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Three booked for rape
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A fortnight after a Dalit woman was abducted and raped near the Sutlej, the police have booked three persons, including a woman. The victim was taken hostage for four days. She was branded as lecherous and deserted by her husband. Without food and money, she took shelter at a gurdwara.

Finally, a social activist, Jagshir Singh of Mullanpur, came to her rescue and presented her before Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Nilamberi Jagdale. She took serious note of the incident and referred the case to the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- I) for investigations.

After recording the statement of both sides, the ADCP- I ordered for registration of a case against three persons. The woman alleged that the lower-rung officials were hand in glove with the accused. She said they wanted her to withdraw the complaint.

A case has been registered against Naresh Kumar of Bharti Colony, his accomplice and Naresh’s aunt Gulabo for abducting and raping the woman.

The victim told the police that the incident took place on the afternoon of August 24 when the accused, Naresh, and his accomplice drugged her and took her to the banks of the Sutlej.

After raping her, Naresh took the woman to his residence, where he kept her for four days. Finally, she was released on August 27. She said Naresh assaulted her and his aunt Gulabo handed over Rs 500 to her for not reporting the matter to the police.

She said she, somehow, reached home, but her husband did not let her enter the house.

She was in a pitiable condition when she had met Jagshir Singh.

“At the Salem Tabri police station, the accused and their supporters accused the victim of taking Rs 22,000 for effecting a compromise. They were levelling baseless allegations. If the victim would have been their sister, would they raise similar accusations?” asked social activist Jagshir Singh.


Man shot dead as scuffle turns ugly
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 9
A 45-year-old man was shot while three others suffered injuries during a scuffle at Sahibana village last night. The deceased was identified as Gurjit Singh Gita. The police said the accused, Gurpreet Singh Gopi (32), was not on talking terms with the deceased.

Last evening, village residents Dilpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh entered into a scuffle. In order to pacify the duo, Gurpreet and Gurjit reached the spot.

The scuffle turned ugly and Gurpreet Singh Gita opened fire at Gurjit, who was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Dilpreet Singh too suffered a bullet injury. Two youths accompanying Gurpreet were attacked with knives. Sahnewal ACP Lakhvir Singh Tiwana said the main accused, Gurpreet Singh Gopi, had a criminal background. “The police are conducting raids and will soon nab the accused,” he added. A case under Sections 302, 307, 148, 149 IPC and 25, 27 of the Arms Act has been registered against Gurpreet Singh Gopi, son of Magghar Singh, Dilpreet Singh, son of Rachpal Singh, Gurdeep Singh, son of Satnam Singh, Hardeep Singh, son of Avtar Singh, Ravinder Singh, son of Billa Singh, and Sunny, son of Mohinder Singh, following the statement of Gurjit’s son.



Girl suffers injuries in hit-and-run
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A girl suffered injuries after a car hit her bicycle at Krishna Mandir Road today. The car was being driven by a woman. The girl was going towards Ishmeet Chowk when the Skoda car hit her bicycle.

The girl lost control and fell on the road. She fell unconscious. Passersby gathered at the spot, but nobody came forward to help her. An elderly person rushed her to hospital. The woman instead of stopping the vehicle tried to speed away. An eyewitness, Gurwinder Singh, who was riding a motorcycle gave the car a chase. Gurwinder said, “How can someone be so insensitive? Such was the impact of the accident that the girl was tossed in the air and fell at a distance. Instead of helping the girl and rushing her to the hospital, the woman tried to escape.”

Gurwinder sought help from a traffic constable and intercepted the woman. They made her realise her mistake. She was taken to the accident spot and then the hospital where the accident victim was admitted. No formal complaint was lodged till the filing of the report.



J&K floods: Train to Katra cancelled
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The Shri Shakti AC Superfast Vaishno Devi Katra Express from New Delhi to Katra and Katra to New Delhi was today cancelled due to heavy floods and breaches on the track between Jammu and Katra.

Railway officials said the train service would remain suspended till September 10.

Officials at the Ludhiana railway station said: “There are 55 pairs of (110 up-down) weekly trains from New Delhi to Jammu and that these will continue to run as per schedule.” The cancellation has played havoc with the travel plans of passengers. As per information, those on a pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi, have returned.

Kewal Krishan, a pilgrim, said, “As the Shri Shakti AC Superfast Vaishno Devi Katra Express has been cancelled, we will go to Vaishno Devi by the Malwa express now.” Dhraminder, hailing form Udhampur, said, “The train service from Jammu to Udhampur has been suspended. Now, I will have to go by road.” Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said, “The cancellation of trains has caused inconvenience to the passengers.”



Letters that can speak right to your heart
Former Army Chief General Ved Prakash Malik shares his Kargil War experience with students
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Former Army Chief General Ved Prakash Malik today shared his war experience with students of Sat Paul Mittal School. Reading out letters to them, General Malik said before the letters could reach their kin, many soldiers had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

While VP Malik was reading out the letters, a majority of the children sitting in the auditorium were in tears.

In one such letter, an officer whose name was not mentioned had written to his father not to worry about casualties in war as it was a professional hazard and being done for a good cause.

He had written a sermon of Bhagavad Gita to comfort his father. On a lighter note, the Army officer had also written that he had a Bengali doctor at their unit and that the food served to them was sumptuous. The officer wrote to his father that he applied a lot of cold cream to protect himself from the icy cold weather. The letter also had a mention of the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s, visit to Kargil. The Army officer also expressed honour on receiving a letter of congratulation written by the then Chief of the Army Staff, General VP Malik.

The letter was written on June 1999. VP Malik said but before the letter could reach the Army officer’s father, the latter had sacrificed his life. When his family received the letter, the officer’s wife gave birth to a boy the next day.

“My heart bled when I saw the soldiers sacrificing their lives. At that troubled phase of life, my wife stood by me like a rock and helped me focus,” said VP Malik, sharing his experience of Operation Vijay at Kargil with the students. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, chairman of the Governing Council, said General VP Malik had set exemplary standards of patriotism and leadership qualities. Lt Col DB Sharma (retd), director, Sat Paul Mittal School, highlighted the glorious career of the officer. Later during the day, General Malik interacted with the students and took up their queries.

Sharing sweetness

General VP Malik showed a letter in which soldiers had thanked an anonymous person for sending sweets at the border. The soldiers said the sweets filled them with encouragement. On a lighter note, they said if the supply would continue, they would not only win Lahore, but also Islamabad.



CM dusts out tales of achievements at Chhapar
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 9
Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal presented a “report card” of the state government’s achievements during the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) conference at the venue for Chhapar Mela today.

The CM highlighted the achievements of the SAD-BJP alliance in the field of education, healthcare and power. “Punjab will soon become number one state in the country,” he declared. He said the state government was laying a special emphasis on the core sectors of health and education, besides skill development to ensure gainful employability of the youth.

Seeking to project a secular face of the SAD, the Akali Dal supremo said 10 Akali Dal MLAs were from the Hindu community. “Communal brotherhood and harmony in Punjab is our biggest achievement.”

The CM claimed that after the winter of 2014, Punjab would have round-the-clock power supply. “Punjab will not have power cuts even for a minute,” he said. Badal attributed MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections (Ayali had contested as the Akali Dal candidate from the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency) to “misleading tactics” adopted by some political parties. In a veiled reference to the Aam Aadmi Party, the CM said it was a “whirlwind” that had lost its force in the state now. The people of Punjab have realised that they made a mistake (by electing the representatives of this party).

Badal said: “Ayali could not be an MP. We have to accept the people’s verdict humbly.” Exhorting the Akali Dal workers to work hard for the party, he said: “If the public verdict is not in the party’s favour (je lokaan da faisla dhilla hai), the (Akali Dal) party workers should not feel demoralised.” Earlier, speaking during the conference, Ayali urged the party workers to communicate to the public the achievements of the state government. “We failed in communicating our achievements to the public. We’re trying to work on our shortcomings,” he said.

“The Akali workers should rise above petty differences so that the party wins hands-down in 2017 Assembly election,” said Ayali.


  • The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee working member and senior Congress leader, Amarjit Singh Tikka, alleged that passes for the mela were denied to them. “MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had to intervene to resolve the issue,” he said.
  • Visitors were heard saying that Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh’s absence had made the Congress conference a lacklustre affair. “Capt Amarinder Singh is known for making statements that are forceful and hard to ignore,” said an octogenarian.
  • Akali Dal leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia’s speech was peppered with mythology. Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also found a mention in his speech.
  • Water was a ‘precious commodity’ in the mela. “Hot, humid weather and the heat of political speeches have parched our throats,” said a senior citizen.



Political conferences at mela Chhapar
SAD, Cong serve their interests by turns: AAP
Left parties, AAP and SAD (A) call upon social, religious bodies to launch drive to ‘save’ people of the state
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
Accusing successive governments, led by the SAD and the Congress, of ignoring interests of the common man, leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the SAD (A) and the Left parties called upon activists and office-bearers of various social and religious organisations to launch a coordinated movement to save the state.

Addressing their separate conferences at Mela Chhapar, state-level leaders of these parties alleged that leaders of the SAD, the BJP and the Congress had been befooling people by making false promises during elections.

Leftist leaders, including CPM state secretary Charan Singh Birdi and CPI national executive committee member Dr Joginder Dyal, alleged that the SAD and the BJP had caused irreparable damage to the peace-loving state of Punjab by trying to divide them on communal basis.

AAP leaders, including state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and MPs HS Phulka and Harwinder Singh Khalsa, alleged that leaders of the Congress, the BJP and the SAD lacked statesman spirit. They alleged that the parties have been ruining the state on alternate terms and serving their political and personal interests.

SAD (A) conference was addressed by former MP Simranjit Singh Maan and Dhyan Singh Mand among others. Local issues were raised during the conference. Maan and Mand demanded compensation for farmers of the state against losses due to rain.



Speculations rife about rift in AAP
MPs Mann, Gandhi give party’s political conference a miss
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Chhapar, September 9
Absence of MPs Bhagwant Mann and Dr Dharamvir Gandhi from the political conference of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Chhapar today triggered speculations about a rift in the party.

The parliamentarians’ absence was being linked with the earlier reports about “unhappiness” of some party members over the appointment of Sucha Singh Chhottepur as the state convener of the party. Former Akali Dal leader Chhottepur remained a minister in the Barnala government in 1980s.

AAP leader HS Phoolka, when contacted, denied that there was any rift in the party. “Bhagwant Mann is in Mumbai for some party meeting. His representative, the party convener from Sangrur, attended the conference today and also read out Mann’s message. Dr Dharamvir Gandhi had some prior engagements due to which he was unable to attend the Chhapar conference,” said Phoolka. He added that it was not necessary for the party leaders to attend each and every political conference.

Phoolka said Mann had attended the party meeting and the press conference hosted by the party in Jalandhar, after Chhottepur’s appointment as the state convener, which showed that Mann had no problem with the appointment. Phoolka added: “It is not right to link the MPs’ decision to skip the conference today with Chhottepur’s appointment.”



Sea of humanity turns up at Guga Mari Mandir
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
Thousands of devotees thronged Guga Mari Mandir at Chhapar village near here to worship snake, the embodiment of “nag devta”, on the third day of the Mela Chhapar today.

Since political conferences were being organised at the fair today, a large number of men and women descended on the village. The police faced difficulty in controlling the unexpectedly large gathering around noon.

Being one of the largest fairs of the North India, Mela Chhapar started attracting a large number of devotees since early morning. Till noon, a huge number of people, including activists of various political parties, gathered around the venue.

Organisers of joy rides, “maut ka kuan”, magic shows and mini circuses did brisk business. The police had to make special arrangements near food stalls and ticket windows for the fun rides.

Special teams kept a check on the sale and use of liquor. Policemen in plainclothes, including women, were deployed at sensitive points.

Despite claims by the Administration to have issued only minimum number of passes, a large number of four-wheelers entering and leaving the venue compounded the woes of the public and the police.

The health authorities were unable to check unhealthy practices at the mela. Eatables being prepared and presented in unhygienic conditions and tattooing and dental care by unauthorised practitioners continued unabated at the biggest rural fair of the state.



Issru incident keeps organisers of political conferences on toes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
Apprehension of interruption in political conferences by activists of protesting organisations or some ‘disappointed’ youth kept the Administration and the organisers on toes during the third day of the Mela Chhapar today. The organisers of the conferences of Congress, AAP and Left parties were equally apprehensive of some disturbance as were the SAD conference conveners.

While the party in regime apprehended repetition of the “Issru incident” or disruption of their event by activists of protesting members of trade unions or unemployed youths, opposition parties suspected rivals of engineering some mischief.

Besides keeping a watch to prevent assembly of protesting activists of any organisation in the proximity of the venue of the SAD conference, which was to be addressed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Administration had made extra security arrangements near the pandal. No vendor or organisation was allowed to install a camp near the boundary of the pandal.

Perhaps for the first time, the organisers had constituted teams of volunteers, who were deployed in and around the pandal. It was observed that some volunteers and cops in plain clothes were made to occupy seats in each row so that any ‘intruder’ might be noticed well in time.

Similar teams of volunteers were deployed at conferences of other parties too. The Administration ensured security of the leaders of opposition parties as well. Adequate police personnel was deployed at all the conferences.

Sniffer dogs from Hoshiarpur and Sidhwan Bet police station were pressed into service. The police ruled out possibility of implantation of any ballistic devices.



Folk artistes perform at cremation ground for want of space
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
Having failed to get a specific place, folk singers were forced to perform at a cremation ground on the outskirts of the village during Mela Chhapar. Ongoing disinterest towards folk artistes has been noticed in the recent years as political and commercial dominance eclipsed the cultural heritage of the event.

The number of traditional folk singers, who once used to enthral visitors at Mela Chhappar, has dropped significantly over the last decade.

The fair is considered to be one of the most important socio-cultural festivals of Punjab. However, its commercialisation and politicisation resulted in a situation wherein almost all the space near the shrine is rented out. Due to this, artistes fail to find suitable space to organise their ‘akharas’ with land owners, including individuals and the panchayat, preferring to rent it out to the highest bidders.

Des Raj and Shingara, artistes from the Lachkani village in Sangrur district lamented that their contemporaries had stopped performing at the fair due to disinterest on the part of visitors and the callous attitude of the authorities. “One cannot think of travelling hundreds of miles to come here and perform when there are no listeners,” said Des Raj and Shingara, adding that it was for the first time that they came alone to the fair and would return after paying obeisance at the shrine.

“Unfortunately, the Administration has failed to safeguard the interests of art enthusiasts as well as the artistes. We remember how folk artistes used to perform for days and nights together as enthusiasts kept encouraging them,” recollected Parshotam Lal Sharda and Sukhdev Raj Sharma.

A few years ago, art lovers and enthusiasts had urged the higher authorities, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the then minister for tourism and cultural affairs, to earmark a particular space for folk artistes. Their pleas, however, went unheard.



Vidhan Sabha panel on local bodies visits city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A Vidhan Sabha committee on local bodies, comprising MLAs from various political parties, took stock of the pending development works here and officials of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) were made to come on record with the reasons why projects were still pending.

The 12-member committee visited various project sites in the city and had detailed interaction with MC officials.

It is after a gap of about two years that the panel has visited the city. The pending projects in the city, which could not be completed because of paucity of funds, were discussed during the committee’s previous visit also.

It may be mentioned that in the last two years, no new project could be initiated by the financially-starved MC.

The committee members have decided to review the projects every fortnight. The projects, including incomplete Lakkar Bridge, indoor stadium and increasing the capacity of the sewerage treatment plant in Jamalpur were discussed in detail.

The members also sought reply from the MC authorities regarding hefty estimate of over Rs 1.12 crore for putting sand in a park in the Giaspura area.

Though the media was not allowed during the meeting proceedings, sources said MC officials were grilled.

“They kept on pinpointing the pending projects. They are not aware of the ground reality here. We don’t even have funds to pay salaries of staff. How can these projects be completed in absence of funds?” asked a higher official, wishing not to be quoted.

Meanwhile, tempers ran high when while discussing the reasons for pollution in the city, MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal pointed out that direct disposal by dairy owners was one of the major causes of pollution. To this, local Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu reportedly asked why dairy owners were specifically being targeted by the Commissioner. The Congress MLA also runs dairies in the city. The Commissioner replied that he spoke the reality.

MC officials ‘grilled’

  • The 12-member Vidhan Sabha committee on local bodies visits the city. They visited many sites to review works.
  • The members told the media that they will submit their report in the Vidhan Sabha only.
  • MC officials asked to give reasons for incomplete projects.



Simplify tax structure: Traders to govt
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 9
The members of Trade and Industry made a fervent plea to the Punjab government for simplifying the tax structure so as to facilitate economic growth in the state. During a meeting of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), Ashok Juneja, vice-president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) said the tax burden on trade and industry should be brought down to such a level that it does not impede the normal business activity.

Juneja, who is also the convener of the Tax Committee of the CICU, said at the time of introduction of value added tax (VAT) in April 2005, the state government had promised that VAT would be implemented on the pattern of developed countries and that multiple taxation would be scrapped to provide relief to the taxpayers.

Echoing similar views, the UCPMA president, Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, and general secretary Rajeev Jain said even after nine years of the VAT regime, multiple taxations was still in place and the members of Trade and Industry had to face cumbersome tax procedures. “No efforts worth the name have been made to simplify the tax structure or withdraw various other taxes,” they added.

Other speakers, including Ashok Bhatia, chartered accountant, Balwinder Jang, taxation advisor, came down heavily upon the state government for causing harassment and delay in the VAT refunds to the assesses. They said the revenue collection from VAT which was Rs 7,577 crore in the financial year 2009-10 had shot up to Rs 16,750 crore in the last financial year, but still the tax payers were made to wait for VAT refunds.

The representatives of industry maintained that delay in VAT refund was one of the major factors for liquidity crisis being faced by the business community.

“We are denied timely tax refund. We have to borrow funds from bank on high interest rates,” the speakers said.

The issue of detention of goods and vehicles at information collection centres at inter-state borders for minor technical errors or on the ground of alleged undervaluation was also discussed in detail during the meeting.



Waterlogging after heavy rain affects Khanna
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 9
City witnessed problem of waterlogging due to heavy rain in the area. Samrala Chowk, SDM office and some other areas were the most affected. The commuters had to face difficulty due to standing rainwater in front of the SDM office and Court Complex, Khanna.

Khanna Bar Council president Munish Khanna said due to poor arrangements of the Municipal Council, the commuters and litigants had to face difficulties.

“Proper steps should be taken to remove rainwater soon after a downpour,” said Khanna.

He said they have brought this matter to the notice of the SDM, Khanna, and will take up the matter with other authorities as well.



Weather to remain cloudy

Ludhiana, September 9
The weather is expected to remain partly cloudy with possibility of thundershowers at isolated places over Ludhiana and its adjoining areas during 24 hours. The weather remained partly cloudy along with lot of humidity today.

LK Dhaliwal, director of the School of Climate Change and Agriculture Meterology, PAU, said, “Today, the minimum temperature remained 23.4 degrees Celsius while maximum remained 32 degree Celsius. Due to rainfall in the first week of September the maximum temperature remained below normal on September 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. The minimum temperature remained slightly below normal on September 3 and 4.” She said the weather will remain cloudy with partial rainfall till September 11. Over 9 mm rainfall has been recorded by the PAU. — TNS



Porn sites rob kids of normal childhood, says expert
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The Centre has expressed its inability to the Supreme Court to block pornographic websites, citing that there are more than 4 crore such websites. Experts in the city say that youngsters need to be counselled about the dangers of watching such obscene content.

Pornography has been cited as one of the major reasons leading to sexual crimes. And when it comes to youngsters, it has even more serious ramifications.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychologist said, “Watching pornographic content stunts the psychological and healthy growth of children. It arouses sexual feelings before their bodies are ready for them.”

Moreover, such websites display abnormal sexual behaviour that is magnified and dramatised and thereby, youngsters get a much distorted version of sexuality. As youngsters start watching or talking about such content, they can also be taken advantage of by anti-social elements or older adolescents, added the psychologist.

Coupled with overall media and social exposure, it causes early puberty which robs them of normal childhood or adolescence.

Parent-child communication is very important in averting children from watching such content, she says. Parents should make sure that children tell them about everything, and assure children that they are there for them, come what may.

Such communication must be sustained in adolescence as well. Parents should tell children about sexuality in clinical or scientific manner and counsel them that they must postpone their sexual impulses to later period in life. They must also tell them to share whatever their friends tell them. Parents must tell children that obscene content available online is bad for them and their growth, she added.

Teachers must also tell children about growth and physical development, reproduction in a clinical manner and tell how seeing pornography online can damage their physical and psychological growth as well as affect their career and life. As a nation, social awareness must be raised that pornography causes psychological damage. Youngsters need to be told how it affects and scars childhood and later adulthood as well, says Dr Kala.



PAU Kisan Mela from Sept 12
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Punjab Agriculture University is going to organise its 49th on-campus Kisan Mela from September 12 to 13. The authorities have been gearing up for the event. The PAU considers the kisan melas as a success story of the agrarian society of Punjab. In the past 52 years, the university had used the traditional media and folklore to make farmers aware of these fairs.

Initially, in the sixties, such fairs were started with the theme of ‘Grow more’ to meet the food requirement of the country. Now, the university focuses on the challenges of sustainable agriculture in the state.

Experts make farmers aware of the conservation of natural recourses and environment. Last year, the PAU organised the fair with the theme of ill-effects of paddy straw burning.

Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Additional Director, Research, said: “The number of people visiting the fairs are increasing every year. Earlier, farmers used to take lessons from scientists. Now, we learn from their feedback. The hardworking farmers of Punjab have changed the destiny of the country. We focus on different aspects of agriculture every year.”

The PAU has started putting up stalls to display new varieties, production and protection techniques, farm technology and equipment.

Revise rates of eatables, say vendors

Kisan Mela witnesses a huge number of eateries and vends to facilitate visitors. It is a long-pending demand of vendors on the PAU campus to revise the rates of eatables so that they can earn more by providing quality products to visitors.

Earlier BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, asked officials to revise the rate list but it had not been implemented till date.

“Farmers are the guest at the university. We want to give them special treatment. The PAU has been following the same rates of eatables that were fixed some years ago. Due to inflation, we are unable to provide quality food on low prices. We do not want to compromise with the quality of food to annoy the guests. Hence, the PAU authorities should increase the prices of eatables before the fair,” said a vendor.



Youth festival: PU to give weightage to participants
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
To motivate students towards art and cultural activities, Panjab University (PU) will give weightage to those students who will participate in the upcoming youth festival. The weightage would be up to 3 per cent as per their performance in various levels of the festival.

As per information, the PU Senate gave a green signal to the decision in the last meeting and it would be implemented from September 23, when the festival begins.

It was a long-pending demand of the students, who used to participate in the youth festival.

Students said they spend their precious time to prepare for the festival and they bring laurel for their colleges as well as the university but the university authorities did not reward them for the same.

The Panjab University authorities said the university would make a table for the gradation of marks.

The students who will participate in the zonal level, inter-zonal level, university and inter-university level competitions will be awarded with marks as per their performance in the respective levels.

Dr Nirmal Singh Johra, Director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University, said: “While addressing the long- pending demand of students, the university has decided to give weightage to the participants as per their performance in the festival. The move will motivate them to perform their best.”

Hardeep Kaur, a student said: “We welcome the decision taken by the Panjab University authorities. Now, the students will take part in the competition like they work hard for academic competitions.”



School delegation meets CM

Ludhiana, September 9
A delegation of the Association of PSEB-affiliated Schools, Punjab, met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal under the leadership of Rajinder Sharma along with other members of the association. The delegation gave a memorandum to the Chief Minister regarding various problems faced by the affiliated schools of the state.

Rajinder Sharma, president of the association, and others requested the Chief Minister that the examination centre for Punjab Open School students should be created at the centre in which they take admission. The centres for the Punjab Open School students should not be shifted to other schools.

He said those students who get admission to Punjab Open School belong to poor families. If their centres are created at a distance of 14-15 km from their admission centres, it will be a financial burden on them.

Sharma added that it was the aim of the government to provide free and quality education to the poor. By shifting of these centres, it was creating hurdles for them. — TNS



Class VIII student wins reading contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Komal, a student of Government High School, Sherpur Kalan, brought laurels to the school. She bagged the first position in state-level English reading competition. The contest was conducted by the English Learners World website. Komal, a student of Class VIII, has sent a voice recording to the website in which she read a lesson from her textbook of English.

The website is being run by District Recourse Person (DRP) Amandeep Singh. Komal has awarded with a medal and a certificate.

Amandeep Singh said a large number of students sent their voice but Komal won the contest.

Rajinder Kaur, school in charge, and Manjot Kaur, subject in charge, appreciated Komal for her achievement.



Training course begins at vet varsity

Ludhiana, September 9
A 21-day national-level advanced training course on ‘Current Trends in Veterinary Surgery and Imaging Techniques’ began here today. It was organised by the department of veterinary surgery and radiology of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University organised under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT), ICAR.

SNS Randhawa, Director, Research, and Dean, PGS, GADVASU, who is also the co-ordinator of the CAFT programme, inaugurated the training.

Dr NS Saini, Director, CAFT, who is also the professor-cum-head of the department, said 25 scientists from 13 states of the country were participating in the training course. During the 21-day event, a hands- on training would be provided to the participants on the latest developments in anaesthesia, surgery and diagnostic imaging in veterinary practice.

He said the department of surgery and radiology was running one project on ophthalmic diseases, one UGC project on ultrasonography and three projects on equine colic, large animal orthopaedics and bovine anaesthesia. — TNS



40-yr-old diagnosed with dengue, count rises to 16
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A 40-year-old man has been found suffering from dengue here today. The patient, a resident of the Bharat Nagar Chowk area, is undergoing treatment at the DMCH here. With the new case, the total number of patients diagnosed with dengue at city hospitals has risen to 16.

Of these, 10 patients are from Ludhiana while six are from other districts, including one each from Amritsar, Bathinda, SBS Nagar and Patiala districts and two from Jalandhar.

Meanwhile, under the supervision of district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team of 20 mosquito breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multi-purpose health supervisor checked coolers in different areas as a measure against breeding of Aedes Aegypti (dengue larva).

The team found dengue larvae in three coolers at Pritam Nagar, eight at Nirmal Nagar, two at Preet Nagar, five at New Shimla Colony and seven at Model Town Extension.

The Health Department has informed about it to the Municipal Corporation for challaning the owners.



sale of tobacco products
NGO appeals to PM to take action against shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Raksha Jyoti Foundationa, a non-government organisation, today conducted a sting operation on liquor, beedi and cigarette shops at Malhar Road, Civil Lines, and at Pakhowal Road. The NGO sent a few schoolchildren as customers to buy all these products.

The shopkeepers sold the items demanded to these schoolchildren despite of the fact that they were in their school uniforms. A shop at Malhar Road even provided flavoured hukka to these children, despite a ban. Ashwani, national president of the NGO, said some people have been selling the items to the schoolchildren despite a ban. He claimed that a few days ago, he had written to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to take strict action against such shopkeepers. He also appealed to the DC of Ludhiana and the Commissioner of Police to take strict action against these shopkeepers.



Health camp at govt school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Lions Club Ludhiana, under the leadership of president Pawan Goel, organised a free medical check-up camp for students of Government Primary School, Haibowal Kalan.

Team of eminent doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), along with a team of senior technicians checked students for general health, eye and dental problems. Free-of-cost medicines were given to students who were diagnosed with diseases.



Teachers’ training workshop

A teachers’ training workshop was organised at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, on September 9 under the aegis of the Ratna Sagar Publications. Around 120 teachers attended the event.

The aspect that was talked at length was ‘Life Skills’ by resource person Rishabh Khanna, certified neuro linguistics programming practitioner and transactional analyst. He has trained over 50,000 persons during over 200 training sessions. The purpose of the workshop was to make the teachers aware of different areas under which life skills are judged. These aspects were discussed with the help of various activities in a fun-filled manner. Principal of the school Gurmant Kaur Gill thanked the resource person. She said such workshops help the teachers in their professional growth.

Recitation competition

An English recitation competition was organised by the Kindergarten section of Guru Nanak Public School. Students of LKG actively participated in the competition and showcased their talent. Students recited poems keeping in mind the rhythm, diction and gesture. They were judged on the basis of presentation skills, content and expression.

School wins WWF quiz

WWF India organised the 7th Edition of Wild Wisdom Quiz under the theme ‘Forest Bio-Diversity’. The initiative is taken by the WWF India in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change and the CBSE, which recognises the quiz as a continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) activity. The first round was conducted at the school level where 250 students participated. Pahul and Parnav secured the highest marks at the middle-level competition and Hemank and Surkhab were the winners at the junior level. These students participated in the city-level competition held on September 3, 2014, at Millennium School, Mohali. Again, Pahul and Pranav bagged the first position in the middle-level contest and have been selected to participate at the national level to be held in New Delhi on October 1, 2014. Principal of the school JK Sidhu congratulated the winners.

Grandparents Day celebrated

Babies Paradise Playway School celebrated Grandparents Day. Director Shallu Sachdeva honoured grandparents on the occasion. Little kids presented solo and group performances on rhymes, songs and dances. They gave token of love in the form of hand made cards to their grandparents. At the end, a refreshment was provided to the grandparents. — TNS



Books released

The Punjab Technical University (PTU), along with Vijnana Bharati and Panchnad Shodh Sansthan, organised books release ceremony at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College on Tuesday. Bharat di gauravmay vigyanak prampra by Suresh Soni, Nawa vigyan-Sade hisse da aakash by Dr Kuldeep S Dhir, Rashtri sikhya de punar jagran di drishti were released on Tuesday.

The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, chairperson, Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The keynote address was delivered by prof Aniruddha Deshpande, organiser, National Committee of Vice-Chancellors. “Various functions were organised on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. His character has always been an inspirational for all. The events were held for the key motive to promote his teachings and principles. The prime motives of education quoted by Swami Vivekananda are not being followed today. Academicians from higher educational institutions must come forward and take fruitful measures in order to retain the quality of education,” said Deshpande. The motive of the event was to promote the education of science and technology in mother tongue which is yet another key initiative by Punjab Technical University. Dr Tejinder Dhaliwal, chairperson, PSEB, and Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, also spoke on the occasion. The event was presided over by Dr Daljit Singh, principal, Dayanand Medical College, Dr MS Saini, director, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Dr Bhim Sen from Panchnad Shodh Sansthan, Dr Adarsh Pal Vig from Vigyan Bharati and Dr Om Parkash Pandey, former scientific advisor to Government of India, Dr Suresh Tandon, former vice-chairman, PSEB and Kuldeep Agnihotri, vice-chairman were also present.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt programme was organised at the GMT College of Education, under the guidance of principal Dr Shikha Soni. Students participated in art and craft, literary items, fine arts and creative writing. In phulkari, Surbhi secured first position. Reena stood first in crochet work and Sunita in knitting. In mehandi designing, Ramandeep Kaur stood first. Priya bagged first position in poem recitation and Seenam in elocution. In debate, Japna and Seenam got first and second position, respectively. In creative writing, Kiranjot, Harsimran and Anjali bagged first in essay writing, short story writing and poem writing respectively. Kirandeep, Daljeet, Neha, Ramandeep, Priya and Sanjiv Kumar stood first fine arts items. Principal Dr. Shikha Soni congratulated the participants and the winners. She emphasized and motivated the students to take part in extra-curricular activities for overall development.

Interactive workshop

The Indian Society for Technical Education, student’s chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised a three-day workshop on ‘Right habits for bright career’. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director of the institute, while welcoming the resource person, emphasised on the habits of individuals that result in character. Asit Ghosh, founder and chief manager of the Asit Ghosh Institute of Leadership and Excellence, along with two training specialists Prerna Soni and Atifa Deshamukhya were the resource persons for the workshop. Asit Ghosh is an internationally renowned motivator, speaker and trainer. The workshop will continue up to Saturday and all the participants will be given certificates. — TNS



New showroom inaugurated

The Estate officer of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, Rakesh Kumar Popli, inaugurated a new showroom of Seven Seas Paradise, a firm engaged in manufacturing wedding boxes, on Tuesday.

Popli said variety of wedding boxes, invitation cards and allied items will fulfill the needs of the city esidents. Harmanjit Singh, owner of the showroom, assured that the firm would make all efforts to provide true value for money.

Programme on product costing

The Punjab chapter of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), in association with the Ludhiana Hand Tools Mfrs Association (LHTA), organised a programme on product costing titled “Understanding and growing with profits.” Addressing the participants, regional chairman (North) of the FIEO and president of the LHTA SC Ralhan said product costing or setting products at an optimum price was a very crucial subject and needed to be observed thoroughly from all aspects both in merchant and manufacturing export business. He said the businessman or exporter should be able to determine the exact cost of a product so as to be able to reach at a suitable sale price. Dr Sandeep Kapur, professor and director, School of Business Studies, PAU, who was the guest faculty, apprised the exporters and other businessmen from trade and industry of how to make maximum benefits without increasing the existing capacity and resources but just by following certain standard mathematical rules. He elaborated on certain formulas to calculate product costing such as activity-based costing (ABC), weekend parking of funds, which are useful in any business.

Product launched

SAMI Direct, one of India’s leading health science companies, has introduced a new product-Calci D, a unique combination of clinically proven ingredients to support bone health. Chairman of the company Dr Muhammed Majeed said key issues which lead to poor health of bone include poor physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, genetic and hormonal factor. He said calcium is a vital mineral which helps in building new bone. It is dependent on dietary intake. The function of dietary calcium was largely defined in terms of bone mineralisation and the resultant density and strength of the skeleton. “Clinical studies have verified that daily intake of health supplements, such as those rich in calcium citrate malate and other suitable ingredients have proven to maintain good bone health. Daily intake of Calci D Max, a combination of calcium citrate malate, vitamin D3, zinc monomethionine and bioperine provides adequate bone mineral density and further reduces the risk of bone fractures.”

Engineering Expo Ludhiana, PUMTOS to host event

Engineering Expo Ludhiana and PUMTOS is hosting an industry gathering. The theme of the curtain raiser event is ‘Lead from the Front’. The event will host top officials from the Government of Punjab, including principal secretary (Investment promotion), Government of Punjab, Karan Avtar Singh, leading trade associations, aiding agencies, path breaking SMEs from the region, influencers and thought leaders from different spectrums and streams sharing their policies and philosophies about limitless growth. Ludhiana, a key province for manufacturing sectors, is preparing to gear up for another biggest exposition in manufacturing and engineering from December 12 to 15 at GLADA Grounds on Chandigarh Road. — TNS



State-level workshop

The state-level of Punjab Field and Workshop Workers’ Union will be held with Chief Secretary, Punjab, on September 11. Higher officials from various departments will take part in the workshop. In yet another meeting of the union, it was decided to impress upon the government to regularise their daily wager employees and benefits that should be given to them.

The members of the union said for the last six months, employees in the Sewerage Board Department have not been given salaries. The salaries may be immediately released.

500 take part in workshop

A workshop ‘Look and Learn’ for salon professionals was organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Tuesday. Abhay Girdhar from Piazza who organised the workshop said various haircuts and styles were demonstrated in the workshop. More than 500 participants learnt about hair colour and permanent hair straightening. They were also told about salon hygiene. Nitin Manchanda, technical head, Indola, was also present during the workshop.

Man on a mission

Bathinda resident Rajinder Gupta has set out on yet another pilgrimage on bicycle. He visited the city on way to Vaishno Devi shrine. He claims to have traversed more than 4.5 lakh kms on bicycle and wants to set a record of 5 lakh kms.

The 54-year-old bachelor has been bicycling to shrines across India for the past 26 years.

Dist chiefs felicitated

Mahinder Lal Laka, chairman, Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal (Bajigar Cell), honoured Harbhajan Singh Tang and Madan Lal Bagga, both district presidents of Shiromani Akali Dal. Arora Mahasabha also felicitated the district presidents. — TNS



Civic body seeks High Court advice on encroachments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
During the hearing of the Civil Writ Petition 4886 of 2003 at Punjab and Haryana High Court today, the Commissioner of local Municipal Corporation submitted an affidavit seeking court’s guidance on the issue of encroachments in Chaura Bazaar and Karimpura Bazaar here.

The encroachments in the two markets were to be removed. However, shopkeepers were ready to pay the rent pending for over three decades.

The Commissioner asked the court that since a meeting of shopkeepers was held with the higher-ups way back in 1972 and the copies of proceedings were reproduced, whether their extended sheds be considered as encroachments and removed or they may be asked to pay the pending rent (since 1972). The affidavit was submitted in the court today as the MC failed to remove the remaining encroachments in the two markets.

An RTI Activist, Rohit Sabharwal, who had filed the CWP, also filed an affidavit in the court today following MC’s response towards removing encroachments.

Sabharwal said now the MC has sought permission to “regularise” 361 encroachments. If this was the case, then the civic body should not have filed the status report in the High Court wherein it was mentioned that the extended portions of shops should be removed.

Sabharwal alleged that in violation of the court’s directions, daily dairy report on encroachments was not being maintained by the MC. He submitted in the court that the MC was playing in the hands of politicians, who, for their vested interests, did not want compliance of the court’s orders.

The next date of hearing in the case is scheduled for September 30.



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