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All pending payments to farmers to be cleared
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 30
All pending payments farmers for the paddy procured from them by various state agencies will be cleared in a day or two. The Food Corporation of India, has already got the limit (for the credit) extended from the Reserve Bank of India. The process of payments will start in a couple of days only. Besides, there has been less procurement of paddy till October this year against the corresponding period during the last year.

Disclosing this here today, the Senior Regional Manager of the FCI, Mr TC Gupta, said the payment by some state agencies was delayed as the ratio of purchase was slightly disturbed this year. Against the last years 28 per cent purchases made by various rice millers, this year they purchased only about 15 per cent. With the result the state agencies had to buy the remaining 13 per cent.

He said, against the estimated 88 lakh metric tonnes of paddy targeted to be procured by the state agencies, they had to procure 105 metric tonnes. He said, the state government had taken the credit limit with the RBI while keeping in view the earlier target. He pointed out, it took some time for the credit limit to be enhances and it was cleared a few days ago. The payments should not take more than a few days now, he assured.

The Senior Regional Manager also revealed that the FCI had suspended an officer, RN Mehra, after it was found that he had business interests with some rice millers. He asserted that the FCI was taking serious view of the malpractices. He said, there was total transparency in the procurement process and any wrong was seriously dealt with.

Mr Gupta said, compared to last year, the arrival of paddy in the grain markets this year was slow. He attributed it to the unseasonal rain during the harvesting time. He said, this had also effected the quality to some extent. Giving details, Mr Gupta said, against 133 lakh tonnes of paddy procured till October end last year, this year only 115 lakh tonnes had been procured.

In view of the damage to the paddy due to the unseasonal rain, the Government of India had relaxed the norms of discolouration from three to 8 per cent and had also extended the date of procurement.



Bodies join hands to check prejudice against disabled
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
The physically challenged are treated with prejudice all over the world. In many cases, they are regarded as incapable or dependent on charity. Faced with this discrimination, the persons with disabilities develop a feeling of low self-worth, lack of confidence and start believing themselves good for nothing.

They become consumers rather than becoming contributors in society. To bring back their lost confidence, the coordination committee for the disabled has decided to observe International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3 on a large scale. Various activities have been planned from December 1 to 7 for the special children.

To sensitise people on the issue, the Coordination Committee of Special Schools held a meeting at the GGN Khalsa College for Boys here today.

The committee members said the theme for this year was: “Rights of persons with disabilities: action in development”. It was a call for the inclusion of people with disabilities in development strategies.

“It is important to consider how citizens with disabilities can be integrated into society,” said Dr R.P. Gupta, one of the members.

On December 1, more than 250 special children would be taken on a picnic to Hardy’s World. On December 3 (World Disabled Day), hundreds of such children would be helped by normal school and college going students to make a human chain at the Punjabi Bhavan.

About 2,000 students are expected to take part in the rally (human chain). On December 7, a cultural programme will be presented by these children at the Guru Nanak Bhavan.

The coordination committee members said the media had to change the perspective by looking at the disabled as potential rather than a problem; not special, but ordinary in every way.

Representatives from the Bharat Vikas Parishad, the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre, Aashirwad, Darpan, Ek Prayas, Nirdosh etc participated in the meeting.



Lecture on career in entrepreneurship
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
ISTE Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus in collaboration with the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a guest lecture on the topic A career in entrepreneurship’ here today. An alumnus of IIMA, Mr Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of naukri.com, jeevansaathi. com and 99 acres.com was the guest speaker.

Mr Sanjeev gave a comprehensive presentation covering all the aspects of entrepreneurship. During his discussion, he revealed the successes and failures and making of naukri.com. Discussing his own journey towards entrepreneurship, he brought forward all the issues related to venturing into a business. One must have a four to five years of work experience before breaking out as an entrepreneur because it will help in exploring better avenues and give insights for all the managerial aspects of a business. One should develop all-round potential to be a successful entrepreneur, he said.

He explained the step-wise procedure of building an entrepreneurial career. He motivated the students to choose entrepreneurship as their career by saying that it can be quite difficult in the formative years of the venture in terms of risk involvement, delayed return on investment, compromising on lifestyle etc but one can have control over one’s life, one can be different, can become a job provider rather than being a job seeker and above all one can experience the satisfaction of achieving the passion.

MBA students of GNIMT, students from PAU, Ludhiana attended the programme. The students had a very interactive session in the end. They cleared their queries regarding entrepreneurial risks and challenges as well as naukri.com. Mr Kamal Wadhera, general secretary LMA, introduced the eminent speaker. Dr (Col) H.S. Singha Director, GNIMT, presented the vote of thanks to the guest speaker and the Ludhiana Management Association.



From Colleges
Warm send-off to GHG college Principal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
Principal, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, Harbans Kaur Khattra was given a warm send-off on her superannuation by the college management, staff and students at a function in Nihang Shamsher Singh Hall of the college today.

Distinguished personalities along with faculty of the College of Education and College of Pharmacy were present.

Ms Khattra served the institution for 37 years, first as lecturer in Department of Biological Sciences and then as the Head of the institution.

Governing council president Manjit Singh Gill appreciated the services of Ms Khattra. She was presented with mementoes and roll of honour by the management and various faculties of the GHG Khalsa institutions.

Ms Khattra thanked the college management and staff for their co-operation.


NCC Day was celebrated by NCC cadets of Government College for Women, Ludhiana.

The day was marked by the hoisting of flag by Principal Prabhjot Kaur.

It was followed by parade, cultural programme and photo exhibition of NCC activities held under command 3rd Punjab Girls Bn MCC Ludhiana.

Capt Narinderjit Kaur emphasised the importance of the NCC and the day. Prabjot Kaur, Col S.S. Saini, Lieut-Col Avtar Singh and Adm Lt Kulwinder Sandhu congratulated the cadets.

AIDS campaign

Students of National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Ludhiana, have taken a pledge to carry out a campaign on the World AIDS Day, which falls tomorrow.

They have decided to hold a poster-making contest supported by outdoor campaign where students will hand over AIDS awareness brochures and ribbons to visitors at various business outlets. A similar activity will be carried out by them in various schools.

Doctors of Apollo Hospital will also deliver lectures to the students at the institute.

Also, a blood donation camp will be organised at the institute by the doctors.



BCM school holds prize distribution function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, celebrated its 12th ‘annual and prize distribution function’ here yesterday. The chief guest, Dr Patar, President, Punjabi Sahitya Academi inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp before Goddess Saraswati. Before beginning the function Saraswati Vandana was presented.

Mrs Ranjit Kaur, Principal, welcomed the chief guest and the guest of honour, Dr Ruchika. She also welcomed Mr Mitter Sain (president BVM Trust), Mr M.M. Vyas, Mr M.M Bamba, Mr. O.P. Sabharwal, Mr K.C. Maini and Mr. R.K. Gupta. About 250 students participated in different cultural items.

The Hindi play ‘Shravan Natika’ was applauded by everyone. The chief guest himself praised the natika and being impressed with the presentation he advised the children to follow the footsteps of Shravan and be obedient like him.

A puppet dance also got a big round of applause. Punjabi play (Rangeen Jhooth) and English play (The Clever Lawyer) enacted by the students left the audience spell bound. The school annual report was presented in a different and attractive way. The shining stars of BVM were given away prizes for their remarkable academic performance.



Students take an ‘Udaan’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
“Udaan”, a cultural programme by students of Sat Paul Mittal School, began with the lighting of a ceremonial lamp by the chief guest, Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh, at Nehru Sidhant Kendra here today.

The programme kicked off with a vandana and classical dance by boys.

Lieut-Col D.B. Sharma welcomed the guests. He apprised the parents of the programme devised for students. Headmistress Suneet Sidhu read out the annual report.

Students performed a dance number, “Holian mein udae re gulal”. The loneliness of Sassi found words in the voice of Manjit Kaur.

“Aladdin and his umbrella”, an English skit staged by students, was a pun on the contemporary situation where political influence was needed to save oneself from caretakers of law and order.

“Coast to coast” was sung by Mr Albert, a teacher. “Athithi Devobhava”, a play in Hindi, depicted nuisance caused by guests.

Rangla Punjab brought to life the rich culture of the state.

Mr Aulakh said appreciated the school management and the students for putting up the show.

Governing council member Prem Aggarwal proposed the vote of thanks.



28 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana November 30
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today organised a lok adalat to settle pending complaints of consumers through amicable settlement between the parties under the supervision of its president, Mr A.S. Narula.

Sixtytwo cases were placed before the adalat, out of which 28, involving an amount of around Rs 4 lakh, were settled. Members of the forum, Ms Pooja Dewan and Mr Daljit Bakshi, and former member of Consumer fora, Prof T.R. Arora, played active role in the settlement of the cases.

It was a happy day for one Sarabjit Singh of Ludhiana who was struggling hard to get justice for two years. His case was settled through the lok adalat. He was awarded a compensation of Rs 77,402. His Jeep was badly damaged in an accident in June, 2003. Thereafter, he lodged a claim with the New India Assurance Company, but could not get the same.

Dissatisfied, he filed complaint in the Consumer Forum in September, 2004. Today, the insurance company agreed to give him compensation for the loss suffered by him.

Mr Narula appealed to the litigants to resolve their disputes through lok adalat, as it would save their time, money and energy.



Returning Officer for Bar body poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 30
The District Bar Association (DBA) unanimously appointed Mr S K Pathak as Returning Officer to conduct the annual elections of the DBA scheduled to be held on December 20, at the meeting of general house held at Judicial Complex here.

Mr P.S. Batra was also unanimously appointed Assistant Returning Officer. The meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Mr Balwinder Goel, president, DBA. 


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