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Trains continue to run behind schedule due to bad weather
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 6
There was no respite for travellers as bad weather once again threw rail traffic off the track with trains continuing to run behind schedule for the second day in succession.

Rail traffic on the New Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar and New Delhi-Jammu sections showed no improvement even though the visibility had improved a little bit. Railway officials said trains on these sections were running late due to the cascading effect of erratic schedule during the past two days.

While the 12332 Jammu-Kolkata Himgiri Express was running late by more than 13 hours, the 12471 Mumbai-Bandra Terminus-Jammu Swaraj Express and the 12919 Indore-Jammu Malwa Express were delayed by nearly four hours.

Trains on the New Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar route were also not able to maintain the timetable. The pair of trains 12497/12498 running between Bew Delhi and Amritsar were running late by 2.25 hours and 1.55 hours, respectively. Similarly, the 12029 New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express was delayed by 2.20 hours and the New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express also arrived 30 minutes behind schedule.

Among other trains running late were the 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express (6.30 hours), the 11057 Mumbai-Amritsar Dadar Express (3.30 hours), the 12317 Kolkata-Amritsar Akal Takht Express (2.30 hours), while the 12203 Saharsa-Amritsar Garib Rath, the 12925 Mumbai-Bandra Terminus-Amritsar Pashchim Express and the New Delhi-Amritsar Intercity Express were delayed by more than an hour.

The late running of trains on most of the routes in the region has disrupted the travel plans of several people, especially members of the business community and professionals.

Sudhir Chawla, an executive with a local export house, said he had got his reservation in the Shatabdi Express for tomorrow cancelled due to uncertainty. "I would rather go to Delhi by road this evening (a day ahead) for a meeting with a client, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon," he said.


Survey hits civic body work 
People suffer as staff busy verifying details of beneficiaries of Atta-Dal Scheme
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is suffering as MC employees have been asked to carry out a survey regarding the Atta-Dal Scheme of the state government. It is for the first time that they have been asked to carry out this survey within the municipal limits. The survey is being conducted to verify the details of thousands of the beneficiaries under the scheme.

Sources said the survey, which was to be completed by December 31 last year, started after the deadline was over as lists were sent to the MC offices by the Deputy Commissioner's office a few days before the deadline expired.

A large number of MC employees were deputed for the survey as the Atta-Dal Scheme is the flagship scheme of the state government.

Requesting anonymity, a senior MC official said a decision to allot the work of the verification survey to the MC was taken during a meeting on December 24. “We were sent the lists a couple of days before the deadline ended and it took us a few days to sort these properly. We were earlier asked to complete the survey and prepare lists of roughly more than 50,000 beneficiaries by January 5. However, only around 70 per cent of the work has been completed so far as each beneficiary has to be verified personally by the staff,” said the official.

Another senior MC official said almost the entire staff in all four zones was deputed for this survey. “At the time the MC staff were asked to carry out this survey, they were already busy with work relating to the filing of property tax returns. To ensure that this survey gets completed at the earliest, we are taking the services of executive engineers, SDOs, junior engineers and other staff. City residents are suffering because all of us are busy with this survey and the preparation of lists,” said the official.

MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the district administration had asked the MC to carry out the survey regarding the Atta-Dal Scheme. “I admit it's a time-consuming job, but being government officials, it’s our duty to assist the government in such jobs.”


I admit it's a time-consuming job, but being government officials, it’s our duty to assist the government in such jobs.

Rahul Tiwari, MC Commissioner



77 drug addicts contract HIV from infected syringes
Gagandeep Arora
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Despite awareness created by the government and NGOs, several drug addicts have overlooked the damage caused by used and infected syringes. As many as 77 drug addicts contracted HIV from infected needles they used to inject sedatives in their veins.

They are undergoing treatment at the Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

The addicts came to know about the infection when they were brought to the OST centre for drug de-addiction. When employees of the centre examined their blood samples, they found the infection.

As many as 37 addicts have lost their lives due to HIV and tuberculosis caused by injecting infected syringes from 2010 to 2013.

Dr SS Dhir, in charge of the OST centre, said 531 addicts had been receiving treatment for drug de-addiction at the centre since 2010.

He said the addicts disclosed that they used to inject sedatives in their veins, besides taking sedative pills and capsules. Some addicts used bizarre techniques to sedate themselves. Some of them used to soak dirty socks in water and then drink the water, lick pain relief ointment, eat lizard's tail and consume opium and poppy husk.

He said most of the addicts who came for treatment to the centre were in the 18 to 32 age group. These addicts were introduced to drugs by their friends.

“The reason behind the HIV infection among addicts is the use of infected needles. The government has established OST centers in Khanna, Phillaur, Moga, Ferozepur, Morinda, Patiala, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Batala," said the district programme officer, Dr US Sooch.

Drug addicts’ bizarre ways

Drug addicts used to inject sedatives in their veins, besides taking sedative pills and capsules. Some addicts used bizarre techniques to sedate themselves. They used to soak dirty socks in water and then drink it, lick pain relief ointment, eat lizard's tail and consume opium and poppy husk.



Accused cries foul, says girl set herself afire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
The arrest of an alleged jilted lover, Baniya, has given a new twist to the case of 16- year-old Puja, who had set herself on fire outside her shanty on Pahowal Road on January 3.

Baniya, who was arrested yesterday, has stated to the police that the girl had attempted to commit suicide after being thrashed by her parents.

He claimed that he had neither set the girl on fire nor was he at her house when the incident took place. Baniya alleged that the girl had given a statement under pressure from her mother.

He said Puja's mother was misleading the police by stating that her daughter was a minor.

He claimed that Puja was 18 years old. Her parents were against their "relations" and thrashed Puja, following which she poured kerosene and set herself on fire in front of her parents, claimed Baniya.

The victim is undergoing treatment after suffering 25 per cent burns.

The girl's parents have termed the allegations baseless. Puja's mother alleged that Baniya, son of Putti Lal, who also lives in a shanty on Pakhowal Road, along with his accomplice, overpowered her daughter and threw kerosene on her. Baniya then set the girl on fire and fled from the spot along with his accomplice. Residents of the area came to her rescue. They doused the fire and took her to the hospital.

The accused was today produced before a court, which remanded him in judicial custody.



Icing on the cake for Jan 6 born
Get free cake on baker’s birthday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Residents were in for a treat today from a city bakery which offered a free cake to those whose birthday fell today. The free cakes were offered as it was the bakery owner's birthday today.

Free cakes were given to 90 residents who share their birthday with Nik Baker's owner Nikhil Mittal.

He had launched the bakery in Chandigarh seven years ago, and later opened outlets elsewhere.

Shemina, who came to celebrate her uncle's birthday today, said it was an interesting concept. She said she was happy to get a free cake and celebrate her uncle's birthday at the bakery outlet.

Meanwhile, talking about the changing taste of people, Nikhil said over the years, people had become more aware about bakery products. "This is a good sign for the evolution of good taste as people have now started appreciating world cuisines and innovations we make," he said.

He said the innovations were inspired by "various cuisines from different parts of the world as much as from products that were developed from completely new ideas".

"Thanks to the changing tastes of people and the growing awareness due to which they keep giving suggestions regarding new products, we keep adding new items to the menu," Nikhil said. 



Better Ludhiana
parking woes

Civic body must pull its socks up, say residents
As the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation fails to check the ongoing parking menace, in the second and concluding part of the series, Ludhiana Tribune reporter Puneet Pal Singh Gill talks to city residents to find a solution

Thousands of vehicles hit the city roads every month, but the parking arrangements remain the same. From the lack of public parking lots to failure to mark yellow lines along the roads, the city residents feel the MC has failed in its job. The traffic police, too, have not made efforts to clear wrongly parked vehicles by the roadside, leading to traffic congestion, say residents. The MC has also turned a blind eye to several violations of the building bylaws, which add to the chaos on roads.

MC, traffic cops should work in tandem

I personally feel that both the MC as well as the traffic police should work in tandem for ensuring that no vehicle is parked outside the yellow line along the road. Besides, all roads where the MC has failed to provide public parking should have yellow lines, so that residents can park their vehicles within designated space.

Dr Jagroop Singh, University professor

Challaning people unfair

The MC has failed to provide public parking lots in the city. It is sad that without even making arrangements for parking of vehicles, people are challaned. If I visit a particular market and public parking is not available there, where do the authorities expect me to park my vehicle? And if I park my car by the roadside, it becomes vulnerable to theft. The MC should make sure there are enough public parking lots in the city in order to reduce traffic congestion.

Santokh Singh, College professor

Keep in mind future needs

In Western countries, parking lots are planned keeping in mind the requirements of the future. But in our country, the civic authorities are only concerned about the present-day needs and do not worry about the future. I have come to know that the MC is going to start public parking lots at four places. If they really want to do something for the benefit of residents, the parking lots should be big enough to cater to the needs of next two to three decades.

Maan Singh Toor, Professor, PAU

Also start free public parking lots

Areas such as Malhar Road, Mall Road, Ghumar Mandi and Model Town do not have a public parking lot. Due to this, all vehicles are parked along roads, leading to traffic jams. The MC should start both paid as well as free public parking lots, so that people from all walks of life can park their vehicles there.

Sunil Kumar, Resident, Rishi Nagar

Penalise commercial establishments

Instead of simply issuing challans, the MC should first provide us with proper parking spaces. No person wants to flout rules if given proper facilities. This is only possible if all proprietors leave proper parking space while constructing their commercial establishments. The MC should take strict corrective measures and penalise all those who have not maintained proper parking.

Dharam Pal, Government employee

MC not acting on violations

The main road of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar is a perfect example of how the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has turned a blind eye to violations of building bylaws. Hundreds of illegal shops have come up on this stretch of the residential area and none of them have proper parking facility. If the MC follows the same approach in all parts of the city, then we will have no other option but to park our vehicles along the road.

Janakpreet Singh, Shopkeeper

Shopkeepers should not flout norms

The city suffers from maddening traffic and long traffic jams. Most of the traffic jams take place because there is no space for parking of vehicles. Even the shopkeepers and commercial establishments should understand that people would visit their premises only if there is adequate parking space available. So if they follow building bylaws, it will ultimately help them in doing business.

Jatinder Kumar, Bus driver

No check on contractors fleecing residents

The menace of overcharging by contractors managing the public parking lots has been going on for quite some time. Due to this illegal practice, some people do not park their vehicles in designated spaces. I feel that starting new public parking lots will not solve any problem until the MC makes sure residents are not fleeced. On the lines of the parking lot along Ferozepur Road, parking lots should be developed in all prominent markets of the city.

Jagdeep Kaur Gill, Student

The Ludhiana MC should ensure that all commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, should maintain a parking lot of their own. In areas such as Ghumar Mandi, which are thronged by thousands of visitors daily, public parking spaces should be started, where people can pay and park their vehicles, instead of getting challaned. No person wants to violate rules, but in the absence of proper parking, they are left with no option but to park vehicles wherever they find space — Dr Rajwinder Kaur, Research fellow, Pau

Residents as much to blame

Not just the authorities, residents too are to be blamed for traffic congestion on roads. It is true that the MC has failed to provide public parking lots in the city. However, I have seen people parking vehicles by the roadside outside shopping malls as well. People should change this mindset and park their vehicles in designated parking spaces. At places where there is no parking space available, the vehicle should be parked within the yellow line. If the yellow line is not marked, the vehicle should be parked in such a manner that it does not cause hindrance to the flow of traffic — Kuldeepak Naib, businessman



Residents protest near police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Residents of Sant Vihar, along with activists of the CPI, staged a dharna outside the Haibowal police station against alleged police inaction.

Nearly 100 people, led by Arun Mitra and Gurnam Singh Sidhu, squatted in front of the police station and demanded the arrest of five persons who were evading arrest since August last year.

Gurnam Singh alleged that a youth, Sidharth, of Sant Vihar was thrashed by his in-laws and their accomplices five month ago.

"The police are succumbing to political pressure as the culprits are residents of Bholath, Bibi Jagir Kaur's constituency. The Haibowal SHO had registered a case after a delegation of CPI leaders met ADCP-III Joginder Singh. No further action has been taken since then and the culprits are roaming free," said Gurnam Singh.

The victim, Sidharth, said soon after the marriage, his wife levelled allegations of dowry harassment against him.

"The matter was resolved. It was decided that a policeman will accompany my in-laws when they visit my house. Instead of being accompanied by a policeman, my in-laws came along with goons. They attacked me and other members of the family and ransacked the house," alleged Sidharth.

Amarjit Singh, SHO, Haibowal, said efforts were on to nab the culprits and they would held soon.

It is learnt that the dharna was lifted following an assurance given by ADCP-III Joginder Singh.



MCPI (U) flays hike in LPG, petrol prices
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 6
The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) today lashed out at the Centre and the state government for ‘unjustified, unfounded and baseless’ hike in the rates of domestic LPG, petrol and diesel. In a statement issued to the press, its members have condemned the increase in the prices of domestic LPG, petrol and diesel, thus burdening the common man and facilitating huge profits to the oil companies of the country.

“The rise in the prices of these commodities will compound the problems of the poor. The price rise will further hit the country’s economy,” said rued Pawan Kumar Kaushal, secretary, State Committee, MCPI(U).

The MCPI (U) has demanded the rollback in the price rise and withdrawal of the government's policy on decontrol of domestic LPG, petrol and diesel.

The party said Adhaar cards should not be made mandatory for the purpose of getting subsidy as per the Supreme Court decision. “Second, the subsidy must be given in cash instead of through banks as the consumer has to pay Rs 30 or 40 more in the form of VAT. Is it possible for a daily wage earner on one hand to make rounds of the banks to enquire about the subsidy and on the other strive hard to get day's meals?” he said.

“The governments at all levels are just looting the common man and making him a pauper, who is unable to meet his daily requirements and dies in penury,” said Pawan Kumar Kaushal.



Unite against divisive forces, says Dhindsa
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Jan 6
Rajya Sabha Member and secretary general of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has urged various social and religious organisations to join hands against divisive forces which had been trying to disrupt communal harmony in the region on one or the other pretext.

Dhindsa was interacting with office-bearers and activists of various organisations after a function that was organised to recognise the services of former president of the Municipal Council Ravinder Puri to society.

Dhindsa emphasised the need for persistent liaison among the office-bearers of various religious organisations and the administration.

Dhindsa said the region had gained special significance due to its inhabitance by members of all communities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians. "Though members of all these communities have been living together peacefully and participating in each other's religious and social functions for decades, divisive forces will not lose a chance to exploit their sentiments on even trivial issues," said Dhindsa.

Appreciating the state government for transferring the Vidhu Jain murder case to the CBI, Dhindsa maintained that it was among rare cases that a state government had come forward to shift a case to the central investigation agency on its own. 



Minority Morcha slams PM 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
The Minority Morcha, a wing of the BJP, burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh near Subhani Building Chowk in protest against the statement made by him that Narendra Modi's coming to power as PM would be disastrous for the country.

Nafees Ahmed Ansari, district president of the Minority Morcha, said: "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement was not appropriate." District president of the BJP Parveen Bansal said Manmohan Singh should have respected the seat of PM before making such a statement. "It doesn't behove a person sitting on the chair of PM to make such statements against anyone," said Bansal. Rather than making such statements, the PM should introspect how much development of the country has he carried out, Bansal said. Narendra Modi rather has transformed the state of Gujarat, as a model of development. The PM should not have made such statement, he said. 



Preparations for Republic Day function discussed

Ludhiana, January 6
A meeting of the heads of various departments was today held to discuss preparations being made for the Republic Day function to be held at SCD Government College here on January 26. Chaired by ADC (G) Neeru Katyal Gupta, the meeting was held at Bachat Bhawan. The ADC asked all officials concerned to complete arrangements within the stipulated time. She said a march past would be held in which personnel of the Punjab Police, Traffic Police, Punjab Home Guards, NCC volunteers and ex-servicemen would take part.

The Police Department will hold rehearsals for the parade. To make the cultural programme more colourful, a three-member committee will choose teams for presenting cultural items. — TNS



Preserving learnings on canvas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
An art exhibition titled "Shades 2 Life" was organised in the city today.

Amateur artist Jessica Arora, who is the person behind the exhibition, believes that an artist has the skill right from his or her birth and one can only better ones skills with formal training. She said she learnt art mostly on her own. She works in different media, but likes working with oil and charcoal pastels, in addition to acrylics.

A young artist, Jessica took to painting after she came back from Singapore, having completed her MBA. After painting her imagination and thoughts on canvas, she held a solo exhibition in the city.

Most of her works are based on abstract concepts. One of her paintings suggests that there is a need to preserve and use the learnings gained through experiences in life. "Since childhood, we read a lot and grow up reading. But many people forgot what they have learnt in life without making any use of it. We should try to preserve what we learn in our day-to-day life and from books, etc," she says.

A painting depicts the leaning of the human mind towards the five evils. The mind has been depicted as a magnet, that is attracted towards the five evils.



Ayali seeks support to curb drug abuse
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 6
A public convention, organised by SAD legislator from Mullanpur Dakha Manpreet Singh Ayali against the evil of drug addiction at the Dakha Grain Market, turned out to be a unique effort in many terms. Several prominent personalities from different sections of society expressed their views about the problem of drug abuse that has reached alarming proportions in the state.

The leaders of various parties, including the Congress, also attended the convention and promised to join hands and make collective efforts to rid the state of the menace of drug addiction.

The AIG (Intelligence), Ludhiana, Gurpreet Singh Toor, spoke about various reasons behind the spread of drug abuse. "Punjabi music and films are also contributing to the menace of drug addiction. The youth gets hooked to alcohol after being encouraged by certain Punjabi songs and films promoting consumption of alcohol," said Toor, terming the consumption of alcohol a beginning in drugs abuse.

Renowned academician Sarabjit Singh said the use of drugs improved the health of sick while their abuse degrades health. "There is a need for increasing book culture among the youth and creating a positive atmosphere by providing maximum employment opportunities to him and changing the thinking of the whole society," he said.

"Countries like the US and China had also faced similar problems in the past but the people of those countries fought against drugs and emerged victorious. Now, similar kind of efforts are needed in Punjab. Teachers play the most important role in educating the young generation," he added.

Manpreet Ayali appealed to people to join hands with him in stopping the menace of drug addiction. "I have never patronised any person involved in criminal activities. Village panchayats and sports clubs also hold utter importance in controlling the menace of drug abuse. The panchayats should cooperate with the Police Department in checking drug peddling because the government and administration can do nothing without the cooperation of the public," said Ayali while pledging to make Mullanpur Dakha free from drugs.

A drama "Ehna Zakhma Da Ki Kariye", shedding light on the menace of drug addiction, was also staged by the artistes of the Lok Kala Manch, Dakha. Jagraon MLA SR Kaler, SGPC member Gurcharan Grewal, Jagraon SSP Ashish Chaudhry, SSP (Vigilance) Satbir Singh Atwal also addressed the convention.

Helpline number launched

Ayali also released a helpline number 97816-00342 and called upon the people to come forward and provide any kind of information relating to the sale and consumption of drugs without hesitation.

Ayali eyeing Ludhiana LS seat

Speculations are rife about Manpreet Singh Ayali contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections from Ludhiana. According to sources, the SAD leadership has decided to field Ayali from Ludhiana. "In case, Ayali contests the Lok Sabha elections, his younger brother and Block Samiti Chairman from Sidhwan Bet Harbir Ayali will contest the Assembly byelection from Mullanpur Dakha," revealed a party insider.



PAU weatherman predicts dense fog
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Weather experts have predicted a dip in minimum temperature and rise in the humidity level will result in dense fog tomorrow morning. The Agro Meteorology Department at Punjab Agricultural University recorded the minimum temperature at 3.2 degree Celsius and 97 per cent morning humidity. The maximum temperature of the day was 17.2 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, the city witnessed cold wave conditions due to snowfall on the mountains.

Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, meteorologist at the PAU, said the foggy weather will continue for the next 48 hours. The sun will be partially visible tomorrow. The weather will again improve during weekends. According to the forecast, the maximum temperature can rise after 48 hours. The western disturbance can change the weather trends in the weekends.

According to the agro meteorology expert, continuing frost will affect vegetable crops, specially potato. It has advised to farmers to set up a polythene shield on the north-west side of the field to protect the potato crop from cold wave. They can also protect the crop by covering it with stubble.



Samples of edible items collected

Ludhiana, January 6
Teams of the Health Department raided several shops across the city and took the samples of edible items. Separate teams, led by food safety officers Ravinderpal Garg, Manoj Kohsla and Harpreet Kaur, collected 13 samples.

The teams collected samples of namkeen, jaggery, gachak from the Kocher market, peanuts, spices, jaggery, gachak, tea and namkeen from the Model Gram area and the samples of red chilli and cashew nuts from the Keser Ganj market.

The collected samples will be sent to Food Laboratory (Punjab), Chandigarh. — TNS



Plastic string injures eagle

Ludhiana, January 6
Despite strict action by the police against the sale of plastic string, people and birds continue to fall prey to the dangerous thread. A youth and an eagle were injured plastic thread-related mishaps.

Vipan Bhatia, president of the Pakshi Sewa Samiti, said an eagle was injured after it got entangled in a plastic string. The string caused a four-inch-deep deep cut on one of its wings.

The eagle was spotted hanging with a string at Chander Nagar. Raju, who spotted the eagle, informed Vipan. A team of the Pakshi Sewa Samiti reached the place and rescued the bird. Vipan said soon they would hand over the eagle to the Tiger Safari authorities.

Vipan said a youth, identified as Vinod Kumar (25), suffered a five-inch long cut on his neck. — TNS



Kakkar takes charge as SMO
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 6
Renowned eye surgeon Sukhjeevan Kakkar has been posted as Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the local Civil Hospital.

After taking charge, Dr Kakkar said he would try to provide best- possible health facilities to residents.

“I would try to improve the health services and would work to control various diseases from spreading.

Keeping people away from diseases would be my first priority,” he said.

Prior to his promotion, Sukhjeevan Kakkar served as an eye specialist surgeon at the local Civil Hospital.

He remained associated with the hospital.

After joining the hospital in 2002, he served local residents for more than six years.

He was transferred from Jagraon to Raikot in 2008 where he served for around five years.

Sukhjeevan Kakkar was again posted at Jagraon around four months ago as Senior Medical Officer.



Dept, teachers’ tussle hits studies
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
In the present tussle between the Education Department and teachers, students seem to be the worst sufferers.

The department demoted the teachers who were promoted as lecturers from the master cadre about two years ago. They have been struggling to get back their lost self-esteem.

The datesheets of PSEB Classes X and XII exams have been announced but in the absence of interest being taken by the “demoted” teachers, the study of students are going to be affected.

About 600 teachers, teaching various subjects at different stations, were demoted by the department following certain discrepancies. Taking little interest in their work, they are trying their best that they should not be asked to leave the stations or present postings.

At the same time, they are busy convening meetings, registering protests and agitations, taking little interest in the studies of the students.

It is a crucial time for the students of Classes X and XII as they have to appear for board examinations from March 1 and 10 onwards, respectively.

Parveen Kumar, general secretary of the Government School Teachers’ Union, here, said when teachers were not in their normal state of mind they were bound to take less interest in the routine school affairs.

“How can you expect them to be normal till their fate hangs in balance. They have been demoted unnecessarily while it is the officials, who are at fault. January and February are the months in which a revision of the syllabus is done by the students. If the teachers will not take interest, the students are bound to suffer as in government schools, attendance is marked till the last day before exams and students do not sit at home and prepare for exams. The department should have kept everything in mind before taking such a step as in the absence of teachers, they will be at the receiving end,” Kumar said.

One of the teachers, an English lecturer, said he was in no mood to go to school. My job and career is at stake and I am more worried about that,” he added.



PAU offers course for NRIs' kids
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Taking an initiative to deliver knowledge of the Punjabi language, culture, literature and heritage of Punjab to children of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and students of other states, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) has offered a short-term course.

A course on ‘Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabism’ has been started to teach the students about Punjab and its culture by the Agriculture Journalism, Languages and Culture Department of the PAU.

The duration of the course will be 14 days and there must be 20 students to start the course. As per the university authorities, the course would start from January 13.

Jagdish Kaur, a professor at the Agriculture Journalism, Languages and Culture Department, said the department had initiated the course for children of NRIs, who often demand to start a course to make the former aware about their roots and the rich culture of Punjab.

It will also help foreign students and students from other states in the university. Students having matriculation as qualification can get enrol themselves in the course.

The fees for the course will be Rs 2,500. For those students who want the hostel facility the fees will be Rs 10,000.

Dr Jagdish said the students would be taken to historical places like Amritsar and other such places and museums.

Dr RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences, PAU, said: “A number of NRIs approached us to initiate such a course. In January, several NRIs visit Punjab, along with their families. Hence, it is a right time to start the course.”



Teachers meet DEO

Ludhiana, January 6
A delegation of the Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) has met the District Education Officer, Zila Parishad.

Teachers said the shifting of 277 teachers from Zila Parishad to the Education Department was an appreciable step but in Ludhiana district, about 915 teachers were working under the parishad and they all need to be shifted to the Education Department. The counselling for the shifting process starts tomorrow and will take two days.

Many ETT teachers have threatened to boycott the process. — TNS



From scghools

Gurpurb celebrated at schools

Students of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. Manvi Shiv, a student of Class X, made students aware about the life and teachings of the tenth guru. Mandeep Kaur, a senior teacher highlighted the inspiring life and achievements of the great warrior. Later, Principal Bandana Sethi motivated students to follow the path shown by the Guru.

Green Land Convent

The birthday of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. A special assembly was conducted on the occasion. The gathering, which was in a meditative mood, participated in ardas. The presentation of shabad kirtan highlighted the teachings of spiritual Guru. The students recited poems. Principal Jyoti Sachdev Pujara made the students aware of the significance of the day. She added that all students should inculcate his teachings.

SDP school

The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated with great zeal on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal. Students delivered a lecture, recited poems and shabads. A quiz was also organised. Head of the institute Sarita Goyal congratulated the students and inspired them to follow the path shown by the Guru.

Lohri celebrations

Lohri was celebrated at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School with fun and frolic. Students danced, sang songs and had a gala time around a bonfire. A kite-flying competition was also organised for the senior wing. A cultural item was presented by the students of Class IX. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Uniforms distributed

Members of the Asian Club gave away uniforms and stationery items to children at the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre. Physically and visually challenged children of the centre sang songs on the occasion. The programme was organised in the memory of mother of Sukhminder Singh, the founder of the organisation.

Posters released

The posters of the 18th Lohri Mela, which is dedicated to girls, were released at the Circuit House on Monday. The fair would be organised by the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch on January 10. Chairman of the organisation Krishan Kumar Bawa, convener Ravinder Ranguwal, general secretary Jarnail Singh Toor, Pargat Singh and Arjun Bawa were among those present.

Jail inmates get woollens

Members of the Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust gave away two computers, printer, water purifier, 75 mattresses and beddings, blankets, sweaters and woollen clothes to children at a juvenile jail at Shimlapuri under the guidance of SP Oberoi, a Dubai-based businessman. He also promised to give 1.5 quintal wheat flour from the trust for the jail inmates.

Book released

A book titled ‘Dharm Vigyan’ written by Roshan Lal Gupta, a city-based psychologist, was released on Monday on the premises of SS Jain Sabha, Civil Lines. This is the seventh book by the Dr Gupta, who was honoured on the occasion.

Meeting held

A meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal Baajigar Cell was organised at the office of the cell. It was presided by Mahinder Lal Lalka. Appointments were also made on the occasion. Sachin Gulati was appointed as vice-chairman of the organisation.


Vikas Jindal, a city-based dentist, was felicitated by the Indian Dental Association at its annual general body meeting held on Monday. The city-based dentist, Vikas Jindal, had been elected as the member of the Dental Council of India as a representative of dentists from Punjab. — TNS



2-year-old crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
A two-year-old girl was crushed to death while a car driver was reversing the vehicle at Salem Tabri here last night.

The driver has been identified as Beant. He has been booked under Section 304-A of the IPC for reckless driving causing death.

The victim has been identified as Honey, daughter of a tenant living in Beant's house.

The incident took place last evening when Beant was taking out the car and reversing the vehicle.

He did not notice Honey and the girl was run over by the car. 



Two drugged on train, robbed of cash, mobiles

Ludhiana, January 6
Two labourers fell prey to the "jahar khurani" gang here today. The victims have been identified as Mannu and Parmeshwar, who were travelling by the Jan Sewa Express.

They were found unconscious at the Ludhiana railway station. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital where, after regaining consciousness, they told the police that three persons, posing as passengers, met them at Beas. Mannu said the trio started taking tea and offered them as well. He said after taking the tea both of them fell unconscious. The members of the gang took away Rs 11,000 and two mobiles from them. The GRP has registered a case and started investigation. — TNS



Rose Rock Gym trainees make city proud at tae kwon do meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 6
Trainees of the Rose Rock Taekwondo Gym, Jalandhar Bypass, gave a stupendous performance to secure the runners-up trophy at the International Martial Art Championship in Navi Mumbai recently.

Pawan Tomar, director of the gym who accompanied the team, said: "While the team Korean Tigers from South Korea mesmerised everyone by their awesome martial arts display to bag the top honours, players from the city too gave an impressive performance to fetch the second position besides a cash prize of Rs 50,000."

Players from the city clinched 18 medals including eight gold, five silver and as many bronze medals. Damandeep Kaur, a student of Master Tara Singh Memorial Girls College, bagged two gold medals and one silver medal, while in the boys’ section, Himanshu Verma of Evershine School won two gold medals and helped the team finish as the runners-up.

Nazir Ali of Lucky Senior Secondary School won a gold medal and also secured the award of best performer in his age group. Rachit Verma of Green Land School and Akash Verma of GMT Public School bagged one gold and one silver medal each.

Other medal winners were Mohan Deep, Neeraj Sharma, Sonu Paswan, Sahibjit Singh, Parkash Bral, Vijay Kumar, Timsy and Deepika.



Players off to national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 6
Office-bearers of Punjab Throwball Association were present at the railway station as the state teams departed for Delhi to compete in 36th Senior National Throwball Championship from January 8 to 11.

The girls’ team includes Gurpreet Kaur, Simran Jaiswal, Shikha, Manu, Shivani, Monika, Anjali, Gurpreet, Simran Kaur, Anuradha, Sonia, Tamanna and Shivali. Arvinder Kaur is accompanying the team as coach.

The boys’ team includes Balwinder, Somdev, Deepak, Shiva, Sonu Mal, Pardeep Singh, Sampuran Pandey, Ashwani, Gulshan, Navneet Singh, Jagjeet, Sachin and Varinder Sandhu. Rajwinder has been named the coach.



Kila Raipur to host rural sports fest from January 30

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 6
The annual rural sports meet at Kila Raipur will take place from January 30 to February 2.

The announcement was made by the Grewal Sports Association, Kila Raipur, after a meeting of the office-bearers recently.

Various committees have been constituted to ensure smooth conduct of the mega event, popularly known as Mini-Olympics.

Gursandeep Singh Sunny and Balwinder Singh Jagga, president and secretary of the association respectively, said folk artistes from various parts of the state besides from Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh would exhibit their talent on all the four days of the sports festival.

Bullock-cart races, Bhagwant Memorial Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, dog races, horse races, tractor races, kabaddi and athletics will be the major attractions of the rural festival. — OC



Mohit, Shivani to lead Punjab

Khanna, January 6
A 20-member team from Punjab will participate in National Karate Championship at Tal Katora Stadium in New Delhi from January 24 to 28.

Over 120 karate players from all over Punjab participated in the trials held at Khanna. Of these, 20 players were selected for the senior boys’ and girls’ team.

Coach of the team and general secretary, Punjab Karate Champion Association, Rajesh Joshi said that seven of the players belonged to Khanna alone.

They include Simmi Batta, Pooja Rani, Harman, Dolly and Shivani Sharma from girls’ section and Mohit Malhotra and Gurinder Singh from boys’ section.

While Mohit will lead the boys, Shivani will be the captain of girls’ team. — OC



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