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24 from city crack CET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
As many as 24 students from different schools of the city made it to the CET 2009, conducted by Punjab Technical University, results for which were declared here today.

The schools whose students have made it to the merit list include BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, DAV Public school and BVM Senior secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar.

The list includes names of several students who have made it in other entrance examination as well. Talking to The Tribune correspondent, a cross-section of parents and students said "Coaching was greatly beneficial for sharpening the examination questionnaire-solving capability of the students." At the same time, certain parents said self-preparation was the best method.

Students from the city who have made it to the CET merit list include BCM School - Harprinderjot Singh - Rank 6, Arshpreet Kaur -155, Namit - 193, Abhishek -484, Rishabh Goyal- 650 and Rajat - 686; Guru Nanak Public School- Manpreet Singh -11; DAV Public School - Anup Grover - 16, Amanjot Kaur - 44, Paresh Verma -48, Abhishek jain - 530, Angadpal Singh, 875 Akashdeep - 536, Mohit - 763, Manav Arora-770 Manmohan - 1087;

BVM School - Vikram Mittu 23, Rajat Gandhi - 549, Karan jain- 1067, Atul Gupta- 1289, Sahil Chopra - 2268 and BCM School, Chandigarh Road- Mukul -8.



Govt College has reason to cheer
Two passouts, Manohar Singh Gill and Kapil Sibal, have made it to the Manmohan Singh Cabinet
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The faculty and students of the local Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys have all reason to feel proud of their college alumni because two passouts, Manohar Singh Gill and Kapil Sibal, have made it to the Manmohan Singh Cabinet of the UPA government this time.

'Brilliant' is a common word used for both personalities by their acquaintance who spent college days together.

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, president of the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch, said: "Kapil Sibal was our contemporary on the campus in 1955-56. He was doing his graduation. I was that time doing MA(Punjabi). His family had come from Pakistan and at that time our college was a major learning centre in the region, besides Panjab University headquarters at Hoshiarpur."

Prof M.C.Sharma, a 92-year old retired professor of English who taught in the college till 1975, said "I remember, Kapil was son of a very senior advocate, Hira Lal Sibal. I had offered him tutorials in English and remember him as a very bright student."

Inderjit Singh Bhangu, a contemporary of Gill said "Manohar Gill was a very dear friend. He cleared the civil services examination in his first attempt. I remember him as a planned personality in his approach towards any job".

Bhangu said the college, at one point of time, had a very long list of successful candidates in different fields. Army officers from the city topped the list of those selected nationally.

Certain other leading personalities from the college included Devinder Garcha, a former Member of Parliament, who served three terms, supercop K.P.S.Gill, Jasbir Ahluwalia, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University and the famed Ojha brothers, Brahm Swarup and R.P.Ojha, who served as the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, separately.


Industrialist found dead on rly track
n Eyewitness says suicide n Family members say murder 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A 27-year-old industrialist was today found dead on the railway track under mysterious circumstances.

According to sources, he allegedly ended his life by jumping in front of a train at railway crossing near Vikas Nagar here this morning.

The victim is identified as Shamsher Singh Raja of Fathepur Wana near Barewal, who got married just two months ago.

The news of death came as a shock for the family as the celebrations of Shamsher's marriage were not yet over.

Shamsher, who was handling the cardboard manufacturing business after his father's death, was not in good terms with his elder brother Davinder Singh, an America-based NRI, alleged family members.

Shamsher (27) was the half brother of Davinder Singh (45) and there was a considerable age difference between both of them. Both brothers had been against each other for quite some time over the issue of division of property worth crores of rupees.

The family alleged that Shamsher Singh had even moved an application to DSP Bhupinder Singh, fearing threat to his life.

Relatives said both of them went to settle the dispute at NRI police station yesterday. Gurcharan Singh, maternal uncle of the deceased, alleged that Shamsher was killed by his brother.

The family members alleged that Shamsher received a phone call at 9:15 last evening and he immediately rushed somewhere in his car.

They tried to locate him and even tried his mobile number several time, but it was switched off. The family was informed about the incident this morning by GRP personnel, who established his identity from his driving licence.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness confirmed that the deceased had committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.

The GRP personnel has taken the body to the Jagraon police station and registered a suicide case. On the other hand, the family has refused to accept it as a case of suicide and demanded a probe into this matter.

After the family protested, the Jagraon civil hospital constituted a four-member panel of doctors to conduct the post-mortem.

At home, hell broke lose at Rupinder Kaur, wife of Shamsher, who married him two months back.



Industrialist gets one year for air pollution
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 29
Chief Judicial Magistrate AS Virk has convicted Ashok Beri, owner of M/s Ganga Scientific Dyers, Kashmir Nagar, the Gaushala road, Ludhiana, on charges of causing air pollution. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. The trial concluded after 15 years.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held, “I am of the opinion that the guilt of the accused is proved in this case. Accordingly, I hold the accused guilty and convicted for commission of offences under Section 37 of The Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act.”

The court held that the accused operated its industrial unit without any consent from the Pollution Board, which was found emitting black thick smoke causing pollution.

There was no evidence produced on the record to show that the accused had installed air pollution device or ETP before getting the consent of the board, observed the court.

The accused could not be acquitted on the plea that now he had complied with the norms of the board and had also obtained the consent. The accused can’t be exonerated for his past act, held the court. The Pollution Board had filed a complaint against the dying unit way back in the year 1994. It was submitted in the court that the accused was engaged in the business of dyeing and finishing of acrylic yarn.

On Feburary 29, 1993 assistant environmental engineer had visited the premises of the accused and found the industry polluting the environment. However, the accused had claimed him to be innocent. But he was found guilty and sentenced.



Cloud over MC, advertiser pact
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Serv

Ludhiana, May 29
With the Municipal Corporation’s agreement with an advertising company a secret, there is something fishy as the latter is erecting billboard poles in various parts of the city.

According to sources, officials of the Municipal Corporation had not presented the copy of the agreement before the Finance and Contracts Committee and the decision of installing more poles, other than those already present, has brought the civic body officials in the controversy.

Interestingly, in an advertisement published by the Municipal Corporation in various newspapers on January 9 in which the civic body had invited tenders, the officials never mentioned that additional billboard poles could be erected apart from the present one.

However, when members of the Finance and Contract Committee were asked that was there any provision of installing 200 more billboard poles in the agreement, their reply too was in negative.

The members said, “The agreement copy was never presented before us and if any such provision was to be made, it should have first passed through us. The officials have no right to taken decision on the issue on their own.” They added that the LS polls had caught their attention and they didn’t bothered.

Notably, many billboard poles have been erected on Malhar Road and residents of the area are complaining that before erecting those in front or sides of their houses, no permission was sought from them.When Zonal Commissioner Vinod Sharda, who is also heading the advertisement branch, was asked about the agreement, he stated that he had gone out of station and he would be able to say anything about the matter on Monday.



Forest guard netted for graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a forest guard for taking Rs 5,000 as bribe from a carpenter at Tajpur road here today. The VB team was led by DSP Gurcharan Singh.

According to SSP Kamaljit Singh, the team nabbed forest guard Parminder Singh, while Buta Singh, block level forest officer, managed to flee.

Complainant Burre Lal, who deals in traditional Indian medicines, said the accused offered work for his unemployed nephew.

Burre Lal said the forest guard told him that his nephew could make a fortune by selling dry wood from the Mattewara forest in Ludhiana.

The deal was struck and the forest guard got a kickback of Rs 5,000. Burre Lal further alleged that when his nephew was collecting dry woods from the forest, Buta Singh, block level forest officer, nabbed him and asked for a bribe of Rs 20,000.

However, the deal was settled at Rs 13,000. The complainant alleged that he had paid the first instalment of Rs 8,000, while the second instalment of Rs 5,000 was slated to be paid today.

The complainant informed the VB officials about the matter, who further laid a trap and nabbed the accused while accepting the kickback. 



Ludhiana City Concerns
Need to get tough on offenders

Who does not know that adulterated milk is harmful for health? Even the government and its agencies have sufficient data on the extent of the problem and its ill-effects on the health of the citizens.

In the absence of government action, the citizens need to raise the issue at the community level in society meetings. The local ministers need to be acquainted with the problem and urged to take action against the culprits. The citizens should not leave any stone unturned to create awareness among the public and urge the government to get tough with those preparing spurious milk.

Ranjit Chhabra, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana


These days everybody seems to become rich overnight and attain supremacy. That is why, everything being supplied in the market is mostly adulterated. Time was when pure fresh milk as well as its products were readily available in the market.

Neutralizers like Hydrated Lime, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Carbonate as well as Bicarbonate are added in the milk which is generally prohibited because the consumption of these is totally unfit for humans. Besides, sugar is being mixed into the milk to increase the solids not the fat contents. Apart from the starch that also increases the SNF contents of the milk, wheat flour, arrowroot, rice flour is also added by the defaulters.

The poor quality glucose to increase the lactometer reading is also added by many milkmen.The use of washing soda in milk preparation is also very harmful. One consumes cobalt, zinc and copper along with the milk. As the human body is unable to excrete these metals, they can cause kidney failure or result in cancer of the bone marrow.

As the consumption of spurious milk can be fatal for kids as well as for everyone, the adulterator must be stopped to save the precious lives. The prolonged intake, as per doctors, of adulterated milk by infants and children can cause intolerance, nausea, malabsorption or chronic diarrhoea among them. This could be particularly harmful to infants as milk is their staple diet.

Bhawna Garg, Ludhiana


Our government has never given due importance to the issue of public health.That’s why adulterated milk is being sold openly in the market. It surprises my grandfather when he compares the health of the youngsters of today with those in the pre-Independence days. He is always boasting about how much milk and butter-milk he and his friends took at our ancestral village in Amritsar district. I used to ignore his constant grumbling earlier, but now I feel the difference. The poor quality of milk, besides other eatables, exists and the quality of food does make a difference on our health. The issue of adulterated milk is a matter of great concern and needs immediate attention.

Yadvinder S Sidhu, Daresi, Ludhiana


Most of European countries do not permit adulteration in food items, including milk, whereas things in India are is quite contrary where people resort to adulteration in order to make a quick buck without caring a hoot for its ill-effects on the public.

Besides, our law makers’ are also so mild who normally prefers to impose a penalty in the form of cash to let the criminal go whenever they found a person or a group of persons guilty. the time has come to review the existing laws to provide harsh punishments to the defaulters. Once hard laws are framed and implemented accordingly, we would definitely leave something for upcoming generations to cherish about something extraordinary.

Further, according to The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, which came into force on June 1,1955, says,”An article of food whether it’s milk or else is considered to be altered when it is not of the nature, substance or quality. In addition, an article prepared, packed or kept in unhygienic conditions, filthy, putrid, disgusting or rotten normally becomes contaminated and can cause injury to health and becomes unfit for consumption. Further, when an article is obtained or derived from a diseased animal, its poisonous or deleterious ingredients can also cause serious ailments to the human body. The act also prohibits colouring matters as well as preservatives in excess of the prescribed limits.

Shivanshu Garg, Ludhiana


Adulteration in milk and milk-made products have become a common practice these days as the main motive of manufacturers, wholesalers as well as of retailers is to become rich. Nobody cares about the health of human beings. Milk federations being run by the government these days are also supplying adulterated milk. When the government itself supplies adulterated milk to the general public, then how can it restrain others to stop the practice?

Pure milk normally contains all the elements of a complete food and its natural contents consist of protein 3.6 per cent, fat 3.8 per cent, sugar 4.7 per cent, ash 0.7 per cent, and water 87.2 per cent. These proportions may vary from animal to animal and can be as protein from a low of 2.1 per cent to a high of 8.5 per cent, fat from low 2.2 per cent to high 9.0 per cent, sugar from low 4.0 per cent to high 6.0 per cent, ash from low 0.6 per cent to high 0.9 per cent and water accordingly.

A lowering of the percentage of fats and solids in milk by way of removing of cream or the addition of more water is called adulteration and this practice normally reduces the strength of milk. Further, the use of urea, caustic soda, cheap edible oil, sugar and starch to enhance the milk's fat and solid contents is a serious offence and is a sign of criminal neglect as our administration as well as the ruling governance has totally failed to stop this practice. One must know the fact that both caustic soda and urea are harmful to the human body. Caustic soda meant for the use of making soaps and detergents damages the digestive track, while urea attacks the urinary system. Moreover, the mixing of urea and caustic soda into milk is a wilful act to make profits at the cost of the consumer’s health and is a major crime which should be dealt seriously.

Apart from a deliberate addition of substances to enhance taste or fat contents in milk, there is also contamination from fertilizers used in the ground and in the fodder given to cows or buffalos which find their way into the milk. This calls for more checks and stringent measures. Furthermore, keeping in view adulteration nationwide that is affecting the health of the public, our government, therefore, should penalise those who indulge in this practice.

Ravi Chander, Ludhiana



Zonal Commissioners get back teeth
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Once again countering Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura has delegated powers to zonal commissioners to spend funds for repair and maintenance of tube wells, etc. The decision was taken during a meeting convened by the Mayor at his camp office here today.

Interestingly, the decision has come in the absence of the Municipal Commissioner, who is on leave. Ghuman had withdrawn all money spending powers from the zonal commissioners a few months ago following various reports of embezzlements of the funds.

According to sources, the Mayor convened the meeting to take a stock of water-supply situation in the city in wake of dry days ahead. During the meeting, zonal commissioners BK Gupta and Vinod Sharda stated that they had to wait for the commissioner's order for every small work they wanted to do and it was causing a delay.

So in the wake of their resentment, the Mayor asked them to spend the money on their own for the maintenance and repair of tube wells, etc.

The sources added that the municipal councillors who attended the meeting also backed the zonal commissioners stating that they had been suffering a lot since the day the commissioner had taken powers of clearing the bills from the zonal commissioners.

Apart from it, the Mayor also asked the officials to be on their seats, especially from 9 am to 11 am to attend public grievances. "I would not tolerate any discrepancy in public dealing and if any complaints come to me, the official would be taken to task," said the Mayor. 

Potable water still a dream

Congress councillor Pritpal Singh Ghail, a front-runner for the post of leader of opposition, stated that the MC officials and ruling councillor were not paying any heed to the water complaints made by him. "I have asked them several times that unfit water was being provided in many areas like Indra Colony in my ward number 17 and except assurances nothing has been delivered till today." He added that the officials once again visited the area and told him that the problem would be solved in two days



Labour pangs for industry 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The local industry reeling under recession has been facing a major problem of acute labour shortage these days.

There has been a continuous decline of 40-60 per cent of industrial labour in the city from September last. Taking all advantage of the fact, a majority of the labour force working in the industries, have started throwing tantrums.

Sore over the acute labour shortage and their behavioural changes, some of them have started modernising their units. One of the major reasons for this acute shortage was that back in their native places, lucrative packages were being offered to them.

Farukh Ahmed, a contractor hiring labour for the industries in the city for the past four years, said he had not seen such acute labour shortage before. He told The Tribune that despite trying hard, he had failed to bring a good number of labourers from Bihar.

He said, “Earlier, for them Punjab was like America. They were satisfied with their earnings. But now the Bihar government has started providing them with the lucrative packages. They are able to make Rs 130 for eight working hours and for overtime they get even more. Any worker, if does not take an off in a month is given 15 kg of rice by the state government as an incentive. But here, they work 8-10 hours and get the same amount. They prefer to stay back rather than coming here,” said Ahmed further adding that under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the workers had started working on several projects in Bihar and UP.

Anant Jain, who is running small hosiery unit at the Industrial Area, said his unit was entirely dependent on the manual labour, which was creating a lot of problem these days.

“My unit requires at least 20-25 labourers but for the past seven days, I have been able to get just 15 workers. For eight working hours they are paid anything between Rs 120-130, still they are not happy. The small scale industries, dependent entirely on manual labour, are really suffering a lot due to the labour shortage,” he informed. President Vinod Thapar, Knitwear Club, said recent violence in the state had added to the problem. He said the workers had started calling their employers that they would not be able to comeback unless the situation was controlled.

"The condition is not going to improve in the near future," he said.



Land for Ishmeet academy gets nod
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 29
After facing uncertain moments, lack of political will and a lot of bureaucratic red tape, allotment of land for Ishmeet Music Academy in memory of singing sensation and Voice of India star Ishmeet Singh, seems to be taking shape.

A meeting convened by the principal secretary, department of cultural affairs, Punjab, in Chandigarh on May 20 discussed and approved the proposal sent by LIT for allotment of 2.1 acre of land out of 4.2 acre of the trust land in Rajguru Nagar locality for the academy.

The piece of 4.2 acre prime land which is triangular in shape, was initially earmarked for a senior secondary school in the town planning scheme but later the LIT had proposed to construct HIG and super HIG flats on the site for which permission was sought from the state government way back in 2007.

In keeping with the promise made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the allotment of government land for the establishment of the music academy in the name of Ishmeet, the LIT had moved a case for the allotment of 2.1-acre rectangular portion of the land along a 60-feet wide road as per the site plan of the area.

However, in a memo to the LIT, the chief town planner said the government considered it prudent that the 2.1-acre triangular piece of land along 45-feet road be allotted for the music academy, while the rectangular portion of the remaining land be retained by the trust for proposed construction of the flats.

Accordingly, the LIT was directed to send a revised proposal (for allotment of 2.1-acre triangular portion of land) after discussing the matter with trustees of Ishmeet Music Academy, which was still to be done.

According to sources, the only stumbling block in the way of the allotment of the land for the academy could be a resolution of the trust, kept on hold by the government for pledging entire vacant pockets of the land owned by the LIT, valued at approximately Rs 300 crore with Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to raise funds for major development projects in the state.

Requesting anonymity, senior LIT officials said the pocket of 4.2 acre land in Rajguru Nagar would have to be taken out of the list of the vacant chunks of land which the trust had submitted to the government because once the identified chunks of vacant pieces of land were pledged with any agency, its transfer to any other party would be considered an unlawful act.



Light irrigation to protect crops: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Experts of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) have recommended light irrigation to vegetables and other crops, keeping in view the present weather conditions.

According to Dr GS Bains, head of the department of agricultural and meteorology of the university, the weather is expected to remain dry with a few chances of duststorms over Ludhiana and adjoining areas during the next 48 hours.

He said the maximum temperature for the week ranged from 37.0 degree Celsius to 42.4 degree Celsius as against the normal maximum temperature of 39.5 degree Celsius for the week. The minimum temperature ranged from 21.4 degree Celsius to 28.0 degree Celsius as against the normal minimum temperature of 23.5 degree Celsius.

Bains said vegetables and fruits were sensitive to high temperature, while sugarcane and cotton crops were not so sensitive.

Dr DS Cheema, head, department of vegetable crops, said cucurbit crops, including bittergourd, watermelon, muskmelon, were in the field. He said these crops required light and frequent irrigation. He suggested that muskmelon harvesting should not be delayed, as extremely high temperature could affect their quality.

Cheema said in order to avoid burning of tomato fruits, harvesting should be done. He said light irrigation needed to be given to chillies and tomato.

Dr JS Bal, head, department of horticulture, said citrus plants could be protected from the heat by whitewashing their trunks. He said the white solution should contain 25 kg slaked line, 500 g copper sulphate and 500 g of saresh (gum) dissolved in 100 litre water.

Bal suggested that young and tender plants of citrus, mango, litchi, papaya should be covered with huts and thatches of sarkanda or date leaves. He also advised farmers to provide frequent light irrigation to guard against the adverse effects of high temperature.

Dr Ramesh Kumar, head, department of landscaping and floriculture, and Dr RK Dubey, assistant professor (landscaping), said the tender ornamental plants needed to be protected against scorching heat by regular sprays of water. The plants should be shifted to the shade nets.

For the protection of lawns, frequent watering in the evening hours should be done by sprinkling. The scientists suggested that the lifted gladiolus bulbs needed to be sent to the cold storage to avoid the adverse effects of high temperature that made them rot. 



DMCH doctor on CII sub-panel 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, DMCH, attended the first meeting of the “Healthcare Sub-Committee” of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), held at New Delhi.

Dr Chhina, who has also been nominated to Patient Care and Capacity Building Training Sub-Committee of the CII, said the purpose of the meet was to boost and upgrade the quality of healthcare infrastructure and work force.

It was strongly recommended during the meeting to strengthen the linkage between the government and private sector in healthcare.

The participants at the meet, all leaders in the field of healthcare, stressed the need for promoting the northern region as healthcare destination on the basis of quality medical care.

It was mentioned that proper co-ordination of the CII Healthcare Sub-Committee with National Committee would facilitate knowledge dissemination in areas of healthcare by creating informative platforms on various aspects pertaining to individual health by providing training and sharing experience through focused seminars and workshops.

The action plan proposed during the deliberations stressed to conduct events around the major health issues and undertake studies in relation to various issues and concerns.

Among other members present at the meeting were Anup Soni, executive director, Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, Dr Arvind Lal, CMD, Dr Lal, Path Labs Pvt Ltd, Dr KK Talwar, director, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Jaideep Gupta, CEO, Indraprasth Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, Dr PH Mishra, medical superintendent, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, and AK Mahapatra, director, SGPGI, Lucknow.



Ultrasound machine sealed
Our Correspondent

Raikot, May 29
The health authorities, Raikot, has sealed an ultrasound machine and suspended the licence of a hospital for four weeks.

The District appropriate authority-cum-SMO, Raikot civil hospital, Dr Ugar Singh Sooch, said during the routine checking of the ultrasound scanning centres, it was found that records of expectant women of Bansal Charitable Hospital, Ludhiana Road, were not properly maintained. The records of the scanning centre were sealed for four weeks till further orders.

He also said another scan centre at Bengali Hospital was also checked, but all records were properly maintained.

Dr Ripjit Kaur and Dr Ajit Singh Chawla were also a part of the inspection team. 



Hustle and bustle back in city
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Following initial hiccups to open public movements on the city roads following lifting of the curfew imposed in wake of the assassination of Sant Ramanand ( 57) in Vienna, the city today returned to itself old self with overcrowded roads full of overloaded autorickshaws and markets busting at their seams. The schools witnessed normal attendance and public also queued up at different public offices.

No untoward incident has been reported in any of the five sensitive areas of the city, still under curfew, including Police Division, IV, VI, VII, Salim Tabri and Basti Jodhewal. Official spokesperson said "The curfew in the sensitive areas will be relaxed for two additional hours from 6 pm this evening onwards. As a precautionary measure, the administration will continue the night curfew".

"Train services have witnessed a major improvement. Certain long-route trains, including Duplicate Howrah and Chhattisgarh Express, are still facing a delay between 2-7 hours. The traffic is expected to be normal within the coming two days", said RK Sharma, the station supervisor. Even, the Shatabdi was delayed for more than two hours last evening.

Dalbir Singh, a seller of dresses on his handcart near Chaura Bazaar, said "Life is back to normal now. It is nearly a week now since I had to close down my shop. I have a family of six to raise and we could have gone hungry in case I do not open my shop for one more day".



Withdrawal of peak-load exemption opposed

Ludhiana, May 29
The decision of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to neither extend the peak load exemption period for the old consumers nor give it to new applicants beyond May 31, 2009 has been opposed by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) here.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, in a press note yesterday said that the industry was already reeling under recession and would be unable to meet foreign orders due to the peak load restrictions. This would give a bad name to the country, resulting in loss of foreign exchange. To run diesel generators during the peak hours was also not viable due to its high running costs.

Avtar Singh and Upkar Singh, joint secretaries of the CICU, have urged the Punjab Chief Minister and the PSEB Chairman to grant the peak load exemption to industrial consumers after May 31. — TNS



LPG cylinder bursts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A fire broke out at a house at New Shimlapuri following a blast in LPG cylinder here today.

Fire department officials revealed that the fire broke out at around 4.45 pm and no casualty was reported.

It took them half-an-hour to control the situation and douse the flames. However, they added that the exact estimate of the loss was yet to be ascertained.



Govt schools outperform private institutes
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
Despite poor infrastructure and deployment of teachers on non-teaching jobs, all government schools in this area falling under Sangrur and Ludhiana districts have shown good performance in the Class XII exams held by the Punjab School Education Board.

Some government schools, besides achieving 100 per cent results, got merit positions also.

Investigations by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that almost all government schools of the area had shown better results than those exhibited by private institutes.

These schools usually lacked adequate facilities and environment congenial to ideal teaching. As teachers had been deputed on various non-teaching jobs during the session, they had to put an extra effort to complete the syllabi.

Sources at these schools claimed that the results could have been more encouraging, had meritorious students taken admissions in these institutes.

All 40 students of commerce wing of Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, passed the examination with good marks. Securing 73 out 75 marks in accountancy, Prabhjot Kaur topped the subject in the district. At least, 10 students passed the examination in high first division.

Name of Maninder Kaur ( 389/450) of the science section appeared on the merit list. All 74 students of humanities group and 39 out of 40 science students were declared pass.

Amandeep Singh, a non-medical student of GSSS Bhogiwal, got merit position by securing 391 marks. Thirtyone students out of 35 non-medical students passed with four of them securing marks above 80 per cent.

Results of commerce and science sections of GSSS Pakhowal and GSSS Hargobindpura were also 100 per cent.

As many as 24 out of 25 students of the commerce section and 18 out of 19 students of the science group of GSSS Kilaraipur were declared pass.

Though results of some private schools had also improved from last year's performance, experts attribute these to more receptive stuff and better infrastructure. 



Fighting odds, Goormeet scores 92.4 pc
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Indomitable will surmounts the mountains. Where there is a will there is a way, it aptly applies to Goormeet Singh, a student of Guru Nanak Public School and a victim of juvenile reactive arthritis, who scored 92.4 per cent marks in class X CBSE exams. All credit goes to his will power and hard work that he has been able to score so well without any tuition and extra coaching. Only child of his parents, Goormeet fell a victim to this disease in January 2007 and from then onwards, life became an arduous journey for both parents and the child.

His father Jasmeet Singh and mother Navneet Kaur, ran from pillar to post to get their son treated and ultimately after three months when no doctor could cure him in Ludhiana, it were PGI doctors who came to their rescue and after four months of treatment, he got some relief.

His mother said he was intelligent and had been taking part in debates and declamation contests and had won as many as 40 certificates.

Goormeet who has now moved to BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and got admission in class XI humanities, said he wanted to do law and then compete for IAS examination.



PAU Notes
Lack of nutrients harms paddy 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Paddy crop in Punjab suffers from the deficiencies of micronutrients, especially zinc and iron. This has been stated by Dr JS Manchanda and Dr DS Bhatti of the PAU department of soils.

The scientists said the deficiencies of essential nutrients had been on the rise due to the intensive cropping that had depleted the soil of Punjab.

“Seventeen elements have been considered essential for the growth of the plants and these are divided into two groups, macronutrients (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulphur) and micronutrients (zinc, iron, manganese, copper, molybdenum, boron, chlorine, and cobalt),” said the duo adding that the micronutrients are taken up by the plants in lesser amount than the macro ones.

They said zinc deficiency was confined to the soils having high pH, high calcium carbonate, high available phosphorus, low organic matter and irrigated with sodium water, while iron deficiency was a problem of highly permeable light texture soils with high pH and poor organic matter.

Farmers were taking care of the supply of macronutrients but ignored micronutrients, which resulted in the poor yield of crops under deficient conditions, they added.

When a soil contains less than 0.6 kg available zinc and 4.5 kg available iron per acre, it is considered to be deficient. The symptoms of the zinc deficiency in paddy start appearing at about 15 to 20 days after transplanting.

To manage the deficiency, application of 25 kg of zinc sulphate heptahydrate (having 21 per cent zinc) or 16 kg of zinc sulphate monohydrate (having 33 per cent zinc) per acre in the deficient soils at the time of last puddling should be applied. The iron deficiency can be corrected by foliar application of 1 per cent solution of ferrous sulphate.

Navpreet wins silver

Navpreet Singh Bedi, a student of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, won a silver medal in the 90 kg category in the fourth Punjab State Wushu Association Cup Championship-2009.



Govt helpline to check ragging
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 29
In a bid to check the menace of ragging throughout the country, the government has decided to set up a national call centre to enable the victims of ragging to dial a toll-free number in order to register their complaints from June 15.

It is being claimed that the helpline will have a software which will pass on the message to the head of the educational institutions within 15 minutes so that the administration may swing into action for the rescue of victims.

The helpline will operate round the clock and the University Grant Commission will monitor its functioning. The UGC will also inform the institutions about the toll-free number which can be further passed on to the students.

Akanksha Goel (name changed), an undergraduate student, expressed that this would indeed come in the form of a gift, which could be accorded to the freshers, who at the time of admission seemed to be nervous and confused.

“The menace of ragging adds to their woes and their adjustment in the changed environment becomes difficult. The helpline will support the affected students, as now they will be able to make a call and avail the help,” she added.

“By this move, the administration will be able to nail the culprits. If implemented, it will be a check on those educational institutes, which in spite of receiving complaints from the aggrieved, fail to take any action against the defaulter,” said a college lecturer.

Tarsem Bahia, former Senator and Syndic, however, observed, “This is a welcome step no doubt but at the same time it should be ensured that a minor incident is not negatively spurned. Making mountain of a molehill every time too is in no way wise. Before taking any strict action against the accused, the UGC and the administration should make it sure that the complainant is not misusing his or her right to call.”

“It entirely depends upon the authorities how to create a sound academic atmosphere by holding healthy interactions between seniors, juniors and their teachers so that the gap is bridged at the very onset and every minor issue is not taken as a case of coercion and bullying,” he added.



Intoxicating drugs seized from chemist shop
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
A team of health officials led by drug inspector Rajesh Suri conducted a raid on a chemist shop in the Dera Kalsian market, Dhuri Line, here on the basis of secret information today.

Giving details, civil surgeon Dr SP Sharma informed that when the raiding party descended on the premises of Janta Medical Hall, the pharmacist was not present and the medicines were being sold in his absence, which was an offence under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

In the course of inspection, 11 kinds of intoxicating drugs were found at the chemist shop for which the owner of the shop was unable to produce bills of purchase and sale record.

A case under relevant laws had been registered.



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