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Students forced to take exam barefoot
Deputy Commissioner finds staff wanting in discharging duty sincerely
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal today conducted a surprise check at several schools in the city. He found invigilators and examination staff had not been working properly during Class XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board.

The Deputy Commissioner said students should shun copying. "The marks obtained with hard work proved fruitful," he added.

Today, students appeared for the history and chemistry examinations. To curb copying, the Punjab School Education Board has constituted 12 teams. The teams constituted by the District Education Office also conducted raids at several schools but did not find any irregularities.

Meanwhile, during an inspection, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) Kuljeetpal Singh found students were forced to appear take the examination barefoot. The SDM warned the examination staff against treating students like this in the future.

Secretary, PSEB, GS Bath said: "According to the reports, the cases of cheating in the state have come down this year. The PSEB is serious about curbing copying and we will not tolerate any negligence on the part of examination staff".

Deputy District Education Officer Charanjit Singh said: "This year, the PSEB has shifted the open school examination centres from private schools to the government ones. The move of the board, which has been aimed at curbing copying, has proved successful". 


First Cong list sans Tewari’s name triggers speculation in city
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service
Activists of the Shiv Sena protest against MP Manish Tewari on Monday; and (right) workers of the Congress remove posters pasted by the Sena workers at the Congress office. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
Activists of the Shiv Sena protest against MP Manish Tewari on Monday; and (right) workers of the Congress remove posters pasted by the Sena workers at the Congress office. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 10
With the Congress leader and sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Manish Tewari’s name not appearing on the first list of Lok Sabha candidates released by the party, speculations are again rife over the Congress candidate from Ludhiana. The party’s next Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting is slated for March 12.

The District Congress Committee (DCC), Ludhiana (Urban), chief, Pawan Dewan, and the DCC Ludhiana (Rural) chief, Malkit Singh Dakha, in a joint statement, have said Tewari will start his campaign after the party high command announces his nomination.

“No candidate, irrespective of his or her seniority, can jump the gun and start his campaigning without his name being announced by the party high command,” said Dewan.

The DCC chiefs, along with former DCC chief Krishan Kumar Bawa, are holding public meetings to laud the achievements of the MP. In the last meeting held on Saturday, they declared the MP had the leadership qualities to take Ludhiana on the path of development. “Tewari is a leader who does not make tall claims or empty promises. He fulfils the promises made to the electorate,” claimed Dakha during one such meeting.

During one of his campaigns in the city, SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, without naming Tewari, had said the Congress leader, who was the possible candidate of the party, was not interested in contesting from Ludhiana.

Today, a group of Shiv Sena activists raised slogans against Tewari, claiming that the Ludhiana MP is reluctant to contest from Ludhiana and that he is interested in contesting the poll either from Karnal or Chandigarh, with Ludhiana being third on his preference list. The activists also pasted a poster on the gate of the DCC Ludhiana (Rural) office. Later, the Congress workers removed the “offending” poster. The Congress leader, Parminder Mehta, while condemning the incident, said the law and order situation in the city was deteriorating.

Meanwhile, as the Ludhiana unit of the party is waiting for the nomination of the party candidate, it’s learnt the local Congress leaders are on a “wooing mission”. They are trying to win back the disgruntled party leaders and workers. Dewan, however, said the Congress was united and there was no groupism in the the party. 



Better Ludhiana/Rising pollution levels-II
Onus on us too, say residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Ludhiana has the notorious distinction of being one of the most polluted cities in the country. The authorities concerned seem to be least bothered about the depleting green cover and increasing pollution levels. City residents, however, feel that instead of just blaming the authorities, they, too, should come together to address the problem.

Promote cleaner fuels

It is high time that residents join hands to bring down the pollution levels in the city. Planting more tree saplings and promoting cleaner fuels, such as CNG and LPG, for public transport can help us in this endeavour. The city is fast turning into a concrete jungle, and that’s why the residents should take the responsibility to maintaining the green cover.

Silika Gupta, student

Adopt green belts

Rather than just criticising the government for everything, residents should adopt parks and green belts so that the green cover can be maintained. The MC and other government departments, meanwhile, should not run away from their responsibilities. They should make sure that all vehicles contributing to pollution are taken off the roads and the polluting industrial units are shut down.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, agriculturist and student

Conduct plantation drives

Budha Nullah’s dirty water paints a sorry picture. I was shocked when I visited the area where it meets Sutlej River. The lack of will on the part of the civic body seems to be the reason behind this. Not only the civic body, the city residents should also adopt various areas of the city for carrying out massive plantation drives.

Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, Congress leader

Don’t burn stubble

Farmers should not burn the paddy stubble, which is a major contributor to pollution in and around the city. The forest cover around the city should be increased to keep a check on the increasing pollution levels. Only harsher steps will make violators understand that they are ruining the environment for future generations.

Rajbir Singh Sran, student

Spread awareness

Pollution is at its peak in Ludhiana. The eco-reserve of the city— Punjab Agricultural University —is also turning into a concrete jungle. PAU, known for its pivotal role in Green Revolution, is now a part of the “grey revolution”. Unplanned development, increase in the number of vehicles and poor awareness among public is making things worse. The canals are filled with plastic; the roads are strewn with debris and garbage. It's high time people wake up to this sad reality.

Uday Partap S Sandhu, businessman

Enforce laws strictly

Ludhiana needs more trees. The MC should make sure that once a tree sapling is planted, it is properly taken care of. Also, the Forest Department as well as the Punjab Pollution Control Board should enforce the environment laws more strictly.

Paramjit Singh, businessman

Don’t uproot plants

The MC should make sure that while installing interlocking tiles along the roads, no plants are uprooted. I have seen this happening in some parts of the city. Increasing green cover is the only way to bring down pollution levels.

Maninder Pal S Grewal, schoolteacher



ludhiana votes 2014
CM’s pictures on ambulances covered
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
With the Model Code of Conduct being enforced in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, pictures of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the vehicles running under the 108 ambulance scheme have been covered by the state government.

The Centre had earlier advised the state government not to use the ambulances as a “publicity vehicle” and remove the CM’s pictures from the vehicles. The UPA government had, in fact, asked all the states to display the words National Ambulance Service on the vehicles.

"Earlier the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had asked all the states to display the logo of National Rural Health Mission on the ambulances running under the Central scheme. The ministry had also instructed states to get National Ambulance Service inscribed on the vehicles in English as well as the regional language. Although, the NRHM logo was inscribed, the words National Ambulance Service were left out,” said a source in the Health Department.

It was only the code of conduct that made the government cover the pictures of the Chief Minister, he said.

The Centre had provided 240 air-conditioned ambulances to Punjab in 2011, for taking patients to the nearest hospital for free.



Units discharge effluents in sewerage
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Shutting their eyes to the problems of the city residents, certain industrialists of dyeing industry at Rahon Road have conveniently joined their dyeing-discharge pipes (industrial waste) with the sewerage of the MC in an illegal manner.

The Municipal Corporation is spending over Rs 70 lakh on super-suction machines to get choked sewerages cleared as residents have been living in a pathetic situation in colonies along the Rahon Road area.

Thanks to the political leaders of the ruling party under whose patronage, the illegal works are being carried out openly and the city, which is already polluted, is being pushed towards more miserable condition. One of the officials with the Municipal Corporation said this was being done in an illegal manner but none could do anything.

"We know that the industry cannot throw their polluted, dyeing water within the MC limits, still they are doing it and we are watching everything as mute spectators. The violators have gathered guts because an Akali leader has given them his whole-hearted support," the official said.

"The main sewerage of the MC at Rahon Road is in a pathetic state and now, when the industry will start throwing their water discharge into the already choked MC sewerage, the civic body will not be able to tackle the issue and the residents will be at the receiving end", rued the official.

The dyeing Industry is supposed to throw their discharge outside the MC limits but for this, they will need a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and another clearance to throw the discharge out of the city limits.

"The process is not just cumbersome but seems impossible due to many technicalities. To avoid the botheration, the industry has found an easy way to get their sewer connected with the MC by taking into confidence the political leader. And the latter is helping industrialists for vested interests," alleged the official.

Area Councillor Tarsem Singh Bhinder first said certain villagers had approached that their sewerage lines be connected with the MC sewerage. When asked that it was the dyeing industry, which had joined their sewerage with the MC, Bhinder said: "They have done it again. Six years ago also they wanted to do the same and now if they have done it, I will complain to the authorities to disconnect their line".

The XEN O and M, Rajinder Singh, however, said they had disconnected the lines earlier but now if they have joined sewerage pipes again, these would be disconected again at the earliest. Sources said the Akali leader, who is encouraging the violators, was pretty close to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.



Arrange another blood donation camp: Donors
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
Regular blood donors, who had to return disappointed without donating blood during a camp organised by the Social Welfare Organisation at the local Grain Market on Sunday, have urged the organiser to arrange a supplementary camp.

Some of such organisations have constituted teams of volunteers who would be available for donating blood in cases of emergency.

Acknowledging gesture of the volunteers and social organisations, Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman, SWO, said a supplementary blood donation camp would be organised as per the convenience of the prospective donors.

Volunteers, led by former councillor Bimal Sharma Deepa and Deepak Sharma Deepa, said a large number of regular blood donors who had visited the camp organised on Sunday were disappointed when teams of blood banks showed their inability to collect more units due to shortage of transfusion bags.

Around 500 volunteers had to return disappointed without donating blood as the organisers of blood banks had shown their inability to collect more units.



Schools in a fix over delay
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) had issued orders to shut down schools running in less than 200 square yards, a few months back.

Nearly 700 schools were shut, but some of the schools had assured the board that they would fulfill the condition. The authorities of 27 schools in district had submitted their objection in this regard. As per the school authorities, the PSEB officials said the board would recheck the status of schools, but the same has not been done so far.

“The new academic session will start in schools after examination, but Punjab School Education Board has not given any feedback yet. We are in fix as to what sort of action will be taken by the board,” said a school principal.

Gurinderpal Singh Bath, secretary, Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), said, “Many schools have already been shut. Some schools did submit their appeal to reconsider the decision. We will recheck the status soon. A decision will be taken before the next session starts.”

Dilly-dallying approach of PSEB in land inspection

Around 700 schools, running in an area less than 200 square yards, were shut down by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), while 27 schools in district had submitted their objection in this regard. The board was supposed to recheck the status of schools, which had assured the board of fulfilling conditions. But the same has not been done so far, raising concern as the new session is to commence soon.



Medical colleges to have grading system soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The Medical Council of India (MCI) is planning to set up a grading system for as many as 381 medical colleges across the country.

An accreditation council for medical colleges will also be set up if the grading system comes into force.

At present, only engineering colleges and other such institutes are graded by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), established by the University Grants Commission of India.

Parents and students have welcomed the move and said this will help them in selecting the best colleges. “There are so many medical colleges in different parts of the country that we lack the basic awareness of the system of education in a college of our choice. Grading will enable us select the best medical college,” said Shikha Sareen, an aspiring medical student.

According to the sources, the Medical Council of India will soon apprise the government of the need for a grading system for medical colleges and will forward their proposal to them. It will be like a NAAC inspection, wherein a three-member expert team will visit colleges and take note of the academic activities and research in medical colleges.

“If the government comes up with such a system or council for the medical colleges, it will be of a great help to the students. While most of the government medical colleges have managed to maintain their standards, the same can't be said about private ones, as they lack qualified teachers. Infrastructure is also not up to the mark. Such a system will expose all these shortcomings,” said a senior doctor.



Mid-day meal: Education Department gives grants for maintenance work
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
For the safety of the midday meal workers, school students and staff, the Education Department has issued grants to schools to get the fire extinguishers refilled and the cooking equipment repaired.

The mid-day meal workers (cooks) had been urging the authorities concerned to repair the LPG furnaces for the safety of workers and students for a long time now. Activists of the Mid-Day Meal Workers’ Union had also raised the issue many a times saying that the poor condition of stoves and furnaces can result in an untoward incident anytime. Owing to this, the department released Rs 1,000 to every school so as to adopt proper safety measures.

The department officials have instructed schools to fulfill all the requirements with the amount sanctioned. According to the information, there are 1,526 government schools in district where mid-day meal is served to as many as 1.75 lakh students. The schools receive Rs 5 per student for upper primary classes and Rs 3.34 per student for primary classes as the meal cost. Every school has two gas furnaces to cook the food.

Tarsem Lal Banga, district in charge for mid-day meal said, “We have issued the grant to all the schools and have asked school heads to get the stoves repaired and get the refill work done. The amount is very much sufficient.”

On the occasion, the department did not show any concern over the low wages of mid-day meal workers. The workers get a salary of Rs 900 per month.

Charanjit Kaur, district president, Mid-Day Meal Workers’ Union said, “It is good that the furnaces are being repaired. But our main demand continues to be ignored. We want salaries as per the minimum wages fixed by the government. Government should also release funds to provide us with uniforms.”



DC for better communication between police, civil officers
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
If any person is found carrying more than Rs 10 lakh, the police officer concerned must report to the Income Tax Department. However, any amount more than Rs 50,000 should only be seized if criminality is established and all the details about the cash are gathered.

These instructions were issued by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, who is also the District Electoral Officer, during a joint meeting of the police and civil officers at Bachat Bhawan today.

He also advised the officers to be polite while checking the belongings on any person, and that it should only be done in the presence of an Executive Magistrate.

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill, who was also present at the meeting, was told to ensure that his personnel had walkie-talkie sets for better communication with the civil officers.

Rajat Aggarwal said that to make the election process smoother, the police officers should interact with civil officers and keep reviewing the ground situation.

Aggarwal said as per the instructions of the Election Commission of India, static surveillance teams would become functional after the notification on April 2, but flying squads, video-viewing teams and video surveillance teams had already started their work.

Rajat Aggarwal said, "Any officer or employee deputed on election duty in his or her own Lok Sabha constituency will be issued an election duty certificate, which can be shown for voting at the place of his duty. The employees deputed elsewhere will be issued the postal ballot paper as usual."

He said each candidate contesting the elections should be made aware of the instructions of the Election Commission of India regarding expenditure, and strict vigil should be kept on the money being spent by them.

Additional Deputy Commsisoner (Development) Isha Kalia said the expenditure being done by the candidates or their parties at present will be added to the account of the concerned parties. “However, the expenditure done after the filing the nominations will be added to the candidate’s account,” she said.

The meeting was also attended by SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Ashish Chadhary and SSP, Khanna, Harcharan Singh Bhullar.



30,000 new voters fill in Form VI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, who is also the District Electoral Officer, said that as many as 30,217 persons have filled in the Form VI to get registered as voters during the special camps held at all the booths yesterday.

Of these, 15,946 are men and 14,271 women.

At 2,623 booths set up in the district, the Booth-Level Officers received forms from 6,111 persons in the age group of 18 to 19 years and 24,106 from those above the age of 19 years, he said. Aggarwal said that a person can vote only if his or her name has been registered in the voter list; only carrying the voter identity card will not be enough.



Labourers demand minimum wages
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today burnt the effigy of Punjab government during a protest at Aarti Steel in the Sherpur area. A large number of labourers, led by INTUC district president Swarn Singh, raised anti-government slogans. They demanded minimum wages of Rs 10,000 a month for the industrial labourers.

“Most industrialists do not follow the wages fixed by the government. Moreover, the industrialists do not have any attendance record of the labourers,” said Swarn Singh.

He also accused the government of not attending to their complaints against the ESI Hospitals’ failure to attend to them properly. He said the employers deducted ESI funds but never stood by them against the hospitals.

Union leader Jagjit Singh said anganwadi workers and mid-day meal workers, too, had been working on minimal wages. 



50 head of cattle die at Gaushala
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 10
More than 50 head of cattle, including a large number of cows, died under mysterious circumstances at Shri Krishna Gaushala, Disposal Road, here today. Hundreds other are sick. Poisonous fodder purchased by the gaushala is suspected to be the reason behind the cattle deaths.

At around 11 am, a “sewadar” of the gaushala noticed some head of cattle lying dead. He immediately informed the administrators of the gaushala, who called up the Veterinary Department.

Teams of veterinary doctors, led by Jagraon Veterinary Officer Baljit Singh, reached the gaushala and began the treatment of the sick cattle. The treatment was going on till the filing of the report in the evening.

"During the preliminary examination, we found particles of nitrate in the fodder. We have collected the samples of the fodder and other feed being given to the cattle at the gaushala. The exact cause of the deaths will be known after the receipt of the laboratory report," said Dr Baljit Singh.

The veterinary doctors said hundreds of cattle fell sick. Their condition is stable now.

Rajesh Bhandari, president of Shri Krishna Gaushala, put the number of dead cattle at 38. However, sources claimed more than 50 head of cattle had died. "The number of dead cattle has surpassed 50 till the evening. It could increase further as the condition of many cattle is still critical," said a member of the veterinary doctors' team. 



12 challaned for smoking in public

Ludhiana, March 10
The Health Department today issued 12 challans for smoking in public place under the Tobacco Control Act.

A team, on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta challaned 12 persons on the spot and collected Rs 1,550 as fine. Challans were issued at the bus stand, Jawahar Nagar and in the Kochar Market area.

District Health Officer (DHO) Avinash Kumar supervised the drive.

The team comprised of Yogesh Goyal, Food Safety Officer; and Lajwinder Kumar and Rupinder Kaur, both Drug Inspectors. — TNS



Mobile, SIM card recovered from jail inmate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
A mobile phone, SIM card and two mobile batteries were recovered from a jail inmate during a routine checking at the entrance to the Central Jail here yesterday. The Division Number 7 police have registered a case against the jail inmate, identified as Satish Kumar.

Satish had returned to the jail after attending a hearing in the court.

The jail officials suspected these items were handed to Satish by his relatives after the court hearing.

The case was registered after Nachattar Singh, Deputy Superintendent, Central Jail, Ludhiana, lodged a complaint.

Meanwhile, a case under sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against another jail inmate, Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Noorpur Mandi, near Machhiwara, here. The staff had found 4.05 grams of narcotic powder on him when he returned after attending a court hearing on January 20. After an inquiry, the case was registered against Gurdeep Singh at the Division Number 7 police station.



PAU notes

Kisan mela inaugurated in Kandi area

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised the third Kisan Mela for the coming kharif season at the Regional Research Station for Kandi Area (RRSKA) at Ballowal Saunkhri of district Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Monday. Kulwant Singh Ahluwalia, a progressive fruit grower and member, PAU Board of Management, inaugurated the mela. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon presided over the mela, which focused on the theme, Be-lore Rasayanan Uppar Kharch Ghatao, Vatavaran Bachao, Munafa Vadhao (reduce expenditure on the use of unnecessary chemicals, save environment, increase profit). Ahluwala said farmers are going away from farming and, as per an estimate, in future only 40 per cent people will remain in agriculture. In his address, Vice-Chancellor, Dr BS Dhillon said such fairs provide a common platform to farmers and university scientists for sharing knowledge. Earlier, the PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr HS Dhaliwal urged farmers to get in touch with experts at KVKs and Farm Advisory Service Scheme to enhance their farm knowledge.

Safe drinking water campaign at Rauwal village

The College of Home Science (COHS) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a safe drinking water campaign at Rauwal village. More than 100 villagers participated in the campaign, organised under the guidance of Dr Jaswinder Kaur Sangha, Dean, COHS. Drinking water samples of water works supply and submersible pumps from various community places and households were tested on the occasion. Dr Kanwaljit Kaur, professor, Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management, created awareness in this regard. Discussing low-cost measures for cleaning water, she focused on the use of bleaching powder for cleaning water tanks and pipes and use of chlorine for clean drinking water. Dr Usha Jindal, professor, Department of Family Resource Management, demonstrated candle-making and motivated farm women to take up this activity as an enterprise. On the occasion, students enacted a play on the consequences of drug addiction.

PAU gears up for Kisan Mela

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is gearing up to hold its two-day on-campus Kisan Mela on March 14 and 15. The mela will be based on the theme “Belore Rasayanan Uppar Kharch Ghatao, Vatavaran Bachao, Munafa Vadhao (reduce expenditure on the use of unnecessary agro-chemicals, save environment and enhance profit).” Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said, “The excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers has not only increased input costs but has also polluted our environment.” He said the mela will lay special emphasis on educating the visiting farmers on the judicious use of agro-chemicals in paddy, cotton and maize. The experts will focus on the need-based application of pesticides based on threshold value and using only recommended pesticides, he added. In view of the year 2014 being celebrated as the International Year of Family Farming by Food and Agriculture Organisation, Dr Dhillon appealed to the farmers to participate in the mela in large numbers, along with their families, to educate themselves about the latest farm technologies.” Dr SS Gosal, director of research, PAU, said keeping in view the changing agricultural scenario and the current challenges of enhancing production and productivity, the PAU has reprioritised its research.

Inter-section debate competition

An inter-section debate competition was held for students of BSc agriculture/food technology/biotechnology (second year) at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). A total of 11 teams participated in the competition, coordinated by Dr RK Kalra, president, Students’ Speaker Forum, College of Agriculture. The topics for the debate competition were genetically modified crops are the ultimate solution for food production, use of information and communication technology for social network, diversification of agriculture is only alternate for sustainable agriculture, stagnation in Punjab agriculture, co-education is required for overall personality development of the students and organic farming is not feasible under Indian conditions. The chief guest, Dr Maan Singh Toor, professor of economics and president, Dance Drama and Music Club, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, emphasised that such type of competitions should be organised regularly. Dr Anil Kumar Sharma, assistant director television, presided over the competition. The first prize was bagged by BSc agriculture students, Princedeep and Yograj, second prize was won by biotechnology students, Pranav and Sanchi Chugh and third prize by BSc agriculture students, Siniya and Daljeet Singh. Balpreet Kaur and Ranchandeep Kaur were adjudged best speakers, for the motion, while Yograjdeep Singh and Sanchi Chugh were declared best speakers, against the motion. — TNS



From schools & colleges

Principal honoured

To facilitate women on the occasion of the Women’s Day, Antarrashtriya Samrata Manch organised an International Cultural Harmony Summit Conference and Presentation. In the conference-cum-award ceremony, women from all over the world were facilitated for their remarkable contribution in different fields such as education, culture, agriculture and medical. Principal of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School Suman Arora was awarded a certificate of honor and a gold medal for her tremendous contribution in the field of education. School president Balraj Bhasin and director S Verma congratulated her on the occasion.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation Ceremony was held at Bachpan Play School, Vikas Nagar, Ludhiana. Students danced to the tunes of hit Bollywood numbers. Principal Rima Sawhney and director Navtej Singh Sawhney were also present on the occasion. 

Seminar on domestic violence

A seminar on a topic titled ‘Domestic violence against women and children’ was organised by GGN Khalsa College Women’s Empowerment Cell. The event was sponsored by the college development council, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Principal Manjit Singh Chhabra welcomed the guests and introduced the theme of the seminar. The keynote speaker was Dr Rajesh Gill, professor, Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr BP Mishra of DMC and Hospital laid emphasis on the reasons as to why youngsters are violent. When all the needs of children are fulfilled and they don’t have the habit of listening ‘no’, it becomes a problem as they grow up, said Mishra.

Job-oriented courses introduced

IT Gurukul, an IT Training School and Technology Company recently announced the launch of job- oriented courses for IT students, graduates, working professionals and job aspirants. IT industry is one of the most dynamic and quickly changing fields. To succeed in the IT industry, one requires constant enhancement of skills, knowledge, and experience, with respect to the current trends and technologies in the corporate world. Komal Sharma, director, IT Gurukul, “Our sole aim is to enable young students and fresh graduates fulfill their dream of a successful and prosperous career in the IT world.”

Bhavdeep adjudged Miss Farewell

Farewell party was given to BCom students at the Government College for Girls, Ludhiana. A horror-cum-comic act was the highlight of the event. Dance performances were fetching also appreciated by one and all. Bhavdeep was adjudged Miss Farewell, while Sanjna and Natasha were declared first and second runners-up, respectively. Misss Beautiful Smile was awarded to Shivani. Muskan was adjudged Miss Catwalk and Miss Elegant was awarded to Loveena. Bhavdeep was given the title of Best Costume. Principal Gurminder Kaur presided over the function.

Workshop on national ethical hacking

The RIMT-Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Information Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, in association with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, organised a national-level ethical hacking championship “Hack Tricks-2014”. Subject expert Tapesh Bhargav, cyber security analyst, IIT, Bombay, delivered a lecture during the workshop. A floral welcome was given to dignitaries by college principal Dr Sushil Garg. Students gained a wide knowledge about sniffers, windows security, sql injection attacks and cross site scripting attack on the occasion. A huge number of students participated in the event. The event concluded with a quiz. RIMT group chairman Vijayant Bansal appreciated the efforts of faculty.

Women felicitated

Women, acting as source of inspiration to others, were honoured by DAV College, Phillaur, at a function organised on Monday. Entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, advocates, sarpanch, principal, government officer and bankers were honoured on the occasion. Principal Dr SK Mahajan emphasised on the role of women in the society. Sushila Kumar, principal, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Phillaur, Harrminder Kaur Khaira, sarpanch, Ramgarh village, Gurbax Kaur, senior manager, Punjab State Co-op Bank, Jalandhar, Aruna Bakshi, Pinky Dhingra (industrialist), Rupali Arora, advocate, Sanjeeda Beri and Rama Garg were felicitated in the event.

Valedictory function at GGS Khalsa college

Samrala: A farewell party was organised for the students of BA, BCA, BCom, Blib and PG, GGS Khalsa College for Women, at Malwa Palace. The function was inaugurated by college principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana. Cake ceremony was followed by a number of dance performances by students. Games for students, staff and drivers were also held on the occasion. Fashion designing students presented a ramp show followed by modeling. Gagandeep Kaur, a student of BSc (FD) was given the title of best designer. The jury comprising Anshleen Kaur Tiwana, Gagandeep Kaur and Palwinder Kaur selected Inderpreet Kaur as Miss Farewell. Rupinder Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur were adjudged first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. Harsimran Kaur was given the title of Beautiful Smile, Rajinder Kaur was given adjudged Miss Elegant and Prabhjot Kaur was given the title of Best Personality. The function concluded with an inspirational message by Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana.

Annual athletics meet ends

Khanna: The 62nd Annual Athletic Meet of AS College, Khanna, concluded on a successful note at Madan Gopal Chopra Stadium on Monday. Ranjit Singh Talwandi, halka in charge, SAD, Khanna, was the chief guest and Vinod Gupta, a renowned industrialist, was the guest of honor on the occasion. Dr Ram Singh Gurna, Dean (sports), read the annual sports report. Jagdev Singh of the Post Graduate Department of Political Science was adjudged best athlete, while in girls’ category, Reena was chosen as the best athlete. — TNS



Youngster done to death for Rs 120
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Police investigation has revealed that Harvinder Singh, alias Ghati (21), was murdered by three persons for only Rs 120. Harvinder was stabbed to death by three persons in the Khajur Chowk area of Salem Tabri here last night.

The arrested persons have been identified as Sonu, Shakti and Lovely, all hailing from Karnal in Haryana and at present residents of Amandeep Factory in the Khajur Chowk area.

The Salem Tabri police said there was a dispute between Harvinder, a resident of New Janakpuri, and the accused over a transaction of Rs 120. Harvinder was an auto-rickshaw driver. He was stabbed in full public view by the trio after they had a heated argument. "The trio had given Rs 120 to Harvinder to get them some drug, which they were to inhale using a cigarette. Harvinder neither provided them the drug nor returned the money," said the police.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Amrik Singh Powar said the trio had met Harvinder at a “dhaba” adjoining the factory where they worked. "During a general interaction, they shared a cigarette provided by Harvinder. They wanted Harvinder to get them the cigarette and pooled Rs 40 each and handed Rs 120 to him," said the ADCP.

But even after passing of around two weeks, Harvinder did not provide them the drug, which agitated the trio. Last evening, they again met at the same “dhaba” and entered into a heated argument, which soon turned ugly.

"The dhaba owner intervened and both the parties left the spot, only to enter into a scuffle a couple of hours later. Second time, both the parties were under the influence of liquor. The trio killed Harvinder with instruments which they use in the factory," said the ADCP.

Kewal Krishan, SHO of the Salem Tabri police station, said they had solved the case within about 12 hours. "A case under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the trio," said the SHO.



Notorious criminal again escapes from police custody
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Notorious criminal Rajiv Raja once again escaped from police custody. Raja, apart from being involved in the murder of Rajesh, owner of Raghav Jewellers, had led a gang that killed another jeweller Darshan Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur in their house on July 4, 2006. He was also involved in the murder of Jaswant Rai in July 2005.

He, along with his accomplices, was arrested on July 25, 2006. In January, 2009, he escaped from police custody at the Barnala bus stand after injuring two policemen. The notorious criminal, who is wanted in cases of murder and those registered under the Arms Act, was being brought to Ludhiana from Bathinda for a case hearing.

He then formed a gang and started committing robberies. They pulled off the sensational robbery at a prominent jewellery store in Panchkula. He was again arrested in April 2013. Rajiv Raja of Taj Ganj, Ludhiana, his paramour Pooja, alias Neeru Sharma, from Haibowal Kalan, are among four persons who have been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment on charge of murdering Darshan Singh (45) and his wife in their house opposite Sahara Hospital, Civil Lines.

Today, when the Bathinda police were taking him for a court hearing in Patiala, he, with the help of his accomplices, fled from police custody near Bhai Bakhtaur village in Bathinda.



Bag containing Rs 12 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
A thief stole a bag containing about Rs 12 lakh and some important documents from a car parked near the Miller Ganj police post this morning. The car was parked outside the Punjab and Sind Bank branch.

Though the police suspect the theft angle, they have started investigation into the matter.

A Khanna resident, Nishant Aggarwal, had come to the city for some work. His driver parked the car outside the Miller Ganj branch of Punjab and Sind Bank. Nishant alighted from the car to do his work while his driver stayed in the vehicle. When the driver, Gurwinder Singh, came to know that the bag containing cash and documents was missing, he informed Nishant. Soon the police was informed.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Deepak Hilori, SHO of the Division Number 2 police station and the CIA 1 in-charge reached the spot. The police rounded up the driver for questioning.

The driver told the police that an unknown person knocked at the windowpane. The person told him that a tyre was flat. As the driver alighted from the car to check the tyre, the unknown person allegedly stole the bag and fled the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are scanning the footage of the close-circuit television cameras installed in the area. No case had been registered till the filing of the report.



2 held with smack, poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 10
The Samrala police claimed to have recovered 15 gm of smack from a woman and 8.5 kg of poppy husk from another woman in separate incidents and arrested them.

Two youths were also nabbed with heroin in the area as vigil has been maintained in view of elections.

Addressing a press conference today, DSP, Samrala, Jaswinder Singh, and SHO Pawandeep said in the first incident, a police party, led by ASI Nachattar Singh, set up a naka near Baghour village.

During the naka, the police party stopped a woman, a resident of Baghour village, who was walking down the road. During the search, about 15gm of smack was recovered from her possession. The woman was arrested by the police. A case has been registered.

In the second incident, a woman, a resident of Bhairomunna, was arrested with 8.5kg of poppy husk near Neelon.

The DSP said the accused was on bail for the past one year in a murder case and another case of drugs was also pending against her in the Machhiwara Police Station.

In another incident, two youths were arrested with 70 gm of heroin during a naka near Todarpur village.

They were identified as Harpreet Singh (28) and Lakhwinder Singh (25), both residents of Ludhiana.

They were apprehended during a naka when they were going on a scooter. The DSP said the value of the recovered contraband was worth around Rs 35 lakh.



6 two-wheelers impounded

Ludhiana, March 10
The tehbazari wing of the MC impounded over half-a-dozen two-wheelers parked haphazardly outside Krishna Charitable Hospital, Model Town, here today.

The action was taken following a complaint against the hospital authorities, filed by an RTI activist Arvind Sharma. In his complaint, Sharma said a shed was constructed by the hospital authorities, adjoining its wall on the public road.

Following the complaint, officials of the building branch visited the spot and checked the status of the shed. In the absence of proper parking space, the roads are generally blocked with traffic and commuters find it difficult to pass through the stretch.

The officials inspected the site today. — TNS



Missing man’s body found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The body of an elderly person missing for the past 11 days was recovered from Budha Nullah in the Kundanpuri area today. The deceased, Gurdeep Singh (65), resided in the Peeru Banda area of Salem Tabri and ran a shop on a bridge over Buddha Nullah.

He reportedly went missing on February 27. His family filed a missing report at the Salem Tabri police station on March 1.

The Division Number 4 police said some residents spotted the body this afternoon. The body was recovered and Gurdeep Singh’s identity was established. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem.



ASI accused of selling parts of confiscated vehicles
Owner alleges he demanded bribe, implicated him, his brother in false case of sand smuggling
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 10
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) deployed with the Sidhwan Bet police has been accused of removing and selling the tyres, rims and some other parts of two tractor-trailers confiscated by the police from two brothers under the Mining Act.

One of the owners of the tractor-trailers has approached the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Ashish Chaudhry, seeking justice. In his complaint to the SSP, the complainant--Baljit Singh, a resident of Baranhara village near Hambran--has alleged that a police team led by ASI Jaspal Singh had confiscated two tractor-trailers owned by his brother Dharminder Singh and him on January 11 this year. He also accused the police of wrongly charging them with sand smuggling under the Mining Act.

"A police team stopped our vehicles near Sidhwan Bet. The ASI demanded bribe from us for releasing our tractor-trailers. When we refused to pay, he impounded both the vehicles and arrested us, implicating us in a false case, despite the fact that we were not carrying any sand at that time,” alleged Baljit Singh.

Later, the brothers got released on bail and some days hence also managed to obtain the release orders for both the tractor-trailers from a local court.

“However, when we went to get back the vehicles from the police station, we were shocked to see the tyres, rims and some other parts missing from the vehicles,” said Baljit Singh.

He said the estimated market value of the missing parts iwas nearly Rs 45,000. In his complaint to the SSP, Baljit Singh has requested him to take appropriate action against ASI Jaspal Singh besides compensating him.

The ASI, meanwhile, refuted the allegations. SSP Chaudhry said he would look into the matter and if any wrongdoing was found on part of the ASI, action would be taken against him.



HC slaps Rs 10,000 fine on MC
Was hearing writ petition against illegal constructions
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
For its failure to produce the pending challan assessment schedule from 2008-09 to 2011-12 before court in a proper manner, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the Municipal Corporation.

The court was hearing a writ petition filed by PC Bali against the state government and the MC Commissioners of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.

The petitioner, after getting detailed information on illegal constructions in the three cities through the Right to Information Act, had filed a writ petition in the High Court.

The MCs had said that because of staff crunch, action was not being taken against the violators, following which the court had asked the state government to appoint technical building inspectors. Around 48 building inspectors were recruited by the government to crack whip on illegal constructions.

While the civic bodies of Amritsar and Jalandhar submitted their challan schedule in a proper manner, the Ludhiana MC failed to do so during today’s hearing.

Highly placed sources in the civic body said that now, the MC has to deposit the fine and provide the challan assessment schedule within one week.

The next date of hearing in the case is May 9, and a week before that, the civic body has to reply on the action taken against illegal constructions.

As per estimates with the civic body, challans of around 1,250 buildings that are yet to be assessed were pending with it. 



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