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4 students suspended for 'ragging'
Take sedatives, hospitalised; college says they were involved in a quarrel
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Four students of the College of Nursing of Christian Medical College (CMC) allegedly took sedatives after they were suspended for six months by the Principal for their alleged involvement in a quarrel with a student. However, the police has confirmed that it had received a complaint of ragging from the student.

The four BSc second-year students have been identified as Danial, Michal, Sahil and Suraj. They were taken to the CMC after they allegedly fell unconscious.

According to the hospital authorities, the students were out of danger.

Brij Mohan, SHO, Division No. 3 police station, while confirming the development, said he had received a complaint from a student, Deepak, stating that he had been subjected to ragging.

However, Sister Panama, Principal of the College of Nursing, ruled out that the students were involved in ragging.

"I want to make it clear that the four students who were suspended today were not involved in ragging. Instead, they were involved in a quarrel with another student. During an internal inquiry, the four students were found guilty and action was taken against them. Their parents were asked to report at the college. However, the parents refused to accept the suspension letter of their wards and threatened to drag the college authorities to court. Later, I came to know that the four students consumed sedatives and were reportedly taken to a hospital."

Not ruling out foul play, Sister Panama said it could be a tactic by the students to exert pressure on the college authorities.

The suspended students did not speak on the issue.

Sources said the incident took place five days ago when the four students allegedly "hurled comments" at Deepak in a hostel.

Deepak reported the matter to the college authorities.

The college authorities formed a committee to probe the matter.

Deepak also lodged a complaint with the police.


Overspeeding, tired drivers to blame for mishaps: Police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Travelling at midnight is proving fatal for commuters. The city and the surrounding areas have witnessed three accidents in the past fortnight in which seven persons, including eminent satirist Jaspal Bhatti and senior journalist Amrita Chaudhary, lost their lives. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh and MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana, said overspeeding was one of the causes behind the three accidents.

"Besides overspeeding, it has been observed that drivers of the ill-fated vehicles fell asleep, which led to the accidents. In all three cases, we observed that the drivers were tired due to continuous travelling. Drunken driving is also a major reason behind accidents at times," said Farooqui.

"We have a long list of such casualties: Giani Zail Singh, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Aditya Jaitely, Amrita Chaudhary and now Jaspal Bhatti - they all lost their lives in accidents caused by bad roads and poor infrastructure," said industrialist and philanthropist Ranjodh Singh.

Universal Human Rights Organisation (UHRO) has demanded strict implementation of traffic rules in the state. The UHRO stated that the police should esure that the speed limit rule was followed even on highways to check road accidents.

Meanwhile, Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent, DMC Hospital, said had Bhatti worn the seat belt, he would have been alive today. According to Puri, wearing the seat belt while sitting on the rear seat is also important. He said Bhatti was sitting on the rear seat and he had a "free fall" when the car collided with a tree. Similarly, senior journalist Amrita Chaudhary, who was also sitting on the rear seat, died after sustaining severe injuries as her car collided with another car.



Dengue: Civic body intensifies fogging 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
To keep a check on the increasing cases of dengue in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has increased the duration of fogging in the city. Earlier, the MC was getting fogging done for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. Now, the duration has been increased by half an hour in the morning as well as in the evening.

The step has been taken so that the civic body can keep a check on the spread of dengue in the city. MC officials have asked city residents to inform the civic body in case they want to get fogging done in any particular area.

Cases of dengue have been reported from the city as well from various parts of the state.

MC officials said they were getting fogging done in residential areas on priority.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, AS Sekhon, Joint Commissioner, MC, said fogging had been intensified in residential areas in the city.

"This is just a precautionary measure and we hope that we will be able to keep a check on the spread of dengue with this initiative. I want to tell the residents that we have ample stock of medicines. If need be, we can increase the fogging duration further," Sekhon said.

Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, councillor from ward number 59, said he was already getting fogging done in his locality on a regular basis. "If residents of my ward want to get fogging done in any particular locality, they can call me anytime," said Dhaliwal.



Cheque for Rs 1,000 issued by DFSC office bounces!
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Government departments seem to be facing an acute financial crunch. A cheque for Rs 1,000 issued by the office of the District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC) to a local resident has bounced due to "shortage of funds".

The cheque was issued by the office after the consumer court of Ludhiana ordered the office of the DFSC to pay a compensation of Rs 1,000 to a resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, who is also an RTI activist, for "deficiency in service" as the DFSC failed to provide information to him under the RTI Act on time.

Interestingly, the DFSC office, instead of issuing a cheque from its departmental account, allowed the cheque to be issued from the personal account of one of its employees.

Khaira had sought information under the RTI Act regarding the rent deed of the DFSC office. The DFSC office is located on the third floor of the MC (Zone D) building in Sarabha Nagar here. It is learnt that the DFSC office has taken this floor of the MC building on rent. However, the DFSC office failed to provide this 
information on time and Khaira lodged a complaint regarding this with the consumer court.

On February 10, the consumer court, Ludhiana, had ordered the DFSC to pay a compensation of Rs 1,000 to the complainant on account of deficiency in service. The order was to be complied with within 30 days from the date of receipt of the order.

A cheque for Rs 1,000 (of the Gurdev Nagar branch of the State Bank of India bearing number 956246) in favour of Kuldeep Singh Khaira was issued by 
the DFSC office on March 14. Along with this 
cheque, a memo number (Najar-2012/1555) was also sent which stated that as per the orders of the consumer court, a cheque (number 956246) was being sent as compensation. This memo also bore signatures of DFSC Rajnish Kumari.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, Khaira said. "I was shocked to find that the cheque was dishonoured due to shortage of funds. The cheque was sent by the DFSC as 
the letter attached with it bore her signatures," Khaira said. 



Five snatchers arrested
Tribune News Service

The accused in police custody in Ludhiana.
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 26
With the arrest of five persons, the police claims to have busted a gang of snatchers, which was creating panic in the city with its repeated strikes.

The accused, identified as Karan Kumar, alias Toppi, of the Chander Lok Colony, Sandeep Singh of Sherpur village, Uday Bahadar of Nepal, Sandeep Kumar of Kishore Nagar and Mahinder Singh, were arrested following a tip-off from the Old City area.

The police has recovered a stolen motorcycle and sharp-edged weapons from the possession of the accused.

During investigation, it was found that Uday and Toppi were involved in several criminal cases.

ACP Swapan Sharma said with the busting of the gang, residents could now heave a sigh of relief.

The police said it was interrogating the accused to get details of robberies, snatching and thefts committed by the gang.



Power employees to observe strike on November 8
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 26
Employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) from the City (East) and City (West) circles today held a meeting in connection with the forthcoming one-day strike, called by the PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), Punjab, for November 8.

Addressing the meeting, Mushtaq Maseeh, secretary, PSEB Employees Federation, said to mobilise the cadres for the strike, PSPCL employees would show black flags to the PSPCL management during their field visits and burn effigies till November 7 to lodge their protest against the "anti-employee" policies of the management.

The trade union leader said the employees were forced to resort to the agitational path because the PSPCL management had adopted an adamant attitude towards the genuine demands of the workers. "Many of the demands of the employees are not being implemented after having been accepted during meetings with representatives of the unions," he said.

Maseeh alleged that on the one hand, the PSPCL authorities had refused to pay 30 per cent arrears of the revised scales due from January 2006 to July 2009 on the pretext of resource crunch, on the other hand, the available funds were being squandered on poor-quality work done by private agencies under the policy of outsourcing.

The employees were being deprived of other financial benefits as well under the garb of a financial crisis, he added.



Power supply to be hit today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 26
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited authorities have said the 220 kV Ferozepur Road substation will be shut for a major upgrade of the existing equipment tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm.

During this period, the 66 kV substations at Rajguru Nagar, the DC Complex, Kitchlu Nagar, Model Town and the GT Road will remain shut and the power supply to several areas, including the Civil Lines, Rajguru Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Aggar Nagar, the PAU, Haibowal, Rishi Nagar, the Mini-Secretariat, the Mall Road, Udham Singh Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Model Town, Rajpura Road, the GT Road, Maya Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Kitchlu Nagar, College Road, Model Gram, Dugri and many other surrounding areas will be affected.



Year on, health centre nowhere in sight
Our Correspondent

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a community health centre at Dehlon on October 6, 2011.
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a community health centre at Dehlon on October 6, 2011. a file photo

Dehlon, October 26
Even after over one year of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone of 25-bed proposed community health centre here, residents are yet to see any draft plan proceeding further from paper work to practical and functional entity.

Leaving aside construction of the new wing and up-gradation of existing facilities, posts of eight doctors, which were created long time ago, are yet to be filled.

Admitting unexplained delay in commencement of work on the project, Gill legislator Darshan Singh Shivalik said he had raised the issue in recent session of the Punjab Assembly and the Chief Minister and the Health Minister had assured to start the work on the project started without further delay.

"Now I have once again taken appointment with the Chief Minister to discuss the issues and get the process expedited," said Shivalik maintaining adding office-bearers of various social and political organisation had approached him to get the needful done in the matter.

Investigations revealed that senior Badal had laid foundation stone of proposed 25-bed community center here during an elaborate function at 11.15 am on October 6, last year and the then Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosian and Punjab Subordinate Service Selection Board's chairman Santa Singh Umaidpuri were present on the occasion when the Badal dedicated the project to the people.

The proposed setup was supposed to have three operating theatres and at least six specialists among the doctors. It was declared that all facilities, including diagnostic tests, would be available round-the-clock.

So much so the officials who designed, acknowledging that the existing infrastructure of majority of government medical centres was prone to microbial growth had stated that all floors, walls and ceilings would be covered with special aseptic tiles and coatings.

Though the hospital had been included in list of upgraded institutes two years earlier, the government had been staggering the process for upgrading it and now after one year of its formal foundation laying ceremony the department is yet to start the construction.

Residents of the area led by Param Deep Singh Deepa, SAD leader and Nirmal Singh Chahal, a social activist, have once again urged the higher authorities including the Chief Minister and the Health Minister to impress upon the officials to complete the formalities for upgrading the centre to the community health centre.

Besides catering to about 50 villages falling under the Ludhiana district, the proposed health centre is expected to provide medical assistance to victims of accidents taking place on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla and the Kila Raipur-Sahnewal roads.



Election Scene hots up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 26
Even though the process of filing nomination papers for the four posts of the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) is yet to commence in the next couple of days, the election-related activity among the leaders of industry has assumed feverish pitch with many prominent members of industry throwing their hats in.

More than 850 members (industrial units) of LETS will elect the chief executive officer (CEO), a secretary and two directors. The elections will be held on November 30 this year.

According to the Director of Industry and Commerce, Punjab, who is also the ex-officio chairman of the LETS, the nomination papers can be filed till October 30 and scrutiny of papers will take place on November 1. The withdrawal of nomination will be allowed till November 8 and the final list of the candidates will be displayed on November 9.

Joginder Kumar was CEO of LETS for almost six years, which was formed to run the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), set up by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited at Focal Point, Phase VIII. The plant was built for the treatment of hazardous waste discharged by electroplating units located in Ludhiana and others areas in Punjab.

Although Joginder Kumar has not entered the fray this time. The group, led by him, has formally announced the candidature of Avtar Singh, secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial, for the post of the CEO. The group has announced the candidature of Rajan Gupta for the post of secretary while Manmohan Singh Ubhi and Rajinder Goyal will contest for the posts of directors.

At one time, the name of prominent industrialist KK Seth was doing rounds for the post of the CEO and he had the backing of many members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), the largest representative body of bicycle and parts manufacturers. However, after sensing that the election would turn out to be a hard battle which might lead to factionalism, Seth declined to push his candidature.

However, as things stand now, the group led by Joginder Kumar, will face a stiff challenge from the other section of the industrial fraternity which intends to put up Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, who heads a body of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises, for the post of the CEO while other probable candidates for the three posts would include Narinder Bhamra, president of Fasteners Manufacturers Association, Badish K Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association and Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the UCPMA.

Sources said a section of the industry was still making efforts to bring the two groups to a common platform to achieve unanimity over the names of candidates and avoid the elections.



Cotton clothes to get dearer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Be prepared to spend more if you want to buy your favourite organic cotton t-shirt as the price of cotton has increased. The cost of labour and raw materials are forcing manufacturers to increase prices of finished products and retailers are likely to pass the hike on to buyers.

The hike has also sent the prices of synthetic fabrics soaring as designers look for cheap alternatives and blends. “Stores that cater to low and middle-income buyers will have the hardest time as the customers will take some time to accept the hike," added Gursewak Singh, a store manager at Model Town.

On the other hand, the hike has brought cheers to farmers. "Although hike is not too much, yet we are happy. A couple of years ago price of cotton was Rs 7,000 per quintal and now we are getting Rs 4,500 per quintal. We are happy with the hike," said Jagtar Singh, a farmer.



Punjab major contributor of grains, says official
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Punjab is making a major contribution in the central pool of grains even though percentage of contribution has decreased. The main reason behind this is more production of wheat and other crops in other states. This was said by Sudhir Kumar, Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of India, while interacting with mediapersons after visiting various grain markets today.

He said the wheat, lying in the mandis of Punjab, would be cleared through the export of 20 lakh ton of wheat by the central government. He denied of abolishing 10 per cent import duty on sugar, which was imported from foreign countries. Representatives of Punjab Flour Mills also met him and demanded that five per cent VAT, imposed by the Food Corporation of India, should be stopped as they had already paid five per cent VAT to the Punjab Government.

Earlier, Sudhir Kumar visited Salim Tabri grain market and ensured lifting of paddy. He said: "This year there is target of buying 130 lakh ton of paddy and by now 66 lakh ton has been procured, out of which 61 lakh ton has been procured by government agencies and five lakh ton has been lifted by traders ." He also visited grain market at Sahnewal.



Garbage raises big stink; residents angry
Company awarded contract ‘fails’ to deliver
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 26
The private company, awarded the contract of lifting garbage from various dumping points in the town has failed to deliver the desired results. As a result of non-lifting of garbage on regular basis by the company, the entire city seems to be turning into garbage dump.

The heaps of garbage laying in every nook and corner of the city have been depicting the perfect picture of functioning of the company.

The garbage laying in the different parts of the town has irked the local residents who have blamed the apathetic approach of local municipal council officials responsible for the problem.

It is pertinent to mention here that the local municipal council has awarded the contract of lifting garbage from dumping points to A to Z Company. However, the company has failed to convince the local residents with its service.

“These heaps of garbage not only demonstrate an ugly look but also emanate foul smell making the lives of locals difficult. There is not even a single area of the city where the heaps of garbage are not present," rued Iqbal Singh, a local resident.

"One can easily gauge the lifting of garbage by the company that huge heaps of garbage are laying alongside the boundary wall of Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School situated just a stone throw away from the local MC office. If the situation is such bad in front of the MC office, what to talk of the other localities of the city," he added.

The situation is no different at Raikot Road, Shubash Gate, Disposal Road and College Road, near bus stand where huge heaps of garbage can be seen lying on roadsides. The foul smell emanating out of these heaps of garbage has made the lives of residents as well as commuters more difficult.

"It was more than one week back when the garbage was lifted from dumping point at Raikot road. Since then, we have seen no one lifting the garbage from here as a result the heaps of garbage are getting bigger with the each passing day", said Dr. Arun Gupta, a resident of Raikot Road.

Municipal Council Jagraon President Baldev Krishan Dhir, claimed that municipal council has been keeping a proper vigil on the lifting process. "If the company employees are neglecting their duty and the garbage is not being lifted on regular basis, we will take up the matter with the company officials and take up appropriate action if required," he added.



Kolkata, Mumbai designers put up stalls at exhibition
Tribune news Service

Women shop for bed sheets at an exhibition” in Ludhiana on Friday.
Women shop for bed sheets at an exhibition” in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photos: Himashu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 26
Designer attires, designer jewellery, stylish accessories, lavish home lifestyle refinements, luxury furniture have come under one roof yet again with 'The Woman Exhibition', being organised at Park Plaza, Ludhiana.

The wedding season coupled with festive buzz is proving to be another pull for the exhibition. "The festival season- Karva Chouth, Divali- coming up and the wedding season is proving to be a great reason for shopping and such lifestyle exhibition is a good place." said Nitika Sharma, a resident.

Designers from Kolkata, Jaipur , Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh had their stalls at the exhibition. The mehandi designs are according to the desire of the clients. According to Rashi, a mehandi artist, meetings are held days before the wedding and the theme of the mehandi is decided. She said she had designed and applied mehandi designs based on various concepts including Radha Krishan, lotus, royal palatial designs. Bed covers, based on cartoon characters and popular games, were also available at the exhibition. Jewellery, including pearl and stone-based jewellery, was also available at the exhibition.



Staff of 48 schools get salary after 7 months 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
It's after a gap of more than seven months that the staff of 48 government-aided schools in the district have a reason to cheer before Divali. They have received their salaries after a gap of seven months as their salaries were not paid since February this year.

Even though the staff at other government-aided schools in the state got their salaries regularly, yet it was some "error" by the District Education Office (secondary), which led to such delay.

The delay was caused due to an "objection" by the state government regarding the estimate prepared by the District Education Office (secondary). Due to the objection a fresh survey was conducted, which wasted more time. Later, when the school managements submitted their bills till September, they were asked to submit them till August because the state government had sanctioned funds only till August.

Davinder Rehan, a teacher in a government-aided school, thanked the state government for issuing the funds. "Now the salaries for September and October are left," he said. Ludhiana district is having 48 government-aided schools where 95 per cent of the grant is provided by the state government and five percent is contributed by the management committee of that particular school.



Police gives tips to car dealers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Two days after carjackers fled with a luxury car worth Rs 44 lakh by throwing red chilly powder in the eyes of two employees of a car dealer, the Commissioner of Police today issued fresh guidelines and instructed the car dealers across the city to follow certain policies while offering the vehicle for a test drive.

In a communique issued this evening, the Commissioner of Police stated that two persons of the car company should accompany the prospective customer when the car is taken on a test drive.

The car dealers should allow a test drive only after verifying the mobile numbers and residential address of the customers.

The car dealers shall verify the voter card, the UID card and driving licence of the customers.

The dealers should not allow the customers to take the vehicle to a long distance or a secluded place.



Ludhiana NCC cadets bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
A total of 21 cadets of No. 04 Pb Air Sqn NCC were felicitated at the unit office here today. The cadets had participated Pre Vayu Sainik Camp (at Patiala). Out of them, 09 cadets were selected for All-India Vayu Sainik Camp (at Bangalore) from where they returned to Ludhiana on October 24. In the PVSC, the unit had secured overall second position.

In the Vayu Sainik Camp (at Bangalore), the northern region was adjudged overall third. The cadets participated in cultural events, and tug of war in which they won gold medals.

In the ceremony, Commanding Officer, Wing Commander SS Kaila, complimented the cadets for their effort and motivated then to return the discipline. He pointed out that the unit had done very well despite the constraints of lack of Aero-Modelling Instructor. He also complimented the teaching staff for their efforts towards training the cadets. 



NGOs join Facebook
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
As Facebook and social media get bigger and their reach expands, reports of their misuse and adverse impact of these, including addiction, are common. True utility and relevance of these have been questioned many a time. But there is a silver lining as a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are leveraging the power of social networking to make a difference to society.

A number of city-based NGOs have joined social networking websites. NGOs like Aagaz, which rely on field work and do not have a registered office, stand to benefit by making their presence felt online as these can now easily reach out to people. Maneet Grewal, president of Aagaz says that online and social media presence has led them to better contacts. "Around 80 per cent of the contacts we have so far came through online presence," she says. It helps in generating more awareness and keeping people informed about what they are doing and reaching out to people to gather more support and volunteers, she says.

Ludhiana chapter of Goonj, another NGO, that is helping people in need and making the leftover material and disposed of things by people reach those in need, got help from online presence. "The advantage of social media of course is the two-way real time communication," says Maneet Dhawan, from the NGO.

"Ludhiana Cares" a Facebook page, that has been created recently by the Ludhiana Management Association as a common page for NGOs already generating interest among many, according to Dhawan.

Most of the city-based NGOs have already listed on the page and at least 15 more NGOs reached within a day or two of its creation.

Social media is a better way to reach out the youth in particular, says Preet, a resident. It can create a huge difference to getting more volunteers and sensitising the youth about the gravity of the issues as well as the organisations working in various spheres, he says.



from colleges
‘India, Bhutan should live as friendly neighbours’

Ludhiana: General V.Namgyel, of Kingdom of Bhutan, Ambassador to India, said: We are members of the Himalayan family and should live as friendly neighbours helping each other,” while delivering a sixth lecture under the lecture series at the PCTE Group of Institutes.

The Ambassador described the journey in most fascinating terms, when he illustrated how the father and daughter duo of Nehru and Gandhi had journeyed to Bhutan on horseback and Yak back over the Himalayas way back then to create this special nexus between the two countries. He said that today the overall happiness and well being of the people is main objective of Gross National Happiness, economic progress remains an important national goal. Apart from generating a good income for the people to enhance their quality of life. He further said that India and Bhutan has already proved the world that a relationship is based on complete trust and understanding which results in lasting friendship and mutual beneficial cooperation. He also motivated and encouraged the students to aim high in their life and build strong and progressing India for the generations to come.

Community Week organised

NSS Unit, Rotract Club and Youth Red Cross unit of Doraha College of Education organised Community Week by visiting different Rehabilitation Centers, Special Education Schools and Child Care Centers (Deaf and Dumb) of Ludhiana and Khanna to provide insight and sensitise the volunteers about the problems and special needs of children with disabilities. The volunteers visited Nirdosh School, a school, for the mentally retarded children, deaf and dumb school and vocational rehabilitation centre, Hambran Road, Braille Bhawan and Deaf and Dumb School, Railway Road, Khanna, during the weeklong orientation programme. The teacher trainees were oriented about various teaching strategies and methodology to train special students as per their needs and requirements. It was also aimed and focused to sensitize the teacher trainees regarding the problems faced by special students as well as their special abilities and capabilities.

Cultural festival ‘Roshini-2012’

An Inter-school annual cultural festival “Roshini-2012” was organised at Doraha Institute of Management & Technology (DIMT) campus. On the first day of the festival, teams from 26 schools from all over the Punjab participated in various literary, cultural and fine arts events. The colleges will compete on the next day. The various events included quiz, rangoli, mehandi, essay writing, poster making, cartooning, face painting, dance to the tune, fancy dress and folk song (solo). The schools festival was highly energetic for the students who toil to bag the appreciation for their talents at. The campus was jam-packed of unique creativity, passion and vibrancy,” said by Prof. Harpreet Singh Principal of the Institute. — TNS



from schools
Students visit village

Students present a dance item during the graduation ceremony at Guru Nanak International Public School in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students present a dance item during the graduation ceremony at Guru Nanak International Public School in Ludhiana on Friday. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana: With a motive to upgrade the society and under the Society Transformation Programme of Ryan International School, the school has adopted a village, Nichi Mangli. The students visited the village here recently. Each student taught one child and acquainted them with current affairs and information. A special stitching workshop was conducted by teachers.

Graduation ceremony

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, organised graduation ceremony for the students here on Friday. The students wore graduation gowns and caps during the ceremony.— TNS

Annual Grandparents’ Day celebrated

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, celebrated Annual Grandparents’ Day. Grandparents of kindergarten students had gathered at school. The celebrations started with lamp lighting ceremony followed by a dance prayer by nursery students. Students performed Rajasthani folk dance. Choreography ‘Incredible-India’ by LKG students left the audience spell-bound.

Vigilance Week

Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, under the theme of "Jago India Jago", conducted various activities like slogan writing and poster making, relevant with the celebration of vigilance week. All the students and teachers pledged to erode corruption, which is eroding the social values of life and negatively affecting the social dynamics. The topics, which are to be covered under discussions and activities during the week are-social evils, corruption, traffic rules, drugs, child labour and illiteracy.

Anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki

BVM family celebrated birth anniversary of adi kavi Maharishi Valmiki with zeal. For paying tribute to “Father of Sanskrit classical poetry” rich discussions and speeches were organised. All the students were made aware of the chief facts related with the greatest work-holy epic “Ramayana” consisting of 24,000 verses.



pau notes
OP Sahni dead

Dr OP Sahni, former Professor-cum-head, Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, passed away on October 24, 2012 after a long illness.

In a condolence meeting held in the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, tributes were paid to Dr Sahni by faculty and staff and students. Dr Sahni served as head of the department two terms i.e. from April, 1995, to April, 1999, and later on from April, 2000 till his retirement in February, 2001. He was a known academician in the field of business management and was on board of management of various public and private sector organisation. He was a founder member of the Ludhiana Management Association and served as founder general secretary.— TNS



Experts from Chile, PAU dwell on agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
To identify potential areas for entering into joint venture with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the visiting delegation from Chile demonstrated a power point presentation here today.

The members including Dr Ivan Ariel Matus Tejos, National Institute of Agriculture Research, Chile; Professsor Serigo Rodriguez Royo, Pontificia University Catholic of Chile; and Professor Gabino Reginato Meza, University of Chile; explained about their respective institutions with thrust on historical background, academic system and agreements, multi-disciplinary research, experimental stations and facilities available.

Dwelling upon the agriculture in Chile, the delegates highlighted that the country is a healthy growing economy with a population of nearly 17 million people. Being the main exporter of fresh fruits in the Southern Hemisphere, the country is transforming "dirt and stones" into hi-yield prime land by integrating skilled management and advanced farm techniques and technologies. Referring to research areas, the delegates told that grain quality, yield potential, quality of protein; biotic and abiotic stress tolerance; environmental adaptability and agronomic traits are the major objectives of the wheat and rice breeding programmes.

Different types of wheat varieties such as winter, facultative, spring and durum are cultivated in Chile, said they, while revealing that the yield of wheat, during 2010-11, has been 5.8 t/ha. They disclosed that Chile has the longest lentil crop history in new world since Spanish introduced it in 16th century.

Dr JS Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management) said there are lot of possibilities for tie-ups in terms of horticulture, water use efficiency, agri-economics, education, communication, soil science, germplasm resource, food processing, biotechnology, and exchange of student-scientist.

Roderigo Gallardo, Counselor of Agri- Affairs remarked, "There are many collaborative opportunities and to get value from cooperative venture, it is only through agriculture, we can fill the gap."

During the interactive session with a group of PAU experts, queries pertaining to crop yield and diseases, measures to reduce cost of cultivation, forestry, farm mechanization, straw management, spraying techniques, and irrigation methods were responded.

The heads of various departments and scientists of wheat section participated in the meet. The delegates visited crops museum, nano-technology lab and school of agricultural biotechnology. Besides, they had a glimpse of the cultural extravaganza during the concluding function of "Inter-College Golden Jubilee Youth Festival" of Punjab Agricultural University.



Ludhiana scan 
Punjabi Week

Satnam Singh, district language officer, said that during the Punjabi Week, state-level Punjabi literature writing contests would be organised on November 5 at Punjabi Bhawan. Top two of the district-level contests in poem and poem writing and winners of poetry recitation contests would participate in the contest, he said. Ajmer Singh Kalsi was appointed as the trusty of Baba Banda Singh Bahada Foundation here on Friday. He was presented with a memento on the occasion. President of the foundation said that Kalsi has been chosen for his contribution religious and social contribution in society.


District Congress Committee (urban) president Pawan Dewan said a rally would be organised in Ramleela Maidan at New Delhi on November 4. He said the rally would be addressed by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Photo exhibition

A photo exhibition presenting the killings during 1984 riots has been organised at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. The killings have been depicted in Punjab as Hindu-Sikh issue, but it is the issue of humanity, said to Harvinder Singh, an advocate. Even Hindus lost lives saving the lives of Sikhs and 40 to 50 per cent population in the city agrees that the culprits should be punished, he said. — TNS



DAV Public School win a thriller 
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 26
In a nail-biting finish, DAV Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, beat MGM Public School, Dugri, by a wafer thin margin of one run in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament, being organised at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road, near Laddowal, today. DAV School won the toss and chose to bat first. They could not sustain for the full quota of 20 overs as their innings folded at 84 runs after 15.4 overs.

Nitish, who was the top scorer, made 24 runs while Mayank contributed 9 runs. For MGM School, Akash got rid off five batsmen while Jatinder scalped two victims. Chasing the modest target, MGM School batsmen failed to deliver as they collapsed after scoring 83 runs with four balls to spare. Amit scored 38 runs but his performance went in vain as no other batsman provided him the required support. For the winners, Arham took four for 11. Naman claimed two wickets for nine runs in four overs of his quota.

Green Land floors Shifali International

In the second match, Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh road, beat Shifali International Public School by six wickets to record their third victory in the tournament.

Batting first, Shifali International School scored 75 runs in 15.3 overs with Jitin and Amritpal contributing 18 and 12 runs, respectively. For Green Land Convent School, Ajay and Mohit shared bowling honours chipping in with two wickets each. Green Land Convent School surpassed Shifali School's score in 13.2 overs after losing just four wickets in which Puneet scored 23 runs 



Hockey teams clash during match

Ludhiana, October 26
Hockey player Deepak Thakur may land in trouble for hurling abuses that led to an ugly fight with the players of Namdhari XI during the semifinal of the Perfect Real Estate All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy 2012 here today. Deppak had suffered injuries during the fight.

According to the tournament officials, Deepak hurled abuses, following an argument during the match. Players of both the teams then hit each other with hockey sticks. Sources said the match referee has reported against Thakur for indulging in a fight. — TNS 



Athletics meet held
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 26
A large number of students,S forming four houses namely Baba Jujhar Singh House, Baba Ajit Singh House, Baba Zorawar Singh House and Baba Fateh Singh House took part in various sports disciplines and fun games in the 6th Annual Athletics Meet held at Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy today. Maharaj Singh Rajji, Councillor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, declared the meet open. He took a salute from the participants at an impressive march past. Jaskiran Kaur, principal of the school, and Harminder Singh, president of Amrit Educational Society, welcomed the chief guest.The participants took oath to play in the true spirit of games. The main feature of the opening ceremony was a PT show.


Girls' (u-17)- long jump- Lovepreet Kaur; boys' (u-17)- Manjinder Singh; boys' (u-19)-high jump- Gurmanjot Singh

Kindergarten- 50m flat race- Amandeep Singh and Sukhmanpreet Kaur; Akashdeep Singh and Gurleen Kaur; Gavin and Tavgunpreet Kaur

100m flat race- Tarandeep Kaur and Friyad Ali; Shreya Verma and Gurwinder Singh.



Roller skating championship from today

Ludhiana, October 26
The Ludhiana District Roller Skating Association (LDRSA) will organise the 15th District Roller Skating Championship at Leisure Valley Skating Rink, Sarabha Nagar, on October 27 and 28.

According to AK Sharma, president, LDRSA, competition in sub-junior, junior and senior ( boys' and girls' category) will be held during the two-day championship. — OC



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