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PAU gets hotline connection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
It seems that the research work and pending projects at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), which had taken a back seat due to regular power cuts in recent months, will be accomplished in near future as finally the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today released the hotline connection to the varsity. The connection was released by the Chairman, PSEB, HS Brar, at PAU where he was invited as the chief guest at the annual athletics meet.

The university authorities had applied the connection to the PSEB about a year back by depositing around Rs 1.25 crore as the research work suffered in the absence of regular power supply. The condition of power cuts had further deteriorated in all these months. But only Sutton House had been provided with the hotline in September, 2008, as VIPs frequented the place. The priority was given as in summers, the stay of VIPs would become uncomfortable when air-conditioners failed to work due to power cuts.

The research, pending projects, etc at PAU had already suffered due to financial crunch in recent times but power cuts had added to the misery of scholars. The major departments had to rely on gensets but it was not enough. The students, researchers had complained that projects could not be completed and submitted without computers and other equipment which run on electricity.

Deepak Gupta, XEN C2, said with the hotline connection, things and working at the varsity would streamline. "Except for residential areas, research laboratories and related buildings, all colleges, hostels and administrative block will get uninterrupted power supply now. We have been advised by the chairman to save electricity so that there is no shortage in future. We will try to make maximum use of CFLs now", he said.


Sub-Registrar offices without safe chests
Risking their lives, staff carry cash home and bring it back the next day
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Even as the Sub-Registrar (SR) offices in the district collect lakhs of rupees every day on account of registration fee on sale deeds, these do not have safe chests to keep the cash in contravention of norms that provide for it.

Since the collected cash is deposited in the bank the next day, the employees are forced to carry the public money home every evening.

Sources said everyday a minimum of Rs 10 lakh is collected in all three Sub-Registrar offices, including East, West and Central, on account of registration of revenue-related documents. The work continues till 5 everyday, and the cash received by evening cannot be deposited in bank.

An employee of an SR office said it was very risky for them to carry so much cash home everyday. ‘‘Till the time it reaches the bank, it is my responsibility. I am scared on venturing out of office on the road. I fear so many lakhs are not safe at home also,’’ said the employee, praying anonymity.

He added the offices do not have enough space to keep the revenue documents. They procured almirahs some time ago and started keeping the same. But there is still no place for the money.

In a city like Ludhiana where many snatchings took place, it was not safe to allow the employees keep cash overnight or even carry it from office to home and then from home to bank.

A senior revenue officer, on the condition of anonymity, said the Sub Registrars had never asked for a safe chest from them. ‘‘Had they asked us, we could have provided. It is in our notice that the money is taken home by several employees. But this arrangement is working fine till date. I do not see any emergent need for the same, ’’ he said.

The official added it was not safe to keep cash in the office at night also. In all circumstances, it was better that it was with an employee. The probability of losing it was more if it was kept in office than with somebody. He argued that cash was stolen from the Dehlon Sub-Registrar office yesterday only.



Anti-Encroachment Drive
MC gives Zone-C a miss
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Though the municipal corporation is trying hard to remove encroachments, it has missed the zone-C from the list of targeted areas due to the reasons best known to its officials.

Being one of the most important centres for the small-scale industry, the area also houses Loha Mandi and scooter markets where the shopkeepers have encroached upon the road for display of their items.

The area which houses more than 10 wards has areas like the Vishkarma Chowk, Shimlapuri, Dashmesh Nagar, Janta Nagar, New Janta Nagar and other localities where people have workshops on the ground floor and residences on the first floor.

Areas like iron market are encroached to the limit and shopkeepers are working without any fear. Talking to The Tribune, Saurabh Gupta said: "It's not possible to keep iron rods inside the shops, so we are left with no choice. Besides, this is not new as shopkeepers, too, had been keeping it outside the shops since long."

When tehbazaari officials were asked about it, they revealed that the fear of a senior Akali leader is keeping them away from undertaking any anti-encroachment drive in that area. Besides, such drives undertaken as per the municipal commissioner’s direction.

They said, "It's not only in the zone-C that we face political pressure, but councillors come to the rescue if we undertake the drive in other zones as well. Sometimes shopkeepers ask us to attend to calls made by politicians who direct us to exempt them and then blame us for adopting pick and choose policy." They added if the councillors really want to bring change, they should accompany the tehbazaari team in their respective wards and take a stern stand in front of encroachers.



City doc in US ready to share expertise
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
An ex-student of KVM School Ludhiana, Dr Mandhir Gupta, is in international news for having successfully managed the post-delivery care of recently born octuplets in Bellflower, California (USA).

Presently working as the Director of Neonatology Intensvive Care Unit in Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center, Dr Mandhir while speaking to The Tribune this morning said, "Call it a miracle or the boon of advancement in medical science, all eight babies are safe and doing well, as not only are they breathing in room air but have started taking feed with tube along with intravenous nutrition. We expect them to be in hospital for six-eight weeks, following which they will be sent home."

Dr Mandhir further revealed that Nadya Suleman, the mother of the infants, had undergone In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), thereby choosing to have eight babies in one go. "We generally do not allow the patient to retain more than three embryos, keeping in mind the risk factor involved for the mother and babies but Nadya Suleman insisted on keeping all babies.”

"We at NICU are not looking at these octuplets as the rest of the world but each one of them holds equal importance in our eyes as an 'individual infant' who are being taken care for their individual needs," said Mandhir Gupta, MD, neonatologist, Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center. "It was difficult to keep them all alive but the team here at NICU has succeeded in saving even the babies with a weight of 0.69 kg and 1.47 kg," said the doctor.

Certified by the American Board of Paediatrics as well as neonatology, the doctor is also member of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), AAP's Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and the California Association of Neonatologists.

The doctor said he was in Ludhiana a couple of months ago and would be more than ready to share his expertise with hospitals here if asked for.

A local doctor, while referring to the incident, said the drastic difference in the social and economic fibre is evident from the fact that couples in the USA go in for insemination of multiple embryos, which is in stark contrast to the family welfare program of 'a small and happy family of four'.



Rural doctors defer protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The Rural Medical Services Association (RMSA), Punjab, fighting for the rights of rural doctors and villagers’ health held an urgent meeting at Ludhiana for discussing further course of action in the present circumstances.

The rural doctors condoled the death of the infants in Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, adding that the ill-fated incident was the result of the sorry state of affairs existing in the medical colleges of Punjab.

RMSA state president Aslam Parvez said the association recently met Daljeet Singh Cheema, adviser to the Chief Minister, and the SAD-BJP candidate from Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency regarding regularization of the contractual jobs. OPS Kande, chairman, IMA legal cell, Punjab, was also present at the meeting held in Chandigarh.

The Rural doctors working under the zila parishads are demanding regularization as they had been given jobs on contract by the previous government.

Rishi Bharadwaj, state general secretary of the association, said, "Cheema was convinced with the genuine demand of the rural contractual doctors and promised to support them and added that the process of regularisation under the Rural Development and Panchayats will soon be started for uplifting the rural health."

Taking the government representatives for their “word” the doctors decided to postpone the flag march in Anandpur Sahib constituency by five days. They were planning to protest today. But, it will now start from February 9. Meanwhile, there is no change in other programmes as the doctors in rural dispensaries continue sit on the floor during their duty hours.

Bhardwaj revealed that more than 450 rural doctors had kicked the contractual job since the policy started in June 2006, as there is no provision for medical leaves, earned leaves, promotions, increments, 60 per cent PG quota and various other in-service benefits.

The rural doctors had chosen the agitational path following the step-motherly treatment to them for the past two years to those working in the far-flung rural areas as compared to the regular doctors who are enjoying all benefits. At least 1,193 rural doctors working throughout Punjab are being paid a meager amount of Rs 30,000 to run the dispensary which includes salary to paramedical, maintaining the cleanliness and arrangement for provision of water, sanitation and electricity bill’s payment.



Steel looks down, thanks to recession
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, February 4
Steel prices which had touched an all-time high at one time during 2008 have started crashing in the wake of no demand. The steel prices started rallying immediately after the global meltdown in September last. The prices of steel like HR coil had touched Rs.52,000 per tonne and MS rounds 42,000 per tonne which were described as the highest ever prices of steel.

With the start of meltdown and recession taking place, the consumption of steel started going down resulting into the decrease in its prices. Enquiries show today that the industrial production in the engineering industries is just about 20 per cent owing to recession and no demand from foreign countries.

This has further resulted in the fall in prices of the steel, says Avtar Singh, general secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana. There has been a fall of Rs3000 per tonne in the steel prices during the past few days. Despite steep fall in the steel prices, there is no buyer, thanks to severe recession facing the industry.

According to Avtar Singh, HR coil is now available in the market at Rs.32,000 per tonne and MS Rounds Rs29,000 per tonne. Flat steel was being sold for Rs31,000 per tonne and kulfi has come down to Rs 25,000 per tonne.

Despite fall in the steel prices, these are higher than the international prices of steel and it is only now that the prices in the domestic market and the international market are at the same level, said Avtar Singh.

The local industrialists are hoping that the international mandis will open up after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, but there is no response from the same and agents of the local manufacturers are returning empty handed. This has caused lot of disappointment among the manufacturers.

The slowdown of the industry has resulted in large scale unemployment of labour. Although no official figures are available about the labour rendered unemployed, the estimate may run into several thousands. There are 5 lakh migrant labourers who work in the local factories. The industrialists have a sigh of relief that a big number of labourers who had gone to their states have not returned. Otherwise, there would have been a big problem of unemployment and a law and order problem too.

Avtar Singh maintains that at least 50 per cent labour has been retrenched in the engineering industries. Besides, large numbers of them work in the hosiery and textile industry.

China which is giving a tough competition to the local manufacturers is also facing rough weather due to global meltdown.

Avtar Singh says that they can now compete with China as the steel prices have come down and the quality of their products is better than the Chinese goods.

But the Central Government must come to the rescue of the industry and banks should be asked to reduce the rate of interest and long term credit limits should be given to the industry, said Avtar Singh.



Tribune Impact
Demolition Move
Panel to scrutinise residents’ replies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman today constituted a committee to scrutinise the objections and suggestions submitted by residents as replies to the show-cause notices issued to them for eviction of houses along the National Highway-1.

While Joint Commissioner Davinder Singh has been appointed as Chairman of the committee, STP BS Brar and MTP Hemant Batra have been made member and member secretary.

The Tribune today carried a story “Demolition won’t serve purpose: MC” and mentioned that no committee had been formed by the MC Commissioner till February 3 for scrutiny of replies submitted by the residents.

According to information, the committee has been directed to meet regularly and record its proceedings after scrutinising the objections received in the Municipal Corporation office and weekly progress should be submitted to the municipal commissioner.

Talking to The Tribune, Joint Commissioner Davinder Singh said, “Every objection and suggestion submitted by the residents will be examined according to the law and complete transparency maintained for satisfaction.” He revealed that he was yet to receive the orders and after having them, he would decide the next course of action.



Wooing voters with cheques
CM gives Rs 4.19 cr for neglected town’s development
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, February 4
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, it seems is all set to launch his campaign by distributing cheques to various nagar panchayats and municipal councils of the state.

It’s is probably with motive in his mind that Badal today visited Sahnewal, a hitherto neglected town, which it seems, had always been last on the list to be accorded civic amenities, dangerously lacking in the town.

Badal distributed cheques for Rs 4.19 crores to the Sahnewal alone out of which Rs 1 crore was given to the Sahnewal nagar panchayat and Rs 2.62 crores and Rs 57 lakh for the development of surrounding villages.

Addressing a large gathering Badal claimed that the Akali-BJP alliance, throughout its tenure, had remained devoted to the cause of employees, workers, educationists, traders, farmers and above all common man," he asserted.

"On the other hand it has been 60 years since India got Independence during which the Congress ruled the nation for more than 45 years, it seems only for demoting the state to the seventh position in the country", he added. He alleged that the faulty policies of the Center had raised the expenditure of the masses as compared to their income due to which thousands were living below poverty line.

To the demand raised by Jathedar Heera Singh Gabria, Cabinet Minister, regarding upgrading of the town to a tehsil, erecting of flyover on the level-crossing, upgrading of the girls school into a college, the Chief Minister assured that they would be definitely be met in the near future. For the initiation of sewerage work, he assured an amount of Rs 5 crore at the earliest. The completion work of a grain market would also be undertaken on a war footing so that it could be made functional by May.

Gabria later told mediapersons that the work undertaken with this amount should enable Sahnewal to become a model town.

Security was beefed up in the wee hours today to manage the inflow of heavy traffic near the Sahnewal Chowk due to the Chief Minister’s visit.



Anandpur Sahib Resolution
MCPI for more power to states
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 4
The Marxist Communist Party of India-United (MCPI-U) has endorsed the SAD’s stand calling for the implementation of the Anandpur Sahib Resolution, which would translate into more powers to the states and give a federal character to the Constitution in its letter and spirit.

Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, general secretary, and Kuldip Singh, state secretary of the party, in a joint statement issued here today said both Congress and the BJP had, all along, been opposed to giving more powers to the states. The successive governments at the Centre had eroded whatever little powers were held by the states, which had reduced the position of the states virtually to not more than municipalities.

The MCPI leaders said there was dire need of recasting the Centre-state relations by giving more powers to the states, as without more powers, the states could not flourish and carry out all round development of the people. Although Justice Sarkaria commission made some recommendations, even those were never implemented. The demand for more powers to the states was not new, as regional parties had been demanding more powers since 1967.

Regarding the SAD’s stand on the issue, the party strongly felt that this issue should not be merely an election gimmick, but the Akali Dal leadership, if it was sincere and serious, had to make a common cause with all other national and regional parties who stood for more powers to the states and federalism in India.

Both Lyallpuri and Kuldip Singh further said for the purpose of forging a common platform with other parties on this crucial issue, Badal and his party would have to part company with BJP, which had always opposed more powers to the states.



Haraz Mishap
Cries, train siren still haunt them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Shrilling cries of students and loud siren of the train engine are the two sounds that Sukhbir Kaur (14) could remember. Lying on the hospital bed with multiple fractures on her legs, she is considering herself lucky to have survived in the accident that took place at an unmanned crossing at Haraz village on Sunday.

Narrating the sequence to her father Paramjit Singh, a resident of Bhagoli village, Sukhbir Kaur said, “Earlier, I was sitting on the rear seat of the bus, but due to headache, I decided to lie down on the seats in the front row. As soon as I started moving, I heard the cries and a massive jolt. The next time I opened my eyes, I was on the hospital bed.

While her cousin Rajvir (4) is so terrified that she had not even opened her eyes since the time of incident.

Her uncle Gurdeep Singh said: “She cries when moved a bit and some times holds my hand and request me not to leave. I don't know how to react and how to console her as being the youngest, she was most loved in the family," said Gurdeep Singh.

On the fourth floor of the DMC, anger was writ large on the face of Amrit Parkash Singh as the condition of his daughter and his niece is stated to be critical.

Both Rupinder Kaur (15) and Harvinder Kaur (14), who were sitting on the backseat of the school van, suffered multiple injuries. Their heads have been smashed badly and their collarbones and ribs are broken.

"Principal of the SBR DAV Public School U.R. Vishisht did not even bother to enquire about the health of her daughters, " said Amrit Parkash Singh and alleged that the driver must have been in a hurry to ferry the student to school on time as in the past also the students have been returned home for being late by five minutes only.

Omkar Singh, the maternal grandfather of four-year-old Manvir Kaur blames the fate for the tragic incident. He said Manvir was all set to rejoin her parents in Manila as her visa was due to expire next month.



Insurance Amendment Bill
LIC staff protest against privatisation move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Life Insurance Corporation employees, under the banner of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees' Association, formed a human chain in protest against the Insurance Amendment Bill-2008, which was introduced in the last Parliament session by the UPA government, at Bhadaur House.

Association’s divisional president Harbans Singh termed the amendment as the "black law" of the UPA government. He said the government was trying to help multi-national companies at the cost of the public sector undertaking through this Bill.

He also said the Amendment of Insurance Act- 1938, the investment norms of insurance funds would be changed and provides 
the facility to multi-national companies for transferring the insurance funds outside the country which would be harmful for the Indian economy.

It is unfortunate that the UPA government is refusing to learn a lesson from the global economic meltdown and exposing the insurance sector to the speculative financial capital to gain greater access to the domestic savings.

Maan Singh, divisional joint secretary, said the UPA government was trying to amend the LIC Act-1956 because the government wanted to raise the capital of LIC from Rs 5 crore to Rs 100 crore. Whereas LIC already had assets worth Rs 1,17,000 crore after meeting all liabilities and solvency reserve of Rs 25,000 crore. The government was trying to privatize the insurance sector by taking this step. This, he said, was against the people’s interest.

PP Singh, divisional leader, called upon the insurance sector employees, policy holders, intellectuals and general public to oppose this Bill through their representatives in the Parliament and remain vigilant to protect the public sector insurance industry.



More flats likely to come up in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 4
If the proposal mooted by the department of local self government, Punjab, materialises, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) will soon be in the process of constructing flats on vacant lands owned by the Municipal Corporation (MC) in different parts of the city.

While the proposed housing projects will meet the ever-increasing demands for affordable residential flats in the mega city, the sale of land on rates approved by the government (Deputy Commissioner in this case), will bring in much-needed funds to the civic body, and at the same time saving the vacant prime lands from encroachment.

In the course of a joint survey conducted by the officials of LIT and the MC, three tentative sites within the city limits have been identified which could be transferred to LIT for housing projects. Accepting the proposed sites in principle, the LIT is said to have sent its formal request to the MC along with site plans so that the process of fixation of rates by the government could be set in motion and the MC lands could be transferred to LIT.

According to the LIT officials, the proposed sites include 2.27 acre land in Barewal and another 1 acre low-lying area behind this pocket, 1.47 acre in two pockets behind Passey Nagar in Jawaddi and 5200 square yards piece of land in Sunet. Even though the land identified in Sunet does not have a proper approach but the LIT could provide access through its commercial scheme in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar if the land is used for construction of flats.

Inquiries made by The Tribune with the LIT officials revealed that if the three pieces of the MC land were given to the trust, these could be utilised for construction of nearly 300 flats of different categories. Detailed projects for the housing schemes would be prepared once the lands are transferred to the trust.



‘Fall in export of woollen likely’

Ludhiana, February 4
While there was 27 per cent increase in the export of woollen and blended products during the period April to September 2008, there would be fall in the export of the same during the remaining period of the financial year 2008-2009.

This was stated here today by Ashok Jaidka, Chairman, Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council, after a meeting of the committee of administration of the council here, where the situation with regard to the export performance was reviewed. Ashok Jaidka said the council was taking steps for the promotion of the export of woollen and blended products and teams of council had participated in exhibitions in Moscow, Italy, Hong Kong, Mexico and France during April 2008 to January 2009.

Designs of Indian products were appreciated and enquiries were received which would materialise in due course of time.

He said the council was also participating in the exhibitions to be held in Las Vegas (USA), Moscow, Panama and Cairo and also sending a delegation to Australia and New Zealand during the current financial year.

Gian Chand Dhawan, a hosiery exporter, explained that there was demand for woollen and blended products from Russia, and the Russians were now asking for sophisticated goods.

Earlier, Ludhiana manufacturers used to supply goods in bulk to erstwhile Soviet Union. Russia now has free trade system.



Ghuman appointed LIT administrator
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 4
GS Ghuman, Municipal Commissioner, has been given additional charge of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) administrator by the Department of Local Self Government, Punjab.

He officially assumed the charge of the office today afternoon. He relieves Ashok Kumar Sikka, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, who was also holding the additional charge of the LIT Administrator of LIT.



Old woman burnt alive
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 4
An elderly woman was burnt to death after a fire suddenly broke out at her house at Bondli village near here. Malkit Kaur (70), the victim, was alone at her house when this incident took place. Her husband had died three years ago and they had no sibling. A few neighbours saw the flames emitting out of the house at about 2.4 am last night.

They immediately informed others through a public address system in gurdwara. Fire stations of Samrala and Khanna and cops were also informed about the incident.

The firemen broke open the door and doused the fire with the help of villagers. However, by that time the woman had succumbed to burn injuries. The body was taken to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination. The cause of the fire, however, has not been ascertained.



Exotic East in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
A wondrous touch of the Exotic East is brought to the stylish folks of Ludhiana in an exhibition of furniture, artifacts, lamps, lights, mirrors, wall panels, contemporary Asian home decor, and great housewarming gifts from Indonesia and Thailand on February 6 and 7 at Sutlej Club.

Chosen and selected personally, the furniture is all beautifully handcrafted and finished and, besides being unique to the area where the product is manufactured, each piece is individual in its aesthetic essence. Vinit Uppal from Amritsar and Tara Rana from Jalandhar visited different areas in both Thailand and Indonesia. They explored small villages in the interiors where small families manufacture these in cottage industries. These ladies initiated "Exotic oriental" 3 years back and have taken their collection to various cities in Punjab.



PAU Notes
Training of Russian students concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The visit of a five-member delegation from Moscow State Agro-engineering University (MSAU) comprising Dr Roman Filonov, head, department of Tillage and students to Punjab Agricultural University concluded yesterday.

The team members met Dr Manjit Singh Kang, PAU VC, deans, directors and other officials of the PAU and shared their experiences.

Dr Kang awarded them completion certificates.

In his remarks, Dr Kang said bilateral visits of students and scientists provide them opportunities to know each other not only from professional angle but also about other’s culture and heritage. Visiting different organisations help create mutually useful cultural and educational payback, he said.

He said the exchange of students provides them occasion to know their institutes, culture and heritage that proves immensely useful.

The PAU and MSAU have already signed an MoU for the exchange of students of the College of Agricultural Engineering. The PAU students have already visited Moscow and the MSAU students to PAU under this programme, he added.

Dr Roman Filonov, group leader, said the relationship between the PAU and MSAU was proving mutually beneficial and wished to see it grow deeper and deeper laying focus on new programmes. He thanked the faculty and students of the PAU for their support in making their visit memorable. With well-developed laboratories, fields and other facilities at the PAU, the visiting team was greatly impressed, he remarked. The visiting students described the cultural programme shown to them as impressive.

US Rotarians’ visit

A delegation of international Rotarians, including five visitors from the USA, Nathan Jeffries, Nathan J Mick, Meanne Clark, Jackie S. Wright, Sallie Ingram and office-bearers of the Rotary Club namely S.P.Karkara, Suresh Chaudhary and Dr. A.S.Bindra visited the PAU here yesterday.

They interacted with the Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, who shared with them the details about the contribution of Punjab in general and PAU in particular to the national food security.

The remarkable performance of Punjab on the food front was due to the combined efforts of PAU farm scientists, favourable government policies and hard working peasantry, said Dr Aulakh.

He said the PAU was known for the development of field-worthy varieties possessing high yield, tolerance to pests and diseases and good quality in the case of field crops, fruits and vegetable crops.

The complimentary production and protection technologies for these crop varieties led to improved crop production.

Dr Aulakh said the PAU was alive to the emerging constraints in Punjab agriculture and the programmes were given the required focus accordingly. After visiting the College of Agriculture, the group saw the Museum of Rural History of Punjab and admired the contributions and visionary outlook of Dr M.S.Randhawa, who played a key role in showcasing Punjabi culture along with agriculture at the PAU.



From Schools
Silver jubilee function at GGN school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
To mark the silver jubilee year celebrations, GGN Public school held its annual function here.

Manpreet Singh Badal, Finanace Minister, Punjab, who was the chief guest, said half of India’s population was poor and afflicted with poverty. “We must adopt attitude of sacrifice towards the nation and Punjab. It will take at least 50 years to improve the life and I always look towards the next generation to find better ways of life.’’

Manpreet Singh appreciated the role of the Khalsa Educational Council in spreading the education. Prithipal Singh Kapoor, president of the council, welcomed Manpreet Singh Badal. The students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme on this occasion.


India’s fastest developing American Chain, an alliance with The Academy for the Brilliant Child, Inc. Georgia, the USA, and Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Inc. California, USA, organized a seminar on the Montessori concept of learning in Ludhiana amid a select gathering of educationalist, business owners and investors.

The seminar was held to create awareness about the three projects of ABC Montessori: Pre-School, teacher training institute and day care facilities with an emphasis on the selection criterion of franchises for these projects. The American Chain is working to spread "The Montessori way - knowledge of how children naturally learn", across India as its effort to improve education.



Prizes for Smart Kidz
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Students of Smart Kidz 1PA-Abacus, Model Town Extension, bagged top honours in the state-level competition organised by 1PA in Amritsar yesterday.

Nearly 800 students participated in the Abcaus competition. Abcaus is a mental development programme where students have to attempt 100 questions of addition, subtraction and multiplication in 5 minutes.

Anjali Wadhwa, institute head, said the students had done a great job. "Mathematics was earlier treated as a difficult subject but here we teach students to have fun with numbers," she added.

DAV Public School

Kunal 1st prize; Dhruti Madam -2nd prize

Guru Nanak International Public School

Jaskiran Kaur 1st; Ishdeep Kaur 2nd; Simran Singh 3rd; Mansimar Singh Consolation; Prabh Simran Singh Consolation

Guru Nanak Public School: Pushapreet Singh 3rd Tanveer Kaur 3rd.



Workshop on climate changes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 4
To generate awareness of environment protection and pollution causing activities, under the guidelines of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh, a day’s workshop and competition on the Climate Change and Environment — 2009 was organised by the International Council of Ayurveda (ICA) at Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon.

The workshop was inaugurated by S Bhag Singh Malla, Chairman, Ludhiana District Planning Board, and Kulvir Singh, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, by lighting a ceremonial lamp. At least 150 senior students and 50 teachers attended the camp. Ashok Sharma, Chairman, and BK Dutt, Director, ICA, highlighted the importance of clean environment for human beings.

Technical Session-I in the Workshop, supported with visual aids, Baldev Singh, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon, and Shailja Verma, Government College of Science Education and Research (GCSER), delivered lectures and gave multimedia presentations on global warming and greenhouse effect. Baldev Singh explained in detail the human and pollution generating activities such as unwanted population pressure, excessive use of vehicles, deforestation etc. leading to a climate change. He further stressed on the dangerous and harmful effects of the climatic changes in the form of droughts, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis on the life of humans, flora and fauna.

In the technical session-II, BS Sidhu, headmaster, Harkesh Koshar and Om Parkash, lecturer, judged Bhupinder Singh (10+2), Government Senior Secondary School, Harpreet Kaur (MSc-II), GCSER, and Navkiran, Swami Roop Chand Jain Senior Secondary School, won the first, second and third prizes, respectively.



Kirtan darbar tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The Baba Namdev Sewak Society is organising kirtan darbar from February 6 to 8 in memory of Baba Namdev. Secretary of the Baba Namdev Sewak Society Davinder Singh said the function would start from 8 am onwards. Kirtan darbar would be held on February 6 and 7 from 7 to 11 pm and on 8 February from 9 am to 2 pm.



Sisters honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Ekta and Ritika Kapoor from RS Model Senior Secondary School were today honoured by the school authorities. Both sisters are working in several films and also obtaining good marks in the school curriculum. The school authorities exempted the sisters from depositing fees. Principal Mohan Lal Kalra said both girls had maintained a perfect balance between studies and films.



PAU Athletics Meet
Agriculture college students shine
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 4
Athletes representing the College of Agriculture (COA) excelled on the first day of the annual athletics meet of the Punjab Agricultural University which began here today. Students from all colleges are taking part in this two-day meet.

Today's results:

Girls-100m race: Baljinder Kaur (COA) 1st; Jiwanjot Kaur (COA) 2nd; Mandeep Kaur (COA) 3rd; shot put: Harmeet Kaur (COA) !st; Jiwanjot Kaur (COA) 2nd; Navjot Kaur (COBSc) 3rd; Javelin throw: Jagdeep Kaur (COHSc) 1st; Jivanjot Kaur Dhillon (COA) 2nd; Kirandeep Kaur Walia (COHSc) 3rd; 1,500m race- Balinder Kaur (COA) 1st; Mandeep Kaur (COA) 2nd; Roopan Dhillon (COA) 3rd; 800m race- Balinder Kaur (COA) 1st; Roopan Kaur (COA) 2nd and Jagdeep Kaur (COHSc) 3rd.

Boys- 400m race: Ramandeep Singh (COBSc) 1st; Satinder Singh (COA) 2nd and Navdeep Singh (COAE) 3rd; Long Jump: Mandeep Singh (COA) 1st; Satnam Singh (COA) 2nd; Sandeep Singh (COA) 3rd; Shotput: Sirtaj Singh (COA) 1st; Perwinkle Grewal (COA) 2nd; Manmeet Singh (COA) 3rd; Javelin throw: Jashandeep Singh (COA) 1st; Ramandeep Singh (COBSc) 2nd and Perwinkle Garewal (COA) 3rd; 5000m race: Gurbinder Singh (COA) 1st; Jasdeep Singh Toor (COA) 2nd; Randeep Singh (COA) 3rd; 110 hurdles: Mandeep Singh (COA) 1st; Gurpreet Singh (COAE) 2nd; Perwinkle Garewal (COA) 3rd; hammer throw: Perwinkle Garewal (COA) 1st; Gurpreet Singh (COAE) 2nd; Jaskirat Singh (COA) 3rd; 400 hurdles: Gurpreet Singh (COAE) 1st; Satnam Singh (COA) 2nd; Rakesh Kumar (COA) 3rd; Triple Jump: Mandeep Singh (COA) 1st; Satnam Singh (COA) 2nd; Sandeep Singh (COA) 3rd; 1500m race: Taranjeet Singh (COA) 1st; Ramandeep Sharma (COA) 2nd and Gurbinder Singh (COA) 3rd.



Anuradha hogs limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 4
Anuradha, a student of BA III, hogged the limelight on the first day of the 66th Annual Athletics Meet of the Government College for Women, Civil Lines, being held here today. Anuradha proved her mettle in 800m race and then finished ahead of others in the 100m hurdles race to stamp her superiority.

In long jump, Ramandeep Kaur of BA II secured first position, while Pawandeep Kaur, a student of B.Sc II proved her class in the high jump event to bag top honours.

Earlier, college principal RK Aulakh inaugurated the two-day meet in which a large number of students are competing for top positions.

The principal exhorted the students to take active part in games, as this keeps an individual physically and mentally fit. She released pigeons and colorful balloons to mark the opening of the meet.

Prof Sharanjit Kaur and Prof Balbir Kumar of the physical education department, along with faculty members, were also present at the inaugural function.

First day's results: Long jump- Ramandeep Kaur 1, Ramandeep Kaur 2 and Ravinder Kaur 3; High jump- Pawandeep Kaur 1, Ramandeep Kaur 2 and Pradeep Kaur 3; 800m race- Anuradha 1, Ravinder Kaur 2 and Pawandeep Kaur 3.

100m hurdles race - Anuradha 1, Gursimranpreet Kaur 2 and Ramandeep Kaur 3; 1500m race - Navjot Kaur 1, Rukmani 2 and Rachna 3; Discus throw- Priyanka 1, Navjot Kaur 2 and Harpreet Kaur 3; Class IV race- Manpreet Singh Dhandra 1, Sardara Singh 2 and Jagdev Singh 3.



Badminton Tourney
City shuttlers finish third
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 4
Ludhiana team finished third in the men's section of the Punjab State Inter-District Badminton Championship held at Raizada Hans Raj Stadium, Jalandhar, yesterday.

The city team comprised international player like Raj Kumar besides Anand Tiwari, Ramneek Sharma, Gurattanbir Singh, Bhavya Dawar, Puneetinder Singh and Ajay Mathur. Amritsar district secured top honours while Gurdaspur district had to content with second position.

According to Vipin Dawar, general secretary, District Badminton Association, Ludhiana, in the men's single section, Raj Kumar and Anand Tiwari reached the semifinal stage.

Mohinder Singh Grewal, association’s president, praised players and their coach for excelling the tournament.



Karamsar cricket team felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 4
The cricket team of Government Degree College, Karamsar Rara Sahib, was felicitated by the principal and office-bearers of the management committee of the college for finishing runners-up in the university level sports held recently.

While addressing an assembly of students and staff of the school, Amrit Varsha and Parkash Singh, principal and manager of the team, applauded the coaches for the achievement of the college team. Arun Kumar, coach, and Sukhjinder Singh, captain, received a memento on behalf of the team.



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