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Training for small farmers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
To enable small farmers to sell their produce at remunerative prices, the Central Institute of Post Harvest and Engineering Technology (CIPHET) will hold a training programme from November 27 to 29.

Stating this in a press note, Mr Ashwini Kumar, Head of the Division of Transfer of Technology, said the programme would be organised under the Gramin Bhandaran Yojna, a capital investment subsidy scheme for construction, renovation and expansion of rural godowns.

He said the farmers would be trained to adapt, develop and promote technologies for value addition to farm produce, better economic utilisation of residues and byproducts for domestic use and export.

Mr Kumar said the main objectives of the scheme would be creation of scientific storage capacity with allied facilities in rural areas to meet the requirements of farmers for storing farm produce, consumer articles and agricultural inputs, promotion of grading, standardising and quality control of agricultural produce to improve their marketing, prevention of distress sale immediately after harvest, financing and marketing credit and to strengthen agricultural marketing infrastructure in the country for the introduction of national system of warehouse receipts in respect of agricultural commodities stored in such godowns.



Arya College students observe strike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
Demanding clarity in the fee structure, students of Arya College observed a strike on the college campus here today.

The call for the strike was given by members of the college unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Arya College Students’ Welfare Association (ACSWA). The ABVP unit president, Mr Navneet Sharma, said the students had been demanding break up of the fee structure for the past few weeks but to no avail. He said this morning when he met the college authorities, they told them to wait for a few more days. At this, the students felt agitated and took a decision to continue to boycott their classes till they would be given complete details.

The striking students even smashed the windowpanes. However, Mr Satinder Singh, general secretary of the ACSWA, said it was not the college students but some outsiders who joined the strike and damaged the college property. Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhalla, secretary of the ABVP unit, alleged that the college authorities had been overcharging for quite sometime as some students who were not bringing their conveyance were being asked to pay for the parking. He said that some students had paid atleast Rs 700 more than the details of the charges given in the prospectus. He said that when they demanded their money back, they were refused for the same, forcing them to agitate.

Mr S.M. Sharma, Principal of the college, said since the time of payment of the examination fee coincided with the payment of fee for the third annual quarter, this led to some confusion. He said he tried to clarify the situation, but some anti-social elements got involved in the process and led to the furore.



Notice served on PAU VC for disobeying court
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
The alleged harassment case of a PAU employee at the hands of the university authorities has taken a serious turn, with a local court issuing a notice to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, on the charge of wilful and intentional disobedience of the court order, vide which they were directed to release the retirement benefits. He has been directed to appear personally or through his pleader in court on December 3.

Mr D.P. Singla, Civil Judge (Junior Division), has issued the notice following an application under Order 39 Rule 2-A, filed by the former Press Manager of the PAU, Mr Kailash Chander Sarna. The applicant has prayed for the attachment of the salary of the Vice-Chancellor and for detaining him in civil prison for the disobedience of the injunction order passed by the court on September 8.

Earlier, the court had ordered to release the retirement benefits — CPF, gratuity and leave encashment — to the applicant at the earliest possible as per law. But, after a lapse of more than two-and-a-half months the PAU authorities had failed to comply with the orders of the court for reasons best known to them, as per the case of the employee.

The former Press Manager had filed the suit for declaration and mandatory injunction in January, against the university. He had also filed an application, seeking ad-interim injunction that the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar of the PAU be directed to immediately release him the benefits as they were duty bound to do so.

He had submitted that he was having no other source of income after his retirement in November last. He had made a representation to the authorities concerned, but no one had paid any heed.

Refuting the charges, the PAU authorities submitted that the applicant was not entitled to any ad-interim injunciton, apart from taking various legal objections, including the jurisdiction of the court. They stated that the payment of CPF and leave encashment was being arranged to be paid to the retired employee. It was stated that gratuity was withheld due to the pendency of the enquiries against the applicant.

After hearing the rival contentions raised by both parties, the court held that the PAU authorities were having no legal right to withhold the benefits. It was their duty to give the benefits at the time of retirement of emloyee, it ruled.

“The respondents (PAU) also produced a copy of the order, allegedly passed by the Vice-Chancellor, that the enquiry had to be conducted within 15 days, but that period had elapsed. Despite this, the respondents had failed to make the payment to the applicant,” observed the court, discussing the objections raised by the PAU on the score of justifying their stand to withhold the gratuity during enquiry, in the detailed order.

“It is worth mentioning that the respondents, in their reply, had cited the celebrated judgement ‘AIR 1990, Supreme Court, 166 (Supra)’ but they had not reproduced the exact wording. They had omitted some portion of the judgement, which further cleared that the respondents had no intention to pay the dues of the applicant,” remarked Mr D.P. Singla.

The applicant had claimed in an application filed in the court that he sent a copy of the court order to the respondents on September 19, through registered post. A legal notice was also served, calling them to comply with the court orders, but nothing was done, which clearly showed that they were disobeying the court orders intentionally and wilfully.



Tiny tots steal hearts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
Students of Little Angels Nursery School, Netaji Nagar, and Playway Pre-Nursery and Nursery School, BRS Nagar, organised their annual functions here today.

At Little Angels School, the students came dressed in their best and took part in a cultural programme. The first prize went to Jasmeet who came dressed like a Punjabi bride, the second prize went to Karamjot who looked like Santa Claus. The third prize went to Janvi who acted like a flower-seller. The competition was adjudged by Ms Shefali Verma and Ms Sood, Principal, gave away the prizes.

The kids of Playway Nursery School celebrated an activity week on their campus. During the week, recitation, dance and sports competitions were held. Cultural programme in the form of gidha and bhangra was celebrated. Today, the kids came dressed up like milkman, fairy, bride, gabru, jungle girl and doctor.

Ms Rode, Principal, said the motive behind the events was to make the children more active and confident. She said they also learnt the qualities of team work and sportsmanship.



Teachers go on 1-day tour
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
To inculcate and develop the skills of learning by travelling and watching, a one-day educational tour to Ludhiana was organised for the in-service primary and elementary school teachers of Ludhiana district.

A total of 66 teachers in Ludhiana, Mangat and Khanna blocks visited Verka milk plant. School for Deaf and Dumb, Nehru Planetarium and Punjab Agriculture University. At the university, they visited the Village Life Museum and M.S. Randhawa Library. They also saw Uppal Water Resources Museum.



NCC camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Hundreds of NCC cadets took an anti-dowry and anti-corruption pledge at the concluding day of the Annual Training Camp (ATC) held by 19 Pb Bn NCC Ludhiana at Malwa College Stadium, Bondli, yesterday.

Regular classes, outdoor training with activities like drill, weapon training and firing, point to point march with mock tactical drills, map reading and social service activities were the highlights of the camp.

A “Barakhana” and cultural programme were organised at the camp. Lt-Col. Rao, Deputy Commandant, 17 FAD Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, was the chief guest. A blood donation camp was organised. More than 40 units of blood were collected.

Mr A.K. Singh AGM, SBP Ludhiana, Mr Agarwal, Branch Manager, SBP, and Mr J.P. Singh, SMO, Samrala, attended the function.



65 students donate blood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
A blood donation camp was organised at Khalsa College for Women here yesterday. Dr (Ms) Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal, Khalsa College for Women, inaugurated the camp. The camp was organised by Ms Devinderpal Kaur and Ms Honey Walia, in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, to help the needy.

Ms Nisha and Ms Uma Badyal from the teaching faculty were the first to donate blood. More than 65 students donated blood under the supervision of Dr Jasbir Singh.

The Principal encouraged the students and appreciated their concern for fellow human beings.


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