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Public feels heat as buses go off road
Show-cause notice to manager for making changes in new software without permission
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Thousands of passengers had to suffer as around 60 buses of City Bus Service stayed off the road today. Stringent measures employed by the authorities to curb corrupt practices have not gone down well with the conductors. The authorities have made changes in the software to check overcharging by conductors.

The Manager of City Bus Service, Baljit Singh, has been served a show-cause notice by higher officials for not seeking their permission before making amendments to the software, which have been opposed by the conductors.

“No doubt, this will keep a tab on the conductors and they cannot dupe the authorities. But, we could have been intimated before making changes in the software, so that the public could have been spared unnecessary inconvenience caused by the strike,” said Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation.

The Additional Commissioner said the strike was uncalled for as passengers had to face lot of inconvenience. “Had we been informed about the amendments made to the software in advance, we could have convinced the conductors in a better way and the strike could have been avoided,” she said.

Meanwhile, the residents had a tough time finding alternative mode of transport such as auto-rickshaws and rickshaws in the scorching heat. Meera, a domestic help, said she daily boarded a bus from Dugri to the Civil Lines but today she had to hire two auto-rickshaws to reach the work place. “The auto-rickshaw drivers charge higher rates than bus fares. The government should make sure that we do not face such problems,” said Meera.

Around 117 conductors are against certain changes in the software. A total of 60 city buses daily ferry around 32,000 passengers.


The Manager of City Bus Service, Baljit Singh, said the conductors never approved of strictness. “They want to dupe the authorities by overcharging passengers, which is not acceptable,” he said. When asked why a show cause notice had been served on him, Baljit Singh said he was not aware of it. “The authorities were informed about everything,” he claimed.


PUDA sells five commercial sites for Rs 1.08 crore
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) sold five commercial sites for shops in pocket I and II of the Old Jail Road scheme for Rs 1.08 crore through a public auction today. The shop sites were sold at a premium of some 28 per cent over their reserve price of Rs 84 lakh.

PUDA Estate Officer Jaswinder Naphra, who conducted the auction with Additional Chief Administrator Kuldip Singh and other officials, said the highest bid of Rs 1,14,000 per square metre was offered for a site against its reserve price of Rs 60,510 while the lowest successful bid was Rs 67,600 per square metre. Each shop has a floor area of 27.87 square metres.

Nearly 12 bidders took part in the auction after depositing eligibility fee of Rs 1 lakh for the SCO sites and Rs 50,000 for the shop/booth sites.

There being two bidders each for the SCOs and booths, the offer was withdrawn as a minimum three bidders were required to conduct the auction.

PUDA had made an offer to sell through public auction 58 commercial sites in all, which included four shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and 18 shops on Old Jail Road, 15 SCOs and a similar number of shops in Old District Courts and six booths in Old Tehsil, Payal.

The successful bidders for shop sites were required to make a payment of 10 per cent of the total cost at the fall of the hammer, and another 15 per cent of the bid amount within 30 days from the date of auction. While the buyers would be entitled to take possession of the sites on a payment of 25 per cent of the total cost, the balance amount of 75 per cent can either be paid in four equated yearly instalments with 12 per cent interest or in lump sum without interest within 60 days from the date of issue of allotment letter with a rebate of 10 per cent.

Offer for SCOs, booths withdrawn

There being two bidders each for the SCOs and booths, the offer was withdrawn as a minimum three bidders were required to conduct the auction.



Illegal change of land use
Notices to 25 defaulters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Waking from a deep slumber, the Municipal Corporation today served notices on 25 defaulters in F-Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. They have “illegally” converted their shop-cum-flats into larger commercial establishments. One of the defaulters is a blood relation of a serving Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, who had rented out the premises to a leading private company.

The notices have been served following a writ petition filed by RTI activists Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, pointing out violations of building bylaws in around four major areas of the city.

The MC has given the owners three days’ time to explain their position, following which action will be taken accordingly. There are 42 such violators in the same area and the remaining will be served notices in the coming days.

One of the buildings belongs to a relative of a Joint Commissioner, MC. The owner has “illegally” converted the shop-cum-flat into a commercial hub. The conversion was carried out without taking permission for change of land use.

The RTI activists have also filed a complaint to the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, against illegal change of land use in Model Town, Rishi Valmiki Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

MC officials kin among violators

One of the buildings belongs to the relative of a Joint Commissioner of the MC. He has “illegally” converted the SCF into a commercial hub. The conversion was carried out without taking permission for change of land use.



Woman’s purse snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
A motorcycle-borne youth snatched a purse containing Rs 5,000, medicine and a mobile phone from a woman. The complainant, Harpreet Kaur of Maya Nagar, said the incident took place at Guru Tegh Badahur Hospital yesterday afternoon.

She said while she was buying medicine from a chemist, a motorcycle-borne youth came from behind and snatched her purse.

The police have registered a case and started investigation.



Five child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Child Labour Task Force rescued five child labourers from a factory here today. Mohit Singla, Assistant Director (Factories), Labour Department, said: “The Labour Department is celebrating Child Labour Week from June 9 to 15. Three teams have been constituted for conducting raids at different places to rescue child labourers.

A team, led by Jatinder Singh Bhatti, Deputy Director (Factories), raided Bhola Products, Janta Nagar, and rescued five child labourers who were packaging bicycle bells.

The team included representatives of the Health Department, Education Department, Child Welfare and Security Department, etc. The children were examined by a physician and handed to the Child Welfare Committee. They will be sent to a children’s home.



Dana Mandi godown destroyed in fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
A fire broke out at a godown near Dana Mandi on the Jalandhar bypass this afternoon. Four fire brigades put out the fire in about two and a half hours. A short-circuit was cited as the reason of the fire.

The Fire Department was informed about the incident at around 3:10 pm and the fire brigades were rushed to the spot. It was a godown where empty wooden boxes (in which fruits are packaged) were kept. One of the attendants at the fire station said the firefighters doused the fire at around 5:40 pm but the teams were yet to return. He said he got this information from the firegighters who were fighting the fire at Dana Mandi.

More than six incidents of fire had taken place in the city in the last about two months. Most government offices, commercial establishments, hotels, hospitals, schools, colleges and shops in congested markets are ill-equipped to deal with fires. Fires are common in the city during such extreme weather conditions.



This summer, be healthwise prosperous
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
As the city is in the throes of summer, residents are complaining of headache, nausea, fever and loss of appetite. “Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet,” said an expert. Dr Aneesh Chopra, gastroenterologist and hepatologist, said, “As the days are hot and humid, one must take tiny meals and increase fluid intake. Junk should be avoided. Food prepared at roadside eateries is unhygienic.”

Ayurvedacharya Dr Ravinder Vatsayan said, “Prefer eating home made food and avoid cut fruit.”

He said the food should be light and easily digestible. One should have lassi, butter milk, sharbat (thhandai) and avoid aerated drinks. One can beat the heat with lemonade. Not many prefer drinking lassi, but one must not forget that it is purifier. One should shower at least twice a day. “Gond-kateera” should be taken once a week. Seasonal fruits are the best to keep oneself hydrated as well as energetic. These include melon, water melon, plum, cherry and mango. Not only youngsters, but children too should take care of their health. Rajinder Gulati a pediatrician at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, “Children should also be given home cooked food. Soft drinks should not be given to the children and newborns should be given mother’s milk. The children should not be allowed to play in the scorchjing heat.”



Time to protect kids from heat effects
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
City is sizzling at 47 degrees and extreme heat can be dangerous for children, especially for infants. Summers bring along a host of diseases with it. Heat illness includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, fainting, heat edema (swelling of the hands, feet and ankles), heat rash (prickly heat) and heat cramps (muscle cramps).

They are mainly caused by over exposure to heat or over exertion in heat, and if not prevented, can lead to long-term health problems and even death.

“Heat stroke can prove fatal for kids. Parents should ensure that kids do not move out too much in the sun and keep them hydrated. As the summer season advances, diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, jaundice and typhoid are on the rise as the conditions are optimum for virus and bacterial growth,” said Dr Rajiv Khanna, a paediatrician.

Though there are varied effects of summer heat, it mainly affects the skin. Hence, skin care is also very important in summer. Suffocation will be high in summer resulting in the oozing of fluids from the skin. It will be profoundly seen in the people with acne.

“There are more chances of skin problems to occur in this season. The commonly seen skin problems in this season are skin bubbles, pimples (acne), rosacea, tanning or sun burns, infections, pre-cancerous or cancerous diseases,” a city-based dermatologist said.

Skin bubbles are found in children. They are seen on the back and chest. Though they are not so dangerous, they cause immense pain. Small precautions such as bathing daily and keeping the skin dry can prevent the problem.

Warning bells

  • Change of behaviour (sleepiness or temper tantrums)
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Extreme thirst
  • Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine

Note: If you see any of these signs during extreme heat, immediately take the child to a cool place and give liquids.


  • Keep your child hydrated
  • Give him plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before he feels thirsty
  • Make it fun: Leave a colourful glass by the sink and remind your child to drink water after every hand wash
  • Make it tasty: Flavouring water with natural fruit juice may make it more appealing
  • Make it healthy: Provide extra fruits and vegetables as they have high water content
  • Make it routine: Encourage your child to drink water before and after physical activities



Save eyes from summer shine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Summer has all the factors that can adversely affect the eye and cause vision problems. Eyes are more prone to get infected during summer, which in turn can lead to various eye disorders.

Dr Sumeet Chopra, associate professor of Opthalmaology at DMCH, said, “Allergic disorders of the eye increase during summer. Increased temperature and pollution makes one (especially children) prone to eye allergies, which can cause itching and redness along with a burning sensation,” he said.

Conjunctivitis is also common during summer. It is characterised by redness of eyes, pricking sensation, discharge and watering in eyes. Immediate treatment is important as it will prevent the spread of infection to other people and worsening of the eye condition, Dr Chopra advised.

Eye check-up camp held

Meanwhile, DMCH organised a free eye check-up camp at Santoshi Mata Mandir, Chander Nagar, along with Baba Lal Dyal Sabha.

More than 180 patients were examined free of cost. Medicines were given free. Thirty patients were advised cataract surgery. Cataract surgery by Phako technique will be performed on needy patients at highly concessional rates at DMCH.



Dial 1073 for traffic woes: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
DC Rajat Aggarwal has appealed to the public that in case they come across any problem or complaint related to traffic, they should make full use of toll free number 1073 so that problems related to traffic could be redressed and there could be smooth flow of traffic in the city.

He said this while presiding over the meeting of District Road Safety Committee here today

He instructed traffic police to ensure that any compliant on the toll free numbers should be redressed properly. He said he will cross check this number at his own to see whether the complaints are being redressed or not.

Aggarwal said that to check road accidents it is mandatory to install reflectors on commercial vehicles. He appealed the devotees that while serving ‘chabeel’ to the commuters, they should also install reflectors on the tractor trolleys and commercial vehicles. He also appealed the NGOs to adopt villages for this purpose. DC instructed the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana to get the roads marked where so ever marking is missing.

He said it has been observed that after 9 pm commuters don’t bother about traffic lights. He asked the traffic police to check the practice. He said that school buses, auto rickshaws and other commercial vehicles should not be given the permission of overloading at any cost. Usage of pressure horns should be completely banned in the city. He instructed the Municipal Corporation to display traffic diversion board and get the traffic lights rectified where so ever it is necessary.

He also instructed District Transport officer Anil Garg and Traffic police to ensure that each vehicle should be carrying the number plate. During the meeting PSPCL was instructed to remove the electricity polls installed amidst the roads at the earliest. While Excise and Taxation department was asked to check the all the liquor vends on roadsides should follow the required rules.

Some NGOs brought it in the notice of DC that traffic police personal don’t challan big cars. Following this DC instructed the traffic police that if any person plying a big car violates the rules, he should be challaned.



Drive against drugs
Police not acting against bigwigs, alleges NGO
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 9
The campaign against drug-addiction and efforts of the police department to nab the big fish, involved in the sale of drugs, seem to have ended up in a fiasco, blamed the Young Citizens Association, Sahnewal.

“The move to arrest the big wigs involved in the drug rackets, like any other policy, scheme or project of the so called Akali government has ended up as a “big failure” alleged Harbans Singh Sains. “Instead of arresting actual culprits behind the drug trade, the police is arresting those whose arrest really does not matter as far as the sale and purchase of drugs in Punjab is concerned.”

“Whenever such campaigns are held, it is the common man who suffers. The Badal government it seems is avenging the voters for not having voted in their favour by initiating such campaigns. But here again the ones who are real culprits shall be left out and those who have no links or connections, shall be put behind the bars,” shared Sanjeev Verma, president, Young Citizens Association, Sahnewal.

Sampooran Singh, advisor, Young Citizens Association said, “Where was the government when drug trade was allowed to flourish? It is their defeat that they have suddenly risen from their slumber to admit that Punjab is being swallowed by drugs and they should do something constructive. ACP Sahnewal Lakhvir Singh Tiwana shared that their efforts are consistent. “It is not the question of nabbing the big or the small fishes rather our effort is towards total eradication of drugs once and for all. Our efforts are targeted and it is just the beginning of the campaign.



First revenue lok adalat held

Payal, June 9
The District Administration organised the first Revenue Lok Adalat at Sehora village near here and resolved 320 cases concerned with two Kangoyee segments. Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal presided over the Lok Adalat and district revenue officer Mukesh Sharma led revenue officials in deciding the presented cases.

Mukesh Sharma, district revenue officer said 320 cases were redressed amicably today. These included 289 cases of mutation registration, 13 rectifications in revenue record and 2 cases regarding claim on Lambardari. Officials concerned were advised to demarcate land belonging to 14 parties on stipulated dates.

DSP Balwinder Singh Bhikhi and Ghansham Thori, SDM, Payal, were also present on the occasion. — OC



Traders withdraw agitation
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
The police heaved a sigh uof relief after organizations of local traders announced to withdraw their protest, which was launched on Saturday.

The protestors were demanding action against cops in whose presence youths from surrounding villages had allegedly forced traders to close their shops following murder of a youth of Majri village by members of a trader family of local Mahavir Road area.

Decision to withdraw the agitation was taken following an appeal made by legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan and assurance by Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurmit SUingh to identify miscreants on the basis of footages of CCTV cameras installed at various places in the market.

The police also assured to enhance patrolling in busy areas of the town and ensured the traders that no intruders will be allowed to create nuisance in the area and adequate security will be provided.



CICU to organise rural youth fest on June 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
To overcome the problem of labour shortage, industry is trying to lure the rural youth to work. Rural job fairs are being organised to tap this category and bring rural youth towards the industrial sector.

To attract youth towards the industry, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) is organising a rural youth fest on June 13 in this regard. CICU at its skill development centre is also providing training to youths.

“Industry is facing acute labour shortage while youth at the villages are unemployed. We are trying to cash in this category towards industrial work to solve the problem of labour shortage. We are targeting to recruit 500 rural youth during this rural job fair,” said Upkar Singh, general secretary of CICU.

Putting forward a demand before the government, CICU has asked for transportation facility connecting focal point with nearby villages while many industrial units are providing transportation facility of their own.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) is also planning to open an employment exchange. “Applications received by us will be circulated to the concerned industry. We will be giving preference to the rural youth as this category has huge potential,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the organisation.

Gurtej Singh, a youth employed in one of the cycle units from the past three months, said he daily commutes to Ludhiana from his village and his company provides him the transportation facility.

“It has been more than two years that I was without work and then I came to know about an industrial unit recruiting youth and giving preference to rural applicants. I applied and got selected and there is no looking back after that,” he said.



Chandigarh University sets up city office
Announces special scholarship scheme for meritorious students from Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Chandigarh University, Gharuan, inaugurated its city office here today. Dr RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, announced a special scholarship scheme for meritorious students from Ludhiana.

Speaking on the occasion, Bawa said in recent times, Chandigarh had emerged as the preferred destination for higher education by the students from Ludhiana region. Lucrative jobs due to strong presence of multinationals in Chandigarh has been the major driving reason that more and more students from the region are joining universities and educational institutes in and around Chandigarh.

Inaugurating the university city office, Dr Bawa said, “Chandigarh University is the only varsity established in tricity after Punjab University. It has been attracting a large number of students from the Ludhiana region every year and has currently more than 900 students studying in the campus under various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Ludhiana students have always shown brilliant performance in comparison to students from other areas of Punjab.”

Be it the academic results of the board examination, capturing top positions in university or campus recruitments by multinationals, students from Ludhiana region have proved their mettle in every field, added Dr Bawa. Keeping the brilliant performance of students from the region in mind, Chandigarh University has formulated a special scholarship scheme for the students to reward them for their hard work in board examinations. Announcing the details of CU Scholarship Scheme for meritorious students of Ludhiana, Dr RS Bawa said any Class XII passing-out student of any stream of any board with a minimum 75 per cent result would be eligible for this scholarship scheme.

A team of professionals who would be counselling and guiding the students to choose their career after Class XII will be available at the university’s city office in Ludhiana.

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships for SC/ST, OBC, physically handicapped and sportspersons have also been announced under which the varsity would provide fee waiver to the eligible students in their respective categories for each course, Dr Bawa said.



Lending voice to unborn girls, social issues
Punjabi singer Gurtej Sidhu comes up with his debut album “Taaro”
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
He wanted to sing music that represents the culture and raises social issues. Gurtej Sidhu, hailing from Bathinda, has been in the city for the past six years fine tuning his singing and music to get it right for the industry. He raised social issues in his debut album ‘Taaro’.

He wants to bring focus and inspire people to change with his singing. He has sung songs on the issues of female foeticide. The Punjabi singer has lent his voice to the unborn girl and expressing her feelings to the mother saying that she should not let her be killed in the womb, as she would be more beautiful and graceful than boys. Let her be born so that she can tell how bright she is.

Another of his song focusses on the issue of the youths toiling in foreign lands and yearning to go abroad, Sidhu says that they should not ruin their youth for just gaining the citizenship in foreign countries and should rather improve their own motherland.

The singer said he wants to sing culturally rooted songs. Although every singer has to sing a few commercial songs, but his focus would be to promote Punjabi culture and tradition through music, Gurtej Sidhu added.



Agitating students wash cars in protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Fishery students’ protest entered its eighth day today. They washed vehicles outside Gate No. 2 of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

The students said they would earn money and sent it to the state government as it does not have funds to recruit fishery officials. They raised slogans against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Dairy and Fishery. Two students observed a hunger strike. Kushwinder Singh, a student, said, “Ranike told us that the government required the fishery officials, but it did not have funds to pay their salaries. So we decided to wash cars and earn money.” The students have been demanding placements. They said they would soon gherao the minister’s residence.



Panoramic 360 degree pictures say it all
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Panoramic 360 degree pictures of popular destinations are catching the fancy of residents. One can just pan in any direction from left to right, from top to bottom, and the pictures give the angle that you might be interested in seeing. The newer technology pictures are being increasingly shared through social media these days.

“Traditional pictures just give one angle of the photographic scene, but here one can see in any direction one wants to,” said Dipanshu, a student.

“Although clicking panoramic pictures was there, being able to watch a view in every direction is incredible,” said Rahul, another youngster.

“It is realistic and life like. One can stand and see a place in any direction,” he said. Even while watching a video of a place, you cannot watch the details and absorb a scene fully, but 360 views of places are amazing. “I have always yearned to go to Paris. But thanks to these pictures, I have vicariously felt being part of the scene where pictures were clicked. You name it and I have seen the pictures. The scene below and from Eiffel Tower was superb,” said Richa, a resident.

If the resolution of the picture is good, one can also zoom in to look at the detail of the area one wants to look closely. “I am planning to visit Italy later this month. Now, I will not feel out of place,” said another resident.



Industrialists to beautify 16 parks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Industrialists will develop 16 parks in the Focal Point area. “We are aware of the financial condition of the Municipal Corporation/Improvement Trust. We have asked the authorities to hand over 16 parks to the industry and get 14 major roads constructed,” said Rahul Ahuja, convener, Confederation of Indian Industry, Punjab chapter.

He said the authorities had accepted their proposal. Six roads at Focal Point have been repaired by the Improvement Trust. These include the main road near Dhandari flyover, main approach road of Phase VIII, approach road of Phase IV, approach road of Phase IVA and two roads of Phase IV. “An amount of Rs 8 crore has been estimated for the project,” said Ahuja.

In December, CII chairman Rahul Ahuja had shown Focal Point to the then MC Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari. In February, a presentation was sent to Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Dhillon, MLA Ayali, MLA Ranjit Dhillon, Mayor and other officials. Regular meetings were held with the former MC Commissioner, Shruti Singh.



Power cuts cripple industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Unscheduled power cuts are giving a tough time to the industry. “The PSPCL keeps hiking power tariff, but when it comes to supplying uninterrupted electricity, it looks the other way,” said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

Ranjodh Singh, general secretary of the association, said if the department continued to impose unscheduled power cuts, the industry would be crippled.

Industrialist flayed Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for imposing power factor surcharge which has jolted the MSME sector.

The United Cycle Parts Manufacturers Association has objected to the proposal of the PSPCL to revise and increase tariff.

“The industry is already reeling under financial crunch,” said Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of the UCPMA.

The cost of raw material and labour charges have increased beyond expectation. If the tariff is increased, industrialists will have to shut down their units,” he said.



Contaminated water supply puts off residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Members of the Ludhiana Estate Manufacturers Association and residents of Industrial Estate have expressed resentment over the erratic water supply. The residents collected the water and showed it to everyone, It was not only dirty, but also emitted foul smell.

The MC authorities washed their hands of saying it had nothing to do with the issue concerning the Public Health Department.

Even the officials concerned had admitted that since the water pipes were too old, these needed to be changed. But even if the pipes were changed, the problem will not be solved as the whole layout of pipes was damaged. The residents have also filed a complaint with the Mayor.

Industrialists expressed their inability to carry out the work in absence of water. “With 223 industrial units and around 3,000 workers in the area, the working conditions have been affected adversely,” they said.



Nuffield delegates visit agricultural university

Ludhiana, June 9
A delegation of nine Nuffield scholars from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and held discussion with the Director of Research, Dr SS Gosal and other scientists of the varsity.

Dr Gosal apprised the scholars of various research programmes of PAU. Jammy, a member of the visiting delegation, told that they were visiting India under their global focus programme which was an integrated part of their studies. She further said that they had specially chosen to visit PAU and GADVASU to learn about the success of agriculture in Punjab. — TNS



Student bags 37th rank in PMT

Ludhiana: Pulkit Jindal of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School achieved 37th rank in the All India Pre-Medical Test at the state level and 333rd rank at All-India level. A brilliant student of the school, Pulkit topped in the medical stream with 95.4 per cent in CBSE Class XII result capturing third position in the district. Aspiring to become an Ophthalmologist (eye specialist), Pulkit extended his gratitude to his teachers and parents for their unending support.

Summer fun camp

Bush dance and kangaroo race was organised for students on the seventh day of the summer fun camp at Cherrylane Play School. Children were welcomed by Australian ladies wearing hats at the gate. In the class, teachers told the students some amazing facts about kangaroos.

World Environment Day

Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School observed World Environment Day. Students came out with beautiful thoughts about environment. Principal gave speech on this important day to the staff and students to encourage them to plant and protect the environment.

Students bring laurels

The CBSE results of students of Class XII at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, has added another glorious chapter in the history of the school. In addition to 100 per cent school result, 109 students have scored above 90 per cent marks in Class XII board exams. Kartikey Shahi has topped the district in the non-medical stream scoring 97.4 per cent marks. In the recently declared AIPMT exam, Shung Ming Chiu stood 26th and Punnet Kaur 34th at the national level and their state ranks are 6th and 9th, respectively. School principal Sister Chantal congratulated the students, teachers and parents for this success.

Summer workshop

Unleashing the hidden potentials, hundreds of students are uplifting their creative, aesthetic and artistic skills in the ten-day summer workshops at BVM School. Thw workshop includes activities such as music, dance, creative craft, home décor, cooking, bhangra, networking, etc. Dr Rakesh Kapoor, a famous psychologist, conducted a seminar on ‘self management’ for handling students with real feel of affection by overcoming stress. “By overpowering all feelings of stress and by good teaching every kind of enforcement can be converted into encouragement. Need of a valuing inner self was stressed by spiritual elevation and self-concentration,” Dr Kapoor said. — TNS



3,000 examined at medical camp

Ludhiana City Club organised a free medical camp today at Sukhdev Singh Bhawan, Punjab Agricultural University. Nearly three hundred patients were examined. A team of experienced doctors including Dr Vijay Kumar Sharma, Director, CTVS, DM Cardiology, Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, director, Orthopaedics, Fortis Hospital, examined the patients.

Dr Ajay Bansal and his team from Vasan Eye Care also checked up the eye patients. During the medial camp ECG, sugar test and BMD were conducted. Heart specialist Dr Vijay Kumar Sharma advised the patients to change their life style.

Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, director, Orthopaedics, Fortis Hospital, said these days ortho disease are on the rise which needs medical checkups and if required physiotherapy can be very useful. Another free medical camp was organised by Sidh Peeth Shree Dandi Swami Mandir Trust during which more than 500 patients were examined. ENT, dental, sugar, blood pressure were examined during the camp. Eye surgeon, Dr Ramesh was also there at the camp during which 70 patients were given time who will be operated later on.

Books republished

Punjabi Sahit Akademi got three books re-publish which include Japuji da visha te roop, Vaar Hakikat Rai and Raat Kulhari. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, president of the Akademi said that books are very precious and keeping this in mind we got these re-publish.

Meeting held

Meeting of Punjab Government Drivers and Technical Employees Union was held here today during which a ten-member committee was formed. These members will look after the matters related to elections of the union and submit its report on June 22.

Banda Bahadur remembered

Martyrdom day of Shaheed Baba Banda Bahadur was commemorated at Rakba village. On this occasion KK Bawa, president, Baba Banda Singh Antar Rashtriya Foundation, awarded Dr Raj Kumar with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Yadgari Award. Office-bearers of Bairagi Mahan Mandal Punjab were also present there. — TNS



Hockey: Jagtar XI (Jarkhar) storm into final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 9
Jagtar XI of Jarkhar prevailed over Ludhiana Sports Club 6-5 to storm into the final of the Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival being held at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here. The match was decided through tie-breaker as the score sheet remained 2-all at the end of the stipulated time.

Jagtar XI drew the first blood in the seventh minute through Lovepreet Singh, but Ludhiana Sports Club restored parity in the 24th minute when Tejinder Singh found the target.

Immediately into the second session, Lovepreet Singh again struck to put Jagtar XI into the lead. They managed to hang onto this lead till the dying moments of the encounter but captain of the Ludhiana Sports Club, Pargat Singh scored went for the long whistle (2-2).

In the penalty shoot out, Jagtar XI managed to scrape past and booked their berth in the title clash. Nevertheless, Ludhiana Sports Club still had an opportunity to move ahead since they were yet to play one match more.

In the second match, Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan, Jagraon, overpowered Friends Club of Doraha 3-2 to enter the semifinals. The winners were trailing 1-2 at half time.

For the winners, Harpreet Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Tarunpreet Singh contributed one goal each while two goals for the losing side came off Gurtej Singh and Avtar Singh’s sticks.



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