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Interstate gang of criminals busted
Tribune News Service

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill shows weapons recovered from the gang members in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 19
With the arrest of five persons, the Ludhiana Police have claimed to have busted an interstate gang, “Sukha Barewala Gang”, which had been involved in several crime cases reported across the state. A large number of arms and ammunition, a vehicle recently stolen from Sirsa in Haryana and jewellery have been recovered from them.

The arrested members of the gang have been identified as gang leader Sukhpreet Singh, alias Sukha (31), a resident of Barewal Awana (Ludhiana), Jagga Singh (39), a resident of Daraj village (Barnala), Buta Singh (30), a resident of Mehal Kalan (Barnala), Inderjit Singh, alias Kaka (29), from Bhaini Baringa village, near Raikot, and Jarnail Singh, alias Honey (24), a resident of Balian village, Kattu, Sangrur.

The police have recovered a country-made pistol of .315 bore with 10 rounds, three pistols of .32 bore with 40 rounds and a .12 bore rifle with 25 rounds from their possession.

While addressing a press conference here today, Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill said Sub-Inspector Harbans Singh, in-charge, Anti-Narcotics Cell, Ludhiana, along with a police party, set up a special naka on Hambran Road early this morning.

“At about 5.30 am, a Mahindra Verito car (registration No. PB-09T-4488) was seen coming from the Hambran village side. The police party signalled the vehicle to stop but the driver tried to speed away. He tried to run over the police personnel manning the naka. However, they were caught after a brief chase,” said the Police Commissioner.

A case under sections 307, 353, 332, 427, 186, 148 and 149 of the IPC and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered at the Haibowal police station.

Sukhpreet Singh, alias Sukha, along with Jagga Singh and Jarnail Singh, alias Honey, had robbed Kewal Krishan, alias Jimmy, a resident of Jaito Mandi, of the Mahindra Verito, Rs 2 lakh and gold jewellery at pistol point.

The Police Commissioner said Sukhpreet Singh had been involved in 13 criminal cases, Buta Singh in 11 cases, Inderjit Singh, alias Kaka, in three cases and Jagga Singh had been involved in a theft case reported in Barnala.

Long list of crime

Gang leader Sukhpreet Singh, alias Sukha, along with Jagga Singh and Jarnail Singh, alias Honey, had robbed Kewal Krishan, alias Jimmy, a resident of Jaito Mandi, of the Mahindra Verito, Rs 2 lakh and gold jewellery at pistol point. Sukhpreet Singh had been involved in 13 criminal cases, Buta Singh in 11 cases, Inderjit Singh, alias Kaka, in three cases.

4 pistols, rifle seized

The police have recovered a country-made pistol of .315 bore with 10 rounds, three pistols of .32 bore with 40 rounds and a .12 bore rifle with 25 rounds from their possession.


District Cong gears up to welcome Tewari
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
After the Congress general secretary, Shakil Ahmed, indicated to the media in Delhi Member Parliament from the city and Union Minister Manish Tewari will contest from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, the district unit of the party has started preparations for his welcome to the city.

The District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), chief, Pawan Dewan, said Tewari would arrive in Ludhiana on March 22 for his poll campaign. It’s learnt Tewari has already chalked out his campaign plan. He will be in Chandigarh on March 21 and from there, he’ll proceed to Ludhiana. “The district unit of the party will welcome Tewari on March 22. After the welcome, the campaigning in various parts of the constituency will start,” said Dewan.

Earlier, there were reports that Tewari was reluctant to contest the elections. There were also reports that he was keen on the Chandigarh seat, though he debunked these reports. He told The Tribune that he had not made any statement to suggest he was interested in contesting from Chandigarh. He, however, said initially he was unsure about his role in the Lok Sabha elections - whether the party wanted him to contest as a candidate or had in mind some other role for him.

On March 15, Tewari was admitted to a hospital in Delhi for the treatment of a heart ailment and there were reports that he had expressed his inability to contest the elections on account of his ill-health. On March 17, he was discharged from the hospital. On March 18, the party is learnt to have finally told Tewari to reconsider his decision.

In 2009 Parliamentary elections, Tewari had defeated the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib by a margin of more than 1 lakh votes. In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Tewari had lost to the SAD candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

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CBSE reschedules Class X date sheet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
In view of the Lok Sabha elections and regional festivals in some parts of the country, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rescheduled the Class X Optional Proficiency Test. Earlier, the Director Academics, Research Training and Innovation, CBSE, had changed the date sheet in view of the regional festivals.

Dr Sadhana Parashar, Director Academics, Research Training and Innovation, said: “We have made further changes in the data sheet as the Optional Proficiency Test was scheduled for the same date as the Lok Sabha elections. The board has received a number of requests for a change in the date sheet in view of important regional festivals falling on the scheduled days for two exams in some parts of the country. One of the days is a national holiday”.

Now, the tests of all five subjects will be conducted from April 21 to 28. On April 21, it will be the test of English, followed by mathematics on April 22. The Hindi test will be conducted on April 25 while the science and social science tests will be held on April 26 and 28, respectively.

The Board conducts Optional Proficiency Test in the five main subjects. The objective of the test is to sharpen the skills of students and motivate them to achieve academic excellence. The test helps students in setting their goals and educational plans after Class X.



Slow pace of MC work gives residents tough time
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Civic Body is laying storm water pipes to tackle water-logging at two major points in the city, the National Road in Ghumar Mandi and L-Block in BRS Nagar. The project, which has been aimed at providing relief to the city residents, has been giving them a tough time as the work is on at snail's pace.

The National Road connects the Pakhowal Road and Ferozepur Road. Commuters going towards the Bhai Bala Chowk from Ghumar Mandi take the road. It takes a long time to cross this about 50-metre stretch. During the peak hours, commuters are generally stuck in jams for more than half an hour.

Rohit Sharma, a shopkeeper said: "It has been around six days since the road was dug up to lay the pipe. But there is hardly any progress in the work. They should have finished it by now because it is one of the busiest roads of the city. There are frequent traffic jams on the stretch these days. The other day, the two-wheeler of a girl student got stuck in the mud and she had to seek help from passers-by".

The local shopkeepers said their business had been affected due to the ongoing pipe-laying work. The number of customers has come down. "There is no parking space available and customers often get stuck in traffic jams. So, they avoid visiting our shops," complained Santokh Singh, a shopkeeper.

At L-Block, BRS Nagar, the work has been going on for the past one month. The dug-up road is a nightmare. "The condition of the road worsens whenever it rains. If the civic body has taken up some work, it needs to complete it soon. The drivers of two-wheelers are the worst sufferers as their vehicles are often stuck in the mud," said Sarabjit Singh, a local resident.

Mayorspeak: The work might have been stopped in view of Holi. But I will look into the matter and try to get these works completed soon. These are busy roads and residents are bound to suffer if roads are dug up. — HS Gohlwaria, Mayor



Ludhiana votes 2014
Panel keeps a hawk’s eye on paid news
Sends 10-12 suspected cases to DEC-cum-Deputy Commissioner
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) is keeping a check on paid news. The committee has forwarded about 10-12 suspected paid news, carried in vernacular dailies, to the District Electoral Commissioner-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal, to decide on the further course of action.

“Yes, I have received some news from Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) which are suspected to be paid. I have sent these to Assistant Returning Officers (AROs), who will send show cause notices to the candidates concerned. The candidates will be given three days to reply.”

He further said show- cause notices are also being issued to four candidates for not seeking pre-certification of advertisements on Holi.

Meanwhile, HS Phoolka, AAP candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, said, “I have taken permission from the MCMC for all public rallies, advertisements and other election-related material and activities.’

Rajat Aggarwal said, “As per our record there are some advertisements for which candidates have not taken permission. If any candidate has taken permission, one can present the same in his reply to the show-cause notice.”

The District Electoral Officer said, “For any type of information, the candidates or printing press publishers can contact a toll-free number 0161- 2775055.”

Candidates to get three days to file reply

I have sent these to Assistant Returning Officers (AROs), who will send show-cause notices to the candidates concerned. The candidates will be given three days to reply. If any candidate has taken prior permission, he is supposed to produce the same in his reply to the show-cause notice.

— Rajat Aggarwal, District Electoral Commissioner-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana



Election Commission to depute IRS officials as observers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Election Commission (EC) will be deploying officials from the Indian Revenue Services (IRS) as observers in expenditure sensitive constituencies during the Lok Sabha polls. The EC has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs to finalise the names of the suitable officials and send to it for final deployment.

According to the sources, the officials will be posted as election expenditure observers in various constituencies and Assembly segments. They will supervise anti-black money flying squads and monitoring teams appointed by the Election Commission.

“The officials will remain with the EC even after the results are announced on May 16, following which the final expenditure reports will be finalised,” said a senior official.

Tax net

  • Withdrawing more than Rs 10 lakh from banks will come under the scanner of the Income Tax department. In addition to this, carrying more than Rs 10 lakh in cash and more than 1 kg bullion gold at the airport can also land you in trouble.
  • For all the 22 districts of Punjab, 22 teams have been formed which will be led by the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax. He will look after the cases of cash detained till the elections.
  • Call at toll-free number-18001800690 of the Income Tax Department in case any person carrying huge cash causes suspicion.



Friends, relatives make a pitch for their candidates
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 19
Having clientage and influence in around 50 localities, falling under at least seven assembly segments of Malwa, owners and organisers of various commercial, social and trade organisations are, reportedly, busy entertaining supporters of candidates from three parliamentary constituencies.

Legislators and halqa in charges of various political parties from Dakha, Raikot, Payal, Gill, Amargarh, Sherpur and Malerkotla have already started campaigning at the local towns for their respective candidates.

Friends and relatives of local residents have also started campaigning in favour of their candidates telephonically. NRIs are no exception to the trend.

Supporters of candidates for Lok Sabha elections for Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana and Sangrur have been calling on owners and organisers of various firms of local town with requests to use their clout in favour of their respective candidates.

Supporters of Kulwant Singh (SAD candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib), Manpreet Singh Ayali (SAD candidate from Ludhiana), Simranjit Singh Bains (independent candidate from Ludhiana), Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD candidate from Sangrur), Varjinder Singla (Congress aspirant from Sangrur) and Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon (CPM candidate from Ludhiana) have been campaigning here to ensure win of their chosen candidates during the coming polls.

While commission agents and other traders are being asked to persuade their clients and suppliers to vote for a particular candidate, industrialists and managers of financial organisations are being approached to woo their employees to do the same.

Tarsem Garg, a local trader and office-bearer of a social organisation, said regional leaders from at least seven assembly segments, adjoining the town, had approached him and his associates for seeking support for their respective candidates.

Former councillor Bimal Sharma, a milk product trader, said he had been approached by supporters of Lok Sabha candidates from Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Ludhiana constituencies for seeking support.

“Interestingly some of our friends and relatives even expected us to support candidates belonging to different political parties,” said Sharma.



‘Multitasking’ by ASHA staff affects health care
Some ASHA workers are panchayat members; villagers say they should be assigned only one work
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The ‘multitasking’ by a few representatives of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) — who are also panchayat members — is hampering field activities of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The ASHA workers have been deployed under the NRHM. A large number of villagers have complained that the multitasking by ASHA workers was affecting health care facilities. They rued that these health workers should be assigned only one responsibility for the better execution of duties.

“A few ASHA workers are elected members of panchayats, while some are members of the cleaning committee. The work related to health care is of prime importance. The workers should carry out only one work at one time,” said Harnek Singh, resident of a village near Samrala.

Source in the Health Department said activities of the NRHM had been affected as the ASHA workers were carrying out two works at one time.

The Health and Family Welfare Department had issued an order on August 26 last year, wherein it directed the ASHA workers to resign.

However, the order could not be implemented owing to resistance by the workers.

On the other hand, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta has a different take on the issue.

“I see no harm if ASHA workers are also elected representatives of the panchayat or any of its committee. We have not received complaints from any village regarding the execution of their duties. They are performing well in the district,” said Dr Batta.

The ASHA workers are a key link between the community and health services to ensure primary health care for the poor in rural areas.

“When these ASHA workers were elected, health services were affected as these workers did not have time to execute their duties properly. The services of ASHA workers, who are also members of local bodies, should be withdrawn immediately,” said Jagdev Singh, a villager.

  • I see no harm if ASHA workers are also elected representatives of the panchayat or any of its committee. We’ve not received complaints from any village regarding the execution of their duties. They are performing their job well. — Dr Subhash Batta , Civil Surgeon



Ludhiana scan
LS poll: 40% fresh voters

While addressing a meeting of youngsters at the Vishvakarma Colony, president of Ward No. 68 Jasvir Singh Jassi and councillor Jasbir Singh Sokhi said, “This time, 40 per cent of the fresh voters will cast their votes in the Lok Sabha elections.”

Jassi and Sokhi asked the youngsters to extend their support to the Shiromani Akali Dal as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had planned for the future of youngsters.

Religious meet from March 21

The second Gurmat Samagam in association with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will be held at the Guru Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension, from March 21-23. This was stated by Giani Jaswant Singh Parwana and Giani Kewal Singh here today. The spokespersons said leading ragis from far-off will participate in the samagam.

Seminar on anaemia

A seminar on anaemia was organised by a pharmaceuticals company at village Ravepur today. Dr Preet Kawar Singh from the Subsidiary Health Centre, Kila Raipur, discussed various heart diseases and anaemia. The villagers were educated on the symptoms and precautions of these diseases.

Dental camp

A free dental check-up camp was today organised by the Lions Club Vegetarian. A detailed discussion on taking care of teeth and gums was held. The doctors advised the gathering to avoid junk food. Free of cost medicines were also distributed to the patients.

Golden jubilee celebrations

This is a momentous year for the Medicine Department of Christian Medical College and Hospital as it marks its 50th anniversary of the Postgraduate Course in Medicine. To commemorate the occasion, golden jubilee celebrations will be organised at the college on March 23. The programme will commence with a Chapel service in the morning, followed by a CME and dinner. All post-graduates of the college, ex and present students, have been invited for the event.

DMCH meet

A meeting of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Employees Union was held here today. The meeting was chaired by Charan Das. Press secretary Harish Masih said they would file a case in the high court against the decision as per which 22 employees had been granted three-year imprisonment each. The meeting was attended by a large number of employees of the DMCH.

Railway pensioners’ meet

The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association will organise its 16th annual general meeting on March 22. Sher Singh, chairman, Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association, said, “The meeting will be held at the Railway Men's Union Complex (new hall) at Jagraon Bridge.” MLA Simarjit Singh Bains will be the chief guest on the occasion. The union secretary will present the financial report.

Hola Mohalla celebrations

Hola Mohalla was celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour at Bhaini Saheb under Satguru Uday Singh. Spokesman Lakhvir Singh Badowal Dera said the celebrations had commenced on March 16 and culminated today after the bhog of 66 Sehaj Path of Guru Granth Sahib and five Bhogs of the Dasam Granth. Eight couples also tied their knot on the occasion. A kirtan of ‘aasa de waar’ was organised by Ragi Jatha of Harbans Singh Ghulla and Ragi Balwant Singh. Suba Balwinder Singh recited the Ardas. Satguru Uday Singh addressed the gathering. The event saw participation from a large number of devotees. Mata Chand Kaur, Mata Gursharan Kaur, Baldev Singh Kaku and other senior functionaries of the Dera Bhaini Saheb were also present at the event. — TNS



Youth must vote for a better tomorrow, say Payal SDM
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 19
The SDM, Payal, Ghanshyam Thori, today discussed systematic voters education and electoral participation in a convention organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Ludhiana. The convention was especially organised for the young voters at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

“The youth should have the courage to say ‘no’ to wrong and welcome what is truly and genuinely acceptable. Your vote can change the entire map of the country and its future,” the SDM said. Thori urged the youth to take active interest in the entire election process so that they may learn, educate and spread awareness among masses.

“If you regard none of the candidates capable enough to run the nation, you should definitely opt for the option ‘none of the above’,” he added while addressing the gathering on the occasion.

He further asked the youth to not to indulge themselves in illegal activities.

The District Youth Coordinator, Ludhiana, Samson Masih, extended a formal welcome to the guests and also presented the keynote address.

He asked the youth to exercise their right to vote and say no to drugs.

Extension lectures was delivered by a former director, Sweep, Labh Singh, who spoke on the need for involving the young voters in the election process.

Dr SS Virk and Prof Jagroop Singh spoke on the drugs menace.

Dr Narinder Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, presided over the function.

SDM, Payal, and resource persons were also honoured on the occasion. Various clubs and societies were also felicitated for their services.



PAU notes
Dr Malhi attends agri meet in Australia

Dr Malwinder Singh Malhi, project manager of Syngenta, handling a joint project with PAU, was invited by the Nuffield International for CSC International Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) held at Sydney and Canberra from March 1-8. Being the only Indian representative, Dr Malhi presented a lecture on ‘A perspective on agricultural and trade issues from the developing countries of Indonesia, India and Brazil’.

As many as 100 scholars and other invitees from countries, including France, Ireland, Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Indonesia, US, Australia, New Zealand, India and China, participated in the conference.

Dr Singh was awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation by Stuart Wright, chairman, Nuffield International, on March 8 at Canberra. The conference aimed to challenge the scholars and enlarge their view of agriculture’s role in a global society.

World Consumer Rights Week

The Consumer Club, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, is celebrating the World Consumer Rights Week in association with the Federation of Consumer Organisations of Punjab. The celebrations will conclude on March 22. Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, Dean, College of Home Science, said an inter-class slogan-writing competition was organised today.

The club will hold a workshop on ‘Consumer awareness’ on March 20. Dr Sangha said eminent speakers, including Dr Ajay Shahi, Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Surinder Verma and Puneet Shahi from the Federation of Consumer Organisations of Punjab will enlighten the audience on ‘International theme - telecom’ ‘Misleading advertisements’ ‘Financial frauds’ and ‘Consumer rotection Act-1986.’ — TNS



Sudhar society alleges police inaction, protests outside Commissioner’s office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Mohalla Sudhar Society of Golden Vihar today held a protest outside the office of the Ludhiana Police Commissioner. The protesters demanded an immediate arrest of the accused, who allegedly murdered a 17-year-old youth, identified as Sumit, a resident of Golden Vihar. He was allegedly murdered on March 12. The protesters have submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner in this regard.

The convenor of Rashtra Dharam, Vinod Jain, alleged that Sumit was stabbed to death and a case in this regard was registered at Basti Jodhewal Police Station. “The police have failed to arrest the murderers of Sumit,” said Jain.

Officials at Basti Jodhewal Police Station said the matter is under investigation and the accused would be arrested soon.

Demonstration near Women Cell office

Meanwhile, family members of a dowry victim also held a protest outside the Women Cell office at Civil Lines, here. The protesters alleged that the women cell was favouring the accused.

Hargobind Tiwari, member, Parvasi Bhalai Board, said complainant Neetu Shukla had lodged a complaint against her husband Anand Mishra for dowry harassment. “Despite the complaint, the cell has not registered an FIR against the accused so far,” alleged Tiwari.

The women cell officials, however, refuted the allegations. They said the matter is under investigation and action would be initiated as per the law.



Community centre land
Trust fails to cancel allotment despite govt orders
Kuldip Bhatia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
As many as 2,000 square yards of land in Blocks H and I of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here, remains under unlawful possession, with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) yet to cancel the allotment originally made for a community centre over 25 years ago.

The land is worth over Rs 40 crore.

The land was allotted for the construction of a community centre to the then resident society which had made 25 per cent payment towards the cost of land at the time of allotment. Thereafter, the society could not make the balance payment, and the LIT also, reportedly, failed to take any action for the recovery of the balance amount or cancellation of allotment of land for violation of the terms and conditions.

Area residents had complained to the Local Government Department that a marriage palace was being run in the community centre building. The society, managing the community centre, had also constructed 30 rooms and two halls, which were being offered on rent for marriages and other functions.

It was officially stated that no building plans have been approved by the department concerned for carrying out construction by the society.

It was after the area residents took up the matter with the government and a probe was conducted by the vigilance wing that orders were issued by the Local Government Department on December 19, 2013, for registration of criminal cases against concerned staff members of LIT for loss of original file, pertaining to allotment, taking action as per rules for unauthorised construction and cancellation of allotment for violation of terms and conditions of allotment of land.

In a representation made to the principal secretary, Local Government, Punjab, and the Minister for Local Bodies, Punjab, Baljit Singh and other area residents have maintained that the LIT authorities had failed to take any action against the managing society of the community centre even as directions for cancellation of allotment were passed more than three months ago.

LIT officials said a show case notice, as required under the rules, had already been issued to the managing society for cancellation of allotment and further action in the matter would be taken in due course of time.



Teachers protest delay in salaries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Teachers of government colleges held a protest at both the government colleges here today. The non-teaching employees of colleges also joined the protesters and denounced the government for not releasing the salaries of permanent college teachers, part-time teachers and non-teaching employees for last three months. More than 50 teachers and 100 non-teaching employees held a protest at SCD Government College, while over 60 teachers protested against the government at the Government College for Girls. Teachers also boycotted the classes.

On the occasion, the irked teachers raised slogans against the state government and urged them to release the salaries.

The general secretary, Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association, Jaipal Singh, said, “Our union gave a call to hold college-level protest for today. All the government colleges’ staff staged protest in their respective colleges. Now, we will gherao the Akali-BJP candidates for general elections on March 25 in all the constituencies of the state to press our demands.”

The Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union and Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association have decided to boycott examinations which have been scheduled to commence from April 2.

“The delay in giving salaries to teachers has become an annual feature in the state. The government has not yet allotted the required budget for the salaries. A permanent solution should be found out at the earliest, else we will oppose candidates of the ruling alliance,” said Jaipal.



Officials find fault with overbridge design
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
A newly-constructed foot over bridge (FOB) at the railway station is in the midst of a controversy over its poor design. During a recent visit by senior railway officials, they raised objections over the design of the FOB. Chief commercial manager (Claims) M Mishra visited the railway station on Saturday and inspected various areas of the station.

While inspecting Platform No. 1, Mishra pointed towards the poor design of the foot over bridge.

Following this, he asked the station authorities how passengers and visitors approached the platform.

The railway authorities had completed the foot over bridge last month.

Two foot over bridges are already set up at the railway station, but none of them provides connectivity with all the platforms.

The existing bridges are narrow and don’t accommodate passengers coming from the Clock Tower side.

While constructing the new foot over bridge, the railway authorities claimed that the new bridge would be connected with all the platforms and both the entry points.

However, even after completion of the work, the employees union stated that the bridge still did not connect with Platform No. 1. Moreover, the authorities shut down the entrance of the old bridge from Platform No. 1.

Now, passengers have to take a long route - from outside the station to visit other platforms.

“The railway authorities took several years to construct the bridge but failed to connect it to the other platforms. This is poor planning and management on the part of the officials,” said a porter.

Meanwhile, station superintendent Ravinder Sharma, said, “Senior officials raised the objection regarding the design of the foot over bridge. There are some technical complications on Platform No. 1. We will make some alternative arrangements to accommodate the passengers on Platform No. 1.”



Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla was celebrated at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School. The event was organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study circle. Different competitions and games such as dastar bandhi, chatti race, tug of war, lemon and spoon race, musical chair and hungry lion were organised on the occasion. Children also enjoyed elephant ride organised exclusively for them. Two students of Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School, Ekjot Kaur and Baldeep Singh of Class XII, were rewarded for their all round performance in the session 2013-14. Principal Ranjit Kaur was also honoured with siropa.

Farewell party

Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, organised a farewell party for the outgoing students of Class X on the school premises. Students of Class IX presented a cultural extravaganza. Students of Class X were given compliments and gifts. The programme began with welcome speech by Deexa Gautam and students of Class X were given mementoes. A dance performance was presented by girls of Class IX. Seniors also walked down the ramp on the occasion.

Welcome party for Montessori wing

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a welcome party for the Montessori wing. Various fun-filled activities were organised to treat the gathering. Ayush (nursery) was crowned Mr Fresher and Lavanya was crowned Miss Fresher. Satveer of Mont-II grabbed the title of cute smile, the title of Miss Elegant went to Harleen of Mont-II and Mr Handsome went to Rajveer Singh of Mont I. Director S Verma and principal Suman Arora welcomed the guests and president of the school Balraj Bhasin welcomed the entrants.

Annual day

The kids at the Olive Kid Preschool celebrated second annual day at the Ishmeet Singh Institute of Music on Sunday. The show was inaugurated by Sunny Bhalla, counselor, and other dignitaries such as Amarjit Singh, chairman Urmila Devi Medical College, among others. Over 200 parents attended the function. The theme for the function was ‘Fairytales’ and the kids enthralled the audience by putting up colourful performances based on stories such as Cinderalla and The Red Riding Hood. Manju Ahluwalia, principal, The Olive Kid, said, “It is vital for the parents to read more and more fairytales to their children in order to widen the horizon of their imagination.”

Students visit church

Students from Montessori I to Class IV of Ryan International School, Dugri, visited a church in Sarabha Nagar near Kipps Market. Students were apprised of the life of Jesus Christ. — TNS



GGNIVS trip to Amritsar

Staff and students of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) organised a one-day trip to Amritsar. As many as 40 students pursuing different graduate and postgraduate courses in Management and Information Technology, accompanied by three faculty members visited the Golden Temple, the Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border.

Recruitment drive at RIMT

A joint campus placement drive was conducted by Tata Teleservices at RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, for MBA with an aim to recruit senior executives. Three students were recruited from RIMT with a package of Rs 3 lakh per annum. The company officials addressed students and provided them with company information, profile and selection process.

Anti-Women Harassment Cell

A seminar was organised by the Anti-Women Harrassment Cell of the Devki Devi Jam Memorial College for Women on the topic ‘Sexual Harrassment of Women: Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal’. The lecture was delivered by Neelam Nayyar, associate professor in English. — TNS



Vespa S launched

Pioneer Vespa announced the launch of the sporty new Vespa S in the presence of their customers on Wednesday. Vespa Ishwar Das, managing director, director Aman Garg and Hersohena Garg thanked their customers for showing interest in Vespa. The Vespa S signifies the Vespa culture and reinforces the mark made by the Italian brand in India. The introduction of the Vespa S, with its sporty style and design, strengthens Piaggio’s position in the premium scooter segment that the group has successfully created in the Indian market.

Volvo Lounge

Swedish luxury car-maker Volvo Auto India launched its first exclusive Lounge and also showcased the much awaited new generation S80 on Wednesday. The Lounge is located at the entry of the departure concourse next to the information desk. Spread over an area of 925 sq ft, it has a true Scandinavian luxury experience. It focuses on the discerning travelers, helping them relax before boarding a flight and at the same time informing the customers about the pioneering concepts designed at Volvo Cars. The Lounge comes with exclusive Volvo retail experience (VRE). Volvo carlines would be on public display at the lounge entrance, accessible for all the travelers. However, the entry into the Lounge would be only by invitation. Platinum and gold cards are for Volvo customers and VIP guests. — TNS



Cultural events bring Ectopia ’14 to a close
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
A series of cultural performances marked the concluding day of ‘Ectopia-2014’ held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The day commenced with segments, including solo songs, group songs, antakshari, ad-fads and skits. In the ad-fads segment, the students conceptualised and enacted an advertisement based on a humorous concept of product/services.

The first position in ad-fads was bagged by the 2010 batch, second by the 2009 batch and third by the 2013 batch.

The antakshari saw five teams contending for the top honours.

The 2013 batch remained ahead of other batches, while the 2009 batch came second.

On Tuesday, the students witnessed a thrilling performance by rock band — Chronic Rreignn. The band’s high-energy performance included genres such as pop, rock, country and funk.

The students also participated in karaoke, duet dance, solo dance, choreography and rock band performances. The participants highlighted important social issues in the choreography segment.

The winners of the events held today are as follows: Solo Songs


First prize: Sheena (2009 batch). Second prize: Divanshi (2011 batch). Third prize: Navjot (2013 batch).


First prize: Rishu (2009 batch). Second prize: Chandeep (2010 batch). Third prize: Nilanshu (2010 batch).

Group Songs

First prize: 2010 batch.

Second prize: 2012 batch

Duet Songs

First prize: Jishu and Rishu (2009 batch).

Second prize: Shreya and Prabhleen (2012 batch).



Support candidates of Third Front, say CPI (M) leaders
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 19
Accusing the successive governments of ignoring the interests of the masses, the office-bearers and activists of various leftist outfits called upon the residents to support candidates launched by the Third Front.

CPI (M) candidate for the Ludhiana constituency in Lok Sabha Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon, district secretary Amarjit Singh Mattu, Baldev Singh Lalata, Sikandar Jartoli and Gurdev Singh Bhoombla addressing gatherings at Hargobindpur Mini Chhapar, Dhulkot, Juarahan, Kalakh and Jartoli villages.

The leaders alleged that the defective policies of the successive governments had widened the gap between the poor and rich in society.

“Due to unemployment, price rise and corruption, the common man has been forced to live a life below dignity. Medical treatment and education has gone out of the reach of the masses,” they added.



25 RTI applications disposed of
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
As many as 25 applications filed under the Right to Information Act with the Municipal Corporation were today disposed of by the commissioner, State Information Commission. While disposing of the applications, the commissioner, Parveen Kumar, directed the civic body to provide further information to the applicants within three weeks.

Kumar said, “I received 50 cases related to various departments of the MC.”

“The hearings of 25 cases were carried out yesterday. All the applications were disposed of. As far as the remaining 25 cases are concerned, I have directed the MC to provide information within three weeks. If required, the next hearing will be conducted by me after the elections,” he added.

Asked whether the delay was due to the “negligence” on the part of the MC officials, the commissioner said, “My duty is to ensure that the delay is not deliberate so as to hide information."



Prize distribution at Khalsa college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, felicitated its achievers during the annual prize distribution function on the college campus. Dr Naval Kishore, Dean College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, graced the occasion as chief guest.

The function was attended by a large number of guests comprising Harpreet Dua (Senator and Member of the Syndicate, PU, Chandigarh), former college principals, veteran academicians, members of the college governing body and parents of students.

Welcoming the chief guest, principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman read out the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of students and the faculty.



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