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Trader’s murder cracked
Was former employee of businessman, wanted to take revenge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The city police claimed to have cracked the murder of businessman Sudhir Girdhar with the arrest of his former employee today. The accused has been identified as Naveen Kumar, alias Chottu, a native of Uttar Pradesh. He used to live at Gulchaman Gali in the old city area of the city, the police said.

Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said Chottu was the former employee at Sudhir Girdhar’s shop, located on GujjarMall Road. Chottu was sacked six months ago and he started working at another shop in the same market.

The police said Sudhir used to abuse Chottu and threaten him that he would not allow him to work in the market.

Chottu has confessed to the crime. He said he killed Sudhir to take the revenge from him.

The Commissioner of Police said the accused had been planning the kill Sudhir. A few days ago, he posed as a matchmaker and visited Sudhir’s house with a proposal for his granddaughter. On Thursday, Chottu scaled the boundary wall of Sudhir's house at 8.15 pm and hid himself behind a car. The accused switched off the main power supply and when Sudhir’s wife Neena Girdhar opened the door for him, Chottu pushed the couple and they fell on the floor, the police said. The accused hit Neena on her head and she fell unconscious. Chottu then dragged Sudhir to a bathroom in the house and strangulated him. Meanwhile, Neena regained consciousness and tried to overpower Chottu. But he dragged her to the kitchen and stabbed her with a knife. He then decamped with Rs 7,000 and gold earrings. The incident came to light when Neena’s nephew came to the house next morning.

The Commissioner of Police said: “After murdering Sudhir, the accused left for Ambala and then to Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar.

The police arrested Chottu on Saturday.


World aids day
Condom vending machines vanish
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

A file photo of a condom vending machine.
A file photo of a condom vending machine.

Ludhiana, December 1
Condom vending machines installed at 50 places in the city for the prevention of HIV/AIDS have been damaged or have gone missing. The machines were set up by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in collaboration with a private company in June 2012.

“When a machine runs out of stock, a ‘nil’ message is displayed on the screen and it does no accept Rs 5 coin. However, people fail to understand this and damage it,” said an official.

The private company was given the responsibility to refill the machines. The machine delivers a pack of three condoms at a single go for Rs 5. Each machine has a capacity of 22 packets of condoms.


The condom vending machines were popular among residents initially, but once these disappeared or were damaged, they were not replaced. Dr US Sooch, district programme officer for AIDS said: “The machines were not installed again as the contract of the private company expired. The health department provides condoms free of cost at various places, including the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) Centre, Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Suraksha Clinics at the CMCH and the Punjab State AIDS Control Society,” he said.

HIV cases on the decline

The prevalence of HIV cases has come down from 2.08 per cent in 2012 to 1.52 per cent this year. Dr US Soch said: “As many as 2,73,389 persons were tested for HIV till October 13 out of which 4,165 were found positive. A total of 1,229 were full-blown AIDS cases,” he said.



‘Mindless’ acquisition by govt to cost power corp Rs 1.5 crore
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) spent crores on the construction of Officers’ Club on the land which the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) wants it to vacate before December 31. The construction of the club is still on. Public money will go down the drain as the club will have to be demolished.

The club was inaugurated by chairman-cum-managing director of the PSPCL KD Chaudhri on July 28. It is learnt that the PSPCL spent close to Rs 1.5 crore for the construction of the club.

GLADA had recently asked the power corporation to vacate the 32 acres of prime land located near Sidhwan Canal on Ferozepur Road by December 31. This PSPCL land is worth hundreds of crores as it is located on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road.

The state government wants to develop a downtown on the land, where a theme park, shopping malls, multiplexes and luxury corporate apartments will be developed. The downtown project will be developed by a private company and the land will be auctioned by the state government.

A senior PSPCL official said when the decision to hand over the PSPCL land to GLADA was taken, KD Chaudhri was present at the meeting. “The construction of the club was on when the decision was taken. It’s sad that the PSPCL authorities went ahead with the construction when they knew that the club would be demolished. I wonder why Chaudhri preferred to keep mum,” said the official.

Sources said the PSPCL offices would be shifted to a vacant commercial complex constructed by a city transporter who is considered close to the Badals. This complex is located near Westend Mall on Ferozepur Road.

Rachhpal Singh, chief engineer (central zone), Ludhiana, claimed that the club had been running on their premises since long. “The PSPCL staff should not raise this issue as the downtown project would bring the city on the tourism map. Even if the club has to be demolished, PSPCL could construct a new one at a new place,” he said.



Road rage: Father-son duo shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
A road rage turned ugly when two unidentified car-borne persons fired at a father-son duo travelling in another car on the canal road in the South City area. The injured have been identified as 45-year-old Achint Khosla and his son 22-year-old Aakash Khosla, residents of South City.

The incident took place at 5.30 in front of Raghunath Enclave police post on the canal road.

Aakash Khosla suffered two bullet injuries in his stomach and his father Anchit Khosla suffered injuries on his legs. They were rushed to DMCH. They are out of danger.

The victims were on their way home. When they reached Sidhwan Canal Bridge, a Swift car coming from the opposite direction hit their car.

Eyewitnesses said Aakash and his father alighted from the car and entered into a verbal duel with the occupants of the Swift car. Suddenly, the person behind the wheel fired at the duo.

Ramesh Khatari, a relative of the injured, said, “The unidentified persons shot five bullets at the victims.”

The police have registered a case against unidentified persons.

School bus driver held for molesting girl

The city police have arrested a driver of the bus for trying to molest to a girl of Class VII of Atam Devki Nikaten School, today.

The driver has been identified as Harjit Singh, a resident of Jamalpur. Students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College protested on Friday and Saturday seeking justice for the rape victim.

The Commissioner of Police formed special investigation team. The team submitted its report this evening.

The report stated that the bus driver of Atam Devki Nikaten School tried to molest the girl on November 26. The girl had complained to her parents, who reported the matter to the principal of the school.

Instead of complaining to the police, the principal sacked the driver. The incident came into the light when college students started protesting against the authorities for hushing up the incident on Friday.

To pacify the protesting students, the police registered rape case against unidentified conductor and also booked the principal of the college for threatening the students raising voice against the crime.

The police recorded the statement of the victim’s father today and changed the rape case into a molestation case.

The driver has been arrested under Section 354-A of the IPC and Section 8 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.



Property tax
Civic body gets richer by Rs 24.73 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The fund-starved Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has managed to recover Rs 24.73 crore in two months since property tax was implemented in the city. The MC has set a target of collecting Rs 100 crore as property tax. Since October 2, as many as 73,451 residents have filed their property tax returns.

Since the tax is based on a self-assessment method, residents can calculate the amount they will have to pay as property tax.

The maximum collection of Rs 6.21 crore was from Zone D, followed by Rs 4.90 crore from Zone B, Rs 4.81 crore from Zone C and Rs 3.15 crore from Zone A.

An amount of Rs 2.72 crore was recovered from returns filed at Suvidha Centres, Rs 2.71 crore through online filing and Rs 24.84 lakh through the mobile vans.

Out of the total 73,451 returns, a maximum of 15,676 returns were filed in Zone D, 15,653 in the Suvidha Centre, 14,235 returns were filed online, 11,613 in Zone B, 7,903 in Zone A and 7,785 in Zone C. A total of 586 returns were filed through MC mobile vans.

Earlier, the MC had stated that residents who would file their property tax return before November 30 would get a rebate of 10 per cent. The date has extended till December 10.

For easy payment and information regarding property tax, one can also log on to www.mcludhiana.gov.in. The residents can enquire about the tax and calculation on helpline number 97800-22410.



Man arrested for molesting minor niece

Khanna, December 1
The Maloud police have booked a persons for allegedly molesting his minor niece. In her statement to the police, the victim, a 15-year-old girl and a student of Class X, alleged that she had been staying with her uncle, aunt and grandmother at Kartarpur village. She alleged that one day when her aunt was not at the house, her uncle asked her to put his cellphone on charging. However, she refused to do so after she saw an obscene MMS in the phone. Later, the accused asked her to hand over a bottle of liquor. When she was handing over the bottle, the accused caught hold of her arm, but she managed to save herself. The next day, the victim said, her uncle tried to hug her when she was heating water. She fell on the floor and her hair caught fire.

The victim alleged that she was threatened by her uncle.

She narrated the incident to her elder uncle and to the principal of her school. The police were informed.

The case was handed over to the Maloud police, which registered a case against Beant Singh, the victim’s uncle, under Sections 7 and 11 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Bill, 2011, and Section 506 of the IPC. ASI Tarsem Kumar said the accused was arrested and presented in a court from where he was sent to judicial custody till December 13. — OC



38-year-old man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
A 38-year-old person committed suicide by hanging himself in the Janakpuri area this afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kumar who used to run a shoe shop in Janakpuri. The police recovered a suicide note which stated that he was upset over the illicit relations of his wife. On the statement of deceased’s father and following the suicide note, the Division Number 6 police registered a case of abetment to suicide against the deceased’s wife Seema and her paramour Minka.

Pawan married Seema around 14 years ago and they had a 12-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son. Minka (35) is a relative of Seema and is unmarried.

Rajwant Singh, in charge, Janakpuri police post, said deceased was aware of the illicit relations of his wife with Minka. “Pawan’s father Hans Raj and mother went to a gurdwara when the incident took place at 12.30 pm. When they returned, they saw Pawan hanging from a ceiling fan,” said Rajwant Singh.



Road repair
Commuters irked over delay
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, December 1
The Shopkeepers Association and commuters in Sahnewal seem to be up in arms against the Nagar Council for allegedly showing no concern about reducing the width of a road, leading to Grain Market. The association and commuters have been demanding to lessen the width of the road by 6 feet. Due to this problem, entry of vehicles into the area has become almost impossible.

According to a trader, who owns a shop in the Grain market, “The Nagar Council has been informed several times about this grave problem. With the construction of over-bridge in the main market road in Sahnewal, the extension has almost come in the way of the Grain market. Secondly, shopkeepers have encroached upon the road, to nearly 5 to 6 feet. The council is tightlipped and seems to be in no mood to get the encroachments removed.”

“Our shop is in the Grain market and with entry of trucks and trolleys made almost impossible, how would our business flourish? Various pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The road is otherwise 16 feet wide, but just 10 feet is to be constructed. Resultantly, the passage for vehicles has become impossible,” said a shopkeeper.

“Even for a vehicle coming from the Kohara side, if it has to take a U-turn towards the Grain market, it is near to impossible. At the time of construction of bridge, these things should have been taken into consideration. A side-road, leading to the Grain market, should have been constructed from over the bridge. Visitors have to park their vehicles somewhere out and enter on foot to avoid blockage of road and disruption of traffic flow,” said a commuter.

“The problem has become rather grave. The paddy, lying at present in the mandis too cannot be taken out as there is no way left for the entry of the trucks or trolleys. Unless a direct road is constructed from over the bridge, our problem shall continue to persist,” said a shopkeeper.

The president, Nagar Council, Kulwant Singh Kanti, said, “The PWD minister will redress the grievances aired by traders and shopkeepers soon. The electric poles coming in the way of road construction shall be removed. The encroachments too shall be removed and a 17- feet wide road will be made available for the convenience of commuters. We understand the problems faced by the shopkeepers. Changes will be made in this direction at the earliest.”



Medical associations to work towards creating AIDS-free state
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 1
Medical associations of the area have launched a movement to create awareness among vol4unteers and activists of social and medical organisations, with a motive to exalt them to work towards the cause of sensitising the general public about the basis and consequences of AIDS.

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, office-bearers of the medical organisations called upon the members of social, religious and educational organisations of the area to join hands to combat the menace.

Members of prone groups and carriers of the virus were almost unable to access the latest recommendations of World Health Organisation (WHO). The recommendations, on the prevention and treatment of AIDS, are confined only to a section of media and websites.

Though huge amounts are spent on conducting seminars and workshops on an annual basis, the essence of the programme fails to percolate to members of the target groups and those living with the virus. On the contrary, members of the elite class, students, educators and leaders are usually subjected to stereotypical lectures, comprising statistical data and apprehensions.

The chairman of the Kalyaan Helpline, an NGO, Dr SR Shahi, and Dr RP Singla, an office-bearer of the Ahmedgarh Medical Association, alleged that there is shortage of physicians and volunteers engaged in projects launched in this regard.

Shahi and Singla alleged that the initiative taken by their organisations was not acknowledged and appreciated by any of the government agencies. Both claimed that about 11,000 persons, out of 12 lakh migrant labourers, working in the industrial and construction units of the region, had tested positive.

Stressing on the need for training doctors for identification, treatment and rehabilitation of patients, the crusades said there was only one qualified doctor to monitor 10,000 patients in India.

Cautioning the authorities against the killer disease, the crusaders claimed that the state was sitting on ‘AIDS quake bomb’, having its epicentre in the industrial cities, including Ludhiana and Gobindgarh. Students of various schools and activists of certain social, religious and educational organisations will be participating in an awareness rally to be organised in the area on Wednesday.

Appreciating the initiative taken by the office-bearers, activists of various organisations signed an undertaking to extend full support to the fight against the menace.

President, Rotary Club, Pardeep Sethi, president, Lions Club, Inder Pal Walia, patron, Social Welfare Organisation, Tarsem Garg, chairman, Shree Ram Mandir Committee, Bimal Sharma, and principal Pardeep Sharda vowed to cmbat the menace efficiently.



From schools
Sports day

Ludhiana: Manav Vidya Mandir held its sports day. Col. Surinder Singh was the chief guest while Dr Harjinder Singh, principal, GHG College of Education, presided over the function. A photo exhibition was also held. Harvinder Kaur and Amandeep Singh were declared best athletes. They were given certificates and trophies.

Exhibition: GMT Public School held an exhibition, Creative Minds 2013-14, on the campus. Deputy Mayor RD Sharma inaugurated the event. Principal Amarjit Dhaliwal and directors Kashmir Singh Thind, Jasbir Singh Thind welcomed guests. Students explained the working of various models to the guests. The principal appreciated the efforts of the students.

Contest: Green Land Convent School, Civil City, organised an inter-school colouring and talent hunt competition for kindergarten students. Chairman of the Chain of Green Land Schools Rajesh Rudhra was the chief guest. Principal Jyoti Sachdev Pujara welcomed guests. The day started with the colouring competition. Students gave a dance performance. The participants were given prizes.

Function: BCM School, Basant City, organised its annual function. Rakesh Kumar Popli (PCS), estate officer, GLADA, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. He lit the lamp. Students presented a dance. A Hindi skit on 'Jal Bachao' was also staged. The students also presented giddha and bhangra.

Shabad gayan: TSSM Senior Secondary School's shabad gayan team secured the second position in the state-level competition. Principal Gurbachan Singh Grewal congratulated Bhartdeep Singh, Maninder Singh, Navdeep Singh, Vishal Kumar and Amarjit Singh. Another student Mehakjot bagged the third prize in general knowledge competition.

World AIDS Day: World AIDS Day was observed at SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal. Students delivered a lecture. Head of the institute Sarita Goyal sensitised the students against the deadly disease.

'Akhand path':
Khanna: Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised an 'akhand path' on the Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Shabad kirtan was followed by langar. Members of Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust, principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni, faculty members and students paid obeisance to Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Annual function: Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School held its annual function. The event was organised for students of nursery to Class V. The students presented a dance performance and an English play. They also performed giddha and bhangra. Punjabi folk singer Gurmeet Bawa was the chief guest. School principal DP Thakur read out the annual report. The school organised a prize distribution function for students of classes VI to XII the next day. The students performed various items. Dr Manjeet Singh Kang, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest. The chief guest lit the lamp. Students gave dance performances. Toppers of Class XII (2012-13) were awarded by the chief guest, vice-president Harpartap Singh Brar, Manager Tarlok Singh Jaggi, director Jaswant Singh Gill, Pavittarpal Singh, Harjiwanpal Singh Gill and all committee members graced the function. School principal DP Thakur read out the annual report.

Fox and grape race: Students of Indus World School had a field day. The students took part in crawling race, monkey and banana race, fox and grape race, dog and bone race. The school principal encouraged students to take part in co-curricular activities.

Fete at Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School organised a fete. The event was inaugurated by Chotta Ram Jat, Commandant 26th BNITBP, Baddowal, Ludhiana, Rev. Father John, director, and Rev. Sister Christo, principal of the school. A number of stalls were put up. Games like bingo, hoopla and try your luck attracted crowds.

Gurpurb celebrated: The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at the GNPS. An 'akhand path' was held on November 29. 2013.The staff and students completed 39,503 'Japu Ji Sahib paths'. As many as 662 students participated in the 'Kanth Bani' competition.

Declamation contest: Guru Nanak International Public School hosted Ludhiana Sahodhya Schools Complex 'Punjabi Declamation Contest 2013'. Thirty-three schools participated in the contest. Prabhjot Kaur, Dr Iqbal Kaur and Dr Indermohan Kaur were the judges. Principal Bhupinderjit Kaur Bedi proposed the vote of thanks. — TNS



Crowning glory: Rich award haul by GADVASU pathologists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Scientists of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, participated in the XXXth annual conference of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists.

The conference, which was held at the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odhisa, included a national symposium on 'Advances and Application of Diagnostic Pathology for Disease Management in Livestock, Poultry, Pet, Fish, Laboratory Animal and Wildlife' and CL Davis Satellite Seminar on 'Pathology of Diseases of Poultry, Avian Wildlife and Pet Birds'.

Pathologists from GADVASU won a rich haul of awards for the second consecutive year which included prestigious 'Dr Nemi Chand Jain and Jawaharlal Vegad Award for Outstanding Research in Veterinary Pathology' to a team led by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood. The team comprised Dr Kuldip Gupta, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr M Raghunath.

The team carried out a research on 'canine mammary neoplasia as a model for human breast cancer'.

Best poster awards were bagged by Dr Kuldip Gupta for a research paper co-authored by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood and Dr Amarjit Singh.

The best article on pack animals published in the Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathology was won by Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu for a write-up co-authored by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, Dr Kuldip Gupta and Dr Amarjit Singh.

Dr Naresh Kumar Sood was conferred the title of 'Fellow of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists'.

Dr Sood also chaired the prestigious young scientists' award session and he presented a lead paper on bovine crpytosporidiosis and its public health significance.

Dr Amarjit Singh co-chaired a session on oncology and also presented a lead paper entitled 'Immunohistochemistry: Technical aspects and application in animal disease diagnosis'.

Dr Singh was also elected the web manager, IAVP, for the third consecutive term. Dr SNS Randhawa, Director, Research, and Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, congratulated the team on their achievement.



Trends change with time

Annual functions have become a flamboyant affair. Dance performances are choreographed by professionals. Parents do not hesitate to splurge on the attire and accessories. Nobody opts for rented dresses these days. Designer outfits are bought for the day. School authorities put in efforts to make the event a success. Things have changed over the years. People do not mind spending when it comes to dressing up their wards for annual functions.

A lesson on strengthening ties

Subordinates should look up to their superiors and learn to maintain cordial relations with the media. Senior officials in major departments make it a point to get back to reporters or at least send a message in case they are busy, but the junior staff do not bother to respond to such message or calls. While the reporters keep sending them messages, the subordinates do not reply. Left with no option, reporters have to write: "Despite repeated attempts, the official concerned could not be contacted".

Littered canteen

Students and faculty of Punjab Agricultural University are considered to be well-educated and awakened, but when it comes to maintaining cleanliness on the campus, some of them need to take some serious lessons. A visit to the student's home cafe revealed that many students and professors did not even bother to dispose of paper plates and cups. The plates and cups keep piling up. Yesterday, when I was sitting at the student's home, a professor came there with her two children. After having snacks, they left the plates on the table. When the professor was asked to dispose of the plates, she stared at the person and left.

Treasure hunt

The poor bear the brunt of winter. On the other day, I came across three children in the 10 to 12 age group. One of them was wearing shoes while the two others were barefoot. In T-shirts, they were rummaging through garbage. They had just found a pair of slippers from the dustbin. This moved me. I left wondering if the city's elite ever thought of doing something for such children. I wonder how they brave the chill and what keeps them going

Contributed by Manav Mander, Shivani Bhakoo, Puneet Pal Singh Gill and Anupam Bhagria



NGOs observe World AIDS Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Different non-government organisations of the city observed World AIDS Day today. The Punjab Networking of Positive People Society organised a seminar on AIDS at the Circuit House.

Addressing a meeting, the founder of the NGO, Jagjit Singh Maan, said, "There is need to make AIDS patients aware about their human rights and also to save the society form this fatal disease. He emphasised that educational institutions and social organisations should come forward in spreading awareness to the public in general.

While the convener of the seminar, Dr Rupinder Pal Singh Gill, said that AIDS was presented to the people in a dreadful way, that is why the AIDS patients felt isolated from the remaining society.While Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, Rising Youth, said," The transport sector can play a role in mitigating the transmission of HIV/AIDS because transport routes as well as the nature and activities of the sector have been linked to the spread of HIV. Long distance transport operators (truck drivers, sailors, airline pilots, locomotive drivers and construction workers) and road construction workers stay away from families for long, putting them at risk of contracting the infection."

Dr Surinder Gupta, president, AASHA TB Projects and the secretary NIMA, Ludhiana, said that an awareness activity was organised to mark "World AIDS Day". Red ribbons were pinned as a symbol of fight against the HIV. A movie on AIDS awareness, by BSF and UNAIDS, "Saavdhaan", was screened at his clinic.

AIDS Prevention

  • Be faithful to one partner
  • Avoid casual sex with strangers
  • Practice safer sexual behaviour using condoms
  • Use HIV-free blood and blood products for transfusion
  • Make sure that injection, syringes and surgical instruments are properly sterilised before use
  • Women declared HIV positive should avoid conception.



From colleges
Punjabi folk tales captivate students at Guru Nanak college

Ludhiana: Extension lectures were organised by the political science department and the Punjabi department of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha. Dr Kuldip Singh of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest. He spoke on globalisation. Prof Gursharan Kaur, head of the postgraduate department of political science, and Dr Kuldip Singh, Senator, Panjab University, too spoke on various issues. The Punjabi department organised the lecture on 'Punjabi Folk Tales and Novels'. Dr Gurmukh Singh from Punjabi University, Patiala, was the resource person. Dr Jaswinder Singh, former head, Punjabi department, Punjabi University, spoke on 'Punjabi Folk Culture'. Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu proposed the vote of thanks.

15 students present papers

The postgraduate department of commerce and business administration of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a paper presentation contest. Fifteen 15 students of MCom (first year) and MCom (second year) presented papers on marketing, finance, investment, tax planning and e-commerce. Kimsy Sood (MCom I) presented a paper on Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector and secured the first position while the second position was secured by Sukhjinder Singh and Vishal for their paper on e-Banking in India. Upasna Kaushal (MCom II) secured the third position for her presentation on Internet marketing. Dr Amandeep Kullar and Prof Gurjinder Kaur were the judges. Toppers of MCom, BCom and BBA were also honoured. Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu and Prof Gursharanjit Singh, head of the department, congratulated the students and gave away prizes. — TNS



Setting up new style standards among youth this winter season
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Come winters and new fashion collections flood the city market. Fashionistas and style-conscious people wait for this time of the year so that they can change their wardrobe and set up new style standards.

Rajvinder Kaur, a fashion faculty member at INIFD, said “Tweeds and tuxedos along with plaids are in for this season in a big way. “Rather than the splashes of bright and neon colours in the past couple of seasons, the neutral colours including black, grey, beige, brown, olive, violet and cool blue are making a comeback”, says Kuljeet, another faculty member, at the institute. Rather than coloured trousers, printed trousers are in while floral and tribal patterns on them, said another resident. Tribal designs on jewellery will be in fashion, she added. A city-based designer said that bright colours would be combined with neutral colours.

"Winter is the most beautiful season when it comes to swaggering in fashionable clothes. Winter clothes with variety of jackets, pullovers, woollens, mufflers, caps, stoles etc gives one unlimited ways to dress up and improvise their wardrobe and looks," says Jyoti Dhingra, a resident of Model Town. "I love the fact that black is back this time, because it is my favourite. With colourful clothes in the past few seasons, one used to look out of sync with fashion trends, but thankfully, I can now wear my black dresses," said Amandeep, another resident.



UAPA more draconian than TADA, POTA: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch organised a seminar on “Democratic Rights, Democracy and Repressive laws in India” and honoured winners of the state-level essay competition for students of colleges and universities of Punjab.

Dr Manisha Sethi, president, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, deliberated on the topic of “Repressive laws in India”. Lambasting the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) as more draconian than the previous TADA and POTA, She said that the minorities, tribals and political dissenters were often branded as Maoists and were incarnated indiscriminately under the provisions of the UAPA.

The anti-terror agencies of the state resorted to illegal detentions, encounter killings and communal witch hunt by using such draconian laws, she said.

She pleaded for launching a public campaign to do away with such laws.

“Punjab was the worst example of violation of human rights laws in the 90s and the state adopted this violation as a model, which they implemented in all other cases in India”, she added.

Dr Manisha afterthe seminar gave away the prizes to the winners of the competition.



1,000 ETT teachers express disgust
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
As many as 1,000 ETT teachers from all over Punjab held a protest against 'wrong' policies of the government. Police personnel were deployed to prevent any untoward incident. The ETT teachers from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda gathered at Atam Park, saying they wanted to work under the education department and not the zila parishads.

President of the ETT Teachers Union Punjab Jagsir Singh Sahota said if the state government failed to meet their demands, they would intensify the agitation. "We will hold a protest in Bathinda as Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be contesting from there," said the president. The agitating teachers that the SAD/BJP government had been dilly dallying to include the ETT teachers under education department for the past seven years. The teachers said they were not left with any other choice, but to resort to agitation.

The moment the teachers took to the road, senior police officials reached the spot and assured the protesters of convening a meeting with the Chief Minister soon.



Funds provided

A documentary made on the development model of Chakkar village in Ludhiana district was telecasted on Sunday on Doordarshan channel. Villagers, with the help of NRIs hailing from their village, converted a village-pond to artificial lake, informed District Congress Committee (Rural) president. Impressed with the initiative, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, released a grant of Rs 20 lakh, to the village concerned, out of the MPLAD Fund.

Blood donation camp

The 67th blood donation camp was organised by Baba Jaswant Singh Trust and Bhai Kanhaiya Ji Sewa Mission Society at Gurudwara Nanaksar recently. A free-of-cost dental check up camp was also organised on this occasion. In last 67 blood donation camps, the society has collected and donated more than 10,000 units of blood, said the president of Bhai Kanhaiya Ji Sewa Mission Society. — TNS



100 patients examined at camp

Ludhiana, December 1
The Indian Medical Association, district health department and Punjab Medical Representative Association organised a free medical camp at the IMA House, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, on Saunday. Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal inaugurated the camp. Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour. Hundred patients were examined at the camp. Free medicines were given to patients.

Trade expo: The third day of IETSS-2013 expo witnessed a huge turnout. The mega expo will bridge the gap between consumers and manufacturers.

The main attraction was innovative products exhibited by Quick Pipe Wrench. Laser-marking machine caught the fancy of the delegation from Pakistan.

Qaisra Sheikh, president of the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pakistan, and Ibrahim Sheikh, an industrialist, visited the exhibition. — TNS



Exhibition extended by 2 days
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 1
The painting exhibition organised by Sobha Singh Memorial Art Group in memory of painter Sobha Singh received an overwhelming response. The event, which is being held at Lions Bhawan, has been extended for two more days. Kanwaljit Singh, an organiser, said the exhibition witnessed a huge turnout.

Hundreds of paintings of more than 60 painters are on display.

"The artworks are being appreciated by visitors", said Dilbagh Singh, an artist. "We are now planning to organise exhibitions on a regular basis," said Sawarnjeet Savi, an artist. He said the idea behind organising the event was to promote the art. Sobha Singh's grandson Dr Hirdaypal Singh and Doordarshan Jalandhar director Harjit Singh were also present.

Painters Dilbagh Singh, Sawarnjeet Savi, Satpal Singh Kaleran, Navdeep, Kanwaljit Singh, Jaswant Singh and Gurpreet Singh have showcased their works.



Punjab’s role significant in freedom struggle: Historians
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 1
Eminent historians of the region highlighted the role of natives of Punjab in restructuring the nation during the pre-independence and post-independence eras. A state-level seminar on 'The Great Event of 1857- the role of Punjab’ was held in this regard at GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, on Saturday.

Dr Amarjeet Singh Grewal from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, was the keynote speaker and Dr SS Deol chaired the session sponsored by College Development Council, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Besides Grewal and Deol, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sohal from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Bhupinder Singh Sandhu from Virsa Vihar Centre also spoke on the occasion.



Cricket trials: 48 probables shortlisted
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
Fortyeight probables (U-16) were selected during the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at the Arya College ground here today. They will be enrolled at the regional coaching centre being run by the association at the same venue.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, informed that 83 aspirants attended the trials and the selection panel consisting of Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Ankur Kakkar, Dinesh Puri, Pawan Pandey, Navin Sharma and Naresh Kumar scrutinised them before selecting the probables.

Those selected are: Team A: Deepin Chitkara, Ishan Bhagaria, Gurjot, Lovish Dhir, Jaish Jain, Nihal Wadhera, Devam Kapur, Shubham Dyal, Krishna, Jashanpreet, Sajanpreet, Karthik Joshi, Vinayak Bansal, Ankush, Anmol, Shivam, Yuvraj, Abhinav Randhawa, Saveet Pal, Kamaldeep, Bhuvnesh and Mohit.

Team B: Baljot, Naman, Arjun Puri, Gunraj, Manjot, Aman, Garry, Keshav, Deep Kunwar, Rajat Patel, Shivek, Karan Vir, Abhay, Tanishq, Tijil, Shivam Dua, Yash Puri, Vidant, Abhishek Dhawan, Raghav, Aditya Vir, Arvind, Rajiv, Pawan, Tushar and Nipul Nayyar.

“Two teams have been constituted, who will attend the coaching-cum training camp and play practice matches prior to the final selection of the Ludhiana district cricket squad (U-16) to participate in the Punjab State Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association. The selected boys have been advised to report to the Arya College ground on December 2 at 4 pm,” said Chitkara.



Run-For-Reason:1,200 participants take part in mini-marathon
Tribune News Service

Participants of Mini-Marathon organised by Round Table India in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, December 1
“Run-For-Reason” a mini-marathon was organised by the Ludhiana Round Table-188 and IREO here today. The objective of the mini-marathon was to raise funds to help educate underprivileged children.

The venue for the marathon was a 5.5 km track on the lush green IREO campus. The event was open to participants of all age groups. The marathon saw a massive turnout of 1,200 participants, including students, residents and families running for prizes.

The marathon was flagged off by national president of "Round Table India(RTI)" Harish Shenoy from Mysore and North India chairman of "Round Table India" Prashant Agarwal from New Delhi.

The marathon was to generate awareness for education of underprivileged children. All the funds raised through sponsorships will be used for building classrooms in government schools of Punjab catering to poor children,” said Aggarwal.

The RTI is a non-profitable organisation which builds schools for under-privileged children. Members of the RTI are businessmen and professionals who volunteer to work for the organisation.



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