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Sukhbir on inauguration spree
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
The eight-laned Ferozepur Road; and (right) the pedestrian under-pass (PUP), which would be inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in Ludhiana on December 17
The eight-laned Ferozepur Road; and (right) the pedestrian under-pass (PUP), which would be inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in Ludhiana on December 17. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 14
With an eye on the state Assembly elections, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would be on an inauguration spree in the city on December 17. Besides inaugurating the city bus service project, he would be inaugurating a pedestrian under-pass (PUP) opposite the mini-secretariat; the eight-lane Ferozepur Road (from Sidhwan Canal till MC limits); and the road along the incomplete expressway, besides other projects.

During a recent meeting held in Chandigarh, government officials were issued clear orders that all ongoing development projects which are nearing completion, should be completed before the imposition of the model code of conduct in view of the elections.

At the entry point to the city on the Ferozepur Road, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has installed fountains with decorative lights. “As part of our initiative to beautify all the entry points of our city, this project is almost complete. Later, a floral clock would come up near Sherpur Chowk,” MC Commissioner AK Sinha said.

Sources said the road along the Sidhwan Canal, which would be part of the expressway connecting the city with Doraha, would also be inaugurated. “Though the project is incomplete with several bridges yet to be constructed, the state government wants to stake claim to these projects. Even a portion of this road is incomplete, but we are working round the clock to complete it before December 17,” said a public works department official.

The Deputy CM would also launch the city bus service project by launching 10 low-floor non-AC buses, which have reached the city. From December 17, the buses will ply on only one route (from the bus stand to Jalandhar bypass). Each bus would run in an interval of eight minutes. The buses would ply from 6 am to 10 pm every day.

For the first 5 km, a passenger would have to pay Rs 5 and from 5 km-10 km, it would cost Rs 10. For a journey of over 10 km, Rs 15 would be charged.

City bus service stoppages

  • Bus Stand
  • ESI Hospital
  • Bharat Nagar Chowk
  • Durga Mata Mandir
  • Jagraon Bridge
  • Railway Station
  • Clock Tower Chowk
  • Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk
  • Salem Tabri
  • Jalandhar Bypass


Assembly Polls
Councillors make a beeline for ticket
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
With the state Assembly elections approaching, more than a dozen municipal councillors of the city are seeking ticket from their respective political parties. The councillors have claimed that they should be considered for party ticket as they are closer to residents than anyone else.

“We deal with residents on a daily basis and have been working hard in our areas for the last several years,” said Parminder Mehta, a Congress councillor, who is seeking ticket from the Ludhiana Central constituency.

Congress councillors Sham Sunder Malhotra, Sanjay Talwar, Anil Kumar Malhotra, Jasbir Singh Chadha and former Deputy Mayor Sushila Gupta are also seeking ticket from this constituency.

It is learnt that Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, a BJP councillor, is also trying his luck. Health minister Satpal Gosain is the MLA from this constituency.

Bansal is also trying to get party ticket from the Ludhiana North constituency, which is presently represented by BJP MLA Harish Bedi. Besides Bansal, Hem Raj Aggarwal, who is leader of Congress councillors in the MC House, and Sushil Raju Thapar, a Congress councillor, are seeking ticket.

In the Atam Nagar constituency, MC finance and contract committee member Simarjit Singh Bains is trying his luck for Akali ticket. Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria is also a strong contender from this constituency and has been active in the area for the last several months.

From the Congress, councillors Amrit Varsha Rampal, Gurdeep Kaur Kaka, former councillor Palwinder Singh Taggar and Manjit Singh Jawaddi, father of former councillor Satwinder Singh, are in line for ticket.

Councillors Gurpreet Gogi, Amrit Varsha Rampal, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and former councillor Sukhchain Bassi and Satwinder Singh Jawaddi are seeking Congress ticket from the Ludhiana West constituency.

From the BJP, Improvement Trust chairman MM Vyas, BJP district president Rajiv Katna and former BJP state president Rajinder Bhandari are lobbying for ticket from this constituency.

From the Ludhiana East constituency, Akali councillors Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Pal Singh Grewal and Daljit Singh Grewal are lobbying for ticket while former councillor Sukhchain Bassi and Asha Garg are learnt to be seeking Congress ticket.

Simarjit Singh Bains and Akali councillor Jaspal Singh Giaspura have been trying for ticket from the Ludhiana South constituency.



Hoax caller arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested Pradeep, resident of Street Number 4, Kirpal Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, for making hoax bomb calls. The accused has been sent in police remand till December 17.

According to information, several cases of making hoax calls were registered against the accused at the Division Number 8 police station (Basti Jodhewal) and Sector 36 of Chandigarh. The accused was arrested from his house.

GRP officials Saudagar Singh and Sukhdev Singh said Pradeep was about 24 years old and was a drug addict. His only motive was to create trouble and harass the police. At around 10 pm on December 12, he made a call at the police control room and spoke about a bomb. The call was made from a PCO in Daulat Colony, New Madhopuri.

Ganga Prasad, owner of the PCO, told the police that Pradeep had made the call.



Strike on, patients suffer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The ongoing strike of staff nurses, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians today entered the third day and affected patients at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital.

Although the emergency services are being provided by doctors, but indoor patients remain at the receiving end. The hospital has 34 student nurses who are catering to some services of indoor patients.



Fall of rupee a boon for local industry
Exporters of knitwear, cycle & auto-parts gain ~10 per dollar'
Kuldip bhatia

Ludhiana, December 14
Consistent fall of rupee against the US dollar ($), which skidded beyond 53 in the Forex market (Rs 53.45) might have an adverse impact on the Indian economy. And any further fall, which right now seems imminent, could also have disastrous effects on the trade deficit of the country. But for the local industry, especially the export segment, there is a brighter side of the otherwise gloomy picture.

Viewed in short terms, the exporters of knitwear, cycle and auto-parts as well as other engineering products from the city stand to gain Rs 10 for each dollar worth of export, which is bound to give a boost to the margin of profit of the export-oriented industrial houses. In the larger perspective, the high cost of US dollar against the Indian rupee will also make imports from China, which has been threatening the domestic sector for quite some time now, more costly. This would provide some breathing space and a level playing field to the local industry.

The weak rupee against the US dollar, asserts Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, will definitely benefit the engineering export segment, which is worth an annual export of nearly Rs 3,000 crore, while also placing the domestic sector of industry at a competitive level with China.

“That the local industry can now foresee a level-playing field as against imports of finished goods from China is evident from the fact that the cycle manufacturers have recently increased their prices by Rs 400 per bicycle as the products being imported from China are costing more,” he pointed out while adding that the balance of trade between China and India would also take a turn for the better if the prevailing trends of rupee versus dollar continued for some more time.

Echoing a similar viewpoint, chairman, Wool and Woollens Export Promotion Council, Ashok Jaidka, admits that the weakening rupee against US dollar has indeed made the knitwear export segment cheerful, which is more than Rs 2,000 crore per annum. Placed against woollen hosiery manufacturers, who import the raw material, the cotton garment exporters, using indigenous raw material, stand to gain more in the prevailing scenario.



New maternity ward, but already soiled
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Filthy floors and torn bedsheets mark the newly constructed maternity ward of the local Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital which was inaugurated about a month ago.

Dr Karanveer Goel, Senior Medical Officer, said patients did not cooperate although floors were mopped regularly.

The floor in the maternity ward was filthy and the sheets had blood stains and some were even torn. An attendant to a patient said: “No one has come to clean this ward since yesterday.”

Asked if “safai karamcharies” were on strike, Dr Goel said they were working. “Attendants as well as patients themselves are like this. They do not maintain general hygiene,” he claimed.



A dud winter for hosiery manufacturers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The delayed winter this time around has already spelt losses for local manufacturers. They said the winter season was usually preceded by a good wedding season, but this time it remained dull as winter was late. Even now if it becomes very cold, it would not make much difference as it was already too late.

The president of Chamber of Knitwear and Textile Associations of Ludhiana, Ajit Lakra, said it was a “flop” winter and manufacturers were suffering losses. “By this time, we start getting our money back, but due to unsold stock in the face of delayed winter, we have not got back the money we had invested. Manufacturers start planning for summer, but even that is being delayed as the money is blocked. If the products with the retailers are not sold, we will get huge unsold stocks back. Retailers will also bear losses, but the loss of manufacturers is higher,” he said, adding that it was not viable to take loans from banks due to the higher rate of interest.

Sudershan Jain, a manufacturer, said the season was dull compared to last year’s sales. “Last year, we were left with no stock as extreme cold wave had gripped the region from late November. But this season has been bad. Though we have sent the products to retailers, they are not being sold much. We are not receiving repeat orders. There will be no recovery of money,” he said.

A salesman at a leading showroom on Mall Road said though the last two days had been chilly, there were no buyers in the market. “People are buying woollens for their children, but not for themselves. Jackets and pullovers remain unsold. The sales may pick up in January,” he said.



Grain Market
Choked drains block business
Business worth several crores is transacted every day
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 14
The local administration has been neglecting old grain market for the past several years despite the fact business worth several crores is done here on daily basis. Offices of most of the commission agents, wholesale shops, godowns of distributors and dealers of various companies and stockiest are located, but it lacks basic amenities.

This is the second largest grain market in Asia after Khanna. Apart from a number of commercial establishments, a large number of people also reside in the area. Moreover, the shops and houses of numerous prominent personalities like representatives of local municipal council are located here.

Huge heaps of garbage can be seen laying in every nook and cranny of the market. Stray animals could be seen wandering in the area. They not only make the place dirty but also damage goods of shopkeepers lying in the market. It is one of the dirtiest localities in the city.

According to shopkeepers, water gets accumulated even after a drizzle due to improper drainage system. They are suffering huge loses every year due to improper drainage of rainwater. Reason: Goods worth several lakhs gets after getting wet in the rain. People also try to avoid the area due to mud.

“The local municipal council has failed to improve the drainage system due to its lackadaisical attitude,” said Raj Kumar Bhalla, a local businessman. Another shopkeeper, Inderjit Singh Jhanji, said: “We have discussed our problems with municipal authorities on numerous occasions. We have also met a few leaders of the ruling partying this regard. Though they assured us to get the issue resolved at the earliest, but nothing concrete has been done to so far.”

President of the Municipal Council Baldev Krishan Dhir said the council had already flouted tenders for fixing interlocking tiles in the Old Grain Market and the work will start soon. “Once the interlocking tiles are fixed in whole the market, the problem of water drainage would get resolved permanently,” he added.



Loose electricity wires worry residents
Authorities fail to wake up from slumber despite repeated pleas
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 14
Loose electricity wires at the local Old Grain Market Chowk pose a serious threat to the commuters as well as those residing in the area. Though, the residents have brought this to the notice of area’s junior engineer and higher authorities of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited on numerous occasions, the authorities have not paid heed to their requests.

The residents have been living under constant fear due to the loose electricity wires. “A large number of vehicles pass through the area everyday and can damage vehicle that comes in its contact.

A pedestrian can also get electrocuted as these wire are hanging loosely just five-foot above the ground,” complained Ram Chander, a nearby shopkeeper. These wires have been dangling in the air for the past several months though the junior engineer of the area was informed about it.

“These wires project the callousness of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited authorities. I fail to understand why they have not covered these wires despite being told to do so on numerous occasions. The authorities are waiting for any tragedy to wake them up from slumber,” lamented Arvind Kumar, another shopkeeper.

A few officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had visited the site about a month ago following a complaint lodged by the shopkeepers. “We have requested the officials to remove or raise the height of these cables to prevent any incident. Though they had assured us to cover these wires at the earliest, no employee has visited the place to do so,” said Rajan Gupta, another shopkeeper.

Junior Engineer Mohammad Aslam said: “I have not been told about it by anyone. If people are having any problem due to the electricity wires, they should submit a written complaint with authorities concerned.” He, however, promised to look into the matter and get it covered at the earliest.



Encroachers make hay as Jagraon MC suffers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 14
A large number of people have encroached upon a piece of and belonging to the municipal council under railway overbridge at the Tehsil Road here. They are running their business from there without paying even a single penny to the council.

More than 50 encroachments have come up on both sides of the railway line under the railway overbridge in the absence of any check by the municipal authorities. These are not causing huge loss to the exchequer, but also make city look ugly.

A large number of vendors have even erected concrete structures under the bridge, but the municipal authorities seem to have turned a blind eye towards the situation.

These vendors are running meat shops, tea stalls, juice bars, kiosks and selling cigarettes. According to sources, these vendors have encroached upon the piece of land in connivance with a few municipal officials.

The town is facing traffic problem since long. People often park their vehicles on roadsides due to the lack of parking space in most of the markets. A few NGOs have urged the council to use the land under the railway overbridge as parking lot to ease the traffic problem. But, the authorities have not paid any heed to this suggestion.

“If the municipal council had turned the land under the Railway Over Bridge into a parking lot, the traffic problem would have been solved by now. Besides this, the parking lot shall also generate huge revenue to the municipal council. But the council has not approved this suggestion due to the reason best known to the municipal council authorities”, says Kanwaljit Khanna, general secretary of Inqulabi Kendra Punjab.

When contacted, municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said, “Our anti-encroachment teams have been conducting raids on regular basis. We had removed these encroachments a number of times in the past but after some time the vendors again encroach upon the land. We have also impounded the rehris and other material of the vendors a number of times.

When asked about turning the land under the overbridge into a parking lot, he said, “We are thinking about turning this area into a parking lot. We would try to bring in a resolution in this regard in general house meeting of the council in near future.”

Hand in glove

More than 50 encroachments have come up on both sides of the railway overbridge in the absence of any check by the municipal authorities. These are not causing huge loss to the exchequer, but also makeing city look ugly. These vendors are running meat shops, tea stalls, juice bars, kiosks and selling cigarettes. Sources said, these vendors have encroached upon the piece of land in connivance with a few municipal officials.



Fire extinguishers in circuit house lying defunct
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

The locked storeroom where the hose pipe is kept
The locked storeroom where the hose pipe is kept
(Above) A hydrant installed near the kitchen has hose reel, but the fire box is empty; (below) The locked storeroom where the hose pipe is kept; and (right) hose pipe missing from the fire box at the Circuit House in Ludhiana
(Above) A hydrant installed near the kitchen has hose reel, but the fire box is empty; (below) hose pipe missing from the fire box at the Circuit House in Ludhiana. photos: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, December 14
Fire-fighting equipment in Circuit House, Ludhiana, are lying defunct since ages.

There are water hydrants on the premises, but these are without hose. Even the hosepipe, which is supposed to be kept in a firebox near hydrants, is missing.

Rather, the fireboxes with broken glass are no less than garbage bin. Both hose reel and hosepipe are lying in a storeroom.

Fire extinguishers can be seen hanging in front of each room on both floors. Each of these is of 2 kilogram.

Bahadur Singh, a technician with the public health department, said, “These are working as the needle on the scale is still in green patch.”

The automatic sprinklers and fire alarm, too, could not be seen. If a fire breaks out, hose reel and pipes will be brought out and attached to the hydrants, he added.



Arms banned at weddings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP), Ashish Chowdhry, has enforced ban orders under Section 144 on all marriage palace owners, disallowing arms and ammunition at wedding ceremonies on their premises. The orders, which were issued today, will remain in force till February 29.

The DCP said if anyone entered a marriage palace with a weapon, it was the duty of the marriage palace owner to inform about it to the police station concerned. “Many such incidents have come to light. But this can be fatal,” he said.



Lab technicians go on mass leave
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, December 14
The agitating lab technicians, working in government hospitals and dispensaries, after observing pen down strike on December 12 and 13, went on mass casual leave for four days today. People suffered as medical services remained paralysed in hospitals. The technicians are agitating under the banners of the Punjab State Medical Laboratory Technician Association.

Association’s press secretary Jhirmal Singh Bhinder accused the state government of betraying them after committing to accept their long-pending demands. He alleged that the government was intentionally trying to delay the matter so that their demands could not be accepted once the model code of conduct is enforced.

Meanwhile, the agitation of the Sangharsh Committee of the Punjab State Pharmacist’s Association entered the third day today. The pharmacists have also decided to stage a dharna in front of Punjab Health Minister Sat Paul Gosain’s residence on December 17.



Santa Claus paints the city in festive colour
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, december 14
Lifesize Santa playing a saxophone, smaller one on the sleigh with golden reindeer, yet another poking his head through the roof of a house, the tiny one hanging by the decorative parachute, the old ho-ho-ho man has started painting the town red, quite literally.

Christmas celebrations are already ringing bells in the city with showrooms resplendent in gift and decorative items.

Christmas trees of various sizes, bells, decorative balls, Santas, glittery paper-stars, Santa caps, socks and dresses can be seen in gift shops across the city including those in Sarabha Nagar and Ghumar Mandi. Stickers, danglers, pencils and stationery items all have the ubiquitous Santa. Santa masks seem to be hot favourite among the youngsters in the city. “I have bought a mask as I intend to play Santa and give chocolates to everyone in the family and friends,” says Raghav Ahuja (19), a resident of Dugri.

Mehar studying at UKG at BCM School has bought a small star from a shop at Ghumar Mandi and loves getting gifts on Christmas, she says smiling innocently.

Mehak Mehrotra, first year student of BBA at Khalsa College for Women, has already bought Christmas balls, stars and bells for her Christmas tree. She is planning a night stay with her friends on the eve of Christmas. “We will go to the church, cut a cake, decorate the Christmas tree and celebrate together,” says her batch mate and friend Radhika Mago. Aaina Bhalla says she is all geared up for making the cake on her own.

Christmas trees are available anything between Rs 25 and Rs 25,000. Santa Clause starts from a similar range and go up to Rs 10,000 for the dancing Santas. Other Christmas gifts are available within the price range of Rs 20 to Rs 5,000.

There is something infectiously delightful about the smiling Santa and makes the festival regardless of age and religion feel the cheer of the season, says Sanyogita. Meanwhile, her little daughter Charu has picked up her favourite Santa - the one playing the piano.



Santa descends on CMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Christian Medical College and Hospital celebrated Christmas yesterday evening. Institutional choir comprising 65 students of CMC, CDC, CON and college of physiotherapy led by Joel Stephen sang carols.

Dr Arpit Mathew led the senior choir, which consisted of 35 doctors, nurses and staff. A play adaptation of the Novella, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was staged on the occasion. Dr. Rashmi Ann directed it. The 2011 institutional Christmas programme was organised by Stanley Thomas (Chaplain) Fellowship Department on December 10.

Director Dr Abraham G Thomas, Associate Director Dr Kim Mammen, Medical Superintendent, Dr Kanwal Masih, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Valsa Abrahim, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Nitin Batra, Principal Medical College Dr SM Bhatti, Principal of Dental College Dr Abi M Thomas, Principal of Nursing College, Principal of Physiotherapy College Dr Jeevan Parkash and others were present on the occasion.



Major reshuffle in Municipal Corporation
AK Sinha is director local bodies
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
There has been a major reshuffle in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Municipal Commissioner A K Sinha has been promoted as the Director, Local Bodies Department. So in place of Sinha, Additional Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi has been made the officiating Municipal Commissioner.

Sinha, a 1996 batch IAS officer, came to the city in August 2008. He was made the Chief Administrator of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority and Punjab Urban Development Authority in Ludhiana. In September 2009, he was appointed as the Municipal Commissioner.

AK Sinha, who holds the reputation of being an honest and upright officer, said he would be joining as the Director of Local Bodies in Chandigarh on Monday. “I enjoyed working in the city and would enjoy my new assignment as well,” said Sinha while speaking to The Tribune.

Malwinder Singh Jaggi, a PCS officer, has remained officiating Municipal Commissioner earlier also, when Sinha had gone for a two- month-long mid career training programme (level four) to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.



‘Less qualified teachers conduct seminars’
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, December 14
The education department does not seem to follow any criteria to deploy the resource persons under In Service Teacher Training Centers. Many senior lecturers have been working as coordinators instead of resource persons.

Earlier, the teachers would get training under the senior lecturers from In Service Training Centre but now Director General School Education (DGSE) has deputed the Master cadre teachers as the resource persons. It was more convenient for the teachers as the department conducted seminars under subject specialists.

Many teachers claimed that less qualified teachers have been training highly qualified teachers as the qualified resource persons of the teacher training centers have been involved in clerical work.

“Not only less qualified, the department has deputed the teachers whose academic record is very poor. They do not have any experience of training,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.

“There is no policy of the government to uplift the education standard. Now in November and December, the department is conducting seminars under RMSA and SSA. These months are very important for the students. Ironically, the teachers are busy in conducting seminars instead of teaching. Seminars should be spread through out the year”, said a teacher from local senior secondary school.

“If the government wants to improve the education standards, it should depute subject specialist to train the teachers. In the age of technology, why they are not using Eduset to train the teachers,” said a Science teacher, Sukhdarshan Singh.

Sneh Saini principal In Services Teacher Training Centre, Bhart Nagar, said, “That was the policy of headquarters; we have to follow the instructions of DGSE office. We have only seven lecturers and we have to conduct all the seminars in one and a half month. So we have no other option instead of deputing master cadre teachers.”

“Not only less qualified, the department has deputed the teachers whose academic record is very poor. They do not have any experience of training,” said teacher.



PAU Notes
Three training courses in Dec
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University will organise three training courses in December for farmers and farm women.

All programmes will be held at Kairon Kisan Ghar (KKG) of the university.

Dr MS Gill, director, extension education, said the course on “Enhancing creative skills among children through indigenous materials” would be held from December 12 to 14.

To be attended by 30 participants, extension specialists of the departments of human development, clothing and textiles, and family resource management will apprise the farm women of the significance of creativity in development of children.

Besides imparting theoretical knowledge, subject-matter specialists will give demonstrations on various embroidery stitches, CD craft, preparation of simple and designer candles and greeting card making.

An interactive session will be held wherein participants’ queries will be taken by experts. The registration for the course will take place on December 12 at 9 am at the venue of the programme.


The “Research and extension specialists workshop for vegetable, fruit and flower crops”, organised by the PAU under the aegis of National Horticulture Mission (NHM), concluded here recently.

Third technical session on “Floriculture, agricultural engineering and technology, post-harvest management of fruits and vegetables” was held on the last day.

Officials of the department of horticulture, Punjab, directors of regional stations and deputy directors (training) at Krishi Vigyan Kendras visited the university’s mushroom and vegetable research farm, new orchard and the floriculture experiment area.

The participants evinced keen interest in amla, papaya and virus-free production of kinnow nursery and peach.

Chairing the session, Dr MS Gill, director, extension education, said the university was the representative of the farming community.

He added that the university would continue to solve the field problems of the farmers.

Dr Gill urged farmers to pass on their feedback to the research scientists 
as the same was considered useful for re-prioritisation of research and transfer technology programmes.

During the technical session, Dr Kushal Singh and other floriculturists of the university, including Dr KK Dhatt, Dr RK Dubey and Ranjit Singh, presented an overview of the department work and post-harvest handling of cut flowers.

Besides, they deliberated on cultivation of gladiolus, pansy, chrysanthemum and potential rose varieties and plant material for landscaping.


The directorate of extension in association with Syngenta India Ltd (funded) organised a training camp on “Herbicides on wheat application techniques” for farmers at Kokri-Kalon village, Moga. Around 400 farmers participated in the camp.

The chief guest, Dr MS Gill, director, extension education, asked the farmers to maintain regular contact with experts of the university through the krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs) in various districts for timely management of pests/diseases.

He exhorted the farmers to adopt activities related to value addition.

He launched a new PAU recommended weedcides “Axial” for the control of Phaaris minor with new nozzle for application.

Dr Surjeet Singh, professor of agronomy, PAU, educated the the trainees about spraying techniques.

Training camp on herbicide application

The Directorate of Extension Education Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Syngenta India Limited (jointly) organised a training camp on 'Herbicides application techniques on Wheat' at Dadwindi village in Kapurthala district. About 400 farmers participated in the training camp. Addressing to the farmers, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, asked the farmers to be vigilant about incidence of insects and diseases and take timely measures to control spread of insects. He also launched a new university recommended herbicides ‘Axial’ for the control of Phalaris minor with new nozzle for application. Dr Surjit Singh, Senior Extension Specialist, Agronomy, told trainees about various spraying techniques. He emphasised upon the use of flat fan and flood-jet nozzles for herbicides application. — TNS



Cleanliness drive by NSS
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
NSS volunteers and students of GADVASU conducted an awareness and cleanness drive in Valmiki Colony, Sarabha Nagar. They worked in identified slum areas and interviewed slum dwellers through questionnaire problems like health hygiene, living conditions, and prevalence of disease and told them about the precautionary measures. Awareness campaign on issues such as AIDS, drug addiction, health and hygiene, female foeticide through charts, posters and banners was conducted in slum areas. Dr SS Hassan, NSS programme coordinator, told slum dwellers about AID, drug addiction, female foeticide, unhygienic condition and its prevention. The campaign focused in reaching to urban slums and to inform slum dwellers about harmful effects of the diseases.



From schools & colleges
Energy conservation day

Ludhiana: Sai Public School conducted a special assembly on National Energy Conservation Day. School principal, Amrita Gakhar, motivated the students to conserve energy. The students were told about importance of energy conservation, judicious use of electrical appliances and CFLS, solar cookers and panels.


A discourse on saving the environment was organised at DRSP Vidya Mandir at Shastri Nagar. Swami Mohananand ‘Lal Baba’ exhorted the students and faculty members of the school to save the Yamuna and environment. He also encouraged the students to respect and be obedient to teachers and parents.


An extension lecture on ‘Research Orientation and Publications’ was organised at Kamla Lohtia SD College by the counselling and placement cell of the college. Senior lecturer Dr Mahesh Joshi from School of Accounting, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, was the resource person. He expressed his views about the significance of research in each sphere, particularly in education. He further stressed that in the present age of cutthroat competition, quality and effective research is a key to a good publication and hence essential for professional growth. He also informed about various methods and technical aspects related to research. — TNS



Assembly polls
Industrialists lay claim to Atam Nagar seat
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 14
Charging the SAD-BJP government with failure to safeguard the interests of the industry, leading to stagnation in the economy, members of the industry here have staked their claim to Congress ticket from the Atam Nagar Assembly seat in the city.

Representatives of more than a dozen industrial and trade associations, who met here last evening, said successive governments had neglected the industry. The promises of a favourable industrial policy, hassle-free governance, adequate power and liberation from “inspector raj” had remained on paper. Corruption had reached an all-time high and the government had done nothing to weed it out or take action against those indulging in corruption, they alleged.

In an appeal to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Captain Amarinder Singh, they put forth the name of Kulwant Singh, an industrialist, for allotment of ticket from the Atam Nagar Assembly segment. “An industrialist alone can truly represent the industry as he would know the problems being faced by the industry and constraints that the fraternity has to deal with,” they said.



City youngsters wedded to YouTube
Tribune News service

Ludhiana December 14
YouTube is the buzzword among youngsters as it helps them in choosing their favourite songs. “I will not think twice if I have to listen to my favourite music as YouTube comes in handy. I hardly purchase any music album. I find the very idea of purchasing these dull and boring,” says a 17-year-old.

For the youngsters, the number of hits a song has on the YouTube indicates the popularity of that song. “You can know about the latest trend in music through it,” says Simran, whose favourite is “Kolavari Di”.

“I first came to know about this song from a friend. Then I listened to it on the YouTube. The foot-tapping music of the song is very catchy,” she adds. No wonder, the singers, too, are cashing in on the interest shown by the youngsters in YouTube. “Music channels used to be a platform for both young and established singers to reach the young audience in the past one-and-a-half decade. But, now, times have changed.

YouTube has emerged as a new platform for singers to reach to their target audience,” says Surjeet Singh (23).

Gurpreet (22), a B.Sc student, is fond of surfing Internet. “I know a large number of Punjabi youths who have become famous on You Tube.”

“You tube is improved and more independent version of television. You don’t need to approach a big production company to go on air. A common man can promote his talent on it,” said Kamal, a software engineer.



Proposed power tariff hike upsets industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 14
The proposal of 55 per cent hike in power tariff made by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission in its annual revenue requirement report, has given a rude shock to the industrial sector which is already passing through a grave crisis.

Condemning the ill-conceived and ill-timed move by the PSPCL, the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), said in a meeting here today that the proposed hike was unjustified and would put additional burden on the crisis-ridden industry.

Gurpargat Singh Kahlon and Ranjodh Singh, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, said the SAD-BJP government should reject the proposal or pay dearly during the Assembly elections.

The auto parts manufacturers came down heavily on the government and the PSPCL authorities for closing their eyes to the plight of the industrial units which had applied for new connections or extension of load in non-designated areas like Partap Nagar, Shimplapuri, Dashmesh Nagar and Janta Nagar localities.



City can boast of global shooters, but has no shooting range
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana December 14
The city has produced international, national and state-level shooters, but there isn’t any air rifle or air pistol shooting range for shooters to practice. A large number of shooters from the city have established 10-meter air pistol range in their houses. And those who could not afford such infrastructure are practicing in a shooting academy run in the Government College of Boys. There isn’t any permanent coach to train these shooters. Only one coach, appointed on contract basis, is providing his services at Guru Arjuna Shooting Academy in the college.

“We have a lot of potential in the city. Almost 50 per cent international shooters are from the city. But, we don’t have shooting range.” Parkash Singh Badal has made a shooting range at his village and Capt Amarinder Singh in Patiala. We have been fighting for the past 15 years for a shooting range. Badal promised us twice during his tenure. He allotted a piece of land, but it has been encroached upon by land mafia,” said Lieut Col Jagdish S Brar (retd), President, District Riffle Association.

“Gurinder Singh Garcha, Harpreet, Naginer Singh Bhogal, Vikramjit Singh Brar and many others international players are from the city. Now, they are playing for the clubs in various countries. If the government provide us good infrastruture we can gave better results,” he added.



Jarkhar Sports Festival begins today
Events to be held under floodlights on the pattern of C’wealth Games for the first time
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 14
The stage has been set for organising the 26th annual sports festival, popularly known as Mini Modern Rural Olympics, by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, about 15 kilometers from here on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road from December 15 to 18.

Chairman of the organising club, Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, said the opening ceremony of this annual sports extravaganza would be held under the floodlights on the pattern of Commonwealth Games and other international events.

“The games torch started from the Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa Stadium, Jalandhar, this afternoon. A number of former international sportspersons and today’s players of eminence were present during the flag off ceremony at Jalandhar. The torch will reach 
Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, tomorrow morning and proceed towards Jarkhar,” said Sidhu.

The main attraction of the opening ceremony will be the performance by Punjabi singers like Kamal Grewal, Inderjit Nikku, Sukhwinder Sukhi, Sandeep Bhamra besides other popular singers. A display of firecrackers and cultural choreography will be the other attractions of the inauguration ceremony, the chairman added.

During this four-day event, competition will be held in grass hockey, synthetic hockey, kabaddi (national and circle styles), volleyball, basketball, handball and wrestling. The total prize money of Rs 10 lakh will be at stake for the position holders, said Balbir Singh, president, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, chief organiser, informed that top hockey outfits of the nation that include BSF, Indian Air Force, EME, Jalandhar, PSEB (Patiala), Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Ropar Hawks, Chandigarh XI, Haryana XI and Jarkhar Academy along with others would be seen in action at Jarkhar.

Avon Cycles, Ludhiana, has promised to give 100 bicycles to the winners in different sports disciplines.

“The organisers will felicitate sportspersons of eminence and sports promoters for their contributions on the concluding day. Former Indian hockey team skipper, Raj Pal Singh, and ace shooter, Avneet Kaur, will be given Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa Award while Pargat Singh, Director (Sports), Punjab, will be honoured with Amarjit Singh Grewal Award for his role in the promotion of sports in the state,” said Sarpanch Dapinder Singh Jarkhar. Other sports personalities to be honoured at Jarkhar are Vejender Singh (boxing), Arjuna awardee, Gurpreet Kaur Purewal (handball), singer Manmoham Waris and kabaddi star, Kala Gajiana.

Famous Punjabi comedian Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi will be felicitated for his contribution in the field of art and culture, added Dapinder Singh.



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