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MC goes slow on liquor vends
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Everything is "fair" in elections. The liquor vends within the Municipal Corporation limits, which were to be removed after March 31, as was decided at a meeting of the Finance and Contracts Committee (FNCC) in February 2014, are still operational.

Eleven liquor vends fall in the MC limits. Of these, one is at Sherpur Chowk in Zone C, one in Chawni Mohalla and the remaining nine are in Zone B. Barring the liquor vend at Sherpur Chowk, which was on the national highway and was thus removed, and another at Dhandari Kalan, almost all other vends are operational.

One of the officials of the Municipal Corporation said at a meeting held last month, it was "strictly" decided no extension would be given to these vends and these will be closed after the stipulated time. "But, it is the election time now and due to political pressure, no decision has been taken on the closure of liquor vends. The political leaders cannot afford to annoy their voters during the elections," said the official.

Mayor's take
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohlwaria said he had gone through the Excise policy, which clearly mentioned liquor vends on a national highway were not permitted. "We have removed two such vends, one from Sherpur Chowk and another from Dhandari. But for the others, there are no clear instructions. The liquor vend owners had approached us and asked us for giving them extension. We are reconsidering their cases and if law permits, they can be given extension. We will decided on their request within two or three days," the Mayor added.


Firing incident exposes admn claims on tight security
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Yesterday's firing incident has laid bare the tall claims of the Police Department of tight security arrangements in the city ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The police have failed to arrest two truck union presidents and their 14 supporters for shooting at a youth during the opening of a tender at the District Food and Civil Supplies Office in Sarabha Nagar.

A day after the incident, Paramjeet Singh Dhillon, an aide of the victim, Jaspreet Singh of Mithapur in Jalandhar, who suffered a bullet shot in the left thigh, blamed the police for succumbing under political pressure.

Dhillon claimed the police was delaying action after registering a case against Pawandeep Singh, alias Pawani, Jagroop Singh and their 14 supporters.

He said besides being the president of the Machhiwara Truck Union, Jagroop Singh held the charge of circle president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD). "Pawani is also affiliated with the ruling party. I have proofs to substantiate they are active members of the SAD," said Dhillon.

Dhillon also blamed the lax security arrangements at the office for the shooting incident.

The Police Department was aware of the opening of the tender. Still, no security personnel were deployed at the office. After the shooting incident, the police did not respond quickly, giving ample time to the accused to escape.

"The shooting incident proves these "political gundas" continue to carry weapons, giving two hoots to the orders of the Police Department on depositing firearms in view of the Lok Sabha elections," said Dhillon.

Last month, SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema had maintained no one in the YAD held any portfolio as yet and all posts were abolished following the orders of SAD supremo Sukhbir Badal.

On the other hand, the Sarabha Nagar SHO said raids were on to arrest the accused in the shooting case.

When asked about the political affiliation of Jagroop and Pawandeep, the SHO said nothing of that sort had come to his notice yet.



MCI poll: Counting of votes postponed
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Scrutiny and counting of votes in the Medical Council of India (MCI) elections have been postponed since 50 per cent members of the MCI in Punjab have not received ballots. The counting was scheduled for April 11.

The notice issued by returning officer, Dr Tejbir Singh, in this regard says some of the contestants and voters have stated that the process of elections might be compromised due to the ongoing parliamentary elections.

"The last date for receiving ballots was April 10 but it was declared a holiday in the UT in view of the Lok Sabha elections. Now, ballots received on April 10 and 11 up to 5pm will be separately put in sealed covers under the supervision of a committee. The next date for counting will be notified later on receiving instructions from the Government of India," said the returning officer.

Though the notice issued by the returning officer does not mention the elections of the MCI have been postponed since 50 per cent of the members have failed to receive their ballots, according to sources, this is the prime reason for the postponement of the MCI elections.

The MCI sends ballots through registered post to its members, who, after marking their preference, return these to the MCI for counting. One member of MCI will be elected from Punjab.

"This is a welcome step. It would not have been a fair election as ballots were not received by nearly 50 per cent doctors across the state," said Dr Manoj Sobti, state president of the Indian Medical Association.

Dr Parminder Singh Brar, one of the contestants, said he had even filed a writ petition in this regard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the next hearing of in the case is scheduled for May.

"Whatever decision the government takes will be a judicious one," said Dr Brar.

Dr GS Grewal, member of the Punjab Medical Council, said it was mandatory to send ballots through registered posts but this time these were sent through ordinary post, which is against the norms. "Since the election procedure has been postponed, they are now hopeful of a fair election," said Dr Grewal.

Members seeking election from Punjab
Dr Bal Charanjit Singh Bhatia from Gurdaspur, Dr Gurmej Singh from Jalandhar, Dr Kulwant Singh from Ludhiana, Dr Parminder Singh from Khanna, Dr Rajesh Kumar from Bathinda, Dr Raman Kumar from Jalandhar and Dr Vijay Kumar from Patiala



Charges framed against Ludhiana ACP
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 10
In a corruption case involving Ludhiana-based Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurcharan Singh and one agent Budh Singh, charges have been framed by a Mohali court here today.

The court of Mohali Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaswinder Simar framed the charges against Gurcharan Singh and Budh Singh here today.

Notably, Gurcharan Singh, who was posted as the DSP in the Vigilance Bureau then, and Budh Singh were booked in a case of corruption by the Vigilance Bureau on September 10, 2012, and a case was registered in this regard at the Vigilance police station, Phase VIII, here. Gurcharan surrendered before a court in Mohali in October, 2012.

Gurcharan Singh had accepted a bribe of Rs 25 lakh to settle a case involving Motor Vehicle inspector Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who was also facing the charges of corruption and the investigations in the case were being conducted by Gurcharan Singh. As the case could not be settled, Gurcharan had paid half of the amount to Gupta while the rest amount of Rs 12.5 lakh was not paid to him (Gupta), following which Gupta had lodged a complaint against him.



LS elections: Papers of 23 candidates found valid
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
After scrutiny, 21 nomination papers have been cancelled while the papers of 23 candidates have been found valid. A total of 30 candidates had filed 44 nomination papers (some candidates had filed more than one nomination) till April 9. The scrutiny of the nominations was done in the office of the Returning Officer at the Mini-secretariat.

Rajat Aggarwal, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said: "The nominations of seven candidates were cancelled. Of these four were filed by covering candidates. The remaining three included Rajinder Singh, Premjit Kaur and Manjeet Mahal. Rajinder Singh’s nomination papers were cancelled as his age was below the required age on the day of scrutiny. The nomination papers of Prem Jeet, who filed his papers yesterday, were incomplete. Neither did she fill in her form properly, nor deposited security. The papers of Manjeet Mahal of the Trinamool Congress were cancelled as his proposers were fewer than 10."

He said any candidate whose party was not registered in the state needed at least 10 proposers for contesting an election. The Trinamool Congress has not been registered in the state.

The total number of candidates in the fray for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat will become known on April 12, the day for withdrawal of nominations. The candidates whose nomination papers have been found valid are Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon (CPI-M), Navjot Singh Mandair (BSP), Manpreet Singh Ayali (SAD), Ravneet Singh (Indian National Congress), Akshaybar Nath Mishra (Janta Dal United), HS Phoolka (AAP), Hari Ram Sahni (All-India Forward Bloc), Krishan Kumar Sharma (J&K National Panthers Party), Darshan Singh (Shiv Sena), Mohammad Naseem Ansari (New All-India Congress Party), Bittu (Republic Party of India-A) and Mohammad Maksood Ansari (Bahujan Mukti Morcha).

There are 11 Independent candidates whose nominations have been found valid. They are Simerjit Singh, Simarjit Singh, Kulwinder Pal Singh, Gurdip Singh Kahlon, Jaswinder Singh Bains, Jai Parkash Jain, Tarsem Singh, Navpreet Singh Bedi, Balwinder Singh, Raj Kumar Atwal and Rajiv Kumar Kalra.



26 cases registered under Defacement of Property Act violations
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
As many as 26 cases of violation of the Defacement of Property Act have come to light in Ludhiana district. Of these, 18 FIRs have been lodged against "unknown" persons, 14 under the Defacement of Property Act and four under and Railway Protection Act. In the remaining eight cases, letters have been issued to lodge FIRs.

Acting smart, candidates of the leading parties, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Communist Party of India (M), have written to the Election Commission that their "opponents" were pasting banners on properties to "defame" them and they had not done any such violations. The banners, on basis of which action has been taken by the authorities under the Defacement of Property Act, do not bear the name of its publisher or printer.

One of the senior officials of the Municipal Corporation said though the civic body had started removing the posters/banners after the code of conduct was implemented and regular warnings were given to parties, many candidates and their supporters continued with the violations. "Taking serious note of the violations, letters were sent to the authorities to lodge FIRs against the violators. But the candidates or the parties disown such posters and claim these were pasted or hung by their opponents to malign their reputation," said the official.

A retired IAS officer said FIRs were registered against "unknown" persons instill fear of law among candidates and their supporters during elections. "If convicted, a person can be prosecuted. But investigations against unknown persons remain inconclusive and hardly any action is taken," he added.

Publishers/printers under the scanner
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Rajat Aggarwal has said the printers and publishers were under the scanner. "Our teams will raid the publishers and printers and those who do not mention their identity on posters, will be booked. We will register FIRs against erring printers," said Aggarwal.



ludhiana votes 2014
Plot to malign my image: Phoolka
Says man posing as SSP (rural) wanted to deliver Rs 65,000 to him
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate HS Phoolka today lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Sanjeev Kalra, alleging that a man claiming to be SSP (rural), Ludhiana, called him up on his cell phone with “intentions of harming his reputation.”

Phoolka claimed that when he was campaigning at Jagraon yesterday, he received a call on his mobile number from a person, who identified himself as BK Singh, SSP (rural), Ludhiana.

“The man told me that his son had lost his luggage at the Mumbai Railway Station and required money urgently,” stated Phoolka in his complaint.

Phoolka further claimed, “On humanitarian grounds, I asked my friend in Mumbai to help the caller’s son. However, the caller insisted on immediate delivery of Rs 65,000 to me in Ludhiana. I told the caller that I was in a village and not in the city. Upon this, he insisted that I give him somebody’s number to whom he could deliver the money.”

“I asked my friend in Mumbai, Manjeet Singh, to help the young boy. I forwarded the message sent by BK Singh to Manjeet. When my friend rang up the number, the phone was busy and the service provider’s message was in Gujarati. Manjeet told me that the number did not belong to a person in Maharashtra but instead Gujarat,” alleged Phoolka.

“Manjeet called up the number again and told the boy that he was coming to the Mumbai Central Station. The boy stated that he was not at the station and gave a different location,” claimed the AAP candidate.

Phoolka said he later called up BK Singh. “The man’s number was busy and the service provider’s message was also in a different language. When he took the call, he said he was at the DIG office at Lakkar Wala Pul.”

Phookla said he got suspicious and rang up DSP Dakha. “DSP Dakha told me that there was no such person as BK Singh, SSP (rural) in Ludhiana.”

“The fact that the person was keen to deliver Rs 65,000 to me was a plot to trap me and then claim that I received the money through hawala. This clearly points towards misrepresentation, cheating, impersonation and forgery, intending to harm my reputation,” said Phoolka.

Meanwhile, DCP Harsh Bansal said the police are investigating.



Maha Sabha to oppose Congress candidate
Our Correspondent

Khanna April 10
The Chamar Maha Sabha had decided to oppose the Congress candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib, Sadhu Singh Dharmsot.

During a press conference here today, sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth said, “The Scheduled Castes constitute 36 per cent votes in Fatehgarh Sahib constituency of which, nearly 30 per cent votes belong to the Ravidas community.”

He alleged that Dharmsot had ‘failed’ to raise the issue of Scheduled Castes in the Assembly though he was a three-time MLA.

“The Congress has overlooked the masses in the distribution of tickets,” he alleged.

He said all Sabha members would ‘boycott’ Dharmot by all means. “The sabha will support those candidates who raise the issues of Scheduled Castes and undertake work for their upliftment.”

the issue
Though he is a three-time MLA, Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, has ‘failed’ to raise the issue of Scheduled Castes in the Assembly. The sabha will support those candidates who raise the issues of Scheduled Castes.



Ayali seeks votes in Gill
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 10
Lok Sabha candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) from Ludhiana, Manpreet Singh Ayali, led by his supporters sought votes from the residents of villages falling under the Gill Assembly Constituency here today.

While addressing gatherings at Pohir, Lehra, Gopalpur and Khera villages, Ayali said, “The stage for the constitution of the NDA government at the Centre is already set. People should strengthen the position of Parkash Singh Badal by sending the maximum number of MPs in the alliance.”

Ayali called upon women to take active part in the electioneering process and protect the rights of women by contributing in the formation of the government at the Centre.



Reject Cong, BJP: MCPI

Ludhiana, April 10
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has urged the masses to defeat both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.

While extending support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the party urged the people to work for strengthening genuine Left and democratic forces.

State general secretary of the MCPI, Kuldeep Singh, said, “The 10-year rule of the UPA at the Centre has pushed the country towards deep recession, high inflation, rising unemployment and fake scarcity of essential commodities. Besides, several major scams involving top functionaries of the ruling UPA have rocked the nation.”

“The policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, pursued by the Union government have benefited only the corporate sector, big business and landlords while a vast section of society has suffered. The gap between the rich and poor has further widened.”

Launching an attack on the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the MCPI said, “The party with its radical agenda of ‘Hindutva’, was known for its communal stand. This will pose a grave threat to the secular fibre of the country.” — OC



Neo-liberal policies discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
A circle-level convention on neo-liberal policies, their impact on BSNL, communal harmony and 10-point demand charter of Central Trade Unions was held at Punjabi Bhawan today.

More than 300 comrades from across the state attended the convention. A large number of retired employees were also in attendance.

Balbir Singh, circle secretary, BSNL Employee Union Punjab, said, “The need for such conventions was felt at a meeting of BSNLEU at Rajkot in Gujarat.”

Union member RL Moudgil called upon the participants to oppose the policies of national parties which were ruining the masses.

Vijay Mishra, president, CITU, Punjab, discussed the beginning of neo-liberal policies.

“Even after 23 years, nothing has been changed in India. While the rich are becoming richer, the poor are becoming poorer,” he added.



DMCH best in newborn care
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Dayanand Medical College Hospital (DMCH) begins the celebration of its golden jubilee year, as it adds another feather to its achievements. The newborn unit of the hospital has been awarded with level-III accreditation by National Neonatology Forum (NNF), which is the highest level of accreditation for newborn facilities. NNF is a central body that assesses various newborn care units in India.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh said DMCH is the only institute in North India and the second only to Manipal Medical College, Manglore, to have received this recognition. The newborn unit at DMCH is a state-of-art neonatal unit which is well equipped with latest technology and expertise of trained neonatologist Dr Kamal Arora, DM Neonatology from AIIMS, New Delhi.

The Neonatal division, Department of Pediatrics, DMCH, recently organised a one-day advanced course workshop on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a gentler mode of ventilation for newborn babies. The scientific sessions included talks on varied topics by eminent faculty from AIIMS (New Delhi), PGIMER (Chandigarh) and Dr HS Bains and Dr Kamal Arora from DMCH (Ludhiana), who shared their invaluable experiences and latest advancements in the role of CPAP in newborn babies.

Dr Kamal Arora said CPAP is an effective and gentler mode of ventilation. The workshop was designed to provide the fundamental and practical information regarding the contemporary care of newborn with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). The workshop was attended by more than 40 delegates including pediatricians and nursing staff from various parts of North India.

Blood donation camp

To commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year-2014, a blood donation camp for thalassemic children was organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on the occasion of first anniversary of DMCH pharmacy. Salaam Zindagi Foundation also participated in the camp. The camp was formally inaugurated by Secretary of DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta.

Giving a lease of life to thalassemic children today 64 units of blood was collected during the camp. Those who donated blood during the camp were felicitated by the dignitaries on the occasion. Giving information about Hospital Pharmacy services, Prem Kumar Gupta informed that DMCH started its own in-house pharmacy last year with aim of providing quality drugs at affordable prices to the patients.

Vir Vikram, in-charge, pharmacy, thanked all the volunteers and announced that all the blood units collected during the camp will be given free of cost to the thalassemic children through Salaam Zindagi Foundation.

Manjit Saini, President, Salaam Zindagi Foundation informed that foundation is further sponsoring 15 more thalassemic children for free blood transfusion.



Residents hold protest against cop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Residents of the Kishore Nagar staged a protest outside against a cop for not taking action against the persons allegedly involved in flesh trade.

The resident led by Mukesh Khurana today made repeated rounds of the police station to seek police action against the persons involved in running a flesh trade. When the cops refused to register an FIR, the angered residents staged protest outside the police station.

Mukesh Khurana said yesterday the area resident complained to the police about a woman who was running a sex racket in their locality. The woman along with her two male partners was nabbed. The trio was taken to police station, but later during the evening they were let off.

"The woman came back and threatened us with dire consequences. When we reached the police station ASI Sheetal Ram spoke to us rudely and refused to lodge a complaint," said Mukesh Khurana. 



Mandira launches saree brand
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Actress and anchor Mandira Bedi was in the city today to launch her collection of sarees. She said she is launching her sarees in association with Tara Jewellers in Ludhiana as the first place to start with. She said she has been meeting with women of Ludhiana, who are very fashion conscious, she said. So she has started her launch campaign here ahead of even Delhi, she said. She said she always loves coming to Punjab and it feels great to be here, she added.

She said she has been getting offers for joining political parties and start campaigns for the parties. "But campaigning is not my territory," she said. She is not even campaigning for Gul Panag, even though she is a good friend, she said. She added that she would never join politics.

Although she doesn't want to join politics, but she makes it a point to vote, and thus appeals to every citizen to vote as it is our right and responsibility, she said.

Vikram Raizada from Tara Jewellers said that an exhibition would be organised at their showroom to showcase their jewellery collection along with elegant sarees by Mandira Bedi. 



Pulse polio drive concludes
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The five-day pulse polio drive concluded here today. As many as 1,579 teams were constituted for the drive, including 99 mobile teams and 67 transit teams. On Day 5, the teams visited nearly 1,35,054 houses and a total of 62,688 children were vaccinated.

Over a period of five days, the teams covered 7,97,499 houses while a total of 3,76,323 children were vaccinated.

The drive focused on the children of migrant workers living in the district.

The teams covered all brick-kilns, labour colonies, factories, huts and slum areas to administer polio drops to the children.

Though the country had been declared a polio-free nation, Punjab is still vulnerable due to its proximity with Pakistan, one of the biggest polio reservoirs in the world.

The polio virus from Pakistan had affected at least five countries in the past 23 months, and has become a threat to other countries.

“During the pulse polio drive, we kept a strict vigil on pilgrims going to Pakistan. We ensured that every child going to the neighbouring country was administered polio drops before leaving the country. This was done to ensure that the virus did not spread,” said Dr Sanjeev Hans, District Immunization Officer.

Oral polio vaccine introduced in 1985
In the wake of over 2,00,000 polio cases being detected annually (as per estimates of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics), India introduced the oral polio vaccine in 1985 under the Universal Immunisation Programme
The first national polio immunization campaign was held in 1995.

No case in 3 years
India recently celebrated its victory over polio by completing three years without any case of the debilitating infection. The country has been declared a polio-free nation by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, the fear of transmission still lurks in the country.



DBA poll: 12 more file nominations

Ludhiana, April 10
Twelve more candidates filed their nominations the District Bar Association (DBA), today.

Harjot Singh filed the nomination papers for the post of president before Returning Officer Sharwan Sehgal. For the post of secretary, Gurpreet Singh Arora and Rajesh Rai filed their nominations. Gurdeep Singh Salh, sitting vice president and Girish Anmol Sood filed their papers for the post of vice president.

For the post of finance secretary, Amit Rai and Himanshu Walia filed their nomination papers. Kamal Jaitika and Ravinder Singh Rawat filed their nomination papers for the post of joint secretary.

For executive members, Hempal Singh Nandpur, Lokesh Batta and Ranjit Singh Sibia filed their nomination papers. — OC



fee hike
Parents’ body meets ADC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The parents’ association along with the student's parents of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur and Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhattian, submitted a memorandum to district administration to intervene in the matter of fee hike. Meanwhile, student's parents continue the protest outside both the schools here today.

The parents staged protest from 7am to 9 am outside the Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur.

Lal Singh, a parent said, "A number of parents staged protest outside the school in the morning. The police officials from police station Jamalpur visited and asked us to meet the Assistant Commissioner of Police. Then we visited at mini secretariat and submitted a memorandum to ADC Baldev Singh.

Parents of students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhattian, also visited mini secretariat and submitted the memorandum to district administration.

Rajinder Ghai, president of Parents’ association said, "The private schools have been flouting the rules of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The school managements have been running commercial activates by selling the books and uniforms. The private school managements do not discuss with the parents before increasing the fee. We demanded from district administration to implement the guidelines of Right to Education Act and CBSE at private schools.

Another parent said, "The school managements should ask from the parents before the fee hike. The school managements can announce to collect the fund or fee any time. The district administration should intervene to sort out the issue".



GNN College student tops M Com Ist sem
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 10
Kimsy Sood of M.Com Ist Semester of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, topped Panjab University by securing 541 marks out of 800.

Dr. Narinder Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, shared that the result of M.Com first semester was 100 per cent. A total of 25 students secured first division.

Head of the Post Graduate Department of Commerce Prof Gursharanjit Singh said, Kimsy has ever been a very studious child and we had pinned high hopes on her. She planned her studies systematically and was very clear about the concepts and the approach she undertook to climb the ladder of success.

Kimsy, who is on the top of the world expressed, it is a dream come true for me. I always wanted to do something exceptional so that my parents, my teachers and my college should feel proud of me. As I have scored well I would now make all the more efforts to maintain my position in next semester as well.

President of the college management committee, Roop Brar, general secretary Harpratap Brar, Director Jaswant Singh Gill and principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated Kimsy, her parents and the staff for putting in their best possible efforts and bringing laurels to the institution and entire area.



school notes
March against drugs

Gurmit Gian Missionary College and Guru Nanak Multiversity organised an awareness march against drugs. A large number of students from various schools participated in the march. The students held the boards with message to eliminate the drugs from Punjab. They urged to voters to not use the drugs during elections.

Baisakhi celebrated

Festival of Baisakhi was celebrated at Kids Quest Preschool with gaiety and exuberance. A tableau of depicting village of Punjab was created to vividly describe the festival of harvest. Kids were dressed up in traditional outfits. A power point presentation tracing foundations of "Khalsa Panth" was really informative.

Foundation day

Green Grove has successfully completed 19 memorable years under the stewardship of JPS Jolly, the founder and president of the school, and has stepped into its 20th year. To commemorate this journey, the school celebrated its 20th foundation Day with great enthusiasm and fervour. Chairperson Satinderjit Kaur jolly along with trustee Jatinder Singh Moni, Principal S George and vice-principal Ronald were present on the occasion. The programme commenced with a humble tribute paid to Late Prahlad Singh, who was one of the founders of the school. Shabad kirtan was then enchanted by the student’s of various classes.

Health-awareness campaign

DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur, concluded the health awareness campaign successfully. The campaign was started on April 7 to raise health awareness among the students. Students learnt various ways of staying healthy by different activities. Small children brought nutritious food from their homes and their teachers apprised them about the food. A play was also enacted to provide the information about health. Yogesh Gambhir, Principal of the school stated that healthy life style can create a healthier nation/world.

Voting awareness

For preserving and maintaining the dignity and supremacy of safe sojourn of democracy BVM Kitchlu Nagar organised a seminar regarding voting awareness here today. Member of the Election Commission Ravi Nandan Sharma motivated the students for independent, impartial and objective voting for crushing all negative tendencies by collective approach and hundred per cent voting. All the present ones also got enchanted by beautiful patriotic songs from students.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme for the parents of Class VI students was organized in Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. More than 400 parents were present. This orientation programme aimed to tap the hidden talent and discover the potential of the child. It was also designed to strike a balance between the curriculum demands as well as the emotional, physical and social demands of the children. It was also held to bridge the gaps between pre adolescents to adolescents. Navita Puri recited the prayer which brought the audience closer to the Almighty. Then the students of Class VII welcomed the parents of Class VI with a welcome song and inspired them to bring out the best in their child.

Story-telling competition

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised the story telling competition for the Montessori wing. The students were judged on the basis of confidence selection of the story expression and fluency by Rupa Gupta and Mansi Loomba. The principal Suman Arora announced the names of the winners and encouraged the students to read the story books at their leisure. The winners of the competition were Satveer, Bhavdeep Mont II,Jashanpreet,Vishnu Mont I,Khushrajveer (Nur).

The president Shri Balraj Bhasin and Director Mrs S Verma appreciated the activity and said that these types of competition will serve as a useful start. — TNS



pAu notes
Adopt baby corn cultivation

The experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have called upon the farmers to adopt baby corn cultivation to enhance net farm incomes and promote crop diversification in the state. The experts said baby corn is in great demand in five star hotels, airlines, shipping companies and European countries. There is a great export potential for this crop, they observed, while adding that Thailand, Taiwan, Guatemala, South Africa, and China are major baby corn producing and exporting countries. USA, Japan, Hongkong, Singapore, Australia, and European countries are major importing countries, they told. Dr SPS Brar, an expert of Plant Breeding and Genetics Department, said baby corn crop takes only 60 to 65 days to vacate the field. So, two to three crops of baby corn may be raised during the period April to August, he added. Dr Brar said single cross hybrid ‘Prakash’ and a composite variety ‘Kesari’ have been recommended by PAU for cultivation of baby corn during ‘kharif’ season. On an average, yield of Prakash is 7 quintals while Kesari can produce 5.7 quintals of baby corn per acre, he added. The crop should be sown in a well-prepared field in rows 30 cm apart, keeping plant to plant distance of 20 cm. Using 16 kg seed per acre is sufficient for sowing of crop, he advised. Staggered sowing should be done to maintain the supply as per demand in the market from time to time, he added.

Lecture held

A lecture on healthy processed food research and lowering the risks of premature degenerative diseases was organised by Food Science Club of the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dr Talwinder Singh Kahlon, a PAU alumnus and a research chemist with the Western Regional Research Center, United States, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service delivered the talk. The lecture was largely attended by the students and faculty of the department of FST, scientists from Departments of Foods and Nutrition, and Processing and Food Engineering. Highlighting the reasons for diabetes, heart diseases and stroke, Dr Kahlon said obesity, sedentary lifestyle and high intake of sodium and sugar are the root causes of these health problems. He suggested vigorous physical work out for half an hour and eliminating the intake of sugar to avoid these problems.

AICCIP meet concludes

A three-day annual group meeting of All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project (AICCIP) concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) amidst the participation of nearly 250 renowned scientists from across the country. The meet was jointly organized by PAU, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi and The Crop Improvement Society of India, Ludhiana. Dr N Gopalakrishnan, additional director general (Commercial Crops), ICAR, New Delhi, was the chairman of the concluding session while Dr AH Prakash, project coordinator (Cotton Improvement) was the co-chairman.

Sale of prospectus begins

The admission process for the academic session 2014-15 has commenced at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) with the sale of prospectus. The University has invited application forms from the candidates residing in Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh for admission to various undergraduate and Masters Programmes and diploma course. Dr BS Sohal, additional director communication, said the application forms for undergraduate programmes (4-year) including B.Sc Agri (Hons.), B.Sc Biotechnology (Hons.), B.Tech Food Technology, B.Sc (Hons.) Home Science, B.Sc (Hons.) Fashion Designing, B.Sc (Hons.) Interior Design and B.Sc (Hons.) Nutrition and Dietetics are available at PAU. Besides, the University is also offering B.Sc. Agri. (Hons.) 6-year and 5-year Integrated M.Sc (Hons.) in Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Zoology programmes, the forms for which are available, he said. Dr Sohal said students wishing to seek admission to various Masters and M. Tech. programmes can purchase prospectus from the Centre for Communication and International Linkages, PAU, Ludhiana. For course details, eligibility criteria, entrance tests, fee and other details, the interested candidates can visit PAU website (www.pau.edu). The last date to apply for the academic programmes with entrance test is May 9, 2014 whereas with late fee, it is May 16, 2014. The last date to apply for the academic programmes without entrance test is June 18, 2014 whereas with late fee, it is June 25, 2014. — TNS



Traders resent hike in milk prices

A meeting of the Ludhiana Halwai Association was held under the chairmanship of Charanjit Singh, president of the organisation, here today. The meeting discussed the price hike announced by milk vendors with effect from April 11.

“This will increase the prices of products and ultimately burden the consumers. The industry is the already suffering due to labour shortage, increase in prices of raw material such as sugar and diesel,” said Singh.

As per milk vendors, milk will now be available at Rs 50 to Rs 52. Milk vendors had already increased the prices of milk in February. “Usually the milk prices are fixed from April of the current year to April of the next year. But, this year, the milk vendors increased the prices in February itself.”

Innovation beyond imagination

A Delhi-based real estate company, Earth Group - which will set up a hi-end township on 80 acres of land on the Pakhowal Road -also believes in the magic of innovation. Even the tagline of Earth Group is ‘Innovation beyond Imagination.’ “We are sincerely following our tag line,” said Vikas Gupta, joint managing director, Earth Group.

Seagate Technology introduces Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Technology has announced the second generation of its sleek external storage lineup, Plus Slim. With a svelte compact design and superspeed USB 3.0 interface, the Backup Plus Slim drive is the ideal storage solution to aggregate and back up valued photos, videos and other files despite being spread across numerous devices, social networks and personal computers.

“Today, digital storage is important for everyone who uses a personal computer or a mobile device,” said Rajesh Khurana, country manager, India and SAARC, Philippines, Vietnam, Indo-China, Singapore for Seagate Technology.

FICO delegation

A 47-member FICO delegation was flagged off by SS Dhillon, director, MSME, under the chairmanship of Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of FICO. As part of the delegation, 18 new members and 16 young entrepreneurs will visit China. “The delegation members will visit six factories and attend 24 international cycle expos,” said Manjinder Singh Sachdeva, president, Bicycle Research & Development Organization (BRADO). Rajiv Jain, secretary, FICO, said, “If we want to compete with the best in the world, we should attend such exhibitions. China is the largest manufacture of bicycles, while India is the second largest manufacturer.”

World Destination Travel launches website

World Destination Travel launched its website today. Vijay Singh, CMD of the company, said, “WDT offers business and private customers the possibility to book hotels of all categories across India at preferred rates.” “These primarily result from the preferential room rates granted to WorldDestination.com or large volume room night negotiated by us. Customers also benefit from a best-price guarantee on room rates, while a business traveller can enjoy the special rates available to corporate customers. The booking can subsequently be made through our user-friendly website,” he added. — TNS



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Polio surgery camp

A polio surgery camp was held at Viklang Sahaiyta Kender, Rishi Nagar, today. The camp was organised by Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan. This was the 20th free polio operation camp. Besides performing free operations, artificial limbs, tricycles, wheel chair and hearing aids were also distributed. President of Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan said a polio-afflicted person is required to stay at the hospital for four days. The cost of treatment, including operation, medicines, lodging and food will be free of cost.

Andrology symposium

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital along with the South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine will organise ‘Andrology symposium’ on April 12. The symposium based on the theme --New Frontiers in Andrology -- will highlight the profundity and diversity of the contributing factors to men’s fertility and sexuality. Andrology is the study of health issues specific to males with a focus on basic aspects of their reproductive system and diagnosis and treatment of medical problems associated with infertility, sexual dysfunction and urological problems.

Tributes paid to martyrs

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sabhyacharak Kender and Gadri Baba Dalip Singh Yaadgari Committee, Phullanwal, organised a Sabyyacharak Natak Mela in the memory of martyrs. The mela started with glowing tributes to the martyrs by Dhann Kaur, sister of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha and her granddaughter Sukdev Kaur. Later, Sirjana Arts Group, Raikot, staged a play “Eh lahu kisda hai” under the direction of Dr Sompal Heera. A choreography “dhee di pukar” was also performed.

‘SAD, BJP are opportunists’

The legislator from Khanna, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, today alleged that the SAD and BJP are opportunists. Kotli was campaigning for Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress candidate and Anandpur Sahib Member of Parliament, in Ward Number 66 of Atam Nagar area. Senior Congress leaders KK Bawa, Palwinder Singh Taggar were also present on the occasion.

General Observer for polls

SP Thakur, an IAS officer of the 1986 batch (Odisha cadre), has been appointed as the General Observer for the Ludhiana-07 Parliamentary Constituency for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He has arrived in the city and his mobile number is 8146596709. — TNS



Thieves try to break open ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Thieves made an unsuccessful bid to break open an automated teller machine (ATM) of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Bahadurke Road, near Salem Tabri area, today.

The bank manager, Surinderpal Grover, said the thieves entered the ATM booth through a hole in the roof. “Before entering the premises, the thieves cut the wire of the close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed inside,” added Grover.

“Our machine was not damaged and cash was not stolen. A rope, iron rod and other construction tools used by the thieves to break open the ATM machine were found from the spot. The police are investigating,” he said.

The incident came to light when a resident visited the ATM to withdraw cash. He raised an alarm and immediately called up the bank’s helpline number.

Upon receiving information, the bank staff reached the spot and reported the matter to the police.

The police have registered a case against unidentified persons for theft.

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Before entering the premises, the thieves cut the wire of the close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed inside.

A rope, iron rod and other construction tools used by the thieves to break open the ATM machine were found from the spot.



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