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Road to inconvenience and disgust 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Potholed roads, broken streets and ill-maintained parks sum up Ward No. 53. The development of the area seems a distant dream. Reason: Lack of funds.

The roads were carpeted eights years ago. Although the MC keeps carrying out patch work, the repair of the stretches is nowhere on its list.

Commute on roads leading to Maya Nagar, Ghumar Mandi and College Road is quite adventurous. Except two newly constructed stretches, all other roads are in a pitiable condition.

Area councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi said the Municipal Corporation had not issued the annual quota of Rs 50 lakh for the past two years. He said how was he supposed to develop the ward in the absence of funds.

“In my tenure, I have received the grant only once. The money was used in re-carpeting two roads in the Maya Nagar area. We had to repair the stretches on a priority basis as those were really in bad shape. The work cost us Rs 43 lakh,” said Gogi

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has aggravated the woes of area residents by digging up College Road to lay wires. It is a busy road as it leads to SCD Government College and Khalsa Senior Secondary School. It was learnt that the PSPCL submitted Rs 15 lakh to the MC for digging up the road. Post-work, the civic body did not re-carpet the road and commuters continue to suffer.

As compared to other wards, parks in the area are far better. Still, a lot needs to be done. The councillor said he needed funds to beautify the green belts.

“I had sent an estimate of Rs 7 lakh for the maintenance of parks, but the MC did not approve it,” said Gogi.


Alleging discrimination, Gurpreet Singh Gogi, councillor, Ward No. 53, said: “The MC does not think even once before handing out funds to SAD-BJP councillors, but when it comes to addressing the problems of Congress councillors, it chooses to look the other way. If the civic body can give crores of rupees to others, why can’t it sanction funds for my ward. I just need Rs 3 crore.” 

Broken roads the only bane


DBTL scheme to be re-launched today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
The Centre is set to relaunch the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) Scheme from tomorrow.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has asked consumers to ensure LPG subsidy in banks in order to avail benefits of the scheme.

Sona Thind, District Food and Civil Supplies Officer, Ludhiana, said, “As per the Ministry’s directions, the consumers will get cooking gas cylinders at subsidised rates for three months with effect from November 15 till February 14, 2015. However, for next three months, they will have to pay the market price, but the subsidy will be given to them if they join the scheme within three months i.e. till May 14, 2014.”

She said for enrolment, Aadhaar card numbers were not required. Thind said, “The consumers should have bank accounts and that they will receive subsidy in their accounts as per their entitlement to subsidised cylinders.

A consumer gets 12 subsidised cylinders in a year.”

Consumers without Aadhaar cards

The District Food and Supplies Controller said consumers who were earlier getting subsidy through banks after getting linked through Aadhaar cards need not do anything. But those, who have Aadhaar cards and are yet to be linked, should fill in Form 1.

They need to deposit it at the nearest bank branch/ drop box of LPG distributor. One can also link Aadhaar number by filling in Form 2 or by calling up at 1800-2333-555. Consumers can also log on to www.rast.uodai.gov.in.

Consumers without Aadhaar card numbers can submit their bank account details in Form 4 to LPG distributors. Log on to www.MyLPG.in and enter your bank account details or submit your LPG consumer ID details in Form 3 to your bank branch.

MA Alam, coordinator of three oil companies, said consumers could get the forms from distributors.”

These forms are also available on www.petroleum.nic.in/dbtl



Efficiency is priceless when government is penniless 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Empty coffers of the state government have started asphyxiating employees.

As per the Finance Department’s directions, phone bills will not be paid under government quota this financial year.

Earlier, the employees used to get LTC (leave travel concession) once in four years, but now they won’t get it.

The orders pertaining to the LTC will not be implemented on employees who will retire by March 31, 2015. Those, who could not avail it from 2010-2013 and have got permission to avail it till December 31, 2014, can ignore the instructions.

Rashpal Singh, District Treasury Officer, Ludhiana, said, “I have told the employees not to get bills reimbursed.”

Officials, who were not aware of the orders, had to return empty-handed as the District Treasury Officer refused to accept their bills. An official said, “I was taken aback when I learnt that my phone bill would not be paid by my office. The instructions are going to hit us hard.”

Another official said: “The Finance Department has implemented the Budget Control System. The payments have bee stopped till March 31, 2015.”

An official said: “To save money, the government is making the employees suffer. There is 10 per cent cut in the non-plan budget (not for salaries, wages, stipends and medical) allocated for the payment of electricity bills, supply of material, office expenses, contingent payment and phone bills.

Sources said district heads had been asked to send details of petrol and diesel being used in official vehicles. “The government is mulling over slashing these,” they said.

An official said, “The government wants us to work efficiently, but when it comes to making the payments, it goes mum. We are not going to bear the expenses.” The employees said when it comes to managing the finances of political leaders, the government does not think of austerity. Earlier, funds were not sanctioned on time and now these new instructions have come as a bolt from the blue. Where do we go with our problems?” asked another employee.


An official said: “To save money, the state government is making the employees suffer. There is 10 per cent cut in the non-plan budget allocated for the payment of power bills.



7 child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
On Children’s Day, the District Task Force rescued seven child labourers from different parts of the city.

Mohit Singla, Assistant Director, Factories, said, “Three teams rescued the children from RK Berry Hosiery at Bajwa Nagar.”

JP Singh, Labour and Conciliation Officer, said, “One child was rescued from a shoe shop in Sherpur, Focal Point.”

The children were sent to Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital for medical examination. Later, they were presented before the Child Welfare Committee.

The teams also conducted checks at the district administration complex on the instructions of Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.

Trader robbed of Rs 8.5 lakh

A businessman was robbed of Rs 8.5 lakh at the local bus stand. Complainant Sachin Ahuja, a resident of Shivaji Nagar, told the police that he had gone to Kolkata. On return, he hired a cab and called up his brother Happy saying he would reach home late, but he did not return.

Passersby spotted him lying alongside a road. One of them took down his address from his driver’s licence and informed his family about the incident. He was then taken to hospital. Sachin has suffered serious injuries.

The police said they would scan the CCTV footage. A case has been registered.

Body fished out

The police today fished out an unidentified body from Sidhwan Canal near Zone D, Sarabha Nagar. The deceased was in his sixties. The police is yet to identify the body. Passersby spotted the body floating on the surface of the water this morning. They called up at the police control room and officials reached the spot.

Kulwant Singh, SHO, Sarabha Nagar, said the body has been sent to the Civil Hospital.



Notices issued to 20 eatery owners 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Eatery owners are on the radar of the Health Department.

Those, who are yet to apply for licences under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA)-2006, are being issued notices.

“We have issued notices to 20 owners of sweetmeat shops, food joints and departmental stores. Those, who do not have licences, will not be spared. During raids, we make it a point to check licences and other papers,” said Dr Abnash Kumar, District Health Officer.

He said the notices were issued on the spot. “Owners have been told to apply for licences online within 15 days, failing which challans will be sent to the court for further action.”

Under the Food Safety and Standards Act, food business operators with a turnover of up to Rs 12 lakh have to obtain “registration certificates” while those having a turnover of more than Rs 12 lakh have to obtain “licences” from the state government.

The Centre issues licences to businessmen having a turnover of Rs 20 crore.

It is learnt that in Ludhiana, there are 14,750 registered eateries and 2,150 owners have licences.



A day after, Khanna remains calm 
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, November 14
The city today remained calm following yesterday’s incident of stone pelting by protesters and mild lathi-charge by the police. In view of the incident, additional police force was called from Ludhiana.

SP (D) Satinder Pal Singh and SP (H) Rajwinder Singh Sohal said no one would be allowed to take law into their hands. At the same time, no one would be harassed without any reason. The police officials also appealed to the residents to help the police in restoring complete peace in the city.

Meanwhile, a delegation of protesters today met the acting SSP of Khanna, Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, and narrated their grievances.

The acting SSP informed that he had assured the delegation that the police would act as per law and would not harass anyone unreasonably. He added that he had directed the SP(D), Khanna, to probe the incident. He maintained that following the enquiry report, an action would be taken against offenders as per law.

It may be mentioned that the Khanna police were carrying out a search operation as part of its anti-drug drive when a number of residents of Valmik Mohalla blocked traffic on the National Highway accusing the police of being biased during the drive. Later, some protesters pelted the police with stones while the latter were persuading them to lift the blockade.

The police chased them away but two cops sustained injuries in the melee.

A case under Sections 353, 332, 283,186, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC was registered against 18 identified and about 70 unidentified persons. 



Won’t tolerate indiscipline, says Dy CM
The SSP will be suspended if any on-duty official found absent at a police station
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Nov 14
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today warned that he would not tolerate indiscipline in the Police Department and if any official was found absent from the police station during duty hours, the SSP concerned would be held responsible. “I would take action against the SSP and not any lower-rank official,” said the Deputy CM while talking to mediapersons at Sarabha village near here today.

Last evening, the Deputy CM had made a surprise visit to a police station in Mohali and found almost the entire staff on duty, except for the munshi, absent.

Sukhbir Badal also asked all other ministers to hold surprise checks in offices under them.

Earlier, he paid tributes to Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha during the Sports Festival organised to mark the freedom fighter’s 99th martyrdom day. He called upon the youth of the state to follow ideals of martyrs, including Sarabha.

Claiming that over 30,000 persons directly involved in drug peddling had already been booked and arrested, Badal warned those involved in the illicit drug trade to either mend their ways or face jail.

Reiterating steps taken by the government in promoting sports, he said the Punjab Institute of Sports was set to channelise youth energy in the right direction. “We intend to train thousands of youths in 11 sports disciplines. International coaches would also be recruited,” he said. He assured that the Indian contingent for the 2020 Olympics would have maximum sportspersons from Punjab.

The Deputy CM announced from the next year, matches for Kabaddi World Cup would also be organised at Sarabha village. “We would give the existing stadium an ultra-modern look and funds for the same would be allocated by the state government,” he said, adding that the road leading to the village would also be widened.

Prominent among those present were Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, adviser to CM Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, SAD district president Madan Lal Bagga, Subordinate Services Selection Board Punjab chairman Santa Singh Umedpuri, Department of Information and Public Relations, Punjab, director Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Agarwal, DIG Ludhiana Range GS Dhillon, SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Ravcharan Singh Brar, former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha, former MP Amrik Singh Aliwal, and former MLAs Ishar Singh Meharban and Bikramjit Singh Khalsa. 



Bal Swachhta Mission gets going in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
A week-long Bal Swachhta Mission kicked off at government schools in the city today.

Students picked up brooms and went about cleaning their school campuses. According to the directions of the Director General School Education, the students will be carrying out different activities to clean their school campus and its surroundings till November 19.

Although the mission is also going to be celebrated at CBSE schools, it would be celebrated in a different manner. CBSE schools will hold though is supposed to be "Expression Writing Series" wherein students will write on different themes pertaining to the mission, through creative writing.

The series has been started to "promote knowledge and good practice amongst students through creative writing.

However, most CBSE schools reportedly did not follow the directions.



Plea to include cycle, its parts on positive list of trade with Pakistan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Local cycle industry has urged the government to include bicycle and its parts in the positive list for trade with Pakistan. At present, only cycle tyres, tubes and brake shoe are in the list.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, chairman, Ludhiana zone, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said both the governments should open business especially for bicycle and its parts because the cycle industry is in the negative list of Pakistan.

“In Pakistan, the Roadster model of cycle costs Rs 6,500 as compared to India where it costs Rs 3000. The trade between both the nations should be opened as it will prove beneficial to the cycle industry, especially Punjab because Ludhiana, which is the hub of manufacturing cycles and its parts in India, is close to the Wagah border. Pakistan is the nearest international market for India and opening trade of the cycle products will boost the economy of both the countries. Further, the freight charges will not be too much,” said Kular.



Five fresh dengue cases

Ludhiana, November 14
Five more patients tested positive for dengue. While two of the new patients belong to Ludhiana, three hail from other districts.

A 30-year-old man from the Jalandhar bypass and a 40-year-old man from Sarabha Nagar are under treatment at the DMCH here.

Besides, a 34-year-old woman from Hoshiarpur, a 23-year-old youth from Jalandhar and a 40-year-old man from Kapurthala are under treatment at the DMCH.

With the fresh cases, the total number of patients diagnosed with the disease at Ludhiana hospitals has risen to 199. Out of these, 148 belong to Ludhiana, 45 to other districts and six to other states. — TNS



Dist Cong remembers Pandit Nehru
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
The District Congress Committee (DCC), Ludhiana (Urban), under the leadership of its Chief Gurpreet Bassi Gogi, celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

The District Youth Congress also celebrated the day under the leadership of Sukhvinder Raja. On the occasion, Youth Congress activists distributed stationery items among children from slum areas.

Meanwhile, to commemorate Pandit Nehru, the Punjab Pradesh Congress launched a campaign, “Save Punjab”, in the Ludhiana (West) constituency. A candle march against the menace of drug addiction was organised.

Member Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu, while speaking on the occasion, said, “The Congress launched the campaign when all other administrative measures of the state government failed to check proliferation of drug addiction among youths.”

Legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu, the principal coordinator of the campaign, urged the youth to act as volunteers of the “Save Punjab” project. He said the project was very dear to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema said, “Our objective is to fight against the menace of drugs. The progress of the state and the country is possible only if we rein in the problem.”

Dewan still a Congress worker?

* The former District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), chief, Pawan Dewan, who was recently expelled from the primary membership of the party, issued a press release on Friday.

* As per the release, “Congress workers paid glowing tributes to the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, on his 125th birth anniversary.” It was also stated that a function held at a school was presided over by former DCC president and “senior Congress” leader Pawan Dewan.

* When contacted, Dewan said he still considers himself as a party worker. “I will continue to be a Congress worker. My leader is Sonia Gandhi.”



Philatelists showcase best of their collections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
An exhibition-cum-bazaar was set up to display stamps made from chocolates, textiles, khadi along with the ones emanating fragrance during the Bal Mela at Lion’s Club here today. The event was organised by the Ludhiana Philatelic Club to mark its 40th foundation day.

An avid philatelist Rajpal Oswal displayed his collection of chocolate stamps from countries such as Denmark and Scotland. Yashpal Bangia, president of the philatelic club, displayed all the stamps released based on the theme of Punjab and its people. Stamps on Bharat Ratna awardees were also displayed on the occasion.

On the occasion of Children’s Day, postage stamps on the Nehru family were displayed by Narinder Singh.

Stamps emanating rose fragrance were exhibited by Vishal while Vijay Aggarwal, another philatelist, displayed stamps released during the British Raj, some of them dating back to 1860s or earlier.

Stamps on the theme of musical instruments were also displayed by Gursagar Singh, while Prakash Chopra had on display postage stamps on different breeds of dogs. Rajesh Gupta’s collection was on the theme of birds and Shiv Garg displayed stamps released on the theme of Jainism.

Meanwhile, a painting competition was also organised in which students of about 10 schools took part. The themes of the competition were Swachh Bharat, drug abuse, road safety and education for all. 



Awareness can prevent vision loss
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Being active and eating a balanced diet comprising fruits, vegetables, food rich in starch, non-dairy sources of protein and dairy can help in controlling and preventing both Type I and Type II diabetes, say experts.

The World Diabetes Day campaign today marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.

“Lifestyle changes are often advised to those who have been diagnosed with the Type II diabetes. Recommendations include observing two-and-a-half hours of moderate physical activity each week while losing weight to achieve a healthy body mass index,” said Dr Kulwinder Singh. He added, “However, the same eating pattern is recommended for every diabetic. They should eat foods low in salt, fat and sugar.”

Sankara Eye Hospital joined hands with Dr Rakesh Goyal, consultant endocrinologist, and a city hotel to organise a ‘Walkathon’ on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day today. The main objective of the event on the day was to make general public more aware on various aspects of diabetes and its effect on eyes and eyesight causing diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma, as this normally leads to preventable blindness.

Dr Anamica Ahuja, unit head at the hospital, highlighted the importance of eye care and check-ups to help prevent vision loss and blindness. She added that diabetes patients are more likely to develop cataract at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma in comparison with the non-diabetics. The primary vision problem caused by diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, she said.

Dr Rakesh Goyal said diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. “It is important to educate masses about diabetes and its related complications to fight this silent killer. It is significant that people realise that timely intervention can often prevent vision impairment, both short term and long term,” he said. 

Know the disease

* Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. Though diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, it is of two kinds – Type I and Type II.

* High blood sugar causes frequent urination, thirst and hunger. If untreated, it can cause severe medical complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and damage to the eyes.

* It is caused by either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin provided. Insulin, a hormone created in the pancreas, helps the body use glucose for energy.

Difference between two types of diabetes

* In the Type I diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. This raises glucose levels, damaging the body’s organs. It is known as insulin-dependent diabetes and often develops before the age of 40.

* Type II diabetes is where the body fails to produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Often associated with obesity, it is a progressive condition and is normally treated with tablets.

Natural remedies to tackle high blood sugar levels

* Consume about a teaspoon of fenugreek powder (methi dana) with lukewarm water early morning before starting the day.

* Make a concoction of fenugreek powder, ‘jamun’ seed powder, ‘neem’ powder and bitter gourd powder, all in equal proportions. Consume about one teaspoon of this mix along with water half an hour before lunch and dinner.

* Drink a glass of juice made with a half of bitter gourd, a half cucumber, two celery stalks and a half of green apple once a day.

* Take two teaspoons of ‘amla’ juice with a pinch of turmeric powder early morning.



CICU urges top cop to up vigil in Focal Point 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Members of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) met the Commissioner of Police, Pramod Ban, to discuss major problems being faced by industrialists in the Focal Point area, particularly during winters.

“Every winter, cases of theft of scrap, other raw material and finished products, during night see a surge. Due to this, the Ludhiana industry is reportedly suffering a loss to the tune of 1 per cent of its total annual revenue,” said CICU chief Avtar Singh.

“Number of snatching incidents rise during days when salary and advance payment is given to factory workers,” said CICU general secretary Upkar Singh.

Apart from law and order, the other problem highlighted by the members during the meeting was regular traffic jams on major roads, especially near the Dhandari flyover and the Giaspura railway crossing due to unauthorised parking of heavy vehicles.

CICU lists suggestions

* Police nakas should be laid at vulnerable locations in the Focal Point. Police pickets should be permanently present at selected places.

* Police patrolling should be regular during salary payment days from 7 to 10th of each month and advance payment days from 20 to 25th.

* Unauthorised parking of heavy vehicles on major roads from 8 am to 10 am and from 6 pm to 8 pm should be checked and violators penalised so that the roads are congestion free.



Jamalpur fake encounter: JAC seeks arrest of absconding cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November14
A meeting of joint action committee (JAC) on the alleged fake encounter at Jamalpur held a meeting at Chatar Singh Park here today.

In the absence of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, who is one of the conveners of the committee, the meeting was presided by communist leader Tarsem Jodha.

Jodha said, “We met Isshwar Singh, IG, Ludhiana range, yesterday to get updates in the case. We called this meeting to review the developments in the case.”

He said the mother of encounter victim brothers informed the JAC members that a few days before the incident, an Akali leader had allegedly threatened her elder son that he would get them killed in a police encounter. “We want to know who hatched the conspiracy behind the murder of brothers. Two of the accused in this case, including SHO Manjider Singh, are still absconding. We demand their arrest or the committee members will start staging protest against police inaction,” he added.

It is worth mentioning here that a Khanna police team gunned down two brothers, Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh who were wanted in an attempt to murder case, at a house in Jamalpur area on the Chandigarh road, Ludhiana, at around 9 am on September 27. Khanna SSP Harash Bansal was suspended following the incident.

The case

A Khanna police team gunned down two brothers, Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh who were wanted in an attempt to murder case, at a house in Jamalpur area on the Chandigarh road, Ludhiana, at around 9 am on September 27.



Celebrations pervade schools on Chacha Nehru’s B’day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
The 125th birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, popularly known as Children’s Day, was celebrated across the city schools with great zeal and fervour. Various activities and functions were organized to mark the auspicious occasion.

Babies Paradise Playway School

Dances, puppet show spreading the message of good habits were presented for the kids to mark the celebrations. They made beautiful flowers and presented them to each other.

Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School

Students showcased their talent through a cultural programme which consisted of purely adorable and mesmerising performances by the students of the junior wing. The programme consisted of various speeches on the contribution of Jawaharlal Nehru in our country and the steps to be taken for betterment of the students in today’s world. Giddha and bhangra performances stole the show. Students of classes IX to XII were shown special screening of the last episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Also, a brain storming session was also held.

MGM Public School

An inter-house talent hunt competition was orgainsed on the school campus. A play on ‘child labour’ was also staged by the students. Principal Poonam Sharma enlightened the students about the teachings of Nehru and the affection and emotional bond which he had with children.

Senior Secondary Residential School

Children’s Day was celebrated on the school premises in collaboration with the State Bank of Patiala, Ghumar Mandi. Besides a cultural programme and speeches, the day was celebrated by opening new saving accounts of the students. They were presented with chocolates and gifts on the occasion. Meanwhile, the toppers of the school were also felicitated.

Atam Public School

Various events, including poster making, rangoli, dance, skit, solo dance, fancy dress competition, collage making, save wild life show, quizzes and declamation contests marked the day. Stalls of eatables and games were installed by the students.

GMSSS, Cemetery Road

A function to inaugurate the ‘Bal Swachhta Mission’ was organized to mark the celebrations of the day. Students actively participated in the function by delivering speeches, reciting poems and songs. Principal Anoop Passi emphasized on the importance of educating children.

BCM School, Chandigarh Road

Rose drawing and cartoon-making competitions were held for students of classes I and II. Meanwhile, students of Class III linked themselves to Chacha Nehru with the strings of love and devotion by reciting poems. Students of classes IV and V participated in slogan writing and sketching competitions, respectively.

Green Grove Public School

Diverse feats and events were specially systematised for the day. Gurman and Rheiya of classes XI and VIII presented solo dances. Duet dance was performed by Marlowe and Preetinder of Class VIII. Instrumental music was proffered by Rajveer of Class XI. Meanwhile, a PowerPoint presentation was conferred by students of classes IX and X.

Green Land Convent School, Civil City

Tiny tots of the junior wing came dressed up in beautiful attires. Teachers of primary and senior wings showcased a beautiful show for the students which was entertaining as well as aimed at instilling moral values amongst them. Giddha performance by the teachers was the main attraction of the day. Principal Alka Mahajan emphasised and guided the students to follow the ideas of ‘Chacha Nehru’ and imbibe the values of discipline, ambition and sense of order in them.

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town

The birth anniversary of legendary freedom fighter and independent India’s First Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru was celebrated with a colourful gala event organised on the school premises. The programme started with ‘dohe’ from Kabir’s Bani followed by choreography based on girl child presented by students of the middle wing. The lyrics and rocking beats of solo song sung by Jaskanwar Singh of Class X left the spectators spellbound. Cultural Fusion presented by students of primary wing displayed ‘Unity in Diversity’.

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar

A book titled ‘India of My Dreams’ was launched to mark the day. The book comprises articles, poems and stories written by the students of the school. In the book, the students have expressed their views about India of their dreams which according to them is technologically advanced, united and economically sound. The book was launched by Dr SS Johl, Vice-Chairman, LMC, and Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, along with principal JK Sidhu. Adressing the gathering, the principal said the book would help everyone to see the future of India through the eyes of the students. Later, a sufi classical dance performance by girls and soulful rendition of qawali was highly appreciated. Misuses of mobiles were depicted magnificently through a mime show. The elegant fusion dance of different states mesmerised the audience while the choreography on ‘Swachh Bharat’ brought home the point of a cleaner India.

BCM School, Dugri

A special morning assembly was conducted by the school teachers on the occasion. They dedicated the song ‘Bachhe mann ke sache’ to all the children. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi wished the students and advised them to retain their childhood innocence and purity. The day witnessed the formation of the Green Brigade- a club to promote environmental awareness. A pledge was taken for the same and badges were distributed to the members of the club. Other activities included a fancy dress competition for students of UKG and poem recitation Class III students.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar

Students from Sanskar Kendra, Nobel Trust Foundation and other deaf and dumb children came to the school to pay tributes Pandit Jawarhar Lal Nehru. The school premises turned into a children’s den. The programme commenced with the lightening of a ceremonial lamp by BVM alumni Gaurav Madan and his parents followed by a poem recitation by BVMites and students from the Nobel Trust. A talent hunt competition and Bal Mela was also organized where the students enjoyed the fun-filled games, sumptuous food stalls, delightful rides and enlightening documentary on the life of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar

Various competitions were organised to mark the event and make it a special day for children. The students showed their love and respect for Pt Nehru by reciting poems, presenting dances and delivering speeches. Also, an inter-house salad and sandwich making competition was also held for the students of the secondary wing. Various sports events, including races such as hurdle race, frog race, hop race, butterfly race, 50/100 m race etc were organised for the students of the pre-primary and primary wing.

Mothers Pride Playway School, Pakhowal Road

A fun day was organized for the children. They were taken to a park, where they enjoyed playing with balls and hoopla rings. A huge jumping jack was the centre of attraction. Also, they danced to their favorite numbers.

Jain Public Senior Secondary School

Separate parties were arranged by the students in their respective classes. A bulletin board competition based on the theme of cleanliness was held.

Green Land Public School, Jalandhar bypass

An annual fete was organised on the school premises today. Students enjoyed fun games, joy rides and delectable food at the stalls. The stalls were managed by the students only under the guidance of their house in charges. The students also came up with a small cultural programme.

Ryan International School, Dugri

A small one-act play was presented for children. Headmistress Ritu Syal gave a special speech. Children participated in various activities, including singing, dancing, painting, drawing, quizzes and story-telling. A tug of war among children and teachers were also organised.

New GMT Public School

In the lower primary wing, students commemorated the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru by reciting poems and taking part in a fancy dress competition. The students of classes I to XII wrote creative articles to express their views on various topics.

Tagore Public School

Homage was paid to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as a mark of reverence in the form of a poem. The teachers expressed their love and affection through melodious songs and speeches. Principal of the school urged the students to value this great leader and utilize every opportunity to follow his footprints.

DCM Presidency School

An annual function- Kiddies Pandora- 2014 based on the theme ‘Sarfaroshism’ marked the occasion. Tiny tots of nursery and prep-I participated in the programme. The ambience was filled with patriotic fervor as the campus was decorated in Tricolour. A potpourri of dances was presented by the tiny tots showcasing various hues of India, thus rekindling the spirit of patriotism in the audience.

Sat Paul Mittal School

To make a joyful day for Satyans, a cultural extravaganza was presented by the teachers. The grand fiesta flagged off with invocation to God. The teachers expressed their love and affection through songs and a humorous play which tickled the funny bone of the students. A colourful and peppy dance performance by the teachers energised the spirits of the audience. Movie ‘Mary Kom’ was shown to the students in the school auditorium.

Laboratory Nursery School and Day Care Centre, PAU

Tiny tots came dressed as Chacha Nehru, donning caps and jackets. Dr Jatinder Gulati, Head of Department (HoD), human development, said, “Children were very dear to Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru and that is the reason his birthday is dedicated to them.”

Also, a drawing competition along with a cricket match marked the day at GRD Academy. Meanwhile celebrations were carried on in other city schools, including BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar; KVM, City Campus; Guru Gobind Singh Public School and Radha Vatika School, Khanna. 

A special day for the special ones

Eighteen specially abled children from Ek Prayas School were taken to Leisure Valley to celebrate Children's Day. Principal AK Mishra said the purpose of taking the children for an outing was not only to help them enjoy and interact with other people, but also to create awareness among them about the conditions they suffer from and to help them be a part of the mainstream society. Meanwhile, city-based psychiatrist Dr Kunal Kala, MRCPsych, Mind First, celebrated the day with the children of an NGO named 'Nirdosh', working to uplift differently abled children. Dr Kala discussed various hardships faced by individuals with disabilities.



Baseball tourney: Kum Kalan school eves clinch title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 14
Girls of Government Senior Secondary School, Kum Kalan, proved their mettle to clinch the title in the 6th Junior Ludhiana District Baseball Championship held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women in Model Town here today.

In the final, they had to toil hard to get better of their opponents from Teja Singh Swatanter Memorial School, 5-4. Yesterday, the boys’ team from the school emerged champions as they outplayed Guru Nanak International Public School, 4-3.

Six teams participated in the girl’s section in the two-day tournament. In the first match, Khalsa Baseball Club beat Government Senior Secondary School, Gill, 2-0, and in the second match, GMT Public School outwitted RS Model Senior Secondary School, 3-1. The last years’ winners, Government Senior Secondary School, Kum Kalan, and the first runners-up, Teja Singh Swatanter Memorial School, were given byes.

In the semi-finals, Government Senior Secondary School, Kum Kalan, defeated Khalsa Baseball Club, 10-4, while Teja Singh Swatanter Memorial School squeezed past GMT Public School, 2-1, to settle for the title clash.

In the match to decide the third place, Khalsa Baseball Club overpowered GMT Public School, 2-1.

Sukhdev Singh and Harbir Gill, the secretary and the organising president of the Ludhiana District Baseball Association, respectively, were the guests of honour at the prize distribution function.



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