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Admn gears up to tackle floods on war footing
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Taking steps to prevent any further loss of life and property in the city from the floods caused by the overflowing Buddha Nullah, deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari today sent special teams of officials to the affected areas to expedite repair of breaches.

When asked about the administration's preparedness for floods, Tewari told The Tribune: "We have 100 life jackets, 15 boats and have made arrangements for five OBM engines. Also, we’ve tied up with the army to provide us with manpower to operate these engines during an emergency”.

Speaking on the preventive measures to check waterborne diseases in areas where the polluted nullah water had entered, he said, "There’s no possibility of any outbreak of these diseases as the water has receded and life is almost back to normal."

However, he added the health & family welfare department has already been put on the alert and it has sufficient stocks of antidiarrheal medicines, oral rehydrating solutions and chlorine tablets.

Meanwhile, the DC along with health officials of the health department, local bodies as well as village ‘lambardars’ and ‘patwaris’ toured villages near Samrala that were affected the worst by the floods. Tewari assured the residents the water would be pumped out in a short span.

"The ‘patwaris’ and ‘lambardars’ have been asked to prepare a database containing details of property, livestock and crops so as to ascertain the exact losses that will be compensated," he said.


Mayor raps civic officials for waterlogging
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Acting on a complaint filed by zone A area councillor Parminder Mehta, mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura held a meeting of civic officials at his office here today during which he reportedly pulled them up over waterlogging in the city’s interior areas. He asked them about the factors that had led to the situation that was creating havoc for the residents.

Mehta told The Tribune the situation in areas including Talab Bazaar, Bagh Wali Gali, Saban Bazaar, Gujjar Mal Road, Bindraban Road and Chaura Bazaar had worsened due to waterlogging.

“The rainwater was not flowing into the drains. Time and again we had requested the MC officials concerned to visit the affected areas and get the sewage and drainage pipes cleaned, but no one heed. Because of their apathy residents in the city’s interior localities are now facing many problems", said Mehta.

“MC officials have maintained due to the overflowing Buddha Nullah rainwater flowed back from the drains. The principal reason for many city areas becoming waterlogged is that as the iron nets on streets and sewage pipes were all choked water could not be drained properly”, he added. Gyaspura asked the MC officials to personally visit the areas in the city’s interior that were affected by waterlogging and report on the actual position of seasonal drains to him.



Desilting of Buddha Nullah not done on time
It led to breach and overflowing of nullah
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Had the Drainage department of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, accomplished the work of desilting Buddha Nullah on time, the situation would not have been so alarming, and the breach and overflowing of nullah from sensitive points could have been averted. But in the nick of time, the Drainage Department officials reportedly expressed their "helplessness" in cleaning 22 ‘pullis’(small stretches) along Buddha Nullah within the city limits due to which residents had to face a flood-like situation with the onset of monsoon.

As per well-placed sources in the civic body, during a meeting with the Chief Secretary in Chandigarh about two-months back, the Drainage Department of MCL was given the task of desilting Buddha Nullah and cleaning of within and outside city limits. For desilting of nullah, Rs 35 lakh was given to the department and for cleaning of ‘pullis’ (22 ‘pullis’), Rs 3 lakh was handed over to clean a stretch of about 14 km (‘pullis’ along nullah).

"But 15 days back, the officials in the Drainage Department showed helplessness to clean the ‘pullis’ on the pretext of labour shortage. They even asked the MC to take back the money given to them for cleaning of ‘pullis’ (Rs 3 lakh). If they were facing acute labour shortage, they could have told us before, so that necessary arrangements could be made. But 15 days were too short to cleanup the wild weeds along Buddha Nullah. As far as desilting of nullah is concerned, 50 per cent work is still left", maintained one of the top official in MCL adding that the Drainage Department was asked to do the job about two months back, ie immediately after the meeting with the Chief Secretary.

Meanwhile, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Kumar Bansal along with Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi took round of the sensitive areas today to take stock of the situation. Bansal said that there was no problem within city but officials were continuously monitoring these alarming points along Buddha nullah. "Though the level of water has not come down in the nullah but the situation is under control", said Bansal. 



Never too young to make a difference!
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Just because one is young does not mean he or she cannot make a difference in our society by helping others. Ask 10-year-old Chahat Bhandari who has formed an NGO to raise money for needy, disabled and ill children. Proud to be the founder of her NGO, Ehsaas (which means feeling), she has managed to get 32 of her friends join her organization within a short span of four months.

Every month Chahat and her team members pool in their pocket money that is then accounted for during the NGO's monthly meeting. According to a unanimous decision by all the members the money is then spent on providing basic necessities like food, clothing, books and stationery items to the needy children.

Besides this, all the children contribute extra money on their birthdays towards the fund. They are also supported by generous donations from their parents.

Talking about her NGO, Chahat, a class 5 student of Kundan Vidya Mandir, says: "We collect money and pick any one area to work in. For instance, last month we held a small function for students of the Deaf and Dumb School and distributed stationery items to them. We also spent time with them, sharing our food and listening to their experiences."

She said earlier the NGO members had visited a slum area in the city to distribute food items to children. "Whenever we come across any needy child we help him financially," she added.

Chahat has been actively involved in social work since the past six years, donating from her pocket money for welfare of families of martyrs. "This year on my birthday on February 10 I formed my NGO for the cause of underprivileged children," she stated.

"A few months ago I came across an article in a magazine about a children's group in south India collecting waste paper and junk from their neighbourhoods and selling them. With the money collected they helped poor and needy students. That was the turning point in my life”, said the little girl on her decision to set up the NGO, the registration of which is in the process.

Chahat is proud of her friends and cousins who are helping her in the noble cause by not only contributing financially but also lending her a helping hand. "We began with 20 members, now we are 32 and growing. I’m thankful to my friends who instantly offered to join hands when they got to know about the NGO," smiled the winner of ‘Star of the Year’ award thrice in a row at school for her “brilliant” academic and extracurricular performance.

"We’ve made a small beginning but are sure to make a difference," remarked the gutsy little social worker, who is being helped by her parents, Sangeeta and Rajesh Bhandari, in running the NGO. They have been her constant support, providing any help she ever needed.

Chahat has been honoured by various organisations for her extraordinary work towards the betterment of society, including an award on International Women's Day by a social organisation.



Boats rusting at Mini-Secretariat 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
While residents of nearly five villages, including Pal Majra, Dhande, Bharthala, Garhi and Neelon, are using makeshift boats to reach their destinations, the boats belonging to the district administration are rusting at the Mini-Secretariat.

In a befitting example of ill-preparedness of the district administration in testing times, the boats have been lying tilted and have become home to insects.

With the scare of flood looming large, babus do not seem to be bothered about fixing these boats.

At present, five boats are lying in the store located behind the Bachat Bhawan. The employee said last year, three boats were used by the administration in the flood-affected areas but the department concerned never returned the boats.

He said this time too the fear of flood was looming large but the administration appeared to be least bothered about the maintenance of boats.

The employees fear that some boats might have developed snag and would be of no use to the administration at the time of emergency.

Flaying the government, Varinder Bhakoo, a veteran social activist said, “The problem with the administration is that they wake up when the tragedy strikes. The district administration could have provided early relief to the residents of the villages hit by flood near Samrala, but they have failed to act in time. The point is that the administrators do not realise that they are public servants and the material which is eating rust is meant to be used by in the public interest.” On the other hand, the district administration official claimed that they are well equipped to tackle any eventuality. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari visited the flood-affected areas and assured timely help to the effected residents.



Key accused in Jeevan Mattoo murder case nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
In a significant development, the police nabbed the key member of Mika-Mani gang, who was wanted in the Jeevan Mattu murder case.

Giving details about the arrest, Sadar police station SHO Paramjit Singh said the accused identified as Suresh Kumar alias Balli, a resident of Gill village, was arrested following a tip-off from the Gill railway station late last evening.

The SHO said the accused was planning to flee the city along with his brother Ram Saran. According to ACP Narinderpal Singh, though the accused was nabbed but Ram Saran, who was also wanted in a murder and a robbery case, managed to escape.

The accused were involved in the killing of Jeeven Mattu, a barber, who was murdered during a shootout that took place at Sarabha Nagar market in April last year.

The ACP said that beside Jeevan Mattu murder case, the accused were wanted in several other cases, including robbery, assault and murder.

The accused were behind the killing of Charan Singh, a sarpanch of Gill village, who was shot dead by Mika- Mani gang last year. He further said the accused confessed before the police that he was actively involved with the Mika- Mani gang and admitted to have committed a robbery in Amritsar too.

The police has recovered a .315-loaded pistol from the possession of the accused.

According to police sources, Suresh said Mika and Mani were evading arrest due to political patronage.



Manhandling of woman SDO
BJP supports accused, demands probe 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
A day after the city police booked the son of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Sat Pal Gosain for alleged manhandling a woman SDO of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the BJP leaders of the city retaliated and levelled counter allegation that the SDO had demanded bribe for issuing a no objection certificate (NOC).

The BJP leaders trade organisations of the city have demanded an independent probe in the matter. Kirpal Singh Sagar, president of Ludhiana Machine Tool Manufacturer Association (LMTMA), condemned the allegations levelled by SDO Puja Sharma.

In a communiqué to The Tribune, Sagar stated that the behaviour of the officials of the PPCB towards industrialists had always been autocratic and they constantly harassed the industrialists to get illegal gratification.

In the meantime, senior BJP leader and Councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu came out in open support of Sudarshan Gosain. He said Sudarshan had applied for an extended electricity connection for the industrial unit, but Powercom officials told him to take nod from the PPCB. He said Sudarshan had deposited the NOC fee with the PPCB four month ago.

Neetu claimed that the SDO, who visited the factory unit on Monday demanded bribe of Rs 1 lakh for issuing the NOC. Neetu further added the SDO listed 12 anomalies and threatened Sudarshan that she would not issue the NOC till the time she would receive the amount. This led to an argument between the two. It is learnt that Sharma was not aware of the fact that Sudarshan was the son of senior BJP leader Sat Pal Gosain. Sources said that during the argument, Sudersahan disclosed his identity and told her that he would file a complaint against her. Neetu said finding herself cornered she concocted a story that of misbehaving with a public servant.

Demanding a high-level probe in the matter, Neetu complained that in the past also the PPCB employees had posed lot of problems for the industrialists.

In the meantime, Sat Pal Gosain said he had brought the matter to the notice of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar ADCP- II said the police had begun investigating the matter. He further said that an FIR was registered following complaints of the SDO, but the police did not take the version of Sudershan. He added that no arrest had been made so far and the police would take further action following a thorough probe.

Sudersah was booked under Sections 186, 323, 353 and 382 of the IPC for obstructing a public servant in discharge of public duty, use of criminal force on public servant, snatching and assault. 

Politicians’ family involved in controversies

This was second such incident where a public servant had levelled serious allegations against Gosain family. Satpal Gosain’s grandson Amit Gosain courted controversy two months ago when a traffic police deployed at Bhai Bala Chowk raised allegations that the politician's grandson had abused and manhandle him when the latter stopped his vehicle from entering the one-way lane.

‘Will lead to compromise’

A senior police official said it had become a fashion for the public servants to take on politicians. Several cases have been reported in the past where the public servants had locked horns with the politicians. In majority of the cases, FIRs have been registered, but during probe the allegations levelled by the government officials fell flat and resulted in a compromise.



Illegal building razed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
An illegal building, under Zone A, Samrala Chowk, was demolished under the supervision of Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Kamaljeet Kaur here today.

The 11 feet x 52 feet building was illegally being constructed on the Samrala road.

According to sources, a case is also going-on in the high court for the past few years. Recently, high court had ordered the owner to demolish the building.

The ATP added that despite warning notices, owner Hira Dheer didn’t take the issue seriously. The building was being constructed for commercial use. "We recently got the orders to demolish it and today we implemented the order. Also, it came to light that the owner had sold the building to them a few days ago. But it’s their internal matter and we were given orders to demolish it,” said Kamaljeet Kaur.



Heavy rain eases power woes
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 8
At least for the time being, the frequent power cuts imposed on all categories of consumers, including industrial units, have been completely relaxed, with the compulsory weekly offdays for power intensive factories have also eased. The sudden turnaround in the power situation has been possible due to the incessant and widespread rainfall all over the state during the last couple of days.

Top officials of the Punjab State Power Corp (Powercom) confirmed the state now had surplus power to the extent that two units of the thermal plant at Ropar were closed down till the time there was no gap in electricity demand and availability. "Due to widespread rain all around the demand for electricity in the agricultural sector as well as domestic consumers has significantly dropped and, unlike in the past, surplus power is available with the state," they said.

According to the officials, as against the average daily demand in the state of about 5,800 megawatts the availability of power from all sources stands at over 6,200 MW. "Even after closure of two 210 MW units at the Ropar thermal plant the state has enough power to meet the demand in full”, they averred.

Powercom officials in the central zone here said the scheduled four-hour power cuts - two hours in the morning and another two in the afternoon - stands completely relaxed. With adequate electricity available with the state the industry has also been given huge relief. "Presently there are no power cuts imposed on industries and the weekly offday for all category II industrial consumers, as well as arc and induction furnaces and rolling mills fed from category II and III feeders, has been relaxed till July 11."



City neurosurgeon visits Russia
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 8
Dr MK Sobti, neurosurgeon, at Sobti Neuro Centre here, attended an international conference on "recent advances in neurosurgery" (ICRAN 2010) held in Saint Petersberg (Russia) from June 29 to July 1.

As many as 2,000 neurosurgeons from across the world attended the conference. The focus was on advances in the fields of neuromonitoring, neuroimaging, molecular diagnostics, surgery and intensive care of patients and their mental recovery.

During his presentation, Dr Sobti said it had been observed that outcome after head injury had improved in developed countries because of better expertise and monitoring in neuro ICU.

He said strict legislation should be enforced like driving permit control, mobile phone prohibition, helmet while on two-wheelers, air bags and child belts in cars.



Docs’ body condemns dissolution of MCI
Bhushan Sood
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 8
The Indian Medical Association State Branch, Chandigarh, along with the IMA Central Body, comprising 500 doctors from all over India, including Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Bihar staged a Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. This was disclosed here today by IMA chairman Dr Zora Singh.

He said that while on dharna various burning issues like dissolution of the Medical Council of India, Clinical Establishment Act and starting of the Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC) were deliberated at length. The members unanimously decided to oppose the same.

He said that the Medical Council of India was established 1934, under the Indian Medical Council Act 1933, followed by few amendments from time to time. It was a statutory body to regulate medical education and practice. He said therefore, the Indian Medical Association condemned the dissolution of the MCI and demanded re-constitution of MCI as per provisions. Similarly, the IMA branch also demanded for restoration of independence of the MCI. It was also demanded that two representatives for the MCI must be elected from the IMA. The issue of Clinical Establishment Act was against the medical profession and under these circumstances it would be difficult for health professionals to practice after the implementation of such an Act, therefore the IMA strongly opposed this act.



‘Now, India better equipped to tackle rabies’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Dr Charan Kamal Singh, noted expert on rabies, and Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, was recently invited by the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (IAVP), Himachal Pradesh Chapter to present a talk on "An update on Rabies Diagnosis" in the auditorium of the GC Negi College of Veterinary Science, CSK HP University, Palampur.

Singh threw light on the latest findings in rabies diagnosis around the world. Singh informed that the hair follicles of the rabies-suspected living animal could be used for detection of rabies rather than the conventional approach of diagnosis from the brain tissue.

While dwelling into the novel procedures for diagnosis of rabies, Singh was of the view that Indians were now better equipped for effective control of rabies in the country.

The lecture was followed by a healthy discussion wherein Singh cleared doubts on rabies infection in animals. In addition to the scientists and post-graduate students of Palampur University, various medicos and representatives of the NGOs attended the specially organised lecture.

While interacting with the representative of NGOs, Singh mentioned that as a member of the National Core Committee of Rabies Control Program under the aegis of Animal Welfare Board of India sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, he had developed a project for chalking out definitive strategy for control of Rabies in India, the strategic implementation of which would pave the way for phasing out rabies from the country.

Dr VK Gupta, Professor-cum-Head, Department of Veterinary Pathology, CSK, HP University, Palampur and chairman, State Chapter, IAVP, thanked Dr Charan Kamal Singh for the highly informative talk. 



‘World will soon be polio-free’
Our Correspondent

Raikot, July 8
Rotary international took up the challenge to wipe out polio from in 1984 and presently only a few polio cases are reported in only four countries of the world - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. “World will soon be polio-free. Bill Gates of the Microsoft Corporation has given USD 335 million to assist Rotary International in this endeavour," said Distt. Governor elect Rtn. Sanjiv Sethi while installing the new Rotary president of the club, Raikot midtown.

On this occasion, Rtn. Sanjiv Sethi was honoured for his contributions in the field of community service.



Online facility for traders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
No long queues will be witnessed at the Information Collection Center now as traders can fill the details of their consignments online.

Generally, it takes a lot of time at the barrier while furnishing the information and matching the details of the particulars.

The traders, after getting the user name and password from the Excise and Taxation Department, can fill all information online. The officials on duty will just have to match the date and no time will be wasted in filling the entire form.

Welcoming the step, Hiteshinder, a jeweller, said a lot of time was wasted at the barrier while filling the forms. "Since I am into jewellery business, it was also very risky to spend so much time at the barrier to furnish information. Lately, some cases of robbery were reported as miscreants follow the jewellers from the barrier and later rob them. Now we will get free within five minutes, which will prove to be very convenient," he said.

Another trader added that earlier a lot of time was wasted at the information collection center. Now it will take some minutes, as officials will just have to match the data. It will become convenient for both traders and department officials, he added.

Jatinder Khurana, a lawyer, said the step taken by the department was a positive one. Generally, the problem occurs at the time of assessment due to mis-matching of the figures. "Mistakes occur in rush and a zero more or less in the figure is a common slip. As officials on duty will not be filling the forms manually, there will be very less chances of any mistake," added Khurana.

An official from the Excise and Taxation Department said they would be providing username and passwords to the traders. "Before assigning the ID and password, we will be checking their track records to see if any penalty has been slapped by the department in the past," said an official. A bunch of courier services had been assigned the user name and passwords, he added.



Latest Fad
Enliven your bedroom with ‘garden theme’
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
This season's latest fad in the home decor is bugs and butterflies to you and me. The hottest new collections of bed linen, wallpaper and furniture are riddled with the kind of pests we normally fight to keep outside. Decorating a bedroom with garden theme is the new craze. It serves as a great way to appreciate the beauty of nature and also makes the room comfortable, cozy and lively. The decoration enhances the beauty of nature inside the comforts of your home. Flowers, grass, shrub, trees and creepers will go a long way to make the bedroom a visual treat.

The new bed linen collections are buzzing with chiffon butterfly print dresses. "Capturing the fleeting beauty of nature is a well-liked look. Perhaps my most prized possession at home is a wall-mounted display of tropical butterflies. The light and delicate butterfly theme has transformed my bedroom into an airy space for me to stretch my wings," said Arneet Grewal, pursuing her graduation. Butterfly bedding and butterfly accessories provide the perfect backdrop for any young girl.

Confirming the trend Sumeet Arora, from Home Saaz at National Road, Ghumar Mandi, added that people are going in for bedsheets with huge flower prints. "Bed covers with flowers like tulips, marigolds and sunflowers in larger than life size are a hit with the city people. People today are preferring something different from the usual graphics," added Arora.

Going with the monsoons, Pratiksha has decorated her bedroom with the garden theme. "It is so refreshing the moment I enter my room. My bedcover has beautiful flowers and petals while my lampshade is also in the shape of a flower and the rugs in the room are too in the shape of different pastel coloured flowers. Hand made flowers in pink and mauve in the vase add a touch of elan to the whole decor," she chuckles. 

Right Paint

The first step to decorate a bedroom with a garden theme is painting the room in subtle shades that reflect nature. Colors like green, pink, lavender and lemon yellow go very well together. While the walls can be base coated with lovely shades of green, colours pink and lavender can be used as highlighters to match the garden theme. The colors compliment the theme perfectly and make the room look comfortable, cozy, and inviting, like a real garden.

Stenciled Flower Designs

Enliven the room with stenciled flowers and plants. You can either draw them, if you have an artistic hand, or  buy them from a store. Do not use too many colors; instead, choose on a couple of shades. This would add to realism to the room. You can also paint such flowers on the headboard, doors, bedrails, etc.

Lights and Hanging Flowers

Complete the look of the room with bright lights and hanging flowers. Light up the garden bedroom with strings of cool white lights, wrapped in artificial flowers. This might look a difficult task, but is fairly simple. Attach the flowers to the strings of lights with narrow-gauge wire or invisible thread. The placement of lights is an important part of decorating the whole room. Place the lights around a window, around the headboard of the bed or along the wall at the ceiling. Such detailing will surely help you create an impressive room.



Order on record of servants 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
In the wake of rising incidents of robberies and brawls around the periphery of the city, Deputy Magistrate Rahul Tiwari has ordered the restaurant, dhaba and liquor vend owner to keep a record of their servants.

Further they have been told to install CCTV cameras at their business establishments.

SSP Ludhiana and SSP Khanna have enforced the order in their respective areas with immediate effect.



Office-bearers of BJP dist unit announced 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 8
District president of BJP Rajiv Katna has released the list of new office-bearers and executives of the district unit of the party, which was finalised in consultation with the state leadership of the party.

The district unit of the party will have six vice-presidents, two general secretaries, five secretaries, a cashier and a press secretary.

While Harish Tandon and Jatinder Mittal will be the general secretaries, among the vice-presidents are Pushpinder Singal, Ramesh Sharma, Reena Dhawan, Sanjay Kapoor, Sunil Moudgil and Sakshi Julka. Pawan Sharma, Sarbjit Singh Kaka, Taranjit Singh Rehal, Rajeshwari Gosain and Santosh Vij will be secretaries with Devi Sahai Tandon and Neeraj Verma as cashier and press secretary respectively.

According to an official press note, former state president Rajinder Bhandari, deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly Sat Pal Gosain, party legislator Harish Bedi, chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust Ashok Juneja, senior deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Santosh Kalra, Jeewan Gupta, Vinod Jain, Balbir Chand Kapila, Shakti Sharma, Sunil Mehra, Avinash Rai, MM Vyas and Pran Bhatia will be permanent invitees.

Among the special invitees of the district unit of BJP are Krishan Rai Sharma, Gobind Ram, Ram Ratan Chopra, Ramesh Kapoor, Chander Mohan Aggarwal, Krishan Gupta, Charanjit Sehgal, Geeta Pruthi, Asha Sharma, Mona Bahri, Prem Lata Bindra, Maya Ram Jain, Jagdish Verma, Prem Sagar Aggarwal, Harinder Tah, Ram Prasad, Jaswant Rai Saldi, Ved Parkash Mittal, Sunder Lal Jain.



Garima tops in BCA exam
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 8
BCA students of the Regional Institute of Management and Technology, here, passed out with flying colours. Bhavna Bansal and Garima Bansal of BCA sixth semester proved their mettle by attaining university top positions.

Garima topped the PTU securing 94.4 per cent and credited her success to her family and friends. She has been recruited by Wipro Infotech, Bangalore and is looking forward to join the organisation soon.

According to her, the biggest driving force behind her success was her father who had always given her a liberal and encouraging environment at home for studies. Bhavna Bansal from Nabha, attained third position in PTU, securing 94 per cent marks. She further plans to pursue MCA. She credits her success to her friends, family and teachers. The biggest motivating factor for her was her grandfather, who always said that there was no substitute for hard work.

Regional Institute of Management and Technology Principal Dr SN Panda congratulated the students and said that they had brought accolades to the college. 



Vet varsity scientist presents paper in Canada
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Dr RS Sethi, associate professor, Veterinary Anatomy from College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, who is the counterpart scientist in GADVASU, attended an international collaborative programme on animal diseases, pertaining to lung inflammation.

He has spent two months for advance research at the department of biomedical sciences in Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

The collaborative results lead to characterisation of lung inflammation in oligofructose overload model of laminitis in the horse. Application of this technical feed back at home would help in appropriate disease diagnosis and in the understanding of pathogenesis of various diseases.

In Canada, Dr Sethi also participated in an international conference on “prairie infectious immunology” and worked in collaboration with various departments of the university.

For this achievement, University of Saskatchewan has offered financial assistance to GADVASU to carry on this work in India and has also assured training to more GADVASU scientists in various fields on disease diagnosis.

Dr AS Nanda, director of research, has commended the achievement of Dr Sethi and his team.



PAU Notes
BSc agriculture counselling

The admission process is in full swing at PAU, as large number of students are coming for counselling to various courses, including BSc Agriculture (hons) six-year programme and two-year certificate course in agriculture at Gurdaspur.

PAU registrar Dr RK Mahey said a large number of applications were received for these programmes. Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh said the six-year programme has become favourite among rural students.

The counselling was held in alphabetical order and the counselling from A to H alphabets was held today. The students with initial letters from I to M will be held on July 9 followed by N to Z on July 10, said Dr Aulkah.


The state-of-the-art laboratory in entomology department of PAU has recently been approved for accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL).

The laboratory has the distinction of being associated with various research projects funded by International and National agencies like UNDP, FAO, WHO, ICAR, ICMR, DGHS, the laboratory has recently been given Rs 5 crore by the state government to establish a “Centre of Excellence in Pesticide Residue Analysis”.

According to Dr TP Rajendran, assistant director general (PP), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the final NABL assessment of PAU was conducted by NABL recently and that the NABL audit team has recommended the lab for its accreditation.

He said that the NABL would send the accreditation certificate to the laboratory shortly.

Training course

The PAU directorate of extension education will organise a training course on “Processing of Soybean” from July 13-15 at Kairon Kisan Ghar.

A total of 25 participants, including farmers and farmwomen will be enrolled.

Director of extension education Dr MS Gill said the subject matter specialists of the university would highlight the importance of value addition to soybean products, discuss utilisation of soybean in bakery products, extrusion technology, etc.

The participants will also be made to visit the progressive growers, who have specialised in soybean processing.

The technical co-ordinator will be Dr PS Ranote while the programme will be co-ordinated by Dr JS Bhalla.


A state-level meeting of the progressive bee-keepers concluded here today. The participants were provided know-how about handling and care of bee colonies, honey processing and marketing during monsoon.

Dr PK Chhuneja highlighted the importance of honey in human health and as allied agricultural product. He discussed about the care that honeybee colonies require during the monsoon.

Conserving resources

The newly developed technologies for conserving natural resources need to be popularised among farmers.

This was stated by the PAU registrar Dr RK Mahey before flagging-off the group of agricultural students from Australia (12) and PAU (15) on a mission to visit Punjab villages to spread the message of adopting natural resource conservation technologies and the water efficiency tools.

He appreciated the joint effort of the PAU and Syngenta and highlighted that the two organisations were collaborating in research, but the current project was different as it involved students and farmers. — TNS



From Colleges

A lecture to join the Indian Armed Forces was held for NCC cadets of the 3 Punjab Battalion NCC, Ludhiana, who are attending the ongoing combined annual training camp at Guru Nanak Engineering College. Col Sharad Dhindaw, recruiting officer, Ludhiana, was the key speaker.

The lecture enlightened the cadets about the ranks and pay structure of the Indian Army, qualification required to join at various levels and promotion aspects in the Army. Col Sharad invited maximum participation of the NCC cadets with “C” certificate for the upcoming Army recruitment rally to be held on July 9 at the Guru Nanak Stadium.

The lecture was attended by 160 cadets, along with civil and Army personnel and was presided over by Col GPS Sahwney, Gp Cdr NCC Group HQs, Ludhiana. Lt Col Inderpel Singh Dhaliwal, officiating Commanding Officer, 3 Punjab Battalion NCC, Ludhiana, thanked the guest speaker and Col Sahwney.


A four-day workshop on the technical teachers’ training programme is underway at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology. Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, Amritsar, graced the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated the programme. Dr JS Sohal, director of LCET, welcomed the chief guest and emphasised that the present workshop was aimed at the quality of education with the process of improvement in the performance of a teacher. The chief guest shared his views with a strong emphasis on the teachers’ performance. He laid stress on the improvement of functional, communication and delivery skills, the ability to develop a rapport with every student in the class, use of better technology, innovation in teaching and compassion.

Top honours

Punjab College of Technical Education students from BSc (airlines, tourism and hospitality management) secured the top positions in the recently concluded Punjab Technical University (PTU) exams. Jatty Goyal of BSc (ATHM) bagged the second position in the university and Manpreet Singh Sidhu of the same course got the sixth position in the university. Dr KNS Kang, director-general, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated the meritorious students.


A discussion was held at Synetic Business School (SBS) recently on the need for an electronic crematorium. The discussion was attended by students, staff and area residents. Chairman of the institute, Dr MA Zahir said the SBS management was intending to send a representation to MP Manish Tewari for the same.

Orientation programme

University Business School (UBS), Panjab University Regional Centre, organised a two-day orientation programme for its new batch of students. In the inaugural session, Dr Ravi Inder Singh, resident coordinator, apprised the students about the academic and placement achievements of the school. — TNS



3 booked for trying to set woman afire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
The city police has registered a case of murderous assault against three persons for allegedly attacking a woman and trying to set her on fire on the Daba-Gyaspura road.

The matter came to light when the Daba police booked Shingara Singh, Kalu and Jhangi, all residents of the Daba road, in a murderous assault case here today.

The victim, identified as Seema (32), a resident of Model Town Extension, who was recuperating with severe burn injuries at a private hospital, said the accused, after assaulting her, set her afire in a small wooden cubicle.

In her statement to the police, Seema claimed that Shingara was running a meat shop in a wooden cubicle outside her plot.

As she was planning to sell the plot, she told Shingara to vacate the encroachment, but the latter refused to shift his establishment. Seema said the refusal by Shingara led to an argument between them. In the meantime Shingara's accomplices Kalu and Jhangi joined the argument.

She alleged that amidst the argument, the trio attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon. Meanwhile, one of the accomplices set her afire in the cubicle. After throwing her in the fire, the accused fled from the scene. The victim alleged that she somehow managed to save herself. She said the area residents and commuters rushed her to hospital.



Deepinder eyes double crown
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 8
Deepinder Singh Bains is eyeing a double crown at the HTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Tournament.

He reached the final of the singles ending the dream of Vishwesh Sinha by 6-1,6-1.

Deepinder is also in the final of the doubles. The other finalist is third seed Gurinder Singh who defeated Jharkhand’s Prosonjit Paul, the eighth seed by 6-4,6-4.

In women’s singles, fourth seed Natasha Palha ousted the top seed Shweta C Rana in the match lasting around 270 minutes.

Natasha won by 7-5, 2-6 and 7-6 (7-5). In the first set Natasha came from a deficit of 2-5 to take the set at 7-5. In the final set, Shweta fought back from 1-4 to take the set to a tie-breaker, which Natasha eventually won. The second finalist is Sharmada Balu who defeated second seed Nupur Kaul by 6-3 and 6-3.

The women’s doubles crown was clinched by Rimpledeep Kaur and Shweta C Rana. They defeated Rajbir Kaur and Gundeep Kaur by 6-1 and 6-4. Final matches will be played tomorrow.


Men’s singles quarterfinal: Deepinder Singh Bains (Chd) beat Suraj Beniwal (Har)(Q) 7-6 (7-2), 6-7(5-7) and 7-5.

Men’s singles semifinal: Deepinder Singh Bains (Chd) beat Vishwesh Sinha (Mah)(WC) 6-1 and 6-1; Gurinder Singh (Pb) (3) beat Prosonjit Paul (Jha)(8) 6-4 and 6-4.

Women’s singles semifinal: Natasha Palha (Goa)(4) beat Shweta C Rana (HP)(1) 7-5,2-6,7-6(7-5); Sharmada Balu (Kar)(WC) beat Nupur Kaul (Mah)(2) 6-3 and 6-3.

Men’s doubles quarterfinal: Shantanu Rajput (Dli) and Kunal Anand (Dli) beat Saurabh Patil (Mah) and Bharat Bhardwaj (Har)(3) 6-4,6-3; Digvijay Mehta (HP) and Suraj Beniwal (Har) beat Ajay Yadav (Chd) and Gurinder Singh (Pb) 5-7,6-4,10-7; Manav Dhawan (Pb) and Deepinder Singh Bains (Pb) beat Pradeep K. Reddy (AP) and Vishwesh Sinha (Mah) 7-6(11-9), 6-2.

Men’s doubles semifinal: Shantanu Rajput (Dli) and Kunal Anand (Dli) beat Rishab Dev (Pb) and Digvijay Singh Naruka (Chd) 6-4,6-3; Manav Dhawan (Pb) and Deepinder Singh Bains (Pb) beat Digvijay Mehta (HP) and Suraj Beniwal (Har) 6-2,6-4.

Women’s doubles final: Rimpledeep Kaur (Pb) and Shweta C Rana (HP) beat Rajbir Kaur (Pb) and Gundeep Kaur (Pb) 6-1 and 6-4.



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