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Hardy’s World raided
 Excise officials seize documents, liquor cartons; expect huge tax evasion
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The Excise and Taxation Department today conducted a raid on Hardy's World and seized important documents and liquor cartons. Hardy's World houses an amusement park, a water park, a marriage resort and a restaurant.

The raiding team of the Excise and Taxation Department with the seized liquor boxes at Hardy's World
The raiding team of the Excise and Taxation Department with the seized liquor boxes at Hardy's World (below) in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

The raid was conducted on the directions of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Harbir Singh, following the registration of a case under the Excise Act.

Excise and Taxation Officer Parminder Singh said the entire campus was raided for evasion of entertainment tax, luxury tax and value-added tax (VAT).

"We have seized important documents and papers. Apart from this, 14 boxes of whisky and 10 boxes of beer were also seized by the department. The actual findings of the raid will come to the fore only after the verification of the documents. It seems to be case of huge tax evasion," said Parminder Singh.

He added, "There is also a gift store on the premises and it is shocking that the shop owner does not have a VAT number while he is selling items on which VAT is levied."

"It will take us a week or 10 days to verify the documents as papers in large numbers have been seized and once the papers are studied we will be able to know about the actual findings of the raid," stated the ETO.


Train schedule remains off track
Kuldip Bhatia

Vehicles move at a snail's pace due to dense fog in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Vehicles move at a snail's pace due to dense fog in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 25
Most of the long route trains continue to run behind schedule with a couple of trains being cancelled by the Railways due to fog. The element of uncertainty in the train timetable is keeping passengers on tenterhooks as many of them would miss important commitments and some would miss connecting trains or air links for their onward journey.

Railway officials said the New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-e-Punjab pair of trains was cancelled for today after the down train from Amritsar to Delhi was delayed yesterday by more than eight hours.

The Pooja Express was running late by 9.45 hours, the Amrapali Express by 12.15 hours, the Howrah-Amritsar Express by 5.40 hours, the Sachkhand Express by 6.55 hours, the Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express by 4.38 hours, the Jammu-Bandra Terminus Swaraj Express by 4.05 hours, the New Delhi-Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi by two hours, the Delhi-Pathankot Express by 1.20 hours, the Shaheed Express by 5.30 hours and the Saharsa-Amritsar Garib Rath by three hours. 



No let up in fog
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Thick fog and chill threw life out of gear in the city for the third consecutive day. The inclement weather forced the residents to stay indoors, giving Christmas celebrations a miss. The visibility, which was zero in the morning, improved by 12.30 pm.

As per the Met department of Punjab Agricultural University, there will be no respite from fog in the next three to four days.

The existing weather conditions will prevail till December 28.

The maximum temperature recorded today was 11.5 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 7.8 degrees Celsius.

As compared to yesterday, the minimum temperature increased by 2.2 degrees Celsius. KK Gill, agro meteorologist at Punjab Agricultural University, said, "The foggy conditions will continue to prevail in the region. If it does not rain after December 28, the sky will remain cloudy."Putting commuters and passengers to inconvenience, fog hit the road traffic adversely as the vehicles were seen moving at a snail's pace. Driving on highways involved a lot of risk.Meanwhile, buses were running late and office goers had to face a great difficulty in reaching their respective work places on time. 



The 'Hub' of anti-social elements
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The Hub, a night club, where AIG (Counter Intelligence) SS Mand and his NRI friend Paramjit Singh were attacked by Maninder Singh, alias Sunny Johar, one of the owners of the club, and his aide last night.

Opened this year, the night club in Ghumar Mandi has become a den of anti-social activities.

Making mockery of law, organisers throw late night parties in the club, causing a lot of inconvenience for area residents.

The nursing home located near the restaurant is the worst hit.

Recently, the night club owner and shopkeepers of Ghumar Mandi were at loggerheads after the security guards did not allow the commuters to park vehicles and installed barricade on the vacant place located opposite the night club.

The police did not act against the violators as Maninder Singh Johar, alias Sunny Goodwill, reportedly enjoys proximity with Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

He is the national vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal.

However, the party claimed that Sunny was expelled from the party in May this year.

Recently, a raid was conducted on the club following the orders of the Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

There were complaints that tobacco was being served to children in the form of hookah.

The Commissioner admitted that the raid was conducted on the club. The night club has been sealed.

"The action should have been taken long ago. The place had turned into a heaven for anti-social elements. If the police had acted earlier, the incident could have been averted," said, Paramjit Singh, a shopkeeper at Ghumar Mandi. 



Improvement trust, MC fail to remove encroachments
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 25
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust and the Municipal Corporation has shown no interest in clearing encroachments from government land. The violators are blatantly defying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on encroachments.

As per a complaint lodged with the LIT and the MC by Sumit Mangla, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, one of the former trustees of the LIT had encroached upon a portion of the government land in the Kitchlu Nagar residential scheme developed by LIT, which was later handed over to the MC for maintenance.

The piece of land was sold to one Parveen Kumar, who has set up a sweets shop on the said land, which as per records, was under the ownership of the LIT. While the physical location of the said shop was in khasra numbers 4/23/3/1, the title deed of the shop was made out for land lying in khasra numbers 12//2/2/11/1.

The copies of jamabandis (land record) obtained by the complainant under the Right to Information Act show that land in both the khasra numbers remains the property of the LIT and as per layout plan of the colony, the land was an un-built area forming a part of a park and a public street.

As neither the LIT, who owns the land, nor the MC to which the colony has been handed over for maintenance, cared to remove the encroachment, the complainant moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Disposing of a bunch of petitions on encroachments, including the one filed by Sumit Mangla, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued directions to the MC in its orders dated January 17, 2012, that encroachments from all those public properties should be removed and the lands would be retrieved forthwith, but not later than six months from the pronouncement of the orders.

The complainant, in separate petitions submitted to the LIT and the MC, has called for the compliance of the HC directions and removal of encroachments from government land. He said he would be constrained to file contempt petition before the HC if the authorities failed to take actions against unlawful occupants on government land 



rti act
Show-cause notice to MC’s zonal commissioner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Kamlesh Bansal, public information officer-cum-zonal commissioner, Zone A of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for delaying information under the RTI Act.

The case dates back to August 23, 2011, when a city resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had filed an application under the RTI Act demanding information of buildings which had been exempted from paying house tax or had applied for exemption to the MC.

The Zone A of the MC failed to provide complete information on time and Khaira approached the State Information Commission. On April 16, the first appellate authority disposed of the case while directing the APIO-A (House-Tax) to provide the remaining information to the appellant with immediate effect. "Even after four months when the APIO-A, House Tax, did not provide the information, I moved the State Information Commission, Punjab and in the first hearing, the representative of the PIO supplied the documents in relation to 24 properties belonging to the CMCH which are also exempted from paying house tax. He assured that the remaining information on 68 properties would be provided before the next date of hearing. I was shocked to see the letter no. 427 dated December 10 vide which the APIO-A, House-Tax had supplied information regarding five more properties and had given the statement that there was no record available with the MC of the 63 properties which belong to the CMCH," said Kuldeep Khaira. In the next hearing on December 20, the matter was brought to the notice of the State Information Commission. After hearing the case, the commission issued a show-cause notice to PIO Kamlesh Bansal, Zonal Commissioner, Zone A, as to why penalty under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act should be not imposed on him for wilful delay of the information. 



Christmas Revelry in city 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Beautifully decorated churches across the city were over crowded as the devotees thronged to offer prayer to Jesus Christ on Christmas. Not only Christian families but non-Christian families showed enthusiasm in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Fog did not deter the spirits of the devotees who were seen rushing to the churches early in the morning. People offered prayers while mass prayers and other rituals had begun on the Christmas Eve itself. Carol singing remained the hallmark of the day. The Bishops lend services and delivered sermons in various cathedrals and churches of different Christian denominations in the city.

Celebrations in the city today focused around the plum cakes, puddings, rum balls, wines, music, gifts and family lunches.

While children from Mother Teresa Home offered prayers at midnight and relished the specially prepared meal in the afternoon today. Nativity scene was specially created at the entrance of the home that captivated everyones attention.

The markets were also crowded throughout the day. The bakeries in the city left no chance to allure the customers with mouth watering delicacies.

As the day progressed city people were seen rushing to the cake and pastry shops to buy these "delicacies". Plum cakes with sugary coating were the order of the day. Apart from this, variety of breads and Christmas goodies like brownies, rum balls, bolinhas, date and walnut cake, coffee cake, Yule logwere the other main attractions. Cashing in on the occasion, Malls in the city were also tastefully decorated and had arranged special programs in view of Christmas. 



Woman gives birth in ambulance 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 25
A migrant pregnant woman gave birth to a girl child in an ambulance near Halwara town, about 17-18 km away from Jagraon, when she was being taken to the hospital for delivery today.

After the successful delivery in the ambulance, the woman and her newly born child were brought to Civil Hospital Raikot for their medical examination.

The doctors who examined the woman and her newly born child after the delivery in the ambulance stated that the situation of the mother as well as her child is good and both of them are healthy.

As per the information, Khushboo who originally hails from Bihar and currently living at Jalwana village near Gurusar Sudhar along with her husband, was pregnant and was due to give birth to a child during the last week of December.

According to Khushboo's husband, Karan Kumar, when his wife started feeling the labour pains he called 108 ambulance to take his wife to Raikot Civil Hospital for delivery. “After some time, the 108 ambulance arrived at our house and we boarded the ambulance and began our journey towards Raikot. When we reached near Halwara, my wife complained of acute pains following which the ambulance was stopped on the roadside," said Karan Kumar.

"When the medical staff deployed with the ambulance examined my wife, it was found that she was about to deliver the baby. As it would have taken 30 minutes more to reach the hospital, the medical team of the ambulance lead by EMT Nitin Kumar decided to go ahead with the delivery at that place. After few minutes Khushboo gave birth to the child and both of them were fine," said Karan Kumar. 



Uniforms distributed among students of GSSS, Akhara
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 25
To motivate the economically weak students towards education and instill in them self-esteem, a uniform distribution program was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Akhara, near Jagraon today.

Dr Baldev Singh, deputy director, state education department, distributes uniforms among schoolchildren at Government Senior Secondary School, Akhara.
Dr Baldev Singh, deputy director, state education department, distributes uniforms among schoolchildren at Government Senior Secondary School, Akhara. A tribune photograph

Free of cost uniforms were distributed among 65 students during the occasion.

Dr Baldev Singh, deputy director of the state education department, was the chief guest on the occasion, which was sponsored by America based NRI businessman Resham Singh. During this uniform distribution program, uniforms worth Rs 50,000 were distributed among 65 boys’ and the girls’ of Government Senior Secondary School, Akhara.

Besides this, warm clothes were also given to these students to protect them from winter.

While speaking on the occasion, chief guest Dr Baldev Singh underlined the facilities being provided in the government schools for quality education under the Sarav Sikhsha Abhiyan.

Appreciating the contribution made by the Non-Resident Indians and NGOs in developing and promoting the education in Punjab, he urged the other social organisations to come forward to help the needy students so that they can excel in their life.

A colourful cultural function was also organised during which the students presented Bhangra, group songs, skits and satires highlighting the evil of female foeticide, drug addiction and other social problems.



Year-ender Railways
A year of unfulfilled promises, incomplete projects
Kuldip Bhatia

The incomplete new foot overbridge at the Ludhiana railway station; and (right) the work on the Lakkar Bridge flyover is yet to be completed.
The incomplete new foot overbridge at the Ludhiana railway station; and (right) the work on the Lakkar Bridge flyover is yet to be completed. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 25
The Railways has nothing much to write home about as far as their performance during the year is concerned.

Most of their promises to improve passenger amenities at the railway station and the highest revenue generating station in the Ferozepur division of the Railways remained unfulfilled while a major infrastructure development projects at the railway station and in the city also failed to materialise.

Train link to Chandigarh

The Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto launched with much fanfare was converted into an inter-city express due to poor response from the public. The train has now been given stoppages at Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

Ludhiana-Shatabdi train extended to Moga

The New Delhi-Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi Express which was started last year and operated four days in a week was extended to Moga from December 8, 2012. The train now goes up to Moga twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays while it runs between Ludhiana and New Delhi on Tuesday and Friday.

Third track between Ludhiana-Sahnewal

An additional track has been laid and it was made functional from November 2012. It was needed to make the Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link operational. It is being used for movement of goods trains.

Unfulfilled promises

The plans to provide better passenger amenities at the Ludhiana railway station failed to materialise. Sanitation remains poor, congestion remains the hallmark at current ticket windows and reservation counters due to staff shortage. Similarly, nothing worthwhile has been done towards making the Ludhiana railway station world class. Despite much hue and cry raised by trade and industry, movement of parcels, especially during peak hosiery season, also remained tardy.

Incomplete projects

New wider foot bridge from platform number one to Guru Nanak Stadium on Civil Lines side is still stuck in the procedural wrangles with reports that the railway safety wing has rejected part of the framework put up for the new bridge. The flyover being constructed in place of Lakkar Pul has also missed yet another deadline and it may not even meet the new deadline of March 2013.



Year ender
A happening year for transport dept
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

About 1.20 lakh vehicles were added to the city this year.
About 1.20 lakh vehicles were added to the city this year. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, December 25
2012 remained a happening year for the district transport department. The office work got segregated in four areas for the convenience of the general public. The department generated a whopping amount to the state exchequer by auctioning vanity numbers.

Besides, the online registration was another feather to the cap of department.

DTO MS Chatwal said this year Ludhiana district generated maximum revenue in one particular auction.

Auction held for seven times

The auction of fancy numbers was held seven times in 2012 by the DTO.

A whopping amount of Rs 2.50 crore was added to the kitty of the state exchequer by the department.

Maximum revenue generated in one auction

The department, in its auction of vanity numbers, held in November, generated an amount of about Rs 55 lakh, which surpassed the amounts of all previous auctions. The number, 0001, was given to a firm for Rs 10 lakh.

Work divided in four areas

To provide respite to the general public, the work was segregated in four areas-for learning licence, Children Park, Model Town, for permanent licences- Suvidha Centre, for renewal and duplicate licences- near Public Grievance Office, Mini-Secretariat and for registration of vehicles-DTO main office.

Online registration

The online registration started this year. About 80 per cent of the record has already been uploaded to the official website while the remaining will be added shortly. One can get information regarding the registration of vehicles by logging on to www.vahan.nic.in

1.20 lakh vehicles added

About 1.20 lakh new vehicles (two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers) were added to the mega city this year.

Department condemned

The department was also condemned by the Mini Bus Operators' Association several times for demanding their vehicles to be sent for various events/rallies/functions organised by the ruling party.



Auction of SCOs
MC hopeful of generating more revenue
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
With the auction of nine shop-cum-offices (SCOs), the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is hoping for generation of more revenue.

The auction will be held tomorrow.

Last month, the civic body had successfully auctioned 21 such SCOs at the same site and had generated a revenue of more than Rs 35 crore.

The nine SCOs will be a part of the first lot of 30 located opposite Keys Hotel in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar at Pakhowal Road.

While 21 of them were auctioned on November 26, the remaining nine will go under the hammer tomorrow.

The reserve price for the nine SCOs of 100 sq yard is Rs 1.5 lakh per sq yard, which means each SCO will be sold for at least Rs 1.5 crore.

During the auction of 21 SCOs on November 26, the highest bid went as high as

Rs 1.62 lakh, which was for a corner plot. The lowest bid was Rs 1.53 lakh.

The MC had also successfully auctioned a chunk of 9,820 square yards in Altos Nagar behind Dairy Complex on Hambran Road yesterday. The piece of land, meant for development of a residential complex, was sold at Rs 10,700 per square yard as against its reserve price of Rs 10,000 per square yard. The highest successful bid was offered by Pardeep Kumar in the presence of two other bidders.

A senior MC official said during the auction on November 26, they could have sold all 30 SCOs, but due to sunset and no provision of lighting, nine SCOs were left.

“People are regularly making inquiries regarding the auction of the remaining nine SCOs and which is why we are hopeful of auctioning these successfully tomorrow,” said an MC official. 



Delhi's shame
Women must realise their responsibility
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The public outrage is being witnessed throughout the country against the heinous act. The situation has taken such a turn where no one is ready to make any compromise on the issue pertaining to the safety of women.

And a majority of the protesters include women, who remain the sufferers.

A highly-placed official in the police department said for crime against women, men were responsible in society. But it is shocking that in same society, offences against women are being made by none other than women. And such offences also need to be curbed.

"Crime against women is there in society and the police and society need to put in efforts. Besides, the culprits, committing such heinous acts, must be punished severely. On the other hand, offences against women by the women are also being increased in society. The records with the department show that in a majority of dowry deaths and cases registered (under the section), the mother-in-laws and sister-in-laws are responsible. If we are talking about the security of women, offence against women, too, has to be controlled," said the police official. 

Candlelit march
A candlelit march was taken out by workers of the Aas Foundation, Salem Tabri. The workers protested against the police "atrocities". Gosha said unless the Delhi government provided justice to the victim, the struggle will continue. The protesters said the government should do something for strengthening the monetary status of women.



Farmers from ASEAN countries visit PAU 

Ludhiana December 25
A 27-member delegation from ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. The delegation comprised of one agricultural officer and two farmers, each from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, LaoPDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Their visit has been sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi under ASEAN-India exchange programme. 

The members of the delegation visited the Museum of Rural History of Punjab, College of Home Science and Crop Museum in the department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. They also visited the research farm of the University to see various crops and had interactions with the University scientists. 

Dr HS Sehgal, Additional Director of Communication, Centre for Communication and International Linkages, gave a brief account of the infrastructure, human resource, academic programmes, research accomplishments and the on-going research and transfer of technology programmes of the university. —TNS



from colleges
Blood donation camp

NSS volunteers of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Khanna, offered remarkable community services during the fourth day of camp. NSS unit of college organised a blood donation camp. In this camp 40 volunteers donated blood. A medical check-up camp was also organised in which a team of doctors took a regular medical check-up of the volunteers.

Annual training camp

To inculcate the basic qualities of discipline, punctuality, unity, leadership and self confidence, a 10-day annual training camp is being organised by 3PB Girls BN NCC at Government College for Girls under Col Ashwani Kumar. The fourth day of the camp was full of enthusiasm and information. Though it was a very foggy morning, the cadets enjoyed horse riding with great interest and enthusiasm. It was a lifetime experience for them because these cadets were doing horse riding for the first time. Commanding Officer Col Ashwani Kumar was present during the session. All the cadets enjoyed horse riding and they all felt that this was a very good experience which builds a spirit of adventure in them. 



from schools
Fun, frolic and festivity mark celebrations

Vajra Army School

Vajra Army School celebrated Christmas with a festive spirit wherein the school premises were aptly decorated and the students dressed for the occasion. The tiny tots of kindergarten presented a colourful dance on “I will make you fishers of men”. The primary students presented the nativity play to convey the message of love, tolerance and brotherhood. `Jingle bells', ‘Rudolph - the red nose reindeer', filled the air with festivity. Finally, the much awaited Santa Claus made a grand entry to distribute gifts and chocolates to the students and staff.

Little Star Play School

Christmas was celebrated with fervour at Little Star Play School, here today. Students were dressed as Santa and little angels. Children were looking very beautiful. Teachers were dressed as Santa and they distributed toffees and cake to children. Kids were very happy on this day.

Saint Bir Santosh Public School

On the eve of Christmas the students of Saint Bir Santosh Public School, Ansal Bhamia Khurd, Chandigarh, conducted a special morning assembly. The whole school reverberated with the sounds of carols and hymns. A tableau depicting the birth and life of Lord Jesus was also presented. The tiny tots came dressed as angels and Santa Clause. Classes were beautifully decorated on the theme of Christmas.

Tiny tots of Green Valley School dress up as little Santa to celebrate Christmas at Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Green Land Convent School

Christmas Day was celebrated with great fervour and show at Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh road. There was festivity in the air. Students dressed as Santa Claus, angels and fairies looked happy. They danced and sang Christmas carols.

Orient Convent High School

Orient Convent High School celebrated Christmas today. The students staged a play on life of Jesus. Director Vikram Sharma on the occasion prayed for the speedy recovery of Delhi rape victim. Principal Sharda Sharma inspired students by saying that you are the nation's future and you should step forward to remove evils from the society.

Guru Nanak International Public School

The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, celebrated Christmas with great fervour. Festivity was in the air as the whole wing was decorated with bells, stars, balloons and buntings. A beautiful Christmas tree was decorated by the students and the teachers. The story of Christmas was narrated to the students. Children also recited poems and sang carols. Some children came dressed as Santa Claus and fairies looked charming.

St GDS Convent School

Christmas was celebrated with full zeal and zest at the premises of St GDS Convent School. During the morning assembly, students praised the almighty by singing carols. Speeches were delivered to make the students aware about the festival of Christmas. Students of junior classes were dressed up as Santa Clause. Director of the school Manmohan Singh and Principal Manisha Talwar wished the students on the occasion.

Kids Quest Pre-School

Kids Quest Pre-School was brimming with gaiety and mirth as the students celebrated Christmas. The campus echoed with the sounds of Christmas carols. The school was decorated with stars, balloons and bells. Children were dressed up in red attire.

Cherry lane Play School

Cherrylane Play School ushered in the Christmas spirit with gala celebrations at school campus today. The festivities began with a reading from the Bible and recitation of different hymns. A grand x-mas tree, snow covered flowers and leaves and the snowman added colour and gaiety to the programme. All the students took part in carol singing. The heads of all the little children were adorned with beautiful hand-made hats which the teachers had crafted for them.

GGN Public School

GGN Public School, Rose Garden, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, held an Art, Craft and Literary Exhibition. Students exhibited their artistic flair through models, handicrafts, paintings in realistic and modern genre. Senior students presented a dramatisation of Bishop's candle sticks and the students of middle section enacted the evergreen fairy tale of snow white and the seven dwarfs. The Christmas decoration and the young Santa Claus added cheer and enthusiasm to the Christmas celebration.

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Phase 1, Dugri, celebrated Christmas with great fervour. The students had an exciting day as they welcomed Santa Claus at the school. The school wore a festive look as students decorated trees with balloons, buntings and bells. The senior students sang Christmas carols. On the other hand primary section students danced on "We wish you a merry Christmas" and "Jingle bells".

Don Bosco Global School

On the eve of Christmas the students of Don Bosco Global School conducted a special morning assembly. The whole school reverberated with the sounds of carols and hymns. A tableau depicting the birth and life of Lord Jesus was also presented. The tiny-tots came dressed as angels and Santa Claus. Classes were beautifully decorated on the theme of Christmas.

Students visit old-age home

As many as 45 students of Prarth Club and Personality Development Club visited Vivekananda Old-Age Home, Model Tow. The sole purpose of the visit was to inculcate the feelings of compassion, charity, love, care and humility. The members interacted with the inmates of the home. The members distributed blankets, pullovers, shawls, caps and socks among the old people

Annual Exhibition

Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy organised an annual exhibition with a view to exhibit the immense talent of their students. About 800 students from kindergarten, primary and senior secondary wing showed their skills by preparing models on the various subjects. The models showed their creative abilities with their in-depth knowledge and thinking of the subject matter to create awareness regarding the environment degradation .Science section as well as social science section displayed working modals highlighting the need to preserve environment —TNS



Athletics meet: Pancham races to glory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 25
The 68th annual athletics meet, a three-day event, started with a grand opening ceremony at the KVM today. BK Singh, IRS, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

A march past was held.

Navita Puri, principal, welcomed the chief guest.

She said that we are all aware sports are an integral part of school curriculum. The chief guest hoisted the school flag and took the salute.


100m Class V boys

I Pancham Jai Singh (V-E Tagore House)

II Jasleen Singh (V-B Subhash House)

III Harsh Sood ( V-F Raman House )

100m Class V girls

I Smiti Singh (V-C Tagore House)

II Harshita Sood (V-D Raman House)

III Niharika Bhandari (V-D Gandhi House)

50 Mts. Sack Race Class III (Boys)

I Harshit Jain (III-E Gandhi House)

II Manas Mishra (III-E Nehru House)

III Armaan Roop Rai (III-A Tagore House)

50 m lemon spoon Class III girls

I Harnoor (III-C Gandhi House)

II Vanishta Puri (III-D Raman House)

III Shristi Sood (III-E Raman House)

sack race Class IV boys

I Aryan Vatta (IV-F Subhash House)

II Raghav Sharma (IV-E Gandhi House)

III Dhruv Bansal (IV-F Subhash House).



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