Tuesday, November 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Stress on need for competitive strategies
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 12
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised the second one-day national level seminar on ‘Creating and augmenting competitive strategies in Indian organisations’ on Sunday.

The purpose of the seminar was to share industry-academic knowledge and experience with regard to strategics decision-making processes. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, Mr Manjit Singh, Executive Director, Ludhiana Stock Exchange, stressed the need to evolve new strategies in view of the challenges posed by neighbouring countries like China and South Korea.

Mr D.S. Chawla, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), in his presidential address, spoke about his experience gained from his recent visit to China, especially in the field of cycle industry. In Mr Chawla’s view, we should not fear Chinese competition in cycle industry as our industry is capable to face it.

Dr Zora Singh Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, emphasied on quality of education for students and thanked the industrialists for their cooperation.

A souvenir ‘Creating and augmenting competition strategies in Indian orgnaisations’ was also released on the occasion.



Schools celebrate Divali, Children’s Day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Lovely Lotus Nursery School celebrated today Children’s Day and Divali this morning. The children were excited about the double celebrations and came dressed in colourful clothes. The students danced to numbers like ‘Mein nikla gaddi le ke, Pyar ki kishti mein, Hum juda ho gaye etc. The children had really a nice time chasing soap bubbles, which proved to be a very hilarious experience .

The children were allowed to play with safe crackers like sparklers and they enjoyed lighting of colourful ‘anars’. For the schoolchildren it was an extremely pleasurable day as they were free to shout, run amok. The children kept shouting ‘Chacha Nehru zindabad’ and wished each other Happy Divali. They were given a lecture on how to protect themselves while bursting crackers.

The Lovedale Club and Lovedale Montessori Home jointly celebrated Children’s Day and Divali at the Students Home, Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday.

Most of the schools are combining these two days as Divali and Children’s Day fall on same day.

The students presented a colourful cultural programme. The club had also organised a fancy dress show and a song competition. There were many students dressed up as Osama bin Laden and Parkash Singh Badal, Lord Krishna and even a vegetable seller.

Many a students performed mono-acting and solo dances. In the age group 3 to 4 years, Tanvi Jain bagged the first prize, Kunal stood second and third position went to Tanvi.

In the age group 4 to 5, Abhinav stole the show with Sanya following him and the third position was bagged by Rijjal.

In the next category of 5 to 6 years Yashita was first, Shreya stood second and Aastha came third. Varun, Vibhu Bahl and Tamanna bagged the three positions in age group 6 to 7.

Jaswinder, Somia, Sambhav and Abhishek got the first, second, third and consolation prizes, respectively in the age group of 7 to 10.

In a singing competition, children sang popular pop numbers. Kunal, Amoonaya, Maulaya and Ayush got the first, second, third and consolation prizes, respectively in the song competition. Anugeet, Anukriti and Yashika bagged the three positions in the age group 5 to 6. In the next age group of 6 to 7, Tammana, Karan and Bhavya Jain bagged three top positions. In the 7 to 10 age group, Ehsaas, Digvanshu and Sidharth got the three prizes.

The judges on the occasion were Dr Sodhi, Mrs Sharma and Mrs Shukla. 



New appointments in PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Dr Darshan Singh, has joined as Additional Director of Research (Agriculture), Punjab Agricultural University, from November 9. He served as Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, from March 1999 onwards. He has made outstanding contributions especially with regard to the development of integrated pest management strategies in vegetable crops, arhar, gram and pigeon pea.

He was instrumental in large scale demonstrative trials on sugarcane and cotton in fields. These resulted in creating awareness among the farmers about the benefits of adoption of IPM programme on these crops.

Meanwhile, Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu joined as Additional Director Extension Education (Training). Dr Sandhu, who was Head of the Horticulture Department prior to joining his new assignment, is an eminent Horticultural Scientist and has published 93 research papers and 78 popular articles, besides one book and 3 laboratory mannuals in Horticulture. Based on his research, 11 recommedations have been included in the university book of package of practices for fruits and vegetables crops for the orchardists of the state.



Hostel residents adjusted elsewhere
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
The controversy on the vacating of hostels by students of Punjab Agricultural University in view of the National Games ended here today after the authorities moved postgraduate students from hostels for undergraduates to hostels for postgraduates.

The students had resented the orders of the university that required them to vacate hostels before November 9, so, that, participants of National Games could be adjusted there. The games shall begin here on November 19.

The controversy began when about 110 students of postgraduate classes, who were living in hostels for undergraduates, were asked to vacate the hostels. The orders to this effect were issued only to residents of hostels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8.

The authorities did not get the hostels for postgraduate students (Hostels 5, 6, 7 and 9) vacated. These students are allowed to stay there even when the National Games are on. Postgraduate students living in hostels 1, 2 and 3 were resenting the decision and the authorities had to adjust them in Hostel Number 9 and the other hostels for the time being.



Inter-school healthcare quiz
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The Indian Academy of paediatrics, Ludhiana district branch organised an inter-school child health quiz at DAV Public School today morning.

Eight teams from different schools — St.Thomas Senior Secondary School, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School. Guru Nanak Public School, DAV Public School, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kundan Vidya Mandir and Sacred Heart School, — participated.

Team comprising Monisha Gupta and Sumit Singh from St. Thomas Senior Secondary School won the first prize whereas Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School team comprising Anirudh and Bhuvnesh bagged the second prize. Gaurav and Himanshu from Kundan Vidya Mandir stood third.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, secretary of the branch said, “Teaching of students by competitive methods like quiz helps the students. Routinely, no formal eduction about child health especially growth and development, prevention of diseases, immunisation, first aid and so on is given to the students in schools by the experts in these fields.”

By organising such events, the students are given the relevant information about health and their well being. Dr Surinder Likhi, president of the branch, said the Indian Academy of Paediatrics was committed to the improvement of health and well being of all children. 



Forum quashes PSEB demand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of Rs 53,949 made by the Punjab State Electricity Board from Mr Harvinder Singh, a resident of New Lajpat Nagar. The forum has also directed the PSEB to refund the amount deposited against the said demand along with the interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till actual payment.

According to the complaint, a consumer of electric connection No. SP-02/0285 under ‘special category’ had the sanctioned load of 19.80 kw. The consumer stated before the forum that the board raised a demand of Rs 53,949 from him for allegedly running the meter slow by 48.53 per cent. The meter was removed by the board officials on October 24, 2000, without installing a new meter and a demand of Rs 98,666 was raised the next day.

The consumer said the meter could be slow by 33 per cent only as the yellow phase was dead. He stated that the demands had been wrongly raised by the PSEB and liable to be quashed.

The PSEB pleaded that the checking of the meter on October 24, 2000, revealed that the consumer was using 37 kw instead of sanctioned load of 19.90 kw. Moreover, two seals of the meter were tempered with while other two seals were also ineffective since the consumer was using unauthorised load. The respondent stated that on-the-spot checking of the meter revealed that it was recording energy less by 48.53 per cent. After that it was removed and sent to M.E. Laboratory for computerised checking.

The PSEB said that the demand of Rs 98,666 was raised on the account of theft of energy as the after disconnection, the consumer was running the load by connecting directly to live wires. After getting the M.E. laboratory report, it was found that the meter was recording less consumption of energy as such the account his account was overhauled and was asked Rs 49,147 and Rs 12, 975 on account of using unauthorised load.

The forum observed that according to the documents produced, the demand of Rs 98,666 had been raised rightly. The forum further stated that in case of the demand of Rs 53,949 raised on November 24, 2000, the respondent had produced before forum that when the meter was removed and when was it checked in the M.E. Laboratory in the presence of consumer. Moreover, there was no proof whether the meter was packed and sealed properly or not which was mandatory, it added.

The forum held that the demand of Rs 98,666 was sustained while the demand of Rs 53,949 was quashed as it was raised against the PSEB rules.



High Court restores councillor’s membership 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the operation of the Punjab Government order dated August 20, removing Mr Sat Pal Puri, councillor of ward no 66 in the city, on grounds of earning disqualification.

The Department of Local Government, Punjab, had ordered the removal of Mr Puri from the post of councillor, charging him with encroachment on land belonging to the Municipal Corporation and thus misusing his position. He was declared disqualified to hold the post and removed.

In a writ petition, Mr Puri, while challenging the government order, had pleaded that the decision, allegedly taken under pressure from the BJP, smacked of political vendetta because as a city councillor, he (Mr Puri) had been exposing the misdeeds of certain councillors, who were in league with contractors and officials in the MC and were siphoning off public funds.

In a brief order, issued on November 9, Mr Justice Mr Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta observed: “No written statement has been filed on behalf of the respondents despite opportunity. They pray for more time.

Adjourned to December 4, 2001. Operation of the order dated August 20/21, a copy of which is annexed with the writ petition, shall remain stayed.”


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