Sewage plant to give Sutlej some relief
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Happy ending to sullage story?
Happy ending to sullage story?

Jalandhar, January 22
The volume of untreated sullage discharged in the Sutlej is likely to be reduced in another week’s time as the four reactors of the newly-constructed three-stage sewage treatment plant will start functioning near Pholariwal village.

The plant, which will be executed by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewage Board (PWSSB) and maintained by the municipal corporation, Jalandhar, is being constructed on contract basis by the Hyderabad-based Ramky Infrastructures at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

The project is part of the Sutlej action plan and is being funded by the central government’s national river conservation directorate, while 80 acres of land for the project was acquired by the state government for Rs 25 crore.

Though the plant has eight reactors and could treat 100 million litres of sullage per day, the volume being collected in the pumping station would be a little more than 110 million litres per day (MLD). So, around 10 million litres of sullage is likely to go untreated into the Sutlej via the Garha drain and the Chitti Bein till another proposed plant of 50 MLD is constructed at the same site.

Presently, sullage from the entire city except a few areas, including Focal Point and colonies near DAV College, has been channelised into the tank here. The discharge is currently being let out in the Kala Sanghian drain that too eventually meets the Sutlej.

Explaining the treatment process, the PWSSB’s quality control executive engineer Resham Lal said the plant worked on the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) technique and had been equipped with gas liquid solid separator (GLSS), which helped in collecting methane gas and sludge cake. He said the gas would provide power to the double fuel engine in the plant itself, while sludge would be sold for making manure.

Resham Lal pointed out that the water would also pass through final polishing unit and chlorination unit before being discharged into the Garha drain. However, he said the treated water could be used by the farmers for irrigation. “The board is tying up with Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for testing the quality of water so that recommendations could be made accordingly,” he added. The officer said the next four reactors would be put to use on February 28 and the plant would undergo a stabilisation process in another three months.

Meanwhile, a team of 13 MLAs, along with PWSSB managing director Pardeep Chaudhury, today visited the site to inspect monthly progress at the plant. The project that started in January, 2006, has been going on as per schedule and is being regularly monitored by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



White burden: Residents decry hike in Verka milk prices
We have no option as dairy-owners have jacked up rates: Officials

Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22
The Doaba Co-operative Milk Producers Union limited has enhanced the price of four categories of “Verka” brand of milk by Rs one per litre from January 15. Though it has not affected sales of milk so far but the decision has overburdened the consumers are feeling the pinch.

Richa Sharma, a resident of Master Tara Singh Nagar says, “It’s difficult to manage without milk and the sudden price rise has indeed made my budget lose balance. Earlier, I used to buy two packets of Verka full cream milk at an amount of Rs 23 but now the same would be available at Rs 24. This sudden rise in milk prices has indeed imbalanced my budget.”

As per the revised rates the 500 ml packet of Verka’s “full cream milk” would be available at a price of Rs 12 as against the figure of Rs 11.50 per pouch, whereas the rate of its “standard milk” has been revised to Rs 11 from its earlier rate of Rs 10.50. Besides, Verka’s “tonned milk” would also be available at Rs 10 as compared to the previous rate of Rs 9.50 and its “double tonned” milk would be available at a price of Rs 9 instead of Rs 8. Other brands for packaged milk like Uttam is priced at Rs 11 for 500 ml, Today is available at Rs 8.50 for toned and Rs 10 for standard 500 ml pack.

General manager, Milkfed, Shiv Ram Saini says, “The decision to revise the existing rates of the milk has come following the increase in the rates of milk being supplied by the dairy owners. There will be no change in packaging of the milk which will be available to the consumers in 500 ml packets.

Deepak Kumar, a shopkeeper from the local Ladowali road market says, “Despite the rise in prices the purchasing pattern of the consumers has not changed to a large extent. Because of the quality certification carried by the Verka brand it has always remained much in demand,” adds Deepak. At present Milkfed Jalandhar purchases approximately 95,000 litres of milk everyday from the dairy owners at Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawashahr. “As many as 65,000 litres of milk is segregated into four categories depending upon the fat content.

It is then packaged as per the specifications laid down. “We have been compelled to increase the rate of milk owing to demand by dairy owners owing to a rise in the cost of dairy farming inputs.

This has not affected milk sales at the Milkfed counters across the three districts so far,” says Saini.



Punjab govt gets serious about sports gurus
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22
With an aim to improve the standard of sports in the state, the Punjab state sports department has finally taken some concrete steps and decided to recruit as many as 169 coaches in all the districts for various games, on contract basis.

Talking to The Tribune over the phone, sports director Pargat Singh said, “The sports department has decided to hire a company for which tenders have been invited. Once the company is finalised, we will move ahead and start recruiting the coaches for different recognised games. The coaches hired on contract basis will definitely help in giving a fillip to sports in the state.”

The state cabinet approved the proposal of the department about four months back, he added.

According to information available from the sports department, there has been an acute shortage of coaches in the state as a result of which the standard of sports has been falling. The coaches recruited earlier by the department retired recently and no fresh recruitments were being conducted in the departments for the past many years.

The sources revealed that out of the available 47 coaches in the district, only 18 are from the state sports department, seven belong to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the rest of the coaches belong to the Punjab police.

The department would be recruiting 37 coaches for recognised games and 15 for promoting major games like hockey, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball, athletics and others. Apart from this, the department has also planned to induct coaches for as many as 40 sports stadiums in different villages of the state as an initiative to give a fillip to rural sports as well.

The former Indian hockey captain justified the recruitment on contract basis and said the recruitment done in this manner would increase the responsibility of the coaches and they would perform and deliver their best to the budding sportspersons. “We want to bring out the best talent to the fore in all the sports. By hiring energetic coaches having good command on their respective games the budding players will get a good platform,” he added.



Jan 25: Savour Pak theatre flavour
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22
It would be a union of two cultures and traditions at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall on January 25 when Pakistan-based “mass theatre”, Lahore, would perform on the eve of pre-January 26, as a salute to the revolutionary ideals of the freedom fighters.

An annual affair since 1984, every year the event is dedicated to one freedom fighter. “This time we have dedicated the event to Lal Singh Dil, a renowned poet who died recently,” said Amolak Singh, trustee, Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall Committee.

Seven teams are participating in the night-long theatre festival in which six play groups are from Punjab and one from Pakistan. The plays would begin on January 25 at 8 pm and will continue till the wee hours of January 26, followed by a “mashaal yatra” as a symbol to create awareness in society against the existing social problems.

“It will be a rare treat for theatre lovers as all the plays are based on burning social issues which include affects of the partition, female foeticide, indecent representation of women and the nexus of fake travel agents,” said Amolak Singh.

He said, “This time we have especially invited ‘mass theatre’, Lahore, which will present a play ‘Parmeshwar Singh’ based on the partition. The play leaves a message that though both the countries are separated, the heritage of both the nations is common.”

“Directed by Amir Nawaz and written by Ahmed Nadim Qashmi, the play has 25 renowned artistes from Pakistan,” maintained Amolak. The other plays include “Inquilab Di Rah Te” directed by Gursharan Singh and “Spartaksh” based on the liberation of slaves to be performed by the Navchintan Kala Manch, Beas, and directed by Hansa Singh. Apart from this, there is a play on female foeticide “Kalakh Hanere” which talks of the alarming decline female ratio in Punjab by the Lok Kala Manch, Barnala, and directed by Harwinder Diwana.

“Another highlight of the night would be the play “Bas Rehan De Ched Na Darda Nu” by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Kala Manch, Boha, Mansa, which shows the nexus of illegal travel agents, youth stuck in foreign jails and fraud NRI marriages,” Amolak said.

In addition, there is a play on the ideals of Shaheed Bhagat Singh titled “Itihas Di Bukkal Chon” by the Lok Kala Manch, Mullanpur, Ludhiana, directed by Harkesh Chaudhary and a Hindi play “Poster” by the Lok Kala Manch, Bathinda, based on the indecent representation of women on TV, advertisements and films, directed by Balraj Sajan.

He said Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall Committee members had decided to hand over a memorandum to Punjab minister for tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria against the indecent representation of women.



Young World
Scientific temper runs high
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22
A two-day science fair, on the theme ‘Science and Technology for sustainable development’, was organised at the DAV College, Jalandhar. Students of more than 20 schools participated in the fair in which more than 100 models and experiments were on display. Students of DSSD senior secondary school, Basti Nau, Jalandhar bagged first position for their model ‘Disaster alerts and their management’. The model was prepared by Dhanraj Verma, Jyoti Swaroop and Inderjeet. Second position was bagged by SRT DAV Public School, Bilga for their model ‘Working of Heart’ by Rasmeet and Jaspreet.

NTSE exam

As many as 25 students of Swami Sant Dass Public School, Jalandhar, brought laurels to their institution by clearing the state-level NTSE examination for class VIII and X. The winners from class VIII, include Damanpreet, Vishnu Thapa, Sidarth Atwal, Jeena Rattan and others. Those from class X are Jatin Minia, Ilisha and Manav.

Young scientists

Three students of EMM AAR International School, Adampur have cleared ‘The Young Scientist Talent Test’, conducted by Shri Chaitanya Institute, New Delhi. The winners include, Rajvir Kaur Grewal from class XII, Manish Mahey (class X) and Manjinder Singh of (class IX).

Edu exchange

The CT Group of Institutions Jalandhar has sent four experts to Derby under an exchange programme on e-learning for establishing strategic relationship with international educational partners for the enhancement of higher education.

The experts include Manhar Arora, director, corporate relations and placements, Sukhjinder Singh, deputy director, Rajan Sharma, Hardeep Singh and Capt I S Dhami, assistant director Punjab Youth Welfare Services. The exchange is a part of an MoU signed earlier between CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar and Derby College, Derby (UK).

DAVIET placements

As many as four students of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar namely Arvind Juglan, Puneet Singh and Vishal Prabhakar from electronics and communication engineering and Harshdeep Singh from information technology secured placements at Indus Valley Partners on a starting salary package of Rs 3.25 lakhs per annum.

Director-cum-Principal, DAVIET, Prof. CL Kochher and Prof. Sanjeev Bhalla, Assistant Prof. training and placement, congratulated the students. Meanwhile, 10 students of Lovely Institute from the science and commerce stream too got placements with Wipro. The successful students would be awarded an annual pay package of Rs 1.9 lakh. The selected students will join their offices by mid of the present year. Ashok Mittal, president, Lovely Institute, congratulated the students on their success.

Gold medal

Sahil Kumar Papneja, student of XII commerce of CT Public School, bagged a gold medal in the National SQAY championship held at Maharashtra from December 29 to 31. A player of kick boxing, martial arts and Taekwondo, Sahil has been selected for the South Asian Championship 2008. Principal Lakhvinder Kaur congratulated him for his glorious victory.

Annual function

St. Soldier Divine Public School, Kapurthala, conducted its Annual prize distribution function in which students presented cultural items and danced to the tunes of the songs of ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘India is the best’, Malvai gidha, western songs, ‘Sohni de nakhrey’, bhangra boliyan and much more. Local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia was the chief guest on this occasion.



Sushi land leaves Sultanpur Lodhi girl spellbound
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, January 22
Rupinder Kaur Dhot is delighted after visiting Japan on a special tour under the “Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange Students Programme.”

A student of class IX at Christ Jyoti Convent School on Gazipur road in Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala, Rupinder was among the 27 Indian students who recently visited Japan for 10 days under the programme.

Talking to The Tribune, Rupinder said she felt immensely enriched by her experience in Japan. A resident of Wara Budh Singh village on the Sultanpur Lodhi-Lohian road in neighbouring Jalandhar district, Rupinder visited several cities of Japan, including Tokyo, and was able to collect interesting information about the latest technology, Japanese history and culture.

She also came to know about the methods used to teach students in Japan. The thing which touched her the most was that the people of Japan had a deep love for their country and were very religious. They preferred to converse in their native language rather than English, she added.

The Japanese students did not enter their classrooms with shoes but preferred to wear simple chappals, she added. Rupinder stayed in Japan with a Japanese family. “They knew a lot about India and its culture through the internet.” A function was organised at her school to felicitate her on her return.



Anti-privatistion panel to gherao tehsil centres
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22
The anti-privatisation coordination committee organised a weeklong rallies across the district, raising their voice against the government move to privatise health and education sectors.

According to a release issued to the press, the committee has representation from Pendu Mazdoor Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Kirti Kisan Union and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha. Tarsem Peter of Pendu Mazdoor Union said the rallies were held in 300 villages, including those falling in Lohian, Shahkot, Nakodar, Mahetpur, Phillaur, Kishangarh, Lambran, Noormahal and other blocks

He said that while rallies concluded today, a gherao in tehsil centres was planned for January 31. A call for Punjab bandh too has been given for February 19, he added.



Market Buzz
Gold gym in city

Jalandhar: January 22
Gold gym, one of the largest gym chains in the world, launched its branch in Jalandhar on Saturday.

Equipped with the latest international and world-class fitness machinery, the yearly membership under platinum pack is available at Rs 96,000, whereas the yearly membership and half-yearly membership under the happy hour pack is available at Rs 25,990 and Rs 16,250, respectively. Dietician Gauri V. Singh said the gym provided services like complete cybex cardio and strength product line, USA; group fitness and aerobics programme, including yoga, pilates, kick boxing and much more. Additional facilities include steam and sauna, massages, nutrition and an oxygen bar to go with exclusive lockers, members’ lounge and travel passport as well. — TNS



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