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Docs’ protest inconveniences patients
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Patients at some of the major hospitals had a tough time, as doctors went out to protest against the unprecedented violence against the medical fraternity at Kanpur. Although the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had rolled back the bandh call, yet the medical fraternity in Ludhiana today showed solidarity by wearing black badges and organising a rally.

The outpatient department (OPDs) at some of the hospitals remained disrupted as the doctors returned to work only after 12 pm.

"My son is not well and is running high fever. I brought him to Civil Hospital, but after reaching here I found that the doctors were out on a protest. I am waiting for them to come back so that I can get my son checked," said Jyoti Bala, mother of 10-year-old boy at Civil Hospital.

Balram Singh was also seen waiting at the OPD of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. "I had come from Sangrur for my routine medical check-up and also had to show the reports of the tests which my doctor had asked me to get done during my last visit. The doctors have assembled outside the hospital and they said they will be coming only after 12 pm. I have no other option but to wait till my doctor returns to work," said he.

Sukhbir Singh made two rounds at the clinic of his doctor, but both times it was closed. "My doctor arrives sharp at nine in the morning but today his clinic remained closed. I went there twice and came to know about the protest from the medical shop located nearby. Now, I will be coming in the evening to take the medicine," he said.

Doctors of IMA, Punjab, and Ludhiana chapter assembled at IMA House, BRS Nagar, and then marched towards Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where they were joined by other doctors and students.

A large Number of doctors from clinics, nursing homes and hospitals were present at the meeting. Some hospitals had sent their representatives.

Dr Manoj Sobti, president IMA, Punjab chapter, said, "Assault on doctors is condemnable and shameful act by miscreants of the society who under the garb of emotion and sentiments torture doctors and ransack the property of medical establishments."


No projects of SAD-BJP govt completed in 7 years: Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister and local Member of Parliament (MP) Manish Tewari today asked the Akali-BJP government in the state to show a single project which had been completed in the past seven years. He said laying the foundation stones was one thing and completing the project was another thing.

Addressing a series of meetings at Mullanpur in the Dakha Assembly segment and Ludhiana East and Ludhiana South, Tewari alleged that the Akali-BJP government had been befooling the people by claiming to launch so many projects while not completing even one of these. He said every now and then the state government had been issuing advertisements in newspapers, claiming to lay the foundation stone for one project or the other. “I ask them (the Akali-BJP government) to show me a single project which they have completed in Ludhiana during all these years,” he said.

Reiterating his charge that the Akali-BJP government had been “vindictively discriminating” against Ludhiana, as the people here had “repeatedly rejected the alliance in successive elections”, Tewari said the state government got maximum tax revenue from Ludhiana and yet the government was biased against the city. Listing out his achievements in the last five years as the Ludhiana MP, Tewari said he had got a grant of Rs 65 crore sanctioned, for the City Bus Service, under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) from the Central Government. He also said he got about Rs 100 crore sanctioned for the cleaning of the Buddha Nullah.

“The state government misappropriated Rs 50 crore from the fund,” he alleged. The other achievements Tewari listed during his public meetings today included the resumption of flights from Ludhiana airport, running a daily Shatabdi train from Ludhiana, stoppage of Amritsar-Chandigarh Duranto superfast train at Ludhiana.



Follow poll code of conduct or face action: DC to political parties
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Deputy Commissione-cum-District Election Officer Rajat Aggarwal appealed to all candidates of political parties to follow the model code of conduct implemented in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to take place on April 30. He warned in case of violation of the model code of conduct, action will be taken against the candidate or the related party.

He assured that elections will be held impartially and transparency will be maintained. Aggarwal was addressing a meeting of representatives of political parties here today at Bachat Bhawan. He said earlier, while filing the nomination paper an affidavit which was to be filled by the candidates was always left incomplete by them, but this time, the nomination papers would be considered cancelled in case the affidavit was not filled completely.

Talking about the election process, the DC said that although April 12 was a Saturday, it would not be a holiday. He further said the nomination papers could be withdrawn on this day and election symbol would also be issued on the same day.

Now, any candidate can spend up to Rs 70 lakh as election expenditure. However, to keep a vigil on the expenditure, videography of the whole election process will be done and teams will be constituted by the district administration to keep vigil on other election activities. Each candidate will have to pen his/her separate bank account for showing his election expenses. He asked the candidates to ensure that the expenditures were genuine.

Aggarwal appealed to the voters, candidates and political parties that if any voter cast his/her vote to a particular party after accepting money or any candidate offered money to voters for casting vote, then a criminal case under Section 178 -B would be registered against him/her and action would be taken accordingly.

In case of violation, a case under Section 127-A of Public Prosecution Act, 1951, will be registered against the violators.Candidates are supposed to give all the details about the publishing and distribution of the election material. They should have record of the number of copies of posters, banners, hoarding and printers and name of the publishers and addresses. He said that before getting an election material published, all material should be passed by the Election Commission. He said that during the election campaign, none of the candidates should be make personal attacks on other candidates. He also appealed the voters to cast their vote without fear.

For the first time, there is NOTA option

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used during the polling. For the first time, voters will get another option of NOTA (none of the above) along with the names of the candidates. This means that if a voter does not want to vote for any of the candidates mentioned on the ballot paper, he or she can press the NOTA button (this means the voter does not elect any candidate). A complaint office has been set up at the district level. Any voter can complain at a toll free number 1800-1800-695 or at 1950, which is the number of the Election Commission of India regarding elections.

BLOs to be present at polling booths on March 9

All Booth-Level Officers will be present on polling booths on March 9 with voter list. Any voter can get his vote registered after viewing the voter list (if the name is not in the voter list) If any vote needs to be corrected, then forms will be filled on the spot. Supplementary copies of corrected voter list will be sent to all the political parties after the process of nominations.



Criminal breach of trust
BJP leader, three others convicted
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
Judicial Magistrate Amrinder Pal Singh has convicted BJP leader Chaman Lal Chaitly, Balwant Singh, Narinder Kaur and Daljinder Kaur of Ludhiana in an 18 -year-old case of criminal breach of trust. They were sentenced to three years imprisonment under Section 409 and 120-B of the IPC. A fine of Rs 5,000 each was also imposed on the accused.

The court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. However, the court acquitted Chaman Lal Chaitly's son Kamal Chaitly (a BJP leader), Geeta Chaitly, Mohan Singh, Jaspreet Kaur, Surjit Singh and Rajwinder Singh finding no convincing and cogent evidence against them.

During the trial, prime accused Manvinder Singh and co-accused Banta Singh died. A case under Sections 420, 468, 471,120-B of the IPC was registered on August 31, 1995, at the Sarabha Nagar police station against the accused persons, following the complaint of NRI Balwant Singh. It was alleged by the NRI that all the accused in connivance with one another duped him in order to grab his land measuring 4840 square yards situated on Ferozepur Road in the city.The accused pleaded innocence but failed to convince the court. However, the court released them on bail after making payment of the fine amount as they intended to appeal before the Sessions Court.



Gardener dies in hit-and-run case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
A 55-year-old gardener died in a hit-and-run case at Malhar Road here today. The victim has been identified as Kailash, a resident of the Ghumar Mandi area. The police said Kailash was working at the house of a cinema owner. He was visiting Malhar Road on a bicycle to purchase plants.

As per the eyewitness account, the incident took place at 8am when Kailash was going on a bicycle.

Suddenly a vehicle driven by a woman hit Kailash’s bicycle from behind.

The impact was so great that the victim was flung in the air and then fell at a distance. The woman car driver tired to flee the spot. In the process, she reportedly ran the car over the victim. Kailash died on the spot. However, the woman car driver managed to escape. Soon, the police reached the spot and started the investigation. The victim's body was sent to Civil Hospital for postmortem following which it was handed over to the relatives. "We have traced the vehicle. It belongs to a workshop owner in Samrala. A woman was driving the vehicle. We will investigate the matter and find out who the woman driver was," said the investigating officer.



Mystery shrouds security guard’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
A 27-year-old man died under mysterious circumstances at an under-construction building on Mall Road. The deceased has been identified as Harvinder Singh of Halwara. He was working as a security guard for a private security agency at the under construction building on Mall Road.

The incident came to light this morning when the construction contractor found Harvinder lying unconscious on the bed. Froth was coming out of his mouth. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A postmortem examination was conducted and the body was handed to his relatives. Drug overdose is suspected to be the reason behind his death.The viscera has been sent to a special laboratory to ascertain the cause of death.



Fauja Singh calls upon youth to shun drugs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
"Drugs have ruined the youth of Punjab. Look at them today, they are busy working on their gadgets but cannot come out of their homes for a run," said 103 -year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh while signing his autobiography written by Khushwant Singh at Ludhiana today. He was in the city at Hot Breads where he also cut a cake named after him.

With his distinctive flowing grey beard and the traditional Sikh headgear that has earned him the nickname "the Turbaned Tornado," he recalled his childhood. He has been a star entrant at marathons all over the world.

Singh said that he was unable to walk until he was five due to weakness in his legs. "It took me another five years to gain strength and become strong. When I was 10-year-old I began leading a normal life," he recalls.

“Punjabis are known to be gluttons and the time has come when they should pick up their running shoes” he said. Giving a peep into his diet routine, Singh said, "Before I leave home, I have plain yogurt and two glasses of water. Lunch is one chapatti and daal with yoghurt. At home, I have whatever is being made. If I don't like what my family is eating then I eat toast with jam or honey on it. And before I go to bed I have a glass of warm milk. I also have ginger curry at least once a week which cleanses my body".

Fauja admits to one guilty pleasure that he indulges in - shopping. "Though I am an old man now, I am still very particular about my clothes and style. I often end up spending on shoes and track suits," he says candidly.

"The Turbaned Tornado cake is our humble acknowledgement of the marathon feats of Fauja Singh who has inspired young and old alike worldwide to stay fit " said Harjinder Singh of Hot Breads, who organised the evening which saw a large number of Ludhianvis clicking pictures with the "young old man".

Fauja has no place in Guinness book

Very few people know that Fauja Singh started running at the age of 89. He has been felicitated by Queen Elizabeth on turning 100. The Guinness Book of World Records has not approached Fauja as he does not have a birth certificate.



Short-term advertisements on unipoles, garbage dumps
Delay in decision proves costly
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The Municipal Corporation is losing lakhs of rupees in revenue every month. Courtesy: Its failure to give the go-ahead to the contractor who was supposed to put advertisements on unipoles and garbage dumps across the city.

The civic body had got the approval from the House for giving the contract of short-term advertisements to the maximum bidder. The state government, too, had given its nod, asking the MC to take the decision as per the policy.

However, unable to finalise the time limit (three months to seven months), the civic body kept delaying the decision. Now, with the Model Code of Conduct coming into force, the work has been further delayed, leading to huge financial loss.

"The state government had formulated a policy on advertisements. As its implementation was taking time, it was decided that short-term contracts be allowed, so that the MC could generate some revenue. The bidder who had quoted the maximum had to be given the work, but due to the confusion on the time limit, nothing was done. The civic body will lose out on collecting revenue from advertisements for another three to four months now,” said one of the members of the advertising committee, wishing not to be quoted.

The committee member also alleged that all this happened because a political leader was taking keen interest in providing the contract of advertisements to his "near and dear" ones.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said since there was no clarity on the time limit, the file was sent to the state government.

"Now, as the Model Code of Conduct has been imposed, the decision will be taken after the Lok Sabha elections,” she said.

The cash-strapped Municipal Corporation had awarded Rs 2.52-crore contract of short-term advertisements to Growing Concepts, subject to the approval of the state government, on February 18. As per the contract, advertisements were to be put on around 120 unipoles besides 20 major garbage dumps.



Repair work at peak hour inconveniences commuters
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

MC workers repair a stretch of road near Bhadaur House in Ludhiana on Thursday
MC workers repair a stretch of road near Bhadaur House in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 6
The civic body today started repairing the road near Bhadaur House, one of the busiest stretches in the city, during peak hours, causing inconvenience
to commuters.

The work, moreover, was being carried out by the Municipal Corporation staff in the absence of any junior engineer or sub-divisional officer.

The work started in the afternoon, when the area is abuzz with activity. Being a wholesale market of cloth, the area gets flooded with all kinds of vehicles to load and unload the stocks. The authorities did not even bother to put any board to advise the public to take an alternative route to reach their destinations.

Santokh Singh, a bank employee, said the civic body was causing nuisance. He said such work could have been done during the early morning or late evening hours.

"The way the work is being done, it seems the road will again be in a pathetic condition once it rains. Such work needs proper monitoring of officials,” said Santokh Singh.

Geeta Malik, a visitor to the AC Market, said it took at least half-an-hour to park her car.

"There was no board put up to inform us about the work being carried out on the road. When I reached the spot, MC workers asked me turn back, which was too difficult,” she said.

RP Gupta, the sub-divisional officer concerned, said: “The work was being carried out in the absence of junior engineers or sub-divisional officers because of the shortage of staff. As far as the inconvenience caused to the public is concerned, we will try not to do the work at peak hours.”



ludhiana votes 2014
Tewari holds meetings with party workers, public
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Even as the Lok Sabha poll campaign of the Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started days ahead, the Congress leader and sitting MP Manish Tewari today held a series of meetings with party workers and the public at Dakha, Ludhiana East and Ludhiana South Assembly segments.

Though the Congress is yet to officially announce its candidate, Tewari's public meetings are a clear indication towards who will get the party ticket. Without saying anything explicitly about his candidature, Tewari said he was confident that the Congress would double the victory margin this time in comparison to the last elections held in 2009.

Tewari's choice of the Assembly segments where he held the meetings today is significant. Dakha is the Assembly segment from where Akali Dal candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali is the legislator, while Ludhiana South is the Assembly segment from where Balwinder Singh Bains (brother of Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains) is the MLA.

Tewari, in his speech, criticised the Akali Dal for having "failed" on the development front. He also listed out his achievements, while accusing the Akali Dal of playing the "politics of foundation stones". Ludhiana remained Tewari's focus during his public addresses in all three Assembly segments.

Ayali claims support of Muslim Welfare Front

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali has claimed to have the support of the Muslim Welfare Front (Punjab). In a statement issued here today, he said the leaders of the front had pledged support to him.

BJP conducts door-to-door campaign at Ward No. 35

As part of their 'Ek Note, Kamal Par Vote' campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers went door to door at Ward No. 35 today. Addressing the area residents, the district BJP chief Parveen Bansal said the country needed a leader like Narendra Modi. Modi is the BJP's prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha poll.

A Slip of tongue

A councillor, while showering praises on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate and Dakha legislator Manpreet Singh Ayali, got so carried away that he referred to Manpreet Singh Ayali as Manpreet Singh Badal. He was addressing a poll-related press conference on Thursday. The moment he realised his slip, he looked at the media persons sheepishly and stopped abruptly. He continued his speech only after a reassurance by the journalists.



Carnivorous plants on display
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
It is commonly believed that plants feed on humus, compost and sunlight. But, carnivorous plants including fly trap, sun dew, butter wort were on display at the Annual Flower Show of Punjab Agricultural University. These plants feed on insects, said Maneet Singh Dawra from Plantae Paradise Nursery.

Showing Sun Dew, he said once the plant attracts insects it gets stuck with its leaves, the leaves roll in about 20 minutes, and comes back to normal shape in a couple of days, after the insect is consumed, he said. These plants were found in the forests of Africa and Americas, and were developed from seed culture here, he said.

The flower show attracted hundreds of residents today. A competition was also part of the event. Individuals, organisations and institutions participated in competition in different categories including flower arrangement, cut flowers, flower ornaments, flowers grown in pots, 'cacti, succulents, foliage, perennial flower plants in pots', bonsai, pot arrangement, etc. 200 prizes were given by the university today.

According to Ranjit Singh from the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, there was rise in the number of participants this year as a number of individuals and organisations participated in the competition. He added that the number of nurseries displaying variety of plant varieties, and garden products was also much more than it has been in the previous years.

Tulips sold like hot cakes

Tulips were favourite among buyers at the exhibition today. Many of the residents said tulips are rarely seen in the city. Tulips of yellow and pink colors were available. "We did not expected this much demand for tulips, but residents are really liking the flowers," said Juhi Bakshi from Technocare nursery. "We have brought stock of the flowers for the third time as there was a good demand for the flowers," she said.

A treat for shutterbugs

Not only the residents enjoy the great number of variety of flowers and plants of myriad varieties, it was a great delight for the shutter bugs as well. Many of amateur photographers and flower enthusiasts were clicking pictures of the flowers on their cameras and smartphones. Many of the residents were getting their pictures clicked amongst flowers. "You don't see so many varieties of flowers at one place, so this is a great time and place for getting the great picture amongst flowers," said Sonal, a resident.

Garden ornaments

Garden ornaments of various kinds were on display at stalls of one of the flower show. Decorative plant and flower pots of various designs and sizes were on display at the stall. "These have been handcrafted and created to make your garden more attractive," said a representative at another stall. Decorative flower pot holders at another stall were also on display at one of the stalls.



Tax recovery: In losses, MC to hold 50 camps
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
In order to make quick recoveries before the current financial year ends, the Municipal Corporation will organise camps for payment of property tax. The cash-starved MC has suffered huge losses in terms of tax collection as compared to previous year.

Till date, the total collection of property tax has been Rs 67.57 crore, while the civic body had expected to generate Rs 100 crore. The collected tax amount is less than last year's figures, as out of around 3.81 lakh property owners in the city, only 2.17 lakh came forward to pay the property tax.

MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said the corporation would hold camps across the city, so that more and more residents could benefit from the 10 per cent rebate offered to those paying the tax before March 31.

Zonal Commissioner PS Ghuman said over 50 camps would be held in all the four zones for the residents’ convenience.

"These camps will cover all the major areas and property owners will not face any difficulty while paying the tax. The MC Officials and employees will be there to assist them at the camps,” said Ghuman.

In Zone A, 37 such camps will be organised by the civic body, while in Zone B and C, nine camps each will be held for the benefit of residents. In Zone D, 11 such camps will be held till the end of March.

"This is the right time for property owners to pay the property tax and avail themselves of the rebate,” said Ghuman.

Pay your property tax

  • Of 3.81 lakh property owners, over 1.5 lakh still to pay property tax
  • Over 50 camps being organised for residents to pay the tax
  • Residents can get 10 per cent rebate on paying before March 31



Telecom staff hold dharna to press pending demands
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
On the call given by the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA), telecom officials organised a daylong dharna outside the Bharat Nagar Chowk office of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) general manager to press their pending demands.

Addressing the rally, district president Kanwaljit Singh, district secretary Harjinder Singh and other functionaries of the SNEA said the agitating telecom officials had already held a lunch-hour demonstration on February 25. Serving an ultimatum to the BSNL management, they said if their demands were not accepted, the staff would resort to a three-day chain hunger strike from March 19.

The SNEA activists are demanding the replacement of existing non-standard pay scales with standard pay scales for junior telecom officers, junior accounts officers, sub-divisional engineers and account officers. They also want an end to demotion of these cadres.

The speakers at the rally also demanded the implementation of time-bound functional promotion, contribution to pension fund on actual basic pay of employees, settlement of pay anomalies, increase in the number of management trainees from the proposed 150 to a minimum of 300, dismantling of the BSNL by constituting a subsidiary mobile tower company and deferring its merger with the MTNL till critical policy issues were sorted out.



Bridges over canals cry for repairs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 6
Notwithstanding the tall claims being made by the state government about development and improving infrastructure, the condition of majority of bridges built over canals in Jagraon and surrounding areas has turned from bad o worse.

Most of the bridges built over the Abohar branch of Sirhind Feeder Canal, at various places in Jagraon, have been in a dilapidated condition, posing a grave risk to the lives of commuters.

Constructed during the British era, a majority of these bridges have already passed their expiry time limit. They require immediate repairs but no attention has been paid towards this so far.

The people of the area fear the bridges might collapse any time if not repaired soon. The government has shown no interest in reconstructing or repairing these bridges.

The residents said they had highlighted this issue in front of the government repeatedly, but nothing concrete had been done.

"The situation is alarming but the government does not seem to be serious. We raised this issue with the government many times but we only got fake assurances", said Kartar Singh of Tugal village near Gurusar Sudhar.

Drainage Department XEN Nirmal Singh said the bridges over canals could not be reconstructed due to lack of funds. "We have written to the Mandi Board to provide funds for repairing the damaged bridges. The repair work will begin as soon as we get the funds", said Nirmal Singh.



Academy spreads teachings of Sikhism to curb social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, March 6
Curbing social evils by spreading the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib among masses, irrespective of caste and creed, is the mission of organisers and volunteers of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy, a socio religious organisation working from Gurdwara Sant Ashram Bhaini Baringa near here.

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

Declining moral values, disrespect of parents, drug addiction, female feticide, eve-teasing and gender bias are the major social evils which have been on its agenda.

Baljit Singh, chief organiser of the mission, informed that the local branch had been established at Bhaini Baringa village about two years ago and a comprehensive programme launched to teach students Guru Granth Sahib had received warm response from almost all educational institutes of the region.

"With the grace of God, students from all communities, including Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims, showed interest to learn recitation of path of holy books of the Sikhs," said Baljit Singh, maintaining that the parent organisation had also advised the organisers not to deprive any person of his right to learn the basics of Sikhs religion.

Citing examples from Guru Granth Sahib and other holy scriptures Baljit Singh said majority of 35,000 students enrolled so far, had vowed to play active role in fight against social evils, including drug addiction, female feticide and gender bias.

A graduate in Sikh religion studies, Baljit Singh said a team of more than 20 salaried teachers was available for imparting training at schools of the region. The complete course requires four years of regular training in a phased manner.

The beginners are taught the elements of Viakaran (grammar), Kaav and Ucharan, before taking up regular curriculum which includes five Banis to be recited in the morning and two in the evening.

No government or non-government agency has ever bothered to help the organisation in its noble cause. Donations by devotees and contributions from the parent body meet expenses for running the academy.



1,292 service voters to exercise franchise for city LS constituency
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Children and parents of service voters came under general category and can cast their vote at the place where they have been staying, said Election Tehsildar Sukhdev Singh Bhangu.

As per the data available with the office of the Election Tehsildar, there are 1,292 service voters in the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, out of which 956 are male and 336 are female (till January 6, 2014).

Vidhan Saha constituency, Dakha, has maximum service voters - 349 male and 100 female.

Service voters are sent ballot papers by the election office through post. Bhangu said, "We send them ballot papers within 72 hours after all the candidates are finalised, nonimations are withdrawn and election symbols are issued.”

The service voters are supposed to send back these ballot papers before the counting of votes. This time the counting will start at 8 am on May 16.

It must be mentioned here that service voters are the ones who serve in armed forces.



Experts explain cloud computing concept
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 6
To impart practical training to students, Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), Chaunkiman, organised a workshop on cloud computing on the college campus today. The workshop was conducted by Ludhiana Group of Colleges in coordination with JetKing Computer Institute, Ludhiana.

More than 100 students of various engineering trades, including computer science and engineering, electronics and communication engineering and computer applications, took part in the workshop.

A team of experts explained a variety of computing concepts commonly used to connect different computers through a real time communication network to the students.

The students were also informed about the concept of cloud computing during the workshop. The advantages and importance of this concept in the Indian market were also discussed.

Head of the Computer Science Department of the college, Professor Sita Saini, said the workshop would prove quite helpful to the students. In the end, director Dr JK Chawla thanked the team of experts from JetKing Institute for conducting this workshop.



Auditions held for ‘super jodi’ contest

Ludhiana, March 6
The ‘Videocon Connect Super Jodi’ contest, Connect Broadband, this weekend organised the first round of auditions at MBD Mall. More than 100 persons came for the auditions.

This two-month long event opens doors for all contestants willing to showcase their talent and gives them a chance to win exciting prizes in each round, with the winning couple getting an all expense paid luxurious foreign vacation.

The event is supported by Videocon D2H. The response to the mega contest was encouraging with more than 1,000 people registering for the first round of auditions across Punjab.

Over the next 6 weeks, auditions will be held at malls, housing societies, and clubs. The next round of audition will be held on March 8 at MBD Mall. — TNS



class x exams
PSEB issues new roll Nos
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) added to the woes of students who would appear for class Xth examinations on March 25. In an odd move, now the Board has uploaded the revised roll numbers for the students of class Xth. Earlier the PSEB had revised the date-sheet and postponed these examinations from March 10 to March 25.

In a circular issued by the PSEB, the secretary of Board stated that new roll numbers of regular students were available on the website of PSEB. The school authorities can download the new roll numbers by using school Ids.

Earlier, the Board has uploaded the roll number on February 5 and school authorities provided the admit cards to students. As per the new directions of PSEB, the schools will again downloaded the new roll number and provide to the students by authorising with school stamp.

No hardcopies will be sent to private and open school candidates at their residences. So the private and open school students will have to download the roll numbers from website. According to the Secretary PSEB, the old roll number slips will not be valid to enter in the examination. All the details on new roll numbers have been changed.

Meanwhile the school authorities criticised the move of PSEB.

Ravinder Singh, principal of a private school said, "It is unwanted burden on the school authorities. The students are on preparatory holiday and they also face inconvenience with these routine directions".



Skill- Will week held

Ludhiana: BCM College of Education organised a week long Skill-Will week programme from February 28 to March 6 .The programme was organized with an objective to equip the students with various communication and employability skills. To achieve the objective many experts from the field of education were invited.

Ashu Toor from PAU and Pallavi from BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana demonstrated their model communication skills before students on the first day of the programme. On the second day, Swami Vivekanadji gave a lecture on value education. On the third day, a seminar on the topic ‘Paradigm Shift in School Education’ was organised with eminent educationist Dr Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, as the resource person. A mock interview session, resume writing workshop and a panel discussion on the topic ‘Peer Pressure-Is it Beneficial or Harmful’ was organised on the following days of the programme.

Annual athletics meet at PCTE

Students participate in the annual athletics meet at the PCTE Group of Institutions in Ludhiana
Students participate in the annual athletics meet at the PCTE Group of Institutions in Ludhiana. A Tribune photo

11th Annual Athletic Meet at PCTE Group of Institute started with full rigour at the ITBP Ground. CR Jatt. Commanding Officer, ITBP, declared the meet open. The students took the oath in full spirit and displayed immense enthusiasm. About 800 students participated in various events like 100m race, 400m race, 1,200m race, 2,000m race, long jump, relay, shot put, for both girls and boys. In 400m race for girls, Deepinder Kaur of B Com won the first position, Geraldine of B Pharma won the second position and Marion of BCom won the third position. In 400 m race for boys, Harshpreet Grewal of BCA won the first prize, Mohit of B Pharma won the second prize and Thinley Dorji of Bio-tech won third prize. In the event of long jump for girls, Depinder Kaur of won the first prize, Zeenat of BCA won the second prize and Geraldine of B Pharma won the third prize. In boys’ category Harshpreet Singh Grewal of BCA won first prize, Thinley Dorji of Bio-tech won the second prize and Simarjeet Singh of BCA won the third prize. In the event of shot put for boys, Thinley Dorji of Bio-tech won the first prize, Prabhkirat Singh of BCA won second prize and Shubham BHMCT won third prize. Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes said," Event like annual athletic meet are a great source of inspiration for mental and physical development of the students." He said students should learn the art of team building and leadership which will help them in their professional career. — TNS



Kisan Mela

Ludhiana: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a Kisan Mela at Nag Kallan, Amritsar, today. This was the second mela of the University where Dr Amarjit Singh Khehra, former vice-chancellor, PAU, was the chief-guest. Dr HS Riar and Karamjit Kaur Danewalia, members, PAU Board of Management, were the special guest while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU, presided over the mela.

In his address Dr Khehra said no country can progress unless it adopts science and technology. To make progress and succeed in farming, keeping abreast with the new research knowledge is a must. "We must learn modern farm technology to improve our agriculture", he said adding that farming if done on commercial lines can yield more profit to farmers. In his presidential address, Dr Dhillon said, Kisan Melas provide a platform for close interaction between farmers and scientists. The mela provides new agricultural knowledge to farmers. Even scientists learn a lot from the feedback of farmers, he said adding that such feedback is necessary to reorient our research. Highlighting upon the mela theme, Dr Dhillon said the theme of the mela this year has been aptly chosen to focus on efficient use of pesticides, which he said, is must to save environment and increase profit. “We must look for net profit from farming and not mere income” he remarked adding that optimum use of farm machinery through custom hiring can help in cutting input cost thereby increasing net profit. He pointed out that co-operatives can play a big role in efficient marketing of farm produce thereby raising farmers' profit. Danewalia in her address cautioned the farmers against excessive use of pesticides. She said women play an important role in agriculture. They must visit melas to learn new techniques. Dr Riar praised PAU scientists for their excellent research. He urged the farmers to adopt kitchen garden model as per PAU recommendations. In his address, Dr SS Gosal, director of Research, PAU, while highlighting research achievement of the University stressed upon the farmers to use pesticides as per recommendations. He said all new recommendations are published in the University magazine and urged them to subscribe to PAU publications. Earlier, Dr HS Dhaliwal, Director of Extension Education, in his welcome address stressed upon the farmers for optimum use water. “Water is basic input for agriculture and must be used very judiciously”, he said, adding that we must preserve water for the coming generations. Various departments of the University showcased their technologies through impressive exhibits. Subject experts interacted with farmers to satisfy their quest. Dr Bhupinder Singh Dhillon, deputy director, proposed vote of thanks.

Apiculture training

A five-day basic apiculture training course was organized by Apiculture Unit of the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, specifically, for schedule castes under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna Scheme. Trainees from five districts of the state participated in this course. In his remarks, Dr Balwinder Singh, head, Department of Entomology, said PAU has been instrumental in dissemination of scientific technologies in beekeeping through organisation of different level trainings for the scientists of other state agricultural universities and ICAR institutes. With the efforts of PAU, the Punjab has emerged as a leader in apiary honey production and is a hub of beekeeping in the country, he added. According to Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, in-charge, Apiculture unit and the course director, shared that in this course, the trainees will be imparted knowledge and practical training on various aspects of beekeeping through a lectures and demonstrations. The focus will be on seasonal bee management practices; management of bee enemies and diseases; swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies; queen bee rearing techniques; honey extraction; and collection of other bee products viz bee wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis, he said.

Orientation programme

The Science Club of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised an orientation programme for new Ph.D students. Besides, an inter-college quiz competition and felicitation ceremony for postgraduate students was also held. The senior officials, heads and faculty of various departments and students of the PAU were present on the occasion. Dr Gursharan Singh, dean, Postgraduate Studies and Chairman of PAU Science Club, highlighted various opportunities for fresh Ph.D students. He apprised the new entrants of Prime Minister's Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, Fulbright -Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship, Beachell-Borlaug Fellowship, travel grant by Dr GS Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, and ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award for best Ph.D research. In the quiz competition, College of Agriculture stood first whereas College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, and College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology secured second position. Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies; Dr RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities; Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Dr (Mrs) JK Sangha, Dean, College of Home Science; Dr BS Sohl, Additional Director Communication and Secretary of PAU Science Club, presented trophies to the students. — TNS



Vet varsity lifts overall trophy

Ludhiana: Students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, participated at All India Inter-Agri Youth Festival at University Of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Students earned a number of prizes at this festival.

Dr Darshan Singh Aulakh, Welfare officer of University said our students performed very well in different events of music, theatre, fine arts, literary and dance. More than 60 universities participated in the competition. Vet varsity achieved first position in theatre, second position in mime, third position in cartoon making and fourth position in rangoli making. With these achievements university won overall trophy of theatre. Dr Aulakh said our students are performing remarkably in different national level cultural activities. He reveled students from school of animal biotechnology named Harpreet Kaur Garcha, Jaspal Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Geetiak Verma, from veterinary science college; Amandeep Singh Brar, Tejpal Singh, Amritpal Singh, Priyanka Kumari, from college of fisheries; Manpreet Kaur, Harsimarnjeet Kaur, from Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, Kipral Singh participated in different acitivities and brought laurels for university. — TNS




Amarjit Singh Mahal, Deputy District Attorney, Ludhiana, has been promoted as District Attorney (Prosecution) Moga by the Prosecution and Litigation Department, Punjab. The executive team of the District Bar Association congratulated him on this occasion.

Animal Welfare Board

The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has nominated animal welfare activist and wildlife conservationist Dr Sandeep Kumar Jain as member of the Animal Welfare Board of India. The board is a statutory advisory body on animal welfare laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. Dr Jain, who is a founder of People for Animals in Ludhiana, has been coordinating with animal welfare/conservation organisations in the region and has also been a member of Punjab State Board for Wildlife. He has worked actively in the region for the welfare of animals and conservation and rescue of wildlife.


Jathedar Taranjit Singh Nimana inaugurated Baba Deep Singh Health Club in Islamganj area. Nimana said youth should focus on their health and for this right diet and regular exercise were very important. He said the health club would also motivate youngsters to stay away from drugs.

Office-bearers appointed

Shamshad Quraishi has been appointed as the general secretary, Shabana Parveen as secretary and Mohammad Ayub Ansari as vice president of Veer Abdul Hamid Foundation, Ludhiana chapter. The state president of the foundation gave appointment letters to the office-bearers and asked them to put in their best efforts for the upliftment of foundation.

World Dentist Day

March 6 is celebrated as World Dentist Day worldwide. On this day, Dr Pardeep Kumar Sharma, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and District Dental Health Officer (DDHO) stressed the need for periodic six monthly dental check-up and yearly oral cancer screening. Dr Amrit Raj Bahal, a dentist at Civil Hospital Ludhiana, advised the parents to cut on sweets for children, lest they would face more dental problems. Dr Arundeep Kaur Riar, a pediatric dentist from School Health Programme urged parents to send their children for immediate treatment after school health screening.

Free eye check-up

A free eye check-up camp was organised on Thursday by the PAU Pensioners’ Welfare Association at Punjab Agricultural University. Registrar of the university, DR PK Khanna inaugurated the camp. Dr Khanna appreciated the efforts of the association in doing this noble work. Nearly hundred patients came to the camp today.

Health mission

National Health Mission has been implemented in the country from January 1 and a meeting of special committee regarding it was held here on Thursday. Addressing the meeting, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said there would be two parts of the national health mission. Urban Health Mission will work in urban areas while Rural Health Mission will cater to rural areas.

Leadership camp

Youth leadership camp of students of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle was held here on Thursday at Punjab Agricultural University. Nearly 200 students participated in the camp. Scholars from different fields shared their expertise with the students. Special focus was laid on the overall development of students.

HC appointment

District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman was on Thursday appointed as Additional Advocate General in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the state government. He was the vice chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. — TNS



Man concocts robbery story to settle score
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
What could have been a broad-daylight robbery story turned out to be a concocted one. Rishipal Goyal of Pattran told the police that two men travelling in a car intercepted and assaulted him at the busy Bharat Nagar Chowk. He alleged the duo fled after snatching his bag containing Rs 50,000 and a phone.

Acting on the complaint, when the police traced the accused, he had a different story to tell.

"The accused, Hamant Jaggi, told us that his car got damaged after being hit by Rishipal’s car, which was being driven rashly, at Bharat Nagar Chowk. This led to a heated argument and Hemant made Rishipal pay Rs 2,000,” said SHO, Division No. 5, Dharampal.

The SHO said Rishipal concocted the whole story to settle the score.



Truck runs over cyclists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Two cyclists were crushed to death by a speeding truck at Vardhman Chowk here this late evening. The victims have been identified as Varinder and Sulahi Mehto. The two were daily-wage earners and were on their way home when a speeding truck hit them from the rear before running over them around 10pm.

The truck driver left the vehicle and fled. The incident triggered a protest at Vardhman Chowk.

Man booked for rape

A driver working for a private bus-operator has been booked for raping a woman in a hotel room. The accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh.

The victim told the police that she had lent Rs 50,000 to the bus driver a few months ago. She said he called her to the hotel on the pretext of returning the money.

The police has registered a case of rape under Section 376 of the IPC. The accused is absconding.



Veteran athlete brings laurels
Anil Datt

Rajinder Kaur poses with her medals
Rajinder Kaur poses with her medals. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 6
A veteran athlete from the city, Rajinder Kaur, cornered glory at the 35th National Masters Athletics Championship held at Jaipur recently. She won the gold medal in hammer throw to bring fame to the city as well as to her coach, Nirmal Singh Sandhu.

Rajinder threw the iron ball to a distance of 24.20 metres to fetch the top honours. Rajinder’s attempt was too good for her immediate opponent, Luxmi from Maharasthra, who could achieve only 21.10 metres and had to content with the silver medal.

Hailing from Mamdot village in Ferozepur district, Rajinder Kaur also figured in the 4x100m relay quartet that clinched the bronze medal at Jaipur. Prior to this, she bagged three gold medals in the Punjab State Veterans’ Meet in 2011 and then secured the silver medal in the hammer throw event at the National Veterans’ Games held in Bangalore.

During her schooling at Shaheed RK Wadhwa High School, Mamdot, Rajinder Kaur was the captain of the kabaddi team which won many tournaments.

Besides, Rajinder Kaur competed in other track-and-field events such as high jump, discus throw, shot put and races in which she finished among medal winners during different athletic meets.

On the basis of her performance at the National Masters Athletics Meet at Jaipur, Rajinder Kaur has been selected to represent the country at the Asian Veterans Athletics Championship scheduled to be held at Tokyo in Japan in September this year.



super series tennis tourney
Punjab’s Banni enters singles, doubles finals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Punjab's Banni Singh today defeated her doubles partner, Sarah Dev, in the first semifinal of girls’ (U-16) category during the ongoing HTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal.

Banni marched ahead to the final by registering a 6-1, 6-2 win. Vaidehi Chaudhari of Gujarat defeated fourth-seed Yubrani Baneerjee of West Bengal 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

In the girls’ doubles (U-16) category, Sarah and Baani defeated Nisha and Avishka Gupta 6-0, 6-3 to reach the final. In the other semifinal, Vaidehi and Yubrani trounced Rishika Sharma and Abhirami Prakasan 6-0, 6-1.

Other semifinal results

Girls’ singles (U-14): Vaidhehi Chaudhari bt Yubrani Banerjee 6-3, 6-0; Sarah Dev bt Shaik M Anjum 6-1, 6-0; boys’ singles (U-14): Digvijay Pratap Singh bt Rohan K Reddy 6-0, 6-3; Himanshu Mor bt Amit Beniwal 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6); boys’ singles (U-16): Parikshit Somani bt Gurjot Singh Sidhu 6-2, 6-4; Mritunjay Badola bt Adil Kalyanpur 6-3, 6-3; boys’ doubles (U-14): Sahishnu Sharma and Devasish Singh bt Naman Sherawat and Ishan A Sethi 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-4; Vipul and Sacchhit bt Divesh Gahlot and Aakash Ahlawat 6-4, 6-2; boys’ doubles (U-16): Amit Beniwal and Adil Kalyanpur bt Ishaque Eqbal and Parikshit Somani 6-7(0), 6-3, 10-6; Mritunjay Badola and Gurjot Singh Sidhu bt Sagar Bains and Abhimanyu Rozra 6-4, 6-4.



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