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Councillors vent ire on MC officials, babus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Though the General House of the Municipal Corporation cleared all the seven items of the agenda today, almost all members complained against the officials and "bureaucrats", who, they said, adopted "callous" attitude towards the demands of councillors and residents.

The councillors of the ruling SAD-BJP combine and the Congress condemned the lackadaisical approach of the officials in dealing with public/development works. They alleged files had gone missing from offices and the MC officials did not bother about listening to their seniors.

The members of the House appreciated the authorities for convening the third General House in the last just one and a half months. One of the major problems that rocked the House was the menace of stray dogs. Congress councillor Sanjay Talwar said stray dogs had bitten to death two persons in separate incidents. He asked the House to do something to give respite to the residents till the sterilisation of stray dogs was initiated.

Mayor HS Gohlwaria said the rules (Animal Welfare Board) would be studied and action taken accordingly.

A majority of councillors said the officials of the Sewerage Board were not doing the works that had been pending for the last three or four years. A few councillors openly asked the Mayor to "suspend" the erring officials. The Mayor called the officials concerned and asked them to either perform or face the music. He also asked the higher officials to issue show-cause notices to such officials.

Narinder Sharma Kala, one of the councilors, pointed out when the Civic Body was spending crores of rupees on the development of the city, why the residents were still unhappy? "The major reason is the corporation does not take strict action against the erring officials, who were found wanting in work. The guilty officials must be severely punished," he said.

Councillors seek salary hike, better offices

Councillors said they were being paid "peanuts" (Rs 10,000 plus Rs 2,000 as reimbursement of telephone bills). They demanded their monthly remuneration be increased to at least Rs 30,000. They said they need proper offices as the existing ones were in a shambles. The Mayor assured the members that their offices would be renovated soon and he would forward the demand to the state government.

‘Remove meat shops from public roads’

Councillors from different wards said certain people were slaughtering animals on the main roads, which was not just illegal but unhygienic too. These temporary shops should be removed immediately, they said. The MC Commissioner, Shruti Singh, assured the councillors that the roadside meat shops would be removed.

Gau Sewa Dal’s plea

The meeting proceedings were stopped for a few minutes as the members of the Gau Sewa Dal started raising slogans against the officials of the Civic Body, who, they alleged, were "responsible" for the death of three cows on Hambran Road on Sunday. The members started raising slogans outside the hall where the meeting was going on. Both the Mayor and the Commissioner went out to receive as memorandum from the workers. The Sewa Dal has demanded strict action against the officials responsible for the cows’ deaths. They said the area was waterlogged and there was garbage all over. The cows were electrocuted from a transformer put up by the PSPCL. In the absence of proper cowsheds, innocent animals were getting killed in such incidents, alleged the Sewa Dal members.

Agenda items cleared by the House

  • Providing jobs to the kin of deceased on compassionate grounds
  • The MC building in Sardar Nagar to be converted into Old Age Home
  • Regularisation of a few contractual staff
  • Declaration of “No Tolerance Zone”
  • "Remodulation" of TP schemes
  • Allocating roundabouts to industrialists


Leaders swing into action to score over others
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
With the Lok Sabha Elections fast approaching, leaders have swung into action. They are pressing the "re-modulation" of the Town Planning Schemes in the city.

Taking a step further, the SAD candidate for the city Lok Sabha seat, Manpreet Singh Ayali, convened a "hurried" press conference in the evening to show a letter from the state government that states new electricity connections, which have been banned for the small scale industry operating in the mixed land use areas for the past over 12 years, will be given to such units from tomorrow.

The president of the Janata Nagar Small Scale Industry, Jaswinder Singh Thukral, claimed any industrial unit could get new connections and the load increased within two months. This scheme had been open since 2010, he claimed.

Meanwhile, when asked if all these efforts were being made to woo voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Ayali said this was a long-pending demand of the small scale industry, which had given employment to more than 5 lakh persons. "Nobody made efforts to come to the rescue of the industry. Industrial units were neither getting new electricity elections nor their existing load was increased. This is a great relief to them," claimed Manpreet Singh Ayali.

Having a dig at this political "gimmick", independent MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains said connections were already being given to industrial units under the Mixed Land Use scheme. At the General House meeting, he said even the agenda item of making amendments (under “re-modulation”) to the Town Planning Schemes was brought in on March 10, 2008, and there was nothing new in the "re-modulation" of the TP Schemes.

At the House meeting, councillors said in many parts of the city, including Janata Nagar and Miller Ganj, various industries had been running for the past over three or four decades. These were small industries and had provided employment to about 5 lakh people. These could not be relocated. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) did not provide new connections in these areas, nor did it increase the existing load. This was causing a lot of problem to the units.

New power connections without CLU

The Chief Engineer, Rashpal Singh, said in case of new connections or load extension, one had to apply for the change of land use and pay a fee for the change of land use. "But from tomorrow, new connections will be given without getting the change of land use," he said.



Industrialists to maintain roundabouts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The General House of the Municipal Corporation today gave the nod to allocate about 15 roundabouts to the local industrialists for their maintenance and beautification. These roundabouts will now be taken care of by industrialists for the next five years and named after the industries maintaining them.

An MoU will be signed between the industrialist and the civic body and the former will have to follow the MC guidelines.

The Jagraon Bridge Chowk has been allocated to Hero Ecotech Limited, Haibowal Chowk to Ashok Kumar and Company, Sarabha Nagar Chowk (main market) to Shingora Textiles Limited, Subhani Building Chowk to Ganga Spinning and Weaving Mills, Baba Than Singh Chowk and Division Number 3 Chowk to Ganga Acrowools Ltd and Greenbelt Circuit House Chowk to Shingora Textiles, Cheema Chowk to the Association of Ludhiana Machine Tools Industry, Aarti Chowk to Square Corporation, Middha Chowk to Hero Ecotech Limited, Jaitley Chowk to Rage Knit and the one opposite MC BRS Nagar to Jaycees Ludhiana. The Ishmeet Chowk will be allocated to Soim Diagnose Centre while the chowk opposite the Police Commissioner’s residence will be taken care of by the HSBC. The Fountain Chowk will be maintained by Nahar Group, Vishkarma Chowk by Vishkarma Industries and Baba Deep Singh Chowk by Perfect Motors. 



Now, thieves strike at PNB
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Thieves struck at Punjab National Bank on the Malhar Road last night and decamped with an LED TV set and other valuables. The incident came to light in the morning when the employees reached the bank and found the premises ransacked.

They informed the police about the incident. While the close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed in the bank was functional, the digital video recorder had been defunct since November.

According to the police, the thieves gained entry into the bank by removing a window air-conditioner.

They searched all cabinets and drawers on the basement, ground floor and the first floor. According to the bank staff, no cash was lying in the cabinets. The thieves broke a cheque-collection machine and a token machine thinking they might find cash in them.

Archna Gupta, manager of the bank, said the sweeper had informed her about the incident.

It is the second bank theft in 12 days. The police have failed make a headway. Earlier, thieves had struck at Punjab and Sindh Bank on the Dugri Road.



Woman cooks up robbery story to help her paramour
Gave him 16 tola gold jewellery, told police robbers looted it while her in-laws were sleeping on ground floor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The city police have cracked a case in which a woman had lodged a false case of robbery with the Jodhewal Police Station to hide her illicit relations. The police have registered a case against accused a married woman of the Kali Sarak area and her paramour Deepak.

According to the police, the married woman cooked up the story of loot to help her paramour, whom she gave her jewellery.

Swapan Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-4), said the woman had filed a complaint on February 23 that when she was sleeping along with her daughter in her room on the second floor of the house when two masked men entered into the room on February 20 night. Her husband Rajiv Sharma and her mother in-law were sleeping on the ground floor.

She told the police that the robbers had threatened that they would kill her daughter if she did not hand all her jewellery to them. She gave her jewellery to the robbers and they fled from her house.

After registering the case against unidentified robbers, the police initiated investigation. Rajesh Kumar, in charge, Crime Investigation Agency-2, investigated the case and checked the details of the call made to the woman.

After analysing the call record of the woman’s phone number, the police got suspicious.

Swapan said the police came to know Deepak used to visit her house. During interrogation, she confessed that she cooked up the story after handing the jewellery to her paramour. The police have recovered 16 tolas of gold from the house of Deepak’s relative and registered a case under sections 177, 182, 293 and 420 of the IPC against the woman and Deepak.



Better Ludhiana parks for children-II
Sports infrastructure needed to explore talent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Keeping in view the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, political parties have launched the election campaign. Candidates of various parties can be seen raising several issues. None of the political parties or social groups has raised the issue of shortage of grounds and parks in the residential areas. Ludhiana Tribune spoke to a cross-section of youngsters on the issue.

Poor basic sports infrastructure

Whenever I get an opportunity to play in foreign countries, I observe that their basic sports infrastructure is much better than ours. We are far behind even from some Asian countries. Towns are well planned with parks and grounds in those countries. Here in India, a person has to do extraordinary efforts to improve his skills. Health, physical fitness and sports skill developments are not on the government’s agenda. So, 95 per cent population is deprived of basic sports facilities.

- Bikram, a trainee at the Sports Authority of India

We have to depend on vacant plot owners’ mood

We have a small ground behind our residential area. Actually, it is a vacant plot. We have to seek permission from its owner to play in the ground. Most of the time, it depends on his mood. Every Sunday, we go to the Grain Market to play cricket. We are not able to play during the procurement session as the market remains occupied during those days. There should be some suitable place to play.

- Ram Babu, a student

Poor planning to blame

I am very fond of races but I never got the opportunity to participate in such events before joining Punjab Agricultural University. Our city is not planned as per the requirements of the residents. In the absence of proper sports infrastructure, our talent goes waste. The government has constructed huge walls around the existing grounds and stadiums. The common man does not dare to enter inside these stadiums.

- Gurvinder Sran, a university student

Villages need playgrounds

Our village is now a part of the city. Earlier, plots were vacant around the village and we used to play cricket there. Now, buildings have been constructed on the vacant plots. There is no space to play cricket. Now, we play cricket at Link Road leading to Hambran. Traffic interrupts our game, but we don't have any other option.

- Jatinder Singh, a resident of Jhammat village

No space on even streets

I used to study in a government school in the Old City area. There was no playground at the school. My house is also in the congested area and there is no playground near it. I used to play on streets with my friends. Now, people park their vehicles on streets so we are unable to play cricket there.

- Mukesh, a city resident

Parks, grounds a must to remain fit, healthy

Our youths have potential and energy, but the city lacks playgrounds. The government should not approve any plan of a locality without having parks and grounds. People also require parks and grounds to keep themselves fit and healthy. It should be the major issue in these elections for the city residents to demand parks and playgrounds.

- JS Dhillon, a player



CITU protests lawlessness, illegal sand mining
Asks parties to make their stand clear on issues related to poor
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 3
As part of its ongoing stir against illegal sand mining, increasing lawlessness, rising prices and burden of taxes on urban people, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today held a lok panchayat, followed by a protest march and a rally.

In the lok panchayat, organised near Canal Bridge on the Pakhowal Road, CITU activists called upon the parties contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to make their stand clear on the issues related to the poor people.

Addressing those attending the rally, the district president of CITU, Jatinnder Pal Singh, and the former legislator, Tarsem Jodhan, asked the government to take effective steps against illegal sand mining, ensure supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders without direct benefit transfer scheme, check rampant corruption, deal sternly with anti-social elements and withdraw property tax and composition fee for regularisation of colonies.

Later, the protesters marched to the Mini-Secretariat where they flayed the district authorities for failure to conduct the promised auction of five mining sites at Gujjarwal Bet, Mand Chauta, Pavat, Koom Kalan and Miani on February 26, 2014. The CITU leaders also criticised the Centre for failure to give its nod for 
the auction of 18 sand mining sites.

“The lackadaisical attitude of the state and Central governments has provided more time to the sand and gravel mafia to exploit the people and continue with black marketing of these items,” they said.

Expressing concern over alarming rise in gang wars and other criminal activities involving functionaries of the youth wing of the ruling SAD-B, the CITU leaders said the police had failed to act against the culprits on the directions of their political masters with the result that the urban population and other law-abiding people were living under terror and feeling of insecurity.

They also condemned the Punjab Government for failure to act against the menace of drug trafficking and unrestricted sale of other intoxicants.



Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna
Over 200 cards distributed among beneficiaries
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Nearly 1.5 lakh persons have been enrolled under the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY) in the district. It is a unique initiative of the state government aimed at giving a “healing touch” to the poor and disadvantaged sections of the state for providing cashless healthcare services to the families living below the poverty line (BPL).

“For Ludhiana district, we have received 80,000 cards, of which 50,000 cards have been distributed. The remaining cards will be distributed in the coming weeks. We are yet to receive some cards from the government. As soon as we receive them, these will be distributed among the beneficiaries,” said Dr Jasbir Singh, nodal officer for the scheme.

Today, nearly 200 cards were distributed among the beneficiaries at Haibowal. Parveen Bansal, district president, BJP, today distributed the cards and said insurance companies had been roped in by the state government to give this unique benefit to the poor people.

He said the names of blue card holders (atta-dal card) were sent to the government, the data of which was taken from the District Food and Civil Supplies Office.

Under the scheme, every card holder family will be given a smart card at a nominal onetime fee of Rs 30 (for one year) for availing indoor treatment facility up to Rs 30,000 per annum from the calendar year 2014.

Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta said the initiative of the state government would impart quality health services to the poor people of the state at specialised hospitals.

Earlier, only BPL card holders were benefitted under the Rashtriya Sehat Bima Yojna (RSBY), which debarred other poor beneficiaries due to its strict norms. The state government has decided to launch the BPSSBY to overcome the problems being faced in the RSBY so that more poor families could be covered under the scheme.



Ghungrana villagers find underbridge of little use
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
While residents of the local town are yet to get their demand for construction of railway overbridge or an underbridge at Pohir and Jagera road, activists of various organisations of the Gill constituency have succeeded in getting an underbridge constructed near Ghungrana village in Ludhiana district.

The bridge, which could have been a boon for people commuting between the local town and Ludhiana, seems to be of no use for the residents as the only approach road leading to Ghungrana road is in dilapidated condition and people are scared of commuting on the road during night.

The residents had also been urging the authorities in the Railway Ministry to direct officials of the local railway station to rationalise the schedule for the closure of the level crossing situated on both sides of the station.

Efforts made by the legislator of the segment, Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, and Lok Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Libra to get the demand accepted proved almost futile.

Frequent and undue closure of level crossings at the Pohir and Jagera roads here, has not only become a nightmare for motorists but also for residents, shopkeepers and pedestrians who suffer due to traffic jams on both the roads.

The residents alleged that the officials cared a little for the rule governing operation of level crossings. They alleged that there have been frequent scuffles with the railway employees, manning the level crossing, over the issue of closure of gate for longer durations. All pleas to higher authorities in the administration and the department of railways regarding the issue had fallen on deaf ears.

Office-bearers and activists of certain social organisations, led by Patron Social Welfare Organisations, had earlier given representation to the then Divisional Commissioner of Patiala, SR Ladhar, to coordinate with the officials in state and union governments to expedite the process, but nothing has been heard in the connection so far. The Railway Ministry, which allegedly took more than a year to respond to letters written by Fatehgarh Sahib MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, had allegedly rejected the demand for constructing a railway overbridge at the level crossing B 25 on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line.

Recently, an underbridge was constructed near Ghungrana village but it seems to be off little use to commuters from local town as the Dhulkot Road connecting the town with Ghungrana is almost non-motorable.

Acknowledging the tendency behind lower usage of the underbridge, former president Municipal Council Ravinder Puri said, “Though the road has been constructed many times, overflowing sewage water damages the road every time. Once the project for more efficient disposal of the sewage is completed the road will be as good as any other road.”



suicides by students
Need to strengthen counselling system
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The Education Department, Punjab, and the Central Board for Secondary Education have deputed counsellors in schools to help overcome stress during examinations. Even online help is now available for students to help them cope up with the examination anxiety, yet incidents of students committing suicide continue to take place at different places, especially during this time of the year.

Coustesy- high expectations of parents and increasing competition. Examination-related stress is on a rise, say experts.

Dr Khushwinder Kumar, academician, said, “Stress during examinations is a natural phenomenon. It has reached an alarming level at present. Most of the time expectations of parents lead to over anxiety. It is true that it is indeed the survival of the fittest, but impractical expectations are dangerous. In the past, students used to share their problems with parents but nowadays they remain isolated and hardly share their problems with anyone.”

Dr Santhok Singh, a professor, said, “Students take examination as a race. A healthy competition in schools has now become a myth. Our education system requires major reforms now. We do not even have experts in schools to observe the psychology of students. However, parents can offer great assistance to students during examinations.”

Sandeep, a teacher at government school, said, “There are some students in every class who require personal attention of teacher and parents. Our teachers, however, have failed to address such students. There is no provision for counsellors in government schools. So, our system needs to be first developed.”

Dr Kushwinder suggested that online or telephonic counselling is more effective than face-to-face counseling. The Education Department should strengthen the counselling system. Students usually feel free while discussing their problems on phone or online.

The helpline numbers and sites should be displayed in every school, said Kushwinder.

Board Examinations a nightmare for students?

High expectations of parents and increasing competition have lead to a rise in suicide cases among students. A healthy competition in schools has now become a myth. There is no provision for counsellors in government schools. So, a provision for counsellors should be made at the schools. The system needs to be developed as well. The helpline numbers and sites should be displayed in every school to help students overcome stress and anxiety.



Crop produce contest on March 14
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise a crop produce competition on Day 1 of the Kisan Mela on March 14.

Dr SPS Brar, senior extension specialist (field crops) and convener of Produce Competition Committee, said competition of the recommended varieties of vegetables such as potato, carrot, green onion/onion, green garlic, brinjal, radish, turnip, tomato, peas, pumpkin, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, green chillies, sweet pepper (capsicum) or any other seasonal vegetable will be held.

Competition for recommended varieties of fruits such as berries, lemon, guava, papaya or any other seasonal fruit will also be held on the occasion.

Dr Brar said sample size of vegetables such as potato, carrot, green onion/onion, green garlic, brinjal, radish and turnip should be 10 pieces whereas that of tomato, peas and pumpkin should be half-a-kg.

The sample size of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumber should be three pieces while that of green chillies and sweet pepper (capsicum) should be 100g and 250g, respectively.

The sample size of fruits such as berries and lemon should be half-a-kg while that of guava and kinnow should be six pieces and for papaya it should be three pieces.

Brar said the sample size of flowers such as gladiolus should be six stems/spikes, loose rose/cut rose and marigold, six stems/spikes/250 g, and gerbera should be six stems.

“The sample size of sugarcane should be five canes while that of turmeric, shaker/gur, and gram plants with pods should be half-a-kg,” said Brar.

Elaborating further Dr Brar said the entries for the competition will be open till 11.30 am at the produce competition stall, near PAU Kairon Kisan Ghar.

The samples of the produce may be brought personally by the farmers, he said, while adding that no produce samples brought by the District Extension Specialists (DESs)/Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) faculty members will be allowed in the competition.

Farmers can, however, seek guidance from DESs/KVK faculty members, said Dr Brar.



PSEB Class XII exam: No cheating case reported on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 3
The flying squads and education officials did not find any irregularities or cheating cases on the second day of the ongoing Punjab School Education Board examinations of Class XII.

The District Education Officer (DEO), Paramjeet Kaur, inspected four schools in the city and found that the examination was being conducted in a smooth manner.

The District Education Officer also visited the Indian Public school to check the infrastructure and the staff problem. The flying teams also conducted inspections at several examination centres across the district today.

Deputy District Education Officer Gurjot Singh said, “Various teams of the Education Department visited examination centres today. No wrongdoing has been reported.”

Sukhhdarshan Singh, president, Anti-Copying Teacher Association, said, “As compared to previous years, the system and vigilance of the Education Department has improved a lot. Officials need to maintain the same for the betterment of students.”

Meanwhile, students who appeared for the economics examination today said the question paper was easy.

Dilpreet, a student, said, “I attempted all the questions. The exam went pretty well.”



Organisation vows to curb anti-social activities through religious teachings
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, March 3
Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy, a socio-religious organisation, working from Gurdwara Sant Ashram Bhaini Baringa, is determined to put an end to the anti-social elements in the district by spreading teachings of Guru Granth Sahib among the masses, irrespective of caste and creed.

The organisation has its headquarters in Malaysia and has taught Sikh history and Guru Granth Sahib to over 35,000 youths.

Declining moral values, disrespecting parents, drug addiction, female foeticide, eve teasing and gender discrimination are the major social evils which need to be curbed, said a member of the organisation.

Baljit Singh, chief organiser, said a local branch was established at Bhaini Baringa village two years ago. A comprehensive programme was also launched to teach students Guru Granth Sahib, said Baljit.

Baljit, a graduate in Sikh religion studies, said a team of over 20 teachers are imparting training to students at schools. Complete course requires four years of regular training in a phased manner, added the chief organiser.

No government or non-government agency has ever helped the organisation in this noble venture so far. Donations by sangat and contributions from parent body help the academy to meet the expenses, said a member.



An eventful day at GNN College in Doraha
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 3
The Post Graduate Department of Punjabi organised a seminar on the novels of Mittar Sen Meet at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College in Doraha.

The novels of the writer form a part of the syllabus of the different courses, so face-to-face interaction with the author proved fruitful for the students.

He spoke on the development of a novel and its nuances in the present day set up. Dr Surinder Kumar Daweshwar, former professor, critic Surinder Kelly and director of GNN College Jaswant Singh Gill too spoke on the occasion.

English Literary Society holds quiz

Also, the English Literary Society of the college organised a quiz competition for students of BA I, II, and III in the seminar hall of the college today.

The quiz consisted of four teams and 4 rounds. Questions based on books, authors, famous quotes, poems and poets along with grammar usage were asked.

Head of the department Prof Amarjit Kaur congratulated the students for their participation. She encouraged them to read extensively.

Chemistry Department celebrates Science Day

Also, the Department of Chemistry celebrated National Science Day on the college premises. The Chemical Society of the department organised a science fair on the theme- ‘Science: Our life, our future’. Students of BSc (Non-medical) participated actively and demonstrated innovative experiments in the fair. Prof Manoj Kumar Choudhary, head of the department, addressed the students and shared the history of National Science Day. He told that National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 each year to mark the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ by great Indian scientist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on February 28, 1928. For his discovery, Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. He also said the day was celebrated every year to spread the message about the significance of scientific applications in the daily life of the people.

History Society organises extension lecture

The History Society organised a quiz competition in the seminar hall of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Monday.

An extension lecture was also organised which was delivered by Dr AC Arora, former head, Department of History, Punjabi University, Patiala. The main theme of the lecture was ‘the relevance of teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in present society’.



Suraksha yatra gets warm response
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana, HS Phoolka, carried out a Suraksha Yatra from Bhagwan Chowk today. The main motive of the yatra was to spread the message of security and safety among the residents.

The yatra moved through Bhagwan Nagar, Kot Mangal Singh, Gurpal Nagar, Kabir Nagar, New Amar Nagar, Kartar Chowk, New Shimlapuri, Daba Chowk, Itan Wala Chowk and Jeet Halwai.

The yatra received an overwhelming response by residents of the area.

They pledged to lend their support to the party on the occasion.

The Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the district, HS Phoolka said, "A voter needs to recognise an able candidate. They must realise as to who they want to elect their representative."



Biogas and solar energy awareness camp

The Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management (HSECM) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a biogas and solar energy awareness camp at Rauwal village, block Sidhwan Bet, Ludhiana. The camp was held under the Rural Awareness Work Experience (RAWE) programme for the final year students of BSc (hons), home science.

More than 200 farmers including women participated in the camp, coordinated by Dr Kanwalit Kaur, professor, and Dr Preeti Sharma, assistant professor. Dr Kaur and Dr Sharma motivated villagers to adopt biogas plant so as to keep the environment clean. It will solve the problem of LPG at home and excessive fertiliser application in farms, said the doctors. Sukhwinder Singh, district manager, PEDA, discussed the benefits, installation and expenditure of biogas plant. He exalted villagers to adopt biogas plant as well as solar energy devices such as solar street lights, solar inverters, solar dryer and cooker. Dr Varinder Singh Sambi, assistant engineer, School of Energy Studies for Agriculture, PAU, elaborated on the functions and working of biogas plant. He highlighted the importance of solar energy and biogas. Dr JK Gill and Dr Usha Jindal, professors, Department of Family Resource Management, PAU, demonstrated the usage of solar dryer and cooker and discussed their importance on the occasion.

PAU to host flower show on March 5 and 6

The Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (DFL) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be holding a two-day Dr MS Randhawa Memorial Flower Show and Competition near the examination hall of the College of Agriculture, PAU, on March 5 and 6. The programme will be organised by the DFL in association with the Estate Organisation and the Department of Family Resource Management, PAU. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU, will inaugurate the show on March 5. Dr Premjit Singh, head, DFL, said the competition will be open to individuals, private institutions, amateurs, government and semi-government institutions and nurseries. There will be nine different classes of fresh/dry flower arrangements, seasonal flowers, foliage plants, cacti, succulents, ferns and bonsai in the competition, he added. The flower show will remain open for the general public and prize distribution function will be held on March 6 at 3.00 pm. — TNS



Arshdeep wins gold in All-India debate

The winner of the All-India Debate Competition, Arshdeep Bains, with the trophy in Ludhiana
The winner of the All-India Debate Competition, Arshdeep Bains, with the trophy in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Arshdeep Kaur Bains, a student of BA-III, Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, bagged a gold medal in the national youth festival at Kurukshetra University, under the name of Saraswati Mahotsav. The youth festival was held from February 18 to 22. Bains faced competition from 10 teams of five zones from all over the country.

The teams had to cross various intermediate levels such as zonal youth fest, inter- zonal, and inter-university to reach the national level. Her previous achievements include first position in zonal youth festival quiz, first spot in KC Bali Declamation Contest (PU), top positions in the Inter-College Art and Literary Competitions and at the Pargas Enlightenment Youth Fest and second position in the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival Quiz and Debate 2014. Principal Gurminder Kaur congratulated her for the achievements. She was also honoured with a prestigious College Colour Award in public speaking.

Students shine in PU teaching contests

The 15 winners of PU Zonal Skill in Teaching and Teaching Aid Preparation competitions of the GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, represented the college in the Inter-Zonal Competition at the Dashmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, recently. College students Bharti Pathak, Amarpreet Singh, Kuljinder Kaur, Ekta, Beant Kaur, Pardeep Kaur and Harpreet Kaur won eight prizes, taking the tally of the zonal and inter-zonal prizes up to 22. The college management, principal and staff congratulated the students on this achievement.

National Science Day at RIMT

The RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrated National Science Day on the college premises. Various activities such as declamation, quiz, science exhibition, essay writing and poster-making competition were organised on the occasion. Guest lecturers were also delivered on the occasion. The one-day event laid stress on science and its importance while paying tribute to India’s first Nobel laureate, CV Raman. More than 500 students participated in the events. The event was organised under the leadership of Dr Mohinder Pal, head of the Department of Applied Sciences and the chief host. The event was inaugurated by the campus director, Dr Harsh Sadawarti. The principal of the RIMT-Maharaja Aggarsen Engineering College, Dr Sushil Garg, was also present on the occasion. The function was presided over by environmentalist Dr Arun D Ahluwalia from Punjab University, Chandigarh. In his address to students, Dr Ahluwalia displayed a large number of slides of natural phenomena and urged them to preserve the beauty by conserving the environment. Ahluwalia also laid stress on minimising the loss of life and property by proper dissemination of the advance information made available by the experts about the natural calamities such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and cyclones. The declamation contest was organised on the theme ‘Fostering scientific temper’. Ritasha Dua, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, bagged the best speaker award. The second position was secured by Farhat Un Nisa (RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh), and the third position was notched by Rupali Gupta (RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh). In the poster-making competition, an on-the-spot creativity event, students represented myriad facets of the environment and its conservation. Manpreet Singh (RIMT-College of Architecture), Ramandeep Kaur (Government Mohindra College, Patiala) and Rupali Verma (RIMT-IET) notched the top positions in the competition. — TNS



Montessori graduation at Ryan International School

Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated 3rd Montessori Graduation at Guru Nanak Bhawan, near Bharat Nagar Chowk. The theme for the event was ‘We are the champions’. Students of Classes I to VIII presented various colourful programmes on the occaion. Dance performances and skating, related to environment and patriotism, were appreciated by one and all.

A skit on child labour was staged through a dance performance. In the graduation ceremony, students were honoured and presented with graduation certificates. Students from Classes I to V were also honoured for their special achievements in various fields. The guest of honor was Dr Abi Thomas, CMC Hospital. Thomas honored students with degrees and certificate. SS Khosla, a retired Army officer, Kamal Jeet Soi, vice president of Road Safety and Transport, Mukesh Sharma from Fast Way Channel and Wing Cdr Sanjeet Singh Kalia were also present on the occasion. Parents appreciated the performances of students. The headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, congratulated the pass outs of Montessori-III.

Sacred Heart School celebrates Recognition Day

The fastrackids of LKG and nursery celebrated Recognition Day. Children dressed up as characters of stories recited their lines on the stage. The rhetorical performance of the tiny tots in ‘Me and My Story’ was appreciated by one and all. The participants were presented certificates of recognition by the director and the principal of the school.

Cultural events mark Annual Day at Magic Years

Annual day was celebrated at Magic Years Play School and Child Development Day Care on Monday. Parents and grandparents of the students attended the function. Darshan Singh Grewal, a social worker, was the chief guest of the graduation ceremony. Grewal also gave away the prizes on the occasion. He applauded the class activities being conducted via audio visual aids and smart classes. A report was presented in the evening by Yamini Sharma, principal of the school. The cultural evening proceeded with a prayer, shabad, a group performance, storytelling, solo dances and ramp walk by mothers and their wards. A prize distribution ceremony was conducted in the evening by the chief guest. A vote of thanks was given by Dr Harbans Singh, director of the school. — TNS



‘Videocon Connect Super Jodi’ auditions in city

The Connect Broadband conducted the first round of the auditions for ‘Videocon Connect Super Jodi’ contest at MBD Mall, Ludhiana. This two-month long event has opened doors for all contestants, who are willing to showcase their talent and avail an opportunity to win prizes in each round.

The winning couple gets an all expense paid luxurious foreign vacation. The event, this year, is supported by Videocon D2H. The response to the mega contest was particularly encouraging in Ludhiana. More than 1,000 participants registered for the first round of the auditions across Punjab. Over the next six weeks, auditions will be held at malls, housing societies, clubs etc. In the first two rounds, Surinder and Reema paved their way for the second round. The next round of the audition will be held on March 8 at the MBD Mall.

Chhota Bheem series of bicycles attract visitors

On the concluding day of the Cycle Expo Exhibition, people from different walks of life visited Avon. The recently launched Avon Chhota Bheem series of bicycles was the cynosure of all on the occasion. Children posed for photographs with television serial characters such as Chhota Bheem, Kalia, Jaggu, Dholu and Bhola at Dholakpur village. Stunt professionals also exhibited skills on the occasion, which was appreciated by one and all on the occasion. Organisers gave away the prize for the best stall to the Avon. The award was received by Harish Ahuja, manager marketing of the company. “Such awards motivate us to give our best. We will continue to work hard and fulfill the needs of the customers to the best of our capability,” said a representative of the Avon. — TNS



Lawyers end strike

Ludhiana: Lawyers withdrew their strike on Monday and decided to resume work following the assurance from Judiciary to extend co-operation in adjournments in the old cases. The decision was taken by the District Bar Association after an hour-long meeting with the Sessions Judge KS Kang. Irked by the short adjournments in the old cases, the city lawyers have gone on strike.

New tech in dental implant

Axiss Dental Clinics has introduced the technique of dental implant in Ludhiana. It is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on the neighbouring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth said Dr Sandeep Dev, regional head (Punjab), Axiss Dental.

Dental camp

A free dental check-up camp was organised at Subhash Nagar by Shiv Sena Mandal in association with Arora Dental Clinic on Monday. AS many as 360 patients were examined during the camp. Free medicines were also distributed to the patients.

Chetavani rally on March 31

Rashtriya Dharam will organize a ‘Chetavani Rally’ on March 31. Vinod Jain from Rashtriya Dharam said due to some corrupt officials the entire country has come under the circle of corruption and now the time had come to raise our voice against the same.

Sports kits distributed

District Planning Board chairman Hira Singh Gabria and party leader Dimple Rana distributed sports kits to the youngsters in Labour Colony at Gill Road on Monday. Gabria said the government had been trying to make all possible arrangements for higher education and sports so as to keep them away from drug addiction. On the occasion, as many as 57 sports kits were distributed to 1,157 youngsters.

Manav Sewa Diwas

Ludhiana Youth Federation has decided to celebrate Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birthday as ‘Manav Sewa Diwas’ in Ludhiana. A medical camp will be held at Gaushala chowk to mark the occasion. Eminent personalities who have contributed for the society will also be honoured.

Lok Adalat on April 12

A national level Lok Adalat will be held on April 12 at District Courts Complex. This was disclosed by Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of Legal Services Authority KK Singla while presiding over a meeting of officials of insurance companies. He appealed them to do speed up work in settling accident claim cases in Lok Adalat. — TNS



800 grams of drug powder seized, two peddlers arrested
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 3
The Jagraon police have seized 800gm of drug powder and arrested two alleged drug peddlers in two separate operations during the past 24 hours. The police have registered cases against both accused under the NDPS Act. Further investigations are on.

The accused have been identified as Vikas Gupta, alias Yamha, a resident of College Road, Jagraon, and Gurwinder Singh, alias Giani, a resident of Bagh Kheta Rami, Jagraon.

As per information, the accused drug peddlers were arrested by a team from the Jagraon City police station.

Giving the details of the drug recovery, Jagraon Station House Officer (SHO) inspector Daljit Singh Sidhu said the first accused, Vikas Kumar Gupta, alias Yamha, was arrested by a police team near Kothe Hari Singh village yesterday morning following a tip-off, while Gurwinder Singh, alias Giani, was arrested near the Lande Fatak area during a routine checking yesterday late evening.

"An informer had passed on the information to the police that a notorious drug peddler, Yamha, has been seen near Kothe Hari Singh, following which we immediately conducted a raid and arrested the accused. The police also seized 500gm of drug powder from him,” said Daljit Singh Sidhu.

“The second accused, Gurwinder Singh, alias Giani, was arrested near the Lande Fatak area located on the outskirts of Jagraon at a police check post. The police recovered 300gm of drug powder from his possession,” said the Station House Officer.

Several cases related to drug peddling were already registered against one of the accused, Vikas Kumar Gupta, alias Yamha. Earlier, a police team from the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), Jagraon, arrested Vikas Gupta, alias Yamha, and seized 25 gm of heroin from him during the last week of November, 2013. Currently, he was out on bail.

However, the police have registered two separate cases against both accused at the Jagraon City police station under the NDPS Act.

Station House Officer Daljit Singh Sidhu said during the preliminary investigation the accused had confessed to be involved in drug peddling for the past several years.



Five smugglers held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 3
The Police and Mining Department officials have confiscated 6 tractor trolleys involved in the illegal mining and smuggling of sand from Satluj River. The police have also arrested five persons allegedly involved in the illegal mining of sand while two others managed to escape from the spot taking advantage of the darkness.

As per the information, all these vehicles, involved in the illegal mining of sand, were confiscated from different villages alongside Satluj River near Sidhwan Bet during joint raids conducted by the Police and Mining Department officials during the past two days.

The accused have been identified as Rajwinder Singh alias Raja of Ghammati village in Barnala district, Gurpreet Singh of Jalur village in Barnala district, Gurjeet Singh of Dhaner village in Barnala district, Sukhchain Singh of Bhaini village in Bathinda district and Amarjeet Singh of Bagiwal Khurd village in Jalandhar district.

According to Area Mining Officer Rachpal Singh Gill, all the vehicles were impounded by joint teams of the Police and Mining Department officials formed by Jagraon SSP Ashish Chaudhry to prevent the practice of illegal sand mining.

The police have registered separate cases against all the accused under the Mining Act at the Gidarwindi and Sidhwan Bet police stations and further investigation is on.

It is pertinent to mention here that illegal sand mining has been going at large scale in Sidhwan Bet area despite strict vigil by the Police and Mining Department officials. Keeping this in view, the administration has decided to tighten the noose around illegal sand miners.


Illegal sand mining has been causing huge financial losses to the state exchequer. Therefore, no one will be allowed to carry out illegal mining of sand on the riverbed. Our crackdown against sand smuggling has been yielding good results. So, we will continue our drive against this practice.

— Rachpal Singh Gill, Area Mining Officer, Jagraon



Truck driver arrested
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, March 3
The Sahnewal police have claimed to have arrested the truck driver for allegedly causing death due to negligence on Sunday evening. The accused has been identified as Gurmit Lal. A case under Sections 279, 304-A, 335, 338 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against Lal.

According to the information, Gurmit was driving rash and had bumped his truck against a Verna car yesterday, near Mangarh village on the Chandigarh road. The fatal accident claimed two lives and injured the other two occupants of the car. While Jasvir Kaur died on the spot, a five-month old infant Dev Arman Singh breathed his last as he reached a nearby hospital.

The driver of the car, Sumanpreet Singh, is in a serious condition.

The car was travelling from Neelon towards Ludhiana, when the truck coming from the opposite side took a wrong turn and bumped on the car, said a police official.



Two youths snatch purse from woman

Ludhiana, March 3
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse from a woman containing Rs 15,000 cash, gold ornaments, a cellphone and other documents. The victim, Payal, a resident of Model Town Extension, suffered multiple fractures on her right arm after she was assaulted and pushed by the snatchers.

Payal, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Model Town, said the incident took place last evening in the Model Town market.

The woman said she was entering a shop near the Ghulati Chowk when two youths came from behind and snatched the purse. They fled after injuring her.

The victim's brother alleged that the policemen, who were standing a few metres away at a police naka, refused to offer help. — TNS



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