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Little work, more deadlines
 Completion of Sidhwan Canal expressway pushed to March next year
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The wait for the completion of the Sidhwan Canal expressway project seems to be unending. The project has now got a new completion deadline --- March next year. The earlier deadline was October. But the “completion” deadline does not include the construction of two rail overbridges (ROBs) and the main Gurthali Bridge near Doraha.

The much-awaited expressway project is already running behind schedule and is a perfect example of lack of coordination among different government departments.

On March 31, state PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had announced that the project would be ready by October this year, but today, Dhillon announced a new date, March 31. Prior to this, February was the deadline.

Dhillon claims that the delay in completion of the project is due to the railways department. “They have failed to submit the drawings of the two ROBs on time, due to which our project is getting delayed. Only the first drawings of the ROBs have been submitted,” he said.

Due to lack of coordination between several government departments, the project kept getting delayed. A review meeting for the Rs 416-crore project was held in Chandigarh on July 18 last year, which was presided over by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. He had then announced that the project would be opened to traffic on October 1 last year.

During the paddy season last year, the irrigation department had released water into the Sidhwan Canal, resulting in stoppage of construction where pillars for bridges were yet to be constructed. This clearly showed lack of coordination between both the government departments as the PWD failed to complete the construction of pillars near Gill Road in the stipulated period as there was no prior information.

Dhillon visited the project today and asked officials to speed up the work so that the project could be constructed by March 31. “We will start work on all the flyovers and bridges, except the two ROBs and the Gurthali Bridge, within the stipulated time frame. The remaining work will also be completed soon,” he claimed.

Expressway project
The foundation stone of the project was laid in 2009. The Rs 328.16-crore four-laned expressway project over 26.9 km will have a carriageway on either side, providing a bypass for traffic going to Ferozepur. The project has a total of nine bridges, including five canal bridges, two railover bridges and two flyovers.


Encroachment on prime land worth Rs 50 crore cleared
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 21
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has cleared prime land measuring over 43 kanals in its 475 acre scheme at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar after a litigation that lasted for over three decades. In a bid by the LIT authorities to take possession of the land and evict the unlawful occupant, Gajjan Singh, in 2002, a junior engineer of the Trust, Nirmal Singh Bhullar, had died in firing while two other employees had sustained injuries.

Dr Rishi Pal Singh, administrator of the Trust, said the scheme was notified in 1976 and acquisition proceedings were taken up in 1984. However, the owner of land measuring 43 kanals continued to occupy the land even after the mutation of land was decided in favour of the LIT and compensation of around Rs 2.22 lakh was deposited with the court.

The owner continued with a legal battle and sought exemption of his land from the scheme, but his plea was rejected by a civil court in 2002. In the meantime, the LIT had also deposited the enhanced amount of compensation worth Rs 11.11 lakh with the court.

When efforts of the Trust to get the land cleared of encroachment failed to fructify, the matter was taken up with the District Magistrate for providing police protection and deploy a Duty Magistrate so that the LIT could evict the unlawful occupant and take possession of the land.

However, before the LIT could move to repossess the land, Gajjan Singh appeared in the Trust office and offered to relinquish his claim on the condition that compensation due to him was paid to him and a plot measuring 500 sq yards under the "locally displaced person" was allotted to him as per rules.

Work on the construction of roads on the said piece of land has now been taken up in the presence of Gajjan Singh. "After carrying out development works as per the original layout of the scheme, possession of residential plots will be handed over to 175 eligible allottees," he said.

What went wrong
The Ludhina Improvement Trust scheme was notified in 1976 and acquisition proceedings were taken up in 1984. However, the owner of the land measuring over 43 kanals continued to occupy the land even after the mutation of land was decided in favour of the LIT and a compensation of around Rs 2.22 lakh was deposited with the court.



Sewage being dumped into canal
 Sewer line running close to expressway project damaged
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) is closing all sewerage water disposals into the Budha Nullah, but at the same time, it is polluting the Sidhwan Canal by dumping sewage into it. The main sewerage line running parallel to the Ferozepur Road got damaged on Friday when digging was on for the Sidhwan Canal expressway project.

Instead of making alternative arrangements for the disposal of sewage coming out of the damaged line, MC officials dumped it directly into the canal, making a mockery of the directions of the district administration boards which restrict residents from throwing garbage or any other solid waste into Sidhwan Canal.

A senior MC official said: “We have no option, but to dump sewage into the canal. Where else can we dump it? Had there been any vacant piece of land nearby, we would have dumped it there.”

Manjit Singh, Additional Commissioner (Technical), operations and maintenance cell of the MC, said the company digging the site for the expressway project did not inform either the MC or the sewerage board before starting the digging.

“Had they informed us, we would have told them about the exact location of the pipe and it could have been saved from getting damaged. Even when the pipe was damaged, they did not inform us and quietly left the spot. We came to know about it only when residents started facing problems,” he said.

Even the water supply to the affected areas has been cut by almost 50 per cent. “Repair work is going on and the line would be repaired by tomorrow,” assured Manjit Singh, who said the sewage was being disposed into the canal only as a temporary measure.

PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon visited the spot today and MC officials raised the issue of the pipe getting damaged. “We told him everything, but he did not pay heed to our concerns. Instead of taking action against the company, he said the main priority was completion of the project,” said an MC official.

Dhillon claimed that the pipe got damaged as the sewerage board had provided wrong drawings of the sewer. “The digging was done away from the spot identified as a sewer line. Had the board officials provided the right drawing, the pipe would not have got damaged,” he stated.



Thieves strike at IAS officer's house
 Decamp with four gas cylinders, two television sets
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Thieves struck at the house of an IAS officer at BRS Nagar and decamped with two television sets and four cooking cylinders. They also took a mattress and some crockery lying in the house.

The house belonged to Raminder Singh, Commissioner (Ferozepur Division), who used to visit the house on weekends. It is learnt that he had not visited the house lately and it used to remain locked. The incident came to light last evening when the caretaker, Shalender Sharma, noticed that the grills of a window had been broken. When he peeped through the window, he saw that the house had been ransacked.

He informed the police and Raminder Singh about the incident. He said he still had to make the list of valuables that had been stolen.

The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case of theft against unidentified persons and started investigation. The theft seems to be the handiwork of an organised gang of thieves. Earlier too, the gang had struck at a house in Sarabha Nagar and decamped with an LED television, DVD, crockery and mattresses. The gang had recently struck at a boutique in Sarabha Nagar and fled with cash and expensive dress material.

Four cylinders raise eyebrows
Though the theft at the house of an IAS officer has caused embarrassment to the police, the stealing of four gas cylinders has raised eyebrows. As per the latest government guideline, a domestic cooking gas licence holder is entitled to only one cylinder per connection. The question being asked is why were four cylinders kept in the house.



Double whammy for family
 Cousins commit suicide
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 21
Two cousins committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Bardeke village near here today morning. The deceased youth has been identified as Balwinder Singh, son of Jarnail Singh, while the girl was identified as Amandeep Kaur, daughter of Shinder Singh. Both Jarnail Singh and Shinder Singh are siblings.

The incident came to light when the family members of the deceased saw their bodies at their respective houses. The police took both the bodies in its custody and sent them for post-mortem at the local civil hospital. No suicide note was recovered from both the spots, said Station House Officer Rachpal Singh.

Family of the deceased told the police that both Balwinder Singh and Amandeep Kaur had been under depression for some time.

"The exact reason that made the boy and the girl take this extreme step is not yet clear," said the SHO. The police has registered a case under the Section 174 of CrPC and started the investigation. 



Two more snatchers arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The Daresi police has claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers with the arrest of two persons. The gang was reportedly behind eight incidents of snatching in the recent past.

The accused have been identified as Sunny and Shivam, who were nabbed following a tip- off by the police.

During questioning, the accused cracked soon and confessed to having committed eight snatchings. The police also recovered a dagger, a toy pistol and eight mobile phones from their possession, besides two motorcycles. The investigating officer said the third member of the gang identified as Raman Kumar was on the run. In the meantime, the Shimlapuri police has also nabbed two snatchers identified as Harman Kumar and Surjit Singh, both residents of Ishar Nagar, and recovered five mobile phones from the possession of the accused.



Filling station owner, wife nabbed for peddling drugs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
A 60-year-old petrol station owner and his wife were caught by the police for allegedly peddling drugs near Sahnewal last evening. The accused identified as Bhajan Ram and Goddo Rani were nabbed during a police naka at Nandpur village near Sahnewal.

Deputy Commissioner of Police GS Toor said the accused were travelling in a Maruti Gypsy and were stopped by a team of the anti-narcotics cell. During a search, the police found 100 gm of smack worth Rs 25 lakh in the international market from the possession of the duo. The police also recovered 10 kg of poppy husk from them.

The DCP said Bhajan Ram was a habitual offender and nine cases of drug peddling were registered against him. Preliminary investigation revealed that Bhajan Ram owned a filling station in Nabha. He told the police that after making enough money from peddling drugs, he took the filling station on lease.



Bank employees to go on strike from today
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 21
In response to the call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions for a nationwide strike, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (affiliated to the All-India Bank Employees Association) will observe a two-day strike on August 22 and 23.

PBEF secretary Naresh Gaur said the striking bank employees would hold a massive rally in front of Canara Bank at Bharat Nagar Chowk here on August 22 which would be addressed by prominent trade union leaders.

He said the bank employees were agitating for immediate settlement of all pending issues which were hanging fire due to indifferent attitude of the bank managements and the government.

The pending demands of the bank employees, he added, included scrapping all arbitrary guidelines on human resource issues, stopping unilateral implementation of the recommendations of Khandelwal Committee, doing away with outsourcing of bank jobs, stopping banking sector reforms and review of the prevailing policy on closure of rural branches of the banks.

Gaur said the normal banking business at the nationalised banks was bound to be affected during the period of strike and asked the members of public to bear with the bank employees who were forced to adopt the path of agitation to seek justice.

Bank employees are agitating for immediate settlement of all pending issues which are hanging fire due to ‘indifferent’ attitude of the bank managements and the government.



Farmer burns crop
 Was frustrated over scanty rainfall, unscheduled power cuts
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 21
Frustrated over scanty rainfall and unscheduled power cuts, a farmer of Bujgar village near Jagraon destroyed his paddy crop planted in two acres of land with a tractor.

While speaking to mediapersons after destroying the paddy, farmer Chand Singh stated that neither the rain god nor the state government could provide water for irrigation, which forced him to take this unusual step.

"Firstly, there has been scanty rainfall this year, which made farmers dependent on electricity for irrigating their paddy crop. But the prolonged unscheduled power cuts made the situation worse, otherwise you will see no farmer destroying the crop he has sown with his own hands," rued Chand Singh while narrating his tale.

Chand Singh said that he had sown paddy on two acres of his agricultural land about one and half months ago. "Till now I had been irrigating the fields with a generator set with the hope that the situation may improve sooner or later. But neither the rain god nor the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited altered its stance and it became impossible for me to pay for the diesel," added Chand Singh.

Chand Singh complained that the electricity department has failed to provide sufficient power supply to the farming sector which forced him to take this step. "But it was not me alone who has been going through hardships. There are many other who are thinking of following in my steps and if the situation does not improve in coming days," claimed Chand Singh.

Other farmers present there also rued that they were facing tough times and if the situation did not improve in thecoming days, the farmers were bound to suffer heavy financial losses. The farming community has appealed the state government to urge the electricity department to provide them with sufficient required amount of power. 



200 saplings planted at RIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 21
A tree plantation campaign was carried out by the RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, campus as a part of India’s biggest environmental awareness initiative “My Earth My Duty” under the National Service Scheme (NSS) to mark 65 years of Indian independence.

RIMT Group chairman Dr. Hukam Chand Bansal, vice-chairman Vijyant Bansal and Dorector Dr Harsh Sadawarti planted shrubs and trees on the campus. NSS programme officer Prof. Sandeep Singla along with 100 volunteers organised the campaign.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hukam Chand Bansal emphasised on adopting, nurturing and protecting plants.

He said that RIMT had started tree plantation and would continue to do so throughout the year.

Sawdawarti, while interacting with students of the institute, appealed to them to nurse at least one tree each and look after it.

He said that this would help to ensure that the RIMT campus remained pollution free.

This is an effort towards reducing global warming and encourages students to be aware of the significance that trees have in our life.

About 100 students of various departments of the institute also planted saplings. Saplings include mango, jamun, neem, jacaranda, gulmohar, silver oak, kachnaar, palm, magnolia, bottle brush, nimbu, and various other ever green and ornamental plants. A total of 200 saplings were planted during the drive. 



For this young painter art is life
Tribune News Service

Artist Ayushi Gupta (second from left) at her art and craft exhibition at an art gallery in Ludhiana on Tuesday
Artist Ayushi Gupta (second from left) at her art and craft exhibition at an art gallery in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Indrajeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 21
Ayushi Gupta, an artist, has started its art and craft work exhibition at an art gallery on Monday. She displayed her paintings and trousseau in the exhibition. She also exhibited the work which she had done in her school days.

Talking about her paintings, Ayushi said, "I made my first canvas in Class V. For me, art is my life. I have worked on different ideas but people like my "Jagannath Ji" painting a lot. I have made that painting with mescal.Studying in BA final year at Khalsa College for Women, Ayushi says, "I have worked on oil, water color and fabric paintings. Today was my second day and I got a good response from the public."



Residents inconvenienced at Suvidha Centre
 Duty Magistrate absent after 3-day holiday; confusion at newly opened licensing window
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Over 400 people suffered due to non-availability of a Duty Magistrate at the Suvidha Centre today. After a long weekend of three days, people from the neighbouring towns and villages arrived at the centre early in the morning. The people, however, were disappointed due to the lethargic attitude of the officials that delayed their work. Long queues could be seen at various counters of the Suvidha Centre.

People protest against the absence of a Duty Magistrate at the Suvidha Centre.
People protest against the absence of a Duty Magistrate at the Suvidha Centre. Photo: Inderjit Verma

This happened despite the state government's claims of successful implementation of the Right to Service Act.

Harjinder Singh Bedi, a local resident, said, "I have been standing in the queue for the last four hours. The Duty Magistrate is not there that is leading to an inconvenience."

Additional Deputy Commissioner Neeru Katyal said that the Duty Magistrate was assigned to some different task by the deputy sub-divisional magistrate. ADC Katyal said that she had directed the SDM to make alternative arrangements to tackle the problem.

Meanwhile, District Transport Office had also changed the venue of its licensing window to the Suvidha Centre Hall No. 3. No arrangements were made, however, to inform the public that the window had shifted. There were, moreover, more than 10 windows in the hall, without any proper demarcation.

"I had been standing outside the window no. 39 for two hours when my turn came, but the person at the counter informed me to stand outside the window no. 37 instead," said Kulwinder Singh, an applicant.

District Transport Officer Manpreet Singh said as it was the first day, some problems were encountered.

"We have changed the location of the licensing window for the convenience of the public. The things will get normal within one or two days," he said.

Despite all the efforts of the district administration, commission agents could also be seen at the Suvidha Centre. 

No courtesy
Anil Kumar, a resident of Gill Road whose father expired last night, visited the Suvidha Centre to get an affidavit signed from the Duty Magistrate. His father had died of natural causes and he had wished that no post-mortem be conducted on his body. Anil, who reached the centre at 8am waited till 1pm without any success. "Dead body of my father is lying at my home. All the relatives are waiting for me, and I have been standing here for hours. It is the worst experience of my life,”¯ said Anil. 

Timings not suitable
* Due to the ongoing scarcity of electricity in the state, Punjab government had changed the timings of government offices to save electricity. But people feel that the new timings — 8am to 2pm — were not suitable.

* Gurmukh Singh of Jagraon said: "Earlier one could meet the officers till 4pm, but now officials are not even available at 2pm. Government should increase the working hours of government offices instead of this relaxation." 



Metro project for city on track
 Officials to meet in Delhi today; will discuss detailed project report
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
In a good news for city residents, the much-awaited meeting of the Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is scheduled for tomorrow in Delhi. The LMRC has been waiting for the meeting for long as the final process of the Ludhiana Metro Rail project will fall on track.

During the meeting, the detailed project report (DPR) prepared by DMRC in 2008 and the recently conducted survey of the LMRC will be discussed.

Apart from the LMRC officials, senior officials of the Ludhiana municipal corporation, the state local bodies department and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board will also attend the meeting.

"Presently the Ludhiana Metro Rail project is in its initial stages of planning, but once the meeting is held, the project will fall on track and we expect that the construction work will start soon," said a senior MC official.

The corridor I is 15. 798 km long and will start from the Ayali Chowk on the Ferozepur Road and will go till the BBMB Power House on Chandigarh Road. It will have a total of 14 stations, including 10 elevated and four underground.

The corridor II is 13.035 km long and will start from Gill village and will end at the Rahon Road Octroi post. The corridor will have 13 stations, including six elevated and seven underground.

The corridors will be elevated as the metro rail will run some 26 feet above the ground level and for underground corridor, the metro rail will run 15-20 m below the ground.

To speed up the work concerning the Ludhiana Metro Rail project, the Ludhiana municipal corporation Commissioner has already constituted a three-member "support cell" that will look into various aspects of the project, including the acquisition of land and liaisoning with other government departments.

The team includes Assistant Commissioner (Technical) HS Khosa, who will oversee the work of Ludhiana Metro Rail project as a coordinator-cum-nodal officer, senior town planner (STP) Hemant Batra will study and prepare a detailed report regarding all government and private properties to be acquired for the project and SDO (bridges and roads) Sanjay Kanwar will look into the office work of the support cell.



'Ambulance 108' staff rescue another drowning girl
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Once again the staff of "Ambulance 108" came to the rescue of a drowning girl today. Jagdip Singh, cluster head of Ludhiana-11 for "Ambulance 108" service, said, "When driver of the ambulance Manpreet and emergency medical technician Rohit Kumar were passing by the Sidhwan Canal, a few residents approached them asking them to save the drowning girl."

Both of them jumped into the canal and rescued the 20-year-old girl. The girl was rushed to the Civil hospital."

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital Dr Karamvir Goel, said, "She was admitted here at 1 pm and was discharged at 5 pm."

Past incidents

* In March, the staff of "Ambulance 108" saved two persons who were drowning in Neelon Canal
* In April, one person was saved
* Earlier this month (August, 2012), a woman and a boy were saved from drowning.



Six challaned for smoking at public places, officials collect Rs 800 as fine
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The Anti-Tobacco Task Force today challaned six persons for smoking at public places. The team, including district epidemiologist Dr Puneet Juneja, food safety officer Ravinder Garg, Drug Inspector Ekaantpriya Singla, mass media officer of the health department Harjinder Singh, Amandeep Singh from the District Attorney's office and a representative of an NGO, visited the Mini Secretariat and city bus stand and challaned six violators.

Dr Puneet Juneja said, "The violators were challaned under the Anti Tobacco Act -2003. One challan was issued outside the DC's office while the other five were issued at the city bus terminus. We collected Rs 800 as fine from the violators."

The Act was enforced three years ago, still people continue to violate it. In 2011, 102 persons were challaned in the city alone for smoking at public places.

Meanwhile, no fresh case of dengue was reported today.



Rail India comes up with mobility plan to end traffic woes
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
It is said that a person who is able to drive a vehicle in Ludhiana can drive it anywhere in the country. There seems to be some respite to the maddening traffic of the city as Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) Ltd has conducted a comprehensive mobility plan for the city.

The plan has been prepared keeping in mind the traffic related forecast for the coming 20 years.

Under the plan, RITES has proposed three ring roads, 41 new flyovers, a new corridor for Ludhiana Metro Rail project, extension of proposed two metro corridors, 10 new bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors, besides several other such plans.

The plan has been prepared keeping in mind Ludhiana, Doraha, Sahnewal, Phillaur and Mullanpur towns, besides a total of 301 other villages located on the outskirts of the city. It includes all those areas that fall under the master plan of the city.

For providing some respite from traffic, the RITES team has proposed construction of three new ring roads- outer, inner and middle.

Besides, RITES has also proposed that the total length of Ludhiana Metro Rail project should be increased from 29 km to 100 km in the next 20 years. In addition to two already proposed corridors, RITES has proposed a third corridor that would start from Doraha and end at Phillaur.

Even the already proposed corridor I, starting from Ayali Chowk on the Ferozepur Road till BBMB Power House on the Chandigarh Road has been extended. The Ayali Chowk starting point has been increased till Raqba village, while the BBMB Power House end point has been extended till Katani Kalan village.

The corridor II will start from Gill village and will end at the Rahon Road Octroi post. The Gill village starting point has been increased till Kaind village while the Rahon Road Octroi post end has been increased till Mattewara village.

HS Khosa, Assistant Commissioner (Technical), said the BRT corridors had been proposed on the Hambran Road, Pakhowal Road, Road along Sidhwan Canal, Dugri Road, road along Budha Nullah, entire middle ring road and entire inner ring road. “The comprehensive mobility plan is to be carried out in four phases,” he said.



Students make up for absence of vets at clinic
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Students prescribe medicines at a clinic at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University; and (right) pet owners wait for veterinarians outside the clinic.
Students prescribe medicines at a clinic at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University; and (right) pet owners wait for veterinarians outside the clinic. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 21
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University maybe the best institution for emerging doctors, but one should think twice before taking his or her pet for treatment there.

The clinic on the campus is run by students enrolled in various courses in the university, who are not only treating pets, but are also prescribing medicines in the absence of doctors.

When this correspondent visited the hospital at 10.30 am, not even a single doctor was found on duty.

Some of the pet owners could be seen waiting for the doctors. Two students were treating dogs in the medicine hall while two others were prescribing medicines to pet owners.

The clinic in-charge said two doctors and one assistant professor were on duty.

There were about 20 persons were waiting for the doctors with their dogs.

Jaswinder Singh, a pet owner, said, "I have been waiting for the doctors for the past 45 minutes and not even a single doctor has turned up so far. Only students are seen. I have no problem if students treat my dog, but I want that at least an experienced doctor should diagnose the animal."

Meanwhile, Honey Kaushal, another pet owner, said, "When i enquired at the counter, I was told that the doctors were on a tea break. It is strange that not even a single doctor is present in the clinic, if any emergency comes up, how will these students deal with the situation."

After an hour, Dr PS Mavi, in-charge of the clinic, said, "Our students are not novice they are well trained. Doctors were here 15 minutes ago."

"Mostly students treat the animals at the clinic," said an employee.



School Notes

Play marks Eid celebrations
Ludhiana: A play based on Idgah, written by Munshi Premchand, was staged by the students of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School, Narangwal, as a part of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations on the school campus. The play gave a message of serving the needy and showing concern for others. Students pledged to serve the society and promote universal brotherhood by rising above
religious differences.

Children spend time with senior citizens
As a part of creating a bond with senior citizens, children of Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri, visited the Vivekananda Vridh Aashram in Model Town Extension. The children interacted with around 70 senior citizens residing at the institution and presented them with roses, provisions and eatables. The children chanted "gayatri mantra" and "mool mantra" for the good health of the residents. The children, who took to calling the residents "dada" and "dadi", promised that they would visit them regularly. Some students also promised to celebrate their birthdays with the residents.

Meditate for healthy mind and body, says expert
A one-day meditation and body energy amplification camp was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on Tuesday. Hitesh and Shubhangi from Pyramid Spiritual Society guided the students about various aspects of meditation. Hitesh said meditation was universal and transcended all divides like religion, country and culture. He said modern lifestyle led to anger, hate, fear and other negative emotions. Meditation helped an individual overcome these emotions and facilitated a calm and peaceful mind and a healthy and stress-free body, he said.

Quiz tests students on general awareness
Sub Junior Humanities Forum organised a general knowledge quiz contest for the students of Classes I and II at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. The event aimed at making the students aware of their surroundings and generating in them curiosity to know more. Six teams, each comprising a student from Class I and Class II, took part in the quiz. The participants, who were selected after a written round, answered the questions enthusiastically. The questions were asked under various categories including animal kingdom, our leaders, gadgets and machines, language and natural disasters.

Book on transforming  India released
Over 300 students and principals from various schools attended the book-launching ceremony of "Tranforming Indians to Transform India", published by Chinmaya Mission, at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, on Tuesday. The release of the book marked the beginning of a national-level quiz based on the book for which 10 lakh participants are expected to register. Amrit Nagpal, patron of the mission, said they aimed at transforming India into a strong nation. The quiz would help in the mission, he said.

Sukhleen makes school proud in declamation
Sukhleen Kaur, a Class X student of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, has made the school proud by bagging the second position in an inter-school declamation contest. Thirty-eight students from 19 schools participated in the Giani Harjit Singh Memorial Inter-School Declamation Contest held at GGN Public School, Ludhiana.

Abacus competition
Aloha School conducted an abacus and Vedic math competition for students in the age group of 5-15 years. In the competition, students were supposed to handle large and complex problems within five minutes. The institute trains the children in doing fast calculations by using their imagination, memory, analysis, logic, creativity and listening skills.

Students learn about BPO and IT sector
Class XII students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School who are studying financial market management attended a seminar organised by an Indian multinational corporation in Chandigarh. The 38 students learnt about the business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) sectors during the programme. The seminar was followed by a group activity involving all the students attending the programme and around 100 students from the Dehradun Institute of Technology. — TNS 



College Notes

Technical workshop held
Ludhiana: A four-member technical team from HCL Infosystems, Mohali, conducted a workshop at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology. The workshop — User Interface Experience Developer (UXID) — was attended by master's and bachelor's degree students of computer applications. The team deliberated on the need to be strong with the basics to excel in the field of information technology. Apart from UXID, the students were also briefed on other technologies such as HTML, CSS and Java script for developing user interfaces in web designing projects. An aptitude test for MCA (V) students was also conducted after the workshop. The company officials said the students who would excel in the test would get appreciation letters and an opportunity to work in the organisation. The workshop was jointly organised by the training and placement cell of the college and the students' chapter of the Indian Society for Technical Education. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

425 patients examined 
Deepak Hospital and Management of the Gurdwara Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Satsung Sabha organised a free medical check up camp at the gurdwara. Municipal Councillors, including Paramjit Kaur and Veeraa Bedi were the chief guests. During the camp as many as 425 patients were examined by the team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. Balbir Singh Shah, medical superintendent, Deepak Hospital, Sarabha Nagar. Tests like ECG and all the blood tests and medicine are provided free of cost at the camp. Names of patients were noted down for free cataract operations.

Nursing complex inaugurated
A nursing college complex, a part of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital, was inaugurated at Paddi village here on Tuesday. The college will be catering to the needs of M.SC, B.SC nursing students, B.SC post basic nursing students and general nursing students. More than 500 students will study here. The complex was inaugurated by MLA Darshan Singh Shiwalik. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the college and also promised future help.

Blood donation camp
The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Ludhiana District, in collaboration with the Salaam Zindagi Fondation organised a blood donation camp on the premises of Yovraj Hospital Hambran Road. The camp was held for the welfare of thalassaemic children. At the camp, 31 units of blood were collected.

Awareness campaign
The Rameshwar Welfare Trust, Ludhiana, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, and Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, Chandigarh, observed the NEAC 2012 (national enviornment awareness campaign) at Shivpuri Mandiron Tuesday. The theme of the programme was to motivate and make common people aware about pollution and environment.

BJP employees’ cell
Bhartiya Janta Party has constituted an employees cell here on Tuesday. a large number of pensioners and employees gathered at the residence of Pritpal Singh, state convener of the employees’ cell. During this meeting, Pritpal Singh said that he would address the problems being faced by the employees.

Tributes paid
The Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, paid tributes to veteran poet Avtar Jandialwi here on Tuesday. Avatar passed away on Monday in London. Officiating president Anoop Singh said that Jandialwai contributed a lot to Punjabi literature. — TNS



Theft at house in Dugri

Ludhiana, August 21
Thieves struck at a house of a businessman at Dugri and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs. The incident came to light here this evening when Gurmeet Singh, who along with his family members, had gone to visit his relatives, returned home.

She was shocked to see the house ransacked. Gurmeet Singh said the thieves took away 18 tola gold ornaments, Rs 30,000 in cash and other valuables. He said thieves broke open the door of the house. The police has started investigation. — TNS



50 gm smack recovered, two arrested
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, August 21
The Samrala police has claimed to have arrested two youths and recovered 50 gm smack from their possession near Sangatpura village. As per information, a police party was on routine checking, when they saw two youths and asked them to stop near a T- point in Sangatpura village.

The youths allegedly tried to escape but were overpowered. During the search 25-25 gm smack were recovered from both youths. The youths were identified as Kulwinder Singh, alias Titli, and Bahadar Singh, alias Soni, both residents of Ghungrali Sikhan village.

JS Cheema, DSP, Samrala, confirmed the arrests and said that a case under the NDPS Act was registered against both the alleged accused.



2 commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Financial crunch drove two persons to commit suicide. In the first incident, a 40-year-old-man identified as Suresh Narang, a resident of Model Town Extension, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his factory unit located in Shilapuri.

He had suffered losses after the pollution control board department employees raided his unit and levied fine on him for emitting pollution.

In the second incident a 30-year-old woman and mother of three children committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Ashok Nagar near Bharat Nagar Chowk.

Gurpreet Singh, former sarpanch of Heeran village, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a vacant plot in Barmali village. The police is suspecting that the victim was poisoned to death. 



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