L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


0001 acts pricey again
‘CT’ goes for Rs 4.6 lakh; ‘CV’ 4.45 lakh
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
The auction of fancy numbers for motor vehicles in series PB-10-CV and the remaining numbers of series PB-10-CT here today has made the department of transport richer by Rs 42.85 lakh.

Pritpal Singh, an industrialist and owner of an Audi, offered the highest bid of Rs 4.45 lakh for 0001 in the CV series. “It is not a bad deal. I think I got the number a bit cheap because the same number in the CT series has gone for Rs 4.6 lakh,” he said.

Jagan Singh, who paid Rs 4.6 lakh for 0001 in the CT series, was happy that he outbid others.

Ashwani Sharma, District Transport Officer who conducted the auction, said there were 747 applicants for the fancy numbers. Even numbers like 0002, 0003 and 0008 commanded a reasonably good price -- going for Rs 96,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. However, some numbers considered unlucky like 0013 and 0010 yielded only a little more than the reserve price.


HC contempt notice  to ex-city babus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Punjab & Haryana High Court has issued a court of contempt notice to four IAS officers, including two former deputy commissioners (DC) and a revenue official, who were.earlier posted in the city, for their failure to obey the court’s orders issued in 1961 regarding allotment of a piece of land worth Rs 12.5 crore in Mattewara village to the heirs of a refugee who came to India after the subcontinent’s partition.

The officials, who have been issued the notice, include former city DC SK Sandhu, former Patiala division divisional commissioner, DP Reddy, former financial commissioner, taxation, Punjab & Chandigarh, Mukul Joshi, former city DC, Vikas Garg, Koom Kalan naib tehsildar Nirmal Singh and ten others.

Issuing the orders, Justice Rajive Bhalla asked these officials to show cause why proceedings should not be initiated under the Contempt of Courts Act for their failure to obey the order dated March 20, 1961 that had clearly allotted the land to the said refugee’s heirs. The case comes up for hearing on August 25.

The petitioner, Harpal Singh, had complained to the court that revenue officials had not cared about the HC orders and mutated a piece of land in the name of other people.

The land, measuring 52 acres in Matterwara village, was allotted to Sunder Singh and Sawan Singh in lieu of land left behind in Pakistan. The duo soon died after the partition and the rehabilitation authority cancelled the allotment in 1959.

The cancellation was, however, set aside by the high court in its judgment passed in 1961 by declaring Shingara Singh and others as successors of Sunder and Sawan. The land was restored in favour of Shingara by the revenue authority in 1964.

The petitioners, Harpal Singh and several others, purchased this land through registered sale deeds in 1989 from Shingara. However, by ignoring the court’s judgment, revenue officials in the city changed the mutation in favour of the land mafia, based on the judgments of different courts pertaining to some other land allotted in Fatehpur village of Samana tehsil, thereby disregarding the HC orders.

Shockingly, the land has now been sold to a construction firm, allegedly in connivance with revenue officials.



Autowallahs often a law unto themselves
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
With nearly 50,000 autorickshaws and about 100 taxis plying on the streets every day, the 200 low floor buses being pressed into service will further add to the traffic chaos in the city.

A transport department official said about 15,000 to 20,000 autorickshaws ply in the city illegally. In the absence of proper stoppage points, they create interminable traffic jams on major roads and intersections.

To cut costs many auto drivers run their vehicles on kerosene, thereby releasing toxic emissions and polluting the environment.

Though the police had recently launched a ‘challan’ (traffic fine) drive to curb the menace, it could not meet with any success. Auto drivers still refuse to wear uniforms despite the instructions issued by the traffic cops.

Most autorickshaw drivers do not heed traffic signals and openly flout regulations. In turn, traffic cops choose to simply ignore any auto driver jumping red lights.

Two years ago, city police commissioner Ishwar Singh, who was then DIG, Ludhiana range, took the initiative and started special traffic awareness classes for auto drivers, but the move was shelved after he was transferred.

Interestingly, a majority of the autorickshaw drivers do not possess valid driving licences. Most also do not know the traffic rules. Even children aged from 10 to 15 can be seen plying autos on the city streets.

Autos ply in various parts of the city on a 56 km long stretch. If they are lined up in a row about 23,000 autos can cover this entire stretch.



Dial an Auto
Exclusive permits nettle drivers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Even before the “Dial an Auto” service could hit city roads, it has snowballed into a controversy as autorickshaw drivers have protested against the government’s policy to issue permits to “capitalists”.

They complained that they were already facing paucity of space to park vehicles and new autorickshaws would only add to the chaos.

Members of the clock tower autorickshaw association today protested against a manufacturing company for manufacturing radio autos “exclusively” for a particular company.

“A majority of autorickshaw drivers of the city are sole breadwinners of the family. We fear that ‘special’ treatment to private companies would render us jobless,” Madal Lal, an autorickshaw driver, stated.

Blaming the government for “systematically taking over” the public transport business, Om Parkash, president of the association, said: “First, the government usurped public transport on highways and now it is eyeing the local public transport market.”

They complained that the district transportation authorities were issuing permits to private autorickshaw players.

“At present, 1,500 LPG autos are plying on city roads and the number is fast swelling. Instead of offering perks to private companies, the government should offer easy loan facility to existing autorickshaw drivers so that they can also buy LPG autos,” Ashok Kumar, another driver, said.

The association has sent a memorandum to the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner and Transport Commissioners, Chandigarh, in this regard.

Fatafat cabbies

On the lines of the “tuk-tuk” auto service in Chandigarh and its satellite towns, the dial an auto service would soon be launched in Ludhiana. Equipped with FM radio, 20 LPG autos or “fatafat” cabs would roll out on the city roads from Monday. The number is likely to go up to 100 autos by December

Finger in every pie

Sources in a political party revealed that two leaders of the ruling party were going to put 2,000 autos on city roads after witnessing the potential of the booming autorickshaw market here.

Better business

The order of the Police Commissioner that autorickshaws must bear the driver’s mobile numbers and address on the rear has proved to be a blessing for drivers as people are now contacting them for special visits.



Road closure leads to chaos
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
Showing complete lack of consideration for city residents, the management of the Durga Mata temple has got one side of the road from Fountain Chowk to Jagraon Bridge closed to traffic for three days, beginning Thursday morning, in order to hold a function.

With vehicular traffic already bursting at its seams, the alternative routes leading to one of the city’s busiest intersections simply cannot take on the additional load. This has resulted in total chaos with interminable traffic snarls on Mall Road, Maharani Jhansi Road, College Road and Cemetery Road. Serpentine lines of vehicles extend up to Bharat Nagar Chowk, obstructing flow on Ferozepur Road, a national highway, during most of the day.

Ironically, the police department is standing by with the temple management rather than the public, at least in this particular case. Instead of persuading the organisers to shift the function to a vacant ground, and for that matter all such events of this nature held in the city, so that traffic is not obstructed, the police has in a way become a party to the “unlawful” act.

As honking motorists were fuming and fretting at having been caught in traffic jams around the Fountain Chowk, traffic cops - looking tired and completely clueless about why the road was blocked to the public, were directing the traffic towards alternative routes.

Since vehicles could move only a few inches every five or ten minutes, a couple of them banged into each other on Mall Road this morning leading to a heated exchange and even abuses.

Rajneesh Verma, an executive with a multinational firm, who was on his way to Chandigarh to attend a meeting, was seen shouting at the cops, demanding to know the reason for the road being closed to traffic. “It’s ridiculous,” he told the traffic constable directing vehicles to take outer routes for Jagraon Bridge.

“The one road I want to take to reach Chandigarh is closed and on the others traffic has come to a standstill. What am I supposed to do?” he asked.

Several other commuters stuck in the traffic jam were also visibly upset. “The cops are duty-bound to regulate traffic and make sure the flow of vehicles is not obstructed in any manner. However, in order to hold a function, the organisers have not only been allowed to block the road for three days but cops have also been deployed to regulate traffic and assist them in this unlawful act,” said angry motorists.

Defending the move, police commissioner Ishwar Singh said the cops were taking a broader perspective. “It’s a special occasion (the temple’s golden jubilee) and an isolated case. We’ve closed the road for security reasons because there is going to be a huge crowd at the function. Normally we don’t allow such functions to be held on the streets”, he stated.



Women Entrepreneurs-III 
Baking her way to success
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
It has only been a year since Swastika D Sobti entered Ludhiana's entrepreneurial incubator and has, in that time, baked her success story with delectable flavour. Her taste buds prompted her to launch this venture and today she is busy rolling out a countless number of cakes, pastries and other bakery items at her café, Cake Square, located on Pakhowal Road.

When Swastika, who hails from Kolkota, came to Ludhiana after getting married, she found though the residents were "foodies" the place lacked a coffee culture.

“The city needed a place where people from all walks of life could come and sit for hours to be with themselves, read a book and refresh themselves," she says.

Swastika said during the past one year she discovered Ludhianvis got easily bored and this is the reason why she has no fixed menu at her café. "Every day is a new day. Each day we have new delicacies to tickle the taste buds of people," she says, breaking into a smile.

So what does she think about business and entrepreneurship in this industrial hub? "Ludhiana has great potential when it comes to business and entrepreneurship. If you come out with an innovative idea and bring to it something new, the city will accept you with open arms. Ludhianvis are fast adopting multi cuisine habits and are leaving behind the traditional ‘makki di roti’ and ‘sarson da saag’," she observed.

Entrepreneurship, she says, came naturally to her. After all, an entrepreneur is a person who manages affairs on his or her own. And, in her opinion, women make natural entrepreneurs.

"Women play various roles in their lifetime. Being in business is just an extension to the multitasking she does in her daily life. Of course a few qualities have to be considered. First of all it’s all about management. A professional degree serves as an added advantage. Once a woman decides to enter business she will then put her heart and soul into it," she said with a wide smile.

Punjab, she says, is now focusing more on industry and infrastructure. “Industry and infrastructure in a state or country serves as an index of its economic growth profile. A peculiar characteristic of the industrial scenario of Punjab is the presence of small-sized industrial units”, she added.

In her view women can contribute significantly to the growth of the economy by honing their domestic skills. "We have success stories of women who are earning lakhs of rupees by making products like pickles, jams, ‘papads’. Encouragement by the government is a must in such projects. Raw materials should be provided at subsidised prices to encourage them," she says.

Recounting how she begun her foray into business, she says, "It’s my work experience at five-star hotels like ITC Maurya in New Delhi and ITC Sonar Bangla in Calcutta that keeps me going. Working in these leading hotels has proved to be an added advantage. Innovation, creativity, determination, confidence and - above all - faith have been the driving factors behind my success," says Swastika, who is a postgraduate in sales and marketing.

Featuring tomorrow: 
Divya Dhanda, proprietor, Joy De Vivre

Profile in Brief

Designation: Proprietor, Cake Square café

Age: 28

Academic qualifications: Hotel management; postgraduation in sales & marketing

Success mantra: Business expansion

Lucky charm: Husband

My daily routine

Wake up a little late; head for my café after breakfast; lunch at Cake Square; return after 11 pm; weekends are hectic at the café but I manage to take a break for a movie



Jainpur Garbage Dump
MC fails to comply with pollution board’s orders 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Though the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) to shift its garbage dump at Jainpur village, Hambran Road, at the earliest, the civic body is finding it difficult to comply with the orders, as there is no other option available.

The only way to restore the site was through installing a solid waste treatment plant but that option seems to be not feasible as files on the project are still pending with the state government.

Officials of the district administration, including Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal and representatives from the board met on this issue last evening.

As the per notice issued by the pollution board in 2009, a legal action was to be taken under Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 against the civic body in case it failed to comply with the directions (shifting of garbage dump). “But where should the Municipal Corporation dispose off 900 tonne of the solid waste, being generated daily in the city? Today, we get orders to shift it from Jainpur; tomorrow residents from the Tajpur road will raise objections. Wherever we shift the dump, objections will be raised. But tell us the solution, where should we dispose-off the waste? Unless the solid waste treatment plant is installed in the city, it would be difficult to shift the dumps,” said Parveen Bansal, Senior Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation.

The fate of the solid waste treatment plant in the city, too, hangs in balance. About one-and-a-half-year ago, tenders to hire consultant (solid treatment) were floated and a detailed project report by Tetratrack Consultants was prepared. Meanwhile, the state government hired another company by the name of ILFS, which started everything from scratch. It sent workers to conduct the door-to-door surveys. By December 2010, they are expected to submit the report.

“The solid waste management plant is the only option. It will cost about Rs 100 crores with proper segregation of plastic bags, dust, iron scrap, glass, steel etc. If things move at the desired pace, we expect to get plant in the city by 2012,” said Bansal.



Govt does away with NOC for new connection 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
In a significant development, which will meet the long-pending demand of the trade and industry in the state, the Punjab government has waived off the condition of obtaining the “no objection certificate” (NOC) from the urban local bodies for the extension of load or a new power connection.

A notification (5/49/2010-1ss4/866-67 dated 16-6-2010) issued by the Local Government, Punjab, Chandigarh, says that all earlier directions issued in connection with the obtaining an NOC from an urban local body for new electricity connections in urban areas are hereby withdrawn. It is further directed that from now on no NOC from any urban local body is required for new power connections in the urban areas.

While the trade and industry circles here are agog, terming it as a victory for them, the senior Powercom official still maintain that the directions pertain only to the electricity connections for the commercial establishments and the industrial connections are not covered under it.

An official stated that the earlier notification on the subject (CTP-LG-AS-206-1410 dated 14-9-2006), referred to in the fresh notification, pertained to the commercial connections only. “For issue of new electricity connections or the extension of load, we would still have to ask for the land use details from the municipal corporation as per the master plan.”

Representative of the industry, however, asserted that Minister for Local Bodies Manoranjan Kalia, during his visit to the city recently, hadzz made it clear that the condition of the NOC for electricity connections would be withdrawn and industry be duly covered under the revised instructions. “We are in touch with the senior officials of the Local Government and Powercom, and the confusion will soon be cleared,” said an industrialist. 



Shops acquired without survey, violate bylaws 
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, June 18
SK Sharma, SDO, Punjab Mandi Township, revealed yesterday that no survey had been conducted to assess the illegal and haphazard constructions in the local grain market. After a few persons demanded information under the RTI Act, on the basis of which notices were issued and areas acquired, the department was left with no alternative other than carrying out the survey of the grain market.

Despite this, the officers were still found to be verifying the front portion. None of the 82 shops has been constructed as per the byelaws. Even the SDO and the patwari of the Mandi Township admitted the fact that the maximum number of the grain shops, SCF, booths and residential quarters has been violating the norms since long. In the industrial area not a single industry has been set up till date. Parks and parking lots have been encroached upon during the past 50 years with impunity. However, the officials maintained that neither notices could be served on all of them nor properties acquired, as it would lead to chaos. They were left speechless on being asked to clarify why the notices could not be served or properties acquired on the random basis.

Traders of the Dakha grain market received a shock of their life in January when the administrator of the New Mandi Township, Punjab, served notices on more than 60 original SCF owners for canceling their allotments. At least 82 SCFs have been allotted to the commission agents. More than 120 commission agents run their businesses from here. All of them are registered with the market committee and are paying the taxes and duties since long. Grocers, seeds sellers, fertilizers, pesticides/insecticides, clothes shops, tea, electronics, dentists and lottery venders, too, are operating from the grain market and are operating from more than 20 shops. The constructions carried out in the backyard f these shops and on the first floor are also in violation of the norms. A large number of residents has installed submersible pumps on the road itself and boundaries of a few houses have been extended by more than 5 feet on the roads.

A large number of the original allottees have either partitioned the shops in several parts and let it out on rent or even sold the shops. Those who have purchased them have also done the same.

In a particular case a shop is divided into seven shops after partitioning. The verandah has been covered by the shopkeepers and sheds installed for shadow.

This grain market was developed in early 60s. Since then, numerous officials of the market committee and New Mandi Township have changed. The shopkeepers, who are in possession of registered sale deed of a portion of a SCF/grain shops registered at local registrar’s office, demanded that the officers in whose tenures such activities were carried out be booked and penalties imposed on them. A delegation of commission agents met the Administrator who offered them a grace period of one month to bring back the SCF in original conditions after applying for the same supported by an affidavit



Specialised eye hospital soon
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Coimbatore-based Sankara Eye Care Institutions will set up Punjab’s first specialised eyecare hospital in the city to cater to the needs of economically weaker sections of society by providing state-of-the-art facility free of cost to 80 per cent indoor patients while also attending to 200 outdoor patients every day.

The 105-bed hospital, to be constructed on two-acre land at Vipul World on Ferozepur Road here, will become functional by mid-2011.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Dr RV Ramani, founder and managing trustee of the institution, said the hospital would perform over 10,000 free eye surgeries every year as part of their “Vision 20:20 by 2020” programme, which aims at providing the “gift of vision” to one million economically backward citizens annually through their centres across India.

“We are happy that our hospital is in a strategic location, easily accessible to people from inside the city and surrounding districts. The hospital will be supported by skilled and experienced eye surgeons and paramedics to enable us to deliver quality services without delay. We believe in tapping local human resources. We will employ locally trained recruits in medical and paramedical care.”

Dr Ramani said an estimated 2.7 lakh people in the state needed to undergo cataract surgeries annually. Of these, over 1.5 lakh could not avail of surgery and treatment due to lack of access to quality and affordable care. These underprivileged people continue to remain needlessly blind or visually handicapped.”

“The hospital will address this issue through their rural outreach programme by providing high-quality, cost-effective and readily available facility on the doorstep of rural India. Also, a preventive eyecare programme for schoolchildren is proposed to be launched wherein vision screening will be done in schools. With early detection of visual defects, 50 per cent of all eye-problems can be prevented.”

The institution will construct the hospital premises with an investment of Rs 18 crore and manage its operations. The hospital will have a single block comprising 50,000 sq ft built-up area incorporating ground plus two floors, which will cater to almost all treatments under the eye-care segment.



Navneet, Gurpreet shine in fashion designers’ contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
For the first time, garment manufacturing houses of the city stepped forward to recognise budding talent among city’s fashion students during Amateur Fashion Designers’ Contest at Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology.

In this contest, all fashion designing students of the institute participated enthusiastically. They designed, created and showcased their collection of handmade T-shirts. In all creations, the designers used an array of rainbow colours, many rendering printing, painting and textural effects to convey their messages. Embellishments of ribbons, laces, rivulets and Swarovski were also used.

Amarjit Raja, director, Raja Impex Private Limited, and Akash Bansal, director, Ajanta Knitwears, were the judges of the contest. Raja presented the Raja Impex’s Most Promising Designer of the Year Award to designer Gurpreet Kaur of MSc fashion technology.

Commenting on the contest, Raja said, “There is a huge scope of placements of these students as designers and merchandisers in the garment manufacturing houses of the city. It will be beneficial both for students as well as the industry to work in liaison with each other during their training programme.”

Akash Bansal of Ajanta Knitwears (Rage Brand) presented the Rage’s Most Creative Designer of the Year Award to Navneet Kaur of MSc fashion technology. Akash expressed his desire to communicate with these students during their course of study and industry internship so that they could be taught the basics that were needed to be a professional.

“These awards will now be an annual affair,” said both the judges. Besides the special awards from the industry, many other awards were also given.

Manmeet Sodhia, director, Ivanna IFT, thanked the judges for their encouragement and said this liaison and cooperation from the industry would benefit the students greatly.


Amateur Designer King: Gurdeep Singh, BSc fashion technology.

Designer Prince I: Shubham Kumar, BSc fashion technology.

Designer Princess II: Manpreet Kaur Bhatti, MSc fashion technology.



BCom Admissions
Confusion over new criteria may hit rural colleges
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 18
Apprehensions are being raised that the centralised admission process of commerce stream for Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Chandigarh, may adversely affect the admission to the rural institutes, situated on the periphery, that have to still go in for direct admission.

As per the Panjab University guidelines, the admission to BCom I will be online from this session and interested students can register themselves at a dedicated website for the purpose. However, mode of direct admission still prevails in rural colleges.

As the information regarding admission through fresh online mode spreads, the students believe that they will be admitted through online mode to rural colleges as well.

Dr Swaranjit Singh, principal, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, expressing concern over the changed admission process for commerce stream said students interested in opting for this stream are under the impression that since the admission this time is online, hence they need not, or for that matter cannot, apply directly to any college .

“As a result, we have received very few applications for admission to commerce stream this year. If the university had to adopt this mode, it should have made it clear alongside that since the rural colleges are to admit students directly, hence the interested local students or the ones who find it convenient getting admission in nearby colleges can go in for direct admission without any reluctance,” the college head opined.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, said the students wishing to join commerce stream were supposed to submit their forms in the college itself by June 30. The list of candidates shall be displayed on the notice board on July 4 and admission shall be conducted on the following day. He added that the creamy layer shall now be preferring admission online in the city colleges and the rural colleges may be bereft of such students.

Dr Hardev Grewal, principal, Dakha College, said since the students had just half-baked information regarding the process of admission, the college had to take personal pains by spreading the same through pamphlets etc.

“Also, advertisements have been made through local cable operators and channels too. Still, the students are confused regarding the admission process and are reluctant to apply straightaway to such colleges, due to fear of missing a better chance, or in other case not getting admission at all, if they fail to register themselves online,” said Grewal.



PAU Notes
Entrance test

LUDHIANA: Punjab Agricultural University conducted the entrance test (CET-2010) for admission to four-year programmes, including BSc agriculture (honours), BSc biotechnology (honours) and BTech Food Technology (honours) and five-year integrated (honours) MSc programmes for the academic session 2010-11, today.

Giving details, controller of examination Dr VK Dilawari said an overwhelming response was received for 90, 50, 40 and 40 seats, respectively. He added that a total of 2,326 candidates applied out of which 1,970 candidates appeared in the test.

Traditionally, agriculture is considered as domain of male students. However, of the candidates appearing in the test, 849 were girls. Dr Dilawari shared that to conduct the entrance examination, 12 centres on the PAU campus were created. PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang, registrar Dr RK Mahey and the controller of examination took the round of the examination centres to see the arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the test.

Dr Ramesh Kumar, professor and head, department of floriculture and landscaping, was the coordinator of the test. He said various organisations such as PAU Teachers’ Association, PAU Non-Teaching Employees’ Union, PAU Faculty Club, Alumni Association of College of Agriculture and Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle arranged drinking water counters (shabeels) for the parents and guardians of the students near the examination centres.

The university provided proper seating shelters, which were appreciated by the visitors. Dr Dilawari said the results would be prepared today and would be available on the PAU website www.pau.edu by June 19.

Innovative farmers’ awards

PAU director of extension education Dr MS Gill said the university, like previous years, would award farmers and farm women on the occasion of Kisan Mela to be held in September. He said there would be five awards -- Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 5,000, along with a plaque and citation for self-cultivating farmer of field crops in Punjab; Parvasi Bharti Award carrying a cash prize of Rs 8,000 along with a plaque and citation would be awarded to self-cultivating farmer engaged in diversified farming system; Sardar Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award carrying a cash prize of Rs 3,100 along with a plaque and citation would be awarded to self-cultivating vegetable grower who puts at least 60 per cent area of his operational holding under vegetable crops in winters as well as during summers; Sardar Surjit Singh Dhillon Award carrying a cash prize of Rs 5,000, plaque and citation would be awarded to self-cultivating small farmer with a holding of up to five acres and Sardarni Jagbir Kaur Memorial Innovative Woman Farmer Award carrying a cash prize of Rs 3,100 along with plaque and citation to be awarded to a farm woman involved in agriculture and allied agriculture enterprises in Punjab.

Dr Gill said farmers and farm women desirous of competing for these awards should apply on the application performa available from the deputy director (T) of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras near them, director, regional stations, district extension specialists (SM), chief agricultural officers, deputy director of horticulture of different districts of Punjab and directorate of extension education, PAU, Ludhiana.

The last date for receipt of applications in the office of director of extension education, PAU, Ludhiana, is July 15. For each award separate application would be accepted, said Dr Gill.

Farm literature

As per the decision taken in a meeting convened by the director, information and public relations department, Punjab, at Chandigarh on June 14, books, booklets and other farm publications brought out by the PAU are to be placed in the Kuka Shaheed Memorial Library at Malerkotla. PAU VC Dr MS Kang sent a set of complete PAU publications for this purpose. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of DS Guru, principal secretary to the Chief Minister. — TNS



From Schools and Colleges
Tiny tots spread green message

LUDHIANA: Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, concluded its “Save earth summer camp - 2010” here today. The function was presided over by Mamta Ashu, municipal councillor Bharat Bhushan’s wife.

The cultural function was organised by children who were trained during the camp. The event started with a welcome song followed by western dances.

An exhibition on the topic “save earth” was also held and the kids’ creations in art and craft were displayed. Various models depicting the theme were also put up. Students explained to the visitors, the importance of the need to conserve energy and natural resources. They made photo frames from re-usable eco-friendly material for their beloved fathers for Father’s Day.

A medical camp was also held and doctors stressed upon the need for oral hygiene for kids and proper immunisation. They reminded children not to share food, drinks or utensils and to wash hands properly with soap and water before and after meals.

Development session

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology organised a three-day faculty development session in order to motivate the faculty members for better performance and to deliver quality education. The programme was inaugurated by director of the college Dr JS Sohal.

Experienced industrialists representing different companies visited the college to share their views on the need of today’s industries.

Prof Prateek Kalia emphasised the importance of stress management as these days professionals are prone to personal and organisational stress.

During the concluding session, RC Chopra, industrial advisor of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) and former director, Ministry of MSME, Government of India, advised the faculty members to make a strong bond with the industries by making frequent visits and sharing creative ideas with them since educational institutes are the backbone of the industries. He also motivated the faculty members to make the subjects interesting by converting the imagination of the students into reality.


Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the NRCFOSS, Anna University, Chennai, will arrange a workshop from June 21 to 25. The workshop is aimed at introducing Foss and Linux to teachers at MCA colleges, with a strong emphasis on hands-on training so that they can further train their students on this critical component of modern IT infrastructure.

In the workshop, experts from NRCFOSS and other institutions will impart practical training besides delivering theoretical presentations.


Kawaljot Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur and Shakti Rani of BA-III of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd in college by securing 77.33 per cent, 76.06 per cent and 75.25 per cent, respectively. — TNS



Two held for vehicle thefts
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, June 18
The CIA-II police arrested two persons for vehicle theft and seized seven stolen motorcycles besides a scooter from their possession here today.

The accused, Munish Kumar and Shibu Kumar, both residents of Arjan Dev Nagar, were arrested from Basti Jodhwal Chowk.

According to CIA-II in-charge Varunjit, the two had been active in the city for the past six months.

The accused were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody.

Man held with opium

Jagraon: The city police arrested a youth and seized 6 kg opium from his possession.

Ludhiana (rural) SSP Harinder Singh Chahal said SI Mohan Dass, in-charge of bus stand police post, along with SI Hari Mittar, during routine patrol in the Khothe Khajooran area spotted the suspect on the banks of a drain.

On seeing the police team, the suspect tried to flee but was overpowered. He was later identified as Gurdeep Singh, alias Baba, of Rampura Phool, Bathinda.

On search, the police seized 6 kg opium from his possession. The contraband was concealed in a steel case kept in a cloth bag.

The SSP said the contraband was worth Rs 3.6 lakh in the market and the accused had procured it from a dealer, Meharban of Ramganj Mandi, Rajasthan. He was to distribute it to different peddlers in the area.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 16, 61, 85, NDPS Act.



Panchayat member held with smack

Mullanpur Dakha, June 18
The police arrested a man for carrying 6 gm smack here last evening.

According to SHO Jangjit Singh, Harpreet Singh, alias Kala, a panchayat member of Boparai Kalan village, was arrested following a setup at Rurka village.

The police team had earlier arrested a youth, Ricky, son of a goldsmith, for drug abuse. The police later arrested Sumit Kumar, son of a cloth merchant, on similar charges. The two took the names of Gill of Jangpur village; Geeta, a resident of Ludhiana, both of whom were addicts; and Kala of Boparai Kalan village, a drug supplier. The police with the help of the anti-narcotics cell laid a trap and arrested Kala when he came to deliver the contraband. — OC



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