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PAU don nominated on biodiversity board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director, Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, has been nominated an expert of the Punjab Biodiversity Board. The board was constituted recently by the Governor under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

Dr Sandhu was earlier nominated consultant by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, for training course on temrate horticulture at Gangtok. He also served a member of Qiunquenial Review Team (QRT) for the KVKs in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtea by the ICAR. Dr Sandhu was also a member of the academic committee of the University of Horticulture, Solan, and a member of the Postgraduate Agricultural Education and Research Board of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Author of two books, Dr Sandhu has to his credit more than 96 research publications and has presented papers in over 44 international and national symposia and workshops.

The Punjab Biodiversity Board will promote conservation of biodiversity of the country, sustainable use of its components and will ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of biological resource and preform other such functions under the Act.

The other experts on the board include Dr G.S. Kalkat, a former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and Brig Sukhjit Singh.



BVM schools donate 13.67 lakh for tsunami victims
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The management of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir collected a sum of Rs 13,67,227 for tsunami victims. Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, manager, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Managing Committee, in a press statement today said the fund had been raised through the BVM branches — Kitchlu Nagar, Udham Singh Nagar, Cemetery Road, Chandigarh Road and Dugri Road. “Parents of the students have donated generously. The teachers and staff of BVM have donated one day’s salary for the tsunami tragedy victims”, said Mr Vyas.

Meanwhile, the Pink Flats Welfare Society, Rajguru Nagar, has donated Rs 11,000 to the Chairman, Improvement Trust, Mr Paramjit Singh Sibia.The cheque was presented by Mr Pawan Dewan, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Mr Surinder Singh Kooner, Mr Mehar Singh, Mr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Jasbir Singh and Mr Madan Gopal.

Mr Sibia said tsunami victims were passing through a very bad phase and people from all walks of life should come forward to help them in every way.

The Ex-Servicemen Welfare Society has donated Rs 10,000 for the victims of tsunami tragedy. The cheque was presented to Mr Anurag Verma Deputy Commissioner, here today.

Meanwhile, Mr Jagdish Behl, Chairman, Pearl Group of Industries has donated Rs 1 lakh for tsunami victims.

Mr Behl accompanied by Mr Balraj Kumar and Mr Kanti Behl presented a cheque of Rs 1 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to the Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma.



Career awareness camp for rural students held at Naraingarh
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 20
In order to generate career awareness among students of rural area schools in the state, a camp was organised by the Department of Employment and Sainik Bhalai with the assistance of Mr Gurmel Singh. District Education Officer (Secondary), at Government Secondary School, Naraingarh, near here, on Wednesday.

Mr Ripudaman Singh, Deputy Director Employment (Patiala Mandal), Mr N.S. Multani. District, Employment Officer and Mr Satwinder Singh Hira, District Assistant Guidance Counsellor, spoke on various self employment schemes available for the educated youth. The speakers maintained that the educated youth should join various technical courses after passing their Plus II examination, which would provide better job opportunities to them.

An exhibition by defence forces was organised by Maj Karnail Singh, Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare, to create awareness about the process and conditions of recruitment in the Army. He said, “Whenever any recruitment advertisement is given for 100 posts, thousands of applicants apply and reach for the interview. But most of them have to return empty handed as they do not fulfil the requisite conditions of eligibility. So it is necessary that the candidates first found out whether they were eligible for the posts.”

He spoke in detail about the scope for employment in the Army in various streams and the facilities provided to the family members of the armymen.

The Principal of the school, Mr Roshan Lal Sood, laid stress on the need to organise such conferences in rural schools. Mr Jatinder Singh Sagu, Employment Officer, also spoke on the occasion.

As many as 400 students and their guardians participated in the conference.



Seminar on modern English literature
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The post-graduate Department of English of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan campus, will organise a two-day UGC- sponsored national seminar on ‘Modern English Literature-1901-70’ on January 24 and 25.

According to a press note, Mr G. Parthasarthy, former Indian High Commissioner to Australia and Pakistan will inaugurate the seminar. Delegates from various universities of the country will participate in the two-day deliberations. 



Lok adalat to clear backlog of traffic challans
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The Legal Services Authority is all set to clear the backlog of thousands of traffic challans through the special lok-adalat, scheduled for January 22, at Judicial Complex. This will give an opportunity to the traffic violators to get their challans cleared. In order to ensure the prompt delivery of summons to the persons concerned, the district police has assigned the job to PCR personnel.

The District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the Legal Services Authority has appealed to the persons, whose traffic challans are pending in the different courts since long, to come to the lok adalat.

It would be a golden opportunity for them to get back their important documents like driving licence, registration certificate of the vehicle and insurance policy in the lok-adalat, said Mr Harbans Lal.

Giving this information, Mr Lal said about 14,000 challans were pending before different courts. He said he was committed to clearing this backlog “but it can be done only if the general public co-operates”.

For the convenience of the people, special enquiry centres would be set up at each floor of the Judicial Complex. The lists of all pending challans would be made available at these centres.

More than 16 Benches are likely to be constituted for the disposal of traffic challan cases. One Judicial Officer would head the Bench, with the assistance of a lawyer and member of the legal services authority.

Judicial officers posted at Samrala, Jagraon and Khanna will also head the Benches, apart from the judicial officers to be called from the neighbouring districts. The District Bar Association President, Mr Balwinder Goel, says that the Bar has extended full cooperation to clear this backlog.

The Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority, Mr H.P.S. Mahal, also attended the meeting held here to review the preparations for the lok-adalat. 



Cold, dry weather give rise to diseases
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The persistent cold wave, coupled with a continuous dry spell in the region, has given rise to a score of diseases, particularly the problems of respiratory system. As a result, a large number of city residents are suffering from one or the other ailment.

Inquiries made from city hospitals revealed that, on an average, the number of OPD patients, suffering from chest congestion, cold exposure and bronchitis, had gone up by 10 to 15 per cent. The viral infections, further complicated by other disorders like cough and fever, were also on the rise.

According to Dr Jagdip Whig, a medicine specialist and Vice-Principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, the exposure to dry, cold air was the main reason of aggravation of chest diseases, including severe cough, asthma and bronchitis. There had been a substantial rise of both the in-patients and out-patients afflicted with other respiratory problems.

Dr P.K. Dhandona, in charge, Chest and TB unit and Professor of Medicine at Christian Medical College and Hospital, remarked that cold weather brought with it various health problems which could be easily prevented with adequate safeguards.

“With the drop in temperature, people tend to remain inside closed doors and crowded together. This leads to cross infections of upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Further, due to low temperatures and inadequate sunlight, bacteria and viruses multiply and affect people with diseases like common cold, influenza and pneumonia.”

He advised the people to observe preventive measures like cutting down overcrowding and living in well-ventilated spaces with adequate sunlight. Nowadays, vaccines were available for diseases like influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia, aggravated by cold weather. In particular, the children below five years of age and old people above 65 years, who had low body resistance, should be administered these vaccines.

Prolonged exposure to cold and a further drop in temperature could cause many other problems, including hypothermia (low body temperature) in the absence of inadequate protection from cold. These could be prevented by keeping oneself warm, said Dr Dhandona.

As the number of patients afflicted by common cold, cough, congestion, influenza and other diseases of respiratory tract kept soaring, private doctors and quacks in the mega city continued to reap rich dividends. Especially, a large number of RMPs and even unregistered practitioners in the outskirts were reported to be giving all kinds of medication and injections to the patients and adding to the misery of the economically weaker sections.



Khed Mela at Samrala from today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 20
The stage is set for the rural sports festival at Samrala. The 12th edition of the festival to be organised by the Malwa Sports Association in collaboration with some prominent NRIs of the area is scheduled to be held from January 21 to 23 at the Malwa College Baundli, Samrala, about 40 km from here.

Giving this information, Mr Malkit Singh, an NRI and president of the Malwa Sports Association, told the mediapersons here today that all arrangements for the successful conduct of this three-day sports festival had been completed. The main attraction of this famous festival would be bullock cart races and a kabaddi tournament for the academies.

Mr Malkit Singh said dog races and time trial races for bullock carts would be held on the opening day while on the second day of the festival, competition would be held in kabaddis (one village and open), besides weightlifting and athletics.

He further said eight kabaddi academy teams namely Alankar Tony Academy of Kube, Nirmal Singh Nimma Academy of Manupur, Dashmesh Academy of Kalakh, Sant Ishar Singh Academy of Rara Sahib, International Club of Moga and Dashmesh Club of Kapurthala alongwith a team from neighbouring state Haryana would vie for top honours on the concuding day of the festival.

The winners in kabaddi would get a cash prize of Rs 31,000 while the runners up would receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000. Similarly, in dog races, the winners would pocket Rs 2,500 while the second and third finishing dog owners would get Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,500, respectively. In the bullock cart races, the winners would receive a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and in the time trial, the winner would get a cash prize of Rs 4,100.

Mr Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala, will inaugurate the festival on Friday at 12 noon while Mr Jasvir Singh, DSP, will distribute the prizes on the opening day. Mr Harbhajan Singh, Chairman, Punjab State Goods Transports Association will be the chief guest on Saturday. Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Union Minister and Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, Member of Parilament from Ropar, will give away prizes to the participants.

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab minister will be the chief guest at the prize distribution function on Sunday. Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, MLA, Mr Ishar Singh Meharban, former minister, Punjab, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP and Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, MLA will be the guests of honour on this occasion, Mr Malkit Singh added.



Ninder Kaur wins two gold medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 20
Ninder Kaur, student of BA I won two titles on the opening day of the two-day annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here today. Ninder won gold medals in shot put and discus throw.

Earlier, Dr Manjit Kaur Dhillon, Dean College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University inaugurated the meet. Mr Gurbir Singh, President, Guru Nanak Education Trust and Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, Principal of the college welcomed the chief guest. Dr Dhillon exhorted the students to carve a niche for themselves as they (girls) had already done in every sphere of life.

Results: 800 m- Gurpreet Kaur 1, Jasmine 2 and Manjit Kaur 3; Javelin throw- Shaminder Kaur 1, Kiran 2 and Ninder Kaur 3; 400 m- Kulbir Kaur 1, Jasmine 2 and Pooja Sharma 3; Shot put- Ninder Kaur 1, Shaminder Kaur 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3; High jump- Karamjit Kaur 1, Sukhdeep Kaur 2 and Sukhpal Kaur 3.

200 m- Kulbir Kaur 1, Gurpreet Kaur 2 and Gaganpreet Kaur 3; Discus throw- Ninder Kaur 1, Shaminder Kaur 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3; Long jump- Kulbir Kaur 1, Jasmine Kaur 2 and Manjit Kaur 3; 1500 m- Jasmine 1, Gurpreet Kaur 2 and Manjit Kaur 3.

Skipping race- Manjit Kaur 1, Karamjit Dhillon 2 and Pooja Sharma 3; Clerical staff race- Sarabjit Singh 1, Ravi 2 and Pushpinder Singh 3; Class IV employees race- Harjinder Singh 1, Bhawnapal 2 and Pintu 3; 4x400 m relay- Karamjit Kaur, Kulbir Kaur, Jasmine Kaur and Jaspal Kaur 1, Gurpreet Kaur, Manveen Kaur, Monica and Rajpreet Kaur 2, Sukhbir Kaur, Harmeet Kaur, Manjeet Kaur and Veerpal Kaur 3; Kangraoo race- Karamjit Kaur 1, Gaganpreet Kaur 2 and Seepal 3.



Athletics meet of SDP schools held
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 20
Students from all branches of the SDP Senior Secondary School took part in the annual athletics meet held at the SDP College for Women ground here today. Mr Yash Pal Mehra, District Education Officer (secondary) was the chief guest. Mr Balraj Bhasin, President SDP Sabha along with other members was also present there.

Results: (U-19 years): 800 m — Mandeep 1, Mandeep 2 and Naresh 3; 1500 m — Mandeep 1, Ranjit 2 and Gurpreet 3; Long jump — Sandeep 1, Raman 2 and Ranjit 3; Shot put — Avtar 1, Vishal 2 and Kapil 3; Discus throw — Dhawal 1, Manoj 2 and Rohit 3; Javelin throw — Kuldeep Singh 1, Avtar Singh 2 and Amit 3.

(U-16 years): 800 m — Shambhu 1, Vinod 2 and Davidass 3; 1500 m — Shambhu 1, Vijay 2 and Vinod 3; Long jump — Harpreet Singh 1, Om Parkash 2 and Rinku 3; Shot put — Rinku 1, Hardeep 2 and Sukhpreet 3; Javelin throw — Om Parkash 1, Kapil 2 and Vija 3.



Maninder excels at athletics meet
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 20
Maninder Singh, a student of Class X of A. S. Senior Secondary School, Khanna, bagged third position in the Golden Jubilee National School Athletic Championship held in Pune last week. He won three medals at the championship. His performance was declared excellent in the age group of 4-17 years (boys).

A special welcome function was organised in the school to honour Maninder Singh who won laurels for his school.

He was welcomed in the school by members of the school management committee, teachers and students. Mr Yoginder Sharma, president of the school management, Mr Ashwani Bansal, vice-president, Mr Param Jit Singh, secretary, Mr Raj Kumar Sahnewalia, secretary, Mr Sanjiv Dhamija, Mr Baldev Krishan Batra and Mr Pardeep Vij blessed the winners. President of the management, Mr Sharma announced a cash prize of Rs 11,000 for the athlete while the Principal of the school, Ms Sarbjit Raikhy, announced that she will give Rs 1,100 to the student.

Maninder Singh bagged gold medal in 400 metre and bronze medals in 100 and 200 metrer relay races.


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