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3 workers die in wall collapse; Councillor booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Councillor Randhir Singh Sibia was booked after three workers, who were engaged by him for the construction of his office on the Bahadurke road, died when a wall of a newly constructed house collapsed on them during excavation work.

"The construction work was being undertaken by councillor Sibia. The trio have died due to negligence. We have booked Sibia under Section 304-A in the case,” said ADCP-1 Nilambri Jagdale.

It has come to light that Sibia did not have the mandatory permission to start the construction work.

The plot was purchased by the councillor, who represents ward No. 1, on February 6 this year at an auction conducted by the colonisation department for Rs 91 lakh.

Director (Colonisation Department)-cum-Secretary (Punjab Mandi Board) Deepinder Singh said, “I have not even approved Sibia's auction deal and the allotment letter is yet to be issued. How can he start construction work on the plot?

“We are taking legal action against him. We had served a notice to Sibia a few days ago for illegal construction,” he said.

The incident took pace this afternoon when the workers were excavating land adjacent to a house on the Bahadurke road.

According to an eyewitness, the wall of the newly constructed house collapsed all of a sudden on the workers.

Area residents rushed to the spot on hearing the workers' cries. The police also reached the spot. The workers were pulled out and taken to a hospital, where they were declared brought dead on arrival. The deceased have been identified as Ram Lal (40) and Shamu (35), both residents of the Bhora area near the Jalandhar bypass, and Manohar Lal of Phillaur.

Excavation norms being flouted with impunity

The incident has yet again highlighted how excavation norms are being flouted with impunity. It is not the first incident when construction workers have died while excavating land. In a similar incident, two workers were buried under debris in the Focal Point area nearly a year ago while they were engaged in excavation work for the construction of a school.

The workers were carrying out excavation work near a factory unit. A wall gave way and collapsed on the workers.

Workers hired for such work are often not trained professionals. In today's incident, Ram Lal, Shamu and Manahor Lal were novice and were hired for work this morning by a construction contractor, Nirmal Singh.

Manu Kasabad, the owner of the house whose wall collapsed today, claimed that his house was constructed recently and he had complained that excavation work should not be undertaken near his house, but the contractor did not pay heed.

Councillor Sibia said only 5 ft of land was dug up by workers for laying the foundation of his office. He claimed that he had not committed any violation.

Relief sought for victims' kin

Tragic scenes were witnessed at the Civil Hospital following the incident. The victims, Ram Lal, Shamu and Manohar Lal, were working as daily wagers to eke out a living.They were the sole breadwinners of their families. Relatives have demanded compensation for the victims' families.

The incident caused panic in the area. The anti-riot unit of the reserve police force also reached the spot and conducted a mock drill to disperse the crowd that was hindering the rescue operation.

Narrow escape

Arvind Kumar, who survived the incident, said, "I was coming down the stairs to the basement. Suddenly I realised that the wall of the adjoining building was sinking and it was about to fall. I rushed out. Ram Lal, Shamu and Manohar, who were working in the basement, rushed after me, but were not fortunate as the wall fell on them."


Class XII examinations get under way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The Class XII board examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB)began today. Students of both the boards appeared for the English language paper today. While the CBSE examination was held from 10 am to 1 pm, the PSEB examination was held from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Harpreet Kaur, a CBSE student, found the paper easy and said she was able to finish it on time. "I wasn't under much stress since the first examination was that of English and I am comfortable with the language.

I devoted more time to prepare for the functional physics examination, the second exam," she said. For Aarnav, another CBSE student, the paper was easy, but a bit lengthy. "With an easy subject to start with, it helps as you start off well. But I found the paper a bit lengthy or maybe I felt so since it was our first exam," he said.

Earlier, students were seen taking their parents' blessings outside examination centres. Mothers were seen offering their children something sweet to eat before sitting for the examination.

"A good start builds your confidence and now I am fully prepared to tackle the remaining exams. I was a bit scared today, but the exam went off well," said Muskaan, a PSEB student. 

Employee told to leave

An employee was seen on the premises of Shakti Public School, Machhiwara, without being assigned any duty related to the examination. The Director General, Secondary Educaiton, had issued strict instructions that nobody without examination duty should be allowed to be present at an examination centre. The said employee was asked to leave the premises by DEO (S) Paramjit Kaur.

Question baffles students

One of the questions in the PSEB paper was on "Nehru's Will and Testament". However, there was no clarity on what the students were supposed to write. One of the teachers said, "This is very confusing. This is the name of a chapter of a book in their syllabus. The question is incomplete. The question shoul have read: Write about the theme or plot of Nehru's Will and Testament," she said. Students also found fault with another question.



Snatchers' gang busted, 5 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
With the arrest of five persons, the city police claims to have busted a gang of snatchers, who were reportedly behind a series of snatching incidents that took place recently.

The accused have been identified as Jatinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, Babblu, Vishnu and Raj Kumar.

The accused, who were riding two motorcycles, were nabbed from Balmiki Ghati last night. According to the police, the accused were planning to commit yet another crime.

The police has impounded the two motorcycles and seized six mobile phones from them.

Sanjiv Kapoor, SHO, Daresi, said the accused had recently snatched a Samsung tablet from a woman travelling on a rickshaw.

Two of the accused had been declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale said the arrest of the snatchers would provide a huge respite to city residents. The accused are school dropouts and hooked to drugs.



0001 goes for Rs 4.10 lakh
City resident's Ford Endeavour set to don the number
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The craze for vanity numbers for vehicles in the city continues unabated. This was evident from the fact that the registration number PB 10 DJ 0001 was auctioned today for Rs 4.10 lakh. The auction for vanity numbers was organised by the District Transport Office at Bachat Bhawan here.

The 0001 number was bagged by city resident Livtar Singh, who took it for his Ford Endeavour SUV. During the previous auction held on January 11, PB 10 DH 0001 was auctioned for Rs 5 lakh.

The registration numbers of the PB 10 DJ series, starting from 0002 to 0008, were auctioned for more than Rs 1 lakh each. The 0009 number of the same series was auctioned for Rs 2.10 lakh.

DTO Manpreet Singh Chhatwal said 270 vanity numbers of the PB 10 DJ series were on offer today. "The 0002 number was auctioned for Rs 1.6 lakh, 0003 for Rs 1 lakh, 0004 for Rs 1.65 lakh, 0005 for Rs 1.55 lakh, 0006 for Rs 1.2 lakh, 0007 for Rs 1.51 lakh, 0008 for Rs 1.10 lakh, 0009 for Rs 2.10 lakh and 0050 for Rs 1.04 lakh. We managed to earn lakhs of rupees as revenue from the auction of vanity numbers," he said.



State ideal for medical tourism, says minister
Invites the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) to Punjab
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal has taken a step forward to promote medical tourism in the state by inviting the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, which provides health services to the sick the world over, to Punjab.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mittal, who recently returned from the UK, said: "I went there on an invitation from the Royal Society of Medicine. This society provides health services to the sick in different countries through various hospitals. I told the office-bearers of this society that private hospitals in Punjab had good health facilities. Patients form different countries visit the state to get better treatment. The society can also send its patients to Punjab."

The minister said he was open to suggestions on better equipment and technology. He said: "I told the office-bearers of the society that if they had better technology in health care, Punjab was ready to adopt it."

The minister was in the city today to inaugurate the 8th National Stroke Conference of the Indian Stroke Association organised by the Department of Neurology at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Most government hospitals in the state have been facing various problems like shortage of staff and medicines. Mittal said: "I am quite serious about it. We have been conducting walk-in interviews for appointing medical experts. Of the 550 selected experts, 70 have joined duty. As a majority of the medical experts did not join duty, we have also started appointing general practitioners having the MBBS degree."

On medicines, he said, "We have sent 157 types of medicines to all government hospitals and the remaining medicines will be sent to the hospitals soon. I will ensure that there are godowns for storing medicines as at some places these were found kept in the open."

Mittal also released "Stroke Solidarity String", a symbol of "stroke support and awareness across the world".

Dr Abraham G Thomas, Director, CMC, appreciated the efforts of the department.aDr Jeyaraj D Pandian, organising secretary, said experts from India and overseas talked about how to diagnose and treat stroke patients as quickly as possible. Dr Sivakumar, president of the Indian Stroke Association, highlighted various activities of the associatin. Dr Manoj K Sobti, member of the Punjab Medical Council and president of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, explained the role of the Punjab Medical Council in improving continuing medical education in the state. 



Retired MC employee gagged to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
A 65-year-old retired municipal corporation employee was gagged to death by robbers at his house in New Kundan Puri here today. The victim has been identified as Ramesh Kumar. The assailants decamped with 15 tola of gold ornaments and Rs 10,000 from the house.

The incident came to light this afternoon when Ramesh's wife Kamlesh, who works as a Class IV employee, returned home this afternoon and was shocked to find her husband lying dead on the floor.

She raised the alarm and later informed the police.

However, the police has ruled out robbery as the motive behind the killing. The police suspects that personal enmity could be the reason behind the killing.

The police has also questioned residents of the locality about persons who visited Ramesh's house this morning.

Officers are also checking the mobile details of the victim to find a clue.

A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons



Shooting of Punjabi movie gets under way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The inauguration of shooting of a Punjabi movie, "Rose - Ek Ajeeb Kahani", was organised at Gujrawala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, here.
During the inauguration, producer of the movie Kamaldeep Singh from the city said that the movie was about a girl, named Rose.

Primarily the movie would be shot in the city besides some parts of Punjab, Manali and also in UK. The director of the movie Jasvir Singh said that shooting would also be done at Gujrawala Khalsa College. He further added that it was a romantic and suspense thriller and had a very gripping story.

Kamaldeep, the producer, said there was a boom in Punjabi movies now, but he wanted to make an entertaining movie and bring to the fore new talent, accordingly, most of the actors in the movie were from the theatre background.

Some of the actors of the movie were also present on the occasion. Narinder Mahajan, plays the lead role in the movie.



Zones of 400 colonies changed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
During a meeting of the zoning committee members held yesterday, zones of around 400 colonies were changed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. In a majority of such cases, the colonies have been shifted to a lower zone, which means the residents of a lower zone will have to pay less property tax than those in a higher zone, the rates of which would be fixed soon.

The fixing of zones is an important issue because once a particular area is put into a specific zone, it would remain unchanged for the next five years. Similar would be the case of unit value, which would be changed after a period of five years.

The zones would be categorised as A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. The colonies and areas falling in the A zone would have the highest unit value and this value would keep on decreasing as we move downwards.

During the meeting of the zoning committee on February 26, the local MLAs and a representative of the MP had raised their objection to the manner with which colonies were put in different zones. This committee comprises all the local MLAs, local MP, Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, besides the MC Commissioner as member secretary and the Director (Local Bodies) as its chairman.

After this meeting, another meeting was held yesterday, in which the MC officials made ‘necessary’ changes regarding the zones. A local MLA said out of a total of 982 colonies, around 400 had been shifted to a lower zone.

Akali MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, who is also a member of this committee, said both zoning as well as fixing of unit value were important processes because once the value was fixed, they would not be changed for the next five years. “As the members of these committees, we would make sure no city resident faces undue financial burden,” he said.

A meeting regarding the fixing of unit value was scheduled to be held at the Deputy Commissioner's Office yesterday, but all MLAs, representative of the MP and even the Mayor boycotted it. There were reports that the tentative rates would be as high as Rs 2 lakh per sq metre and as low as Rs 20,000 per sq metre. But, the members of the committee claimed that no official could take any such decision on his own.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria stated that no such ‘tentative’ or ‘proposed’ rates had been fixed. “The rates are to be fixed by a committee and no official can take any such decision on his own. I have asked the officials to work out another formula, which will not put any burden on the city residents,” he claimed.



Goods worth lakhs destroyed in Galib Kalan village fire
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 1
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a house at Galib Kalan village near Jagraon today. Owner of the house Kuldip Singh claimed that goods worth more than Rs 4.5 lakh were destroyed in the fire.

He said he went to his fields in the morning. "After around three hours, some villagers informed me that a fire has broken out in my house. I immediately rushed to my house but when a reached there I was shocked to see that a major part of the house was gutted and goods worth lakhs were destroyed," said Kuldip Singh.

A large number of villagers started dousing the fire with water. It took more than two hours to put out the fire.

Kuldip Singh said goods kept in two rooms were completely destroyed. "Two television sets, one computer, one video camera, an air-conditioner, beds, furniture, a DVD player, clothes and several other expensive goods were destroyed in the fire," claimed Kuldip.

A police team, led by the Galib Kalan police chowki in charge, ASI Balwant Singh, visited the scene. "The exact cause of the fire is not clear yet. We are conducting an investigation," said Balwant Singh. 



Jhansi Road commercial complex to go under the hammer on March 6
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 1
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) will once again put under the hammer its 2.22-acre commercial complex on Maharani Jhansi Road here on March 6. With a built-up area of 7,634 square yards, the complex has been constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore. The complex, situated close to the upmarket commercial hub of Ghumar Mandi, will be sold as a single unit at a reserve price of Rs 197 crore.

The LIT authorities had made an unsuccessful attempt to sell the complex through a public auction on December 10, 2009, under then LIT Chairman Ashok Juneja, at the same floor price. But, it could find no buyers. Not even a single bidder had turned up for the auction.

The complex, which is located strategically and has a huge business potential, is jinxed if the inability of the LIT to sell it even after a decade of its completion is any indication.

In 2003, when the project was near completion, the site of the complex was attached and work stopped after three litigants obtained a stay order from a court. The stay order was upheld by the High Court also and the LIT had to fight an extended legal battle to get the stay vacated from the apex court.

Although the commercial site is being offered for sale through a public auction once again, it is not completely free of litigation. It is learnt that cases related to a showroom on the ground floor (area 264 square feet) and another one (600 square yards) are still pending in the civil courts.

According to LIT officials, the complex has two parking lots in the lower and upper basements, besides surface parking facility on the ground floor. It has a parking capacity of 250 cars and nearly 100 two-wheelers.

On the ground floor of the complex, there is a provision for four banks and 14 showrooms. It will have two restaurants (food courts), two department stores and 11 showrooms on the first floor, 14 offices and two shops each on the second, third and fourth floors.

The top floor (5th) will be a residential area with 10 apartments, each having three bed rooms and a carpet area of 1,796 square feet.

The buyer of the complex will have the option to retain the complex as it is, make alterations and even reconstruct the entire building up to a maximum height of 45 metres, for which the required "no objection certificate" has been obtained by the LIT. 



5 dyeing units, 1 showroom face closure
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has issued closure notices to five dyeing units and one automobile showroom in the city.

Five dyeing units located at various places on Tajpur Road and in the Focal Point area were found not using common effluent treatment plants. "These units were not treating the water discharged by them. No laxity will be shown if anybody is found polluting the environment," said a senior official of the PPCB. An automobile showroom on Dohlewal Road was also found violating the pollution norms.

The PPCB has also written to the authority concerned regarding these units and the electricity connections of the dyeing units and the showroom will be disconnected.

Recently, a team of the PPCB from Patiala had visited nearly 10 dyeing units in the city.



Birth certificate norm relaxed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Providing much relief to residents, the state government has now allowed the residents above 15 years of age to get their names included in their birth certificates as well as the official record. According to the previous rules, only those could get their names included in their birth certificates who were below 15 years of age. The residents can get their names included in their birth certificates by December 31, 2014.

This decision would be helpful for those whose birth certificates do not mention their names. Officials said in a majority of cases, names are not mentioned on birth certificates and the names of father, mother, grandfather, place of birth and date of birth, along with the address, are mentioned on birth certificates.

Dr Charanjit Uppal, Medical Officer, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, said, “All we need is an application, along with their self-declaration, school certificate and photo identity proof. This facility could be availed of till December 31, 2014”.



MC House meeting to be held next week
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The much-awaited general house meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is expected to be held next week. Earlier, the Mayor had announced that the meeting would be held in the last week of February (after the Moga byelection), but in view of some official meetings regarding property tax, the meeting was postponed for March.

Ever since the new MC House was formed last year, no general house meeting has been held. There is resentment among councillors, who feel that the issues related to city residents are not being heard.

Demanding the early convening of a general house meeting, the Congress had organised a week-long protest in the last week of January. It ended when Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria assured the Opposition councillors that a meeting would be held after the Moga byelection.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the meeting would be held in the first week of March. "I have asked the agenda branch to prepare the agenda for the meeting," he claimed.

Sources in the MC said the meeting was likely to be held either on March 4 or on March 8, which are working days in the civic body



‘Petrol price hike blow to common man’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
A day after the Budget proposals were presented in Parliament, the petrol price saw an upward trend today. The petrol price was hiked by Rs 1.40 per litre, the second big increase in two weeks. The hike is excluding local sales tax or VAT and the actual increase in the price for consumers will be higher after including these taxes. The previous petrol price hike was Rs 1.50 per litre, excluding VAT, effected on February 16.

"It has given another blow to the common man's budget. With the fuel prices increasing after short intervals, it has become very difficult to adjust the finances accordingly. According to the market experts, diesel and LPG will also follow suit," said Maninder Singh, a city resident.

With prices of petrol and diesel being revised frequently, it has become difficult to choose between diesel and petrol-run vehicles. "Cycles seem to be the best option in this scenario," added Jatinder Kaur, a Lecturer.

Gaurav Sharma, who was seen getting the tank of his car full said, "I know it will not make any difference but just thought of saving a few bucks. If this situation continued, it will become very difficult to drive vehicles," added he.



Warm send-off for PAU Dean

LUDHIANA: A warm send-off was given to Dr DS Cheema, Dean, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), upon his superannuation. A farewell party was organised wherein the university deans, directors, heads and faculty members wished Dr Cheema a happy, healthy and wealthy post-retirement life. During the party, the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, lauded Dr Cheema's 30 years of significant contribution to research, teaching and extension activities. He added, Cheema's long association with the research and development of vegetable crops, especially, in the field of vegetable breeding, spoke volumes of dedication, devotion and earnestness.

Kisan mela at Ballowal Saunkhri inaugurated

A regional Kisan Mela was organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at its Regional Research Station for Kandi Area (RRSKA) at Ballowal Saunkhri, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, here. Dr GS Nanda, Member, Board of Management, and former Director of Research, PAU inaugurated the mela, which focused on the theme, "Ghar Di Sabzi Dal Ugao, Sehat Banao, Paise Bhachao" (grow pulses and vegetables in your household kitchen garden: save money and stay healthy). PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon presided over the mela. — TNS



From Colleges
Techno-cultural festival

LUDHIANA: A two-day techno-cultural festival 'GENESIS-2013', organised by Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, concluded here. Dr M S Saini, Director of the college, congratulated the winners of various events and expressed his gratitude to the volunteer students, staff & all the members of the organising committee who left no stone unturned to make the function a great success.

Teaching skills competition

The Doraha College of Education organised, Panjab University inter-zonal skills in teaching and on the spot teaching aid preparation competitions. As many as 42 BEd colleges of Panjab University participated in these competitions for eight teaching subjects which, included science, commerce, home science, mathematics, fine arts, music, computer science. Dr Naval Kishore, Dean College Development Council Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest while Prof Kuldeep Singh, Fellow Panjab University was the observer of the event. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, Principal greeted the all the guests and participants from various colleges. Principal Sawhney said that more than 170 students of 42 colleges showcased their talent in teaching and aid preparation. He further added that Panjab University was the only university of the region which was organising such competitions for teacher trainees at the university level.

Akhand path held

To seek the blessings of almighty, akhand path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was organised in Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, from 27th February to 1st March. In the series of events organised in the college, Sri Akhand Path Sahib marks the beginning and end of the new academic session. The celebrations started with bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib followed by gurbani kirtan by students and teachers of music department. The principal of the college, Dr Charanjit Mahal, prayed for the success of the students for the upcoming annual Examinations. She advised the students to burn midnight oil for the good results in the exams. She exhorted the students to follow the teachings of great spiritual ambassadors.

PU Vice-Chancellor visits regional centre

Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, during his visit to Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, interacted with the faculty and students of University Business School. Professor Deepak Kapur, Director, during his interaction informed vice-chancellor that students of UBS, Ludhiana were securing top university positions in common merit with UBS, Chandigarh students. He further said that renowned companies like Federal Bank, Mahindra and Mahindra Finance, CTI Ship brokers, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank etc had been selecting UBS, Ludhiana students for the final placements. Companies Like ONGC, Nestle, Coca Cola, Vardhman textiles, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC etc. had taken students for summer placements in the previous years. He further added that UBS, Ludhiana was now separately registered with IIMs. The developments in infrastructure at UBS-Ludhiana and futuristic proposals like starting MBA (Executive) program at UBS-L, MDPs for middle level managers of industry in Ludhiana at UBS-L, etc were also discussed.

Tribute to Nobel Laureate

MANDI GOBINDGARH: RIMT Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities organised one-day event which laid stress on science and its importance while paying tribute to India’s first Nobel Laureate- Sir CV Raman, brought together a medley of people and young crowds from various sections of society. The event witnessed an active participation of the student fraternity from within the campus as all the RIMT Group of Institutes came together to actively contribute towards the deliberations of the event. The festival saw a clear light of the day under the able leadership of Dr Mohinder Pal, HoD, Applied Sciences and the chief host of the festival. The event saw an elaborate inauguration, with the director Dr Harsh Sadawarti coming forward to inspire and motivate students towards the benedictions of science as he stressed upon the need to generate and cultivate a scientific temper amongst the youth. He emphasised the need to cultivate a spirit of enquiry and tap the potential of the young minds towards scientific outlook and research orientation. Prof Ambrish Gupta (Principal, RIMT- College of Architecture) and Dr Sukhwinder Singh Jolly (Principal, RIMT-MAEC) also graced the occasion and inspired the students with their presence. As many as five hundred students participated in the various events. The declamation contest with its theme ‘Clean and Green Energy include nuclear Safety’ showcased the significance of appreciation and preservation of the environment and the need to wake up against all environmental concerns. The declaiming students voiced their clear notions regarding the urgency to preserve and raise an alarm against the inhuman malpractices regarding the environment. The best speaker who bagged the Ist position was Amitoj Singh, RIMT-IET, Civil Engineering, 6th Semester.


Girls in a jubilant mood after the annual convocation of the Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, on Friday.
Girls in a jubilant mood after the annual convocation of the Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Dr Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University was in the city today for the convocation function at Partap College of Education in the city. He congratulated the students for getting the degrees. He said that students today should have strong shoulders and they should have the 'how I can' attitude rather 'why I can't'. Prof Ken Jones, Dean of Humanities, Swansea Metropolitan University, UK said that achievement was not something that came easy. Asking students to put extra efforts for excelling, he said that a good teachers should know whether the pupils were learning, and should help them achieving what they were capable of achieving. They should also find better teaching ways. Dr Nirmal Singh Jaura, Director, Department of Youth Welfare, Panjab University was also there apart from others on the occasion. — TNS



From schools
Eye check-up camp

LUDHIANA: Ryan International School, Dugri organised an eye check-up camp in the school premises, here. All the students were given a thorough check-up in the camp along with the knowledge of the various tips for a healthy eye sight. The eye check-up camp was organised under the theme, 'Health care and good living'.

Movie premiere at school

To develop love and compassion in students for animals, a movie show was organised by Ryan International School. The event was organised for the Montessori wing of the school, where in the movie 'Delhi Safari' was premiered in the school premises. The students were educated about the significance of the protection of environment through this movie. They were further told to adopt a caring attitude towards animals. All the tiny tots joyously enjoyed the refreshing retreat.

National Science Day

Ludhiana's first and only CIE International School, Harvest International School (HIS) correlated to one of Asia's best tennis academy, Harvest Tennis Academy, proved the world that their students did not only excel in the field of sports but in science also. They made their presence felt in Jalandhar's Science City on National Science Day, 28 February. A team of seven students participated in various competitions. Robindeep Singh Dhanoa of Class 9 participated in the event, 'My Own Collection', bagged the first prize with his unique collection of coins (national and international), space articles and Punjabi antiques which the family had been collecting since five generations. His collection was liked and commended by the visitors, Dr RS Khandpur, Director General PGSC( judge of the event) and the chief guest. Randhiman Bindra of Class XI also acquired the first position in slogan writing with "Hands-on Experimentation, Eyes-on Demonstration, Minds-on Observation".

Declamation contest

The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School organised an intersection English declamation contest for the students of class II. The topics of the contest were health is wealth, earth - the unique planet, moral values and exercise is to body as reading is to mind. Three students from each section took part in the contest

The Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill conveyed her blessings to the participants and said that such activities added to the personality development of the children. She also gave the certificates to the winners.

Results: first prize- Harsimar Kaur, second prize- Dilveen Kaur, third prize- Malaika consolation prize- Guneet Kaur, Pavneet Kaur.



ludhiana scan
Woman dies of swine flu

LUDHIANA: One woman patient died due to swine flu, here at CMCH Ludhiana. Wile another female patient from J&K tested positive for swine flu. She is under treatment at CMCH. With this district Ludhiana received 22 swine flu positive patients, out of which 7 died.

Union Budget anti-people, says Left party

The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has termed the union budget as anti-people and pro corporate sector. Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, general secretary and Kuldip Singh, state secretary of the party said the finance minister had made no provision to check the ever rising prices and contain inflation. The farm sector had also been ignored in the budget and allocation for this sector was much below the expectations, they said.

Basant Panchami celebrations

Ludhiana Citizen's Council organised a programme at Basant Resorts to celebrate Basant Panchami. During the event Darshan Arora, chairman of the council said that a Women-Helpline by the name of 'We Care' has been started by the council for the security of women. Singer Arshpreet Kaur, road-safety expert Kamaljeet Soi apart from others were present on the occasion.

Hosiery industry feels relieved

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Local Body Cell has thanked MP Manish Tiwari for removal of excise duty on hosiery industry by the Finance Minister P Chadhambam. The representatives of the organisation said that 14000 hosiery units in the city would feel relieved by this move.

Preparations for Anna's visit

Anna Hazare supporters would organise a meeting for finalising the plans of Anna's visit to Punjab at Desh Bhagat Hall, Jalandhar on March 3. Anna Hazare will visit during last week of March, according to Soorat Singh Khalsa.

Blood donation camp organised

A blood donation camp was organised by Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Mission Sewa Society at the Government Institute of Textile Chemistry and Knitting Technology College, Rishi Nagar. A large number of NSS volunteers from the institute donated their blood during the camp. The principal of the college Avtar Singh Bhullar said that blood donation was a noble cause and it was the responsibility of everyone to contribute to the cause.

Pensioners’ mela

A pensioners’ mela at PAU would be organised today from 9 am to 4 pm. Two plays 'Chandni Chowk to Sarhand Tak' regarding Sikh history and 'Aani Gali Da Mod' by Dr Sahib Singh about the evils of drugs would also be staged on the occasion. This was informed by Roop Singh Roopa, President of PAU Employees Union. — TNS



Two arrested on charge of illegal sand mining
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 1
The police has arrested two persons for allegedly mining and smuggling of sand illegally. Both the accused were arrested from two separate locations during a search operation launched by Mullanpur Dakha Police to prevent illegal mining of sand from the Sutlej.

The accused identified as Yadwinder Singh, a resident of Harigarh village and Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Jagjitpura village.

According to police, the accused were arrested while they were trying to smuggle the sand in two tractor-trailers. "The police has also impounded two tractor-trailers being used by the accused for smuggling the sand. The accused excavated sand from Satluj River despite the fact that there has been a strict ban on mining of sand in this area," said Mullanpur Dakha police station SHO Manjinder Singh.

The police have registered a case against both the accused at Mullanpur Dakha police station under Mining Act and the further investigation is on. Both the accused were produced before a local court, here and were sent in judicial remand, by the court. 



Couple, kin booked for fraud

Ludhiana, March 1
A newly married couple along with their relatives were booked by police for fraud, here . It has come to light that the groom was previously married and the case was registered following the statement of his first wife.

According to Kamaljit Kaur, complainant, Jaspal Singh got married to another women without formulating a divorce. She said that she got married to Jaspal Singh in 2006.

The accused has been identified as Jaspal Singh, a resident of New Punjab Mata Nagar Pakhowal road, his father Amarjit Singh, his mother Gurdev Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur and Jasvir Kaur, Sarabjit , Gurjit Kaur, Rajjo, and newly wed wife Taranjit Kaur village Khanpur. — TNS



Five held for forgery
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 1
The police has arrested five out of 12 swindlers, who had been booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 120 B of IPC for allegedly conspiring to dupe some bank by raising huge loans against property of an NRI by preparing fake documents of his identity.

The arrested accused, include masterminds of the crime Parvesh Kumar of Guru Nanak Colony, Ludhiana and Parvesh and Gurdeep Singh of Habri village, Kaithal, Haryana (who tried to personify owner of the land ). Balbir Singh of Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar of Ludhiana, Jagtar Singh of Chomon village and Sukhdev Singh of Naudharani road Malerkotla were also arrested when they were trying to leave the area last night.

According to superintendent of police (detective), Sangrur, Paramjit Singh Gorayan, cops supervised by DSP Amargarh Sukhdev Singh Virk and SHO, city, Jasbir Singh nabbed the accused from different places when they were trying to leave the area last night.

Though the accused admitted having prepared fake documents pertaining to identity of Inderjit Singh, an NRI from Chomon village, they did not present the same for examination by the police. Having failed to recover all evidences supporting the crime, the police presented the accused in a court at Malerkotla, which granted four days police remand.

While Jagtar Singh had arranged copies of ration card, electricity bills and documents required for preparing PAN card. Parvesh allegedly did computer work for preparing documents with forged signatures and seals of officials issuing documents required to comply KYC norms.

The police is yet to nab agents who had promised to get the loan sanctioned and disburse without the residence of the NRI being visited by bank officials.



Woman dies as car hits rickshaw
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
A 65-year-old woman was killed after the rickshaw she was travelling in was hit by an overspeeding car near the railway station here last evening. The victim has been identified as Radha Rani of Salem Tabri. According to Narinder Kumar, victim's son, his mother was heading towards Hathi Chowk along with his nieces on a rickshaw.

The car hit the rickshaw following which his mother fell and got seriously injured. Radha's two granddaughters, who were travelling with her, were also injured in the incident.

The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The car driver has been identified as Manjeet Singh, a resident of Ladhowal. He managed to flee from the spot and is at large.

A case has been registered under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427 and 304-A of the IPC.



Man arrested with drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March1
The city police nabbed one person and seized huge quantity of pharmaceutical drugs from his possession. The accused has been identified as Sara Lal, a resident of Jammu. On spotting the police at Mata Rani Chowk, when the accused tried to escape, police found his activities suspicious and got hold of him. On checking the bag police found huge quantity of psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups and tablets. A case under Section 22-61-85 the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Ten held for betting

The city police arrested ten persons for betting in three joint raids, here. In the first raid Hans Raj, Dinesh Kumar, Nitin Kumar, Gaurav and Jatinder Kumar were nabbed red handed by the police from Haibowal, following a tip off and recovered the bet amount of Rs 20,550.

In the second raid police nabbed Dharminder, a resident on Ambedkar Nagar, who runs a general store, for gambling. After receiving the information police raided the spot and arrested the accused red handed and recovered Rs 2,470 from his possession. In third raid police arrested four person identified as Manpreet Singh, Salinder Singh, Ashwani Kumar, Mulakh Raj of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The accused were nabbed from Aarti Steel Chowk, following a tip off. police raided the spot and got hold of the accused red handed and recovered the bet amount of Rs 9,120.

Two snatchers arrested

The city police has arrested two persons for snatching mobiles and other valuables of commuter travelling on auto rickshaws. The accused have been identified as Deepak and Sonu of Mundian Kalan. Six mobiles have been recovered from the duo. Inspector Raj Kumar, SHO, Division No 7, said that the duo were arrested following a tip off. Deepak and Sonu were nabbed from a police check police near Vardhman Chowk.

Stolen mobile phones recovered

The Division No 2 police has arrested two snatchers and recovered three mobiles phones from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Harish Bagga and Raj Kumar of Janta Nagar were arrested from a police naka last night.

Police has recovered three phones from the possession of the accused. The duo used to snatch the mobiles of woman and migrants.



Gurjant sets new meet records
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 1
The 93rd Annual Sports Meet of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, begins today with much fanfare.
Principal of the college Poonam Mittal hoisted the sports flag. Vice-Principal of the Government College for Girls Sudarshan Mehta was the guest of honour.

On the first day, more than 1,500 students participated in 20 sports events, which included races, long jump, javelin throw and shot-put. Gurjant Singh stole the show by breaking records in 800m and 200m races.

Results: Harjinder Singh: first in 5000 meter race; Chetan Khanna: first in 800 meter race for evening college students; Dapinder Singh: first in high jump (morning); Jatinderpal Singh: first in javelin throw; Deepika Dhawan: first in high jump for girls; Navdeep Singh: first in javelin throw and discus throw for girls; Dapinder Singh: first in shot-put and javelin throw; Deepika Dhawan: first in long jump for girls; Inderpal Singh: first in shot-put for boys; Manish Chohan: first in triple jump for boys; Hardeep Singh: first in discus throw for evening college students; and Navdeep Sandhu: first in shot-put for girls.

Gobind National College

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Gursharan Singh of BA I and Vijay Kumari of BCA III of Gobind National College, Narangwal, emerged the best athletes during the 47th annual athletics meet that concluded at the college stadium near here today.

The event was inaugurated by Sadhu Singh, an NRI from Canada. Dr Hardiljeet Singh Gosal presided over the concluding function. Lakhwinder Singh, sarpanch of Gujjarwal village, and Principal Narinder Sidhu gave away the prizes to the winners.

The results were as follows:

100 m (men): Jagdev Singh 1, Maan Singh 2, Harmanpreet Singh 3; Discus throw (men): Gurvinder Singh 1, Gursharan Singh 2, Sarabjit Singh 3; High jump (men) Amandeep Singh 1, Gursharan Singh 2; 100m and 200m (women): Parveen Kaur 1, Vijay Kumari 2, Seema 3; Kulwinder Singh, Jagmeet Singh and Jaspreet Singh of the Department of Physical Education bagged the first three prizes in 100 m and 200 m races respectively; Sandeep Kumar and Ajit Singh won the first two positions in high jump, respectively. Harminderpal and Jaspreet were the winners in shot-put. 



Sports meet held at engg college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, organised its annual sports meet here today. Sukhpal Singh Brar, SP (Headquarters), Ludhiana, inaugurated the meet.

The meet began with a march past by the students pursuing graduation and post-graduation courses. Balloons were released into the air marking the opening of the athletics meet.

There was a unique display of stamina, competitive spirit and precision, as participants strove to prove themselves in various events.



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