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Haibowal project capacity to be raised to 10 MW
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
Impressed with the Punjab Energy Development Agency’s (PEDA) first power project based on dairy waste at the Haibowal dairy complex, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced that its capacity would be raised from the present 1 MW to 10 MW.

The Chief Minister was in the city to inaugurate the High Rate Biomethanation Process project which has been set up under the UNDP/Global Environment Facility (GEF) programme of Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources. The project is based on Biogas Induced Mixing Arrangement (BIMA) digester technology patented by M/s Entec, Austria.

“The state is facing a power deficit and we are of the opinion that all avenues, conventional and non- conventional, will be harnessed to meet the burgeoning power needs of the state. Besides small micro-hydel plants on the network of canals in the state, projects such as these too will be set up in the state,” the Chief Minister pointed out.

Earlier, Mr Vilas Muttemwar, Union Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, said Punjab was the only state with many firsts and the same had been replicated today with the dedication of the 1 MW Power Project for recovery of energy from the dairy waste was also the first of its kind in India.

He said this project at a cost of Rs 13.66 crore would go a long way to augment the power supply in the state. He also commended the outstanding contribution of Punjabi farmers in attaining self-sufficiency in national food pool.

Mr Vijay Inder Singla, Chairman, PEDA, said this project would be replicated at other dairy complexes in the state. Such projects not only the power needs but also helped reduce green house gas emissions and provide organic manure to farmers at low rates, he added.

He said the project had been designed to utilise 235 tonnes of cattle dung daily for recovering about 18,000 KW hours of electrical energy daily. The surplus energy, after meeting the in-house power requirements, was being fed into the state grid.

Setting up of this project has an international bearing due to the fact that animal droppings are a major source of methane gas emission, a green house gas contributing to global warming.

Mr Singla said this project was a step towards improving environment around the Haibowal dairy complex, through scientific disposal of raw cattle dung as this valuable resource was being wasted through washing into the nearby drain since the dairy owners had been resorting to this practice. This unscientific process of disposal of cattle dung had been a major source of pollution and choking of the sewerage system in the city.

Present on the occasion were Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar, Minister of Science Technology and NCES Rakesh Pandey, Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawar, former MP Gurcharan Singh, Housefed Chairman Krishan Kumar Bawa, Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Romila Dubey, Chief Executive, PEDA S.S. Rajput, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta and Adviser, MNES, Government of India Ajit Gupta.



Joint action front formed to back Delhi medicos
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 29
In response to a call given by Delhi students, representatives of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Christian Medical College and BJS Dental College have decided to form a joint action front (JAF) for supporting New Delhi medical students who are agitating against the implementation of the new reservation quota.

Along the line of the nationwide strike to be held on May 2, the JAF has decided to take out a march from Nehru Sidhant Kendra to the DC office from 10.30 a.m. onwards. The students have asked the public, to join the movement and register their protest.

The students, however, said they would also wait for Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s response (May 12) and chalk out the future course of action accordingly.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of the DMC Teachers Association, students, interns and residents was also held at Dumra Auditorium yesterday. It was resolved that the teachers, students and residents would wear black badges as a mark of protest.

Dr B.S.Shah, acting president of the association said,“In the technical fields like medical and engineering merit should be the only criterion .”

The association members said economically and socially weaker sections could be given monetary help.



Addl Secy removed, teachers end strike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 29
The striking teachers of Nanakana Public School entered the school at 12.30 pm here today. Ms Sekhon, Principal said: “We are elated over our victory. Mr Mahesh Inder Grewal has been removed from the post of additional secretary to which he was reinstated on April 21. Our protest was against his getting power again through this post as he was misusing them.

“After reviewing the rules of the Nankana Sahib Education Trust in 1959, it was found that no post of Additional Secretary existed. Thus we have called off our seven-day strike,” she said, adding that she and the staff members were grateful to the media, parents' association, teachers' associations and the 60 panchayats that supported them.

A meeting by members of the Nankana Sahib Education Trust, chaired by senior vice-president Ajmer Singh, was held late last evening and it was decided that Mr Grewal would not have any link with the 14 schools run by the Trust since no post of additional secretary existed.

Mr Gurcharan Singh would be the secretary for Nankana Sahib Public School. The Teachers Association said it was not satisfied with the decision of the Trust but due to an assurance by senior members of the trust, it had decided to end the protest.

Ms Sekhon said the school would start functioning from Monday. Since the school was closed for a week due to the strike, the teachers would teach for 15 days during the vacation.

Mr Grewal was not available for comments.



Cops shielding culprits, alleges woman
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
A woman has accused the local police of shielding gangsters who had attacked her house yesterday night on the instance of a financier who wanted to dispossess her of her house even though a court had restrained him to do so.

The police denied the charges levelled against the officials and maintained that immediate action had been taken on receipt of the complaint. However, an FIR would be lodged after establishing facts about the incident.

Paramjit Singh, the suspect, on the other hand, claimed that he was the legal owner of the house and the complainant had broken into it and occupied it illegally. He said the house had been bought by him by availing a bank loan and full payment had been made in the presence of joint sub registrar.

Ms Anwari, wife of Raj Kumar, in her complaint lodged at the local police station, alleged that Paramjit Singh and his henchmen had attacked her house late night yesterday. "They threatened me with dire consequences,''reported Anwari to the police. She had submitted that Paramjit had delayedbalance payment worth Rs 80,000 at the time of transaction.

Accusing the police of shielding the culprits Anwari claimed that Ms Mandeep Pannu, Additional Civil Judge, Malerkotla, had restrained Paramjit Singh from dispossessing her from the house. "Though an ASI along with his team had reached the spot, no action was taken against the henchmen of the financier who were still present on the occasion yesterday," contended Anwari. Jagroop Singh, an official at the local police station, claimed that the police had acted immediately after receipt of the complaint.



Sikh warriors remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 29
The present Sikh leadership should make efforts to remember Sikh warriors such as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and Baba Jassa Singh Rangarhia, who had played a vital role in establishing the Sikh empire.

These views were expressed by the participants who had gathered here today at Guru Nanak Bhavan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Jassa Singh Ramgarhia by the All-India Ramgarhia Vishawkraman Federation.

Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, former minister, Punjab, said Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Baba Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, Bhai Baghel Singh, Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia halted the extension of Mughal empire.



Judge’s mother slips in gurdwara, dies
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 29
Mrs Ranjeet Kaur (70), mother of Mr P.S. Mundi, Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge posted at Patti, resident of Machhiwara, died at Machhiwara early this morning when she slipped while taking bath in Gurdwara Charan Kanwal Sahib.

She was cremated at Machhiwara. Advocates, politicians, Akali leaders and others attended her cremation.

She was also the mother of Jathedar Rupinder Singh Mundi, former general secretary of the All-India Youth Shiromani Akali Dal.

Essay competition

Staff and students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Goslan, 10 km from here, took part in an awakening march and essay competition on AIDS today.

Dr Amita Arora, child specialist at Primary Health Centre, Manupur, and Principal Avtar Singh Billing presided over the function, organised by Prof Avtar Singh Benipal.

Dr Amita Arora delivered a speach on AIDS.



Parakeet released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
The president of the local chapter of People for Animals (PFA) has got a caged parakeet released from an astrologer at Karnal Haveli, a heritage restaurant.

Dr Sandeep K. Jain, PFA state coordinator, today claimed that the Chief Wildlife Warden of Haryana, Mr R.D. Jakate, in a communique to him, had said the bird was rescued and released by the department following a complaint by him.

Dr Jain said the letter was addressed to him by the Chief Wildlife Warden and received by him today.

The PFA activist had come across the parakeet when he was on the way to Delhi and had stopped at the heritage restaurant some days ago. Seeing the caged parakeet with the astrologer, Dr Jain had spoken to Mr Jakate over the phone. Later, he had sent him a complaint in writing also.



11 booked for developing unauthorised colony
Our Correspondents

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
The Sudhar police has booked 11 persons for allegedly violating regulations of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, and developing a colony in a land situated at a prime location on Ludhiana-Pakhowal Road, near Mansooran village.

According to Mr Shawinder Singh Dhillon, SHO, Sudhar police station, Mr Narinder Singh, Assistant Engineer at the office of Additional Chief Administrator, Ludhiana, had accused Harnek Singh, Sadhu Singh, Amarjit Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh, Ranbir Singh, Saudagar Singh, all residents of Mansooran village, Harinderpal Singh, Kailash Rani, Ramandeep Singh, Sumit Sofat, all residents of Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, and Dewan Chand of Krishana Nagar, Ludhiana, of developing an unauthorised colony in violation of the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had violated the norms of the Act by promoting a colony unauthorisedly in a land spread in area measuring more than six bighas.

“Though the accused did not have any licence and permission to develop a colony according to norms laid down by the government, they violated the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, by constructing streets and erecting other fixtures, including streetlight poles along the street so constructed,” reported the official to the police.

The police registered a case under Section 36 of the Act. No arrest had been made so far.


Assaulted: Kikkar Singh, Satpal Singh, Kulbir Singh, Paramjit Singh, Harbans Singh and Ravinder Singh, residents of Jand, alleged assaulted Jatinder Singh of their village with spade.

The Dehlon police has registered a case under Section 326, 324, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the complaint of the injured, who has been admitted to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

No arrest has been made so far.



Bank holds camp

Jagraon, April 29
The local branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) in collaboration with the Reserve Bank of India conducted a camp for exchanging mutilated notes with new ones today.

Mr N.L. Joshi , Branch Manager, State Bank of India, Jagraon, said special counters were opened and mutilated notes amounting to Rs 38,786 were exchanged across the counters between 10 am to 2 pm. OC


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