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DMRC official visits Metro sites
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 27
In a bid to sort out minor hassles in the way of acquisition of land and to finalise the detailed project report for the proposed Metro rail project in the city, RG Sharma, Assistant General Manager of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the official consultant for the project, today visited 10 sites on corridor one (Ayali to the BBMB powerhouse, Jamalpur).

Accompanied by officials of the municipal corporation, Sharma went round several points starting from Ayali to assess the possibility of making minor changes in the alignment of the Metro route to ensure that minimum disturbance was caused to private property and government buildings.

The team of the DMRC and MC officials also identified the land proposed to be acquired for the Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, by the Union Defence Ministry so that it could be left aside.

It was learnt that the officials were exploring the possibility of making use of vacant government land for laying elevated and underground rail tracks and for the construction of stations on the two corridors so that the procedural delay caused in the acquisition of private land and property was cut down to the minimum.

"Several pieces of land owned by Punjab Agricultural University, the Irrigation Department, the Government College for Women and the Northern Railway are being eyed for the purpose. At the same time, efforts will be made not to disturb the religious institutions located on the two Metro corridors," an official said.

According to HS Khosa, project coordinator designated by the MC, the emphasis of the visiting DMRC official was to make sure that adequate provisions were made for utilities, parking and stations on the two Metro corridors.

Sharma, who is on a two-day visit to the city for the proposed Metro rail project, will inspect many more sites on corridor two from Gill village to the Rahon Road octroi post to carry out a similar exercise.

Metro corridors

Several pieces of land owned by the PAU, the Irrigation Department, the Government College for Women and the Northern Railway are being eyed for the purpose. At the same time, efforts will be made not to disturb the religious institutions located on the two Metro corridors.
— An official

Bid to save pvt property

Accompanied by officials of the municipal corporation, Assistant General Manager of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation RG Sharma went round several points starting from Ayali to assess the possibility of making minor changes in the alignment of the Metro route to ensure that minimum disturbance was caused to private property and government buildings.


MC pulls down illegal structure
Kuldip Bhatia

The illegal structure that was pulled down by the MC in the Model Gram locality in Ludhiana on Monday.
The illegal structure that was pulled down by the MC in the Model Gram locality in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 27
A team of officials of the building branch of the local municipal corporation (MC) today pulled down an illegal structure being brought up on the "projection" of a commercial building in the Model Gram locality here. The owner of the shop was warned against carrying out any unauthorised extension of the shop.

Assistant Town Planner (D Zone) Rajinder Sharma, who led the operation, said a shop owner on the Malwa High School road in the Model Gram area had commenced construction of a wall on the projection of an existing shop with the intention of covering an additional area for the extension of the shop.

"As the construction work was being carried out without the approval of any building plan, it was razed with the help of labour and machinery.

Strict instructions were issued to the shop owner to desist from carrying out any unlawful construction or extension of the shop," he said.

The owner of the building and some other shopkeepers offered mild resistance as the unlawful structure was being pulled down.



Developers on the agitation path
Say govt has failed to keep its word on regularisation of illegal colonies 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 27
With the Punjab Government yet to come out with its promised new policy on regularisation of more than 15,000 unauthorised colonies in the state, developers, along with affected residents of these colonies, have threatened to take to the streets against the alleged apathy of the government towards the real estate sector and lakhs of affected people.

Kultar Singh Jogi, president of the Punjab Property Dealers and Colonisers Association, said here yesterday that a five-member committee of legislators, set up by the government to make recommendations for the simplification of the existing policy on regularisation of unauthorised colonies, was expected to submit its report anytime which should be taken up in the Cabinet meeting, scheduled for tomorrow.

"If no positive decision is taken by the government in the coming Cabinet meeting, developers and other stakeholders will launch a statewide agitation from September 1 to expose the government, which did not practise what it preached," he warned. Jogi lamented that the committee members had no official meeting with representatives of the developers even though some colonisers had unofficially met them to apprise them of the major demands.

Jogi said the real estate business in Punjab had come to a standstill. The revenue generated from the registration of sale deeds, which formed some 43 per cent of the total government revenue, had come down to a meagre 14 per cent now, he claimed.

The major demands of the developers, he said, were one-time compounding and regularisation of all unauthorised colonies on an "as-is-where-is basis", the regularisation of unlicensed colonies located both outside and inside the city limits on the payment of penalty as per the stipulated rate in six different categories and constitution of the Punjab State Property Board to deal with all problems of real estate developers and related issues.



New timings spell chaos at Suvidha Centre
Unaware, many visitors turn up early, put to inconvenience
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Confusion prevailed at the Suvidha Centre here today following a change in the office timings. Visitors, who were unaware about the new timings from 9 am to 5 pm, turned up at the centre early keeping in mind the previous timings from 8 am to 2 pm. They were put to inconvenience as the staff at the counters, where licences are issued, did not turn up till 9.30 am.

Sukhraj Singh, a visitor, said he had taken half-day leave to get his daughter's driving licence made, but the staff did not arrive till 9.30 am. "I was unaware about the change in the office timings. Even as per the new timings, the staff should have been at their respective counters at least by 9 am. And even when they arrived, they behaved rudely with visitors," said Sukhraj Singh.

Many visitors came too early at the centre as they were unaware about the change in the office timings.

In charge of the Suvidha Centre Jarnail Singh said the staff arrived at all counters on time except for those attached with the District Transport Office.

District Transport Officer MS Chatwal said the staff was on time, but many visitors had come as per the old timings. "Moreover, for getting licences made, the government has issued strict directions regarding attachment of the medical certificate with the form. Since many of the visitors did not possess proper documents, they were made to return.”



2 murders rock city
Victims identified as rickshawpuller Amarjit, Rajesh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

DCP GS Toor and other officials examine the murder weapon in Ludhiana on Monday.
DCP GS Toor and other officials examine the murder weapon in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 27
Two murders have been reported from the city. A 40-year-old rickshawpuller, identified as Amarjit Singh, alias Bobby, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Model Town Extension, was found dead near the Inter-State Bus Terminus here this morning.

The victim had stab injuries on his neck and other parts of the body. Blood was splattered on the road, indicating that the victim may have been chased to death. Amarjit's relative told the police that he had purchased a new rickshaw yesterday and took some passengers to the bus stand last evening.

Amarjit was missing since then. The incident came to light this morning when a commuter spotted the body near the bus stand and informed the police.

Police officials, including ACP Gurpreet Kaur and ADCP-III Joginder Singh, visited the spot. The police has launched an investigation and registered a murder case against unidentified persons.

In the second incident, a 32-year-old man was found dead in the Sherpur area here today.

The victim, identified as Rajesh Kumar from Bihar, was living on the fourth floor of a "vehra" belonging to Makhan Singh.

Rajesh was sharing a room with Ashok Kumar, who was also from his native village.

The incident came to light when residents spotted Rajesh's body on the first floor of the "vehra".

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim died after "falling" from the building. The investigation revealed that he was beaten up and pushed from the fourth floor.

The victim had injury marks on the head.



Unsolved murder cases a blot on city police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The list of unsolved murder cases is becoming bigger by the day. Except for cracking the high profile double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila, the city police has nothing much to its credit.

The recent killing of 34-year-old forex trader Sukhjinder Singh, who was found dead in his office on Rahon Road on August 17 and the murder of Taranjit Kaur (60) that spread panic in Model Town on July 31 have posed yet another challenge to the investigating agency.

The case of KFC employee Maninder Kaur, who was shot dead and her body dumped in a vacant plot in Basant Avenue on August 7, is becoming a mystery. The police could not make much headway in the case after prime suspect Deepraj Singh went underground and his paramour Sandeep Kaur was sent to jail for attempting suicide. Similarly, there are many other murder mysteries, the files of which are gathering dust. 

March 5, 2012

Barber Satish Kumar (38) was shot dead outside a temple in Maya Nagar near Ghumar Mandi by unidentified attackers. During investigation, it came to light that Satish, a resident of Haryana, had dumped his wife in Karnal and married a city-based woman. The couple had a son out of the wedlock. The police questioned many persons in connection with the murder case, but the murder remains a mystery.

December 23,2011

Lambardar, father-in-law of Akali MLA Simerjeet Singh Bains, was murdered in December last year in his house at Noorpur village. Lambardar was living alone in the house and used to keep cash, collected from a fuel station, at home. Burglary was suspected to be the reason behind the murder. Eight months on, the police has failed to make much headway in the case.

April 13, 2011

Noted Namdhari follower Avtar Singh Tari was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Sahnewal. Though the police showed seriousness in pursuing the murder case,it conutinues to remain a mystery.

May 18, 2011

The case of ASI Gurdial Singh, who was shot at in the head after a robber opened fire at a police party in Vishal Nagar is another such unsolved case which has caused embarrassment to the Police Department. After battling for life for nearly 18 days, the policeman succumbed to the bullet injuries. The police launched a massive manhunt to nab Gurdial's murderer. Posters containing the CCTV footage of the ASI's killers were widely circulated across the state, but there has not been much headway in the case.

August 7, 2010

Iron trader Shiv Sharma (38) was shot dead in the Dugri Phase-II area by unidentified assailants. The case remains unsolved. 



world anger day today
Learn to manage anger: Experts
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Tomorrow is World Anger Day. Precious lives are lost, life-long relationships are broken, deadly diseases take toll over human beings if this negative emotion, anger, becomes uncontrollable.

Medical professionals and yoga gurus suggest that one must learn to manage anger and if not controlled in time, it can bring several other negative emotions, which can prove fatal at times.

Even in the recent past, many incidents took place in the city, which were the outcome of anger only. In one such incident at Jawaddi on August 13, two groups clashed and fired shots at each other. It is believed that both groups had differences and both were proving to have more muscle power than the other. In this incident, three persons got injured and two of them were still being treated at the DMCH. Though they are stable, still the incident has left a bad memory among the youth.

In yet another incident that took place in recent past in Daba area, a youth, Pinku, lost his life, as some members from a gang opened fire on Pinku and his friend. It was a gang war between two groups, which came to fore when they came face to face. It was again aggression among the youth, which claimed one life.

The roots of this negative emotion are sadness and anxiety. Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychologist, said when people were stressed, they got angry. Anger produces negative brain chemistry. “It releases a host of chemicals, which are not good for health. An angry person starts feeling stressed, lethargic, sad, regretful and guilty. Ultimately, blood pressure gets increased and thus began heart ailments. The person in anger starts feeling helpless, unsatisfied and the emotion needs to be controlled. As in a fit of rage, people tend to make wrong decisions,” said Dr Kala.

She further added that relaxing techniques like yoga, meditation, listening to music and other psychological therapies could make a difference in controlling anger.

Even top police officials maintain that anger gave birth to crimes like murders, suicides, brawls, which had claimed several lives. Commissioner Police Ishwar Singh said the overall stress had increased in society. In the materialistic world, society was fast going away from the traditional values and simplicity of life.

“There is stress everywhere. If there is recession in the market, there is stress and in case there are health issues, stress again is involved. The stress brings anger and anxiety. And at times, it comes out in the form of indulging in criminal activities. Domestic violence, road rage, suicides, murders and immediate emotional outbursts are the outcomes in severe cases. Yoga and meditation are the best simple methods, which provide a soothing touch to the brain,” said Ishwar Singh.

It was due to the stressful situation that a daughter-in-law had killed her father-in-law and stepdaughter in Punjab Mata Nagar recently. She had admitted that she was perturbed over her father-in-law’s behaviour and she was not satisfied with the division of property and in a fit of anger, she killed her father-in-law. Since the stepdaughter had seen her doing the crime, she killed the eight-year-old girl, too.

Anger has cost dear in society. In several recent incidents, many have lost precious lives and many got injured, as people failed to control this negative emotion, say the medical experts.



Experts lay stress on care of gums during pregnancy
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The presence of periodontal diseases in pregnant women leads to preterm deliveries. This has been revealed in a recent research conducted at Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar, by a postgraduate student under the guidance of Dr Vikas Jindal (director-professor) in the department of periodontics.

Disclosing this, Dr Jindal, who is also a Ludhiana-based dental surgeon, said, “In this study, relationship between preterm birth of babies along with the presence of periodontal disease was seen. A sample size of 40 pregnant women aged between 18-35 years was included in the study. Since periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition during which inflammatory mediators like C-reactive protein level rises. So, for laboratory analysis, blood samples were taken and were analysed for the presence of this C-reactive protein. It was found that periodontal disease in pregnant women is associated with the increased CRP levels in early pregnancy.”

Dr Ritu Jain, associate professor in preventive and community dentistry department of Christian Dental College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “The preterm babies are also underweight. So, we counsel pregnant women to take care of their gums in pregnancy. Usually women avoid cleaning of tooth after delivery for some days with a fear that these will loosen. But they should not indulge in this practice and take care of their teeth and gums properly.”

Denying the myths that dental treatment in pregnancy is wrong, Dr Vikram Bali, a reader in Laxmi Bai Dental College, Patiala, and city-based dental surgeon said, “The infection of gums is known as periodontal disease. Pregnant women always avoid visiting dental surgeon with a fear that it will affect their health. The second trimester is safest for any treatment in dental in pregnancy. This is the time when scaling of teeth can be done.”



No check on ‘illegal’ institutes
Residents allege exploitation of students
Our Correspondent

An advertisement offering graduation and postgraduation courses put up by a private university in Ludhiana.
An advertisement offering graduation and postgraduation courses put up by a private university in Ludhiana. A tribune photograph

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 27
Concerned over the unauthorised mushrooming of coaching centres of private universities situated in other states of the country, local residents have urged the authorities to take immediate steps to check the alleged exploitation of students.

Maintaining that a majority of their former students had got jobs on the basis of degrees and diplomas procured through them, organisers of such centres however, maintained that they undertake only those activities which are permitted by parent organisations.

In a communique addressed to the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Chief Minister and Education Minister of Punjab, residents have alleged that the administration had failed to regulate these institutions of certain private universities situated outside the state. Though the University Grants Commission (UGC) does not allow private universities to open study centres or off campus centres beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the state, organisers violate norms with impunity by admitting students. Prior approval of the UGC is required to even open learning centers in their home states by the private universities.

The residents have also failed to comprehend how such centers manage to get graduation and post graduation degrees without sending the wards to any regular institutes, that too within a span of one year. Some of the unauthorised centres had published their own prospectus and were charging almost double the fee specified by the parent university and also fleecing students by charging an additional amount for superfluous add-on courses.

Even under the distance-learning mode, the universities can only have counselling centres and there is no provision of regular classes, as most part of learning has to be in the self-instruction mode. However, the centres are offering regular courses and hold classes.

According to the policy of the UGC, the state, private and deemed universities are not allowed to open learning centres and off-campus study centres, affiliated colleges and institutions run through franchise outside the state without approval of the UGC and the Distance Education Council (DEC) and the government.

Interestingly, most of the private universities are not finding enough students, while the illegal distance learning centres in the state are virtually minting money by enrolling students.

Maintaining that there was need to revamp regulatory system in the state, Director IAS and Allied Services Study Circle Patiala, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, said the commercialisation of education had encouraged unethical practices at various levels. “If regulations of the UGC are implemented in letter and spirit, alleged proliferation of illegal centres and fake universities would at least be minimised in not eliminated,” said Walia.



Advances in diagnostic techniques discussed

Ludhiana, August 27
The department of microbiology at DMCH organised a CME-cum-workshop on “Newer molecular diagnostic techniques for diagnosis of TB”. The CME was inaugurated by dean academics, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina.

During the workshop, professor and head of microbiology, Dr Deepinder Chhina, elaborated that tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health problem, particularly in many of the developing countries, including India. The disease is caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis that is capable of establishing and causing life-long infection in human beings.

Dr Chhina further said earlier TB was diagnosed by conventional methods like smear microscopy, culture and chest radiography, which were slow and tedious procedures and reports were made available within 24 hours to eight weeks.

With the recent advances and emerging technologies in the newer molecular diagnostic techniques, report is available within two to 24 hours. The newer techniques help in rapid diagnosis and initiation of therapy leading to reduction in mortality. — TNS



Dept forms panel to collect sports funds
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Finally, the education department has found a solution to get rid from the scarcity of sports funds, as the department has constituted Punjab school physical education development committee to collect funds from all schools of the state.

According to department officials, after the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the education department has been facing shortage of funds to organise sports events and to continue these activities in the schools.

Now the department has made it mandatory for all schools of the state to deposit the sports fund to this committee.

The physical education development committee will collect sports funds from all students of classes IX to XII studying in government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and schools associated and affiliated with the CBSE, ICSE and PSEB, said state sports organiser Ravinder Ravi.

Earlier, the department used to collect the sports funds only from the government schools. But, two years ago, the Punjab government has exempted all funds and fee of girls and students belonging to the Schedule Classes.

Meanwhile, the education department has also revised the amount of funds. According to the revised list of funds, now the students of classes IX and X have to deposit Rs 10 per month as the sports fund. Students of senior secondary classes would deposit Rs 12 as the sports fund.

Earlier, the students of secondary classes (classes IX and X) used to submit Rs 4 and students of senior secondary classes (Classes XI and XII) used to pay Rs 5 per month as the sports fund.

If any of the schools deny to deposit the sports funds, then the education department will restrict the entry of that particular school student in the school games. Moreover, affiliation can also be cancelled, said the state sports supervisor.

But government school teachers are not happy with the government’s decision of hike in the amount of sports fund. The government must find another way to generate funds for the sports activities, as it will be a great burden on students belonging to the economically weaker sections of society, who can’t even afford daily expenses of stationery, said a teacher.



Earth movers’ assn alleges police high-handedness
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Sore at the alleged highhandedness by the police, the Ludhiana Earth Moving Association has said its members were being "harassed" under the garb of tightening noose on the sand-mining mafia. They alleged that the police, particularly in the Mulanpur and Jagraon areas, were impounding their vehicles and registering "false" cases under serious sections of the IPC against them. The police, on the other hand, maintained that it was adhering to the High Court's orders and cases were being registered against them as the earth filling being done by them was totally illegal.

A delegation of the association, along with former BJP minister Satpal Gossain, met DC Rahul Tiwari here today. The president of the association, Hardev Singh, and the secretary, Anuj Manchanda, told The Tribune that they were working as earth fillers in the district.

"We have got loans sanctioned from the banks to purchase tractors-trailers, JCB machines, tippers and trucks to fill earth in vacant plots to raise their levels. Ours is totally legal business as we are not stealing sand, instead we get this sand, which is of no use, from landlords. We have nothing to do with the sand along the Sutlej canal or the places designated by the government. Nor do we violate any court's orders, still we are being harassed", said Manchanda.

Hardev Singh said "Neither are we stealing anything nor violating any rules then why are we being harassed by the police?" he asked. 



Legal aid clinic opened at Bhundri village
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 27
The District Legal Services Authority today opened a legal aid clinic at Bhundri village in order to create awareness among residents of the villages about their legal rights.

Speaking on this occasion, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-secretary, Punjab Legal Services Authority, KK Singla, apprised the residents of the villages about their legal rights and free legal services being provided by the authority.

He said the authority provided legal aid to ensure that the needy section of society might not be deprived of their legitimate rights.

Palwinderjit Kaur, Additional Civil Judge (senior division), Jagraon, said the clinic would be manned by paralegal volunteers trained by the authority on Saturdays and periodically visited by lawyers.

Ritu Jain, ADA (legal), Ludhiana, and Gurmeet Singh, sarpanch of Bhundri village, also shared their views.

Jathedar Sukhwinder Singh, Amarjit Singh Herain, Jagga Singh, panch of Kot Umran village,

Kundan Singh, sarpanch of Kulgehna village, and

Daljit Singh, sarpanch of Berrowal Kalan village, hailed the initiative taken by the judiciary to educate people living in the rural areas about their legal rights.



Rampur village library has rare books 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 27
A library at Rampur village, the brainchild of Punjabi Likhari Sabha (PLS), is running successfully to the extent that it can easily surpass many urban libraries, which despite having resources and approachability, are lying more or less defunct.

Surinder Rampuri, president, Punjabi Likhari Sabha, Rampur, said the main motive of the Punjabi Likhari Sabha, ever since its establishment in 1953, was to construct a library for residents of the villages. “Finally with the support of Payal constituency MLA Sadhu Singh Ghudani and village panchayat, the library building was erected in 2001,” he added.

One of the founder members of PLSR, Harcharan Mangat, took the responsibility of the library on behalf of PLSR. After his death, the responsibility is shouldered by Surinder Rampuri, the now president of PLSR. The library consists of more than 9,000 books that have been donated by various publishers and writers. A number of rare books are also available in the library.

Another founder member, Gurcharan Rampuri, provided monetary assistance to create another hall on the first floor of the library, which serves as the seminar hall. The library is running successfully with the due support of village panchayat and residents.

“We have some rare books available in our library, which cannot be found even in major libraries of the city. As this facility is available in a village, the residents of Rampur and surrounding villages and small towns try to derive the maximum benefit out of it. They are regular visitors. Research scholars, who belong to this area, regard that they are lucky, as they find some rare books to consult here,” said PLSR president.

“We are trying to satisfy our readers as far as possible by keeping this facility alive. Sometimes, despite the financial help accorded by the members, it becomes difficult to arrange finances, especially for new and latest editions of books. For this, we seek help from donors who can readily contribute towards its upgradation. Since the library is serving the area to its fullest, we demand the district administration to come forward in the promotion of this noble task and arrange a librarian and a sweeper-cum-chowkidar for the library. If a computer set is provided in addition, it can make the process of record keeping easier and more and more readers would be attracted towards it,” said Surinder Rampuri.



from colleges

A participant performs during a talent-hunt show at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Monday.
A participant performs during a talent-hunt show at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Monday. A tribune photograph

Ludhiana: RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a seminar on “Foreign Languages and Placement, A Vital Connection”. The aim of this seminar was to provide knowledge about foreign languages and placement. Dr. Prabjot Kaur, incharge PTU, Mohali, threw the light upon the value of foreign languages (French, Spanish, and German etc) and explained that how one could get success after having the knowledge of various languages. She explained about the job opportunities in foreign countries after knowing other foreign languages. The PTU French faculty, Navneet Kaur, motivated the students to learn foreign languages to avail more opportunities in various technical and other engineering fields. The PTU German faculty, Navkiran, encouraged the students by saying that knowledge of various languages can help them to explore their potential in a joyful manner with various talents.

Students win cross-country

Athletes of Guru Nanak Girls College brought laurels to the college and Ludhiana city by bringing Cross-Country Championship after a decade. No college from Ludhiana had clinched the title for a long time. The girls of Guru Nanak Girls college, Ramandeep Kaur, Prabhveer Kaur and Rajni Bala all of MA-I (sociology), Rajni of MA-I (political science), Ramandeep and Amandeep of BA-II brought home this coveted trophy entitled Panjab University Cross-Country Championship reaching the campus.

Students bring laurels in PU examination

The students of MA-I music instrumental Government College for Women made the college proud by securing three top positions in the annual examination conducted by the Panjab University. Inderpreet Kaur secured first in the Panjab University, Chandigarh, by securing 91.5 per cent marks, Sunita got second position by securing 87 per cent whereas Rama stood third by securing 85 per cent marks.


The students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised ‘Investiture’ of Central Students’ Association, 2012. The members of the association were elected in a democratic way. The students were allotted offices according to the rules laid by the college. Jaspreet Kaur (MBACIT) was elected as the president whereas Jasleen Kaur (MA-II English) as the vice-president of the association. Jatinder Kaur (B.Com-III) and Megha Oberoi (BA-III) were elected as head girl and deputy head girl, respectively. Krishma (B.Com-III) was elected as the secretary, Priyanka (B.Com-III) as the joint secretary and Jessica (B.Com-III) as the treasurer of the association.

Talent-hunt show at GGN Khalsa College

A “Talent Hunt Show 2012-13” was organised by Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana. The cultural function was inaugurated with the recitation of the Shabad. MS Chhabra initiated the function by introducing the students with the cultural traditions of the College. Various items like Punjabi songs, bolian and sufi songs were presented. Rangoli and group discussion were also organised during the function. More than 60 students participated in the function.

Ten-day NCC annual training camp

A 10-day Combined Annual Training Camp was organised at Government College for Boys here Saturday. The camp began under the guidance of Commandant Lt Colonel Subhash Sehgal. Over 350 NCC cadets will be trained during the camp. The training includes weapon-training, drill, map reading etc. The cadets have been divided into three companies namely Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. On the third day today, the cadets also played several games and took part in various cultural items.

Inter-class competition at GNIMT

Indian Society of Technical Education chapter organised an inter-class competition at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology for the students of various courses. The competition was organised to exhibit their hidden talent in 
literary and fine arts 
competitions. Events like writing, declamation, news writing, debate, poetry recitation, slogan writing and painting competition etc were conducted. Prizes were given to the winners. — TNS



pau notes
Convocation on Sept 4

Ludhiana: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is organising a special convocation on September 4 in the Pal Auditorium. PAU Registrar, Dr RK Mahey, said the convocation would have the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science (honores causa) on Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Chancellor of the University, Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab, will preside over the function.

Crop competition

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise a "Crop Produce Competition" during its on-campus Kisan Mela at Ludhiana, scheduled to be held on September 21 to 22. Dr SPS Brar, senior extension specialist (field crops) and Convener of Produce Competition Committee, said the competition of the recommended and approved varieties of vegetables, including okra (lady finger), bitter gourd (karela), chillies, ram tori, radish, cowpea, brinjal, ghiya kaddu (long and round), halwa kaddu or any other vegetable, would take place during the fair. Among flowers, samples of marigold, loose rose, tuberose (rajni gandha ) or any other flower would be received. The produce competition will be held on the first day of the PAU Kisan Mela i.e. September 21, said Dr Brar. The samples of the produce may be brought personally by the farmers from each district. Advising the farmers that they can seek guidance from the District Extension Specialists (DESs) and faculty members of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) for participation in the competition, Dr Brar said no produce samples brought by DESs/KVK faculty members would be entertained for this competition. Besides awarding prizes and certificates to the winning entries, consolation prizes for any other best flower, fruit, vegetable or crop and two special prizes for each category would also be awarded. Dr Brar said that two special prizes for vegetable, fruit, flower and crops would also be awarded. — TNS



Jannatpreet loves to face camera
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Jannatpreet Kaur
Jannatpreet Kaur

Ludhiana, August 27
At the age of 13-14, when many of the children feel shy to talk to strangers, a city teenager, Jannatpreet Kaur, boldly faces camera. For her, becoming a successful actress is the ultimate dream.

A student of class IX of Sargodha Punjab Senior Secondary School, Field Ganj, Jannatpreet misses her home, mother and friends a lot while during shoots in Mumbai.

Talking to The Tribune, she said one of her satellite movies, “Teri Meri Love Stories”, was telecast on Star Plus yesterday at 9 pm. She played the childhood role of the lead actor in the film. She said, “I love facing the camera. Though initially it was difficult, but with some experience, I gained confidence and now there is no problem.”

She has recently returned from Mumbai after signing a movie “Majnu Express” by Rajpal Yadav. The movie directors are Rishi Sharma and Rishabh Sharma and producer is Amit Yadav. The shooting will start on October 20.

She said, “Since I do not want to leave studies, I take my books to Mumbai and study there. I have recently come to the city to take my examinations, which will begin from September 12. In Mumabi, I have been getting the recognition as a child artiste and I am happy to have my own identity.”



Lecturers’ body postpones stir for week
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, August 27
Following assurances given by education minister Sikander Singh Malooka, the Punjab Master Cadre Union and Government School Lecturers’ Union have postponed its stir for a week.

Giving details, Harminder Singh Uppal, spokesperson of the Masters Cadre Union, said deputations of the master cadre and lecturers’ union led by presidents GS Riar and Hakam Singh, respectively, discussed various issues related to schools.

The education minister assured the delegations to review rationalisation policy, DDO powers to acting headmasters and principals, releasing of budget for salaries to staff working under NABARD posts, filling posts of headmasters and principals through promotions, issuance of revised circular for permitting teachers to write articles, news, etc, for newspapers on constructive topics after school hours.



Snake bites 7-yr-old
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
A seven-year-old girl suffered a snakebite in Ayali village today. The girl, identified as Sarabjit Kaur, was rushed to a private hospital where her condition was stated to be critical.

The incident took place during the wee hours this morning when the girl was sleeping with her mother on the floor of her house.

Suddenly, she screamed and showed the wound to her mother. The snake had bitten her on the thumb.



Cancel licence of doctor: Patient's kin
Pair of scissors in stomach
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Relatives of a patient staged a protest outside the house of a doctor who allegedly left a pair of scissors in the patient's stomach during an operation six months ago.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the relatives to "seek remedy in the temple of justice" and desist from defaming the doctor.

The relatives of the patient, Gurcharan Singh (50), were carrying posters of the doctor and staged a protest near the Verka milk plant in BRS Nagar and demanded that the doctor's licence should be cancelled.

The protesters also burnt an effigy of the doctor. Rajdeep Singh, victim's son, said the incident took place six months ago when his father complained of pain in the stomach following the operation.

He said he got an X-ray conducted at a government hospital and was shocked to see a pair of scissors lying inside the stomach.

Gurcharan was then operated upon by doctors at the PGI in February and the pair of scissors was removed.

The IMA said the complainants had got many legal options. They could file a criminal case, a civil case, a consumer case, but no one could be allowed to take law in his hands and malign the image of a doctor.



Chamber urges govt to shelve online billing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the state government to postpone online billing till there is some sense of security against cyber crime. The industry of the state has been badly hit due to online billing and the government's decision to withdraw this condition should not take any longer.

The president of the Apex Chamber of Industry, PD Sharma, said sensitive operations, especially taxation matters, were being made more and more automated to a level where they were prone to severe threats of cyber crimes. Sharma said the country was lacking in evolving precautionary infrastructure to take care of cyber crime. The government had now decided to set up a dedicated regulatory frame work for cyber security in the sensitive sectors like power. It has decided to have a body of cyber security auditors.

"The country has awakened by the recent instances of cyber attacks via social networking websites that triggered panic among residents of North-East coupled with the nationwide power blackouts.

"After the failure of the northern grid, the Centre has proposed to set up a National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIPC) to protect critical infrastructure and other critical regimes in the country. Cyber attack is a reality and that could not be overlooked. So institutionalising cyber security is the top priority of the government. Before this infrastructure is laid out, both the Central and state governments should go slow on the issue of ultra automation," said Sharma.

He said the Punjab government's proposal for online billing should be seen from the cyber crime angle. Such sensitive matters should wait till we have the NCIPC in place and have regular cyber vulnerability tests and mock drills. 



Ludhiana scan

Ludhiana: Sixth annual “mushaira” was held in the memory of Lal Chand Dukhi at Punjabi Bhawan here on yesterday. Divisional Forest Officer, Daljeet Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion. The mushaira was initiated by Jagdev Singh Jassowal convener of the Punjabi Sabhyacharak Manch. The poets who recited their poems included Sardar Panchhi, Sagar Syalkoti, Tarlochan Lochi, Tarsem Noor, Gurcharan Narang, Hasan Kesar, Rajesh verma, Azakata Ali etc.

Seminar on cyber crime

The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) organised Infocomm-2012 from August 24 to 26 for uplifting the MSME sector by using IT and communication technologies. The technology will enable the MSMEs to adopt e-business techniques to enhance efficiency, manage costs, attain competitive edge and develop exposure to global market. Visitors from different walks of life visited the exhibition.

Goods distributed

Clothes, food, religious books and life-saving medicines were distributed among the elderly and needy at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital here by Ann Jal Sewa Trust.

Convention held

A convention was organised by All-India Loco Running Staff Association, Firozpur Division, here on Saturday. More than 500 railway drivers and assistant drivers were participated in the convention.


The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Central Government is planning to set up multi-skill development centres in Ludhiana, Bhatinda, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur. A German company conducted a meeting with the different associations at a hotel here on yesterday in this regard. The representatives of different associations attended the meeting. All these association representatives presented the problems of knitwear industry and gave some suggestions/solutions to the problems. — TNS



Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Three thieves in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday.
Three thieves in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. photos: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, August 27
With the arrest seven persons, the city police has claimed to have busted three gangs of vehicle thieves and drug peddlers.

Giving details, ACP Swapan Sharma said two vehicle thieves of the notorious Cobra gang fell in the police net while they were escaping with three stolen motorcycles and two scooters. They have been identified as Mintu and Raj Kumar, alias Cobra, kingpin of the gang, were travelling in a Mahindra Maximo. They were stopped at a check point near Chander Nagar. Seeing the police,

they tried to escape. However, the police chased their vehicle and nabbed them.

The police found the stolen vehicles on the Mahindra Maximo. According to Vinod Kumar, SHO, Division No 4 police station, the suspects have been booked under sections 379, 411, 472 and 473 of the IPC.

2 held with charas

Meanwhile, Samuel Kala and Balraj Saroj of Salem Tabri and Amarpura, respectively, were nabbed at a police naka near Gandhi Dhar Pulli in the Salem Tabri area with 1 kg of charas.

Thieves arrested

In the third incident, a three-member gang of thieves was busted by the Salem Tabri police. The suspects, who have been identified as Vipan Kumar, Mahesh Kumar and Lala, were arrested from Ashok Nagar on the Jalandhar bypass. Besides a stolen motorcycle, the police has also recovered an LCD, cooking gas cylinder and other home appliances from their possession.

According to Bitten Kumar, SHO, Salem Tabri police station, Vijay Kumar, fourth member of the gang, managed to give the police the slip.



Woman robbed of gold bangle

Ludhiana, August 27
Two motorcyle-borne miscreants took away a gold bangle of a 60-year-old woman at Raghunath enclave this evening.

In another incident, two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched a purse, containing Rs 1,200 and an ID from Dimple (45), who works at Markfed. The incident took place at Atam Nagar Chowk.

Man concocts snatching

Meanwhile, Surinder Singh, a resident of Housing Board Colony, staged a fake snatching to usurp money belonging to her aunt. He claimed that motorcycle-borne snatchers fled with Rs 35,000 that he had withdrawn from a bank. Meanwhile, the bank authorities confirmed that Surinder had not withdrawn any money. He cracked soon and told the police that he borrowed Rs 25,000 from his aunt and due to financial crunch he was unable to pay it back. — TNS



Thieves decamp with cash
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, August 27
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons struck at three different places near Goraya and decamped with cash and gold earrings last night.

In the first incident, the thieves snatched Rs 2,100 and a wristwatch from Ravi Kumar on the Garrha Road. Later, they snatched gold earrings from Parveen Kumari on the Barra Pind road and in the third incident, they snatched Rs 1,800 from Salinder Singh on the Atta road near Goraya last night.



Man stabbed in snatching bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
In a suspected attempt of snatching, a migrant labourer in his mid-30s was stabbed by unidentified assailants near Rajan Estate in Haibowal today.

The incident took place at 9 in the evening when the migrant was going towards his quarter.

According to residents of the area, some assailants intercepted the migrant and tried to snatch his bag and when he resisted, they stabbed him and fled from the scene.

The incident led to traffic jam on the Hambra road. The victim was rushed to a hospital where his condition was stated to be serious.

The police has started investigations from various angles. However, the main stress is on personal enmity and snatching.



Husband held for woman’s murder

Amloh, August 27
The Amloh police has arrested Manpreet Singh for allegedly murdering his wife, Monika (22). The police has recovered a .12-bore gun allegedly used to kill her yesterday.

SHO Dalip said following a statement by the victim’s cousin, the police had registered a case against four persons-Manpreet Singh (husband), his father Shashi Kant, mother Paramjit Kaur and brother Amanpreet.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 302, 34 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. The licence of the gun was named on Shashi. According to the police sources, Manpreet runs a cattle feed factory on Amloh-Chehlan road.

Monika’s body was handed over to her kins today after conducting the post-mortem examination. The fact that Monika was not murdered with sharp-edged weapons came to lime light after the postmortem examination.

Two bullets were recovered from Monika’s stomach. Her mother Prem Lata said, “Monika was working as a teacher in a school for deaf and dumb at Doraha. She had married on February 16 this year and was five months pregnant.” She also alleged that her in-laws were demanding dowry.” — OC



BVM school sqay martial arts champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 27
Giving a stupendous performance, hosts Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, won the overall trophy in the girls' section of the Ludhiana District Inter-School Sqay Martial Arts Championship organised by the District Education Department here today.

Participants drawn from different schools across the district competed in the under 14, 17 and 19 categories and BVM clinched 20 medals, including seven gold, ten silver and three bronze medals.

Government High School, Barewal, secured the second position with five gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

Paramjit Kaur Chahal, District Education Officer, Ludhiana, Ravinder Kaur, District Science Supervisor, Ajit Pal Singh, Assistant Education Officer, Ludhiana, and Jagroop Singh, general secretary (conduct), District Tournament Committee, gave away the prizes to the winners.

At the function, OP Sabharwal, manager, BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, Manoj Gupta, manager, BVM, Chandigarh Road, SD Joshi, manager, BVM Dugri, RK Gupta, member, BVM Trust, were also present.

The following are the results.

Girls U-14: Below 23kg- 1st Rupinder of BVM, Kitclu Ngr, 2nd Aastha of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar.

Below 27 kg- 1st Gurleen of Jesus Sacred Heart, South city and 2nd Hadin of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.

Below 31kg- 1st Kirath of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar and 2nd Payal of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 35 kg- 1st Sophia of Government High School, Barewal and 2nd Kirti BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 39 kg- 1st Eknoor of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar and 2nd Manvinder of Government High School, Barewal.

Below 43kg- 1st Jyoti Govt. High School , Barewal and 2nd Sukhpreet of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.

Above 43kg- 1st Meghna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and 2nd Shikha of BCM, Dugri

Girls U-17: Below 36 kg- 1st Riya of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar and 2nd Nirma of Government High School , Barewal.

Below 40 kg- 1st Rosiba of Govrnment High School , Barewal and 2nd Priyanaka of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 44 kg-1st Zeenia of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar 2nd Smiksha of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 48kg- 1st Harvinder of Government High School , Barewal and 2nd Aashima of BVM, Kithclu Nagar.

Below 52kg- 1st Prableen Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar and 2nd Vaani Bedi of BVM, Kithclu Nagar.

Below 56kg-1st Sandeep Kaur of Government High School, Barewal and 2nd Agrima Saggar of BVM, Kithclu Nagar.

Above 56 kg- 1st Bhavya Sood of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar and 2nd Gaytri of Government High School , Barewal

Girls (u-19)- Below 42kg- 1st Manvi of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and Shruti of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 46 kg- 1st Aashima of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and 2nd Isha Tiwari of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Below 50kg- 1st Meghna Jain of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar and 2nd Meenakshi of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar.

Below 54kg- 1st Resanshu Goyal of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and 2nd Radhika Sharma of BVM, Kithclu Nagar.

Below 58kg- 1st Shifali of BVM, Kithclu Nagar and 2nd Gurmeet Kaur of Government High School, Barewal.

Below 62kg- 1st Ramandeep Kaur of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar and 2nd Hardeep Kaur of Government School , Barewal.

Above 62kg- 1st Sonali of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and 2nd Garima Bagga of BVM, Kithchlu Nagar.



Opportunity for budding golf players of Khanna
Anil Datt

Students get tips on golf at the DPS, Khanna, where a golf course has been developed.
Students get tips on golf at the DPS, Khanna, where a golf course has been developed. A tribune photograph

Ludhiana, August 27
In an endeavour to popularise golf among the youth, Delhi Public School, Khanna, in collaboration with some golf professionals from Chandigarh, has set up an academy on its premises with a nine-hole golf course.

A large number of budding players have been imparted training at this course, which has been designed by the Arjuna awardee and Asian Tour Multiple winner, Harmeet Kahlon. This course has five big greens, tees and driving range according to the USGA standards.

On a visit to the school, one comes across upcoming keenly learning skills of the game.

Manjit Kochar from Chandigarh Golf Club, who is a certified coach, has been signed by the school authorities to coach the players.

Talking to The Tribune, Kochar said DPS, Khanna, had provided a great opportunity to the children of Khanna and its nearby places to learn and play golf. Such efforts could motivate other schools also to bring children to the golf course, added Kochar.

Anu Bains, vice-chairma, DPS, Khanna, said children were keen learner and they could learn the game merely by watching players play golf. The school takes students to watch national golf tournaments in Chandigarh.

"The school provides ideal opportunities to budding golf players and prepare them for the national-level competitions. The academy is open to all the schools and students are welcome to participate in the golf programmes there," said Bains.



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