Month to go
City bus stand gets ready for a new voyage
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 23
Another month to go and the city bus stand will be reopened with a brand new look. While most of the construction work is over, it is now being given the finishing touches.

The commuters will be able to avail themselves of several new facilities, including food court, shopping centre, dormitory service, comfortable chairs, clean toilets, clean drinking water and hygienic environment. The BOT project, which is now on the verge of completion, has come up at a cost of nearly Rs 14 crore.

Even if one happens to simply cross by the bus stand, one gets attracted to see the new dome-shaped architectural structure that has just been painted in cream and turquoise colours. Passages for the buses inside the bus stand till gates have been relaid. Four gates have been rebuilt, two separate ones for entry and exit of inter-state and local buses.

The floors of the waiting lounges have been renovated with tile work. A huge food court is being set up sandwiched between the waiting lounge of inter-state and local bus counters. The court will have seating facility for 192 persons at a time. On the sides of the court are two buildings, one housing the offices of the Punjab Roadways and other for dormitory service.

Shops have been constructed on either sides of the bus stand. While 40 new shops have come up now on the inter-state terminus side, there are nearly 29 on the city bus service side.

The Baroda-based contractors are currently busy with the reconstruction of the huge boundary wall at a cost of nearly Rs 15 lakh. The booths at the entry and exit points of the bus stand too are being given the final makeover. Certain facilities that are yet to be added include improved lighting systems, drainage system and firefighting equipment.

Once reopened, the bus stand will run on contract basis for nearly eight years. While the actual contract was fixed for eight years and few months, the time period is likely to be shortened for the monitoring engineers have pointed out towards certain deviations from the actual plan in terms of elevations and other architectural designs. Since the contractor is also said to have prolonged the construction period beyond the fixed time of 18 months, the time period is likely to be further shortened.

While the commuters are unlikely to face any kind of hike of charges, the bus operators will certainly bear the brunt as the entry fee would be doubled from the existing charges of Rs 20.

The general manager of the local depot of Punjab Roadways, Paramjit Singh, confirmed that the bus stand was likely to be reopened within a month’s time as only finishing work was pending.



ATMA-farmers tie-up to boost rural economy
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, August 23
An Agriculture Technology Management Agency, (ATMA), has been set up in Kapurthala district under the centrally sponsored scheme ‘Support to state extension programme for extension reforms’.

The main aim of setting up ATMA is to involve farmers from the district to prepare agriculture related plans to enhance their income.

ATMA was set up during a meeting presided over by the DC J.M. Balamurugan here on Thursday. Among others district heads of different agricultural related departments were present at the meeting, according to a statement issued here.

A resolution was also passed and the same has been sent to the union agricultural department through the state government. Following this, the centre would provide as much as Rs 37 lakh to ATMA for preparing and executing different programmes for the benefits of farmers.

The five-year ATMA scheme was initially launched in the districts of Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Faridkot and Sangrur in the state from 1998 to 2003. Subsequently, the scheme was started in six other districts and now it has been set up in the remaining ten districts, including Kapurthala said an official spokesperson.

While DC is the chairman of ATMA, ADC (development) is its vice-chairman, whereas the district heads of the different agriculture related departments are its members.

Under this scheme, block technology teams and farm advisory committees will be constituted at block levels. ATMA governing board has also been set up at the district level and a resolution was passed in the meeting to register ATMA as a society.

DC provided detailed information about ATMA to the heads of different agriculture related departments during the meeting, said the spokesperson.



Talk on free-legal aid
Lok adalat: 3.4 crore awarded as relief
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, August 23
The District Legal Services Authority, Kapurthala, organised a district-level seminar on women and child development and free legal aid at Khajurala village here today.

Kapurthala district and sessions judge S.P. Bangar presided over the seminar and called on participants to launch a campaign against social evils like female foeticide.

He said foeticide was a crime as the evil encouraged an imbalance in the gender ratio. He said a decrease in the number of women could lead to many complicated problems in society.

Speaking on free legal aid, civil judge Manjot Kaur said in the 38 lok adalats held in Phagwara subdivision, 1,605 cases were settled and compensation of Rs 3,43,93,827 was awarded. She said 434 persons were given free legal aid in the subdivision.

Kaur said 35 seminars had been conducted to spread awareness on free legal aid services. Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul, DSP HPS Khakh also addressed the seminar.

Mobile phones for emergency

The police has released mobile phone numbers for the general public to contact police officers concerned in case of any emergency. DSP H.P.S. Khakh released the list of these mobile phone numbers at a press conference here on Thursday.

Khakh said any resident could contact him at 98784-29009, police control room at 99150-10200 and 99150-10300, the SHO (city) at 98784-29110, the SHO (Sadar) at 98784-29103, the SHO (Rawalpindi) at 98784-29208, the SHO (Satnampura) at 98784-29223, the traffic in charge at 98784-29212, the SHO (Chaheru) at 98784-29417, the SHO (Panchhat) at 98784-29222, the PCR in charge at 98784-29204, the special staff in charge at 98784-29205 and the circle sub-inspector at 98784-29209.



Trader robbed of Rs 1.5 lakh

Phillaur, August 23
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants took away Rs 1.5 lakh from a trader, Narinder Singh, on the Phagwara-Dosanjh-Kalan road last evening.

According to reports received here today, the two motorcyclists chased the Maruti car in which Narinder Singh was returning from Phagwara to Dosanjh Kalan in Phillaur subdivision.The miscreants sprinkled red chilly powder into the eyes of Narinder, who was driving the car, and when Narinder stopped the car, the miscreants took away the bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh, drawn from Capital Bank, Phagwara. The police has registered a case. — OC



Young World
Army conducts campus placement at DAVIET
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 23
A three-officer team of the Army conducted a campus placement at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology under the university entrance scheme. Nearly 120 students studying in the final year of various engineering disciplines appeared for the interview.

The candidates, who will be shortlisted by the committee, will then be eligible to appear in the final round by the SSB later this year. A documentary movie on “Career in the Indian Army” was shown to all the aspiring candidates during the pre-placement talk.

Student heads elected

Apeejay College of Fine Arts held elections for the first time for the posts of head boy, head girl, vice-head boy and vice-head girl.

The casting of votes was done through computerised system. Manik Sekhi of M.Com (I) and Harneet Singh of B.Com (prof)-III were elected head boy and vice-head boy, respectively. Reebhumika and Sakshi Chadha were elected to the posts of head girl and vice-head girl, respectively.

Patriotic song contest

An inter-class patriotic song competition was organised for the students of classes I and II. Kids came dressed as per the theme of the songs.

The mesmerising performance of the students kept the audience hooked. The Kargil team won the prize among class II participants. The Naujawan team won the prize among the class I contestants.

Poetry contest

An inter-house poetry recitation contest was organised in the hostel of CT Public School. The contest was held in three languages - English, Punjabi and Hindi.

The winners were given certificates by school vice-principal Anumita Gosal.

Social science exhibition

A social science exhibition was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya 3. Exhibits on culture, customs and traditions of Orissa and the US were shown. Contests like group dance, group song, debate in English and Hindi, quiz and skits highlighting social evils were held.



Camp for grooming future soldiers

Kapurthala, August 23
A 12-day pre-Army camp from August 18 to 29 is being held at Theh Kanjla here. The camp will play a major role in grooming the future soldiers of the Army.

As many as 370 cadets, drawn from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh, are participating in the camp. The cadets have been selected from eight districts or groups, namely Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Shimla, Ludhiana, Ambala and Rohtak.

The camp aims at inculcating the virtues of unity and discipline among the participants, which are essential merits for the cadets of the Army. During the camp, the cadets participated in the shooting, obstacles, map reading, line layout and tent pitching competitions. The prizes for the winners will be given on August 24. The chief guest on the occasion would be officiating deputy DG, NCC, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh directorate, Gp Capt N.L. Khan.

The camp commandant, Lieut-Col Baldev Singh, the staff officer from Chandigarh, Lieut-Col S.S. Dubey, the group commandant, Col R.S. Braria, the deputy camp commandant, Lieut-Col T. Sahani, Lieut-Col Bikram, NCC officers of various schools and colleges, PI staff and civilian staff participated in the camp. Apart from other contests, there would be a cultural competition for the valedictory function of the camp. Sixty cadets will be selected for the final camp to be held at New Delhi. — TNS



‘Include landless labourers for atta-dal’

Jalandhar, August 23
Dehati Mazdoor Sabha has decided to fight for the inclusion of names those labourers who have been left out of the list of beneficiaries under the atta-dal scheme after a government survey.

At the state committee meeting held under Darshan Nahar, the Sabha decided to take up the case of labourers who have not been included in the list for providing atta-dal under the scheme, according to officiating general-secretary of the Sabha, Baldev Noorpuri.

The Sabha will also submit forms to the concerned SDMs in this regard, said Noorpuri.

The sabha will also spread awareness among labourers to avail the benefit of blue cards issued to the poor in villages, he added. Sabha would also campaign to get names, which the Akali and BJP parties got registered to favour their own men, deleted from the list of beneficiaries, said Noorpuri.

Lashing at the Badal government Noorpuri alleged that atrocities against the Dalits and corruption in police were on rise despite promise by the ruling alliance to the contrary, he added.

Among other issues the sabha would struggle for getting power bills of landless labourers waved off unconditionally, against rising inflation, etc., said Noorpuri. — TNS



Atta-dal: 2 ration depots booked
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, August 23
The Punjab government today ordered registration of an FIR against two ration depots in Mohali and Jalandhar districts under various sections of the IPCand CrPC for various irregularities, including diversion of stocks of wheat and pulses, detected during intensive checking campaign launched by the food and civil supplies department to ensure delivery of proper quality and quantity of atta and dal to the blue card holders. According to official sources, field officers of the department, right from the district controller to the food inspectors, checked 1,483 depots during the first seven days of the launch of the scheme and ordered suspension of supplies to 42 other depots in the state for various irregularities detected during the campaign.

Ten other depots have been issued show-cause notices by the department. The supply has been suspended to one depot in Amritsar, two in Tarn Taran, five in Gurdaspur, one in Jalandhar, four in Hoshiarpur, one in Nawanshahr, three in Sangrur, one in Ludhiana, one in Ropar and two in Mohali.



It is child’s play school
Jasmin Pannu

Begin early and half the battle is won. That’s the dictum that defines all the sweat and toil the young parents are putting into their tiny tots today, with the choice of a good play school being the first step.

To give their child a headstart in life, these ambitious parents leave no stone unturned when it comes to looking for the best for the little ones. With some of the finest play schools on offer, the city of Jalandhar scores among the best when it comes to preschool facilities for the toddlers.

All that mattered earlier was the curriculum followed and which school does the play school prepare the child for. However, in pursuit of perfection, parents now take keen interest in every aspect of the school, right from the quality of teachers to the hygiene level and the overall infrastructure.

From being a mere getaway for kids for three hours and a so-called relief for mothers, play schools are now being reckoned as the stepping-stones to higher education. Though almost all the schools have an eligibility criterion of minimum two years of age, requests generally pour in to take kids even earlier. Parents do not want to waste any time and are keen to prepare their tiny tots for tomorrow’s competition today itself.

Overall development of the child, a fun-filled, secure environment and a learning base for the next admission are what top every parent’s wish list. What matters is how far these play schools go in for providing a home away from home for these toddlers as they get down to the task of taking the first lessons of their lives.

“Play schools have altogether revolutionised the entire concept of kindergarten,” comments Ritu Mayor, owner of Green Fields play school. Parents now have questions about the concepts of teaching, methodologies, equipment used and the like, she says.

For most of the parents, security of the child is the prime concern. They are keen on an environment which is safe as well as enjoyable. Neha Ratti, owner of Li'l Kangaroos, says: “A strong combination of activities, learning and a stimulating fun-filled environment is what the parents look for in a play school.”

“Earlier, we focused entirely on the concepts like recognition and other such milestones to be achieved by children at this age as we didn't want to pressurise the child,” states Rajiv Ahuja, chairman of Mama's Pride. “However, with the admission criterion to the schools getting more stringent, we’ve altered our curriculum to include aspects like writing practice, since parents expect us to prepare their ward for the next admission,” he adds.



Market Buzz
Leaptop experience carnival by HCL

Jalandhar, August 23
HCL Infosystems Limited, one of the largest PC manufacturers in several computer segments, inaugurated an HCL leaptop experience carnival in Jalandhar last week.

The Three-day carnival offered the residents an opportunity to experience the complete range of next-generation HCL leaptops, powered by the latest range of Intel processors. The HCL also offered attractive exchange options and on-the-spot financing schemes to buyers of leaptops.Announcing the launch of the carnival, executive vice-president Rajendra Kumar claimed that HCL leaptops had emerged the preferred choice for Indian notebook customers. A strong demand for HCL leaptops has been witnessed in cities like Jalandhar. The offered HCL leaptops at a promotional price of Rs 19,999. — TNS



Fun of fraction
Vandana Bansal

Have you ever written 1/9 in the decimal form? If yes, you might have observed the result carefully. If not, let us see how fraction 1/9 leads to an interesting result.

Convert fraction 1/9 into decimal form. The answer will be 0.1111111……. and so on. It means that fraction 1/9 is a non-terminating decimal i.e. after converting fraction 1/9 into decimal form, we obtain a result which will never end and it can also be written as 0.1 (to be read as zero point one bar)

i.e. 1/9 = 0.1111111…….

= 0.1

Again convert fraction 2/9 into decimal form and you will find the result to be 0.2222222 ....... i.e. digit 2 is appearing again and again. It can also be written as 0.2 (to be read as zero point two bar), therefore 2/9 = 0.2222222…….


Now if we change fraction 3/9 into decimal form, we will get 0.3333333.…...

i.e. 0.3.

Similarly, conversion of 4/9 into decimal form will lead to the answer 0.4444444…....

i.e. 0.4 and likewise the outcome of 5/9 will be 0.5555555…….

In this way, the results will come to be:

1/9 = 0.11111111111….............................

2/9 =0.22222222222……………………

3/9 = 0.33333333333……………………

4/9 = 0.44444444444……………………

5/9 = 0.55555555555……………………

6/9 = 0.66666666666……………………

7/9 = 0.77777777777……………………

8/9 = 0.88888888888……………………

Thus, in order to get the ninths fractions, you neither need to go in for the long-division process nor require a calculator. Rather what you only need is just to give a quick glance at this result and keep it in your mind forever.




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