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Sarabha Nagar shootout
Will police cancel weapon licences?
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
As all 34 persons involved in the sensational Sarabha Nagar shootout have been acquitted following a compromise, a question is being raised whether these persons will be allowed to carry firearms.

The police had recovered two guns, a revolver, four pistols, a rifle and 11 cartridges and impounded seven vehicles, including four sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and two motor cycles, all with vanity numbers.

A double-barrelled gun and hundreds of bullet shells and cartridges were recovered from the Sarabha Nagar G Block market on February 27.

At the time of arresting the accused, the then Commissioner of Police, Paramjit Singh Gill, had stated the weapon licences of all those involved in the case would be cancelled.

Legal experts believe the police are paying the price of presenting a weak case before the court and may now have to eat a humble pie. Legally, the persons involved in the shootout have got a clean chit from the court, so they cannot be barred from carrying weapons.

When asked how the police would proceed with the cancellation of their weapon licences now, DCP Harsh Bansal said he had not received a copy of the judgment.

How Kinda got his weapon licence renewed

The prime accused in the Sarabha Nagar shooting case, Kulwinder Sharma, alias Kinda, would again show off his sophisticated Chinese pistol worth Rs 7 lakh. The police department is in the dock for bending the rules to renew Kinda’s weapon licence in 2012.

In 2010, the Khanna police had strongly recommended the cancellation of his weapon licence, after he was booked for a murder attempt on Tanvir Dhaliwal, a councillor of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

The then Commissioner of Police, Paramjit Singh Gill, had launched a high-level probe to find out how Kinda managed to renew his weapon licence in 2012.

Police sources said the then Licence Department officer had given nod for renewing his license in 2012. The file for renewing the weapon licence was moved on the recommendation of a senior police officer.

Phoolka to seek fresh probe

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana HS Phoolka has said he would make a representation to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a fresh inquiry into the case by a sessions judge.

It is highly unfortunate that in spite of CCTV footage proving the involvement of the persons in the Sarabha Nagar market shootout in broad daylight, they have been acquitted by the court, he said.

It is a matter of great public concern and people involved in terrorising society should not go unpunished, said Phoolka.

‘Arrests, seizure mere eyewash’

The arrest of the persons involved in the Sarabha Nagar shootout and seizing of their weapons was mere eyewash. The police were actually hand in glove with the accused. Now, these youths are free again. They will again carry firearms and hold the city to ransom. The degeneration of moral values among the police is leading to a rise in crime incidents in the city.

Kanwar Jatinder Singh Bajwa, vice-president of the District Football Association


MC refuses to learn lessons, illegal digging on roads goes on unchecked
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Refusing to learn its lesson from the past incidents, the MC has not taken stringent steps to check illegal digging by two private telecom companies.

Work of laying inter-locking tiles is under way near RG Stone, Model Town. "One of the leading telecom companies laid their wires in the area. While laying the wires, some wires another telecom company got damaged. The staff of affected company has started digging and drilling the road to locate the damaged wires. This all is being done in an illegal manner and public money worth crores spent on laying roads is going down the drain," said Arvind Sharma, an RTI activist.

Sharma alleged he complained to SDO Hakam Singh about the illegal digging, but to no avail.

The Ludhiana Tribune team visited the site and talked to a labourer engaged by the telecom company. He said: "We have dug up the road and drilling will be done during the night". When asked where the drilling machine was, the labourer said: "We got to know that someone had complained to the MC, so we left the machine at Dugri".

Earlier, when a telecom company was found digging roads illegally, the MC authorities had said since no permission for digging was sought from the civic body, an FIR would be lodged against the company. However, neither any FIR has been lodged, nor any action taken against company so far.


SDO Hakam Singh said when he got to know about the digging, he sent a junior engineer to the site. "The digging will be stopped and the company will be asked to take permission," said the SDO. When asked why the MC was not preventing these private companies from damaging the roads, the SDO said: "They work during the night and it becomes difficult to trace them".



Auto driver wanted to teach kin a lesson
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The 47-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, who consumed a poisonous substance in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office at Mini-Secretariat on Monday, wanted to intimidate his wife and son. He died at the Civil Hospital.

Division No. 5 SHO Dharampal said Harbhajan Singh of Bulara village had a quarrel with his wife and had been living separately from his family for the past few months.

Harbhajan reportedly told the police that he wanted to consume less quantity of poison to teach his family a lesson.

“But the auto-rickshaw driver consumed poison in excess and he died at the hospital,” said Dharampal.



erratic power supply
Residents lay siege to PSPCL office
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
Hundreds of residents of Chand Colony, Mehar Singh Nagar and B Block of Dairy Complex today laid a siege to the Haibowal subdivisional office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) against the erratic power supply and poor distribution network in their area.

Led by functionaries of the Teja Singh Swatantar Mohalla Sudhar Committee, the residents of the affected localities, along with area councillor Balkar Singh, had squatted for more than two hours in front of the office of the PSPCL Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE). They raised slogans against frequent power failure and low voltage.

The dharna was lifted after the police and PSPCL officials assured the protesters that the installation of a new transformer and replacement of faulty PVC cables would be carried out within the next 10 days.

Randhir Singh, secretary of the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, said only one transformer had been provided to more than 600 households in these colonies. The residents have been facing the problem of low voltage and frequent tripping for the past more than two years.

The area residents said the PSPCL had commenced installation of a new transformer and replacement of PVC cables with LT ones in December 2013. But after erecting a few streetlight poles, the work was stopped.

“Repeated representations to the corporation have failed to yield results,” said the residents.

The councillor said poor power infrastructure and distribution network were not only leading to frequent outages but many residents were also denied water during power failure. A tubewell in Dairy Complex gets power supply from the already overloaded transformer.

The PSPCL Assistant Executive Engineer, Palwinder Singh, said the transformer supplying power to these colonies was not overloaded. New LT cables have been laid in some areas to improve the power supply. Necessary steps will be taken to solve the problems of the area residents.



Dance bonds this saas, bahu
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
It is the common passion for kathak that bonds this saas-babu pair and make them the best of the friends. Geetanjali Lal and Vidha Lal were in the city today to perform at Delhi Public School and Guru Nanak Public School under the aegis of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SpicMacay).

Geetanjali, according to her daughter-in-law Vidha, is a close friend to all her disciples. “Since she is my friend before guru or mother-in-law, she can scold me without hesitation,” says Vidha.

Vidha has learnt kathak from Geetanjali since childhood. She used to accompany Geetanjali during her performances in India and abroad. It was then that Cupid struck and Vidha and Geetanjali's son Abhimanyu got married.

Geetanjali has been performing in all major national and international dance festivals for the last four decades. She has won accolades for her brilliant solo exposition of Jaipur gharana dance and her own group choreography works.

Vidha today left the audience awestruck with her graceful and vivacious stage presence. “I eat, sleep and breathe kathak and it is the sole reason for my existence. Kathak gave me my guru-mother-in-law Geetanjali and dancer husband Abhimanyu,” she says.

Geetanjali was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007. She has won the titles of “Nritya Sharada”, “Natya Kala Shree”, “Bharat Gaurav”, “Lala Shiromani” besides Kalpana Chawla Award, Jijabai Women Achievers Award and Acharya Kala Vipanchee.

Vidha was conferred Sri Krishana Gana Sabha Endowment Award in 2010. She has held the Guinness world record for taking the most number of kathak spins (103) in one minute in 2011. She also received Nrityajayantika Award, 8th Devdasi National Award and Kalpana Chawla Excellence award in 2013.



Security up ahead of poll results
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The city police has beefed up security ahead of the counting of votes. At Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Nanak Engineering College, where electronic voting machines (EVM) have been kept, as many as 1,250 police personnel will be deployed.

The assembly of five of more persons have been prohibited around the premises where the counting will take place. Carrying firearms have also been strictly prohibited.

In a communique released by the Police Commissioner, morning walkers have been advised not to visit the PAU as the entry would remain reserved due to security reasons.

Eight counting centres have been set up on the campus. Separate gates have been designated for the entry of the PAU employees, polling staff and residents.

The counting for North, West, Central and Gill areas will take place near Gymnasium Hall.

The entry of the polling staff and agents designated by various political parties have been assigned from Gate No. 10 of the university. Parking arrangements for the public have been made at football ground near Gate No. 1. A slot has been earmarked for the Jagraon constituency at the examination hall and parking provision for the vehicles of the polling staff has been made at the PAU employees union office. The counting for Atam Nagar will take place near International Centre near Kisan Mela Ground while the counting for the East and Dakha constituencies will take place at Sukhdev Thapar Hall. The polling staff and agents deputed at International Centre and Sukhdev Thapar Hall will enter from Gate No. 2. Unauthorised vehicles will not be allowed at Guru Nanak Engineering College, where the counting for the Fatehgarh constituency will take place.

As per guidelines of the Election Commission, mobile phones will not be allowed inside the counting centres.

Those entering the counting stations will be frisked. The city has been divided into four zones and all station house officers have been told to visit the centres. Police Commissioner has appealed to the resident to help the police in maintaining law and order in the city. Kalra said strict action would be taken against anti-social elements.



delay in salaries
PAU employees up in arms
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Punjab Agricultural University employees are up in arms over the delay in getting salaries. The PAU Employees Union led by Harbans Singh Mundi staged a two-hour protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office from 9 am.

The delay has become a routine affair as teachers, the non-teaching staff and Class IV employees receive salaries after the second week of the month. The office-bearers said the protest would continue till the government released their salaries.

Mundi said, “We condemn the state government for not releasing salaries of the employees. The employees have been facing sheer inconvenience due to this delay. The household budgets get upset every month.”

Payment of salaries from the state budget instead of the grant-in-aid remains one of the long-pending demands of the employees to release their salaries from state budget instead of grant in aid. The state government provides an annual grant-in-aid of Rs 300 crore to the varsity. Of this, Rs 25 crore are used every month to pay salaries and pensions.

The delay in salaries was a major issue during the last union elections. The incumbent group had promised to devise a permanent solution to the issue.

Senior union leader Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu said the union was committed to address all the issues of employees.

“Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised to give salaries from the treasury. We will press the government to fulfil this promise,” said Sandhu.



Garbage burning goes unchecked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Ludhiana ranks 15th among the most polluted cities, but the civic body and the district administration seem least bothered. Apart from various forms of pollution jeopardising the health of lakhs of people, garbage burning continues unabated in the city.

The residents alleged that garbage lifters burnt litter in the open at Sunet, Dugri, Barewal area, Ghumar Mandi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Aggar Nagar.

"Most of the residents are suffering from respiratory diseases in the city. The lackadaisical approach of the administration, the government and the civic body towards checking the pollution is appalling," said Gaurav Verma, a resident of Kidwai Nagar. "I have started avoiding morning walks as smoke engulfs our area," said a Dugri resident.

Some councillors do not admit that garbage is burnt in their areas. "Garbage is not burnt in our area," said a councillor.

MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said last month, the election duty kept officials busy.

She said garbage burning would not be allowed.



Price rise upsets offset printers’ body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The increase in paper prices has upset the Offset Printers' Association. Members of the association said they were left with no option but to purchase raw material at exorbitant rates. They took out a march to lodge their protest.

Parveen Aggarwal, president of the association, said at a meeting today, it was decided that they would observe a strike on May 17.

They said paper mills did not inform them about the price hike. The packaging industry is suffering losses as it has to sell finished goods at cheaper rates.

"It may not be possible for us to supply goods at the earlier agreed rates," said Sanjay Gandhi, vice-president of the association.

Aggarwal said the printing and packaging industries were already going through a tough time in the absence of skilled and semi-skilled workforce. "The business has also suffered due to tax-free zones in the neighbouring states. Import of Chinese goods has aggravated our woes," he said.

"We are not accepting any fresh assignment due to shortage of paper and paper board. We don't know whether the shortage is real or fabricated. If the prices are not controlled, we may have to close down our establishments," he said.

Tough times

Parveen Aggarwal, president of the association, said the printing and packaging industries were already going through a rough patch in the absence of skilled and semi-skilled workforce.



Hospital ignoring safety measures, alleges RTI activist
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Employees of the State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital are allegedly putting the lives of the patients at risk by operating them despite the culture of the operation theatre (OT) testing positive.

It is learnt that the culture was done on May 7 and the reports came positive (the reports are with The Tribune). The procedure for disinfecting the operation theatre takes 72 hours and ideally it has to be shut down and used only once it has been sterilised properly and thoroughly. But as per information, on May 8, 11 operations were performed, on May 9, five were performed, on May 10, six patients were operated upon while on May 11, two operations were done.

On May 12, seven, on May 13, eight and on May 14, seven operations were performed in the OT with positive culture.

Sources said the culture of the hospital had to be done every week while in the hospital it was allegedly being done once a month. It was two months ago that the OT was closed for three days for disinfecting it. In addition, hepa filters, which have to be changed every six months, have allegedly not been replaced since three years.

Medical Superintendent PK Chaudhry refuted the charges and said the hospital was taking precautions and that the protocol was being followed.

"The samples were taken on May 7 and the report was out on the evening of May 9. On May 9, the OT was disinfected and that with latest equipment sterilisation was possible within 12 hours. On May 10, there were two emergency cases due to which the OT had to be opened. On May 11, the OT remained closed," she said.

She said, "The equipment which were infected are not being used and another operation theatre has been closed," she said.

She said there were three operation theatres but sources said only one was being used. Rohit Sabharwal, activist, Right to Information (RTI), said: “How can the hospital authorities be so careless. I will be filing a complaint with the head office," he said.


Medical Superintendent PK Chaudhry refuted the charges and said the hospital was taking precautions. The protocol was being followed, she added.



Inflated bills
PSPCL gives shock to consumers
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, May 14
The consumers are up in arms against the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for sending overcharged bills.

Harbans Singh Sains, a social worker of the area, had a consumption of 70 units but his electricity bill is Rs 24,849. “I was literally astonished to see the amount. I believe in simple living and my consumption is low. I approached the PSPCL to inquire about the same, I was asked to pay the amount” he said.

“Along side, I was informed that as per my consumption, I am supposed to pay a bill of Rs. 410 and the rest of the amount was imposed due to some audit conducted in 2011 in which a consumption of 4,367 units was shown on my meter”.

“I simply fail to understand the strange ways of the department. I am consuming power and I don’t know about my consumption. I do not believe in any such false audit and have every right to go to the consumer court. The officials said I cannot challenge the same. A PSPCL said I may deposit Rs. 410 but next time an amount of Rs 2500 will added as fine to it.

A tea vendor got a bill of Rs 75,000. “Is it possible for the tea vendor to consume so many units? The PSPCL is playing cruel joke on the consumers. We fail to understand that when the consumption is not justified in any way, how a consumer is liable to pay such a heavy amount and how can a tea vendor pay such a huge amount?” asked another such frustrated consumer.

“Earlier, the advanced consumption deposit took the consumers unawares. Now, these increased electricity bills are testing the patience of the common man for whom it has become not only difficult but also impossible to make both ends meet,” said a member of the Young Citizen’s Association, Sahnewal.

SDO, PSPCL, Sahnewal Sub-division, Amanpreet Singh said, “Nothing has been done unofficially. When their meters were out of order, they were negligibly charged. It is as per the average consumption of the consumer, that they were charged after an audit but now the consumers find it difficult to pay the amount in one go. However we had asked them to pay in installments.”



MC poll: Contestants begin lobbying
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
While result for the Lok Sabha election is yet to be declared, local leaders have started lobbying for coming civic body elections.

Inefficient sewage disposal system and inadequate water supply are the major issues, on which residents have started cornering former councilors, who are flexing their muscles to try their luck once again.

While the past incumbents claim that the situation arose due to expansion of the town limits and insufficiency of funds, supporters of new aspirants allege that the councillors had ignored development of their respective areas.

Frequent overflow of sewerage and stagnation of water at many places, including entry roads and schools, had led to pathogens breeding in the low-lying areas. The condition was worse in Dhulkot road, Railway road, Jawahar Nagar, Dehli road, Bajrang Akhara road, Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla and Amarpura areas. Intermittent showers have compounded problems for the former councilors who might try their luck from their respective wards once again. When residents of their areas are forced to walk through stinking sewage water, the candidates pretend to call disposal squads to speed up the removal of stagnant water.

Perusal of records revealed that the municipal council had received grants worth over Rs 4 crore for various projects but the civic body had failed to provide adequate facilities to the residents. Observations revealed that some low-lying roads and streets were usually flooded with sewage water. Pedestrians, especially students, women and labourers are the worst sufferers. Religious places are no exception and night soils floating in dirty stagnant water near such places spoil the mood of the devotees.

Amargarh MLA Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, who will be ex-officio associate member of the municipal council, said a grant of Rs 25.43 crore had already been sanctioned and problem will be solved completely after the sewerage system is strengthened.



Commuters’ patience put to test at level-crossings
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
Level-crossing closures at the Pohir and Jagera roads have been putting commuters to inconvenience.

Trucks shifting wheat from yards to godowns of various food procurement agencies add to the traffic chaos.

Residents want the authorities to make arrangements for traffic regulation.

"Traffic jams have become a routine affair in the town," lamented Pawan Garg, an office-bearer of the Social Welfare Organisation.

Garg stated that level-crossing closures and shuttling of engine and a few coaches tested the patience of commuters, including government officials, traders and patients.

"At times, the railway staff keep the level-crossing closed and leave the station," added Garg.

The residents alleged that there had been frequent scuffles over the issue. Repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Owners of shops and workshops alleged that their business was being affected adversely due to the level-crossing closures during the daytime.

They said customers had stopped coming to their shops. At times, it takes hours to clear jams and resolve disputes.

The residents demanded that overbridges should be constructed to solve the problem. The situation is even worse on roads where godowns of procurement agencies are situated.



Wheat extraction from waste poses health hazard
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Dehlon, May 14
Unhygienic practices of extracting wheat grains from wastage and removing chaff by throwing wheat ears under running vehicles on roads is proving hazardous for health of people as well as animals.

The alleged malpractice is source of income and livelihood for many, no government or non-government organisation has come forward to check the health menace.

Investigations revealed that a large number of people from lower strata of the society were engaged in extracting wheat grains from wastage thrown near grain markets. Roads and streets traversed by vehicles carrying wheat stocks were no exception to the tendency where children and women were seen sweeping fallen soiled grains.

Owners of shops and vends situated near grain markets and godown, in order to make fast buck, purchase low grade wheat and sell it to owners of floor mills and other units engaged in trading of various grades of wheat. Pardeep Sethi, a social activist said the authorities had failed to check the malpractice that was proving dangerous for motorists being hazardous for human and animal lives for many years.

"Heaps of wheat ears lying on roads were proving dangerous for occupants of vehicles passing over these stacks as it was difficult to control the wheel on sudden change of medium on the road," argued Sethi.

Dr Punit Hind said infections caused by contaminated wheat grains were hazardous for human lives in general and children in particular. "Grains extracted from decaying wastage and those thrashed with dirty tyres of vehicles were infested intimately with pathogens of dreaded diseases and these (grains) could not be disinfected with any normal method," maintained Dr Hind.

Residents have urged the authorities to check the malpractice and save human and animal lives from falling prey to pathogens of dreaded diseases.



Rain washes away claims of civic body, inundates roads
Gurminder Grewal

Khanna, May 14
Last night's showers led to waterlogging on roads in the town. Areas around GT Road, including Bila Wali Chapri, Books Market, Subhash Bazar, Suniara Bazar, Meat Market, Smadhi Road and Narotam Nagar, have been flooded with rainwater. The rain has washed away the tall claims of the civic body. Motorists are having a tough time commuting on roads. Civic officials have not done anything to tide over the problem so far.

Congress leader and former vice-president of the Municipal Council Gurminder Singh Lali and social activist Shashi Vardhan alleged that the civic body had failed to make arrangements to deal with the situation.

They said due to the slack approach of the officials, the work on the overbridge had hit a roadblock.

Khanna executive officer Charanjit Singh said he was not aware of the issue. He said the problem would be solved.



Traditional wear rules fashion show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
De Samar Academy organised a fashion show here today. Students presented a designer collection of traditional Indian wear including lehangas, Anarkali suits, churidars, cholis and angrakha suits during the show.

Deepti, a faculty member at the institute, said the event was organised to showcase the students’ design skills. She said the theme of the event was traditional Indian wear as despite Western outfits being much in vogue, on important occasions women prefer Indian wear.

“So, students are being encouraged to design traditional wear. They are innovating by adding Western designs to Indian dresses,” she said.

Students said they learnt a lot while designing the dresses. Navneet, a student, said she designed an Anarkali suit with a Western look. Dilpreet, another student, said she used neon colours in churidars. First-year student Aastha Mahajan said she designed a straight-cut suit with a dupatta.



2 city colleges to discontinue senior secondary classes
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Two city-based colleges are discontinuing the senior secondary classes in all streams from this academic season. SCD Government College and Arya College will not admit students to Class XI because of an inadequate number of applicants.

The senior secondary section is getting a poor response in most colleges, as students prefer to continue their studies in schools from where they complete their Class X.

Moreover, with schools starting provisional classes soon after the Class X examination, students cover a lot of syllabus till May—when admissions begin in various colleges of the city.

Arya College principal Dr RC Tejpal said: “We used to offer medical and non-medical courses in Classes XI and XII. Due to a fall in demand, we have decided to discontinue the senior secondary classes.”

Improvements made to the infrastructre by various schools and parents preferring to send their wards to colleges after Class XII are being seen as main reasons behind the falling demand.

Fall in demand

We used to offer medical and non-medical courses in Classes XI and XII. Due to a fall in demand, we have decided to discontinue the senior secondary classes.

Dr RC Tejpal, principal, Arya College, Ludhiana



Medical council poll declared annulled

Ludhiana, May 14
The elections of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC), which were held in July, 2011, have been declared annulled. The stay on the elections has been vacated by the High Court. The elections were declared annulled by the High Court in May, 2013, but the elected members had filed a writ petition and a stay was granted. But now the stay has been vacated and four weeks’ time has been given to the elected members to file their plea before the government. Fresh elections will be announced after one month. A contestant, Dr Parminder Singh Brar from Khanna, had challenged the poll when his pleas were not entertained by the PMC and the government. Dr Brar, who had lost the elections by 30 votes, filed a writ in the High Court, alleging bogus voting.

“It has been proved that the elections were marred by malpractices," said Dr Khanna. — TNS



Residents oppose dairy at Nanak Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
A complaint was lodged against a dairy being run in the residential area of Nanak Nagar area today. Avneet Kaur Khalsa, a member of Istri Akali Dal, said she along with residents of the area filed a complaint against the dairy.

She alleged that the dairy has become a cause of concern for the residents as the more than hundred cattle reside in the dairy. She alleged that an RTI filed revealed that the dairy was set up without permission from the civic body. President of Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib Pritpal Singh said the dairy is not owned by him and is being run for religious purposes for Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib and doesn't cause any problem to the residents of the area. MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said she has ordered an inquiry into the matter and will take a decision after the report was submitted.



Tiny tots plant a sapling during the Green Day celebrations at Cherubs The Preschool in Ludhiana from schools
Green Day

Ludhiana: Cherubs The Preschool celebrated Green Day on its Dugri campus to make the tiny tots aware of environmental concerns. Classrooms were decorated with green balloons, green ribbons and green plants.

Tiny tots plant a sapling during the Green Day celebrations at Cherubs The Preschool in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Buddha Purnima

Bal Bharati Public School celebrated Buddha Purnima. Teachings of Lord Buddha were shared with the students. School principal Punam Dogra said Buddha's life was full of hardships and sacrifices and it motivated us to appreciate human values.

Anti-Tobacco Day

New GMT Public School observed Anti-Tobacco Day. Activities such as poster making, cartoon designing, story writing and essay writing marked the occasion. The students were made aware of harmful effects of tobacco.


The council members were sworn during an investiture held at Sat Paul Mittal School. Principal Bhupinder Gogia delivered the welcome speech. The newly elected council members marched to the stage amid thundering applause.

Solo singing

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised an inter-house solo singing competition for students of Classes III to V. Dhairya of Newton House was adjudged the winner. Namya of Einstein House and Saksham of Newton House shared the second position, while Hashmeen of Raman House stood third. Headmistress Ritu Syal congratulated the winners.

Recitation competition

Montessori students of Ryan International School took part in Hindi recitation competition. The children recited poems on the theme "nature" using colourful props. Principal Dr Parveena John Singh distributed certificates among the winners: Azaan Sharma, Manpreet Kaur and Prachi Joshi.

School abuzz with various activities

To make students aware of important days celebrated across the world, Tagore Public School organised various activities. Mother's Day, Red Cross Day and Technology Day were celebrated with enthusiasm on the occasion. Principal D Narang and the management appreciated the kindergarten and primary section students for making greeting cards.

Hindi Week

On the second day of Matra Bhasha Saptah (Hindi Week), Green Land Senior Secondary Public School organized storytelling, story writing and quiz contests in Hindi. The contests aimed at helping students express their ideas in Hindu. Students came up with the moral stories and contemporary tales. The quiz was conducted for Class VII students to make them aware of the rich Hindi literature. — TNS



PAU notes
Farm secy raises concern on excessive use of fertilisers

Ludhiana: Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organised a one-day training programme on direct seeded rice (DSR) on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus.

Dr KS Pannu, Secretary, Agriculture, Punjab, who is a PAU alumnus, was the chief guest. Dr BS Sohal, joint director, Agriculture (Extension and Training), Punjab, was the special guest on the occasion.

As many as 100 agri-extension officers participated in the programme. Dr Pannu said the primary focus of the state government was on conserving natural resources and enhancing income of farmers in the state.

He said: “Farmers in Punjab are using 3.5 lakh tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and 55,000 tonnes of single super phosphate (SSP) fertilisers every year during the kharif season."

Expressing concern over crores of rupees being spent on the excessive use of fertilisers, he called upon the extension officials to educate the farmers in judicious use of fertilisers across the state.

Course on cultivation of tropical mushrooms begins

A two-day training course on cultivation and processing of tropical mushrooms began at Punjab Agricultural University on Wednesday.

The Directorate of Extension Education and the Department of Microbiology, PAU, have jointly organised the course for farmers of Punjab.

Around 50 farmers, including women, are attending the course. The course coordinator, Dr TS Riar, said the trainees will be apprised of cultivation, processing and marketing of tropical mushrooms. He said farmers who received training in mushroom growing at the varsity were getting high returns.

“Mushroom cultivation is a profitable venture and requires less land,” he added. Dr Riar also laid emphasis on cooperative farming for “less expenditure and more income”.

Dr Rupinder Kaur, associate professor, extension education, appealed to the participants to pass on the obtained knowledge to other farmers. — TNS



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Power shutdown

11 KV Civil Lines feeder, fed from 66 KV GT Road sub-station, will remain shut down on May 15 from 9 am to 2 pm for maintenance work. Power supply to Club Road, Rajinder Nagar, Ram Nagar, Kailash Cinema Road, Bhandari Street, Government Officers flats, Guru Nanak Stadium, Multi-purpose Hall, Sadar Police Station and surrounding areas will be affected. Meanwhile, due to maintenance at 220 KV sub-station, the supply of 11 KV feeders, Sakshi, Pact Industry, Highway, Menka, Tyle, SRV, Kiran Foundry, Dharaur will remain affected on 15th May from 8 am to 1 pm.


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two institutions for developing research collaborations. The MOU was signed by vice-chancellor of GADVASU Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja and secretary of DMCH Managing Society, Prem Kumar Gupta. Prem Kumar Gupta said an MOU between the two organisations will lead to the development of several innovative projects. A team of doctors visited the various departments and laboratories and were apprised of various facilities available in the university for veterinary medicine. The objective of this MOU is faculty exchange programme, holding of guest lectures and exchange of research guide between the two institutions for MD and Ph D courses. The meeting will be followed up by brain storming sessions between the elected experts in both the institutions.

Art competition

Round Table India will organise an art competition on May 18. Chairman Nalin Mahajan while addressing a press conference said the funds collected from the competition Members of the Round Table India address a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday will be used for installing RO system for safe drinking water at various government schools in the city. Mahajan further said with the onset of summers, people will become more prone to water borne diseases. “We want to provide safe drinking water to students and decided to install RO system in government schools as 90 per cent of the government schools kids do not get safe drinking water,” he added.

Members of the Round Table India address a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Infection control month observed

Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals voluntarily participates every month in adding happiness to the lives of Bal Bhawan kids. The hospital is celebrating infection control month and today educated Bal Bhawan kids about impact on health due to spread of infection. Infection control tips were shared with them. Hand washing techniques for curbing the spread of infection was taught followed by a comprehensive medical health check-up for all the inmates of Bal Bhawan.

Cong leader rejects exit poll

Senior Congress leader Krishan Kumar Bawa in a release issued said the results on May 16 will put forward the truth and the exit polls being shown on different television channels hold no truth. He further said election commission should ask the candidates about the amount of money spent by different political parties to telecast advertisements on TV. Bawa said he is confident of Congress winning 10 seats in Punjab. — TNS



Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival from May 18
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 14
Six teams in the senior section while four teams in the junior section (U-17) will be seen in action during the fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival slated to be held at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium in Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road from May 18 to June 15.

Surinder Singh Khanna and Joginder Singh Grewal, chairman and president, respectively, of the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, said the matches would be played on Saturdays and Sundays under floodlights.

Teams in the senior category (above 35 years) include last years’ champions, Grewal Club of Kila Raipur, Jagtar XI of Jarkhar, Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan (Jagraon), Akalgarh XI, Friends Club of Doraha and Sports Club of Ludhiana.

The academy squads in the junior section namely Jarkhar Academy, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Academy of Amritsar, Grewal Hockey Academy of Kila Raipur and Sant Fateh Singh Academy of Dolan will battle it out for top honours.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, chief organiser, said the festival was being held to celebrate the birth anniversary of Olympian Prithipal Singh, who remained the highest scorer for three consecutive Olympics (1960, 64 and 1968). For this outstanding performance, the FHI named him the great hockey player of the 20th century, added Jarkhar.

Maninder Singh Happy and Sandeep Singh, working president and senior vice-president, respectively, of the organising club, said the inaugural match of the festival would be played in the senior section at 7 pm (between Sports Club, Ludhiana, and Friends Club, Doraha). The second match is scheduled to be held at 8 pm between Jagtar XI, Jarkhar and Grewal Club of Kila Raipur. The final matches in both the sections will be telecast live by Doordarshan, Jalandhar.



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