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Five-tier security for Modi's rally
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Tight security arrangements have been put in place for a smooth conduct of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally that will be held near Jalandhar Bypass tomorrow.

According to sources in the Intelligence Department, the police personnel below the rank of sub-inspector will not carry any weapon. The move has been taken in the wake of recent intelligence inputs of threat to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal from terrorist organisations. During Sukbir Badal's previous visit to the city, the lower-rung police personnel were asked to deposit their weapons with the Police Lines. However, no police official confirmed the development.

Sources said five-tier security arrangements have been put in place for Modi's rally. Along with the local police, paramilitary forces, the police from other districts will be deployed at the venue.

The rally venue today witnessed hectic activities as several high-rank police officials visited the place one after another.

Yesterday, the Director-General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora had visited the rally venue to take stock of the security arrangements.

The rally is being organised to garner support for the SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali.

According to police sources, around 5,000 policemen would be present at the rally venue.

Besides dog and bomb-disposal squads, the police will keep a vigil on the rally through close circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Traffic chaos likely

As a large number of supporters are expected to visit the rally venue near Jalandhar Bypass, regulating traffic there will be a Herculean task. To make matters worse, the police have not issued any traffic diversion plan.

Oppn takes a jibe

The main Opposition Congress was quick to blame the police for allegedly playing into the hands of the ruling government. Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said: "The SAD-BJP combine could stoop to any level for petty publicity. They have chosen a venue which is not ideal for holding such big rallies. Tomorrow, passengers stranded in traffic jams will be projected as “a sea of supporters”. Unfortunately, the police are also hand in glove with politicians.


No stopping snatchers, two more lose purses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Even as the police have failed to nab the persons who had stanched a purse containing Rs 2 lakh and gold ornaments from Inderjit Kaur, daughter-in-law of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar, two more snatchings were reported in different parts of the city today.

In the first incident, two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched a purse from 55-year-old Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Khanpur village, in the BSNL telephone exchange area, BRS Nagar.

She said the snatchers came from behind and took away her purse containing Rs 12,000 and two mobile phones.

In the second incident, two bike riders snatched a purse from Parminder Kaur (40) in the Model Gram area. The incident took place while she was returning home after paying obeisance at a gurdwara.

Perminder Kaur fought bravely with the snatchers. She got hold of the string of the purse and resisted their attempt. She suffered injuries as she was pushed and dragged by the snatchers.

The local residents said a similar incident took place in the evening. Snatchers tried to snatch the purse of a woman who was on a rickshaw. She fell and sustained injuries when as she tried to foil their attempt.

Woman hurt as she fights snatchers

Perminder Kaur fought bravely with the snatchers. She got hold of the string of the purse and resisted their attempt. She suffered injuries as she was pushed and dragged by the snatchers.



Tewari may get RS seat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari may be nominated (as the Congress candidate) for a Rajya Sabha seat. The All-India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Shakeel Ahmad said this today.

Tewari, the Member of Parliament (MP) from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, had chosen not to re-contest. He opted out of the Lok Sabha elections, citing health reasons.

Ahmad said Tewari qualified for (the nomination as the Congress candidate for) a Rajya Sabha seat. “He’s the brightest (among the party leaders),” he added.

The Congress general secretary said Tewari had performed well as the Indian National Congress spokesman and as the Information and Broadcasting Minister. Besides, Tewari is close to the high command.

However, Ahmad said the decision on Tewari’s nomination would be taken by the Congress high command.

Tewari opted out of the contest as he was unwell, reiterated Ahmad, while answering a question during his interaction with media persons. “Tewari is on his way to recovery. His future is bright. As he’s an outgoing MP, his suggestions and recommendations carry weight. He has appealed to the people of Ludhiana to vote for Ravneet Singh Bittu, the Congress candidate from the Ludhiana seat,” he said.

Ahmad, who is the Punjab in-charge for the Lok Sabha elections, was in Ludhiana today.



34,410 first-time voters in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Efforts of the district administration and some organisations have borne fruit with more than 34,410 voters having been added to the voter list. Now, this constituency has 15,59,851 voters, of whom 8,346,43 are male and 7,252,08 are female.

Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, said: "After getting the supplementary list of voters approved in the second week of April, 34,410 new voters have been added to the voter list. The number of first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years is 65,227."

For the first time, the Election Commission of India has instructed all the DEOs to motivate young voters by appointing "campus ambassadors". In Ludhiana district, there were 18 campus ambassadors, who held various activities in their respective colleges to motivate young voters to get their votes prepared.

Meanwhile, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal said April 30 would be a paid holiday. Aggarwal said: "To enable workers in factories, shops and other commercial establishments to exercise their democratic right in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, to be held on April 30, the Labour Department has declared the day a weekly paid holiday."



Bank in spot over ‘illegal’ mobile towers
Tribune News Service

The mobile towers installed on a bank building in Ludhiana.
The mobile towers installed on a bank building in Ludhiana. a tribune photograph

Ludhiana, April 24
The Assistant Town Planner (Zone D) has served a notice on the Manager, State Bank of India, Treasury Branch, asking him to furnish the documents pertaining to permission given by the Municipal Corporation for installing two mobile towers on the bank building. Three days' time has been given to the Manager to furnish the documents or else the towers will be considered "illegal".

The notice has been served following an RTI application filed by an activist, Rohit Sabharwal, on April 17, 2014, in which he had sought information from the competent authority (MC) whether it had provided an NOC to install the mobile towers or whether the installation fee was deposited with the authorities.

According to the information with the MC Zone-D office, the ATP concerned, Rajinder Sharma, said all the records with MC were looked into but there was no document permitting the installation of the towers between 2006 and 2014. "We have asked them to furnish documents or else we will consider the towers illegal," said Sharma.

Sabharwal had said the towers were illegally installed and the area residents had complained about the health hazards due to radiation. "The residents complain they were regularly suffering from headaches and palpitations due to dangerous radiation emanating from the towers. Neither have the authorities got any permission to install the towers nor paid any fee. These should be removed to provide relief to the area residents," said Sabharwal.



Rajpura plant snag hits power supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 24
A technical snag in the newly commissioned thermal power plant at Rajpura late last evening disrupted power supply in the most parts of the state. Many major towns, including Ludhiana, plunged into darkness.

The 2x700 MW thermal power plant, set up by engineering giant Larsen and Toubro, commenced commercial operations in February this year.

Sources in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said some power generation equipment in the Rajpura plant had developed a snag late last evening, forcing the PSPCL to resort to load-shedding.

"Unscheduled power cuts were imposed in most towns and cities for a duration varying from 20 minutes to an hour. In certain areas, power cuts were reimposed for a couple of minutes," said the sources.



MC, Health Dept gear up for dengue
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The Municipal Corporation has identified more than 100 high-risk areas/colonies, which are prone to dengue. The MC authorities claim fogging had started in these areas on April 16 and it would be a continuous exercise.

Two cases of deangue were recently reported from a leading hospital here but both the patients were from Jalandhar district. They were discharged after treatment. The disease, caused by mosquitoes, had claimed around eight lives last year and 1,033 patients tested positive for the disease. Both the MC and the Health Department claimed they were all geared up to deal with any emergency.

18 health teams constituted

The District Health Department has constituted 18 teams with 203 members each. They will visit several areas across the district to spread awareness on dengue. "If a patient is diagnosed with dengue, we will spray his/her house and the surrounding areas with pyrephrum and temephos to check mosquito breeding," said the District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma.

Dr Verma said steps to check dengue started in July. Last year, the expenditure incurred on the whole exercise was Rs 1,68,345.

A dozen fogging machines

A dozen fogging machines have been pressed into service. Municipal Health Officer Charanjit Uppal said the major areas where fogging operations were being carried out included Sherpur, Lohara, Daba, Basti Jodhewal, Haibowal Kalan, Kundanpuri, Tajpur Road, Chander Nagar, Shimlapuri, Shivpuri, Abdullapur Basti, Janta Nagar and Vishkarma Colony. "There are more than 100 colonies/areas, which have been identified as high-risk zones. Most of the dengue cases were reported from these areas where regular fogging is going on. We will carry out fogging in the other parts of the city later," said Dr Uppal.

Symptoms of dengue

Dengue is the most rapidly spreading viral disease in the world. In the past 50 years, the dengue incidence has increased 30 times. The symptoms of the disease are fever, nausea, vomiting, rashes and aches.

Warning signs

* Abdominal pain or tenderness

* Persistent vomiting

* Clinical fluid accumulation

* Mucosal bleeding

* Lethargy, restlessness

* Liver enlargement up to 2 cml



17 schools axed from PSEB list
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has cancelled the affiliation of 12 schools of the district. These schools were running in less than 200 square yards and filed the papers with the PSEB to get the renewal for the affiliation.

The PSEB officials have conducted inspection of these schools to recheck their claims. The board found their infrastructure insufficient to run the school. The PSEB issued the list in which board mention the cancellation of the affiliation of as many as 117 schools across the state.

In Ludhiana district, the affiliation of schools, including Dreamland Public School, Moti Bagh Colony; Gian Vidhya Mandir Public School, Dugri; Harsh Vidya Mandir School, New Subhash Nagar; Preet Govind Model High School, Adda Jadha; Malwa Public School, Kohara; New Model High School, Nangal Khurd; New Swatantar Public School, Prem Vihar; Cambridge Model School, Machhiwara; Dhami Public High School, Gurdev Nagar; Red Rose Public School, Model Colony; BVM School, Simlapuri, has been cancelled.

GS Bath, secretary, PSEB, said, “Our officials visited the schools, which claimed that they have more than 200 square yard of land. Some of the schools have claimed that they have more land in the same area or near vicinity of the school. When we inspected the sites, these schools failed to show the land, so we had no other option but to cancel their affiliation.”

Schools will not close

Even after the cancellation of the affiliation by the PSEB, the school authorities can run the schools. According to the secretary of the PSEB, “The board has no powers to shut down the schools. The Education Department can take action against such schools, which are running without the affiliation of the PSEB.”



right to information
SIC issues notice to transport officer
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 24
The District Transport Officer (DTO), Ludhiana, has earned the wrath of the State Information Commission, Punjab, which has served a show-cause notice asking why a penalty should not be imposed on the official for adopting a casual approach towards the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Hearing the complaint (No 695/14) filed by a city-based advocate, Hari Om Jindal, the State Information Commissioner, Surinder Awasthi, observed that the information provided by the DTO to the applicant under the RTI Act was neither complete nor specific. "The commission has taken serious note of it," he recorded.

In his application, Jindal had sought specific information from the DTO regarding overcharging by a car dealership for fixing high security number plates. The response to the application was vague and not in conformity with the provisions of the RTI Act.

Disposing of the appeal, the commission issued a show-cause notice to Anil Garg, District Transport Officer-cum-PIO of the District Transport Office, Ludhiana, under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act, 2005, as to why a penalty of Rs 250 per day subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000 be not imposed on him till the desired information is actually furnished (to the applicant).

The commission directed the respondent DTO-cum-PIO to submit his reply in the form of an affidavit giving reasons for delaying and denying the supply of requisite information to the applicant before the next date of hearing.

"In addition to the written reply, the PIO is also hereby given an opportunity under Section 20(1) for a personal hearing before the imposition of such penalty on the next date of hearing. He may take note that in case he does not file his written reply and does not avail himself of the opportunity of personal hearing on the date fixed, it will be presumed that he has nothing to say and the commission shall proceed to take further proceedings against him ex-parte", the orders said.

The case will come up for next hearing on May 7, 2014. 

direction to dto

The State Information Commission directed the respondent DTO-cum-PIO to submit his reply in the form of an affidavit giving reasons for delaying and denying the supply of requisite information to the applicant before the next date of hearing to be held on May 7.



Indian origin youth elected British varsity president
Chranjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Amarbeer Singh Gill, a 22-year-old Sikh youth, born in UK and hailed from Gill village in Ludhiana was elected President of Student’s Union of Royal Holloway College. The Student’s Union represents and provides a service for the need and interests of students studying in the university.

During a media interaction Amarbeer informed that out of 9,000 students around 50 students belong to India.

It is a matter of proud for me as I am representing the students of the University. There are only 5 Sikh students in our university and it is positive development for Sikh community too, said Gill.

According to Amarbeer Singh, he used to play active role in students politics and for the issues of students.

I am concerned about the financial issues of the students along with welfare, sports and entertainment. The student’s politics is totally different from India. In our university, general meetings are highest decision making body of the Union and provide an opportunity to discuss the issues, makes announcements and engage in lively debate. Any student is eligible to attend, vote and have their say. The university gave the financial support to the union, he added.



Verma elected DBA president
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 24
Vijay B Verma won the elections for the prestigious post of president of the District Bar Association (DBA), in a triangular contest.

He defeated his nearest rival candidate Gurvinder Singh Sodhi with a huge margin of 402 votes. Verma secured 1,133 votes. The third contender, former vice-president of DBA Ashok Sharma secured only 123 votes.

Verma’s victory has given a severe blow to the opponents of vice-chairman of the bar council of High Court of Punjab and Haryana Parupkar Singh Ghumman. Verma’s candidature was strongly supported by Ghumman and he kept on seeking votes for Verma throughout the day.

When the returning officer, Sharwan Sehgal declared the result, supporters of Verma namely Sanjiv Malhotra, Sham Sunder Ahuja, Rakesh Sharda, Munish Purang, Chetan Verma, Harish Narang, Ajay Chopra and other young lawyers lifted him on their shoulders and raised slogans.

For the post of vice-president Rakesh Bhatia was declared winner. He defeated his nearest rival contestant, the sitting vice-president of DBA Gurdeep Singh Salh with a margin of 314 votes. Bhatia got 937 votes and Salh secured 623 votes and Girish Anmol Sood got 422 votes.

Gurpreet Singh Arora won the post of secretary. He defeated his rival contender, sitting DBA secretary Rustam Pal Singh with a margin of 153 votes. Arora got 911 votes, whereas Rustam Pal got 758 votes and Rajesh Rai bagged 316 votes.

For the post of joint secretary Vikram Monga was elected. Monga got 735 votes, Kamal Jaitika 524, Ravinder Singh Rawat 357 and Damanpreet Singh Bhikhi got 363 votes.

The new finance secretary elected was Ravinder Arora Prince. He got 799 votes.

Six executive members Puneet Sareen, Lokesh Batta, Ranjit Singh Sibia, Hempal Singh Nandpur, Amandeep Singh and Divjot Kaur have already been declared elected unanimously as no one filed nomination papers against them.

Out of 2,464 voters, the lawyers polled 2,001 votes. The results have given clear indication that the voters have refused to re-elect any sitting office bearer of DBA for the same post. 



Will tide over Modi wave: Shakeel Ahmad
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Even as the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi visits the city tomorrow, the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, Shakeel Ahmad, raked up once again the issue of Sikh farmers’ alleged ouster from Gujarat. Ahmad claimed that the anti-Modi sentiment was strong in Punjab. "The issue of the Sikh farmers in Gujarat is one of the major reasons why Punjabis will not vote for Modi," he said.

Sounding upbeat, Ahmad claimed that the Congress would cross the double-digit mark in Punjab in the Lok Sabha poll. The anti-incumbency factor would play an important role in favour of the Congress, he said. “The Akali Dal-BJP Government has lost the confidence of the people. Ministers’ names are figuring in drug cases. The people are overburdened by taxes.” Ahmad showered praises on Capt Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister, who’s now contesting as the Congress candidate from Amritsar. Capt Amarinder Singh is the “tallest and most charismatic leader”, he said.

“The Akali Dal-BJP leaders are in awe of him. The kind of statements they are issuing shows that they have lost their sense of balance.” After Captain's nomination, the state Congress had been galvanised, said Ahmad. Asked if it was a blunder on the part of the Congress to have ‘removed’ Captain from the post of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leadership, Ahmad skirted the issue, saying: “It (the decision) depends on the party leadership (at the Centre). The party leadership decides what work it wants from a particular leader and for how long.” While attempting to debunk the “Modi magic”, Ahmad claimed that statistics disprove Modi’s claim of “Gujarat shining”. He claimed that the successive wins of Modi in the Gujarat Assembly polls were made possible only because Modi appealed for vote (to the electorate) as a Prime Ministerial nominee.

He claimed that the Congress is united in the state. On the issue of “clean chit” being given by certain Congress leaders to certain Akali leaders in drug case, he said it was the Congress leaders’ “personal opinion”. “Certain leaders expressed their opinion in favour of local investigation. The party’s view was that there should be a CBI inquiry.”


All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Shakeel Ahmad claimed that the anti-Modi sentiment was strong in Punjab. “The issue of the Sikh farmers in Gujarat is one of the major reasons why Punjabis will not vote for Modi," he said. The anti-incumbency factor would play an important role in favour of the Congress, he said.



Will keep poll promises: Manpreet Ayali
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali said he would deliver on his promises. Ayali said the SAD would exempt the industry from income tax and central excise tax. He said he would set up an IT hub after winning the elections.

During a meeting at Baddowal village, Ayali said dairy farming, fish farming and other allied occupations would be promoted to support farmers. He la0id emphasis on infrastructural development of villages.

Akali leader Malkit Singh Birmi organised a road show at ward number 73 in support of Ayali.

Ayali claimed that several supporters of Independent candidates and the Congress had joined the Akali Dal. Gurdev Singh Ladhar from ward number 24 left the Congress and joined the Akali Dal. Kulwinder Kaur, a supporter of Independent candidate, also joined the Akali Dal. The Valmiki Samaj extended help to Ayali.

Jagbeer Singh Sokhi, councillor, ward number 65, held an election meeting and urged voters to support Ayali. A rally was taken out at Bhanohar.



Party lines no bar for leaders
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 24
Local leaders are not rigid about about party lines when it comes to extending support to Lok Sabha candidates from three constituencies of the region.

They convene meetings to canvass for their candidates and also give moral support to others for personal and social reasons.

Cutting across party lines, office-bearers and activists of various political and social organisations continue visiting offices of various candidates contesting the elections from the Fatehgarh, Ludhiana and Sangrur constituencies.

Ahmedgarh Ekta Manch, a confederation of over 20 social and trade organisations, which had observed a strike at local Bhagat Singh Chowk for 50 days, has a large number of office-bearers of the Congress.

Though the strike was called off after SAD candidate Kulwant Singh assured them of getting their demands accepted, a majority of activists of the manch led by the convener owing allegiance to the Congress are campaigning for AAP candidate Harinder Singh Khalsa.

Congress MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, who had recently rejoined the SAD, is also reported to have succeeded in wooing his 'confidantes' in favour of Kulwant Singh. Known for their proximity to Libra, the Congressmen have obliged him (Libra) by retreating from the campaign at the town but are proving loyalty to the party by extending support to the Congress nominee from the Ludhiana constituency.

Similarly, some office-bearers of various wings of the BJP and the SAD are openly supporting an Independent candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

Rajesh Kumar Sharma, an office-bearer of saffron outfit, said he had extended support to the Independent candidate in recognition of long family relations. "But at the same time, I canvass for the SAD-BJP candidate from our own constituency Fatehgarh Sahib," said Sharma. 



ludhiana votes 2014
Winds of change
Efforts being put in to motivate residents to vote
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
With just five days left for the Lok Sabha elections, the district administration and social organisations are making a last-ditch effort to encourage voters to exercise their franchise.

Gagandeep Sehgal (33), a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, has put up a board urging residents to cast their vote.

Gagandeep, a businessman, said, "I aim at exhorting people to vote for the right candidate on April 30. The administration has permitted me to install the board." To help the elderly reach the polling booths, the youngster has displayed his mobile phone number on the board. He said those who needed help could contact him.

He said: "I have a car and will also hire an auto for ferrying the elderly." Gagandeep is also creating awareness on NOTA (none other than above) option. He wants to serve society and has also organised a few blood donation in collaboration with Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital. He said, "I may set up an NGO to serve people."



Will make a clean sweep: Raj Babbar
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Launching an attack on Narendra Modi, actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate was good at making promises. In Varanasi, he assured weavers of tiding over their problems, but the ground reality threw up a different picture, Babbar said.

"Modi never keeps his promises. In Gujarat, kite makers are living in miserable conditions," Raj Babbar said.

He was in the city to organise a road show in support of Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu.

The road show started from Sangeet Cinema. Raj Babbar urged voters to cast their vote for Bittu.

Raj Babbar said people were fed up with the SAD-BJP government. The ruling alliance failed to root out drug addiction. "Bittu will win the Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Seeking support for Bittu, Raj said people should not forget the sacrifices made by his grandfather Beant Singh. The Congress will make a clean sweep. "We are hopeful of winning all 13 seats," Raj Babbar stated.

The rally passed through Bhagwan Chowk, Jamel Road, Janta Nagar, Guru Nanak School Road, Kot Mangal Singh Chowk, Magar Di Chaki Road, Ittan Wala Chowk, New Janta Nagar, Gill Market, Daba Chowk, Daba Road, Purani Police Chowki Road and Bedi Chowk. Congress leaders, including Pawan Diwan, district president, were present.



NOTA option attracts the young brigade
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 24
NOTA (none of the above) button seems to have caught the fancy of young voters as they believe all political parties make false promises.

Educated awakened youngsters have already given up all hopes of getting anything worthwhile from these political leaders. "The leaders have fooled us time and again. We are not going to give a second thought while pressing the button," said Jaspreet, a student. Meera, another student, shared: "Politicians are not concerned about the development." "Political parties have failed to address the problems of people. We will teach them a lesson through NOTA," she said. "They have no right to fool us. Candidates make promises and when it comes to fulfilling those, they look the other way," said Purnoor. "We need an honest representative. A person who can eradicate social evils and work for the welfare of people," said Poonam.

SDM Payal Ghansayam Thori said: "Our motive is to encourage voters to exercise their franchise. To ensure good turnout at polling stations, we launched a number of campaigns. If they don't want to vote, the can go in for NOTA. Every single vote matters. The chance comes to people after five years, they should respond.”



Simarjit Bains goes door to door
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains urged residents not to vote for candidates who were involved in drug smuggling.

"Former DGP Sashi Kant has exposed the Akali Dal and the BJP leaders," said Bains.

A number of leaders and workers of other parties joined Bains today. The Shiv Sena activists also extended support to Bains at Gulchaman Gali. Bains went door to door in Ludhiana (West). A road show was also organised at Gill. 



from schools
Discourse for NCC cadets

An officer of NCC 3 Girls (PB) delivers a lecture at BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday To felicitate NCC cadets and motivate others, an inspirational discourse was held on the campus of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar. The NCC cadets were exhorted to serve their motherland with devotion, discipline and selfless service. KC Maini, OP Sabharwal and MM Bamba appreciated the contributions of the BVM cadets and thanked the resource person, Col Ashwani Kumar.
An officer of NCC 3 Girls (PB) delivers a lecture at BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Enrolment drive for NCC air wing

Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr SS Kaila, visited Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, along with his team of instructors, here today. The enrolment drive was carried out by NO 4 (PB) Air Sqn NCC, based in Sarabha Nagar. The school ANO, third officer Dalip Kumar, coordinated the event. As many as 250 students turned up for the enrolment against the vacancy of 50 seats. After the initial selection, which involved physical activity, as many as 110 cadets were put through the second round of selection procedure.

The event started off with a power point presentation on activities related to Air Wing of the NCC. The students were given information on adventure activities like parasailing, flying, aeromodelling etc. Senior NCC cadets of the school narrated their experience during the last annual training camp. Speaking to the students, Wg Cdr SS Kaila motivated them to join the NCC. He said NCC helped in developing leadership qualities, besides making them aware of social obligations, thus enabling them in becoming good citizens.

“The emphasis is on their verbal communication skills and to assess their general motivation levels as these help them to assimilate training in an effective manner,” said Wg Cdr Kaila.

Earth Day celebrations

To motivate the children to save Mother Earth, a function was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, Daad. Students of Classes VI, VII and VIII recited poems and also participated in the on-the-spot slogan writing and poster making competition. Principal of the school, Manjit Kaur, addressed the students.

Green Land School

Earth Day was also celebrated by the students of Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road. Students presented a cultural programme on the theme of how to stop pollution. Dances and chorography depicted how pollution was harming the environment. A declamation contest was also held for the students of Class IV and V to create awareness among students. An inter-house poster making competition was organised for Classes VI to XII on the school premises. Principal Vinita Sanan appreciated the efforts of the students and motivated them to keep Mother Earth clean and green.

Blossom Convent School

The World Earth Day was celebrated at Blossom Convent School, Sidhwan Bet. Competitions like art and craft, model making and quiz contest were organised on the occasion. The students gave different ideas to save the Earth and also made the junior wing aware about the importance of the Earth for us. Principal Amarjit Kaur Naaz discussed effects of global warming with the students. She also appealed to the students and their parents to grow more trees to save the Earth from global warming and maintain the balance of nature. Chairman of the school, Harbhajan Singh Johal, president Manpreet Singh Brar and secretary Major Singh Johal appreciated the views and efforts of the students to save the earth.

Sacred Soul School

Sacred Soul Convent Senior Secondary School. Dugri Road, celebrated World Earth Day. Students of Class I to V made greeting cards on concepts related to Mother Earth.

Students of Class VI to X made colourful globes by using balloon and newspaper. Students of the Kindergarten section planted saplings. Students were educated about the need and importance of plants and trees for earth and human life. They took a pledge to take care of the environment and to plant more saplings on their birthdays. Chairman of the school, Gurmail Singh Gill, secretary Sukhdeep Gill and the Principal Monica also planted saplings on the occasion. 



Ludhiana scan

An old customer shares his experience on the 150th Foundation Day of Allahabad Bank in Ludhiana on Thursday. Allahabad Bank turns 150
Allahabad Bank celebrated its 150th Foundation Day today. A customer meet was held at Clock Tower branch of the bank to commemorate the event. AGM RK Surya participated in the meet. Chief manager Sheel Ranjan said bank could not survive without the support of the customers. He announced that bank would launch e-Lobby, through which customer service would get a tremendous boost.
An old customer shares his experience on the 150th Foundation Day of Allahabad Bank in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Medicos meet

A meeting of the medical practitioners and lab technicians was held under the guidance of Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Sahnewal. Detailed information was given about the vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue. The SMO asked all present to prepare lists of patients who tested positive for the disease and send it to the Health Department.

Awareness rally

Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) organised “Vote PAU vote” march on the campus. The aim behind the march was to make everyone aware about the right to vote and the power they had to change the regime.

Riot-affected need sympathy

KK Bawa, the president of Terrorist Affected Organisation, said residents of Delhi, Punjab and Gujarat did not want politics but sympathy. He said several innocents lost their lives in riots. Their kin should be given sympathy and the guilty should be severely punished, said Bawa.

Residents warn contestants

The residents of New Partap Nagar and Bajwa Colony rued that basic amenities were provided just in posh areas as influential people lived there whereas those residing in New Partap Nagar and Bajwa Colony were a harassed lot. They said despite the contestants openly supporting their cause at the time of elections, they were still deprived of all the basic amenities. The residents warned contestants to show result or be prepared to face the music on April 30, the voting day.

Get-together of Belan Brigade

The Belan Brigade held a nukkad meeting at Model Colony, Rahon Road, to make the masses aware not to support the party or candidates, who lured voters with drugs. Members of the Navkiran Women Welfare Association said the Election Commission had come out with various posters/banners to cast vote, but not a single contact number had been given for lodging any complaint against candidate or party, which distributed drugs to lure the voters. — TNS



Model code of conduct
Two booked for violation
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 24
Khanna Sadar Police has registered a case against two persons for allegedly violating model code of conduct. The accused are resident of Rahon village and allegedly made an announcement through public address system of the village Gurdwara regarding the visit of Punjab Chief Minister to grain market, Rahon.

On April 17 the SAD had organised a political rally at the grain market to support party candidate Kulwant Singh from Lok Sabha constituency of Fatehgarh Sahib and the rally was addressed by Chief Minister and some other top leaders of the Akali Dal and BJP. Someone from the village made a complaint about it and BDPO, Khanna, was deputed to look into the allegation of announcement from the village Gurdwara. After enquiry BDPO found that village Granthi Kulwinder Singh had announced about Chief Minister’s visit and he was persuaded by a villager Gurdeep Singh for announcement.

Khanna Police had registered a case in this regard under Sections 3,5 and 6 of The Religious Institution (Prevention of Misuse) Act 1988, against Gurdeep Singh and Kulwinder Singh. BDPO Sarabjit Kaur said being an in-charge of the flying squad made by the administration regarding elections she was informed by SDM, Khanna, on evening of April 16 on phone about the violation. She was directed to visit the village. She said although it was too late but she along with photography team visited the village and asked about the announcement from the village Sarpanch who refused to give any information about it. Later village granthi told her that he was persuaded by a villager Gurdeep Singh. Following this Gurdeed Singh was called on the spot and he admitted that he had asked the granthi to make the announcement. She said after the enquiry she had submitted her report to SDM, Khanna, who further sent it to police for further action.

SDM Harjot Kaur said she is not aware about registeration of case but said there are clear instructions about model code of conduct and they had acted as per law. 



Master Blaster turns 41
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 24
Master Blaster, the greatest batsmen of the modern generation, Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 today. Sports lovers celebrated the birthday of Sachin. They distributed sweets and offered cake to the portrait of the timeless master.

Trainees of a cricket academy at Punjab Agricultural University celebrated Sachin's birthday by pledging to play in true spirits of sports with discipline, sincerity, hard work and dedication. They also vowed to keep themselves away from drugs.

Their trainer Amrik Singh Nagra urged budding cricketers to emulate Sachin who has all sorts of records against his name. He highlighted the achievements of Sachin Tendulkar and called him the jewel of Indian cricket. Nagra advised the young players to play with punctuality and sheer dedication like Tendulkar.



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