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4 months on, Budha Nullah project yet to take off
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Even though four months have passed after a Rs 16 crore bioremediation project to clean up the city’s Budha Nullah was launched, the firm given the contract has yet to begin work because it reportedly failed to furnish the bank guarantee to the central government.

Confirming this, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chairman Kahan Singh Pannu said till date only a survey of the polluted waterway had been conducted. “As the firm contracted for the job failed to provide the bank guarantee it wasn’t able to begin work on the project. As it’s a central project it will get off the ground only when that is done”, he added.

The much-awaited ‘in-situ sewage treatment with bioremediation’ project to restore the ecological balance in the Budha Nullah was inaugurated with much fanfare by Jairam Ramesh, the central environment & forests minister at the time, on April 23. It involves release of four pots of microbial culture into the waterway. At that time Ramesh had said the project would be closely monitored by the environment ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board.

Sources close to the Punjab government said the central government had been expecting results within a year but “right now only meetings to discuss the project are taking place.”

Reacting strongly to the delay in beginning work, Balbir Singh Seechewal, a prominent environmentalist, said: “I wonder how can governments react like this when they know that polluting our natural resources is a crime against humanity. It's sad even four months after it was launched the project has yet to kick off. But most importantly I firmly believe till the time industrial units stop discharging untreated water into the nullah it’ll never be clean. Leave aside microbial culture, even if lions are released into the nullah it’ll never get clean keeping in view the present scenario,” he averred while speaking over the phone from Britain.

Local MP Manish Tewari, who is showing keen interest in the project’s progress, confirmed the firm contracted the job was encountering difficulties in furnishing the bank guarantee to the central government. “However, a month ago I was told the issue had been sorted out. But even then if there’s some problem I’ll take it up with present environment & forests minister Jayanti Natarajan,” he stated.

7 firms selected for projects

y The Central Pollution Control Board had identified seven firms to undertake bioremediation projects in open drains, especially those adjoining the Ganges river. The Budha Nullah flowing through Ludhiana was one of the drains selected for demonstration of the technology. This was the environment ministry’s first and the largest project where bacteria would be used for cleaning water bodies.

The bioremediation process

Bioremediation is a cost effective and cheaper method compared to conventional treatment. It is easy to handle and does not need highly skilled manpower and electricity. It has eco-technological horizontal filtration with different physical and biological filters, which remove s suspended and dissolved impurities. Filters at the five green bridges will reduce biochemical and chemical oxygen demand by aerobic degradation and formation of the ecological chain.


MC sweeper killed after tiff, two held
Traffic on Rajpur Road held up after angry unionists protest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Tension gripped the area near Tajpur Road after a sweeper hired on contract by the municipal corporation was beaten to death by two armed suspects on Monday morning.

The incident took place at about 8:30 am when the victim, identified as Tersem Kumar alias Kala, 30, a resident of the city’s Tajpur colony, was sweeping the streets along with his wife, Babbli. According to her, a fight broke out between her husband and two men after he told them to remove their bicycles from the street so that he could sweep it and pick up the garbage.

“The two men got angry and began hurling abuses at my husband, telling him the street didn’t belong to his father. Reacting to the jibe he began removing their bicycles off the street,” said Babbli.

This angered the two and both of them began beating up Kala with iron rods, rendering him unconscious after a while. He was immediately taken to a private hospital in the locality where he was declared dead on arrival.

The two suspects, later identified as Nandu and Ratan, got frightened and tried to flee the scene but were soon overpowered by area residents. They were thrashed soundly before being handed over to the police.

Soon the leaders of the municipal corporation’s Safai Sewak Union along with their supporters staged a protest against what they called the “callous attitude” of the police, whom they blamed for the rise in crime on and near Tajpur Road and surrounding areas. The sit-in caused a huge vehicular jam on the road and it took over three hours for traffic to return to normal.

Sensing trouble senor police officials arrived at the scene and tried to pacify the gathered crowd. However, the protesters lifted their ‘dharna’ (sit-in) after MC commissioner MS Jaggi announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the victim’s family members and also promised a contractual job to the one of his kin.

Meanwhile, police has filed a case of murder against the two suspects.



Gang of chain snatchers arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
With the arrest of seven persons, the police claims to have busted a gang of chain snatchers who had created panic with their repeated strikes during the wee hours.

The accused identified as Arjun, Rajpal, Dev Kohli, Bablu, Dhir Singh, Vijay Kumar and Ravi were nabbed from Raja Estate near the Jamalpur road last night while they were reportedly planning to commit another snatching.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to having snatched 12 gold chains recently. Sources said the gang was behind at least 40 incidents of chain snatching, but many incidents had gone unreported.

Giving details about the modus operandi of the gang, CIA in charge GS Bains said woman and senior citizens were the prime targets of the gang. The gang members were produced in court which sent them to police custody.



Undersized bricks being sold in market
Enforcement agency still to get cracking
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Undersized bricks continue to be supplied to panchayats for various development works even as the enforcement agency, the District Food and Supplies Controller, looks the other way.

A majority of brick-kiln owners are supplying undersized bricks to panchayats, making the state exchequer incur heavy losses as the bricks fail to cover the required area.

As a result, brick-kiln owners, who maintain the quality of bricks, are finding it challenging to compete with those selling undersized and substandard bricks at lesser rates.

“For the construction of streets, bricks are used in bulk by the panchayats through various Block Development Officers (BDOs). It is the duty of the District Food and Supplies Controller to keep a check on the quality of the bricks, but certain officials, sarpanches and brick-kiln owners are in connivance with one another.

They buy bricks from such kiln owners as they are given commission. About 60 per cent of the brick-kiln owners in the city have been supplying undersized bricks to villages/customers, which is bringing disrepute to the whole community. But the department has failed to take any action against them. Imposing low penalties will not solve the purpose,” a kiln owner said on the condition of anonymity.

According to information, Ludhiana district is the only district in the state where undersized bricks are easily available at cheaper rates.

Jagjit Sood, general secretary of the Punjab brick-kiln association, said the association was aware of the problem and customers had registered complaints. “This is a bad practice and due to a handful of such people, the industry is getting a bad name,” he said. 



Miraculous escape for four
Car gets stuck in road crater
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Four persons had a miraculous escape late last evening when the car in which they were travelling got stuck in a crater formed due to a road cave-in near Saggu Chowk of Gobind Nagar. This is the same spot where a truck driver had died when his truck fell into the crater on the night of August 12.

Since then, the road was closed for vehicular traffic and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) had placed drums to restrict traffic movement. It is learnt that the car driver, who could not be identified, hailed from Amritsar and had come to attend a wedding in the city.

MC officiating Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said: “I was told that the driver himself removed the barricades and tried to use the road, which proved unfortunate as the car got stuck. No person was injured and residents helped to pull the car out. Sometimes people play with their own lives.”



Rugged technical courses for city girls, too
Charanjit Singh Teja

Girls learn functions of a computer numerically control vertically milling machine.
IN THE RECKONING Girls learn functions of a computer numerically control vertically milling machine. Tribune photographs

Try hands at an electric motor at ITI College in Ludhiana.
Try hands at an electric motor at ITI College in Ludhiana. Tribune photographs

Ludhiana, August 29
Perhaps for the first time in the history of the city’s Industrial Training Institute, several female students have been enrolled in various industrial training courses like electrician, welder and diesel mechanic, considered a male bastion. In the new academic session three girls secured admission in electrician trade, two in welder trade, six joined the production manufacture course while one opted for the diesel mechanic course.

A visit to the institute, located on Gill Road, revealed the female students evinced keen interest in the welding and electrician professions. Other girls wanted to master the technique of operating computer numerically control (CNC) vertically milling machines - the multipurpose tools used in various industries.

Said Neelam Nanda, a student in the ITI’s welding class: "People in our nighbourhood ask me about the course I’ve enrolled in and often criticize my choice. But I don’t bother it’s become my passion and I’m confident I’ll succeed. The number of girls at the institute is much less than those of boys, but at least the few girls that have joined have changed traditional views. I’m sure that more and more female students will opt for these professions in the future”.

Baljinder Singh, principal of ITI, Gill Road, stated: "Though the state-run institute has reserved 30 per cent of seats for female candidates, earlier not many girls had evinced interest in these courses. I feel glad this year some girls have signed up”.

“We were surprised that number of girls takes admission in IT trades. It makes the class environment good. We motivate them to work hard", said Sandeep Singh a student in the production manufacture course.

Said Kirndeep Kaur, a female student from Kup Khurd village: “There are only two girls in the electrician class, including myself. My father works in Indian Railways and I intend to take up technical job in the railways too".

Most of the girls have opted for these courses due to assured job placement.



Policemen ‘take away’ Rs 20,000 from chemist shop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A chemist alleged that some policemen forcibly took away Rs 20,000 cash from his cash counter here this afternoon.

The incident rattled the Retail Chemist Association. The members of the association lodged a complaint against unidentified policemen and staged a protest at Kochar Market.

The incident took place here this afternoon when chemist Naveen Kumar Lamba was dealing with a customer at his shop.

"A blue-beacon vehicle stopped close to my shop and three persons alighted from it. One of them was wearing a police uniform and without asking they opened the counter and took away Rs 20,000 cash and before leaving they asked to arrange for Rs 80,000. They manhandled me as well. They threatened to kidnap my children, if I did not arrange for the money," said Naveen.

It is not the first time that Naveen has courted controversy. Nearly a year ago, drug addicts had ransacked his shop when he refused to give them cough syrup.

The addicts then staged a dharna in front of his shop and alleged that Naveen had made them an addict by offering them habit-forming drugs for free.

There have been many allegations against Neveen for selling habit- forming drugs. Though he has denied the allegations as baseless.

Amandeep Ahuja, president of the Retail Chemist Association condemning the incident said while the nation was fighting against corruption, the city was still grappling with the menace.



Make stand clear on land acquisition, Badal tells Congress
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 29
After asking the agitating farmers' bodies to suspend the ongoing stir against land acquisition for a thermal power plant in Gobindpura in Mansa district at a meeting convened here late last evening, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asked the Congress party to make its stand clear on acquisition of land for public utilities and infrastructure development in the state.

Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, he chided the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh for his proposed agitation in support of the Mansa farmers from September 2.

"Let the Congress chief make his party's stand public on acquisition of land for infrastructure development. If a utility has to be created whether in the public or private sector, land is required for the same."

Badal rubbished the allegations of panthic morcha leaders that the government was misusing its powers to browbeat and threaten their candidates contesting the SGPC elections. Taking a dig at panthic morcha leaders, the Chief Minister observed that they were all stooges of the Congress. "The fact is that the SAD-B is indirectly fighting against the Congress in the SGPC polls."

Earlier, during a preview of the first outlet of Metro Cash and Carry in the city, Badal said Punjab was all set to enter in the higher trajectory of growth with the opening of wholesale and retail chains across the state, which would ultimately result in generating ample resources of revenue generation besides creating tremendous employment potential for our unemployed youth.

He urged the major players of the wholesale and retail chains to establish more and more centres in the state to enable the farming community to reap the maximum dividends from the value addition. 



Fake voter ID card used to sell Rs1 crore-plot
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The land “mafia” in the city not only got a fake voter ID card of a marine engineer made, but also managed to sell his land.

Sixtyone-year-old marine engineer Manjit Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, had purchased a 250 sq yard plot in Rajguru Nagar, which is now worth over Rs 1 crore. He had constructed a structure and the caretaker and his family lived there.

In 2009, his son Samendra Pal Singh got married. “Both Samendra and my elder son Sattendra are marine engineers and we were visiting Ludhiana,” said Manjit Singh. In November 2009, two persons told the caretaker to vacate the plot as they had bought it.

“These persons kept visiting the plot and threatened the caretaker. In December, I met them and they told me that they had purchased the plot from Manjit Singh, son of Ujagar Singh, a resident of Kailpur village of the district. I was shocked when I heard that. They were talking about me, but I did not sell my property,” said Manjit Singh.

He went to the Sub-Registrar’s office and managed to get the details about the other Manjit Singh. “I got the copies of the voter ID cards submitted by Manjit Singh and my “son” Gurmit Singh, who doesn’t even exist. I was shocked because the details on the voter ID card were right, but the photograph was of someone else whom the police department has failed to locate to date,” he said.

He met the then SSP, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill. “He looked at the documents and was also shocked. He ordered the registration of an FIR against the culprits,” he stated. In February last year, an FIR under various Sections of the IPC were registered against Jaswinder Singh, Buta Singh Nambardar, Jasvir Singh, Kulwant Singh, Shekhar Mahindru, Raj Kumar and two unknown persons at the Sarabha Nagar police station.

“But the police has still to arrest Jaswinder Singh and Manjit Singh and Gurmit Singh who got the fake ID cards made,” he said.

Manjit Singh also submitted a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, who after conducting an inquiry, directed the revenue department to correct the land records.

Col JS Brar (retd), president of the Maha Sabha Ludhiana, an NGO, claimed that revenue department officials insisted on conducting an inquiry on their own. “This shows that the officials are not bothered about the inquiry conducted by the DC,” he remarked.



Seminar against social evils
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Seminars were conducted by the members by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhania zone. Speaking on the occasion, Director Satnam Singh Sohlpuri said that the aim of education was not only to make people stand on their feet, but also to endow good character and provide good values. People must stand against social evils like corruption, dowry, female foeticide, drug abuse.

He said that all must resolve to boycott people who indulge in female-foeticide, corruption, take dowry and drug abuse.

At Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls School, Model Town, Prinicipal Rajinder Kaur exhorted girls to stay away from the western culture that was becoming increasingly prevalent these days.

At Government Multipurpose College, Professor Amarjit Singh inspired students to work towards inculcating constructive approach.



Tributes paid to Baba Nand Singh
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 29
Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal visited Gurudwara Nanaksar Sahib last night and paid tributes to Baba Nand Singh, the founder of the Nanaksar sect, on his 68th birth anniversary celebrations.

Former Minister, Tota Singh and senior party leader Maheshinder Singh Grewal accompanied Badal. Lakhs of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad also paid obeisance to Baba Nand Singh.

Badal said Baba Nand Singh dedicated his whole life to the service of humanity and attached lakhs of people with Guru Granth Sahib through his preaching.

The Chief Minister emphasised that apart from ensuring all-round development of the state, the government has laid focus on the development of religious institutions and towns of historical importance. He also said the memorials of big and small holocaust at Sangrur and Gurdaspur districts, respectively, along with that of the Battle of Chapparchiri at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar district would be ready soon.

He added that the focus has also been laid on the development of religious towns like Amritsar, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Baba Bakala, Dera Baba Nanak and others.

He further stated that the state government was also developing a rest house of historical importance at Bassian village near Raikot in Ludhiana district where Maharaja Dalip Singh, the son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was kept for a night by the British government before sending him to England. 



‘Make efforts to keep campus green’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Vanamahotsava, with the launch of a tree plantation drive, was celebrated at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) with great fervour. The event was organised by the Estate Organisation and Department of Landscaping and Floriculture on the PAU campus today.

The first sapling of 'Kusum' tree was planted by PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon.

"The efforts of all of us in the university should be to make PAU clean and green", said Dhillon, adding that students and general public should be motivated to work for environment conservation.



Helpline to be set up today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The district administration plans to set up an eye and organ donation awareness helpline booth at the Suvidha Centre in the district courts complex with the support of “Sewa Sahyog”-a federation of NGOs. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari will inaugurate the helpline today (August 30) in the afternoon.

Chief of the project, Ranjodh Singh, said: “In this procedure we take healthy organs and tissues from a person for transplanting these into another. Organs donated by a donor could save or help at least 50 persons. One can donate organs like kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs; the bone and bone marrow, the skin and 
the cornea.

Doctors worldwide have accepted human-to-human transplantation of organs as the best line of treatment and often the only one. Organ transplantation has been one of the greatest advances of modern science that has resulted in many patients getting a renewed lease of life.

“A person can donate organs after his or her natural death or after being declared brain dead. After natural death, only a few tissues can be donated (like cornea, bone, skin and blood vessels). Whereas after brain death almost 37 different organs and tissues can be donated, including critical organs such as kidneys, heart, liver and lungs,” he added.

Even though organ donation has been accepted as the best protocol, it is yet to make its presence felt in India. A country with a population of over 1 billion people, India lags behind in the implementation of a cadaver donation programme. The major problem now facing transplant surgery is a critical shortage of available organs.

Ranjodh Singh further said the Human Organ Transplantation Act has legalised the concept of brain death for the first time in India. Since the passing of the legislation in India, it has become possible to undertake organ transplantations from brain dead donors. But, the relatives need to be educated about the futility of keeping brain dead accident victims alive. But a good motivator could encourage people to donate organs.

President of the NGO Neelam Kapoor said informative and educative material giving details of the cause of human organ donation would be available at the helpline booth. And the volunteers of the NGO-Sewa Sahyog-will also be present on all working days to educate the public about different aspects of organ donation. 



‘Jehar Khurani’ gang strikes again, robs 6 at religious function
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 29,
As many as six persons including five persons became the victims of ‘Jehar Khurani gang’ during the 68th birth anniversary celebrations of Nanaksar sect founder Baba Nand Singh Ji at Gurudwara Nanaksar Sahib, some 5 kilometers away from here.

The incident came to light when six persons including five women were admitted to the local Civil Hospital when they fell unconscious after consuming some poisonous substance suspected to be served by the members of the gang last night.

The persons who became victims of the gang have been identified as Nasib Kaur and Davinder Kaur, both from New Delhi, Joginder Kaur of Mullanpur Dakha, Gurmail Kaur of Talwandi Bhaike, Jaswant Singh and an unidentified woman.

It is pertinent to mention here that lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad visitNanaksar every year to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Nand Singh Ji.

As such kind of incidents have taken place in the past too therefore a large number of police personals, including many in civil cloths, were deployed at Nanaksar this time to keep a tab on such kind of anti -social elements.

But in spite of this all, the gang members succeeded in looting six persons.

When the victims gained consciousness following treatment, it was found that all of them had been looted of gold ornaments and cash.

According to Nasib Kaur, a victim, who had come from New Delhi to take part in the celebrations, she only remembered that she had eaten some fruit ‘chaat’ from outside the gurdwara premises before going to sleep last night.

“I came to know about the incident next morning when I woke up and found myself in the hospital instead of the gurdwara. I was told that I was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state. When I checked, I found my gold bangles and ear-rings missing”, said Nasib Kaur.

In 2008, the ‘Jehar Khurani’ gang had targeted 13 persons and robbed them of gold and cash.

Moreover, two of the victims of the gang had also lost their lives.

In 2009, as many as eight persons were looted by the gang members while in 2010, seven devotees fell victim to the gang.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against unidentified persons and started investigation.

When contacted, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Joginder Singh, who was heading the security arrangements, said, “We had made vast security arrangements this time to prevent any unpleasant incident like this here, but it is unfortunate that it happened.”

He said the police would investigate the matter and try to trace the persons responsible for this incident.



Guru Nanak Girls College students get AC rooms
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 29
Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, became the first college in the district to provide air-conditioned rooms to its hostel students. Out of total 105 rooms ACs were installed in 30 rooms. But the facility being provided to a few "lucky" ones has certainly caused heartburn to many, who have not been able to afford that facility to pay extra for these rooms.

Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, principal of GNG College said this was a much-awaited demand by the students, which had been taken care of this year. "We have installed the plant by spending about Rs 22 lakh. It took three months to complete the project. As many as 30 rooms in the hostel have been given the facility. Four students share a room each ", said Mahal.

Students getting hostel facility at the college have to pay Rs 12,000 per annum. In case they want to occupy the AC rooms, they have to pay Rs 8,000 apart from the above amount.

At the same time, the students who have not been able to avail the facility feel deprived. A student residing in the hostel on condition of anonymity said, "It feels bad at times as those who occupy the AC rooms boast a lot. The other day, a friend of mine who stays in AC room came to me. After staying with me for 10 minutes she said it was becoming intolerable to stay without the AC. Though she asked me to accompany her to the AC room, I avoided. My parents cannot afford to spend on luxuries, they can just provide me good education".

The principal when asked about the issue said, "We took the step as students and parents were making rounds for getting AC facility in hostel." 



From schools & colleges
National Sports Day celebrated

Ludhiana: National Sports Day was celebrated at Atam Devki Niketan School. A fancy dress competition was held in which many students participated and were dressed as eminent sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Saniya Mirza and Bachdari Pal.

Founder's Day

Students plant saplings on founder’s day at Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Sunday.Founders' Day was celebrated at Ryan International School at Dugri. Fun games like tongue twister and clay-modeling activities were held. Students also planted saplings in the proximity of the school.

Students plant saplings on founder’s day at Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Priya tops in fashion course

Ludhiana: Students of BSc (fashion designing) of Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana, excelled in the annual examination (2010-11) conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Priya Jain stood first in the university by securing 82 per cent marks. Jaspreet Kaur, Ravi Kumar stood fourth and fifth, respectively, in the university.

Investiture ceremony

Installation ceremony of the Central Students Association was held at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women. Students were given badges and sashes.

Red cross club

Installation ceremony of the Red Cross and Legal Literacy Club was held at the Government College for Women here on Monday.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. The camp was organised by the NSS unit of the college in association with the Rotary Club, Ludhiana, and GTB hospital, Ludhiana. Over 100 volunteers donated blood during the daylong camp.

Dental check-up camp

Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital organised a dental check-up and awareness Camp for the employees of Verka Milk Plant. Brushing technique and oral hygiene measures were demonstrated in detail to each one of the employees. — TNS



Diseases transmitted from pig to humans discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A monthly meeting of Progressive Pig Farmers Association (PPFA) was held at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. Pig farmers from the different parts of Punjab participated in the meeting.

On the occasion Dr HK Verma, head of the Department Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, said the profit from the occupation is only possible if it is operated on scientific guidelines.

Veterinary Public Health specialist Dr Rajnish Sharma delivered a lecture on zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from pig to man and its preventive measures. S Sukhwinder Singh Kotli, President PPFA, requested the farmers to join for strengthening of PPFA, as it would be essential to achieve heights in the profession.

The meeting is regularly held on every fourth Thursday at University campus and it has about than 200 members.



‘Innovative steps needed to save environment’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Globe, (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) an international environment science and education programme, was launched at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. The programme is based on international hands-on activity that involves more than one million students belonging to 24,000 schools from different countries across the world. Under the inter-disciplinary programme protocols are aligned with National Science Education Standard.

Dr Deshbandhu, the president of Indian Environment Society, New Delhi, was the chief guest on the occasion. Four protocols were set up in the school viz soil, atmosphere, hydrology and land with 45 students, four captains and four teacher coordinators took pledge to carry out duties towards saving the environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Deshbandhu highlighted the need to disseminate the messages and values of research in environment through innovative approaches and exhorted that the young students should initiate research campaign action on 
climate change.



Ludhiana Scan
Action plan approved

Ludhiana: An annual action plan of Rs 8.58 lakh for Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) was approved in the quarterly meeting of the district advisory committee of NYK, which was presided over by additional deputy commissioner SR Kler here on Sunday. The district youth coordinator RS Khara said the funds provided for the action plan would be spent on programmes for the youth development, national integration and peace along with national youth day and youth rallies. Terming the youth as a priceless asset of any nation, Kler lauded the work being done by the NYK to wean away the youth from drugs and other social evils.

Taxation lawyers’ support for Anna

The Punjab Tax Bar Association (PTBA) chairman Ashok Juneja, general secretary BR Kaushal and secretary general Lalit Takyar today said the taxation lawyers would support social activist Anna Hazare. They said the peaceful and non-political movement launched by Anna against corruption had awakened the entire nation, which stood by him and the made the government relent.

Free limb distribution camp

Ludhiana: A free artificial limbs distribution camp was organised at the Viklang Sahayta Kender, Rishi Nagar. Artificial limbs, calipers tricycles, wheel chairs and hearing aids were distributed to 48 physically challenged persons. Helping Hand Welfare Association, Ludhiana, sponsored the camp.

March against drugs

Members of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadar International Foundation announced at a meeting held here on Sunday that a march against drug abuse would be brought on September 3.

Poetry meet held

Fifth poetry meet was organised at Punjabi Bhawan last evening celebrating the birth anniversary of poet Lal Chand 'Dukhi'. Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma, Principal Kamla Lahotiya Sanatan Dharm College was the chief guest on the occasion. Several poets like Saardar Panchhi, Trilochan Lochi, Manjinder Dhanoa, Pol Sansar Puri, Sagar Sialkoti, Kulvider Kaur Dhiman from the region recited Lal Chand’spoems to pay 
homage. — TNS



‘Young researchers should think logically’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
"PAU is a renowned temple of learning. The PAU students are a part and parcel of our research system," stated PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, while addressing the postgraduate students of the university here on Monday. The function was organised by the PAU Science Club.

Exhorting the students to work hard and produce good output of science, Dhillon said that this was the golden phase of their life for it would set foundation of their professional growth. Young researchers having fresh minds and fresh ideas should think logically, act responsibly and touch greater heights of achievements.

"PAU has produced 35 Vice-Chancellors who served various universities in India and abroad," highlighted Dhillon. He added that the students were the future of the nation. To address the challenges in contemporary agriculture, to exercise social responsibility and to learn to live, the generation must think out of the box, work hard with dedication and discipline and make PAU indispensable.

Earlier, welcoming the PAU VC, dignitaries and postgraduate students, Dr Gursharan Singh, dean, Post Graduate Studies, highlighted the achievements of PAU students and told that three students bagged Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Fellowship in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. Besides, six students had won Inspire Fellowships.

The PAU Director Students' Welfare, Dr DS Cheema, proposing the vote of thanks, said that each day had its own importance and students must realise the value of time. He congratulated the students for winning distinctions and honours and exhorted them to continue working hard and take their almamater to great heights.

Student awarded fellowship

Dharminder Bhatia, a Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ph. D student of plant breeding and genetics, has bagged Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Fellowship, administered by Agri Life Research - Texas A and M University, the USA.

Selected from amongst 81 applicants from across the globe, Bhatia has won the honour for the academic session 2011-12. The programme is in the honour of the world's most eminent rice and wheat breeders: Dr Henry Beachell and Dr Norman Borlaug. The student will be awarded the fellowship at the World Food Prize Ceremony, which will take place in Des Monies, Iowa, USA, from October 11-15.

Congratulating Bhatia for the prestigious honour, the PAU Vice-Chancellor said that the university student had brought laurels to the institution. "Fetching highly competitive Beachell-Borlaug Fellowship by three students of PAU namely Banu Kalia (2009), Amandeep sandhu (2010) and Dharminder Bhatia (2011) speaks high of the academic excellence of the university," remarked the VC and wished that there would be more recipients of the fellowship from PAU in the future. 



PAU employees serve notice on authorities
Seek 40 per cent release of arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The Non-Teaching Employees Union of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) today gave an ultimatum to the authorities if the 40 per cent arrears were not released by September 13 by the state government, the non-teaching employees would be forced to protest.

Harbans Singh Mundi, president and Avinash Sharma, general secretary of the union, said that a notice in this regard had been served to Vice-Chancellor Dr BS Dhillon here today. Mundi said,"Our counterparts in other government departments have already taken the first installment of arrears whereas we haven’t yet got it. Though it has been promised that we will be given arrears along with the salaries for the month of April but nothing have been done so far".

While the union representatives said that they were given assurance by the VC that the matter would be taken care of within 15 to 20 days but to no avail. "We know that the VC had gone to Chandigarh to highlight the grievances of the employees, still the state government seems to be in no mood to release the arrears. In case they fail to do so by September 13, we will resort to dharnas and protests. And this will certainly cast a shadow on Kisan Melas to be held in September", said Mundi.



‘Care in emergency’ workshop at CMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
A workshop on "Care in emergency", sponsored by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (nursing section), was organised by the College of Nursing, CMCH here today. Dr Abraham G Thomas, director, CMCH, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion he highlighted the importance of care in emergency to be used by nurses being the vital members of a health team. The 7-day workshop commenced with invocation led by Rev Stanley and the college choir.

Principal Triza Jiwan extended a warm welcome to the chief guest and the participants.

The workshop aimed to improve the skills and maintain utmost care in emergency, so that quality care could be rendered to the sick and suffering. The delegates included staff nurses working in emergency areas like medical, surgical, paediatrics, trauma, obstetrics, psychiatry, environmental and neurological emergencies from both government and private hospitals across the state.

CMCH associate director Dr Kim Mammen, deputy medical superintendent Dr Valsa Abrahim were also present on the occasion.



MSME to set up panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The Micro Small and Medium Enterprise has assured the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA) to set up a committee in the state for preparing a case for the imposition of the Anti-Dumping Duty on bicycle parts.

Badish Kumar Jindal, president, FOPSIA, said today that the federation had provided the official data to the MSME.

The data had showed an increase in import of 500 per cent in many parts. “Uday Kumar Verma, secretary, MSME, gave assurance that a will be set up within a month in Punjab for this purpose,” he added. 



MCPI against forcible land acquisition
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The Marxist Communist Party of India-United (MCPI-U) has lambasted the Punjab government for forcibly acquiring a piece of land in Gobindpura in the Mansa district for a private sector thermal power project.

The state committee of the party, which met here today under the presidentship of Prem Singh Bhangu, while extending support to the agitating farmers, asked the government not to acquire the land of any farmer without his consent. It also desired that the government framed a clear-cut land acquisition policy so as to put an end to repeated attempts to dislocate the farmers.

Terming the peaceful movement of Anna Hazare against corruption as a positive development, the state committee of the MCPI observed that the crusade was a reflection of mass anger and discontentment arising out of corruption, unemployment, ever rising prices and anti-people policies of the ruling parties. 



CICU opposes move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has opposed the move to demand change of land use from a town planner for setting up new industries.

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU general secretary Avtar Singh said today that when the town planner had already shown, marked or even declared same areas as designated industrial hub in the master plan than on what grounds were departments like the Punjab State Power Corporation, Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Chief Inspector of Factories w]ere insisting on producing change of land use certificate from the town planner or a sarpanch of that area for installing new industry.”To obtain the certificate is very cumbersome process and sometimes it takes months, with the result that it is creating hindrance for the establishment of new industries and the industrial growth will get effected,” he added.

He urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to direct the chief town planner and departments concerned not to insist on obtaining the certificate and immediately release electricity connection to the new industrial units. 



Brother ‘kidnaps’ couple to grab property
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
With the arrest of one Daljit Singh, an IRB Constable at Jalandhar, the Khanna police claims to have solved the "kidnapping" case of a couple- Varinder Singh and Parminder Kaur, who were abducted from AR.Mills, Khanna (their residence), on August 26. The police has registered a case under section 364 against the brother of Varinder Kumar and six others. To grab the property of Varinder Kumar, his brother Dharminder Kumar settled in USA arranged persons in India to accomplish the task.

SP (Detective) Balwinder Singh said that the case had been registered following a complaint filed by Vijay Rani, mother of Varinder and Dharminder Kumar.

"We got the complaint that 5to6 unidentified persons had kidnapped the couple from their residence at around 8 pm. Since Vijay Rani lived on the ground-floor, she saidthat the persons took both of them away in separate cars. We started investigating the matter. On probing, we found that the brother of Varinder Kumar was in India itself and he was using the American phone numbers to hoodwink the police. Actually, Dharminder Kumar wanted to grab the property of Varinder as it was worth crores", informed the SP.

He further added that police parties were sent to different places to nab Dharminder Kumar and others involved in kidnapping. Balwinder said that Varinder was admitted to a drug-addiction Centre, at Kurali by the accused while his wife Parminder Kaur was beaten-up and was forced to sign some blank papers regarding property matters.

"She was later thrown near Sirhind. From there she contacted her relatives. We are interrogating Daljit Singh and hope to nab the culprits soon", said SP (D).



Owner gets back stolen car
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Ajay Kumar Nib was beaming with joy today after he got back his car, which was stolen a week ago from the parking lot of a hotel.

The Division No. 5 police has booked Karanvir, son of an iron trader for stealing the Volkswagen Vento belonging to Ajay Kumar.

"It has been an eventful week for me. My car was stolen from the parking of a five-star hotel and later it was found that the son of an iron trader had stolen my car," said Ajay Kumar.

“I had lost all hopes of ever getting my car,” he said.

Ajay, an electrical trader, had handed over the keys of his car to Balwinder, a valet at the parking of the hotel. Later, he asked the valet parking employees to bring the vehicle, but he was shocked to learn that his car was stolen.

"My world came crashing down when I was told that someone had fled with my car," he said. He said in future he would keep his car keys intact and would never hand over the keys to valet parking employees.

He further urged the hotel authorities to reinstate Balwinder Singh who was falsely booked by the police for stealing the car.

"Now he has been found innocent. I request the hotel authorities to reinstate him back on job. I came to know that he has three children and was working at the hotel for the past six years. Such employees should be reinstated," he said.

Trouble not over yet

y While the police is working on the modalities to delete the name of Balwinder Singh from the FIR, the trouble is not yet over for him as the hotel authorities said he would remain suspended till the time the hotel authorities did not complete the internal investigation.



Youth held for theft 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A youth, who stole the mini truck loaded with copper worth Rs 8 lakh, was arrested last night. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Chaudhry said a CIA team acted on a tip-off that the youth was on the run after truckload of copper.

A trap was laid near the Jalandhar bypass and the youth arrested. He has been identified as Dimple Ahuja, alias Shanky, a resident of Moti Nagar. He was produced before a court today.



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