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PAU finalises dates for entrance tests
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
PAU will hold entrance test for admissions to 85 seats in BSc agriculture (hons) and 42 seats in BVSc and animal husbandry programmes on June 13.This was decided at a meeting of the Academic Council on April 4.

According to Controller of Examinations S.S. Chahal, the last date for receipt of applications for various PAU programmes is May 8. However, applications for BSc(home science), BEd and diplomas will be received till June 8. Prospectus and application forms will be made available soon. there will be a provision for submission of applications with late fee this year.

Admission to BTech (agricultural engg) programme will be on the basis of the CET to be conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, on May 28. The admission to MBA programme has already been made for the next academic session on the basis of CAT.

However, Dr Chahal said an entrance test for admission to MBA (agriculture business) will be held at PAU on May 30. The entrance tests for admission to several other masters' programmes will be held in May and June and counselling will be held in the last week of June.

The next academic session at PAU will start on July 3. " Our university will start its academic session from the first Monday of July, as per the observation of the Supreme Court and recommendations of the University Grants Commission, which have stressed on a uniform academic calendar in the country", added Dr Chahal.



City residents have no sympathy for Salman
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
City residents are not the ones to get carried away by personal incidents occurring in the lives of film stars. At least that is what one got to witness today at the cinema house where Salman Khan's latest release 'Saawan' is being screened.

The five-year sentence to the film star, found guilty of hunting the endangered chinkara, has had a little impact and, unlike various other places, failed to attract his fans to the theatre. "The turnout is routine; in fact, the film has not been received well. We had expected a little higher number of people to come today to watch the film as it is natural for people to throng cinema houses when any major incident happens in film stars' lives. But that was not to be," said Mr Gurmesh Walia, film contractor at Aarti cinema hall.

The film by Sawan Kumar, that was released on April 6, has Salman in the main role. Even as the film was widely publicised and the actor sported a 'new look' with long hair, it failed to evoke a good response from the public.

"The film is no different from routine Bollywood stuff. Today I came to the cinema house as I was curious to see if there were any fans who had gathered here or watched the film, but there seems no such spirit," said Mohit Kalia, a movie buff and a Salman Khan fan. On the five-year sentence, he said: "If it were a common man, none would have bothered. He has had to pay for his celebrity status. The decision is indeed harsh though we hope it will soon be quashed."

Though a certain section of the residents felt that the "harsh" sentence was due to his celebrity status, many opined that the decision was apt.

"People look up to celebrities like him and they should set an example. The decision is welcome and it is not harsh because if he had not been awarded any punishment, it would left a wrong impression. We are happy that the voiceless got voice and people will not take killing of animals lightly in future," said Mr Sandeep Jain, co-ordinator, People for Animals (PFA), Punjab.



No lighting system in Rose Garden
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Absence of lights in the local Rose Garden is a cause of concern for a number of morning walkers, who claim that they can get injured anytime due to improper lighting.

The morning walkers, most of whom are elderly claim that they go to the Rose Garden before sunrise everyday and they had to face problems in anticipating their way as they were no lights on the pathway. They added that recently a private contractor was digging trenches for laying some cables in the garden which were proving to be danger holes for them.

A number of elderly men and women, who come to the garden for yoga classes also said that the trenches were not visible during early hours and they were really scared of going there. ‘‘We manage to walk in the traffic free zone every morning. As there is no other place for us to go we can come here only. But it seems it is soon going to get out of bounds for us due to lack of amenities. ’’ said Ms Santosh Rani, a morning walker.

Mr I.M. Khaira, a senior citizen, said they had made various representations to the Municipal Corporation authorities to get the lights on the pathways installed but the pleas fell like water off a duck's back.



Lust for money led NRI to murder 65-yr-old
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Lust for money allegedly led an NRI to kill a 65-year-old relative and later on cook up the murder scene in such a manner that the needle of suspicion fell on some persons with whom the NRI was having a long-standing land dispute and litigation.

The intention to kill two birds with one stone was claimed as the motive for the murder of a farmer, Harjinder Singh, at Ayali Khurd village on Sunday night. Harjinder Singh was found shot dead. The accused allegedly wanted to grab one acre land worth Rs 1 crore belonging to the deceased.

Addressing a press conference late evening today after cracking the case, DSP, Sadar, R.S Brar said the initial suspects — Jagwinder Singh and Parminder Singh — who had a dispute with Kesar Singh’s family were found to be innocent.

The deceased was a relative of Kesar Singh. The deceased and Kesar’s father, Balaur Singh, used to take care of the disputed land. They had a dispute with the initial suspects and had told the police that they had murdered Harjinder Singh.

The DSP said Kesar Singh, his father Balaur Singh and four unidentified accomplices have been booked for the murder. The police has also recovered a .12 bore gun used by the accused. Kesar Singh lives in Coventry, UK.



Message of love and harmony spread on Id
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Thousands of Muslims today celebrated Id Milad-ul-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, with gaiety and fervour. A number of functions were held to mark the occasion. A massive procession was also taken out on the occasion and it passed through different areas in the city and concluded at Basti Jodhewal.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion Maulana Farooq Alam Rizvi, the Khateeb and Imam of the Jama Masjid Gausia, Sunet (Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar), exhorted the Muslims to follow their faith in true spirit. He said, a true Muslim is a true patriot. ‘‘Let us resolve to serve our nation in whatever way we can’’, the Maulana exhorted the people.

The Imam of the Jama Masjid, Shivpuri, while addressing the congregation expressed concern over increase in the incidence of female foeticide. He said Islam had always prohibited abortion.

A separate function was organised by the Majlis Ahrar led by Maulana Habib-ul-Rehman, the Shahi Imam of the historic Jama Masjid, Field Ganj. Maulana Atiq-ul-Rehman, president of the Indian Muslim Council, Punjab, regretted that the Islam was being presented in a wrong manner. He blamed the Western media for creating a perverse image of the Muslims across the world.



Be alert about symptoms of strokes, say doctors
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 11
Incidents of cardiovascular and neurovascular diseases have increased manifold in Asian countries as compared to the Western countries. The condition is most alarming in Punjab, this was claimed by a team of doctors examining patients on the concluding day of a three-day free medical camp organised jointly by Ram Sharnam Ashram and the Hind Hospital here today.

Dr Naved Asam and Dr Rajinder Bansal, renowned cardiac surgeon and neurosurgeon, claimed that youngsters were falling prey to these diseases for varied reasons and ignorance about the proper prevention and treatment had led to loss of many lives. The Dsymetabolic Syndrome was a supplementary factor for the increased frequency of heart and nervous disorders, it was held.

Dr Aslam held that ignorance among the common people about the causes and symptoms was the main reason for increased frequency of deaths due to heart attack.

He advised the patients to take regular exercise and avoid oily foods.

Dr Rajinder Bansal claimed that the factor causing neurovascular diseases and cardiovascular ailments overlapped with each other. Terming paralysis to be the most disastrous, Dr Bansal claimed that the patient could be saved by shifting to a multi- specialty hospital within three hours of the attack. ‘‘If the necessary treatment is given to the patient as soon as the symptoms appear the chances of survival become cent per cent,’’ said Dr Bansal.

Earlier, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, MLA, had inaugurated the camp and Mr Simratjit Singh, councillor, was the Chief Guest. Dr Sunit Hind, Dr Sumit Dhawan, Dr Rajesh Mahajan and Dr Rohit Tondon examined patients for various ailments. ECG, EEG, ultra sound scan and other diagnostic tests were conducted free of cost. 



Workers allege violation of agreement by Oswal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Even after an agreement between staff and management of Oswal Woollen Mills to take over 1,500 workers back on duty, the company management did not adhere to the same, alleged company's workers here today.

As per the agreement, which the two parties arrived at after a 12-day impasse, the management asked workers to report for duty before April 8. However, the workers alleged that the management refused to take a few of them back and a couple of them were turned out after they were taken back.

"Sixtyeight workers were not taken back and 70 were allowed to join but turned out later on, which is in gross violation of the agreement," alleged joint secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Jagdish Chand.

Workers of Oswal were agitated following the retrenchment of nine workers and registration of cases against a few. On the morning of March 16, when labourers found the factory closed, they resorted to agitation. A clash between the labourers and the police took place outside the factory at Sherpur Kalan Chowk, leaving 40 persons injured. More than 1,500 workers have been "absent from duty" since then.

As per the consensus that the two parties arrived at on March 28, barring the workers against whom cases have been registered, other workers were asked to report for duty.

The union, which has lodged a complaint with the labour department, threatened to resort to an agitation in case the management "continued to violate terms of agreement". Mr Chand said a state-level rally on April 20 would be held to press various demands of workers. The workers are also holding a convention tomorrow to discuss the issue here.



Award for BBC presenter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Gurpreet Kaur, presenter of BBC Asian Punjabi programmes, will be honoured with the Amar Singh Dhiman Memorial Cultural Award by the Punjabi Culture Study Circle International at a function in Punjabi Bhavan here on April 17.

The award is given in recognition to her role for promoting Punjabi language, culture and heritage.

According to Dr Jagtar Dhiman, Gurpreet constantly strives for upholding high moral values and standards set by ancestors through optimistic outlook, patience and work culture even after being in England for decades.

The award, comprising a phulkari and a memento, will be presented to Gurpreet, who is also an ambassador of Punjabi and Punjabiat overseas.

Meanwhile, results of a recently held Amar Singh Dhiman Memorial Painting Contest will be announced in the function and the winners will be awarded. The contest has been organised to create awareness about the water scarcity.

A galaxy of literary personalities, including Dr Surjit Patar, Sardar Panchhi, Prof N.S. Tasneem, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, Prof Kulwant Jagraon, Prof Mohinder Singh Cheema, Mr N.S. Nanda, Dr Kewal Dhir, Principal Gurcharan Singh, Ms Paramjit Kaur Nijjar, Ms Gurcharan Kochhar, Ms Inder Pal Kaur Bhinder, Ms Manjit Dhiman, Prof Nirmaijit Dhillon, Dr Gurcharan Singh Sake, Ms Haijinder Kaur and Mr Gurdeep Pandher will participate in the function.



Traffic Bottlenecks-III
Unauthorised bus stops compound the problem
Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Traffic entering the city from Jalandhar side is welcomed by the chaos at the Jalandhar bye-pass chowk.

Faulty site of a bus stop, confusing bifurcation of bus stop slip road and the main GT road, menace of auto-rickshaws and liberal traffic cops allowing haphazard parking of buses away from the earmarked stop to board passengers contribute collectively to the mess.

While the commuters continue to suffer, the civic administration has no solution of the problem in mind, nor is there any move to take up the issue.

The traffic police has on its part conducted a study of the problems confronting the spot. In its master plan of the city traffic problems, it has recommended to the administration shifting of the bus stop to a site further towards the Jalandhar side to prevent a traffic bottleneck.

It has also suggested installation of traffic lights at the spot by removing the roundabout. The shifting of such roundabout has always been opposed by some environmentalist organisations who claim these were the only green spots visible in this industrial township.

The main reason of the chaos and traffic jams is the unauthorised stopping of buses at the chowk instead of a specially constructed bus stop little ahead of the roundabout. The bus stop has a rain shelter, slip road and road dividers.

However, despite that the buses halt at the chowk itself hampering traffic flow. When two or more buses line up, there is a huge jam.

Similarly, the traffic coming from Jalandhar side does not have smooth entrance curve at the roundabout. A number of times, vehicles, specially three-wheelers or heavily loaded trucks, have turned turtle here or collided with other vehicles after losing control.

Police sources revealed to Ludhiana Tribune that the buses are run by big transport companies who have no fear of the low rank cops posted at the chowk.

Sources said whenever some cop has dared to challenge their might, they have to face the music from some politician helping the transporters or the transporters themselves.



Untreated sewage water harmful: experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Coinciding with the World Health Day, soil scientists at Punjab Agricultural University have advised vegetable growers not to use untreated sewage water for irrigation.

This water may be adding manure to the soil by way of phosphorus, potash, iron, zinc and copper.

The bumper crop which farmers raise with sewage water also contains a high concentration of lead, nickel, arsenic and chromium.

The continuous use of such water with these elements is toxic both to the soil and crops.

These heavy metals have a direct bearing on human health due to their carcinogenic nature.

This warning has come from Mr D.K. Benbi, Mr K.S. Sandhu and Mr H.S. Uppal, who say the plateau in crop yield can be overcome with improved fertiliser application practices, which also improve quality of crops by eliminating deficiency and toxicity of nutrients.

According to them, fertilisers in recommended need-based usage reduce the cost of cultivation and help in maintaining soil health.

The scientists maintain that 42 per cent of the area in the state is being irrigated with good-quality water and large tracts in Punjab are being irrigated with poor-quality groundwater, continuous use of which has led to reduction in crop yield.

Since soil texture influences availability of plant nutrients which influence crop yield, nutrient requirements of different crops in relation to soil quality, fertility and quality of water for irrigation make the difference in yield.

The scientists have expressed concern over the continuous use of poor-quality water as well as untreated sewage water to raise yield, which has to be stopped.

Reducing recommended fertiliser doses in high-fertility soils can help farmers make a saving of 25 per cent in nitrogen and 100 per cent in phosphorus and potash fertilisers.

A 24 per cent additional fertiliser dose is required to check reduction in crop yield in low-fertility soils and 25 per cent additional nitrogenous fertiliser should be applied to saline and alkali soils.

The scientists have cautioned farmers that the method and time of application of fertiliser is equally important.

Nitrogenous fertiliser should be applied in split doses as it is water soluble and prone to gaseous and leaching losses while other fertilisers should be drilled at the time of sowing, they say.



People unhappy with Cong govt: BJP panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
The BJP committee to look into the problems of urban people and employees today observed that the Congress government in the state had miserably failed. It also expressed grave concern over the rising unemployment, law and order problems and prices in the state.

The committee, headed by former Minister and senior party leader, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, held its second meeting here today. The meeting was attended among others by senior leaders and members, including Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Master Mohan Lal, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Master Chuni Lal, Satpal Gosain and Ashok Juneja.

The BJP has constituted five separate committees to look into various problems of the people and their expectations from the government.

The committee members have been meeting people all across the state seeking their view point and observations about various problems being faced by them. According to Mr Tandon, the issues raised by the people during these interactions would be included the party manifesto.

Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, BJP leaders claimed that there was a deep sense of betrayal among the people as the Congress government had failed on all fronts during its rule in the state.

They observed that the prices of all essential commodotties had skyrocketted during the tenure of this government, the problem of unemployment was assuming dangerous proportions and the state government was not taking any remedial measures in this regard.

The BJP leaders said there were no two opinions about the party’s alliance with the SAD (Badal) as the alliance was working well and there was total understanding on all issues.

They said as of now there was no third party in the alliance but if the occasion demanded and some other party wanted to join it, a final decision would be taken by the two parties jointly.



Minister lays stones in Machhiwara
Ravi Inder Singh Makkar

Machhiwara, April 11
During his first visit in the 52 months of the Congress government, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, handed over a cheque for Rs 1.85 crore for the development of this town.

Addressing a gathering in Main Chowk, he assured the residents that the development would be the top priority of the government.

The minister laid the foundation stones of a water supply yojna and a sewerage project in Niwan Bazaar.

Talking to mediapersons, the minister said the government might 
abolish octroi by the end of June. Regarding regularising unauthorised colonies in Punjab, he said a meeting in this regard would be held on April 12.

However, he denied any more formation of nagar improvement trusts in the state.

The Congress in charge of the Koomkalan constituency, Mr Isher Singh Meharban, expressed gratitude to the minister for visiting the town.

The minister was presented a memorandum of demands by residents. Their demands included the construction of a stadium, expansion of the grain market, opening of ITI and subtreasury office, construction of road from the Rahon road to the Ropar road and the grant for the sewerage project.

Among others present at the function were the president, District Youth Congress (Rural), Mr Manjit Singh Hambran; the Mayor, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Mr Nahar Singh Gill; the Director, Local Government, Ludhiana, Mr S.R. Kaler; the Managing Director of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Mr Hargobind Arora; a former president, Nagar Panchayat, Mr Anil Sood; and the Block Congress President, Mr Surinder Kundra.

On the occasion, cheques were distributed under the Aashirwad Yojna.



Award in memory of Ujjagar Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Impressed upon the contribution of Punjab Agricultural University for the promotion of scientific agriculture, family members of the late Ujjagar Singh Dhaliwal have donated Rs 1 lakh to institute an award in his memory.

The money has been donated by Mr Kanwaijit Singh and Mr Nirmaljit Singh to perpetuate the memory of their father, an innovative vegetable grower.

The PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, said today that the constitution of the Ujjagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award to be given annually on the occasion of Kisan Mela will be presented to an innovative vegetable grower of Punjab.

This award is in addition to the earlier five awards, which the university presents to progressive farmers in different fields — agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, innovation in field crops and diversification.

Every year PAU gives three Chief Minister Awards in innovative farming in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry during the Kisan Mela in March. Each prize carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs 25,000.

The fourth award is in the memory of Dalip Singh Dhaliwal which is given to an innovative farmer who does well in raising field crops. This award carries a cash prize of Rs 5,000. The sixth award is the Prawasi Bharati Award for diversification in agriculture, carrying a cash prize of Rs 8,000.

Incidentally, both Dhaliwals are from Dyalpura Bhaika village in Bathinda district.



Mahavir Jayanti celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, was celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour here. Different functions were held at various Jain temples across the city. A shobha yatra was also taken out to mark the occasion.

All Jain temples were decorated and illuminated today. Special prayers were offered. Speakers recalled the teachings of Lord Mahavira. They stressed on his teaching of non-violence. They said the teaching of the Lord needed to be propogated. Lord Mahavira believed in equality of men. He taught peace and non-violence to humanity.

Devotees thronged the temples and prayed for world peace.



Improvement Trust gets new trustee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Mr Vijay Kumar Parti, a local hosiery industrialist and senior vice -president of the Kitchlu Nagar Residents Association, today joined as the trustee of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here.

He replaced Mr Suba Harbhajan Singh, who was ousted by the state government recently.

After joining the office, he assured that he would cooperate with the LIT staff for completion of all pending works. He said he also expected the same from his colleagues.He also met Local Bodies Minister Jagjit Singh who visited the city yesterday.



Businessman, 2 aides booked in cheating case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
A leading businessman of the city, along with two associates, including an advocate, has been booked in a case of forgery and cheating aimed at duping a nonagenarian industrialist of the city.

The Division No. 5 police station has booked businessman S. P. Goyal and his associates Rajinder Pal Gupta and N. K. Aggarwal under various sections on the complaint of industrialist Hari Dutt Dumra.

The accused businessman had allegedly forged signatures of an 18-year-old agreement. He had claimed on the basis of the forged papers that he had agreed to buy prime property of Mr Dumra situated at Mall Road at Rs 20 lakh. He had also claimed to have paid Rs 10,000 as earnest money.

Mr Dumra learnt about the forgery many years later . He was shocked that his property on a portion of which his house had been constructed was shown sold at Rs 20 lakh, whereas its value was over Rs 1 crore. The present value of the property would be more than Rs 2 crore.

While the civil dispute over the matter was under trial in a city court, Mr Dumra moved an application stating his signatures as shown in the agreement were forged. The Economics Wing of the city police conducted an investigation and found the charge true.

On the basis of the inquiry a case was registered.



3 docs held

Khamano, April 11
Three doctors were arrested and released on bail for the death of Amarjeet Kaur of Mohan Majra village. She was operated upon at a nursing home in Kheri village, near here, on October 18, 2005. Later, she died at the PGI, Chandigarh.

The Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, ordered the registration of a case against Dr M.K. Bansal, Dr Rupinder Kaur and Dr Gurjeet Singh after an inquiry. The case under Sections 304-A and 34 of the IPC was registered against them. OC



Man, daughter booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April11
The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against a man and his daughter for committing an offence of preparing false marks sheet.

Jastej Kaur of Sudhar, in connivance with her father Tajinder Pal Singh, during the period 1992 to 2001, fabricated the marks sheet of Class XII and later used the same to procure admission in BAMS at a college in Muktsar.

Sub Inspector Mukhtiar Singh, Ludhiana Range, reported the matter to the Sudhar police. No arrest has been made so far.



Retail investors body formed

Ludhiana, April 11
Lt-Col J.R. Jagga (retd) was unanimously chosen president of the Ludhiana Retail Investors Association, formed by the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE), here on Sunday evening. Mr J.S. Arneja, LSE, said the association had been formed with a view to provide a platform to retail investors where they could discuss investment related issues. He said the association would be allotted space in the stock exchange, which would also help it getting registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). TNS


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