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High security plates: Three extension counters closed
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Following complaints of overcharging, the District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, has closed down all the three extension counters of the company, which has been awarded the work of issuing high security registration number plates in Ludhiana district. Now, these plates are issued only at the District Transport Office, Ludhiana.

Talking to The Tribune, Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said: “There were many complaints of overcharging by the staff of the authorised agency. I sent a report to the State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, and got the extension counters of this agency closed. The agency was running three extension counters at Dana Mandi, Khanna and at one more place in the district. The company was also issuing these high number plates through some selected automobile dealers. Many customers complained of overcharging by dealers. So, I ordered that no plates will be issued at the extension counters and through selected dealers. Now, these number plates are issued by this company only at the DTO’s office.”

There are more than 1.6 lakh vehicle owners in the district who are still to get the high security number plates. Following the directions of the Supreme Court, the Punjab Government made it mandatory to have high security registration plates on vehicles in the state on May 1, 2012. The government awarded the work M/S Agros Impex (I) Private Limited, a New Delhi-based company.

Meanwhile, the State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, said the government had approved rates for these registration plates. If anyone is overcharged, he can send his complaint to the DTO (District Transport Officer) or email it to astc.punjabi1@gmail.com.


Fogging claims reek of scam
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
More than Rs 40 lakh per month (especially during the rainy season) is spent on fogging in the city, still residents and the councillors complain they hardly see fogging being done in their respective areas. In fact, many councillors said despite our repeated requests, fogging in their wards was not done even fortnightly while the inspectors concerned regularly claimed expenses on petrol and diesel.

According to information, the MC has around 14 fogging machines, which are sent to wards daily, especially during the rainy season. The MC provides 90 litres of diesel to each big machine daily. Besides, it provides five litres of petrol to 75 portable machines. Apart from that, diesel is provided to tractor-trailers on which the big fogging machines are kept.

The Congress councillor from Ward Number 35, Sushma Mehta, said though a proper fogging schedule was sent by the department, fogging had not been started in her area. “I have not seen any fogging machine in the area since August 1. The portable machines, one for each ward, are seldom used while the staff concerned claim diesel and petrol expenses on a regular basis. Fogging has not been done even once in the area. Mosquitoes have started breeding in the ward at an alarming proportion,” said Mehta.

Inder Aggarwal, BJP councilor, said a fogging machine was sent to his ward once in 15 or 20 days. “I have requested them to at least send the machine once a week. The breeding of mosquitoes has become a cause of concern for the local residents,” said Aggarwal.

Meanwhile, the Inspector of Zone A, Ravi Sharma, said there were three big machines for both in Zone A and B and proper fogging schedule was followed.

However, no record of machines sent to areas is maintained by the department. The Inspector said they randomly checked the fogging schedule.

Meanwhile, residents feel if the fogging schedule was followed religiously, then there would have been no dengue threat in the city every monsoon. Rekha Kumari, a resident of an area near Haibowal, said no fogging had been done in her area to date.

Facts say it all

  • There are around 14 big, 75 small and a few medium-sized fogging machines with the MC
  • About 90 litres of diesel to big machines and 5 litres of petrol/diesel to small machines is provided daily
  • Apart from the diesel, the diesel is provided to the vehicles on which these machines are ferried
  • Many small machines, exclusively bought for each ward, have not been touched by the authorities to date

No record

No record of machines sent to areas is maintained by the department. When asked how they maintained a record of whether a machine had reached a particular area or not, an Inspector said they randomly checked the fogging schedule



ATP held taking 1.25 lakh bribe 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The vigilance bureau arrested Banke Bihari, Assistant Town Planner of Zone-C, Municipal Corporation, while taking a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh here today. He was arrested following a complaint made by Baljit Rai, a resident of Shimlapuri.

According to information, the complainant is constructing a building in. The Assistant Town Planner told him that the building was illegal. He demanded Rs 1.5 lakh in lieu of not taking any action against him.

Satinder Pal Singh, SSP (Vigilance), said the complainant had already given him Rs 25,000. Today, the complainant met him to give the remaining Rs 1.25 lakh. The accused was arrested near the Clock Tower chowk.

A case has been registered against the arrested officer under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

caught red-handed

Satinder Pal Singh, SSP (Vigilance), said the complainant had already given him Rs 25,000. The complainant met him to give the remaining Rs 1.25 lakh. He was arrested near the Clock Tower chowk.



Inmate hangs self in jail hospital 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
A 57-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from the grill of a bathroom at the Central Jail early morning today. The deceased has been identified as Surjit Singh, a resident of Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district. According to the jail authorities, the deceased had been suffering from a mental illness.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and had been lodged in the jail since 2009 in a murder case. According to the jail officials, Surjit Singh was suffering from some mental illness. He had been admitted to the jail hospital for the past two days. Surjit went to the jail bathroom at around 4:30 am and hanged himself from the grill with his turban. The other inmates informed the jail staff about the incident. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The Division Number 7 police have registered a case under section 174 of the CrPC.



Man murdered over illicit relations 

Ludhiana, August 12
In a suspected case of illicit relations, a father and son murdered a person at Jagdish Colony in the Dhandari Kalan area last night.

Subash Chand Verma suspected that the deceased had illicit relation with his wife. The deceased has been identified as Nandu, a native of Bihar. He lived in the same area.

Narinder Kumar, Nandu’ colleague, has stated in his complaint that he saw the accused and the victim engaged in heated arguments. According to the complainant, Subash Chand Verma and his son Dharminder were under the influence of liquor. They accused Nandhu of having an illicit relationship with the Subash’s wife. Then they stabbed Nandu with a knife and fled the spot.

Subash and Nandu worked as labour contractors and they had a long business partnership.

According to Narinder, the father-son duo murdered Nandu around12:15 am and he informed the police about the incident at 1 am.

Both the accused have absconded. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest them. — TNS



Snatchers target two in Industrial City

Ludhiana, August 12
Two snatching incidents have been reported in the past 24 hours here. In the first incident, four persons, who were in inebriated condition, snatched Rs 8,500 from a man at Durgapuri area after stabbing him.

In another incident, snatchers targeted Parveen Kuamri in the Sharbaha Nagar area. The victim is a resident of Abohar and had come here to tie rakhi to his brother. Her purse carried jewellery and cash.

Youth found dead

A youth was found dead in mysterious circumstances in the Field Ganj area here. The deceased has been identified as Rahul (20), a resident of the Dhuri Lines area.

According to information, the deceased left the house on Monday evening. He told to his parents that his friend had met with an accident and he took Rs 5,000 from them to help him out. A passerby spotted the body and informed the police.

3 of family booked

Three members of a family were booked for the murder of their son-in-law. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Kaur, mother-in-law of the deceased, Gurpreet Kaur, wife, and Narinder Singh, his brother-in-law. According to information, the deceased, Kulwinder Singh went to his in-laws’ place at Azad Nagar on July 14 but did not return. On July 27, his body was found in the Sidhwan canal. The police has registered a case against three persons for abatement to sucide. — TNS



Illegal change of land use: LIT initiates action against defaulters
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 12
After remaining in a deep slumber for a pretty long time, at last the authorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) have got down to the onerous task of taking action against allottees of shop-cum-flats (SCFs) in its various schemes for illegal change of land use.

Trust officials said more than two dozen notices had already been served on defaulters in 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and 5.54-acre HIG Flats scheme on the Maharani Jhansi road while process was on to issue notices to allottees for illegal change of land use in the Sant Ishar Singh, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar and Rajguru Nagar schemes.

While the residential portions of the SCFs were being put to commercial use with impunity, the Trust had confined its action to issuing notices once in a while without taking any follow-up action.

It was only after the directions issued to both the Municipal Corporation and LIT by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a civil writ petition filed by a city-based RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, that an action plan was prepared by the two bodies against illegal change of land use and violation of the building bylaws.

According to the Trust Engineer, SS Jakhar, after a series of meetings between the top officials of the MC and the LIT, it was decided that notices for illegal change of land use in Sarbha Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar would be issued by the MC as the schemes stood transferred to the civic body while the follow-up action for cancellation of allotment, if warranted, would be taken by the LIT.

“In other schemes developed by the Trust, which are still under its administrative control, action against defaulters will be taken by the LIT, which has already been initiated and it would be vigorously followed up so as to take it to its logical conclusion,” said Jakhar.

The matter of illegal change of land use by the allottees of SCFs in various schemes of the LIT was also taken up by the vigilance wing of the Local Government Department, which had directed the Trust authorities to take action as per the rules.

“The LIT has intimated the vigilance wing about the action initiated by it in cases of change of land use and violation of building bylaws through its official letter no LIT/EB/8906 dated July 30, 2014,” said the Trust officials.



PAU VC inaugurates 2-day workshop
Government officials, researchers and academicians to focus on cultivation of rabi crops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Balanced fertilisation and promotion of resource conservation technologies are vital for agriculture sustainability.
These views were expressed by Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon while inaugurating the “Research and Extension Specialists’ Workshop for Rabi Crops” at the varsity today.

Officers from the Department of Agriculture, Punjab, directors of PAU regional stations, district extension specialists, deputy and associate directors (training) from Krishi Vigyan Kendras and university experts are participating in the two-day workshop.

Dr Dhillon emphasised integrated farming system for small farmers in view of declining farm profits. He said there was a need to educate farmers on judicious use of water and agro-chemicals.

He said, “Taking small steps in diversifying the cropping pattern can lead to crop diversification.”

The VC laid stress on marketing of basmati and expressed concern over the burning of paddy straw and growing incidence of yellow rust and karnal bunt diseases of wheat. He also highlighted the growing interest of the farmers in subsidiary occupations such as beekeeping, mushroom cultivation and dairy farming.

Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, said a target of wheat cultivation over 34.56 lakh hectares has been set for 2014-15. Urging the farm experts to pay attention to food processing sector, he suggested setting up of industry for value addition of farm produce.

Dr Sandhu also stressed the development of heat-tolerant varieties in view of global warming. He asked the scientists to promote water-saving technologies in spring maize, develop agronomics practices for cane harvesting and study the use of leaf colour chart from variety to variety.

He said t the direct seeded rice technology had picked up in Punjab and a lot of work had been done for eradication of the Congress grass. He said the PAU and the State Department of Agriculture had been taking technologies developed at the varsity to the fields and would continue to work collectively.

Dr SS Gosal, director of research, said that PAU’s research was focusing on the issues of depletion of underground water, micro-nutrient deficiencies, paddy straw management, crop diversification and climate change. Value addition, protected cultivation, bio-energy, farm mechanisation, mushroom growing and beekeeping were other key areas, he said.

The expert said conservation agriculture was the need of the hour. He also shed light on characteristics of newly developed varieties that were subject to the approval of the state panel.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, Dr HS Dhaliwal, director of extension education, said that that major challenge in contemporary agriculture was farm profitability and 

“There is a need to promote cooperative farming among small farmers,” he said.

Technical sessions on wheat, barley, pulses, oilseeds, maize and forages and millets were held today. An exhibition highlighting various aspects of agriculture was also organised by different departments of the varsity.



Passengers frisked ahead of I-Day
Tribune News Service

The police check the luggage of passengers at the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday.
The police check the luggage of passengers at the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 12
The police today frisked passengers at the railway station and the bus stand. Two police teams led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-I) Amrik Singh Pawar and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu conducted checks.

A dog squad was also pressed into service. Pawar said they also checked trains and buses. Police personnel have been deployed at various points. Pawar asked the passengers not to touch abandoned bags at public places. He said they could call up at the police control room in case of any emergency.

Patrolling intensified

Jagraon: Security has been beefed up in the town. Police personnel have been deployed at venues for functions. Patrolling has been intensified at sensitive areas.

Senior police officials said they had formed teams to keep a check on anti-social elements. Checkpoints have been set up at various places.

Security has been stepped up near educational institutions, shopping centres, busy markets and public places. The police have already started combing operations at the local bus stand and the railway station.

Jagraon SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said special anti-sabotage teams had been constituted to avoid untoward incidents. “Officials have been directed to undertake combing operations, keep a vigil on strangers as well as anti-social elements,” said the SSP. All station house officers to tighten noose around hooligans.

Police teams led by SHO Bikaramjit Singh, bus stand police chowki in charge ASI Satpal Singh and others are on the guard. 



SAD (Delhi) to support Cong candidates in byelections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) will support Congress candidates in the Patiala and Talwadi Sabo byelections.
This was disclosed by Jathedar Jaswinder Singh Baliawal, president of the party’s Punjab unit.

Baliawal blamed Parkash Singh Badal for “ruining” Punjab that, he said, was once at the top in the country.

“Due to unemployment, youths have taken to drugs,” said Baliawal.

“The state government has done nothing to develop agriculture and industry in the state and the growth rate has plummeted, he alleged. He accused Badal of failing to safeguard the interests of the Sikhs.

“It is the right time to teach a lesson to the Badals. Otherwise, the economic and the social condition of Punjab will deteriorate further,” he said.

According to Baliawal, Paramjit Singh Sarna will start the election campaign from Patiala in favour of Preneet Kaur. 



Delay in road construction annoys Jagraon residents 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
People residing in localities along Kacha Malak Road have been facing a tough time due to the delay in its construction. The work that started over nine months ago has been going on at a snail’s pace.
The residents say they have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to the delay.

“The road is a shambles for a long time. We were happy when the construction work began after our repeated demands. Now, it has been more than nine months, but the work has not completed. I fail to understand the reason,” said Anil Verma, a resident of the Shakti Nagar locality situated on the road.

Residents say commuting on this road has become virtually impossible due to the ongoing construction work. Many people have got injured in minor accidents on this under-construction road in the recent past, they say.

“The road becomes muddy when it rains and it becomes almost impossible for us to travel on it. My daughter and her friend, who were riding a two-wheeler, got injured after their vehicle fell on the road that had become muddy after rain a few days back,” said Jagroop Singh, a resident.

The residents say they have raised the issue of the delay in construction with the municipal council a number of times, but to no avail.

Jagraon Municipal Council Executive Officer Davinder Toor said the construction work got delayed due to the laying of sewers.

“Now, the work of laying sewage pipes has been completed. The construction of the roan will also be completed soon,” said Toor.



A martyr remembered only once a year
Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna, August 12
The police and the administration have stepped up security ahead of the 68th Independence Day. A state-level function will be organised at Issru. The event is held every year in memory of Karnail Singh Benipal, who sacrificed his life for the Goa Liberation Movement. As political parties will take out rallies on the day, hoardings have been put up around the statue of the martyr.

Such is the state of affairs that the statue is being whitewashed just three days before the function. Villagers alleged that the statue of the martyr was in a state of neglect. “It is only during functions that it is given attention,” they said.

The villagers said the government and the administration had done nothing to preserve the legacy of the freedom fighter.

Hoardings of the Aam Aadmi Party and the SAD dot the statue. Activists of the parties do not listen to anyone and keep putting up hoardings around the statue. “These are the people who laid their lives for the country and such an attitude of the authorities is unacceptable,” a villager said. “How can someone disrespect a martyr?” asked another villager.

Some villagers said they had brought the matter to the notice of the authorities a number of times, but to no avail. “Workers of the parties do not care about rules,” said the villagers. aKhanna SSP Harsh Kumar Bansal said he did not know that hoardings were being put up around the statue. “I will visit the place and get the hoardings removed,” he said.



Use technology to ensure business growth, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The Ludhiana Management Association organised a lecture-cum-dinner meeting here last evening.

Ravi Chauhan delivered a talk on the topic “Business Advantages through Technology”. Chauhan said in the coming times, doing well in business will need optimising resources, using big data to one’s advantage and running the business in real time.

He said technology was an enabler that helps in creating eco-friendly products and processes. He urged the business professionals to enhance their technology skills.

“With billions of devices connected worldwide, it was now possible to develop tailor-made products and services for individual customers,” he said.

Chauhan said businesses had transformed themselves into real time businesses where the time boundary had disappeared and disruptive technologies had transformed business models everywhere, thereby creating new opportunities and threats.

Emphasising that innovation was a pre-requisite for success in today’s tough business environment, Chauhan said innovation was required in every aspect of business.

Association president Sachit Jain said technology should not be classified as good or bad. It should be seen as a medium that is appropriate for use in the business environment.

Amit Jain, secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.



Surprise checks at juvenile home and Civil Hospital 
Minister for better facilities 
Tribune reporters

Ludhiana, August 12
The Minister for Health, Family Welfare, Social Security and Women and Child Development Surjit Kumar Jyani paid a surprise visit to the Juvenile Home and School for Visually Impaired Children today. Interacting with inmates of the juvenile home, the minister asked them if they were facing any problems. At the same time, he instructed officials to provide better facilities to the inmates.

At 11.30 am, Jyani conducted a surprise check at the Children Jail, Gill Road. The jail authorities told the minister that at present, 66 inmates were lodged in the juvenile home.

Jyani asked the officials to make every possible effort to make them good citizens. He spoke to Principal Secretary Jaspal Singh to send a committee to the juvenile home asking it to submit a report regarding the basic needs of children in the jail. He said in order to improve facilities, he would ask the state government to release more funds.

He said vacancies in the jail should be filled at the earliest. He spoke to the Deputy Commissioner, Rajat Aggarwal, asking him to get the premises whitewashed again. He said NGOs might be roped in to provide a healthy diet to the inmates.

Jyani also met visually impaired children at their school on Chandigarh Road. Teachers and management asked the minister to get the infrastructure upgraded. He asked the teachers to send a detailed report of the school. He interacted with the students and asked them about their problems.

Jagraon: Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani today visited the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.

Doctors and the staff were taken by surprise. Jyani, who was accompanied by some senior officials of the Health Department, spoke to patients.

Doctors urged the minister to tide over staff shortage and upgrade the infrastructure. Jyani said vacant seats would be filled soon. “The Health Department will recruit 270 emergency medical officers. Patients will get all facilities at government hospitals,” assured Jyani.

“If required, Senior Medical Officers of all Civil Hospitals can hire three-four employees (safai karamcharis) under the Users Charge Scheme,” said the minister. On the state government’s drive against drugs, Jyani claimed that more than 70,000 drug addicts had started afresh.

When asked about the delay in release of salaries, Jayani said all issues would be sorted out soon. 



Namdhari Panthak Ekta Committee’s hunger strike enters 12th day 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The Namdhari Panthak Ekta Committee’s hunger strike entered the 12th day today. Seven devotees have been fasting outside the Mini-Secretariat.
Members of the Namdhari Panthak Ekta Committee said a large number of devotees wanted to join them.

Suba Darshan Singh, president of the committee, stated, “We have learnt that 100 Namdharis want to observe the hunger strike. We will continue our agitation.” They have been demanding unrestricted entry to the sect headquarters.The committee members said unity of the sect mattered to them. 



Kisan Club celebrates Teej at Dalla
Tribune Reporters

Jagraon, August 12
The women wing of Punjab Agricultural University’s Kisan Club celebrated Teej at Babe Ki Jheel in Dalla village near Jagraon.
Around 60 members of the club, lead by in charge Dr Rupinder Kaur, celebrated the festival with fervor along with the village women. The club members sang folk songs and performed giddha. They also taught the village women recipes of various food items.

Karanjit Kaur Danewalia, a senior member of the PAU Administrative Board, was the chief guest. She delivered a lecture on women’s empowerment.

GADVASU function on August 15

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will organise the Teej function—“Teean Teej Dian”—on the campus on August 15.

GADVASU welfare officer Dr Darshan Singh Bari said the function will take place on the lawns of the College of Veterinary Science. The entry will be restricted to girls and women from any walk of life, he said. 



Hike in power tariff opposed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Members of the Federation of Industrial & Commercial Organisation held a meeting today. They opposed the proposed 4 to 6 per cent hike by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Seth said the industry was already facing financial crunch and the proposed increase in electricity charges with effect from April 1, 2014, will burden industrialist.

President of the federation said the proposed increase should be withdrawn.

The members said the industry needed a 24-hour uninterrupted power supply and that the PSPCL should focus on infrastructure rather than putting financial burden by increasing the tariff. 



Residents air grievances 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Additional Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori held Sangat Darshan at the Zone A office today. With less than six officials, the Additional Commissioner started listening to grievances of residents. Pending cases could not be disposed of as most of the officials did not show up on time.

Thori said 19 applications were received by the department while the number of pending cases was 23. Ten complaints were redressed by the Additional Commissioner today. A few complainants were asked to come again. Thori said the programme benefited the residents as officials gave them a patient hearing and tried to sort out the issues. He said people who tried to “interrupt” the programme with their arrogant behaviour and irrelevant complaints angered him.



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BSNL workers protest

Members of the BSNL Employees Union, Ludhiana, and Sanchar Nigam Executives Association, Ludhiana, held a demonstration in front of the office of PGMT, Bharat Nagar Chowk. They protested the retrograde recommendations of the consultant agency engaged by the BSNL for the financial revival and revamping of the company.

Training for Army recruitment

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal has instructed the District Sainik Welfare Officer that candidates appearing for the Army recruitment should be helped sincerely for the written test on August 31. The DC appealed to all candidates who have cleared the physical test to avail themselves of the training being imparted for the written test.

Plantation drive

Satguru Uday Singh inaugurated a plantation drive in the memory of Satguru Jagjit Singh at Baddowal on Tuesday. The drive has been launched by the youth wing of Vishav Naamdhari Vidyak Jattha in collaboration with Hari Singh Nalua Cultural and Welfare Society. Addressing the gathering, Satguru Uday Singh said to keep the environment clean and green, it was necessary to plant saplings and take care of these plants.


Kuldeep Manak Memorial Trust held its meeting on Tuesday. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Sarabjeet Manak. Vice-chairman Yudhveer Manak and president Dilbag Hussain attended the meeting as well. Khushi Muhammad was unanimously elected the convenor, Gurmel Singh Pardesi and Amrik Talwandi became senior vice-president, Chand Singh Dhaliwal the general secretary, Karnail Sivia the vice general secretary, Ravinder Singh Deewana, Pargat Khan and Buta Muhammad became vice-presidents, Hardeep Kaushal Mallah the press secretary and Sharanjit Grewal the finance secretary. — TNS



from schools
Children celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth

Ludhiana: The Montessori wing of Bal Bharati Public School celebrated Janmashtami to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. Students of pre-nursery, Mont-I and Mont-II showered love on “Bal Gopal” through a colourful presentation of dances and melodies. The students of pre-nursery depicted Krishna’s love for “Maiya Yashoda” and “Gopis” a dance performance on “Pyara Kanhaiya”.

 The students of Mont-I showed the magnificence of “Kanha” through choreography on an emotional song, “Achyutam Keshavam”. A musical dance performance was showcased by the students of Mont-II. Through a well-synchronised composition, the melody of Lord Krishna’s flute spread throughout the venue. Principal Punam Dogra encouraged the students to adapt the values of Lord Krishna: To work righteously without worrying about the consequences.

Janmashtami celebrations

GMT International Public School, Kakowal, celebrated Janmashtami. Tiny tots came dressed as Krishna, Radha and Gopis. Teachers told the students the importance of the festival. Principal Kritika Seth appreciated the students’ efforts.

Students attend global meet

Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar attended the Global Learning Expedition 2014, an international event sponsored by NASA. The event that took place at New Delhi saw the participation of 300 students from 27 countries. The local students interacted with other participants and exchanged ideas, greetings and gifts. “This programme provided me with an exciting opportunity to meet, communicate and mutually work with participants from other countries,” said Riya Bedi of Class XII. The institute got the best participation appreciation for the eco-engineering product show. Principal Dr Paramjit Kaur appreciated the students.

Teej celebrations

Tiny tots of Laboratory Nursery School and Day Care Centre of the College of Home Science at Punjab Agricultural University celebrated the festival of Teej. The campus was decorated with marigold flowers. Children had a gala time dancing on the tunes of folk songs. Girls came dressed in Punjabi suits while boys wore kurta pyjama. They relished kheer and malpua. — TNS



from colleges
International Youth Day

Ludhiana: International Youth Day was celebrated at DAV College, Phillaur, under the aegis of the Department of Youth Services and National Service Scheme. Addressing the students, principal SK Mahajan urged the students to make a difference by taking part in community service. He said only the youth could weed out all evils that are plaguing society. He also appealed to the students to come forward for the noble cause of blood donation. The day marked the beginning of weeklong celebrations. Prof SP Singh informed the students about the schedule and administered the oath to them.

Student brings laurels

Kamaljit Kaur, a fourth semester student of MA (Punjabi), brought laurels to Ramgarhia Girls College by securing the second position in the Panjab University examinations. She scored 71.7 per cent. Gagandeep Kaur stood second in the college with 62.5 per cent and Jatinder Kaur got the third position with 58.7 per cent. The head of Punjabi department, Dr Ripandeep Kaur, said sincere guidance of teachers and hard work of students led to the good academic results in the examinations.

Students perform well in MA exam

Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, have secured 10 first divisions in the fourth semester of MA (English). Tajinder Kaur stood first in the college with 64.5 per cent marks. Karanneet Kaur Nayyar stood second with 63.81 per cent and Harleen Kaur came third with 63.18 per cent. The college got a 100 per cent overall result. The general secretary of the college governing body, Gurvinder Singh Sarna, and principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman congratulated the students and the members of the faculty. — TNS




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Youth’s body found in well
Two companions booked for murder on brother’s plaint 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 12
A youth of a nearby village was allegedly murdered by his two companions last night. The deceased has been identified as Amarjit Singh (25), a resident of Lalouri Klan village near here.
The mutilated body of the youth was recovered from a well of the village.

The Samrala police registered a case of murder against two village youths: Rajvir Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

Amarjit Singh’s brother Ramdass told the police that he had seen his brother and the two youths drinking at a liquor shop at Bardhalan last night. Ramdass reportedly told his brother to accompany him to their house, but his two companions said they would drop him off later.

When Amarjit did not return, the family started searching for him. In the morning, they allegedly spotted his body in a village well.

The body had multiple wounds made by sharp-edged weapons, said the police. The two youths were found missing from their houses.

Ramdass alleged the two were drug addicts and suspected that his brother was trying to get them arrested.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Samrala, Jaswinder Singh, said the police were conducting raids to nab the duo. He said that the deceased’s body had been handed over to the family after conducting post-mortem. He said the police were verifying the allegations that the deceased and the duo were drug addicts.



2 booked for rape bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The police have booked two persons in an attempt to rape case.
The victim told the police that Gora, along with his friend, came to meet her father at her place in Jodhan Mansooran village yesterday.

She said she was sleeping when the two tried to outrage her modesty.

She raised the alarm and the accused fled. A case under Sections 376, 511 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the duo.

2 held for hurting religious sentiments

The city police have arrested two persons for hurting religious sentiments by disrespecting a religious book. The accused have been identified as Chander Shekhar, a resident of Mundian, and Nizaam, a resident of Jamalpur. According to complainant Jai Parkash, the accused showed disrespect to a 
religious book. The police registered a case under section 295-5 against the two accused.



Sports trials from Aug 19 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 12
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to set up an academy for athletics with special centres for middle and long distance runners. The competition-cum-selection trials for the purpose will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium on August 19 and 20.

During the two-day exercise, the athletes (boys and girls) between in the 16 to 23 age-group in the disciplines of 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m will be shortlisted.

Rakesh Singh, in-charge, SAI Training Centre (STC), Ludhiana, said the registration process would begin at 7 am on August 19.

Those who secured first three positions in the state, north zone and school or nationals organised by the Schools Games Federation of India (SGFI), Junior and Senior National Championships organised by the AAFI or for three places are eligible for the trials.

“Aspirants have been advised to bring their sports merit certificates and date of birth certificates at the time of trials,” added Singh.



8-wicket win for Kundan Vidya Mandir
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 12
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, trounced SDP Om Parkash Gupta Senior Secondary School by eight wickets to emerge champions in the Ludhiana Schools Cricket Zonal Tournament (U-17) organised by the Punjab Education Department at SDP College today. 

The final turned out to be a mismatch as KVM faced no challenge from their opponents. Batting first, SDP OP Gupta School could not survive their full quota of 15 overs as their innings folded at 48 runs in 13 overs. The main contributors were Sahil and Arjun who scored 12 and 11 runs, respectively while Karan chipped in with eight runs. For KVM, Yashbir was the pick of the bowlers who scalped four victims for seven runs. Keshav Sharma grabbed two wickets for eight runs and Sehaj Beri claimed one for six.

KVM began the chase on a shaky note losing two early wickets, however, Bhuvnesh Rai and Deepin Chitkara not only steadied the innings, but also steered their side to come out triumphant. Bhuvnesh remained unbeaten on 29 runs while Deepin made 15 runs and kept his wicket intact as they achieved the target in just six overs.

For the losing side, both the wickets were grabbed by Sahil after conceding 25 runs.



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