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Robbers strike at shop
Loot 5 kg of silver and 100 gm of gold jewellery after injuring shopkeeper
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Six robbers, who were posing as customers, struck at a jewellery shop in the Giaspura area and looted 5 kg of silver and 100 grams of gold jewellery late last evening. The robbers injured the shopkeeper with a sharp weapon and fled from the spot.

According to information, the robbers struck at the shop at around 8.00 pm. Raju Verma and Ramesh, who are relative of Chander Shekhar Verma, the owner of the shop, were present at the shop.

Raju Verma told the police that the robbers entered the shop posing as customers and asked him to show silver jewellery. As they were busy showing jewellery, the robbers attacked them. They were carrying guns and sharp weapons.

After injuring them, the robbers looted 5kg of silver and 100 grams of gold jewellery and drove away on two motorcycles.

The Focal Point police reached the spot and initiated investigation. The police have registered a case of loot against unidentified six miscreants.

Investigating officer in the case Dharminder Singh said the police had been investigating the matter. The police had been trying to identify the accused.

Man hangs himself from ceiling fan

A 28-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his house at Ambedkar Nagar this morning. The deceased has been identified as Parveen Kumar.

According to information, the deceased was under stress as he was unable to bear the expenses on the medical treatment of his daughter. Parveen was a hair dresser and ran a shop in the same area.

Members of his family told the police that he retired to his room last night. Today, when he did not wake up on time, the members of the family went to his room. They found Parveen’s body hanging from the ceiling fan of his room.

The Model Town police reached the spot and initiated investigation into the case under section 174 of the CrPC.

Inderjeet Singh, Model Town SHO, said as per the preliminary investigation, the deceased was upset as his daughter was undergoing treatment. He was unable to bear the medical expenses.

The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.


Commissioner’s Sangat Darshan comes to an end?
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Sangat Darshan, an initiative started by the Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, to provide a platform to the residents to air their grievances against officials/departments, etc, seems to have come to an end.

Thanks to the “unruly” incidents, which took place during the recent Sangat Darshans, the residents have lost a regular platform to talk to the Commissioner against “corrupt” practices prevalent in the MC.

Keeping it a “low-key” affair, the Commissioner sat in his Zone A office to listen to the grievances of the public. No official, related staff or the media was allowed to be inside the office. Around 20 applications were received by the Commissioner today and the applicants were sent to the officials concerned, who (officials) were informed telephonically by the MC chief to redress their issues. Earlier, Sangat Darshans used to be held in the Committee Room of the Zone A office in the presence of officials from various departments and the media.

While many residents feel they have lost a good platform to air their grievances before the higher-ups in the MC due to “vested” interests of some influential persons.

One of the senior citizens, BB Goel said it was unfortunate that now residents would not be able to discuss their issues with the higher-ups. “We knew the Commissioner and officials will be present during the Sangat Darshan and we can meet them every Tuesday. But like many other programmes, it has also been stopped due to vested interests of a few persons,” said Goel.

However, there are some who feels the Sangat Darshan programme had left much to be desired. Shamsher, another resident, said if on-the-spot solutions were provided to complainants, then it would have been a good programme. “But calling applicants again and again was not justified. There was no use of such programme as at the end, an applicant had to do rounds of offices only,” said the resident.

Meanwhile, Aggarwal said the motive behind the programme was to give a patient hearing to applicants. “I went to the Zone A office to listen to the applicants and provide solutions to their problems. I will be sitting there so that anyone can come and meet me on a particular day,” said Aggarwal.



Former ATP of Zone A courts another row
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Though the former Assistant Town Planner of Zone A, Harpreet Ghai, has been shifted from here, controversies involving the official refuse to die down. The Department of Local Bodies, Punjab, in its note sheet issued in July-end, has asked the Municipal Corporation to take disciplinary action against the official for not performing his duties honestly and efficiently.

No action has been taken against the official to date while his name is being considered for promotion by the Department Promotion Committee.

The note sheet was issued by the Secretary, Local Bodies, on July 30 (a copy of which is with The Tribune) following a complaint received from a city-based RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal. The latter got the note sheet through an RTI application.

In the note sheet, the Secretary has also mentioned the complaint made against the official by the Joint Commissioner on June 2, 2014, in which it was mentioned that the ATP did not perform duties diligently and was found wanting for dereliction of duties. The letter, written by the Secretary, mentions under the supervision of the official, many “illegal” buildings (up to seven-storey ones) mushroomed in the city. A show-cause notice had also been recommended against the ATP.

Meanwhile, Sabharwal said all such letters never reached the higher-ups. “The higher-ups will take action only when the letters reach them. But in connivance with the lower staff at Chandigarh as well as here, these important letters were dumped somewhere. A fresh complaint has been made against the official as his name is being considered for promotion as Municipal Town Planner by the department,” he said. During his tenure as ATP Zone A, the official had remained in controversies for one reason or the other.

No action on note sheet

The Department of Local Bodies, in its note sheet issued in July-end, has asked the MC to take disciplinary action against the official for not performing his duties honestly and efficiently.



DTO overburdened, public inconvenienced
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
A majority of visitors to the District Transport Office complain that they have to wait in long queues to get their work done. Some say they have to endlessly wait to get high security registration plates while others say they have to do the rounds of the office to get the necessary documents.

Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said: “I am handling everything single-handedly. There are two posts of Assistant District Transport Officer in the district. But one of these has been lying vacant before I joined here in April 2013. The other post of ADTO was filled in August. The ADTO has taken one-month leave after joining here. So, I am all alone to take care of every single document.”

All papers pertaining to licences, duplicate licences, registration copies, permits, etc, are signed by the DTO. He said: “I daily sign around 2,000 documents and have no time for going to the field for checking violations of the Road Safety Act. The work keeps on adding day by day.”

The officer said he understood inconvenience faced by the public but couldn’t do much to help them out. He said: “I have already written to the higher authorities to depute someone here. It is a big district and the workload is too much.”

Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said: “There is a dire need for deputing more staff at the office. We have already communicated to the state government. We are eagerly waiting for someone to come and join here.”



No end to kidnapped minor girl’s ordeal
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
The story of a minor girl has brought to the fore cruelty of the system and callous attitude of the police, who are doing precious little to track missing children. A 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped from a colony located near Golden Temple in Amritsar by a middle-aged man four years ago, has become a victim of police apathy.

The minor girl is forced to leave her school to work at a factory to repay the amount spent on her failed marriage with a youth.

The girl’s story was revealed after she met her schoolteacher Manjit Kaur and narrated her entire ordeal. The girl, who studies in class V of a government elementary school here, has not been attending classes for the past some days as she has to work at the factory.

“She got married to a youth in July and was taken to Gorakpur at the youth’s place by her foster father Jaspal Singh, who has been taking care of the girl since her kidnapper dumped her in Ludhiana. The girl told me that the boy was forcing her to drink something bitter. She was thrashed on refusing to take the drink. Her foster father brought her back,” said Manjit Kaur.

Jaspal Singh said: “Now, the boy’s family was pressing me for repayment of money they had spent on the wedding. I work as a tubewell operator on a meagre salary. I have my wife and children to look after. I love the girl but my wife does not like her. Now, it has become very difficult to look after her. How long she will study. She should earn and repay the money spent on her wedding.”

Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon, president of the Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee, an NGO working against child labour, said: “The girl has suffered a lot in this tender age. She was kidnapped from Amritsar, forced to undergo child marriage and work as child labour. We will take up the matter with the authorities concerned. Perhaps, she was physically exploited as well.”

The girl faintly remembers the name of her mother. “Her name was Geeta. I do not remember the name of my father. I lived near a locality near Golden Temple and used to play along with other girls. One day, a man approached us and took along three of us (all girls) on the pretext of showing around the city. He took us in a train. I do not know how I landed here.”

She said Jaspal was kind enough to rescue her from the youth’s place at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh where she was married. The youth has been identified as Shiv Kumar, who resides on the Jassian road and works as a construction worker.

Jaspal said: “I used to run a stall outside the Mata Rani Temple. I saw a man roaming with three girls. I saw him beating up one of the girls. I asked them whose children they were. The man ran away with two girls, leaving one behind. I took her to the Kotwali police station where the police officer asked me to look after the girl till the time her parents were traced. I have been taking care of her since then. My wife scorns me for adding to the burden. I don’t know what to do,” said Jaspal.

Midday meal comes to her rescue

While praising the government scheme of providing food to schoolchildren, a teacher of the government school, where the girl studies, Manjit Kaur, said the midday meal had proved to be a blessing for such destitute children. The girl didn’t get breakfast and her only purpose of coming to school was to have midday meal. The midday meal was the only meal she takes in a day. Further, she developed interest in studies. She is in Class V and is good at studies.



Dharmendra’s trip down memory lane
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
The living legend of Bollywood Dharmendra still becomes nostalgic whenever he thinks of Ludhiana and Sahnewal. He said being a true Punjabi, he remained focused throughout and achieved greater heights in Hindi cinema. Dharmedra was in the city to promote his upcoming Punjabi film “Double the Trouble”.

Talking about his journey, the actor said after “Pratigya”, he wanted to make a film on Mirza Sahiba. But by accepting the role in Punjabi film “Double the Trouble”, his dream seems to have fulfilled. “I accepted the role as the film is based on the comedy of Shakespeare. It was such a nice experience to be in Punjab for long as most of the shooting was held near Chandigarh,” said the actor, adding that seeing the lush greenery in Punjab, he felt as if he was at his grandparents’ house.

He appreciated his co-star Poonam Dhillon. Talking about the progress of Punjabi cinema, Dharmendra said for the promotion of any film, stars had to visit several cities and states, which had become a new trend. On being asked if Sunny Deol or Bobby Deol, his sons, were eager to make a Punjabi film or act in it, Dharmendra said Sunny had a script on his mind and if all went well, he would definitely direct a Punjabi movie. He said it was good to see that leading Bollywood stars were promoting Punjabi movies. The actor was accompanied by Gippy Grewal, the lead actor of the movie.



Rapping away blues
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
City youngsters are gyrating to the beats of Punjabi rap music. “Rap has catapulted the Punjabi music into the new-age world,” said Gaurav, a student. “Many people say lyrics of such songs are lewd, but this is just a genre of music,” said another youngster.

“The lyrics are so interesting and refreshing,” he said. “I love to listen to Bohemia and Honey Singh,” said Ankush, a BBA student. “Bohemia has brought a change in the way Punjabi music is listened to. Honey Singh is singing in different languages, but his Punjabi raps are what I enjoy the most,” he said.

With the popularity of the music growing, many youngsters say rap in Punjabi music is not a fad, but is here to stay. “Bhangra beats meld beautifully with rap. Although these are different kinds of music, these juxtapose well to create good music,” said Harvir Singh, another youngster.

“There is a general opinion that youngsters don’t listen to Punjabi music and don’t connect with Punjabi roots, but with new and emerging styles of music and singing, if the essence of Punjabi culture can be instilled in Punjabi yongsters, it is a win-win for everyone, including the cultural activists, music and youth,” said Harjit Singh, a resident.



Ebola virus
No need to panic, says epidemiologist
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
“Sir, we are going to receive some family friends from England. How can we rule out them from carrying Ebola virus? Is there any test for it?” this was the query asked by one of the anxious residents to Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, Ludhiana. While another query was, “Is Ebola virus and viral fever are same? I have to visit my son in Canada. What precaution shall I take?”

Although not even a single case of Ebola virus has been reported in the country, yet some city residents have many anxious queries from the health department. District Epidemiologist said, “I have received about a dozen queries related to Ebola virus and tell them that there is nothing to feel panicky.”

He said Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90 per cent. The illness affects humans and non-human primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). Its incubation period is from 2 days to 21 days.

As per Government of India guidelines all the passengers arriving at International Airport from countries such as Nigeria, Sierra Leone, New Guniea and Zaire where Ebola Virus disease is prevalent are screened medically at the airports. If symptoms are detected they are isolated,

quarantined and subjected to confirmation through Lab investigation and only allowed to travel further if found fit. Daily monitoring of such person is recorded.

Important facts

  • Mosquitoes don’t spread it
  • Ebola virus is easily killed by soap, bleach, sunlight, or drying. Ebola virus survives only a short time on surfaces that have dried in the sun.
  • To avoid risk, animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing.


  • Intense weakness, impaired kidney and liver function, internal and external bleeding, low white blood cell and platelet counts, signs of hemorrhage, such as bleeding of the gums, nose-bleeds, red spots on body, bloody stool or melena (black liquid stool), vomiting blood.



Miracles do happen
Infant survives high-risk surgery
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 26
A 14-day-old baby boy weighing 1.3 kg was admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with difficulty in breathing. The patient was admitted in the paediatric nursery ward and resuscitated.

As the infant was not able to breathe, so he was put on ventilator. Medical investigations revealed that the baby had a large cystic mass on the left upper part of a lung which was compressing the heart and normal lung to the opposite side. The histopathological examination of the affected lung revealed “congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM). The condition of the patient warranted surgical intervention, but in view of low birth weight and low condition of the baby, it was a high-risk surgery. However, paediatric surgeons Dr Sushil Budhiraja and Dr Vijay Kundal went ahead and operated upon the child.

During the surgery, the diseased part of the lung was removed. Post-surgery, the patient was managed by a paediatric team headed by Dr Harmesh Singh Bains. Post-operative recovery was uneventful and the patient was discharged in a healthy condition after eight to 10 days. Dr Kundal said the case was challenging in view of extremely low birth weight of the baby.



Integrated farming, post-harvest technologies are vital: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
A two-day annual group meet of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on “Forage Crops” (FC) began at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today under the auspices of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

Scientists working on forage crops in different parts of the country are participating in the meet, jointly organised by the PAU and the Crop Improvement Society of India.

Chairing the inaugural session, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU, emphasised on enhancing yield potential and developing better crop production and protection techniques. He said integrated farming is vital and emphasis on post-harvest technologies is required.

Dr Dhillon also stressed on integrating biotechnological tools for development of forage crops. He said collaboration with the progressive farmers is essential as they are the real experimenters. The workshop will provide a platform to the scientists for good discussion, which will go a long way in boosting fodder production, he added.

Chief Guest Dr PK Ghosh, Director, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi, stressed on having documentation of 180 fodder varieties, strengthening literature on forage crops with full package of practices, having policy support for seed chain of forage crops, and focusing on achievements as well as future programmes.

Guest of honour Dr OP Yadav, Project Director, Directorate of Maize Research, New Delhi, underlined the need for bringing maize, sorghum and pearl millet forage groups together for effective utilization of genetic resources. The vibrancy of AICRP (forage crops) needs to be maintained by putting different viewpoints, he added.

Guest of honour Dr JP Yadvendra, observed, “There is a deficit of dry and green fodders. In addition, many policy and scientific issues call for the attention of farm experts.” He suggested growing of traditional fodder crops in non-traditional and non-traditional fodder crops in traditional areas for developing new niches for these crops. Introduction of bio-control programme is also important, he added. Number of crop varieties and technologies are developed, but there is a need to assess the varieties and technologies being adopted by the farmers, he said.

In his welcome address, Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, highlighted that PAU, since its inception, has developed many fodder varieties along with their matching production and protection technologies. Maize, sorghum, bajra, berseem, oats, etc. are some of important fodder crops cultivated during kharif and rabi seasons, he said.

Stating that the interest of the farmers is growing in dairy farming, Dr Gosal said that new fodder varieties are being demanded for silage making. The need of the hour is to strengthen research on fodder crops and lay emphasis on their quality seed production, he said.

While proposing vote of thanks, Dr KS Thind, Head, Plant Breeding and Genetics (PBG), PAU, said technical sessions on breeder seed production, and forage crop improvement, production, and protection were held today.

On the occasion, five publications were released. These included Annual Report of NGM Rabi 2013-14 by IGFRI; Inventory of Forage Protection Technology by IGFRI; Souvenir by Forage and Millet Section, PBG, PAU; Gujarati language book “Production Technology of Forage Crops” and Forage Bulletin by Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner.

While presenting the summary report “Rabi 2013-14,” Dr AK Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP (Forage Crops), said AICRP started in 1970 with the major objective of exploration, collection and conservation of germplasm of forage crops and range species. Besides, transfer of technology and development of region specific appropriate forage production and protection technologies are the other key areas, he said. Revealing that over 180 varieties of forage crops have been released so far, Dr Roy expressed concern over huge deficit of fodder resources. He emphasised on overcoming feed and fodder scarcity.



marking of attendance through sms
Teachers unite against new system
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
To oppose the newly introduced attendance system, the local unit of Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha (Punjab) today held a protest rally at the Mini-Secretariat. The district administration has installed a new software to ensure teachers arrive at schools on time.

The new system requires every teacher to send an SMS to mark his or her attendance. The teachers have to send the SMS within 10 minutes of the opening of the school.

Addressing the rally, various leaders of the organisation said the move would unnecessarily interfere with the functioning of schoolteachers, heads and principals. They alleged the system had been introduced in Ludhiana district only.

Earlier, a delegation of different teachers’ organisations had also met Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Supreet Gulati to urge the authorities not to implement the new attendance system.

Democratic Teachers’ Front district president Charan Singh Noorpura said, “Schools send the online attendance of teachers to the Director General of School Education’s office every day. We mark our manual attendance on registers in the presence of the school head or principal. Therefore, there is no need to mark our attendance through SMS. Moreover, there is no mobile network in far-flung schools.”

Another leader said marking attendance through mobile phones was impractical and a waste of time and money.

Today’s rally was also addressed by Paramjeet Duggal of BEd Teachers’ Front and Paramjit Singh of Master Union Cadre. They opposed the “wrong” rationalisation policy.



Students highlight democratic values
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, organised a programme as a mark of tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the motherland, under the project ‘Democracy- Ultimate Power, Ultimate Responsibility’.

General Manager of Hyatt Regency Glenn Peat was the chief guest. Keeping alive our rich Indian tradition, the programme started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Durga Stuti was performed by the students in order to invoke Goddess Durga. Two plays portraying the freedom struggle of Myanmar and South Africa were depicted on the stage.

In ‘Freedom Struggle of South Africa’, the students showed the turmoil of South Africa, where the whites dominated the natives. Nelson Mandela, the leading light of the struggle was given life-imprisonment but ultimately he emerged as the President of South Africa and whites formed a combined constitution with blacks. He was awarded Nobel Prize for his contribution. In ‘Freedom Struggle of Myanmar’ which was previously known as ‘Burma’, the students showed how the nation gained freedom from the colonial rule in 1948. Students also discussed the role of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is struggling for the democracy in Myanmar.

In his speech, the chief guest said organising such programmes is the need of hour as the feeling of patriotism is on decline these days.

The students enjoyed the show and one could feel the respect aroused in the students for the freedom fighters who made freedom possible for India and earned us respect and recognition. JK Sidhu, principal, appreciated the endeavour made by the students and told that such programmes inculcate the feeling of patriotism among the youth.

Munish Dewan, director, IMS, gave a motivational and inspirational lecture on major career options available for commerce students. The seminar was attended by around three hundred students of the commerce stream.

Dewan made the students aware of some interesting choices available to them after Class XII. The students were greatly benefited by the lecture. He also stressed upon the need to read newspaper on a daily basis as this would help them academically specially for general knowledge and group discussion. The lecture was interactive as the students also put forth their queries. The information given by the speaker was valuable and it was enjoyed by one and all.

JK Sidhu, principal, thanked the guest of the day. She said such lectures would go a long way in helping the children to make intelligent career choices.



Dr Ramesh Kumar new PAU comptroller
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Floriculture expert Dr Ramesh Kumar has assumed the charge of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) comptroller. Having an experience of more than 34 years in the field of teaching, research and extension, Dr Ramesh Kumar is considered a landscaping expert at national level.

He served as the head of the department of floriculture and landscaping for eight years and worked at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as founder director, Directorate of Floricultural Research, New Delhi, for four years.

Dr Kumar has been associated in the development and release of cultivars of many flowering plants. He was awarded Shri Hans Raj Pahwa Award by PAU (2005), Gold Medal (2008) and fellowships by the Horticultural Society of India (2009) and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (2009). The Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture has conferred Lotus Puraskar on him (2010).

Dr Kumar has been conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award (2011) and honorary fellowship (2012) by the Hi-Tech Horticultural Society, Meerut.



PSEB Federation to keep off protesting employees
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
The Employees Federation, Punjab State Electricity Board, has decided not to join the strike of power employees on August 28, which has been called by some unions of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

A zonal convention of the federation was convened at Punjabi Bhawan today under the presidentship of Rajinder Singh Virk in which employees from various circles falling under the central zone of the power utility participated.

State general secretary of the body BS Sekhon dwelt upon various factors which had made the state committee take the decision against going on strike on August 28. He said the federation, along with the joint forum, held two meetings with the PSPCL management on July 23 and August 4 which were attended by CMD KD Choudhry and other senior officials.

Sekhon claimed that the management had conceded some of the demands of the employees with the assurance that these would be implemented soon.

“Further, the PSPCL management had made an appeal to the employees’ unions not to take hasty steps in view of the model code of conduct for the byelections which was in force at that time,” said Sekhon, adding that weak monsoon and shortage of coal in thermal power stations in Punjab were other factors which made the federation dissociate itself from the call for strike given by joint forum and some other unions.

The trade union leaders said as a gesture of goodwill, the federation would give some more time to the PSPCL management for acceptance and implementation of the pending demands of the power employees.



Bankers observe Anti-Merger Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
The All-India Bank Employees Association has decided to launch a campaign and an agitation programme to retaliate the attack on the banking sector. The Punjab Bank Employees Federation (Ludhiana) today observed Anti-Merger Day and held a massive demonstration in front of the State Bank of Patiala, Zonal Office, Ludhiana.

Naresh Gaur, secretary, Pawan Thakur, president, and Harvinder Singh, senior vice-president, Punjab Bank Employees Federation (Ludhiana unit), addressed the bank employees.

Members of the federation said there had been a number of statements from the authorities on the proposals of the government to merge public sector banks. In the Budget speech also, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stated: “There have been some suggestions for consolidation of public sector banks. Government, in principle, agrees to consider the suggestions.” Besides, the PJ Nayak Committee had recently recommended the merger of banks and the government had given its endorsement in the Budget speech. There are also statements from the ministry officials that the merger was on the cards.

“In a country, where more than 50 crores of people still do not have even a bank account, expanding our banks is a tedious task. Everyone knows that in India, banking has not saturated to warrant consolidation. We know public sector banks can alone be the vanguard in the national task. The government says some of the banks are weak and hence they have to be merged. Big or small is not the issue, what we need is strong and vibrant banks which can serve the people effectively,” said Naresh Gaur.



Residents oppose installation of gates

Ludhiana, August 26
Residents of Model Town have demanded strict action against those who have installed gates. In a written complaint to the MC Commissioner, the complainants said a few residents had installed metalled gates on thoroughfares.

They said these restricted the movement of people. The complainants said the civic body was responsible for the blatant violation. The residents said the plea of saving residents from theft and snatching incidents was a farce as the gates were being installed by people to safely park their vehicles on roadsides. — TNS



from colleges
Teej celebrations

Ludhiana: Teej was celebrated amid much gaiety on the Government College for Girls campus. The entire campus wore a festive look, as traditionally-dressed girls danced to the tunes of folk songs and took turns to take swings.

Stalls of bangles, jewellery, cosmetics and gift items were set up. The students enjoyed delicacies including chat, burgers and kulfi. A beauty pageant was the special attraction. Kirandeep Kaur was adjudged Teej Queen.

Industrial visit

Students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management visited the plant of Malwa Industries Limited at Machhiwara. After giving the 64 BCom students a brief theoretical introduction, the company representative explained to them the complete process of garment manufacture: spinning, yarn dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, washing, quality check and final packaging.

Talent hunt

The Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Talwandi Sabo, conducted a talent hunt to bring out the latent talents of students. Around 150 students participated in various competitions such as singing, giddha, bhangra, clay modelling and poster making. College principal Dr AK Kansal said the talent hunt was one of the main activities of the academic calendar.

Development programme

Mandi Gobindgarh: A five-day management development programme on “marketing management” began at RIMT Institutes. College campus director Dr Harsh Sadawarti inaugurated the programme being organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, Ludhiana. The experts made the 26 participating MBA students aware of various facilities provided by the development institute.

Women Equality Day

Doraha: The National Service Scheme volunteers of the Doraha College of Education celebrated Women Equality Day. Through songs, dance performances and skits, students highlighted rights of women. A skit based on the theme of illiteracy was applauded by all. — TNS



from schools
Rhyme show

Ludhiana: Babies Paradise Playway School organised a rhyme show. Tiny tots used props to perform on the stage. They recited rhymes including “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Apna Ghar”. Mitali, Japreej, Navya and Arihant were appreciated for their performances.

Yellow Day

The Montessori wing students of Ryan International School celebrated Yellow Day. Children came dressed in yellow, carrying yellow-coloured food items in their tiffin box. They pasted cut-outs of ducks and prepared sunflowers with thermocol glasses. Principal Gurpal Kaur said the school did not limit learning to textbooks.


The investiture ceremony of the primary block was held at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar. The old leaders handed over sashes to the newly appointed leaders. A colourful cultural programme followed the oath-taking ceremony.

Students felicitated

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, felicitated the primary section students who excelled in academics. DEO (Elementary) Gurjot Singh was the chief guest. He motivated the students to keep enhancing their knowledge and stay committed to their goals.

Prize distribution

Nankana Sahib Public School felicitated the students who excelled at various inter-school competitions. The morning assembly thundered with sounds of clapping as winners of Sahodaya Sufi Singing Competition, Inter-School Folk Dance Competition, Inter-Branch English Recitation Competition and Flahi Sahib Divinity Competition walked to the main stage. Principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich gave away trophies. — TNS



Videocon holds dealers’ meet

Ludhiana: With a mission to capture 10 per cent market share in the emerging Punjab telecom market and to strengthen its dealer-brand relationship in the state, Videocon Mobile Phones Division has hosted its biggest ever distributor meet here on Tuesday. Videocon Mobile Phones Division is a part of a 6 billion dollar Videocon Group.

Videocon’s top officials Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones, along with Nikhil Garg, North Sales Head, felicitated more than 150 dealers and distributors of the state. At this one-of-its-kind dealer connect initiative, the company officials also discussed the way forward for the organisation and formulated forward-looking strategies for the brand.

By strengthening its dealer connect, Videocon Mobile Phones aspires to reach greater consumer base which is in line with its aim of becoming one amongst the top three smartphone brands in the country by 2015. — TNS




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Man strangles wife
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
A man killed his wife by strangulating her on Tuesday morning. They got married eight months ago. The deceased was identified as Harpreet Kaur (24) of Bahadhurwala village near Sahnewal while the accused was identified as Surjit Singh, a resident of Moga. The accused fled from the spot after the incident.

In his complaint to police, Gurdeep Singh, father of the deceased, stated that his daughter was married to Surjit Singh eight months ago. After the marriage the accused harassed his daughter without any reason. Fed up from his behavior Harpreet came back to her maternal house a few months ago.

According to the information, accused Surjit Singh had joined a job at Sahnewal and start residing in a rented accommodation. Both were living together in the same accommodation.

Gurdeep Singh said today when he came to meet his daughter at her home he found her dead body lying on the bed. He alleged that few days ago his daughter complained her that her husband was threatening her to death. A case was registered against the accused at Sahnewal police station under Section 302 of the IPC.

Rape bid

Two men attempted to rape a minor by sneaking in her house at Ram Nagar, Bahmia Kalan, here today. The accused entered posing as employees of Punjab State Power Corporation employees. One of the accused managed to flee while the other was caught and identified as Vicky Sharma.

According to the information, 14-year-old girl and his younger brother were present in the home. The accused asked the girl about her parents. She informed that they are not at home. Observing that girl is alone in house they tried to rape her. The younger brother of the girl raised an alarm. The residents of the area reached on the spot and nabbed the accused. The resident beat the accused and later handed him to police. One of the accused fled from the spot. The police said, “We arrested one of the accused while launched manhunt to arrest the other one.”

Heroin seized

The city police have arrested a person and recovered 12 gm heroin from his possession. The accused was identified as Naseem alias Billa of Kidwai Nagar. A case was registered against the accused under the NDPS Act.



Fire at Shiv puri
Factory owner sent to 14-day judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
The owner of factory, where three craftsmen were asphyxiated after factory caught fire at Ganesh Nagar, Shiv Puri, produced in the court today where he was sent to 14 days judicial custody.

The owner, Surinder Singh Sethi, Upkar Nagar, had been arrested yesterday when he visited at factory after fire incident. The police have been investigating the role of Ramandeep Singh, son of factory owner, in incident.

Yesterday, on the complaint of Hari Ram, brother of one of the victims, the police have registered a case against factory owner Surinder Singh and his son Ramandeep Singh at Salem Tabri police station.

The complainant alleged that a brawl was broke out among a worker and accused Surinder Singh over some issue before the fire broke. The accused intentionally locked the main gate that’s why victims could not escape from factory.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Amrik Singh Pawar said, “We are investigating the matter thoroughly. On the statement of complainant we registered a case against Gagandeep Singh but we will investigate his role in functioning of factory.

“The fire officer will submit the report of cause of fire break out. There is a negligence on the part of factory owner that there was no fire control equipment were installed in the factory,” informed Pawar.

It is worth mentioning here that a factory located at Ganesh Nagar in Shiv Puri caught fire early morning yesterday. In which, Sunder Lal (42) of Kali Sarak, Raju (32) of Shivpuri and Suraj (35) of Ghumar Mandi were asphyxiated.



Badminton meet
Dhruv Vashisht pockets three titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 26
Dhruv Vashisht hogged limelight clinching three titles in the Open Ludhiana District Badminton Championship which concluded at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium yesterday.

He emerged victorious in the boys singles (U-17), (U-19) and doubles (U-19) categories to stamp his superiority over opponents. Mamta Ashu, councillor, distributed prizes. Mohinder Singh Grewal, president, District Badminton Association, Ludhiana, thanked the chief guest and congratulated the winners.


Girls’ doubles (U-17): Dhriti Vohra and Neha Rani beat Jasmine Jain and Namrita Kohli 21-18, 21-17.

Singles (U-17): Simranjit Kaur beat Neha Rani 21-7, 21-15.

Boys’ doubles (U- 17): Mitaksh Gandhi and Dhruv Vashisht beat Hakam Singh and Gurleen Singh 21-18, 20-22, 24-22.

Singles (U- 17): Dhruv Vashisht beat Lakshay Singla 21-13, 20-22, 21-16.

Girls’ doubles ((U-19): Aditi Mahajan and Dhriti Vohra beat Namrita Kohli and Prerna Dawer 21-18, 20-22, 21-17.

Singles (U- 19): Simranjit Kaur beat Aditi Mahajan 21-9, 21-6.

Boys’ doubles (U- 19): Mitaksh Gandhi and Dhruv Vashisht beat Navneet Singh and Arpit Vaid 21-13, 19-21, 21-15.

Singles (U- 19): Dhruv Vashisht beat Mitaksh Gandhi 21-9, 21-11.

Mixed doubles (U-19): Aditya Gupta and Aditi Mahajan beat Mitaksh Gandhi and Prerna Dawer 16-21, 21-19, 21-10.

Women’s doubles: Harveeen Kaur and Aditi Mahajan beat Harlivleen Kaur and Arshpreet Kaur 21-19, 21-14.

Singles: Simranjit Kaur beat Harlivleen Kaur 21-13, 21-15.

Men’s doubles: Raj Kumar and Jaswinder Singh beat Puneetinder Singh and Chanpreet Singh 21-19, 18-21, 22-20.

Singles: Lakhwinder Singh beat Anand Tiwari 21-18, 21-15. Mixed doubles: Puneetinder Singh and Aditi Mahajan beat Chanpreet Singh and Harveen Kaur 21-11, 22-20.

Masters’ doubles (+35): Lakhwinder Singh and Naman Jain beat Sunil Goel and Sandeep Gupta 21-15, 21-12. Singles (+35): Lakhwinder Singh beat Ajay Paul 17-21, 21-11,21-14.

Masters’ doubles (+40): Rajesh Grover and Sandeep Sharma beat Sanjeev Vohra and Kulwant Singh 21-18, 19-21, 21-19. Singles (+40): Vineet Galhotra beat Rajesh Grover 21-14, 21-15.

Masters’ doubles (+45): Anil Goel and Sanjeev Vohra beat Vishal Jain and Sanjeev Dhingra 2110, 21-9.

Singles (+45): Sanjeev Vohra beat KDS Bhalla 21-5, 21-15. Masters’ doubles (+50): Shivsen and Manjit Pabbi beat Jai Parkash and VB Sood 21-18, 21-18.

Singles (+50): Jai Parkash beat Anil Goel 21-9, 21-12.


In the mixed doubles, Puneetinder Singh and Aditi Mahajan beat Chanpreet Singh and Harveen Kaur 21-11, 22-20.



School games: Ludhiana corner glory in handball, softball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 26
Ludhiana emerged handball and softball champions in the boys (U-19) category during the 60th Punjab State Inter-District School Games which concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, today.

In handball, Patiala district secured the second position while Jalandhar district finished at the third place. In softball, Ludhiana boys were followed by Amritsar lads and Jalandhar players secured the third position.

In the girls category (handball), Kairon wing, Tarn Taran, proved their mettle to come out as champions while Ropar eves followed them at the second place and Bathinda had to content with the third position.

Bikramjeet Singh Bhanot, Assistant Education Officer, Ludhiana, distributed prizes. Other officers from the district education department, including Jagrup Singh, Charanjit Singh, Kulvir Singh, Veer Pal Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Balraj Singh, Gurwinder Singh Kila Raipur, Dalwinder Singh Minhas, Makhan Singh Sahnewal, Ranjit Singh and principal Daljeet Singh, were also present at the concluding function.



Basketball tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 26
The Punjab Youth Basketball Championship for Boys and Girls will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium from August 28 to 31. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, said players born on or after January 1, 1998, are eligible for the event.

During the four-day championship, players for the forthcoming National Youth Basketball Championship to be held in Chandigarh from October 7 to 14 will be selected. Players are supposed to get their original birth certificates.



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