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Minister emphasises on diversification of crops
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 10
The stocks of levy sugar, worth Rs 270 crore that have been lying in the sugar mills, will be released with the permission of the Central Government. To reduce the scarcity of sugar, the Centre Government will also import sugar from other countries, said Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Cabinet Minister for Cooperation Punjab, at the inaugural function of a marriage palace yesterday.

The minister appealed the farmers to adopt diversification of crops and bring maximum area under sugar- cane which required less costs and save the depletion of water table, as it required little irrigation compared to paddy and other crops.

The consumption of sugar in the state is expected to go up to1,80,000 tonnes where as the production is about 1,25,000 tonnes this year because the area under sugar cane has come down. The former NDA government at the Centre and the former state government were responsible for the exploitation of farmers, which had failed to pay the balance of Rs. 410 crore of cane procurement prices to the farmers, who as the result were compelled to change the pattern of sowing other crops in place of sugar cane, he said.

Deputy Commissioner (Fatehgarh Sahib) S. K. Alhuwalia, SDM (Amloh) Sandeep Hans, market committee chairman Partap Singh, Bharti Kishan Union State chief Baldev Singh Mianpur, Mahant Harwinder Khanora , Planning Board member Joginder Singh, Congress leaders Gurdev Singh Khanyan, Dilwagh Rai Sood and Gurdev Singh Amloh were present at the function. 



Farmers resent disparity in cane payment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
The Road Safety Week, launched jointly by transport and police departments from January 3, concluded at Nahar Sugar and Allied Mills Limited here yesterday.
During the campaign as many as 160 reflectors were fixed on loaded tractor trailers. The pollution emission level of vehicles was also checked free of cost. Speaking at the function, the ADTO said that if villagers were made aware of the traffic rules 60 per cent of accidents could be avoided.

Mr Jarnail Singh, a cane grower who was present at the camp, yesterday criticised the policy of the sugar mill of discriminating against the local cane growers. He said they were paid less than those belonging to other areas. They were paid at the rate of Rs 115 per quintal to Rs 130 per quintal. Another farmer Nazar Singh of Shri Nagar village pointed out that sugar mills of Dhuri and Partran make payment at the rate of Rs 135 per quintal to the farmers. The last year, Rs 5 crore were not paid to the farmers by Nahar Sugar Mills.

Mr Ashok Kumar Sharma and Mr Thakur Jai Singh, General Manager and Cane Manager of the mills respectively, admitted that a balance of Rs 20 per quintal was still to be paid. This amount was paid to the farmers to purchase cane seeds. However, they were free to purchase cane seeds from anywhere. This condition had been imposed so that the farmers may take to sugar cane cultivation rather than paddy. At present out of 22 sugar Mills, 15 were in the co-operative sector and seven are privately owned. This mill had made part payment of the balance due to the farmers whereas the co-operative mills had not made any payment.



Farmers stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Samrala, January 10
A large gathering of farmers led by Mr Netar Singh Nagra staged a dharna in front of the office of SDM, Samrala.
While addressing the farmers Mr Baldev Singh Mianpur, criticised the government not making payment of Rs 200 crore arrears of sugarcane due to sugar mills for the past two years.

He condemned the government for freezing MSP of sugarcane at Rs 100 per quintal whereas the price of mollers even was Rs 125. He demanded a decrease in prices of diesel and petrol by Rs 8.50 and Rs 13.25 per litre as the prices of crude oil in the international market had come down from $ 54 to 35 per barel.

The general secretary of the BKU, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, demanded 12-hour power supply daily for agriculture and domestic supply in the rural areas equivalent to the urban areas. Mr Rajewal said it was too difficult to work in fields in cold. He said this attitude of the PSEB to supply electricity at night was a clear violation of human rights.

He said that Punjab Government was amending to Punjab Marketing Act to give favours to industrialists. He said if the Act was amended, the farmers would be exploited. He demanded Rs 2,000 per month as unemployment allowance to youths in the rural areas.

He strongly condemned the politicians who were responsible for drug addiction among rural youths.

Mr Jagjit Singh Mobelguara said debt-traps among farmers were the result of anti-farmer policies of the government. He demanded waiving of the agri-loans.

Mr Naranjan Singh Dobla demanded a review of the wheat MSP. He condemned a minor increase of Rs 10 per quintal in MSP. While the government had put a burden of Rs 330 crore by increasing diesel prices a month ago.

Mr Dalip Singh Saurandgarh president asked the farmers to unite for a bigger agitation. Mr Mewa Singh Sihala condemned the administration for not taking action against the dealer of diesel who was caught adultrating diesel.

Others who addressed included Mr Kartar Singh Nilon, Mr Hardial Singh Bhagwanpura, Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon.



Traffic Safety Week concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 10
The district police chief, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, today urged people to take part in solving the ever-increasing problem of traffic in the city. He was speaking at a function organised to mark the last day of the Traffic Safety Week today. Addressing the schoolchildren, who were invited for a poster-making competition to police lines, the SSP claimed that as compared to past few years, lowest number of people died in road accidents in 2004.

Stating that the masses needed to be made aware about the traffic rules and the education for this should start at the primary school level itself.

He urged upon the government to make the subject on traffic compulsory in schools.

He added that the traffic police educated as many as 1571 schoolchildren during the traffic week only. He expressed concern over air-pollution, being spread by the autorickshaws in the city.

He emphasised on the need of stringent measures to check further spread of pollution. He appealed to the parents not to allow their minor children to drive vehicles.



PCTE students shine in BBA exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
PCTE students bagged first, second, fifth and seventh position in the university in BBA sixth semester examinations held by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, in May 2004.

Dr K.N.S.Kang, Director PCTE stated that in earlier results announced by the university, the students of BBA second semester got six out of 10 top positions in semester examinations held in May 2004. The PCTE students also bagged first, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in the MBA.

“The PCTE students have bagged first 38 positions in the university in various examinations of MBA/BBA/MCA/BCA since its inception in August 1999”, said Dr Kang.

Deepika Narang, student of BBA sixth semester of the PCTE bagged the top position in the university by getting 82.69 per cent marks.

Arshpreet secured the second position by scoring 81.30 per cent marks and Prabhjot Singh bagged the fifth position by securing 81 per cent marks. Emika Oberoi secured the seventh position by scoring 79 per cent marks.



Prakash Utsav at Guru Nanak Khalsa College
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
Prakash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib and the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh were celebrated at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women here today with great fervour and enthusiasm in the form of Gurmat Samagam.

Prof Darshan Singh ji Khalsa, former general secretary, Akal Takht, and ragi Bhai Harjinder Singh (Srinagarwale), regaled the sangat with amrit vani. Mr Saroop Singh Alag and Prof Amarjit Singh Dua (Dean, GNDU), appealed to the sangat to follow the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh in the true sense.

Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Shromani Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee, also expressed his views on the real aim of Khalsa Panth and suggested sincere efforts should be made jointly to put the teachings of Sri Guru Gobind Singh to practice. Principal Dr Anup Kaur Bansal told the students about the great life of Guru Gobind Singh and his teachings.

A book was also released by Prof Darshan Singh on the significance of Guru Granth Sahib. College president Parmajit Singh Sarna also honoured the distinguished personalities with ‘guru ka siropa’. Prof Darshan Singh presented a model of the Golden Temple to the president and all dignitaries. Prizes were given to the students. He also announced a relief fund of Rs 1 lakh to the tsunami victims. 



SDP College celebrates Lohri
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
SDP College for Women celebrated Lohri and the National Youth Day with great fun and frolic. Mr Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president SDP Sabha, and the college managing committee presided over the function. He also inaugurated the new college canteen and hostel mess. Ms Usha Kiran Bhasin was the guest of honour. Principal Ms S. Verma welcomed the chief guest and others.

A cultural programme was organised on this occasion which comprised giddha, mimickery, folk songs, dances and other interesting items. In his presidential address, Mr Bhasin congratulated the students and motivated them to participate more in such functions. Mr Bhasin offered Rs 11,000 to the students and staff as Lohri.



5-year RI in rape case
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr D.R. Arora, has sentenced Jaswant Singh alias Billa of New Shakti Nagar Ludhiana to five year rigorous imprisonment on charge of abducting and raping a 12-year-old girl in 1999.

Initially, the accused was booked under section 363 and 366 of the IPC at Sadar police station on April 29, 1999, following a statement of Tek Chand of Swatantar Nagar, father of the prosecutrix. Later, Section 376 of the IPC was added, when the girl levelled the allegations of rape.

The complainant had stated to the police that her daughter was studying in Jyoti Model School at Shastri Nagar. On March 18, 1999, she had gone to the school for exams, but did not return.

It came to their knowledge that the accused had taken away his daughter with the allurement of marrying her.

On May 1, 1999 the accused was apprehended by the police and the girl was recovered from the possession of the accused. The girl levelled the allegations of rape against the accused.

The prosecutrix stated to the police that she was studying in the seventh standard. On the allurement of the accused, she went along with him. The accused had taken her to various places. At last he took a room on rent in Basant Nagar, Ludhiana. During the stay she was forcibly raped by the accused.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed false implication. The defence counsel submitted that the girl had eloped with the accused at her own wish. It was a love story and not a rape case. But the court found him guilty and sentenced him.



Primary teachers to file writ

Ludhiana, January 10
Teachers of Government Primary Teachers Association, Punjab, met at Atam Park here today to devise plans against Punjab Government. The move of the Government to withdraw the higher grades of highly qualified teachers as fixed by the Supreme Court since January 1, 1986 were condemned by teachers.

The teachers formed a five-member committee comprising Mr Nahar Singh Dhillon, Mr Sher Singh Dhandari, Mr Baldev Singh Maudgil, Mr Dhanna Singh Jawwadi and Mr Jagdish Singh Jassal.

The teachers will file a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Dental check-up camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 10
More than 400 persons were given a free check-up against dental diseases at a camp organised by the Ludhiana Car Dealers Association with the assistance of the local Christian Dental College at Feroze Gandhi market here today. Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Housing and Power, inaugurated the camp.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dawar appreciated the gesture of the car dealers, saying providing medical care to the poor and weaker sections was one of the noblest tasks. He called upon the NGOs and other voluntary bodies to organise more health camps to supplement the efforts of the government. He further announced that similar check-up camps would be held in all 11 wards falling in his Assembly segment.

A team of doctors comprising Dr S.C. Mann, Dr Pooja and Dr Amit conducted the dental check-up of the people, while medicines were distributed by the association free of cost.

An eye camp was also arranged on the occasion in which Dr Manju Gupta and Dr Nishu Joshi carried out eye check-up of more than 200 persons.

Meanwhile, functionaries of the association, led by Mr Suresh Sharma Kakoo, president, handed over a draft of Rs 51,000 to Mr Dawar towards the tsunami relief fund on the occasion. Prominent among those present at the function were Mr Sanjay Talwar, Mr Rajesh Jain Navkar Kala, both councillors and trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr Tarlochan Singh Safri, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Gurjit Singh, Mr Baljit Singh and Mr Rajinder Sharma.



Surjit Singh award for Bakdev Singh
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 10
Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, ADGP, Punjab and president, Basketball Federation of India and Bhai Ranjit Singh, general secretary, Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur, Jarkhar, have been unanimously elected the chief patrons of the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club of Jarkhar.

A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the club held here today. The meeting was chaired by Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, president of the club, and was attended by all its office bearers.

After the meeting, Mr Sidhu informed that the 19th Mata Sahib Kaur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament and sports festival will be held from February 5 to 7. Top hockey outfits of the region, such as Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab Police, BSF, ASC Signals and Namdhari XI in the men’s section and Haryana XI, GNDU, Amritsar, Punjab XI, along with some major teams in the women’s category would be seen in action during this three-day festival.

Mr Sidhu further said besides hockey, competition in kabaddi, volleyball shooting, volleyball smashing, basketball (boys and girls) would also be organised. The winners in respective disciplines would be given attractive prizes.

A number of pominent Punjabi folk artists will entertain the spectators during the course of the festival.

The club will also felicitate the current and former players and sports promoters for their outstanding contribution in the field of sports, Mr Sidhu added.

The Olympian Surjit Singh award will be given to national hockey coach Bakdev Singh and Channa Alamgir will be awarded with the Amarjit Singh Grewal promoter of sports award. Jugtar Singh Dhanola will be given the Harjit Bajakhana award.

Meanwhile, the following team of the office-bearers has been constituted during the meeting. The names are: Patrons — Mr Harpal Singh Lehal and Pehalwan Skander Singh Alamgir, Chairman- Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Tournament committee president — Mr Balbir Singh, President - Sports Club - Mr Depindaer Singh Dimpy, General secretary — Mr Daljit Singh Jarkhar, Treasuer - Master Shingra Singh, Senior Vice Presidents — Mr Tejwant Singh Sidhu, Mr Channa Alamgir, Mr Gurinderjeet Singh, Prof Kanwaljeet Singh, Mr Surjit Singh Nagra and Principal Ramdev, Vice Presidents - Mr Tehal Singh Jarkhar, Mr Mr Ranjit Singh Duley. Dr Jagtar Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh Nettu and Mr Pritam Singh, secretaries — Mr Tejinder Singh Jarkhar, Mr Manminder Singh Happy, Mr Joga Singh Duley, Mr Santokh Singh Duley and Master Harjinder Singh, Organising secretaries — Dr Kulwant Singh Sohal, Pehalwan Harmail Singh, Mr Harminder Pal Singh, Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu and Mr Harinder Singh Tinu.



Khalsa college girls bag six gold medals in powerlifting
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 10
The students of the local Khalsa College for Women, civil lines, gave a fine performance clinching eight medals, including six gold medals, in the Punjab Open Powerlifting Championship organised by the Sports Club, in the memory of Baba Ishar Singh, at Jagraon recently.

Giving this information, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the college, said eight participants from this college took part in this meet and bagged eight medals.

The medal winners include Mandeep Kaur (gold medal in 75 kg category), Rupinder Kaur (gold medal in 56 kg category), Hardeep Kaur (gold medal in 82 kg category), Sushma (gold medal in 44 kg category), Gitanjali (gold medal in plus 90 kg category), Jasveer Kaur (gold medal in 90 kg category), Gagandeep Kaur (silver medal in 67 kg category) and Sonia (silver in 60 kg category).

The lifters have already won the overall trophy in the Panjab University Inter-College Powerlifting Tournament held in Chandigarh recently. Seven, out of the eight lifters, have been selected for the forthcoming Junior North Zone and National Powerlifting Championships, Dr Thind said.


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