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PCR wing merged with traffic police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
In a major development, the city police today merged its PCR motorcycle wing with the traffic police. Earlier, the traffic police and the PCR motorcycle squad were working as separate entities. The motorcycle fleet, which used to patrol the city, would also tackle traffic problem during the peak hours.

The move has been taken for better coordination and maximum utilisation of manpower in the police department.

It was observed that the traffic policemen were feeling helpless in tackling traffic chaos during the peak hours.

Recently, a meeting of police officials was conducted in which it was decided that the PCR squad would also help in tackling traffic chaos.

The PCR squad would now be reporting to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Traffic) and ACP-Traffic.

"The move has been initiated for better coordination. Along with tackling crime, the PCR wing would also help the traffic police in tackling traffic chaos during the peak hours," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Choudhary.

Sources said the move had been taken to keep a check on fake attendance.

There have been complaints that the PCR policemen were marking fake attendance. Many times, they are seen sleeping during the duty hours.

Earlier, the PCR policemen used to shy away from the responsibility of tackling traffic and were passing the buck onto the traffic police.

Recently, the PCR wing remained in the news for busting several gangs of drug peddlers.

The cracking of the gang further led to credit war between the PCR wing and the policemen posted at police stations.

There are presently 70 motorcycles in the PCR squad. They have been given various tasks. Along with patrolling the city, they respond to the call of helpline 100. They are first ones to reach the spot and attend the callers.


Notices to electroplating units for polluting sewage water
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has issued notices to 25 electroplating units for contaminating sewage water. The erring units were indulging in throwing chemical water into this water. Meanwhile, eight units have been issued closure notices by the department.

Although the common effluent treatment plant (CETP), catering to nearly 625 units is operational and treats 47 lakh litres of water per month, still these units indulge in throwing chemical-based water into the sewage to save money for treating the water of their unit through the CETP. They are required to pay monthly charges for getting the water treated.

"High content of nickle, chrome and zinc was found in the sample collected from these units. Although there is a CETP for these 25 units, they still indulge in throwing the chemical water into the sewerage. The other eight units to whom closure notices have been issued are not covered under the CETP. Show-cause notices have been issued to them and after that, these will be closed down shortly for contaminating the sewerage water with chemicals," said Krunesh Garg, Superintendent Environmental Engineer from the PPCB.

He further said that while units located in Focal Point phase IV, Focal Point phase VII, Gau Ghat, Janta Nagar, Industrial Area-C and Daba Road were violating pollution norms, the maximum contaminated water was found at Focal Point phase VII.

"Samples from factories were collected from May 15-June 15 and the process is still on for collecting samples and those indulging in water contamination will not be spared by the department," added Garg.

Money-saving tactics

Although the common effluent treatment plant (CETP), catering to nearly 625 units is operational and treats 47 lakh litres of water per month, still these units indulge in throwing chemical-based water into the sewage to save money for treating the water of their unit through the CETP. They are required to pay monthly charges for getting the water treated.



5 arrested in Rs 6-cr fraud case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Division No. 2 police today arrested five persons in connection with the Rs 6-crore fraud case and recovered 49 lakh from the accused persons. The accused have identified as Amit Kumar, alias Tony, Ranjit Singh, Balwinderpal, Harish Kumar and Ranjit Singh.

However, the main accused Harbhajan Singh of Royal Industries is still on the run. According to the police, Ranjit Singh was the kingpin of the gang.

It was Ranjit, along with other accomplices, who arranged the cheque for Rs 6 crore. They further struck a deal with Harbhajan Singh at Rs 1.50 in lieu of encashing the cheque.

Harbhajan, who was debit ridden, and had a monetary dispute of Rs 3 crore with Karan and Kunal of Ram Son Tyer industries offered to resolve the issue.

Both of them stated that Harbhajan handed over a cheque for Rs 6 crore and told them to deduct Rs 2 crore and transfer the rest of the amount to his account.

The complainants encashed Rs 2 crore and transferred Rs 4 crore to Harbhajan's account. Meanwhile, the complainants came to know that Harbhajan had allegedly stolen the cheque of a Mumbai-based firm Shri Ram Industries. They approached the bank to get the transfer of payment in Harbhajan's account stopped.

But, the bank authorities told them that Harbhajan had already withdrawn Rs 80 lakh from the account.

As soon as the fraud came to light, the duo informed the police.

The Division No. 2 police swooped into action and booked Harbhajan under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC.



Probe into prisoners’ visit to paramours
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Central Jail superintendent here has ordered a probe following an allegation that two inmates, who fell ill and were taken to Civil Hospital, spent hours with their paramours in a jail hostel here yesterday.

The incident has put the role of three jail guards Rajiv Kumar, Palwinder and Pargat Singh under scanner.

Jaspreet and Jaghmohan Singh, both undergoing jail term in a criminal case, complained of chest pain and illness.

The jail officials sent the duo to Civil Hospital for treatment. They were taken to the hospital by Rajiv Kumar, Palwinder and Pargat Singh.

It is learnt that instead of taking the duo to the hospital, the jail guards took them to jail hostel, where the inmates spent time with their paramours.

It was after spending time with the women that they were taken to hospital.

Central Jail Superintendent RK Loomba said the matter was brought to his notice and he had ordered Kamaljit Singh Cheema Deputy Superintendent Central Jail to probe the matter.



Accused identified, yet to be arrested
Model Town shooting incident
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The assailant, who fired shots at Jagdeep Singh Chahal in the Model Town area here last evening, has been identified as Sukhpreet Singh of Barrewal. The accused have been booked under Section 307 of the IPC for attempt to murder.

Sukhpreet's accomplice has also been identified, but the police was not disclosing his name. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- II) Bhupinder Singh said the accused had been identified and raids were on to nab him.

ADCP-Crime Harjinder Singh also conducted a meeting with police officials at Model Town and enquired about the progress in the firing case. Meanwhile, septuagenarian Sukhdev Singh Chahal was feeling proud of his son's brave act, but was equally disappointed at the attitude of the people who were watching him bleeding profusely like mute spectators.

Jagdeep Singh Chahal (40) was shot in the thigh while he as trying to protect a woman from eve teasers.

Chahal was operated upon today and the bullet was removed from his left thigh. His condition was stated to be stable.

Sukhdev Singh said Kamaljit Singh, whose wife fell victim of eve teasing, paid a visit at the hospital here this morning.

It is learnt that the eve-teasing victim, identified as Ekta, went into a shock following the firing incident and Kamaljit took his wife home.

"I am thankful to the friends of Jagdeep who thronged the hospital following the incident and stood shoulder to shoulder with the family members in the hour of crisis," said Sukhdev Singh.

A history-sheeter

Sukhpreet Singh of Barrewal, who shot at transporter Jagdeep Singh Chahal in Model Town yesterday has turned out to be a history-sheeter. Sukhpreet has two murder cases pending against him and was also involved in a sensational burglary that took place in Haibowal in 2005. He had spent nearly three years in jail and was currently out on bail.

Police chief's promise

It has come to my notice that Jagdeep Singh was protecting the woman from eve teasers when he was shot at on the leg. It was a brave act. I hope he would recover soon. I appeal to the residents to inform the police about eve-teasing cases. I assure the residents that prompt action will be taken

— Ishwar Singh, Commissioner of Police



No action yet to prevent mishaps
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 19
With the administration yet to take steps to prevent mishaps at and near vulnerable areas, even after identifying accident prone areas in the region, the Ludhiana-Malerkotla four-lane road continues taking its toll.

What to mention about the safety of commuters, even those sitting in their houses and establishments situated on the road are no longer safe. Instead of working on the required changes in infrastructure, the officials have preferred to advise commuters to drive slowly. Large roundabouts constructed on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Gill village, sudden narrowing of the road at Dehlon and Sarinh villages, a number of broken dividers and confusing Jagera bridge have turned into death traps.

Acknowledging the problem, Gill Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said that he had directed all his SHOs to coordinate with the authorities in the PWD (roads and bridges) department to take the necessary action on vulnerable spots.

Records revealed that a number of people had lost their lives in accidents taking place due to the faulty construction of road between Ludhiana and Malerkotla. Situation on link roads, including Pohir Road, Jagera road, Jandali road and Dhulkot road is not different. Large vehicles taking U-turns near weighing bridges, road side dhabas and petrol pumps have already resulted in a number of accidents which could have been avoided.

Overturning of huge vehicles is a common scene on the stretch of road passing through Dehlon, Sarinh and Gill villages.

Recently a huge truck trolley had banged into houses and shops situated on the side of the road at Dehlon during wee hours and two shops were completely smashed. Had the incident taken place during the day time, shopkeepers and their customers could have been crushed. A number of makeshift passages on the road by breaking the central verge, the Gill roundabout continues to be the main reason for the accidents.

Sources revealed that a team of engineers had conducted a survey of the road, after a series of stories was published in The Tribune on the issue. Following this, officials labelled the areas as vulnerable. Instead of making necessary changes, officials preferred to evade responsibility by constructing rumple strips in violation of rules governing traffic on highways.

Residents of the area have urged the authorities, including the Chief Minister, to impress upon the officials concerned to take preventive measure to avoid accidents.



Clock Tower
MC yet to repair caved-in road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The municipal corporation seems to be moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to repairing of the road near the Clock Tower that caved in April. The municipal corporation has not repaired this road even after two months. This has not only led to traffic congestion in the area, but wastage of public money.

Ironically, Anup Sharma, a shopkeeper, had in April written a letter to the corporation officials in this regard. At that time only a portion of this road had caved in. But the municipal officials didn’t even bother to get this road repaired. Even though the caved in spot is nearer to the corporation’s Zone A office, the employees make do by just placing concrete slabs around it.

A few people have sustained injuries due to the callous attitude of the municipal officials. A large portion of this road caved in on May 14. The road has been closed for vehicular traffic since then and the total budget for repairing this road is Rs 25 lakh. “Lakhs of rupees could have been saved had the municipal corporation acted on time,” shopkeeper of the area said.

This matter was highlighted by The Tribune on May 2 also, but the municipal officials have to failed to get this road repaired till date. They just cordoned off the caved in spot by placing concrete slabs around it.

On May 16, Executive Engineer SP Kalra had claimed that the road would be opened to vehicular traffic in three weeks, but this seems only on paper.

Those who own shops near the caved in portion and have failed to these said they were suffering huge losses. “Had the corporation acted on time and got the road repaired, the slab would have never caved in. Now they would be wasting public money,” said a shopkeeper.

Perturbed over the delay in completion of this work, Parminder Mehta, a Congress leader and husband of area councillor Sushma Mehta, today visited the spot along with corporation and police officials. “I have told them to open this road to vehicular traffic within a week. The B&R and O&M branches of the corporation are not working in tandem. If it rains, the old city area would be in knee-deep water due to the ongoing repair work,” he alleged.

When contacted, Pardeep Kumar, Executive Engineer, O&M branch, said the road was being constructed by the B&R branch and his department had nothing to do with the delay.

While speaking to The Tribune, RP Gupta, SDO of B & R branch, said, “ Several underground wires of BSNL are passing from under the road. Even a wall has been constructed to give support to these wires. Until this wall is broken and wires shifted, we will not able to complete the repair. The Executive Engineer of BSNL had visited the spot on Sunday and allowed us to break the wall. The shuttering would be done tomorrow and the road would be opened to vehicular traffic in 20 days,” claimed Gupta.



City Bus Service
Officials misleading us, say commuters
Low-floor buses plying on elevated road to reach Jalandhar bypass
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Those travelling in a bus on the Bus Stand-Clock Tower-Jalandhar bypass route have charged officials of City Bus Service Limited with misleading them. Due to the ongoing repair of the road near the Clock Tower, the old GT Road has been closed to the vehicular traffic.

Thus, the low-floor buses under the city bus service project have been using the elevated road to reach the Jalandhar bypass instead of the Old GT Road.

The commuters have alleged that the fact that the bus would not pass through the old GT Road is concealed by the bus staff, due to which they are forced to take an auto-rickshaw to reach Clock Tower, hence resulting in harassment.

But the staff of Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited clarified that whenever a passenger asks for ticket for Railway Station, Clock Tower, Mata Rani Chowk, Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk or Chawni Mohalla, they are told that the bus going towards the Jalandhar bypass would not touch these stops and instead pass through the elevated road.

Yogesh Kumar, who works with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in the Mata Rani Chowk, alleged that he was not informed that the bus would pass from the elevated road as soon as he boarded a low-floor bus from the bus stand today afternoon.

“I had purchased Rs 5 ticket for going to the Mata Rani Chowk, but I was shocked when the conductor told that the bus would not go there directly and that I would have to return to Chand Cinema to finally reach my destination. When I objected to it, the bus conductor misbehaved with me. It is sad that a government department is misguiding people and that also in such scorching heat,” alleged Yogesh Kumar.

Baljit Singh, manager, Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited, said the low-floor buses were not passing from the road near Clock Tower due to the ongoing repair work.

Even the traffic police didn’t allow us to enter that particular road. But when we return from the Jalandhar bypass side, we pass through Chawni Mohalla, old Sabzi Mandi Chowk, Mata Rani Chowk, Clock Tower Chowk and the railway station because that side of the road is open to vehicular traffic. Every passenger is informed well in advance about the change in route whenever he asks for the ticket,” he added.

Loss suffered

We are suffering loss between ~25,000 and ~30,000 daily due to the ongoing repair of the road near Clock Tower. It is one of the most profitable routes, but are left with no option other than suffering losses till the time the road is opened to the vehicular traffic.

— Official, Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited



Fire Safety Series I
Fire safety thrown to wind at bus terminus
Hosepipes ‘missing’ from water hydrants; fearing theft, staff keep hosepipes in storeroom
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus terminus is equipped with fire extinguishers, water hydrants and buckets of sand so as to prevent fire from breaking out at the bus stand. Unfortunately water hydrants could not be used as hosepipes were “missing” from the boxes. These are being used by bus conductors to keep their bags. Refill receipts are missing from a few fire extinguishers.

Authorities at the bus stand authorities are, however, satisfied with their arrangements. A manger of the operating company claims that the hosepipes have been kept in a storeroom near the hydrant out of the fear of getting stolen.

Parkash Kaur, a commuter, said, “It is duty of the authorities to provide safety and security to the commuters at the bus stand.”

Hoshiar Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, said, “If there isn’t any hosepipe for water hydrants then why have the authorities installed these equipments. A large number of inflammable materials are lying at the bus stand. The authorities should do something in this regard.”

Rohit Sharma, another commuter, said, “It is a serious matter. The authorities should not wait for any tragedy to happen and take effective steps in this regard.”

Rajinder Singh Bhati, bus stand operating committee, “Hosepipes are being kept in the office as people often damage them. The fire equipments are expensive because these are made of brass. They are stolen if left in open. We get NOC every year from the fire brigade and get the fire extinguishers refilled on time.”

“We often conduct mock drills, as can not compromise with the people’s safety,” Bhati said.



Ludhiana swimmers stamp their supremacy
Win 13 medals in 27th Punjab State Swimming Championship at Sangrur
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 19
Though hosts Sangrur stamped their supremacy over others and accumulated 112 points to emerge overall champions, Ludhiana swimmers, too, made their presence felt by winning 13 medals, including five gold, in the 27th Punjab State Swimming Championship for the sub-junior boys and girls conducted at the War Hero’s Swimming Pool, Sangrur, on Sunday.

At least 135 swimmers from 12 districts took part in the group III (u-12) and group IV (u-10) years in this one-day championship. A 17- member contingent from the Ludhiana district participated in this meet and boys’ squad garnered 49 points to finish runners-up.

In the boys’ section, Sangrur collected 90 points to clinch the title while Patiala swimmers scored 72 points to come out as champions in the girls’ section. The Ferozepur district chipped in with 31 points and had to content at second place in the girl’s section.

In the group III, Anmol Jindal from Ludhiana was in thick of action as he grabbed as many as four gold medals.

Anmol finished ahead of others in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley events to prove his class.

Another upcoming swimmer from Ludhiana, Sahib Singh Sidhu (group-III) came out triumphant in the 50m freestyle to win gold medal. He finished runners up in the 50m backstroke event to clinch his second individual medal.

Ludhiana lad, Gurkirat Singh won one silver and one bronze medal in the same age group. He had to content with a silver medal in the 100m butterfly event. Gurkirat clinched bronze medal in 50m butterfly event.

In the girl’s section, Anant Kaur Virk and Pavit Sofat made their city proud by wrapping up four medals.

In the 50m freestyle (group III), Anant Kaur gave a tough time to her immediate rival from Sangrur before finishing as runners up.

Pavit Sofat, too, finished among position holders. She won silver medals in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle events, respectively.



Ban on registries in Doraha lifted
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 19
The Punjab government lifted the ban on registry of properties in Doraha block of Payal Assembly constituency which was in force for the past six years. The formal announcement to this effect would be made on June 20. Disclosing this here today, Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, former MLA, Kum Kalan and senior vice president Youth Akali Dal, said that the government has fulfilled its promise made during assembly election within three months.

He said that the government sympathetically considered the long pending demand of the natives of this area.

He also said that the tireless efforts of Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly, has borne fruit and the state government finally lifted the ban. Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal expressed gratitude towards Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister and Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue Minister, Punjab, for the initiative.

He said that the formal announcement in this regard would be made during a function, scheduled to be organised on June 20 in the office of Doraha Nagar Council. He also informed that the function would be presided over by Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, while Jathedar Santa Singh Umedpuri, chairmam, Subordinate Services Selection Board and district president, SAD, and Sanjeev Dhamija, district president, BJP, will also be present.



special chance fee rise
Hike irks applicants
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhaian, June 19
The special chance to appear in the Punjab school education examinations for students seem to be a "special" opportunity for PSEB to generate more funds as the board authorities charge huge amount as examination fee from the students who take this special chance. Teachers, parents and people from the education department are already opposing the policies of PSEB for increasing the examination fee.

Punjab School Education Board announced a special chance to appear in examination for those students who did not get success last year in clearing the class X and class XII examinations.

The board announced that students who appeared in the September 2010 (first semester) and March 2011 (Second semester) examinations, and failed or got compartments or had to reappear and could not pass the examination till the March 2012 examination can appear for this special chance. Students can submit their forms along with a fee of Rs 3000 by July 3, and till July 13 with Rs 1000 as late fee.

Ramanjit Singh, from the Democratic Teachers Front, said, "It is sheer loot by the PSEB authorities in the name of special chance. If someone wants to appear in the examination, charge from him/her according to the expenses. The board is putting undue burden on financially poor students."

"On the one hand the state government exempted all the fee from girl students and the students belonging to the SC categories, and on the other hand the PSEB is charging huge amounts in the form of examination fee from them.

It seems that the board conducts the examinations for generating funds from the students. Not only the fee for special chance, the fee of other examinations have also been increased. We oppose the policies of government," said Darshan Singh, a teacher.



Applications invited afresh for resource persons
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhaian, June 19
After reverting them to their parent schools, the District Resource Persons (DRPs), Block Resource Persons (BRPs) and Subject Master Trainers, who were deputed without following any criteria, the Education department has now invited applications for these posts according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiaan (SSA).

The department intends to depute these DRPs in the district offices and the BRPs in blocks to fulfil the requirement of the SSA.

According to the new guidelines, the teachers will be deputed on the basis of educational qualification.

The teachers who have won state and national awards would be deputed on a priority for these positions. It would also be required that the teachers should be well aware about the workings of SSA and are able to work on computers.

According to officials, some 2800 DRPs and BRPs are required for the functioning of SSA project in state. Earlier, these DRPs and BRPs were working as district coordinators of various projects,like Information Communication Technology (ICT) project, Parho Punjab Project and Educet Project, under the SSA and the education department.

Gurbeer Singh, from the Master Cadre Union, said, "We welcome the decision of the education department. It was our long pending demand that there should be a set criteria to depute the DRPs and BRPs."



Faculty development program at GGNIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The second day of the PTU-sponsored faculty development program on “Emerging Paradigms in Professional Education” organised by the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), emphasised on the relevance, tools and technologies of research methodology in the world of professional education.

The resource person, Dr Jagwinder Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, NIIT, Jalandhar, while deliberation on the topic "Problem identification and Hypothesis with Multivariate Analysis”, said that the identification of the real research problem is the most tedious task for a research study. He informed that a viable topic should be identified after a thorough analysis of the variables and said “a good research study should establish context and contribute in terms of managerial implications and theory."

“Research is a path, not an end in itself,” said Dr Gagandeep Sharma, from the department of management studies, BBSB Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, while addressing the delegates on the topic “Developing and Guiding Group Research”.

He said that a convincing topic and a convincing output are the two pre-requisites for group research. He and motivated the participants to instill research-oriented perspective in their students at an early age.



Foundation day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhaian, June 19
As a regular annual event, 22 different pensioners' associations of the district jointly celebrated the 10th foundation day of Pensioners Bhawan, situated in Mini Secretariat, with fervour here today.Chief guest Harvinder Singh, deputy general manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, Zonal Office, presided over the function. SP Karkara, IAS (retd), president, Senior Citizens Welfare Association, was the guest of honour.

BR Kaushal, chairman, Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, while welcoming the guests introduced the chief guest and the project of Pensioner Bhawan, saying the project was dedicated to the government pensioners by themselves with its inauguration on June 19, 2003. The project is self-funded and self-reliant. The number of government pensioners/ family pensioners and their dependents is estimated at 22,000 in the district.

Harvinder Singh in his address said that he felt immensely honoured to be amidst pensioners who are seniors citizens with vast and varied experience.

The deputy general manager also gave a cheque of Rs 11,000 as aid on the behalf of Punjab and Sind Bank Management. The speakers also criticised the Punjab Government for not implementing accepted demands as per the report of the Fifth Pay Commission's recommendations.




Customer meet

Ludhiana Regional Office of Punjab National Bank organised a customer meet to apprise the customers with new deposit and loan schemes and other schemes of the bank. general manager, Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir circle, Kamal Prasad was the chief guest. Speaking at the function, regional manager Arun Ahluwalia said the region had over 100 branches and 145 ATMs to serve the customers. At the end of last financial year, the banking business had crossed Rs 17,915 crore. The advances stood at Rs 12,647 crore which also included the priority sector advances of Rs 3,043 crore. According to Kamal Prasad, PNB was the only nationalised bank to have achieved an operating profit of more than Rs 10,000 crore during last year.

Nursing education

Nightingale College of Nursing at Narangwal in the district has taken an initiative to prepare nursing students at the school level. From the next academic session, the school being set up for this purpose will admit students to class XI and XII, according to the chairman of the college managing committee, Dr Sarbjit Singh, and director Sweet Kaur. They said that in the country and abroad, the demand for nurses of Indian origin had increased by around 15 per cent. The college offers nursing courses of BSc (Nursing), GNM and ANM.


The Punjabi Sahit Academy has hailed the decision of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, to bring non-Punjabis closer to the rich heritage of of the region by offering facilities and syllabus for Punjabi education. President of the academy Gurbhajan Gill and other functionaries said that other government and private universities in the state should also follow the same path. They urged the Punjab government to remove all obstacles in the way of conducting all official work in Punjabi and making it compulsory for private educational institutions to promote the teaching of Punjabi language.

Teachers to resume agitation

The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) Pass Unemployed Teachers Union, Punjab, has threatened to resume its agitation to protest against the failure of the Punjab government to issue appointment letters to eligible teachers despite many assurances. A state-level meeting of the union here today condemned the government for its delaying tactics. Amandeep Phool, president of the union, said the agitation was suspended by the teachers after two meetings with the Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka who had promised to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister and pave the way for the appointment of all TET teachers. The union will launch an intense agitation if the government failed to respond in a positive manner by June 25.

Meeting with minister

A general meeting of the Association of Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools was held with the Education Minister, Punjab, under Rajinder Sharma, along with IM Dutta, SS Sandu and other representatives from the various districts of the state, according to a press release issued here today. In the meeting, the members of the association welcomed the decision taken by the Punjab government to cancel the semester system pattern for classes X and XII examination from the current session and to implement the previous annual examination policy.

Coffee festival

'Coffee Festival', a consumer connect initiative from Café Coffee Day (CCD), has started in the city and will go on till July 18th. In an endeavour to share the art of coffee making with its consumers, the CCD has organised 'Coffee Festivals' at two of its cafes at Sarabha Nagar and Model Town extension. Kick starting the 'Coffee Festival', Aparupa Roy, a coffee evangelist at the CCD, showcased the fine art of coffee making while sharing many interesting facets of coffee. — Tribune Reporters



Youth injured in clash over land dispute
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 19
A youth of Leelan Megh Singh village situated on the Jagraon- Sidhwan Bet road had a miraculous escape when a few of his relatives allegedly opened fire at him. The youth, however, managed to escape from the spot, but was chased by armed assailants and thrashed.

Meanwhile, a few villagers informed the police about the incident. The injured youth was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The youth has been identified as Vazir Singh of Leelan Megh Singh.

Vazir told the police that there was some old dispute between his and uncle’s families. He was attacked by more than 10 persons, including the family members of his uncle and a few others while he was working in the fields today morning.

“One of the assailants also opened fire at me, but the bullet missed the target and I fled from the spot. I was chased and beaten up badly,” he alleged.

The police has registered a case against his aunt, cousin and eight unidentified persons in this regard. Additional SHO of the Jagraon Sadar police station Sawarn Singh said: “All accused are absconding. A manhunt has been launched to arrest them.”



15-yr-old girl found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
A 15-year old migrant girl was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal road here this evening. The girl, idendified as Bittu, was working as a domestic help at the house of one Ankur Garg.

The police took the body to the local Civil Hospital for autopsy. Police sources said that action would be initiated after getting the postmortem report.



Asian Beach Games
Indian eves corner glory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 19
Indian women emerged champions in basketball during the 3rd Asian Beach Games organised at Haiyang in China, recently. In the final, Indian eves got the better of China whom they outplayed 17-14 to lift the gold medal.

The Indian squad comprising Geethu Anna Jose, Anitha Paul Durai, Shireen Vijay Limaye and Kiranjit Kaur was coached by Prem Kumar.

However, in the men’s section, the Indian contingent of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Hareesh Koroth, Yadwinder Singh and Jagdeep Singh played well, but failed to finish at the victory podium. They had to content at fifth place.

Raja Randhir Singh, secretary general, Indian Olympic Association and Olympic Council of Asia, applauded the girls’ outstanding performance. In a communiqué to the president of the Basketball Federation of India, Rajdeep Singh Gill, he congratulated the players.

“It is indeed an honour that the girls have won gold medal for the first time in the Asian Beach Games,” the message read.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, also greeted the cagers and their coach, Prem Kumar, on this stupendous achievement.



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