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Two days left for examination, students yet to get roll number
Jalandhar, May 11
Hundreds of students of Sports College had to face huge inconvenience today as they did not get their roll numbers despite standing in the queue since morning.
Students of Sports College protest in Jalandhar on Saturday after they were not given their roll numbers. Students of Sports College protest in Jalandhar on Saturday after they were not given their roll numbers. A Tribune photograph

Bidhipur-Dhilwan stretch to be made six-lane soon
Jalandhar, April 11
The 20 km-stretch from Bidhipur to Dhilwan along the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway is set to be made six-lane soon. However, the earlier proposal was made to make it four-lane.

ED, IT depts begin investigation into immigration firms
Jalandhar, April 11
After the police crackdown on some student immigration centres on Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax departments have also started investigation into possible illegalities committed by the owners of such firms related to illegal foreign transactions, money laundering and tax evasion.


EARLIER STORIES

The sewage pond adjacent to a house in Parsrampur village. Family lives under constant fear, authorities look the other way
Jalandhar, April 11
A family from Parsrampur village of Jalandhar East block here has been getting sleepless nights.


The sewage pond adjacent to a house in Parsrampur village. A Tribune photograph

Councillors seek vigilance probe into green belt scam
Jalandhar, May 11
The Dynamic Group of Councillors has demanded vigilance inquiry into alleged scam in the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) in the name of development of green belt on sides of the GT Road near Khalsa College to BSF Chowk.

Showers provided relief to city residents from scorching heat on Saturday.
some rain, finally: Showers provided relief to city residents from scorching heat on Saturday. Tribune Photo : Malkiat Singh

zila parishad & block samiti election
SAD wins 9 samiti seats unopposed
Jalandhar, May 11
Other than the three zila parishad seats which the SAD has won, there are nine samitis too in the district where the Akali candidates have managed to win unopposed.

Procession taken out on Parshuram Jayanti
Jalandhar, May 11
A religious procession in view of Parshuram Jayanti was taken out here today.

Poster and slogan writing contest organised
Students participate in painting competition in a city school. Jalandhar, May 11
Kanya Maha Vidyalaya Collegiate Senior Secondary School organised a poster and slogan writing competition for students. The competition was organised by the departments of Political Science, History and Philosophy. Satinder Kaur was the Chief Guest on the occasion.


Students participate in painting competition in a city school. A Tribune photograph

MGN college librarian honoured
Jalandhar, May 11
Librarian of the MGN College of Education Kamaljit Kaur has been honoured with the best presenter and best librarian award during a national conference organised by the Library Professional Association held at New Delhi recently.

A woman and her daughter having some fun moments in Jalandhar. mother’s day
Mothers get special treatment on their day
Jalandhar, May 11
A ceremony was held at Nirman School to celebrate Mother’s Day. On the occasion, school head Harvinder Kaur said a person was made of the values and education instilled in him/her by a mother. Students presented poems, songs and dances on the theme of mother during the celebrations. Danish Rajpoot, Anita and Ranjit organised the programme. More than 100 students were present on the occasion.

A woman and her daughter having some fun moments in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo: Sarabjit Singh





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Two days left for examination, students yet to get roll number
Raise slogans against college authorities; main clerk absent, the other came late
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
Hundreds of students of Sports College had to face huge inconvenience today as they did not get their roll numbers despite standing in the queue since morning.

The students alleged that the date for giving the roll number (May 11) was announced through a handwritten note outside the college office only a day before and there was no formal announcement on the issue.

The second semester examination of about 450 BA first-year students will begin on Tuesday (May 14).

Even as they were to be issued their roll numbers only two days before the examination, majority of students did not even get the roll number even today since the clerk concerned was reportedly found on leave.

Since most of the students have not got their roll numbers, they have now been asked to come on Monday while the examination will begin on Tuesday. The agitated students raised slogans against the college authorities.

A student appearing for the second semester of BA first year said, "We kept waiting till 2 pm since morning but no one issued any roll number to us. While the main clerk was absent, the one who came to fill up for him came late and could issue roll numbers to just 60 to 70 students. Hundreds of remaining students went home without roll numbers."

"Most of us are from distant areas like Sultanpur Lodhi, Beas, Bholath, Kartarpur, Subhanpur, Lambra and coming to the college today already consumed a day. On top of this, we will now have to come back on Monday, a day before the examination. When are we supposed to prepare?" another student said.

School principal Paramjit Jassal and vice-principal Dr Paramjit Kaur Sandhu could not be reached for comment as their numbers were switched off.

When asked about the matter, a college professor said, "I saw students from a distance but did not go to the office side. Therefore, I do not exactly know what the problem was."

The professor further said she had no idea why the roll numbers were being issued so late.

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Bidhipur-Dhilwan stretch to be made six-lane soon
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 11
The 20 km-stretch from Bidhipur to Dhilwan along the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway is set to be made six-lane soon. However, the earlier proposal was made to make it four-lane.

The old Build-operate-transfer (BOT) project has now been abandoned and it is to be taken over by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at an estimated cost of Rs 406.91 crore. A detailed project report in this regard has already been put up by Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd but the tendering for construction purpose is yet to be done.

The glitches

As per the report, Land Acquisition Officer-cum-SDM-II had given an award of Rs 22.92 crore for the 173.15 hectare land on April 13, 2010. The NHAI is, however, yet to acquire nearly 1.755 hectare land in the 500-metre stretch in Kartarpur for the project. Since the NHAI officials felt that the award for the remaining stretch of 1.755 hectare on 500 metres was on the higher side with rates being taken on commercial basis, they had challenged the matter before Arbitral Tribunal-Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar.

Even as the officer has given the order in NHAI's favour, he has reportedly suspended the award mentioning that the highway agency has failed to deposit the arbitration fee in a case dating back to 2010. The highway authorities have reported that they had requested the Divisional Commissioner a number of times to revoke the suspension as they could not give him any fee due to his ex-officio duties but there has been no response from the other side.

3,625 trees to be axed

The project has another environmental glitch as there are as many as 3,625 trees falling along the highway which would have to be axed for the purpose. The NHAI has given a fresh proposal for diversion of 56.295 hectares of land after a site survey and remarking of trees. The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Phillaur is said to have deposited procession charges amounting to Rs 2.82 crore, including processing fees for Greening Punjab mission at an amount of Rs 50 per square metre.

As the NHAI feels that the additional fee of Greening Punjab is quite high, they have now written to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to intervene and waive off this additional amount. Another matter regarding shifting of electricity poles and lines is also pending with the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL).

The plan

The detailed report on the matter submitted by the NHAI project director on May 6 with the Jalandhar administration also says that there will be five new bridges constructed in place of the existing ones, widening of four major bridges, two vehicular underpasses at ITBP camp and at Hamira village, seven bus bays at Bidhipur, Kartarpur, Dyalpur, Hamila, Subhanpur and Ramidhi villages and Army Public School. There also is a proposal of seven metre service road on both sides and 1.5 metre wide footpath in built-up areas. 

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ED, IT depts begin investigation into immigration firms
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 11
After the police crackdown on some student immigration centres on Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax departments have also started investigation into possible illegalities committed by the owners of such firms related to illegal foreign transactions, money laundering and tax evasion.

The officials of these two departments have sought copies of recovered documents from the police. They were reported to have gone along with the police on the premises of the Express Students Service at City Square mall near BMC Chowk and Pyramid e-services on Mall Road owned by Gurinder Bhatti and Bhavnoor Singh Bedi respectively.

The departments had got the seals opened to look for more documents that could give more leads on the matter. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Special Branch) Diljinder Singh Dhillon confirmed the development. An official of the Enforcement Directorate, however, said he had just begun looking into the matter and it would be too early to comment on the issue. Bhatti and Bedi were arrested on May 6 and were sent to judicial remand yesterday.

The police had recovered Rs 12 lakh cash, six passports, 10 computers, 13 files, including cases pertaining to eight rejected cases, documents showing excess FDR statements and bank balance on forged documents from Bhatti's office.

Cash worth Rs 7.29 lakh cash, three computers, 40 files, passports and two cases of rejected files were recovered from Bhavnoor Bedi's office.

Tightening the noose
The officials of these two departments have sought copies of recovered documents from the police
They were reported to have gone along with the police on the premises of the Express Students Service at City Square mall near BMC Chowk and Pyramid e-services on Mall Road
The departments had got the seals opened to look for more documents that could give more leads on the matter
ADCP (Special Branch) Diljinder Singh Dhillon has confirmed the development

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Family lives under constant fear, authorities look the other way
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 11
A family from Parsrampur village of Jalandhar East block here has been getting sleepless nights.

It has been over a year since Manpreet Kaur and her family members have been pursuing their case with the officials of the rural development department to get a retaining wall constructed alongside their house to ensure its safety from a burgeoning sewage pond located nearby.

But despite approval of the Deputy Commissioner about a year-and-a-half ago and a sanction of the grant for the purpose, nothing has been done so far.

The family has now even a moved the Punjab State Human Rights Commission. Manpreet said she had initially given a representation in this regard to the Deputy Commissioner on November 14, 2011.

“Since then, the gap between our house and the pond has got reduced to barely two feet from 11 feet. The pond has become 10 feet deep posing danger to our lives. It is no less then a nightmare living under such circumstances,” she added.

“During the day, there is a risk of our children or animals falling into the pond. At one point of time, we felt that the file had started moving. The then DC Priyank Bharti had forwarded our case to the district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) asking him to give report and ensure safety of the house. When there was no response, we again filed a representation to the DC on December 22, 2012 at which the DC gave the noting to DDPO,” she said. “The block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) replied to the DDPO on January 3, 2013 saying that the JE had got the estimate cleared. The funds had been made available. He further said the work would be done in two months,” she said showing the copies of communication she obtained through RTI.

Manpreet said that she got to know through RTI Act that the work for cleaning the pond, its renovation and constructing a retaining wall had been passed through a resolution with Rs 16 lakh coming via Rural Development Fund, including Rs 4 lakh for constructing the retaining wall adjacent to their house.

“But no work has been done on ground,” she rued.

BDPO (East) Manoj said the work was now being planned under MNREGA.

“Had the election code not come into effect, their work would have been done by now,” he claimed.

Work done on paper
Manpreet says she got to know through RTI Act that the work for cleaning the pond, its renovation and constructing a retaining wall had been passed
Rs 16 lakh was sanctioned through Rural Development Fund, including Rs 4 lakh for constructing the retaining wall adjacent to their house

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Councillors seek vigilance probe into green belt scam
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
The Dynamic Group of Councillors has demanded vigilance inquiry into alleged scam in the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) in the name of development of green belt on sides of the GT Road near Khalsa College to BSF Chowk.

Accusing some MC officials for being hand in glove with Gaurav Gupta, a contractor, for making payment to him for an incomplete project, Congress councillors Sushil Rinku, Bal Kishan Bali and Simranjeet Singh Bunty sought vigilance inquiry into the matter.

The Congress councillors alleged that the process of payment to the contractor to the tune of Rs 17,97,618 for an incomplete project was in the final stage as the officials concerned of the Buildings and Roads (B&R) department and MC Commissioner Vinay Bublani had already signed the file for making the payment.

Demanding an immediately cancellation of the payment to the contractor, the group said, "The JE, SDO and X.En of the B& R department of MCJ are supposed to visit the site before giving their nod for making payment to the contractor for a project. Either they had not visited the site or they turned a blind eye to the ground situation because no green belt had been developed there."

Interestingly, as per the measurement book (MB), the contractor was to be paid a total running bill of Rs 17,97,618, including Rs 9,47,293, for planting 1,157 rare and specimen saplings. The cost of each rare sapling has been mentioned in MB as Rs 818 but no rare sapling was seen at the site.

It is also stated in the MB that Rs 1,59,600 is to be paid for dismantling, Rs 2,31,124 for the removal of debris, Rs 2,20,249 for earth filling and Rs 2,39,352 is to be paid to the contractor for planting shrubs.

Nothing was allegedly dismantled at the site and no debris was at the site. The tender for the project was floated on March 14, 2011 and Local Bodies Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal initiated the project by planting the first sapling at the site on July 16, 2012. 

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zila parishad & block samiti election
SAD wins 9 samiti seats unopposed
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
Other than the three zila parishad seats which the SAD has won, there are nine samitis too in the district where the Akali candidates have managed to win unopposed.

The nine seats include Patial zone in Bhogpur where Bakshish Kaur has been declared the winner. Budhanwal in Shahkot has gone to Tejinder Singh. Santokh Singh has bagged Kular, another general seat.

Beas zone, reserved for SC woman candidate in Adampur, has gone to Manjit Kaur. Of the 15 seats in Lohian, five have already been declared. These include Gidderpindi, Bara Jodh Singh, Nalh, Bara Budh Singh and Rupewal where Manjit Kaur, Ranjodh Singh, Ajit Singh, Des Raj and Jaspal Singh have won respectively.

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Procession taken out on Parshuram Jayanti
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
A religious procession in view of Parshuram Jayanti was taken out here today.

Founder president of the Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti Mahotsava Committee Pandit Kewal Krishan Sharma said the 14th shoba yatra on the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Parshuram was started from Ram Chowk at Company Bagh at 5 pm and culminated at the same place after passing through various areas located on the Circular road of the city. 

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Poster and slogan writing contest organised
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
Kanya Maha Vidyalaya Collegiate Senior Secondary School organised a poster and slogan writing competition for students. The competition was organised by the departments of Political Science, History and Philosophy. Satinder Kaur was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Veena Deepak, Madhumeet, Gurjot and Ashima were the judges on the occasion. In Class XI, Aditi got the first prize, Jaspreet got the second prize while Ramanpreet got the third prize. Palakdeep, Vaishnavi and Jaismeen got consolation prizes. In Class XII, Shivangi and Hardeep got the first prize, Smiledeep and Anjali got the second prize, Pawanpreet and Simranbir got the third prize, Manisha, Pardeep and Veerpal got the consolation prize. Satinder Kaur congratulated students and faculty members for their endeavours.

Class show

The students of Class IX and Class X organized their class show on May 11, 2013 under the able guidance of their teachers. Principal Mrs. Rajni Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. 

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MGN college librarian honoured
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
Librarian of the MGN College of Education Kamaljit Kaur has been honoured with the best presenter and best librarian award during a national conference organised by the Library Professional Association held at New Delhi recently.

The conference on ‘Knowledge organisation in academic libraries’ saw the participation of retired IPS Kiran Bedi as the chief guest and poetess Sarojini Pritam as the special guest. —TNS

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mother’s day
Mothers get special treatment on their day
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11
A ceremony was held at Nirman School to celebrate Mother’s Day. On the occasion, school head Harvinder Kaur said a person was made of the values and education instilled in him/her by a mother. Students presented poems, songs and dances on the theme of mother during the celebrations. Danish Rajpoot, Anita and Ranjit organised the programme. More than 100 students were present on the occasion.

Little Blossoms School

The Mother's Day celebrations started with great zest and fervour at Litlle Blossoms School, Urban Estate Branch. Little chefs invited their moms and made them feel special by preparing snacks, mock tails and sweets. They prepared full meal under the guidance of teachers. Children laid tables and served their mothers. All mothers and children participated in games. One-minute games like dress your child, guess mama's mood, musical chair, nail-art and photo shoot were the highlights of the day. Mothers shared their memorable experiences of motherhood. Director Ruhani Kohli appreciated the little efforts made by the students. Principal Vandana Murria emphasised how innocent and sweet memories of childhood play a vital role in positive growth and moral, social and emotional development of a child.

Seth Hukam Chand School

Mother’s Day was celebrated at Seth Hukam Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School, Sangal-Sohal, Variana, Kapurthala Road, Jalandhar. On the occasion, the pick of the day was celebration of Mother’s Day by inviting mothers from the nursery wing and a gathering made the day remarkable. A string of small events like dance party, games such as passing on the parcel, tongue twisters and on-the-spot games were organised and the winners got prizes. Principal Manju Arora got a floral welcome and explained why mother was an integral part of society.

Manav Sehyog School

Schools and colleges across city schools gave lessons to students on how to pay tributes to their mothers on the occasion of Mothers’ Day.

A special morning assembly was held at Manav Sehyog School the purpose of which was to encourage respect for their mothers among students. Mother plays an important role in a child’s life. Keeping this in mind an inspirational dance, based on mother, was represented. A song ‘Maa Tu Kitne Bholi Hai’ was sung by students of class VII A. A Hindi play was also staged. During the morning assembly, medals were also awarded to the winners of Maths and science Olympiad.

Mayor World School

Students of Mayor World School celebrated Mother's Day by making beautiful artifacts for their mothers. Principal JS Hundal said mothers were the strongest and quietest influence of our society. "To honour mothers, motherhood and maternal bond, we celebrate and dedicate this day to the influence of mothers," she said.

Ivy World School

The Mother's Day celebrations were held at Ivy World School. The celebrations were dedicated to the mother and tributes were paid through card-making, songs and other cultural items. All the items were prepared to showcase the important role of a mother in the life of a child and encourage the children to acknowledge their contribution. Emotional speeches and songs were part of the cultural programme where the students showcased their creativity. Principal S Chauhan said students should be thankful to their parents.

DIPS Dhilwan

To honour the mothers and celebrating motherhood on occasion of Mother's Day, DIPS Dhilwan organised a special assembly. Role plays and poems were presented by the students. Students of class VII sang a beautiful song dedicated to mothers. Principal Romila Sharma addressed the gathering.

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