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Over 1.5 lakh acres of crops damaged: CM
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Jarg (Ludhiana) March 25
Wheat in over 1.5 lakh acres of land has been damaged due to recent rains and hailstorm in the state. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, after visiting some damaged fields in Payal area.

He also announced that the compensation for the loss to the crops caused by the recent hailstorm and heavy rains in different parts of the state would be disbursed to the affected farmers within a period of 10 days and the reports of the losses after the special girdawari have been received from the concerned Deputy Commissioners and were being compiled at Chandigarh.

Badal was addressing farmers belonging to various affected villages in Payal constituency at Jarg village, about 40 kms from here, today.

Earlier he took a round of the fields of damaged crops along with party general secretary Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and other concerned officers.

Expressing his sympathies with the affected farmers, Badal said the hailstorm and heavy rains have caused an irreparable loss to the farmers, which would cast adverse affect on the financial condition of the families.

Badal disclosed that crops in 15,6000 acres of area have been damaged and in Ludhiana district alone, crops in the area of 30,000 acre have suffered severe losses. He said even Rs 5,000 per acre compensation was not to the satisfactory level but the financial condition of the state did not permit to pay more.

The chief minister said the funds for the compensation were being sent to in the coming days to the deputy commissioners for disbursement to the right beneficiaries.

He clarified that the farmers cultivating the land on contract basis would be given the compensation instead of the owners. He asked the deputy commissioners to depute honest staff for the disbursement of the compensation so that the compensation could reach to the actual beneficiaries only.

He warned that in case of any irregularity on the part of any government official engaged in the work of disbursement, stern action would be taken against him. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh each to the seven affected villages from the hailstorm for the development out of which Rs 3 lakh for the over all development and Rs 2 lakh for the Dalit Colonies.

Earlier interacting with the media, Badal said the government was aware of the shortage of power in the coming summer season and would execute new projects to enhance 1000 MW power production in six added a single unit of power production in the last five years. He said that the state government was also going to execute more power projects in the state and by 3-4 years, the state would be producing sufficient powers to meet the requirements.

Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, general secretary, SAD, while welcoming the chief minister said that the present natural calamity caused a severe loss to the poor farmers and demanded that the compensation should be disbursed at the earliest.

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Mandi work: Lakhowal orders probe
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 25
Chairman Mandi Board, Punjab, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, while talking to mediapersons at market committee Khamano, said only competent persons would be nominated as chairman of market committees in Punjab in the coming days and Bharti kisan union would also get its due share in these nominations.

Other prominent kisan unions would also be given representation in these nominations and their names would be sent to Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal for approval, he added.

Looting would not be allowed at Dana Mandi and the exercise of collecting per bag money from farmers and commission agents would be stopped immediately and any officer indulged in this malpractice would be dealt sternly. All arrangements of water and toilets and other amenities would be completed before season.

He also ordered an enquiry regarding the development work of sabzi mandi site, as some people had raised a question against the work not completed according to specifications. He said all new and repaired roads would be constructed according to the specifications.

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600 teachers trained to provide better education
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
About 600 teachers in the district will complete their Teacher Training Programme by the end of this month. The training is being given under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan Project, Punjab, Chandigarh, with an objective to develop quality education, building teacher's capacity and their skill developments for new teaching techniques and engineering change in their behaviour to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Giving details about the programme, Prof Baldev Singh, officiating principal, District Institute of Education and Training (D.I.E.T.), Jagraon, who monitored the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) and Zila Prishad Teacher Training programmes for teachers at 10 centres in the district said the training was being given under the guidelines and directions by Seema Jain, state project director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. The training program was organised at Government Senior Secondary Schools like PAU School, Multipurpose School, Chanan Devi, Samrala, Khanna, Jagraon, Doraha, Dehlon etc.

Expressing satisfaction at these in-service training programmes, Prof Baldev Singh, further added that through the training, teachers were being sensitised to teach girl students particularly, with application of educational psychology.

“During the training, the teachers are taught educational modules, methodology of teaching English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies etc. They are imparted training for preparation of the question banks and framing and designing of the question papers,” he said.

The resource persons would train the participants for computer-aided learning, bridge courses, time management, communication skills and processes for making learning process easy, exciting, interesting and effective. Baldev Singh further informed that multiple training programme was a totally radical transformation program for teachers modernisation and empowerment for their professional skill development that would be instrumental for development of their multiple capacities and skills for effective classroom transaction.

Tarsem Lal Banga, retired principal, DIET served as a resource person at all the Ludhiana centres.

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Wipro shortlists 28 LCET students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Wipro BPO, a sister concern of Wipro Technologies, organised a campus recruitment drive at the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, recently for the final year students of B.Tech Engineering in computer science, electronics and communication, information technology and mechanical. WIPRO, which is trusted and diversified information-technology supplier, also tops the list of Fortune 500 companies.

Atia Noor and Jaswinder from Wipro BPO visited the LCET campus for recruiting technical support executives. About 100 students took part in the recruitment drive. At least 28 students were shortlisted after general interaction round for the telephonic interview and other evaluation processes.

The rigorous selection process included presentation about WIPRO, company profile, general interaction round, telephonic interview, communication skills testing, face to face with human resource, written technical test and final interview.

The Wipro team selected 40 per cent shortlisted students for their final placement at the Delhi office. The selected candidates were offered appointment letters on the spot and were told to join as soon as they completed their degree.

LCET Principal J.S. Sohal thanked the Wipro team for selecting students from his college.

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4 Bhutta college students in PTU merit list
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 25
Four students of Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology have been placed in the merit list of the Punjab Technical University the results of which were declared recently.

Suraj Manchanda, a student of B.Tech Electrical Engineering (7th semester) has stood 3rd in the university by securing 806 marks out of 950 (85%). Harpreet Kaur of B. Tech Electrical Engineering, Gurtej Singh Gill of B. Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering and Neha Gupta of B. Tech Computer Science and Engineering have secured 4th, 7th and 9th places, respectively, in the PTU’s merit list. They have scored 84.4 per cent, 86 per cent and 85 per cent marks, respectively.

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Seminar on IT trends at Bhutta college
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 25
The Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology (BCET), Ludhiana, organised a seminar on “Current IT Trends and Emerging IT Technologies”, today. Vivek, training head from e-visual media solutions, Chandigarh, was invited as the resource person for the seminar. He highlighted the recent trend in shifting from desktop to web-based applications.

He said the desktop applications lacked in problem solving and were meant for NNC's internet-based applications whereas the web-based applications centralised the entire operations at the global level.

He advised students to take their industrial training seriously as it would provides them with an adequate exposure to the industrial scenario. Students of computer science engineering, electronics and communication engineering also attended the seminar which was organised by the framing and placement cell.

Head of computer and engineering department M.S.Sikri also spoke on the occasion. Director of the college A.S. Bansal welcomed the guest speaker. The vote of thanks was proposed by training and placement officer Parminder Singh.

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Lecture on ‘Surya Kriya Yoga’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 25
NSS unit of Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a guest lecture on "Sidhamrit Surya Kriya Yoga" here today. Col. Raghbir Singh Kang, Lt.Col. Harbans Singh and Prof. Baldev Singh were the resource persons.

Col. Kang and Lt-Col Harbans Singh made an elaborate presentation on Sidhamrit Surya Kriya that was a revolutionary practice for achieving a healthy body and healthy mind, gifted to humanity by Paramhans Swami Shri Buddhapuri Maharaj, the chief of the Shabad Surat Sangam Ashram, Malke, Moga.

Prof. Baldev Singh of the Department of Electrical Engineering, GNDEC, is a certified instructor of traditional yoga. He is practising Surya Kriya for the last four years. Taking energy from the Sun, he can stay without food and water for seven days, claimed the Dr H.S.Singha, Director, GNIMT.

Prof Baldev Singh demonstrated the kriya that mainly consisted of sitting facing the sun with closed eyes in such a position that the sun rays fall perpendicularly on the eye lids.

The kriya is to be practised in the morning or evening without having eaten anything two hours prior to kriya and only for a limited time so that the face does not feel the burning sensation. He also elaborated the advantages of clapping and proper method of clapping to get maximum benefit.

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R.L. Bhasin Public School inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
Ram Lal Bhasin Public School opened here today. Classrooms of the school are air conditioned and equipped with amphitheatres, computer labs and other modern amenities. The school has been opened in the memory of social worker Ram Lal Bhasin and will function under the patronage of the SDP Sabha. The management is trying to get the school affiliated with the CBSE.

Those present on the occasion were deputy mayor Sushil Gupta, Balraj Bhasin and Usha Bhasin, Lekh Raj Arora, H.K.Chugh, Ved Paraksh Gupta, Ved Parkash Jam, Virinder Gupta, Vijayinder Gupta, Sanjiv Gupta, Mangal Sam Grover, Dhari Shah Singla, Prem Gupta, Shammi Kapoor, Angrish, Nand, Parveen Gupta and Sushil Verma.

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Prize distribution function at Vidya Mandir School
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised its annual prize distribution function here yesterday. Chairman of the Ravi Bawa Charitable Society Arvind Bawa was the chief guest of the function.

The function started with recitation of Saraswati vandana. Principal Sadhana Sharma read out the school’s annual report and declared the names of merit holders.

She said the new digital classroom system started by the school would make the teaching and learning process more enjoyable. It would also help in improving the academic performance of students.

Chief guest Arvind Bawa distributed prizes among position holders. Among those present on the occasion were Lata Bawa and Ashwind Bawa, Ram Bedi and Malhu Bedi. President of the society Rajesh Kashyap and vice-president Harish Sachdeva welcomed the guests.

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Sammelan gets off to a majestic start
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 24
The 37th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan got off to a majestic start with a mesmerising spell by Padmavibhushan Dr M. Balamurali Krishna, doyen of Carnatic classical music, here today at Government Polytechnic for Women. Be it Navmohana Murari, a Thyagaraja kriti in raga hindol, a Meera bhajan, ashatpadi or a taraana, each of his composition was a marvel of melody, laya and tal.

The acclaimed violin maestro Dr M. Narmadha took the centre stage to bare the melody of raga yaman through soulful strains of her violin. The Pracheen Kala Kendra felicitated thespian academician Dr Surinder Sharma, musicologist Keshav Telegaonkar and litterateur S.S. Dhir for their contribution to art. The third “Guru Madan Lal Koser - Guru Shobha Koser Award” for the year was conferred on Kolkata-based sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta and the Dr Saraswati, the Chennai-based doyenne of bharatnatyam yesterday. Chief guest Dr M. Balamuralikrishna lauded the efforts of the kendra and Koser couple for dissemination and promotion of art and artistes.

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Farewell function at HollyHock
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
A farewell function was organised at HollyHock Nursery School for the outgoing students here yesterday. The principal and the teachers of the school accorded a warm welcome to the students and their parents. The children were in a jubilant mood and danced and performed on various items. The parents thoroughly enjoyed the programme.

Principal Amrita Grewal thanked the parents for their support and later distributed gifts. Priti Grewal, coordinator read out the annual school report.

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‘Jammu conflict political’

Chandigarh, March 25
Prof Rekha Chowdhary, Jammu University, visiting scholar to the department of political science, Panjab University, delivered a lecture on “Religion, Conflict and Peace Building in Jammu and Kashmir” organised by the ICSSR in collaboration with the department of political science, here, on Friday.

She noted that though today Muslim identity in politics forms the core of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, the conflict actually arose out of indigenous political reasons.

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