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Substation Fire
One more substation develops snag
Might take 2 weeks to rectify it, cuts to continue in deficient city, PSPCL ‘powerless’ to stop unscheduled cuts
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 15
There seems to be no respite for those residing in the city from erratic and inadequate power supply. The worst-ever crisis that gripped the city after the fire broke out at 220 KV Lalton Kalan substation is continuing for more than three weeks in one form or the other.

Barely hours after the second 100 MVA transformer became operational at Lalton Kalan, and load of a few areas was shifted to it, another 100 MVA transformer at 220 KV Ferozepur road substation developed a snag. Officials say it might take two weeks to rectify the snag.

With the demand for electricity already being at its peak due to extremely hot weather, and the paddy sowing also having commenced, the power deficit is surely going to increase to a critical level as the total transmission capacity has diminished by 20 per cent due to the snag at 220 KV Ferozepur road substation.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Chief Engineer (Central Zone) KL Sharma said next few days were going to be difficult for those residing in the city due to power cuts during the day, and might be in the night also.

“However, we are in the process of drawing up an elaborate schedule for power cuts keeping in view the water supply hours and need for power supply to meet daily routine of the people. We shall also make every possible effort to ensure that the duration of power cut does not go beyond one hour at a stretch and power cuts are avoided during the night hours,” Sharma added.

According to officials of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), which is responsible for the maintenance of power transmission equipment and 220 KV substations, the 100 MVA transformer at 220 KV Ferozepur road substation was recently installed and is still under warranty.

“We are in touch with the agency. Their technical staff is expected to arrive for inspection any time now. It could be a minor defect or a major one and might take a week or more to rectify. But we will in position to give a tentative timeframe for making the transformer operational once they (experts) visit the site,” said CS Mann, engineer-in-chief, Protection and Maintenance, PSTCL.

As the city is short of 20 to 25 per cent power, the residents are left with no option other than sweating in the sweltering heat during the day time, and spend sleepless nights for many days to come.

Those residing in several localities complained that they were forced to sleep outside the house due to one-hour power cut last night. Power cuts or load shedding from two-and-a-half-hour to four-hour were reported from several areas.


Railway Colony Rape
Police to keep an eye on outsiders
Staff found ‘subletting’ quarters
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A day after an athletics coach of the Railways and a suspended ASI were booked for raping a 24-year-old former athlete, who played at the national level, at railway quarters near Guru Nanak Stadium, the city police today swooped into action to find out the antecedents of those residing in the colony.

The police have been receiving complaints that the railway employees were subletting their quarters to outsiders and these accommodations were being used for anti-social activities.

According to sources, coach Prem Singh, who hails from Sangrur, got the quarter allotted in the railway colony.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (West) Gurpreet Kaur today directed the Division No 8 police to gather information about the outsiders living in the railway colony and the kind of work being done by them.

“We have received complaints that miscreants are using these quarters for anti-social activities. I have asked the cops to find out the antecedents of the outsiders residing in these quarters,” ACP Gurpreet Kaur added.

As streets of the railway colony remain secluded during the day, these have become den of drug addicts and snatchers. Several incidents have been reported in the past where the snatchers targeted residents visiting the colony.



Bajwa Murder
Prime accused Karanbir arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Karanbir Singh (24), main accused in the murder case of former sarpanch of Bahadurke village Gurvinder Singh, alias Bunty Bajwa, was arrested by the Salem Tabri police today. Bajwa was shot dead from the point blank range by Karanbir during the municipal corporation elections held on June 10.

After killing Bajwa, the accused had opened fire and damaged over 10 vehicles to scare the crowd.

The victim was a supporter of Independent candidate Gurdeep Singh Bittu, while accused Karanbir was backing SAD candidate Baljinder Singh Goggi of ward no 1.

Initially, the incident was linked with the violence during the municipal corporation elections, but the investigation took a u-turn when the police came to know that both victim and the accused were bitter rivals and had been involved in bloody clashes earlier.

While the five accused-Vikramjit of Mansa, Jaswant Singh of Talwandi Sabo, Navjit Singh of Harike in Tran Taran, Jaspreet Singh of Muktsar and Gagandeep Singh of Chappar-were arrested from Kharar while they were trying to enter Chandigarh. Karanbir was evading arrest since than.

SHO GS Bains confirmed the arrest of Karanbir Singh, but refused to divulge further details.

“The accused has been arrested today, I have yet to interrogate him,” the SHO added.

Karanbir’s profile

Karanbir, the former state-level shot put player, was involved several assault cases. Thanks to the booming real estate, Karanbir, son of farmer with adequate land holding, became a millionaire overnight. With money flowing from all sides, the political clout of the family also started swelling and the success went to his head. He went to Chandigarh and started living a high profile life. But the criminal inside him kept on putting him in trouble. He attacked an advocate at Sector 17 in Chandigarh and was booked in an attempt to murder case and spent seven months in Burail Jail. Even Bunty Bajwa did not enjoy a clean image. The victim has a criminal record and remained in jail in connection with a murder case in 1996 and also a murderous assault case in 2002.



These dreamers jive to his moves
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Happy Singh, an amateur dance trainer, who hails from a village, is aware of constraints and problems faced by underprivileged children eager to learn dancing. He feels that those suffering from disabilities should get an opportunity to learn dance moves.

The dance trainer, who has learnt dancing from the Shiamak Davar group and is running a dance academy, is holding special dance classes for the underprivileged, deaf and dumb children. He doesn’t take separate classes for these children. I prefer to teach them along with regular students of my dance classes, he says.

The reason for merging the classes of the underprivileged and physically challenged children is to allow them to mingle with one another as friends, he says. This is one of the reasons for holding the workshop, he says. In fact, regular students are also bringing food from home for their new friends.

Apart from this, dance could change the life of underprivileged children if they learn dancing. They could make it big as dance is becoming a most sought after profession, he says. “I am teaching them various genres like jazz, hip hop, contemporary and Jamba. After the classes, I make them do aerobics and yoga,” says Happy Singh.



Examination fee
PSEB fleecing poor children
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
On the one hand Punjab government is claiming that it is providing free-of-cost education to girls and students from economically weaker sections of society, but on the other the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is charging huge amount of money in the form of examination fee from them.

The board is charging Rs 700 for single subject paper of compartment/reappear for Class X, whereas compartment examination fee for Class XII is Rs 800. If someone has to take two compartment/reappear examinations then he will have to shell out Rs 1,400 for Class X and Rs 1,600 for Class XII.

Moreover, authorities of the board are also selling compartment/reappear forms for Rs 100. This made the going get tough for underprivileged student willing to take supplementary paper. Last year, the compartment/reappear examination fee was Rs 500 for Class X and Rs 600 for Class XII.

The board has been charging Rs 350 for Class X and Rs 400 for Class XII as admission fee of all semester examinations.

Rajiv Thapar, Principal, Adarsh Model School, said, “The board is putting more burden on students. Most of them cannot afford to take compartment /reappear examinations. The government should reduce the fee.”

“The government has given bicycles to girls to prevent drop-out rate of students. But on the other hand it has increased the examination fee. The PSEB should roll this back,” Gurdeep Singh, a government school teacher said.



Rs 25,000 fake currency notes seized, 2 arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
The Salem Tabri police has booked two persons after fake currency notes worth Rs 25,000 was seized from their possession. The accused identified as Gurcharan Singh and Manjit Singh were nabbed from the Salem Tabri area.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (I) MS Dhesi said the third accused Ranjit Singh, however, managed to escape. Fake currency notes were printed in a neighbouring county and smuggled in the country through Nepal.

The fake currency notes were first taken to Jarkhand and then brought to Punjab. On reaching Punjab, the accused used to circulate these notes in market. The currency was so finely manufactured that it appeared to be real.

The police has registered a case in this regard. SHO GS Bains said the police has launched a manhunt to nab Ranjit. He is suspected to be carrying huge amount of fake currency notes for circulation in markets, the SHO added.



Fake Certificate
DMCH union chief booked for fraud
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
In a major blow to the newly elected Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H) Employees’ Union, the city police today booked its president Charan Dass for fraudulently getting a job on the basis on fake matriculation certificate.

The registration of case has plunged the state-of-the art hospital into crises with union members indicating to go on strike. The concern was evident on the face of the doctors, who said patients would have to pay a heavy price if such a step was taken.

Charan Dass was in the dock after the hospital administration filed a complaint stating that he had got the job on the grounds that he was a matriculate.

However, records of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) state that Charan Dass, president, DMC&H Employees’ Union, had failed in matriculation.

Col JV Singh (retd), DGM (Administration and HR), stated in his complaint that Charan Dass was employed as a ward boy in June 1985. The desired qualification for this post was matriculation. Charan Dass got the job by claiming that he was a matriculate, but failed to submit the certificate. Dass was charge sheeted after the anomaly was found.

During the inquiry it was found that Charan Dass had appeared for the matriculation examination of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) in 1982. He secured compartment in six subjects.

He appeared again in 1983, but failed. Dass allegedly defrauded with the institution. His original date of birth is January 1, 1960; while in employment record his date of birth is January 1, 1964.”

While Charan Dass was not available for comments, Hardesh Masih, press secretary of the union, stated that the case was registered at the behest of secretary of the hospital management Prem Kumar Gupta.

Masih said Charan Dass was being targeted after he raised the issue of the labour law violations at the hospital.

He claimed, “Matriculation has never been a pre-requisite for a Class IV employee in 1985, when Charan Dass joined the hospital. It is just pressure tactic to scrap the union.”

Charan Dass has been booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC for fraud and criminal breach of the trust.

Ego clash

Doctors termed the entire issue as ego clash between secretary of the hospital management Prem Gupta and president of the union Charan Dass. They said it was due to a stiff stand taken by both of them that the hospital was in the news for all wrong reasons. They lament that it was after years of hard work that the DMC&H has regained its lost glory and was ranked among the top medical institutes in the country. But the recent controversy has again raised the fear of its decline. 



7-year-old Nagma needs help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Seven-year-old Nagma has been diagnosed with severe Aplastic Anemia. It’s a disease in which all blood cells stop their production from the bone marrow. Patients with aplastic anemia require multiple blood transfusions and may have life threatening infections and bleeding as the cells to protect the body from these are absent.

A press note issued from a hospital said, "Her only hope for cure is haematopoietic stem cell transplant. The cure rate is 80 to 90 per cent if the transplant is done at the right time. She is fortunate to find a full house HLA match in her younger sister. The estimated expense of a stem cell transplant is approximately Rs 8 to 10 lakh. Her father is a truck driver and is unable to meet the daily needs let alone bear the cost of the transplant."

Her parents have three daughters and are keen to proceed with the treatment of their eldest daughter. Christian Medical College is providing free bed charges and is arranging some free facilities and medication. However, the added expenses need to be met.

All well wishers are welcome to donate for this young girl’s treatment and give her a second chance to live. Those willing to contribute can contact clinical haematology office at 0161-5037957 (cmcbmt@gmail. com) or all drafts/cheques may be sent in favour of the Christian Medical College Ludhiana Society and write Nagma - C-7372377 at the back of the cheque. All the contributions will be acknowledged.



Students flout PU normS
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 15
Even as Panjab University has issued clear-cut instructions to the students appearing for examination not to try to arrive at any sort of ‘connivance’ with the evaluators, the students continue to flout the same with impunity.

Instruction number 7 of the ‘Instructions for the Candidates’ clearly specifies-“Do not make any identification mark or write your roll number at any place in the answer book except on the tile page at the prescribed space failing which it will lead to your disqualification by treating it as an unfair means case’. Similarly in the instruction following hence it is written-‘Your making appeals to the examiners in your answersheet will entail the penalty of cancellation of the paper’.

Despite this, it has been observed that the candidates not only try to reveal their name, the name of their institution, put identification marks, write their roll numbers at places other than the specified one but also make undue appeals to the evaluators, seeking their favour.

“I wonder how students dare to engage in such activities. Sometimes it seems that some candidates write examinations just for fun. From the very first page, they would write such nonsensical things and keep requesting the examiner for giving them pass marks.” said an evaluator.

Another evaluator said, “The candidates sometimes try to mislead the evaluators by coaxing them with all sorts of stories starting from ‘critical’ illness to the ‘death’ of their close relative. If this is not enough, they would try to gain the evaluators’ sympathy by either telling them about their physical disability or simply seek marks in the name of God.”

For an instance, a candidate wrote: “Main is vishe witch kamzor han. Is karke meri vari- vari compartment aa jandi hai .Tuhadi har mano kamana poori hove je tusin menu pass kar dio”.(I am weak in this subject. So I have to face compartment every time. If you give me pass marks every wish of yours will be fulfilled).

“Such students, who waste not only their time but also the examiners’ should be taught a lesson so that they never try to indulge in such useless activity,” said Panjab Univeristy fellow Harpreet Dua.

Mukesh Arora, Senator, Panjab University, said, “Taking exams is not a joke. A candidate taking his or her exam in a lighter vein should be taken to task. After all, humanitarian ground is no ground to secure marks. Such cases, if found genuinely serious, should be immediately reported to the university officials so that they may be penalised for the same.”

AK Bhandari, Controller Examinations, Panjab University, when contacted said sometimes the candidates resort to such measures jokingly. “They rather do it casually without any hidden mal-intention. But if the evaluators have serious objections against a paper in which the candidate has tried to outreach the evaluator by adopting such foul means, the case is then sent to the UMC branch and strict action is taken against such candidates. Such candidates are even debarred from appearing in any university papers in future.”



PAU notes
Kitchen fabrics

The kitchen is the heart of every household. If proper care is not taken, fatal accidents such as kitchen fires can occur, cautioned the home scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Wrong clothing worn by the cook in kitchen often leads to such accidents, said the experts of Department of Clothing and Textiles, while emphasising that the clothing as well as fabrics used in kitchens should be selected with utmost care. Dr Surabhi Mahajan said cellulosic (plant origin) fabrics are the safest for kitchen use. They are available in different forms like cotton, jute, linen, hemp, ramie, etc. She said the important features of cotton, which makes it the most preferable kitchen fabric, are its comfort, softness, capacity to absorb and release perspiration quickly, machine-washable, easy to handle and sew and flame retardant. Oil and ghee stains can be removed from it easily, she said. Dr Inderjeet Kaur said linen is the most luxurious, expensive and elegant type of kitchen fabric, made from vegetable fibres.

Training programme in Moscow

To attend a two-week "Students’ Practical Training" at Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering (MSUEE), six third-year students of BTech (Agricultural Engineering), PAU, left for Moscow today. The Dean of college of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), Dr PPS Lubana, said that the students namely Rajkamal Singh Dhillon, Surya Jindal, Sahil Narula, Kiranpreet, Kiran Sharma and Pallvi Goyal will participate in the training which will culminate on June 29. The training is coordinated by assistant professor Dr VS Hans, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Meanwhile, other six students of BTech (Agricultural Engineering) third-year will attend two weeks training at Moscow State Agro-Engineering University (MSAU) from June 18 to 29, said Dr Lubana. 

Empowering rural women

"Rural women, being an integral part of the agrarian sector, are involved in nearly 80 per cent of the food production initiatives in the developing countries. To empower rural women, the PAU is making all efforts to educate them about various social evils like female foeticide, drug abuse, dowry and various aspects of nutrition security, said Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Development trainings provided by the PAU scientists has enabled many farm women to establish their own ventures and become successful entrepreneurs, he highlighted.

‘PAU Doots’

One of the initiatives recently taken by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to strengthen its contacts with the farmers at grassroots level was to identify at least one person in every village who can act as a PAU ambassador called as ' PAU Doots'. Discussing the plan, the Director of Extension Education, Dr MS Gill said that it is a novel concept put forth by the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon. The university has added so far 4,230 'PAU Doots'. There are one ‘doot’ in each village of 11 districts in Punjab. They are contacted via e-mails and text messages. They act as communicator between the farmers and the scientists. Need-based advice, flash messages, technical information and etc are conveyed to the farmers using public address system. In turn, the ‘doots’ pass on the feedback of farmers to the experts. This would help experts to reprioritise their research and technology transfer programmes to serve the farming community better. — TNS



Admin’s efforts bear fruit
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
The administration has taken tough stand against encroachers of berms along at least one third length of the link roads passing through fields situated on the outskirts of villages of the Malwa belt and those fearing police action have already begun seeking political shelter. As the drive to get the encroached roads freed has been initiated in public interest by PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, a majority of encroachers are receiving poor response from ministers and legislators.

The situation arose after Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Rahul Tewari asked the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, and senior superintendents of police, Ludhiana (Rural), and Khanna to initiated action against over 60 landlords who had encroached berms of the link roads passing through their fields.

Investigations revealed that a majority of landlords who had been identified as large encroachers of berms of link roads had started approaching senior leaders of the SAD and the BJP as they feared police action as sought by the Deputy Commissioner. Those seeking political patronage included big landlords of Kaind, Dulley , Issru, Rajewal, Rattan, Rattowal, Bagli Kalan, Payal, Kaddon, Umaidpur and Dehlon villages. Interestingly, farmers owing allegiance to the Congress and other political parties also sought patronage of SAD leaders.

Maintaining that some farmers of the region had approached them for seeking intervention of senior SAD leaders of their respective areas, Jasbir Singh Dehlon and Paramdeep Singh Deepa, said ministers and legislators had shown their inability to interfere in the matter.

“As the issue relates to the safety of commuters and the economy of the state, the leaders argued that the concerned farmers should have surrendered the encroached land when they had been given an opportunity do so. Now, when the administration has initiated action, nobody can dare to hinder a movement launched for the welfare and safety of the masses,” said Jasbir Singh and Deepa.

Investigations further revealed that at berms along at least one third of the link roads had been encroached by farmers whose land was situated along these roads. While small farmers had encroached narrow strips along their fields, big landlords did not hesitate to cultivate land up to mettled portion of the road.

Taking a tough stand against encroachers, the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner had directed rank and file in the local bodies department, PWD and Mandikaran Board to motivate concerned farmers to surrender the encroached land and get the berms levelled. Coordinated efforts by BDOs, panchayat secretaries, panches and sarpanches yielded positive results and a large number of farmers not only surrendered the encroached land but they got the ditched filled with earth and repaired the berms. There were others who paid deaf ear to the notice issued by the administration to surrender the encroached land by the end of May.

Tewari appreciated the role played by certain officials of panchayat department, PWD and Mandikaran Board in persuading a majority of farmers to surrender encroached berms, but Tewari lamented that others had failed to realise that sudden narrowing of link roads due to encroachment could result in causing vehicular accidents.

Removal of Encroachment on berms

Farmers who have been encroaching on the berms have received poor response from ministers and legislators when they approached them for shelter. They maintain that the initiative has been taken in public interest and nobody can dare to hinder a movement launched for the welfare and safety of the masses



Bus stand a shambles
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
Promises and announcements of grants are the only respite that residents of the local town and the surrounding two dozen villages get when it comes to the question of improving the services at the local bus stand.

Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP from Fatehgarh and Iqbal Singh Jhoondan legislator from Amargarh constituency, announced grants of Rs 10 lakh each to these areas.

In 2008, the then Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal had announced to construct a new spacious and modern bus stand by transforming the present one into a business mall. But nothing came up.

The condition of the bus stand is so dilapidated that even the drivers prefer to halt on the road to pick up passenger other than entering the pond-looking compound of the bus stand.

The situation becomes more pitiable during the rainy season when passengers have to virtually wade through knee-deep water to board the buses parked inside the bus stand.

The PRTC had constructed the present bus stand with the help of local organisations over three decades ago. Instead of constructing a bus stand according to the needs of the residents, the corporation had purchased a low-lying land at a throwaway price. Things went smoothly for about 10 years after which a majority of bus drivers plying between Ludhiana and Malerkotla stopped coming to the bus stand. They started dropping and picking passengers from Pohir village.

Pohir is at least 3 km away from the town and the passengers have to walk that distance. Elderly persons and women are among worst sufferers.

Talking to The Tribune, Councillor Ravinder Puri, owing allegiance to the SAD, and Vicky Tondon, a Congress leader, said process for release of grants announced by their respective leaders have been initiated and repair work would start soon.

Jawinder Singh, Incharge of bus stand, Mandi Ahmedgarh, said, "No formal intimation has been received for its renovation. But some teams of PRTC have already visited the bus stand.''



Lakha residents create village website
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 15
Lakha, a village situated 12 kilometers away from Jagraon in Ludhiana district is now a click away for any person living in any part of the world. One can obtain any kind of information about the village by visiting the website created by some youths of the village with the help of the Youth Welfare Club, Lakha.

The website www.lakha.in was formally launched by the members of the Youth Welfare Club at a brief function held in the village yesterday. Surjit Singh Dhaliwal, president of Youth Welfare Club, Lakha, said the website contained information about the history of the village, a photo gallery of the religious places, educational institutes, other historical places in the village and the village sath, the place where villagers gather to chat when they are free.

"We wanted to connect our village with the whole world so that the natives of our village who live in different countries can remain in touch with the village. Now, they will be able to watch the pictures of the sports and cultural activities taking place here through the website and remain in touch with the village," said Surjit Singh.

Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, creator of the website, said, "I am proud of my village and the idea to create the website was to connect my village with the whole world through internet."

Balwinder Singh, a web-designer and software developer by profession, said that he would keep updating the website on a regular basis to provide the latest information on all kind of events taking place in the village from time to time.

Lakha has historical importance and the webpage highlights it.

Lakha village was formed by a person named Maina after the name of his uncle Lakha in 1817.

The webpage states that sixth Sikh Guru Shri Guru Hargovind Sahib and 10th Guru Shri Guru Govind Singh had visited the village and there are two gurdwara built in the memory of their visits.

The village panchayat has decided to honour Balwinder and also provide him financial support to help him update the website on a regular basis. 



Centralised Admission
B.Com admission starts; confusion over colleges prevails
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Admission to B.Com I through the centralised online system started yesterday, but the confusion prevails among students and college authorities regarding the inclusion of colleges located in the periphery for the online admission this year.

Online admission was done only for the colleges falling within the municipal limits of Ludhiana last year, but this year onwards the admission to B.Com I to Panjab University affiliated colleges falling in “urban conglomerate” of Ludhiana city will also take place through the centralised online counselling system. These are the peripheral areas located within a kilometer of the city.

One of the principals of the college located on the outskirts of Ludhiana said their college received no communiqué from Panjab University regarding their inclusion in the online admission system and it was only from the website that he came to know that his college was also in the list. “It is from the website that I came to know that admissions to B.Com I in our college will be held through centralised online system,” he added.

Shikha Sareen, a student, who was applying for the online admission for B.Com I, said, “I thought the colleges on the periphery will be subjected to online admission from this year onwards and had decided my preference of colleges according to that. Later on, I found that only a few colleges located on periphery are included for online admission. Now I have to re-think about my preference for the colleges,” she added.

y The students will have to fill an online application form and list out five colleges in order of their preference. They can, then, submit the form along with copies of matriculation certificate, 10+2 certificate, category certificate in addition to a demand draft for Rs 150 (general category) or Rs 75 (SC/ST) addressed to Prof Suresh K Chadha, coordinator, B.Com online admissions, by June 30. Forms can also be submitted by hand only at PU Regional Centre, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, by June 30.



Scrapping of semester system gets mixed response from educationists
Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Education Minister Sikandar Singh Malluka’s decision to scrap the semester system has received a mixed response from people belonging to the field of education. The system was scrapped on Thursday.

Most of the people from the field of education are surprised with this move as the decision was taken in the middle of the session. They felt that if the department wanted to scrap the semester system then they should have taken the decision at the beginning of the session.

SK Chawal, president, Punjab Private Schools Organisation, said, "There were some demerits in the semester system. We were opposing it from the very beginning as it had led to financial burden on parents and students.

Most of the problems were due to its wrong implementation by the PSEB authorities, like the results were not coming on time. So we had asked the education minister to make the system effective or scrap it.”

Rajive Thapar, principal, Adarsh model School, said, "We welcome the move of the education department. But the department should have taken this decision in the beginning of the session. Now, the students have already bought books for the first semester and their money has been wasted.

Gurbeer Singh, a school teacher, said, "The semester system was in favour of the education system of the state. Students seemed more relaxed following the semester system. The department should have made it more effective rather than scrapping it".

"There was undue financial burden on the parents as they had to pay twice in a year. Moreover, due to wrong implementation there was a lot of confusion among students ", said Sukhdarshan Singh, president of the anti-copying front.



MC Poll
Defeated candidate cries foul, sits on hunger strike
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 15
Balbir Singh, an Independent candidate, who fought the municipal corporation elections from Ward No 16, sat on a daylong hunger strike in front of the Mini Secretariat today. He was protesting against alleged irregularities in the declaration of result of his ward.

Balbir, who lost to another Independent candidate Radha Krishan by a margin of 12 votes, charged the election staff with manipulation at behest of his opponent, who was erroneously declared as elected. The defeated candidate along with a few of his supporters and candidates , who had unsuccessfully contested the municipal election, said he had submitted a memorandum to the District Election Officer along with details of injustice inflicted upon him.

He said polling officers from several booths had told him that he had polled more votes than Radhey Shyam after the polling ended on June 10. But, he was taken aback after Radha Krishan was declared elected and a winner’s certificate was issued in his favour.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, who is also the District Election Officer, however, termed the protest by Balbir Singh as unwarranted. He said results of the election were not declared at the booth level. Votes polled by each candidate were counted and details sent to the returning officer, who was given the job of declaring the results.

“If the defeated candidate has any grievance, the legal recourse of filing an election petition is open to him. He can seek relief, if any, by filing an election petition before the competent authority as per provisions of the relevant law,” Tiwari added.



GCW management submits report to DC
Does’nt want to shift college wall

Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Management of Government College for Women today submitted a report to the Deputy Commissioner regarding the shifting of the boundary wall of the college. The administration wants the boundary wall of the Government College for Women to be shifted for widening the road opposite the Durga Mata Mandir. The DC had asked the college authorities to submit their report citing the pros and cons in case the wall is shifted.

The principal of the college, Gurminder Kaur, said they have submitted a detailed report to the DC today quoting that in case the wall is shifted it will create a hindrance in the project they had already sent to the DPI colleges for the development of the college ground.

"The proposal for up-grading the college ground is already with the higher authorities. The HRD ministry had sent a proposal amounting to Rs 25 lakh for developing the college ground in which tracks and turfs will be placed along with seating arrangement like a 
stadium. In case the wall is shifted, the proposal sent by us will be jinxed," she said.

Further commenting upon the proposal, she said they do not want the wall to be shifted.

"If the boundary wall is shifted it will result in reducing the area of the playground. We will never want that to happen but since it is a government institute we have to comply with the government's instructions.

The Government College for Women management wants that instead of shifting the boundary wall, the administration should act tough upon the encroachers that have come along the Durga Mata Madir road.



IMA holds awareness seminar on NCHRH Bill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
IMA Ludhiana organised an awareness seminar on National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill (NCHRH Bill) here today at Christian Medical College and Hospital. Dr Shiv Dutta Gupta, state president IMA Punjab, Dr Manoj Kumar Sobti, president IMA Punjab, Dr Arun Mitra, member of Punjab Medical Council and Dr Narjit Kaur, secretary of IMA Ludhiana, addressed the gathering.

Director CMC Dr Abraham Thomas was the chief guest and medical superintendent Dr Kanwal Masih was the guest of honour.

The main points which the doctors highlighted are:

All bodies should be autonomous and enquiry commission should be there to look into the complaints against these bodies, but in this bill all members are nominated and there is no provision for going to court against the decisions taken by this body.

It prohibits engaging in any other occupation /business except health profession. This is against the fundamental right given by the Constitution to every citizen to carry out any lawful profession within legal means.

The law is silent about other problems like quackery and AYUSH system of medicine. It is also silent about availability of medicines all over the counter without prescription of doctors.

This bill along with CEB is going to increase the cost of treatment and it will affect the middle segment hospitals and middle and lower socioeconomic group of people. It will de-motivate our generations to take up medical courses.

A nation-wide dharna at Jantar Mantar will be staged on June 18 to reject this bill.



Cow slaughter
Shri Krishan Gaushala submits memorandum to SDM
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 15
The representatives of Shri Krishan Gaushala, Jagraon, and members of various other religious organisations submitted a memorandum to the state government through Jagraon SDM Gurmit Singh today.

In the memorandum, the members of the religious organisations condemned the cow slaughter that took place at Joga town near Mansa a few days ago.

The delegation asked the state government to take strict action against those who were responsible for such a cruel act. The members also urged the government to keep a strict vigil on the slaughter houses and meet shops all over the state so that such kind incidents are not repeated.

A large number of cows were found slaughtered at Joga a fews days ago following which violence erupted in Joga as well as many other areas of the state.

Speaking to mediapersons after submitting the memorandum to the SDM, Secretary of Shri Krishan Gaushala Jagdish Ohri said, "The state government should not take this incident lightly. The government should take up proper measures to stop the repetition of this kind of incident.” The delegation also declared to form a committee on local level to keep a vigil on the meat shops of the area to prevent such kind of incidents from occurring.



District Court Complex gets two water coolers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Rotary Club Ludhiana Greater installed two water coolers in collaboration with District Bar Association Ludhiana at District Courts Complex here today. Dr Sanjeev Uppal, President of Rotary Club and HOD Plastic Surgery at DMC Hospital, said this step would help the visitors to quench their thirst in this scorching heat. There are more than ten thousand people who visit the court complex everyday and I think that the installation of water coolers there would really help," he said.

Advocate JS Waraich, president of Bar Association, said "It is a good step as water is one essential thing that should be available here. People of all ages come here and this gift of cold water will be comforting to them."

Advocate Mohinder S Sodhi, secretary of Bar Association, also welcomed the step and thanked the club.



NCC camp
Cadets get training in firing, hygiene
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A combined annual training camp for cadets of 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC Ludhiana is underway under the command of Lt Col S Sehgal.

On the sixth day, the cadets started their day with physical training and yoga. The cadets were very excited as it was their day for firing since many of them were firing for the first time.

A theory lecture was delivered on leadership by Camp Adjutant Asha Aneja, in which the cadets were taught the qualities of good leaders. Camp Commandant Lt Col S Sehgal gave various historical examples of great leaders and guided them how to develop these qualities.

A class was organised on field craft and battle craft in which the cadets were trained in camouflaging. The NCC created awareness amongst the youth about the diverse heritage of our country despite of linguistic, cultural, religious and geographical barriers. The cadets were trained to give selfless service to society and to be available at anytime for national cause.

A guest lecture on hygiene and sanitation was delivered by Dr Savita. She said the cadets should maintain personal hygiene. A day prior, Deputy Group Commander Col GPS Sawhney visited the camp location.



BCA results: GNIMT students excel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, has declared BCA sixth semester result. The students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, have excelled in the result.

The students have set a record by having 100 per cent pass percentage. Out of 73 students, who appeared in the final exams, 70 have scored first division bringing the tally of first divisioners to 90 per cent. On top of the roll is Roma Gupta with 91.8 per cent marks, Swati stood second with 91.7 per cent and Shruti Shah is third with 90.5 per cent.



Biz briefs
Honda registers growth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Having registered an impressive growth of 343 per cent in May, premium car manufacturer Honda Siel Cars India Ltd expects to substantially increase its domestic sales in the year 2012 with Brio and new City driving the growth momentum. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr Vice President (Marketing and Sales), Honda Siel Cars India said Brio has been very well received in the market and the company has sold more than 16,500 units of Brio since the resumption of production in February 2012 and cumulatively more than 18,500 units from its launch time. He said further, “The Company is quite upbeat with the market response to its real mass segment model Honda Brio and is hopeful that it will provide the additional volumes and drive growth in the year.”

Duke’s new collection

Duke launched its new International tropical summer collection with wide options in casuals, office-wear and evening wear. Keeping in mind the Indian climate, the cloth have been treated with special sweat absorbent technology, making one feel fresh and active all through the day. The colours, shades and fabrics are carefully chosen to look give a cool in this hot summers.



PSEB Open School
Technical snag delays results for 3 days
Charanjit Sing Teja/TNS

Ludhiana, June15
Students were finally able to see their results on the PSEB website this evening, after the results were announced three days ago.

The result of open school was announced and uploaded on the PSEB website on June 11 but it was not accessible due to a technical problem.

Meanwhile, officials at the open school centres were also clueless about the results.

Harmandeep Singh said, "One of my friends told me on Wednesday that the PSEB announced the results. I went to an internet cafe to know my result but failed to get it. I visited the café several times to know my results but the web page did not show any result.”

"I have been trying to know my result since Wednesday morning. Finally today I got my results, "said Amit another student. Rajiv Kumar, who runs an open school centre, said, "Results have not been accessible for the last three days. A number of students called me to know the result but I was helpless."



Auction of numbers
0001 sold for Rs 4.85 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June15
The transport department organised an auction of fancy numbers of PB-10 DD series at Nehru Siddhant Kender here today.

Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, district transport officer, said the government had earned Rs 52,40,000 as revenue from the auction.

The first number of the series, 0001 was sold for Rs 4,85,000, whereas 0002 was sold for Rs 90,000, 0003 for Rs 1,25,000, 0004 for Rs 85,000, 0005 for Rs 90,000, 006 for Rs 65,000, 007 for Rs 1, 25, 000, 0008 for Rs 81,000, 0009 for Rs 1, 29, 000 and 0010 sold for 1, 30, 000.

Chhatwal said, "We have earned more revenue than the previous years from the auction. At the end of the day we have earned a good amount from these numbers".



Man injured at furnace mill, dies
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 15
A migrant worker was seriously injured while working at a furnace mill here today. He was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The worker was identified as Dhalwinder Chorsia (32), a resident of Raghunathpur village in Bihar. Police Sub-Inspector Kartar Singh said, the family members of the deceased had been informed, and the dead body was kept in the Mortuary. The police said further action would be taken once the kin of the deceased were here.



Body of youth recovered from nullah
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 15
The local police has recovered a body of a youth from a nullah near the FCI Godowns. The deceased has been identified as Amarjeet Singh, resident of ward No. 7, Khamano.

The youth was a painter by profession and was painting on an electric pole. Suddenly, he fell down in a nearby nullah, while he was painting. He died on the spot.

A rag picker noticed the body lying in the nullah and informed the Khamano police. Thee body of the youth was taken put from the nullah. No case was registered in this regard and the body was handed over to his parents after a post-mortem examination conducted at the Civil Hospital, Khamano. The police said the cause of his death would be known after getting the postmortem report.



30- yr-old run over by train, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A 30- year- old man was run over by a train at Salem Tabri today. The victim identified as Vinod Kumar, a resident of Kara Bara in Salem Tabri, was crossing the railway track when this incident took place.

The victim died on the spot. According to an eyewitness, the victim was suspected to have been drunk. Though he was well aware of the approaching train, yet he tried to cross the track and in the process was crushed to death.

The Government Railway Police Force (GRPF) has registered a case and informed family members of the victim about the incident.



Car loan mela held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A car loan mela was organised by Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Branch of the State Bank of India here today.

The mela was inaugurated by Amarpal Singh, who was the valuable costumer of the branch.

Nearly 75 persons visited the stall and enquired about car loans scheme of the bank and showed the willingness to take car loan.



5 burglars arrested
Had stolen goods, cash more than Rs 20 lakh from a factory
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
The local police has nabbed five members of a notorious gang of burglars who had allegedly stolen goods and cash worth over Rs 20 lakh from a factory belonging to BJP leader Vijay Goyal, thee weeks ago. The suspects had taken away the material after injuring the watchman of the factory. The suspects were arrested when they were carrying the goods in a tempo in order to sell them to some scrap dealers at the Jagera road today.

The accused were identified as Harpreet Singh Happy of Jand, Anwar Khan of Chhapar village, Paramjit Singh Pamma of Dehliz Khurad, Raj Pal Singh, alias Mallu of Dehliz Khurad and Raj Pal of Gaunspur.

Paramjit Singh Gorayan, superintendent of police (detective) at Sangrur, said the suspects had taken away Rs 5 lakh cash and valuables worth lakhs from the generator manufacturing unit, H Goyal Products, owned by Vijay Goyal on the intervening night of May 21 and May 22.

The only watchman deployed for the security of the factory was found lying tied in an unconscious state in the morning. It was during investigation that the investigating officer received information that the said gang had committed the crime on the fateful day.

A part of the booty was recovered by the Sandaur police from the vicinity of a drain near Jhuner village a few days ago. The equipment used in manufacturing of electric generators, copper wire reels, stabilisers, electric motors, dimmers and electronic appliances were seized besides cash.



One held in snatching case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
In a major breakthrough, the city police hasnabbed Sunny Arora (22), a resident of Haibowal, who snatched the purse of an NRI woman from Ghumar Mandi on June 7.

The incident had taken place when the victim identified as Kulwant Kaur Grewal from Norway, was travelling on a rickshaw along with her family members. She was visiting the house of her relatives in BRS Nagar when a motorcycle- borne youth snatched her purse.

The snatchers had fled with the purse containing 30-tola of gold ornaments, 300-gram silver ornaments, two passports, an apple I-Phone 4, Krone 50,600 (Norwegian currency), a cheque book and credit cards.

Navreet Singh, additional SHO, Division No 8, said, "The accused has been arrested and recoveries have been made. Sunny was earlier booked by the Sarabha Nagar police in a snatching case. He was further produced before the court and taken on three-day police remand." He said a majority of the snatched material had been recovered, while rest of the material would be recovered during the course of investigation. The police received a tip-off that Sunny and his gang was operating in the Ghumar Mandi area.



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