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Man shoots elder brother, maid 
  Argument over property turns ugly in affluent agriculturist family; maid comes in the line of fire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

No one comes to maid’s rescue

Activists of the Dalit community have alleged that the maid struggled for life for nearly half an hour at the house. Had she been taken to the hospital in time, she could have been saved.

Ludhiana, August 31
In a shocking double murder, a youth shot dead his elder brother allegedly over a land dispute at Kadian village, near Ladhowal, here today. A maid was also killed in the firing.

The victims have been identified as Dalbir Singh (28) and Sunita Rani. The accused, Inderbir Singh (23), has absconded. Members of an affluent agriculturist family, SAD leader Indermohan Kadian is a close relative of the family.

The incident took place this morning when Dalbir Singh and Inderbir Singh had an argument over the division of the family’s property.

The argument turned ugly and both of them exchanged blows. Inderbir took out his licensed .32-bore pistol and opened fire at his brother. While one bullet hit Sunita, another hit Dalbir in the head.

In the meantime, Rajdeep Kaur, Dalbir’s wife, rushed outside the house and cried for help. Inderbir fled the spot. Relatives reached the house and took Dalbir to the hospital. He died during treatment. The maid died on the spot as there was nobody to take her to the hospital.

Activists of the Dalit community alleged that the maid struggled for life for nearly half an hour. Had she been take to the hospital in time, she could have been saved.

Mediapersons, who visited the house, were allegedly confronted by the local residents. They said it was an internal matter of the family and the media should stay away from it.

Dalbir’s father Joginder Singh had passed away recently, following which the entire responsibility of the family fell on Dalbir. He was running the house and looking after the family’s properties.

Inderbir didn’t like it. He demanded his share of property. Family sources said the dispute on the issue of dividing the property worsened after Dalbir visited the US.

The victim is survived by his wife Rajdeep Kaur, who is an employee of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and her two-year-old daughter.

The Ladhowal police have registered a case against Inderbir Singh under section 302 of the IPC and started investigation.

A pall of gloom descended on the house where the gruesome killings took place. Dalbir’s wife was inconsolable. The victim’s relatives said Inderbir’s act had ruined the family. The local residents blamed the increasing materialism and gun culture for the killings.


Debate continues on delayed general house
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
While the Congress councillors feel the MC authorities have no “guts” to convene the general house, the ruling SAD-BJP combine councillors say unless the mayor takes decisions on time, the civic body working could not be improved. Many of them said by avoiding councillors, who were awaiting a general house meeting to express their anguish, things could not be sorted out. One day or the other, the authorities had to reply to their queries.

One of the BJP councillors put the entire blame on the Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, for delaying the general house meeting. “There is no vision, no planning and development in the city has come to a standstill in the absence of funds. We have to face angry residents of our wards. The mayor and the municipal Commissioner should also face the councillors at a general house meeting. For how long will they escape from the reality? Most councillors are up in the arms against poor planning,” said the BJP councillor.

The SAD councillor from ward number 59, Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, said residents had every right to confront the councilors. “Being elected representatives, we are bound to answer their questions. We have requested the Mayor to convene the general house to make the things clear for both the councillors and the general public,” said Dhaliwal.

Another BJP councillor Inder Aggarwal said everyone had the democratic right of expression. “General house should be called at the earliest. At the meeting, we all can express ourselves and suggest ways to improve the MC working. Even if there are arguments, something fruitful will surely come out of it,” said Aggarwal.

The spokesperson for the Congress councilors, Parminder Mehta, said the mayor was not “gutsy” enough to address their genuine problems. “The councillors of 75 wards have to face the wrath of the general public daily,” rued Mehta.


The Mayor said he was busy with recruitment process in Chandigarh. “There is a staff shortage and unless we recruit staff, things will not be sorted out. Within a week, I will go through the agenda items and after that we can decide on a general house meeting,” he said.



Old trainee booked for gym instructor’s murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The police have booked a resident of the Hambra road area for planning the killing of a 39-year-old gym trainer, who was bludgeoned to death by assailants near the gym located in the Rishi Nagar market late last evening. The victim was identified as Honey Sharma of Haibowal.

The suspect has been identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of Dev Nagar on the Hambra road. The case has been registered on a complaint of the victim’s father, Som Nath. He told the police that Raj Kumar used to visit the gym. Later, his wife also joined the gym.

Raj Kumar suspected that Honey was having illicit relations with his wife. Raj Kumar even had a heated argument with Honey a few months ago, said the deceased’s father. He suspects that either Raj Kumar killed his son or he hired contract killers to eliminate him, Som Nath added.

Surinder Chopra, SHO of the PAU police station, said Raj Kumar’s phone was switched off and he had not returned to his house since the previous night. All this raises suspicion. He would be rounded up soon and questioned in the murder case.

The police have registered a case against Raj Kumar under section 302, IPC (murder).

The incident took place at 10:30 pm while Honey was returning home. After Honey was attacked on the head, he fell unconscious. He was lying in a pool of blood outside the gym when he was rushed to the hospital. Doctors declared him dead on arrival. The assailants took away his cash and two mobile phones. Honey is survived by his wife and two daughters.

illicit relations?

Raj Kumar suspected that Honey was having illicit relations with his wife. Raj Kumar even had a heated argument with Honey a few months ago, said the deceased’s father.



CMCH gives yoga dose to beat stress
Hospital makes it mandatory for nurses of cardio-vascular dept to do 15-minute yoga daily
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
With the aim of keeping the staff fit and healthy, the cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery department of the Christian Medical College and Hospital has made it mandatory for all nurses to do yoga. The reason is simple. Just 15 minutes of yoga daily for one month has brought their stress level down by 50 per cent.This was revealed in a recently conducted study by the CMCH.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, Head, Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Department, CMCH, said: “About two months ago, I, along with my student Shobhita and Dr Sandeep Goyal, psychiatrist, conducted a study on 24 nurses of our department. We noted down the blood pressure and pulse rate of these nurses daily for one month. These nurses were asked to attend a 15-minute yoga class on the premises of the hospital for one month. We give them a questionnaire to be filled in on the first day of our survey and another one at the end of the month. This questionnaire was based on stress-scoring system.”

Dr Bedi said after one month, it was found that their stress level had come down by 50 per cent and the pulse rate was also normal. Such a wonderful result from 15-minute yoga daily was a big source of inspiration for all. So, it was decided to make this exercise mandatory for all nurses of the department.

Acharya Nirmal Singh, a yoga guru, who trained these nurses, said: “I daily go to the CMCH for assisting these nurses in doing simple yoga exercises. The nurses do yoga before their tea break at around 10 am. I have trained them in some simple joint relaxing exercises and a few breathing exercises.”

Retired as Branch Manager from Markfed, Punjab, in 2003, Nirmal Singh said: “I learnt yoga after attending some camps. I also conduct free yoga classes at Sunil Park before going to the CMCH.”

He said the health of these nurses had improved a lot.

Many resident doctors of the CMCH also attend this yoga class regularly.



crime file
Villagers, cops clash at Sunet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Tension prevailed at Sunet village after PCR staff allegedly beat up youths of the village.
It is learnt that the villagers also allegedly thrashed the policemen. The villagers staged a protest at the Orient Cinema market. The shops in the market were closed due to security reasons.

Six booked in murder case

A day after a woman was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house in Sector 32 of Chandigarh Road, the police have booked six persons, including the victim’s husband, Harjit Singh, and her in-laws, in a murder case.

The victim’s brother, Bakshish Singh, said his sister Jyoti got married to Harjit in 2005. Soon after the marriage, Jyoti’s husband and in-laws started pestering her for dowry.

Bakshish said last evening, Harjit called them up saying Jyoti had committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan.

He alleged that they were trying to project it as a suicide.


The police have booked two persons for snatching a purse from a woman. Poonam Gupta, a resident of Rose Enclave on Ferozepur Road, said the incident took place on August 29. When she reached near Gate No. 3 of Guru Nanak Stadium, two motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 6,000 , a railway pass, a PAN card, a debit card and other important documents.

Couple booked

The Sadar police have booked a couple for committing a theft. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh and his wife Harjot Kaur, both residents of Manakwal. A case has been registered on the complaint of Ankur Bansal, a resident of Utam Vihar in Manakwal.

The accused were also caught on a CCTV camera while throwing a letter inside Ankur’s house. Ankur said the two had vandalised the house in order to intimidate him and his family.

20 booked in attempt to murder case

The police have booked 20 persons for attacking Ashok Kumar of Sector 38, Chandigarh Road. The accused have been identified as Jony, Sunny, Danny, Joginder, Vishal, Bobby, Perminder, Aman, Anita and 11 unidentified persons barged in the house of Ashok Kumar and attacked Ashokwith sharp-edged weapons.

Minor arrested for doing drugs

A minor boy was caught consuming a psychotropic substance at the Hergobind Nagar area near Chander Nagar. The boy was spotted by residents who further called the police. Soon the PCR officials reached the spot.




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Residential School for Meritorious Students 
2 months on, no heads deputed
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Even after the two months after the commencement of academic session at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, the Education Department did not depute principals for all the six schools of the state.

The department has given the officiating charges to principals of government schools to run the meritorious school.

Anoop Passi, principal at Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, has been deputed as officiating principal at the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, Ludhiana, from last two months.

According to the information, the criteria adopted for the recruitment was the major huddle in the recruitment of principals. As per the advertisement the applicants should have experience of 7 years in a school under the Punjab School Education Board, Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), ICSE and any stare board. Earlier, there was a condition that the applicants should have an experience of seven years as a principal in any residential school.

But due to the lukewarm response, the Education Department revised the advertisements and called the applicants again on August 24 at the office of the Director General School Education (DGSE) at Mohali. The department uploaded the list of 18 applicants for six schools.

According to the information, the department did not select any of the candidates again on August 24. As per the sources in the Education Department, the principals having seven years experience in any of school will not prefer to join a contractual job. Moreover, the salary package is also not much attractive.

The principals who have been deputed as officiating principals in the schools are over burdened and the working at their parent schools have been suffering.

Anoop Passi, officiating principal at a Residential School, said, “It is true that work at our parent school has been suffering. But as per the instructions of the Education Department, we have to serve till they depute principals in all the six schools. I have been working round the clock to handle the dual responsibility.” 

tough phase

}It is true that work at our parent school has been suffering. But as per the instructions of the Education Department, we have to serve till they depute principals in all the six schools. I have been working round the clock to handle the dual responsibility.
— Anoop Passi, officiating principal, Senior Secondary
Residential School for Meritorious Students, Ludhiana 



A tribute to poet Lal Chand ‘Dukhi’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The VIIth Annual Mushaira was organised to commemorate the 83rd birth anniversary of late Lal Chand “Dukhi” at Punjabi Bhawan today. Poets, including Sagar Syalokoti, Dr Vijay Dishawar, Dr Satish Joshi, Dr RC Sharma, Netaji Sondhi and Ajay Sidhu recited their poems.

Both poets late Lal Chand “Dukhi” and his brother Ram Parkash “Masoom” were also the employees of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. They used to write in Urdu and Punjabi. Subhash Sondhi, convener of the mushiara, said the poets recited poems in the memory of these poets and paid tributes to them.

On this occasion, Anita Sharma national president of Belan Brigade, was honoured for various social activities. 



Jump and wave your way to better health with Zumba: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Fitness and routine workouts are becoming outdated. Instead fitness dance workouts such as Zumba are rapidly gaining popularity, said Gautam Sharma, a dance fitness expert, during a jam and training session of Zumba dance at Ozone Fitness and Spa.

He said Zumba was rapidly becoming popular, as it helps tone the body while enjoying the dance as well. He added that Zumba was a Latin dance form that is now being adopted in the fitness world for achieving fitness.

The dance fitness expert said the dance form was different from regular aerobic exercises as it had evolved to provide targeted fitness to different parts of the body.

“Apart from the overall fitness, one can focus on specific body parts such as thighs, biceps, etc in different sessions,” the dance expert said.

He said Zumba Fitness was an international organisation that provides proper professional training with the help of certified trainers.

Competiton held

A Zumba competition was also organised as part of the session. Arush, a resident, said he had heard about Zumba earlier. “But is it good that dance- fitness revolution has reached the city as well, as it is the need of the hour in the city to adopt fitness regimes that can be enjoyed as well,” Arush said. 



Fitness regimes favoured over gym to stay slim
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Although the gym culture exploded at one time, and everybody seemingly wanted to go to gym to get into shape and pumping iron to build muscles through weight training. But with time, residents in the city have started to realise that fitness is not necessarily about building muscles but about feeling fit and energetic instead. Now more residents are choosing fitness regimes instead of weight training. Even gyms have added more regimes.

“I think people have started to realise that great body is not necessarily about big muscles, but lean and muscular body instead. So they have started opting aerobic exercises that involve their own body weight and strength training instead of carrying heavy weights,” says Vikrant, a resident.

People are gravitating towards interesting fitness workouts, including high energy dances, power yoga and sports such as kickboxing, pilates or other high-intensity fitness regimes.

Amandeep, another resident, agrees that she has not only lost weight though power yoga and other aerobic workouts, but also finds herself more attracted towards sport activities instead of monotonous gym workouts. “After liking it for about a couple of months, my eyes used to glaze over at the thought of going to gym. But outdoor fitness regime without any weights has kept the fun alive for more than six months now,” she says.

There is no denying that muscle building has its rewards, but it is more for those in professional sports, building strength for specific purpose or those in the business of looks, including acting and fashion, says Amit, a resident. “I think the end desired result is fitness, so if it comes in a more interesting way, the better it is. In fact gyms have also started to include such activities now,” he says.



Chhapar Mela
Preparations on in full swing
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
With Chhapar Mela only five days away, preparations, which have been under way for over a week, are in full swing.
The organisers, including government officials, vendors and office-bearers of various political parties, are busy giving final touches to arrangements.

To avoid heavy rush during the mela, elderly people have started coming here to pay their obeisance at the shrine.

Investigations revealed that members of the civic body of Chhapar village, office-bearers of committees of various “patti” (beats) and preachers at Guga Mari have remained on toes in the past few days making arrangements for the event.

Jatinder Sharma Happy Baba, chief organiser of the community kitchen, opened the langar for devotees and advised volunteers to prepare food under hygienic conditions.

Leaders of major political parties, including the SAD, Congress and the Leftists, who were 
earlier busy in mobilising support for the conferences scheduled to take place on September 9, were seen earmarking spaces for installing ‘pandals’ for their respective events today.

In an effort to fetch maximum income for them, contractors tried to bargain with prospective lessees of piece of land for installing vends.

Workers of organisers of fun rides, circuses and “well of death” were seen setting up their fixtures.

A number of shops of ‘prashad’ and traditional sweetmeat ‘khajla’ seemed to have started their business ahead of the schedule.

Today being last Sunday of the month, members of business families of the local town preferred to pay their obeisance at the shrine today.

Preachers, who are shareholders in income of the shrine, have also prepared schedule of their duties.

While elderly members of the clan will manage the temple during the day time, youngsters will perform duty at night.

Chhapar Mela, a village fair that originated as a small gathering of locals for worshipping snakes, the embodiment of “Guga” over 180 years ago, has emerged as a mega festival in the past three decades.



Youth’s death
Valmiki community members begin indefinite fast
Demand action against doctors concerned, admn
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 31
Members of the Valmiki community, which had spearheaded an agitation against some doctors of the Samrala Civil Hospital for alleged negligence in the death of a Valmiki youth, began fast-unto-death demanding action against the doctors concerned and the Samrala Administration.

The protesters, led by Sanjiv Kumar and Bhupinder Singh, said they would sit on a hunger strike, while two other leaders - Ram Ji Dass Mattu and Kaka Singh - began fast-unto-death.

The protesters made it clear that they would continue their agitation till the doctors concerned are arrested.

They also demanded action against an administrative official for not acting on their demand.

Members of the Valmiki community had protested by keeping the body of the youth on the road on August 18. They alleged that the youth died due to negligence on part of doctors at the hospital.

However, the doctors denied negligence on their part. Leaders of the community alleged that they were given assurance by the local administration that action would be taken against the guilty, but to no avail.

The protesters had started a dharna in front of the main gate of the Civil Hospital and said they would continue the protest till their demands were met. Some local organisations had also extended their support to the agitation.



Women not always ‘bad drivers’

There is a general “opinion” of a majority of the residents that women are “bad drivers”. Even if a woman is an expert driver, having an experience of over 15 years in this congested city, people feel that women are always responsible for traffic jams or banging their vehicles into others. A friend of mine was going through the narrow roads of the Mata Rani Chowk in her car. A passer-by stopped and said: “Traffic is bad here and you will not be able to take a turn. If it is ok with you, can I help you?”. The friend politely declined the offer by saying “no thank you”. Making another such remark to a colleague, a commuter, while crossing the road, said: “Oh madam, you cannot drive on this narrow road. Now you will block the entire road and there will be a traffic jam. You should not have taken a car here”. The colleague got annoyed but preferred to ignore what the person said. However, she thought that why society had no confidence on women drivers. Even if it was fault of others on the roads, women drivers are often “accused” of creating mess!

Pipe dreams

The cash-starved Municipal Corporation has been formulating several ambitious mega infrastructure development projects involving huge expenditure at the behest of their political masters without bothering about financial part of such projects. The MC has been finding it difficult to provide funds for routine maintenance works like patchwork on roads and streets that remain in a state of neglect, or add to the network of water supply or sewerage system, or for storm sewer in the mega city projects like Metro rail, four-laning of the Ferozepur Road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal, 24x7 water supply, beautification of major intersections or providing street furniture on major roads in the city, but it is still continuing with the review meetings to achieve its goals. The claims made by political functionaries (read Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal) notwithstanding, with the financial condition of the MC being what it is, most of the projects have little or no chances of seeing the light of the day.

Beggars ‘get washing’

Continuing its campaign against beggars, the District Administration, along with a few NGOs, rescued some beggars last week. The rescued beggars were taken to the night shelter. To get some information, I called up one of the team members who rescued these beggars and asked as where are the rescued beggars at present? The person said: “The beggars are being given ‘washing’ at the shelter home. Then they would be taken to the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.” For a moment, I thought that I misunderstood what he said. I again asked him what is being given to the beggars? He said: “washing madam washing”. I could not resist my laughter as what that man meant to say was beggars were being given bath.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia and Anupam Bhagria



Miss India Global International
300 girls take part in auditions 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Auditions for Miss India Global International were held here today. Miss India Global International is a part of Miss Global International Beauty Pageant in Jamaica, North America.
As many as 300 girls participated in the auditions. Girls from all over North India, especially Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Patiala, Delhi and Himachal, came for the auditions.

Rajni Bector of Bectors Food (Cremica) inaugurated the auditions. Vijay Danav, chairman of the Dalit Vikas Board, Punjab, was the guest of honour.

Vandana Kapoor, National Director, Miss Global International, said this beauty pageant was going on from the past 10 years without a hiatus.

Vandana Kapoor, who was born and married in Ludhiana, became the National Director of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal in Miss Global International Beauty Pageant.

“It was too difficult to select among the participants. All were eager to have a chance to win, as the winner will represent India in the grand finale in North America, Jamaica. Girls have shown great interest and are eager to learn more. This is the first time in Ludhiana that there have been the auditions of Miss India Global International. So the girls were more excited,” she said.

“We had two rounds. One round was of introduction and walk, while the second round was of general questioner,” said Vandana.



First passenger train to halt at Samrala today
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 31
It will be a dream come true for residents of Samrala and the adjoining areas when the first passenger train will halt at the Samrala railway station tomorrow. SSE Jasmel Singh said the first passenger train (5632) would depart from Ludhiana at 9 am and reach the Samrala railway station at 9.53 am. The train would stop here for two minutes and reach Chandigarh at 12.10 pm.

On its return journey, the train will leave Chandigarh at 1.15 pm and reach Samrala at 2.15 pm.

He said a train from Sahrasa to Amritsar would halt here once a week at 9.30 pm. Another train from Chandigarh to Ferozepur would halt at Samrala at 5.40 pm in the coming days.

Meanwhile, SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki and former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia had welcomed the stoppage of the train at Samrala and said now the passengers of the area would be able to board trains at nominal rates.

Sarbans Singh Manki said they would welcome the train during its arrival at the Samrala railway station tomorrow.



Ludhiana Scan

Members of the Bhartiya Valmiki Samaj attend a meeting.
Members of the Bhartiya Valmiki Samaj attend a meeting. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ganpati Utsav celebrated

A huge rush of devotees was witnessed at Ganpati Utsav organised by the Baba Ganpati Sewa Sangh here at Janakpuri on Sunday. Devotees offered sweets to the Lord and sought his blessings. This is the 22nd mahotsav being celebrated by the sangh here.

165 patients examined

An orthopaedic camp was organised by the Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan at Naulakha Bagh Colony, near Shree Ram Sharnam Ashram. The camp was inaugurated by former health minister Satpal Gosain in the morning. About 165 patients were examined by a team of experts at the camp. Free medicines were provided to the needy.

Workers’ sammelan

A workers’ sammelan was organised by the Bhartiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj near Kailash Chowk on Sunday. Ashwani Sahota, who chaired the sammelan, said in September, a state-level function would be organised here under the leadership of Dr Dev Singh Advaiti. Besides, on the birth anniversary of Lord Valmiki, a ‘shobha yatra’ would be carried out on October 8. A large number of members of the samaj attended the meeting.

Dance contest

Passion Dance Institute organised a dance competition - 2014 here on Sunday. Its first audition was held at Silver Spoon while the second audition was at Las Vegas. More than 300 children participated in the competition.

Meeting held

The Christian Medical College and Hospital Employees Welfare Society organised a meeting at the hospital auditorium here on Sunday. It was chaired by two retired employees - Abraham Zachariah from Billing and Phillip Christian from Record Office. They appreciated the capability of the director in handling the problems of various fields in administration, among public and hospital employees. The employees also requested the director of the CMCH to get some of their problems solved.

Literary CDs released

The Bahurang Sabhyacharak Club organised a function in which as many as four literary CDs were released. These included “Lafzan di khushbo”, “Poorna”, “Phuhar” and “Rahiya”. Dr Sadhu Singh Randhawa, Director Administration, DPI (Senior Secondary), released the CDs. Addressing the gathering, Dr Randhawa said songs in these CDs were dedicated to the Punjabi language. Poetess Sukhwinder Amrit recited her poem, “tuhada roshni de naal je ishaq sacha”, on the occasion. The music in these CDs has been given by Rajinder Raj. The songs have been sung by Karamjeet Grewal, Ram Singh, Buta Singh Chauhan, Harpreet Moga, Manraj Patar, Priya Sidhu, Karamjit Singh, Tarlochan Singh, Ananad Sagar, Priyanka Chawla and Sofiya.

Convention inaugurated

Sushil Gautam, joint secretary, All-India Bank Employees Association, and general secretary, All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, inaugurated a convention. Naresh Gaur, Workmen Director on the Board of State Bank of Patiala and Assistant General Secretary, All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, addressed the bank employees. — TNS



Installation of gates
Residents rule out regulations 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Not caring much about rules and regulations, residents are installing gates in the city.
Ashish Singhania, a resident of Model Town, said gates were being installed at the rear of Hotel Chevron opposite Central Model School, Model Town, in an illegal manner.

He said, “The Municipal Corporation does not give permission to install gates in public places. In the absence of any check, the residents are committing illegality without any fear.”

A few residents said if the civic body had given a go-ahead to the installation of gates, it was against the law.

“The violators do not fear anybody. They know the civic body won’t act against them. If they are scared of robbers or snatchers, they can approach the police, but they do not have the right to convert a public place into a restricted area,” the residents said.

They said civic officials were hand-in-glove with the violators, adding that the gates could lead to a fatal accident as a driver, while manoeuvring a turn, may ram the vehicle into a gate.

Manoj, another resident, said a few residents had converted space outside their houses into parking lots. “How can the civic body overlook such violations? Thoroughfares cannot be converted into parking lots or gardens. The practice should be stopped. Without seeking permission from the authorities, how can somebody install gates?” asked Manoj.



Nothing to satiate artists’ appetite 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
Upmarket malls and cosmopolitan fashion outlets have sprung up to pander to the fashion and materialistic appetite of the city, still the industrial city is bereft of institutions and landmarks of aesthetic and artistic value.

A state-of-the-art gallery that has been the pending need and demand of art lovers and art enthusiasts, not only to provide a platform to budding artists, but also as a centre to encourage art and fine arts, is yet to flourish in the city.

“Although a couple of art galleries exist in the city, including the relatively new one that reopened at Punjabi Bhawan, these are not the professional-level galleries that can attract the creme-de-la-creme and elite of society. Not one of art galleries are on a par with those in metropolitan cities or the ones in Chandigarh,” said Sanjiv, an art lover.

“There is a need to instil finer tastes, including the love for art, among the youth, but nothing on the cultural or artistic front is happening,” said Avneet, another art enthusiast.

The government and the administration should take the initiative. “Although the elite of the city go to metros and go after brands, but they must get behind local artists and encourage development of art in the city instead,” said Raghav. “Ludhiana has the talent, but it lacks proper platform and financial backing and corporates can flourish and develop art. Apart from the art development, it can be a great way to invest in artists and art from financial standpoint as well,” he said.

No platform

Although a couple of art galleries exist in the city, including the relatively new one that reopened at Punjabi Bhawan, these are not equipped to attract the elite of society. Nothing on the cultural or artistic front is happening.



Digital tools spin magic on canvas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
When it comes to art, digital tools are becoming an alternative to canvasses and brushes.
Many youngsters are exploring and working on digital platforms to create art. Digital landscape is changing with time as many budding artists are choosing digital tools and making digital paintings.

“I often choose my pressure-sensitive design tablet and pen for creating art. With more technology coming and newer versions of art and design software, these digital tools simulate the art more closely to the art through actual artistic tools,” said a city-based artist. “Although purists don’t consider digital paintings and art as real art, more and more artists have started exploring the digital art as well,” said Ishwinder, an art lover. “The merit of such art is more based in the concept,” he added.

Digital art is getting a boost with the advent of touch-screen tablets as well. “Many good touch-screen tablets come equipped with software and apps for creating art. Many more such apps can be installed,” said Manveer, a youngster.

He said: “The experience of touch-screen tablet gets even closer to reality as you actually touch the screen for creating art, just as you touch the canvas or drawing sheet at times. With the arrival of more digital tools, it is helping more talent to take a leap into the world of art.”



Experts deliberate upon symptoms of celiac disease 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 31
The second celiac awareness programme was held at Dumra Auditorium of the DMCH today.
Secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Also present on the occasion were Sunila Gupta, Dr Ajit Sood (professor and head of gastroenterology), Dr Varun Gupta, Dr HS Bains, Dr Neena Sood, Dr HS Dhooria, Dr Vandana Middha and chief dietician Ritu Sudhakar.

Dr Ajit Sood dwelt on the signs and symptoms of celiac disease. He said the common signs were diarrhoea and weight loss. Most people with celiac disease experience a few or no digestive signs or symptoms. About 20 per cent of them have constipation and 10 per cent are obese.

In addition to digestive problems, other symptoms are anaemia, loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of bone, skin rash, damage to dental enamel, headaches and fatigue, nervous system injury, such as numbness and tingling in the feet and hands.

The disease tends to run in families. The experts said if anyone had diarrhoea or digestive discomfort that lasted more than two weeks, a doctor should be consulted.

“Be sure to consult your doctor before trying a gluten-free diet,” said the experts.



from colleges

Extension lecture

Ludhiana: An extension lecture was organised at the GMT College of Education, Ludhiana, under the guidance of Principal Dr Shikha Soni. The keynote speakers were (Retd) Brigadier MS Gujral (CEO) and Dr Ashish Bajaj (MS) of Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana. Dr Ashish Bajaj presented his views on many common eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, glaucoma diabetics and age related macular degeneration.

Students made aware about entrepreneurship qualities

The Training and Placement Department of Desh Bhagat University organised a guest lecture on 'Entrepreneurship Development' for its MBA, BBA and BTech students to enhance their knowledge and to give them practical exposure. The main focus of this event was to develop in them entrepreneurship qualities as by 2020 India will be having 60 per cent of youth population in the age group of 25- 30 years, who will struggle hard to establish themselves. The keynote speaker and chief guest on this occasion was Harjinder Singh Cheema, founder and chairperson of Cheema Boilers Limited, Mohali. While, interacting with the students, the learned speaker encouraged them to go with a vision so that they may start their own business ventures rather than searching for a job after completing studies. He exhorted the students to dream big and become their own boss. University Chancellor Dr Zora Singh and Pro-Chancellor Tejinder Kaur expressed that such events would help students in their multi-functional growth.

Industrial visit

Mandi Gobindgarh: A one-day industrial visit to Kandhari Beverages Private Limited, Nabhipur Plant, was organised by the Department of Business Administration, RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, for the students of MBA first year. The objective of the visit was to give industrial exposure to the MBA students and to familiarise them with the mechanism used for bottling and to show them practicalities of the quality and the Marketing Department. The visit was facilitated by company's quality manager Jagmohan Singh. The students interacted with the functionaries of the industry. They were given guidance about the system and procedure followed in the industry, including various aspects such as procurement, processing/manufacturing, marketing and quality management. — TNS



from schools

A student explains her model during an exhibition at MGM Public School in Ludhiana.
A student explains her model during an exhibition at MGM Public School in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Vista 2014

Ludhiana: An exhibition titled Vista 2014 was organised on the premises of MGM Public School. The motive behind the exhibition was to polish the talent of the students. The models showcased were the real manifestation of innovation and creativity initiated by students. The event was inaugurated by chief guest, director Parkash Kaur Thind accompanied by the guest of honour, Gajjan Singh Thind, managing director of the school. Principal Poonam Sharma encouraged the students to leave the indelible imprint of their talent in future by participating in upcoming competitions.
Visitors look at the models displayed during an exhibition at Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana.
Visitors look at the models displayed during an exhibition at Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana. A tribune photograph

Students display models

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, organised an exhibition of models based on various topics on the subjects of science, mathematics, English, Hindi, Punjabi and social studies. Students prepared these models of formative assessments as per the guidelines of the CBSE. On the occasion, parents applauded the contribution of students and efforts of teachers.

Poetry recitation

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Dil Veer Singh of Government High School, Chhapar, was felicitated for his outstanding performance in poetry recitation. The contest was organised by the Punjab School Education Board in Ludhiana recently. Harbans Singh presided over the function held on the school premises today. Amrit Pal Singh Pali, in charge of the cultural wing of the school, said Dil Veer Singh had emerged victorious in the final competition held at Ramgarhia Kanya Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, recently. Teams from 15 schools of the area had participated in the event. — TNS



Guru Nanak Khalsa College eves claim baseball title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 31
The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (GNKC) beat the Khalsa College for Women 8-4 to clinch the title in the women’s section on the second day of the 9th Senior Ludhiana District Baseball Championship being held at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus, Model Town. Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, secured the third position.

Sukhdev Singh, general secretary, Punjab Baseball Association, gave away prizes. Meanwhile, matches in the men’s section were played today in which 11 teams are taking part. PPC Club along with RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, Arya College for Boys and Ranjit Baseball Club secured berths in the last four stages.

In the matches played today, SDP Senior Secondary School routed Sahi Sports College, Samrala, 10-0, Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, overwhelmed Drishti Public School, Nagangwal, 8-1, Rajnikant Baseball Club defeated GMT Public School 10-3, PPC Club outwitted Sahi Sports College, Samrala, 10-2, Arya College for Boys blanked Rajnikant Baseball Club 5-0, RS Model School squeezed past SDP Senior Secondary School 2 and Ranjit Baseball Club beat Guru Nanak International Public School 8.



Ludhiana Basketball Academy taste victory 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 31
Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) and Amritsar district emerged champions in the boys’ and girls’ categories, respectively, in the Punjab Youth Basketball Championship that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium today.

In the boys’ final, LBA players exhibited great mobility and ball control against their opponents, Ludhiana district. The academy lads surged ahead instantly and maintained the lead till the long hooter. They won the final verdict 59-35 to lay their hands on the winners’ trophy.

In the match for the hard-line cup, Muktsar proved their authenticity over Patiala (67-41) to secure the third position.

The final in the girls’ section was played between Amritsar and Ludhiana in which the former, after some initial hiccups, managed to prevail over and wrapped up the issue 64-49. Mansa girls defeated Sangrur 45-21 to finish at the third place.

Hira Singh Gabria, chairman, Ludhiana Planning Board, distributed prizes. Five players from Punjab, who represented the country in the international meet recently, were felicitated. They include Gurwinder Singh Gill, Dildar Singh Brar, Anmol Singh, Arshpreet Singh Bhullar and Akashdeep Hazara. JP Singh, vice-president, Ludhiana District Basketball Association, and Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, and coaches were also present.



Skating: Devkaran takes road to glory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 31
The three-day Ludhiana Schools Skating Championship organised by the District Education Department concluded at Pullanwala Bypass today.
Students (boys and girls ) from 15 schools competed in different events during the championship.

Today’s results (roadrace on quads)

Boys U-11: Devkaran of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Harshit of Sat Paul Mittal School 2 and Smast of KVM 3; boys U-14: Utkarsh of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Chashmeet of SHSSS, BRS Nagar, 2 and Hemant of BCM School 3; boys U-17: Jugadhbir of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Akash Arora of BCM School 2 and Karanveer of Guru Nanak Public School 3; boys U-19: Harmabdeep of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Rupinder of Guru Nanak International Public School 2 and Jaspreet of Guru Nanak International Public School 3.

Road race on quads girls U-11: Itanya of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Kavya Sood of BCM School 2 and Harshita of KVM 3; girls U-14: Saruchi of BCM School 1, Surinder of BCM School, Chandigarh Road, 2 and Jasleen Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School 3; girls U-17: Barhmjot of Guru Nanak Public School 1, Shivani of SHCS, Sarabha Nagar, 2 and Manpreet of Green Land School 3; girls U-19: Harleen of KVM 1, Rukman of DAV School, Pakhowal Road, 2; road race inline boys U-11: Gurkirat of DAV School, Pakhowal Road 1, Shravan of DAV School, Pakhowal Road, 2 and Gurnoor of KVM 3; boys U-14: Aryan of BCM School 1, Manjot of Guru Nanak Public School 2 and Irwan of BCM School 3; boys U-17: Tejveer of GGNP 1, Sameer of St Thomas School 2 and Jaskaran of BCM School 3; boys U-19: Harshveer of DAV School 1, Yovan of BCM School 2 and Bhavjot of SHSSS, BRS Nagar, 3.



DAV School emerge badminton champs 

Ludhiana, August 31
The annual Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Badminton Tournament organised by Tagore Public School concluded today. Pradeep Aggarwal, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and RD Sharma, Deputy Mayor, Ludhiana, were guests of honour.

DAV School, Pakhowal Road, emerged overall champions in the girls’ section while Kundan Vidya Mandir bagged the overall title in the boys’ section.

Results: Girls (U-14): KVM 1, BCM School, Dugri, 2 and SHSSS, BRS Nagar, 3; (U-17): SHSSS, BRS Nagar, 1, DAV School, Pakhowal Road, 2 and Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass, 3.



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