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Labourer killed in boiler blast
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
One worker died while another suffered injuries following a boiler blast at a furnace unit in Phase V of Focal Point last night.

The deceased was identified as Narinder Kharwar (23) of Bihar. The injured, Chandan, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. The incident took place at 10.30 pm near APS Associate Private Limited. As per information, 25 employees were present at the furnace unit when the incident took place.

One of the workers said the boiler in which the explosion took place was switched on barely 10 minutes ago.

Narinder, who was standing close to the boiler, suffered serious burns and injuries. Chandan was standing at some distance. Both were rushed to hospital, where Narinder was declared brought dead.

The explosion caused panic among the factory workers and migrants. They were reportedly seen running for cover.

Furnace owner Paramjit Singh, a resident of Model Town, said iron cones were being manufactured at the unit.

It was learnt that the factory authorities had not hired any technician for operating the furnace. Rather the furnace was being operated by the workers having no technical know-how.

The workers alleged that the unit lacked firefighting equipment.

Today, ADCP-II Jasdev Singh Sidhu and ACP (South) Rupinder Kaur Saran visited the unit and took stock of the situation.

The ADCP said Narinder had pressed a wrong switch. “We are willing to register a complaint and appropriate action will be taken against those responsible for the death. But we have learnt that the victim’s family was heading for a compromise,” said the ADCP.

After getting married two years ago, Narinder left Bihar and came to Ludhiana in pursuit of better future.

He is survived by a son and wife. Sources said the pollution department had inspected the unit three months ago.

Past incidents

  • November 16 (2009): Two labourers were killed while four others suffered injuries in a boiler blast at a dyeing unit in Geeta Nagar.
  • 2010: 20 cases of boiler blast were reported in the city.
  • August 22 (2011): Two labourers were killed while three suffered injuries following an explosion in the laser unit of a blanket manufacturing company in the Meharban area.
  • November 2 (2011): One person was killed while 10 others suffered injuries in a furnace blast at Pal Steels, Phase VII, Focal Point.
  • September 11 (2012): Many persons were killed in a boiler blast at a factory in Khanna.
  • April 6 (2013): Four workers were injured after a boiler blew up at an adhesive manufacturing unit in Beantpura near Samrala Chowk.
  • September 18: One worker was killed while nine others suffered injuries in a boiler blast at Shiva Texfeb on Kohara-Machhiwara Road.


Auction of nursing sites
GLADA nets Rs 8 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold two freehold nursing sites in Dugri and Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road for Rs 8 crore at a premium of some 114 per cent over their reserve price of Rs 3,72,70,000.

GLADA estate officer RK Popli, who conducted the auction with additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh, said 12 bidders took part in the auction proceedings after paying the eligibility fee of 2 per cent of the total reserve price of the site.

The nursing home site in Dugri, Phase I, opposite Labour Colony measuring 0.38 acre (1839.5 square yards) was sold for a whopping Rs 4.97 crore as against its reserve price of Rs 1,83,95,000. The highest bid was offered at a little more than Rs 27,000 per square yard against the reserve price of Rs 10,000. The site in Sector 32-A with an area of 0.39 acre (1887.5 square yards) went for Rs 3.02 crore against its floor price of Rs 1,88,75,000. The successful bidder offered Rs 16,000 per square yard for the site against the reserve price of Rs 10,000 per square yard.

Another nursing home site measuring 1.02 acres in Sector 39-A, which was also offered for sale through an open auction, however, found no takers. As per terms and conditions, the successful bidders were required to pay 5 per cent of the final bid amount, in addition to 2 per cent of the cost as Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund, at the fall of hammer. Another 15 per cent of the cost will be payable within 60 days of the date of the auction. The remaining 80 per cent can either be paid in lump sum with 10 per cent rebate within 60 days of the issuance of the allotment letter or in five equated yearly instalments along with 12 per cent interest.



Contractors lay siege to MC Commissioner’s office
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 17
MC contractors, who have been protesting against the delay in payments for the past three days, today laid siege to the camp office of MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal for over five hours.

While the issue was sorted out to some extent yesterday when the MC authorities had cleared a few pending bills amounting to Rs 8 crore, the contractors took offence to the alleged derogatory comments made by the Commissioner when they met him at his camp office in the afternoon to discuss the time frame for pending bills worth over Rs 50 crore.

The agitating contractors alleged that rather than giving them some assurance of clearing the pending payment, the Commissioner told them that the MC had no funds at present.

“Amid heated arguments, we were told to leave the camp office,” said one of the contractors. Agitated over the attitude of the MC chief, the contractors squatted outside his camp office for five hours and kept raising slogans against the civic administration. It was at 5 om when the president of the SAD, Harbhajan Singh Dang, arrived at the spot and arranged a meeting of the contractors with the Commissioner.

The dharna was lifted after the contractors were assured that their pending bills would be cleared before Diwali and that the payments would be made in a systematic and transparent manner without any discrimination or favour.


The contractors have been protesting for the past three days. They said the Commissioner told them that the MC had no funds to make their payments.



Three child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
A team comprising representatives of various wings of the government today conducting a raid at a factory unit, KB Print Pack, in Sherpur Chowk and rescued three children. The team was, however, taken aback when a child turned down the offer of free education, meal and stay.

The boy (14), hailing from Madhya Pradesh (MP), said his father was not well and if he would not earn, how would his family survive.

He said he was earning Rs 4,500 per month. He was managing his stay and food in Rs 1,000 and sending Rs 3,500 to his mother.

The factory owner, Joginder Kumar, managed to escape. The other two children aged 12 and 15, respectively, were being paid a pittance.

The 12-year-old boy, who was studying in Class II, left the school last month and took up the job from 9 am to 6 pm for Rs 1,200 per month.

Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon, a nodal officer of the Education Department, said the children were taken to the Civil Hospital for medical examination.



2 parking attendants held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Two persons were arrested for fleecing the Assistant Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation at Bhadaur House.

The accused have been identified as Manjit Singh of Jawahar Nagar in Shimplapuri and Gurdeep Singh of Butari village. The duo has been booked under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC for fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Satwant Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, stated that the contractors were charging parking fee and duping innocent people visiting the market. Satwant Singh reported the matter to the police following which the two were arrested. Sources said Singh was rattled when the accused demanded money from him for parking the vehicle. The sources said the two persons booked for fraud were working for a parking contractor, who was backed by a politician working in the MC. Not only on Bhadaur House Road, the vehicles were being parked on the flyover which is under construction. The police said the contractors on Lakkar Bridge were charging Rs 40 for four-wheelers. It is learnt that the illegality has been going on for the past one year.



Eco-friendly fireworks to sparkle this Diwali
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
New crackers and fireworks are selling like hotcakes in the city. Buyers are spoilt for choice this year. An electric “anar”, which needs to be connected with electricity before it sparkles for about five minutes, doesn’t cause any pollution.

“One can even stand above it,” said a stall owner. He said the fireworks were being liked by people as these were eco-friendly. Another low-smoke fountain also finds space in the markets. “This sparkling fountain doesn’t cause much pollution,” said Vinod, a cracker seller. Such crackers are catching the fancy of residents this festive season. A ‘foto shot’ makes little noise, but flashes like a camera. It is a sight to behold. “And these are multi-coloured,” said another stall owner. Another firecracker burns like a traditional “diya”. There are so many little crackers. “Anar” and “chakri” have been a hot favourite, but now fire “pencils” have arrived in the market. “Butterfly” crackers that fly about 5 feet, jump and change colours, were also being liked by people, he said.“Dola” has gained popularity. The candle-lit parachute goes up in the air when lit. “These make no noise and are pollution-free,” said Aniket Aggarwal, a resident. These are also relatively less expensive costing Rs 18 per piece. “As crackers cause air and noise pollution, residents should celebrate a clean and green Diwali this time,” said a resident, adding that every resident should put in efforts to bring about a change.

Starry affair

Be it Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Alba, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Ranbir Kapoor or Shah Rukh Khan, almost all stars find their space on the covers of fireworks. Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa, Punjabi actors, also picture on the packages.

Prices up

The cost of crackers and fireworks has gone up by 10 per cent. “The labour and transport expenses have also shot up. For example, the popular 1,000 cracker ‘lari’ now costs Rs 4,600. Last year, it was priced at Rs 4,200. “The margins have gone low now and the slump in the market is giving us jitters,” said another seller. “The material worth Rs 6 crore is in the market and Diwali is only a few days away. We are hopeful of making a healthy profit,” he said.

Testing times for sellers

The slump in the market is giving a tough time to cracker sellers. “This time, we are staring in the face of bigger losses, unless sales pick up in the coming days before Diwali,” said Pardeep Kumar, president of the Wholesale Cracker Association, Dana Mandi. In 2010, the profit earned by sellers was Rs 10 crore, in 2011, it was Rs 12 crore while in 2014, it was Rs 14 crore. Last year, the sales were pegged at Rs 15 crore. Sanjay Singla, vice-president of the association, said: “People don’t seem to be having enough to make both ends meet because of the slowdown which is telling on cracker sales as well.”



1.25-quintal milk cake seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Health Department today seized 1.25 quintals of milk cake from Gopal Sweets and Confectionery at Khanna.

“The owner was using suji, milk powder and sugar. The sample has been sent for testing,” said Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg.

Officials also collected samples from other sweetmeat shops.

Samples of khoya, dhodha and milk cake were taken from Bikaner Sweets and Sekhon Sweets while kalakand, burfi and rasgullas samples were collected from Khanna Sweets, Vardhan Sweets and Goldy Sweets.



drug overdose
Missing youth found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
A 22-year-old youth, who went missing on October 6, breathed his last in Phillaur due to an alleged drug overdose. The body of the deceased has been cremated by the Phillaur police.

The relatives of the missing youth, identified as Amandeep Singh, staged a dharna on the Chandigarh road here today and demanded that Amandeep’s friend Jatin should be arrested.

They said Amandeep was last spotted with Jatin and the latter knew about his whereabouts.

Following the protest, Division number 7 police rounded up Jatin who initially told the police that he had taken Amandeep to his (Jatin’s) grandparent’s house in Jalandhar.

When the police contacted Jatin’s grandparents, they denied giving shelter to Amandeep.

When the police grilled Jatin again, he confessed that both of them had fled from home on October 6. On reaching Jalandhar they consumed drugs. Amandeep’s condition worsened when the duo reached Phillaur, following which Jatin left Amandeep on the roadside and ran away. Amandeep was rushed to a hospital by a commuter where he died.

The SHO, Division No 7 police station, Raj Kumar, who has been sent to Police Lines, said the Phillaur police have initiated inquest proceedings 174 of the CrPC and further action will be taken on the basis of the viscera report.

The investigating officer has been suspended.



MC razes illegal building in Ghumar Mandi
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
A team of officials and staff from building branch of the Municipal Corporation today pulled down an illegal extension being constructed in front of a showroom near Gurudwara Mai Nand Kaur in Ghumar Mandi market here.

The angle iron supports and sheds being erected to make room for a “chowpatty” (cluster of eating vends) were razed by the MC.

The assistant town planner of Zone D, SS Bindra, who led the demolition drive, said the extension was being carried out in the front parking area which is a non-compoundable offence under the building bylaws. He said notice against the illegal extension served to the owner of the showroom did not result in a desired result. “Left with no other choice, the illegal construction has been removed as per the provisions of the building bylaws,” he said.

Another team of the building branch of the MC carried out demolition drive at three places in Chander Nagar and Haibowal.

The illegal constructions razed by the MC team included a building that was being constructed under the high tension cables, two shops near Chander Nagar and commercial portion which was being constructed in a residential building near Bhuriwala Gurudwara.



better wage revision settlement
Bank unions to intensify stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has decided to launch an agitation programme to press their demand for early and better wage revision settlement.

A massive demonstration was held in front of the State Bank of India, Civil Lines, near Fountain Chowk, today, in this regard.

While addressing the bank employees, leaders of the forum claimed that two years have passed since they submitted their charter of demands. While thirteen rounds of negotiations have taken place, there is no satisfactory progress in the talks because of the alleged negative attitude of the IBA/government.

We are willing to adopt a flexible approach in order to finalise the settlement expeditiously, but the same is not being reciprocated by the IBA, said the members.

Leaders of the forum further added that the UFBU has also decided unanimously to withdraw all types of extra co-operation extended by the workmen/officers with immediate effect and that after office hours ends, all the meetings called for by the bank managements will also be boycotted.

The members said an all-India strike will be observed on November 12.

In the meeting, objection was also raised against working on Sundays and other holidays. Relay Zonal strikes are also going to be observed from December 2 to 5 in southern, northern, eastern and western zones.



BSP protests against atrocities on Dalits
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), led by president Avtar Singh Karimpuri, carried out a protest march against the police and the ruling SAD- BJP government for the alleged atrocities on Dalits in the state.

Party spokesperson Ajit Singh Bhaini said the protest was meant to put the state government on the mat over the issue of the brutal murder of two dalit youth in a fake encounter at Jamalpur and suicide by MD (IIIrd year) student Dr Supriya.

After staging a dharna at Ambedkar Bhawan near Jalandhar bypass, the protesters headed towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office at the Mini Secretariat (MC). A memorandum was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner in this regard.

Karimpuri said they will continue organising similar protest march and demanded that the culprits involved in the twin murder case and suicide case should be nabbed at the earliest.

While Harinder and Jatinder, from Bohapur village, were killed in an alleged fake encounter on September 27. Dr Supriya had committed suicide in the hostel of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H) on September 28.



Non-fulfillment of Demands
SC/BC teachers to stage protest
Threaten to organise state-level protest at DPI office in Mohali on November 12
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Teachers Union will organise a state-level protest at the Directorate of Public Instructions office, Mohali, on November 12.

The office-bearers of the union announced this during a meeting in front of the DC office here today.

According to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Teachers Union, the government had not filled thousands of backlog posts of the SC/BC candidates.

District president of the union, Balwinder Singh Latala, alleged that the government had been discriminating against teachers belonging to the SC/BC categories by not implementing the 85th Amendment of the Constitution.

Singh said, “The government did not prepare a cadre-wise roster. As such, thousands of backlog posts of SC/BC candidates have not been filled.”

Press secretary of the union Harbhinder Singh Mullanpur further said, “As per the state committee programme of the union, we have been submitting memorandums to the government through the district education officers wherein we have sought the implementation of the 85th Amendment and filling the backlog posts in these categories. The seniority of teachers should be as per the 85th Amendment”.

“We have several long-pending demands to promote primary and secondary teachers to the next level, increase scholarship amount of SC/BC students, make verification of fake caste certificates, regularise contractual teachers, provide free uniforms to students of all categories, make amendments in the RTE Act and implement pass/fail system, fix seniority for promoted principals during 2010-2012”, said Harbhinder Singh Mullanpur.

“If the government does not accept our demands, the union will organise a state-level protest at the DPI office in Mohali on November 12”, he added.

Meanwhile, a large number of teachers, including lecturers, principals, social workers of SC/BC categories also participated in the protest.

Seek implementation of 85th amendment

  • The union has alleged that the government had been discriminating against teachers belonging to the SC/BC categories by not implementing the 85th Amendment of the Constitution.
  • The union also alleged that the government had not filled thousands of backlog posts of the Scheduled Caste/Backward Caste candidates.



Roadways staff denounce govt
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 17
On the call given by the Punjab Roadways Joint Action Committee in support of their various long pending demands of roadways employees, the Punjab Roadways carried out a protest rally at Punjab Roadways, Jagraon Depot, today.

The protesters raised slogans against the state government for constantly ignoring the demands of the employees.

During the protest, the Jagraon Bus Stand was also kept shut for around two hours, thereby causing inconvenience to the commuters.

While addressing the protesters, president of the Punjab Roadways Employees Union, Jagraon, Baljit Singh said the state government had agreed to fulfill long pending demands of the roadways employees but, none of the demands have been met so far.

General secretary Paramjit Singh said the union representatives held numerous meetings with the Chief Minister, transport minister and senior officials of the Transport Department and had also raised genuine demands of the employees but the state government is not serious in this regard.

“We will continue our struggle and the next course of action will be decided by the Joint Action Committee soon,” said Paramjit Singh. Several other union leaders also addressed the protesters on the occasion.



Refused entry to meeting, PMC president expresses resentment
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) president, Dr GS Grewal, has alleged that the IMA, Ludhiana, did not allow him to attend an executive meeting.

The president of the PMC questioned, “I was denied entry to the meeting saying that this is an executive meeting of the IMA. But, how was a non-IMA member present in the executive meet and not I?”

Defying the allegation of the IMA that the PMC targets large corporate and laboratories, Dr Grewal said, “Corporate hospitals have already given a written commitment stating that they will follow the rules and regulations of the Medical Council of India of 2002 and 2004.”

“Regarding cheating and fraud case, any registered doctor colluding with non-allopathic doctor is a criminal offence and is considered as quackery act. Those who are running allopathic hospitals and have kept non-allopathic persons in their emergency, ICUs, and labour rooms are liable to face strict action,” said Dr Grewal.

“The PMC has state IMA president as ex-officio member. Both the ethical committees are headed by past presidents of the Ludhiana IMA and one disciplinary committee is headed by the IMA national vice-president. All the decisions are taken by the executive and not me alone,” he added.

Dr Grewal assured that PMC will continue its fight against the unethical practices.

Meanwhile Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, president of IMA, Ludhiana, said, “We are not against Dr Grewal and PMC. We appreciate PMC for its work against the defaulters. The only objection is that the decision is too harsh and PMC should reconsider it. In IMA executive meeting, Dr Sofat told us that the PMC did not provide the doctors a chance to present their views. Dr Rama Sofat is 75-year-old lady and we think she should get a chance.”



Hospitals celebrate World Anaesthesia Day

Doraha, October 17
Sidhu Multispeciality Hospital, Sidhu School of Nursing and other attached institutes celebrated the World Anaesthesia Day.

Dr Naveen Laiker, anaesthetists, intensivist and critical care specialist and executive, Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists, said since the hospital is situated on a national highway, a lot of emergencies are attended by the hospital.

Dr Laiker added, “The main goal of giving anaesthesia to a patient is to avoid pain and complications caused in a surgery.” — OC



Office-bearers nominated for Market Committee

Khamano, October 17
The Punjab Government today nominated new chairman and members for the Market Committee of Khamano in Fatehgarh Sahib.

A spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s office said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has cleared the file in this regard.

Jasmer Singh Badla has been nominated as the chairman of the Market Committee, Khamano. Amrik Singh, Jeet Singh, Narinder Singh, Daljeet Singh, Jasveer Kaur, Harjinder Singh, Baldev Singh, Pargat Singh, Baljeet Kaur, Gurcharan Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harbans Singh and Sohan Singh, besides the concerned BDPO, have been nominated as the members of the committee.

The appointment of chairman and other members had been lying pending for some time due to the alleged factionalism as about five leaders of the area were in the race. — OC



Mouth-watering sweets on the platter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, launched sweets here today.

The sweets have been prepared with desi ghee. Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, chairman, Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, said, “These days, a lot of adulterated sweets are being sold in the market which plays havoc with the health of people. The Punjab government must intensify their campaign against selling of adulterated sweets.”

Every dealer of Verka will have sweets prepared by the Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana. “These sweets will also be provided in villages through milk producers, farmers etc,” said Bhagpur.

Different varieties of sweets including panjeeri, milk cake, kaju barfi, mixed sweets, dhoda, sohan papri, peda, corporate sweets, kaju panjeeri, maah daal pinni etc have been prepared.



Offset printing no longer a male bastion
Two women bag ‘Woman Print Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
That printing, especially offset printing, in no longer a male bastion has been proved by two women.

Neelam Dawer and Meena Kumari were conferred the “Woman Print Entrepreneur of the Year” awards by the Offest Printers Association (OPA) here today.

The awards were presented jointly by Alex Wang, Project Director and Susie Zhang, Assistant Marketing Manager, Reed Exhibitions, China.

It is the first time ever that such awards — to encourage women to adopt printing as a career option — have been presented.

Speaking at the occasion, the OPA general secretary Kamal Chopra said, “Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. The male-dominated world was always reluctant to even acknowledge the fact that women were as good as men on parameters of hardwork, intelligence quotient (IQ) and leadership traits.”

“The new generation women across the world have overcome all negative notions and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life, including the most intricate and cumbersome world of entrepreneurship,” he said.

Referring to the profession of offset printing, he said, “This field has its own pool of such bold and fearless women who have made a mark for themselves. Their relentless zeal, incessant quench for success and willingness to walk the extra mile has broken all myths about their inborn limitations that were supposed to be major roadblocks on their success expressways.”

“Today, we have with us two such brilliant and bold women who have proved the women are not less than men in the field of printing and packaging also,” he added.

Both the visitors from China lauded the initiative of the OPA for according recognition to the women in the print industry. The industry will grow more rapidly if the women of the country start rubbing shoulders with men in every field, they added.

‘Faced challenges’

Meena Kumari from Nakodar is running the offset printing unit started by her father. She took over the reins as a tribute to her deceased father. Her husband is employed in Norway. Meena says running a printing unit in a small town like Nakodar, that too, in a male-dominated profession, was an uphill task. “I faced all challenges boldly.”

‘Had determination’

Neelam Dawer, a city-based printer, took over the profession under compelling conditions after the death of her husband. “When my husband expired, I knew that I will have to run the printing unit for the sake of my family. But I had no idea about the printing industry,” she said. However, through grit and determination, she became successful.



Extension lecture held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
An extension lecture on qualitative analysis, meta analysis, triangulation and trend analysis was organised for the pre-PhD students at GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd on October 17.

Eminent researcher Prof Kulwinder Singh, Reader, Department of Education and Community Services, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the resource person. Meanwhile, college principal Dr Baljeet Kaur Gill welcomed the resource person.

Qualitative analysis

An extension lecture emphasised on qualitative analysis, meta analysis, triangulation and trend analysis. The pre-PhD students at GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women took part in the event.



from colleges
PCTE students visit French varsity

Eight students of the PCTE Group of Institutes — Preetika Subhash, Aanchal Jain, Brinda Bhutani, Akshay Jain, Alok Jain, Mukul Sobti, Anmol Saluja and Taranpreet Singh from PGDM 1st trimester along with Prof Kapil Prashar left for the University of Angers, France, for a week-long cultural students exchange programme of PCTE and University of Angers, France. Earlier, students from Angers visited PCTE under the same programme in January this year. This is the fourth exchange programme in which students from PCTE are visiting the University of Angers, France. The French varsity was founded by Napolean Bonaparte and is one of the largest Universities in France. The PCTE had signed an MOU with the University of Angers for faculty and students exchange and research. ”I am thankful to PCTE B-School for providing me this opportunity of global exposure and learning. I look forward to learn about the French culture and different study environment during this visit,” said Brinda Bhutani, student PGDM, PCTE. Dr KNS Kang, Director General, PCTE Group of Institutes, said it was a big opportunity for students and faculty to get first-hand global exposure. Dr Kang said the PCTE had signed 13 MoUs with leading institutes in France, Poland, Lithuania, UK, Romania, Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. More than 230 students from 28 countries are studying at PCTE.

Industrial visit

The students of BTech Electrical Engineering (5th semester) visited Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant, Ropar — a venture of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. The visit was organised by the Department of Electrical Engineering, RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh. Training co-ordinator of the organisation, Sahil Bansal, explained the plant’s working. The students were divided into four groups. Campus director Dr Harsh Sadawarti motivated the students to actively participate in industrial visits. Chairman Vijayant Bansal lauded the efforts made by the department for conducting industry-oriented visits. — TNS



from schools
Graduation ceremony

Ludhiana: The graduation ceremony for the students of UKG was held at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, on October 17. HPS Ghotra, assistant excise and taxation commissioner, Ludhiana, graced the occasion. The programme commenced with a shabad recitation. Principal GK Gill welcomed the students. The tiny tots wore graduation robes and caps. Their parents were thrilled to see their children receive graduation certificates.

English fest

English Fest ‘Expressions’ was organised by Peace Public School on behalf of Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex (West). The students of nearly 15 schools of the complex took part in activities such as turncoat debate, one-act play, story-telling and English quiz. Ayush Tiwary of Peace Public School was the winner of the storytelling contest and with Param Shagundeep Singh of DAV Centenary School was second. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare bagged the first position for Peace Public School, while Amrit from Indo-Canadian Academy was the runners-up.

Workshop for teachers

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, has identified the key areas of professional development and held a workshop for its teaching unit. More than 160 teachers participated in the workshop led by Paarth Ashok Narang, a faculty trainer. Several activities were held.

International karate championship

Bal Bharatian Sehajbir Singh Gill, a student of Class II, brought laurels to the country by winning a silver medal in the Seishinkai International Open Karate Do Championship held at State Nagaoka, Japan on October 11 and 12. The contestants from 30 countries took part in the event. Earlier, Sehajbir had proved his mettle in Cape Town and Kathmandu where he had won a gold medal, while he bagged the 4th slot in the America World Karate Championship.

Students bring laurels

The shabad gayan team of GGSPS have achieved the first position in a shabad gayan competition organised by the Gurmati Sangeet Bench, Punjabi University, Patiala. The team was assisted by Blossum Bhalla and Ravinder Singh.

Relief for J&K flood-hit

Students of Green Grove Public School donate relief material for the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir
Students of Green Grove Public School donate relief material for the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir. A Tribune photograph

The management, staff and students of Green Grove Public School donated relief material for the flood victims in J& K. The function commenced with speeches by Karanvir, Arshnoor, Savreen and Ravleen. Daman, Kamal, Jobanpreet and Navleen of Class VIII and V, respectively, compered the show. A PowerPoint presentation was given by Savreen, Millanveer, Ridhima of Class X. Navleen, Joban and Vineet Soni of Class V, while Jaskaran of Class XII extended the vote of thanks.

Eco-rally by students

BCM Sen Sec School, Basant City, conducted an eco-rally on October 17. The students spread the message of an eco-friendly and safe Diwali.

Students of Ryan International School observe World Food Day in Ludhiana on Friday
Students of Ryan International School observe World Food Day in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Salad decoration

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world in honour of the date of founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945. It is also celebrated as Food Engineer Day. Ryan International School, Jamalpur, also celebrated the day with zeal on October 17. A salad-making activity was held. The students used raw and chopped vegetables such as carrot, radish, cucumber, onion, tomato, etc to make salads tray.

Students visit bicycle manufacturing unit

The students of commerce stream, DCM Presidency School, visited Ralson India Limited, a leading manufacturer of bicycle tyres and tubes. They visited various departments to learn about planning, organising, directing and controlling. The visit gave them an insight into management concepts.

Athletics meet

An inter-school kindergarten athletics meet was held at Green Land Sr Sec Public School, Jalandhar Bypass. As many as 200 students took part in the event with zeal and determination. The event commenced with a march past by the students. The playground was decorated with flags, buntings and balloons. — TNS



10- gm smack seized, 1 held
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 17
The Samrala police have claimed to have arrested a youth and have recovered 10-gm smack from his possession.

The accused has been identified as Sandeep Singh (27), a resident of Kotala village.

As per the information, a police party, led by ASI Pavitar Singh, in charge of Chowki Hedon, under Samrala police station, was patrolling the area when they spotted a youth going on foot towards Hedon, near Kotala village.

The police party signalled him to stop. He tried to run away but was overpowered by the police party. During his search, 10 gm of smack was recovered from his possession. The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act. The accused was presented in a court at Samrala from where he was sent to police custody for one day.



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