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encroachments on Park land
MC pulls down boundary walls
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
After the matter of a park in the Joshi Nagar area being encroached upon was highlighted in these columns, MC officials today swung into action and demolished the boundary walls of some plots carved out from the park land.

Interestingly, the boundary walls of three plots (two measuring 100 sq yards and one measuring 50 sq yards), which are in the possession of three MC employees, were not demolished.

According to the MC records, the encroached area, a piece of land measuring 1,045 sq yards, is a park. Area residents say a park used to exist on this land till a few years ago. A park management committee had also been set up for its proper upkeep.

The building plans of three MC employees' plots were sanctioned by the MC. However, three more persons had constructed boundary walls on this land. There was no opposition to the demolition of the boundary walls.

An MC team, led by building inspector Kuljit Singh Mangat, reached the spot this afternoon and demolished the boundary walls of three plots. “No person objected to our drive. We did not demolish the boundary walls of the remaining three plots because their owners have the registries of the land,” said Mangat.

In 1994, three MC employees (two from the horticulture branch and one from the building branch) were allotted land in the Balloke area in the city. Even after making payments, these officials were not given the possession of the land. Later, these employees approached the court, which directed that the employees be given land at an alternative place.

Some MC officials, in connivance with these three employees, allotted them land illegally in a park in Joshi Nagar. The building branch not only allotted them land, but also sanctioned their building plans.


MC Commissioner to deal with CLU cases
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The MC Commissioner has been appointed the competent authority to deal with cases pertaining to change of land use (CLU) except multiplexes. In a recent order issued by the state government, the MC Commissioner will be the competent authority to issue CLU certificates, notifications and other such legal formalities concerning the CLU.

This is likely to help the MC generate revenue since cases related to the CLU are massive revenue generators.

It is also likely to expedite the process of getting CLU cases cleared as all paper work and approvals will be granted at the local level. For areas outside the MC limits, the Deputy Director (Local Bodies) will be the competent authority.

A CLU certificate is needed when a piece of land is earmarked as a residential zone in the master plan and the land owner wants to use it for commercial or industrial purposes. The process of conversion involves the payment of conversion fee, after which the primary character of the land is changed.

Earlier, whenever someone wanted a CLU certificate, he had to first apply to the MC. A committee headed by the Mayor used to prepare the agenda and send it to the Local Bodies Department for approval. However, now all CLU cases, except for those related to multiplexes, will be dealt with by the MC Commissioner.

Though the Department of Housing and Urban Development had issued a notification on October 21 last year, declaring commissioners of municipal corporations as competent authorities for issuing CLU certificates, a notification in this regard was not issued by the state government, due to which several CLU cases got delayed.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma confirmed that he had been appointed as the competent authority to deal with CLU cases. "Applicants will have to deposit fee in the MC account, which will give a financial boost to the civic body," he said.



Hit by Punjab Roadways bus, 22-year-old motorcyclist dies
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 26
A 22-year-old youth was crushed to death while another youth sustained minor injuries on his legs when their motorcycle was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near the Jagraon bus stand here this morning. The deceased has been identified as Satnam Singh while the injured has been identified as Sukhpreet Singh. Both were residents of Mehna village in Moga district.

The accident took place when Satnam Singh, along with five other youths, was going to attend the Hola Mohalla celebrations at Anandpur Sahib. The six youths started their journey from Mehna village near Moga on three motorcycles early this morning. As soon as they reached near the Jagraon bus stand, a Punjab Roadways bus coming from the opposite side hit one of the motorcycles (PB 04 K 0431) from the rear side.

According to eyewitnesses, both motorcycle-borne youths fell on the road. Satnam Singh, who was riding the motorcycle, was crushed under the rear wheels of the bus, while Sukhpreet Singh fell on the other side and escaped with minor injuries on his legs.

Some local residents rushed both youths to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, where Satnam Singh was declared brought dead by doctors. Sukhpreet Singh's condition was stated to be out of danger.

The driver of the Punjab Roadways bus fled from the scene along with the vehicle.

A police team from the Jagraon bus stand police post reached the spot and started investigations.

ASI Baldev Singh said the police had registered a case against the unidentified bus driver on a statement of Sukhpreet Singh. The ASI said the police was conducting raids to nab the bus driver. The police handed over the youth's body to his kin after a postmortem at the Civil Hospital.



Banks to remain open from March 29 to 31
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Designated bank branches will remain open on March 29, 30 and 31 to facilitate tax collection. March 29 is a holiday on account on Good Friday. "With a view to providing greater convenience to taxpayers, it has been decided that all designated branches of agency banks and RBI offices conducting government business will keep their counters open on March 29, 30 and 31 to accept government taxes," stated a circular issued by the RBI.

The central bank also urged the taxpayers to remit taxes well before the last date. The facility for payment of taxes online and through select ATMs is also available.

The offices the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will also remain open on March 30 and 31 for tax collection. The CBEC offices will also remain open on March 29.

The SBI said its branches would remain open during normal business hours on Friday and Saturday, and till midnight on March 31.



Man, son booked for Rs 90-lakh fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The city police has booked a father-son duo for allegedly committing a fraud of Rs 90 lakh. The accused have been identified as Satwinderpal Singh Arora, alias Pappu, and his son Gurkaran Singh Arora of BRS Nagar. They were booked on a complaint of Neeraj Dhand, manager of HDFC Bank, Mall Road.

The incident took place on March 14, when Satwinderpal Singh Arora visited the bank and managed to get his account, which was sealed recently, operational.

Neeraj said within a few minutes after the account became operational, Satwinderpal's son Gurkaran Singh, while sitting in the Kalsi Nagar branch (GT Road) of HDFC Bank, withdrew Rs 89,87,758 through real-time gross settlement (RTGS). The money was then deposited in different bank accounts of AMCO Industrial Enterprises Private Ltd. As soon as the manager came to know about the transaction, he informed the police.

According to bank officials, Satwinderpal even duped his brothers. The money was withdrawn from a joint account and the presence of all stakeholders was mandatory for withdrawing the amount. A team, led by ACP Dhruman Nimbale, probed the matter. A case was registered today against Satwinderpal and Gurkaran Singh on charges of fraud and criminal conspiracy.

bank manager had lodged complaint

The accused have been identified as Satwinderpal Singh Arora, alias Pappu, and his son Gurkaran Singh Arora of BRS Nagar. They were booked on a complaint of Neeraj Dhand, manager of HDFC Bank, Mall Roadx



Man posing as NRI lands in police net
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
A man, posing as a prospective Canadian NRI groom, landed in the police net before he could dupe his victims. The accused, identified as Gurdish Singh of Ajram village in Hoshiarpur, had inserted a matrimonial in a vernacular daily on March 24, seeking an alliance, preferably from an Arora Sikh family.

In the matrimonial, Gurdish Singh had mentioned that he was 54 years old though his actual age is 35.

Addressing a press conference, senior Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said Gurdish Singh had received several matrimonial calls.

"Parents of some girls were willing to pay up to Rs 10 lakh to Gurdish Singh for marrying their daughters," said Ramoowalia. The matter came to the notice of his daughter, Amarjot Kaur Ramoowalia, national general secretary of the Istri Akali Dal.

She deputed Navdeep Singh, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia's personal assistant, to look into the matter. "We managed to convince Gurdish Singh to visit our office. In the meantime, we called the police. On seeing the police, Gurdish Singh confessed that he was posing as an NRI to dupe innocent women," said Navdeep Singh.

Mandeep Singh, SHO of the Sarabha Nagar police station, said the man had been arrested and investigations were on.

Gurdish Singh claimed that he was innocent. He said he was a middleman and was looking for a match for a Canadian NRI, who was to visit the state soon for marriage.



Court finds man guilty of killing wife
Former bank manager had done wife to death for second marriage
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, March 26
A former bank manager has been held guilty of murdering his wife 25 years after thier marriage in order father a child in a new alliance. Holding Harpal Singh of Model Town here guilty of killing his wife Amarjit Kaur (47), Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Arora has fixed March 30 for the pronouncement of the sentence.

According to the prosecution, the accused slit his wife’s throat for she was not able to bear a child. The man allegedly wanted to have a second marriage.

Amarjit Kaur was murdered in her house on June 27, 2003. She was stated to be alone at the house at the time of the murder, which took place between 8.45 pm and 10 pm.

In an FIR, Harpal Singh had stated that when he came home that night, he found the door open and saw his wife lying dead on a sofa. He had blamed robbers for his wife's death. Initially, a case against unknown persons was registered at the Model Town police station on June 27.

The case had become a prestige issue for the police, as the woman's parents, who are based in Kolkata, had hired private detectives to crack the case.

Special Public Prosecutor Sukhchain Singh said they would demand death penalty for the accused.

Sentence on March 30

Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Arora has fixed March 30 for the pronouncement of the sentence



8 challaned for smoking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The district task force today challaned eight persons for smoking at public places following instructions given by the Deputy Commissioner and the Civil Surgeon. "We challaned eight persons for smoking. While one person was challaned under Section 6 of the Anti-Tobacco Act-2003, seven persons were challaned under Section 4.

A fine of Rs 920 was collected" said a health official. The team included Amandeep Singh, District Attorney, NGO representative Krishan Lal Malik and police personnel. The District Health Officer, Dr Avinash Kumar, said the campaign against smoking would continue.



Security beefed up in Sarabha Nagar
Stern action to be taken against people found throwing eggs on commuters, teasing girls on Holi
Mohit Khanan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The city police is all geared up to rein in miscreants who spoil Holi fervour by indulging in eve-teasing. To ensure women's safety on Holi, the city police will deploy policewomen at key locations. The police today held a flag march in the Sarabha Nagar market.

"Let me tell you this hooliganism will no be tolerated. Miscreants indulging in eve-teasing will be dealt with an iron hand. Policewomen will be deployed in different areas to protect women from miscreants. Strict action will be taken against youngsters who will try to take law unto their hands. Stern action will be taken against people found throwing eggs on commuters. Those indulging in speeding will face challans," said ACP (West) Gurpreet, who led the flag march in Sarabha Nagar.

Security has been beefed up in the Sarabha Nagar market to tackle any exigency.

The Sarabha Nagar market is the key party destination for the city residents. The market had witnessed clashes on previous Holis. Mounted police and traffic police personnel will be deployed in the market to keep vigil on anti-social elements.

The security arrangements will be supervised by the Commissioner of Police. Two police vehicles equipped with hi-tech cameras will be stationed at Sarabha Nagar. These will record events taking place in the market.



Parties reach out to masses in dist
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Political parties in the district are in action mode, with a focus on the grassroots-level mobilisation. Even as the District Congress is gearing up for the first formal interaction of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa with its workers, the District BJP has reconstituted its mandals here.

During the PPCC chief's proposed visit (as part of his district-wise tour) to Ludhiana on April 6, the party plans to have a joint programme of the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Rural), and the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban).

Apart from the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari and Fatehgarh Sahib Member Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra, the party workers, office-bearers and leaders from the six urban and the eight rural Assembly segments would be part of the gathering. "Nine Assembly segments of Ludhiana district fall in the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency while five fall in the Fatehgarh Sahib parliamentary constituency. Our aim is not only to create a connect with the party workers, but also to reach out to the masses and strengthen the party-people connect," said president of the District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Rural) Malkiat Singh Dakha.

The PPCC president's visit would encourage and enthuse the party workers, added the District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) president Pawan Dewan.

Meanwhile, District BJP chief Parveen Bansal said the party had restructured its mandal-level division of the Ludhiana North and Ludhiana West Assembly constituencies. These constituencies have been divided into five mandals each. "The party needs a strong base and the party workers' mobilisation at the mandal level is imperative," said Bansal. He added as the district president he was committed to make the party emerge stronger and more focused.



Use safe colours, save eyes: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Warning against corneal damage, health experts say one should be careful while using colours during Holi, as chemical colours can make a person blind. Many people, specially migrants, develop corneal problems due to the use of chemical colours or lime water during Holi.

A city-based eye specialist, Dr GS Dhami, said: "Many migrants celebrate Holi with lime water as it is cheaper. If thrown into eyes, it can render cornea opaque. In some cases, victims become blind permanently." He said although such cases were decreasing now, some people still used lime water on Holi.

Dr Daljeet Kochhar, former in-charge of National Blindness Control Programme, Ludhiana, said: "Substandard colours cause eye and skin allergies. These colours affect the conjunctiva in eyes (conjunctivitis) leading to redness and itching in eyes."

Such allergies sometimes lead to serious skin and eye problems, said Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Head, Plastic Surgery Department of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Health Dept’s appeal

The Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, and District Health Officer Avinash Kumar have appealed to the city residents to celebrate Holi with safe colours. They have appealed to children and youngsters not to celebrate Holi with eggs, balloons and soil.

Prepare colours at home

Red: Add turmeric powder and lemon to water

Yellow: Two spoons of turmeric powder and double the quantity of gram flour

Orange: Dip flowers of "tesu" overnight in water

Green: Add four tea spoons of mehndi to 2 litres of water

Mezenta: Crush a beet root and add water to it



Bodies plan religious programmes
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Different organisations have planned programmes ranging from "latthmar" to "pushp" Holis to celebrate the festival of colours with religious fervour. A "pushp varsha" will be witnessed at Govind Godham where the Holi celebrations will start at 9 am.

Founder of Godham S D Dhamija said: "A Raas Lila mandli from Vrindawan is coming to the city. We have arranged five quintal of petals, including those of rose, merrigold, chandani. Artistes, who will perform as Radha and Krishna, will shower these petals on devotees. Special dresses for Radha and Krishan have been purchased from Vrindavan." He said no colours will be used during the celebrations.

In the evening, residents can visit Hotel Gulmohar at 5:30 pm to have a taste of religious fervour. Yugesh Gupta, general secretary of Iscon Committee, said: "We have imported flowers to decorate the venue. A beautiful "phool bangla" in the form of a palki is being prepared by Bengali artists for the deities of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Jagannath. For both the deities, special dresses worth Rs 2.50 lakh have been brought from Vrindavan. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's 'abhishek' ceremony will be the centre of attraction of the event. The Iscon America and Iscon Mauritius bands will perform a sankeertan. A 'pushp Holi' has been arranged."

Avinash Sikka, president of Ma Bhagwati Club, said: "The Dhanda Charitable Trust is organising a 'latthmar Holi' at Dandi Swami, Tapowan Ashram. A Vrindavan-based Raas Lila Mandli will hold a sankeertan from 7 pm."



Six judges shifted in Ludhiana
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has transferred six judges in Ludhiana district. Additional Sessions Judge Arunvir Vashishta has been transferred to Jalandhar. He has been replaced by ADJ Karunesh Kakkar. The ADJ, Mandeep Pannu, has been transferred to Mansa and she will be replaced by Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdev Singh.

Civil Judge (Senior Division) Balwinder Kumar Sharma has been transferred to Mansa. He is being replaced by Harjeet Singh of the same rank.

Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Vipindeep Kaur has been transferred to Amritsar. She has been replaced by Manila Chugh of the same rank.

Judicial Magistrate JS Mehndiratta has been transferred to Dera Bassi. The JMIC, Pratima Arora, has been posted here In his place. The JMIC, Rahul Garg, has been transferred to Rajpura and he will be replaced by JMIC Pankaj Verma.

Anand Sagar made SDM of Khanna

Khanna: Anand Sagar Sharma, a PCS officer, today joined as SDM of Khanna in place of PS Sodhi, who has been transferred to Gurdaspur as Assistant Commissioner, Grievances. Earlier, Sharma was posted at Zira. — OC



Dalit morcha withdraws stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The Dalit Adhikar Bachao Morcha organised a rally on the Jalandhar bypass to announce the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's decisions about the long-pending demands of the Dalit community. The Chief Minister has accorded his approval to all their demands.

Dalit leaders, including Veer Vijay Danav, Veer Laxman Dravid and Chaudhry Yashpal, met the Chief Minister at his residence in Chandigarh on March 26.

Veer Vijay Danav said the morcha had withdrawn its proposed agitation to block a highway on March 26, after the CM's assurance about their demands. The leaders had discussed 11 major demands of the Dalit community with the Chief Minister.

Ramanjeet Lali, senior Dalit Leader, said: "Parkash Singh Badal promised that the backlog of vacancies in the SC/ST posts will be filled soon and the construction of Ambedkar Bhawan will be started on April 14".



pre-school registration
Confusion prevails over RTE Act
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Though the last date of registration of private schools with the state government under the Right to Education Act, ended on March 12, confusion still prevails amongst certain schools over the registration issue. It has been made mandatory for all the private regular schools to get themselves registered under the RTE Act.

Though majority of them got registered, a few failed to adhere to the government's directions. But the play or pre-schools are not required to be registered under this particular act, maintains the Nodal Agency.

The confusion prevails mainly among the primary, pre-primary schools, who are not aware whether to get themselves registered or not as state government has issued strict instructions that whichever school fails to get registered, will face closure. Amarjit Singh, a member of a managing society of a playway here said since there was too much panic and pressure, he got his school registered under the RTE act on March 12 i.e. on the last date of registration. "I am relieved that my school has been registered with the department", he said.

But the Director General of Secondary Education, the Nodal Agency for the RTE Act, KS Pannu made it clear that only regular school upto class X or XII were to get themselves registered or the nursery schools run by the same managements at same premises were required to get themselves registered. While the play-schools, pre-schools were exempted from the registration process.

"Even if some of the playschools got themselves registered, there would be no harm as these school managements have not been asked to pay anything for getting their schools registered. But play-schools are not required to be registered under RTE Act." said Pannu.





Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management observed its second convocation on March 26. Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University (PU), presided over the function. As many as 330 students were conferred upon degrees. Five students were honoured with the college colour while thirteen others with Roll of Honour. The convocation also shed light on the multi-perspective college life. In his address to the students, the Vice- Chancellor exhorted the students to dream big to achieve big. Further, citing example of Ruchi Sahni, the first ever gold medallist of Panjab University, he discussed the importance of commerce and management in life.

S P Oswal, Padam Bhushan, Chairman, SACCM, in his address emphasised on the significance of industrial houses, venturing into the vistas of serving the lot of education in the country. Col P S Choudhry, secretary, college managing committee, welcomed the chief guest, and read out the bio-data of multifaceted PU Vice-Chancellor. Col Choudhry further advised the students to live a goal oriented and value-loaded life. Thereafter principal Dr R L Behl read the annual report to express the achievements of college in all the spheres.

Two MCom students bring laurels

Two students of MCom 2nd year of Kamla Lohtia SD College brought laurels to the institution by clearing the UGC NET examination held on December 30, 2012. Samriti Juneja and Amit Goyal of M Com 2nd year cleared the UGC- NET examination in their very first attempt. Sunil Aggarwal, president, college managing committee and Sandeep Aggarwal, vice president felicitated the students for their endevour. The principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma and Prof Rajesh Marwaha, head of PG Department of Commerce and Management, congratulated the students and wished them success.

Industrial visit

The students of Post Graduate Diploma in International Business of Kamla Lohtia SD College visited Hero Exports, a Hero Eco Enterprise, here. Accompanied with in charge Dr KK Uppal & Prof Vinav Dawar YS Dhiman, DGM International Marketing, Ritesh Arora AGM International Marketing & Inder Raj HR manager enlightened the students on various issues related to international marketing of cycle and cycle parts. Arora's primary focus was on European countries. He further emphasised upon the strengths of Indian producers and the impact of government's policies on international cycle business.

Farewell party

It was a special moment for the PG and UG students, Faculty of Science, as juniors bid farewell to their seniors at Guru Nanak Girls College, here. The students presented an entertaining cultural programme on this occasion. The juniors presented dance numbers and songs but the main attraction was the modeling by students of final year. The senior students passed compliments to their teachers. Sukhwinder Cheema, Manjit Singh Randhawa, and Dr Bindu Bala, were the judges during the event. The Miss Farewell award was given to Yachika was adjudged Miss Farewell, while Shama and Heena were crowned as 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

Sanskrit students honoured

As many as 75 students of BA I, II and III of Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, having Sanskrit subject, received the combined cheque of Rs 3,00,000 (Rs 4000 per student), as a merit scholarship from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. This scholarship is given to the students who secure high marks in Sanskrit as well as in other subjects. Whereas in other colleges, Sanskrit has been disappearing, students of government college are receiving remarkable positions in the university by performing well.

Degrees conferred on 300 students

The annual convocation of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College was held in Guru Nanak Hall, here. Dr Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh was the chief guest on this occasion. As many as 300 graduates and post graduates of arts, science, commerce and computer science were given degrees. Professor Sohinderjit Singh, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Education Council accorded a warm welcome to the chief guest, mentioning his academic and administrative achievements.

Thereafter principal Gurdev Singh, presented the annual report of the Session 2012-13, highlighting the achievements of the faculty and students, including academic, extra-curricular and sports. Following this the chief guest Dr Arun Kumar Grover congratulated the staff and students for their accomplishments. Dr Grover traced the history of higher education in India and underlined the contribution of Swami Vivekananda in its growth. In the end, Dr S P Singh, senior vice-president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council and former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, proposed the vote of thanks.




Holi celebrations

Maple Bear Canadian Pre-School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Holi in the school premises with pomp and show. The school children came in traditional dresses depicting themselves to be ready for the sprinkling of colours to celebrate Holi. They enthusiastically played Holi with colours and with pichkaris. Veena Aggarwal, principal of the school sent a message to the parents and kids that this festival of colours helped in bringing society together.

Pushp Holi

Holi was celebrated with colourful zeal and vigour in Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, using natural colours and flower petals. It was an earnest effort of coming closer to nature, with a message of making Holi a 'Pushp Holi'. The festival was celebrated with haldi, chandan and colourful flower petals. The founder principal and director, Avinash Kaur Walia, the chairman, Nirmal Singh Walia, director, Mandeep Singh, principal Sandeep Raikhi, headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur and other members of the management congratulated the staff and students on this occasion. — TNS




Eco-friendly Holi

Very colourful yet very clean and eco-friendly Holi celebrations were witnessed here in the campus of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Ludhiana. Institute carries forward its tradition of Pushp Holi. The campus was beautifully decorated with different types of flowers. The celebrations began with the ritual of Holi tikka in which all the students applied tikka with herbal colours on each other's faces.

After the ritual, students played Holi with flower petals and no harmful colours were used during the celebrations. The students were seen enjoying and dancing as Holi based bollywood numbers were played back to back by the DJ to provide a perfect atmosphere for colourful celebrations. "Since, design is one such field which needs lots of focus, hard work and creativity, such events organised by the institute help us to rejoice and relax ourselves so that we keep on working with the same enthusiasm", quoted Vishesh Bansal, head boy of INIFD, Ludhiana. "The whole objective behind organising such events is to provide a platform for students in which they can relax”. This adds to their creativity skills as well", added Ms Amardeep Lall, the Associate Director, INIFD, Ludhiana.

Pension Mela

Legal Services Authority Punjab and Social Security and Children Development Department of the state government jointly organised a Pension Mela at Halwara near Gurusar Sudhar today. The event was organised on the instructions of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ludhiana, KK Singla presided over the function. Over 100 persons availed pension benefits during the occasion. Besides this around 50 applications for pension benefits were also approved.

While speaking during the occasion, Singla stated that such kind of Pension Mela would be organised in all the villages of Punjab in the near future.

“The Supreme Court and High Court feel that the weaker and uneducated sections of society cannot avail the benefits of such schemes properly due to the lack of awareness among them. Therefore awareness regarding government schemes and legal services is of the utmost importance”, said Singla.



Cyclist crushed to death under truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
One person was crushed to death by a speeding truck. The deceased, identified as Pawan Kumar was a resident of Kailash Nagar. According to Sham Sunder, brother of the deceased, they were heading towards home on their cycles.

When they reached Jeewan Nagar Chowk, an over speeding trolley hit his brother from the rear side, following which he lost the control and fell on the road. He was seriously injured and rushed to Civil Hospital for treatement. After a day struggling for life he succumbed to his injuries yesterday. The accused managed to flee the scene. The police has registered a case against the unknown driver for causind death by negligent driving.



Six accused confess to snatchings, murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
A major turnaround took place as the six persons who were caught from Clock Tower area yesterday, for planning a robbery, reportedly confessed to have committed 21 snatching and a murder of man who has been identified as Shambhu Singh, whose body was found near Jagraon Bridge on March 19.

The accused have been identified as Jatinder, Ajay Kumar, Ganga, Deepak Kumar all from Uttar Pradesh, Deepak Shah of Nepal and Ramesh Kumar from Kapurthala.

The police said that the arrest of the accused would provide a huge respite to the city residents.



105 cricketers attend trials at Arya College
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 26
Around 105 budding cricketers attended the trials conducted by the LDCA at Arya College here today. The trials were held to select boys (u-14) for training at the PCA Non-Residential Academy.

A three-member selection panel, comprising two selectors appointed by the Punjab Cricket Association namely Pankaj Dharmani (Patiala) and former Punjab Ranji player Ashok Khanna (Chandigarh), and one from the LDCA, former Punjab Ranji captain Ankur Kakkar, judged the aspirants' abilities with the bat and ball.

"The selectors prepared a list to be submitted to the PCA. The names of 16 probables besides four standby players will be finalised," said Vinod Chitkara of the LDCA.



PU Inter-College championship
Khalsa College girls bag overall trophy
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, March 26
The students of the Khalsa College for Women (KCW), Civil Lines, Ludhiana, stamped their superiority bagging the overall trophy in the Panjab University Inter-College Championship for the session 2012-13 held recently.

The students from the college secured 342.5 points to finish ahead of the others. They reaped a rich haul of 131 medals, including 48 gold, 60 silver and 23 bronze.

The PG Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, accumulated 286 points and had to content as runners-up.

The KCW players won top honours in cricket, powerlifting and weightlifting while they secured the second position in chess, baseball, softball, athletics, cross country and cycling. They secured the third place in hockey, volleyball, tae kwon do and kabaddi.

Girls who brought fame to their college included Parveen Khan, Sukhpreet Kaur, Mamta Rana, Amanjeet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Amanjot Kaur, Raj Rani, Amanjot, Amandeep Kaur, Mandeep Kaur, Simranjeet Kaur, Sarabjeet Kaur, Dimple Bagga, Salma and Gunjeet Kaur.

The members of the college managing committee joined Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the college, in appreciating the girls' achievements.



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