L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


GLADA nets Rs 50.33 cr
 Auctions prime commercial site on Ferozepur Road
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
In a trendsetting deal in the real estate sector, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold a prime commercial site on Ferozepur Road for a whopping Rs 50.33 crore.

The overall slowdown and recession in the realty sector notwithstanding, the commercial site, measuring one acre and located adjacent to West End Mall on the national highway, was purchased by a local developer, ADS Buildwell, through a public auction at the rate of Rs 1.04 lakh per sq yard as against its floor price of Rs 99,501 per sq yard.

Five bidders, each of them having paid an eligibility fee of Rs 48,15,848, took part in the auction conducted by GLADA Estate Officer RK Popli and Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh. Against the reserve price of Rs 48,15,84,840 for the site (a corner plot), the successful bidder made an offer of Rs 50,33,60,000 to clinch the deal.

The site is meant for commercial use with a floor area ratio of 1:3, land coverage at 40 per cent with unrestricted height subject to clearance by the Indian Air Force authorities.

GLADA has been able to sell the site after a couple of failed attempts when no buyers turned up to take part in the auction conducted with much fanfare and wide publicity. In the abortive auction conducted on March 14 last year for the same site, it was offered at a floor price of Rs 1,94,337 per sq yard as against the present reserve price of Rs 99,501 per sq yard.

authority moots e-auction
With the objective of ensuring more transparency in the sale of vacant plots, built-up properties and commercial sites through auctions, the GLADA authorities have mooted an e-auction proposal in which the bidders will have the option of making online offers for the sites/properties put under the hammer. According to GLADA Estate Officer RK Popli, the intending bidders will have to get themselves registered with Punjab Infotech Limited. Details of the e-auction procedure and other modalities will be provided to the people in a training course to be conducted at the GLADA office in Ludhiana on May 25. 

ADS buildwell
The site, measuring one acre and located adjacent to West End Mall on the national highway, was purchased by a local developer, ADS Buildwell, at the rate of ~1.04 lakh per sq yard as against its floor price of ~99,501 per sq yard


CM gives nod to canal water project for city residents
 MC hopeful of getting World Bank funding for it
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
An ambitious canal-based drinking water project for residents of the mega city may see the light of the day as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given a nod to the World Bank-funded project involving an estimated expenditure of Rs 900 crore.

MC Commissioner RK Verma, who along with Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, attended a meeting convened by Badal in Chandigarh today, said the pre-feasibility report of the project to augment the urban water supply in cities of Ludhiana and Amritsar was prepared by experts of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. The project was also discussed both in the Finance and Contracts (F&CC) Committee of the MC and in a meeting chaired by Maj Gen VK Bhat, head of the Technical Advisory Group under the Punjab Urban Development Mission.

According to Verma, the proposal, after being cleared by the CM's office, will be forwarded to the Centre for seeking funds from World Bank rather than executing the project under the Jawaharlal Nerhru Urban Renewal Mission, which could provide funds to the extent of only 50 per cent of the total cost of the project. "If World Bank approves the project, the funding will be 100 per cent."

At present, the total water supply in the city is through underground water and nearly 850 tube wells and submersible pumps are used for this purpose.

Verma told Ludhiana Tribune that the canal-based water supply project for the city would involve a total expenditure of around Rs 900 crore. As per the pre-feasibility report prepared by the IIT, Roorkee, the canal water will be brought to the city through a 22-km-long underground pipeline. Verma said, "We have received a positive response from the government and hopefully World Bank will also give its nod to the project," he said.



Double murder: Sanitary worker grilled 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The police claims to have got some vital clues in the murder case of a mother-daughter duo that took place yesterday at Fateh Jung Mohalla in the Division No. 3 area in the city. Usha Grover and her daughter Heena were found murdered in their house. Almirahs in the house were ransacked and Rs 4 lakh and jewellery worth lakhs were found missing.

Nilambri Jagdale, ADCP, said the police was interrogating Babu Ram, a sanitary worker, whose name was found written on a wall in the house. 
The name was reportedly written by Heena on the wall before she died. "Since Heena had lodged an eve-teasing complaint with the police against Babu Ram nearly six months ago, the police is interrogating him. Though it is too early to reach any conclusion, we have got some vital clues and expect to crack the case soon with the help of these," said Jagdale.

Three arrested on charge of murdering neighbour

In another development, the police has arrested three persons, Bachan Singh, his wife Kulwinder Kaur and their daughter-in-law Manjit Kaur, for allegedly murdering their neighbour Harjinder Singh, a driver, on Tajpur Road. Harjinder Singh was allegedly beaten to death by them after an arguement over a trivial matter. Harjinder Singh used to reside in Chandigarh, but for the past few months, he was staying on Tajpur Road here.



MC team confiscates illegal rehris 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
A team of the tehbazari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today carried out an anti-encroachment drive in several congested residential and commercial areas in the city.

During the three-hour-long drive, which commenced late in the evening, the civic body staff, led by tehbazari superintendent Naveen Malhotra, confiscated several rehris, counters, furniture and other merchandise stacked by vendors and shopkeepers on the roadside.

The MC team went all along the road from the old District Courts to the new DMCH, clearing temporary encroachments and removing rehris and other items from Dandi Swami Chowk and the Police Lines road up to Haibowal.

Thereafter, several temporary encroachments and an unlicensed motor vehicle being used by a vendor was seized from near Children Traffic Park in the Model Town area. 



Rly passengers go thirsty
 Power cuts, unscrupulous vendors ensure coolers dispense hot water
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Though former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had claimed that the city railway station figured on the list of 108 model railway stations across the country, passengers hardly find it different form any other ordinary railway station.

Passengers are forced to drink packaged water at the station.
Passengers are forced to drink packaged water at the station.

The railway station authorities have failed to provide basic facilities facilities like cold water to visitors who have to spend some time at the railway station before boarding trains. With a rise in the mercury level, the old problems have started emerging here. Owing to frequent power cuts and intense heat, water tanks mostly remain empty.

As many as 12 water coolers have been installed on different platforms, yet passengers are forced to drink hot water from the ordinary taps. Some times due to power cuts and some times due to unscrupulous vendors, who intentionally switch off the power coolers to boost the sales of packaged water at the railway station. Moreover, the coolers are inadequate to meet the heavy rush of passengers at the station.

There are four water coolers at platform number 1 while four are shared by passengers of platform number 2 and 3. One water cooler each has been installed at platforms number 4, 5, 6 and 7. Ironically, these water coolers do not dispense cold water.

According to the railway officials, the station remains crowded in the summers. The water coolers are not able to provide chilled water throughout the day amid such a heavy rush of passengers.

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: "We found that some miscreants switch off the water coolers. So, the passengers have to buy packaged water from vendors. They have their financial interests. We are going to be strict against such vendors. He appealed to the social workers and NGOs of the city to set up more water coolers at the platforms in the public interest. 



MC employees fail to get cold water in own office
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
Claims of the Municipal Corporation of providing safe drinking water to all the residents of the city fell flat when visitors to the headquarters of the civic body at Mata Rani Chowk (Zone A) as well as the MC employees lodged a complaint with the authorities about inadequate arrangements for drinking water.

Hundreds of city residents visiting the MC office for different purposes, as well as the staff members of the MC have been left to fend for themselves in the absence of adequate arrangements for drinking water at every floor of the building, in such extreme heat wave conditions.

Parminder Mehta, spokesperson for the Congress councillors, alleged that the water coolers installed at one or two places in the MC office were either non-functional or dispense normal water, which was almost at boiling temperature with the mercury soaring between 45 to 47 degrees.

He said the MC employees had submitted a complaint to the MC authorities about inadequate water coolers and dispensers at the office about a month ago, but no action has been taken in this regard so far.

Suraj Bhan Bakshi, a senior citizen, who visited the MC office for making an inquiry about his house tax arrears, said he had been shuttling between different offices of the civic body for more than three hours. "I have all along been looking for cold drinking water, which is not available anywhere in the office. A non-functional water cooler dispensed boiling water," he said.

City Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the problem of scarcity of drinking water in the MC office had been brought to his notice only today. “I have issued orders for the immediate installation of water coolers and RO systems on each floor of the MC office and these should become operational in the next two or three days."



paternity claim
DNA samples of man, kids to be taken
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Amarinder Singh, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), has directed the Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana to constitute a board of doctors to take the blood samples of defendant Charanjit Singh, who has been admitted to the ICU in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here, and Kushaljit Singh Bindra and Lovejit Singh Bindra in the presence of complainant Bhupinder Kaur.

The Additional Civil Judge has further directed the Civil Surgeon to seal the samples with the seal of the board of doctors and take every precaution to preserve them. The samples will be tested at a laboratory in Hyderabad. The Civil Surgeon has also been asked to send the samples to the laboratory at the plaintiff's expense to determine the fact whether Charanjit Singh's DNA matches with that of Kushaljit Singh Bindra and Lovejit Singh Bindra. The orders were issued on May 22.

Meanwhile, Bhupinder Kaur, the woman who claims that both her sons were fathered by Charanjit Singh, today alleged that the court had earlier issued orders on May 13 to get the DNA samples but the authorities were dilly-dallying on the collection of samples.

"The orders were issued on May 13 and I don't know why the samples are not being taken by the Civil Surgeon. The court has given one month's time and after a few days, the court will be closed on account of holidays. Charanjit Singh' brother and sisters have been trying hard that the DNA samples are not taken so that they can get more time to appeal further. My children need to be given their father's name and I will fight for their rights," said Bhupinder Kaur, the complainant.

Amarjit Singh Tikka, Charanjit Singh's brother, however, said he had nothing to do in the matter. The court had issued directions to get the DNA samples tested. We can not deny that. Besides, Charanjit Singh is also improving.

Bhupinder Kaur had alleged that her "in-laws" were harassing her and were not letting her meet her "husband" Charanjit Singh, who has been admitted to the ICU, DMCH. 

what the Civil Surgeon says
Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, said he had got the copy of the orders on Wednesday evening and had asked the SMO, Civil Hospital, to constitute a board to get the DNA tests done. "Still, we will be meeting the Judge as there are other issues involved. We will request the Judge to provide us police personnel who will take the samples to Hyderabad. We are not aware how much this test costs and who will bear the expenses. We will meet the Judge and get instructions on all these issues," said Dr Batta.



PAU students launch Facebook page
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have initiated a “Facebook page” to discuss the problems and issues regarding university campus, hostels and academics on “virtual space”. The page named “PAU issues and ideas” emerged on May 8 but only 316 persons liked it.

The administrators of the page claimed that they had received a good response through personal messages.

When asked about a few number of likes, Jasman Singh Bhullar, one of the page administrators said: “We have initiated it recently. Our examinations are going on. We will make the page popular among PAU students after the examinations.”

The students who took this initiative claimed they wanted to stay anonymous as they were not interested in any fame. Bhullar said: “We are concerned with the real issues of the campus. We have a team to take decisions on suggestions received from students but we all are interested to work anonymously.”

“Our objective is to pave a path of righteousness marked by light of wisdom. It is in no way against the authority but we will work with anyone who seeks betterment in any aspects of the university. It's just a trial to create an organised system for highlighting issues and generation of their solutions,” he added.

“The prime purpose of the page is to create sense of unity among the students so that it is possible to bring a change we want to see in university,” said one of the administrators of the page. Interestingly, it is mentioned in the rules posted on the page that no comment or post shall be published which is anti-authority or against any ones dignity.



He has passion for machines
 PAU allows law graduate to make manual harvester
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Sujeet Kumar, a law graduate from Ranchi (Jharkhand), passionate for machines, is at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to manufacture his innovative manual-harvesting machine. He said this machine would be more effective than the machine which he had innovated a few years ago.

He came to the PAU and met the Vice-Chancellor a few days ago. He claimed before the VC and experts that he could manufacture a machine, which could harvest one acre of land in just three hours. Vice-Chancellor, Baldev Singh Dhillon, gave him a chance to manufacture such a machine.

“My objective, to innovate the machine, is to reduce human efforts in the agriculture. Those machines, which run on fuel or power, prove costly and are not eco-friendly. Poor agriculturists can’t afford to buy them. Hence, they have to work hard in the fields,” said Sujeet.

Sujeet has a different story of love with the machines. He wanted to get admission in any of the prominent IITs’ of the country. But due to less marks in Class X and following the wish of his parents, he failed to achieve his goal.

“Motors, machines, force, energy were in my practices, when I was in Class IX,” he said.

His parents wanted to see him as a “lawyer”, so Sujeet took up the LLB course in Darjeeling. Due to lack of interest in law, he spent years to become a graduate. As per his parents’ wish, he got admission in the LLM but he left it soon after.

“I decided to go with my dream. There was an exhibition of innovative machinery at the IIT, Kanpur. I had to struggle a lot to enter the venue. Organisers gave a challenging task to all the participants. The machine, which I had made, got first position. That was the unbelievable moment for me. Then, I got a good chance at the IIT, Mumbai. I have innovated machine for the convenience of farmers. It was highly appreciated. So, I got its patent on my name. I have some bad experiences with NGOs also,” said Sujeet.

“I came here at the PAU to demonstrate my machine. But the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Baldev Singh Dhillon, supported me. With their finical assistance, I have upgraded my model. I want to name this machine with a word ‘Punjab’,” he added.

When asked whether he was inspired by any movie, he said: “I am not inspired by any movie. But one can make a movie from my life story,” said Sujeet.



Power cuts expose govt claims
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 23
Neither the God seems to be showing any mercy nor the authorities of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited have been offering some relief to its clients by providing them better power supply.

Besides, the regular power cuts have also exposed the tall claims of the state government which had been claiming of making Punjab a power surplus state so far.

As the level of mercury has been rising continuously, the number of scheduled and unscheduled power cuts being imposed in Jagraon area have also increased. These prolonged power cuts are taking a heavy toll on the local residents.

During the first three days of this week, the local residents had to face power cuts of more than 24 hours. "The estimate of a cut can be judged from the refrigerators which have failed to freeze the water due to power cuts. We have to rush different corners of the town to purchase ice for cold drinking water," says Rajesh Kumar Rana, a resident of the local College Road.

The local residents faced a power cut of around 12 hours yesterday from 9 am to 9 pm. The power cuts have also increased the sale of diesel since it is used by the shopkeepers for running their generator sets. The local petrol pump operators admits that there has been quirt rise in the consumption of diesel due to regular power cuts.

Similar is the condition of rural areas surrounding Jagraon. Residents say that they have to face a power cut of at least seven hours everyday. The power cuts have further increased the problems of public already boiling at a temperature of around 45 degree Celsius.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited Jagraon SDO, Ravi Singh, said the power supply was kept shut for a long time yesterday as the employees were busy installing a new transformer to provide better power supply to the consumers. "Besides, the difference between consumption and supply of the electricity has been increasing further due to the hot weather which ultimately affects the supply. But we are trying our best to supply maximum power supply to the people," he added.



Women lead in organ donation: Experts
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
It may sound surprising but it's a bitter truth that the women come forward to donate organs for their husbands at the times of need but their husbands do not. It has been observed by the doctors at SPS Apollo Hospitals as the kidney transplant programme completed one successful year since its inception at the hospitals.

Today, doctors invited all the kidney patients and organ donors to motivate the masses to donate organs. An interactive session with the doctors and dieticians was also organised for the patients. Many couples were present there, in which the wives donated their organs.

"We do not have any specific data. But it has been observed that around 70 per cent women donate kidneys and to save their male relatives. But no husband came forward in last year," said Dr Bakshish Singh, consultant, Department of Nephrology and Transplant, SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana.

"Not only in relation of husband and wife but mothers also donated organs to their sons and sisters to their brothers. But it is rare when a brother donated organ to his sister," he added.

Dr Vikas Kumar at SPS Apollo Hospital said, "I agree that males also come forward but very few but there are some material conditions. In our male dominating society, usually male members earn the livelihood for all the family members, so it is connected with survival also."

Increasing organ transplant cases

Doctors expressed their worry about the less number of donors, who come forward to donate their organs in India. Dr Rahul Kohli said, "The statistics portray an alarming need for organ transplantation in India. At present, of the 1.5 lakh new patients, who suffer from end-stage renal failure annually, only 3,500 get kidney transplants and 6,000 undergo dialysis.

"The kidney and other organs can be utilised within 48 hours of brain dead case. In foreign countries, they meet the requirement of human organ by developing a system. Accidental deaths help a lot to provide organs to needy people. India should also develop such system," said Dr Bakshish Singh.

"The organ of a deceased, who died due to brain dead, can be utilised. But here, we do not have any system to the organs of deceased persons," he added.

Govt aid elusive

* Doctors said diabetes, hypertension and kidney stones due to changing lifestyle are the major cause of kidney failure. Ironically, a huge number of youngsters are also in the trap of kidney problems. After spending Rs 15 to 20 lakh on dialysis and transplanting kidneys, poor parents worried about marriages and employment.

* Jagseer Singh (25) from district Muktsar, transplanted his kidney soon after completing his degree of BCA. His mother, Karamjit Kaur, donated her kidney to him. In the past three years, his father, who owned five acers of land, spent Rs 16 lakh to cure his son. Now, the debt-ridden father is worried how he will clear his debt, when his son is also physically enervated.

* Same is the case of 24-year-old girl from Khanna, who returned from New Zealand after detecting the kidney problem. Her father spent Rs 18 lakh to transplant her kidney. Now, he is worried about his daughter’s marriage." Ironically, there is no government aid or any support system for such cases.



Online facility for filing VAT 20 returns not operational for a week
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Online filing of VAT 20 returns is not operational for the past one week. Although those, who want to file the return for financial year 2012-13, have ample time as the last date is in November. But those who want to surrender their VAT number are facing tough times.

Besides filing the form manually, the online filing of VAT 20 is mandatory for those who want to surrender their VAT number for any reason.

Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional, said it has nearly been a week that the online filing of VAT 20 is not getting through. "We have even contacted the company, who is maintaining the website but to no avail," he said.

Vijay Bajaj, an advocate, said some of his clients wanted to surrender their VAT number as they were supposed to shut their business for a reason or two. "Every other formalities have been completed. But the process cannot be completed as they are unable to file their VAT 20 return. The online filing is not operational for the past one week and traders are facing lot of inconvenience," he said.

Another trader, who wanted to surrender his VAT number, said the process is not being completed for the sole reason that the VAT 20 online filing is not getting through.



Fire at printing press
 Second such incident in five days
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 23
A fire broke out at a printing press in Jagraon in which a motorcycle was reduced to ashes while some other valuables, kept in the store, were destroyed. As per information, the fire broke out in the godown of Sahil Printing Press on Wednesday night.

Sources said the fire broke out at 10:45 pm. It was first noticed when a resident, living nearby the godown, spotted the flames rising from the godown. He, immediately, raised an alarm and woke up the residents of the locality following which, a large number of people gathered on the spot and started dousing the fire.

Since the fire had not spread much, the local residents managed to douse the fire by themselves by pouring water over it with buckets.

When the fire was finally doused, the residents entered the godown and found a motorcycle was completely destroyed while many papers were reduced to ashes.

The exact reason behind the fire could not be ascertained yet. But it is believed that the fire broke out in a generator set that was running after a power cut.

The police has started the investigation to find out the cause behind the fire incident.

It is pertinent to mention here that this is a second fire incident in Jagraon in the past five days. Earlier, goods worth several lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out in a multi-story departmental store near Rani Jhansi Chowk, Jagraon.



Learning through actions, they even ‘beat’ normal kids
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Indeed they are children with special abilities whose hands work like eyes and ears. It will not be wrong to say that learning through only actions they even beat the normal children. These are the students of School for Deaf and Dumb Children, Hambran Road, who were enjoying a free dance workshop organised at their school by a city-based amateur, Happy Singh.

Their steps on the song "Waka Waka it is time for South Africa" (Official 2010 FIFA World Cup album) proved that they have no parallels in synchronisation when it comes to dancing skills. Children of Deaf and Dumb School have no parallel in synchronisation when it comes to dancing kills. The team work was so strong that during each short break, each one of the special children was trying to make his partner learn the right dancing action. Commenting on this their trainer, Happy Singh, said, "They are no less than budding choreographers. Each one is disciplined in his own way. I love to teach these children dance every year for free and in lieu of this I get their love and affection."

During the interval, an LKG student, Sukhjeet, was making a class third student Roshan learn as how to do hip-hop. While Amana nd Roshan were practising their feet for a folk dance. Besides their hobby class, they were also attending to all the visitors with gestures of folded hands.

Unable to speak and listen, perhaps they are better human beings, who understand each other’s emotions. When one of the students could not tell her name, another Pallavi wrote her name on the paper," She is Arushi" and again the duo became busy in practising.

Greeting the children of different age groups who were busy in learning Jazz, Jamba, classical dance etc Parmod Dada general secretary of the school said, "It is very nice to see that their confidence level is getting enhanced day after day."



zila parishad poll
Medical practitioners make their presence felt
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
Probably for the first time in the region, Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs) have shown their importance through an active support in the zila parishad and block samiti elections with some using their popularity for entering into the local bodies.

Prompt and economical availability of the medical facilities at the odd hours was cited as major factor behind their following.

Acknowledging the trend, a large number of elderly voters from nearby areas of the region said they had voted in favour of candidates recommended by the medical practitioners who had emerged as their family doctor during past years.

"As we are not associated or related to any of the political parties or the candidates, we preferred to cast our votes in favour of candidates recommended by our family doctor who is a registered medical practitioner," said Gurmel Singh of Dehlon arguing that all members of his clan were united on the issue as the practitioner had been indispensable for the family for obvious reason of frequent need of medical services.

Further, investigations revealed that some practitioners had also succeeded in winning block samiti seat for them or their spouse, while others lost by narrow margin.

Dr Dev Krishan of Jogi Majra, who contested the election on Congress ticket, bagged Sohian block samiti seat.

At Jhuner, it was contest between two practitioners wherein Dr Jagtar Singh Jaggie won on SAD symbol. Similarly, Dr Avtar Singh harnessed support for his victorious wife Kulwinder Kaur. Dr Uttam's wife Rani Kaur however lost by narrow margin of 16 votes.



school notes
Student awarded

Vaanipreet Kaur, a student of Class II of Spring Dale School, attained first rank in International Olympiad of Science. She was awarded a cheque of Rs 10,000, a trophy and a certificate. Avinash Kaur Walia, founder principal and director patted and admired Vanipreet for her knowledge, skills and sharp intellect. Kamalpreet Kaur, school headmistress, Nirmal Singh Walia, chairman, and Mandeep Singh, director, congratulated Vaanipreet and inspired her to excel in other activities as well.

House council elected

Don Bosco Global School elected its house council for the session 2013-14. The oath taking ceremony was performed by the council members. Veertej was elected as head boy and Muskaan as head girl. Principal Vinay Sharma congratulated the students.

Declamation contest

Semi-finals of inter-school Hindi declamation contest based on the theme “Main Bhi Vivekanand” was held at Green Grove Public School. Harish Bansal from Agro Feeds was the chief guest , DSP Vikas Sabarwal was the guest of honour . Ten reputed schools of Khanna participated in the contest.
Vaanipreet Kaur, a student of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, who secured the first rank in the International Olympiad of Science in Ludhiana
Vaanipreet Kaur, a student of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, who secured the first rank in the International Olympiad of Science in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ryan declared best school

Ryan International School was bestowed with the ‘100 Best School Award’ by the Engineering Watch at the school summit 2013 which was held on 21st May, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Ryan International School, Ludhiana, received this award for furthering value centricity, future readiness and excellence in STEM education. The principal of the school, Parveena John, received this award on behalf of the school at a glittering ceremony which was attended by renowned educationalist and beauraucrats.

Class XII results

SDP Sr Sec School, Hazuri Road, Ludhiana, showed excellent 10+2 board results. The school got 100 per cent result in arts, commerce and 98 per cent in science. Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president, SDP Sabha, and Jasveer Singh Chauhan, principal, SDP Sr Sec School, Hazuri Road, Ludhiana, congratulated the students, parents and teachers for their performance.

Brainstorming quiz

An inter-house, brain storming “GK quiz competition” was held at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, Ludhiana, for the primary and secondary section. It was a blend of curriculum and general knowledge questions. Principal of the school Jyoti Sachdev Pujara highlighted the need for creative thinking and observation. An inter-house declamation contest was also organised at Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road.

Kids' party

To beat the heat pre-primary section of Saraswati Modern School organised a pool party. Children wearing colourful swimmings suits enjoyed the party. President of the school Kamla Jain, manager SC Saxena and principal Gitanjali Datta were also present on this occasion.

Visit to old-age home

The Class X students of BVM Kitchlu Nagar paid a two-day visit to Swami Vivekanand Swarag Aashram. Giving love and respect to all people living in the old-age home, these youngsters preached the idea that opinions may be divided but the relations should not be divided. All should safe guard the purity and sincerity of these relations. They shared their happy moments and enjoyed delicacies with them. “As these elders are the cause of every existence and development. If the cause is uprooted from the families the effects will automatically disappear. So, to be conversant with Indian culture we need to respect and serve our elders,” said principal Santosh Mehra.

Splash-pool function

A splash pool party was organised at Green Land Convent School for Kindergarten students. The pool was decorated with colourful balls, toys, swimming tubes and paper boats. The students dressed up in their splashing colourful swimming costumes for the event. The children danced on the music tunes with their teachers. Various games like waterhand ball, rubber ducky race, boat race, watermelon push relay, clothing relay were organised in the pool for students. Students also relished juices and fruits. Principal of the School Jyoti Sachdev Pujara appreciated the enthusiasm and excitement among the students.

National Technology Day

National Technology Day was celebrated with zeal at DCM Presidency School, Urban Estate. The teachers of Science Department highlighted the importance of the day. Nivedita, head of the science department, conducted the assembly in which she read out the excerpts from Dr Abdul Kalam's speech, who himself was a great scientist. A power-point presentation was shown on the occasion by Gurbinder Kaur about the dropping of atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War-II. Gurbinder said the idea behind the presentation was to make children aware about the misuse of technology which can be disastrous to the humanity.

Puppet show

A puppet show was organised in the school campus for Classes LKG to V. The puppets of Rajasthani dancers, magicians and horse riders were part of the show. The basic purpose behind it was to make the students aware of our rich and artistic culture. All the children along with the headmistress, Namita Raj Singh, enjoyed the show.

‘Eat healthy, live healthy’

A cooking competition was organised at Shifaly International School on the theme “Healthy cooking without heat”. Students of Class VII participated enthusiastically by preparing various healthy items. Education director Vishal appreciated the efforts of the students. Rosy gave away the prizes to the winners. She said human beings required not only healthy food but also psychological support for healthy living.

Fancy dress competition

Greenland Convent School organised a fancy dress competition. The theme of the competition was: “I am the alphabet; Meet with my friendly numbers; Welcome to summer season and How to become a good child.” Children dressed in a variety of attires. They presented themselves as queen, bird, animal, alphabets, numbers, newspaper, gas cylinder, tooth paste, deetol and other usable products. Principal of the school Vinita Sanan congratulated the children for making this show a grand success. School council takes pledge

An investiture ceremony for school council was organised at BCM School, Sector 32-A, today. Dhruman Nimbale, ACP (Traffic and Crime), graced the occasion as the chief guest. Principals of different schools were also present on the occasion. The event started with the lighting of lamp by the guests. Principal DP Guleria in his address welcomed the dignitaries and parents. He asked the council members to uphold the values of school and keep the school flag flying high while discharging their responsibilities honestly and sincerely. The school council solemnly pledged to adhere to the values of honesty, perseverance, team work and service before self. — TNS



Man held for selling fake Adidas garments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Salemtabri police has arrested Gursewak Singh, the owner of Preet Sports, Gandhi Nagar, for selling fake garments of the Adidas brand on the wholesale market.

Salemtabri SHO Dharampal said a complaint was filed by Rakesh Chabra, the authorised advocate of the Adidas company, following which a raid was conducted at the shop. "Gursewak Singh manufactured the garments and sold them after putting fake labels of the Adidas brand. As many as 300 such fake pieces were recovered from his unit. He has been arrested under the Copyright Act," said the SHO. 



I-T team raids industrial unit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The investigation wing of the Income Tax Department conducted a raid at Genex Industries Limited located at Cheema Chowk here today. The company manufactures plastic and yarn. Another unit of the company located at Samrala Chowk, Dugri, and a house located at Gurdev Nagar were searched by the team.

The raid was conducted on Director (Investigations) Harjit Singh Sohi's directions while Additional Director Munish Goyal led the raiding team. The income tax officials from other cities were also part of the team.

Incrementing documents were seized by the officials while bank lockers of the company were sealed. The raid started around 7 am and was on till the filing of the report.

Excise raid at club

The Excise and Taxation Department today conducted a raid at Lodhi Club. It was conducted on Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Bhupinder Gupta's directions.

"We had received complaints from the local residents that the club had displayed huge boards promoting liquor brands and in addition to this they also served liquor on the terrace. The liquor stock at the club is being checked," said Gupta.

10 trucks carrying goods without bills impounded

The Excise and Taxation Department impounded 10 trucks that were carrying goods without bills. The trucks were impounded by the District I officials under the supervision of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Tejbir Singh Sidhu. These goods were being transported to other states and included spare parts and hosiery items.



Three held with stolen car
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
The city police has arrested three members of a gang of vehicle thieves. The police has also recovered one stolen Maruti car from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Amar Jit Singh, a resident of Maholi Kalan, Mewa Singh, a resident of Maherna Kalan and Gurpreet Singh of ward number 2 at Jagera Road, Ahmedgarh.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh Sukhdev Singh Virk, said that a police team, led by City SHO, Jasbir Singh, has arrested the accused when they were leaving the area in Maruti Car bearing number plate PB 42 A 8693.

Investigations revealed that the accused had stolen the car from Sirhind town a few weeks ago and were going to Ludhiana to sell the same car.

The police is yet to identify the owner of the vehicle.



Swimming trials on May 26

Ludhiana, May 23
The District Swimming Association of Ludhiana (DSAL) will conduct trials to select the district sub-junior and junior boys and girls' teams besides junior boys' water polo squad at the PAU swimming pool here on May 26 at 9 am.

Apinder Singh Grewal, president of the association, said the selected players would represent the district in the 28th Punjab Sub-junior Swimming meet to be held at Brajindra College, Faridkot, on June 1 and 2 and the 38th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Waterpolo Championship slated to be held at the War Heroes swimming pool, Sangrur, from June 7 to 9.



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