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Sweet tooth and the bitter truth
16 samples of curd and milk fail quality test, health officials serve notices on vendors
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Think twice before treating your taste buds this festive season. Sixteen food samples collected by the Health Department have failed safety and quality tests.

The samples were taken from roadside eateries, dairies and departmental stores. The department has served notices on owners.

Health officials collected curd samples from milk supplier Partap Singh at Dhandra Road and a hospital’s canteen. The milk and curd samples taken from Sekhon Dairy and Sidhu Dairy were found unfit for consumption. The department has issued notices vendors Harjit Singh, a resident of Jodhan, Chetan Singh, a resident of Kular, and Manjit Singh, a resident of Taipai.

Cheese collected from bailif kitchen also failed the test. Turmeric from Gupta Karyana Store, Dhandra Road, biscuits from Suchi Sweets, Dhandra, fruit juice from a departmental store at Ferozepur Road had passed the expiration date.

Cheese, chutney at Goa Chaupati in Model Town and pav bhaji at Bombay Pav Bhaji on Rani Jhansi Road were also found unfit for consumption.

The samples have been preserved by the Health Department.

As Diwali is nearing, the department has been conducting raids at various places.

From September 1 to 30, the department has collected 105 food samples. District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said they had collected 54 samples of khoya, khoya burfi, milk, milk powder and mithai, eight samples of edible oil, 19 samples of cereal, five samples of gutka and paan masala, four samples of spices, five samples of fruit drinks and 10 samples of miscellaneous eatables.

Fine imposed
Health officials have imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on Kuldip Singh for selling substandard chutney at a canteen in Khalsa College. Komal Khanna will have to pay Rs 10,000 for selling substandard bread pakora at the Civil Hospital’s canteen. At the bus stand, a vendor, Deepu Tiwari, was found selling misbranded popcorn. He was penalised Rs 15,000. Another shopkeeper Arvind Mishra was fined Rs 20,000 for selling substandard sauce. Sharanjit Singh, who manages the central kitchen at Sherpur, was penalised Rs 30,000.


medical student’s suicide
Victim’s father to move court
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
As the police have closed the suicide case of Supriya (25), the deceased’s father, Balwinder Kumar, who is the District Health Officer (DHO) of Jalandhar, has cried foul and blamed the police for succumbing to the pressure of the medical institute.

Irked by the callous response of the police department, Balwinder Kumar has decided to knock at the door of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. “I am left with no other alternative, but to move the court. My daughter did not die a natural death, she was forced to end her life,” said Balwinder Singh. The final year student of MD (paediatrics) at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital had allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at the women’s hostel on September 29.

He said despite having sufficient evidence, the police were eager to close the matter by initiating inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC. He said in routine incidents, the police registered cases of abetment to suicide as per the statement of a deceased’s relatives. “But in my case, the police have taken a different stand. I have given a statement to the police wherein I have blamed a woman resident professor for harassing my daughter. Despite having strong evidence (suicide note), the police is reluctant to take action.”

Supriya’s postmortem was conducted at Civil Hospital today. The body was later handed over to the family. Balwinder Kumar said he had lodged a formal complaint against the resident professor. “My daughter was strong enough to handle all situations. She had done her MBBS and was about to complete her MD. I fail to understand what drove my daughter to take the extreme step. I request the police to probe the case and save the lives of other students,” lamented Balwinder Kumar. Despite repeated attempts ADCP-III PS Pannu could not be contacted. Gurdev Singh, SHO, Division No. 8 police station, maintained that the postmortem was conducted and inquest proceedings were on under Section 174 of the CrPC. He refused to comment on Balwinder Kumar’s objection to the police action.

Who is to blame?
The suicide has put the authorities in a tight spot. A majority of the students accused resident doctors of harassing them. A student said: “Senior doctors bully juniors and humiliate girls.” Another medical student said in most of the cases, seniors harassed their juniors on the pretext of helping them in improving their grades. “Students have to submit their practical assessments. The seniors take advantage of the situation as the future of the students depends on their remarks,” she said. Most of the students complained of mistreatment, adding that they were abused, belittled and and threatened.



High Court puts Punjab on notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the State of Punjab and its functionaries on notice on a petition filed in public interest against the use of residential premises for industrial use in Ludhiana. The notice came on the petition filed by “Environment & Health Protection Society (Ludhiana)” against the State of Punjab and other respondents. The petitioner claimed that the residential premises in the city were being permitted to be put to industrial use, playing havoc with the environment.

The petition was initially placed before the High Court on September 22, but notice of motion to the respondents was issued this morning by the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal. Taking up the matter, the Bench also fixed October 31 as the next date of hearing in the matter.



To rid roads of chaos, civic body resorts to Gandhigiri
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
When things go out of control, Gandhigiri works. Unable to rid roads of traffic chaos, officials of the Municipal Corporation, police department and district administration have joined hands to create awareness.

The officials will urge shopkeepers not to display goods on footpaths. Commuters will be told to park their vehicles at designated parking spaces only. And for this, pamphlets will be pasted and distributed among residents in markets and crowded areas. An appeal has been made to the public to abide by traffic rules. Appreciating the move initiated by the authorities, especially on Gandhi Jayanti (falling on October 2), the residents are wondering if such an appeal could set things in order.

Sudershan Kumar, a resident, said the authorities needed to act tough. “In Chandigarh, a person thinks twice before violating any traffic rule. “Here, nobody listens. The rules are violated right in front of traffic policemen,” said the senior citizen.

A schoolteacher, Mona Maini, said that during the festive season, the shopkeepers kept goods in corridors and on footpaths, obstructing the movement of pedestrians.

“The authorities keep carrying out encroachment drives, but the situation is back to the drawing board once officials leave. Responsible citizens do not need such appeals because they know what they have to do and how rules are to be followed. Those violating the rules need to be taught a lesson,” said the teacher.

Commenting on the initiative, Additional Commissioner Satwant Singh said at times, requests yielded better results than whip. “The residents are sensible enough to understand their responsibilities. We are hopeful of easing congestion,” said the official.



Man found dead in car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Panic gripped Noorwala village after a man was found dead in a Skoda car today. The victim, identified as Sukhpal Singh (35), a resident of the Koom Kalaan area, had suffered multiple stab injuries.

It is suspected that the killer was in the process of dumping the body when the vehicle got stuck in a pothole at Noorwala Road. As the vehicle broke down, the accused left the body and fled the scene, said the police.

Sukhpal was employed with a transport company at Ahmedgarh and had left home for an official tour on September 6. The incident came to light when morning walkers spotted the body in the car at the rear of a liquor vend.

The residents then raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident. The police said the victim was stabbed mercilessly till the time he was dead.

Later during the day, the police got to know about the victim’s whereabouts and informed his father Harminder Singh about the murder. Later, the police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

Harminder Singh reportedly told the police that he had spoken to his son Sukhpal and the latter had told him that he was returning home. He further informed the police that Sukhpal’s brother- in-law had taken the Skoda car a few days ago. After recording the statement, the police registered a murder case against unidentified persons and started investigations. The police said illicit relationship could have led to the killing.



Let there be peace
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Not many in the city know that the International Day of Non-Violence falls on October 2. In 2007, the UN General Assembly had voted to establish October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Harneet, a schoolteacher, said: “It is great that the day has assumed international importance, but not many people know about it. One of the reasons for it could be that it is a fairly recent development.” “The day is all the more important as Mahatma Gandhi stood for non-violence,” said Jaspreet Singh, a student. “Bringing the might of colonial powers on knees using non-violence was unprecedented and revolutionary,” said 67-year-old Harish Walia, a resident. Mahatma Gandhi is revered the world over and his ideal of non-violence has assumed all the more importance. “Non-violence should pave the way for international peace rather than resorting to barbarism and non-violence that people in different parts of the world are resorting to,” he said. To make people aware of the international importance of the day, the government, organisations and people should create awareness about the life of Mahatma and his great ideals, added Harneet.



CII launches mission sanitation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
To strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched ‘Mission-Sanitation of Schools’ (SoS), an initiative to work with companies on construction of toilets across the country.

The CII will work with the industry and the government to make ‘Swachh Bharat’ a reality,” said Sumit Mazumder, president designate, CII, and chairman and managing director, TIL Limited.

“We have set up a mechanism to create awareness and encourage the industry participation through our network of 64 offices in the country.”

It will work at the national, regional and state-levels to promote and facilitate industry participation towards sanitation in government schools.

Steps CII will take to sensitise industry
Will encourage industry to get toilets constructed to promote sanitation at schools
Will facilitate identification of geographies in consultation with the Ministry of HRD and state governments
Develop a bank of implementing partners/agencies for industry to tie up for construction
Encourage industry to participate in developing innovative design and technology which is adaptable to the local needs and is environment-friendly and cost-effective

Real Picture
Recent UN statistics say half of India’s population does not have access to toilets. The condition is even dismal in rural areas where around 60% of the population still defecates in the open. 1.01 lakh government schools don’t have toilets for girls, 1.52 lakh schools don’t have toilets for boys and 1.64 lakh have dysfunctional toilets.



Cleanliness campaign
An uphill task for rly station authorities
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
In the wake of the nationwide cleanliness campaign, which is going to start from tomorrow, the Railway authorities here are trying to tackle the problem of litter on the station premises.

The authorities have only 23 sweepers to clean the railway station and the surrounding area. They recently hired a company to clean and wash the railway tracks.

With limited human resources, the authorities are trying to clean platforms, bridges, passenger halls and open yard outside the main building.

The Railway authorities said most of the time, migrant labourers, who visit the station to go to their native places in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, spend almost the whole day at the railway station. They can’t use any mode of communication to confirm the train timings.

Passengers who chew gutkha and tobacco are also one of the major hurdles in keeping the premises clean. They spit on the walls of the station, which gives an ugly look to the city.

Pramod Kumar, health inspector at the railway station, said: “Local passengers don’t stay for long at the railway station. If their train is delayed, they prefer to go home. But migrants stay for hours at the station. We do not have enough space to accommodate them for hours. We clean walls of the station twice a week, but all in vain”.

The health inspector said in 2008 there were 38 sweepers at the station. Now, they only have 23 sweepers. The Railways had not recruited sweepers from the past several years.

“We need at least 100 sweepers to keep the station premises clean,” said Pramod.

“The cleanliness drive will not serve much. There is a need to create awareness among passengers. If all visitors throw the litter in garbage bins, then there will be no need for such special drives. The public should be educated to maintain hygiene. We will ask the passengers to cooperate with us for maintain cleanliness on the station premises,” said Station Superintendent Ravinder Sharma.

Where the problem lies
The Railway authorities said most of the time, migrant labourers, who visit the station to go to their native places in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, spend almost the whole day at the railway station. They can’t use any mode of communication to confirm train timings.
Passengers who chew gutkha and tobacco are also one of the major hurdles in keeping the premises clean. They spit on the walls of the station, which gives an ugly look to the city.



Gandhi Jayanti
Mixed response to cancellation of holiday
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 1
There has been a mixed response to the cancellation of holiday on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as some term it as a constructive move while others rue that it is an authoritative order of the Prime Minister of a democratic country. They have, in fact, demanded its restoration, especially for schools.

Prof KBS Sodhi, an eminent educationist, said: “Sarojini Naidu, while talking about Mahatma Gandhi in her speech, said, “My father, do not rest. Do not allow us to rest.” These lines mean “we should rather than sitting back, be on our toes to accomplish those tasks which still have been ignored for years together and it is in the togetherness that we can find the destiny of our nation.”

“Moreover, it is the work culture which excludes Indians at present and we are becoming a nation of shirkers and prefer bluffing rather than working. This is definitely a good move of the Prime Minister to make children and adults work and at the same time understand the dignity of work as well,” he said.

Jaswant Singh Gill, director, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, said “The holiday on October 2 has been cancelled to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat, Swachh Vidyalaya’ campaign and students will have to attend schools tomorrow and clean up classrooms and school premises.”

“Besides, the principles of Gandhi, his ideals and his way of life too shall be discussed and pondered upon by teachers and educationists. This is in fact a welcome step as holidays are required on festivals and not on days of national significance. Rather than making the students sit back at their homes and not even know the purpose of such holidays, they should be asked to attend school and celebrate the day in a manner and pay tributes to great souls. The children should be motivated to learn from the lives of such great personalities and imbibe certain values for which these leaders stood for all through their lives,” he said.

Dr Kuldip Singh, president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union said: “This is a completely unwise step of the government. Earlier, students and teachers were asked to sit back for long on the Teacher’s Day and now it is the day of Gandhi Jayanti that is going to be spoilt in meeting with the demand of the Central Government for cleaning school campuses and surroundings.”

On the other hand, Prof RS Brar, former president, PCCTU, said: “The tradition of observing Gandhi Jayanti as a holiday should be respected. It should continue to be observed with the same spirit as done in the past.” 



Civil Surgeon holds meeting with officials

Ludhiana, October 1
Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta today conducted a meeting with medical officers of dispensaries from the district to make them aware of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’.

Dr Batta said on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, entire staff of the dispensaries will take a pledge at their respective premises. The function will be presided over by the medical officer of the dispensary concerned, They will take a pledge to keep their surroundings clean and not to let any disease spread around them due to garbage and filth.

DHO Kulwinder Singh said they would be organising special camps on the occasion to make people aware of diseases that could spread due to unhygienic conditions. A special drive would be launched against vector-borne diseases. — TNS



Verka increases commission of dealers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Management of the Verka milk plant increased the commission money of dealers associated with the plant here today. Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, chairman of the plant, announced 10 paisa per litre hike in the commission.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhagpur said Verka takes care of financial benefits of its dealers for the better supply of milk and other milk products.

“To motivate the dealers for more sales, we have given this hike as a Diwali gift,” he said.

The increased commission prices have been implemented from today.

As per the new rate, now the dealers will get Rs 1.20 commission on a litre of milk. They will get 3 per cent commission on various types of milk. The commission is increased on the 3.5 and 6-litre packing from 50 paisa to 60 paisa.

According to information, after taking charge as the Chairman of the Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, Bhagpur increased the dealer’s commission thrice.

Bhagpur said: “We expect that the dealers will work dedicatedly and increase the sales of Verka products.

“Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is much concerned to make Verka products available at every home for good health of residents. We will work to make his dream come true,” the Chairman added.



Health Dept holds rally to spread awareness on leprosy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 1
The Health Department, Punjab, organised a awareness drive on leprosy here today. A rally was taken out by doctors and staff members of Jagraon Civil Hospital in the town to create awareness against leprosy.

Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Jagraon Civil Hospital, Sukhjiwan Kakkar flagged off the rally which concluded at the Civil Hospital after passing through various areas of the town. The participants were carrying placards and signboards carrying awareness messages.

Later, an awareness camp was also organised at the Civil Hospital. While speaking on the occasion, district leprosy officer Sangeeta Singh said leprosy was completely curable. She also talked about the symptoms and causes of leprosy.

Dr Sangeeta appealed to people to approach doctors at nearby hospitals in case they observe any symptom of the disease in their relatives or family members.

“Leprosy is a kind of infection that spreads due to a bacteria, ‘Mycobacterium Lapre’. There are a lot of patients of leprosy in Ludhiana district alone but there is no need to fear as it is completely treatable with the help of medicines,” said Dr Sangeeta.

SMO Sukhjiwan Kakkar said the medicines to cure leprosy were available at all civil hospitals free of cost and patients should not hesitate to contact the hospital in case anybody was suffering from the disease.

“It takes six months to one year to treat leprosy with the help of medicines,” Dr Kakkar added.



Basmati glut
Chalk out strategy to save farmers, BKU urges govt
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 1
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has made a plea to the government to chalk out an effective strategy to save basmati growers who were feeling cheated as there were no takers for their produce in the market.

In a statement here today, BKU general secretary Ajmer Singh Gill said earlier the farmers who had gone for maize cultivation had also faced a similar kind of exploitation at the hands of traders.

Attributing the problem of plenty, being faced by producers of basmati rice to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Gill said farmers had always scrupulously followed recommendations made by PAU scientists for cultivation, crop rotation, diversification and those related to professions of dairy, poultry farming, horticulture and piggery.

“Now that there is a glut of basmati in the market and the farmers are not able to sell their produce at remunerative prices, the Punjab Agricultural University cannot escape the responsibility by blaming it to more than required sowing of the crop,” the Bharti Kisan Union leader said.

Gill said: “The farmers have sown only that much quantity of the seed which was sold by the Punjab Agricultural University itself”.

He said: “It is time the government comes out with a comprehensive marketing policy for various crops and also ensures procurement at remunerative prices to make the much needed diversification of agriculture a success”.



Minister inaugurates Dhuri railway overbridge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The Dhuri railway line overbridge, Southern Bypass, was opened for public here today.

Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon inaugurated the newly constructed bridge.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the ongoing development projects in the city would be completed in the next two years.

“The under construction southern bridge will be completed till December 31,” said Dhillon.

“The Akali-BJP Government is trying hard to provide basic education and health facilities to the people of the state. To address traffic problems in various cities of the state, elevated roads and bridges are being under construction. The Southern Bypass (Doraha to Ferozepur Road) will be completed till the end of this year,” said Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Dhillon said the Southern Bypass would facilitate the residents of the city and the adjoining towns.

The minister said an under path on the Ferozepur Road will be opened soon. The flyover at Sahnewal would be completed till the last week of November.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Madal Lal Bagga and Harbhajan Singh Dang, presidents, SAD (Urban), were also present on the occasion.



Fresh dengue cases surface
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The total number of patients diagnosed with dengue at Ludhiana hospitals has gone up to 36. A 40-year-old man, belonging to Tajpur Road, Ludhiana, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital and reported as a confirmed case of dengue today.

Meanwhile, Pancham Hospital detected a 27-year-old man as a ‘suspected’ case of dengue fever. Dr Harsimran Singh, Medicine Specialist, Pancham Hospital, said dengue fever is an acute viral illness with potential fatal complications caused by infection with one of four different dengue viruses belonging to family “flaviviridae”.

“Dengue is caused by the bite of aedes aegypti mosquito, which is active during daytime hours. It breeds in containers having stagnant water,” he said.

Under the direction of Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta and supervision of District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team of 20 breeding checkers, along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisors, checked the coolers of different areas for breeding of aedes aegypti (larva of dengue). In Kitchlu Nagar, larva was found in 12 coolers, while in Shimla Colony, Kailash Nagar, larva was found in 7 coolers, 3 pots, 2 tanks and one tyre. The information regarding the same has been passed to MC officials for issuing challans.

Dos and don’ts for patients
Keep the body temperature of the patient below 39 degree Celsius.
Give large quantity of fluid.
Immediately consult a doctor if any of the following symptoms appear – red spots on the skin, bleeding from nose or gums, black stool, vomiting with blood, difficulty in breathing, abdominal pain and sleepiness.
Do not take aspirine, brufen and ibubrufen.



Now, small manufacturers to sell products online
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
After the branded hosiery brands, now small manufacturers will also get an opportunity to sell their products online. The Federation of Indian Micro and Medium Enterprises and Flipkart India in association with Knitwear Club recently organised an interactive seminar and gave offers to hosiery and garment manufacturers to sell their products online.

After the seminar, 40 entrepreneurs got themselves registered to sell their products online. However, the company targets to get associated with 40,000 manufacturers.

Sudhanva Sundraraman, manager, strategy alliance from Flipkart India, said: “At present, only 2 per cent of the Indian market has been captured online. But now, the trend of online shopping is increasing”.

“Retailing in India is under transformation. Mobile and Internet penetrations as well as modern living styles are resulting in great changes in buying behaviour of consumers. Young generation is increasingly buying goods online. The trend is increasing by a phenomenal speed. It looks that by 2015, almost 20 per cent of the goods in many product categories such as garments, home furnishings, knitwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, handicrafts, leather products, etc, will be bought online,” said Sundraraman.

Officials from Flipkart said they had 70 product categories and Ludhiana, being an industrial city, could play an important role in these categories.

“After knitwear and hosiery industry, we plan to target the cycle and auto parts industry. The company is planning to set up an office in Ludhiana and separate staff will be recruited for the purpose who will be giving training related to sales and photography of the goods,” he said.

A MoU has already been signed between Flipkart and the Ministry of Textiles to provide online marketing platform to handloom weavers in the country to boost the sector, empower weavers and boost manufacturing in the country.



Kundanpuri school building declared unsafe
Students shifted to Government Primary School, Chander Nagar; 1.25 km from the old location
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Government Primary School, Kundanpuri, has been declared unsafe by the District Education Officer (Elementary). The school, which was running at a building in Dharamshala, has been shifted to Government Primary School, Chander Nagar.

The pathetic condition of the school was highlighted in the columns of this newspaper a few months back.

Around 226 students are studying in the school. The District Education Officer (Elementary), Gurjot Singh, had asked the junior engineer (JE), block mangat-2, to submit a report about the condition of the school building.

As per the report, the building is quite old and even portion of walls and roof of the building was broken. The technical team had also suggested shifting of the school due to safety purpose.

Government Primary School, Chander Nagar, has three classrooms and a large hall. It is at a distance of 1.25 km from the Kundanpuri School.

The president of Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee, Sukhdeer Singh Sekhon, who had raised the issue, has welcomed the move of the Education Department.

“I visited the Government Primary School, Kundanpuri, a few days ago. Two rooms of were closed as portion of the roof was broken and three small rooms were not enough to accommodate over 200 students,” said Sekhon.

Gurjot Singh said, “We have made alternative arrangements for students. Now, the students of Kundanpuri School will study in Chandan Nagar School in the evening shift.”



Sohna School campaign
Students’ efforts prove futile
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 1
Poor condition of roads, leading to various government schools, is proving major impediment to progress of Sohna School campaign that was launched by the government.

Inadequate infrastructure is also an obstacle to carrying out the campaign effectively.

Muddy shoes and tyres of the cars, broken windows and doors, poor shape of floors and uneven grounds are some of the hindrances coming in the way to achieve the desired target.

The staff and students of various schools of the region, falling under Sangrur and Ludhiana, have been making genuine efforts to clean the premises and surroundings of their respective institutes, but in vain.

Volunteers, cleaning areas near the main entrances of their institutes, were left disappointed when dirt was brought in on the premises by muddy shoes of visitors or tyres of their vehicles. Parents of the students and office-bearers of the organisation, including chairpersons and members of school committees, felt insulted when they were asked to park their vehicles outside the campus. This even led to arguments with the authorities concerned.

Heads of some schools claimed they had to seek help from leaders of the area to pacify villagers, who got annoyed on being asked to value the efforts put in by volunteers.

Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartauli, former president and secretary of the Government Teachers’ Union, said the government should make necessary repairs of the building before making students and teachers make efforts to clean floors and walls which are permanently damaged.

“We want to educate students about significance of cleanliness. But their efforts should be valued and not go wasted,” said Latala and Jartauli.



Cleanliness drive at SCD Govt College

Ludhiana, October 1
SCD Government College, Ludhiana, kicked-off the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on the college campus here today.

Hundreds of students and teachers participated in the campaign. Principal Dr Dharam Singh, Dr RK Miglani, vice-principal, Dr Ashwani, programme coordinator professional programmes, Prof Kamal Kishore, Prof Kulwant Singh, Prof Gurcharan Singh, registrar of the college, Prof Chandeep Kaur, Prof Reetinder Joshi and Prof Nishi started the cleanliness drive from the old hall of the college and cleaned the area up to the principal office and then to the principal’s residence.

Teachers and students vowed that they will take part in the cleanliness drive for two hours in a week and will clean their surroundings and inculcate good thoughts in their mind. — TNS



New PPCC secy expresses gratitude to party
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 1
Paramjit Singh Ghawadi, member of Censor Board, Central Government, has paid gratitude to the party high command on his elevation to the post of secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

Responding to the plea made by PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, Ghawadi said he would leave no stone unturned in getting support for the party from rural belts of the state.

Ghawadi called upon office-bearers and activists of the Congress to shun differences and work for rights of the downtrodden and poor under the banner of the state committee.

Maintaining that the party had always recognised and encouraged loyal workers, Ghawadi said due respect would be given to constituents of the party.

Earlier, Bajwa handed over the letter of appointment to Ghawadi and told him to work for strengthening the organisation in rural belts of the state.



Gandhi Jayanti celebrated

Students of Ryan International School celebrated birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. A special assembly was conducted in which patriotic songs were sung. Different movements led by Gandhi ji, such as salt satyagraha, civil disobedience and quit India movement, were enacted by students. A cleanliness drive, under Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan was also carried out by students. Declamation contest on non-violence and other principles followed by Gandhi ji was also conducted by senior students. Gandhi Jayanti was also celebrated at Green Grove Public School, SDP School, Hazuri Road, and Radha Vatika School, Khanna.

Workshop at DAV school

A two-day workshop titled 'Aiming for excellence' was organised at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. The main purpose of the workshop to train the gathering was to enable them to conduct need-based training workshops in their regions. Regional directors and principals of various DAV schools attended the workshop. The workshop was conducted under the stewardship of the regional director of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur zone, PP Sharma.

Dasehra celebrated

MGM Public School celebrated the festival of Dasehra. A tableau show and role play enactment was the highlight of the celebrations. The principal, Poonam Sharma, motivated the students to move on the path of righteousness, honesty and integrity to overcome all the vices and obstacles. Director of the school Gajjan Singh Thind congratulated all the students.

Rhyme competition

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School conducted rhyme competition on the occasion of Dasehera. Over 100 students participated in the contest. The participants were given medals and trophies.

Festive fervour grips students

Dassehra was celebrated at Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Students showcased various events from the life of Lord Rama in the form of choreography. Principal Mona Thakur exhorted the students to follow righteous path of religion. School Manager SC Saxena gave his best wishes to students.

Rhyme recitation competition

Final round of Rhyme recitation competition for nursery children was conducted at DCM Presidency School. Preliminary round of the same was held on September 15. As many as 42 children were selected for the final round. The children were adjudged on the basis of confidence, presentation and content. Ananya Sharma received the first prize, Chirayu Goyal and Arshnoor Kaur got the second prize and the third prizes, respectively. Consolation prize was received by Parin Bansal. Principal Nupur Nutan said such competitions enhance the confidence of the students.

442 patients examined at eye camp

Maa Bhagwati Club, in collaboration with Punarjot Eye Bank Society, organised a free-of-cost eye check-up camp at St Bawra Public High School. The director of the school, Satish Soi, inaugurated the camp. On the occasion, Dr Ramesh, eye surgeon, along with his team, examined 442 patients. Free-of-cost medicines were also distributed on the occasion.

Turban-tying competition

Sri Guru Hargobind Public Senior Secondary School, Thakkarwal, organised a Turban- tying competition on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. As many as 70 students from Classes VI to VIII participated in the event. Anmolpreet Singh, Jaskaran Singh and Baldeep Singh notched top spot. Maninder Singh, Gurtej Singh and Lovepreet Singh got second position. Jaspreet Singh, Gurjot Singh, Pardeep Singh and Jaskaran Singh secured third position. Principal DK Sharma gave away the prizes to the position-holders.

Cleanliness drive at Guru Gobind Public School

Guru Gobind Public School, Daad, conducted 'Cleanliness week' on the school campus. All the students, teachers and staff members vowed to keep their school campus and surrounding areas clean. A team of all the senior students, teachers and other staff members cleaned the toilets, drinking water areas, classrooms, laboratories, library, playgrounds and gardens. Principal Dr Manjit Kaur delivered a speech on the importance of cleanliness.

Workshop on child psychology

A workshop was held at BCM School, Basant City, under the guidance of psychologist and career counselor, Avneet Kaur. The interactive session was attended by teachers from different schools. The resource person discussed different issues related to teaching and learning such as challenges in the classrooms, child development and effective teachings.

Theme assembly

A theme assembly on "Concern for others" for Class III was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir. The students promoted the idea through mono acting, songs, play and dance. The headmistress, Namita Raj Singh, presided over the assembly and advised parents to check the habits of their children. — TNS



“The Big Billion Day”

Flipkart, an online shopping portal, has announced “The Big Billion Day” on October 6, 2014, for Indian shoppers. The ‘Big Billion Day’ will be a day long shopping event which will offer unbeatable discounts and special offers across 70 product categories. With products categories like books, toys, mobiles, laptops, cameras, clothes, shoes and watches available at heavy discounted prices, Flipkart promises to offer attractive deals for all on ‘The Big Billion Day’.

Marquee collection

Vero Moda has taken the style game a notch higher by collaborating with Karan Johar to create the Vero Moda Marquee collection. This occasion wear line has been created keeping in mind styles that will resonate with the latest trends. The Vero Moda Marquee collection designed by Karan Johar comprises stylish separates and ensembles, which are opulent yet functional. The collection will be in stores from October 1 till the end of this year.

General average price hiked

DHL Express, an international express services provider, on Wednesday announced a general average price increase globally, effective from January 1, 2015. In India, the average price increase will be 9.9 per cent. “DHL Express is committed to deliver great value for customers, and our annual price increase is one of the factors that allows us to ensure service excellence and a competitive offering over the long-term,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. — TNS



MC’s move condemned

The district Valmiki Sabha has condemned the step taken by the MC to remove hoardings and banners of Bhagwan Valmiki. A delegation of the sabha met BJP state president Kamal Sharma over the issue. They said a superintendent was against them and the official had made a deliberate attempt to remove the hoardings.

Bear treatment expenses of actor: Academy

Office-bearers of the Punjabi Sahit Academy have appealed to the state government to bear the treatment expenses of Punjabi film actor Satish Kaul and let the actor be allowed to stay at the ‘Lekhak Bhawan’, Punjabi University in Patiala free of cost. President Sukhdev Singh said Kaul had played a great role in promoting Punjab and the Punjabi culture through cinema. The office-bearers said the veteran actor was not in a good condition and the state government should come to his rescue.

National Leprosy Day observed

A rally was organised to mark National Leprosy Day on the directions given by Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta on Wednesday. Students from nursing colleges participated in the rally that was flagged off by Dr Batta. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Batta said the treatment of leprosy was possible and was given free of cost at government hospitals.


Punjab BJP BC Cell working committee member Amrik Singh quit the party on Wednesday. He blamed some senior BJP leaders for meting out “step-motherly treatment” to party workers. — TNS




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Inter-College Meet
GCG students clinch chess title

Ludhiana, October 1
Students of the Government College for Girls (GCG), Ludhiana, gave a stupendous performance to emerge champions in the Panjab University Inter-College Chess Championship held on the university campus, Chandigarh.

Five rounds were held during this championship and players from the local college stamped their supremacy over others to clinch the title.

In the first round, GCG, Ludhiana, blanked Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, (4-0) to begin their campaign in a style. The second round match was played between GCG, Ludhiana, and DM College, Moga, in which the former came out victorious without being challenged (4-0).

In the next round, GCG, Ludhiana, was held up by players from another city college, Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys. The fourth round match again was a well fought one in which the local girls after some hiccups managed to squeeze past Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, (2.5-1.5).

In the last round match, GCG, Ludhiana, proved too good for Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, as they romped home victors (14-5), which also fetched them the title.

Principal of the college Gurminder Kaur congratulated the players and head of the Sports Department Sharanjit Kaur and Prof Balbir Kumar for this achievement. — OC



Hockey tourney begins

Bhaini Sahib, October 1
The 2nd Junior Hockey Championship in the memory of late Satguru Jagjit Singh got off to a colourful start at Bhaini Sahib. Eight teams from various parts of the country are participating in the championship. It was inaugurated by Satguru Uday Singh.

Lakhvir Singh, spokesperson, Dera, said eight teams - SAI Centre, Lucknow, Mohali Academy, Punjab and Sind Bank, SAIL Orissa, SAI Centre Sonepat, Surjeet Academy, Jalandhar, Dhian Chand Hockey Academy, Bhopal, and Namdhari Eleven, Bhaini Sahib - were participating in the championship.

In the first match, SAI Centre, Lucknow, defeated Mohali Academy (4-2). In the second match, Punjab and Sind Bank defeated SAIL, Orissa, 3-2.

The semi-final would be played on October 4, while the final would be played on October 5. Lakhvir Singh said the winner team would be given a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh, while the runners-up would be given a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. — OC



Ludhiana eves outplay Patiala in basketball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 1
Ludhiana and Amritsar districts wrapped up their matches in the girls’ section in the annual Punjab State Basketball League being organised by the Punjab Basketball Association at Gure village near here today.

Ludhiana eves fought it tooth and nail to outplay their determined opponents from Patiala. Ludhiana girls managed to prevail over with a margin of four points (69-65). Amritsar players faced a little resistance from Jalandhar whom they beat (60-48).

In the boys’ section, PAP, Jalandhar, along with PSEB, Patiala, recorded victories in their respective matches. PAP, Jalandhar, defeated Punjab Youth XI (66-41), while PSEB, Patiala, overpowered Ludhiana Academy (58-50).



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