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2 youths drowned in Sutlej
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, September 26
A pal of gloom descended on the sleepy village of Hedon Bet when its resident came to know that two youngsters of the village had drowned in the Sutlej. The deceased have been identified as Gurpreet Singh (17) and Baljinder Singh (19).

According to information, both youngsters left their houses on a motorcycle last evening after telling their families that they were going to meet one of their friends. But, instead of going to his friend’s house, they reached the banks of the Sutlej, about 3 km from their village.

They plunged into the river to take a bath. While bathing, they inadvertantly went into deep water. An eyewitness, an old man of a nearby village, said he saw one of the youths drowning and his friend trying to save him. But, both were swept away by the strong current. The old man raised the alarm and certain persons gathered there. However, they failed to save the youngsters.

Later, villagers found the body of one of them at a distance. The body of the other youngsters was fished out this morning.

The police got a post-mortem examination of the bodies conducted and handed them to their families. Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at their cremation.

Certain villagers said Gurpreet Singh was a student of plus one of Government Senior Secondary School, Hambowal Bet, while his friend had passed class X last year. He helped his father in construction work. Both belonged to poor families.

Meanwhile, Surinder Singh, former sarpanch of the village, and other villagers demanded compensation for the grief-stricken families.

Fatal bath

They plunged into the river to take a bath. While bathing, they inadvertantly went into deep water. An eyewitness, an old man of a nearby village, said he saw one of the youths drowning and his friend trying to save him. But, both were swept away by the strong current.


Fed up with civic body apathy, gurdwara takes up road repair
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 26
That the sanitation level in the industrial city or most parts of it leaves much to be desired is well known. It is also a fact that if some road or street is dug up to lay water pipes or sewers, the site is not properly repaired to restore it to its original condition.

While the Municipal Corporation treats the city population indifferently in delivery of civic amenities, it does not make any exception to public places, or specifically places of worship, where people throng in large numbers every day.

The gurdwara in E block of the posh Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar locality is a classic example of neglect on the part of the civic body as a stretch of the road in front of the religious place was dug up to lay sewers more than an year ago. Since the dug up road, which is also used by devotees to reach the gurdwara, was not repaired after laying the sewers, it has now become a garbage dump.

In a complaint lodged with the MC Commissioner, the president of the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Gulbahar Singh, said the stretch of the road along Defence Colony was not restored to its original condition after digging. Rainwater accumulates in the area, which emanates foul smell and is a health hazard. Not only this, the part of the road, which has been reduced to a dirt track and is riddled with pot holes, has become a nightmare for motorists and the local residents, the complaint said.

Mewa Singh Gujjarwal, a functionary of the Shiromani Dalit Dal and member of the executive committee of the gurdwara, said the pathetic condition of the road in front of the gurdwara had been repeatedly brought to the notice of the civic authorities, but in vain. It is not only the insanitary conditions around the gurdwara that are irksome to the local residents, other amenities like streetlights are also virtually non-existent, he said.

Gujjarwal said with the MC not taking notice of our representations, the gurdwara management, at its own level, has now taken up the task of levelling the dirt track along the gurdwara and erecting streetlights poles. “We believe God helps those who help themselves,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, the MC officials concerned passed the buck when asked about the complaint lodged by the gurdwara management. While one official said the part of the road had to be repaired by the contractor, who had laid sewers, another said the complaint might have been marked to the buildings and roads (B and R) branch for necessary follow-up action.



Eat wisely during Navratra fasting
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Navratras is the time to fast but sometimes, instead of fasting, people tend to eat more and end up adding a few kilos. Fast does not mean you have to eat fried stuff. All you need is to be extra cautious while selecting your food during Navratra fasting. Simple alterations in your eating habits will help you weigh lighter on the scale on the ninth day of fasting. This is probably on your mind before you pledge to go fasting.

Amid the entire hullabaloo of eating less during Navratras, people often go overboard and stuff their lunchboxes with all the wrong stuff. The best way to maintain/lose weight during fasting is to make sensible choices and eat starch moderately.

City-based dietician Pooja Dhingra said: “Navratra food is generally starchy and needs a lot of oil to be cooked. So, the solution lies in changing the way you cook. For instance, potato can be taken as a mash rather than in a fried form.”

“One should have light and juicy fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, watermelon, etc, to keep hydrated rather than being on an empty stomach,” she adds.

Monika, a homemaker, said during the last Navratras, she ended up gaining 2 kg. “It was all due to the fried stuff and crisps I ate during the fast. But this time, I am determined to lose a couple of kilos by choosing my food wisely,” she said.

Some fasting tips

  • Substitute fried potatoes and chips with grilled potato cutlets, potato mash and “aloo chaat”. Add veggies such as cucumber, tomato, mint and coriander to add taste and volume
  • “Kutu” or “singhara” is the most favoured food of the season. Rather than having it in the form of oil-dripping “puris”, make vegetable chillas (pancakes). This will require far lesser amount of oil to cook it
  • Soups of vegetables allowed during the Navratra fast can be taken as a small mid-day meal
  • The special rice cooked in “desi ghee” is a big source of calories. Instead, try eating them cold with curd
  • Avoid sweets
  • Sweet potato can be roasted and eaten as “chaat”
  • Paneer is another healthier option if taken grilled



Youth fest: Ramgarhia college lifts trophy
Tribune News Service

A student takes part in an event during the concluding day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana
A student takes part in an event during the concluding day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 26
Ramgarhia Girls College won the overall trophy and the Government College for Girls were adjudged runners-up in the Panjab University Zonal-Level Youth and Heritage Festival at the Government College for Girls here today. On the final day, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, Surjit Singh Rakhra, was invited as the chief guest. On the occasion, Rakhra said 1,950 vacant posts in the government colleges will be filled soon.

“The government will work for the upliftment of higher education and will take strict action against private institutes which are flouting norms,” said the minister.

Surjit Singh Rakhra said the courses of the Language Department will restart soon. The courses were closed due to a shortage of instructors.

The minister also shared his life experiences with the students. He congratulated the college principal, Gurminder Kaur, for hosting the festival and also stated that he will give a grant of Rs 2 crore to the college soon.

The results of the competitions are as follows: Mimicry-First-Amarjeet, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Second-Isha, SDP College for Girls, Third-Anupma, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women

Skit-First-Khalsa College for Women, Second-Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Third-Ramgarhia Girls College; Commended prizes for skit-First-Navjot, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Second-Pooja, Government College for Girls

Bhand-SDP College for Girls, Government College for Girls, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women; Commended prizes for Bhand-Neelam, SDP College for Girls, Kiranjeet-Government College for Girls

Kavishri-Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Ramgarhia Girls College; Individual prizes for kavishri-Jasmeen, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Mehak, Ramgarhia Girls College, Mandeep: Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women

Classical dance-Aaishwarya, Government College for Girls, Ridham, Khalsa College for Women, Aasha, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women

Vaar singing-Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ramgarhia Girls College, SDP College for Girls; Individual prizes for vaar singing-Jasleen, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Mandeep, Ramgarhia Girls College, Satnam, SDP College for Girls

Kali singing-Ramgarhia Girls College, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, AS College for Women, Khanna; Individual prizes for kali-Jasmeen Akhtar, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Jasleen, Ramgarhia Girls College, Beant Kaur, AS College for Women, Khanna

Group dance-Khalsa College for Women, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ramgarhia Girls College; Individual prizes for group dance-Sheena, Khalsa College for Women, Ekjeet, Guru Nanak Girls College, Mehak, Government College for Girls, Arushi, Khalsa College for Women, Alka, SDP College for Girls

Folk dance-Ramgarhia Girls College, Guru Nanak Girls College, Government College for Girls, Khalsa College for Women; Individual prizes in folk dance-Varsha Rani, Ekjeet Kaur, Komal Preet Kaur

Lammi hake-Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ramgarhia Girls College, AS College for Women, Khanna; Individual prizes in lammi hake-Amandeep, Ramgarhia Girls College, Amandeep, Khalsa College for Women, Avtar Kaur, Government College for Girls

Giddha-Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, Mata Ganga Khalsa College; Individual prizes-Nirmaljit Kaur (Khalsa College), Jaspreet Kaur (GCG, Ludhiana), Arshdeep Kaur (Guru Nanak Khalsa College), Manpreet Kaur (Mata Ganga College).



Augmenting processing and shelf-life of perishable food products
Harsimrat Badal inaugurates seminar
Addressing the gathering at PAU, says there is an urgent need to take processing to farm level
Tribune News Service

A farmer complains to Harsimrat Badal for delay in subsidies at the PAU in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, September 26
The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, inaugurated one-day national seminar on “Augmenting processing and shelf-life of perishable food products” at the Punjab Agricultural University here today. Stressing on the need to check wastage in the agriculture sector, which is estimated to be over Rs 44,000 crore and also aids in curbing inflation, Harsimrat said her ministry would concentrate on creating primary collection centres, close to the food production areas to bring in efficiency in food processing and reduce wastages.

“Every kisan (farmer) house should be a self-help group where all the family members are engaged in producing, processing, value-addition and marketing of their agriculture produce,” said the Union minister.

While addressing the gathering, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “There is an urgent need to take processing to the farm level.”

The minister also praised Maharashtra for preparing non-alcoholic wine from fruits and vegetables such as kinnow and karela (bitter gourd).

The Centre-sponsored schemes for the establishment of cold chains or for enhancing farm processing are also available, added the minister.

In addition, she suggested the use of a “Reaper van” which collects the farm produce from the farmers for processing. Badal further said her ministry also gives grants for setting-up testing laboratories.

On the occasion, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said, “The need of the hour is to modernise existing inadequate cold storage facilities, check economic losses, set-up collection centres for fruits and vegetables, tackle land prices, monitor consumer behavior continuously, create awareness regarding growing adulteration in food, establish food parks and supply uninterrupted power.”

Dhillon said Punjab produces 500,000 tonnes of maize. He further emphasised on promoting maize processing in the state.

The managing committee of Geeta Mandir, Vikas Nagar, also met Harsimrat Kaur Badal under the leadership of Parderp Dhall, general secretary, and appreciated her efforts to save girls.



Farmer shares woes with minister
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has been motivating the state farmers to install agro-processing units but a farmer who failed to get subsidy for his turmeric processing unit for last three years met her today at PAU and narrated his woes. Harsimrat was in the city to inaugurate one-day national seminar on “Augmenting Processing and Shelf-Life of Perishable Food Products” at the Punjab Agricultural University.

Baljit Singh Deol said he had been cultivating turmeric for the 15 years and initiated agro processing unit at his village adjoining Doraha in 2012. According to Deol he spent Rs 80 lakh in which he got Rs 45 bank loan to start the project. Baljit Singh claimed that he was eligible for subsidy of Rs 25 lakh from National Horticulture Mission. He alleged that National Horticulture Mission rejected his application for subsidy several times in last three years.

“I suffered major financial losses after initiating the project. If we get subsidy, we will sustain this business.” The minister assured him that his problem will be solved. Deol said, “We hope that we will get subsidy with the intervention of minister.”

Harsimrat Kaur Badal said during the UPA rule, they emptied the treasury of the exchequer, and even failed to pay subsidy to farmers who were eligible for it since the year 2003. She said, “Our main aim is that all such farmers should be given subsidy on priority basis who were eligible for it decade ago.”



Ludhiana scan
Anti-dengue drive

Under the direction of Dr Subash Batta, civil surgeon and Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, a team of 20 Breeding checker along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisor checked the coolers of different areas for breeding of Aedes Egypti (Larva of Dengue). The information regarding the same has been passed to MC Officials for issuing challans.

Census award

President of India award for Census 2011 was given to Santosh Kakkar by DS Cheema, education minister, Punjab, during a function held at law Auditorium of Punjab University, Chandigarh. Kakkar was awarded with a silver medal and a certificate.

Punjabi play today

Punjabi Play “Khetan da Putt” will be staged on September 27 at 7 pm at Punjabi Bhawan. The duration of the play is 2.25 hours and Rana Ranbir will be returning to the stage with this play after 18 years. The play is divided into four parts.

IMA sends team to J&K

Indian Medical Association Punjab has sent a team of thirteen doctors of Patiala and Sangrur to Jammu and Kashmir, for a week long medical services and relief camp in the flood affected areas of Shopian in the Anantnag region. The team carried medicines and other relief material worth more than five lakh rupees with them.

Association poll

Elections to Small Scale Industries Association were held on Friday. Amarjeet Singh Chauhan was elected as president for the term of two years. A total number of 273 votes were cast, Chauhan managed to get 215 votes.

Aid for flood-hit

Rotary Club Ludhiana greater today flagged off a truck of relief material for residents of Kashmir. The material includes sweaters, blankets, biscuits, rusks, atta, rice, sugar, pulses, tea leaves and dry milk. Speaking on the occasion Amanpreet, president of the club informed that the club will also be sending its members to Jammu and Kashmir.

Health camp

Lions Club Ludhiana Greater in association with Sutlej Gramin Bank organised a free heart and orthopedic check up camp at Kamalpura village. As many as 142 patients were checked with the help of a team of doctors from SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana. The patients were provided free consultation, medicines, ECG, blood sugar and other tests.


Yuva Sahkti Parishad, an NGO, today handed over a memorandum to district administration requesting it to promote the city as a picnic spot. In the memorandum they demanded that places like Rose garden, PAU. Tiger Safari, PAU Museum and Ajayab Ghar, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Yaadgari Museum should be developed as beautiful tourist places. Keeping in view the recent incident of Delhi Zoo in which a young boy became victim of a tiger, the NGO demanded that there should be proper arrangements at the Tiger Safari.

Office-bearers elected

Leena Taparia was elected as Chairman of Pandit Sharda Ram Phillauri Memorial Trust and Pawan Garg elected as sub-chairman of trust. Leena Taparia informed that 277th birth anniversary of Pandit Sharda Ram would be celebrated on September 30 at Sharabha Nagar.

Navratra celebrations

Pavilion is celebrating a special three day ‘Navratri Utsav’. On the first day, visitors enjoyed a range of fun filled activities like magic shows, dandiya performance, astrology, wheel of fortune, puppet shows and much more. Other ongoing activities for visitors include access to exciting games, mehendi and tattoo artists.

Salon opens

A new salon and spa outlet named Divine was opened in the city today. The salon was inaugurated at Ferozepur Road near Ansal Plaza. Facilities like sauna bath, hair cutting, bridal make-up and nail paint will be available here.

Pharmacist Day

ACE Healthways organised a health check up camp for the staff, students and faculty of PCTE Institute of Pharmacy, on the eve of World Pharmacist Day. The team provided the facility of ECG for the primary diagnosis of heart problems. A separate team helped in the determination of blood group, checking blood pressure and blood sugar level. Body Mass Index (BMI) was also tested and relative information for the maintenance of their health was also being provided. The students of B Pharmacy along with assistant professor Anindita De worked together with the experts during the camp. Prior to the camp, MOU was signed between both the groups for providing better health care facilities to the students.

Talwandi remembered

Raikot: President of the Shirmani Akal Dal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said people of the border state cannot afford to ignore and forget contributions made by veteran SAD leaders including Akali stalwart Jagdev Singh Talwandi who passed away recently. Badal was interacting with activists of the party after paying condolence to the departed soul at his native village Talwandi Rai. Badal reiterated his earlier feelings that demise of Talwandi was a huge loss for the state and the party besides personal loss to the entire Talwandi family.

— Tribune Reporters



Mayor launches ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign
Tribune Reporters

Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, inaugurates the 'Swachh Bharat Movement' at Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, September 26
The Municipal Corporation launched Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachh Bharat” campaign at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, here today. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal emphasising the need for cleanliness and hygiene for creating a healthy society launched the programme. Gohalwaria also flagged off a rally which went round several localities of the city to create awareness about cleanliness.

Both the Mayor and the commissioner dwelt upon the dire need to keep the environment and surroundings clean. If every one of the city residents took upon himself or herself to keep their surroundings clean, the city would become a better place to live in, the MC functionaries said. The students and staff of the school, along with others present at the occasion took a pledge to keep the city, and especially their surroundings clean so as to become a part of the drive to create “Swachh Bharat”.

Aggarwal said the awareness about the significance of cleanliness was more important. Once the habit of keeping their surroundings clean was adopted by the city residents, the problem of insanitary conditions would become easier to deal with. The MC will lay special focus on cleanliness and awareness camps would be organised in different localities, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Ridhra, chairman of the school, said need of scrupulously following the rules and regulations to improve the sanitary conditions of the city. Appreciating the drive launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said people ought to remember saying of Mahatma Gandhi who believed that cleanliness was next to Godliness.

Principal Baldeep Pandher said it was the duty of schools to imbibe the basic values of cleanliness and personal hygiene among the students.

Social activists vow to support movement

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Office-bearers and activists of various organisations of the town and surrounding localities vowed to adopt hygiene as element of their lifestyle.

Oath was taken in response to appeal made by deputy commissioner Sangrur Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu after the formal launching of ‘Swachh Bharat Movement’ from office of local municipal council today.

Maintaining that clean environment was the only key to healthy life Sidhu said Prime Minister Narinder Modi’s agenda to provide most hygienic niche could not be implemented in letter and spirit without active participation of all including social activists and elected representatives of constitutional bodies.

“Though we have adequate organisational setup for cleanliness of all habitations of the region, a little extra effort on our part can work wonders in maintaining perfect hygiene at our houses, establishments and surroundings,” said Sidhu.

Appreciating enthusiasm shown by office-bearers and activists of various social, religious and educational organisations towards the cleanliness movement, Sidhu said the administration would felicitate outstanding performers in due course of time.

Sidhu said special teams constituting experts will be organising camps and seminars to educate masses about causes and consequences of degradation of environment. He said the programme was expected to continue till the culmination of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.

“The programme is aimed at creating a clean India by 2019 with people’s participation,” said Sidhu.

Formers president municipal council Ravinder Puri, president Rotary Club Lalit Kaura, Inderpal Singh Walia president Lions Club and Tarsem Garg patron Social Welfare Organisation were among others who assured to extend support to the ‘Swachh Bharat Movement’.

Reports stated that solid waste management had always been a problem in the town and surrounding localities. Though the area and population of the town had increased manifold in past decades, the civic body had failed to deploy staff proportionately. Inadequate sewerage system had been further compounding problems particularly during rainy season.

Residents have heaved a sigh of relief on formal inauguration of the drive.



festive season
Admn issues guidelines to ensure security
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 26
Keeping in view the security needs during ensuing festival season, the district administration has imposed certain bans at localities falling under jurisdiction of Sangrur district.

According to directions received from the office of Additional Deputy Commissioner Pritam Singh Johal, carrying of weapons and gathering of five or more persons has been banned with immediate effect.

The decision was conveyed to in-charges of all law enforcing agencies at local town and surrounding localities.

The administration has also restricted use of internet at commercially operated cafes. Owners and managers of the cafes have been asked to keep a record of persons using internet and not to allow the use without taking valid identity proof of the user.

Keeping in view incidents of petty crime by employees of private organisations of the region the administration has directed all employers to get the character verification of their employees verified from the police station concerned.

Owners of poultry farms, rice shellers, brick kilns and various other establishments have been asked to submit photo and complete particulars of their employees at respective police stations. A written consent of the employees regarding his willingness to work is also required to be enclosed with the request for character verification.

Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu acknowledged that the civil surgeon Sangrur had apprehended that some restaurants might be allowing consumption of nicotine-based tobacco through hookas.



Students’ participation in drive raises debate
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The students at government schools will keep the schools neat and clean under the Sohna School Campaign. A debate has been started over the students’ participation in the cleanliness drive. Earlier, the education department did not allowed students to do any kind of work in the schools.

As per the direction of education minister, the teachers can ask the students to clean the class rooms, grounds and even toilets. Some of the teachers in government school feel that this would lead to the harassment of students in schools as they have to do the physical work.

However, a large number of teachers think that the government found a way out to get rid from the shortage of sweepers in schools. As the government did not recruited sweepers in schools for several years.

The teachers also oppose the move as they feel that it would shift the focus of teachers and students from study to cleanliness.

While some of the teachers, mostly administrators, in government schools have been expecting that the experiment will be successful for the betterment of schools.

Sanjiv Thapar, principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, stated, “There is nothing bad in the participation of students in cleanliness of schools. Being a good citizen we have to take care of the hygiene every where even out of school and at our homes. Sweepers in schools can’t help us if our students are not conscious about hygiene.”

“It is true that the studies will be affected to some extent. But students and teachers will learn a lot from this practice. Government schools in the city have initiated Sohna School campaign from today.



Gadvasu notes
Training course concludes

A 21-day national-level advanced training course on “Current trends in veterinary surgery and imaging techniques”, under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT), ICAR, New Delhi, was organised at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU ), Ludhiana. As many as 25 scientists from 14 states, representing 19 universities of India, participated in the training course, said the course director, Dr NS Saini.

Hands-on training to participants on the latest developments in surgery and diagnostic imaging in the veterinary practice was given. On the occasion, focus was laid on advances in large and small animal fracture repair by bone plating, intermedullary interlock nailing and C-arm guided techniques for fracture fixation, colic and perineal affections in horses. Surgical management of eye diseases, diaphragmatic hernia in cows and buffaloes, urinary tract disorders and other soft tissue procedures were also demonstrated under inhalant anesthetic procedures.

The GADVASU faculty and experts from other state universities, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, and Pant University delivered expert lectures and conducted practical demonstration during the training programme. So far, the department has conducted 27 training courses on various specialised topics.

Over 363 surgeons/clinicians/teachers from various state agricultural/veterinary/ ICAR Institutes have been trained. Registrar Dr PD Juyal presided over the valedictory function of the CAFT training and congratulated participants for successfully completing the training programme. A souvenir and a CD of expert lectures and demonstrations were also released by Dr HS Sandhu, Dr SPS Sangha and Dr SS Singh. — TNS



School donates relief items

Staff and students of Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, in collaboration with Gurmat Gyan Missionary College, Punjabi Bagh, Jawaddi, Ludhiana, flagged off a truck loaded with pulses, wheat, biscuits, toiletries, shawls, blankets for the flood-hit.

Declamation contest

A declamation contest was organised at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School by Ved Prachaar Mandal for the students of higher wing on Friday. The executive members of the management, Rajesh Kashyap (president), Harish Sachdeva (manager) and Sadhana Sharma (principal) and Roshan Lal Arya gave a floral welcome to chief guest Deepa Pathak. About 14 students participated in the contest. Reeta and Ranjit Singh were in the panel of judges.

Students visit science city

DCM Presidency School organised an educational trip to Puspa Gujral Science City and Rangla Punjab, Jalandhar, for the students of Classes VI and VII. Laser show, 3D show, digital planetarium and virtual expedition were the main attractions of the visit. A buffet lunch was arranged for the students at Rangla Punjab. Principal Nupur Nutan said such trips and excursions contribute towards the social development of a child. The students also develop an insight into various aspects of the world and life at large. — TNS



Placement drive

The Training and Placement Cell along with Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) - Students Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana organised a campus placement drive for MBA 3rd semester students by inviting Sony India Private Limited. Around 40 students appeared for the group discussions and out of them 20 were selected for final interview. Twelve students were selected by the company, who will undergo one month’s training. After the completion of training, the company will issue offer letters to them with pay package of Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.

International conference

8th two-day international conference on the theme ‘Challenges in Higher Education’ began here today at Desh Bhagat University. Over 150 delegates from different states of India and countries including Iran, Iraq, Nepal, South Sudan, Kingdom of Lesotho and Burundi participated in the conference. Chancellor Dr Zora Singh emphasised the role of education in individual as well as social and economic growth. He said societies are made by innovators and only quality education can help us in innovation and entrepreneurship. — TNS



Capacity enhancement
Official visits treatment plant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The Director of Industries, Punjab, today visited the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) that is serving the electroplating industry at Focal Point. The official, Raminder Singh, was here to look into the need to enhance the capacity of the treatment plant.

The Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) team comprising CEO Avtar Singh, secretary Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma and others accompanied the Director.

Avtar Singh told Raminder Singh that there was an urgent need to enhance the capacity of the CETP to at least five lakh litres per day so as to meet the requirements of the electroplating industry.

He requested the official to grant the approval on priority basis. Raminder Singh was satisfied with the working of the CETP. He said decision regarding enhancement of the plant capacity would be taken soon.

Once the society gets the approval, it will chalk out an agreement to be executed with the operating company for carrying out the enhancement.



Gang of pickpockets busted
Had struck at Akali leader’s funeral; three held, other three on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
With the arrest of three persons, the city police claim to have busted a gang of pickpockets and thieves that struck at the funeral of senior Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi recently. The accused have been identified as Rajesh Bansal, Jony and Amit Malhotra. The gang allegedly slipped away with wallets and gold ornaments of several persons who were attending the funeral at Talwandi village in Raikot.

The police reportedly recovered 25 mobile phones, Rs 54, 000 and three cars from their possession.

PAU police station SHO Surinder Chopra said three of their accomplices—Harish Verma, Jassa Moga and Sonu Motta—were still absconding. He said efforts were on to nab them.

The SHO said the gang used to operate in the vicinity of railway stations in Ludhiana, Delhi and Patiala besides targeting people at hospitals and bus stands. They also struck at functions attended by VIPs and slipped away with wallets and other valuables, he said.



Woman booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The Sarabha Nagar police have booked a woman for making two fake passports and opening a bank account using fake documents. The woman, who hails from a village in Moga, was staying at a rented accommodation in BRS Nagar. The case was registered on the complaint of the house owner, Trishan Singh.

Trishan Singh told the police that the woman had refused to pay rent and was threatening to implicate him in a false rape case.

The complainant said the woman first came to his house claiming to be a salesgirl working for a multinational company, but was denied the accommodation.

Later, she returned with a youth, who claimed to be a resident of Mullanpur village near Chandigarh, and said she had got married to him, said Trishan Singh. Following this, the owner gave her a furnished room on rent.

Trishan said when he demanded rent after a month, the youth fled. Also, he was shocked to learn that the woman had prepared fake documents using some other name, following which he complained to the police.



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