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SAD worker booked after ex-model kills self
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The police have booked Rupinder Singh Sheela, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) worker, in an abetment-to-suicide case after a former model ended her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in the Daba area here today.

Later during the day, her relatives staged a dharna and blocked the Gill road by placing the boady in the middle of the road.

The protest led to a massive traffic jam and left thousands of commuters stranded. Till the time of filing of this report the police officials were trying to pacify the agitators.

The victim, identified as Shina (24), was found hanging this morning. The incident came to light when Ramesh Kumar, victim’s father, along with his relatives, lodged a complaint with the police wherein he reportedly blamed Rupinder Singh for dumping his daughter and marrying some other girl, which drove his daughter into depression and she committed suicide.

Shina’s father told the police that his daughter was an aspiring model. She got married nearly three years ago. But the marriage did not work and soon the couple parted ways. He said as his daughter was undergoing psychological trauma, Rupinder Singh took advantage of the situation and soon won her trust.

Ramesh claimed that his daughter fell in love with the him as Rupinder started giving her false assurances of marriage and physically exploited her.

Shina was shocked when she learnt Rupinder had clandestinely married a girl nearly two months ago. She raised the issue, following which a senior leader also intervened to resolve the matter. Yesterday, he had called Rupinder and Shina and allegedly pressurred the girl for a compromise.

Ramesh Kumar said his daughter appeared depressed when she returned home and was found dead today.

Earlier, Rupinder Singh was a Congress worker. He had fought the Municipal Corporation (MC) election from Ward No. 60 in 2012. After losing the elections, he joined the SAD.

Congress leader from the Atam Nagar constituency Ishwarjot Singh Cheema said: “Whatever has happened is uncalled for. Involvement of politicians in immoral activities is a matter of concern. The senior leader, who was trying to effect a compromise and reportedly pressurred the girl against approaching the police, should shun such activities.”

Atam Nagar ACP Mukhtiyar said a case of abetment to suicide had been registered on a complaint of the victim’s father, Ramesh Kumar. Raids were on to arrest the accused person.

“I do not know whether Ramesh Kumar, victim’s father, named any senior politician with regard to effecting a compromise. We have registered the case after recording his statement,” he said.


Cigarettes, bidis banned in jails
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Once bitten twice shy, the adage holds true for the jail authorities. After facing brickbats from all quarters over the use of drugs by jail inmates, the Jail Department has banned the use of cigarettes and bidis in jail.

Superintendent, Central Jail (Ludhiana), SP Khanna, said the ban on smoking had been in effect for the past more than 20 days.

Earlier, cigarettes and bidis were available at the jail canteen and inmates could purchase theme in limited quantities.

The recent allegation levelled by former DGP (Prison) Shashikant has sent prison official on the back foot. Shashikant had alleged that an organised nexus of drug peddlers, politicians and jail officials was supplying drugs to jail inmates. He had also triggered a controversy by alleging that a former MLA from Ludhiana, who was a Cabinet minister during the previous SAD-BJP regime, had tried to press him for going slow on the drive against drug peddlers in jails.

Blaming Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for “failing” to curb the drug menace in the state, Shashikant said he had handed a list of people, including politicians involved in drug trade, to the Chief Minister in 2007. He said Badal had even pulled up a few politicians in that connection.

“Following the allegations of former DGP Shashikant, the Jail Department is on the backfoot. In order to come clean, the Jail Department has banned the use to cigarettes and bidis in the Central Jail,” said a jail official.

However, the move of the Jail Department has not gone down well with the inmates. A majority of the chain smokers are now being admitted to the drug rehabilitation centre in the jail. Recently, certain inmates requested the jail officials to lift the ban on cigarettes and bidis, but their request was categorically dismissed.

Sources said one big reason behind the ban was that some notorious criminals, who manage to “sneak in drugs”, were mixing them with tobacco to sell them.

The incident of stabbing an inmate in the Central Jail on Tuesday over the issue drugs has yet again brought to the fore the fact that the narcotic substances were still available in the jail. Though Jail Superintendent SP Khanna categorically denied the allegations levelled by the inmate.

Former DGP Sahshi Kant had said about 1 kg of heroin was consumed in every major jail in the state. There were 29 prisons in the state. As per his estimate, 10 kg of heroin was consumed in these jails every day.

Once bitten twice shy

Following the allegations of former DGP Shashikant, the Jail Department is on the backfoot. In order to come clean, the department has banned the use of cigarettes and bidis in the Central Jail.

— A jail official



building bylaws
HC assured of action against violations
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has assured a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that action against building violations would be taken by the civic body in colonies handed over to it.

In colonies yet to be handed over to the municipal corporation, the Improvement Trust would act. Action would also be initiated as and when the violations are brought to the notice of the authorities concerned.

The assurance came during the hearing of a petition filed in public interest by Rohit Sabharwal against the State of Punjab and other respondents. In the PIL, Sabharwal had prayed for directions to the state and other respondents for initiation of appropriate action against persons violating the building bye laws.

As the case came up for resumed hearing before Acting Chief Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu, a short affidavit was placed before the Division Bench by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pradeep Agarwal.

In the affidavit filed in compliance with an earlier order issued by the High Court on May 29, it was averred that the action against building violators in colonies already handed over by the Improvement Trust to the municipal corporation would have to be taken by the civic body. In case of colonies carved out by the Improvement Trust, but yet to be handed over to the corporation, the violators would be dealt with by the Improvement Trust.

Counsel for the petitioner, however, submitted before the Bench that action had so far not been initiated either by the respondents. Responding to the allegations, the counsel for respondents stated appropriate authority would act against the violators, as and when any violation was brought to their notice.

Taking a note of the assertion, the Bench asserted: “In view of the above, compliance of the previous order is complete and no further order is called for. The writ petition is ordered to be closed”.



Drainage upgrade
World Bank team visits city

Ludhiana, August 6
To improve the drainage system and to check waterlogging, a three-member team from the World Bank visited the city today. The team held meetings with the officials of the Municipal Corporation, Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Water Sewerage Department.

The members of the team, PK Jain, Anuj Aggarwal and Umedh Singh, visited Budha Nullah and other sites.

The technical adviser to MeinHardt Pvt Ltd, Singapore, Jain said the team was here to study the feasibility of improving the urban drainage system. In Punjab, they will be studying two cities, Ludhiana and Amritsar.

Jain said there were three solutions, long term, short term and medium term. “We came here for the first time and will take at least about four or five months to prepare a detailed report,” he said. The team would submit its report to the Punjab Government. — TNS



PSPCL clerk held for graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Vigilance sleuths today arrested an Upper Division Clerk of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) while he was receiving a bribe of Rs 15,000 from a farmer.

The clerk, Didar Singh was nabbed from his house at Akalgarh village in Raikot Tehsil while he was receiving Rs 15,000 from Ranjit Singh of Atiana village near Sudhar.

Ranjit Singh had recently lodged a complaint with the vigilance officials. He had told them that he had filed an application for extension of load of his tubewell connection for agricultural purpose. He paid Rs 40,000 for the extension of electricity connection. However, Didar demanded Rs 15,000 as bribe.

After receiving the complaint, the vigilance officials laid a trap and arrested Didar red-handed at his house. Didar was posted at Sudhar.



spinners spinning losses
Cut VAT on yarn to 2%, Pb govt urged
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A meeting of the Punjab Spinners Association took place here today. The members of the association said they had been requesting the Punjab Government to reduce the rate of VAT (value added tax) from 6 per cent to 2 per cent or ban the import of yarn into the state of Punjab.

In fact, Punjab’s own industry, which had made huge investments in the state, was not able to compete with the yarn spinners from outside. Spinners of Punjab have to pay VAT on yarn at the rate of 6 per cent whereas spinners in other states pay either 2 per cent VAT or nil Central Sales Tax (CST). Some states such as Delhi, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have no VAT or CST on cotton yarn.

The tax disadvantage to the yarn spinners located in Punjab had further compounded the problems of spinners as the power tariff, wages and logistics costs in Punjab were already amongst the highest in the country.

Due to import from other states, the yarn spinning industry in the state was not able to utilise its full capacity.

It is pertinent to note that the governments of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were promoting textile industry in their states by giving tax exemptions and interest subsidy, which was becoming a big threat and pain for the textile industry in Punjab. Punjab, on the other hand, was at the receiving end in the market as the state authorities were not making the tax regime or incentives competitive to the industry in other states. Due to these incentives, leading entrepreneurs of Punjab have made investments to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore in other states, which otherwise could have been made in Punjab itself.

The members of the association said the situation, if not urgently addressed, could lead to a major crisis. The association was of the view that lower utilization of capacity by yarn spinners of Punjab and investments outside the state were alarming and needed to be handled without any further loss of time.

The Punjab Government was giving a subsidy of Rs 7,600 crore in term of free power, to the farmers in the state. The subsidy was being recovered from the industry by levying 13 per cent electricity duty and cross subsidy surcharge.

The present situation, which was leading to closure of spinning mills, would create serious difficulties for farmers to sell their produce in the state. It was important from the point of view of the welfare of the farmers also that the spinning industry be supported with right policies, the association believed.

Industry’s refrain

  • Punjab’s own industry is not able to compete with the yarn spinners from other states.
  • Spinners in Punjab have to pay VAT on yarn at the rate of 6 per cent whereas spinners in other states pay either 2 per cent VAT or nil Central Sales Tax.
  • The tax disadvantage to the yarn spinners located in Punjab has compounded the problems of spinners as the power tariff, wages and logistics costs in the state are already among the highest in the country.



Owner gets unauthorised building regularised
Municipal Corporation’s building branch to issue demand notice; ATP’s involvement suspected
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The building branch of the Municipal Corporation here is all set to issue a demand notice to the owner of a commercial building, who got the premises “regularised” in violation of the regularisation policy floated by the Punjab Government.

MC officials have completed the formalities required to send the demand notice to the defaulter.

Such a scam was not possible without the involvement of the official concerned in the building branch, said an MC official.

The Assistant Town Planner (ATP) of the Zone B, Monica Anand, said the building was still under construction. The owner got it regularised in connivance with certain officials, she said. “The MC has suffered a huge financial loss due to this illegal act. We are measuring the building and the demand notice will be issued to the owner by tomorrow,” said the ATP.

The matter was highlighted by an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal. The building is situated adjacent to the Rajgarh Fusion Colony, Chandigarh Road, near the Octroi Post. The owner, allegedly in connivance with Harpreet Ghai who was given the charge of the office when the ATP Monica Anand was on leave for about a month, got the building “regularised” in violation of the norms.

The building is being constructed on five acres, which should have been regularised before April 1, 2013, as per the regularisation policy. But the registry of the plot is learnt to have completed in August 2013, and the construction of building was still on.

Till date, the owner has reportedly deposited development charges of about Rs 35 lakh while the charges ran into over one crore.

When contacted, Ghai, the erring ATP, claimed that no “regularisation” certificate was issued to the owner and the latter only deposited part payment in September-October 2013.

When asked if he got another “part-payment” deposited when Monica Anand (ATP Zone B) was on leave, Ghai said, “Yes. In those 3-4 days, the owner had deposited some payment.”

As per the rules, the regularisation policy shall provide one-time settlement to unauthorised colonies in the state of Punjab and an unauthorised colony or construction, which came up on or after April 1, 2013, shall not be regularised.


  • The building is being constructed on five acres, which should have been regularised before April 1, 2013, as per the regularisation policy. But the registry of the plot is learnt to have been done in August 2013 and the construction of the building is still on.
  • Till date, the owner has reportedly deposited development charges of about Rs 35 lakh while the charges ran into over one crore.
  • As per the rules, the regularisation policy shall provide one-time settlement to unauthorised colonies in the state of Punjab and an unauthorised colony or construction, which came up on or after April 1, 2013, shall not be regularised.



Make recovery or face action, MC officials told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, has issued directions to the civic body officials, especially the superintendents of all the zones, to make quick recoveries or face consequences.

The municipal commissioner was chairing a meeting, which was attended by Additional Commissioner Neeru Katyal, zonal commissioners and superintendants of all the zones.

Since huge recoveries of house tax, water and sewerage tax, licence fees, trade tax etc were due against city residents, Pradeep Aggarwal asked officials of the civic body to pull up their socks and recover pending payments as early as possible.

The commissioner said enough time had been given to all and now, it was time to take action.

Admn rejig

In partial modifications, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, today handed over the Establishment Branch, Complaint and Enquiry, City Bus Service, revenue generation activity and monitoring and sangat darshan to Additional Commissioner Neeru Katyal.

Further, Additional Commissioner Satwant Singh has been given the charge of the Suvidha Centre, the Bazari Branch, e-governance and computer, streetlight and workshop.

Pending payments

Since huge recoveries of house tax, water and sewerage tax, licence fees, trade tax etc were due against city residents, MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal asked officials to pull up their socks and make recoveries as early as possible



Demand for income tax appellate tribunal in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
In view of a large scale industrial and business growth of the city, the Central Government should constitute a Bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) at Ludhiana, urged the Punjab Tax Bar Association (PTBA).

The PTBA president, Ashok Kumar Juneja, and general secretary BR Kaushal have written to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that at present, all the Bar members and appellants of income tax related matters concerning Ludhiana, Moga, Ferozepur, Khanna, Phagwara and some other districts of Punjab have to go to the ITAT’s bench at Chandigarh.

PTBA senior vice-president Rajpal Gupta and vic-president Ajay Chaudhary said more than 1,000 Bar members in Ludhiana and adjoining cities would be benefitted if the ITAT Bench was constituted for Ludhiana.



Fans mourn cartoonist Pran’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The demise of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of iconic cartoon characters, including Chacha Chowdhary and Sabu, drew emotional reactions from the city residents. While Pran’s fans grieved his death. a thought of his creations brought a smile on their faces.

Tirloki Sachdeva, a fan of Chacha Chaudhary comics, is nostalgic. He recalls that Pran had a halt in Ludhiana while he was on his way to Amristar to attend a Children’s Day function several years ago. “I was 11 years of age then and we used to sell newspapers from a kiosk at the Clock Tower. Pran stopped over and said he too had worked for a newspaper, Milap. He was very jovial and told us that he loved children,” reminisces Sachdeva. “This is a sad day for all those who love the character of Chacha Chaudhary and Indian comics industry,” he said.

“I grew up reading Chacha Chaudhary. While there are several cartoon channels for the entertainment of children these days, it was the good old Chacha Chaudhary and endearing comics characters Shrimatiji, Billoo, Pinki and Raman that made our childhood colourful,” said Satish Bedi, a resident.

Some residents said even though they loved the character and comics of Chacha Chaudhary, they did not know that the man behind the characters was Pran.

“I learnt that Pran was the creator of Chacha Chaudhary today only. This used to be my favourite cartoon. It is sad to know that he died,” said Shrishti, a resident.



objectionable ads
Sofat hospital doctors put on notice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab Medical Council has issued notice to two doctors of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital for objectionable advertisement/TV channel programme. The notice issued by the Registrar, Punjab Medical Council, (a copy of which is with The Tribune) mentions that the TV programme given by Dr Amit and Dr Ruchika of the hospital is objectionable.

The Registrar has sought clarification from the doctors within 15 days of issuance of the orders and asked why action should not be taken against them.

“This type of advertising for soliciting patients is against the ethics to be observed by the registered medical practitioners. You are not supposed to give advertisement in the press and electronic media or install hoardings of any size in Punjab and adjoining states of Haryana, Himachal, J&K, Rajasthan and Chandigarh or anywhere in India,” said the notice mentioned.

A copy of the notice has also been sent to the Civil Surgeon.



Convention condemns attacks on Palestine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A state-level convention was held at Punjabi Bhawan to condemn attacks on Palestine by Israel. The convention members also observed the 69th anniversary of bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Members of various organizations, including Jamhoori Haq Sabha, CPI (ML) New Democracy, Inqilabi Kender and Lok Sangram Manch participated in the convention.

They observed two-minute silence mourning the killing of innocent Japanese killed in 1945 and Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks. Members at the convention said despite worldwide criticism, Israel backed by the US continue to kill innocent Palestinians shamelessly. They said these attacks were a ploy by the US to control oil in the Middle East and was backing attacks on Palestine by giving a further aid of 1,500 dollars.

They also condemned the Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill. They said the bill should not be passed, as it was an attack on the freedom of speech of the citizens.



Govt revises processing fee at blood banks
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Patients in the need of blood finally heave a sigh of relief as government has rolled back the hike in processing fee at blood banks.

Those getting treatment at government hospitals will now be giving processing fee of Rs 300 which was earlier increased to Rs 500 while those undergoing treatment at private hospitals and getting blood from the government blood banks will now save Rs 450. Patients from private hospitals will be giving Rs 1,000 instead of Rs 1,450.

From July onwards, user charges in government hospitals were increased and at the same time processing fee for blood banks was also increased.

A welcome step

“The news has come as a relief since blood bank processing fee should not have been increased. It is a good step taken by the government for the betterment of patients,” a member of a local NGO said.



BKU to evolve strategy on MSP of farm produce

Ludhiana, August 6
The Bharti Kisan Union will convene a meeting of the state committee here on August 10 in order to evolve a strategy to build pressure on the Union Government for seeking remunerative prices of various crops.

Giving this information here today, the BKU president, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, said he had taken up the issue of the revision of minimum support price (MSP) of agricultural produce in the meeting of a high power committee constituted by the government to advise on fixation of support price for various crops. He said the national coordination committee of the BKU, which had recently met in New Delhi, had also made a strong case for fixing MSP of different crops at least 50 per cent more than the total cost of cultivation.

According to Lakhowal, besides deliberating on the desired hike in MSP of various crops, the state committee will also discuss ways and means to seek fulfillment of all poll promises made by the BJP leadership with the farming community. — OC



Going gets tough for PAU aspirants
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to courses at Punjab Agricultural University has proved to be a deterrent to admission in various courses. It is learnt that seats are still lying vacant even after the final counselling.

According to sources, seats for various graduate and postgraduate programmes are lying vacant. The College of Home Science and the Sociology Department of College of Basic Sciences are the major sufferers.

The College of Home Science offered 42 seats for admission in BSc home science, however, despite all the efforts only 26 students opted for the course. Meanwhile, due to impractical pattern of the entrance examination, not a single student has qualified the Common Entrance Test for MSc sociology.

All the seven seats of MSc sociology are vacant. According to the information, the candidates for entrance examination of MSc Sociology failed to clear the examination as the PAU authorities set the entrance examination with 65 per cent preference for agriculture subject and 35 per cent for sociology.

The PAU Administration failed to fill the seats of MCA and a few other courses as well.

The faculty of home science, however, feels that students who came through Common Entrance Test are comparatively more competent than those students, who used to come through open admission.

The Dean College of home science, Dr Jaswinder Kaur Sanga, said, “The number of applicants has not decreased but, with the implementation of CET on all courses the number of qualified student has decreased. The university is focusing on the quality of education. We hope that from next year onwards, we will get more students through CET.”

Earlier, students from humanities group got the admission in Home Science College but, this year only science students qualified the test. As per the information, the Home Science College would conduct another counselling.

The officiating registrar of the PAU, Dr RS Sidhu, was not available for comment.

Seats yet to be filled

The College of Home Science offered 42 seats for admission in BSc home science. However, only 26 students opted for the course. All the seven seats of MSc sociology are also lying vacant due to the alleged impractical pattern of the entrance examination. The PAU Administration has failed to fill the seats of MCA and a few other courses as well.



Attendance via SMS draws flak from teachers’ body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Teacher Association opposed the decision of the District Administration to send the attendance of each teacher through SMS (Short Message Service). The District Education officials gave directions to all the teachers in district to mark their attendance through mobile phones.

As per the directions, all the primary and upper primary teachers are supposed to send a message on a particular number to mark their attendance.

The District Administration got special software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to ensure timely attendance of teachers in school.

The teachers, however, claimed that the proposed attendance system is not viable and is wastage of resources.

The secretary of the Math Teacher Association Punjab, Gurbeer Singh, said, “The attendance through mobile is an impractical method and it is just wastage of time and money. The purpose of checking attendance can be covered by a single SMS of school head or by the school principal.”

He said the implementation of the system without even providing a proper information to teachers leads to confusion among the school staff.

Teachers said no clear guidelines have been issued regarding the teachers on duty and about teachers on half-day leave. Dalbir Singh, another teacher, said online attendance system has already been implemented in the schools.

The school heads send attendance of the staff through e-punjab system. There is no need to send separate SMSs, said Singh.



Educationists, unionists mourn death of GGN director
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 6
Educationists and unionist leaders mourned the death of the director of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology, professor Gunwant Dua. They said Dua’s immense contribution to education and to the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union will always be remembered.

The director of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Jaswant Singh Gill, said Dua’s death has left a void for the entire teaching community. An eminent Punjabi poet, Gurbhajan Gill, said, “Dua had been instrumental in introducing courses that enabled students to become a settled professionals in their life.”

Dr Nirmal Jaura, director, Youth Welfare Department, Panjab University, said, “As a unionist, prof Dua fought for the teachers and as a member of the senate and the syndicate, he worked for the welfare of the students.”

Principal Narinder Kaur Sandhu said, “Energetic to the core, prof Dua continued with his consistent efforts to work for the cause of the teachers as well as the students. This seemed to be the sole aim of his life as is revealed from the fact that his sons, daughter-in-laws and almost all the near and dear ones are in the teaching profession.”

The president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, Dr Kuldip Singh, said, “Prof Gunwant Dua fought for the teachers and his contribution will always be recalled with pride.” Former president, PCCTU, Prof RS Brar said, “He was a man of convictions. His spirit remained unfettered even till the end and the spontaneity with which he worked as a teacher, as a unionist and as an administrator was commendable.” The district president, PCCTU, Prof Parminder Singh, recalled Dua’s tremendous contribution to the cause of education.



TET to be conducted on August 24
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test (PSTET) that was scheduled for August 10 has now been postponed. The test will now be conducted on August 24. The State Council of Educational Research and Training has rescheduled the test due to the festival of Rakhi.

As per the new schedule, the applicants can download their admit cards from the website of the State Council of Educational Research and Training from August 12 onwards.

The Education Department has sent the report about examination centres to the State Council of Educational Research and Training. The council is, however, yet to announce the details regarding the centres.

The applicants had already submitted the forms to appear in the test by July 28. The Teacher Eligibility Test will be conducted in two shifts. The test for the primary school teachers will be held in the morning while, the test for the upper primary class teachers will be held in the evening.

The District Education officials said the list of centres has been submitted to the State Council of Educational Research and Training.

The applicants and teachers have welcomed the move of the council to reschedule the test. Some of the teachers had already been demanding the rescheduling of the test due to the festival.



Toppers felicitated

Ludhiana, August 6
Toppers' Day was organised at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sec 32-A. The chairman and managing director of Majestic Auto, a Hero Group Company based in Ludhiana, Mahesh Munjal, was the chief guest on the occasion.

A cultural show was presented by students. A thematic play on today's burning issue 'Save Water' and 'Progressive India at glance' enthralled one and all. The chief guest gave away the prizes and scholarship to students who bagged 10 CGPA in Class X, 80 per cent and above in Class XI, toppers of Class XII and achievers who got through the competitive exams with good positions. In co-scholastic pursuits, Olympiads and sports stars were also felicitated. — TNS



Office-bearers elected

A general body meeting of the Indian Society for Agricultural Development and Policy was held to elect its office-bearers. Dr Sukhpal Singh, head, Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, was elected as president while, Dr JS Sidhu, Dr MS Toor, Dr Poonam Kataria and Dr Paramjit Kaur Dhindsa of the same department were elected as vice-presidents of the society.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, Dr Manjit Kaur and Dr Jatinder Sachdeva were elected as general secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, respectively. A total of eleven councillors were elected from different disciplines of the PAU and other universities. Dr Mini Goyal was elected as editor-in-chief and Dr Shalini Sharma as editor of the bi-annual journal of the society. Besides, Dr DK Grover, Dr JM Singh, Dr Jasdev Singh, Dr HS Kingra, Dr Arjinder Kaur, Dr Simran K Sidhu and Dr Shruti Bhogal were elected as members of the editorial board. The term of office-bearers will be for two years up to 31 July, 2016. Dr MS Sidhu was elected as the patron of the Society. According to Dr Sukhpal Singh, eminent economists such as Dr SS Johl, Dr DS Sidhu, Dr SS Grewal, Dr Joginder Singh, Dr AS Joshi and Dr RS Sidhu were identified as the patron of the Indian Society for Agricultural Development and Policy. — TNS



NCC training camp for girls from August 8

The 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC is organising its annual training camp for over 500 girl cadets of Ludhiana. The camp will cover as many as 19 colleges and schools for duration of 10 days. The training camp is scheduled for August 8 and will conclude on August 19 at the NCC Academy, Malout.

The camp would be commanded by Col Ashwani Kumar, commanding officer 3 Pb Girls Bn NCC. Col Ashwani Kumar said maximum number of girls should join NCC, an organisation which inculcates qualities of comradeship, integrity, team spirit, discipline and benevolence in the cadets. Training imparted to the girls would empower them to fight any kind of violence and abuse they may face in their day to day lives. A blood donation camp will also be organised during the NCC camp. A massive rally will be held by cadets against drug addiction and drug abuse to combat the social evils effectively.

GNIMT honours meritorious alumni

The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, ISTE Students Chapter and Alumni Association GNIMT, honoured its meritorious alumni, who are holding important jobs in banks, pharmaceutical cos., Kent RO and successful faculty members in various Institutions. The alumni interacted with the new MBA class and apprised them of their experiences regarding preparation for interviews, training period and success stories.

Motivational lecture at GNKCW

A motivational lecture was organised by the NCC unit at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (GNKCW), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana. A lecture was delivered by Col Ashwani Kumar, Commanding Officer, 3 Punjab Girls Battalion, NCC, Ludhiana. Principal of the college Manjit Kaur Ghuman reassured the commitment of college to groom the youth of today so as to make them the leaders of tomorrow.

Khalsa college shines in PU BEd results

The GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar (Ludhiana), hogged limelight in the BEd examination of Panjab University, Chandigarh. More than 63 per cent of students booked a berth in the Panjab University merit list. Harpreet Kaur stood first in the college by securing 82 per cent. All 198 students who appeared in the BEd examination, passed with first division and six students secured more than 80 per cent. President Manjit Singh Gill, Dr SS Thind, secretary, and principal Dr HS Brar congratulated the students and staff for the achievement. — TNS



Mehndi competition

BBSB Convent School, Sidhwan Bet, celebrated Teej. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Students presented giddha and sang songs. A mehndi competition was also held. Principal Anita Kumari encouraged students to respect their culture and parents.

Teej celebrated

Teej was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Sector 32. Students, especially girls, were dressed in colourful attires. Rich Punjabi culture with charkha and hand fans enthralled one and all. The four houses displayed tabuleux of different lifestyles of India. Senior and junior both enjoyed folk songs on the occasion. Bhangra performance, presented by seniors, enthralled everyone. Girls enjoyed swings. Giddha performed by senior students and teachers left everyone mesmerised.

Quiz held

To commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki incident, in which many innocent people lost their lives during the World War II, quiz was organised at Sri OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School. All the four houses of the school participated in the contest. The questions were related to current affairs as well as on the World War II. Students from Classes X to XII took part in the quiz. After several rounds, the Petunia house clinched the title. Principal Dr Sanjiv Bindra congratulated the winners.

Inter-House English Declamation

An Inter-House English Declamation was held in GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass. Students from Classes VIII to X participated in the contest. Students expressed their views on various current topics such as internet addiction, acid attacks etc. Khushboo of Tagore House stood first, Kashish of Subhash House stood second and third prize was shared by Raghav and Surbhi. Principal Amarjit Dhaliwal congratulated the winners.

Hindi Sahitya Darshan

Bal Bharti School organised Hindi Sahitya Divas on Wednesday. Students spoke about changing scenario of Indian politics, increased corruption and on child labour. Janpreet, Vaanipreet, Ishaan, Vaani Sharma, Budhdhisha, Aditya, Ansh Lakhanpal, Khushi Sachdeva and Harshit Mittal performed well in the speech competition. Principal Poonam Dogra advised students to focus on learning and speaking Hindi.

Foundation Day celebrated at Spring Dale

Spring Dale observed week-long celebrations to mark the 33rd Foundation Day. Initially, mic confidence activity was conducted for students of Classes VI to XII. Then, a calligraphy competition was held for Classes VI to XII and poster-making competition for students of Classes IX to XII. Mehndi competition mesmerized one and all. Saawan Utsav from K1 to Class III hogged the limelight. Students contested for the title of Sawan Prince and Sawan Princess. A GK quiz for students of Classed VI to XII was also held on the occasion.

Dance competition

A singing and dance competition was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. Students from Classes VI to VIII participated in the contest. Jasmandeep Singh of Class VII, Charu also from Class VII and Gautam from VI won the first, second and third positions, respectively, in the solo song category. Ishpreet Singh of Class VI, Jaskirat Singh of Class VIII and Fateh of Class VII won the first second and third positions, respectively, in the dance competition.

Students enjoy traditional delicacies

Teej was celebrated at ABC Montessori School, Model Town, on Wednesday. Students came dressed in traditional attire. Students enjoyed swing rides, sang songs and enjoyed malpura and kheer.

Students welcome saawan

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Teej. The school wore a festive look as staff and students were attired in traditional Punjabi outfits. Various competitions and programmes were organised on the occasion. Best out of waste from bangles, chatti and kikli race were organised. Giddha was performed by the teachers of the school. The best Punjabi attired students and teachers were also announced. Students brought traditional food, malpura and kheer, and relished the Punjabi food.

Counselling workshop

A workshop on healthy growing up was held at BCM School, Dugri, for the middle wing of the school. The sole objective of the workshop was to address adolescence issues and spread awareness among the children. Students were given tips on healthy diet, health and hygiene and were told tricks for anger management. Knowledge was imparted about digital addiction, its side effects and ways to handle. The school principal, Dr Vandna Shahi, said such timely workshops are a must to give proper guidance to the tender and innocent minds.

Nukkad natak competition

BCM School, Dugri, organised a Nukkad Natak competition in the auditorium for Classes IX and X. Plays on topics such as women empowerment, consumer awareness, drug addiction and child labour were staged by the students in very interactive and impressive manner. All the spectators and jury members were left spellbound by their performances. The top three positions were bagged by X Daffodil, X Lily and X Daisy + Aster in Class X and IX Daisy, IX Rose, IX Jasmine in Class IX, respectively. — TNS



Drug peddler netted
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 6
The Jagraon police have arrested one alleged drug peddler and recovered 35 kg of poppy husk from his possesion. The accused has been identified as Gurcharan Singh alias Charna, a resident of Dangian village near Jagraon.

Though, another accomplice of the alleged accused managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness. The accused who managed to escape has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh alias Neeta, a resident of Dangian village.

The accused was arrested near Dangian village during a raid conducted by a police team from Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), Jagraon, last night following a tip off. Giving the details of the drug recovery, ASI Sukhwinder Singh informed that after a tip off, a police team led by him carried out a raid at Dangian village and arrested one person along with two bags of poppy husk containing 35-kg drugs.

“On seeing the police party, another accomplice of the accused managed to flee. Though the police team gave him a chase but he managed to escape taking advantage of darkness. Raids are being conducted to nab him. He will be arrested soon,” ASI Sukhwinder Singh said.

The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act against both the accused at Jagraon sadar police station. Further investigation is on.



Theft incidents on the rise in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 6
The incidents of theft are on the rise in the rural belt of Jagraon these days. Every other day, the reports of theft keep surfacing at various places which have left the area residents in a state of shock. The increasing incidents of theft have spread a feeling of panic and fear among the villagers.

Several incidents of theft have taken place in various villages surrounding Jagraon during the recent past, thus resulting in huge financial losses to the people who have become victims of these incidents. Despite the tall claims being made by the local police, there seems to be no end to the incidents of theft in this area. More than dozen theft incidents have taken place in the rural belt of Jagraon in the last 15 days.

The thieves have not even spared the government offices and executed many thefts in various offices located in rural areas. In a similar incident, some unidentified thieves broke into Government Animal Dispensary of Purain village near Sidhwan Bet and decamped with a refrigerator, an inverter and other valuables.

A few days ago, the thieves decamped with two LPG cylinders from Government High School, Malla, while grain meant for mid-day meal was stolen from a school at Gidarwindi village near Sidhwan Bet.

The thieves have targeted the government offices, including the government schools, several times in the past as well. Due to lack of vigil, the government schools located in the villages alongside Satluj River has become favourite hunting places for the thieves.

The increasing incidents of theft have left a serious question mark on the functioning of the local police which have failed to solve most of the theft incidents reported so far. Due to increasing incidents of thefts in the area, the residents of various villages near Jagraon are forced to spend sleepless nights. Such is the fear of thieves in the villages of this area that the residents of many villages near Jagraon have started theekri pehras (own surveillance) in their villages to avoid theft incidents.

Increased vigil in rural areas

We have also formed special police teams to look into the recent theft incidents. Besides, we have increased vigil in the rural areas. The police have got some significant clues about the theft incidents that took place recently and we hope that these cases will be cracked soon.

— Surinder Kumar, DSP, Jagraon



Under ‘depression’, woman ends her life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A 38-year-old woman, who was suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in Salem Tabri area here on Monday. The victim, identified as Saroj Rani, was residing along with her brother Hermail Singh in Fatehgarh Mohalla.

The incident came to light last evening when her brother, along with his wife, returned home and found Saroj’s room bolted from inside. He broke open the door and found his sister hanging from the ceiling fan.

He informed the police about the incident. The post-mortem examination of the body was conducted at the Civil Hospital today.

Ex-councillor accused of issuing threat

Surinderpal, a lawyer by profession, has filed a police complaint against a former councillor for hurling abuses and threatening him with dire consequences for pursuing a public interest litigation (PIL).

Surinderpal had filed a PIL in the court against the ex-councillor for encroaching upon the land along the Buddha Nullah.

Surinderpal said when he was visiting the court room, the former councillor intercepted him and started hurling abuses at him. The accused threatened him of dire consequences for pursuing the PIL.

Later during the day, Surinderpal, along with a fellow advocate, filed a complaint at the court complex police chowki.

Policeman booked after undertrial escapes

The city police have booked a cop for helping an undertrial facing murder charge flee from his custody.

The constable, identified Shavinder Singh, was booked for dereliction of duty.

Yesterday, Balwinder Singh of Ahwar Gujjran village in Jagraon had fled from the court complex while he was being brought out of the court complex following a hearing in a murder case.



Now, youth will be encouraged to play games other than cricket: Goel
CWG silver medal winner shooter returns home to a warm welcome
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 6
As Indian players have performed well in the 20th Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, now the youth will be attracted towards games other than cricket. This was stated by Malaika Goel (16), who won a silver medal in 10 metre air pistol event, during an interaction with mediapersons at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The District Sports Department along with the District Administration had organised a function to felicitate her.

“Winning a silver medal was not a big achievement. I would have been happier if I had won a gold medal for the nation. I failed to get it as I got nervous at the crucial juncture,” lamented Malaika.

Malaika, a student of Class XII at Alpine International School, Ludhiana, said she was leading till the fifth round against Singapore’s Shun Xie Toe. “I failed to hold my nerves in the deciding moments, lost my way which cost me very dear as the Singapore shooter eventually managed to grab the gold,” she added.

Malaika shot an aggregate of 197.1 to win the silver in her maiden appearance in the senior category at an international competition. Her immediate rival, Shun Xie’s attempt of 198.6 fetched her gold while Canada’s Dorothy Ludwig was a distant third with 117.2 points.

With an aggregate of 95.8, the former world No. one and a pre-competition favourite, Heena Sindhu, also from India, finished a disappointing seventh after topping the qualification rounds.

Malaika attributed her success to her coach Gurjeet Singh, parents and her passion to excel. “I practised very hard with the lone focus on achieving my goal. I aspire to bring a gold medal in the forthcoming World Shooting Championship and the next Asian Games and Olympics,” said a determined Malaika.

Kuljeet Pal Singh Mahi, SDM, Ludhiana (West), Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Gurjeet Singh, shooting coach, NS Bhogal, joint secretary, Punjab Rifle Shooting Association, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Rakesh Singh, in-charge, Sports Authority of India Training Centre, Ludhiana, and Harbans Singh, senior coach, weightlifting, were among the prominent persons present to appreciate Malaika’s achievements.



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