L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Use only recommended herbicides, warn experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
As per the reports reaching Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), farmers in different parts of Punjab are using herbicides that are not recommended for controlling weeds in the wheat crop.

PAU scientists have advised the farmers to use only those herbicides which have been tested and approved by the university.

The scientists have also warned the farmers not to mix different formulations of herbicides as that could have adverse effects on their crops.

The farmers have also been asked to consult the PAU publication 'Package of Practices for Crops of Punjab-Rabi 2006-07'.



PAU plays host to 6 US students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 1
Punjab Agricultural University played host to a group of six students---Markham, Twila Starofpiak, Britni Haywardi, Pathany Mugritge, Jeff and Jeffrey Fuller---from Michigan State University, USA. These students were on a study tour to learn Punjab and its agriculture and environment.

These students are pursuing their graduation programme in environmental science at Michigan State University.

Talking to the students, PAU Vice Chancellor K.S. Aulakh said Punjab agriculture was unique. The state had highest productivity of wheat and paddy. However, this productivity level had come at a price. 


From Schools
An attempt to inculcate reading habits among children
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 1
A Scholastic book fair was held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. The fair, which started on January 29, ended today. The fair was inaugurated by the principal of the school, Mr S.D. Kalia. Mr Kalia said these types of fairs were organised to enhance the reading habits among children. Books, including story books, activity books, fiction, classics and reference books, for age group 3 to 18 years were displayed at the fair.

Students showed keen interest and some of them even purchased books. Their parents also visited the fair and praised the school authorities for organising such fairs.

An art and craft exhibition was also held on the school campus here today where different handmade items by students were displayed.

Rahul becomes young scientist: Sri Chaitanaya Organisation had organised 'Young Scientist Talent' test on November 19, 2006, for north zone whose results were declared yesterday. Students (Classes X to XII) from different schools participated in the test. Rahul Kapoor (XII Medical) of BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, had won the appreciation certificate and Rs 10,000 cash prize. The Principal Mr S.D. Kalia praised his skills and encouraged him to excel in all fields.

BCM hosts NCC certificate exam: NCC 'A' certificate exam was conducted in BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, here, today by the 19 Pb NCC Battallion for the JD/JW-boys and girls. Col S.S. Saini, Commanding Officer (NCC 19 Pb. Bt) and Col Avtar Singh (Admn Officer) were present. They were accorded a floral welcome by the school authorities.

In his opening address, Col S.S. Saini apprised the students of the benefits of the NCC and wished them good luck for the exam. Nearly 60 cadets from various educational institutions under the unit took the written as well as drill tests. Written test included map reading, FCBC (field craft and battle craft) and WT (weapon training).



LCET job fair today

Ludhiana, February 1
The Training and Placement Cell of the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, will organise a job fair on February 2 to provide a common platform for industrial, professional and engineering students of the region. — TNS



Conviction upheld in cheque bounce case
One year jail for firm owner
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, February 1
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr H P S Mahal, has dismissed the appeal filed by Pritam Singh, owner of Agro Diesels, Transport Nagar, here against the sentence awarded by a trial court in cheque bounce case.

Earlier, the accused was sentenced to undergo one-year imprisonment by the court of Mr Vijay Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, on January 4, while deciding the complaint filed by Daljit Singh Sikri of Sikri Finance and Investment Company Dharmpura, Samrala Road, Ludhiana.

The complainant had pleaded before the trial court that he had supplied shawls worth Rs 11,16,000 to the accused on different occasions in 1997. The accused made the payment of Rs 16,000 only in cash. Thereafter, he issued 11 cheques of Rs 1 lakh each.

But when in May 1998, he presented one of the cheque for realisation, it was dishonoured. Cheque was returned back by the banker of the accused.

The accused had pleaded that the complainant was pressurising him to marry his son with his daughter. When he refused, he was falsely implicated in this case.

But the appellate court held that there was no evidence that the complainant ever pressurised the accused to marry his son with his daughter. Moreover, it was not proved that the daughter of the complainant was of marriageable age.

The accused had pleaded before the appellate court that the cheque was not issued for the discharge of any liability but was for the security of a car loan raised by his son. But the appellate court held that nothing was proved on record that the accused had ever taken any car loan from the complainant.



Enthralling performances at Baithak
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 1
Dancing Vibes — Ms Sangita's studio of performing arts in Sarabha Nagar, organised their periodic programme ‘Baithak’ here on Tuesday. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by Cdr V.R. Dahake, the scientist in charge of MERADO, Ludhiana, and bhajan by master Bhasker Bagga from Jalandhar. Students recited Sarasvati vandana ‘Var de varde veena vadvi var de’.

An excellent performance was given by students on ‘Ringa Ringa’ number. Tarana, a technical aspect that comes under the Nrutt aspect of Kathak, was performed by the students learning the dance under the guru-shishya parampara.

Kirat (9) and Tanvi (11), both disciples of Ms Sangita B. Kushwaha, performed Kathak and were declared the artists of the evening. They said they had been learning the dance for the past one year and learning this art form had really helped them in developing their personality, building up concentration and confidence.

At the end, dance choreography ‘Girls R Girls’ was performed which was dedicated to the parents.

Dancing Vibes is an institute where learning of Indian classical, creative and Latin American dances are taught under one roof. Ms Sangita said the purpose of institute was a constant search for perfection to produce high-quality performing artists and competent teachers. She said these periodic baithaks gave encouragement to the budding artists.



Concessional dialysis

Ludhiana, February 1
Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital here has announced concessional dialysis for renal failure patients.
According to Dr P.M. Sohal, Head of Nephrology Department, concession of 25 per cent will be given to patients for each dialysis in February.

Dr B.S. Sekhon, Director of the hospital, said the institution was holding a free medical check-up camp on every second Saturday and Sunday where consultation was available in super-specialities like cardiology, neurology and neuro-surgery and orthopedics. In addition, the facility of free ECG and blood sugar level test was also extended to poor patients. — OC



PU cricket: GP College, Alour, enter final
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 1
Devastating spells of bowling by Navdeep and Mandeep steered GP College, Alour, to an easy eight-wicket win over Government College, Zira, in the first semifinal of the Panjab University Cricket Championship (Division B) being played at GTB National College, Dakha, near here today. Navdeep and Mandeep sent down six overs each and conceded 23 and 17 runs, respectively, and scalped three victims each.

GP College, Alour, won the toss and invited Government College, Zira, to bat first. Zira College failed to withstand the ground as their innings folded at 90 runs in 26 overs. Only two batsmen, Sukhchain Singh and Gurpreet Singh could reach double figures, scoring 19 and 17 runs, respectively.

For GP College, besides Navdeep and Mandeep, other successful bowlers were Jagjit Singh, Harpreet Singh, Harman and Daman who chipped in with one wicket each.

GP College, Alour, made the required runs after losing just two wickets in 13 overs. Sukhvir played a swashbuckling innings of 45 runs which came off just 21 deliveries while Goldy made 21 runs. For the losers, Gurbhej consumed both the wickets.



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