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Big PUDA auction draws a blank
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 18
A mega auction conducted by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to sell a piece of prime land (8.18 acres) in front of the Mini-Secretariat here today turned out to be a damp squib.

Not even a single bidder took part in the auction as the senior GLADA officials, including Additional Chief Administrator Kuldip Singh and Estate Officer RK Popli, kept waiting at the “pandal” for a long time.

Popli said many builders and developers had evinced interest in buying the land located on main Ferozepur Road prior to the auction but no one had deposited the eligibility fee of Rs 5 crore for taking part in the bidding process, which had to be called off subsequently.

The chunk of land, which was vacated by the Irrigation and Canal Department for its commercial exploitation under the optimum use of vacant government land (OUVGL) policy, carried a reserve price of Rs 415.71 crore (Rs 1.05 lakh per square yard).

Although the auction of the plot, perhaps the largest chunk of vacant government land in this industrial hub of Punjab, was a non-starter, the PUDA officials were expecting to rake in anything upward of Rs 1,000 crore going by the premium at which the big chunks of land were earlier sold under the OUVGL policy in the city.

Earlier, PUDA had sold 11,000 square yards of the erstwhile sessions court complex at Rs 1.46 lakh per square yard and 3.60 acres, of a total of 9 acres of the old district courts complex, at Rs 1.31 lakh per square yard in an open auction in 2008.

Even though big builders and corporate houses had stayed away from today’s auction, may be due to persistent recession in the realty sector, eyebrows were raised over the reserve price of the prime land which was considered very low in comparison to the prevailing market rates.

A realtor said the two chunks of land (the erstwhile sessions court and the old district courts) earlier auctioned by PUDA in 2008 had a reserve price of Rs 1 lakh per square yard.

“The land, which was put under the hammer by PUDA today, was offered at a reserve price of Rs 1.05 lakh per square yard even though it has better potential due to its good location. Further land prices have increased significantly in the last six years,” he said.

Reserve price raises eyebrows

The land, which was put under the hammer by PUDA on Tuesday, was offered at a reserve price of Rs 1.05 lakh per square yard even though it has better potential due to its good location. Further, land prices have increased significantly in the last six years.

— A realtor


MC Commissioner to focus on basic amenities in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
A 2004 batch IAS officer, Shruti Singh, who took over as Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation today, said providing basic amenities to the city residents was her topmost priority.

Talking to The Tribune, the young and energetic woman officer, who has served as Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar and Nawanshahr, said though she had stayed in the city for about four months during her stint as the Chief Administrator of GLADA, it was too less time to get the feel of the city. "GLADA functioned outside the city limits, so I am yet to know the problems of the city," she said.

When asked about the challenges ahead for the cash-strapped Municipal Corporation, the new Commissioner said it would be too early to comment on the issue. "I have just joined. I will have to see the MC working first. But, in the days to come, my focus will also be on revenue generation. As a team, we will see how we can strengthen the position of the MC," she said.

When asked if she would be accessible to the employees and residents as her predecessor was, Shruti Singh said she would be always accessible to the residents. "It is part of my job to listen to the grievances of the public and to provide appropriate solution to them," she added.

She added she expected transparency and honesty from the officials in the MC. "The works will be done on merit and I expect the officials to be honest and dedicated to work," she said.



Ad contract: Civic body to be richer by Rs 2.52 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The cash-strapped Municipal Corporation is trying hard to generate resources to strengthen its position. The civic body today awarded the contract of short-term advertisements (six months) to a bidder for Rs 2.52 crore subject to approval by the state government.

The tenders were opened today. Two bidders had come forward for the bidding and the highest bidder was awarded the contract.

The contract was awarded to Growing Concepts. The other bidder was Gorgeous, which had made a bid of Rs 2.35 crore.

Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia, who was entrusted the job of opening the tenders by former Commissioner of the MC Rahul Tiwari, said: "The successful bidder will put advertisements on about 120 ‘unipoles’ in the city. Besides, he will also put up advertisements at 20 major garbage dumps. He will have to give the MC Rs 2.52 crore for putting advertisements on ‘unipoles’ and garbage dumps for six months," said Kalia.

The agenda of giving short-term tenders for advertisements was passed at a House meeting and the file was moved to the state government for its nod. The MC had been losing revenue worth crores on account of non-allocation of the ‘unipoles’ on contract.

Around 50 councillors from all parties had objected to the proposal of the General House to extend the advertisement contract awarded to an "influential" person. Many religious, political and social organisations put advertisements on the unipoles and hoardings in illegally, causing loss to the Civic Body.



Swindler dupes elderly woman of cash, gold ornaments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
A swindler robbed an elderly woman of cash and gold ornaments of Neta Ji Nagar in Salem Tabri area today. Sitawanti (75), Dr Rupinder Kumar’s mother, said in the morning, a youth arrived at her house on a scooter. He entered the house on the pretext of seeing the wall paint.

The swindler told Sitawanti that Dr Rupinder would be reaching there soon. The elderly woman went to the kitchen to make tea for the youth. As she was making tea, the youth entered a bed room and stole the cash and gold ornaments.

When Sitawanti came out of the kitchen she was surprised to see a bag the youth was carrying. The youth told her that the bag belonged to Dr Rupinder and the latter had cancelled the plan of visiting the house and asked him (the swindler) to fetch the bag.

After the youth had left the house, Sitawanti entered the bed room and found it ransacked. She informed her son about the incident. Soon, Rupinder and his lecturer wife Parkash Verma reached the house. They informed the police about the incident.

Modus operandi

The swindler posed as a person known to the victim’s doctor son. As she went to the kitchen to make tea, he stole the valuables and put them in a bag. He left the house saying that the doctor had asked him to fetch the bag.



26 food samples collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The Health Department staff today collected 26 food samples from different parts of the city. On the directions of the Civil Surgeon, Subhash Batta, food safety officers collected the samples under the supervision of the District Health Officer , Dr Avinash Kumar.

The samples include ketchup, refined oil, biscuits, turmeric powder, juice, milk, soft drink and mustard oil, etc.

The samples have been sent to the food laboratory, Chandigarh. Action will be taken against defaulters under the Food Safety and Standard Act after the receipt of the report.



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SAD MLA accused of sheltering assailants
Tribune News Service

Sukhwinder Singh, the victim Ludhiana, February 18
Yesterday’s murder of 26-year-old Sukhwinder Singh led to a massive protest against SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, who has been accused of sheltering the assailants, on the Karabara road here today.

The relatives of the deceased refused to cremate Sukhwinder's body till evening to press the assailants’ arrest.

Meanwhile, Dhillon, terming the allegation of sheltering the assailants as baseless, said he met the agitating members of the family and later attended the Sukhwinder’s cremation.

"Some mischievous elements in the crowd raised slogans. The victim's family had said nothing against me. It is a testing time for the family and I am standing by them," said Dhillon.

Since he is a public representative, people visit his office and some even get a photograph clicked with him, he added.

"A criminal does not belong to any party. And I had never sheltered any anti-social element. The police should arrest the assailants at the earliest," said Dhillon.

Sukhwinder was shot dead at Azad Nagar in Salem Tabri last night. Following a preliminary investigation, the police registered a case of murder against Billa Haryanvi and Pamma under section 302 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act. The ADCP- IV, Swapan Sharma, said personal enmity was the reason behind the murder.

Sources said the Sukhwinder and Billa Haryanvi ran a gang. Recently, they had some dispute and parted ways. There had frequent fights between the two. The reason behind the rivalry is suspected to be a monetary issue. The police have launched a manhunt to nab the assailants.

Second Akali leader under the scanner

Dhillon is the second Akali leader to have been accused of involvement in a murder case. Earlier, Yadwinder Singh Yadu, who claims to be the president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), was booked for the murder of 21-year-old Kulwinder Singh of Goslan village, who was shot dead in broad daylight outside a restaurant in Khanna on February 2. Yadu is on the run. Yadu’s family members have claimed that the leader's name was deliberately dragged into the case.



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HS Phoolka not the only one fighting for 1984 riot victims: Majithia
Tribune Reporters

Khamano/Raikot, February 18
Wishing luck to advocate HS Phoolka, who will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Ludhiana on the Aam Aadmi Party’s ticket, Punjab’s Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said Phoolka was not the only one fighting to get justice for the 1984 riot victims.

Majithia said the main credit for carrying on the fight should go to the Akali Dal, which is still trying to bring the Congress leaders who allegedly masterminded the Delhi riots to book.

Majithia was here yesterday to confer degrees upon the students of the Cordia Group of Institutes at Sanghol. While lashing out at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on the he resigned from the post of Delhi Chief Minister, he termed him a "stunt-baz". He said Kejriwal worked as an Opposition leader instead of the Chief Minister, and resigned as he was unable to fulfil the false promises he made to the people before the elections.

Majithia said AAP would not give any challenge to the Akali Dal-BJP alliance in the state.

Answering another query about Youth Akali Dal leader Yadwinder Yadu's alleged role in the Khanna shootout case some days ago, Majithia said the police was probing the matter. He said the guilty would not be spared and innocents will not be framed.

The Revenue Minister, however, made it clear that the police was working without any political pressure. Earlier, Majithia also inaugurated the Tehsil Complex at Raikot.



Modi’s rally will be historic: Shanta Kumar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The in-charge of the BJP's Punjab affairs and former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shanta Kumar, on Monday said Narendra Modi's Jagraon rally, scheduled on February 23, would be a historic one in Punjab. He said Modi's recent rally at Sujanpur in Himachal Pradesh also created history.

He said the rally saw a gathering of more than 1.50 lakh people.

“People living in the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh also attended it. This shows that people residing in rural areas of the country also want a change at the Centre," said the veteran politician.

Slamming the ruling UPA alliance during a press conference, Shanta Kumar said, "Lok Sabha has become a mere ‘tamasha’ where MPs from the ruling party sprayed pepper and wielded a knife.”

He said the prime ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi, was the only suitable candidate. “The Third Front does not have any prime ministerial candidate. As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, he lacks experience," he said.

Commenting on the much-hyped contest between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, Shanta Kumar said, "AAP is a movement like the one started by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. We are only contesting with the Congress."



Security measures irk vendors
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 18
Roadside vendors and occupants of temporary kiosks along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near the local bus stand today protested against the removal of encroachments.

The drive was initiated to strengthen security before Narendra Modi’s rally. The protestors said there were still five days left for the rally, but the police was forcing them to shut their businesses. They raised slogans against the state government.

"Our families depend on the money we earn during the day. We are ready to keep our shops shut during the rally, but we cannot afford to stay out of business for so many days," said Krishan, a vendor.

Union activist Kanwaljit Khanna also arrived at the spot. After speaking with the protestors, he called local MLA Kaler and informed him about the situation. Taking note of the problem, Kaler spoke to the senior police officials, after which the drive was stopped.



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Service runs into losses
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The special bus service started for women commuters is not proving to be viable for the City Bus Service operator. Baljit Singh, the in-charge of the service, has requested the Municipal Corporation to allow him to run mini-buses instead.

Baljit Singh said the expense incurred on running the service for women was approximately Rs 49.50 per kilometer. This included the salary paid to the drivers and conductors besides the fuel charges and maintenance expenses.

The City Bus Service, however, was not able to earn more than Rs 11 per kilometer in the past fortnight, said Baljit Singh.

"Due to the non-occupancy of seats, we are running into losses. Though, the service is regularly available to women from 6am to 6pm, many prefer to board regular buses to reach their destinations," said Baljit Singh.

He said both the buses (AC and non-AC), deployed for women, had 55 seats, but at any point of time, not more than 15 seats were occupied.

"We have conveyed this to Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia. She has asked us to wait for a few more days. We, however, want to switch to mini-buses, seeing the occupancy. These buses have can ferry 29 passengers and are fuel efficient," said Baljit Singh.

Keeping in mind the huge population of the city, authorities had started two special buses for women, which covered areas included Dugri, Preet Palace, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Fountain Chowk, Jalandhar Bypass and Metro.



One rank-one pension scheme hailed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 18
The officer-bearers and members of Indian Ex-servicemen League have hailed the Centre’s approval to the long-pending demand of one rank-one pension. During a meeting of the association at Lopon Aashram here today, president Colonel Bhag Singh Tihara (retired) welcomed the UPA government's decision of implementing the scheme.

A large number of members of the league were present at the meeting.

"We have been struggling for the implementation of this scheme for the past 32 years. Now, finally, our demand has been fulfilled by the government and we thank Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for this,” said Tihara.

Tihara said a delegation of representatives of the league led by Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa and other senior Congress leaders had met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi last week and apprised him of their demands.

The league members thanked Rahul Gandhi for taking up their cause.

"Rahul personally paid a lot of attention to the issue and played a key role in getting the one rank-one pension scheme approved by the government,” said Tihara.

Former Jagraon MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Major Singh Bhaini were also present at the meeting.



BJP Kisan Morcha flays power corp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
BJP Kisan Morcha's national secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal lashed out at the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for poor consumer services and for not adhering to the performance standards mandated by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).

Grewal, also the former vice-chairman of Punjab Small Industry and Export Corporation, said several business houses were keen to invest in Punjab and there was a need to provide better services.

Grewal said the minimum standards of performance provided for a strict timeframe to resolve various consumer grievances. Also, the PSERC had made provisions for a compensation ranging between Rs 50 and Rs 5,000 in case the standards were not met. He said despite the provision for registering every complaint filed by the consumers--verbally, telephonically or in writing--the power corporation had failed to set up any effective mechanism.

"According to the Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) filed by the PSPCL with the PSERC, only 2,462 complaints were received in a year from over 65 lakh consumers in Punjab. On an average, over 10,000 complaints are received daily by PSPCL, which means it had fudged the ARR figures to avoid compensation and save itself from any action by the commission," Grewal said.



Truck driver has miraculous escape
Tribune Reporters

Doraha, February 18
A truck driver had a miraculous escape after his vehicle collided with a stationary goods carrier in the wee hours near here today. The driver, Joginder Singh of Hisar, was rescued after an hour’s struggle, as his legs got entangled with the mangled remains of the vehicle, said station house officer, Doraha, Jarnail Singh.

“We took him to Sidhu Hospital, where he is in an unconscious state, but out of danger,” said the SHO.

Youth held with smack

Samrala: The Samrala police have arrested a youth for allegedly carrying eight grams of smack. The accused, identified as Manoj Sharma (25) of Dabi Bazar, was reportedly apprehended by a police party of the Bardhalan chowki patrolling near the canal bridge in Otalan.

The youth was booked under the NDPS Act. The local court sent him to a 14-day judicial custody at the Ludhiana jail.

The police said another case under the NDPS Act was already pending against the accused.



Donors for thalassaemia patients a click away
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Gurpreet Singh, who formed the website ‘www.bloodsewa.com’ in 2012 to help people find blood donors, now, plans to start a separate category of donors for children suffering from thalassaemia.

A regular donor himself Singh said, “My next project is to make a separate section of blood donors on the website, who can regularly donate blood for thalassaemic patients, since they are in need of it after every few weeks.”

“The main aim behind forming the website was to offer a helping hand to those who are in need of it. A precious life should not be wasted because of the want of blood. Sometimes a donor fails to reach on time while sometimes the blood group does not match. To solve all these problems, an online portal was formed by me,” said Gurpreet Singh, administrator of the website.

After registering with the website, a list of blood donors with their blood groups, mobile numbers and address appears. If somebody has recently donated blood then he/she can put the status ‘unavailable’ before his/her name.

“Till now we have 375 blood donors registered with us. We have donors from Jaipur, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. I want to make the reach of our website wider so that anybody from any state can avail benefits from it,” said Singh.



Ayali inaugurates Ambedkar Bhawan
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 18
MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali today inaugurated Ambedkar Bhawan at Mullanpur Dakha. He also unveiled the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar on the occasion. Dedicating the community hall building to Dalits, Ayali informed that the state government had spent more than Rs 1 crore for the construction of Ambedkar Bhawan here.

“The building of the bhawan would serve as a multi-purpose community hall where people of the area can hold marriage functions, bhog ceremonies and other social events by spending little money,” said Ayali.

“We have also decided not to give permission for serving liquor and non-vegetarian food during the social functions to be solemnised at Ambedkar Bhawan community hall. We have taken this decision to spread a strong message against drugs,” said Ayali, who recently launched a campaign to eradicate drugs from his constituency. We would also be organising medical camps, seminars, awareness camps and various other kinds of social activities to create awareness among the youths about ill effects of drugs on regular basis, added the MLA.

Dakha MLA insisted youth and common people to join hands with him against the menace of drug addiction. “Involvement of youths and common people holds utter significance for the success of any movement,” said Ayali.

Ayali further informed that the state government has allocated Rs 6.50 crore for the installation of RO systems in 50 villages falling under Dakha constituency to provide clean drinking water to the villagers. “The work of installing 20 RO systems in various villages has already been started while the remaining RO systems would be installed in the other villages soon,” said Ayali.

The MLA also distributed scholarships worth Rs 60,000 to 50 meritorious students of various schools during the function.



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PAU professor fails to reply
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
Even as show cause notice was served to a Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) associate professor last month, he has failed to submit his reply within stipulated time. He is accused of ‘financial irregularities’ which allegedly caused financial loss to PAU.

On the basis of an in-depth inquiry conducted by chairperson Dr Neelam Grewal along with members Dr NK Khullar and Dr JS Mahal, a show cause notice (a copy of which is with The Tribune) was served to Deepak Gupta, associate prof, Department of Civil Engineering, PAU, on January 31 and he was to submit a reply within 15 days.

The committee observed that due to irregularities on part of Deepak Gupta, four green houses constructed at different Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) were smaller in size despite the fact that green houses were approved of a bigger size.

The show cause notice even states that rules were flouted in the use of 8 mm thick triple-layered polycarbonate sheets, which were inferior in quality. Gupta had recommended that for the construction of an auditorium, 295 items should be kept in Non Schedule (NS) category. The approximate cost of these items was around Rs 4.5 crore, which was more than 50 per cent of the tender cost. This also caused financial loss to the PAU.

The under construction auditorium in PAU has turned into a white elephant for the varsity authorities as the work on the auditorium is still going on at snail’s pace and the situation is such that even the budget has doubled from initial Rs 9.5 crore to Rs 20 crore.

Even after passing of four years, the PAU authorities have been able to complete only the structure, while the remaining works such as interior, sound, lighting, installation of chairs, flooring, besides several others are still incomplete as the work on them is yet to start. The official deadline for the completion of the project was the first quarter of 2012.

When contacted, PK Khanna, registrar, PAU, informed that Deepak Gupta has still not submitted his reply. “He yesterday requested that he needs to inspect some documents before filing his reply. So, we have given him two days time to inspect the documents he wants to. Once we receive his reply, we would take action accordingly,” claimed Khanna.



Declamation contest held to promote Vedic culture among youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
To promote the Vedic culture among youngsters, Ved Prachar Mandal organised an inter-college vedic declamation contest at the DD Jain College of Education, Kidwai Nagar, here today. According to the office-bearers of the Ved Parchar Mandal, youth is under the influence of Western culture.

The Ved Prachar Mandal makes the youth aware of the Vedic culture by organising such events.

Rosha Lal Arya, general secretary Ved Prachar Mandal, said, “Our youth is involved in social evils such as drugs. We will educate them through such competitions. We are organising a college-level competition for the first time. Today, 22 participants from all over Punjab took part in the state-level contest.”

Ravinder Mittal, Deputy Commissioner, Income Tax, Ludhiana Range, was the chief guest on the occasion. The participants expressed their views on various social and religious topics, including Om Parmatma ka Nijnam, Bhagya aur purusharth, Manav Jiwan ka lakshaya-Ishwar Prapti.

Principal Dr Vijay Laxmi said such contests play a vital role for reawakening youth and imbibing Indian cultural values among them.



Talent Zone conducts interactive session
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
A fun-filled and interactive activity conducted by Talent Zone was organised for students of Montessori wing at Ryan International School, Ludhiana. Resource person Poonam from Talent Zone conducted an interesting and interactive session for the students.

To enhance the cognitive skills of the young Ryanites, an array of activities were conducted, including fire in the mountains, selections of balls of random colours, arranging blocks in a particular manner, etc.

The winners were awarded with bicycles by BSA Company. The award acted as a great motivation for the students for which they performed eagerly.



International seminar on Punjabi literature

Ludhiana: An international seminar on ‘Diasporic Punjabi Literature in Contemporary Perspectives’ (Parwasi Punjabi Sahit: Ajoke Sandarbh Vich) commenced at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College on Tuesday. Principal Manjit Singh Chhabra introduced the theme of the seminar and referred to the importance of the diasporic Punjabi writings in present context. After the felicitations, Dr Harchand Singh Bedi from GNDU delivered the keynote address in which he dwelt upon the diaspora and diasporic writings, the poetics of diaspora, with a sharp focus on the aesthetics of Punjabi Parwasi Sahit. He also focused on the cultural encounters heavily loaded against the Indian. He stressed upon the fact that the travelling cultures carry with them a lot of silt which needs to be examined.

SIFT faculty excels in PG programme

‘Training is not a cost, it is an investment’. The saying has been proved well by a faculty member of Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology. Gurkiran Kapoor, Head of Fashion Merchandising Department at SIFT, has excelled in the bridge programme undertaken by her to upgrade her Post Graduate Diploma into a Masters Degree. She has worked on the topic, ‘Train Women as Sewing Room Operators’ and won much accolades for her research and thesis for MSc (GMT). Gurkiran Kapoor started her bridge programme in September 2013 from NIIFT, Mohali, with a batch of 50 working professionals from renowned institutes and industries of India. She bagged the ‘Best Thesis Award’ and was declared the ‘most promising student’ of her batch.

Seminar on ‘eye care’

It is never too late to take care of your eyes. This was stated by Dr Deepak Gupta, head and eye surgeon, Centre for Sight, while deliberating on the topic ‘effective eye care’ at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Civil Lines, Ludhiana on Tuesday. Dr Gupta while addressing the students enlisted the possible eye problems that may develop at various stages of life. He discussed in length the symptoms, cure and precautions for ailments like myopia, hypermyopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, cataract, glaucoma, ARMD, diabetic retinopathy and corneal degeneration. He also dwelt in detail about the treatment and modalities associated with each of the problems.

Recruitment drive

Placement cell of Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, organised a recruitment drive on the college campus. Sethi Study Circle (SSC) and Max Placement Company visited the college. SSC organised a seminar on personality development and communication skills. Director of SSC Kanwar Sethi interacted with the students and answered all the queries. SSC also offered part-time jobs to the students. Max Placement Company provided knowledge to students about various career opportunities they can explore after graduation.

Extension lecture

Khanna: RIMT College of Education organised a one-day extension lecture on the topic of 'montessori education' under the guidance of principal Dr Rajwant Kaur. Lata Rao, research scholar from Northampton University, the UK and director of Indian Montessori Centre, was invited as the resource person for the extension lecture. She has also taught montessori education in schools in the US. She laid emphasis on the importance of 'Montessori Method' in the development of child's personality. BEd and ETT trainees took keen interest in the lecture. — TNS



Movie shoot

Ludhiana: Shooting of a movie titled ‘Ram Singh’ began in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The protagonist of the movie said it was an action movie that would inspire youngsters to take up martial arts for their protection. Directed by James, the movie would be shot at Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal, he said. He added that the movie would be a complete entertainer, with elements of action and romance. “This would be a great opportunity for local talent to learn and act, as it involves many local artistes,” said another member of the film crew.

Cases of swine flu

Two more suspected cases of swine flu have been reported at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). One patient is a female (49), who belongs to Ludhiana and other is a male (45) belonging to Kapurthala. The samples have been sent to PGI, Chandigarh, for testing.

BKU condemns Union Budget

The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has said the anti-farmers policies of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, had been thoroughly exposed from the budget presented by Finance Minister. The BKU chief, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, said the budget had failed to address any of the long-pending demands of farmers which include remunerative MSP of farm produce, compensation for crop losses due to natural calamities, remission of debts and social security for farmers in old age.


After serving for 31 years in the Central library of District and Session Court, Ludhiana, Joginder Singh Kang retired on Tuesday from the post of Librarian. He was given a warm farewell by the staff. The function was presided over by district and session judge Kamaljeet Singh Kang.

Health camp

Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, organised a health check-up camp in Sector 32 Police Colony in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, director Orthopaedics in the hospital, addressed the talk. He spoke on various issues related to bone problems, importance and significance of early detection of arthritis and various joint replacement treatment options available. Around 150 people benefited from the camp. The doctors offered them free consultation and advice. The doctors also gave away free medicines to the needy patients.

Shobha yatra on March 3

More than 200 devotees from Bhavadas will take part in the Shivratri celebrations to be organised by Shiv Welfare Society on March 3. The members will take part in shobha yatra and will also see the security arrangements on the occasions.

Installation of streetlights

The work of installing streetlights started here at Ward Number 8. The works were jointly inaugurated by councillors Daljit Singh Grewal and Randhir Singh Sibia. Around Rs 8.5 lakh will be spent on the installation of streetlights at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Nagar.


‘Kusum Garaj Literary Award 2014’ was conferred on Dr Surjit Pattar by Yashwant Rao Chavan Open University. The members of Punjabi Sahit Academy have extended congratulations to Dr Pattar. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the academy, said the award was started in the memory of late Maharashtriyan poet VV Sirwadkar. It is a proud moment for Punjabi literature, said prof Gill. — TNS



Students put on athletics shoes at Arya College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The 67th Annual Athletics Meet of Arya College started today. Principal Dr RC Tejpal presided over the inaugural ceremony. In his address, he highlighted the major achievements of the college in the field of sports. He emphasised on the importance of sports in today's era of sedentary lifestyle.

The torch was lighted by the leading athletes of the college: Rahul Sharma and Yashumant Sharma (tae kwan do), Parampreet Kaur (weightlifting) and Amit Kumar (soft ball).

Around 300 athletes, both boys and girls, took part in the events.


High jump: 1. Sandeep Singh, 2. Sahil Sharma, 3. Pushin; long jump: 1. Sandeep Singh, 2. Manpreet, 3. Sahil Bansal; shot put: 1. Sahil, 2. Prabhjot Singh, 3. Simranjit Singh; 1,500m: 1. Simranjit Singh, 2. Ravinder Singh, 3. Abhishek Talwar; 800m: 1. Pushkil, 2. Ravinder Singh, 3. Simranjit Singh; discuss ihrow: 1. Sahil Thakur, 2. Krit Sharma, 3. Prabhjot Singh; sack race (girls): 1. Praveen Sharma, 2. Bhawani, 3. Praneet Kaur

Two-day meet begins at Govt Polytechnic College

A two-day annual athletics meet began at the Satguru Ram Singh Government Polytechnic College for Women here today. The meet was inaugurated by college principal Mahinderpal Singh.

Today, the students participated in 100m, 200m and 400m races besides the discus throw and javelin throw events.


Discus throw: 1. Baby Rai, 2. Pardeep Kaur, 3. Jatinder Kaur; javelin throw: 1. Kirandeep Kaur, 2. Pardeep Kaur, 3. Kanchan; 400m: 1. Rupinder Kaur, 2. Sonia, 3. Navjeet Kaur; 400m hurdles: 1. Pardeep Kaur, 2. Neha, 3. Rupinder Kaur; 200m: 1. Rupinder Kaur, 2. Pardeep Kaur, 3. Simranpreet Kaur



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