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Cheating’s no big deal at SCD college
Shivani Bhakoo/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Cheating is being “allowed” at SCD Government College here during the ongoing examinations of MA (various subjects) and MSc conducted by Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

Flouting rules and regulations, students are being allowed to cheat.

A visit to the centre, near the open-air theatre of college, revealed that the centre did not follow any examination procedure. The students were allowed to sit as per their convenience. Though the superintendent and the deputy superintendent of the centre have been deputed by the HP University, the teaching staff has been put on duty by the college.

Mohan Aggarwal (name changed), a student appearing for MSc maths examination, said even class tests were conducted in a better way as against these final examinations.

He claimed that students were holding slips in their hands and copying easily.

“There is no checking. Students carry more than a dozen slips, but the authorities have not registered a single unfair means case against any student. We can’t understand why the centre heads are behaving in such a callous manner?” he wondered.

Dr Malkiat Singh, principal, said they had just provided the venue to the HP University. “I am not aware of the cheating going on at the centre. It is the university’s responsibility. It is answerable for this, not us,” he said.

Dr Hari Mohan, centre superintendent from the HPU, said some students were caught carrying slips and about a dozen students were sent out today as they were found cheating. Around 50 students were caught yesterday. But we did not want to spoil their career, so no case was registered against them.

The examinations started about 20 days ago and would conclude on January 24.

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Arrest of Naib Tehsildar
ADC to conduct probe
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, APS Virk has been entrusted with the task of conducting a probe into the Vigilance action against a Naib Tehsildar of Mullanpur Dakha after the Chief Minister gave orders for a magisterial probe into the entire case.

Virk would listen to both parties besides enquiring into the details of the case. The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau had arrested Naib Tehsildar, Salinder Singh, red handed while he was accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe from a resident of Dhandra village.

The Deputy Commissioner has been asked to submit the report within a month. The Chief Minister was forced to intervene into the matter after the revenue officers of not only the district but also the entire Patiala division went on strike.

A Joint Action Committee of tehsildars, specially constituted during the agitation, had alleged that proper guidelines were not followed during the raid conducted by the Vigilance. They further stated that they had not gone on strike when Tehsildar Arvind Parkash Verma was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in May last year.

Sources in the administration said the Deputy Commissioner would now be probing whether the Vigilance Bureau had followed the guidelines of the Home department in toto while conducting raids or not.

Further he would also find out whether the raiding team comprised a member nominated by the Deputy Commissioner on the panel of Vigilance or not. The tehsildars have been alleging that there wasn’t any panel member.

Yet another allegation that the complainant in the case belonged to Dhandra and he wanted a power of attorney for a piece of land at the Mullanpur Dakha revenue office. He should have gone to the local circle revenue office instead of another circle.

Vigilance officials said all these allegations were false and baseless. They claimed they followed all guidelines of the Home Department in letter and spirit. A panel member nominated by the Deputy Commissioner himself was present with the team while the raids were being conducted.

The person who was to be given the power of attorney lived in a village near Mullanpur Dakha.

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Railway nod to Lakkar bridge
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Lakkar bridge that had been hanging fire for the past few years is finally going to be completed as the railway ministry has directed its officials to start working on the project after submitting fresh estimates to the Ludhiana MC.

This was decided during a meeting convened by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal with railway officials in New Delhi today. Ludhiana MC officials headed by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura talked about railway overbridges to come up in the city.

Talking to The Tribune on phone, Giaspura said: “The increasing traffic in the city needs to be regularised and for this, the construction of the Lakkar bridge was necessary.”

Apart from the Lakkar bridge, the other two projects that had been given a green light were the railway overbridge on Pakhowal road and a railway underbridge near Shastri Nagar.

Dharam Singh, SE, said the meeting was held with the railways chairman, AC Ginha. “We showed him the drawings of the Lakkar bridge project and since the costs have escalated, railway officials would be sending us a fresh notice, after which the MC would pay the balance.” 

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Exam Fever
16-yr-old sets herself afire, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Examination pressure made a 16-year-girl set herself afire at her house in Sanjay Gandhi Colony here today. The deceased has been identified as Khushboo, a student of Class X at Dyal Public School. She is reported to have been depressed due to the fear of scoring poor marks in the ongoing examinations.

The incident took place in the morning when she was alone at home. According to the police, she poured kerosene on herself and set herself afire on the roof.

Residents said after setting herself on fire, she started screaming and rushed downstairs.

Neighbours heard her cries and tried to save her, but by the time they could douse the flames, she had died.

According to her mother, the girl was alone at home as her siblings were away to school. “She had complained in the morning that despite her repeated attempts, she could not concentrate on studies. I told her to relax and went to the market to buy grocery. When I returned, I saw people outside the house and smoke was coming out from the stairs. Had I taken her along with me, she would have been alive,” her mother said.

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Youth hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A youth was found hanging from a ceiling hook at Dashmesh Nagar here today. The victim, identified as Kamaljeet Singh (21), was living alone in a rented room for the past few years.

The incident came to light when neighbouring tenants found his door locked from inside. When they knocked, there was no response.

They then informed the landlord about it. When he reached the house, they broke open the door and found the body hanging from the ceiling hook.

According to residents, the parents of the deceased had died some years ago, after which he shifted to the city and started working in a hosiery unit. He was an introvert person and used to stay alone.

His relatives said he wanted to earn quick money, but he failed in his endeavours and used to remain depressed.

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City Concerns

The recent strike of petroleum employees and truckers inconvenienced the public, which had a difficult time managing the kitchen, besides transportation. The prices of essential commodities, including vegetables and household items, shot up.

Quite expectedly, the industrial sector in the entire city was crippled. Raw material did not arrive and the finished product, particularly woollen garments, was stranded during peak season.

Traders complained to have lost money in delay on the arrival or transportation of the consignments from the city. Fuel shortage led to long queues and drying of petrol stations.

Employees maintained that they were forced to strike work because the government was not considering their demands.

The government, in several states, was forced to invoke ESMA (Essential Supplies Maintenance Act).

The Tribune would like to have your opinion on whether more stringent laws need to be enforced in a similar situation in future? Should the government enforce a ban on strikes by employees of the public sector and services related to the daily needs of the public? What could be an alternative grief redress mechanism?

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

City Editor 

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Biotech school’s foundation stone laid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The foundation stone of School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SABT) was laid at Punjab Agricultural University by Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, adjunct professor, University of California, Davis, USA, who was the chief guest of the event here today.

Dr Khush congratulated the university for having established the school to give an impetus to biotechnology research and education.

He said the PAU enjoyed a great reputation across the country and abroad and various other technologies for promoting agricultural production and said it was not sufficient.

He said the SABT established at PAU would be a world class institute with state-of-the-art facilities. Khush further said he would personally visit the university every year to see the progress.

Dr Khush, an alumnus of PAU, had donated his prize money of Rs 3.5 crore to PAU for its overall development yesterday.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, VC, PAU, said biotechnology holded a great potential in addressing the farm problems and bringing another green revolution with a focus on sustainable agriculture, addressing natural issues of environment, food and nutritional security.

He said strengthening of biotechnology research was on the PAU agenda. He thanked Khush for his philanthropic act of donating Rs 3.5 crore cash prize that he received from several international awards.

Dr Bikram Gill, an accomplished wheat scientist, called the occasion a historical event. He said India was participating in the mega project on genomic research and PAU would be the first genome centre of wheat in the country.

Avtar Singh Dhindsa, member, PAU Board of Management, said biotechnology needed to be further strengthened. He thanked Dr Khush for supporting the research through donating his award money.

Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, dean, College of Agriculture, Dr SK Mann, dean, postgraduate studies, Dr PS Minhas, director of research, Dr NS Malhi, director of extension education, Dr SS Gosal, director of SABT. Dr Deepak Gupta, executive engineer Civil II, explained the blueprint of the proposed building of SABT.

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SGPC executive panel defines Sehajdhari Sikh
Gives Rs 2.5 lakh grant to Ludhiana college
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 16
The executive committee meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was organised at Gurdwara Katana Sahib at Katani village, near here, yesterday.

Among various resolutions that were passed at the meeting was according a definition to “Sehajdhari Sikh”. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said a “Sehajdhari Sikh” should follow Sikh rituals in true sense of the term besides reciting the “path” of “mool mantra” every day by keeping his beard and hair intact and abstaining from “kutha” i.e. “halaal”.

As apposed to this, the “patit” was one who was born Sikh but had failed to follow Sikh principals and cut his hair, he said.

The committee also decided to give Rs 20 lakh assistance to the Haryana committee, as demanded by the latter for organising a “Shukrana Yatra”, only if it was organised under the banner of the SGPC.

The committee decided to imbibe the teachings of Gurus in the younger generation and set up religious memorials at places like Chapar Chiri and Mughal Sagarh. Also a “jagriti march” from Nanderh to Chapar Chiri would be conducted.

Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, would be granted a financial aid of Rs 2.5 lakh for the purchase of new books and establishing a library.

It was also decided to celebrate the tercentenary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s victory over Sirhind, which falls in 2010. One school at Bihar and two girls colleges - at Mansa and Barnala - would also be set up shortly.

Those present at the meeting included Raghutjit Singh Karnal, senior vice-president, Kewal Singh Badal, junior vice-president, Dyal Singh Koolianwali, Soola Singh Darwala, Rajinder Singh Maheeta, Sant Tek Singh Dhanaula, Sukhwinder Singh, Nirmal Singh Jahul Kalan, Baldev Singh Khalsa, Surjit Singh Garhi, Mohan Singh Bangi, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Bibi Bhajan Kaur, Dilmeg Singh, Ranbir Singh, Satbir Singh, Ram Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Grewal, Bahadur Singh Katani and others.

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From Schools & Colleges
Placement drive at Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A placement drive was conducted at Khalsa College for Women by IBM Daksh, here yesterday.

As many as 31 students from the streams of Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Management and Computer Science have been selected and issued campus placement letters by the company. The jobs have been offered in technical support and as operations executives at various locations.

The IBM team, comprising Rishi Chawla, Rishi Raj and Sumit conducted the drive in four rounds. First the students were introduced to the company and the company’s expectations from the candidates were highlighted after a preliminary screening, then the shortlisted candidates went through a voice and an aptitude test. Candidates who cleared these rounds went in for an interview.

The IBM team thanked the principal to providing them an opportunity and opening up new vistas for industry-academia partnerships. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal, applauded the efforts of placement officer Pooja Chatley to work for the upgradation and placement of the students.

She also congratulated the students who were selected and assured the company officials that the college would continue to maintain liaison with them for the good placement opportunities for students.

Seminar

University Business School organised a seminar, where Monica Bhatia, regional relationship manager, ICICI bank, J K Nayyar, counsellor, Disha Financial Counseling, were invited as speakers. The event commenced with a floral welcome by the management students. It was followed by a welcome note by Dr Dinesh K Gupta, director, UBS.

Monica Bhatia gave a brief presentation on Disha Financial Counselling. Disha is a social welfare initiative by ICICI bank to help people manage the financial crisis. It was established in 2006 and currently operates in eight different cities, including Ludhiana.

She apprised the students about the assistance regarding financial education, credit counselling and debt management etc. She further advised the students regarding personal loans, credit cards and other financial services.

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Paper-reading contest at BCM school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A paper reading contest was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary school, Shastri Nagar, under the aegis of Punjab State Electricity Board.

The theme was ‘Why and How to save electricity’. RK Khanna, assistant director, PSEB, Ludhiana, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Students of class XI took part in the contest and expressed their views about the need and importance of saving electricity. Paramjit Kaur, principal, exhorted the students to work efficiently for the project and take the message home so that the whole family becomes aware about the need to save electricity. Sumeet stood first, Uparika and Aashima stood second and third, respectively.

Declamation contest

LSSC inter-school declamation contest in Hindi was held at BCM school, Dugri. Mahesh Munjal, MD, Majestic Autos Ltd, was the chief guest. Contestants from 15 major schools of the city showed their oratory skills. Dr Vandana Shahi, principal, said the contest aimed at sensitising the future generation with the evils existing in our society so that they could find the ways to eradicate these evils and make the nation, a better palce to live in.

Gaurav of BCM School secured first position, Harsimar of DAV Public School and Sahibpreet Kaur of KVM school stood second and third, respectively. DAV School was declared the overall champion. SK Mehta, manager and RB Khanna, education adviser, gave away the prizes and congratulated the winners.

Auditions

The students of Bal Bharati exhibited their skills at the dance and music auditions conducted by Sanoni Foundation, New Delhi. The team was headed by Ghulam Siraj Niazi, expert vocalist, who auctioned the students of the primary wing to check the confidence, performance level and the interest of the students. Students sang the latest songs and were judged according to their performances. Selected students were enrolled for a training programme. Punam Dogra, principal, appreciated the efforts of the foundation to provide talented artists to the society.

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Seminar on Darwin’s theory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A seminar on the topic ‘Darwinism- an unconceivable hypothesis’ was conducted at Punjab Agricultural University, here today. On the basis of his comprehensive studies, Dr B S Ghai, a former professor and head of the department of genetics of the university, said the Darwin's theory of evolution was probably incorrect. 

With the help of the data, he revealed almost all mutations occurring in nature were deleterious. “These are not being removed from the population. Improvement aside, nature is rather reducing the fitness of all organisms, including the human being,” he said.

Dr Ghai said even the established breeds of many domestic animals, including cattle, and poultry had become extinct.

He further said his findings that would come out in the shape of a book next month would be of interest to those, who were unwilling to accept that man evolved from a monkey.

The seminar was presided over by Dr GS Khush, an internationally known geneticist and breeder credited with green revolution through development of high-yield rice varieties. He appreciated Dr Ghai’s effort of putting up a different perspective to the evolution theory. Dr MS Kang, vice-chancellor, was the chief guest on the occasion. 

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Fake Certificates
Fearing action, schools declare records missing
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 16
Apprehending action by the police and the education department, organisers and owners of a few private- affiliated schools, who had issued fake experience certificates to candidates getting jobs in government schools recently, have started declaring their records as missing or in some cases even stolen by a few persons.

A few of them are trying to use their political clout for getting missing reports registered at respective police stations.

However, the police authorities understanding the importance of the registration of FIRs seemed to have not bowed to their pressure as no such case was registered at the local police station.

A few owners and organisers of the private schools, affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board were seen visiting police stations in the towns and surrounding villages to get the 'missing reports' registered about records pertaining to employment of their teachers.

Investigations revealed that the organisers wanted to get the cases registered to evade action for allegedly facilitating a few candidates for getting jobs by submitting fake experience certificates.

However, only those documents were being reported missing which were demanded by the officials verifying records pertaining to the teachers appointed by the government recently.

Disappointed over the 'non-cooperation' of the local police more enthusiast owners are trying their sources to get the FRIs registered at some police stations situated in Ludhiana district.

At least 10 candidates from this part of Sangrur district were suspected to have gained employment on the basis of forged experience certificates. The authorities had declared that they along with their facilitators would be dismissed and booked under Section 420 of the IPC in case they failed to give satisfactory answer to the show cause notices. The department has begun the process for issuing the show cause notices to them.

The alleged forgeries came to light when, nine teams of officials, supervised by Gurtej Singh Grewal, DEO (E), Sangrur, visited private-aided and affiliated schools of this area for verifying the claims made by teachers appointed in the district.

The experience certificates submitted by some of the teachers turned out to be fake as the issuing authorities of these testimonials could not show attendance and salary records to prove their authenticity.

Sources revealed that the beneficiaries procured some of the certificates by paying 'huge donations' to the owners of the affiliated schools. Others were given under social and political pressure.

Impatience to get the cases registered exposed that owners of these schools were hand and glove with teachers apprehending action.

Earlier, the authorities in education department had duly verified the certificates, which were made basis for deciding position of candidates in the final merit list. All candidates were asked to enclose Xerox copies of pages showing their attendance at mentioned schools. 

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Congress to contest 13 seats: Dullo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The Congress is going to fight Lok Sabha poll on all 13 seats of Punjab and as far as alliance was concerned it would be decided by the party high command. This was stated by former PPCC Chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, who was in the city to attend a function and later met the Congress councillors.

Talking to mediapersons, Dullo said: "The Centre needs to discipline the Congress leaders be it at high or low level so that the party could stand united in the coming Lok Sabha elections." He added that the Congress was quite confident about it's winning the poll.

When talked about factions in the party in the Ludhiana district, he said the Congress was one under Sonia and it would not affect the party.

Speaking on the SAD government, he said, "The Akali government has failed on every field, including the law and order. Since Badal's took over the reigns, there has been maximum seizure of narcotics in the state and many politician too have been involved in it."

As far as appointment of Sukhbir Badal as the deputy Chief Minister was concerned he called it as SAD's internal matter and refused to comment.

He did lashed out at Akali's on their move overtaking cable network in the Punjab and warned the journalists that even print media could be forced to work under the Badal government.

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Biz Word
Showroom opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Kajaria World, the largest chain of imported tiles showrooms, today announced the opening of its first state-of-the-art boutique showroom in Ludhiana. This showroom showcases around 20 lifestyle, bathrooms and spa concepts along with more than 200 tile concepts displayed in the user-friendly display furniture.

Not only the tiles, Kajaria World is also meeting the customers' aspiration for high-end sanitary ware and bathing solutions by their brand, Kerovit.

Kajaria also plans to open numerous such boutique showrooms all over the country soon. Currently, there are 11 such showrooms all over the country.

BEN 10

This January, Cartoon Network continues to ride on the BEN 10 wave with the premiere of the highly anticipated sequel to BEN 10, "Ben 10: Alien Force" on January 19 at 6 pm and thereafter air every Monday to Wednesday.

Krishna Desai, director (Programming), Turner International India Private Limited, said: "A Cartoon Network original production, Ben 10 is one of the network's biggest and most successful venture worldwide." 

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Relief for industry
Karnataka places order for 6 lakh bicycles
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The placement of an order for six-lakh cycle by the Karnataka government with the local cycle manufactures has come as a respite for the ailing cycle industry. With this the industry has bagged the first order of the year. The cycles are to be delivered by March.

“The Karnataka government’s tender has gone to the four major players of the cycle industry, which includes Hero Cycles, Avon Cycles, TI Cycles and Atlas Cycles,” president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers’ Association Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma said.

Suresh Munjal, managing director (domestic market), Hero Cycles, said, “This is the year’s first order for the local industry and is a positive sign towards the fact that the domestic market is slowly picking up."

Hero Cycles had been asked to manufacture 1,86,000 bicycles, informed Munjal.

The estimated Rs 6000-crore Indian cycle industry, which thrives largely on domestic market, is expecting a good turnover this year.

Pramod Kumar Mahajan, senior vice-president (marketing), Avon Cycles, said, “Many tenders like the one we have got from the Karnataka government, are in the pipeline, including those from the Bihar and Jharkhand governments. The year 2009 will be good for the domestic industry.”

“Every year the local cycle industry gets tenders from various state governments that are shared by the four major players just like this year. Our company’s share in the present tender is about 35 per cent," he added.

Vishivkarma said the industry had got orders of 15 lakh bicycles from various state governments in 2007-08. This year, however, we were expecting that the industry would get orders of 20 lakh bicycles or even above from the domestic market alone.

Sales in the domestic market were affected on account of increase in steel prices that had now scaled down, so things were positive for the cycle and cycle parts manufacturers, he added. 

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Robin’s arrest
Cong councillors allege false implication 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
After the arrest of Robin, son of a Congress councillor Santosh Mehra on Wednesday night, the Congress councillors in a press conference organised here today alleged that they were being falsely implicated.

Congress councillor Gurpreet Gogi said: "Robin is being harassed by the government because his father belongs to the Congress and similarly other councillors too were being troubled."

He alleged that "The FIR against Robin was registered two years ago and due to the SAD’s pressure the case was again brought to fore. Earlier, he was booked under Sections 307 and 325. However, Section 307 was removed later and Robin got a bail. Later on under political pressure this Section was again added and he was finally arrested.”

He said the move was taken in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections to demoralise the Congress workers, but the government would not be able to succeed in it.

Notably, Robin had been accused of attacking Harish Narang, campaign manager of SAD MLA Harish Rai Dhanda, in February 13, 2007.

The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Lachhman Singh extended Robin’s police remand meanwhile, for a day.

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PAU to seek Rs 500 cr grant from Centre
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 16
Authorities of the Punjab Agricultural University will not only seek Central status for the university but financial grant worth Rs 500 crore from the Vice-Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, also when he visits the PAU campus on January 17.

Ahluwalia is coming here for addressing the annual convocation of the university. Besides, him internationally renowned scientists like G.S.Khush, Bikram Gill and Jagtar Bhatti will also be present on the occasion.

Manjit Singh Kang told The Tribune today that the university was facing financial crisis for the past many years and they were not even in a position to pay the pension to the retirees.

The state Government was contributing Rs 100 crore per annum to the university, which was not sufficient. They were meeting the salary component only with the state funding and the research and other contingencies were not being met.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the university would press for Rs 500 crore as corpus fund so that they could earn interest and meet the needs of research and other contingencies.

The Central government has granted a special grant worth Rs 100 crore to the university in 2006 on the recommendations of Ahluwalia. It was in 2005 that Ahluwalia visited the PAU and Aulakh, the then Vice-Chancellor made a presentation and sought financial assistance for the university. This was a one-time grant and the university was not allowed to use it as ‘corpus fund’.

Rs 100 crore has been utilised for the upgradation of the infrastructure and world class state of the art laboratories are being set up with the same.

Seven state of art laboratories worth Rs 34.13 crore, including crop biotechnology and improvement, food processing and value addition, natural resources management, bio-energy, farm power and machinery, integrated pest management and molecular biology are being set up.

The university has also deposited Rs 1.25 crore with the Punjab State Electricity Board for providing hotline uninterrupted electricity supply. At present the research work suffers due to long hours of power cuts.

The campus wide networking (Rs 3.90 crore) for inter-connectivity of different departments and outstations is under progress. Besides, renovation of different buildings at a cost of Rs.9.5 crore at the local campus and outstations is also being carried out.

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DBA Polls
Sales tax, IT lawyers barred from casting ballot
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 16
Sales tax and income tax lawyers will not be able to cast their ballot in the District Bar Association (DBA) elections in the future. The association today decided to either allow them to vote in their respective associations or the DBA.

The rule of “one man, one vote” was okayed at a stormy general house meeting of the DBA held here today despite stiff resistance by sales tax lawyers.

The same rule will be applicable to members of the New Courts Bar Association. The decision will affect over 250 of the total 1,694 lawyers.

In another resolution, the DBA also banned holding lavish parties and door-to-door canvassing during the annual elections.

DBA president Parukpkar Singh Ghumman had convened the meeting following two different requisitions. Around 300 lawyers were signatories to these requisitions.

Speaking on the requisition, Ankur Ghai said other Bar associations never allowed lawyers practising on civil and criminal side to become members of their associations.

“Consequently, we don’t get voting rights there. But they cast their ballot in the DBA elections, which was not justified.” He stressed that the principle of “one man, one vote” as adopted by the Supreme Court Bar Association and High Court Bar Association should be followed here too.

Surinder Singh, Rohit Malhotra, AK Jindal spoke in favour of the requisition.

Some members suggested that either they should dissolve their respective associations and merge with the DBA or give up their voting rights on moral grounds.

The meeting witnessed unruly scenes. Lawyers supporting and opposing the requisitions exchanged heated words on the issue and raised slogans against each other.

District Taxation Bar Association (Sales Tax) president Rajeev Johar, secretary Deepak Chopra, former secretary Arun Kanwal, former president PC Garg termed it illegal. They said they could not be debarred from casing votes, as the DBA was a parent body.

The decision was hailed by a majority of members practising in the district courts. 

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Veggie prices come down
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Prices of fruit and vegetables stabilised today four days after the All-India Motor Transport Congress’ strike was called off. Potato that was available for Rs 6 per kg last week is now available for Rs 4 per kg, while tomato came down to Rs 10 per kg from Rs 15 last week.

The price of onion was recorded at Rs 20 per kg as against Rs 25 during the truckers’ strike.

Ginger came down from Rs 60 per kg last week to Rs 50 today, while garlic stood at Rs 10 as against Rs 15 per kg last week.

Okra which cost Rs 40 last week was today available for Rs 22 per kg and peas came down from Rs 25 per kg to Rs 20.

Capsicum price also registered a decline since last week and was priced at Rs 25 per kg today. Cauliflower and cabbage also cost Rs 10 and Rs 8 per kg today while last week the prices were recorded at Rs 15 and Rs 10, respectively. Carrot was also back to pre-strike price of Rs 8 per kg.

Fruits, however, were not affected by the strike and thus did not register much change in the prices over the last week.

Apples that were available for Rs 50 per kg last week stood at the same price even today so did bananas at Rs 25 per dozen.

Pineapple was available at Rs 40 per kg, guava Rs 25 per kg and cheeku Rs 20 per kg. Papaya was available at Rs 15 per kg, grapes at Rs 80, black grapes at Rs 100 per kg. Keenu, however, became dearer by Rs 10 since the strike and today stood at Rs 30 per kg.

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Letters
Officials’ apathy disappoints residents

No development works are being done by Ludhiana municipal corporation within the area of Urban Estate, Dugri, except the construction of a main road by PUDA.

Several works were announced to be done and money was also granted by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the sangat darshan, which was held on November 9, 2008. But, no work has been initiated so far, also, the condition of roads and parks is highly deplorable.

Majority of the parks present a deserted look and light system is inefficient in many areas. Complaints being lodged by the irked residents were not attended.

The areas ie MIG Colony, Phase II, UE, Dugri, have not witnessed any development works for more than a decade.

After the sangat darshan, the corporation has floated 4-5 tenders for development works but nothing has been included in any tender for the development of this ward no. 60. It’s disheartening as inspite of having educated people living in this area, it got only callous representatives who have been completely ignorant about the area’s development for the past twelve years.

We can just hope that these officials will soon perform their duties efficiently and work for the betterment of people.

Kuldip Singh Kreer, Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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CRIME

Two booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Khanna, January 16
Two residents of Reone Khurd have been booked for raping a girl of Raipura Rajputan village. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh and his uncle Nath Singh.

A case was registered after family members of the girl in a complaint alleged that Gurpreet had been raping their daughter for the past few months on the pretext of marrying her. 

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Attempt to rape 6-yr-old, man arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a six-year-old girl at Gyaspura. This incident took place at a room in Gyaspura on Thursday.The girl was alone in her room while her mother had gone out of the quarters to get potable water.

Ashok Kumar, the accused, lured the girl on the pretext of showing her cartoons on a television. When the girl entered his quarter the accused tried to rape her. The girl stated screaming. On hearing girl’s cry people gathered outside his room and forced him to open the door.

The accused tried to escape but was nabbed by the people and beaten up.

The accused was, later, handed over to the police. After conducting the medical examination of the victim the accused was arrested in an attempt to rape case.

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SPORTS

TT Tourney
Three cheers for Subhash, Daisy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 16
Subhash Batra and Daisy Sharma, both from the Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana, proved their mettle in the men’s and women’s sections, respectively, as they won three titles each in the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee Ludhiana Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at the Central Excise House, Rishi Nagar, here today.

Subhash and Daisy bagged titles in the singles, doubles as well as mixed doubles to prove their supremacy.

In the men’s final, Subhash prevailed over JS Bedi of Postal Department 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 and 11-4 while in the doubles final, Subhash pairing with SP Singh outclassed their colleagues Umesh Uniyal and Parveen Loomba in straight sets 11-4, 11-5 and 11-6.

In the mixed doubles final, Subhash Batra and Daisy Sharma outperformed LR Kundal and Komal Kant of Postal Department 11-7, 11-6 and 11-2.

In the women’s section, Daisy Sharma hogged limelight. In the singles final, she fought a pitched battle against Kamal Kant of Postal Department before managing to scrape past 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-8 and 11-6.

Daisy kept up the momentum in the doubles final also when she along with Renu registered 3-1 win over the pair of Kamal Kant and Seema 11-14, 5-11, 11-6 and 11-7 to clinch her third individual title.

Sanjay Sharan, joint commissioner of Central Excise, Ludhiana, gave away prizes to the position holders.

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