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Respite for Chaura Bazar shopkeepers
Commissioner halts drive in Zone A; says need to study documents submitted by shopkeepers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
A few days before the launch of a demolition drive in Zone A, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, along with other leaders, today visited Chaura Bazar and assured shopkeepers that their shops would not be touched.

MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said the drive was to be conducted within a day or two but it had been halted for the time being for two major reasons. "We need a good number of policemen for the drive. Second, the shopkeepers of Chaura Bazar met me today with all their documents. They claimed they had not encroached upon the MC land. I will like to go through those documents as we don’t want to do injustice to anyone," she said.

Adhering to the Punjab and Haryana High Court's directions on removing encroachments from the city, the Municipal Corporation has planned to pull down illegal structures in Zone A this week. The three member-committee, comprising the Zonal Commissioner Zone A, the ATP of Zone A and the Head Draughtsman, held several rounds of meetings with the shopkeepers who had been served notices around four days ago.

Sources in the Building Branch said there were around 370 shops in Chaura Bazar which had encroached upon government land. "A list of 2,000 encroachments has been submitted to the High Court and the Chaura Bazar shops figure on it. In case a shopkeeper says he has old records verifying his possession on the land, he needs to file an application with the High Court along with all proofs. Otherwise, we will be forced to take action against him," the official said.

The area councillor, Sushma Mehta, however, said the ruling party was trying to give it a political colour. "The ruling party leaders are getting the encroachments removed as per their will. They did a similar act in Zone D and C. So, many meetings were held between the shopkeepers and the MC authorities. The MC authorities served notices on them.

“But today leaders assured the shopkeepers that they would not be touched. The shopkeepers should not be kept in the dark and they must be told that their extended structures will be demolished. If the shopkeepers have not done any encroachment, then the officials, who have submitted a list of encroachments in the High Court, should be taken to task," said Mehta.

Gohalwaria visited the area and had a word with the shopkeepers. He said he had gone through the old documents and found that there were no violations by them. When he was reminded of the list submitted to the High Court by the MC officials, the Mayor said there could have been some mistakes while preparing the list. "The wrong list can be rectified. The civic body or the shopkeepers can file an application in the High Court seeking a review of the matter. Till then, they should not be touched," the Mayor said.

Meanwhile, one of the shopkeepers said in the absence of strict action against violations, encroachers had been emboldened. "The violators should be heavily penalised only then things will be streamlined," he said.

Mayor warns shopkeepers

With regard to rehri and fari vendors running business outside the shops in Chaura Bazar, Mayor HS Gohalwaria asked the shopkeepers to shun the practice. "Due to these roadside encroachments, commuters face a lot of inconvenience in the already congested bazar. If a shopkeeper is found providing space to these vendors outside his shop, strict action will be taken against him," said the Mayor. He also warned the shopkeepers against displaying their wares on MC pillars. Inconvenience to public will not be tolerated, he added.


34 acquitted in Sarabha Nagar shootout case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 12
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdev Singh today acquitted 34 persons who were facing accusations in the Sarabha Nagar firing case. The prime prosecution witnesses reportedly turned hostile following a compromise between the parties paving the way for the acquittal of all the accused.

More than 100 rounds were exchanged in the shootout. The incident was considered a severe blow to the law and order situation in the city.

Four persons were shot in the alleged gang war between the supporters of Youth Akali Dal (YAD) in the posh Sarabha Nagar G- Block market on February 27.

The incident took place when Kinda Dhaliwal and his rival Kaka Grewal picke a quarrel at the main market in the Sarabha Nagar area.

Both of them reportedly challenged each other to meet at the Sarabha Nagar G- Block market. In the evening, both the groups, comprising 25 persons each, converged on the Market. They started abusing each other. Soon, the verbal duel turned into a shootout.

During the shootout, many armed assailants took shelter in the nearby houses.

The security guards deployed outside the house of Jagdev Singh Talwandi did not allow the assailants to enter his house.

On a statement of Sandeep Grewal of Malikpur village, the police had registered an attempt-to-murder case against 20 persons.

During investigations, a cross case was registered against 14 persons on the statement of Manpreet Bhattal of BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.



Man consumes poison near office of Deputy Commissioner; dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
High drama was witnessed outside the Deputy Commissioner's office at Mini-Secretariat here today after a man attempted suicide by consuming a poisonous substance. He died at the Civil Hospital.

The man has been identified as Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Bulara village. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition. Harbhajan Singh is an auto- rickshaw driver and was reportedly depressed due to some family issues.

The incident took place in the afternoon when Harbhajan Singh reached the DC’s office and consumed the poisonous substance. He fell unconscious after consuming it.

Passersby and government employees kept looking at him and no one came to his help. Finally, a police officer offered took him to the hospital in his personal vehicle.



Woman commits suicide, in-laws booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The Jodhewal Basti police have booked seven persons, including the in-laws, in an abetment to suicide case after a 38-year-old woman killed herself allegedly by consuming poison at New Subash Nagar.

The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Kaur. She is survived by three children, two girls and a boy. Her husband Gurcharan Singh died a month ago.

It was learnt that her father-in-law and mother-in-law used to curse her, holding responsible for her husband's death.

Hardeep's relatives, who staged a dharna outside the Jodhewal police station, said her brother-in-law used to thrash her.

She consumed poison this afternoon. She was rushed to the hospital by the neighbours.

The police registered a case against seven persons for driving Hardeep Kaur to suicide. The police have started investigation.



Man dies of burns, sister retracts statement
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
A 38-year-old man, who was allegedly set on fire under mysterious circumstances yesterday, succumbed to burns at the Civil Hospital here today. In a U-turn, the victim's sister, who had accused her sister-in-law of setting Rakesh Kumar (38) on fire, backtracked and told the police that Rakesh became the victim of an accidental fire.

Rakesh, who has separated from his wife, visited his in-laws' house to fetch his wife. Some conversation took place between them, after which Rakesh was seen engulfed by flames.

Neighbours put out the fire and rushed him to the hospital where he died today.

The police have initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC.



Fire breaks out in school kitchen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
A fire broke out at Government Primary School, Jawahar Nagar Camp, here today. However, no casualty was reported and the fire was put out within half an hour by firefighters.

Naresh, one of the firefighters, said at around 11:30 am, the department got a call from the school that a fire had broken out in their kitchen. Around four firemen rushed to the spot. One of the cooks was cooking mid-day meal when a worn-out cylinder pipe caught fire, said the fireman.

One of the eyewitnesses said the cook raised an alarm. The teachers tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but it did not work. Hearing screams of students and teachers, shopkeepers of the nearby Jawahar Nagar Camp rushed to the spot. They shifted students to another building. The situation was brought under control within half an hour after the arrival of the firemen.

"The situation could have gone out of control had the fire spread to two LPG cylinders kept in the kitchen. Besides, there were classrooms close to the kitchen. As soon as we got to know about the fire, the staff and students came out of their classes," said one of the teachers.

Meanwhile, the parents blamed the school authorities for the incident. "It is by the grace of God that everyone is safe. But, the authorities need to conduct regular checks on worn-out pipes are being used in the kitchen. Such things should not be taken lightly as the mid-day meal is daily prepared in the school," said Sukhminder Kaur, a parent.



Incident raises cooks’ safety concerns
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The fire incident has raised the safety concerns of cooks working in government schools under the Mid-day Meal Scheme. Many unions of the mid-day meal cooks have raised the issue many a time.

It is the long-pending demand of the cooks to provide them a health insurance cover of up to Rs 2 lakh. The government pays Rs 1,000 per month to a cook and they do not get any other allowance. The cooks have also demanded medical allowance.

Charanjit Kaur, a mid-day meal worker, said: “Fire incidents are quite common as the equipment provided to them by the government is not durable. Moreover, maintenance of stove and other equipment is not done on a regular basis. The gas pipe often gets damage in congested school kitchens”.

“Some schools have been provided with pressure cookers. In view of poor maintenance of kitchen goods, the possibility of a cooker blast is always there,” added Charanjit Kaur.

Parveen Kumari, district president of the Democratic Mid-day Meal Cook Front, said: “The Mid-day meal cooks have to work from 8 am to 2 pm. The Education Department is not concerned about their safety. In case of burn injuries, cooks have to pay for treatment from their own pockets”.

“We don’t have any job card or identity card to claim help from the government,” the district president added.



Better Ludhiana parking pangs
Admn, people must work in tandem
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
As the space available for parking is shrinking with the rising number of vehicles, city residents feel they must join hands with the administration to find possible solutions.

Improve public transport

The first thing the government must do is to improve the public transport system. To attract the higher-income group, air-conditioned buses must be introduced on local routes. The government should also set up proper bus and auto-rickshaw stands in the city.

— Sunil Kapoor, businessman

Streamline parking

The main reason behind traffic chaos is haphazard parking. At Chander Nagar, quarrels between neighbours over the issue of parking of vehicles are a routine affair. As people have more than one vehicle, many cars remain parked on the street. Due to the parking of vehicles on both sides, streets narrow down.

— Tarun Kumar, gym trainer

Act responsibly

The parking problem can be minimised if the administration studies models of good parking. Also, the law enforcers should be strict. No two-wheelers should be allowed to be parked in the space demarcated for cars and vice-versa. Also, in housing colonies and shopping centres, parking should be allowed on one side of the road only.

— Kartar Singh, school director

Deal with defaulters strictly

People wash their vehicles on the road, due to the paucity of space on their premises. Not only this damages the road, it also cause traffic hurdles. Rules should be strictly enforced and haphazard parking should be dealt with strictly

— Dheeraj Kumar, aspiring model



Drizzle brings down soaring temperature
Trees uprooted, several localities go without power for couple of hours due to dust storm
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
While a drizzle brought some respite to residents from the soaring mercury, a dust storm that preceded it uprooted trees across the city. Also, many parts of the city had to do without power for a couple of hours due to the rain.

“Trees that fell during the dust storm became a cause of inconvenience for many. I hope the uprooted trees are cleared by the authorities at the earliest to ease the flow of traffic,” said Garima, a resident of Rakh Bagh.

Poor drainage system led to accumulation of water on many roads.

“Although, the city witnessed light showers, water got stagnated on roads. We need a better drainage system to brace ourselves for the upcoming monsoons,” said Pardeep, a resident of the Old City area that was worst affected.

On many faces, however, rain brought smiles, as people made a beeline for samosa and pakora shops.

“Rain has brought respite from the scorching heat. A hot cup of tea with samosas is perfect for a rainy day,” said Kashish, a student.



391 get degrees at PAU annual convocation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The Annual Convocation of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was held today. Dr VL Chopra, former member of Planning Commission; secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Government of India; and Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was the chief guest.

Seventy-eight PhD and 313 masters (MSc, MTech, MCA, MBA, MBA (Agri-Business), MJMC) degrees in addition to 18 gold medals and four cash awards were awarded to the students and the faculty.

In his convocation address, Dr Chopra said, “The PAU is an internationally acclaimed leader that has an enviable record of contributions to research, human resources development and capacity building. It has generated materials and technologies that constitute the foundation of national food security.”

Congratulating the degree holders, and recipients of merit certificates and awards, Dr Chopra remarked, “It is a landmark event in your life that brings you to the threshold of a new phase of your career.” He called upon the students to inculcate positive attitude in life, create opportunities for themselves, and choose the specialisation on the basis of what excites them.”

Presenting the highlights of the convocation report, PAU, Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said the university has earned national and international recognition for imparting quality education. “The scientists of the PAU bagged 99 research projects (including 33 UGC projects, the maximum amongst agricultural universities) worth Rs 41.37 crore,” he told.


Dr Surinder Kaur Sandhu, associate professor, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Dr HS Thind, senior soil chemist, were awarded ‘ICAR-PAU Best Teacher Award 2010-11’ and ‘Award of Plaque 2012-13’, respectively. Dr Sukhpal Singh and Dr Tejinder K Dhaliwal, Department of Economics and Sociology, were conferred with ‘Dr MS Randhawa Best Book Prize 2011’.

Amongst the students, Namrita Ahluwalia got ‘Dr Sukhdev Singh Prize for Essay and Oration 2012-13’. Shalini Agnihotri and Anupriya Thind were awarded ‘Sardar Kartar Singh Kahlon Gold Medal 2012-13’ and ‘Dr Manjit Singh Kang Medal 2013-14’, respectively. Pooja and Manny Saluja bagged ‘Dr Avtar Singh Atwal Gold Medal for 2011-12 and 2012-13’, respectively.

Sheena Thapar and Ritika Jain were conferred with ‘Lala Shri Ram Ji Medal for 2012-13 and 2013-14’, respectively. Anmol Aggarwal and Damadeep Singh got ‘Sardar Bahadur Lal Singh Medal for 2012-13 and 2013-14’, respectively. Jasbir Kaur, Smita Singla, Gomti Grover, Jasjinder Kaur and Arpandeep K Boparai were awarded ‘Dr Gurbakhsh Singh Gill Medal’, ‘Dr K Kirpal Singh Medal’, ‘Sardar Iqbal Singh Dhillon Medal’, ‘Dr Sardar Singh Medal’, and ‘Dr Narinder Singh Randhawa Medal’ for 2013-14, respectively.

While Sonali Vatsyayan and Manpreet Kaur bagged ‘Dr BR Sharma Medal 2012-13’ and ‘Dr GS Sidhu Medal 2012-13’, respectively. Neha Sharma and Jupinder Kaur were awarded ‘Shri Puran Anand Adlakha Medal for 2012-13 and 2013-14’, respectively. Rajwinder Kaur and Jaspreet K Sandhu got ‘Dr Gurmail Singh Dhaliwal Medal 2013-14’ and ‘Dr PN Thapar Gold Medal 2013’, respectively. Pooja Manchanda and Nancy were awarded ‘Dr MS Randhawa Medal for 2012 and 2013’, respectively.



Aided colleges may face closure
Repeated pleas, protests by teachers for the release of salaries remain unheard
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 12
The private aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh may face closure if the government continues with its attitude of ignoring the pleas and protests of teachers across the state for the immediate release of long pending grants.

It has been a year now that the teachers of private aided colleges are managing without salary. The colleges have not got any grant for the past one year. Grants of four quarters are pending and the fifth has already started. “This is the worst picture presented by the government which otherwise boasts of spreading education and literacy among the children. If the teachers find it difficult to meet their financial requirements, is it possible for them to work in any case?” asked Jaswant Singh Gill, secretary, Management Federation of Non-Government Aided Colleges.

“For the financial year that has already been exhausted, the state government was supposed to release grant in four quarters but much against this, the government has released it only once. Throughout the academic year, the colleges were managing somehow but now the situation has assumed such a critical posture that the teachers are managing without salary in most of these colleges,” he added.

The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union has written to the Chief Minister to release the grants for the aided colleges, met the Education Minister several times, been in touch with DPI ever since but to no avail. The union has pleaded the CM to save the teachers from financial hardships and evolve a mechanism to streamline the grant-in-aid system.

“This is the height of callousness by the government for those who are the framers of the nation. A starving teacher can teach no better. There are colleges where the teachers are passing through such critical financial crunch, that they have literally given up. The officials sitting there are intentionally presenting a distorted picture of the periodic release whereas the true situation is that not a single penny has been given by the government for the past one year,” said PS Gill, president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher’s Union.

SC Sanwalka, president, Private Aided Colleges Management Federation, said, “A total of 136 private aided colleges of all three universities, including Panjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University, have not receive any grant for the past one year.”

“The Punjab Government has proved to be a total failure. The tall claims of giving education the top priority have ended up in a fiasco. The teachers have not received salaries since May, 2013. The first quarterly grant (March to May) was distributed in the month of November and the grants of four quarters are pending with the government. We fail to understand the reasons of undue delay despite the fact that the required 95 per cent grants amounting to Rs 200 crore were sanctioned in the beginning of the financial year 2013-14. When the amount had been sanctioned specifically for the release of grants to the colleges why wasn’t it disbursed? We tried to initiate talks by discussion, took out rallies, organised protest march but to no avail,” said Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU).



Class XII exam: Students do Ludhiana proud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The schools affiliated with Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) have proved their mettle in the Class XII examinations. There are 108 students of various schools who have made it to the merit list of the result, which is the highest from a district in the state.

Twenty-two students of Teja Singh Sutantar Senior Secondary School and 19 students of RS Model Senior Secondary School got ranks in the merit list.

The students of RS Model Senior Secondary School who made it to the merit list includes Hardeep Kaur (8), Ishpreet Singh (10) Kamalpreet Kaur (11), Anmol (12), Anupreet Kaur (14), Jaspreet Kaur (15), Arundeep kaur (16), Kritika (16), Alka Chaudhary (18), Dimple Kumar (18), Chahat Sharma (19), Hina (19), Ramneet Sandhu (19), Shivani Soni (19), Amardeep Kaur (21), Gurpinder Kaur (21), Jasmeet Kaur (22), Rahul Sharma (23) and Dalbir Kaur (24).

Two students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj (Dholewal), Maihima and Simranjit Kaur bagged 21 and 23 rank, respectively, in the state merit list. Principal Barjinder Kaur congratulated the students.

Also, three students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU campus, made it to the merit list. Simran Grewal got the 11th rank, Inderjot Kaur got 20th and Anajli Mittal bagged the 21st rank.

Meanwhile, Khushpreet Kaur and Shubnam Nazeer of Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, bagged the 21st and 22th rank in the merit list. Principal informed that both the students had rural background.

Four students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar campus, bought laurels to the school. Kanika Singla was ranked 11th, Navjot Bhatowa 18th, Shikha Gupta 20th and Aarushi 22nd in the state merit list.

Anjali of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, secured 93.5 per cent marks and got 22nd rank in merit.



Spirit of motherhood honoured in schools across industrial city
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, May 12
Mother’s Day was celebrated throughout city schools.

Small Wonders Playway

Students greeted their mothers with beautiful poems wishing them Happy Mother’s Day. Then the kids presented hand-printed butterfly canvases, which they had made with the help of teachers. They also drew colourful pictures of their moms which were displayed in the classrooms for them. Later, games such as ball and sieve game, saree and turban tying, drawing and colouring competition etc were organised for the mothers and their children.

BBSB Convent School, Sidhwan Bet

On the occasion, students made cards, flowers and pictures for their mothers. Students of Classes VI to X presented their views on the importance of the day in their lives. Principal Anita Kalra said the students should respect their parents and obey them.

SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road

Students honoured their mothers by expressing their feelings through different gestures. Children made gifts, bouquets and greeting cards for their mothers. They mesmerised the audience with poem recitation, speeches and songs.

Desh Bhagat Global School

Various events such as dance, music, on-the-spot painting and cooking were organised for mothers of the children studying in the school to celebrate the occasion. A number of fun games were also arranged. The mothers thanked and congratulated the school management for providing them a platform to showcase their talent and on making the day special for them. A play was also staged by the students. Later, mementos were given to the winners of different categories and a ‘Best Mother’ trophy was also given.

Everest Public Senior Secondary School

A waste material workshop was organised for the students. Asha Sharma, coordinator, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Special Study Centre, was the chief guest on the occasion. Various games such as musical chair, paper folding dance etc were organised for the mothers and their wards.

Penguin Castle Preschool

The school premise was beautifully decorated and posters carrying pictures of each child and their mother adorned the walls. A special puppet show on the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever was presented by the staff of the College of Nursing from DMCH.

ABC Montessori School

Mothers are a source of inspiration and powerhouses of talent. To salute the unconditional and undying love and to recognise the talents of young students, the day was celebrated with great zeal and fervour.

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School

A drawing competition was conducted by Journeys (escape the ordinary- JUKASO) for the students. The children expressed their love for their mothers by creating wonderful cards and posters. Principal Suman Arora congratulated the winners. President Balraj Bhasin and director S Verma appreciated the efforts done by the students.

Green Land Convent School

Students of the pre-primary and primary section showcased their love for their mothers by making beautiful cards with limericks written on it.

Childhood Kindergarten

A special musical concert dedicated to mothers was organised where songs like ‘Tujhe sab hai pata meri maa’ and ‘Maawan thandiyaan chaawan’ were sung.

Green Land School

Students of various wings presented a cultural fiesta as a tribute to mothers and motherhood. Students of Nursery to Class V enacted the roles of great mothers of India, including Jija Bai, Mother Teresa etc and mesmerised the audience. While Class III to V recited poems. A group dance was also presented by the students.

Uma Rana School

Khamano: The function started with a candle light service for making school cabinet by transferring the light of discipline from the management to the principal and then to the school cabinet. CL Sharma, trustee Cordia Group of Institutes, Sanghol, transferred the light of discipline.



International Nurses Day
City hospitals fete the noble profession
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
City-based hospitals today observed International Nurses Day to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, whose hard work and dedication during the Crimean War shaped the noble profession.

The College of Nursing at Christian Medical College and Hospital celebrated the special occasion with weeklong activities that culminated today. The Trained Nurses Association and Student Nurses Association took part in various cultural activities. Prem Lata Prakash, Sanjeet Johnson, Anushi Singh, Ashima Chugh and Rebecca Benson presented papers on this year’s theme: “Nurses: A Force for Change—A Vital Resource for Health”.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and the Hero DMC Heart Institute, too, celebrated the day to recognise the selfless services provided by nurses to society.

The celebration started with an oath-taking ceremony, followed by the cutting of a cake. Over 100 nurses participated in the celebrations. Several games, including dumb charades and quiz, were organised. Prizes were distributed among the winners.

Many senior members of the hospital, too, joined the celebrations. They applauded the nursing staff for providing best of the services to patients.

Tanya Thind, assistant HR manager, said: “International Nurses Day is a special day for nurses all over the world to celebrate their profession. Nurses play the most important role during a patient’s stay and treatment at hospital. She said while patients appreciated their role, we as a society should also recognise their contribution and give them the respect and recognition they deserve.”



Carving out a niche for themselves
More and more men are taking up nursing and finding acceptability too
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
Although, traditionally nursing has been a female-dominated profession, more and more men are joining the noble vocation and also gaining acceptance among patients. Male nurses mostly find work in intensive care units, emergency departments, operation rooms and mental hospitals.

Thomas, who works as a staff nurse at Christian Medical College and Hospital, says things are changing in the nursing profession.

“I starting working in 2012, and have no reason to complain. I am the first one in my family to join this profession. Besides earning my livelihood, I am also doing a noble work that gives me satisfaction,” he says

Bhawandeep, who works as a clinical instructor at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, says he chose the career at his father’s behest.

“My elder sister is a nurse and knew about the demand for male nurses. My father, too, told me that getting a job in the field will be easy,” he says.

While women are usually considered gentle and careful, men too can have these traits, says Bhawandeep.

"I had never heard of male nurses during my schooldays," says Sahil, who is presently pursuing the nursing coursing at a local private college.

He, however, admits that not all men join the profession willingly, since many are those who fail to score well in medical entrance exams.

"Nursing is a job, and it should not be stereotyped. Both men and women are capable of being a good nurse,” says Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal, College of Nursing, DMCH.



Dy Commissioner inspects counting centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The Deputy Commissioner today inspected the centres set up for counting of votes polled during the Lok Sabha elections in the Ludhiana constituency. The counting of votes will be held at Punjab Agricultural University from 8 am onwards on May 16. Five counting centres have been set up on the campus, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rajat Aggarwal.

A media centre has been made at the Students’ Home and mediapersons can enter the counting centres by showing their identity card issued by the Election Commission of India.

"No one besides the counting staff will be allowed to enter the counting centres. Also, the use of mobile phones will be banned,” said Aggarwal.

The DC said counting of the votes polled at the Ludhiana East-60 will be carried out at Sukhdev Singh Bhawan, while the community centre will cater to the Ludhiana South-61. The counting for Atam Nagar-62 will be held at the International Centre near Parker House. The Gymnasium Hall will serve the Ludhiana Central (ground floor), Ludhiana West-64 (first floor) and Ludhiana North-64 (first floor, left side).

The DC also visited Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College where the counting centres for five Assembly constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib have been set up.



Electroplaters Assn accuses PPCB of harassing owners
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association have accused the officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) of harassing the owners of electroplating units.

Joginder Kumar, president of the association, informed that more than 1,000 electroplating units had been dumping used water in treatment plants. But the officials of PPCB have been harassing them regularly.

Chander Parkash Sabharwal, secretary of the association said, “The electroplating units are located in various parts of the city. The dumping of toxic water in treatment plant is not an easy task. If the government wants a permanent solution to this problem then they have to allot 50 to 70 acre land for separate focal point of electroplating units. So, the toxic water can be treated in the same area.”



PWD constructs road in rain
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 12
Shopkeepers on the Lalheri Road alleged that the construction of a road in the area continued despite the rain. Lalheri Road Shopkeepers Association president Tejinder Singh said the PWD contractor was present at the site along with a junior engineer, Joga Singh.

When the shopkeepers objected to the work, the JE and the contractor reportedly told them the rain would have no adverse effect on the road.

The shopkeepers said when they talked to the SDO, Surinder Singh, he claimed the work had been stopped; although, it continued for quite some time.



Sahodaya Schools elect office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The first general body meeting of the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex for the session 2014-15 was convened at Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, today.

Principals of 40 schools falling under the Ludhiana Sahodaya (Central Zone) attended the meeting. The agenda of the meeting was to elect the office-bearers for the new session.

The House unanimously elected Harmeet Waraich, principal, Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road, as the director. Navita Puri, principal, KVM, was elected as the general secretary.

Later, a list of activities for inter-school events was finalised. These activities include dance, fine arts, declamation, debate and one-act plays.

Apart from these, story-telling, slogan writing, radio jockey, fancy dress, folk song, sufi singing, quiz, poetry recitation and PowerPoint presentations on science and maths have also been included in the calendar of activities.

The sports activities list includes games like swimming, badminton, basketball, judo, chess, cricket, kabaddi, football, hockey, shooting. Yoga also finds a mention in the list.



dowry devil
Mother-in-law held; NRI husband, others on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
Two days after a Delhi-based newlywed woman staged a dharna against her dowry-seeking husband and in-laws, the Sarabha Nagar police registered a case against them and arrested the mother-in-law, Harjeet Kaur, late last night. The suspect was produced in court that sent her to police remand.

Harjinder Kaur, who was sitting on a dharna for past two days outside her in-laws’ house at BRS Nagar, thanked the police for the prompt action. She demanded that the remaining members of the family, including her NRI husband, Gurmeet Singh Manchanda, be arrested.

"I saw my in-laws entering the house last night, following which I informed the police. While my father-in-law, Tarlok Singh; husband, Gurmeet Singh, and sister-in-law, Jaspreet Kaur, managed to escape, the police got hold of my mother-in-law,” she said.

Harjinder Kaur said she got married to Gurmeet Singh Manchanda on December 1 last year. Soon after the wedding, his parents started harassing her for dowry, she said. Finally, she moved to Delhi and got an FIR registered at the Paschim Vihar police station in January this year, said the complainant.

Later, both families reached a compromise, and Gurmeet Singh, reportedly, assured to take Harjeet Kaur to Australia.

On May 7, Harjeet withdrew the case and came to live at her husband's house. She alleged that instead of welcoming her, the in-laws threw her out of the house.

When the local police failed to take any action, Kaur staged the dharna.



Two drug peddlers nabbed
40 quintal poppy husk seized, two suspects absconding
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The city police nabbed two drug peddlers and seized four quintals of poppy husk from their possession last night. The accused have been identified as Alla Ditta, alias Abdul, and Shafik Khan, alias Fikka, residents of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh and Malerkotla in Sangrur respectively. The police said Shafik is also the president of a taxi union at Mandi Ahmedgarh.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), Jaswinder Singh, said the duo was travelling on a pickup truck, in which they were carrying 20 bags of poppy husk, hidden behind goods that were to be unloaded at a factory unit near Focal Point.

The police, following a tip-off, apprehended the suspects on the Kaind Canal bridge. Two other persons, identified as Pardeep and Jammu, alias Satpal, of Chappar village and Ghugrana village, respectively, who were escorting the pickup truck in an SUV managed to give the police the slip, said SHO (CIA Staff) Vinod Kumar.

During the investigation, the duo revealed that Satpal was the kingpin of the gang, said the police. The gang allegedly bought the contraband from Madhya Pradesh and sold it in different parts of the city. The duo also confessed to having been in the illegal trade for past one year.

Modus operandi

The kingpin of the gang, Jammu, alias Satpal, and Pardeep used to escort the vehicle carrying the contraband. They kept alerting Alla Ditta and Shifik, who were transporting the contraband, about police nakas. Alla Ditta and Shafik hid the contraband behind hosiery goods.



‘Spiritual’ woman accused of running flesh trade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
A retired serviceman has accused a “spiritual” woman of running flesh trade in the garb of a meditation centre. Major Joginder Singh Sandhu (retired), a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, while addressing a press conference, said a lot of youngsters kept visiting the woman’s house during the day.

Major Sandhu said the residents were scared of the woman, as she wielded clout.

The police, too, was reluctant to take action against her, Major Joginder Singh said.



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