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Mission impossible for MC
Network of main and feeder roads in the city remains in a state of neglect
Kuldip Bhatia

Potholed roads near Lakkar Pul and near DIG office in Civil Lines, Ludhiana
Potholed roads near Lakkar Pul and near DIG office in Civil Lines, Ludhiana
Potholed roads near Lakkar Pul and near DIG office in Civil Lines, Ludhiana

Ludhiana, September 11
While the ambitious ‘Mission Ludhiana’ conceived by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, involving an expenditure of over Rs 2,500 crore still remains on the drawing board and might turn out to be another of the unfunded promises by the political leadership, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to provide the basic amenity of good roads to residents of the industrial city.

Almost without exception, the entire network of the main roads and feeder roads in the old city localities as well as in the posh residential and commercial areas remain in a state of neglect and disrepair. The broken roads with potholes and many of them with uncovered manholes all around the city pose a threat to commuters. The problem aggravates during rains when water accumulates on the roads.

Residents of many posh localities like Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Dugri, Civil Lines, Kitchlu Nagar, BRS Nagar and several residential colonies alongside Ferozepur Road complain that a majority of the roads have either not been re-laid or at the best crude patchwork has been done to fill up the potholes which remains in place for just a couple of days.

The condition of roads in the industrial belts and the old city localities is worse with the problem of waterlogging during rains further adding to the woes of residents.

“What is the fun of announcing high-profile and fancy infrastructure development projects involving huge expenditure for the city when the fact remains that the MC is not in a position to maintain or improve the existing roads,” wonders Parminder Mehta, spokesperson of the Congress councillors. He added that road users were exposed to the risk of accidents with the civic administration remaining turning a blind eye to the problem.

Many other councillors, including those belonging to the ruling coalition, allege that the proposals for re-carpeting or repairs of main and feeder roads were gathering dust for months together due to severe resource crunch being faced by the MC.

MC Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal, who looks after the building and roads (B&R) branch, said the MC was spending about Rs 80 lakh per month on patchwork and minor repairs of the roads while some other road works suggested by traffic police and transport office were being carried out involving an expenditure of Rs 35 lakh. He said no major road construction project had been taken up since April 2013.


Food security not for the poor
Authorities fail to provide pulses to beneficiaries
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Tall claims of the state government of providing wheat flour (atta) and pulses (dal) to the poor notwithstanding, the beneficiaries have not been getting their share of pulses since January in the district.

Sources in the Food and Supplies Department admitted that in many districts of Punjab, pulses were not being supplied to the beneficiaries on a regular basis.

Official records reveal that there are more than 10,000 beneficiaries in the Ludhiana district, but since January the authorities have failed to provide pulses to these families on a regular basis.

Officials of the Food and Supplies Department at Chandigarh claim that the beneficiaries were not supplied pulses till June, but from July onwards, after the new tenders were floated, the families were getting the benefit.

As per the scheme, each family is entitled to get 25 kilograms of wheat flour and 2.5 kilograms of pulses every month.

Owner of a PDS outlet said they were tired of saying “no” to the beneficiaries. “How can we provide pulses to the beneficiaries when we are not getting the supply from the department? Now, even the beneficiaries have stopped asking about the pulses. We didn’t get pulses under the scheme till June and from July onwards, the supply is erratic,” he said.

Shanta, a beneficiary and a resident of Chander Nagar, said it was unfortunate that political leaders forget their promises after coming into power. “We are getting flour but not pulses for the past several months. Dal is available at Rs 90 per kg in the retail market which we can not afford,” rued Shanta.

Sona Thind, District Food and Supplies Controller said the authorities were aware of the problem, but we are not getting supply from Punsup. “We are in touch with the Punsup authorities and the beneficiaries will get the regular supply of pulses soon,” she added.

The scheme

The SAD-BJP government launched the Atta-Dal Scheme in March 2007 to provide 35 kg of wheat and 4 kg of dal (pulses) to the poor families at the subsidised rate of Rs 4 per kg of wheat and Rs 20 per kg of dal. However, the quantum of wheat and dal was reduced to 25 kg and 2.5 kg per family, respectively, in 2009.



Drug peddlers eyeing industrial workers
Police recovers 21 kg of opium worth Rs 21 lakh in the international market
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Serving opium to farm labourers has become a thing of the past. Drug peddlers are now targeting industrial workers across the city.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill and DCP Harsh Bansal made this startling revelation following the arrest of a drug peddler from whom 21 kg of opium was recovered.

The opium valued over Rs 21 lakh in the international market was procured for Mansaur in Madhya Pradesh.

The accused, identified as Manjit Singh, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar in Shimlapuri, was nabbed from a police checkpoint near Zoom Hotel on RK Road last night.

He was travelling in a Toyota Innova SUV when he was signalled to stop by the police. Instead of stopping the vehicle, he tried to escape. The police party nabbed after a hot chase.

Manjit Singh confessed to the crime and said he was into the illegal trade for the past three years.

ACP (Crime) Gurbans Bains said posing as a property dealer, Manjit used to supply opium in the area.

He was supplying drugs in a limited circle in a very clandestine manner. His accomplices used to sell the contraband to labourers working in the cycle industry, rolling mills and cloth manufacturing units in the city, he said.

Bains said the cellphone details of Manjit would be scanned to find out who all were involved in the illegal trade.

Harbans Singh, in charge, Anti-Narcotic Cell, said the accused had procured the contraband from Shanti Lal, who runs a dhaba in Madhya Pradesh.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said: “This was by far the biggest opium recovery in the recently years. We hade launched a drive to tighten the noose around drug peddlers. So far, we have registered 17 cases under the NDPS Act and have nabbed 20 drugs peddlers," he said.

Gill also announced a commendation certificate for the police party, including Harbans Singh, in charge Anti-Narcotic Cell.

Drive against addiction

The Commissioner of Police said in the next phase, the city police would launch a de-addiction campaign in the area. “Our focus will be on youngsters. The police will visit the areas affected by the drug menace for generating awareness among youngsters,” he said.

181 turning beneficial

Gill was all praise for the newly launched 181 helpline number. “The police is receiving information about the anti-social activities, including drug menace, in the city. These inputs are helping us in curbing the crime," said Gill.



rape case
Police detains suspect for questioning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The police has detained a persons suspected of kidnapping and raping a four-year-old girl in Jassian village.

The girl was missing from her house since yeaterday.

The victim was raped and assuming her to be dead, the miscreants dumped her in the bushes.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said ADCP- I Nilamberi Jagdale was investigating the case. He said the investigations were on and the case would be cracked soon.

The police took the help of the dog squad and the suspect was picked up from a room located near a tubewell in Jassian village where the girl was raped.

The victim is undergoing treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh.



IT officials swoop down on SEL Group
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The Income Tax Department today conducted a raid at the SEL Group. The raids were conducted on 14 premises of the group across the country simultaneously.

The group deals in yarn and its premises are located on Doraha Road, Samrala Road, Nawashahar, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The residential premises of the group located in Sarabha Nagar were also raided by the IT officials.

The sister concern of the group, Ahuja Yarns, located at New Madhopuri, was also under scanner of the department.

IT officials seized important documents and sealed bank lockers belonging to the owners of the group.

The raids which started this morning were on till the filing of this report.



kisan mela
PAU to focus on resource conservation
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will focus on the conservation of natural resources during the two-day Kisan Mela to be held on September 13 and 14.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, said the university had been laying emphasis on the conservation of natural resources.

"The PAU has played an important role as far as crop production is concerned. The use of fertilisers and chemicals has led to the exhaustion of natural resources."

"The farmers must follow the recommendations of the PAU. The university has developed a mechanism to check the resource depletion," said Dr Baldev Singh.

Arrangements for the Kisan Mela are on at the PAU. Farmers and farm women will be educated about innovative techniques and technologies through field demonstrations. Their queries will be addressed by experts.

During the mela, the department of plant breeding and genetics, will give field demonstrations on recommended varieties of kharif and rabi crops. Demonstrations on the new varieties of kharif crops, including 'PR 121 and PR 122' of rice, 'Punjab Basmati 3 and Pusa Punjab Basmati 1509', 'NCS 855 BG II' of American cotton, and 'HG 365' of guara will also be given. The farmers will be apprised of crop production and plant protection technologies.

The departments of vegetable science and fruit science will apprise the farmers of low poly tunnel technology, nursery raising beds, methods for planting fruit trees, drip irrigation technique in orchards and newly released varieties of fruits. The department of floriculture and landscaping will display live specimens of gladiolus varieties, cut foliage, dry and fresh flowers. The departments of entomology and plant pathology will focus on integrated pest management in kharif crops, safe use of pesticides, beekeeping as subsidiary venture, management of foot rot in basmati rice and seed treatment method for the control of seed-borne diseases in rabi crops. The departments of agronomy and soil science will dwell on resource conservation techniques in maize, direct seeding and mechanical transplanting of rice, tensiometer-based irrigation scheduling in paddy for water use efficiency, integrated use of organic, bio and chemical fertilisers for higher productivity.

The School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology will highlight agro-climatic characterisation studies, climate variability trend analysis of Punjab and impact of climate change on wheat and rice crops.



LIT officials fail to file property returns
26 serving, retired class I & II officers involved; Council of RTI Activists demand probe
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 11
Eyebrows are being raised over failure of 26 serving and retired class I and II officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to file their annual property returns with the public authority concerned as prescribed in their service rules. Suspecting that property and assets disproportionate to known sources of income of these officials might be the reason, the Council of RTI Activists has demanded a vigilance probe to bring out the truth.

Information provided by the LIT authorities under the Right to Information Act to the Council of RTI Activists revealed that 26 retired and serving class I and II officials had not filed their annual property return during the period January 2010 to September 2013 as laid down in Rule 18 of the Punjab Government Employees (Conduct) Rules 1966 with the public authority concerned.

The defaulting officials, as per the details supplied by the LIT, include four retired and two serving executive officers, two chief engineers, one retired superintending engineer, four trust engineers, two trust planners, one each assistant town planner and head draftsman, six serving and two retired assistant Trust engineers and one retired deputy controller (finance and accounts).

In a complaint filed with the State Vigilance Bureau, Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary respectively of the Council of RTI Activists have said that rampant corruption prevailing in the LIT might be the reason behind the failure of such a large number of class I and II officials not filing their mandatory annual property return. "The defaulting officials may have amassed assets beyond their known sources of income and for fear of being exposed they were now reluctant to disclose their property and assets through the annual property returns."

In this regard, the complainants have cited a ruling of the Punjab and Haryana High Court (in CWP No 15964 of 2010) which stated, "As per conduct Rule 18, every government employee is required to submit a return of his assets and liabilities (property statement) in such form as may be prescribed by the government, giving the full particulars of his movable and immovable properties, inherited, owned, acquired or held on lease or mortgaged to him or his spouse or any member of his family, either in his own name or in the name of any other person, besides the details of movable property."

The council has demanded a high level vigilance probe against the officials who had violated the mandatory provision as provided in service (conduct) rules and departmental action for failure to comply with the statutory requirement of filing annual property returns. It has also called upon the state government to ensure that all the state government employees and those serving in public sector bodies, boards and corporation filed their property returns regularly while also intimating 
their departments concerned about all high-value transactions.



Training centre to be part of Integrated Textile Park: Minister
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The training centre and working women's hostel will also be a part of the Integrated Textile Park being set up at Sanhewal and Textile Minister K. Sambasive Rao today announced this and gave a subsidy of Rs 20 crore for the same. He also announced Rs 10 crore for setting up of an exhibition centre.

As far as the demand of setting up of NIFT in Ludhiana on the pattern of the tie up that NIFT has with the Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) Rao said that if the state government would provide land for setting up of NIFT, he promised that he would seek fund from the Centre.

Rao clearing the confusion regarding extension of the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) he said the scheme had been extended and the notification would be issued soon.

The Technology Mission of Technical Textiles, Group Work Shed Scheme for Powerloom Weavers, Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks, Group Insurance Scheme for Powerloom Workers etc. were the few demands put forward by the local industry for modernising the industry.

"I understand the need for yarn banks and common facility centres for powerloom clusters and the same will be examined by the Ministry. In order to protect farmers from cotton price fluctuation, the government proposes to set up a price stabilisation fund with the contribution from exporters. This fund will be used to protect farmers and mills in times of distress," said Rao.Concerned over the undue delay in submission of subsidy claims by mills, he called for online monitoring by banks of all TUFS cases to ensure that there were no subsidy claims pending with the Ministry.

Achieving targets of 12th plan

  • Undertaking appropriate the National Fibers Policy and the New Textile Policy.
  • Achieving a dominant global standing for India in the manufacture and export of textiles and clothing.
  • Creating crore employment opportunities in the textile sector and clothing value chain.



Illegal hoardings dot Jagraon roads
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 11
Illegal hoardings put up by various commercial establishments, political parties and NGOs continue to deface the town. The Jagraon Municipal Council authorities seem to be in a deep slumber despite a huge increase in the number of illegal hoardings. No action has been taken against the people responsible for placing the hoardings. At the local Tehsil Road and the Railway overbridge, hundreds ofhoarding have been put up by different establishments.

Some of these hoardings are obstructing the view of landmarks and signboards, causing a lot of problems to the commuters. Same is the situation at the historical Jhansi Rani Chowk and Kamal Chowk.

The hoardings put up at the Jhansi Rani Chowk have even made the statue of Jhansi Ki Rani almost invisible.

During a visit to various roads of the town, including the Railway road, Lajpat Rai road, Raikot road, Sidhwan Bet road, Malak road, hundreds of such hoardings put up by various political parties, commercial establishments and NGOs on electricity poles, roadsides were seen.

According to sources, a majority of such hoardings have been put up without paying any fee to the local Municipal Council. Ironically, some NGOs run by the people belonging to media and political parties are violating the norms.

Jagraon Municipal Council Executive Officer Davinder Singh Toor was not available for comments as he has been on leave. When contacted, newly appointed Jagraon SDM Apneet Rayat said she had not officially taken the charge of the administrator so far.

"Thereby. I am not in a position to take any action or comment on the issue for now. However, I can assure that a strict action will be taken against the violators as soon as I take up the charge," she said.



drinking water
Nine Sidhwan Bet villages to have RO system, says MLA
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 11
Following the incident of more than 40 people falling ill after drinking contaminated water at Bujgar village a few days ago, the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab, would install RO system in nine villages of Sidhwan Bet. This was announced by Jagraon MLA SR Kaler during a Sangat Darshan programme at Sodhiwal village near Sidhwan Bet. The announcement came as a huge relief for villagers in the Sidhwan Bet area.

Hundreds of people are suffering from fatal diseases like cancer and hepatitis B because of consuming contaminated water in the area. Many people have lost their lives due to these fatal diseases in the area.

"I have instructed the authorities of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department to install RO systems in nine villages within one month. There is no lack of funds for development works," said Kaler while addressing a press conference after the Sangat Darshan.

Kaler who was accompanied by Jagraon SDM Apneet Rayat and officials of many other departments listened to the grievances of the residents of as many as 24 villages during the programme. Several complaints of the villagers were resolved on the spot.

During the function, around 200 ration cards were issued to the villagers while more than 400 applications for the issue ration cards were also received. Kaler also instructed the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited authorities to upgrade the grids facing the power overload. "The problem of power failure often occurs due to power overload and to solve this problem we have decided to upgrade the power grids of several villages. The department will soon conduct a survey to identify the power grids required to be upgraded. If needed, new power grids would also be set up in the area," said MLA SR Kaler.

Kaler was accompanied by block samiti chairman Didar Singh Dhillon, senior Akali leader and the president of the North-West Youth Akali Dal, United Kingdom, Amandeep Singh Khaira, and sarpanchas of 24 villages.



BSNL staff resent wastage of money
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The BSNL Employees Union demanded that wasteful expenditure should be curbed.

Members of the union alleged that contractors had been raising bogus bills to the tune of lakhs. They alleged that a contractor, Rohit Sabharwal, had been raising bogus bills for housekeeping services which were much more than that cost of the services rendered by him.

They alleged that he was using the RTI as a tool to blackmail the employees. On being stopped by the union members, he filed complaints against them. "He filed 18 RTI applications seeking personal details of the union leaders which were not supposed to be provided under the RTI Act, 2005," said a union member.

The matter was reported to the BSNL management and the committee to verify the actual covered area, number of chairs, cupboards, tables, pots and submit a report till July 25, but the committee has failed to do so. General manager, telecom, CS Bhanot said the sub-divisional officers checked the housekeeping services before making payments to contractors.

BSNL goes in for a revamp

Although the BSNL has been facing a tough competition from private players, the public telecom body is changing equipment for better services.

Better speed on the BSNL network is expected as the network cables are being replaced with new technology.

"Ericsson equipment is being replaced with new ZTE technology," said CS Bhanot, general manager, telecom, BSNL.

"The new equipment will be able to handle both 2G and 3G networks simultaneously and will offer much higher speeds. Data speeds will be higher and the bandwidth will increase with the installation of the new equipment," he said. "The new equipment has already arrived and the installation will be done in a phased manner. It will take us three months to replace the old equipment across the city," he said.

The highest speed currently offered by the BSNL network is 6Mpbs, but with the new technology it will be 14.4Mpbs.



Two more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Today, two more patients from Ludhiana tested positive fordengue. Both male patients belong to Sector32 and Raman Eenclave. As many as 19 cases of dengue have been reported till date in this season.

While nine patients belongto other districts and state. Bathinda (1 male), Jalandhar- 2 (1 male and 1 female), Fathegarh (1 female), Hoshiarpur (1 female), Sangrur (1 male), Ferozpur (1 male) and J & K-2 (1 male and 1 female).

District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said,"A team from Regional Director's office visited the city two days ago. The team visited the patients who had suffered from malaria and dengue. The team will also visit Jagraon, Sahnewal, Koomkalan and Khanna.”

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana said,"We are continuing our campaign to check dengue larvae in the district."



Shoe companies attract youngsters
Collections specifically structured for running have flooded city market
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Running is picking up in the city thanks to the campaigns run by popular shoe brands. Most of the top brands making sports shoes and sneakers have brought out their collections specifically structured for running.

A firm claims that their brand of shoes are structured in such a way that less effort is needed while running and one can run more. Such shoes have thin and flexible soles and due to the promotional campaigns and being light in weight, many youngsters have taken taken to running to keep themselves fit.

"The new collections have very flexible soles and provide just enough cushioning and are perfect for running. A research has shown that providing too hard or soft cushioning can impact running and can make one more prone to injuries. So the companies have brought out shoes that allow both vertical and horizontal flexing soles. The cushioning is just right," says a store manager.

"It is great that most of the top companies are promoting shoes for running. Running as an activity or hobby will get a fillip because of the competition between the companies as they are promoting their products on a large scale," says a resident.

"For a long time I had been thinking that I should start running to keep fit, but since I have bought my new shoes, I have taken to running. I don’t know whether they will help me run better, but yes! they are very comfortable when I run," says Harish, a student.

Besides the Shoes brands promoting running as an activity, movies like Bhag Milkha Bhag have been inspiring youngsters to take to running, says Sarabjit, a resident.

“Running is one of the finest activities to keep fit and healthy. Even if the companies are promoting to sell their products, it still augurs well for fitness as we are becoming sedentary day-by-day and need to adopt an active and fit lifestyle,” says Daman, a fitness enthusiast.



pau notes
Condolence meeting

Ludhiana: PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon and university senior officials and scientists expressed grief over the sad demise of Dr NP Goyal, professor, entomology (retd). A condolence meeting was organised in the entomology department. Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Dr Balwinder Singh, head, entomology; Dr MS Mahal, director, PAMETI, Dr PK Chhuneja, professor, entomology, Dr VK Dilawari, professor, entomology (retd), faculty members and non-teaching staff were present. Dr Balwinder Singh said Dr Goyal was an outstanding entomologist and his contributions to the field of apiculture would be remembered forever. He served the department of entomology in various capacities for over 28 years, he said. "Dr Goyal was instrumental in the establishment of first National Bee Board (Ministry of Agriculture) in the country in 1994. His research and technology dissemination contributions, vision and policies led to a fillip to the beekeeping development and industry in the country, added Dr Singh.

Training course on mushroom cultivation

A five-day training course on mushroom cultivation started at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The programme is being organised by the directorate, extension education, and the department of microbiology. Farmers and farm women from various parts of the state are attending the programme. Experts will dwell on marketing, cultivation and processing of mushrooms. Earlier, Dr Rupinder Kaur, associate professor, extension education, called upon participants to motivate other farmers and farm women to adopt mushroom cultivation as a remunerative subsidiary occupation. Two senior mycologists of the PAU Dr Shammi Kapoor and Dr HS Sodhi were also present.

New series of ‘Do Dooni Chaar’

The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) is going to start a new series of 'Do Dooni Chaar', an agricultural information-based radio programme on All-India Radio (AIR), Jalandhar, every week from September 15 at 7 pm. Dr Indu Karki said they would be broadcasting 13 series of programme every Sunday which would inform the audience about different processing technologies developed by the institute. Director, CIPHET, Dr SN Jha said such programmes would motivate farmers and budding entrepreneurs to adopt post-harvest technologies for increasing their income through value addition. The first programme will be on the newly established business planning and development (BPD) unit at CIPHET. The programme will be broadcast on medium wave frequency at 873 kHz and will cover the entire state. — TNS



from schools & colleges

Ludhiana: A workshop on ‘Robotics and Embedded System’ was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. The resource person took up the queries of students and motivated them to join courses like embedded systems, robotics and automation, web development and software development.

Youngsters take part in Bharat Jago Daud; and (right) students have a look at books during an exhibition at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, on Wednesday
Youngsters take part in Bharat Jago Daud; and (right) students have a look at books during an exhibition at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
Youngsters take part in Bharat Jago Daud; and (right) students have a look at books during an exhibition at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, on Wednesday


A fancy dress competition was organised at Rose Playway Preschool. Students came dressed as apple, orange, papaya, banana, tomato, carrot, strawberry, peas and pine apple.

Awareness campaign

An awareness campaign on drug abuse was launched y students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar. The students pledged to root out social evils from society. Shamina Deol, child counsellor of the school, said social organisations and residents should join hands to eradicate such evils. - TNS

Lecture on page making

The postgraduate department of mass communication, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, today organised an extension lecture by Janmeja Singh Johal, an eminent writer, artist and photographer on 'layout and page making'. Johal spoke on various types of printing technologies used by the print media. An interactive session was also held.

Club inaugurated

The legal literacy club was inaugurated at the Khalsa College for Women. KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. The club aims at apprising residents of their rights. Singla addressed students and appreciated their efforts. Principal of the college Dr Varinder Kaur Thind asked members of the club to organise competitions such as painting, slogan writing, street plays, paper reading and debates.

Blood donation camp

Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised a blood donation camp in association with the Lions Club Supreme, Mandi Gobindgarh, on Wednesday. Anil Kumar Aggarwal, chairman, GE&SWT, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed guests. More than 100 students donated blood. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni encouraged students to donate blood.

Bharat Jago Daud

The 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated by the NSS units of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. More than 400 NSS volunteers took part in Bharat Jago Daud. Giving an insight into the life of Swami Vivekanand, Arvind Dhingra, programme officer, NSS, said he was a great visionary and

today's youth had a lot to learn from his teachings. Dr MS Saini, director, while congratulating the NSS volunteers said, "By following the teachings of such visionaries, we can lead the country to the path of progress."


The Punjab Institute of Management and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a blood donation camp on the campus. Students and staff of the PIMT, GPC and GCE donated blood. The camp was inaugurated by Anil Kumar Aggrawal, president, Gobindgarh Education and Social Welfare Trust.

Book exhibition

The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, organised a seminar. Dr Narinder Singh Kapoor, an author, inaugurated a two-day book exhibition. Dr Kapoor said, "People or priorities can be studied in ratio, for instance 90:10. The common mistake is that we tend to focus on the 10 and ignore the 90." General secretary of the college governing body Gurbir Singh Sarna and joint secretary Gurvinder Singh Sarna interacted with the author.

Hostel freshers’ day

Hostel freshers’ day was celebrated at the Government College for Girls. A function was held to welcome newcomers. Principal Gurminder Kaur presided over the function. The principal appreciated students for securing top positions. She encouraged students to perform well in the examination.

Students excel

Samrala: Students of the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, brought laurels to the college by performing well in the annual examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Jasvir Kaur stood first in the university while Kamalpreet Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Manwinder Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur, Kamaljeet Kaur and Harjeet Kaur secured the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th positions, respectively.

Medical camp

The PCTE Institute of Pharmacy organised a medical check-up camp. More than 100 students and staff were examined during the camp. Dr GS Gill, director, administration, PCTE Group of Institutes, said such camps should be held on a regular basis.

Results out

MSc students of Guru Nanak Girls College have secured top positions in the examination conducted by Punjab University. Jasleen Kaur stood second in the university and first in the college with 80 per cent. Supriya Rani stood third in the university and second in the college with 77.6 per cent. Neha Rani secured the fifth position in the university and the third position in the college by scoring 76.3 per cent. Nisha and Gurpreet Kaur with 75.9 per cent and 74.5 per cent secured sixth and eighth positions in the university, respectively. Principal of the college Dr Charanjit Mahal and president Gurbir Singh congratulated the students on their achievement.

Industrial visit

An industrial visit to GS Autos International was organised for students of the postgraduate department of commerce, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women. The students were shown a presentation. They were told about various stages of production process. They also visited the radiator department, machinery department, tools department, CNC unit, inspection department and quality department.

Career counselling

The placement cell and commerce department, GCG, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on career counselling and vision enhancement. Anita Joshi welcomed college principal Gurminder Kaur. Munish Dewan, director, IMS, spoke on various issues.


The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), organised a seminar for BCA and MCA students. Shalini, former assistant executive, Oswal Woollen Mills, was the resource person. She dwelt on various topics, including marketing and sales, field service, product design and development, production and inventory control, human resources, finance and accounting. Highlighting the magnitude of System Applications and Products (SAP), Shalini said out of 500 companies, 450 had already converted to SAP. Enlisting the benefits of SAP, she said the technology delivered a comprehensive set of integrated and cross-functional business process at reduced cost and improved productivity. She said SAP consisted of development, quality assurance and production environment. — TNS



Ludhiana scan
Farewell party

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari was accorded a warm farewell by the Revenue Patwar Union on Wdbesday. Speaking on the occasion, Darshan Kumar Sharma, general secretary of the union said he had been very cooperative throughout his posting in the city and was also awarded the Best Collector Award by the association. Tiwari said he had always respected the patwaris as they always extended a helping hand in implementing the policies of the government.


A meeting of the Government School Teachers' Union was held on Wednesday under the leadership of Saudagar Singh Sarabha. The teachers discussed about the forthcoming September, 2013, examinations. Discussing the problem, Saudagar Singh said the time for examination was 11 am and they had also been asked to provide mid-day meal before the examination. Teachers said the time for the exam should be 9-12 pm.

Trade union holds protest

The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) staged a protest against the Punjab Government on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, a worker of the INTUC said the state government was doing nothing to control inflation. "Even vegetables and pulses are out of the reach of the common man. Petrol and diesel prices are being increassed every now and then.," he said. The workers also discussed the problem of labour laws, which are being openly flouted by factory owners. Workers have been made to work more and are nor being paid the minimum salary, said Swaran Singh, president of the INTUC.

60 donate blood

A blood donation camp was organised at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Amloh, on Wednesday. As many as 60 volunteers donated blood. The team of doctors was headed by Dr Rimpreet Singh Walia and Dr Kulwinder Kaur. Chief guest SDM Rajdeep Kaur and Suprintendent Bharat Bhushan distributed certificates, medals and badges to the donors. Amritpal donted blood for the 59th time. Baljeet Singh Annian donated blood for the 47th time.

Tributes paid

The Veer Abdul Hamid Foundation paid tributes to Abdul Hamid on Wednesday. Hamid had laid his life during the 1965 India-Pakistan war. The president of the foundation, Kamaljit Singh Sidhu, said the need of the hour was to make today's generation aware about Hamid. The syllabus of schools should make the children aware of the role played by the freedom fighters to gain freedom.

Decision hailed

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), afflicted to the the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), has praised the decision of the Hero Motocorp Ltd, in which the company had decided to start solar and wind power plants in a big way. Dr LS Chawla, president of the body, said this was the need of the hour. As per the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), headed by Dr Rajinder Pachauri, the solar energy can meet the demands of electricity worldwide. "Our organisation has several times raised this issue at various national and international forums. There is an ample scientific evidence to prove that nuclear energy is neither safe nor economical," Chawla said. — TNS



Gang of robbers busted, five arrested in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
With the arrest of five persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of criminals, who were posing as auto-rickshaw driver and passengers and robbing commuters.

The accused have been identified as Nikka Ram of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Deepak Kumar of Ishar Nagar, Sunny Kumar of Basant Nagar, Amarjit Singh of Gill village and Kalu Singh, a resident of Dhillon Nagar. The police nabbed the accused near Ravidas Chowk following a tip-off. The police was informed that the accused posing as an auto-rickshaw driver and passengers were offering a ride to city residents. On the way, they use to rob the victim of their valuables.The police spotted the accused near Ravidas Chowk following an information and raided the spot. They were nabbed and Rs 25,000 was recovered, which they had snatched from the commuters.



Bus driver found dead
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 11
A driver of a private mini bus was found dead in a bus this morning. The incident came to light at around 6 am when some commuters found him dead. The deceased was identified as Gurmail Singh (45), a resident of Badhni village in Moga district. The police handed over the body to the family members after conducting a post mortem at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc on the statement of the decease's wife Pali. SHO Mohamad Jamil said " The victim was probably strangulated to death as a sign of some cloth was found on his throat. But, it would be too early to comment on the cause of death. The actual cause of death would become clear only after receiving the post-mortem report."



Thieves decamp with cash, gold jewellery, mobile phones
Tribune News Service

Ludhana, September 11
Thieves struck at a house in the Shivpuri area and decamped with gold jewellery, cash and mobile phones worth Rs 3.5 lakh.The incident came to light when Anil Jain and his family woke up and were shocked to find their house ransacked.

The almirahs were lying open and cash and jewellery was missing.

The family had returned home at midnight after attending a wedding at Raikot. He said that after returning home all went to sleep. Anil suspected that all the family members were sedated, as all the family members complained of severe headache.

The police and fingerprint expert reached the spot and started the investigation. The police said that the investigations were on and they would soon catch the culprits.



Grocery shop owner assaulted

Ludhiana: A grocery shop owner sustained serious injuries by a sharp-edged weapon, following a clash over a dispute on National Road near Ghumar Mandi hereon Wednesday.The victim, Satish Gupta, owner of Gupta Karyan Store, was rushed to the civil hospital for treatment. According to available information, the grocery store owner and owner of Deep Fashions were at loggerhead and staking their claim to a shop lying vacant.Both the groups were sitting to settle the issue. —TNS



katoch shield
Ludhiana face daunting task ahead
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 11
Needing 208 runs to win, Ludhiana were tottering at 65 for 5 in the second innings on the penultimate day of the match against Mohali in the ongoing Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield being played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Trailing by 46 runs in the first innings, Mohali started the day's proceedings at 51 for 1 and were set to hoist a big total. However, they failed to capitalise upon valuable contributions by their star batsmen, Sunny Sohal (96) and Gurkirat Mann (88) and caved in at 253 runs in the 70th overs.

For Ludhiana, Anil Sihag and stand-in captain, Rahul Singla shared the bowling honours, chipping in with five and three wickets, respectively.

But, hosts' joys were short-lived since reckless batting by top order batsmen forced them on the back foot. At draw of stumps, Ludhiana still required 143 runs for an outright victory with just five wickets in hand.

Brief scores

Mohali (first innings): 202 all out in 60 overs (Gurkirat Mann 22, Mayanak Sidana 18, Bir Virk 27, Anmol Preet 20, Harmit Bansal 31, Maninder Sidhu 15 and Saroop 35 n.o; Amritpal Singh 4 for 59, Rahul Singla 1 for 65, Deepak Bansal 3 for 34, Anil Sihag 1 for 15 and Sukhjinder 1 for 15).

Ludhiana (first innings): 248 all out in 81.5 overs (Geetansh Khera 110, Devender Sidhu 20, Sukhjinder 23, Deepak Bansal 11, Bharat Malhotra 16 and nikhil Chowdhary 16; Varun Khanna 5 for 104 and Maninder 2 for 18).

Mohali (second innings): 253 all out in 68.5 overs ( Gurprit Mandher 25, Sunny Sohal 96, Gurkirat Mann 88; Amritpal Singh 1 for 47, Anil Sihag 5 for 40, Rahul Singla 3 for 33 and Sukhjinder Singh 1 for 80).

Ludhiana (second innings): 65 for 5 in 45 overs ( Sunny Pandey 14, Arjun Puri 2, Anil Sihag 1, Nikhil Chowdhary 16, Geetansh Khera 11, Bharat Malhotra 10, Devender Sidhu 4 n.o; Varun Khanna 2 for 27 and Gurkirat Mann 2 for 30).



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