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City students corner glory
Secure top nine positions in the state n Girls outshine boys in the examinations
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Ludhiana students have made a clean sweep of the top positions in the class XII PSEB examination by securing the top nine positions in the state. Of these, seven are from BCM School, Focal Point, one from Government Model School, PAU, and one from Dashmesh Senior Secondary School.

City students have stood first in both non-medical and humanities streams. Parul Gupta from Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School Jagraon has secured the top position in the state by securing 94.5 per cent marks. She is from the science stream.

Rishu, a student of BCM Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur, secured the second position by securing 93.9 per cent marks, whereas Nishu Bedi and Meenakshi Rawat students of the same school secured third and fourth positions by securing 93.8 per cent and 93.7 per cent marks, respectively. Satnam Das Jangda from Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, Anita Rani from Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Gurmeet Kaur from BCM School, Jamalpur, have jointly stood fifth by securing 93.4 per cent marks. Amanpreet Kaur and Sujata from the same school have secured the joint sixth position. Jyoti Goel from the same school, Avneet Kaur from RS Model School, Mehak Goel from Rashtriya Bal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School have secured seventh, eighth and ninth positions, respectively.

Overall, 38 students from RS Model Senior Secondary School, 30 students from Teja Singh Sutantar Senior Secondary School, 28 students from BCM School, Jamalpur, 15 students from Dashmesh Public School and six students from Government Senior Secondary School, PAU figure in the merit list.

Rishu Thakur, who has secured the second position, has topped in the humanities stream, and Anita Rani by securing the fifth position has stood second in the commerce stream. In fact, 33 students from the district figure in the top 50 list.

Poor show by govt schools

Government schools in the district have fared poorly in the class XII exam. Only 15 students from government schools here have been able to figure in the merit list among 157 students from the district. Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, is the only silver lining, with six students from the school figuring in the merit list.

Website clogged

Website of the Punjab School Education Board remained busy after the declaration of Class XII results. Due to the overwhelming traffic on the website during the afternoon with students logging onto the website to check the results, the website became sluggish for a couple of hours late in the afternoon. Students complained about the website running slow. "I have been trying to check out the result for have an hour, but to no avail," said Ravish Kumar, a student. He added that the website was showing a message of error.


Toppers Speak
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Parul Gupta, who secured the top position in the PSEB class XII results said, "I had expected to be in the top five, but am happy to have stood first. There is no fixed number of hours for studies, as I used to study whenever, I felt like. I believe it is not possible to achieve anything without hard work."

Rishu Thakur, who got second rank in overall results of the PSEB class XII said, "I used to study for 5 to 6 hours a day. Hard work is a key to success. It was my father's dream to see me as state topper. I was expecting 1st rank though, but satisfied with second position. I want to be an IAS officer."

Nishu Bedi, who bagged the third rank said, "When I passed class Xth, a number of students from my class were in the merit list. From that day, I started studying hard and have now secured third position in class XII. I used to study for four hours daily. I always followed the instruction of teachers".

Anita RaniAnita Rani

Got the fifth rank in the state merit list district topper in commerce stream says, "I want to give all credit to my parents and teachers. I was expecting to figure in top five."


Gurmeet KaurGurmeet Kaur

Bagged fifth rank in state merit and district topper in commerce stream says, "I was sure about that I would get position in the merit because I work hard in examination."

Parul Gupta

Claim to Fame: State Rank I with 94.50 per cent (science)

School: Sanmati Vimal Jain School Senior Secondary School, Focal Point

Success Mantra: Study regularly

Aim: Wants to pursue studies in Organic Chemistry

Rishu Thakur

Claim to Fame: State Rank II with 93.90 per cent (humanities)

School: BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point

Success Mantra: Study regular

Aim: want to be IAC officer

Nishu Bedi

Claim to Fame: State Rank III with 93.80 per cent

School: BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point

Success Mantra: Sturdy hard More than 6 hours in a day, follow the teachers

Aim: Want to be a PCS officer

Anita Rani

Claim to Fame: State Rank V and District topper in commerce stream with 93.40 per cent.

School: Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Gill Road

Success Mantra: Regular study, hard work

Aim: want to be a CA



Checking of Parcels
High drama at railway station
Heated arguments between excise, taxation and rly officials
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
High drama was witnessed at the railway station today, as excise and taxation officials tried to lift parcels from the station for checking, while the railway authorities did not let them do the same. Heated arguments were exchanged, as officials of both departments got stick to their decision.

Inderjeet Singh Bhanwara, AETC mobile wing, said the railway authorities did not extend support to them and instead created a hindrance in carrying out the operation and the parcels were still lying at the railway station.

“When we reached the station in the morning for seizing the parcels, we were told that since the delivery of the parcels is yet to be given, we cannot lift them. We asked them to call up the person concerned so that he can get the delivery and we can move forward with our proceedings. The person concerned came, signed papers and ran away from the spot. But even after this, the railway authorities did not allow us to lift the parcels from the station,” said Bhanwara.

There were nearly 51 parcels that we had to lift from the station for checking, while equal amount of parcels were taken away from the railway station through an escape route, while the delivery of these parcels was not given in the Railways records, alleged AETC.

“It is a nexus that is difficult to break. Some unscrupulous elements are evading tax and coming through escape routes. Even at the railway station, they try to get away with the law. Though they lift the parcels from the station, the delivery is not given in records. The delivery is not shown in the records of the Railways register,” alleged AETC.

Bhanwara further alleged that the Railways is a government department and it should help another government department, but it is helping tax evaders.

Countering the allegations levied by the excise department, Kuldeep Sharma, chief parcel superintendent (CPS) at the Ludhiana railway station, said nobody else could lift the parcels from the station except in whose name the parcels were being sent. “We have received a letter from the senior divisional commissioner manager on June 4, instructing that apart from the recipient nobody else without prior permission can lift the goods from the station. We cannot ignore the instructions given to us by our seniors. The team of excise and taxation officials that came to the railway station did not have prior permission to lift the parcels,” said Sharma.

Answering to the allegations made by AETC that delivery of goods is not given on record, Sharma asked is it possible to give the delivery of the goods without getting the signs of the recipient? “We have to maintain our record and delivery of goods is given after proper procedure,” he said.

CPS further rued that the excise department should conduct checking at various check points. They should capture the goods while they are on road but instead come to the station for detaining the same and create unruly scene at the railway station.

“The railway station is not a place to carry out the operation by the excise and taxation department and should instead concentrate while the goods are being carried through road,” he added.



Trader stabbed to death by rival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Business rivalry took an ugly turn and led to the murder of a 40-year-old cycle parts manufacturer in broad daylight on the Gill road here today. The victim, Kewal Krishan Dawar (40), was stabbed to death in the afternoon by his business rival Gurmeet Singh.

According to Deepak Dawar, victim's cousin, the rivalry between the two was brewing for the past few months, which ultimately led to his murder.

Dawar stated that Krishan received a call from Gurmeet, who asked the former to come near ATI Chowk.

Without wasting time Krishan reached the spot. Gurmeet was accompanied by Tarlochan Singh.

Deepak stated to the police that Krishan and Gurmeet entered into a heated argument and exchanged blows. In a fit of rage Gurmeet pulled out a knife and stabbed Krishan on the chest. The victim was rushed to hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Later during the day, the police nabbed Gurmeet Singh. It is learnt that the manufacturing units of Krishan and Gurmmet were located close to each other.

They were at loggerheads due to the cut-throat competition between them. Due to labour shortage, they were luring workers employed in the factory unit of each other by offering them better pay.

Gurmeet Singh has been booked under Section 302 of the IPC.



Two suicides in the city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Two suicides took place in different parts of the city here today. In the first incident, Gyan Singh (45) ended his life by consuming poison. His wife Balwinder Kaur had committed suicide barely four days ago.

Family members said that Gyan Singh could not bear the “humiliation” as everyone was holding him responsible for the death of his wife.

The three children of Gyan Singh and elderly parents have been left to fend for themselves. In the second incident, Deepak of the Haibowal area, who had consumed poison two days ago, died here this evening.

Sources said Deepak (24) consumed poison after being dumped by a girl.



Ludhiana MC poll: 61 crorepatis in fray
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
A total of 61 crorepatis will be contesting the upcoming Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections scheduled for June 10. The Congress party tops the list of crorepatis, with 29 such candidates, followed by 20 crorepatis from the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and 12 from the BJP.

Sarabjit Singh Garcha of the SAD (B) is the richest candidate from the city with his total assets worth 28.96 crore, while Aman Kapoor of the Congress has the lowest assets worth Rs 75,000.

Ashwani Kumar, Congress candidate from ward number 22, is the richest in terms of total annual income as per the income tax returns (self, spouse and dependents). He has shown an annual income of Rs 47.96 lakh for the fiscal 2010-11. Harish Rai Dhanda of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) stands third, with Rs 17.14 lakh annual income.

Congress candidate from ward number 57, Priyanka Basant, who is daughter-in-law of ice-cream baron Rajinder Singh Basant, is having the maximum liabilities against her name. Her total liabilities total Rs 1.05 crore.

Of all the candidates, four are illiterate, four “literate”, nine are class V pass, 18 are class VIII pass, 37 have completed matriculation, 19 have completed class XII, 33 are graduates, three are graduates with professional degrees, 14 are postgraduates, while nine have not mentioned their educational qualification in the nomination papers.

The BJP has given maximum number of tickets to women candidates, followed by the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). Out of the total 37 tickets, the BJP distributed 19 tickets (51%) to women candidates, out of 75 tickets, the Congress distributed 25 (33%) to women while out of 38 tickets, the SAD (B) distributed 12 tickets (32%) to women.

This data was compiled by Jaskirat Singh, coordinator of the Punjab Election Watch, an NGO. Speaking to The Tribune, Jaskirat informed, “A total of 61 candidates out of 150 analysed i.e. 41 per cent, were crorepatis, while a total of 48 candidates out of 150 analysed declared liabilities 5 lakh or above. Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for the INC was 1 crore, for SAD 3 crore, for BJP 1 crore. Nine per cent of the candidates (13 of 150 analysed) do not have a PAN number, 37% candidates on party tickets are women (56 of 150 analysed) and 33% candidates (50 of 150 analysed) were graduates and above.”



liquor hoarding
Party workers nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
High drama was witnessed at the Haibowal police station here this evening when nearly 200 supporters of the Congress protested against alleged police high-handedness.

The supporters, led by Congress candidate Maharaj Singh Raji, reached the Haibowal police station after the police nabbed four of Congress workers, including one woman for allegedly hoarding liquor for distribution during elections.

The incident took place this afternoon when the police team nabbed Surjit Singh and recovered six boxes of liquor.

Surjit further told the police about the whereabouts of the people who were hoarding liquor.

Following a tip-off, the police raided the place and nabbed Surinder Singh, Ashok and Jasbir Kaur. The four persons are said to be close associates of Congress candidate Maharaj Singh Raji.

Ranji along with his supporters reached the Haibowal police station and staged Dharna, but the police remained unmoved.

Soon, Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu visited the spot and pacified the crowd. He reportedly requested the authorities to free the worker. 



Voters ill at ease in ward No 9
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 7
The candidates, voters as well as the duty officials at the polling booth arranged for Ward No 9 for Nagar panchayat polls at Sahnewal were ill at ease as the number of votes were in far greater a number as compared to all other wards. Long queues, both on the male and female side, were witnessed at this polling booth.

The voters were seen jostling with each other at the entry point. The place of voting too was in no way congenial for the staff as well as the voters. Presiding Officer Hakam Singh Lehra shared: "This particular wards has a total of 1,361 votes while in other wards is not more than 1,000. The place for voting too is a small room with single entry and exit, thus adding to the problem all the more."

Kuljit Kaur Sandhu, the Congress candidate rued, "We had asked for two booths for this particular ward because the voters, especially, in this weather have lesser patience and this can adversely affect the process of voting.

Some of the female folk, upset over the long queues and scant arrangements returned home."

"We are standing in the line since 9 am in the morning and it is already 15 past 12 now. It has been more than three hours and I am still waiting for my turn. Is these what the election officials call arrangements that the election office has made? One of my friends fainted due to suffocation. All our enthusiasm of voting was marred when we had to stand here in such sweat and without water and fans for hours together," rued a female voter.

"Within our resources we are trying our level best that the votes are cast as early as possible but as far as the official work is concerned, we can not afford to make any compromise. The voting continued till 4.50 pm with 83 voters still in line after 4 pm," informed the presiding officer.

Returning Officer SDM Ajay Sood when contacted said: "A limit of 1,400 has been fixed for a polling station and this number can easily cast their vote within the given time."



Ill-maintained roads welcome visitors
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Major Issues
Heaps of garbage can be seen in many parts of the ward.
Much of the developmental work is in limbo.
A number of streets and roads are uncarpeted.
Open drains are a cause of major nuisance, as dirty water often flows onto the streets.
Industrialists complain poor infrastructure in the ward, affecting business adversely.
Jugiana village in the ward is on the verge of collapse, as the sole pond in the village is full of filth and there is no outlet for sewage.

Major areas:
Madhio Nagar, Guru Nanak Colony, Campa Cola Colony, Sant Longowal Colony, Chambal Ghati, Bengali Colony, Jugiana, Kanganwal, Dhandari Kalan.
Voters: 6,500, Population: 70,000


I have strived towards the overall development in the ward. During my tenure about Rs 10 crore were spent on sewerage projects and Rs 2 crore on roads. I have got seven new tube-wells installed and got a community hall built. Streetlights worth Rs 25 lakh were installed and order worth the same amount was floated again. Sewerage blockage is a big problem in my ward. Being an industrial area, roads get broken frequently. During the last term, I was with the SAD, but this time, I am contesting the election independently~

— Sher Singh Garcha


There is a need for dispensary in the ward. Residents of the ward have to travel a long distance and getting a dispensary constructed is need of the hour. Small children have to be taken to far off areas for injections. In extreme weather conditions and during rainy season, it becomes difficult to carry infants. A dispensary should be made here on priority

— Balwinder Singh

Sewerage disposal is a huge problem in the ward. Streets in the ward remain inundated with dirty water spilling over the streets. Heaps of garbage is a common site in the area

— Subhash Kundra



Congress, SAD candidates at loggerheads
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Congress candidate from ward number 56 has alleged that the SAD candidate from the same ward is helping “jhuggi” dwellers of the area in constructing a bathroom on the portion of road near J-Block of Sarabha Nagar.

However, the SAD candidate refuted these allegations as baseless and said the “jhuggi” dwellers are constructing the bathroom by collecting money from those residing in the area.

Amrit Varsha Rampal of the Congress and Bhupinder Singh Bhinda of the SAD are contesting from ward number 56, which comprises posh areas of Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar and Punjab Agricultural University. While Rampal is a two time sitting councillor, Bhinda is a new entrant into the politics.

A tap, which has been installed on the portion of the road, is being used by at least 50 “jhuggi” dwellers. They have been residing near the J-block of Sarabha Nagar since long and have at least 80 to 90 votes.

In a complaint lodged with an election observer of ward number 56, Amrit Varsha Rampal stated that SAD candidate Bhupinder Singh Bhinda was alluring the voters by getting a bathroom constructed out of his pocket.

However, Bhinda refuted these allegations as baseless. “The tap was installed during the tenure of councillor Amrit Varsha Rampal. If she is worried about encroachments, why didn’t she oppose the move when the tap was being installed, Bhinda asked?

The “jhuggi dwellers said they were constructing the small room for their women, who take bath in open.

Another regretted that rich people living in palatial bungalows had encroached upon a huge chunk of the road for constructing badminton courts. Neither the municipal council nor the councillor was taking any action against them. But, we are being threatened and even slapped by the policemen. Two of them had even warned to put us behind bars.



Women in intensive campaigning mode in MC poll
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Women candidates, who are generally labelled as rubber stamps for their husbands in the municipal corporation General House, seem to be all-time active in the present MC elections. Not bothered whether their better-halves or other male members of the family accompany them during intense campaigning, the contesting women candidates have taken the task boldly.

A candle march taken out by an independent candidate from ward number 57, Veeran Bedi, has become the talk of the town. “Candle” being her election symbol has been used religiously by Bedi and her supporters during the entire campaigning process.

Bedi said, “Though the symbol had been given by the election office, we are, too, happy to get the symbol, as it has brought brightness all around. We are certainly not doing any kind of gimmick, neither we are asking people to bring candles, they are getting them on their own to boost my morale. I know what I have to do and what people expect from me and I think I am capable enough to take independent decisions for the welfare of society.”

Similarly, Sukhwinder Kaur, another independent candidate from ward number 60, whose election symbol is “Auto”, does most of her campaigning in auto-rickshaw only. A majority of her supporters in Dugri area said it was rare to see a candidate campaigning in an auto-rickshaw in this severe hot weather.

Senior Congress councillor, Parminder Mehta, whose wife Sushma Mehta is contesting from ward number 35, said this time the trend had changed totally. “Earlier a few women filled nomination forms in the MC elections, but now women are coming forward without inhibitions. Till recently, many of the women councillors were called the rubber stamps, but this time, they are moving ahead confidently and boldly on their own,” said Mehta.

It is not just the women, who are contesting have been into campaigning, wives of other contestants, too, have been sharing equal responsibility to reach to the voters in their respective wards. Leena Sharma, wife of Congress contestant Narinder Sharma, said she had been sharing the responsibility with her husband since May 25.

“We are a group of 25 women, who go to various places to appeal to the voters. Gone are the days when women were restricted to the four walls of their homes, today they command respect. And I feel proud to extend a helping hand to my husband in this testing time,” she said.



‘Exercise right to vote with caution’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 7
With the municipal corporation elections on June 10, the Environmental and Welfare Association, an NGO working towards making the mega city a better place to live in, has urged voters to exercise their right to vote with extra caution, so that only those candidates are elected who would serve people with commitment and ensure better delivery of basic civic amenities.

NGO president Sher Singh and general secretary AS Saini said as far as the civic elections were concerned, the voters ought to judge the candidates on their personal qualities rather than their political affiliations. “The kith and kin of the political leaders, who would, in all probability, turn out to be dummy councillors, should be rejected. Similarly, the sitting councillors or their close family members should also be judged on their performance during the five-year term that they had.”

Functionaries of the NGO further made an appeal to the voters to reject such contenders who were known for extending support to land grabbers, developers of illegal colonies or unlawful occupants on the government land. At the same time, only those candidates should be supported by the voters who express their staunch opposition to sale of municipal properties and free water supply and sewerage facility.

“The voters must ensure that the candidates they are voting for stand for effective measures against environmental pollution, expansion of green cover, better sanitation, supply of safe drinking water and functional sewerage disposal network in the city,” the NGO said.



Special vehicles to ferry voters
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 7
Both candidates and voters were benefited by special vehicles, although arranged separately by different political parties, to pick voters from their places, carry them to their respective polling booths and leave them back to their places.

“It was already decided a day before. The time and place was fixed. We were asked to reach the spot at the fixed time and so we did. After all we are getting a conveyance, why shouldn’t we use it. Moreover, these people are doing it for their personal motive, otherwise who would ask them to make special arrangement?” expressed a voter.

“Had it not been for the vehicle, especially sent by the party candidate we are supporting, I would not have been able to exercise my vote, as there was nobody to take me to the booth and I can’t walk long distances,” said another voter.



Opponents and still friends!
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 7
It may sound amazing but it’s true. Akali candidate Baljit Singh and his contender, Surinder Bhatia, the Congress candidate, may be contesting against each other from the same ward i.e. ward number 11, but they share an intimacy to the extent that they can still pray for each other’s victory.

Both of them were sitting close by when this correspondent visited the polling booth where votes were being cast for the contestants of ward number 11. The scenario seemed to be entirely different from other wards. While at other booths, demarcations were clearly visible, but at this particular booth, these two friends had eased the atmosphere in such a way that the elections seemed to be an easy-go-lucky affair for both contenders.

“Their friendship is famous all over the ward. They have never acted like opponents but as friends plunging headlong for a common purpose with no ill will for each other in mind,” opined a resident of ward number 11.



80.61 per cent polling recorded
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, June 7
A total of 80.61 per cent polling was recorded in the Goraya Nagar Panchayat elections. Thirty-four candidates were in the fray for 13 wards. Phillaur SDM-cum-returning officer Jasbir Singh said 8,479 voters, out of total 15,308, franchised their right to vote. He claimed that the poll process completed peacefully and no untoward incident was reported in the town.

The SDM said 76 per cent polling was recorded in ward number 2 in Phillaur. The SDM said 1,082, out of 1,440 voters, voted.



Vickey elected unopposed

Amloh, June 7
The municipal council elections held in 12 wards today. A SAD candidate, Vickey Mittal from ward number 10, was declared elected unopposed. In ward number 8, candidate Surjit Kaur’s husband Jagdish Singh Rana alleged that their polling agent was beaten up inside the polling station and bogus votes were allegedly polled by outsider supporters of the SAD-BJP candidate, but the allegation was denied by the SAD-BJP alliance.

When contacted, SDM Mukand Singh Sandhu said the polling was peaceful in all wards of the town and 87 per cent voters polled their votes. — OC



Ludhianvis prefer unexplored tourist spots
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Gone are the days when Switzerland, UK, Singapore and Malaysia were thought to be the coolest holiday destinations. Today people want to explore the un-explored and that is the prime reason that unusual tourist destinations are attracting a lot of people during this summer vacations.

“We have witnessed a surge of tourist attraction and travel to the unusual places of the world. Younger generation today does not want to opt for the regular trips to Malaysia and Singapore, instead they are inquisitive about visiting new places, which are not explored by many before,” said Shikha, dealing in tour and travel packages from the city.

Five destinations that top the list of Ludhianvis:

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located in the Cusco region of Peru, South America, on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor, Pachacuti (1438-1472). Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.


Greece mainland and Greek islands are one of the favourite holiday destinations in Europe. Tourism in Greece traces its roots to the ancient times when Greece was annexed by the Roman Empire, the cultural exchange that started between two civilizations triggered, as a result a large number of Romans visiting the famous centres of Greek philosophy and science such as Athens, Corinth and Thebes, partly because Greece had become a province of the Roman Empire and Greeks were granted Roman citizenship.


Israel is at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east and Egypt to the southwest. Israel is the land where Jesus Christ, the saviour of mankind, was born. The state of Israel houses a number of pilgrimage spots of the Christian and Muslim community, who visit this holy land in large numbers. Located amidst the hills of central Galilee, the city of Nazareth is regarded the town where Jesus Christ grew up.


Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Jordan’s economy. Its major tourist attractions include visiting historical sites like the worldwide famous Petra (UNESCO world heritage site since 1985 and one of new seven wonders of the world), Jordan River, Mount Nebo, Madaba, numerous medieval mosques and churches and unspoiled natural locations as well as observing cultural and religious sites and traditions.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico combines the beauty of Caribbean culture and well-structured organisation of its parent state, America. It possesses the history of Spanish influences, reflected in its culture and architecture and the rare balanced combination of the modernity of malls and the natural diversity of tropical rainforests.



Skin allergies on rise
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
With the soaring mercury, incidence of skin allergies has increased by 50 per cent. With this, skin OPDs, which earlier used to witness only 5 to 10 per cent patients suffering from different skin allergies, have increased to 45 to 50 per cent.

Revealing this, Dr Bimal Kanish, consultant dermatologist of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “The sun induced allergies have increased manifold. Body parts like face, arms, hands, which are directly exposed to the sun get affected with photo dermatitis. In this, the person gets prone to itching and burning sensation, along with redness.”

Dr Kanish further said the incidence of miliaria (another type of skin allergy) had also increased, which occurred due to improper clothing and wearing of synthetic clothes. If the rooms are not properly ventilated, sweat ducts get blocked and patient feels uncomfortable.”

Another skin problem, which crops up during these days, is fungal and bacterial infection. He said, “It is mostly found in people working as executives, policemen and Army personnel where one has to wear shoes for hours together, as their feet do not come in direct contact with air for long and this gets fungal and bacterial infection.”

While, Dr Alka Dogra, professor and head of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said, “Photo sensitive disorder affects face, V-area of neck and exposed sites of forearm and hands. Its symptoms are itching, redness and dry flaky skin, followed by pigmentation and tanning at these sites. Prickly heat is one of the conditions, which causes intense discomfort. This is caused due to sweating, excess humidity and resultant bacterial infection, which manifests as severe itching, rash and tiny red lesions in the affected region.”

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Wear loose and cotton clothes.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic clothes.
  • Avoid going out in scorching heat i.e. from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Work in ventilated rooms.
  • Kitchen should be properly ventilated.
  • Apply a moisturizer and then a sunscreen on the face and other exposed parts of the body and lips also. Sunscreen should be used half an hour before going out.



Hospital appeals for needy patient
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib (C) Hospital authorities have appealed for financial help to a patient who was severely injured in a road accident about one-and-a-half years ago.

Dr Vikas Gupta, plastic and cosmetic surgeon with the hospital, said: "Kuldip Singh is only 28 years old and he met with a fatal accident about one and a half years ago. He was admitted to one of the city hospitals where doctors could save his life but he suffered paralysis in both legs.

For the last 10 days, he is under treatment at our hospital. His problem is incurable and he is suffering from bed sores on the back and hips. We have to treat him through vacuum dressings, which cost too much. Although I have arranged the dressings for him through my contacts and not charging any money for his treatment, he needs more money for his treatment."

Anyone with missionary zeal should come forward for help and may contact Dr Vikas Gupta at 98144 57148 or the hospital authorities at 0161 4377100 and 0161 4377200.



Which no, which Act?
Rehri vendors oblivious of food safety, standard Act
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
"Which number and which Act, you are talking about? "Was the counter question of Ram Parkash a rehri wala selling snacks at Ghumar Mandi when asked if he applied for registration number to be issued by health department?

While similar reaction was of others rehri owners who sell eatables at different places in the city like Ferozepur Road, Model Town, Model Gram, Prem Nagar etc. All of them were oblivious of the fact that there is something called "Food safety and Standard Act".

It was on April 28 when after getting instructions from Food Commissioner of Punjab Raji P Shrivastava for implementing Food Safety and Standard Act, District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said: "We met all the office-bearers and representatives of sweetmeat makers, bakery, confectionary, grocery, milk collection centers in this regard. All of them were handed over forms and told that the last date for submitting these forms was May 15."

Anyone whose annual turnover is less than Rs 12 lakh per annum will be registered and those with more than Rs 12 lakh per annum will have to obtain license under this Act.

Following this, more than 165 applicants applied for license and registration, out of which 41 have been issued license, 16 registration numbers.

DHO said, "We are in process of conducting inspections of these applicants and 110 applications are lying pending. We tell the owner to inform us when he fulfills conditions laid down for getting license or registering their respective store."

Commenting about the rehri owners selling eatables, he said, "We are yet to hold a meeting with them and make them aware about registering themselves under this Act. We will do it in near future."



Manpreet’s parents express disappointment
Australian court's verdict
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
An Australian court's verdict has come as a bolt from the blue for Manpreet Kaur's family members. The woman was killed by her husband, Chamanjot Singh, following a heated argument at their Westmead home in Sidney on December 29, 2009.

The family lamented that had Chamanjot been tried in India, he could have been given harsher punishment.

The way Chamanjot had killed my daughter he would have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment if the trial had taken place in India, said Baldev Singh, lamenting the death of his daughter.

The 24-year-old jilted husband, who killed his wife by slitting her throat with a box cutter, has been jailed for at least six years for manslaughter. Chamanjot first strangled her then cut her, throat at least eight times in a fit of rage.

He lambasted Chamanjot’s allegations of Manpreet having an extra-marital affair.

My daughter was a homely girl, who was good at studies. This man killed my daughter and levelled allegations of immorality against her just to save him. But he is forgetting that there is court of God, he would pay the price of his sin,” said Baldev Singh.

He said the Australian police even checked the phone details of Manpreet Kaur, but could not establish that she was having any affair.

Baldev Singh said Manpreet (28) went to Australia on study visa in January 2009 following her marriage, while her husband Chamanjot (24), a resident of Sham Nagar near Bus Stand, flew to Australia in May.

She worked part-time in Sydney to pay her fee, while her husband allegedly stole money and sent it to his parents in Ludhiana.

As per Baldev, on the fateful day of December 29, 2009, half an hour before her death, Manpreet had called her father and told him about her husband’s wrongdoing.

While Baldev was still on his way to meet Chamanjot’s parents, he received a call from Jaspreet about Manpreet’s death.

Baldev Singh said he visited Australia and met friends of Manpreet, who told him that there had been several incidents of domestic quarrel between the couple that led to the killing of the victim.

'He was provoked'

Chamanjot's relatives said the youth was provoked to kill his wife. Chamanjot’s Australian visa was dependent on his relationship with Manpreet. The victim had allegedly told her husband that she was leaving him, an ultimatum that left Singh facing the prospect of deportation and the shame of having to return to his family in Punjab that had paid for his passage overseas. "Ultimately being told by his wife that she no longer loved him and loved another man compelled Chamanjot to kill his wife," said a relative.



Reward policies of excise, taxation dept
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
In order to curb tax evasion and boost up the tax collection in state the excise and taxation department has launched reward policies for its officials and informers. While on the other side in an effort to plug revenue leakage, the Punjab government has mooted a proposal to award consumers insisting on bill after buying any commodity from a retail store.

"Reward policy" of the excise and taxation department has been introduced for giving cash incentive/reward to the government servants and the informers and the maximum reward for the official teams or the informer in a single case can go up to Rs 10 lakhs.

"The officials who put extra-ordinary efforts while doing scrutiny, audit and assessment work will be rewarded. Reward in the form of cash incentive will be given to the informers as well, to come forward with useful information to enable detection of big tax-evasions," said A. Venu Parsad, excise and taxation commissioner.

Various percentages have been fixed according to the extra effort put in by the officials and informers. About 30 to 40 per cent of the total amount detained by the official or team will be given to them as a reward.

While the Punjab Government has mooted a proposal for encourage the habit of taking bills, which will in turn help in curbing tax evasion.

Customers after taking bills will be able to win goodies like a car, refrigerator or a television. Government will be awarding consumers who insist on bill after buying any commodity from a retail store.

A senior official of the excise and taxation department said the prize, which is to encourage billing, would be in the gift form and a special fund may be allocated for the same. This move, besides encouraging tax compliance, will educate the consumers regarding their rights and duties. A draw of lots will be drawn every month on the bills submitted by retail consumers to the department and prizes would be declared district-wise and also state-wise. The state level prize includes car while the district level prizes include refrigerator and television.

Maximum reward that will be given to a government servant in a case or group of cases in one hold up or in a year would be as under:

Addl. ETC Rs 5 lakh

DETC/Joint Director (Inv.) Rs 3 lakh

Director (Investigation) AETC Rs 2.5 lakh

ETO Rs 2 lakh

Inspector Rs 1 lakh

Below Inspector Rs 50,000



Conservation Agriculture is Agriculture of the future: Dr Ken Sayer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
For the sustainability of agriculture, conservation agriculture (CA) holds great relevance. This was stated by Dr Ken Sayre, CA consultant at CIMMYT, in his keynote address on 'Conservation agriculture-global view' at the Golden Jubilee Seminar on Conservation Agriculture at PAU organised by the department of agronomy and the CIMMYT in collaboration with Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (SISA), today.

Dr Sayre said that more than 96 per cent of the CA is practiced in countries like USA, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Australia that too in rain fed areas. He presented case studies of combine harvested wheat followed by seeder-sown soybean. India and China require small to medium farm machines for CA, said he, adding that Bangladesh is the most mechanised country in South Asia. Dr Sayre discussed longterm trials on conservation and emphasised that to adopt the CA on a larger scale, farmers must change their mindsets. He said that the myth that in comparison to traditional agriculture, CA leads to reduced productivity initially is not true.



‘Semester system proving beneficial’
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Ludhiana students have shown much improvement in marks as compared to previous year, as 157 students from the district have figured in the merit list of 305. Last year, 91 students out of 299 secured their place in the list.

Students are delighted because of improvement in marks. Satnam, a student said that he is excited because he secured more marks that he had expected. "I had done well in the class tenth board exams, but it feels amazing to be in the merit list," he said. It is something that is going to stay with me for a lifetime, he says.

The reason for increase in the number of students figuring it the merit list is that students have got used to of the semester system, agree teachers.

Sandeep Singh, a teacher from local school said, "There was confusion among the students with the introduction of semester system, but now the performance of students has improved as students and teachers have been attuned to the system," said a teacher.

"From the results, it is evident that the semester system is proving to be beneficial from the academic point of view, as more students have done well this year," he said.



It’s girl power again
Outdo boys in PSEB class XII exam
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Girls have yet again outshone boys, as there is a remarkable preponderance of girls in the merit list of PSEB class XII examination results. Girls have captured top three positions not only in the city, but also in the state. Although, the girls have been outdoing boys in earlier results as well, but this time around, the number of girls grabbing the top positions is staggering.

Only one boy has been able to secure place in the top 10 in the merit list, securing the fifth position, while only two boys figure in the top 30.

Although the girls have pipped boys in the CBSE and ICSE board exam results as well, but the ratio of girls doing well in the PSEB is more.

According to a female teacher, the results just prove that the girls are performing brilliantly. In a state known for female foeticide and poor male-female ratio, these results prove that the girls are the pride of the state.

But many teachers are expressing concern about the comparatively poor performance of boys. “Though, the girls have been doing well in academics, the presence of a few boys in the top positions reflects that boys in the state are not paying attention to studies and have not been taking academics seriously,” said Gurbeer Singh.



from schools
Visit to milk plant

Ludhiana, June 7
The students of the junior wing of Delhi Public School, Khanna, enjoyed a day of summer treats at the Super Milk Plant situated here in Khanna. The manager of the company took the children around the ice cream and the milk plant. The children watched the different processes that are undertaken in the plant.

The activity was a part of the ongoing summer camp in the school where children are learning etiquette, table manners and the importance of nutritious food. Besides, theatre, dance, music, cricket, table tennis, golf and swimming are also an integral part of the camp activities. — TNS



Accident leads to traffic chaos
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The colliding of truck and goods auto rickshaw in a divider led to traffic chaos at Rajpura road here today. The incident took place here this morning when the drivers of both the vehicles rammed into divider in order to avoid collision.

Fortunately, the drivers and fellow passengers of both the vehicles escaped with minor injuries.

But the collision led to traffic jam in on the Rajpura road. It was nearly after four hours that the area was cleared for traffic.



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