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2 hurt in firing over piece of land
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
Two women were injured, one of them seriously, in a firing incident over a piece of land at Bulara village near the Gill road here today. The victims have been identified as Amar Kaur (65) and Harjinder Kaur (55). While a bullet brushed past Amar Kaur's neck, a bullet splinter hit Harjinder Kaur's abdomen. Harjinder was taken to a hospital where her condition is stated to be serious.

The Sadar police has booked Jasdeep Singh and his brother Mandeep Singh under Section 307 of the IPC in this connection.

The incident took place at around 8.30 am when Jasdeep and Mandeep were visiting a 100 sq yd plot to oversee construction work.

Jeet Singh, Baldev Singh and their family members, including women, objected to the duo's visit to the plot. They allegedly pelted the duo with stones.

In reply, Jasdeep and Mandeep allegedly opened fire on them. Around 10 rounds were fired. Jasdeep and Mandeep reportedly entered the victims' house and fired three rounds there. While men managed to escape, two women got injured in the firing incident.

After injuring the women, the duo fled the scene.

Tension gripped the village following the incident. The police deployed heavy security there following the incident.

According to SHO Amandeep Bara, Mandeep has been arrested while a hunt is on to arrest Jasdeep. The SHO said 22 persons were staking claim to the vacant plot in the village.

The piece of land was recently sold by Kartar Singh, a panchayat member, to Jasdeep for Rs 2.5 lakh.

After buying the plot, Jasdeep Singh started construction work on the plot.

Those staking claim to the property objected to it. One of the women reportedly took Rs 50,000 from the duo for settling the dispute.

Soon, 22 persons staking claim to the disputed land also demanded money.

Jasdeep and Mandeep had clashed with Jeet Singh and Baldev Singh on a previous occasion as well and the matter had reached the police.

It has come to light that the registry of only 37 sq yards of the land was executed, while the rest remains disputed. The SHO said the shots were fired from the licensed weapon of the accused.

Tension grips village

Tension gripped Bulara village following the incident. Heavy security was deployed there following the incident. According to SHO Amandeep Bara, Mandeep has been arrested while a hunt is on to arrest Jasdeep. The SHO said 22 persons were staking claim to the disputed vacant plot


Civic body puts LSE on notice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has issued a notice to the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) for violation of building bylaws in the basement. In its notice, the building branch of the MC has stated that an AC plant, a transformer and other such electrical equipments have been installed in the basement of the LSE, which is illegal.
The Ludhiana Stock Exchange.
The Ludhiana Stock Exchange. A file photo 

The MC has given a week’s time to the LSE authorities for removing the violations and to use the basement for parking purposes only.

In a complaint to the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, Rohit Sabharwal had alleged that the LSE was using its parking space (basement) for other purposes.

“The basement of the LSE, which is situated at the Feroze Gandhi market here, is meant for parking so that people working and visiting the stock exchange can park their vehicles there. However, electrical equipments have been installed in the basement. Almost 70 per cent of the basement area is covered with equipments such as an AC plant and a transformer,” alleged Sabharwal.

As a result, people are forced to park their vehicles on the roadside, which leads to traffic congestion in the area. After receiving the complaint, a team of the building branch of the MC visited the basement and found violations there.

Assistant Town Planner Rajinder Sharma issued a notice to the LSE authorities on January 25 and directed them to clear the violations within seven days. He said the basement should be used only for parking purposes.

What the LSE chief has to say

VP Gaur, chairman of the LSE, claimed that after the MC notice was received, he got the building plan checked on Thursday. “The building plan was approved by the MC in 1988 and the place for the AC plant and other such electrical equipment was mentioned in it. I wonder why the MC has sent us a notice now though the building plan was approved 25 years ago. We are consulting our lawyer and will file our reply to the MC. However, if the MC feels that there are some violations, we will remove these,” said Gaur, maintaining that all vehicles were parked in the basement only.



School Principal booked on charge of raping teacher
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
A 70-year-old school Principal has been booked on a charge of raping a 35-year-old teacher. The Shimlapuri police today booked Gurbachan Singh (70) following a complaint lodged by the victim. The woman, who is a divorcee and has two children, started working in a school in 2007. Gurbachan Singh's wife had died long ago. Soon, proximity between the two increased.

She said Gurbachan Singh, who was also the owner of the school, established physical relations with her by promising that he would marry her.

The woman said whenever she used to ask Gurbachan for marriage, he would avoid speaking on the issue.

Soon the whole school knew about their relations. When she persisted on marriage, Gurbachan allegedly threatened to kill her.

Finally, she approached the police and narrated the entire story. The police said it had registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC against Gurbachan Singh after recording the statement of the woman. The accused is at large.



Missing man found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The body of a 30-year-old man, who was missing since January 26, was found from the Sirhind canal in Sudhar here today.
The police has recovered the body and sent it to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem examination.

The police is working on various theories. It suspects that the man may have committed suicide or he may have been killed and thrown into the canal in a bid to eliminate evidence.

The victim has been identified as Sumit. He was working as a medicine trader at Pindi Street near Chaura Bazar and had gone missing on January 26 under mysterious circumstances.

A resident of Haibowal, he got married nearly two months ago.

It is learnt that Sumit had faced losses in the business due to which he was depressed.



Man gets jail in cheque bounce case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 31
Judicial Magistrate Ekta Sahota has convicted Kuldeep Singh of M/s Gaurav Overseas, Industrial Area-A, Ludhiana, in a cheque bounce case of Rs 3 lakh. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1,000.

The orders came on a complaint filed by Manoj Tyagi of M/s Max Engineers, Focal Point, Ludhiana.

In the complaint, Manoj Tyagi had stated that the accused was having a business dealing with their firm. He was supplied material in October 2008 against a bill.

Thereafter, in order to make the payment, the accused issued a cheque for Rs 3 lakh. However, when the cheque was presented in a bank, it was dishonoured for want of sufficient funds. Despite a notice, the accused failed to pay back the money. 



Thieves strike at house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
Thieves stuck at a house in Thrike village and decamped with cash, gold ornaments and home appliances worth over Rs 2 lakh.

The incident came to light when Surinder Singh returned home from Jammu. He said the thieves entered his house by breaking a window.

The thieves decamped with LPG cylinders, five tola gold ornaments and Rs 5,000. The police has registered a case in this connection.



Music should be made compulsory in schools, says violin exponent
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
Her violin indeed seemed to be singing, as her way of playing the violin has come to be known as "singing violin".
Kala Ramnath, renowned violinist, emulated all nuances of vocal singing through her violin, as she performed during a programme organised by the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) at DAV Public School here today.

She says that classical music could be an antidote to the menace of drugs and crime. In Venezuela, a programme has been helping rescue youth and children in slums from crime and drugs, and now has produced 125 orchestras known as El Sistema. One of the best conductors of orchestras in the world today, Gustavo Dudamel, came from the slums of the place, she says.

Associated with the SPICMACAY for a long time now, she tries to spread awareness about classical music to today's generation, she says. She plans to create an organisation that would work towards making classical music reach slums and hone music talent from there, she says.

She says that the classical music is still listened to and learnt in South India, and music is taught in every home. Even now, before a matrimonial alliance, it is asked if the prospective grooms and brides can play classical music. People listen to classical music in Bengal as well.

Noted amongst the most respected instrumentalists across the world, she started learning music by the age of two and a half years and started performing professionally by the age of 12. She has done several projects and performed internationally.

‘Music helps in academics’

She told students that music made her brilliant at academics. "Music clears your mind. Because of music, I have been good at academics throughout," she said. She stood third in All-India CBSE exams. She topped the university at graduation level and post graduation level. She even gave up selection at the IIM, Bangalore, for music. "Had I done MBA, I would have been at a top managerial position today. But I am happier with what I am doing now," she says.

She believes that music should not just be an option in schools but it should be compulsory. "In Hungary, children are taught music right from the age of two till the age of seven. After that it is up to children whether they want to pursue music. If not musicians, early music teaching makes them good listeners of music at least," she said.



Varsity inks pact with NDRI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 31
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, and National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a period of 5-years in areas of collaborative research, sharing of faculty for teaching, exchange of academic information, curriculum development and training of students, informed Registrar, Dr PD Juyal.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, stated that the objectives of the MoU is to encourage and facilitate cooperation between veterinary university and the NDRI in the fields of common interest in dairy science and technology, biotechnology and animal production sciences related education research and trainings.



Fake policeman arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The Jamalpur police has nabbed a man, who used to extort money from residents by posing as a policeman.

The accused has been identified as Nirbhay Singh. Nirbhay was nabbed by the police following a complaint. The complainant, Gyan Singh, said the accused had taken Rs 2,000 cash from him by posing as policeman. He told the police that Nirbhay had befooled many residents in a similar fashion.

The police laid a trap and sent a decoy from whom Nirbhay asked for money. Nirbhay threatened that he was a policeman and could put him behind the bars. In no time, the police arrested him.

Woman commits suicide

A 32-year-old woman Ritu, a resident of Railway Colony located behind the Inter-State Bus Terminus, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house here today.

Vishamber Das, deceased’s father, who is a railway employee, said that his daughter who was a bank employee was suffering from depression for the past sometime.



Direct cash transfer begins from April 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The direct cash transfer scheme for various welfare schemes will be started in Ludhiana from April 1. Under the scheme, the money to be given to beneficiaries will be directly deposited in their bank accounts.

Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, briefed the officials concerned in this regard. Tiwari instructed them to finish projects on time and speed up construction of houses at Akalgarh village.Addressing a meeting of the district road safety committee, Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, District Transport Officer, said a road safety week was organised from January 1 to 7, during which people were made aware of the traffic and safety rules.



Dates of Kisan melas announced
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 31
The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has announced the dates for the series of seven Kisan Melas, slated to be held in March 2013 in different parts of Punjab.

According to the decision, taken during the meeting, held under the chairmanship of PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, the series will begin with Regional Kisan Mela at Ballowal Saunkhri (District Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar) on March 1, followed by the mela at Khalsa College, Amritsar; on March 5 and at Gurdaspur on March 7.

The fourth Regional Kisan Mela will be held at Rauni (Patiala) on March 11 whereas, the two-day mela at PAU campus will be organised on March 15 and 16.

The Regional Kisan Melas at Faridkot and Bathinda will be held on March 19 and 21, respectively.

Divulging contours, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said the melas will acquaint and equip the participating farmers and farm women with the farm innovations, technical know-how of scientific farming and need-based agri-technologies for forthcoming Kharif season.

Initiative to promote human values among the youth

Aiming at generating awareness and sensitizing, the youth towards the issue of declining social and moral values, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has initiated the process of promoting values and culture that fits to the needs of the modern times. Eminent speakers from different disciplines are being invited to become a part of weekly interactive sessions. Three guest-lectures have already been delivered by Hardeep Brar, founder of Maheeda organisation and by Brahmkumari sister Sushma on various aspects of human values, morals and ethics.

"There is growing universal concern over the erosion of values in the present times because of unprecedented social changes, dislocating traditional values and conflict between traditional and new values," she observed. The course lays emphasis on generating conviction and commitment to moral values for improving quality of life, highlighted Dr Grewal. The course has been greatly appreciated by the students and those who have delivered guest lectures.



Ashu camp meets Commissioner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
As the protest of a section of Congress councillors against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation entered its fourth day today, another section of Congress councillors held a meeting with the MC Commissioner.

A group of Congress councillors, led by Leader of the Opposition Hem Raj Aggarwal, Senior Deputy leader Rakesh Prashar and deputy leader Sushma Mehta, have been on protest against Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma at the Zone A office for the past four days. The protest is held from 10 am to 12 noon everyday. Seven councillors from the Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu camp have stayed away from the protest.

In the 75-member MC House, the Congress has 19 councillors. Of them seven are from the Ashu camp.

After the Congress councillors completed their two-hour protest today, the councillors from the Ashu camp reached the Zone A office and held a meeting with the MC Commissioner. The councilors, Sanjay Talwar, Deepika Bhalla, Narinder Sharma, Mamta Ashu, Gurpreet Singh Bassi, Maharaj Singh Raji and Jai Parkash Sharma, were led by Balkar Singh Sandhu.

Balkar Singh Sandhu said they had sought time from the MC Commissioner as they wanted to discuss some development issues. "Instead of holding protests, we should come up with ideas so that the city is developed better. Moreover, if the MC is short of funds, both the Mayor and the MC Commissioner should admit this fact publicly so that people don't blame area councillors," said Sandhu.

The Congress councilors, led by Hem Raj Aggarwal, are protesting against the levying of development charges in the Core Area and the imposition of property tax. They have demanded that a General House meeting of the MC should be convened. The Finance and Contract Committee has, however, passed an agenda mentioning that the Core Area residents would be exempted from development charges.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had said yesterday that the development charges were levied on residents of the Core Area in 2005, when the Congress was in power in the Ludhiana MC. But, the Congress councilors, led by Aggarwal, today claimed that it was former Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal (from the BJP), who had proposed an agenda (dated September 18, 2010) stating that the city residents should pay development charges.

"The Mayor is trying to misguide the residents by claiming that the Congress had levied development charges in 2005 while the truth is that Parveen Bansal of the BJP had come out with this agenda on September 18, 2010," claimed Hem Raj Aggarwal.

However, Gohalwaria claimed that even the property tax would be levied on the residents on the directions of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. "It is the Congress, which wants to put burden on the residents of the city," he maintained.



Ambulance staff threaten to go on strike from today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 31
The 108 Ambulance Union has threatened to go on strike from tomorrow to press for their demand for an increase salaries. A section of 108 ambulance employees submitted memoranda to Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta and project head Jatinder Kumar.

The employees had formed a union a few months ago to raise their demands.

According to the information, the officials of the company got some success in persuading certain employees to withdraw their agitation. Now, only a section of employees is agitating.

According to sources, employees have threatened that if the government did not increase their salaries, then they would go on strike on Friday.

Jatinder Kumar said: "The demand for a hike in salary raised by some employees is not justified. They are already getting more than the wages recommended by the government. We are ready to tackle the employees' strike. The service will not be affected". 



Onion prices go north
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The prices of onion have gone up by Rs10 or Rs15 due to their poor supply from Nasik, the place which supplies onion to most parts of the country.

A shortage of water in Nasik is giving a tough time to farmers. The onion yield has gone down. Onions are being sold for about Rs35 against their earlier price of Rs20 in the city.

"Onions in Punjab come from Nasik and now that their supply has become irregular they are priced highly. Last year, the prices of tomatoes rose to Rs 80 per kg and now it seems onions are going the same way," said Mian ji, who runs a vegetable and fruit shop at Aggar Nagar.

"A few days ago I bought onions for Rs 20 per kg and today a vendor charged Rs 30 per kg. He blamed short supply for the hike in onion prices," added Pooja, a resident of the city.



Travel agent, daughter plead innocence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
A woman travel agent and her daughter have claimed that they were being falsely implicated in a human-trafficking case.

Manjit Kaur and her daughter Rekha, both residents of Subash Nagar, who have been facing charges of sending a girl to Cyprus where she was forced into flesh trade, have requested the Police Commissioner to order a probe into the matter by an independent agency.

They have claimed that they have never sent anyone to Cyprus. The bank account, in which the money was deposited, did not belong to them.

Manjeet Kaur said her daughter was well settled in Cyprus. She said when the complainant expressed willingness to go abroad, she told her that her daughter went to Cyprus through a travel agent and gave her the agent's address.

Manjeet Kaur claimed that if the girl was forced into fresh trade she could have lodged a complaint with the police in Cyprus.

The chairman the Punjab unit of the Shiv Sena, Rajiv Tandon, said in the wake of the recent Delhi gang-rape case, in which the girl died, the police was registering rape cases without investigating matter. 



Parts of building demolished
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
Taking action against a building under construction in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar for violations of building bylaws, a team from the Zone D office of the MC today demolished parts of the structure.

Assistant Town Planner Rajinder Sharma said the owner of this property had got the building plan sanctioned. "As the digging work on the basement was going on, the owner was not getting pillars constructed according to the site plan. He had constructed the pillars in the house line, which is illegal. We demolished the pillars," said Sharma.



Fog, chill stage comeback in city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 31
The city witnessed a return of chill and fog as the meteorology department recorded 100 per cent humidity in the morning today.
According to weather experts, an increase in moisture has led to foggy mornings. The agro-meteorology department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) recorded 100 per cent humidity in the morning and 60 per cent in the evening.

There was a dip in the maximum temperature, which was 21.0 degrees Celsius today while the minimum temperature was recorded at 7.0 degrees Celsius.

The city recorded a minimum temperature of 4.0 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, which was 2 degrees Celsius lower than the normal temperature.

Dr KK Gill, Agro meteorologist, PAU, said: "The fall in the temperatures is due to western disturbances. There is a slight rise in the minimum temperature today. It will rise in the next few days. We are expecting showers on February 2. The day before yesterday was sunny so these sunny days led to foggy mornings".

"Nothing is extraordinary. The cold weather is good for crops," added Gill.

Gurdev Singh, a resident of the Pakhowal Road area, said: "The return of chill and fog has disturbed life again. Several accidents were reported in the city due to poor visibility". 



ludhiana scan

Old team of Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (India) came into power unopposed in the elections which were contested here on Thursday. Before announcing the results of the election by the presiding officer BS Sangha, announced the result that the following persons were elected for five seats as unopposed. Gurpargat Singh Kahlon was elected as president, Raghbir Singh as vice-president, Ranjodh Singh as general secretary, OP Kapoor as joint secretary and Mohan Singh Bhambra was elected as cashier.

Canada Kabaddi Cup from Feb 3

To take stock of the preparations for the Canada Kabaddi Cup to be organised from February 3, Manpreet Singh Iyali reached Guru Nanak Stadium here on Thursday. He said that the cup is being organised to promote Kabaddi in different parts of the world. NRI's in large numbers would come to be part of this cup, he said. Organisers of the cup said no entry fee would be there for watching the matches in the tournament.

Power shutdown

Due to construction of a tower at the 66 KV sub-station at DC Complex, power shutdown would remain closed at Rani Jhansi Road, College Road, HIG Flats, Sham Singh Road, National Road, Basant Road, Mall Road, Mall Enclave, Khalsa College for Women from 9 am to 5 pm on February 2. Ghumar Mandi, Jaswant Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Model Gram, Kochar Market, Canal Colony, Sant Ishar Singh Flat, New Lajpat Nagar, Pratap Colony, Friends Coloby, Kartar Nagar, Feroze Gandhi Market etc from 9 am to 5 pm on February 3.

Toll-free number launched

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) has launched its toll free number i.e. 1800-180-2071. Saroj Nain Manger Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna informed that it would be helpful for the better communication between officials and consumers.

Health staff stir

The health department and services remained disrupted on fourth day of the ongoing strike of the Punjab Health subordinate offices clerical association here on Thursday. The visitors to the Civil Surgeon office, Community Health centres, ESI Hospital remained at faced inconvenience. State president of the association, Sukhwinder Singh, said, "Director health has invited the association leaders for meeting at Chandigarh on Friday. The next programme will be announced after the meeting." The association is demanding that posts of 60 accountants should be filled through promotion.

Campaign against insurance Bill

All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) campaigned against the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008, in which up till now the members have met more than 300 Members Of Parliament. The members of the Ludhiana division Insurance Employees Association met MP Manish Tiwari and submitted their viewpoints in opposition to the bill. They apprised the MP that the Standing Committee of the Parliament, headed by Yashwant Sinha, has opposed the increase in the FDI cap in insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent keeping in view the international finance crisis in 2008 which was caused by the mismanagement of these private insurance companies in those countries, Mentioning the report of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) (2011-12) they told that the total FDI of $22 billion came into India whereas its outgo was $26.1 billion belies the argument of the govt. that nation needs FDI for the investment and development of the infrastructure. — TNS



from colleges
Fine arts workshop

Ludhiana: Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, here on Thursday organised a one-day fine arts workshop for the students to teach them various techniques of water and acrylic colours. Rakesh Sen a freelance artist addressed the students highlighting the importance of art in everyday life and guided the students regarding career options available in the field of fine arts. Moreover, a live demonstration was also given by him to show strokes and shading techniques to the aspiring artists. Nikita (BA III) said, “The methods taught to us in this workshop will enable us to deal with art in all forms, be it landscape, or portrait or life-study painting.

Students prepare models

To explore the hidden talent among the students a teaching aid preparation competition was held at Doraha College of Education. Students prepared innovative models and projects on all subjects science, maths, English, Hindi, Punjabi, history, commerce, economics etc. Students showcased their creativity in various forms. Principal Dr Sandeep Sawhney appreciated the hard work of students and teachers. Mahatma Gandhi's ideas of dignity of work and skilled craftsmanship were also remembered on the occasion.

National Youth Day

National Youth Day was celebrated in GCG here on Thursday. A function was organised by Swami Vivekanada Study Circle organised a lecture with the corporation of philosophy, political science, and psychology department. The following students were awarded on this auspicious occasion; gold medal-1. Hargunpreet Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala. Silver medal-1. Satyam Malhotra, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana 2. Shivjot Gill, Mahatma Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalya, Jalandhar. Bronze medal-1. Sahil Duggal, College of Agril. Engineering and Technology, PAU, Ludhiana 2. Manpreet Kaur, Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Appreciation Award: 1. Mehak Dhand, Government College for Women, Ludhiana 2. Harpreet Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha. Consolation award-1. Arshdeep Kaur, Government College for Girls, Ludhiana 2. Gurpreet Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 3. Shruti Bector, Doraha College of Education, Doraha 4. Amanpreet Kaur, Doraha College of Education, Doraha.

Annual function

Sportking institute celebrated their annual function with a spirit of oneness, vigour and gaiety. "Avant Garde 2013" the seventh annual function opened to a packed auditorium of Nehru Sidhant Kendra, which was profusely decorated with flowers, in various colours and hues. Raj Avasthi, the chairman of Sportking group of industries was the chief guest. The programme opened with “saraswati Vandana” and lighting of lamp followed by a cultural programme presented by the students. The students presented group and solo dance, songs, skit and the fashion show which added glamour to the whole show. On the occasion, Raj Avasthi, chairman congratulated the team SIFT and praised the performances. Anjali Avasthi, the president congratulated the students and team SIFT for their zest and zeal to make the show a success. RM Gupta, executive. director mentioned that it was a moment of pride for all SIFTIANS as the institute has contributed a lot to the Fashion Industry during the last 8 years. Thereafter, the awards were given to the students for their performance in academics as well as cultural activities. — TNS



from schools
English declamation contest

Ludhiana: English plays an important role in the domains of education, global communication etc. Teaching and learning, if targeted at right age, can help a lot in attaining the basic proficiency of this language. Keeping this in mind, an ‘Inter-House English Declamation Contest’ was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, for the students of Classes III to V. Two students from each house participated in the contest. Many informative and value-based topics such as health is wealth, importance of discipline, trees-best friends, value of time in life, pollution free India, leisure time and hobby etc. were chosen for the participants during the English declamation contest. The budding orators of KVM expressed their ideas in a very convincing and confident manner. The school principal, Navita Puri, applauded the efforts of the prize winners and emphasised the need to lay stress on spoken English to meet the global challenges in the present day life. The results are as follow: 1. Arnav Arora (Tagore House) 2. Uday Khera (Nehru House) and Kartikay Phull (Raman House) 3. Chavvi Sood (Raman House).

BVM School switches to CBSE

BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, which was earlier affiliated to Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has now switched to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from the session 2013-14. Bandana Sethi, principal of the school said the school was set up by BVM Trust in the year 1971. — TNS



Thieves steal inverter

Ludhiana, January 31
Thieves struck at the offices of a property dealer and a gas agency in Bhamia village last night and decamped with an inverter and batteries.

The thieves, who were caught on CCTV cameras installed in the office of the gas agency, did not take a laptop, an LCD and other costly material. The thieves uprooted the shutters to gain entry into both the offices. — TNS



Jagga wins bullock cart race
Our Correspondent

A spectator, who suffered an injury after he was hit by a bullock cart during the 77th Kila Raipur Sports Festival at Kila Raipur village on Thursday.
A spectator, who suffered an injury after he was hit by a bullock cart during the 77th Kila Raipur Sports Festival at Kila Raipur village on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Kila Raipur, January 31
Jagga of Assi Kalan won the first prize in a bullock cart race organised on the first day of the 77th chapter of Kila Raipur Rural Sports, popularly known as mini-Olympics, by clocking a time of 19.50 seconds. Ujagar Singh of Maholi Kalan village and Binda of Sahabana village were the joint second clocking 19.94 seconds.

Jaspal Mann of Jhordan village (20.03), Vinto of Chhapar village (20.06), Manjeet of Dhakki village (20.18), Jagdev of Bassian village (20.21), Bittu of Debomajra village (20.33), Avtar Singh of Sahabana village (20.38) and Mahinder Singh of Mehma Singh Wala village were the other competitors.

Gur Sandeep Singh Sunny, president of the Grewal Sports Association, said 15 out of 70 bullock carts finished the race in 21 seconds and the first 11 position holders will be awarded.

The organisers remained busy completing preparations for a formal inauguration of the event by Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, Cabinet Minister, to be held tomorrow.

A large number of farmers and sports lovers thronged the stadium to witness the race. Many a time spectators had to run to save themselves as drivers lost control over bullocks. At least one person was injured after he was run over by a cart. 



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