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Child drowns in septic tank
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara, August 16
A three-year-old child died when he fell into a newly constructed septic tank at Machhiwara today. Jaspal Singh, father of the child and a resident of Govind Nagar Rahon Road, Machhiwara, said he and his wife were not at home when the incident took place. His three-year-old son was playing, while his two children were at home.

He said his neighbour was constructing a septic tank in his yard which was filled with water. Jaspal said his son Rohit Kumar, who was playing fell into the tank. The family started looking for the child and found his body in the tank around 3.30 pm. He was rushed to the Machhiwara Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Jaspal said they had repeatedly requested their neighbour Kulwant Singh to cover the septic tank, but to no avail.

DSP JS Cheema and SHO Harjinder Singh reached the spot and a case was registered under Section 304-A against Kulwant Singh. The body of child was kept at the mortuary of the Samrala Civil Hospital and his postmortem will be conducted tomorrow.


14-yr-old girl dies of snakebite
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
A 14-year-old girl died of snakebite in Haibowal on the Monday night. Geeta, a resident of Haibowal, was sleeping on the floor at her home when a snake bit her. She raised the alarm and her three siblings, who were sleeping on the bed in the same room, rushed to help her. Her parents were sleeping outside the room in the open. They, too, rushed to her rescue.

The victim's elder brother Suresh, who stays in a nearby house, said Geeta told her mother that something had bitten her while she was asleep. Within a few minutes, she started vomiting and her condition deteriorated.

"She was taken to a private hospital from where she was referred to the DMCH. But she could not be saved. She died on August 14 evening,” said Suresh.

The next day, the family saw a snake slithering away out of their house. Today morning, another snake was seen in their home. "We managed to kill the snake we saw today," said the victim's brother, adding that a vacant plot in the vicinity was harbouring snakes.

Geeta was a Class VII student of a government school at Haibowal.



16 held for immoral trafficking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The police has arrested 16 persons, including eight women, under the Immoral Trafficking Act. The police said many arrested women were married. The Police Division Number 7 arrested Preeti, a resident of LIG flats near Vardhman Chowk. She allegedly lured girls and women into the flesh trade.

The police raided Preeti’s house following a tip-off and arrested her and some other persons, including women.

In another incident, Karamjit Kaur, alias Mona, a resident of Subhash Nagar, was arrested by the Basti Jodhwal police. At least 10 persons, including women, were arrested from the house.

A police official said flesh trade was on the rise in the city. “Some girls and women were pushed into the trade due to poverty while many others choose it to get good returns, he said.



PAU velodrome on wrong track
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The velodrome at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is in a bad shape due to the conflict over its possession between the Punjab Agricultural University and the Sports Department.

The condition of the cycling track, boundary walls, seating area and the store room is pathetic. Officials from sports department allege that the PAU has occupied the office, changing rooms, washrooms in the velodrome.

The velodrome was constructed by the sports department in 1989 at a cost of around Rs 4 crore on the land owned by the PAU. It was one of the best velodromes in the country at one time, but its condition has deteriorated due to non-maintenance.

The last mega event — Asian Cycling Championship — was held at the velodrome in 2005. Now the stadium needs renovation, but lack of coordination between officials of the Sports Department and the PAU, the cycling track is in a shambles.

The Sports Department has not signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the PAU so it is not clear which authority is responsible for the maintenance of the velodrome, its renovation and booking for events.

Sports officials said the PAU authorities earn from the velodrome by booking the track for events, so why should Sports Department spend money to renovate it?

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said the velodrome was in a bad shape. “Many offices are running in the velodrome building. Moreover, the changing rooms and wash rooms are not available for cyclists. We are planning to talk to higher authorities to clear the status. A MoU is needed between the PAU and the Sports Department authorities,” he said.

“We are not able to organise any camp or a competition in the velodrome. Moreover, the cycling track is not good for practice. We have no shelter, no sweeper, water, no arrangement of lights, washrooms and changing rooms. The game is suffering due to the conflict between the PAU and the sports department,” said Satwinder Singh, cycling coach.

DS Cheema, Director, Student Welfare, said: “The government was to release funds for the velodrome, but I don't know the present status. I can comment after checking the documents."



E&T website develops snag
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Hundreds of traders were left high and dry toady as the official website of the Excise and Taxation Department developed a technical snag. The department has started online filing for the intra-state trade transactions, but traders were not able to log in onto ‘e-trip’ link on the website for hours.

Maninder Singh, president of the Ludhiana Beopar Mandal, said: "This was the reason why traders were against the online filing. Now the website has developed a glitch and traders are left with no other option but to wait for the website to resume. We cannot send our consignments until we fill the information as it is mandatory to mention the dispatch time on the form," he added.

Another trader Paramjeet Singh said: "I tried to upload the information on the department's website for hours, but failed. I cannot send my consignment till I fill the online information," he added. Vivek Kansal, another trader, said: “The department should first update its software so that the website functions properly. The department has made it mandatory for all the traders to file online information, but it has failed to update the software. Who is responsible for our loss?” questioned Kansal.



Patriotic fervour marks I-Day celebrations
Tribune reporters

A women contingent takes part in the Independence Day parade at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana
A women contingent takes part in the Independence Day parade at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

A woman carries a sewing machine presented to her during the Independence Day celebrations in Ludhiana
A woman carries a sewing machine presented to her during the Independence Day celebrations in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

A visually handicapped child sings a song on the Independence Day celebrations in Ludhiana
A visually handicapped child sings a song on the Independence Day celebrations in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Members of the Indian Medical Association salute the national flag on Independence Day in Ludhiana
Members of the Indian Medical Association salute the national flag on Independence Day in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, August 16
Even the last-minute change in the venue for celebrating the Independence Day failed to dampen the spirit of participants and visitors, who celebrated the 66th Independence Day with great zeal at the Guru Nanak Stadium yesterday.

The district administration had to change the venue from SCD Government College to Guru Nanak Stadium due to the rain. Hundreds of participants and visitors attended the function.

Minister for Local Bodies and Medical Health, Punjab, Chunni Lal, hoisted the national flag and took the salute. Chunni Lal was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

The students from different schools participated in the parade and cultural programmes, including giddha, bhangra and a dance on national integration. Expressing happiness over the enthusiasm of participating students, Chunni Lal announced prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the schools, which participated in the celebrations.

He said Ludhiana would be the first district in the state where metro rail link would be started. Three principals were also honoured on the occasion.

Punjab Agricultural University

The Independence Day was celebrated at Punjab Agricultural University with enthusiasm. Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, unfurled the Tricolour. Paying tributes to the martyrs, Dr Dhillon said we were enjoying freedom because of the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters.

Vet varsity

The Independence Day was celebrated at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, with great enthusiasm. Vice-Chancellor, Dr VK Taneja, unfurled the national flag on the university premises. He inspected the 1st Pb R&V squadron of NCC cadets and paid tributes to all those who fought for the country’s freedom.

HVM Convent

Children came in attires of national heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru and Bhagat Singh and celebrated the day with patriotic fervour.

Dr Punj Holy Heart School

Children came dressed as the freedom fighters. The school was decorated with Tricolours and flowers. The national flag was also hoisted at the school.

Indian Medical Association

Ludhiana: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) celebrated the day by hoisting a flag at the IMA house. President-elect of IMA, Punjab, Dr Manoj Sobti, who was the chief guest unfurled the national flag. Reading out excerpts from the speech of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru made on August 15, 1947, he commented that there was a dire need to strengthen the positive values and national interest. Dr Arun Mitra, a member of the Punjab Medical Council, stressed on the need for electoral reforms to clean up the political system. IMA secretary, Dr Narjit Kaur, said tributes were paid to the freedom fighters and martyrs who had laid down their lives for the sake of independence and sovereignty of the nation.

Nayee Zindagi Nayee Udaan

Nayee Zindagi Nayee Udaan (NZNU), an NGO, celebrated the Independence Day with inmates of the VRTC Blind School on the Humbran road. Activists of NZNU decorated the school auditorium with balloons and Tricolours, while all students were given gifts. Several competitions were organised for the students.

District Congress Committee

Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress, Manish Tewari, said citizens of an independent country should have access to the basic amenities. The Central government as well as state governments have a moral responsibility to ensure that the basic amenities were available to all citizens of the nation. The District Congress Committee celebrated various functions to mark the I-Day, in which he said a good government had to take proper care of the citizens and ensure that benefits of welfare schemes reached the intended sections. At the same time, the people should also be duty-bound to safeguard and strengthen the independence of the nation.


The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA) celebrated the Independence Day with patriotic fervour. BK Seth, chairman, Neelam Cycles, unfurled the national flag and paid tributes to the martyrs who struggled against the might of British Empire and attained freedom of the nation. Manjit Singh Khalsa, chairman of the UCPMA, recalled the sacrifices made by the martyrs while asking the people to strengthen the unity and integrity of the country.

Government Pensioners’ Association

Members of 22 associations of government pensioners jointly celebrated the Independence Day under the aegis of Pensioners Information Centre (PIC) and Pensioners Bhawan. SR Kathuria, deputy general manager, State Bank of Patiala, hoisted the national flag and presided over the function. BR Kaushal, chairman of PIC managing committee, extended welcome to the chief guests and other present.

Senior Citizens Forum

President Ratan Singh Dang unfurled the national flag during the celebrations organised by the Senior Citizens Forum in Urban Estate, Dugri, Phase II. Dang and general secretary Kuldip Singh Kreer recalled the contribution made by the martyrs and other freedom fighters.

Meanwhile, various functions were also organised by KK Bawa, former president of DCC; Leena Taparia, president of District Mahila Congress; Sachin Tandon, president of Nationalist Congress Party; and circle office of Punjab National Bank.

Minister for Local Bodies and Medical Health Chunni Lal presents a tricycle to a physically challenged person in Ludhiana
Minister for Local Bodies and Medical Health Chunni Lal presents a tricycle to a physically challenged person in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Controversy over tricycles

The Red Cross Society distributed tricycles to the physically challenged persons on the occasion. But one of the beneficiaries alleged that she was given an old tricycle. Society secretary when asked about the “old tricycle” said these were given to the Red Cross Society by the Government of India last year.

Thirty tricycles were distributed last year, whereas 20 were still left with the society, out of which 12 were to be distributed on the Independence Day. “Since these were lying in godown, one or two tricycles had lost its paint from one or two places. This was a gesture from the Red Cross Society to help the needy and one must not raise unnecessary issues,” said the secretary.

Sportspersons worried

The last-minute change in the venue to the Guru Nanak Stadium perturbed the sports fraternity, who felt that the turf was being spoilt due to the function. One of the sportspersons said the celebrations could spoil the turf as heavy stuff had been put on the turf.

Student injured

A student from Nauriya Mal Jain School was injured when a dumble hit him. But immediate first aid was provided to him by the organisers.

Martyrs remembered

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Payal/Raekot: The Independence Day (I-Day) was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations were held on the municipal council (MC) premises where president Ravinder Puri unfurled the national flag and Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, MLA Amargarh, was the chief guest.

Nagar panchayat president Indu Puri also unfurled the Tricolour at the function held at the Malaudh civic body office.

Des Raj Sharma and Jiwan Garg, district presidents, human rights cell, BJP, hoisted the national flag during a function organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at the Bhagat Singh Chowk. Whereas, the SDM, Payal, unfurled the flag at the grain market and executive magistrate Manjit Singh Bhandari presided over the function at Raekot. Various cultural programmes were presented by students at various places to mark the occasion.



Cultural programmes by schoolchildren bring alive national integration

Sacred Heart school

Ludhiana: The Independence Day was celebrated at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, enthusiastically. The school organised an inter-house patriotic singing competition on the day.

Maple Bear

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the Independence Day on its premises with great zeal. Children gave a festive look by imitating Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chander Bose, Maharani Jhansi, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh.


A theatre production was showcased to portray women power and showed various facets of it by depicting little vignettes from the life of Rani of Jhansi, Mother Teresa and Ma Durga. Children participated in a poster-making competition to highlight the plight of animals due to the carelessness of man. A badge-making contest was also held. A fashion show, poetry recitation and a plantation drive were also organised to celebrate the day.

Little Stars Playway

Children dressed up as freedom fighters, saluted flag and sung the National Anthem to mark the celebrations of the Independence Day. They also presented the song “Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle”.

Harkrishan Sahib

Harkrishan Sahib Public School, Daba Road, Ludhiana, celebrated the Independence Day with patriotism. Children danced to celebrate the day.

Penguin Castle Preschool

Children were attired in bright dresses to mark the day. They made attractive flags and celebrated the day with patriotic fervour.

First Steps Pre-School

The Independence Day was celebrated with each class putting up a spectacular dance performance on patriotic songs.

Bal Bharati

A patriotic dance competition was organised at the school. Students of the senior wing presented a thought-provoking show, depicting the strength and improvement needs of the modern society. Nukaad Natika was also presented and a song “Har subah hai Nai” was presented by the students. They also presented a mime.

Cherrylane School

Patriotic accessory competition was held at Cherrylane School. Children came in dresses depicting the diversity of the nation. They also marched past to the tunes of “Nana munna rahi hoon” and sang patriotic songs to show their love for the nation.

Kids Quest

The Independence Day was celebrated with national spirits at the Kids Quest Preschool. Kids were dressed up as freedom fighters. They saluted the flag and sung the National Anthem to uphold the sovereignty of the country.

Lovely Lotus Play School

Holding flags in their hands, children sang “Jhanda ooncha rahe hamara, vishav vijai tiranga piyara” and “Sare jahan se achha, Hindustan hamara”. They communicated that they are proud to be Indians.

BVM-Kitchlu Nagar

Chetna Diwas, Thanksgiving Day and inter-branch patriotic song competition was organised to mark the Independence Day celebrations. Various activities were organized for making the students feel the significance of the day like flag making, patriotic song competition, dialogue recitation and discussions over the sacrifices of the great patriots.

MGM school

Various competitions and a cultural show was organised in the Gurbachan hall. Competitions like flag making and poster making were organized for the students.

GRD Academy

Yamini of class X performed kathak to mark the day. Along with the Independence Day, investiture ceremony was also organised where the school council pledged to carry out the duties assigned to them sincerely.

Don Bosco

Dance performance, drawing and painting competitions were organised in which children had to express themselves on themes of the motherland and its diversity.

BCM-Basant City

The Independence Day was celebrated at BCM, Basant City campus. Children recreated the scene of Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Cherubs Playway

Tiny tots invoked the blessings of the motherland through the national song. Children danced to the tunes of patriotic songs. They wore Gandhi caps to celebrate the spirit of independence.

GNI Public School

A mock Parliament session was the highlight of the day. The monsoon session was exhibited by the students of middle section. Students were told never to forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs.



Unauthorised colonies
Developers seek relaxation in rules
Govt adamant to impose external development charges and composition fee
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 16
As the state government has adopted tough postures on the issue of bringing an amended policy for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies all over the state, and has made it amply clear that onus for depositing the external development charges as well as the composition fee will lie on the promoters of such colonies, a section of developers has pleaded with the government to make certain relaxations so that a middle path could be evolved for ending the stalemate.

In the course of series of meetings with the senior officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department and cabinet ministers, the representatives of developers asked the state government to make the plot holders liable for the payment of EDC and other charges for colonies, which were developed prior to August 2007 when change of land use (CLU) policy was enforced. For the colonies, which had been carved out after 2007, the charges laid down in the policy were to be recovered from the promoters.

The developers pointed out that the EDC and compounding fee for colonies developed after 2007 were very high , and nedded to be rationalised to provide some relief to the developers and the plot owners, who would obviously be asked to share some of the financial burden of regularisation.

Blaming the flawed policies of the government that had led to proliferation of unauthorised and unlicensed colonies, Gulshan Kumar, a city-based developer, said a special cell was needed for the regularisation of colonies on the pattern of Delhi Development Authority, where the plot owners or the promoters, as the case may be, could deposit the stipulated charges and obtain a certificate.

"Only on production of a regularisation certificate from the authority concerned, sale deeds of plots or houses constructed in unlicensed colonies should be registered and transfer of ownership should be allowed," Gulshan Kumar said. Within the municipal limits, the task could be entrusted to the local bodies, which were competent for the purpose under the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, he added.

The developers also suggested that the government should fix a date for all work relating to regularisation of unauthorised colonies, which would not only freeze the boundaries of such colonies, but would also put an end to development of more unlicensed colonies.

Kumar said the sooner the government came out with a simplified policy the better it would be in the interest of real estate sector and people, who had invested their money in purchasing plots in such colonies.



Three years on, only 350 connections of IPTV in city
‘BSNL lines not functioning in many areas’
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Having been introduced about three years ago, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) penetration in the city is very less. The service is being given by the BSNL in collaboration with a private company.

The hardware and service is being provided by the company, whereas Internet and broadband services are being provided by the BSNL.Officials at the telecom company said, only 350 connections have been given out in the city so far. The company representatives say that the customer base is very less because the BSNL lines in many areas are affected and not functioning properly.

Apart from that, the company is laying optical fibre in many parts of the city. After the installation of optical fibres, the signal would not be lost and the quality of service would become much better.

The low penetration of the technology is also because the private firm is advertising very little for the promotion of the product, accounting to the low awareness and thus low customer-base for the facility.

Most of the people in the city profess ignorance and existence of the IPTV. The benefit of using the IPTV is that one can watch programmes of the past one week for about 126 channels. One does not need to record programmes of the past one week and watch movies on demand, with the presence of set-top box the clarity is also good due to digital channel the official said.



Painting states of human mind
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Saru S left her job as a schoolteacher to concentrate on art. She learnt painting for quite some time and picked up the brush only after 16 years, learning, drawing, sketching and then painting on her own. “I have been making mistakes, learning and evolving in the process,” she says.

Most of the paintings are metaphors, drawing from the transition of human mind and the thoughts in human mind. Through the painting exhibition titled metamorphosis, she places a human figure in different situations and explains the state of mind metaphorically. The metamorphosis explains the transition of mind and its evolution. A series of oil paintings carry the story through. One of the painting depicts a man contemplating under a dark arch, while light is just around the corner. Another one portrays internal turbulence with fish floating around in mind. Yet another one depicts a man meditating on a bridge in the sky, indicating an individuals effort to maintain balance after attaining success, says the artist.

In this way, the paintings form a series, depicting the transition of human mind. She says that one evolves as an artist from change. Even in her paintings, the earlier ones have direct metaphors and the newer ones have a more abstract meaning, and indirectly depict the complexities of the human mind.

She doesn’t follow any artist and tries to portray her thoughts and observations of life in her paintings, she says.



Mehandi, charkha contests mark Teej celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
It was great to see students going to the college in their traditional attires since majority of them love to flaunt their western outfits. The occasion was teej celebrations at Government College for Women.

The campus gave a colourful look with girls adorning bright coloured Punjabi suits, with some even flashing their matching jewellery. Enjoying swings and relishing kheer and malpuras, girls were had fun all the way.

The culture of Punjab came alive on the campus. The antique charkhas, chakkis, durries, phulkaris and mehandi ect were an attempt at depicting a true picture of what villages must have looked like once. In their traditional attires the college girls danced to the tunes of folks songs and swooped in the air in decorated swings. Various stalls of bangles, jewellery, cosmetics, suits, shoes, and gift items were displayed. Students enjoyed delicacies like kheerpuras,chat,boiled bhutta, pizza, manchurian, curry chawal, burgers and jaljeera, kulfi etc.

“We need to celebrate such festivals so that young generation is acquainted with their cultural heritage. The main aim behind holding such festival melas is to keep the students intact with their roots,” added Gurminder Kaur, principal of Government College for Women. Surjit Kaur Maluka, wife of Education Minister, Sikender Singh Maluka, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, she appreciated the efforts put in by the college administration and students in bringing the rural Punjab alive in the college campus.

The cultural programme, included giddha, tappe, sithneyan, suhag, Punjabi folk songs etc. A Punjabi beauty pageant was the main attraction during the celebrations in which Bhawna Sharma was adjuged as Sawan queen.

Geetika, one of the college students said, “I have heard a lot about this festival from my mother and the way they use to celebrate it with their friends, while my grandmother has an all together different story to tell. My grandmother tells me the way she and her friends use to celebrate teej at their village. It all seems just out of this world. I am happy that we at least know about the festival and celebrate it in our own manner,” she added.



road widening
Students demand foot overbridge
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, August 16
Students of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sahnewal, seem to be disappointed with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). They feel the NHAI has over-looked the gravity of their problem while fixing the points for erecting subways or for that matter, foot-over bridges as road widening of NH-1 is going on.

“If the authorities say that they cannot attend to each and everybody’s problem, they should at least look into the genuineness of a problem while acceding to the varied demands. Acquiring education is not that easy for girls like us. If the society agrees, it is difficult to convince the parents, still caught up in the trap of conventional mindset. The parents may not agree until they find everything smooth for us, unconcerned for studies and over-concerned for us as they are from the very beginning,” said a student of class X of the school.

“If the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) can think in terms of giving foot-overbridges at other places where the residents are encountering genuine problems, it should definitely listen to our problem as well,” rued another student of class XI.

School principal, Kulwinder Kaur, said the school, situated on the NH-1, is catering to the educational needs of more than 1,000 girls of the town and the surrounding villages. “While others at other places can arrange other means and sources of transportation but the students of this girls school, mostly come from low economic strata and cannot afford anything better than bicycles. Some of them are studying even when there is simply no motivation from their parents, who fail to understand what education holds for them in the long run,” she said.

“Since most of them are studying against odds and adverse circumstances, if they have to travel and that too from the congested bazaar, I am sure most of them shall have to drop the studies in between and others may follow soon. Since all entry and exit points are to be bricked up under the road widening project, the students have to walk at least two kms extra and that through from the messy interiors of the town to reach their school,” complained Vajeer Singh, a laboratory assistant in the school.

“I know my father would never allow me to go to the school anymore once the way of Majara village is obstructed. He was earlier too, not willing, due to the distance, despite the fact that it takes only five minutes to reach the school. But now when the six-laning project is completed, it will take at least half an hour and that too from inside the town. My father he is sure to restrict my further studies,” rued, a girl student of Kanech village.

“I along with my friends walk my distance from my Majara village to the school. But walking shall be next to impossible now and buying a bicycle is a distant dream. I am sure if an underpass or foot overbridge is not erected, I shall have to give up studies as it was the short distance that made my parents give me a positive nod as far as the continuation of my studies is concerned,” said another student of Umaidpur village.

“The staff of the school, most of who come from Ludhiana, too shall have to walk at least two kms everyday to reach the school but we can manage somehow. We are well aware that our students, as they are girls, shall not be allowed by their parents to come to school any more,” expressed a teacher of the school.

As per the NHAI officials at Ambala: “Keeping in view the problems put forth by the residents, a number of foot-over bridges have been added at various points. But it is not possible for the NHAI to erect an over bridge or an underpass at every place.”



Non-teaching work still prevalent in govt schools
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Despite the strict instructions of the education department, practice of non-teaching work is still going on in government schools. About three months ago, Education Minister had reverted all the teachers to schools who used to work in the education department offices on deputation.

Moreover, the Director General School Education (DGSE) instructed several times not to depute the teachers on BLO (Block Level officer) duty and other non-teaching works.

To stop this practice, the DGSE instructed the district education officers to not sanction any non-teaching duty of teachers during school time.

According to new instructions, the DGSE says, “This ongoing practice in schools lead to a huge loss of study. Teachers are still working as BLO's. Non-teaching work should be done after the school timing or during holidays.”

According to instructions, “If teachers do non-educational work during school time, it is a violation of the Supreme Court orders.

If any teacher found doing non-teaching duty during school time, District Education officer would be responsible.”

“Not a single teacher wants to do non-teaching works in schools. But there is a lot of work assigned by officials. How can a teacher deny to orders officials. So the government should make a concrete policy to avoid this,” said a teacher from local government school.




Students bring laurels

Ludhiana: Students of Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC) have come up with commendable results declared by the Punjab Technical University (PTU). B.Tech second semester students Satinderpal Kaur Deol, Prabhjot Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur have achieved excellent result with 84 per cent, 83 per cent and 80 per cent, respectively. BBA student Pradeep Kaur scored 77 per cent whereas BCA student Gurinderjeet Kaur scored 75 per cent. MCA second semester student Harpreet Kaur did the college proud by securing 86 per cent whereas MBA fourth semester student Varinder Kaur brought laurels to the college by achieving 83 per cent.


An awareness lecture on traffic rules was organised at Ludhiana Group of Colleges in collaboration with the traffic police, Jagron. With the increase in traffic, a number of accidents are on the increase. However, most of these accidents can be avoided if traffic rules are followed. Sukhdev Singh, from the traffic police department, Jagraon, informed students about traffic rules and regulation. He also interacted with the students and cleared doubts about various traffic laws.

‘Mind Fest 2012’

GGNIVS, PTU Learning Centre, organised “Mind Fest 2012” on its premises here on Thursday. Four teams comprising 4 members from MBA and BBA classes took part in the competition. The competition tested the student's knowledge in the field of management round, GK round, computers round, sports round, personality round, buzzer round and entertainment round. The team 'Champions' comprising Rocky Sadiora (MBA), Japkirat (BBA), Nipun (BBA), and Divij (BBA) and the team 'Leaders' comprising Tarunjit (MBA), Harwin Singh (MBA), Sourabh (BBA), and Sunny (BBA) were the first and second winners, respectively. After the prize distribution, scholarships worth Rs 51,900 under the Minority Community Post Metric scheme were awarded to eight students of our institute. — TNS



PSPCL JE booked for misappropriating official material worth Rs 15 lakh

Ludhiana, August 16
The police has booked a junior engineer (JE) working at the central zone of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for allegedly misappropriating official material worth Rs 15.52 lakh. The accused has left the city along with his family. A case under Section 409 of the IPC has been registered against him at Basti Jodhewal police station.

The case has been registered against Ravinder Singh, a resident of Bajrha village in Ekta Colony, on the complaint of the senior engineer, PSPCL, Sunder Nagar, said SHO Balwinder Singh.

“After receiving the complaint yesterday, we raided the accused’s house, but failed to nab him as he had sold off the house and had left the city with his family. The JE had taken material worth Rs 15.52 lakhs from the official store, but failed to provide its details. When he failed to respond to repeated requests, a formal complaint was filed yesterday,€ť said the SHO. — TNS



Security guard dies mysteriously
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Karanjit Singh, 35-years old, a security guard in Amarvir Private Ltd (dealing in cycle parts), died on the factory premises in the wee hours today. Devinder Chaudhry, the concerned SHO, said that the last night Karanjit Singh, asked another fellow to give duty in his place as he was not feeling well and his colleague agreed to swap the duty.

In the wee hours, around 5 am, the security guard went to the room of Karanjit to awake him but he found him dead. He raised an alarm and other employees on duty came on the spot. “There is no foul play in the death as Karanjit may have suffered from a heart attack or he must have died of brain haemorrhage. The deceased was survived by a wife and four children. Karanjit, the deceased, hails from Rohtas village in Bihar,”€ť said Chaudhry.

According to available information, the family was given a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakhs by the employers and Rs 20,000 in addition were given to the family for his cremation.



Katoch Shield tournament
City team struggle, post 220 on first day
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 16
After suffering initial losses, Ludhiana was able to manage a respectable score of 220 against Chandigarh, on the opening day of the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter-district Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield. The match is being played at Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh's decision to put Ludhiana into bat, after winning the toss, paid dividends immediately as the visitors found themselves struggling on 14 for two.

Both the openers, Nitin Goel (3) and Akhil Aggarwal (1) were dismissed cheaply. Then Bharat Malhotra and Anil Sihag occupied the crease and the duo played some sensible cricket.

The third-wicket partnership between the two added 50 runs before Anil was dismissed and Bharat too lost his wicket soon. Bharat scored 35 while Anil Sihag made 36 runs.

Ludhiana suffered two quick blows when their star batsman, Geetansh Khera, was sent back to pavilion for just five runs and Devinder Singh got out without opening his account.

Himanshu Shelly along with stand-in skipper, Rahul Singla, played the anchor's role for Ludhiana and the duo posted invaluable 80 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership, which relieved their team to some extent.Himanshu scored 67 runs off 80 deliveries, with the help of four sixes and as many fours while Rahul remained unbeaten on 49 runs.

Deepak Bansal contributed nine runs as Ludhiana's first innings reached at 220 runs in 90 overs. For Chandigarh, Sidharath Kaur and Gurjoyot shared bowling honours. Sidharath captured four wickets for 44 runs while Gurjoyot took three scalpes after conceding 34 runs. Vipul Sharma and Gurkirat grabbed one wicket each.



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