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City students rule state merit list
Pupils of two local schools bag top four positions; seven city girls get top 10 ranks in state
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Students of two schools of the city brought laurels by bagging top four positions in the class X results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) which were declared today. Riya of RS Model Senior Secondary School Shastri Nagar topped the state by scoring 97.69% marks. Mahima Nagpal of the same school shared the second position in the state with Pankaj Mahajan from Gurdaspur district with 97.23%. Janatpreet Kaur of the same school bagged the third position by securing 96.92%. She shares this position with Gaganjot Kaur from Hoshiarpur, Lokesh Mahajan from Pathankot and Muskan Garg from Sangrur.

1) Teachers celebrate with Riya who has topped the PSEB class X examinations in the state.
2) Mahima, who has secured the second position in the state, with her family.
3) Jannatpreet, who has secured the third position in the state, with her family.
Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Vaishnavi of Nankana Sahib Model High School, Janata Nagar, got the 4th rank by scoring 96.77 marks.

Sixtyfour students, of 384 students from different schools of Ludhiana who took the examination, figure on the state merit list. Repeating the history, seven girl students from the city schools succeeded in getting top 10 ranks.

It was a jubilant moment for all the three toppers of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, the school management, teachers and parents.

Talking about her success, Riya said she was expecting the top position in the state as she studied hard during the examinations. She has opted for the non-medical stream and wants to become a computer engineer. Her mother Rupali Garg is a teacher in the same school.

Riya, who has lost her father Hameesh Garg, said: “I wish my father had been alive for the day.” Not only in studies, but Riya is also a good player and has participated in state-level softball competitions. She has won many painting competitions too.

For Mahima Nagpal, who has stood second on the state merit list, self-study is the way to success. The daughter of a scrap dealer, she wants to become a mathematics lecturer. She has opted for the non-medical stream in plus one. She gives credit of her success to her parents, Sanjeev Kumar Nagpal and Poonam Nagpal, and her schoolteachers.

Sharing her success mantra, Janatpreet Kaur, who has stood third on the state merit list, said she used to concentrate on class work and revise it at home. Janatpreet has also opted for the non-medical stream and is interested to pursue BSc (Agriculture) after senior secondary. She aims to become an IAS officer. Her father Jasbeer singh is a government employee and mother Manjeet Kaur a home maker. She sings “shabad” whenever she gets time.

Mohan Lal Kalra, principal of the school, said: “All the three students are very brilliant. They used to study in the same class and have always remained in the competition for the top three positions in class. I am thankful to my staff for always encouraging them to remain at the forefront.”

Apart from the top 4 position holders, Japsimran Kaur of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar, has got the 8th rank on the state merit list by securing 95.69% marks. Bhavika Kakar of the same school and Arashdeep Kaur of Nankana Sahib Model High School, Janata Nagar, have bagged the 10th rank by securing 95.85% marks. The students belong to middle class and lower middle class families.


Producing toppers a tradition with RS Model School
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Indeed, it was a big day for the management, teachers and students of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, three students which have bagged the top three positions in the PSEB class X examinations. Securing top ranks on the merit list has been a tradition with the school.

Mohan Lal Kalra, Principal of the school, states: “None of our students was able to make it to the state merit list before the nineties. We discussed as to how students of the school could get positions on the merit list. We visited several successful schools and studied their infrastructure, faculty and teaching techniques. Then we started following them”.

Maniderjeet Kaur, Vice-Principal, said: “We conduct admission tests before admitting students. We never compromise on academic standards. The class teachers observe every student closely. We further categorise them as per their ability and treat them accordingly. The help books (guides) are strictly banned in the school. Our teachers provide notes to the students. Our students prepare topics from postgraduation-level books. We motivate the students for self study and help them in group study.”

A few years ago, the school bagged 32 positions on the state merit.

“This is the first time when all the three top positions in the state have been secured by our students. It motivates us to do better,” said the Principal.



Inspector Union goes on strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Members of the Inspector 2010 Batch Union, Punjab (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs), went on a strike today in protest against the dismissal of two Inspectors. The union staged a dharna in front of the office of the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, Ludhiana.

Inspectors from both the food supplies offices, Ludhiana East and West, gathered at the Zone-D office, Sarabha Nagar, and expressed resentment against the dismissal of two inspectors. At around 11:30 am, the union decided to go on a strike. Although there was not much rush of visitors in the office, routine work suffered.

Saravdeep Singh Bedi, president of the union, alleged: “The Inspectors were dismissed on the whims of senior officials.

Even though they were given clean chit in an inquiry conducted by the Central Vigilance Committee of the department, they were severely punished.”

They union conveyed to the higher authorities that if they didn’t get a positive response by the evening, the entire inspector staff would go on mass leave on June 3 and 4. Bedi said: “If their demands are not considered, the union will proceed on indefinite strike from June 5 with the support of staff from all over Punjab.”

Sona Thind, District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, Ludhiana, said: “I have received their memorandum and will forward it to the Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Punjab, for further action.”



captain amarinder singh’s statement
Phoolka slams Congress
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Reacting on the statement of Captain Amarinder Singh that the Aam Aadmi Party is dominated by Naxalites, AAP leader HS Phoolka said it demonstrated frustration among the Congress leaders. Condemning the statement during a press conference, Phoolka said all leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab had a long-standing track record of social work.

“The Congress does not have any leader to match them with an equivalent record of social service and therefore they are leveling such malicious allegations,” said Phoolka.

“Dr Dharam Veer Gandhi has been rendering free medical service for almost forty years and Prof Sadhu Singh has been providing free tuitions to needy students for the past four decades,” said Phoolka.

He said Congress leaders should try and match this passion.

“I have also been in prison during student agitations in 1972. Now, Captain Amarinder Singh may start labeling me a Naxalite as well. His statement smacks of his feudal and regressive mindset. Congress as well as the SAD are scared of the Aam Aadmi Party and therefore are trying to target it,” he said.

HS Phoolka said that he was not interested in becoming the state convener of the party. He said AAP would decide the name of state convener and leader for Lok Sabha during Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Amritsar tomorrow.

AAP leader shares blueprint for cleaning Budha Nullah

During the press conference, Phoolka welcomed the slew of measures announced by the state government to clean Budha Nullah. However, taking the credit for the move, Phoolka said the government took this initiative after AAP declared that it would take up the issue of Budha Nullah on top priority.

Phoolka said: “Our experts have formulated a blueprint for the action to be taken. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to remove encroachments from the government land. Instead of targeting 100-year-old houses, the first priority of the MC should be to raze all encroachments on the stream’s embankment besides removing construction material and solid waste dumped into the stream.”

The AAP leader said the state government had been wasting public money in the absence of any concrete plan.

“According to the plan chalked out by our experts, Budha Nullah should have free flow of water, without any hindrance or encroachments; the entry point of pollutants should be checked and water should be released from the Chamkaur Sahib outlet gates into Budha Nullah on regular intervals. Also, the water should be collected in a manmade lake in the Sidhwan Bet area,” he said.

Phoolka said there was enough land available for developing the lake.

“This lake can be used for treating sewage by the natural method of circulation chambers, after which clean water can be transferred to a second lake. This clean water should be used for irrigation,” he said.

Clean and free flowing water in Budha Nullah should be used for water sports, said the AAP leader.



Ludhiana scan
Havan performed

For bringing peace to the departed souls and their kin, Action against Corruption, an organization, performed a havan on the accident prone elevated road in Ludhiana on Monday. Chandrkanth Chaddha, president, held Municipal Corporation authorities responsible for the fatal accidents and demanded that compensation be provided to the families of the deceased. The members of organisation said that steps should be taken to prevent accidents on the elevated road.

Martyrdom Day observed

Chabeel (sweet water) and Langar was organised at Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha market on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. President of the market, Jatinderpal Singh, said the need was that all should follow the path shown by the gurus and put the interests of the community before one’s personal interests.

Shops raided

Two shops were raided by drug inspectors at Kochar Market on Monday but not even a single banned drug was found. Aman, president of Retail Chemist Association, said that all chemists should unite together in the fight against drugs and should not keep banned drugs at the shops. “Everybody has to contribute in making Punjab a drug-free state,” added Aman.

Benches donated

Jasbir Singh Gill and NRI Welfare, Kurala, gave 25 benches to Government High School, Kheri-Chameri. Gill has studied from this school. Speaking on the occasion, he said that students would work hard to achieve their goals and he would continue to help the students.


The Ministry of Labour and Employment has nominated national president of the Federation of Association of India (FASII) as member building and construction committee of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation of India (EPFO). Gauri Kumar, secretary, Ministry of Labour, nominated Jindal for this post. Badish Jindal is only employers’ representative from India nominated for this post. The building and construction committee of EPFO consists of six members. This committee will examine about the proposals of acquiring/purchase of land and building along with construction of EPFO buildings/staff quarters/offices in India. This committee will also examine the technical feasibility and financial viability of the existing and new construction projects.


Baba Amarnath Langar Committee, Ludhiana, will be organising a bhandara from June 25 to July 27. The bhandara will be started after a hawan. Preparations for the bhandara are in full swing and those going for Amarnath Yatra can halt near Tajpur Chowk as langar will be served there.

Medical camp

A medical camp will be organised on June 8 by Dharampal Thakiyar Memorial Trust. The camp will be organised at Santoshi Mata Dharamshala from 10 am to 1 pm. Experts from different fields like ENT, dental, etc will be examining patients.

Memorandum submitted

Teachers of National Child Labour Project School on Monaday submitted a memorandum with the deputy commissioner complaining that they have not received salaries from the past one year. Meanwhile, students studying in nearly 40 schools have not received their stipends and contingency vocational from 2008-2011. Teachers said if they failed to receive their salaries within one week, they along with 2,000 students will gherao the deputy commissioner’s office.

Album launched

Nobel Mann, a singer, launched his new album at Ishmeet Singh Music Academy on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, singer Nobel Mann said he was hopeful that the audience would love all the songs in his album. — TNS



Better Ludhiana residents at risk
Contaminated water raises concern

With contaminated water being supplied to various parts of the city, residents are falling prey to diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and gastro. The Health Department organises medical camps, but these are of no help.

Contaminated water is being supplied to the city, but the Municipal Corporation is yet to act. Despite paying hefty bills, residents are made to drink dirty water. The residents should take care of their health and drink only boiled water.

— Vikas Kumar, MBA student

It is the right of every citizen to get safe and pure drinking water. The Municipal Corporation should disconnect illegal connections. Chlorination should be done throughout the year.

— Satnam Singh, property adviser

It is the duty of the MC to provide safe drinking water to residents. Cleanliness should be maintained in areas from where gastro and diarrhoea cases are reported every year.

— Arun Bansal, shopkeeper

Before the onset of summer, tubewells and pipes should be cleaned. Chlorination should be done. The authorities should ensure that contaminated water is not supplied to residents. Sensitive areas should be taken care of by the Municipal Corporation and the Health Department.

— Raj Kumar, Commissioner, resident

The civic body has failed to solve the problem. Awareness should be created among residents. They should be sensitised against such diseases. Cleanliness should be maintained in sensitive areas. The residents should launch drives.

— Manmohan Singh, shopkeeper

The Health Department should launch awareness programmes. Medical camps should be held on a regular basis. Contaminated water should not be supplied to the city. Water-borne diseases claim a number of lives every year, still the civic body does not act. Residents should keep their surroundings clean and check water stagnation.

— Navneet Kumar, marketing professional



Ahmedgarh residents pledge to adopt ‘social policing’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Residents of the area falling under jurisdiction of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts have vowed to adopt elements of ‘Dark Nights Calendar’ and ‘Social Policing’ in their routine life. Besides helping cops in surveillance during dark nights, unemployed youths would be prompted to work as watchmen in private organisations.

Initiative was taken following guidelines given by newly appointed commissioner of police, Ludhiana, Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal regarding the implementation of ‘Dark Nights Calendar’ in the department.

Residents led by social activists Paramdeep Singh Deepa and Kuldeep Singh came forward to join hands with constituents of the Dehlon police in implementation of the calendar, advocated by commissioner of police Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal.

The gesture besides frustrating anti-social elements which usually exploit darkness of days, preceding and following amavas, will help the cops rejuvenate during lighters days.

Framed calendars were being provided to all NGOs in the commissionerate for ready reference.

Appreciating gesture shown by the residents, Jaiswal said the calendar had been developed by formalising the ideas and beliefs prevalent in the suburban and agrarian society. “When people, including farmers and agricultural labourers, have been scheduling their chores according to the movement of the moon, all unformed forces should also plan surveillance according to lunar calendar,” Jaiswal said. He said studies had revealed that burglars had been active during these nights for obvious reasons.

Jaiswal said he had already advised his staff to arrange framed calendars which would be provided to all NGOs for ready reference.

Eight years ago, during his tenure as Senior Superintendent of Police at Ludhiana (Rural), Jaiswal had introduced the concept and desired results were achieved in discouraging anti-social elements who chose dark days for implementing their sinister designs.

Besides promoting CPO scheme, Jaiswal had then directed his men and the CPOs to be extra vigilant during four days preceding and equal number of days following ‘amavas’.

Both schemes were welcomed by residents of the region and cops as well as the scientific methods had yielded more productive results with less strenuous exercise.

“While the Dark Night Calendar scheme rejuvenated cops during light days, the CPO scheme besides replacing less reliable night watchmen with more professional and institutionalised security system curbed other petty crimes that owed their genesis in unemployment. The scheme had provided employment to those youths who otherwise would have fallen prey to various social evils,” said Deepa adding residents had decided to adopt elements of the scheme in daily life too. 



Ads add to woes of civic body, private companies
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The row over putting up advertisements in the city and generating revenue refuses to die down. While those using government land (MC) feel that they had been charged exorbitantly by the civic body, companies putting up advertisements in malls and multiplexes maintain that there can be no comparison between the two as those installing unipoles and hoardings on government land get a prominent display.

Shiv Shanti Prakash of Growing Concepts said it had become difficult to “survive”. He said he had grabbed a short-term advertisement tender at a rate of Rs 2.40 crore. “Those putting up advertisements at the malls and multiplexes are paying the MC Rs 5 per square feet whereas as per the advertising policy, it has been clearly mentioned that the malls and multiplexes can advertise just for the social and charitable cause, and not for commercial purposes. Information procured under the RTI Act stated that no prior permission had been given to the companies to put up advertisement on private buildings”, said Prakash.

Simranjit Singh Dhillon of Lead Ads, who has been accused of displaying advertisements at the malls and multiplexes, said, “We cannot afford to put up advertisements on government land. The person who got the short-term contract must be gaining much more as he is paying a hefty sum to the MC. These are private buildings and they have already paid taxes and land money to the government. As far as advertisement taxes are concerned, both are paying the same price to the MC”, said Dhillon, adding that their display was not illegal as everything had been approved in the Finance and Contracts Committee’s meeting.

An MC official said nobody was paying anything to the MC for putting up advertisements on private buildings. “The MC is suffering losses in terms of revenue as there is no framed policy,” said the official.

Controversial: Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwari claimed that as per the advertisement policy, the particular agency had been asked to pay taxes for three months. Following this, Senior Deputy Mayor RD Sharma said advertisements had been there for over a year and if the company had paid taxes, where was the rest of money? All agencies must pay taxes as per the framed policy,” said RD Sharma.

Remove illegal advertisements: Chairman of the Advertisement Advisory Committee Inder Aggarwal said none of the ad agencies had paid anything to the civic body. “We are not against anybody. A number of companies have put up illegal advertisements on malls/multiplexes. The MC must act against them. A policy should be framed, so that the MC does not suffer losses. Open bids should be invited for government/private land. Such contracts should be given for a year,” said Aggarwal.

Agencies into business

  • Silver Arc Advantage Media and 360 degrees advertisers
  • Bus Stand Advantage Media
  • Ansals Greenline
  • Boulevard Greenline
  • West-End Gorgeous/Lead Ads
  • MBD Lead Ads and another company
  • Flames Lead Ads



PUDA tries its fortune
To sell 8.18 acres on Ferozepur Road through public auction on June 24
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 2
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will make yet another attempt to sell a chunk of land measuring 8.18 acres on Ferozepur Road (a national highway), right in front of Mini-Secretariat, through a public auction on June 24. The land with a reserve price of Rs 415.71 crore had failed to attract even a single bidder when it was earlier offered for sale on February 17.

As far as the auction of the government land in the city under the optimum use of vacant government land policy goes, this will be the largest single chunk of land to be sold by PUDA or any other institution. The strategically located sprawling area was under the use of the Canal and Irrigation Department of Punjab for the past many decades.

According to the offer document, the freehold land could be put to commercial or group housing use, depending upon the development plans of a buyer. However, the ground coverage of 40 per cent and 30 per cent will be permissible in case of commercial or residential use, respectively.

The chunk of land proposed to be put under the hammer once again, will have floor area ratio (FAR) of 1:3 with unrestricted height subject to clearance by the Indian Air Force and construction of the basement will be allowed only in the parking zone of the multi-level parking.

The reserve price of the piece of land has been fixed at Rs 1.05 lakh per square yard (Rs 1,25,580 per square metre) and PUDA authorities are looking forward to rake in around Rs 1,000 crore if the turnout of bidders from the major business centres and metro cities is good.

The intending bidders will have to deposit an eligibility fee of Rs 5 crore before taking part in the auction proceedings. Possession of land will be given to the successful bidder on payment of 20 per cent of the total cost and first instalment will be payable after a period of two years. The site has also been exempted from licence under Section 44 of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, PUDA officials said.



Global Day of Parents: Better upbringing on their mind
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
With changing sociological dynamics, parents these days are becoming much more involved in upbringing of their children than yesteryears, according to experts. Whereas fathers used to be looked at as disciplinarians and distant, but fathers these days are deeply involved in bringing up their children. Thanks to smaller families, the involvement of parents in the upbringing of their children is much more nowadays. The disintegration of joint family system has also led to parents spending more time with their children.

City-based psychologist Dr Ravinder Kala says, “Parents these days are extra cautious to give better upbringing than they earlier used to.” Apart from the changing familial and social set up, the keenness is also because of increasing awareness about parenting, she said.

But a lot of parents make a mistake of projecting the children as their friends. She said the role of parents was to be a guide and a source of inspiration for the children. They have to show the right path to the children and set limits to what they would allow and what they wouldn’t, she said. They should focus on transmitting good values to children, she said.

Despite their keenness to do well for their children, parents even miss out on healthy communication with children. They should listen to their children more rather than being pushy, she says.

Dr Ravinder said parents should not express their problems, and difficulties they face in front of children, as the children look up to the parents as pillars of support and inspiration. “If they see parents fighting with each other or surrounded by difficulties, the children feel insecure and start depending on peer group more,” she said.

Expert’S take

Parents these days are extra cautious to give good upbringing to their children. Apart from the changing familial and social setup, the keenness is also because of increasing awareness about parenting.




An artistic affair this summer vacation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Playful Minds, an art and craft summer camp, is being organised at Gallery Artmosphere for children wanting to engage themselves in creative activities during the vacation. The camp that will run till June 12 will give the children, who are otherwise busy with studies, a chance to take up their hobbies and interests. Camp organisers Meenu Mahajan and Leena are fine art teachers.

“This is a perfect time for children to indulge in something creative. We will be teaching flower making, Madhubani painting, glass painting, coffee painting, best-out-of-waste and other arts at the summer camp,” said Meenu Mahajan.

Leena said the children will be trained in two separate groups: one for those in the age group of 5 to 12 years and the other for children above 13 years of age.

“Not only children, adults, too, have shown interest in joining the camp. Age is no barrier in learning something new,” said the organisers.

13-day camp begins

A 13-day summer camp commenced at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha. Students participated in a number of activities. The school authorities appreciated the students for taking part in the camp meant for their all-round development.


Various activities were organised during a summer camp at Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School. On its conclusion, items prepared by students were put on display during an exhibition. Students also exhibited their culinary skills.



His paintings speak a thousand words
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
An art exhibition was organised at MS Randhawa Art Gallery in Punjabi Bhawan today. Fifty works were put on display. Balwinder Singh from Khanna made a painting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Nargis Dutt. He said he admired Modi and his style of speech.

Amar Singh made a painting depicting women empowerment. The painting of a woman rising from volcano has a ‘trishul’ and is powerful while another below a hillock is all sitting in desperation and desolate state while snakes and claws near her and coming out of hillock depicted the negative elements of society working against women. “Women have to empower themselves and without fear unlock the feminine power against male chauvinism and malevolence,” said artist Hari Mohan, one of the organisers of the exhibition. He said the painting was a powerful depiction of womanhood.

Another artist Sonia Kumar’s painting depicted two paths of life one can choose from. From a child as one grows up, many run after money, accumulate great wealth, but in the rat race, through the symbol of sand slipping away from hands, she depicted that all would remain behind as the soul departs. The other path showed a person dressed in office suit meditating and finding joy as he depicted looking at the sky, he said.

Gopal Krishan Sharma’s painting showed love of Laila-Majnu. He said he liked to bring the folk stories through his paintings on canvas.



Traffic police get busy meeting targets
Deputed on poll duty, failed to collect compounding fee for two months
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
After successfully performing election duty, officers of the District Transport Office are now busy completing their monthly targets. To meet the target of collecting Rs 1 crore as compounding fee, officers are working overtime, setting up nakas at different places to check violators. District Transport Officer Anil Garg said: “For more than a month and a half, we were busy with election duties. So, the monthly targets of the department that we fulfil by collecting compounding fee are to be met yet.”

Compounding fee is the fine collected for releasing impounded vehicles.

An traffic police officer said: “We are working overtime. We attend to the public daily and then go to the field. At special nakas, we are checking all types of vehicles. We check for overloading besides seeing if the vehicle owner has all required documents. The vehicle is impounded in case the vehicle owner is found violating any rule. After receiving the compounding fee as per rules, we release the vehicle.”

In last financial year, the monthly compounding fee target was Rs 35 lakh. This year, it went up to Rs 50 lakh. As officers remained busy during elections, the target now stands at around Rs 1 crore.

Another officer said: “This is not an easy task. But we have to do it. For hours together, we have to stand on the roadside checking as many vehicles as possible.”



GADVASU students to get degrees on June 5
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is holding its thirteenth convocation on June 5. Dr KML Pathak, Deputy Director General, Animal Science, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, will be the chief guest at the event to be held at Pal Auditorium on the campus. Dr Pathak will also be delivering the convocation address.

College Dean Dr HS Sandhu said degrees will be conferred on 111 students, who have graduated in 2012 and 2013.

Three gold medals and a merit certificate will also be awarded to outstanding students.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr VK Taneja, stated in a release that the varsity students would not only prove to be thorough professionals in their areas of expertise, but will also be persons who value self-reliance and social commitment.

Fishery students protest

The students of Fishery College at GADVASU staged a protest on Ferozepur Road here today. The students raised slogans against the state government for not advertising jobs in the fishery sector.

As many as 12 students sat on a hunger strike in the evening, demanding recruitment of students.

Parm, a protesting student, said, “We are graduating in 10 days. What will we do with our degrees when our seniors are still without a job?”


Winged guests sweep nature lovers off their feet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Facebook and social media are turning into delight for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Many pages dedicated to the birds are constantly viewed and liked by city residents. Some pages such as “Birds of Punjab” and “Birds of Chandigarh” are raging popularity among nature enthusiasts and bird lovers.

Because of the popularity, some of the bird lovers have started clicking pictures of the birds and sharing on social media. This is driving the interest of people in birds.

“After looking at the Facebook pages and the enthusiasm of my friends for bird pictures, I have started loving the beauty, colour and diversity of the winged creatures,” said Sarabjit Singh, a resident.

As birds are at a distance, details of the structure of birds and the colourful plumes cannot be seen. “But the details are visible in close-up pictures of the birds. Even common birds look fascinating in pictures,” said Taranjit, another resident. “I have fallen in love with the birds,” he said.

There is immense variety and diversity of birds in Punjab and Ludhiana too. “I learnt about it only through social media,” said another resident.



Damaged road
Police fail to act on MC’s complaint
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Despite a letter sent by the Assistant Commissioner (Technical), Zone D, to the thana in-charge, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, no FIR has been lodged against a telecom company officials who dug a road in an “illegal” manner on April 14, causing financial loss to the MC and inconvenience to the public.

A resident, Sandeep Khaira, who procured information—under the RTI Act—on the pace of work on Pakhowal Road, said the municipal corporation official had written a letter to the police on April 15.

The MC stated that it had to bear losses as the stretch of newly furbished road had been damaged by the company. The police, however, have taken no action. The civic body, too, has failed to take any follow-up action.



Advocate booked for ‘hitting’ colleague
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A case under sections 323, 506 and 509 of the IPC and Section 3 of the SC, ST Act 1989 has been registered against an advocate for allegedly thrashing her colleague Rupina Mohini, who belongs to a Backward Class.

According to information, Mohini, a resident of Moti Nagar, alleged that she and Aman Sharma, advocate, shared the same chamber at the Mini-Secretariat here. On May 31, 2014, she was sitting in the chamber with one of her colleagues when Sharma entered the chamber and started hurling abuses at her.

In her complaint lodged with the Number 5 police station, Mohini alleged that Sharma lifted a chair and threw it at her. The chair hit her and she suffered injuries, she alleged. Mohini was taken to the Civil Hospital by her colleagues.



Dept to raise awareness on malaria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The Health Department is observing June as Anti-Malaria Month to raise awareness on the disease. Many programmes and workshops are planned for the month under the guidance of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.

Advocacy workshops will be held at the district, sub-division and block level. Awareness camps will be organised at all sub-centres and dispensaries.

Advocacy workshops will involve officials of the Education Department, Water and Sanitation Department, Canal Department, municipal corporation and municipal committees besides district development and panchayat officers and block development and panchayat officers. The emphasis will be on controlling the spread of malaria.

The Health Department has also started a helpline for addressing queries of residents. The helpline number is 0161-2444193.



Woman’s body found
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 2
The Machhiwara police recovered a body of a young woman lying in the bushes towards Garhi Bridge near Machhiwara. Some persons informed the police in the morning about a body of a woman lying near Garhi Bridge towards Powat Bridge. A police team reached the spot and found some injuries on the neck of the woman.

The police team did not found any identification proof from the body. The police said the woman must be around 26-27 years old and seemed to be newly married. As per police officials, the real cause of the death will be known only after the autopsy but death due to strangulation could not be ruled out. After getting information about the incident, SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal and DSP, Khanna, reached the spot and the body was sent for autopsy.

The woman was wearing a black lower and purple-coloured T-shirt. SSP Harsh Kumar Bansal said the body would be kept for three days for identification and they have informed all police stations in this regard. The SSP said the police were enquiring the matter and they had registered a case in this regard.



3 youths booked for brawl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A case has been registered against three cousins, who levelled allegations against each other and indulged in a brawl, in the Jawaddi area last evening. Inspector Arminder Singh said the case had been registered against Karamvir Singh Kavi, Tejinder Singh Raja and Sarabjit Singh under Sections 323/341/342/506/427/149 of the Indian Penal Code.

Arminder Singh said investigations were on and personal rivalry was being cited as the reason behind the brawl.

“It is learnt that the youths owe some money to each other. Last evening, they entered into an argument and started bashing up each other. We are recording statements of both the groups and action will be taken accordingly,” Arminder Singh stated.



Hockey festival
Ludhiana Sports Club in semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Ludhiana Sports Club warded off a stiff challenge from Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan, Jagraon, before coming out victorious 8-6 and booked a place in the semifinals during the ongoing Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival being held at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium in Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

The two teams were tied 4-4 at half time.

For the winners, Lovepreet Singh contributed three goals and Daljeet Singh added two goals to the tally while Baldeep Singh, Sukhpreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh scored one goal each to help their side to come out triumphant.

For Dolan outfit, Harpreet Singh and Harmeet Singh accounted for two goals each while Joga Singh and Kulwinder Singh pumped in one goal each.

In the second match, Akalgarh XI managed to scrape past Jagtar XI of Jarkhar 11-10 in a tie-breaker as the score board read 6-6 at the end of stipulated period.

However, Jagtar XI had already secured a place in the semifinals.

The third match was played between Friends Club of Doraha and Grewal Club of Kila Raipur in which the former emerged victors 3-1.

The winners were leading 2-0 at the breather.

For the winning side, Sukhjit Singh scored goals (fifth and 13th minutes) while Prem Singh sounded the board immediately in the second session while the lone goal for the losers came off Navjot Singh’s stick.

Jaswinder Singh Jassi, president, NSUI, Haryana, along with Bhupinder Singh Bath, Malkit Singh, member of the Block Samiti, Joginder Singh, Kanungo, and Baljinder Singh Threeke were the guests of honour.

The jubilant lot: For the winners, Lovepreet Singh contributed three goals and Daljeet Singh added two goals to the tally while Baldeep Singh, Sukhpreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh scored one goal each to help their side to come out triumphant.



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