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RTI activists lock up MC officials in office
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Officials provide details to an RTI activist
Officials provide details to an RTI activist. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 13
Fed up with the callous attitude of MC officials, two RTI Activists, Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, staged a dharna and locked the office of Zonal Commissioner Devinder Singh for not providing them the required information for many applications filed under the Right to Information Act.

The two activists levelled allegations against the officials and said that they had filed wrong affidavits in the High Court. No official present in the room confronted the RTI activists. Instead, they preferred to remain tight-lipped.

The two activists said until the officials of the MC provided them the information they would not let them go home. Sabharwal alleged, "Devinder Singh is the first appellant authority in many applications but we did not get any reply from him. Today, when I asked him give me the information, the official asked for another 15-day time. But now, when we have sat on a dharna, all the officials concerned were called in the office with files and replies are being given to us".

Arvind Sharma said most of the information was to be provided by the Assistant Town Planners (ATPs), but they did not bother to provide the information to the first appellant authority either. "They are hiding the correct information", said Sharma.

The ATPs locked by the RTI activists included Kamaljeet Kaur, Harpreet Ghai, Rajinder Sharma and other inspectors of the building branch. While Kamaljeet Kaur was trying to provide replies to the activists, all other officials were kept mum.

This correspondent asked the officials present there that the two RTI activists were leveling allegations against all, but why weren’t they (officials) saying anything to them?

Devinder Singh, however said that there was a lapse on the part of Public Information Officers (PIOs) in the department.

Mayor’s take

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said there could be lapse on the part of officials, but making mockery of the system must not be allowed. "The authorities are there to take action against the guilty, but the activists cannot hold anyone to ransom," rued the Mayor adding that he will speak to the Commissioner of Police on the matter.

Commissioner speaks

MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said that if RTI activists had some problem they could go to the commission. "A proper procedure must be followed. The incident is an unfortunate one. We will get in writing from the officials and see what can be done as per law," said Singh.



DTO’s first online auction a success
Number "0001" fetches Rs 5 lakh
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The first online auction of vanity numbers by the District Transport Office completed successfully and the number "0001" fetched Rs 5 lakh. It was on March 6 when the online auction of vanity numbers began by the DTO, Ludhiana.

Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said, "There were 265 numbers of DV series which were put online. Out of which 74 have been auctioned. The number 0001 fetched Rs 5 lakh followed by 7777, which was auctioned for Rs 2, 11,000. So the 74 numbers were sold for Rs 28, 75,000. The remaining 191 numbers will now be included in the general pool. "

He said “In case a person fails to deposit the highest amount for the vanity number he has asked for within one week, then the next bidder will be given that number. If the second bidder also fails, then it will be passed on to the third bidder. In case the third bidder also fails, then that number will be transferred to the general pool."


Kidnapped boy rescued
Was kidnapped on Tajpur Road, later found in unconscious state in Bhamia village
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Panic spread after an 11-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped by a cyclist from Tajpur Road near Bharat Box factory this afternoon. As per the latest information provided by the area residents, the boy was spotted in an unconscious state on the roadside near Bhamia village. He was rushed to a hospital.

The boy has been identified as Anil Kumar, son of Ram Murti, who works as a supervisor in a factory unit.

The incident took place this afternoon when Anil was playing with his friends Karan and Vinay.

Karan and Vinay told the police that a middle-aged man came on a cycle and offered them sweets.

When the trio approached the cyclist, the latter pulled out a handkerchief from his pocket and tried putting it on the faces of the trio.

The police are suspecting that the handkerchief may have been laced with sedatives. Karan and Vinay said that their head started aching and they fell down.

The cyclist then took Anil Kumar with him. Soon Karan and Vinay raised the alarm and informed area residents who further told Anil's father Ram Murti about the incident.

The boy's father informed the police about the kidnapping. Soon, all police stations falling in the surrounding area were put on high alert.

A hunt operation was launched in the area to rescue the boy. Later, the boy was found unconscious on the roadside in Bhamia village. The child is stated to be out of danger.

Though, the child was rescued, the police are still investigating the matter. The police were suspecting that the boy was either kidnapped by a pedophile or someone wanted to settle score with Ram Murti.



Ex-minister’s kin commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The 15-year-old girl, maternal granddaughter of former Health Minister and senior BJP leader Satpal Gosain, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Dugri.

The BJP leader and grandson of Satpal Gosain, Amit Gosain, confirmed that the deceased was related to the minister.

It is suspected that the girl, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, was depressed as she did not score well in the Class IX examination.

The incident took place last night when she reportedly locked herself in a room and did not come out to take dinner.

At midnight, her worried parents broke open the door and were shocked to find her body handing from a ceiling fan.

She was rushed to Civil Hospital where she was declared brought dead. A postmortem examination was conducted after which the body was handed over to her parents.

Senior Medical Officer (SMO) RK Karkara said," I have not received the autopsy report yet, but prima facie the cause of death appears to be hanging."



17-year-old boy stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death by a group of snatchers near the Jalandhar Bypass area last night. The victim has been identified as Sumit of Golden Vihar Colony.

Giving details about the incident, Sukhdev Singh, SHO, Jodhewal police station, said, the victim was studying in a private school.

The incident took place late last night when Sumit along with his maternal uncle Subash went to buy grocery from a shop.

On their way, the duo was intercepted by a group of snatchers. One of the snatchers pulled out a knife and asked Sumit to handover the mobile phone and money.

Instead of handing over the belongings, Sumit confronted the snatchers and in the process one of the snatchers stabbed Sumit. He was stabbed in the heart and he fell on the road.

Subash was in a state of shock as he saw his nephew die before him. In the meantime, the snatchers picked up the mobile phone and cash and fled the scene.

Later, Sumit was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a murder case.



Harassed by stalker, girl ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
A resident of Sarabha Nagar has been booked for stalking a girl to such an extent that that she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Dugri.

Saroj Thakur, mother of 18-year-old victim Ruby, said that her daughter was being harassed by a youth identified as Sam.

Ruby was working in a cultural troop that performed at weddings and other functions. Stalker Sam got hold of Ruby's mobile number and made frantic calls to her.

She tried her best to stop him. She blocked Sam's number and changed her mobile number too, but nothing worked. Saroj said that Sam was psychotic. He used to call her during midnight and was threatening her of dire consequences if she did not befriend him.

Yesterday, Saroj along with her son went to Jalandhar. Saroj returned today and was shocked to find her daughter hanging from a ceiling fan.

She raised the alarm and informed area residents about the incident. Ruby was rushed to a hospital where she was declared brought dead. Later, the body was handed over to the family after a postmortem examination. The police have booked Sam under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide and started the investigation.



Patwari held for graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The flying squad of the Vigilance Department has nabbed a Patwari and his private employee while accepting a graft of Rs 5,000 from Mini-Secretariat here today.

The Patwari identified as Varun Chabra and his employee Sandeep Kumar were arrested this afternoon while they were accepting Rs 5,000 from the complainant Amrik Singh of Mundian village.

A vigilance officer said that Amrik Singh had lodged a complaint with the department stating that Patwari was asking for Rs 50,000 for correcting the land record.



Hosiery workers miffed at violation of labour laws
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Hosiery workers staged a protest at the railway station against violation of labour laws in hosiery units. The workers from different parts of the city also held a rally under the banner of the Hosiery Workers Union and raised slogans against the government.

The union leaders demanded effective implementation of laws in industrial units of the district.

Addressing the rally, DP Maur, general secretary, Joint Council of Trade Unions, said that labour laws were being flouted with impunity by the industry and the Labour Department had failed to get these implemented.

"There is no time limit for the duty of workers who sometimes work for 12 to 16 hours without any over-time allowance. Attendance of many workers is not marked, as a result, they do not get ESI or other benefits like the provident fund. In many places, the workers are virtually working like bonded labour", he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Feroze Master, a union activist, said that piece rates in the hosiery had not been revised in the last 14 years while prices had gone up many folds in this period.

"The workers do not have proper place to live in, they do not have clean drinking water or proper sanitation. Their children do not have facilities for education or medical care. ", he added.

Kartar Singh Bowani, a union leader, said that proper residential colonies shoud be made for the workers with drinking water facility and civic amenities. Later, a delegation presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana.



ludhiana votes 2014
poll code violation
Phoolka moves EC against SAD
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The election scene is hotting up in the Ludhiana constituency. HS Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana, today lodged a complaint with VK Singh, Election Commissioner (EC), Punjab, about the “blatant and flagrant” violation of the model code of conduct by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the Ludhiana constituency.

Phoolka, in his complaint, demanded de-recognition of the SAD. He also demanded that commercial rates be charged for each hoarding and these expenses be added to the candidate’s election expenses. Phoolka said a separate case for the defacement of the public property should be filed for each “violation”.

The complaint said the SAD had pasted over 5,00,000 posters on walls in the markets, homes and public buildings. In addition, over 50,000 huge hoardings have been installed all over the Ludhiana constituency.

“The hoardings and posters of the SAD can be seen on electric poles, bridges, flyovers, pillars supporting flyovers, and even on the walls of a public cremation ground,” Phoolka said.

According to Phoolka, even religious places have not been spared and huge hoardings of the SAD have been pasted outside major gurdwaras of the city. Posters have also been affixed on taverns.

There are some villages, such as Alamgir, where each and every house has been marked with a poster of the SAD. Public schools and community centres also have the SAD posters. The fear of the ruling government and the local BJP-SAD leaders is so pronounced that no villager dares to remove posters, said Phoolka.



Poll effect: MC transfers officials
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Municipal Corporation has transferred three officials including one superintendent and two Inspectors from Zone A and Zone C respectively. The transfers were done due to alleged closeness of these officials with a sitting MLA and a strong contestant for Lok Sabha.

The transferred officials are Surinder Pal, a Suprintendent of Zone C. The official had reportedly established a good rapport with Simarjeet Singh Bains (MLA, now contesting for Lok Sabha as an Independent candidate).

The Suprintendent was transferred to RTI department of the MC.

The other two officials include Ramesh and Naresh, inspectors in Zone C, now been transferred to Zone A and B respectively. These two inspectors, too, were reportedly close to Bains.

One of the officials in MC, wishing anonymity said there was nothing to be surprised. "The ruling party has lot of power in its hand. They can get their men deputed at a place and post of their choice for getting benefits (the ruling party leaders).

The officials got transferred as they were close to the candidate, who could be a big threat to the ruling party", said the official.



SAD-BJP nominee in favour of free wheat
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 13
SAD-BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib Kulwant Singh said he will try his best to provide free wheat to the poor in the state. He was here to participate in an election rally organised by MLA of Bassi Pathana Nirmal Singh at Dana Mandi, Khamano.

He said Punjab Government is providing wheat at one rupee per Kg to the poor in the state as compared to 2 rupees per KG wheat in other states. He said he will appeal Punjab Chief Minister to provide the wheat free of cost to poor as it will not affect much. The state government will be able to bear this burden with good policies. He however made it clear that his declaration is not a violation of the model code of conduct as the state government will take decision in this regard after the elections for Lok Sabha.

He said people of state should vote in favor of Akali Dal-BJP candidates as Congress is ruining the country with scams while the NDA Government could save the country if voted to power.

MLA Nirmal Singh recounted his achievements for Khamano area and appealed the people to vote in favor of Kulwant Singh. Youth Akali Dal District President Ajay Singh Libra, SGPC member Ravinder Singh Khalsa, BJP leader Kuldip Madaan and several other local leaders of Akali Dal and BJP were present in the rally.



Dist admn aims for 85% voting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
As the administration aims to register more than 85 per cent voting in the district, it has decided to rope in music and dance academies. The artists of Ishmeet Academy will make the youngsters aware to use their right to vote.

District Administration has announced that "Rahgeer" troupe and Ishmeet Academy will organise the functions to motivate the young voters to cast the vote.

Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, informed that the programme of Ishmeet Academy and Rahgeer Group will strengthen the awareness drive for right to vote.

He informed that the first programme will be organised at Silver Oak on Ferozpur Road on March 15 from 5pm to 6 pm by the students of Ishmeet Acadmy.

On March 16 the "Rahgeer Group" will perform 7 am to 11 am at Sarabha Nagar Market. The artists will stage plays and skit. DC informed that the youth will be motivated to take pledge to cast their vote.



Dy CM to address party workers today
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 13
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will address a party meeting of senior functionaries at Khanna, tomorrow.

Stating about the meeting Akali leader Ranjit Singh Talwandi gave information that all in-charges of nine Vidhan Sabha Constituencies, district presidents, SGPC members, block samiti and zila parishad Chairman and other senior members of the Akali Dal and BJP will participate in the meeting that will be held in Partap Palace.

He said the planning of Lok Sabha campaign for Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha seat will be chalked out and duties will be given to party workers. He also said Akali Dal-BJP candidate Kulwant Singh will also be present in the meeting.



World Kidney Day
Take care of kidneys with growing age, say docs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
On World Kidney Day today, doctors advise the people to take care of kidneys with growing age. Experts advise people to reduce salt intake and increase water intake with ageing as kidneys lose the ability to excrete salt and conserve water with age.

“The functioning of kidneys reduces with age by 1 per cent every year. The weight of the kidneys reduces by 25 per cent, there could be formation of cysts and other microscopic changes. With coexisting diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, ageing also becomes faster,” said Dr Ravinder Singh, an urologist.

“As the water and salt-handling capacity of the kidney reduces with age, people should drink more water to improve the concentration capacity of the kidney,” said the doctor.

The day was also celebrated at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The theme of World Kidney Day was chronic kidney disease in ageing population this year.

Giving information, Dr JS Sandhu, professor and head of Nephrology at the DMCH, said around the world, chronic kidney disease (CKD) had already taken an epidemic form.

“Prevention and proper management of these two entities by bringing awareness and appropriate control measures can reduce the burden of CKD to a large extent, which has great social and economic implications,” said Dr JS Sandhu.

A poster-making competition and role play for the public in the OPD block of the DMCH was organised with a motive to spread awareness about the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney diseases among the general population.

Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital also celebrated the day. A walkathon was organised to raise awareness and encourage prevention and education to fight the disease and overcome this major public issue. This year the focus is on CKD and ageing. The CKD can develop at any age but it becomes common with increasing age.

Dr Rahul Kohli, senior consultant, Department of Nephrology at SPS Apollo Hospital, said: “Kidney disease is a silent killer, which largely affects the quality of life”.

A new study has found that engaging in physical activity every now and then and consuming fewer calories can decrease the risk of developing kidney stones. The study was done by the University of Washington School of Medicine to evaluate whether energy intake and energy expenditure relate to kidney stone formation. Being aware of calorie intake, watching their weight and making efforts to exercise are important factors for improving the health of patients overall, and as it relates to kidney stones.



Jagraon bus stand
Students clash with Roadways staff over buying tickets
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 13
A high drama was witnessed at the Jagraon bus stand yesterday afternoon when some youths claiming to be the college students allegedly clashed with Punjab Roadways employees.

As per information, a Punjab Roadways bus belonging to Jagraon depot of the Punjab Roadways was coming to Jagraon from Nihal Singh Wala. When the bus reached Lopon bus stop on its way to Jagraon, the bus driver stopped the bus and several youths boarded the bus along with some other passengers.

When the bus conductor asked the youths travelling in the bus to buy tickets, they refused to purchase the same claiming that they are college students. But when the conductor asked them to show their bus passes, they failed to produce any pass, following which the conductor asked them to buy the tickets or leave the bus.

Following this, some heated arguments were exchanged between both sides. However, the issue was resolved with the intervention of some co-passengers and the youths agreed to buy the tickets. In the meantime, the youths called up some of their accomplices and told them the whole matter after which several youths assembled outside the Jagraon bus stand.

As soon as the bus reached the Jagraon bus stand, the youths, who had assembled there, gheraoed the bus and started arguing with the conductor and the driver. A minor clash also took place between them leaving some people of both sides with minor injuries.

When the staff of the Punjab Roadways, Jagraon, came to know about the incident, a large number of employees rushed to the spot. Seeing a large number of roadways employees approaching them, the youths fled from the scene.

Though most of the youths managed to escape, one of them entered the local branch of a bank near the SSP Office, Jagraon, and locked himself in the washroom of the bank. Till then, more than 100 roadways employees gathered outside the bank and started pressing its staff to hand over the youth to them.

The bank staff immediately locked the main gate of the institution and informed the police about the matter. Soon, a police team led by ASI Balwant Singh reached the spot and pacified the roadways employees. The police brought the youth out of the bank and took him into the custody.

ASI Balwant Singh said the police had recorded the statements of both sides and an investigation was underway.

“We are looking into the matter and an appropriate action will be taken against the guilty after the investigation,” said ASI Balwant Singh.

The issue

When the bus conductor asked the youths travelling in the bus to buy tickets, they refused to purchase the same claiming that they are college students. But when the conductor asked them to show their bus passes, they failed to produce any pass, following which the conductor asked them to buy the tickets or leave the bus.



5 college students suspended
Had written ‘Angry Bird’ on the sash handed over to a teacher at the farewell party of Govt College for Girls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
High drama was witnessed at the Government College for Girls after five students were suspended temporarily for using "derogatory" language against teachers during a farewell party.

The students of BCom second-year organised a farewell function for the students of BCom final-year yesterday. The principal, who was present during the function, raised an objection on the language written on a sash, which was presented to a teacher.

Today, the college authorities refused to give clearance to all five students and summoned their parents.

The students said they had written ‘Angry Bird’ on the sash handed over to one of the teachers. The word, ‘Angry Bird’, is not offensive. The college authorities said they could not allow such language for teachers as it had insulted the entire teaching community.

“‘Angry Bird’ is a famous mobile game app and there is nothing derogatory in this word. The action of the college authorities against the students is unjustified,” said parents of a student.

Gurminder Kaur, principal, Government College for Girls, said: “It happened in my presence and it's the first time in our college when students used this type of language for their teachers. We don't want to encourage this trend. We don't have any personal issue with the guilty students but we want that they realise their mistake. We can't compromise with the respect of teachers”.



Non-payment of salaries
Teachers to boycott exam duty
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Accusing government of not releasing salaries, the agitated teachers of government-aided private colleges have decided to boycott the duties of university examinations.

The Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union announced that the teachers will boycott examinations of all the universities of state including Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and Punjabi University. Panjab University examinations are scheduled to start from April 2 (PU), while GNDU examinations will start from March 18.

According to office-bearers of the union, teachers and employees working in government-aided private colleges have not received salary for past nine months.

According to the statistics, there are 136 government-aided colleges in the state in which more than 4,000 teachers are employed, while in 19 aided colleges of the district, over 500 teachers are serving.

The general secretary of the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, Kuldeep Singh, said, “Universities must find alternatives for examination duties, because there is a possibility that examinations will get affected and the students will suffer due to the proposed boycott. It has happened earlier as well, in the year 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, when the universities had to reschedule the datesheet due to a stir.”

He further said earlier the union had given a call of gherao on March 7. “When we reached Chandigarh, a representative from the state government received our memorandum and promised to address the issue, but in vain,” said Kuldeep.

If the government does not release the salary we will be forced to intensify the struggle, said the general secretary of the union.


Universities must find alternatives for examination duties, otherwise there is a possibility that examinations will get affected and the students will suffer due to the proposed boycott. It has happened earlier as well. We are adamant on our stand. If the government does not release the salary, we will be forced to intensify the struggle.

— Kuldeep Singh, general secretary, Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers' Union, Jagraon



Flying squads go hi-tech to curb copying cases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
After coming across some cases of cheating in examinations by using the bluetooth device, the Education Department has finally issued flying squads to adopt hi-tech ways to curb the malpractice.

All the flying squad teams have been asked to keep their cell phone's bluetooth on and check the cheating cases through this device, while inspecting the examination centres, during the ongoing Punjab School Education Board examinations.

Till now, the flying squad teams have detected two bluetooth devices during the ongoing examinations of Class XII in Ludhiana district. A student was held using the bluetooth device during an inspection at Government Senior Secondary School, Kubbe village, on March 2. Another student was caught at Government Senior Secondary School, Nasrali. Paramjit Kaur, District Education Officer, said, “The practice is going on at a large scale. To put an end to this malpractice, senior officials have instructed members of the flying squads to keep the bluetooth of their cell phones on an active mode, so as to detect if any other bluetooth device is on in the centre. It is quite easy as everyone has the device inbuilt in their mobile phones,”

The president of the Anti-Copying Teachers’ Front, Sukhdarshn Singh, appreciated the move of the board to put an end to cheating cases with the help of technology.



Online courses a hit with city youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Online courses are becoming very popular among youngsters in the city nowadays. Courses by world's top universities, available online, is helping city's youngsters to widen their academic prospects.

The courses are available at a nominal fee. “One can obtain a certificate for the courses at nominal fee. However, a person may even enroll for the course without certificates as well,” said Rohit, a resident. There are advanced courses available in different fields.

Videos and quizzes of the courses are also available online. A student can ask questions online if he has any queries. “As these courses are available online, one can learn at his own pace. Although many may feel that it cannot match a real classroom teaching session, but the advantage of online videos is that it can be replayed if any point is missed. This is not possible in a real classroom,” adds Rohit. The learner even gets an opportunity to interact with students pursuing the same course across the globe, said Anvinder, a student.

Most of the courses don't exceed two months of duration. It makes the resume look impressive too, as the courses are of international-level, says another student.



Coronation day of 7th sikh guru
SGPC chief appeals to observe Sikh Environment Day today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh appealed to observe March 14 as Sikh Environment Day. The president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee said Sikhs around the world must plant trees and take concrete actions as a tribute to the nature-loving Guru Har Rai.

“On the occasion of his coronation day, the present generation must come forward to protect the planet,” he added.

The seventh guru was known for his compassion towards nature and animals.

“We have taken various environmental measures in gurdwaras and on land, under Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee , such as installation of solar panels at Golden Temple, revival of Naulakha Garden, massive plantations at Damdama Sahib, Macchhiwara, and Fatehgarh University, fuel saving techniques at major langar halls, rainwater harvesting and distribution of plant saplings as Buta Prasad,” said the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.



Residents educated on transmission of HIV
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
An awareness rally was taken out today to make the masses aware of protecting children from the transmission of HIV from HIV+ parents under the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PPTCT) programme. The PPTCT undertaken by the National AIDS Control Society.

The rally started from the Civil Hospital and passed through various parts of the city. Banners and placards spreading awareness regarding the PPTCT were carried by the volunteers.

Dr US Sooch, programme officer, said: “It is quite possible that HIV virus does not pass on to newly born babies”.

“A woman needs to take proper medical treatment for preventing the transmission of virus from infected mother to the baby during birth,” said Dr Sooch.

He said: “People consider AIDS social stigma but they will have to visit the doctor to get the treatment done. The treatment is provided free of cost at every government health centre”.



Dr Manjit gets Mahila Shakti award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Dr Manjit Kaur has been given Mahila Shakti Shiromani Award by Antar Rashtriya Samrasta Manch during Indo-Nepal Cultural Harmony Summit Conference at Delhi. The award was bestowed upon Dr Kaur on the occasion of International Women's Day.

She has been awarded for her constant efforts towards women's education, said the SGPC president, Avtar Singh Makkar. He said women who have constructive thinking and work for the cause of the humanity are an inspiration to the entire society.



ACD warns printers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana, Isha Kalia, has warned printing press owners to follow instructions of the Election Commission of India while publishing material related to elections.

While addressing the representatives of different printing press of Ludhiana district, she said some instructions have been issued to the printers under Section 127-A of the People Representative Act 1951.

None of the election-related material would be published without carrying the name of the publishers, said Kalia.



Visit to Ludhiana Stock Exchange

The post graduate department of Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana, organised an educational visit to Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) under the supervision of Prof RishiKesh, head of the Department, to provide practical exposure to the students. In the visit 29 students of M Com (2nd semester) were accompanied by two faculty members Prof Sandeep Kumar Bansal and Prof Charnjit Kaur. During the visit Pooja Kohli (company secretary) on behalf of the LSE delivered a lecture on the concepts of stock market such as capital market, online trading, commodity trading.

Farewell party

The PG Department of Commerce and Business Management of Arya College, Ludhiana, organised a farewell party on Wednesday. Various cultural activities including western, classical and ‘bhangra’ were presented by students. Dr RC Tejpal, principal, Arya College, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. In his address Dr Tejpal advised students to participate in cultural activities, games and sports for their overall personality development. He also advised the students to develop vision and inculcate the spirit of time management. He appreciated the working of the department in academics, cultural activities as well as in games and sports. Prof AK Singla (HOD) in his report highlighted the achievements of the department in the field of academics during the session 2012-13.

Ramgarhia Girls College

Kanika Saini of BA III is all smiles after being crowned Miss Farewell at Ramgarhia Girls College in Ludhiana on Thursday
Kanika Saini of BA III is all smiles after being crowned Miss Farewell at Ramgarhia Girls College in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The canvas of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, was painted with various hues of gaiety, nostalgia and anticipation of future as the farewell party for B A III (2013-2014) was organised with gusto in the college auditorium. Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, presided over the function as chief guest. On the occasion, Dr Jasbir Brar, head, Department of Physical Education, was given a warm send off by the students and staff. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu congratulated her for the successful completion of her tenure in the college and for entering the new phase of life.

Literacy campaign

A group of 23 B Ed Trainees of Partap College of Education visited Gobind Godham to conduct a ‘Literacy and Awareness Campaign’ as a part of their curriculum for the subject ‘Life Long Learning’ (adult education), under the supervision of their teacher in-charge Monica Tandon. Trainees reached Gobind Godham at 11:45 a.m. After formal welcome they assembled the semi-literate employees of the Gobind Godham and near by slums in the lawn and distributed ‘how to open a saving account in a bank’ forms to them. They shared the important instructions regarding the necessary information needs to be supplied in the form. Proper demonstration and individual attention were provided to make the task more convenient for them.

National seminar

One-day National seminar, sponsored by ICSSR- ‘An Ideal Society: Quest for Excellence’ - under the president ship of college principal Dr Rajwant Kaur was successfully completed today. Former dean of Arts Faculty Dr SL Sharma was the chief guest of the function. In his address, he threw light on the efforts to create awareness about the untold miseries of women and children.


Gulzar Group of Institutes will organise a three-day workshop on Human Values and Professional Ethics under the aegis of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. The primary objective of this workshop is to sensitize the faculty to the ground realities of the competitive world and imbibe in them the virtues of teaching.



Kirtan darbar at GNPS

Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a Kirtan darbar on its campus. The darbar was held to commemorate the 10th death anniversary of the founder general secretary of the GNPS Committee and founder managing director of the GS Auto International, Jagat Singh. Kirtan by renowned ragis such as Bibi Baljit Kaur Khalsa and Bhai Sarabjit Singh from Patna Sahib was the highlight of the event. During the occasion, langar was served throughout the evening. President of GNPS Committee Jasbir Singh and son of Jagat Singh was also present on the occasion.

Fancy dress competition

Fancy dress completion was organised at Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri, on Thursdaty. It was an inter-class competition conducted by the school. Some of the students conveyed a message through their acts on child labour and save the earth. Some even impersonated famous personalities. — TNS



Medical camp

A free-of-cost dental and eye check-up camp was organised by NSS volunteers of Satguru Ram Singh Polytechnic College for Women during their seven-day NSS camp. The camp, held in association with the Punarjot Eye Bank Society, was inaugurated by principal Mohinderpal Singh. Noted eye specialist Dr Ramesh, along with his team, checked 225 students and other visitors on the occasion. Free-of-cost medicines were distributed among the patients and 25 girl students pledged to donate their eyes. As many as 175 students and faculty members were examined for dental diseases by Dr Sarvesh Arora and his team.

Auction of canteens

Canteens of the offices of sub-registrar, Ludhiana (West) and Ludhiana (South), will be allotted through open auction in the office of SDM (West) on March 14 at 11 am. According to the SDM (West), Kuljitpal Singh Mahi, earlier the auction was scheduled for March 7 but due to no bidders turning up for the occasion, the auction had to be put off. Intending bidders will have to deposit Rs 50,000.”

Awareness programmes

Office-bearers of the BSB Welfare Society with underprivileged women and children of Government Middle School, Model Town, during a function at Khanna on Thursday
Office-bearers of the BSB Welfare Society with underprivileged women and children of Government Middle School, Model Town, during a function at Khanna on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Khanna: The BSB Welfare Society conducted a programme at its centre at Khanna to make women aware of their rights in society. Members said time has changed and women are working at par with their male counterparts. They said it was proud to see that women have created a niche for themselves in every field today. On the occasion, needy and underprivileged women of Police district, Khanna, were given ration, cash and clothes. The Bhagat Pooran Singh Welfare Society also organised a seminar in which students of Government Middle School, Model Town, participated. During the seminar, Gursharanjit Singh, secretary, and Sarabjit Kaur, DCPO, Khanna, and inspector Hardip Singh Benipal apprised women of their rights.

Interactive session

The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle held a literary interaction with Surjit Singh Sajan on Thursday. Sajan said literature has always remained in his heart and soul. He said he was in Class VII when he started writing poetry. The dignitaries present on the occasion appreciated the contributions made by the literary figure in the field of Punjabi and Gurmat.

261 examined

A free-of-cost eye check up camp was organised by Greenpeace, wing of Lions Club, on Thursday. The camp was held at Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar. Team of doctors checked nearly 261 visitors. Medicines were also distributed free-of-cost. — TNS



CRI Pumps to honour farmers annually

The CRI Pumps, India’s leading pump manufacturing company, in partnership with various state-level agricultural universities will honour farmers from different parts of the country in recognition of their innovation and progressive agricultural methods. The awards have been instituted to recognise Indian farmer’s noteworthy and purposeful contribution towards the field of agriculture, the backbone of the Indian economy. The CRI Pumps has instituted an endowment at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. The university will give away the best farmer awards in three categories, namely, outstanding farmer for adopting improved water management technologies, outstanding farmer for adopting farm mechanisation in agriculture and outstanding farmer for adopting organic farming. The awards will include cash prize of Rs 10,000 each, a plaque and a citation. The awards will be presented every year to eligible farmers by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, at the Kisan Mela.

LML to strengthen distribution network

LML, a household brand in scooters, plans to have a portfolio of five scooters by 2015 to emerge as a complete scooter company. The products include a 150cc 2-stroke basic commuting scooter, 150cc 4-stroke, offering very high fuel economy with riding ease of a scooter, Male CVT in Star Euro (most successful brand in Europe), 150cc automatic and Star Euro 200cc. The first launch of a 150 cc automatic ‘Male Scooter’ is expected for late April. In-house research conducted by the company, in association with reputed research agency GFK Mode, revealed that 70 per cent users of scooters are all men.

Merc announces S-Class luxury car

Mercedes-Benz, India, has announced the local production of the new S-Class from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune, on Thursday. In line with the ‘Year of Excellence’ strategy, the strategic move will help cater the increasing demand for the best known ‘Three-Pointed Star’ in the country. The new S-Class is the most powerful luxury car to be produced in the country. The luxury car currently has a waiting period of approximately 3 months.

Bharti general insurance to open 29 more branches

Bharti AXA General Insurance (GI) Company Ltd, one of the multi-line general insurance companies in India, was recently proclaimed the ‘Best General Insurance Company’ in the private sector by the World HRD Congress at the BFSI Awards 2014. The firm announced its intent to grow and consolidate its position in 2014, at the company’s Annual Group Press Conclave, on Thursday. As part of its growth plan, the company will focus on becoming more customer and partner-centric. — TNS



Gang of thieves busted, five held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
With the arrest of five persons, the city police have claimed to have busted a gang of thieves, who were behind a series of theft incidents. Besides, the sharp-edged weapons, the Focal Point police have recovered 10 mobile phones, two motorcycles 1.700gm ganja from the possession of the accused.

The accused have been identified as Ramu Verma, Ram Iqbal Dubay, Mahinder Kumar, Chandan Singh and Happy, all residents of Dhandari village and Shepur village.

The police said the accused were arrested from a vacant plot near Inland Container Depot (ICD) in the Dhandari area.

Inspector Gurmeet Singh said that Ramu Verma was the kingpin of the gang and was facing several cases, including theft and snatchings.

He was recently out on bail and was planning to execute a bigger robbery. But his plan was foiled and he was nabbed along with his accomplices.



Man arrested for raping girl
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 13
The Samrala Police have arrested a person on the charge of raping a girl for about one year. In her statement to the police, the 28-year-old girl said she came to Mohali in search of job.

The victim said she was a postgraduate and a diploma holder in food processing and was living in a PG accommodation in Mohali. In 2012, she came in contact with a person, Sulesh Pandey, who was staying and working at Samrala. She got the job on the recommendation of Sulesh.

The girl said Sulesh called her at Samrala at his house and raped her repeatedly on the pretext of marriage for more than 10 days. Later, Sulesh went to Sangrur but he kept on raping her during his meetings with her for almost one year.

When she asked Sulesh to marry her, he denied. Following which, she reported the matter to the police. The girl said Sulesh had promised her to marry her, but he did not fulfil his promise.

Pawandeep, Station House Officer, Samrala, said the police on the directions of the SSP, Khanna, had registered a case of rape against Sulesh and had arrested him.

He was presented in a court from where he was sent to a jail in Ludhiana.



Couple goes missing, wife's body found in canal
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 13
A married couple from Ward No. 1 of Chapera Basti of Doraha went missing this morning. Later, the body of the woman was found in the Sirhind Canal, following which the Doraha Police registered a case of murder.

As per information, Raju (35) and his wife Gagandeep Kaur (30) of Chapera Basati of Doraha went missing when they had gone out of their home to attend nature's call early this morning.

Sanju, their son, said his parents left the home at 5 am. When they did not return home till 7 am, he started looking for them. He could not trace his parents anywhere. Later, he found blood stains near the canal. At some distance, he found the slippers and clothes of his parents. He immediately returned home and told his relatives about the incident, who reported the matter to the police.

Devinderpal Singh, SHO, Doraha, tried to trace their bodies with the help of the divers, but to no avail.

The relatives of the missing couple blocked the Southern bypass and demanded action against the alleged accused. SP (D), SP (Headquarters), DSP Sadar Khanna, DSP Payal, SHO Sadar Khanna, SHO Samrala, SHO Doraha, reached the spot and pacified the kin. After some time, the police found the body of Gagandeep from the canal.

The police have registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC.



Blind murder case solved, one arrested

Ludhiana, March 13
The police have claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of Mohd Fiaz with the arrest of a person. Mohd Fiaz’s body was found near Cheema Chowk three days ago. The accused has been identified as Mohd Sajaak.

ACP Deepak Hilori said monetary dispute was the reason behind the murder.

Both of them were the native of the same village and were sharing a room near Cheema Chowk. On Monday night, Sajaak and Fiaz consumed liquor. Later when they reached Cheema Chowk, Sajaak choked Fiaz's neck and killed him. The accused has been booked under Section 302, IPC. — TNS



Over 100 athletes take part in sports meet

Khamano, March 13
The 8th annual sports meet of the Cordia Group of Institutes, Sanghol, was held on the campus ground today. The meet was inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr Jamshed Ali Khan, Dean, College Development Council, Punjabi University, Patiala.

The chief guest was welcomed by Dr Kulbir Singh Rai, Director, Youth Affairs, Cordia Group.

Dr Khan praised the efforts of the Cordia Group in the field of education and sports. Urmil Verma, director, Lord Rana Charitable Trust, UK, presented the gift of honour to the chief guest. More than 100 athletes took part in various disciples.

In the end, a prize distribution function was organised. Urmil Verma gave away prizes to the winners.

Vikas Kumar, principal, Hotel Management, and all faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Deepak Rana and Harinder Kaur of BEd College and Rajdeep Kaur and Parminder Singh of Cordia College were declared the best athletes in the sports meet. Vivekananda House of B. Ed College won the overall trophy. — OC



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