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2 swept away by Sutlej current
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Two friends, who had gone to take a dip in the Sutlej to celebrate Baisakhi, were swept away by the current here today.

While the body of one of the youngsters was fished out, efforts were on to retrieve that of the other.

The deceased has been identified as Arjun 20 of Qilla Mohalla while his friend Vinay (21) is feared drowned.

The Ladhowal SHO said the incident took place in the morning. The duo had gone there to take a dip.

"As soon as they entered the water, they were swept away by the current. The body of Arjun has been recovered. Efforts are being made to find the body of Vinay. Their families have been informed about the incident," said the SHO.

Arjun’s body was sent to the Civil Hospital.

Trained divers and local residents were making efforts to find Vinay’s body. Though the district administration has issued an advisory, prohibiting residents from entering the river water, such incidents continue to happen.

Past Incidents

On June 16 last year, 20-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh, a resident of the Dharampura area, near Baba Than Singh Chowk, drowned in the Sutlej.

On May 20, 2013, three youngsters, 18-year-old Prabhjot, 20-year-old Purneetpal Singh and 18-year-old Rajdeep Singh, all residents of Ghamnewal village near Hambra, drowned while swimming in the Sutlej. Their bodies were fished out on May 21 and 22. 


Ludhiana’s loss is Bathinda’s gain
6-year BSc (Agri) course discontinued on local PAU campus
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
Punjab Agricultural University has discontinued the six-year BSc (Agriculture) course on its Ludhiana campus and instead started it on the Bathinda campus. Last year, the course, for which students apply after class X, had 120 seats, including 60 for the local campus and as many for the Gurdaspur campus.

From this academic session, students can apply for 60 seats in Gurdaspur and an equal number of seats in Bathinda.

The PAU authorities feel this way they would be able to cater to both the Malwa and Majha regions.

Rajbir Singh Sran, state coordinator, All-India Agricultural Students Association, said the decision of the university would benefit the students of the Malwa region. "A PAU campus at Bathinda means students from that particular area can pursue such courses while staying at their native places," said Sran.

Gurinder Singh, a BSc (Agriculture) student, said a large number of students had purchased the prospectus for admission to the Ludhiana campus. "When the prospectus was sold, it was mentioned in it students can apply for the six-year course on the Ludhiana campus. Now, many of them are disappointed," he added.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, president, PAU Students Association, said the decision was welcome as many students were facing accommodation problems. "We all know the hostel accommodation on the Ludhiana campus is a big issue and with the start of the six-year BSc (Agriculture) course on the Bathinda campus, this problem would be solved,” said Sandhu.


Dr PK Khanna, Registrar, PAU, confirmed the PAU would not have the six-year BSc (Agriculture) course on the PAU campus in Ludhiana from this year. "Instead, students can apply for admission to the course on the Bathinda campus. A batch of 60 students will be admitted to the Bathinda campus while an equal number of students will be admitted to the Gurdaspur campus. Moreover, these students will be eligible for shifting to the Ludhiana campus after completing first two years of the course," said Dr Khanna.



Project to assess Ludhiana’s green growth potential
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
To help it develop a deep understanding of green growth benefits, opportunities and potential of their own economic and urban development, the industrial city of Ludhiana has been selected as one of the 12 project cities that will be assessed for its green-growth potential. The project, Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities, is being executed by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with financial support from Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). A total of 31 cities were considered for the project.

Dr Sumit Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said the members of the project team will visit the city for about three days. The aim of their assessment visit is to interact with the city government and other stakeholders to assess the current situation in the city as well as develop a deep understanding of the issues, barriers and opportunities in green growth at the local level.

Providing details about the objectives of the project, Dr Jarangal said the project had been aimed at quantifying and communicating the benefits and potential of green growth strategies across a number of Indian cities, compile a detailed set of best practices relevant to the urban development needs and challenges of Indian cities (including: green technologies, policies, business models, standards, systems, partnership models).

"They have asked us for facilitating a meeting with the key officials from various city departments, including finance, environment, urban poverty alleviation, water supply and transport, along with the representatives of prominent stakeholders in the city. A city assessment questionnaire has been prepared to begin with the assessment process," said Dr Jarangal.

When asked about the funding of the project, Dr Jarangal said it was the second step and everything would be taken care of by the GGGI. "If the project is started, Ludhiana will be greatly benefited," said the Additional Commissioner. 



Ayali, Bittu give public debate a miss
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 13
Two main contestants for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, Manpreet Singh Ayali from the SAD-BJP combine and Ravneet Singh Bittu from the Congress, failed to turn up at a debate organised by the Maha Sabha of Ludhiana, a non-government organisation. However, both the candidates sent their representatives to the venue. Raman Kumar from the Congress and Harish Rai Dhanda from the SAD participated in the debate on behalf of their respective candidates.

According to the office-bearers of the Maha Sabha, both the candidates informed them they were busy with some other assignments and would not be able to attend the debate. They had sent their representatives.

Jaswant Zerikh, General Secretary of the Maha Sabha, said: "It is very sad the people, who are seeking public representation in the Lok Sabha, have no time for people".

During the debate, the Maha Sabha asked 12 questions on various issues, including poverty, unemployment, corruption, inflation, illegal possession of land by politicians, retirement of politicians, health and education for the poor, drug menace, illegal colonies and police reforms.

Both Harish and Raman failed to explain the opinion of their respective parties on these issues. The public gathered at the venue of the debate, Gadhari Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh Yadgari Parak, was disappointed with the absence of the Lok Sabha candidates.

Gurnam Singh, a resident of Dugri, said: "After getting to know that both the main contestants will participate in the debate, I came here. I wanted to ask them a few questions. But none of them has turned up. It is unfortunate."

Gurmeet Singh, another visitor, said: "Our politicians only visit those places where there is no one to confront them with queries."



DEOs shifted to Nabha DIET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 13
The Principal Secretary (school), Anjali Bhawra, has ordered the transfer of District Education Officer (Secondary ) Parmjeet Kaur and District Education Officer (Primary) Ranjit Singh Malhi.

Parmjeet Kaur has been transfered as Principal, District Institute of Education and Training, Nabha, Patiala, while Ranjit Singh Malhi has been transferred as lecturer at the same institute. Officiating charge of DEO has been given to Charanjit Singh, Deputy District Education Officer.



IT professional takes kite-flying to dizzy heights
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
An IT professional from Ahmedabad, 37-year-old Mehul Pathak’s passion for kites has earned him recognition globally. Pathak, who started kite-flying as a hobby in 2008, has flown kites with internationally acclaimed kite-flyers in foreign countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Australia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

To take part in the Baisakhi celebrations organised by the IREO here, Pathak and his team brought different kinds of kites with them. "The residents of Ludhiana will enjoy the celebrations as these are no ordinary kites. Some of these are flown with at least four strings and are controlled with a handle while the others are controlled with a remote control. Besides, I have got a 100-metre-long kite, which residents will enjoy to watch flying high," said Pathak.

Pathak wants kite-flying to be given the status of sport by the government. He said in around 200 countries, it was considered as a major sport and people were crazy for it. "In August, an international kite festival, Dippee, will be organised in France. I will take part in it. It will be a memorable experience. The festival is the number one kite-flying festival in the world. I am focussing on my kites and techniques and I want to take my country to great heights in this activity," said the IT Professional.

Pathak also runs the Vibrant Kite Club in Ahmedabad where proper training is given to members. "We are a team of four and we together take part in such activities in India and abroad. My IT background helps a lot in bringing new techniques in kite-flying and I enjoy it," said Pathak.

Surya Khanna, a student, who saw these unique kites for the first time, said he had never thought there could have been so many innovations in kites. "I wish I was a part of their team. This is so adventurous and they are enjoying flying these kites high in the blue sky," he said.

100-metre-long kite

These are no ordinary kites. Some of these are flown with at least four strings and are controlled with a handle while the others are controlled with a remote control. Besides, I have got a 100-metre-long kite.
Mehul Pathak, kite-flier



PAU panel to probe assault on student
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
A day after five “tipsy” students were booked for attacking an MSc-I student of Punjab Agricultural University, the city police have launched a manhunt to arrest them. Besides, the PAU authorities have formed a disciplinary committee to probe the incident.

Yesterday, an FIR was registered against the five students, three from the PAU, one from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and one unknown person, for attacking Gurpreet Singh, a student of MSc-I, who hails from Kalyan Sukha village in Bathinda district.

While not ruling out the ragging angle, Balwinder Kaur, PAU police station SHO said they were probing the matter.

“We have learnt that the five students had escaped to their respective villages soon after assaulting the victim. We have sought their residential addresses from the college authorities and the accused will be nabbed soon. The police are not going to be lenient with them. They had consumed liquor and created a ruckus in the hostel,” said Balwinder Kaur.

The incident has yet against brought to the fore increasing use of intoxicants by hostel inmates.

Last year, the PAU authorities had taken a stringent step after some students were allegedly found in an inebriated condition on the campus. The move had triggered a massive protest by students.

Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director, Students Welfare, PAU, said: “Besides forming a disciplinary committee, we have written to the respective authorities, apprising them of the incident. We have a special anti-ragging committee. But the injured student has not stated that he was ragged by the five students.”

The disciplinary committee will also probe how the students managed to bring liquor on the campus.

Gurpreet Singh, in his complaint to the PAU police, had stated that the incident took place on Thursday night. While he was going towards a water cooler, he was stopped by five students, who were drunk. They asked him to perform bhangra. When the victim refused, the five students attacked him with swords and sticks. Gurpreet had suffered injuries on his head, arms, legs and thighs.

The PAU police station said a case under sections 323, 324, 341, 452, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC had been registered against Gurjeet Singh (MSc, Agriculture), Dildeep Singh Sandhu (BSc, Agriculture), Anmol Singh Gill (MSc, Agriculture), Gundeep Singh Gill, alias Gunna (GADVASU), and one unknown person.



ludhiana votes 2014
Choose your candidate wisely
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
To sensitise voters about right to vote and ensure maximum participation in the electioneering process,

office-bearers and activists of social, educational and constitutional bodies launched a coordinated movement in the region.

Besides spreading the administration's message to ensure maximum participation in voting through roadshows and marches, the crusaders organised seminars and sessions on voting right awareness.

Office-bearers and activists of various organisations of the region led by president of Rotary Club Pardeep Sethi vowed to reschedule their programme on April 30 so as to ensure that their vote was cast by all means.

The activists took oath to persuade maximum number of persons to use their right to vote wisely. A function was held at Victoria Public Senior Secondary School Lehra. Dev Raj Sofat, chairman, Victoria Educational Trust, presided over the session while Pardeep Sethi was the chief guest.

Speakers, including principal Samrat Pal, former president Pardeep Sharda, Avtar Krishan, Sanjay Dhand and manager of the State Bank of India, Dehlon, exhorted residents to exercise their vote. "People took the last elections casually and the tendency resulted in frustration. In case, you want that your interests should be watched by the government to be constituted, you all must cast your vote wisely and not emotionally," said the speakers.

Banners and placards displayed during the marches and seminars advocated that voting was not only the right of voters, a prime duty too. 

For a change

Office-bearers and activists of social, educational and constitutional bodies have been organising seminars and sessions on voting right awareness. 

Voters told about their right

Ludhiana: The Veer EkLavya Youth Federation took out a motorcycle rally to apprise voters of their right on Sunday. The rally started from Maharaj Nagar near Circuit House and passed through various parts of the city. Residents were told to stay away from drugs and liquor. A member of the federation, Rahul, said, "Drugs and liquor are distributed among voters during the elections. People should vote judiciously.” Another member of the federation said: "Voting is the right and duty of every citizen and we should do it with utmost care. The chance comes to us after five years." — TNS



Ravneet Bittu shares his vision for city
Tribune reporters

Ludhiana, April 13
Congress candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Ravneet Singh Bittu met industrialists at Aggar Nagar today. Bittu spoke on his vision for the city.

Bittu said the anti-people policies of the SAD-BJP had impacted the industry and development of the city. He said he aimed at generating employment. He said the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting put in tireless efforts to develop the city.

Students of the Shri Aurbindo College of Commerce and Management kept their queries before Bittu. Among others present included MLAs Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Gurkeerat Singh Kotli, former minister Malkit Singh Dakha, senior Congress leaders Ramesh Joshi, KK Bawa, Kulwant Sidhu and Hari Singh Brar. Bittu went door-to-door in Atam Nagar and appealed to people to vote for him. Gurkirat Kotli said he wanted to develop the town. Later, he took out a rally from Gorsiyan Makhan village to Bhundari. He also campaigned in Ludhiana (Central) constituency along with MLA Surinder Dawar, councillor Navkal Kala.

‘Support pouring in from social bodies’

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Claiming that a large number of office-bearers and activists of various political groups from the Gill Assembly segment had joined his election campaign, Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu said due respect would be given to those joining the party.

Accusing the SAD leaders of allegedly coercing residents to announce support for the SAD-BJP candidate, Bittu said the voters had decided not to succumb to any pressure.

Accompanied by former minister Malkit Singh Dakha and other senior leaders of the party, Bittu called upon the residents to participate in electioneering fearlessly and support him for bringing development in the region.

Earlier, Gurinder Sood, Kalbushan Sharma, Dr Lal Singh , Nirdosh Bhandari and Kamaljot Singh had announced to join the Congress along with their supporters. 



Cases registered under Defacement Act
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
The police has booked some unknown persons under relevant sections of the Defacement of Public Property Act, 1997, for allegedly defacing the premises of government institutes and private establishments, including shops and houses.

Cases have been registered on the statement of owners of defaced properties, social activists and police officers.

The registered cases pertain to pasting of posters seeking votes for Congress nominee Dharamsot and some sports organisations supporting him.

Perusal of records revealed that Surinder Kumar, a resident of Gandhi Chowk, had accused some unknown persons of defacing his shop situated near Gaushal Road by pasting posters carrying pictures of Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Fatehgarh Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.

According to an FIR registered, the accused also defaced premises of the erstwhile octroi post situated near his shop.

Another case was registered on the statement of Havaldar Safiq Khan, who during night patrolling was informed that some unknown persons were pasting posters carrying pictures of Congress nominee on walls of shops and houses when these were shut and without taking permission from owners of these establishments.

Sub-inspector Jaspal Singh received information that some unknown persons coming from Pohir Road side were defacing properties owned by private owners. However, the suspects managed to run away when the police reached the spot. The police registered another case in this connection.

In another incident, a social activist of Giani Jail Singh Colony, Bhim Sain, informed the Amargarh police that some unknown persons had defaced
the premises of Government Primary School by pasting posters of a sports club.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh, Gurmit Singh said they had directed all beat in-charges to ensure that no posters of handbills belonging to any candidate, irrespective of their political allegiance, were pasted on any building without prior permission.

Investigating officers have been asked to identify suspects in registered
cases and initiate action against them. 


Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh, Gurmit Singh said he had directed all beat in-charges to ensure that no posters of handbills belonging to any candidate, irrespective of their political allegiance, were pasted on any building without prior permission. 



Ayali goes all out to garner support 
Tribune News Service

SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali with his supporters in Ludhiana.
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali with his supporters in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, April 13
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali held nukkad meetings at various places in the city today. He assured residents of providing basic amenities.

"The SAD-BJP Government has made efforts to provide all facilities to the residents. If the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) comes into power, we will be able to get more funds from the Centre," said Ayali.

Ayali campaigned at Rahon Road in Ward No. 5, New Subash Nagar in Ward No. 6, Baba Jivan Singh Nagar and Shiv Shanker Colony in Ward No. 7, Company Bagh and Gurmail Park in Ward No. 8, Guru Arjun Dev Nagar in Ward No. 9 and Sector 39 in Ward No. 15. He addressed a gathering at Varinder Nagar in Ward No. 1. SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Malkit Singh Birmi, councillors Tarsem Singh Bhinder, Pal Singh Garewal, Sukhdev Singh Gill, Gurbax Singh Billa, Mandeep Kaur Sandhu and Jagbir Singh Sokhi accompanied Ayali on the campaign. 



Fewer candidates this elections
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
This year, the number of candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections has gone down. Twenty-two candidates are in the fray. Of them, 10 are Independent candidates while in the 2009 elections, there were 30 candidates. Of them 19 were Independents.

Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, said, "There will be two electronic voting machines at every booth. Those, who do not want to vote for any candidate, can go in for NOTA (option and press the 16th button." In 2009, there were 13,09,308 voters and the total number of votes polled was 8,46, 364. This year, the total number of votes is 15,24,441 (till January 6). The supplementary list of voters (whose votes were prepared after January 6, 2014) is yet to be released by the District Election Office. Rajat Aggarwal, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said, "The data of new voters has been sent to the head office. There are 4,8000 new voters. We will hand over the supplementary list to all candidates by April 15."

What's in a name?

Rajat Aggarwal, DEO-cum-DC, Ludhiana, said,"Ravneet Singh Bittu sought permission to add "Bittu" to his name as he is popularly known as "Bittu". Similarly, sitting Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains wanted to add "Bains" to his name. The two were allowed to do so. But another Independent candidate "Bittu" wanted to add to "Birla" to his name saying he was known as "Birla' . But on verification, it was found that he was known as "Bittu" and not "Birla". His plea was turned down. Another Independent candidate Simerjit Singh also requested to add "Bains" to his name but he too was not allowed to do so. 



Reporters Diary
A flowery treat for Bittu

All the candidates contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections are leaving no stone unturned to reach out to the people. They are campaigning door to door to reach out to maximum number of people. Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, apart from canvassing in the constituency, is also visiting parks in a bid to woo people there for a morning walk. The residents were impressed with his gesture and welcomed him with flowers on his visit to a park. "This is the first time that a politician is visiting parks during early hours for canvassing. So, we thought of appreciating his act by greeting him with flowers," said a resident.

Looking the other way

If the proliferation of illegal buildings across the city is any indication, it can be safely assumed that the high-ups in the Municipal Corporation, and especially the officials of the building branch, are in a deep slumber. Cases of illegal construction, deviation from approved building plan and conversion of residential buildings into commercial ones drag for long, and when it comes to taking action, deals are struck and rules are given a go-by. Also, in cases where top officials issue orders for demolition, field staff adopt delaying tactics to allow violators seek judicial redress such as getting stay orders. Upset over open defiance and connivance of the building branch staff in the dubious act of unlawful constructions, some of the top officials of the civic body are learnt to have lodged complaints with the Punjab government, but that too has failed to deter the tainted MC employees.

Coincidence or a deliberate attempt

Work on recarpeting Humbran Road from Old Courts Chowk to Dandi Swami Road commenced on the day Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal was in the city. Kejriwal was scheduled to take the same route later in the day in the course of his roadshow. Although, the much awaited repair of the busy road was a welcome step, closing one side of the road just before Kejriwal's roadshow left many questions unanswered. Commuters had a harrowing time throughout the day, especially when the roadshow covered that particular stretch.

On the driver’s seat

On the last day of filing nomination papers, SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali reached the Mini-Secretariat after inaugurating his election office on Gill Road. As his cavalcade proceeded towards the destination, Ayali asked BJP district unit president Parveen Bansal to accompany him in his car. Interestingly, Bansal opted to drive Ayali's car to the Mini-Secretariat. On seeing this, a party worker said: “Yeh sarthi achha hai (He is a good chauffeur).” Another person chipped in: “Both will run the government in a good way.”

Conversion formula

The Aam Aadmi Party's roadshow remained talk of the town. Many residents were curious to know about the response to the event, while party's opponents said huge rush did not mean a large number of votes. The truth remained people did come out in large numbers to be a part of the roadshow. After this event, AAP supporters are certainly pumped up. It will be interesting to see whether the “crowd” converts into "votes" for the party on April 30.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Students usher in New Year
Celebrate festival of harvest Baisakhi, commemorate creation of Khalsa Panth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
Baisakhi, the harvest festival that also signifies the beginning of a new year, was celebrated in various city-based schools.

Green Land Senior Secondary Public School

The school celebrated its 23rd anniversary along with Baisakhi with great zeal. During an exhibition, more than 3,000 students showcased their scientific and aesthetic calibre through various working models, charts and presentations depicting evolution and extinction of various living species. In the healthy diet and food corner, students were made aware of the nutritious and balanced diet. Punjabi culture was also showcased.

ABC Montessori School

The BRS Nagar-based school organised a path and kirtan, followed by langar. Children and teachers came dressed in traditional attires. Parents, too, attended the kirtan. Children served the langar to the gathering.

Sat Paul Mittal School

The school commemorated its Foundation Day along with celebrating Baisakhi at Guru Nanak Bhawan. Students presented a cultural extravaganza. Dr Naresh Trehan, founder chairman and MD, Medanta, was the chief guest.

Bharatiya Vidya Mandir

A house-wise cultural show was organised to mark the harvesting festival. The programme commenced “shabad gayan”, followed by a speech highlighting the importance of the festival. A short act on Jallianwala Bagh massacre moistened all eyes. Folklore of Punjab cheered all the hearts once again.

Everest Public Senior Secondary School

Tiny tots took part in a fancy dress competition at the Moti Nagar school. Students presented a bright and colourful programme. Donning traditional attires, they presented folk dances and songs.

Paradise Playway School

Traditional charkha, chaaj, pakhi and dholak adorned the Dugri school. Teachers apprised the students of various aspects of rural Punjab and its cultural heritage through tableaux designed for the occasion.

Spring Dale Public School

The day began with a special lecture during the morning assembly. It was followed by a cultural programme to make children acquainted with the traditions. Folk orchestra and Punjabi group dance were applauded. The main attraction was the competition for the titles “Singh is King” and “Kaur Di Taur”.

Bal Bharati Public School

The school premises wore a festive look. Students participated whole-heartedly in fun-filled function.

Green Land School

The Subhash Nagar school celebrated Baisakhi with great pomp. Kindergarten children were beautifully dressed up in Punjabi attires. The function commenced with a Punjabi folk song by the music teacher. Students of senior classes danced on various folk songs.

Cherubs the Preschool

The Dugri-based school was decorated with cut-outs of farmers, phulkari and balloons. During the assembly, students were told about the importance of this seasonal festival. Dressed in typical folk attire, students enthralled the audience with an energetic bhangra. Children were told about various aspects of rural Punjab and its cultural heritage through tableaux showing sowing, ploughing, harvesting, winnowing and gathering of crop.

MGM Public School

A typical village scene was created on the school premises. The students put up a colourful dance performance.

Peace Public School

Baisakhi and Ambedkar Jayanti were celebrated with full fervour at Peace Public School. The celebrations started on a spiritual note with the school prayer. The school was decorated with handmade charts, ribbons and flowers. Students were dressed up in colourful attires. Students of the pre-primary wing were taken to the fields in a nearby village.

GNI Public School

Students participated in the celebrations actively at the BRS Nagar school. Senior wing students recited their favourite shabads.

Guru Nanak Public School

The kindergarten section of the school celebrated the harvest festival. They were encouraged to speak a few lines on the festival.

Ryan International

Various colourful activities marked the occasion at the Dugri-based school. Students of Montessori-I did thumb painting on cut-outs of corn field, while Montessori-III students used glitter colours. A drawing competition was organised for the students of Class I.

SDP School

Baisakhi and Ambedkar Jayanti were celebrated with great zeal at the Basti Jodhewal-based school. Students delivered lectures on the life of Dr BR Ambedkar and presented songs on Baisakhi.

Drishti School

The harvest festival of North India and Mahavir Jayanti were celebrated with great zeal at the Narangwal school. Students presented a special assembly that began with a melodious hymn giving the message to shun materialism. Students presented folk dances and speeches.

Helianthus School

The Sunder Nagar-based school organised a cultural programme to mark Baisakhi. Alka Gauri from Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, was the chief guest. Children expressed their feelings through poems. 

Children get to know significance of the day

Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Baisakhi with a lot of zeal. Children performed bhangra and giddha on the beats of dhol. Children were told about the history and significance of the festival. They learnt that for the farming community, the day marks the time for harvesting winter crops and is regarded as the first day of New Year. At Desh Bhagat Global School, a special assembly was held to inspire students to serve humanity and to make them aware of their cultural heritage. The religious significance of the day as the anniversary of creation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh more than 300 years ago was explained to the little ones. A cultural function and quiz were also organised.



Fire brigade needs upgrade
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
The fire brigade is one of the most neglected department's of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Forty-two firemen, eight drivers, four leading firemen, four sub-fire officers, one fire station officer and one Assistant Divisional Fire Officer cater to the population of more than16 lakh.

As National Fire Service Day falls tomorrow, the authorities need to take steps to upgrade infrastructure and equip the fire department with latest equipment.

Firefighters don't even have masks to cover their faces, leave aside any other safety equipment.

Assistant Divisional Fire Officer (ADFO) Bhupinder Singh Sandhu said from tomorrow, they would be educating residents about fire safety.

"We will also observe the Fire Service Week. We will go to markets, shopping malls, schools, colleges and other places and highlight the importance of fire safety," said Sandhu.

The Fire Service Week is observed nationwide to pay homage to people who lost their lives in the devastating fire and explosion which occurred on April 14, 1944, at the Victoria Dock of Bombay Port.

The city's fire brigade is ill-equipped in tackling fire incidents at shopping malls-cum-multiplexes as the department does not have hydraulic ladders and other such equipment. For the past many years, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has taken no steps to upgrade.

As per rules, one fire tender is required for a population of 50,000, which means for a population of 17 lakh, 34 fire tenders are required. But only 13 fire tenders are in a working condition while six are lying defunct. 



INIFD students put their best design forward
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
Students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design were at their creative best at the exhibition “Art Beat 2014”.

Over 1,000 designer products and dresses were exhibited during the exhibition.

Interior design students, too, showcased lamps, book shelves, laser-cut acrylic products, wood panels in the Wood Art Studio. A large reading lamp, created by Shivam Kakkar, had space for storing books and magazines.

In Melange section, first-year students of interior design displayed paper paintings, LED lamps, designer art pieces, rugs, carpets and designer beds.

Vanika, a faculty member, said it was great to see first-year students create so many designer and utility products.

A team of students presenting the concept of Srijana showed how creative work could be done in low budget. From using shrubs to make creative lighting to using magazine covers and photos for the wall paper, different themes were presented.

In Moda Chamber section, Western dresses made by students were showcased. Manvi, a first-year student, said handmade ribbon embroidery took a lot of time to create. Designer neck-pieces were also presented during the exhibition.

In Kala Mandir section, designer pieces utilisng traditional Indian printing, embroidery and painting techniques were used to create modern designer ties, footwear and dresses.

Arvind Gupta, centre director, INIFD, Ludhiana, said a lot of emphasis was being laid on practical training of students.



Parents continue hunger strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
A body of parents whose children are studying in some city-based private schools continued their chain hunger strike for the second day at Jagraon Bridge. The parents want the district administration to take action against those schools that are not following the Right to Education Act and are flouting the Central Board of Secondary Education rules.

Parents of children studying at Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamalpur, also joined the protest today.

Kawar Ranjan Singh, president of the body, said the chain hunger strike would continue till March 15.

"Schools are collecting a huge fee and building funds besides selling books and uniforms. Our body has started this movement to take on these schools,” said Ranjan.

"The district administration will organise a meeting of parents and school managements on April 15. We hope the school managements will address the issues. Otherwise, we will intensify the struggle,” he said.



from colleges
Faculty development programme

Students in a jubilant mood after the annual convocation at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana.
Students in a jubilant mood after the annual convocation at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: The Gulzar Group of Institutes organised a faculty development programme on its campus. Around 200 faculty members attended the lecture delivered by soft skills trainer Ramesh Sood. The programme aimed at creating self-awareness and sensitising faculty on the ground realities of the competitive world. Sood said we have a duty towards ourselves; to become better each day.

Degrees conferred on 400 students

Degrees were conferred on 400 students at the 64th Annual Convocation of Arya College. The function began with an invocation to the God with ceremonial lighting of the lamp. Principal Dr RC Tejpal welcomed the chief guest and read the annual report. He highlighted major achievements of the college students in academics, cultural and sports arena. The chief guest, Dr AC Vaid, said efforts should be made to inculcate entrepreneurial abilities in students. He said such an environment should be created that students can take calculated risks for enjoying better gains within the ethics of business.


Prof Bimlesh Kumar Gupta was elected the president of the local unit of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union at Kamla Lohtia SD College. Other office-bearers include Dr Mohd Saleem (general secretary) and Prof Sandeep Chanana (finance secretary). Prof Gupta thanked all the members for their unanimous support.

Farewell function

Farewell of the graduating students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology saw a gala event at Basant Resorts. The final-year students of fashion design, knitwear design and fashion merchandising were bid adieu. A ramp show was organised by the juniors for the leaving batch. Fun games were also organised. Titles of Mr Farewell and Ms Farewell were given. Student of the Year Award was also given on the basis of the academic record and participation in extra-curricular activities.

Personality development

A personality development programme was organised for the students of postgraduate diploma in international business at Kamla Lohtia SD College. Resourse persons Raghav Kapila and Varun Verma prepared the students for personal interviews. While Kapila made them understand ways to handle stress during interviews, Verma enlightened the students on the aspect of body language.

Annual convocation

Clad in black robes, a large number of students graduating from the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, received degrees during the annual convocation of the college. As many as 470 degrees were awarded. The chief guest also gave away eight memorial medals, 11 roll of honour, 22 college colours and 16 merit certificates to the students. Dr Jagbir Singh, an eminent critic, was presented with the Award of Honour for his achievements in Punjabi literature.

Business conference

The PCTE Group of Institutes organised the International Business Conference 2014. Group director Dr VP Mishra said such events helped students learn the practical aspects of the industry by bridging the gap between theory and practice. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan
Jewellery exhibition

A woman tries on a necklace at an exhibition in Ludhiana.
A woman tries on a necklace at an exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

A jewellery exhibition was organised in the city. The organiser, Lav Dhingra, said the city residents liked exquisite jewellery and, rather than going for smaller pieces, preferred large polki jewellery. Following the Mughal tradition, the jewellery on display had intricate and fine work on its rear side as well. Lav said each piece of jewellery took a minimum of three to four months. The collection being showcased at the exhibition is titled Katha.

Construction banned

Additional District Magistrate, Ludhiana, Baldev Singh has passed an order under Section 144 of the CrPC against any addition, alteration or fresh construction in the restricted zone, i.e. 1,000 yards from the outer parapet of the ammunition depot at Badhowal. This order will stay in force till June 10. He said there had been cases of unauthorised constructions in the area. He said the action was taken in the interest of the country’s defence and public in general.

Rly association extends support

During the monthly meeting of the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association, the members extended support to Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains. Sher Singh, chairman of the association, said the decision was taken keeping in mind Bains services to the public as a councillor and an MLA. The meeting was presided over by Tarvinder Singh, senior vice-president of the association.

Tributes paid

On his 124th birth anniversary, the District Valmiki Sabha and Bharatiya Janta Party paid tributes to of Dr BR Ambedkar. Those present on the occasion included BjP district unit chief Parveen Bansal and DP Khosla.

Martyrs remembered

The Ludhiana Central Youth Congress paid tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh. They formed a human chain on Jagraon Bridge. Congress party candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, his brother Guriqbal Singh Honey and several other party leaders were present at the function. — TNS



Sanjeev Kaushik Cricket Tournament
Jawahar Coaching Centre win by eight runs, enter final
Will face SDP Coaching Centre in the title clash
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 13
Jawahar Coaching Centre, Jalandhar, overpowered Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by eight runs to have a face-off with SDP Coaching Centre that got the better of Channi Coaching Centre by three runs in the eighth Sanjeev Kaushik Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) at Baran Hara ground on Hambran Road.

In the semifinals, Jawahar Coaching Centre scored 148 runs. The main contributors were Bobby (44), Nitin (39) and Purshottam (22). For Saraswati Modern School, Piyush Sharma made 35 runs and took four wickets. Abhishek got rid of two batsmen after conceding 25 runs while Harpreet Harry took two for 32.

Needing 149 runs, Saraswati Modern School were bowled out for 140 runs. Useful contributions made by Ankit (42), Harpreet Harry (36) and Piyush Sharma (30) went in vain as they fell short of the target by nine runs. For the winning side, Nikhil claimed five wickets for 42 runs and Kalli grabbed two wickets for 30 runs.

In another match, SDP Coaching Centre made 125 runs. Their innings revolved around Mohit (22), Abhinav (12) and Karan (11). For Chhani Coaching Centre, Saksham and Sameer Gulati captured three and two wickets, respectively.

In reply, Channi Coaching Centre could make 122 runs. Piyush was the main run-getter who scored 40 and was followed by Mukul and Abhi who made 16 and 15 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Bobby chipped in with three wickets for 35 runs while Nikhil and Vansh got one wicket each.



16 players shortlisted for PCA academy
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 13
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) finalised the list of 16 talented and upcoming cricketers aged between 12 and 14 for its Non-Residential Academy being run by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at Arya College ground.

Thirty-five aspirants took part in the trials on March 23. A three-member selection panel consisting of former cricketers Arun Bedi from Chandigarh, Balbir Singh of Patiala and former captain of Punjab Ranji team Ankur Kakkar selected the boys.

The PCA started the scheme last year. Sixteen players each were selected from the academies run at six major cities Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala.

The selected players are Garry Bhardhwaj, Aman Rajput, Manjot Singh, Nihal Wadhera, Harmanpreet, Tanroop, Nikhil Rai, Ishan Bhagria, Karthik Joshi, Paras Bagga, Harshit Takkar, Gokul Tiwari, Aditya Vir, Sehaj Berry, Arjun Puri and Amitoz Singh.



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