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delayed payments
MC contractors up in arms
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 15
In what could be termed as unplanned manner of allotment of development works, mostly under political pressure and that too without taking into account the available resources, the Municipal Corporation has chewed more than it can swallow.

On the one hand the MC authorities are facing the ire of contractors for delayed payments against the works already executed by them, on the other the cash-starved civic body is facing problem in paying salaries to its staff on time.

The severe financial crisis being faced by the MC was once again brought to the fore on Tuesday when a large number of contractors staged a dharna outside the office of the MC Commissioner and later met the Additional Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, demanding payment of their pending bills.

At the same time, led by activists of the Municipal Workers Union, the employees were holding a demonstration over non-payment of their salaries. Their protest continued today as well.

More than the inordinate delay in payment of works already executed by them, the contractors were sore over the alleged “pick and choose” method of payment. “While some contractors are still waiting to get payments against bills submitted in February 2014 onwards, a few others had managed to secure full or part payments for bills raised during April-June 2014 with the help of their political connections,” said a contractor.

Inquiries made by The Tribune indicated that the MC had issued work orders for development works worth about Rs 150 crore, of which works worth Rs 55 crore had already been executed by different contractors. “Irked over the delay or discriminatory mode of payment by the MC, many of the contractors or construction agencies had left several projects midway and chances of resumption of work were very thin unless the MC authorities took effective steps to streamline the system of payments to contractors,” said another MC contractor.

Apart from resource crunch, poor quality of road construction and connivance of the MC supervisory staff with contractors, who were more than keen to cut corners, are a big drain on the MC finances.

Sources in the MC disclosed that quality of work and material being used in the Rs 70-crore project for repair of major roads in the city was being compromised. The official of the bridges and roads branch, who has been made head of the quality control cell of the civic body recently, is already facing departmental action for alleged irregularities in the construction of the indoor stadium on Pakhowal Road and payment of bogus bills of development works, the sources added.

pick-and-choose method

While some contractors are still waiting to get payments against bills submitted in February 2014 onwards, a few others had managed to secure full or part payments for bills submitted during April-June 2014, with the help of their political connections.
— A contractor


Pedestrian hit by vehicle, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The city police have registered a case against unidentified persons after a 60-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run case near the Jalandhar Bypass chowk.

The victim has been identified as Ramdev Singh, a resident of New Gurnam Nagar in Jassian. The case has been registered on a complaint of Ramdev’ son Bachhan Lal.

Ramdev was reportedly hit by a speeding white Mahindra Bolero while he was crossing the road near the Jalandhar Bypass chowk.

Theft at electronics store

Thieves struck at an electronics showroom located in the Mundian area and decamped with 12 LEDs, five home theatre sets, two mixer-juicers, three toasters, 10 electric irons and 12 mobile phones. The city police have registered a case against unidentified persons

According to Kuldeep Singh, owner of the electronics shop on the 33-foot road at Kunal Colony, it was for the third time thieves had struck at his shop. He said thieves entered the shop after prying open the shutters. Kuldeep claimed that he had suffered a loss of about Rs 3.5 lakh.

Youth run over by train

A youth was run over by a train near the Dhandari area. The deceased could not be identified yet. His body was sent to the Civil Hospital for identification and post-mortem.

He was reportedly ran over by an express train going to Chandigarh.



cases against docs for unethical advertising
Doctors to approach IMA 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Some members of the medical fraternity from the city are planning to approach the Indian Medical Association (IMA) regarding the criminal cases registered against certain doctors for unethical advertising in the media.

The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has got a criminal case registered against Dr Rama Sofat, Dr Amit Sofat, Dr Ruchika Sofat and Dr Meenu and has also suspended the registration of these doctors for flouting the Medical Council of India guidelines on advertising.

Recently, the PMC also issued notices to 20 doctors across the state for unethical advertising. A doctor lobby has decided to approach the Indian Medical Association in this regard.

Dr Raj Kumar, president of the Indian Medical Association, said if the IMA was approached by the doctors, they would definitely go to the PMC and discuss about amending the rules. “Acts were passed a long time ago and should have been amended with the passage of time. There is no harm in advertising but ads should not mislead people,” he added.

A doctor said on the one hand doctors have been put in the business category, but on the other, they are not allowed to advertise, which is all together unfair. “Advertising should be allowed but yes, making fake promises through advertisements is against the ethics of medical practice,” he said.

“The PMC wants to ensure quality medical care for all and the doctors registered with the PMC have been asked not to indulge in wrong practices of giving unauthorised/unethical advertisements in the media. If required, they should give advertisements only as per the code of medical ethics,” said Dr GS Grewal, president of PMC.

Grewal said the PMC was going by the law. “Doctors are not meant for doing business. They are here to serve people. Our aim is to make this profession transparent and corruption-free. It is indeed a tough task but we will definitely try to achieve as much as possible, so that medical care becomes affordable and patient-doctor relations improve,” said Grewal.



Minister launches campaign
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Surjit Kumar Jayani, Health and Family Welfare Minister, said he was confident of the BJP’s victory in the Haryana assembly elections. Jiyani was in the city for the launch of the “Swachh Haath Swasth Bharat” campaign at SPS Apollo Hospital to mark Global Hand Washing Day.

He said raiding sweets shops during the festival season is not the only solution to the problem of adulteration. “The department has been regularly conducting raids and inspections to check food adulteration,” he said. He also asked the people to lodge their complaints with the Health Department if they found some shop owners indulging in food adulteration. Action will be taken against defaulters, he added.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to make India clean by 2019 should be supported by every Indian citizen. “We should celebrate Hand Washing Day in the real sense. It can save the lives of many children below five years,” he said. 



Two booked on charge of rape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Two rape cases were reported in different parts of the city here today.
In the first case, the Meharban police have booked Ajay Kumar of New Deep Nagar on the Noorwala road for forcibly taking a minor girl on his motorcycle and raping her at a deserted place.

The case has been registered on a complaint of her mother. In her complaint, she has stated that her daughter works in a box-manufacturing unit and the accused was also employed at the same factory.

Her daughter left for work last morning. On the way, the accused, Ajay Kumar, accosted her and made her sit on his bike. He took the girl to a secluded place and raped her.

The victim’s mother said when she came to know about the incident, she started searching for her daughter. Later during the day, her daughter reached home and told her that Ajay took her to a secluded place in the Meharban area and raped her, she added.

In the evening, the victim’s mother reported the matter to the police and got a case registered against the accused.

In the second incident, the Salem Tabri police booked Sandeep Kumar, alias Manu, a resident of Gagandeep Colony in Salem Tabri on charge of rape.

The victim said the accused, was known to her and used to visit her house frequently. Manu developed physical relations with the girl on the pretext of marrying her.

The victim told the police that the accused sexually exploited her for some time. When she asked Manu to finalise the date of their marriage, he backtracked.



Paddy farmers await payments
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 15
Though the procurement of paddy is in full swing and Diwali is around, the commission agents and farmers are facing hardships due to non-payment of their dues in thye Asia’s biggest grain market of Khanna.

Commission agents of the Khanna grain market, including president of their association Ajmer Singh Purba, Yadvinder Singh Libra, Gulzar Singh Naraingarh, Jagdish Singh Kot Sekhon and Sukhpal Singh Badla, said they were regularly sending bill reports but had not received any payment for the purchasing agencies. Several farmers, including Kuldeep Singh Rahoun, Hardev Singh and Jasvir Singh, said they had been waiting for payments to be made for the past several days. Owing to the delay, they are not able to buy things required for Diwali. They are forced to borrow money for their daily needs, they added.

Secretary of the Market Committee Ashwani Moudgill said the purchase in the grain market was going on smoothly and payments are expected to be released soon.



Property Tax 
MC on the path of recovery 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
With the last date for filing of property tax return for the last financial year being over, the Municipal Corporation is gearing up to take action as per rules against defaulters for recovering tax.

As per the decision of the Punjab Government, the last date for the payment of property tax for the financial year 2013-14 was September 30, 2014, and thereafter the assesses could make the payment with 20 per cent penalty and 18 per cent penal interest.

MC Joint Commissioner and nodal officer for property tax said there were 3,82,918 taxable properties in the city as per MC records and a GIS survey. Out of these, tax returns had been filed by some 2.47 lakh property owners while another 1.36 lakh tax returns were yet to be filed.

MC officials said notices under Section 112 for non-filing of return or wrong returns were being issued to defaulters and block inspectors had been directed to issue 25 notices falling under their jurisdiction at a time. The inspectors have also been asked to file compliance report through the respective zonal commissioners to the nodal officer for property tax.

The officials said 
properties and buildings could be sealed for non-payment of property tax under amended Section 138 of the Municipal Corporation Act.

Tightening noose

MC Joint Commissioner said there were 3,82,918 taxable properties in the city as per records. Out of these, tax returns had been filed by some 2.47 lakh property owners while another 1.36 lakh tax returns were yet to be filed.



Dictionary day 
A web of magical words 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Many sources have emerged in the digital age for learning languages, but dictionary remains indispensable. It is the repository of words, vocabulary and is thus a reliable companion for learners of any language.

“The digital age has changed the way the dictionary is used. The very method of looking up a word, by combing the pages, reaching the letter and looking up the entries on the top of the page and zeroing in on the word has been the way of searching for the word. But it is no longer the case with digital alternatives as one just types a word, and the meaning, usages and synonyms appear,” said Vinita, a resident. But when the time allows, many residents and lovers of the language prefer using the paper dictionary instead of the digital alternatives. “Although digital versions make it easy to look up the word, it doesn’t match the experience of looking up the word in the good old way,” said Aarti Mahajan, a resident. “I prefer a paper dictionary whenever it is available,” she said.

“While looking up a word, I discover one or two words or usages that are very useful,” said Rohit, a literature student. That serendipity of coming across interesting words or phrases is what makes using paper dictionary more interesting and useful,” he said.

“Digital or paper dictionary is an asset and repository of knowledge and language. That is the reason I always have it handy and use it at least four to five times a day to enrich my language as well as knowledge,” said Amardeep, a resident.



mock drill
Officials’ run-in with raging inferno 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
In order to check whether the government machinery was in place to tackle any calamity, the district administration’s disaster management department today conducted a mock drill at West End Mall on Ferozepur Road.

The department informed the administration, fire department, health department, police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) about the fire at the second floor of the shopping mall.

A communique issued by the public relation office stated that officials of all departments reached the mall within 15 minutes and rescued 200 people present in the mall. Later, the officials gave tips on dealing with such a situation. Kuljitpal Singh Mahi said such drills tested the efficiency of the offiicials and that these would be conducted in future as well.



Hospitals envisage a swasth and swachh Bharat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Global Handwashing Day was observed in the city today. SPS Apollo Hospitals launched the “Swachh Haath Swasth Bharat” campaign in a bid to mobilise and motivate people to wash their hands and improve hand hygiene practices.

The campaign was launched by Surjit Kumar Jiyani, Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Jiyani, said: “It is the responsibility of hospitals to improve handwashing practices and share their expertise with stakeholders to raise awareness and advocate change.”

He encouraged the hospital authorities to hold demonstrations and deliver lectures on handwashing, especially in schools and hospitals.

At the Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer, administered oath to the staff, including doctors. Dr Rajinder Gulati, head, paediatrics department, sensitised nursing students and the staff about the importance of handwashing.

Dr Gulati explained that handwashing with soap interrupted the transmission of diseases.

“Hands often act as vectors that carry disease-causing pathogens from person to person, either through direct contact or indirectly via surfaces. When not washed with soap, hands that have been in contact with human or animal faeces, bodily fluids like nasal excretions and 
contaminated foods or water, can transport bacteria, viruses and parasites to unwitting hosts.

Dr Gulati said one must wash hands after using the toilet or cleaning a child and before handling food. He added that turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhoea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.

To make Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan a success, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash 
Batta apprised the staff of the importance of handwashing and a pledge was taken by all staff members. The staff was asked to keep their surroundings clean.

Fortis Hospital today observed Global Handwashing Day. The staff pledged to wash their hands to prevent hospital acquired infection and reduce antimicrobial resistance. A health talk based on hand hygiene was conducted by Dr Seema for patients. This was followed by a talk and a discussion with the staff and doctors.

About the day

Global Handwashing Day is the centrepiece of a week of activities that aim to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap. The campaign was initiated to reduce childhood mortality rates related to respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases by introducing simple behavioural changes — handwashing with soap. The simple, accessible action can, according to a study, reduce the rate of morality by 50 per cent.



World Pain Management Week 
Learning art of managing pain 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
To mark World Pain Management Week, the department of anaesthesia at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital today organised a symposium on pain management which was attended by surgeons and anesthesiologists. Dr Suneet Kathuria, professor, anaesthesia, Dr Jaspal Singh, professor and head of surgery, and Dr Mohd Yamin, professor and head of orthopaedics, delivered lectures.

“Effective postoperative pain control is an essential component of the care of surgically treated patients,” the experts said. Inadequate pain control, apart from being inhumane, may result in increased morbidity or mortality. The advantages of effective postoperative pain management include patient comfort and satisfaction, faster recovery and very less chances of getting pulmonary and cardiac complications. A multidisciplinary team approach is required for effective pain management.

Dr Sunil Katyal, professor and head of anaesthesia, said there had been advancements in the recent years for effective pain management, but still results had not been satisfactory. The reason being that besides technological advancements, anaesthetists should also be trained and they should also be able to imply their specialised skills in an appropriate and scientific manner.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh lauded the effort of the department in organising the lectures to make students aware of latest techniques of pain management.



Mental Health Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The mental health nursing department, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College and Hospital, organised an exhibition on World Mental Health Day. The theme was “Living with Schizophrenia”.

Dr Triza Jiwan, head of the department, unfolded the theme. Dr RS Deswal, head of the psychiatric department spoke on the theme and emphasised on the breakup of 
stigma related to mental disorders. He said society needed to change its mindset. An educative role play was enacted by the nursing students depicting the treatment of schizophrenic patients and living with it.

A poster exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Kanwal Masih, Medical Superintendent, followed by psycho education on schizophrenia. 



Cycle parts company raided 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials today raided a cycle parts manufacturing firm at Focal Point.
The officials seized documents pertaining to immovable properties, other assets and data. The officials refused to divulge more details regarding the assets or wealth.



Sacked teachers seek govt intervention
563 teachers were dismissed in 2009 after one year of service; allege pick-and-choose policy adopted
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 15
It has been five years now since the ‘selected’ but subsequently sacked teacher fellows have been sitting idle with no jobs.
A few teacher fellows have alleged that the authorities concerned had adopted a pick and choose policy. They further alleged that in some cases, they had detected the anomalies committed by the Education Department in the selection and procedure adopted for assigning stations to some candidates.

These teachers — who had applied for employment in 2007 — were subsequently selected and asked to join. However, 563 of them were sacked in 2009 after one year of service.

The reason stated by the authorities was lack of proper evidence produced by the candidates. “The department has harassed us to a large extent. We applied as per the requirements of the department and were selected on the basis of that. On the contrary, those candidates who did not apply and had comparatively low merit, are currently working at different stations,” rued a candidate who had been sacked.

Information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by Sarbjit Singh from Sangrur under letter number-2/2014-15/RTI/524/263 dated 10-06-2014, it was stated that 3-4 sacked candidates from Patiala, of whom the school had no record of their teaching activities, have been asked to join.

“Earlier, too, 27 sacked teachers were made to join by the District Education Officer of Gurdaspur. If they can be reinstated, why should others be left out? If justice does not prevail, we shall have to knock the doors of the highest apex body for justice,” said another candidate.

“The department has accommodated some candidates by going out of the way for them. It is an open secret that a candidate, who is a close relative of an influential person, had never applied but figures in the list of successful candidates. In a similar case, another candidate, who figured low on the merit list, but had influential contacts has also been adjusted,” said another candidate.

The teacher fellows alleged that some candidates with low merit had also been allotted stations. “We have proof to substantiate our claims. How can any statement given by any government official in this regard stand justified in the wake of such injustice?” said a candidate.

“We may not be adjusted anymore but we won’t sit quiet until those candidates, who are below us in terms of merit, are not shunted out. The Education Department will have to review the process of selection, sacking and at the same time reappointment, in a just manner. We have reached a stage of penury and forced to live in rented accommodations,” he added.

Meanwhile, DEO Sher Singh said, “All controversial appointments have landed in the court. Some of the candidates have also been removed. Those who allege discrimination have been removed as they had fake documents with them. Otherwise why should the department first select and then sack these candidates. Further, through a notification, the government has abolished the posts of teaching fellows henceforth.”

discrepancies abound

  • During the sacking of employees, the reason stated by the authorities was lack of proper evidence produced by the candidates.
  • The sacked teachers have alleged that in some cases, they had detected the anomalies committed by the Education Department in the selection and procedure adopted for assigning stations to some candidates.



Relief sought for J&K flood victims
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, has appealed to residents to come forward and help the flood victims.
Referring to a letter written by Dr Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua district, Jammu and Kashmir, Aggarwal said, “The work for rehabilitating flood victims has been going on for a week. More than 6 lakh people lost their houses and many got separated from their near and dear ones.”

Aggarwal said one could deposit cash in the account of J&K Bank Limited. The account number is 0382040500006924, IFSC, Code JAKAOREVENU, Patel Nagar, Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. One can send the relief material to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. For more information, one can contact Shesh Pal at his cell number 09419136900.

help at hand

Cash can be deposited in the account of J&K Bank Limited. The account number is 0382040500006924, IFSC, Code JAKAOREVENU, Patel Nagar, Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. For more information, contact Shesh Pal at his cell number 09419136900.



Silver items catch fancy of shoppers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 15
Silver items have caught the fancy of people this festive season. Silver-coated sceneries and frames are in high demand this year, the reason being that these are considered comparatively affordable and having higher shelf-life.
The sale of silver articles has increased as a large number of shoppers buy these decorative items every day.

The enormity of the gesture behind the souvenir also varies with the brand of the counter from where it is purchased. Those wrapped in boxes and envelopes bearing names of renowned jewellery shops convey warmer feelings of festivity.

The owners and managers of commercial and professional organisations have initiated the process for the procurement of articles to be distributed as gifts among their clients, friends and relatives.

However, a majority of individuals are yet to plan their budget to celebrate festivals, including Diwali.

The novel designs, economical rates and easy availability are the major reasons why silver articles are in demand among shoppers.

“Silver-coated sceneries and frames have surfaced as the best choice of gifts to be given to friends and relatives,” said Dr Vikas Hind and Dr Puneet, directors of dental and medical centres in the town.

Paramjit Singh Jawanda and Paramdeep Singh Deepa of Dehlon said they had already purchased gifts for their friends for Diwali.

“Though we have purchased a variety of items, including wall clocks, souvenirs and silver-coated sceneries, the silver-coated gifts have been appreciated by a majority of our friends,” said Jawanda and Deepa.

Tarsem Garg and Lalit Kaura, office-bearers of social organisations, said, “The steep rise in prices of traditional items have discouraged buyers from spending money on those items. Silver-coated gifts have longer shelf life. People have realised the value of money.”

“The owners of some industrial houses had approached me to purchase bulk quantities of silver-coated items, including idols of Hindu deities. The silver-coated items were available in a wide range of variety and cost between Rs 400 and 3,000,” said Balwinder Verma Happy, a jeweller.

Meanwhile, some NGOs in the police department said unlike the earlier trend to procure good brands of liquor to greet seniors, they had placed orders for good quality silver items. 



statue of Komagata Maru ship martyr Vandalised
Activists threaten to launch protest
Our Correspondent

Dehlon, October 15
The followers of Baba Gurmukh Singh Lalton have threatened to launch an agitation if the police fail to arrest the miscreants, who had allegedly vandalised the statue of the Komagata Maru ship martyr at his native village Lalton Khurad nearly 10 days ago.

Ludhiana police commissioner Pramod Ban and additional deputy commissioner police Paramjit Singh Pannu assured that the miscreants would be nabbed soon.

A delegation led by Mohinder Singh Seelon and Kartar Singh Buhani, office-bearers of the Komagata Maru Centenary Celebration Committee, alleged that the Administration had failed to protect the memorials of freedom fighters and martyrs .

Though the statute installed at Government High School had been vandalised thrice till now, the Administration had failed to identify the miscreants.

In a communiqué handed over to Ludhiana police commissioner Pramod Ban, the delegation members said ,”The statue was first vandalised on December 26, 2005, and then on July 11, 2009. It was also vandalised on the intervening night of October 3-4.”

The delegation members threatened to launch a coordinated struggle if the Administration did not act.

Investigations have revealed that some unidentified miscreants had damaged the statue of Baba Gurmukh Singh Lalton 10 days ago.

The Lalton police had initiated a probe into the matter after registering a case against unidentified miscreants. However, no arrests have been made yet.

The followers of Lalton had constituted the Gurmukh Singh Action Committee to get the suspects identified and booked. A meeting was convened on October 8 and the members demanded that the miscreants be arrested within three days.



Skill centre for unemployed youth
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Sangrur, October 15
The Administration has announced to establish skill centres for unemployed youth from rural localities of the region at Badrukha village near here.

The State Bank of Patiala (SBP), Sangrur, has already initiated the process for the establishment of the centre to be constructed on one acre land.

Computer basic training, computer hardware and networking, dress designing, preparation of soft toys, plumbing, sanitary work, dairy farming, beautician and electrician are the major courses to be undertaken for the training spread over 45-days duration.

Kewal Krishan Bansal, director, SBOP Rural Self Employment Training Institute and Pawan Goel, chief manager, SBP Sangrur, said the management had already initiated the process for the construction of new and spacious premises for the skill centre at Badrukha village. The proposed premises  would include a hostel for girls, besides laboratories and a lecture hall.

Bansal and Goel said at least 259 unemployed youth had been trained in various fields at the centre, already running from a rented building.

Lauding the candidates of a recent batch on their dress designing skills, Bansal claimed that some candidates had started earning good income before the completion of the course.

The officials further said authorities at the centre would also guide in availing loans from commercial banks on different rates of interest.

The organisers also held an exhibition of garments designed by the apprentices.



ludhiana scan
7 test positive for dengue

Seven more patients have tested positive for dengue. A 55-year-old man from Basti Jodhewal and a 27-year-old woman from Model Gram have been hospitalised at the Dayanand Medical College Hospital. Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man from Kartarpur-Jalandhar, an 11-year-old girl from Jalandhar, a 53-year-old woman from Hoshiarpur, 30-year-old man from Ganga Nagar- Rajasthan and a 35-year-old man from Kathua, J&K, are under treatment at the DMCH. The total number of dengue patients diagnosed in hospitals across the city has gone up to 66.

Health staff detect larvae

Under the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta and under the supervision of District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team of 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisors checked coolers in different areas to detect larva. In Krishna Colony Jodhewal Basti, the team found dengue larvae in eight coolers, seven pots and two drums. In Chander Lok Colony, larvae were found in a cooler and tank. The MC has been informed about the same for the issuance of fine.

Observer appointed

Senior Congress leader Amarjit Singh Tikka in a press statement issued here said he had been appointed as the ‘Observer’ for the monthly review meetings of the party for the Sanour Assembly segment in Patiala. Tikka said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee had nominated him and he had been entrusted with the task of giving feedback about the review meetings to the All India Congress Committee.

Congress political cell

Congress leader and executive member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Ishwarjot Cheema, has been appointed as chairman of the state Congress Party Economics and Political Planning Cell.

Badhowal ammo depot

Amrit Kaur Gill, Additional District Magistrate Ludhiana, has passed an order under Section 144 CrPC 1973 that no person shall make any addition/alterations or carry out fresh construction in the restricted zone i.e. 1000 yards from the outer parapet of the ammunition depot at Badhowal. This order will be come into force w.e.f. from October 14 to December 13, 2014. She said there had been cases regarding raising of unauthorised constructions near the Badhowal Army Ammunition Depot and there is apprehension that there may be further danger to human life and disturbance of public tranquility.

Scrutiny of voter list

Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill sensitised the political leaders of all parties about the formalities for the voter list with a photo of the voter. The scrutiny of the voter list with a photo started at the office of the Additional District Electoral Officer. 
The scrutiny of voter lists would continue till January 1, 2015. Gill appealed to 
the activists of political parties to follow the instructions of the Election Commission.

Workers protest

The Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union on Wednesday protested against not getting salaries from the past six months. Twenty-three regular employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board have not received salaries from the past six months and have started a hunger strike.

Lecture on plastic surgery

Dr Prabha Yadav, Professor and Head of Plastic Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, delivered a lecture on ‘Review of plastic surgery and its procedure’ at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). In her lecture, Dr Yadav said that each year, plastic and reconstructive surgeons improved the lives of millions of patients with congenital malformations, disfiguring wounds and profound burn injuries as well as those requiring reconstruction after surgery.

Society welfare body meet

A meeting of the Inspector Co-operative Societies Welfare Association will be held on October 25 at the Pension Bhawan. Association president, Ajmer Singh Grewal said the main agenda of the meeting will be to get the long-pending arrears. — TNS



Central Board of Secondary Education project
‘Udaan’ to give wings to girl students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched Udaan, a project to teach girl students to compete for admission at the premier engineering colleges of the country.

The board will provide a free online/offline course format for students of Classes XI and XII to help them prepare for the IIT and JEE.

According to the information, the board will facilitate 1,000 girls under this project.

As per the criteria, science students, who have scored a minimum 70 per cent in Class X with 80 per cent in science and mathematics and 75 per cent in physics, chemistry, and mathematics can apply. The last date for application is October 27.

Students will be selected as per the merit. The information was released on the official website of the board.

According to the CBSE officials, the board has launched the project to address the teaching gap between the school education and engineering entrance. The objective of the project is to facilitate girl students to rise to a higher education. The project aims at addressing the lower enrolment ratio of girl students in engineering colleges. The aim is also to enrich and enhance teaching and learning of science and mathematics at senior secondary level by providing free and online resources to everyone, with a focus on special incentives.

The CBSE will give preference to the students from financially weak background.

The local school managements and NGOs working for education of girl students have welcomed the move of the CBSE.

Sukhdir Singh, president of Navchetna Bal Bhalai Committee, said, “We welcome the move of the CBSE. Parents provide coaching to their wards from private institutes to secure seats in top engineering colleges. But financially weak parents have no option. This project will facilitate such students.”



youth festivals
Purpose gets lost in victory race
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The main objective of universities to organise youth festivals seems diluted with the emergence of new practices to win the competitions during these fests. It is learnt that the colleges spend a huge amount of money to provide professional coaching to students, so that they secure positions in these events. Students are also financially burdened. The festivals, meant to enhance creativity of students and keep them in touch with tradition, culture and folklore, have become a costly affair nowadays. Students hold divided opinion about the involvement of money in these festivals.

Prabhleen Kaur, a student, said, “A lot of expenditure is involved in training students during these events. It is, nevertheless, a good attempt at digging back into our culture. This also enhances their talent.”

Narjeet Singh, another student, said, “Professional coaching has disrupted the flow of creativity among students. The youth festival events have become more of a monetary game. This has even changed the traditional aspects of our folk dances. Bhangra and gidha participants wear expensive dresses and several ornaments. This is not a part of our tradition.”

Dr Mann Singh Toor, a cultural activist, said, “Professional training sharpens skills of the students. But the colleges must avoid showing-off. The cultural and folk items should be performed in simple and traditional dresses.” As per the sources, private colleges invest a lot of funds during the youth festivals. The management collects huge amount of funds from students along with the annual fee. 



Non-teaching staff hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
On the call of the Punjab and Chandigarh Non-Teaching Employees Union, the non-teaching staff of the government-aided private colleges held a protest at the various colleges of the city. The staff of colleges protested outside the principals’ offices.

The non-teaching staff at Arya College sat outside the principal office from 10 am to 2 pm. While the non-teaching employee at Gujrawala Guru Nanak Khalsa College also observed the strike for the whole day. As many as 25 employees sat outside the office of principal.According to office-bearers of union, the Punjab and Chandigarh Non teaching Employees Union will hold protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office on October 29. It is learnt that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised the non-teaching employees of aided colleges to fulfill their demands.

The employees have been demanding arrears of revised pay scales from January 1, 2006, to July 31, 2010, to implement the revised grades, the implementation of promotion schemes and to lift the ban on the recruitment of new employees.

An union activist from Arya College, Parveen Kumar, said, “The government has been ignoring the long pending demands of the non-teaching employees at colleges. If the government does not fulfill our demands, we will be forced to intensify 
the struggle.”



Zonal youth fest: GHG college lift trophy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 15
More than 19 education colleges of Punjab took part in the three-day Panjab University, Chandigarh, Zonal Youth Festival (Zone B).

Students of GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon, bagged a total of 18 prizes during the festival that concluded at the Bhutta College of Education recently.

The college bagged first position in group dance. Barinderjit Kaur and Davinder Kaur clinched first and third individual positions, respectively, in the same event.

Baljinder Kaur secured first position in creative writing. Ramandeep Kaur bagged first position in classical dance competition. Jaskiran Kaur and Kirandeep Kaur bagged first positions in elocution and collage-making, respectively. Besides the college team bagged second position in shabad gayan. Roopsy notched second individual position in shabad gayan and ghazal singing. Kamalpreet Kaur secured second position in rangoli competition and group singing team of the college bagged third position.

Harpreet Kaur Gill clinched third prize in the poem recitation competition.

The college principal, Dr Baljeet Kaur Gill, congratulated the winners and the faculty members. 



Athletics meet at Guru Gobind School

Ludhiana, October 15
A two-day Annual Athletic Meet was organised on the premises of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, DAAD, Ludhiana.

Different races such as 100m, 200m, relay, spoon, three-leg, obstacle and sack were organised. Long jump and high jump were also held. Skipping for girls and shot-put and javelin-throw were held for boys. Of all the events, three-leg and sack-race were the main attractions. Manjot Singh (VII), Navneet Kaur (VIII), Gurnoor Singh (IX), Bhawandeep Singh got gold medals winning 100m race. Ankush Kalsi (IX), Kamalpreet Kaur (XII-Com) notched top spots in relay race.

Dr Manjit Kaur, the principal of the school, gave away the prizes. — TNS



Khalsa college shines in PU exams

Students of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, brought laurels to the college by securing positions in the Panjab University examinations held in April 2014. Vasudha Mehra stood third in the university. Mehra scored 78.5 per cent in MCom (second semester) exams. Raspreet Kaur got 78.07 per cent in MCom (second semester) exams and stood fifth in the university. Satwinder Kaur scored 77.57 per cent and stood eighth in the university. In MCom (fourth semester) exams, Sandeep Kaur and Jasneet Kaur bagged the fourth positions in the university by scoring 77.6 per cent. Tanpreet Kaur stood ninth in the university with 76.46 per cent.
Students of BCM Arya School, who have bagged the first position in the State-Level Sanskrit Group Song Competition, strike a pose with their trophies in Ludhiana.
Students of BCM Arya School, who have bagged the first position in the State-Level Sanskrit Group Song Competition, strike a pose with their trophies in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Students hog limelight at PTU Zonal Youth Festival

The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, students brought laurels to the institute by winning gold and silver medals in various events during the Punjab Technical University (PTU) Zonal Youth Festival held at the GNIMT, Model Town, Ludhiana, from October 10 to 12. Harmeet Singh of BCom (1st year) bagged gold in the classical instrumental solo (per). 

Deep Simran of MBA (1st year) got two silver medals in poster-making and elocution. Tanvi Goyal of BCom and Shahin Seikh of BCom won silver in rangoli and mehndi contests, respectively. 

The team of Indian group song, Love Arora (BCA I), Girish Kumar (BCA I), Preeti Kumari (MCA V), Prabhjot Singh (BBA I), Ridhima (BBA I) and Simran (BCom I) also shined in the fest. Ali Khan (BBA V), Priya Sharma (MCA III), Bharti Sharma (MCA III), Rajesh (BCA I), Rahul (BCom III) and Sheena Jain (BCA I) hogged limeliogh in skit. Manjinder Singh (BCA V), Rahul Sharma (BBA V), Mahender Singh (BBA V), Ritu Singh (MCA V), Nivya (BSc HMCT III), Gursewak Singh (BBA V), Ashish (BCA I), Vasu Malhotra (BCA V) and Satya (BCom III) got silver in one act play. The GGNIMT co-ordinator, Prof Manjit Singh Chhabra, congratulated the winners and cultural co-ordinator Charanjeet Singh for their efforts. Principal Dr PS Khattra appreciated the winners for putting up a great show and wished them luck for the subsequent rounds of competition.

Lecture on ‘Make in India and Made in India’

Desh Bhagat University organised a guest lecture on ‘Make in India and Made in India- Ideas and Implications’ to enhance the knowledge of students about country’s glorious history. The keynote speaker on the occasion was in charge of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, (North and Central India), Satish. 

The university chancellor, Dr Zora Singh, welcomed the learned speaker and all the guests. While addressing the students, he said it’s the responsibility of every citizen, especially the youth, to contribute to the nation building task so that we may make India a developed country. The university Vice-Chancellor, Dr Shalini Gupta, spoke about historical success of the country’s Mars Orbiter Mission. Special guest Dr Subhash Sharma (director, Center for Economic Policy Research) said the objective of Central Government’s ‘Made in India & Make in India’ initiative is to unite the citizens and to make our country’s economy become stronger.

Exhibiton held at Guru Nanak Institute of Design

The final year students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology displayed their project work in the institute on Wednesday. The students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology worked on the different states such as Punjab, Gujrat, Mumbai, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa. The students were divided into different groups. The set-up of each state was displayed in different stalls, where the students brought forward the complete culture of the state which comprised the attire, lifestyle, colours, craft work and food. The students were dressed in the costumes designed by them. — TNS

Participants of the tae kwon do championship at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School; and (right) students of Shri Guru Hargobind Public Senior Secondary School, Thakkarwal, take part in poster-making competition in Ludhiana. Tribune Photographs



HC verdict cheers power engineers 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
The PSEB Engineers Association has hailed the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court upholding the extension granted to KD Chaudhry, chairman and managing director of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) by the Punjab Government.

While regional secretary of the engineers’ body GPS Sidhu said resolution to this effect was adopted in a meeting held on Monday evening and attended by 67 members from the rank of assistant engineers to chief engineer of the power utility, a section of the engineers claimed that the issue of the HC decision on extension granted to the CMD was not on the agenda, nor was it discussed in the meeting.

The section of dissident engineers said they had fought a relentless battle against grant of extension to the CMD which was in violation of the tripartite agreement signed at the time of unbundling of the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board. “How can the engineers association take an about turn and welcome the decision?” they asked.

Sidhu said the engineers present in the meeting criticised the funds to the tune of Rs 7 lakh provided by the PSEBA to the third party petitioner (Gurnek Singh Brar) who had filed a writ petition challenging the extension granted to the CMD.

The meeting further resolved that the prevalent practice of providing financial assistance to the third party petitioners moving the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission against the interests of the PSPCL be stopped forthwith and previous payments made in this regard be appraised.

The power engineers reiterated their firm opposition to transfer of 32 acres belonging to the PSPCL in the city to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority for commercial exploration. They also expressed the desire that the ongoing conflict of the engineer’s association with the PSPCL management should be resolved at the earliest for the betterment of officials and employees.



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