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Bains’ sangat darshan gets raw deal
Mayor Gohalwari gets the room in Zone C office locked, cites poor upkeep
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
“Tussle” between Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwari and Independent MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains came to the fore today when the room in the Zone C office, where a sangat darshan had been held by Bains for the past about 10 years, was locked on the instructions of the Mayor.

While Bains said it was a deliberate attempt by the Mayor to create problems in their sangat darshan programme, the latter said the room was a government property and the councillors were not entitled to use it. Besides, nobody takes care of the premises in his absence, the Mayor added.

While Bains was away to attend a meeting in Chandigarh, Independent councillors representing Zone C held the sangat darshan programme. The councillors included Swarandeep Shahal, Ranjit Singh Ubbi, Satpal Singh Lohara, PS Soma, Sher Singh Garcha and Arjan Singh. They heard the problems of residents of Zone C.

“Somebody informed me on the phone that the room, in which I had been holding the sangat darshan programme for the past 10 years, had been locked. I asked the councillors to be calm and hold the sangat darshan programme in the open. The councillors redressed around 45 grievances on the spot. The room is not a personal property and we were using it for the public,” said Bains.

The Mayor, however, said he had instructed the officers concerned to get the room locked for the simple reason that the fans and lights remained on throughout the day. “I use it just once a week, i.e. Wednesday. Nobody else is entitled to use the room but it remains open for the entire week. So, I got it locked and this has not been done to harass anyone,” said the Mayor.

No ill will against anybody

I use it just once a week, i.e. Wednesday. Nobody else is entitled to use the room but it remains open for the entire week. So, I got it locked and this has not been done to harass anybody.

— Harcharan Singh Gohalwari, Ludhiana Mayor

Room not personal property

The councillors redressed around 45 grievances on the spot. The room is not a personal property and we were using it for the public.

— Simarjeet Singh Bains, Independent MLA


city bus service
HC nod for issuing permit to diesel buses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Though the city bus service has been stopped for the time being due to the “weak” financial condition of the Municipal Corporation, the High Court directions to the State Transport Department to issue permits to diesel buses involved in litigation both in Amritsar and Ludhiana has come as a major respite for the civic body.

The development was confirmed by the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal. He said: “The High Court has now directed the Transport Department to issue permits to the buses and these will be used for the public now”.

More than a dozen city buses have been parked outside the Sub-Registrar’s office at Haibowal for the past about five months. A city resident had moved the High Court, saying that Ludhiana is already a polluted city and these diesel buses will add to pollution. So, these should be replaced with the CNG buses. Baljit Singh, in-charge, city bus service, said 30 buses had been parked since February as the High Court had not allowed the Transport Department to issue permit to these buses.



F&CC clears 110 agenda items
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
This is perhaps for the first time that another meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee has been called on Thursday to clear all the agenda items, which are to be taken to the General House. At today’s meeting, 110 items were cleared by the members of committee.

The members believe since the last meeting of the committee was held in February, the issues have piled up now.

According to sources, legal opinion will be sought on the “estimates” of works as the committee has to take care of the finances and contracts while estimates are to be passed by the General House.

Around 50 orders of various development works in different wards were passed by the members today. Around 50 items of the agenda will be cleared in the next meeting and only after that the General House will be called.

With regard to a few points, the members were of the opinion that a committee should be constituted to verify the execution of works. “Such things will improve the functioning and we will be able to know the facts,” said one of the members of the committee.

The meeting was attended by Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma. Today’s meeting was held for more than three hours.



Panel to probe undertrial’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
An 18-year-old undertrial, who was facing murder charges, died of some ailment at the Civil Hospital today. He was lodged at the Borstal jail. The deceased has been identified as Sahil. He was suffering from suspected typhoid.

According to information, Sahil’s condition worsened last morning following which he was rushed to the Civil Hospital. A resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, he was lodged in the Borstal jail on June 14 this year after he was arrested for murder. A committee, including a magistrate and doctors, has been constituted to investigate the cause of his death.

Sahil’s father Parvesh Kumar has been informed about his son’s death.



Woman falls victim to ‘free-ride’ gang
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The notorious “free-ride” gang struck again in the city yesterday. The two women of the gang offered a ride to an elderly woman and stole her gold bangles worth lakhs of rupees.

Kamla Rani, a resident of Lumba Street, near Dandi Swami Mandir, said the incident took place last morning while she was waiting for an auto-rickshaw to visit her daughter’s house at Deep Nagar. She said two women alighted from a car and started hugging her. They told her that they were also going to Deep Nagar and offered her a lift.

A man, who was driving the car, drove the vehicle towards KVM School. Suddenly, he stopped the car. The women told Kamla that they had cancelled their plan to visit Deep Nagar due to some emergency. The woman got down and hired another vehicle. When she reached her daughter’s house, the latter asked her about the gold bangles. Kamla was shocked to find her four gold bangles missing. She informed the police about the incident and lodged a complaint.



Two cops held for gambling

Jagraon, August 4
The Jagraon police have booked seven persons for allegedly indulging in gambling. Of them, two are police personnel. The police have seized Rs 35,000.

Those booked have been identified as Raj Kumar, alias Raju, Ram Bakash, Naresh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, Harkesh Kumar, alias Kesha, and Gurdass Singh, all residents of Jagraon. Raj Kumar, alias Raju, Ram Bakash, Naresh Kumar and Vijay Kumar have been arrested.

Harkesh Kumar, head constable, is deployed at the Suvidha Center, Jagraon, while Gurdass Singh, constable, is posted at the MSK.



CWG gold medallist accorded warm welcome
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 4
Vikas Thakur, who has won weightlifting silver in the 20th Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow, Scotland, was accorded a warm welcome here today. He was received at the railway station by District Sports Officer Kartar Singh Sehmbey, his coach Parvesh Chander Sharma, office-bearers of the Ludhiana District Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association (LDWBA) and others.

Vikas was taken to Guru Nanak Stadium in a procession where he was received by Paramjit Singh, SDM (East), and other officials. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, and Jagbir Singh Grewal, a prominent sports promoter, also congratulated him.

Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, president of the LDWBA, appreciated Vikas Thakur’s achievement and announced a cash prize of Rs 21,000. He also lauded the effort of his coach Parvesh Chander.

Vikas Thakur, who hails from Himachal Pradesh and is employed with the IAF at Chandigarh, said it was a keen tussle between him and Patterson as the latter’s second attempt of 184 kg in clean and jerk was declared no lift. However, Patterson made a clean lift in his third attempt which won hid gold.

His parents, Brij Lal and Asha Thakur, owe their son’s success to his dedication, discipline and training under the watchful eyes of his coach. His sister, Abhilasha said she had received her Rakhi gift as Vikas brought fame to the country.

Meanwhile, Rupinder Singh Ravi, Assistant Director, Sports, Punjab, said the medal winners from the state would be felicitated by the government at a function slated to be held in Chandigarh.

Coach goes down memory lane

Parvesh Chander Sharma, Vikas Thakur’s coach and gold medallist of the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship and World Weightlifting Championship, was overwhelmed to see his trainee being accorded a warm reception. “In 1990, when I returned after winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games at Auckland, there was nobody to receive him. I took a rickshaw and left for my home,” said Parvesh Chander Sharma.



Better Ludhiana: loose power cables
Swords hanging over city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Loose electricity wires jutting out of poles, hanging power cables, mangled webs of wires in the old city area are ubiquitous. These are there for all to see, but curiously, these seem to escape the attention of the authorities. The absence of alacrity by the authorities in fixing these is astonishing. These can sting and kill any time, the moment these become loose or naked.

Navpreet Singh Bedi, a social worker, said: “A number of people have lost their lives after coming in contact with loose power cables, but the authorities are yet to swing into action. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) should be held responsible for all such incidents. The guilty should be punished. It is strange that the issue was never raised in any of the MC meetings.”

Hardial Singh Aman, a city resident, said: “The situation worsens during the rainy season. We avoid sending children out. Even parks are not safe. One can see loose wires in every nook and cranny of the city. The Municipal Corporation and the PSPCL seem least concerned.”

Bavtaran Singh Saini, a student, said: “In the old city area, residents avoid going to rooftops due to the lurking danger. High-tension wires have claimed a number of lives in the past. The authorities should act.”

Mandeep Singh Sidhu, a resident, said: “The MC and the PSPCL are not ready to take the responsibility. Recently, a child died after coming in contact with high-tension wires. The authorities’ apathetic attitude is costing residents dear. The matter is grave, but nobody is concerned.”

Ravi Deep, another resident, said: “Wires jutting out of junction boxes can prove fatal. Every year, crops are destroyed in fire. Underground power system is the need of the hour. Potholes on roads can turn even more fatal during the rainy season. Because of the negligence of the authorities, innocent people and children have to suffer. ”

Gurbax Singh Midha, a resident, said: “A few days ago, a girl was electrocuted in our area. She failed to notice a wire on the road.”



Parking contractors overcharge visitors
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Parking contractors in the city are making hay. They are fleecing visitors. Still the authorities are not acting against them. In the absence of any check, the attendants overcharge visitors. Attendants at a parking lot in the interior part of the city near Books Market, Chaura Bazaar, demand anything from the visitors.

“I happened to visit the market last evening. As usual, I parked my car in the designated parking lot, where a number of cars were already parked. The attendant gave me a blank slip. After finishing my work, I entered the parking lot to get my car. The attendant demanded Rs 50 as parking fee and I was stunned. When told that earlier, the fee was between Rs 20 and Rs 30, the attendant said the rates had been revised. But this was too much. I asked the person to give me the slip, but he refused to do so and said they had to maintain records,” said Monica Maini, a teacher at KVM School. Otherwise, parking rates at the particular parking is Rs 10 for two-wheelers and Rs 30 for four-wheelers, which is exorbitant.

Taking the problem lightly, secretary, Zila Parishad, SS Nagra said: “I will look into the matter.”

Similar problems are being faced by the visitors outside Aansal Plaza, Ferozepur Road, where no rates are mentioned on slips and contractors’ men demand for anything. Having no other choice, the visitors pay the parking fee. Women are asked to shell out Rs 40.



Realtors condemn hike in collector rates
Our correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
Property dealers held a protest at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the Mini-Secretariat today. They resented persistent increase in collector rates of the property. They were also sore over the delay in the issuance of no objection certificates (NOCs) to plots and properties which were regularised under the new policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the protesting property dealers maintained that the collector rates for the purpose of registration of sale deeds of properties had been repeatedly increased and the situation was worst for areas located around Haibowal where, in some cases, the collector rates were much more than the prevailing market price of land and property.

Ravinder Arora and Mandeepi Manni, who led the protest, also criticised the urban local bodies and the area development authority for causing undue delay in issuing NOCs to the owners of plots and built-up properties who had applied for regularisation under the new policy along with stipulated composition fee.

Responding to the demand raised by the property dealers in the memorandum, the deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal announced the constitution of a six-member committee to review the collector rates of the property in the city. Three members of the representative body of the property dealers, along with two tehsildars and the district revenue officer, will review the collector rates and submit their report to the district administration.

Functionaries of the association, while reiterating the demand for scrapping the condition of NOC for the purpose of transfer of ownership, said the issue would be discussed with the Punjab Minister for Local Bodies, Anil Joshi, at a meeting to be held in Chandigarh on August 5, 2014.

If the state government maintained its adamant attitude and the demand for doing away with the condition of NOC was not accepted and implemented within 15 days, a mass agitation all over the state would be launched, the property dealers said.



Water samples fit for consumption, claims Health Department
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The Health Department may have put the blame on the Municipal Corporation for water contamination in Jawaddi, but the Municipal Corporation has made it clear that the water samples taken by department were fit for consumption. More than 300 cases of diarrhoea and cholera were reported from the area recently.

Executive Engineer, O and M branch, Zone D, Ravinder Garg said seven water samples were taken by the department from houses and water pipes from affected areas on July 23. Those were sent to eco laboratories at Mohali and the report was received recently. “The water samples are fit for human consumption and there is no contamination,” said Garg. When asked why the Health Department had declared the samples unfit earlier, Garg said the samples were tested at the PAU.



Residential School for meritorious students
Finally, academic session begins
306 students to get free education; residential arrangements not proper, complain students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The academic session at the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious students finally began here today. The session was earlier scheduled to start on July 1. Students from the peripheral areas of Ludhiana and nearby districts attended classes on the first day.

According to Education Department officials, a total of 306 students have joined the school. Among them, 198 are in non-medical stream, 58 in medical stream and 50 are pursuing commerce.

Meanwhile, the students were disappointed at the residential arrangement made for them at the school.

The state government has constructed the school building in a record time but the hostels for boys and girls are still not ready.

As the hostel building for boys is still under construction, the school management arranged for the stay of boy students in classrooms of the school building. The students are worried about their safety and security in classrooms. Moreover, there is no proper provision of bathroom.

The land and building of the hostel of SCD Government College have been provided to the school. But the renovation work of the boys’ hostel of the college is still under way. The school management has arranged the stay of girls at this hostel. The girl students complained about poor electricity connections at the hostel and found the newly-painted rooms stinky and uncomfortable.

Students were seen complaining to their parents on phone regarding the ‘inadequate’ arrangements.

Officiating school principal Anoop Passi said, “We will try to provide all the comforts to the students. It is true that due to non-availability of proper hostel, the students have to suffer a bit. But we will try to do the best on our part to ensure students don’t face inconvenience during their stay here.”



Govt College hostellers putting up in PG houses
Hostel building now houses meritorious students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The state government has been projecting the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students as an effort to promote quality education. However, the project has left the hostellers at SCD Government College here a suffering lot.

Since the hostel building at the college was given to the school for meritorious students, the hostellers were deprived of the facility. They are now putting up in paying guest houses in the city.

The government college provides the hostel facility to sportspersons. Sportsmen alleged that without the hostel facility, it became difficult for them to practice in early morning and evenings.

Though a new hostel building is being constructed for these sportspersons on the college premises, the project has jumped the deadline.

The Public Works Department had to competed the construction work in one year but even several months have passed since the deadline lapsed, the structure of building is not ready.

The construction work of hostel is going on at a snail’s pace.

Dr Dharam Singh Sandhu, principal, SCD Government College, said, “I have asked the PWD officials to hasten the construction work. Our students have been facing inconvenience for want of a hostel facility. We will ask the PWD to complete at least one block so that we can adjust those sportsmen who are in the dire need of the hostel.”



Lathicharge: ETT teachers burn govt effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Protesting against yesterday’s incident wherein ETT teachers were cane-charged at Amritsar, the ETT Adhyapak Union burnt an effigy of the state government here today. The protesters condemned the police action of baton-charging in which some teachers sustained injuries.

Bhawandeep Singh, a union leader, said the state president of the union was on a hunger strike for the last 15 days in support of their demand. However, instead of listening to their demands, the state government resorted to torturing teachers. He warned the government against provoking teachers.

The ETT teachers have been demanding merger of the 5,752 schools in the state being run under zila parishads with the Education Department.

Police action condemned

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Activists and office-bearers of various social organisations and trade unions have condemned the lathi charge on ETT teachers protesting peacefully for their rights in various parts of the state on Sunday.

Trade union activists, led by a former president of Government Teachers Union, Baldev Singh Latala, the general secretary of Punjab Kisan Sabha, Sikandar Singh Jartoli, and a former president of the Municipal Council, Jatinder Bhola, flayed the Punjab Government for using the state police to suppress the movement launched by teachers, who were seeking implementation of their long-pending demands.

Instead of listening to their grievances and impressing upon the authorities concerned to hold talks with leaders of the protesting organisation, the police assaulted the innocent teachers without any provocation at various places, regretted the leaders.

Jaswinder Singh Sond, the chairman of the backward classes wing of the District Congress Committee, lamented that the police, who were supposed to maintain law and order, tried to stop protesting teachers forcibly.



Farmers cautioned against toxic gases in tubewell pits
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Soil and water engineering experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have observed that cultivation of rice in hot and humid weather often results in accumulation of gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen in tubewell pits.

Dr AK Jain, Head, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, said, “A farmer entering the tubewell pit to repair the pump can become unconscious due to less oxygen or get asphyxiated.” He advised farmers to check presence of poisonous gases before entering tubewell pits. He also suggested lowering a lighted lamp into the pit to check the presence of gases. If the lamp blows out, it indicates carbon dioxide/nitrogen levels in the pit are much higher than oxygen level, the PAU don added.

Dr Jain further said in order to push out these gases in shallow pits, move an open inverted umbrella up and down in the pit for about an hour. A jute bag can also be used for the purpose. The gas can also be removed by lowering a table fan up to bottom of the pit and running it for half an hour. He said, “In case of belt-driven pumpsets, run the pump idle for about 20 minutes. The gas will be agitated and will come out of the pit within 30 minutes.”

For deep pits, push out gases by lowering a flexible plastic pipe attached to the inlet of an air blower. Put lime (calcium oxide) solution in the pit to neutralise carbon dioxide, Dr Jain added. Plastering walls can reduce the entry of gases in pits, but will not prevent it fully, he observed. After adopting any of these methods, the lighted lamp should again be used before entering the pit.

Dr Jain emphasised that at least, one person should be present at the site when the pump or motor is being repaired in the pit.



No response to memorandum
Activists block road for 2 hours
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 4
Activists and office-bearers of the Ahmedgarh Bachao Morcha blocked the Pohir road near Guru Nanak Mohalla here today. The protesters denounced the authorities concerned and held the protest after having received no response to their memorandum that was submitted to the executive magistrate, a week ago.

The blockade, which was lifted after around two hours, was followed by a protest march that passed through major markets and roads of the town.

The former president, Municipal Council, Jatinder Bhola, and Sukhcharanjit Sharma, president and patron of the morcha, said the Administration has failed to provide basic amenities to the local public in general and residents of low-lying areas in particular.

Guru Nanak Mohalla, Amarpura, Jawahar Nagar, Railway Road, Dhulkot Road, Mahavir Road, Bank Road and Dehliz Road were among the worst-affected regions due to the poor sewerage and disposal system. Situation worsens up during the rainy season when the rainwater seeps into homes and water accumulates in the low-lying areas.

Accusing the SAD and BJP leaders of ignoring demands of residents due to political reasons, Bhola and Sharma alleged the residents are being punished for voting against the candidates launched by the ruling party in various elections during the past years.

The protest march concluded at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk in the afternoon, where office-bearers of various social and trade organisations announced to support the agitation.

Sikandar Singh Jartoli, Baldev Latala (office-bearers of the Punjab Kissan Sabha), trade union leader Parmeshwar Pal Singh and Hardeep Singh, social activist, led their jathas during the march of the protesters.



pending demands
Pensioners’ association denounce govt inaction
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 4
A meeting of the Government Pensioners’ Association, Doraha, was held at KK Kaushal Memorial Bhavan today. Pawan Kumar Kaushal presided over the meeting. The meeting strongly condemned the alleged harsh and callous attitude of the Akali-BJP government as far as the pleas of the pensioners are concerned.

The association has blamed the Badal government for retreating from its promises made during the Lok Sabha poll to implement the accepted demands of the pensioners. The pensioners have been demanding an immediate release of the installment of DA, pending since January 2014, arrear of DA (10 per cent) for the period of July, 2013, to January, 2014, and the facility of cashless treatment to the pensioners on the pattern of the military personnel, as announced in the budget session in February, 2013.

In a special resolution, the meeting also condemned the passage of the draconian, colonial and anti-democratic Punjab Prevention of Damage of Public and Private Bill-2014, which they believed debars public of their democratic right to protest against the injustices done with them.

The gathering urged the government to withdraw the anti-people and undemocratic bill. The meeting also appealed to the Governor of the state to not to sign the bill. During the meeting, it was decided that the members will participate in the rallies to be organised by the Pensioners Joint Front in Patiala on August 14 and at Talwandi Sabo on August 17.



Govt unburdens DHOs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The government has unburdened the District Health Officers (DHO). They have been asked to check food adulteration and quality of food under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Civil Surgeons across the state have received letters by the government regarding the same. The government has asked to pull back DHOs handling any state or national programmes. Now, the prime responsibility will be to ensure the enforcement of the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said he had already received the letter.

“Apart from handling some national and state programmes, the DHOs looked after the issuance of birth and death certificates,” said Dr Batta.



Travel Mart concludes
It’s time to unwind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The three-day India Travel Mart (ITM) concluded today. This year, travel agents, industrialist, shoppers, members of various associations and clubs turned up.

Travel promotion awards

India Tourism Stall: Best Domestic Tourist Awareness Promotion Award; Gujarat Tourism: Best Picturesque Display Stall Award; Rajasthan: Best Decoration and Display Award; Himachal Tourism: Best Adventure and Eco Tourism Promotion Award; Maharashtra Tourism: Best Tourism Destination Marketing Award; Kerala Tourism: Best Summer Destination Presentation Stall Award; Hyatt Regency Ludhiana: Best City Hotel for Hospitality and Guest Relation; Thomas Cook: Best Stall for International Packages Promotion.



Creativity at its best
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
A six-day workshop for fashion and interior designing students began at the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) today. Art director Jiwan Kalia interacted with students. The event aims at exploring the potential of students.

Jiwan said he believed in simplicity and tried to depict emotions of human beings through his works. He has specialised his career in film art direction and full pre-production of commercials, movies and television serials. The film art director is good at product, accessory and interior designing. He got the best teacher award in 2002.

Jiwan gave students a script on the first day. Students will work on the script and visualise characters, design costumes and plan sets. The work of students will be converted into stop motion animation on the last day of the workshop. He motivated the young designers to stick to the concept till perfection was attained. “The experience of learning with Jiwan is unique in itself. He not only focuses on costume design and set design, but also tries to inculcate the thought process of becoming a better human being who aims at making society a better place to live,” said Kanu Verma, a student.



from schools
Teej celebrated

Ludhiana: Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, celebrated Teej. Students from Classes nursery to II came in colorful traditional dresses. Swings were decorated with beautiful flowers. Songs of joy were sung and children were entertained with giddha, bhangra and folk music. School principal Suman Arora and teachers were dressed in traditional wears. Students feasted on dishes like kheer, malpuras and sweet rice.

Investiture held

BCM School, Dugri, organised an investiture ceremony, which began with a prayer. It was followed by ceremonial pinning of badges and handing over of sashes to school captains Bakshishpreet Singh and Anupreet Kaur and the captains of all the school houses by principal, coordinators and house masters. Prince Dhiman and Ishu were selected as the captains of Shalimar House; Abhishek Kaushal and Navjot Kaur of Gulmohar House; Vikas Goyal and Gurleen Kaur of Kohinoor House; and Namandeep Singh and Bhumika Mittal of the Pukhraj House.

Fruit party

Tiny-tots of Green Grove Public School were treated to a fruit party. Students came to school dressed as different fruits and relished fresh fruits at the party. Every child either recited a poem or spoke about a fruit. School president JPS Jolly and principal S George also joined the party.

Traditional fervour

Girl students of Sri OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School celebrated Teej with fun and gusto. Students were treated to folk songs, giddha and food items. Principal Dr Sanjeev Bindra appreciated the participants of on-the-spot activities.

Spirit of swing

Teej was celebrated with fervour at BVM, Shishu Vatika, Cemetery road. Tiny-tots performed giddha and bhangra. The best gabru and the best mutiyaar contests were held.

Punjabi declamation

Parneet Kaur of Class IX won the first prize in the Punjabi declamation contest organised by Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex at Jesus Sacred Heart School, South City, Ludhiana. Principal Vinita Sanan congratulated her on her feat.

Festive fervour

Atam Devki Niketan, Kidwai Nagar, organised a function to celebrate Teej. Students came dressed in colourful Punjabi attires and danced dance on different songs. Besides, they enjoyed swings decorated with flowers. Principal Mridhu Ablash said the aim of organising cultural activities was to help students relate and bond with their culture.

Vanamahotsava week

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, is celebrating Vanamahotsava Week. The celebrations commenced with inter-house poster-making and slogan-writing competitions for primary and secondary classes. The theme of the competitions was ‘Save trees, endangered species and plants’. Students of the kindergarten wing came to the school dressed in yellow costumes and celebrated the Primary Colour Day.

Mock press conference

A mock press conference was organised in Green Land Convent School, Dugri. Students of Classes XI and XII played spokespersons of political parties. Akash Verma played the part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sneha portrayed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Gurkirat Singh as BD Tripathi, a scientist, Amandeep Kaur portrayed Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti and Amandeep Singh played the part of Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal. Twenty-six students posed as mediapersons and put questions to the panel. School principal Gurpreet Kaur congratulated the students for a wonderful presentation. — TNS



Woman’s decomposed body found
Our Correspondent

Malaudh, August 4
A decomposed body of a married woman was found under mysterious circumstances from the Lasara drain between Uksi and Moranwali villages near here last evening. The police suspect her body could have been carried to the area in some vehicle and dumped in the drain passing through the area. The SHO, Malaudh, Jarnail Singh, said the body has decomposed beyond recognition.

The body was first spotted by residents, led by member of panchayat Manpreet Singh, who then reported the matter to the police yesterday. Stray dogs were found to be eating the body of the woman.

Golden lycra slex, white undershirt, green nailpaint and a pair of silver anklets have been identified by the police.

The body has been sent to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, for conducting a postmortem and have sought DNA test to ascertain the identity of the woman.

Organisers of religious organisations of the region have been asked to inform residents of their respective areas, so that reports on missing persons could be gathered.



11 bags of poppy husk recovered in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 4
The police have recovered eleven bags of poppy husk from the fields of a farmer at Talwandi Khurd village, near Jagraon. The bags were recovered today afternoon, during a search operation carried out by a police team following a tip-off.

On the basis of information, a police team led by the DSP (D), Jagraon, Naveen Kumar, and the Station House Officer (SHO) of Jagraon, Sadar Police Station, Harbhajan Singh Cheema, carried out the search operation in the fields. During the search, the police recovered eleven bags of the drug each containing 40 kilogram of poppy husk.

According to the police, the estimated cost of the drug in the international market stands near Rs 13 lakh.

The actual source of the drug recovered by the police is yet to be established.

“We have questioned the farmer who owns the field. We have been investigating the matter from various angles to establish as to who hid the drug in the fields,” said the SHO.



7 gram of heroin seized

Jagraon, August 4
The Hathur Police have claimed to have arrested three persons and have seized 7-gram of heroin from their possession. The accused have been identified as Hardeep Singh, alias Deepu, of Sattowal village, Varinder Singh, alias Bittu, of Cheema village and Davinder Singh, alias Bheema, of Binjal village, near Jagraon.

As per the information, the accused were arrested during a routine checking by a police team from the Hathur Police Station near Manuke village, yesterday evening. The police have also impounded a Mahindra bolero jeep from the accused.

Youths in the jeep (PB 25 E 3004) on seeing the police team tried to flee away from the spot. But the police team chased the accused and nabbed them at a distance.

Confirming the development, the SHO, Hathur Police Station, Shivdeep Singh, said a case has been registered against all the three accused under the NDPS Act at the police station and further investigation is on. — OC



cricket meet
BVM trounce GRD Academy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 4
Riding on an all-round performance, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School (BVM), Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar branch, defeated GRD Academy by 44 runs in the first match of the Ludhiana Inter-School Zonal Cricket Tournament (U-19) being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU.

GRD Academy won the toss and opted to field. In the stipulated 12 overs, BVM scored 97 runs in which the main contributors were Pushkar (25), Chiranajivi (13) and Jatin (12). For GRD Academy, Jatin claimed four wickets for 11 runs while Dharmvir grabbed two wickets for nine runs. Chasing the target, GRD Academy’s innings folded at 53 runs after 11 overs. Only Ankit Goel could manage to reach double figure.

He contributed 12 runs off 15 deliveries.

For the winning side, Ankur captured three wickets for eight runs while Pushkar took two for seven runs and Jatin got two for six runs to help their side to wrap up the issue quite comfortably.



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