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Dsp Killing
Heart-rending scenes at crematorium
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Relatives console his son.
Relatives console his son. Tribune photos: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, February 2
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at a crematorium located near the Arya College for Boys where the last rites of slain DSP Balraj Singh Gill were performed here this evening.

The DSP and a woman were found dead in a farm house located on the Hambran road here this morning.

A pal of gloom descended on the home of the DSP in Kitchlu Nagar. Harinder Kaur, Gurdeep Kaur, wife and mother, respectively, of the slain DSP were inconsolable.

Gill's father KS Gill, a retired BSF commandant, was putting up a brave face. Grieving relatives started queuing up at the house as the news Balraj’s murder was flashed on the national television.

Close relatives and friends were seen crying profusely while others were yet to come to term with the tragic loss.

Poignant scenes were witnessed at the cremation ground as thousands of residents, including senior police officials were there to pay their tributes and extend sympathies with the aggrieved family.

Ishwar Chander, Commissioner of police, Ludhiana, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, SSP, Khanna, Bhupinder Singh, SP (D), Mohali, Harmohan Singh, SP (special security) and other senior police officials were among those who were present there.

Prominent citizens of the city, including Harish Rai Dhanda, former chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, Rajinder Bhandari, former BJP state president, and Congress leader Bharat Bhushan Ashu were also present.

A contingent from the Punjab Police presented a guard of honour to their officer.


Health Dept team raids bus terminus
Five samples of potable water taken
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Finally, after getting orders from Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari, The district Health Department swung into action to check quality of eatables and potable water along with general hygienic conditions at Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-state Bus Terminus here today.

The department collected one sample of patty and five samples of potable water. Disclosing this, Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, Ludhiana, said: "We took one sample of patty and five samples of potable water."

Food safety officer Manoj Khosla, who was also accompanying the team, said: "A few days ago a resident of the Akalgarh market complained to the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) about unhygienic environment at the bus terminus and also complained about the sale of uncovered eatables on its premises."

There were two teams for checking and sampling. One team was led by the DHO, Dr Kulwinder Singh, and it also included food safety officer Harpreet Kaur. This team conducted checking of eatables at 12 shops. While the other team, which checked general hygiene at the terminus, was led by sanitary inspector of the Health Department Rupinder Singh. It checked 22 shops and collected five samples of potable water available there for the public. He also told the shopkeepers to keep the area around their shops clean.

Manoj Khosla said: "Tomorrow we will serve improvement notice on these shops under the Food Safety and Standard Act."



Assembly Elections
Dept realised Rs 4.2-lakh penalty
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
The Excise and Taxation Department has managed to seize 20,30,520 milliliters of liquor during the period when the model code of conduct was in force during the elections. The department was on its toes throughout the period and a penalty of Rs 4.2 lakh had been collected from December 24 to January 30.

Excise and Taxation Officer Paramjit Singh said the department had collected 1,78,260 millilitres of licit liquor, 4,850 kg of lahan and 8,84,950 millilitres of illicit liquor.

"During the enforcement of the model code of conduct, the department has collected a penalty of Rs 4.2 lakh in 14 constituencies," he added.

While lahan was destroyed on the spot, the illicit liquor has been kept in the department's godown. "Detailed report regarding the seized liquor has been sent to the head office. The head office will give us instructions regarding the disposal of the seized liquor. Generally the seized liquor is destroyed but we will destroy it once we get instructions from the head office," added Paramjit Singh.

DETC Gurtej Singh said this time the department had sealed liquor vends even during dry days so that that nobody was able to open vends. "Nobody was let off and penalty was collected on the spot from every offender," added he.



DC Tewari inspects security of EVMs
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
To take stock of security at the strongrooms and five buildings where EVMs have been kept after the polling on January 30, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, along with Commissioner of Police Ishwar Chander, today visited the buildings.

Both the officials visited the Government College for Women, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, SCD Government College, Gymnasium and Sukhdev Singh Bhawan at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here. The EVMs have been kept in 14 strongrooms in these buildings.

The "fate" (EVMs) of the candidates is sealed and locked in the strongrooms under tight security. Three-tier security has been put in place to keep an eye on these voting machines.

Ashish Chaudhry, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), while giving details about the security arrangemnts, said in each strongroom, the 1st tier (half section with five members each) will be taken care of by the Border Security Force. More than 60 BSF persons have been deployed at all the strongrooms. The outer cordon will be taken care of by the Punjab Police while in the third-tier security, concerned SHOs and PCR personnel will be on vigil. 



SCD college BA, BCom students in an ‘odd’ state
These courses are still for boys only
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
There was a time when SCD Government College was called the SCD Government College for Boys. But words "for Boys" no longer exist with the name, as coeducational streams have been introduced at both the graduate and postgraduate level. The only courses that hold any allegiance to the older name remain BA and BCom, which are only for boys.

So the students of these courses find themselves in an "odd" state as the only ones not studying in coeducational classes. "I think as other new courses have also been introduced and even BSc has made a coeducational course, it is high time our stream was also made coeducational," says a student, studying in BA first year.

"There was a time, it was all-boys college, then perhaps it would have been a different environment and would be all right. But, now it is different as only a couple of courses remain only-boys courses," says another student pursuing BA (Hons) at the college.

Most of the students here come from coeducational schools, and whenever we see boys and girls from other courses interacting with one another, we feel all the more "as different" in the college, says a student pursuing BCom.

But Principal of the college, Jasbir Kaur Makkar said it is only for the benefit of the students here. "We have limited number of seats. If we make these courses also coeducational, the number of seats for boys would get reduced. As merit of girls also go very high, with the presence of only two government colleges in the city, girls would prefer taking admission here and the number of seats for boys will get reduced," she said. "And there are quite a few colleges offering these courses," she said. "BSc was made coeducational to cover up for the seats," she said.

But some of the boys give further solutions to this dilemma. "The number of seats for girls can be limited," he contends. But, I think all the streams should be co-educational.



Jagraon has a long history of honour killings
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 2
The Ludhiana (rural) police district has a long history of heinous acts of killings for honour. Several incidents of honour killing,including world-amous Jassi-Mithu love story on which a documentary has also been made and broadcast by Discovery Channel, have taken place in the past years in this area.

In the Jassi-Mithu episode, Jassi Sidhu, a Canadian girl of Indian origin, was killed and her husband Sukhwinder, alias Mithu, of Kanuke village near Jagraon, left presuming as dead near Narike village in Malerkotla on June 8, 2000, by a group of contract killers. The killers were allegedly hired by Jassi’s Canada-based mother Malkiat Kaur and maternal uncle Surjit Singh Badesha.

In fact, the members of Jassi’s family were angry over her secrete marriage with Mithu, who belonged to a lower-class family, and wanted to separate Jassi from Mithu.

But as Jassi was not ready to leave Mithu, the members hatched a conspiracy and hired contract killers to kill both of them. While Jassi was killed during the attack, Mithu managed to escape.

It was the first international instance of the menace of honour killing prevalent in North India. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had arrested both Malkiat Kaur and Surjit Singh Badesha from their home in the Maple Ridge area of British Columbia in Canada only during the first week of January this year.

Of about 10 alleged contract killers, only three, including former sub-inspector Joginder Singh, Anil Kumar and Ashwani Kumar, are behind bars at present.

In yet another incident of honour killing, which rocked the whole country, a former Congress councillor of Jagraon Municipal Council Ravinder Kumar Sabharwal, alias Neeta, had shot dead his daughter Rajni and her lover Rajesh Kumar with his licensed revolver at the latter’s house when Rajni had gone to meet him on January 14, 2005. Neeta was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment in this case by a Ludhiana court on July 11 last year.

In the first week of July, 2011, a Dalit youth Gagandeep Singh, hailing from Lamma Jattpura village, near Jagraon, was done to death by the members of his beloved Rajdeep Kaur’s family, who belonged to an influential upper cast family of the same village, when both of them were trying to elope.

The members Rajdeep’s family abducted both of them from Jagraon bus stand on July 2. After this the members separated both the lovers and later on allegedly tortured Gagandeep Singh to death. His body was found from a canal near Badhani in Moga district two days after his kidnapping.

Though initially the local police tried to hush up the matter, when the members of the victim’s family, along with other villagers, had held massive protests against the police on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway for two days, the police booked nine persons, including the girl’s father Sukhchain Singh, cousin Jugraj Singh Raja, uncles Kulwant Singh and Saudagar Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Surjit Singh, Janak Singh, Billu and Janta in this regard. Seven of them were arrested while the rest are still at large.

Under fire from villagers for showing carelessness in this serious issue, then City police SHO Inderjit Singh was also shifted following allegations of shielding the accused levelled by members of the victim’s family.

Trial in this case is on.




Ghumar Mandi was once potters’ paradise
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ghumar Mandi, once a domain of potters, is left with only a couple of potters in the bazar.
Ghumar Mandi, once a domain of potters, is left with only a couple of potters in the bazar. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 2
Ghumar Mandi, which was once the exclusive realm of potters and was located on the outskirts of Ludhiana, has over the years become a fashionable shopping centre in the heart of the new city.

Potter shops have given way to the branded showrooms, sprawling shopping complexes, sweetmeat shops and eating joints. Ghumar Mandi has now become the most visited bazar of the city.

"I have seen the changing face of Ghumar Mandi. There was a time when Ghumar Mandi seems to be located in the far-flung area but today it is in the heart of the city. Potter shops have altogether eloped with only couple of them left. Though the name of the bazar is Ghumar Mandi, it has lost its identity," said Ram Parkash, 85-year-old resident of Ghumar Mandi.

A couple of potters, however, still manage to make their living by selling earthenware. Earlier, potters use to make and bake their products here but now for the past two decades the potters in this bazar have been selling earthenware purchased from potters outside the city.

Kaka, one of the two potters in Ghumar Mandi, said at present almost all the potters of the area had opted out of the profession. "I learnt this art from my grandfather. He used to make and bake pots here but today it is not possible due to a scarcity of space. I buy pots from the potters living on the outskirts of the city and sell them here. Only a few customers come to buy pots in the summer and it is during Karva Chauth that women throng our shops," he said.

"I have been regularly visiting Ghumar Mandi for shopping but never realised that the market was named after potters. I have always seen only one potter in the whole market," said Manveen, who was shopping at Roop Square.

Slice of history

Earlier, Ghumar Mandi was a major centre for potters and there was ample open space in the area where they used to make and bake their products. The whole area was occupied by potters and thus got its name Ghumar (potter) Mandi (market).

Traffic problem

Traffic jams is one of the major problems faced in Ghumar Mandi. Though the market road has been made a one-way route, it has failed to solve the problem as shoppers have started parking their vehicles on the roadside. The bazar lacks proper parking space and people honking at each other is a regular feature in the hustle and bustle of the bazar.



Kisan gold card launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhinana, February 2
HDFC Bank today released "The Kisan Gold Card", which is aimed at meeting the production and investment needs of the farming community. Production needs broadly cover crop-production requirements, including funds for all related inputs to grow a crop. HDFC Bank also meets post harvest and domestic consumption needs of farmers. The card was today launched at the 46th annual function of the PAU club at Punjab Agricultural University.

The card caters to investment needs such as purchase of agriculture-related equipment/implements, irrigation requirements, construction of farm-related buildings and investment in agriculture-related activities such as dairy, piggery, poultry, fishery, beekeeping, etc. This card is backed with credit limit to the farmers.

Rajinder Babbar, Country Head of Agriculture Department of HDFC Bank, has called upon the progressive farmers of Punjab to become HDFC Bank customers and avail themselves of easy loan schemes for their agriculture needs.

Speaking on the occasion, he said: "Nearly two-thirds of our country's population is directly or indirectly engaged in agriculture. It contributes to 21 per cent of our GDP. Keeping this in mind, HDFC Bank has designed the Kisan Gold Card to ensure convenient and hassle-free loans to farmers for meeting their production and investment requirements."

The Kisan Gold Card is aimed at meeting the production and investment needs of the farming community. 



Capt Gill does city proud
Wins Bar to Sena Medal second year in succession
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 2
Capt Tarandeep Singh Gill, serving Army officer, who is a resident of Gurusar Sudhar village in this district, has done the city proud for the second year in succession by winning the Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry) on Republic Day. He was awarded this medal for showing supreme bravery while fighting terrorists in Assam.

In 2010, he was conferred Commendation Card by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command.

Captain Tarandeep's father Col Randhir Singh Gill (retd) says his own military background and sacrifices of the brave men of the country motivated his son to join the Indian Army.

Captain Gill, who is with the Sikh Regiment (45th Battalion, Assam Rifles), did his schooling from Darjeeling, and completed his graduation from Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, where he had won the College Colours and the Roll of Honour. He had decided to join the armed forces while pursuing his postgraduation in Mass Communication and Journalism from Panjab University, Chandigarh.



Beggar does a Veru in city
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A tippler did a Veru act at the Vishwa Karma Chowk after he climbed a 25-foot streetlight pole here yesterday. It was after two hours that the man finally climbed down.

The incident took place around 2:30pm, when the tippler, who is said to be a beggar, climbed the pole and threatened to jump.

The incident became quite an attraction for the public who gathered around the streetlight pole, leading to a traffic jam.

Commuters and shopkeepers requested the beggar to climb down from the poll. But the beggar was adamant. It was after nearly two hour when the tippler regained consciousness and he climb down from the pole.

It is learnt that he was thrashed by police personnel and shooed away from the spot.



1000 scholarships for students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A thousand scholarships are up for grabs as the Punjab State Talent Search Competition is going to be organised on Sunday across the state for class VIII and X students of the government schools. Assistant district science supervisor, Arun Kumar, said about 500 scholarship of Rs 200 per month would be given to students of class X for two years, whereas, same number of scholarships worth the same amount would be given to the students of class VIII for four years.

The three-year test would comprise of objective type questions from maths, science, social studies and mental aptitude. From the district, about 933 students from class VIII and 873 students from class X would be taking in the test. The minimum eligibility for the test was that students should have acquired a minimum of 55 per cent in the lower class, with the relaxation of 5 per cent more for those from the SC category. The lists of the students for the test were forwarded by the schools.

District science supervisor, Varinder Kaur, said it is a good opportunity and encouragement for students of the government schools to perform well.



From Schools
Sports meet

Ludhiana: A sports meet was organised at Chanda Mama School. The students participated in the innovative games like frog race, jumping jokers race, crawling baby race, problem solving skills race, balls and balloons race. Tug of war, musical chair race and pillow fighting were also played by the students and their parents.

Roller skating

A roller skating competition was organised by Bal Bharti Public School The competition was organised on the school premies. As many as 40 students participated in the skating competition. Harsehaj, Bhargav, Vinayak, Rishneet and Mrigesh bagged the first positions from different classes.

Debate held

An inter-house debate contest organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir.

Questions like 'Does a surgeon need to be a good artist to perform a surgery?', 'Is it possible to get admission in a reputed school without money' were the part of the contest.



From Colleges
Declamation contest

Ludhiana: A declamation contest was organised by Ved Prachar Mandal in collaboration with BCM College of Education on the college campus. As many as 16 students from various degree and educational colleges of Punjab participated in the contest. First prize was won by the student of Government College, Ludhiana. Second and third prize were won by Hans Raj Mahilavidyalya, Jalandhar, and Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, respectively.

Play staged at PCTE

The students of the PCTE Group of Institutes prepared and enacted in a play "Main fir Aawanga", here on Thursday. A socio-political play based on a hypothetical situation which contemplates how Shaheed Bhagat Singh would take to the present world if he was to be born again.



Jasleen is all-in-one orchestra
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Jasleen Royal
Jasleen Royal 

Ludhiana, February 2
Jasleen Royal seems like an all-in-one orchestra as she sings, strums the guitar, plays the mouth organ, rings the tambourine tied to her feet and sometimes, keyboard too all by herself as she performs. If that is not all for a musician, she composes her songs as well.

Her brush with limelight started she reached the semifinals of India's Got Talent in 2008, and the musical affair continues as she is launching her first album as a professional. She released her video of her single "Panchhi Ho Jaavan" online as a precursor of the album.

Her songs revolve around her journey of life and simplicity with which she expresses emotions through her songs. “Panchi ho jawan” is based on a poem written by the famous poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi which makes you want to forget about everything but your dreams.

Talking about the video of the song, she said it is a low-budget video. "We spent a lot of time thinking about the concept of the shoot. It is a very low budget video and the people that feature in the video are real people on the streets of Delhi," she said.



University organises training programmes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 2
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), is working to uplift the status of the livestock farmers through imparting scientific knowledge and transfer of technologies not only to the farmers of the Punjab but also to the farmers of other parts of the country.

In the continuation of the training, the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education of the university organised three training programmes.

Dr HK Verma, head of the department, said the specialised training programme on dairy farming for the farmers of Punjab was organised.

Over 46 trainees participated in the training programme. Similarly, a knowledge-up gradation training programme on the dairy farming for the livestock farmers from eight states was organise in collaboration with
the Indian immunologicals limited, Hyderabad. The states included Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Punjab.

A total of 35 trainees from these state attended the training programme. The trainees were apprised with the scientific management aspects, balanced feeding, importance of mineral mixture, reproductive management, shelter management, seasonal management, calf care and first-aid.

Dr Verma revealed that the feed plays an important role in dairy farming profitability as it alone accounts for the 70 per cent of the total cost incurred on the milk production.

Most of the dairy farmers were dependent upon the market for purchasing the concentrate to feed their animals. They were told to give balanced feed to the animals and were encouraged to prepare their own feed as it will ensure better quality and economy.

Another training programme was held for a different segment i.e. for animal feed manufacturers, on balanced and quality feed manufacturing.

The programme was held to acquaint the feed manufactures of Punjab with the latest knowledge of feed and feed manufacturing. Over 43 feed manufacturers from the different parts of Punjab attended the programme.



Tehsil Complex Awaited
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano February 2
Although the election process is over and everyone is waiting for the results yet the people of Khamano area and employees of the Tehsil Complex will have to wait for more unscheduled time to get Tehsil Complex constructed at Khamano.

Khamano Tehsil has come into existence in 1992 with the new Fatehgarh Sahib district when Late Chief Minister Beant Singh of Congress announced about it and the offices starting working immediately in private buildings. After which two governments of Akali Dal-BJP and one congress government has completed their terms and the elections have taken place for 2012 government also but the much awaited Tehsil Complex is still to become a reality.

At present, the SDM office is working in the Market Committee office from the very beginning, Tehsildar office is working in Patwarkhaana and the same story is of several other offices that are working in rented private buildings. In this term of elections after De-Limitation, Sub-Division Khamano including all the 72 villages have been added with Bassi-Pathana Constituency. Before this, the entire area of the Sub-Division including villages and Khamano town falls in five constituencies and it was the main reason of neglect of this area and no one cared for it. A large quantity of wheat and paddy is lying and rotting in the construction area for more than two years but the officials of purchasing agencies are paying a deaf ear towards this.

In the recently held elections, the issue was raised by several people of the area to the candidates but they kept mum on this issue.

In the last days of last Congress government of Amrinder Singh the foundation stone for the Tehsil Complex was inaugurated by the then Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa and the boundary was erected around the proposed 7.5 acres of land but the work came to stand still after the Congress government was rooted out of power and the present Akali Dal government also failed to construct the long pending Tehsil Complex. Bharti Kisan Union leader Ajmer Singh Ranwan and Kashmira Singh Jatana on contact said that it is the apathy of all the governments from 20 years that the construction of Tehsil Complex is still pending. They rued that most probably, it is the only Tehsil of Punjab that is without its complex even after passing of 20 years.

When the Deputy Commissioner Fatehgarh Sahib Yashvir Mahajan was contacted in this regard, he said that PUDA have been empowered to construct this complex but the work is late due to large quantity of bags of paddy and wheat lying at the site. He said that the work of complex will start after the removal of stock from the site by the purchasing agencies.



Raw vegetables, juices can cause contact dermatitis: Study
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
For giving the typical Punjabi flavour to a dish, garlic, onion, ginger and tomato have a big role but it might play havoc with hands when chopped. A recent research conducted under the supervision of professor and the head of skin department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Dr Alka Dogra shows that housewives form the largest group of patients with occupational eczema. The reason is that they come in contact with vegetables, soaps and detergents in addition to trauma of rubbing and scrubbing.

The research was conducted on 100 housewives of the age group of 20 to 78 years, were clinically diagnosed with contact dermatitis were patch tested with Indian Standard Battery Developed by CODFI (Contact and Occupational Dermatoses Forum of India) and indigenously prepared antigens i.e. vegetables, soaps and detergents. Out of 100 patients 75 per cent showed positive patch test reactions to one or more antigens. Whereas 44 per cent tested positive to suspected allergen. Amongst Indian Standard battery, nickel was the most common allergen and garlic was the most common among the indigenously prepared antigens.

The findings show that vegetables like ginger, garlic, onion and tomato are the most common offenders. It means the raw vegetables and their juices are capable of causing contact dermatitis. Out of these, 31 housewives tested positive of eczema due to garlic.

While the detergents are responsible for contact dermatitis. The allergic components include both the optical brighteners and enzymes in detergents.

Soaps are anionic surfactants and attack the horny layer of the skin and thus result in hand eczema which is very distressing and incapacitating.

Nickel was found to be the most common sensitiser in housewives which could be due to exposure to utensils, door handles, artificial jewellery etc. While 11 per cent housewives showed positive patch test reactions to various soaps commonly available in the market.



Good response to SAI trials
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 2
As many as 383 boys and girls including those drawn from border districts of the state turned up to register for the three-day trials being conducted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana. The trials are being organised at Guru Nanak Sports Complex.

Players (age group of 14 to 18) who finished among the top three position holders in any state or national level tournament are eligible to attend the trials. These talented and upcoming players will be inducted into the SAI, Training Centre for the session 2012-13 to prepare them for the future competitions.

Harbans Singh, in-charge of the training centre said the panel of experts, formed by the executive director (A), SAI Northern Centre, Chandigarh, that include SS Pannu, Sita Kapila and Gurjant Singh, Rajinder Kumar and Devinder Pal Singh Dhindsa, APS Dhillon and Inderjit Singh, Sat Pal Rana, Rakesh Singh and Sonia Kumari, Gurmesh Singh, Parvinder Singh Saini, Neelam Rani, DK Sharma and Jaswant Singh would watch the sportspersons' ability and talent before shortlisting the players for enrolling them with the local centre with the assistance of local SAI coaches.

The players in the disciplines of athletics, basketball, judo, handball, volleyball, football and weightlifting would be selected on the recommendations of the experts to induct them under the residential and non-residential schemes of SAI.

The selected players in the residential scheme will be provided with free facilities such as boarding and lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, medical allowance, education allowance in addition to insurance coverage and training by expert coaches. Those chosen under the non-residential scheme will be given facilities as per the norms of SAI like stipends, sports kit, insurance coverage, sports equipment and training by the expert coaches.

On the first day of the trials, the aspirants were put to ability tests such as 30 mts flying for ascertain speed, standing vertical jump, standing broad jump for explosive strength, forward bend and reach for flexibility, 10x6 mts shuttle run for agility and 800 mts run for endurance.



Basant Utsav celebrated
Tribune News Service

Geeta Mahlik, Odissi dancer, performs at Ramgharhia College in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Geeta Mahlik, Odissi dancer, performs at Ramgharhia College in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 2
The Ludhiana chapter of the SPIC MACAY celebrated "Basant Utsav" with a dance recital by Odissi exponent Geeta Mahalik, at Guru Nanak Public School and Ramgarhia Girls College, here today.

Interacting with the school students, Mahalik said all classical dances of India had "pure" and "expressive" forms. "In the pure form, the footwork and the body movement are important, while in the expressive form, it is the abhinaya (acting) that's the key." Mahalik performed pallavi pure dance on raag basant at the school.

"Dance entails a rigorous discipline. You learn to discipline both your body and your mind. You also learn the art of tolerance," she said, while interacting with the media persons, at the school.

"Youngsters need exposure to classical dances. Parents can play a pivotal role. They should take their children to dance concerts to acquaint them with various dance forms," she added.

Mahalik has choreographed several dance-dramas, including "Lavanyavati" and "Krishnabhilasha".



Annual athletics meet concludes at Guru Nanak Girls College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 2
A two-day annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, concluded here today. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, vice-president, Basket Ball Federation of India was the chief guest on the occasion. Jatinder Pal Singh, divisional deputy director, department of rural development and panchayat, Punjab, was the guest of honour.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal emphasised that sports is a field where girls can learn goal-setting, strategic thinking and the pursuit of excellence in performance and career oriented approach. Principal, Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, briefed the contributions of the college players at the National and International level. The students presented a march past in which girls from all streams took part.

Amongst the events sack race, obstacle race, staff race and aerobics were the main attractions. Teja Singh gave away the prizes to the winners. Ramandeep Kaur of MA II (political science) was declared the best athlete. The college students presented the traditional folk dance, giddha.


100 mts event: 1. Kritika Sharma XI, 2. Preet Kaur XI, 3. Gurpreet Kaur BSc I.

Relay 4X100 events: First, Ramandeep Kaur MA I, Varsha Rani MA I, Ramandeep Kaur MA I, Rajni Bala MA I.

2. Naini Bala MA I, Amandeep Kaur BA I, Anjali BA I, Manisha BA I.

3. Shivdeep Kaur BA II, Samriti BA II, Harpreet Kaur BA II, Prabveer Kaur BA II.

Obstacle race: 1. Amarjot Kaur MA II, 2. Maiya BCA III, 3. Rajveer BA II.

Female staff race: 1. Preeti Singh (sociology), 2. Jasdeep Kaur (economics), 3. Hardeep Kaur (fashion designing).

Staff race male: 1. Neeraj Bansal (physics), 2. Imran (biochemistry), 3. Sanjay (physics).

Outstanding sport girls: Judo; Varsha Rai MA I, Neha BA II, Anjali BA I, Manisha Sharma BA I, Ramandeep Kaur BA I, Manpreet Kaur BA I, Ekta BA I, Samriti XI, Seema XI, Pooja XI, Babita XI.

Athletics: Ramandeep Kaur MA II, Gaganpreet Kaur MA II, Ramandeep Kaur MA II, Prabhveer Kaur BA III, Rajni BA III, Nainy Bala BA I, Jaspreet Kaur BA I Kiranjit Kaur BA I, Shivdeep Kaur XII, Bhumika Thakur XI.

Basketball, Kulwinder Kaur BA III, baseball, Amritpreet Kaur BA III, best athlete-Ramandeep Kaur MA II (political science).



Meeting to finalise Rs 500-cr project held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A two-day partners’ meeting was held to finalise the mega project on health foods at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) deputy director general (DDG), Dr GS Tuteja, said with the increasing awareness among the consumers and to tackle the problem of undernourishment, health food segment is going to gain importance. Scientists from different institutes of the country are taking part in the meeting.

Notably, the ICAR and the ICMR were going to submit mega-project of Rs 500 crore for the research and development of health foods to the Planning Commission of India for funding. The meeting was called with objective to get research proposals from the different institutes across the country and evaluating their viability.

“We have already done most of the background work for the submission of proposal with help of CIPHET,” said Dr Tuteja. He added that he was quite optimistic of getting the project approved from the Planning Commission. “Health food could be targeted to particular requirements like helping in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, less allergic or general health,” said he.

The purpose of the meeting was to conceptualise the mega project by incorporating various workable project. Dr Tuteja, said health food segment was likely to grow fast in the coming years. Emphasising that the focus should be on product development in the projects, additional director general (ICAR), Dr KK Singh said that the scientists should first identify the problem and then focus on the specific scientific solutions.

The major focus of the meeting would be on the development of process and technologies for the production of health foods from plants and animals source for targeting the undernourished population, to develop process and technologies for production of formulated functional foods by using bioactive ingredients, nutraceuticals based health foods, clinical testing for the safety of developed health foods and formulation of defined regulatory framework for health foods in India.

Giving an overview of the project on health food, director CIPHET Dr RK Gupta elaborated on the role to be played by their institute. Project Coordinator (PHT) Dr S.K Nanda, Head Transfer of Technology Division Dr Deepak Raj Rai, Head AS&EC Division Dr S.N Jha and other senior members of faculty were also present on the occasion.



PAU kisan club holds annual meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
An annual meet of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club was held today at the Pal Auditorium of the university. Farmers and farm women from across the state came to participate in the meet. PAU Vice-Chancellor.

Addressing the farmers, Dr Dhillon said that in order to increase its reach, PAU intends to identify one farmer in every village of Punjab to whom the university can communicate the new farm technology through e-mail. The person designated as 'PAU Doot' or 'Kheti Mitter' will further spread the information to his fellow farmers and will also provide their feed back to the university. The arrangement, when implemented, will give a big boost to farming in the state, said he.

The progress made by the Punjab state in agriculture had greatly benefited the fertiliser and farm machinery industry in the state, said Dr Dhillon.

"As the growth agriculture greatly contributes to the growth of industry, it (industry) too should contribute towards research and development," he said. He proposed if 3 per cent profit of the agro industries be given to PAU for research and development; it will yield Rs 285 crore for the university.

Dr Dhillon also stressed upon the judicious use of natural resources. The farmers who adopt means to conserve natural resources should be suitably rewarded, he said.

Presiding over the function, Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, director, agriculture Punjab said the state should come out to paddy-wheat rotation. "We must divert at least 10 lakh hectare area under paddy to other crops," he said adding that basmati offers a great promise and paddy growers should shift to basmati to save water. Dr Sandhu urged the framers to adopt technology that minimise the use of pesticides and fertilisers. "At present, Punjab is the highest consumer of pesticides and fertilisers in the country and I desire to make Punjab state, a pesticide free zone," he remarked.

PAU director of extension education, Dr MS Gill called upon the farmers to adopt water saving technologies. He said PAU had recommended direct sown paddy and use of tensiometer for scheduling irrigation. Both these technologies help save water. He further informed that 17 KVKs in Punjab are working to help the farmers. A plant clinic has been established at every KVK, he added.

PAU director of research, Dr SS Gosal gave a detailed account of the new varieties released by the university.



Science meet begins at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
A two-day science meet of “Indo-Australian Programme on Marker Assisted Wheat Breeding (IAP-MAWB)” began at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The meet has been organised by wheat section of the department of plant breeding and genetics (PBG) PAU in association with the directorate of wheat research (DWR), Karnal. The meet involves the participation of Australian scientists and a review team of the Australian centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), who is on a visit to the PAU in connection with the ACIAR research projects on wheat being carried out across the country.



Thieves fail to rob bank
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, February 2
Some unidentified thieves tried to rob a bank by sneaking on its premises but failed to carry any cash.

According to the information available from the DSP Khanna, Paramjit Singh Virk, some thieves entered the bank building by breaking the boundary of the Indian Overseas Bank situated at the GT Road, Khanna, opposite to a restaurant at 12.30 am but they failed to take cash as they could not reach strong room and safe. However, they took away an LCD and tried to vandalise the CCTV cameras.

The bank staff came to know about the robbery attempt when they reached the bank today morning. The matter was reported to the Khanna police and the police officials visited the incident site. Dog squad was also pressed into service and a team took some samples of fingers from some places. The DSP informed that the police has registered a case of theft.

He said that they are verifying some clues from the CCTV footage and are looking into the matter.



Robbery bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Residents of Bajwa Colony near Shivpuri nabbed three persons who were allegedly attempting to rob a cloth merchant, here today.

Satish Kumar, owner of the shop said four robbers trespassed into his shop and made him hostage today morning. The heavily armed assailants demand money from Satish. In the meantime, an employee of Satish spotted the robbers and raised alarm. The robbers panicked and tried to flee but they were nabbed by the residents. One of the robbers managed to escape from the spot.



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