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Misuse of land
BJP bats for ‘defaulting’ allottee
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 1
The issue of cancellation of allotment of 2,000 square yards of land in Block H and I of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar being used to run a marriage palace under the garb of a community centre has taken a curious turn with a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pleading with the Punjab Government to review its decision.

The Local Government Department, Punjab, vide its memo no. 5/189/2013(12)2LG2/138288, dated December 19, 2013, had directed the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to cancel the allotment of land worth an estimated market price of Rs 40 crore, which was allotted more than 25 years ago for the purpose of a community centre for the residents. After allotment of land, the then Residents Welfare Society had deposited 25 per cent of the price of land, and thereafter no further payment was made towards the cost of land.

The decision on the cancellation of allotment of land came after the allottee (welfare society) had violated the terms and conditions of allotment of land by not paying subsequent instalments of the cost of land, and a marriage palace and 30 rooms were constructed on the site, allegedly without any approved building plan.

Acting on the directions of the government, the LIT issued a notice to the allottee (no LIT/7166 dated April 1, 2014), asking the society to submit a copy of the approved building plan for the construction of the hall and the rooms, copies of receipts of payment deposited towards the cost of land and copies of bills of electricity, water supply and sewerage within seven days, failing which further action for the cancellation of land allotment would be initiated.

While the LIT authorities were dragging their feet over the directions of the government to go ahead with the cancellation of allotment, the desperate society, in a bid to hold on to the prime land, approached the Punjab Minister for Local Government Anil Joshi and vice-chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board Rajinder Bhandari and sought their intervention.

Perhaps without going into the merit of the case, Bhandari wrote a DO letter (a copy of which is in possession of The Tribune) to Anil Joshi, asking him to consider the request of the allottee society for the payment of outstanding amount towards the cost of the land and take an early decision in “public interest”.

With the leaders of the ruling coalition batting for the defaulting allottee, the Local Government Department, Punjab, also took an about turn. Through a memo (no. 3/39/2014/2LG/191260 dated March 27, 2014), the government forwarded the letter of Rajinder Bhandari and the application of the allottee society offering to make outstanding payment to the trust and sought comments on the issue.

Expressing their resentment against the unwarranted political intervention, the area residents said they had been fighting a pitched battle against unlawful possession of the government land and the nuisance being caused by the marriage palace for the last several years. “At this juncture, showing any undue favour to the allottee under political influence will prevent the course of justice,” said Baljit Singh, a resident of the colony.


3 hurt in ‘police canecharge’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
Three persons were allegedly injured in a canecharge by the Focal Point police here this afternoon.

The injured, identified as Shekher, Rajinder and Rajesh, have stated that SHO Gurmit Singh rained lathis on them without listening to their problem. They claimed they were holding a peaceful protest against the civic body over a choked sewerage near Aarti Steel here.

Agitating residents alleged that they were forced to stage a dharna against the councillor as after their repeated requests, the choked sewerage was not cleared.

Soon after receiving information about a roadblock caused by the protesters, SHO Gurmit Singh arrived at the spot and pulled out a stick. This led to panic and residents were seen running for cover.

Meanwhile, the area councillor, Radhe Sham, slammed the allegations of ignoring the problem of choked sewerage. He said he had never received any complaint about a choked sewerage. He said the sewerage-cleaning machines were already working in his area.

The stick-wielding attitude of the police had led to migrant violence in 2009 in which more than 50 vehicles, including an Army truck, were set on fire. The violence had led to the death of a migrant and caused a huge loss to the industry as several migrants left the city amid such hostile conditions.


These are all baseless allegations. It is true we had dispersed rowdy elements but we have not canecharged anyone. It was no peaceful protest. There is a labour leader, Chitranjan, who is at loggerheads with the area councilor, Radhe Sham. We had received information that the groups (of councillor and Chitranjan) had clashed. Someone among them might have been injured but we have not hit anyone. Later, a group staged a dharna. We reached the spot and dispersed them.

Gurmit Singh, SHO



Show-cause notice to MC info officer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
The State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Balwinder Singh, Public Information Officer, Municipal Corporation, 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) should be not imposed on him till the information is furnished.

Surinder Awasthi, State Information Commissioner, also directed the PIO to submit his reply in the form of an affidavit, giving reasons for delaying and denying the supply of the requisite information to the applicant before the next date of hearing, i.e. May 7, 2014, at 10:30 am.

The PIO is also given an opportunity u/s 20(1) for a personal hearing before the imposition of such penalty on the next date of hearing. In case he does not file his 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 initiate further proceedings against him ex parte, said the Information Commissioner.

The orders came following a complaint filed by a Kitchlu Nagar resident, Hariom Jindal, with the Punjab Pollution Control Board on December 11, 2012, regarding sewage overflowing at Dhandari Kalan, Ludhiana. Based on this complaint, the Punjab Pollution Control Board had issued a show-cause notice to the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, under section 25/26 of the water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, as amended in 1988 vide notice no. 5011 dated September 16, 2013.

The applicant had sought information from the PIO, Municipal Corporation, about the reply submitted to a show-cause notice, to which the PIO, Municipal Corporation, did not respond.

Perturbed over denial to supply the information, Hariom Parkash Jindal filed an appeal before the Information Commissioner, who issued a show-cause notice to the PIO recently. The RTI was filed on December 24, 2013, and the complaint was received by the State Information Commission on February 18, 2014. The representative of the PIO was unable to assist the Commission and the PIO neither supplied the information nor responded to the notice of the Commission.



Polling over, DEO staff still busy compiling documents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
Polling for the 16th Lok Sabha election is over in the state but the staff in the district election office is busy compiling necessary papers, sending data and other documents.

All employees and officers of this office have been working till midnight to update their lists, documents, data and election material for the past fortnight. Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, Sukhdev Singh Bhangu said: "Although it was a part of our duty, our employees and officers really worked hard. Our computer programmer Jagdev took care of the deployment plan, clerk Ashwani Kumar kept strict vigil on the EVMs and other election material. Kanunhgo Rakesh Kumar looked after all necessary paper work and documentation. Other employees, including Pardeep Kumar, Jagtar Singh, Gurvinder Singh and Amandeep Singh also assisted to the best of their capacity."

He said the staff would remain busy till counting got over.

Meanwhile, more than 3,500 EVMs have been kept in the strong rooms in the city. Bhangu said: "A total of 3,553 EVMs, including 1,818 ballot units and 1,735 control units used in the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency (9 Vidhan Sabha segments) have been kept in five strong rooms set up on the Punjab Agricultural University campus. The EVMs of the remaining four Vidhan Sabha constituencies that fall in the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency have been kept at a strong room set up at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College”.

He said the counting of votes will start at 8 am on May 16.



Police personnel laze around a day after elections
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
As many as 4,000 police personnel, who were put through strenuous duty during the elections, heaved a sigh of relief today.

Long duty hours with no holidays had taken a toll on their health. There was apprehension of clashes during the elections leading to anxiety among the officials.

As polling remained peaceful, the officials were seen lazying around.

Buyers in large numbers flocked to liquor shops. A majority of them were police officials.

The major intersections of the city, including Bhai Bala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge and market places, across the city wore a deserted look.

"It was difficult to perform duty in the scorching heat. It was a hectic week. As the maximum temperature was 40 degree Celsius, some officials suffered heat strokes. Most of the officials were on medicines. We can relax now," said a constable.

Some officials who remained on duty till late hours for over a month are suffering from insomnia. Most of them are complaining of hypertension. They visited doctors today.

Their families, too, seemed happy. "For two months, he had been on election duty. He hardly had time for food. My husband is spending time with children after so many days," said the wife of an ASI.



Cong worker attacked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
A Congress worker was allegedly assaulted by six armed men in New Subhash Nagar, near Basti Jodhewal, last night.

The injured, identified as Vijay Kumar, was rushed to the Christian Medical College and Hospital by a passerby. He told the police that he was returning home after poll duty. When he reached the New Subhash Nagar area, Soni, who owes allegiance to the SAD, along with his five friends, attacked him with sharp weapons.

The Congress Lok Sabha candidate, Ravneet Singh Bittu, today visited the hospital and enquired after Vijay. He said the Akalis had sensed their defeat and were attacking Congress workers out of frustration.

Meanwhile, Bittu’s visit caused a lot of inconvenience to patients. Several Congress workers, who were accompanying Bittu, jostled with each other to get themselves photographed with the leader. They created a lot of noise in the ward.



5 holidays spell inconvenience to public
Long duty hours with no holidays took a toll on the health of officials
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
No doubt, long weekends bring respite to employees but the public in general suffers due to stretched holidays. All offices of the state government will open on Monday (May 5).

Yesterday (April 30) was election holiday while today (May 1) was a holiday on account of Labour Day. Tomorrow will also be a holiday on account of Lord Parshuram Jayanti. It will be followed by the weekly holidays of Saturday and Sunday.

Krishan Lal, a resident of Vishal Nagar, saidL: "Yesterday, I was put on election duty. Today, I went to deposit my electricity bill after reaching the office I came to know it was a holiday today. A watchman at the officer told me that bill payments would be received on Monday. Now, I will have to pay a fine as the last date for depositing the bill about would pass by that time."

Vinay Kumar said: "My work station is in Jalandhar district and I commute daily. I wanted to apply for a marriage certificate and went to Suvidha Centre. After reaching there, I got to know that the centre would open on Monday. Now, I will have to take special leave for getting my work done."

Employees who have to submit certain documents at other government offices, such as the District Education Office, were a disappointed lot. Tripat Kaur, whose cousin has to apply for a certificate of disability at the Civil Surgeon’s office, said: "We will have to wait till Monday as all state government offices will remain closed till that time."

While a youngster, who wanted to get an affidavit prepared for getting his father's vehicle transferred in his name, said: "Whenever there is a long weekend, the state government should come up with some alternative arrangements, so the public doesn’t have to suffer."



Vaccine — A shot of confusion
Hospitals flout ministry’s immunisation guidelines, make changes in schedule 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
Despite the Ministry of Health setting immunisation guidelines, hospitals keep adding new vaccines to their schedule, leaving parents harried.

Vaccination cards at government hospitals and dispensaries are the same.

The changed immunisation schedule is giving sleepless nights to the parents.

Vaccines cost anything between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000. The Ministry of Health's vaccine schedule ensures that children are vaccinated at the optimal time to protect them from infectious diseases.

The schedule is updated every year and changes range from addition of a new vaccine to tweaks of current recommendations.

"The ministry has prescribed a standard chart of vaccines," said Dr Atul, associate professor, paediatrics, Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Dr Atul said apart from the standard vaccines, some doctors recommended more vaccines which included pneumococcal, chicken pox, hepatitis A and rotavirus.

"Some of these vaccines are newly developed while others have already been administered successfully in other parts of the world. The vaccines are costly and doctors should never force parents to get these administered to their children," he said.

A doctor should discuss the benefits of a vaccine and should not create confusion. If the parents can afford the vaccine, they should get it administered. Additional vaccines are recommended and even if a child is not given its shots, it will not cause any harm. Dr Atul stated: "Routine vaccines should not be missed."

The father of one-and-a-half-year-old Himanshu said he went to a private hospital where doctors gave him a new vaccination card that included a few vaccines which did not figure in the vaccination card of a government dispensary. The vaccines cost him Rs 2,500," he said.

National immunisation schedule

Beneficiary age vaccine
Infant's birth BCG* and OPV**
6 weeks DPT&OPV
10 weeks DPT&OPV
14 weeks DPT&OPV
9 months measles vaccine
18 months DPT&OPV(booster dose)
Five years DT vaccine
10 years Tetanus toxoid
16 years Tetanus toxoid

* At birth or at the time of DPT/OPV
** Dose called as zero dose can be given in 14 after birth Abbreviations
BCG: Bacillus Calmittee Guerin
DPT: Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus
OPV: Oral Polio Vaccine
DT: Diph and Tetanus Vaccine 

Doses can vary

  • The Indian Academy of Paediatrics endorses and supports the national schedule. It supplements the above schedule with hepatitis B vaccine to be given in three doses (at birth, one month and six months of age). Some doctors also recommends MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine) at about 15 to 18 months of age. The decision to use the newer vaccines such as hepatitis A vaccine (water-borne jaundice), hem.B vaccine and varicella (chicken pox) vaccine can vary. These vaccines are not included in the routine immunisation programme of our country. Their rational use should be based upon the cost, child's age, parent's concerns, exposure risks to the child and the doctor-parent decision.
  • A doctor should discuss the benefits of a vaccine and should not create confusion. They should never force parents to get these administered to their children.
  • Some vaccines are newly developed while others have already been administered successfully in other parts of the world



Goodwill’s death puts controversies to rest
SAD, Cong leaders attend bhog ceremony of former vice-president of YAD
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress today attended the bhog ceremony of former national vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), Maninderpal Singh Johar, alias Sunny Goodwill, who died under mysterious circumstances on April 26.

The ceremony was performed at Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Model Town Extension this afternoon. While senior Akali leaders preferred to maintain distance, others, including Dakha MLA and SAD/BJP pick for the Lok Sabha elections Manpreet Singh Ayali, Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Amarjit Singh Chawla and Congress turncoat Malkit Singh Dakha, who joined SAD recently, attended the ceremony.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar addressed the gathering and paid homage to Goodwill. A close aide of Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Goodwill had remained in controversy for controlling the sand mafia.

A construction material trader, Goodwill, who belonged to a middle class family living at Khud Mohalla in Field Gunj, amassed huge wealth in a span of few years.

Such was the clout of Goodwill that even the police were reluctant to take action against him. If his overnight success story was spectacular, his downfall was also sensational.

Opening The Hub, a restaurant, at Ghumar Mandi led to Goodwill's downfall and drove him into a serious controversy.

It was on December 24, 2012, that the then AIG, counter intelligence, SS Mand posted in Ludhiana, had gone to The Hub along with his family and NRI friend Paramjit Singh Bassi for a Christmas party.At midnight, Paramjit Singh reportedly had an argument with Goodwill, who also owned the restaurant. Sunny's nephew Aman, friend Rishi Banda, driver Nitin Jethi and two bouncers started assaulting the NRI. Mand tried to help his friend and was injured in the process.

The incident caused major embarrassment for the Akalis and Goodwill had fallen out of favour of the Akali Dal.

On being arrested, Goodwill's leg was also fractured. Not only Goodwill faced public humiliation but also remained in jail for six months. After coming out of jail, Goodwill was busy resolving all issues and was keeping a very low profile.



Election officials left in the lurch, provided no transport
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
Election officials faced a tough time going back to their respective destinations after submitting documents and electronic voting machines (EVMs) last night.

A large number of employees were seen waiting for buses at Ferozepur Road, Chandigarh Road and Jalandhar Bypass.

The officials kept waiting alongside Ferozepur Road for hours. The stretch leading from PAU Gate No. I to Gate No. II was flooded with the employees.

A woman said: "I got free at 9 pm, but could not get a bus. I have been standing on the road for the past 20 minutes. Now, my uncle is coming to pick me up."

Another employee said, "The government hires a bus to ferry us to polling stations, but it is sad that no arrangements are made for the employees to get home." Ramesh Kumar, an employee, said, "This is the third time that I have been put on election duty. It becomes difficult for us to reach home in the absence of any mode of transportation. I reached home at 12.30 am after changing two autos." Some police personnel and civil employees were seen taking a lift to reach the bus stand. The employees kept waiting for buses till late night at Chandigarh Road and Jalandhar Bypass.



Examinees too AAP fans
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 1
Even as Aam Aadmi Party seems to have overshadowed the recent polling, the youngsters, most of whom are the future voters, too seem to be no less fascinated by it. These youngsters, who are presently appearing in university examinations, though busy with their exams, yet find an outlet to express their independent opinion in one form or the other.

This was evident from the fact when the students, especially the part one students of Arts stream of Panjab University, expressed their support largely in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party. This came to be known as the students who took English compulsory paper were asked to form their own sentences for the given phrases and expressions. The examiners, who are presently evaluating their answer sheets found that good number of students have, through the medium of their answer sheets, favoured Aam Admi Party. A significant number of them have formed sentences of the given phrase ‘in support of’ as ‘I stand in support of Aam Adami Party’ or ‘we are in support of AAP’ or some such similar sort of sentences expressing their affinities with the party.

An evaluator of English (compulsory) paper of BA Part I, while talking to this correspondent said, “Almost every one paper out of five may be said to be expressing his or her support in favour of the AAP. Surveys or guesses may sometimes not be that true and accurate as the opinions expressed naturally by the young people.”

Another evaluator shared - “You simply cannot impose your opinions on anybody especially the youth of the day. As they have their own independent thinking and are more than sensitised to the existing scenario, they feel what they think correct and will write what they deem fit.”

“AAP wave, in general, seems to have taken the youth in its stride as youth stands for newness, rejuvenation and change. Same is being reflected in the views expressed by them while framing their own independent sentences,” he added.

Dr Kuldip Singh, senator, Panjab University said, “As the polling scene reveals, AAP has definitely succeeded in making inroads into the voters psyche and influenced the political scene. Same is being reflected in the students’ writings as well.



Sahit akademi poll on May 4
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
The elections of Punjabi Sahit Akademi are scheduled to be held on May 4 at Punjabi Bhawan. Both the main group of writers has started campaign for the election. The incumbent group led by Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa got the support of veteran writers Padam Shri Dr Surjit Patar, Dr Tarsem and Gurbhajan Singh Gill.

Dr Sukdev Singh Sirsa, present general secretary, Punjabi Sahit Akademi is now contesting for post of president. Dr Surjit Singh Patiala is contesting for the post of senior vice-president. Dr Annop Singh has already been elected unanimously as general secretary.

The rival group has emerged under the leadership of Dr Tejwant Singh Mann, who is contesting for the post of president. Joginder Singh Nirala is contesting for the post of senior vice president.

A group led by Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa announced the team for the election. Speaking on the occasion the various leaders of group announced their agenda and made commitments.

Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa stated that his team will make the efforts to uplift the Punjabi language for the language of employment and market. “We have to work to face the new challenges in the era of technology. We will oppose cultural anarchy appearing through the electronic channels and find the positive alternatives to provide the platforms to creativity and Punjabi cultural. The book culture would also be increased.”

Dr Surjit Pater stated that it is sad that convent schools fine the students for speaking their mother tongue on the lands of Punjab. We have to strengthen the online front to enhance the approach of Punjabi.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill informed that it is a matter of proud for all Punjabis that their institution Punjabi Sahit Akademi going to complete 60 years. It is the prominent institution for the promotion of Punjabi literature and culture.



TBA holds seminar on accounting

Ludhiana, May 1
Taxation Bar Association (TBA) held a seminar on the topic of “Set off and carry forward of losses”. Advocate Balbir Khanna was the key speaker. He explained that losses sustained by an assesse can be set off against his income and if the losses could not be set off under the same head or under different head in the same assessment year, such losses are allowed to be carried forward to be claimed as set off from the income of the subsequent assessment years, subject to certain restriction.

He further explained that only the following losses are allowed to be carried forward and set off in the subsequent year only if return of loss submitted by the assessee on or before the due date for filling of the returns prescribed under section 139(1), (a) house property loss, (b) business loss, (c) speculation loss, (d) capital loss, (e) loss on account of owning and maintaining race horses. He also highlighted provision of set off and carry forward of losses under head business loss, capital gain loss, speculation loss, loss in co-operative societies. Jatinder Khurana, general secretary of TBA told that IPS Bindra, additional commisioner of income tax, range-V, Ludhiana has been appointed as nodal officer in respect of TDS mismatch related issues. — TNS



DAV students top JET exam in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
The students of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, have brought laurels to the school by grabbing top three positions in the city in JET exams conducted by the ‘Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training’ on April 20. Tushar Bansal, Sparsh Narang and Anubhav Bhatia have been ranked one, two and three respectively in Ludhiana district. They have been placed on 8th, 13th and 17th rank respectively in twenty top rankers’ merit list at state level.

All the three students are presently pursuing non-medical stream. School authorities claimed that they have put in their best efforts and maintained a fine balance between school studies as well as preparing for JET exams. Their hard work and determination has paid off. Tushar owes his success to his parents who supported him morally and helped him throughout. Sparsh feels indebted to his school for the guidance and also for providing required study material from the library. Anubhav aspires to become a top class engineer and he has already started treading in that direction. Principal JK Sidhu congratulated them, their parents and teachers and hoped for their bright future.



Chicago labour martyrs remembered on May Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
In the memory of martyrs of May 1, 1886, Chicago incident, when workers struggled for 8 hours shift instead of 24 hours, various labour unions and labourers organised the programme with the objective to unite the labourers. Labour Day Conference was organised by Naujawan Bharat Sabha and All India Nepali Ekta Manch at PUDA Ground, Chandigarh Road. The unionists of Textile-Hosiery Kamgar Union, Karkhana Mazdoor Union were also present on the occasion.

Shinderpal, convener, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, said there is no hope for labourers in a capitalist system. It has been proved that the India is not a democratic country as capitalists have been enjoying all the powers. Lakhwinder, convener, Kharkhana Mazdoor Union said the labourers have to unite for the further struggle.

Meanwhile Northern Railway Men’s Union also staged a rally at railway station.

Comrade Daljit Singh, Divisional Secretary, NRMU, stated that the union opposed the privatisation of government departments.

Mangat Ram Pasala, a senior communist leader, said May 1 is a historical day for the labourers. He called the labourers to unite for the struggle against the anti-labourer policies of government.

Desh Bhagat Yadgiri Society, Punjab, also organised a programme. Jagdev Singh Jasowal stated in our religious scripts work is worship. The workers play a major role to run the society. The governments have to take care of their wages.



Green Land management hikes salary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 1
A meeting of the Management Committee was held on the premises of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, which was presided over by the chairman-cum-director Green Land schools Rajesh Rudhra.

With the approval of all the members of the managing committee, Rajesh Rudhra announced that an increment of 20 to 35 per cent will be given to the staff. He also said the staff members who perform well will be given a special raise.



school notes
Labour Day observed

Blossom School: The students of Blossom School, Sidhwan Bet, celebrated Labour Day to understand the importance of works done by the labourers. The students cleaned their school bags and the areas around their classrooms. They also thanked the workers of the school for their work. Principal Amarjit Kaur said we should always be thankful to the workers of the school for keeping cleanliness in the school and with their efforts they provide a neat and clean atmosphere in the school.

Bal Bharati Public School: Bal Bharati Public School paid a rich tribute to the support staff of the school. The purpose was to help students understand and appreciate the importance of labour. Students were told to always respect the services provided by support staff and to understand the dignity of labour. The programme commenced with a speech depicting the aspirations and promises of the helpers of society who lend a hand in laying a strong foundation of the country. Students expressed their love and gratitude by presenting flowers and gifts to support staff.

BVM School: Class IV employees of BVM School felt proud when they were honoured by the students of the school. Students offered them greetings, wishes and gifts. Students of Class II expressed their gratitude towards their helpers by mesmerising them with a fancy dress show. Harshika Gulati of Class VI delivered a speech on the importance of the day while Deeksha of Class VI appreciated their contribution towards the society.

GMT Public School: World’s Labour Day was celebrated on the campus of GMT Public School. The students of all the classes showed their gratitude to the helping hands for their devotion and dedication towards their work. The students brought eatables and sweets for the helping hands. The school authorities also acknowledged the gesture of these helpers with great regard. There was a special assembly organised in the school in which the students of the running house delivered a speech telling their fellow students about the importance of Labour’s Day.

Green Grove School: Green Grove School organised a splendid function on Labour Day to celebrate the achievement of workers and to thank them for their sincere services. The function began with a welcome song. Amrita and Arshpreet Kaur paid a tribute to the labour force through a speech and told that how much important they are for school. Simran and Harleen of Class VIII, Sukhchain and Anmol of Class VII told the importance of Labour Day through their Punjabi speech. Afterwards an English group song was sung by the students on ‘Team work and’ ‘we thank you dear workers’.

Sacred Heart School: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar , Ludhiana, presented a gala function on the occasion of Labour Day with floral greetings to the workers. The function kicked off with a speech welcoming the workers and acknowledging their hard work. A prayer dance marked the beginning of the programme followed by an entertainment programme specially prepared for the workers of the school. The workers were simply overwhelmed and expressed their gratitude towards the school management, teachers and students for their noble endeavours.

Guru Gobind Singh School: Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School celebrated May 1 with zeal and gratitude towards their care takers and house keeper. They danced on tune of ‘Sathi Haath Barana’ and showed their respect by giving flowers and gifts to the support staff. Principal Dr. Manjit Kaur congratulated these care takers and housekeepers. She told the students about the dignity of labour.

Childhood Kindergarten: Childhood Kindergarten, Punjab Mata Nagar, celebrated Labour Day in the school today. Kids were dressed up as washerman, vegetable vendor, maid, mechanics and painters. They were also taken to a site where they met labourers and distributed gifts and sweets to the support staff in the school. A fancy dress competition focusing on the importance of labour was also organised. Rannvijay was the winner who became the milkman.

BCM Kindergarten: Labour Day was celebrated by the students of BCM Kindergarten enthusiastically. The young kids gave greeting cards to all the employees as a tribute to them for their toil and sincerity for the institution. Games were organised for the helpers. Gift and sweets were distributed.

Spring Dale Senior Sec. Public School: Celebrating the dignity of labour, a colorful program was organized by the students of Spring Dale School on the World Labour Day. The celebrations started with a prayer, invoking upon the blessings of the Almighty followed by the talent display of the invited workers.

Handkerchief printing

Fun and love with colours marked the handkerchief printing as an activity at Ryan International School, Jamalpur, Ludhiana. Students expressed their vigour by participating in this activity very enthusiastically. They used their favourite colours for printing handkerchiefs. They showcased their talent and creativity by printing their handkerchiefs.

Fresher’s party

Fresher’s party was organised at ABC Montessori, Jagraon. Students came in colourful attire. Parents were enthusiastic and happy for their children. Students also enjoyed the event. Divya Pahul was declared Miss Fresher and Rakshit Mittal as Mr Fresher. — TNS



college notes
Principal assumes charge

Dr Manjit Singh Komal, associate professor and head, department of Punjabi, vice-principal GGN Khalsa College on Thursday took over charge as Principal GGN Khalsa College. Dr. Komal, an eminent research scholar in field of dramatics, is also member Board of Studies, PU, Chandigarh. The staff and the students of the college accorded a warm welcome to the new principal. Prof. Prithipal Singh Kapur, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council introduced the new principal to the college staff in a solemn ceremony. The new principal assured a healthy and conducive working environment to the whole staff.

Scholarship test

Punjab Institute of Management and Technology oldest Management and IT Institute of Punjab, organized a mega scholarship test. Students of different areas of Punjab took part in the test with great enthusiasm. Scholarship will be given to the students qualifying the scholarship test. The main aim of Gobindgarh Social Educational Welfare Trust aims to provide quality education to the all classes of society.

Volleyball tournament

It was the day of Smashes and Spikes at Desh Bhagat University. Players showed their excellent sports skill. A total of 15 teams including 9 teams of boys and 6 teams of girls participated in the tournament. Desh Bhagat University vic-chancellor, Dr SS Chahal inaugurated the event and said games and sports are an essential part of our education, these have educational as well as recreational values and these also keep us fit and fine. The tournament was a source of great education and entertainment for the students and staff members. All the teams played their best and fought hard for a single point to enter in the final fray. After league matches, the finals of the tournament were particularly thrilling and breath-taking. In finals of boy's category, faculty of Computer Science & Application beat Faculty of Engineering and Technology by 25-23 and in finals of girl's Category Faculty of Computer Science & Application beat Faculty of Nursing by 27-25. Meanwhile, Ankush, a student from Faculty of Ayurveda and Research and Gurjeet Kaur, student of M.Sc. (IT) part- II from Faculty of Computer Science and Application were declared the best players of the tournament.



Heritage Jewellers joins hands with Senco Gold

Heritage Jewellers proudly announced their association with Senco Gold. Senco Gold is a Calcutta-based company with over 60 stores all over the country. They have chosen Heritage Jewellers for their expansion and presence in Ludhiana. Their core strength lies in manufacturing light weight gold jewellery. Calcutta is famous for gold jewellery in terms of design. The customers can buy Jewellery in Ludhiana itself with the convenience of shopping at their very own Heritage Jewellers situated on mall road. Each piece is BIS hallmarked and value for money. The labour prices are lowest in the country ranging from 14 per cent to 22 per cent.

Forevermark introduces a special collection

Forevermark, a diamond brand, from the De Beers group of companies, has introduced a new range of diamond collection to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. cornerstones from Forevermark have been created in a classic style. Each piece features a Forevermark solitaire diamond held fast by four elegantly adorned prongs. Suitable for relaxed daytime style as well as evening glamour, cornerstones from Forevermark will add a little more sophistication to any outfit. With elegance in its character, each piece is made to accentuate a woman's beauty. This collection is available at Nikkamal Jewellers. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Labour Day observed

Following twin bomb blasts at the Chennai railway station, police officials check baggage at the Ludhiana railway station on Thursday
Following twin bomb blasts at the Chennai railway station, police officials check baggage at the Ludhiana railway station on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Youth Congress (Urban) Ludhiana today celebrated Labour Day at ward number 29. Gagandeep Singh Ahluwalia and women helpline cell ward number 29's president Sharanjit Kaur paid tributes to the workers who laid down their lives in Chicago. Speaking on the occasion Gagandeep Singh said that in older times labour was forced to work for 24 hours and in 1886 workers in Chicago joined hands and proposed to 8 hours of working hours. After much struggle they won the battle.

Meeting held

A meeting was organised by additional deputy commissioner (general), Baldev Singh to discuss about the preventive measures to be taken against the spread of dengue and malaria. District education officer, Dr Charanjit Singh said mails have been sent to all the government, private, aided and affiliated schools to make students aware regarding the diseases like malaria and dengue and how to take precautionary measures against them. Schools have been asked to make students aware during the morning assembly and will be asked to cover their legs and arms to save themselves from mosquito bites. In addition to this every Monday, school heads will provide a certificate proving that there is no breeding site for the mosquitoes in the school premises.

Swine flu case reported

One female patient, 45-years-old, belonging to Kum Kalan village was tested positive for Swine Flu. She is under going treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital. — TNS



City cagers wrap up title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 1
Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, registered an emphatic 85-62 victory over Francis Angel School, Mumbai, in the inaugural edition of the BFI-IMG Reliance National Schools and College Basketball League being held at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi.

Eight top school and college teams in the boys and girls sections competed in the league. Ludhiana lads established a 55-28 lead at the end of second quarter. Mumbai players fought valiantly in the last two quarters and gave away a little, but they could not wipe out the deficit as the city cagers wrapped up the issue comprehensively.

Gurwinder Singh and Loveneet Singh contributed 18 and 12 points, respectively, for the winners while Rohan chipped in with 22 points and Tanmay accounted for 11 points for the losing side.

In the girls' section, Government College, Ludhiana, overpowered Podar College, Mumbai, 63-45. The first quarter remained tied at 13-13, but Ludhiana girls surged ahead in the next one (26-20). Ludhiana eves dominated the proceedings in the next two quarters which saw them emerging victorious.

For the winning side, Nirmal Kaur top scored with 14 points while Rajveer Kaur and international star Nagma Mirza dropped in 13 points each to help their side to come out triumphant.

In another match, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, defeated St Anthony High School, Mumbai, 73-36. The architects of victory for Amritsar were Samriti (26), Gagandeep Kaur (17) and Devinder Kaur (13). In the boys' section, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, overwhelmed Khalsa College, Mumbai, 74-40 in which main contributions came through Palpreet Singh Brar (16), Abhishek (14) and Harman (14).

SCD Government College, Ludhiana, recorded second win as they outnumbered KC College, Mumbai, 74-42. Abhishek Rai (13), Harmandeep Singh (12), Palpreet Singh (11) and Khushmeet Singh (11) were the main scorers for the winning side while Paras Patil fought the lone battle for the losers with 14 points.

The Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, scored second victory when they beat Saint Joseph College, Mumbai 66-45. Nagma Mirza and Rajveer Kaur scored 23 and 16 points, respectively.



16 teams for corporate tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 1
Sixteen outfits representing renowned corporate will battle it out in the Corporate Cricket League to be held from May 3 to 25 at Ireo Waterfront Township ground, Sidhwan Canal Road.

Matches in the T-10 cricket league, to be organised by Sports Entertainment Media, will be played on Saturdays and Sundays. Teams include Monte Carlo, HDFC Bank, Dossil Fashions, Centex Fabrics, 01 Synergy, Kangaro Industries, SK Bikes, Sovereign Exports, The Brew Masters, Bonn Industries, Hyatt Regency, Tata Motors and Ireo XI.

The winners will be awarded the Ireo Corporate Cricket Cup in addition to an attractive cash prize.



Ludhiana muster 167 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 1
Right-arm off-spinner Anmol Danny ripped apart Gurdaspur batting line-up, chipping in eight wickets on the first day of the match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for ML Markan Trophy being played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College.

Ludhiana skipper Deepin Chitkara won the toss and invited Gurdaspur to bat. The visitors appeared clueless against consistent and accurate spin bowling by Anmol Danny Sharma. He cast a web around batsmen who fell an easy prey. Gurdaspur's first innings folded at 119 runs in 45 overs.

Anmol sent down 22 overs, four of which were maiden and captured eight wickets after conceding 45 runs. The other two wickets were shared between Vaibhav Kalra and Sajjanpreet.

Ludhiana began its reply on a rousing note, scoring 167 runs after 48 overs and lost just two wickets in the process. Jaish Jain top scored with 85 runs. At draw of stumps, Lovish Dhir and Deepin Chitkara were at the crease.

Brief scores

Gurdaspur (first innings): 119 all out in 45 overs (Neelpreet 24, Harmanpreet 40 and Rohit 19 n.o; Anmol Danny 8 for 45, Vaibhav Kalra 1 for 4 and Sajjanpreet 1 for 18).

Ludhiana (first innings): 167 for 2 after 48 overs (Shubhamdyal 45, Jaish Jain 85, Lovish Dhir 23 n.o, Deepin Chitkara 3 n.o; Inderbir 1 for 11 and Vaibhav 1 for 53).



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