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No stopping reckless bus drivers
2 woman crushed under buses; bus mows down student on school ground
Tribune News Service

The victim, Varsha; and (right) her sister narrates the incident.
The victim, Varsha; and (right) her sister narrates the incident. Tribune photographs

Ludhiana, May 18
Killer buses continue to spread terror on the city roads with two women falling prey to reckless driving by bus drivers. Four persons have lost their lives in separate accidents in the city in the past 24 hours.

A 22-year-old girl was crushed to death by a speeding Punjab Roadways Transportation Corporation bus near Guru Nanak Engineering College here this morning. The victim has been identified as Varsha, a resident of Vijay Nagar, near Taj Pur Road. The incident took place at around 9:30 am while she was returning home on a scooter along with her sister Sadhna after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Alamgir Sahib.

When she reached near Guru Nanak Engineering College, the PRTC bus driver, Tajinder Singh, hit the scooter from behind. She lost control over the vehicle and fell on the road. The bus crushed Varsha to death. Sadhna, who was riding pillion, had a providential escape as she fell on the roadside.

Later, her family staged a massive dharna outside the Dugri police station and demanded strict action against the bus driver.

Paramjit Singh, Dugri SHO, said a case under section 304 (A) of the IPC for reckless driving causing death has been registered against Tajinder Singh.

In another accident that took place last evening, a 30-year-old woman was mowed down a speeding bus near GK Estate, near Mundia. The victim has been identified as Mamta.

Narrating the incident, her husband Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Ramgarh village, said the incident took place at around 7.30 pm while he, along with his wife and two children (five-year-old Jessica and three-year-old Lakshdeep), was heading on a motorcycle to the Basti Jodhewal area. Rajesh said when they reached near GK Estate, a bus hit them from behind. While Rajesh and his children fell on the roadside, Mamta got crushed under the wheels of the bus. The police have booked the bus driver, Satwant Singh, a resident of Kulad village.

Meanwhile, a UKG class student, Manpreet Kaur, of Birk village, near Sidhwan Bet, was mowed down by a bus on the school premises.

According to an eyewitness, the incident took place at Shaheed Sukhdev School last morning when Manpreet Kaur was crossing the school ground. School bus driver Baljeet Singh, who was reversing the vehicle, could not spot the girl and mowed her down. Manpreet Kaur was rushed to DMC&H where she was declared dead on arrival.

Youth dies in hit-and-run case in city

A youth, who was riding a scooter, was killed in a hit-and-run case on Mall Road late last night. The incident took place at 10:45 pm while the victim, Ravinderpal, was returning home.

His uncle Inderpal Singh, who was following his nephew on another scooter, said Ravinderpal had just crossed the traffic light near HDFC Bank on Mall Road when a speeding Hyundai Verna (PB-10- EK- 8200) came from the Sutlej Club side and rammed into Ravinderpal’s scooter.

The car driver sped away. Indperpal jotted down the registration number of the car and rushed Ravinderpal to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

The Division No. 8 police have registered a case against an unidentified car driver and started the investigation. Mool Raj, Munshi of police station, said: “Prima facie we have registered a case against an unidentified car driver. We have requested the Transport Department to provide us the details of the person in whose name the vehicle has been registered.”


Garment showroom gutted at congested Chaura Bazar
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

A view of the congested road.
A view of the congested road.

Ludhiana, May 18
A fire broke out at a garment showroom, Kala Cloth House, near the gate of Akalgarh Market, Chaura Bazar, at around 2 pm today. It took the firefighters about two and a half hours to control the fire. No casualty was reported. A short-circuit is cited as the reason for the fire. Stocks worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed.

Fire Officer Gurmel Singh said without wasting any time, six fire tenders along with 12 firefighters reached the spot and put out the fire. "The day being a Sunday, we faced difficulty in reaching the spot. The roads were jam-packed with visitors as a rehri-fari market is held at Chaura Bazaar on every Sunday. Thankfully, the fire was controlled before it spread to adjoining buildings," said Gurmel Singh.

Hundreds of persons gathered at spot. The firefighters had a tough time moving their fire tenders and reaching vantage points to douse the fire. Visitors were seen taking alternative routes to get out of the market when the news of a fire breakout spread in the area.

This has been the second such incident in the past one month. About 20 days ago, a fire broke out in the same area. Five booths (khokhas) of garments were gutted in the fire.

No lessons learnt
In 1990, Gur Mandi, near Chaura Bazar, witnessed a devastating fire in which 60 lives were lost. People were caught in the fire as there was no escape route. Though there are not many inflammable items stocked by shopkeepers in markets, including Chaura Bazar, Saban Bazar, Gur Mandi, a mere short-circuit spark can cause a big tragedy in the area.

Shopkeepers express their helplessness. These markets have come up over a period of so many years. “Even if it (the fire) happens, what can be done? We are not going to move out overnight or demolish shops to make way for fire tenders,” said Avtar Singh, garment dealer at Chaura Bazar.

Many shops don’t have any fire-fighting equipment, not even small fire extinguishers. There is no provision for water in case of an emergency. “God is our saviour. We know it is very risky here because fire tenders can not reach interior areas of the market,” said another shopkeeper.

The fire incident at Chaura Bazar is a grim reminder of how vulnerable prominent markets in its vicinity are. The congested markets like Light Bazar, Books Market, Chaura Bazar, Saban Bazar, Gur Mandi and Akalgarh Market, are virtually sitting on a tinderbox.

The area councillor, Sushma Mehta, said in case a fire broke out at Sadar Bazar (known as electronics market), Talaab Bazar, Sarafa Bazar, Pindi Street and the adjoining areas, the fire brigade would not be able to reach the area on time. “The markets are already congested. Besides, the roads have been encroached upon by shopkeepers, leaving very less space for fire tenders to move,” said Mehta.



poll aftermath
Five booked for ‘attack’ on ASI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Five persons have been booked for kidnapping and assaulting an Assistant Sub- Inspector (ASI) in the Daba area here last evening. Pardeep Singh, ASI from the vigilance wing of the police, alleged that he was assaulted by the supporters of an Independent candidate after he refused to support him in the Lok Sabha elections.

Pardeep has alleged that he had an old rivalry with the assailants. He told them that he could not support the Independent candidate as he was a government employee.

Meanwhile, Inspector Sarabjit Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Daba, expressed ignorance about the controversy. "I am not aware Pardeep had made any such statement. I will go through the case and appropriate action will be taken," he said.

Simarjit Bains, who recently parted ways from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and fought the Lok Sabha elections as an Independent, has a lot of influence in the Daba area.

Simarjit had written to the Election Commission, expressing his fears about implication in a false case.

In the meantime, the police has registered a case against Davinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Lucky, Peeta and Subba Singh of Guru Gobind Nagar in the Daba area and started the investigation.

Pardeep alleged the incident took place last evening when he returned home after duty. The assailants barged into his house and overpowered him. They took him to another house in the locality and thrashed him with sticks and rods. He escaped and raised the alarm. The assailants fled the scene after he raised the alarm, Pardeep alleged.

Besides, kidnap and criminal trespass, the police have slapped several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the suspects.



Diarrhoea claims boy’s life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
A five-year-old boy from Phambran today reportedly died due to diarrhoea. The boy, Prince was suffering from high fever and had vomited repeatedly in the past couple of days.

His parents alleged the water supply in their area was contaminated, due to which their son fell prey to diarrhoea. "His fever was uncontrollable. The boy vomited before he died," they said.

Sunita Rani, a resident of Phambran, said the water supply to their area was contaminated, due to which several people of the area were falling sick. "We have made several complaints to the authorities, but to no avail," she said.

Meanwhile, the Health Department today organised a health camp at Prem Vihar, Noor Wala Road, and at Government Primary School, Phambran.

A team, comprising six members, including a Medical Officer, examined 113 patients at Phambran, of whom 14 turned out to be mild diarrhoea cases. "No patient was admitted. The camp will continue tomorrow," said Dr Anil Verma.

Death not due to diarrhoea, says Health Dept

Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, said: "The boy’s death at Phambran was not due to diarrhoea. He was having high fever and vomited twice but that does not prove that he was suffering from diarrhoea".



Key post decided unopposed, Sutlej Club poll less exciting this time
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Gurinderjit Singh Laddi has been elected vice-resident of the Sutlej Club held for the second consecutive term. He has defeated Sanjiv Dhanda by more than 300 votes.

Jatinder Marwah has won the post of joint secretary against Parichay Sood while Rakesh Kapoor won the post of bar secretary against Vivek Sharma and Navtej Singh. Gurinder Singh Kairon has retained the post of mess secretary defeating Sanjiv Sood. Tribhuvan Singh Thaper has bagged the post of finance secretary against the incumbent Sanjay Aggarwal. Monika Mittal and Rajesh Kakkar have been elected executive members. Four candidates have already won unopposed.

Rohit Dutta, general secretary and Ruchi Bawa, cultural secretary, have retained their posts. Jasdeep Singh Nalwa for the position of Sports Secretary and Monika Aggarwal for a reserve post of executive member have won unopposed.

Elections to the post of office-bearers were held today. A red carpet laid from the MC swimming pool area to the club was littered with leaflets. Though barricades were set up at the entrance, the candidates were seen making appeals to every voter to vote for them. Their supporters were accosting passersby on the road going towards the club to vote for their candidates and handing them polling chits.

Certain members, however, said the voting was less exciting this time. The election to the most key post of general secretary had already been decided with Rohit Dutta winning the post unopposed. Against 2,000 votes cast usually, this time the voting barely touched the 1500 mark.



Better Ludhiana medical menace
Quacks make hay while Admn looks the other way
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
While with a number of super-speciality hospitals coming up in the city, Ludhiana has emerged as a medical hub, the industrial city is also witnessing many quacks doing a brisk business, thanks to a sizeable population of poor migrants.

With diagnostic charges alone running into thousands of rupees these days, these poor migrants prefer spending a couple of hundred rupees on a prescription devised by these roadside quacks.

Ironically, many quacks have set up their stalls right under the nose of the district administration, with some running their business outside the Mini-Secretariat.

Migrant labourers their prime target

The Focal Point area is burgeoning with these quacks who are catering to various labour colonies and clusters in the industrial area, Sherpur, Vishwakarma Colony, Janakpuri, Shivpuri, Tajpur Road, Basti Jodhewal, Kundanpuri, Shimplapuri and in villages around the city.

Simple ailments of the patients are not only misdiagnosed by these quacks but also complicated with prescriptions of steroids and other harmful substances.

Some quacks also claim to cure serious ailments such as AIDS. Not caring two hoots for ethical medical procedures, they also put their patients at the risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis B infections.

Concentrated in areas around the bus stand, these “medical practitioners” openly advertise in the electronic and print media. Childless couples, men suffering from general debility, youngsters wanting to increase their height or the middle-aged people wanting to control hair loss are their main clients.

While one such "doctor" claims to treat his patients with German and American medicines, many quacks claim that they make their own medicines based on guarded secrets of several generations. A quack, commonly known as “Rajasthani doctor” reportedly uses what he calls animal and plant extracts for ailments such as skin allergies.

Ayurveda, too, has been defamed by many unqualified people, who pretend to use the ancient medications for treating their patients. By prefixing doctor or vaidya with their names and suffixing degrees such as BAMS and MD, they dupe people. They can be found running their clinics in the city and neighbouring towns and villages with impunity.

Admn violates HC directive

While most quacks continue to prosper, the administration has conveniently chosen to look away. By doing so, the authorities are violating a directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that instructed the state government in general and the Civil Surgeon in particular to conduct periodical raids and surveys on shops and clinics of unqualified medical practitioners.

Out of thousands of quacks operating in the district, the health department has been able to register cases against only a handful in the past few months. Expressing helplessness, an official of the Health Department admitted that unregistered medical practitioners had a flourishing business in the city.

“Whenever we conduct a raid, these practitioners shut shops, only to resurface at the same spot or at times relocating to another part of the city,” said the official.

Even the Indian Medical Association (IMA) members who are authorised to register cases against quacks at the nearest police station have shown unwillingness to fight for the cause.

Put patients at risk
Some quacks also claim to cure fatal ailments such as AIDS. Not caring two hoots for ethical medical procedures, they put their patients at the risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and other serious infections.

‘Department doing its bit’
We have been registering cases against quacks whenever we receive any complaint. At times, we also carry out special campaigns. After verifying all details, the Health Department prepares a report, which is submitted to the nearest police station that takes action against the quacks
— Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, ludhiana

‘menace on ima radar’
The problem has increased to such an extent that quacks can be seen setting up their ‘clinics’ at every nook and corner of the city. I have made a number of complaints against these quacks, and now we are also taking up the matter at the association level. This is the agenda of the Indian Medical Association for this year, and it was also discussed during the state-level meeting last month. Now, the matter will be discussed in the general body meeting of the IMA to be held shortly. We will be requesting doctors to report such cases to the president of the association, who will further pursue the matter. For the convenience of members, secrecy will be maintained
— Dr Raj Kumar, President, Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana



Residents benefit from free medical camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Medical camps were organised by various organisations across the city. The Hero DMC Heart Institute organised a free medical and heart check-up camp in association with the Rotary Club at Nav Durga Mandir, Sarabha Nagar.

Institute’s chief cardiologist Dr GS Wander, Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Rakendra examined around 250 patients at the camp. Free ECG, blood sugar tests and blood pressure check-up was done free of cost.

Also, Care Welfare Foundation, in association with Gurdwara Hargobind Singh Sahib, Islam Ganj, organised a free homoeopathic medical camp on the gurdwara premises. More than 450 patients were examined and given free medicines.

A free medical camp to mark the birth anniversary of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha and Sukhdev Singh was also organised by Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, and Punjab Vikas Parishad at Gadri Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh Memorial.

Various tests were conducted and 10 patients were shortlisted for free cataract operation.

Volunteers donate blood
Akhil Bhartiya Shri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal, Ludhiana, organised a blood donation camp in collaboration with the National Service Scheme wing of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. This was the ninth time that a blood donation camp was organised by the NGO. The camp was supervised by a team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The doctors motivated visitors to donate blood.



Artificial limbs distributed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
The Tagore branch of Bharat Vikas Parishad organised an artificial limb distribution camp at Viklang Sahayta Kendra, Rishi Nagar. Twenty-five differently abled people were given artificial limbs, calipers, crutches and hearing aid, under the guidance of medical experts.

Branch secretary Sunita Chatley said the Trust had provided artificial limbs, calipers, crutches, etc. to more than 39,000 physically challenged persons. Also, nearly 2,000 polio corrective surgeries had been conducted free of cost, she said.

Chief guest Jagmohan Singh, managing director of the Oster Group of Companies, appreciated the NGO.



CME on retinal diseases conducted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Department of Ophthalmology and Ludhiana Ophthalmological Society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) jointly conducted a first of its kind CME on retinal diseases for general ophthalmologists of the region.

While addressing the gathering, Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary, DMCH managing society, said in the recent past, the Department of Ophthalmology has been equipped with latest ultramodern equipments for the treatment of various eye ailments.

Organising chairman Dr GS Bajwa (Professor and Head of Ophthalmology Department) said retina plays a pivotal role. When the retina is injured, vision is seriously threatened and may be lost entirely if the problem is not quickly addressed.

As retinal specialists, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to cure retinal disorders including vitreoretinal interface disorders, systemic and ocular vasculopathies, and ocular inflammatory disease.

Dr Sumeet Chopra (Associate Professor of Ophthalmology) said many retinal diseases share common symptoms and treatments, but each has unique characteristics. 



BR Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Dr Ambedkar Mission Employees Federation, Punjab, celebrated 123rd Dr Ambedkar Jayanti Samaroh at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.

The function was inaugurated by Husan Lal Janagal, chairman, president Resham Lal Sidhu and general secretary Bikker Singh Natt.

On the occasion, Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial General Knowledge competition was held. The federation also awarded students who stood first, second and third of class VIII to XII. Studnets of different schools also presented a colourful cultural programme. "Yug Purush Dr Ambedkar award-2014" was given to renowned Dalit philosopher Ashok Bharti.



BHAVADHAS to celebrate golden jubilee on June 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
A state-level workers’ convention of Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BHAVADHAS) was held today at Kapoor Palace under the leadership of Ashwani Sahota, national director, BHAVADHAS.

On the occasion, religious guru Dr Dev Singh Advaiti, chief director of BHAVADHAS said the organisation will complete its 50 years on May 24. He appealed all to celebrate this day with deepmala, religious ceremonies and by distributing sweets. He said message of BHAVDHAS should be spread among masses.

Ashwani Sahota released two books written by religious guru Dr Dev Singh Advaiti. These included "Virat Ramayan Bhawan Kesariya (Bihar) and Shrimad Valmikiya Ramayan Bhawan Ayodhya (Utter Pradesh)". He said BHAVADHAS came into existence in Ludhiana city on May 24,1964. Its golden jubilee will be celebrated at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on June 1 and the function will be presided over by Dr Dev Singh Advaiti. The convention was attended by office bearers and members.



Children display art skills at mall
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
"Ludhiana Invincible Round Table" (LIRT 202) under the umbrella of Round Table India organised a charity art competition for the children of Ludhiana "Zindegi Ke Rang, Round Table Ke Sangh" here at Westend Mall today.

Sticking to its motto, "Freedom through Education" LIRT 202 and its members put in 6 months of hard work to make this event a success.

The event was inaugurated by the Deputy District Education Officer, Gurjot Singh who talked about the current problems with the drinking water and lack of infrastructure in many government schools of Ludhiana district. He also praised Round Table for this effort and helping thousands of children to get access to clean drinking water. The theme of the art competition was "Save water, Save Earth".

The event was judged by the panel including Ms Radhika Jaitwani (Social worker), Gurjot Singh (Deputy District Education Officer) and Jyoti (Renowned Art teacher).

Guest of Honour Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, praised the efforts of LIRT 202 and the talent of young kids. The winners of the competition under various categories were facilitated by an esteemed panel. After prize giving ceremony, chairman Nalin Mahajan congratulated the team of LIRT 202 for pulling off such a big event. LIRT 202 donated RO plants to government schools under project "Ek Boondh".



City bikers turn good Samaritans
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
Bikers of the city, owning expensive superbikes, continued their charitable run today by donating seven computers and a printer at the School for Deaf and Dumb Children on the Hambran Road. About 65 bikers from the city owning mostly Harley Davidson motorbikes reached the school and made the donation.

The bikers mostly comprising of industrialists belonged to Ludhiana while a few of them came from Jalandhar and Chandigarh.

Jasjeet Libra, one of the bikers, said, “Learning computers will not only make them computer literate, but will also help them find jobs. And finding a job in the mainstream means a world to them. This will help them in changing their lifestyle.”

Premod Dada, general secretary of the Ludhiana Educational Society that runs the school, said computers would be of immense help to the students of the school.

Dada said the deaf and dumb children though deprived of speaking and hearing capabilities, but are mentally sharp.

Children of the school presented a cultural programme and performed on Bollywood songs on the occasion.

“We have learnt that the school requires air conditioners for the computer lab and soon we will get them the AC’s as well,” Jasjeet added.



Campaign against drug addiction launched
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 18
Residents of Pohir village in Ludhiana district near here have launched a crusade against the menace of drug addiction and paddling of drugs and narcotics in the region.

Accusing certain social and political leaders of shielding drug paddlers, the crusaders threatened to organise protest marches if the administration did not initiate any action against the drug traffickers.

Residents, including men and women, besides youths marched through roads and streets of the Pohir village and surrounding localities. The marchers carried banners and placards exhibiting educative slogans on the causes and consequences of drug addiction.

They raised slogans against the drug peddlers and leaders shielding them.

Member SGPC Gurcharan Singh Grewal, Tapinder Singh Samra general secretary Sikh Students Federation (Grewal), Guri Samra, Balvir Singh and Rakesh Sharma led the crusaders.



Youth urged to preserve historic buildings
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 18
Feeling pride in being the owners of buildings constructed during pre-independence period, octogenarians of the town have urged the younger generations to preserve the historic importance of erstwhile Bahadurgarh locality now known as Bahrali Mandi (Outer Mandi).

Conceding the need of renovation of residential and commercial buildings situated in Chaura Bazar area, the enthusiasts argued that at least the year of construction scribed on the buildings should be retained.

Investigations revealed that a majority of the buildings situated in Chaura Bazar were constructed much before thirties and forties. While some of the owners had retained the year of construction scribed on the outer walls, others inadvertently removed the historic signs.

Sat Pal Aggarwal, patron of the Aggarwal Sabha, said he had advised the members of his family to preserve maximum possible originality of the building in which his parents had moved on the night of August 14 in 1947.

“Though I understand that the buildings require renovation and strengthening, still have asked my family to retain the year of construction scribed on the front wall,” said Sat Pal claiming that walls of the building were constructed with typical small bricks.

Rameshwar Sharma, a former teacher, another octogenarian informed that grandparents of Mela Ram Aggarwal led by Basanta Mal and Pirthi Chand were first to purchase a few shops in the Chaura Bazar in 1933.

These shops were later sold or presented to different families deciding to settle at local town. Harbhagat Singh Rasaldar, Ram Sarup Khajanachi and Bansi Mall were among pioneer settlers of the locality.

Recognising the importance of the area, Tarsem Lal Garg, patron Social Welfare Organisation, said efforts would be made to perpetuate memoirs of pre-independence period. Though, signboards of a majority of commercial organisations display Ahmedgarh as the name of locality, a gurdwara and a government primary school running from a building constructed in 1933 are still known as situated in Bahadurgarh, said Garg.



School Notes
Students excel

ludhiana: Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Gujjarkhan, excelled in the recently declared class XII results of Punjab School Education Board. In Commerce department Prabhjot Kaur, Manjit Singh got 82 per cent marks, Gurleen and Gurmeet Singh scored 78 per cent, Harjit Kaur and Gurdip Singh got 76 per cent and stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. In Arts stream, Amandeep Kaur and Jaswant Singh got 84 per cent, Sunaina Rani and Ashok Kumar got 82 per cent, Kajal Kumari and Ashok Kumar got 80 per cent marks and stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Gurvinder Singh Sarna congratulated the school principal Rajinder Kaur and all the staff members.

World Telecommunication Day celebrated

World Telecommunication Day organised by Ryan International School. Students made their own telephones with their creativity and had a telephonic conversation with each other. The students enjoyed this activity and at the same time enhanced their fluency, became more confident and skill proficient. Motivating the students. Principal Dr. Parveena John apreciated the efforts of students. Ryan International School, Dugri, also celebrated the day.

Hindi poem recitation

An inter-house hindi poem recitation competition was held at KVM School. The students recited various poems on different topics. Headmistress Namita Raj Singh presided over the programme and motivated the students to instill the spirit of patriotism. Kiran Chadha and Maninder Kaur were the judges. The results are as follows: Navya (1), Akshita (2) , Bhaveeka (3) while Harshita got an appreciation award.

No Tobacco Day celebrated

No Tobacco Day was celebrated at Baba Isher Singh (N) Public School. Students from classes VI to X participated in poster making competition. A jingle on saying no to tobacco was prepared by the students. A wave of the awareness was spread up by all the teachers. Principal Sarabjit Kaur Khattra gave speech on forbidding the use of drugs and tobacco.

Declamation contest

MGM Public School organised an inter-house English declamation contest. The students of four houses participated enthusiastically and delivered speeches with confidence and conviction. Principal Poonam Sharma felicitated the performances of the students. The winners were appreciated and awarded.

Dance competition

Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension (Primary Wing) organised a group dance competition for students of classes IV & V. Class V students presented folk dances and class IV students tapped their feet on the beats of western tunes. About 170 students participated in the event. Headmistress Dr. Harjit Kaur Dua expressed that such competitions develop aesthetic values in students and inspire them to work in unity.

Air Force base trip

Harvest International School organized a trip of students at Airforce Base, Halwara. Wing commander Manoj Kumar Labroo and his team welcomed the students. Students were enthralled at the sight of the biggest fighter plane, the awe-inspiring 21m long Sukhoi-30, weighing 33 tons. Students were excited to see around 25-30 jet fighters together. Seeing all the men alert and working with the jet planes taking off and landing, making almost unbearable sound..

‘Jubilant beginning’

Bal Bharati Public School organized an event “jubilant beginning” for the students of pre- nursery, mont-I and mont-II to explore great talent among little ones. About 280 students came clad in beautiful attires. The show was segregated into small portions so that they can get the space to express themselves. Tiny tots of pre- nursery excitedly took part in the event and showcased their amazing talent. — TNS



No time for throwing parties!

The president of the Sutlej Club, DC Rajat Aggarwal did a smart move by announcing the club's elections within a very short period. He did not give ample time to the contestants, their supporters to throw lavish parties, indulging in petty politics and mud-slinging. The members had not even thought that elections will be announced immediately once Lok Sabha election results declared. In fact, majority of the contestants were not geared-up for the contest. They virtually got 3-4 days' time to do the leg-work, reach out to members to support them. One of the old members of the club said, "These elections were held in most decent manner in past several years. Had these contestants been given time or opportunity, lakhs of rupees could have been wasted on organising parties to woo members. Besides, there is not much mud-slinging."

Extra vigilant

Although counting of votes for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat went off peacefully on May 16 on the PAU campus, the teaching and non-teaching staff of the varsity living inside the university had a harrowing experience throughout the day due to tight security arrangements. The campus was turned into a fortress; the overcautious security personnel perhaps overstepped their brief. Ban on entry of outsiders in the campus due to security reasons is quite understandable, and even warranted, but refusal to let in the domestic servants even when their employers-the faculty members and other PAU staff were ready to vouch for them, was a bit too much. Even as most of those living inside the PAU residential area chose to remain indoors, the police and security forces were so edgy that quite a few senior faculty members, having the university stickers on their vehicles, had to argue to gain entry inside the campus while returning to their houses. It was bit too much. Isn't it?

Green effect

All the counting centers established at various locations in PAU campus were neat and clean. But the counting centre of Ludhiana (East) was having an environmental touch. The tables kept for election staff were decked up with fresh rose flowers. However to guide the visitors for parking their vehicles at some other place, an eco-friendly method ‘notice board’ was used. A placard stating ‘No parking’ was hung with the stem of Bougainvillea plants outside Sukhdev Singh Bhawan. Indeed the message pleased every visitor.

High expectations

After the historic win of Narendra Modi now messages and status on social networking sites and apps are getting flashed. People are putting forward their aspirations from the new government. Some want the price of petrol to be decreased, homemakers want cheap grocery, some want free un-interrupted power supply, others want speedy justice. Among all these a tea stall vendor says he is sure the price of tea and sugar to come down so that tea stalls can flourish. Everybody is putting forward his demands and expectations from the new government. Let’s put our fingers crossed and hope the new government fulfills everybody’s desires.

Summer relief

Come summers, and it is time to consume more water. And to the parched residents the oval shapes dotting the roads, at the roadside stalls put up by local vendors are a boon on a hot afternoon. One of the residents said that these watermelons ( see pic) on the roads look like pieces of art and all the more beautiful as these not only beat the heat, but also quench the thirst and satisfy hunger during the hot afternoons. "If the Almighty has created the extreme weather conditions, He has also given the gifts to deal with these," said a resident.

Contributed by: Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh, Manav Mander



Ludhiana scan
Students get scholarships

A Learn to Lead Scholarship Test, 2014, was organized by UEI Global College, Ludhiana, to award scholarships and certificates to students who have appeared or passed Class XII board exams, with interest in professional and job oriented courses in Hotel Management and BBA. The event was presided over by Navneet Chitkara, director UEI Global College, while KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-secretary Punjab Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Cash prizes were given under the Learn to lead programme and scholarships worth Rs 4.15 lakh were given in hotel management and BBA courses in UEI Global, under the Kapil Dev Scholarship Programme by the Kapil Dev Foundation to 20 students. This was followed by a presentation by Navneet Chitkara on the importance of professional courses in changing the employability scenario of the youth of our country.

Parshu Ram Jayanti celebrated

Functions were organised at Shimlapuri and Dholewal to mark the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Parshu Ram. Speaking on the occasion, Senior Congress leader Krishan Kumar Bawa said now everyone should follow the path shown by Bhagwan Parshu Ram. "Our lives can be simpler if we all follow the righteous path shown by Bhagwan Parshu Ram from today onwards," he said. Meanwhile, Yuva Brahmin Sabha also celebrated Parshu Ram Jayanti at Shivpuri. The function started with a hawan followed by sankirtan.

Oral hygiene activity held

A tooth brush activity was organised in the kindergarten block of GMT Public School.The students of pre-nursery and UKG classes participated in the activity. The kids brought their tooth brush and toothpastes as a part of the activity. They brushed their teeth under the guidance of their teachers. The teachers guided the kids to brush twice a day to keep their teeth free from germs and cavities.Coordinator Sunita Pawar guided the students how to brush the teeth properly. All the teachers of the junior block motivated the students to keep a check on their cleaning habits. — TNS



Police seize fake paint
Factory owner held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
The city police today raided a factory unit and seized a huge quantity of counterfeit paint material being packaged in buckets of a known brand. The factory owner, Kapin Gupta, was arrested, following the raid.

The police raided Shri Jaggannath Paint Factory at Focal Point in the Dhandari area, following a complaint made by the chief investigator of Asian Paints, Yogesh Tomar. In all, 250 filled buckets and 500 empty buckets of Asian Paints were seized. Gupta has been booked for fraud besides under the sections of the copyright Act.

Tomar said the company had been receiving several complaints about counterfeit paint being supplied in the city market.

SHO, Focal Point, Gurmeet Singh said around 1,482 litres of paint had been seized. It is estimated be worth Rs 25 lakhs, as per market sources.

While the Focal Point police was quick to raid the place, the Sahnewal police, too, reached the spot, claiming the area fell under their jurisdiction.



Sub-Junior Punjab State Softball Tournament
City eves emerge champions
Beat Fazilka, boys’ team fails to overpower Fazilka in final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 18
Hosts Ludhiana romped home victorious to lift the title in the girls’ section of the 16th Sub-Junior Punjab State Softball Tournament at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The final between Ludhiana and Fazilka proved to be a mismatch, as local girls trounced their rivals 11-4 to lay their hands on the winners’ trophy.

Moga secured third position while Gurdaspur players had to content with fourth position. Pran Nath Passi, honorary secretary, Punjab Softball Association, congratulated the girls and their coach on this achievement.

The final in the boys’ section was also played between Ludhiana and Fazilka.

Turning the tables on the local players, Fazilka team won the match 9-4 to lift the trophy.

Amritsar and Bathinda secured second and third positions, respectively.



Tae kwon do: Students vie for top honours
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 18
Over 100 boys and girls drawn from as many as 13 schools and colleges of the district took part in the Fifth Ludhiana District Tae Kwon Do Championship under various age categories at Sri Hargobind Public School, Thakkarwal.

The meet was organised by the Ludhiana District Tae Kwon Do Association.


Junior boys (below 45 kg) Habib Ansari 1, Rohan Pathak 2, Dev Kumar and Gursimran 3; (45 to 48 kg) Ashok Verma 1, Subham 2, Rohit Kundal and Deepak 3; (48 to 51 kg) Amandeep Singh 1 and Sahil 2; (51 to 55 kg) Harmanjot Singh 1 and Rahul Kumar 2; (55 to 59 kg) Digin 1, Nitish 2 and Arun 3; (above 78 kg) Atish 1 and Deepak 2; junior girls (below 42 kg) Meenu 1 and Riya 2; (42 to 44 kg) Ushpal 1; (44 to 46 kg) Samridhi 1; (46 to 49 kg) Vanshika 1 and Chetna Dua 2; (49 to 52 kg) Jahnvi Bali 1; (55 to 59 kg) Dixita Kashyap 1; (59 to 63 kg) Kiran Mehnaz 1; (63 to 68 kg) Sarnima Poddar 1; (above 68 kg) Radhika Uppal 1 and Kiran 2; sub-junior boys (below 21 kg) Mann Saluja 1, Daksha 2, Aakash and Tezas Gupta 3; (21 to 23 kg) Aaksh 1, Arashdeep Singh 2 and Pratham 3; (25 to 27 kg) Maninder Singh 1, Prabhjot Singh 2, Dapinder Singh and Aayan 3; (27 to 29 kg) Abhi Grewal 1, Harkaran Singh 2, Rubalpreet Singh and Abhijot Singh 3; (29 to 32 kg) Rajat 1, Joginder Singh 2, Simrandeep Singh and Simran 3; (32 to 35 kg) Khushpreet Singh 1 and Pavesh 2; (35 to 38 kg) Simrandeep Singh 1, Shubham Sood 2, Gurjot Singh and Harkiranjot Singh 3; (41 to 44 kg) Gursimran Singh 1 and Kamaldeep Singh 2; sub-junior girls (18 to 20 kg) Samridhi Rana 1; (22 to 24 kg) Nancy 1 and Navya Jain 2; (24 to 26 kg) Manya Jain 1 and Navdeep Kaur 2; (26 to 29 kg) Hargun 1, Navya Jain 2 and Sanya 3; (29 to 32 kg) Hardeep Pal 1, Ojasvi Sharma 2 and Kamaljeet Kaur 3; (32 to 35 kg) Khushi Sharma 1, Gunjan 2 and Ena Gupta 3; (35 to 38 kg) Drishti Gupta 1 and Jasleen 2; ( 38 to 41 kg) Simran Madan 1, Ramya 2, Pawani and Dakshita 3.



district cricket team
Probables shortlisted for camp
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 18
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) held trials for selecting probables (under-25) for a coaching-cum-training camp prior to the final selection of the district squad for the upcoming Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association.

The selection panel watched the aspirants before shotlisting 23 of them at Arya College.

The probables include Gitnash Khera, Anil Sihag, Abhinav Bhatia, Sunny Pandey, Abhishek Talwar, Sandeep Singh, Ashish, Ankit Pursharthy, Davinder Sidhu, Deepak Bansal, Amritpal Singh, Paras Bhardwaj, Chirag Maria, Sukhjinder Singh, Rohan Mehra, Arjun Puri, Vaibhav Narang, Harry Prabh, Ripandeep, Talwinder Singh, Nirvair Singh, Nitish Malhotra and Amritprit.



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