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CBSE Class X result
500 students get CGPA 10
Charanjit Singh Teja/Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The result of the matriculation examination of the CBSE was declared at about 7 pm this evening. More than 500 students from various schools of the city scored CGPA 10.
Ecstatic students of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana.
Ecstatic students of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

BCM Arya Model School had the maximum number of students scoring CGPA 10. As many as 96 students from the school touched the top grade. This number was followed by 76 students from KVM School, who made it to the top score. 65 students from Guru Nanak Public School, 58 students from DAV School, BRS Nagar, 45 students of Greenland School, Jalandhar Byepass, 40 students of DAV School, Pakhowal Road, 39 students of BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar, 37 students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, 18 students of Ryan International School, 18 students of Spring Dale School ,15 students of Guru Nanak International School and 15 students of MGM School scored the highest grade.

With the change of grading system, instead of the race for scoring the maximum marks amongst students, the competition has now shifted amongst schools, to produce the maximum number of students scoring the perfect CGPA 10. It was learnt that many of schools were checking the top grade tally of other schools immediately after the results were declared.

The results were declared late in the evening and kept the students anxious in the day. Students and parents were seen flocking to computer screens after the news of declaration of results broke. Scores of students were seen visiting the schools, cyber cafés, visiting websites showing results, accessing results over mobile phones. Many of students were exalted after seeing the results and some were disappointed with the grades they received. "I was not expecting the top grade, but my family and I are totally ecstatic after having scored the perfect grade," said Jasleen Kaur, a student.



Students Speak
‘Hard work, thorough studies mantra for success’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Mrinal Jindal, a student of KVM, who got 10 CGPA was all elated at the result and said, “I am happy with this success. I was expecting a good grade but I was delighted when I came to know that I have scored A1 grade in mathematics, science and English with two stars. All credit goes to my teachers, principal and parents.”

Kamal, another student, said, “I am happy about the success. I used to study regularly and the credit for my success goes to my mother.”

Madu Mital, a student from KVM, said, “I am feeling as if I am on cloud nine. It was my dream to secure 10 CGPA and my wish has finally been fulfilled. It is an unforgettable moment for me and my parents are also overjoyed with my success.”

Jasmeet, a student from GGN School said, “I was expecting good marks in the board examinations. I had worked hard for the board examinations and I feel that with the grace of the Almighty, I have scored CGPA 10. It was a dream of my parents that I would bring laurels to the family.”

Navnoor Kaur, another student, said, “CGPA 10 would not have been possible without the support of my parents and teachers. I was expecting this score. I think regular and thorough studies are the reasons for the success. I hope to do well in the future as well.”



‘No substitute for hard work’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Some of the schools here have been producing students who have been touching top grades. Ludhiana Tribune asked the principals of the schools the secret behind their consistent record.

Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM School, "Good results only come through collective endeavour of students and teachers. Teachers of BCM put in a lot of work as it is our strong belief that there is no substitute for hard work," she says. "All of input our heads together to plan everything out and implement our plans with dedication. We make sure that the students at BCM get a wonderful exposure through variety of activities," she says. At KVM, we believe that the success of students is not possible without the contribution of teachers and parents. Teachers in my school are very hardworking," says Navita Puri, Principal, KVM School. "Children seek love, support and guidance from elders and teachers. This encourages students and let their talents flourish and make them complete all round individuals," she smiles.

According to RS Patial from DAV School, good results are not possible without the hard work of teachers. "It is all part of the preparation, skills and value system imparted to students at DAV which ultimately fructifies every time," he says. "Our revision is an important part of learning. We have a day every week dedicated to revision," he says. It is made sure that students learn and recollect immediately, so that what they learn stays with them for a long time, he says, focus of learning is to understand which makes the students learn better. With the introduction of CCE, it has only become better because we not only lay stress on academics, but also on co-scholastic activities for holistic development of the children, says Mona Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public School.



Woman sets husband on fire
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, May 24
In a daring incident, a woman allegedly set her husband on fire by pouring kerosene on him. The Khanna police has registered a case of attempt to murder against the Gurmeet Kaur. The reason behind the incident was said to be a domestic dispute. The incident happened at village Ikolaha near Khanna.The victim was identified as Netar Singh, a resident of the village.

Netar Singh was married a few years back. But his marriage life was on the rocks and his wife had asked him for separation. But Netar Singh was not ready for this. The couple have a son.

The parents of Netar Singh were unhappy to see their disturbed marriage and they decided to leave the house and shifted to a nearby village Faizgarh to save themselves from daily fights.

Yesterday, the victim's wife poured kerosene on him when he was asleep.On this, he raised an alarm and hearing his noise, some neighbours gathered at their house and rushed him to the civil hospital, where his condition was said to be critical.

A case has been registered.



facebook fallout
Blind murder case solved
 Wife among three accused arrested
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 24
With the arrest of three persons, including a woman, the Ludhiana (rural) police claimed to have solved the mystery behind the blind murder of a middle-aged man whose body was found by the police outside Sohian village near Jagraon on the night of May 11.

After this, the police had registered a case against unidentified persons and begun the investigation. The deceased was identified as Amarjit Singh of Gahaur village near Mullanpur Dakha.

One of the three accused arrested by the police include victim’s wife Sukhdeep Kaur, while the other include two youths Satnam Singh, alias Satti, and Karamjit Singh, alias Tinku, both residents of Mandi Gobindghar. The alleged illicit relationship of Sukhdeep Kaur with both the youths Satnam Singh and Karamjit Singh proved to be the main reason behind the murder of Amarjit Singh, claimed the police.

SSP Jagraon Gurpreet Singh Toor said Sukhdeep Kaur came in touch with both Satnam Singh and Karamjit Singh through her account on social networking website Facebook around five months ago, following which Sukhdeep Kaur developed illicit relationship with both Satnam Singh and Karamjit Singh.

According to Toor, for some time the relationship went on unnoticed, but after a couple of months Sukdeep’s husband Amarjit got suspicious about the activities of his wife and started tracking her. “Amarjit ultimately came to know about the illicit relationship of his wife with Satnam and Karamjit,after which he tried to stop his wife from meeting both youths. But even after this, Sukhdeep did not stop meeting both youths, which resulted in regular fights between the husband and wife,” revealed the SSP.

Toor further said that on May 11, Sukhdeep hatched a conspiracy along with Satnam and Karamjit to eliminate her husband Amarjit Singh from their way. Under this pre-planned conspiracy, Sukhdeep took her husband to Ludhiana with the plea of checking the eyesight of their son. After reaching a hospital at Ludhiana, Sukhdeep also called Satnam and Karamjit there and introduced his husband to them as her relatives, said the SSP.

“As Sukhdeep already knew that her husband had to visit a village near Moga for an urgent work and he was getting late, she asked her husband to leave with both the youths saying that both of them are also going towards Moga. Unaware of the plan, Amarjit agreed and left with both the youths in a car,” said the SSP.

According to police, on way to Moga, Karamjit and Satnam got Amarjit to share some drink with them. While drinking, one of the youths added some toxic drug in the drink of Amarjit and then restarted their journey. After a few minutes when Amarjit fainted, both youths stabbed him to death with a knife and dumped his body outside Sohian village near Jagraon late in the night. Before leaving, they also took away some gold and wallet carrying Amarjit’s driving licence along with them.

The SSP added that it was the Facebook account of Sukhdeep which helped the police in cracking the mystery behind this murder, following which the police arrested Sukhdeep, Karamjit and Satnam. The police has also recovered the knife used in the crime as well as wallet and driving license of deceased from their possession.

During the preliminary investigation, the accused confessed their crime before the police, added the SSP. The police has registered a case under sections 302, 404, 34 of IPC and the further investigation is on.



Seven arrested for stealing scrap
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
With the arrest of seven persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves, who were stealing iron scrap from a factory unit located in the Focal Point area.

The accused, identified as Rohit Kumar, Arvind Kumar, Shiv Kumar, Jatinder Kumar, Pappu Bharti, Babblu and Pancham Kumar, all residents of Dhandari and surrounding areas, were nabbed from a plot near Sharu Steel in Focal Point during the wee hours here today.

The accused were nabbed following a tip-off while they were planning to commit another theft.

The police has recovered 7 quintals of scrap from the possession of the accused that the latter had stolen from a factory unit in Focal Point on January 24. Besides, the accused have confessed to having been behind several other theft incidents that took place Focal Point and surroundings.

Arvind and Rohit were the kingpin of the gang and they, along with other members of the gang, were striking at will in several factory units in the Focal Point area.

They were selling the stolen scrap to a scrap dealer, identified as Kaka Bhatia of Jugiana.

Sources said the stolen iron material was further taken to Gobindgarh Mandi, where it was melted. He further maintained that the police was aware of the activities of Kaka Bhatia.



Beer being sold above MRP
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Tavern owners continue to flout norms and are selling beer above its maximum retail price as fixed by the department concerned. Although a beer bottle and a can clearly mention the minimum retail price as Rs 55 and maximum retail price as Rs 75, vend owners continue to overcharge consumers with impunity.

A beer bottle mentions the minimum price as ~55, while the maximum price is ~75Some of the vends in the city are openly mentioning the rate of beer as Rs 100 on the rate list displayed outside the vend, while others have either pasted paper or tape on the columns which mentions the rate of beer.

"It is only during summers that the demand of beer is high and cashing on the high demand, tavern owners are overcharging the consumers. I was shocked to see that the bottle mentions the price as Rs 55 and 75 and I was being charged Rs 100 for the same. When I asked the salesman at the counter, he said the rate was fixed at Rs 100," said Gagandeep Singh, a consumer.

According to estimates, nearly 10,000 beer bottles are sold everyday and going by these figures, liquor contractors are earning nearly Rs 10 lakh a day. Another consumer Soumesh Aggarwal said, "I was taken aback when I was asked for Rs 100 for a bottle of beer. When I checked the rate list displayed outside the vend, I was shocked to see that the column mentioning the rate of beer was covered with a paper. Vendors are openly breaching the law and nothing is being done by the department concerned. The extra profit is going in the pockets of the tavern owners," he added. Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar said the department had already conducted raids in this regard. "We have cautioned the contractors and told them to sell beer as per the price fixed by the department. Anybody found selling it above the MRP will be taken to task. We will check the vends in this regard again," added Brar. 

Pricing matters
Earlier the department used to fix the minimum price and vendors had a choice of fixing the price on their own, but in the Excise Policy 2012-13, the price of light beer has been fixed at Rs 70, while for strong beer the rate has been fixed at Rs 75. The MRP for a few imported brands has not been fixed since export duty is being paid on it.



'Tow-away cop' transferred 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The transfer of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Traffic) Swapan Sharma, who was named as the "tow-away man", has come as a huge relief for traffic violators of the city.

Sharma, who took the reins in January, earned accolades and brickbats for strictly imposing the tow-away drive.

For the first time, roadside eateries were removed from the Rani Jhansi road that was a major bottleneck.

Similarly, the police cracked its whip on erratic parking of vehicles outside shopping malls and launched the tow-away drive. The move proved fruitful and lessened the chaos on the Ferozepur road.

The ACP, along with SHO (Traffic) Manjinder Singh, identified unnecessary traffic blockage points and plugged small diversions to smoothen traffic flow.

Dr Ajit Anmol Singh Gill of a heart care centre said, "Perhaps for the first time, city residents have started obeying traffic rules. Yes, the officer was strict, but that was the only method to teach the politically well-connected residents of the city, who ignore traffic rules."

Raj Avasthi, a businessman, said, "For the first time, the police could manage to solve traffic problem in Ghumar Mandi and any car parked beyond the yellow line was towed away. By doing so the officer ruffled many feathers, but he went on to do his job. We need such officers to restore respect and faith in the police."

RS Patial of DAV Schools said due to the efforts of the Assistant Commissioner of the Police, the traffic problem was eased to a great extent. The city needs more such officers to keep a tab on traffic and law and order problems.

Meanwhile, there is little to rejoice for traffic violators as the Commissioner of Police has appointed Naveen Singla as the new ACP-Traffic to replace Swapan Sharma. Both are batchmates and said to be good friends.



Allotment of petrol pump site
Improvement trust suffers loss of Rs 43 lakh
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 24
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has been once again rapped on the knuckles by the audit department for the allotment of a petrol pump site on Main Humbran Road in the Kitchlu Nagar locality which caused the body a financial loss of Rs 43,38,867.

Not only this, as against the recommendation of the state government to recover the entire cost of land in lump sum, the then Trust officials allowed the allottee to deposit one fourth of the cost of land on allotment and the balance in five equated installments with 12 per cent interest.

The internal and external audit report of the LIT for the year 2010-11 states that 1577.77 square yard of land was allotted for a petrol pump in June 1994 at the rate of Rs 3250 per square yard, whereas the Collector (Deputy Commissioner) had fixed the rate of this particular piece of land at Rs 6090 per square yard.

Taking serious note of the events that had preceded the process of allotment, the auditors observed that the beneficiary Raju Sharma had made a request in April 1994 for the revision of the rate fixed for the allotment of the site on the ground that the site was not commercial.

"Being in agreement with the applicant, the then LIT authorities took up the matter with the Collector and got the rate revised to Rs 3250 per square yard. In doing so, the Trust officials had completely ignored the state government notification dated January 23, 1994, vide which the said site was declared a commercial site and reserved for a petrol pump," the auditors asserted.

The audit report, a copy of which was obtained under the Right to Information Act 2005 by Arvind Sharma, , secretary, Council of RTI Activists, further objected to the allottee being allowed to deposit one fourth of the cost of land on allotment against directions of the government for the payment of entire cost of land in lump sum on allotment. It further says that the Examiner, Local Fund Account, Punjab, Chandigarh, had also said, vide its letter dated Sept 6, 1996, that the LIT had suffered a loss of more than Rs 43 lakh in allotment of this site.

The state government, the auditors pointed out, had, after discussing the matter at various levels, decided to initiate action under section 72-A of the Punjab Town Improvement Act 1922 and accordingly a letter was written to the deputy commissioner to take further necessary steps in this direction.

The Council of RTI Activists has urged the state government to fix responsibility of the officials for this financial irregularity and take necessary action for making up the financial loss that was suffered by the LIT due to the allotment of land at a lower rate.



Hanging electricity wires welcome Visitors
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 24

Major issues
n Encroachments are a problem in the area, as a result of which the areas of the ward remain unclean.
An uncarpeted road at ward number 36.
An uncarpeted road at ward number 36.

n Loose and uncovered hanging wires are a constant threat to lives of the residents in some parts. Residents feel that these are an open invitation to untoward incidents.

n Due to the absence of proper space allocation to street vendors and presence of rehris in an unorganised manner, littering of garbage is a common sight.

n Traffic congestion and jams are common problems in the ward. The problem has worsened because of encroachments and rehris on the roads.

n Residents complain that sweepers do not visit many areas of the ward regularly.

"During the rainy season, water logging is a major problem, but this time, the councillor has got storm sewers installed to resolve the issue. Roads are still dug up, but we are satisfied that at least the work is underway and water logging would not happen in the future. We want the work of carpeting of the roads to be expedited" —
Joginder Pal, a resident

"We are not lucky to see cemented streets in the ward. The municipal corporation does not know that if the streets were dug up for installation of pipes, they are also meant to be repaired. If by chance, these get repaired, these are broken again on one pretext or the other. It is a perennial problem" — Amarjeet Singh, a resident

"I always plan 10 years ahead and plan for the future. In order to resolve several issues of the ward, I have spent Rs 5 crore on carpeting and recarpeting of the roads. An amount of Rs 2 crore was spent on better sewage system. Water supply was a big problem in my ward and to solve the issue I have got nine new tube-wells installed. I am associated with the Congress and I would be contesting for the third term during the upcoming elections. My sister-in-law had also served as a councillor of the ward. With three other councillors, I am planning for a flyover from the Jagraon bridge to Civil Hospital to be built in order to resolve the traffic problem in the ward" —
Rakesh Parashar, councillor, ward No. 36

Major areas: Shahpur Road, Karimpura, Prabhakar Mohalla, Gopal Road, Lakkad Bazaar, Field Ganj- Kucha No. 1 to 7, Kucha Harnaam Dass, Shahzada Mohalla, Railway Colony 2 and 4.
Population: 25,000 
Voters: 6,400



233 file nominations
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
As many as 231 candidates filed nominations today for the municipal corporation elections and nagar panchayat, which are scheduled to take place on June 7, respectively. Today was the last date for filing these nominations.

According to Harpal Singh, nodal official for the municipal councils, municipal corporation and nagar panchayat, “Today, as may as nine candidates filed their nomination for the byelection of ward number 13 of the Jagraon Municipal Council. However, for Machhiwara Municipal Council 67; for nagar panchayat, Malaud, 51; Sahnewal 61; and Mullanpur Dakha 43 have filed their nominations. Scrutiny of these nominations will be held on May 26 and names can be withdrawn by May 28.”

However, for the elections of the municipal corporation, Ludhiana, only two candidates filed nominations on the first day, one for ward number 18 and one for ward number 40. Last date for filing the nominations for the municipal corporation, Ludhiana, is May 29, scrutiny will be done on May 30 and nominations can be withdrawn on May 31.

Khanna: A total of 67 candidates, including that of the Akali Dal-BJP and Congress, filed their nominations at the office of SDM, Samrala, for the elections of nagar panchayat, Machiwara, to be held on June 7. Apart from these candidates, some independent candidates also filed their nominations.



Water logging, a common sight

Major issues

n Residents seek more green belts in the ward. They say not enough has been done for maintenance of greenery.
Streetlights on during day in ward No 37
Streetlights on during day in ward No 37. Photo: INderjeet Verma

n Water logging in the ward is a common problem. Because of which the roads get damaged and cause inconvenience to commuters and residents.

n Blockage of sewers and narrow streets cause traffic jams in some parts of the ward.

n Encroachments on the roads and streets cause traffic congestion in many areas of the ward.

n Streetlights wait for repair in many areas. Residents complain that these get damaged because these are left on during daytime as well.

"We have the same problems here as in other wards and in the city. But the good thing is that when we complain about problems like sewerage, water or streetlights, these get resolved within a short duration of time. Despite the infrastructure not being up to the mark, the administration makes up for it by prompt action" —
Niranjan Mittal, a resident

"The biggest problem in the ward was garbage disposal. Due to negligence of MC employees, the condition in the vicinity where dumps used to lie was bad. With the arrival of A2Z, this problem has been resolved and now no major problems are there in the area" — Suderlal Mehta, a resident

"Residents are wiser now and they only vote for development. For this reason, my focus was only on development. During my tenure, I got 12 tube-wells installed in the area. Roads were carpeted at the cost of Rs 5.5 crore. An amount of Rs 3.5 crore was spent on the installation of sewers. Apart from these, I have got a senior citizen home built and widow pension and ration cards were also given to the residents of my ward. A park in Malakka Colony was also developed. Two main roads, including Laxmi Cinema to Than Singh Chowk and Division 3 Chowk to GT Road, were carpeted. I am with the BJP and would contest the elections again on the party ticket. If I get re-elected, I would get rainwater harvesting bore wells installed to resolve the issue of water logging in the ward" —
Poonam Ratra, councillor, ward No 37

Major areas: Neem Wala Chowk, Subhani Building, Maujpura Bazaar, Rehri Mohalla, Khud Mohalla, Shikandari Road, Malakka Colony, Division No 3 Chowk, Shivala Chowk, Kothi Nek Singh and Khwaja Kothi.
Population: 20,000 
Voters: 11,500



Ticket aspirants enter into complaint mode
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
A day after the major political parties announced tickets for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation polls, the ticket aspirants have gone into a complaint mode.

Harpreet Singh Bedi from the Akali Dal (B) has asked the party to reconsider its decision on the party candidate from ward number 57. He said he had urged the party high command to review the decision in this regard. It is learnt that he's interested in getting the ticket for his wife.

It is also learnt that a sitting Akali Dal councillor who has been given ticket from another ward (his own ward is now general women ward) has approached the party leaders with a proposal that he is ready to surrender his ticket if his wife is given the ticket from the women ward.

Meanwhile, sources reveal that the Congress candidate list for the four seats that were kept on hold would be announced tomorrow. Some party leaders, while requesting anonymity, also claimed that there was a possibility of revision of the first candidate list released by the Congress.

District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), president Pawan Dewan, when contacted, said loyal and dedicated party workers should be given tickets for the polls. The distribution of the tickets to the leaders' relatives was demoralising for the party workers, he added.



Sale of cut fruits goes unabated
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Following instructions of Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to keep a check on hygienic conditions, although the health department has started visiting disease-prone sensitive areas, the sale of cut fruits goes unabated in the city.

However, the health department has intensified its campaign in periphery areas like Jagraon, Payal, Doraha, etc.

The summer season is in full swing and people try to chill out by having cold drinks and eating seasonal fruits like melon, watermelon, papaya, etc. Many commuters love to eat cut fruits, which are being sold by vendors at different places in the city.

Ironically, customers are not aware of the fact that some of these vendors use artificial sugar and colour to make it more colourful and sweet, following which consumers fall sick after eating them.

Not only this, despite instructions of the health department, gol gappa vendors are also serving eatables without wearing gloves. It has been observed many times that even the customers do not ask the vendors to wear gloves, which are mandatory for serving the eatables to avoid any type of infection.

District health officer, Ludhiana, Dr Kulwinder Singh said, “We have already started keeping a check on hygienic conditions in the city. Only yesterday, we came across over ripe papayas at the Old Sabji Mandi, which we got destroyed.” But he tried to evade the answer to the query when asked as how many rehari owners selling cut fruits in an unhygienic way have been checked in a week. He said, “We have acute shortage of staff with us, as we have to keep a tab on many aspects.”

Inspection at Doraha
A joint team of the health department, Payal, and municipal committee, Doraha, led by senior medical officer, community health centre, Payal, Dr Ashwani Malhotra, medical officer, Dr Meera, civil dispensary, Doraha, and inspector Vishnu Dutt of the MC inspected rehris of fruit sellers, locally-made ice creams, cold drinks, sugarcane juice, sweet shops and an ahatta in the main bazar of Doraha and destroyed over ripe, rotten fruits, stale and foul smelling cooked food and sweets.



PAU notes
Water Resources Day celebrated

Ludhiana, May 24
The Water Resources Day was celebrated at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) yesterday under the theme “water resources management for sustainable agriculture.” The programme, which was organised by the PAU, was facilitated by the national committee on plasticulture applications in horticulture (NCPAH), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India. The state soil conservator officers, faculty of Lovely Professional University (LPU), Jalandhar, PAU deans, directors, additional directors, heads and members of the faculty participated in the programme.


Dr GS Nanda, an eminent wheat breeder of international fame and former director of research, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been appointed as the member, board of management, PAU, Ludhiana. In a communication, Dr RK Mahey, Registrar, PAU, and secretary, board of management, informed that the appointment of Dr Nanda has been approved by the Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of PAU for a term of three years. Dr Nanda replaces Dr Baldev Singh Boparai, a former director of PAU. Dr Mahey further informed that Jang Bahadur Singh Sangha, a progressive potato grower, has been given another term of three years as the member of board of management.

Nigerian delegates visit PAU

A five-member delegation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, comprising of Orif Mathew O Abatan, director, Life and Earth Sciences; Michael Alastise, Deputy Bursar, and Prof Ayo Arowojolo, head of department of obstetrics and gynaecology, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Wednesday to explore the possibilities of collaboration in education and faculty exchange with the PAU.


During his first visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the new director of Parsar Bharti (Doordarshan Kendra), Jalandhar, Om Gauri Dutt Sharma, said the PAU and Parsar Bharti were transferring scientific knowledge about farming to growers. Together they can effectively put farming on scientific lines, he said. While interacting with PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, and other officers of the university, Sharma said Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar, would join the PAU in dissemination of its technologies to the farmers during its golden jubilee year. — TNS



‘Say no to plastics’

Ludhiana, May 24
“Plastic has molded the modern world and transformed the quality of life. It is used to manufacture thousands of household articles such as boxes, bottles, tumblers, chairs, tables, etc. However, plastic pollutes air, water and land and causes serious damage to the environment during its production and disposal.” 

These views were expressed by home scientists of the department of family resource management of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). They said major chemicals that go into the making of plastic (ethylene oxide, benzene and xylenes) were highly toxic and pose serious threat to living beings. Plastic wastes clog drains and thus hit urban sewage systems. 

Disclosing that plastic bags take 15 to 1,000 years to degrade, they observed that by using cloth bags, one can save up to six plastic bags a week that translate into 24 bags a month. — TNS



petrol  hike
People shift to public transport
 Students, employees wait for buses, taxis to reach schools, colleges, offices
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 24
Having shocked already rickety budget of middle class families, the steepest hike in petrol prices has emerged as business booster for public transport including taxi and tempo owners.

Though momentarily, employees and businessmen, restricting use of scooters, motorcycles and cars for commuting between their residence and the place of work, have started traveling by bus and train.

Families, which once used to send their wards to educational institutes, located in other towns and cities in their own vehicles, have started looking for others who would share expenses of taxis.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the latest and the steepest hike in petrol prices had worst affected the lifestyle of middle class families. Those using cars have started contacting their colleagues and friends for pooling vehicles in routine. Students and employees, who earlier, used to commute in private vehicles, were seen waiting for buses and trains on first day after the price hike.

Avtar Singh Taari, an organiser of a transport group said a large number of families sending their wards in private cars to educational institutes at Ludhiana and other cities had approached him for hiring buses and taxis on sharing basis, immediately, after the announcement of increase in petrol price yesterday.

Prince Sharma, a contractor of local Jawahar Nagar, who, earlier, used to commute to his residence and Ludhiana in his car, said he would be sharing vehicle with one of his cousins.

Inderpal Walia and Dr Manoj Sharma, officials of an industrial unit, are among those who adjusted their timings with intent to save expenses by sharing vehicles with the other passengers.

Manmohan Singh, a local businessman, said he had advised his employees not to misuse a scooter and a motorcycle meant for visiting various clients of his organisation due to the hike in petrol hike.

Tarsem Garg, an office-bearer of the Social Welfare Organisation, said that members of the organisation had been asked to stop bringing their vehicles to their shops in routine. This, besides compensating rise in petrol prices would also help in solving the traffic problem in market as there is lot of rush these days.

Investigations further revealed that bus and tempo operators got more passengers, dominantly commuters today morning.

On the other hand, officials of some departments, including commercial banks were unconcerned about the hike in petrol prices. Rather some of them, who are conservative in using vehicles, are happy as they are paid for the fuel consumed by them on a monthly basis according to their rank and official duty performed. Members of award staff of all nationalised banks were entitled to receive 15 litres of petrol, whereas those performing duty as JMGS 1, 2 and 3 were entitled to get 65, 80 and 90 liters of petrol, provided they own a four-wheeler.



Left parties stage protest
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 24
The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) today held a protest and rally in front of the Mini-Secretariat against the highest ever rise in prices of petrol by Rs 7.50 a litre.

Terming it as a bolt from the blue for the common man, the party activists maintained that the hike in petrol prices is bound to have a cascading effect on the inflation in general and prices of all essential commodities in particular. Speakers at the rally said the opposition parties had cautioned the government against deregulation of the prices of oil in the country which would give a free hand to the oil companies to raise prices at will and hit the common man hard.

Demanding an immediate roll back of the increase in prices of petrol, leaders of the left parties also called upon the Punjab Government to rationalise the taxation burden on petrol in the state, which was the highest in the country as compared to other states.

"The steep, and highest ever, hike in petrol prices coupled with continuing devaluation of rupee has thoroughly exposed the bankruptcy of the economic policies of neo-liberalism. The statement by the Finance Minister, Pranab Mukhrjee, that the government has no control on the oil companies now further exposes the mockery of the government," they remarked.

The protesters reminded the government that each time the prices of petrol and diesel were increased; the prices of essential eatables and other items go up automatically, which hit the common man's budget. They also reiterated the suggestion made by left parties to create a reserve fund at the level of the government to adjust the variation in the prices of crude oil in the international market.



Rupee sinks, steel prices rise
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Free fall in the value of a rupee has raised the price of steel and adversely affected the steel consuming units. The production cost is being increased and thus decreasing the profits of exporters and manufacturers.

“Dollar sensitivity has increased the cost of steel making and thus increases pressure on the steel units’ margins. In Europe and elsewhere, the weak economy has led to weak demand. Steel prices, too, have fallen in those regions. Any gain that the Indian steelmakers expected to have by pushing higher export volumes has also been hit,” said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Association.

The rupee declining to a new low of 56.8 to the dollar added to the woes of the industry. Analysts feel the largest impact will be on coal imports. “It is the impact of declining value of the rupee that the price of steel is being increased. On one hand, international buyers have started asking for discounts due to decline in the rupee value, but the reality is that the input cost has taken an upward trend,” added another industrialist, Rajan Kalra.

“The fall in the value of the rupee by nearly 20 per cent in the last few months is mainly going to affect imports of coal by the Indian companies. Since steel manufacturers mainly rely on imports of cooking coal, it is likely to hit them. A 15-20 per cent dip in the global input prices has been more or less similar to the fall in the rupee exchange rate,” added an expert.



MC chief initiates cleanliness drive
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 24
Residents of Jagraon were surprised today when they saw municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir along with other municipal councillor and employees of the civic body carrying brooms in their hands and cleaning roads and streets of the town.

The president was leading a cleanliness drive initiated by the municipal council in the town with the aim of motivating the general public for keeping their surroundings clean and providing cooperation to the municipal council employees in maintaining hygiene in the town.

Though the municipal council had invited all 18 councillors to take part in the drive, unfortunately, only one councillor, Satish Kumar Pappu, accompanied the president to take part in the drive.

However, the MC president looked quite upset and disappointed due to the absence of remaining 17 councillors during the drive.

Expressing his dissatisfaction over non-participation of other councillors in this drive, Dhir was forced to say that when the councillors who have been elected for the service of the public are not serious on the issue, it is not possible to effectively motivate other people of the city for this cause.

But despite this, the MC president and Satish Kumar Pappu accompanied by some employees of the municipal council carried out this drive in various areas of the town to give a message to the residents to come forward and help improving the sanitation level of the town.



LIC staff protest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Employees of the LIC under the banner of Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association (NZIEA) held a massive demonstration today in front of the LIC of India, divisional office, Dugri, against steep hike in petrol price.

“The government’s decision is against people and it’s going to add heavily to the miseries of the people when they are already suffering under the burden of price hike of all essential commodities,” said Harbans Singh, divisional president.

He said the steep hike in the price of petrol in particular would have a cascading effect on all prices, as the transportation costs will increase sharply.

The increase in the prices of petrol will also be a crushing burden on the family budget of ordinary people.



‘More services to be included in Act’
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, May 24
Many more services, besides present 67 services, would soon be included in the Rights to Service Act. This was stated by SM Sharma, commissioner Rights to Service Act, while addressing police officers in the Punjab Police Academy (PPA), Phillaur, yesterday.

Sharma disclosed that the Rights to Service Commission will soon set up a centre in the academy to educate the police officers about the Rights to Service Act.

Later, Sharma visited and inspected offices of the Phillaur civil administration to assess the situation and briefed Phillaur SDM Jasbir Singh to facilitate the people by providing all possible assistance to them.



Now PU on FB, Twitter
 Students want local colleges to go online as well 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Seeing that the students are 24x7 on Facebook and Twitter, department of the Panjab University are launching their official networking webpages. Here, the students will get all the information about firms visiting campus for placement, lectures of senior executives and key events. The students will also be alerted about updates through the SMS. Local students have given thumbs up to PU and want their colleges to go online as well.

"It is a positive step for dissolving the formal barrier between the faculty and students, such a platform is needed in our local colleges as well. We should use the virtual space for something constructive," said Gagan Makhija, a student pursuing graduation of KCW.

Hailing the move, Harleen Singh, a student pursuing mass communications from PU said that it has proved very beneficial for them.

"In addition to this the SMS alerts on campus placements and guest lectures is an added advantage for the students," she said.

Sukhpreet Dhaliwal, pursuing engineering from a local college said, "We have fan pages of different schools and colleges on the FB but colleges should themselves start their own pages so that students are updated about the new courses and curriculum. The PU has taken the lead and colleges at the local level should follow them," said he.

"It is a novel idea if colleges also go online. "After college most of the youngsters are online surfing, chatting or updating their status messages on FB and twitter. PU's departments entering the virtual world are a welcome step and I recommend the local colleges should also make their web pages and profiles. Most of the teachers do have but if a page is dedicated to the college it will prove really beneficial and students can be made aware about the guest lectures or any other extra curricular activity through these sites," said Sheetal, a lecturer at a private college.



Kartar Singh Sarabha remembered

Sarabha (Ludhiana), May 25
To pay tributes to freedom struggle martyr, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, over 60 enthusiasts from the locality donated blood during a blood donation camp. The camp was organised at the SKKSS Group of Medical Institutes here.

Hoshiar Singh Grewal, chairman inaugurated the camp and Inderjit Singh Grewal general secretary presided over the concluding function.

The martyr had laid down his life at the tender age of 19 for the freedom struggle of India. — OC



Soya bean processing training at CIPHET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
For encouraging self-employment, the Central Institute of Post Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today initiated a two-day training programme on soya bean processing. A group of eight participants from varied professions, including farmers, entrepreneurs, traders and employees, are taking part in the training programme.

The head transfer of technology (TOT) division, Dr Deepak Raj Rai, said the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was committed for generating self-employment among youth. Making products from soya bean, including tofu and milk, could provide handsome business opportunity, 
he said.

He added that due to high demand from the consumer end, the 
soya products are now becoming popular during the two-day training programme at Central Institute of Post Engineering and Technology.



Delay in results makes students anxious
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The delay in the declaration of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class X result kept students on tenterhooks throughout the day. The result was likely to be announced at 4 pm so a number of students started gathering in schools to check the results. Students seemed unhappy when the school authorities announced that the result would be declared at 7 pm. So most of the students returned back to their home.

"I have missed my tuition to know the results. The school authorities told us that due to the unspecified problems, the result would be declared late. The time of announcement is very crucial for a student. The delay was very unfortunate," said a student from BCM School.

"I have been waiting for result since morning. The whole day passed praying to God. I am expecting at least 9.8 CGPA. The Board should declare the results on time. It gets really tough for students,” said Rahul, a student.

"Not only I but also my family was equally anxious for results. They have been asking me about the result throughout the day. I have nothing to tell them," 
said a student.

Some students, however, saw the brighter side of the delay. "I am expecting a good score. So, instead of the simple muh meetha, it would turn into a late night party with friends and family," said another student.



Ludhiana Scan

PSPCL staff holds protest
Ludhiana: Employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) held a gate rally at estate division of the PSPCL here on Thursday to lodge their protest against what they alleged was illegal transfer of the circle president of TSU Ranbir Singh. Wearing black badges, the protesting staff hoisted black flags in the office and also raised slogans against the senior officials at Estate Division and Sahnewal sub-division. They warned that agitation would further be intensified if the vindictive action taken against the trade union activist were not undone immediately.

Property super market
A three-day property super market exhibition which commences on May 25 will bring under one roof several well known builders and financial institutions providing home loans. The organisers said the idea behind the event was to provide the prospective customers a wide choice of housing projects to select from. Among the major participants will be Ireo, Vipul World, Omaxe, Jaypee Greens, IIHC, ELDECO, Akme and Eartt Infrastructure.

MCPI slams petrol price hike
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has slammed the Congress-led UPA government for the sharpest ever increase in the prices of petrol. Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri and Kuldip Singh, general secretary and Punjab state committee member of the party have said that the hike would prove to be a backbreaking burden for the common man. "It is both unbearable and intolerable," they said.

Government School Teachers Union celebrated 118th birth anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha. Representatives of the organisation said that today, there was a need for following his ideals today. They empahsised that the children, today, are being deprived of education and health. Punjab Students Union has criticised the hike in petrol prices by the government. In a press note released to the media, it was said that although international crude oil prices are at the lowest level in the last seven months, increase of oil prices were uncalled for.

Universal Human Rights
Organisation along with Women Justice and Equality would start a campaign for choosing right candidates during the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections. Residents would be inspired to vote using discretion, according to representatives of the organisation. — OC



School Notes

Display board, classroom decoration competition
Ludhiana: Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur organised the activity in which the teachers and students collaborated in creating their classrooms and display boards to look attractive. A variety of material was used by the students. A panel that scored the exhibits for the content, presentation and creativity judged the displays.

Move and groove
Kids Quest Pre School organised a "Move and Groove" party here on school campus. Tiny-tots who dressed in their best outfit bloomed on the occasion. They danced to and fro to the peppy dance numbers.

Rain dance party
Cherubs The Preschool organised a rain dance party on their school premises at Dugri. Students were all geared up for the rain dance. They splashed and played in the pool and danced.

MGM students splashed into pool-party
The pre-primary students of MGM Public School celebrated summers by having a pool party on the campus. It has been the ritual, observed by the school that students are given a day's break to celebrate after the days of studies. This time, the students enjoyed the pool party full of splashing waters, showers, music and dance. They also enjoyed the pool-ball game. The pools were filled with water toys and colourful balls. The teachers supervised the whole show.

Cultural diversity celebrated
Students of Bal Bharati Public School during a cultural diversity programme in Ludhiana on Thursday. a tribune photograph
Celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the world, Bal Bharati Public School organised a highly informative activity 'New Life, New Friend, New Country' wherein the parents as well as the students paid a rich tribute to the development of human race through various cultures in the world. The activity aimed at inculcating the acceptance of diversity in the way of living of the human race across the globe.
Students of Bal Bharati Public School during a cultural diversity programme in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Declamation contest
To hone the speaking and listening skills of the students an English declamation contest was held for the students of class IV and V in G.N.P.S Model Town Extension. Over 64 students participated in it and spoke on topics like Value of time, discipline, reading-a-pleasure, speech is silver, silence is gold etc. The aim was to develop the communication skills of students. The headmistress of the school Dr Harjit Kaur Dua commended the efforts of students and teachers and expressed such competitions not only promoted art of eloquence but created awareness among kids about various issues.

Tributes paid
A rich tribute was paid to the fifth Guru of Sikhs Guru Arjun Dev on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road. Students presented shabads and views regarding the occasion with great zeal.

Health and wellness week
Tiny-tots of ABC Montessori pre-nursery school at a pool party in Jagraon. a tribune photograph
A first-aid show was organised at BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar, by informing all the tips on first aid during cases of road accidents, injuries, uncontrolled blood pressure and diabetic attacks etc. With it mechanism, recognition and preventive measures of life threatening diseases were also discussed. Dr Puja from the DMC conducted a seminar on healthy diet, provoking the students to take healthy nutritious diet containing all the necessary components like vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins etc. Students were also advised to avoid lazy sittings, eating while watching television, taking junk food and wasting time on unnecessary chats, be rational in using time by maximum participation in outdoor activities for leading a healthy and energetic life.

Book fair
A three-day scholastic book fair was held in BCM School, Dugri. The fair was inaugurated by RB Khanna, the education advisor of the school. A large variety of books was displayed according to the interests of students. Thousands of books varying in subjects and titles were exhibited. The book fair was conducted to inculcate and promote reading habits among children with a belief. Today’s readers will become tomorrow’s leaders.

Pool party organised
Jagraon: A pool party was organised at ABC Montessori Pre-Nursery School, Jagraon, here on Thursday. The children wearing colorful swimming costumes fully enjoyed the pool party by splashing water at each other. The school administration said the pool party provided much needed relief to the tiny tots from scorching heat. After the pool party, the children also relished fruits like watermelon and mangoes. It was a refreshing and cool moment for the tinny tots in such hot weather.



4 gamblers held, Rs 56,000 recovered
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The Kotwali police has arrested four persons for gambling and recovered Rs 56,000 from their possession. The accused, identified as Ashik Kumar, Davinder Singh, alias Bittu, Bharti Kumar and Manreet Singh, were arrested from Bhatra Mohalla near the CMCH here today.

SHO Surinder Mohan said while four gamblers were nabbed, two accomplices managed to escape. The duo who managed to give the police a slip has been identified as Kala and Shampi.

The SHO said besides gambling, the accused were also suspected to have been betting on cricket matches.

In the meantime, the Haibowal police has also nabbed two persons and recovered stolen cooking gas cylinders.



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