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Heavy turnout at I-Day function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The 68th Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at a district-level function at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest on this occasion.

After unfurling the National Flag, Atwal took the salute from the march past. He was accompanied by Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, and Parmod Baan, Commissioner of Police.

Paying tributes to the freedom fighters and martyrs, Atwal said the Indians are leading an independent life because of their sacrifice. He exhorted all to maintain communal harmony and peace.

The Speaker claimed that after completing many developmental projects, the Punjab Government was going to start many new ones.

Around 700 students from different schools participated in the function. Atwal appreciated the cultural programme and announced an award of Rs 21,000 for each cultural item. Physically challenged people were given tricycles while widows were provided with sewing machines. Atwal also honoured freedom fighters and personalities for their achievements in different fields.

Three contingents of the Punjab Police, one of the Home Guards, one each of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Traffic Police and the band participated in the march past under the leadership of parade commander Deepak Hileri (IPS).

Present among prominent persons were Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, MLA; Karamjit Singh Kang, District and Sessions Judge; Rajinder Bhandari, Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board; Nilambari Jagdale, Deputy Commissioner of Police; Amrit Kaur Gill, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General); Supreet Singh Gulati, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development); HS Gohalwaria, Mayor, and Bhag Singh Mangarh, Chairman of the Zila Parishad.


  • Lot of hooting was done by schoolchildren during the function. It started in the very beginning when Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, started his speech.
  • The District Public Relations Officer had to make an appeal to them “to clap”. But none paid heed to the appeal. He repeated this request thrice.
  • Unlike the Republic Day celebrations, there was a good audience at Guru Nanak Stadium.
  • As the weather was little hot and humid, a few police personnel were seen relaxing on chairs.

cash award

Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, appreciated the cultural programme and announced an award of ~21,000 for each cultural item.


Children of lesser God
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Obeying the instructions of their schoolteachers, students of about half a dozen government schools reached Guru Nanak Stadium on foot or by private transport and left the venue on foot after the function got over.

A group of students, who were drinking water near the stadium, were worried about how they would reach their respective places. When asked if they got any refreshments, one of them, named Dheeraj, said: “We did not get anything except water. But the students who performed in the cultural items got laddoos.” Another student, Raman, said: “We were mere spectators here. Perhaps that is why we were not given anything to eat.”

Expressing dismay, another student said: “The children who performed were also awarded cash prizes. Sanu te kuj nahin mileya ji, tahin te kulche kha reha han (We did not get anything, that is why I am eating chana-kulcha).”

Some other students were also seen eating snacks at the roadside vendors.

The same old shows

Following the same old theme, this time also the students of different schools presented the PT, dumbbell and lazium shows. Even audience has lost interest in these items. Kuldeep Singh said: “On the one hand the government claims that it has been doing lot many things for the promotion of sports and academics, on the other these schoolchildren have been presenting the PT, dumbbell and lazium shows at such functions for the past more than 60 years. It seems either the organisers don’t have new ideas for such celebrations or there are very few teachers and heads, who can take new initiatives.”

This time we reduced the duration of all these three shows. Next time, we can think over some other sports items or physical activities.
—Paramjit Kaur, District Education Officer (Secondary), Ludhiana



Generating maximum revenue through advertising
Panel shortlists six markets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The recently constituted four-member sub-committee on advertisements has identified about half a dozen markets in the city from where revenue worth crores could be generated.

The four members of the sub-committee on advertisements, Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, BJP Councillor Inder Aggarwal and SE Manjit Singh, recently held a meeting on the issue of generating maximum revenue through advertisements. They have short-listed around six markets which have a good potential of advertising.

After going through the advertisement bylaws, the sub-committee shortlisted the markets of Model Town (main), Sarabha Nagar, Dugri Phase I, BRS Nagar (G and F blocks), Sector 32 A on the Chandigarh road and Model Town Extension. The list will be submitted to the Regulatory Committee on Advertisements for the final decision. The regulatory committee includes Commissioner MC Pradeep Aggarwal and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.

The BJP councillor, Inder Aggarwal, said the advertisement tax levied by the Municipal Corporation is nominal. “The advertising companies make huge benefits through advertisements and we are going to increase the advertisement tax so maximum revenue could be generated by the civic body. The tax collection will increase and the MC will be in a comfortable position to continue with its development works in the city. The industrial city of Ludhiana can generate maximum revenue from advertisements. We are thinking of finding many more markets which have advertising potential,” said Aggarwal.

The advertising companies make huge benefits through advertisements and we are going to increase the advertisement tax to generate maximum revenue for the civic body. The tax collection will increase and the MC will be in a comfortable position to continue with its development works in the city. We are thinking of finding many more markets which have advertising potential.
— Inder Aggarwal, BJP councillor



Jr Engineer held for extorting money from colleague 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The city police nabbed a Junior Engineer (JE) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and his son on charge of extorting money from his colleagues today. The accused JE has been identified as Paviter Singh.

The complainant, Piara Singh, Junior Engineer at PSPCL Sub-Division, Lalton Kala, informed the police that he was in-charge of installing new electricity meters in the Lalton subdivision area. On August 14, he, along with lineman Mohan Singh Kala and a friend, visited the Naregwal road area to inspect a site for meter installation.

Piara Singh said a young boy met him there and introduced himself as Guru Sekhon. “He told me that he wanted to set up an industrial unit on this land and wanted to get an electricity meter installed in the plot. I advised him to apply through the proper channel. But he offered me Rs 30,000, which I refused to accept. I again asked him to apply for a meter at the subdivisional office. After this incident, I received a call from Guru Sekhon. He told me that he had captured our meeting in camera, showing that he took a bribe to install the meter. He demanded Rs 5 lakh and threatened me if I failed to give him the money he will give the footage to a news channel,” said Piara Singh.

Piara Singh complained to the police. Karnail Singh, Additional Station House Officer, laid a trap and arrested Paviter Singh’s son when he reached near the MBD Mall on the Ferozepur road to collect the extortion money.

Bharpur Singh, SHO, Sadar, said: “Pavitar Singh suspected Piara Singh was instrumental in his transfer. He wanted to take revenge on Piara Singh. A case has been registered under sections 384, 353,186, 332 and 34 of the IPC against accused”.



Man’s body found in Budha Nullah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
A body was found in Budha Nullah in the Haibowal area here today. A passerby spotted the body floating in the nullah and informed the police. The Haibowal police reached the spot and retrieved the body. It was sent to the mortuary of the Civil Hospital.

Pramod Ban, Commission of Police, has warned violators against the use of black filming on the windowpanes of vehicles. He said despite the orders of the Supreme Court, some persons were still using black film on the windowpanes of their vehicles. He has also asked the owners of petrol stations, marriage palaces, malls and money exchange offices to install the CCTV cameras on their premises. 



Man hangs himself from village tree
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Two suicides have been reported in the past 24 hours in the city. In the first case, a 45-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in a house at Mundian Kalan. The deceased has been identified as Sunder Dass, a resident of Mundiyan Kalan.

According to information, Sunder Dass was jobless. When he failed to find a job for a ling time, he went into depression.

The Jamalpur police filed proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC.

In the second incident, a 50-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Koom Kalan village. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad, a native of Bihar.

According to information, Mohammad had been living at Koom Kalan village for the past 10 years. He was found hanging from a tree at the village. Some villagers spotted the body and informed the police.

Initially, the members of his family suspected foul play. The police reached the spot and investigated the matter. According to the police, the deceased committed suicide.

Kamaldeep Singh, a spokesperson for the police, said: “In preliminary investigation, the police have found no signs of murder. The proceedings have been started following a statement of the deceased’s family. The police are still investigating the case”.

Meanwhile, the police sent the body to the Civil Hospital.



Drenched in patriotism, city schools celebrate I-Day
Tribune News Service

Students of Spring Dale Public School take part in a fancy dress competition
Students of Spring Dale Public School take part in a fancy dress competition; and (left) students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School present an item. Tribune photographs

students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School present an item.

Ludhiana, August 16
Schools across the industrial city celebrated the 68th Independence Day with great zeal and fervor. Special functions were organised to mark the occasion.

Sacred Soul Convent Senior Secondary School

An Inter-House Fancy Dress Competition was organized on the school premises. Students came dressed as freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Indira Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, Jawahar Lal Nehru, etc. Principal Monica told the students about the meaning and importance of the day. The students played their roles very well and quoted patriotic quotes. A patriotic song competition was also organised. Group songs and solo songs were sung by the students to mark the day.

New Era High School, Urban Vihar

Chief guest Jatinderr Pal Singh Saluja, former national general secretary of Youth Akali Dal, unfurled the National Flag. Patriotic songs and group dance was performed by students. Saluja gave his hearty wishes to all and paid respect to freedom fighters who sacrificed their life for the country. Principal Raj Kanta distributed national flags and sweets among the students.

Don Bosco Global School

Schoolchildren came dressed attires representing the tricolors of the National Flag. They presented various cultural dances, skits and speeches. Principal Vinay Sharma acknowledged the efforts of the students and teachers and said Independence Day was not only for freedom but it gave us the opportunity to abide by our responsibilities.

Bal Bharati Public School

A cultural programme was organised by the school students to celebrate the greatness of the motherland. To commemorate the sovereignty of the nation, Principal Poonam Dogra unfurled the Natinal Flag expressing the joy of freedom. It was followed by a melange of patriotic activities which created an atmosphere of national pride. A choir of students presented a shabad followed by a Rajasthani patriotic dance item 'Mahro Desh Mahaan' by the students of Class VI.

Green Land Senior Secondary Public School

Keeping the spirit of patriotism alive, the chairman-cum-director of the chain of Green Land Schools, Rajesh Rudhra along with principal Baldeep Pandher and other members of the managing committee hoisted the Tricolour. It was followed by a grand parade by NCC students. The students of the school paid homage to the martyrs and expressed their love and concern for the nation through songs and dances. As customary, the staff and students collectively took a pledge to safeguard their nation under all circumstances. The school resounded with the slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai.' Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Rudhra said it was imperative for all the educational institutions to imbibe the spirit of patriotism in the students as they were our greatest wealth.

Ryan International School, Dugri

"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the sole of a nation long suppressed find utterance," said chief guest Col SN Sharma. This was followed by the Flag Hoisting ceremony and the National Anthem. Children were dressed in saffron, white and green colors. The programme ended with the distribution of sweets among the students. Principal Ritu Syal appreciated the students and teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar

Chief guest Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP from Ludhiana, unfurled the National Flag. Principal D Narang portrayed the honorable chief guest as an inspiration for the young generation who can encourage the young masses to utilise and channelise their energies for the betterment of the country. On the occasion, Ravneet Singh Bittu announced a grant of Rs 5,00,00 for the development of the school.

Tagore Public School, Birmi village

The school presented mélange of patriotic activities which created the atmosphere of national pride. The programme started with the unfurling of the National Flag by the chief guest of the day, Chaman Lal Gupta. It was followed by the National Anthem and march past by the students of the school. The day's events comprised of colourful presentation of a cultural programme, including patriotic songs and dances.



A maelstrom of patriotic colours 
Tribune News Service

Schoolchildren’s performances left the audience mesmerised at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana.

Schoolchildren’s performances left the audience mesmerised at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana.
Schoolchildren’s performances left the audience mesmerised at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 16
Social organisations, political parties and educational institutions celebrated the 68th Independence Day with patriotic fervour. Ludhiana Pedallers, a group promoting clean and green environment through cycling, in association with the Feroze Gandhi Market Association organised a cycle rally, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Rally. Ranjodh Singh, patron, Davinder Singh Nagi, president, Jagdeep Malhotra, secretary, and organiser Nitin Gupta participated in the rally. They also paid tributes to Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.

The Aam Aadmi Party celebrated Independence Day with slum-dwellers at Jamuna Colony, Ambedkar Nagar. Children presented a cultural programme. HS Phoolka gave them gifts.

The Bharat Vikas Parishad, an NGO, celebrated the day with slum-dwellers at Hambran Road. Underprivileged children were also part of the celebrations. The society gave shoes and socks to all children.

Pavilion Mall rolled out colourful celebrations to mark the 68th Independence Day. The highlight was a 20x20 feet kite installed. Visitors wrote their Independence Day messages on the kite. Fun-filled activities such as pot painting, tarot card reader and nail painting were held.

Students present a lazium show; and (right) cyclists take part in a rally in Ludhiana.
Students present a lazium show; and (right) cyclists take part in a rally in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

The State Bank of Patiala celebrated Independence Day. Rajeev Kumar Sharma, Deputy General Manager of the bank, hoisted the National Flag. He paid tributes to martyrs.

IMA, Ludhiana, celebrated the day with enthusiasm. Dr GS Grewal, president of the Punjab Medical Council, unfurled the flag. Dr RK Sharma, president, IMA, Ludhiana, paid tributes to freedom fighters.

A cultural programme was presented by children.

The Navkiran Women Welfare Association celebrated Independence Day at Garg Public School, Chander Nagar. Aneeta Sharma, national president, Belan Brigade, highlighted the importance of the day.

(From left) Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal honours Pardeep Dhall, a social activist; a freedom fighter; and nine-year-old Aryan Verma at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana.
(From left) Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal honours Pardeep Dhall, a social activist; a freedom fighter; and nine-year-old Aryan Verma at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Lions Club, Ludhiana Greater, celebrated Independence Day with students of Bal Bhawan, Sarabha Nagar. Club president Sanjeev Monga unfurled the National Flag.

The Desh Bhagat Yaadgari Society, Punjab, paid homage to martyrs. Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP, and Gurdyal Singh of Avon Cycle gave a tricycle to an elderly person.

The state unit of the Panthers Party celebrated Independence Day with gaiety. Kamaljeet Singh Pappu, chairman of the state unit of the party, was the chief guest.



Connected through social media
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 16
Internet, smart phones and social media connected NRIs with family and friends on the 68th Independence Day.

While the NRIs from the region continued sending greetings and pictures at their end, locals exploited the means for conveying their feelings on the occasion.

National symbols, clippings of patriotic songs, National Song and National Anthem were shared through smart phones and social media.

Residents of the area continued receiving greetings from their friends and relatives settled in various parts of India and abroad.

Video and audio clippings of patriotic songs flooded inboxes of various social sites.

Some families were enthused to receive an audio clipping of ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara’ from Rani Pathak, an NRI settled in Australia. As desired by the sender, the clipping was played on the public announcement system at some religious places of the town.

The National Anthem, National Song and their tunes, besides patriotic songs ‘Har Karam Appna Karenge Ai watan tere liye, dil diya hai jaan bhi denge ai watan tere liye’ and ‘Ai mere watan ke logo zara aankh mein bhar lo paani’, were among the most widely exchanged clippings.

Avtar Krishan Sharma, a resident of the town, said Vikram Joshi, one of his relatives, had sent him clippings of functions organised in British Columbia. “Vikram told me that besides organising functions at their homes and organisations, his friends and colleagues had watched live programmes being telecast from India,” said Sharma.

Gurdeep Singh Grewal and Sukhbir Singh Grewal, NRIs from Phallewal and Kilaraipur villages, said the main function was organised at Indian Consulate in Vancouver today. Consulate General Ravi Shankar Aisola presided over the function.

“I invite all Indian citizens and persons of Indian origin in Western Canada to celebrate the joyous occasion with gaiety and continue to contribute in making India even stronger and strengthening the cordial relations between India and Canada,” said Aisola.

Aisola continued saying, “There is renewed optimism and widespread exuberance all over about the resurgence of a strong and prosperous India which would continue to play an important role in promoting world peace prosperity and universal brotherhood.” The message of India’s president was also read out to the NRIs of British Columbia.



Tributes paid to martyrs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) celebrated Independence Day at Rest House near Ferozepur Road.

Chief Engineer Rachhpal Singh unfurled the National Flag and sang the National Anthem. After paying tributes to martyrs, the Chief Engineer highlighted the achievements of the PSPCL. As many as 47 employees were honoured for their excellence.

A colourful cultural programme was also presented. Patriotic fervour pervaded the premises. The staff relished sweets. The day reminded them of the freedom struggle. 



Various bodies celebrate 68 years of independence

Ludhiana, August 16
A function was held by the UCPMA to the 68th Independence Day. Chaman Lal Tangri unfurled the National Flag. Charnjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, UCPMA, paid tributes to freedom fighters

Meanwhile, the District Congress (Urban) celebrated the day at Congress Bhawan. Pawan Diwan, president, exhorted the party workers to fight social evils.

Asian Astrologers, an NGO, celebrated the day with slum-dwellers. Children were given sweets.

Swanjeet Singh, vice-president, Jagriti Association of Deaf and Dumb, celebrated the day at the Government College for Women, Bharat Nagar. MP Ravneet Singh Bittu was the chief guest. Bittu said the government should give special packages to special children. — TNS



Namdharis to fast unto death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee have decided to fast unto death. Bachhitar Singh (68) said he would fast unto death outside the Mini-Secretariat. Seven new devotees replaced protesters sitting on a hunger strike.

Today, Jageer Singh Dasua, Sukhwant Singh Amritsar, Daljit Kaur Amritsar, Sukhwant Kaur Dasua, Jagdish Kaur Jalandhar, Harjit Kaur Batala and Jaswinder Singh Dasua sat outside the Mini-Secretariat.

Suba Darshan Singh Raisar, president, Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee, stated that they felt like slaves even after 68 years of the independence. “Namdharis sacrificed their lives for the nation, but the district administration is unmoved.” “We are not allowed to visit our religious place. Where is the freedom?” asked Darshan Singh Raisar.

HS Phoolka, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, extended support to the protesters.

Another protester Sukhdev Singh said there was no response from the sect;s headquarters, Bhaini Sahib.

The Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee has been demanding unrestricted entry to Bhaini Sahib. 



Punjab State Gatka Championship commences at Machhiwara
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, August 16
Two-day Punjab State Gatka Championship for men and women was inaugurated here today by ex-MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia and Harjeet Singh Grewal, general secretary, Gatka Federation of India.

About 500 gatka players from 17 districts are participating in the tournament under the categories of 14, 17, 19, 22 and 25 years events, including single soti, farri-soti and weapons demonstration.

Speaking on the occasion, Khirnia advised the participants to update their martial techniques so that they could excel at national and international events. He assured all help to the Punjab Gatka Association for the promotion of traditional martial art so that this ancient art could flourish at the global level and could be listed as a sport in Olympics.

Meanwhile, Grewal said the World Gatka Federation and Asian Gatka Federation had already constituted more than three dozen federations in different countries and had organised national level gatka events in Nepal, UK, Canada, USA, etc. He added that the Asian Gatka Cup would be organised in Malaysia next year in the month of February. “Dates for the event will be announced shortly after a meeting with the Malaysian Gatka Federation,” he said.

Divulging details for the promotion of gatka, the Punjab Gatka Association coordinators, Baljinder Singh Toor and Dr Deep Singh Chandigarh, said the federation had chalked out various activities and had organised 48 gatka training camps and 53 gatka tournaments at the state and national level. Avtar Singh Patiala said the second National Gatka Championship would be hosted at Mastuana Sahib, Sangrur, in October.



Function in memory of Karnail Singh
Politicians discuss everything, but Issru
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 16
A conference was organised at Issru by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the memory of martyr Karnail Singh Issru. MP Bhagwant Singh Mann, in his address, claimed that the AAP would form government in 2017 elections in Punjab with a huge margin.

Mann said people of the state were fed up with the SAD-BJP and the Congress parties and would give a referendum in favour of the AAP for the welfare of the state. He said AAP was fighting for both the seats in the elections in the state with full force and said that they would win both the seats. MP Fatehgarh Sahib Harinder Singh Khalsa and Jarnail Singh also addressed the gathering along with some other local leaders of the AAP.

The Congress also held a conference in which five MLAs and Police District Khanna president of the Congress addressed the gathering. In his address, Khanna MLA Gurkirat Singh Kotli and Amloh MLA Sadhu Singh Dharmsot appealed the public to be aware of the bad policies of the SAD-BJP government and said the Congress was safeguarding the interests of the people. They claimed that the Congress would win both the seats of Patiala and Talwandi Sabo. 



Celebrating freedom
Tribune reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Payal/ Raikot, August 16
The 68th Independence Day was celebrated with fervour in the town. A function was organised at Dayanand Adarsh Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School which was chaired by legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoonda.

Pardeep Sharda and Tarsem Lal Gupta hoisted the Tricolour at MGMN Senior Secondary School and Green Valley Public Senior Secondary School. Organisers honoured office-bearers of various social and educational organisations.

Colourful cultural programmes were presented by students of Green Valley Senior Secondary School Jandali Road, Victoria Public Senior Secondary School Lehra, Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Maya Devi Goyal Memorial Senior Secondary School Pohir, Lal Bahadur Shastri Public School, Jain Muni Shri Kundan Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalaya, GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Guru Har Krishan College Phallewal and Anand Isher Senior Secondary School.

Similar functions were organised at Bhagat Singh Chowk and Dehlon village.

The main function at Malaudh was chaired by Indu Puri, president of the nagar panchayat.

The Tricolour was hoisted by government officials at a majority of functions. Sub-divisional Magistrates Rakesh Popli and Harjot Kaur unfurled the National Flag at Raikot.

Function at GADVASU

Ludhiana: The 68th Independence Day was celebrated at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) with enthusiasm. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, unfurled the National Flag. He inspected the guard of honour.

Dr Taneja paid tributes to freedom fighters.

A cultural programme was presented by students and staff on the day. 



Constables irked over delay in B1 test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Constables employed with the Punjab and District police are dissatisfied due to delay in the annual promotion test.

The B1 test, which is held under the Punjab Police Rule: 13.7 for the promotion from being a constable to head constable, is scheduled for January every year. The test for all other cadres have been held in the last few months but cops of the District police are still awaiting for the date sheet for the test.

Constables of the District police urged the Director General of Police to organise the B1 test for the promotions. 




Loudspeakers a bane

Residents of Jagraon have been spending sleepless nights, courtesy religious functions. They have been urging the authorities to ban the use of loudspeakers at night, but to no avail. The civic body has turned a blind eye to the problem. Students are having it the toughest. The residents are not against such functions, it is just that the noise is a bit much. The authorities should take steps to tide over the problem at the earliest.

Dr Balraj Singh Gill, Jagraon

Bumpy ride

Commute on the national highway 95 (from Ludhiana to Talwandi) is nightmarish. The stretch is in a state of neglect, with potholes posing a threat to the lives of commuters. Every day, two or three accidents take place on the road. The six-laning of the highway has been stalled. Ditto is the situation at chowks in Mullanpur, Jagraon and Moga. People avoid taking the roads. If such is the condition of the national highway, one can well imagine the state of internal roads. I fail to understand why the authorities are sitting over the six-laning project. The public money is going down the drain this way.

Avtar Singh, Mullanpur



Ludhiana Scan


AAP leader Yogender Yadav addresses a seminar on education in Ludhiana on Saturday.
AAP leader Yogender Yadav addresses a seminar on education in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Independence Day celebrations were marked with great enthusiasm at the Senior Citizen Bhawan (Regd.), Urban Estate Phase II, Dugri, on Friday. Dr Navdeep Singh, Head of Cancer Department, Global Heart and Super-Speciality Hospital, was invited to deliver a lecture and create awareness on prostate cancer amongst senior citizens. Dr Navdeep explained how people and medical fraternity from across the globe celebrate September as the World Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer arises from prostate gland, he added. An informational session was held where Dr Navdeep explained the symptoms and detection of prostate cancer. Dr Navdeep said, “Prostate cancer is amongst top five cancers in Punjab. It’s still a prevalent misconception in the society that this cancer is incurable and the patients don’t live a normal lifestyle after treatment. The only issue remaining now is to make people aware of the importance of early detection of the disease so it can be treated effectively. Every male should get a PSA done at the age of 40 for its early detection.”

Saplings planted

Lions Club, Ludhiana, celebrated Independence Day along with vanamahotsava at Lions Bhawan on Friday. The flag was hoisted by chairman, Bhawan Trust, Shakti Pal Verma and Pawan Goyal. Patriotic songs were sung on the occasion. Saplings were also planted at the club lawns.


Valmiki Ambedkar Samaj held a seminar on education at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Saturday. Dr Yogendra Yadav was the chief guest on the occasion. Sixty students belonging to SC/BC attended the seminar and expressed their views. Raj Kumar Adhikay, president of the foundation, said there was a need to formulate a policy in education through which the students belonging to SC/BC could feel relieved. “Today, seats were being given to them but they always remained the target of other students for disturbing the merit,” he said. “Equal rights and equal status is required to be given to them if the country needs to progress. Attempts should be made collectively in this direction,” Adhikay said. — TNS



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