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Employers booked for murder
Two maidservants were found dead in their employers’ houses
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The city police has booked employers of maidservants who died under mysterious circumstances at Model Town and BRS Nagar on Thursday night.

The police has registered a case against Gurmeet Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, for allegedly killing a 16-year-old girl, identified as Minakshi.

The case was registered on the complaint of Dharampal, the victim's father. In his complaint to the police, the victim’s father said his daughter was working in the house as a maidservant.

Last evening, Gurmeet Singh visited Dharampal's house and complained that Minakshi was not doing her work properly and she would be thrown out of the job.

Dharampal accompanied him to his house in BRS Nagar and was shocked to see Minakshi hanging form a ceiling fan. While

Dharampal was trying to trying to come to terms with the tragic loss, Gurmeet gave him Rs 50,000 and cremated Minakshi’s body.

In a separate incident, Davinder Kaur, wife of Pritpal Singh, a resident of Model Town, was booked for murder and distortion of evidence. The case was registered on the complaint of Rinki, maternal aunt of the victim.

She said her sister and brother-in-law passed away a few years ago after which the couple's two daughters Gaytri (13) and Poonam (7) started living with her.

Recently, Davinder Kaur hired Gyatri as a maidservant. Last night, Rinki's relatives visited her house and asked for Gaytri.

She visited Davinder Kaur’s house and was shocked to find Gyatri dead. She had marks of strangulation around her neck.

Ranki informed the police. The police swooped into action and registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC for murder against Davinder Kaur.


Now, integrated industrial park for the industrial city
Water Front City to be developed by GLADA
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 13
Even as the acquisition of 1,125 acre for integrated urban estate at Sahnewal is marked with uncertainty due to stiff opposition by farmers and land owners of more than half-a-dozen villages, the Punjab Government has issued a yet another notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for the acquisition of 2,106.676 acres for a proposed integrated industrial park (Water Front City) to be developed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA).

While GLADA has set the process in motion for the appointment of a consultant to prepare the layout and detailed proposal for the project. As per tentative plans, the project will have a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential areas.

Going by the land specified in the notification, the project is proposed to be developed on the land falling in Lohara (171.647 acre), Jaspal Bangar (499.585 acre), Garib Nagri (455.438 acre), Natt (358.338 acre), Harnampura (198.848 acre), Dharor (81.125 acre), Pawa (121.200 acre), Brahman Majra (195.505 acre) and Sangowal (24.99 acre).

The notifications issued on September 5, 2013, by the Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of Housing and Urban Development, has authorised the Land Acquisition Collector-cum-Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, to enter upon and survey the land described in the notification and perform all other acts required or permitted under the relevant provisions of the Land Acquisition Act.

As provided in the Section 4 of the Act, the notification says that any person who has an objection to the acquisition of any piece of land specified in the notification may within 30 days of the publication file an objection in writing before the LAC-cum-ACA, GLADA.

Talking to The Tribune, Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, Baldev Singh said the notification under Section 4 for Water Front City, a mixed land use area, was another step towards giving practical shape to the project which was till now on the drawing board. Once the surveys are completed and objections, if any, disposed of, the notification for acquisition of land will be issued by the government.

He said that the owners of the land, proposed to be acquired for this project, would have the option to accept compensation or go in for land pooling as per the existing policy of the government.



Kisan Mela kicks off at PAU campus
Witnesses huge rush of farmers from various parts of the state and country; seeds in great demand
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Heavy rush of farmers on the first day of Kisan Mela at the PAU in Ludhiana on Friday.
Heavy rush of farmers on the first day of Kisan Mela at the PAU in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan
A child looks at artifacts on display.
A child looks at artifacts on display.

Ludhiana, September13
A two-day Kisan Mela began at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. The mela witnessed a huge gathering of farmers. Dr KD Kokate, Deputy-Director General (Agriculture Extension), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, inaugurated the mela. The mela is based on the theme "Parali saad ke jatta, na kar sab da mann khatta (Farmers, do not burn paddy straw, do not evoke people's wrath)."

Impressed by the gathering of farmers, Kokate motivated them to produce their own quality of seeds in order to reduce cultivation costs. He emphasised on introducing the technology-based interaction between the scientists and the farmers.

Presiding over the mela, the PAU VC, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, said that the farmers were the real farm experts and their participation in mela provided an opportunity to the scientists to gather feedbacks. Stressing upon the farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies, he advocated the use of leaf colour chart (LCC) for need-based application of nitrogen fertilizer and described the technology (LCC) as “hari daati”.
Farmers carry bags of seeds on a rickshaw
Farmers carry bags of seeds on a rickshaw.

Dhillon suggested the farmers to form cooperative groups for efficient marketing of agriculture produce and for proper utilisation of farm machinery. Exhorting the rural youth to toil hard in life, he advised them to adopt agriculture as their profession and stay away from social evils. Disclosing that the PAU had signed a pact with the Gujarat State Seed Cooperation, he said that the Punjab farmers would get Bt cotton seeds at a cheaper rate in the near future.

Highlighting the research achievements of the PAU, Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, informed that the university had developed 727 varieties of different crops/hybrids since its inception, of which 130 crop varieties had been released at the national level. He presented key outlines of the newly released varieties like PBW 658 of wheat, PMH-7 of maize, DK 3849 of sunflower, besides highlighting various other crop varieties.

Kokate and Dhillon presented certificates of appreciation to the two PAU heads of departments, Dr. Ashok Kumar (processing and food engineering) and Dr RK Ghumber (plant breeding and genetics). Besides they honoured Dr Om Gauri Dutt Sharma, DDG, Doordarshan, Jalandhar, and S Parbhat Singh, progressive farmer. The dignitaries released a set of PAU publications.

six farmers awarded
Kulwaran Singh Atwal of Bhikha Nangal village, Jalandhar district, with the "Parwasi Bharti Award 2013,"
Sarbjit Singh of Kalsiyan village (near Raikot), Ludhiana district, with "Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award 2013,"
Baljit Singh of Uppali village, Sangrur district, with "Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award 2013,"
Kulwant Kaur of Amrala village, Fatehgarh Sahib district, with "Jagbir Kaur Memorial Innovative Woman Farmer Award 2013,"
Nirbhai Singh of Sukha Singh Wala village, Bathinda district, with "Surjit Singh Dhillon Award 2013,"
Gurdial Singh of Raipur Kalan village, Amritsar district, with "Surjit Singh Dhillon Award 2013".

Wheat variety HD 2967 a hit
Vegetable kits and seeds of different crops were in great demand amongst the farmers, who came to participate in the Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University today. Dr HS Randhawa, Director (Seeds), PAU, said seeds of crops, including HD-2967 of wheat, PL-426 and PL 807 of barley, GPF 2 and PBG 5 of gram, and GSC 6 of gobhi sarson, were sold like hot cakes. Besides, other varieties like DBW 17, PBW 175, PBW 373, PBW 550, PBW 621, and PBW 658 of wheat, GSC 5 of gobhi sarson, TL 17 of toria, LC 2063 of linseed, LL 699 and LL931 of lentil, PBRG 1 of rye grass, RLC 1 and PBR 91 of raya, and 'kent' of oat were also in demand amongst farmers. Randhawa said that the farmers were keen to purchase seeds of vegetables including brinjal, carrot, chinese cabbage, coriander, garlic, methi, onion, palak, pea, radish and turnip



advance Tax
Notices served on taxpayers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The Income Tax Department has shot off notices to around 500 taxpayers, including companies and individuals, for not paying advance tax. The due date for paying the first instalment of the tax is September 15.

“A taxpayer whose liability is more than Rs 10,000 after getting tax exemption and deducting TDS is liable to pay advance tax. The tax is paid in three instalments and the last date for paying the instalment is September 15. Since September 15 is Sunday, the tax payers can deposit the amount till September 16. The department has shot off notices to those who have not paid their tax till now," said a senior official.

He said those who do not pay their advance tax on time would be required to pay interest on the amount. 30 per cent of the advance tax has to be paid in the first instalment by September 15 while another 30 per by December 15. The remaining amount has to be paid by March 15, 2014.

Taxation lawyer Jatinder Khurana said according to the new amendments made in the law, it was not mandatory to pay advance tax for senior citizens who do not have professional income or business.



Deceased’s relatives stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Angered relatives of Inderjit Singh, who committed suicide following a land dispute, staged dharna against the accused Gurvinderpal Singh today.

The deceased's relatives gathered at Field Gunj and demanded the arrest of Gurvinder Singh. Inderjit Singh committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a house in the Field Gunj.

The police registered a case against Gurvinder Singh under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide.

Vehicle thief nabbed

The city police has nabbed a vehicle lifter and recovered two stolen cars from him. The accused has been identified as Gurkaran Singh of Kahan Singh Wala village.

The accused was nabbed on Thursday evening while he was travelling in a stolen car. During interrogation, the accused confessed that he had stolen another vehicle. The police has recovered two cars, Tata Indica and Toyota Corolla.



15th pashu palan mela
Diversification within livestock professions the need of the hour, says vet varsity VC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, inaugurated its 15th Pashu Palan Mela with the theme "Kheti vibhinnta da eh uttam badal, chitey ,neeley inqlab nu karo safal." (The best option of agriculture diversification is to develop livestock professions and fisheries). Dr KD Kokate Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension) inaugurated the mela. Dr BS Dhillon, VC, PAU, was the guest of honour on the occasion. Dr VK Taneja, Vice -Chancellor, GADVASU, said that diversification within the livestock professions was also the need of the hour.

GADVASU experts showcased all research, education and extension programmes at the Pashu Palan mela for the benefit of livestock farmers. Organised twice a year in March and September it brings with its zest and excitement. The two-day event at the Mela ground of GADVASU provides a platform for farmers, scientists, extension workers, dairy officers, fodder and fisheries officers, various veterinary pharmaceuticals and agribusiness firms and banking sectors to showcase latest information, knowledge, technologies and schemes which has come up in the livestock sector.

Dr RS Sahota, Director of Extension Education, revealed that a large number of people showed their interest in taking up goat, pig and fishery farming and especially enquired about their training programmes. University publications on different subjects of livestock farming were also available. Different departments of the university provided useful literature to the farmers. Various departments of College of Vet Sciences put up their stall in the mela and tried their best to transfer valuable inputs and recommendations to the farmers. The excellent germplasm of the university such as cows, buffaloes, goats, pigs, poultry, emu and quails were demonstrated to the livestock farmers.

A separate question answer session was held for the livestock farmers where the farmers' queries were addressed. The experts delivered talks on the various aspects of livestock, poultry and fish farming and the mechanism and procedures to overcome the common problems faced by them. Live demonstrations on the various aspects along with mastitis diagnosing kit, teat dip practice and acaricide drug application were also demonstrated to the farmers.



Paddy straw put to several use
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, september13
Following the theme of the Kisan Mela being organised by Punjab Agricultural University, the students' of the College of Home Sciences displayed decorative artifacts made from paddy straw during the mela.

The students of the College of Home Sciences made several decorative artifacts to convey the farmers about the importance of paddy straw.

"We want to convey the massage to the farmers that the paddy straw is very useful as we can use it for several purposes. We have made these artifacts by using the straw. The farmers who visited our stall were impressed after seeing these artifacts", said a student.

"It is really impressive way to educate the farmers about the uses of paddy. We often burn the paddy to vacate the fields. I was aware about the uses of the paddy, but today I was surprised to see that such beautiful articles could also be made from it", Kultar Singh, said a farmer.

Mann Singh Toor, an artist, said, "Art is the best medium to convey the message about big concerns in a simple way. I feel that farmers can learn from these decorative pieces that the thing which they consider useless can be used to make such beautiful things". 



Street plays spread message against social evils
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Students of the PAU performed street plays to spread message against social evils at Kisan Mela. Two different troops of students staged street plays on various areas of the campus.

A drama team led by Kirandeep Kaur performed a play on the agrarian crisis of Punjab. The play depicts the problems of agrarian society of the state. Kirandeep Kaur said, "We have staged five shows. Our team made an effort to show the problems of marginal farmers which led their suicides".Meanwhile, the Punjab Agricultural University Young Writer's Form led by Jaspreet Singh and Nirjeet Singh staged a street play "Sting Operation" at various locations. The play was based on the dowry system. Sarabjit Singh, director of the play said, "The play was written by Dr Satyanand Sewak, founder of thePAU Young Young Writer's Form. The dowry system is prevalent in rural society. The play motivates the youths to peak against the evil".



Ticking taste buds at their favourite eateries

Ludhiana, August 13
Farmers who visit the Kisan Mela from every nook and corner of the state to get knowledge about various aspects of agriculture go for traditional food from the eateries at the PAU and GADVASU.

Interestingly, the eateries inside the PAU campus offer jalabies, pakoras, laddoos and other traditional food items one can find in the regular meals of Punjab. Some of the regular visitors have their set favourite eatries.

"I have been visiting the Kisan Mela for the past 25 years. I look forward to coming here as some of the eateries here serve very tasty food. So we prefer to eat from those particular eateries only", said a farmer.Meanwhile, different mouth watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies like sweetened and salted lassi, flavoured milk, yoghurt, sweets, whey drink, paneer, milk cake, dhoda barfi, meat patties, different types of meat pickles prepared by the College of Dairy Science and Technology and the Department of Livestock Products Technology are on sale. Meat cutlets, meat samosa, egg jam are the main attractions at the mela. — TNS



UCPMA poll today
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The stage is set for the United Cycle and Parts Association (UCPMA) polls. With the elections slated for tomorrow, both the factions have left no stone unturned to woo voters. The polling will be held on September 14 and the timings for the same will be 8.10 am to 4 pm.

Being the largest cycle and cycle parts association of Asia, the elections for the association are very important. The cycle and cycle parts manufacturers are the members of the association. The UCPMA has 2,200 members of which 1,500 are small-scale manufacturers, 400 are bug industrialists while 300 belong to big corporate houses. The term of one executive committee is for two years.

Industrialists spend huge money on the elections. Dinners are being hosted by both the groups and they are trying their best to win the small-scale associations to their side.

Allegations and counter allegations have been the part of the election campaigning so far.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, present president of UCPMA, said if he won the elections his main agenda would be to pursue the government to impose anti-dumping duty on cycle and cycle parts.

Meanwhile, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, who was the president of the association in 2009, said, "My main agenda will be to promote the small-scale sector. The corporate sector needs no promotion, no subsidies, so my trust will lie upon the development of small manufacturers. During my tenure, I worked to uplift the small manufacturers and if again given a chance, I will religiously work towards the development of the small sector," he said.

Small-scale manufacturers hold the key
The UCPMA has 2,200 members of which 1,500 are small-scale manufacturers, 400 are big industrialists while 300 belong to corporate houses. The term of one executive committee is for two years.



delhi gangrape
City hails court’s decision
Lovleen Bains

Ludhiana/Doraha, September 13
Almost every section of society, including the social activists, educationists, lawyers, students, doctors, intellectuals, womenfolk and the general public has hailed the decision of the Delhi local court of awarding death penalty to the four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape case.

Harpreet Sandhu, a practicing criminal lawyer and former Additional Advocate General, Punjab, termed it to be a landmark judgment under the amended Section 376-D of the Indian Penal Code.

“This way our judicial system has proved that it has particular responsibilities and obligations to the society, the justice has been initiated by the trial court at Saket”, he said.

“This will definitely leave an impact. The stringent verdict sentence will at least send a bold message to such unscrupulous elements who indulge in heinous crime and moreover such judgements will also create fear in their minds. I hope in future the relevant trial courts in our country also initiate trials in serious cases of rape keeping this particular case as a precedence”, Sandhu added.

“The judgement has saved thousands of Daminis from being molested in future by such barbaric persons. The court has given the most appropriate punishment to the four accused and nothing less than this could have healed the wounds of her parents” expressed Roop Brar, president, Guru Nanak National School.

Nirmal Rishi, a freelance film and theatre artiste said “This is the most befitting punishment any court could have given to the rapists. This will definitely teach a lesson to those who have perverted minds and defiled thoughts for their female counterparts. The juvenile too should not be left scot-free. He also deserves harsh punishment.”

“It would definitely prove as a deterrent to such crimes. It is a landmark decision and has come as a solace for the victims’ family who have been living in agony and pain ever since they lost their daughter,” said Dr Chandip Kaur, a college professor.

“I am elated at the verdict. This truly proves that justice has been done and people can repose faith in law” said Suzi George, Principal, Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur.

Dr Gursaran Sidhu , a surgeon of Doraha, said “Justice has finally been done, but the juvenile should also be brought to book. The pronouncement should be based on the degree of offence committed and not on the age of the offender. He deserves a harsher punishment”.

“I hope with this verdict, incidents of molestation rapes and eve teasing comes to a standstill. Justice has finally prevailed, said a housewife.

Dr Narinder Kaur Sandhu, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, said, “Such criminals should have been given such a punishment. The decision has proved that courts are still alive to the sentiments of the people. It will definitely set an example for others to follow.”



Doraha road a shambles
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 13
The road under the Doraha bridge is "no one’s baby", if one goes by the versions of various departments, who seemed to be owing the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the road. The Doraha Municipal Council contends that the PWD is responsible for its maintenance, but the PWD refused to adopt it by putting the onus on the the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). But, The NHAI too rejected the claim by saying that it does not fall under their scope of work.

The road has developed potholes. In the absence of any re-carpeting, coupled with the poor maintenance, the condition of the road is pitiable. A commuter said, “What a big joke it is. Nobody is ready to take the responsibility."

“This is a major link road to the National Highway. All those coming from the Chandigarh-Neelon side and going towards Ludhiana take this road to reach the NH-1," said a villager. Earlier, the Doraha Municipal had said that the road did not fall under their purview. The MC had put the responsibility on the Public Works Department.

BS Tuli, XEN of the PWD Department, said, “It is the responsibility of the NHAI. Now, it is a part of the service lane and only the NHAI will cater to it sooner or later.

However, the spokesperson of Soma Isolux, said, “The bridge is not under our scope of work as per the Concession Agreement. No obligation lies with the concessionaire for this bridge”. The SDM, Payal, was not available for comments.



‘Company Law, a boon to business houses’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
A two-day regional conference was today organised by Northern India Regional Council of Institutes of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The seminar was hosted by the Ludhiana chapter of professional and entrepreneur partnership.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Health and Family Welfare and Social Security and Development of Women and Children for Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Punjab, Madan Mohan Mittal, inaugurated the conference. Mittal said the conference was much needed, as due to the expansion of businesses and increased number of regulations, various challenges are being faced by the entrepreneurs which in turn emerge out as opportunities for the professionals.

Guest of honour, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, said the Act makes it mandatory for the companies to utilize resources on social welfare, empower the investors against frauds committed by promoters, encourage the companies to have women directors, and seek to bring in a greater transparency in matters relating to corporate governance, such as the salaries of the executives and the role played by the auditors.

MG Jindal, chairman, Northern India Regional Council of ICSI, said, “The new Company Law will provide enhanced disclosures. It will offer an increased accountability of independent directors, lay improved corporate governance norms, and strict enforcement processes.” The new law will prove a boon to business houses, as it will help improving transparency and its regulation, said Jindal. A former president of the ICSI, Nesar Ahmad, said, “After the President assent and notification in the Official Gazette, the new law will come into force.”



Sensitising rural women of their rights

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 13
Management of Bhutta College of Education launched a coordinated movement, with intent to sensitise rural women to their rights and responsibilities. Besides spreading awareness through plays and dramas, an awareness march was also organised on the occasion.

Former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha was the chief guest on the occasion and the rally was presided over by principal Dr Sonu Grewal. Mandeep Bhullar, convener of the project, said, “About 400 students and teachers marched through Bhutta, Butahri, Mukandpur, Rurka, Ghawadi, Paddi, Guram, Shankar and Khatra villages. Slogans were raised to apprise the young girls and women of their rights and responsibilities. — OC



Departure of Dimple Rana a wake-up call for Dist Cong
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
A day after a former district Youth Congress chief, Dimple Rana, joined the Akali Dal, the reverberations of the loyalty-shift were felt in the District Congress. District Mahila Congress (Rural) chief Neelam Kohli today said the District Congress leaders should stop ignoring party workers and members of the Youth and Mahila wings. "It's time for the party leaders to shed complacency and wake up to the needs of the party workers. Many grievances of the party workers remain unaddressed," said Kohli.

"It is unfortunate that a leader like Dimple Rana has left the party. Had the party leaders assuaged his hurt feelings, the Congress would not have lost an able leader."

In a similar refrain, Punjab Pradesh Congress Secretary and a member of the Central Board of Film Certification showman, Satish Sharma, claimed that the party workers are discontented.

Blaming the District Congress Committee (DCC), Ludhiana (Urban), Chief Pawan Dewan, for ignoring the party workers' problems, he said he will send a representation in this regard to senior Congress leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, MP Manish Tewari and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Chief Partap Singh Bajwa. Dewan said the DCC has always kept the concerns of the party workers in the forefront. "We keep conducting meetings from time to time at various levels. There is no question of the party workers being ignored," he added.

Meanwhile, two Congress leaders were not present in today's monthly review meeting of the District Congress. MLA Surinder Dawar was away for some meeting at Chandigarh, while MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu
said was not in town. However, Ashu said he had informed Punjab Congress General Secretary Arvind Khanna a day earlier about his inability to attend the meeting because of some prior commitments.



72-year-old operated for kidney tumor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Partial Nephrectomy for kidney's inter-polar tumor was performed on a 72-year-old man, by Dr Dig Vijay Singh, Consultant, Urology, Mohandai Oswal Hospital. The patient was referred to the hospital from Washington, USA. This is the first surgery of this kind performed in the hospital, said Dr Singh.

The main technique and expertise of the operation lies in controlling the bleeding from the kidneys and taking sutures from the fragile kidney tissue, said Dr Singh. 



sanchar colony
Quarters allotted without prior notification, entitlement

Ludhiana, September 13
Malpractice in the allotment of type-V quarters at Sanchar Colony have come to the fore. The authorities concerned have allegedly been found allotting accommodations without issuing prior notifications and that too to officials who are not entitled for the same.

This came to light through an RTI application filed by Jita Singh, retired Deputy General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.

In reply to the RTI application filed by Jita Singh, the authorities concerned accepted that the said quarters were issued to the persons who were not entitled for the type-V quarters and admitted that the notification was not issued. — TNS



Hindi Pakhwara concludes at BSNL office

Ludhiana, September 13
The Hindi Pakhwara (fortnight) concluded today at the BSNL office. The fortnight saw employees speak and work in Hindi.

The BSNL offices are directed by the BSNL headquarters to celebrate Hindi fortnight before the Hindi Diwas on September 14. All the employees at the BSNL offices are being encouraged to speak in Hindi. The employees wrote essays, dictation, writings, Hindi vocabulary during the competitions organised for them. The employees from all the BSNL offices in the district were called for a two-hour celebrations at the BSNL head office in the city at Bharat Nagar. The language sessions are being attended by 60 employees, both from the officers and clerical ranks.

“A Hindi Kavya Sammelan will also be organised ahead of Hindi Diwas,” said Rajinder Singh from the BSNL office. — TNS



from colleges
Welcome party

A welcome party was organised for the students of USPC Jain College of Professional Studies, an associate College of GNDU, Amritsar. This party was organised for welcoming the founder students of the college. MP Jain welcomed the students and encouraged them to succeed in life. Students performed gidda which was followed by solo dance. Paramjeet was declared Miss Fresher and Tarsem Mr Fresher.

Save fuel

Academic Social and Cultural Organization, a unit of KLSD College, Ludhiana, on Friday visited almost all colleges in the city. The principals were urged to ask students to come on foot or on bicycle once or twice in a week to save fuel and check pollution.


PHILLAUR: The computer science department of DRV DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, organised a workshop on multimedia tools. A team of three experts from OXL School of Multimedia, Jalandhar, conducted the workshop. The experts dwelt on latest technologies and career opportunities in multimedia. They showed how the software tools could be used in 2D and 3D animations, games and movies. Principal Dr SK Mahajan welcomed the guests and participants. — TNS



from schools
Ganpati mahotsava

The 100 feet statue of Lord Ganesha was offered bananas, ladoos and 56 delicacies. The third Ganpati Mahotsava was organised by the Sidh Data Sewa Society outside Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass. A swarm of devotees was seen at Sidh Data Temple on the fifth day of the festival on Friday. Singer Sachin Mann sang devotional songs in the evening. President of Sidh Data Sewa Society Rajesh Rudhra addressed the devotees.

Hindi Diwas

Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated Hindi Diwas with enthusiasm and zeal. To commemorate the day, students of Montessori wing presented story narration in Hindi. The winners were given certificate. To highlight the importance of the language, students of Classes I and II did calligraphy in Hindi. Teachers also conducted spell well competition for students of Classes III to V. Debates, impromptu speech and essay writing competitions were also held. Headmistresses Ritu Syal said the day was observed on September 14 after the Constituent Assembly proclaimed Hindi as the national language in 1949.

SDP School

Hindi Diwas was celebrated with zeal on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, under the guidance of the president of the school, Balraj Kumar Bhasin. Students recited poems and delivered a lecture on the importance of the day. The birthday of Baba Shri Chand was also celebrated on the occasion. Students delivered a lecture on the life of Baba Shri Chand. A mock drill on fire safety was also held on the occasion.

Ryan International School

Holding fast to the tradition and culture, Hindi Diwas was celebrated at Ryan International School, Chandigarh Road, on Friday. Students of Classes III to V participated in ‘hasya kavi pratiyogita’ which was held in three rounds. The finalist from the first and second round participated in the final round. The competition was judged by Kusum Maini, assistant professor, Mai Bhago College, and Vinay Maini. The winners Parv Jain (Class III), Kshitij Bansal (Class IV) and Hemish (Class V) were felicitated by the judges. — TNS



Autumn-Moon Festival begins in city

Ludhiana: The 10-day Autumn-Moon Festival started at Park Plaza on Friday. This is harvesting festival in many East-Asian countries, including China, Thailand and Vietnam, said executive chef Rajinder Sareen. "We have added various dishes from different East Asian countries to the menu to give people an enriching culinary experience," he said.

This festival is also known as the Reunion Festival when the families and friends get-together and enjoy moon cakes. The holiday is celebrated with fireworks, hanging lanterns and consumption of large amounts of mao-tao, according to Umeish Yadav, executive assistant Manager, Park Plaza. — TNS



Hawala racket busted, man held with Rs 24.8 lakh
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 13
A person was held with Rs 24.8 lakhs at a naka by the Khanna police. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Sushil Kumar said, “A team of police was deployed at a naka and were checking all the commuters with a motive to curb the growth of illegal activities, which is usually at its peak at night.” The accused was travelling from Delhi to Jalandhar in a bus, when the police grew suspicious of the accused and checked his bag. The alleged accused has been identified as Baljit Singh, a resident of Rameedi village, Kapurthla.

The SSP said the accused has confessed to have delivered hawala amount on earlier occasions as well, at different places of Punjab and Haryana. It was his biggest assignment, said Kumar.

“The accused used to work as a wielder, but due to a meager salary and poor financial condition, he failed to afford a two-time meal for his family. The wife of the accused then approached her cousin for work, who readily gave Baljit work under his hawala business,” said the SSP. Baljit used to get Rs 11,000 per assignment. Her cousin has been identified as Harvinder Singh, a resident of Chandigarh.

“Harvinder used to operate the hawala racket from Chandigarh. His cousin from the USA apparently used to notify him about the person who required the hawala amount, and Harvinder used to deliver the required amount to the person in India. They both worked as a team,” said Kumar.

The SSP said the case will be referred to Enforce Department for further course of action. Harvinder Singh, the kingpin of the hawala racket, will also be questioned. An appropriate action will be taken against him as well, said the SSP.



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