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2 hurt in attack near college
Tribune News Service

Blood splattered on tiles
Blood splattered on tiles. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 8
Around 12 motorcyclists attacked two persons, including a student of SCD Government College, with sharp-edged weapons on the college road here today. The victims have been identified as Sahil Dutt (22), a resident of Rose Garden Colony, and Manpreet Singh, alias Manna (32), a resident of Police Lines Colony.

Sahil Dutt suffered critical injuries on the head and face while Manpreet has wounds on face and other parts of the body. Sahil Dutt is a BA final year student at SCD Government College.

The incident took place outside the college gate when Sahil and Manpreet were getting their shoes polished from a cobbler. According to eyewitnesses, the assailants attacked Manpreet first. He managed to escape. Then they targeted Sahil and beat him up brutally.

Panic gripped the local residents. College students, who knew the victims, reached the spot and rushed them to the DMC Hospital. They are out of danger.

On a complaint of the victims, the Division No. 8 police registered a case against around 10 persons, including Manu, Bhoomk and Taru, under various sections, including 307 (attempt to murder).

As per the statement of Manpreet Singh, alias Manna, they have an old rivalry with the attackers. Amanpreet Singh, younger brother of Manpreet, was a final year student at SCD Government College last year. He was involved in a scuffle with the attackers some days ago.

Old rivalry the reason
Assistant Commissioner of Police (South) RPS Sandhu said: “On a statement of the victims, we have registered a case against 10 persons (three identified). An old rivalry is the reason behind this attack. In preliminary investigation, we didn’t find their connection with any known gang or student group. We will investigate the case. A manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers. We will arrest them soon.”


Rain effect: Man killed as bathroom collapses
Tribune News Service

A file photo of the victim, Bhuwneshwar Sharma.
A file photo of the victim, Bhuwneshwar Sharma.

Ludhiana, September 8
A 50-year-old person was killed after the roof of the bathroom at his house in the Maharaja Nagar area collapsed early morning today. The deceased has been identified as Bhuwneshwar Sharma, who was a security guard on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus.

Bhuwneshwar Sharma, a native of Samastipur district in Bihar, was residing on the second floor of a building. At around 4:15 am today, he went to the bathroom located in one of the corners on the second floor. When he entered the washroom, the roof and the walls of the bathroom came crashing down on him. He suffered critical injuries in the head and other parts of the body.

His relatives and neighbours rushed him the hospital on the PAU campus. The doctor at the PAU hospital referred him to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). However, the doctors at the DMCH declared him dead on arrival.

The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem. According to information, Bhuwneshwar was residing in the Maharaja Nagar area along with his son, who studies in a local school. His parents, wife and daughter lived at his native place.

According to information, the bathroom was in a shambles. It collapsed due to heavy rain that has been intermittently lashing the city in the past three days.



Trust shuts eyes to illegal mobile towers
Kuldip Bhatia

A mobile tower installed atop a commercial building in Ludhiana.
A mobile tower installed atop a commercial building in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, September 8
With little or no enforcement of rules or regulatory measures against violation of terms and conditions of allotment of plots and commercial properties in the colonies developed by Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the allottees are openly flouting the norms.

Whether it is conversion of residential buildings into commercial establishments or installation of illegal towers atop the residential and commercial buildings in the Trust colonies, the authorities seem to have assumed the role of mute spectators, or at the most, a notice is served to an erring allottee for violation. No follow-up action is taken in such cases.

Information obtained by a city-based RTI activist, Gagandeep Singh Threeke, from the LIT authorities under the Right to Information Act indicates that only one mobile tower has been installed on a residential building (151-B) in Rajguru Nagar Colony of the Trust in violation of the terms and conditions of allotment of plot. The LIT officials also said a show-cause notice was issued to the allottee in December 2006, and again in September 2012.

However, the ground reality remains that at least four other mobile towers have been installed in the colony on the roofs of shop-cum-flats and shop-cum-offices which figure nowhere in the record of the Trust as per information provided to the applicant under the RTI Act. If the residents living in the vicinity are to be believed, all these mobile towers were erected some eight or 10 years ago without obtaining any permission or payment of fee stipulated by the state government for this purpose.

The area residents allege that by its failure to act against the installation of these illegal mobile phone towers in the colony, the LIT had not only suffered huge financial loss but the residents were also exposed to harmful radiation.

The LIT officials said a mobile tower could not be installed atop a residential building and it was a clear-cut case of violation of the terms and conditions of allotment.

It was also officially stated that in such cases, the allotment of plot is liable to be cancelled after issuing a show-cause notice to the defaulting allottee.

The Trust also has the right to disconnect water and sewerage connection of the residential building and take up the matter with power utility for disconnection of electric supply to the building.

Meanwhile, an official of the engineering branch of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust said four mobile towers erected on commercial buildings in the colony had come to the notice of the Trust. While confirming that no permission had been obtained for these towers, nor had any fee been paid by the allottees, the official said action as per the rules was being taken against the owners of the buildings.



Student hangs self from fan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
A 24-year-old student, who was pursuing his MBA degree from Canada, allegedly committed suicide at his residence on Guru Nanak Street, Shimlapuri, here today. The deceased has been identified as Suraj, son of Inderjeet Singh, owner of Pal Bakery.

According to the statement of his parents recorded by the Shimlapuri police, the deceased was depressed and undergoing treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here.

According to information, Suraj went to Canada a few years ago. He suffered from depression there. His father brought him back on August 28. The doctors advised the parents against leaving him alone. His mother is a teacher and she was at the school when Suraj took the extreme step.

At around 2 pm, he told his father that he was going to market for some work. His father waited for one and a half hours and then went to his room. He found Suraj hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.

Satnam Singh, Shimlapuri SHO, said: “The body has been sent for post-mortem”.



Army collects relief for J&K residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
The Indian Army is undertaking massive rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Major Sunil said packaged mineral water, rations (rice, dal, biscuits, grams and salt), tarpaulins/plastic sheets, blankets, woollens, candles and match boxes, medicine are required.

The material will be collected under arrangements of the Army units at Dholewal in Ludhiana. Transport from the location of the relief material till the Dholewal Military Camp, Ludhiana, will be provided by the Army. Philathropists may contact on 918288934962, 0161-2547827 for more details.



MC apathy takes toll on city roads; residents have bumpy ride
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Newly carpeted roads as well as old roads are in a pitiable condition. In the wake of this rainy season, almost all roads in the city have developed pothole. These roads were constructed in a haphazard manner without supervision of the technical staff of the civic body.

All major roads, including the Pakhowal road, Ferozepur road, Kitchlu Nagar road, Model Town road, Sarabha Nagar road, Civil Lines road, BRS Nagar road and road in the Industrial Area and Focal Point, have developed big potholes. The residents find it difficult to avoid bumps on these roads even at slow speeds.

The BJP councillor, Inder Aggarwal, said the MC working was “without vision”. “Crores are spent on the carpeting of roads but they are back in a miserable condition within six months. It is a waste of public money. In the absence of adequate staff, none keeps a tab on the material used by the contractors. As a result, substandard material is used in the construction of roads. There has to be a proper planning before starting these kinds of development works,” Aggarwal said.

Residents have been confronting their area councillors over poor state of basic facilities. “The condition of roads is so bad that one or two accidents take place each day. The drivers of two-wheelers find it difficult to drive on the damaged roads riddled with potholes and stagnant water. The MC is wasting taxpayers’ money. Officials are making money through illegal means in connivance with contractors. Many contractors have been caught red-handed using substandard material, still the civic body has failed to take any stern action against them. With this kind of approach, residents are bound to suffer,” said the spokesperson for the Congress councilors, Parminder Mehta.

According to information, the payments worth about Rs 150 crore were yet to be made to contractors, leading to delay in the completion of works worth about Rs 100 crore. The road repairs have come to a halt as the contractors wanted their payments released soon.

Many residents had complained to the MC that its staff were repairing roads in the rainy season, which could affect the quality of construction.

Official Speak
The Additional Commissioner, Ghanshyam Thori, said all problems would be taken care of once HUDCO sanctioned its loan. He, however, said now construction of roads had been stopped due to the rainy season. Once the weather improves, the construction of roads will be resumed.



low turnout on day 2 of chhapar mela at mandi ahmedgarh
Overcast sky lends silverish tinge to mela
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 8
Intermittent showers and persistently cloudy weather on the second day of Mela Chhapar dissipated the traditional fervour at the rural fair.

Organisers of conferences of various political parties, who had been trying to mend the damaged and soaked tents since morning, eventually gave up and decided to wait for the rain to stop.

Organisers of the Shiromani Akali Dal conference were relieved as they had put up a rainproof pandal.

Senior leaders of almost all parties, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, are expected to address gatherings tomorrow.

Meanwhile, followers of Guga Peer continued to flock to the shrine. The number of devotees was less than expected as a majority of the visitors hurried to return after paying obeisance.

Activists and local leaders of various political parties remained busy making arrangements for organising their conferences on Tuesday. However, some of them attended meetings at the venue. They had to take the help of singers and ‘dhadis’ for retaining the interest of participants.



Hygiene on administration's priority list
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 8
Those visiting Mela Chhapar heaved a sigh of relief after the administration launched preventive measures to check the spread of pathogens through eatables. Owners and workers of all eateries have been advised to maintain hygiene. Officials of the health department disposed of eatables and drinks unfit for consumption.

Having observed that a large number of devotees had fallen ill after consuming eatables in the past, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Aggarwal directed the health authorities to take preventive measure at Mela Chhapar. Senior Medical Officer, Pakhowal, has been entrusted the responsibility of maintaining hygienic at the venue. Teams led by inspectors Sanjiv Kumar, Mehar Singh and Kuldeep Singh visited all stalls and initiated action against violators. Samples of food and water were collected and sent for testing. Organisers of langars and chhabeels have also been asked to maintain cleanliness.



Beggars make most of the occasion
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 8
Begging seems to have become an organised profession at socio-religious gatherings, including fairs and congregations.

Mela Chhapar is no exception to the trend, where hundreds of drifters come to seek alms from devotees in the name of God. The police is on a hunt for suspected gangs which might be exploiting beggars who have been coming to the fairs despite being unable to sit and walk.

Suspecting pickpocketing by a section of beggars, the authorities have urged the devotees not to entertain them. However, the police have been directed not to deal with them sternly, fearing action by human rights organisations.

Like any other rural fair, the venue for Mela Chhapar starts attracting a large number of beggars, a majority of them migrants, before the commencement of the event.

Women and children, outnumbering men, cause more trouble as people find it difficult to get rid of them. Those who beg for alms and parsad, sitting in rows, do not cause any inconvenience to the devotees. A large number of beggars, including physically challenged, have been coming to the mela to collect alms. The authorities concerned have failed to understand how the beggars reach the venue every year. Their pitiable condition make people donate generously. “How can they collect and preserve offerings in cash and kind is beyond the comprehension of the common man?” asked an organiser.

Sanjay Mittal, a social activist, apprehended that some organised gangs were exploiting the differently abled. Mittal said two years ago, he had seen a person taking money from a beggar, whose both legs were amputated. The police have deputed extra force at sensitive points near the shrine and other congested areas.

The devotees have been alerted against pickpockets through the public announcement system at the mela. “At the same time, we have appealed to the devotees to beware of swindlers and pickpockets and not to encourage begging,” said Singh.



Quality control team visits Civil Hospital
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
A quality control team of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, today visited Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, for conducting a survey. The Government of India has selected two Civil Hospitals under the project. The other hospital is in Barnala.

The two-member team comprising Dr Richa Sharma and Dr Sushant Aggarwal, both consultants in Quality Improvement, National Health System Resource Centre, New Delhi, visited Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, said, “The team was here to inspect equipment and facilities.”

The team will give its feedback to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on the basis of which more qualitative facilities will be incorporated in the hospitals. The Civil Hospital has only 200 beds. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said: “More beds are needed. We are hopeful of getting 100 beds next month.” Dr Karkara said, “The team will continue its survey tomorrow.”



Lokpal’s visit cancelled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
The visit of Commissioner, Lokpal, Dr SS Chauhan was cancelled at the last minute as he was informed that the Vidhan Sabha Committee would also be visiting the city tomorrow.

The official was supposed to visit the city tomorrow.

Sources said officials had issued a number of challans to defaulters who had constructed buildings in all four zones in violation of the building bylaws. Still, the violators had not get their act together.

Following a complaint made by RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal against four Assistant Town Planners, Monica Anand, Harpreet Ghai, Bankey Bihari and Rajinder Sharma, the Lokpal had informed the corporation authorities that he would visit the city on September 9 and asked Commissioner, Zone A, Devinder Singh to remain present with the records.

Three important documents (from January, February to March 2014) have been sought by the Lokpal, sanction plans of buildings which are about 150 in number, challans issued and the compliance, if any.

Collecting records, officials of the building branch were on toes.

As the ATP, Zone A, has to go to Chandigarh tomorrow, building branch inspectors were asked to show the records to the official.



2 days on, police yet to make arrest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Even after two days of the murder of notorious gangster Kala Hawas, the city police failed to arrest any of the accused in this regard. Yesterday, the police have booked the alleged rival gang leader, Rajwinder Singh alias Ravi Khawajeke, and Sandeep Singh alias Sunny on charges of murder and attempt to murder.

Senior police officials said the police conducted raids on several possible hideouts of the accused today.

Gurjeet Singh, Assistant Police Commissioner (East), said: “The accused persons are still at large. We are trying to nab them. We have sent police teams to their probable hideouts in the district to arrest them. Hopefully, the police will arrest the accused soon.”

The police also booked the father of Sandeep and Rajwinder in the case along with two unidentified persons. According to information, their father is also absconding.

Kala Hawas along with one of his friend were going towards Rahon in a SUV on September 6. When they reached near Bajarra Chowk, four unidentified assailants came on two motorcycles and opened fire at them. Kala suffered five bullet injuries and died on the spot. The miscreants fled the spot after killing Hawas.

Kala Hawas murder case
Kala Hawas along with one of his friends was going towards Rahon in a SUV on September 6. When they reached near Bajarra Chowk, four unidentified assailants came on two motorcycles and opened fire at them. Hawas suffered five bullet injuries and died on the spot. The miscreants fled the spot after killing him.



Govt offices
Frequent holidays irk visitors
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Due to frequent holidays in offices of the state government, visitors are at receiving end. As August started, the offices of the state government started witnessing holidays. Though the long weekends brought respite to the staff, it left the visitors harassed.

The first long weekend came with August 15, Independence Day. It was followed by weekly offs of Saturday and Sunday and a holiday on Monday (Raksha Bandhan).

The offices functioned for four days only in the week.

Again the offices witnessed a long weekend just after a span of 11 days. After August 30 and August 31 (Saturday and Sunday), it was again a holiday on September 1. The offices reopened on September 2. September 3 was also a holiday (Shri Chand’s birthday).

After that offices worked for two days, followed by two weekly offs on September 6 and 7.

Sumeet Kumar, one of the visitors, said: “Frequent holidays also affect the efficiency of employees.”

Ranjeet Singh, a senior citizen, who wanted to collect some documents from the Mini-Secretariat, said: “The state government should start six-day working in govt offices. It will help in catering to heavy rush of visitors. Whenever a long weekend comes, one has to struggle a lot to get his work done as the counters get overcrowded.”



Deploy guards at ATMs from 8 pm to 6 am, banks told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Keeping in view the security of banks and ATMs, Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, has imposed Section 144.

He issued these orders after recently holding a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, and district manager of Lead Bank, Ludhiana.

While issuing instructions to all banks and ATMs, the Commissioner of Police said it was mandatory for the banks to have guards at ATMs between 8pm to 6am.

The banks should also install CCTV cameras at all locations for monitoring activities of potential threat perceptions.

They should also install CCTV cameras in the machine and outside the ATM booth.

If any ATM is found without guard from 8pm to 6am, it will be sealed by police officials.

Banks which are unable to follow these instructions should keep their ATMs closed during these hours.

In case of default, the authorities concerned will be solely responsible for the same.

In case of on-site ATMs attached with branches, no separate guard is required during the day time i.e. 10am to 5am or as per working hours of the bank’s branch.

The banks have been told to take up the matter seriously. The Commissioner of Police said these orders were valid for two months but as per the policy guidelines, orders were permanent in nature and would be seamlessly continued.

The condition of ATMs and CCTV cameras will be checked by police officials also and if the CCTV cameras are found not working properly, action could be initiated.



Scholars evince interest in English literature
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 8
Academicians and scholars have evinced interest in ‘Contemporary English Literature-Ideological Perspectives’, a book edited by Dr NK Neb, Associate Professor, Post-Graduate Department of English, DAV College Jalandhar. The students of literature, too, say that the book offers an insight into the relation between literature and ideology.

Dr Ashoo Toor, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and

Culture, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, one of the contributors, has correlated feministic ideology with art and literature.

Her article, in the book, talks about the implications of the discourse, based on feministic ideology, on different works of art. It shows how different perspectives impact the understanding of literature. It explores the connectedness between literature and women’s existence.

Dr Neb says that literary studies have never remained uninfluenced by extrinsic perspectives. “In the contemporary times, ideological views related to disciplines like anthropology, cultural studies, history, environmental studies etc. have acquired a special significance for literary criticism,” he explains.

The book highlights that literary writings are closely connected to ideological perspectives. “The articles included in this book offer an understanding on different theoretical and ideological perspectives along with their practical application to literary works,” says a retired teacher. He adds: “The book is of interest to scholars interested in understanding and analyzing literature, using various ideological perspectives. You may not agree with all that is written in the book. Yet it is thought-provoking. The articles in the book are stimulating and compel you to think about different ideologies and perspectives.”



Minister halts at town due to illness

Ludhiana, September 8
Surjeet Kumar Jyani, Health and Family Welfare and Labour and Social Security Minister, Punjab, today suffered from fever and bad cold following which he had to halt at the Circuit House here.

Jyani who was on way to Chandigarh from Moga stayed in the town for about two hours. He was attended by Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.

About 10 days ago, Jyani halted at the Circuit House for sometime as he was not keeping well that day also. — TNS



MC official gets show-cause notice
Had taken out pistol during an anti-encroachment drive
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Though in self-protection or in the protection of officials during the day of anti-encroachment drive, which took place on Saturday when protestors started pelting stones at the team, Superintendent Zone D, MC, Jasdev Singh Sekhon took out the pistol, the act has not gone well with MC higher-ups.

Reacting to the act, MC chief Pradeep Aggarwal today issued a show-cause notice to the official asking him to reply within three days why he had taken out the weapon, even in extreme circumstances.

Confirming it, the MC chief said: “Yes I have issued a show-cause notice to Sekhon. The encroachment team was accompanied with a huge police force and there was no need to keep the weapon or show it to protestors. He will give reply within three days,” said Aggarwal.

During all previous major demolition drives, agitators had protested against the move and once or twice, had pelted stones on the team out of rage. This time too, at Pavittar Nagar, stones were pelted at the team when Sekhon showed them the weapon.



Delegation leaves for US bicycle expo
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
A 16-member delegation of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial organisations (FICO), led by joint secretary of the body Jagatveer Singh, left for participating in the international bicycle expo “Interbike 2014” to be held from September 10 to 12, 2014, in Las Vegas (USA).

The delegation was flagged off by city Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and FICO chairman KK Seth.

Manjinder Singh Sachdeva, general secretary, FICO, during their visit to the USA, said the city-based bicycle and parts manufacturers would also get an exposure to new technology and manufacturing practices at several units engaged in manufacture of high-end bicycles and cycle parts. Seth, along with Gohalwaria and SS Reikhi, SIPO, District Industries Centre, released a booklet of Interbike Expo. Among others present were FICO president Gurmeet Singh Kular, Rajiv Jain, Balbir Singh Mankoo, Subash Lakra, Raghvir Singh Sohal, Hardeep Singh Palaha, Inderjeet Singh, Jagdev Singh Kular and Nirmal Singh Panesar.



Two injured in lightning strike
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, September 8
Two persons, including a woman, were injured in a lightning strike at Takhran village near here.

As per information, Mukhtiar Singh was working at his house at about 1pm while his daughter-in-law Amandeep Kaur had gone on the roof of the house for some work when lightning struck.

The woman reportedly became unconscious while his father-in-law also received some burn injuries.

Both of them were rushed to Civil Hospital, Machhiwara, from where Mukhtiar was discharged after administering first aid.

The woman was under treatment as she had suffered burn injuries and also a head injury as she fell on the ground.

However, she was said to be out of danger.



Pashu Palan Mela from Sept 12
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise Pashu Palan Mela on September 12 and 13.

University Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja said diversification was the answer to many agricultural woes and a livestock profession was the best option to shift from traditional agriculture.

Dr Taneja said diversification within livestock professions was also needed. Not only dairy farming but fishery, poultry, pig and goat farming were also fine diversification options. Value addition of products may diversify these professions.

Dr SNS Randhawa, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU, said the university’s best animals would be exhibited at the fair to motivate farmers to breed superior livestock by getting an improved germplasm from the university. Books on dairy farming, piggery, goat farming and package of practices for animal husbandry along with other university literature would also be made available to the visitors to the fair.

The mineral mixture, bypass fat and uromin lick prepared by the university will also be sold at nominal rates.

Livestock farmers will be provided free testing facilities for nitrate/nitrite poisoning of fodder, mastitis, faecal and food samples.

The GADVASU has developed various technologies during the year, especially value addition of milk, meat and fish. These livestock products will be on display in a specially designed and dedicated stall.

Different departments of the College of Veterinary Science, the College of Dairy Science & Technology and the College of Fisheries will arrange exhibitions to display new techniques and practices for the benefit of livestock farmers. Queries by farmers will be addressed at these stalls.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, the Dairy Development and the Department of Fisheries besides cooperative organisations such as Milkfed and Markfed will put up their stalls.

What’s in store for visitors
Dr SNS Randhawa, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU, said the university’s best animals would be exhibited at the fair to motivate farmers to breed superior livestock by getting an improved germplasm from the university.
Books on dairy farming, piggery, goat farming and package of practices for animal husbandry along with other university literature would also be made available to the visitors to the fair.
The mineral mixture, bypass fat and uromin lick prepared by the university will be sold at nominal rates.
Livestock farmers will be provided with free testing facilities for nitrate/nitrite poisoning of fodder, mastitis, faecal and food samples.
The GADVASU has developed various technologies during the year, especially value addition of milk, meat and fish. These livestock products will be on display in a specially designed and dedicated stall.
Queries by farmers will be addressed at stalls.



Library honours meritorious students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 8
Amar Shaheed Memorial Library, Latala, felicitated outstanding school students during a function organised at the village near here.

Harpal Singh, president of the library, presided over the function while Kashmir Singh, a scholar from Shaheed Bhagat Singh School of Social Sciences, Sirsa, was the chief guest.

Baljit Singh, secretary of the management committee, said over 50 students of Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School, Latala, Shaheed Ravinder Singh Government Middle School for Girls, Latala, and Guru Nanak Convent School, Andlu, were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics and sports.



From colleges
Fun activities mark Teacher’s Day

Ludhiana: PATROL (Placement and Training Representatives of LCET), a student group of Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, organised a fun party at the college auditorium on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. The PATROL team took the staff members by surprise, said said Prof Prateek Kalia, founder and mentor of the student group. The event started with lighting of lamp by Dr JS Sohal, Director, LCET. Various fun activities were organised in which staff and faculty members participated. Winners were awarded prizes and gifts. At the end of the function, the teachers were gifted with scrolls. LCET chairman VK Gupta congratulated students for conducting the programme.

Extension lecture on consumer behaviour

PG Department of Commerce and Management, Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana, organised an extension lecture on consumer decision making for its MCom students. The event was held under the leadership of Dr Rajesh Marwaha. Dr Tejinder Sharma, Professor, Department of Commerce, Kurukshetra University, who was the resource person, spoke about various problems faced by consumers and offered practical solutions. He elaborated the consumer behaviour while taking decision. He shared real life case studies to drive home his point. Sunil Aggarwal, president of the college managing committee, and Principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma appreciated the efforts of Dr Marwaha and his team for enlightening students.

Industrial visit

MTSM College for Women, Ludhiana, organised an industrial visit for its MBACIT students to GS Radiators Ltd. In the PG course, theory and practical parts combine to produce a better understanding of the business world. The industrial visit is a great learning experience as students come to know how management functions and they better understand the concepts that they read in books. The visit also helped students in gaining knowledge about how the company worked to achieve a high-quality error-free production. At GS Radiators, BS Birdi of the sales department briefed the students about the profile of the company and its functions. Managing director Ranjodh Singh told the students that his company aimed at making innovations and developing technological solutions so as to achieve error-free production. Parmjeet Singh of production planning and control department took the students around the plant and explained various processes. College Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla said such an industrial visit was very beneficial to students as it enhances their practical knowledge.

International Literacy Day

Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, celebrated International Literacy Day on the college campus. On the occasion, students were sensitised to the importance of the day through speech and poems. Students took pledge to serve the society by educating at least one child to their best possible effort. Principal Dr Naginder Kaur presided over the event.

Chess meet at GGNIMT

The sports committee of the GGNIMT organised a chess tournament. As many as 80 students from different classes participated in the tourney. Pavneet from MCA-V and Harsh Bawa from BCom-I clashed for the title. Harsh Bawa won the meet and will now represent the GGNIMT in PTU chess competitions. Prof Manjeet Singh Chhabra, coordinator, GGNIMT, exhorted students to participate in sport activities as well as sports play an important role in the overall growth of students.

Blood donation camp

Mandi Gobindgarh: NSS Department of Desh Bhagat University, in association with Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad, Mandi Gobingarh, organised a mega blood donation camp. While inaugurating the camp, university Chancellor Dr Zora Singh and Pro-Chancellor Tejinder Kaur said donating blood was a noble cause and students should come forward for the service to humanity. Nearly 160 units of blood were collected at the camp. University Vice-Chancellor Dr Shalini Gupta said students of different faculties, members of the staff and volunteers participated in the camp. She said the university had been organising such camps on regular basis and students used to be enthusiastic to take part in such events. The camp was a part of the nationwide mega blood donation drive organised by Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad. The target of the drive was to set a new world record. A four-member team of the Guinness Book of Records was present on the occasion. The organisers distributed certificates, refreshment and badges to the blood donors. Registrar Dr Varinder Singh and Controller Examinations Dr IS Sethi were also present. Terapanth Sabha president Sunil Khullar and Terapnth Yuvak Sabha president Naresh Mittal appreciated the participants.

Manik Verma of RIMT wins laurels

Manik Verma, a student of BTech Civil Engineering Semester I of RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, bagged a silver medal in All-India Karate Championship held at Batala, Gurdaspur district, and a gold medal in Open State Karate Championship held at Amritsar. RIMT chairman Vijayant Bansal congratulated Manik on bringing laurels to the institute. RIMT campus director Dr Harsh Sadawarti felicitated the student. Dr RS Pathania, Director Sports, RIMT, was present on the occasion. — TNS



from Schools
International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was celebrated on the GMT campus where students played the role of teachers and taught Class IV employees. Showing their gratitude towards their ‘little teachers’, the Class IV employees gifted them pens, pencils, books and notebooks. Principal Amarjit Kaur Dhaliwal motivated students to adopt the philosophy of ‘each one-teach one’. She also appreciated the efforts of the central government in creating awareness about the importance of education.

Sports promotion award for city school

Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, has been conferred with the CBSE Sports Promotion Award for the year 2013-14. The award, given in recognition of the school’s outstanding achievements in the field of sports, was received by Principal Mona Singh and the Head of the Department of Physical Education, Bhupinder Singh. The Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, presented the award during a ceremony organised by the CBSE at New Delhi. The managing committee of the school congratulated the students and teachers for their hard work and dedication, due to which the school received national-level recognition.

Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day was celebrated at BCM School, Dugri. A programme was organised onStudents present a cultural item during the Teachers’ Day celebrations at BCM School, Dugri. the occasion wherein Rakesh Kumar Popli (PCS) arrived as the chief guest. The programme commenced with a welcome speech by school Principal Dr Vandna Shahi. Sufi dance, skit, semi-classical music, mime and comic acts were performed. The programme concluded with an address by the school manager, who said teachers played a significant role in a child’s life.
Students present a cultural item during the Teachers’ Day celebrations at BCM School, Dugri. A Tribune photograph

Special classes for underprivileged

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated the International Literacy Day. The theme of the programme was ‘Literacy and sustainable development’. The students of Classes IX and X delivered speeches on the importance of literacy. Students of Classes XI and XII participated in slogan-writing and poster-making activities. Meanwhile, a programme to teach a group of underprivileged children was started on the school premises on Monday. Students and teachers will teach these children daily. In her message, Principal JK Sidhu said the purpose of celebrating the day was to encourage students towards getting continuous education and at the same time, understanding their responsibilities towards family, country and society at large.

Competitions mark International Literacy Day

Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated the International Literacy Day on the school premises. Students of montessori class celebrated the day by participating in a fancy dress competition wherein students came dressed as stationery items such as book, newspaper and pen. Students of senior classes participated in book reading and public speaking skill activities. On the occasion, students who had scored more than 85 per cent marks in the academic session 2013-14 were honoured with a ‘scholar tie’. Headmistress Ritu Syal congratulated all the winners and wished them bright future. She also exhorted other students to work hard. She said: “Nothing is impossible in life. All (students) have a scholar in them. The only thing is that they need to recognise their potential.”

Teachers honoured

Teacher’s Day was celebrated at GNI Public School, BRS Nagar. Speeches were delivered to pay tribute to Dr S Radhakrishnan. On the occasion, kindergarten students came dressed as teachers. Senior students recited poems and delivered speeches in reverence of their favourite teachers. Various games were played and songs were sung by teachers. The school management honoured the teachers.

Visit to supermarket

Kids Quest Pre-School too its students on an excursion to a super-market. The aim of the visit was to help students recognise fruits and vegetables. Teachers showed them different fruits and vegetables while giving them practical tips on identification of fruits and vegetables. — TNS



ludhiana scan
14 coolers checked

Under the directions of Subash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, and under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, Ludhiana, a team of 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisors checked the coolers of different areas for breeding of Aedes aegypti (larva of dengue). Larva was found in 14 coolers in Dugri and in two coolers in the Model Town Extension area. The information regarding the same has been passed to MC officials.

Political secy to Dy CM appointed

The Punjab Government on Monday appointed Paramjit Singh Sidhwan as political secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister with immediate effect. According to the notification issued by the State General Administration Department, the appointment of Sidhwan, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana, has been made against political post.

The appointment would be co-terminus with the term of the present government. The Deputy Chief Minister and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal has recently appointed Sidhwan as office secretary of the SAD for his contribution to the party. — TNS




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cheque-bounce case
Man gets six-month jail term
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
Judicial Magistrate Sachal Babbar has convicted Ranjit Singh of Khanna in a cheque-bounce case.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court ordered him to undergo a six-month imprisonment. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed upon him.

The orders came on a complaint filed by Jagtar Singh of Khakat village in 2013.

The complainant had submitted before the court that the accused had taken Rs 10 lakh from him for some land deal. When asked to return money, he issued a cheque which was dishonoured on February 9, 2013, with remarks of insufficient funds in the account of the accused.

However, the accused claimed false implication. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found him guilty.



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