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Workers, farmers hold protest rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
Protesting against the alleged "anti-labour" policies of the government, high inflation and unemployment, the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) Kul Hind Kisan Sabha and All-India Farm Workers Union today held a protest rally at the Mini Secretariat here.

Addressing the rally, Communist Party of India district secretary Balwant Singh said the Punjab Government, instead of fulfilling its election promises, was trying to evade the issues concerning the common man and workers.

He said the promise of providing flour at Rs 4 per kilogram and pulses at Rs 20 per kilogram was impractical and even if the government spends Rs 800 crore towards this, not many people would be able to benefit from the measure.

Raising the issue of rising farm debt, Singh said farmers in the state were reeling under heavy debt and nothing was being done by the government to come out with a an effective solution. While a lot of youth are suffering unemployment industrial workers were suffering as minimum wage had not been increased for the last six years.

The protesting workers also raised the issue of "non-implementation" of labour laws.

CITU district president Jatinderpal Singh, CPM district secretary Sukhwant Singh Sekhon and president of Punjab Kisan Sabha Rachhpal Singh also addressed the rally.

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From Colleges
9 engg students shortlisted at job drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
A team of Hero Cycles visited the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, under the campus recruitment drive for mechanical engineers of the college recently and selected four students. Michael Sawney, Sahij Paul, Sumir Sharma and Jaspreet Singh Dhillon were selected in the final round of interviews.

Y.N. Gupta, senior vice-president (R&D), Anil Bhatia, senior general manager (services and projects), J.C. Verma, deputy manager (personnel) conducted the rigorous selection process. The selection team shortlisted nine students after evaluating students, which was followed by group  discussions in two  groups and later personal interviews.

The selected candidates will be appointed as trainees for six months with a salary package of Rs 1.75 lakh per annum. The selection team appreciated the facilities provided by the college for conducting the selection drive.

Personality development

The ISTE Students Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a seminar on personality development here on Wednesday.

The resource persons were Vincent Keny and Robin Singh Garewal from Gurgaon. The interactive seminar was focused on personality development and behavioural traits required in the corporate world.

The session was interactive and informative also.

Vincent Keny explained the need to have essential behavioural traits in the corporate world with the help of real life examples. He conducted mock interviews with a few students to demonstrate effective interview skills. He provided the students with valuable tips on effective body language. He highlighted the importance of dress while appearing for an interview; the dress should be formal and presentable, not necessarily expensive. He asked the students to develop a learner’s attitude and always keep on searching for opportunities. He emphasised on attaining the assertive approach to tackle the real-life situations, instead of having an aggressive or passive behavior.

All students of MBA and MCA attended the seminar. Feedback about the workshop was also obtained from the students. The students found the workshop effective and valuable. Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, director, GNIMT, thanked the guest speakers for guiding the students.

Pharmacists’ role

The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy organised a seminar on “The role of a pharmacist in eye donation” here on Wednesday. Dr Ramesh M.D., Director of Punar Jot Eye Bank, Punjab, was the guest speaker of the seminar. Director Principal Kuldip Singh and head of pharmacy department Ravinder Dang welcomed the guest.

Dr Ramesh acquainted the students about the measures to be taken for the protection of eyes from dust etc., and the common eye ailments. He said eyes were one of the most important sense organs of man and life without eyes could be miserable. He then made the students aware about how even after death eyes could be donated and one person even after death could give light to two persons. He underlined the importance of making general public aware about this as most people, particularly in rural areas, did not know that eye donation was possible.

He said pharmacists being educated, knowledgeable and members of health teams could play an important role in increasing awareness about eye donation among general public and could dispel the misconceptions or fears that people may have before they agree to donate eyes. He said the process was very simple and the only thing required was motivation and spread of awareness.

Many students and staff members pledged to donate their eyes. Dr S.S. Luthra, S.P.S. Bhatia and Manjit Singh attended the seminar.

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Technical education to be job-oriented: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 18
Minister for Technical Education, Industrial Training and Social Security Chaudhary Swarna Ram has disclosed that the technical education system in the state would be completely revamped to make it relevant to the needs of the fast advancing technology in the industrial sector so that the students could capture their share from the enormous job opportunities at the global level.

He was addressing students at a prize distribution function of the Zonal Sports and Cultural activities competition of Ludhiana Zone held at Guru Nanak Bhawan here today.

The minister said most of the courses at present had become irrelevant with the induction of latest technology and our youth were finding it difficult to get jobs in the corporate sector.

He said that now it was the right time to thoroughly review the technical training programme in consultation with corporate sectors, so that the youth could be given training as per the needs of industry and service sector. He exhorted the youth to acquire excellence in their respective vocations, so that they could compete with their counterparts from all over the world.

Appreciating the conduct of sports and cultural meets by the Industrial Training Department, the minister said that sports were the most essential ingredient for channelising the energies of the youth, which make them stout and healthy to face all kind of challenges and competition in their future life.

He said the sports and cultural activities improve discipline and our cultural heritage was extremely rich with moral and social values.

The role of teachers was of a model for the students and they should perform their duties of creating a healthy society by inculcate moral values, spirit of patriotism, sacrifices and service among the students and appealed the students to accord full respect to the teachers, who enlighten their lives with the light of education and knowledge.

Reacting to the prevalence of vulgar songs and obscene video CDs of some artistes/singers, the minister warned that the government would strictly deal with such obscene and vulgar literature which was ruining our youth.

Later, he distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Earlier, addressing a meeting of the officers of Social Security Department, the minister told them to ensure punctuality of the staff in the offices and to strive hard to provide excellent services to the people implementing the schemes of government for social security.

He said the Department of Social Security would be streamlined and all care homes and training centres working for the welfare of disabled, blind, juvenile inmates would be made functional.

The minister told the officers to serve these sections honestly, which he said was the real service to society. He announced that a special programme of conducting camps in clusters of villages for completion of application forms for pensions under various welfare schemes at the earliest.

Baljinder Singh, principal, ITI, while welcoming highlighted the various activities of the institution.

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Student debarred from exam due to PU fault
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
Kulbir Kaur, a private student of MA (I) history could not take her first examination, here, last evening. She was shocked to hear from the centre superviser that her roll number was not in the cut-list sent by Panjab University, Chandigarh, so she could not sit for the paper.

Kulbir alleged that the university must be held responsible for not including her name in the cut-list.

This girl who hails from Patti, Amritsar, got the roll number issued by the university on April 9.

She had to take her exams at centre number-21, Arya College for Girls, here. Even though she showed the examination authorities her roll number issued by the university, they refused to entertain her.

She called up the university authorities immediately but they asked her to meet them at the university today. “I am told by the authorities to appear for the same paper in September with re-appear students. By issuing a letter, they have also told me that I could take the rest of my three exams as per the schedule. But why should I appear again for the exam when I had deposited the fee of Rs 13,290 and I have not failed in the exam? It is the callous attitude of the university authorities,” she added.

Kulbir said she wanted the fee to be refunded by the university as she would not take rest of the three exams. 

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95 students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organized a blood donation, medical check up and tree plantation camp at the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, here, on Tuesday. In this camp 95 students donated blood under the team of Red Cross Society, Ludhiana, whereas, as many as 265 students had undergone medical check up. The leading team of doctors, included Dr. H.S. Bedi Medicuty, Ludhiana, Dr. Urvesh Singh and Dr. Darshan Singh, Preet Hospital, Model Town Ludhiana and doctors of Krishana Hospital including many doctors of the city.

On the occasion, Pritpal Singh, president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Dukhniwaran Sahib, Dr. Charan Kamal Singh, chief secretary of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Harkeeraf Kaur, principal of the GNE College and Dr. Harjinder Singh, director of the Medicity Hospital performed the ceremonial tree plantation ceremony to commemorate the golden jubilee of the GNE College, Ludhiana.

A seminar on the topic “Science on living” was also organized on the occasion. Dr. Harjinder Singh, director of the Medicity Hospital, Dr. R.T. Patil, director of the CIPHET Department of ICR, New Delhi, shared their views to keep up good health. Harbans Singh, joint director of Public Relations, Dr Pushpinder Singh, director of the Directorate of Multimedia Production and Dramatics, were also present on the occasion.

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Punjabi recitation contest held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 18
Intra-class Punjabi Recitation Competition for class VI and VII were conducted in the school auditorium of Guru Nank Public School on April 16th and 17th, respectively. The topics for the poem recitation were - Mere Gudiyan-Patoley, Bhrun Hatya, Mein Kuj Banana Chaundi Haan etc.

Anurag Singh of class VI-A and Hiarmandeep Kaur of class VII-E won the first prize. Whereas, Ikjot Singh of class VI-D and Mohkamjot Singh of class VII-A won the second prize.

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