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Woman crushed to death
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The victim’s husband in a state of shock
The victim’s husband in a state of shock. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 25
It appears that private buses are on a killing spree. An elderly woman became a victim of an overspeeding private bus near Jalandhar Bypass this morning. The deceased, identified as Simar Kaur (54), was a resident of Shimlapuri. Simar Kaur, along with her husband Karnail Singh, was going towards Mandi village near Apra on a scooter.

Karnail Singh said when they crossed Jalandhar Bypass, an overspeeding private bus rammed into the scooter. He said he lost control over the two-wheeler and his wife fell on the road. He was fortunate to have fallen alongside the road.

Before Simar could react, the overspeeding bus ran over the victim, crushing her to death on the spot.

The driver and the conductor fled the scene. Soon the police reached the spot and impounded the bus. A case has been registered against the driver of Gagan Transport.

It is not the first such incident. Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said: “Instead of challaning vehicles, the authorities should adopt a stringent procedure while issuing licences to bus drivers. Speed governors should be installed in buses. A majority of the bus drivers do not have licences to drive heavy vehicles. When trained bus drivers will be hired for the job, the number of accidents will go down.”

Gaurav Gupta, a businessman, said, “People constantly live under the threat of being killed by overspeeding buses on roads. It seems that the bus drivers and conductors possess licences to mow down people. It is the duty and the responsibility of the transport department to regulate norms for the buses. Heavy penalties and challans should be issued right on the spot. The transport department should ensure that the drivers undergo a driving test before being issued licences.”


A light purse is a heavy curse for them
Employees forced to work under inhumane conditions for a pittance
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The death of three factory workers has yet again brought to the fore the inhumane conditions under which labourers are forced to work. The blatant violation of labour laws has put the labour department in a tight spot.

Officials of the department waste no time in raiding factory units indulging in child labour (as it is considered an opportunity to make money), but when it comes to thinking of the betterment of the workers, the officials look the other way.

No traces were found from the factory unit as to when the labour department had last inspected the unit. It has come to light that no fire safety provision was put in place by the factory owner.

Sources in the labour department said locking the workers inside the factory is a usual practice.

Productions in factory units are in full swing during this time of the year. In most of the factories, the workers are doing double shift to earn more money.

Due to the fear of theft of cloth material and costly yarn, the owners lock their factory units.

Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, condemned the practice. “Security guards should be deployed at the main gate and all workers should be thoroughly checked.”

The fire incident has devastated the victims’ relatives. Gaya Prasad, a relative of one of the victims, Sunder Lal (40), said had the incident taken place at around 10 am, the causalities would have been more. “Sunder was the lone breadwinner of the family. He is survived by three children. His daughter was scheduled to marry next month. His wife Ram Gunni was inconsolable. “I do not know how to console her,” said Gaya Prasad.

Vasdev, father of Suraj, another victim, demanded strict punishment against the factory owner. “It is the factory owner’s fault that led to the death of my son. Suraj had got married last year in November. His wife does not know that Suraj is no more. “I do not know how to deal with the situation,” said Vasdev Suraj’s father.

Fire at factory

Three embroiders were asphyxiated after a fire broke out in a factory unit at New Ganesh Nagar in the Shiv Puri area on Monday. The victims could not escape as the main gate was locked by the factory owner. The deceased were identified as Sunder Lal (42), a resident of Kali Sarak, Raju (32) of Shivpuri and Suraj (35) of Ghumar Mandi. The police have booked the owner of the factory unit, Surinder Singh Sethi, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.



United they fall, divided they stand!
SAD councillor, BJP leader level fraud allegations against each other
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 25
The rift between SAD councillor from Ward No. 12 Surjit Singh Rai and Jamalpur Mandal president of the BJP Anil Arora has deepened, with the two washing their dirty linen in public.

As Rai had met the Commissioner of Police, Pramod Ban, on Saturday demanding an inquiry into the alleged fraud committed by Arora, the BJP leader today submitted a memorandum against the councillor alleging misappropriation of funds allocated for the sewerage project.

As a symbolic gesture to pull the civic body out of its deep slumber and act against the said fraud being committed by Rai, protesting BJP workers also deployed a drum beater.

Earlier, both Rai and Singla had held press conferences in which they had levelled allegations of fraud and financial irregularities against each other.

The SAD councillor had alleged that the BJP leader had misappropriated more than Rs 3 crore collected from the people in the name of kitties (committees). He had taken along a few “victims” of the fraud perpetuated by Arora to the Police Commissioner. Arora had charged the councillor with pocketing a major part of some Rs 48 lakh collected from area residents through a contractor for connecting their sewer lines with the main sewer.

In the memorandum submitted today to the zonal commissioner (zone B), the BJP leader alleged that the contractor executing the sewerage project in Ward No. 12 had collected Rs 2,400 from over 2,000 households for providing sewer connections. “As the contractor is a handyman of the councillor, a major part of the money collected from the residents is being pocketed by Rai. Not only this, the sewer lines were being connected in an illegal manner without making any payment to the MC,” he alleged.

On their part, both Rai and Arora refuted the allegations. Rai said the protest by Arora was provoked as he had raised a voice against his financial wrongdoings while Arora maintained that he was wrongly being implicated in fraudulent deeds as he had exposed the massive misappropriation of public funds by the SAD councillor.


The SAD councillor had alleged that the BJP leader had misappropriated more than ~3 crore collected from residents in the name of kitties (committees) while the BJP leader has submitted a memorandum against the councillor alleging misappropriation of funds allocated for the sewerage project.



62 cops transferred
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
As many as 62 police officers, including 25 station house officers (SHOs), have been transferred following the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Pramod Ban. Rajanperminder has been made the in charge of the CIA staff. He has replaced Ashok Kumar who has been sent to the economic offences (EO) wing.

Shamsher Singh, who was looking after the EO wing, has been made the community policing officer. Jatinder Singh will assume the charge of the Daba station house officer while inspector Maninder Bedi has been deputed in Salem Tabri.

Inspector Gurtej has been sent to Division No. 7 while Raj Kumar has been posted at Shimlapuri. He has replaced Satnam Singh, who has been given the charge of PCR (Zone I), and Satnam Singh has been posted at Focal Point. SHO Dalip Bedi has been sent to the special branch. Gurdev Singh has been given the charge of Division No. 8, SI Inderjit has been sent to Model Town.

Sadar station house officer Bharpur Singh has been sent to the police lines. Jatinderjit has replaced him.

Paramjit Singh, station house officer, Dugri, has been made the in charge of the anti-snatching cell.

Inspector Davinder has been posted at Division No. 4. Hardeep has been transferred to Jodhewal Basti while Randhir Singh has been sent to Ladhowal. His namesake Randhir Singh has been sent to Division No. 3.

Gurvir Singh has been posted at Dugri. SI Rajesh Thakur has been given the charge of Meharban while Kamaljit Singh has been sent to Moti Nagar.



Domestic help flees with gold jewellery, cash
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A domestic help decamped with gold jewellery and cash at Sarabha Nagar on Saturday. Sarabha Nagar SHO Arminder Singh said the accused, Gobind, was employed by Jaspal Singh barely two weeks ago.

Jaspal Singh told the police that the accused sedated his driver and committed the theft.


The body of a man was found at Kanganwal village today. The deceased, identified as Sham Narayan (32), hailed from Uttar Pradesh (UP). He was living in a rented accommodation at Phoolanwal.



Chhapar Mela
1,500 police personnel to be on guard
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
The Ludhiana (rural) police have drafted a plan for the convenience, safety and security of devotees visiting Guga Mari Mandir during Chhapar Mela. More than 1,500 police personnel will be deployed to deal with any eventuality. It is learnt that the authorities have chalked out a strategy to thwart overcrowding and congestion.

Ten sub-control centres and an equal number of public assistance booths will be set up at the venue.

CCTV cameras will be installed. Anti-sabotage teams will also be pressed into service.

Ravcharan Singh Brar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana (rural), said: “More than 1,500 police personnel will keep a check on anti-social elements during the four-day mega event scheduled to commence on September 7.”

“The venue has been divided into discrete pockets,” claimed the SSP.

“Although we have requisitioned adequate force from other districts, we do not want the shrine to look like a cantonment. We have drafted a plan according to which judicious deployment of each member of our force will ensure safety of those attending the mela,” said Ravcharan Singh Brar.

To ensure smooth and free movement of the devotees, the authorities have arranged adequate parking space on all roads leading to the shrine. Identifying overcrowding as the major factor behind all law and order problems at fairs, Brar claimed that only a few vehicles would be allowed to enter the venue. Vehicular traffic would also be regulated in an efficient manner and specified routes would be announced shortly, said the SSP.

The police have decided to play CDs apprising the devotees of the modus operandi of thieves.

SPs, DSPs and other rank officials, including policewomen, will be deputed in sensitive areas around the shrine. The mounted police will patrol the area.



Chhapar Mela preparations in full swing
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
For the coming Mela Chhapar, office-bearers and activists of social and religious organisations of the local town and surrounding localities have started with the preparations for organising public utility camps and community kitchen.

The gesture was, however, not appreciated by the owners of vendors who have installed their stalls at and near the venue.

Dr Rajinder Mittal and Tarsem Garg, chairman and patron of the Social Welfare Organisation, said they have already coordinated with organisers to allot them enough space for installing free medical assistance stall near the shrine during all days of the fair that is scheduled to begin on September 7.

The chairman of the Hind Hospital, Dr Sunit Hind, said three teams of doctors and members of paramedical staff have been constituted, which would be providing medical facility to people and a fully-equipped ambulance would be at disposal of the Administration for shifting patients to various hospitals, in case needed.

Jatinder Sharma, Happy Baba, chief organiser of Peer Sewa Society, claimed to have completed preparations for organising community kitchen at the shrine for over a week. “The community kitchen is meant only for devotees, but we would also welcome employees of various departments including cops, who are on duty,” said Sharma, maintaining that the food would be prepared under most hygienic conditions.

Volunteers of the Durga Sewa Society, Shri Ram Mandir Committee, the Bharatiya Mahavir Dal, the Luxmi Narayan Sewa Dal and the Har Har Mahadev Sewa Sangh have also started preparations for organising langars and chhabil at the mela venue.



Govt schools give sanitation a miss
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 25
Government schools in the district are forced to do without proper sanitation facility. Toilets on their premises are either a shambles or lack hygiene. Except a few schools, there is no proper arrangement for maintenance and cleanliness of toilets.

In the absence of cleanliness, the toilets keep stinking throughout the day, making it very difficult for students to use these.

Also, the lack of maintenance leads to chocking of sewers, rendering the toilets useless.

The situation is worst in government primary schools, especially those located in rural areas. At many schools in the Sidhwan Bet area, there are no toilets for students. The schools that do have the facility have unclean toilets.

The schoolchildren using these toilets often remain at the risk of contracting various diseases due to the unhygienic surroundings.

In some schools, the structures housing toilets have almost collapsed.

Girl students most affected

Students of such government schools, especially girl students, have to face a lot of problems. While the boys manage to urinate in the open, girls are forced to use the unclean toilets.

Many girls wanting to urinate or defecate prefer to wait for the school to end so that they can go back home and relieve themselves. This leads to a lot of discomfort to them, also hampering their studies in the classroom.

NGOs and students’ parents have been demanding better infrastructure at government schools, so that the children can get a better environment to study.



Politicians question timing
See red in tariff hike soon after Assembly byelections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Various political parties have flayed the state government for yet another hike in power tariff. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said the hike would affect the urban population.

During a protest, the party leaders said the move that came immediately after byelections on two Assembly seats in the state had exposed the real face of the government.

The protesters charged the BJP with toeing the line of its senior alliance partner, Akali Dal, and in the process ignoring the interests of the industry that was already reeling under a crisis.

Condemning the hike, District Congress (Urban) chief Pawan Diwan said the government’s move of announcing the hike soon after the bypolls raised many a question on its intentions. Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee secretary Parminder Mehta, meanwhile, said the move would adversely affect the industry.

The Marxist Communist Party of India (United), too, opposed the hike. Party general secretary Kuldeep Singh termed it a “big blow” to the common man already in trouble due to skyrocketing prices.

Industrialists flay state government

Industrial bodies, too, have slammed the government over the move. The Auto-Parts Manufacturers’ Association president said the industry in Punjab, especially the auto-parts industry, was already going through a rough phase and such an increase in power tariff would deal a severe blow to this sector.



Implement Central welfare schemes properly, Bittu tells district officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Various Central schemes started for the benefit of public should be implemented properly so that maximum numbers can make use of these. This was said by local MP Ravneet Singh Bittu while chairing the meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee at Bachat Bhawan here today.

During the meeting, Bittu discussed various schemes initiated by the Central government: Indira Awas Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojna, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna, National Rural Health Mission, Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, etc.

Talking about MGNREGS, Bittu said it was a very important scheme ensuring employment for rural households. He said it needed effective implementation at grassroots level.

While directing the officers to start it at the block and district level, he said “There is a need to make the poor aware about the scheme.”

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said the district administration had been trying to implement all the Central schemes in a proper manner. He said the targets discussed in previous meetings had been met. The funds coming under different schemes were being distributed without any delay and all details were being uploaded on the government website, he said.

The meeting was also attended by zila parishad chairman Bhag Singh Maangarh, MLAs Surinder Dawar, Gurcharan Singh Boparai and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Supreet Singh Gulati, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Khanna) Ajay Khanna, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and officers of other district-level departments.



CITU slams power tariff hike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Led by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district president, Jatinderpal Singh, workers protested the hike in power tariff at the Mini-Secretariat here today. The protesters, while criticising the Punjab government and the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission for putting an additional burden of over Rs 593 crore on the people, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner calling for a rollback.

Addressing the protest, former legislator Tarsem Jodhan and other trade union leaders said the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was deliberately fudging its accounts to show losses, which in fact were a result of massive corruption, financial mismanagement and wasteful expenditure.

Demanding an independent audit of the accounts of the power utility to bring out the real picture, CITU leaders alleged that public funds were being plundered by way of payments made to contractors under the garb of outsourcing.

While on one hand, the power tariff was persistently being jacked up, there seemed to be no improvement, both qualitative and quantitative, in power supply, they said.

The protesters also questioned the poor quality of infrastructure and distribution network.



Laying of sewerage pipes
Slow pace of work irks residents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The long stretch, starting from Haibowal Bridge up to the road outside the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), which falls under Ward Number 29, is in miserable condition for more than a month now.

The damaged road, which has been dug in patches, is crying for immediate attention by the Municipal Corporation. The passersby, residents and shopkeepers in the area have to face difficulty due to the inconvenience caused.

The area councillor, however, said the main roads do not come under the councillor and the Mayor should be held accountable for it.

According to the available information, sewerage pipes are being laid with more capacity in the area for the past many days. The road is dug in patches, starting from Haibowal Bridge to near KVM, putting residents into great inconvenience.

As there is small space to move on the road, regular traffic jams have become a routine feature.

Aman Kumar, a shopkeeper, said nursing homes and hospitals are situated on this road. “But the damaged road has made the lives hell here. There are traffic jams and at times, patients with critical conditions, get stuck in the traffic jam. They are diverted to other routes. This is not just lackadaisical approach of the MC but also an absolutely inhumane approach of the civic body. The work is going on at such a slow pace. They are not bothered at all,” rued the shopkeeper.

The main road is abuzz with activity till late at night. The residents, commuters, shopkeepers have to face harrowing times but authorities seem to be in no mood to provide a solution.

The executive engineer, O and M, Ravinder Garg, said new sewerage pipes were being laid in the area. Due to the rainy season, work is going at a slow pace. “The work will be finished within a week and the road will be carpeted,” said Garg.

The sources in the MC alleged that delay in payments being made to the contractor was another reason for the slow pace of work in the area.



Hi-tech nursery to produce 50 lakh plants annually, says Bhagat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A hi-tech nursery by the state government is coming up near Phillaur. It will provide 50 lakh plants annually. With the help of this initiative, there will be no need to buy plants from outside, rather the Forest Department will sell plants to the private nurseries. This will also become a source of income for the government.

This was disclosed by the Forest Minister, Punjab, Chunni Lal Bhagat, while addressing a press conference here today.

He said to make Punjab green and to cover the forest area, a target of planting 2 crore saplings has been set under ‘Mission Punjab’. Of this, 85 per cent target has been achieved. The minister said due to less rainfall the remaining 15 per cent could not be accomplished. “But it will be completed soon. For the completion of this target, help from different social organisations, village panchayats and MGNERGA scheme is being taken,” added the Forest Minister.

He said in the recently conducted visits to the nurseries, it has been found that plants of good quality are being prepared there. This will help farmers in getting good quality of wood in future, he added.

He said earlier willow was brought from Srinagar. “But ever since the government has banned its cutting, the sports industry has been facing crisis. So the Forest Department has been growing willow in the nurseries,” said the minister.

Plants such as poplar and eucalyptus are also being grown, so that these could be used in areas where there is a problem of seepage.

The Forest Minister was accompanied by Darendera Singh, Jernail Singh, Shailinder Kaur, Mahinder Bhagat and Daljeet Singh Brar, District Forest Officer.



D&R log win in clean branch competition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The government officers and employees are public servants. They should do their duty with utmost honesty and dedication. They should do public work on priority basis. This was said by the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal, during the clean branch competition held here today morning at the DC office.

The Deputy Commissioner, along with Amrit Kaur Gill, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Ludhiana, Navraj Singh Brar, Assistant Commissioner (General), Kanu Thind, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Mukesh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, and BS Dhiman, executive president of Avon Cycle, visited different government offices in the DC office complex.

The inspection team conducted inspections of the District Transport Office and offices of District Education Office (Secondary) and (Elementary), District Town Planner, Election Tehsildar and of local bodies.

In today’s competition, D&R branch stood first and was given sponsored cash prize of Rs 10,000 by Avon Cycle. Deputy Commissioner appealed all the employees and officers to keep their branch clean and up to the mark in future as well.

He also asked them to display quotations related to honesty at some places in their respective branches. Aggarwal said there should be proper sitting arrangements on the premises of their branches for the welfare of the general public.



Construction of ROB: Residents a harried lot
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, August 25
The construction of a railway overbridge (ROB) at Sahnewal is being delayed for over one and one and a half year now. Residents and commuters of the surrounding villages are the harried lot and are irked by the delay in work.

The railway overbridge has almost eaten up the entire space of the town. And in the absence of any service lane, the matter has become all the more deplorable. Moreover, the road is the only route leading to the town and making the matters worse, the encroachments in Sahnewal is adding fuel to the fire.

Sahnewal is presently in a state of utter mess. While the shopkeepers, residents, and commuters are passing each day with great difficulty, the authorities seem to be least bothered about the inconvenience being caused due to the unnecessary delay.

“Our business has been ruined. Had we known that by supporting the construction of the overbridge, we are digging our own graves, we would have never done so. So broad is the railway overbridge and so less is the space left around that what to talk about four-wheelers, when even the two-wheelers pass the with great difficulty. No provision for side road has been made yet. This speaks volumes about the attitude of the authorities concerned.”

A shopkeeper, Rajiv Kapila, rued, “The vehicles supplying us with goods cannot come here. The construction of the overbridge is being done without any considerations. The authorities must keep in mind every intricate detail and then go ahead with the project.”

A railway official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We know that the delay is partly because of the railways but our department should not be held entirely responsible for it. It is the contractor who has performed poorly and has been also penalised for it. He has now picked up the work at a good pace and the girders have been fabricated. It is just the fitting and launching which is left now. The work will be completed by November this year, come what may.”



These artists find solace in the lap of nature
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Tar Forest seems to be the latest muse of the photographers and nature lovers of the city. The forest has a large number of tar (khazoor). The Tar forest, as named by a group of nature lovers, is about 25 kilometers away from the overcrowded city.

The photographers and nature lovers seem to strongly believe in their motto, ‘Never stop exploring’. The forest is located between Jassowal village and Kila Raipur, a bit far from the banks of a river, leading towards Bathinda.

A group of photo artists belonging to a group named ‘Yaar anmulle’ went to the forest recently, with a sole aim to capture some good shots of nature and wildlife.

Ten nature lovers, including Janmeja Johal, Ravi Deep, Guri Ludhianavi and Prabhjot Sohi went to the forest. Janmeja Johal said, “Some rare species of birds and insects are the centre of attraction here along with the trees of taar. We came across bee eaters, grayhorn mill, parrots, colourful sparrows, humming birds and various little birds. A small insect which is commonly known as ‘Ghuan’ in Punjab was also found there.” A few photo artists from Shimla Puri area also joined them. Guri Ludhianvi, a software student, said, “I love nature photography. I got an opportunity to take shots of beautiful sunrise there. I also took some portraits of village children.”

Guri who has been exploring his hobby in photography for the last one and half years said, “It is a very calm and quiet place.”

Away from the chaos of city life, the nature lovers soaked themselves in the beauty of nature. Johal said, “The only sound one can listen here is of chirping of some birds or sometimes of a train which passes from nearby.” Another nature lover said, “Aristotle righty said: In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

Jaggery from tar

Villagers of nearby villages prepare jaggery with the juice that these trees produce. Some people also enjoy fresh juice of tar here.



PCCTU to observe Sept 5 as black day
1,500 teachers are awaiting their salaries for the past 14 months
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 25
“When 1,500 teachers and an equal number of non-teaching staff is without salary for the past 14 months, how can we celebrate Teachers’ Day? We can only observe black day and curse the existing government for their faulty policies and mismanagement, which has forced the nation builders to pass through such a state of penury where they can neither live nor die,” said Dr Kuldip Singh, president, Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU).

“It has been more than one year now that Punjab Government has not given any aid to the aided colleges and the teachers of these colleges are facing acute financial penury. The decision of Punjab Government to reduce the grant by 15 per cent to private aided colleges and make contractual appointments instead of regular ones for the posts to be filled has come as a shock to the entire teaching community of private aided colleges. The announcement of withdrawal of grants from 95 per cent to 80 per cent and another 5 per cent after three years, has shook the very basis on which the grant-in-aid scheme was introduced in the year 1978,” he added.

“The first quarterly grant (March to May) was distributed in the month of November. After that no grant has been received by the colleges till date despite the allocation of Rs 200 crores in the annual budget 2013-14 and Rs 38 crores in vote on account 2014-15. The teachers have been waiting their salary for fourteen months. Under such circumstances, there is no point in celebrating teacher’s day. We shall observe it as the blackest day of our lives. The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has planned to protest against the anti-education and anti-teachers’ policies of the State Government on that day”, said Prof. H.S Walia, General Secretary of PCCTU.

Vice-President, PCCTU, Prof Jagwant Singh stated that unwarranted delay in the acceptance of demands and indifferent and callous attitude of the State Government towards the problems faced by the college teachers has compelled them to lodge an agitation and highlight our issues in the public. He also stated that their other demands include, inter-alia, lifting of ban on recruitments imposed in 2005, covering teachers working against un-aided posts in the ambit of Punjab affiliated colleges Security of Service Act 1974, relaxation from refresher courses as per the UGC guidelines, implementation of pension and gratuity scheme, raising retirement age to 65 years as per Central Government’s notification, redressing the grievances of the teachers working in un-aided colleges, establishing parity in the pay structure for all the categories of teachers including DPEs and librarians.



Computer centre re-opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Today the re-opening ceremony of Karam Singh Bhogal UCPMA Computer Centre was held at registered office of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturing Association. The Centre was inaugurated by Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Chief Advisor, CM, Punjab. He said it was a big initiative of the association.

He said industry should create jobs for the skilled people so that it can flourish. He said the government was always ready to help industry in all possible ways. Manjit Singh Khalsa welcomed the chief guest and Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of the association.

The computer centre was established in the memory of father figure of cycle industry Late Sh Karam Singh Bhogal by Bhogal group of companies. The centre is affiliated to ITI, Government of Punjab. Students will get knowledge and training of basic computer applications, designing, CAT-CAM, C, C++, HTML, Corel Draw, Abode Photoshop and tools.



pau notes
Seminar on forage crops

Ludhiana: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to host annual group meet of All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops on August 26 and 27. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU, will be the chairman of the inaugural session. Dr Swapan K Datta, deputy director general (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, will deliver the inaugural address.

Dr RP Dua, assistant director general (FFC), ICAR and Dr PK Ghosh, director, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, will be the guests of honour. Dr AK Roy, project coordinator, AICRP (Forage Crops), Jhansi will present the report. Dr KS Thind, head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, said nearly 100 scientists of various disciplines working on forage crops will participate and deliberate on diverse issues concerning production, productivity and protection. Besides, they will formulate technical programme for 2014-15. The scientists from State Agricultural Universities, NARCs, and ICAR institutes will attend the meet. He said the DDG (Crop Science), assistant director generals, from ICAR will apprise the house of the immediate issue to be taken up to enhance production and area under fodder crops. He observed, “This is high time when we restructure the agricultural cycle and replace some area under traditional crops to forage crops for efficient water resource management and sustainable agriculture.” — TNS



from colleges
Chess tourney

Ludhiana: RIMT Academic College, Mandi Gobindgarh (Affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala) organised an Inter-Class Chess Competition under the guidance of Harinder Singh, director, physical education, and his entire team. Eleven teams consisting twenty two participants from various courses.

Entire game was comprised of four rounds. Raman Kumar of B Com (professional), won the first position whereas second rank was acquired by Jobanpreet Singh of B Com (Professional) semester-III, and Manjeet Singh of BCom (professional) semester-I attained third rank. Dr. MS Pabla, Director, RIMT Academic College, delivered a note of encouragement by extolling the participants with certificates and medals. Dr Hukum Chand Bansal, founder chairman, RIMT, and Vijayant Bansal, Chairman, RIMT, appraised students and also assured them about the future plans of organising such thrilling events to improve their overall personality and development.

AIESEC holds seminar

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology in its continuous process to improve the knowledge and skill of budding professionals organised a sensitisation session on “PTU Youth Global Internship Programme” powered by AIESEC. Prateek Kalia, associate professor, Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, gave a warm welcome to the guests. Shivani, vice-president, Marketing, and Falak, vice-president, Student Exchange Programme, AIESEC, told that AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. It is present in over 124 countries and territories and with over 1,00,000 members, it is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. The Youth Global Internship Program is designed for individuals who are interested in being part of a global learning environment. YGIP is more than a job opportunity; it is a unique leadership experience in an international environment. MS Bedi, Assistant Training & Placement Officer, Punjab Technical University, said the 6 week AIESEC programme provides undergraduate students an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills through international internships based on social issues. The objective is to target our country’s youth and help them enrich their education by offering them a holistic international experience. VK Chadha, from Training and Placement Cell presented vote of thanks.

Teachers welcomed

Fresher’s Party, sponsored by Idea-My Adda; co- sponsored by 98.3 FM Radio Mirchi, was organised on the campus of DD Jain College of Education. New teachers presented solo dances, group dances, skit on the theme female foeticide. A number of one minute games were also organised for the teachers. Radio Mirchi VJ Vishal anchored one minute hilarious games for the teachers. A modelling show was also organised. Ekta Khosla was adjudged “Miss Fresher”, Tarandeep Kaur first runner-up and Gurleen Kaur was second runner-up while the title of Best Smile was bagged by Aishwarya Sharma and Miss Graceful title was bagged by Priya. Principal Dr. Vijay Laxmi accorded formal welcome to all the trainees in the institution and awarded the prizes to the winners.

Freshers’ party

Fun, frolic and rejuvenation marked the freshers’ party organised by the departments of Computer Science and Business Administration, Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. Music, songs, flash freezing lights and exuberant students were the defining moments in the party. The show was a blend of cultural items and foot tapping performances. The gala event of the day “Ramp Modelling” by the students of first year was judged by Honey Walia, Aditi Satija, Jasbir Kaur, faculty members of the college. The results of the same are: Miss Fresher (Dept. of Computer Science) - Bimal, Miss Dreamgirl- Kriti, Miss Evergreen- Anmol, Miss Budding Manager – Suman, Miss Graceful- Aanchal and Miss Magnetic Personality–Ishika. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal, applauded the efforts of the students and teachers in putting up such a colourful show.

Interactive session

GGN Institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, organised an interactive session on “Preparing for Success”. GGNIMT alumnus Randeep Singh, former managing consultant, PWC( Price Waterhouse Coopers) was the resource person for the day. He shared his success journey with the students and highlighted the various milestones and challenges of his life as an employee. He advised the students to learn from mistakes and start early with a spark. He inspired the students to set their goal and move aggressively with a deep sense of commitment. He motivated them to have an anger-hunger drive that helped to introspect and instilled a desire to do more. He exhorted that interaction with people at all levels in the organisation aided easy learning at multiple fronts. He also recommended the students to inculcate the passion for reading. The students participated enthusiastically in the session and asked a lot of questions pertaining to job and placement in corporate sector. Manjit Singh Chhabra, co-ordiantor, GGNIMT, thanked the guest for sharing his experience and giving valuable insights to the budding managers. Principal Dr PS Khattra was also present on the occasion. — TNS



from schools
Teej celebrated

Ludhiana: Teej was celebrated at Green Grove School with full pomp and show in Punjabi fervour. To acquaint the students with Punjabi culture and traditions, all the students were dressed up in Punjabi attires. The programme commenced with a floral welcome of the chief guest Satinderjit Kaur Jolly, accompanied by president JPS Jolly, principal S George and vice-principal Ronald and other esteemed guests.

Dances followed by melodious songs were performed which enchanted the audience. Punjabi performances by Class IV danced on the tune of Boli Utte Boli and VII–VIII girls and boys performed on ‘Bejobaan’ were excellent in their wonderful contemporary steps. Modelling in Punjabi dress by students of Class XI was a hit among t5he students. Roveen was selected as Miss Teej for her outstanding looks and proper Punjabi traditional dress up. Daman and Roop Kaur of Class VII presented a melodious song on the track ‘Nit Khar Manga Sohneya’ followed by Punjabi group song by VI class students. Anter Jot and Rajveer of Class XI left indelible effect on audience through their song ‘Kala Hai Paranda’ but besides these performances the giddha and bhangra by XI class girls were the attraction of the day. The School was decorated in Punjabi traditional look. This was followed by a community feast by students which included kheer, malpuras and sweets of Punjab.

Sanskrit Day

To promote the Sanskrit language among the students, Sanskrit Day was celebrated on premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, under the guidance of president Balraj Kumar Bhasin (SDP Sabha). Shalok Ucharan Pratiyogita was organised on school campus. Twenty Students participated in it.

Science exhibition

In today’s scenario, the energy needs are increasing at a very rapid rate. But our conventional resources are not sufficient and are likely to be exhausted in future. So to prevent ‘energy crises’ various models were prepared by the students of GNI Public School, I Block, BRS Nagar. These models were displayed in an exhibition held in the school auditorium. One model was on wind energy farm prepared by Simranjot Singh, Harkirat Singh, Shilpi, Kirandeep and Satvir Singh. In this model energy is generated by using wind mill and wind energy is converted into electrical energy. The other model depicted ‘Energy Farm’, it was prepared by Simranjeet kaur, Harleen Kaur and Harshdeep Singh. It was a self sustaining farm including cattles and agriculture land. Cattle waste and agriculture land are used to produce biogas from which electricity is generated. Exhibition of models was highly appreciated by the parents and guests.

Story telling competition

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, organised an Inter-Class Story Telling Competition for students of primary section. The objective behind this competition was to motivate the students for creative thinking and to express their ideas and feelings with words of wisdom. Students of Classes I–III were dressed up in beautiful attires and narrated their stories with complete dramatisation. Students of Classes IV- V were given a word on the spot and they narrated the story with beautiful expressions and confidence. The students were judged on the basis of confidence, subject matter, costume, pronunciation and accuracy. Jyoti Pujara, principal, of the school congratulated the winner. — TNS



Dist manager appointed

Punjab Sind Bank has appointed Manjit Singh Jaggi as the district manager in Lead Bank office in Ludhiana. He has been given special assignment of completing financial inclusion project of Ludhiana. In his previous tenure of two years, mega financial inclusion camps were conducted by him. In a single camp at Lohara village, 42,600 accounts were opened and 4,860 Aadhaar beneficiaries were enrolled.

Office-bearers elected

The Active Anti-Corruption Group has constituted its Nurpur Bet unit. There are 101 members in this unit and Parminder Singh has been appointed as president, Ramandeep Singh as senior vice-president, Jagdev Singh and Satnam Singh as vice-presidents. Harjinder Singh has been selected as general secretary.

PSEB meet

A meeting of the PSEB Employees Federation AITUC, Punjab (West circle and East Circle), Ludhiana, was held on Monday. In the meeting, discussions were held about the state-level strike on August 28. They alleged that the government is not fulfilling the long pending demands of the employees.

Eye camp

A fortnight long eye camp, being organised by the Punarjot Eye Bank Society, began on Monday. The camp is being held to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the National Eye Donation Awareness Campaign. The head of the Jawaddi Taksal, Sant Baba Amir Singh, inaugurated the camp. He apprised the gathering about the importance of eye donation. He appreciated the society for holding such camps.

Construction begins

The work of construction of a hall at the cremation ground, Shiv Puri near Daresi, commenced on Monday. Representatives of all the political parties, besides prominent personalities of the city, were present there on the occasion. — TNS



dhruv pandove trophy
Kapurthala record 3-wkt win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
Hosts Ludhiana failed to defend the 182-run target as Kapurthala recorded a three-wicket victory on the fourth and final day of a Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-19) tie being played for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy.

Resuming at the overnight score of 126 for four at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today, Kapurthala faced little resistance as Ludhiana fielders dropped a couple of catches. The visiting side surpassed the total in 83.5 overs. Their innings revolved around Yudhveer Singh (57) and Vikas Chauhan who remained unbeaten on 27 runs.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings) 130 all out in 73 overs (Kashish 40; Karan four for 41)

Kapurthala (first innings) 91 all out in 48.1 overs (Danish Mehta 40; Nikhil Chaudhary four for 34 and Hartejasvi Kapoor three for 31)

Ludhiana (second innings) 143 all out in 52.5 overs (Deepin Chitkara 36, Nikhil Chaudhary 31; Harpreet four for 39 and Karan Bhargav three for 53)

Kapurthala (second innings) 183 for 74 in 83.5 overs (Yudhveer Singh 57, Vikas Chauhan 27*; Nikhil Chaudhary three for 63, Navedhu two for 32, Anmol Sharma one for 19).



school games
City lads survive scare in handball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
The under-19 girls’ teams of Kairon wing, Tarn Taran, and Ropar scripted easy victories in the super league phase of handball during the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District School Games at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

The Kairon wing proved too good for Muktsar, outclassing them 13-3, while Ropar eves overwhelmed Bathinda 17-7.

In the boys’ category, hosts Ludhiana survived a scare against Jalandhar ending victorious 26-22.

Patiala, too, fought a tough battle to pip Moga 24-22.

In the super league phase of softball, the boys’ (U-19) team of Amritsar beat Jalandhar 4-1; Ludhiana routed Sangrur 6-0 and Amritsar blanked Sangrur 4-0 to consolidate their positions in the tournament.

Sarbjit Singh Toor, Deputy Director (Sports), Punjab Education Department, was the chief guest today.



Finally, there is a ray of hope for indoor stadium
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Finally, there seems to be a ray of hope for the indoor stadium coming up on Pakhowal Road for the past 10 years. The stadium has been awaiting the second phase of construction that has been delayed due to paucity of funds.

In its meeting held today, the tender scrutiny committee reportedly “almost” gave its nod to the lone bidder.

The meeting that was held at Chandigarh was attended by Additional Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori. As Deepak Builders was the lone bidder for the second phase of construction, the scrutiny panel reportedly raised certain technical queries, which were addressed by the Municipal Corporation authorities.

“The bidder has been almost finalised by the committee. It has put certain conditions that need to be fulfilled by the bidder. The work order will be given to the contractor once it is approved in the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC,” said Thori.

Ever since the construction of the indoor stadium started about a decade back, it has remained in controversies for one reason or the other. The “state-of-the-art” stadium was planned to provide latest facilities to sports enthusiasts in the region. A team from Sports Authority of India that visited it long time back had reportedly not approved of it as it did not fulfil the required conditions.

“Crores of rupees have already been spent on the initial phase and the MC is now all set to spend many more for its completion. The development works in the city are already suffering because of the paucity of funds. We are unable to deliver even basic facilities to residents. Seeing all this, is it advisable for the state government to take such decisions?” questioned Parminder Mehta, spokesperson of the Congress councillors.



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