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reema jain murder case
Micky Jain, 3 others get life term
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 3
In the high-profile Reema Jain murder case that took place in July 2005, a local court today awarded life imprisonment to her brother-in-law Anil, alias Micky Jain, a resident of Premium Apartments, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, and three others, Jasvir Singh of Narangwal village, Kuldeep Singh of Mandiani village and Tarsem Singh of Kotmana village, Jagraon.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge SS Panesar had held them guilty on November 26. The sentence was awarded today.

Micky Jain was produced in the court at 2.30 pm today from Ferozepur Jail.

Tension was visible on the faces of all four accused, especially Micky, when Public Prosecutor Promila Jain and Vinod Gupta were seeking the death penalty for the convicts, terming the offence as the rarest of the rare one. They were stressing that it was a brutal, cold-blooded murder and the accused had no remorse or regret.

The court did not find it a fit case to award the death penalty.

In its 62-page judgement, discussing the evidence of 34 prosecution witnesses and four defence witnesses, the court held that the chain of circumstances clearly established the guilt of the accused.

Reema Jain had gone missing on July 30, 2005.

Initially, a case of kidnapping was registered at the division No. 5 police station on July 31, 2005, following a complaint from the victim's son, Bhanu Partap Jain.

The police had filed a chargsheet against Micky Jain and Avtar Singh Tari for allegedly murdering Reema Jain. Her body was not recovered.

Later, the then DIG, Prag Jain, changed the investigating officer and permission was obtained from the court for further investigation. A supplementary chargesheet was filed in the court in April 2006 indicting the present accused.

Six-and-a-half months after high-profile business woman Reema Jain was allegedly kidnapped and murdered, a special team of the Jagraon police had claimed to have recovered some parts of her decomposed body from the septic tank of M/s Aranath Textile Mills, Sherpur Khurd, Focal Point, belonging to her brother-in-law Micky Jain, the main accused in the case.

According to the prosecution, when Micky Jain was taken to his factory, he removed bricks, a plywood sheet, an iron sheet from the mouth of the septic tank with his own hands. He was taken to his factory following a disclosure statement by him that he had thrown the body into the septic tank.

The complainant had submitted before the police that his mother had left for the Sutlej Club, Ludhiana, in her Honda Accord car, where she used to go daily for swimming, but she did not return.

Micky Jain was earlier acquitted in the murder case of his brother, who was Reema Jain's husband. The police had claimed that a deal of money was struck between the accused for the murder in Central Jail here.

A peep into the case

  • July 30, 2005: Reema Jain goes missing on the way to the Sutlej Club
  • July 31, 2005: Case of kidnapping registered against Micky Jain
  • August 2, 2005: Micky Jain interrogated and let off
  • August 16, 2005: Reema’s car (PB 10 BA 2340) recovered from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
  • February 16, 2006: Micky Jain taken into custody on a production warrant. Skull, bones and others parts of a body recovered from his factory, M/s Arnath Textiles Mills, Sherpur Khurd
  • February 16, 2006: All accused taken to factory, hint at a septic tank where the body of woman was thrown after the murder
  • February 16, 2006: The police recovers the "rough site plan" of the place where the murder was committed
  • February 18, 2006: The police recovers a car (PB 10 BL 4386) used in the kidnapping from a parking slot at Micky Jain's residence at Premium Apartments, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana

Feburary 19, 2006: A gold ring of the victim and her address written on a slip recovered from accused Jasbir Singh's house

Feburary 19, 2006: An imported wrist watch of the victim and her photo recovered from the house of accused Kuldip Singh

Feburary 21, 2006: Reema’s documents recovered from Micky Jain's house

March 22, 2006: Reema’s son Bhanu identifies the writst watch, gold rings and car keys of his mother

February 27, 2006: Blood samples of the victim's mother, Renuka Jain, and son Bhanu taken by the police

April 14 , 2006: Chargsheet filed against the accused

November 26, 2012: Court holds all accused guilty

December 3, 2012: The accused get life imprisonment


Prime accused to move HC
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 3
Micky Jain, prime accused in the Reema Jain murder case, has said he will file an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his conviction. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after the pronouncement of the sentence by the court, Micky Jain claimed that he did not kill his sister-in-law. He was framed by the police due to vested interests.

"Tutored" witnesses were produced against him in order to secure his conviction, he alleged. His son Saral Jain was present at the time of the award of sentence and was seen collecting the judgment documents from court for filing an appeal in the High Court.



I used to wake up at midnight and there was no one to make me sleep: Reema's son
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
It was an emotional day for Bhanu Jain (27), elder son of socialite Reema Jain, who was kidnapped and murdered by her brother-in-law Sunil, aka Micky Jain, and his aides in 2005. As Micky and his aides were sentenced to life imprisonment by the court, Bhanu broke into tears.

"I do not want to recollect those dark days. I still get goose bumps when I look back. I cannot explain what I have gone through. Just imagine you are shown a stinking septic tank from which mortal remains are taken out and I was identifying my mother recognising her slippers, pen and embroidered cloth that she was wearing on the fateful day," said Bhanu, while sitting at home located near the Mall Road and playing with his one-year-old child.

Bhanu was only 20 when he was left alone. He had a younger sister, Bhanvi, and a younger brother, Bharat, to look after.

"I was pursuing bachelors in commerce from SCD Government College when the tragedy struck my family. I completed my studies through correspondence as there was no one to handle our business. For nearly a year I had remained in a state of shock. I used to wake up at the middle of the night and there was no one to make me sleep, like a mother does to her child," said Bhanu while controlling his emotions.

He had to play many roles. Now, he is a father figure to his sister Bhanvi and Bharat who was only 10-year-old when his mother was murdered.

"Initially, I was coordinating with the investigation team that was probing the murder case. After Micky was caught, most of my time was spent discussing the case with lawyers. My sleep was reduced to a few hours. In the court room, Micky used to stare at me and sometime threaten me. I used to receive blank calls. I cannot explain what all was happening," Bhanu said.

Life has moved on. Bhanu got married four years ago and his sister Bhanvi is also married. Bharat is pursuing his studies.

Son thankful to DIG

Bhanu said had it not been DIG RK Jaiswal, the case would have remained a mystery. Jaiswal was posted as the SSP of Jagraon when he cracked the murder case and recovered Reema’s mortal remains from a septic tank of Micky's factory. Bhanu said Jaiswal conducted the investigation in a scientific manner. All tests from the DNA profiling to the superimposition test were conducted at FSL in Chandigarh so that Micky should not have any room to escape.

Security tightened at Reema’s house

Security tightened outside the house of Bhanu Jain, Reema Jain's son, following Micky Jain’s conviction. A team of policemen was deployed near the house. Sources said Micky, who had remained in jail for more than six years, might have established contacts with criminals and would try to retaliate.



Greed, hatred were the motives
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 3
Greed for wealth and hatred for Reema Jain, the wife of his younger brother Sunil Jain, were Anil Jain’s motives for her sister-in-law’s murder. The prosecution had claimed during the trial that the accused was having an evil eye on the victim’s wealth. His heart was full of hatred for her, as she had lodged a case of murder of her husband against him.

However, he was acquitted in that case by the Sessions Court, Ludhiana. Against his acquittal, the prosecution did not file an appeal but it was Reema Jain who moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The High Court upheld his acquittal.

On one occasion, the High Court had cancelled Anil Jain’s bail and due to that reason he had remained in jail for a year. After her husband’s death, the Reema had started controlling his business.



Scientific investigation helped nail accused
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 3
Scientific investigation made by the Punjab police came in handy for the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused in the Reema Jain murder case. It was a tough task for the police to prove that the skull, bones and other parts of a body, recovered from the septic tank of prime accused Micky Jain, were those of Reema Jain.

The police got a DNA test of the victim's bones conducted. It also took blood samples of Reema’s mother Renuka Jain as well as that of her son Bhanu Jain.

It also got a “superimposition test” conducted by the Director of the FSL, Chandigarh, Dr Rajiv Girhotri. He compared the recovered skull, bones with Reema Jain's photo and observed that they matched.

The jaws inside the recovered skull had artificial filling in four teeth. The police produced a dentist, Dr Ved Saggar, who deposed in the court that Reema had undergone dental treatment at his clinic four months before the incident and artificial filling was done in four teeth.

The postmortem of the body was conducted at the department of medicine and toxicology, Government Medical College, Amritsar, as the board of doctors at the local Civil Hospital had expressed their inability to conduct a postmortem since it was only a bone structure. The report had revealed that she was hit in the skull.



Cong councillors serve ultimatum on MC
Want decision on development charges on old properties withdrawn
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 3
At least 12 Congress councillors today met the Commissioner of the municipal corporation, RK Verma, and served an ultimatum on the corporation for withdrawal of the decision to impose development charges on old properties at the time of transfer of ownership or issue of the TS-1 certificate.

The councillors made it clear that in principle, the party was against putting any more burden on the people, and if the decision was not scrapped in a week, they would hold protests against the civic body and the state government.

The MC administration is drawing flak over the decision to impose development charges in many parts of the city, especially all outer areas, as it will affect thousands of properties since the owners will have to shell out hefty amounts, based on the built-up area in case of transfer of ownership.

The Congress councillors, including Rakesh Parashar, Sanjay Talwar, Parminder Mehta and Jai Parkash, raised the issue of the financial crisis being faced by the MC, which had brought the all development works to a halt. "Even minor repair of roads and streets or other works related to sewerage, water supply and streetlights were held up, causing great inconvenience to residents and creating an embarrassing situation for the area councillors," they alleged.

The councillors told the MC Commissioner and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who was also present at the meeting, to issue a White Paper on the financial situation of the MC. They said the White Paper should reveal the real financial health and also provide details of the projected revenue and the current liabilities.

The councillors, while complaining about stalled development projects and "uncalled-for decisions" of the MC like imposing more financial burden on the people in the shape of development charges on old properties, said a general house meeting of the MC should be convened to discuss these issues.

They also demanded the regularisation of some 270 unauthorised colonies within the city limits as in many of these colonies, the MC had partly carried out development works and some of the basic amenities had already been provided to the residents.

The Commissioner and the Mayor assured the councillors that by tomorrow, location maps of localities where development charges would be applicable on old properties, would be put up in all four zones. They made it clear that owners of properties, which had been constructed without approved building plans or payment of development charges, would have to pay the stipulated charges sooner or later.

Among other Congress councillors present on the occasion were Balkar Singh, Sunny Bhalla, Varinder Sehgal, Maharaj Singh Raji, Jarnail Singh, Ashwani Sharma, Manpreet Grewal and Gurmukh Singh Mithu.

White Paper sought

The councillors told the MC Commissioner and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who was also present at the meeting, to issue a White Paper on the financial situation of the MC. They said the White Paper should reveal the real financial health and also provide details of the projected revenue and the current liabilities



rti act
Info panel puts LIT engineer on notice
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 3
Taking a stern note of the failure of the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to provide information sought under the Right to Information Act, the State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Trust Engineer Sukhbir Singh Jakhar-cum-deemed PIO as to why a penalty of Rs 250 per day, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000, under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act should not be imposed on him till the information is furnished to the applicant.

The Trust engineer has also been directed to file an affidavit, duly attested by an Executive Magistrate, justifying the delay of each day in providing information in this case.

Pronouncing the orders, State Information Commissioner BC Thakur said appellant Arvind Sharma had filed an application with the LIT on April 12, 2012, seeking information on certain points raised in the audit report for 2010-11. Since the information was not provided in the stipulated time frame, he went in appeal to the first appellate authority (Deputy Director, Local Government, Punjab) on May 15.

"After the first appellate authority wrote to the PIO of the Improvement Trust on August 9 to provide the desired information to the applicant, which went unheeded, the applicant referred an appeal before the commission on September 13," the orders said.

Adjourning the case to January 9, the State Information Commissioner directed the Trust engineer to ensure his personal presence on the next date of hearing when he would also get an opportunity for a personal hearing under Section 20(1) before the imposition of penalty.

The commission has also asked the respondent to supply "point-wise, relevant and specific information to the appellant applicant, duly attested, free of cost by registered post within a period of 10 days under information to the commission".

A similar show-cause notice for imposition of penalty, personal appearance on the next date of hearing and providing specific information to applicant Arvind Sharma has been issued to the Trust engineer in yet another appeal filed before the commission against the failure of the PIO to furnish information about the purchase of electrical items by the Trust from January 2009 to March 2012.



Forms not available online
Online filing of VAT returns to commence on December 5
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Although the Excise and Taxation Department has made the online filing of VAT 20 annual returns mandatory, it has failed to upload the e-forms on its website. The last date for the filing of VAT forms manually was November 20 and after that the department will be accepting returns online only. The procedure for the online filing of VAT returns will be initiated from December 5.

Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional, said on one hand the department has made the online filing of returns mandatory while on the other it has failed to upload the e-forms till date. Returns will be filed from December 1-31 and traders also need to upgrade their software accordingly.

"If online filing will begin from December 5, traders will be left with very less time to file their returns and also get the software updated. Not only this, we also have to submit the receipt of the same by January 4," said Khurana.

Harbinder Singh, a trader, said, "My work for filing returns manually was almost complete when the department announced that online filing has been made mandatory. The department officials should understand the ground realities and should not have made it compulsory all of a sudden. It has not updated its website yet while the last date for the filing of returns is December 31".

Another trader, Santosh Singla said the department made announcements unexpectedly. Now that the last date for the filing of returns is approaching it has made the online filing compulsory, but at the same time has failed to upload the e-forms. It should first set its house right and then make announcements," he said.



New scheme for small investors
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS), introduced by the government in the current budget, has been notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. This scheme seeks to encourage small investors to channelise their savings into domestic capital markets.

Under this scheme, only a one-time deduction will be available to a “new retail investor”.According to the scheme, an investor’s gross total income should be less than Rs 10 lakh for the financial year, in which investments are made. Also, the investor can avail himself of a maximum deduction of up to Rs 50,000 in a financial year. The eligible securities can be held for three years with a fixed lock-in period of the first year and a flexible lock-in period of two years. In the 'flexible lock-in' period, investors will be permitted to trade, subject to conditions, said Harish Khanna, a tax professional.

Any resident individual, who has not opened a demat account and has not made any transactions in the derivative segment as on the date of notification of the scheme, will fall under the definition of ‘new retail investor’.

Also, any individual who has opened a demat account before the scheme’s notification, but has not made any transactions in the equity segment or the derivative segment till the date of the notification, will be considered as a ‘new retail investor’.



Passion for photography keeps this cancer patient going
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News service

Manmohan SinghLudhiana, December 3
Seventythree-year-old Manmohan Singh was diagnosed with cancer six years ago. Realising that his life was short, he gave up social activities, stopped going to business, withdrew from active social life and relinquished his memberships of several clubs.

He clinched onto his childhood passion for photography, which he had lost touch with as he grew up. But, the desire kept on simmering.

So, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he just wanted to live the passion he had missed all these years. For him, "This is the best way to lead a healthy life, and a great art."

"It gives me peace of mind. I forget all my ailments when I get absorbed in capturing nature in my frames," he says.

"Nature and flowers are my favourite genres of photography. I also take pictures of faces," he says. There is an amazing variation in flowers and faces, and this makes them fascinating. Faces are a place of countless expressions. For me, photography is the way to relax, he adds.

He is also a part of the local photographers’ group.

Photography for me is a means of coming near to nature and looking at it with a deeper perspective, he says.

Although many new devices, including mobile phones and tablets, are being used for photography these days, real photography can only be done with a camera, he says. You should identify a picture with your eyes, not the LCD screen, he says. Looking at the LCD screen for framing is like taking picture of a picture, and it is no photography, he says.



‘Imitation jewellery’ catching on
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
With the price of the yellow metal skyrocketing, the market of imitation jewellery is booming. According to sources, the market has grown by nearly 50 per cent in the past two years.

"The imitation jewellery market is flourishing at a faster pace. Gold is woven into our culture and can never be out of fashion, but imitation jewellery is fast replacing it. Today, people buy gold and keep it in bank lockers. It is a kind of safe investment for them. Women also prefer wearing imitation jewellery as it involves no risk of theft and robbery. Gold is worn only when there is an occasion in the family or at relatives’ functions," said Rakesh Aggarwal, who deals in of imitation jewellery.

"People are increasingly opting for imitation jewellery as gold is going out of the common man’s reach. It is one reason and another is the growing sense of fashion among women. Today, women do not want to wear simple gold jewellery rather prefer jewellery in different colours," said the owner of a jewellery showroom situated at the Fountain Chowk.

Sunaina, a city resident, said: "Whenever there is a marriage in the family, gold is bought and people will keep buying the yellow metal but in daily routine and at parties women prefer wearing imitation jewellery. Nobody wants to get into the hassle of bringing jewellery from bank lockers. Moreover, imitation jewellery looks more stylish and trendy," she said.

Today, with the increasing gold prices, the purchasing power of people is going down. People do buy gold but the quantity has decreased. Even jewellers have started keeping imitation jewellery and American diamonds, which are easy on pocket. "If a girl getting married is buying two gold sets, she will definitely buy at least 3-4 sets of imitation jewellery, which not only add to choice but also vibrancy," said Rakesh Verma, a jeweller from the Civil Lines area.



dengue spread
Take precautions, say experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Although mercury has dipped and winter has set in, sporadic cases of dengue are still being reported. Experts suggest people should continue taking necessary precautions to save themselves from the bite of Aedes mosquito, which spreads dengue.

State Epidemiologist Gagandeep Singh said, "Transmission season is going on. The weather is still favourable for dengue although it has started subsiding. So people should continue taking all the necessary precautions."

He said mosquito responsible for dengue will die with further fall in the temperatures. So, one should not take any risk.

District Epidemiologist Puneet Juneja said: "Although weather has changed a lot, some cases of dengue are being reported and it is always better to take precautions to prevent mosquito bite. Do not allow stagnant water in or around your house, wear full sleeves, cover up the body properly, use door nets, etc."

Eight dengue cases confirmed

Eight dengue cases were confirmed at different hospitals in the city today. According to the Health Department officials, of the eight cases, five are from Ludhiana while one each are from Pathankot and Hoshiarpur. Besides, one patient belongs to Kerala.



‘Spirometry key to checking lung diseases’

Ludhiana, December 3
A simple and painless breathing test called spirometry is the key to reducing the burden of one of the world’s most common lung diseases, according to Dr Jagdeep Whig, Senior Consultant, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SPS Apollo Hospitals.

Dr Whig said the illness chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide causing more than 3 million deaths every year. In India, the count is about 13 million, with 62 per cent men and the remaining women.

Dr Gurpreet Singh, consultant, department of pulmonary medicine, SPS Apollo Hospitals, across the world this year, COPD awareness is being created with the theme "It’s not too late. Ask your doctor about a simple breathing test called Spirometry." — TNS



Ambedkar samiti to hold rally in New Delhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Legislative Assembly, and member of Dr Ambedkar Prinirvan Bhumi Sanman Karyakram Samiti, has demanded that "Prinirvaran Bhoomi" dedicated to Dr BR Ambedkar should be given the status equal to the Rajghat. This was stated by him during a meeting of the Punjab unit of the organisation.

He said a rally would be held in Delhi on December 6 to get a "respectable position" for the "Prinirvan Bhumi Dilli Smarak".

He said the "Prinirvan Bhoomi" was the symbol of strength, self-respect and faith for millions of Dalits as Dr BR Ambedkar wrote the Indian Constitution at the place.

He said an Act had been enacted for the Rajghat, but no such law existed for the "Prinirvan Bhoomi".

Indresh Gazbhiye, state president of Dr Ambedkar Prinirvan Bhumi Sanman Karyakram Samiti, said a letter was sent to the Centre in October this year, demanding that the area of the "bhoomi" should be increased by purchasing land around the place, a law should be enacted to give it the status equal to the Rajghat and the place should be beautified.



Animals a nuisance on roads
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 3
If it is toll road, it should be free of stray animals. But this is certainly not the case with NH-1. Here, the stray animals are as free to run as any vehicle, heavy or light. “The stray animals are a real nuisance on NH-1.

The cattle suddenly appear on the humming road, has become a routine matter, of which the authorities seem to be unmindful of. At night it becomes all the more dangerous as the vehicles ply at a great speed and you never know which stray animal can make your passage unsafe all of a sudden,” rues a commuter.

“The other day, as I was about to cross the fly over at Doraha, a dog suddenly appeared in front of my car. I tried to save the animal as well as my vehicle from hitting the it. That I could manage somehow. But little did I know that there was another following it a few steps behind. The second one bumped into my car with such force that it was thrown a few metres away and the number plate of my car and bumper got destroyed. The incident kept hovering in my mind even days of its occurrence,” shared one of the commuters.

“The so-called assured facilities of timely maintenance, speedy evacuation of the accidental vehicles, strict vigilance on the crossing of stray animals on the road lest it should prove fatal for the commuters, have come to a naught. The extraction of toll has not made our lives any better or the journey pleasanter,” said Harpratap Brar, who follows NH-1 as his routine route to reach the city.

“Even today, we face innumerable problems on the so-called toll road as vehicles continue to be stranded for want of repair, accidental vehicles continue to block the highway, stray animals continue to pose every risk. Then how far are the authorities justified in levying toll and that too with occasional hike? The problem of stray animals has been so grave throughout that they have till date resulted in minor accidents every now and then,” said Jaswant Singh Gill, who commutes daily from Ludhiana to Doraha.

Jandeep Kaushal, who follows this route shared, “Animals know no rules. Even if they are strolling on the sides, you never know when are they going to jump in front of your vehicle and make you risk your life in the process. It seems to be so funny when we hear that the entry and exit points for the side vehicles, along the toll road, shall be banned all together but for animals, since they have to pay no toll, entry and exit, at any point and any time is welcome. The driver driving a vehicle, even if he is going to take to the NH-1 from the side road, shall at least think twice but would an animal do the same? So what is the good sense in providing such facilities which fail to produce substantial results?”

Project Director, National Highways Authority of India when contacted said: “The problem is critical for us to handle on our own. It requires the assistance of the administration and the localities as there is no dearth of such animals and is it humanly not possible to put checks at every point on the highway so that the entry of these animals is restricted.”



Govt focusing on crop diversification: Dhindsa

Ludhiana, December 3
The 77th Annual Convention of the Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS), organised by the Department of Soil Science of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was inaugurated by Finance Minister of Punjab Parminder Singh Dhindsa here today.

Veteran scientists, who were at the helm of affairs during the formative years of the PAU, including Dr JS Kanwar, Dr DR Bhumbla, Dr SS Prihar, first Head of the Department of Soil Science at the university, PAU, were present. Nearly 400 farm scientists from across the country and abroad have come to participate in the four-day convention.

Dhindsa said the PAU was the epicentre of Punjab agriculture from where answers to agrarian issues come, through their efforts and research. To discourage paddy cultivation, the state government is focusing on crop diversification, he said.

Expressing concern over the weakening soil health, the Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, said the fertiliser consumption in India continued to be grossly imbalanced. "In nitrogen terms, fertilisers make around 59 per cent of total fertiliser consumption in India whereas in Punjab, it is 73 per cent, he said, adding that the need-based use of fertilisers in the cropping system needed to be advocated.

Dr Dhillon said in Punjab, 110 development blocks, of a total of 142, and in Haryana, 66 blocks, of a total of 110, are over-exploited. He highlighted that the PAU had evolved many technologies like leaf colour chart for need-based fertilizer nitrogen application for the efficient use of water in rice crop. "There is no parallel to the Soil Science Department of the PAU," he added.



Schools flout RTE norms
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Schools in the city are openly flouting the RTE norms by conducting interviews of little children while giving admissions to the students in kindergarten section. Interviews are going on in most of the schools whether openly or under the name of "introduction" session.

A school even had a list of children on display on notice boards with interview schedule during the admission process.

The RTE Act states that no child or parent should be subjected to any kind of screening procedure, and no parent or student was to be evaluated during the admissions. This also included interviews of applicant as well as his parents or even guardians.

"We get a long list of applications of children, so we just see the aptitude and learning ability of children," said a principal of a private school.

Vishal, a parent rued that the rules of the RTE are only on paper. "Our child was asked to recite rhymes, identify flowers, animals and fruits and our qualification was asked and questions like how much time we can devote for his studies," he said.

Another parent expressing helplessness in the case said, “Parents cannot fight with the school, as we have to admit our children to the school and future of our child is at stake," said another parent.

"It is highly unfair on the part of the schools to carry out admission through interviews. Now, if a child is not taught rhymes is and counting in the beginning, it doesn't mean that the child has lower learning abilities than any children in any respect. In this respect, it is becoming a necessity to put kids in preschools so that they can learn and "qualify" the interviews conducted by schools," lamented another parent requesting anonymity.

"Children are not coming for interview. They come just to learn and study, which is their right. Schools are flouting rules blatantly, and nothing is being done to stop them from doing so. These should be brought to book," said another parent.

Admissions to the schools should simply be carried out on the basis of lucky draw. The government should take action against such schools and made sure that the interviews are not conducted.



GADVASU scientists bring laurels

Ludhiana, December 3
Work of scientists of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was recognised in an International Conference on "Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security" recently held at PAU. During the deliberations on the theme "Advances in Veterinary and Animal Sciences for Sustainable Livestock Development", the scientists brought laurels to the university.

Dr RS Grewal, nutritionist-cum-dairy manager was awarded the best paper award for the oral presentation of the research paper entitled "The Milk Production, Milk Composition, Rumen Fermentation and Blood Metabolites in Crossbred Cows Receiving Monensin Supplementation".

The research paper was co-authored by JS Lamba, CS Ahuja, P Malhotra and N Tyagi. Research revealed that monensin feeding had moderate positive effect on the efficiency of milk production, improvement in the overall health status of the animals. Its feeding has potential to reduce the cost of milk production. Dr S Saijpaul, senior nutritionist from department of animal nutrition also won second best prize for her poster presentation on the research topic entitled "Nutrient Utilisation in Kids Supplemented with Inorganic or Indigenously Prepared Chelated Zinc and Copper".

Dr Chandrahas and SS Sikka had co-authored the research paper. Dr Sikka added that use of indigenously prepared chelated zinc and copper was eco-friendly as it reduced the nitrogen, zinc and copper excretion in the dung. Dr Charan Kamal Singh’s work, bagged second best award for his poster presentation entitled "Significance of Saliva, skin and hair follicles for antemortem diagnosis of rabies". — TNS



Mayank emerges victorious

Ludhiana, December 3
Department of Neurology, DMCH, organised 3rd Ludhiana Regional Brain Bee Neurosciences quiz-2012 here yesterday. Giving information about the quiz programme, professor and head of neurology, Dr Gagandeep Singh said contest is conducted on a regional-level in more than 25 cities and subsequently at national level in participating countries and culminated at the International level.

This time, National Brain Bee quiz will be conducted at Ludhiana in April, 2013, he informed.

Over 9 rounds on the study of human brain and neurosciences included oral tests, written tests, a neuroanatomy of human brains, audio-visual rounds and rapid-fire rounds. Students of medical stream (class XI) from various schools of Ludhiana were quizzed on facts about the brain.

Mayank Mittal from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School was the winner. Punit Kaur from Sacred Heart Convent School was the first runners-up and Heena Thakur from Green Land Senior Secondary School was the second runners-up. The winner would then compete in the national finals. The national champion would then compete in the international finals in the USA. — TNS



NGO spreads AIDS awareness
Tribune NEws Service

Ludhiana, December 3
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Voice of Youth Foundation, in collaboration with District Health department organised a seminar on World AIDS Day at DD Jain College of Education here today.

Dr UC Sooch and Dr InderJit from district health department made youths aware about the symptoms of HIV/ AIDS and advised to be cautious about the reasons. They also elaborated the various treatment option, which are being given by the Government of India for free.

President of the NGO made them aware about the myths related to HIV/AIDS and advised them not to discriminate such people, as it is not spread by touching, talking, sharing utensil, sharing food with them. — TNS




Children of Bal Bharti School take part in a race during the annual athletics meet in Ludhiana on Monday
Children of Bal Bharti School take part in a race during the annual athletics meet in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Children try to see the performance of their schoolmates from the backstage during the annual function at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana
Children try to see the performance of their schoolmates from the backstage during the annual function at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, has been awarded International School Award in a programme organised by the British Council. The school also received award 'National School Sanitation Award' organised by the CBSE in collaboration of Human Resource Ministry and Urban Development Ministry under the project 'Waves of Change'.

Annual sports day

Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, celebrated its annual sports day here on Monday with great zeal and enthusiasm. Students participated in a number of track events. Tripit Dhonsi and Falak Dhanda were declared the best athletes of the year.

Annual function

Green Grove School organised its annual function "Vibration-2012". A dining hall was inaugurated which will be used to teach dining etiquettes to the students as a part of their co-curricular activities. A dance was performed by the students on the occasion.

Prize distribution function

Annual cultural and prize distribution function was organised at Guru Nanak Model School, Doraha. Students performed choreographies, English play, modeling, giddha, qawali, bhangra and remix dance performances. Meritorious students were awarded on the occasion.


Gurpurb was celebrated at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha. Principal Manjusha Vinayak told students to adopt the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev in real life. Students of school presented articles, poems and Shabad Gayan related to Guru. — TNS



Doraha college holds Gurpurb function
Tribune NEws Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Parkash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, here on Monday. Dr Balkar Singh, Former Head, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Panjabi University, Patiala, was the resource person and chief guest of the day.

He threw light on the teachings of the guru and the importance they hold at the time when moral values and true deeds are being accorded a back seat in the rapidly changing social and cultural scenario. Turban-tying competition was also held on the occasion. "Shudh Gurbani Ucharan" competition was also held and Randeep Kaur bagged first prize. — TNS



Flower exhibition begins today

Ludhiana, December 3
A week-long "Chrysanthemum Exhibition" will be jointly organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping and Estate Organisation of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) from December 4 at research farm of the department.

Training on fermentaion technology

Two-weeks training programme on fermentation technology begins at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today inaugurated two- week National training programme on Fermentation technology for production of value added products from agricultural residues under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP).

Total 16 participants from across the country are taking part in the programme. Dr US Shivhare Director, CIPHET said that education and research infrastructure in India is getting better day-by-day and soon we would be counted among leading countries in research and development.




A meeting of the teachers was held under the chairmanship of Baldev Singh, district president, Sarv Siksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyatmik Siksha Abhiyan Teachers' Union in which he said that despite repeated requests, the state government was paying no attention towards the demands of teachers. He said though a notification was issued for increasing salaries to the teachers still no step was taken by the government till date.

Matharu's death mourned

A condolence meeting was held for the Amarjit Singh Matharu, former Congress councillor, here by the Punab Pradesh Congress Committee. KK Bawa, former president of the District Congress Committee said that precious lives were being lost in such fatal accidents. The state government must take appropriate steps to curb such accidents, he added.

Farmers need to adopt other crops

The PWD Minister, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, said the state government would make efforts for the crop diversification in Punjab. He said farmers would be encouraged to come out from the rotation crops to produce sugarcane, maize, vegetables and other crops. Dhillon was addressing a gathering at cooperative sugar mill at Buddhewal. He said that sugarcane crop had also borne fruitful results and asked the mill owners to provide timely and proper dues to the farmers.

Devotees attend a kirtan samagam at Gurdwara Nanaksar in Samrala Chowk on Monday
Devotees attend a kirtan samagam at Gurdwara Nanaksar in Samrala Chowk on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Gurmat samagam concludes

Four days annual Gurmat Samagam at Gurudwara Nanaksar, Samrala Chowk, culminated here on Monday. Ardas was held on this occasion and a large number of devotees took part in he celebrations. Kirtan Darbar was held and raagi jathas performed kirtan in melodious voice. The jathedars gathered together and encouraged the gathering to do maximum for the deserving and poor.


Government Senior Secondary School, Hasanpur, observed the day as AIDS Day to spread awareness regarding the deadly disease. A declamation contest and painting competitions were held on this occasion. The students depicted their ideas and made the masses aware about AIDS.


A protest was organised by the PAU Employees Union. The protest continued even today at PAU due to non-payment of 70 per cent arrears of revised pay scales. While addressing the gathering, Paramjit Singh Gill, president told that Current Agitation of PAU Employees will be continued till the release of 70 per cent arrears. He further added that the Punjab Government revised the pay scales of the employees w.e.f. January, 2006.

Kirtan samagam

Kirtan Samagam, which was organised at Gurdwara Nanaksar, Samrala Chowk, concluded here on Monday. The four-day programme saw devotional fervour amongst the devotees. Ragis present performed Gurbani kirtan. Langar was organized. A ren-sabai keertan was organised. Giani Tarlochan Singh and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti were present on the occasion. — TNS



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