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Another ‘dowry’ death
23-year-old newlywed woman dies under mysterious circumstances
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
In yet another case of suspected dowry death, a 23-year-old newlywed woman died under mysterious circumstances in the Dugri area here today. The victim, identified as Gurpreet Kaur, was married to Jagjit Singh three months ago. She died at her in-laws house this morning.

While her in-laws maintained that Gurpreet died due to prolonged ailment, her relatives alleged that she was poisoned to death. The incident came to light this morning when her in-laws informed the girl’s family about her death.

Wasting no time, the girl’s three brothers, Lucky, Vicky and Happy, reached the spot along with their mother and demanded police action against Jagjit Singh. The accused, who was reportedly drunk, was taken into preventive custody.

Lucky cursed the day they got their sister married to Jagjit Singh. He said he had not informed his father about the incident. “He is a heart patient and will not be able to bear the death of his beloved daughter,” he said, adding he never imagined his sister would meet such a tragic end.

“The wedding took place three months ago. Jagjit is the only child of his parents. We were told that Jagjit was working as an assistant with a doctor in Model Town. We thought she would have a better future. But soon after the wedding, my sister told me that her husband was a drug addict. We were planning to file for a divorce, but before we could rescue her from his clutches, Jagjit killed her,” lamented Lucky.

According to the investigating officer (IO), the victim's husband has been detained and the body has been sent for a postmortem.

A case would be registered after receiving the postmortem report, the police said.


All for Yuvraj, nothing for Keepa
Former kabaddi star has been bedridden for four years, but has not received help from govt despite pleas
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
While it is raining money for cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who recently overcame a battle against cancer, former kabaddi star Kuldeep Singh Keepa, who suffered a spinal injury, remains bedridden and is spending his life in penury.

File photo of former kabaddi star Kuldeep Singh Keepa who is now bedridden.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), some corporate houses and now the Punjab Government have provided considerable amounts of money to Yuvraj Singh, neither the government nor any NGO has come forward to help the ailing Keepa. Once a brilliant stopper, Keepa can be seen seeking donations in rural tournaments.

Ironically, when Keepa accompanied by his family came to watch the World Kabaddi Cup final in Ludhiana, the police denied him entry.

Raising a question on the yardstick adopted by the state government towards sportspersons, Keepa says: "I heard that the government gave Yuvraj Singh Rs 1 crore. We both are players. I am supporting my family by begging at sports events. I have been bedridden for the last four years and have written to the government several times for help, but no one has given me a penny."

Keepa had slipped while stopping a raider from the opposite team and ruptured his spinal cord during a local kabaddi tournament held in 2008.

Though the organisers had admitted him to a multi-speciality hospital in Ludhiana, nobody bothered to enquire about his fate after the doctors declared that a huge amount of money would be needed for his surgery and post-operative treatment.

The family was shocked when doctors told them that he would not be able to move his limbs if he was not operated upon immediately. It was not possible for the family to arrange for Rs 6 lakh required for the operation.

Hailing from Dhatta village near Mullanpur, Keepa's family is still looking at the government for financial help to bail him out of the crisis.



13 years later, 21 accused acquitted
Were charged with attacking police; prime witness turns hostile 
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has acquitted 21 persons, hailing from different districts of Punjab, facing accusations of attacking policemen with the intention to kill, blocking the national highway and damaging government property by giving them the benefit of the doubt.

They were stated to be followers of Sant Darshan Singh Dhakki, Maksoodran, and were protesting against his arrest in 1999. Those acquitted include Gurcharan Singh, Tejinder Pal Singh, Lakhvir Singh, Harjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Harbans Singh, Daljit Singh, Malkiat Singh, Maghar Singh, Jasvir Singh, Bir Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Naib Singh, Jarnail Singh, Gurinder Singh, Mohinder Singh, Amarjit Singh, Tarsem Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Sukhwinder Singh.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the identification of the accused could not be established.

A case under Sections 307, 332, 353, 186, 341, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act had been registered against the accused.

According to the prosecution, on May 10, 1999, a mob of around 400 persons had blocked the national highway near Kadon Chowk in Doraha. The SDM Payal and SPs requested them not to block traffic but the protesters did not listen to them.

In the meantime, some military vehicles came from the Ludhiana side, but the agitators refused to shift the dharna.

The SDM diverted traffic from another side and the mob started raising slogans. Some of them even pulled out kirpans. They attacked the police party with bricks and some even fired at the police.

The police lathicharged them as per the orders of the SDM. But during the trial, the injured policemen failed to identify the accused. Moreover, the complainant in the case, Tara Singh, turned hostile. One person had died during the trial and three were declared proclaimed offenders. 

Trial more than conviction

Facing a criminal trial for 13 years is virtually more than the conviction, said an accused after the verdict. "We were under tremendous stress as the absence in even one hearing would have resulted in the cancellation of bail. I missed some important weddings and assignments due to the hearings," he said, requesting not to be identified.



Excise raids at rly station, showrooms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The mobile wing of the excise and taxation department today conducted a raid at the railway station and seized about 200 parcels that had come to the city without proper billing.

Inderjeet Singh Bhanwara, AETC (mobile wing), said some unscrupulous elements were evading tax. "They do not get their consignments checked at the checking point to evade tax. We have seized around 200 parcels and strict action will be taken against the offenders," he said. 

He alleged that the railway department did not cooperate with them during the raids. "We conducted the raid at 11 am and it took nearly four hours to take permission from them to seize the parcels," he claimed.

Meanwhile, the department also conducted raids at two electronics showrooms in the city. AETC Jaskaran Brar said: "Stock verification has been done and loose papers were seized by the department. One of them also has a showroom at Panchkula where a raid was also conducted. Findings of the raid are yet to be known."



It is the same old story in every ward
Ward no.23, Statistics, Population: 30,000, Voters: 10,000
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Ward No. 23 cannot be called a neglected one, but it does have many problems, which have been prevailing in the area for the last many decades.

Residents, mostly service class and migrants, have a common complaint- broken roads, garbage strewn all around and choked sewerage.

The ward is presently represented by Ajit Singh Dhillon from the Shiromani Akali Dal, who is a trusted and close confidant of Ludhiana (East) MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon. Both Ajit and Ranjit are from Sekhewal village.

The road which divides the Sekhewal village into two portions is in a pitiable condition and needs re-carpeting. Streets here have been crying for attention, but it seems that the MC officials have turned a blind eye to all these problems.

Choked sewerage aggravates the woes of the residents. Despite taking up the matter with the officials concerned a number of times, nothing has been done.

The residents complained that the councillor was inaccessible and was having a group of persons around him that managed all affairs.

Garbage can be seen strewn in many parts of the ward, especially along the main GT Road. When one reaches the Budha Nullah, he or she is greeted by signboards installed by the MC asking residents not to throw garbage in the nullah. But the MC itself has dumped silt along the banks of Nullah. The residents lamented that the civic body should understand the fact that charity begins at home.

The sitting councillor, Ajit Singh Dhillon, is from the Shiromani Akali Dal, and a two-time councillor. He was elected to the MC first in 2005 and then in 2007. In 2005, the by-election was held following which sitting councillor Satpal Puri had to resign. At that time, Dhillon had contested as an Independent and later joined the Akali Dal.

The ward consists of areas such as Vishu Puri, Santokh Nagar, New Shivpuri Part I, Jaswant Nagar, part of Sekhewal village, Master Colony, besides some others.

Councillor speaks

I have got two new tubewells and one submersible pump installed in the ward. Roads have been constructed in all areas. The solid waste management company, which was given the contract for lifting garbage, is yet to start its operations in the ward. The MC has stopped lifting the garbage from the area. The problem of choked sewerage persists as sewermen are not performing their duty efficiently. We will take up the matter with the senior MC officials and the problem will be solved soon~

— Ajit Singh Dhillon, councillor

Residents speaks

The potable water supply to the area is irregular. We have raised the issue with the councillor many a times, but he has not done anything so far~

Deepak Puri, a resident

Electricity transformers that have been installed in the middle of roads at a few areas can lead to a fatal mishap. We have urged the area councillor to get them shifted, but it seems that the issue is not on his priority list~

— KL Narang, a resident

Whenever it rains, the area looks more like a stream than a piece of land. Even the Budha Nullah starts overflowing during monsoons and which is why, our lives become miserable. They clean up the area only during elections~

— Raghbir Singh, a resident

The councillor and the MC are not putting in efforts to solve the garbage problem. We don’t have any other option but to live in such unhealthy conditions, which can lead to diseases~

— Rajinder Kumar, a resident

Garbage can be seen littered in vacant plots. All our requests have fallen on deaf ears and it seems that the councillor is not interested in tiding over the problems of the residents~

— Pardeep Kumar, a resident 



Waterlogging, poor sanitation bane of Ward No. 24 
Ward no.24 Statistics, Population: 60,000, Voters: 13,000
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Residents of Kara Bara, Nanak Nagar and New Vishnu Puri continue to face the problem of waterlogging and poor sanitation. During rainy season, water gets accumulated on roads and even enters houses. In Karabara, heaps of garbage lying scattered at vacant plots have become an eyesore for residents.

Sabzi Mandi is one of the neglected areas of the ward as in the absence of a garbage dumping site, shopkeepers throw litter on roads. Councillor of the ward is serving his second term. He will be contesting the civic body poll on BSP ticket. The ward has 14 colonies, including Vishnu Nagar, New Nanak Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Arjan Nagar, Bindra Colony, Baikunth Colony, Vijay Nagar, New Vishnu Puri and Sabzi Mandi.

Councillor speaks

Nearly 85 per cent of work has been completed in the area. Roads have been constructed in Karabara, Vijay Nagar and Vishnu Puri. New tubewells have been installed. Sewers have been replaced with storm sewers at Arjan Nagar. Streets have been cemented. Roads in Bindra Colony have also been recarpeted. We have also got streetlights installed in Vijay Nagar. The construction work at Dr Ambedkar Nagar will be started soon. If re-elected, I will complete all pending projects. Roads in Vishnu Colony and Vijay Nagar need to be repaired. I will work for the welfare of the elderly~

— Hans Raj, councillor

Residentd speaks

The area has better roads. Pipelines have been laid. But efforts need to be put in to rid the area of garbage~

— Satpal, a resident of Arjan Nagar

The area has become a hell. During rainy season, water gets accumulated on streets. Fearing outbreak of an epidemic, residents have approached the authorities to get the problem solved, but their pleas are unheeded~

— Harish Jain, a resident of New Vishnu Puri

Sewerage remains choked. The MC officials should chalk out a better plan so that the system functions properly~

— Vishal Khurana, a resident

Streetlights have been lying defunct in the area. We avoid venturing outdoors at night as there is always a fear of snatching and robbery. Streetlights should be made functional in order to avoid any untoward incident~

— Ramesh Kumar, a resident

Water supply is irregular. Sometimes we receive contaminated water. Stink emanating from garbage dumps irks residents. The area has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Political leaders have promised to improve the situation many a times, but have done nothing concrete in this direction~

— Harish Doaba, a resident



PM's wife attends sister's bhog
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Emotions ran high as Prime Minister's wife Gursharan Kaur today paid homage to her sister Thananter Kaur who died a few days ago.

Gursharan Kaur visited the city to attend the bhog organised at a gurdwara at tModel Town. Clad in a grey suit, Gursharan Kaur was accompanied by her daughter. They arrived by Shatabdi around noon.

The motorcade went to Suton House, PAU, where they had tea. After resting for sometime, they went to the gurdwara and met her relatives. She partook of the langar and was in a pensive mood all through. According to family members, she shared fond memories of her elder sister with her relatives present there. They returned to Delhi in the evening.

An ASI was pulled up for failing to "control" mediapersons at the time of
her arrival.



Furnace units call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Mandi Gobindgarh, May 17
Induction furnace units today called off their statewide strike against the increased power rates. More than 200 units were on strike from May 16. It has been postponed till May 28. In case the enhanced billing charges are not withdrawn they will resume their strike.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) had increased the billing charges from May 4. The total cost of power now stands at 127 pasie. Initially, it was 82 pasie. “Open access system is not viable after the increase in the prices. In addition to this, 5-hour power cut has been imposed on the industry on daily basis,” KK Garg, president, Ludhiana Induction Furnace Association, regretted.

Mandi Gobindgarh Furnace Association chief Mohinder Gupta said the state government doesn’t have enough sources of power production to cope with the demand of this industry. Thus, power is being purchased from private sector. But, due to the recent hike in billing charges, the industry will have to purchase power from Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.

A deputation of Industrialists apprised Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on this issue. He is convinced with the demands put forth by the industry and have assured to support their demands before the PSERC, Gupta added.

They also demanded removal of the chairperson of the commission, who was allegedly blocking the acceptance of demands put forth by the industry. As suggested by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the association decided to file a review appeal with the commission up to May 21. Activists of the association Raj Bansal, KK Garg, Amarjit Singh Ludhiana and Gopal Singh also expressed their views in the meeting. 



Old-age home inmates want freshly cooked food
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
They neither have home, family nor money; still they are happy and contented. They have got no grudges against God for being “unfair” to them at the dusk of their lives. Whatever He (god) gave was more than enough. At least 26 inmates of Old Age Home of Red Cross feel that they were being taken care of well by the “caretakers” at the Old Age Home. Their only demand was that they should be served freshly cooked light food, which they could digest easily at this age.

Talking to The Tribune, an octogenarian said, “Why should we crib against them (caretakers) when our own abandoned us? These caretakers are taking care at least. Our sons and daughters don’t even bother to ask how we were. We were living or dead? We would request authorities to provide us food, which we can be easily digested. We can’t consume heavy stuff like oilseeds and pulses during night hours. Whatever they serve, should be fresh and light.”

While the man started telling his tale of woes (personal grievances), another inmate, a woman in her seventies interrupted, “They are not there to listen to your personal matters. We all are suffering at the hands of our wards. Let us come to the point once again,” she added. “We are given a glass of milk daily, which is as good as warm water. If we say anything to the caretakers or in charge, we are given reply that in this much amount (Rs 1,800 they pay for meals), this kind of meal could only be served. We are not cribbing, but we want that instead of giving us milk daily, give us milk thrice a week but it should be of good quality.”

Another old man, while playing cards with other inmate said, “Look at us. Do you think we can afford to consume too much at this age? Whatever they give us, should not be stale.” 

They pay

I Inmates have to pay Rs 1,800 per person for the meals/eatables (monthly).

The room is provided free of cost.

They have to pay their own electricity charges @Rs 6.5 per unit

Whosoever wants to get their rooms/ washrooms should salary to helpers.

Their grudges

Provide us light and freshly-cooked food

Quality of milk should be good; provide little but pure milk

The contractor provides ration for about 26 inmates, still many relatives/friends of caretakers/inmates consume meals daily without paying anything to the contractor, due to this our quality of meals suffer.

The caretakers/helpers must speak politely to us



Adhocism prevails in GLADA, developers rejoice
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 17
The absence of full time Chief Administrator (CA) and the Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) for some time now has come as manna from heaven for unscrupulous developers in the mega city. They are having their way with no fear of regulatory action or enforcement of laws against development of unauthorised colonies.

After Chief Administrator of GLADA Kahan Singh Pannu proceeded for a two-month training and Additional Chief Administrator Jaswant Singh was relieved on April 30 on achieving the age of superannuation, additional charge of the two top posts was given by the state government to Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and the SDM (East) Ajay Sood, respectively. Sood also holds additional charge of the Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation.

Confirming that the regulatory action like demolition of internal development works in colonies that are being developed unlawfully across the city had come to a complete halt for the past more than three weeks, the GLADA officials attribute this to non-availability of competent authorities.

“As per the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) and the Punjab Housing and Country Development Act, the Additional Chief Administrator of the development authority (GLADA in this case) is the head of the regulatory set up and all actions towards compliance of the prevailing laws have to be taken under his directions and supervision. At the time of carrying out demolition, the Additional Chief Administrator or some other PCS officer has to be present to deal with the situation arising from resistance by the developers and subsequent police action,” the GLADA officials said.

It was further learnt that the Chief Administrator, who heads the GLADA, oversees the policy matters and his presence was not required in carrying out day-to-day affairs and routine work. But unlike the Chief Administrator, the post of the Additional Chief Administrator carried strategic importance, especially for the regulatory mechanism against development of unauthorised and unlicenced colonies.

A GLADA official said, “The period from April to June when agricultural land is lying vacant after the crop has been harvested, is the optimum time when developers approach the farmers to purchase their land for development of housing and commercial projects on the periphery of the city”.

“With the land prices touching the sky, many farmers are allured and they agree to part with their land in return for high and immediate financial gains. This is the time to maintain strict vigil and mount pressure against the menace of unauthorised colonies. Unfortunately, the makeshift arrangement at the two top slots in GLADA has created a situation in which the regulatory body is in disadvantageous position and the unscrupulous developers are making hay while the sun shines,” the official remarked.



Wholesale chemists assn poll tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The Wholesale Chemists’ Association, Ludhiana, will hold its election on May 19. This is for the first time that the election for the post of the president of the association would also be held. The association has 432 votes.

In the Ashok Dabar group, Dabar would contest the election for the post of president, Hitesh Takkar for the general secretary and Vijay Kumar for the finance secretary.

Dabar said today that, “I will sort out all issues on priority basis If I am elected president. Steps will be taken to construct a wholesale committee bhawan in the city. Complaint and suggestion boxes will be installed at the Pindi Street.

Mohinder Singh Lalpuri, Amit Kumar, Manoj Dabar, Gurpreet Narang, Ashok Chabra, Vishant Arora, Sunil Chabra, Sunil Kumar, Sanjay Tulli, Sunny Vohra and Robin were among those present on the occasion.



MC razes illegal constructions
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 17
The Municipal Corporation (MC) today carried out a substantive campaign to remove encroachments and pull down unauthorised constructions at several places around the Haibowal locality. Officials of the building branch of the MC, led by an Assistant Town Planner, cleared encroachments along the Humbran road where a dhaba had encroached on a part of the road.

The MC team said internal development works being carried out in an unauthorised colony in Haibowal (near Bawa Colony) were dismantled and a hair salon illegally constructed in a designated residential area was sealed. The owner was directed to produce papers for change of land use and the approved building plan.

The MC team also razed part of a house in another colony in Haibowal, which was being constructed in violation of building bylaws. Some half-a-dozen house owners were served with notices for getting violations of building plans compounded.



DGSE Revises CCE format 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
After facing strong opposition from teachers, Director General School Education (DGSE) has finally revised the format of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). According to school teachers, the previous format of CCE was time consuming and unproductive. Teachers now seem satisfied with the new model as the Master Cadre Union, Punjab, and Math Teachers Association welcomed this move of the department.

The Director General of School Education, Ashok Singal, had constituted a review committee to revise the model after getting feedback from teachers of the state. This new model is revised as per the guidelines of the Right to Education Act, MHRD and NCERT recommendations. This model would fulfil the requirements of the RTE Act in which both formative and summative evaluation are mandatory. According to the new directions, students would be examined 4 times a year. Earlier, the teachers examined students every week.

In the new format the department would conduct summative evaluation twice in an academic year. Teachers would remark on the extra-curricular activities of students, skills, and overall attitude.

Gurbeer Singh from the Master Cadre Union said, "We are thankful to the DGSE who took the feedback from the teachers and revised the format. This new model of the CCE is more practical and we hope that it will be more effective.”



School shifted on DEO's order 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Government Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, has temporarily shifted to Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, on the orders of the District Education Officer.

The action was taken a day after the incident when several students of Government Senior Secondary School along with their parents squatted on the road at Jodhewal Chowk and raised slogans against the administration's move of demolishing a part of the school for the widening of National Highway-I (NH-I).

Meanwhile, Parents Teachers Association of the school also opposed the order. Lakshman Singh, president, PTA, said, "Shifting the school to a different location is not the solution to the problem. These are just administrative tactics. Our children will not leave this school."



School for differently abled children organises annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The annual function of Nirdosh School for differently-abled children was organised at the Rotary Bhawan today. Children performed on "I have a dream" and portrayed different roles in life during the event. Girl students acted as teachers on the song "Ichak Dana". Chief guest Miridula Jain, director, Shingora Shawls, said that the service of special children is the service of God.

"Hum mein hai hero" aptly seemed to describe the children as they gave performance on the tagline of an advertisement jingle. The special children had smiles on their faces throughout the presentation. The parents of the children were also present in full strength to see their kids perform on stage. Parents too had fun during the light-hearted game conducted by Poonam Bindra.

According to Kitty Bakshi, one of the directors of the school, the aim of the school is to help the children take care of themselves and make them self-reliant. Principal of the school Surat Singh Duggal said that the school is making efforts to make the students learn some skill to earn their livelihood which would also help in their integration with society.



From colleges


Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) today organised a guest lecture on “Search Engine Optimization” at its premises. As many as 70 students pursuing different post graduate and under graduate courses in Management and IT attended the lecture. Amanjot Singh, director of White Pixels, was the guest speaker of the occasion. He informed the students about the concept of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how it helps in improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines natural (or unpaid) search results. The lecture was interactive and was followed by queries by the students.

Additional charge

Gurminder Kaur, principal of the Government College for Women, has taken over the additional charge of principal of the SCD Government College, Ludhiana. The Government of Punjab in its recent orders has entrusted her the task of Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO) till the new appointment to the post of principal, SCD Government College, is made. She officially took over the charge and sorted the pending work of the principal. She also chaired a meeting of the Higher Education Society of the college in the afternoon and discussed the various issues relating to the college in the 2012-13 academic session.

Annual function

The BCM College of Education organised its annual-cum-farewell function in the college campus. Prof BS Ghuman, dean, faculty of arts, PU, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. BEd students presented a beautiful 'shabad' before the audience. Pallavi Saluja and Kirandeep presented poems on the theme “Mother” on the occasion. Students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities during the session were given prizes by the chief guest.


Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, achieved 100 percent pass percentage in MSc (chemistry), Ist semester. Shama Kakkar brought laurels to the college by standing first in the university, securing 80.8 per cent marks, while Neha stood second, securing 80.4 per cent. Harpreet Kaur (79.2 per cent), Komal Bagga (78.4 per cent), Jashanpreet Kaur (76.2 per cent), Manveer Kaur (75.4 per cent) and Jaspreet Kaur (75.2 per cent) secured 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th positions respectively in the university. Dr Charanjit Mahal congratulated the staff and students for their outstanding performance and wished them luck in future as well.

Course introduced

The University Grants Commission has sanctioned the introduction of an undergraduate course in Human Rights Education and Values to Arya College from the ensuing session 2012-13. The college proposes to start a one year certificate course in Human Rights education and values. The syllabus for the course will be the same as prescribed by Panjab University, Chandigarh and is available on the Panjab University website. Any student who has passed 10+2, BA or MA will be eligible for admission to the said course. Principal Dr TL Joshi told that the course will be entirely funded by the UGC. A qualified faculty, as per the UGC norms, has already been recruited and the college expects a good response to the course.

TEG Cell test

The results of the third national Teacher Education and Guidance Cell (TEG Cell) were declared recently. The tests are conducted every year by the NGO Teacher Education and Guidance Cell (Regd) for the teachers of BEd colleges across India. Maninder Kaur of Doraha College of Education secured first rank in the test.The topper will be given a computer while other rank holders will be given wrist watches. Principal Dr Sandeep Sawhney congratulated the meritorious students and told that TEG Cell tests are an effort to fill the gap between prospective teachers and schools. He further elaborated that the bio-data of participants will be sent to the schools of the region for placement purposes by the NGO.

Programme concludes

“Business cannot survive without timely and effective decision making. Relevant and reliable information is a must for good business decisions. In such a scenario, the corporate managers should know the art of conducting business research to be efficient decision makers,” said Sandeep Rayat, managing director, Akal Spring Limited. He was the guest of honour in the valedictory function of the faculty development programme on research methodology conducted by the Doraha Institute Of Management and Technology. The programme was sponsored by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. - TNS



From schools


Today Playway and Primary Wing of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised a "Poetical Recitation and Quiz Competition" in the school premises. About 30 students from pre-nursery to class V participated in the competition.

Recitation competition

A Punjabi recitation competition was held at the GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the students of class III. Around 32 students participated in the competition. The poems were recited on themes such as saving the girl child, conserving the nature, the value of time etc.

Celebrating diversity

Bal Bharati Public School organised a highly informative activity 'New Life, New Friend, New Country' celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the world. This activity aimed at inculcating the acceptance of diversity in the way of living of the human race across the globe. Students were introduced to the different types of attires worn by different people, the festivals and famous monuments of countries like Spain, Portugal, China, Italy and Japan.

Hindi poem recitation

In order to instill interest and admiration for Hindi among students, sub junior humanities forum organised a Hindi poem recitation contest at Kundan Vidya Mandir School for students of classes III-V. Students recited poems with social messages such as 'Vanmahotsav', 'Desh Ki Kanya', 'Betiyan', and 'Jal'.

Exchange programme

Students of Indus World School, Ludhiana, connected with their counterparts at Indus World School, Gurgaon, through a video-conference for an exchange programme. The students of IWS researched about Ludhiana and came up with a wealth of information about the history and cultural of the city. The entire project was shared with the students of IWS, Gurgaon.

Jungle Party

It was an exciting and educative experience for the students of Kiddies' Paradise School as a they all participated and enjoyed 'The Jungle Party' held on the theme "Save Jungle Save Earth". Tastefully decorated school campus with trees and bushes added to the glamour and charm of the event. Students dressed up as lions, tigers, adiwasis, deers, peacock, etc and enacted what life in a jungle would be like.

English poem recitation

An English poem recitation contest was held at the KVM, city campus. Headmistress, Namita Raj Singh presided over the competition. Pooja Nagpal and Shivani Singh were the judges.

Splash pool party

ABC Montessori School organised a "Beat the Heat" splash pool party for the little ones today. The children had a lot of fun during the event which had water games and rain dance. They had their whole world in the pool, with little animals, fruits and vegetables floating with them. — TNS



3 revenue officials booked for fraud
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The police has booked a sarpanch, a patwari, kanungo and nambardar for fraud and criminal conspiracy following a probe by the Vigilance Bureau (VB).

The accused, identified as Roshan Lal, patwari Sarabjit Singh, nambardar Jagat Singh and kanungo Prem Chand, were booked here today following the complaint of Darshan Singh of Kutbewal Gujjaran village.

According to the probe report, the sarpanch made a false Scheduled Caste certificate in connivance with the other three to fight the village elections. The three revenue department employees attested the certificate.

Darshan Singh, who reportedly lost the election against Roshan Lal,
filed a complaint against the accused.

The probe was conducted by a DSP of the VB, Banarsi Das. The report was sent to the ADGP (Crime) who gave nod for the registration of an FIR against the four.

The probe report was also sent to the Commissioner of Police, who, after seeking the opinion of the district attorney, gave orders to register the case. 



Valuables worth Rs 2 lakh gutted

Phillaur, May 17
Valuables worth more than Rs 2 lakh were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which broke out in Gaheer Repairing Shop on Barapind Road, Goraya, last night. Fire tenders from Phagwara had to work for two hours to bring the fire under control. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Gang busted

Phillaur, May 17
The Goraya Police has busted an inter-district gang of thieves and arrested four members, identified as Naresh Kumar and Baljinder Singh of Zand village, Hardip Singh of Rishi Nagar, Goraya, and Jaswinder Singh of Rurrka-Khurad. The accused have confessed their involvements in dozens of criminal incidents in different towns, the police said.



Three injured in group clash
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, May 17
Three persons sustained injuries in a clash that took place near the local bus stand today.

The incident took place around 9 pm when an owner of an eatery and an employee of private bus operator clashed with each other. They were assisted by a few accomplices.

Both groups pelted stones on each other. Three persons sustained injuries in the clash. The eatery as well as several buses got damaged in the incident.

The clash led to panic near the bus stand.

The commuters were seen running helter-skelter for cover.

The police swung into action and saved the situation from a taking an ugly turn. 



6 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The Division No 5 police station has booked six persons for fraud and criminal conspiracy following a complaint lodged by a city resident Amit Dhanda.

The accused have been identified as Nirbhay Singh, Surjit Singh, and Mahinder Singh, both of Gill village; besides Gurbachan Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Kuldeep Singh of Muktsar. 



12 teams to play Prithipal hockey meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 17
Six teams each in the junior section (u-17) as well as veterans (above 35) will be seen in action in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival to be organised between May 20 and June 3. This tournament is being jointly organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, and the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, about 15 kms from here.

Dr APS Mangat, president of the association, said teams from top hockey academies of the area including defending champions, Jarkhar Hockey Academy, Grewal Sports Academy, Kila Raipur, Randhir Singh Gill Academy, Dhamot, Jagtar XI, Kila Raipur Academy, Sant Fateh Singh Academy, Dholan will fight it our for top honours.

Teams in the senior section include the Friends Club, Doraha, besides Grewal Sports Club, Kila Raipur, Sant Fateh Singh Club of Jagraon, Sunday Morning Club, Ludhiana, Jarkhar Seniors and Gill Sports Club of Dhamot.

Dr Mangat said before the formal inauguration on May 20, a two- minute silence would be observed to pay tributes to the legendary Padmashree awardee Prithipal Singh and his statue would be garlanded.

“The matches would be played under floodlights at the astro-turf ground of Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar. The league phase would be held from May 25 to May 27 while semi finals and final would be played on June 2 and 3, respectively,” added Dr Mangat.



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