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Passengers fume as taps at railway station run dry
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
With the mercury soaring, the taps at the local railway station have gone dry, leaving passengers high and dry. Irate passengers have complained that the railway authorities are adopting a casual approach towards the drinking water problem.

During a visit to the railway station today, it was found that the taps were running dry due to which passengers had to face a lot of problem, with many of them forced to buy bottled mineral water from stalls at the station.

As soon as a train from Jammu Tawi arrived at the platform No. 1, a large number of passengers alighted from the train and rushed towards the taps with empty water bottles. However, they had to return disappointed. Many of them bought mineral water from vendors at the station.

A passenger, Deepak Kumar, said, "I boarded the train from Jalandhar along with my family. I got down at the station to fill up water in an empty bottle, but the taps were dry. I had no option but to buy a mineral water bottle since my children were thirsty."

However, those who could not afford to but mineral water were at the receiving end. "I don't have enough money to buy mineral water. There was no water in the taps on the platform," said Kamaal Khan, another passenger.

Station Supervisor Ravinder Sharma said he visited the platform to take stock of the situation.

Senior Section Engineer Lal Chand said, "There was a power shutdown. The pumps are not connected with generators due to which the taps at the station ran dry."

Assistant Divisional Engineer K Garg said, "I have not received any complaint regarding the water problem at the station. I will look into the matter". The water problem was reportedly solved later in the day.


GLADA fails to rein in developers 
Realtors of 125 licensed colonies owe Rs 52.12 crore as EDCs
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 7
While the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has been found wanting in taking regulatory measures against the proliferation of unauthorised colonies in every nook and corner of the mega city, developers of licensed colonies also seem to be refusing to fall in line if the mounting arrears of external development charges (EDCs) and the social infrastructure fund (SIF) are any indication.

Information available with Ludhiana Tribune reveals that 125 licensed colonies, spread over Ludhiana, Moga, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and the subdivisions of Ferozepur and Phillaur (which are also under the jurisdiction of GLADA), have unpaid dues of EDCs at a staggering Rs 52.12 crore while an amount of over Rs 1.32 crore is also outstanding against them as the SIF.

Official figures given by GLADA have put the arrears of EDCs and the SIF against 35 colonies in Ludhiana, approved by the Senior Town Planner, at around Rs 2.76 crore and Rs 21.18 lakh, respectively, while the developers of 65 colonies, approved by GLADA (also in Ludhiana zone under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, owe more than Rs 37.92 crore as EDCs and Rs 60 lakh as the SIF.

As far as the default in the payment of EDCs and the SIF is concerned, the approved colonies falling in some other districts and subdivisions, which are also under the control of GLADA, are no better than their counterparts in Ludhiana.

Four licensed colonies in Moga district have defaulted in the payment of Rs 5.36 crore as EDCs and Rs 25.09 lakh as the SIF, six colonies in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have arrears of Rs 1.79 crore (EDCs) and Rs 16.09 lakh (SIF) against them, 11 licensed colonies in Phillaur subdivision in Jalandhar district owe Rs 3.97 crore as EDCs and Rs 14.47 lakh as the SIF whereas four colonies in Ferozepur subdivision have dues of Rs 30.09 lakh (EDCs) and Rs 2.03 lakh (SIF).

GLADA officials maintain that notices are being served on the defaulting developers under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, to clear the arrears and seek completion certificates if the development work in their colonies has been completed. "The developers have not shown any interest in clearing their dues," an official said.

Sources said most developers had either sold a majority of the plots in their colonies or the development work had not commenced due to the recessionary trend in the real estate market. "In both case, the developers have nothing much to lose and seem to have chosen to ignore the notices sent by GLADA.



Residents bear the brunt of illegal parking
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Even as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation removed encroachments from outside a house located opposite a temple at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar today, residents living near commercial establishments or religious places continue to bear the brunt of illegal parking.

People visiting such places often park their vehicles in a haphazard manner and sometimes even close to the gates of houses. In such cases, residents are left with no option but to either approach the court or take other measures.

Perturbed over the parking of vehicles in front of his house, the owner of a house adjoining a marriage palace opposite the gate No. 2 of Punjab Agricultural University on Ferozepur Road had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It is learnt that people visiting the marriage palace used to park their vehicles in front of his house or in a manner that caused problems to him. It was after the directions of the court that the MC started a drive to check illegal parking in the service lane of Ferozepur Road.

The problem is not confined to these two places alone. Residents living near prominent commercial establishments or religious places face such a problem every day.

A resident, who lives near two gurdwaras in Model Town Extension, said whenever a function was organised at these gurdwaras, people parked their vehicles in front of the main gate of his house. “Whenever we have to go out, we face a lot of difficulty because we can't move our vehicle out,” he said.



MC removes encroachments from outside house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments in the form of iron bars installed outside a house located opposite the Laxmi Narayan temple in Block B of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here. The house owner had installed these iron bars to stop people from parking vehicles on the road.

The house owner had displayed "no parking" boards on these iron bars with a reference to an HC order.

When the matter came to the notice of Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, he asked his staff to remove the encroachments.

Earlier, on December 5 last year, an MC team had removed these encroachments. However, the encroachments resurfaced and were removed again today.

A senior official of the building branch said, "Due to the installation of these iron bars, over 10 ft area of the road was encroached upon.

Several members of the Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir Sabha staged a protest on the road outside the house this morning. They demanded that the encroachments be removed as these could lead to an accident as DAV Public School was located nearby.

Suraj Jyoti, president of the sabha, alleged that the house owner had encroached upon an 80 ft long and 10 ft wide portion of the public street for the past over 10 years. "We had brought the matter to the notice of MC officials as well as the Mayor on several occasions, but the encroachments were not removed," he said.

Sensing trouble, the Sarabha Nagar police reached the spot. Later, MC officials also reached the spot and removed the encroachments with the help of a machine.

The Mayor said as soon as he came to know about the encroachments, he asked his staff to remove these. "People should understand that public streets are for the use of residents. No person can install iron bars on the streets as it is illegal," he said.



Punbus workers hold protest march
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
On a call given by the All-India Road Transport Workers Federation, the Punbus and Punjab Roadways Workers Union today held a protest at Chhatar Singh Park here.

Hundreds of workers took part in the protest. The protesters marched from Chhatar Singh Park to Bharat Nagar Chowk. They handed over a memorandum to SDM (East) Ajay Sood. A large police force, including women constables, were deployed on the way. Commuters had to take alternative routes as one side of the main road was blocked by the protesters.

The workers demanded increase in the minimum wages. They criticised the privatisation move of the government.

What the workers want

Workers recruited on a contractual basis in the Punjab Roadways should be given salaries as per the notification issued by the Punjab Labour Department

Drivers/mechanics should be given Rs 7,909 as salary with effect from September 2012 and from March 2013, they should be given a monthly salary of Rs 8,404

Conductors should be given a monthly salary of Rs 6,877 with effect from September 2012 and Rs 7,372 from March 2013

The workers' arrears should be released at the earliest 



Robbers strike at NRI’s house
Decamp with cash, gold ornaments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Armed robbers barged into an NRI's house at Harjap Nagar near the Mundian area and allegedly decamped with cash, gold ornaments and electronic appliances after tying the NRI with a rope.

The victim has been identified as Paramjit Singh (40), who works as a truck driver in Germany. The incident took place this afternoon when Paramjit was alone at home.

Paramjit's wife Sukhwinder Kaur said she had left her house this morning to enquire about the well-being of her sister-in-law Baljinder Kaur.

The matter came to light when Satwinder Kaur, the only daughter of the couple, returned home and saw Paramjit tied with a rope.

A handkerchief was stuffed in Paramjit's mouth. Satwinder said he was lying unconscious. She called her mother and Paramjit was taken to a hospital.

Sukhwinder said the robbers decamped with Rs 50,000, 15 tola of gold ornaments, a computer and a printer.

The Jamalpur SHO said they were waiting for Paramjit to regain consciousness so that they could record his statement.



Officials discuss arrangements for zila parishad elections 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has asked all the 12 Returning Officers to tie up with the police officials to avoid any unruly incident during the election process.

He said the zila parishad and panchayat samitis elections will be held on May 19 and for maintaining the law and order, the police must put a DSP level officer with each Returning Officer.

Besides, the Police Department was told to prepare a list of sensitive and very sensitive booths and hand it over to the ROs within two to three days.

Chairing a meeting of the Returning Officials, District Transport Officials and the Police Department at Bachat Bhawan today, Tiwari said that for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections more than 9 lakh voters will cast their votes.

He said total 1,449 polling booths were set up in the district and about 10,000 staff will be put on election duties.

He asked the ROs to religiously follow the code of conduct which will be implemented till May 23. He said that each candidate can spend Rs 1.56 lakh for zila parishad election and Rs 65,000 for panchayat samiti elections.

The District Election Officer said that no candidate can garner votes on basis of caste and religion and no candidate was allowed to make comments on personal lives of others.

Tiwari said in total 20 lakh ballot papers were expected to be published and after the withdrawal of nominations on May 9, the ROs will make sure that the work of printing press was satisfied, else services of other printing press needs to be hired.

He warned that no wrong ballot papers should be published and free symbols should be allotted to the candidates.

Apart from these, the Returning Officers have been asked to send the lists of vehicles required to the DTO.

He said, “The final meeting for the election process will be held on May 12 or May 13 and by then the DTO must be able to get all the lists so that sufficient number of buses could be arranged. The next training of staff will be held on May 12.” 



New ITR form notified
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the new income tax returns (ITR) form for the financial year 2012-13, with amendments to check wealth tax evasion.

Contrary to the belief that declaring domestic assets will become mandatory for all the individual taxpayers, the CBDT has made it mandatory for businessmen, professionals and partners of firms and capped the income at Rs 25 lakh.All those falling in the category will need to give the details of assets like land, art/antique pieces, jewellery, bank accounts, shares, etc. The details of such investments will include the value of assets.

To get more information about persons operating foreign accounts and to catch those who haven't declared these, the CBDT has asked for the value of peak account balance in rupees.

Earlier, such details were not needed. Now, such taxpayers will have to show the peak amount in their account in a year, converted in rupees according to (on the day of peak balance) the exchange rate of the day," said Jatinder Khurana, an expert.

The account number should also be specified against only the name of the overseas account holder.

Last year, the government had made it mandatory that those earning Rs 10 lakh and more would file e-returns. This year, the income threshold has been brought down to Rs 5 lakh for filing taxes online.

Those who have incurred a loss on the sale of a house will also need to file returns through the ITR 2 in place of the ITR 1. This is largely because ITR 2 requires more details like, in this case, the details about the co-owner of the house (name, PAN and stake held).

Those who run trusts abroad also need to give all the details along with their tax returns.

There is an amendment in the refund section of the ITR, wherein those claiming a refund need to mention their bank IFSC codes and not just MICR numbers. It has been noticed that many times refunds are credited to a wrong account when transferred online through the MICR code, say experts. 



Chinks appear in district Congress

Ludhiana, May 7
Congress leader Satish Sharma, known as "Showman", today levelled several allegations against district Congress president Pawan Diwan and demanded his resignation from the post.

While addressing a press conference, Satish Sharma alleged that in Pawan Diwan's leadership, infighting among the district Congress workers was on its peak and a number of party workers had quit the party as they felt neglected.

"Pawan Divan has failed to come out with a programme for the district unit of the party," he alleged.

"The SCs/STs and other minority communities have played a vital role in the history of the Congress, but Pawan Diwan has been marginalising them. We demand that if he is not able to run the party, then he must resign from the post of district president," he said.

"Pawan Diwan showed fake performance reports to Union Minister Manish Tiwari," he alleged.

Meanwhile, denying the allegations levelled by Satish Sharma against him, Pawan Diwan said: "We act according to the instructions we get from the party high command in Delhi. According to the party programme, we conduct a meeting at every level. We have organised programmes on every important issues. Everything is going on well and is in a good shape. All the allegations levelled by Satish Sharma against him are baseless. There is no infighting in the party". —TNS



3 of family die as car falls into canal
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 7
Three members of a family were killed when the Santro car in which they were travelling fell into the Sirhind Canal, near here, this afternoon. A girl was rescued by passersby.

The deceased have been identified as Harjit Singh (40) of Mangewal village in Barnala district, his wife Suman Jit Kaur (39) and daughter Rupanpreet Kaur (13). Poonam Preet Kaur was rescued by passersby.

The family was returning home after attending a wedding in Jalandhar. Hardly had they covered a few kilometres after paying obeisance at the historic religious place situated on the banks of the canal when the car fell into the canal. It is suspected that Harjit Singh lost control over the vehicle after a stray cattle abruptly appeared on the road.

Poonam Preet Kaur told the police that his father and mother had tried to open their safety belts after the car fell into the canal. Her sister also got stuck in the car. Luckily, Poonam managed to open the window on her side and cried for help.

Investigations revealed that the family had taken this route as they wanted to see their relatives at Jandali Kalan village. Instead of staying there, they chose to left for their home early.

"Had we stayed at Jandali, the tragedy could have been averted," said Poonam.

The SHO, Jasbir Singh, said the bodies had been sent to the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla.



HC changes vacation schedule
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has changed the summer vacation schedule for the courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

The vacation will start from June 1 and continue up to June 30. There will be no ‘civil work’ during the entire month. However, urgent matters would be heard by especially deputed judges during the vacation. There will be regular ‘criminal work’ from June 1 to 15. This was confirmed by Gobinder Singh Matharoo, District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana.



Reshuffle in Health Dept
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The district Health Department yesterday witnessed a major reshuffle as four Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) were transferred while two new SMOs were appointed at different places.

According to a list released by the Family and Welfare Department, Senior Medical Officer of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, Dr Karamvir Goyal has been been replaced by Dr Raj Kumar Karkara, SMO, Civil Hospital, Jagraon. Dr Goyal has been transferred to Community Health Centre, Badhani Kalan, Moga district. Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana, AK Handa has been replaced by Dr Jasbir Singh, SMO, Civil Hospital, Ahmedgarh. Dr Handa has been transferred as SMO, Civil Hospital, Ahmedgarh, Sangrur district.

The SMO, Primary Health Centre, Hatthoor, Rupinder Kaur, has been replaced by Dr Nirmaljit Kaur, SMO, ESI, Dispensary No. 4, Ludhiana. 



Notice to Malhotra Group
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The Excise and Taxation Department has sent a show-cause notice to Malhotra Group for illegally storing a huge quantity of liquor in a godown on Karabara Road.

On Friday evening, around 70,000 cartons of liquor were seized from the godown of a garment factory. The entire stock belongs to Gaurav Malhotra and Company, which is owned by Gaurav, son of MLA from Faridkot Deep Malhotra.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar confirmed that the stock belonged to Gaurav Malhotra and Company.

"We have sent a show-cause notice to Malhotra Group for keeping liquor in large quantities. The duty for the stock has been paid, but the company had failed to renew the L1 licence, which is mandatory for keeping wholesale stocks," said Brar.

The liquor contractor, however, maintained that the stocking of liquor was nothing unusual, particularly around this time of the year, as unsold bottles of liquor had to be stored till these are disposes of.

Sources in the department indicated that penalty to be imposed on the group might run into lakhs.



Leaders to file criminal complaint
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
As activists of different Dalit organisations held protests against the film, "Shootout at Wadala", Sanjay Gupta, who is associated with the film, expressed regret and apologised to the community.

Harpreet Sindhu, advocate from the Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj, who had served a legal notice on the makers of the film, confirmed the development.

He said Sanjay Gupta not only tendered an apology in writing, but also spoke to him and expressed regret for hurting the feelings of the community.

The Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, has banned the screening of the Hindi film.

"The matter will not end with an apology. We are planning to file a criminal complaint and demand the registration of a criminal case under section 295- A of the Indian Penal Code for maliciously insulting the religious belief of a class," said Vijay Danav, Lachhman Dravid, Deepak Hans and other senior leader.



Chakar academy felicitates pugilist
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 7
Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, has produced yet another national champion. Its pugilist Harjit Singh has bagged a gold medal for Punjab in the recently held National School Boxing Championship.

A trainee of the academy and student of Government Senior Secondary School, Chakar, Harjit Singh hogged the limelight with his spectacular performance during the 58th National School Boxing Championship that concluded at Tadepalligudem, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.

Expressing delight over Harjit's achievement, chief administrator of the academy Balwant Singh Sandhu said Harjit represented Punjab in the under-17 category and won all his bouts to clinch the gold medal.

"Harjit Singh is a highly talented boy. He reached the final by beating the pugilists of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Haryana and the host state of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The final bout with the Maharashtra pugilist was a closely contested one," said Sandhu. "With his good show throughout the tournament, Harjit Singh got the attention of each and every one," he added.

Harjit was accorded a warm welcome by the villagers when he returned to the village. At a brief function organised on the premises of the academy, the villagers and the representatives of the academy felicitated the pugilist.

Harjit is not the first trainee of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy to become a national champion. It has produced several national and state champions. Set up by certain NRIs of the village with the motive of promoting sports among the local youth a couple of years ago, the academy has earned a niche for itself in a very short period of time. 



Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) result out
Much will depend on board results, say students 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The result of Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) 2013 was declared today.

For the convenience of students, the results were put on the website by the CBSE, which evoked mixed response by the students. As this was the first batch of the new format, students maintained that much will depend on the board exam results also.

Mahima, a student, said she had scored 120 marks in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. “I cannot say that I will be able to get admission in a college of my choice as much will depend on my board results also, which is expected to be out anytime after May 15. But I have been qualified to sit in the IIT examination.”

Another student, Gaurav, said: “Since there was a negative marking in the JEE exam, he is keeping his fingers crossed for the good result. I have scored 270 marks and I expect at least 90 per cent marks in board examination. If all goes well, I will get admission either in Patiala or Chandigarh, which was my dream.”

The students were seen looking at the websites since morning but the results were uploaded in the afternoon. Many students showed the signs of panic while several others were relaxed and calm.

Meanwhile, as per the cut list by the board, the students in General Category scoring more than 113 marks have qualified for the IIT. For students falling under Other Backward Class, 70 marks were required while students from Scheduled Caste were required to score 50 marks to be qualified and 45 marks were required for students representing Scheduled Tribe category. 



PAU Notes


Book released

President of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi and Editor (Punjabi) Gurbhajan Singh Gill, while releasing a book titled "Mere Mathe da Samundar" written by Prof Harbans Singh, former PAU Editor (Punjabi), said that his poetic collection depicts the reality of life, and speaks volumes of his inner voice and the past happenings. Additional Director of Communication Dr HS Sehgal said that in the communication centre, personalities like S Kulwant Singh Virk, Ajaib Chitrakar, Dr Surinder S Dosanjh, Urdu poet Krishan Adeeb, Amarjit Grewal and many others have made tremendous contributions to the field of literature through their writings. He congratulated Prof Harbans Singh for writing down his thoughts in the form of poetry. Prof Harbans Singh said that his writings were inspired by poet Dr Harbhajan Singh and his classmates, including Prof Harinder Mehboob, Dr Surinder S Dosanjh and Navtej Bharti.

PAU invites applications for hands-on training course

The Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering (FMPE) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has invited applications from the agricultural machinery manufacturers, ITI pass outs and educated village youth for the participation in two-week hands-on-training course on "Operation and Programming of Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machines," to be conducted from June 3 to 14, 2013. Divulging details, Dr GS Manes, Head, FMPE, said: "As many as 20 participants will be short listed for the training programme. The fee for the programme will be Rs 2,500 per participant." He said, "The boarding and loading will be arranged at the PAU as per the University norms and the expenditure will be borne by the trainees themselves. The applications on plain paper stating particulars of the candidate will be entertained by the department." Dr Manes said, "The training will be useful in enhancing the skills of the farm machinery manufacturers and in providing more employment opportunities, particularly, to the rural youth in production and manufacturing units. Besides, the trainees will be imparted training in EDM (electrical discharge machining) machine; CNC lathe, milling, and drilling; and other latest manufacturing technologies. The participants will be awarded certificates after the successful completion of the training."

Take care of diet in May: Experts

With the rise in temperature in May, the home science experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have impressed upon the residents to keep home environment cool and clean, maintain personal hygiene, and take care of clothes, health and diet of children and family members as well. An expert, Dr Kiran Grover, emphasised on following five keys to food safety, given by World Health Organization (WHO), which include keeping utensils and environment clean, maintaining personal hygiene, handling raw and cooked food separately, cooking thoroughly, keeping food at a safe temperature, and using safe water and raw material. Referring to home cleaning, Dr Surinderjit Kaur, said: "To keep away flies, wipe light fittings, bulbs, switches, channels and grooves with castor oil as it is good deterrent for flies. For keeping the cockroaches away, pour a jug of boiled water and a cup of kerosene oil in all the drains in the house at least once a week at night. Use phenyl or salt in water for mopping the floors." About the selection and care of clothes, Dr Harinder Saggu asked the public to wear only soft, light coloured cotton clothes in summers as they absorb sweat and keep the body cool. She said, "Wash white cotton clothes in warm water and use white vinegar to remove sweat stains from the garments." Laying stress on the care of children, Dr Sukhminder Kaur emphasised on giving plenty of fluid to them.


A warm farewell was given to the two scientists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) namely Dr DS Dhillon, Professor and former Head of Extension Education, and Dr Surjit Singh, Senior Extension Specialist (Agronomy), upon their superannuation. Vice-Chancellor of the PAU Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, while extending his best wishes to Dr DS Dhillon for the post-retirement life, lauded his 34 years of enormous contribution to the academics, research and particularly, the extension education. "Dr Dhillon's meritorious service on two prestigious posts, including the Director of Extension Education and the Head of Extension Education is indeed acknowledgeable and deserves all appreciation. He has played a vital role in the development of agri-education and teaching," he said. Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, while speaking during the farewell of Dr Dhillon, described him as a hardworking extension specialist who did his job with precision and dedication. About Dr Surjit Singh, Dr Gill said that he has been a dedicated extension worker and has made a significant contribution as an expert of Agronomy. Dr Gill wished both the scientists happy and joyous post-retirement life. Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, said Dr Dhillon has been instrumental in developing course curricula and Resident Instruction Bulletin of the PAU. —TNS



From Colleges


College convocation

Ravneet Kaur, Principal Secretary of Higher Education, Government of Punjab, delivered the Girls in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees at SCD Government College in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan convocation address at the annual convocation of SCD Government College on Tuesday. The chief guest also released the college magazine 'Satluj' on this occasion. On the occasion, as many as 1,000 students received their degrees. As many as 450 students of post graduate courses, MSc Maths, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Economics, Geography, MCom and PGDCA, received their degrees. As many as 550 degrees were awarded to BA, BSc, BCom and BCA students. Role of honour (Academic) was awarded to Arunika ( MCom), Pooja Rani ( MSc, Maths), Meghna Vohra ( MA Economics), Pawaneet Kaur (PGDCA).
Girls in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees at SCD Government College in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Students bring laurels

The students of MSc (Physics) Semester I and III of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town got good reuslts in the Panjab University exams. Jasleen secured second position in PU and first position in college by securing 79.4 per cent marks. Supriya Rani bagged third position in the university and second position in college by securing 79 per cent marks. Neha Rani bagged sixth position in the university and third position in the college by securing 75.2 per cent marks. Pankhuri Malhotra, Gurpreet Kaur and Nisha secured seventh, eighth and ninth positions in Panjab University by securing 75 per cent, 74.2 per cent and 73.6 per cent marks, respectively. In Semester III exams, Harpreet Kaur secured second position in Panjab University and first position in college by securing 79.7 per cent marks. — TNS 



From Schools


Dental check-up camp 

A dental check-up camp was organised for the students of Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School on May 6 and May 7. Dr RR Goyal and Dr Parul Goyal shared medical remedies with the students. The agenda of this seminar and check-up was to guide students to consume healthy products and be careful about the minor aches and problems which can turn big over a period of time if ignored.

Mother's Day

It was a morning full of fun, frolic and enjoyment as mothers gathered at ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, to celebrate the Mother's Day with smiles and laughter. The tiny-tots welcomed their mothers whole heartedly in their colorful attire. The school and staff greeted the divine women with flowers. Director Amanpreet Singh welcomed the parents. Students A mother embraces her child during a Mother’s Day function at ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN paid tributes to their mothers by performing dance on various dance numbers. Class Nursery students, Aishleen Kaur, Manraj Ahluwalia,Kshitij Manchanda, Arshia Kaur, Inayat Kaur , Bipinpreet Singh, Brahmjot Singh Sandhu ,Ananya Arya and Alishpreet Kaur, made the mothers emotional with their heart melting song “Mawaan Mawaan Maawan”. Mothers were over whelmed by their little ones performing for them. The tiny-tots and mothers both participated enthusiastically and gifts were given to the winners.
A mother embraces her child during a Mother’s Day function at ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 

Kiddies' Paradise School

The tiny-tots of Kiddies' Paradise School, Kochar Market, celebrated the Mothers Day. The school was beautifully decorated with slogan 'Mom I Love You-Happy Mother's Day'. On the day, mothers were invited to share the sweet memories of their tiny-tots with everyone. The students presented a dance song - 'O Maa Tu Kitni Achchi Hai - Kitani Pyari Hai, O Maa'. The students made greeting cards for their mothers and they also presented flowers to their mothers to show their love towards Mother. School Director Inderjit Kaur, while highlighting the importance of the day, said that mothers were the back bone of a family, society and nation.

Hindi poem recitation competition

A Hindi poem recitation competition was held on the premises of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, on Tuesday. Students recited poems like Jal hi Jeevan hein, Shikshak, Suraj and Pyara Tiranga. Mishti Sharma of LKG-B bagged the first prize from the LKG category and Kanav Jain of UKG-C along with Disha Malhotra of UKG-D bagged the first prize with their poems Pyara Tiranga and Hindi. The prizes were given to the winners and the children were also encouraged to further participate in such competitions.

Red Cross Day

The students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School observed Red Cross Day on Tuesday. An awareness programme was arranged for the students apprising them with the history and the importance of the day. The teacher enlightened the students about the various federations and the organisations working for the cause all over the world for safeguarding the humanity. The students were encouraged to volunteer. It was followed by a demonstration on the primer steps that one should follow in emergency. Principal of the school Mona Thakur appreciated the efforts of the teacher and encouraged the students to participate in more such programmes. —TNS 



Man booked for confining wife to house 

Ludhiana, May 7
The Jodhewal police has booked one person for confining his wife to the house.

The accused has been identified as Rajinder Singh, a resident of Jodhewal. According to the complainant, Amandeep Kaur, a resident of Subhash Nagar, got married to Rajinder Singh in 2010. After marriage Rajinder often used to beat her up. On April 26, Rajinder thrashed her badly and confined her to the house while threatening to kill her. She narrated the whole incident to her parents following which the incident was reported to the police by her parents. The police has booked Rajinder for illegal confinement and domestic violence case. —TNS



3 booked on dowry charge

Ludhiana, May 7
Three persons have been booked on a charge of harassment for dowry. The accused have been identified as Inderpal Singh, Harminder Singh and Suridner Kaur, all are the residents of BRS Nagar.

According to Jaswinder Kaur alias Mona, a resident of Shahpur road, she got married to Inderpal Singh in December 2010. After sometime her husband and her in-laws started harassing her on pretext of less dowry and started demanding more dowry. — TNS 



Vehicle stolen 

Ludhiana, May 7
Shamsher Singh, a resident of Rahon road, who went to answer a nature call on a roadside, lost his motorcycle last evening. Shamsher said four unidentified persons fled towards Doraha while he was answering his nature call. A case has been registered in this regard. — TNS



Two youths killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 7
Two youngsters were killed and two girls injured in a road accident that occurred near Libra village on the Ludhiana-Ambala road. The car, in which they were travelling, collided with a tractor-trailer. While one of the youngsters died instantly, the other died at the local Civil Hospital.

According to information, the occupants of car were going to Faridabad. When their car reached near the village, it hit a loaded tractor-trailer. The collision was so fierce that the tractor-trailer overturned and the car was badly damaged.

Dakash (35), who was driving the car, died instantly while Anil (25) was declared dead by the doctors at the Civil Hospital, Khanna. The injured girls have been identified as Charu (22) and Payal (24). They are out of danger and have been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

The SHO of the Sadar police station, Waryam Singh, said the bodies were handed over to the deceased youngsters' relatives in the evening. No case had been registered till the filing of the report.



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