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Railways introduces more Diwali special trains
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 19
As the rush of passengers in almost all long-route trains seems to be bursting at the seams, the Northern Railway authorities have decided to run some more festival special trains to provide additional capacity for those intending to travel to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jammu Tawi during Diwali and Chhath Puja.

According to railway officials, unreserved express special train (04915/04916) will run between Ludhiana and Samastipur (Bihar) making four trips. The train will leave Ludhiana on October 24 and 27, 2014, at 10.25 am and reach Samastipur at 1 pm the next day. From Samastipur, it will depart on October 26 and 28 at 11.15 pm and short terminate at Ambala Cantonment at 10.25 pm the next day.

The train will have commercial halts at the Sirhind, Rajpura, Ambala Cantonment, Jagadhari, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Sitapur Cantonment, Gonda, Manakpur, Basti, Khalilabad, Gorakhpur, Deoria Sadar, Sewan, Chhapra, Sonepur, Hajipur and Muzaffarpur railway stations.

A superfast AC special weekly train (04221/04222) will make two trips between Allahabad and Jammu Tawi. The train with AC 2 tier and AC 3 tier accommodation, will leave Allahabad on October 21 at 2.50 pm and reach Jammu Tawi at 10.45 am. On its return journey, it will leave Jammu Tawi on October 22 at 1 pm and arrive Allahabad at 10 am.

The train will have stoppages at the Fatehpur, Kanpur, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantonment and Pathankot Cantonment stations.

Another AC premium superfast express weekly train (04141/04132) will make 10 trips on the Allahabad-Jammu Tawi section from October 28 to November 26. The train with AC 2-Tier and AC 3-Tier accommodation, will leave Allahabad on every Tuesday at 2.50 pm and reach Jammu Tawi at 10.45 am. From Jammu, it will depart every Wednesday at 1 pm and reach Allahabad at 10 am.

The train will have halts at the Kanpur, Aligarh, Delhi, Ludhiana and Pathankot railway stations.

Senior officials of the Northern Railway said to create additional carrying capacity of passengers during the festival season, extra coaches in different classes were also being attached to many long-route trains.

Northern Railway on the roll

  • Unreserved express special train (04915/04916) will run between Ludhiana and Samastipur making four trips
  • Superfast AC special weekly train (04221/04222) will make two trips between Allahabad and Jammu Tawi
  • AC premium superfast express weekly train (04141/04132) will make 10 trips on the Allahabad-Jammu Tawi section from October 28 to November 26.


Teacher, kin sexually abuse boy 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The city police have booked a woman teacher and her two brothers on charge of sexually abusing a minor student. While the woman teacher sexually exploited a boy, her brothers are facing the accusations of making the video of the entire activity.

The police have reportedly recovered sex toys, videos and other articles from the house of the accused at Sham Nagar. The accused have been identified as Madhav and Raghav and their sister.

The case was registered after the 14-year-old boy, along with his parents and activists of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, approached the police.

“Soon after receiving the complaint, we registered a case under the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences Act and conducted a raid at the house. The teacher and her brothers perhaps got the whiff of the police raid and fled the house before the police could reach there,” said the Division No. 5 SHO.

It has come to light that when the victim revealed his exploitation at the hands of the suspects, the trio threatened the family with making the video public and implicating the victim in a false rape case.

In his police statement, the victim, a resident of Vishwakarma Town, said he, along with his parents, used to live in the same house as tenants. His family has cordial relations with the teacher’s parents. A few years ago, the victim and his parents shifted to another house.

Last year, the victim’s parents told the teacher that the boy was not faring well in studies. She offered her tuitions free of cost. The victim said instead of teaching him, the teacher used to show him pornographic films on her laptop and used to send him lewd messages.

The victim said the teacher used to make physical relations with him after drugging him. He claimed her brothers used to record her sexual acts with him in camera.

The complainant claimed the teacher kept abusing him and when he objected she threatened to kill him. On September 10, while she was in the kitchen, he transferred some of the clippings of her sexual acts (with him and other boys, including her aunt’s son) on his pen drive.

Finally, the family mustered courage and approached the NGO, which took the boy to the police station and got a case registered under sections 294 (obscene acts and songs— whichever, to the annoyance of others), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 3-4-5-(L), 14-15, 16 and 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 against the suspects.

Multiple victims

On September 10, while the teacher was in the kitchen, the boy transferred clippings of her sexual acts (with him and other boys, including her aunt’s son) on his pen drive.



Two booked for selling firecrackers in busy market 
Tribune News Service

The administration has banned the sale of firecrackers at the crowded places in Ludhiana.
The administration has banned the sale of firecrackers at the crowded places in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 19
In order to make a quick buck ahead of Diwali, some shopkeepers are storing firecrackers in the busy market place, putting the lives of people at risk.
In the latest incident, two shopkeepers were booked for keeping firecrackers at their shops in violation of the guidelines issues by the police.

The police have booked Manjit Singh of BRS Nagar for keeping firecrackers at his shop in Aggar Nagar. The case was registered on a complaint of Sub-Inspector (SI) Shamsher Singh.

Shamsher Singh said Manjit had put the firecrackers on display outside his shop in Aggar Nagar.

Following information, the police raided the place and recovered firecrackers worth Rs 50,000.

Similarly, Anil Kumar, a resident of Haibowal, was booked for selling firecrackers outside his mobile repair shop in Haibowal.

Both of them have been booked under sections 285 and 286 of the IPC and section 9-B of the Explosives Act.

There have been several incidents in the past where the stocks of firecrackers led to massive fires. In the wake of such incidents, the police had formulated a policy on selling firecrackers away from the vicinity for the safety of people. 



Diwali shoppers shy away from loosening purse strings
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Though the markets of the city are witnessing a huge rush, shopkeepers maintain Diwali sales were yet to pick up. The shopkeepers maintain there was a “slump” with the purchasing power missing among shoppers. At the same time, they were optimistic that customers will loosen their purse strings two days ahead of Diwali.

Almost all markets are decked up. It seems the whole of the city has come out to make purchases for Diwali but the shopkeepers have a different story to tell. Ajay Beri from Beri and Company said the sales were average, like the last year. “The buyer thinks twice before spending this time. The sales have not picked up as per the expectations of shopkeepers,” said Beri.

For jewellers, there is a total recession. “People may be buying electronics items, utensils, mobile phones, etc, but the jewellers are not that happy. Gold and diamonds are expensive, not many can afford such jewellery. But three or four years back, the business was tremendous when the real estate was at the peak. But now the scene is totally different,” said Dhanda.

Akash from a grocery store in Ghumar Mandi said markets were witnessing a huge rush but people were buying only those items, which they had to. “It is not that customers are buying without giving much thought towards the prices. In most of the cases, residents are spending on necessary items only. Still, shopkeepers are hopeful that Diwali sales will pick up in the next two days,” said Akash.

A city resident, Manju Anand, said looking at the rush in the markets, one cannot believe that sales are not satisfactory. “It seems everyone has come out from his or her house to make purchases for Diwali. But yes, I am also buying things which are necessary. Since we have been exchanging gifts during Diwali for the past several years, so the tradition has to be carried on. But before spending on anything, I have to think several times, whether it is worth it?” said the home maker. 



Get-togethers over cards set Diwali mood
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
On the one hand the local shopkeepers have been getting “recession” jitters, on the other get-togethers over cards are fast becoming popular here this Diwali. Card parties are always at the peak during this time around.

Not just in clubs, but the card-sessions are also being held at get-togethers organised by residents at farm houses and homes. A business woman said for the past five days, she had been regularly playing cards at such parties till early morning.

“The parties are organised at friends’ places and we go there to play cards and have fun. Though I have to be at my workplace at around 11 am, I play cards till 2 am. These are just four or five days of the festive season when we enjoy the most. Our stakes are not too high and we keep a limit. But, our husbands play high stakes. Two days ago, my husband won around Rs 40,000 in a single sitting,” she added.

During these parties, catering is well organised by “party lovers” and eatables and drinks are served to the guests till the game is on. “We all want to play the game so we hire cooks. While you are playing, eatables and drinks are served throughout. We are not the routine card players, but we enjoy playing cards during Diwali days,” said another resident.

A few years ago when there was a boom in the real estate market, leading businessmen would often miss attendance at their factories or business establishments to play cards. A businessman said one could not make profits throughout the year from factories but here while playing cards, residents had made crores in a single night. “But in the past one or two years, the stakes have come down and now residents play cards to have fun,” he said.



Only money can realise MC's dreams 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal thinks big for Ludhiana. He envisages a modern city having well-constructed roads, LED streetlights, storm sewer system, regular power supply and spic-and-span parks.
And for this, he recently asked the civic authorities to provide an estimate to accomplish the task.

A plan of Rs 4,600 crore has reportedly been submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister.

It seems that the Deputy CM is unaware of the Municipal Corporation’s financial condition, which doesn’t even have money to pay salaries to its employees. Contractors, too, are up in arms against MC as it has failed to provide them funds for development works that they carried out in different wards.

To discuss the issue, a meeting was held in Chandigarh recently. Sources said Badal had also asked the Secretary, Local Government, to formulate a policy regularising illegal buildings by November 1.

The Municipal Corporation is going through a rough patch. Petrol stations have refused to fill fuel in MC vehicles, the City Bus Service had to be stopped abruptly as the company refused to ply buses due to losses, the general body meeting is not being convened for the simple reason that the authorities have no answer to councillors’ queries that why development works were stopped in wards?

President of the District Congress Committee Gurpreet Gogi, who is also a councillor, said, “Everyone has the right to dream big, but for that you need to make efforts too. Political interference in the MC should be stopped so that revenue could be generated. The MC is in a mess and efforts should be made to bring it out of it.”

Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Pradeep Aggarwal said the government was trying hard to provide all facilities to the public. “The MC will rope in agencies such as World Bank and HUDCO for upgrading infrastructure,” said Aggarwal. 



Prof Mohan Singh Mela 
Day 2: Artistes sweep spectators off their feet 
Tribune News Service

Nihangs perform gatka during Prof Mohan Singh Mela at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 19
The second day of Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Punjabi Cultural Mela witnessed a plethora of events at Punjabi Bhawan.
Artistes from Khalsa Ranjeet Akhara, Sarhand Road, Patiala, left the audience awe-struck. Sufi singer Deepika Dhir mesmerised all. Some of the spectators were in tears after listening to patriotic songs. A play depicting the life of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, directed by Kewal Dhaliwal, was appreciated by all.

Dance performances by artistes from the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) added spark to the event. Dressed in colourful attire, the artistes ensnared one and all. Pargat Singh Grewal, president, and Sadhu Singh Grewal, general secretary, said on the third day, folk dances will be held.Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann entertained the audience on the second day of the fair. He recited three poems. He said the release of his book was on anvil. His said steps needed to be taken to bring about a change in society. 



NGO’s bid to empower women 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Members of We for We, an NGO, learnt to cook Indian cuisine from chef Nita Mehta at her restaurant. The members have been putting in efforts to apprise women of their rights.
Nita Mehta said, “My call has always been to enrich the lives of women. This is yet another endeavour in the same direction.”

“We have been supporting the cause since we started the restaurant a couple of years ago in Ludhiana. One of the ambassadors of the NGO Diana Doanca, a former beauty pageant winner from Romania and executive member of the campaign for women empowerment, said the organisation and its members had been organising events in various countries. In South America, the NGO held seminars. Other members and beauty pageant winners from Venezuela, Equador, Malta and Serbia would go to Bhopal, Chandigarh, Goa. 



Smiling away blues with festive hues 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A Diwali Crafts Show was organised at Police DAV Public School, Police Lines, today. The exhibition was inaugurated by Police Commissioner Pramod Ban, Commissioner. He was accompanied by his wife Neha Ban.

Students displayed diyas, ethnic pooja thalis and eye-catching dry fruit containers. The floor was decorated with a colourful rangoli. Students vividly and effectively explained the importance of using terracotta and biodegradable products.Principal Dr Anu Verma appreciated the efforts of the students.



Indian culture bowls over foreign students 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Foreign students in the city are bowled over by Indian culture, particularly the way the festivals are celebrated here.
Many say they are all agog about Diwali and plan to celebrate it again with local friends here.

“We saw the celebrations last year,” said Nancy David from Mozambique, pursuing BCA at the PCTE Group of Institutes. “Every place is lit up and fireworks are just amazing to watch,” she said.

For them, India is a land of festivals. “I think of all the festivals, Diwali is the most important. Apart from the celebrations, the fact that everyone cleans their houses is the most impressive thing. I have never seen such a festival anywhere,” said Ngot Belia from Democratic Republic of Congo. “I had heard about Diwali, but realised the magnitude of celebrations only after living here,” said a student from Bhutan.

Angeline Semy from Guinea pursuing BBA at the college said she had been seeing Diwali celebrations for the past couple of years. “It was great to celebrate the festival with friends. It is nice that people exchange gifts and greetings. Lights and fireworks are spectacular,” she said. “I love Indian culture. I love the fact that people here love to celebrate,” he added.

Tresor from Congo said he went to a friend’s place to celebrate the festival. “It is great seeing celebrations by exchanging of gifts, lighting candles and lamps and also enjoying the firecrackers. I have never seen any such festival,” he said.



SAD leader cremated with state honours 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 19
Senior Akali leader and former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib (82) was cremated with full state honours at his ancestral village, Galib Kalan near Jagraon, this afternoon. Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and thousands of people gathered at the village. Gurcharan Galib passed away at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, yesterday. 

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal laid floral wreath on behalf of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. A contingent of Punjab Police reversed their arms and fired shots into the air as a mark of respect to the 82-year-old leader.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said Gurcharan Singh Galib was one of the tallest pillars of modern times and a great leader. “A few men can match his charisma, determination and his courage to speak his mind on issues concerning the people whom he loved and represented,” said Dhillon.

Born on December 1, 1932, Gurcharan Singh Galib graduated from SCD Government College, Ludhiana. Galib joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in 2009 and at present, he was the vice-president and member of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

MLAs S R Kler, Prem Mittal, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Mahesh Inder Singh Nihalsinghwala, Punjab Subordinate Services Board chairman Santa Singh Umedpuri, former ministers Jagdish Singh Garcha and Malkit Singh Dakha, former MLAs Harish Rai Dhanda, Ranjit Singh Talwandi, Bhag Singh Mallah and Harmohinder Singh Pardhan were present. 



A Happy Diwali for encroachers

With the festival of lights round the corner, the markets are abuzz with activity. Almost all the shops have been tastefully decorated by owners to welcome their customers so that they can make good business. 

he stocks are being kept outside the shops by putting stalls and the potters are seen selling diyas, calendars, hatris etc on the roads. There is virtually no space left to move around in markets freely in such huge rush. And the authorities, too, have adopted a lenient approach by not taking stern action against those who have encroached upon the roads. “We do not want to take action as Diwali is the biggest festival celebrated in the country. We are pleading to shopkeepers to extend a helping hand to avoid encroachments and facilitate easier movement of people. We do not intend to spoil the spirit of festivity,” said an official of the tehbazari wing of MC.

Development dreams

While on the one hand, the crisis-ridden Municipal Corporation is finding it difficult to make payment of bills worth more than Rs 50 crore pertaining to routine maintenance and development works already executed by the contractors, and payment of salaries to the employees is also erratic, on the other hand the top brass of the civic body was discussing major development projects involving an estimated expenditure of Rs 4,600 crore with the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, in Chandigarh earlier this week. Neither the Deputy CM nor the MC authorities spelled out in as many words as to source of funding for these mega projects. A city resident commented, the MC seems to have lost track of its priorities. “The city residents have a right to have good roads, adequate supply of potable water, disposal of sewage and storm water and proper delivery of other civic amenities which are nowhere in sight. In such a bleak scenario, the residents feel that the mega projects will not go beyond the project reports and drawing boards.

No check on parking violators

Due to festive season, city markets have been witnessing a lot of rush. A majority of people who come to the markets to buy anything or just for window shopping park their vehicles at their own will. Reportedly they are least bothered whether the vehicle they parked has blocked the major part of the road or not and thus leading to traffic jam. Fearing the towing away of their vehicle, some good samaritans also indulge in another practice. They make any of their family members sit in the wrongly parked vehicle and they move away for shopping. I wish traffic police be strict with such violators.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia and Anupam Bhagria



Ludhiana Scan
Awareness on green Diwali

Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha and Government High School, Salem Tabri, jojntly organised an awareness programme on conservation of environment and green Diwali. Pleading for maintenance of natural balance to preserve environment, the expert on the subject, Amrtitpal Singh, said the human race had created imbalance in the natural assets which were leading to natural calamities and break out of diseases. Sher Singh Aulakh, president, and Ranjit Singh, vice president of jatha, apprised the students with adverse impact of fire crackers on environment and public health.

Stress on scientific approach

The Tarksheel Society, Punjab, has pleaded with the younger generation and especially the students to adopt a scientific approach to life and create awareness among the people against blind faith, magic treatment and fleecing by astrologers and tantriks. Addressing students of Government Senior Secondary Schools, Sekhewal and Basti Jodhewal, Balbir Katani, Mohanjeet Threeke, Satish Sachdeva and Harbhajan Singh said the so-called magic healers and self-styled godmen were extorting money from gullible and poor people in the name of solving their problems through astrology, black magic and gem stones, etc. — TNS



Unemployed teachers threaten stir 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union, Punjab, today held a state-level meeting at Chatar Singh Park.
Amandeep Singh Phool, president of the union, and Raghbeer Singh Bhawanigarh, general secretary of the union, condemned the decision of the Punjab Government to employ 1,600-1,700 teachers.

The union leaders said as many as 40,000 posts were lying vacant. The said if the government failed to issue appointment letters to all 3,800 TET pass teachers who were counselled in 2011, they would hold a rotest on October 26. They said they would burn an effigy of the Punjab Government.

The SSA/RMSA Teachers Union held a protest at Bharat Nagar Chowk today. They burnt an effigy of the state government. Earlier, they took out a rally from the Mini-Secretariat towards Bharat Nagar.



100 examined at free medical check-up camp

Ludhiana, October 19
A monthly free multispecialty medical check-up camp was organised in IMA House today by the Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, in association with the Health Department and Punjab Medical Representative Association, Ludhiana.
Dr RK Sharma, Dr Deepak Parasher examined more than 100 patients.

Meanwhile, a diabetes and blood pressure detection camp was held by the Ek Prayas Trust at Shiv Mandir, Brindaban Road. — TNS

Dengue Update

Three more patients tested positive for dengue in Ludhiana district. As per an update by the Health Department, a 28-year-old male from Pakhowal Road, another 44-year-old male from Bahadurke Road and one patient
(52 years) from Hans Kalan, Jagraon, were under treatment at DMCH, Ludhiana. Total dengue patients diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals has reached 84.



Fest drenched in united colours of passion 
Day 2 of the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival witnesses classical dance, quiz, group dance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The second day of the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival was dedicated to Shiv Kumar Batalvi.
Events such as bhangra, group dance, classical dance and quiz were held at the PU Regional Centre.

Professor AK Bhandari, Dean, University Instructions, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest for the morning session. He said by participating and winning in such cultural events, students developed leadership skills. “Such events also promote brotherhood in society,” he said.

Ashok Goyal, member, Senate and Syndicate, spoke on the theme of the festival “Let’s Nurture Drug Free Society”. He said students should not underestimate the capabilities of their competitors.

In the events today, Karan Singh from Malwa College, Samrala, won the first prize in classical music vocal competition while Arya College, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize in geet gazal.

In light vocal folk song competition, AS College, Khanna, claimed the top slot. In vaar competition, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, won the first prize while in kali, GNN College, Doraha, won the first prize. In kavishri, AS College, Khanna, pipped the other colleges while GGN College, Doraha, won the first prize in women traditional songs. In bhangra, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, proved too good for others. In instrumental music percussion, Karambeer Singh from Arya College, Ludhiana, secured the first position.

In Indian orchestra, GNN College, Doraha, won the first prize while in quiz, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, won the first prize.

In on-the-spot painting contest, Navedita from the PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana, won the first prize. In photography, the Aurobindo College of Commerce, Ludhiana, won the first prize while Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana, won the first prize in collage making. SCD Government College won the first prize in clay modelling. 



Students apprised of management skills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A management skills development programme was organised for students of postgraduate diploma in International Business at Kamla Lohtia SD College to enable them to learn the power of decision making.

Gautam Sikri and Dr Neha Sharma from JCI, India, were the key note speakers of the day. Dr Sharma started the session talking about the importance of decision making in corporate world while Sikri told the students to broaden their boundaries of thinking which would lead to achievement of the ultimate goals.

Sikri interacted with students through various brain games and activities to make them feel the real situations. President Sunil Aggarwal said the course was meant to make the students employable and self-reliant and this type of events would help them to explore the hidden qualities in them.



pau notes
Members of PAU retirees assn meet advisor to CM

Ludhiana: A delegation of the PAU Retirees Welfare Association met Maheshinder Singh Grewal, advisor to Punjab CM, under the leadership of Jila Ram Bansal, president, and Satish Sood, general secretary, and requested him to get a grant of Rs 20 crore released from the Mandi Board. 

Grewal assured the delegation that the grant would soon be released to PAU from the Punjab Government and if possible before Diwali. The association members also requested Grewal to take up these demands personally with the Punjab CM and get them approved. The association thanked the Punjab Government for issuing letter dated October 14, 2014, vide which the government ordered that pay/pension for the month of October 2014 be paid to the pensioners/employees by adding 10 per cent additional DA due from January 2014. Similarly, the members requested the PAU Administration to pas necessary orders to pay pension for the month of October 2014 by adding additional 10 per cent DA to the PAU retirees, which has been due since January 2014.

QRT lauds varsity for providing quality seeds

A Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) for the period 2009-2014, constituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the chairmanship of Padma Bhushan, Dr M Mahadevappa, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, and former chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Sunday. Earlier, they visited fields of different seed production centres of the PAU. The team was on a two-day visit to review the ongoing All-India Coordinated Research Projects and ICAR Seed Project under tribal sub-plan on seed. Nodal officers from twelve centres from north zone presented their progress report of the last five years. Dr M Mahadevappa highly praised the university for providing good quality seed not only to the state but the whole country. — TNS



from schools
Alumni meet

Ludhiana: An alumni meet was organized at Wylie High School on Saturday. The alumni who had passed out from the school in 1960's and 1970's shared many emotional and nostalgic moments. They came to the school from places apart from the city and shared their memories of studying at the school. Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, who studied at the school in 1963 to 1972, was the chief guest. He was presented with a picture of the 1964 batch of the school.

Seminar on breastcancer awareness

Supporting the social cause of breast cancer awareness, Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a seminar for girl students of classes IX to XII and female staff of the school in the Crystal Hall. The common causes, symptoms and preventive measures of the disease were discussed. Early detection and treatment was suggested in order to prevent the spread of the disease. A PowerPoint presentation was followed by a lecture. The students also participated in a Pink Walk rally organised by Fortis Hospital at Ferozepur Road, where they were addressed by specialised doctors highlighting the need to spread awareness about the disease. MD Avinash Kaur Walia urged the girls to help the society to come out of the myths associated with cancer.

Cleanliness campaign launched

New GMT Public School followed the campaign of 'Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyaan' which has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the school premises. Students of classes IX and X presented a nukkad natak to promote awareness about the harmful effects of pollution. Students of classes V and VI gave the message through their colourful paintings. The students of classes VII and VIII shared their concern related to good sanitary practices and clean surroundings through an essay writing competition. Director Jasbir Singh Thind and principal Manjeet Kaur participated in the campaign by cleaning the school premises.

Graduation ceremony

A graduation ceremony-cum-annual prize distribution function was organized at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, Ludhiana. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was the chief guest. Scholars of the various classes were awarded certificates by the chief guest on this occasion. Other dignitaries which graced the occasion were Gurcharan Singh Gill, director of Nankana Sahib Education Trust, Gurmail Singh Sangowal, member of Nankana Sahib Education Trust. Meanwhile, Kishan Singh Memorial Scholarship was awarded to the toppers of various classes. A cultural extravaganza was also organized on the occasion. Also, the latest issue of the school magazine 'Shiromani' was released by the chief guest. — TNS



NCC cadets join 10-day adventurous camp at Dhanansu
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
With smiles on their faces and adventure on their minds, NCC cadets of the No 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC got their names registered for the 10-day long camp which kicked off today at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Dhanansu.

Camp Commandant Wing Commander SS Kaila said, “As many as 450 school/college Air Wing NCC cadets will be exposed to various interesting activities during the annual training camp. They will be exposed to static aeromodel making, flying simulator, remote control aeromodel flying and even parasailing. Besides, all the participating cadets shall be carrying out live firing of 0.22 rifle at the firing range there.” Additionally, the senior cadets shall also be carrying out 12-bore clay pigeon skeet shooting.

Nearly 350 junior wing cadets from a total of seven schools and senior wing cadets from various colleges across the city are taking part in the 10-day long camp. Approximately 125 girl cadets are participating in the camp.

Giving out the details of activities being planned during the camp, Sgt Vaibhav, training in-charge, said, “The cadets shall be foremost trained on the aspects of discipline and physical fitness wherein the PT and drill shall be given utmost importance. Once the cadets have shown sufficient inclination towards these important qualities, they shall be exposed to various other activities.”

To develop sportsmanship, camaraderie and competitive spirit amongst them, all these events shall be having inter-school/ individual competitions with approximately 100 medals and trophies to be won.

Sgt Vaibhav said the daily schedule had been planned in detail with the cadets being kept busy the entire day. The day starts at 6 am for the cadets, while the morning hours are for the PT and drill, the time between breakfast and lunch has been dedicated for the technical classes. The classes are being taken by the ANOs, PI staff and even by the camp Commandant himself. The post-lunch period is for games followed by cultural events/motivational lectures in the evening hours before dinner at 8.30 pm.

The camp fire and the prize distribution shall be held on October 27 with the NCC Group Commander, Brig RPS Sandhu, SM (Sena Medal), as the chief guest. The camp will get over and the cadets will return back the next day i.e. on October 28. 



Badminton meet: 250 teams to vie for top slot
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 19
Paying tributes to international badminton players and referee Gursharan Singh, sports enthusiasts of the region called upon the youth of the state to adopt sportsmanship as an element of lifestyle.

The appeal was made during the inaugural session of the three-day Junior Punjab Badminton Ranking Tournament being organised at Badminton Hall in Mahavir Chowk today.

Organisers led by director, sports department, Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal and Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the youth should support the crusade launched by the Punjab Government to curb drug addiction.

Kartar Singh, president, Badminton Association, and Yograj, district sports officer at Sangrur, said more than 250 teams were participating in the tournament being organised in memory of Gursharan Singh. Khsuh Fateh Singh Sikand, Ludhiana, Sameer Goel Sangrur, Gurdesh Singh, Jalandhar, Amandeep Singh, Amritsar, Amit Khosla, Gurdaspur, Gagneet Singh, Jalandhar,

Deepak, Jalandhar, Ritak Mohanti, Bathinda, Simranjit Singh, Patiala, Simranjit Singh, Amritsar, Hamza Vakil, Sangrur, Anuj Gupta, Jalandhar , Madhur Bhanot, Amritsar, Udhav Singal, Amritsar and Mohammad Sultan, Sangrur, emerged winners in their respective categories by defeating Rohit Sharma, Roopnagar, Ashu Menon, Barnala , Navneet Singh, Ludhiana, Jashanpreet Singh, Jalandhar, Vaibhav, Sangrur, Lovish, Sangrur, Umeed Singh, Ferozepur, Yogesh, Sangrur, Sumit Kumra, Sangrur, Mitkesh Gandhi, Ludhiana, Momeen, Ludhiana, Yash, Sangrur, Paramvir, Sangrur, Piyush Verma, Sangrur, and Karan, Ludhiana, respectively.



140 aspirants turn up for cricket trials

Ludhiana, October 19
An overwhelming number of aspirants (140) turned up to attend the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at the Arya College for Boys today.

The trials were organised to select U-15 and U-18 probables. Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA, said the panel would shortlist the probables who would be provided coaching at the regional coaching centre at the same venue followed by a match prior to finalising the Ludhiana teams (U-16 and U-19). — TNS



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