L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


40 buses to be added to city bus service fleet
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A fleet of 40 new buses is likely to be added to the Ludhiana City Bus Service. Officials said the buses would reach the city by mid-November.

The buses would ply on eight routes.

The new fleet will have 10 low-floor air-conditioned buses, 10 mini-buses and 20 semi low-floor non-air-conditioned buses. Presently, Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) is having a fleet of 50 low-floor non-air-conditioned buses that have been plying on the city roads since December 17, 2011.

“Technical experts have checked the buses and we are awaiting their delivery,” said Baljit Singh, general manager, Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd.

The bus service had been a success ever since it was launched in the city. Even the MC councillors are often seen urging the authorities to start the bus service from their respective wards.

Isha Kalia, chief executive officer of Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd said the new buses would be a Diwali gift to city residents.

“These buses will ply on eight routes. We expect the buses would reach the city after November 15,” she said. 


MC texts property tax reminder
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
To make sure that residents pay their property tax returns on time, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has launched an awareness campaign.

The civic body has started sending SMSes to residents asking them to deposit property tax through self assessment before November 30. Initially, the MC will send these messages to three lakh persons.

The civic body has sought permission from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The process to file property tax returns started on October 2.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia: “We have cellphone numbers of three lakh residents. “We are sending SMSes to at least 50,000 residents per day. We will seek cellphone numbers of more residents so the message is sent to all taxpayers. Those who file property tax before November 30 will get a rebate of 10 per cent,” she said.

The MC has identified 3.8 lakh properties and the survey of 1.5 lakh properties has been completed so far.

“A person can file his property tax even without his unique identification number,” said Kalia. 



Woman with symptoms of dengue dies
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, October 12
A 42-year-old woman died of suspected dengue at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

The deceased was identified as Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Guru Nanak Road, Samrala. Her husband Jarnail Singh said Rajwinder was suffering from fever for the past few days. He took her to a private hospital at Samrala from where she was referred to a hospital in Chandigarh.

Her condition deteriorated and she was referred to the DMCH where she died.

District Epidemiologist Anil Verma said he was not aware of the suspected dengue death.

Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said: “There is a set procedure for every suspected dengue death. We will ask the DMCH authorities to give us the medical reports of the deceased.” 



30 more test positive 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
More than 30 patients tested positive for dengue in hospitals across the city today.

Out of these 12 patients belong to Boothgarh, Salim Tabri, Kakowal Road, Madhopuri, Dugri, Chander Nagar, Khanna, Model Town, Vishnu Puri, Haibowal in Ludhiana district.

The other patients are from Fatehgarh Sahib (3), Hoshiarpur (3), one each from Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Pathankot. Eight patients are form J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

District epidemiologist, Ludhiana, Dr Anil Verma said: “A total of 445 dengue cases have been reported so far. Out of these, 236 cases are from Ludhiana district.” 

What to do

* Clean and dry coolers once a week

* Don’t keep open containers/tyres on rooftops

* Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains 



No festivities for PAU employees
University fails to release salaries of teaching, non-teaching staff 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The festive season fails to delight the staff of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Reason: The faculty members and the non-teaching staff of the university have not received their salaries yet.

The PAU authorities also have a reason for the delay. The university is yet to receive grant from the state government.

Perturbed at the delay, the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union has decided to organise rally on Monday.

The Punjab Government releases grant to disburse salaries to PAU employees. Office-bearers of the PAU Employees’ Union said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had issued a letter asking the university to disburse salaries to its employees on first of every month.

Members of the union met Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon on Friday to air their grievances. Gulzar Singh Pandher, general secretary of the PAU Employees’ Union, said: “The employees were expecting that government will release the arrears this festive season, but it has even failed to release our salaries.”

Pandher said the union would hold a protest rally at the PAU gate on Monday. 



Woman accuses police of inaction, attempts suicide 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A married woman attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Dugri late on Friday evening. She was upset over the alleged police inaction.

She was summoned by the police following a complaint against her. In her counter complaint to the police, she had accused Harvinder Singh, alias Bagga, a tent house owner, and his two accomplices of passing indecent remarks against her.

Sources said the police did not take any action on her complaint. The accused also passed indecent remarks against her outside the police station.

The victim has been admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where her condition is stated to be stable.

The police has registered a case of molestation against Harvinder Singh and his two accomplices. The police has arrested Harvinder.

In her statement to the police, the victim said Harvinder and his two accomplices used to tease her when she used to go to a gurdwara. The accused also sent indecent messages on her cellphone, she alleged.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhupinder Singh, however, denied the allegations of police inaction. “She consumed poison at her house after a person. She had not filed any complaint with the police,” he said.

Relatives of the accused, Harvinder Singh, staged a protest outside the Dugri police station against his arrest. 



City gets Rs 116 cr for regular water supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
To make sure that the city gets regular water supply, the state government approved a Rs 116 crore project yesterday. Now that the project has been approved, all sub-urban areas of the city will get the water supply. This was stated by state PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon while laying a foundation stone of the Rs 1.75 crore sewerage project in Sarpanch Colony of Ward No. 12, which falls in the Sahnewal constituency.

The sewerage project was a long pending remand of residents of Sarpanch Colony, Bachittar Nagar, Jappan Colony, Sawan Vihar and other adjoining areas. Simranjit Singh Dhillon, general secretary of the Youth Akali Dal, said he along with a team of officials from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board had planned the project. "The work will be completed by March next year," he said. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the Akali- BJP government was keen on developing Punjab. Among others present included Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Surjit Rai, councillor, Ward No. 12, and Sehajpreet Singh Mangat, OSD to the PWD Minister. 



Paddy stubble a burning issue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
In a bid to check the burning of paddy stubble, experts from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) cautioned farmers against the ill-effects of the practice.

Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Aulakh, agriculture development officer, told the farmers that the burning of paddy straw resulted in the loss of nutrients and microbes. Over 1 lakh tonne of nitrogen is lost in the process. For fodder composting, experts advised the farmers to use paddy straw as it added nitrogen, phosphorous, potash and other elements to the soil.

Dr Manoj Sobti, president of the IMA, Punjab, said paddy burning led to health hazards and pollution. The Administration as well as the farmers should join hands to stop the practice. Dr Karamveer Goyal, president, IMA, Ludhiana, the smoke emanating from the straw affected the respiratory system and resulted in lung diseases and choke nose and throat.

Major Sher Singh Aulakh (retd), president of the jatha, said they would launch campaigns to spread the message. Maninder Singh Bhatia, organising secretary, BJGVJ, said the organisation celebrated 21 years of its completion on October 2. "We have been creating awareness on environment conservation since 1992," Bhatia said.

On October 12, 1998, smoke emitting from the paddy straw had enveloped the state, creating panic among people. Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of the BJGVJ, said, "Water vapours collect around the particles of smoke, resulting in the formation of smog.

He said in 1950, 3,500 people died of asphyxiation in London. Maximum permissible limit of the respirable suspended particles (RSPM) in the atmosphere is 60ig/m3. But on Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana it is 300 ig/m3. It increases when poisonous gases mix with the air. 



Police Suvidha Centres in city get poor response 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The Punjab Government has set up Police Suvidha Centres at various places but has failed to get a good response, courtesy lack of awareness.

A police-public meeting was held at the Division No. 2 Suvidha Centre today.

Senior officials said the meeting aimed at apprising residents of the services being provided by the police department at the centres.

The residents of Field Ganj, Lakkar Bazaar and Jail Road attended the meeting. The officials asked the residents to avail services such as renewal of arms licence, registration of foreigners, a copy of the FIR and the DDR and no objection certificate of loud speakers.

Twenty-five services are being provided at the centre by the police.

Inspector Ravinderpal Singh, in charge of the Suvidha Centre, said they urged the residents to get the verification of domestic helps done. 



False promises anger ASHA workers
Protest outside Mini-Secretariat, Tewari's residence, block Pakhowal Road 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Fed up with false promises, ASHA workers today held a protest at Mini-Secretariat.

Marching towards the residence of MP Manish Tewari, they blocked Pakhowal Road for an hour.

Commuters were at the receiving end as always.

The protesters alleged harassment at the hands of the authorities. The president of the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), assured them of doing the needful. He said he would arrange their meeting with Union Health Minister Gulab Nabi Azad within 15 days.


* Minimum salary should be ~2,500

* ASHA workers should be regularised

* Vacant posts of the ANMS should be filled.

* Trained midwives should be given preference

* Recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee should be implemented



ESIC employees' stir continues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The ESIC employees' protest entered the second day today.

They alleged that the authorities of Model Hospital, Bharat Nagar, were harassing them by issuing show-cause notices.

They stated that they were forced to do odd jobs.

Ramandeep Kaur, president of the ESIC Employees Union, said nurses were treated like sanitation workers. Dr PL Chaudhary, Medical Superintendent, said the nurses had been changing the dirty linen for the past many years. "It is a part of their job. The hospital administration will send their representation to the headquarters but before that they will have to resume work," Chaudhary said. The staff wore black badges while working today. They said they would continue the agitation. 



Toll tax on NH1 opposed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Punjab has filed a petition under Article 226 of the Constitution in the Punjab And Haryana High Court requesting it to take cognisance of the condition of the NH1 and stay the collections made by Contractor Firm.

The petition states that the six-laning of the NH1 (Jalandhar to Panipat) is yet to start. The project started in May, 2009. The contractor concerned has been collecting the toll tax since 2009. In the past four years, the company had increased the rates many a time. The project was to be completed within 30 months.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore on the company. Following which, it moved moved the Supreme Court Of India. For the past six months, no work has been carried out by the company," said Harjot Singh Bains, convener of the party.

The petitioners stated that as the condition of the highway was pitiable, the tax should be waived.

The Jalandhar-Panipat stretch is full of potholes. As the construction of flyovers between Jalandhar and Panipat is under way, frequent traffic jams are witnessed on Rama Mandi Chowk, Jalandhar, Phagwara, Jalandhar bypass, Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana, Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana, Sherpur Chowk, Ludhiana, Giaspura, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh and Karnal.

The petitioners stated that commuters had to face a lot of inconvenience during the rainy season.

Waterlogging obstructed vehicular movement.

A number of accidents have taken place on the highway. Recently, an 11-year-old boy died at Phillaur, but the authorities have failed to learn a lesson from the past.



Child handed over to NGO

Ludhiana, October 12
Following the Deputy Commissioner's orders, the district social security officer today instructed the authorities of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital to hand over the abandoned girl child to Swami Ganganand Bhuriwale International Foundation Dham, an NGO in Talwandi Khurd.

Kuldeep Singh Maan, secretary of the NGO, said,"Officiating SMO of the hospital Dr Harpreet Singh handed over the child to the NGO this afternoon. She is five-six days old." The NGO is a home to 56 children. — TNS



Social organisations face opposition 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Office-bearers and activists of social and religious organisations have accused owners and managers of commercial establishments of allegedly opposing their gesture of setting up free camps, langars, and chabeels during fairs and other social occasions.

“While we are doing our best to share responsibility of the administration in providing basic amenities and free facilities during fairs and social gatherings, people with vested interests have always tried to oppose our initiative,” said a social activist.

Besides forcing organisers to refuse permission for organising camps, owners and managers of eateries and snack vends have also been trying to harm and damage paraphernalia used in these free camps, alleged a social worker.

Social activists and leaders of the area,however, said that they would not give up on serving the public and instead would extend full support and protection to volunteers serving people selflessly. Lower turnout and fall in profitability were recognised as the major factors behind hostile attitude of the vendors towards organisers of chabeel, langars and medical camps.

Bimal Kumar Sharma, chairman of a religious organisation, alleged that some miscreants had even threatened him of dire consequences for organising a chabeel during the recently held Mela Chhapar.

Organisers of free medical camps during the fair also complained of similar treatment. “Practitioners of the localities surrounding such congregations try their best to stop these camps,” said a doctor. 



Welfare society to launch magazine in the memory of martyrs soon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A magazine will be launched in the memory of Shaheed Sukhdev. This was disclosed by Vishal Nayyar, grandson of Shaheed Sukhdev, while addressing a press conference here today. He said that this will be a monthly magazine and will be dedicated to martyrs.

Mandeep Singh has been elected as president, Simarjot Singh Sandhu as senior vice-president, Ravinder Kumar Verma as vice-chairman of Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Welfare Society. Nayyar said they will work against drug addiction, corruption and female foeticide. 



Hindi poetry book released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A Hindi poetry book titled, ‘Chup ka Geet’ was released at a literary function organised by Adeeb International, Sahil Cultural Academy, at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Saturday. The book has been written by Jaspreet Kaur Falak. Dr Surjit Patar presided over the function.

Dr Satyanand Sewak while presenting his paper highlighted the theme and objectives of the book.

Falak said, “I have to change myself to the tune of that of my body like that of iron, my heart like that of gold, my eyes like that of diamond, my wisdom like that of kundan and my speech like that of silver.”

Presidents of Punjabi Sahit Academy, Prof Gurbhajan Gill and Dr Kewal Dhir, appreciated the efforts put in by Jaspreet Kaur Falak.

Prof HS Bedi said, “The book will definitely give a new direction to Hindi poetry in Punjab.” 



Their hard work glitters on ramp 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 12
Models sashayed down the ramp, showcasing the creations of INIFD students.

The students had a brush with the real fashion world. "Being the implementation team for Punjab International Fashion Week, we had to work from 9 am to 2 am for four consecutive days," Vishesh said.

"From coordinating, giving dresses to models to steam ironing, we were doing everything," he said.

The dresses should be easy to wear and should not spoil the makeup of the models.

"Dress fitting is done a day before and rehearsals are conducted three to four hours before the show," she stated.

"It is not a cakewalk for the models as they have to quickly come for a change, get the makeup done and walk the ramp," said Avipreet Kaur, another student.

"They cannot reject a dress and have to go by choreographers," she stated.

Amandeep Kaur, another student, said, "We have to make sure that the dresses we design are easy to wear.

"Packaging is also important," said Avipreet.

"AD Singh, a designer, gave us useful tips," she added.

Some students who presented their dresses said it was great to rub shoulders with noted designers.

"We got a chance to meet noted designers and showcase our creations," said Simran and Ravjot. 



Police, chemists join hands to combat drug addiction
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 12
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Payal, Balwinder Singh Bhikhi, today held a meeting with chemists of Payal, Maloud and Doraha area and sought their assistance in fighting the rising drug menace.

“A single department cannot fight single-handedly against the malpractice. It is with the corporation of all units, associations and organisations that we will be able to get rid of the social evil completely. For this, the police department needs the cooperation of the chemists, who will not only snub the drug addicts but also hand them over to the police for their good,” said the DSP.

He said, “The caught drug addicts will be further handed over to the drug de-addiction centres so that they may quit this deadly habit and start thinking in terms of their responsibilities towards themselves, their family and the country at large.”

He also appealed to the sarpanches and the panches of various villages to join hands and fight against the malpractice.

“If you witness a person smoking in public areas, you should immediately report the matter with the authorities concerned. This is how you can contribute your bit,” said the Deputy Superintendent of Police Balwinder Singh Bhikhi.

Senior Medical Officer Dr JP Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Payal, Sukhraj Singh and SHO, Maloud, Darshan Singh, were also present on the occasion.



‘109 outreach centres by Jan’
Our Correspondent

Macchiwara, October 12
Following the directions of the Punjab government, as many as 109 outreach centres will be set up across the state by the month of January, next year. This was stated by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Ludhiana, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, while laying the foundation stone of an Outreach Centre, to be constructed at the Macchiwara police station.

“The main aim of the outreach centres besides providing several services to the public, is to bring the police and the general public close to each other,” said the DIG.

He said the police is keeping a vigil on the anti-social elements and no one will be allowed to breach the law and order.

He appealed the public to cooperate and provide information in case they witness any illegal activity happening in or around their locality.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, and some other police officials were also present during the foundation stone laying ceremony at the Macchiwara police station.

Peace must prevail

The main aim of the outreach centres besides providing several services to the public is to bring the police and the general public close to each other. The police is keeping a vigil on the anti-social elements and no one will be allowed to breach the law and order. I also appeal to the public to cooperate and provide information in case they witness any illegal activity happening in or around their locality. — Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Ludhiana 



Dance drama highlights women’s plight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
A dance drama to depict the plight of women was performed at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening. Titled 'The Changing Facets of Durga', the drama was organised by Shobhanya Kala Kendra. Different dance forms including Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Tandav and contemporary style were used to showcase the changing status of women in Indian society.

The show described that according to Indian mythology woman was a personification of power to begin with in the form of Durga, but has now been reduced to feeble, weak victim of society ruled by men and paternalistic system.

Various problems including child marriage, dowry, rape, female foeticide, discrimination were shown. In the beginning, Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh created Durga, the feminine power goddess to put an end to demons. It was depicted through performance of Tandav and Bharat Natyam and Veer Ras. After the creation, goddess Durga became the 'Sutradhar' of the performance as different facets of women's lives were showcased during the performance.

It was depicted through performance of Kathak that the woman is married as a child to a person who is least interested in talking to her. Purva Puri, who performed the role of Durga, said we depicted that parents should not treat their daughters as 'paraya dhan' after marriage, and should not say that 'sasural' is their home. After all the mistreatment, the woman in the performance commits suicide.

In another phase of the drama, a poor father marries off his daughter to a rich elderly man for the sake of money.

It was depicted through Kathak, that after the marriage, a woman is put in bounds of home. If married in a rich family, she is told not to pursue a career. If she is allowed, she is allowed to choose only work that suits her home and husband, not allowing her to pursue her dreams. It was shown by a visual metaphor, as the woman lets the ‘ghunghroos' depicting her wishes and dreams drown. Woman is shown to be killed for dowry, and unborn girl child are killed in the womb. A woman is raped, but the family members don't accompany her to court, fearing insult. When she chooses to, acid is thrown on her face.

At the end, seeing the plight of the women, Chandi rises, goddess Durga rises and tells that woman is power, and it would put an end to all the crime against her once she decides to. In the end of the performance, through an aerial contemporary dance performance, a woman depicted the society and taken in the 'doli' depicting love and respect by men for women.



Ramlila artistes enthrall audience
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Artists of Trimurti Kala Manch and Bhartiya Mahavir Dal, staging Ramlila concluded the act at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

Loyalty in relations, obeying parents, respect for women and seeking and accepting guidance from all, were the lessons the spectators learnt through the well-acclaimed performances by artists who donned the role of various characters involved in the epic Ramayana.

Lord Rama, King Dashrath, King Janak, Sita, Lakshamana, Bharat and even Ravana were depicted as embodiment of one ideal or the other. Bimal Sharma, patron, and Vikas Tandon, chairman of the organisation, said the artists, besides serving the purpose of entertaining the spectators, successfully portrayed the roles of various characters. 



Schools celebrate Dasehra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
To mark the victory of good over evil, as well as to promote knowledge of Indian culture, Dasehra was celebrated at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir with great fervour. Many activities were organised to acquaint the students with their rich culture and heritage. The programme started with the invocation of Goddess Durga with the melodious rendition of bhajan by Tanya Kundra of grade XII. The chanting of 'Dohas' and 'Chopais' by the students of classes VI to VIII enthralled all the audience and prompted them to say 'Jai Mata Di at the top of their voices. Pictures of Ravana were beautifully coloured by the tiny tots of I and II whereas the young artists of classes III to V showcased their art in drawing the scene of Dasehra fair. The budding writers of grades X and XII wrote the paragraphs on the inspiring characters of Ramayana and on the other hand the characters from the great epic were immortalised by the students of classes IX and XI with their act based on the different episodes of Ramayana. Dasehra was celebrated today on the premises of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana. Various competitions were organised like doha gayan, chaupai gayan and sketch painting. After congratulating BVM family on this very auspicious occasion officiating principal Neelam Mittar motivated the students by saying- end the real Ravana of corruption on this Dasehra and adopt the values of Ramayana in your hearts.

Babies Paradise School

Babies Paradise School celebrated Dasehra. Dr Mohan Lal Sharma, principal of DAV public school was the chief guest. A short play from Ramayana was enacted by students. They were dressed up as Rama, Seeta, Lakshman, Hanuman and Ravana. Kids even recited rhymes with beautiful props and dresses. The effigy of Ravana was burnt and director Shallu Sachdeva gave a message that by burning effigy of Ravana we should also burn our evils within us.

Ram Lal Bhasin School

Following the objective of transmission of cultural heritage from generation to generation- a day of victory of light, wisdom, goodness & truthfulness, Dasehra was celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. The whole campus wore a festive look. Bhajans and devotional songs reverberated through the environment. Senior students presented an overwhelming musical presentation of chosen episodes from Ramlila that mesmerised the audience. A mock battle between Lord Rama and Ravana was enacted signifying the victory of goodness over evil and after that effigy of Ravana was also burnt. Principal Mona Thakur exhorted students to take inspiration from simple and ideal life of Lord Rama. She motivated them to follow the righteous path of religion.

DCM Presidency School

Victory of good over evil was well depicted by the children of class 3 in a special assembly conducted at DCM Presidency School today on the occasion of Dusehra. To acquaint the students with their cultural heritage, the festival was celebrated with exuberance in the school. Students of class-2 showcased a small episode of Ramayana and gave a message of truth and goodness. The choir presented captivating songs to praise Lord Rama. Children also presented various talks emphasizing upon the significance of the festival and they articulated the moral of the epic- Ramayana. Marvellous poems were recited by the tiny tots. Principal also addressed the students and blessed them.She said students must understand the importance of the festival and culture. They must also imbibe the goodness of Lord Rama in their lives and lead a disciplined life.



From colleges

NSS camp

The NSS Unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Ludhiana, is organised a 7-day camp from October 11th to October 17th. Principal Manjit Kaur inaugurated the camp. Program officer Dr Madhu Bala discussed the aims and objectives of joining NSS camp and gave a briefing on the activities to be performed during the camp.On the first day of camp, Dr Aman Dua, skin specialist, delivered a lecture on hair restoration in which she guided NSS volunteers on the various causes and remedies to be taken for prevention of hair loss. On the second day, a series of activities were held. It started with an interactive session on Yoga by Veer Bham Gupta from Yog Sadhna Kender, Bhartiya Yog Sansthan. He taught various Yoga exercises to NSS volunteers so that they can live a healthy life. A workshop was organised on “Flower Making Techniques & Arrangements and Rangoli Designing." In the Evening session, Himjyot Oberoi (Home Sci Dept.) gave the baking tips for the different cakes, puddings as well as its toppings to all the volunteers.

Students selected

Two students of IIFT were selected for the final round of Fashion Design Awards India 2013. As many as 500 students participated from all over India out of which 40 students were selected for the final round. Director Geeta Nagrath said, “I feel proud to announce that two IIFT students were selected from Punjab. They presented their designs with national and international models. Shilpi Aggarwal and Tejbhan Dabbi presented their design as per the theme “The Aura of Vintage and Life is Beautiful.” Their designs were appreciated by the judges.

NSS camp for girls

A 7-day NSS camp for girls was inaugurated at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha. Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college while inaugurating the camp instructed the volunteers and said, “As conscious citizens you must realize your duties far better than your rights as it is the selfless, duty-conscious citizens who can make a nation great and strong. Further, you should be able to cheer up the atmosphere and brighten up your surroundings with the light of knowledge and geniality.” Volunteers vowed to participate in the camp actively and enthusiastically. Programme officers elaborated upon the aims and objectives of National Service Scheme and motivated the volunteers to recognize the dignity of labour. Programme officer said, “We have also planned a rally at a village in order to make the residents, particularly those of the slum areas aware about the ill-effects of drugs and the other social evils. At the camp, poster-cum-chart making and slogan writing competitions, on the themes such as save girl child, drug de-addiction, save earth, conserve environment, save water etc will be organised for the volunteers. Dr Gursaran Sidhu will address the volunteers on the second day of the camp and doctors from Punjab Agricultural University will also address the students during the course of the camp. “Various activities like practical lessons in yoga and other lectures on general awareness regarding health will be delivered to volunteers during the camp so that they can lead a healthy life and instruct others around them to have a better life,” said the programme officer. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Operation theatre inaugurated

A modular operation theatre complex, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib (C) Hospital, was inaugurated by Deepak Kumar, Deepak builders. A programme was organised by the hospital management and the staff on the occasion. Students of Guru Teg Bahadur Nursing Institute recited Shabad from Gurbani. While speaking on the occasion, Deepak Kumar stressed upon a good hospital care and affordable treatment. He appreciated the efforts of the Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib (C) hospital towards this goal. Dr KP Singh, radiologist of the hospital proposed a vote 
of thanks.

Others who were present on the occasion were Joginder Singh Makkar, Joginder Singh Eros, Inder Singh Chawla, Balbir Singh, Amardeep Singh, Kanwaljit Singh, Baijit Singh Makkar, Surinderjit Singh, Baljit Singh Maddanpotra, Sudhir Kumar Sehgal, Saurav Sehgal, administrator Lt Col MS Kang and nursing superintendent Surinder Kaur Ahuja.

Dasehra greetings

The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, greeted people on the eve of Dasehra on Saturday. He prayed that this festival season may usher in a new period of joy, celebrations and festivity. Tewari said the message of this festival holds much importance today. “We need to defeat the evils forces and follow the path of righteousness, no matter how difficult it may get,” said Tewari.

Association meet

A meeting of the Punjab Revenue Officer's Association was held at Circuit House on Saturday. All the executive members led by Kawar Narinder Singh, president, Punjab Revenue Officer's Association, were present on the occasion. Kawar Narinder Singh said, “Office-bearers of the association will be meeting Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in coming days.

Check drug menace

A former MLA and patron of a number of social organisations, Jagdev Singh Jassowal, urged the state governments to initiate necessary measures, especially in the border areas, to keep the young generation away from the menace of drugs. He said the malpractice has gripped a number of youngsters. He advised political parties to help youth and bring them out of the growing menace. The religious bodies, besides social, educational institutions and cultural organisations, can also play a vital role in this pious task, said Jassowal. — TNS



5-gm smack seized, 1 held 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 12
The Samrala police has arrested an alleged drug peddler and seized 5 gram of smack from his possession. The accused has been identified as Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Manki village.

As per the information, the police team spotted the accused during a routine patrolling. When they interrogated him, the police officials recovered 5 gram of smack from his possession.

A case has been registered under the NDPS Act. 



Man booked for fraud

Ludhiana, October 12
The police has booked a Delhi resident in a cheating case. The accused, Charanjit Singh, duped a city resident of Rs 10 lakh.

A case under Section 420 has been registered on the complaint of Saurav Leekha, a resident of Upkar Nagar. — TNS



Patiala, Sangrur begin campaign with win 
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 12
Teams from Patiala, besides Muktsar, Amritsar and Ajitgarh in the boys U-19 category while those from Sangrur, Gurdaspur and Fatehgarh Sahib in the girls' section recorded victories in handball on the opening day of the 59th Punjab State Inter-District School Games being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University.

In the boys' category, Patiala drubbed Moga 24-12, Muktsar outnumbered Ropar 23-12, Ajitgarh routed Hoshiarpur 23-5, Amritsar beat Mansa 28-16 and Fazilka overpowered Fatehgarh Sahib 21-16 to move into the second round.

Likewise, in the girls' section, Ropar along with Gurdaspur, Ajitgarh and Ferozepur proved their mettle to assure themselves berths in the next round.

Ropar outplayed Sangrur 20-6 while Gurdaspur pipped Nawanshahr 6-5 and Ajitgarh overwhelmed Fatehgarh Sahib 14-3. In another encounter, Ferozepur eves proved too good for Amritsar whom they outclassed 13-3.

Earlier, Paramjit Kaur Chahal, District Education Officer (senior secondary), Ludhiana, declared the games open. She welcomed the visiting teams, wished them good luck and a comfortable stay in Ludhiana.

Twenty-one squads in the boys' group and 20 contingents in the girls' section are competing in the meet that will continue till October 16.

Matches in tug-of-war will be organised on October 14 and 15.

Ajitpal Singh, assistant education officer, along with other officials of the education department, including Kirpal Singh, Sukhminder Singh Brar, Baljinder Singh, Satwant Singh and Satnam Singh, were present at the opening ceremony. 



Sub-junior softball tournament from Oct 14
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
The 15th edition of the Punjab State Sub-Junior Softball Championship for boys and girls will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium on October 14 and 15.

Pran Nath Passi, secretary, Punjab Softball Association, said matches in the girls section would be played on October 14 while matches in the boys' section would be held on October 15. Players born on or after January 1, 1999, are eligible to take part in the championship. Teams have been asked to report at the venue on the respective dates before 8 am. 



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