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Abused, beaten, Class XI boy ends life
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, November 25
A 17 year-old Class 11 student committed suicide after he was allegedly abused, beaten and humiliated by some of his schoolmates, all teenagers, here last night. The teenager, identified as Parasmani, a resident of Shastri Nagar locality in Jagraon, was a student at Anuvarat Public School in Jagraon.

Police said the victim had a minor scuffle with his schoolmates on Tuesday morning inside the school premises following which teachers reportedly intervened and resolved the matter. However, on the evening of the same day, Parasmani was intercepted and thrashed while he was going to ttend tuition classes.

The victim’s father, Rakesh Kumar, said his son had felt deeply insulted and was under considerable depression since the incident. He could not even sleep the entire night, he said. Kumar said said on Wednesday morning Parasmani set himself afire in the bathroom after dousing himself in kerosene oil. Family members broke open the bathroom door on hearing screams of the teenager who by then was severely burnt. The victim was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Jagraon where doctors referred him to Medicity Hospital in Ludhiana. The student succumbed to his burn injuries late in the evening.

Though the exact reason behind the scuffle is not yet known, Parasmani’s uncle Ram Kumar stated the accused had also beaten Parasmani twice two weeks ago. Since then they were regularly threatening his nephew. He also stated that they had even approached the parents of some of the accused when Parasmani was beaten the first time a few days ago but they paid no attention.

Police has registered a case on the basis of a statement given by Parasmani’s father, Rakesh Kumar, and have booked five boys -- Rohit Goyal, Raghav Chhabra, Anshul Kumar, Vishal Kumar and Satish Kumar — under Sections 306, 341 and 511 of IPC for abettment to suicide.

All the accused are residents of Shastri Nagar. No arrest has been made so far. Investigating officer ASI Sawarn Singh said the police had got some clues about the whereabouts of the accused. All the accused will be behind the bars very soon, he added.


Craze for fancy numbers
0001 fetches Rs 4.41 lakh
Anshu Seth/TNS

Ludhiana, November 25
Known for their craze to get fancy registration numbers for their vehicles, residents turned out in large numbers at Nehru Sidhant Kender. The craze to get fancy numbers, which was once the prerogative of “businessmen” suddenly seems to have caught the fancy of the professionals as it was evident from the bid of the PB10CY 0001 by a city doctor.

Dr Ashwani Kumar Chaudhary, Neurosurgeon at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital 0001 fetches Rs 4.41 lakh (DMCH) became the highest bidder of the day, as he bought the number for Rs 4,41,000 for PB10CY 0001.

Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Chaudhary said: "I bought the number for my new dream car which is E class silver coloured Mercedes and I am elated as the fancy number adds to the sleekness of my car," added Dr Chaudhary.

Interestingly, some people even go to the numerologists and astrologers to get the “right” numbers to suit their respective zodiacs. Manoj, a young astrologer said: "People buying high-end luxury cars come for astrological guidance not only for the choice of colours, but also for the fancy numbers."

The district transport office fetched an additional revenue of Rs 39, 28 700 from the total 387 numbers auctioned today.

The district transport officer (DTO) Ashwani Kumar when asked about the decrease in revenue as compared to Rs 50 lakh generated in the last auctioned held in October said: "Though the bids were high this time, but the numbers auctioned were less as compared to previous auctioned. People are reluctant to buy vehicles at end of the year but we are expecting to get a record revenue in January, as people are waiting to buy new models," the DTO observed.

Other numbers auctioned

  • PB10CY 0002 Rs 85,000
  • PB10CY 0003 Rs 85,000
  • PB10CY 0004 Rs 83,000
  • PB10CY 0005 Rs 1,33,000
  • PB10 CY0006 Rs 86,000
  • PB10 CY0007 Rs 1,20,000
  • PB10 CY0008 Rs 90,000
  • PB10 CY0009 Rs 95,000

Numbers auctioned in Oct

  • PB10CX0001 Rs 3,00,000
  • PB10CX0002 Rs 51,000
  • PB10CX0003 Rs 1,00,000
  • PB10CX0004 Rs 70,000
  • PB10CX0005 Rs 75,000
  • PB10CX0006 Rs 42,000
  • PB10CX0008 Rs 45,000
  • PB10CX0010 Rs 63,000



Tipplers’, not sportsmen, spirit high at stadium
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Liquor and soft drink bottles inside Guru Nanak Stadium after the PPL tournament in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
Liquor and soft drink bottles inside Guru Nanak Stadium after the PPL tournament in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 25
Liquor flowed freely at the cricket finals of the Punjab Premier League (PPL) organised at the Guru Nanak Stadium here Wednesday evening. It appeared to be a free-for-all with tipplers enjoying “Patiala pegs” and butter chicken inside the state-of-the-art stadium.

The 20-20 encounter left behind a trail of destruction and broken chairs with the entire area littered with leftovers. The worst damage was inflicted on the astro turf where “VIPs” roamed freely with drinks and eatables in their hands. It was alleged they were served booze even during the match.

The incident left members of the sports fraternity fuming. They attacked the event organizers’ “apathetic attitude” on sports facilities.

“Was it a venue for a cricket tournament or a late night party for the city’s tipplers? We strongly condemn the fact that liquor was used at a sports stadium and demand that the state sports department shouldn’t hold cricket matches in this athletics stadium in the future,” said Kanwar Jatinder Singh, joint secretary of the Punjab Football Association.

District sports officer Satpal Singh had earlier penalized Punjab Premier League officials with a Rs 1 lakh fine for organizing a cultural event at the stadium. However, he has so far not taken any action against the PPL organizers for allowing people to drink liquor inside the stadium.

“We’ve no reservations on holding cricket matches at the stadium, but the PPL officials should keep in mind the place is a stadium where liquor shouldn’t be served at all,” said Hardeep Grewal, a hockey Olympian.

The incident of drinks being served inside the stadium has triggered a sharp criticism from athletes, as consumption or serving of liquor is strictly prohibited inside sports facilities.

“When we entered the stadium, we were shocked to see trail of garbage littered all over the place. Littering of garbage was understandable since it was a big event and lot many people turned up at the stadium, but consuming of liquor was very disappointing trend and strict action should be taken against the organisers for allowing the spectators to take liquor inside the stadium," said Sanjiv Kumar, a senior athlete.

The stadium’s playing ground was also damaged by frenzied crowds who got inside after scaling the iron fencing. Cops led by division no 8 SHO Maninder Bedi were seen helplessly trying to keep them away from entering the stadium.



CBSE Norms
Bagfull of violations in schools
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Despite a year-old Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) directive to schools across the country to reduce the bag burden on students, most city schools have really never cared to follow it.

Every morning, one can see scores of tiny tots dragging their frail little frames loaded with bags double their size, waiting for their school bus with sleepy eyes.

All this, even as the CBSE had, many years ago, clearly directed the schools affiliated to it, to do away with schoolbags for students of Classes I and II.

The directive says, "No school bag for children of Classes I and II. Allow students to leave their schoolbags in school itself." Not only this, the Board had directed the schools not to set any homework for students of Classes I and II. But, a majority of city schools have been found doing so.

And the practice continues unabated despite repeated requests, representations and protests by parents.

"Barring a couple of elite schools in the city, others have been found blatantly flouting the CBSE's directive. What is the use of framing such guidelines when the Board cannot ensure proper implementation?" remarks former school teacher Suman.

The retired teacher adds that in case of non-adherence to guidelines, the Board is as much to be blamed as the violator schools.

"Six kilograms a day: that's what our children have been carrying to school day in and day out! In this age of sleek miniatures, smaller computer chips, a heavy school bag on the back is turning our children into beasts of burden," rues Harsimran Kaur, a parent.

Another parent Shweta Nanda adds, "Watching tiny little 4-year-olds laden with 4-kg schoolbags is distressing."

"Classes I and II are rough, tough and rigorous with 20-odd books, including text-books, work-books, note-books, both for class work and home work. They seem like way too many for 5-6-year olds, especially to carry back and forth," says Sudha Wahi, another parent.

The syllabus has become heavier too. The list of books is getting longer: seven textbooks, 14 class work and home work copies, work books, art portfolio, lunch box and water bottles, and more.

Parents lament that the fruits and snacks of their wards' lunch boxes have been replaced by regular 6-kg course work books and equipment.

"Do the schools even realise how much physical strain and mental stress these bags cause to our kids?" questions Anu Sharma, mother of a Class II student.

Besides the bags weighing heavy on kids' shoulders, there is equally heavy home work waiting for them at home.

Six-year-old Samyan summed up the tiny tots' plight in one sentence: "It seems I am carrying a bag of cement." Are the principals listening?

Directives on schoolbags

  •  Not to over prescribe textbooks for primary classes and to keep the number of textbooks limited so as not to exceed the number prescribed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
  • No schoolbag for children of Classes I and II and to allow students to leave their school bags in the school itself
  • No homework to students of Classes I and II and to evolve an alternative to homework for students of Classes III to V
  • To plan a judicious time table to avoid unnecessary loading of school bags

Recommendations on reducing load

The National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005, had made several recommendations on the reduction of physical, psychological and transactional load on schoolchildren. Based on the NCF, 2005, new syllabi and textbooks were prepared by the NCERT and adopted in schools affiliated to the CBSE. Several states had also revised their syllabi and textbooks based on NCF, 2005.


Paediatricians say carrying loads leads to tremendous ligamental and muscular damage and can also result in osteoarthritis.

"We treat a number of children suffering from sprains caused by heavy schoolbags," says Dr Rahul Bhan, an orthopaedic surgeon.

He adds that carrying heavy bags can also cause posture deformity, which can only be cured through surgery



Industry jittery in Nitish’s win
Labour pangs apprehended
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 25
While 5 lakh migrant labourers from Bihar in the industrial hub of the state is celebrating the victory for the JD (U) and BJP alliance led by Nitish Kumar in the Bihar Assembly elections, the development agenda which Bihar Chief Minister has professed to pursue in his second term, has thrown the local industry in despair.

Local industry leaders strongly feel that the progress in Bihar, especially the industrial growth will spell doom for the industry and agriculture in Punjab because more employment opportunities will be available to people in Bihar, and they will not come looking for jobs to far off places like Ludhiana and elsewhere in the country.

It might be too early to say that Punjab will face shortage of migrant labour with serious repercussions on overall economy in not too distant future, but warning bells are already ringing, and a section of industry has called upon the government to chalk out a long-term and effective strategy to deal with the impending threat of labour shortage to sustain the industry and agriculture in Punjab.

Expressing their concern over the threat of labour shortage which looms large on the industrial sector, Gurpargat Singh Kahlon and Ranjodh Singh, president and secretary, respectively, of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, have said at least five lakh migrant labour working in the industrial units and other establishments in Punjab, have already started looking back towards their native state where the government has promised to work extensively for economic development of Bihar.

Both Kahlon and Ranjodh see substance in claims of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has gone public to assert that days of backwardness of the state (Bihar) were over and that the JD (U) and BJP coalition will vigorously carry out development works in the state. “If Bihar becomes another destination for new investment and industrialisation after Gujarat like Nitish Kumar has promised, Punjab will face a massive flight of migrant work force with devastating effects on overall economy, and specifically on industry and agriculture.

The industry leaders have urged the government to take timely steps and chalk out a strategy to deal with the impending threat of labour shortage in the industrial and agricultural sectors lest it should be too late and the state economy reached a point of no return.



Taneja gets another term
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Ludhiana, November 25
A high-level “special” meeting chaired by Punjab chief secretary SC Aggarwal held today in Chandigarh decided to extend the term of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) vice-chancellor VK Taneja for another four-years.

Giving details, a member of the varsity’s board of management disclosed on condition of anonymity that one or two board members had expressed their dissatisfaction over the administrative functioning in GADVASU. “They had asked Aggarwal to fill the key posts that were vacant as soon as possible. The chief secretary reportedly gave an assurance that another meeting of the board of management would be convened to fill the vacancies”, the board member added.

Dr Taneja's name was proposed for a second term by GS Sandhu, financial secretary in the Punjab animal husbandry, fisheries & dairy development department, to which all the GADVAU management board members agreed. Among others who attended Thursday’s meeting were Ravinder Singh Dhaliwal, Seema Sharma, Parampal Singh, BS Dhillon and KS Sidhu - all board members, and senior IAS officers including Aggarwal and Sandhu.

Taneja, whose present term as vice chancellor expires on December 19, is a well-known academician and animal husbandry scientist. He has played pivotal role in developing animal husbandry and dairying. Before joining GADVASU as VC he had served as deputy director general of the animal sciences department at the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

During his tenure Taneja has made significant contributions in terms of research, academics and transfer of technology. In addition to the establishment of the College of Fisheries and College of Dairy Science & Technology at GADVASU, he was instrumental in setting up the School of Animal Biotechnology. The school is recognized by the Indian government’s biotechnology department as a national centre for training and education. The department has given sufficient grants to the school for postgraduate teaching in animal biotechnology.

Taneja’s other major contribution has been the setting up a “scientists' home” and separate hostels for farmers and girls on the campus as well as his role in improving teaching and research facilities, specially veterinary clinics equipped with state-of-art equipment.

Taneja has frequently expressed his opinion that farmers can earn more money through management of livestock in scientific manner and delivery of services and inputs to the farmers at their doorstep.



Checking menace not a cakewalk: Drug inspector
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Ludhiana has emerged as the hub of illegal drug trade carried out in Punjab and its adjoining states. Indiscriminate sale of habit-forming drugs in violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has added to the problem of drug addiction in youth.

Drug inspectors appointed in every district, including Ludhiana, have not been able to enforce the laws efficiently, thereby giving a free access to drug mafias to carry on with their illegal practices.

This reporter questioned Ludhiana drug inspector Balram Luthra on the role of the department of health and family welfare to curb the illegal drug trade.

Q. The illegal drug trade is carried out during nights. What is being done for vigilance during nights?

A. I am handling the administrative and fieldwork single-handedly, as there is no provision of supportive staff. It is not possible for me to execute the night vigil on my own, as every action is initiated from the office of state drug controller.

Q. Management of drug business and enforcement of law are two diverse fields in which the drug inspector has to deal with. Do you think you justify your role?

A. Right from inspections of old/new drug stores, making of reports to checking of wholesale/retail drug stores and taking samples is my responsibility. It is difficult to do justice to each one of the chores, thus there is less time for the most important task i.e. to curb the illegal drug trade.

Q. Why is there no action against the “unlicenced” wholesale drug stores operational at Pindi Street and against chemists selling medicines without sale or purchase records?

A. Doing inspection and sending the report to the head office is my duty, but the plan of action is decided at the state drug control office. The head office has carried out raids followed by prosecutions against the unlicenced drug stores. However, the drug inspector had no answer to the chemists selling medicines without sale or purchase record.

Q. Do you go in for information-based raids or the action is restricted to average number of raids? How many drug store owners have been booked for selling habit-forming drugs without prescription?

A. After getting the information, we report the matter to the state drug control authorities as they take the action. However, I have registered cases against 15 wholesalers and retailers for selling the habit-forming drugs in the past three months and have appealed to their respective associations to give names of the black sheep.

Q. Why are the banned cough syrups with codeine formulations like “kolesedyl” still being sold at the wholesale or retail counters?

A. I am not aware of any such cough syrup being sold at the retail/wholesale counters, as there had been no formal complaint. But I will definitely take action if somebody comes forward with the names of the outlets guilty of the offense.



MC finds it hard to dispose of city’s waste
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Though the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has banned dumping of garbage at a landfill site in Jainpur, Municipal Corporation authorities are finding it hard to dispose of the waste generated from the city.

Municipal Corporation collects 900 metric tons of the garbage on daily basis, out of which 56 per cent comes from residential as well as outer areas of the city. Twenty-four per cent comes from the commercial areas while the rest 20 per cent is generated by the industrial sector. The Municipal Corporation has allocated two sites- Jainpur and Tajpur villages- for disposing of the garbage and the waste collected by it from various parts of the city. However, with the expansion of the city and massive colonisation taking place in the outer areas the price of land around the Jainpur village has increased tremendously.

Affluent colonizers, with an eye on profit, have approached the corporation to shift the landfill site to some other place. The Municipal Corporation with no option left has been sitting over the matter for the past several years. But, now, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked the Municipal Corporation to stop dumping the garbage in the area to keep the pollution in check.

Municipal Corporation sources revealed that the Jainpur landfill site was bigger than that at Tajpur. Thus the land was available for the dumping of waste was more there. Since Jainpur was nearer to the city it was cheap and convenient for the Municipal Corporation staff to dump the garbage. With the pollution board imposing a ban on dumping of garbage at the Jainpur site, it is becoming extremely difficult for the Municipal Corporation to lift the garbage. As a result, the city is looking dirty and causing lots of inconvenience to the common man.

Dr Charanjeet Uppal, Chief Health Official, Municipal Corporation, confirmed that they were facing problems due to the closing of the Jainpur site.

Profitable Site

The MC has allocated two sites at Jainpur and Tajpur villages for disposing of the garbage. However, with the expansion of the city and massive colonisation taking place in its outer areas, the price of land around the Jainpur village has increased tremendously. Affluent colonisers, with an eye on profit, have approached the corporation to shift the landfill site to some other place. The MC has been sitting over the matter for the past several years. But, now, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked it to stop dumping the garbage in the area to keep the pollution in check.



Plays safe on allotment of shops
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
With Municipal Corporation authorities playing safe on the issue of allotting shops to shopkeepers under the newly constructed up ramp at the Jagraon Bridge, the matter is expected to linger further.

In order to construct the up ramp for decongesting the traffic, the Municipal authorities had razed 42 shops at the Jagraon Bridge last year. However, after being pressurised by SAD-BJP alliance leaders they had promised to allot shops under the up ramp to the shopkeepers once it gets completed. Likewise, the shopkeepers were also allotted temporary shops under the up ramp to do their business. After three months of its inauguration, the shopkeepers have once again started pressuring the municipal authorities to fulfill their promise.

Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha had constituted a team comprising Additional Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, Zonal Commissioner VK Sharda, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal and Akali Councillor Pal Singh Grewal to sort out the issue. Sources revealed that it was unanimously decided in the meeting held a few days ago that though the shops must be allotted to the shopkeepers but in order to avoid any sort of legal complication the MC must ask for the papers of their shops as a proof from the owners. The shopkeepers were made aware of the committee members’ viewpoint. Likewise a delegation of the shopkeepers comprising Sahil Maingi, Gulshan Narang, Malkiat Singh, Rohit Gupta and Inder Malhotra met Brar in her office on Thursday to pressurise the Municipal Corporation authorities to allot the shops to them. The shopkeepers apprised the officer that due to the non-allotment of the shops to them their business has virtually collapsed. However, Brar told them that the civic body was chalking out the procedure for allotting the shops.

Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal said the shopkeepers would soon be allotted the shops. “We just want to ensure that there is no problem later on due to which it is taking some time,” he added.

Temporary Sheds

Municipal authorities had razed 42 shops at the Jagraon Bridge last year to construct an up ramp for decongesting the traffic. Shopkeepers were allotted temporary shops under the up ramp to carry on with their business. Three months after its inauguration, shopkeepers have once again started pressuring the municipal authorities to fulfill their promise of allotting the shops



2 years on, man set free for crime he never committed
Woman in trouble after police cancels false FIR
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Sushil Kumar, a resident of Issa Nagri, who was booked in a fraud case by the economic offences wing in 2008, could now heave a sigh of relief as Harsh Bansal, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (I), following a probe has withdrawn the charges levelled against the former.

Giving clean chit to a man after booking in 2008 has once again put the working of economic offences wing under the scanner.

He was booked allegedly on the basis of a false complaint lodged by Baljit Kaur, a resident of Gobind Nagar. The woman could land in trouble as the probe report has hinted that action should be taken against her for making false allegations.

Narrating his tale of woes, Sushil Kumar rued the day when he gave a token money Rs 1 lakh to Baljit Kaur for purchasing a plot measuring 300 square yard.

The deal was struck on June 28, 2005. His family was excited about shifting to a well-furnished house.

“Baljit told me that the registry of the plot would be done in my name on December 23, 2005,” said Sushil Kumar.

The trouble began when Baljit started extending the date of registry on various pretext.

Sushil smelled a rat and sent Baljit Kaur a legal notice for getting the land registered.

But Baljit Kaur kept on delaying the matter. Finally Sushil approached the court and filed a case against Baljit Kaur on January 2006.

On August 2006, the court put a stay on the sale and purchase of the property. “But to my shock, when I reached the revenue officer, I learnt that Baljit Kaur had sold the property in June 2006 to a woman identified as Pritam Kaur of Kadwai Nagar for Rs 2. 40 lakh,” said Sushil Kumar. He added, “ Filling a contempt of court against Baljit Kaur proved to be my undoing as she filed a false complaint in the economic offence wing stating that I have forcibly get her signature on a plane paper. Following the probe, investigating officer Gyan Chand booked me under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC for fraud and for forcibly taking the signature from Baljit Kaur. I had to run for my life as from a complainant I became a criminal. I remained underground for a month and finally got a bail from the court,” said Sushil Kumar.

“I approached the Human Rights Commission, but the economic offence wing was sitting over all inquiries. Finally I approached Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, who marked the investigation to Harsh Bansal. Though the investigation took four months, but I was proved innocent and police absolved charges against me and sent the report in the court,” said Sushil Kumar.



College Parties
Looks do matter for some
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Looks definitely matter for some, especially in women colleges when it comes to freshers’ and farewell parties girls just want to look their best and are ready to shell out any amount to get that perfect look. Leaving no stone unturned, girls don’t miss any opportunity to look their best to grab the much-sought-after titles.

Gone are the days when girls used to dress-up for such occasions all by themselves or without causing a hole in the pockets of their parents students presented themselves nicely. Now with changing times when glamour seems to be the “mantra”, collegegirls too want to hire the services of professionals to look like “Bollywood-beauties”.

For their make-up, hair-do and even to drape sarees girls chose beauty parlours for dressing-up for their “special” occasion.

Ishita Gupta, who passed out from Government College for Women recently said, “We all are young and have dreams. If we want to make the parties memorable by looking the best among the crowd, no one should object. We can boost our confidence by spending a few hundred or may be thousand bucks. Why not do it, if one can afford to spend the money?

While principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind said students must lead a simple life. "Though we have introduced many fashion courses, but these are just a learning experience. If a student is graceful or pretty then there is no need to go to beauty parlours. One must look inside for real beauty," said Thind adding that colleges don’t stop students to spend lavishly on parties, but it’s our duty to give them a right direction.

Radha Khurana, a beautician, said farewell and fresher parties were a big craze among students. "They come and get pre-party packages, including cleansing and facials. Then they come for party make-ups, including hair-do and saree-draping. Charges vary depending on services, but we give them special student discount ranging between 15 and 20 per cent. By giving professional touch, their beauty can be enhanced. At times, they ask for Katrina, Kareena or Aishwayra hair-styles. We advice them if such hair styles will go with their personality or not", claimed a beautician.

While parents feel that everything depended on their budgets. "If our daughter looks good by spending a few bucks then there is no problem. If we restrict they may not like it. But to spend Rs 5,000 for a farewell party is not worth it,” said Poonam Kapoor, parent of a college student.



PAU Notes

LUDHIANA: The Horticultural Society of India has awarded Dr JC Anand Gold Medal for 2010 to PAU senior horticulturist, Dr BVC Mahajan, who is working at the Punjab Horticulture Post Harvest Technology Centre. The award has been given to Dr Mahajan in recognition to his contribution in the post harvest management of horticultural crops. He received the honour during the Horticulture Congress-2010 held at New Delhi. Dr Mahajan developed the post harvest protocols for domestic and export marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables and has standardised technologies for safe ripening of banana, mango, pear and guava.

Lecture on wheat breeding

Dr Kulwinder S Gill, professor and Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, USA, is currently on a visit to PAU. He delivered a lecture in the PAU School of Agricultural Biotechnology on molecular wheat breeding and virus induced gene silencing. Dr Gill said PAU had state-of-the-art facilities in biotechnology and with this, it had joined the list of renowned centres in this area. “The ultimate gain is the use of genomic information in the fields,” said Dr Gill, while replying to queries by participants about various aspects of biotechnological research in agriculture. Presiding over, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, appreciated Prof Gill in providing career counselling to PAU students. — TNS



From Colleges
Farewell party

Ludhiana: Students of Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology of B.Tech IT pre-final year organised a farewell party “ Adieu 2010” for final year students. The event was inaugurated with a welcome speech in the presence of director Dr JS Sohal, principal Dr. Pawan Kumar and all faculty members and students. The final year students performed well on stage with their beauty and grace. The judges adjudged Satwant as Mr Jinisea , Nidhi as Miss Jinisea , Surjit as Mr Personality and Shalu as Miss Charming.


The student council of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, organised a lecture on ‘Traffic Awareness’. Sajjan Singh Cheema, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest. Prof. Rajinder Singh of G.G.N. Khalsa College, Ludhiana, also spoke on this occasion. He tried to correlate religion with traffic. He said that one should be as dedicated to traffic rules as one is to religion. Chief guest Sajjan Singh Cheema said that on an average, 250 persons die in accidents per year in Ludhiana. "So we should follow the traffic rules to save our lives. — TNS



From Schools
Interactive session

LUDHIANA: Bhartiya Vidya Mandir campus, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, was abuzz with activity as social activist Dinanath Batra was here today. Batra held an interactive session with teachers, students and also with parents.

Displaying his extraordinary oratory skills, Batra stressed upon the need to realise the secrets of success in life. He inspired the students to focus on their goals in life. Students from various branches of BVM, including Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Chandigarh road and Dugri, attended the session.

Students' queries on various subjects like concentration, values, Indian educational system and relation of education and civilisation were answered.

Members of BVM Trust, including president MM Vyas, SD Joshi, OP Sabharwal, MM Bamba, Phool Chand Jain and RK Behal were also present.

Quiz contest

An inter-house quiz contest was organised at DRV DAV Centenary Senior Secondary Public School, Phillaur.

Students from classes III-XI participated with enthusiasm. Questions on various topics, including science, mathematics, sports and general knowledge were asked. All houses performed well in the competition. The overall trophy was won by Unity house.

Ad-mad contest

Students of Government Boys' School, Jawahar Nagar, have won laurels by getting first position in Punjab at state-level ad-mad competition.

The contest was held on November 20 at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, in which various government, privately-run and convent schools from all across the state participated.

School's junior students also won the first position in science/maths quiz competition held at district-level.


DORAHA: Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, celebrated the Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev on the school premises with fervour here today. The programme started with Japji Sahib Path. After that PowerPoint presentation shabad gayan was performed. Prize distribution programme was also held on the occasion.

Prizes were given to school's junior shabad gayan team that bagged 1st position at district-level, while the middle standard shabad gayan team was awarded the third prize. — TNS



BA III students excel in quiz contest
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 25
Students of BA (III) of Government College, Karamsar (GCK), emerged winners in the Hindi quiz contest organised at Justice Gurnam Singh Hall yesterday. Nirmal Singh, vice-principal presided over the function. About 200 students led by Sukhjiwan Kaur participated in the quiz contest. The aim was to test the knowledge of students in history and literature of the Hindi language.

BA (III) team members Jugraj Singh, Sarabjit Kaur, Rajandeep Kaur, Nishan Singh and Sukhwinder Kaur were declared winners, while BA (II) team members Harjinder Kaur, Harpal Kaur, Ravinder Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur and Shinderpal Kaur was runners-up.

Harjot Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur, Rajinder Kaur and Lakhwinder Singh from BA (III) bagged third position.



Extension lecture on UN
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 25
The political science association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised an extension lecture on “United Nations and the Emerging World Order” today. Dr Rajesh Kumar from the School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the resourceperson. He elaborated upon the history and circumstances that led to the formation of the United Nations.

He explained the concept of 3D-decolonisation, development and disarmament under United Nations.

He also discussed about the principal of sovereignty and equality of International politics. He cleared the strong position of permanent members of security council by explaining their power to classify substandard and routine matters, which he denoted as Double Veto.

He described the changing image of sovereignty with the examples of Cosobo, East-Timol and Somalia.

He regarded India and supported the idea of permanent membership of security council, as an active participant in all international and peace-making activities.

The faculty and students of political science attended the seminar.



Vets dwell on infectious diseases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
A high-level Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an UNO body, expert committee comprising Dr David Castellan, regional veterinary epidemiologist, FAO; Dr Leo Loth, chief technical advisor, FAO India; and Dr MV Subba Rao, national project consultant, FAO India, visited GADVASU today.

The objective of experts’ visit was to strengthen the field veterinary epidemiology training programme (FETP-V) for epidemiology of transboundary and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in the country. The meeting was chaired by GADVASU VC, Dr VK Taneja.

Dr Taneja emphasised on creating extra manpower force for epidemiology and control of diseases.

Dr David Castellan talked and gave a presentation on the field veterinary epidemiology training programme. He highlighted the linkage between academic and field veterinarian training programme.

Dr Leo Loth said the course on epidemiology, data analysis, animal disease monitoring and disease model would be taught in the training programme. Dr Subba Rao emphasised the need of field visit for the trainees of the programme to attend the outbreak of diseases and collection of data.



Seminar for CAs

Ludhiana, November 25
A seminar on assessment proceedings and appeal procedure under the IT Act, 1961, and the latest judicial developments was organised by the Ludhiana branch of the ICAI for members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Speaking on the occasion, Hukminder Sahi said the objective of the seminar was to discuss the implications of the forthcoming Direct Tax Code and to have detailed understanding of the procedural aspects and latest developments in provisions of income tax. The role of chartered accountants in bringing awareness among income tax payers about strict compliance of the income tax provisions was important. — TNS



Gang of snatchers busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The local police claims to have busted a gang of chain snatchers with the arrest of two youths. The accused have been identified as Balwinder and Brajesh, both residents of Jodhewal Basti. They were arrested while planning to snatch a mobile from a woman in Feroze Gandhi Market here today.

While police nabbed the duo, but their accomplice Deepak managed to escape. Beside a stolen motorcycle, the police has also recovered two stolen mobile phones. The accused cracked soon and confessed having snatched mobile phones and chains on six occasions at the Mall road and its surrounding areas.

They used to operate in deserted streets and snatch mobile phones and chains after conducting the recce of the area. They were produced in the court and remanded in police custody.

SHO Division No 5 said manhunt had launched to nab the third accused.



Athletics meet at Nankana Sahib school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
For the first time Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill road, and its 11 branches have joined hands together for an inter-branch athletics meet.

School principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich addressed the participants. After the oath taking ceremony Ayali declared the meet open and appreciated the efforts of the school authorities in conducting the athletics meet. He encouraged the students to participate in games. Ayali later announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the school.


800m Boys' U-19: 1st Ajayvir Singh, NSPS, Ludhiana; 2nd Gurminder Singh, NSPS, Kila Rai Pur; 3rd Gurinder Pal Singh and Kot Gangu Rai.

800m Girls' U-19: 1st Navreet Kaur, NSPS, Kot Gangu Rai, 2nd Lovepreet Kaur, Kila Raipur; 3rd Neha Gupta, NSPS, Ludhiana.

800m Girls' U-16: 1st Amanpreet Kaur, NSPS, Rampur; 2nd Dalwinder Kaur, NSPS, Ludhiana; 3rd Karmamal Kaur, NSPS, Kila Raipur.

400m Boys' U-16: 1st Harveer Singh, NSPS, Rampur; 2nd Jashandeep, NSPS, Kila Raipur; 3rd Khushpree Singh, NSPS, Kot Gangu Rai.

400m U-16 Girls': 1st Jatinder Kaur, NSPS, Kalal Majra; 2nd Amanpreet Kaur, NSPS, Rampur; 3rd Jasmeet Kaur, NSPS, Kila Raipur.

400m Boys' U-14: 1st Ankitpal Singh Kila Raipur; 2nd Amardeep Singh, Rampur; 3rd Karanpreet Singh, NSPS, Samrala.

400m Girls' U-14: 1st Pardeep Kaur, NSPS, Kila Raipur; 2nd Jaskaran Kaur, NSPS, Kila Raipur; and 3rd Simran Kaur, NSPS, Khasi Kalan.

300m Boys' U-16: 1st Harveer Singh, NSPS, Rampur; 2nd Palwinder Singh, NSPS, Ishru; 3rd Gurashish Singh, NSPS, Ludhiana.

Long jump U-19 Boys': 1st Jatinder Singh, NSPS, Samrala; 2nd Prince Pal, NSPS, Rampur; 3rd Indervir, NSPS, Rampur.

Discuss throw Girls' U-19: 1st Harmanpreet, NSPS, Kot Gangu Rai; 2nd Navneet Kaur, NSPS, Ludhiana, 3rd Gaganjot Kaur, NSPS, Kot Gangu Rai.



JPG Ludhiana Lions emerge champions
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
Thanks to superb batting display by Jaswinder Jassi, Jagarpreet and captian Harpal Oshan, who made 56, 44 and 30 runs, respectively, to steer JPG Ludhiana Lions to win against Deepak Builders NRI Hunters by seven wickets in the final of the inaugural edition of the Punjab Premier League (PPL) held at the Guru Nanak Stadium here last night.

Batting first, Deepak Builders scored 187 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Harikishan Kalli remained unbeaten on 99 runs, while Ravi Verma and Sunny contributed 17 and 18 runs, respectively.

JPG Ludhiana Lions surpassed the total with nine balls to spare after losing just three wickets. Jaswinder Jassi played the major role in his team’s comfortable victory. He hit three sixes in a row in the 19th over to fashion JPG Ludhiana Lions win in a style.

Amit Verma of Deepak Builders was named the best batsman, while Jagarpreet of Ludhiana Lions was declared the man of the match as well the man of the series.

Amarjit Singh Chawla, former member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, distributed the prizes. He handed over the trophy to the winners along with a cheque for Rs 5 lakh.

A contingent of Bir Khalsa Dal gave a scintillating performance of martial arts at the closing ceremony, which was repeatedly applauded by spectators.



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