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Vet students write to CM in blood
Seek more job opportunities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The PAU Veterinary Students Association will hold protest rallies in the Garhshankar and Kapurthala constituencies, which are going to the polls soon, to protest against the lack of employment opportunities in the state for veterinary graduates.

The students today wrote a letter to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in blood to highlight the bleak future of veterinary graduates. They also submitted a memorandum to Vice-Chancellor K. S. Aulakh here today.

Student leader Arshdeep Singh Mann alleged that the government was not filling the more than 800 posts of veterinary doctor lying vacant for the past several years. There were 1,400 posts in the state, he added.

He said more than 500 students who had passed out of Veterinary Science College of the university since 1999 were unemployed. Punjab was the only state in the North that did not advertise posts on a regular basis. Neighbouring states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh had been doing it every year once the posts fell vacant, he pointed out.

This, despite the fact that epidemics like foot and mouth disease, HS and bird flu had been occurring in the state. Had there been an adequate number of veterinary doctors in the rural areas, the spread of such diseases could have been controlled, he added.

Moreover, the state government was pursuing a policy of contractual appointments and this had made the future of students insecure. The excuse of poor financial position of the state was contrary to official statements that the position was back to normal over the past two years.

He said veterinarians could play a pivotal role in the diversification process, wherein farmers had been asked to opt for poultry and dairy farming. One of the major hindrances in this was the lack of expertise in these fields, he added.

The association appealed to the government to fill all vacant posts so that more students were encouraged to join the profession.

Expressing their solidarity with the striking students, the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association has also declared the demands of the students genuine. Dr Ashok Sharma, president of the association, said as per the Indian Veterinary Council Act, no person other than a veterinary graduate could treat animals.



Ayurveda industry cries for attention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Leading ayurvedic experts today accused the government of encouraging quackery. They pointed out that people having no knowledge of ayurveda were heading the licensing bodies for the ayurvedic drug industry in the state. They claimed that the Director Ayurveda and the licensing authority for the industry had no knowledge about ayurveda.

The industry, which is coming up quite fast in Punjab, has to obtain a licence and in Punjab it comes under the purview of the Directorate of Ayurveda. Dr Pradeep Nagrath, pioneer of the ayurvedic drug industry, pointed out that right from its inception the Directorate of Ayurveda had no permanent director. He maintained that the appointment of a qualified licensing authority had now become a statutory requirement following the recent amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules.

But, even after one year of the amendment to the rules the state government had not taken any vital step towards the appointment of any competent authority. He expressed surprise that the government was itself violating the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Dr Nagrath said like most of his predecessors even the current Director and Licensing Authority was again from the Allopathy Department. Dr Nagrath, who is also the national vice-president of the Ayurvedic Drugs Manufacturers Association, made a representation to Mr S.C. Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, Industries, Punjab, apprising him of the situation.

Dr Nagrath said the three governing authorities of the industry, the Director, the licensing authority and even the Ayurvedic Drugs Inspector, were having "additional charge". “There is a provision for an Ayurvedic Drug Inspector in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. But now the district does not have even a regular drug inspector not to speak of the Ayurvedic Drug Inspector. After the Drugs Inspector retired, the department gave the additional charge of Ayurvedic Drugs Inspector to the District Ayurvedic and Unani Officer, who actually are the ayurvedic counterparts of civil surgeons. He demanded that a permanent Director and a qualified licensing authority from the ayurvedic field should be appointed. 



17 passengers hurt in bus mishap
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 20
As many as 17 passengers of a delux coach belonging to Sahal Travel Agency, were injured when the bus on way to Amritsar from Delhi went out of control near the Kanech cut at Sahni village, in the wee hours today.

The driver of the bus (No. RJ13-P2542) lost control and it went over the footpath near Sahni village. Rescue operations were initiated by Mr Manjit Singh, incharge, first aid post Doraha, along with his police party. The Sahnewal police too reached the spot to take out the injured passengers. The National Highway patrolling team belonging to NHAI was, however, nowhere to be seen during or even after the completion of the rescue operations. The main task of the highway patrol is to provide immediate relief and first aid to accident victims and to make arrangements for their hospitalisation on the entire stretch of the highway from Panipat to Jalandhar.

The passengers who were injured have been identified as Dinesh Kumar Chaudhary of Delhi, Bharat Kumar of Delhi, Jagjit Singh of Amritsar, Neeraj Kumar of Ludhiana, Akash Nath of Delhi, Satinder Kaur of Khanna, Satish Kumar of Gurdaspur, Kavita Rani of Gurdaspur, Ram Piari of Delhi, Jai Chakarwarti of Delhi, Dinesh Parshad of Bihar, Charan Singh of Gurdaspur, Udai Shankar of Muzzafarnagar, Narinder Kumar of Bihar, Uma of Delhi, Parveen of Bihar and Ajay Kumar of Bihar. The injured passengers were admitted to Sidhu Hospital.

One of the injured Kavita Rani of Gurdaspur, whose arm had got cut, was referred to CMC Hospital at Ludhiana while Ram Piari of Delhi had to undergo an operation at Sidhu Hospital.

Akash Nath, Dinesh Kumar and Bharat Kumar of Delhi, Jagjit Singh of Amritsar, Neeraj Kumar of Ludhiana, Satinder Kaur of Khanna and Satish Kumar of Gurdaspur were discharged after first aid.

The driver and conductor of the bus, however, absconded from the spot. A case has been registered at Sahnewal police station under Sections 279,337 and 338 of the IPC but no arrests have been made so far. 



Digging of road throws traffic out of gear
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Traffic in the city has been thrown into disarray by some contractors working on the flyover project. They have started digging the main Katcheri road linking the Civil Lines with the old city through the Do Moria Bridge much before the present operations on the flyover are completed.

During the day it takes between 30 and 40 minutes to travel about a kilometre on this stretch. The contractor’s works have inconvenienced people and isolated the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) office that can now be accessed only via the Kailash Chowk.

Mr Sukhdev Singh, who lives nearby, says "Why did the administration or the traffic police allow the digging of the road when hardly any work on the flyover has been put in place". At the going rate, it will take years for the flyover to be completed and the city administration cannot afford to leave commuters at the mercy of the contractors.

After the formation of the Congress government in Punjab, the first developmental project that Local Bodies Minister Jagjit Singh undertook was to lay the foundation stone of this flyover. This flyover would link it to the Elevated Road Project at the Raikhy Cinema Chowk. Zealous contractors instantly demolished the Lakkar Bridge linking the old city and the new city causing a lot of hardship to people who used the bridge daily. Later the work on the flyover project was stopped and it remained suspended for several months.

This led to additional traffic on the Katcheri road and the Kailash Cinema road. Now with the digging on the Katcheri road, the entire traffic moving to the old city via the Do Moria Bridge has been diverted to the Kailash Cinema road, virtually choking it. Barely 20-foot wide Kailash Chowk sans traffic lights and has five roads joining it causing unregulated traffic leading to jams. Incidentally the DIG, who also heads the traffic police department, and the city's Municipal Commissioner have also been affected by this untimely digging as they now have to pass through the Kailash Chowk to reach their offices.

The Kailash Cinema road has several banks and commercial establishments located there. But there is no parking space available within half a kilometre stretch, except for a private paid parking. With vehicles parked on the road, the traffic gets congested and it sometimes takes a lot of time to pass through this road. People demand that the Kailash Cinema road be made one way to ease congestion.

With so many agencies involved in the construction of the flyover chaos is bound to continue for a long time.

Sources in the PWD said that the road had been dug to make a retaining wall, without which the earth work could not start. They said that it would take a week to 10 days to build the retaining wall and after which the road would again open to traffic.



GNEC strike continues
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
The strike by students of Guru Nanak Engineering College (GNEC) has shown no signs of ending, with the managements and the students remaining at loggerheads for the sixth day today. The issue got further complicated with the entire teaching faculity of GNEC signing a memorandum against the suspension of Dean, Academics, Dr J.N Jha, demanding that he be taken back within 24 hours. On the other hand, three students Vikram Singh, Aman Preet and Akaljot Singh have started fast unto death until the Principal of the College, Dr R.P Singh, was dismissed from the college.

The Students Union has said when the students from far off places like Delhi, Ghaziabad came to attend the college on Monday morning , they were greeted by a notice pasted on the college gates saying that the college had been closed. It read that the students were not allowed to go inside the college. Mr Surinderpal said,"We decided then not to let the teachers enter too." But the three SGPC members Mr Sangowal, Mr Harsurinder Singh Gill and Mr Satvinder from Amritsar appointed to look into the matter, pacified the students and told them that it would take them four days to complete the investigations.

Meanwhile, the hostlers had to find accommodation in gurdwaras at Alamgir and Gill Road whereas the girls went to their friends’ houses.

A faculty member said on the condition of anyonimity that it was a rare coincidence that a member of the management was allegedly conniving with the students on strike to settle a personal score with the college Principal and in the entire drama, the Additional Secretary of the Management had been kept in the dark about the college developments.

The faculty member said it was a known fact that Mr G.S. Sanghowal of the management had filed an affidavit against the current Principal in a court case challenging his appointment. It was observed that all this was happening despite a directive from the Gurdwara Commission to the SGPC acting president, Mr A.S. Pakhoke, not to take any important decision except routine work till the new SGPC President was elected. The GNEC is run by the SGPC.

In view of the assurance given by them the students let the teachers enter the college. But the fast unto death would continue unless and until the Principal was dismissed. Students said earlier when Dean, Academics, Dr J.N Jha, was ready to strike a compromise with the student, then, too, the Principal had dissuaded him and hence the strike had prolonged. Surinderpal Singh said they were ready to attend the classes the minute an acting Principal was appointed.

Parents of the students were called by the college authorities today to discuss the problem. Ludhiana Tribune spoke to some parents. They said, "We want the strike to end. The semester tests are approaching and we do not want our wards to lose one year. The college authorities should take some concrete steps to work out a compromise. It is not fair that the students should suffer Moreover, Prof Jha was a learned man and his suspension was also not fair. The new teacher appointed in his place would take time to adjust."

In the meeting with the Principal, as many as six parents volunteered to form a committee. This committee of parents would meet PTU and urge them to change the rules and thereby give the students a golden chance to appear in the Vth semester examination once more so that the problem could be resolved. The parents are also going to talk with senior SGPC members about reopening the college tomorrow. 



Student records celestial emission
Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Tadbir Singh, a student of the local Anand Isher Public Senior Secondary School, claims to have recorded the emission of rays of different frequencies from a heavenly body revolving between constellations of Pisces and Aries.

Tadbir Singh, a science student of Class XI, claims that he was the first to record the phenomenon on the video camera.

Showing the recording to this correspondent Tadbir said, "It was on September 1 that I observed unusual emissions in the sky with a powerful binocular. It showed a multi-coloured emission."

He also showed a video recording of the movement of moon and claimed that he had made a movie of a star during day time.

Tadbir intends sending a copy of the recording to the department of astronomy for further explanation. 



Cheques presented to physically challenged
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 20
Cheques worth Rs 1.65 lakh were distributed to the persons who had become disabled in the last wheat season while working in the fields. A function was organised in this connection in the Market Committee office here today.

Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, M L A, Khanna, distributed the cheques to eight persons. The eight person who got the cheques were: Mohmad Jahid, son of Mohmad Sardal resident of Chack Maffi village (Rs 30,000); Manoj Kumar, son of Nathni Ram of Chakohi village (Rs 30,000); Narinder Singh, son of Bhajan Singh of Baupur village (Rs 30,000); Ashwani, son of Ram Dev of Libra village (rS 30,000); Prem Lal, son of Sukhdev of Isru village (Rs 22500); Ranjit Singh, son of Tarlok Singh of Khattra village; Parmjit Singh, son of Sant Singh of Jarg village; and Tara Singh, son of Prem Singh of Baupur village for Rs 7500 each.

The S D M, Mr Jaspal Mittal, Secretary Market Committee, Mr H.S Pannu , President Arhtiya Association, Mr H.S. Rosha, Secretary, Arhtiya Association Mr B.C. Bector and President Rice Sheller's Association, Khanna, Mr Gurdial Singh Dyali also spoke on the occasion. 



Headstrong daughters, a worry for parents
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 20
Gone are the days when parents of boys were worried about their wards' abnormal behaviour. These days, more and more parents of adolescent girls are seeking advice from the psychologists for the aggressive and violent behaviour of their teenage daughters. They are a worried lot as these young girls refuse to listen to their advice.

The harassed parents, having no other option, knock at the doors of psychiatrists and psychologists to find out the ways to mend the habits of their young daughters. A majority of these parents realise that they had played a wrong role by fulfilling the demands of their daughters.

One such parent complained, "Now we feel helpless. My daughter, studying in class XII in a reputed school here, curses me for being orthodox. Her father presented a mobile phone to her last year on her birthday and she has her own ATM card. Money has never been a problem and we did not bother to keep a check on her. She is getting into a bad company, makes her own programmes and we dare not question her. If we try to be strict, she threatens to leave us".

Ms Neerja Bhagwat (name changed), whose daughter is a first year student said she simply refuses to study. "She wants to be a model. She wears trendy and scanty clothes, which do not even match with her personality. She goes to college just to update her knowledge about latest fashion, movies etc. If I ask her to help in household work, she says that servants and maids were there to help me. She says that she would not spoil the shape of her nails by doing household jobs", complained Ms Bhagwat.

Ms Manju Mahendru, a senior lecturer in Psychology, holds media responsible for such change among girls' behaviour. The serials and movies had forced them to change their thinking. By becoming extrovert, they want to achieve everything in life. It should be told to them that such things looked good in movies and television only." This is the age when they are to be moulded in a friendly way by the parents as restricts might make them more aggressive. Girls should be told that indecent exposure was not permitted in our society. They could wear modern, trendy clothes but not the provocative ones", said Ms Mahendru.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, a city-based psychiatrist, confirmed that the number of mothers seeking help for their daughters had increased in the last few months. "One common problem is Anorexia, in which young girls restrict their diet, lose appetite, feel depressed, lose concentration, become aggressive and violent at times. They refuse to listen to their parents, teachers. He advises parents of girls not to ignore their daughters. Young girls need the understanding, warmth, love and affection of the parents as the boys do. They should be encouraged to watch knowledgeable TV shows and not the routine, emotional serials. They should be made understand what is right for them. Parents should know whereabouts of their girls as undue liberty could spoil them", he stressed.



Bal Bhavan children bungee jump
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
It was a day of fun for 15 children of Red Cross Bal Bhavan, Sarabha Nagar, an orphanage.

These children were taken out for catapulting and bungee jumping from a height of 140 feet. The excursion was sponsored by Spice Telecom.

Initially too scared to jump, children were soon queuing up for the excitement. They were also presented gift hampers of sweets.



Body found

Jagraon, September 20
An unidentified decomposed body of a man was found in the fields of a farmer today.

Mr Sukhdev Singh of Galib Kalan, who visited his fields to irrigate his crop this morning, sensed a foul smell and on looking found the decomposed body of a man of about 35. He informed the police post in charge, Mr Galib Kalan. OC



They dared to dream
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The secret of the success of an entrepreneur is his courage to dream and break from the tradition. That is what Mr Sudhir Dhingra, Mr Vinod Sawhny and Mr Ranjodh Singh, the winners of the annual awards of the Ludhiana Management Association did. Interestingly, all of them belong to Punjab and possess a proud sense of belonging of a Punjabi, besides the dynamism of entrepreneurship.

Reacting to the award, Mr Dhingra, Chairman and Managing Director, Orientcraft, recalled the advice of his late father who told him to always remain focused and never look back. “When I left for New Delhi, my father told me to burn your boats and never look back”, he recalled. During a span of few decades, Mr Dhingra has established an empire with his clientele ranging from the Armanis to Louis Philippe.

Mr Dhingra has extensive business spread across New Delhi and supplies to most of the leading European countries and the USA. He said he had investment plans for Punjab also. He is to invest about Rs 80 crore here after taking over a manufacturing unit. He remarked: “Although I am mostly based in Delhi now, my blood remains Punjabi”.

Mr Vinod Sawhny is no stranger to Punjab. He happens to be the architect of the mobile revolution in Punjab. He was earlier with Spice telecommunications. Now he is the Director and Chief Executive Officer (North) of Airtel. Under his leadership, Airtel has already crossed one million subscribers in Punjab.

He remarked that where he has been, he has been focused and goal oriented. Besides, he pointed out, it is the customer satisfaction. “The customer’s trust is the most valuable asset of an organisation and I have always tried to ensure that trust is not betrayed”, Mr Sawhny pointed out, while adding that Airtel has emerged a name synonymous with the quality and better service.

Mr Ranjodh Singh, Managing Director, GS Radiators, has no different views. An engineering graduate, he has entrepreneurship in his blood. He inherits it from the GS family, a name synonymous with the entrepreneurship.

But he has his own dynamism and wants to make it big and keep on the family tradition. He said he was glad that his work was being recognised and acknowledged but he had still a long way to go.


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