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Enhanced cost of land
LIT fails to recover Rs 9.5 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 9
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has failed to recover the enhanced cost of land from allottees/owners of three residential schemes developed by it. The default amount stands in the range of more than Rs 9.5 crore, but officials of the LIT have done precious little to recover the amount except for serving notices during the past six months.

The LIT had notified in December 2012 that consequent upon the enhancement of compensation of land acquired by the Trust for the 475 acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, 100 acre Dr Kitchlu Nagar and 256 acre Rishi Valmiki Nagar, the allottees would have to pay the enhanced cost of plots allotted to them as per terms and conditions of allotment.

As per a resolution adopted by the LIT, the amount of the enhanced cost of plots was fixed at Rs 91 per square yard in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Rs 199 per square yard in Dr Kitchlu Nagar and Rs 235.40 in Rishi Valmiki Nagar, which was payable by all allottees within 30 days of the public notice issued in December 2012.

However, information obtained under the Right to Information Act by the Council of RTI Activists revealed that till June 2013, the total default amount in these three schemes was Rs 9,53,62,317. The LIT authorities also stated that no action like issuing final notice for recovery or cancellation of allotment had yet been initiated against the defaulting allottees.

In a bid to cover up the lapse on the part of officials and employees of the Trust, who were responsible for making the recovery of the enhanced cost of plots from the allottees of these three schemes, the information supplied under the RTI Act said it was not possible to fix the responsibility of the employees/officials as they were transferred at regular intervals.

In a formal complaint lodged with the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Local Government Department, Arvind Sharma, secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, demanded stern action as per the rules against the defaulting allottees and to recover the enhanced cost of land. He said the officials concerned should also be held responsible for the lapse. 


RTI Act: State info panel penalises MC official
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 9
The State Information Commission (SIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the Municipal Town Planner (MTP) for inordinate delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act to Rohit Sabharwal, a city-based RTI activist.

Besides, the appellant has also been awarded a compensation of Rs 5,000 for the agony and harassment suffered by him.

Taking up the appeal (case no 1049/2013) State Information Commissioner Surinder Awasthi took serious note of the persistent failure of the public authority of Zone D of the MC to attend the hearing and submit his reply to show-cause notices issued in June and July 2013.

In its orders proclaimed on August 30, 2013, the Commission noted that the PIO concerned had also defied specific orders issued on August 14, 2013, seeking explanation from the respondent PIO for delay within five working days. “Since there was no response within the stipulated time period, the PIO has forfeited the right to explain the delay,” the orders said.

The Commission further placed on record that the appellant, Rohit Sabharwal, had filed his application with the public authority of Zone D of the MC on July 12, 2012. “The PIO or his subordinates did not respond to the RTI application till December 20, 2012, causing a delay of more than 100 days over and above the mandated period of 30 days. Even after this delay, information was subsequently provided in bits during December 20, 2012, and April 26, 2013, to the appellant,” the SIC observed.

The Commission disagreed with the plea made by the PIO that information sought by the appellant had to be collected from four different zones of the MC which caused inordinate delay. “Strangely, the PIO failed to inform the appellant of the status of his RTI application or efforts he was making to collect information from other PIOs of different zones till the appellant approached the Commission.”

Coming down heavily on the lopsided attitude of the respondent PIO, the Commission ruled that the public authority had been sitting over the RTI application till December 20, 2012, and had done nothing to collect and furnish the requisite information to the appellant till he was woken from his deep slumber by a notice from the State Information Commission.

The orders said: “The Commission is of the considered opinion that this is a fit case for imposing penalty where the PIO is silent and incommunicado. Therefore, a penalty of Rs 25,000 is imposed on the respondent PIO, Raj Kumar, which he should deposit in the government treasury as per provisions of the RTI Act, 2005, before the next date of hearing.”

Further, the Commission also awarded a compensation of Rs 5,000 to the appellant which will be paid by the public authority as per provisions of the RTI Act, 2005, as the applicant had to undergo mental agony and harassment for attending the Commissions' hearings a number of times.

The case will come up for hearing on September 19, 2013. 



Private practice: Mittal warns docs
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, Madan Mohan Mittal said strict action would be taken against the Punjab Civil Medical Service (PCMS) doctors who were engaged in private practice as law prohibits them from doing so.

Talking to The Tribune, Mittal said: "I am keeping a check on such doctors and those found engaged in the malpractice were being transferred to far-off places. Though it is the doctor's job to attend to a sick person, but they should not be charged for it," said the minister.

Sources reveal that some PCMS doctors are engaged in private practice in the nursing homes or hospitals of their relatives and friends. They do attend to patients privately and even admit them in private nursing homes.

The Health Minister said: "Some of the doctors have been told to resign."

Commenting about this unhealthy practice, Dr Harjeet Singh, president of the PCMS Association, Punjab, said: "It is not fare to do so on the part of any PCMS doctor. They should follow the rules and regulations strictly. We will not support any PCMS doctor doing private practice."

Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the PCMS Specialist Doctors' Association, Ludhiana said: "It is against the service rules to engage in private practice while in government service."

No check

Some PCMS doctors regularly attend patients in private clinics. It is learnt that a few doctors who have been transferred to far-off places return to their hometowns in the afternoon to continue their private practice. 



Teachers suspend stir following assurance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The TET candidates, who held a protest by blocking roads on Sunday, were summoned by ADCP Joginder Singh and were given an assurance that the authorities would fix their meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on September 11.

The authorities also asked the teachers to call off their protest as efforts were also on to fix their meeting with the Chief Minister.

Deep Raja, president of the district unit of the TET Union, said the teachers were given an assurance that the authorities would try to arrange a meeting with higher-ups in Chandigarh to redress their grievances. “We appreciate the move district administration’s move. Till then, we have suspended our protest,” said said Deep Raja.

On being asked if the police had withdrawn cases against teachers, he said: “The ADCP did not mention anything about the cases registered against the protesting teachers. The police said the cases would be withdrawn later.”

Another member of the union said the police was buying time to calm down the protesters. "Yesterday, residents in the city had to bear the brunt as we blocked the roads. The smooth flow of traffic was hit as police had to divert the traffic. Today, we were called by the officials to convey that efforts were being made to arrange a meeting with the CM and Deputy CM,” lamented the teacher.



Case registered against protesters

Ludhiana, September 9
The city police has booked 16 members of the TET union, including a woman, for violation of traffic rules and thrashing a person, during their protest on Sunday.

Those booked have been identified as Amandeep Singh, Raghuvir Singh of Bhawanigarh, Gurjant Singh of Sangrur, Deep Raja, Pradumanpal Singh of Faridkot, Gurpreet Singh of Muktsar, Baljinder Singh of Mansa, Harvinder Singh of Hoshiarpur, Hardeep Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib, Davinder Singh of Patiala, Raghuvir Singh of Barnala, Gurpreet Singh of Tarn Taran, Kuldip Ram of Kapurthala, Pardeep of Ferozepur, Surinder Chahal of Phajilka and Paramjit Kaur of Bathinda.

In a complaint to the police, Naridner Singh of Dugri stated that he was heading towards Mall Road where the members of the union thrashed him .

The police has recorded the statement of the complainant and booked the accused under Sections 283, 341 and 506 of the IPC. — TNS



Cases against TET members smack of ‘double standards’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Registration of cases against the protesting teachers has again exposed the double standards of the police.

While the teachers were booked for blocking traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk, no case was registered against the hooligans who resorted to violence following the killing of Shammi Kumar at Jawahar Camp on August 28.

The miscreants not only blocked Bharat Nagar Chowk for nearly six hours, but they also damaged vehicles and even attacked women and the elderly.

The ‘pick-and-choose’ policy of the police has not gone down well with city residents who believe that the police was adopting different yardstick for different people. Instead of doing any good for residents, the police was just serving political purpose.

“Law should be same for everyone. If teachers were booked for blocking traffic, then why the miscreants who damaged public and private property, were spared. The hooligans, who blocked the road, thrashed women and damaged vehicles, should also be booked,” said Prof PS Bhogal.

Another resident said the police did not register a case against the culprits who were behind the August 29 violence as they were from a minority community.

However, Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill appeared resolute. He maintained that blocking of roads would not be tolerated. “Protest is a democratic right but at the same time, it should be kept in mind that protests remain peaceful and the common man does not suffer. Blocking the busy Bharat Nagar Chowk and causing inconvenience to commuters was uncalled for. Thousands of commuters suffered due to the protest by a handful of teachers. Such wrong practices will not be tolerated and the police will take strict action against the violators," said the Commissioner of Police.

It has come to light that the police is going through the pictures appeared in the newspapers to identify the anti-social elements who had sparked the protest of August 28. 



Residents prefer single outlets to malls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Although new malls are being opened in the city, but many outlets are still lying vacant years after the malls have been built, as there are no takers for the outlets available.

Many brands have come to the city and are doing well, but many fashion and lifestyle brands have moved out of the city as they see no blooming future in the industry.

Lifestyle brands including a French brand and another leather accessories brand at two of the malls have already shifted to the Chandigarh area.

As only a couple of malls are doing well in terms of presence, some of the brands have shifted to new malls.

The mall culture looks promising to begin with, but there is a saturation level about it and as a result many of the malls are not doing well, despite their good location.

“The mall culture has not really completely sold out to people in the city as yet,” said Ravinder Singh, a resident.

A brand store that started out at a mall in the city has opened an outlet near Fountain Chowk. “We feel that a good location works much better than having an outlet in the mall, as there are too many brands all together and it is better to give a single brand experience to people coming to us, than people who just roam around at a mall,” said a manager at a brand outlet.

“Malls have their advantages and disadvantages. There can be more footfall to your outlet as the casual visitors are much more here. Even though they may not specifically come for a thing, but they may think to visit your brand outlet out of interest. But for a single brand outlet outside, more genuine buyers would come as they would come with the purpose of visiting you for a specific reason,” said Rakesh Issar, a resident of the city.



PU to take strict action
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
An Enquiry Committee constituted by the Panjab University (PU) has found that the detailed marks card of BBA-I and the migration certificate submitted by Jaspreet Kaur, who took admission in BBA-II at a college in Ludhiana, were fake.

The enquiry has been initiated on a complaint by Prithipal Singh Grewal, a resident of Ludhiana.

Looking into the seriousness of the offence, the University has referred the case to the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, for further investigations.

The University has not, in any manner, pre-judged any issue against anyone who all were involved.

Investigations were on, said a police official.

Strict action will be taken against those involved in such illegal incidents, said an official from the committee formed.



Beat the stress through meditation
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh,September 9
Samachhari festival was celebrated at Gandhi Chowk here today. While addressing devotees on the occasion, the spiritual leaders of the Jain community said all diseases affecting the mind and body of a person had their genesis in stress and strain and could not be treated in routine.

Anxiety, fear, unexplained grief or over joy, and anger were the initial symptoms of stress; the deformation of comforts. Stress was the root cause of all kinds of psychological and physiological ailments affecting the majority of middle-class citizens of modern society.

They explained that all types of stresses, including physical, mental and emotional, could be minimised by regulating body, breathing, speech and mind, the four dynamic faculties of human beings.

Elaborating on the issue of checking stress, the Jain spiritual leaders, Eshraya and Jayanti, claimed that Kayotsarga, a component of the Preksha meditation was a unique method to get rid of tension. Auto regulation was the fundamental technique of Kayotsarga.

Followers of Lord Mahavira, led by Vinod Jain and Abhay Jain, assured to adopt tenets of the Jainism as elements of their lifestyle. 



Schools help strengthen ties with grandparents 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The number of senior citizens, being sent to the old age-homes, is increasing as the young generation finds it difficult to ‘bear the burden’ of their parents and grandparents. Realising the plight of the senior citizens and how the younger generation are snapping-ties with their elders, different school managements in the city have been organising events to promote the bonding between the kids and their grandparents.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychiatrist said the differences in the materialistic world were growing fast. The effect of such days last only if teachers and parents realise their responsibilities and do not stick to just one particular day, said the psychiatrist.

“The children who grow up with the joint support of their parents and grandparents are more strong and stable. The teamwork of parents and grandparents make a positive impact on a child. And, in families where children are taken care of by the grandparents, the mothers develop their personal lives in a much better way", said the doctor.

The playway schools or the regular schools organise Grandparent’s Day in which the students are advised to pay due respect to their grandparents. The principal of KVM School, Navita Puri, said such days were organised to pay respect to the elders in the family. The students get to know that due respect must be given to the grandparents as the latter had contributed so much to the families in their own respective ways. “The bonding becomes strong. Students realise that they must spend good time with their grandparents and be more patient while interacting with them”, said Puri.



Schools engage counsellors to fight stress during exams
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 9
In order to fight anxiety of examinations among students, various schools have deployed counsellors for their well-being.

“The students have a general tendency to feel low as the exams come closer. Since there are a variety of students, the psychological problems related to them too, vary too. The toppers have their own problems to encounter at this stage, while the weak students assume that they are utterly incapable of holding their poise and think rationally. At this stage if they are given time and a patient hearing they feel good and motivated,” said Swati Aneja, director, Tagore International School, Sahnewal.

“A counsellor counsels on attitudes, behavioural patterns, failures and successes. I have myself seen a number of students approaching the counsellor, especially during exams days. Such students have themselves admitted that it makes a difference when they talk out their mind to a counsellor,” said JK Sidhu, principal, DAV School, Ludhiana.

“The job of a counsellor does not end here. He is supposed to hold orientation programmes for the parents as well. When the report card of a child is given to the parents, the parents are required to meet the counsellors. This will enable them to handle the students in a more intelligent manner in the next exams,” shared a counsellor deployed in a school.

“The role of a counsellor is becoming significant day by day as the students and parents are becoming more and more conscious about their results and scores. The motivational classes, especially set for the students, help them fight stress to a considerable extent,” said Suzi George, principal, Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur.

A student of Class VIII said, “I generally top in my class. As far as the class tests are concerned, I rarely bother and generally get full marks, but I simply fail to understand what happens to me during exams. The things get roughed up, concepts loose clarity and I feel as if I will have a nervous breakdown if I do not come out of it. For this I have to visit a counsellor time and again. The way she directs me gives peace to my stiffened nerves and I get relaxed”.

“Unfortunately, these days, the exams have turned into an unhealthy competition. When will the parents, more than their children, understand that by adopting such a mode they are making their children victims of stress for lifetime and once it becomes a habit, it shall continue for years together. Let the child study in a carefree atmosphere and score as per his capacity” said a teacher.



Cooking trend a rage among teenagers
Tribune News service

Geetanjali Yadav, a young chef, prepares food in Ludhiana.
Geetanjali Yadav, a young chef, prepares food in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 9
Geetanjali Yadav, 12, can put many grown-ups to shame in kitchen. She knows it all and can conjure up buns, cakes, pizza, spring roles, malai kofta, kachori, dal, rice, chicken, fish and much more. The Class VI student has learnt it all by observing her mother cook since early age.

Like her, many kids today are turning as culinary experts at a young age.

Gone are the times when children would only be spoon fed and served. Now, parents have started teaching their children how to cook at a younger age.

“Cooking is an art, and if you know, it would only stand you in good stead later in life,” says Preeti, a mother. “It can also be a brilliant way of keeping children away from fast food, and throwing tantrums at home cooked food and demand for pizzas and burgers. If they know how to cook, they can make it themselves and making at home is always a healthier choice. In addition, the children also pick up culinary skills,” she says.

“Children nowadays go out of home and even abroad for higher studies, if they know how to cook early, they don't have to depend on restaurants or junk food. Moreover, cooking is a lifelong skill, if you know how to make something, it would always stand you in good stead,” says Raman, a resident. “I always felt I should have known cooking while I was staying at my hostel,” she says.

Cooking also helps in case when both the parents are working, says Ritika, a student. “My parents come back home late in the evening. So, I cook something up myself,” she says. Sometimes, I surprise my parents with mouth-watering dishes,” she says.

Not only as a hobby, but if you are interested in cooking, going professional as a chef is a great option these days. “One can learn to cook early as a hobby, just like you start learning music, art and dance,” says Nimrat, a student. “One can pursue a career out of cooking as good chefs are much in demand, respected and paid well these days, as hospitality industry is booming,” she says.

No wonder that many students have taken admission into Food Production stream at higher secondary level started at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. Parth, who had taken admission in the course, wants to set up a restaurant right after his schooling. Rajat Preet Kaur, pursuing the course performed well in Young Chef 2013 event organised in Delhi.

Television shows showing young children cooking well also encourage many children and their parents towards this profession. “I am surprised by the number of young children so well versed with cooking on television reality shows,” says Komal, a mother. Geetanjali too had auditioned for a reality television show. She is already preparing to compete in the show next year.



Excise Dept curbs bringing cash in Indian currency to the country
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The Central Board of Excise and Customs have issued a circular imposing restrictions on bringing cash in Indian currency into India. The decision was taken after currency brought into the country by NRIs, were found to be

The penalties stipulated in the new law include confiscation of money, prosecution and imprisonment. According to the new law, travellers to India are strictly prohibited from carrying cash in rupees into India, while Indian nationals are permitted to carry cash not exceeding Rs 7,500. All travellers must declare all cash in foreign currencies they might be bringing into India.

Foreigners must make a declaration when the value of currency notes, financial instruments, travellers' cheques equal to or exceeds $10,000.



From colleges
World Literacy Day

World Literacy Day was celebrated by the Legal Literacy Club at GCG on Monday. A poster-making and slogan-writing competition was held in the fine arts department of the occasion. Principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. She was accorded a warm welcome by Sukhwinder Kaur, in charge, Legal Literacy Club. The topics of the slogan writing and poster making centred around human rights, gender discrimination democracy law and environment. Around 50 students participated in the competition.


Slogan writing: Navneet of MA-I (first), Prabhjot Kaur of MA-II (second) and Pritpal of MA-II (third)

Poster making: Poonamdeep Kaur of MA-I Rinku (first) Megha BSc-II and Jovanjit BA-III (second) and Shaveta of MA-I (third).

Anita Sharma, head of department, fine arts also appreciated the efforts put in by the students.

Students bring laurels

Students of the PCTE bagged four gold medals in the examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University. In postgraduate course, Harsimran Kaur student from MBA-IB, 2011-2013-batch bagged the gold medal. In undergraduate course, Amrinder Kaur from BHMCT, 2009-2013-batch, Gagan Sharma from BSc ATHM 2010-2013-batch, Chetan Dave from BSc, biotechnology, 2010-2013-batch clinched gold medals. Students of the PCTE also won a silver medal in the university examination in which Divya Kalra, student of BBA, 2010-2013-batch, Mandeep Kaur Chahal student of BSc, 2010-2013-batch, Inderpreet Kaur from BHMCT, 2009-2013-batch, Harshit Kaur from MBA-IB, 20011-2013-batch bagged the silver medal. Gurpreet Kaur, a student of MCA, 2010-2013-batch, Divya Jagga, a student of BSc, ATHM, 2010-2013-batch, Honey Sethi from BHMCT, 2009-2013-batch, and Sarandeep Kaur of MBA-IB, 20011-2013-batch, bagged the bronze medal.

Industrial visit

Mandi Gobindhgarh: Civil Engineering students of seventh semester of Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College, RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, returned on Monday after visiting Micro Hydro Power plant at Babanpur village in Sangrur district and studied the design and construction of various irrigation structures like bridges, canal gates, built across the canal, energy dissipation devices provided in the canal, gantry girder provided in the shed and trusses and generation of power from hydraulic fall available in the canal alignment, principal Dr Sushil Garg told the media persons here. He further said such type of mini hydro electric power plants were there at a number of places in the state to use the 
natural ground fall for production of power without effecing the environment and canal regime. Section head Surinder Singh of the plant discussed the design of the civil structure and difficulties faced during the construction of the plant and its problems. He replied to the queries of the students. The students enjoyed the industrial vist. — TNS



PAU develops new variety of wheat
PBW 658 is resistant to yellow rust, brown rust; takes 133 days to mature
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The State-Level Variety Approval Committee for Field Crop under the chairmanship of Dr Mangal Singh, Director, Agriculture, Punjab, has approved a new variety of wheat-PBW 658 for cultivation in the state.

The variety has been developed by the plant breeder of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana. Giving details of the new variety, the PAU Director of Research, Dr SS Gosal, said the PBW 658 is a bread wheat variety suitable for late sown irrigated conditions in Punjab.

It is a double dwarf variety with an average plant height of 85 cm. The ears of this variety are medium dense with white glumes. The grains are amber colored, medium bold and lustrous. The new variety is resistant to yellow rust, brown rust and leaf blight. It takes about 133 days to mature and yields 17.6 quintal per acre.

Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the new variety had performed well in the farmers' field trials and had given better yield than the existing varieties PBW 373 and PBW 590.

Delegation’s visit

In a bid to join hands with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), a two-member delegation from New Zealand comprising Julia Innocente Jones, Director, International Strategy and Marketing, Lincoln University, and Sunil Kaushal, Head of India Relations, ANZ Bank, New Zealand, visited the university today.

The visiting delegation held a meeting with Dr PK Khanna, PAU Registrar, Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies; and other senior officials of the PAU. In his remarks, Khanna highlighted the three major components of the PAU, including research, teaching and transfer of technology.

Deliberating on the strategies for forging the collaboration, he said that the two sides could tie-up in terms of exchange of students and faculty, germplasm exchange, and in the areas of bio-diversity, bio-energy, climate change, eco-system evaluation, food processing and increasing shelf life of food products. Dr Gursharan Singh appraised the delegation of the organisational set-up of the PAU with thrust on the academic programmes of the university.

Earlier, Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Additional Director of Communication, welcomed the delegation members and the senior officials of the PAU. The deans of the constituent colleges, Dr HS Dhaliwal (agriculture), Dr RS Sidhu (basic sciences and humanities), Dr Rupa Bakshi (home science) and Dr Jarnail Singh, professor of processing and food engineering and a representative of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, gave brief details of academic programmes of their respective colleges.

Double dwarf variety

It is a double dwarf variety with an average plant height of 85 cm. The ears of this variety are medium dense with white glumes. The grains are amber coloured, medium bold and lustrous. The new variety is resistant to yellow rust, brown rust and leaf blight. It takes about 133 days to mature and yields 17.6 quintal per acre. Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the new variety had performed well in the farmers' field trials and had given better yield than the existing varieties PBW 373 and PBW 590.



From schools
Science exhibition

HVM Convent Seniror Secondary School organised a science, social science and mathematics exhibition during the parent teacher meeting recently. Various working models like digestive system, haemodialysis, fire and rain alarm, electricity generator, sewage plant, structure of atom and rainwater harvesting were prepared by the students. The president of the school, DP Sharma, vice-president Meena Sharma and principal Radhika Jain appreciated the efforts of the students.

Grandparents’ Day

Children of ABC Montessori School had a great time with their grandparents when the school management held a free health check-up camp for the elderly. A team of doctors from the DMCH examined the elderly. The grandparents also participated in a couple dance. They also participated in fun activities.

Teachers feted

The BCM College of Education organised the Swami Dayanand Teacher Award function on its premises. Prof Satish Kumar Sharma, director colleges, DAVCMC, New Delhi, was chief guest on the occasion. Satyanand Munjal, chairman of the college presided over the function. Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar welcomed the chief guest. The award was conferred on three teachers, including Kapil Dev (PGT physics, BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City), Jaspreet Kaur (principal, Government High School, Khassi Kalan), Charanjeet Kalra (senior teacher, BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant Avenue, Dugri Road).

Medical check-up camp

A medical check-up camp was conducted at Sacred Soul Convent Senior Secondary School, Dhandra Road. A team of doctors from the Centre for Sight examined the students. Dr Deepchand and doctors from Sidhu Dental Clinic, including Dr Parminder S Sidhu, Dr Kanwarpreet Singh and Dr Vivek Aggarwal, also examined the students. Students and teachers underwent eye and dental check-up.

Ganpati Mahotsava

The third Ganpati Mahotsava commenced in the sports hall of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass with fervour. The first day of the mahotsava was observed with devotion and ecstasy by the Sidh Data Sewa Society

Hindi Diwas

Hindi diwas was celebrated at Government High School, Salem Tabri. Students recited poems and songs in Hindi. The importance of language was told to the students and they were encouraged to use of Hindi. The students also took a pledge on the occasion.

Rs 2-lakh grant

The Minster for Broadcasting Manish Tiwari gave a grant of Rs 2 lakhs to Government Primary School, Dhandari Kalan. The cheque was presented to the authorities by DCC president Pawan Dewan. The Congress leaders said that Central government was making an effort to uplift the standard of education in schools and colleges. — TNS



31 candidates file nominations for UCPMA poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Kamalinder Singh, presiding officer for the upcoming elections of the United Cycle and Parts Association said that 31 nomination papers were received today for various posts for the upcoming elections.

"The time to file nomination papers for all the eight posts of UCPMA was 4 pm today and by that time we had received 31 nominations and the scrutiny also began immediately," said Kamalinder Singh.

All 31 nomination papers were opened by the election committee and checked thoroughly and were found correct and accepted and signed. No nomination paper was rejected.

The list of 23 candidates for the eight posts was then prepared alphabetically.

"Though we have received 31 nomination papers, but there only 23 candidates as some of them have submitted double nominations papers.

The final list of the candidates has been announced and pasted on the office notice board," added the presiding officer.he said that the preparations for the election was in full swing.



Violators fined under tobacco Act
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Finally, the District Health Department has woken up from its slumber and has challaned violators under the COTPA (Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products) Act -2003.They have begun spreading awareness among residents about the Act.

After challaning more than 100 residents for violating the COTPA Act- 2003, today, the district health authorities issued instructions to all sellers of tobacco products about the guidelines of the Act. District Health Officer Dr Abnash Kumar said, "Tobacco causes mouth cancer, impotency etc. There are different offenses and penalties under different sections of the COTPA- Act-2003. So one should follow the guidelines of the Act strictly, failing which strict action will be taken against the violators."

Offences and penalties

Prohibition on smoking in a public place

Penalty: Fine/ imprisonment or both to the individual offender upto ~200. To the owner, manager or authorised officer: fine equivalent to number of offences in public places up to Rs 200 for each case.

Section V
Deals with prohibition on advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Penalty: Upto 2 years of imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine
Upto 5 years imprisonment and ~5,000 fine
Incharge of the building is responsible for violation of the Act.

Section VI
Section VI (a)
It is for educational institutes. Violators of COTPA Act-2003 will be challaned if they are found violating the provisions of the Act in an area within 100 yards of any educational institution.
Head of the educational institute is the nodal officer of that area. It is his primary duty to implement the Act within the area.
(b): Under this section, prohibition on sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products to a person below the age of 18 years i.e. minor.
Penalty: Fine upto Rs 200.

The officer instructed all the tobacco sellers to install a signboard stating "Sale of tobacco to a person below 18 years (minor) is strictly prohibited. And tobacco is injurious to health and causes cancer.

Section VII, VIII and IX
Prohibition on sale of cigarette and other tobacco products without specified health warning

(a) For manufacturers
Imprisonment upto 2 years and fine upto Rs5,000 .
2.5 years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

(b):Selling and retailing
  Rs 1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment
— Rs 3,000 fine and one-year imprisonment.



Festival season fails to uplift gold market
A few customers turn up to buy the yellow metal at city jewellery shops
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Only compulsory buyers flock into jewellery showrooms.
Only compulsory buyers flock into jewellery showrooms.

Ludhiana, September 9
Even Ganesh Chaturthi failed to uplift the gold market, as jewellery showrooms wore a deserted look and very few customers turned up on the very first day of the festival.

"As the price of gold is fluctuating, residents are letting off their plans to buy gold. It is only the compulsory buying which is taking place these days. Even on Ganesh Chaturthi only a handful, of customers turned up to buy goodies related to Lord Ganesha," said Sudhir Jain, a jeweller from Sarafan Bazar.

Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved deities in Hindu mythology and 10-day long festival is dedicated to him. Apart from installing the idol of Lord Ganesha at their homes for 10 days, devotees also indulge in buying gold pendants, idols, rings and bracelets since keeping the images of Lord Ganesha is considered auspicious.

"I am just waiting for the price of gold to come down a little. The festival lasts for 10 dys and I can buy gold on any one of these days. I am just waiting for the right time. I plan to buy a small pendant with the inscription of Lord Ganesha on it" said Shristi, a city student.

Another jeweller, Kundan Lal, from Ghumar Mandi said he doubted if people would come to buy gold during this festival season. "Gold market is seeing many ups and downs and even after the start of the festival there is hardly any customer in the market. Depreciating value of the rupee against the dollar is the major factor behind the fluctuating price of gold. We are just hoping for the market to stabilise so that customers turn up to buy gold," he added.

For the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, jewellers have options like small Ganesha idols in different sizes and shapes, pendants, finger rings and bracelets.



Ganesh Chaturthi: 10-day celebrations begin in city
Residents welcome Lord Ganesha to their homes
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Religious and spiritual celebrations for 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi began today. Residents brought idols of Lord Ganesha to their homes to worship during the festival. The Idols of Ganesha flooded the market and shopkeepers were seen sitting alongside the roads and shops in many parts of the city, days before the festival. Made from clay, plaster of paris and other materials, these idols are of all shapes and sizes.

"Lord Ganesha is the god of wisdom, prosperity and peace. Although we as a family worship him throughout the year, but these 10 days are special," says Nidhi Tyagi, a resident of Tagore Nagar.

"I have prepared “modak” that are supposed to be Ganesha’s favourite and will offer him on all 10 days during his stay at our home," says Suparna Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh Road.

Pandals in various areas, including Janakpuri, Atam Nagar, Haibowal have been installed. Ganesha will be worshipped amid “bhajans”, “kirtan” devotional songs and religious chants during the festival. Artisans were called from outside the state to make the idols of Lord Ganesha.

The festivities will go on till the immersion of the Ganesha idols after 10 or 12 days. "While many residents go to immerse the idols in the rivers, we are going to immerse the idol in a tub and use the clay in our home garden," says Suresh, a resident of Chandigarh Road area. "I prefer a clay or eco-friendly idol of Ganesh ji, and go for “visarjan” to a nearby canal," says a Dugri resident.

Vijay Bansal of the Shri Ganesh Mahotsav Committee, said “Ganesh Visarjan” will be organised on September 18.



Ludhiana scan

Minister of Textiles Dr KS Rao will be visiting the city to review the growth of the woolen and textile sector. Members of Knitwear Club will be discussing the issue of National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT) to compete with the international market. Issue regarding Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme will also be discussed under the guidance of Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tiwari.


Krishan Kumar Bawa, a Congress leader, has applauded the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, for proposing the name of Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister of India. “This shows the selfless character of Manmohan Singh who is not attracted towards power. The country is in need of a young and a secular mind like Rahul Gandhi,” said Bawa.

Aadhaar card camp

An Aadhar card camp was held at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, on Monday. Sushil Malhotra, convenor of Flagship Programme Monitoring Committee, UPA-I and UPA-II, said people must take maximum benefits from the schemes launched by the central government. “Camps for making Aadhaar cards are being held at different places and all those who have not made the cards yet must get them made,” he said.

Shobha yatra

A meeting of the members of the managing committee of Durga Mata Mandir, Dugri, was held on Monday to discuss about the upcoming Ganesh shobha yatra. The route on which yatra will be taken out will be illuminated with lights four days in advance and a langar will also be served to the devotees on the day of the shobha yatra.

Office-bearers elected

The PAU Retires’ Welfare Association held its general body meeting here at Student’s Home on Monday to discuss various issues relating to the retirees. The meeting was presided over by Jila Ram Bansal, the president of the association. During the meeting various office-bearers and executive councils were declared.

DP Maur was elected as the chairman, SP Sharma and Charanjit Singh Grewal were chosen as the senior vice-presidents, Ajit Singh Cheema and Harbinder Singh were elected as the vice- presidents. Satish Sood was chosen as the general secretary while Birbal and Jagga Singh were elected as the secretaries. Labh Singh and RS Rangila were voted as the organising secretary, Gurmukh Singh as the treasurer, and Iqbal Singh and Tilak Singh were chosen as the joint treasurers. Besides an advisory committee was also formed which included SS Sharma, Jaswant Singh, JL Narang, JC Budhiraja, Ashok Mahindroo and Amarjeet Singh. Roop Singh Roopa, Charan Singh Gurm, Jaswant Singh Jassi and AS Deol were taken as the patrons.


Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari thanked the Union Railway Minister Malikarjun Kharge for the functioning of the Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabadi express on a daily basis. Tewari said he was thankful to the ministry officials who ensured that from September 8 the Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabadi express will operate on a daily basis. “Not only does it provide another link to the people of Ludhiana and surrounding areas, but also helps the public of the entire Malwa region, said the minister.

Delegation returns

A delegation from International Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Foundation returned on Sunday from Hazur Sahib after celebrating Milad Dihara. The delegation arrived at Ludhiana Railway station. —TNS



1 booked for pilfering LPG cylinders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The city police has nabbed a person for illegally pilfering LPG cylinders and selling it at a premium price.

The accused has been identified as Ajay Sharma, a resident of Haibowal Kalan.

The accused was nabbed following a tip off. The police was informed that the accused used to steal the LPG cylinders bought from the employee of a gas agency and then sell it to the auto-rickshaw driver at a premium price.

Following the information, the police raided the spot and nabbed the accused. The police seized four LPG cylinders and 12 small commercial cylinders, three electric motors and a kit used to pilfer the cylinders.

Snatching incident

The police has booked three unidentified persons for snatching a gold chain of a woman.The case was registered on the complaint of Gurvinder Singh of BRS Nagar. The incident took place on Saturday when Gurvinder along with his wife was heading towards Kips Market.He said three unidentified SUV-borne youths intercepted their car and started thrashing Gurvinder. His wife came to help him, but the accused snatched her gold chain and fled the scene. He brought the matter to the notice of the police. The police booked the accused under Section 382 IPC on the complaint of the victim.

In-laws booked in dowry case

The police has registered a dowry harassment case on the complaint of Amritpal Kaur, a resident of Paddi village against her husband Harpreet Singh, father-in-law Harbans Singh and mother-in-law Aman Kaur, residents of Ferozepur. She got married to Harpreet Singh in 2008. But she was being asked to bring in more dowry. The accused have been booked under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC.



Man beaten up for feeding stray dog 
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, September 9
An animal lover was thrashed by two tipsy youths who were opposing the move of feeding stray dogs.

In a complaint to the police, Dr Surjit Kumar Bansal, a resident of Krishna Nagar, stated that he is a pet lover and he often feed stray dogs.

But on August 31, when he was heading towards Gobind Nagar, the accused identified as Rajinder Kumar of Krishna Nagar and one of his accomplice, snatched milk and bread from his hand. He was feeding milk and bread to the dogs. Surjit opposed the move and said he fed the stray dogs so that they didn't attack people for food. The police has recorded the statement of the victim and booked the accused under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 427 of the IPC.



Bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh stolen 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Thieves who stole a bag containing cash Rs 2.5 lakh were caught on closed-circuit television camera at Dandi Swami chowk this evening.

The incident took place at 9 pm when a businessman identified as Ram Sharan of Joshi Nagar in Haibowal, alighted from his car to buy vegetables.

In the meantime, two persons approached the vehicle and one of them opened a door of the car fled with a bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh .

The police is investigating the case.



Three booked in fraud case
Our Correspodent

Mandi Gobindgarh September 9
The local police has booked Varun Garg, Arjan Garg and Rajinder Kumar, residents of Ashapuri, Ludhiana, under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC investigating officer Nirmal Singh said today. The case was registered on the complaint of Raman Khosla, a resident of Friends Colony, Khanna.

He said that the alleged accused persons had committed a fraud and had allegedly withdrawn money from his account.

Nirmal Singh said the matter is been investigated.



Woman foils snatching bid
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
An alert woman foiled a snatching bid here yesterday. The accused has been identified as Sita Ram and his two unidentified accomplices.

According to the complainant, Shakuntla Rani, a resident of Janakpuri, was heading towards home from Cheema Chowk. Midway she spotted three motorcycle-borne youths, she suspected their activities.

One of the accused identified as Sita Ram alighted from the bike and pretended as if he was going attend nature's call. But when she passed him, he snatched her earrings. His two accomplices started the motorcycle and the accused tried to flee the scene. But alert Shankuntla pulled down the accused and raised the alarm. Soon the commuters overpowered Sita Ram and the earring was recovered.

She said that taking advantage of the chaos, the accused tried to flee the scene. She brought the matter to the notice of the police. The police arrested the accused and started the hunt to nab his accomplices.



Youth shot at during clash

Ludhiana, September 9
A youth was shot at in the stomach by a pistal following a clash in the Daresi area on Friday. The police registered a case yesterday when a .2mm bullet was found stuck in the abdomen of the victim identified as Ravi, a resident of Killa Mohalla. The victim told the police that during a quarrel he was shot at and returned home.

He was then rushed to Kapoor hospital, from where he was referred to CMC hospital. After scanning, the doctor spotted a bullet in the right side of the stomach. Hospital authorities brought the matter to the notice to the police. — TNS



24-year-old man stabbed, injured 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A 24-year-old mechanic was robbed in broad daylight near the railway station here today. The victim has been identified as Gulshan Rai, a resident of Azad Nagar. The incident took place this afternoon when he was entering the railway station to catch a train to go to his native village in Uttar Pradesh.

He said that two-armed assailant riding on a motorcycle came from behind and stabbed him on his left arm.

Before he could react, the assailants snatched his mobile phone and purse containing Rs 2,000 cash.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital for treatment. The Kotwali police has registered a case and started the investigation.



Sports Council of Ludhiana reconstituted
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 9
Bhupinder Singh Binda and Devinder Singh Kehal were unanimously elected chairman and president, respectively of the Sports Council of Ludhiana, at a meeting of the body held with Olympian and former coach of the Indian hockey team (men) Rajinder Singh in the chair.

During the meeting, the members of the council appreciated the work done by the outgoing team headed by Pirthipal Singh Batala. They put on record the efforts they had put in to conduct All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champions Trophy in the last two years.

Besides, Olympians Rajinder Singh and Hardeep Singh Grewal (Neeta) along with Jatinder Pal Singh, Parupkar Singh Ghuman were elected patrons of the council in addition to
the existing patrons, Gurbhajan Singh Gill and Ranjit Singh Talwandi.

Inder Mohan Singh Kadian was named vice-chairman of the body while Prabhjot Singh Raikot, Jagbir Singh Grewal (Nikku) and Gurvinder Singh Sidhu were appointed senior vice-presidents. Bhupinder Singh Dimple, Gurpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh Rangowal, Anil Bharbat and Sukhdeep Singh were elected vice -presidents while Maninder Singh Grewal, Bittu Grewal, Tejinder Kaka, Surinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Tejbir Bhalla were named organising secretaries. Ajay Pal Roomi will be the treasurer of the council.

After the meeting, Binda said that the third edition of the All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champions Trophy will be organised at the PAU Hockey Stadium from December 17 to 24 in which top teams of the country will be seen in action.



Amritsar men pip Ludhiana 5-4 to win title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 9
Ludhiana waged a spirited battle against Amritsar before losing the battle of nerves 4-5 in the final of the Seventh Senior Punjab State Baseball Championship (men and men) that concluded at Sahi Sports College, Samrala near here yesterday.

In the match for hardline cup, Ropar got the better of Gurdaspur to secure third position. Sixteen teams took part in the men's section and players from Ludhiana and Amritsar districts dominated the proceedings in the league phase to assure themselves berths in the title clash match.

Earlier, in the league matches, Gurdaspur thrashed Fazilka 11-1; Amritsar routed Sahi Sports College 10-0; Ropar prevailed over Fatehgarh Sahib 1-0; Kapurthala managed to scrape past Mansa 2-1; Ludhiana drubbed Bathinda 5-0; Gurdaspur defeated Patiala 5-1; Jalandhar outwitted Moga 6-0; Ludhiana outnumbered Muktsar 7-2; Mohali blanked Sangrur 6-0; Amritsar outclassed Kapurthala 3-0; Ropar pipped Ludhiana 1-0 and Ludhiana squeezed past Mohali 1-0.

Darshan Singh was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. Gurbir Singh Shahi, Sukhdev Singh Aulakh and Harbir Singh Gill were among others present on the occasion.



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