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Traffic plan for Modi’s rally out
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The Public Relations Department has urged the city residents (who do not want to attend the rally) to avoid the Ludhiana-Moga stretch of the Ferozepur road as a large number of people are expected to attend “Fateh Rally” of Narendera Modi to be held on the Sugar Mill ground in Jagraon on March 23.

The District Police, Ludhiana Rural (Jagraon), has released a route diversion plan for the general public and the rally. The movement of heavy vehicles has been banned on the stretch and at the venue on February 23. In the traffic plan map, the route plan in red is for the general public and the green one for the rally vehicles.

Traffic diversion plan for general public

Ludhiana to Moga-Ferozepur diverted routes:

1. Kaka Marriage Palace chowk (Ludhiana) to Rajpura chowk (Ludhiana), Humbran, Sidhwan Bet, Dharamkot, Moga to Ferozepur.

2. Gurdev Hospital T-point (Ludhiana) to canal bridge (Changna), Humbran, Sidhwan Bet, Dharamkot, Moga to Ferozepur.

3. Mullanpur to Changna, Bhattian, Humbran, Sidhwan Bet, Dharamkot, Moga to Ferozepur.

4. Chowkimann Chowk to Swaddi Kalan, Bhundri, Sidhwan Bet, Dharamkot, Moga to Ferozepur.

Ludhiana to Raikot-Barnala diverted routes:

1. Bhaibala chowk (Ludhiana) to Jodhan, Sarabha to Raikot.

2. Baddowal GT Road to Lalton, Jodhan, Sarabha to Raikot.

Barnala-Raikot to Ludhiana diverted route:

Raikot to Sarabha, Jodhan to Bhaibala chowk Ludhiana.

Ahmedgarh-Malerkotla-Raikot to Moga Ferozpur diverted route:

Raikot, Barnala chowk to Kamalpura, Manuke, Lakha, Chakkar, Rama, Bilaspur, Badni Kalan to Moga, Ferozepur.

Moga to Ludhiana diverted routes:

1. Bughipura chowk (Moga) to Dharamkot, Sidhwan Bet, Humbran to Ludhiana.

2. Ajitwal T-point to Kokri Kalan, Bhinder Kalan, Sidhwan Bet, Humbran to Ludhiana.

Sidhwan Bet to Mullanpur diverted route:

Sidhwan Bet to Bhundri, Humbran, Changna to Mullanpur.

Routes for rally vehicles

1. Vehicles coming from Ludhiana, Khanna, Fatehgarh, Patiala, Ropar and Mohali (SAS Nagar) shall come through Jagraon Bridge (Ludhiana) via Mullanpur Dakha and reach the parking facility at Kothey Baggu Jagraon (Red parking sticker).

2. Vehicles coming from Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar, Fazilka, Bathinda, Nihalsingh Wala and Bagha Purana shall take the Moga bypass and after passing the T-point at Chuharpur reach the parking facility at Gurusar Kaunke, Jagraon (Green parking sticker).

3. Vehicles coming from Barnala and Mansa shall take the Barnala-Bilaspur-Ajitwal (Moga-Jagraon GT Road) route to reach the parking facility at Gurusar Kaunke, Jagraon (Green parking sticker).

4. Traffic coming from Sangrur, Samana, Sutrana, Sanour, Amargarh and Malerkotla shall take the Raikot-Mullanpur route to reach the parking facility at Kothey Baggu, Jagraon (Red parking sticker).

5. Vehicles from Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Majitha, Zira and Shahkot shall come via Dharamkot and pass through Galib Kalan village via Kishanpura Sodiwal to reach the parking facility at Galib Kalan, Jagraon (Blue parking sticker).

6. Vehicles coming from Jalandhar, Pathankot, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Bhulath, Phagwara, Gurdaspur and Batala shall come via Nakodar, Mehatpur, Sidhwan Bet to reach the parking facility at Kothey Baggu, Jagraon (Red parking sticker).

Special traffic control room to be set up

A special traffic control room will be set up on February 22 at the District Control Room, Ludhiana Rural (Jagraon). Any information about the traffic plan can be obtained on helpline numbers: 85588-45871, 85588-45872, 85588-45873, 85588-45874 and 85588-45875.


Security beefed up in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The city police have beefed up security ahead of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally which is to be held at Jagraon on February 23.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Sukhpal Singh Brar said: "Around 1,500 police personnel have been deployed in various parts of Ludhiana city. While 1,000 personnel have been called from the Police Training Centre, Jahankalan, Hoshiarpur, 300 personnel of Anti Riot Police (ARP) and 200 women police have been deployed to strengthen the security cover. Nakas have been set up in various parts of the city and surprise checks are being conducted at the railway station and the bus stand."

Police sources said the security cover was strengthened following inputs from intelligence agencies that some antisocial elements would try to create hurdles in the smooth conduct of the rally.

"All senior leaders of the BJP and the SAD are camping in the city to make ensure the success of Narendra Modi's rally. In a few days, the supporters of both the BJP and the SAD from other districts of the state will assemble in the city and head towards the rally venue. We are expecting a huge turnout at the venue on March 23," said Mohit Sood, a BJP leader.

Sources said earlier the rally was scheduled for December 21 but was postponed due to severe cold and fog.

Sources in the Intelligence Department said it was feared terrorists might take advantage of fog to disrupt the rally.

Meanwhile, the main Opposition party, the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party trade unions and the Left are planning counter the ruling SAD-BJP by raising the issues of rising corruption and involvement of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers in criminal activities.



Move to give land for Primary Health Centres
MC must charge a price: Councillors
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The Health Department has asked the Municipal Corporation (MC) to provide it land for setting up more Primary Health Centres in the city. Three sites have been identified by the department.

While the cash-strapped MC is set to include the item of transferring land to the Health Department in the agenda of the coming General House meeting, certain councillors have opposed the proposal. They have said the department must pay a minimum price for the land.

Three sites have been "approved" by the Principal Secretary, Health, Vinie Mahajan, during her visit to the city. The “approved” sites include about 3,000 square yards near the canal at Jawaddi, which is on the main road. The other sites are at Pavittar Nagar and Giaspura, which are about 2,500 square yards each.

An official of the MC said the issue of shifting of the land to the Health Department will come up during the coming General House meeting as the department had said it needed the land as soon as possible. "But certain councillors are against this proposal. They feel if the MC has to give land to a department, then it must generate resources for its survival," said the official, adding that in case the department does not pay the market price it should at least pay the collector rate.

Independent councilor Daljit Singh Grewal said as the MC was trying to generate more funds for its survival, it should not transfer the land without charging anything.

The Deputy Mayor, RD Sharma, said providing land for the health centres was a charitable cause and hundreds of people would benefit with the setting up of these centres. "Still, we will discuss whether at least the collector rates should be

paid to the civic body in lieu of the transfer of the land to the Health Department," said Sharma.

The site identified for setting up one such centre at Jawaddi is on the main road and is considered prime land, the market cost of which could be up to Rs 1 lakh per square yard, said an MC official.



Main accused in shooting case held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Three days after the murder of a 25-year-youth, Sukhwinder Singh, the police claimed to have cracked the case with the arrest of the main accused Kapil Kumar, alias Billa Harayanvi, today.

The reason behind the murder was posting a video on a social site and circulating it through Whatsapp.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (City-IV) Swapan Sharma said the police arrested the accused in the jodhewal area.

His accomplices are on the run.



Encroachments in city
HC admits contempt petition against LIT
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has admitted a contempt of court petition against the chairman and executive officer of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for violating the directions with regard to the removal of encroachments.

Passing orders on the petition (COCP 473 of 2014) filed by a city-based RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, the court has issued notice of motion to the respondents for May 12, 2014.

The petitioner submitted that while disposing of the COCP 1299 of 2009, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued certain directions to the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, regarding the removal of encroachments.

Under para 9(d) of the orders, the HC had noted: “These directions shall mutatis mutandis apply against encroachments or unauthorised occupation, if any, in other municipal areas of the State of Punjab also, whether under the control of a municipality, an improvement trust or any other local authorities like the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), etc.”

According to Sabharwal, by virtue of these explicit directions, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust was bound to remove the encroachments falling under its jurisdiction.

He contended information obtained under the Right to Information Act from the LIT by Arvind Sharma had revealed that 132 booths were allotted by the Trust in the Transport Nagar area and the ownership of their roofs remained with the LIT. But later on, the said scheme was transferred to the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for maintenance purposes. The LIT authorities had also admitted that multi-storey constructions were raised on the roofs of 72 booths, out of 132 booths, which were illegal encroachments.

The petition further said despite repeated reminders the LIT authorities failed to take any action for the removal of encroachments with the plea that the scheme stood transferred to the MC and it was the duty of the MC to act against illegal constructions.

“By taking this stand, the LIT authorities lost sight of their official communication (dated February 23, 2012) which clearly states that even if a scheme is transferred to the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for maintenance purposes, the ownership of the property, which is not sold, remains with the Improvement Trust,” the petitioner averred.



Gas agencies allege harassment by cops
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Gas agencies have condemned the ban imposed by the traffic police on the entry of trucks to the city limits during daytime. They have complained that the ban has affected the supply of LPG cylinders.

"Our vehicles are covered under the Essential Commodity Act, but the traffic police do not listen to us and refuse to allow our trucks to enter the city limits during the morning. The authorities should allow our trucks to enter the city limits during daytime or there will soon be a scarcity of cooking gas cylinders in the city," said Hardeep Singh, former Hockey Olympian who owns a gas agency.

Another gas agency owner said they were scared of operating at night.

"Thieves and robbers target LPG godowns during the night. Our godowns are located on the outskirts of the city so it is very unsafe to work at night. We do not want to put the lives of our employees at risk," he said.

The SHO (Traffic), Vinod Kumar, said it might be a stray case. Directions have been given to the traffic police personnel against stopping the trucks transporting cooking gas cylinders.



‘Rangla Punjab’ hospitality bowls over doctors’ kin
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Visitors at a food court at “Rangla Punjab” in Ludhiana on Thursday
Visitors at a food court at “Rangla Punjab” in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himashu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 20
A mini-village, “Rangla Punjab”, was set up during the 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Physicians of India, which started here today.

The mini-village had all traditional features. The food court became an instant hit with doctors and their families. Of the Punjabi dishes served at the food court, “naan-chhole” was the most sought after.

A traditional “bhatti” (used to make pop corns), potter’s wheel, “peeng” (swing), scarecrow, tractor and a plough were especially put up at “Rangla Punjab”.

Girls get themselves clicked at Rangla Punjab, a mini-village set up during the 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Physicians of India, in Ludhiana on Thursday
Girls get themselves clicked at Rangla Punjab, a mini-village set up during the 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Physicians of India, in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

While doctors were attending the conference, their families had a gala time at “Rangla Punjab”. Punjabi songs were playing continuously. There was a special corner for shoppers where the stalls of woollens, casual wear, jewellery, children’s garments were set up.

A trader from Pakistan selling quality cardamom, kesar and nuts caught everybody’s attention. The aroma of the spices kept at the stall drew a large number of visitors. Many lapped up the spice packets.

The doctors’ spouses and children enjoyed the traditional Punjabi culture and were seen clicking pictures in the rural backdrop.

He turns waste into interesting art works

Harminder Singh Boparai, an artist, has put up his creations at “Rangla Punjab”. He has the skill of turning trash into admirable pieces of art. He sees beauty in waste bins and garbage dumps from where he gets material to make his art pieces. A sculpture depicting a bee on a flower has been made of discarded cooler fans and footrests of scooters. For the sculpture, “Two Dancing Girls”, the artist has used old milk containers to create the girls’ dresses. The “Three Ostriches” is made of used bike tanks, generator pipes and cycle stands.



Four-day APICON begins
National, international medicos attending conference of physicians
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Physicians of India APICON-2014 started here today.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, organising secretary Dr GS Wander said the four-day conference would have sessions on varied subjects of medicines. There would be series of workshops as well, he added.

Delivering the keynote address on ‘Regenerative medicine: An idea whose time has come’, Dr LS Chawla, the first Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, explained that regenerative medicine help replace or regenerate human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish their normal functioning.

Major General (Dr) Velu Nair from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, spoke on ‘The evolving saga of stem cells’. He said stem cells provide material for regeneration and hence, could play an instrumental role in curing almost all diseases in the times to come.

Dr Navin C Nanda, who is famous as the father of modern echocardiography and is a faculty member at the University of Albama, USA, spoke on ‘Echocardiography - Past, Present and Future’. Dr Inder S Anand, a professor in medicine, cardiovascular division, University of Minnesota, USA, delivered a lecture on ‘Systolic vs diastolic heart failure: How treatment strategies differ?’

Dr SK Sarin from New Delhi enlightened the participants about the new paradigms in diagnosis and management of hepatitis B and C.

Dr CV Venkata Ram from Hyderabad spoke on ‘Guidelines for hypertension from ESC/ESH: Take home messages in the times when hypertension has become a major public health hazard not only in industrialised nations but also in emerging economies. Early detection combined with effective treatment is imperative to reduce the risk of premature cardiovascular disease and accelerated atherosclerosis, said Dr Venkata Ram.



Overuse of antibiotics making bacteria drug-resistant, says expert
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The challenge of drug-resistant bacteria and lack of development of new antibiotics was highlighted during the APICON-2014 organised here today.

Dr Mangla S Gulati, assistant professor of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, USA, said due to overuse, people were developing resistance to antibiotics all over the world. On the other hand, the pace of developing new antibiotics was very slow, she said.

“Pharmaceutical companies are shying away from developing new antibiotics as it requires a lot of R&D, which is an expensive process. So there is a twin challenge. One, bacteria are becoming resistant to old antibiotics and new antibiotics are not being developed rapidly. During 2005-10, there has been a six-fold increase in the sale of antibiotics, which is resulting in bacteria becoming drug-resistant. In comparison, very few antibiotics have been developed in the past 20 years,” Dr Gulati said.

Pharmaceutical companies were keen on developing medicines for diseases like diabetes, said Dr Gulati.

“There is a need to increase awareness among the medical community about the rational use of antibiotics. Further, collected efforts are required to develop new antibiotics to address the problem of new diseases,” she said.

The assistant professor added that the governments need to provide incentives to pharmaceutical companies to hasten R&D of antibiotics.



Don’t ignore headache: Ohio neurologist
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
One should not ignore if headache is persistent, advises Dr Brinder Vij from Neurological Centre for Pain, Neurological Institute, Ohio.

Dr Vij, who was here to attend the APICON-2014, said there were various kinds of headaches. While primary headache syndromes include migrane, the secondary ones could occur due to other medical conditions like cancer. Headaches are more common among females whereas some headaches like cluster headache occur more among males, he said.

If headache was persistent, one must consult a doctor, said Dr Vij. “If headache starts all of a sudden and is very extreme, one must seek immediate medical help. It is termed as thunderclap headache and may be indicative of a serious problem like a haemorrhage, rupture or a stroke,” he said.

The Ohio neurologist said headaches also occur due to overmedication, as in some cases over-the-counter medicines for headache only worsen the patient’s condition.

He said in India, headaches were generally not taken very seriously. People prefer taking common medicines to visiting a doctor.

Another doctor at the conference said the medical community too should consider headaches seriously. “Regular headaches can cause psychological problems like anxiety and depression,” he said.



CITU takes out massive march in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 20
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today organised a protest march from Chattar Singh Park to Mini Secretariat along with a rally to focus on the pending demands and exploitation of workers.

The protesting workers led by activists of CITU demanded stern measures to curb black marketing of sand, equal pay for equal work, enhancement of minimum wages, more employment under centrally-funded MANREGA scheme, restoration of rule of law and abolition of undesirable taxes on urban population.

Addressing the rally, which was attended by workers from brick kilns, industrial units, construction and MANREGA, the national general secretary of the All-India Construction Federation, Divanjan Chakravarty, said several state governments were yet to give effect to the legislation enacted to safeguard the interests of construction workers.

He said even the Punjab Government had commenced with the registration of construction workers only about a year ago.

Senior vice-president of CITU Chander Shekar and former legislator Tarsem Jodhan alleged that the senior functionaries of the ruling party had usurped the entire transport, sand mining and cable network business in the state in collusion with mafia groups.

“The nexus of political leaders and mafia groups has unleashed a reign of terror in the state to intimidate their business rivals,” they said.

Focusing on the poor plight of construction workers, Jodhan and other CITU leaders maintained that workers were facing mass unemployment due to illegal sand mining and its black marketing by a syndicate of police, mining officials and certain councillors which also enjoys patronage of the ruling party.



School declared ‘unsafe’, classes still on
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Though the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, had visited to four privileged schools of the city last month and released grants to improve the infrastructure but the government and the Education Department seems least concerned about the schools which are deprived of roofs and buildings and have been declared unsafe.

Government High School, Chawani Mohalla, is a perfect example of negligence on the part of government. The four rooms of the three-storied building of the school have been declared ‘unsafe’ by the District Education Officer but the classes are still going on on the school premises.

A few years ago, roofs of two rooms had collapsed. Roofs of all other rooms too shake whenever someone moves.

During a visit to the school, it was been learnt that the students sit outside the classroom on first floor. When asked about the reason, a student told that the entry to the room was restricted by the schoolteacher as the floor shakes.

The old-styled roofs have been made by using wooden panels. The condition of the panels is pitiable even when the school authorities had replaced them in the recent past.

According to the information, the school building was constructed in 1953, when the government initiated a primary school in a small building. In 1975, the government upgraded the school from primary level to middle level.

Meanwhile, some more rooms were constructed on the second floor and then on the third floor to accommodate the students. In 2011, the school again upgraded from middle to high, without upgrading the building.

Now, the school has been running in two shifts. In the morning shift, 90 students of high school (VI to X) attend the classes. Meanwhile, the evening shift is being attended by 120 students of the primary school.

The walls of the school were whitewashed recently. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Chawani Mohalla, said, “Most of the students are children of migrant labourers. So, the permanent area residents are least concerned about the school building as their children study in public schools.”

Ranjit Singh Malhi, District Education Officer (Primary), said, “There are a few rooms in schools which are declared unsafe for use.”

He said, “We want to demolish the whole building to reconstruct the school. So now, we have sent a proposal to the Education Department to shift the classes to nearby schools.” We will reconstruct the school soon, the DEO stated.



Phoolka motivates rural youth for change
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 20
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana constituency, HS Phoolka today kickstarted his election campaign in rural areas of the constituency.

Phoolka along with other party leaders was accorded warm welcome as he reached Chakar village near Jagraon, the last village of the constituency. A march was also carried out in the village with volunteers holding ‘jhadus’, their party’s election symbol.

Addressing the villagers, Phoolka said he had not come to seek votes or offer false assurances as leaders of political parties generally do during elections. “I have come to ask the people of this village, particularly the youth, to join us in changing our state and the country the way you have changed your village,” said Phoolka evoking applause from the gathering.

Phoolka chose to sit among the villagers to interact with them.

Chakar village, having a population of around 10,000, is perhaps the only village in Punjab which has a lake with boating facility besides proper sewerage system and wide roads. The villagers turned three ponds into clear water lakes and installed sewerage treatment systems with support from some NRIs.

The village is also known for Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy which has produced several boxers of national repute.

Later, Phoolka visited Sarabha village and held a meeting with party workers. Phoolka also paid tributes to martyr Kartar Singh Sharabha by garlanding his statue there.



People desperate to change regime at Centre: Sukhbir
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 20
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said people of the country want to get rid of the Congress-led UPA Government and were desperate to change the “corrupt regime”.

Sukhbir Badal was speaking to mediapersons after reviewing the arrangements for BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Fateh rally’ to be organised at Sugar Mill here on February 23.

Sukhbir Badal claimed, “Narendra Modi's ‘Fateh rally’ at Jagraon would be the biggest political rally in the state. The rally would sound the death knell for the ruling Congress at the Centre.”

Sukhbir evaded queries about the allegation that the AAP candidate for the Ludhiana constituency, HS Phoolka, charged fees from victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Sukhbir Badal, who was visiting the rally venue for the second consecutive day, told the party leaders to bring maximum people to the rally.

Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sharnjit Singh Dhillon, SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema, Jagraon MLA SR Kaler and SGPC member Gurcharn Singh Grewal were among those present.



Suvidha Centre hall inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The District Administration inaugurated a new hall at the Suvidha Centre for issuing new Aadhaar cards and for making corrections in cards.

According to the officials, there are 17 centres across the district from where the residents can apply for the correction of any mistake in the Aadhaar Card.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia informed that the District Administration constructed the hall to facilitate the public at Suvidha Centre.

The Administration set the centres at sub-divisional magistrate Samrala, Payal, Khanna, Raikot, Jagraon, block development office Ludhiana-2, Dehlon, Doraha, Jagraon, Khanna, Machhiwara, Pakhowal, Raikot, Samrala and Sidhwan Bet.

The District Administration has come up with a web portal for correction on cards for the people receiving card with errors in name, address and date of birth.



Experts dwell on India in post-economic reform era
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Indian Economy is facing a unique challenge that even after two decades of reforms, a large section of people have not been made better off. This was stated by Dr Lakhwinder Singh Gill, the keynote speaker at the one-day national level conference (sponsored by ICSSR) organised by the Post Graduation Department of Economics at SCD Government College.

More than 30 research papers were read by delegates from Moga, Khanna, Gandhinagar, Pathankot, Delhi and other parts of the country. The conference focused on ‘challenges and opportunities in the Post-Economic Reform era in India’.

Poonam Mittal, HOD Economics Department, convened the conference. It concluded with the view that policy changes should be directed towards more inclusive growth. Speakers emphasised on the need for more job creation in India.



24,000 to appear for PPSC examination

Ludhiana, February 20
More than 24,000 candidates will appear for the 120 posts of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) examination on March 23.

Revealing the information, member PPSC Anil Sareen stated that the test would be conducted to recruit 23 PCS, 10 Deputy Superintendent of Police, 16 Deputy Superintendent of Police (Jails), 52 Excise and Taxation Officers, 6 Tehsildars, 11 Block Development Officers and 2 Land Conservation Officer.

The examination will be held at Chandigarh in two shifts of morning and evening. — TNS



Punjab board all set to conduct Class X-XII exams
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The district education office is all set to conduct Punjab School Education Board examinations of Classes X and XII. The Education Department has deputed around 2,700 teachers as invigilators for 390 examination centres for the upcoming examinations.

This year, the PSEB has decided to send the question papers to local banks. According to the information, the board will send question papers to 144 bank branches located at various areas of the district.

As the examination of Class XII is scheduled for March 1, the PSEB will send the question papers to banks till February 26. The examination staff will get the question papers on the day of examination.

The officials informed that 21 flying squads were also constituted to prevent coping during examination. According to the senior officials of the department, principals for inspection duty have also been deputed at all the centres.

Sukhdarshan Singh, president Anti-Copying Teachers’ Front, said, “We have requested the PSEB authorities to avoid deputing principals from private schools as they are not accountable to the Education Department. I hope that the department will not depute any person who is not accountable for his/her work.”

Deputy District Education Officer Gurjot Singh stated that the Education Department was fully prepared to conduct the examinations. We have written to the police administration to impose Section 144 CrPc around the examination centres.



Students seek blessings for board exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
A havan yajna was performed at DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, to seek blessings from the Almighty for students appearing for the CBSE Class XII examinations.

All the students enchanted Vedic mantrasand offered oblations in the sacred fire to invoke god for their achievement in exams.

Principal Yogesh Gambhir along with the staff motivated the students to work hard to attain their desired goal.



FICO apprise Sukhbir of grievances

The chairman of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO), KK Seth, and president Gurmeet Singh Kular met the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, to apprise him of the problems faced by the industry. “As the industry is passing through a phase of recession, problems are increasing day by day,” said Kular. The delegation discussed that as far as cycle industry is concerned, purchases are made against 4.95 per cent and 6.05 per cent of vat payment within Punjab, whereas on sales, only 2.2 per cent is collected from buyer, hence approximately 4 per cent of vat is blocked with the department. The delegation, therefore, requested to reduce the vat rate on cycle and cycle parts to 2 per cent. “As many as Rs 325 crore in the shape of vat refund is lying with the department, it should be cleared within a month because our refund is more than our bank limit. People are not coming under fast track refund of 5 star dealers because there is 500 per cent penalty,” said Seth,

CII workskills competition

Skilled labour is the most critical challenge being faced by the industry in the region today. There is a dire need to promote vocational training and skill development projects at all levels in the institutes, industry and the society as a whole to attain desired level of world-class standards in skilled labour. This was stated by DL Sharma, chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Punjab State Council, while addressing the inaugural session of the 26th CII Regional Workskills Competition being organised in Ludhiana from February 18 to 21. “It is also the responsibility of the industry to provide regular training to its workers from time to time to ensure that they acquire internationally benchmarked skills,” said the chairman. SS Dhillon, director, Punjab and Chandigarh, Ministry of MSME, Government of India, said, “The MSME is proactively working in the field of skill development in the region and has initiated many projects and programmes in coordination with all stakeholders to achieve the target of 500 million skilled workforce by 2022.”

Amway distributors showcase new collection

Amway India, the largest direct selling FMCG company, organised a fashion show wherein 40 selected Amway business owners and their friends walked the ramp to showcase the 'Attitude' skincare and colour range. The evening saw housewives, teenagers, service class and businessmen participating in the fashion show, followed by a few live performances on latest Bollywood numbers. Manoj Vats, area manager, Punjab, Amway Indian, said, “We believe such events help reinforce our position. The activity not only builds consumer access and confidence on our brand, but also provides a platform for common man to showcase their talent.”

FICO office-bearers demand change of timings

A delegation of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation, under the leadership of Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO), met Vipin Nagi, manager, Centralised Clearing Processing Cell (CCPC), regarding 8,000 pending cheques of the State Bank of India. The cheques are awaiting clearance for over a week now. Office-bearers of the FICO demanded to change the timings from 10 am to 5 pm to 7 am to 5 pm. Kular said there are only four scanners in CCPC out of which two are out of order. The delegation requested to shift the Centralised Clearing Processing Cell (CCPC) to branch-level clearing system. — TNS



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Repair work

The spokesperson for the Congress councillors, Parminder Mehta, requested the civic body to complete the needed repair work of roads before Shivratri. Mehta said the Municipal Corporation will fill the pits with sand and roads will be recarpeted, as many devotees take part in the yatra barefoot.


Students, who are intelligent, dedicated and hard working, can carve their own niche in the society. This was stated by Mayor Harcahran Singh Gohalwaria during the Jashn-e-Youth grand final competitions at Ishmeet Singh Music Institute. SDM (West) KS Mahi was also present on the occasion. Various music-related competitions were organised for students and winners were given cash prize of Rs 31,000 and Rs 21,000.

Date extended

The MC has extended the date of paying the bills of water and sewerage of Block 30, Zone B, till February 26. The last date of payment, earlier, was January 17, but due to a strike by MC employees held from January 15 to 21, residents could not pay the bills.


The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has urged the Union Government to merge the dearness allowance (DA) with the basic pay and pension to neutralise the inflation. A resolution in this regard was passed during a meeting of the association on Wednesday. Sher Singh, chairman of the association, chaired the meeting. BR Dhawan, general secretary of the association, said the government should merge the DA before the 7th Pay Commission comes into force. Members also urged the government to increase the fixed monthly medical allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000.

Interim budget flayed

The district unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) expressed resentment for allegedly ignoring the interests of general public and the downtrodden in the interim budget. In a statement issued by the local unit of the INTUC, a delegation of Dr Subhash Sharma, president of the Punjab INTUC, and office-bearers, met vice-president of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi recently to discuss the matter. The central leadership was sounded against the fallout of anti-public measures in the forthcoming general elections, the statement read. The signatories to this statement include Sarwan Singh, Suresh Sood, Kaur Chand, Jasbir Singh, Harjeet Singh, Tarsem Singh, Amrik Singh, Shingara Singh, SK Tiwari, Deen Bahadur, Rajender Mukhia, Tun Tun Prasad, Avtar Singh and Ram Kishore.

Move flayed

Kamal Sharma, state president, BJP, condemned the move of Jayalalitha government in Tamil Nadu for releasing the convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Kamal Sharam was in the city to review the arrangements of Jagraon rally. The state president claimed people in the country want to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. The Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha released t-shirts, jackets and phone covers with Narendra Modi's pictures.

Pen-down strike from Feb 24

The State Ministerial Services Association condemned the state government for not showing concern over their demands and announced pen-down strike from February 24 to 26. Sukhwinder Singh, state president of the State Ministerial Services Association, urged the employees to make the strike fruitful.


The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) organised a seminar on ‘Stress-free life of children’. Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said the unnecessary burden on the children and competition lead to stress among schoolchildren. Parents and teachers should take care of students during examination. — TNS



PAU athletics meet
COA students dominate on Day 1
Our Sports Reporter

A student performs long jump on the opening day of the annual athletics meet of PAU, Ludhiana, on Thursday
A student performs long jump on the opening day of the annual athletics meet of PAU, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 20
The College of Agriculture (COA) dominated the proceedings in the men’s as well as women’s sections on the opening day of the 48th Annual Athletics Meet of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

In the men’s section, Taranjit Singh of the COA won three titles while Manjinder Singh, Tejinder Pal Singh and Hardeep Singh Dhaliwal of the college bagged two titles each. In disc throw, Tejinder Pal Singh created a new meet record by hurling the disc to a distance of 39.70 metres.

Japjit Singh, a student of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), also won two titles.

In the women’s section, Pratishtha Verma, Rajvinder Kaur, Harsimran Kaur Gill and Anita, all students of the COA, bagged top honours in their respective events.

Earlier, PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon declared the two-day meet open.

Winners (Men): 110-m hurdles race: Manjinder Singh, a student of the COA; 400-m hurdles: Shamsher Singh of COA; 1500-m race: Japjit Singh of COAE&T; 100-m race: Taranjit Singh of COA; 400-m race: Manpreet Singh of COA; 4x100-m relay race: COA; 800-m race: Japjit Singh of COAE&T; 200-m race: Taranjit Singh of COA; 5000-m race: Sharanveer Singh of COA; hammer throw: Tejinder Pal Singh of COA; triple jump: Manjinder Singh of COA; javelin throw: Balkaran Singh of COA; shot put: Tejinder Pal Singh of COA; broad jump: Hardeep Singh Dhaliwal of COA; high jump: Hardeep Singh Dhaliwal of COA; and discus throw: Tejinder Pal Singh of COA.

Winners (Women): 800-m race: Rajvinder Kaur of COA; 100-m race: Pratishtha Verma of COA; 400-m race: Rajvinder Kaur of COA; 1500-m race: Anita of COA; javelin throw: Beauty Debbarma of COBS&H; shot put: Harsimran Kaur Gill of COA; high jump: Pratishtha Verma of COA; and discus throw: Harsimran Kaur Gill of COA.



Meet at gnn college concludes
Amritpal declared best athlete
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 20
Health plays the prime role in the progress of an individual, state and nation. It is high time that Punjabis changed their eating habits, lifestyle and daily routine.

This was stated by Dr Dalwinder Singh, Director, Sports, Panjab University, Chandigarh, while inaugurating the 40th Annual Athletic Meet for boys of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

College principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Amritpal Singh of BA I was declared the best athlete of the athletic meet.

Winners: 100-metre race: Amritpal Singh, a BA-I student; 200-metre race: Amritpal Singh of BA I; 400-metre race: Manvir Singh of BA II; 800-metre race: Arshdeep Singh of BA III: 1,500-metre race: Jagdeep Singh of BA III; 5,000-metre race: Satnam Singh of BA I; high jump: Manjot Singh of 10+2-1; long jump: Amritpal Singh of BA I; triple jump: Amritpal Singh, BA I; shot put: Navjot Singh of BA III; discus throw: Karnail Singh of BCom III; hammer throw: Harvijay Singh of MCom Semester IV; and javelin throw: Amritpal Singh of BA I.



Narinder wins 100-m race

Samrala, February 20
Narinder Singh of Gobindgarh won the 100-metre race for boys while Kirandeep Kaur of Gurdaspur won the crown in girls' category on the second day of the three-day tournament being organised by Malwa Sports Association at Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala.

In the open weightlifting category, Gurdeep Singh of Majri won the top spot by lifting 185 kg.

In tractor race, Garpreet Sainmajari, Dilpreet Sahebana, Soni Toose, Chinda Rampur, Arman Mangat Bondal and Gurvinder Jaganpadman booked their semi-final births. — OC



Athletics, judo trials on Feb 26 & 27
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Ludhiana, February 20
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, will hold selection trials to enrol athletes and judo players, both boys and girls, in the age group of 12 to 18 years for the session 2014-15. The trials will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here on February 26 and 27.

Those who secured any of the first four positions in the national games and national championships in their relevant age-groups or have stood first or second in the All-India School Games, inter-state competitions, inter-zonal competitions and All-India Circuit Meet/Permit Meet are eligible to participate in the trials. Besides, those who stood first or second in the state championship or those who have won any of the first three positions in the district championships and Inter-Education Institutes Championship can also take part in the trials.

The aspirants have been advised to bring their age-proof, sports achievement certificates and three passport size photographs.

Rakesh Singh, in-charge of the centre, said "The selected sportspersons will be provided scientific training, free boarding and lodging facilities, medical assistance, sports kit, insurance, free education and competition exposure as per the SAI norms," said Rakesh Singh, in-charge of the centre.

"No travelling, boarding or lodging allowance would be paid to the participants," added Singh.



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