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No check on illegal slaughter
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Hundreds of vendors and meat shops in the city are doing business illegally. There is virtually no check on illegal slaughtering. While the District Health Department has issued licences to just about six meat shops, the rest are being run illegally.

The civic body has issued just about 137 challans to those running meat shops illegally in the past two years. A majority of them had been issued in the past two months after an RTI application was filed by a local resident, seeking details about the number of challans issued by the authorities.

Replying to an RTI application filed by Ravi Sharma, a local resident, the civic body stated 44 such challans had been issued in Zone A, 22 in Zone B, 48 in Zone C and 23 in Zone D from April 1, 2011, to February 18, 2014.

Illegal slaughtering continues along Budha Nullah. The owner of an unregistered meat shop located near Chander Nagar when asked if he got animals stamped from the slaughter house of the Municipal Corporation, he said; "For getting a goat checked at the MC slaughter house, we need to shell out about Rs 200 per animal. We have to take it in a vehicle, get it checked and bring it back to the shop. We have our own market here and people bring goats from the nearby areas and we slaughter them at the shop".

The District Health Authorities have issued licences to fewer than 10 shops in the city while the others are yet to get these as their files are "under process". The delay is attributed to the "staff-crunch".

Ironically, none of the meat shop owners fulfil the prescribed norms laid down by the Central Government to claim subsidy. The Central Government had initiated a scheme to provide subsidy up to 50 per cent to upgrade meat shops but not a single meat-shop owner fulfils the prescribed norms.

At the MC slaughter house in Haibowal, it is mandatory for each meat-shop owner in the city to get his goats/chickens tested before slaughtering. It is a sorry state of affairs that not a single meat-shop owner brings chickens for testing and only a few goats are tested at the slaughter house. "None of them brings chickens for testing at the slaughter house," said Dr YP Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer of the MC.

Only 10 shops registered

The district health authorities have issued licences to fewer than 10 shops in the city while the others are yet to get these as their cases are "under process". The delay is attributed to the "staff-crunch".


Relatives seek arrests in ‘honour killing’ case
Tribune News Service

Gagandeep, the victimLudhiana, March 20
The relatives of 23-year-old Gagandeep Singh, who was allegedly killed for honour, have given 24-hour time to the police for the arrest of all persons, including BJP leader and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma and his four associates, who have been booked in the case.

While showing the letters claimed to have been written by Sharma's daughter, Rashem Singh Natt, the victim's brother, said the duo (Gagandeep and Sharma's daughter) were planning to solemnise a court marriage within two days. Rashem Singh claimed Sharma got a whiff of their marriage plans and got Gagandeep killed.

Rashem Singh alleged the goons hired by Sharma had threatened the victim's family and tried to assault them as well. He flayed the Government Railway Police (GRP) for marking an inquiry into the matter. He said the inquiry had been ordered to help RD Sharma get clean chit in the case.

If the police do not arrest the persons booked in the case within a day, then, he along with his supporters, will hold a protest, said Rashem.

Gagandeep's body was found near the railway track in the Salem Tabri area on March 17. The victim's brother, Rashem had lodged a complaint, alleging that Gagandeep Natt was killed at Sharma's behest as the latter was opposed to his daughter's relations with the victim.

Meanwhile, Sharma termed the allegations of a relationship between his daughter and the victim as baseless. He said it was a political conspiracy to malign his image and he would come out clean in the probe.



Once friends, now bitter foes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Deputy Mayor RD SharmaLudhiana, March 20
Deputy Mayor RD Sharma and Rashem Singh Natt, who are at loggerheads over the alleged killing of the latter's brother for honour, had shared close ties a few years ago.

It is learnt Sharma had helped Gagandeep and his brother Rashem Singh Natt when the duo was booked for killing a 27-year-old goldsmith, Jatinder Karwal, a resident of Laxmi Puri in Salem Tabri, on October 2011.

Sources said Gagandeep and Rashem became his associates and started working for him after coming out of jail on bail. Sources said Gagandeep managed to come close to Sharma's daughter, the theory Sharma has vehemently denied.

Source said after getting the support of the BJP leader, Rashem Singh stepped up his illegal activities. Sharma was aware that Rashem had a criminal record. He was also involved in the Arya College shooting in which a student was injured critically in 2009.

Police sources said he was also involved in the shootout at SD Kamla Lotia College in August 2011. He created a ruckus at Arya College and was at loggerheads with the college authorities. A self-proclaimed president of the student union, which never existed, he burnt the effigy of the college principal after the latter denied him admission to the college.

Sources said Sharma used the Natt brothers to achieve his political goals and parted ways with them after he became the deputy mayor. The Natt brothers soon affiliated themselves with other leaders who used the duo to settle their political scores with Sharma.

Turning point

Sources said the deputy mayor had helped Gagandeep and his brother Rashem Singh Natt when the duo was booked for killing a goldsmith, Jatinder Karwal in October 2011. Gagandeep and Rashem started working for him after coming out of jail on bail.



IT raids on developer’s office, home
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The Income Tax Department today conducted raids on the registered office of Deepak Builders at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and also at the residence of the owner of the company.

The raids were conducted under the supervision of Sanjeev Kaushal, Joint Director of Income Tax (Investigation Wing). Teams from Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala participated in the raids.

Incrementing documents, including property papers, were seized. The raid revealed three bank lockers, cash and other property-related investments of the company. The raids, which started early morning, were going on till the filing of the report.



Badal’s rally causes traffic chaos

Ludhiana, March 20
Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal's rally in support of Manpreet Singh Ayali, SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana constituency, at Dana Mandi, near Arora Palace, led to traffic chaos today.

At 12 noon, when roads leading to Dana Mandi started witnessing heavy rush, the level crossing was closed as a train was about to pass. It was chaos when the crossing was opened. Maninder Singh, a businessman, said: "Political parties should hold rallies at such places where the public is not inconvenienced. It took me about 20 minutes to steer clear of this massive jam." Commuters again faced the same problem when the CM’s cavalcade passed after the rally. — TNS



enforcement staff on security duty
HC asks for MC explanation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Taking serious notice of the allegations levelled by Right to Information (RTI) activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira in his civil writ petition 4977 of 2014, the High Court has directed the Punjab Government, Principal Secretary, Local Government and Home Affairs, and the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to explain the deployment of enforcement staff on security of eminent persons from other states and allotment of vehicles to persons, who have nothing to do with the MC affairs.

Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has asked the respondents to file a status report with regards to the allegations made in the petition filed by Khaira. They have also been asked to file a report as to whether the security provided was available as per the existing policy of the state government and if no reason thereof, then as to why it has not been withdrawn.

The orders further read if there was any specific threat perception qua any individual case mentioned in this petition, then the details of the same may be submitted in a sealed cover for the perusal of the court.

The court has also sought explanation as to under what circumstances official vehicles have been provided to persons who are not even occupying any post at present or are not entitled to these.

The petitioner has stated the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was misusing the enforcement staff as well its vehicles. According to information procured under the RTI by him, 15 members of enforcement staff of MC Ludhiana were deployed for security of prominent persons/political personalities.

The petitioner said three police officials had been deployed on security of former mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura. The present mayor had been provided five gunmen against his entitlement to three. He referred to an order of September 21, 2011, vide which the Commissioner of the MC, on the verbal orders of the Director, Local Bodies, had allocated a vehicle each to Vijay Yanav, Raj Kumar Atikai and DP Khosla, who were chairpersons of three corporations/boards and had nothing to do with the MC affairs. The vehicles had been given to them along with the LOP (Lubricants, oil and petrol) facility. The petitioner also alleged that the mayor had a pilot vehicle in his security cover.



Ludhiana votes 2014
Bains’ complaint to CEC against top cop stirs poll pot
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Independent candidate Simarjeet Bains's complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for shifting the Commissioner of Police (CP) on the ground that the top cop was favouring the ruling party in the run-up to the elections was an old rancor.

Police sources said Bains was angry as the Commissioner of Police had on several occasions refused to get the work done as per the leader's wishes.

The sources said as long as Bains brothers were the allies of the ruling SAD-BJP regime, all complaints of the residents of Shimlapuri and the surrounding areas (pertaining to the police department) were being addressed on a priority basis.

But fissures appeared after Paramjit Singh Gill was reinstated as the Police Commissioner of the city.

According to sources: “Several letters with the reference of Bains are lying unattended with the Police Department and complainants were told to approach straight to the police.”

Sources in the office of the Commissioner of Police said Bains brothers were sharing a rather uneasy tie with the top cop.

The state of affairs deteriorated further after the Bains brother parted ways with the ruling alliance and Simarjeet Bains decided to contest as an independent candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Getting the work done from government offices has been a winning formula for the Bains brother and the SAD-BJP will try its best to end their influence. Bains has targeted the Police Commissioner (writing a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner accusing the police of favouring the ruling party) to send a strong message to the lower rung cops so that the leader should not face any hiccups,” said Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema.

Despite repeated attempts, Simarjeet Bains could not be contacted.

The controversy

The incident took place on March 16 when a flying squad team, headed by an executive magistrate, nabbed six persons, including two relatives of Simarjeet Singh Bains, for forcibly pasting stickers on vehicles. Those arrested have been identified as Jagmeet Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Inminder Singh Brar, Amanpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh Kalsi and Rahul Tiwari. They have been booked under Sections 341, 506, 188, 148 and 149 of the IPC and sent to the Central Jail for seven days as a preventive measure. The police said they were following the Election Commission's guidelines.

Simarjeet Singh BainsAllegations against Bains

Simarjeet Singh Bains said he, along with his supporters, was holding a peaceful protest outside the Sarabha Nagar police station following the arrest of his six supporters. Bains said while he was holding protest his supporters were thrashed by goons owing allegiance to SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali. The hooligans pelted stones and damaged his vehicles, said Bains, adding ADCP-II Kehar Singh and ADCP-III Satvir Atwal watched the entire episode like a mute spectator.

— Paramjit Singh Gill, Commissioner of Policeofficialspeak

My job is to strictly implement the Election Commission guidelines and conduct fair elections. Busting crime and maintaining law and order is my priority. We are impartial and whosoever will try to violate Section 144 of the CrPC will be dealt with strictly.

— Paramjit Singh Gill, Commissioner of Police



Phoolka visits villages, interacts with farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
HS Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, today visited several villages around Ludhiana to share Arvind Kejriwal’s newest step for the interest of small and marginal farmers.

He visited Sangowal, Jaspal Bangar, Nat, Dharor, Umedpur, Tibba, Bhagwanpura, Silon Kalla, Silon Khurd and Paddi villages.

Phoolka said: “Small and marginal farmers of Punjab have been suffering for the past many years with no respite. The setting up of the agriculture commission by the AAP and the fixing of MSP for 25 crops, including most of the food grains and pulses, will ensure sustainability to the small and marginal farmers and prevent the phenomenon of farmers’ suicides.”

Belonging to an agricultural family himself, Phoolka said: “My family understands this issue. The party is deeply concerned about this problem and will feverishly work on concrete and timely steps for the welfare of the farmers.”

Phoolka expressed regret at the sorry state of small farmers whose concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

He said the unofficial number of farmers’ suicides in 20 years in Punjab was around 50,000. The government had never allowed for a special survey on this crucial issue because the figures would have a damaging impact on the government’s claim of an “Agriculture Supporting Government”.

A large number of farmers discussed their issues with Phoolka. They expressed happiness over Kejriwal’s thoughtful step for the farmers of Punjab. The response of youths, senior citizens and women was overwhelming.



Amarnath Yatra
Staff crunch hits issuing of health certificates
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
People visiting the Civil Hospital for their free medical check-up and for getting health certificates for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra are facing a tough time. It is mandatory to attach a health certificate while seeking registration for the yatra and the Civil Hospital is the only institution authorised to issue the certificates.

The already short-staffed Civil Hospital is unable to bear the rush of the people coming here for getting their health certificates.

The hospital has failed to deploy extra staff for the purpose. The people coming here for getting their certificates are examined in the regular Out Patient Department (OPD), which is causing inconvenience to both patients and those seeking certificates.

“We are already short of staff and above this the hospital has been authorised to issue heath certificates. It has become difficult for the doctors to cater to the huge rush of certificate seekers and our regular OPD services are also getting affected,” said Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer.

Santosh Kumar, a visitor to the Civil Hospital, said he had been waiting for hours to get his certificate as he had to apply for the registration of the Amarnath Yatra.

“No special doctors have been assigned the duty and there is total chaos at the OPD. This work should have been dealt with separately by the hospital authorities to avoid rush,” said Kumar.

Protest outside Civil Hospital

The Active Action Corruption Group on Thursday protested outside the Civil Hospital after a doctor allegedly misbehaved with a person who came for medical examination and for getting health certificate. The protesters raised slogans outside the hospital. The Civil Surgeon reached the spot and pacified the protesters. “The Civil Surgeon suggested to us to appoint two doctors from 12 pm to 3 pm exclusively for conducting medical examinations so that nobody suffers,” said SMO RK Karkara.

Health certificate compulsory

The applicant is required to submit the compulsory health certificate while seeking registration for the yatra. Health certificates issued by a doctor or a medical institute authorised by the state government/UT Administration concerned will be valid for the registration. Health certificates issued after February 1, 2014, would also be valid.



Infrastructure: PSEB to inspect schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will verify the status of associated schools who own less than 200 square yards of land. There are 27 schools in the district that are associated with the board and raised an objection against the move of the PSEB to close these schools.

The PSEB had ordered to close down more than 800 associated schools in 2013. However, the 27 schools in the district claimed that they fulfilled the conditions set by the PSEB. The schools wrote to the PSEB to verify the same.

Now, the officials of the PSEB book depot will conduct an inspection of these schools.

Baljinder Singh, depot manager, Ludhiana, said, “I have received the directions from the head office to conduct an inspection of these schools to verify the facts. Along with my normal duties in the Ludhiana district, I have an additional charge of the Moga district. Due to overburden of work, I could not visit these schools earlier. I will try to verify this in the coming few days."

The managements of the concerned private schools want that the PSEB should submit the report before the beginning of new admissions in schools.

“We are concerned with new admissions. The owners of these schools are in a fix about the decision of the PSEB. We will be helpless if the Board does not respond to our objections before the new admissions,” said a principal of an associated school.



‘Khushwant’s death has left a void in literary circles’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The demise of Khushwant Singh, one of the most eminent and prolific writers of the country, has saddened his fans and followers. Poet Surjit Patar said he was a lively and daring person and lived a fruitful life. He never shied away from speaking the truth, even about himself. He was one of the rare writers. The ability to laugh on self made him more endearing.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said wherever Khushwant Singh remained, he had the concern for Punjab, its issues, heritage, youth and communities. He recalled his visit to the city during the inauguration of the Museum of Cultural History of Punjab at the PAU in 1974.

“We went especially to meet him. I remember two things he said. One must cultivate a hobby, be it dance, music, writing or reading. Hobbies set the person apart from others. The other thing he said was that one must have the knowledge of past and present. He said this was the reason behind writing the history of Sikhs,” Gurbhajan Singh said.

“He was one of the most prolific writers. He was a repository of knowledge and experience,” said GS Dua from the GGNIMT.

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of the Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, this is the end of an era and his death had created a void which would never be filled.

KK Bawa, chairman of the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch, Punjab, also expressed grief over the demise of the writer.

“I am the fan of his writing and have been reading his columns avidly," said Preeti, a student.



Society is still patriarchal: Prof
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
A talk show on ‘Women’s Empowerment’ was organised at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. Faculty members of various departments and students of the university attended the event and participated in the interactive session, organised by University Counselling and Placement Guidance Cell (UCPGC).

Dr Rajesh Gill, Professor of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on the issue.

Dr Gill observed that although the Punjab state was developed agriculturally and industrially, the Punjabi society was still patriarchal in nature.

Female foeticide had become a tradition in the state, she said while expressing concern over rising violence against women and lack of safety and security for them.

"Earlier, it was thought that a woman was safe within the four-walls of her home, but it is no longer true," she said. Dr Gill said women were victims of emotional, economic and physical violence.



PAU society elects office-bearers

Ludhiana, March 20
The general body meeting of the Society of Economics and Development elected its office-bearers today. The meeting was held at the Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University.

Dr MS Toor was elected as the president while Dr DK Grover, Dr AK Chauhan, Dr Narinderpal Singh and Dr Simran K Sidhu were elected as vice presidents. Dr Parminder Kaur, Dr Mini Goyal and Taptej Singh were elected as general secretary, finance secretary and joint secretary, respectively.

In the editorial board, Dr SS Chahal was elected as chief editor, Dr Poonam Kataria and Dr SS Chhina (founder president) as editors. Besides, Dr Inderpal Singh, Dr IP Singh, Dr JL Sharma, Dr Ravinderpal Singh Gill, Dr AK Vasisht, Dr Gian Singh, Dr YC Singh, Dr Pratibha Goyal, Dr Seema Bathla, Dr Shalini Sharma, Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Rohit Singla were elected as members. — TNS



ECTOPIA-2014: 2009 batch emerge overall winners
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The cultural festival, ‘ECTOPIA- 2014’, concluded at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) last evening. The closing ceremony included a prize distribution function along with performances by the participants.

Undergraduate medical students of 2009 batch were declared overall winners for their excellent performances in various cultural activities of the two-day festival. Batch 2010 was declared second and batch 2012 stood third.

The winners of different competitions were honoured by the guests of honour, including vice president of the DMCH Managing Society, Gian Chand Dhawan, member Balraj, Principal Dr Daljit Singh, vice principal Dr Sandeep Puri, Dean Academics Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and additional medical superintendent Sandeep Sharma.

Vice principal and chairperson of the DMCH Cultural Committee, Dr Sandeep Puri, appreciated the enthusiasm of the students with which they took part in various contests and also lauded the efforts of the members of the DMCH Cultural Committee.

Vibhushit of batch 2009 was declared 'Mr Ectopia' for his award-winning performances and the title of ‘Ms Ectopia’ was given to Jasgun Aulakh of batch 2010.

A special fashion show saw several aspiring doctors walking down the ramp. The major crowd-puller of the evening was the group dance contest in which medical students left the audience spellbound with their electrifying performance based on foot-tapping folk and Bollywood numbers.



Schools flout norms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Some local schools have been flouting the rules of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) for conducting examinations. As per the directions of the PSEB, the schools are supposed to conduct board examinations on the ground floor.

But some city schools have been running examination centres on the first and second floor because of inadequate infrastructure.

According to activists of Anti-Copying Teachers Front, the examination centres are being run on the first floor at several private schools in the city. There are some government schools where students of open schools have been taking examinations on the second floor.

There are clear instructions from the PSEB that examination centres should be set up on the ground floor. The Board took this decision to curb the menace of copying as schools used to use the "alert system" to inform the invigilators and students on the first and second floor.

Sukhdarshan Singh, president, Anti-Copying Teachers Front, said, "When flying squad teams conduct search on the ground floor, the invigilators on second floor receive information and they alert the students involved in cheating. We have complained to the District Education Officer and higher officials of Punjab School Education Board. But no action has been taken in this regard.”

District Education Officer Paramjeet Kaur said, "It is true that schools are violating the norms of PSEB but we are helpless. If we take action against these schools and cancel such centres, then we don't have alternative places to conduct examinations.”



Brick-kiln workers hold protest
Demand hike in wages, implementation of labour laws
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Brick-kiln workers led by the Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union staged a district-level protest at Chatar Singh Park here today. The workers urged the Labour Commissioner to implement the labour laws and increase their wages.

The labourers raised anti-government slogans and held a rally from Chattar Singh Park to the Labour Commission Office, Gill Road.

Speaking on the occasion, Parkash Singh Hisowal, general secretary, Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union, said anti-labourer policies of the Akali-BJP government pushed the brick-kiln workers in deep financial crisis. Brick-kilns workers got only three months’ employment in one year as brick-kilns remain closed for more than nine months in a year.

Tarsem Singh Jodhan, another speaker, said: “The policies of the Akali-BJP government and the UPA-led Centre government are same. Labourers working at brick-kilns in the state are unable to provide education to their children. Brick-kiln owners pay them marginal salaries. We demand a hike in the daily wages of brick-kiln labourers”.

The union also demanded to eliminate the contractual system at brick-kilns.

Jatinder Pal Singh, district president of the union, said the union had been struggling to eliminate the contractual system at brick-kilns. The hike in sand prices has hit the construction sector badly.



Committee members gherao electricity office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Members of the Teja Singh Sutantar Muhalla Sudhar Committee gheraoed the office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Kitchlu Nagar, to protest against the problems of residents of the areas, including Chand Colony, Mehar Singh Nagar, Haibowal Khurd, Dairy Complex B Block.

Randhir Singh, secretary of the organisation, said the department had been discriminating with these areas. Rather, the department was giving addressing the problems of the nearby posh areas first.

The members of the committee said the areas inhabited by relatively low income group are being neglected.

Rajinder, another resident of the area, said electricity supply to the areas was irregular and they had to face a lot of difficulty.

Chief engineer Rashpal Singh said steps were already underway to provide proper electricity to these areas.

Electricity poles were installed and workers of the power corporation were already working. The work would be completed in 3-4 days, Rashpal Singh said.



100 participate in bench-press contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
A bench-press competition was held at Prime Bodies Health Club, Shastri Nagar, yesterday. Around 100 members of the club participated in the competition under the guidance of their coach Nishchay Sachdeva.

In the 85kg and above category, Gaurav Chaudhary won the first prize by lifting 137.5kg weight; Sahil Luthra won the second prize by lifting 120kg weight; while Sunny and Arvinder won the third position by lifting 110kg weight.

In the 80 to 85-kg category, Arjun and Ajit won the first prize by lifting 125kg weight. Onkar won the second prize by lifting 110kg weight, while Rupam won the third prize by lifting 100kg weight.

In the 75 to 80-kg category, Rajan won the first prize by lifting 110kg weight; Paramjit won the second prize by lifting 100kg weight; and Chetan won the third prize by lifting 90kg weight.

In the 70 to 75-kg 
weight category, Bablu won the first prize by lifting 117.5kg weight; Mani won the second prize by lifting 115kg weight; while Goldy won the third prize by lifting 110kg weight.

In the 65 to 70-kg category, Krishan won the first prize by lifting 90kg weight; Arun won the second prize by lifting 80kg weight; and Manish Goyal won the third prize by lifting 75kg weight.

In the 60 to 65-kg category, Anubhav won the first prize by lifting 82.5kg weight; Gurmeet won the second prize by lifting 75kg weight; and Harman won the third prize by lifting 70kg weight.

In below 60-kg category, Asneh won the first prize; Sunil won the second prize; and Raghav won the third prize.

Coach Nishchay Sachdeva lifted 145kg weight to motivate the members of the club.



Week-long management programme concludes

Gulzar Group of Institutes conducted a week-long management development programme from March 11-18 on the institute premises in collaboration with MSME-DI, Ludhiana.

At the inaugural session, chief guest Ashok Kumar (assistant director, MSME-DI) discussed various aspects and opportunities of entrepreneurship and marketing available to management students. Around 100 students from different trades of engineering and management participated and got certificates from MSME-DI.

Farewell party at MTSMC

The junior students gave a warm send off to their seniors of the Department of Commerce and Department of Computer of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women. The programme included dance and music performances along with modelling. College principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla was the chief guest of the occasion. Swaran Singh (president, college managing committee) and Kanwalinder Singh (secretary) were also present on the occasion.

Convocation on March 23

The 57th Annual Convocation of Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, will be held on March 23. As many as 248 B Ed and 34 M Ed students will be awarded degrees. Professor Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, will deliver the convocation address to the degree holders. More than 90 prizes and 10 medals will be given to students for their achievements in various subjects.

Prize distribution function

Students of Arya College were given awards for excellence in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities during the annual prize distribution function held at Bharti Auditorium of the college. Prof Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest at the function. Principal of the college, Dr RC Tejpal, welcomed him and highlighted the achievements of students during the session 2013-14. The chief guest congratulated the students for their achievements and encouraged them.

Annual function

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, today felicitated its achievers at the annual prize distribution function held on the college campus. Dr Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was attended by a large number of guests, including Harpreet Dua (Senator and member of Syndicate, PU), former college principals, veteran academicians, members of the college governing body and parents of the students. Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman read out the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of the students and the faculty.

Cash award

A cash prize of Rs 1 lakh was presented by the SGPC, Sri Amritsar, to Rupinder Kaur, a student of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, for her excellent performance in boxing competitions. While presenting the cheque, college principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana said the SGPC, Sri Amritsar, always boosts the morale of its students by giving them cash prizes or scholarships. Rupinder Kaur has represented the college at the international level and has won several prizes. She had won gold and silver medals in the National Women’s Boxing Championship, inter-college women’s boxing, junior boxing championship and 9th Khalsai Games. A boxing wing will to made on college premises. — TNS



2 test positive for swine flu

Two more patients have been detected with swine flu. Both the patients are women from Jalandhar and Ludhiana admitted at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital. There have been four positive cases from the Ludhiana district till now.

World Sparrow Day observed

Rotary Club, Greater Ludhiana, in association with Cape-India celebrated the World Sparrow Day here on Thursday. A DVD was released by Dr PD Juyal, who is a registrar of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Husbandry University. The DVD carries an interview of Dr Sandeep Jain, given on DD Punjabi, on saving house sparrows. Dr jain elaborated that modern architecture is responsible for the loss of habitat of house sparrows. Agrochemicals and pesticides also destroy the worms which are eaten by babies of sparrows, he said. After this, bougainvillea plantation was done at a park opposite Mahavir Bhawan by the members of the club.


The members of Punjabi Sahit Academy have expressed sorrow over the demise of its life member and novelist Shah Chaman. Prof Gurbhajan Gill, president of the academy, said Shah Chaman had contributed immensely to the Punjabi literature and had written more than two dozen books and seven novels. Besides, he had translated five books of English, Urdu and Hindi. The members of the academy said the loss was irreparable.

VRTC receives cheque

The district unit of Round Table India handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 to Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC) for construction of rooms. The cheque was handed over by Anand Gupta to Ravi of VRTC. Gupta said a blind car rally was held recently and the amount was a part of fund-raising of that event.

Congress meet

A meeting of the Congress workers was held here under the leadership of KK Bawa. He said declaring Manish Tiwari as the Congress candidate from Ludhiana was a positive step. He said in the last five years, Tiwari had done exceptionally well for Ludhiana and the party workers were eagerly waiting to receive him on March 22. — TNS



Cricket assn to hold trials on March 23
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 20
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will conduct trials to select players between the age of 13 to 15 years for the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Non-Residential Academy here on the Arya College ground on March 23 at 10 am.

The PCA started this scheme last year and 16 players each were selected for the academies run at six major cities - Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala - where they get advanced training-cum-coaching to prepare themselves for the future tournaments.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, said eight players out of the last year’s bunch of 16 boys had turned 15 and the remaining cricketers would be retained for the academy. Eight more players would be chosen on Sunday.

The aspirants are required to bring their age proof certificates while attending the trials.

“Two selectors, deputed by the PCA, former test player Pankaj Dharmani and a national level match referee Balbir Singh, besides one selector from Ludhiana, will minutely watch the boys before finalising the list to enrol the players with the Ludhiana academy,” said Chitkara.



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