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Meat shops run illegally
Centre's scheme to upgrade shops ‘fails’ as none fulfil norms
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
None of the meat shop owners here fulfil the prescribed norms set by the Central Government to claim subsidy.

The Central Government's scheme to provide subsidy upto 50 per cent to upgrade meat shops has "failed" as none of them fulfil the norms. Barring a few, almost all the meat shops in the city are being run illegally.

The Health Department officials, who issue licences to the meat shops after verifying all the terms and conditions, are reluctant to say anything on the matter. "Because of staff crunch, the work is suffering", is the only justification given by the officials of the Health Department.

Dr YP Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer with the Municipal Corporation, said that almost 80 meat-shop owners had filled the forms to claim for subsidy. The project was initiated by the Central Government to improve the poor conditions of the meat shops by providing them almost 50 per cent subsidy amount upto Rs 5 lakh maximum.

"But none of the applicants qualified to claim for the subsidy for the simple reason that they did not have the licence. We had requested the Nodal Officer of the project from Chandigarh to relax certain norms as the meat-shop owners could get themselves registered, later. But the norms could not be relaxed. And those having licenses, are already operating in hygienic conditions and they do not want to upgrade further", said Singh.

At the slaughter house of MC in Haibowal, it is mandatory for each meat-shop owner in the city to get their goats/chickens tested before slaughtering. It is a sorry state of affairs that not a single meat-shop owner brings chickens for testing and only a few goats are tested at the slaughter house. "None of them brings chickens for testing at the slaughter house", said Singh.

The callous attitude adopted by the law-enforcing agenciesmay lead to some major disease outbreak. " Hundreds of big and small meat-shops are being run in the district illegally, but there is no check", rued Balkar Singh, a local resident.

Only 5 have licences
Only five shops have been issued licence by the Health Department till date. Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon said, "As many as 35 more have been registered while many more applications are under scrutiny with the department".


biggest auction of vacant government land in punjab
8.8-acre land on main Ferozepur Road to go under hammer today
Kuldip Bhatia

The location plan of the land to be sold by PUDA in Ludhiana.
The location plan of the land to be sold by PUDA in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 17
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will conduct the biggest auction of vacant government land in Punjab today. On the block will be a prime chunk of land measuring 8.8 acre on the main Ferozepur Road (a national highway) right in front of the Mini-Secretariat here with a reserve price tag of Rs 415.71 crore.

PUDA Estate Officer RK Popli said the freehold land could be put to both commercial or group housing use depending upon the development plans of the buyer. However, the ground coverage of 40 per cent and 30 per cent would be permissible in case of commercial or residential use respectively.

As per the terms and conditions of the auction, the floor area ratio will be 1:3 with unrestricted height subject to clearance by the Indian Air Force and construction of the basement will be allowed only in the parking zone of multi-level parking.

Popli said the reserve price of the piece of land had been fixed at Rs 1.05 lakh per square yard (Rs 1,25,580 per square metre) and the auction could yield around Rs 1,000 crore if the turnout of bidders from the major business centres and metro cities is good.

The intending bidders will have to deposit an eligibility fee of Rs 5 crore before taking part in the auction proceedings.

The successful bidder will have to deposit 10 per cent of the total bid amount at the fall of hammer or within one day of the auction, depending on the discretion of the presiding officer through a bank draft.

Another 15 per cent of the cost of the land will be payable within 30 days of the date of auction. The land will be exempted from license under Section 44 of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act and the development of land will be governed by the PUDA Building Bylaws.

As far as the auction of the government land in the city under the optimum use of vacant government land policy goes, this will be the largest single chunk of land to be sold through a public auction by PUDA or any other institution. The strategically located sprawling area was under the use of the Canal and Irrigation Department of Punjab for the past many decades.

Earlier, PUDA had sold 11,000 square yards land of the erstwhile Sessions Court to Bharti Retail at Rs 1.46 lakh per square yard while 3.60 acre land from out of nine acre land of the old district courts was sold in an open auction at Rs 1.31 lakh per square yard against its reserve price of Rs one lakh per square yard in 2008.



26-yr-old youth shot dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A 26-year-old youth was shot dead in Bahadurke area, Salem Tabri, here this evening.

The deceased was identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar. According to the eyewitnesses, Sukhwinder Singh was carrying a sword.

When he reached near New Azad Nagar near Bahadurke Road, he was intercepted by three assailants travelling on a motorcycle, said the eyewitnesses.

The trio reportedly attacked Sukhwinder Singh and opened fire at him. He sustained three bullet injuries and died on the spot. The incident caused panic in the area. Heavy police has been deployed in the area.



Gang of thieves active in Sarabha Nagar Market
In past two days, have used same modus operandi to steal valuables lying in parked cars
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A gang of thieves, who break the windshield of vehicles and escape with valuables lying in it, is active in Sarabha Nagar Market.

The Sarabha Nagar police have registered two cases in the past two days where thieves had used the same modus operandi to steal the valuables lying in cars.

The police said the thieves target purses of women and hand bags which they leave in the car while they go shopping.

Police sources said that a gang consisting of children, who operate in the guise of beggars, are active during weekends. Their (thieves) preferred spot are the stores where sale on winter apparels are going on.

In the first incident, Davinder Singh, a resident of GK Vihar in Jawaddi, said he had visited the market yesterday and parked his car outside Indira Hosiery. Davinder said he entered the store with his wife and when he came out he was shocked to find the windshield of the car broken. Davinder said that the thieves fled with his wife's bag containing Rs 11,000.

Similarly, unidentified thieves took away the purse of Gurpreet Chouhan's wife containing Rs 10,000.

Chouhan, a resident of Dhilwan Khurd in Faridkot, said that he had come to the market to purchase goods. A few years ago, the police had busted a gang of juvenile thieves, who used to commit theft by posing as beggars. The police are suspecting that the recent strikes too are the handiwork of the same gang.

The gang was active in the area around Fountain Chowk and Ghumar Mandi. The police suspect that women may also be involved in the thefts.

No lessons learnt
Residents have learnt no lesson from the past incidents. The police have repeatedly warned the residents to either keep their valuables in the boot space of the vehicle or else carry the bags along with them to avoid such incidents. A police official has also instructed the store owners, where winter sales are going on, to install close circuit television cameras to keep a watch on the thieves.



Acid attack case to come up before sessions judge
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, February 17
Chief Judicial Magistrate Ranjeev Kumar Vashisht today committed the Harpreet Kaur acid attack case to the Sessions Judge for March 3.

All the accused, including Amitpal Kaur, Parvinder Singh, Sanpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Gursewak Singh, Ashwani Kumar, all residents of Patiala, Jaspreet Singh resident of Ragera village, Fatehgarh Sahib and Rakesh Kumar, alias Premi of Bhaddal Dhua village, Fatehgarh Sahib, will be produced before the Sessions Court on the next date of hearing.

The Sessions Judge may himself try the case or mark it to the court of the Additional Sessions Judge dealing with the cases of heinous crime involving women. The police had filed a chargesheet against the accused on Feburary 12.

Harpreet Kaur of Barnala had become a victim of an acid attack by a youth on her wedding day.She was attacked at a beauty saloon in the Sarabha Nagar area. She died at a hospital in Mumbai on December 27, 2013.

One of the accused had thrown a jar-full of acid on her. Two women employees of the saloon had also suffered burn injuries in the attack. As per the chargesheet, Parvinder Singh at the instance of Amitpal Kaur hatched a conspiracy in connivance with his associates and carried out the attack after taking money from the prime accused. The prime accused was divorced by the brother of the victim's fiance.

A criminal case was registered against the accused under various Sections of the IPC, including 302,307,326-A at the Sarabha Nagar police station on December 7, 2013.



PS Gill back as police chief
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Paramjit S Gill
Paramjit S Gill

Ludhiana, February 17
Inspector General (IG) Paramjit Singh Gill, who had a rather unceremonious exit in November, 2013, is again back in the saddle as the new Ludhiana Commissioner of Police.

Gill will replace Nirmal Singh Dhillon, who has been transferred as the IG Zonal, Patiala. Gill, who had previously joined as the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, on June 11, 2013, was transferred on November 15.

His sudden transfer had raised many eyebrows as he was the only senior police official to have been transferred then.

Gill is credited with solving more than 10 blind murder cases during his previous tenure of four months. It is learnt that he was close to solving the Namdhari Avtar Singh Tari case. Tari was shot dead near Sahnewal in April 2011.

Gill had also cracked the whip on the illegal sale of habit-forming drugs, leading to seizure of drugs worth over Rs 10 crore.

While speaking to The Tribune, Paramjit Singh Gill said, "I will continue to work hard with sincerity and dedication. Regulating traffic and tightening noose around the anti-social elements will be my priorities." 



Nip in the air to stay: Met Dept
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
After the recent hailstorm, the chill in the air will continue for the next few days, say weather experts.

There was a hailstorm on Saturday, after which there has been a sudden dip in the temperature. Even today, there was fog in several parts of the city and despite the sunshine the maximum temperature remained 16 degrees Celsius.

“The maximum temperature is below normal and the average temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius. The dip in the temperature is due to the hailstorm and snowfall on mountains. The weather will remain the same tomorrow also,” informed Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Assistant Professor, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University.

The breeze was blowing throughout the day. Before Saturday, it seemed that the winter was over as the days were getting warmer. But after the hailstorm, there is chill back in the air.

“Fog is expected to engulf the city in the morning and the weather will remain partly cloudy as well as windy,” said Gill.



Interim Budget fails to please city industrialists
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The Interim Budget 2014-15, presented by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Parliament today, has failed to please the city-based industrial and trader bodies.

Upkar Singh Ahuja, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, said it was disappointing that the MSME sector has been completely ignored. He said the sector was expecting relief in excise duty in order to survive the present hostile economic scenario.

“Punjab, despite being a border state, has not received any financial assistance, while an additional assistance of Rs 1,200 crore is to be released for the North-Eastern states by the year end. Moreover, no relief has been provided in the income tax rates,” said Upkar Singh.

Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India, called the Interim Budget directionless. He condemned the Finance Minister for making no mention of the manufacturing sector, which is seeing a declining growth.

"The Industry was expecting the government to give a timeframe for imposing the Direct Tax Code and GST. We were also expecting some cut in the excise duty levied on manufacturing items, such as iron and steel,” said Jindal.

Narinder Bhamra from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said the MSME sector was taken aback at the outcome of the Interim Budget. Though, the industry expected no changes in the direct taxes as it was a vote on account, the MSME sector was completely ignored as far as indirect taxes were concerned, he said.

"Excise duty on engineering products stands at 12 per cent. We were expecting the Finance Minister to reduce it in order to give a boost to the MSME sector. On the contrary, keeping the Lok Sabha elections in mind, the minister reduced the excise duty on cars, mobile phones and commercial vehicles,” said Narinder Bhamra.

The automobile manufacturers, however, appreciated the budget for the cut in excise duty. The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings also appreciated the budget for the cut in excise duty on small cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles from 12 per cent to 8 per cent, on SUVs from 30 per cent to 24 per cent and large and mid-segment cars from 27 per cent to 24 percent and 24 per cent to 20 per cent respectively.

Avtar Singh, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, said the restructured excise duty would encourage and boost auto and other manufacturing sectors in increasing production and growth in the present economic scenario.



Better Ludhiana sanitation-II
MC needs to pull its socks up
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The city that boasts of having many commercial complexes, eating joints, big hospitals and a thriving industrial sector lags behind in providing public toilets to its inhabitants.

While visitors from other cities and states leave with a poor impression of the city, those staying here have to bear with the unhygienic conditions on a daily basis.

Residents say the authorities must make provisions for the construction and maintenance of public toilets before giving their nod to any civic project. The authorities could also come up with innovative schemes, such as paying private establishments to keep their toilets open for public use, say residents.

Clean India a distant dream

It is sad that even today the dream of having “nirmal bharat” (clean India) is a distant dream. Access to clean public toilets is a basic right every citizen must enjoy. It is shameful that even smallest of the countries have better facilities. India must give top priority to this basic human need.

— Dr Kanika Jindal, dental surgeon

Toilets needed for women, differently abled

Lack of hygiene in public toilets has become a major concern for the city residents, especially the female population. Keeping in view the need to provide residents a healthy environment, public toilets managed by non-governmental organisations should be provided at every market and on the roadside every two to three kilometres. Residents will not mind to pay for the maintenance of these public toilets. In absence of toilets, people are forced to urinate and defecate in the open. Also, there should be sufficient numbers of toilets for women and differently abled.

— Kusum Lata, headmistress, Government High School, Mundiyan

Localities can depute sanitation workers

Unclean public toilets are the city’s biggest eyesore. This shows how civilised our city is. The government must look into this. If the government cannot do anything, the corporate sector should come forward. If even that doesn’t work, hand over the work of maintenance to welfare societies. Also, if different localities can depute watchmen, why can’t we engage sanitation workers for keeping public toilets clean?

— Yash Pal Bangia, district chairperson, Lions International

Users prone to infection

Keeping in view the population of Ludhiana, the number of public toilets is not enough. Also, the existing ones are in a bad shape, with hygiene being given a miss. Those who use these facilities are prone to infection. People end up urinating in the open. The Municipal Corporation must work in this direction.

— Karamjit Grewal, teacher, Government High School, Kheri Jhameri

Others question residents’ civic sense

I feel very bad when any outsider criticises the civic sense of the city residents. Not only are the existing toilets not well maintained, there are very few toilets for women. So many big developmental projects are in progress in the city. Why is the state government not thinking about projects related to the basic necessities of the public.

— Shefali Chaku, interior designer

Commercial buildings must have public toilets

As far as the maintenance of toilets is concerned, an agency like Sulabh, which has credibility, should be chosen. Any commercial building with an area of more than 200 sq-yard should have toilets for public use. Moreover, people should also help in keeping the toilets clean.

— Parveen Bansal, district president, BJP

Proper maintenance need of the hour

The number of public toilets in the city should be increased. There should be separate toilets for women. The existing ones are in a very bad shape. When anyone visits the city for shopping or any other purpose, these leave a bad impression. The authorities should reconstruct these toilets and maintain them properly. The most frequently used toilets, such as the one near the railway station, should be well maintained. It is difficult to even pass through the area due to the stink.

— Shiv Ram Saroy, founder, Ann Jal Sewa Trust



Farmers hold protest outside DC’s office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
District committee of Kirti Kisan Union today held a protest against the state government. Hardev Singh Sandhu, national president, Kirti Kisan Union, stated that the state government should provide land to landless and poor farmers, cabinet decision of giving panchayat lands to private companies for a period of 33 years should be cancelled, bank loan of farmers who are not able to return should be waived, besides some other demands.

During the protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, the Kirti Kisan Union members demanded that the domestic LPG cylinders should be provided at Rs 433. “The state government should not allow trial of BT crops in Punjab,” demanded Sandhu.



Members of Punjab Kisan Sabha to join protest in Delhi
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 17
Activists and office bearers of Punjab Kisan Sabha left for Delhi to join their counterparts from other regions of the border state in a protest being organised at Jantar Mantar.

Sikandar Singh Jartoli and Baldev Singh Latala led the protestors.

The All India Kissan Sabha had initiated agitation demanding remunerative prices for farm produce, rollback in hike of prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas as also more subsidies to offset the increased cost of diesel consumption.

Speakers projected a strong case for linking prices of agricultural produce with the wholesale price index which will make production of food grain an economically viable proposition.

The Sabha has already urged the government to fix the farm produce prices as per the recommendation of Dr Swaminathan Committee while making provisions for assured purchase at a premium of 50 per cent over the total cost of cultivation. "The government should set up a price stability fund in order to check the fluctuation in food grain prices," members of the Kisan Sabha demanded.



Automobile training programme at ITI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Gill Road, has initiated training programme for body and paint repair (BP), under the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) in collaboration with a multinational auto manufacturing company. The training will enhance the skills of automotive students at ITI students.

Madan Mohan Mittal, Cabinet Minister, Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Department of Industry and Commerce, today inaugurated the body and paint workshop at Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Gill Road.

Madan Mohan Mittal said, “Trained and skilled workers are the need of growing industry in the state. We have to initiate such courses to make our youth skilled.”

Rajesh Menon, deputy general manager, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said the body and paint repair syllabus has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Training and Technical Education, Government of NCT, Delhi.

“The syllabus imparts training on basic body and paint repair skills in addition to dealer specific requirements to students. Introduced in the year 2009, automotive body and paint repair training has been provided to more than 500 students across India till now,” said Rajesh Menon

The chief guest also planted saplings on the ITI campus. AR Talwar, principal secretary, Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training was also present on the occasion.



ABVP to make young voters aware of corruption, threat to national security
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 17
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, has launched the “young voters’ awareness drive” across the nation to focus on the issues of corruption besides national security and integrity in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

The campaign that started yesterday will conclude on February 26. Addressing a press conference here today, the regional organisational secretary of the body, Sriniwas, said although basic civic amenities such as good roads, power supply and clean drinking water were essential needs of every citizen, the country could not be handed over to parties launching mass agitations merely on these issues.

Pointing an accusing finger on Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, he said such groups and parties are not concerned with the stability and security of the country.

“What the country also requires is a stable government capable of good governance,” he said.

Sriniwas said under the ongoing awareness drive, the ABVP will interact with young voters at colleges, universities across various cities, towns and villages. Issues of corruption, rising prices, lapses in foreign policy and national security and poor education system will be discussed with them in order to defeat the Congress-led UPA government, he said.

The ABVP functionaries will mobilise young voters through special one-day sessions at state headquarters, distribution of printed material, awareness rallies, street corner meetings, street plays and bicycle and motorcycle rallies, the ABVP leader said.



NGO adopts kids suffering from thalassaemia
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A group of friends who were regular blood donors were surprised at the presence of few kids at the hospital every time they went there to donate blood. After enquiring from the doctor they were made acquainted with the fact that these kids were suffering from thalassaemia.

"We were really moved by the condition of these kids and really wanted to do something for them. Some of them were economically weak and bearing the cost of their treatment was becoming difficult for their parents. This was the time when we thought of doing something for these kids and formed Zindagi Live Foundation, some two and a half years back," said Yogesh Gupta, general secretary of the organisation.

Till now the foundation has adopted 58 kids and 32 more joined the list today taking total to 90. The first case, the foundation took up to help was suffering from thalassaemia and also hepatitis C, the treatment of which took nearly a Rs one crore.

"Our main aim is to help these kids lead a normal life. And within couple of months we will be starting an awareness campaign in schools and colleges," added Gupta.

Arshdeep Singh, who was suffering from this disease since birth said till now his parents had been bearing the expenses of his treatment but after they came to know about the foundation they contacted it and now his further treatment will be taken care by the foundation.

Parents of Muskaan were all thankful to the foundation. Muskaan was today adopted by the foundation for her treatment.



national inter-university youth festival
4 PAU students to take part in fine art event
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Four students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be participating in the National Inter-University Youth Festival at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Haryana).

The students will be participating in the installation event of fine art category and will be representing the North zone.

This is for the first time that a team from PAU is participating in the installation event in the National Inter-University Youth Festival.

Harman Singh Sangha, third year student of BTech (agricultural engineering), Anmol Toor, third year student of BSc home science (hons), Lovepreet Kaur, first year student of BSc home science (fashion designing) and Aatma Singh, final year student of BSc home science (hons) will be participating in the fest.

Aatma Singh is a two-time national winner in poster-making competition and Anmol Toor has participated twice in photography, collage and poster-making and painting events.

Dr Maan Singh Toor, contingent in charge and president, Fine Art and Photography Club, PAU, said the installation team had stood second in the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival at Central University, Lucknow, in November last year.

“The interesting fact is that all four students don’t come from fine art background. Moreover, what is more interesting is that students from an agriculture university would be representing the north zone in an event related to fine art. In installation event, participants are given a topic and they are supposed to prepare an installation describing that particular topic in the best possible manner. Participants can use any kind of material for preparing the installation,” said Toor.

The National Inter-University Youth Festival will be held from February 18 to 22. 



Swine flu awareness camp

Ludhiana, February 17
A swine flu awareness camp was organised at the Community Health Centre, Sanhewal. The camp was organised on the directions of Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta, under the supervision of the Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Dr Parwinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Sidhu said it is a flu which spreads through H1N1 virus. “Fever, cough, headache, vomiting, running rose are some of the symptoms of swine flu,” said the SMO.

Sidhu said a person must keep their mouth and nose covered and should also wear mask to safeguard himself from the disease. Shaking hands should also be avoided and proper cleanliness should be maintained in and around the house, added SMO Dr Sidhu. — TNS



punjab school education board
Faulty admit cards spell horror for students undertaking board exams
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Although school managements and administrations have been appreciating the move of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Mohali, for releasing the admit cards on its website, but some of the students are suffering the apathy of the department concerned.

Due to the alleged negligence of Punjab School Education Board officials, photograph affixed to the admit card of Pawandeep Singh, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Kot Mangal, has been changed. Pawandeep is to appear for the compartment examination in two subjects, English and mathematics on March 12 and March 18 respectively.

“I went to an internet cafe to download my admit card from the Punjab School Education Board website. I was surprised to see that someone else's photo was affixed to my card. I had submitted my photograph along with the form. Now, the invigilator at the examination centre will not allow me to sit for the exam,” said Pawan.

As per the guidelines, students are supposed to contact the official concerned at the head office of Punjab School Education Board at Mohali in case of any discrepancy in the details. Chairperson of the PSEB said, “Such errors do not happen usually. If someone, however, receives an incorrect admit card, he or she should visit the head office in Mohali for the corrections.”



gadvasu notes
GADVASU professors take part in a symposium in Patna

Ludhiana: National Congress on canine practice and a symposium on ‘Strategy for canine health care with focus on zoonotic diseases’ was held at Veterinary College, Patna (Bihar). Dr (Col) PS Mavi, professor-cum-head, Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex, Dr NK Sood, senior pathologist in charge diagnostic lab and Dr PN Dwivedi, senior microbiologist from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) presented papers on the occasion and chaired the technical sessions of the symposium. The symposium was organised by the Indian society for Advancement of Canine Practices, under the aegis of Bihar Agricultural University. More than 150 scientists /delegates from all over the country deliberated the technical session to evolve strategy for canine health care.

Prof LD Singla gets memorial award

Dr LD Singla, professor-cum-head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), has been honoured with Dr DP Banerjee Memorial Oration Award-2013, by the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology in recognition of his contributions and achievements in the field of veterinary protozoology. The award was presented to him by Dr MR Saseendranath, director of academics and research, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), during the inaugural function of the 24th National Congress of Veterinary Parasitology and National Symposium. The subject of the symposium was ‘Towards food security through sustainable animal production and integrated parasite management’. The symposium was held on the premises of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Mannuthy Campus. — TNS



from schools
Sports Day

Ludhiana: Sports Day was observed at Small Wonders Playway to highlight the importance of physical activity in a student's life. Preparation for sports day had begun a month in advance. Students practiced aerobics and various races. Students took part in running, walking, jumping, crawling, throw the ball, kick the ball and three-legged race. Aerobics was also performed to music. Principal Neeti Dewan stated that participation in sports is equally important for the wholesome development of the personality of students. Results were declared by co-ordinator Esha Dewan. Yatharth,Samayra,Swarit, Naisha and Akshita were the stars of sports day.

Annual sports meet

Ryan International School, Dugri has celebrated annual sports meet for the students of Montessori to Class II. The meet was graced by many eminent personalities. Ramandeep Singh, assistant professor of business management at the PAU and gold-medallist in national level handball, graced the occasion by declaring the opening of the annual sports meet. Students of Montessori classes to class II performed various colourful activities like aerobics, dumbles, dance and many more activities. Various interesting sports events were organized like flat race, balloon race, lemon race, joker race, pack a bag race, sack race and fun to pretend were arranged. Special games were organised for the parents. They enthusiastically participated in the race and also won prizes. — TNS



from colleges
Extension lecture

Ludhiana: Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised an extension lecture. The topic of the lecture was “History of Art-Modern Movements.” Harinderjit Singh Garcha, a teacher by profession and a free lancer, was the resource person. A digital presentation was made to apprise the students about the various techniques and forms of modern movements. A tour of the art gallery of the college was also organised.

Annual meeting

The Department of English, Government College for Girls, organised its annual meeting today. Principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. The event started with a welcome speech delivered by Kiranjeet Brar, head, Dept of English. The event started with a debate contest. The subject of debate was - “Fashion Empowers and Liberates the Youth”. 14 students from various classes spoke “for” and “against” the motion with spunk and unparalleled skills. The competition was judged by Prof Jaspreet Kaur, Prof Sumeet Brar and Gurnoor Brar. While speaking on the occasion the principal said debate competition helps in grooming personalities of the students. Such competitions highlight the pros and cons of blossoming fashion industry in our society. She also appreciated the initiative took by English Literary Society. She awarded the students who featured the prominence of English in the field of academics.

National conference

Delegates interact during a conference on Business Innovation Management at the GNIMT, Ludhiana.
Delegates interact during a conference on Business Innovation Management at the GNIMT, Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

The Director Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town Dr GS Batra, informed said GNIMT is going to organise one- day national conference on “Business Innovation Management” on March 1. Dr SS Johl, Chancellor of Central University of Punjab will be the chief guest. A large number of delegates from various states are expected to attend the conference. In addition to the inaugural session, large number of papers on the issues related to innovations in various areas of business, that is operational management, human resource management, finance, marketing have already been received and will be presented. The panel discussion consisting of representatives from industry, academia, banking, real estate and entrepreneurs will also be form part of the conference.

Cocktail-making competition

PCTE Group of Institutes organised Cocktail/Mocktail Making Competition during Hospitality Olympics 2014. In the competition 26 teams from Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana, PAU Ludhiana, SSCMT, Amritsar and colleges under PCTE Group participated in the competition. They explored with exotic drinks like Dark Vodka, Green Coconut Vodka, Paanipuri Vodka shots, Screwdriver, Mojito, Bloody Mary and Out of the School. Mr Manmeet Singh, F&B, director was the chief judge and encouraged the students.

Art workshop

A week-long art and craft workshop was organised at GMT College of Education under the guidance of Principal Dr Shikha Dhall. The workshop was organised to develop the aesthetic sense of students and to attain the vocational aim of education. Rama Chhabra, instructor, Fevicry, trained the students in various skills of Art and Craft like fabric painting, pot painting, mural painting, napkin holder and patch work. — TNS



Health club opened

In Shape Fitness health Club was inaugurated at the main market, Dugri, on Sunday. The new 3,500 square-foot gym offers a variety of convenient health and fitness options for the community. Equipped with state-of-the-art strength equipment as well as cardio machines outfitted with personalised LCD television screens and iPod docking stations, private bath rooms, which include showers, indoor cycling, personal training, group exercise classes, among other amenities.

Letter to PM

PD Sharma president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry had written a letter to Prime Minister, with a copy to all concerned, about the irrationality of undue largesse to labour force at this time. The industrial growth is going down day after day and jobs are being cut by industry due to recession. Things have reached such an extent that a lay unemployed youth dares to slap a chief minister of state at a public function. Ever since the phase of economic reforms started, there have been cries for reforming outdated labour laws to suit today’s environment. Instead of doing this, labour laws and provision under them are becoming more stringent and unbearable. Now, it is being proposed to raise monthly wage ceiling for mandatory provident fund contribution from Rs 6,500 to 15,000. — TNS



Dharna staged

Members of the Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union sit on a strike in Ludhiana on Monday. Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union staged a dharna outside the office of civil surgeon on Monday. The main demand of the union is regularisation of the jobs. Kiranjit Kaur, president of the union, said some of the workers are staging a dharna in Chandigarh, while some are on strike. “We will not resume work till we are not regularised,” said the president of the workers’ union.

Members of the Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union sit on a strike in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tubewell named after councillor

A tubewell at Ward Number 42, Mushtak Ganj, has been named after a former councillor, Lajpat Rai Ladoo. The tubewell was recently inaugurated by Gurdeep Singh Neetu and Gulzari Lal. Neetu said Lajpat Rai worked selflessly for the development of city.

Saplings planted

Plants are blessings for the human beings. This was stated by Gurpreet Singh Chawla from Shri Jaap Sewa Society, while commencing a campaign to plant saplings, at Phase III, Dugri, on Monday. Members urged masses to plant more and more saplings to save environment.

Jagriti march on February 19

Sabhyacharak Lok manch will hold the Punjabi jagriti march and cultural programme at AVM Public School on February 19. The march will start from Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib and will apprise people of Punjabi language. This was stated by chairman of Sabhyacharak Lok Manch Gurpreet Khurana and president of the manch, Chanderkant Chaddha.

Tubewell inaugurated

A tubewell was inaugurated by councillor Ashwani Sharma at Ward number 22. The tubewell, constructed at a total cost of Rs 15 lakh, will provide safe drinking water to area residents. The funds have been provided by Manish Tiwari from his MP quota fund.

Road show

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Ludhiana unit, organised a road show in Basti Jodhewal area, as a part of the party's nationwide campaign ‘Jharoo Chalao Yatra’, on Monday. The candidate of AAP for Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, HS Phoolka, led the party volunteers, party's district convener Ajay Mittal and area convener Saminder Sood. The AAP spokesperson, Sandeep Mishra, said a large number of area residents including women and youth also joined the campaign. All volunteers of Ward Numbers 1 to 10 welcomed Phoolka, who led a cavalcade of vehicles sporting party flags printed with slogans, on the occasion. A large number of cars, four-wheelers, motorcycles, scooters and cycles were also a part of the road show.

Physicians’ conference

The 69th annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India is being organised by the Association of Physicians of India in Ludhiana from February 20 to 23 (APICON 2014). The theme focuses on ‘Generating Indian evidence’. APICON will be held in the state after 50 years. Dr GS Wander, Chairman, Organising Committee APICON 2014, said, “Prevention of diseases is a very important motto of the Association of Physicians of India. APICON holds public awareness lectures, camps and releases informative guidelines for Indians in this regard.” — TNS



Woman booked for decamping with husband’s valuables
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 17
The Police had booked wife of an NRI for decamping with his goods. Manmohan Singh was married to Anita Rani on August 15, 2013, at Khanna. It was second marriage of Manmohan Singh as he was a divorcee. After the marriage he returned to America.

On October 20, 2013, his wife called him and told him to come to India as she wanted to observe fast of ‘Karva Chauth’. At night when he was resting in his house, his wife took 6,500 American dollars, Blackberry mobile, laptop and other valuable things. When he woke up next morning he found his valuables missing. When he tried to raise an alarm he was forced to stay in the house forcibly and later compelled to sign some blank papers. Police after an enquiry registered a case against Anita Rani, a resident of Khanna, her companion Ravinder Singh Walia, a resident of Sahibpura village and Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Khanna, in this connection under Sections 384, 344,347,506,120-B of the IPC. The complainant Manmohan Singh is a resident of Mahadia village and at present he is staying in the USA. The police said they are looking for the accused who are still at large.



2 booked for charging money for making Aadhaar cards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The city police have booked two persons for charging money for making Aadhaar cards.

The accused have been identified as Upander Kumar of New Aazad Nagar and Surinder Singh of Guru Nanak Nagar in Mundain.

They were booked for fraud under Section 420 of the IPC. The case was registered on the complaint of one Suresh Kumar from Jawaddi Kalan village.

He told the police the duo had demanded Rs 1,200 from him for making Aadhar cards.

Fraudsters in police net

The police have booked three women and a man for duping a youth of Rs 35 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

The accused have been identified as Darshpreet Kaur, Milanpreet Kaur, Sukhmeet Kaur and Iqbal Singh of Chubki village in Dehlon.

Baljit Singh of Pangalian village complained to the police that the accused had taken Rs 35 lakh from him. He stated that neither the accused sent him abroad nor they returned his money. Following a probe, a case of fraud was registered against the four under Section 420 of the IPC.

Thieves strike at house

Thieves struck at a house in Dugri and stole cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees. The incident came to light when the house owner, Iqbal Singh, who was visiting Haryana along with his family, returned home today. He found his house ransacked.



7 booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 17
The Jagraon police had booked seven persons for allegedly duping a bank for Rs 65 lakh using forged documents. The police registered a case against seven persons on the complaint of a Bank Manager.

The accused were identified as Surjit Singh alias Raji of Sahauli village, Binder Singh alias Bindi of Kothe Premsar village, Sukhdev Singh, Budh Singh, Kulvir Singh alias Bhola of Sawadi village, Gurwinder Singh alias Ginda and Ranjit Singh alias Raja of Malak village.

According to police, the accused obtained a loan of Rs 65 lakh from Oriental Bank of Commerce, Mullanpur, on the basis of forged documents. "When the bank officials learnt about it, they lodged a complaint with the police. We have registered a case against seven persons after investigation," said the police. However, none of the accused had been arrested so far.



Kalakh, Moga teams shine in kabaddi
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 17
Dasmesh Kabaddi Academy, Kalakh, and Ambi Amna Club, Moga, today emerged victorious in the Fourth Annual Open Kabaddi Cup Tournament organised by Malwa Kabaddi Club at Anand Isher Senior School, Chhapar.

The event was inaugurated by singer Roshan Prince. Legislators Simarjit Singh Bains, Manpreet Singh Ayali and Iqbal Singh Jhoondan gave away the prizes.

Davinder Singh Mann, convener of the event, said eight kabaddi academies from the state had participated in the final round of the tournament. The winners got Rs 1 lakh besides the trophy.



coca-cola inter district cricket tournament
Kundan Vidya Mandir lads go down fighting
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 17
Despite a fine batting display by Bhuvnesh Rai and Deepin Chitkara, Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, Ludhiana, lost the last league fixture by five wickets against DAV Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, during the ongoing Punjab State Coca-Cola Inter-District Cricket Tournament (Under-16).

Batting first on the Government College ground, Ropar, the local team failed to survive their full quota of 45 overs, as their innings folded at 105 runs after 30.5 overs. Bhuvnesh Rai top scored with 47 runs and was followed by Deepin Chitkara, who contributed 37 runs.

For DAV School, Danis was the most successful bowler. He claimed four scalps, conceding 20 runs. Piyush claimed two wickets for 25 runs and Shivam grabbed one for 20.

DAV School achieved the target after losing just five wickets in 30 overs. Sumit Sharma scored 60 runs, while Piyush made 20 and Shivam contributed with 15 runs to help their side surpass KVM’s total.

For the losing side, Anmol Sharma and Kartik Joshi took two wickets each, giving away 20 and 30 runs, respectively, while Deepin Chitkara captured one wicket for 24 runs.

The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association.



Chakar pugilist wins bronze at national meet in Karnataka

Jagraon, February 17
Jaspreet Singh of Shere Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, bagged a bronze medal at the National Rural Boxing Championship held in Karnataka.

Prof Balwant Singh Sandu, president of the academy, said Jaspreet Singh played in the 66-kg (under-16) category.

"Jaspreet fought very well throughout the tournament, before losing in the semifinals. However, he managed to win a bronze medal to make the academy and the village proud,” said Prof Sandhu.

The bronze medalist was given a warm welcome by the villagers when he returned after taking part in the championship. Later on, a brief function was organised at the academy, during which Jaspreet Singh was felicitated by the village panchayat.

Former football player Seetal Singh was also present during the function. — OC



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