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Fund dept chides Improvement Trust
Asks it to maintain register of buildings & land, make it available for audit 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 25
The Local Fund Department's audit team has rapped the authorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) over the knuckles for its failure to maintain a register of 'trust buildings and lands" which is a statutory provision under rule 20 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act, 1939.

A copy of the audit report of the LIT for 2012-13, obtained by Arvind Sharma, secretary, Council of RTI Activists, revealed that even after the auditors had made at least eight requisitions for the production of the said register for audit from February 2008 to June 2012, the staff had not made any effort to prepare the register and make the same available for audit.

The audit note recorded states that while the said register is required to be maintained under rule 20, it is also the responsibility of the trust to conduct spot checks of its buildings and properties every year under rule 48 of the said Act to ensure that all its land and buildings are being properly utilised.

As per the audit note, the Local Fund Audit Department has directed the LIT authorities to immediately prepare the register.

The auditors have also desired that if the trust is not conducting spot checks of its lands and buildings as provided under rule 48 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act, action as per rules should be taking against erring staff members and officials for the lapse.


Modi wave floods roads with chaos
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Law and order went for a toss as BJP's prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi rallied at the Grain Market near the Jalandhar bypass today.

The rally led to traffic chaos on the Jalandhar bypass and left hundreds of commuters stranded.

The police did not issue any traffic diversion advisory which also added to the chaos.

When Modi reached the venue, the traffic was stopped at both the sides of the road.

After remaining stuck for an hour, many commuters who were travelling by bus, decided to walk home.

The police stations across the city wore a deserted look as all officials were deployed at the venue for the rally.

"No officials were seen on city roads at night. Motorists were seen jumping traffic lights. It seemed as if no law and order existed in the city," said Surinder Sharam, a resident of Civil Lines.

Snatchers had a field day. Youngsters made the most of the opportunity and indulged in eve-teasing, taking full advantage of lax security arrangements.

Girls studying at the Khalsa College for Women were a harried lot. They were chased by boys who were passing nasty comments. Scores of boys were seen outside the college with soda water glasses in their hands. An ASI, who had come to a mobile shop in Ghumar Mandi, considered himself fortunate for not being put to rigorous duty. He said he managed to get an exemption on the pretext of attending a court hearing.



Two cases registered under Defacement of Property Act
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The police registered two cases under the Defacement of Property Act yesterday.

Supporters of SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali and Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains defaced public property, following which the cases were registered.

There seems to be a poster war going on between different candidates.

A few days ago, Rajguru Nagar residents lamented that when they woke up, they saw hundreds of posters of an Independent candidate pasted on the walls of their houses. Although the posters were removed, the area gives a shabby look."

Gurvir Singh, an official of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), told the police that some persons pasted Ayali's posters on the poles of the PSPCL on April 12. An FIR has been registered in this connection.

Sohan Singh, a resident of street number 7, Partap Nagar, said Ayali's election office was located in Bhagwan Nagar near Dholewal. At 1.30 am on April 23, some youths came in a Maruti Swift car, tore Ayali's posters and pasted posters of Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains."

An FIR under the Defacement of Property Act has been registered against Pardeep Kumar and four unknown persons at the Focal Point police station.



Sand mining mafia tries its luck, makes a quick buck 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The visit of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to the city turned out to be a boon for the sand mining mafia as illegal mining continued for the second consecutive day.

As the police were busy ensuring security arrangements at the venue for Modi's rally, the mining mafia was busy digging out sand from the Sutlej bed.

The illegal sand mining was carried out in full scale on the Sutlej riverbed.

A sand mining contractor said they were making the most of the opportunity.

He said, "Thanks to Modi, we are dumping the sand in the godown while some are laying it on their agricultural land. We are waiting for the polling day. After which the government will tighten its noose around the illegal sand mining. This will ultimately result in the price rise and we will make rich returns," said a person associated with the sand mining mafia.

Residents living in villages located near the banks of the Sutlej expressed their concern over the unabated sand mining. They said the rise in water level would erode the fragile embankments during the monsoon season and flood our villages.

However, a majority of them are too scared to even raise their voice against the mafia. "Employees of the mining department dread going to the Sutlej. The goons hired by the mining mafia will not spare anyone," said a resident of Susrali village. An official of the mining department said, "We cannot raid the place without police protection." He said the officials were thrashed by the mining mafia many a time. 

Sand Prices soar

A resident of Noorpur Bet said: "Earlier, residents of nearby villages used to eke out their living by lifting the sand from the riverbed. They used to sell it in the market. But politicians have made it a multi-million enterprise and have taken control over the sand. A sand-laden trolley which used to cost nearly ~2,000- 3,000 is now being sold at ~16,000."



Future comes together for a better tomorrow
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Everybody is dancing to the tune of democracy. Efforts are being made by the district administration to exhort voters to exercise their franchise. Social organisations too are doing their bit to encourage voting.

Extending help to the authorities, a group of slum children studying in Ma Sharda Vidya Peeth enacted a street play at the Mini-Secretariat motivating residents to cast their vote.

The institution is run by an NGO. Enacting the role of a journalist, Sanjana asks a group of factory workers if they would vote. Busy playing cards, the workers reply: "We will not vote as not even a single candidate gave us money." They said earlier they used to get money and liquor but nobody wooed them with sops, this time.

Sanjana then apprised them of their voting right. She said: "If you will sell your vote, nobody will do anything for you. But if you choose a candidate honestly, you will see growth and development." Sanju, Govinda, Bhola, Ruchi and Gudiya's performance was appreciated by all. Their play was based on a rich girl who avoided going to polling stations in the sweltering heat. As she did not want to stand in a long queue, she decided not to vote. But her employee motivated her by referring to an incident that took place in the USA in 1875. The plays were prepared by the students under the guidance of Arun Sharma, an artiste. Rajinder Sharma, founder chairman of Ma Sharda Vidya Peeth, said, "Poor people are forced to sell their vote. This time, we decided to create awareness among them through street plays." 



Amninder makes village proud
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 25
Residents of Ghudani village in Payal sub-division were in a jubilant mood as Amninder Kaur Aman Gill, whose family hails from the village, has been appointed police commissioner of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada.

She is daughter of former superintendent of police late Harbans Singh Boparai. She was felicitated by BC Finance Minister Michel De Jong and office bearers of social and religious organisations of Canada led by Gurdeep Singh Grewal.

Appreciating role played by newly appointed commissioner of police, in helping Punjabi youths settling in Canada, Gurdeep Grewal claimed that she was the first Punjabi women to be entrusted with one of most prestigious and responsible posts in Abbotsford.

She was chosen for the post on the recommendations of the finance minister Michel De Jong, said Grewal.

While talking to the Ludhiana Tribune on phone, Amninder Kaur Aman Gill said she had imbibed elements of community policing from her father who served as SP in various districts of Punjab during terrorism.

She considers former Director General of Police Rajdeep Singh Gill as her role model. She will remain committed to security and safety of residents, she added.



Punjabi Sahit Akademi's election on May 4
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Elections of Punjabi Sahit Akademi will be held on May 4. Chief election officer Dr Surjit Singh Gill announced the final list of candidates contesting for different posts. Yesterday was the last day for withdrawing nomination papers.

For the post of president there are two candidates in the fray, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa and Dr Tejwant Mann. For the post of general secretary only one candidate, Dr Anup Singh is in fray so he is a declared winner. For the two posts of members of managing committee from outside Punjab and Chandigarh, only two persons, Dr Hardev Singh and Dr Harvinder Singh are in the in the contest and are declared winners as only two people are standing for two posts.

For the post of senior vice-president, Dr Joginder and Dr Surjit are contesting. Meanwhile for the post of senior vice-president, Dr Karantipal, Dr Sudarshan, Surinder Kailay, Prof Sandhu, Dev Dard, Gurcharan Kaur Kocchar, Tarlochal Lochi, Dr Swaranjit Kaur, Dr Sharanjit Kaur, C. Markanda and Dr Gurmeet are in fray.



Right to Education still remains on paper
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Although the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) projected the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 as an achievement of the Central Government yet it failed to implement the Act properly.

Ironically, the state government issued the notification in year 2012, three years after the passing of this act. The Punjab Government asked the Education Department to implement the act in three phases i.e. 40 per cent in first year, 40 per cent in second year and 20 per cent in third year. Even after the completion of two years after the notification issued on March 2014, no infrastructural changes have been witnessed in schools of the state.

The government has failed to implement the RTE in schools properly. Contrary to claims of compulsory and free education for all children, a large number of students are still out of school.

However, the Special Training Centre has been running in the district to identify children who have not been to schools and to train them for appropriate classes as per their age. But the success rate of these training centres is not enough. The government has implemented only free education for Classes I to VII.

As per the RTE guidelines, the primary school should be available within one-km radius of student’s residence. But contrary to this, the Government Primary School, Jawaddi, which caters around 800 students, is a single school in three-km radius.

However, the act recommends providing transportation for such students, who have to commute more than one-km, but there is no such facility available on ground.

The act recommends one teacher for 30 students. But the schools do not have sufficient numbers of teachers to provide one for the class strength of 30.

In the case of 25 per cent reservation for the students belong to Economically Weaker Section (EWS), not a single student got benefit in the private schools of the city.

The implementation of the Act in private schools is not an easy task for the District Administration. Even after the clear directions, that a school can’t sell uniforms or books on the school premises, a number of private schools have been doing so. Despite the efforts of NGOs and parents, the District Administration has failed to help them.

Sandeep Singh, a government teacher, said, “We’ve hardly observed any change in the education system after passing the RTE. The flow of grants from Centre has increased to an extent but there has been no major infrastructural change.”


 Most of the teachers are not aware of provisions under the RTE Act. The government did not arrange any training, lecture or session to educate the teachers on the provisions. Most of the time, schoolteachers deny admission to overage children. The Education Department should make the teachers and public aware of the Act — Sukhdir Singh Sekhon, Bal Chetna Manch



DC instructs DEOs to chalk out a plan for unsafe buildings 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal issued instructions to the District Education Officers (Secondary and Primary) to get details about unsafe school buildings and look for alternative land for the schools which are running in dharamshalas.

The DC took the step following a news report carried in Ludhiana Tribune which highlighted about the unsafe school buildings and schools running from dharamshalas in a story titled ‘Sorry state of affairs at city government schools’ on April 21. Showing his serious concern over the issue, the DC directed the officers to chalk out a plan to upgrade the school building.

According to the information, the DEOs will start working on the instructions immediately after the elections. Rajat Aggarwal said, “I have asked the District Education Officers to gather information about unsafe building. After getting the details, we will decide how much funds are required to reconstruct the buildings and from where to allocated these.”

Talking about the schools which have been running from dharamshalas, the DC said, “In the second step we will identify the government land near these schools running from dharamshala. We can shift any nearby government department to some other building so that a building of a new school could be constructed there. After the election code of conduct we will start working on this and hopefully we will get positive results.”


I have asked the District Education Officers to gather information about unsafe building. After getting the details, we will decide how much funds are required to reconstruct the buildings and from where to allocated these — Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana



Candidates hold meetings across city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
With the polling day round the corner, candidates contesting from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency made their presence felt across the city.

SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali today took out a roadshow at Mullanpur Dakha. He was welcomed by his supporters in various localities.

While addressing a gathering, Ayali said there was a need for a change at the Centre. He said he would ensure all-round development of the constituency if voted to power.

Later in the day, Ayali also addressed public meetings at Housing Board Colony and BRS Nagar. His wife, Sapinder Kaur, too, addressed the gathering. She said Ayali's poll plank was development; so people should vote for him.

Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, however, held the SAD-BJP alliance responsible for the poor plight of the state. Addressing an election meeting in the Atam Nagar Assembly constituency, he said leaders of the ruling alliance had been involved in drug peddling, while the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister were betraying people by making hollow promises.

He said people had voted the alliance to power hoping it would serve them, but the Akalis had been selling drugs to the youth.

Bittu also accused SAD-BJP leaders of playing politics on the issue of mix land use area in Atam Nagar.

“The industry has moved to other states. Shutting of industrial units is directly affecting families of those who have lost their jobs,” he said.

Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains, too, attacked the SAD-BJP government on the issue of shutting down of industrial units.

Addressing an election meeting, Bains said: "While, the SAD government claims there is surplus supply of power in the state, 20,000 industrial units have shut down in the city due to inadequate power supply."

He said industrialists were moving to other states due to the anti-industry policies of the state government.

Bains brothers conducted several meeting in the Atam Nagar area. They claimed the Hosiery Traders’ Association had extended support to them to get rid of the Akali-BJP government.

AAP candidate HS Phoolka, meanwhile, invoked the “power of common man” during his two roadshows in the city. He said people of Punjab would show all corrupt politicos the power of a common man on April 30.

His first roadshow began at Mahavir Homoeopathic Hospital in Haibowal and passed through Jain Colony and Bank Colony before concluding at Arya College.

Addressing the crowd, Phoolka said: “It is time to change politics. Politicians are servants of public, but have been misplacing their priorities and are busy filling their own pockets rather than working for the betterment of society.”

Later in the afternoon, Phoolka conducted another roadshow that started from Janak Puri and passed through Shivaji Nagar, Mohar Singh Nagar and CMC Chowk before wrapping up at Gurdwara Dhukhnivaran Sahib.

“On the one hand, Modi is desperate to displace Sikh farmers from Gujarat, and on the other hand, he seeks votes from people of Punjab in,” he said.

In the evening, Phoolka conducted a public meeting at Partap Singh Wala locality.



Donations made to parties eligible for tax deduction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Any citizen donating money to political parties is entitled to 100 per cent tax deduction.

The deduction under Section 80GGC of the Income Tax Act is also available to companies donating to political parties.

The law only requires the donor to be an Indian citizen, living in this country or abroad. If a non-resident Indian, the person should have a valid passport.

All political parties carry a link to the donation page on the home page of their websites. Donations can be made in cash or through cheques, demand drafts, debit or credit card or through internet banking.

Starting this financial year, however, there is no deduction available for donations made in cash, said income tax professional Vivek Sood.

Also, the total tax deduction cannot exceed a person’s total income. Deduction can be claimed only if the person has a receipt issued by the political party. It must contain the name and address of the party trust, the name of the donor, the amount donated, and the PAN and TAN of the political party, said an income tax official.

Deductions are allowed only for salary income, business income, rental income and interest income. If the donation is deducted directly from the salary and the donation receipt is in the name of the employer, an employee can claim deduction if he has a certificate from the employer that the contribution was made from the employee's salary account.

No deduction for cash donations

Starting this financial year, however, there is no deduction available for donations made in cash, said income tax professional Vivek Sood.

Deduction can be claimed only if the person has a receipt issued by the political party. It must contain the name and address of the party trust, the name of the donor, the amount donated, and the PAN and TAN of the political party, said an income tax official.



SAD, BJP leaders make poll pitch for Kulwant Singh
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 25
Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, national senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s youth wing and former MLA, today campaigned for party candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Kulwant Singh.

Addressing a huge gathering of party leaders and followers at Majri village, Atwal said: “The development done in Payal subdivision and the surrounding areas by the Assembly Speaker, Charanjit Singh Atwal, is a testimony to the fact that the state government is entirely dedicated to the people.”

Pointing to works done in the fields of health, education and sanitation, he said the SAD-BJP always thought of people’s welfare.

District BJP chief Bikram Singh Cheema said the SAD-BJP alliance would never woo voters by crooked means as being followed by other parties for it had its achievements to bank upon.

Senior Akali leader Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill said: “It has taken years to win the confident of the villagers, who never vote under duress but for a candidate who is genuine in deeds and words. As people have entrusted faith in us, we will keep working for them.”



Posters pasted on walls of houses irk Jagraon residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 25
Posters of candidates dot the wall of a house in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph With Lok Sabha elections just round the corner, supporters have pasted thousands of posters of the candidates in various residential areas of the town.

Residents say supporters of different candidates have been pasting posters on the walls of their houses and shops without seeking their permission.

"There were several posters pasted on the wall of my house. Yesterday, we removed all these posters. We were shocked to see new posters on the wall this morning,” said Inderpal Singh, a resident of Shastri Nagar.

Though committees formed in various residential areas have banned the pasting of posters, supporters of candidates do not budge.

Residents have appealed to the local administration to check this practice.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jagraon, Apneet Rayat said: "We have already removed a large number of posters and hoardings displayed in various areas. Several persons have been booked for pasting posters on private and government buildings without proper permission. Suitable action will be taken against all the violators.”



From schools


Red day celebrated

A function to celebrate red day was organised for students of the Kindergarten section at Guru Nanak Public School on Friday. The aim was to reinforce the identification of red colour. The tiny tots displayed their talent by doing hand printing and other activities making use of red colour. The school premises and the display boards were decorated with red coloured articles. A couple of children from each class spoke a few lines on the significance of the colour.

Declamation contest

A Punjabi declamation competition was held at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School. Students of Class VII to XII took part. They were divided on the basis of according their houses. Students spoke on different topics such as road accidents, comedy show, etc. Sahibzada Fateh Singh House, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh House, Sahibzada Ajit Singh House held the first, second and third positions, respectively. Principal Ranjit Kaur appreciated the students and also motivated them to participate further.

Penguin day

The tiny tots of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated ‘penguin day’ on Friday. Every year, this day is commemorated on April 25 to focus on the cute little bird. Students came dressed in typical black and white clothes. They were made familiar with the penguin world and were shown an animated movie titled ‘Happy feet’ based on penguins. The tiny tots learnt various facts about penguins. Kamal Preet Kaur, director of the school, said children need to be aware of various animals and birds of our world so that they gain knowledge and interest in nature and environment.

Investiture ceremony

A new council of primary wing was invested at Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension, in Ludhiana. The council members were bestowed with the responsibility of leading their school from the front with their commitment, confidence and competence. The ceremony began with the invocation of blessings from the Almighty through a shabad. Newly appointed council members were adorned with sashes and badges. The former council members passed the mantle of responsibilities and power to the newly elected members. Principal Dr Harjit Kaur Dua expressed that she hoped that the new council would dig in their heels to carry responsibilities to new heights.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised for students of Class IX and their parents at KVM on Friday. Principal Navita Puri presided over the programme. Manisha Gangwar welcomed the resource persons, parents and students. There were presentations made by subject experts. Reena Kapoor gave a presentation for English, Brij Bala for Hindi, Anupama Kumbkarni for science, Nandita Aggarwal for social science and Rekha Goyal for mathematics. The resource persons tried to acquaint the students and parents with the latest pattern of CCE system so that they can work as a team.

Motivational lecture

A motivational lecture to join NCC was organised by Col Ashwani, Commanding Officer 3 Pb Girls Battalion NCC, in the school auditorium. Col Ashwani through his presentation emphasised on the aims and objectives of the NCC. He also told that NCC helps a cadet in developing discipline, leadership qualities and secular outlook and also develops character amongst the students. His vital aim was to motivate girls to take up a career in the Indian Army. Principal Navita Puri assured Col Ashwani that the school will try to fulfill his dreams by encouraging the students to participate in all the activities being conducted by the unit.

English recitation competition

An English recitation competition was organised for students of Classes I to V at Guru Nanak Public School. The students recited poems keeping in focus the rhythm, mood and diction. Judgement was given on the basis of stress, intonation, voice modulation and gesture. Dr Harjit Kaur Dua expressed that such competitions improve the expression and fluency of students enabling them to appreciate the rich treasure of poetry.

Workshop on martial art training held

As a part of the ongoing Golden Jubilee Celebrations, an international martial art training workshop was organised at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, on Friday. Alek Sandra, a trainer of Wind Tsun from Poland, demonstrated and taught the basics of martial arts. She explained various defensive moves of the Chinese martial art that can be used in real life situations.

Freshers’ party

A freshers’ party for the Kindergarten wing was organised at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, on Friday. The function was presided over by the school principal, Devendera Mahal. Everyone extended a warm welcome to the new comers with great zeal and enthusiasm. High voltage music and dance performances doted out by the tiny tots were a special attraction of the day. The students were given various titles, including best smile, Mr/Miss attractive, Mr Charming, Mr Handsome, etc.


Baisakhi fair

 DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised a fair to acquaint the students with Punjab’s most famous festival of Baisakhi on Wednesday. Students presented a cultural programme, including gidha, bhangra and solo songs. A few teachers also presented their views on Baisakhi. The fair was an amalgamation of swings, fun games and eating stalls. Yogesh Gambhir stated that festivals were a symbol of unity and brotherhood in the society. “They teach us to share the happiness and joy,” Gambhir said.


Freshers welcomed

A freshers’ party was organised for the nursery students at Blossoms Convent School, Sidhwan Bet Road, Jagraon on Friday. The tiny tots came dressed in colorful attires. Dances and games were organised to entertain them. Dilsher Singh won the title of Mr Fresher and Jasmeen Kaur Sidhu won the title of Miss Fresher. Principal Amarjit Kaur Naaz distributed the prizes to the winners and blessed them for the future.— TNS



College notes

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women: Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, celebrated a farewell party organised by M.Com-I year students for the outgoing class. The enthusiasm and gusto of the party peeled off its layers with smiles, tears, reminiscences and a cultural bonanza comprising songs, dances and other eye-catching items. The beauty pageant was the highlight of the show. Zinniea was crowned as Miss Farewell, and Ayesha Dev and Jasneet Kaur were adjudged as first and second runners-up, respectively.The revelry of the farewell party reached apex with lovely damsels dedicating songs to their teachers in order to express their affection and gratitude. The Principal of the college, Manjit Kaur Ghuman crowned the winners and motivated them to empower themselves for all their future endeavours.

GGNIMT: BCA and BBA second year students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines organized a farewell party ‘Rukhsat’ to bid adieu to the outgoing batches. Anjali and Lakshay welcomed the gathering and took them all to a virtual tour, down the memory lane, highlighting the beautiful moments they spent in GGNIMT. This was followed by a series of cultural activities and one minute games. The group dance by Shavinder of BBA 4, Priya of BCA and Ritu of MCA won accolades. The solo dance performance by Shivam of MCA was a visual delight. The students had a gala time enjoying the melodious performance by Puneet of BBA. The duet dance performance of Rahul (BBA 4th semester) and Priyanka (BCA 6th) won many hearts. Balloon balancing, Newspaper dance, tongue twisters, musical quiz, dance to the tune, funny enactments were some of exciting activities held during the extravaganza

Annual fest: “Shilp Master-2014, 10th Annual fest of RIMT College of Architecture, Mandi Gobindgarh, concluded. VP Anil, former chief architect, Punjab, inaugurated the function as the chief guest by lighting the lamp and appreciated the efforts and team spirit of the students and the faculty members. He welcomed the new students and wished final year students a successful career. Students participated in the events related to 3-D structures, panel design, quiz, paper presentation, debate on architectural related topics.

Placement drive: Campus placement drive was held at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College for final year students of mechanical, production, electrical and electronics engineering. Students appeared for the GD round out of which more than 90 per cent of candidates were shortlisted. — TNS



Business news

New series of modular switches launched

SSK Electrical Switches has launched its grand series of modular switches. A dealer meet was organised in Satluj Club by the company. Nitin Khosla, MD, SSK, said, “The Quality of this product is truly stunning. This grand range has been manufactured with the highest standard of polycarbonate and every article has been tested on very high standards. The grand series was launched with most affordable prices so that a large number of people can afford the product. This grand range has been manufactured with the highest standard of polycarbonate and every article has been tested on very high standards.

ISAAC introduces Fat Freeze-Cool Tech

After providing the quality aesthetic skin care in Delhi and the National Capital Region, the premier skincare and wellness brand ISAAC opened it’s outlet in Ludhiana. Dr Geetika Mittal, director, ISAAC, introduced a new Fat Freeze Technology - Cool Tech followed by a fashion walk by the iconic women of Ludhiana on the blue carpet endorsing ‘Ruhaaniyat’ by Sagrika Mittal Goyal at the Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana. The skin care company will provide high-end solutions and services for skin care to the city residents.

Neva launches new collection

Neva has come up with value pack that carries different types of T- shirts in one pack giving benefit on the price of the product. The pack is available in vibrant colours. The fabric used intends to make people at ease. The clothes introduced by the company aim to provide people with a range which can be used in the scroching heat. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Health camp

A free eye and dental check camp was organised at multi speciality hospital, Bakhatri, in association with Punarjot Eye Bank Society. Dr Ramesh checked nearly 210 patients. Free medicines were provided and those in the need of an operation were operated upon while dental surgeon examined nearly 20 patients. Dr Ramesh said eyes are very important organ of our body and we need to take very good care of them. Any irritation in the eye should not be taken casually and one should immediately consult a doctor.

Food samples collected

Food samples were collected by health department on the directions of civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta. District health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said samples of juice, turmeric powder and tea were collected from Barnala Road while samples of Brahmi and mango sharbat, turmeric powder and salt were collected from main bazar and samples of puff, paneer and moong dal were collected from Raikot near SBI bank. The teams also collected samples of milk, paneer, sharbat, flavoured milk, rajmah, salt, gachak and papad from Kailash Cinema Road and samples of squash, juice, brownie, dal channa, dal arhar, refined oil and milk were collected from Jalandhar bye pass. The samples will be sent to food laboratory at Chandigarh for testing.

Chairman appointed

Senior Congress leader Parminder Mehta has been appointed as chairman of election campaign committee of the Congress for Ludhiana district. This appointment has been made by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, chairperson of election campaign committee of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Trust head honoured

Bunty Baba, chief of Shri Aggarwal Peerkhana Trust, Kakowal Road, was honoured with Samaj Ratan Samman by Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan. Rakesh Jain, president of the Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan stated that this decision was taken considering Bunty Baba's services towards the society. — TNS



2 women arrested with 15 kg of poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The police have arrested two women and recovered 15 kg of poppy husk from their possession.

The women were about to board a bus for Jalandhar last evening. The accused have been identified as Jeeto Bai, a resident of Beetla village in Jalandhar, and Reshma, a resident of Raipur Gujjran village in Jalandhar district. Balwinder Singh, in-charge, bus stand police post, said the women had kept the contraband in a bag. They had purchased it from Uttar Pradesh, he stated. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Division No. 5 police station.



ML Markan Trophy: Locals restrict Hoshiarpur to 171 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 25
Ludhiana restricted Hoshiarpur to a modest total of 171 runs on the first day of the fourth match in the ongoing Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for ML Markan Trophy.

In reply, hosts were cruising well with 141 for one on the board at the end of play at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. Their first innings could not last for long as they could muster only 171 runs in 61.5 overs.

The main contributions were Jarawar (37), Yuvraj (37) and Mohit (22). For Ludhiana, the pair of Deepin Chitkara and Anmol Sharma again rose to the occasion. They shared seven wickets between them.

Deepin scalped four victims for 74 runs while Anmol Sharma got rid of three batsmen, giving away 44 runs. Vaibhav Kalra grabbed two wickets for eight runs and Jaish Jain chipped in with one for 10.

Ludhiana began their reply on a sound note, with Lovish Dhir, who had made 67 runs in the previous match against Bhatinda, again finding his touch. He was holding his fort with 47 runs against his name while Jaish Jain was at the crease with 68 runs. Ludhiana lost the wicket of Shubhamdyal (15) on the bowling of Yuvraj.



Bicep competition: Gaurav adjudged overall champion
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April, 25
A large number of participants competed in various weight categories during the bicep competition organised at Prime Bodies Health Club, Shastri Nagar. Gaurav Chowdhary with a lift of 90 kg on the barbell was declared the overall champion.

The club director and coach, Nishchay Sachdeva, supervised the competition. He motivated the participants by lifting weights. The aim of the competition was to check the bicep power lifting maximum weight on
the barbell. All the position holders were awarded trophies.


85kg and above--Gaurav Chowdhary 1, Manavjeet and Simranjeet 2, Arvinder 3; 80 to 85kg--Onkar 1, Ajit 2, Yadwinder and Sunny 3;

75 to 80kg--Ayusham and Lakhbir 1, Mandeep Singh and Abhishek 2, Harjeet 3.

70 to 75kg--Mani 1, Damandeep Singh 2, Chetan 3; 65 to 70kg--Manish Goel, Krishan and Arun 1, Vicy 2 and Sunil 3; 60 to 65kg--Anubhav 1, Rahul 2, Harmanpreet 3.

Below 60kg: Asneh and Ravi 1st, Ekam 2nd, Lovely and Karan 3.



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