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Power cables claim another life
18-year-old youth electrocuted while working under high-tension lines
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

High-tension lines passing over his house
High-tension lines passing over his house. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 28
An 18-year-old youth, Simaranjit Singh, was electrocuted after coming in contact with high-tension lines near Kali Mata Mandir on Hambran Road here today. Construction work was going on at the deceased's home and he was helping the masons in the construction of a room on the first floor.

According to the eyewitnesses, they heard a sound of sparks when Simaranjit came into contact with the high-tension wires passing over his house. The masons were installing a platform to lay lintel and the surface was all wet.

Simranjeet had been residing at his uncle Jasvir Singh's house since he was a child. He dropped out of the school in class IX and started working as a trainee with an electrician.

According to Baljit Singh, the deceased’s father, "He was well aware of the risk of high-tension wires. But, it was unfortunate that he came in contract with high-tension wires, leading to his death".

The impact of high voltage was so strong that their neighbors’ electric appliances also got burned.

Meanwhile, the police reached the spot. Investigation officer Gurmohan Singh said, "It is an accidental death. The youth was electrocuted badly. Now, we are Investigation the cause of his death".

A web of high-tension lines runs over localities like new Chander Nagar, Kundan Puri, Haibowal, Chander Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Hambran Road.

Earlier incidents of electrocution

  • A year ago, a safai sewak was electrocuted in Chander Nagar when a bamboo on the roof of his house came in contact with the overhead high-tension lines.
  • A youth was electrocuted at Gurdwara Rishi Nagar while some constriction work was going on at the gurdwara building.
  • Raju, a worker was also electrocuted six years ago in the Haibowal area.
  • On July 11 this year, four-year-old Harkirat, a resident of a locality near the CMC Hospital, was electrocuted after he leaned close to a high-tension line that had fallen on a wall.

PSPCL speak

According to the PSPCL officials, one can not construct houses under electric wires so the MC is responsible for the negligence towards constructions under high-tension wires.


Revoking of ACP Swapan’s transfer sparks debate
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The last-minute revoking of ACP Swapan Sharma's transfer has sparked a debate that whether it was actually public pressure that did the trick for the ACP or there were some other reasons behind the cancelling of the transfer orders.

The action has also sent a message across the rank and file of the Police Department that working in the interest of society never goes in vain.

The news of ACP Swapan Sharma’s transfer had triggered a storm of sorts in the city. The businessmen pitched in favour the ACP while the transfer triggered a campaign on social networking websites.

Residents thronged the ACP’s office and certain even went to the extent of busting crackers when the Commissioner of Police officially declared the revoking of the ACP’s transfer last evening.

The auto-rickshaw unions also welcomed the move. Interestingly, Swapan Sharma had launched a drive against illegal auto-rickshaws.

Harwinder Singh Bittu, president of the Ludhiana City Auto-rickshaw Mazdoor Federation, said the strict drive against illegal auto-rickshaws had led to a reduction in pollution levels and eased traffic on the city roads.

Meanwhile, an officer rejected the justification of public pressure behind the revoking of the transfer orders.

"If a transfer could be stopped merely because of public pressure then no officer could ever be transferred out of the city. And if the ACP's transfer has actually been revoked due to public pressure then it is the beginning of a very bad trend as other officers, who may not enjoy good public image like Swapan Sharma, would try to employ public pressure as a tactic to revoke their transfer orders," said the officer.

Veteran SAD leader and honorary chairman of the Road Safety Minded Citizens Council Sham Singh Harika feels hard work always pays off. "Swapan Sharma managed to win public trust with his honesty and hard work. By strictly implementing a tow-away drive, he managed to eradicate various traffic hazards to a considerable extent. I feel sad for ACP (East) Naveen Singla as despite being honest ad hardworking he could not manage similar support and was ultimately transferred out," said Harika.

CCTV camera installed at his house

Not only residents, even policemen are installing CCTV cameras at their houses.

In the latest case, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-North) Swapan Sharma has installed two CCTV cameras at his house for enhanced surveillance.

However, the location of the two CCTVs has been kept a secret due to security purposes.

Earlier also the ACP had installed CCTV cameras at his office located in Chaura Bazar. Sources said the officer got the CCTV cameras installed after he got transfer orders for Chief Minister’s security.

Sources said being in the CM’s security involves hectic travelling schedules.

However, his transfer has been revoked.

The sources said enhanced surveillance at the house was the need of the hour as the ACP had acted notorious criminals and sent several of them behind the bars.



Shaheed Bhagat Singh still a youth icon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Eighty years on and Shaheed Bhagat Singh still inspires the youth to break free (the right way) from the shackles. The greatness of Bhagat Singh's ideologies is reflective in the fact that the youth of India is still drawing tremendous inspiration from the martyr’s life. The city remembered him on his birth anniversary today.

"Bhagat Singh was a true revolutionary, the spirited one of the fighters of India's independence movement. A martyr at 23, his life continues to inspire the youth of India eighty years after his martyrdom. The Indians glorified him as a great martyr and were inspired by his bravery. Even today, his heroic spirit is an outstanding source of inspiration for us," said Rajvinder Singh, a postgraduate student of a local college.

“His courage and patriotism are unmatchable. But, most of our heroes have gone into oblivion. Paying floral tributes to them is all the government is doing for them," adds another youngster, Tripti Sharma.

Bhagat Singh is still the inspiration for many and remains a youth icon. Pictures of the freedom fighter with the words, "Lagda pher aana pau" (seems I have to come again) on the cars are a common sight in the city.

"Seeing the present socio-economic and political system of our country it seems Bhagat Singh has to reborn. We need to adopt his ideologies if we want our country to become a better place to live. Bhagat Singh's ideology was that of an anarchist and he staunchly believed in the principles of atheism, and we need to follow him in order to bring a change in society," added Harsh Makhija, an engineering student.

Aim of life, according to the martyr

A leaf out of his jail diary reads: "The aim of life is no more to control mind, but to develop it harmoniously, not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below, and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy or universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity in the social, political and individual life".



Haul of expired medicines at hospital
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, September 28
With the recovery of a large quantity of medicines, the shelf life of which has expired, the functioning of the Civil Hospital, Khanna, has come under the scanner. These medicines are from the lot of 1996 and their expiry year is 1998.

The SMO, Civil Hospital, Khanna, Dr NK Singla, said the recovered stock was procured before he joined here three months ago. Dr Singla added a member of the staff brought to his notice that a huge quantity of medicines, the shelf life of which has expired, is lying in a portion of the Civil Hospital. He said the portion from where the medicines were recovered was a medicine store housed in the old building of the hospital. Later on, it was converted into a residential area for the hospital staff and the possibility is that the authorities concerned were not aware of this big haul of medicines, he added.

The SMO said he would make a three-member committee, comprising doctors and pharmacists, which would look into the matter and after the submission of its report a suitable action would be taken against the erring officials. When asked why the stock was not destroyed even after the passing of 14 years, the SMO said the committee would investigate the entire matter from all angles.

The SMO said the value of the medicines could be in lakhs. These were mostly Pencilin injections kept in the residential building.

Municipal councillor Vijay Sharma alleged that there were chances that the competent authorities of the hospital used those medicines in patients’ treatment and submitted fake bills of the purchase of new medicines.

Narpinder Singh a resident of Libra, who was in the hospital, said he had never got medicines from the hospital. He alleged that he got only a slip with the chemist’s name from where the prescribed medicines can be purchased.

The SDM, Khanna, PS Sodhi, said he would constitute a team which would investigate the entire matter.



Rail freight hike to hit industry hard
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The increase in freight charges has put an additional burden on the already ailing Ludhiana industry. The Indian Railways is all set to levy the increase freight charges. This will happen in compliance with the provisions of the Finance Bill 2010 and subsequent notifications issued by the Ministry of Finance.

The service tax in case of transportation of goods by train, which had been exempted up to September 30, 2012, would now be applicable on total freight charges with effect from October 1, 2012. With regard to freight charges, 3.7 percent service tax has been charged by the ministry.

The industrialists indicated that it would make the industry more uncompetitive and the products would become costlier than those manufactured in coastal states. Karampal Singh, a garment manufacturer said, "Punjab is a net exporter and this will also make products made from Punjab costlier for other states. Punjab sells around 80 per cent of its production to other states. This increase will create hindrances in exports for Punjab as the state is away from the coast".

Another exporter Chander Lal said, "While transporters have increased their fares, the Railways have also hiked the rail freight. In the present situation one does not know which mode to choose. Things are going from bad to worse and it is becoming very difficult for the industry to sustain under such circumstances".

Double whammy for traders

The hike in rail freight, close on the heels of 15 per cent rate hike by transporters has proved to be a double whammy for the industry.

The All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) had increased freight charges across the country by 15 per cent a few days ago following the hike in diesel prices.

"We are left with no other option but to pass the burden of increased diesel price on customers. The freight charges have been increased by 15 per cent," said Hardev Singh, a transporter.

He said the transport industry was not in a position to absorb the diesel price hike. "The increase in the diesel price will hit the common man as the cost of basic items will shoot up," he said.

Inderiqbal Singh, a trader said, "The increase in freight charges has proved a nail in the coffin of the industry. While the government is imposing fresh taxes, the increased freight charges are giving the industry a tough time". Another transporter, Manjit Singh said it was impossible for us to absorb the increase of Rs 5 per litre in the diesel price.



Chhapar Mela kicks off, police tightens security
Our Correspondent

A woman purchases some stuff.
A woman purchases some stuff.
A child dressed as Lord Krishna.
A child dressed as Lord Krishna.
A vendor prepares sweets at Chhapar Mela on Friday
A vendor prepares sweets at Chhapar Mela on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
A toy seller at the mela.
A toy seller at the mela.

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sep 28
A large number of devotees thronged Guga Mari Mandir at Chhapar village, near here, to worship snake, the embodiment of "nag devta".

Women outnumbered men till after noon on the first day, known as "chowkis" whereas the later part of the day, saw a large number of men and youths too.

The police, who were was busy planning security arrangements, found it difficult to control the unexpectedly large gathering near the shrine.

Being one of the largest fairs of North India, Chhapar Mela started attracting a large number of devotees since early morning. The police had made elaborate arrangement to maintain law and order.

To keep a check on the sale and use of liquor, special teams had been constituted. The policemen in plainclothes, including women, had been deputed at many sensitive points. The police would be assisted by cameras, which would keep an eye on anti-social elements.

The officials supervising arrangements said a limited number of four-wheelers would be issued passes to enter the mela area. This would restrict the carrying of weapons and wine claimed the officials.

Leaders and workers of various parties are busy setting up their pandals. Three political camps would be held during the next two days and party leaders would address conferences on September 30. A helipad for the Chief Minister had been planned at a nearby school village.

Meanwhile, volunteers of the Social Welfare Organisation and Hind Hospital had organised free medical camps for the devotees.



Teachers on the warpath
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rashtriya Madhiatmak Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Central Sponsored Schemes (CSS) Teachers Union Punjab today organised a state-level rally in the city.

The union members wanted the redressal of their problems by holding a meeting with the state government. The teachers even tried to block the main GT Road near Karabara Chowk, here, but after getting assurance from the policemen, that their meeting will be organised, the unions dropped this idea.

It is learnt that initially, the teachers had planned to hold their state-level rally near Bharat Nagar Chowk, here. But the Ludhiana police acted swiftly and established contact with the union members last evening and urged them to shift the rally 
venue to grain market near Jalandhar Byepass Chowk.

A senior police official, requesting anonymity, claimed that had the union members organised a rally near Bharat Nagar Chowk and tried to block it, there could have been trouble for the city residents.

“We all know that Bharat Nagar Chowk is one of the busiest intersections of the city and a blockade of just five minutes disturbs the city traffic for hours. That is why, we had contacted the union members and had requested them to hold their rally in grain market instead of Bharat Nagar Chowk,” claimed the cop.

While speaking to The Tribune, Ram Bhajan, state president of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rashtriya Madhiatmak Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Central Sponsored Schemes (CSS) Teachers Union Punjab, informed that a notification issued by the state government on September 13 regarding giving full scale to the teachers does not include 512 Hindi teachers.

“The centre sponsored project under which the 512 Hindi teachers were working, finished on March 31 this year. The state government was planning to shift them to the state education department by October 1. But we don’t see it happening. Moreover, the teachers are continuously working in their respective schools ever since the expiry of their project but have not got their monthly salaries for the last seven months. We demand that they should be given their salaries, besides they should also be included in the notification,” demanded Ram Bhajan.

Besides this demand, the teachers stated that they want the state government to cancel the FIRs registered against 59 teachers, including 21 female teachers, after the protest held in Kothe Guru village of Bathinda district on June 8.

After the state-level rally, the union members wanted to block the GT Road. But the policemen stopped them. After getting assurance from the police officials that their demands will be met and a meeting will be organised between them and the state government, the idea of blocking the road was dropped. “We have been told that a meeting between our union and the state government will be held in Chandigarh at 11 am on October 2,” informed Ram Bhajan.



AC travel gets dearer from October 1
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 28
Be prepared to shell out a bit more for travelling in the air-conditioned (AC) coaches in trains from October 1, as all categories of AC travel will attract 3.7 per cent service tax from this date. Those having booked their tickets in advance for travel on or after October 1 will also have to pay the difference to travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) during their journey.

It is not only the rail travel by the AC class that will become costlier from October 1, but meals and snacks, both on board and at railway stations, will also cost more as service tax at the rate of 12.36 per cent will be levied on catering and parking services on the railway stations.

Since the decision to impose service tax on AC travel as well as catering and parking services at the railway stations was taken at a meeting of Union Railway Minister CP Joshi with Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on Wednesday, railway officials were yet to receive detailed instructions on the revision of fares and increase in the parking and catering rates.

In fact, imposition of service tax on the AC travel and other services was earlier proposed from July 2012 but with Mamata Banerjee led Trinamul Congress opposing the move, the government had deferred the decision.

Chief reservation supervisor Ramesh Bedi said there was no word from the Northern Railway headquarters on the revision of fares in AC class. “We are issuing reservation tickets for travel on or after October 1 on the existing fares. The difference in fare will be collected by TTEs from the passengers on board the trains.”

Similarly, station superintendent RK Sharma said the issue of any increase in the rates of food items and parking will be taken up only after directions from the Railway headquarters in this regard.

However, based on quantum of service tax that will become payable on AC travel from October 1, travel in the Shatabdi Express for city residents to New Delhi by AC chair car will become costlier by Rs 17 and those intending to travel by executive class in the same train will have to pay Rs 37 more.

Similarly, the rail travel to New Delhi in a super fast train by first AC, AC 2-Tier and AC 3-Tier will go up by Rs 40, Rs 22 and Rs 15, respectively.



No check on Stray dog menace
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 28
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s (MC) drive to sterilise stray dogs in the city has ran into trouble. The canine population is increasing each day and residents continue to suffer in the city.

Cases of dog bite have increased at an alarming rate and children and women are more vulnerable to the attack in the city.

The stray dog menace has made lives of the residents miserable.

Jagdeep Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Sunita Rani and Varinder Pal, all residents of Model Gram and surrounding colonies, said they were living in constant terror due to persistent howling and barking of stray dogs in the colony.

“Our normal life has been disturbed to such an extent that children, women and senior citizens are scared of venturing out alone. Even morning walkers have to carry sticks to keep the stray dogs away.”

According to the residents of the affected areas, they have submitted repeated representations to area councillors and senior officials of the MC, but nothing has been done about the menace till now.

Enquiries made from civic body officials revealed that the project for sterilisation of dogs, which was launched with much fanfare more than a year ago, had to be stalled for various reasons. In the intervening period, other options were explored and it was finally decided to follow the Bangalore pattern to curb the proliferating stray dog population in the city.

“Two companies have been shortlisted and a suitable site where sterilised dogs would be kept for a few days for observation has also been identified. Hopefully, the sterilisation drive will get revived in the near future,” said a senior MC official.

He added that the MC was aware of the problems being faced by the residents due to the menace. “But we have to abide by the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Board,” the official observed.



DC, Mayor pay homage to martyrs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
On the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tewari, Senior Deputy Mayor, Sunita Aggarwal, and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma paid floral tributes on the statues of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on Jagraon Bridge, here today.

While speaking on the occasion, Rahul Tewari said it is due to the sacrifices made by our martyrs that we are living in a peaceful society.

On the other hand, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria announced that the chowk, where these statutes are installed would be beautified. “Our martyrs are the torch bearers of our society and we should all respect them from the core of our hearts,” he said.



Tributes paid to Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 28
Paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth centenary celebrations here today, office-bearers and activists of various social and educational organisations exhorted the youth of the area to adopt ideologies of the martyr as their lifestyle.

Describing him as a guiding spirit of the freedom movement of India, who kindled the fire of nationalism among the youth in the early twentieth century, Kedar Kapila, councilor urged students of MGMN Senior Secondary School and Lal Bahadur Shashtri Public School to follow the ideology of Bhagat Singh in case they wanted to do something for the nation. Pardeep Sharda, principal, felicitated students who performed outstanding during the quiz contest on freedom struggle.

A painting and poetry competition was organised at the Victoria Public High School at Lehra village.

Plays and skits highlighting various phases of life of the martyr were presented organised by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Club at Bhagat Singh Chowk late in the evening. — OC



Transport office to remain open on Oct 2

Ludhiana, September 28
Residents of the city could collect their learning and permanent licences on October 2, a national holiday.

Manpreet Chatwal, district transport officer, said the move was taken to ease the woes of the residents, who have to stand in long queues to collect their licences. — TNS



School timings to change from October 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
In view of the upcoming winter season, the Punjab Government has changed the timings of all the government, private and aided senior secondary and primary schools from October 1.

A spokesperson of the Punjab Education Department said, the new timings will be in force till March 31, 2013. The time of the schools now would be 9:00 am to 3:20 pm.

In another decision, the winter vacations in the schools would be held from December 25 to 31.

Satish Thapar, principal of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, said the new timings would be convenient for the school going children as well as their parents.



Three jails get 36 more guards
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Nearly a week after the jailbreak incident, the Central Jail today got 20 more police personnel for strengthening its security.

The jailbreak incident had exposed chinks in the security scenario and led to transfer of Jail Superintendent RK Loomba. An inquiry was also initiated against three jail wardens. Later Lakhwinder Singh, a jail warden, was also suspended for supplying drugs in the jail.

Giving details, Assistant Superintend Jail, KS Cheema, said, “We have got 20 policemen, including two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs), five head constables and 13 constables.”

Similarly, the Borstal Jail has also received eight police personnel, while eight women jail guards have been deputed in the women jail.

A total of 36 policemen have been deputed in three jails of the city. The jails department has been facing staff shortage and guards were working overtime to maintain security.



Goods confiscated

Ludhiana, September 28
The Excise and Taxation Department today confiscated eight boxes of goods containing readymade garments worth Rs 2.40 lakh.

Parminder Singh, excise and taxation officer, said the vehicle containing goods was trying to cross the barrier at the railway station by providing wrong information. “The accused has deposited penalty with the department,” he said. — TNS



Sleep disorders lead to serious health hazards
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Punjab is one of the states, which witnesses a significant rise in the number of sleep disorders. These disorders can lead to serious health hazards if not treated on time.

This was stated by Dr Jagdeep Whig, former vice-principal and head of pulmonary medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), while addressing a press conference organised by Philips Electronics India.

Dr Whig said, “Lack of sleep not only make an impact on the overall quality and productivity of a person’s life but also leads to serious health issues such as increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats among others. If left untreated, lack of sleep and snoring could signal a more serious condition such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is a condition characterised by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep, which can potentially lead to heart disease, worsen heart failure and in rare cases even trigger heart attacks.”

“Sleep is not optional but critical to one’s health and we are encouraging people to cultivate better sleeping habits and live healthier lives,” said Bidur Dhaul, senior director, home healthcare, Philips Healthcare India. He further said, “Consequences of not sleeping enough were well documented and could not be disregarded. If you are experiencing poor sleep, a visit to the doctor for diagnosis is essential because you could have OSA. The good news is that this problem is easy to address once you have taken the first step of consulting your doctor.”

In India, sleep disorders represent a significant yet overlooked health problem. As a global leader in sleep-related solutions, Philips has been consistently working towards raising awareness of sleep disorders and providing sleep-related solutions in India through a holistic approach. This involves creating awareness about sleep disorders, providing solution for diagnosis and therapy, offering requisite education and training to the medical fraternity and finally monitoring post-therapy patient progress.


Excessive snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Gasping or choking during sleep, excessive sleepiness or fatigue during day, morning headaches, frequent urination during night, depression, irritability and poor concentration are the other symptoms.

‘Could become an epidemic’

Untreated sleep apnea along with its associated complications has the potential to become an epidemic, unless patients start recognising severity of the problem and proactively reach out to their physicians. We have seen an increase in the number of sleep apnea cases significantly over the past two years, which is rather alarming.

Dr Jagdeep Whig


Fortunately today there are several treatment options available, including continuous positive airway pressure to surgical options. The first step in the treatment, however, is a proper diagnosis of the condition through a comprehensive sleep study, which is only possible once patients become aware of the problem and reach out to their physicians.



world heart day today
Experts dwell on symptoms of congenital heart disease
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Gone are the days when “blue babies” used to die silent death, as nowadays more and more people are aware that they suffer from congenital heart disease and get them treated at the earliest.

This does not mean that cases of congenital heart disease have decreased but awareness level has increased. This was revealed by Dr HS Bedi, head of cardio vascular and thoracic department, CMCH, on the eve of World Heart Day. Dr Bedi said, “Such children can be diagnosed only through clinical diagnosis. Around 95 per cent children get cured by surgery completely, while 5 per cent get cured by medicines.”

While Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist of Hero DMC Heart Institute, said, “If a hole in the heart is simple, a patient can be completely cured with a surgery. But in case of complex congenital case, the patient sometimes needs more than one surgery. Acynotic patient becomes nearly normal after surgery. However, in cynotic cases (when oxygenated and deoxygentated blood mixes and circulates in the body) sometimes more surgeries are required.”


  • Body turns bluish
  • Breathlessness
  • Sweating
  • Child cannot suck mother’s milk
  • Child gets infections frequently


  • Timely diagnosis and surgery should be done.
  • Pregnant women should avoid intake of alcohol.
  • They should also avoid self medication



‘Govt should bring in minimum wage Act’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union today entered fourth day. The morning session was dedicated to pay tributes to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh on his 106th birth anniversary.

At the outset, VAN Namboodiri, president BSNEU, and others offered garlands at the photo of Bhagat Singh. The leaders spoke in detail about the sacrifices made by Bhagat Singh for the freedom of the country. The 4,000 delegates attended the conference all over the country got an opportunity to know the minuet details about the martyrs.

Choreography on hanging of the three martyrs was staged by Panj Paani Lok Kala Manch. Another choreography on “Partition of India” was also staged by the same group. choreography on female foeticide was also staged.

A women's convention was organised in the morning session yesterday on problems of working women. Sudha Sundararaman, general secretary, All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) was the chief guest.

Sudha demanded that the Universal Public Distribution System of wheat and rice at controlled rate should be supplied to every household. The law on atrocities against women is not acceptable to us in the present form, which will discourage women to the police or the court with a complaint. Women are under threat not only at the work spot and public places but also in their homes. Law and rules alone will not be able to stop crime against women. But the society must change itself to accept women as equal partner in all forms of development. Usha Rani, general secretary, Punjab Anganwari Workers Union, while addressing the convention, explained that Anganwari Workers and Asha and Midday Meal Workers are being paid a very meagre amount of Rs 4,600 to Anganwari Assistants and Rs 1,200 to Asha and Mid-day Meal Workers. She demanded that the government should bring them under minimum Wage Act.

“Universal Public Distribution System of wheat and rice at controlled rate should be supplied to every household. Women are under threat not only at the work spot and public places but also in their homes. Law and rules alone will not be able to stop crime against women.”

Sudha Sundararaman, General Secretary, All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).



Farewell party at PIFT

Ludhiana, September 28
Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) today organised a Freshers’ Party to welcome the new batch of the PIIFTIANS, 2012. The theme of the party was "Bigarre". Bigarre celebrants are who encourage letting go of your former self and embracing the carefree nature of the festival.

Mr and Ms Fresher were chosen on basis of the ramp modeling done by the freshers. — TNS



From colleges

Workshop organised

Ludhiana: NSS Unit and the Youth Red Cross Unit of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, organised a lecture-cum-workshop on nature, environment and disaster management. The scientists and engineers wing, a division of Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, the sister organisation of Brahmakumari, held a workshop to create awareness about the potential degradation and skills to cope with disasters. Brother Vaid Vyas, senior delegate from Mount Abu apprised the students about missing dimensions of disaster management. He said imbalance in nature and environment is caused by mental pollution. One has to be emotionally and mentally prepared to deal with disasters, it may be largescale disaster or personal disaster of anger, depression and relationship problems. Solution lies in empowering the spiritual self and learn to control mind, to take control of our emotions, to react positively and rationally towards all situations in life. It is essential to learn and practice meditation regularly to make our life happy and enjoyable.

Plantation drive

The birthday of Martyr Shaheed Bhagat Singh was celebrated by a tree plantation drive by the NSS unit of Doraha Group of Institutes on its campus. Around 100 NSS volunteers of MBA, BEd, BBA, BCA, BCom and class XII of the institution participated in a tree drive. The volunteers were led by their NSS Programme officers Dr Nishi Bala, Kawaldeep Kaur, Sagar Kapoor and Sukhwinder Singh.

Radio Jockey hunt

A team of four members from Radio Mantra 91.9 FM visited Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) for Radio Jockey hunt. As many as 50 students, pursuing different courses in management, it and mass communication participated in the hunt. The participants were briefed about the job of a radio jockey. “Radio Mantra is organising the second edition of RJ Giri, an initiative for budding radio jockeys. This hunt will provide an opportunity for the participants to demonstrate their communication skills and a lifetime possibility of being selected as a Radio Mantra 91.9 FM Radio Jockey. The auditions require no prior training or experience, the gift of the gab being the only qualification for participants. The winner of RJ Giri will get a contract to work with Radio Mantra,” said an organiser.


Red cross Society organised the seminar in the premises of Government College for Women with the cooperation of World Diabetes Foundation with the purpose of spreading awareness in the youth about gestational diabetes. College principal was the chief guest. She said diabetes is the very serious problem that is being faced by India and one should take suitable measures to eradicate this disease from our country. — TNS



From schools


Ludhiana: Kundan Vidya Mandir organised a function to honour its toppers, who excelled in the CBSE Class X examinations with 10 and 9.8 CGPA. Ashwani. Sakshya Bhatia and Vaibhav of Class X, read the KVM news. Ashwani Kumar honoured the toppers, which included 75 students with 10 CGPA and 27 students with 9.8 CGPA.

Competition concludes

Cherrylane Play School Concluded a two-day rhyme recitation competition in the school auditorium here on Friday. Participation certificates and prizes were distributed among children.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birthday celebrated

Tiny-tots of Ryan International School celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh here on Friday. A fancy dress competition was organised on this occasion. The students of class I and II came dressed as Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The winners were congratulated and rewarded by the principal. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

Members of youth Akali Dal here on Friday celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Floral tributes were paid to the martyr at Jagraon Bridge on his statue. Meanwhile, Ludhiana Bhalai Manch also celebrated the birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Speaking on the occasion leaders said Bhagat Singh laid down his life for making India free but sadly the youth of today is going towards drugs. Public services office at gill road also celebrated the birthday of Bhagat Singh. A cake cutting ceremony was performed on the occasion and floral tributes were paid to the martyr on his birth anniversary. District Congress Committee also celebrated the birthday of Bhagat Singh here on Friday. Pawan Dewan, district president said the youth should follow the path laid down by the historic hero.

Effigy of Punjab govt burnt
CITU members burn an effigy of the state government in Ludhiana on Friday
CITU members burn an effigy of the state government in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

CITU, Punjab, burnt the effigy of the Punjab Government for not issuing the notification regarding the increase in minimum wages of workers here on Friday. “In the present times, when it is becoming difficult to meet both the ends, Punjab government is delaying the notification for increasing minimum wages,” said one of the CITU leaders.


A meeting of Punjab Kisan Sabha and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha was held. During the meeting, it was decided they would march towards Delhi on November 1 to present their charter of demands to the Prime Minister. Thousand of workers and farmers will be gathering at Ram Lila ground on November 1. Farmers have also decided to join them. — TNS



NRI attacked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A 25-year-old NRI was attacked by unidentified assailants with sharp-edged weapons in Bhittian village last night.

The victim, identified as Charanlal, a Dubai national, was living in his native village for past few months.

According to information, the NRI was thrashed due to personal enmity, though the reason is not clear.

The incident took place when Charanlal was returning home and some unidentified assailants waylaid him, attacked the victim with sharp-edged weapons and fled the scene.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital by residents from where he was further taken to DMCH. His condition was stated to be critical. Sources said he was attacked earlier also, but he escaped with minor injuries.



Table Tennis Meet
DAV, Dayanand school to clash in final
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 28
DAV Public School, Amritsar, and Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar, will lock horns in the final in the girls’ U-19 category of the CBSE Cluster XVI Table Tennis Championship at Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana.


Boys’ U-14 quarterfinal: Alpine International School beat Mamta Niketan Convent School, Tarn Taran, 3-0; Sri Guru Harkrishan Sr Sec School, Amritsar, beat Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, 3-0; Ryan International School, Ludhiana, beat Apeejay School, Jalandhar, 3-2; Gobindgarh Public School beat DAV Public School, Amritsar, 3-0.

U-16: Cambridge International School, Jalandhar, beat Manav Public School, Amritsar, 3-0; Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, beat DCM Presidency School, Jalandhar, 3-2; DAV International Public School, Amritsar, beat Innocent Heart School, Jalandhar, 3-0; Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Sachan Lal Public School, Amritsar, beat MGN Public School, Jalandhar, 3-2.

U-19: DAV International Public School, Amritsar, beat Manav Public School, Amritsar, 3-0; MGN Public School, Jalandhar, beat Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar, 3-1; Innocent Heart School, Jalandhar, beat Alpine International School 3-1; Apeejay School, Jalandhar, beat Darshan Academy, Ludhiana, 3-1.

Girls’ U-14 (quarterfinal): DAV International School, Amritsar, beat CIS Urban Estate, Jalandhar, 3-0; SGH Public School beat Greenland Convent School, Ludhiana, 3-1; Greenland Convent School, Sector 32, beat DAV Public School, Amritsar, 3-1; CIS Chhoti Baradhari, Jalandhar, beat GPS, Gobindgarh, 3-0.

U-16: Greenland Sen. Sec. School, Ludhiana, beat Bal Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 3-2; DAV International School, Amritsar, beat Alpine International Sen Sec School, Ludhiana, 3-0; CIS Chhoti Baradhari, Jalandhar, got W/O BVM School, Ludhiana; DAV Public School beat GPS, Gobindgarh, 3-0.

U-19 (semifinal): DAV Public School, Amritsar beat Green Land Sen Sec School, Ludhiana, 3-0; Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar, beat Alpine International School, Ludhiana, 3-1.



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