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Single girl child left in the cold
On free education, school principals say CBSE directive not mandatory
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in a major initiative for girls’ education in the country may have decided to provide free education to the single girl child in the family, but a majority of the schools in the district, refuse to obey the directives by saying that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had not made it mandatory for them to follow the directive, and that it was optional for the schools to opt for such incentives.

Though, it has been mentioned clearly that all schools, seeking affiliation to the CBSE will have to give total fee waiver to every girl who is a single child of her parents. The fee waiver should be made available from class VI upto class XII. Similarly, if the only two children in the family are girls, both of them will be entitled to a 50 per cent concession in fees.

Expressing ignorance over such recent instructions either by the CBSE or by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, a majority of the principals of schools said that unless they received clear instructions, they would not offer such incentives.

Harmeet Kaur, principal, Nankana Public School, said that the first notification in this regard came from the CBSE about two years ago. "Later, there were some changes in scholarships. But we have not got any fresh notification in this regard. We will adhere to whatever the CBSE instructs, but any such directive has to come from the Board", said Harmeet Kaur.

Similarly, Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM School, said that the Board had not made it mandatory for schools to follow such directives. "But if the students are needy and they can not afford to pay the fees, we do provide free or discounted education", said the principal.

Ajay Sharma, a resident, said that he had a single girl child, studying at a school here, but the school management had refused to obey the CBSE directives, following which former had lodged a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner recently. 

What CBSE says

All schools seeking affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Education will have to give a total fee waiver to every girl who is a single child of her parents. The fee waiver should be made available from class VI to class XII. Similarly, if the only two children in the family are girls, both of them will be entitled to a 50 per cent concession in fees.


Richie rich dream lands 19-yr-old domestic help behind bars
Buys LED TV, DVD, new mobile phone, expensive clothes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday.
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, September 23
Merely a few hours after committing a theft, a 19- year-old youth, who used to work as a domestic help in the house where he had committed the theft, purchased LED TV, DVD, new mobile phone and a lot of expensive clothes.

The accused identified as Ravi Kumar from Uttar Pradesh admitted that he was taken in by greed and wanted to become rich overnight.

The police after arresting him conducted a raid at the migrant quarters in BRS Nagar and recovered Rs 2 lakh cash, eight tola gold and an two imported pistols from his possession.

It was on September 21, when Talwinder, a resident of Kharadian Bazar, informed the police that thieves had struck at his house by breaking the grill and had decamped with cash, gold ornaments and imported pistols, all materials costing worth lakhs of rupees.

He said that the thieves had trespassed into the house by cutting the iron grills of a window.

Prima facie the theft appeared to be a handiwork of an insider. The police collected the details of the domestic help who had been working in the house.

Talwinder said that Ravi and his brother were sacked from the job nearly six months ago. The police raided at the Ravi’s quarter. His new mobile phone raised the suspicion of Sanjeev Kapoor, SHO, Derasi.

He was soon picked up and during the interrogation Ravi confessed to have committed the theft. He said that he wanted to buy good clothes, DVD, LED and a smart phone. He said that he wanted to enjoy the luxuries life just like his owner, the police said.



Unauthorised colonies: Plot, property owners keen on regularisation, developers shying away
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 23
Even after the revised policy on regularisation was announced by the Punjab Government on August 20, 2013, and the last date for filing applications (October 4, 2013) is fast approaching, the developers of unauthorised colonies are still shying away, if the applications received till now by the Municipal Corporation and the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) is any indication. However, individual plot and property owners are apparently keen to get their properties in unlicenced colonies regularised.

GLADA officials said, just 33 developers out of the total of more than 1,700 colonies located in the jurisdiction of GLADA, had filed their applications for the regularisation of colonies till September 20, 2013. In stark contrast, more than 3,220 plot holders and another 1,170 owners of built up properties had come forward for regularisation. The applicants had deposited a total amount of Rs 10.15 crore by way of composition fee, development charges, application money and licence fee.

As far as colonies located within the city limit are concerned, the developers have chosen to stay away from the process of regularisation, till now. The MC officials said not even a single coloniser had submitted their application for regularisation of the unlicenced colonies, whose number stood at 300.

The plot and property owners in the city, it seems, are taking full advantage of the revised policy on regularisation of their respective properties. The MC had, till September 20, 2013, received 2,506 applications from individual property owners, generating a revenue of Rs 4.04 crore in the process.

Of the four zones in the city, zone D with more than 1,000 applications and regularisation fee of Rs 1.73 crore leads the pack followed by the zone B with 675 applications and fee of Rs 1.01 crore. In zone A, the number of applications stands at 393 (revenue Rs 66.11 lakh) while in zone C, 359 applications and regularisation fee of Rs 49 lakh have been received. Another 75 applications were filed with the MC headquarters with a fee of Rs 15 lakh for regularisation, the MC officials said.

violators to be penalised

Both the MC and GLADA authorities made it clear that the developers of unlicenced colonies as well as plot and property owners in these colonies would face penal action, including demolition of structures and properties, as per the provisions of the policy, if they failed to file their applications along with the requisite fee for regularisation of colonies, plots and properties by the stipulated date.



Killer of ASI Gurdial nabbed from Rohini in Delhi
Leads to credit war; city police says joint operation, Delhi Police says they nabbed him
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, September 23
The man who shot and killed ASI Gurdial Singh in 2011 was nabbed by the city police from Delhi yesterday.

The arrest of Karanvir led to a credit war between Delhi and the city police. While the city police claimed that Karanvir Singh, alias Ujwal, who has several assumed names, was nabbed following a joint operation with the Delhi Police from Rohini in Delhi.

The Delhi Police's special cell stated they had nabbed Karanvir from Punjabi Pind restaurant where he was working as a cashier. The city police said that Karanvir's father was a riot victim and migrated to the city in mid-80s.

Karanvir returned to Delhi in 2007 and started working as a cashier at a restaurant.

He returned to the city in 2011 and formed a gang along with Jaswant Singh, who was arrested in July and is currently in jail. The police said that Karanvir and Jaswant were behind nearly 300 snatchings."There modus operandi was simple. Karanvir and Jaswant used to target people going for morning walks. They were in possession of a pistol and used to rob people of their belongings at pistol point. The duo had spread panic in Pakhowal, Model Town and surrounding area," said Satish Malhotra, ACP(crime).

Recalling the incident, Ajay Kumar, his helper who survived the incident, said on March 18, Gurdial received a tip-off that robbers, who had targeted an industrialist at gunpoint at Atam Nagar, had been spotted in the area. Gurdial saw two motorcycle-borne youths near the Hero Bakery and chased them in his car. The suspects entered Vishal Nagar and were intercepted by Gurdial, head constable Amarjit Kumar and Ajay Sharma. They asked the suspects to surrender, but Jaswant clasped the ASI while Karanvir fired a shot. ASI Gurdial was shot in the head and fell on the road. Amarjit Singh, who had a mere stick in his hand, ran for cover.

Ajay Sharma too had sustained bullet injury while trying to nab the snatchers. After struggling for nearly 18 days, Gurdail succumbed to the bullet injury.

SHO Gurpreet Singh said the accused will be interrogated and the police will try to extract more information from him. The police was also collected the details as to where the accused used to sell the snatched items.

Karanvir shot at Gurdial

On March 18, Gurdial received a tip-off that robbers, who had targeted an industrialist at gunpoint at Atam Nagar, had been spotted in the area. Gurdial saw two motorcycle-borne youths near the Hero Bakery and chased them in his car. The suspects entered Vishal Nagar and were intercepted by ASI Gurdial Singh, head constables Amarjit Kumar and Ajay Sharma. They asked the suspects to surrender, but Jaswant clasped the ASI while Karanvir fired a shot. ASI Gurdial was shot in the head and fell on the road. After struggling for nearly 18 days, Gurdail succumbed to the bullet injury.



Govt cracks the whip on transferred officials
Will have to vacate houses within stipulated time
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Retaining government houses for long, even after being transferred from Ludhiana district, will not be an easy task now for officials, now.

As per the amended notification by the Department of Personnel, Government of Punjab, any officer, who has been posted elsewhere in the state, will be given two months' time to vacate his/her house, else, he will not be allowed to draw his salary.

The communication by the Personnel Department has already been sent to the officials, including Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of the Divisions, the Registrar, the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Sub-Divisional Magistrates etc to make sure that the amended notification is implemented in toto.

As per the letter, it was brought to the notice of the government that many officials, after their transfer to another district, retained the government accommodations (houses) allotted to them (while they were serving in Ludhiana), while those replacing them in Ludhiana district, were facing inconvenience as houses could not be allotted to the new officials. Further, the government also admitted that this had cast a shadow on the performance of the officials, too.

Keeping this in mind, it has been directed that two months or upto the date of occupation of the house at the new station of posting (whichever is earlier), if the official/employee concerned does not vacate the house as per the provisions and unauthorisedly retains the same, in that case his/her pay will not be drawn by the Drawing and Disbursing Officer concerned till he/she vacates the house and settles the rent under the rules for the said unauthorised period.

The officials, posted elsewhere, have been retaining their government accommodations and a majority of the government houses for the officials are located in the posh areas like Mall Road, Rakh Bagh, Civil Lines etc of the city where the price of the land is exorbitant. 



Junior Athletics Championship
SAI athlete clinches bronze at Kochi
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Athlete Baljinder Singh brings laurels in the long jump event
Athlete Baljinder Singh brings laurels in the long jump event

Ludhiana September 23
Baljinder Singh, a trainee at the centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) won a bronze medal in the long jump event this morning at the National Inter-Zonal Junior Athletics Championship being organised in Kochi (Kerala).

Baljinder bagged the third position by jumping a distance of 7 meter on the first day of the championship.

SS Pannu, Centre Incharge of the Sports Authority of India, was happy with the performance of Baljinder Singh. Pannu said Baljinder was a very committed player and I was expecting a medal from him at the championship.

Student of BA-I year at SCD Government College, Baljinder has been practicing under the guidance of SAI coaches since 2009. He had clinched silver medal in the National Junior Athletic Federation Cup held at Pune in 2012. He jumped 7.22 meter in the Federation Cup.

Last year, he also won a silver medal in the National School Game by covering a distance of 7meter.

"We were expecting a medal from him and he did a very good job. We have many hopes from him. We hope that he has a good future", Pannu said. 



Drudgery of dark days, darker nights
Unable to afford a rented accommodation, migrants spend nights in the open
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said: There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

Picture this: A labourer works for 18 hours, thinking his employer will pay him well, but ends up getting a meagre sum, not adequate even to buy a square meal.

Pay a visit to Ferozepur Road at night and you will come across many such people who have been struggling to make ends meet.

Unaware of the latest happening, they are seen jostling for space where they can spend a night.

They have come from far-off places and for them footpaths are a home away from home. They brave heat, chill and are aware of the fact that no one will come to help them.

It is their inner strength that keeps them going.

Sleeping on his rickshaw, Vishnu, who has come from West Bengal, said, "I have been spending nights on footpaths for the past 30 years. I cannot afford a rented accommodation."

When asked if he was comfortable sleeping alongside roads, he laughed saying he had no other option.

Sunder Lal, another migrant from Samastipur, Bihar, said, "Trees protect us from scorching heat. Rented accommodation is not a viable option as I have to send money home every month. I have five children to look after."

At a time, when the city is in the grip of vector-borne diseases, these families have no option but to wait for help. Holding her two-month-old baby in her arms, Sangeena, a migrant from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, said, "I cover my baby with a dupatta. We have a hut on a roadside, but cannot sleep there as it is hot and humid."

Her husband, who was giving final touches to an idol of Lord Ganesha, said,"With the prices of essential commodities going through the roof, we can't think of putting up in a rented room. Everything is so expensive." 



Over 500 benefit from free tests, consultation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
A free medical and heart check-up camp was organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute at Shree Sidh Peeth Dandi Swami Mandir.

A team of doctors and technicians, led by chief cardiologist of the institute Dr GS Wander, examined around 250 patients.

The team made people aware of heart ailments and gave tips to prevent these. Expressing concern over the growing number of cardiac diseases, Dr Wander said: "The current statistics show an alarming incidence of heart diseases among youngsters in India. The problem has reached epidemic proportions."

Diagnostic tests including echocardiography, ECG and blood sugar tests were conducted free of cost. The attendees were also able to seek free consultation from experts.

Dr Surinder Gupta-led National Integrated Medical Association team, meanwhile, orgainsed a free camp for diabetes patients at the same venue. Over 290 people visited the camp for free consultation. Free blood glucose test and neuropathy test were also conducted. Free medicines were given to patients.

Dr Gupta said a person should not panic if higher glucose levels were detected in the blood.

“First of all consult a doctor to know whether you are pre-diabetic or diabetic,” he said.



PU youth fest kicks off in city
Tribune News Service

Students take part in the shabad recital competition at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Monday.
Students take part in the shabad recital competition at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 23
The Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University commenced at the Khalsa College for Women today. Eleven colleges from the Zone-B of Ludhiana are participating in the four-day event. The day started with the lighting of lamp by Dr Nirmal Jaura, director, youth welfare, PU.

A variety of events took place on the first day with the aim to make participants realise their potential. The coming days will help in developing a sense of competitive spirit, cooperation and leadership among them.

The top three positions in various events were secured by the following:

Classical vocal

Amarpreet Kaur (Khalsa College for Women), Manpreet Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College, Harminder Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College)

Shabad/bhajan (group)

Guru Nanak Girls College, Ramgarhia Girls College, DD Jain Memorial College for Women

Shabad/bhajan (individual)

Anureet Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College), Reetika Vig (DD Jain Memorial College for Women, Charandeep Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College)

Creative writing (story)

Ria Bedi (Khalsa College for Women), Ashanpreet Kaur (DD Jain Memorial College), Aastha Parmar (Government College for Girls)

Creative writing (essay)

Sunayana Malik (Master Tara Singh Memorial College), Prabhjot Kaur (Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women), Sonia Yadav (SDP College for Women)

Creative writing (poem)

Harjeet Kaur (DD Jain Memorial College), Kirandeep Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College), Gopica Anand (Guru Nanak Khalsa College)


Rupinderjeet Kaur (AS College for Women), Amandeep Kaur (Master Tara Singh Memorial Colelge), Jasleen Kaur (Khalsa College for Women)


Manisha Rani (Government College for Girls), Shanno (DD Jain Memorial College), Manpreet kaur (AS College for Women, Khanna)


Parminder Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College), Gurpreet Kaur (Khalsa College), Sandeep Kumari (Government College for Girls)

Mehandi design

Swati Jain (Guru Nanak Girls College), Harmanjot Kaur (Mata Ganga Khalsa College), Vanita (Master Tara Singh Memorial College)


Rupinder Kaur (Mata Ganga Khalsa College), Jasleen Kaur (Government College for Girls), Amandeep Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College)


Shivani (Government College for Girls), Priya (SDP College for Women), Sarbjit Kaur (Khalsa College)


Rupinderjeet Kaur (Khalsa College), Gurpreet Kaur (Master Tara Singh Memorial College), Barinder Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College)

Folk song

Amarpreet (Khalsa College for Women), Bhawna Handa (Ramgarhia Girls College), Beant Kaur (AS College for Women, Khanna)



Traditional art forms survive, courtesy student festivals
Tribune News Service

A girl takes part in the mehandi design competition during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival in Ludhiana on Monday.
A girl takes part in the mehandi design competition during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 23
Youth festivals are not only about bringing together students from various colleges and allowing them to display their talent. Through these festivals, many traditional art forms have been able to survive the onslaught of modern art forms.

On the first day of the zonal youth festival at the Khalsa College for Women, the only time the audience was seen cheering for and applauding the performers whole-heartedly was during the folk song event.

“This is the power of folk songs that these make everyone enjoy and sing along,” said one of the teachers, who attended the event sitting in a jam-packed auditorium.

Talking about the disappearance of folk songs from the popular cultural scene these days, participants said they too sang these songs during college events and youth festivals only. With no audience these days, there are hardly any singers performing folk songs, said the participants.

One of the participants from the host college, Amarpreet Kaur, said she learnt Alam Lohar’s song “Mitti deya baweya” for the festival, and would not perform it outside the college.

“The pure Punjabi culture must be revived,” said another participant, Beant Kaur from AS College, Khanna.

Dolly Guleria, who was at the venue to judge the ghazal competition stayed back to attend the folk song performances. She said good singing brought contentment to life. So, only good songs should be sung and listened to, she said.

Another traditional art form which seems to be relegated to these youth fests is phulkari. Some of the home science students were seen participating in the phulkari competition.

Shivani, a third-year student, said she did not make any phulkari designs at home. Most of the students said they learnt the art form to participate in the youth festival. They said it was very time consuming.

Although “pakhis” have also lost their utility in the modern times, students said they learnt the art form as these looked beautiful.

“It requires creativity and finesse to create a good design within a stipulated time,” said a student.

“Although crochet is a beautiful art form, I haven’t seen many people knitting it manually anymore,” said another student.



Doraha college to host Zone-A
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, will host the Ludhiana Zone-A teams during the Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University, which kicks off on September 25.

College principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu said 15 colleges would participate in the festival. These include AS College, Khanna; Malwa College, Bondali, Samrala; Gobindgarh Public College, Alour; Government College, Karamsar, Government College, Sidhsar; GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana; Arya College, Ludhiana; SCD Government College, Ludhiana; Government Evening College, Ludhiana; Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial Shahi and Sports College of Physical Education, Samrala; KLSD College, Ludhiana; Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Jhande; Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana; Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Hussainpura, Ludhiana, besides the host college.

Dr Nirmal Jaura, director, department of youth welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh, said: "The basic motive of organising these festivals is to revive our cultural heritage, especially among the youngsters. Keeping this in mind, the varsity organises most of these festivals at rural institutes, where the cultural tradition is still valued and preserved to a great extent."



Teachers’ unions meet DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Following a protest march by teachers on January 22, a meeting was held with the Deputy Commisioner, Rajat Aggarwal. The teachers from SSA, RMSA, and CSS met the DC here today.

The state president of the union, Deedar Singh Mudaki, said, “Teachers have been struggling for their rights. Despite repeated requests, the administration failed to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister, Punjab. And now we have been told to hold a meeting with the Secretary, Education. It will hardly serve the purpose.”

As many as 14,000 teachers, working under these unions, have been struggling to be regularised for the past five years. The teachers alleged that a notification regarding their regularisation of services had already been issued by the government, but still there was no action on the part of the authorities concerned.

The teachers said they did not want to put the common man in any kind of inconvenience and were holding the protests peacefully, but if the government failed to redress their grievances, the teachers will be forced to intensify the agitation.



Are you suffering from computer vision syndrome?
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 23
A large number of students, employees and professionals, who spend maximum time of their day in front of a computer, have been found to be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVC).

Though the CVS has been defined as a temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time, it can result in irreversible and permanent damage to faculty of vision.

Looking at an object situated at 20 feet distance for at least 20 seconds after every 20 minutes, saves your eyes from falling prey to the ailment diagnosed by non-specific ocular discomfort ( eye strain ), blurred distant vision, fatigue, dry or irritated eyes, headache, neck-ache and back-ache, blurred near vision and diplopia ( double vision ). Other symptoms of the CVS include redness in the eyes, polyopia and difficulty in refocusing the eyes.

Terming the syndrome as largest single eye ailment among humans using computers and other digital gadgets, Dr Brijinder Rana, an ophthalmologist, said ignorance about causes and consequences had resulted in degradation of quality of vision among majority of users of these gadgets.

Improper contrast and resolution of display, poor room lighting, incorrect viewing distances and angles, sustained viewing and rigid conditions of workstation were identified as major factors behind the increasing incidents of the syndrome.

“Unfortunately the ailment is detected most commonly among educated persons, as only learned persons use computers and other digital devices,” said Rana, maintaining that a little care could prevent thousands from falling prey to the disease.

Rana said some social organisations had come forward to launch coordinated movement to aware all concerned so that further rise in number of incidents of the ailment is checked without any further delay.

Besides educating officials working on computer desks, managements of computer training centers would be persuaded to introduce the issue in
syllabus of the courses, said Rana.

Copies of tips to help avoid the syndrome were distributed among the concerned, with a motive to spread awareness about the syndrome. Increase media usage is the reason behind the syndrome, but with little care, an individual can lead a sightful life, said the doctor.

What should you do?

  • Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and focus eyes on points at least 20 feet from computer
  • Move computer monitor away from the window to avoid extraneous light or glare
  • Adjust monitor height from five to nine inches below horizontal line of sight
  • Blink more frequently.
  • Adjust brightness of display
  • Adjust monitor at optimum distance
  • Get eyes checked regularly
  • Use proper indoor lighting
  • Affix paper documents so they are in line with the monitor



Two more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 23
Two more patients have been confirmed positive of dengue today. Both the women belong to Ludhiana and are the residents of Kashmir Nagar, New Subash Nagar.

The integrated disease surveillance programme officer said, “Three more patients who tested positive for the disease, hail from Jammu and Kashmir.”

The patients are undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

In the recent past, the number of dengue patients has increasedrelatively.

“Residents must empty stagnant water from trash cans, flower pots and coolers. To prevent mosquito bites, an individual must cover the exposing parts, said a health official from the hospital.



from schools
Sacred Heart students excel at athletics meet

Ludhiana: Gurlal Preet Singh of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, was adjudged the best athlete at the ASISC Regional Level Competition. Other school students too won a number of medals in various track and field events at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Participants drawn from schools across Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh besides Punjab took part the meet. Gurlal Preet Singh (Class X) won gold medals in 200-m, 400-m and 4x100-m relay race. Other students who clinched gold medals include Pallavi Sharma (2-km walk), Salony Jassar (high jump) and Neha Dhaka (javelin throw). Ishwinder Kaur (2-km walk), Salony Jassar (200-m race) and Gurnoor Singh (4x100-m relay race) made their presence felt, winning silver medals. Ranjit Singh (long jump), Salony Jassar (100-m and 100-m relay), Anmolpreet Kaur (80-m hurdles and 4x100-m relay), Ishwinder Kaur (4x100-m relay), Pallavi Kaushal (4x100-m relay), Abhinav Kaushal (200-m race) and Barinder Singh (triple jump) finished at the third place, being content with bronze medals.

Students felicitated

The management committee of Guru Har Krishan Educational Trust felicitated meritorious students of the school during a function organised at GHK Senior Secondary School, Phallewal, on Monday. The function was presided over by Sukhdev Singh Walia. Labh Singh Ahluwalia was the chief guest. School principal Ritu Thakur said Japneet Kaur, Harkiran Kaur and Jasdeep Kaur were among the students felicitated during the function. These students brought laurels to the school by securing top positions in examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

DAV lad tops in NTSE

Sarasnsh Goyal, a student of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, has secured the first position in the Ludhiana district in the National Talent Search Examination organised by the NCERT. Through this exam, thousands of students across the country try to bag scholarships for higher studies. Saransh Goyal scored 109 marks out of 150, emerging as the topper in the district. Saransh attributed his success to his parents’ support and teachers’ guidance.

Science exhibition

Navjot Kaur (Class IX-C) and Manpreet Kaur (X A) of Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy, Ladian, will represent the region at the national-level CBSE science exhibition to be held at Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, from October 3 to 6. Around 200 schools showcased their models at the regional exhibition held here. Fifteen models were selected for the national exhibition.

— Tribune Reporters



PAU notes
Area expansion

Considering the advantages of sugarcane, the experts at the department of plant breeding and genetics (PBG) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), is planning to increase the land allotted to the cultivation of the crop from 80,000 hectares to 1.5 lakh hectares. “Planting sugarcane in standing wheat crop eliminates delay, especially when sugarcane is planted after harvesting of wheat,” said Dr RK Gumber, head of the department. “Period from September 20 to October 20 is the appropriate time for planting autumn cane,” said Dr Satinderpal Brar. Dr MS Gill suggested that for one acre of sowing, 20,000 three budded, or 15,000 four budded or 12,000 five budded sets are sufficient. Proper seed treatment is important to improve germination. Flat planting may be done in rows, 90 cm apart, or adopt paired row trench planting method, said Dr Gill. Dr Karanjit S Thind said, “All the intercrops being high value crops are expected to enhance net profits considerably, thus, promoting crop diversification.”

Condolence meeting

The faculty of department of economics and sociology at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) mourned the death of Dr GS Bhalla, former member of the Planning Commission of India, and a known economist of the country. “Dr Bhalla had a long academic career, spanning over six decades,” said a senior professor at PAU. —TNS



Scientist attends international meet

Dr Mandeep Singh Bal, assistant scientist, department of veterinary parasitology, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, Ludhiana, attended the 24th international conference of World Association of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP-2013) at Perth, Western Australia.

Four scientists from India presented their work from their respective fields during the conference. Dr Bal presented his research work on ‘Polymerase chain reaction vis-a-vis parasitological techniques for diagnosis of trypanosoma evansi infection in bovine’. Bal was granted an international travel grant from GADVASU and department of science and technology, Government of India.. Over 500 delegates USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, France and Saudi Arabia attended the conference. —TNS



Park contractor resorts to moral policing
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
High drama was witnessed at Nehru Rose Garden when a contractor and his employees resorted to moral policing and chased away boys and girls sitting in the park today.

The employees said they had targeted only those children who missed classes and kept sitting in the park.

"Grownups can sit and talk freely, but he problem is with the children who bunk school and keep sitting in the park. If a minor is raped, we will be in trouble. The police and residents will blame us for turning a blind eye to the menace," said the employee.

The boy was taken to the police post but was let off. The boy works as a domestic help while the girl is a Class VIII student.

Several students were seen fleeing on seeing the boy being taken to the police post. A morning walker while appreciating the move said the teenagers tried to emulate elders.

"There should be a separate enclosure in the park where the youngsters could sit and talk freely. Any given day you can spot boys and girls sitting in a compromising position. Earlier, youths in their mid 20s used to sit in the garden, but now schoolchildren are seen in the park," said Sunil Kumar.

The moral policing drive has triggered a debate. Why the employees sitting in the park did not take the police along? 



Shradh fails to deter shopaholics
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
People no longer postpone their shopping plans during shradh. During the fortnight, two days are considered 'auspicious' when people can buy new stuff.

"With stores offering discount on merchandise, shopaholics have gone berserk. During shradh people thank the departed souls or their ancestors," said Ridhima, a shopper.

Shubham Chopra, owner of a garment store at Mall Road, said there were only a few customers who kept off during the period.

"Things have changed with time and nowadays people don't mind shopping during shradh," he said.

Mansi, a student, said it was strange that people avoided buying attire or other items during shradh.

"Even my mother does not stop me from shopping. Society needs to change its mindset," she said.

Jam-packed malls, especially during weekends, is a testimony to the fact that people do not stay away from shopping during shradh. "People come here to enjoy, shop and relax and they are doing it as usual. No exceptional change has been witnessed," said a garment store owner.

"We offer prayers during the fortnight but do not refrain from shopping. We do avoid buying gold or a car during the period," said Chhavi, a city resident.



Demand for milk rises 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
The demand for milk has increased during shradh. Residents complain that vendors have started adding water to milk. Cases of milk adulteration are on the rise during the period. The health department is yet to take stock of the situation.

Jangmeet Singh, a milk vendor, said, "As the demand for milk has increased, it has become difficult for us to meet the rising demand."

Another vendor said he had no option but to add water to milk.

Unhappy with the quality of milk, Nirmal Kanta, a homemaker, said, "The milk that we get stinks sometimes."

While another consumer said, "Our vendor has increased the milk prices, but has failed to improve the quality of milk."

District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Avinash Kumar said,,"Samples of eatables are collected on a regular basis. As far as collection of milk samples is concerned, we are yet to start the drive." 

13 samples of eatables collected

A team of the health department collected 13 samples of eatables from sweetmeat shops and restaurants on Monday. Dr Avinash Kumar, District Health Officer, said a team comprising food safety officers Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur collected the samples of soft drinks from a restaurant at Ferozepur Road. Three samples of sweets were collected from a shop at Malerkotla Chowk, Khanna. The team also collected food samples from canteens at the courts complex and held a meeting with contractors of the canteens.



Date for filing ITR-V extended till Oct 31
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
The Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the date for filing of ITR-V for the financial year 2011-12 and 2012-13 till October 31.

There are many taxpayers who have uploaded their income tax returns electronically (without digital signature certificate), but have either not filed the corresponding ITR-V or have filed it with the local Income-tax office.

The ITR-V is accepted only at the Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) of the Income Tax Department at Bengaluru by ordinary or speed post. Therefore, an opportunity is being given to such taxpayers to regularise their income tax returns.

"All such taxpayers can send the ITR-V by October 31 at Post Bag No. 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru, -560100 (Karnataka). Taxpayers who have filed their ITR-V with the local income tax office may again mail their ITR-V to the CPC.

Those taxpayers who have earlier mailed their ITR-V, but have not received the acknowledgement e-mail from the CPC, may mail their ITR-V to the CPC again," said a senor I-T official.

General secretary of the Taxation Bar Association Jatinder Khurana said without the acknowledgement of the ITR-V from the CPC, it would not be possible for the Income Tax Department to process the returns or issue any refunds as these would be treated as not having been filed with the department.



Small scale industry in dire straits
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
The small scale industry plays a vital role in the development of any state. It generates employment and in a way eradicates poverty.

The sector has been urging the government to allot it industrial areas on subsidised rates.

"The government is not interested in fulfilling our demands. We have asked for subsidised land, but our demand has fallen on deaf ears," said Satinder Singh, general secretary of the Small Scale Industries Association.

A member of the association said they had been fighting against the repercussions of the Ludhiana Master Plan. "We had asked the authorities concerned to declare Simlapuri and New Janta Nagar as residential areas, but to no avail," he said.

"For long, we have been requesting the government to convert some of the city areas from residential to mixed land use areas but nothing has been done so far. Earlier, these were residential areas but now these have been turned into industrial-cum-residential areas. Our future is uncertain," said Dalbir Singh, a machine tool manufacturer from Shimlapuri. Subhash Jain, another small scale industrialist, said keeping in view the role played by the small scale industry in generating employment and its contribution to the GDP and foreign trade, the sector should be protected on the pattern of agriculture by providing raw material, power, transportation and loans on subsidised and fixed annual rates.



Ludhiana Scan
Protest held

Members of the Nation Forum for People’s Rights during a candlelight march to protest against the suicide bombers’ attack on the historic church in Northern Pakistan, in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Members of the Nation Forum for People’s Rights during a candlelight march to protest against the suicide bombers’ attack on the historic church in Northern Pakistan, in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Employees of Christen Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) protested against the authorities by tying black badges as a sign of dissent on Monday. The authorities allegedly locked the prayer house at CMC&H. BM Fredrick, general secretary, Brown Memorial Hospital Employees Union, said, “We appeal to the authorities of CMC&H to open the lock of the Prayer bhawan".

Demands discussed

A meeting of Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union was held on Monday. The meeting was presided over by Sukhdev Singh. The members of the union discussed long pending demands of the employees which included, regularisation of services, service rules for employees, installments of D.A. and promotion of class IV employees.

Grievances aired

Moulder and Steel Workers Union has appealed the authorities concerned to provide them with good sanitation facilities, sewerage and other facilities, at the colonies where labour class is living. “Everybody pays the taxes, but even then we are not getting what is our right. Power, sewerage, safe drinking water, proper health facilities should also be given to us. We have been demanding for the facilities for so long now," said Harjinder Singh, spokesperson of the union. The demands seem to be falling on deaf ears, we want our due, said a member of the union.

Congress meeting

A meeting of Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress was held on Monday. Members discussed strategies to make the party strong at the grassroots. They said women will play a significant role in the forthcoming elections. Ruby Nanchahal, secretary, alleged that Central Government issues funds, but they are not dispersed among the masses.

Assistance provided

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said co-operative department, under the Mai Bhago Istri Shaktikaran scheme, has helped as many as 2,604 women members, in making them independent and self-reliable. An amount of Rs 6.16 crore was distributed among them for the purpose. Training is also being imparted to these women, through Punjab Agricultural University and Krishi Vigyan Kender, and over 87 self-help groups have been formed. —TNS



Four vehicle thieves arrested
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, September 23
With the arrest of a SAD leader's son and his three accomplices, the police has claimed to have busted an inter-state vehicle lifters gang.

The police has so far recovered 12 stolen cars which were further sold on fake documents.

It has refused to divulge any details.

The Bathinda police had nabbed a vehicle lifters’ gang two days ago. The name of the SAD leader's son also figured on the list. Sources said the police got leads in the case which led to the arrest of four persons, including the SAD leader's son.

The sources said more arrests were on the cards as some prominent names were on the list of suspects, who were a part of the gang. The gang's preferred hunting place was the vacant place near a shopping mall on Ferozepur Road. The accused would take away vehicles parked near the mall. They were also lifting cars parked outside 

Girl foils kidnapping bid

An alert girl and her elder sister foiled a kidnapping bid in the Kot Mangal Singh area at Daba today.

The incident took place this afternoon when the victim along with her elder sister was preparing lunch for their parents who had gone to a hospital for routine check-up.

The victim's elder sister said four men who were carrying weapons barged into their house and tried to kidnap her younger sister. They tried to force her into a car, but the victim resisted. In the meantime, the victim's sister raised the alarm and pelted stones at the kidnappers.

This caused panic among the kidnappers who left the girl and fled..

The victim who suffered bruises on her arms fainted after the kidnappers left. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital.

The girl has identified one of the kidnappers as Kewal Singh.

The police has recorded her statement and started the investigation. The girl's father runs an orchestra. 



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