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PAU declines 25 acres in Amritsar
Wants land in Ladowal for research
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is learnt to be declining the government offer of providing alternate land in Amritsar in lieu of 25 acres acquired in Bathinda for the Sports Stadium. Instead, the university has suggested the government to provide the land at Ladowal near here.

Confirming it to The Tribune last evening, the V-C said most of the land being offered to PAU was scattered. Some part of land was under litigation. A team of PAU experts comprising director, Research, Extension, estate officer, assistant director, Seeds, returned from Amritsar last evening and is believed not in favour of accepting that land.

The experts pointed out that PAU required land for research and it must be compact and not scattered. The team learnt that some land was under litigation, too. PAU would like not to get into litigations, the V-C said.

"We will convey this to the government and will suggest them to provide the land next to Ladowal farm, which belongs to government itself", said the V-C.

In lieu of Bathinda land, the state government had asked the PAU authorities to get land in Amritsar district. Some portion of the PAU land near Ladowal had already been given to Airtel by the previous government about three years back. About 3,000 acres is still available in Ladowal on which there was a proposal of setting up an airport by the Government of India.

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Prize distribution function at PAU
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 3
The achievers in sports and education were given prizes at the Kehar Singh Roopa Financial Award function organised by the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union at the university campus auditorium, here yesterday.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, and Dr M S Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU, were the chief guests. They distributed trophies to the employees and their wards who excelled in the field of sports and education.

Dhanda said sports was an important factor in the development and upgradation of work culture. He congratulated the team led by Amrit Pal Maur, president, PAU Employees Union, for accomplishing the task of recognising the achievement of sportspersons.

Dr Kang said after performing routine duties, participation in sports activities lead to freshness which increases work efficiency.

Dr R K Mahay and A C Rana, registrar and comptroller, respectively, of the PAU also spoke.

D P Maur thanked Dhanda and Dr Kang for their presence. Dr Gulzar Pandher and Amrit Pal conducted the stage.

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315 participate in fine arts competition
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
GNI Public School, Model Town, organised Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Fine Arts Competition, here today.

Gurvinder Singh Sarna, joint secretary of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, was the chief guest. The competition was conducted for the students of classes 2nd to 12th. There were four groups and each group comprised of three participants.

As many as 315 students from 21 CBSE schools of Ludhiana participated in the competition. Babli Singh, city based artist, and Kulwinder Gill, lecturer, fine arts, Khalsa College for Women, were the judges.

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Zonal youth fest concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Panjab University Diamond Jubilee Zonal Youth Festival being held at Ramgarhia Girls College, concluded here today. Bikramjit Singh Majithia, water supply, sanitation and information and public relation minister, Punjab, presided over the function.

Today’s event was marked with cultural dances. Dr Harmit Kaur, principal of the college, welcomed the guests.

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