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Class VII girl attacked
Was on way to school when psychopath hit her; gets 14 stitches on face
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
A 14-year-old Class VII girl student was attacked by a drug addict psychopath in the Field Gunj area here this morning.

The victim has been identified as Indu Bala, a resident of Prem Nagar in the Field Guanj area. She received a cut on her face. The injury is suspected to have been caused by a blade.

The incident took place around 7.15 am when Indu, along with her friend Jyoti, was was going to the school.

According to Jyoti, a middle-aged man intercepted Indu and grabbed her by the arm. When she resisted, the man pulled out a sharp object and attacked the victim on her face.

The assailant then fled from the spot. Indu, who was profusely bleeding, was taken to the Civil Hospital.

She is still unconscious and has been operated upon. Indu got 14 stitches on her face.

Bhem Raj, maternal grandfather of the victim, said, "Even if the accused is arrested and punished for the offence, just think about the kind of pain our child is going through right now. I am more concerned about the scar that will be left on the face of the innocent girl. Imagine how agonising it will be for her to see her face in the mirror. Every time she will see the injury, it will remind her of the psychopath."

Bhem Raj said, "We are an old couple. We cannot afford a plastic surgery as we don't have the wherewithal. My child will have to live with this scar forever."

Sources said the assailant, identified as Tulsi, had been apprehended by the police. However, the police has denied having arrested the accused. The police has registered an FIR against Tulsi under Sections 354-B, 324, 506, and 341 of the IPC.

It has come to light that Tulsi (34) was living in Indu's neighbourhood in Prem Nagar. A chronic drug addict, Tulsi was stalking Indu and had started hurling nasty comments at her recently. Last evening, Indu brought the matter to the notice of her grandparents and residents of the area.

Tulsi was thrashed publicly and warned not to indulge in a similar activity again.

He felt humiliated and wanted to settle a score with Indu. In the morning, he took a blade and attacked Indu when she was headed for school.

The incident has caused a lot of resentment among the residents of the area, who are demanding exemplary punishment for Tulsi.

Indu was living with her maternal grandparents following her father's death. Her mother remarried and started living in Rajasthan.


2 non-teaching employees of PAU suspended
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Even as the issue of the rustication of three students for allegedly consuming liquor on July 21 is yet to be sorted out properly by Punjab Agricultural University, the authorities have suspended two non-teaching employees for allegedly consuming liquor during duty hours on September 2.

Dean, College of Agriculture, HS Dhaliwal found the two employees, Charanjit Singh Sekhon and Ujagar Singh, in an inebriated condition during duty hours. Sekhon is inspector (estate) and an active member of an association of employees. He is a former senior vice-president of the PAU Employees Union. Ujagar Singh works in the soyabean section of the plant breeding department.

An employee of the PAU, who retired recently, had organised a party outside the campus. One of the employees allegedly got a liquor bottle from the party. The Dean caught them red-handed during an inspection of Sekhon's office.

The Dean informed the Vice-Chancellor about the incident, who suspended both the employees.

A senior leader of the PAU Employees Union said the employees were about to leave the office as the Dean visited their office at 4.45 pm. He claimed that the accused employees had a bottle of liquor, but did not consume liquor."

"The authorities took such a strict action for the first time. It can be seen in continuation of the action taken against the students," said a leader of the employees' union.

Were found in inebriated condition on duty

Dean, College of Agriculture, HS Dhaliwal found two employees, Charanjit Singh Sekhon and Ujagar Singh, in an inebriated condition during duty hours. Sekhon is inspector (estate) and an active member of an association of employees. He is a former senior vice-president of the PAU Employees Union. Ujagar Singh works in the soyabean section of the plant breeding department.



Minister abroad, state function put off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The state-level celebrations of the Teacher’s Day could not take place on September 5 in any district as Sikandar Singh Maluka, Education Minister, went on an overseas trip due to which several teachers, who had to get the state awards, were left in the lurch. Sore over this attitude of the minister, teachers felt that the honour could have been bestowed upon them by some other prominent personality on the day itself.

The District Education Office here had sent a list of about 6-7 teachers who had to be awarded on the Teacher’s Day. One such teacher said he had put-in best of his efforts to bring improvement in the education system due to which his name was considered for the award. “But a particular day is meant for the teachers and the honour should be given on the day itself. If the minister had to go abroad, somebody else could have been asked to do the needful. Though it’s just a citation and a shawl, but honour is honour and teachers expect to get it on their day,” rued the teacher.

An official of the Education Department in Chandigarh said since teachers had condemned it that there were no state-level celebrations on the Teacher’s Day, the department had decided to hold a state-level function at Patiala on October 9, when the Education Minister was back from abroad. “The Punjab government has to felicitate around 40 teachers with the state award. Their names have already been received and cleared by the department so they have to be honoured,” said the official.



Heaps of garbage dot sports complex
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Following in the footsteps of the Municipal Corporation, the district sports authorities have been dilly-dallying on the lifting of garbage from the sports complex at the Guru Nanak Stadium. Owing to the negligence of the authorities, heaps of garbage can be seen around the buildings in the complex.

A few days ago, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Sports) Pawan Kumar Teenu visited the Guru Nanak Stadium. He also pointed out that the garbage was littered at several places of the Basket Ball Academy area. Pawan Kumar had instructed the sports officials to lift the garbage. Ironically, the garbage can be seen in the verandah in front of the rooms where national-level players reside during their practice.

The Sports Department has been facing the shortage of workers. They don’t even have the required number of workers to maintain the grounds. In such conditions, the authorities seem helpless to keep the sports complex neat and clean.

“Players should reside in the healthy environment. Garbage littered in the sports complex can pose health hazards to the players. If the Punjab Government has not been deploying workers to lift the garbage, the authorities will have to make some alternative arrangements,” said a sports coach from the city.

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said: “There was some delay in the lifting of garbage at the Basketball Academy area. We found that the contractor is not doing his job regularly. We will fix the problem soon.”



Health, police teams raid chemist shops, seize habit-forming drugs
Around 500 shops remain closed for three hours in protest
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Following joint raids by the Health and Police departments, about 500 chemist shops remained closed for about three hours here today. The chemists downed their shutters in protest. They alleged that a large number of policemen were checking their shops along with officials of the Health Department. As a result, patients remained at the receiving end for some hours.

To check the sale of habit-forming drugs, both departments started conducting a joint raid on chemists shops in different areas in the city around 11 am. There were eight teams comprising eight SHOs, four ACPs, eight drug inspectors, four executive magistrates along with the Zonal Drug Licensing Authority. They raided 22 chemist shops in several areas, including Shuri Line, Jawahar Nagar Camp, Dugri, Daresi and Dehlon.

Drug Inspector Roop Preet Kaur and Sukhbeer Chand said, "During the raids, habit-forming drugs were seized from four shops. As many as 500 habit-forming tablets were seized from Taneja Medical Hall, Jawahar Nagar, three bottles of Rexcoff syrup and 90 tablets of Lomophil and physicians' samples from Indu Medicos, Kamla Nagar, 450 habit-forming capsules from Sunny Medicos, Daresi Road, and physicians' samples from Sant Medicos, Phase 1, Dugri." Sukhbeer Chand said, "Action will be taken against the owners of these shops under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

As news of the raids spread in the city, retail chemists started closing their shops. Amandeep Ahuja, president of the Ludhiana Retail Chemists Association, said, "We are not in favour of selling habit-forming drugs and are ready to cooperate with the Health Department. However, in the raids conducted today, a large number of police personnel were present. We feel harassed. Tomorrow, we will submit a memorandum to the Commissioner of Police and the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, requesting that there should be only one policeman along with employees of the Health Department during a raid.'' He said he called up retail chemists in different areas, including Dugri, Shimla Puri, Chandigarh Road, Haibowal and Shivpuri asking them to close their shops."



Now, tech-savvy postmen to ensure faster delivery
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Now, your mail might be delivered earlier than you generally receive it. Postmen are going hi-tech as they are learning new skills. They are being trained on computers for uploading data that would come handy in the sorting of parcels and articles. They will also enter the data about the registered posts themselves.

Earlier, postmen had to wait for the clerical staff to upload the registered post data and other documents. "Earlier, postmen had to wait for the clerical staff to get free for the posting of the data about the registered post but now they can do it themselves. It will save their precious time before they leave for their respective beats," said an official of the Postal Department.

"It is great that not only are we learning computers, but also completing our work early," says Ram Saran, a postman of the Khanna Head Post Office.

"There are also chances of fewer errors as we upload the data and know our beats very well," said another postman. Sometimes, addresses are incomplete, but because we know about the areas, we are able to correct them ourselves," he said.

This would make delivery faster and customers' mails will reach them on time, he said. Such workshops for postmen are held every Sunday at the Head Post Office. "This is a great initiative for streamlining the work. This is a long-awaited initiative of the Postal Department as now sorting and data entry for the registered post is in the job profile of the postman," said an official of the department. "With the arrival of advanced technologies, postmen, too, need to keep abreast of computer know-how for better service," the official said.



Crime against women on the rise
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The attack on a 14-year-old girl has yet again brought to the fore issue pertaining to the safety of women in the city. Though the police claims to be acting tough against eve-teasers, the fact is that cases of atrocities against women are on the rise.

Youths hooked on drugs are posing a major threat to women. Physical assaults on women are also on the rise.

Senior advocate and columnist Ajay K Jindal said, "Till the time we provide a safe atmosphere to women, incidents of female foeticide will keep occurring. The government is doing little for the security of women. Girls are still considered a burden. The mindset of society needs to change."

Senior criminal lawyer Dalip Batish said the police should be more sympathetic to victims.

"Unfortunately, several victims do not approach policemen because of their boorish attitude. Though women police stations have been set up, concern for women in distress is missing. Women who become victims of atrocities expect policemen to be kind to them, but that seldom happens."



regularisation of illegal colonies
Corporation way ahead of understaffed GLADA
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 5
After the revised regularisation policy for unauthorised colonies was notified by the Punjab government on August 20, 2013, the plot/property owners have made a beeline for the Suvidha Centres of the Municipal Corporation and the offices of the sub-registrars in the city where special staff have been deployed by the MC as well as special camps being organised in different parts of the city by the civic body.

However, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has been found wanting in this regard if the number of applications and regularisation fee received so far by the two regulatory bodies is any indication.

Going by the applications received both by the MC and GLADA, it is evident that rather than the colonisers and developers, the individuals (plot and property owners) have evinced more interest in seeking regularisation on payment of the prescribed fee.

While there are some 280 identified unauthorised colonies within the city limits, the MC, till now, has not received any application from developers for regularisation. Similarly, GLADA has received just about four applications from developers who have paid an initial deposit (10 per cent) amounting to around Rs 14 lakh. The number of unlicensed colonies under the jurisdiction of GLADA is 1,769.

According to the MC officials, more than 550 applications for the regularisation of plot and properties had been received till September 4 from all the four zones, and the total receipt of regularisation fee stood at more than Rs 84 lakh. Zone D with 375 applications and compounding fee of Rs 59 lakh is way ahead of other parts of the city, followed by zone A with 74 applications (regularisation fee Rs 7.25 lakh), zone B with 65 applications (Rs 11.50 lakh) and zone C with 41 applications (Rs 7 lakh). In stark contrast, GLADA had till date received some 150 applications from individual plot/property owners and regularisation fee of Rs 30 lakh.

The MC officials claimed that the number of applications for the regularisation of properties will soar in the coming days as the camps being organised by the civic body to apprise people of the revised regularisation policy as also to receive applications, have been well received. "There have been some minor complaints of a shortage of application forms and receipt books but these have been sorted out now," a civic official claimed.

The GLADA authorities, however, have lagged behind in this respect, reportedly due to staff crunch.



e-trip: Traders allege harassment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Traders are unhappy that even after the implementation of the e-trip system, the department concerned is carrying out the physical verification of the goods.

"The department had assured us that once the e-trip system is implemented there will be no checking of the goods on which the slip is attached. But sadly the things are entirely different. Officials check even packets with the e-trip slips," said Mohinder Aggarwal, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal.

Aggarwal said not only this, the department officials also asked the traders to take them to the place of dispatch and receipt.

The Indo-Tibetan Hosiery Association also alleged that the officials harassed them and compelled them to open consignments for physical verification of goods. If the traders protest against the same, then the officials threaten them with the sealing of their goods.

Naveen Sood, president of the Ludhiana Hosiery Association, alleged that the officials compelled them to pay a lump sum tax of Rs 2,500, in which tax is non-refundable, at the railway station.



Railways ignores women employees’ needs
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Though the Railway authorities plan several projects for the safety of women passengers every year, it seems to be unconcerned about its own women employees.

There are several railway workshops and departments where women employees have to use common toilets. In the absence of separate urinals and toilets, the women staff at the railway station face a lot of inconvenience. They have to use washroom of other offices or nearby quarters.

According to the railway employees, a huge number of women employees work in the railway workshops and other departments like carriage and wagon (C&W), electric shed, diesel shed, etc.

The women employees, who work at the railway booking counters, have the facility of separate washrooms. Moreover, they can use the washrooms meant for passengers.

Raising the issue, the office bearers of the Uttriya Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) has wrote to the higher authorities in Northern Railway, demanding the construction of separate washroom and rest rooms for women employees.

General secretary of the Uttriya Railway Mazdoor Union, Ferozepur Division, ML Prashar said: "The contribution of the women employees to the Railways is no less than that of the man employees. The railway authorities must make proper arrangements for them so they can perform their duties safely. The women employees are facing inconvenience due to the unavailability of separate washrooms in various departments. We have raised this issue and will pressurise the authorities to construct separate washrooms for women employees soon".



Rajat Aggarwal is new DC
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Rajat Aggarwal, at present Deputy Commissioner Amritsar, will replace Rahul Tiwari, a 2000 IAS batch officer, as Ludhiana DC. Tiwari has remained a non-controversial officer and has been accessible to the masses during his three-and-a-half-years tenure in the industrial city.

The orders for the reshuffle were issued by the state government this evening.

Rajat Aggarwal, a BCom graduate from Delhi University, has been Khadur Sahib SDM, Muktsar ADC and DC. He has also worked as the Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

The outgoing DC joined the IAS in 2000 and his first posting was Giddarbaha SDM, followed by SDM at Monak, Sangrur, Amritsar and Shahkot. He has been Ferozpur ADC and Bathinda DC. On February 2, 2010, Tiwari assumed charge as Ludhiana DC. During his tenure, Tiwari accomplished the task of computerisation of the public utility service. He was one among the five efficient officers who were recently imparted training on election process by the Election Commission of India.



Jagraon civic body removes encroachments from market
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 5
Waking up from a deep slumber, the Jagraon Municipal Council today removed encroachments carried out by shopkeepers in the Kukkar Bazar area.

The market is already congested and the encroachments by the shopkeepers had further narrowed the road, which led to frequent traffic jams. The local residents, who had to face a lot of inconvenience due to these frequent traffic jams in the market, heaved a sigh a relief.

According to the MC authorities, it has received some complaints regarding encroachments in the Kukkar Bazar area, following which a team was sent to remove them.

Executive Officer Davinder Toor said the drive would continue. “We appeal to the shopkeepers to cooperate with the Municipal Council officials in removing the encroachments. We will not allow anyone to encroach on the road and strict action will be taken against violators,” added Toor.



kisan mela
PAU to create awareness on straw burning
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
To focus on the ill-effects of paddy straw burning, Punjab Agriculture University will distribute the literature on upcoming kisan mela on Septembber 12-13. The theme of kisan mela is “stop straw burning”.

To create the awareness among farmers, Additional Director Research Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman and Dr Jaskaran Singh edited a booklet “Don't burn Paddy Straw” (Parali Naa Sarho) to distribute to farmers during mela.

The experts said, “There is around 28 lakh hectares of area under paddy cultivation in the state, which generate 22 million tone paddy straw. According to an estimate the farmers of the state burn 75 per cent paddy strew in the fields.”

Expressing concern over the problem, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Addition Director Research, said: “The practice of burning paddy straw is very harmful for our society and health of the soil of our state. After harvesting of paddy, farmers are often in hurry to sow wheat crop so they burn the straw in the fields.”

"In this booklet, we have tried to make the farmers aware of the harmful effects of straw burning and suggested them possible options on how they can use the straw in a good manners. We have conveyed to the farmers that strew burning harm the micro organisms, farmer friendly insects and kill the nutritional content of soil. It is a great loss of natural resources,”said Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman,

According to the estimate, paddy strew contains 25 per cent nitrogen, 50 per cent phosphors and 75 per cent potash.This practice also affects the environment.

"We have suggested several option in the booklet on how we can utilise the paddy straw in different tasks. The PAU has introduced the mechanism to gather and store the straw in a well manner. We hope that farmer will adopt our suggestion after reading this booklet,” said Dr Dhiman.



Experts lay stress on brushing technique
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Brushing teeth is a technique but majority of people are unaware of it. As a result, they fall an easy prey to various dental problems. When they visit their dentist, the first suggestion given to them is "brush your teeth properly" after every meal and especially at night. But people clean teeth in the morning and keep eating throughout the day and then sleep over.

A city-based periodontist Dr Vikas Jindal said: "People use force from the elbow and not from the wrist. However, force should be used from wrist and not elbow.''

Dr Jindal, who has been recently elected as Member Dental Council of India form Punjab, said: "One should place the brush parallel to the teeth and swipe in the opposite direction. Inter-dental brush and flossing are of paramount importance for good dental health. These should be used between two teeth. The people should brush their teeth as if they are sweeping the floor."

Dr RBS Thind, another city-based dentist who keeps holding dental check-up camps in schools, said: "In every lecture I tell students to brush teeth after every meal and especially before sleeping. Germs act as parasite on the food which remains struck up in-between their teeth. The waste matter of these germs is acidic in nature, which result in tooth decay. So, it is necessary to brush teeth before sleeping."



Postage stamp on wild flowers released
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
A postage stamp on wild flowers of India has been released by the Department of Posts.

The flowers include dibang chirita, Kashmir mallow, Himalayan mini-sunflower, Himalayan lantern, round leaf asiabell, blue poppy, globe thistle, himalayan iris, Himalayan bellflower, cobra lily, bladder campion and rhododendron.

These are common wild flowers found in the country. The 12 stamps of Rs 5 each have been released by the department.

“It was one of the most awaited postage stamps. I love flowers and it is a beautiful set of stamps,” said Pavneet, a local resident.

“Although I don't have any particular interest in postage stamps but I love flowers. A friend told me about the flowers stamps and I am looking forward to get the set of stamps,” says Amandeep Kaur, another local resident.



Business briefs
‘Protect small-scale industry’

Ludhiana: Annual general body meeting of the Small Scale Industrialists and Traders Association (SSITA) was held at Celebration Plaza, Gill Road. During the meeting, Ramesh Rattan, chairman of the Small Scale Industrialists and Traders Association , said that small-scale industry should be facilitated to flourish in the state. It was demanded that small-scale industries should be provided with fully developed industrial areas at subsidised rate. Speakers demanded that small-scale industry should be protected on the pattern of agriculture loans on subsidised and fixed annual rates and they should also be helped in marketing of their products in international markets through government agencies.

Award for New Swan Auto

A city-based New Swan Auto Components Private Limited has bagged the ACMA's Gold Award for Excellence in quality and productivity in the SME category for third time in a row. — TNS



Unpaid, teachers observe ‘black day’
Lovleen Bains/Jaswant Shetra

Doraha/Jagraon, September 5
“When our 2,000 teachers are without salary from past 9 months and thousand others for more than a year, how can we celebrate Teacher’s Day? We can only observe a black day and curse the existing government for their faulty policies and mismanagement. They have forced the nation builders to pass through such a state of penury where they can neither live nor die,” said Dr Kuldip Singh,general secretary of the Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU).

Dr PS Gill, the president of PCCTU said, “The teachers of all the private aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh today observed stay-in strike and held campus dharnas after attending the first two periods.” Professor Komal, district president, said, “The other pending demands include the amendment in the Service Security Act of 1974, creation of posts of professors in aided colleges in tune with government colleges, arrears of pay revision of teachers working against un-aided posts, relaxation of refresher courses and orientation courses at par with government colleges, speeding up the case of arrears of DPEs/ Librarians lying pending from January 1, 1996, similarities in granting PhD increments with the counter-part government colleges, initiationof dialogue on pension scheme, etc.”

Meanwhile lecturers of LRDAV College, Jagraon, observed the Teachers' Day as Kala Divas (Black Day). An agitation was organised in the college by the local unit of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union in support of various long pending demands of the union. The protesting teachers also raised slogans against the state government and demanded to meet their long pending demands. The teaching staff alsosat on strike after twoperiods. Senior lecturer Professor Karam Singh Sandhu said the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union has been struggling to get various demands approved such as release of pension to teachers from government exchequer, release of pending grants of the government aided colleges, promotions of teachers as per Career Advancement Scheme and filling the vacant postsof the lecturers in various colleges.



Jobless teachers air grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The TET passed unemployed teacher’s union held its state-level meeting here today. The members discussed the step motherly treatment meted out by the state government and announced to hold a state-level protest rally here.

The union members said in the last meeting held with the Punjab Chief Minister, latter had assured that the vacant posts would be filled within one week but it was more than 15 days, there was hardly any step taken by the Education Department. The union members threatened to do a chakka jam on September 8 protest rally.

In another move, the teachers of RMSA, SSA submitted a memorandum to ADC (G) here today. The union teachers said for the past many years, about 14,000 teachers of SSA, RMSA were teaching in Punjab and they were demanding to be regularised but nothing had been done so far by the government.

The union said instead of regularising the contractual teachers, government was recruiting more staff on contract-basis which was uncalled for. In their memorandum, the teachers said the female staff must be provided with six months maternity leave and not just one month leave.



Standing tall for his students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
At the age of just two years, both the legs of Vikas Kumar, 31, got paralysed. It was due to the untiring efforts made by the parents and the positive attitude instilled by them that Vikas never gave up. He studied hard and was awarded for his meritorious academic performance in Class XII.

Despite all odds, today Vikas is teaching the students at Government Senior Secondary School, Sarabha. Though it was not an easy path for Vikas, still he says, “Come what may, don't ever give up. At least give it a try and remain positive.”

“Though my parents live in Ludhiana but it is not possible for me to commute daily. I have been provided with a small room in a hostel here. Tricycle is my best companion and on school premises, I take help of a wheel-chair to teach the students. I am on a contract for three years and drawing a salary of about Rs 10,000 a month,” said Vikas.

When asked about the salary being provided, he said because of his disability, he could not dictate his terms. “I am a BCom graduate from SCD Government College and did my MCom through correspondence. I wish the government keeps all teachers at par with each other and there should not be any disparity,” he said.



LRDAV students stage protest

Jagraon, September 5
Students of the LRDAV College, Jagraon, held a protest against the alleged unnecessary fine being imposed on the students by the college management.

The protesting students also raised slogans against the college principal and management members during the occasion. While speaking during the occasion, a student, Amanpreet Singh, said the college struck his name off the class as he missed the classes for three days due to some personal problem. "When I came to the college, I learnt that I have been rusticated from the class. I was asked to deposit Rs 210 for readmission," said Amanpreet Singh. Several other students also came forward with similar complaints.

When contacted principal Karam Sharma said that the fine has been revoked and the issue has been resolved. — OC



Girls in private schools taller, heavier: Research
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Girls, who study in private schools, are taller and heavier than their poorer counter parts. The private schools girls have higher values of girths and diameters along with thicker skin fold, have significantly higher BMI (Body Mass Index), fat to muscle ratio, higher body fat percentage and prehypertensive or hypertensive. This has been found in a research conducted by Dr Jaspreet Kaur, assistant professor at the Department of Home Science, Government College for Girls

Dr Kaur presented her paper on the topic "Physical growth performance and obesity prevalence in adolescents" at the IUAES -2013 (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) held at Manchester, UK recently. She had studied the growth pattern and obesity prevalence in adolescent girls from different income groups of the society and found marked differences between the higher and lower income groups and higher prevalence of overweight and hypertension was observed in richer girls.

She said, "To find out the difference between growth performance and obesity prevalence in 10 to 16-year- old urban girls of different socioeconomic status, 1,049 girls studying in government and private schools of Ludhiana (Punjab) were anthropometrically studied in mid 2007 for gross body measurements, circumferences and skin fold along with blood pressure. According to the NCHS criteria, prevalence of overweight and obesity was found to be 26.84 per cent and 9.33 per cent in rich girls and 5.42 per cent and 1.68 per cent in relatively poorer girls. This study also found the positive relationship between body fat and hypertension and a positive correlation was found between parental and children BMI."



From colleges and schools
Poems, speeches mark Teacher’s Day

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women
Students of SIFT offer cake to their teachers during the Teacher’s Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (below) teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School celebrate their day
Students of SIFT offer cake to their teachers during the Teacher’s Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (below) teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School celebrate their day. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan
Students of SIFT offer cake to their teachers during the Teacher’s Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (below) teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School celebrate their day

Ludhiana: The NSS wing and the Legal Literacy Club of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, celebrated Teachers Day on Thursday by organising a slogan and message writing competition, respectively. The programme officers explained the students about the achievements and contributions of Dr S Radhakrishnan who is the role model for every teacher. The students expressed their views on a range of social issues like female foeticide, legal awareness and other current topics. Some noteworthy messages were spread such as ‘Save the girl child today for the betterment of tomorrow’and ‘Legal Literacy- The only remedy against exploitation and injustice’.

Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology

To honour their teachers, students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology celebrated Teacher’s Day on the premises of the institute. A small cultural function was conducted by the students. There were some very interesting fun games for teachers. RM Gupta, the executive director of the institute, congratulated all faculty and staff members for the successful completion of 8 years of the institute. He gave all the credit to team efforts and hard-work put in by the teachers to groom students both professionally and morally. All teachers were honored with roses and cards.

Government College for Girls

Teacher’s Day was celebrated along with a thanks-giving function at the Government College for Girls. All the staff members of the college were honoured by disseminating roses. Principal Gurminder Kaur addressed the students with motivational words. She mentioned the efforts put in by the staff of the college for its betterment. She said the college was a premier institution in north India due to the hard work put in by the teachers of the college.

Ramgarhia Girls College

The students of the Department of Computer Science and Applications at Ramgarhia Girls College expressed their gratitude and reverence for their mentors on the Teacher’s day and celebrated it with fervour. Students did not leave any stone unturned to make their teachers feel special. Ranjodh Singh, President, Ramgarhia Educational Council, presided over the function as the chief guest. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu said, “Teachers play a very significant role in shaping the overall personality of the students and by celebrating this day, the students have expressed their immense devotion towards their teachers.”

Reports of Teacher’s Day celebrations at the DD Jain College of Education, USPC Jain Institute of Professional Studies, MTS College and Partap College of Education were also received.

Ryan International School

“A teacher is like spring that nurtures new green sprouts, encourages and leads them, whenever they have doubts.” Celebrating this sprit, Teachers Day was celebrated at Ryan International School on Thursday. The Ryanites honoured and greeted their teachers and made the day special for them. They showcased a wonderful fusion of music, dance and choreography for their mentors. Level wise assembly was conducted in which the students put up foot tapping and rhythmic performances.

Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School

Teacher's Day is a tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers through which they nurture a child. The management of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School also paid rich tributes to its teachers by organising a gala function in their honour. The function started with a prayer by the school Principal Navita Puri which was followed by a PowerPoint presentation on 'Tribute to Teachers' by Manisha Gangwar, the school counsellor. “Every cloud has a silver lining” a thought provoking choreography by the teachers motivated everybody to never lose hope, come what may.

Guru Nanak Public School

Teacher’s Day at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, was observed with a lot of enthusiasm. Students took on the role of teachers for the day. Classes were managed efficiently by the pseudo teachers, who at the end of the day appreciated the effort and hardwork put in by the teachers for the smooth functioning of the school. A special assembly was also organised on this occasion in which glowing tributes were paid to Dr Radhakrishnan.

Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School

Doraha: Teachers' Day was celebrated by students and teachers of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, on Thursday. Poems, articles, and plays were presented by students. The teachers exceeding 5 years of service in the school were honoured by Karamvir Singh.

Om Parkash Bansal Model School

Mandi Gobindgarh: The Teacher’s Day was celebrated amidst much fan and fare at Om Parkash Bansal Model School, Mandi Gobindgarh. Celebration started with the melodious prayer by teachers. Many attractive performances were performed by the teachers like melody of songs, skit, Bhangra, etc.

Reports of Teacher’s Day celebrations at GGN Public School, GRD Academy, Bal Bharati Public School, MGM Public School and various other schools were also recieved. — TNS



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Members of the Taraksheel Society, Punjab, hold a candlelight march in protest against the murder of Dr Narender Dabolkar, a Taraksheel leader of Maharashtra, on the Jagraon bridge
Members of the Taraksheel Society, Punjab, hold a candlelight march in protest against the murder of Dr Narender Dabolkar, a Taraksheel leader of Maharashtra, on the Jagraon bridge. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: In a protest against the murder of Dr Narender Dabolkar, a Taraksheel leader of Maharashtra, on the call of the Taraksheel Society Punjab, a candle march was held at Jagraon bridge. Office-bearers of Jamhoori Adhikar Sabha, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch, Taraksheel Society, Lok Morcha Punjab, Democraic Employees Front, Inqalabi Kender, Punjab, participated in it.

Dharna by PWD workers

The government employees staged a dharna at circle office of the PWD under the banner of the Punjab PWD B and R Coordination Committee. Condemning the injustice being inflicted upon the PWD, the speakers threatened to further intensify the agitation. Speakers at the rally were Varinderjit Singh Dhindsa, Gurwinder Singh Bedi and Dilpreet Singh.

Parkash Purb celebrated

A programme was organised at Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, Dugri village, to celebrate the three-day Parkash Purb of Guru Granth Sahib. A Kavi Darbar was also organised on the occasion during which members of International Punjabi Kavi Sabha Prof Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, Gurnam Singh Kmal, Ravinder Singh Diwana, Dr Tarsem Singh Paras and Darshan Singh participated.

Power shutdown on September 6

There would be power shutdown on September 6 due to maintenance of 11 kV Sutlej Club Feeder at 66kV DC Complex sub-station. There would be no power from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm in the areas, including Sutlej Club, DC Residence, Guru Nanak Bhawan, Mall Road, Rakh Bagh and Head Post Office.


Deputy General Secretary of National Front of Indian Trade Unions Dr Shiv Kumar Gupta said that a meeting of the organisation members was held with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. During the meeting, the minister assured that the Government of India would ensure strict implementation of Labour Laws, ESI Act, Employees Provident Fund, Act, minimum wages Act, Gratuity Act, Bonus Act, Maternity Benefits Act etc to ensure social security measures for the betterment of workers, labourers, factory workers both in organised and unorganised sector.

Literary quiz competition

A literary quiz competition was organised at Punjabi Bhawan. Anmol Singh from Guru Nanak Public School, Bassiyan, Amarpreet Kaur from the same school and Divya Maurya, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Gujjarkhan Campus, won the first prizes in all the levels.

Women teachers honoured

Mahila Congress honoured 11 women teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day. The function was organised at Holy Path Senior Secondary School, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar. Teachers including Kanta Gupta, Gurpreet Kaur, Reena Gupta, Jatinder Kaur, Meena Malik, Neelam Rani, Sunita Rani, Renu Singh, Pallavi, Anchal Malhotra, Sukhvinder Kaur were honoured on the occasion.

Teacher's Day

The Government School Teachers Union, Punjab, celebrated Teacher's Day by holding a district-level seminar in which a large number of teachers participated in the district. The speakers indicted central and state government for diluting the education policy aims. They said that Adarsh School system is the reincarnation of British Colonial Schools which was strongly rejected by Indian patriots.

Wildlife Protection Bill

Dr Sandeep KJain has written to VSP Singh, Joint Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, suggesting an amendment in the draft of the Wildlife Protection Bill 2013. Earlier, Presiding Officer of the Standing Committee Dr T Subbarammi Reddy, MP (Rajya Sabha) had suggested that automatically shed peacock tail-feathers may not be prohibited to be used for religious purposes. The government may issue special permits to the followers of Jain saints, to collect the shed tail-feathers of peacocks for its use in religious rituals for saints. However, commercial transactions may be banned with immediate effect according to proposed amendment bill prohibiting to sell or purchase or offer to sell or transfer trophy of feathers of Birds protected under schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act 1972(amended). He has written that those Jain monks have been using a thing called Pitchchi made up of peacock feathers to keep away the insects away from their body, without harming them since time immemorial. The feathers are collected by the monks when these are shed their tail feathers every year. — TNS



Man booked for bid to rape minor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The city police has booked a person for attempt to rape a four-year-old girl. The accused has been identified as Ramandeep Singh of Dholewal. The incident took place here last evening. According to Lakshmi Devi, mother of the victim, her daughter was playing in the verandah. The accused grab her and tried to rape her. On spotting her the accused fled the scene. The police has recorded the statement of the victim and booked the accused under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC and 4 and 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act 2012. The accused is still at large.

Man commits suicide

A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence following a quarrel with his wife. The deceased has been identified as Ramma Shanker, a resident of Upkar Nagar, Division No 4. Wife of the deceased told the police that they had a fight following which Ramma Shanker locked himself in a room and hanged himself with a ceiling fan.

Man assaulted, robbed

A resident of Kurukshetra was assaulted and robbed by an auto rickshaw driver today. The victim has been identified as Lalit Kumar. He said he had hired an auto for Gill road but the auto rickshaw driver took him to Old Jail area instead. On reaching Old Jail area, the auto rickshaw driver pulled out a sharp edged weapon and attacked him. Lalit said the accused fled with Rs 15,000 and other valuables of Rs 40,000.

Five cases of drug peddling registered

The city police has booked five persons, including a woman for drug peddling. The accused have been identified as Veerdavinder Rai of UP, Daljit Kaur of Shimlapuri, Sonu Malik of Civil Lines, Pawan Kumar of Manjit Nagar, Tibba Road and Dev Raj of Kakowal. The police has seized 5gm of heroin, 700 gm of opium, 450 gm psychotropic powder, 500gm of Ganja and 6kg of poppy husk from the accused, respectively.

Car stolen

Nitin Mittal, a resident of Rani Jhansi road, civil lines, became the victim to car thieves. The incident took place on August 30. According to the complainant, he went to Rakhbagh for a morning walk but when he came out he was shocked to find his car missing. He brought the matter to the notice of the police. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons and investigation is under way.

Two nabbed for eve-teasing

The city police has nabbed two persons for eve-teasing. The accused have been identified as Narinder Singh and Sira, both residents of Tibba road. The incident took place on August 3. According to the complainant, a resident of the same area, she along with her husband was heading toward market for shopping. The duo intercepted the bike and started molesting the complainant. Her husband objected, but the duo thrashed him. They started screaming for help, this caused panic and the duo fled the scene. She brought the matter to the notice of the police. The police swung into action and nabbed the accused. The accused has been booked under Sections 354, 506, 34 of the IPC.


The city police has booked three unidentified person for snatching a bag from a city resident. The victim has been identified as Sukhdev Sharma, a resident of Sector 32 A. According to Sukhdev, the incident took place around 3pm, while she was returning home. Three motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and snatched his bag containing Rs 6,000 and an ATM of PNB bank. After 15 minutes, the complainant got a message that the snatcher had withdrawn Rs 20,000 via his ATM card. T he police has registered a case and investigation is under way.



30-year-old motorcyclistcrushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
A 30-year-old motorcyclist was crushed to death under an overspeeding bus at an overbridge at Cheema Chowk here this evening.

The incident took place when the victim, Charanjit Singh, a resident of the Industrial Area, was returning home from work. An overspeeding bus hit the rear end of his motorcycle. Charanjit lost control over the motorcycle and fell on the road. Before he could react, he was run over by the bus. He died on the spot.

He was engaged and was due to get married in a few weeks.

The incident led to a massive traffic jam on the overbridge, Gill Road, Partap Chowk and the surrounding areas, causing a lot of inconvenience to motorists.

The victim's body was taken to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem.

Agitated relatives demanded strict action against the bus driver. The police has arrested the bus driver. A case has been registered against him under section 304-A of the IPC for reckless driving resulting in death.



Police public school win tourney
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The boys' kho-kho team of MRS Police Public School defeated Sutlej Public School in the final of a tournament organised by Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex here today. Eighteen teams from different CBSE schools had participated in the event.

The girls' kho-kho team of the school bagged the third position. Chairman of the school SK Sharma, ADGP-cum-Director of the PPA, Phillaur, lauded the coach and the winning team.



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