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Chemists’ bandh complete
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
On a call given by the Punjab Chemists Association, retail chemist shops remained closed in the city today. The chemists are protesting against the police raids on their shops. They have demanded non-interference of the police as it harms their business.
Retail chemists submit a memorandum to the ADC in Ludhiana on Thursday
Retail chemists submit a memorandum to the ADC in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The chemist shops remained closed throughout the day. The chemists submitted a memorandum to Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Baldev Singh.

Amandeep, president of the Retail Chemists Association of Ludhiana, said earlier the government had banned six drugs. No chemist stocks those medicines. “Now, if the government wants more drugs to be banned, it should release a list and stop harassing us,” he said.

He said they appreciate the government for its drive against drugs. “We extend our full support to the government in its drive but it should not unnecessarily harass us by conducting raids. In the past few weeks, the police could find no banned drugs at the chemist shops raided in Ludhiana. All this causes undue harassment and a waste of time. The police should not conduct raids at chemist shops without strong evidence,” he added.

One of the chemists from the city said it was not the retail but the wholesale chemists who were at fault. “Not wholesale but retail chemists indulge in the sale of the banned drugs. If these drugs are being sold in the market by some chemists, then obviously these wholesalers are selling them to the retailers. The need of the hour is to nab the wholesalers, not retailers,” said he.

Khanna: All local chemists kept their shops closed. The attendants of thousands of patients had

to suffer as they searched markets to find an open medicine shop. The agitating chemists assembled in front of the SDM’s office and protested against the government.

They sent a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal through the SDM. Chairman of the Chemists Association of Khanna Paramvir Singh, its president Sanjeev Khullar and several other chemists were present.

Chemist shops at hospitals remain open

Medicine shops at hospitals came to the rescue of patients. “After searching for a chemist shop in my area for about half an hour, I found all shops were closed. So, I rushed to the nearby hospital as my son was suffering from fever and needed medicine immediately. The chemist shop at the hospital was open,” said Suresh Singla, a city resident.


No let-up in fire incidents
Stocks worth lakhs destroyed in factory fire, house gutted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Stocks worth lakhs were gutted in a fire that broke out at Venus Factory on the Jalandhar bypass. The fire was notice at around 9:35 am. Though no casualty was reported, material, including thread, was destroyed in the fire.

Rajinder Sharma, Fire Officer, said the fire was put out by 11:50 am. Three fire brigades were rushed to the spot, two from the head office and one from Sunder Nagar. A short-circuit is stated to be the cause of the fire.

“Polyester yarn stocks worth lakhs were destroyed in the fire,” said Sharma.

Meanwhile, a house was gutted in yet another fire caused by a short-circuit. Though the occupant of the house escaped unhurt, the household items were destroyed. The fire was noticed at house number 3925, near Vishal Mega Mart, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, at 1:30 pm. Two fire tenders were pressed into service to put out the fire.

“A short-circuit was the cause of the fire,” said Sharma, who accompanied the fire tenders.



Fire Brigade cries for attention
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
With only 40 firemen and 16 fire tenders catering to an ever-expanding city, having a burgeoning population of nearly 20 lakh, the Fire Brigade is finding it difficult to control the rising incidents of fire this summer.

Thanks to the callous attitude adopted by the government, no fresh recruitments are being made.

Of the existing staff, two firemen are working as clerks, while one is performing the driver’s duty. Contrary to other government employees who work for eight hours a day, firemen end up working for over 12 hours, getting no overtime pay for clocking the extra hours.

One of the firemen, wishing not to be quoted, said: “Despite repeated requests, the government seems least bothered about recruiting more staff. We perform our duty for around 12 hours. It is a sorry state of affairs.”

The situation is so grave that at times, when there is a spike in the number of fire incidents, only one fireman accompanies the fire tender driver to the spot, he said.

“We cannot be of much help in such a situation, and end up facing the wrath of the public,” said the fireman.

The city suffers an average of five (major and minor) fire incidents a day during summers. The department is having 16 fire tenders, five of which are stationed at the head office and remaining at other offices at Gill Road, Haibowal, Focal Point and Sunder Nagar. In case of any major fire, fire tenders have to be called from other stations.

No basic facilities at office

Firemen and other staff at the Fire Office have to make do without basic facilities. With not even potable water available on the premises, they have to carry water bottles to the office.

Pointing to the irony, an employee said they carry gallons of water to douse fire, but cannot even get drinking water at the office. Also, there are no safety kits allotted to the firemen. They have to enter the inferno just wearing their uniform—that too is not provided by the department.

The staff has to rely on candles in case there is no electricity in the office after 5 pm. “There is no inverter, and the generator runs from 9 am to 5 pm. You can well imagine how much chaos there is in the office if a fire incident takes place anywhere in the city at night and there is no electricity here,” said another fireman.

Dept managing its affairs well, says official

Additional District Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh said a request for fresh recruitments in the Fire Brigade had been sent to the state government. He, however, maintained that the department was managing its affairs well.



Allotment of plots under LIT scheme
Govt throws a spanner
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 12
Wait of 114 allottees of residential plots under the 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar scheme of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) seems to be unending as even 20 months after a draw of lots was held, plots have not been handed to them.

The agony and uncertainty faced by the allottees due to indifferent attitude of the state government (read the Local Government Department) is all the more compounded in view of the fact that the applicants had deposited the earnest money for these residential plots more than 30 years ago.

Since the possession of the residential plots measuring 125 square yards each, initially allotted to them nearly three decades ago, could not be given to them as the land fell under the city centre project (now abandoned), the applicants had to wait for a very long period till the court intervened and the LIT authorities conducted two draw of lots in September and October, 2012.

The hopes of the applicants to get the possession of the plots and construct their dream homes were turned out to be short-lived as the first resolution adopted by the LIT for the confirmation of the draw of lots was rejected by the Local Government Department, and the second resolution (no. 59, dated October 9, 2013) is still pending for confirmation with the department.

Repeated pleas of the allottees made during the past several months to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Principal Secretary (Local Government) Ashok Kumar Gupta, Director (Local Bodies) Priyabk Bharti and other senior government functionaries have failed to elicit any positive response.

Devinder Rehan, one of the allottees, said a seven-member delegation of the allottees met Punjab Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi in Chandigarh to apprise him of the injustice being done to them by the Local Government Department.

“The minister gave the delegation a patient hearing and issued time-bound directions to the Directorate of Local Bodies for according its approval to the resolution pending with it since October 2013, so the plots could be handed to the allottees,” said Rehan, adding that hopefully, the ordeal of the allottees would be over soon.

Allottees’ agony

The agony and uncertainty faced by the allottees due to the indifferent attitude of the state government (read the Local Government Department) is all the more compounded in view of the fact that they had deposited the earnest money more than 30 years ago.



Man arrested for raping wife’s student
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The city police have arrested a person for raping a 12-year-old girl. The accused has been identified as Sukhlal Singh, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

The victim’s mother said Sukhlal’s wife taught stitching to the victim. Her daughter took stitching classes.

On June 8, Sukhlal was alone at home. Sukhlal’s daughter called up the victim’s mother and stated that Sukhlal had raped the girl. The victim’s mother, along with her husband, rushed to Sukhlal’s house and took the girl to the hospital.

In the meantime, Sukhlal fled the house. The victim’s mother informed the police and Sukhlal was arrested under section 376 of the IPC (rape).

Woman loses purse to bike-borne snatchers

Two bike-borne youths snatched the purse of a woman while she was returning home after visiting a mall.

Megha, wife of Rishi Bhatnagar and resident of J-Block of BRS Nagar, said she came out of the West End mall at 7.30 pm and was returning home on foot. Two youths, who were riding a black motorcycle, came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 10,000, a mobile phone and a debit card.

The police have registered a snatching case against unidentified persons and started investigation.



Rs 1.1 lakh stolen from ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A thief broke an automated teller machine (ATM) of Indian Overseas Bank located in the Feroze Gandhi Market and decamped with Rs 1.1 lakh.

Pawan Kumar, bank manager, informed the police about the theft yesterday. He told the police that the theft came to light when Sarabjit Singh and Jaspal Singh, both employees of a private company that has been awarded a contract of putting cash in ATMs, found the wires of the close circuit television cameras (CCTV) at the ATM booth disconnected.

They told the bank manager that even the ATM was damaged. The bank employees scanned the CCTV footage. They saw in the footage a youth, with his face covered with a handkerchief, enter the ATM booth in the afternoon on June 8 (Sunday) and take away Rs 1.1 lakh by damaging the ATM. The bank officials have handed the CCTV footage to the police.

It is not the first incident of theft at an ATM. The Focal Point police had registered a case on May 26 after the thieves took away an ATM containing Rs 1.9 lakh in the Jugiana area. The incident came to light when the watchman found the ATM of UCO Bank missing.

Police Commissioner’s directions not followed

Repeated instructions from the office of the Commissioner of Police, asking banks to close their ATM booths in the evening or deploy security guards at the booths, have not been fully adhered to. It has been observed thieves strike at ATMs during the weekends.



Civic body fixes parking fee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
To make sure contractors do not fleece commuters by charging excessive fee, the municipal corporation has set rates for major parking lots in the city.

Except for the parking lot on Ferozepur Road, the rate of parking vehicles will be the same at all newly introduced lots.

MC Joint Commissioner PS Ghuman said on Ferozepur Road—from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal—the fee for parking a two-wheeler for one hour will be Rs 5. For second hour, it will be Rs 10, for third Rs 15 and for four hours the fee will be Rs 20.

For four-wheelers, the fee will be Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40 for the first, second, third and fourth hour respectively.

If the vehicle owner fails to turn up after four hours, the contractor will inform the police to tow away the vehicle.

At other parking lots, including Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar Kipps Market, Sarabha Nagar I Block and Malhar Road (from Ferozepur Road to Model Town Railway Crossing), the parking fee for two-wheelers will be Rs 5 and for four-wheelers, Rs 10. The lots will remain open between 6 am and 11 pm.

Ghuman said the parking fee has not been kept on hourly basis at these places. Besides, for picking up and dropping school children, no fee would be charged by the contractor, said the official.

Also, a fresh bid will be conducted for the parking lot at Feroze Gandhi Market. Till then, the lot will be managed by the civic body. The contractor who won the bid (Rs 1 crore for a period of six months) failed to deposit the 25 per cent amount within 24 hours, leading to scrapping of the contract.

Malhar Road contractor overcharges residents

While the civic body authorities announced the parking fee for new lots on Thursday, residents complained that the contractor on Malhar Road had started charging exorbitant fee. Suresh Kumar, a resident, said he was asked to pay Rs 20 for parking his car near a restaurant on Malhar Road. “I paid the amount as I was not aware of the exact parking fee,” he said. MC Joint Commissioner PS Ghuman said that fee was to be implemented from Thursday. “We, too, received complaints against the contractor. He was told to follow the new rates immediately,” said Ghuman.



mid-day meal
HRD ministry raises cooking cost
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has increased the cooking cost for mid-day meal. The revised rates for the meal would be implemented in all government primary and upper primary schools from July 1.

The move of ministry is to maintain the quality of food even after the inflated prices of ingredients.

As per the new rates issued by the ministry of HRD, the cooking cost for primary classes would be increased from Rs 3.34 per student to Rs 3.59. While cooking cost for upper primary classes is revised from Rs 5 per student to 5.38.

Tarsem Lal Banga, in-charge mid-day meal said, “We have circulated the information to school authorities about the revised costs. The cost is regularly increased by the HRD ministry after observing inflation. It will help in maintaining the quality of food.”

According to mid-day meal officials, the funds are already sufficient to provide good meal to the students. But this hike will increase the standard of meal.

Tarsem Lal Banga informed that in a recent meeting with Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, the higher authorities expressed satisfaction over the mid-day meal.

“To maintain the quality of food and other arrangements the officials at DC office and mid-day meal officials will continue the surprise checking at schools,” Banga added.



Two local lads clear CSE
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Two candidates from the city cleared the Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2013, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), results of which were declared today. Sumit Sharma (27), a resident of Mall Road, bagged 575th rank whereas Amitpal Sharma (21), a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar on Pakhowal Road, got 630th rank in the examination.

Sumit Sharma passed the Punjab Civil Services Examination last year. Currently, he is serving as excise and taxation officer in Mohali. It was his second attempt for CSE. He is a pass out of Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, and did his engineering from PU.

VK Sharma, father of Sumit, is an IAS officer and mother Roopa is house wife.

Meanwhile, Amitpal Sharma cleared the CSE in first attempt. Amitpal has been pursuing MBBS from Government Medical College, Patiala. He did not get any classroom coaching for CSE. He completed his schooling from RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

Amitpal’s father Amrjitpal Sharma is a retired Punjabi teacher and mother is a house wife. Amitpal informed that he opted Punjabi literature as optional subject for CSE.

“My parents motivated me a lot for this achievement. My elder brother Ajaypal Sharma is serving as an IAS officer. He only inspired me to appear for CSE,” he added.



core banking services
Get your Head Post Office account verified by June 23
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
With core banking services (CBS) all set to begin at the Head Post Office (HPO), Senior Postmaster Swaraj Kaur has asked account holders to get their accounts verified by June 23.

All saving schemes, including saving account, monthly-income scheme, public provident fund scheme, recurring deposit, senior citizen saving scheme and recurring account, will now be a part of the CBS offered at the post office.

“To avoid any discrepancies, all account holders are being told to get their accounts and balance verified before the core banking services begin,” said Swaraj Kaur.

A new account number will be given to customers already having their accounts with banks, she said.

The Senior Postmaster said everything was in place for begging the CBS, and now the nod from the head office was awaited.

All CBS branches across the country will be connected with a central server at the CBS Headquarters in Mysore, which will allow account transactions from any CBS post office.

The introduction of CBS at post offices would benefit people in rural areas in a big way, he said.

“In rural and far-flung areas, banks do not have their presence. So extending core banking services at post offices in such places would be a boon for the people. They would get the benefit of professional banking services that are not available in their area,” he said.



Task Force rescues 8 child labourers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A team of the Child Labour Task Force has rescued eight child labourers from two places in the past two days.

Assistant Director, Factories, Labour Department, Mohit Singla said: “A team led by Deputy Director, Factories, Jatinder Singh Bhatti raided a hosiery unit at Kabeer Nagar in the Basti Jodhewal area and rescued six child labourers. The children were sent to Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital for a medical examination.”

All children will be handed over to the Child Welfare Committee. The committee will give their custody to their parents, and it case the parents do not turn up, the children will be sent to a children’s home.

Yesterday, the team had rescued two children from ND Knitwears in Madhopuri.

Earlier, on June 9, the team had rescued five child labourers from Bhola Products, Janta Nagar. The children were made to pack bicycle bells at the unit.

The raiding teams included representatives of the Health Department, Education Department and Child Welfare and Security Department.

The drive assumed importance as June 9 to June 15 is being celebrated as Child Labour Eradication Week by the Labour Department.

NGO raises awareness

Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai, a non-governmental organisation, conducted a seminar on the “Rights of children and safety of their self respect”.

NGO general secretary Jagjit Singh Maan said: “Although, we have progressed in many spheres, yet the menace of child labour is on the rise. In this city, one can come across child labourers at hotels, dhabas, shops, restaurants and even at homes.”

NGO president Sukhbir Singh Sekhon said children were being exploited and their human rights were being violated.

“In such a scenario, many children take to crime,” he said.

The chief guest, MLA Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, told the gathering that teachers could play a pivotal role in curbing child labour by making more and more children aware of its ell-effects on society.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Gurjot Singh and District Education Officer (Primary) Ram Bhushan said the department was paying special attention to rescued child labourers.

Ram Bhushan said he had instructed block primary education officers (BPEOs) to ensure that children were given all benefits under schemes meant for them.

BPEOs Asha Rani and Kamaljeet Kaur said they had been taking care of all rescued child labourers and were ensuring that they get admitted to government schools.



Valmiki Samaj denounces govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Members of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan condemned the state government for ‘destroying’ Valmiki Samaj, here today. The meeting, in this regard, was held under the leadership of its chairman Surinder Kalyan.

Kalyan alleged that a solid waste management unit was set-up and a private company was given the task for the collection of garbage from dumps as well as from homes (door-to-door) in Jalandhar.

“Similar arrangements will be made at Bathinda and Ludhiana, according to our sources. We will not let the company enter here. They are free to lift garbage from dumps but we will not allow the door-to-door collection. In a meeting held in the month of October in 2011, both the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had claimed that 5,000 safai karamcharis will be appointed. The leaders had also ensured that there will never be door-to-door collection by the companies,” said Kalyan.

Kalyan further added that if the Badal government did not pay any heed to their demands then the Valmiki Samaj will hold protests, stage dharnas and the government will solely be held accountable for that.

In another protest, the Municipal Workers Union held a protest outside the Commissioner’s office here today and submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Local Bodies, Government of Punjab. The protesting union members said if government failed to meet their demands, they will intensify the agitation.

The demands include recruitment of gardeners and beldars in the department, distribution of uniforms to the workers, giving of pensions to employees who were deprived of it since 2004. They also held that the ex-gratia grant should be increased and raised concern against the shifting of workers working at MC, Nagar Councils, Water Supply and Sewerage Board to Sewerage Board. 



Protest by fishery students enter Day 12
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The strike by Fishery College students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University entered 12th day.

The protesting students of Fishery College are still not eligible to get jobs as they have not completed their degrees yet. This was stated by Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU.

The students of final year of the Bachelor of Fishery Sciences and a few former pass outs have been protesting against the state government to advertise the posts of fishery officers in the state.

Dr VK Taneja stated that the senior officials of the university had been trying to pacify the students from the first day. The university is very lenient towards the students and is providing security and every required thing at the venue where the students at sitting on the strike.

Talking about the efforts regarding their jobs, Taneja stated, “The varsity is in dialogue with the state government and has sent a proposal to initiate a project of fishery farming which will provide job opportunities to students soon. We are making serious efforts. However, it’s not our job to assure the recruitment of students. The university is an education provider institute and no education institute assures a job to any student. Still, we are making efforts. Private entrepreneurs have also been approached for their placement.”

Dr VK Taneja revealed that out of 16 pass out students 12 students have been engaged with different tasks. Nine of them doing further studies in Fisheries Sciences and two BFSc students have been serving in private companies. While a graduate has taken up self-employment.

“Fishery is very potential sector and students have a bright career in this sector. We urge the students to pass the degrees first because they are not eligible for a job till they get a degree,” he added.

Meanwhile, the students decided to continue their strike till they get an assurance from the state government and the Vice-Chancellor of the university about jobs. Also, two students Mamta Sharma and Navjot Kaur observed a hunger strike at Gate Number 5 of the veterinary hospital. The protesting students claimed that the university was not serious for their placements.

“We don’t want to get jobs in southern states on low wages. Our priority is to get job in the state government’s department. We are not demanding job letters on the spot. We want assurance from the state government as well as the Vice-Chancellor regarding the recruitment of students. We have no future without jobs,” said protesting students.


The varsity is in dialogue with the state government and has sent a proposal to initiate a project of fishery farming which will provide job opportunities to students soon. We are making serious efforts. However, it’s not our job to assure the recruitment of students. The university is an education provider institute and no education institute assures a job to any student.

DR VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU



pending demands
Joint committee of foodgrain agencies stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
To press upon their long pending demands, Joint Coordination Committee of Foodgrain Agencies today held a protest dharna in the leadership of Bhupinder Singh, president of the committee, at Markfed office.

In a press statement Bhupinder Singh said our pending demands should be fulfilled. He said that on June 18, the committee would hold a protest in Patiala, on June 23 in Ferozepur and on June 30 in Jalandhar.

Singh further said that a general convention of all employees of Punjab would be held in Ludhiana on July 6 and on July 8 a state-level protest rally will be taken out in Chandigarh. 



25% stroke patients below 50, says ICRAG
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Twenty-five percent of the stroke patients are less than 50 years of age. This was revealed by the Indian Cardiovascular Research and Advocacy Group (ICRAG).

Over 80 per cent of patients suffering from strokes in India are from the lower middle class.

The mean age of patients is 60 years in India whereas in the US it is 70 years. Over 58 per cent of patients don’t go back to work after they suffer a stroke.

The team of doctors, researchers and volunteers were working on the cardiovascular disease pattern and preventive care in India over the past five years.

The research was aimed at developing innovative strategies to reduce heart disease and strokes. The project called ‘Inspire’ studied 11,001 stroke patients from 61 hospitals in 22 states.

“Patients were younger than their western counterparts and 25 per cent were less than 50 years. About 93 per cent of patients were looked after by family members and not by nurses,” said one of the researchers.

“It is generally observed that patients do not completely follow the doctors’ advice and avoid going for follow-ups. Follow up is necessary in any kind of disease,” said a city-based cardio surgeon, Dr Vishal Gupta.



Max Life Insurance releases extensive research

Max Life Insurance released an extensive research that aimed at gauging knowledge, attitude and behavior of active internet users in India on Protection and Life Insurance on Thursday. The key findings from a sample of 1,009 respondents have indicated that life insurance is one of the most searched financial products online, but does not translate into proportionate purchases.

Exclusive range of Father’s Day gifts launched

Elvy Lifestyle has launched exclusive range of Father’s Day gifting option such as photo frames, pen cases, utility boxes, corporate picture box, watch boxes, casino card boxes and tie cases. — TNS



Students shine in BCom examination

Ludhiana: Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to college by showing excellent performance in the final examination of BCom first year held in April 2014, conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Manpreet Kaur stood first in college with 441 marks (80.18 per cent). Kirti secured second position with 438 marks (79.64 per cent) and Vandana got third position with 437 marks (79.46 per cent).

Top spot for PCTE student

Navkaran Seehra, student of BBA 2012 batch of PCTE, stood first in PTU examinations. He scored 88 per cent marks. Another student Takudzwa Noel, Zimbabwean student of same batch from PCTE, stood second with 86 per cent marks whereas Manpreet Kaur from CBS, Landran, stood third with 85.50 per cent in the university examinations. Students of PCTE also bagged the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth positions with Roopreet Kaur scoring 85.50 per cent, Nagawa Happy Banda with 84.3 per cent, Rahul with 83.6 per cent and Vaishaili with 83.5 per cent, respectively.

Students bring laurels

Students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the college by securing excellent marks in the Bcom first year examinations conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, in April 2014. Navneet Kaur bagged the first position in college by securing 77.82 per cent marks, Veradale got second position in the college by securing 74.91 per cent marks and Ashu bagged third position by securing 73.63 per cent marks. The pass percentage of the college is 97.40 per cent. — TNS



from schools
Summer camp

Students take part in a dance activity at Paradise Playway School, Dugri Ludhiana: Activities such as dance classes, cooking without fire, art and craft class and personality grooming classes have been organised during the ongoing summer camp at Babies Paradise Playway School, Dugri. The camp started on June 2 and will conclude on June 16. Specialised teachers are taking the classes. A pool party was also organised during the camp. Certificates will also be given on the concluding day.

Students take part in a dance activity at Paradise Playway School, Dugri

Summer splash concludes

Sumptuous summer splash– ten-day summer workshops which commenced with yoga and meditation concluded successfully with an exalted note of fervency, passion and grandeur at BVM School. The prodigious closing ceremony of the workshops showcased a gala cultural extravaganza of vocal, instrumental music, western, classical and folk dances, English songs, sufi songs, artistic creations, paintings and awakening documentary on pollution.

250 students take part in 10-day camp

To explore and expand the latent talent of the students of the school, SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, organised a 10-day summer camp. The camp included activities such as English communication, computer classes, yoga classes along with cricket, basketball, volleyball and badminton coaching. Nearly 250 students participated in the camp organised.

Students learn new things

A summer camp has been organised with great zeal and enthusiasm on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, under the guidance of president Balraj Kumar Bhasin (SDP Sabha Regd ). In this camp, 150 students participated in activities such as games, yoga, art and craft, cooking, dance, spoken English and computer classes. Students got more opportunity to learn new things during these classes. HOI Sarita Goyal appreciated the students and told that they were enhancing their skills by participating in these activities. — TNS



Bring transparency in work, Deputy Commissioner tells Jagraon officials
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 12
Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal and local MLA SR Kaler today met officials of various departments in Jagraon. The DC instructed the officials to bring transparency in their working.

Doing some tough talking, the DC warned the officials against indulging in corruption.

“If officials are found involved in corruption and causing unnecessary harassment to people, strict action will be taken against them,” said Rajat Aggarwal.

He told the officials, present at the meeting, to cooperate with the general public and complete their works on time.

Expressing unhappiness over the functioning of officials of various departments, the MLA said, “I have noticed that certain officials do not perform their duty with dedication, due to which people have to face a lot of harassment at government offices.”

He asked government officials to perform their duty with honesty or be ready to face the music.

“We will take strict action against those found negligent while performing their duty,” said Kaler.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Ludhiana, Satinder Singh, asked people to come forward and inform the department if any government official demanded bribe from them.



Snatching incidents on the rise in Jagraon region
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 12
Snatching incidents are on the rise in the Jagraon region. Although the police have increased vigil in the town, the incidents are not deescalating.

In the month of June, till now, more than half-a-dozen incidents of snatchings have been reported in Jagraon and surrounding areas.

In the first snatching incident, an unidentified youth allegedly snatched gold earrings from an elderly woman in Mohalla Malhotra locality of Jagraon in broad day light on June 2. The victim woman also received injuries on her ears due to the incident.

In another snatching incident, two unidentified youths allegedly snatched gold earrings and a bag containing cash and other valuables from a woman in Shastri Nagar locality of Jagraon on June 8. Two days later, two unidentified youths executed another snatching in Mori Gate area of Jagraon. The snatchers allegedly snatched a gold chain from the victim and fled away from the scene.

Besides, some other snatching incidents have also been reported from the rural belts of Jagraon.

The police have failed to trace accused so far.

According to the sources from the Police Department, most of the snatching incidents are carried out by drug addicts.

“These kind of anti-social elements mainly target woman as they are the soft targets,” said a police officer, on the condition of anonymity.

In order to avoid such incidents, the police have appealed the women to not to wear gold ornaments while going out of the house for routine works.

Jagraon City Police Station SHO Daljit Singh Sidhu said, “We have deployed police personnel in sensitive areas of the town to keep a vigil on the anti-social elements.”



Fire at factory: 2 firemen injured

Khanna, June 12
Two firemen trying to douse fire at a factory in Khanna were injured and are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Ludhiana and Patiala.

Fire Officer, Khanna, Yashpal Gomi said fire fighting engines from nine cities are working their level best to control the fire. “Two firemen Ankur Sharma, a resident of Rajpura, and Lashman Dass, who fractured his leg in the process are admitted to the hospitals,” said the Fire Officer.

A fire broke out yesterday at Avinash Industries and the owner, Avinash Kumar, suffered heavy losses to the tune of about Rs 2.50 crore due to the deadly incident.

Gomi said it will take two more days to control the fire and smoke completely. He claimed that the heat and the blowing wind were delaying the operation. — OC



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Dengue case reported

A man, aged 62 years, has been diagnosed with dengue. The patient belonging to Balachaur, Nawanshahr, is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.


Shabe-Barat will be celebrated on the night of June 13. Shahi Imam of Ludhiana has appealed to the community to pray for well being of the entire humanity on this auspicious occasion.

Awareness programme

Bhartiya Doorsanchar Viniyamak Pradhikaran organised a customer awareness programme at Hotel Silver Stone on Thursday. They were apprised of the various rules and regulations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Ban orders issued

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Baldev Singh has issued orders to not to construct any building or carry out extension of any old building within 1,000 square yards of radios of Baddowal Ammunition Depot. The instructions were issued under Section 144 of CrPC 1973. The orders will remain in force till August 11, 2014

ICMR felicitates local doctor

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has awarded Khanna-based Dr Rinnie Brar for her research work on ‘Adolescent Diabetics’. Brar is presently pursuing her internship at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. The research work was carried out at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital.

Minister flayed

People's Awareness Forum, an NGO, during its general meeting condemned the retaliation of VK Singh, Minister of State and External Affairs and former Army chief, to the appointment of the new Army chief. Members felt that there was no place for politics in the Army and a decision taken to appoint the chief must have been taken after due consideration. — TNS



Entries open for chess meet
Anyone with FIDE rating below 1,800 can participate
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
The Ludhiana District Chess Association (LDCA) is organising first Ludhiana FIDE Rating (below 1,800) Chess Championship at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, from July 3 to 6.

LDCA honorary secretary Arvinder Preet Singh said the championship was recognised by the world chess federation FIDE, All-India Chess Federation and Punjab State Chess Association.

Anyone without a FIDE rating or having a rating of below 1,800 points can participate in the championship by submitting the entry form along with the fee by June 26.

The entry fee and other details are available on the official websites (www.punjabchess.com and www.aicf.in/calendar).

The total prize money (Rs 1.7 lakh) is reportedly the highest in any such tournament held in Punjab. The first prize carries Rs 30,000.

Of the total 42 prizes, 12 are reserved for Ludhiana district players. Local schoolchidren will get a special discount on the entry fee.

In all, nine rounds will be played according to the Swiss League System during this four-day event.

Interested players can confirm their entries with Arvinder Preet Singh (9814084872), Vikas Sharma (9815730066) or IK Kalia (9814120639).

Cricket trials on June 15

Trials to select the Ludhiana district cricket team (seniors) will be held at the Arya College ground on June 15.

The trials will begin at 8.30 am, said the honorary general secretary of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association, Vinod Chitkara,

The selected players will represent the district in the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament to be played for Katoch Shield.

The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues across the state, said Chitkara.



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