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Woman hangs herself
Brother cries foul, in-laws booked in dowry death case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Two suicide cases rocked the city of Ludhiana today. In the first incident, a 28-year-old woman, identified as Sharanjit Kaur, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at the residence of her in-laws in Harbanspura, near the Division No. 3 area.

The incident took place last night after Sharanjit Kaur had a quarrel with her husband Ravinder Singh. Later, at midnight, Ravinder informed Perminder Singh, Sharanjit Kaur's brother, that his sister had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.

Perminder Singh, along with his relatives, reached Rabinder's house and staged a protest. He alleged that Ravinder and his family members had killed his sister and hanged her body from the ceiling to pass it as a suicide.

Parminder Singh said his sister got married nearly eight years ago, but Ravinder and his family members started torturing her for arranging more dowry articles. The couple had two children. However, Ravinder kept harassing his sister, he alleged, adding that the area residents had told him that Ravinder and Sharanjit had picked up a fight over an issue.

He has lodged a murder complaint with the police.

Meanwhile, the police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination and started investigation into the case.

A dowry death case has been registered against Ravinder and his family members, including, Charanjit Singh (father-in-law), Manjeet Kaur (mother-in-law), Gurjeet Singh and Jeeti.

Girl commits suicide

In the second case, a 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house at Gurmeet Nagar in Shimlapuri here.

The deceased has been identified as Puja Devi. According to her father Mohan Lal, he left the house in the morning for a dental checkup.

After nearly an our, he returned home and was shocked to find his daughter's body hanging from a ceiling fan.

He called up the police and informed it about the incident. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.


Outstation staff leave visitors to LIT office in the lurch
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 20
In blatant violation of the service rules, several employees and officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), residing in other towns and cities, leave station without obtaining permission from the authorities concerned. The staff members coming from outstations normally arrive late, and more often than not, leave early in the evening. Hence avoidable harassment to visitors to the Trust office.

Even as it is known to almost each and every senior official of the LIT that many of the employees come from places like Samrala, Khanna, Moga, Phagwara, Jalandhar, and even from distant cities like Amritsar, the LIT authorities maintain that no official/employee can leave station without obtaining "station leave".

Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary, respectively, of the Council of RTI Activists, revealed that as per the record available with the establishment branch of the LIT, no employee or official had obtained station leave on a permanent basis, nor can such permission be accorded as per the service rules.

While the LIT officials maintain that any member of the staff availing casual or medical leave obtains station leave, they choose to evade the issue of the employees/officials residing in other towns who obviously leave the station every day in violation of the service rules.

A middle rung official of the LIT admitted that several members of the staff were residing in other towns and cities. "Naturally, they travel every day from their place of residence to the city and back. To make the matters worse, these employees arrive at the office and also leave in the afternoon at their own convenience depending on the timing of their mode of transport (bus/train)," the official said.

In a complaint lodged with the Vigilance wing of the Local Government Department, the Council of RTI Activists has sought a thorough probe into such kind of violation of the service rules.

Come late, leave early
The staff members coming from outstations normally arrive late, and more often than not, leave early in the evening. Hence, avoidable harassment to visitors to the Trust office.



Non-filing of returns may attract imprisonment
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The Income Tax Department is going to get strict with tax evaders. Those defaulting on income tax returns are now liable for prosecution, the department officials have said.

If tax evasion exceeds Rs 25 lakh, the defaulter can be sentenced to a minimum imprisonment of six months and maximum of seven years, besides being asked to pay a fine. If tax evasion is less than Rs 25 lakh, the imprisonment would range between three months and two years in addition to a fine, said an official source.

Recently, a tax payer in New Delhi was sentenced a to six months' imprisonment for evading tax in one assessment year and one-year imprisonment in the subsequent assessment year for repeating the offence of not filing income tax returns, added the source.



Colleges on Income Tax radar
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Colleges seeking tax exemptions are under the Income Tax Department scanner. The department is now planning to knock out these tainted colleges from the tax exemption list.

Private medical colleges are generally owned by registered trusts and get 100 per cent exemption from income tax. However, it has been found that these colleges collect crores of rupees as fee from students. Officials are now working towards getting these institutions declared as commercial ventures.

According to sources in the department, these colleges earn between Rs 150 and 250 crore per year.

According to reliable sources, the department is also planning to start trailing the sources of income of those who deposit amounts with the colleges. Those who will voluntarily declare their income might enjoy immunity from action by the department, as a measure to encourage people to help the department curb the menace of skyrocketing donation fees.

These colleges get 100 per cent tax exemption and reportedly sell management quota seats at whopping rates.

Voluntary declaration
Those who will voluntarily declare their income might enjoy immunity from action by the department, as a measure to encourage people to help the department curb the menace of high donation fees.



rising pollution levels
Teams to crack down on polluting power generators in district
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Following the instructions of the National Green Tribunal, the District Administration has asked the industrialists to immediately stop using the power generators causing noise and air pollution or else face the music. The SDMs in the district have been asked to conduct checks in their respective areas and take appropriate action against defaulters. Many SDMs have constituted teams of officials for the purpose and asked them to submit their reports to the authorities by August 23.

Talking to The Tribune, SDM (West) KS Mahi said the teams comprised officials from GLADA, Pollution Control Department and the Police Department. "We (SDM East and West) held a meeting of the officials recently and the teams have been asked to provide us feedback by August 23. We will be issuing a warning to defaulters and if they fail to adhere to the instructions, the power generators causing pollution will be sealed," said Mahi.

When asked if the authorities had any specific number of the generator sets running illegally in the district, Mahi said data was being compiled by the teams and the exact figure could be known after the completion of the survey.

Meanwhile, one of the members of a survey team, who is an official of the Pollution Control Board here, said half of the population (using power generator sets) in the district was using generator sets, which caused both air and noise pollution.

"The authorities, including the Pollution Board, administration and the Police Department have to crack down on them. Either defaulters should be penalised heavily or their generator sets sealed permanently, only then we can check pollution in this industrial hub. Apart from the polluting industry, power generator sets are the second major source of pollution in the district," said the official.



Leaders try to ‘manipulate’ teachers' transfers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
With the 2014 Lok Sabha elections approaching, leaders are not leaving any stone unturned to woo those who matter. The local leaders have reportedly started recommending the names of their "trustworthy" teachers, to be adjusted as per the latter's choice so that their "services" could be hired during the elections.

Such lists were allegedly sent by the leaders' aides to the District Education Officer (Secondary), Paramjit Kaur Chahal, during a meeting on transfers at Malwa School, Kochar Market. The Chahal said: "According to the orders by the department, we have invited applications from teachers seeking transfers within the district (local level)".

If sources in the Education Department are to be believed, then most leaders have sent their recommendations/lists through PAs, gunmen and others. "We have got a huge list of teachers seeking transfers and all names have been recommended by influential persons," said an official.

He added it was unfortunate that the leaders were not bothered about filling vacant posts in the government schools in their respective constituencies but were more worried about getting their men adjusted at vantage locations. "Teaching is a humble profession. The teachers provide a strong base to our future generations but politics has taken the noble profession into its tentacles. The department will ultimately bow to the pressure tactics of these leaders and adjustments will be made as per their wishes," said the official in the Education Department.

In many government schools, there are no regular teachers for various subjects and students have suffered in the absence of subject teachers.

Meanwhile, a good number of vehicles, including official ones, were seen parked outside Malwa School.



Scarcity of anti-snake venom injections
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Though fewer snakebite cases had been reported this year, there's a scarcity of anti-venom injections at the hospitals. The recommended pharmaceutical companies are unable to provide these injections to the state Health Department. However, to deal with emergency cases, the district Health Department has purchased these injections from other pharmaceutical firms.

Senior Medical Officer of the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, Dr Rajkumar Karkra, said: "This year, we received only 6 snakebite cases so far. Last year, the number was 26. For the past many months, we have not received any anti-venom injection from the recommended pharmaceutical firms. But to meet any kind of emergency, we have purchased 14 injections from some other firms."

The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "Perhaps, manufacturers are not making the injections as these are very costly. Their requirement is very less and expiry date is not very long. So these are not manufactured in bulk.''

He said all the Community Health Centres had stocks of these injections. "A snakebite victim should be treated immediately, as venom travels through veins very quickly. One should be treated within two or three hours of a snakebite," Dr Batta said.

He said: "As soon as a snake bites a person, the area should be tightly wrapped with a cloth in such away that venom shouldn't spread to the other parts of the body."

Injections available on ALS Ambulances
The Central Government has provided two ALS ambulances to the state to be deployed on national highways. These also have anti-snake venom injections. Jatinder Sharma, State Project Head of "Ambulance 108", said: "We cannot keep these injections in our ambulances as these need to be kept in refrigeration."



viable sites for shifting of scattered dairies
Sub-panel to submit report today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The sub-committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Kanwalpreet Brar will submit a report on viable sites for the shifting of scattered dairies to curb the pollution level in the Buddha Nullah tomorrow to the main committee.

If the sites are approved by the main committee formed by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab, the list of sites will be handed over to the government for acquiring land, and dairies will be constructed on the sites within a year.

According to available information, the viable sites are at Baunkar Gujran, Dhanansu, Miani, Balliewal and Valipur. The land has been shortlisted by the ADC (D) after consulting the panchayats concerned.

“These sites are near the periphery of the city and dairy owners should not have any problem in shifting the scattered dairies, about 600 in number,” said an official in the sub-committee.

Meanwhile, KP Brar told The Tribune that the Buddha Nullah was considered as critically polluted and efforts were being made to make it clean.

“As various components are adding to the pollution levels, the scattered dairies are one of the sources of pollution in the nullah. The government has already made two major points for the dairies on the Tajpur Road and Haibowal, and these will not be shifted. The move is to shift the scattered dairies adding to the pollution in the nullah. For that, we have identified certain sites near the city where these could be shifted. We will handover the report to the main committee with Commissioner MC Rakesh Verma, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Director (Rural Development) and Deputy Director (Dairies) as the members. The final decision will be taken by the main committee after taking the dairy owners into confidence,” said Brar.

Once the site is finalised, the committee will send its recommendation to the state government and the latter will acquire the land. Powers will be given to the Municipal Corporation to go ahead with the project.



Molestation victim becomes ideal for girls
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The 19-year-old molestation victim, who had relentlessly fought against police apathy for 41 days, forcing the police to register a case of molestation against four youths, has become an ideal for girls.

The promising BSc-II medical student of Government College for Girls feels that though her studies took a hit and she suffered mental agony, raising voice against injustice earned her a lot of public support.

“My classmates and girls living in the locality are being subjected to eve-teasing and molestation. I have not come across a girl who had not been followed by youths and had not received lewd comments. Due to the social and parental pressure, girls keep quite and do not bring up such issues. Inaction on the part of girls emboldens the confidence of youth and they target other girls,” said the molestation victim.

Not only the molestation victim, but her parents, too, had undergone a testing time. “I do not know how many times I was asked this question that the youths touched which part of my daughter's body. I cannot have food properly just because of disgusting and negative approach of society. I went to the police station to report the matter, but the policemen confined me in a lock-up. Is giving birth to a girl child a crime?” said the girl's father, who is a migrant from Uttar Pradesh and is working as a class-IV employee in PAU.

While showing the mark sheet of his daughter, he said: “I am proud of my daughter. She raised the voice against the injustice done to her. Other girls too should take a lesson and raise voice against the injustice.”

The girl's mother said: “The mother of Rajesh, alias Sheru, one of the accused booked for molestation, told me that her son had just held my daughter by the arm. What was the need to make such a hue and cry out of it. She was saying that by raising an objection, my daughter is earning a bad name for the family.”

Succumbing to public pressure, the city police yesterday booked four tipsy youngsters, who were involved in the alleged molestation of a girl. The case was registered after 41 days.

Dr Arun Mitra, social activist of the city, said various NGOs came in support of the molestation victim.

The victim, a medical student, was allegedly molested by a group of youngsters while she was watering the plants outside her house at Chand Colony in Rishi Nagar on the evening of July 9.

determination pays off
The promising BSc-II medical student of Government College for Girls feels that though her studies took a hit and she suffered mental agony, raising voice against injustice earned her a lot of public support.



Health Dept raids seven drug stores
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
As many as seven drug stores of Sahnewal were raided today by a team of the District Health Department.

Sukhbir Chand, drug inspector said: “I raided seven drug stores in Sahnewal and collected samples of five medicines from two stores. I collected samples of three drugs from Singh Medical Hall and two from Dhashmesh Medical Hall.”

He said: “We also seized habit-forming drugs from Lovi Medicos. These included 20 cough syrups and 500 tablets of phenotil.”

The District Task Force challaned as many as nine persons for smoking at public places. The District Task Force, which included District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar; Food Safety Officers Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur; Additional District Attorney Amandeep Singh; and a representative of an NGO Krishan Lal Malik, challaned people for smoking near religious places, selling tobacco products near religious places and not displaying proper signboards.



Students sensitised on vector-borne diseases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
On the directions of Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, an awareness workshop was organised by District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar at Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, and Gurmat Missionary College, Jawaddi. The students were told about water and vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, etc.

While interacting with students, District Mass Media Officer Harjinder Singh gave tips on preventing the spread of these diseases.

Following tips were given to students
Dengue spreads through mosquito bites, which occur during the daytime.
Mosquitoes breed in containers having fresh water like flower pots, water coolers, water tanks, etc.
Clean and dry coolers once a week.
Keep rooftops clear of containers/tyres and protect your family from dengue.
Wear full sleeves and cover your feet in the morning and evening.
Spray insecticides under the tables/behind the curtains.
Use anti-mosquito nets to prevent dengue and malaria.



Dyeing units to increase prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The dyeing units today took a collective decision to increase the rates of dyeing.

With rupee weakening against dollar and chemicals becoming costly, the dyeing units have decided to increase the prices by 5-8 per cent.

“It has become difficult to bear overhead costs as the prices of chemicals have been increasing. No profit is left in dyeing, so we have unanimously decided to increase the prices by 5-8 per cent,” said Bobby Jindal, general secretary of the Dyeing Association of Ludhiana.

“Rupee is weakening against dollar and it is taking a toll on us. As a result, the rate of chemicals is increasing and it has become difficult to continue with the previous dyeing rates. We will be increasing the rates of dyeing as decided by the association,” said another member of the association.



Villagers damage bus over minor’s death
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 20
A large number of people blocked traffic and ransacked a bus after the death of a three-year-old child at Ikolaha village. The deaceased has been identified as lovepreet Singh.

As per information, lovepreet was playing in front of his house. Suddenly an over speed bus that was going from Ikolahai to Ikolaha crushed the child. In the meantime, some villager those were sitting near the site run towards to the bus. Fearing trouble, the driver of the bus tried to escape by escalating the speed of bus but in the meantime the child was mowed down under rear tyres and he died on the spot.

The villagers blocked the traffic on Khanna Malerkotla road to protest against the driver. Some angry villager also ran sacked the window panes of the bus. Driver escaped from the scene.

A police team lead by Jagdish, a police official, reached the spot and pacified the agitators after registering a case against the driver of the erring bus. DSP Khanna said the driver of the bus has been arrested and a case under relevant sections has been registered. 



‘Jatt’ word in Punjabi movie titles a success formula
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Binnu Dhillon was in city to promote his film.
Binnu Dhillon was in city to promote his film.

Ludhiana, August 20
It was the trend in 90s, when most of the Punjabi movies were released with a common name "Jatt".

Though the movies of that era were based on the agriculture community and the film-makers used to justify the name of the movie. But it was not for long time as Punjabi Cinema got a dip of two decades.

After two decades, Punjabi Movies have again started catching the attention of public.

After the hit of Jatt and Juliet and carry on Jatta, the trend of using "Jatt" in the name of a movie has become a trend.

Today the star cast of "Jatt Airways", a Punjabi movie, was in the city for the promotion of their film which is all set to release on August 30.

This is again a film in which the word "Jatt" seems fitted forcefully. Though the star casts avoided to discuss the name of the film. Like other movies this film again not based on the "Jatt" community.

Binnu Dhillon, an actor, said, "The use of word "Jatt" in every film is not a positive trend but the person who spends the money to make film, he has the right to give name to his film. It has become a success mantra after some of the movies were got good response".

Heroine of the film Tulip Joshi said that she loves to work in the Punjabi movies. 



General hygiene an uphill task for many, say experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
From kitchen napkins to cell phones there are about dozen things which are used by people in daily routine but none bothers about maintaining their proper cleanliness and thus fall an easy prey to health problems.

Cell phones, handles of doors and windows, handles of refrigerator, foot mats, keyboards, increased nails, hand bags, pens, landline phones, kitchen napkins etc are used by almost everyone daily and are biggets carriers of germs.

Dr Kanwal Maseeh, Medical Superintendent of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and professor in pathology department said, "I always keep instructing my staff in the hospital not to touch anything without requirement as there remains chances that one may carry micro organisms from one patient to the other. But I have observed that people bother only about such things whenever there is any epidemic like swine flu."

He said all the persons should make it a habit to maintain proper hygiene of these things on daily basis by washing hands with soap and not by touching things un-necessarily.

Dr Aroma Oberoi, professor and head of microbiology department, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said: "Last year we conducted a research on cell phones. We found methicilline registrant staphylococcus aureus bacteria on the cell phones of health care providers." She said many women love to increase nails and also paint them but pathogenic bacteria remains hidden beneath the nails and thus health gets affected. Sometimes the filth hidden in nails also gets converted into fungal infections and even makes the nails brittle.

Dr Raju Sinfgh Chhina, Chairman, Infection Control Board, DMCH, and Dean Academics said: "Water-borne diseases spread through oro-faecal route. It means people don't wash hands properly after going to toilet and the microorganisms which come out through excretion spread from one person to another and then make them fall sick."



Day 7: Students on hunger strike
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Students of Punjab Agricultural University today started hunger strike on the seventh day as a part of the ongoing protest.

The students rusticated from university, Dilpreet Singh, Jashandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh, also sat on hunger strike outside the Vice-Chancellor's office.

Irked from the notice issued by Dean of the College of Agriculture, students staged protest outside the dean's office in the afternoon.

HS Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Agricultural, issued notices against students sitting on the strike.

Meanwhile, office-bearers of the Punjab Agriculture University Student's Association (PAUSA) met the Dean of the College of Agriculture Engineering for resolving the issue. But the meeting failed to produce any result as the students denied that they had consumed liquor on July 22.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, vice-president, PAUSA, said: "Instead of tactics, the authorities should address the problems of students. We are not interested in missing classes and are aware of the loss of study. So the authorities should review their previous decisions immediately."

Sahranbir Singh, president, PAUSA, said: "The protest against the injustice is democratic right of the students. So we will not call off the strike till all our demands are not addressed."



Oxinium transplant ushers new hope for knee patients, say experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Patients that come in for total knee replacement now a days are younger than the ones we used to receive five to seven years back. The average age has reduced from 65 years and above to mid-50s now. In such cases it is a viable option to use oxinium knee implants as it reduces the chances of revision surgery. This was said by Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, an orthopedic and knee replacement surgeon, Department of Orthopedics Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while addressing a press conference.

Dr Mahajan who has recently conducted surgery on a 60-year-old woman through this technique said, “Oxinium knee implants don’t have nickel content, patients who suffer from metal allergies can be deemed to use these superior quality knee implants safely. The patient whom I operated upon a few days ago has shown good progress post operation and will be able to resume active life within four to five days.”

Dr Mario Penta, Consultant, Orthopedic Surgeon, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, who is a well known orthopedician and is abreast with new advancement in total knee replacement surgeries worldwide said, “I and Dr Mahajan collaborated together in order to create an interactive knowledge sharing platform and discuss new developments. In Australia, in 2011 as many as 75,000 people suffered from knee problems. The number might have increased further now.”

About the use of Oxinium Knee Implants in India, Dr Neeraj Bansal, orthopedic joint replacement surgeon and consultant, Global SuperSpeciality Hospital, said: “In Ludhiana the cases of total knee replacement have been growing at a rate of 20 to 30 per cent every year. The growth in the number of surgeries is due to increased awareness by the patients of the knee replacement and also how it drastically improves the quality of life. Sedentary lifestyle, stressful work environment, lack of exercises has also caused these cases to aggravate further.”

What is Oxinium?

Oxinium is metal alloy with the surface transformed to ceramic using a patented process—has proven to be a superior surface for use in hip and knee implants due to its reduced friction and increased resistance to scratching and abrasion. These superior properties result in significantly less wear than that produced by traditional implants. 



Dignitaries associated with the GADVASU receive state award

Ludhiana: Three persons associated with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University received Punjab Government State Award. They were awarded at state level function in Ludhiana on Independence Day. Dr Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, Director of Extension Education, said: "One of them is Sukhharpreet Singh.

He is a member of board of management of vet varsity. He is using green fodder and silage along with self-produced feed for balanced nutritive values. One of his cows has produced 58 litres milk. Second person who received the award is Jyoti Saroop. He is manager of The UNATI Co-operative Marketing-cum-Processing Ltd.

It was established in 2003 by a group of 14 young, dynamic and innovative persons with a vision of integrating rural community of Kandi Area for sustainable livelihood and development from natural bio-resources and novel rainfed agriculture with cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. The UNATI started initially with a vision to explore the opportunity in processing and marketing of natural herbal bioresoures of Kandi area like Amla, Giloye, Harar, Bahera, Karela, Shivlingi, etc. The society has integrated around 300 families in Kandi area for collection of bioresources which are in turn procured by the society at pre-fixed prices, much above the market price as an incentive for assured supply of raw materials. Third award was conferred on Veena Sharma. Veena is president of the Sada Shiv Modern Self-Help Group (SSM SHG) which was formed in the year 2003 with 36 village women with the primary objective of providing gainful employment to women. This SHG is also associated with the NAIP. The group started with making washing powder which was sold through small shops in the surrounding villages." Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, congratulated the winners. — TNS



pau notes
Orientation course

Ludhiana: A 10-day orientation course on "Effective Teaching, Research and Extension" began at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday.

The course has been organised by the Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management (HSECM) under the directions of Dr Sukhjeet Kaur, course director, and Dr Kiranjot Kaur, course co-director. As many as 26 newly recruited scientists from different departments of the PAU and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras are attending the course.Dr Rupa Bakshi, Dean, College of Home Science, PAU, inaugurated the course. — TNS



from schools
Raksha Bandhan celebrated

Ludhiana: Raksha Bandhan was celebrated on the premises of GNI Senior Secondary School, I Block, BRS Nagar, on Tuesday. The festival was celebrated by holding a rakhi making competition for the students of classes VII to X. On the occasion, the primary section also celebrated the festival by the reciting poems based on the theme "Rakhi". Harleen Kaur of Class VII and Alisha Sharma of Class VIII clinched first and second positions, respectively in the rakhi making competition.

DRV DAV Centenary Public School

Students of DRV DAV Centenary Public School celebrated Rakhsa Bandhan through various activities. Competitions like card making and rakhi making were also held. The students tied Rakhi on the wrist of all the school drivers. Principal of the school Yogesh Gambhir gave blessings to the students.

Rose Playway School

Students of Rose Playway celebrated Raksha Bandhan. The children were made to understand the festival which symbolises the love between a brother and a sister.

Everest Pb Senior Secondary School

Raksha Bandan was celebrated on the premises of Everest Pb Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana. Rajinder Sharma, President, Association of the PSEB Affiliated Schools, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sharma told the students about the importance of the day. They were also told about the various aspects of India and its cultural heritage. The students of different classes celebrated the Raksha Bandan with great pomp and show.

Spring Dale School

To strengthen the bond of love between brothers and sisters, the festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated at Spring Dale School. Speech was delivered in theStudents of Spring Dale School celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Ludhiana. morning assembly highlighting the importance of the day. Rakhi making activity was organised in which students made beautiful innovative rakhis which depicted the love, affection and attachment of brothers and sisters with one another. Founder Avinash Kaur Walia appreciated the efforts of the students and told them that each and every relation of life has its own significance and they should give due respect to all relations. Chairman Nirmal Singh Walia, Director Mandeep Singh, Principal Sandeep Raikhi and Headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur congratulated all the participants and motivated them for exhibiting wonderful talent.
Students of Spring Dale School celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

GMT Public School

A rakhi making competition was held on the premises of GMT Public School in which students of of GMT Public School V-VIII participated in an inter-house competition. All the students brought colourful material like flowers, beads, ribbons and threads to prepare attractive rakhis. They displayed their skill and made colourful and beautiful rakhis. The students prepared rakhis to celebrate the sacred festival of Raksha Bandhan. Principal Amarjit Dhaliwal appreciated the work done by the students and also congratulated the winning students.

Drishti Dr RC Jain innovative Public School

With a strong message to avoid wasteful expenses while celebrating festivals, the second standard students of Drishti Dr RC Jain innovative Public School, Narangwal, Ludhiana, conducted a special assembly on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The children enacted a role play in which they beautifully conveyed the message of celebrating the festival with simplicity so that the spirit of the festival does not fade away in the gleaming materialistic world.

Maple Bear Canadian Playway School

Maple Bear Canadian Playway School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan with great enthusiasm and gaiety. Rakhi is celebrated in a unique way. The theme of the function was "Unity in Diversity" as the tiny-tots were dressed up in traditional attires. Principal of the school Veena Aggarwal explained the significance of Raksha Bandhan to the students.

Students bring laurels

Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School brought won laurels in the CBSE Science Exhibition 2013 held at Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, on August 12. The exhibition was attended by as many as 80 CBSE schools from all over the region. Jesus Sacred Heart School's model Rein Basera Math-e-magical was selected among the top two models to represent the region at a national-level competition in October under sub-theme mathematical modelling. The model presented a realistic view of eradicating the problem of homeless from the city of Ludhiana by converting MC parking lot into shelters for homeless at night time when they are vacant. The same idea will be presented to the state government also along with the estimates of the expenditure and prospects of revenue. If applied, such a model can help the government to eradicate the problem of homeless people in the entire state. Director and Principal of the school were elated with the big achievement and praised the students for their untiring efforts to make this model a success.

Quiz contest

The Sub-Junior Humanities Forum organised a GK Quiz for classes I and II at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. A student from each section had been selected to represent their section. The participants were very well versed with all the topics given to them. The function was presided over by principal Navita Puri. — TNS



from colleges
Talent hunt programme

Ludhiana: GMT College of Education organised a talent hunt programme. It provided students an opportunity to explore and showcase their talents.

The programme continued for six days in which various activities, clay modelling, rangoli, landscape, still life painting, on-the-spot painting, knitting, pakkhi making, crochet work, essay writing, story writing, poem recitation, debate, elocution, mehndi designing, photography and poster making competitions were held. Principal Dr Shikha Soni congratulated the winners and the participants. She motivated the students to take part in extracurricular activities for overall development. — TNS



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Hindi Week

Ludhiana: Meeting of the Hindi Shishak Sangh, Punjab, was held on Tuesday under the presidentship prof Munish Kumar. During the meeting it was decided that Hindi Week will be observed from September 8 to 22. "Hindi Week will be celebrated in different schools and colleges," said Munish Kumar. The students scoring 90 per cent and above marks in Hindi will also be honoured by the organisation. Students can send their applications at hindishikshaksangh@gmail.com.

Birth anniversary of former PM

The 69th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was celebrated as Sadbhavna Diwas (Harmony Day) on Tuesday by the District Congress Committee of Ludhiana. Addressing the party workers at Congress Bhawan, the Congress leaders said the younger generation would have to come forward for fulfilling dreams of Rajiv Gandhi who laid down his life for unity and integrity of the nation. They recalled foresightedness of Rajiv Gandhi and said the slain leader bought forward the youths and brought them the right to vote at the age of 18. That led the youths to participate in politics of the country, he said, adding the use of latest gadgets like computers, laptops and mobile that had become important part of everyone's routine life had been possible because of Rajiv Gandhi.

Memorandum submitted

Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner and requested that in case of death of any government employee, the department seeks dependent's certificate to collect the pending dues or a job on compassionate grounds. The sabha members said in some departments instead of the certificate, affidiavits were being submitted for the same. But in departments like Municipal Corporation or aided-schools, certificates were needed. "We demand that certificates shold be replaced by affidiavits," said Veer Arun Bhatti, a member.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised on Tuesday by the Youth Congress to observe the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A team was doctors were there to check patients and free medicines were also distributed.

Society formed

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said, "A society for prevention of cruelty to animals has been formed. Animal lovers and those who want to make a difference can come forward and join the society and there is no fee for becoming member of the society." He said interested members or societies can get the forms from Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry. The forms should be filled completely and submitted by September 7.

Shobha yatra

The Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena has extended invitation to the people to be a part of the shobha yatra at Kidwai Nagar to be held on August 25. The shobha yatra will start at 3 pm on August 25 from Kidwai Nagar. — TNS



Crime briefs
Thieves strike at showroom

Ludhiana: Thieves struck at a car accessories showroom on the Dugri Road and decamped with music systems, speakers and other car accessories. The incident came to light today morning when the watchman at the market informed the owner of the shop around 5 AM. The police is suspecting that the thieves had struck on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Gurpreet Singh, owner of the shop, said five music players, speakers and other car accessories were stolen from the shop. The owner said he suffered a loss of approximately Rs 1 lakh. No CCTV cameras were installed in the shop.

Vehicle thieves nabbed

The Jamalpur police has nabbed two persons, including a woman, with a stolen motorcycle here on Monday evening. The accused have been identified as Kirandeep Kaur, alias Bebi, and Deepak Kumar, alias Deepu, residents of Machhiwara. The accused were nabbed following a tip-off. The police received an informed that the accused were heading towards Government High School, Mundial Kalan, on a stolen motorcycle with a fake registered number. On seeing the police, the accused tried to escape. The police nabbed the accused and during questioning, they confessed that they had stolen the motorcycle. The police has impounded the motorcycle and booked the accused under Sections 411, 467,468 and 471 of the IPC.

Couple booked

The police has booked a couple for duping a person on the pretext of selling a plot. The accused have been identified as Jasbir Kaur and Harjit Singh, residents of Amritsar. The complainant, Gurmit Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, Phase-II, Dugri, said he purchased a plot from the accused on the Chandigarh Road. Gurmit said he had made the payment to the accused and they gave him receipts and transfer papers. But when Gurmit asked the accused about the registration of the plot, they refused to do so. They started threatening Gurmit. The police has recorded the victim’s statements and booked the couple under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

ASI Gurdial’s killers brought to city

The accused caught in connection with ASI Gurdial Singh’s murder case were brought to the city on a production warrant today. The accused were nabbed recently by the Patiala police. The accused were behind 200 cases of robbery, snatching and vehicle lifting. ASI Gurdial Singh was shot at on March 18 at a colony near the Pakhowal Road. After struggling for three weeks, he succumbed to bullet injury. — TNS



Lakshay, Arunima corner glory in badminton tourney
Anil Datt

Lakshay Sharma Arunima Pal

Ludhiana, August 20
Though a large number of shuttlers, including some established players, competed in the six-day Ludhiana Open District Badminton Tournament that concluded at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here today, it were two prodigies, Lakshay Sharma (7) and Arunima Pal (8), who gave stupendous performance to impress one and all.

Lakshay, a student of class III of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, bagged two titles (Boys’ U-10 singles and doubles), besides finishing runners-up in the boys’ doubles U-13 category and securing a bronze medal in the boys’ singles U-13 group.

Similarly, Arunima Pal, also a student of class III at Ryan International School, Chandigarh Road branch, gave an excellent performance to make her presence felt. She annexed top honours in the girls’ singles U-10 category as well as girls’ doubles in the same age group.

Likewise, other promising players namely Simranjit Kaur, Aditi Mahajan, Agrim Kapila and Dhruv Vashisht also clinched more than one title.

MLA Balwinder Singh Bains was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. He congratulated the position holders and appreciated the District Badminton Association, Ludhiana, for organising the tournament in which over 500 participants took part.

Final results

Girls’ singles (U-10): Arunima Pal bt Sanya Jain (15-21, 21-12 and 21-17).

Girl's doubles (U-10): Sanya Jain and Arunima Pal bt Navleen Kaur and manya Oswal (21-18, 21-15).

Boys’ singles (U-10): Lakshay Sharma bt Jasmehar Birdi (21-12, 21-17).

Boys’ doubles (U-10): Lakshay Sharma and Arnam Jain bt Jasmehar Birdi and Chirag Sharma (21-19, 21-7).

Girls’ singles (U-13): Simranjit Kaur bt Prerna Dawar (18-21, 15-21 and 21-9).

Girls’ doubles (U-13): Simranjit Kaur and Prerna Dawar bt Suvidhi Jain and Tanvi Kaushal (21-5, 21-11).

Boys’ singles (U-13): Agrim Kapila bt Arsh Gupta (21-7, 21-9).

Boys’ doubles (U-13): Agrim Kapila and Arnam Jain bt Lakshay Sharma and Jasmehar Birdi (15-21, 21-14 and 21-17).

Girls’ singles (U-15): Simranjit Kaur bt Neha Rani (21-10, 21-17).

Girls’ doubles (U-15): Prerna Sawar and Neha Rani bt Kashish and Namrata (21-13, 21-16).

Boys’ singles (U-15): Lakshay Singla bt Dhruv Vashisht (22-20, 18-21 and 21-17).

Boys’ doubles (U-15): Mitaksh Gandhi and Shruv Vashisht bt Khush Fateh Singh and Rachit Gupta (21-13, 22-20).

Girls’ singles (U-17): Aditi Mahajan bt Simranjit Kaur (21-12, 21-14).

Girls’ doubles (U-17): Aditi Mahajan and Shagufta bt Dhriti Vohra and Diksha Beri (21-12, 21-13).

Boys’ singles (U-17): Dhruv Vashisht bt Aditya Gupta (21-9, 21-17).

Boys’ doubles (U-17): Dhruv Vashisht and Mitaksh Gandhi bt Aditya Gupta and Shubham (21-18, 21-14).

Girls’ singles (U-19): Aditi Mahajan bt Harlilveen Kaur (21-16, 21-18).

Girls’ doubles (U-19): Aditi Mahajan and Harlivleen Kaur bt Dhriti Vohra and Diksha Beri (21-14, 21-13).

Boys’ singles (U-19): Sanath Jain bt Surya Goel (14-21, 22-20 and 21-12).

Boys’ doubles (U-19): Mitaksh Jain and Surya Goel bt Sachin and Amit Bhasin (21-12, 23-25 and 21-15).

Women's singles: Aditi Mahajan bt Harveen Kaur (21-18, 1-21 and 21-19).

Women's doubles: Aditi Mahajan and Harveen Kaur bt Harlivleen Kaur and Marium (18-21, 21-14 and 21-18).

Mens’ singles: Anand Tiwari bt Lakhwinder Singh (22-24, 21-16 and 21-17).

Mens’ doubles: Anand Tiwari and Raj Kumar bt Chanpreet Singh and Punetinder Singh (22-20, 21-18).



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