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brothers’ killing
Heart-rending scenes at Bohpur village
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana (Bohpur), September 28
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Bohpur village during the cremation of Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh, who were shot dead by SAD leader in the presence of the police at Ahluwalia Colony in the Jamalpur area on the Chandigarh road yesterday.

As the bodies of the two brothers were consigned to flames, the dream of both the brothers of becoming police officers also came to an end.

Harinder and Jatinder wanted to become police officers, revealed their only sister Rupinder Kaur. They were famous kabaddi players of the village, said Rupinder Kaur, who is a BA (final year) student and also a kabaddi player. She was trying to comfort her parents.

Their relatives said both brothers were pursuing graduation. They did odd jobs to fund their studies. They had even appeared for the police selection trials but were rejected due to criminal cases.

“As alleged, my sons were not drug addicts nor were they drug suppliers. Rather, Gurjeet Singh must be into it. The police should get Gurjeet’s medical examination done,” said Satpal Singh, the victims’ father. He said he had lost his two young sons at the fag end of his life.

Recently, the parents had disinherited both their sons as the family was being continuously harassed by the police.

Satpal said the police did not inform them about the incident and they learnt about the killing from media.

While Harinder and Jatinder were killed, Rajvir Singh and Baljit Mann, alias Bunny, were arrested. Their third accomplice Harjot Singh allegedly escaped.

Head constable Yadwinder Singh, who led the police party, two Home Guards jawans Ajit Singh and Baldev Singh, and SAD leader Gurjeet Singh have been arrested on charge of murder. They were presented before the court today and sent to police remand.

Harinder and Jatinder were facing a case of attempt to murder, in which victim Harman Sikandar Singh alleged that they had attacked him with a sharp weapon at a fair in Takhran village on August 21. They had been on the run and hiding in the Jamalpur area since then.

Meanwhile, Jagjivan Singh Khirnia, former SAD MLA, said: “It is a baseless allegation. The Congress is playing petty politics to drag my name in the controversy. I had tried to effect a compromise between the two groups.”

Gurinder Singh Dhillon, DIG, said: “The matter now lies with the Commissionerate. They are investigating the matter and taking appropriate action.

Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban said: “We have done everything from our side. We have registered a case and nabbed the accused. The inquiry in the case has been initiated.”

Murder case registered

The police have registered a case of murder on a complaint of Harpreet Kaur, who runs a beauty salon in Ahluwalia Colony. She said the youngsters had rented an accommodation in her house for Rs 12,000. She said at 8am, four persons, carrying fire arms, entered the house. A scuffle ensued and in the process two persons were shot dead.

Accused fired five shots at brothers

Five shots were fired by Gurjeet. While three hit Harinder, Jatinder suffered two bullet injuries. The shots were fired from close range.

Narrow escape three days ago

Relatives said Harinder and Rajvir had a narrow escape three days ago after armed assailants, in a black Hyundai Sonata, opened fire at them at Ghari village on the Machhiwara road.

Chief Minister seeks detailed report

“Law will take its course and we will act accordingly. I have asked the Deputy Commissioner to file a detailed report in the matter,” said Parkash Singh Badal, CM

Cops acted at accused’s behest: Father

"It clearly shows that the police were hand in glove with accused Gurjeet Singh and worked at his behest. Why had Gurjeet accompanied the raiding party? Why was he carrying a weapon? Why did the SAD leader open fire during the raid? My sons were shot at point-blank range and the police officials kept changing their statement the whole day. Do you need any more evidence? Initially, the police had claimed to have recovered a countrymade pistol from my son but later withdrew the statement."

— Satpal Singh, the victims’ father


Southern bypass
Decks cleared for road construction
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 28
Even as the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority has completed the process of inviting tenders for the second time for the construction of 1.72 km of missing link II from Dugri Dhandra Road to the Dhuri railway line towards the completion of the Southern bypass, the residents of the area are up in arms over what they describe as the inordinate delay in the execution of the project.

In a memorandum submitted to the GLADA Chief Adminsitrator, the residents of several villages located around the missing link of the Southern bypass from Ferozepur Road to Doraha, have maintained that the land for the construction of the missing link was acquired more than four years ago and as many as 200 constructed houses were also demolished for this purpose. “However, the construction of the road is still to see the light of day,” complained the residents.

Bahadur Singh, sarpanch, and Amar Singh, panch of Shaheed Bahagat Singh Nagar Panchayat (Gill village) said all assurances given by senior GLADA officials at the time of acquisition of land for the project and demolition of houses had turned out to be “sugar coated” lies.

They said the missing part of the road, a muddy track right which becomes a nightmare for commuters in the rainy season, was a bane of the local residents. “The muddy track has become a haven for petty criminals, drug peddlers and other anti-social elements.”

The GLADA superintending engineer, RK Jaidka, said tenders for the missing link II (length 1.72 km) to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 18.49 crore were earlier floated in July 2014 but work could not be allotted as the technical adviser had raised an objection on the number of bidders (which was less than five).

“Bids were called once again through e-tendering and three offers were received, of which one did not fulfil the technical criteria. Offers made by two agencies have been sent to the Chief Engineer, PUDA, for his approval and depending on the decision, the tenders of the eligible bidders would be opened in the next couple of days, so that work order could be issued and construction work commences,” he said.

However, even after the construction of missing link II, which is expected to take around a year after work is taken in hand on the project, the alternative bypass would still take some more time to become fully operational. The case of missing link I with a length of little more than 2 km (from Dhuri Line to Gill Road) is still pending in the Supreme Court.



BRS Nagar subzi mandi
Vendors not allowed to put up stalls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The tehbazari officials of Zone D did not allow vendors to set up a “subzi mandi” behind the Zone D office, near BRS Nagar, here today. The “mandi” had been set up in the area every Sunday for the past more than two years. Many residents have objected to this “illegal” vegetable market and the MC officials had removed it earlier too.

The MC officials reached the venue in the morning while vegetable vendors and villagers were readying their stalls. The entire area was cordoned off with the help of the police. The vendors were seen going back disappointed.

The Superintendent of Zone D, JS Sekhon, said they had received several complaints regarding this “subzi mandi”. We had removed it earlier also, but the vendors put up stalls again. “This time we did not allow any vendor to put up a stall in the area. Moreover, the bridge, where the ‘mandi’ is set up, is under construction and the ‘mandi’ is a hindrance,” said Sekhon.

An official of the MC said whenever the authorities wanted to take action against such encroachments, politicians intervened.

It was also alleged that a few public representatives charged money from vendors for allowing them to put up a stall on the MC land every Sunday.



Daresi ground to witness tallest Ravana’s effigy
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
This year, the historical Daresi ground will witness the burning of the tallest ever effigy of Ravana during the Dussehra celebrations in the city. It will be an 85-foot effigy. Till last year, the maximum height of such effigies had remained 80 feet.

Krishan Lal Baja, chairman of the Shri Ram Lila Committee, Daresi, said: “This time, the effigy to be burnt at the ground will be the tallest one.”

The effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkarna are being prepared by Asgar Ali, a muslim artist, and the members of his family. They hail from Agra. Saira Bano, wife of Asgar Ali, said: “We have been visiting the city for the past 16 years for making these effigies. It is our ancestral business.”

Suhail Khan, a class XII student and son of Asgar Ali, said: “This time, it is difficult to make the face of Ravana. It will have curled moustaches and eyebrows. All this required extra efforts. To surprise visitors, we have also changed the dress of the Ravana’s effigy from black to blue.”

Asgar Ali has done civil engineering but he could not get a suitable job. He has four children, two daughters and two sons. One of his sons, who has done BCA, also assists him in effigy making. The other son studies in class XII. Saira Bano said: “I have not studied but made sure that my daughters get education. My one daughter is doing BTech while the other is preparing for medical entrance test. But all members of the family have to help Asgar in effigy making.”

The same family has prepared the Ravana’s effigy for the Upkar Nagar Dussehra celebrations. Suhail Khan said: “This year also Ravana’s effigy will be burnt by pressing a button on a remote by the chief guest. The technology is well-kept secret in family.”



5 MC employees shifted for not delivering summons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Municipal Corporation authorities have transferred five employees, who allegedly took money from violators in lieu of not delivering them court summons. These violators were challaned by the tehbazari wing of the MC. The erring employees would make one excuse or the other for not delivering the summons.

The persons were caught during a “sting” operation by MC officials on Friday. Since no complaint in writing was made against these employees, strict action could not be taken against them, said the officials.

An official, who caught these employees red-handed, said: “These five employees of the MC made sure that the summons did not reach the violators. And for each such case they were paid Rs 500 by violators. We caught them red-handed,” said the official.

The five employees include a clerk, two policemen with the MC and two sewadars. “The erring MC employees had been working at the same posts for the past more than 10 years and were well aware of the system. This kind of corruption will not be tolerated in the Municipal Corporation,” said the official.



World Heart Day
Over 2,500 run for healthy heart
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
To encourage and motivate people to make their heart healthy and to emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle, SPS Apollo Hospitals organised “Dil ki Daud” - a mini-marathon at Guru Nanak Stadium today.

More than 2,500 people from across the region, including leading professional athletes from across the country, senior citizens, general public, corporate, patients, doctors and hospital associates, participated in the marathon.

There were five categories for participation in the 5-km run for men and women in age group of 18-40 years and above 40 years. All runners were felicitated with participation certificates, prizes and medals.

The race was flagged off by Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab.

“We received an overwhelming response and support from the residents of Ludhiana, corporate partners, industry, students from colleges and our staff. With over 2,500 people participating in this mini-marathon, ‘Dil Ki Daud’, was a success in raising awareness among people. The marathon intended to motivate individuals to take necessary steps towards a healthy heart,” said Jugdiep Singh, Managing Director, SPS Apollo Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr JS Grewal, senior consultant, Department of Interventional Cardiology, SPS Apollo Hospitals, said: “Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year”.

Dr Pawan K Suri, senior consultant, Department of Interventional Cardiology, reiterated the importance of keeping the heart healthy through a disciplined lifestyle, including good, balanced diets and regular exercise.



Walk, cycle, dance to prevent heart diseases, says expert
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The high incidence of heart diseases in Punjabi youth is a grave issue and needs immediate attention. The main reasons for the high incidence of heart diseases in Punjab are consumption of a lot of fatty foods like ghee and butter and less physical exercise.

“Due to sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, every fourth death in the world right now is caused by heart diseases. Other important factors leading to heart disease are smoking and family history. Diabetic patients are even more prone to heart diseases. We should exercise at least 30-45 minutes daily for the prevention of heart diseases. People with sedentary lifestyle should not consume food with excessive oil or salt,” said Dr RP Singh, chief cardiologist, Pancham Hospital, on the occasion of World Heart Day.

Another expert said: “Active lifestyle is the best form of preventive correction to avoid cardiac ailments. It is highly recommended to do 150 minutes of physical activity each week to help prevent heart disease. Walking, cycling, dancing or swimming activities that use larger muscles at low resistance are good aerobic exercises. It is important to lead a life free from stress accompanied by an active and healthy lifestyle”.

Dr RP Singh said one of the easiest ways to prevent heart diseases is to get regular check-up. He also announced to observe a special Heart Care Week from September 28 to October 5.

“Complete heart check-up of patients will be done at a nominal cost,” he said.



Physiotherapy centre launched for differently abled children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, along with Muskan Welfare Society, has launched a physiotherapy centre for the benefit of differently abled children in Ludhiana. The AOF has been associated with Muskan Welfare Society since 2008.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation along with Muskan has further set up a vocational centre for the differently abled. The vocational centre will have equipment like a Xerox machine, a lamination machine, a computer and a spiral binding machine.

GS Cheema, Regional Manager - North, Amway India, said: “The endeavour of the Amway Opportunity Foundation is to help people improve their lives. In partnership with NGOs and institutions working in the area of education, health and hygiene for children, the AOF is benefitting more than 15,000 children every year. We are happy to be associated with Muskan Welfare Society in this noble cause.”

Speaking on the occasion, Gulshan Kumar, President, Muskan Welfare Society, said: “There was a dire need to start the physiotherapy centre in Ludhiana, which takes care of the needs of the special children. I am grateful to the Amway Opportunity Foundation for coming forward to help the cause of the special children. The vocational centre will help in building confidence for select individuals as they will learn and imbibe from daily chores while becoming self-enabled. We have received positive response from various institutions located close to our NGO. I am confident that the vocational centre will be a huge success.”



coffee day today
Coffee culture fast catching up
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Tea is a staple drink for the city people. However, the foray of new coffee brands and the cosmopolitan culture have been gradually changing their choice from “chai” to latte. National and international coffee chains have found their way into the city market and have replaced pubs and parks as the hangout choice for many youngsters.

It is the city people’s love for the coffee that has led to mushrooming of outlets of major coffee chains in the city. You can find Barista, Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the map of Ludhiana, thanks to the growing love for coffee among Ludhianvis.

In the sixties, it was Indian Coffee House located at Bhadaur House, which was a hit among the city residents, particularly senior citizens, who love to talk politics over cups of freshly brewed coffee.

Going nostalgic, Prem Dhawan, a retired professor said: “I still remember the days when we had only Indian Coffee House, a heritage site for city coffee culture. It was a haven for those who wanted to break away from the usual tea-drinking. We use to have endless discussions on books, films, politics and social issues. I still go there with a few of my friends,” he said.

“Tea is inseparable from Indians. My day starts with a cup of tea and ends with multiple mugs of coffee. While at the office or during meetings and parties, I prefer having coffee. It is only during the wake-up call that I have tea. Otherwise, I am hooked to coffee,” said Amrit Kaur, who works is an executive in a private bank.

“Nothing matches than sipping hot coffee and reading my favourite author on the weekends. Coffee is my first love, be it hot or cold,” says Ayra, a college student.

With Starbucks coffee available in takeaway packages at the selected outlets in the city, it is great demand. “Starbucks should open its outlet in the city as its vanilla frappe is what I die for,” adds Vikas, an engineering student.

Three Interesting facts about coffee

  • According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds first realised the profound caffeinating effects of coffee when they noticed their goats started “dancing” after eating coffee berries.
  • There are two main types of the coffee plant, coffea arabica and coffea canephora robusta.
  • In fact, coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth, coming only second to oil.



Rana Ranbir’s solo act brings memories of Pash alive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Solo act play by Ranbir Rana in ‘Khetan da putt’ kept the audience glued to the seats at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan yesterday evening. Living up to his reputation as a prolific writer, lyricist, film and TV actor, Rana Ranbir shined throughout the solo act based on the popular poetry of Punjabi poet Avatar Singh Sandhu, also known as Pash, who has been hailed as the literary exponent of the suffering peasantry of the region.

Directed by Rupinderjit from Canada, Ranbir Rana took the centre stage and reflected his theatrical skills in the 80-minute solo spectacle enlivening the philosophy and ideology of Pash.

Rana weaved the script with oblique references of poems such as ‘Bedakhli layi vinay patar’, ‘Dharma layi deekhsha patar’, ‘Supneyan da marjana’ and more. He employed his literary acumen and theatrical skills to depict the struggle of Pash and his times from darkness to enlightenment through dramatic narrations of Pash’s poetry, pages from his diary and letters.

Musical compositions by H Guddu rendered by Harinder Hundal augmented the performance.

Eminent Punjabi poet Surjit Patar and Nirmal Rishi, theatre personaility, were the chief guests on the occasion. They appreciated the performance. Patar, who has been contemporary of Pash, said, “While witnessing the play, I felt as if Pash was present in person on the stage.”

Avtar Singh Sandhu ‘Pash’ was born on September 9, 1950, at Talwandi Salem, Jalandhar, and became famous as a poet after his first book ‘Loh Katha’, which was released on May 19, 1970. On the auspicious day, Punjabi literature got a poet, who was a trendsetter. His second book ‘Urde Bajan Magar’ was released in 1973 and the third book ‘Sade Samean Vich’ in September 1978. Paash was a revolutionary poet, who wrote on common people and farmers of Punjab. He freely expressed his thoughts against the wrongs in the society and provided new idioms for Punjabi literature. Pash is counted among world’s famous and appreciated poets, including Nazam Hikmet, Pablo Nairoda, Faiz Ahemad Faiz, Garcia Lorka, Maxism Gorki, Railf Faks, Christopher Kadvel, Astrovaski Muktibhodh and Dhumil. An active fighter against wrongs, Pash was killed by terrorists on March 23, 1988.



Nudity in films against Indian culture, say residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
In view of the recent UN-sponsored study rating Indian films being high on sexualisation of women, residents stressed the need for corrective steps in Indian cinema to prevent its negative impact on the youth and society.

They said the report should be a lesson for filmmakers not to objectify women and is also an embarrassment for India internationally, as such sexualisation is against Indian cultural values.

A recent global study has found that India tops the chart in showing attractive women in movies and as much as 35% of these women characters are shown with some nudity. It was the first-ever UN-sponsored global study on women characters in popular films across the world. The study, commissioned by the the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support of the UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation, revealed discrimination, stereotyping, sexualisation of women and their under-representation in powerful roles by the film industry.

“Not only Hindi films but also Punjabi films show women just as objects of desire,” says Ashok Lal, a resident.

Nudity and vulgarity is on the increase in films. Earlier, any instance of nudity used to raise hackles. But now even the sensor board has become ineffective in preventing such sexualisation of women and nudity in Indian films, which are absolutely against Indian values, says Ishvinder Singh, another resident.

Barring a few movies like “Queen” or recent biopic “Mary Kom”, most of the movies are men-oriented, and women just fill the space in stereotypical roles, said Preeti, another resident.

“Cinema has a huge impact on society and if the cinema takes up the social causes, including the cause of women, it can change society in a positive way,” she added.



Bar Association hails change in CBDT rules
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The president of the Punjab Tax Bar Association, Ashok Juneja, has welcomed the circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) with regard to the procedure of scrutiny to be adopted by the assessing officer (Income Tax Officer) for the financial year 2014-15.

Kaushal said in the new system of scrutiny under Computer Aided Scrutiny Selection, the scope of inquiry would be limited to verification of particular aspects only.

“The assessing officers shall have to confine their questionnaire and subsequent inquiry or verification only to the specific point (s), on the basis of which the particular return has been selected for scrutiny. It is a welcome step,” said Kaushal.

“This will save tax payers from harassment, for which the department has been drawing criticism from several quarters,” added Juneja.



Financial hitch delays formation of yarn bank
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The financial hitch is delaying the formation of a yarn bank for the city. The local industry is yet to arrange the 50 per cent amount required in the formation of the yarn bank, while the rest of 50 per cent will be financed by the Central Government.

Under the scheme of the Central Government, it was planned to set up a yarn bank so that the industry could get its raw material in enough quantity and at a reasonable price.

“The amount required for setting up the yarn bank is around Rs 2 crore. The government will contribute 50 per cent as the seed money and the remaining 50 per cent is to be borne by the industry,” said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.

“Cotton prices have doubled since the last increase and petrochemicals prices are also rising. As a result, all yarn varieties have become costlier and sharp fluctuation in prices is preventing loom owners from planning their production. Setting up of a yarn bank to provide yarn to buyers at a stable price was a welcome idea but the financial constraints is delaying its set up. All formalities should be completed soon so that we can get benefits from it,” said Ram Bhasin, a textile owner.

How the bank will work

Yarn producers will sell yarn to the bank and buyers can approach the bank when they need it. A nodal agency can be appointed for managing the bank. The agency will have to make arrangements with warehouses to store the yarn sold by producers. The bank is expected to safeguard the interest of yarn manufacturers and buyers in case of sharp fall in prices.



Navratras: Vegetable, fruit prices surge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The ongoing Navratras have led to an increase in the rates of fruits and vegetables. It is only after Dussehra that the prices are expected to come down. During Navratras people avoid eating non-vegetarian food and fruits and vegetables are more in demand during this time of the year.

Gurmeet Singh, from a vegetable shop near Civil Lines, said the prices of vegetables would come down only after the festivities were over.

“During Navratras, non-vegetarian food is a strict no. Since I observe full Navratra fast, I largely depend on fruits during these nine days. Due to the ongoing Navratras, the prices of fruits have increased a little. It is the time of the year when vegetable and fruit vendors earn the most,” said Heena.

Gurinder Kaur, a resident of BRS Nagar, said since the festival season had kicked off, the prices of fruits are on the increase. People offer fruits at temples and consume these during Navratra fasts.

He said the coming Diwali season would also see a surge in the prices of fruits. People mostly share fruits and sweets with their near and dear ones.



Postal stamp in memory of Shradha Ram Phillauri sought

Ludhiana, September 28
The Government of India should release a postal stamp in the memory of Shradha Ram Phillauri, the writer of world famous aarti “Om Jai Jagdish Hare”. This was demanded by Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of Pandit Shradha Ram Phillauri Memorial Welfare Society, while addressing a press conference.

Bawa said the birthday of Shradha Ram Phillauri would be celebrated on September 30 at Nav Durga Mandir, Sarabha Nagar. In this famous bhajan, singers, scholars, historians and flute artistes would participate.

MP Ravneet Singh Bittu will be the chief guest. Bawa said as many as 21 famous personalities from different walks of life would be honoured by the Pandit Shradha Ram Phillauri Memorial Welfare Society. — TNS



Amendments to voter list from Oct 15

Ludhiana, September 28
The District Administration is going to start necessary amendments to the voter list from October 15. Anyone who wants to get any error rectified may submit his/her objection till November 10.

Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, election tehsildar, said, “To facilitate public, all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will remain present on their respective booths on October 19 and November 2 from 9 am to 5 pm. People having any objections can visit there and get mistakes rectified.” Bhangu said on November 20, election registration officers will rectify the previous mistakes and all process will be completed. On January 5, 2015, new voter list will be published. — TNS



Visit to Senior Secondary Residential School for meritorious students
Special secy launches Sohna School Campaign
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Gurdeep Singh, Special Secretary, Secondary Education, visited Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students here today to inaugurate the Sohna School Campaign at the school.

During his visit, Gurdip Singh broomed the corridor along with school principal Anoop Passi and teachers of the school. While interacting with the students Gurdeep Singh stressed upon hygiene. He asked to the students to take care of their personal hygiene and to keep their surrounding neat and clean. The students took pledge to keep their school neat and clean and make the efforts to save the environment.

The Special Secretary visited the hostel and school building. He even inspected the hygiene of the hostel mess. He also asked the students to inform the higher officials in case of any problem.

While interacting with mediapersons, Gurdip Singh stated that computers and other required equipment would be installed in the school soon.

“The state government is concerned with the success of these schools. All the pending work will be completed within the next few months. Meanwhile, the remaining posts of non-teaching staff will also be filled at the earliest,” Gurdeep Singh said.

Education Dept’s take

"The state government is concerned about the success of these schools. All the pending work will be completed within the next few months. Meanwhile, the remaining posts of non-teaching staff will also be filled at the earliest."

— Gurdeep Singh, Special secretary, secondary education



Local human rights body opposes drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A local human rights organisation considered the Education Department’s Sohna School Campaign against the right of students and has decided to challenge the same in the court.

Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president, Universal Human Rights Organisation, stated: “We oppose the orders of the Punjab Government in which the schools have ordered to get participation of students in the Sohna School Campaign to clean the schools. The Education Department, which is meant to give pens in the hands of students, is asking students to hold brooms.”

“Parents send their children to schools to study not to get training as a safai sewak,” said Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, another human rights activist.

“The government doesn’t want to fill the vacant posts of sweepers in government schools. So, they have started with the campaign to get the cleanliness work done from the students. In the absence of sweepers, the student will broom the school campus and clean the toilets. If this practice will continue, the parents will shift their children from government schools to private school,” he added.

“We don’t oppose the hygiene and cleanliness in schools. The students should be taught about personal hygiene and cleanliness. Seminars should be conducted. But the school should avoid to get the physical work done from the students,” Satnam Singh Dhaliwal said.

“If the state government does not withdraw the campaign, we will oppose it in the court,” he added.



Multi-Skill Development Centre to function from April 2015: CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed that the upcoming ‘Multi-Skill Development Centre’ at Ludhiana would be made functional from Baisakhi in April 2015. The centre is coming up on the vacant premises of ‘Knitwear Facility’, managed and run by the Punjab State Hosiery and Knitwear Development Corporation here at local Industrial Focal Point in Phase V.

A high-level review meeting of the project was held today at Punjab Agricultural University, which was chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and attended by members of the society constituted for running the centre.

The society is headed by Pankaj Munjal and includes Sandeep Minni Riat, SP Oswal, Upkar Singh, SC Ralhan, Avtar Singh and Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.

During the meeting, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal impressed upon the local industrialists to play a pro-active role in the promotion of skill training centres across the state with a twin objective to cater the local needs of industry by providing it skilled manpower on one hand and opening new vistas of employment for the youth on the other.

Assuring fulsome support and cooperation to the industrialists for executing and managing the ambitious project, the Chief Minister said the entire capital cost of restructuring and renovating the existing infrastructure at the Knitwear Facility would be borne by the state government and the committee comprising eminent industrialists would manage the affairs of the upcoming multi-skill centre.

Pankaj Munjal from Hero Cycles updated the Chief Minister about the centre through a power point presentation.

The Chief Minister said the multi-skill centre would impart training to over 2,000 unemployed youth, including girls, particularly to encompass the major section of drop outs who left studies midway after tenth or twelfth due to economic hardships.



Various events bring traditional art forms to life
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 28
Lovepreet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur and Priya of the Bhutta College of Engineering emerged winners in the phulkari embroidery competition held at the college campus today. Kuljeet Kaur, Inderjeet Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur, resident participants, bagged the top position in the exhibition of heritage items.

The event was inaugurated by former minister of technical education Jagdish Singh Garcha. Meanwhile, renowned artist Sidhartha was the chief guest on the occasion.

Padam Shri Surjit Patar, Dr Neelam Grewal (director at the Directorate of Research on Women) Dr Amarjit Grewal, Dr Sonu Grewal and Parminder Singh Garcha chaired various sessions of the event organised to promote and showcase the traditional arts of the border state.

Emphasising the need of preservation and promotion of art of phulkari embroidery, speakers, including Garcha, Patar and Grewal claimed that women from villages of the region had shown keen interest in organisation’s projects launched to revive the dying traditional art.

Convener of the event Kiran Walia said a large number of women had participated in the event encouraging their wards to adopt traditional art as their hobby. Coordinated efforts by staff of the college and residents enabled the organisers to present true reflection of the rich heritage and colourful culture of Punjab through the phulkari exhibition.

Brilliantly coloured phullkaris, bagh, pakhis made by students of fashion designing and women of nearby villages besides charkha, adda and other artifacts, displayed during the exhibition were appreciated by all.

An elaborate cultural programme and fashion show based on phulkari theme was also presented on the occasion.

Simranpreet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur and Amandeep Kaur were declared winners of the fashion show.



Young Ryanites excel in Hasya Kavita Pratiyogita
Tribune News Service

ludhiana, september 28
A Hasya Kavita Pratiyogita was organised at Ryan International School , Jamalpur, here today. Ryanites from classes III-V took part in the competition with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Dr Sanjeev Dabur, Head of Department, Hindi, Arya College, Nawashahar, graced the occasion by judging the talents of young Ryanites.

Winners from all the levels received certificates from the esteemed guest. From Class III- Kriti Bassi bagged the first position, Divy Chitkara stood second and Chintan Sood bagged the third position. Meanwhile, from Class IV- Vani bagged the first position, Parva stood second and Manya bagged the third position. From Class V- Shitij Bansal bagged the first position, Uday Gupta stood second and Gursimran bagged the third position.

Principal Gurpal Kaur Anand congratulated all the winners and thanked Dr anjeev Dabur.



Gyan Manthan

Ludhiana: University Business School, Ludhiana, organised a “State Level Quiz Contest – Gyan Manthan”. Twenty three teams from different states across the northern region participated in the event. Anil Kumar, executive director and CEO Shreyans Industries Limited was the chief guest in the inaugural session whereas Lakhwinder Singh, Director, Rekofa Group of Industries graced the occasion as guest of honour.

While inaugurating the contest, Anil Kumar highlighted the importance of quiz and stressed that such kind of activities should be conducted regularly as they help in improving the overall personality of the students. He motivated the participants and extended his wishes to the organisers. After rigorous contest, team representing Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, stood first, team representing HMV College, Jalandhar, bagged the first runners-up and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, bagged the second runners-up position.

Workshop on concrete technology

Mandi Gobindgarh: The Department of Civil Engineering, RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, in association with JK Cement Limited organised a workshop-cum-seminar on concrete technology under the ‘Industry–Academia Interaction programme’. RK Jha, Zonal Head (North), Dinesh Sharma, Manager, customer tech services and Ankit Jaiswal, senior marketing executive, conducted the workshop. Jha delivered lecture on cement and concrete technology and upcoming trends of using PPC in constructions. Sharma delivered a talk on use of white cement and wall putty. Students were given a live demonstration on application of various textures and designs of wall putty. During the event, a quiz and model making—Best out of the Waste competition— was also held. More than 200 students attended the workshop. — TNS



Indusian Fiesta 2014

Ludhiana: Indusian Fiesta 2014 was organised at Indus World School. Over 1,200 children from various pre-schools participated in the various events. All the participants were awarded with the participation certificates as an acknowledgement of their effort and talent.

There were individual achievers in each category and they were awarded an 'achiever certificate' and a trophy. There was a tie between Smile Playway and Cherubs, the preschool in the buzzword event. In wonder casket there was a tie between Bachpan Play School, Pakhowal Road, and Bachpan Play School, Sundar Nagar. Meanwhile, Babies Paradise clinched the obstacle race and Bachpan Play School, Pakhowal Road, won the ball and basket race. The overall winner of the event was Bachpan Play School, Pakhowal Road. Principal Ramant Ghuman said she was proud to host the event. She thanked all the schools and participants for making it a success.

Dance competition

A solo dance competition was organised for students of classes VI-VII at BCM School, Dugri, to rejuvenate them after the hectic schedule of examination. The students exhibited their talent by dancing on various Bollywood numbers. Malika, Aakriti, Twinkle and Gurvansh of Class VI were declared as the best dancers. Triyan, Shagun, Pragati and Tejnoor of Class VII were other noticeable dancers. School principal Dr Vandna Shahi lauded the participants. Such activities act as a stress buster for all and they must be organized regularly to hone the skills of the students, she said.

Birth anniversary

The birth anniversay of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was observed on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, under the guidance of the president of the school, Balraj Kumar Bhasin (SDP Sabha Regd). Students delivered lectures on the life history of martyr Bhagat Singh and presented poems and patriotic songs. — TNS



Make cleanliness a way of life

Though different government departments launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for making the city clean, garbage can still be seen in many areas of the city. Public places like markets, streets, sabji mandis and surroundings of Ramlila grounds in the city are yet to be taken care of.

An officer said: “The campaign, which started on September 25, will conclude on October 2. I don’t think that anyone will pay heed to all this afterwards. So it will be a futile effort. Rather, the government should take up this issue seriously and instruct officers to conduct checking regularly.”

Fasting or feasting!

The nine-day Navratra festival holds great importance in the country. These nine days are considered auspicious to start any new venture. Devotees wait for these days as they believe that Goddess Durga showers blessings upon them if they worship her wholeheartedly. The devotees observe fast on all nine days in which wheat flour or bread and normal rice cannot be eaten. At a recent wedding in the city, the host laid over 20 dishes just for the devotees who are observing fast. The “Navratra Bhoj” with a plenty of delicacies looked more attractive than the regular food. A guest was heard saying, “This is undoubtedly the feast for devotees observing fast. They are getting a variety of “Navratra bhoj”!

Encroachers rule the roost

Whatever efforts are being made by the civic body to curb the menace of temporary and permanent encroachments across the mega city are negated by habitual and persistent offenders. If the team of MC staff removes encroachments from a particular spot by removing push carts, street vendors and merchandise displayed on the roadside, encroachments are back in place the moment the MC staff leaves the scene to carry out the operation elsewhere. The net result is that every commercial hub, busy roads and even internal streets in the residential areas are infested with encroachments of all kinds. If with the present approach, the problem defies any solution, it is time the civic body comes out with a different way to tackle the menace in consultation with urban planners and stake holders.

Uneasy costume

With youngsters becoming comfortable in jeans, they feel uneasy in traditional clothes, especially with long flairs and jewellery. Recently during the youth festival, girls were seen carrying their outfits with utmost difficulty (see pic). “Jeans are so comfortable. I don’t understand how our mothers and grandmothers used to carry the traditional dresses with so much élan. I am just running to the dressing room to change my outfit,” said one of the participants.

Contributed by Anupam Bhagria, Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia and Manav Mander




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