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LIT Scheme
30-yr wait for plots pays
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 10
In what comes as a good news for allottees, who have been waiting to get possession of plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar scheme on Pakhowal Road for the last over 30 years, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) will allot alternative plots to the allottees. The possession of the plots could not be given as the land in question had come under the City Centre project, which stands abandoned due to litigation.

LIT executive officer Avtar Singh Azad said a public notice had been issued, asking the allottees to personally appear at the Trust office on August 16 along with their identity proof, attested photographs, original receipt of earnest money, allotment letter and affidavit so that alternative plots could be given to them as per the directions of the courts.

Azad said applications had been invited in 1979 and 1982 for allotment of residential plots measuring 125 square yards each in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. However, due to a stay order obtained by some owners of the land acquired for the scheme, the draw of lots for allotment could not be held.

In 1999, after vacation of the stay order by the apex court, a draw was conducted for the allotment of plots. However, the City Centre project was envisaged by the LIT and plots intended to be given to 124 allottees came under this project. "The Trust had decided to refund the earnest money to the allottees in 2003, but the matter was reviewed in 2005 when a decision was taken to provide alternative plots to the allottees," he stated.

The possession of plots had already been handed over to nine allottees following the directions of various courts. The remaining allottees are now being given a last and final opportunity to produce the required documents and appear in person at the Trust office to get their claims processed. Those who failed to appear with the required documents on the stipulated date would forfeit their right to the plot and no further claims would be entertained after this date, he said.

Public notice

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust executive officer has said a public notice has been issued, asking the allottees to personally appear at the Trust office on August 16 along with their identity proof, attested photographs, original receipt of earnest money, allotment letter and affidavit so that alternative plots could be given to them as per the directions of the courts. Those who failed to appear with the required documents on the stipulated date would forfeit their right to the plot and no further claims would be entertained.


Metro construction plan reworked
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation has decided to change the construction plan. The project will now have an 11.5-km underground and a 17-km elevated corridor. Out of the total project cost of Rs 10,300 crore, around Rs 3,700 crore will be spent on the construction of the underground corridor alone.

The per-km cost for the construction of the Metro will be Rs 175 crore for the elevated track and Rs 325 crore for the underground one.

After MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma was made the Managing Director of the Metro rail corporation, the process of meetings have begun. A meeting regarding land acquisition for the project was held yesterday, where MC officials were asked to identify buildings as well as the land that has to be acquired.

“The detailed project report (DPR) was made a couple of years ago, so we are going to carry out a fresh survey,” Verma said. The Municipal Corporation has identified around 200 commercial, residential and government buildings that have to be acquired for the project. A meeting is to be held in Delhi on August 22 in this connection.

The MC has constituted a three-member support cell that will look into various aspects of the project.

Quick take

  • The Metro will cover 29 km
  • 11.5 km will be underground while the remaining will be overhead
  • In corridor I, there will be four underground stations out of a total of 14. Corridor II will have seven underground stations out of 13 stations.
  • The corridors will be elevated as the Metro will run 22 ft above the ground
  • The per-km cost of the construction will be Rs 175 crore for the elevated track and Rs 325 crore for the underground one.

Metro map



Lahore-Delhi bus hits vehicle, 3 hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The Sada-e-Sarhad bus from Lahore to Delhi met with an accident near the Jalandhar bypass chowk at about 1 pm today when it hit a pick-up truck (Tata Ace). Three persons travelling in the truck, including its driver, suffered minor injuries.

SHO Salem Tabri Bittan Kumar said the windscreen of the bus had got damaged. A case has been registered against the driver of the pick-up truck under Sections 279 and 227 of the IPC for reckless driving. The case was registered on the complaint of ASI Rampal who was sitting in the

escort vehicle. The ASI said the accident took place when the pick-up truck driver suddenly applied brakes.

The ADCP said the bus passengers were unhurt. The accident took place even though the route of the bus is cordoned by the traffic police. An inquiry has been ordered with regard to dereliction of duty.



Army man held for abetting wife's suicide
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 10
A woman committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her house in Halwara village near Gurusar Sudhar yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Pardeep Kaur, wife of an Army man.

The matter came to light late last night when the victim, mother of two, was admitted to a Ludhiana hospital after her condition started deteriorating. But soon after being admitted to the hospital, the victim died.

On the basis of the statement of her father, Balwinder Singh, the police has booked her husband Kuldeep Singh and mother-in-law Jaspal Kaur for allegedly harassing her for dowry and abetting her to commit suicide.

Balwinder Singh said his daughter had got married four years ago. He claimed that after a few months of the marriage, her in-laws started harassing her for dowry. Recently, she was beaten up by her in-laws, following which she came to stay with her parents. The matter was resolved with the intervention of the panchayat and she returned to her in-laws.

"But they continued to harass her, forcing her to commit suicide," he alleged.

Kuldeep Singh was on leave and was present in the house at the time of the incident. The police has recovered a suicide note. "We have registered a case against Kuldeep Singh and his mother and started investigation." The police has arrested both the accused.



City buses to run on CNG
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
In a bid to bring down pollution levels in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) will introduce compressed natural gas (CNG) in buses running under the Ludhiana City Bus Service project as well as PUNBUS.

The MC is set to sign an MoU with Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) in this regard. The MoU will be signed at a function in Chandigarh on August 13.

In the first phase, the CNG pumps will only feed the buses under the City Bus Service and those of PUNBUS. Once the existing 30 buses under the City Bus Service are run on CNG, the pumps may be opened to residents.

Two sites have been identified by the civic body for the setting up of the CNG pumps. The city has over 40,000 autorickshaws and only a handful of them are run on LPG.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said once the CNG stations started operating, the diesel-run public transport would slowly be shifted to CNG. “This way we will be able to bring down the pollution levels to a large extent. Once the public transport is on CNG, the process of shifting other vehicles to CNG will also start,” he said.

Court directions

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state government and GAIL to start supplying CNG to two stations in Ludhiana. It is learnt that the orders were given by the court after hearing the union government counsel, who said GAIL had sufficient CNG to start its supply in Punjab, starting with Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The counsel said GAIL had already laid the trunk line for CNG supply, but could not lay spur lines as Punjab had not signed an MoU with it. Once the MoU was signed, CNG stations were expected to start functioning within six months.



Olympics medallist Vijay Kumar visits city
Keeps his promise to meet cousin before heading home
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Vijay Kumar, silver medallist at the London Olympics, was in the city to meet his cousin sister recently.

It was the best Rakhi gift for 32-year-old Aarti Sharma who had the opportunity of putting around her neck the medal her brother has won at the London Olympic Games.

Vijay Kumar came to the city to keep his promise. “He had promised that when he wins a medal at the London Olympics, he would first come to meet me and then go to Hamirpur (Vijay’s hometown in Himachal Pradesh). He kept his promise. This is the best Raksha Bandhan gift I have ever received in my life. I will never forget it,” an elated Aarti told The Tribune.

“I had prepared his favourite dishes-curry, rice and mutter paneer,” added Aarti.

Only relatives and close family friends were called for the dinner that day as Vijay asked Aarti to keep his visit a low-key affair and not to inform many people. Vijay stayed overnight at his sister’s house in Chander Nagar locality of Haibowal. The next day he left for home where the Himachal Pradesh government planned a grand welcome for him at the entry point of Hamirpur.

“I wish that he wins a gold medal in Rio De Janeiro Olympics (2016),” said Aarti’s son Utkarsh, a Class IV student.



PSPCL adopts separate rules
Topnotch dyeing units get continuous process status; small units threaten to move court
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The small and medium scale dyeing industries cried foul at the Punjab State Power Corporation’s act of granting the status of “continuous process” to large scale units. The small and medium enterprises have threatened to move court to challenge the decision.

“The dyeing process takes nearly 20 to 24 hours. If there is a power failure in between then the entire process is affected. The PSPCL has given the status of “continuous process” to only a few topnotch units whose connection is above 1,000 KW. The only difference is that the big units have more machines. Otherwise, the dyeing process is same,” said Ashok Makkar, president of Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association.

Bobby Jindal, general secretary of the association, said, “Three to four big dyeing houses in Ludhiana have been granted the status, while the small and medium units have been left out by the PSPCL. The process involved in dyeing is same, then why this disparity?”

The association has even written to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission in this regard, but to no avail. “We will be going to the High Court against the decision,” added Jindal.

Elaborating further, he said it is also compulsory for the small and medium units to close down the work from 7 to 10 pm throughout the year. But the big units are exempted from this clause. “If we want to carry on with the operation during the period, we have to pay extra,” he rued.

Pawan Garg, another member of the association, said, “All dyeing industries, be it small or large scale, should be given the status of “continuous process”. The PSPCL should not have this indifferent attitude towards the small units,” he added.

Why the disparity?

The dyeing process takes nearly 20 to 24 hours. If there is a power failure in between then the entire process is affected. The PSPCL has given the status of “continuous process” to only a few topnotch units whose connection is above 1,000 KW. The only difference is that the big units have more machines. Otherwise, the dyeing process is same.

Ashok Makkar, president, Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association

Separate rules

It is also compulsory for the small and medium units to close down the work from 7 to 10 pm throughout the year. But the large scale units are exempted from this clause. If we want to carry on with the operation during the period, we have to pay extra.

Bobby Jindal, general secretary, Ludhiana Dyeing Industries Association



New rationalisation policy out
Increase in student-teacher ratio and number of lectures per week
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The education department has released the much-awaited rationalisation policy to shift the surplus post of teachers in the government schools of the state to other schools where more teachers are required.

According to the new policy, the student-teacher ratio would be 30:1 in primary classes, 35:1 in Classes VI and VII, 40:1 in Classes IX and X, and 50:1 in Classes XI and XII.

The number of teaching hours has also been increased for the master-cadre teachers and school lecturers. Earlier, the master cadre teachers used to teach 30 periods and lecturers taught 27 periods in a week. With the revised teaching schedule, both are required to teach 36 periods in a week. This would make a number of posts in the master cadre as surplus. The education department was likely to abolish these posts.

According to sources, there were nearly 5,000 posts of master cadre teachers that were lying vacant in the government schools all over Punjab.

The teachers are, however, opposing the increase in the number of lectures as laid down in the revised policy. Jagjit Singh, district president of the Master Cadre Union, Punjab, said: "This move will increase the work load on teachers as the number of students in each class has also been raised. The quality of teaching is bound to suffer under the new policy."

Gurbeer Singh of Math Teachers' Association said the increase in the number of lectures was an undue burden on teachers. Teachers had to perform many other non-educational activities in the schools and any extra burden would be unfair, he said.

Teachers unhappy with decision

This move will increase the work load on teachers as the number of students in each class has also been raised. The quality of teaching is bound to suffer under the new policy.

Jagjit Singh, District President, Master Cadre Union, Punjab



Maintenance of computer laboratories
Teachers responsible, says DGSE
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
During his recent inspection drive in government schools, Director General School Education observed that computers installed in laboratories were not functioning properly due to the negligence of teachers and service providers.

DGSE Kahan Singh Pannu said the education department had already instructed teachers to take care of the computers. Earlier, it was noted that vendors did not repair the hardware on time, he said. To make the hardware maintenance appropriate, teachers had been told to complain on time and note all the details in a register, he added.

"It was revealed during the recent inspection of school laboratories that teachers do not register the complaints for the dysfunctional hardware. Sometimes the complaints are registered late," said Pannu.

If any negligence was reported on part of the teachers in future, strict action would be taken against them, he said.

A teacher of a government school said: "We can't be held responsible for dysfunctional hardware every time. Sometimes when a teacher registers the complaint, the vendor takes the hardware and takes a long time to repair it."



Shun hard copy, opt for e-mails: DGSE
Charanjit Sigh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
In the era of globalisation, where everything is in the fast track, the communication between the district education department and schools is yet to go hi-tech. Strange, but true that communication is still being exchanged through hard copies.

It is a common practice in government schools that if the District Education Office (DEO) demands any information from schools, the school authorities send a hard copy as well as an email to the district education office.

However, to save time and resources, Kahan Singh Pannu, Director-General School Education (DGSE), has instructed all education officers and schools to use email for official communication instead of sending hard copies.

The DGSE has told the DEOs to avoid seeking "unnecessary" information from schools and if required, prefer to get information through emails.

"There is no need to send hard copies of information, which has already been sent on email. The department can demand information on hard copy from those schools which do not have the Internet facility," the DGSE stated.

He also directed district officers to give time to schools to collect information. "It is noted that officers demand information within a specific time and teachers start collecting information by skipping classes. This way the studies suffer. A proper time frame should be given to the schools," he said.

Gurbeer Singh, a government school teacher, said: "The instructions from the DGSE are appreciable as the hard copy practice is a wastage of time and resources. Nowadays, when all the schools are technically equipped, there is no need to send information by way of a hard copy."



Factionalism in civic body affected maintenance work, allege residents
With lack of funds and little time at disposal, tough task ahead for new chief
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 10
Residents of the town have accused the councillors of indulging in factionalism rather than worrying about the development of their respective wards.

"Unfortunately, the councillors had been fighting among themselves for power in the council instead of taking up issues such as laying of more efficient sewerage system and installing more tubewells," said a resident.

He, however, expressed hope as the new council president had been elected unanimously with the intervention of the in-charge of assembly segment MLA Iqbal Singh Jhoondan.

Residents had long been alleging that the civic body had failed to provide an efficient sewerage disposal system and pure drinking water supply besides improving the condition of dilapidated approach roads.

Some low-lying roads and streets were frequently flooded with sewerage water. The condition was the worst at Chhanna road, Dehliz, Bajrang Akhara and Jandali roads, Jawahar Nagar, and the railway road areas.

With just six months left before the process for constitution of the next municipal council starts, it would be tough for the newly elected president, Ravinder Puri, and the vice president, Manjit Devi Chaudhary, to undertake the massive developmental and maintenance work.

Ravinder Puri said he had already requested Jhoondan to bring in more grants and funds for the development of the town. Besides expediting the execution of ongoing developmental projects, the council would draft a time-bound strategy with consultation with all the councillors so that basic amenities were made available to residents, he said.



Furnace owners not to buy scrap from exempted units
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The decision of the induction furnace owners not to buy scrap from the exempted units is proving to be a death knell for the already ailing small and medium sector.

The furnace owners across the state have decided that in case they buy scrap from the exempted units they will be deducting the excise duty and will be doing every purchase through bills. “Every purchase will be done through invoice and we will be paying VAT as levied by the state government and will be deducting excise duty in case we are purchasing from the exempted units,” said KK Garg, president of Ludhiana Induction Furnace Association.

However, the small scale units have strongly condemned the decision made by the furnace units.

“The units such as SSI units, having sales below 1.5 crore, bicycle parts, agriculture parts comes under the exempted category. The furnaces have announced to purchase the scrap from such units at a discount of 12.5 per cent that is around Rs 4,000 per ton,” said Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

These units pay central excise duty of 12.5 per cent during the purchase of steel from these furnaces and rolling mills but cannot pass on the central excise duty on scrap while selling their scrap to the furnaces.

For many years the furnaces owners are not even giving the VAT to these units, this exemption is given to these units by the Central Government to save this sector. But this sector pays the central excise duty during their purchase and cannot pass on this duty to its customers.

“We request furnaces to purchase scrap from these units at par and then they could adjust the price during their sale,” added Jindal.



DIG cracks whip on violators
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Drinking and driving could prove costly for the violators, particularly on Ferozepur Road, Chandigarh Road and on National Highway-I.

While addressing a press conference, DIG Ludhiana MF Farooqui said violators, other than being challaned, might also face imprisonment. He further said that he would lay special emphasis on Ludhiana-Mullahpur Road which witness majority of the accidents. The marriage palaces have been sighted as the major cause behind such accidents. Truck drivers would also be under the scanner, said the DIG. “It has often been seen that truck drivers consume poppy husk and opium while driving,” he said.



Plantation drive inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
A mass plantations drive was organised at the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking Complex, Focal Point today.

Bhawna Garg, special secretary science, technology and environment Punjab, and Ravinder Singh, chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board, inaugurated the drive. They highlighted the importance of planting saplings for a healthy environment. Garg appealed to the industry to cooperate with government departments to make the city clean and green.

Ravinder Singh announced that a complete instruction manual regarding the pollution norms will be printed soon. He further said that the PPCB has already recommended for grant of site clearance by plating units in designated areas. The investment limit on plant and machinery will be up to Rs 15 lakh. Electromagnetic flow meter is mandatory only for industrial units, who are violating norms. Permission for reuse of generator lubricants can be obtained from the PPCB engineer for five years on renewal basis.

Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president of CICU, presented memorandum to Bhawna Garg and Ravinder Singh.



4 hurt as cylinder explodes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Four persons, including a woman, were hurt after a cooking gas cylinder exploded near Shinghar Cinema today. The cylinder was kept at a roadside fast food joint. The injured were rushed to hospital and discharged later in the day.

The fast food vend owner fled fearing police action. The workers who were hurt in the explosion have not lodged a complaint with the police.



New career-oriented courses for CBSE schools
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to introduce career-oriented vocational courses in its affiliated schools from the next academic session.

The board has prepared a curriculum for the new courses, which include retail operations and services, medical diagnostics, foundry technology, front office operations, food production, food and beverage services, geospatial technology and mass media studies and media production.

Board officials said the CBSE had been offering a number of career-oriented courses at the senior secondary level in cognizance of shortage of trained professionals and the necessity for development of employability skills among students.

The board has also revised the curriculum of eight courses with revised scheme of studies after getting inputs from industry experts and academicians. These courses are bakery and confectionery, dairying, health and beauty studies, library and information sciences, transport systems and logistic management, travel and tourism, and horticulture.

Ruchika, a vocational trainer at a school, said: "It is a good effort by the CBSE to introduce new job-oriented vocational courses. A large number of educated youths are facing unemployment even as there are several industries that have a shortage of trained professionals.''



Devotees throng temples on Janmashtmi

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 10
Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated at various temples of the town and neighbouring villages including Malaudh, Dehlon, Kangawal, Sandaur, Barundi and Kilaraipur here today.

In the town, celebrations began with "prabhat pheris" organised by the members of Shri Ram Mandir Committee and Har Har Mahadev Sewa Sangathan.

Devotees thronged various temples including Shri Ram Mandir, Mandir Shree Ram Sharnam, Sat Shree Sain Mandir, Sat Narayan Mandir, Lakshami Narayan Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Shiv Mandir and Gopal Bhawan to get a glimpse of “Bal Gopal”.

Flower bedecked cradles were set up at all the temples. Special prayers were organised on the occasion. Young boys and girls were seen dressed as Krishna, Radha and Gopis. The birth of "Bal Gopal" and other incidents from his life were depicted through tableaus at most of the temples. — OC



Government to provide free medical treatment to students
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 10
Senior Medical Officer, Jagraon Civil Hospital, Dr Raj Krisan Karkara held a meeting with principals of more than 15 government primary schools in the town.

During the meeting, SMO informed the school principals about the free of cost treatment being offered by the state government to all the students of government primary schools. He urged the school principals to make the students and their parents aware about the free medical treatment so that they might avail the facility.

SMO Dr Karkara also asked the school principals to deploy one teacher in each school to maintain a record of health 
of every student in their respective school.

"If any student of a government primary school is detected with any serious disease and the local hospital lacks facilities, that student will be treated in hospitals where the facilities to cure that disease are available," said Dr Karkara.

He said the state government would bear whole expenditure of the treatment of that student.

Apart from the principal of various primary schools of the area, some senior doctors of the local civil hospital were also present during the meeting. 



PAU notes
Rice productivity increased four-fold due to high-yielding varieties: VC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
There had been a four-fold increase in rice productivity in the last 50 years in India. Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon made this statement while inaugurating a brain storming session on the recent developments in the management of rice diseases at the PAU on Thursday. Dr Dhillon said the progress which rice crop had made had not been replicated by any other crop. He gave its credit to high yielding varieties developed by the PAU and other institutes.

Delegates, from various parts of India, working in the discipline of plant pathology and allied fields participated in the session, jointly organised by the department of plant pathology of the university and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists.

Guest of honour Dr TP Rajendran, assistant director general (plant protection) at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, said the impact of agro-chemical application on different rice varieties needed to be studied thoroughly, in addition to their cross-resistance to key insects, nematodes and other mite-pests. 



School notes

Janmashtmi celebrations
Students of Sangita’s Studio of Performing Arts celebrate Janmashtmi in Ludhiana
Students of Sangita’s Studio of Performing Arts celebrate Janmashtmi in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary School celebrate Janmashtmi in Ludhiana
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary School celebrate Janmashtmi in Ludhiana. 
photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Tableaus depicting the scenes of Krishna's birth and various events from his life including "Krishna leela" adorned the campus of Atam Devki Niketan. Students presented various cultural programmes to celebrate Janmashtmi with festive fervour.

Green Land School

Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna on the school campus. Students came dressed as Radha, Krishna, Mirabai, Vasudeva and Yashodha on the occasion.

Green Grove School

Doraha: On the occasion of Janmasthmi, a function was organised by the kindergarten section of Green Grove Public School. Students dressed as Krishna and other characters performed scenes from his life.

Teej celebrations

Teej was celebrated at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School on Friday. Students of Classes Nursery to upper kindergarten attended school in traditional Punjabi attire. They performed giddha and bhangra to mark the occasion. — TNS



College notes

Class representatives take charge

Ludhiana: Installation ceremony of Central Student Association was held at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, on Friday. The association comprising of all the elected class representatives of the graduate and postgraduate courses were formally given the charge. Navneet Kaur was elected the head girl and Navreet Kaur took over the charge as the deputy head girl. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu appreciated the initiatives of the students elected to the association. She said this added responsibility would help in building up leadership qualities, confidence and the spirit to do hardwork among the students.

Teej celebrations

Students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, celebrated Teej with great enthusiasm on Friday. Along with the traditional festivities comprising of swings, traditional dances and folk songs, a talent hunt competition was also organized for the students. Students participated in various contests including rangoli making, embroidery, histrionics, bagh phulkari, cross stitch, crochet, pakhi making, knitting and mehandi designing. Open giddha competition between various streams was the main attraction. The college was decorated with charkhas and pakhis to depict the culture of Punjab. All relished the traditional dishes associated with the "saawan" season — mal poore, kheer, gol gappe and pakoras.

Guru Nanak Girls College

The staff and students of Guru Nanak Girls College, dressed in traditional dresses, celebrated the Teej on Friday. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal stressed on the need to remain in touch with the culture of Punjab and preserve it. A variety of stalls including bangles, jewellery, purses, nail art, cosmetics and mehandi adorned the campus. Various traditional articles like bagh, phulkari, charkha, pakhis, chaaj and daris were also displayed in the stalls. Students sang Teej and "saawan" songs on specially installed "peengh". Various competitions including giddha, Ms. Punjaban, mehandi designing, hair style (middi gundana) and charkha-chakki were also organized on the occasion.

Janmashtmi celebrations

SDP College for Women reverberated with hymns of Mira Bai and couplets of Surdas on the occasion of Janmashtami celebrations on Friday. The event organized by the department of music vocal celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna with religious fervour. The room was decorated with pictures and portraits of Lord Krishna.

Academic session starts amid prayers

The new academic session at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, commenced with the staff and students seeking the blessings of the Almighty on Friday. The function commenced with the recital of "Path Sri Chaupai Sahib" by Sharandeep Kaur of music department and students.



Peddler held
Was carrying habit-forming drugs
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 10
The Jagraon Police has arrested a drug peddler and recovered a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from his possession near Rasoolpur village following a tip-off yesterday evening. The accused has been identified as Gurmail Singh alias Gela, a resident of Mallha village near Jagraon.

The police recovered 62 bottles of cough syrup, 950 capsules of parvon spas, 150 strips of carisoma tablets, and 10,000 tablets of lomotil and phenotil each from a bag in the car of the accused.

Jagraon Sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh said ASI Malkiat Singh had received information that a drug peddler had been trying to smuggle huge quantity of drugs in the area. Following this, the police team had set up a checkpost outside Rasoolpur, said the SHO.

ASI Malkiat Singh said the accused told the police that he had purchased these drugs from Ludhiana. "During the primary investigation, the accused has confessed before the police that he had been involved in drug trafficking for a long time and used to sell these drugs in the area," he said.

The accused was sent on a two-day police remand by a local court today.



Body of missing girl found
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 10
The body of Manmeet Kaur, who went missing after attending school on July 30, was recovered from Dhanaula in Barnala district.

Taking a serious view of the incident, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Khanna, Inder Bir Singh has suspended Station House Officer Harsimrat Singh on the charges of negligence. The SSP said had the SHO taken a timely action, Manmeet's life could have been saved.

Mother of the deceased had filed a complaint about her disappearance on August 2.



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