Wheat & Watch
MSP hike: Labourers fear more tears than cheers
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Hike in procurement price of wheat, announced by the centre, may have brought cheer to farmers in the state but landless rural workers have flayed the move as more expensive wheat would mean more joining the ranks of the starving lakhs in Punjab. Jai Singh, president of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan, spearheading a movement against servitude, said one could imagine the plight of the poor in the countryside who cannot even afford to buy flour at a price of Rs 12 to 14 a kg at a time when the procurement price stands at Rs 750. Now that the price has been increased by Rs 250, the prices of flour are likely to touch Rs 16 to 18 a kg by December.

Terming the rise as a fatal blow to the common man, he said it is a known fact that the workers, industrial, rural, organised or unorganised, do not get minimum wages prescribed by the government. The condition is far worse in the north where wheat is the staple diet. The hike will further push it out of the reach of workers, forcing them to commit suicides, he warned.

It has been observed that the much touted Antodya scheme of the centre and the atta-dal scheme of the state government have been non- starters because of their inherent failures. He said their outfit would start a state-wide struggle to assure food for the poor. “It is no use talking with a regime that pursues policies of oppression as witnessed in Mansa last month when peacefully protesting workers were assaulted by landlords and were beaten up by the police. The government is yet to initiate action against the accused, he alleged. Singh said they would assemble in Chandigarh on the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar to chalk out further course of action.



Dent on fridge costs Whirlpool dealer dearly
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
The District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum has asked a local dealer of Whirlpool India Limited to refund the price of a refrigerator delivered to a customer with a dent on its door along with 9 per cent interest and pay a compensation to the tune of Rs 5,000.

The complainant had appealed that he bought model 430 LTD Iceberg DLX Steel Ref on April 16 for Rs 21,500 which was delivered to him by the dealer, Rimpi Radios on Circular Road, the next day.

He said when he opened the carton, he was surprised to find that there was a dent on the door.

He said when he contacted the owner, Jaspal Singh, he was told that the refrigerator would be replaced and till then he should continue to use it. The plaintiff said when he found that his problem was not being sorted out, he contacted Whirlpool Customer Care on June 1.

On June 17, he said a representative from the company, Inderjit, visited his home and went off without telling him anything.

The complainant said when he contacted the customer care on July 9, he was told that the complaint had been closed on June 19 without solution. He alleged that since no one attended to his complaint, it amounted to deficiency of service. He asked for replacing charges, Rs 15,000 as compensation and cost of litigation.

The forum comprising president M.M. Bhalla and member Surinder Mittal proceeded with the case ex-party as the notice was not received by the opposite party. It found that the customer care had not attended to him properly when he had asked them to remove the defect.

The complainant had said that the refrigerator was not giving proper cooling and the food stored often started giving foul smell. He had said since it was useless, he had to purchase a new refrigerator.



Burning Issue
Ban on cracker sale in busy bazaars
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Deputy commissioner-cum-district magistrate Ajeet Singh Pannu has banned sale and storage of firecrackers in congested bazaars of the city in order to avoid any possible mishap in view of the forthcoming Diwali festival.

Using his powers under section 144 of CrPC, Pannu banned storage, exhibition and sale of firecrackers and explosive material normally used in the Diwali festival in Attari Bazaar, Peer Bodlan Bazaar, Imam Nasir Bazaar, Kalan Bazaar, Paprian Bazaar, Chowk Kadey Shah, Punj Peer Bazaar, Rainak Bazaar, Sheikhan Bazaar, Bhairon Bazaar, Mai Hiran Gate, Saidan Gate, Main Bazaar Basti Gujan, Main Bazar Basti Nau, Main Bazaar Basti Sheikh, and Main Bazaar Basti Danishmandan. The ban came into force with immediate effect and will continue till November 30.

The district magistrate further directed that in rest of the city, sale of firecrackers would be allowed inside the shops. He also earmarked certain places for storages of firecrackers. They are inside Burton Park, 120-Foot Road, inside Pratap Bagh, inside Dasehra Ground of Model Town and Basti Sheikh, Defence Colony Park backside Corporation House, Mohalla Sant Nagar, near tubewell, and corporation quarters, industrial area opposite PS-I, inside the newly constructed park in Ladhewali village, near the house of ex-councillor Gulwant Singh Walaiti, inside Adarsh Nagar Park in front of the main market, on the road leading to Labh Singh Nagar along the canal on the Kapurthala road, in the park in front of Krishna Engineering Works, Ladowali Road, at the parking place of Nehru Garden.

The municipal authorities will provide space at these places to wholesellers and retailers for temporary shops purely for Divali purposes on reasonable rent on day-to-day basis.



Young World
Apeejay students hit ‘Pinnacle’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Pinnacle, a two-day festival for academic, cultural and sports events, began at the Apeejay Institute of Management, Rama Mandi, here today.

The festival has events, including management and IT quiz, just-a-minute, debate, dancing and singing competitions, rangoli, collage making, paper presentation, software competition, ad mad show, press conference, volleyball, basketball and table tennis.

Talent hunt

The Innocent Hearts College of Education organised a talent-hunt contest, Parichay, in which freshers and staff showed their talent. Activities included giddha, bhajan, shabad singing, ghazal, solo dance, folk dance, play, rangoli, debate and poster-making.

School games

The 53rd Punjab School Games were organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road.

The event was inaugurated by MLA Jagbir Brar. Teams from various schools who had won the basketball matches at the district level vied with one another to get a slot in the state games.

Sports fiesta

CT Public School organised a sports meet for the kindergarten students. The mascot of the event was a Mickey Mouse. The sports meet included events like handshake race, partners race, mask race, flag race, Frisbee throw, long jump and hurdle race.

Handball tourney

The PTU inter-college handball tournament concluded at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology. Knockout rounds were held on the first day and the four men and four women teams made it to the second day.

The host team won the event in the men’s category, while Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, was declared champion in the women’s category.

Meanwhile, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya’s handball team won the Guru Nanak Dev University inter-college championship for the fifth consecutive year.

Swimming medals

Pankhuri Wadhera, a B.Tech student of the Lovely Institute of Technology, won two bronze medals in PTU inter-college swimming competitions organised at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal.

HoD honoured

Achla Bhatia, head of the department of English, Government College of Education, has been felicitated by the Sanatan Dharam Service Society on being awarded the PhD degree by Guru Nanak Dev University. She has two anthologies to her credit, “The lost smile” and “Awakening”.

Diet clinic

Students of PG diploma in nutrition and dietetics, BD Arya Girls College, organised a diet clinic on hypertension and diabetics for the visiting parents. The parents were given diet counselling and diet charts as per their requirements.

Social campaign

Dayanand Model School organised a campaign “Stand up and speak out against poverty”. A special assembly was conducted in which the students took a pledge to join hands for action against hunger, disease and poverty.

Mridu Sahni of class X voiced her opinion on gender equality and women empowerment.

A colourful display of rangoli was arranged for highlighting issues of female foeticide, illiteracy and environment hazards. 



Migrants feel security pangs
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Though security in different parts of the city has been beefed up after the Ludhiana blast, Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat district general secretary has other claims. He has alleged that the localities thickly populated with Purvanchalis are still not getting the desired attention.

General secretary Lalji Bharadwaj, who himself hails from Aajamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh, said around five lakh Purvanchalis living in different parts of the city were terrorised after the blast in Ludhiana where six migrant labourers were killed and over 30 injured.

Bharadwaj further alleged that the district police has failed to provide proper security in and around those localities where Purvanchalis were living in large numbers.

Several areas, including localities around Kali Mata Mandir on the Sodal road in Jalandhar north, around Basti Bawa Khel in Jalandhar central and around Basti Danishmanda and Model House are thickly populated with Purvanchalis.

Some mini-theatres and video parlours are also located in these localities where mostly Bhojpuri films are screened. No security was provided around these mini-theatres and video parlours, Bharadwaj alleged. On the contrary, when contacted, SP (city-I) S.K. Kalia refuted the allegations of inadequate security. The police kept on searching these localities from time to time and proper security was also provided when migrant labourers organised any programme jointly. Most of the Purvanchalis living in these localities are working in pipe fitting, rubber, leather and other industries. Besides, several Purvanchalis are pulling rickshaws and working as assistants and labourers with masons.



Dr Baldev is director, horticulture

Jalandhar, October 18
Dr Baldev Singh has taken over as director, horticulture, Punjab. Hailing from a rural family, he is well-versed with the intricacies of horticulture and various problems being faced by orchardists in the state.

An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University, he was selected as an inspector in the agriculture department in 1976. After serving in various capacities in the horticulture wing, he was appointed as the deputy director, horticulture, Kandi area, in 1993.

He remained on the post for over a decade. While serving here, he was awarded by the government for his excellent work among the kandi farmers, especially, those who turned to planting orchards and benefited from the Kandi watershed programme.

As an additional director, he took special care that the state-run nurseries and seed farms produced quality fruit saplings and vegetable seeds for the farmers. After taking over, he said his priority would be to encourage more and more farmers to diversify to come out of the agrarian crises. — TNS



GNDU toppers
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Meelan Biswal of HMV College stood first in the MSc-I (bio-informatics) examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University by securing 454 marks out of 600.

Lyallpur Khalsa College student Deepika stood first in the MSc-I (mathematics) examination conducted by the university. She has scored 383 marks. Jaskiran Kaur of DAV College is second with 381 marks, while Jagjeet Kaur of the same college is third with 379 marks.

Bachelor of multimedia second semester student Ridhima Walia of Apeejay College stood second in the university by getting 1570 marks out of 1900. Bachelor of design fifth semester student Mandeep has also stood second with 906 marks in interior design. Seventh semester student Amishi Khosla has got 845 marks in interior design. Supret Dhingra is second with 842 marks. Amleen Kaur is third with 828 marks in fashion design.



LPU inks pact with Perth varsity
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Lovely Professional University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Murdoch University, Perth (Western Australia), for mutual cooperation in the field of technical education. The MoU calls for enhanced co-operation between the two institutes in the streams of engineering, computer science, electronics and information technology. The tie-up puts in place a 2+2 articulation programme for B.Tech courses in the three streams where a student would have the option to pursue studies both at the LPU and Murdoch University, with two years stints at each of the two universities. The MoU was signed by Prof John Yiannis Attikiouzel, executive dean, Murdoch University, and Dr Vijay Gupta, vice-chancellor, LPU.



DIG takes stock of security

Phagwara, October 18
In wake of the Ludhiana bomb blast and receipt of a letter carrying warning of blasts at religious shrines in Phagwara, Jalandhar Range DIG Narinderpal Singh along with Kapurthala SSP Rakesh Aggarwal today visited the bus stand, Hanuman Garhi and railway station to review the security arrangements. — OC



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