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DC cracks the whip
Notices served on eight hookah bars
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari today cracked the whip on hookah bars and banned its operation in the district under Section 144 of the Cr.PC. Tewari directed the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, to implement these orders by serving notices on all hookah bars running in the district.

The orders passed by him read, “The Civil Surgeon has brought to my notice that a number of hookah bars are operational in the district. These bars are serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine, which is highly injurious to health, to people, including minors. At times, harmful substances are also mixed with tobacco molasses and served in these bars. Keeping the health and goodwill of common man and to ensure that school or college youngsters and minors don’t become a victim these need to be banned.”

Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, directed officials of the health department to serve notices to the hookah bars in the district. Food safety officers of the health department Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur, respectively, went to eight hookah bars and served notices on those managing Mr Beans, C -Lounge Sarabha Nagar, OHB Sarabha Nagar, Hide our BRS Nagar, Mocha Chhino Ansal Plaza, 40 thieves Phase-1 Dugri, Arabic Fusion, Groov and Gravy Civil Lines.


Swindler decamps with Rs 1 lakh jewellery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
A swindler decamped with jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh from a house in Jodhewal by duping children. This incident took place in the afternoon when Surinder Kaur, wife of Gurnam Singh, a truck driver, had gone to market for purchasing goods.

Two sons-Jashandeep Singh (6) and Vishavdeep Singh (6)-of the couple were alone in the house when this incident took place.

According to the children, a youth on a motorcycle entered the house and told that their father had met with an accident.

The suspect offered a lift to Jashandeep on the pretext of taking him to the hospital. He asked Jashandeep to alight from the motorcycle as soon as they reached the Samrala Chowk on the pretext of going somewhere else.

After dropping Jashandeep, the suspect returned to the house and told Vishawajit that her mother urgently need gold jewelry for arranging money for his father’s operation.

Vishawajit handed over the money and the suspect fled from the spot. The matter came to light when Surinder Kaur returned to the house.

She further reported the matter to the police. The police suspects it to be the handiwork of a drug addict, who lives in the vicinity.



Sale of property
GLADA gamble fails to pay off
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 2
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) could sell only 121 commercial sites and residential plots at a cost of Rs 6,782.23 lakh during the last financial year, falling way behind the target. While GLADA authorities attribute the poor response to their repeated attempt to sell the properties through public auction to recession, the audit wing feels that the poor planning led to a huge shortfall of Rs 34,177.77 lakh.

The internal and external audit report of GLADA for 2010-2011, copies of which were obtained by the Council of RTI Activists under the Right to Information Act, reveal that as on April 1, 2010, 2,238 sites (residential 413 and commercial 1,825) were available with GLADA for disposal. Out of these, 292 (residential 272 and commercial 20) were to be sold during the financial year at a projected revenue generation of Rs 40,900 lakh.

However, the actual performance during the year under review was dismal if the observations made in the audit report are to be believed. The sale of properties, both commercial and residential, during the year yielded just 16.58 per cent in terms of revenue and performance in terms of number of properties was 41.43 per cent.

The GLADA authorities had taken the plea that due to recession and general slow down in the real estate sector, there was poor response from the buyers, especially for the bigger chunks of commercial sites in prime locations worth several hundred crores. The audit department, however, disagreed with the justification offered by GLADA while concluding that huge shortfall of revenue indicated lack of proper planning and sincere efforts to dispose of the properties.

Audit Report

The internal and external audit report for 2010-2011 reveals that 2,238 sites (residential 413 and commercial 1,825) were available with GLADA on April 1, 2010, for disposal. Out of these, 292 (residential 272 and commercial 20) were to be sold during the financial year at a projected revenue generation of Rs 40,900 lakh.



MC to raze illegal structures
Notices served on 2,500 violators
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Taking a strict note of encroachments as well as violations of the PUDA Act on prominent roads, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to demolish structures that are within 5 meters of the main roads. A meeting in this regard was held yesterday. The Municipal Corporation hopes to start this drive from Monday onwards. It has identified 2,500 such violations in different parts of the city and notices have been served on the violators.

The municipal Corporation would be carrying out this drive from the Jalandhar bypass Chowk to the Sherpur Chowk, from the Sherpur Chowk to the Delhi Road Octroi Post, from the Samrala Chowk to the Chandigarh Road Octroi Post, from the Jagraon Bridge to the Ferozepur Road Octroi Post, from the Jalandhar bypass Chowk to the Jalandhar Road Octroi Post and from the Gill Chowk to the Gill Road Octroi Post.

Officials of the building branch of the civic body carried out a comprehensive survey in this regard. They found maximum violations in Jalandhar Bypass Chowk and the Sherpur Chowk. Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi directed all zonal commissioners, joint commissioners, senior town planner, municipal town planner and the Deputy Superintendent of Police to remove all violations before April 15. He clarified that only those violations were removed that have come up after 1995.

“Structures that exist within 5 meters of the road and are violating the PUDA Act of 1995 would be removed. I must clarify that we would calculate the distance from the road,” said Jaggi, who urged residents to cooperate the civic officials. He also urged politicians to not interfere in the functioning of the corporation.

Buildings marked

A team of officials from the building branch has started marking buildings with red marks for demolishing them. A few buildings on the GT Road, Chandigarh Road and other areas have been marked. Officials from the Zone A of the building branch have marked 208 such buildings between the Jalandhar Road Octroi and the Budha Nullah. Similarly, Zone B officials have marked 250 such buildings between the Samrala Chowk and the Chandigarh Road Octroi Post




Hawara sisters create ruckus in court
Kin were not allowed to serve food
Our legal correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
High drama was witnessed at the District Court Complex today when sisters of a dreaded terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara lodged a complaint before the court saying that the Delhi police was not allowing them to offer home-cooked food to their brother.

The incident took place when the sisters stood in front of the vehicle in which Hawara was sitting. The Delhi police has refused to accept their request and asked them to seek court’s permission.

The denial irked Hawara’s sisters and led to heated argument. They, then, went to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Munish Arora and sought his permission. They were able to serve home-cooked food to Hawara after the court granted them permission.

Earlier, Chief Judicial Magistrate Munish Arora adjourned the hearing of the RDX and arm recovery case against him till March 26.



Electricity from poisonous gas!
Board holding talks with PEDA for generating power from methane

Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Poisonous gas being emitted out of sewage, which has claimed lives of a few sewer men, could now be used to generate electricity. The Sewerage Board is holding talks with the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) for generating electricity out of it.

Officials of the Sewerage Board are using 70 per cent methane and 30 per cent diesel for running two of their generators in a sewerage treatment plant (STP) located at Bhattian village on the outskirts of the city,

They have even tried to generate electricity from this gas. The results have been positive. The plant at Bhattian alone produces 3,000 to 4,000 cubic meters of methane daily. Only a part of it is used for running two 250 KW generators. The rest gets wasted.

The sewerage treatment plant at Balloke village produces around 2,500 cubic meters of methane daily.

KP Goel, Executive Engineer, Sewerage Board, said the sewage treated at the Bhattian plant comes from residential areas. “That is why, the content of methane in this water is high. Work on generating electricity from methane is going on. We can easily provide enough methane fuel for generating electricity,” said Goel. Workers living on the premises of the treatment plant are using methane for cooking food, he added.

Methane is diverted to a turbine that runs on combustion of diesel-methane mixture in the ratio of 30:70 (in per cent), respectively, for generating electricity.

If this project starts functioning, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and other government departments can easily save lakhs of rupees per month on electricity bills. Electricity generated by the system can also be used to light streetlights within and outside the premises.

Anupam Nanda, Senior Manager, Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Ludhiana, said methane could be used for generating electricity. “Not only at Bhattian, but wherever sewerage treatment plant is situated, we can generate electricity. Even the Centre government gives 30 per cent subsidy for setting up these electricity plants. The Sewerage Board has submitted a proposal in this regard with our department, which is presently under consideration,” Nanda added.



NH widening takes toll
At least 36 persons have lost their lives at Khanna
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, March 2
Daily commuters are facing hardships for widening work on the Ludhiana-Ambala national highway at Khanna is going at a snail’s pace. The commuters find it very difficult to pass through the city due to routine traffic jams. Students and daily commuters often reach their destinations late.

Avtar Singh, a resident of Khanna, alleged that the administration and Soma, the company which is executing the widening project, have failed to make proper arrangements and this apathetic attitude of the authorities has caused inconvenience to commuters. Avtar Singh said he witnessed an accident in which a pedestrian died after a vehicle hit him from behind as there was a heavy rush of vehicles during a traffic jam.

A resident of Khanna was drowned in a make-shift pond at the construction site. In the rainy season, the construction site looks like a big pond. The deceased was later identified as Keshi.

Accidents on the construction site at Khanna is a routine matter while no one is ready to take the responsibility of this “faulty” functioning.

Kamaljit Soi, Chairman, Punjab Road Safety Council, Punjab, said: "Around three dozens persons have lost their lives due to widening work and construction of bridges in and around Khanna. We have directed the company to make proper arrangements for the safety of the people of the area. We have also constituted a team under DSP, Khanna, and the company has also deployed some of its employees to regulate traffic."

He also said the company was instructed to complete widening work and construction of bridges work by November11, 2011. But an extension of six months was given to the company by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The Project Head of the Soma company, said: "We are hopeful that the project will be completed in the stipulated period by May or June." He admitted that there are causalities due to construction work as people are not cooperating but the company is trying its best by providing proper facilities to commuters. He also assured that he will look into the matter if any irregularity is reported from the local contractors.



Industry praises move
Pak to phase out major restrictions on trade with India
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
The local industry has given the thumbs-up sign to the move of the Pakistan government to phase out major restrictions on trade with India by the end of this year.

This will end trade routed through a third country, mostly Dubai in the UAE. According to figures, India imported goods worth $276 million from Pakistan. The same year, goods 111 times more were imported from China.

Pakistan could supply cotton, cement and plastic, besides raw material, at a fraction of the cost at which those were imported from other countries.

“This is a positive step, which will result in a manifold increase in bilateral trade via the Attari-Wagah land route. At present, it stands at $2.33 billion,” said Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU).

“An Indo-Pak expo was held here recently. We conducted an interactive session and a business meeting with delegates from the Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote contact and trade,” he added.

“The trading community in Punjab is expecting Indo-Pak trade to flourish in the future. Legitimate mutual trade can lead to cooperation in wider trade. There can be trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia, which will help in regional stability. Mutually beneficial commerce will temper hostilities,” said Avtar Singh, CICU general secretary.

“This welcome step will act as a force multiplier for Punjab trade. Currently restricted to 1,963 items, the trade will go up to 5,600 items. It will be a giant leap in bilateral trade. This will help the Punjab industry to emerge as a potential for international trade centre,” said Upkar Singh, CICU joint secretary.



Cycle Industry
Association to seek implementation of anti-dumping duty
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
To save Ludhiana's cycle industry from Chinese products, the local industry is vying hard for the implementation of anti-dumping duty on cycles and cycle parts. Representatives of the industry will now write to the Ministry of Commerce for the implementation of anti-dumping duty, citing reasons and evidences for the same.

A workshop-cum-interactive session was today organised by the directorate-general of anti-dumping and allied duties on anti-dumping duty and other trade remedies under the WTO framework.

During the session, representatives from the cycle industry interacted with Darshan Singh, regional joint director-general of foreign trade, and make queries about the curative measures to save the local industry from the influx of Chinese cycles and cycle parts.

Darshan Singh, while interacting with the industry, suggested them to write to the Ministry of Commerce for levying anti-dumping duty on cycle and cycle parts by citing reasons and evidences.

"You should cite facts and figures regarding the loss incurred by the local industry due to a heavy flow of Chinese cycles and cycle parts. A detailed report should be sent to the ministry and I am sure the ministry will consider the proposal. If it agrees, anti-dumping duty will be levied for a minimum of 15 years and during this period the local manufacturers can upgrade their technology and get ready to give stiff competition to their competitors," he said.

Gurmeet Singh Khular, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), said the implementation of anti-dumping duty was the need of the hour. "If the situation continues, the local industry will finish within two years. The local manufacturers have been hit hard by the Chinese products and almost all the units engaged in the manufacturing of bicycle steel balls and spokes in Ludhiana have shut down as dealers have started importing them from China," he added.

Khular further said UCPMA will prepare a comprehensive report on the cycle and cycle parts industry from the city. "We will collect data regarding the number of units that were engaged in the manufacturing of cycle and cycle parts, the number of units that were forced to shut down due to inflow of Chinese goods, how much the production index has gone down in the past few years and the number of units that are on the verge of closure," he said.

"It will take at least six months to prepare a detailed report regarding the local industry. The data with evidences will be prepared and sent to the ministry and we are hopeful that anti-dumping duty will be levied on the cycle and cycle parts," he said.



Respect women: Zeenat Aman
Is not averse to acting, says too late to enter politics
Tribune News Service

Zeenat Aman (centre) during the inauguration of a fashion expo in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 2
Zeenat Aman is in the city for the inauguration of Fashion Guru, an exhibition, at the Park Plaza here. She said she was bowled over by the beauty of women in the region. During interaction with mediapersons, she said womanhood should be celebrated. She also said women were an integral part of society.

She further said women should be respected in society for playing the crucial roles of mother, wife and daughter.

She said female foeticide was a heinous crime. She further said daughters expressed more affection than sons.

Talking about movies, she said she was not averse to acting now if she got a good role appropriate for her age.

She also said reality shows were good and had been gaining popularity because people wanted to watch those.

Asked to pick a favourite point in her career, she replied that it was difficult to choose as there had been many a milestone.

She said she had started acting as a teenager and became a part of blockbusters like ‘Qurbani’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and ‘Dostana’.

Talking about remakes of old songs, she said those suited the taste of the new generation and were like old wine in a new bottle.

Asked about her interest in politics, she said it was too late to enter politics. She added that she was an ardent Congress supporter. “But never say never,” she said.

She said fashion was cyclical and a lot of current trends drew inspiration from the past. Talking about actors, she said all current actors were talented and doing well.

“Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra are all doing very well. They are very talented and beautiful and are doing a variety of roles,” she said.

She said nice clothes and accessories had been included in the exhibition. More than 50 stalls on fashion, home decor, clothes and accessories comprised the exhibition.



Inconvenience a great leveller
Delay in laying of interlocking tiles adds to traffic woes
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 2
The delay in road construction out at the local railway road has been causing inconvenience to commuters, shopkeepers and residents. They have been forced to pay through the nose due to the delay in the work of fixing interlocking tiles on the road.

The delay has increased the problem of traffic on the road. The local administration is struggling to solve the problem.

Workers have dug out the road from one side, narrowing the already congested road. Long traffic jams have become a common sight on the road.

“Though we know that road construction is going to make our lives comfortable,such a long delay is avoidable,” rued Manjit Singh, a commuter.

“We are forced to undergo unnecessary inconvenience for no fault of ours. Things have become intolerable now,” he added.

The municipal council (MC) had taken up the work of laying interlocking tiles about a month ahead of the Assembly elections.

After the fixing of interlocking tiles on less than half a portion of the road was done, the work was stopped.

It took more than 20 days to fix interlocking tiles on a 40-metre-stretch of the road. After two months, the MC had resumed the work.

“We are fed up with the construction. We do not know when the work will be completed,” said Kapil Gupta, a local resident.

“I fail to understand why it is taking so much time to complete a stretch less than 100 metres,” he added.

School and college students were the worst affected. A large number of students passed through the road everyday.

Some of them complained that they had to face a lot of hardship to reach their institutes because of the construction.

The business of hundreds of shopkeepers on this stretch was also affected. “The MC is doing the work in instalments,” stated Vinay Kumar Bansal, a shopkeeper.

“It laid tiles on less than half the road and stopped it. After two months, it started the work again. We are suffering losses as customers prefer other markets,” he elaborated.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said, “The work was first stopped due to the rainy season. After that, Assembly elections delayed the work.” He added that the work would be completed at the earliest.



Auto parts exhibition concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
An exhibition of auto parts held by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute in collaboration with the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association concluded at Auto Parts and Hand Tools Technology, Focal Point, here today.

The main objective of this industrial exhibition was to showcase auto parts and other allied products of micro, small and medium enterprises as well as the needs of the Central and state government departments, i.e. Defence, Railways, public sector undertakings, major industries and corporations, etc.

Assistant Director (Chemicals) with MSME Development Institute BK Chowdhary said the expo was helpful for bulk buyers to identify other MSEs competent to supply quality products to them. "It will also provide opportunities to the existing and new entrepreneurs for development of new products and diversification," he said.

President, Auto Parts Manufactures Association, GS Kahlon said such type of events brought together capable small-scale units and large enterprises to a common platform and also help in information sharing on their requirements.

"The Centre is aware of the severe constraints faced by MSE units. The sector is being provided support by the government for making them globally competitive. This event was also one of the initiatives undertaken as part of that support. I am sure it will go a long way in the development of new partnerships, relations and enhanced business outcome," said SS Dhillon, Director, MSME Development Institute.

Vishav Bandhu, GM, Industries, expressed his views about the need of such type of events in the present scenario. Ordinance Vehicle Factory, Jabalpur, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Diesal Loco Modernisation Workshop, Patiala, Northern Railway Workshop, Jagadhri, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mohali, Preet Tractor, Nabha, Preet Agro, Nabha, Kartar Agro Industries, Patiala, Dashmesh Mechanical Works, Malerkotla, exhibited their products at the vendor development programme-cum-buyers-seller meet.



JET form price slashed
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
To encourage the students of government schools to chose technical courses, the Technical Board of Industrial Training has slashed the price of the Joint Entrance Test (JET) form. Now, it is available for Rs 50, the cost of which was more than Rs 350 till last year.

At a meeting of the Technical Board of Industrial Training and the Education Department, it was decided that rural students should be motivated to take entrance tests for technical diploma courses. According to the district guidance counselling cell of the district education office, Ludhaina, more than 5,200 forms have been sold till date.

The Technical Board of Industrial Training conducts a Joint Entrance Test for students of class X to enrol them in technical colleges of the state. A large number of seats had remained vacant in technical colleges last year as fewer number of students filled out forms for the entrance examination.

According to the Education Department, poor students of government schools could not afford the high fees of technical courses so the department suggested the technical board to slash the price of the form. Now, the department has started selling the entrance-test forms in schools.

Santhok Singh, District Guidance Counsellor, said: "This entrance test will help student as they can learn how to attempt competitive examinations. On the other hand, if a student clears the examination he or she can start earning after three years of completing technical diploma courses. Otherwise students can become good engineers if they pursue technical degrees after diploma courses".

"Rural students have very few options after passing matriculation exam. We are encouraging them to take up these courses as they can get jobs in the technical sector," he added

According to the department officials, February 29 is the last date to submit the form for Joint Entrance Test which would be held on May 29.



No respite in residents’ sight
Blocked sewers continue to be a bane of the Filli Gate area
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 2
There is no relief from blocked sewers for residents of the Filli Gate area here. The residents are facing a tough time due to the blockage, which has made their lives hell. According to them, they have been facing the problem for more than a month, but the municipal council (MC) has paid no attention to it.

They rue that though they have brought the issue to the notice of MC officials many a time, the problem continues.

According to residents, the council had installed a generator set to clean the sewers in the locality some time back.

This offered them relief for some time, but the generator set had not been working often due to frequent power cuts.

The generator set had been out of use for one week now and the sewers had been blocked again. The attitude of MC officials to the problem irked residents.

“Due to choked sewers, the dirty water has flooded the streets. This dirty water has been even entering houses,” complained Surinder Chopra, a local resident.

The residents faced difficulty as dirty water flooded the streets. It was an uphill task for them to move outside their houses because of the dirty water.

“The dirty water not only presents a bad look, but keeps the area stinking. Pedestrians in particular and commuters in general face difficulty in passing the streets,” rued Nachhatar Saggu, a local shopkeeper.

Shopkeepers in the area said the blocked sewers had been causing financial losses to them as customers preferred to go to other markets, affecting their business.

The dirty water had also been a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects, giving an open invitation to water-borne diseases.

When contacted, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said, “We had installed a generator set, but nobody informed me that it was not functioning.” He added that it would be repaired at the earliest.




Students of Department of Commerce participate in fashion show during a farewell party in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The ISTE student chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, organised the 10th annual national-level competitions for students, INFOVISION-2012. Students of various management and technical colleges of Punjab and other states participated in it. Event-wise results are as follows: Software development: Himansh Verma and Balvinder Singh of APEEJAY Institute, Jalandhar, bagged the first prize while Gagandeep Singh, Tarandeep Singh of the Gulzar Group of Institutes, Khanna, got the second prize.

Debug the code: Kuldeep Kaur and Anishma of the PAU (IT) bagged the first prize and Ramandeep Singh and Jagdeep Singh of the GNIMT, Ludhiana, got the second prize. C Maestros: Ranjeet Singh of the GGNIMT, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize in C Maestros and Ranika Garg of KCW, Ludhiana, got the second prize. Extempore: Vijender Singh of the GGNIMT, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize while Gurleen Kaur of the PAU (IT) got the second prize. Mock press conference: Jasmeet Kaur of the GJIMT, Khanna, bagged the first prize and Jimmy Baweja of the PAU got the second prize. Data hunt: Gagandeep Singh, Tarandeep Singh of the GGI, Khanna, bagged the first prize and Swati and Sachin of the GNIMT, Ludhiana, got the second prize. Logo designing: Surpreet Kaur of the KCW bagged the first prize and Ramanpreet Kaur of the PAU got the second prize. Admad show: Gagandeep Singh, Sandeep Singh and Geetansh Jindal of the GGI, Khanna, bagged the first prize and Raman Kumar, Abhishek Phillip and Alhar Saji of the LPU, Phagwara, got the second prize. Case discussions: Raman Jha, Abhishek Phillip of the LPU, Phagwara, bagged the first prize while Vijender Singh, Urvashi Mehta, Amanpreet Kaur of the GGNIMT, Ludhiana, got the second prize. Slogan making: Harman Sekhon of the GNIMT, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize while Akanksha Sharma of the KCW, Ludhiana, got the second prize.

Farewell party

It was a special moment for the students of the PG Department of Commerce as juniors bid farewell to their seniors. Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, and Principal Charanjit Mahal presided over the function. To add colour to the occasion, the students presented an entertaining cultural programme. The main attraction of the programme was a modelling show by the students of the final year who came dressed in trendy clothes. They walked down the ramp with rhythmic music playing in the background. Guheer was adjudged Miss Farewell. Shruti and Richa Tiwari were crowned the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. Kanwal, Pancy, Harleen and Hardeep were crowned Miss Elegant, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Best Outfit and Miss Catwalk, respectively. — TNS



PAU notes
Flower show ends

Ludhiana: The two-day “Dr MS Randhawa Golden Jubilee Flower Show and Competition", which was jointly organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Estate Organisation and the Department of Family Resource and Management of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), concluded here today.

Speaking on this occasion, the chief guest, Dr DS Cheema, Dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, said the colourful and fragrant flowers were a real feast for the visitors and conveyed the message of happiness, merriment and mirth. Saying that the flower show is an annual feature of the PAU, he paid glowing tributes to Dr Randhawa and described him as the "lover of nature and flowers." The guest of honour, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Additional Director, Communication, PAU, said: "If the nature is to be seen at its best, it can be seen in the beauty of blooming flowers." The PAU flower show speaks of the creativity, dedication and hard work of the university gardeners who have produced different varieties of flowers. Congratulating the prize-winners, Dr Dhiman exhorted the students to derive inspiration from the gardeners and keep their environment clean and green. Maximum prizes were fetched by BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, and DAV Public School, Pakhowal road, he said.

Field day organised

The Department of Soil Science of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), in collaboration with Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS), Sangrur, organised a field day at the farm of Karnail Singh and Jarnail Singh of Palasaur village, Sangrur, recently. The programme was held under the the Ministry of Water Resources-sponsored project, "Farm Participatory Action Research Programme". Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, Dr Yadvinder Singh, Senior Scientist, INSA, stressed the importance of conserving crop residue for maintaining soil health. Highlighting the harmful effects of burning crop residues, especially paddy straw, he advised the farmers to stop this malpractice and incorporate crop residues into the soil for reaping long-term gains such as restoration of soil nutrients and less pollution.

Israeli scientist visits varsity

"Waste water now can be treated with low-cost technologies developed in Israel," stated Prof Avi Shaviv, Soil and Environmental Scientist with Technion, Israel, during his visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in connection with IPI-PAU collaborative project, which is under way in the Department of Soil Science. Speaking at a seminar organised by the Ludhiana Chapter of the Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS), Department of Soil Science, PAU, Dr Avi highlighted various issues of water management in Israel and the water management works being carried out for judicious use of irrigation water. He identified certain key areas of possible collaboration between the PAU and Israeli scientists. Dr US Sadana, Head of the Department and President of the Ludhiana Chapter of the ISSS, highlighted the researchable issues in the Department of Soil Science and evinced keen interest in having partnership in the fields of agricultural water management, including waste water treatment, and its re-use.

Communication challenges

While visiting an exhibition put up by different departments of the PAU, PK Basu, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India, said communication had many challenges and needed to be strengthened as it could play a vital role in the transfer of technology to farmers and other stakeholders. The science communication is all the more challengeful, he said. He emphasised the farm magazines, “Changi Kheti” and “Progressive Farming”, must reach farmers in every village. He is on a two-day visit to the university. — TNS



Students continue their stir, want principal sacked
Say a woman teacher was insulted publicly before her dismissal
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, March 2
Hundreds of students of the Gobindgarh Public College here are on strike for the last two days in protest against the principal’s behaviour.

The students are showing solidarity with a teacher, insulted and removed from her post ‘without logic’, and protesting against the ‘dictatorial’ attitude of the principal.

They are alleging that the behaviour of the principal, particularly with girl students and woman staff, is objectionable and have threatened to intensify the protest if the principal is not removed.

Harvir Kaur, the lecturer who was removed, said she had been appointed in September last year on contract, but was not against her removal because her contract was only for one session.

She claimed that the way she was removed was not proper as other teachers recruited with her were still working. She also alleged that the principal had insulted her in front of the students.

A delegation of teachers and students met the Khanna SDM, who assured them that action would be taken in this regard after the verification of facts.

When contacted, principal Pawan Kumar refuted the allegations. He said the decision to recruit or dismiss teachers was with the college management.



Ban on surfing non-educational sites in schools
Complaints of computer teachers surfing indecent websites received
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
The Director-General of School Education (DGSE) has banned opening of social networking and non-educational websites in government schools by computer teachers. Issuing the instructions to the District Education Officers, information communication project coordinators and programme managers, the DGSE has warned computer teachers that they are not supposed to visit the non-educational websites.

The DGSE took this action in the wake of several complaints against computer teachers that they surf indecent websites in computer laboratories at schools.

Warning strict action, the DGSE stated that if any teacher was caught surfing social network sites in schools or someone reported about this, strict disciplinary action would be taken.

The Education Department had received a number of complaints that teachers surf social network and other non-educational sites in schools. Some months ago, a teacher was dismissed in Mansa district who was caught surfing a porn site, during a surprise check.

The DGSE has given instructions to all the information communication project coordinators of the state to keep a tab on the computer teachers and if they find something wrong, they have to immediately inform about it to the head office.



DC issues notice to eight officials
Held responsible for delay in action under Right to Service Act
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari today issued a notice to eight officials with various departments for delay in providing service under the Right to Service Act. Taking a serious note, the DC directed the officials to clear pending applications concerning the Act and file a nil pendency report.

He also sought an explanation for the delay and instructed the officials to file a reply by 10 am on March 5.

In the notice, the DC pointed out, “Under the Act, the maximum penalty is Rs 5,000 and there is a provision for departmental action.”

The DC issued the notice to the district transport officer, the district health officer, two tehsildars and four naib tehsildars.



Ludhiana scan
Front launched

Various personalities representing Sikh issues join hands to make a new front, the United Sikh Movement, here on Friday.

A body of prominent members, led by Gurdip Singh Bathinda and Surat Singh Khalsa, announced that they would organise a convention at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on March 4. Members of the Jan Manch, Samaj Bachao Morcha, Punjab Christian Movement, Mili Council, Punjab, All-India Sikh Student Federation, Chandigarh Akali Dal, Kisan Morcha, Haryana, and the Harayan Kranti Manch will attend the convention on March 4. According to Gurdeep Singh, the United Sikh Movement will struggle for the Anandpur accord and other Panthic issues. — TNS



SARAS Mela from March 10
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
The district administration is going to organise Regional SARAS Mela at the Government College for Women from March 10 to 21. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjli Kartik has said the preparations for the mela are in full swing.

On the first day of the mela, Punjabi singer Diljit would perform in the evening from 7 pm to 9 pm



NCC inspection

Ludhiana, March 2
Major-Gen PS Mander, YSM ADG of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh Directorate, and Group Commander JP Sahni were here yesterday for an inspection of 3 Pb BN of the NCC. The officers appreciated cadets’ performances. On the occasion, Cadet Vimeljeet was selected for a youth programme. — TNS



Thieves enter bank, bid futile
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
The strong room of a bank proved too strong for the thieves who entered the bank located in Sunder Nagar here last night. The incident came to light when the employees of the bank arrived and found the premises ransacked. It did not take them time to realise that thieves had struck.

According to the police, thieves entered the premises by creating a hole in the roof. They tried to break open the strong room, but failed and left.



Two booked for assaulting driver
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 2
The local police has registered an FIR under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC against Gagan and Rakesh Kumar, owners of a godown at the Focal Point here.

The action came after the statement of Kulwant Singh of Jaspallon village was recorded, wherein he reported that he was driving a truck loaded with steel items from the godown.

He said the godown owners followed him in their cars and when the Regional Transport Authority staff stopped the truck for checking, they arrived and assaulted him. The truck driver was admitted to the Civil Hospital at Khanna.



Arya College Meet
Kirti, Dhanya best athletes
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Students present a cultural item.
Students present a cultural item.

Ludhiana, March 2
Kirti Sharma who came out triumphant in the 100m sprint yesterday, added another gold to her kitty besides winning one gold and two bronze medals to be named the best athlete among girls while Dhanya Shahi bagged this honour in the boys’ section in the 65th Annual Athletics Meet of Arya College, Civil Lines, which concluded here today.

Kirti finished ahead of others in the 200m race to clinch gold. She secured bronze in the shot put event which was won by Abhita. Lovleen finished at the second place.

In the men's section, Sahil Bansal proved too fast for his immediate opponents and bagged gold medal in the 100m race. Sandeep Singh and Neeraj Kumar secured second and third positions, respectively.

Dr Nishan Singh, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Education, Punjabi University, Patiala, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Dr TL Joshi, Principal of Arya College, along with members of the college managing committee, including Rajesh Sharma, Dr Vijay Sareen, Harish Sood and Dr RL Behl, Principal of Aurobindo College, were also present at the prize-distribution function.

Today's results: Boys- 5000m race Dhanya Shahi 1, Hari Krishan 2 and Tirath Kumar 3; discus throw- Jasveer Singh 1, Varun Gupta 2 and Sandeep Singh 3; javelin throw- Sandeep Singh 1, Gurlal Singh 2 and Tirath Kumar 3; long jump- Sandeep Singh 1, Tajinder Singh 2 and Sahil Bansal 3; 100m race- Sahil Bansal 1, Sandeep Singh 2 and Neeraj Kumar 3.

Girls: 400m race- Ganga Gautam 1, Reena 2 and Kirti; shot put- Abhita 1, Lovleen 2 and Kirti 3; sack race- Neha Kapila 1, Reena 2 and Harsha 3; 200m race- Kirti 1, Reena 2 and Mehak 3; chatti race- Neha Kapila 1, Jyoti Joshi 2 and Parveen Sharma 3; Obstacle race- Pooja Mishra 1, Neha Kapila 2 and Pooja Sharma 3; rope skipping race- Reena 1, Parveen Sharma 2 and Harsha 3; fancy dress- Naiya 1, Anchal 2 and Ruchi 3.



CMCH athletics meet begins
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 2
A large number of participants competed in various track and field events besides fun games on the opening day of the 28th Annual Sports Day of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) today.

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, declared the meet open. He took the salute of the participating contingents consisting of participants from Christian Medical College, Dental College, the College of Physiotherapy and Alied Health Services in addition to the staff members.

Dr AG Thomas, Director, CMCH, welcomed the chief guest and wished the participants luck. The Associate Director, Dr Kim Mammen, the Deputy Director, Dr William Bhatti, Dr SM Bhatti, Dr Abi M Thomas and Dr Kanwal Masih were among others who were present on this occasion.



Kuljit Kaur, Tej Partap win top honours
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 2
Kuljit Kaur and Tej Partap Singh, both students of BA II, were adjudged the best athletes in the girls and boys' sections, respectively, at the annual athletics meet of DRV DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, near here today.

In the girls’ section, Jabir Kaur of BA III came out victorious in the 100m race. She also romped home in discus throw. In the chatti race, Kuljit Kaur beat her rivals to secure the first position.

In the boys’ section, Tej Partap Singh won gold in discus throw while Harpreet Singh won top honours in the 200m race.

The members of the college cricket team were honoured on this occasion for securing the third position in the Guru Nanak Dev University Inter-College Championship. An international shooter, Akshay Jain, a student of BCom II, was also felicitated for bringing laurel to the college.



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