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Farmers rue poor power supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Farmers in the state were to get free power supply but presently, they are left with just two hours of power supply in a day. Claiming this here today, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, office bearers of the Bharti Kisan Union said the farmers were forced to irrigate their crops with the help of diesel-run motors.

They said the state government had played with the sentiments of farmers. They were being given inadequate water supply.

The BKU leaders also said, while on one hand the government was encouraging the farmers to diversify their crops, on the other hand the farmers were forced to burn costly diesel to make their crops survive. The state agriculture was suffering due to unscheduled power cuts in winters, when there was not much consumption.

“What will happen to our paddy crop when there would be a lot of pressure on electricity from all quarters, including the industry, domestic and agriculture sectors? The demand is rising with every passing day and the government is caught napping and is not able to generate other sources. The domestic supply in villages is also nominal,” said Mr Lakhowal.

They demanded that the power should be supplied for atleast 8 hours to the agriculture sector. The BKU was surveying all villages of the state to find out the exact power scenario. It would compile a report by February 20. The leadership would announce the next course of action on February 22, when they would organise a dharna.

Launching a scathing attack on the government’s decision to import wheat, the farmer leaders said the move had disappointed the farmers. The wheat was being imported when the state godowns were filled to the brim.

The BKU would stage a dharna in Chandigarh on March 7, where it would announce its further course of action against the policies, said the BKU leaders.

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Haque to open Kisan Mela
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Chairman of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, Dr T. Haque, will be the chief guest at the annual Kisan Mela at PAU on March 2. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, will preside over it.

Since the commission plays a crucial role in determining the price policy for rabi and kharif crops under the minimum-support price mechanism, the mela will provide an opportunity to Dr Haque to interact with farmers for better appreciation and understanding of their problems. This will enable the commission to fix farm produce prices more judicially and to be of mutual benefit to both producers and consumers.

Dr Haque, who arrives here on March 1, will take the opportunity to discuss farm prices issue with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior scientists.

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“Rishtayan da rakhya naam” staged at GCW
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
A function was organised by the Punjabi Literary Society at Government College for Women here today Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, MC, was the chief guest and playwright Dr Atamjeet was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of the college, Dr Prabhjot Kaur, said political boundaries could not break human relationships and appreciated the efforts made by the Punjabi Department. Dr Sarabjot Kaur, Head of the Punjabi Department, read out the annual report for the year 2005-2006.

A book ‘Ik Hanju Ik Muskan’ was released by a former student of the college Ms Sumita. A play “Rishtayan da Rakhya Naam’ by Dr Atamjeet was enacted by the college students.

Winners for the year 2005-2006 were; Political recitation — Harmeet Kaur — Poetry writing — Hardeep Kaur. Declamation contest — Chetna Jethli. Lok geet gayan: Deepika Singh. Eassy writing — Dixit Sood.

Dr Atamjeet, while appreciating the efforts made by the students, said, “For me this is not a political statement. It is a social play. We should not break our relationships. Human relationships are far ahead of all boundaries.” Mr Sharma congratulated the actors for their impressive performance.

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Sonam wins declamation contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
The SDP College for Women yesterday organised the Ram Lal Bhasin Memorial Inter-College Declamation Contest in the college.
While Ms Amrit Kaur Gill, SDM (East), presided over the function, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, was the guest of honour.

Ten teams from different colleges took part in the contest. The judges included Dr Nanad Lal Sharma, a former Head, Department of English, Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, and Ms Kusum Verma, a former Vice-Principal and Head, Department of Hindi, Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana.

Sonam of the Arya College for Women got the first prize, while Balwinder Kaur and Tarun Preet won the second and the third prize. The consolation prize was given to Swati. The running trophy was won by the Arya college.

The SDM also released two books — “Ethical Values in the Dramas of Ramesh Bakshi”, written by Dr Asha Aneja, and “Sadhran Dard Handaye”, written by Gurjinder.

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Flower show from Feb 27

Ludhiana, February 16
The annual flower show and competition will be held at Punjab Agricultural University on February 27 and 28.
Organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, the show is open to individuals, private institutions, amateurs, government and semi-government institutions and nurseries.

Dr Ramesh Kumar said there would be 10 classes and 144 sections at the show which will comprise of fresh and dry flower arrangements, foliage, cactus, ferns and bonsai plants. TNS

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PAU don elected Fellow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, Professor of Immunology, PAU, has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Veterinary Science of India.
Besides being a recipient of the prestigious Nehru Scholarship of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust, UK, and scholarship holder of International Space University, USA, Dr Saxena has won several awards. He has been a bursar of International Union Against Cancer, the International Union of Immunological Societies and Japan International Friendship Foundation. He has also served as counsellor in the Embassy of India at Moscow.

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PAU condoles student’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The PAU faculty, staff and students held a condolence meeting today to mourn the death of M.Sc. student Gobind Singh Bhatti, who died yesterday.
Mr Gobind Singh was born on 15.6.1981 in Akalgarh village of Muktsar district. He got primary education at Muktsar and did his B.Sc. from the PAU in 2005. He was pursuing M.Sc. studies in vegetable crops. He was active in cultural activities, story-telling and poetry writing. He was also a good sportsman.

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Sarod maestro has “shikwa” with Ludhianvis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has a genuine “shikwa” (grievance) with the people of Ludhiana, the land of Sahir. For they never bothered to remember the music maestro all these years.

In a face-to-face conversation with the media here today, the maestro said he felt great about being in Ludhiana as he had fond childhood memories about Punjab. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was here along with his two sons — Amaan and Ayaan — to present a concert organised by the Durga Das Foundation and Spice. It was sponsored by the Tribune Group of Publications.

The Ustad arrived in the city amidst a warm reception from music lovers. In his usual suave and gentle manner, he greeted everybody with apologies for being little late. He was too musical in his conversation with mediapersons posing questions ranging from the future of the classical music in India to its institutionalisation.

Replying to a question as why the classical form of arts, including the music, could not be institutionalised in India which had a great tradition, he said: “Music (the classical) is a passion and a mission for me. It is my sadhna and I feel embarrassed if somebody describes me as a professional.”

He sought to explain that the classical music had its own traditions which may not have many takers in the modern day. But even then the classical music has survived and will continue to survive.

He also defended the family tradition of musical families. He pointed out that it was not possible for everybody to adopt the classical line as it was not much paying.

At the same time, his son Amaan argued that it was not necessary that only the scions of the musical families alone make it great in the classical world. He pointed out that Pandit Ravi Shanker or Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia do not have any family traditions and still they have made it big and great.

He seemed to be very much impressed with the people of Chandigarh, who, he said, had a good taste for classical music.

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Need to regulate healthcare services in India, says Ms Moncure
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
The medical technology and expertise in India are just excellent and Indian physicians are in great demand worldwide but still the healthcare services in India are lacking because of non-accreditation by any regulatory body. These views were expressed by Ms Anne Marie Moncure, Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a healthcare administrator, who was in city today regarding the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation process for SPS Apollo Hospital here.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Ms Moncure said the accreditation process would definitely benefit to common man by ensuring his rights and providing a proper system. Accreditation ensures that quality of healthcare services is not compromised at any cost”, said Ms Moncure.

She said despite providing all good facilities, Indian healthcare services were lacking. “It is because everyone starts practicing here and there is no monitoring by any regulatory body. Thorough training of doctors and proper evaluation of work are very necessary for healthcare services to improve”, said Ms Moncure.

The Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Ms Moncure, later addressed a press conference and said SPS Apollo Hospital here was also likely to get JCI accreditation. Elaborating the accreditation process, Ms Moncure said it made patients aware of their rights and responsibilities during treatment at a hospital. It was the patient’s right to know in detail about his diagnosis, disease and line of treatment.

“Not only patients but the hospital also ensures the safety of its staff members. Going in for JCI accreditation means that we are gearing ourselves to enable us to achieve the JCI guidelines in terms of hospital systems, quality of medical care, delivery of healthcare services and patient education”, said Mr Jugdeip Singh, a spokesperson of SPS Apollo Hospital.

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Health staff, found absent from duty
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, February 16
Deputy Director (Administration), Health and Family Welfare Department of Punjab G.S. Bahia visited to the local Primary Health Centre (PHV) and found five health employees absent from duty this morning.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Bahia said the head of the Primary Health Centre, Machhiwara, Dr Jatinder Nair were also absent. Others who were marked absent, included two medical officers Dr Balwinder Singh, Dr Harwinder Singh, senior assistant Satpal Puri and stenographer Surjeet Ram. He further added that the department would take action against the erring employees under the Punjab Service Rules.

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