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TB, AIDS patients at receiving end
Employees' strike enters its fifth day on Monday, health programmes affected
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Employees of the TB wing of the Health Department shout slogans in Ludhiana on Monday
Employees of the TB wing of the Health Department shout slogans in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 3
Tuberculosis and AIDS patients continue to suffer as the strike by the employees of the tuberculosis wing of the Health Department and the AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association entered its fifth day today. They have been protesting the non-revision of their salary structure.

Many visitors were disappointed as nobody was at the wing to administer them their regular dose. Sources in the Health Department said around 75 fresh cases of AIDS were detected in Ludhiana every month.

Fiftysix employees of the tuberculosis wing in Ludhiana have demanded a revision of their salary structure while the AIDS Control Welfare Employees Association has made the same demand besides permanent status for its members.

A relative of AIDS patient said the patient needed regular medication and tests were done regularly to review her condition. "Since the employees are on strike, they are unable to give medicine to her. Now, I will have to shell out a big sum to get her medicines from private chemists," he said.

Another patient, who is undergoing treatment for TB, said the patients had been left in the lurch. "Employees have not been visiting homes for the past few days and my treatment has been affected," said an elderly woman.

Meanwhile, members of the AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association met Subhash Chander, Health Secretary, and the Director-General of the National Aids Control Organisation. However, nobody was ready to fulfil their demands.

Jagtar Singh, a leader of the employees of the Ludhiana district TB wing, said the Central TB division had given increments to its employees to be implemented from April 2013.

Gurpreet Singh, president of the Ludhiana chapter of the AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association, said they worked harder than the regular employees but were paid half the salary.

The AIDS control employees do counselling, give patients medication and conduct regular tests on them.


House tax inspector, aide caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Harvinder Singh, House Tax Inspector of Zona-A, along with Balwinder Singh, a helper at the building branch in Zone-A, was caught red-handed by the Vigilance staff while they were accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000.

The Vigilance team included DSP Bikramjit Singh, Gurpreet Kaur Purewal, Inspectors Bhupinder Singh and Barjinder Singh, SDO of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board Ravi Kumar and clerk Roop Lal.

Satinder Singh, SSP (Vigilance), said the complainant, Sahil Chabra, a resident of house number 140, Upkar Nagar, Civil Lines, wanted to get the TS-I certificate for his hosiery unit at Kalyan Nagar. He met House Tax Inspector Harvinder Singh who allegedly took Rs 12,000 from him and gave a receipt of just Rs 4,600. The Inspector told him that if he wanted to get his work done, he would have to shell out Rs 50,000, the SSP said.

On Chabra’s request, Harvinder agreed to take the amount in two instalments. Today, Chabra was called by Harvinder to reach near his office to pay the first instalment. When he reached the office, he asked Chabra to hand over the amount to Balwinder. Both Harvinder Balwinder were caught red-handed by the vigilance sleuths.

A case under sections 7, 13 (1) D RV 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against both accused.



Acid attack victims join hands to get justice
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Instead of simply surrendering to their fate, these acid attack victims have joined hands to face the reality and make society aware that they must not suffer alone and the guilty must be punished severely.

An effort to bring these acid attack victims together has been made by an NGO, Acid Attack Victims, being run by youngsters, including Alok Dikshit, Ashish Shukla and Abhilash.

An acid attack victim, Lakshmi said for three years, she had locked herself in her house. A 32-year-old man had thrown acid on Lakshmi when she was just 15 years of age in 2005. After a month, the man was out of the jail on bail and got married. For her the life had got worse over the years. Though the accused was again sent to jail, he will be out after a year. "It’s like living in hell. But we have joined hands together so no other girl becomes the victim of an acid attack," said Lakshmi.

In 2008, Delhi-based girl Roopa was attacked with acid by her step-mother. She was jailed for just one and a half years and her father tried to hush up the matter. Roopa left her home and joined the NGO to fight against such crimes.

Sapna said in 2013, a relative threw acid on her. Her whole face was disfigured and she had been depressed and had stayed indoors for several months. "But now I feel that sitting in the home is not a solution to the problem. We need to make the masses aware these criminals must be punished. The accused should suffer and not the victims or their families," said Sapna. The NGO has also created its website and is running a centre in New Delhi where victims learn how to become self-reliant by getting training in tailoring, stitching, etc. Meanwhile, a play on acid attack victims was also staged at the local railway station last evening.



MC to issue orders
Ill-treatment of elderly persons at malls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Municipal Corporation will issue orders to the local mall owners, asking them to be "sympathetic" towards senior citizens, physically challenged persons or those suffering from ailments when it comes to stopping vehicles near the entrance.

The complaints of attendants/security guards behaving "rudely" with the owners of vehicles carrying senior citizens and the physically challenged were taken up at the last meeting of the Vidhan Sabha Committee held in Chandigarh.

The MC Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, said it had been brought to his notice that when the parking lots at the malls got full, the attendants or guards asked visitors to park their vehicles somewhere else. Even if visitors pleaded that there were senior citizens and physically challenged persons in vehicles, they were not allowed to drop them near the entrance.

"We are going to issue orders. The vehicles carrying aged or physically challenged persons must be allowed to stop near the entrance to drop these persons there. After that the vehicles can be parked elsewhere if there is not enough parking space in the malls. We are going to act tough in case we get any such complaint after the issuance of the orders," said Tiwari.



inflated power bills
Residents block road for 5 hours
Our Correspondent

Amloh, February 3
Residents of Majri village, 1 km from here, blocked traffic on the Amloh-Khanna road for five hours today in protest against the enhanced power bills issued by the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPC).

The protesters, including women, raised slogans against the government. Traffic had to be diverted to village roads.

The protesters said the PSPC had issued domestic electricity bills as high as Rs 20,000 or 25,000 for a period of two months. A resident, Balwant Singh, said he got Rs 45,950 power bill for these months when air-conditioners and fans were hardly used. When he opposed the inflated bill, the PSPB office agreed to reduce it to Rs 15,000.

Halqa in charge Jagdeep Singh Cheema has requested SDM Rajdeep Kaur to get the matter resolved. Naib Tehsildar Nirmal Singh Tiwana reached the site and the protesters’ representatives were invited to the SDM office for a meeting with the PSPCL officials. After being assured of modifications in the bills, the protesters ended the blockade.



3 cases of snatching in 24 hrs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Three incidents of snatching have been reported in the city in the last 24 hours. Two snatchers, with their faces covered, snatched a mobile phone and Rs 1,000 from a motorcyclist at Sandhu Nagar. The victim has been identified as Ranjit Kumar of the Haibowal area.

In another incident, two motorcyclists snatched a gold chain from a woman at Hargobind Nagar. The victim, Raj Rani has stated in her complaint that she was standing outside her home at Hargobind Nagar when two persons came on a bike and snatched a gold chain from her neck. Raj Rani raised an alarm. Some passersby chased the snatchers but they escaped.

Amritpal Kaur has complained that she was standing at the traffic lights at Rajgur Nagar when two bikers snatched her purse containing cash and valuables.



World Cancer day today
Once cancer patients, now they lead normal life
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
They got the biggest shock of their life the moment they were diagnosed with cancer. But after undergoing timely and regular treatment, they have come out of the grasp of this deadly disease and are leading a normal life. On the eve of World Cancer Day (February 4), Ludhiana Tribune talked to cancer survivors to share their experiences.

Veena Jain (58) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. “Initially, I was reluctant to go for operation. After my husband persuaded me, I underwent rounds of chemotherapy, and finally surgery. Today, I am hale and hearty and leading a normal and medicine-free life,” she said.

Dr Pamela Jeyraj, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, and Dr Shruti Kakkar, Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said the main problem was the mindset of most Indian people who believed in delaying the things. One should immediately contact the doctor if something abnormal is found in the body. Sometimes patients keep on delaying a visit to a doctor and by the time they consult one, the disease has reached its advanced stage,” said they.

The life of Prabhjot’s parents was devastated when they were told that their eight-year-old daughter was suffering from blood cancer. “It was in 2011 that our daughter was detected with cancer. After undergoing regular treatment for two and a half years, she is perfectly fine today and leading a normal life,” said Prabhjot’s father.

Akshara is another survivor. “We did not do what to do when we came to know our daughter had been suffering from cancer. But the Arpita Cancer Society came to our rescue and my daughter is medically fit today. The society bore the medical expenses on my daughter’s treatment,” said Sanjeev, father of Akshra.

Dr JS Sekhon, Director of Oncology at Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, said: “Cancer is one of the biggest causes of death in the world. The World Health Organisation has predicted the number of cancer cases will double in the next 25 years”.

Focus this year

The focus of this year's World Cancer Day (February 4) is the Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline “Debunk the myths”.

Arpita Cancer Society

The Arpita Cancer Society in Ludhiana started with 20 women members. It has come to the rescue of many children suffering from this deadly disease. “We contribute funds monthly and also organise programmes to raise funds. Cases of children up to 11 years of age are undertaken by the society for help and treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Till now, we have helped nearly 30 such children,” said Sunila Gupta, secretary of the society.



proposed hike in power tariff
Industrialists boycott public hearing
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 3
Terming the public hearing by the chairperson of Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), Romila Dubey, on the proposed hike in the power tariff as farce, a section of industrialists boycotted the proceedings conducted in the conference room of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) here today.

While the Induction Furnace Association of North India, a body of bulk purchasers of electricity, along with the Fasteners Manufacturers Association of India (FMAI), had decided not to file any objection before the Commission during the public hearing, a deputation of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, the largest representative body of bicycle and parts manufacturers, walked out of the meeting after some of their suggestions and objections were turned down.

Over a dozen deputations, representing different categories of consumers, put forth their objections and suggestions regarding before the Commission during the hearing.

Asserting that the hearing was just a formality, KK Garg, the president of Induction Furnace Association of North India, said they had decided not to file any objection to the annual revenue requirement (ARR) for the year 2014-15 filed by the PSPCL since the Commission was allegedly biased against the industry.

"The Commission never took the objections or suggestions made by the industry seriously and it worked under the dictates of the government. There is no point making any plea before the PSERC," Garg said.

FMAI president Narinder Bhamra said the industry felt cheated and betrayed with the 13 per cent hike in tariff proposed by the PSPCL. "It is completely opposite to the assurance given by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal that once the state becames power surplus, the power tariff will be reduced," he said, adding that it was unfortunate that instead of providing relief to the industry, the PSPCL, in connivance with the PSERC, was raising the power tariff.

Flaying the proposal for further increase in power rates, Charanjit Singh Vishvakarma, the president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, challenged the data provided by the PSPCL in the ARR for the next financial year. He said the farm sector was benefiting at the cost of industry and other consumers, who have to bear the brunt of financial mismanagement by the power utility.

Vishvakarma said rather than putting an additional burden on the industry and other categories of consumers, the PSPCL ought to cut down the transmission and distribution losses, rationalise subsidy to the agricultural sector and downsize the top-heavy corporation.

Making a similar plea, Upkar Singh Ahuja, the general secretary of Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, emphasised that the Commission should ask the PSPCL to put its house in order and bring about financial reorganisation in order to cut down losses, reduce the cost of fuel and slash administrative expenses.

Taking part in the public hearing, members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) demanded reduction in the electricity tariff so as to reduce the burden on people who were already reeling under exorbitant prices of essential commodities.

CPI district secretary Kartar Singh Bowani said the electricity charges in Punjab were already very high in comparison to the states of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

The party demanded that the PSPCL be asked to cut down its wasteful expenditure, prevent losses in transmission and distribution of power and reduce the establishment cost. It also demanded that the power utility should refund the advance consumption deposit collected from the consumers.



Residents want end to traffic woes
Chaos on roads leading to major hospitals in the city some times proves fatal for patients with immediate medical needs. Encroachments, poor regulation of traffic and absence of special lanes for ambulances and other emergency vehicles are to be blamed for such tragedies. People from all walks of life are critical of the district administration, the Municipal Corporation and the Traffic Police for being unable to contain traffic chaos on the city roads, especially those leading to major hospitals. Ludhiana Tribune speaks to residents.

There should be smooth flow of traffic on the roads leading to hospitals. There are times when delay in getting medical aid proves fatal for a patient. The Administration should restrict the entry of heavy vehicles on the congested roads in the inner areas of the city. The road leading to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is narrow and encroached upon by shopkeepers and vendors. The Administration should remove the encroachments for the free flow of traffic. Besides, there should be a provision of separate lanes for ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

Dr Vinay Kumar Sharma, Maharaj Nagar resident

Traffic rules are flouted in the city, which often results in a chaotic situation on roads. If the Administration does not regulate the traffic and ensure that traffic rules are followed, the day is not far when commuting on the city roads will be fraught with risks. Non-functional traffic signals add to the chaos on roads. The situation is all the more troublesome for a commuter crossing the Jagraon Bridge. One can imagine the plight of a patient, who is being rushed to the Civil Hospital in an ambulance, which gets stuck in a traffic jam on the road. Road safety and traffic management are serious issues that the authorities concerned should pay immediate heed to.

Narjeet Singh, student

While officials in the Administration and the traffic police are apparently indifferent, commuters too are least bothered about giving way to emergency vehicles. There should be separate roads or lanes for ambulances at least. India can take a lesson or two from developed countries when it comes to regulation of traffic. Ministers going on foreign trips at the cost of public money and on the pretext of studying how traffic is regulated there seldom return enlightened.

Gursharan Singh, IT engineer

It is unfortunate that even after six decades of country's independence, the successive governments failed to provide proper roads. The governments at the Centre and state lack vision when it comes to planning traffic management. More than 10 multi-national car companies have been doing business in the Indian market. The numbers of vehicles have been increasing day by day. But the condition of roads is similar to that of 1950's.

Dr Sanjay Kumar, University professor

There is traffic chaos outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital throughout the day. In the absence of proper parking space, the vehicles of attendants are haphazardly parked. The Municipal Corporation should plan parking areas near major hospitals in the city, especially those located in densely populated areas.

Ravinder Ravi, poet

Traffic snarls cost my uncle his life a few months ago. He was being rushed to the CMCH and the ambulance got caught in a traffic jam on the Ferozepur road. Like him, many people must have lost their lives due to delay in getting medical treatment. On the one hand, the government has been planning to run a metro train in Ludhiana while on the other, it is yet to successfully manage the vehicular traffic. The government should take the traffic management on Ludhiana roads as a challenge.

Gurwant Singh, resident of a village near Moga



Marriage dispute cell ‘a nuisance’
Ugly fights have become a matter of concern for residents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The frequent fights and hurling of abuses among family members of the strained couples outside the Marriage Dispute Redressal Cell near Lakkar Bridge has become a nuisance for area residents. Though, the police claim that Surinder Arora's death was a stray incident, but ugly fights and hurling of abuses have become a matter of concern.

The 60-year-old had died yesterday following a quarrel with his son-in-law.

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale maintained that the case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was registered against Ashwani and his parents Jyoti and Anil and the victim's body was handed over to the family.

However, the residents living in the surrounding area feel that the police personnel should be deployed outside the woman cell in order to control the rising tempers of the families.

"The police officers keep sitting inside the women cell and send families outside to settle their dispute. On coming outside, both groups have heated arguments and level nasty allegations against each other," said a hosiery trader living in the area.

The residents also feel that if the police personnel would have been deployed outside the woman cell, the incident could have been avoided.

The families living in the police lines quarters located near the women cell also expressed concern over the repeated ugly quarrels among families involved in marital dispute.

"The woman cell is located just at the entrance of our colony. So invariably we become witness to the unpleasant scenes. The fighting couples sit at the tea stall outside women cell and often hurl abuses at one another. Such incidents leave negative impression on our children. They think that marriage creates all kinds of problems. It becomes very difficult for us to explain such issues to them," said the wife of a police officer requesting anonymity.

It is learnt that the Surinder Arora was a heart patient and was unwell yesterday.



Villagers block highway
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 3
Scores of villagers, including several women, blocked the Jalandhar-Barnala highway for over an hour. The local police had to divert the traffic to alternate routes for the convenience of commuters. Those visiting Jagraon were the worst hit due to the blockade.

The protesters accused District Administration of not giving charge to Balaur Singh, a retired Army Captain. Balaur was elected as the sarpanch of Bhamipura village around seven months back.

Villagers also blocked the traffic outside the local Block Development and Panchayat Office (BDPO) near Jagraon Police Lines.

The protesters accompanied by some leaders of the Congress party raised slogans against the panchayat secretary for allegedly causing delay in giving charge to Capt (retd) Balaur Singh.

“The Administration is causing delay in giving the charge to Balaur Singh as he is from the Congress. The treatment meted out to Balaur by the Administration is completely undemocratic and unconstitutional,” said Congress leader Satinderpal Singh Grewal, who was accompanying the protesters along with Jagraon Youth Congress president Manjinder Singh Dalla.

According to Capt Balaur Singh, he met District Development Panchayat Officer (DDPO), Ludhiana, ADC (development), Ludhiana, SDM, Jagraon, and MLA, Jagraon, several times in this regard, but to no avail.

The blockade was lifted only after Block Development Panchayat Officer (BDPO) intervened. The BDPO, Jagraon, Amarjit Singh, assured the protesters of resolving the matter within few days. “We will intensify stir if no action is taken soon,” said Balaur Singh.



Lack of funds, poor infrastructure responsible for setback to AYUSH, says association

Ludhiana, February 3
The alleged lackadaisical attitude adopted by the government is to be blamed for the slow growth of the Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy (AYUSH) programme in the state.

While foreign countries have started following the traditional methods of treatment and healthcare, India, on the other hand, is slowly drifting away from it.

Various factors such as shortage of doctors, lack of publicity and changing lifestyles are to be blamed for the present situation.

Dr Balwinder Kumar, president, NRHM Homeopathy Association, said homeopathic doctors are not well-paid. “Another major problem is infrastructure. We are provided one room in which the doctor and the dispenser sit. We receive medicines after five years. Government needs to pay attention at the earliest,” said Kumar.

Dr Inderjeet Rana, state president of AYUSH Employees Forum, said, “No regular doctors have been appointed in the state since 1990 and there are only 58 regular doctors working iat present.” — TNS



communal riots
MCPI (U) urges authorities to toughen stance on accused
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 3
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) (United) has taken serious note of Rahul Gandhi's statement regarding the involvement of some congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots during the district general body meeting at KK Kaushal Memorial Bhavan, Doraha, today. The meeting was presided over by Azad Singh Khatra.

District secretary Lakhwinder Singh Bowani said the members have demanded that the guilty must be brought to notice and punished. They also urged the authorities to take action against all those involved in the communal riots of Muzaffarnagar, Gujrat, Punjab, Assam and other places.

Kuldip Singh, national general secretary, MCPI (U), gave a brief report on international and national situation and proceedings of the Central Committee at Jodhpur. State committee secretary Pawan Kumar Kaushal showed concern over the increasing drug menace in Punjab. He demanded a high-level judicial inquiry into the narcotics and drug trade in order to break the nexus between the politicians, police and drug smugglers. The MCPI (U) will hold tehsil-level dharnas from February 10 to February 13. The district-level dharnas will be staged in the first week of March to press their demands.



murder case
Victim’s parents stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Parents and relatives of Sonia, who was found murdered at Focal Point area on January 24, staged a protest outside the office of Police Commissioner here today. The family members of deceased demand the arrest of unidentified murderer.

Pala Ram, father of deceased, stated that her daughter used to work in a factory and went missing on January 23. She went to factory from home and left the factory in the evening along with her friend. Next day she was found murdered in a vacant plot. The father of the deceased alleged that the police was not investigating the matter properly.

“The policemen are not serious about the case. If the police investigate from friend of Sonia, it will definitely get clue about the murder,” said Pala Ram. A commuter informed the police on January 24 that body of a girl had been lying near the Dry Port Focal Point. The police reached the spot and found that the girl was murdered with a sharp edged weapon. Next day the girl was identified as Sonia, a resident of Guru Amardas Colony.



ASHA workers to hold protest at Bathinda

Ludhiana, February 3
Seeking implementation of their demands, which have been accepted by the government, members of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Facilitation Workers Union will be staging a protest in Bathinda on February 10.

Amarjeet Kaur, the president of the union, said, "Some of our demands were accepted by the state government on January 9. However, it did not implement them even as about a month has passed. We will not boycott work but will continue our protest till February 9 in case our demands are not implemented." She said workers from four districts of Moga, Bathinda, Faridkot and Khanna would participate in the protest on February 10. — TNS



Guest lecturers’ protest enters its 13th day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The protest of guest faculty lecturers of Government Colleges entered 13th day today. The lecturers working in Government College for Girls and SCD Government College has been protesting to get the basic pay scales with DA.

They had started their protest on January 21. The lecturers had staged protest on January 27 at Bathinda and the Police arrested 50 lecturers during the protest.

More than 40 teachers boycotted the classes and staged protest at Government College for Girls. Meanwhile, 50 guest faculty lecturers hold a protest at SCD Government College.

"We will continue our strike till government does not accept our demands. We should be paid salary for 12 months instead of 8 months. Most of the lecturers are highly qualified and colleges are paying even less then the private schools," said Manjinder Sood, district president of Guest Faculty Lecturers Union.



Sports Day organised

Guru Angad Dev Academy, Ladhian Khurd, organised an annual prize distribution and sports day. On this ocassion, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu was the chief guest and Director Rajinder Singh, Hargulab Singh, Principal Gurmeet Kaur were also present. Students participated in various games. Chief guest distributed the prizes to the winners.

Extension lecture

The PG Department of Commerce and Business Management of Arya College, Ludhiana, organised an extension lecture on "Passion for Excellence" by Anil Kumar, executive director and CEO, Shreyans Industries Ltd. Students of B Com and M Com classes attended the lecture. Professor AK Singla, Head of PG Department of Commerce and Business Management welcomed the distinguished speaker. Anil Kumar delivered an enlightening lecture and stressed upon the four 'H' i.e. Head, Heals, Hands and Heart. While interacting with students he advised them to aim high and then strive hard to achieve it. He put emphasis on implementation than planning to achieve the goals. Excellence is a continuous process. It is not a benchmark but it is a future mark. He advised the students to work hard which will automatically result in success. He explained his ideas with real life examples which made his lecture very alive and interesting..

Students visit France

Babina Saini, Pranav Mittal, Rahul, Amit and Ekampreet Singh from PGDM third trimester of PCTE Group of Institutes left for University of Angers, France for exchange programme of PCTE and University of Anger, France. Students from Angers are on visit to PCTE under the same programme since January. "I am thankful to PCTE B-School for providing me such an amazing opportunity of global exposure and learning. I seek huge learning in terms of French culture and different study environment during this visit," said Babina Saini student PGDM, PCTE. Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of institutes said it's a big opportunity for the students and faculty to get International first hand exposure and information about the European markets.

Workshop on first aid

Doraha College of Education organised a workshop on first-aid, safety and good health for NSS Volunteers. Kaka Ram Verma, District Training Supervisor (Retd.) of Indian Red Cross Society was the guest speaker. He talked on health issues, safety measure, diet and awareness clubs in school and colleges. He highlighted on first aid to the injured as technical medical training which could help to save life, promote recovery, rescue and how to transport victim to hospital. Such training can prove helpful in saving life.

Talent hunt

The inter-college 'Talent hunt' competitions were organised by the RIMT College of Education concluded here today. Variousc olleges participated in Fine arts, Home Science, Power Point and Punjab Lok Kala competitions. Punjab SCERT Director Roshan Lal Sood was the chief guest. He inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Addressing the function he said, "Such competitions enable the students to show their talent and it develop confidence among them." Principal Dr Rajwant Kaur welcomed the guests. The chief guest gave away prizes to the winners.


University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, organized a workshop for the MBA students on Facing Interview Boards and Organisation Culture. Prof. Lakhwinder Singh, Head, Department of Commerce and Business Management, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Ashok Parth Narang, trainer shared their experiences with the students. Parth gave tips to the students about answering ticklish questions normally asked in the placement interviews. Prof. Lakhwinder Singh talked and the main objective with which interviews are conducted by the selectors and he also talked about the various cultures followed in different organizations and the impact of those cultures on organizational performance. Dr. Hardiljit Singh Gosal, Director, Regional Centre, stated that extension lectures from experts from industry and industrial visits constitute the major learning part of MBA students, there is a need to familiarize the students with the ongoing industry practices on a continuous basis. While sharing his planning, Dr. Gosal stated that he wants to increase the industry student interaction through industrial visits and extension lectures further for better development of the students. Students while sharing their experiences stated that it was a great learning time for them as they came to knew about many new aspects related to organizational culture and will be in a better position and more confident while facing interview boards. Dr. Ravi Inder Singh, Coordinator extended welcome to the resource persons.

Lecture on RTI

The Departments of Business Management and commerce of Khalsa College for Women, civil lines organised an interactive session on Right to Information Act. Sandeep Kapoor, Advocate from the Ludhiana courts was the resource person on the occasion. He shared with the students that the entire onus of the Act lies on the fact that how inquisitive they are about their surroundings and other issues happening in their surroundings. He shared that in order to get the desired information; they need to be clear about the fact that "Who" will provide the information and in what duration of time. He further discussed the entire procedure to file an application with the appellant authority to draw the necessary information and what modus operandi can they adopt if any information is denied or delayed to them by the authorities.To make the students more apt with the law, he gave them an assignment to list down details of different information they can take alongwith the details of the authorities from whom they can acquire the requisite information. Further divulging in details about the act he also discussed the penalties and punishments that could arise to different officers if they do not provide proper timely information to the applicants. Principal Dr. Varinder Kaur Thind, thanked the resource person for sharing the intricacies of the Act with the young students in such an informative and interactive manner and making them aware about their different rights.

Industrial visit

Indian Society For Technical Education (ISTE) Student's Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town organized an industrial visit for MBA-2 Semester students to Ralson India Ltd., Ludhiana. Dr. Upinder Kaur accompanied the students to the industry. During the visit V.K Khurana (Vice President (HR department) of Ralson India Ltd. interacted with the students and explained the process of manufacturing. The students visited the production material department and research and development department. They were very much interested by seeing the testing of the strength of the frame and front fork. The students were excited to get an opportunity to interact with the technical experts and learn about work atmosphere and various other functional activities.

Women empowerment

The Women Empowerment Programme under the National Service Scheme (NSS) was being organised at the Malwa Central College of Education for women. On the concluding day the Red Ribbon Club in association with NSS unit of the college organised AIDS awareness programme for the students. A video for sensitising the students about AIDS was shown and a quiz was also conducted. Jyotsna, a B Ed student, highlighted the importance and role of NSS. Principal Dr Ravinder Kaur in her address motivated the students to shun plastic and gave a call for plastic-free campus. — TNS



Basant Panchami

Students of Small Wonders Playway School celebrated Basant Panchami today. The festival is devoted to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. Dedicated to the spirit of the day, students and teachers came dressed in yellow clothes. Classes were decorated and activities like sunflower making and kite flying were organised. The festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm.

BVM School

The toddlers dressed in bright yellow along with the Basanti decorations made the BVM (USN) campus bloom like the sunflower fields on the festival of Basant Panchami. The day began with the invocation of Goddess Saraswati by lighting the ceremonial lamp along with the rendition of Saraswati Vandana. Yoovanshu, a student of class V gave a speech highlighting the importance of the day.

Babies Paradise Playway

Babies Paradise Playway School, Dugri, celebrated Basant Panchami, today. Kite market was setup in the school to tell the kids about the tradition of kite flying on this day. With this they said goodbye to the winter season and welcome the blooming spring season. Kids came dressed up in yellow clothes they flew kites and danced.

Everest Public School

Basant Panchami was celebrated by the students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. Speaking on the occasion principal Asha Sharma told the students about the importance of the day. She said Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. She further said yellow colour has a great significance; people wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers in worship and put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. They visit temples and offer prayers to various gods. A fancy dress competition was also organised on this occasion.

Penguin Castle School

The students of Penguin Castle Pre School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Basant Panchami with great fervour today. Children were dressed up in bright yellow attire to mark the festival.

Farewell function

Students of class X AND XII of Ryan International School attended their farewell Ceremony 2013 -14, which was held at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Immense gaiety and nostalgia marked this function which added to the school memories of the students. Dr Augustine F Pinto interacted with the students and guided them for their life. He mentored them to keep their parents and teachers in high regard who always are by their side. Candle light ceremony was another highlight of the function in which the students of X and XII passed the flame to their juniors symbolising the passing of enlightened ideas and carrying forward the ever-radiating torch of knowledge.

Athletics meet

The Annual Athletic Meet (Primary Section) of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, started off with a march past conducted by the students of the kindergarten and primary section. This was followed by the traditional lighting of the torch. Rachna Pahwa, director, Ralson India Limited graced the occasion as the chief guest. Athletes took an oath to play fair. The meet began with the synchronised physical training displayed with ribbons dance, harmonious blending fun and exercise on wheels. The various events of the day were clown race, kangaroo race, pick and run race, balloon race, obstacle race, cycle race, frog race.

Grant allotted

Arya Girls School, Purana Bazar, was given Rs 5 Lakh grant from MP fund of Manish Tiwari, Minister of Information and Broadcasting; Government of India. The grant was given for the development of infrastructure of the school. The cheque was handed over to Jyoti Joshi, principal of the school by Surinder Dawar, an MLA, on behalf of Manish Tiwari.

Declamation contest

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised an inter-house English declamation contest for the students of classes III to V. The participants displayed their oratory skills on the topics including 'Value of Discipline', 'Save Earth Save Humanity', 'Value of Time', 'Aim High', Achieve High'. The function was presided over by principal Mrs Navita Puri. The judges were Pooja Nagpal from the city campus and Anjali Mehra from KG section.

‘Kanth Bani’ competition

To ignite the young minds with the spark of spiritual faith, a Kanth Bani competition was held at Guru Nanak Public School (Primary Wing). Students from Nursery to class V participated in the event. They recited different banies, learnt by heart with respect. Principal of the school Mona Singh felicitated the students who won the competition and exhorted them to learn more in future.

Annual Day

Annual Day was celebrated with glory at Atam Devki Niketan. The theme of function was “Around the world” was a cultural and informative bonanza which was followed by the prize distribution. The function began in traditional way to invoke the blessings of God by Navokar Mantra. The lamp was lit by principal Mridhu Ablash accompanied by the MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari.

Flower arrangement

A flower arrangement competition was organised by GNPS, Model Town, (Primary Wing) for the students of classes IV and V. Students arranged petals very delicately and proved their floral artistry. Headmistress of the school Dr Harjit Kaur Dua expressed that such competitions enabled the students to exhibit their creativity through thematic presentations and helped in inspiring them by boosting their imagination. — TNS



New director of PAMETI

The Director of Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), Dr MS Mahal relinquished his post after serving for two years and eight months. He was given a warm send off by the faculty and staff of PAMETI. Dr HS Dhaliwal has joined as the new Director of PAMETI.

He recently retired as Director of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, after attaining the age of superannuation. Dr Mahal was bestowed with the national level “Bharat Jyoti Award” by The India International Friendship Society (IIFS), New Delhi, for his meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in the society. His contributions to extension management trainings, research, teaching and sports, particularly cricket were adjudged as outstanding. He founded a scientific society “Indian Society for the Advancement of Insect Science”, and worked as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Insect Science for 15 years. He was also on BCCI Cricket Umpire’s Panel for 23 years. — TNS



Book exhibition

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a book exhibition on February 5 and 6. Dr Sushil Prabhakar, University Librarian said Dr VK Taneja, vice-chancellor, GADVASU, will inaugurate the 7th Book Exhibition at the examination hall of the College of Veterinary Science.

It will provide a platform to the publishers and book sellers from different parts of the country to showcase their latest stock of books and will offer an opportunity to the faculty, researchers and students of university to browse through the deep ocean of scientific knowledge in veterinary sciences, fisheries, diary science, biotechnology and related areas. He added that 30 publishers will participate in the event. — TNS



Thieves decamp with Rs 3 lakh from hosiery unit

Ludhiana, February 3
Thieves struck at the office of a hosiery unit at Veer Nagar, Bhadurke Road, and decamped with Rs 3 lakh in cash on Sunday night. The factory owner, Anil Gupta, informed that unidentified robbers entered the office by breaking a windowpane. They broke open an almirah and took away the cash lying in it.

Gupta lodged a complaint in this regard at Basti Jodhewal police station. He stated that he left for home on Sunday evening. A watchman, who was on duty at the factory gate, went inside the factory at around 12 midnight and had found everything in order. When workers came to the factory this morning, they found the windowpane broken and informed Gupta.

Basti Jodhewal SHO Gurpreet Singh said they were investigating and would crack the case soon. — TNS



HC directions to remove encroachments
ATPs told to prepare reply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
With the next hearing in the encroachment removal case approaching, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation (MC) Rahul Tewari convened a meeting of the assistant town planners (ATPs) of all the four zones today and directed them to prepare replies on time.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued strict directions to the MC to remove all the encroachments in the city at the earliest. In the meeting, Tewari asked the ATPs Kamaljit Kaur, Harpreet Ghai, Rajinder Sharma and Monica to be ready with all the documents detailing the encroachments removed by the civic body following the instructions of the High Court. The next date of hearing in the case is scheduled for February 11.

Today's meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia and another meeting on the issue is likely to be held tomorrow.



katoch shield cricket tournament
Double ton by Gitansh puts Ludhiana in command
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Skipper Gitansh Khera led from the front as he hit a double century to put Ludhiana in a commanding position against Ropar on the second day of the four-day qualifying-round match in the Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament played at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) ground here today.

Yesterday, Ropar’s decision to invite hosts Ludhiana to bat first turned out to be unfavourable as Ludhiana went on to post 454 runs in 109.2 overs in the first inning. Gitansh Khera was the star of the day. He slammed 210 runs with 34 hits over the ropes.

Nikhil Chowdhary too excelled with the bat. He contributed 101 runs to the team's total while Abhinav Bhatia added 83 runs and Abhishek Talwar 28 runs.

For the visitors, Resham claimed three wickets for 116 runs while Harpreet sent two to the pavilion and Deepansh scalped one victim.

In reply, Ropar failed to put up a brave face as their first inning culminated at 196 runs in 62.5 overs. The main scorers were Deepansh and Harmanjit with 82 and 45 runs, respectivey.

For Ludhiana, Baltej Singh and Amritpal Singh took two wickets each and conceded 29 and 28 runs, respectively. Deepak Bansal and Anil Sihag took one wicket each to bowl out Ropar below 200 mark and help their team to gain 258-run lead.



Local shuttler Pranaav strikes gold
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Pranaav Jerry Chopra of Ludhiana continued his winning streak by bagging the gold medal in the men's doubles section at the All India Senior Ranking Tournament held in Kochi.

Pranaav and his partner Akshay Dewalkar from Maharashtra got better of their opponents Arun Vishnu and Alwin Francis of Kerala in three sets to win the top spot in the event.

A trainee at the Ludhiana Badminton Academy, Pranaav and his partner wrapped up the opening set comfortably (21-9). However, Arun and Alwin got their acts together in the next set to rattle the pair (25-23).

The decider third set had a nail-biting finish. Pranaav and Akshay went all out against their spirited opponents and won the set with a narrow margin (21-19). The winning set fetched them the title.



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