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SBI, PNB served notices
Concealing staff details for poll duties cost banks dear

Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Acting smart by concealing the number of employees to spare them from election duty has cost 33 banks with numerous branches in the district dear with the Chief Election Officer and the Deputy Commissioner recommending action against them for violating the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951.

These banks, including national, cooperative and private ones, had deliberately held names of their employees despite directions to send the lists of all employees. When the election office was through with putting the staff on duty, they found that all these banks had not submitted the names of all employees.

CEO-cum-DC Vikas Garg has now issued prosecution notices to Punjab National Bank and the State Bank of India. These two banks had 680 and 652 employees while they sent the names of 210 and 357 employees. They did not bother to send the names of the rest of employees.

‘‘We have shot off notices under Section 134 of the RP Act. They have been asked to send the lists of remaining employees within 24 hours failing which they will be dealt with strictly. Cases will be registered against the defaulters,’’ said J.K. Jain, general assistant to the DC-cum-Additional District Election Officer.

He added that after the notices, 11 banks had responded immediately and were in the process of sending the lists. ‘‘What they did was a hindrance in smooth conduct of elections. This is a serious offence, ’’ said Jain.

Many banks, including the Punjab and Sind Bank, the Bank of Punjab, Union Bank, the OBC, the Bank of Baroda, Uco Bank, Canara Bank, Indian Bank, Andhra Bank, Allahabad Bank, Dena Bank, the Bank of Maharashtra, Syndicate Bank, the State Bank of Hyderabad, United Bank, the Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, the State Bank of Indore, Corporate Bank, Vijay Bank, IDBI, concealed the information about the employees.

‘‘Several private banks gave a reason that since they are private, they should not be put on election duty. But they failed to understand that these banks too were established under an Act and the employees can be put on election duty,’’ said Jain.

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Banks remain closed
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
Certain branches of banks, which do not close their business without informing their clients under the Negotiable Instruments Act, suspended working without any notice yesterday as a majority of staff had been deputed on the election duties.

Customers of various banks, mostly industrialists and traders, have sought intervention of the higher authorities in regularisation of services during the elections.

Observations by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that a large number of staff members of commercial banks in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts had been deputed on the election duties by the administration. Even the famale staff had been deployed on the duties.

While managers at some branches managed to keep their establishments open on the first day of rehearsal duties, others were left with no alternative than to close their business. A local branch of the PNB remained closed for the whole day and that also without any prior notice to its clients.

Branch managers of local branches of the Punjab and Sind Bank, the State Bank of Patiala, Syndicate Bank, the Central Bank of India and the Oriental Bank of Commerce, managed to transact business with a few staff members.

Bittu Singla, chairman, Beopar Mandal, urged the authorities to review the duties as it was the peak season of business due to the commencement of procurement of wheat in grain markets.

According to a representation sent to the higher authorities, including the Finance Minister, the termination of banking services directly affected members of all sections of society. The authorities should depute them judicially so that branches could be kept open at least.

The authorities said they were helpless in the matter as district election officials had threatened to take action in case of non-compliance of their orders. “We cannot take risk of being booked by not following orders of the higher authorities,” said a manager.

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BSP nominee’s pocket picked
Rs 50,000 goes before filing papers

Tribune News Service

BSP candidate fiddles with his pocket in Ludhiana
BSP candidate fiddles with his pocket in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 17
Pickpocket stole Rs 50,000 of the BSP candidate Kehar Singh today, who visited the Deputy Commissioner’s office to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls.

Kehar came to know about the incident when he was looking for a pen in his pocket for filling the papers.

According to Kehar, he had withdrawn Rs 50,000 from Punjab National Bank this morning. He said the money was in his pocket till he reached the Mini Secretariat.

"I don’t know when his pocket picked. I am not going to complain the matter to the police, as it is high time that the administration wakes up and nails such unscrupulous elements from entering the Secretariat," said Kehar.

The pickpockets also stole the purse of Kehar Singh's close aide Ramanjeet Singh Lalli containing Rs 8,000. The incident shocked the authorities who remained tight-lipped about the matter.

The incident had taken place when the activists of PPCC thronged in support of former Chief Minister Amrinder Singh, who was here for a hearing in the City Centre scam case last month.

The Congress activists were shocked when they could not find their wallets after the hearing.

The incident followed exactly a week after pickpocket stole the purse of stenographer from the court complex.

The Mini-Secretariat and District Court complex has become the den of pickpockets and thieves. The cases of pickpocketing have become a routine these days.

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Ramgarhia worth Rs 1.5 cr
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
One of the candidates of Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency Kehar Singh Ramgarhia has moveable and immovable assets nearly worth Rs 1.5 crore.

As per the affidavit filed by Kehar Singh along with his nomination papers before the returning officer here today, he has cash worth Rs 55,000, cash deposits with two Punjab National Bank branches worth a little over Rs 23 lakh and capital investment in the family business worth Rs 53,29, 910. In the name of his spouse, Kehar Singh has cash worth Rs 5000, bank deposit worth Rs 53,940 and 350 grams of gold jewellery valued at Rs 5 lakh.

Among immoveable assets, the BSP candidate has agricultural land at Pakhowal village in Hoshiarpur district worth Rs 44,06,250 and a residential building in Hoshiarpur worth Rs 46.51 lakh.

Kehar Singh has taken Rs 3,15,087 loan from Punjab National Bank in the name of his spouse and he has filed an income tax return worth Rs 4,37,710 for the financial year 2008-09. In his affidavit, he had also stated that no court cases were pending against him.

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MC, cops join hands to curb traffic chaos
Hire private company to fix lights

Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Finally, the police and the Municipal Corporation have woken up to the cause of easing increasing traffic menace in the city.

As most of the traffic lights in the city remain non- functional, the city police in coordination with the MC roped in a Chandigarh-based private company to fix the non-functional traffic lights.

Rajdeep Singh of RR Electronics headed a team of technicians from Chandigarh and surveyed major bottlenecks of the city and inspected the non- functional traffic lights. Out of 31 traffic lights, 23 are non-functional. The police and MC, who always indulged in blame game, opted for a middle path this time.

SP-II Harjinder Singh, who is also handling the traffic charge, took the initiative of redressing the traffic problem.

If the traffic problem would not be solved soon it would cause havoc in summers, said a traffic police officer.

According to police sources, Harjinder met GS Ghuman and apprised him of the traffic condition in the city.

According to the police, SP Singh, a MC Xen, was also appointed to guide technicians about the sensitive bottlenecks of the city.

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Midwife runs the show here
Practises medicine and runs an unlicensed drug store

Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Fearless yet illegal medical practise by a midwife at Dashmesh Charitable Hospital, Barewal Road, followed by successful running of an unlicensed drug store reflects the uncaring attitude of district health authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Paramjit Kaur, a former employee of a reputed city hospital and a registered midwife, who is only authorized to carry out normal deliveries, is not only providing ‘consultations’ under the garb of being a medical practitioner but is also operating a pharmacy under the same roof. Though, she is aware that medical practise in the absence of a recognised degree accounts to criminal offence.

The midwife’s son who is not a ‘pharmacist’ is selling allopathic, homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines to the people. The midwife has gone to the extent of setting up an ‘indoor facility’ in a dingy corner wherein three beds have been put up.

Concealing her identity, the reporter today visited the hospital where Paramjit Kaur provide consultation for ‘severe headache’, thereafter giving a bottle of Royal Memory (herbal memory tonic) manufactured by Herbalcure Research Institute, India. She charged Rs 56 for the same and asked the reporter to take two teaspoons of the tonic every night. The midwife proudly disclosed that she had sold dozens of tonic bottles to children who were unable to memorize their lessons adding, “but after taking this tonic their memory has improved manifold.”

The premises was recently raided by the District Family Welfare Officer, Ludhiana, following a complaint lodged by a resident of the area pertaining to the violation of the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) Act but the raiding team was unable to find any evidence.

However, Dr Reena Sandhu, DFWO, having taken into account the unlicensed drug store and medical practise by Paramjit Kaur forwarded the case to District Drug Inspector Rajesh Suri.

Ironically, the drug inspector when contacted said, “This is a case of illegal medical practise by unregistered practitioner which is a criminal offence and falls under the jurisdiction of the police.”

Saugarat, a tea vendor near this ‘self-styled’ hospital, when asked about this unregistered medical practitioner stated that he along with many others among migrants regularly seek Paramjit’s services.” I take my children and my wife to her for every minor and major ailment,” he disclosed.

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Jagraon lawyers put weight behind Tewari
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, April 17
Lawyers in Jagraon today promised to support Manish Tewari, Congress candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency. The members of the Jagraon Bar Association held a function to honour him and express support and solidarity with him.

Tewari promised that he would ensure that a model Bar Complex comes up in Jagraon. He pointed out that the members of Parliament had sufficient grants at their disposal for the development of their area under the MPs Local Area Development Fund.

The functions was organised by senior bar members included Raghubir Singh, Jaspal Buttar and NS Rumi. Expressing their solidarity with Tewari, the lawyers regretted that so far Ludhiana had never got a representative, who could stand up in Parliament and speak for the people. They said now was the time when it would be represented by a young and dynamic leader with such a tall stature.

Tewari also inaugurated the election office of the party in Jagraon, which was attended by hundreds of his supporters. He was accompanied by MLAs Gurdeep Singh Bhaini and Darshan Singh Brar and others.

In another important development, members of the local Tempo Union represented by Prem Kumar and Narinder Dhillon resigned from the Shiromani Akali Dal and joined the Congress. They were welcomed by Tewari and others at Jagraon. They said they had great hopes from Tewari as MP and Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister of the country.

Meanwhile, Inderpal Singh, a member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, former Additional Advocate General Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu, and Barrister Himmat Singh Shergill today urged the legal fraternity to support Congress nominee Manish Tiwari from Ludhiana.

In a press note released today, they claimed that Tiwari was the right person who could raise his voice for Ludhiana in Parliament.

They alleged that Gurcharan Singh Galib, the SAD-BJP nominee had earlier served as an MP from Ludhiana but had failed to highlight any problem.

Whereas Tiwari being a lawyer with the Supreme Court and a spokesperson of the Indian National Congress can put the case of city residents in a better way before Parliament, added Sandhu.

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BSP moves EC against SAD, Congress
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 17
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today charged the ruling SAD-BJP coalition as well as the Congress for flouting the model code of conduct in the Lok Sabha elections. Banners and posters are being put up on private properties without getting owners’ permission and in some cases government buildings are also not being spared for the poll propaganda in violation of the code.

Addressing a news conference here today, national general secretary of the party and in charge of Punjab state Narinder Kashyap said specific instances of violation of model code of conduct were being brought to the notice of both Chief Election Commissioner and the State Election Commissioner and the BSP was demanding action against the defaulters as per the law.

Kashyap said the party chief Mayawati would launch its campaign in Punjab with a state level rally at Grain Market (Near Jalandhar bypass) on April 28. “All state functionaries and the district units of the BSP have been asked to mobilise the party cadres.”

Kashyap rubbished the allegations of demand for funds against grant of the party ticket in the elections by a few former party functionaries, saying such charges were being levelled out of frustration by those who were either denied ticket, or were replaced at the last minute due to some reasons. He suspected Congress hand behind this politically motivated campaign because all those who had levelled such allegations, had later joined the Congress.

Later in the day, the party candidate from Ludhiana Kehar Singh Ramgarhia filed his nomination papers before Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg. Senior BSP leaders like Narinder Kashyap, Ramanjit Lally and Gurmel Pehalwan were also present on the occasion.

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Cong ignored rural areas, says Galib
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
“If the NDA government is voted to power, Rs 80,000 crore of Indians lying in Swiss banks will be brought back to India,” this was stated by Gurcharan Singh Galib, SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana constituency, while addressing a meeting organised by the BJP, Shiva Ji Nagar Mandal.

Addressing a gathering, he said the Congress government had done nothing for the rural areas in the past five years and efforts made by them were only confined to self-improvement and development of big industrial houses. Besides, the poor and minorities too were neglected by the Congress.

Asking people for their support, he addressed gatherings at Islamia Road and various other areas.

Meanwhile, the Car Bazar Dealers’Association has extended their support to Galib at a meeting organised by the association at Rarewal market. They assured people that the SAD-BJP team would work hard to make Ludhiana a model city.

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Verification of candidates must for poll: Rights panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Activists of the Universal Human Rights Organisation (UHRO) in a press conference called today emphasised upon the need for amendment in the Constitution pertaining to nominations, qualifications, conduct and the police verification of candidates contesting elections.

Organisation members will file a PIL in the Supreme Court for making the amendments in the Constitution.

Organisation general secretary Surat Singh Khalsa in his address pointed towards the qualifications of the candidates, which were totally ignored adding, "Even a Class IV employee has to abide by minimum educational qualification, age limit, medical fitness and criminal verification but the candidates contesting elections have no such bindings."

He also stated that from a member panchayat to Member Parliament, every candidate contesting elections should fulfill the above conditions.

Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, association president, stated that the person who was undergoing a trial in the lower court should not be allowed to contest the elections even if he had made an appeal in the apex court.

"The parties and their candidates should be made responsible for their promises made during the elections and should be given a stipulated time to fulfill them in the public interest," Dhaliwal added. The members of the UHRO also demanded that voters should have the right to “nullify” their vote for which the provision should be made on the EVMs.

Also voting should be quashed in the constituencies with less than 50 per cent voting.

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4 file papers on Day 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
On the first day of the nomination filing process for the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, four candidates, Kehar Singh and Amarjit Singh as the BSP and Shiv Sunder and Daljinder Singh as Independent, filed their nomination papers here today.

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg said nomination papers could be delivered by a candidate or his proposer to the Returning Officer or to the ADC(D)-cum Assistant Returning Officer at the DC office in Mini Secretariat between 11 am and 3 pm, by April 24.

The nomination papers could also be filed on Saturday. The papers would be taken up for scrutiny on April 25 at 11 am in the DC office, he added.

The candidates will be permitted to submit a notice of withdrawal of candidature.

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Durani condemns Shahi Imam for backing Advani
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Anees Durani today asked the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid as to what made him reward the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishan Advani with his unflinching support.

Durani said, “I want to ask the Shahi Imam for what is he rewarding Advani; for demolishing the Babri Mosque or for his silence over Gujarat riots when Muslims were massacred and he was the Union Home Minister?” Durani regretted that the Shahi Imam seemed to have forgotten everything.

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Mayor changes meeting venue at last moment
Disappoints park mgmt panels’ representatives

Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Change of venue by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura at the last moment for a meeting to be convened by him with representatives of the Park Management Committees (PMCs) has disappointed the latter here today.

The members of the PMCs from all over the city were asked to reach the Mayor's official residence at 9 am but when they reached they were told that the venue has been shifted to his residence at Sherpur.

Perturbed over it, the representatives went back terming the Municipal Corporation as non-serious to public efforts and leading to failure of the meeting.

Federation of Pollution and Park Management Committees (PMCs) president SS Channa said, "We were verbally informed about the meeting by a representative from the Mayor's office yesterday.

When we reached there, we were told to go to the Mayor's Sherpur residence. We are not MC servants who would work according to them. They need to have a clear picture of what they want to do."

Angry over the attitude of the municipal corporation officials and municipal councillors, Channa said, "If they cannot make efforts to maintain the public parks, at least they should respect persons who are trying to help them."

Channa, who has been a pioneer in saving the public parks movement in Ludhiana, has written several times to the MC officials and except assurances nothing has been ever delivered by the MC.

In a polluted city like Ludhiana, which has 783 public parks under the charge of the MC, only 324 had been transferred to the PMCs till date.

Besides, the MC has never come up with any scheme to take care of the green cover in the city.

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Patwar union stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Agitation by the Revenue Patwar Union, Ludhiana Tehsil, under the leadership of Virinder Rikhi and union president Roopinder Singh Grewal entered its third day today.

The agitators staged dharna and raised slogans against the police for about four hours at the mini secretariat.

They were demanding cancellation of an FIR registered by the police against two patwaris posted in Sahnewal.

Roopinder Grewal said: “If the police failed to act by April 20, we will launch protests at all subdivisions which will continue till we get the justice.”

He alleged that the Punjab police implicated Ajit Singh and Ranjit Singh, both patwaris, in false cases on March 27.

Grewal added that neither any enquiry was marked nor they were given a chance to justify themselves.

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LIT records, works under scanner
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
A team of the vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department, led by Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) A.K. Prabhakar, yesterday scanned records at the sales branch of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT).

The vigilance team also inspected development works being carried out under the LIT schemes. The CVO, along with his team and officials of the LIT, inspected roads in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar that were re-carpeted recently to ascertain the quality of the works. The team also took some samples of material used in road construction.

The vigilance officials also inspected the ongoing work of 144 EWS flats in Sukhdev Encalve. The inspection of EWS flats assumes importance in the wake of penalty imposed by LIT Administrator G.S. Ghuman on some agencies to whom the work for construction of these flats was allotted.

The Administrator had refused to clear the bills of these agencies for their failure to complete the work of EWS flats within the stipulated time and further had directed Superintending Engineer J.S. Pandher to conduct an inquiry to fix the responsibility of officers who had allegedly tried to save the contractors from penal action.

Talking to The Tribune, the CVO said the inspection was not conducted on any specific complaint but it was a routine exercise to ensure that the record of sale or allotment of properties were maintained properly and all development works were carried out as per the specifications of the agreement.

“If we come across any irregularity, either in the Trust record or the any instance of compromise with the quality of development works, we will take necessary action as per the rules," Prabhakar added.

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Prices of veggies, pulses on the rise
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The increasing prices of essential commodities are burning a hole in the common man's pocket. Though the inflation rate is at an all-time low, the price of essential products has been on the rise.

The prices of vegetables, fruits, pulses, refined oil, rice, sugar, bread and milk products like cheese and butter etc are rising. The skyrocketing prices of kitchen grocery have raised the household budget by nearly 30-40 per cent.

Jaswinder Kaur, a housewife, said she used to buy fruits and vegetables weekly for Rs 200 but now she had to shell out Rs 500 for the same. The monthly ration used to cost her around Rs 1,500 but now it had gone up to Rs 3,000. "My budget has gone haywire these days. I do not know how to manage my expenses," she added.

Darshan Singh, a department store owner, said the price of every grocery item was on the rise. "While some companies have increased the prices of bread, others had made the slices thin. The prices of sugar, rice, pulses and refined oil have been increasing for the past one year," he added.

Recession has already taken its toll on the people and the increasing prices of essential commodities is giving a tough time to the consumers.

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GK Group gets construction nod
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has accorded approval to estate developer GK group for development of property. At the same time, the controversy surrounding development of a colony on Chandigarh Road in the name of GK's C- County, in an area of 7.89 acres, has also been set at rest.

Gulshan Kumar, managing director of the GK group, addressing a news conference here today, said the public notice issued by GLADA against the company on development of the site on Chandigarh Road for which licence was issued to a Delhi-based realtor - Clarion Properties, had arisen out of a communication gap, which has now been settled.

The proposed ultra-modern colony (GK's C-County) would have apartments, built-up houses, fully developed plots, a hotel, a shopping complex, a school, along with 45 to 60 feet wide roads, sewerage, street lights, landscaping, parks, pedestrian footpaths, water supply and complete power back up.

To meet the demand for affordable housing, two-bedroom flats will be constructed with a built-up area of 900 square feet and offered at a tentative price of Rs 17 lakh.

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City college gets grant for technical education
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
SAV Jain College here has received a central grant of Rs 8 lakh from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India, on account of starting an Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) in the college for undertaking activities under strengthening interface of the college with industry.

Dr Anuradha, principal of the college, said the first-ever grant to a management college in the city, would be used for research work and industrial training of the management students.

Under the project submitted to the government, the college will conduct workshops for students and employees of the different companies in which the teachers of the college will be working in collaboration with senior industry professionals.

Seminar

Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) today organised a National Board of Accreditation (NBA) awareness programme for its faculty.

Dr JN Jha, Professor, department of civil engineering and co-ordinator NBA at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, was the resource person. All the faculty members and non-teaching staff attended the lecture.

Dr Jha highlighted the importance of NBA accreditation to provide quality education. He focused upon raising the academic standards in the institution and also discussed about the technical aspects for getting the accreditation. Dr HS Singha, director, expressed his gratitude to the resource person for his informative and interactive session.

Talent hunt

An inter-house talent hunt competition was organised on the premises of GMT Public School. The students of various houses participated in solo song, solo dance, group dance and solo dance competitions.

Shalini and Bharti judged the competition. The directors Kashmir Singh Thind and Jasbir Singh Thind appreciated the participants and encouraged other students to participate in such competitions.

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GADVASU to implement council’s norms
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
The academic council of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has approved implementation of revised regulation of minimum standard of veterinary education as laid down by the Veterinary Council of India (VCI). Presiding over the meeting of the council here today, GADVASU Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja said these regulations would be applicable to students of B VSc and AH from 2009-10.

As per the recommendations, the department of physiology and the department of biochemistry will be merged and renamed as the department of physiology and biochemistry. From 2009-10, the department of instructional livestock farm complex will also be set up.

According to Dr Taneja, from the next academic session, the new veterinary curriculum for B VSc and AH programme will include core courses, tracking programmes, study circles, entrepreneurial training, internship and competence in skill. Dr SK Jand, Registrar, informed that GADVASU was the first university in India to implement the revised regulations.

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Law seminar at BVM school
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
Law school tutorials conducted a seminar on various prospects in the field of law at BVM Senior Secondary School. Speaking on the occasion, Rohit discussed the various options after law.

He said the lawyers played a vital role in mergers and acquisitions of companies, foreign investment, joint ventures, law school teaching, policy making, women rights and other social issues. Senthil Kumar, national marketing manager, apprised students of various institutes for pursuing law.

Meanwhile, a rangoli competition for the students of classes XI and XII was held at Guru Nanak Public School here today. The students made colourful designs, depicting floral, environmental and social themes.

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Biz Word
New model of Activa unveiled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) today unveiled its new Honda Activa with an engine of 110 cc and 15 per cent increased mileage.

Promoted under the punch line “Joy On and On”, the Activa is available in six colours, candy lucid red, pearl sunbeam white, wild purple metallic, space silver metallic, geny-grey metallic and black. Standard model is available at Rs 39,881, while Deluxe model will soon be launched. Sales and marketing adviser of the HMSI Hama Matsu said, “Activa is one of the most popular products that has been appreciated in the market. It has set its own benchmark and has changed the definition of scooters in India.” 

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CM’s Secy visits hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Special Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister and managing director of Punjab Infrastructure Development Board visited Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib (C) Hospital and College of Nursing, Model Town, today.

He visited various departments in the hospital and appreciated good work being carried out by doctors and other staff members. Sandhu appreciated the rapid progress of the hospital and called upon the students to keep up the tradition.

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Two booked for dowry
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 17
The Humbran police yesterday booked two persons for seeking more dowry. In her complaint to SSP Jagraon, Karamjit Kaur of Walipur Kalan village has accused her husband of cheating her. She said, she gave a matrimonial advertisement in a newspaper and through a woman, named Gurmeet Gaur, of Chaminda village near Sudhar she got engaged with Sukhminder Singh of Lakha village in November 2008.

On December 8, they got married and Karamjit said at the time of marriage he claimed himself to be from Chakar village and had brought his imposter parents as his parents had died long ago.

After engagement, he demanded a Maruti Swift car from the parents of Karamjit but since the car was not available, they agreed to pay him in cash at the time of marriage and they kept their word. She said, in total her parents spent more than Rs 8 lakh on marriage.

Soon after the marriage, she got suspicious of Sukhminder’s relation with Gurmeet. After a few days of their marriage, Sukhminder asked her if she had some money in her name. She disclosed that she had an FDR of Rs 16 lakh to which he asked her to encash and invest in his business. Irked over her refusal Sukhminder left her on the outskirts of Walipur Kalan village on December 21.

The probe into the case was done by DSP Dakha, Paramjit Singh Goraya. After consultation with DA legal, the SSP ordered a case registration against the duo under Sections 406, 498, 120 of the IPC. The police yesterday arrested Sukhminder but Gurmeet is still at large.

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