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Journalism students celebrate Press Day

Jalandhar, November 16
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Guru Nanak Dev University Regional Campus, Ladhewali, organised a media get-together to observe Press Day at Punjab Press Club, Jalandhar, today.

Students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, GND University Regional Campus, attend a seminar on Press Day in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, GND University Regional Campus, attend a seminar on Press Day in Jalandhar on Thursday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Punjab Ratan Award for Vidhu Chopra
Amritsar, November 16
Renowned Bollywood Producer and Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra received the Sunil Dutt Memorial Punjab Ratan Award instituted by the Punjab Government. Yog guru Baba Ramdev and Governor of Kerala R. L. Bhatia presented the award at a glittering function held at BBK DAV College for Women today.


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Cops hurt in mishap
Jalandhar, November 16
Five police personnel, including two women inspectors, were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer near Shahkot this evening.



Police personnel help their colleagues who were injured in an accident near Malsian in Jalandhar district on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Police personnel help their colleagues who were injured in an accident near Malsian in Jalandhar district on Thursday.

Laser-guided technology to level fields
Jalandhar, November 16
Concerned over the declining water-table in Punjab, the Department of Soils and Water Conservation and Waste Land Development, Punjab, has started campaign to educate farmers to use laser-guided land levelling implement.

50 principals educated on AIDS
Nawanshahr, November 16
The Punjab State AIDS Control Society in coordination with the State Institute of Science Education and the SCERT yesterday organised a district-level workshop for sensitising principals. It was organised at Government Senior Secondary School here. Fifty principals attended the workshop.

Foundation stone of Adarsh school laid
Gurdaspur, November 16
The PWD Minister, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, today laid the foundation of Adarsh school at Kot Dhandal village in the district. The school that would be brought up by the Punjab School Education Board would provide education to students from rural areas.

Cooperative bank plans loan mela
Jalandhar, November 16
The Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank will hold a three-day mela in the city from November 27 to disburse loans worth Rs 5 crore.

Killer of son commits suicide
Tarn Taran, November 16
Amarjit Singh (40), resident of the nearby village Bandala, 10 km from here, who had killed his son and injured his wife and two kids ended his life. The Jandiala police has lodged a report under Section 174, CrPC.

‘Withdraw case’
Jalandhar, November 16
Activists of various political and social organisations yesterday held a demonstration in front of the Nakodar police station in protest against the arrest of the sarpanch of Kotla village and his associates by the police. The protesters, led by activists of the Shahid Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, the CPM (Pasla), the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and the Bahujan Samaj Party, burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister. — TNS

Farmers protest against Trident
Kapurthala, November 16
More than 500 activists of the Kirti Kisaan Union and the Paendu Mazdoor Union today blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway at Dhilwan village to protest against the acquisition of agriculture land for Trident and arrest of farmers.

Patient jumps from hospital building, dies
Jalandhar, November 16
One of the patients admitted to the local Civil Hospital died after he jumped from the second floor of the hospital today.

Cops lose ambulance
Goraya, November 16
The Goraya police has been clueless for the past few days about the theft of its own ambulance. According to sources, Dr Barjinder Singh, the then MP, gifted the ambulance to the police through the Red Cross under the LAD scheme in 2001.

Lodhi Nangal SAD candidate from Qadian
Batala, November 16
While addressing a rally at Lodhi Nangal village last night, the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, announced that in the Assembly elections Mr Lakhbir Singh Lodhi Nangal would be the party candidate from the Qadian constituency.

Teacher crushed by truck
Tarn Taran, November 16
Gurdeep Singh (45), a teacher of Government Secondary School, Jawanda Kalan, was crushed by an unknown truck on Tuesday night at the local Goindwal bye-pass. The police has registered a case. The deceased was going back to his village from the local grain market on his motorcycle. 

Liquor seized
Phagwara, November 16
The local police arrested one person and seized 17 boxes of Indian-made foreign liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh to Jalandhar in a jeep.

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Journalism students celebrate Press Day
Tribune News Service

Satnam Manik of Ajit and S.S. Rehman, Director, Doordarshan, Jalandhar.
Satnam Manik of Ajit and S.S. Rehman, Director, Doordarshan, Jalandhar. — Photo by S.S. Chopra 

Jalandhar, November 16
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Guru Nanak Dev University Regional Campus, Ladhewali, organised a media get-together to observe Press Day at Punjab Press Club, Jalandhar, today.

Mediapersons associated with the print and electronic media discussed issues pertaining to ethical and moral responsibilities of the profession. Dr Kamlesh Singh Duggal, Head of the Department, and Mr R.N. Singh, president of the club, presided over the function.

The Mass Communication and Journalism Department, Doaba College, also celebrated the day. The function started with collage making contest, followed by extempore on issued related to media and significance of celebrating Press Day.

Monica of BA-I and Pranav of BSc-II bagged the first and second prizes, respectively, in extempore. In collage making contest, teams headed by Akhil and Shashi won first and second prizes, respectively.

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Punjab Ratan Award for Vidhu Chopra
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, November 16
Renowned Bollywood Producer and Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra received the Sunil Dutt Memorial Punjab Ratan Award instituted by the Punjab Government. Yog guru Baba Ramdev and Governor of Kerala R. L. Bhatia presented the award at a glittering function held at BBK DAV College for Women today.

Maker of blockbuster ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ and its sequel ‘Lago Raho Munna Bhai’ which has caught the fancy of the youth, Vidhu Chopra said that honoured at the prestige bestowed upon him by the people of Punjab. As a Punjabi he would always cherish the moment.

Talking to The Tribune, he said the endevour was to come up with innovative socially and historically stories relevant to the present. Vidhu’s next multi-starer ‘Eklavya’ is based on Dharma. The cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Jackie Shroff and Vidhya Balan.

The old friendship had developed into a great rapport with them during the last few movies. Punjab had abundant talent and he may launch a new face from this area soon, he added.

The producer was greatly impressed by the musical talent of young girls during the singing competition.

Addressing the students, Baba Ramdev complimented the resurgence of women, saying now the country would become a place worth living without bias and hatred. He hoped that India would emerge as a Superpower with women playing a very significant role in the development of the country.

Later, Priya Datt, MP and daughter of legendary film star and politician, Sunil Dutt, remembered her visit to the holy city 22 years ago when she had accompanied her father on a padyatra from Mumbai to Amritsar. She said it was great to be amongst her own people who had given the family tremendous love and affection and she would always cherish every moment of her stay in the holy city.

Earlier, Baba Ramdev and Priya Dutt separately paid obeisance at Harmandar Sahib.

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Cops hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 16
Five police personnel, including two women inspectors, were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer near Shahkot this evening.

The police officials were coming to Jalandhar after performing duty at the Chief Minister’s rally at Shahkot.

The injured have been identified as Nirmal Singh, Kuldip Kaur, Sita Rani, Kranti Devi and Manjit Kaur.

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Laser-guided technology to level fields
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 16
Concerned over the declining water-table in Punjab, the Department of Soils and Water Conservation and Waste Land Development, Punjab, has started campaign to educate farmers to use laser-guided land levelling implement.

“This tractor-drawn implement helps the farmer in levelling the fields,” says Mr Lupinder Kumar, Soil Conservation Officer with the department.

“When the field is not levelled it affects the crop yield. As the water accumulates in low-lying areas, more water is required to irrigate other areas. Even fertilizers and pesticides accumulated in the depressed areas,” he explains.

A laser transmitter can be installed in any area. It then guides the implement towed with the tractor.

“Once the field is levelled, there is no need of levelling for the next four years,” says Mr Kumar.

He says the department has purchased the implement from a Karnal-based company and it costs about Rs 3.5 lakh.

The department has been holding demonstrations in the state since October. Once it is becomes popular, the department will purchase more. He says the department is also promoting drip-irrigation facility in the state. For this, even subsidy up to 50 per cent is given to the farmers.

Such technologies can play an important role in checking the declining water table. Excessive exploitation of groundwater is a major reason of acute drinking water shortage in many districts of Punjab.

The water table in 66 per cent area of the state has declined drastically during the past 25 years, say studies conducted by the Chandigarh-based Central Ground Water Board, North-Western Region.

In Patiala, Sangrur and Moga districts the water-table is declining at about 40 cm per year. In Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts, the decline is between 30 cm and 40 cm per year, whereas in Amritsar district the decline is 20 cm per year.

Hoshiarpur Correspondent adds: A function was organised by the Department of Soils at Naryal village, near here, on Wednesday.

While addressing the gathering, Mr G.S. Cheema, Finance Commissioner (Development), said National Soil Conservation Week would be observed till November 20. He said to meet the shortage of water in the sub-mountainous areas lift irrigation projects had been introduced. As many as 150 more such projects would be installed in the area.

Earlier, Mr Cheema inaugurated community a lift irrigation project at Kothi village in the Mahilpur block.

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50 principals educated on AIDS
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, November 16
The Punjab State AIDS Control Society in coordination with the State Institute of Science Education and the SCERT yesterday organised a district-level workshop for sensitising principals. It was organised at Government Senior Secondary School here. Fifty principals attended the workshop.

Mr Gurmail Singh Sahlon, District Education Officer, inaugurated it.

Dr Rekha Beri, Assistant Director, Punjab AIDS Control Society, in her key note address said as per WHO estimate at least half of all HIV infections had occurred in the age group of 15 to 24. So adolescents were the most vulnerable to the disease.

The misconceptions among adolescents had been playing havoc with them. Thus educating adolescents about various issues and problems relating to AIDS would provide them the right kind of information.

Ms Satinderjit Kaur, Deputy Director, State Institute of Science Education, said under the programme, Red Ribbon Clubs would be constituted in schools. Two teachers and two students from each school covered under the programme would be provided training to carry AIDS awareness activities. She stressed upon the need to inculcate cultural and moral values among the adolescents.

Mr Balihar Singh, District Coordinator, School AIDS Education Programme, said 50 schools in the district had been covered in the first phase. In the second phase, another 50 schools would be covered.

Mr Baldev Singh and Mr Surinder Aginihotri also addressed the audience.

Quiz

As part of the Youth United for Victory on AIDS programme launched by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to educate volunteers of various students’ organisations, the State Directorate of Youth Services organised a district-level NSS Adolescent Quiz - 2006 at Government Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday.

Mr Jaswant Singh, Assistant Director, Youth Services, in his address said lack of awareness about AIDS resulted in its spread.

Eight teams from Government Senior Secondary Schools at Nawanshahr, Rahon, Balachaur, Jadla, Bhaddi, Aur and Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School, Nawanshahr, participated.

Navneet and Poonam of Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School, Amandeep and Inderpreet of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Rahon, and Rajvir Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Balachaur, won the first three prizes.

Mr Gurmail Singh Sahlon, District Education Officer, presided over the prize distribution ceremony.

Awareness rally

NCC cadets of Government Senior Secondary School, Aur, took out an awareness rally in the village to educate the masses regarding health hazards of polythene bags. They burnt the polythene bags, informed Mr Anil Kumar, programme officer, NCC.

Function

The Kirpal Sagar Academy near Rahon organised a function to mark its founder’s day on Wednesday. Mr Stadelmayr Werner from Germany was the chief guest and Ms Surinder Kaur, chief patron, Unity of Man – Kirpal Sagar, was the guest of honour. Mr Werner lauded the contributions of the academy in the field of education and promoting universal brotherhood and secular values. Nearly 600 students belonging to 15 countries are studying in the academy. Meanwhile, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry Minister, inaugurated organic agriculture and dairy farms at the academy on Thursday.

Contest

The Vivekanand Study Circle in collaboration with the Hindi Sahitaya Sabha of BLM Girls College organised a paper-reading contest here on Thursday. Dr Sanjiv Dawar and Mr Vinay Sofat from the study circle highlighted the philosophy and teachings of Swami Vivekanand. Navjyot, Lakhbir Kaur and Rozy and Neha won the first, second and third prizes, respectively. Dr Neelam Goyal, Principal, and Dr Raman Sharma also addressed the gathering. 

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Foundation stone of Adarsh school laid
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, November 16
The PWD Minister, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, today laid the foundation of Adarsh school at Kot Dhandal village in the district. The school that would be brought up by the Punjab School Education Board would provide education to students from rural areas.

The minister said it was the first such school in the district. The school would have a hostel for students and teachers.

The school board has already earmarked Rs 1 crore for the school. A sum of Rs 5 crore would be spent on building the infrastructure in the school. The school board Chairman, who was accompanying the minister, said the board had opened 10 such schools in the state.

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Cooperative bank plans loan mela

Jalandhar, November 16
The Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank will hold a three-day mela in the city from November 27 to disburse loans worth Rs 5 crore.

The Managing Director of the bank, Mr Anil Dutta, said this at a press conference today. He said ever since his appointment on the post, the bank had disbursed loans to the tune of Rs 16 crore with a recovery rate of over 97.4 per cent.

“During this financial year, five loan melas were organised in the district and Rs 16 crore was disbursed, which is a good progress in the business of bank,” he said.

“We are celebrating the current week as Cooperative Week and a promotional campaign has been launched in all branches. On the concluding day of the week i.e. on November 20 the Chief Minister would address a function at Nakodar to highlight the achievement of the government in the cooperative sector,” Mr Dutta said. — TNS

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Killer of son commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, November 16
Amarjit Singh (40), resident of the nearby village Bandala, 10 km from here, who had killed his son and injured his wife and two kids ended his life. The Jandiala police has lodged a report under Section 174, CrPC.

A case under Section 302 and 307 of the IPC has already been registered at Sadar police station, Fazilka, against Amarjit Singh for killing his son and injuring his wife and two kids at his in-law’s village Kandwala Hazarkhan.

Aamrjit Singh was married to Jaswinder Kaur 12 years back. The couple had two sons and two daughters. He reportedly had a relation with another woman. His wife along with the children went to her father’s village Kandhwala two months back. Soon after Amarjit Singh went there to cajole her to return.

Enraged over the attitude of his wife Amarjit Singh hit his wife and kids with a spade while they were asleep on the midnight of November 11. As a result his son Manjit Singh (10) died on the spot and his wife Jaswinder Kaur, elder son Jobanjit Singh (8) and daughter Amanpreet Kaur (7) were injured.

Amarjit Singh fled to his village two days back .He consumed some poisonous substance. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital last night where he died. 

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‘Withdraw case’

Jalandhar, November 16
Activists of various political and social organisations yesterday held a demonstration in front of the Nakodar police station in protest against the arrest of the sarpanch of Kotla village and his associates by the police. The protesters, led by activists of the Shahid Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, the CPM (Pasla), the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and the Bahujan Samaj Party, burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister. — TNS

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Farmers protest against Trident

Kapurthala, November 16
More than 500 activists of the Kirti Kisaan Union and the Paendu Mazdoor Union today blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway at Dhilwan village to protest against the acquisition of agriculture land for Trident and arrest of farmers.

Long queues of vehicles on both sides of road could be seen and people remained stranded for two hours in their vehicles. The farmers staged a dharna in the middle of road. - UNI

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Patient jumps from hospital building, dies

Jalandhar, November 16
One of the patients admitted to the local Civil Hospital died after he jumped from the second floor of the hospital today.

The patient, Kartar Chand, was suffering from TB and was admitted to the hospital on November 11, police sources said. — PTI

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Cops lose ambulance
Tribune News Service

Goraya, November 16
The Goraya police has been clueless for the past few days about the theft of its own ambulance. According to sources, Dr Barjinder Singh, the then MP, gifted the ambulance to the police through the Red Cross under the LAD scheme in 2001.

SHO Rajinder, when contacted, said he had not seen the ambulance for quite sometime. He said the driver informed him yesterday that it would be available in a day or two after repair. 

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Lodhi Nangal SAD candidate from Qadian
Balraj Mahajan

Batala, November 16
While addressing a rally at Lodhi Nangal village last night, the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, announced that in the Assembly elections Mr Lakhbir Singh Lodhi Nangal would be the party candidate from the Qadian constituency.

He said the SAD-BJP would form the next government. During the past 50 years the Congress governments had compelled farmers to commit suicides. He criticised the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for his style of working.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, and Mr Sucha Singh Langarh, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, all former ministers, Capt Balbir Singh Baath, MLA, Mr Jagdish Sawhney, a former MLA, BJP, Mr Gurinder Singh Gora, an SGPC member, and Mr Balbir Singh Baath, president, SAD, Batala unit, were present, among others. 

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Teacher crushed by truck
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, November 16
Gurdeep Singh (45), a teacher of Government Secondary School, Jawanda Kalan, was crushed by an unknown truck on Tuesday night at the local Goindwal bye-pass. The police has registered a case. The deceased was going back to his village from the local grain market on his motorcycle. 

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Liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, November 16
The local police arrested one person and seized 17 boxes of Indian-made foreign liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh to Jalandhar in a jeep. 

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