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Cat’s eye a fiasco for MC
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
When it comes to wasting public money, the Ludhiana municipal corporation can give a tip or two. For, it has been paying between Rs 350 and Rs 400 per cat’s eye even as the market price of the product varies from Rs 120 to Rs 150.

However, most of the cat’s eyes installed on main roads, including Ferozepur Road, Pakhowal Road and Link Road, are non-functional and have proved to be a waste of money.

These devices have been embedded in road surfaces to make the edges and lines between the lanes visible at night, especially on the Pakhowal road, near the canal bridge.

During a survey of roads during night, The Tribune team found just a handful of these working.

According to sources, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman was not happy with the work of contractors who had been given the work to install cat’s eye.

They said the contract was given despite Commissioner’s displeasure and electrical engineers who had knowledge about the device were also not involved in the process. This led to the failure of the device on city roads.

The sources said the cat’s eye being installed on main roads were not of good quality and it was evident at night.

Talking to The Tribune, experts from the roads branch said cat’s eye was a retro-reflective safety device used in road markings.

“It consists of a rubber dome mounted in cast-iron housing and has a reflective glass which shines when a yellow light falls on it,” they added.

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Bill Row
Present records, councillors to MC Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The controversy over the sanctioning of bills up to Rs 5,000 seems to become a bone of contention for the municipal corporation as BJP councillors are playing the role of the opposition, along with the Congress, over the issue.

At a meeting of BJP councillors here today, the leaders wrote to MC Commissioner GS Ghuman, asking him to present the records of all such bills to them.

Talking to The Tribune, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal said: “We have unanimously decided that the Commissioner should show us all the records of the bills up to Rs 5,000 along with details so that every point could be worked out and the real picture would emerge.” The complaints of embezzlement in bills amounting to Rs 5,000 have been reported several times, he added.

Yesterday, Congress councillors, including Sanjay Talwar and Rakesh Parashar, met the Mayor and raised the issue, stating that none of them was aware about how much money was spent on their wards in the name of development.

The councillors from the BJP and the Congress said: “In the wake of the recent elections, officials were aware that they would be transferred and taking advantage of it, they passed several bills in the name of forged companies. Around Rs 5 crore has been spent in the name of Rs 5,000 bills and no one knows where the money has gone.”

Talwar said: “For any work to be done in a ward, the officials need to consult the councillor, but the elected representatives were not asked before the payments were made. There are 75 councillors in the city and over 50 per cent of them are of the same opinion.”

The officials always complain of fund shortage and when it comes to showing bills, they become reluctant, he said, adding that the Congress councillors had decided that they would not allow the proceedings of the house in the coming days until they were apprised of each detail of the bills.

He said: “Every councillor, be it of the ruling party or the opposition, has the right to know what expenditure is incurred in his area and if the officials try to fool them, they won’t sit quiet. The Congress has demanded an all-party meeting to ensure fair probe into the matter.”

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New buildings for eight police stations
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 3
The project undertaken by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to construct new buildings for eight police stations in the city at a cost of Rs 7.20 crore will come in handy for the Punjab police towards creating better infrastructure. Most existing police stations are running in buildings that are dilapidated and in a state of disrepair.

According to GLADA officials, the project chalked out under the optimum use of vacant government land (OUVGL), envisages construction of new buildings for police division nos. 1 (city kotwali), 3 (Vaishno Devi chowk), 4 (Daresi/Old Fort), 7 (Sector 32), Sadar (Dhandra), Jodhewal (Meharban), NRI (Sector 39) and Model Town.

The proposed buildings of these police stations will have a single-storeyed structure with a provision for addition of another floor and a built-up area of 7,000 sq ft.

The building plans had been finalised in consultation with the police department and site plans for some of the police stations, which are to be relocated, are yet to be provided.

The GLADA has, however, initiated the process of inviting tender for the construction of the buildings. Each building will cost about Rs 90 lakh and the tenders will be opened on June 19.

If estimated projections of GLADA officials are any indication, the project ought to be self-supporting and will not be a financial drain on the development authority. After construction of the building for police division no 1 (city kotwali), the GLADA will get the rest of the prime land in the main commercial area of Chaura Bazar for commercial exploration.

Inquiries revealed that the police department has taken a decision to relocate the Model Town police station which is proposed to be made a “model” police station.

For this purpose, the police administration had approached the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to transfer 1 acre of vacant land under the Model Town Extension scheme, which has been accepted in principle, but formalities for the transfer of the land have been kept on hold.

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Hot and rising
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Soaring temperatures and persistent heat wave is making outdoor life difficult for residents.

While the night temperature registered a rise of 2 degree Celsius from 25 degrees yesterday, the day temperature continued to rise. Temperature for the day was 42 degree Celsius, almost 2 degrees higher than yesterday.

The day as well as night temperatures are higher than normal for this time of the year, Dr GS Bains, head, agro metrology department, PAU, said.

“The heat has made outdoor life impossible. Temperatures are rising. One wonders what July and August have in store for us,” remarked Sonam Mahajan, a BSc student.

Dr Bains said if the situation persisted, there was a strong possibility of the region receiving heavy monsoon. Experts said Punjab was experiencing persistent heat wave which was likely to cause a dust storm in the coming days.

They said the presence of slight clouds over Punjab and Haryana regions hinted at isolated downpour in some parts. PAU experts said monsoon was likely to hit the region in the first week of July.

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Bank strike on June 12
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
All nationalised banks would observe a strike on June 12 as the talks between bank unions and the Indian Banks Association (IBA) have reportedly failed.

About a million bank employees and officers would strike work on June 12 as no settlement could take place between the IBA and the bank unions over the wage revision negotiations and pension options.

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a representative body of nine bank unions, has called for a strike as their demands have not been fulfilled.

Talking to The Tribune, the chairman of the State Bank of India Staff Association, Dr Shiv Gupta, said the demands included wage revision, pension option and compassionate appointments/ex-gratia.

As per members of the UFBU, some round of talks had taken place with the IBA, but things were not moving in the right direction. “The IBA and the government have taken our reasonable approach as weakness, which is not acceptable,” he said, adding that the wage revision of employees was due since November 2007.

In May, a round of talks were held between the IBA and UFBU during which the IBA had offered an increase of 15 per cent over the wage bill with effect from March 31, 2007, but from the UFBU’s side, it was made clear to the IBA that the offer was too inadequate and fell short of the UFBU demands.

Dr Gupta added that as far as compassionate appointments were concerned, a mutually accepted scheme had been finalised by the IBA and the UFBU and the proposal was sent to the government for clearance, but it was learnt that the latter was not agreeable to extend the revised scheme to past cases from July 2004, when the unilateral scheme was introduced.

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Prem Chopra going strong at 74
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Contrary to his name “Prem”, his persona evoked hatred and intrigue on the silver screen. He is still a favourite, despite his portrayals of villainous characters, which were brilliant. At 74 years of age, when most actors retire, the original bad man of Bollywood, Prem Chopra is heading for Hollywood.

He is in the city for the shooting of the film “Heartland” directed by Fred Holmes. After doing countless films, this veteran actor is still going strong. He says earlier films used to have forceful dialogues and music was also the main element. “Today, directors are making the films according to the choice of the youngsters. Though today also music plays an important role, but its perception has changed a lot,” he adds.

Talking about his role in the film he said: “I am playing the role of a grandfather in the film. It is a very important character and I am glad to do such roles now. These roles give me a chance to perform to the best of my ability. Life is nothing without work and I want to work till my body allows me to,” he says.

Prem Chopra was born in Lahore and brought up at Shimla. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but at a very early age he realised that his destiny lay somewhere else. He pursued performing arts at college and graduated from Panjab University.

Prem Chopra was seen in “Delhi 6” and is now a part of “Rocket Singh -Salesman of the Year” in which he plays Ranbir Kapoor’s grandfather. After shooting in Ludhiana, he would be leaving for shooting in the US. “I am enjoying my work and working with youngsters is very refreshing,” he signs off.

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TADA Case
Man acquitted for want of evidence
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, June 3
The court of Additional Sessions Judge MS Virdi today acquitted Jagdish Singh, alias Disha, of Kaunke Kalan village, Jagraon, who was facing charges under the TADA Act in a 20-year case, as the prosecution could not prove the allegations against him.

Earlier, the accused was shown to have been killed in an encounter by a police party. Some police officials had also taken credit for this. An inquiry was initiated against those police personnel.

The challan was filed against him in this case just six months ago.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that: “It was a case of no evidence. The complainant had resiled from his previous statement recorded with the police. Eyewitness Amarjit Singh has not been examined since his whereabouts are not known since the case is very old. The investigation officer of the case had died after attaining the age of superannuation.”

He had been booked under Sections 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC, Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and under the TADA Act at the Jagraon police station in 1987 on the statement of Jagtar Singh.

He had said that two persons armed with pistol came to his liquor vend and started shooting in a bid to kill him. Later, Disha was identified as one of the accused.

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Quack performs caesarian; woman dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Mohammad Afgar, a quack posing as a doctor at Gyaspura, reportedly claimed the life of a woman following his unsuccessful attempt to perform a caesarian section on her last evening. He practises medicine at SAS Qadri Hospital at Gyaspura.

Sharda, a resident of New Azad Nagar, gave birth to a child at midnight, but was immediately rushed to the DMCH as her condition deteriorated after the delivery. She died at the DMCH this morning.

Dharamvir Sharma, the woman’s father, said Sharda was consulting doctors at SAS Qadri Hospital. He alleged that Mohammad Afgar, who operated upon her, did not have any license or degree.

“Sharda had just gone for a routine check up and he went ahead with the caesarian without having a proper infrastructure and equipment for the same,” he claimed.

The police is investigating the matter.

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Bid to deposit fake notes; one booked
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 3
The police has booked a man for trying to deposit fake currency notes in his account at the bank.

Hari Kishan, branch manager of the State Bank of Patiala, said the accused, identified as Gopal Singh of Roomi village, came to his bank yesterday and gave currency notes of Rs 500 denomination worth Rs 40,000 to the cashier, who found that except for the first and the last notes, the remaining notes worth Rs 39,000 were fake.

He informed the matter to the police and the fake currency was recovered from the bank.

The accused, however, managed to sneak out of the bank. The police has booked the accused under Sections 489 A, B and C of the IPC.

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Arrival of sant’s body
Three-tier security in place
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The police has made a three-tier security plan to face any eventuality in the wake of the arrival of the slain Sant Ramanand’s body, which is expected to arrive tomorrow.

The police has divided the city into three zones — hyper-sensitive, most sensitive and sensitive.

Jodhewal Basti and surrounding areas are in the list of hyper-sensitive areas. Chaura Bazar, old city and all key roundabouts fall under most sensitive areas, while the rest of the city has been declared sensitive.

A route plan has been made to divert traffic. Heavy police deployment would be made in hyper-sensitive areas and fire engines would be stationed nearby.

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18-year-old girl commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
An 18-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Amar Pura here today.

According to the residents, the deceased was suffering from depression.

The incident took place this afternoon when Kanta (name changed)was alone at home. The residents further alleged that the girl locked the door from inside and strangled herself with a cloth.

The police complaint was made by the family and the girl was cremated in haste.

Harwinder Singh, SHO Div No. 2, however, disconnected the phone for comments.

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Residents cautioned against dengue, typhoid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The department of health and family welfare cautioned the city residents against seasonal diseases as the officials emphasised on the preventive measures for jaundice, typhoid, diarrhoea and other stomach disorders.

A team of health officials visited the slum areas, including Janta Nagar, Shimlapuri and nearby areas here today.

District mass media and information officer Satish Sachdeva, deputy mass media officer Harjinder Singh and health inspector Balwant Singh advised people on good health and sanitation conditions.

People were asked to use chlorine tablets in drinking water and cover the food items to save them from dust and bacteria.

The residents were also asked to cover the stagnant water pools with soil and change the water in air coolers regularly so as to restrict the growth of mosquitoes causing malaria and dengue.

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Potable water eludes residents
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, June 3
Even as the city is reeling under severe shortage of potable water, residents continue to get polluted water and the MC authorities have failed to take remedial measures. Even proper chlorination of water is not being done.

Ludhiana was the worst affected town in Punjab as far as the spread of dengue was concerned and there were 13 deaths in the district last year.

As many as 24 samples have been found to be unfit for human consumption. About 57 samples of water were taken from various parts of the town by the health authorities during April and May, according to Dr SS Dhir, District Health Officer.

These samples were taken from the areas falling along the Budha Nullah and even in the Civil Lines. Samples taken from the Civil Hospital were also found unfit for consumption.

Although the municipal corporation claims there is no shortage of water and proper chlorination is being done, the facts prove otherwise.

When the MC health officer was asked if overhead water tanks of the corporation were being cleaned regularly, he said it was the job of the SE (water supply). The health officer was evasive when pressed if they had ever supervised the cleaning of the tanks.

Not all water tanks are filled as tubewells are interconnected and direct supply of water is made to residents.

The health department had sent a detailed chart to the municipal corporation for taking anti-malaria and anti-dengue steps in January. This is also not being implemented properly.

The health officer claims that they have started implementing the steps suggested by the health department and four teams had been constituted to bring about awareness among residents regarding the use of desert coolers and mosquito larvae.

The health department has also launched a campaign to sensitise the residents. It has identified high-risk areas where gastroenteritis and dengue can attack in a big way. Two important areas are Gyaspura and Sherpur, where migrants from Bihar and UP live under unhygienic conditions. Not only that, sewers also remain chocked in these areas.

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Army recruitment from July 29-Aug 5
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Colonel Saji Abraham, Director Army Recruiting at the local office, informed in a press note a recruitment rally for selection of candidates for soldier general duty, soldier store keeper technical/clerk, soldier technical and soldier (nursing assistant) will be conducted in the city from July 29 to August 5.

He informed that candidates belonging to Ludhiana, Ropar, SAS Nagar and Moga districts were eligible to participate. He said tokens would be issued on July 29, onward for the local candidates and SAS Nagar.

On June 30, the tokens would be issued for candidates from Ropar and Moga districts.

He said screening, documentation and medical exam of the candidates would be conducted from July 31 to August 5 and the Common Entrance Examination for qualified candidates would be held in Ludhiana on August 30.

To obtain token, candidates should come with documents in original, along with two attested photo copies issued by the Education Board, residency/domicile certificates issued by the tehsildar/ SDM, caste certificate issued by the tehsildar/ SDM, school character certificate signed by principal and character certificate from sarpanch, unmarried certificate from the candidate signed by sarpanch, Abraham said. Candidates who are sons of serving soldier/widows and ex-servicemen will have to produce discharge book and relationship certificate obtained from concerned record office signed by the record officer with round stamp affixed and candidates from Kandi area who are less than 170 cm in height should bring Kandi area certificate signed by the SDM with round stamp affixed for relaxation in height.

He said for the posts of soldier clerk/store keeper technical and soldier technical, candidates from all districts of Punjab could apply.

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Prank calls annoy receivers
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 3
Beware lest you should be lured by a caller from Bharatpur who will invite you to his place in a bid to sell gold biscuits or bricks at cheaper rates.

Pawan Kumar Kaushal, a retired headmaster and a resident of Doraha, reportedly received such a call from a cellphone number (09634561460) at 9.23 pm on May 18.

Kaushal said the caller who had addressed himself as Raju said he was calling from Bharatpur. He said he was a poor man and had found gold biscuits while digging the earth, which he wanted to sell at cheaper rates. If the receiver was interested in purchasing the gold, he could meet the caller at a particular place.

When Kaushal further enquired, the caller said he had taken his number from a person named Bunty. He further said if the buyer wanted to check the purity of the gold, he could check one piece and then buy it.

Kaushal then disconnected the phone. Next morning the person who claimed to be speaking from Bharatpur again rang up Kaushal and enquired whether he had made up his mind to purchase the gold to which the latter had given a negative reply.

Kaushal received the same call again on May 21 at 9.18 am. He asked the caller to come to Ludhiana, but the latter had refused and insisted Kaushal to come to Bharatpur instead.

Narrating his experience, Kaushal said since he had read about this fraudulent group in newspapers, he was vigilant not to be swayed by their allurements. Besides he did not want to be involved in any sort of inquiries of the police.

“But when I threatened the caller with dire consequences, he immediately disconnected the phone,” Kaushal added.

Joginder Singh Kirti, a reporter in a local newspaper, received a similar call with the caller repeating the same tale of having discovered gold bricks during excavation from Bharatpur.

Joginder fixed the day and time with the caller. But when he was called up again by Joginder, no one attended the call.

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Free medical camp for slum dwellers
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 3
The NSS unit of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a one-day free medical check-up camp for the slum dwellers today.

The camp was organised with the assistance of Raj Rani, former MC chief and a social worker. A team of four doctors checked the slum dwellers from the town and surrounding areas. Dr Kiran Soni, doctor of medicine, treated the dwellers regarding their general health problems and prescribed medicines to them.

Dr Natasha, a dental surgeon, diagnosed the ailments related to teeth. She also gave tips on dental health to the volunteers and the localites. Dr Shiv Kumar, an ophthalmologist, checked the eyesight and other ailments apart from suggesting remedies for general eye-ailments. Dr Lakhvir Singh, pathologist checked the hemoglobin and blood group of the dwellers. Skin-specialist Dr Bhagwant Rai prescribed medicines regarding the skin-ailments and elaborated upon the prevention and cure of various skin ailments.

Initially, the NSS volunteers organised a rally in the town for the eradication of social evils such as female foeticide, drug addiction and dowry system. The rally was flagged off by principal of the college Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu.

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Relaying of Roads
NGO wants MC chief booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Taking a strict note of the news item “Broken roads cry to be relaid” published in The Ludhiana Tribune on May 31, the Anti-Corruption and Crime Investigation Cell, an NGO, has demanded the registration of a case against the MC Commissioner and the contractor.

NGO president Rohit Sabharwal said: “We have received a lot of complaints about the roads at Shimlapuri and New Shimlapuri from residents. These roads were in a fine condition and did not require any relaying, but even then MC officials undertook the work.

“This is an example of wastage of public money as the roads were actually 6-inch thick and cemented and in a fairly good condition.”

Terming it to be an example of corruption in the civic body, he said: “The annoyance caused by delaying the relaying by over a month and it being public matter, the MC Commissioner and the contractor should be booked under Sections 268, 283, 290 and 431 of the IPC.”

The NGO has also sought information about it under the RTI Act.

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Youth drawn to new dance form
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Slice from history

Electric boogie is a style of popping (ticking). Both locking and popping or ticking originally came from Los Angeles. Street dance crew Electric Bugaboos created popping and the Lockers created locking. Both these forms existed a long time before break dance was born.

Ludhiana, June 3
Have you ever heard about ‘popping and locking’? If not, it is a dance form of the 1980s and the young brigade has already grown crazy about it.

Initially, very few people were aware of this dance form but thanks to all the dance shows being aired on various entertainment channels, has become an instant hit among the dance lovers.

Even workshops are being held to train people in this specific dance form. Vinay Verma, director of The Footloose, said, youngsters were becoming crazy about this dance.

“I personally took training from Mumbai for this dance form and held a workshop in the city for the same. Around 60 people took part in this workshop. It is only after various reality shows that people have come to know about it,” he added.

Popping and locking is a funk and street dance style based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as a pop or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. A popping dancer is referred to as a popper.

“It is generally believed that the dance evolved in Fresno, California, in the 1970s, after the evolution of the break dance,” Verma added.

Like other street dances, popping is often performed in battles, trying to outperform another dancer or group of dancers in front of a crowd. This gives room for improvisation and moves, such as interaction with the other contestants and spectators. Shweta, who took the workshop, said, “Popping and locking is a fast paced dance and full of energy. It really relaxes one’s mind and body. I am completely in love with its steps,” she added.

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MC squad returns handcarts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
During its anti-encroachment drive at Samrala Chowk here today, tehbazaari wing officials were caught in a difficult situation with two parties being involved in an argument. According to information, the MC squad was removing handcarts parked near a gurdwara and gurdwara employees were supporting it.

Seeing this, handcart owners started an argument with the gurdwara employees, stating that it was none of their business and the road did not belong to them. Sensing the intensity of the situation and reports of the cremation of the body of Swami Ramanand tomorrow, MC officials returned some handcarts after issuing a warning to the owners.

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Dairy training course at vet university
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University started with two-week dairy training course here recently. The training will cater to the needs of dairy farmers of Punjab and cover the basic areas of management, animal nutrition, reproductive disorders, record keeping, marketing of milk and milk products, loan arrangement from banks and health aspects of the dairy animals.

Around 35 farmers from different parts of the state have registered for the course.

During the training, the trainees will be taken for a visit to the dairy farms of College of Veterinary Sciences and progressive dairy farmers where they will interact with them.

The course originally started on May 25, but due to prevailing law and order disturbance in the state, classes were discontinued.

Dr KS Dosanjh, head, department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, GADVASU, emphasised on the need for economical milk production and assured the help required to the trainees by the department.

Dr RS Sahota, former head of the department, said, dairy farming was not a subsidiary occupation nowadays, but was a full-fledged occupation. He emphasised on the importance of record keeping for profitable dairy farming.

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PAU Notes
Training camp for Kisan Club today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
A training camp for members of the PAU Kisan Club will be held in the Wheat Auditorium on PAU campus on June 4.

Dr TS Riar, programme coordinator, said the event would hold a number of activities, including lectures by experts on different topics of progressive agriculture.

Dr Sandeep Kapur will discuss protection of plant varieties and farmers’ rights, Dr US Walia will discuss strategies of weed management in kharif crops, while Dr KD Chaudhry, of the Punjab State Electricity Board, will speak on power system for rural areas in the state.

Dr DS Dhillon, officiating director of extension education and programme director, said a deliberation by Lal Singh, senior manager, Allahabad Bank, on agricultural model of Bhagat Dhanna Ji, would also be held.

Dr Surjit Singh will provide tips on cultivation of basmati rice, while Dr MS Sidhu will discuss its export potential.

Dr Riar said the registration of members would be held at 9.30 am.

Mite attack on vegetables

Vegetables are prone to attack by a variety of insect-pests of which mites are particularly important in summer. Mites are tiny (0.1mm to 0.7 mm) pests, invisible to the naked eyes. This was stated by Dr Subhash Singh, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr Sarabjit Kaur Dheri, scientists of plant clinic at the PAU. They informed that the mites completed their cycle in six to 10 days through various stages.

They remained active throughout the year on different crops, but they usually remained serious during April to June and September to November. They attacked different vegetables during different times and inflicted losses through sucking sap. Under conditions of severe infestation, mites formed a cobweb on the host surface that affected the photosynthesis of plants.

The scientists suggested farmers to keep a vigil of the infestation. The crops affected by the pest included cucurbits (muskmelon, watermelon, pumpkin, bottle gourd, squash melon, long melon, ash gourd) okra, brinjal, tomato and capsicum.

They also informed that mites developed different types of symptoms that included dull leaves, spotting and drying of foliage.

Dr DS Cheema, head, department of vegetable crops, said, control of pests was essential to reduce yield losses due to pest attack and care should also be taken in net-house where the attack of mites was generally more.

He said development of viral diseases like mosaic and leaf curl was generally associated with insect-pest attack and suggested proper pest management by following the recommended practises for different crops. To control the pest in cucurbits, spray of 200 ml Rogor 30 EC (dimethioate) or Metasystox 25 EC (oxydemiton methyl) in 100 litre of water per acre was recommended.

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Property rights cell at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
In a bid to spread awareness about the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act and intellectual property rights (IPR) among farmers, Punjab Agricultural University has created a technology marketing and IPR cell.

Dr Sandeep Kapur of the cell said farmers were apprised about the Act through discussions during kisan melas and other interaction meets. Lectures by experts were being delivered in monthly meetings and training camps.

Efforts are also being made to popularise the Act among farmers through pamphlets and articles in farm publications of the university. The useful information has been incorporated in the PAU package of practice for crops.

Kapur said the IPR covered patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, protection of plant variety and farmers’ rights. The Act was implemented on October 19, 2006, in the country to protect the rights of breeders and farmers encouraging them to register their varieties.

Kapur added that it encouraged the development of new varieties of plants.

Breeders who had registered their varieties had an exclusive right to produce, sell, market, distribute, import or export, he added.

He said, “The PAU will launch a project under which the relevance of the Act will be discussed and new varieties will be registered with directors and project coordinators.”

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City Concerns
Helpline to curb eve teasing

Itseems that eve teasing has been accepted by our society. Several reasons can be attributed to the rise of the social evil. The police cannot be present everywhere and it is found that most of the boys engaged in the troublesome activity, hail from decent families. The fact is that the majority of the cases go unreported, as most of the girls avoid filing their complaints with the police. Here is what residents of Ludhiana have to say on the issue

The police is busy maintaining securities for VIPs of the city. Moreover, most of the time they are solving thefts and murder cases.

The menace of eve teasing is on the rise.

It has become difficult for women to go out alone. Most of the times they do not file complaints with the police, as their families think it would harm their reputation.

If the police would shed its image of fear and apprehension and act as a pillar of support and protection, the problem could be solved.

The police department should launch a helpline or start a campaign, in which contact numbers should be advertised at the prominent locations like malls, colleges and roads. The numbers should ensure anonymity to complainants so that they could register complaints without any fear.

Sartaj Singh Cheema, Ludhiana

Frequent police patrolling

Eve teasing is a crime, which is committed easily but proved with difficulty. It is high on beaches, roads, theatres, buses and educational institutions. When eve teasing could persist in educational institutions, it is obvious that even the educated lot would not necessarily desist from indulging in the shameful act.

Eve teasing has resulted in deaths and several daylight crimes. Women are being subjected to harassment irrespective of their age, their looks, their educational, professional and marital status.

To counter this, women should always be up in arms and fearlessly file complaints against the accused.

Further, one must try to eradicate the social evil from its roots. It seems that movies have glorified the evil. It is a social crime, where the perpetrators and victims are ordinary people.

Schools and colleges should enhance discipline among students. The police should step up the vigil and deserted areas should be patrolled frequently. A changed behaviour is the only solution to the problem.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

Devise an SOS device

Eve teasing is on a rise in the city. No sane man would ever like to play with the honour of any girl who belongs to the same sex to which his mother and sister does.

If we talk about the loose ends in the system, or administration’s monitoring mechanism, I would like to draw your attention towards the psychology of the men who are supposed to run this mechanism. I do not have any grievance against any particular individual, but the fact is after getting the jobs, they often misuse their power. We often hear of the police shielding the guilty or rather supporting them in exchange of some pelf. This is the loosest end in the system, which needs to be tightened.

There is a need to punish such individuals who indulge in these immoral acts. However, it should not become a weapon in the hands of females to threaten or exploit men. Though I am a girl, I understand the plight of many gentlemen who have been victims of laws being used by girls to harass them.

I think women can have a little device with them, which they can siren in case some anti-social element tries to enrage their honour. This siren should ring where the security fellows are posted in the proximity so that they can reach the site in a jiffy. This is not only an official duty of the men in uniform, but also the moral responsibility of all of us. Hence, we need to comprehend all the aspects and dimensions of this menace to crack this blot on our society.

Glory, Jagraon

Diminishing social values

Eve teasing is a perennial and universal problem. Its main contributors are vanishing of joint families and diminishing social values. The role models of the youth are over-indulging in filthy and vulgar shows on the big and small screens.

Parents must discourage their children from wearing indecent clothes. Parameters of nudity and beauty must be made clear to the young minds. Visiting infamous places with boys and girl friends, flaunting mini-outfits, has become a fad.

The administration must get CCTV cameras installed at strategic points and deploy more cops with strict instructions not to ignore the wards of their seniors and politicians. Besides, control rooms must be set-up for giving an unforgettable dressing to the offenders before telephone calls start pouring in.

DN Sharma, Ludhiana

Implement strict rules

I am living in Sydney for the last 15 years and have been working in the law enforcement for the last 11 years. Earlier I was a constable with the NSW police and now I am a sheriff. To tackle any issue, which is getting out of control, we work on zero tolerance policy. So in my view, on this issue the police should make a rule to catch them, blame them and shame them.

Hot spots should be checked at the most probable time. Take complaints seriously and support the victims. Give publicity to your forthcoming action and warn the politicians not to interfere with the police on this issue. Make examples and don’t spare anyone. Trust me you can see the results within days.

Dr Albel Singh Kang, Sydney, Australia

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Youth booked for rape
Case also registered against parents
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 3
Caring two hoots for Indian social norms, Sukhwinder Singh, a youth of Narangwal village in Ludhiana district kept a nurse at his home on the pretext of marrying her about a year ago. His parents and relatives, instead of stopping him from committing the alleged immoral act, facilitated the union of the unmarried couple.

The nurse, hoping to get married, continued satisfying his lust till the youth got married to another girl.

The victim got the youth booked under Section 376 of the IPC for allegedly raping her. Both the parents of the youth have been booked under Section 120 B of the same code.

The Dehlon police has booked Sukhwinder for allegedly raping the woman of Dhudike village. Parminder Singh and Harminder Kaur, parents of Sukhwinder were booked for allegedly facilitating the crime.

The case was registered on directions of SSP, Ludhiana (rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, who after receiving a complaint from the victim, had got the matter probed by the SP (D).

Investigations revealed that the victim, who is working as a nurse at a multi-specialty hospital at Ludhiana, had come in contact with the Narangwal family through a matrimonial advertisement in a newspaper last year.

Though social norms do not allow living together of betrothed couples before marriage, the Narangwal family, caring two hoots for these norms, allowed the intimate relationship frequently.

However, the victim was later told that Sukhwinder had married another woman. She lodged a complaint with the SSP, Ludhiana, on October 14 last year.

The SSP ordered an inquiry to verify the allegations levelled by the victim.

Statements of a number of persons from both sides were recorded by a team of cops led by the SP (D).

Officials in the legal cell of the district police recommended an FIR case against the accused.

An SIT, led by SHO, Dehlon, Gurmit Singh, has been constituted to nab the accused. However, no arrest was made as yet.

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Two arrested with drugs worth Rs 2.25 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The CIA- II police has nabbed two drug paddlers and recovered 1 kg opium and 1,600 g charas, estimated to be worth Rs 2.25 lakh.

The accused are identified as Akhilaish Tiwari (57) and Shambhu Kumar (30), both residents of Bihar.

According to SP, DSK Kalia, the CIA- II in charge Dilpreet Singh received a tip-off that the drug paddlers were trying to smuggle the drugs in the city.

The police arrested both the accused, along with drugs, near Sahnewal last evening.

During the interrogation, the drug paddlers revealed that they had been smuggling drugs for a long time and this was for the first time that they were caught. The SP said Akhilaish was a cloth merchant in Bihar. He used to hide drugs in cloth samples and smuggle it into the city.

The accused were operating from a Dharamshala near Trunk Bazar. The accused were produced in the court today, from where they were sent on police remand.

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21 booked for shootout at Akhara
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 3
The police has booked 21 people in yesterday’s shootout that took place at Akhara village resulting in the death of two of the accused.

Though as per the police records Jarnail Singh and his accomplices were hiding somewhere, the villagers told the Ludhiana Tribune that the accused had not left the village even for a single day and were in touch with the police.

Yesterday, Jarnail’s gang had challenged Darshan Singh to reach the canal besides the village at 5 pm. The gang, instead of 5 pm, attacked him in his house at 3 pm to eliminate unsuspecting Darshan and his family but the situation overturned with the firing of shots by Darshan.

Investigation by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that villagers are relieved by the death of Darshan, as he had made their life a virtual hell by his misdeeds for a long time.

Village resident Pritam Singh said he was afraid of the retaliation from the gang and suspected that a gang war would follow.

The police, however, claim that all the accused are hidden in some unidentified places, but sources revealed that most of them were in touch with the police.

The police, so far, has booked Jarnail, Rajdev Singh of Kalsan village, Amritpal Singh of Kamalpura village, Jaspreet Singh of Roomi village, Balwinder Singh of Jagraon, Mahana, Jaggu, Nikku, Rupinder Singh, Davinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh, former sarpanch of Akhara village, along with 10 unidentified people, under Sections 452, 307, 436, 511, 342, 427, 148, 149 and 120 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 Arms Act. No arrests have been made so far.

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IT officer elected chief of Punjab kickboxing body
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 3
Garima Singh, joint commissioner, income tax, Sangrur, has been unanimously elected the president of the Punjab Kickboxing Association. She was elected to the post during a meeting of the association held at Ludhiana, recently.

The meeting also elected Mohinder Kumar Chopra and Gursharan Singh as vice-president and secretary, respectively. The meeting resolved to promote players belonging to the poor and lower middle class families. The association also decided to bear the expenses of travelling, kit, etc for all the players while they participate in the national games. Punjab is progressing very fast and its players have won lot of medals in games last year.

The names of the members of the new body are: patron - Kartar Singh; president - Garima Singh; chairman - KS Sandhu; senior vice-presidents - Rakesh Minhas and Gaurav Mahajan; vice-presidents - Tulsi Ram, Amjad Ali, Mohinder Kumar Chopra, Dr JPS Walia and Amanbir Singh; advisor - Deepak Jindal; honorary secretary - Gursharan Singh; treasurer - KPS Brar; joint secretary - Rajiv Verma; media advisor - Kartar Singh; finance committee - Amjad Ali, Mohinder Kumar Chopra, Deepak Jindal, Tulsi Ram and KPS Brar; selection committee - Surinder Vij, Pardeep Kumar, Kuldip Singh, Mohd Ishfaq, Sheena Bedi , Bhupinder Singh and Gursharan Singh; technical committee - Shambu Sagar, Rajiv Arora, Sunil Kumar and Ravinder Kumar.

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