Tuesday, November 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Stress on precision farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, said that under the changing scenario of global agriculture, precision farming was important for competing in the international market.

Dr Kolar stated this while presiding over the concluding function of the one-year training course for gardeners.

About 25 per cent areas should be shifted from wheat/rice rotation to horticulture. “For this purpose we are strengthening our training programme in gardening, he added. Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Additional Director, Extension Education (Training), speaking on this occasion said the university had been supplying disease-free nursery fruit plants to farmers for plantation, “and we are gearing up our efforts for more production of such plants.

Dr Jagjit Singh Saraba, course in charge, said: “We have given comprehensive training in gardening to 25 trainees. The trainees can start gardening as a profession”. Dr Gurcharan Singh Kaundal and Dr Bhagwant Singh Chahal, senior scientists of the Horticulture Department, also spoke on this occasion.



Divya, Varun win declamation contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
Students of several schools participated in an inter-school declamation contest held at Kundan Vidya Mandir here today.

Twentysix students from Classes IX to XII spoke on the topics, ‘International Terrorism — A threat to entire humanity’, ‘Good education is the doorway to success’, ‘Nature’s survival is our survival’, ‘Positive attitude is a stairway to success’ and ‘Politics is the art of gaining power’. For Hindi speakers the topics were ‘Dharam ki pratishda satya bina adhuri’, ‘Antar-rashtriya uggarvaad’, ‘Divali tabhi suhavan hoti hai’, ‘Hamare rajneta kitne neta’ and ‘Deepak ke jalte praan’.

Among the participants in English, Divya Prabhakar from Army School, Jalandhar, was declared first, Mukul Mohindra from the host school stood second and Nisha from BSF Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar, won the third prize. Consolation prize went to Amrita Grewal from DAV Public School, Ludhiana.

Among speakers in Hindi, Varun Garg from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, clinched the first prize, Samridhi Sharma from the host school was declared second and Aanchal Chowdhary from Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, stood third. Aashish Sangwan from BSF Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar, won the consolation prize.

The overall trophy was won by the host team, but it was passed on to the team from BSF Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar. Ms Rashmi Grover from Government College for Women, Ms Kusum Sharma from Khalsa College for Women, Dr Rakesh Sharma from Government College for Women and Dr Satpal Kaur Grewal from Malwa Central College of Education for Women were the judges.

Ms Anita Punj, Deputy Director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, was the chief guest. Ms Suzy George, in charge, Humanities Forum, organised the contest. Ms I.Kumar, Principal, gave away prizes to the winners. 



Upgraded schools headless
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, November 19
Though the Education Department had upgraded many schools in the area, most of these have yet to be provided with ‘heads’ and the staff required.

The government senior secondary schools at Rachhin, Maherna, Kalakh and Bhaini Drera are the latest additions to the list of upgraded schools due to the efforts of Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, but the Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, is in a fix as to managing principals for these schools. At present, these schools are being managed by designated heads from among lecturers on the basis of seniority.

The government has also upgraded the primary school at Brahmpur to high school within one academic year of its coming up, but has provided no extra staff. The recently upgraded government middle school at Jand has been provided with staff on deputation. Posts of lecturer are also vacant in most of the upgraded schools.



PSEB told to adjust excess amount deposited
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to adjust the excess amount recovered on account of service connection charges and additional security charges from Mr Inder Mohan Singh Puri, a resident of Model Town Extension.

According to the complaint, the consumer had applied for extension of electricity load 7.90KW to 15KW for his electricity connection no. MT10/2059M and had deposited Rs 1,260 on August 25, 2000, for extension of load, as per the direction of the PSEB. On August 28, 2000 PSEB officials checked the meter and found that the running load was 11.2 KW, according to the consumer. After that the PSEB raised a demand of Rs 5,250 on account of using excess load, he added.

The consumer pointed out that no action was required to be taken since he had already applied for the extension of excess load. He said he deposited all the bill thereafter on the basis of consumption charges. The consumer deposited Rs 9,591 on October 2, 2000 and Rs 7,661 on December 3, 2000. He stated that in the said bills, an amount of Rs 8,145 on account of sundry charges was mentioned and he had to deposit Rs 4,950 under the threat of disconnection. He pointed out that he was not supposed to pay the said amount as he had already complied with the demand notice and paid Rs 5,250 on November 10, 2000.

It was alleged by the consumer that the demand had been raised against the provisions of Electricity Act and he had been unnecessarily harassed.

The PSEB pleaded that the electricity connection of the consumer was checked on August 28, 2000 and it was found that the consumer was using excess electricity load of 3.30 KW.

The respondent stated that the demand of Rs 13,611 was raised on account of using excess electricity load and the consumer was bound to make the payment of the same. It further said that without prior approval of the PSEB and without compliance of the demand notice and moreover without submission of test report, the complainant extended the load and as such he was liable to pay surcharge amount. However, it was admitted that the consumer had applied for extension of electricity load and deposited Rs 1,260 for that.

The respondent stated that the demand had been rightly raised, because no approval was given for extension of load and the consumer connected the load on his own. The respondent stated that there was no deficiency in services and the complaint was liable to be dismissed.

The forum observed that the consumer deposited Rs 5,250 and Rs 1,260 on account of additional security and load surcharge respectively. The forum then observed that the consumer had applied for the extension of electricity load on August 25, 2001 while his meter was checked on August 28, 2000 and checking revealed that he was using excess load of 3.300 KW.

The forum stated that the consumer did not become entitled to use excess load simply after applying for the same and depositing the amount. The forum further stated that according to the PSEB, the amounts of Rs 4,950, Rs 720 and Rs 2,075 were due on account of load surcharge, ACD and service connection respectively, but the consumer had already made the payments.

The forum held that the PSEB was not entitled to retain both the amount recovered from the complainant on account of ACD and services connection charges as the same had already been deposited by the consumer. However, the amount recoverable from the consumer on account of load surcharge was demanded as per rules, the forum added.



Poet gets Giani Sunder Singh Purskar 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Renowned Punjabi poet Gurbhajan Gill, who is the editor of a leading monthly journal of PAU ‘Changi Kheti’ and vice-president of Punjabi Sahitya Academy Ludhiana has been honoured with the Giani Sunder Singh Purskar instituted by the Mehram Group of Publications for his contribution to Punjabi, literature and culture. This award carries a memento, a shawl and Rs 5,100. Mr Gill received this award from the president of Kendriya Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Dr Jagtar, Prof. Harinder Mehboob, Dr Satinder Singh Noor, Dr Surjit Patta, Mr B.S. Bir and Giani Sunder Singh.

On this occasion, Prof Satish Kumar Sharma from Punjabi University, Patiala, gave a detailed account of his contribution to poetry in context of his books namely ‘Shisha Jhoot Bolda Hai’, ‘Har Dhukhda Pid Mera Hai’, ‘Bol Mitti Deya Baweya’ and ‘Agin Katha’. His latest book ‘Camere Di Akh Boldi,’ has also been received well by readers.

His association with Prof. Mohan Singh Mela is well known. On this occasion, a galaxy of poets, especially these from foreign countries namely, Ajaib Kamal (Kenya), Mrs Kulwant Kaur Dhillon and Santokh Singh Santokh (London) Midner Sodhi (Japan), besides Harbhajan Singh Hundal, Dr Anoop Singh, Dr S. Tarsem, Prof Ravinder Bhathal, Parduman Singh Bedi, Sukhwinder Amrit, Anoop Virk, Prof. Sukhdev Singh Grewal, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, Dr Rawal Singh, Dr Manmohan Singh and Dr Karamjit Singh were also present.



Melodies evoke nostalgia
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
‘Laut kar phir mohabbat ke zamane aaye, yaad bhi ayye to zakham purane ayye’, sang Kulwinder Singh with great feeling and won a lot of applause. It was a night to remember as singers churned out one melody after another at the cultural programme organised by Citizens Club and evoked nostalgia by rendering beautifully the songs of yesteryears. The programme was organised at Punjabi Bhavan.

It was an evening with a bouquet of presentations. Geet, ghazal and folk songs. A little girl of three, Khushi Khandelwal, inaugurated programme by presenting a dance. Her Japanese kimono and small delicate steps won her a lot of applause.

Members of Talat Mehmood, that golden-voiced singer of the last millennium, were refreshed when his ghazals were sing by D.K. Sachdeva, specially the romantic number, Tasvir banata hoon, tasveer nahin banti. Vijayata Dhand also showed her talent through the ‘Bole re papeehara, whereas Ashima rendered another old hit, ‘Naino main badra chhaye’. The entire team of singers rendered a devotional song, “Allah tero naam, Ishwar tero naam’.

In the second half of the programme, Manjit Singh, a local singer, sang ‘Pyar bhare do sharmile nain’ in his well-modulated voice, which appealed to the audience. ‘Rasik Balma, another melodious song was played on the flute by Ajay Kapoor. The changeover to the instrumental rendering of the song filled the audience a feeling of serenity. Dr Neelam Khosla sang a song of Babu Mann. The rhythm of the song made the audience clap along with the singers and enjoy themselves immensely. Ashima and Randhir Kanwal sang a duet, ‘Kisi rah par, hisi mod par’. Kanwal Nain, yet another good singer sang, ‘Main pyar ka raheen hoon’, whereas Vijyata and Guneet rendered another duet. Raman Gujral sang Punjabi ‘tappe’ and Trilochan Singh sang the famous song of Pyaasa, ‘yeh mehlon yeh takhton’ yeh tajon ki duniya.’

The show was anchored by Mr M.S. Nanda, an active figure in cultural circles. He said, “I had called all the participants for rehearsals. I wanted to present a show that started on time, unlike other shows and in a very co-ordinated manner, so that the audience do not get bored.

“Mr Ranjodh Singh, who never misses a cultural programme said,” Indeed, the musical evening was very well planned. Everything went in apple pie order. There was perfect harmony. My family and I are happy that we did not arrive late.”

Mr Chander Shekhar (IPS) (IGPPA, Phillaur) was the chief guest at the function.


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