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MC seals 7 shops
Protests Turn Violent
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi protests against sealing at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Thursday
Councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi protests against sealing at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, June 12
The municipal corporation today sealed seven shops in Ghumar Mandi for building bylaw violations amidst violent protests from shopkeepers and Congress councillors. They laid a siege on National Road and Arti Chowk, blocking the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway, and set several waste tyres afire, causing inconvenience to hundreds of people.

The Civil Lines police lodged two FIRs against the protesters. It booked area councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi, Pawan Batra and several other shopkeepers for staging a dharna and blocking traffic on Ferozepore Road.

Another showroom owner, Satish Kumar, was booked for obstructing MC employees from performing their duty.

An MC team led by Joint Commissioner Ashok Bajaj sealed seven establishments in four different buildings in Ghumar Mandi in a morning operation.

The shops that were sealed included Silver Mod, two shops of Shabnam Boutique, Hot Spot, TQS, Swaran Jewellers and Choice Lehngas.

As soon as the team reached New Shopping Centre, area councillor and Congress leader Gogi protested and threatened suicide if the team sealed the shops in the complex. The MC team had to go back without completing their work.

Soon after, the agitators asked the entire Ghumar Mandi shopkeepers to shut down their shops in protest. Gogi along with another Congress councillor, Parminder Mehta, and their supporters staged a dharna on National Road for more than an hour. The traffic remained blocked and people spoke about inconvenience while talking to the media.

It was total anarchy in Ghumar Mandi for nearly two hours. Lathi-wielding youths were openly marching on the road. Several of them tried to lit fires on the road. DSP Sarabha Nagar Bhupinder Singh had to run some distance to stop protesters, including Gogi, from setting more things on fire.

Another group of shopkeepers, led by president of shopkeepers association Happy Verma, laid a simultaneous siege at Arti Chowk and blocked traffic for more than an hour. They burnt tyres in the middle of the road. They stopped buses and other vehicles on the busy intersection. Tyres were also burnt at Bhai Wala Chowk where traffic was blocked.

Women two-wheeler drivers, who had to reach their destinations were too scared to move. Several of them were seen pleading with the protesters to allow them to go. They even asked the shopkeepers of Feroze Gandhi market to help them.

In the melee that prevailed, several shopkeepers were seen protesting against Gogi, stating that his Royal Plaza in Ghumar Mandi was also a violation but no action was taken against him.

It was only after the intervention of Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda that the agitators were pacified. He spoke to them and asked them not to be carried away by mob frenzy. The agitators called off their protest only after they were assured of a meeting with city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura.

A meeting of shopkeepers led by Gogi was going on with mayor till the filing of this report. The shopkeepers were demanding that sealing drive should be stopped.

Joint commissioner Ashok Bajaj said they had started with the sealing drive and it would continue for the days to come. He said it was an administrative decision and they had orders from top to stick to the law. 


Power situation turns worse
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
With the commencement of paddy transplantation in the state, the power situation has taken a turn for the worse with the result that two to three hour daily power cuts have been imposed on mixed feeders in the urban areas with immediate effect and the city residents are made to reel in the suffocating hot and humid weather conditions.

To make the matters still worse, the main transmission line from Jamalpur, feeding a major part of the city, had tripped at around 6 pm on Wednesday and supply could be restored after more than three hours. Taking into account the scheduled outage for two to three hours in the entire city, the people remained without power, practically, for nearly five to six hours yesterday.

With the demand of power from the farm sector increasing due to paddy sowing, the arrangements of additional power made by the PSEB through power banking and purchase from other states went hay wire on day one itself because of sudden closure of Nathpa Jhakri hydel project in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, highly placed sources in PSEB revealed.

"The project was supplying 150 MW power to Punjab, and in addition the state was getting another 150 MW power generated by this project from the power-surplus states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu-Kashmir. The resumption of power generation at Nathpa Jhakri being uncertain as of now, the power scenario appears dismal as the demand of farm sector is bound to increase manifold in the next few days," the sources added.

While the PSEB officials maintained that the prevailing gap between availability and demand of power in the state at present was not more than 100 lakh units, the deficit caused by closure of Nathpa Jhakri, as well as increased demand from tube wells in the immediate future, was leading to a situation that could witness a shortfall of anything around 300 lakh units.

"If the gap between availability and demand of power further increases, which looks imminent, we will have to reschedule the supply to urban areas since committed supply to farm sector has to be maintained till the transplantation of paddy is over," said a senior PSEB official. 



Duplicate, underweight LPG cylinders seized
Shveta Payhak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC) seized 10 duplicate and two underweight cylinders from Azad Gas Agency in Haibowal here today. Department officials also detected instances of forcing customers to buy retail products by K.C. Gas near Jagraon Bridge.

At Azad Gas, officials detected irregularities in books of accounts as the actual number of cylinders was lesser by 30 in number than those mentioned in the records.

Officials conducted investigations on receiving complaints from customers against both these agencies.

"Several consumers complained that K.C. Gas forced them to buy retail products that the agency offered besides forcing them to buy gas pipes with every refill. Though not widely prevalent, we found that the agency was indeed indulging in such practices, causing undue harassment to its customers. We will take up the matter with Hindustan Petroleum (HP)," said Ajvir Singh Sarao, DFSC West.

Officials said retailing of items of daily use had been started by oil companies but forcing customers to purchase them amounted to harassment and was not permitted.

In case of Azad Gas, the department served a notice, lodged a complaint with the SSP and also with Indane Gas for action.

"We have sought a reply from the agency and at the same time lodged a complaint with the police. Indane Gas has also been intimated about violation of LPG Control Orders by Azad Gas."

Duplicate cylinders, said officials, were found in a separate room within the agency's premises. The team of officials, during the investigations, found 10 such cylinders. "It is a serious offence as duplicate cylinders can be sold off as original. They can pose a major safety threat."

The weight of two cylinders was found 500 gm lesser than the prescribed weight. On inspecting the books of accounts, it was found that the actual number of cylinders was 30 lesser than what was mentioned in the books. The department suspects that "missing" cylinders might have been sold off in black or misused.

The department has been receiving numerous complaints from consumers due to which it has tightened its noose against gas agencies. 



Vacations on, students await books
Delay on purpose: Parents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A number of books of Classes VIII, X and XII in schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board have not arrived in the market.

Thousands of students are at their wits end about completing their homework as the long summer vacations have commenced.

The biggest problem area is availability of books in different mediums, including Hindi, English and Punjabi. Parents say, "The board has not been able to ensure availability of books for the subjects in all permissible mediums."

Parents allege that the delay could be on purpose. In the absence of syllabi books, students are forced to buy help books. The authorities need to probe the matter and fix responsibility.

The trouble does not end here; the teachers are equally confused about the teaching material as no syllabus has been issued by the board so far. According the an employee at the Book Depot at Punjabi Bhawan, besides other subjects, books of Hindi second language of Class VIII, social science of Class X Hindi and English medium and Punjabi language Class XII have not been sent by the Education Board. On the other hand, guides and help books of these subjects are readily available in the market.

The booksellers alleged that certain board officials were working hand in gloves with book publishers and the shortage of books had been created on purpose to increase the sale of guides and help books.

"First the PSEB should start providing books on time; after that they should think of introducing the semester system. It could have been difficult for the students to catch hold of the course material, if the board had gone ahead with the semester system. How can they think of introducing the semester system if they can't provide books on time?” said Yashit Singla, a student of Class XII.

Even the booksellers are concerned over the shortage of books and allege foul play. “Worried parents and children regularly ask for books but no book has been made available by the education board due to which we are facing heavy loses,” said Jagjit Singh, a bookseller.

The booksellers from nearby towns complained that the board should give them prior information regarding the availability of books at their book depots. Rajinder Singh, a bookseller from Raikot, said, “It is always risky to carry money while travelling as there is always a risk of theft and looting.

The department should give prior information regarding the availability of books with them.”



Liquor Vend Row 
Withdraw cases against councillor: BSP
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is pressurising the district administration and the police to withdraw criminal cases lodged against party’s councillor Hans Raj and other residents who had dismantled the liquor vend set up in a park in the Karabara Chowk here earlier this week.

Addressing a press conference here today, general secretary of the state unit of the party Ramanjit Badhan said a deputation of senior party leaders had met the SSP and district officials in this regard. The SSP had marked an inquiry to the DSP.

Lambasting the SAD-BJP government in the state for promoting the liquor trade to earn more revenue, the BSP leader said it was regrettable that the liquor traders were encroaching upon every nook and cranny while the authorities express their helplessness.

“It is ridiculous that on one hand the government is projecting itself as committed to wean away the youth from drugs and other intoxicating substances, but on the other hand all laws and norms are thrown to the winds to accommodate liquor vends,” Badhan observed.

He further alleged that a large number of senior functionaries of the SAD were involved in multi-crore drug trade in Punjab and adjoining states. The BSP was planning to expose such political persons and dual policy of the ruling combine.

“Presently, the law and order in the state has worsened; trade, industry and the farm sector are being deprived of electricity, economy is in a shambles but oblivious to all this, the government is making false claims of having fulfilled its poll promises.”

The BSP functionary cautioned that if the government failed to withdraw false cases in connection with removal of liquor vend, the party would launch a mass movement. 



MC Poll: Filing of papers starts
Only 6 appear at sub-registrar’s office
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 12
The filing of nomination papers for the municipal elections, scheduled for June 30, started on a sluggish note here today.

Only six candidates filed their nominations papers for the civic body poll at the sub-registrar’s office here today. Five of the six candidates who submitted their papers today to assistant returning officer Manjit Singh are new faces.

This is for the first time that the administration has arranged submission of nominations at the sub-registrar’s office. Earlier, candidates and their supporters wasted a lot of time in traveling to Malerkotla town for filling nomination papers and participating in other meetings regarding the scrutiny of nomination papers and allotment of symbols.

The authorities concerned don’t expect a rush of prospective candidates for filing nomination papers even tomorrow. A number of prospective candidates are interested in filing their papers on Saturday, and as such, a heavy rush was expected on that day.

The prospective candidates are working overtime to win over the maximum number of voters. They are going from house to house with copies of voters’ list, confirming the number of votes in each house and also wooing voters. They are also distributing election material while making tall claims. The prospective candidates are busy appeasing voters by arranging liquor for them.

Election offices are being set up with just a fortnight to go for the polling. Banners have also been put up at a few places in the town.

Jaspal Singh Jassie, SDM, Malerkotla, has called upon office- bearers of a few parties to impress upon to maintain decorum during poll process. He cautioned that nobody would be allowed to violate norms laid down by the election commission. Women employees have been exempted from the poll duties 



Cong declares candidates’ list
Our Correspondent

Jagraon,June 12
Former minister Malkit Singh Dakha along with district president Bhulinder Singh and MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini today announced the names of the candidates contesting the local municipal elections slated to be held on June 30.

Out of the total 19 wards,Congress will contest on 15 seats,on three independent candidates will be fielded and the name of one is yet to be announce. The names od the selected candidates are Avtar Singh Palah (general) ward No.1; Paramjit Kaur (SC, woman) ward No.3; Inderjit Singh Lohat (SC, male) ward No.4; Amar Nath Kalyan (SC male) ward No.5; Daljit Kaur (SC, woman) ward No.6; Daljit Kaur Sivian (general, woman) ward No.7; Nachhatar Singh (SC, male) ward No. 8; Bakhtawar Singh Nikka (SC, male) ward No.10; Raman Kumar (general) ward No.11; Naresh Kumar Ghaint (general) ward No.13; Jaswinder Singh Puppa (general) ward No.14; Anju Setia (general, woman) ward No.15; Ravinder Kumar Pheena (general, male) ward No.16; Chander Parkash (BC) ward No.18 and Nirmaljit Kaur (general) ward No.19 will contest on the Congress ticket. Sudha Bhardwaj in ward No.9; Bimla Devi in ward No. 12 and Kanwarpal Singh in ward No.17 are being supported by the Congress. No announcement has been made with regard to ward No. 2 which is reserved for Scheduled Castes and is likely to be announced shortly. Akali BJP has already announced their candidates for the coming civic poll. 



In search of his missing son
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Jagdish Sharma of Lucknow used to dream of his son’s better future while white washing houses in that city. Instead, he is running from one city to another and from one village to another in search of his son, who went missing from Lucknow two weeks ago after failing in matriculation examination.

His son, Pardeep Sharma, had taken the failure to his heart and ran away from Lucknow with his friend. The anxious parents are searching for them but in vain.

About 10 days ago, the other boy returned home alone. He told pardeep’s parents that he had taken up a job in Ludhiana. Jagdish immediately rushed to the city but could not locate him. Pardeep’s friend had given the mobile number of his employer.

Crying bitterly, Jagdish said when he called at that number, a man replied the he lived near Moga city but Pardeep had left him. The man told him he had given Rs 100 to Pardeep on June 4 for returning to his village.

However, a week has passed since then and the boy still remains untraced. Jagdish had already lodged a missing report with the Lucknow police.



6-month-old on pacemaker
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Kamaldeep Kaur, a six-month old girl child from Mansa, has probably become the youngest recipient of a permanent pacemaker in the region.

Kamaldeep was admitted to the paediatric ward of DMCH. Her medical examination revealed that she was suffering from a congenitally slow heart which resulted in her suffering from seizures. She was then transferred to Hero DMC Heart Institute. The doctor recommended pacemaker implantation for the child.

A team of doctors and surgeons went ahead with the implantation of the pacemaker to control the infant's heartbeat which had dropped to 40 per minute.



Consumer Forum
Insurance firm to pay Rs 1 lakh mediclaim
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
Terming the denial of a mediclaim to be unjustified, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the officials of United India Insurance Company to pay Rs 1 lakh to an aggrieved consumer.

Passing the order, president of the forum J.S. Chawla and its member Daljit Singh Bakshi directed the company to pay Rs 2,500 on account of mental pain and agony suffered by him due to denial of claim and that too without any plausible reason.

The orders were passed while deciding the complaint filed by senior citizen Baldev Jindal (69) of Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana. In his complaint, the consumer had stated that he along with his wife was regularly taking mediclaim policy for Rs 1 lakh each from the company. It was renewed on March 18, 2005 and was valid for one more year.

On April 15, 2005, he suffered pain in the chest and was hospitalised in the Hero Heart Centre. He was discharged after 14 days as he had undergone coronary angiography. Thereafter, he underwent bye-pass surgery in Escort Heart Hospital, New Delhi. An amount of Rs 2,34,864 was spent on his treatment. But, the insurance company refused to pay the claim, added consumer.

On the other hand, the insurance company justified the denial of mediclaim to the consumer on grounds that the consumer was hospitalised within 30 days after getting the insurance cover, such claim was not payable as per the terms and conditions of the policy. Moreover, the consumer was having pre-existing disease of hypertension since 25 years, as per the discharge summary of Escort hospital.

But the forum did not agree with both reasons cited by the company for denying the claim. It observed that the insurance company had admitted that the consumer was getting mediclaim policy regularly since 1999. The condition of not paying the claim, if the claim was reported within 30 days was for the new persons taking policy only, which was not applicable in this case.

Apart from this the forum not found the hypertension to be the cause of the present disease. It also specifically mentioned the law laid down by higher courts to the effect that the hypertension, diabetes were normal wear and tear of life particularly in the highly urbanized and industrialized cities.



Seminar on cluster development organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Industrialists and experts asserted on forming clusters to emerge globally competitive in a seminar conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) here last evening.

B.K. Trivedi of CII said nearly 140 clusters of various industries with 1,100 units functioning in them were operational in the country. In case of Ludhiana, Avon Cycles had formed a cluster by including nine companies along with. The move was resulting in major saving in costs for the industry.

CII had also stepped forward to forming cluster for handtools, machine tools and other industries, added Trivedi.

Onkar Singh Pahwa of Avon Cycles, Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president of United Cycle Parts Manufacturers Association, J.R. Singhal and Avtar Singh Bhogal were 
among others present on the occasion.



Musical nite for senior citizens on July 20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Members of Asian Club, a cultural organization, in a recent meeting, announced the appointment of former principal of Ramgarhia Girls College Harmeet Kaur as club advisor.

It was decided that a special musical nite for inmates of Senior Citizens' Home will be held on July 20. Founder of the club Sukhminder Singh informed that a programme of old songs and mushaira would be organised for the inmates of the old age home followed by song and dance competitions for children living in Red Cross Bal Bhawan.



Curb inflation

With the increase of petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices, transportation fares and costs of food items will automatically shoot up. Farmers, employees with low income and the poor will be severely hit.

Central budget, when presented, was projected as pro-people but later on, the prices were hiked.

The government should pay attention to inflation instead of stressing upon the GDP growth. It should make sure that the common man gets atleast the basic necessities of life.

Steps should be taken to control the population, which is the root cause of all our problems.

Jaigopal Kusla, Ludhiana

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Jewellery stolen from house
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 12
Mallu Kumar, Rinku, Sonu of Raikot and Rohil Hans of Ambala City entered into the house of Balkishan of Balmik Mohalla, Raikot, and allegedly stole gold and silver jewellery, Rs 10,000 in cash and two LPG cylinders. A case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.The robbery took place when the complainant along with his family had gone to pay an obeisance to Mata Naina Devi.

185 duplicate CDs seized

Sandheer Kumar and Dukhia, both from Bihar, were arrested for stealing duplicate CDs from a music company. Tarsem Lal, an employee of Indian Musical Industry, New Delhi, had on June 11 lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. A case under the Copyright Act, 1957 has been registered against both of them. About 185 duplicate CDs were seized from their possession. 



Bonanza offer from Dishtv
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Dishtv and ESPN STAR Sports have announced a joint marketing programme titled, ‘Summer Sports Bonanza’ for the subscribers of Dishtv across the country.

Under this initiative, a benefit of Rs 500 would be credited to the subscribers’ account on the purchase of a new connection before June 30,according to a press note issued here today.

This discount is over and above the free set top box offer already introduced by the company. The subscriber is free to use this credit of Rs 500.



PAU to honour innovative farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
PAU would honour farmers with three awards namely S. Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, Parwasi Bharti Award and S. Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, according to director of extension education Dr N.S. Malhi.

These awards will be presented to selected farmers on the eve of Kisan Mela to be held at PAU campus, Ludhiana, in September this year. The application forms for the above awards can be obtained from the associate/deputy directors (T), Krishi Vigyan Kendras, director, regional stations, district extension specialists, district extension coordinators, chief agriculture officers, deputy directors of horticulture in different districts of Punjab and directorate of extension education, PAU.

Dr Malhi added that the last date for the receipt of applications in the office of the director of extension education, PAU, would be July 7. For each award, separate application would be accepted.

Giving details about these awards, Dr Malhi said S. Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award would carry a cash award of Rs 5,000 along with a plaque and citation and self cultivating farmers of field crops in the state of Punjab would be eligible for the award.

The Parwasi Bharti Award would carry Rs 8,000 cash along with a plaque and citation and self cultivating farmers engaged in diversified farming system would be eligible, said Dr Malhi.

The S. Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award carrying Rs 3,100 cash along with a plaque and citation is open to self cultivating vegetable growers who put alteast 60 per cent area of their operational holding under vegetable crops in winter as well as summer seasons.



Laser-levelling course concludes at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A two-day training course on ‘Operation and Adjustments of Laser-Leveller’ was organised on June 10 and 11 by the training unit in collaboration with the department of farm power, machinery, soil and water engineering of College of Agriculture Engineering, PAU.

As many as 30 participants, including engineers, technicians from the department of agriculture, Punjab, and farmers participated in the programme. They learnt various adjustments of this machine in the field during operation.

Dr P.K. Gupta, dean of the college, who was the chief guest during the concluding function, said declining water table and degrading soil health were the major concerns and laser land-levelling was an important technology for using water efficiently as it reduced irrigation time and enhanced productivity of not only water but also of other non-water farm inputs.

Dr S.S. Ahuja, head of the department of farm power and machinery, informed that laser-leveller technology saved 25-30 per cent water and 30 per cent time and also improved productivity by 10-15 per cent.

Dr M.P. Kaushal, head, department of soil and water engineering, said the technology was applicable to larger fields where farmer had the option to reduce operating time by 10 to 15 per cent. Dr Manjeet Singh, incharge, training unit and coordinator of the event, informed that the training had been organised under the Central Sector Scheme for the promotion and strengthening of agricultural mechanisation through training and demonstration approved by the department of agriculture and cooperation,  ministry of agriculture. 



From Schools
Summer camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Grand finale of summer camp was held at Bal Bharati Public School on the concluding day of the camp here today.

An art exhibition, computer presentation programme and a cultural show were organised for the parents. Kids were taught swimming, dramatics, clay modeling, art and craft, dance, instrumental music and computer by the experts. Around 250 children from the age group of three to 12 participated. Art exhibition displayed all the artistic creations of children prepared during the camp.

Around 700 parents witnessed the computer presentation programme and imaginative creations of their wards.

Yoga camp: A two-day Yoga camp was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Ludhiana under the guidance of Shri Krishan Lal Gupta, president, Patanjali Yog Samiti, Punjab. Students and staff were given demonstration of various aasans and pranayams.

Camp at Rajeshwari Kala Mandir: As many as 600 students are participating in various activities in a summer camp organised at Rajeshwari Kala Mandir.

Skating, dance, music, fine arts, mehndi, beautician, computer, candle making and painting are taught. An exhibition on the last day will be organised.



PU declares BCom I results
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Panjab University, Chandigarh, declared the results of B.Com I. Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women got 100 per cent result. Shallu Jindal stood first in college by securing 83.27 per cent marks while Megha stood second with 82.36 per cent and  Suman third with 79.45 per cent marks.

Students of MTSM College for Women have brought laurels to the institution with 99 per cent result. Monika Rani stood first in college by scoring 83.6 per cent marks. Karamjeet and Sarita stood second and third by scoring 80 per cent and 72 per cent marks, respectively.

Kamla Lohtia S D College achieved 97 per cent result with more than 100 students getting first divisions. 



Restructure UGC add-on courses: Sahota
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The add-on courses started by the University Grants Commission (UGC) need to be restructured as a large number of students have been forced to cope-up with vast syllabi. Secondly, the courses were losing its importance to the “poor” monitoring by the funding agency.

The add-on courses offer certificate, diploma and advance diploma courses in the call centre, nursery teacher training (NSS), dress designing, fashion designing, personality grooming, insurance business, office management and information technology. But, the real spirit seems to be defeated as sources reveal that a few institutions opted for these just to get huge grants from the UGC.

One of the faculty member disclosed that the managements admitted students free of cost whenever only a few took admissions in such courses. These were introduced to make students aware of the market-oriented programmes.

“It was a novel idea to introduce the vocational courses on which the UGC is spending crores of rupees. But a large number of college managements are not taking it seriously. In the absence of proper qualified staff, students were losing interest in such courses”, she added.

Megha Jain, a BA I student of a local college, said: “ I had opted for fashion designing certificate course. After sometime it become impossible for me to cover the syllabi of compulsory subjects in addition to the add-on courses. We used to attend zero and late classes. I had to discontinue it as I was not able to handle so much pressure”, she complained adding that condition of bona fide student should be lifted by the funding agency.

Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, principal, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, said the UGC or the university alone should not be blamed for students’ failure. Commitment from all fronts was needed to take any challenge. “The concept of add-on courses is unique. But students, already reeling under pressure, find it difficult to handle so-much syllabi”, she said hoping that newly-introduced add-on cell at Panjab University, Chandigarh, will take necessary steps for running smoothly.



Artisans trained in net house fabrication
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Presiding over a three-day training course on fabrication of net houses for growing vegetables here yesterday, Dr Sarwan Singh Bains, former director, agriculture, Punjab, said vegetable growing could help farmers not only in enhancing profitability but also in diversification of agriculture.

Artisans from different parts of Punjab were provided know-how on fabricating net-houses. Dr Bains said farmers should benefit from the subsidiary provisions by the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission to promote vegetable. He appreciated the training programme aimed at skill enhancement of village artisans as a useful step as they would be able to make net house structures in their respective areas.

PAU director of extension education said efforts were being made to apprise the artisans of different types of net house structures suitable for vegetable growing and added that efforts could bear fruit if trained artisans translated their knowledge at field level. He appreciated Dr B.S. Romana for making efforts to popularise the technology through involvement of various KVKs. 



LBA trainees to represent India in Nepal Badminton Meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Trainees of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA) being run here at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Sports Complex continue to bring fame to the centre as two more shuttlers have been selected to represent the nation in an international badminton tournament.

Taking into consideration their performance during various tournaments in the recent past, Raj Kumar and Lakhwinder Singh Punnu have been selected to take part in Senior Nepal International Badminton Series slated to be held from June 15 to 23 at Kathmandu.

Only these two boys have found place in the Indian squad to participate in this event.

Participants from Singapore, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka besides hosts Nepal will be vying for top honours in this nine-day tournament. Apart from singles matches, Raj Kumar and Lakhwinder will also take part in doubles in Kathmandu.

It is pertinent to mention here that another upcoming shuttler from this academy Pranav Chopra has been chosen to take part in Junior Asian Badminton Championship to be held from July 15 to 20 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is currently attending a special training camp at Jakarta, Indonesia.

Pranav and Raj Kumar have also been selected as probables for the next Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in New Delhi in 2010.

Office-bearers of the LBA, including M.K. Chopra and Anupam Kumaria, president and honorary general secretary respectively, congratulate Raj Kumar and Lakhwinder on their selection in the national squad for the upcoming meet. They also appreciated their coach Mangat Rai Sharma for preparing international-level shuttlers and making the academy proud.



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