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Wait for day of counting over
Process to start on PAU campus at 8 am; results likely to be out by 12 noon
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The district administration is all set for the counting of votes on the Punjab Agricultural University campus tomorrow. Counting will start at 8 am tomorrow and before it the staff will attend the last training session at 5:30 am. There are 22 candidates in the fray for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

Rajat Aggarwal, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said: "The counting of votes of nine Vidhan Sabha constituencies that fall under the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency will be carried out at different counting centres set up on the PAU campus. The counting centers are: Gymanasium Hall, Examination Hall, Community Centre, Sukhdev Singh Bhawan and International Centre.

He said 11,01,857 voters would decide the fate of 22 candidates in the fray for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency. The result is expected to be out by 12 noon. For counting of votes of each of the 9 Vidhan Sabha constituencies, there will be 14 teams and three reserve teams. In each team, there will be one micro observer, one counting supervisor, one assistant counting supervisor. For the counting of postal ballots, four teams and a reserve team have been constituted. In each team, there are four members. One assistant each has been provided to the counting observers. Thirtyfour employees have been kept in the reserve pool.

Aggarwal said media persons could enter the PAU through gate number 1, 2 and 4. Only counting staff, security personnel, election officers, observers, media persons, candidates and polling agents can enter the campus.

The counting for the four Vidhan Sabha constituencies that fall under the Lok Sabha constituency of Fatehgarh Sahib will be held at Guru Nanak Engineering College.

The Police Department has deputed six SP-level officers, 13 DSP-level officers, 18 Inspectors and 1,250 police personnel at the counting centres at the PAU and the GNEC.

Harsh Bansal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said: "All security arrangements have been made."


PAU declares holiday today
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Adhering to the directions of the district administration, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has declared holiday on May 16. The district administration has set up counting centres for all nine Vidhan Sabha constituencies at five locations on the university campus.

The District Election Officer wrote to the PAU authorities to declare holiday in all its colleges and other departments in view of the counting of votes. The Government Model Senior Secondary School on the PAU campus will also remain closed tomorrow.

Keeping in view the security arrangements, para military forces and the district administration have banned the entry of visitors to the PAU at all the gates except Gate No. 2 on May 16. The district administration has already banned the entry of morning walkers to the campus tomorrow.

Dr PK Khanna, Registrar, Punjab Agricultural University, said: "The district administration asked us to declare a holiday tomorrow as a smooth movement of students and staff could not have been possible on the campus due to security arrangements for the counting of votes."

Sanjeev Thapar, Principal Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, said the school would remain closed tomorrow due to security reasons.



Local sweets shops all geared up for D-day
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The countdown for the result of the 16th Lok Sabha elections is about to end. As the clock is clicking, residents, candidates, workers and supporters of different parties are waiting eagerly for the outcome. Sweets shops see it as a big business opportunity. They have prepared laddoos and barfis in bulk.

A city-based sweets maker said: "Anyone may win or may get defeated but the sale of sweets is bound to pick up on the day of counting. Punjabis are known for enjoying sweets and no celebrations are complete without sweets. So, like every elections, we are hoping to do a good business tomorrow."

Narenderpal Singh, president of the Punjab Halwai Association and owner of Kays Lovely Sweets at Civil Lines, said: "We have started preparing laddoos. We have arranged at least 15 or 20 quintals of laddoos for tomorrow. Some will be sold tomorrow while the rest the day after tomorrow."

Parveen Kharbanda, owner of Lyalpur Sweets, Model Town, said: "We prepare sweets in desi ghee. Keeping in view the demand for tomorrow, we have decided to prepare about 4 quintals of laddoos."

Rakesh Gupta, Managing Director of Khushi Ram and Sons, said: "We have enough inftrastructure and manpower to prepare sweets in bulk within two hours. So we will start preparing sweets tomorrow morning, so our customers can get fresh sweets."

Vipan Jain, owner of Sharman Jain Sweets, said: "Both laddoos and barfis are in demand on such occasions. So, we have prepared 5 or 6 quintal of extra sweets."

Another sweetshop owner said: "Tomorrow is the festival of democracy. Many love to celebrate it. The laddoos cost from Rs 120 per kg to 400 per kg, depending on the raw material and ghee used in their preparation."



Civic body shuts eyes to electricity wastage
Streetlights at Gole Market in the Model Town area switched on since Saturday
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 15
On one hand the state power authorities are imposing power cuts of varying durations during day and night, on the other the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is wasting electricity by not switching off streetlights during daytime.

It is not only the civic body which is to be blamed for this negligence, but the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is also equally responsible for this wastage of power. Most streetlights are connected to dedicated lines which are switched on and off by the staff of the respective substations.

Shopkeepers in the posh commercial hub of Gole Market in Model Town have alleged that the streetlights (sodium lights) in the area have not been switched off since last Saturday. According to the shopkeepers, earlier the streetlights were switched on and off by an MC employee or contractual maintenance staff.

A senior official of the light branch of the MC, however, denied the streetlights in the Model Town market had not been switched off for the past so many days.

“Most of the streetlights, including those in Gole Market, Model Town, are supplied power from separate lines, which are operated by the PSPCL substations. At times, streetlights are switched on during daytime for repairs or replacement of fused lights,” the MC official said.

The MC official did not rule out the possibility of some technical snag in the master control switch (operated by the PSPCL). “We will look into the matter and take necessary remedial action,” he added.



Sussanne Roshan comes calling
Tribune News Service

Sussanne Roshan addresses the media in Ludhiana on Thursday
Sussanne Roshan addresses the media in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 15
Interior designer Sussanne Roshan, who has separated from Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, was in the city today for the promotion of Naira, a real estate project coming up in Goa, which she has designed.

While launching the project in Dubai, she had said Ludhiana would be the first Indian city where they would be promoting the project. She said the city had a zest for life and was home to many young entrepreneurs.

She said people can own a villa as a second home in the serene surroundings on a sea-facing hill in Goa. Though the real estate market is slow at present, it is still growing and will see a massive growth, she added.

Namrata Malu, VP, Emgee Group, said in an earlier project by the company, people from North India had showed a lot of interest and residents of Ludhiana were particularly interested in it. That is the reason they have come to the city before launching the project in any other part of the country.



Jagraon town in a state of shock after double murder
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, May 15
The sleepy town of Jagraon has been in a shock following the brutal killing of veteran Congress leader Suresh Goel and his wife Shimla Goel. The Railway Road market at Ram Nagar, where their residence is located, remained partially closed today.

Shopkeepers were seen discussing what could be the possible reason behind the gruesome murder. They were wondering how the killer entered the house and escaped when the main gate was found locked from inside.

Dev Vrat Sharma, a Congress worker and long-time friend of Suresh, was in a state of shock. While sitting outside the mortuary at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, recollected the happier time spent with Suresh.

"The Congress has lost a veteran in Jagraon. He had done a lot not only for the party, but also for the betterment of the residents of Jagraon. He was not only respected among the residents and party workers, but also the Opposition leaders. It is a tragic loss for Jagraon," lamented Dev Vrat Sharma.

While ruling out the possibility of political rivalry behind his death, Dev Vrat Sharma said it was unthinkable. He was a father figure for young politicians. Politicians from different parties used to seek his suggestions.

BJP leader Baldev Krishan Dhir, who is Nagar Council President, also visited the hospital.

"He was my political guru. Suresh Goel was a man with immense qualities. He used to go out of the way to help the needy and poor. He was behind the construction of a community hall in Jagraon and several other social works. His death was an irreparable loss. My heart goes out for the family, first they lost their son in a militant attack and now Suresh and his wife have been killed," said Dhir.

A sea of people attended the funeral of Suresh and Shimla that took place at Jagraon in the evening.

At home, heart-rending scenes were witnessed. Neetu Gupta, couple's daughter, was inconsolable. Urvashi Goel, daughter-in-law, who is an Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) in Ludhiana, along with her children, was crying.

Suresh's elder son Amandeep Goel was killed in the Sohian incident that took place in December, 1991, when terrorists opened fire on a train, killing more than 50 passengers. His wife Urvashi was then married to Amandeep's younger brother Dinesh Goel. However, Dinesh too died after a prolonged ailment.

At the hospital, Shaguna, who was injured in the attack, regretted she could not save her maternal grandparents from the attacker. She has suffered cuts on her face, neck and arm.

‘He was respected by Cong leaders and Oppn’

The Congress has lost a veteran in Jagraon. He had done a lot not only for the party, but also for the betterment of the residents of Jagraon. He was not only respected by the residents and party workers, but also the Opposition leaders. It is a tragic loss for Jagraon.

Dev Vrat Sharma, a long-time friend of Suresh



MC takes loan to pay salaries
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The Municipal Corporation is reeling under financial crises. To pay salaries to employees and officials, it took a loan of Rs 10 crore (over draft) against a fixed deposit (FD) of Rs 31 crore. High interest rate will only add to its burden. Sources in the accounts department said the MC was facing a tough time.

An official in the department said the corporation had no funds to pay the salaries and more than 10-12 days of the month had already passed while the payments had to be made in the beginning of the month.

"The MC had collected Rs 31 crore through regularisation of colonies/plots. The money could only be spent on the welfare and development of particular colonies. Earlier, Rs 18 crore was withdrawn from the same account and salaries were paid to the employees. The remaining amount was spent on other works. But when objections were raised, Rs 18 crore was deposited. Now again, against that FD, a loan has been taken and the MC has to pay high interest rate," said an official of the accounts department.

Contractors working with the MC are also awaiting their payments. A contractor said bills were not being cleared as the MC was short of funds. They (contractors) need to wait for sometime. "I have to get an outstanding amount of over Rs 6 lakh but the MC is not releasing it," said the contractor.


Dr Sumit Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said a loan of Rs 10 crore was taken on an interest of 8.6 per cent while the MC was getting 8 per cent interest on a fixed deposit of ~31 crore. "In a day or two, we will repay the loan as we will be getting funds," said Dr Jarangal.



MC removes encroachments
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
In a crackdown against the menace of temporary encroachments on public roads and streets, a team of the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed merchandise, counters and other material stacked on a portion of a road in the commercial area of Jawahar Nagar camp locality.

Tehbazari superintendent (Zone D) JS Sekhon, who led the operation, said habitual offenders were targeted in the anti-encroachment drive carried out by the MC today.

More than six shops selling cosmetics, toiletries, leather items and eatables had displayed placing racks, counters and other material on the road which obstructed the flow of traffic and movement of people in the congested commercial hub.

"The habitual offenders persisted with encroachment on the road despite having been served notices and repeatedly challaned," Sekhon said, adding that the seized goods and other items would be returned on the payment of penalty as per rules.

He said if the offenders still continued to encroach upon the part of the road, the MC would be left with no other alternative than to lodge criminal cases against them.


A team of the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation removed merchandise, counters and other material stacked on a portion of a road in the commercial area of Jawahar Nagar camp locality on Thursday.



Sutlej Club elections on May 18
Candidates in fray for top posts win unopposed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Although the honorary posts of Sutlej Club are the most keenly contested ones, but some of the candidates for the plum posts have taken many residents and even club members by surprise.

Rohit Dutta, who won unopposed as nobody filed nominations for the post yesterday­ (the last day of filing nominations), said the members appreciated the honest and diligent work done over the years. He claimed that even though the members had been winning unopposed on some of the other positions, it was for the first time that a candidate for the post of general secretary had won unopposed.

Ruchi Bawa, cultural secretary, said: “I tried to meet the expectations of the club members and thank the club members for rewarding my work. Having won unopposed, members will expect more from me now,” she said.

The elections are scheduled for May 18. A club member said in the past few years, the image of the club had been tarnished as being a den of politics, groupism and favouritism, but with candidates winning unopposed, the perception would change.

“This is good for the spirit of camaraderie,” another member said.

Meanwhile, two candidates withdrew their nominations today. Om Prakash Malhotra, who was contesting for the post of vice-president, withdrew his nomination and Gaurav Chowdhary, who was in the fray for finance secretary, withdrew his nomination. Monika Aggarwal was elected reserved executive member while Jasdeep Singh Nalwa won unopposed and became sports secretary.

Now, 14 candidates are in the fray for the remaining posts. Gurinderjit Singh Ladi and Sanjiv Dhanda are contesting for the post of vice-president, Jatinder Marwah and Parichay Sood are in the fray for the post of joint secretary, Sanjay Aggarwal and Tribhuvan Singh Thapar are contesting for the post of finance secretary, Gurinder Singh Kairon and Sanjiv Sood are in the fray for the post of mess secretary. For the post of Bar secretary, Rakesh Kapoor, Vivek Sharma and Navtej Singh are contesting while for the posts of executive member, Monika Mittal, Rajesh Kakkar and Madanlal Singhania will have a face-off.



Faulty streetlights
Residents grope in darkness
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, May 15
The residents of ward number-11 of Sahnewal have been groping in the dark for the past number of months due to faulty street lights but the authorities seem to be least concerned.

A resident of the area rued, “We have to pass through harrowing time as towards the evening everything suddenly becomes dark and an unknown fear engulfs us all of a sudden. We have complained about the same to the authorities a number of times but to no avail. They seem to be least bothered.”

“At the time, when the power fails at night, it becomes almost unbearable. We have informed the Nagar Panchayat of the problem many times in past few months but the habit of procrastination on the part of the authorities has disabled them from acting smart on such a crucial issue,” shared another resident.

“It is not the matter of a day or days. It has been months together that the street lights are almost every time out of order. The miscreants can take advantage of such a situation and can commit nay heinous crime in utter darkness. For the past number of days, there is simply no supply with none to listen to our repeated pleas,” added another resident.

Councillor of ward number-11 Baljit Singh said the problem is somewhere in the transformer supplying power to this particular area as a truck had damaged the same some days before and that it shall be looked into as early as possible.

President of the Nagar Council, Kulwant Singh Kanti, said, “I never knew about the issue. Now that I have been informed, I will look into it personally and get the street lights rectified at the earliest.”



PAU employees continue stir
Resent delay in release of salaries; raise slogans outside VC's office
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
PAU employees' protest entered the second day today. Expressing resentment over the delay in the release of salaries, they gathered outside the Vice-Chancellor's office and shouted slogans from 9 am to 11 am.

Sources said the state government had released Rs 8 crore to pay the salaries to the employees. The university may get the amount tomorrow.

The agitating employees will get their salaries, but the teaching staff will have to wait.

The PAU Employees Union had announced to continue their protest till the time the grant was not released by the government.

Harbans Singh Mundi, president, PAU Employees Union, said, "Senior officials told us that the government had sanctioned funds. We are hopeful of getting our salaries soon.' Despite repeated attempts, Dr RS Sidhu, comptroller, PAU, could not be contacted.

pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University also condemned the decision of the Punjab Government to release 10 per cent of the DA in December 2014.

Dr Surjit Singh Gill, president, Confederation of PAU Pensioners' Association, stated that it was strange that the government had funds for ministers and MLAs, but when it came to giving DA to the pensioners, it went bankrupt.

"Many pensioners have been waiting for the instalment of DA. The government should release the instalment at the earliest," he said.



Special kids shake a leg at summer camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Even though they were not able to listen to the music playing the background, but they were dancing in perfect sync. The deaf and dumb children at the School for Deaf and Dumb children at Hamran Road were delighted to learn dance.

Communicating with the help of sign language, they were telling one another how to get the step right.

Happy, a dance teacher, has been holding the summer dance workshop for the past seven years. "Earlier, the students were not keen, but now when they see me, they are happy to learn dance," he said. He said teaching them is entirely different from teaching a normal kid. Some of them are very quick learners. You teach them a step and you don't need to teach them again.

"I teach them in sequences or blocks. A series of steps was taught in succession in one block," he said. But it is satisfying to see that students learn and feel the joy of dancing. Even though they cannot listen to the music, but at least they can enjoy moving in rhythm to the different dance forms, he said. About a hundred students will be taught during the 15-day workshop, he added.

They are gifted when it comes to learning and absorbing things. Some of them are very sharp, he said. The 15-day workshop gives them a good learning experience and many of them are able to dance well.

Premod Dada, honorary general secretary of Ludhiana Education Society, that runs the school said though they have been bereft of the ability to speak and listen, but they grasp the things much faster.



GADVASU inks MoU with DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) inked MoU with Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to address zoonotic and environmental concerns.

Dr VK Taneja stated that ‘one health’ solutions to combat current and emerging diseases which are a threat to population, animal and environment is picking up momentum and the best option as many infectious diseases are of animal origin and zoonotic.

He stated that while GADVASU has strengthened in areas of zoonoses, molecular diagnostics and herbal medicine, we shall seek training support in diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, dentistry and minimal invasive surgery from DMCH.

Dr Daljit Singh, principal, DMCH and Dr GS Wander, director and chief cardiologist and other specialists from DMCH visited research facilities and programs of GADVASU appreciated the quality work being done by the institution.

They expressed their keenness to collaborate so as to reduce sufferings.



Poll duty: Cops demand honorarium
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 15
Police officers who worked overtime during the elections have demanded honorarium. Duties on special checkpoints, enhancement of night vigil, combing operations and round-the-clock patrolling in far-off places were identified as extra duties on account of the Lok Sabha poll, for which no honorarium was paid by the administration.

Although none of the officials wanted to be quoted for obvious reasons of being members of a disciplined force, they regretted that the administration had failed to recognise their efforts. While all officials of the government or private organisations, who had been deputed at various places during the elections, were paid honorarium according to their position, police personnel undertaking special patrolling, duties at nakas (check posts) and combing of sensitive areas were not paid any compensation.

Even officials posted at various booths were paid honorarium according to their rank. An ASI was paid Rs 1,000 for a day while havaldars were paid Rs 800. Constables and PHGs were paid Rs 600.

Police officials, including those posted at chowkis and police stations, said they had to bear extra burden for at least two weeks, but were not paid any compensation.



Industrialists heave a sigh of relief
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
With the counting of votes tomorrow, the longest-ever elections will come to an end. Businessmen and traders have been anxiously waiting for the poll result. They said the elections affected their work adversely.

As migrant workers went to their native places to cast their vote, the industry had to face labour shortage. They were not allowed to carry cash. They said they avoided investing money in the market.

Sunil Jain, an industrialist, said, ?their business had suffered. "For the past two months, the industry has been short of labour. The industry has suffered losses. The new government will not give the industry any relaxation," Jain said. Manjit Singh Khalsa, cycle trader, said, "Traders from other states deferred their visits to the state.”



Photography, rangoli making, play mark Nurses Week
Tribune News Service

Nurses enact a play at the DMCH, Ludhiana
Nurses enact a play at the DMCH, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 15
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital's College of Nursing celebrated Nurses Week from May 12 to 17. Workshops on the theme "Nurse-A force for change" were held. Various competitions such as badminton, photography, rangoli making, flower arrangement, western and folk dances were organised throughout the week.

International Nurses Day was celebrated on the campus today. The programme started with a dance by BSc nursing students. Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal, DMCH College of Nursing threw light on the profile of Florence Nightingale.

A play was enacted by BSc nursing students.

Dr Daljit Singh, principal, DMCH, motivated and encouraged the students by delivering an inspirational speech. An oath taking ceremony was also held. Shakuntala Devi Sanwalka Scholarships were given to meritorious students and prizes were distributed.



State Info Commission to decide on status of DMCH, CMCH
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The State Information Commission, Punjab, will take a call on the status of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). In 2012 and 2013, CMCH and DMCH, respectively, were declared a public authority by the State Information Commission. Following this, both the hospitals moved the High Court.

The High Court ruled: "The commission will decide on the status of the hospitals keeping in view the judgment of the apex court in Thalappalam Ser. Coop Bank Limiteds case (supra) within six months."

RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had filed a complaint with the commission in January, 2012, stating that the DMCH had refused to provide information to him.

In his application, Sabharwal stated: "When a private organisation financially gains by direct or indirect enablement or facilitation of the government and when such a gain is substantial, it must be held a public authority under Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act. The DMCH thus comes under the ambit of the RTI." The CMCH was asked to appoint a public information officer in compliance with provisions of the RTI Act. Both the hospitals have been exempted from house tax and are registered with the Income Tax Department as a charitable institution under Section 12-A of the Income Tax Act.



Creativity at its best
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Dance, comedy and a dazzling fashion show by students marked the annual day celebrations at the International Institute of Fashion Design. Hip-hop, Bollywood dance, bhangra and Spanish dance were followed by designer collections by students during the annual function of the institute 'Essence 2014'.

The students showcased their creations to the packed auditorium at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening.

An act "Jaloos" was presented by a team of anchors based on the popular television show "Comedy Nights with Kapil". Apart from various collections on different themes, the fashion show was the highlight of the evening. INIFD Ludhiana won a modelling competition "Ritambhra".

The first round was based on the theme of "Seven Sins". Seven colours represented seven sins -- envy, pride, wrath, lust, gluttony, greed and sloth. The second round of modelling symbolised Indian essence through unique collection named "Charkha". Traditional techniques were adopted to craft contemporary designs by Deepti Sachdeva and Piyush Malhotra. Centre Director Arvind Gupta, additional director Amardeep Lall and co-director Charu Gupta felicitated the faculty and participants.



Training course

PAU Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering will organise a two-week hands on training course on “operational and programming of cnc machines” from May 19 to 30 for agricultural machinery manufactures, ITI pass out and educated village youth. Training will be provided on CNC lathe, CNC milling, CNC drilling, EDM machine and latest manufacturing technologies.

The training will be useful in enhancing the skill of the employees of the agricultural machinery manufacturers of the state. The village youths will get more employable opportunities in the production units. There are 15 seats for the participants and the training fee for the program will be Rs 3,000 per person. The participant will be awarded certificate after the successful completion of the training. The boarding and loading will be arranged at the PAU as per university norms and expenditure will be borne by trainees.

Hockey match

Directorate of Students' Welfare, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a hockey match between College of Agriculture and other colleges of Punjab Agricultural University under the aegis of Alumni Society for promoting excellence at PAU. The match was played at Padam Shri Prithipal Singh Astro-Turf Hockey Stadium. The match was a keenly contested affair and ended in a 3-3 draw. The college of Agriculture took lead through Manjinder Singh in the first half which was neutralized in the second half through a field goal scored by Taranjit Singh. Jagpal Singh and Navjot Singh scored a goal each to consolidate the lead in favour of other colleges. However, Manjinder Singh reduced the margin for College of Agriculture by converting a penalty corner. In the last minute of the match, Arjan Singh scored a brilliant field goal to restore the parity for College of Agriculture. Dr. P.K.Khanna, Registrar PAU was the Chief Guest. Dr. (Mrs.) Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director Students' Welfare shared that Alumni Society aims to promote other sports by conducting league matches viz Handball, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball etc in near future to develop sports culture amongst students of Punjab Agricultural University.

Guest lecture

PAU Science Club organised a guest lecture by Dr PK Agrawal, assistant director general (NFBSFARA), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. Dr Agrawal spoke on ‘Varietal development, IPRs and commercialization-A success story’. He said commercial aspects of a crop can be enhanced by improving quality traits of a variety through marker assisted selection and by creating awareness in commercial aspects. He said seed production if done on scientific lines can give higher profit to farmers. — TNS




Ludhiana: The Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology has collaborated higher educational programs with the Tata Consultancy Services Limited. The initiative has been taken with intent to facilitate rural educated youths to find jobs in field of information technology and allied fields.

Former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha, director BCET and Sandeep Raghav, authorised signatory of the CMC, subsidiary of the TCSL inked the MOU during a function organised at the college campus recently. Terming the collaboration as a landmark in professional education in the rural segment, Garcha said the trust running affairs of the college was determined to explore every possible means for enabling its students grab jobs in field of information technology and other allied fields.

Member selected

Dr Sandhya Mehta, deputy director, Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology was selected as a member in the International Advisory council by International Forum of Management Scholars. The other members of the council comprise scholars from various international universities namely Sam Houston State University, USA; Lemoyne College, US, Zayed University, UAE; LSE, UK; Villanova University, USA; University of Portsmouth, UK; Peperdine University, USA; Willamette University, United States; Mexico State University, USA ;UTS Management, Australia; Morgan State University, USA; Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan; Iwate Prefectural University, Japan .She is one amongst the seven other members selected from premium Indian institutes including two IIMs. Earlier, Dr Mehta had presented two research papers in an International Conference on Technology and Business Management (ICTBM-14) jointly organised by American University in the Emirates and International Forum of Management Scholars (INFOMS). The conference was also supported by AIMS International. She had also been invited to chair a technical session in the international conference.

Summer internship

Faculty of Business Management and Commerce, Desh Bhagat University, organised a summer internship for its MBA-I students. In these internship drives, students were selected by three reputed brands of the country namely Tata Tele Services Limited, the Times Group and Earth Infrastructure Limited. The selection process of these companies consisted of presentations by the company representatives followed by group discussion and personal interviews. After rigorous rounds of selections, these companies selected 51 students for summer internship programs. Tata Teleservices Limited selected 18 students, Times Group selected 20 students while real estate company Earth Infrastructures Limited selected 13 students as summer trainees for the post of management trainees for various locations in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

Medical lab technology course begins

GHG Khalsa Group of Institutions, Gurusar Sadhar, has been granted permission by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, to start a 3-year diploma course in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) from the academic session 2014-2015. The course will be governed by Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Chandigarh, and will be in association with GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar. The eligibility for admission to DMLT course will be 10th class. The course will provide an opportunity to rural youth to take up the career in medical lab technology and will provide them job opportunities. — TNS



Directors, principals meet

A general body meeting of directors and principals of CBSE unaided schools of Punjab was organised in the campus of GMT Public School. The association of private unaided schools of Punjab assembled to discuss the various issues pertaining to CBSE schools.

They presented the problems confronted by various schools. The fee concession and the parents intrusion regarding fee structure has remained a matter of great debate in the meeting. Directors of all the institutions shared their valuable suggestions.

Turban-tying competition

Doraha Public school held a turban tying competition for Sikh students.The students were divided into three categories-classes III to V, VI to VIII and IX to XII. The judges were Amarjeet Singh and Japvir Singh. The chief guest was Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes. He congratulated the students and gave away the prizes. The winners in category-I Jashanjot Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Manjot Singh. In category II Diljot Singh, Pargat Singh and Manveer Singh were winners. In category Sukhdeep Singh, Sahejdeep Singh and Manmol Singh bag awards. The winners were given cash prizes of Rs. 500, 300 and 200 respectively.

Mango day celebrated

Babies Paradise Playway School, Dugri, celebrated Mango Day. Kids came dressed as mangoes. They were told about the mango that it is the king of fruits, mangoes are yummy to eat. They recited rhymes on mango. At the end kids had a fun filled mango treat.

World Family Day celebrated

Students of Bal Bharati School celebrate World Family Day at Dugri in Ludhiana on Thrusday
Students of Bal Bharati School celebrate World Family Day at Dugri in Ludhiana on Thrusday. A Tribune photograph

Bal Bharati Public School celebrated World Family Day on the school premises with full zeal and zest. Bal Bharatians presented beautiful cultural programme based on the theme ‘Vasudeva Kutumbum’ which aimed at fostering equality and spreading the message of peace and harmony. World Family Day is celebrated all around the world as a day of peace and sharing. The purpose of the celebration was to make students perceive the whole world united as one family. The programme commenced with an influx of creativity and unification shaped by the Students of class-II dressed up in flamboyant costumes representing different countries. It was followed by a dance presentation on the song.

BCM Kindergarten School

The tiny tots of BCM Kindergarten celebrated the family day with a great enthusiasm. To mark the celebration the kids were assigned different roles of grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, sister under the guidance of the teachers. Enactment was done to make the students realise the importance of family bonding. The motive behind this was to imbibe the feeling of love and care in the young minds. In the present scenario of having a nuclear family it is very essential to organise such activities to inculcate in children the value of love and respect for the elders of the family, remarked by Dr. Vandana Shahi.

Spring Dale School

Importance of family was highlighted in Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School by celebrating the International Family Day. The day marks the significance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world. A lecture was delivered in the morning assembly explaining the need of preserving family as the centre of society.

Dental check-up camp

To help the students to have radiant smile and in order to guide them to look after their teeth in a better way, a dental check - up camp was organised in the school for two days in which three doctors from Radiant Smile - Dr Sanpreet Singh Saluja, Dr Neha and Dr Geetanjali Modgil thoroughly checked the teeth of the students of all classes from Pre - Nursery to X and gave them tips to take care of their teeth, to eat green vegetables, fruits more and avoid fast food. This camp was organised for the students with the efforts of the president of the school Sunil Goel, president of the Society Chaman Lal Gupta, Manager Shiv Kumar Mittal and principal of the School D Narang. Principal extended her gratitude towards the doctors who took out their valuable time for the students. Another fun-filled activity for the students was a visit to Verka Milk Plant where they got an opportunity to see the whole process.

Two-day workshop

Two-day workshop is being conducted at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. The resource persons for the workshop were Prof. (Dr.) BL Handoo (Educational Consultant and Advisor CBSE, New Delhi), Heemal H Bhat (Master Trainer and Examiner for Trinity College of London) and Pallavi Sethi, (CBSE ASL Pilot trainer and Cambridge Trainer Examiner.) The eminent resource persons trained the teachers from various schools of Ludhiana as Oral Examiners for ASL. They provided the teachers with guidelines and parameters to be followed for assessment and also emphasized on the objectivity and unbiased approach for grading purposes. More than 62 teachers from 30 schools were equipped with adequate pedagogical skills to evolve the students into confident orators who can express themselves fluently and accurately.

Math quiz

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a maths quiz for senior wing. Four houses Gandhi, Subhash, Nehru and Shastri competed in the quiz. Each house consisted of five participants. There were three rounds. The aim of the quiz was to increase the mental ability, problem solving, brain storming, basic maths skills, practical ability and scientific attitude. There were few questions for audience and those who had given the correct answers were given special prizes.

Slogan-writing contest

Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhr Bye Pass, observed ‘Rashtra Bhasha Saptah’ and held a slogan-writing competition. The objective behind these efforts was to bring about their expertise in different fields. The students gave 100 per cent and displayed their creativity while writing the quotes by famous people. — TNS



Shaheed Sukhdev remembered

Veer Abdul Hamid Foundation today celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar. Members of the foundation paid tributes to the martyrs. Speaking on the occasion, Kamaljit Singh said the freedom enjoyed by everyone today is all due to the efforts of themartyrs and we should value it.

Meanwhile, district wing of Shiv Sena Punjab today paid tributes to Sukhdev on his birth anniversary. The members paid floral tributes on the statue of the martyr installed at Jagraon Bridge. Rakesh Kapoor, member of the party, while speaking on the occasion said that shaheed Sukhdev Thapar laid down his life for the country but the government has failed to turn the martyr's house at Naughara Mohalla into a memorial.

Art competition

Deepti's Institute of Fine Arts organized a fine art competition in which 150 students from different schools participated. The topics for the competition were save earth, drugs and road safety.

New implant facility

Ludhiana Mediways Hospital has introduced Cochlear Implant facility for adults who develop profound hearing loss at later stage of life. The first adult cochlear implant surgery in the city was performed yesterday on 24 year old Shashikant Arya by a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Isha Tyagi, senior consultant (ENT), Sahara Hospital, Lucknow and Dr Rajeev Kapila, senior ENT consultant, Ludhiana Mediways Hospital. Cochlear implant surgery usually takes about 3 hours under general anaesthesia.

Emergency meeting

An emergency meeting of Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana was called to discuss the Mansa incident and was decided to observe state wide medical bandh tomorrow. All the members will keep their establishments close tomorrow. Yesterday after the death of a child, the attendants ransacked the hospital and burnt the house of the doctor. In a statement issued by president RK Sharma and general secretary Dr Deepak Parasher on the behalf of IMA, highly condemned the incidence and requested the district and police authorities to bring the culprits to the book and arrest them immediately.

Free dental check-up

A free dental check-up and awareness camp was today organised by Baba Jaswant Singh Medical College. Dr Navdeep Kaur while addressing the camp said it is very important to take care of the teeth. Not regular but proper brushing is the key to healthy and white teeth.

Protest against liquor vend

The residents, led by area councillor Ashwani Sharma, staged a protest against opening of a liquor vend on main road of Basti Jodhewal as the location was very close to educational and religious institutions. Chiding the state government for its tall claims against drug addiction and use of other intoxicants, Sharma said on the contrary liquor vends were being promoted. He said if the vend was not shifted away from the educational and religious institutions, the people will be forced to stage an indefinite dharna in front of the liquor vend. — TNS



Workshop held

With the aim of boosting the adoption of Energy Efficient Technologies by MSMEs in Ludhiana, Small Industries Development Bank of India in association with GIZ, Germany, organised a match-making workshop in the CICU conference Hall at Focal Point, Ludhiana. The meet was presided over by UC Gaur, general manager, SIDBI and Anja Shivhare of GIZ.

A number of prominent Industrialist of Ludhiana, Energy Auditors, CAs discussed the various options available for cost reductions through Energy efficient Technologies. Javed Ahmad Siddiqui, DGM, SIDBI, Ludhiana, welcomed the guests and explained the various options for finance available to MSME units from SIDBI. Mr Ashwani Kumar of Dalpat Forge (India), Ludhiana, was honoured on the occasion as an energy efficiency champion by SIDBI-GIZ. Mr SC Ralhan, president of Hand Tools Association advised the entrepreneurs present to adopt best practices in energy efficiency in order to improve their profitability.

Buyers and sellers meet

Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association of Ludhiana (KAMAL) is holding its 7th National buyers and sellers meet “Knits & Wears” 2014 from 17 May to 21, at Harsheela and Whistling Wuds Resorts. During this short span of time KAMAL has come to be rightly known as trend setter doing everything possible to cater to the needs of knitwear/textile sector and its clientele at national level. It is a matter of time only when its achievement will transcend all the barriers to knock at international arena.

Nando’s announced the commencement of 45-day long food carnival in LudhianaFood outlet opened

Nandos, a chain of Africa Restaurant, going to open a restaurant at Shrabha Nagar Market. Manmohan Singh Chadha, director of Nandos said that the restaurant Portugali dishes.

Nando’s announced the commencement of 45-day long food carnival in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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