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Encroachments removed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
More than 40 officials and employees from the Municipal Corporation, accompanied by around 100 policemen, demolished the extended portions of two houses at Jagirpur Road, near Basti Jodhewal, here today. The houses fall in Zone A and were among 2,000 ‘illegal’ buildings, a list of which had been submitted to the Punjab and Haryana Court.

Though the owners had started removing the encroachments on their own, the MC employees did not take any chance and demolished the extended portion with JCB machines. "We were removing the extended portions on our own. These were small portions and there was absolutely no need to create panic among the area residents by bringing a heavy police force," said Sukhpal Kaur, one of the residents.

Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) Kamaljit Kaur said the MC had been duped by encroachers in the past. "When we go there they start removing bricks from the encroached area and assure us they will do the needful. But as soon as the MC teams have left, they stop the work. So this time, we removed encroachments on our own," said the ATP.


Girl commits suicide by jumping in front of train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
A 19-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Salem Tabri yesterday. The girl, identified as Mamta of Jawandha Nagar, had failed the class XII exam.

Her family started looking out for Mamta after she did not return home till afternoon. Soon they received information that a girl had committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.

The family rushed to the spot and identified the deceased as Mamta. Her mother said Mamta was upset as she failed the class XII exam for the second consecutive year.

Investigation officer Kuldip Singh said inquest proceeding under 174 of the CrPC had been initiated.

Lack of counselling, peer pressure and fear of social embarrassment are the main reasons behind the rising number of suicides by students.



Rat scare at Civil Hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Though the Civil Hospital authorities claim they get the premises disinfected every month, rats found in wards and crawling on bodies at the mortuary tell another story.

One of the relatives of a deceased, who went to the hospital to get the body, said he was shocked to see rats crawling along the body at the mortuary. "I was already in a shock and was not in a condition to lodge a protest with the hospital authorities," he said.

A visitor to the out patient department said her little daughter was so scared when a rat crawled on her feet. "My daughter screamed in fear and I saw a rat scurrying around. If this is the state of sanitation at the hospital, what quality service can we expect here?" she asked.

The Senior Medical Officer, Dr RK Karkara, said every month they got the hospital premises disinfected. "We are doing what best can be done. The refrigeration system at the mortuary sometimes develops problems. But we get it repaired as soon as possible," said the SMO.



Verka probes milk adulteration
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
After finding a milk sample of the Daleya Milk Cooperative Society adulterated with refined oil, the authorities at Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, have initiated an inquiry. A three-member committee constituted to conduct this inquiry includes two Directors of the plant Iqbal Singh and Jaswant Singh Hawas and Dr Surjit Singh, Manager Procurement.

Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, Chairman, Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, said: “Last Saturday, I received a complaint of adulteration in the milk procured from the dairy of the vice-president of the Daleya Milk Cooperative Society. We checked the milk sample and found it adulterated with refined oil. We have initiated an inquiry into this case and withheld the payment of the society.”

He said we had warned all milk cooperative societies against indulging in adulteration. Next time, an FIR would be lodged against a defaulter under the Food Safety and Standard Act-2006, he added.

Ajmer Singh, who is serving as the chairman of the Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, for a second consecutive term, said: “Our aim is to provide pure milk to all urban people. To maintain quality control, we keep conveying this message to our milk cooperative societies from time to time and also keep a check on the quality of milk. If any customer has a complaint regarding the quality of Verka milk, he can bring it to our notice.”



Get milk tested on your doorstep
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Residents can get their milk tested at the Dairy Development Board’s office at Model Town, near Chatar Singh Park. If you are a group of 40 persons from a locality, then a team from the board will collect samples from your doorstep.

“We regularly collect milk samples from different localities. Those residents, who want to get milk tested, can visit the office. If there are 40 samples from a locality, a team from the board will visit the locality to collect samples. For multiple samples, one can call up at 0161-2400223,” said Santokh Singh, District Inspector, Dairy Development Board.

Today, a team of the board collected 39 samples from Joshi Nagar, of which 16 were found adulterated with water. The water content in these samples was between 3 and 36 per cent. No chemical adulteration was found, said Jaswinder Singh, Senior Development Officer.

There are around 13 solid contents in pure milk, 4.5 per cent fat, 8.5 per cent solid non-fat with 3.5 per cent protein, 4.9 per cent lactose and .8 per cent minerals. Around 83-87 percent is natural fluid. In adulterated milk, most of the times the total solid content is only around 3-4 per cent and the fluid content goes up to 92-93 per cent.

Experts take
Intake of adulterated milk can lead to a stunted growth in children below one year of age while in older ones it can cause problems like diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach infections.



Tree falls on power cables; supply to localities disrupted for 10 hours
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 13
A huge tree fell on high tension power lines at Old District Courts Chowk early this morning, disrupting power supply to more than six localities in the Civil Lines area for more than 10 hours. Movement of vehicular traffic on one side of the main road from the intersection towards Dandi Swami Chowk was also affected.

A huge tree, grown in front of a mall under construction, fell on the power cables at around 4.30 am.

The field staff of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and workers engaged at the shopping mall had a tough time removing the uprooted tree, which took almost 10 hours. A huge beehive on the tree made the task a bit more difficult. The power supply to the affected localities was restored at around 3.30 PM, officials of the PSPCL said.

A visit to the spot revealed that the area around the tree had been dug up by the construction company workers to lay sewers. As the ground around the tree had softened due to digging, a mild storm that lashed the city late last night uprooted the tree.

The PSPCL staff working at the site did not rule out the possibility of a foul play behind the uprooting of the tree as it partially blocked the view of the near-completion shopping mall.

Residents of several areas, including the Old District Courts Chowk, Sessions Chowk, Bank Street, Rajinder Nagar, Ram Nagar, Kailash Chowk and Dr Bindraban Road localities, had a hard day braving the hot and humid conditions without power supply. They had to go without water in the morning and afternoon as well.



Patwaris buckle under workload
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Staff crunch in the Revenue Department has increased the workload on patwaris in the district. More than 50% posts of patwari have been lying vacant for the past few years. There are only 218 patwaris against the 441 sanctioned posts in the district. Meanwhile, the department has terminated the services of a large number of patwaris, who were convicted in vigilance cases.

The state government had recruited patwaris in 1982. The Punjab Cabinet sectioned the filling of 1,230 vacancies of patwaris before the Assembly elections. Claiming that the sectioned posts were inadequate, the Revenue Patwar Union has demanded an increase in their number.

Rupinder Singh Grewal, district president of the union, said: “The patwaris have been working under extreme workload. One patwari is taking care of five circles. The state government has to fill all vacant posts. The 1,230 posts are insufficient and as many are going to retire in the next two years. The new cadre of patwaris will first get training and only then join the department. It will take two more years. So, the government has to section more posts”.

Mukesh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, said: “It is true that owing to a shortage of patwaris in the department, the workload on them has increased. The state government is going to recruit more patwaris.”



city railway station
Railways not considerate towards physically challenged
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Though Ludhiana Railway Station is one of the highest revenue-generating stations in the region, it lags far behind the others when it comes to providing facilities to passengers. The railway authorities have failed to provide facilities to the physically challenged and elderly as the foot overbridges sans ramps.

A large number of passengers, who are not able to move without a wheelchair, daily visit the railway station. Their attendants have a tough time shifting them from one platform to another.

Recently, the authorities got a foot overbridge constructed that connects all the platforms. But, they forgot to make any provision for easy movement of the physically challenged and elderly. Such passengers are forced to cross the tracks through the carrier pathway, putting their lives at risk.

Dr Satpal Mehra, a visitor to the railway station, said: "As there was no ramp at the station, we had a tough time shifting my wife Santosh, who is unable to walk because of her badly swollen knees. Last time, we missed the train as we were unable to make it to Platform No. 3 on time. The railway authorities should construct separate bridges for the physically challenged and elderly."

A physically challenged person, Purshotam Singh, said: "Whenever I have to travel by train, my elder brother picks me up in his lap and take me across the bridge. The Railways should seriously think about this issue."

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: "The Requirement Committee of the Railways has sent a proposal to install escalators at the railway station. It will take some years to install them as the functioning of the Railways is quite slow".



Stalling of demolition drive at chaura bazar
RTI activist writes to Mayor
Asks him not to violate HC orders by regularising encroachments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
After Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria stalled the demolition drive at Chaura Bazar yesterday, Right to Information (RTI) activist Rohit Sabharwal has asked him not to violating the Punjab and Haryana High Court's orders by regularising these encroachments.

In a letter written to the Mayor, Sabharwal stated that the High Court while disposing the civil writ petition 4886 of 2003 had already ordered that illegal encroachments should not be regularised.

The order states: "Vide a subsequent order dated February 10, 2004, the state government was restrained from regularising unauthorized encroachments and constructions made in the municipal area of Ludhiana. Thereafter, on February 19, 2004, the said restrain order was expanded qua all the municipal areas in the state of Punjab with a further direction to the Commissioners/Chief Executives/ Executive Officers and Secretaries of all municipal corporations, municipal councils, municipal committees and nagar panchayats to ensure that nobody is allowed to make encroachments on all public lands including those falling under municipal areas.”

Sabharwal told the Mayor that Article 141 of the Indian Constitution termed judgements of the Supreme Court “Law of the Land”.

“The Supreme Court also says, ‘A plain or simple judicial decision on fact can not be altered by a legislative decision by employing doctrines or principles such as public trust doctrine, precautionary principle, larger safety principle and competence of the state legislature to override agreements between two states,” he stated in the letter.

"In any way, the legislature cannot neutralise the effect of the orders of the High Court passed in CWP 4886 of 2003 by passing any kind of resolution. On basis of the facts and directions by both the Supreme Court and High Court, encroachments of Chaura Bazar should not be regularised in any way as it will surely be against the directions of the High Court and Law of the Land", said Sabharwal.



suicide by woman
Relatives stage dharna outside police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Relatives of 28-year-old Hardeep Kaur, who committed suicide by consuming poison at her in-laws’ house in New Subhash Nagar yesterday, sat on a dharna in front of the Jodhewal Basti police station here today.

The relatives placed the victim’s body in front of the police station and demanded that all the seven suspects be arrested for forcing Hardeep to commit suicide. It was after the assurance given by the police that the protestors ended their protest.

The victim is survived by three children, two girls and a boy. Her husband, Gurcharan Singh, died a month back.

Thieves strike at shops

Thieves struck at four shops on Shingar Cinema Road and stole Rs 20,000 in all. The incident came to light early this morning when area residents spotted uprooted shutters of the shops. While two shops sell medicines, the other two are polythene bag stores.



accused’s acquittal in Sarabha nagar shootout case
Question mark over police functioning
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

CCTV grabs show assailants entering a house in Sarabha Nagar.
CCTV grabs show assailants entering a house in Sarabha Nagar. A File photo

Ludhiana, May 13
The acquittal of 34 persons involved in the sensational Sarabha Nagar shootout has put a question on the functioning of the police. The incident has yet again brought to the fore the fact that how the rich and the powerful are twisting the law and going scot-free by turning witnesses hostile.

The prime prosecution witnesses in the Sarabha Nagar shooting incident reportedly turned hostile following a compromise between the parties, leading to the acquittal of all accused.

Taking strong exception of the entire episode, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha candidate and a senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka said, “The police should have presented the case properly. It was not a fight between the two groups. They fired shots into the air, vandalised the public property and threatened area residents.”

On the issue of the prime witness in the case turning hostile, senior advocate Ajay K Jindal said, “We should strengthen the law of perjury, so that the witnesses think before retracting their statement. The shootout reflects the degeneration of society and loss of morality."

“The arrest of an accused is eyewash, an exercise the police do to save their skin. After arresting the accused, the police “in some cases” receive kickback and work overtime to favour culprits. Investigations are directly influenced and controlled by politicians. In the absence of evidence, the accused gets bail. The recently released Jolly LLB, a courtroom comedy drama film, aptly describes the plight,” said senior advocate Ashok Lakhanpal.

The incident

Four persons had allegedly suffered bullet shots when two groups of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) clashed in the posh Sarabha Nagar G Block market on February 27. The incident took place when Kinda Dhaliwal and his rival Kaka Grewal picked up 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, reached the market. They started abusing each other. Soon, the verbal duel turned into a shootout. Armed assailants took shelter in nearby houses. More than 100 rounds were exchanged. The incident was considered a severe blow to the law and order situation in the city. It had embarrassed the SAD- BJP alliance. Under pressure, the police had arrested all accused.



Officials eye transfers as election results near
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
People are waiting anxiously for Lok Sabha poll results. Many officials who were transferred before or during the elections are hopeful of coming back to their parent state.

An official said, "Be it residents or government officials, everybody is waiting for May 16. I was transferred during the elections and now want to go back to my parent state. I have performed my duty diligently."

A few officials, who were transferred before the elections, said it was not easy to get back home. An employee said, "I was transferred to a remote area. It took the authorities a year to send me back. I have pinned high hopes on my seniors. Let's see how it goes."

Another employee said, "An honest worker expects appreciation. One feels like going home after performing such a hectic duty." Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal said, "Transfers take place in May and June. So as per the state government's policy, instructions pertaining to intra/inter district transfers will have to be complied with."



Excise Dept amends input tax credit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has amended the input tax credit (ITC). The ITC is a concession granted by the state government against the output tax liability on the sale or purchase of goods within the state jurisdiction.

One of the most important conditions for availing the input tax credit is that even if you purchase taxable goods for sale or for manufacturing purposes, you will not get the input tax credit of tax paid unless such goods are sold or are used in manufacturing processing. Earlier, the input tax credit was available even if the goods were ?for sale? or were used in manufacturing or processing of goods meant for sale. "Under another condition (effective from April 1), the input tax credit will be available when such goods are ?sold? or are ?used? in the manufacturing or processing of goods meant for sale," said Excise and Taxation Commissioner Anurag Verma. Gurmeet Singh said the amendment had made things difficult for them. Now, traders will be required to maintain a register containing details of goods. ?

Not only inter-state traders but exporters will also be affected by the move. Now, the exporters will get the input tax credit of tax paid on the purchase of goods only when such goods are actually sold in the course of export. "The input tax credit proportionately may be retained on the basis of closing stock available at the end of the year," added a senior official from the department.

Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer, said the department never informed traders about any amendment.



Candidates forget poll promises
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The SAD-BJP, Congress, AAP and Independent candidates made tall promises while seeking vote and support. They had assured residents of developing the city, but when they were asked to help officials of the civic body and the district administration in removing posters and banners from various places, the candidates chose to look the other way.

The candidates and their supporters had defaced the public property. Cases could not be registered against them as they had claimed that they were being "defamed" by their rivals. Around 2.75 lakh posters and banners were removed by the officials on their own.

At a meeting on May 10, Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) and Additional Commissioner MC Isha Kalia had asked the candidates to help the MC officials clean the city. It is learnt that Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal too had a word with all of them.

"All of them have been given 10 (contiguous) wards each. Except AAP candidate, nobody came forward. They have not been chosen, still they have forgotten all promises," said an official of the Municipal Corporation.

What DC says
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said he had spoken to candidates. "They will come forward and help officials of the civic body and the administration in cleaning the city," he said.



City wakes up to a pleasant morning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Last night's showers brought respite from the sweltering heat. "It was great to wake up to a cool and breezy morning," said Gursimar, a resident. "You don't generally get to enjoy such a nice and pleasant weather in the middle of May. The subtle breeze added to the pleasant weather," he added.

"It was pleasant almost throughout the day. I hanged out with my friends today," said Vikrant, a resident of Dugri. "I have to wind up my jog by 7 in the morning as it starts getting hotter, but today I went on walking and jogging till 9," said another resident. "The weather has been relatively pleasant so far," he said.

The minimum temperature recorded today was 17.4 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature was 29.4 degree Celsius. The city recorded 6.2 mm of rainfall, said Dr Lakhvir Kaur Dhaliwal, director, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University.

She said the sky would remain partly cloudy with the possibility of thundershowers in isolated places over Ludhiana and adjoining areas in the next 24 hours.



Bal Bharati School
Fee hike: Meeting fails to yield results
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
A meeting between parents and the management of Bal Bharati School regarding fee hike again proved futile here yesterday.

The meeting was organised by the district administration to sort out the issue between the parents and the school authorities. During the four-hour meeting, the parents remained unsatisfied as the school denied to roll back the hike.

LV Sehgal, secretary of the Bal Bharti Trust, was among those present.

The parents said the school management admitted that writing “fee-defaulter” on the answer sheet of a student was a teacher's mistake.

Inderpal Singh, one of the parent, said: "The secretary of the trust told us that the fee hike decision will not be withdrawn."

He said the school was not violating any rule of the Education Department as well as the Central Board of Secondary Education.

"Responding to our complaint that the school management has been harassing our children, the secretary promised that the school will not repeat it again. The management failed to respond to our other queries," he said.

"Now, the school management has been punishing our children physically,” he added.

The parents would meet the Deputy Commissioner and demand action against the school.

Meanwhile, the school authorities claimed that 90 per cent parents had deposited the fee of their children. Only a few parents had been protesting.

Bhupinder Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Grievances), said: "There are 5 to 10 per cent parents who did not compromise. We have arranged the meeting of parents of students studying at Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamalpur, and Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhatian, tomorrow."

"After getting all reports of meetings, we will be able to take any action," he said.



GADVASU prof to join MP varsity as VC

Ludhiana, May 13
Dr Amarjit Singh Nanda, a professor of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, is set to join as the Vice-Chancellor of Nana Deshmukh University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jabalpur, MP.

A founder-director of Research of GADVASU, Dr Nanda also served as the Animal Husbandry Commissioner, GoI.

Born in a small village of Kanjali, near the historical Kali Wein in Kapurthala district, he has a meritorious academic record. — TNS



PAU campus to be closed for morning walkers on May 16
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Keeping in view the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections on May 16 at 5 counting centres at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the university campus will be kept closed for morning walkers.

This was said by District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal.

He said the counting of votes was an important part of the election process. Hence, the district administration had decided to keep the PAU campus closed on May 16 to avoid any hurdle in the counting process. It would be opened on the next day for morning walkers.



Teachers come up with issues ahead of PAUTA polls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
As the elections of Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) are round the corner, both groups of teachers have come up with several issues of teachers.

However, the Election Conducting Committee did not announce the date of elections as the teachers did not want to "mix-up" the elections of the association with the Lok Sabha (LS) polls.

Harmeet Singh Kingra, incumbent president of PAUTA, said the dates would be announced soon after the declaration of results of the LS polls on May 16.

There are no permanent groups of teachers in the PAU but these appear before the elections of PAUTA.

The incumbent group, led by Kingra, and the rival group, led by Mukesh Siag, are the two major probable groups for the PAUTA polls.

In the previous poll, Kingra won with 19 votes by defeating Siag in a tough fight.

The delay in salaries, promotion of teachers and increasing burden on teachers are some of the major issues of these elections.

"We will press the authorities and government for recruitment of teachers and enhancing the infrastructure," Siag said.



from schools
Ramgarhia students excel in Class XII PSEB exams

Students of Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School (Boys) Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, excelled in the results of Class XII examinations conducted by the PSEB. In the science stream, Tejpal Singh scored the first position by securing 92 per cent, Shubham Tewari got the second position with 88 per cent and Parshant Kumar bagged the third position with 81 per cent marks. In commerce, Manpreet Singh (85 per cent), Rajiv Arya (84) and Sharanpreet Singh (83) bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. Whereas Mandeep Singh (80 per cent), Sukhjit Singh (79) and Namdit Kumar (78) of the humanities bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. Ramgarhia Education Council’s president Ranjodh Singh and general secretary Jagtar Singh Bhambra congratulated the students. Principal Ashok Tandon and vice-principal Barinder Singh, wished them good luck for their future.

Fun with maths

Bal Bharati Public School organised ‘Number Nutters’ on the school campus to provide students with a platform to have fun with mathematics. The main objective was to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities. It was a good opportunity for students. The celebration started with ‘Mathematical Tambola’ that challenged their aptitude.

‘Fruit Day’

Students of MGM Public School celebrate ‘Fruit Day’ on the school premises in Ludhiana.MGM Public School organised ‘Fruit Day’ to inculcate healthy eating habits in children. Fruit is a great refreshing meal when it is hot and humid outside. There is no doubt that eating fruit is important for health. Children brought fruits of their choices on the occasion. Overwhelming response received from the children who brought carved-out fruits with creative designs which made these even more attractive.

Students of MGM Public School celebrate ‘Fruit Day’ on the school premises in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Eye camp

An eye check-up camp was organised by Bhandari Starlife Eye Hospital at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. The camp was conducted by Dr AK Bhandari. Screening of all students was conducted. Those having defective vision were checked with auto refractor meters and advised accordingly. A seminar was conducted to educate students on eye problems, its prevention and treatment. A quiz based on the information given in the seminar was also conducted and the winners were given prizes.

Students shine in abacus contest

A team of 19 maths wizards was awarded prizes in different categories, at the State-Level Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition held in Amritsar. The competition tested the concentration, confidence, intelligence, speed and accuracy of participants. The winners will compete in national- level contests. Shaurya, a student of Class VII, has bagged the first prize for third time in a row. This is the first time that a student of the school has scored a hat-trick at a state-level abacus competition.

Poem recitation

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised an English poem recitation competition for students of Classes I and II. Participants were well prepared with their poems. The function was presided over by Principal Navita Puri. Gagandeep and Megha from the KG section were the judges for the competition. Later, Annu Sehra, in charge of the primary section, applauded the winners.

Students interact with Dist Sports Officer

Students from Classes VII to IX of Ryan International School, Dugri, had an interaction with District Sports Officer Kartar Singh. He is a postgraduate in public administration and administrates all sports events of Ludhiana schools and keeps a record of these. Students asked him various questions related to sports. The DSO was impressed by the school administration that they are taking keen interest in conducting such interactions. Headmistress Ritu Syal said it was a duty of the school to create interest of students in fields like sports where they have a wide scope to grow.

Workshop on learning

The pre-primary teachers (Nursery to Class II) of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Senior Secondary Public School attended a two-day workshop on the theme ‘Making learning child centered and arousing curiosity’ on May 12 and 13, 2014. The resource person, Dr Indu Kaura, who is an educationist and counsellor from Delhi, involved the teachers in an interactive and participative session where the main focus was on thematic learning through developmental process. She emphasised that play was a serious business for child. It was a meaningful activity where he or she gets a chance to observe, explore, experiment and then assimilate learning. Experiential learning was focused through role plays and group activities.

Red Day

BCM Kindergarten, Basant Vihar, Dugri, organised Red Day to make tiny tots aware of the colour. Students were told that how the red colour symbolised love and vitality, besides power and courage. The students came in red attires and brought red articles from their homes on the occasion. Principal Vandana Shahi said: “Colours fill our life with joy and it was the right age for children to recognise different colours.”

Hindi week

Observing the CCE pattern of activity- based learning, students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass, Ludhiana, will celebrate their Hindi Week from Tuesday. The Hindi week will be celebrated from May 13 to 17. Students from Classes IV to XI will participate in various activities such as poetry recitation, declamation contest, creative writing, quiz and debate on social issues during the week. Teachers will ensure 100 per cent participation of students in the activities.

Colouring competition

A special competition, ‘Rang Bharo Mukabla’, was organised at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School by Gurudwara Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Model Town, Ludhiana. As many as 338 students from Classes I to VIII participated in the contest. A talk on personality development for students of Class X was also held. Avinash Kaur Walia, the founder principal and Managing Director, encouraged them to participate in such activities to discover their hidden talents. Chairman S Nirmal Singh Walia, director, Mandeep Singh, headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur and academic adviser Amrita Gakhar were among those others present. — TNS



ludhiana scan

The Directorate of Youth Services and Punjab State AIDS Control Society conducted a workshop at Preet Vihar. Youngsters were made aware of the importance of blood donation and given knowledge on HIV-AIDS besides motivated to stay away from drugs. Health officials spoke at length on these subjects.

CME for nurses

The College of Nursing at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised a continuing medical education (CME) session on critical care nursing to commemorate 50 years of the hospital. The CME was inaugurated by DMCH vice-principal Dr Sandeep Puri. College principal Dr Jasbir Kaur emphasised the role of Florence Nightingale in giving the noble identity to the nursing profession. CME coordinator Prabhjot Saini presented a scientific paper on the application of communication chart to help ICU patients who are unable to convey their demands.

Interactive session

Punjabi Sahit Akademi is organised an interactive session with litterateur Surinderpal Singh. He belongs to the family of freedom fighter Giani Bhagwan Singh Pritam and is presently settled in the US. Speaking on the occasion, Singh said leaders of the Gadar Movement made sacrifices, but nobody acknowledged their contributions. Even the government failed to value their sacrifice, he said. In another function organised by Punjabi Sahit Akademi, the book "Jo Kuck Kehna" by Harkawaljit Sahil was released.

PAU pensioners’ body meets

The Confederation of PAU Pensioners Association met under the leadership of Dr Surjit Singh Gill. General secretary Jaswant Zeerakh said that the issue of delay in pension was discussed in the meeting. The members decided to meet the PAU comptroller.


A meeting of Bharat Vikas Charitable Trust was held on Monday. The members chalked out details of the first polio operation project, which is being supported by Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan. Trust chairman Prem Sagar Jain said they had been carrying out selfless service since 2007.

Astrology programme

The local branch of the Akhil Bharatiya Jyotish Manch organised a special programme for astrologers under the guidance of general secretary Gurdeep Arora. Discussions and lectures were delivered on various topics.

Differently abled discuss problems

The district-level meeting of differently abled employees was held at Kohara. During the meeting, Charanjit Singh said after a long struggle, the physically challenged people got three per cent reservation in jobs. The employees demanded that their strength in the government jobs be increased.

Govt flayed

The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union met under the presidentship of Sushil Kumar. Employees from different departments participated in the meeting. Sushil Kumar said that under the Right to Information Act, they came to know that during the past three years, Punjab ministers have gone on the maximum number of foreign visits. "If crores of rupees can be spent on these visits, then why cannot the government spare money to give dearness allowance to its employees?” he questioned.

DMCH doctors present papers

Two doctors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital presented papers at the Seventh World Congress on Paediatric Intensive and Critical Care 2014 held in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr Deepak Bhat, associate professor, and Dr Siddharth Bhargava, assistant professor, of the Department of Paediatrics, presented recent research findings in the field. “The Congress aimed at overcoming barriers that limit access to prevention, care and services in developing countries like India,” said Dr Bhat. He presented two research papers, while Dr Bhargava presented one paper.

PAU scientists lend support

An agro-processing complex has been established at Kotshamir village in Bhatinda district. The complex, owned by S Binder Singh, S Gurmail Singh and S Mahima Singh, has been set up with the active support of Punjab Agricultural University scientists under the aegis of the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on post-harvest technology. The processing plant has wheat flour milling unit, oil expeller with filter press. Project in-charge Dr MS Alam said under the AICRP, the varsity promoted value addition to agricultural produce. He said such plants helped in processing the produce at the farm; thus, minimising post-harvest handling and transportation losses. — TNS



Two drug peddlers nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The city police nabbed two drug peddlers and seized over two quintals of poppy husk from their possession last night. The suspects have been identified as Jaswinder Singh of Kila Raipur and Jaspal Singh.

The accused were arrested from Kila Raipur by a team of the CIA-II.

ACP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh said the team received a tip-off that the duo was carrying the contraband in a car, following which they were intercepted.

In the police custody, the suspects reportedly confessed to carrying on the illegal trade by purchasing the contraband from a Uttar Pradesh resident and selling it at a premium.



Softball tourney from June 17
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 13
The 16th edition of the Sub-Junior Punjab State Softball Championship for boys and girls (U-15) will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium on June 17 and 18. Pran Nath Passi, secretary, Punjab Softball Association, said players born on or after January 1, 2000, were eligible to take part in the championship.

They have been asked to submit their date of birth certificates along with two passport size photographs to the secretary a day before the start of the tournament.



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