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Thieves steal Rs 18.32 lakh from ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Thieves struck at an automated teller machine (ATM) of ICICI Bank on the Hambra road, near Kali Mata Mandir, and decamped with Rs 18.32 lakh. The bank authorities had loaded Rs 25 lakh in the ATM on Friday, said the bank sources. It was learnt that the machine had been non-functional since Friday evening due to some technical snag.

The thieves first pried open the shutter and then went on to break the ATM.

A bank team, which visiting the spot, told the police that about Rs 18.32 lakh was lying in the machine when the theft took place. They said a team from Bengaluru would reach the city soon to safely take out the “black-box” (containing a CCTV camera and recorder) from the ATM.

When the security guard arrived at the ATM booth this morning, he found the ATM broken and the cash missing. A gas cutter is suspected to have been use by the thieves to break the ATM.

past ATM thefts

December, 2013: Thieves struck at the SBI ATM in Sahnewal and took away Rs 2.5 lakh.

May 26,2014: Thieves decamped with an automated teller machine (ATM) containing Rs 1.9 lakh in the Jugiana area. The incident came to light when the watchman found the ATM of UCO Bank missing.

June 12, 2014: A thief broke an ATM of Indian Overseas Bank located on the Feroze Gandhi market and decamped with Rs 1.1 lakh.


Festival special
City gets another train to Chd, more connectivity to Katra
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 1
With the Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link becoming operational for quite some time now, the Northern Railway has introduced yet another train between the industrial hub of the state and Chandigarh to meet the festival rush. The mega city is already connected with Chandigarh through the Intercity Express and the Superfast Express which run daily between Amritsar and Chandigarh.

According to railway officials, the festival special pair of trains (04417/04418) will run daily between Ludhiana and Chandigarh from September 1 to November 15, 2014, making, in all, 152 trips. The train will leave Ludhiana at 9 am and reach Chandigarh at 12.10 pm. On the return journey, it will depart from Chandigarh at at 1 pm and arrive Ludhiana at 3.25 pm. The train will have halts at Dhandari Kalan, Sahnewal, Lall Kalan, Samrala, Khamano, New Morinda, Kharar and Mohali.

Another festival special trains introduced by the railways to operate from September 1 to November 15, 2014, through Ludhiana is 04403/04404 tri-weekly train from Anand Vihar (New Delhi) to Udhampur. It will leave Anand Vihar at 9 pm on every Monday, Thursday and Saturday and reach Udhampur at 11.35 am. From Udhampur, the train will depart at 2.35 pm every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and reach Anand Vihar at 6 am.

The Anand Vihar-Udhampur Festival special train will have stoppages at Ghaziabad, Meerut City, Sharanpur, Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt, Pathankot and Jammu Tawi stations.

In addition to festival special trains, the Northern Railway authorities have introduced several new trains in the revised time table to take effect from September 1, 2014, to provide more connectivity to Katra, the base camp for Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and several other major cities.

Among the new trains, which would commence their commercial run later this month and pass through the city, are 22923/24 Katra-Bandra Terminus (premium express weekly), 22313/14 Katra-Sealdah (premium express weekly), 22679/80 Katra-Yeswantpur (Karnataka) premium express weekly, 19415/16 Katra-Ahmedabad (express weekly), 15655/56 Katra-Kamakhya (Assam) express weekly, 22921/22 Amritsar-Bandra Terminus (premium express weekly), 22125/26 Amritsar-Nagpur (AC express weekly), 15531/32 Amritsar-Saharsa (jansadharan weekly), 14611/12 Amritsar-Gorakhpur (express weekly), 14613/14 Chandigarh-Ferozepur (express daily), 22941/42 Jammu-Indore (express weekly and 14155/56 Jammu-Kanpur (express bi-weekly ).

As per the new time table, the pair of trains (14011/12) running weekly between Delhi and Hoshiarpur (via Ludhiana) will run daily from the date to be notified separately by the railway authorities.

train schedule

According to railway officials, the festival special pair of trains (04417/04418) will run daily between Ludhiana and Chandigarh from September 1 to November 15, 2014, making, in all, 152 trips. The train will leave Ludhiana at 9 am and reach Chandigarh at 12.10 pm. On the return journey, it will depart from Chandigarh at 
1 pm and arrive in Ludhiana at 3.25 pm. The train will have halts at Dhandari Kalan, Sahnewal, Lall Kalan, Samrala, Khamano, New Morinda, Kharar and Mohali.



Parents smell foul play in woman’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
A 32-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area on the Dugri-Dhandra road today. The woman has been identified as Kamaljit Kaur, a panchayat member and block samiti member. While her husband Inderjit Singh Ladda, who has absconded, and in-laws maintained that Kamaljit committed suicide by hanging herself, the victim’s parents alleged that their daughter was killed.

Her parents accused Inderjit Singh Ladda of their daughter’s death and making it appear like she had committed suicide.

The police registered an abetment-to-suicide case against the suspects under section 306 of the IPC. The case has been registered on a complaint of Surjit Singh, Kamaljit Kaur’s father.

Not satisfied by the sections of the FIR, her parents have pointed finger at the police for siding with the suspects. Davinder Singh, Kamaljit’s brother, claimed that it was a murder but the police had registered a case of abetment to suicide to shield the accused.

Davinder and Inderjit work in the same factory. He said last night he visited Inderjit’s house. Inderjit complained him about his sister, Davinder added.

Davinder assured Inderjit that he would discuss the matter in the morning and left for his house in Shimlapuri. At midnight, Inderjit called Davinder and said his sister had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ventilator of the house.

Dismissing Ladda’s claim, Davinder said he killed his wife and hanged her body to make it appear as suicide. He locked the door from inside and came out by scaling the wall.

Ladda’s two children (a 10-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl) were reportedly sleeping along with their grandparents in a house in the neighbourhood.



Man dies of snake bite 

Jagraon, September 1
A resident of Gorsian Makhan village died of snake bite. The deceased has been identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Peetu (34), a mason. According to information, Gurpreet was working at a well in the village when he was bitten by a snake.

According to investigating officer ASI Gulzar Singh, Peetu didn’t get to know that a snake had bitten him and he continued with his work. In the evening, he returned to his home and went to sleep after having dinner. The family members of the deceased came to know about his death when he did not wake up this morning.

As the family members did not know about the cause of his death, they informed the Sidhwan Bet police. The police took the body in its custody and sent it for post-mortem, which confirmed that the victim died of snake bite. — OC



Bus conductor electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
A 40-year-old man was electrocuted after coming in contact with overhead high tension lines at the Inter-State Bus Terminus here. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar of Dasuya.

The victim came in contact with the high tension lines while he was clearing the way for the bus.

The investigating officer said the bus terminus authorities had complained about the loosely hanging wires. The investigation is on.



Financial crunch takes toll on development
MC needs to act tough for its survival
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
On one hand councillors have been raising a hue and cry as almost all development works have come to a standstill due to the paucity of funds, many of them come in the way when the authorities try to collect “development charges” from areas, which have been regularised to “protect their vote bank”. Sources in the department concerned feel if these development charges (one-time) were collected from the public, the MC will be in a sound financial position.

According to a survey conducted by a Delhi-based company last year, there were around 350 “illegal” colonies. Of them, around 100 colonies were regularised later. As per the rules, the MC has to collect development charges from such colonies. But, whenever the MC tries to collect development charges from these colonies, politicians and councilors create a “mess”.

“Crores of rupees are spent on laying roads, water supply pipelines and sewerage but residents are never asked to pay development charges, leading to the financial crunch in the MC. The one-time development charges, if collected, will generate revenue worth crores of rupees for the financially-starved MC,” said the official.

Owing to the poor financial status of the MC, contractors have stopped work on various projects as payments are not being made to them on time. The city bus service has already stopped operations for the past more than a month. The MC has no funds to clear the outstanding bills of the company. Officials in the civic body feel the MC should start thinking seriously about generating funds from other resources or else it won’t survive.

Raising concern over the current financial status of the MC, SAD councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal said it had become too difficult to face the public as the works in wards had come to a standstill. And the only way to bring the MC back on track is finding more revenue resources.

“As per rough estimates, up to 40 per cent of the water and sewerage connections in the city are not legal. These should be legalized, so that the MC gets additional revenue. Second, wastage of water should be stopped. Residents keep on wasting water by washing cars, pavements, corridors of their houses daily. The first 500 litres should be provided free of cost and beyond this consumption, one paise per litre should be charged. By imposing such rules, not only more revenue will be generated, but also wastage of water could be checked to a great extent. The authorities should not succumb to any pressure if the MC has to be taken out from this financial mess,” said Dhaliwal.




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Modi's speech on SePTEMBER 5
Teachers a harried lot
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Several teachers’ bodies and unions have opposed the orders of the Education Department to make arrangements for the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 5. The government will observe Teacher’s Day as ‘Guru Utsav’.

Teachers claimed that in the absence of the basic infrastructure in school, it is hard for them to make provision for the suggested items.

The Education Department has instructed the schools to arrange television sets and generators. Ironically, the department has not released any funds to schools for making these arrangements.

As per the directions, it is mandatory for all the schools to make the arrangements for speech. Teachers have also opposed the timings of speech. Students are supposed to stay in schools from 8 am to 5 pm. As per the directions, the speech would be telecasted from 2.45 pm to 4.45 pm.

Ramnajeet Singh from Democratic Teacher’s Front said, “The Education Department have asked schools to arrange TV sets. Obviously, the DTH dish or cable connection has to be installed too. Who will pay for that? Who will pay for the generator? Moreover, how will the students of primary classes listen to a two-hour long speech of a politician?”

“The teachers are disturbed with these orders. The day which is dedicated to teachers would become the worst day for teachers as they have to work as per the directions to save their jobs. It is an unwanted harassment. The speech should be delivered in the morning or within the school timings. It is injustice to forcefully keep the students in school just to listen to the speech,” said Dharmajit Singh, president, Master Cadre Union.

Bhushan Khanna from Government Teacher’s Union said, “The school in which EDUSAT and other digital equipments are available will have an easy way. But most of the primary schools do not have the required equipment. The speech should not be held mandatory for all the students.” 



Educationists flay govt’s directions 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 1
Educationists all over the state have taken exception to the Centre and Punjab Government’s mandate to the teachers and students of government schools to listen to the Modi’s ‘tele bhashan’ on the occasion of Teachers’ Day on September 5.

A former principal and chairman of the Punjab Educationist Forum, Tarsem Bahia, said, “Such a dictate not only goes against the spirit of recognising teachers’ contribution to the nation, but also robs the students and teachers of their constitutional right and freedom to make a choice between listening or not listening to a tele-programme”.

Dr Kuldip Singh, president, Panjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union, said, “Modi first needs to explain if we are living in a democratic or dictatorial set up. How can a leader force the teachers to stay up till late in the schools?”

A former president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, Prof KBS Sodhi, said if the teachers and children feel a need to listen to his speech, they can do so sitting at their homes as well.

This irrational move has earned the wrath of teachers, children, parents and the educationists at large, said a former Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union chief, Prof RS Brar.



Ludhiana centre
Stenography students in a quandary
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Following the recent move of Bhasha Vibhag, Punjab, to wind up the stenography course at the Ludhiana Centre, the interested applicants have been left with no option but to switch over to private institutes to pursue the course.

Earlier, students used to pursue this course free-of-cost at the Language Department. But now, students will have to shell out more than Rs 8,000 for pursuing the annual course of stenography.

Sukhminder Singh, one of the applicants, said, “I was really happy to be doing this course without spending a single penny. But, now that the department has winded it, I will have to take the course’s fee from my parents. The department has not taken a right step.”

More than 300 applicants, both from Scheduled Castes and general category, had applied for this course at the Ludhiana Centre.

Sarvan Singh, father of an applicant, said, “My son was interested in pursuing this course from Bhasha Vibhag. But now we have opted for a private institute. We will have to pay Rs 10,000 for the one-year stenography course. It is ridiculous that on one side the government claims of helping the unemployed youth but on the other side, it has closed down the free course.”

Another applicant said, “Due to this decision of the department, our fate is now uncertain. To do this course from a private institute means spending a big amount of money, this is not justified at all.”

The department has decided to end this course due to a shortage of staff. Not only Ludhiana, but Mansa and Bathinda Centres have also been shut down.

The senior assistant, Bhasha Vibhag, Ludhiana Centre, Bhupinder Kaur, said, “The department has not issued any fresh instructions. The course has been winded up.”

Meanwhile, before winding up the stenography course, the Language Department did not, reportedly, inform the applicants.

The applicants came to know about it when they came to submit their forms on August 20 at the Punjabi Bhawan. The last date for submission of application for general category was August 22 and for Scheduled Caste category, it was August 25.

The classes were to start from September 1.



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
On the occasion of the installation of a constituted body (2014-16), a general body meeting of the Ludhiana Architects Association was held here recently.
On the occasion, website was also launched and newsletters were released.

The newly-elected committee comprises Ravinder Khosla as the chairperson and Vikas Sharma as the president. Herzi Singh is the vice-president. Arjundeep Sharma is the general secretary and Karamjit Singh is treasurer. Neeraj Sharma has been elected as joint secretary.



PAU technology whizz develops software for research purposes
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Atinderpal Singh, a student of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has developed a software for assisting students pursuing post graduation and PhD in statistical analysis.
Interestingly, Atinderpal is not a student of computer sciences but he developed this software to help his buddy researcher in the field of agriculture research.

Atinderpal Singh is pursuing MSc agronomy. With the help of Rajneesh Kumar Jindal, and under the supervision of Dr JS Deol, professor, Department of Agronomy, he coded the software-Elementary Designs Application (EDA).

He claimed that with help of this software, large data can be analysed within minutes.

“This is free software, released under the GNU General Public License. EDA can be run on any Microsoft Windows operating system, from XP to windows 8.1. A digital copy of instruction manual comes with software to help beginners get on track easily,” said Atinderpal Singh.

“A large of number of PAU students also use this software,” he informed.

Atinderpal Singh also designed a website named www.agristudy.com, which provides many useful downloads such as a tiny application to recover files lost due to viruses, an emulator script to run old programmes on new computers and latest agriculture news as well that are aggregated from different sources.

Atinderpal has also created an application to automate water test report generation in Soil Department laboratories. It creates report, provide recommendation automatically and keep all the record on paper wastage.

“This application is yet to be presented to the PAU authorities. An online platform is under development, this will provide interactive self study and preparation opportunity to agriculture students. It will be launched by end of this year hopefully,” said Atinderpal.

“ Richard Stallman, a software freedom activist and computer programmer, is my inspiration,” he added.




Navjot shines in state-level science seminar

Navjot Saini (Class X C) of Amrit Indo Canadian Academy secured first position in the state science seminar organised by the National Science Centre, New Delhi, at Bagha Purana, Punjab. The judges for the competition were Satinder Kaur and Gurvir Kaur, SISE, Chandigarh. Navjot Saini was felicitated by DEO (Moga) and District Science OfficerM Moga. She was also congratulated by the District Science Supervision, Ludhiana, Varinder Kaur. Navjot will now represent state at the national level in Bangalore. The president of Amrit Educational Society, Harminder Singh, also appreciated the efforts of Navjot Saini.

A speaker addresses a gathering during a three-day entrepreneurship awareness programme held in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at the GGNIMT in Ludhiana; and (right) students take part in a talent-hunt programme at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School in Dugri.
A speaker addresses a gathering during a three-day entrepreneurship awareness programme held in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at the GGNIMT in Ludhiana; and (right) students take part in a talent-hunt programme at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School in Dugri. PhotoS: inderjeet verma

Students visit bread unit

The students of Classes II and III of Ryan Public School visited Hot Breads at Sarabha Nagar. Students saw the process of bread-making and how cakes are baked. Meanwhile, Cornitos Nacho organised fun games for the students of Class III onwards on the school premises. Cornitos Nacho is the leading chips company who provides chips to cinemas theaters on a large scale. The headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, said such activities help to break the monotonous teaching practice.

Talent-hunt programme

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, organised a talent hunt show in the school. All house candidates from Classes I to XI took part in the activities, comprising solo dance, solo songs, group dance and group songs. There were 20 events in total. The students were judged on the basis of their potential, co-ordination, costumes selection of song, skills synchronisation and their confidence level. Prachi of Class V (Nehru House) and Abhishek of Class V (Shastri House), Reet of Class I (Subhash House) and Ansh of Class III (Gandhi House) secured second position in solo singing performances. In dance group performances, Subhash House and Nehru House clinched top, Shastri House secured second position and Gandhi House stood third.

Guru Gaddi Divas celebrated

Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, celebrated Guru Gaddi Divas of Guru Granth Sahib by reciting shabads. Kiranpreet Kaur of Class XI delivered a speech on the importance of the day. Deg was also distributed in the school. Principal Dr Manjit Kaur congratulated staff members and students of the school.

Spring Dale wins overall trophy in competitions

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School excelled in various competitions organised by Gurudwara Flahi Sahib. In remembrance of Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind, various competitions such as poetry recitation, lecture delivery, Gurbani Kanth, Dastar Bandhi, 100m race and shabad gayan were conducted. As many as 40 schools from all over the district participated in these contests under four categories i.e. primary, middle, high and senior secondary level. Students of Spring Dale won seven first prizes, one second prize, three third prizes and four consolation awards, besides bagging the overall trophy. Winners were awarded certificate, medals and cash prizes. The managing director of the School, Avinash Kaur Walia, motivated other students to take inspiration from the winners and motivated them to work hard.

Workshop on save earth

Orient Convent Senior Secondary School organised a workshop on "My Earth My Responsibility Campaign". Sadhwi Memansa Bharti said, "Nowadays, cutting of trees has become a major cause of worry. So many efforts have been made to save the earth but the outcome is zero." She urged the gathering to contribute to it and save the Mother Earth. In the end, Sadhwi said, "Let nurture the nature, so that we can have a better future." — TNS



Badal visits ailing leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
CM Parkash Singh Badal, visited the city to inquire about the health of veteran Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) today.

Jagdev Singh Talwandi, former President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, (SGPC) Amritsar, has been undergoing treatment at DMCH from last some days. He is on ventilator and stated recovering the health condition.

Ranjit Singh Talwandi, son of Jagdev Singh, informed about the health condition of Jagdev Singh Talwandi to the CM.

He asked the doctors to take care of Talwandi. Speaking about the leader’s contribution to the SAD, Badal stated that Talwandi played a significant role to serve the Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat. He is a prominent personality of Sikh Panth. “We pray for his good health,” said Badal. While interacting to the media persons, Badal said visits of the PM to other countries are a positive sign for the nation. Reacting on the Modi Government’s move to observing the Teachers’ Day as “Guru Utsav” he said there is nothing bad in celebrating Guru Utsav but we will decide after discussing the issue with education minister Daljit Singh Cheema. 



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Office-bearers of the LIC at the launching ceremony of a new scheme.
Office-bearers of the LIC at the launching ceremony of a new scheme. Photo: Inderjet Verma

OBC opens branch

Oriental Bank of Commerce opened a branch at Rahon Road, here today. The branch was inaugurated by Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana. P Sreedhar, deputy general manager and regional head, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Ludhiana, was also present on the occasion. Aggarwal congratulated officials of branch. He said bank should provide special services to villagers, needy and small saving customers. Sreedhar addressed the customers of the branch and thanked them for their patronage and continuous support. The branch is equipped with cash deposit kiosk, passbook kiosk and ATM. He also added that bank has wide range of schemes for all the segments of the society and thrust is being given to SMEs, housing loans and education loans and aims to help agriculture sector. Bank is committed towards social and economic well-being of all sections of the society.

CICU lab gets accreditation

Avtar Singh, president, Chamber of Commercial and Industrial Undertakings, CICU, in a statement released today, said CICU was taking various initiatives to enhance global competitiveness of MSMEs. The calibration laboratory of Ludhiana has been granted accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing Calibration Laboratory (NABL), Department of Science and Technology. CICU-SSC Technical Centre is already functioning at Gill Road. It is well equipped and certified to provide high quality state-of-art calibration of mechanical instruments for engineering industries. The calibration of mechanical instruments will sharpen competitive edge and it is the need of the hour that MSMEs grow in Punjab. Upkar Singh Ahuja, general secretary, CICU, said calibration of instruments had become very essential for the industry. CICU was the only Chamber in North India to get accreditation of its Mechanical Calibration Lab from NABL.

LIC releases Jeevan Shagun

LIC released a new plan-Jeevan Shagun-on it’s 58th anniversary. The main feature of the plan is that it is available only for 90 days from today and it is a single premium payment plan. All persons in the age group 8 to 45 years are eligible. The term of the policy is 12 years with money back in 10th and 11th year whereas risk cover is 10 times of premium amount. Rajendra Kumar said the trust garnered by the LIC is its true achievement. We reiterate our commitment to the people and the nation while marching forth in this journey.

Medical camp

Lions Club Ludhiana Greater in association with SPS Apollo Hospital organised a free heart and orthopedic check-up camp at Gurudwara Singh Sabha, BRS Nagar here today. The camp was inaugurated by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu. About 122 patients were examined during the heath check-up camp and free medicines were provided to the poor and needy on this occasion.

Gugga Ji fair starts today

The fair of Gugga Ji will be celebrated from September 2 to 4, with religious fervor. A rath yatra will be held on September 2 which will start from Zone-C corporation office Gill Road to Atam Nagar. Devotees from Haridwar and Rajasthan will also take part in the rath yatra. — TNS



College NOTES

Students participate in a freshers’ party at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines.
Students participate in a freshers’ party at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines. A Tribune Photograph
Winners of a debate at RIMT College.
Winners of a debate at RIMT College. A Tribune Photograph

Quiz held

The Commerce and Management Association of Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana, organised a quiz under the stewardship of Dr Rajesh Marwaha, Head of PG, Department of Commerce and Management, for the students on August30. Around 20 students of UG and P.G classes participated in the quiz. There were five teams, namely Tatas, Birlas, Ambanis, Munjals and Mittals. The quiz comprised of 6 rounds. Questions were asked from academics, general awareness and business knowledge. Interactive rounds and audio visual round were enjoyed by all. At the end, team Tatas won the contest. First runner-up team was Ambanis. Principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma appreciated the efforts of the students.

Industrial visit

As an endeavour to give industry exposure to the students, Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana, organised an industrial visit for the MCom 1st semester students. The Class visited Highway Industries Limited, a unit of Hero Group. Around 20 Students along with the faculty including, Prof Jaspreet Kaur, Prof Taranpreet Kaur and Prof Nitin Prabhkar visited the plant. It was a good learning experience as the students had an opportunity to see the actual production process of automotive parts. The students showed a keen interest in learning practical aspects taught to them by the officials of Hero Group.

Parkash Utsav celebrated

To mark the Parkash Utsav of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, a divinity assembly was organised by students of Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. The main objective of assembly was to make students aware about the teachings and values of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The relevance of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji especially in the present scenario was highlighted through speeches, poems and shabad recital. Dr Naginder Kaur, principal, sensitised the students about unique and unequalled guidance of Guru Granth Sahib Ji which leads the humanity from darkness to a life of peace and tranquility.

Inter-school contest

Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Students’ Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, arranged an Inter-School competition for budding achievers on 27th August 2014. Fifteen prestigious schools of Ludhiana took part in the event in which 125 students participated in competitions such as declamation contest, extempore, debate, poster making, cyber fiesta, cyber smart, logical reasoning and collage making. Kiranjot Kaur, Head, Management Development Cell of GNIMT coordinated the whole function. She, in her welcome address, elaborated on the objectives of having this competition.

Awareness programme

A three-day Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme in association with Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Chandigarh, and Departmwent of Science and Technology, GOI, began at Gujranwala Institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, here today. The event started with the lamp lightening ceremony. Prof Majit Singh Chabbra, co-ordinator, GGNIMT, welcomed the esteemed guests and resource persons on the occasion. He said the session intended to bridge the gap between academics and industry. Highlighting the grim scenario of employability in India, he said out of 7 lakh students passing out from about 10,000 professional colleges in a year only 25 per cent technical graduates and 15-20 per cent of others are employable by ITES. RC Chopra, former director, MSME, GOI, was the resource person for the first session. While interacting with the students, he said entrepreneurship is a behavior or a skill which should be incorporated by every one. The entrepreneurial skills not only made good businessmen but good employees as well. Chopra in the next part of session highlighted the special incentives and schemes of central and state government to promote entrepreneurship. Giving the success formula, he advised the budding entrepreneurs to aspire, seek, envision, act and grow in the world of entrepreneurship. Gautam Sikri, MD, Ramson Cycles Pvt. Ltd and a GGNIMT alumnus was the expert for the next session. He guided the students on how to go about setting up their own ventures. He emphasized on the qualities of vision, far sightedness and focus to be paramount to the success of a venture. “To survive and thrive in the highly competitive business scenario, one needs to upgrade himself in terms of resources and technology,” said Sikri while motivating the students to indulge in self employment.

Freshers welcomed

Freshers of BCom and MCom were welcomed by a multicultural programme ‘Rangla Vehra’. Principal of the college Dr Varinder Kaur Thind graced the occasion. Sapinder Ayali was the chief guest of the function. Festivities were marked with foot tapping Bhangra, Golden era remixes, comedy and entertainment depicting various hues of womanhood. Ms. Purnima Jain was judged Miss Fresher, BCom, Miss Japanjot Kaur and Miss Paridhi Jain were adjudged first & second runners-up, respectively. Ms. Charming title went to Lovika and Ms. Catwalk title was won by Mansi. Haramrit was adjudged Miss Fresher. MCom.

Recruitment drive

A team of Concentrix officials came to Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, for campus recruitment drive. About 140 students of BA, BCom, BBA, BCA and BSc were assessed and 30 students were selected for placements. Principal Gurminder Kaur distributed selection letters to the selected students. She congratulated the activity in-charge Anita Joshi and others members for making sincere efforts for inviting the company for the placements of students in various jobs. She congratulated the selected students to work hard for better promotions in private sector.

Technical events organised

Technical events sucha as circuit mania, elec-vision and debate competition were organised at RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, by Department of Electrical Engineering, to earmark the first anniversary of the technical Club ELECSTREAM. Five teams with two members each participated in Circuit Mania among them two teams were awarded the first and second position; fifteen participants participated in Elec-vision in which first three positions were declared. — TNS



Minor accused of rape

Khanna, September 1
A nine-years-old girl was allegedly raped by a minor (10). Mother of the girl said they were not at home when the incident took place.
She said her daughter complained about pain with bleeding. The parents took her to a doctor and he referred her to Civil Hospital, Khanna.

Maternal aunt of the victim said the girl was hit by a hand pump while playing bleeding started. But, mother of the girl alleged that her daughter was raped by a 10-year-old boy. She claimed that the victim told about rape a day after the incident.

SSP Harsh kumar Bansal said the charges leveled by parents of the girl are contradictory. He said no case was registered so far. 



Cong workers in disarray 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 1
The workers of Jagraon unit of the Congress party have been in a state of confusion in absence of proper leader to lead the party activities in Jagraon constituency. The party high command has failed to appoint halqa in-charge (constituency in-charge) of the party in Jagraon for last many months.

Earlier, Isher Singh Meharban, former minister, was halqa in-charge of the Congress party from Jagraon. But after Meharban left the Congress party and joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) during the recently held Parliamentary polls, there is no leader to lead the party activities in the constituency. 



Library shows them path 

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 1
Amar Shaheed Library at a gurdwara of Latala village has almost changed the lifestyle of the residents here.

While elderly persons have shun bad habits such as gossiping and sitting idle, youths and children of the region have starting searching their role models in storybooks and autobiographies of great men and women of the nation.

Social activists led by Baljeet Singh, secretary of the committee running the library, feel appreciative of their friends who donated items of progressive literature to pave the way for establishing a library at the village three years ago.

While paraphernalia and costly books were contributed by donors, including NRIs from the village, the management committee of the village gurdwara was kind enough to provide a room to accommodate the library.

Appreciating the role of office-bearers and activists of other social, religious and educational organisations of the village in educating villagers about the significance of reading habit for personality development, Baljeet Singh said the coordinated efforts by all had resulted in the improvement of personality among the children and the youth.

“A majority of the children visiting the library have developed good habits and moral values,” said Baljeet Singh. In routine, the library opens for certain hours in the morning and evening. Efforts are being made to keep it open on special occasions. — OC



Escalator okayed at rly station
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Soon, an escalator will be installed at the railway station to provide safe mobility. Railway officials today held a meeting to chalk out a plan.

They said the escalator would be installed near the newly constructed railway foot overbridge and that the work would be completed within six months.

Although the foot overbridge connects the station’s entry points with all platforms, senior citizens and differently-abled persons find it difficult to reach the platforms in the absence of a ramp. With the installation of the escalator, the long pending demand of passengers will be fulfilled.

“It’s strange that the officials took so long to recognise the need,” said a senior citizen. He added that the station should have more than one escalator. On the old city side, one escalator will be installed. There won’t be any moving staircase on the Civil Lines side. Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: “The higher authorities have given a green signal to the installation of the escalators. We will try to complete the project on time.” 



Residents panicky as dengue cases surge
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Dengue cases have surfaced in various parts of the city. Fourteen cases have been reported so far. Eight patients are from Ludhiana while the remaining are from Amritsar, SBS Nagar, Patiala, Bathinda and Jalandhar.

The Municipal Corporation and Health Department have formed teams to create awareness. Pamphlets are being distributed and fogging is being carried out. Still, the number is on the rise. As per records, more than 850 confirmed cases of dengue were reported last year from Ludhiana alone. Larvae were found at Rajesh Nagar, Shivpuri, BRS Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Sham Nagar, Islam Gunj, Amar Pura, New Kundan Puri, Kundan Puri, Shimla Puri, Jammu Colony, Sherpur, Ashok Nagar, Shahi Mohulla, Peeru Banda, Dugri, Dal Bazar, Fateh Gunj Mohalla, Shahi Mohalla, Purani Sabzi Mandi (Arayian Gali and Prem Gali), Janta Nagar, Subhash Nagar and Chand Cinema. MC officials said fogging was being carrying out in the areas on a regular basis.

An official of the Health Department said residents should maintain cleanliness. They should not let water accumulate outside their houses. Water coolers should be dried twice a week and tyres should not be kept on rooftops. “Both the MC and the Health department are at the receiving end, but in risk-prone, congested areas, the residents do not maintain hygiene,” said the official.



Transport Dept gets richer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
The State Transport Department is prospering money-wise. The target for the department till July was Rs 40054.83 crore and the department has earned Rs 40445.91 crore.

This was stated by Anurag Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, Transport, at a recently held meeting. Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said, “The target for Ludhiana district till July was Rs 283 crore. We are short of Rs18 crore.

It takes officials a lot of time to monitor different works. We need time to achieve the target.”

The District Transport Department has been grappling with acute staff shortage.



Residents threaten to litter MC office
Ask officials to persuade sanitation workers to call off their strike
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 1
Residents of the town are up in arms against the civic body. They said if sanitation workers would not call off their stir, they would throw garbage outside the MC office on Tuesday.

The town looks like a dumping site. One can see garbage strewn in every nook and cranny. With sanitation workers refusing to call off their strike, the residents have been at the receiving end.

The workers have been protesting for the past four weeks, but nobody is persuading them to resume work and clear the garbage from the streets. Social activists are hesitating to intervene and the residents apprehend that the situation is bound to go out of control in case efforts are not made to persuade members of the Safai Mazdoor Union to call off their strike.

Office-bearers and activists of various organisations led by former president of the Municipal Council and patron of Ahmedgarh Bachayo Morcha Jatinder Bhola threatened to dump garbage on the premises of the MC office. “Not even a single official is ready to listen to the grievances of the agitating workers and the situation is worsening each passing day. We are living in a hell,” said a resident.

The workers said they would intensify their stir if their demands were not met. Maintaining that the situation had arisen due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities, Satnam Singh, president of the local unit, said a decision would be taken following the state body leaders’ instructions. 



Baseball: PPC Club blank Ranjit Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 1
PPC Club quelled a strong challenge from Ranjit Club before romping home victorious 3-0 to win the title in the men’s section of the Senior Ludhiana Baseball Tournament which concluded at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus, Model Town, today.

Earlier, in the semifinals, PPC Club drubbed RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 9-2 and Ranjit Baseball Club thrashed Arya College for Boys 7-2 to settle for the title clash. In the match to decide the third place, Arya College defeated RS Model Senior Secondary School 8-2 and had to content with a bronze medal.

Harbir Singh Gill, organising president, Ludhiana District Baseball Association, distributed prizes. Sukhdev Singh Aulakh and Gurdeep Singh, office-bearers of the association, were also present.



Kundan Vidya Mandir basks in glory of its shuttlers 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 1
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, performed exceedingly well in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Badminton Tournament held at Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, yesterday.

In the girls U-14 category, Prerna Dawar, Tanvi Kaushal, Sanya, Simartana and Ganga Kapoor proved their mettle to bag the first position and in the boys U-14 section, Adam Pratap, Aayan Gupta, Ankit Goel, Harjot Singh Saini and Lakshay secured the third position.

Mitaksh Gandhi, Lakshay Singla, Rachit Gupta, Jasleen Singh Saini and Navam Jain secured the first position in the U-14 category. In the boys U-19 category, Aditiya Gupta, Rohan Dhanda, Mohul Goel, Akshit Khullar and Ishan Gupta proved their superiority to secure top honours. The boys team carried away the overall trophy. Navita Puri, principal, KVM, appreciated the students’ efforts and motivated them to achieve greater heights. 



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