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Sizzling sun melts down joy, fun
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
As the summer catches up and the sun sweats us all out, we go crazy looking for options to beat the heat. People prefer mocktails and soft drinks to thandai, lassi, aam panna, jaljeera and nimbu paani. With so many other options available in the market, residents seem to have forgotten the traditional drinks.Children prefer savouring milkshakes, juices and colas. But one must not forget the benefits of the traditional options. It is time to return to the basics and explore options that you can rely on this summer. Options are too many if you like to go the traditional Indian way.

The drinks never go out of fashion, are a favourite with children/adults and can be relished in the comforts of your home.

Buttermilk: A pinch of salt, crushed cumin seeds, chopped coriander, ice cubes and an Indian mocktail is ready. Low on fat and high on calcium, potassium and vitamin B12, buttermilk is a good source of phosphorus.

Aam panna: It is a light green Indian drink made from raw mangoes, sugar and an assortment of spices. It prevents excessive loss of sodium chloride and zinc from the body due to excessive sweating. It is a rich source of vitamin C and thus a curative for blood disorders.

Thandai: Thandai can be easily prepared at home by just grinding almonds, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, cardamom powder and rose water into a fine paste and mixing with crushed ice and cold milk. When the hot, dry summer leaves everybody parched, the thirst quencher cools you down to the core.

Nimbu paani: Our list of Indian summer drinks will be incomplete without this one. Lemons have 5 per cent of citric acid, which gives it a unique taste. Rich in vitamin C, it also has vitamin B, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, proteins and carbohydrates.





Residents without water
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Residents of Sita Nagar have been without water for the 15 days. Thanks to the apathetic approach of the civic authorities, tankers too are seen once a week in the area. Devinder Arora, a resident, said despite repeated requests, the problem was not being solved by the authorities. “Ward Number 26 has not received the water supply for the past 15 days. One can well imagine the plight of the residents. Even if there is a fault, the authorities should rectify it at the earliest, but it seems that nobody cares,” lamented Arora.

MR Sharma, Mukesh Kumar and Meena Malhotra, area residents, said they were tired of waiting for the tankers. “The government claims to have spent crores on the development of cities, but we are being deprived of even the basic amenities. We had met the husband of the area councillor, but he too seems to be helpless. Now, we do not know whom to approach and where to go?” asked the residents.

The residents lamented: “Today, we asked the JE to provide us a tanker, but it was sent at 2.30 pm and by that time, most of the people had left for their workplaces”, said Prem Pratap, another resident.



Burn unit boils in absence of air-conditioners
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The burn unit of the Civil Hospital has only one air-conditioner. A few days ago, the air-conditioner had stopped working and patients had a tough time combating with the hot and humid weather.

While the patients continue to suffer in the sweltering heat, the hospital authorities are waiting for funds to install another air-conditioner in the unit.

Senior Medical Officer Dr RK Karkara said, “The faulty air-conditioner has been repaired. We are awaiting funds,” said Dr Karkara.

Harjinder Singh, a patient’s attendant, said the patients were being forced to sweat it out.

“The unit does not have adequate air-conditioners,” he said.

A patient said they were facing a tough time. “The hospital authorities should make proper arrangements for the patients, but they seem least concerned,” he said.





Parking fee waived at Ghumar Mandi
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Shopkeepers raise slogans against the MC; and (below) a few shops were closed following the agitation at Ghumar Mandi. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, June 16
With the intervention of Minister for Local Bodies, Anil Joshi, the parking fee in Ghumar Mandi has been waived for the time being. The minister, who was in the city today, held a meeting with representatives of different associations of Ghumar Mandi at Zone A office today.

Ravinder Syan, president of the Ghumar Mandi Shopkeepers Association, said they met the minister and briefed him about the issue. “We told him that it was not viable to levy parking fee in Ghumar Mandi as visitors came there to make small purchases, including biscuits, bread and medicines. Paying Rs 5 or Rs 10 for parking was not justified. If a person comes to operate an ATM, why will he/she pay the parking fee? The minister has asked the officials to look into the matter and take shopkeepers into confidence before taking any decision,” said Syan. The shopkeepers submitted a memorandum to the minister highlighting the parking problem. Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal said a team headed by the Zonal Commissioner would speak to the shopkeepers and would submit a report. Till then, the parking fee will not be charged at Ghumar Mandi,” said Aggarwal.

The shopkeepers were up in the arms against the Municipal Corporation (MC) for levying parking fee in the market.

Different associations gathered to condemn the decision taken by the civic body. They even closed their shops for about half-an-hour in protest. They were supported by the Congress councillors, including Narinder Kala, Parminder Mehta and Gurpreet Gogi.

Surjit Singh, a shopkeeper, said the contractor, who had been given the contract of the parking lot, had visited all shopkeepers with “bouncers” and had asked them to cooperate as he had been given the charge of the lot in Ghumar Mandi.

“We are already suffering losses. Now, no customer will visit us after all this,” said the shopkeeper.

Support pours in for shopkeepers

HS Phoolka expressed solidarity with shopkeepers and residents of Ghumar Mandi. He said the civic body’s decision was harassing the shopkeepers.

Phoolka said no fee should be charged if a vehicle is parked for 10 minutes. At Malhar Road, shopkeepers blocked a road at 4 pm. Phoolka requested them to life the blockade as it was causing inconvenience to the general public.

Visitors charged fee

While a dialogue between the contractor concerned, civic authorities and shopkeepers was on, parking attendants were seen charging fee from visitors. The correspondent was asked to pay Rs 10, but when the attendants were told that the fee had been waived, an attendant said: “You cannot go without paying the fee.”



Expedite work or face action: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The Minister for Local Bodies, Government of Punjab, Anil Joshi, has asked officials of the Building Branch Department to mend their ways or face the music. Officials of the Building and Roads (B and R) have also been asked to speed up work for the convenience of public or action will be taken against erring officials and contractors.

On a private visit to city, Joshi visited the Zone A office with director, Local Bodies, Priyank Bharti, here today.

He asked building branch officials to avoid any pendency of approval of building plan. He said if legal, then approve it or reject it, but it should not be kept pending for months. He said if illegal building was being constructed anywhere, it was the duty of building branch persons to stop it immediately.

Besides, he asked officials to not to hold their meetings before 1 pm as visitors in the MC offices should not suffer unnecessarily. Joshi checked the records at Suvidha Centre and birth and death office and issued necessary instructions to employees. He also spoke to a number of visitors outside Zone A office and asked if they were facing any problems.

On the quality check of material, used by contractors on development works, Joshi said the team of chief engineers will check the quality.

On important issues such as property tax, regularisation policy and advertisements, the minister said he will be attending meeting with the higher-ups on core issues soon. /Joshi said he will also be meeting Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on the issue of allotting advertisements. The MC Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, was also present on the occasion.



Ludhiana scan
Battle of Dance

A child performs during the second season of ‘Battle of Dance’ in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Health and Creative Club organised the second season of ‘Battle of dance’ a dance competition in Ludhiana on Monday. The team of the club comprised of choreographer Rajesh Verma, Meenakshi Sharma, Sakshi Verma, Mohit and Goldy Sharma. Director of the Club Shanu Sharma said the winner would be awarded Rs 51,000 in the grand finale.


Kuldeep Jain Surana was elected as the president of Terapanth Yuvak Parishad (a social organisation), Ludhiana, during a meeting held at Terapanth Bhawan on Monday.

Monthly meet

Monthly meeting of Punjabi Gazal Manch, Punjab (Phillaur), was held on Monday under the leadership of Dr Gulzar Pandher and Rajinder Pardesi. Many poets recited their poetry. During the meeting, Janmeja Singh Johal told in detail about the sale centre being started at Punjabi Bhawan and about the planning of sale of Punjabi literature books.

Father’s Day

Senior Bhawadhas leader Lacchman Drawid congratulated all the city residents on the occasion of Fathers’ Day. He appealed the residents to obey their parents and shun away the tradition of old age homes.

Congress leader criticises NDA govt

District Congress (Urban) president Pawan Dewan said long power cuts in the scorching heat and problem of water scarcity had revealed the truth of the NDA government which claimed that good days have arrived. Dewan said long power cuts were affecting industry. People have been protesting repeatedly against the government due to water problem. The leader alleged that the Akali-BJP alliance has nothing than false promises.

Voluntary blood donation promoted

World Blood Donor Day was observed at SPS Apollo Hospitals. On the occasion, Dr Hitish Narang from the hospital said: “Blood collection from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors is the cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply in all countries. More voluntary blood donors are needed to meet the increasing needs and to improve access to this life-saving therapy.” This year the theme of the day is ‘Safe Blood for Saving Mothers’. A number of events were organised to mark the day. The staff was given intensive training in all the aspects of transfusion safety. Expectant mothers were given awareness about anaemia in pregnancy and the ways to avoid it. People from all walks of life were motivated to donate blood voluntarily to achieve target of 100 per cent voluntary blood donation by 2020.


A meeting of Shaheed Sukhdev Yadgiri Committee was held in Ludhiana during which members discussed the issue of tampering with the stone and statue at martyr Sukhdev’s ancestral house. Members demanded that government should restore the ancestral house of the martyr. — TNS



Be responsible and put an end to parking woes in city

With an aim to bring an end to parking blues in the city, residents feel that everyone must act as a responsible citizen while the MC must tighten the noose around contractors who fleece people at paid parking lots

Paid parking should be abolished

Parking should be streamlined in the city. Paid parking should not exist. Instead the MC must ensure adequate parking space for residents. The hotels, malls and hospitals which do not have parking space should be penalised. Besides, the MC should be held accountable for passing the building plans which do not even comprise parking lots.

Pawan Sethi, Investment advisor

Authorities must buck up

Paid parking ensures disciplined and safe parking of vehicles. But at places where paid parking has not yet been started, people park their vehicles haphazardly leading to traffic chaos. Due to negligence by authorities, contractors charging parking fees fleece the residents, which is an awful practice. Such contractors should be blacklisted by the MC.

Manav, Sales executive

Poliicians must not interfere

Due to interference in the issue by politicians, things are not shaping up the way it should be. Whenever authorities act tough with defaulters, politicians start interfering in the matter and things fail to reach a desirable conclusion.

Tejinder Pal Singh, Property consultant

Residents should act responsibly

While the authorities concenred are doing their bit to streamline the parking problem in the city, residents also need to act a little responsible. They park their vehicles wherever they get space. They must give a second thought to their action and realise how their action causes inconvenience to others. Empathy is the key.

Mini Goyal, Homemaker

Encroachments should be removed

The problem of parking cannot be solved until and unless the temporary encroachments from public roads are removed. Shopkeepers encroach upon the roads and as a result, people park their two-wheelers and four-wheelers outside the yellow line.

Nagina Chawla, Student

Action must be taken against defaulters

In western countries, everything is smooth and streamlined. But it is the opposite in India. The government must find a suitable solution to the issue and provide relief to the common man. Had there been a strict implementation of law in our country, such a situation would have never arisen. If you challan someone for wrong parking, influences are used. How can you expect to solve a problem in such a scenario?

Badal Gupta, Businessman



GADVASU-CET on June 19
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, is going to conduct the Common Entrance Test (CET– GADVASU) on June 19 from 10 am to 1 pm. A total of 2,523 candidates with medical background and 265 candidates with non-medical background have applied for admission to BVSc and AH/BFSc and BTech (Dairy Technology), respectively.

Dr PD Juyal, registrar, GADVASU, informed that to expedite the process, roll numbers/admit cards have been dispatched to all the eligible candidates. Candidates, if do not receive admit cards, can obtain duplicate admit cards on the days mentioned in the prospectus. A total of 1,522 candidates will appear in the CET- GADVASU at RS Model Senior Secondary School, 700 candidates at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, both the schools in Model Town, Ludhiana, and 489 candidates at BVM Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana.

Candidates are required to reach the designated examination centre as mentioned on the admit card at 9.00 am sharp on June 19, 2014. Candidates eligible to appear in the CET simultaneously for BVSc and AH/BFSc and BTech (Dairy Technology) will be given extra one hour for attempting only the additional mathematics test.

All the arrangements for the entrance examination have been completed and a large number of faculty members and employees have been deployed as coordinators, assistant coordinators, centre coordinators, centre superintendents, supervisors, invigilators, etc for the smooth conduct of the examination.

Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja has extended his best wishes to all the aspiring candidates going to appear in the CET-GADVASU.

First counselling

First counsellings for BVSc and AH/BFSc and BTech (Dairy Technology) are scheduled to be held on July 22 and 23, respectively, at the Silver Jubilee Auditorium of the College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU.

Examination centres

  • 1,522 candidates at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Model Town
  • 700 candidates at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar,
  • 489 candidates at BVM Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar



Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival
Jarkhar Academy emerge victorious, lift title in junior section
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 16
Jarkhar Hockey Academy warded off stiff resistance from the Sant Fateh Singh Academy of Dolan, Jagraon, 8-6, to lift the title in the junior section of the Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival. The match was played at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

In the final, both the sides made forays into each others’ territory. The score board read 3-all at half time and remained unresolved during the stipulated period (5-5).

For the winners, Rohit Sharma struck twice while Jasmeet Singh, Raghubir Singh and Pawanpreet Singh contributed a goal each.

For the Jagraon academy, Andeep Singh, Sagar, Harsimran Singh, Gurbhaj Singh and Kulbir Singh chipped in with a goal each to hold Jarkhar Academy to a draw at the end of the regular time.

In the penalty shootout, Jarkhar Academy came out triumphant to lift the winners’ trophy.

Raghubir Singh of Jarkhar Academy and Sagar of Sant Fateh Singh Academy were declared players of the tournament.

In the senior section, Jagtar XI of Jarkhar scraped past Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan 5-4 to clinch the title. The two teams were tied 3-3 at the breather.

For the winners, captain Gursatinder Singh Pargat scored four goals and Manminder Singh Happy accounted for one goal to complete the tally while Harmeet Singh scored a brace for the losing side. Harpreet Singh and Gagandeep Singh added one goal each to reduce the victory margin.

Gursatinder Singh of Jagtar XI and Jaswinder Singh of Sant Fateh Singh Club were adjudged best players of the tournament.

On the occasion, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, director (sports), Shri Guru Granth Sahib University, Amritsar, Rakesh Mahindra, executive member, Cycling Federation of India, Ashwani Sharma, zonal manager, Bank of India, Dronacharya awardee and former national hockey coach, Baldev Singh, Darshan Singh Grewal, chief coach, Grewal Hockey Academy, Kila Raipur, and social worker Sukhminder Singh Garcha were honoured for their contribution to different fields.

Manpreet Singh Ayali, Dakha MLA, Hira Singh Gabria, chairman, District Planning Board ,and Bhai Surjit Singh Sahnewal gave away prizes to the winning team.



Day 16: Women Cong wing comes out in support of fishery students
Says the university should be closed down if it can’t provide jobs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Protest by the students of the Fisheries Department of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University today entered Day 16. The students are protesting against the Punjab Government and GADVASU authorities for failing to get them jobs in the fisheries department of the state.

“We are getting no support either from the university authorities or from the government. We are being pressurised to end our strike but we are committed to our goal and will not put in,” said Khushwinder Singh, a student.

“Our meeting has been fixed with minister GS Ranike and four students will meet him. Let’s see what will be the outcome of the meeting. If anything concrete does not happen we will continue with the strike,” he said. Meanwhile, Women Congress wing has lent support to the protesting students of the Fisheries Department. Leena Taparia, president of the Women Congress wing, said if government cannot give job to the students then it should shut down the university.



Now, dental surgeons can give death certificates
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Now, dental surgeons have been authorised to give death certificates. The pending demand of the Dental Council of India (DCI) has finally got the government’s nod. Dr Vikas Jindal, member of the council from Punjab, said the council wanted that the dental surgeons should be permitted to issue death certificates if a patient died during the procedure.

“The government has given its nod and now dentists can issue death certificates,” he said. He said sometimes they attended to accident victims with a tooth injury and death could occur in that case or sometimes it could be due to some infection.

Another issue concerning the dentistry which was discussed during the recently held DCI meeting was to extend the retirement age of dental teachers from 65 to 70.

Dr Jindal said the DCI had also proposed moratorium for dental colleges in the country. “Expressing concern over the increasing number of dental colleges in the country, it is mulling over halting the opening of a new dental college,” said Dr Jindal.

“Northeast has been excluded from the moratorium as the region needs new dental colleges,” he said.



Admission to Meritorious School
DEO wants students to fill in forms
Charanjeet Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Finally the officials of the District Education Department issued instructions to all the school heads to get the admission forms filled by students who bagged more than 80 per cent marks in Class X for admission to Meritorious School. In recent instructions the District Education Officer (DEO), Ludhiana, asked school heads to inform the students about the admissions to Meritorious School.

According to the directions, the students can download the forms from the site and can submit it at their respective schools. After scruitinising the school heads would further submit their forms at the District Education Offices.

The District Education Officer, Gurjot Singh, instructed that the forms should be submitted till June 21 at the respective offices of the DEOs.

According to the information the classes at Meritorious School will start from July 1. The government will not charge fee from the students to pursue studies in senior secondary classes in various streams, including non-medical, medical and commerce.

The government will also provide hostel facility to the students.

The building of the school is almost complete and the workers have been giving the final touch to the classrooms. However, the hostel building is still incomplete.

The district authorities claimed that everything would be ready till July 1 and students would not face any inconvenience.



VAT claim on exports discussed in UPCMAs’ meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
A meeting of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association was held under the presidentship of Charnajit Singh Vishivkarma, here today. The authenticated list of documents required and VAT claim for export to Nepal took the centrestage during the meeting.

“While supplying engineered goods to Nepal and Bhutan, the supplier is not fetching any dollar but an exchange of the Indian currency. The supplier is not earning any cash as export dividend/incentive either from the state or from the Central Government,” said Vishivkarma.

Further senior vice-president Inderjit Singh Navyug said the department can levy 5.5 per cent VAT if the supplier is unable to furnish the entry form for the consignment to Nepal, as in the case of domestic suppliers where the dealer has to pay a penalty of 3.5 per cent VAT, if unable to provide right C form against supplies at the end of particular financial year.

“We have also approached the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in this regard. But no response has been received so far. A huge amount of VAT is still lying pending with the department. Industry is already going through a tough phase and it will be forced to shut down and move to other states if the government does not address the grievances,” said Vishivkarma.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Indian Taxation Advocates Association was also held on Monday. The association demanded that the Section 13(1), that was made applicable from April 1, should be abolished. According to the new section, the VAT will be given only after the commodity is sold. Association members said the section will give a push to the inspector raaj and so it should be abolished at the earliest.



Jagraon police form eagle squad
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 16
With an aim to tackle street crimes, the Jagraon police have formed an eagle squad. Jagraon SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said the squad had been formed to prevent crimes such as snatching, theft and eve-teasing in the town. “The squad consists of five teams,” he said.

“Each team of the squad will include two officials and will be deployed on a 24-hour duty. Members of the eagle squad have been given training to check snatchings and eve-teasing. Besides, patrolling has also been intensified,” said SSP Brar.

There has been a considerable rise in the incidents of snatching in Jagraon. More than 12 incidents of snatching have taken place in the town so far. A majority of the victims have been elderly women.

SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar, Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar and SP Naveen Kumar also took out a march in the town today. The SSP visited various residential areas of the town.

He met some of the victims of the snatching incidents. He also appealed to the residents to inform the police if they noticed any suspicious activity in their localities.

He also instructed the police officials to perform their duties with dedication and attend to the public complaints without any delay. “We will not hesitate to take action if any police officer is found neglecting his duty,” warned the SSP.



Rice expo concludes

Sahnewal, June 16
The three-day “Rice Pro-Tech Expo” concluded at Jifco Resorts today. More than 2,000 rice millers, traders and exporters visited the expo.

Surinder Gupta, event organiser, said the exhibition provided an opportunity to rice millers of Punjab and nearby states to get to know about the latest technology that would help them reduce post paddy procurement losses and increase the quality of rice. More than 100 companies displayed colour sorter machines, air compressors, silos, rice husker, de-stoner, and rice separator, induction motors, flour and dal milling machinery during the expo.

President of the All-India Federation of Rice Millers Association Tarsem Saini appealed to the NDA Government to modernise the Food Corporation of India to put an end to rising corruption in the food grain sector once and for all. He requested the state government to update the milling policies.

More than 1,000 rice millers of Punjab and Haryana said if their demands were not met, they would not stock custom milling paddy. Business Empire Exhibitions in association with the Punjab Rice Millers Association had organised the event. — OC



NGO calls for better traffic mgmt
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 16
The Road Safety-Minded Council has called upon the District Administration to improve the traffic management in the city and to supervise the work for the widening of roads which remains choked with vehicular traffic due to permanent and temporary encroachments.

In a memorandum submitted to the DC, Rajat Aggarwal, the president of the council, Sham Singh Harika, chief patron Kamaljit Soi and other members pointed out that the government land along with main roads connecting Fountain Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk till Model Town have been encroached upon by certain persons resulting in curtailing of road.

“Over the period, green belts around Fountain Chowk were put to commercial use due to the construction of shops and booths in and around the area,” said the council president.

The functionaries of the council urged the authorities to restore green belts, remove all permanent and temporary encroachments along the main roads and widen the main roads to ensure better traffic management and smooth flow of vehicular traffic. This would also help deescalating the alarming rate of road accidents.



Review reasons for defeat in Lok Sabha elections, Ayali to SAD-BJP workers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
MLA from Dakha constituency Manpreet Singh Ayali today held a meeting with SAD and BJP workers and leaders at Kings Palace, Dugri. The MLA said that recent defeat in Lok Sabha Elections should be considered of both the parties and appealed to put in more hard work in future.

Ayali added that he would listen to grievances of people daily at his residence in Ayali village from 9 am to 11 am and would soon open his office in Ludhiana.

He will also visit Circuit House once in a week to address the grievances. He assured the workers that promises made with people during elections would be fulfilled at every cost.

Ayali said, “There is a need to review the reasons behind the defeat and the cells of both the parties should work at practical level to solve out the issues.”





From schools
Students learn about Punjabi culture

Ludhiana: A summer camp was held at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School. The whole function was packed with singing and dancing activities. Students and teachers gave performances including kawali, group dance and choreography and laid emphases on Punjabi culture. Students from the junior classes prepared a beautiful rangoli.

Children learn new skills

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, organised a summer camp. Children belonging to different age groups got an opportunity to learn and enjoyed various activities such as skating, spoken English, personality development, yoga, dance, art and craft, divinity, gurmat training and cooking. About 62 students participated in the camp. Gurmat training was the major attraction for the children. They also developed hospitality skills.

Summer camp

Doraha: A summer camp was organised at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha. On the culmination ceremony of the camp, students represented the glimpses of various activities on-stage which they learnt during summer camp, including yoga, computer classes, English speaking classes, cooking, dance, knitting and stitching along with art and craft, sports, etc. — TNS



Cloudy weather, drizzle to shower respite today: Expert
Anupam Bhagria

Ludhiana, June 16
City today witnessed a maximum temperature of 41.8 degree Celsius while minimum temperature remained 32.4 degree. Light dust winds kept blowing till afternoon and the intense heatwave made the situation all the more difficult for the city residents.

The director of the School of Climate Change and Agriculture Metrology, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr LK Dhaliwal, said, “A cloudy weather, along with thunderstorm or light rainfall, is forecasted for tomorrow. Rainfall may occur at isolated places.”

In the morning, around 5.30 am, the sky was partially cloudy. But as the day advanced, the clouds disappeared and the scorching sun made its way.

Meanwhile, the relative humidity has increased. Dr Dhaliwal said, “It remained 62 per cent today.” Rajeshwar Singh, a rickshaw puller said, “I did not earn much today due to the sweating. I thought the rainy season has begun.”



Thieves strike at grocery shop, decamp with goods worth 20K
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
Thieves decamped with cash and goods worth Rs 20,000 from a shop at the College Road here last night. The incident came to light today morning when the shop owner opened the shop, following which he immediately informed the local police about the incident. The police reached the spot after one and a half hours which irked the shopkeepers.

According to the owner of grocery store Hari Ram and Sons, the thieves stole cash worth Rs 2,000 and goods amounting to Rs 20,000 from the shop.

“The thieves entered the shop after cutting the locks of the main entrance of the store,” said Hari Ram, owner of the shop.

“We have obtained the CCTV footage of a finance company. The office of the company is adjacent to the shop where the theft took place,” said ASI Kuldeep Singh.

A month back, some unidentified thieves stole computer screens from the Jagraon branch of Canara Bank. The bank is located just opposite to the shop where the theft incident took place today.



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