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Four city-based patients reported sick, no causality so far
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Though the city is sizzling between 40°C and 45°C, the aedes mosquitoes of dengue has started spreading its tentacles. Following this, four patients have been reported to be suffering from dengue and are being treated at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Confirming this, State Epidemiologist for Vector-borne diseases, Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover, said: “We have received samples of a few patients from the DMCH. Out of these, nine have been confirmed as positive. Out of the nine, four are from Ludhiana and remaining five from Moga, Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Nawanshahar. Earlier, these patients were being treated at the DMCH. By now, six have been discharged and three are still under treatment.”

No one has died due to the dengue in Punjab so far, he added. An officer of the district health department said, “Four samples of suspected patients have been sent for test, the report of which is yet to come.”


sub-registrar office
No end to standoff between advocates, officials
Advocates meet Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, submit ‘complaint’
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
The standoff between officials of the Sub-Registrar’s office (West) on the Hambran Road and a few advocates refuse to die down with both levelling allegations of “threatening” each other.

In a latest development, a delegation of advocates met Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and submitted a “complaint” alleging that Naib Tehsildar Harminder Singh Sidhu and a few others, acting as “goons”, threatened the advocates of dire consequences if they dare to appear in the Sub-Registrar’s office. In the particular complaint, the advocates also alleged that this was being done so that the “accused” persons might take bribe from sellers and purchasers of the piece of the land.

On the other hand, Sidhu, who has recently taken over the charge of Naib Tehsildar, alleged that the advocates, acting as “middlemen” took money from the visitors and “pressurized” the officials to register their land deals on priority basis.

Sidhu said: “Today, while I was sitting with a few persons at my office, a person started clicking my photographs and used abusive language. It was only after Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Joginder Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Walia and a few advocates intervened that the matter was resolved. I have decided to handover the registries to the buyers and the sellers myself so that there were no chances of corruption left in the office. I will not let them continue with their corrupt practices.”

Meanwhile, in their letter to the Commissioner, the advocates said they appeared before the Revenue Officer in the capacity of advocates since long. They were aware that Rs 5, 000 per document as “bribe” was charged by the officials even for the documents like Power of Attorney and Will of the aged persons.

BS Aujla, Jagmohan Sharma, BPS Gill, Rajinder Gupta, Rakesh Chopra, PS Mangat and 15 others, all advocates, who met the Commissioner, said due to their indulgence in malpractice and connivance with each other, the officials were reluctant to entertain advocates. Even their presence at the office was not acceptable to the officials.

Apprehending “threat” to their lives, the advocates have requested the Commissioner to take immediate action against the “goonda elements” at the Sub-Registrar’s office.



Migrant duped of Rs 27,000
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
A migrant, who sells flowers outside a temple near Kotchar Market, was duped of Rs 27,000 by two youths on the premises of the PNB branch located in Model Town today.

This incident took place when Ravi Mishra visited the bank to deposit Rs 27,000. He told the police that two youths offered to fill the bank’s voucher on his behalf.

“I don’t know whether they used some sedative spray or anything else, but I started feeling giddy. They took the cash from me on the pretext of submitting the same after handing over a bag which they said contained Rs 2 lakh in it. I don’t know when they went out of the bank. I opened the bag and found it empty. Except for papers there was nothing in it,” added Ravi.

He further reported the matter to the police. It has obtained CCTV footages of the accused from the bank. Police officials said the CCTV footages would help them in nabbing the criminals.



Elected councillors without a ‘house’
Those defeated still ‘serving’ people
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Even as several new councillors have been elected to the Municipal Corporation house on June 10, but still they are not able to “serve” the residents. The reason behind this is a “technical” issue. As the ongoing MC house has not been dissolved and newly elected councillors have still not taken oath.

Interestingly, those councillors who lost the MC elections on June 10 continue to operate as councillors and are still attesting documents and are involved in such works.

However, this confusion does not prevail in wards where the sitting councillors have been re-elected.

The term of present MC house will end on September 7 and the outgoing councillors can function till that date. The newly-elected councillors will be able to function only if they take oath in the MC house.

One such newly-elected councillor rued, “Even as I defeated the sitting councillor of the ward on June 10, people still visit his office for works such as attestation of documents, redressal of their problems and other such works. The loser continues to work as normal while the winner is still waiting to be accepted as councillor by residents of my ward,” said the councillor.

But the councillors, who lost the MC elections, don’t see any harm in such situation. “Everyone knows about the winning candidates and once they take oath, they would start performing their duties. But if people come to our offices for work, why do others have any problem? After all we are serving the residents,” said one such “loser” councillor.

PWD Minister and senior Akali leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the Deputy Chief Minister and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal would reach Punjab tomorrow. “Once he finalizes the name of the Mayor, the newly elected councillors will take the oath,” he said.



5 policemen fined for traffic violations
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
The city traffic police cracked the whip on traffic violators in khaki by challaning five vehicles belonging to the policemen.

In the first incident, the vehicle of Ashwani Kumar, a Haryana Police constable was challaned for pasting black films on the windshield, while he was coming out of a shopping mall. The black film was removed and the policeman handed over the challan.

Similarly, four vehicles of the police officials and their family members were towed away for wrong parking.

A woman constable was seen requesting the policemen not to tow away her vehicle that was wrongly parked in the Civil Lines area.

But her request was declined following which woman constable literally ran after the tow away vehicle that took her car to the police lines.

“We are sending a clear message that no traffic offender will be spared. The police is taking strict action against the traffic violators and will continue to do so till the time residents start obeying traffic rules,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Naveen Singla.



Notorious criminal, three others nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Notorious criminal Rajinder Singh along with his three others were nabbed by a special team of the Model Town police from Abdullapur Basti today. Lumba along with Vikas Chabra, Gurjeet Singh and Rajneesh Kumar was nabbed while planning a robbery bid. They were sitting in a car parked outside the house of SAD leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia.

The joint team of the police got the tip- off and surrounded the area. The other team then opened the vehicle and caught the accused off guard.

ADCP- II Bhupinder Singh said besides, recovering sharp-edged weapons, the police had also recovered one countrymade weapon, 10 cartridges, two car bearing fake number plates and 100 passport size photograph of a few residents. There have been several cases against Rajinder Singh. He was recently booked in an attempt to murder case for thrashing a property dealer in Dugri. Besides there have been allegation of extortion against him. Rajinder Singh was also operating several gambling joints and enjoying considerable political backing. Several punters are also working for him and betting on cricket matches.

The ADCP said the arrest of the accused and his accomplices would bring respite to many residents who were being terrorised by these criminals. Jeet, Rinku and Mehandi are dreaded criminals.



Woman dies in freak incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
A 25-year-old woman died in a freak incident after a wall of an under construction house fell on her in Sarabha Nagar today. Fortunately, her three-year- old son, who was sleeping next to her, did not suffer any injury.

The victim identified as Ram Ratti was living in this house along with her husband. According to victim’s husband Pappu, the incident took place today morning when the sand-laden tractor trolley arrived at the house.

Pappu said he opened the gate and told the driver to take the trolley inside the house. The driver lost control over the vehicle while reversing the trolley and it collided with the wall.

The impact was so strong that Ram Ratti died on the spot.



Modern houses, lifestyle destroying sparrow’s habitat
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Although, it is widely speculated that increasing radiation because of mobile towers is responsible for the disappearance of house sparrows, but PAU experts say that the destruction of their habitats has led to their decline.

Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kler, Assistant Ornithologist, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), working as a principal investigator in the All-India Network Project on Agricultural Ornithology, says “Mobile phone radiation does effect but the major cause of disappearing of sparrows is change in human lifestyle and architecture of housing projects.”

According to the survey conducted by Punjab Agricultural University experts in 250 villages of the state, on the basis of percentage of abundance of sparrows as compared to other species in five agro-climatic zones, a drastic fall was recorded.

According to an old study of Punjab Agricultural University sparrows used to be considered as “pest” as their percentage was more than 60 per cent and considered harmful for the crops in some of the areas. This percentage has drastically dropped in this decade and now it is 2.5 per cent in most of the villages of the state.

“It is a fact that sparrows have been living around human habitats for centuries. The decline was noticed even in the 90s when mobile towers were not in the scene, but lifestyle of people had started to change. Earlier the decline of the house sparrow was not noticed but now it is easily observed,” said Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kler.

“Due to urbanization and development in rural areas now the architecture of our houses has changed, which affect the survival of sparrows as it is not favorable for them,” said Kler.

Talking about the reason for the decline in number of sparrows Dr Tejdeep said: “We noted appreciable percentage of sparrows in some villages of the Faridkot and Ferozpur districts where villages have traditional homes or are near rivers. Now the roofs and sheds have been cemented at villages and little space is left for them for nesting for sparrows. Moreover, due to the use of insecticide in the fields led reduction in number of insects and makes the survival of sparrows tough.”

The PAU experts revealed number of causes for their disappearance from the rural areas, like no storage of grains in the open, burning of stubble in the fields, sowing of chemical coated seeds.



IIT Entrance Exams
New pattern, a burden
Students, teachers feel that ‘experiments’ will lead to confusion
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Yet another format set for the entrance examination of engineering students in 2013, has once again put pressure in the minds of students, who believe that the "experiments" being conducted on a particular batch will lead to more confusion and burdens. Even the teachers of the subjects, including physics, chemistry and maths, who provide guidance for competitions to students, feel that due to the new pattern introduced, the first batch will suffer while following batches will reap the benefits.

Dr HK Sidhu, a physics teacher, here said as per the new format, the students will be under dual pressure. Earlier, they focused well on the entrance tests, but now with the latest format introduced by the government, top 20 per cent students (in the CBSE class XII examination) will be eligible to take the IIT exams.

"Many students are not even aware of the changes being made on a daily basis. As per the new formula, 20 per cent students will be eligible to take the IIT exams while 80 per cent will be rejected. The students, already under tremendous pressures, will have to work hard even more now", said Sidhu.

Paras Mittal, a student, rued that the changes in policies had put them in a dilemma. The students were not even aware that their advance tests would be based on subjective or objective pattern? "We don’t know whether we have to prepare as per the previous set of question papers or they will provide the guidelines. We are not aware that tomorrow they might again bring some more changes in the pattern. This uncertainty has put us under immense pressure ", said Paras.

However, hailing this new format, a principal of a school on condition of anonymity said that she felt satisfied over the recent decision taken by the government. "The students never took their lessons in the school seriously. In later stages (end of the session), they start bunking regular classes. At least now, they will realise that they will have to score well in the CBSE class XII exam to be eligible for the IIT test", said the principal.

New format

  • As per the new pattern, JEE test will be conducted and top 1.5 lakh (engineering) students will be eligible to sit for the IIT advance test
  • Even after clearing the advance tests, only top 20 per cent students in the CBSE (who will score 20 per centile) will get a chance to take admission in IITs



Superstitions killing Sidhwan Canal
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Not only the industry should be blamed for polluting the water sources of Punjab, but also superstitious people living in urban areas.

People can be seen throwing “puja samagri” into the Sidhwan canal and the Sutlej early in the morning. It’s believed that materials used in religious ceremonies can’t be disposed of except in the flowing water. Those residing in the city could be seen throwing this material in the Sutlej and the Sidhwan canal as per their convenience. Astrologers are also playing a vital role in polluting the river waters as a major chunk of this “samagri” is being “prescribed” by them for throwing into the flowing water.

Janmeja Singh Johal, an author and social activist, said, “We are releasing our inner impurities into the pure water in the form of ‘puja samagri’ into the canals. People usually throw bio-degradable and non bio-degradable substances like polythene bags, plastic sacks, nails and chemical coated idols, cover the surface of canals which helps in polluting the water.”

Most of the times astrologers recommend to their believers throw grains into the water which increase the weeds in fields and affect the chemical content of the water. This trend is very harmful as it is not visible but over the period it affects the humans. It should be strictly prohibited.

According to Dr Amandeep Singh Bains, RBS Roots, an NGO, such materials are polluting and degrading the environment. If you go to London, Thames, despite being smaller than many of our rivers has become a tourist destination, but here people are mindlessly polluting water sources, he says. According to our estimate, people were throwing more than 200 kilogram of material in 10 hours at the Sutlej Bridge near Phillaur.

Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, a noted environment activist, said, “It is our tradition to throw grains into the rivers to feed the fishes. During those human beings and the nature used to intermingle. People took these activities as religious act. Nowadays, people are recommending wrong things in the name of religion. We cannot consider such anti-nature activates as religious. Some people are playing with superstitions in the name of religion. They don’t have knowledge of religion that is why they recommend such activities to the people which lead to water and soil pollution.” 



Railway employees stage protest
Seek removal of pay anomalies, better working conditions for engg staff
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 28
A large number of employees of the Railways staged a protest under the banner of the Northern Railwaymen’s Union (NRMU) in front of the local railway station today.

Leaders of a trade union criticised the dilly-dallying tactics being adopted by the Railway Board towards genuine demands of the engineering staff and threatened to go on a nationwide strike. Addressing the protesting railway employees, divisional secretary of the Northern Railwaymen’s Union Daljeet Singh said though the trade unions were agitating for the removal of pay anomalies and improvement in the working conditions of the engineering staff, the railway authorities and the Union government was turning a deaf ear to their genuine demands.

He said, “A committee set up by the Railway Board had unanimously recommended grant of enhanced grade pay to gang men whose salary is between Rs 1,700 and Rs 2, 800. The committee had also recommended that good quality uniform be provided to those manning the tracks. Workers falling under these categories should be given 10 per cent annual increment and 50 percent of them should be sent to workshops and open lines on the basis of their seniority.”

Daljeet Singh, however, regretted that the board had failed to implement any of these recommendations even after one year of the submission of the report by the committee. He urged the government to intervene and prevail upon the board to accept the demands. But, he vehemently criticised the government proposals to abolish the new pension scheme and privatisation of the Railways.

Divisional vice-president of the Northern Railwaymen’s Union Rajinder Singh, divisional secretary of the All-India Loco Running Staff Association Paramjit Singh, Ghansham Singh, Ashok Kumar, Avtar Singh, Surjit Singh, Amar Singh and Kulwinder Singh Grewal were present on the occasion.



Parents, too, on Facebook
Keep tab on prospective spouses of children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
If you thought that Facebook was only for the young generation, think again. The old and the elderly have also jumped into the bandwagon, but for a different purpose. They keep a track on the activities of prospective spouses of their children, so that they can gauge their level of maturity.

Parents check the profiles and try to keep a tab on their children’s online activity. Harjeet Singh, a resident, said social networking sites had become an integral part of everyone’s life and peeking into the online activity did give some information about how the individual was doing in real life. "Although you cannot completely bank on what youngsters do online, but it does give some information about the level of maturity a person has," he says.

"We ought to know as much as we can about the prospective spouse of our children and social networking sites do help us to take a peek into their personalities”, he said.

Ram, a businessman, said that he checked out popular networking sites to find out more about the "boy" his daughter was marrying. Some youths, particularly girls, are discreet in their online behaviour and comment keeping this trend in mind.

Ruhi, a resident, said that earlier, she used to be frivolous online, but when a friend warned her that it could affect her marriage prospects, she is more cautious while making online remarks.

Ishvinder, a businessman, said that he was surprised when his mother told him she wasn't impressed by the unintelligible online remarks of the girl he was interested in. "I never expected my mother would get online, and comb through the social networking sites especially for this purpose," he says.



Coconut has high mineral content, say experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
People love to quench their thirst with cold drinks, shakes and sharbats etc during summer. But here is a better option "tender coconut water" which is good for health as contains vitamins, chlorides, cytokinins and lauric acid which helps to keep away fatigue.

Talking to the Tribune, Dr Iqbal Ahuja, said, "It is completely free from chemicals and is safe for children and babies. Pregnant women should drink coconut water to help ease digestion problems during pregnancy. "

Dr Sunita Goel, associate professor, department of gynecology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said, "Coconut oil is rich in minerals. If one suffers from nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy, coconut water can be of some help."

Sudheer Khanna, founder of a private company, which promotes tender coconuts, rose conserves, honey and tamarind-based products and was addressing a seminar here said, "Regular consumption of coconut can improve immunity , increase metabolism, raises HDL (good cholesterol) and detoxify the body. Drinking coconut water on a regular basis can help in regulating intestinal function, which is known to provide a myriad of health benefits, including clear complexion."

He further said that monolorin in coconut water, which acts as an antiviral monoglyceride has the ability to kill an assortment of viruses and bacteria in the body.



Directional signages
Don’t mention councillors name: MC Asst Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
The office of Assistant Commissioner (Technical), Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, has appealed that councillors should not force MC officials to put their names on the directional signages bearing the information about the area. These are installed for the convenience of people. These informative signages are installed by the MC, but with the names of councillors written on them, it seems that the expenses for the installation of these have been borne by the councillors.

According to the instructions, the name of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, should be written in place of the name of the councillor.

There is no provision of writing names of councillors according to the Municipal Act the MC officials said.



operation blue star
‘BJP yet to decide on the memorial’
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
People from different organisations have approached us with the idea that a memorial should come up in the memory of those who laid down their lives for the nation during the Operation Blue Star.

This was said by newly appointed political secretary to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary of the state unit Kamal Sharma here on Wednesday while interacting with mediapersons at a function organied in his honour at a shop on the Ferozeour Road.

Sharma said, “Different organisations have approached the Bhartiya Janta Party with an idea that a memorial should be built in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the nation during the Operation Blue Star. The Bharatiya Janata Party is yet to discuss it and decide accordingly.”

About the controversy generated by the Operation Blue Star Memorial in the Golden temple Complex, Sharma said, “The Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has already cleared his stand on it in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Health and family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal had also cleared his stand on this issue."

He added, "Be it any memorial, peace of the state should not be disturbed.”

When asked to comment on the Balwant Singh Rajoana issue, he said, “Madan Mohan Mittal has already clarified his stand on this issue.”



Residents get their grievances resolved
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 28
Residents of the town and surrounding localities got their grievances resolved during a Sangat Darshan programme organised at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

Rajesh Tripathi, subdivisional magistrate, Malerkotla, presided over the grievance-listening session and Jaspal Kaur, executive magistrate, supervised over officials dealing with complaints received during the programme. Besides disposing of a number of complaints on the spot, Tripathi marked seven applications to officials concerned for prompt and necessary action.

A majority of complaints were concerned with the civic body, block development office and the police department.



City women lack driving sense: CII vice-chief
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Sandeep Rayat, vice-chairman of the CII Ludhiana, has said that majority of the women drivers of the city lacked driving sense and needed to be taught traffic rules.

"A majority of the women I know avoid wearing seatbelt as it would crumple their dress. Many a times I stop my friends from using mobile phone while driving but it makes no effect on them. It is also the women who argue the most with traffic cops," she said.

Rayat was speaking at a seminar on 'stress management and behaviour with public' organised for the traffic police personnel by the CII Ludhiana at Police Lines here today.

Rayat, who has been working with the Ludhiana traffic police for over a year, said women did not care about the traffic rules. She said most of the vehicles towed away were driven by women.

To check this trend, she said, there was a need to spread awareness among women drivers.

"The issuance of driving license should be made tough. Further, the police should also conduct seminars at ladies clubs and clubs such as Sutlej and Lodhi where women assemble for kitty parties," Rayat said.

Kulwant Singh, a traffic in-charge, said, "While men have started following the parking rules, it is taking much too long for women to understand that they have to park their vehicle behind the yellow line."

Traffic policeman shares his woes

While stressing that the taffic police should talk politely, Industrialist SB Singh, a member of the CII Ludhiana, was interrupted by a traffic policeman, Mehtab Singh, who said, "Does the rule of polite behaviour only apply to us? What about the residents who flaunt their political connections and yell at us?” He narrated an incident where on being stopped for using mobile phone and jumping a traffic light, a youth lowered the window and told him to wait as he was talking on the phone. Just when Mehtab moved to stop another traffic violator, the youth fled with his car. "Now what should we do in such a case? If we use force then we are branded as highhanded," said Mehtab Singh.



Nandpur school faces government’s apathy
Cattle graze, drain overflows as students study
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 28
Primary School, Nandpur, located on the periphery of Sahnewal, is everything but for a school: a place where cattle graze, residents use as a shortcut while students are attending their classes, and surplus sewer water drains into the school grounds.

"This school with strength of 200 students is not fit to be called a school. The Nagar Panchayat has never taken pains to look into the unhygienic conditions the staff and students are forced to put up with. The leaders make tall promises to provide infrastructure for the school but never fulfil it," said Avtar Nandpuri, a local social worker and member of the PTA committee of the school.

A big drain flows around the boundary wall of the school, and it often gets blocked with plastic bags. As a result, the water starts overflowing on the road.

"In order to avoid this, the boundary wall of the school is broken by the residents to allow the sewer water an easy passage into the open ground of the school," Nandpuri said.

The cattle are allowed to graze freely in the school grounds. The residents have also broken a part of the boundary wall to give themselves a passageway.

"The school is entirely neglected one. Till date no grant has arrived in any form from the government," Nandpuri said.

It was with the efforts of the PTA that four teachers were arranged for the school. Earlier, there was just one teacher for the 200 students.

"As if all this was not enough, a water tank has been installed in the school grounds. The nagar council and the councillors too have never bothered to address the unfavourable condition," Nandpuri said.



Counselling changing lives of rural students
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 28
Shabnam could have never thought that she would complete her MCom and appear for the National Eligibility Test for lectureship. Owing to the weak financial condition of her family, she had given up the idea of continuing with her studies despite scoring good marks at the senior secondary level. Had she not been motivated and counselled by her teachers five years back, her life would not have been the same.

"I was in no position to study after Class XII. It was at that crucial time that two teachers from Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, came to our place and asked me to join commerce stream as I had secured a very good percentage. I just wanted to work and support my family at that time. The teachers, however, convinced me and my parents by discussing the better financial prospects in the future," Shabnam says.

"Here I am today, all set to become a college professor and ready to support myself and my family," she says.

Guidance at the right time can play an important role in shaping the life of rural students.

"Most of the students belonging to villages and small towns fail to make the choice about the stream or course to opt for after the matriculation or the senior secondary class. Most of the times they are unsure if the choice they make would yield any result," says Prof Gursharan Kaur, head of the political science department at a local college.

Narjit Kaur, another student of Guru Nanak National College, who topped the university in the first semester in MA Sociology had decided to study no further after Class XII as she believed she was only fit for homely tasks.

"It was with the help and guidance of the professors of the college that I made up my mind to study further,” she says, "After that there was no looking back."

It is at this crucial time that teachers and professional experts could counsel and show the way to the students as per their academic standing, tastes and aptitude, says Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu.

"As the Class XII students pass out from the school, we educate them about the line they can opt for. We also guide them in opting affiliated and recognised institutions. Otherwise, there might be misled into opting for sub-standard institutions," he says.

There were a number of examples where girl students who had scored well at the senior secondary level were discouraged from studying further by their parents, says Prof Ranjit Kaur, assistant professor in commerce.

"Such parents are exhorted to send their wards to acquire higher education through door-to-door counselling and guidance," she says.

Colleges have been helping the children who are at the decisive stage through counselling and regular advertisements, says Jaswant Singh Gill, the director of a local college.

"By this means they come to know about different streams. For guidance we also have a special cell in the college," he says.

The college is also trying to provide education at the very door step, especially for the girl students, by making special arrangements for their transportation, a facility in the absence of which many a rural talent gets wasted.

"The financial help accorded by the college in the form of scholarships, stipends and fee-concession enable students to acquire education without much financial burden," Gill says.



City children have a colourful vacation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
With students having their summer vacation, a number of skill-sharpening workshops are being organised for them in the city this month. Some professional painters are busy training these students the skills they have acquired in this field.

Sita Ram, a veteran painter in the old city area, started taking classes in his studio after the students and their parents urged him to.

Sita Ram said that he used to give training to only those who wanted to take up painting as a profession, but now even the young students who want to do something worthwhile during their holidays ask him to train them.

Rakesh, a Class XI student, said, "It was an excellent experience for me when I took the brush in my hand for the very first time. It felt as if I was playing with colours. I had been planning to join this class prior to the school examination. Now I am enjoying and learning new skills everyday," he said.

Amrit, another student, said, "I recently visited some art galleries in Chandigarh and Manali. I was inspired from the paintings. I had a little experience of pencil sketch in my childhood but I am interested in oil paintings; therefore, I decided to join the painting classes."

Kirandeep, a city-based painter, said, "During the summer vacation, the number of students coming for the classes increase. It’s good that in the era of computers, people still have interest in traditional forms of art." 



Health department seals two ultrasound machines in city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
On finding anomalies during an inspection, a team of health department today sealed two ultrasound machines in the city.

Disclosing this Dr AK Handa Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana said,"On the instructions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, I along with Dr Khema Sethi visited 'Spectrum Diagnostic and Scan Center, Udham Singh Nagar', and sealed the ultrasound machine for four weeks as the F-forms were not filled. It is mandatory to fill the F-Form by the diagnostic centre before a scan."

Yesterday, Dr Maninder Singh, senior medical officer, Raikot, had inspected this centre on the instructions of the CMO.

Dr Handa said,"We also sealed another ultrasound machine at Ghattai Nursing Home, Chandigarh Road. The machine was lying open and doctor was not present there. In the absence of a doctor, the machine should be locked. So this machine was also sealed."



PAU notes
Innovative farmers to be honoured in Kisan Mela

Ludhiana: The Punjab Agricultural University has invited applications from the farmers of Punjab for the 'Innovative Farmer Awards 2012' to be conferred during the PAU Kisan Mela in September 2012. Five awards, carrying a cash prize, plaque and citation will be given to the innovative and progressive farmers for excelling in agriculture and its allied fields. Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, said that Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 5000, would be given to a self-cultivating farmer of field crops, and Parwasi Bharti Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 8000, would be presented to a self-cultivating farmer engaged in the diversified farming system.

A self-cultivating vegetable grower who puts at least 60 per cent area of operational holding under vegetable crops in winter as well as summer seasons would win the Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award which carries cash prize of Rs 3100. S Surjit Singh Dhillon Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 5000, would be given to a self-cultivating small farmer (having land up to five acres).

The fifth award, State Awardee Sardarni Jagbir Kaur Memorial Innovative Woman Farmer Award, would be conferred upon a woman farmer engaged in agriculture and allied agri-enterprises. It would carry a cash prize of Rs 3100. — TNS



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Grant for backward classes

An amount of Rs 435 crore has been earmarked for the amelioration of backward classes by the Punjab Government, Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said. The budget presented by state Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa is people friendly and development-oriented, he said. He further said various schemes were a part of the budget, including the Shagan Scheme, construction of Dr Ambedkar Bhawans etc.

Decision hailed

The English Masters Association (EMA) welcomed the decision regarding new promotional policy taken by Education Minister Sikander Singh Malooka. In a state-level meeting in Ludhiana, An English master's transfer policy should be made and an English master's post should be created at every school. State president Jasjit Singh said EMA appreciated the new promotional policy under which the subject teacher would be promoted in his teaching subject only.

Summer camp

The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana, organized a personality development summer school camp in different areas of Ludhiana. Children were given training in moral, social, kirtan, tabla, dastar, cooking, etc. It was organised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, BRS Nagar.

Support for lyricist

The Ludhiana Citizen Council will give financial support to veteran Punjabi actor and lyricist Satish Kaul. A delegation of the council demanded that the state government and the district administration should give him proper accommodation.

Award ceremony

The annual awards function of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Central, was held in wednesday during which chief guest Sanjiv Sethi, district governor, also paid an official visit. Out of the 120 clubs of Punjab Himachal and J&K, Best Club Award, was given to the Rotary Club Ludhiana Central, Best President award was bagged by Rajesh Seth and Best Secretary award was given to Harish Singla. During the function Rajesh Seth, president 2011-12, and Secretary Harish Singla handed over the charge to Parveen Goyal president 2012-13

Army-recruitment rally

Colonel MS Mahar said that an Army open recruitment rally at Ludhiana was being organized at Guru Nanak Stadium by the Army Recruiting Office, Ludhiana, from 2 July to 7 July, 2012. The rally will cover four major districts of Punjab viz Moga, Ludhiana, Roopnagar and Mohali (SAS Nagar). Mahar further said that tokens would be issued on July 2 for candidates of Moga District, July 3 for candidates of Ludhiana and July 4 for candidates of Roopnagar and SAS Nagar (Mohali) districts for recruitment of soldier on general duty. He also informed that candidates for clerk, storekeeper technical, technical and nursing assistants could participate in this rally from all districts of Punjab on July 5

Bariatric surgery

India's leading RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopic Hospital, Ludhiana, today held a press conference to discuss a revolutionary surgery for weight reduction - bariatric surgery. The hospital's bariatric and metabolic surgery department has been functioning well since past one year and has treated many patients with excellent results.

Unemployed teachers’ meeting

Teacher eligibility Test (TET) passed unemployed teachers union held a meeting at Gurdwara Alamgir here today. The meeting was led by district president of the union Amandeep Singh Phool and general secretary Ragveer Singh. Teachers decided to conduct a state-level protest rally on July 1 at Ludhiana. All district presidents and number of unemployed activists were present at the meeting.

Demand for subdivision

Manpreet Singh Ayali , MLA from the Dakha constituency, raised the issue in Punjab Assembly during the session to constitute MullanPur Dakha as a sub division. Ayali said people of the Dakha constituency are suffering because constituency was under two different subdivisions. — TNS



Cricket Tourney
Ludhiana bounces back, clinches victory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 28
After conceding first innings lead, Ludhiana bounced back into the game to register a victory against formidable, Jalandhar in the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-22) being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Burlton Park, Jalandhar, today.

Jalandhar won the toss and opted to bat first. In their first essay, Jalandhar scored 389 runs in 80.5 overs.

Their innings revolved around star batsman, Mandeep Singh, who chipped in with 144 runs. Other notable contributors were Himanshu Satyakam and Sidharath Sharma, who made 85 and 53 runs, respectively. Gurkirat scored 36 runs.

For Ludhiana, Sandeep Singh was the most successful bowler. He captured four wickets for 107 runs, while Anil Siag accounted for two wickets after conceding 93 runs.

Sukhjinder Singh and Nikhil Chowdhary claimed one wicket each after giving away 33 and 75 runs, respectively.

Ludhiana began their innings on a cautious note with batsmen taking no chances. Their reply was spearheaded by captain Geetansh Khera who led from the front and top scored with 89 runs.

Geetansh was well assisted by Devinder Sidhu (79 n.o), Sandeep Singh (62) and Ashish Kumar (45). Akhil Aggarwal and Anil Siag, too played valuable innings of 24 and 21 runs, respectively while Sunny Pandey contributed 15 runs, as the visitors' first innings folded at 381 runs in 129 overs.

Jalandhar's Yogesh secured six wickets for 105 runs, while S Gill took two for 58. Gurkirat and Himanshu claimed one wicket each to restrict Ludhiana and help their team to gain a slender seven-run lead.

In the second innings, hosts Jalandhar failed to put up a brave face against Ludhiana, as they could muster 219 runs in 54.2 overs. Their mainstay, Mandeep and Sidharth scored 15 and 22 runs, respectively.

The main run getters were Nitish (45), Love Kumar (45), Abhishek Gupta (38), Himanshu Satyakam (19) and Gurkirat (14).

For Ludhiana, Anil Siag was the pick of bowlers, who scalped four victims for 70 runs. Sandeep Singh grabbed three wickets for 37 while Sukhjinder Singh took two for 46 and Nikhil Chowdhary chipped in with one wicket for 46 runs.

Needing 227 runs, Ludhiana opening pair of Sunny Pandey and Akhil Aggarwal did a commendable job, as the pair added 192 runs for the first wicket. Sunny made 87 while Akhil scored 93 runs.

Anil Siag and Geetansh Khera remained unbeaten on 26 and 4 runs, respectively. They anchored Ludhiana to reach 228 runs for the loss of four wickets and scripted a win by six wickets to earn five vital points.

Incidentally, it was the first defeat for the title contenders, Jalandhar district.



Motor Rallies
Adventure-junkies off to hills to chill out
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
With the summer season at its peak, people are headed to the hills. A number of them are not just travelling all the way to get away from the city heat, but they want to experience the adrenaline rush. These adventure-junkies from the city are participating in motor rallies, the craze of which is on a rise for last few years.

Satnam Singh, who is headed to the Mughal Rally that would take him to places such as Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam, says that not only he, his family memebers are also happy about his participation in the rally. Gurvinder Singh Poonia, purchased a Gypsy to participate in one such rally. He says that he is participating to get "a taste of adventure" and a break from his business.

Though Punjabis love to drive, they are not aware of rallying, says 32-year-old businessman Jaideep Mander. Passionate about adventure driving since childhood, he says that instead of rash driving on roads, it is better to participate in these rallies to experience the joy of driving and adventure.

The benefit of participating in such organised rallies is that there is a proper support system and the element of risk is less, says Sarabjit, a regular participant. The meandering roads and the sharp turns present new challenges, he says, and this makes rallying in the hills all the more adventurous.



Quad skating is Saruchi’s passion
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
At 11, Saruchi Garg loves to put on the wheels and set the rink on fire. She has many medals in her kitty.

She has already won 20 gold medals apart from other medals. She won gold at the national school games in Kohlapur in 2010 and two bronze medals last year. She participates in all the three events of skating, including time trial, rink race and road race. A student of class VI at BCM Arya Model School, she likes road race and time-trial more, as these require more strength and stamina.

I use to feel pain in my knees earlier, as there was inadequate calcium and vitamin D in my body, but after consulting a doctor, I am fit now. My family and I take care of the requisite diet and eat green vegetables and proper diet to maintain fitness," she says.

She says she wants to participate in quad skating at the international level. She puts in about four hours of practice. "It was my uncle who was really keen on getting me into this sport and I am thankful to him. My family has been encouraging," she says.

"I love skating. In fact, many students who started with me about six years ago are no longer in the game. But skating is my passion and I want to be a professional skater when I grow up," she says.



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