathak, Surveen Chawala, Ranvijay Singh accompanied Shergill to the city.


The results of the third national teacher education and guidance cell (Teg Cell) were declared today. Maninder Kaur of the Doraha College of Education secured first rank in the test, while Harjeet Kaur got fourth position and Ramandeep Kaur got 11th rank in the test. The topper will be given a computer. — Tribune Reporters



Chemist booked under NDPS Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Ashu, a chemist, has been booked by the Dugri police for selling habit-forming drugs here today.

The police has also seized a huge amount of psychotropic drugs from the shop of the accused located in Guru Gyan Vihar.

Giving details about the arrest and subsequent seizure, the SHO Dugri said the raid was conducted in the presence of drug inspector Sukhbir Chand. The accused has been booked under the NDPS Act.



TT meet from today
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 10
Around 150 paddlers, including state and national level players, will be seen in action during the three-day Open Table Tennis Tournament to be held at the Punjab Agricultural University campus from May 11 to 13.

This event is being organised jointly by Varinder Cultural Society and sports promoter unit, Maverick, in memory of Punjabi film star Varinder who died about two decades ago.

Matches in the cadet groups, besides those in the sub-junior, junior as well as senior sections will be held, according to society secretary Lalit Berition in the under-12, under-14, under-17 categories, besides in the men as well as women’s section.

The winners in all categories will be given prizes. Punjabi film star Satish Kaul will inaugurate the tournament.



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