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Pinned down, man opens fire
Lecturer ‘opens fire’ during a clash after a barati bangs car door into his vehicle
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Panic gripped Janta Nagar residents after a shot was fired during an incident of road rage in the Shimlapuri area after a minor accident in the morning.

The city police have arrested two persons, including a college lecturer, in this connection. Despite registering an attempt-to-murder case, the Shimlapuri police have slapped various sections of the Arms Act against Rajanbir Singh and Sajanbir Singh of Janta Nagar.

The incident took place at around 10 am when Rajanbir was going to college in his car. He got stuck in a wedding procession (barat). In the meantime, a car drove parallel to his vehicle. A woman, who was part of the wedding procession, while alighting from the vehicle banged the door of her car on Rajbir’s vehicle.

Rajbir alighted from vehicle and asked for damages. This led to heated arguments.

In the meantime, Monit, a local resident, intervened and tried to pacify Rajanbir and members of the wedding party. Monit requested Rajanbir not to spoil the happy occasion. Rajanbir asked Monit to pay the damages.

Amid arguments, someone hurled abuses. This led to a fight between Monit and Rajbir. In the meantime, many local residents also joined in the fight.

According to an eyewitness, Rajanbir pulled out a weapon and opened fire. Fortunately, no one was hit.

In the meantime, Rajanbir’s brothers Sajanbir, who studies in an engineering college, also arrived at the spot. However, both the brothers were soon overpowered and the weapon was reportedly seized.

The brothers were then locked in a room and the police were informed about the firing incident.

Soon, the police reached the spot and rounded up both brothers. Later during the day, they were booked on a complaint of the local residents.

Meanwhile, Rajanbir alleged that the shot was fired during the scuffle as Monit and his accomplices were trying to snatch the weapon. Rajanbir said when he asked for the damages, Monit and his men thrashed him and his brother.

They demanded the police should get their medical examination conducted at the Civil Hospital and register a counter case against Monit and his aides.


City-based woman declared Mrs India first runner-up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
City-based Simple Kwatra has been crowned Mrs India Beauty Queen 2014 first-runner up. She is a successful architect and interior designer. Married for 17 years, 38-year-old Simple Kwatra has two children aged 15 years and 11 years.

The event was conducted by Mrs Globe Foundation and Change You Media Private Limited under the leadership of Bir Kaur Dhillon, Mrs India Globe 2013.

The auditions for the beauty pageant started in August in many cities, including Ludhiana. After the auditions and many rounds, 25 women reached the final. The final was held from September 26 to 27 at Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan. The grand finale was held on September 28 and 29 in New Delhi.

The judges for the event were playback singer Rabbi Shergill, Bir Kaur Dhillon, Mrs. India Globe 2013, Sangeeta Behl and other personalities.



MC goes Android way to curb encroachments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation has been incurring financial losses to the tune of about Rs 10 lakh a month. Thanks to staff shortage, inadequate equipment, political interference and vested interests of certain employees, the wing has failed to achieve its targets.
To keep a check on encroachments, the MC has procured a new software. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
To keep a check on encroachments, the MC has procured a new software. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The higher officials believe if things go smoothly, the civic body can generate up to Rs 15 lakh a month through challaning. However, it has not surpassed even the Rs 4-lakh mark a month in the past many months. To achieve the targets and to hold employees accountable, the civic body has procured a new software (Android-based application), through which the officials will be able to get the pictures of those carrying out temporary encroachments in markets and on roads with a click.

“Actually, the present system is pretty tedious and outdated as challans are kept pending for months. Many corrupt employees would charge an amount from defaulters for not presenting their challans in the court. The Challan Management System is too poor. But when the new software becomes operational, we will get the pictures of defaulters on our computers and on the 7th day of issuing a challan, it will be automatically transferred to the court. There will be no chance left for manipulation by employees,” said Satwant Singh, Additional Commissioner and in-charge Tehbazari, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.

The Municipal Corporation expects to start this transparent system by start of December 2014 and meager amount of about Rs 30,000 has to be spent by MC to get this facility.

“We will outsource an agency that will click photos of markets and other public places and upload them for us. We will issue challans after verifying encroachments. We will send the pictures to violators and in case they do not visit us, the challans will be sent to the court automatically. And everything will be recorded and transparent. If all goes well, then this procedure will bear fruitful results. And we are hopeful to generate more revenue for the MC,” said Satwant Singh.

No scope for manipulation

When the new software becomes operational, we will get the pictures of defaulters on our computers. On the 7th day of issuing a challan, it will be automatically transferred to the court. There will be no scope left for manipulation by employees. — — Satwant Singh, Additional Commissioner and in-charge of tehbazari wing



Civic body takes cases against staff in its stride
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
There are around 100 employees/officials in the Municipal Corporation who are facing criminal cases and vigilance inquiries. According to the information procured through an application filed by an RTI activist, Ravi Sharma, most of these cases are pending either with the Local Bodies Department, Chandigarh, or in the court.

The employees and officials facing cases continue their service without facing any departmental action. The RTI application was filed by the activist on September 26 and the information was provided to him today.

According to the list provided by the Assistant Public Relation Officer (Complaints and Enquiry), Municipal Corporation, there are about 100 employees and officials in the Municipal Corporation against whom inquiries are pending. Some of them continue to get all pension benefits and were leading a peaceful retired life after creating a “mess” in the Municipal Corporation. The authorities are still to take any action against them.

Ravi Sharma said certain cases were pending for more than 10 years. “This is the reason why employees indulge in unethical activities. They very well know that they can get away with everything here. Cases linger on for years and no action is taken against them. How can corruption be eradicated in the MC if this is the scenario?” Sharma asked.

The list released by the APRO does not mention the name of an Inspector, who was the relative of an ATP and was caught red-handed by the Vigilance in February.

“That means the list is either incomplete or the erring inspector’s name has been deliberately struck out from it. This is just one case. Perhaps, we have been provided with a filtered copy,” alleged Ravi Sharma.



No clue to missing youth, case registered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
After failing to find a clue to the 22- year- old youth, who went missing on October 6, the Division No. 7 police have registered a kidnapping case against unidentified persons and started investigation.

The case was registered on a complaint of the missing youth’s father Rajinder Singh, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, near Samrala Chowk.

According Rajinder Singh, his son Amandeep Singh, alias Deep, left the house at 11am on October 6.

Rajinder said Deep was doing a computer hardware course from an institute located at Gurdev Nagar. Deep did not return home till evening. He couldn’t be contacted on his mobile phone as it remained switched off, following which the family started searching for Deep.

After failing to find any clue to Deep, the family informed the police. High alert was sounded and the respective police stations in the city were informed about the missing youth.

The Division No. 7 SHO said a case had been registered against unidentified persons and efforts were on to trace the youth.



This sister duo packs a punch in gifts
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Tying a bow to perfection in different styles is what two sisters, Ravneet and Gurleen, are expert in. They wrap a gift with élan and give a new meaning to it by packaging it in a wonderful box. Both sisters run a venture under the name of “The Bow Box” in the city.

It was their hobby, which has now turned into a serious business and helped them earn a good income. “Paper crafting is an art, which not many people in the city follow. It was our hobby and we turned it into a profession, which is turning out to be very lucrative. Today, we are dealing in handmade cards, albums, tags, trousseau packing, and cake and gift boxes. Very soon we will venture into wedding cards and boxes,” said an excited Ravneet.

“We first need to study the market before jumping into the wedding card business. We are on the path and will soon make an entry into this field,” added Gurleen.

“I never liked the idea of wrapping a gift in a plain paper. My passion behind presenting the gifts with a distinctive style made me enter into the business. Over the years, people have got more aware about trousseau packing. With Diwali round the corner, we are busy packaging gifts, including wine hampers, tea bag hampers and coffee bags,” says Ravneet.

Tying a perfect bow is what both the sisters are perfect at. They tie knots in different styles using different materials. Sometimes, it is a satin ribbon and sometimes a lace. Don’t get surprised if you receive a gift with a bow made from pearls or flowers, this is what the duo is known for.

You tell the occasion and they will make it perfect for you. Be it a birthday party, baby shower or wedding reception, they know how to turn these ceremonies into ideal occasions. Right from invitation cards to gift tags and packaging of return gifts, they will do it all.

Gift wrapping, which was considered as a mere hobby not long back, is gradually becoming a serious business on the lines of handicrafts and cottage industry. As long as you are creative and have a willingness to learn, packaging business can help one earn rich dividends, says the duo while signing off.



Family on jaunt, thieves have a field day 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Spending weekend along with his family proved costly for a resident of Sarabha Nagar as thieves struck at his house and decamped with gold ornaments, cash and costly electronic appliances, including an LED set, worth lakhs of rupees.

The incident came to light when Sukhvharanjit Singh returned after spending the weekend with his family. He found his house located in 1-C, Sarabha Nagar, ransacked.

He said when he returned to the house yesterday, he found the locks broken. He suspected the hand of his old servant Soni of Jawaddi Khurd in the theft.

The Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case against Soni and started investigation.



Income Tax Department launches new email system 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
After some instances of breach in its e-mail system, the Income Tax department has launched a secure email system for its staff. New e-mail IDs will be prepared after validation of log-in procedure.

“The department has discontinued its earlier system. The new system is for secure communication within the department and will ensure that no confidential information or data is stolen,” said a senior IT official.

There have been instances of breach in the system earlier which led to fraudulent transfer of funds. As per the new system, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will create an email ID and a password on the basis of details of the employee code, designation, personal email ID, mobile number, the commissionerate that he or she is working in and bona fide signature provided by the employee. The new IDs will be 
registered under the ‘incometax.gov.in’ or ‘incometaxindia.gov.in’ domains.

The IT department communications involve sensitive information about taxpayers like refunds and returns data, and it has been, of late, concerned about the misuse of cyber tools and attempts of phishing, that is the process of trying to acquire sensitive information like user name, password and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy source in an email.

The department will also launch the updated version of its website that will be a single-window for all online services offered by the department. “The website will be more user-friendly and robust so that it can handle many hits at a time,” the official said.



Festive season spells traffic chaos
DSP to deploy extra police personnel to streamline vehicular movement
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 13
With the ongoing festival season, residents are making a beeline for shopping stores. This has worsened the traffic scenario in Jagraon.

Though the flow of traffic was not streamlined before, the recent increase in vehicular movement has compounded the chaos.

Even as the local shopkeepers are happy regarding the heavy rush of visitors, the residents are disappointed as this has lead to rampant traffic snarls.

Indeed, traffic jams have increased manifold during the past some days and long queues of vehicles can be seen on all major roads of the town. Arguments over parking have become frequent between commuters.

The local residents stated that visitors often parked their vehicles on the roadsides, causing traffic jams. On the other hand, the visitors blame the lack of parking space in the town for the traffic problem.

The encroachments made by shopkeepers have also added to their woes.

Though the local police have been making all out efforts and a large number of police employees have been deployed in different areas to manage the situation during the festival season, it has not helped much.

DSP Jagraon Surinder Kumar said the police had been doing its best to keep the situation under control. “The rush has increased due to the festival season. We have deployed traffic personnel on all roundabouts and major roads of the town for the smooth flow of traffic. But the lack of cooperation on part of the visitors and illegal encroachments have made things difficult”, said the DSP.

He added that more traffic personnel would be deployed in the town if the need arises in the coming days.

Mad state of affairs

* Traffic jams have increased manifold during the past some days and long queues of vehicles can be seen on almost all major roads of the town.

* Arguments over parking have become frequent between commuters.

* The visitors have blamed the lack of parking space for the present state of affairs.

* Long queues of vehicles can be seen on all major roads of the town.

* Encroachments by shopkeepers in markets also add to the woes of shoppers. 



Farmers to be educated on wheat cultivation
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 13
The Administration has launched a comprehensive programme to educate farmers about various aspects of cultivation of wheat and allied crops.

Separate teams of experts have been constituted to sensitise farmers attending training camps scheduled to be organised at the block level in the following weeks.

District Agricultural Officer Dr Rajinder Singh Sohi said the Administration led by Deputy Commissioner Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu had drafted a comprehensive programme to educate farmers and other members of their families about sowing, vegetative growth and harvesting of wheat, barley and other crops sown in the region.

Block level camps will be held at Benra, Gehlan, Lehragaga, Jakhepal and Malerkotla on the scheduled dates.

Teams of experts led by Dr Apar Apaar Singh, Dr Amarjit Singh, and Dr Amandeep Kaur will elaborate upon issues and problems related with sowing, irrigating, fertiliser application, use of insecticides and weedcides and soil testing to decide the varieties to be sown.



Experts lay stress on personality development
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 13
The Career Guidance and Counselling Bureau of the Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a series of extension lectures for the students of arts, commerce, computers and science streams of the college.

Dr Ritu Lehal, professor and head, Department of Applied Management, Punjabi University, Patiala, discussed about personality.

Dr Suresh K Chadha, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on “Role of leadership in innovation”.

Prof Ranjit Kaur, coordinator of the cell and assistant professor in commerce, spoke on building self esteem. Dr Amandeep Kaur, assistant professor in economics, spoke on ‘Group discussion’.

Prof Nidhi Saroop, assistant professor in Sociology spoke on ‘The importance of communication in society.’

Prof Jagroop Singh, assistant professor in commerce delivered a lecture on ‘Building positive personality’.

Meanwhile, Ravneet, assistant professor in computer science also delivered a lecture on ‘Best practices to survive in digital era’ 

leadership qualities

The students were educated on leadership qualities, building self esteem and to take up challenges in life.



Print expo concludes

Ludhiana, October 13
The four-day Inter Print Expo India-2014’ concluded here today. Printing bodies from 60 cities across north India participated in the expo.

The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India. It was organised taking into consideration the constant demand of the printers of more than 60 cities of this region.

On the concluding day, SS Dhillon, Director Ludhiana, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, interacted with the exhibitors and visitors. Two awards — `Most Innovative Machinery Awards’ were also given. The recipients of these awards were auto print for rotary cutting machine and canon India for digital. — TNS



It's a tough row to hoe for parents 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The parents of Supriya, MD final year student of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC), who had committed suicide on September 29, today appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) constituted to probe the abetment to suicide case.

The city police had recently registered a case against unidentified persons following the complaint of Supriya’s father Dr Balwinder and mother Rajinder Kaur.

Dr Balwinder District, DHO at Jalandhar, today asked the police team to provide the remaining pages of the suicide note.

“We have seen the diary and found that Supriya had pulled out three pages from it. Only one page of the suicide note has been made available while the remaining pages are still missing. Perhaps my daughter may have written the names of the two doctors who were harassing her.”

Rajinder Kaur said, “The police officials told us about the hospital authorities’ claims that our daughter was suffering from stress. For the sake of an argument, I agree that my daughter was suffering from stress, but how she kept enduring stress for over two years and ended her life in the final year. Why the DMC authorities kept their eyes and ears closed and did not do anything against the doctors who forced my daughter to commit suicide.”

Giving an ultimatum to the police, social activists and leaders of the Dalit organisations said if the police would not book the two doctors in abetment to suicide case till October 15, they would stage a protest and block traffic at National Highway I near Ladhowal on October 16.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- III) said the statement of Supriya’s parents was recorded today and investigations were on.

Did not meet parentsfor a year

Supriya stayed away from her home for over a year. She attended counselling sessions two years ago. Sources in the hospital said the victim had told the doctors that she was forcibly made to peruse MD for matrimonial purpose. Dr Balwinder said her daughter had not visited the house, but he and his wife kept visiting her. “The hospital authorities were not letting her leave. She had never seen a psychiatrist. The hospital authorities are trying to malign the image of my deceased daughter,” said Dr Balwinder.



Residents on a shopping spree 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The year-long wait is over for many residents and they are on a shopping spree, making the most of the festive discounts during this time of the year.

Discounts, sale, promotional offers, gifts and lucky draw coupons are attracting buyers. This is the time for many residents to shop for products that they have been withholding the entire year, waiting for the sale. “Saving and shopping during this time is worth the wait and patience,” said Suresh, a resident.

“Come festive season and you get discounts on the purchase of most of the big items, which saves you money. So rather than spending at any other time of the year, we now defer purchases that can wait, to the festive season,” he said.

“Purchasing things near Diwali is considered auspicious,” said another resident.

“This is the time for cleaning, renovating and sprucing up the home. So we purchase most of the decor items near Diwali,” said Anjali Gupta, another resident. “I buy gifts for friends and relatives,” she said. The experience of getting discounts and winning prizes keeps many waiting for the festive season. “We won a washing machine from a scratch coupon. So now we make most of our purchases near Diwali. You get good discounts and may get lucky prizes as well, “ said Amarjit, a resident. “Even online shopping portals are offering good discounts. Apart from the savings, it is exciting to celebrate Diwali having new products,” said another resident. 



Music therapy to soothe your senses 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
A workshop “Striking the right chords” was organised by Arpeggios Music Factory. The institute conducts International Trinity College London examinations in performing arts and music in Punjab.

A discussion on the growing relevance of music in day-to-day life was held. Doctors, educationists and socialites from the city addressed the audience on “How Music Influences Life and Health in a Positive Way.” Around 100 students from different schools across Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala, attended the workshop.

Albert John, director, Arpeggios Music Factory, said, “The role of music in our society has become highly relevant as it enriches ourselves and our culture. Music is about people and communities.”

Dr Sandeep Puri, vice-principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said he felt that music had a profound effect on a person’s body and psyche. “There’s a growing field of healthcare known as music therapy,” he said.

“Music lowers blood pressure and boosts immunity. With so many benefits and such profound physical, psychological effects, it has become an important tool to help the body stay active,” he added.

Harpreet Kang, director, PCTE College, advocated the importance of exposing young children to a variety of instruments and styles of music to enhance their educational experience and foster their academic, social and emotional growth.

Music is an important avenue to individual success and it should be made available to all students in all schools.

Socialist Radhika Jaithwani quoted: “Music programmes hold an influential place in school and academic structure. When consideration is being given to music programmes, parents, counsellors and teachers need to know that music education is not just an “extra” elective to fill students’ schedules, but a vital part of a complete “academic” education.”



A peep into love, superstition, remarriage 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Hindi play “Hum Do Hamare Woh” was staged at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening. The play organised by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam was about an urban married couple. The play was directed by Prasad Khandekar. The male protagonist, Sameer played by Anup Soni, is a superstitious man, gets his ‘kundli’ read by a self-proclaimed godman who tells him that Sameer is going to die within 15 days. Sameer in a bid to secure the future of his wife Saloni, played by Smita Bansal, and son starts to hunt for a groom for his wife, who has no clue about what is going on. The situations turns ludicrous and hillarious for the audience as he searches for the groom along with his friend Dheeraj. The play had many instances of black humour and satire as well.

The audience enjoyed the performance of the actors. Some said they had seen the actors perform in popular television soaps and series but it was great experience to watch them perform on stage as well.



Jawan smashes glass of railway station office 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 13
A Jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force smashed the glass of the door of the station superintendent’s office at the railway station today. The Jawan, identified as B Krishna, is a resident of Andhra Pradesh.

As per information, the incident took place around 10 am when Krishna hit the glass with a flower pot. The official of Government Railway Police informed that the Jawan was going to join duty at Jammu.

Yashwant Singh, in charge, Government Railway Police, said B Krishna was upset over some family dispute. “He is under depression as he doesn’t know why he smashed the glass,” said Yashwant Singh. “We have registered a case for unlawful activity and destruction of railway property under Section 147 of the Railway Act. We let him off, but he will have to appear in the court tomorrow,” he said. Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said he was not in the office. “He is not well. A case has been registered,” said Sharma. 



CPI expresses concern over tension on border 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 13
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today called for end of hostilities on the India-Pakistan Border and urged leaders of both the countries to initiate meaningful dialogue to attain peace.

The party workers took out a march from the railway station to Clock Tower Chowk where a rally was organised to focus on the continued firing on Indo-Pak border which had disturbed peace on both the sides of the border.

The national secretary of the party, Amarjit Kaur, who was in the city to take part in the march and the rally, said the continued tension on the border was being used by the governments to denounce each other for petty political gains.

“At this particular time when Kailash Satyrathi of India and Malala of Pakistan have been presented the coveted Nobel Peace Prize, the talks of war and ongoing hostilities is most unfortunate. The leaders of the two nations rather ought to sit together and initiate dialogues for peace,” she said.

The CPI district secretary, Kartar Singh Bowani, said both the countries had a common history, culture and values. All issues between the two countries should be sorted out through peace initiatives and mutual dialogue.

Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretary of the party, expressed serious concern over the ongoing firing on the border by both sides leading to several casualties. “There is a danger that this could escalate into a larger conflict and threaten peace and development in the region. It must be remembered that both the countries posses nuclear weapons. We are poor nations and peace is the only alternative for both the countries to prosper. This is even more important particularly in the wake of flood on both the sides in Jammu and Kashmir which have caused large scale devastation and requires a lot of empathy and finances,” he said.

CPI assistant secretary DP Maur said during peace times, trade between the two countries had increased to the benefit of both India and Pakistan. People in the two neighbouring countries wanted to live in peace which had been proved from the experience of the people who had visited the two countries.

Among other speakers at the rally were Gulzar Gorea, Gurnam Sidhu, Kewal Singh, Gurnam Gill, Ramesh Rattan and Vijay Kumar.



A noble cause 

Ludhiana, October 13
Shri Gow Rakshani Sabha plans to use recently vacated plots for a noble cause.

Shri Gow Rakshani Sabha, registered in 1912, is a charitable organisation and one of the largest gaushalas housing 2,500 cattle.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the sabha, said investors, schools, colleges, skill development centres and hospitals could lend financial help to them.

“The sabha possesses plots measuring 8 acres and 39 acres. The plots were vacated after filing civil suit in the court recently,” said Mittal.

Another 2 acres is still under illegal possession. “Civil and criminal litigation is pending in the court,” said Mittal.

“The partnership model is based on mutual agreement (lease agreement or revenue sharing or any other model) that is in the favour of the community and helps in support, development and growth of the underprivileged,” added Mittal. — TNS



Tributes paid to Lord Valmiki
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
A function to pay tributes to Lord Valmiki was held at Arya Senior Secondary School, near the old sabzi mandi here. The function was organised by the Dalit Mahapanchayat.

Member of Parliament Ravneet Bittu, MLAs Surinder Dawar and Rakesh Pandey paid tributes to Lord Valmiki on the occasion.

Bittu congratulated the gathering on the birth anniversary of Lord Valmiki and said his preachings should be followed by all.

“We should not forget the basic values that bind all humans, irrespective of their caste or religion,” said the speakers. 



Capt Harjit Singh cremated with full military honours
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 13
The body of Commanding Officer Harjit Singh Jhajj, died in the line of duty 
in Chennai, was cremated with full military honours at village Durgi here today.

The body of the Commanding Officer, who was 44-year-old, landed at Halwara airport and then brought to village Durgi. Speaker Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal, Chairman SS Board Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, Dholewal Military Station Commander Brigadier Jagdeep Dhia and Director Headquarters Philipoz offered wreaths on his body.

Harjit Singh Jhajj is survived by his wife Rupinder Kaur Jhajj and two sons Kiratrath and Jashanjit.

He had joined the Indian Navy in 1993 and had been serving the same for the past 22 years. In 2013, India had bought eight P-81 aeroplanes from America. Harjit Singh was given training in the use of these aeroplanes and it was he who flew them to India.


* Harjit Singh Jhajj joined the Indian Navy in 1993 and had served the same for 22 years.

* In 2013, India had bought eight P-81 aeroplanes from America. He flew them 
to India.



Additional DC felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 13
The office-bearers and activists of social and constitutional organisations of the area have felicitated Additional Deputy Commissioner Pritam Singh Johal for his outstanding achievement at the national level.

Johal had recently received the President’s silver medal and citation for outstanding performance during the National Census held in 2011. Johal was presented the award by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a function held at Chandigarh recently.

Showing gratitude for the gesture, Johal said, “The step would encourage rank and file in departments which are normally entrusted with the additional duties related with census work periodically.”



Philately Day celebrated
Tribune reporters

Ludhiana, October 13
Philately Day was organised at the postal department as part of Postal Week today. Schoolchildren visited at the department where an exhibition id being held.

Students of Chander Public School, Haibowal, visited the Head Post Office to learn about philately. Devinder Singh, principal of the school, said students from classes VIII to X were taken to the exhibition-cum-workshop.

Senior Postmaster at the Head Post Office SP Pahwa said: “Apart from the collection of rare and beautiful postal stamps, it is a hobby that advances knowledge about great personalities, institutions and important events. Suresh Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of the City Division, interacted with the students.


Mandi Ahmedgarh: The staff and students of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute at Gopalpur village vowed to dedicate their lives to serve society.

Responding to a call made by the management of the college, the students pledged that they would work for the welfare of society. Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman, and Iqbal Singh, secretary, called upon the students to make optimum use of their knowledge.



Cleanliness missing from schools' dictionary 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
In the absence of adequate infrastructure in government schools, “Sohna School” seems a distant dream.

The Education Department launched Sohna School Campaign on September 29.

The recent visit of education officials to schools exposed the apathy of the authorities.

The officials feel that if school managements pledge to develop schools, they can upgrade the infrastructure without the government’s help.

A number of schools lack boundary walls. Despite the Education Minister prohibiting the use of school premises for functions, a plethora of events are organised in educational institutions.

The schools don’t even have toilets.

For rural schools, cleanliness is a challenge. In the absence of watchmen, residents use school toilets. Several schools are being run from congested buildings. The sewerage system remains choked. Some of the schools are near dumping sites 
and hygiene there goes for a toss.

“We try to maintain cleanliness, but the school staff can’t do much. The government should upgrade the infrastructure and recruit Class IV employees,” said a teacher.

Paramjeet Kaur, District Education Officer, said, “A good administrator can bring about a change. Such people do not need government aid.”

“We keep conducting checks at the schools. In most of the cases, staff is responsible for the poor condition of the schools,” said the DEO.



College notes

NSS camp concludes

Ludhiana: A cultural function was organised on the last day of the seven-day NSS camp at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna). Dr Yograj Angrish, programme officer, NSS Unit, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Vimal Vinod Bansal, president, GESWT, was the guest of honour. The programme started with Saraswati Vandana. College principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed the guests. Programme officer Prof Gaurav Verma and Prof Ruchika read out a report containing the details of activities undertaken during the camp. He said volunteers launched a Social Awareness Campaign at Manak Majra Village against AIDS, female foeticide and drug addiction. They also carried out a cleanliness drive on the college campus. They visited Old Age Home and Orphanage Home in Khanna. The volunteers distributed medicines, fruits, clothes and woollens among the inmates. Lectures on traffic awareness and yoga training were delivered. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni appreciated the efforts of the volunteers.

Installation ceremony

Rotaract Club was formed at the GMT College of Education under the guidance of Principal Dr Shikha Soni. Nine Rotarians were present at the installation ceremony. KK Dhir, district governor elect, Major SS Khosla, president, Brigadier Mastinder Singh, director, interacted with students. Principal Dr Shikha Soni thanked members of the Rotaract Club.

Tech fest

Students from the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, participated in EHSAAS, an inter-college tech fest at PCTE on October 10. The students secured the second position in modelling, singing competition and third prize in extempore. Dr JS Sohal (director), Dr Pawan Kumar (principal), and VK Gupta (chairman), Ludhiana College of Engineering & Technology, congratulated the students.

Kho-kho meet

The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised a three-day Inter-College Kho-Kho Tournament (Girls) of Punjabi University, Patiala. Eleven teams from different colleges participated in the tournament. Chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes and Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Dr Zora Singh inaugurated the event. — TNS



School notes


Ludhiana: A drawing and painting competition was organised at OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School. Students from classes Vl to Vll participated in the event. More than 100 students showcased their talent.

World Postal Day

Ryan International School celebrated World Postal Day on October 10. Students took part in various activities. They wrote messages and visited the post office. The students were told about the importance of postal services.

Mehandi competition

Green Land Convent School, New Subha Nagar, Ludhiana, organised an inter-house mehandi competition for secondary wing students. Jyoti Pujara, principal of the school, distributed prizes among winners. The principal exhorted the students to take part in such activities.

‘Maths Wizard’

Ryan International School, Ludhiana, organised the final round of “Maths Wizard” for classes III to V. Five rounds — mental maths, rapid fire, puzzle round, buzzer round and tables round — were held. Questions related to word problems, addition, subtraction and oral tables were asked. Ridham, Saswat and Ritwik Sehgal of Class III secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.

In Class IV, Sarthak stood first, Anika secured the second position while Kartik stood third. In Class V, Uday Gupta, Gursimran and Dev Raman Sood stood first, second and third, respectively.


NCC cadets of BVM (USN) attended eight camps from May 21 to September 31. Astha Chawla won a gold medal and stewardship of Colonel Ashwani Kumar. She secured the fourth rank during a camp at Delhi from September 19 to September 30.

Skating championship

Skaters of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, brought laurels to the school by excelling in the CBSE North Zone-II Skating Championship held at RKP Senior Secondary School, Madina (Rohtak). Itanya Sharma of Class IV won a silver medal in rink race II and a bronze medal in road race. Utkarsh Singh of Class VIII won a gold medal in road race. Jaap Kaur of Class IX won a gold medal in rink race I and a silver medal in road race. Jaap Kaur was given a cash prize of Rs 2,100. Three players have been selected for the CBSE skating nationals scheduled to be held at Sonepat in November. Principal Mona Singh congratulated the students on their outstanding performance.

Grandparents’ Day

New GMT Public School celebrated Grandparents’ Day. A function was held. Principal Manjeet Kaur delivered a speech. The function started with a welcome dance and Shiv Vandana. Students dacned to the tune of “Naani Teri Morni ”, “Daadi Amma Daadi Amma” and “Meri Zohra Zabin”. Gautam of Class VIII sang a beautiful song “Mere pind di neher nu suneha de deyo”.Chief guest Ranjeet Singh Ghuman was honoured by director of the school S Jasbir Singh Thind.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Students of Blossoms Convent School were told about Swachh Bharat Campaign. They were told to maintain hygiene and keep their surroundings clean. President Manpreet Singh Brar and staff members were present.


The Sahodaya Schools Complex (Ludhiana East) Basketball Tournament concluded at Doraha Public School on Monday. Doraha Public School emerged winners in the U-14 and U-19 categories. Fourteen schools comprising 29 teams in the boys and girls U-14 and U-19 categories participated in the tournament. Sumesh Chadha, national-level basketball player, was the chief guest. S Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, gave away prizes to the winners. He appreciated the efforts of the students and encouraged them to achieve their goal.


Boys U-14 : Doraha Public School 1, Gobindgarh Public School 2 and Garden Valley International School 3; girls U-14: Doraha Public School 1, Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School 2 and Delhi Public School 3; U-19: Doraha Public School 1, Saffron City School 2 and Garden Valley Senior Secondary School 3; boys U-19: Doraha Public School 1, Darshan Academy 2 and Gobindgarh Public 
School 3. — TNS 




Fashion furniture  store launched

Carpenters — the fashion furniture store — launched its new range of designer furniture especially designed around different concepts. Christened as The Keyhole — A journey through the keys to your soul, it’s a Numero Uno collection for the connoisseurs of classic taste for fashion furniture. Launching the collection here today, the directors — Mandeep Singh and Dolly Sidana — said the collection is a fusion of traditional and contemporary styles of furniture. “Designed with conceived concepts at our designer studio, the pieces of furniture are actually pieces of art. They just blend with the right tones of houses, offices and other places designed for,” said Dolly Sidana.

Diwali bonanza

To make the festival of lights more electrifying, HomeShop18 has announced its big bang Diwali celebration with ‘Shubh Shopping Utsav.’ With this festive bonanza, the company is offering every customer a chance to win prizes worth over Rs 1 crore. The month-long shopping festival also offers a special line-up of Diwali products, including puja thalis, Diwali hampers, home furnishings, home & kitchen appliances and more with discounts ranging from 30-70 per cent.

Lakme peach  milk moisturiser

Facial skin is extremely sensitive and most prone to dryness and roughness during winter. To rescue the skin from winter woes and add glow to it, Lakme has launched Lakmé peach milk moisturizer. Peach and milk are the perfect ingredients to provide complete nourishment and protection to your skin from winter damage. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Two-day ‘Elan 2014’ exhibition ends

The two-day luxurious exhibition, ‘Elan 2014,’ concluded at the Park Plaza Hotel today. The exhibition showcased pashminas, stylish designer wear with exclusive watches, heritage jewellery, handbags and expert consultancy in luxurious weddings by Ahuja Sons, Frontier Raas, Kapoor Watches, Khanna Jewellers, Judith Leiber and CSV Couture Weddings.

Three more test positive for dengue

Three more patients have tested positive for dengue. A 40-year-old man from Kandiana Kalan and another 27-year-old from Tibba Road are under treatment at the Civil Hospital here. A 50-year-old woman from Jamalpur is undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital. With this, the total number of dengue patients diagnosed in city hospitals has gone up to 54.

Kavi darbar on Oct 18

A seminar and kavi darbar dedicated to Prof Mohan Singh will be held on October 18. Dr Sukhdev Singh, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi said the seminar will be presided over by former Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr SP Singh. The Prof Mohan Singh yadgiri mela will be held at Punjabi Bhawan from October 18-20.

District Congress chief Gogi felicitated

Nirmal Kaira, president of the Congress Sewa Dal Ludhiana (urban), has honoured Gurpreet Gogi for being appointed as president of the District Congress Committee along with MP Ravneet Bittu.

Cleanliness arrangements

The anti-corruption council has submitted a memorandum to commissioner and Mayor of the Municipal Corporation regarding no satisfactory arrangements regarding cleanliness in the urban estate, Dugri, Phase I and II.

Cycle industry workers stage protest

The workers of the cycle industry protested outside the office of the assistant labour commissioner. They were protesting to get their demands mentioned in the charter implemented.

Ludhiana effluent treatment panel meet

A meeting of the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society was held here today wherein it was decided to hold elections of the office-bearers of the society. The election date has been fixed for December 10 and the result will be declared the same day.

Water pipes laid

The work of laying water pipes in ward number 22 commenced in the presence of area councillor Ashwani Sharma. Sharma for the past many years, the area residents faced problems in getting safe drinking water. With the new pipes, about 300 residents will be able to get water.

Yuva Jagriti Manch

Balram Ji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhatisgarh, honoured members and office-bearers of the Yuva Jagriti Manch with whose efforts Ganpati Utsav- 2014 was successful. The function was held at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Mahant Narayan Dass from Sant Samaj, Aanand Attari, Bunti Baba etc were present.

Punjab Roadways staff to hold rally on October 14

On the call of the joint action committee of Punjab Roadways Employees, a joint gate rally will be held on October 14 to press upon the long-pending demands of the employees. Punjab Roadways will go for a chakka jam on October 16. The Government Transport Workers Union will also participate in the rally. This was disclosed by Manjit Singh Gill, state vice secretary of the union and Pardeep Kumar, president of the depot.

Blood donation camp

A voluntary blood donation camp in support of thalassemia patients and with the support of the Team Zindagi Live Foundation was held. The blood was collected by a team from the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. As many as 83 units of blood were collected for thalassemia children at the DMCH.

Shiv Sena protests unhygienic conditions

The Shiv Sena, Punjab unit, has lambasted the Municipal Corporation for not upgrading filthy areas such as Sherpur, Giaspura, Dhandari Kalan, Makkar Colony, Kanganwal, Ishwar Colony etc, which were in a shambles. Rajiv Tandon, chairman of Shiv Sena, Punjab, said the leaders and officials were interested only in getting their pictures clicked in newspapers over the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. — TNS



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