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Jobless linemen lay siege to minister’s house
Kuldip Bhatia

Policemen try to stop protesters in front of PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's residence in Ludhiana on Sunday
Policemen try to stop protesters in front of PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's residence in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 28
Hundreds of unemployed linemen, along with the members of their families, staged a dharna near Punjab PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's residence on Barewal Road here today. They were protesting against the dilly-dallying tactics being adopted by the Punjab Government and the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) management in their recruitment.

At one stage, there was a virtual scuffle between the police personnel deployed on security duty outside the minister's house and the activists of the Unemployed Linemen Union, Punjab, when the police made an attempt to stop the protesters from proceeding further and staging a dharna outside the house. But, timely intervention by senior police officials and the leaders of the union averted defused the situation.

Addressing the protesting linemen, who had been waiting for their appointment letters for more than two years, chief adviser Soma Singh Bharo, general secretary Jagtar Singh Mahinangal and other speakers said the PSPCL had advertised 5,000 posts of linemen in January 2011. At that time, only 1,000 applicants were selected while 4,000 were left in the lurch on the pretext of pending court cases against further recruitment.

The leaders alleged that even in the face of repression let loose by the police at the behest of the state government, the unemployed linemen and their families had continued the struggle, and many of them, including women and children, were arrested and implicated in false cases.

Both Bharo and Mahinangal claimed that in February 2013, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice, AK Sikri, had ruled that there was no legal hitch in the recruitment of the rest of 4,000 linemen, and this issue could be addressed by the Punjab Government and the PSPCL management at their own levels.

"However, the adamant state government has failed to dispense justice to the unemployed linemen even after a series of meetings of the union representatives with the government and the PSPCL authorities in the last two months," they stated, adding that if the government persisted with its attitude of shutting its eyes to the struggling linemen's plight, they would be forced to intensify their agitation.


Gang of women swindlers on prowl
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Cases of swindler women robbing innocent persons on the pretext of befriending them are on the rise. In the recent incident, a government schoolteacher of Rakba village fell victim to the honey trap and was kidnapped by six persons.

Their modus operandi: After enticing a man, the women call him at their residence where their accomplices kidnap them and seek ransom for their release.

Schoolteacher Chamkaur Singh's kidnapping was considered as a stray case where his relatives informed the police leading to the arrest of the accused.

A majority of such cases go unreported as the victims and their relatives don’t report the matter to the police fearing social stigma.

The gang members are from Sirsa in Haryana and the Ferozepur and Bathinda areas of Punjab. The gang was thriving in several districts of the state and had made its base in the city.

Raj Kumar, SHO, Division Number 7 police station, said investigations were on.

Sources said the men living in the suburban area were the preferred targets of the gang. Sources have also not ruled out the involvement of lower-rung policemen in the case.

Chamkaur Singh, who was kidnapped from a room in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Samrala Chowk, was rescued from the Mangli area. The police also arrested three kidnappers.

The accused had demanded Rs 30 lakh from Parkash Singh, brother-in-law of Chamkaur Singh, for his release. However, the deal was struck at Rs 10 lakh.

The three accused, identified as Sartaj of Jeera in Ferozepur, Parmod of Sirsa in Haryana and Amrinder of Bathinda, were arrested, while the other three accused, identified as Manpreet Singh, Amrinder Singh and Harjinder, who were travelling in a separate vehicle, managed to flee. The two women also gave police the slip.

Four more Arrested

A day after three members of a kidnappers’ gang were held, the city police on Sunday nabbed four of their accomplices, including a woman, who were putting up in a city-based hotel. The accused have been identified as Satwinder of Faridkot, Joginder and Jagtar, both residents of Rania village in Sirsa, and a woman, Rinki. Rinki is allegedly Jagtar’s paramour and is working with an orchestra. Satwinder, who drives a mini-truck, used to visit Chamkaur Singh’s house.

He hatched a conspiracy with the other gang members and planned to kidnap him. As per the plan, Rinki along with her friend started calling Chamkaur Singh and the latter fell into their trap. It is learnt that Satwinder was aware of Chamkaur Singh’s financial status. This was the reason why they demanded a ransom of Rs 30 lakh for his release.

One of the gang members is a BBA student

Sartaj of Jeera in the Ferozepur area was pursuing Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from a college in Moga. Hailing from a family of farmers, Sartaj entered into the world of crime as he was under huge debt.



20-yr-old falls off roof, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A 20-year-old youth died after falling off a roof at Vishwakarma Colony today. The deceased has been identified as Vinit Kumar. He was studying in Class IX and was working for an orchestra in the evening to eke out his living.

Eyewitnesses said Vinit was tired as he stayed awake at a ‘jagran’ the whole night. When he was removing the music system installed on the rooftop in the morning, he lost his balance and fell from the roof.

Residents rushed him to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Doctors said he died due to excessive blood loss.

Jail Superintendent injured in road accident

Superintendent Central Jail SP Khanna was injured in a road accident at Sherpur Chowk last night. He was travelling in his private vehicle along with his security guard when the accident took place. The superintendent's car met with an accident with a truck. Khanna suffered injuries on his forehead and nose. His security guard has also suffered injuries.



Health dept plans to start SMS service
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Making residents aware of diseases through SMSes still seems to be distant dream for the district health department. Following the pattern of Delhi, officials of the Ludhiana district health department also planned to start the SMS service last year, but the plan did not materialise.

The health department is again planning to start the service as cases of vector-borne diseases are on the rise in summers.

Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said: “I closely observed the SMS service in Delhi last year and thought of starting it in Ludhiana district too. I also contacted a few telecom companies. But the companies said they would have to seek permission from the head offices. That’s way the service could not be started last year."

“I will again urge the telecom companies to start the service. I hope I will succeed this year,” said the Civil Surgeon.

Once the service starts, residents will get SMSes about water and vector-born diseases from the district health department. The residents will be made aware of the symptoms and precautions to be taken. They will also be sent the control room number from where they will be connected to the Civil Surgeon’s office in case of any suspected case of a vector-borne disease.



RTI activist booked for forgery, impersonation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The city police has booked a self-proclaimed RTI activist, who was allegedly settling personal scores and harassing his son's father-in-law by seeking information under the Right to Information Act. The accused has been identified Gurjit Singh, a resident of Rishi Nagar.

The complainant, Narinder Singh, said Gurjit posed as a member of the Daal Dealer Association, Keras Gunj, and sought details of his property and other assets from the Income Tax Department.

Narinder Singh said Gurjit was not a member of the Daal Dealer Association and was was seeking information to harass him.

Narinder said his daughter was married to Gurjit's son. Soon after the marriage, Gurjit and his son started torturing her for dowry.

Finally, Narinder's daughter filed a dowry harassment case against Gurjit's son and other family members. Narinder said Gurjit misused the RTI Act to settle personal scores. The Sarabha Nagar police has booked Gurjit Singh for forgery and impersonation.

Man held for piracy

The city police has nabbed a man who was copying latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies at a godown in the Field Gunj area.

The accused has been identified as Ramesh Kumar. He was arrested following a complaint by Gurcharan Singh, deputy manager of Super Cassette Industries, Noida.

The police has seized three DVD copywriters, two batteries and 4,600 blank DVDs from his possession. Nearly 600 pornographic movies have also been recovered from his possession.



Summer Vacation
Railways to run summer special trains from May 1
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 28
In order to clear the passenger rush during the summer vacation, the Railway has decided to run summer special trains between New Delhi and Udhampur and Varanasi and Udhampur via Ludhiana. Some more trains on the Amritsar-Mumbai and other trunk routes are also expected to be announced in the near future.

Railway officials said a pair of trains between New Delhi and Udhampur will run thrice in a week, and in all will make 52 trips from May 1 to June 29.

The train having three-tier AC, sleeper and general coaches will leave New Delhi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11.45 pm and reach Udhampur at 12.10 pm. From Udhampur, it will leave every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8.50 pm and reach New Delhi at 10.30 am.

The train will have stoppages at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt, Chakki Bank and Jammu Tawi stations.

Another pair of trains will run biweekly between Udhampur and Varanasi from May 3 to June 29. The train with three-tier AC, sleeper and general coaches will leave Varanasi every Tuesday and Friday at 3.30 pm and reach Udhampur at 5.20 pm the next day. From Udhampur, the train will leave every Wednesday and Saturday at 9.50 PM and reach Varanasi at 11.50 pm the next day.

The train will have scheduled stoppages at Jammu Tawi, Chakki Bank, Jalandhar Cantt, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantt, Sharanpur, Laksar, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow and Sultanpur.

Senior officials say the Railways is also taking steps to provide better amenities to passengers at all major railway stations under the Ferozepur division. Arrangements are being made to make more counters operational at the railway reservation centres to cope with the heavy rush of passengers during summer.



Hike in rail freight hits industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The increase in the freight charges is giving tough times to the local industry as steel prices have gone up by 5-8 per cent. Rail freight charges on the movement of iron ore as well as finished steel have been increased. The prices of several other commodities like cement have also gone up with transportation getting costlier.

Nearly 66 per cent of the essential goods required by the North-East is transported through railways and 30 per cent through roadways. "It is a double blow to us. The freight rates for the domestic movement of both iron ore and finished steel have been increased. The steel companies are left with no other option but to increase their prices," said Abishek Syal, an industrialist.

Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club, said: "The increase in the freight rates has led to more inflationary pressure. the North-East is hugely dependent on the Railways for getting its stock of essential items".

The prices of steel keep fluctuating. The increase in the fright charges has proved to be a doubly whammy for us. The local industry is dependent on the Railways for transportation and the industry is bearing the brunt of the hike, said Satish Khanna, owner of an induction furnace unit.

The industrialists indicated that it would make the industry further uncompetitive and the local products would become costlier than those manufactured in the coastal states.

Karan Juneja, a garment manufacturer, said: "Punjab is a net exporter with the state selling around 80 per cent of its products to other states. This increase in the freight rates will prove to be a hindrance to exports from Punjab, as the state is far away from the coast".

Another exporter said: "Things are going from bad to worse and it is becoming very difficult for the industry to sustain under such circumstances".

Hindrance to state exports

This increase in the freight rates will prove to be a hindrance to exports from Punjab, as the state is far away from the coast.

Karan Juneja, a garment manufacturer



Government schools sans English, maths teachers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The state government is in process of implementing the Right to Education (RTE) in true spirits. But at maximum government middle schools in the state, there are no teachers for teaching important subjects like maths and English. The only alternative adopted by the state government has been hiring the services of science and social science teachers to teach maths and English, respectively. The impact shows is projected in their results as maximum students get compartment in maths and English in Classes from VI to VIII.

According to available information, there are about 2,500 government middle schools in Punjab. For the classes between VI to VIII, about 24 periods of maths (eight periods each class) are to be taken each week. Similar is the case with English. But to teach both these subjects, there are no "subject" teachers and services of master cadre science and social science teachers are hired to take maths and English classes, respectively.

One of the science teachers wishing not to be quoted said that any master cadre teacher could take maximum 34 periods each week.

"We have to take about 16 periods of science (for three classes) and in addition to that about 18 periods of maths. But the remaining about six periods are taken by other teachers including physical education, Hindi or other subjects. By not providing the subject teachers in middle schools, the government may be saving money but this is certainly showing in the results of the students, majority of whom get compartment in both maths and English subjects, respectively. One can get the list of the students and majority of students fail to get pass-marks in both the important subjects", rued the teacher.

The president of Maths Teacher Association from Amritsar, Gurbachan Singh, said how could government expects excellent results in Classes IX and X when there are no subject teachers to teach maths and English?. He said, "There are no posts of maths and English in the middle schools. The science or social science teacher can not justify by teaching maths or English subjects. Government wants to bring change in the education system but there needs to be proper way."

Gurbir Singh, a senior maths teacher said the government needs to recruit subject teachers in middle schools as the poor and needy students in middle schools need strong foundation on the subjects and only then they could compete with their counterparts in this competitive era.



303 pvt schools under PSEB scanner
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The checking of as many as 303 private schools, which are located in below 500 square yards of land and the list of which was sent by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to the District Education Department here, seems to have become a Herculean task for the department as about 20 schools of the total number are such, which do not have proper, valid addresses and in that case, it would be too difficult for the teams to visit the schools.

The DEO, Paramjit Kaur, said they were facing problem because of incorrect addresses. "Still, we have asked the principals of various other schools to locate these schools. In case they fail to do so, they will give it in writing and then we will send the list to the board to get their full addresses. The teams will start checking these schools from Tuesday onwards," said the DEO.

It may be mentioned here that the department has to send the list of the schools to the board, whether they were following all other conditions or not, which are mandatory to get the affiliation by the board. It was brought to the notice of the state government that many schools, located below 500 square yard land, were not following other norms of the board as well. Though the state government has given them a time of two years for expansion, at the same time, the government has asked to ensure that these schools were following all other norms.

The checking has to be done to see:

  • The vacant land adjacent to the school building
  • The eligibility of the teachers teaching in the schools
  • The number of students in each section and teacher/student ratio
  • The qualification of the principal
  • The transportation facility and condition of vehicles
  • The fire-safety equipment installation
  • Facility of drinking water etc



City-based poetess releases book
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A book titled “A Silent Dream” was released today. A collection of poems, it has been penned by city-based young poet Bhagya Shree and this is her first book. Released amid the presence of noted personalities including DIG Fayyaz Farooqui, prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Dr Kewal Dhir, chairman Adeeb International, the book comprises about 60 poems, written over a period of four years.

The book captures the emotions of the young poet. "This book is about love, life and dreams. It was titled 'silent dreams' as these capture the innermost expressions, the dreams that are intimate that are not shared with others," she says.

She said she has written the poems in her own style tried not to follow any poet. While some of the poems are written in free verse, others poems rhyme.

An admirer of metaphysical poet John Donne, Bhagya Shree has even written an 'ode' to Donne in the book. She also loves reading poetry of Dante, she says. Both these poets are "gods of poetry" for her, she smiles.

She has been writing poetry since she was in Class VII. But it was only about four years ago that she started thinking about writing more seriously, and this maiden effort has culminated in a book, she says.

She pursued post graduation in English from SCD Government College after her graduating from Government College for Women.

A member of Ludhiana Kala Mach, Bhagya Shree has also been doing theatre, since her graduation days. "I would always be associated with creative arts, whether acting or writing," she says.

Dreaming to become a script writer, she would continue to write more books, she says. "I am going to die writing," she smiles.



Play depicting shades of relationship staged
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A play titled 'Rishtey' was staged at Punjabi Bhawan here last evening. Written by Dr SN Sewak, the play brings to the fore the various shades of relationships. Organised by the Ludhiana Kala Manch, in collaboration with Senior Citizen Welfare Association and Punjabi Sahit Akademi, the Punjabi play shows conflict caused by the generation gap.

It was written by Dr Sewak in 2002. It has been staged many a time since then, he says. The three-act play comprises of six characters.

Co-directed by Brijmohan Bhardwaj and Gurvinder Singh, the play’s various facets of society including dowry system. In the play, children bring parents together whose relation has been marred by suspicion, showcasing wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age, says Bhagya Shree, who essayed the role of daughter in the play.

The play also questions when the younger generation doesn't get liberty to choose life partners, she says.

In the play, the younger generation wants simple marriage rather than wasting expenses on lavish marriage, said Dr Sewak while talking about it. The play essentially is a social drama, in which the younger generation shows the way to the older generation in the play, says Dr Sewak.



District chemists plan strike on May 10
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
On a call of the All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists, the Ludhiana District Chemists Association have decided to go on strike on May 10. Disclosing this, GS Chawla and Tikka Dalip Singh, general secretary and president, respectively, of the Ludhiana District Chemists Association, said: "All the members of tehsil and sub-tehsil-level associations participated in an executive body meeting held here today.

All of them assured us of following the strike call of May 10. None of us will open the shops for 24 hours on that day."

He said they had demanded that in the new policy, retail chemists' profit should be kept the same, proper steps should be taken for solving pharmacists' problems, the Drug and Cosmetics Act- 2008 should be amended, drug licences should be issued, the police's intervention in the functioning of chemist shops should be stopped and the sale of drugs should not be included in FDI sector.



Printing possible without chemicals, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Printing is possible without the use of water and chemicals, said Anjan Kumar Baral, head of the printing department at the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar. Baral was speaking at a seminar on 'Waterless Offset Printing' during soft intervention meeting of the printing and packaging cluster here.

He said this latest development and growing technology is environmental friendly and already about 3,000 such machines are working in the world. This technology was invented in the year 1982 in Japan by the Tory company. Most of the major problems in the offset, he said, are due to chemical compositions and imbalance of water and ink. Now in this technology, since no water or chemical is used, all such problems are taken care of. Moreover, there will be very less wastage in comparison with the conventional offset technology. Baral was specially invited to guide the printing and packaging entrepreneurs of Ludhiana about the latest trends and developments in the field of Printing and Packaging.

The workshop on 'Waterless Offset Printing' was organised by the Offset Printers' Association (OPA) under the ongoing soft interventions programme for the development of printing and packaging cluster at Ludhiana. Sukhminder Singh Rekhi, senior industrial promotion officer and Darshan Singh, CDE both from the office of DIC, Ludhiana, were also present on the occasion. Special invitee on the occasion was Varinder Dhingra, managing director, Printing and Packaging Cluster, Karnal.



Transfers in Excise and Taxation Dept
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Transfers and shuffling have been effected in the Excise and Taxation Department in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections 2014, which are likely to be announced anytime. According to the Election Commission, the officials, who have been posted in a district for the past three years, have to be shifted in any case.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Inderjit Singh Bhawra has been transferred to Jalandhar while Jaskaran Brar has taken over as the AETC (Moible Wing). Brar was earlier posted as the AETC, Distrist I.

Tejbir Singh Sidhu has taken over as the AETC, District I. He was earlier posted in Jalandhar and will be joining office on Monday.

Bhupinder Gupta has joined as the AETC, District II. He has been transfered from Kapurthala and had already joined office on Friday.

The AETC, District III, HPS Ghotra remains on the same position.



Promoting green the dance way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Visitors to a mall on Ferozepur Road were caught unawares when a flash mob of around 35 youngsters appeared from nowhere and started dancing today. They danced for about 10 minutes and then disappeared into the crowd. The dance was organised to spread the message of purification of not only the environment, but also "people's mind".

Gulneet Chahal, organiser of the event, said there was a need for cleansing people's mind as much as there was a need for cleaning the environment. She said people were being affected by cultural pollution, which resulted in problems like increasing crime in society.

A Power Point presentation played in the background as the group danced. The theme of the composition was "The Impending Water Crisis". "We'll virtually run out of water by 2025, if steps are not taken to save it now," Gulneet said.

One of the objectives of the dance show was the promotion of a non-profitable organisation, "People for Plant", an environment friendly club.



world dance day
Dance gaining popularity among residents in city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
It seemed like scene right out of a Bollywood wedding indeed when both, bride and groom, started dancing like professional dancers during the wedding season. As World Dance Day was celebrated across the world, the spirit of dancing has caught on the city both amongst the grown up and children.

"We learnt to dance especially to dance for our wedding. Every couple on their wedding has to shake a leg, so why not do it in a style that is both memorable both for us and others watching. So we learnt dance to perform on our wedding day," says Rohit, a resident.

"Although wedding dances have been in for quite sometime, now couples do not shy away from dancing. Intimate dance forms like Zouk and Bachata are also performed by the couples," says Sangita Khushwaha from a city-based dance studio. "Now even the relatives of the couple like uncle and aunts, even grandparents learn to dance," she says.

As photographs, videos and what people do and perform during the wedding ceremonies become memorable after the wedding and not really the clothes and food, so people are giving lot of importance to dance," she said. "Now selection of songs for dance has also become very open," she says.

"People generally come about a month or 15 days before the wedding," she says. "More people have started coming to learn dance especially for their weddings," says Amit Verma, from a dance academy.

"Apart from Bollywood, many other dance forms are popular for wedding dances," says another dance instructor form the city.

Sangita's Studio of Performing Arts celebrated International Dance Day today. Dr Sangita B Kushwaha said the day is being observed since 1982 and is celebrated by millions of dancers around the globe. Prominent dance styles including Bollywood, Latin dances, hip-hop, contemporary, Dufi and Kathak were performed by students. A contemporary performance on girl child and woman empowerment was also performed on the occasion.

Various dance forms have caught up in the city. "Belly dance, Kathak and Bollywood has really caught up in the city like never before," says Sangita. Various Latin dances are also popular these days," says Amit Verma.




Master Saleem performs at the Lodhi Club in Ludhiana
Master Saleem performs at the Lodhi Club in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Punjabi singer enthrals audience

Noted Bollywood and Punjabi singer, Master Saleem, performed at the Lodhi Club here on Saturday. He sang his popular Punjabi songs including 'Charke di ghook' and 'Hum ka peeni hai'. Saleem said he would not sing vulgar songs like other singers. Pawan Garg, cultural secretary of the club said he also performed sufi songs and the performance was enjoyed by club members.

250 examined at medical camp

Rising Youth Association organised a free medical camp with the help of Dr Ambedkar Naujwan Sabha at Gurudwara Singh Sabha, New Sham Nagar, here on Sunday. Dr Gurpreet Singh (chest), Dr Harmandeep Singh (ortho), Dr Ruchi S Mutneja (skin) and Dr Sonepreet Grewal along with supporting staff examined 250 patients and rendered follow-up advice. Free medicines were distributed to the patients.

87 donate blood

A blood donation camp was here on Saturday organised by Akal Khalsa Welfare Society with the help of Bhai Ghanaya Welfare Society. During the camp, as many as 87 units of blood were donated. Harjit Singh Bittu, member of the society while speaking on the occasion, said blood donation is supreme and live saving. "Everybody in their lifetime should donate blood which in turn will help in saving someone's life. Our society is engaged in the welfare of downtrodden," he added.

Hunger strike

Members of Shiv Sena, Samajwadi, All-India Anti-Terrorist front here on Saturday sat on hunger strike against the delay is being caused in the hanging of Davinder Singh and Balwant Singh. The protestors today sat on Jagraon bridge and had also forwarded a letter to central government through the district administration demanding that the two should be hanged within 60 days and the families of riot victims should be given all the basic facilities.

Bus flagged off to holy shrine

Hindu Usthan Parishad here on Saturday flagged-off second bus to shrine Vaishno Devi. Every month, the parishad takes devotees to different shrines, temples to pay obeisance. Charges of lodging, boarding and borne by the parishad.

‘Efforts needed to save environment’

Collective efforts are needed to save our environment from pollution. These views were expressed by V Gopal Gowda, Justice Supreme Court while addressing a seminar conducted by Hari Bhari National Envirement Portection Society, here today. He called upon the people to plant more and more trees which play a major role in guarding our environment and keep our surroundings clean. Speaking on the occasion, Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, M Jaipal said the need of the hour was to protect the drinking water. This could be possible only by collective efforts made by the public as well the government, he added. Rahul Tiwarim, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, also spoke on this occasion and urged upon the city residents to make all out efforts towards this social cause.


Punjab Government is committed to uplift the living standard of downtrodden.

The state government is committed to uplift the down-trodden and sanctioned Rs 596 crore for the purpose in the current budget. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, for Dailry Development, Welfare of Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes expressed these vies while addressing a state level function organised to celebrate the 122nd birthday of founder of Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at Dehlon near here on Sunday. Rajebagha, chairman, Punjab State ST/SC Commission advised the young boys and girls belonging to these castes to avail the various facilities being provided by the government. Congress workers are enthusiasts for panchayat, Block Samiti and Zila Parishad election. — TNS



reporters’ diary
‘That’s not my house, I can litter here’

“This is not my home, so I can litter here and there.” This is what I overheard when a seven-old-year old child asked his mother why she was throwing a wrapper on the floor at city’s railway station. What will we teach our kids when the elders have this attitude?

At public places in the country, including bus stand, parks, railway stations and even roads one can see careless public spoiling the general cleanliness. “This is not my house so why should I bother,” is a general remark if one is questioned. Still there are others who would stare into your face, as if they would guzzle you down for asking such a question.

Nuisance on roads

The vehicular traffic in the mega city, with ever increasing number of vehicles, is already in a pathetic state and the traffic planners or the traffic police seem completely clueless to come to terms with the daunting task of regulation and management of traffic. As if this is not enough, several religious shobha yatras or processions ebbing taken out on the busy roads at regular intervals add to the misery of road users who are stuck in the traffic jams for hours together, those going for important meetings or other appointments are delays, public transport vehicles, and even ambulances carrying critically ill patients are delayed for hours together if they happen to take the route of shobha yatras. Fearing the ire of bigots, the police personnel or even the top administrative and police officials choose to look the other way while common people stuck on the road continue to suffer. The so called "civil society" needs to study address this problem, which every body faces one or the other day, but keeps quiet for obvious reasons and find out a solution which is largely acceptable and also benefits all sections of the people.

News on Whatsapp!

The "Whatsapp" on smart phones seem to have become an addiction among most of the phone users. Majority of the residents prefer the application, more than other social sites. As it has become too convenient to send the pictures too within seconds and everything is free! Most of the times, the application is used among the friends. Interestingly, now the persons who want to get their news published in the newspaper, have started sending their pictures and details to the reporters on Whatsapp. When the reporter asked the person to send the details on mail, the person replied," Madam, I saw you on Whatsapp, I thought before sending it on mail, I will send it on Whatsapp so that you can choose the right picture."

Beauty is truth, truth is beauty

In an effort to relax myself from daily chores, one day I opted to go for morning walk. As I was about to complete the first round of the green belt, I came across a huge tree, on my left side. A bride's incomplete sketch along with a heart symbol were engraved on it. Along with this a few letters of English were also there, which of course did not make any sense. But the engraved sketch of bride and heart on stem of the tree were eye catching. It reminded me "Ode on a Grecian Urn", a poem written by John Keats, in which he said rightly, "Beauty is truth; truth, beauty' that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo and Anupam Bhagria



Quality seed is crucial for enhancing crop productivity: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 28
Annual Group Meeting of All-India Coordinated Research Project (National Seed Project) was formally inaugurated at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. Vice-Chancellor PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, was the chief guest at the inaugural session while Dr RR Hanchinal, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) Dharwad was guest of honour.

About 250 scientists from across the country are participating in this three-day meet which has been jointly organised by PAU and Directorate of Seed Research Mau (UP). ICAR, New Delhi has sponsored the meet. In his address Dr BS Dhillon said that seed is the basic input for agriculture and quality seed is crucial for enhancing crop productivity, and consequently the profitability of the farmers.

"Investments on other inputs will not provide the desired results if seed is of poor quality. It is very important to supply quality seed to farmers at reasonable price," he remarked.

He told that the seeds of different varieties are of major attraction at Panjab Agricultural University Kisan Melas organised in March and September every year.

"We sold seed worth Rs 2.68 crore in last Kisan Mela organised at Ludhiana in March," he said, adding that India is the fifth largest market for seed and has a great export potential, Dr Dhillon further said that in spite of the importance of seed, the field of seed technology has not attracted many scientists/researchers. We must come up with innovative ideas to attract scientists/ researchers towards seed technology research, he said.

In his address, Dr Hanchinal, said Panjab Agricultural University has made great contributions for the first green revolution in the country and said this university will lead the second green revolution also.

He said that climate change is posing great challenges and affecting the quality and productivity of different crops. “We must evolve a contingent plan for the mitigation of the effect of climate change, and sustain our yield levels,” he said. Research in seed technology can help us in this direction, he added. Dr Rajender Prasad, Project Director, Directorate of Seed Research, Mau while highlighting the past achievements of ACRIP-NSD said the project has been instrumental in assuring quality breeder seed for further multiplication.

He said that seed technology research component has evolved into National Seed Research System. The project has also been instrumental in strengthening infrastructure and institutional base in seed production and seed research.

He informed that the project has made significant impact on the face of Indian seed sector. Against an indent of 90576.67 sq, the production of breeder seed was 117827.88 sq during 2011-12, he said.



Three-day workshop concludes

Ludhiana: A three-day summer workshop being held at Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology came to an end here on Sunday. The closing day of the fun-filled workshop was conducted for students seeking admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The concluding day had the most thrilling schedule and the participants watched the marvelous presentations conducted by the faculty of SIFT. The day started with a presentation on visual merchandising and subsequently the participants were involved in an interesting activity of “Draping” and “Visual Display”. The three-day workshop comprised of creative art sessions, career counseling talks, quizzes and fun games. Gautam Pruthi and Pulkit Arora, both KVM pass-outs) expressed their enthusiasm by actively participating in all activities and mentioned that a workshop like this was an eye-opener for people of his generation. The quiz turned out to be an interesting brain-scratching activity. The alumni of SIFT were invited for interaction with the prospective students and their parents. Taking into consideration the excellent response from the participants, more such workshops shall be conducted by Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology for career counseling before the beginning of the new session in June. Executive director, in his address, applauded the efforts of the faculty and staff of SIFT for organising the workshop efficiently and being on their toes throughout the week. — TNS




Ludhiana: An exhibition based on green plants & save environment charts was organised by Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School, Gill Market. Director Prem Singh Sokhi and Principal Manjeet Kaur Lotey gave a message on this occasion. Students of Class III to X participated in this exhibition. Charts were displayed on grow green, grow more trees, save earth, save environment etc.


It is rightly said that education plays a vital role in all around development of a child. A healthy child achieves success in all the phases of life as he is physically and mentally strong to face the challenges of life. Diet is an indispensable factor to be considered while nurturing a kid. To make the parents of young generation aware, a seminar on "Nutrition and Balanced Diet" was organised by GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the mothers of Class III students. The mothers were addressed by a professional dietician Dr Harpreet Kaur from the PAU. The importance of fruits, green vegetables, natural herbs like mint, basil, aloe vera etc. along with physical exercise was stressed upon. The queries of the mother's regarding the health of their children were attended. The headmistress of the school Dr Harjit Kaur Dua expressed that tips of healthy food habits will surely help the mother's in nourishing their kids in a better way.

Fancy dress competition

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a fancy dress competition for Classes I to V here on Saturday. Students of all classes came in colourful and fancy attires. Some students were dressed up as toothpaste, Saint, Krishna, Cindrella etc and they gave performences with great zeal and enthusiasm. Students were very confident and they were judged according to their performances. The prize winners were:1. Asees, Aarish. 2. Manseerat, Nimrat,Kunwar and 3. Prachi,Anjali and Tavinder.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony marks the beginning of new phase of life in which student graduates to another level of his academic life. The Graduation Ceremony in the GRD Academy was organised here here on Saturday for Graduation Batch of Class UKG and V. In another enthralling performances, students participated in animals dance “Anekta me Ekta hai” and role play in English (The Golden Touch). The special attraction was the Rajsthani dance which was mesmerised the whole audience.

Capacity building programme concludes

A two-day programme on capacity building on CCE concluded here on Saturday at DAV, BRS Nagar. The session on the second day prepared the participants on integrating the project to reduce the burden on students and parents in addition to discouraging use of readymade material from the market. Teachers, in their subject-wise groups formed Formative Assessment which actually proved beneficial for real class room teaching where teacher has to assign various tasks to the students in the process of learning. This enables the child to have a hold on the topic and improve performance in summative assessment. The question paper analysis task involved lot of brain storming as each question paper was divided into LOTS (Lower Order Thinking Skill) and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skill) to easily distinguish between an average student and above average student.

Flower arrangement competition

MGM Public school organised a flower arrangement competition. About 500 to 600 students of different houses participated in the competition with enthusiasm and gusto as it was real platform for them to get knowledge. The school seemed valley of flowers where fragrance of flowers mesmerised everyone present over there. The principal Poonam Sharma felicitated the efforts of the students and motivated them to enhance their artistic and creative skills. She also anticipated having co-curricular activities in the school throughout the session so that students will be able to excel in other fields and choose them as their career.


Festivity and enthusiasm spread all over the school when Excellencia-2013 was inaugurated at Tagore Public School. After the grand reception, the chief guest was taken on a round of the various exhibits which were prepared enthusiastically by the students under the guidance of teachers. About 500 students took part in the event here on Saturday in which 18 exhibits of languages, sports, environment, art & craft, desserts, salads, flower arrangement, rangoli, computer etc were on display in various laboratories and rooms. Every corner of the school was beautifully decorated. The Kindergarten section prepared models on the theme save environment. Various brain scratching games and models were displayed in the mathematics section whereas the students displayed various experiments in the science section. The students explained their models and the dignitaries showed a lot of interest in the creativity of the students. — TNS



Five booked for sale of kerosene on black market
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
The police has claimed to have busted two gangs involved in the sale of kerosene on the black market. At least five members of these gangs have been booked under the Essential Commodity Act and 4,100 litres of kerosene and the vehicle used in the crime seized by the police.

A police team, led by SHO (City) Jasbir Singh and SHO (Sadar) Jarnail Singh, nabbed Avtar Singh of Sihar while he was going to distribute kerosene among his regular customers yesterday. He could not produce valid documents for possessing and transporting 3,200 litres of blue kerosene, meant for distribution at fair price shops, the police registered a case against him and owner of the vehicle Balwant Singh of Sihar village.

Meanwhile, policemen, led by SHO Malaudh Bikram Jit Singh, seized a Bolero and 900 litres of kerosene filled in three drums and booked Jasmel Singh (driver of the vehicle) of an area which falls under the Khayee police station in Nihal Singh Wala, Mewa Singh (husband of village sarpanch) of Roopa Heri in Sangrur district and Baljinder Singh of Eelwal village that falls under the Mehal Kalan police station. Jasmel Singh and Mewa Singh were arrested while they were going to distribute the kerosene near the Ramgarh Sardaran T point. Balwinder Singh has absconded.

After getting a tip-off, the Food Supply Department officials coordinated with the police and got the accused booked.



Three arrested for consuming hookah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The Srabha Nagar police cracked down at a dance party at a house in Sunet village and arrested three youths who were consuming hookah. Giving details, ASI Inderjit Singh said, he along with his team, was patrolling in the area when he saw vehicles parked outside house.

The policemen spotted youths in inebriated condition and raided the house. Three youths identified as Lakhwinder Singh of BRS Nagar Assal of Himachal Pradesh and Maneshwar Kumar were arrested, while Preet of Dugri managed to escaped from the scene along with his accomplices.

The police has not ruled out the use of drugs during the party. The police has reportedly collected some samples and sent it at a special laboratory for testing.

One killed in road mishap

A motorcyclist died in a road mishap on the Chandigarh road near Kumkalan area here last night. The victim has been identified as Mangat Ram. Victim's relative said, Mangat was travelling on a motorcycle along with Hira. When the duo reached near Fathegarh Gujjan village, a trolley that was coming from the opposite side lost control and rammed into the motorcycle.

While Mangat Singh died on the spot, Hira, who was sitting pillion was injured and rushed to the hospital.



BCM School emerge chess champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 28
Participants from the hosts school, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, secured 17 points to emerge the winners in the second edition of the Ludhiana District Inter-School Prize Money Chess Championship that concluded here today.

Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch, and Ryan International School, Chandigarh Road, accumulated 14 points each but the former with four winners finished at the second place. Ryan International School with three winners secured the third place.

In the individual category, students from Ryan International School bagged top honours in two age groups, boys u-13 and girls u-17, while those from Era Model School, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass branch, won one title each.

RB Khanna, senior member of the management committee of BCM Arya Model School, Dr Paramjit Kaur, Principal of the host school, and Rajinder Sharma, general secretary, Punjab State Chess Association, distributed the prizes among the winners. The first five position holders were given cash prizes.


Boys (u-9): Mani of Era Model School 1st, Aradhya Aggarwal of Sat Paul Mital School 2nd, Tanush Jindal of BCM Arya Model School 3rd, Kabir Maini of Sat Paul Mittal School 4th and Arijit Singh of Sat Paul Mittal School 5th.

Boys (u-13): Raghav Bansal of Ryan International School 1st, Mumukshu Mittal of Sacred Heart Convent School (Sarabha Nagar) 2nd, Vaibhav Manchanda of BCM School 3rd, Rishav Katyal of BCM School 4thd and Ekam Rana of BCM School 5th.

Boys (u-17): Dilbagh Singh of Green Land School 1st, Shubham Shukla of Green Land School 2nd, Imanjot Singh of DAV School, BRS Nagar 3rd, Arnav Jain of BCM School 4th and Rishabh Gupta of BCM School 5th.

Girls (u-9)- Deepti of BVM School, 1st, Manasveen Kaur of DAV School 2nd, Ridhima of Green Land School (Dugri) 3rd, Tamanna Kothari of Sat Paul Mittal School 4th and Mehr Gupta of Sat Paul Mittal School 5th.

Girls (u-13): Samridhi Manchanda of BCM School 1st, Meenakshi of Era Model School 2nd, Priyanka Vashisht of Green Land School 3rd, Sukhman of Green Land School 4th and Kanishka Chawla of Sacred Heart School (BRS Nagar) 5th.

Girls (u-17): Shubhamdeep Kaur of Ryan International School 1st, Himandeep Kaur of Ryan International School 2nd, Apoorva Sharma of Sacred Heart Convent School (Sarabha Nagar) 3rd, Jasmin Kaur of Green Land School, Chandigarh road, 4th and Geetanjali Jain of Green Land School, Chandigarh road, 5th.



ML Markan Trophy: Ludhiana fumble after good start
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 28
Fine batting by Jaskaran Singh (57) and Deepin Chitkara (37) went in vain as Ludhiana were restricted by Jalandhar to a paltry total of 186 runs in their first innings on the first day of the third match in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for ML Markan Trophy being played at SCD Government College here today.

Batting first after winning the toss, Ludhiana started off well. However, they fumbled midway and eventually their innings culminated in 81 overs at 186 runs.

Their innings revolved around Jaskaran Singh and Deepin Chitkara. The former faced 131 balls for his contribution of 57 runs, which included eight hits over the ropes, while Deepin hit five boundaries in his innings of 59 balls. Another notable contribution came through Vaibhav who chipped in with 21 runs.

For Jalandhar, Prerit Dutta bowled 37 overs and got rid of five players after giving away 73 runs. Rajeshwar captured three wickets for 40 runs.

At the draw of stumps, Jalandhar were 30 for 1 after 12 overs. Amrik Singh was out for 24 and Jasbir Singh was at the crease with 4 runs. The lone wicket that fell was bagged by Raghav Sharma.



District hockey team players feel ignored
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
While 102 players, who were honoured by the Sports Department, are feeling proud after getting the award money, the members of the district hockey team, who had also performed well, have been feeling neglected.

According to the office-bearers of the hockey association here, the senior hockey teem of the district won the final match by defeating the Jalandhar team in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Games in Jalandhar. Despite this achievement, the Sports Department has not mentioned the players' names in the list of players, who were awarded by it.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Games were organised by the Punjab Sports Department in 2011 and the winners of these games were honoured by the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana at Guru Nanak Stadium on April 18. Players of all the games except Hockey were awarded Rs 10,000 each for their good performance in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Games.

Jagbir Singh Niku, one of the office-bearers of the hockey association, said: "It was very disappointing for the players that the Sports Department had forgot to award the state winners. We spoke to the officials, but they did not have a satisfactory answer."

Shivdular Singh, Director, Sports Department, Punjab, said: "I am not aware of the issue. I will look into the matter".



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