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341 home science students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Teachers and graduates listen to the address by Canadian High Commissioner to India Lucie Edwards during the convocation of the College of Home Science in PAU
Teachers and graduates listen to the address by Canadian High Commissioner to India Lucie Edwards during the convocation of the College of Home Science in PAU on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, November 3
The Canadian High Commissioner to India, Ms Lucie Edwards, has said women have not benefited from the Green Revolution and great care must be taken to involve them and look after their welfare in future developments. She said educated women could play an important role in the development of the country and the uplift of the society. She was the guest of honour at the convocation ceremony and prize distribution ceremony of the College of Home Science in Ludhiana here this evening.

Addressing graduates on the occasion, she said even in developed countries, women were not reaping the benefits of the advancement in many fields since attention was not being paid towards their education. “You are fortunate to receive education at a world-class university like PAU, but there are women in many developing countries who are not so fortunate,” she added.

Citing her example, the High Commissioner said women education was backward not only in India but in Canada also. “I am the first graduate woman in my family although things have changed since then,” she pointed out.

She congratulated the recipients of degrees and diplomas and various awards. She praised PAU for being a well-known institution throughout the world. She congratulated the parents of the recipients of degrees and diplomas.

Delivering the convocation address, Dr Pankajan Sundram, a former Vice-Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu), said education in home science could face the futuristic challenges. She said the increasing population, decrease in natural resources, insecurity of food, unemployment and shortage of nutritional food had shaken the whole structure. In order to keep it safe, home science education had to face all these challenges.

Dr Sundram added that the management of domestic sources, nutritional value of food, home management, balance in social relationships, consumer consciousness would play an important role in the uplift of society. She said a home scientist could play a bigger role for the betterment of society than any other scientists. Praising PAU, Dr Sundram said it was a premier state agricultural university of the country and a recipient of the first best institution award of ICAR- an honour bestowed upon the university in recognition of three distinctions-teaching, research and extension. The accreditation granted to PAU by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research was another distinguished acknowledgement of the high standards that this institute strived for.

She added that we should be dedicated to our duties in order to face the new challenges. Home science education faced the competition offered by vocationally oriented professional courses, marketed in a very enticing and alluring manner, and the youth was turning towards it.

Keeping in mind these changing situations, the home science education should be made for self employment. The curriculum of this programme was planned in a manner to give maximum practical, hands-on training to students. The efforts put in by the dynamic faculty of this college in this direction were praiseworthy.

Dr K.S. Aulakh, PAU VC, gave degrees to 341 students while Dr Sundram honoured Alka Rani, Gursimran Kaur, Shefali Arora and Gagandeep Sohal with PAU gold medals, Sukhjit Grewal, Sumedha Ghai and Shaweta Sharma with Shakun Oswal Prize, Shweta Sharma with Rupinder Singh Brar Memorial Prize, Geetika Gupta and Gagandeep Sohal with Baljinder Kaur Memorial Prize.



15 pc fall in Indian emigrants to Canada
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
A perusal of the annual report on immigration tabled in Canadian Parliament shows that the number of Indian immigrants recorded a fall of 15 per cent in 2003.

According to Indo-Canadian Lawyers Association’s representative Tej Parkash Singh, only 24,560 persons from India migrated to Canada in 2003, while the number was 28,811 in 2002. Although, India remained the second source country after China, but the influx ratio was down by 15 per cent in 2003.

He said it was anticipated that the Citizen and Immigration Canada (cic) would once again meet its target in 2004. It planned to receive 2.2 to 2.45 lakh new permanent residents in 2005.

The Government of Canada recognised the importance of continuing to maintain and build upon the necessary infrastructure and support for immigrants to ensure that they achieved those levels, he added.

“Canada has continued and will continue to benefit economically and culturally from immigration of individuals and families, who come to Canada each year to seek a better future,” he added.



Students, teachers to detect leprosy cases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
A campaign on leprosy is being launched through school students and teachers.As many as 52,000 questionnaires were being circulated in the first phase.

To chalk out the detailed programme, a special meeting of the District Leprosy Society (DLS) was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, here today. The meeting was attended by Dr. S N Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Dr. G K Bansal, Secretary, DLS, District Health Officer, Mrs. Manjit Kaur, Deputy DEO (S) and Ms. Harvinder Kaur DEO (P).

The specially designed questionnaires would be supplied to all schools in the district through District Education Officers for filling in by students from 6th to 12th Classes. The Deputy Commissioner said doctors and paramedical staff of Civil Surgeon’s Offices would impart training to teachers regarding the filling of forms.

These forms would be sent to the District Leprosy Officer. The officer would send the forms of suspected cases to the SMOs who will put them on treatment.

The DC said in the questionnaire, every student would mention spot or discolour sign on the skin.

Elaborating on the achievements of the District Leprosy Society during 2003-04 and 2004-05, Mr Verma said the DLS had a Mobile Leprosy Treatment Unit and an upgraded Urban Leprosy Centre to carry out multi-drugs treatment services for the leprosy care in the district. He said a total of 274 new cases of leprosy were detected during 2003-04 and 132 new cases during this year, so far and the treatment was given to them.



Dawar sues Gosain
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
The ongoing tussle between the Parliamentary Secretary (Housing and Power), Mr Surinder Dawar, and a former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly, Mr Satpal Gosain, moved a step ahead today, with the filing of a defamation case by Mr Dawar against Mr Gosain.

The criminal complaint of defamation under Section 500 of the IPC was filed in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr G.C. Garg, where the statement of the complainant was recorded by court and the case was adjourned till March 5, 2005, for recording the statement of witnesses.

Differences between them cropped up when Mr Dawar defeated the former Deputy Speaker in the Assembly elections held in Feburary, 2002. Mr Gosain had already filed a defamation case, claiming damages to the tune of Rs 1 crore against the complainant.

In the statement recorded in the court, the complainant charged Mr Gosain with levelling false, concocted, scandalous and defamatory imputations against him in a press conference, which were published in newspapers in June, 2003. It was alleged that Mr Gosain falsely stated before mediapersons that he (Dawar) had constructed a kothi on a plot given by the late Beant Singh, which was earmarked for the construction of a community centre at the Civil Lines, Ludhiana.



16 make it to final of Miss Punjaban contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
Sixteen participants have made it to the final of the Miss Punjaban contest organised by the Sabhyacharak Sathh, Punjab. They will now be judged by a jury comprising Preeti Sapru, Dr Sunita Dhir, Harbhajan Mann, Gill Surjit and Shafiq Butt (from Pakistan).

Those selected are: Gurcharan Mattu from Canada, Kanwardeep Bhatia and Ravinder Mann from Delhi, Heena Singh from Jammu and Kashmir, Ravneet Kaur from Uttaranchal, Gurleen Garelli from Chandigarh, Manpreet Virk and Samarpreet Gill from Patiala, Kirandeep Jakhar from Ferozepore, Neha Pahwa from Moga, Paramjit Wander from Bathinda, Raminder Kaur from Gurdaspur, Rippandeep Kaur from Jalandhar, Gagandeep Sandhu from Amritsar and Nidhi Narula and Harpreet Walia from Ludhiana.

The winner of the contest will be honoured by Punjabis residing in Australia and will get an opportunity to go on a free trip to Australia. The visit will be sponsored by Amandeep Singh Maavi of Maavi Plantations.

The final, to be held on November 6 in Ludhiana, will be telecast live on ETC Punjabi and Alfa TV Punjabi. The pageant will be witnessed by a select gathering of more than 10,000 persons.



Education camp winners awarded

Ludhiana, November 3
The first state-level education camp was organised by the Punjab Rural Education Promotion (PREP) at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, has concluded on Monday.

The first event of the camp was the exhibition of charts prepared by campers against social evils. Government Elementary School, Rasoolpur (Tarn Taran), in Amritsar district was ranked first in it and government school Chogwana (Moga) second and Government Senior Secondary School, Gohlewala (Faridkot), and Government School Bani Lodhi (Teh Pathankot), Gurdaspur District were ranked third Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, was recommended for the consolation prize.

Sapinder Kaur of Govt High School of Ramgarh (Ldh) and Manjinder Singh GSS, Pandorigola (Asr) and Beant Kaur GSS, Chogawan (Moga) got Ist, 2nd and 3rd position, respectively. However, Kulwinder Singh of GNP School, Dushanj (Moga) and Raman Kumar GSS, Padhiana (Jalandhar), got special prize.

Punctuality award was won by five students of GSS, Bani Lodhi (Gurdaspur).

The valedictory-cum-prize distribution function was chaired by Dr A.S. Sandhu, Director, Ext Education, PAU, Ludhiana, and Mr Charanjeet Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, was the Chief Guest.

Mr Atwal advised the prize winners to put in more labour in their studies, so as to have an honourable position in society. — OC



DEO for a day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
Strange are the ways of the Education Department. The Deputy DEO (Secondary), Ms Sudesh Bajaj was appointed DEO (Sec) on November 1.

In July this year, she was told that she would be promoted as DEO at the retirement of Mr Avinash Chandra Sethi on October 31. But little did she know that her happiness would be shortlived and the very next day on Tuesday a new DEO, Mr Yashpal Mehra, from Amritsar was appointed the DEO while Ms Sudesh Bajaj was given the post of Deputy DEO again.

Mr Yashpal Mehra, after getting instructions from Chandigarh, assumed his duty on November 2. On the other hand, Ms Sudesh Bajaj said she had no knowledge of new instructions.

Ms Sudesh Bajaj was not available for comments.



LIC staff strike work
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Protesting against the policies of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) management, development officers of the LIC observed a strike today.

The strike was observed under the umbrella of the National Federation of Insurance Field Workers of India.

“The spirit of participative management has been replaced by dictatorship,” said Mr Sudhir Saini, general secretary, NFIFWI, Ludhiana. The association alleged that the management had created an environment that was not conducive to working.

Development officers also staged a dharna, said Mr Saini.



Service units welcome date extension
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Service providers have heaved a sigh of relief with the last date of getting registered for service tax has been extended by a month.

“We are expecting the confusion over issues like the inclusion of job work to be cleared this month,” said Mr Inderjit Singh Navyug, vice-president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings.

Confusion had been prevailing among industrialists who were demanding that manufacturing processes should not be included under the purview of service tax. Various industry associations had also met department officials to resolve the issue.

“We had apprised Chief Commissioner S.S. Bedi of the situation at a meeting last week. He had assured us that the department would not take any action till the issue was resolved,” said Mr P.D.Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The department officials are expecting a good response with the extension of the date.

“While we had tried to clarify the issue it is likely that the confusion will be cleared,” said Mr V.M.Verma, Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise division 3 and 4, Ludhiana.

Meanwhile, with the excise ranges having been re-organised, service tax assessees, at presently registered with the Central Excise Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4, will become part of the division 3, Ludhiana.



Vigilance Bureau organises seminar
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 3
A seminar in connection with Vigilance Awareness Week was organised at the market committee complex here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, said Vigilance Awareness Week was being observed to make people aware of the functioning of the Vigilance Bureau. “It is painful to note that our country ranks among the 55 most corrupt countries of the world”, he said.

“For eradicating corruption, we will have to build national character”, he said. He also discussed in detail, how corruption has spread in various departments.

Mr Benarsi Dass, DSP, Vigilance, Fatehgarh Sahib, appealed to the people to cooperate with the Vigilance Bureau, so that the corrupt could not go scot free.

Mr Amrik Singh Rurki, president of the Bar Association, Amloh, Mr Kirpal Singh Toor, senior advocate, Mr Amar Singh, lecturer, Dr Ranveer Sharma, Senior Veterinary Officer, Amloh, were also present.

Mr Baldev Singh Aulukh, Amloh council chief, Mr Jiwan Lal Puri, president of the Arhtiya Association, Amloh, Mr Pakher Singh Salana, Chairman of the Zila Parishad, Mr Shingara Singh Salana, president of the Block Congress Committee, Amloh, also spoke on the occasion.



Man with a mission
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, November 3
His mission is to serve society—whether being in service or out of it. Mr Yash Paul Ghai served students with dedication and earned their goodwill for more than 40 years. After retirement, he has been serving society as additional general secretary of the Punjab Government pensioners Association and director of the Public Cause, a social organisation that seeks justice for the downtrodden.

The Public Cause is headed by a retired IAS officer, Mr Shourie, who also served society as an honest officer and fought for the cause of humanity.

Mr Ghai, 72, has been making a humble contribution to the National Foundation for Teachers Welfare, a fund set up by the Union Government for the welfare of teachers. He has not stopped making contribution to the fund even after his retirement from the government service. He has been making contribution to the teachers welfare fund because teaching to him ‘was a mission and not merely a profession’.

Mr Ghai worked for the all-round development of Government Senior Secondary School, Jandiali (Ludhiana district), where he worked for more than 20 years. He set up a parent-teacher association and a poor students welfare council. He also worked for the Scheduled Castes and provided funds from his own pocket for running ‘Newspaper reading home’ in a Harijan basti.

To promote the cause of education, he donated Rs 10,000 to the school at the time of his retirement. In recognition of his services to the cause of education, the Union Government nominated him on the executive of the National Foundation for Teachers Welfare for two years. This was perhaps for the first time that a school teacher was nominated to this national body. After his retirement, he has been fighting for the cause of government pensioners and has succeeded in putting forward many of their demands. His association with the public cause has enabled him to take up problems of the downtrodden.

Here again, he provides funds for his meagre resources to these bodies for social activities. He provides monetary help to the needy students and educational institutions as well.

He has also helped poor girls by providing money for their marriage. May the man doing selfless service to society live long and his tribe may grow in this era of corruption and black-marketing.



Tewari’s UK visit from Nov 6
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Mr Manish Tewari, secretary, All-India Congress Committee, has been invited by the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to visit the UK from November 6 to 12.

During the visit Mr Tewari will interact with leading figures in the British Government on common concerns like terrorism, problems of immigrants and ethnic minorities living in the UK.

He would also call upon the business leaders and the NRI community for investments here. He would also seek investment in the Greenfield international airport project coming up at Ladowal.



Appointment of farm director hailed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The Punjab Assistant Agricultural Engineers-II Association, has welcomed the decision of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for appointing a technocrat, Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, as Director of Agriculture.

Hailing the decision, Mr Rajan Kumar, President of the association, said the director was a B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) from the PAU and M. Tech. in Water Resource Management from IIT, Rourkee. Meanwhile, Mr Gurvinder Singh Dhingra, vice-president of the association, also appealed to other wings of the Agricultural Department to cooperate with the new Director for the betterment of farmers. 



Boogie Woogie on Nov 14
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
Put on your dancing shoes and enter the Boogie Woogie, a dance competition to be organised on November 14 (Childrens’ Day) . The dance competition will be held in the Nehru Sidhant Kendar and is being organised by JSR Productions.

This competition is open to all from the age 3 to 25 years in any kind of language . The last date for submitting entry is November 5. The participants can take part in on solo dance, duet dance and group dance . The entry forms are available at Sarabha Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Ghumar Mandi.



25 boxes of liquor seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 3
Narinder Singh alias Nanda of Rangian was arrested by Inspector Amarjit Singh and the police seized from him 25 boxes of country liquor brand Malwa No I. The Dehlon police has registered a case under section 61.1.14 of the Excise Act.

4 booked for fraud

Nahar Singh, Gulzar Singh Lambardar, Ajit Singh of Chhajjawal and Lakhbir Singh of Burj Hari Singh are alleged to have hatched a conspiracy and got executed a registered sale deed of someone’s property in their favour Inspector Nahar Singh in charge, Economic Offence Wing, has registered a case fraud against them under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120 B IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

8 booked for assault

Ram Singh, Nahar Singh, Karnail Kaur, Nirmal Singh, Surinder Kaur, Gurpreet Singh, Sarpanch Gurpal Singh and Tirlok Singh of Birmi are alleged to have assaulted Harchand Singh with sharp-edged weapons and the injured has been admitted to CMC Hospital, Ludhiana. The Humbran police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 324, 326, 148, 149, 427 IPC. A land dispute is alleged to be the cause for the assault.

In another incident the Jagraon police, at the complaint of Jugraj Singh of Kothe Hari Singh Agwar Lopo, has booked Khushwant Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Jaswant Singh, Munmi, Jassi of Kothe Hari Singh and Shembi of Konke Kalan as the accused are alleged to have assaulted the complainant and Rupinder Kaur of Kothe Hari Singh.

The injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. A case under Section 341, 323, 506, 148, 149 IPC has been registered.



Biz Clips

DHARNA: The BSNL Employees Union today alleged that Reliance Infocom was cheating BSNL of crores of rupees by its technical manipulation of ISD calls. The union held a rally in this regard on a call given by its central headquarters against the Reliance Industries. Addressing the gathering Mr Balbir Singh, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Punjab, alleged that the company was causing loss of crores of rupees to the BSNL. Others who addressed the dharna include Avtar Singh Jandey, Parmjit Singh, Ramesh Lal, Nikka Singh, Kabul Singh, Darshan Singh, Amar Singh, Kirpa Ram, Gurcharan Singh, Yogesh Kumar, Jaswant Singh, R.D. Verma, Amarjit Sahnewal, Kesar Singh Dehlon, Malkit Singh Jagraon, Surjit Singh Raikot and Rajeev Sharma. — TNS

BANK PROFITS: The Oriental Bank of Commerce recorded a 29.5 per cent increase in its net profits for the half-year ending September 30. The increase was recorded despite a steep fall in other incomes, a bank press note said today. According to the bank, during the period its total income went up by 22.4 per cent. It continues to enjoy the distinction of being a zero NPA bank, the press note added. This was stated by Mr Rajeev Rishi, Deputy General Manager, Ludhiana region. — TNS

AWARENESS WEEK: The Income Tax department has pledged to strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of its activities. These observations were made by Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ms Sudha Sharma, while speaking at a function to mark Vigilance Awareness Week being observed from November 1 to 6. The function was organised jointly by the apex chamber and regional direct tax advisory committee. Prominent among others present on the occasion were Mr Sat Pal, Mr M.N.A. Chaudhary, Mr A.K. Mehrish, all Commissioners, Dr Balwan, Additional Commissioner, Mr M.S. Minhas, Assistant Commissioner, Mr Ashok Juneja, Mr L.C. Gupta, Mr P.N. Aggarwal, Mr Naresh Bassi and Mr Joginder Singh all members of the advisory committee. — OC


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