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Babita tops the city with 98.2% marks
Tamanna, Kartik Sahi, Gursimran Singh win laurels in other streams of CBSE class XII examination
Tribune News Service

CBSE Class xii results out: Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana on Wednesday
CBSE Class xii results out: Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 28
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results of class XII today. Babita of BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, has topped the city by securing 98.2% marks in the commerce stream. While the boys outshone the girls in the medical and non-medical streams, the latter bagged top positions in the humanities and commerce streams.

In the humanities stream, Tamanna of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School Shastri Nagar has stood first in the city by securing 96.2% marks. Keyuri of the same school has stood second with 96%. Simran Sidhu of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, shared the second position with Keyuri. Anmol Kaur Rai of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has got the third position in the city with 95.8% marks.

Kartik Sahi of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, has secured the first position in the non-medical stream by securing 97.4% marks. Rohan Jain of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School has stood second by securing 97% marks. Parteek Chopra of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has bagged the third position with 96.8% marks.

In the commerce stream, Babita of BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, has bagged the first position in the city by securing 98.2% marks. Samridhi Goyal of BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector-32, has stood second in the city with 98% marks. Aatish Bhatia of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and Sahibjeet Singh of DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, share the third position with 97.8% marks.

Gursimran Singh of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, has bagged the first position in the medical stream with 97% marks. Mannat and Puneet of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, share the second position with 96.8% marks. Jasneet Singh of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and Pulkit of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School share the third position with 95.4% marks.

The students, who achieved top positions, distributed sweets and chocolates among their friends.

Toppers’ Take


98.2% commerce

seeks a job in the Reserve Bank of India. Her father Subash Kumar is a cycle parts manufacturer and mother Sharla Singla is an engineer. In class X, Babita got CGPA 9.6. She believes in hard work.

I did not get any coaching after school. I used to study more than five hours a day. Hard work is only way to success. I used to sleep only a few hours during the examinations.

Gursimran Singh

97% medical

wants to become a neurosurgeon. His father, Dr Paramjeet Singh, and mother, Dr Gurpreet Kaur, are general surgeons.

Self-study is my success funda. I think one has to study the whole year and never miss the class. During examinations, I only revised the syllabi.~

Kartik Sahi

97.4% non-medical

wants to become a computer engineer. His father, Dr Anil Sahi, is a physician and mother, Dr Vandana Sahi, is the Principal of a private school. Kartik got 256 marks in JEE (Mains) and has appeared for JEE (Advanced). Revision is Kartik's success mantra.

If students revise their class work at home, then there is no need to do extra studies to get good marks. I used to study with full concentration.


96.2% humanities

aspires to become an IAS officer. Her father Harminder Singh is a contractor and mother Jatinder Kaur runs an academy.

I never expected I would top the city in the humanities stream.


Cancer no drag on this aspiring lawyer
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Despite all odds, Navkaran Singh, a student at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has passed the plus two examinations of the CBSE with 83% marks in the non-medical stream. He has been battling hodgkin's lymphoma cancer for the past one year.

He has undergone eight chemotherapies since he was diagnosed with the cancer two years ago.

He left studies in the middle of plus one session. Navkaran is now perfectly fine and gives credit to the school authorities, who gave him chance to appear for the plus two examinations.

Navkarn said as his cancer was detected at a late stage, the survival chances were slim. So he took time to recover.

"It was curable. However, it took one year to recover from it. According to the doctor's advice, I couldn't go out. For the whole one year I had stayed put at home and did not touch books," he said.

"After recovering from the disease, I had appeared for the plus one examination but did not perform well. On my request, the school Principal, Dr Paramjeet Kaur, gave me a chance and promoted me to plus two. Now, I have secured 83% and am very satisfied," said Navkaran.

Navkaran feels he could have scored better if everything was fine.

"Now, everything is fine and I am planning to pursue law," he added.



Crackdown on drug peddlers
Police make hay while the sun shines
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Sanjiv Kalra, Commissioner of Police Ludhiana, May 15
In the crackdown on drug peddlers, the police have not only nabbed a majority of drug peddlers and addicts but they have also been able to solve many cases of snatching.

Commissioner of Police Sanjiv Kalra said: “It is a vicious circle. Addicts first start with stealing valuables, sometimes from their own houses. After some time, the craving for drugs grows and they become snatchers”.

The police have registered 64 cases and arrested 72 drug peddlers and addicts from May 18 to May 27.

The police found a majority of the persons arrested with drugs were also involved in snatchings.

The Police Commissioner said the police had launched a special drive against drug peddlers and appealed to residents to share information on the special helpline number (0161-2414927).

The six juveniles, who were arrested yesterday for committing highway robberies and thefts, were also drug addicts.

Sources said the police had adopted a novel way to keep a track of drug peddlers. After nabbing a peddler, the police scan the mobile phone details of the accused and keep a track on the people with whom the drug peddler was constantly in touch with.

The sources said recently, the Sahnewal police nabbed a drug peddler who had lured 60 persons into drug addiction in a few months. Some of them even started supplying drugs to their friends.

Tattoo shops, pool joints on police radar

A majority of arrested drug addicts wear tattoos. The police have not ruled out the involvement of some tattoo artists in the drug trade. Sources said Commissioner of Police Sanjiv Kalra had told the police to keep a check on snooker and pool joints. Besides, the police are also keeping a vigil at late night parties.



RK Jaiswal is the new Commissioner of Police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
RK Jaiswal has been posted as new Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana. He has served as AIG, Intelligence. He has served as Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, too and is familiar with the district.

Nilambri Jagdale will be the new Deputy Commissioner of Police, replacing Harsh Bansal, who has become the Khanna SSP.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police IV Swapan Sharma has been transferred to Fazilka as Senior Superintendent of Police. Ravcharan Singh Brar will be the SSP (Rural, Ludhiana).

The state government has reshuffled more than 14 SSPs and three commissioners across the state. The list of fresh postings was released this evening.



Ex-husband stabs woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
A 21-year-old woman was stabbed by her ex-husband in the Shiv Puri area here today. The victim has been identified as Puja. She had recently deserted her first husband Happy to marry Sonu. She has a one-year-old boy from her first marriage.

The incident took place in the evening when Happy barged into Puja's house and asked her to leave Sonu and start living with him (Happy) again. Puja's refusal angered Happy and he pulled out a knife and stabbed Puja repeatedly.

She raised the alarm. The local residents rushed to the spot and took Puja to the hospital. Happy fled the scene.

"How could I accompany him as I have now married to Sonu," said Puja, who is battling for life at a multi-specialty hospital. When Puja's second husband did not arrive at the hospital, the doctors expressed helplessness to initiating treatment.

A woman, who was accompanying the victim at the hospital, said she had called up 108 emergency ambulance service but they refused to ferry Puja.The police has registered a case and started investigation.



Councillors create a ruckus
Raise anti-government slogans, interrupt meeting, say were ‘ignored’ by authorities
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Independent councillors, including Jasbir Singh Jassa, Raghbir Singh Beera, Krishan Kharbanda (husband of councillor Anita Kharbanda) and Gurpreet Khurana raised "anti-government" slogans and interrupted a meeting on property tax at Circuit House this evening.

The meeting was chaired by the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, Ashok Gupta.

The councillors alleged that they were "ignored" by the authorities and were not informed about such an important meeting. They said they should have been informed as the residents in their areas, too, were affected by the property tax. As soon as the councillors raised the slogans, officials present at the meeting asked them to maintain calm and submit their suggestions so that those could be forwarded to the state government for consideration.

Due to lack of seating capacity and "poor" arrangements for those who were invited by the authorities, slogans were raised by representatives. Even leaders from Machhiwara and Khanna, belonging to the Akali Dal, raised slogans as they had to face "defeat" due to wrong policies of the "officials". The representatives from Machhiwara said collector rates in the area were too high. A majority of them demanded that the property tax should be scrapped at the earliest.

The Principal Secretary noted down all suggestions and complaints. He said he would take up the matter with the state government.

Among others present at the meeting were Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Commissioner Shruti Singh, Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia and Zonal Commissioner PS Ghuman.

Commenting on the "ruckus" created by the councillors, one of the officials said it was not a close-door meeting and the representatives from social organisations and business establishments were invited to get a feedback. "Councillors from no other party were invited, so how could they feel sidelined," asked the official.



Demolition of two houses at Rishi Nagar
Mayor marks inquiry to Commissioner
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Reacting to the "negligent" behaviour of officials responsible for the demolition of two houses at Rishi Nagar, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has shot off a letter to MC Commissioner Shruti Singh asking her to probe the matter within three days.

On learning that the houses were allotted to owners, the Mayor issued the directions.

"If the officials are found guilty, the expenses will be borne by them. Departmental action will also be taken against them," the Mayor said.

The Mayor also convened a meeting with the Congress and the BJP councillors. They told the Mayor that civic officials had also demolished boundary walls of certain plots in the same area and that the plots were allotted to possession holders by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

The councillors, including Hemraj Aggarwal, Balkar Singh, Gurdeep Neetu, Narinder Kala and Jaiprakash, said plots which were of no use to the MC should be given to persons on reasonable rates. "A policy should be formulated according to which the land of the MC, which was of no use, be given to the ones who were ready to pay for it. Parks cannot be developed on the plots," said the Congress councillors. The Mayor said before carrying out the drive in the city, the authorities needed to take him into confidence as it was mandatory. "The officials should speak to the authorities before carrying out such drives," he said.

After the demolition drive, the Congress councillors had met the Mayor saying they would resort to agitation, if a meeting was not held to discuss the issue.

Demolition drive put off

As police personnel were not available, the demolition of a part of the children's graveyard at Shivpuri had to be put off. Sources said one Satyapal had filed a writ in the court stating that he owned the land. Following this, the court had asked the civic body to get the encroachment removed from the land. "We want to carry out the drive in the presence of police officials as may face problems. The demolition has been postponed," said an official.



Things go off the track at city railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Despite suffering serious injuries while boarding trains from the wrong side at the railway station, passengers continue to jeopardise their lives. People board trains from the wrong side every day and the railway police and the authorities are yet to act. Passengers refrain from taking the foot overbridge and just get down at platform and cross the railway tracks to reach the other side.

As the railway police do not have a conspicuous presence at the station, people cross the tracks on foot with impunity. One of the passengers crossing the station on foot said he was unaware that a challan could be handed out to him if he crossed the lines. A senior citizen said challans should be immediately issued to the passengers and warning signages carrying dangers and regarding the challans should be installed at central places on platforms. Police personnel should be deployed at the station to check untoward incidents, he said.

A few passengers said the authorities should make seating arrangements.

“The passengers have to sit on floors," lamented a passenger.

"Ludhiana is one of the biggest railway stations in the state, but it lacks basic facilities," said Suresh Kumar, a resident. Sub-inspector Chamkaur Singh said raids were being conducted and 40 challans were issued this month.



world no tobacco day
Say no to tobacco products
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
With "No Tobacco Day" falling on May 31, the Health Department is all geared up to observe the day. Posters urging people not to smoke have been put up across the city by the District Tobacco Control Committee of the department.

District Health Officer Dr Abnash Kumar said 500 posters had been pasted across the city.

"The department is also conducting regular checks and raids to ensure that the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, is not violated," said the DHO.

For World No Tobacco Day, 2014, the World Health Organisation and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco.

City resident are not satisfied with the initiatives of the department. "The posters are small in size and fail to catch the sight of passersby. The posters should have been big in size and huge billboards should have been put at busy junctions of the city," said Kulwant Singh, a resident.

"Taxes on tobacco products should be raised to check its use," said Arun Kumar, a schoolteacher.

What is COTPA-2003?

The Act is applicable to all products containing tobacco in any form i.e. cigarettes, cigars, cheroots, bidis, gutka, pan masala (containing tobacco) khaini, mawa and mishri as detailed in the schedule.



New I-T forms yet to be made available
Some new columns were added to the form two months ago
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The newly notified Income Tax forms are yet to be made available to taxpayers. Only ITR-I, II and IVS are available at the department's web portal while the other forms are yet to be uploaded.

Some new columns have been added to the forms. The forms were notified two months ago.

Tejinder Singh, a taxpayer, said he went to the department, but the forms were not available.

"I need the form to apply for loan. Now, I will have to wait," he said.

General secretary of the Taxation Bar Association Jatinder Khurana said ITR-I, II and IVS forms were available online. "They are not available at the department. Those, who cannot access the Internet, are facing a tough time," he stated.

The last date for filing the forms is July 31, but those who wish to fill the return or need the papers for getting loan are facing a great difficulty.

"The department advocates to file the return on time to avoid the last-minute rush,"he said.

Officials of the department said the forms would be available shortly.



Highlighting ills of social media
Tribune News Service

The starcast of ‘Mundeyan To Bach Ke Rahin’ in Ludhiana
The starcast of ‘Mundeyan To Bach Ke Rahin’ in Ludhiana. Photo: inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 28
The starcast of Punjabi movie "Mundeyan To Bach Ke Rahin" was in the city. Roshan Prince, one of the lead actors, said the movie was youth oriented and entertaining. He said the movie was about two friends.

"They date and flirt with girls on social media. He said the names of their characters in the movie were Prince and Jassi. They meet Simran and fall in love with her. The movie also highlights the ills of social media," he said.

They promoted the movie at Silver Arc Mall. Fans were pleasantly surprised to see the actors.

He said the movie conveyed the message that youths should not misuse social media.

Prince, Jassi Gill, Simran Kaur Mundi and Bharti Singh promoted the movie.

They said it was fun to do the movie. The movie is scheduled to release on May 30. Shot at Nalagarh and Chandigarh, the movie is a blend of comedy and drama. The songs have been sung by Prince and Gill.



Basant Garg is new MC chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Basant Garg, an IAS officer of 2005 batch, is the new Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation. He has replaced Shruti Singh. Garg has served as the SDM of Muktsar and Ropar. Besides, he served as the Ferozepur ADC and was the first Deputy Commissioner of Fazilka.

Hailing from Muktsar, Garg is expected to join office tomorrow. Garg said his priority would be providing better facilities to residents. When asked if he would be able to tide over financial crisis, he said unless he joined the new assignment, he would not be able to comment on it. "I will have to see the working of the civic body and only then I will be able to comment on it," said Garg.



Bickering in Mahila Congress
Bittu backs Leena Taparia
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today came out openly in support of District (Urban) Mahila Congress chief Leena Taparia. He said Taparia had worked hard during the Lok Sabha poll campaign.

"We cannot ignore her hard work. No injustice should be done to her," said Bittu.

Taparia told The Tribune over the phone from Delhi that her meeting with the All-India Mahila Congress chief was "fruitful".

"I apprised her of the situation. I also explained to her how the District Mahila Congress had reached out to voters during the Lok Sabha poll campaign," she said.

Taparia said the National Mahila Congress chief had told her that the status quo would prevail.

"I have been told very clearly that any changes, if and when made, will be at all levels in the state Congress. As of now, there is no change in the Mahila Congress leadership at the district level," she said over the phone.

Workers demand Dewan's removal

Meanwhile, a section of the Congress workers and some Youth Congress workers today demanded that the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), chief Pawan Dewan be removed from his post. They alleged that Dewan had failed to discharge his duty as the district chief during the election campaign. They also charged Dewan with ignoring the party workers.

Dewan, when contacted, said the workers have never been ignored by the district panel.

"All party leaders and workers in Ludhiana worked hard during the elections. That is why Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu won from the Ludhiana constituency. It was a united effort," he said

Commenting on factionalism in the Congress, he said the party stood united.



proposed food park at ladhowal
Food processing industry to get fillip
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The state government's proposal to set up a food park at Ladhowal is expected to give a major fillip to city's food processing industry. Simultaneously, it will also give a boost to state’s crop diversification programme, according to the stakeholders.

According to the industry estimates, at present 20 to 25 per cent of fruits, vegetables and milk are processed in the northern region. Also, in comparison to other regions of the country, the North has been showing a much higher growth in the consumption of processed food, fruit and milk products.

"The trend of consumption of bread, biscuits, canned juices, packed milk and milk products besides processed vegetables, even in small towns, is significantly higher in North India than in the southern or northeastern region. The food park will give a boost to the industry," said Shekhar Kumar, who is engaged in food processing industry.

Mega Food Park at Ladowal will be set up over an area of 100 acres and the total cost of this project is estimated to be around Rs 150 crore.

Jagtar Singh, a farmer from Dhandra village, said the proposed food park will not only help food processing industry, but will also help farmers in crop diversification.

"Today, farmers have shifted from the routine wheat and paddy crops. Farmers from the region are diversifying their produce, which is being used by multinational chains and food processing companies. With this park, we will get clients on our doorstep. The proposal of setting up a food park will do wonders both for the agriculture and farming sector," he said.



Cops continue crusade against drug peddlers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 28
With the police having initiated an all-time intensive battle against drug addiction, drug peddlers, couriers and addicts are on the run. Even political leaders, including supporters of various contestants of the recent Lok Sabha elections, who were earlier accused of shielding peddlers, have started showing helplessness in interfering in the police action.

On the other hand, beat officers have been advised to rope in office-bearers and activists of social and political organisations of their respective areas in the crusade against the peril.

Investigations revealed that anti-social elements, who had been facilitating supply of drugs and narcotics among addicts for years, had gone underground after the recent coordinated movement was launched by the police against the peril.

However, the police is leaving no stone unturned in identifying addicts and drug peddlers involved in the illicit trade. Chemists and druggists are among those feeling the heat.

Insiders say rank and file in the Police Department had been asked to ensure that illegal activity concerned with drugs and narcotics do not takes place in areas falling under their jurisdiction.

Though the police had initiated a fight against the drug addiction long before, announcement of movements against the alleged state-sponsored drug peddling by organisations, including the Aam Aadmi Party, acted as a catalyst to intensify the crusade.

SHOs and beat in charges have been directed not to relax till all peddlers and couriers of their areas are booked and nabbed.

The local police, led by SHO Harvinder Pal Singh, had nabbed Navjot Singh of Butahri with 1 gm of smack while Hardeep Singh of Sayan was nabbed with 110 gm of narcotics powder by the Dehlon police.

Cops supervised by DSP Raikot Satnam Singh Bains undertook the combing operation for searching banned products and vehicles used in the crime. Abodes of labourers, brick-kiln workers and tube well room were searched by police personnel, including Nirmal Singh, Nidhan Singh and Balaur Singh, in charges of various beats.

Showing satisfaction over the outcome of the movement, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand, Amargarh DSP Gurmit Singh and Payal DSP Balwinder Singh Bhikhi said beat in charges had succeeded in roping in office-bearers of organisations of their respective areas in the fight against the peril, which had since emerged as a cause for all social evils.



Cycling with a mission
Tribune News Service

Bhausaheb Bhawar with his cycle in Ludhiana
Bhausaheb Bhawar with his cycle in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 28
Bhausaheb Bhawar (41) from Maharashtra is travelling across the country on a bicycle for spreading awareness against social evils like dowry and female foeticide. He said he had been cycling since 2007 and travels to various places with messages creating awareness against these.

Bhawar said this was his way of fighting the evils and bringing about awareness about the evils. This is all he does for a living.

He travels 40 to 50 kilometers a day and has been to all states, he said,

"I always tells everyone to fight against such evils and respect women," Bhawar said, adding that disrespect for women was a sign of deterioration of society and the only way for its betterment was respect and equality for women.

This is his second tour of the country on a bicycle. He went on such a tour in 1993 as well."I depend on the goodwill gestures of some people who also believe in this cause," he said.

Bhawar said he loves cycling but his passion for eradicating the social evils keeps him going.



Industrialists meet Union Minister

Ludhiana, May 28
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASCII) attended the taking-over ceremony of the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra, today. City-based FASII national president Badish Jindal, along with a delegation of the federation, congratulated Mishra during the ceremony at the Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi.

Jindal, reportedly, apprised the Minister of rampant corruption that was obstructing the growth of micro and small enterprises in the country.

The two also discussed difficulties being faced by the enterprises in availing themselves of the various government schemes such as Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme, Cluster Development Scheme, Credit Guarantee Scheme and Marketing Assistance Scheme, said the federation representatives. Kalraj Mishra, reportedly, appreciated the working of the federation and instructed the ministerial officers to interact with the federation at regular intervals. — TNS



SDM urged to remove encroachments
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 28
The panchayat of Galib Khurd village near here has approached the Sub-Judicial Magistrate (SDM), Jagraon, Apneet Rayat, and sought the removal of illegal encroachments made by some villagers alongside the road approaching the cremation ground of the village.

The panchayat has lodged a complaint with the SDM alleging that some villagers have made these illegal encroachments due to which residents have been facing a lot of problems.

In the complaint, the panchayat members have also mentioned that the panchayat had passed a resolution in the first week of March and then requested the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Jagraon, to take action for the removal of illegal encroachments on the government land.

Members of the panchayat said despite repeated requests by the panchayat, the BDPO took no action.

"We passed a resolution on March 4 and then requested the BDPO for the removal of the encroachments. A time of over two months have passed, but nothing has been done," said Baljit Kaur, the sarpanch of the village.

"The residents have been facing difficulties during cremations," said Baljinder Singh, a member of the panchayat. The SDM confirmed of receiving a complaint from the panchayat regarding the illegal encroachments.

"We have already issued instructions to the BDPO to look into the matter and take an appropriate action," the SDM said.



Fire breaks out at AC market
Tribune News Service

The shop that caught fire in Ludhiana on Wednesday evening
The shop that caught fire in Ludhiana on Wednesday evening. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 28
Fire broke out at the AC Market in Bhadaur House here late this evening. No casualty was reported. However, fire-tenders faced difficulties in reaching the spot as there was no way. A short circuit is said to be the reason for fire.

As per information, the fire broke out at Crazy Boys - a readymade showroom on the E-Floor of the AC Market, after its owners went home for the day. Fire tender was informed about the incident. But as soon as fire tenders reached near the spot, there was no way to enter its premises. Fire fighters had to park the vehicle quite far and with the help of huge pipes, the fire was doused.

Amrinder Singh (name changed), a shopkeeper, said it could have been fatal if fire had spread. "No shopkeeper has installed fire extinguishers. Today’s incident is a lesson for us. We need to do something to avoid such incidents. The authorities need to act tough and ask commercial establishments to install fire extinguishers," the shopkeeper added.



Youth told to shun drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The Youth Services Department and Punjab State AIDS Control Society conducted an awareness workshop on AIDS and drug abuse at Dholanwal village. Assistant Director, Youth Services, Ludhiana, Davinder Singh Lotey urged the youth to shun drugs.

Villagers were explained the causes of AIDS and how it weakened the immune system. People were motivated to donate blood to save precious lives.

"Youth is the future of the country. No country can progress until the youngsters stay away from drugs and remain healthy,” said Lotey.





Fruit day

Ludhiana: Blossoms Convent School, near Jagraon, celebrated Fruit Day. Students of the junior wing brought fruits such as melons, watermelons and mangoes in their lunch boxes and enjoyed these “summer” delicacies. School principal Amarjit Kaur Naaz told the students the importance of eating fruits in scorching heat.

Students take part in a “kavi sammelan” at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana
Students take part in a “kavi sammelan” at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Poetry session

Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised a “kavi sammelan” for the senior section. Around 30 students from Classes VI to XII took part in the competition. All participants recited poems on a variety of topics that covered human relationships, social evils and other issues.


Ram Lal Bhasin Public School is organising “Blooming Kids Carnival” for students. Children from Montessori wing to Class XI are taking part in this six-day carnival that will end on May 31. Activities such as pool party, dance, judo, karate, skating, music, best-out-of-waste, fabric painting, mask making and craft work are being organised.

Eye camp

An eye camp was organised at Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy. Eye surgeon Dr AK Bhandari and his team examined students of Classes VI to XII. Highlighting the need to have a healing vision, tips on eye care, role of diet and healthy lifestyle besides the importance of regular check-ups were discussed.

Pool party

ABC Montessori, Basant Avenue, organised a pool party for the tiny tots before they leave for summer vacations. Children had fun playing games in the pool that gave them a respite from scorching heat. Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri, too hosted a pool party for children. To beat the summer heat, the tiny tots took a dip in the pool.

Shabad gayan

Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School brought laurels at a shabad gayan competition held at Guru Amar Dass Public School, Jalandhar. The students participated in both the junior and senior categories, winning two top positions besides a consolation prize.

Fun games

New GMT Public School organised fun games on its premises. Students enjoyed games such as balloon race, three-legged race, 50-m race, kho-kho and relay race durng the event. — TNS




SAD leader congratulates Harsimrat

SAD leader Neelam Kohli has congratulated Harsimrat Kaur Badal on her induction as the Food Processing Minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Kohli said it was a matter of pride that Harsimrat had made it to the cabinet with her hard work. Kohli, who had quit the Congress in March to join the SAD, said she had no regrets about her decision. "I'm happy that I joined the SAD. I will never return to the Congress. The Congress failed to give me my due,” she added.

ADC (D) oversees DC's work

In order to deliver hassle-free services to people, Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Isha Kalia is at present discharging the duties as the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ludhiana, while DC Rajat Aggarwal has been on leave from some time. "The DC is on leave till June 1 and his leave has already been sanctioned by the competent authority. In the absence of the DC, the entire administrative work is overseen by me," said Kalia.

New album

Singers Gurnoor and Maahi Maan are coming up with a new album 'Supne'. Speaking about the album, Maahi said she was sure that their album would make a mark in the Punjabi singing industry. Pargat Singh and Shamsher Sandhu has written songs for the album.

Workshop for doctors

AK Clinic recently held a workshop for doctors on the Role of platelet-rich plasma in hair restoration. It was attended by 10 dermatologists from across the state. It was the second workshop held in a series for teaching PRP at the clinic. Dr Aman Dua, a dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon, said that platelet-rich plasma was the latest non-surgical treatment being given for hair fall and hair thinning in both men and women. The delegates were also shown live PRP extraction and in-vivo administration.

BSP meeting

A meeting of the missionary workers of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was held here on Wednesday during which the party workers discussed the reasons behind the party's defeat in the recent LS elections. Ramanjit Lali while addressing the meeting said the party need to revamp itself after the elections since party workers and Dalits have lost faith in the party. — TNS



Poppy husk, illicit liquor seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 28
Continuing its drive against the drug peddlers active in the area, the Jagraon police have arrested two more alleged drug peddlers and seized 25 kg of poppy husk and 12 boxes of illicit liquor.

The accused have been identified as Baljinder Singh, a resident of Bhamipura and Taranvir Singh alias Manna, a resident of the Agwar Khuawaja Baju area here. The police seized the poppy husk from Baljinder while Taranvir was arrested with the illicit liquor.

As per information, both accused were arrested by police teams from the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), Jagraon.

Giving the details, CIA Staff, Jagraon, In charge, Inspector Ramaninder Singh, said the first accused was arrested by a police team following a tip off.

"The police had received a secret information that a suspected drug peddler has been seen near the Kothe Khajuran area on the outskirts of Jagraon. Immediately, a police team, led by ASI Manjit Singh, conducted a raid at the place and nabbed the accused. The police have seized 25 kg of poppy husk from the accused," said Inspector Ramaninder.

In a separate case, a police team, led by Head Constable Randhir Singh, arrested Taranvir of Agwar Khuawaja Baju and seized 12 boxes of illicit liquor from him.

The police have registered a case against Baljinder under the NDPS Act at the Jagraon City police station. A separate case has been registered against Taranvir at the Jagraon City police station under the Excise Act.

Later, the police produced Baljinder in a local court which sent him to a one-day police remand. Meanwhile, Taranvir was released on bail.



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