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Heavyweights file nomination papers
Bains, Ayali, Bittu, Phoolka file papers; visitors to mini-secretariat inconvenienced
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The Mini-secretariat seemed to have been turned into an army cantonment today as four political heavyweight seeking Lok Sabha seat from Ludhiana filed nominations. The candidates who filed nominations were Manpreet Singh Ayali from the SAD-BJP combine, Ravneet Singh Bittu from the Congress, HS Phoolka from the Aam Aadmi Party and Simarjit Singh Bains, an Independent. Another independent candidate, Navpreet Singh Bedi, also filed his papers.

Since morning, the Mini-secretariat premises had witnessed a heavy deployment of security forces. Barricades were put up at different points between the main gate and the office of District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, where these candidates file their nomination papers.

The time for filing nominations is between 11 am and 3 pm. It was around 12:30 pm when Independent candidate Simrajeet Singh Bains, along with his supporters, reached the Mini-secretariat. He took about an hour to file his nomination papers as he forgot one of his files at home. In the meantime, SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali reached the office in his cavalcade. As Rajat Aggarwal was busy receiving Bains’ papers, Ayali had to wait for more than half an hour along with his party leaders.

Interestingly, while Ayali was waiting for his turn, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu also reached the Mini-secretariat along with his supporters who were carrying party flags. Phoolka reached there at around 2pm.

Four political heavyweights filing their nomination papers on the same day led to chaos at the Mini-secretariat. Many visitors, who had come to meet the Deputy Commissioner, had to return without getting their work done. Moreover, they had a tough time undergoing repeated frisking and questioning by security personnel at the barricades. A huge rush of supporters and workers of different political parties, barring the AAP, could be seen in the lobby of the DC Office, which further caused inconvenience to the visitors. 

3 violate poll code

District Electoral Officer-cum-DC Rajat Aggarwal said: "Three candidates violated the election code of conduct. As per the code, there should be five persons, including the candidate, at the time of filing of nominations. But Manpreet Singh Ayali, Simarjit Singh Bains and Ravneet Singh Bittu arrived there accompanied by more than 10 persons each, including their covering candidates. So, the three will be served show-cause notices. I will also write to the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, as to why the police had failed to keep a check on the entry of persons. 


Simarjeet Bains worth Rs 10.33 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The process of filing nominations peaked today with five candidates filing their nomination papers today. Now, a total of 12 candidates have filed their nominations. Of them five are covering candidates.

Tomorrow, there will be no nominations due to public holiday and April 9 is the last day for filing nominations. The time for filing nominatio papers is between 11am and 3 pm.

The assets declared by four main contestants for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, Manpreet Singh Ayali from the SAD-BJP combine, Ravneet Singh Bittu from the Congress, HS Phoolka from the Aam Aadmi Party and Simarjit Singh Bains, an Independent, are as follows.

Manpreet Singh Ayali (SAD-BJP)

Movable assets: Self Rs 2,13,23,578.25, of spouse Rs 12,98,258.00

Purchase price of self-acquired immovable assets: Rs 1,94,97,65

Development/construction cost of immovable property after purchase: Rs 2,85,000

Self-acquired assets: Rs 14,33,34,060

Inherited: Rs 2,53,59,000

Loans from banks/financial institutions and other liabilities: Rs 51,22,189.93

Simarjeet Singh Bains (Independent)

Total assets: Rs 10.33 crore

Movable: Rs 4.87 crore

Immovable: Rs 2.65 crore

Cash in hand: Rs 55,000

Bank deposits: Rs 35.45 lakh

Jewellery: Rs 240gm gold (Rs 6.24)

Vehicles: Toyota Fortuner (Rs 10 lakh), Ford Endeavour (Rs 6 lakh)

Ravneet Singh Bittu (Congress)

Total assets: Rs 2.99 crore

Movable: Rs 19 lakh

Immovable: Rs 2.80 crore

Cash in hand: Rs 3 lakh

Bank deposits: Rs 7.4 lakh

Vehicle: Maruti Esteem (Rs 86,000)

Liabilities: Rs 1.9 lakh

Jewellery: Rs 2.9 lakh

HS Phoolka (AAP)

Total assets: Rs 5.68 crore

Movable: Rs 1.18 crore

Immovable: Rs 4.5 crore

Cash in hand: Rs 50,000

Bank deposits: Rs 33 lakh

Jewellery: Rs 1 lakh

Vehicles: Mercedes Benz (Rs 12 lakh), Innova (Rs 6 lakh)

Liabilities: Rs 25 lakh

Property: Farm land (Rs 80 lakh), non-agricultural land (Rs 1.5 crore), and residential property Rs 2.2 crore.



MC warns contractors against delay
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Municipal Corporation Commissioner Shruti Singh has asked the officials concerned to issue show-cause notices to almost all contractors, who are carrying out different development works in the city, for delaying completion of projects. Besides, the contractors will have to pay a penalty of 1 per cent of the cost of the project for the one-month delay.

Shruti Singh held a meeting with the officials today. The Additional Commissioner, Dr Sumit Jarangal, said it was a review meeting. Except for one or two contractors, the progress of works of almost all contractors is behind schedule. "For the convenience of the public, they have to meet the deadline or face the music," said Dr Jarangal.

At present, around 10 contractors are executing development projects across Ludhiana. A majority of these projects include construction of both major and link roads. Contractor Narinder Kumar is taking care of 16 works worth Rs 12.49 crore, Shiva Constructions is working on 31 projects worth Rs 8.62 crore, Sunil Kumar has been awarded 22 projects worth Rs 6.68 crore, SK Constructions is taking care of 16 works worth Rs 4.47 crore and Rajesh Kumar Sood has been awarded six works worth Rs 3.78 crore. Apex Developers and Shivam Constructions have been awarded 10 works each worth Rs 3.48 crore and Rs 3.38 crore respectively. Das Builders are taking care of 12 works worth Rs 3.34 crore. While Ceagal is taking care of four major projects with the cost of about Rs 47 crore.

Dr Jarangal said: "The contractors need to complete the projects in the stipulated time or else they will have to pay penalties." 



INIFDians elect Modi Political Style Icon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) was abuzz with polling activities as enthusiastic students voted to elect the Best Dressed Politician in the male and female categories.

The INIFD mini-general elections were organised on the lines of the general elections across the country during which students cast vote to elect the most stylish, well groomed and best dressed politician of India, the Political Style Icon. The local students cast ballot at specially set up polling stations on the INIFD campus where arrangements were made to keep their votes secret.

A total of 244 students cast their vote on the local INIFD campus. Rahul Gandhi was elected Well-dressed Style Icon (95 votes), followed by Narendra Modi with 84 votes. Kirron Kher took lead in the female category with 177 votes, followed by Sonia Gandhi.

The results of all INIFD centres were compiled at INIFD Corporate, Chandigarh. The total number of votes cast all across India was 4,025. Narendra Modi was elected the best Male Political Style Icon with 3,072 votes, followed by Rahul Gandhi with 322 votes. Rajiv Pratap Rudi got 293 votes, Shashi Tharoor 168 votes, Arvind Kejriwal 102 and Akhilesh Yadav polled 68 votes.

Kirron Kher has been elected female Political Style Icon with 2,281 votes, Vasundhara Raje Scindia emerging the second best with 592 votes. Sonia Gandhi polled 533 votes and Jayalalithaa got 305 votes. Priya Dutt polled 219 votes and Brinda Karat 105 votes.



Samples collected 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The Health Department today collected 24 food samples from different places. The samples were collected on the directions of Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta.

A team of the department, under the supervision of District Health Officer Avinash Kumar, collected a sample of dates from a fruit shop at Civil Lines. A sample of chilli sauce was collected from a fast food shop at Shiv Puri. Besides, the samples of soda, “rabri-falluda”, chips, ice cream and curd were also collected in the area.

A sample of “dalia” was collected from a shop at Doraha while those of curd, fruit cake, cheese, “besan” and mustard oil were collected from Khanna. A sample of snacks and chutney were also collected from Khanna.

Meanwhile, 10 persons were issued challans under the Tobacco Act for smoking in public places.



MC officials visit Buddha Nullah 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The officials of the Municipal Corporation, headed by Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal today visited Buddha Nullah to ensure that before the onset of rainy season (July/August), the nullah was properly cleaned. And to remove the silt, the Drainage Department has made an estimate of about Rs 65 lakh against last year’s estimate of Rs 58.50 lakh.

Kamlesh Bansal said four dradline machines were put up for the purpose at points near Central Jail, which is the starting point of the nullah, Kirpal Nagar pulley, near Chand Cinema and backside of Ram Sharnam. Around 25 pulleys with a stretch of 14,250 metre had to be cleaned by the Drainage Department.

“Rs 15 lakh have already been given to the department to speed up the work and another installment will be released soon. The department has been given time till June 30 to accomplish the work,” said Kamlesh Bansal adding that MC Commissioner wanted it to be cleaned before the onset of rains at any cost. 



Road caved in due to overload: Mayor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
City Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the main Kitchlu Nagar road, near Dhami Hospital, which caved in yesterday, will be repaired within 4-5 days.

Mayor, who along with the officials concerned, visited the spot said there were major two reasons for the happening.

Gohalwaria said storm sewerage was laid there, which was almost 15-20 years old.

Besides, the material with which it was covered was not strong enough to bear the huge burden, the Mayor added.

“Technically, it had to be 3-4 feet deep, firmly covered but the cover (bitumen/material) was not that strong that it could bear the load of the truck carrying almost 50 tonnes of weight,” Gohalwaria said.

The Mayor further added that the truck, carrying bricks was overloaded. When the driver tried taking a turn, the road could not bear the burden and was caved in. “The engineers have visited the site and within 4-5 days, the storm sewerage will be replaced with sewerage pipes,” Gohalwaria said.

It may be mentioned here that the particular road was caved in yesterday when the overloaded truck of bricks passed from there. Though the truck was stuck since last evening but till today afternoon, the vehicle could not be pulled-out.



Employees relieved as civic body releases salaries 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Over 5,000 employees of the Municipal Corporation (MC) heaved a sigh of relief as the civic body released their salaries for the month of March. About Rs 20 crore was released by the authorities to pay salaries to employees and officials.

Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal said the salaries could be disbursed 2-3 days earlier as the MC had funds but since the authorities wanted to release the salaries of the employees first, there was a little delay.

“We are in a comfortable financial position and there is no point to hold back the salaries of employees. We will make sure that they get the salaries well in time from now onwards,” he said.

Meanwhile, the safai sewaks, beldars and gardeners have expressed gratitude towards the civic body for releasing the salaries. “Thankfully, there was no need to hold a protest or dharna to get the salaries this time,” said a safai sewak.



82,805 administered polio drops 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The pulse polio drive today entered its second day. Children in the age group of 0-5 years are being administered polio drops. Though, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared India as a polio-free nation but still polio drops should be administered to the children to avoid its re-lapse.

District Immunisation Officer, Dr Hans said the teams today visited 1,70,294 houses and polio drops were administered to 82,805 children.



ludhiana votes 2014
Senior leaders accompany Ayali 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
BJP district unit chief Parveen Bansal drove SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali to the Mini-Secretariat for filing the latter’s nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

Ayali’s brother Harveer Singh filed papers as the covering candidate.

Earlier, Ayali, the sitting MLA from Dakha, inaugurated his election office on Gill Road. Moving to the Mini-Secretariat from there, Ayali’s cavalcade led to a traffic jam for around 15 minutes. Later, however, Ayali had to wait for more than half an hour to file his papers, as Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains, who had earlier left his files at home, was filing his nomination paper.

Poll code violation

In violation of the model code of conduct, more than five persons accompanied Ayali while he filed his nomination papers. These included SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, Political Adviser to the CM Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, MLAs Darshan Singh Shiwalik, SR Kaler and Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, former health minister Satpal Gosain, BJP district unit president Parveen Bansal, former minister and SAD district president Heera Singh Gabria and Punjab State Dalit Welfare Board chairman Vijay Danav.



Traders write to parties
Want them to clear their stand on various issues to get support
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) has asked all major political parties to make their agenda on trade and industry known before the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab to help traders and industrialists decide their favourable candidate.

In an open letter to all heads of major political parties, PPBM president Amrit Lal Jain and other office-bearers have said the economic slowdown and the government’s indifference had hit trade and industry in the state hard.

According to Jain, issues such as e-trip, annual processing fee and advance tax imposed on import of 26 items by the Excise and Taxation Department on registered dealers had slowed down the growth of commerce. He said despite several pleas made by the traders, the government had adopted an adamant attitude.

The body further asserted that single stage taxation with enhanced rate of value added tax (VAT), introduced from March 2014, was against the very spirit of VAT Act 2005 that provided multi-stage levy.

The traders’ body also raised the issues of non-availability of C-forms, fixing targets of VAT collection that lead to harassment of dealers, delay in reimbursement of capital subsidy under the Textile Policy for border areas, imposition of property tax and the burden of free power to farm sector on other categories of consumers.

Focusing on the crisis-ridden industry in Punjab, the body asserted that GDP growth had declined from 7.0 per cent in 2010-11 to 5.8 per cent in 2011-12, and was set to fall to 5.19 per cent this year. As many as 18,770 industrial units had closed down during past seven years under the present regime, stated the letter.

Jain said the business community would support those parties that came out with an agenda conducive to the growth and survival of trade and industry in the state.



Voters want booth shifted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
Residents of Mehar Singh Nagar and Chand Colony in Haibowal Khurd have complained that a large number of voters in these colonies had been shifted to polling booths number 20 and 21 that are located farther than booth number 22.

In a complaint lodged with the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Teja Singh Sutantar Mohalla Sudhar Committee has pointed out that polling booth number 22 in Saiwal Public High School was located close to their colony.

However, voters enrolled against serial numbers 391 to 1,230 (booth No. 20) and numbers 541 to 1,260 (booth No. 21) would have to cover over two kilometres to the veterinary hospital on the Haibowal Dairy Complex to vote.

The residents said the discrepancy and the consequent inconvenience that would be caused to the voters was brought to area supervisor’s notice at the time of correction of electoral rolls, but nothing was done.

The residents have sought the District Election Officer’s intervention to rectify the error and shift the voters back to booth No. 22. They said this would save the voters, especially the elderly persons and women, a lot of inconvenience.



Rally at public park irks residents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Sarabha Nagar residents are angry over garbage strewn across a public park after SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali held a rally there last evening.

The residents said they had put in a lot of efforts to maintain the park and it should not have been used by a political leader for garnering votes.

A resident said a stage was set up in the park and all the refreshments were prepared on the roadside along the park. Another resident said due to rain, the programme culminated early, but it was a sorry state of affairs in the morning.

"When I came out in the morning for a walk, garbage was scattered all around. For senior citizens like me, the park provides a healthy environment for a stroll. Politicians can use other venues for their functions and spare these well-maintained parks,” he said.

A senior municipal corporation official said he was not aware if the organisers had taken a no-objection certificate for holding the rally.

“I don’t know if some other department gave the permission,” said the official.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Rajat Aggarwal said with permission, any public place could be used for holding a function.



Bains gets late to file papers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Independent candidate Simarjeet Singh Bains filed his nomination as an Independent candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency here today.

Simarjeet Singh, who was accompanied by his brother Balwinder Singh Bains (both MLAs) and a large number of supporters, was late in reaching the Mini-Secretariat. After sitting in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s, he told the officials he had forgotten to bring a file.

Balwinder Singh filed his nomination as the covering candidate.

Simarjeet Singh said he would cleanse the system of corrupt people.

“Drug-free Punjab is our aim," he said.

Simarjeet Singh submitted an affidavit seeking permission to use his surname, Bains, on the ballot paper and other election material.

There are two cases pending against Bains in court: attempt to murder and obstructing a government official from discharging his duty.



No covering candidate for HS Phoolka
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Aam Aadmi Party candidate HS Phoolka arrived at the Mini-Secretariat to file his nomination papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls riding a bicycle.

Phoolka was accompanied by party workers and supporters, also on bicycles made at city-based units to raise concern on the state of the local cycle industry.

The AAP candidate was sans the security provided to candidates.

"We don't want public money go wasted," he said.

Phoolka, who was accompanied by his daughter Prabh Sahai Kaur, said the party had no covering candidate.

“Other parties show one person’s face and then field other candidate,” he said.

He also accused other parties of creating nuisance during roadshows and rallies.

"During our roadshows, we have traffic volunteers to ensure a smooth flow of traffic,” said Phoolka.

Before starting for the Mini-Secretariat, AAP also organised a blood donation camp at the party office to commemorate World Health Day.



Bittu arrives on grandfather’s car
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Travelling on his grandfather Beant Singh’s car, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu today went to the Mini-Secretariat to file his nomination papers.

Before leaving, Bittu said this time people should vote for him for the sake of his grandfather’s sacrifice.

“Next time I will seek votes for the work I do in the coming five years," he said.

Bittu said like other politicians, he did not make unrealistic promises of turning Ludhiana into a city on the lines of cities in the USA or Canada.

“I, however, do promise to turn the city into a Gurgaon or a Faridabad,” he said.

The sitting MP from Anandpur Sahib said there was “not a single blot on his white kurta”, unlike Badals, who he alleged had looted Punjab, sought votes in the name of religion and ruined the youth with drugs.

After the speech, Bittu along with his supporters and party workers, including MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Tej Parkash, Rakesh Pandey, Malkit Singh Dakha, KK Bawa and Surinder Dawar, walked to the Mini-Secretariat to file the nomination papers. His relatives, including his sister Apandeep Kaur, accompanied him.

After filing his papers, Bittu said he would lay emphasis on the education and health sectors. He said he would bring a PGIMER and a Central university to the city.

"I will also work towards bringing the pollution level down," he said. 



Denied ticket, Dullo stays away from campaigning
Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna, April 7
Feeling “deceived” on not getting the ticket for fighting the Lok Sabha poll from Fathegarh Sahib, former Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo is staying away from campaigning for the party candidate.

His absence is expected to cost the candidate, Sadhu Singh Dhramsot, dear as Dullo holds sway in the area.

Talking to mediapersons, SS Dullo said he was a grass-root level worker of the Congress and was promised a party ticket.

He said he was stunned when the ticket was given to another person. He said only “yes men” were favoured by the party, while other workers were being ignored.

Dullo said he was not contacted by the party candidate or any other office-bearer. He said he would decide the further course of action after a discussion with his supporters.



City holds multiple medical camps 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ludhiana, in association with Shri Guru Nanak Dev Sewa Dal organised a free multi specialty medical check-up camp at Gurudwara Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar to mark the celebration of world health day.

More than 500 patients were examined by doctors of all specialties such as medicine, surgery, pediatrics, ENT, eye and orthopedics during the camp.

Meanwhile, a free medical camp was also organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute in association with Sant Baba Fateh Singh ji welfare society at Government Senior Secondary School. Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, Dr Rohit Tandon, MD medicine, and Dr Rakendra examined around 250 patients at the camp. These camps are conducted mainly in the interior rural areas for the benefit of the poor patients who cannot avail medical care easily.

Also, the Department of Orthopaedics of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised first free check-up camp where patients registered for knee and hip replacement surgeries at highly concessional rates.

Meanwhile, Endocrinologist from DMCH Dr Manikant Singla inaugurated a free medical camp for diabetes and hypertension at Sharma Clinic in Sham Nagar in which around 350 patients were examined. Free medicines were distributed along with several free tests.



Seminars, lectures mark World Health Day 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
World health day was celebrated today across the city by various hospitals and organisations. The theme for the year was ‘Small Bite-Big Threat’. Bite of a mosquito is very small but it causes serious diseases such as malaria and dengue. Recent studies have found that malaria causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and dengue. Also, it causes economic burden on families and government.

Health Department conducted a seminar at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for boys under the supervision of civil surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) observed the day by releasing health education material. In awareness programme at DMCH, a puppet show depicting the theme of world health day was organised by students of the College of Nursing. The show was followed by lectures and brief messages by faculty from the Department of Community Medicine.

Students of the Nursing Institute of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur also celebrated the day by making posters on theme of world health day. Doctors advocated of keeping proper sanitation, proper covering of the body to protect from mosquito bites and removal of stagnated water.

Meanwhile, Hyatt Regency joined hands with Zindagi Live Foundation and organised a blood donation camp on this occasion. Urinder Singh, vice-chairman, Zindagi Live Foundation, said, “The foundation is supporting children suffering from thalassaemia, who are underprivileged and are unable to meet the means of living.”

Political parties were not left behind as Aam Aadmi Party, Ludhiana, also collaborated with Zindagi Life Foundation would organise a blood donation drive tomorrow at their office at Sarabha Nagar. The blood would be used for the treatment of 90 thalassemic children, whose parents cannot afford the treatment. HS Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Ludhiana, inaugurated the camp before filing his nomination. 

Tips to prevent malaria and dengue

* Coolers should be cleaned and dried once a week and the old mat should be replaced

* Keep your rooftops clear of containers/tyres

* Turn over all pails and water storage containers

* Spray insecticides under the tables/behind the curtains

* It is advised to wear full sleeve clothes during day time



PAU abuzz with activity
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The Punjab Agricultural University campus is abuzz with activity as the district administration has started preparations for setting up the counting centre for the Lok Sabha elections.

As during the previous polls, the counting of votes for all nine Assembly constituencies falling under the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency will take place at the farm varsity.

For the counting, on May 16, the district administration will be using the gymnasium, examination hall, Dr Sukhdev Singh Bhawan and some other buildings.

The District Electoral Officer said as it was relatively easy to maintain security on the PAU campus, this place is zeroed in each time the counting of votes took place.

ADC (Development) Isha Kalia said the electoral staff had been asked to make all necessary arrangements for setting up of the counting centre at the PAU. 



20 Thai students join city school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Manifesting the ethos of internationalism that forms the foundation of Harvest International School, a batch of 20 Thai students has recently joined the campus in Ludhiana. These students come from different parts of Thailand and have plans to continue their further studies here in India.

At the heart of the programme is the yearning to learn English. They shall be trained in the basics of English communication in the state-of-the-art language laboratory, which is the latest addition to the array of educational facilities in the school.

Apart from the academic programme, these students shall be introduced to the rich culture and heritage of Punjab, especially by a visit to the holy Golden Temple.



Agitated parents stage protest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Parents of students studying at Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhattian, staged a protest against the school authorities. The parents opposed the recent fee hike of students. They alleged that the school authorities doubled the annual fee as compared to last year. Meanwhile, the school authorities denied speaking on the issue.

The parents who were already opposing the fee hike came together and staged a protest outside the school. Rajiv Malhotra, a parent, said, “Last year, I had deposited Rs 6,000 as annual fee of my son studying in Class VI. Now, the school authorities have been demanding Rs 11,000 annual fee for admission to Class VII. This much hike is not justified.”

It is worth mentioning here that another school, Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur, has been facing the same situation. Parents had staged a protest outside the school on April 4.

Today, a group of parents met the school authorities at Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur. It is learnt that the school authorities proposed to submit the annual fee in installments and asked the needy parents to file an application for fee concession. But the parents did not admit the proposal of the school authorities.

Now, the parents of students at both the schools have asked to the school authorities to redress the issue by April 8. The parents told that they would resume the protest on April 9 if the issue was not redressed. Meanwhile, all the efforts to contact the school authorities proved futile.

Double trouble

Last year, I had deposited Rs 6,000 as annual fee of my son studying in Class VI. Now, the school authorities have been demanding Rs 11,000 annual fee for admission to Class VII. This much hike is not justified — rajiv malhotra, a parent



From colleges


PCTE signs MoU with Hyatt Regency

South East Asian, Italian, French Classic, Hors d Oeuvres, patisserie delicacies- all are on the cards. For Ludhiana, Hyatt Regency and the PCTE Group of Institutes joined hands after months of research and interaction to collaborate for offering some very exquisite courses to the city residents. Prof KN Thakur, training and development officer, Faculty of Hotel Management, who initiated the idea, said, "We worked out details over the past two months about specific courses according to the needs of the housewives, young girls and boys, cooking freaks in the city." He elaborated that it would be a certificate course, where certificates would be issued jointly by Hyatt and PCTE. Glenn Peat, general manager, Hyatt Regency, while signing a formal partnership between the two organisations informed that the Hyatt executive and chefs for each Cuisine would specifically go and train the students for these courses at the PCTE campus. He said a competition should be held at the end of each genre of course and the winners be invited to dine at Hyatt's fine dining restaurant with their family.

Career opportunities in networking

A seminar on 'career opportunities in the world of networking' was organised for MCA and BCA students at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, on Monday. Amandeep Singh, former system engineer with CISCO, was the resource person for the day. Amandeep Singh introduced the session by highlighting the growing job prospects in the field of computer networks as a result of rapid expansion of Internet. He gave facts and figures of increasing connected devices per person on earth and remarked that Internet is now termed as 'Internet of Everything'. He exhorted that year 2025 was expected to witness seven connected device per person on the earth thus, demanding more expertise in managing large and highly complex networks.

Alumni meet

University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, organised its second alumni meet on Monday. The reunion was attended by all the pass-out batches of MBA since 2009. Dr HS Gosal, director welcomed the founder faculty members of the B-School, alumni and students. Dr Ravi Inder Singh, coordinator (MBA), presented the departmental report of UBS, Ludhiana. Singh appraised the august gathering about the institute's legacy of seamless academic excellence. He briefed that since its inception, the students of the B- School had been bagging top positions in Panjab University MBA examinations, common with UBS-Chandigarh. Coordinator (Placements) presented the campus placement report (Diksha -2014) to the alumni. The event was charmed with the scintillating cultural performance by the students of 2014 and 2015 batch. — TNS



From schools


Freshers' party

Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, organised a Freshers' party for the students of Nursery and LKG in the beginning of the academic session. On the occasion, the tiny tots came in colourful attires. Activities such as dances and games were organised for their entertainment. Sukhraj Singh and Bhumika from Nursery won the title of Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher, respectively. Some titles such as Miss Personality, Mr Personality, Best Smile and Best Dress were also awarded. Managing director BK Aneja and principal AP Singh welcomed the students and prayed for their bright future.

New session begins

BBSB Convent School, Sidhwan Bet, started with their new session of 2014-15 with the blessings of Almighty. The school celebrated the religious ceremony before commencing the classes for the new session. Principal Anita Kalra encouraged the students and gave them her blessings for their new classes.

Prize-distribution function

The annual prize distribution function was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Giaspura, on Monday. Gurjot Singh, Deputy DEO, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. Prof Harlal Singh former director, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, was the guest of honour. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Durga Ashtami celebrated

Open Hands and Asian Club celebrated the festival of Durga Ashtami in the slums of Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday. On this occasion, Rajan Sharma and Sukhwinder Singh, presidents of Open Hands and Asian Club, respectively, presented gifts to 90 girls living in the slum.

Commissioner welcomed

The Arora Mahasabha has welcomed the newly appointed Police Commissioner Sanjeev Kalra on Monday. Amrik Singh Batra, president of Arora Mahasabha, said Sanjeev Kalra was an honest police officer and that they were hopeful that he would discharge his duties honestly.


The Belan Brigade being formed by Navkiran Women Welfare Association organised a meeting for the city residents in Chawni Mohalla on Monday. Anita Sharma, president of the Belan Brigade, urged the voters not to vote for any candidate who tries to lure them using liquor, drugs or money.

‘Proud to be a Sikh’

President of Shan-e-Khalsa Dr Rupinder Singh visited Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib on Monday to thank audience for an overwhelming response to his film ‘Proud to be a Sikh’. The film is based on the life of a Gursikh professor who comes to India with lots of aspirations and feelings for his heritage and culture, as he had to leave the country during 1984. “It is about the journey of a Gursikh in making Sikh youngsters aware and feel proud for their identity and rich heritage, the difficulties he faced during this journey, and how he emerges victorious in the end,” he said. — TNS



Man found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
A 50-year-old chronic alcoholic was killed and his body dumped in a vacant plot in the Mundian area here today. The victim has been identified as Manmohan Singh of the Banjamin Road area. He had gone missing yesterday.

The relatives of the deceased said Manmohan was addicted to alcohol.

Today, the local residents spotted the body and informed the police. The police said a sharp weapon was used to kill him. They send the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The police have ruled out robbery to be the reason behind the murder. Sources said the police have rounded up a few persons for questioning. He is survived by his wife and a son.

Earrings snatched

Motorcycle-borne persons snatched the gold earrings of a woman at Deep Nagar here on Monday. The victim has been identified as Kiran Rani (55).



Another theft attempt at bank
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Thieves broke into Cooperative Bank located near Dana Mandi (Grain Market) at Ayali Khurd last night. However, they failed to break the strong room. The bank employees, who were busy organising the ransacked premises, were not able to give details of the loss.

The police suspect thieves broke into the bank at midnight by breaking the gate. They reached the strong room and tried to break it with the help of a gas cutter.

The incident came to light this morning when the employees reached the bank and found it ransacked.

When contacted, the Haibowal SHO said he was in the court complex in connection with a hearing and would visit the crime scene later.

Though thieves have been targeting banks at will for the past two months, the police have failed to nab even one.

No lessons learnt

The incident has yet again proved the bank authorities are the least bothered about following the Commissioner's orders. He had recently directed the bank authorities to depute security guards at their ATM booths and bank branches. Many banks have failed to follow these guidelines.

Not the first incident

It is the third theft attempt at a bank in the past two months. On March 4, thieves had struck at the PNB Bank branch near Hero Bakery Chowk and decamped with an LCD set.

During the night of February 18, a thief struck at the Dugri Road branch of Punjab and Sind Bank in Model Town extension. He broke open almirahs and even managed to reach the strong room, but could not break the safe.

The thief left the premises but not before breaking the CCTV cameras and taking away a double-barrelled gun of a security guard. However, the bank authorities denied weapon theft.



GGI holds athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The annual inter-college athletics meet titled 'Colors 2014' was organised at the Gulzar Group of Institutes (GGI). Around 350 athletes from different constituent colleges of the Gulzar group competed in the tournament in different indoor and outdoor sports events.

The students displayed their calibre in sports such as basketball, volleyball, tug of war, table tennis and athletics. Gurkirat Singh, executive director, GGI, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. In his inaugural speech, he said sports were important for the all-round development of the students.



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