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MC seals interstate bus terminus
Co. expresses inability to pay house tax arrears
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 23
Adopting a tough stance in its bid to improve the recovery of arrears as the financial year draws to an end, the Municipal Corporation (MC) today sealed the office and “adda” fee counter of the private company managing Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus here under the private-public partnership basis. The company owes Rs 1.67 crore as house tax arrears, which have not been cleared despite several reminders and ultimatums served by the MC.

Under directions of MC Commissioner MS Jaggi, a team led by Hartej Singh, house tax superintendent, descended at the bus stand and told company officials to clear the tax liability. As they expressed their inability to make the payment and sought more time, the MC team sealed the office and the fee counter of both the local and interstate bus terminus.

“For the time being, we have not interfered with the movement of private and government buses, which is being allowed in the larger public interest,” the MC officials said.

The MC Commissioner said earlier the company had taken a stand that the tax liability would be cleared by the Punjab Roadways as per the provisions of the agreement signed by the state transport undertaking and the company. It is learnt that the matter was dragged to the High Court, but it went in the favour of the roadways.

Jaggi said the MC had received a written clarification from the roadways that the house tax was to be paid by the company, and hence the MC had sealed the office and some other facilities at the bus terminus.


Most pvt schools flout RTE norms
400 out of 1,064 schools apply for mandatory recognition under the Act
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Most of the private schools in Ludhiana district have not applied to Punjab School Education Board for recognition under the RTE Act. Of the 1064 private schools, only about 400 have submitted the application forms. It is now mandatory for every private school to provide details of the school to the education department and get recognition under the RTE. The last date of submission of the details was January 12.

The department has deployed legal assistants to check the files submitted by the schools. After checking these files, teams from the education department would visit the schools to check the required infrastructure. When the department is satisfied that the school meets all the requirements, a certificate would be issued to the institution.

According to the education department, if any school fails to get the certificate till April 12, strict action can be taken. The department can also impose fine on the schools.

Harminder Singh, legal assistant of Sarve Sikshya Abhiyan said, "We are verifying the files of schools. After that we will visit to the schools to check the basic infrastructure. If schools fail to get recognition, the department will take strict against those schools. 

Schools reluctant

According to sources, a majority of the small schools have submitted their details and it is the well-known schools which are reluctant to submit the details.They say that they already have the requisite affiliation from the education department.

Required basic infrastructure

Adequate space and playground

One Class room for 30 students

One teacher is required for 30 students

Proper building, toilets and urinals 



Tardy work irks MC top brass
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 23
The ambitious project of covering the “ganda nullah” passing through several congested localities in the old city is under the scanner of the civic administration and the top functionaries of the Municipal Corporation are apparently not satisfied with the progress of work, the quality of workmanship and the indifferent attitude of the construction agency towards the hardship being caused to residents living alongside the drain.

The project envisages to cover about 3 km of the drain at an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore. MC Commissioner MS Jaggi, along with senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal and other officials, inspected the project late this evening.

Jaggi said there were minor hiccups with regard to alternative diversions created for the drainage of sewage, which often got choked and caused inconvenience to the public.

“The construction agency has been told to streamline the drainage work within 10 days. A committee has been set up to monitor the work on a regular basis,” he said, adding that there was no complaint of the overall quality of work being executed as per the design prepared by the IIT, Roorkee.

However, Bansal had reservations about the quality of the construction material, workmanship and the indifferent attitude of the construction agency. He said the project file would be checked with the help of experts and the matter would be taken up with the contractor as well as the state government if the quality of material was found to be substandard, or if there was any deviation from the design.

Bansal also pointed out that as per the decision of the MC general house, work on the project should have been videographed, which was not being done.



Snatchers make away with jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Even as the police is busy cracking the DSP murder case, increasing incidents of snatching are giving a headache to the city police.

In the latest incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the hand bag of a woman containing gold jewellery and cash worth nearly Rs 6 lakh. The victim is from Parwanoo in Himachal.

The incident took place near Fountain Chowk here this evening when the victim, Anju Suri, along with her husband and daughter-in-law Neha were visiting a jeweller to exchange some jewellery.

According to her husband, they parked the car at a vacant place near the jewellery shop and were about to alight from it when two youths on a motorcycle came from behind and tried to snatch the purse.

“Anju clung to the purse. The youth sitting pillion pulled it towards him due to which my wife lost balance and fell on the road. The accused then sped off, dragging her to a distance. We raised the alarm, but the snatchers escaped with the purse,” he said. The bag contained 12 to 15 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 10,000 cash and a mobile phone.

The panic-stricken victim suffered bruises and was administered first aid.

“You know gold prices are hitting the roof and it is very difficult to purchase jewellery these days. We were visiting the jeweller to get old jewellery redesigned,” said Anju. Shopkeepers in the area complained that snatching incidents had become common.

“This stretch of road, housing jewellers, has become a den of snatchers. Snatching incidents had witnessed a dip when the police imposed one-way in the area and erected check posts, but it was lifted soon. Only a strong police presence can prevent such incidents,” said Navdeep Singh, a shop owner.

The police is suspecting that the snatchers are hardened criminals as soon after committing the crime, they switched off the mobile phone lying in the purse. 

Same suspects

The police suspects that the snatchers are the same who snatched ~7 lakh from a dairy employee in Dashmesh Nagar area yesterday. A clean-shaven and a turbaned youth were behind both the incidents.



Charred body found in garbage dump
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Panic spread in the Transport Nagar area after a badly charred body was found in a garbage dump here today. The incident came to light this morning when a safai karamchari spotted the body of a man and raised the alarm.

Soon, commuters surrounded the dump and informed the police, which reached the spot and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem. Investigation has revealed that the man was killed and his body was set on fire after throwing it in the garbage dump.

The victim appeared to be in his mid-20s. The police visited the localities near Transport Nagar to find out if any brawl took place last night.



‘Mobile’ transformers to prevent thefts
Farmers install transformers on trailers; carry them home everyday after work
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 23
Getting no relief from the increasing incidents of transformer thefts, farmers of several villages near Jagraon have devised a new plan to deal with the problem. They have removed the transformers from electricity poles and installed them on their tractor trailers or bullock carts to protect them from the thieves.

Though it is quite dangerous for the farmers to connect high voltage wires with the transformers on their own, they are happily doing it as they have no other option to prevent the thefts.

The formula seems to be working, as the villages where this it has been adopted have not witnessed any transformer theft in months. As per the information, a number of farmers in more than 10 villages, including Akhara, Bhamipura, Manuke, Rauwaal, Kot Umra, Pamal, Sawadi, Bodalwala have adopted this formula.

The farmers take the transformers to their homes everyday on the tractor trolleys or bullock carts when they finish their work in the evening. The transformers are again brought to the fields when the farmers come next morning.

The farmers themselves connect the high voltage electricity wires with the transformers to start their tubewells. Once the job is finished, transformers are again taken back in the same tractor trolleys.

The farmers, in the past, had tried a number of methods to prevent the transformer theft, without much success. But the formula of having ‘mobile’ transformers seems to be working as the farmers have succeeded to save the transformers from thieves.

It is pertinent to mention that there has been huge rise in the incidents of transformer thefts in police district Ludhiana (rural) since last many months. On an average, 12 incidents of transformer theft every month were being recorded in the past.

Pinder Singh of Akhara village, who has installed transformer on his tractor trolley, said, “The thieves twice stole transformer from my fields during last year. After this I fitted transformer on my tractor trolley in January, and since then there is no theft.”

“Though it is quite risky to connect high voltage wires, I have no other option,” said Amrik Singh of Rauwaal village near Sidhwan Bet.

Powercom executive engineer Gurpreet Mohinder Singh Sidhu said that he is not aware of the development. He said, “The department is doing its best to stop transformer thefts, but it was the duty of police to prevent thefts. We have asked the police a number of times to increase vigilance, but such incidents still keep taking place.”



Councillors to be accountable for unclean wards
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 23
Waking up from their deep slumber, the employees of Municipal Council Jagraon swung into action to clean up the heaps of garbage lying open at various places in the town today. The municipal council launched a massive cleanliness drive and removed garbage from various parts of the Jagraon.

Taking a serious note of the increasing problem of garbage lying in the open in the town, Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia, had called a meeting of MC officials and various NGOs today at the MC house. The MC employees launched a massive drive to clear the garbage even before the beginning of the meeting. Notably, the city residents had been facing the problem of garbage lying in the open for days.

The SDM also issued strict instructions to the municipal council employees to clear the garbage on regular basis from the town during the meeting. A plan was also chalked out to find a concrete solution to the problem of garbage dumps and it was decided that the municipal councillor of each ward will be held accountable for lack of cleanliness in his ward.

Moreover a complaint box will be installed at the SDM office, Jagraon, in which the residents can lodge their complaints about the functioning of local municipal council. These complaints will be forwarded to the MC office. 



Computerised ‘phulkari’ deals a blow to artisans 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Phulkari suits stitched in quintessential Patialvi style have become a style statement for Punjabi NRIs. Since the demand for the age-old traditional embroidery has increased among this specific group, the art has also gone hi-tech. Many export houses and boutiques now use computer designs and colours to “stitch” a pattern on suits, giving a tough time to the artisans.

Over a period of time, improvisation and innovation have crept into the traditional craft. Bright colours are being replaced by subdued strains. While earlier it used to take months to make a masterpiece, it now takes only a few hours on the machine to make a piece.

Exporters claim that machine embroidery has a longer life and is easier to maintain than hand-embroidered “phulkari”.

“It also helps us to deliver our orders on time. Technology has helped us to cater to our NRI clients. Intricate hand-made designs used to take at least a month but now the work gets finished within a few hours. Computerised designs adorned with Swaroski crystals is a hit among the NRI customers. While some buy the suits during their visit to the country, the others place an order online,” said Harminder Singh, who deals in “phulkari” suits and dupattas.

The advantage of machine-made “phulkari” is that it can be washed as against the hand-made patterns which need to be dry-cleaned. Also, the machine embroidered ‘phulkari’ has a better finish,” says Simmi, an NRI from Canada.

“With film stars wearing ‘phulkari’ suit-dupattas, this traditional art has become popular with the younger generation. Sometime ago, I bought a ‘phulkari’ for Rs 10,000, but today the entire suit with a computerised design is in the range of Rs 3,000,” says Ragini, a city resident.

Machine-embroidered suits are also cost effective. “Initially, only brides used to get ‘phulkari’ suits stitched, but these are now common among every age group,” says Rimmie, a boutique owner.

Gurjit Kaur, an artisan from Nabha who stays in the city, used to sell her art at a local shop. “There has been a decrease in the demand for traditional work. Machine-made ‘phulkari’ is giving us tough competition. Even shop owners prefer these as they are time and cost effective,” she says.



february 28 strike
PSPCL chief administrator writes to Magistrates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
The chief administrator of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), RP Pandov, has written to all District Magistrates and Police Commissioners to make alternative arrangements on February 28 with regard to a nationwide strike by power sector trade unions.

The letter states that on February 28, a majority of employees would be on strike while those working, could be harassed.

He urged the District Magistrates and police chiefs to ensure that the working of the PSPCL was not affected.

An employee with the PSPCL said on the condition of anonymity that trade unions like INTUC, AITUC, CITU and PRTC would observe a strike on February 28 against the “anti-employee” policies of the Central and state governments. “Inflation, unemployment, violation of labour laws, old-age pension, minimum wages, etc. are some of the reasons for the nationwide strike call.

Besides, we want the services of the employees to be regularised in all government departments and privatisation be stopped,” he said.



Do not interfere in the working of EC, Anti-Corruption Front tells Centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Surat Singh Khalsa, convener, Anti-Corruption Front, has asked the Central government not to interfere in the working of the Election Commission of India to “shield” certain political leaders.

Taking serious note of the alleged regular interference in the working of the Election Commission by the Central government, the Anti-Corruption Front has threatened to resort to an agitation along with other organisations, if the government at the Centre did not stop its interference and did not provide a free hand to the commission.

Appreciating the strict measures taken by the Election Commission during the elections in several states, Surat Singh Khalsa said the EC took action against the political leaders who violated the model code of conduct but to shield the violators, the Central government started pointing finger at the EC itself. Khalsa alleged that the corrupt leaders at the Centre did not want that persons with clean image should come forward.

Khalsa said the organisations, including the Universal Human Rights Organisations, Women Justice and Equality, Voters’ Party International, Ambedkar Sena, Bahujan Samaj Morcha and Baba Jiwan Singh Mazhabi Dal were of the same view that the Central government was trying to “dictate” terms to the Election Commission of India, which would never be tolerated. He appealed to the organisations to come forward and support for the cause of providing all rights to the EC.



Pak expo gets off to a flying start
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
A four-day Indo-Pak expo started today. Huge rush was witnessed on the opening day of the expo.

Suits in different materials, patterns, embroideries by Pakistani traders have been put on display.

Besides, textiles, electronics, handicrafts and marble are also being exhibited.

Pakistan singer’s soulful renderings welcome visitors. A group of musicians have specially flown in from Pakistan to entertain the guests. Food court is another crowd puller at the expo. Authentic Pakistani dishes cooked in the aura of spices and herbs are tickling every visitor’s taste buds.

Vanshi, one of the visitors, was enthralled at the huge variety of Pakistani suits under one roof. “These silks are unique and the suit patterns are something out of this world. Nothing can match the authentic Pakistani silks,” she chuckled.

Apart from the suits, the famous Pakistani jutti is also displayed at the exhibition. “The tiledaar Punjabi jutti from across the border is famous here as well. I am here to buy the authentic Pakistani jutti and I am awestruck at the designs and intricate embroidery of these jutties. This is something which can be made only in Pakistan,” added Shiana, another visitor at the expo.



Hindu exhibitors want to return to their motherland
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Living across the border, these two brothers always yearn to return back to their motherland and exhibitions and expos held between the two countries provide them with an opportunity to come back to their land. Brother duo Dungro Mal and Banke Das are the lone Hindu exhibitors from Pakistan at the Indo-Pak expo being held in the city.

“Our family shifted to Pakistan in 1971. Only our father shifted his base while rest of the family and relatives are back in India. We miss the fragrance of our land and wish to return,” said Dungro Mal.

The brothers want the visa regulations to be simplified so that they can visit their motherland frequently. “Visa regulations should be made simple so that we can visit India frequently,” added Banke Das. “We are the lone Hindu exhibitors from Pakistan. Back in Pakistan, we have two showrooms one in Chachro and another in Noro Naro,” he added.

“Sewiyaan of Lahore are lip smacking and nothing match their taste and flavour. Whenever we are in India we do not forget to carry back “Bikaji Bhujias”, “Kaju Kaatli” and papads. All flavours of Bikaji Bhujias are relished by our family while no papad is as tasty as Amritsari papads with Punjabi masala flavor,” said the brothers. Dungro Mal has five daughters and he desires to marry them off in India. “I want my daughters to settle in India,” he desired. The Samjhauta Express and Sada-e-Sarhad bus service between India and Pakistan are good initiatives by the government as these bring people of both the countries together. “I once travelled by the Samjhauta Express in 2005. Whenever we come to India we go back with a heavy heart and wish we can stay here forever,” said the duo. 



Bike expo begins today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
The city will be holding a three-day trade show, Bike Expo, 2012, from February 24. All major bicycle brands, including Hero, Atlas and Avon, will be participating in the expo. The companies are expected to launch their new models during the event.

“The exhibition offers a great opportunity for all dealers and others associated with the industry to meet manufacturers and industrialists and generally acquaint themselves with the latest range of products and current developments in the bicycle industry. We are expecting nearly 4,000 dealers to arrive at the expo,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association.

There will be 80 stalls in the exhibition. A bicycle rally will also be held from Sutlej Club to the venue for the exhibition, Government College for Women. 



‘84 Riot  Victims 
Admn to submit final list by March 15
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
The district administration here has written to all the Deputy Commissioners, Municipal Corporation Commissioners, Improvement Trust chairmen and other officials concerned in Punjab to send information if they had sanctioned any immovable property to riot victims of Ludhiana.

The list of all the riot victims of Ludhiana has been sent to these officials to check their names in records. After getting the final list by all the above concerned, the final list will be sent to the state government by March 15 for the allotment of houses to the deserving allottees.

Sources at the ADC (Development) office disclosed that the lists had been sent to all offices concerned in Punjab on February 1. The district administration has reportedly asked the officials to provide information regarding riot victims of Ludhiana within a month.

“There has been lot of controversy over the allotment of houses to the riot victims. The High Court, in its orders on December 14, 2011, had asked the state government to prepare a list of how many riot victims had got immovable property and how many were still left. We had prepared a list of about 5,000 victims and through public notices, had asked all the victims to send their names and proof to the department by January 1, 2012. About 400 more persons came after reading the notice. We sent the entire list to various officials in Punjab to confirm that they had not got any property elsewhere,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.

The government had framed several policies to rehabilitate the riot victims. In districts of Patiala, Mohali, Ludhiana and Jalandhar, houses were allotted to the victims from time to time. But in the last 25 years, many more victims approached the government, claiming that they had not been allotted houses. Many of them filed petitions in the court while some illegally occupied houses constructed by the government.

“In case we do not get a reply from the officials concerned, we will send the final list to the government. If any fraud is committed (a riot victim of Ludhiana has got a house elsewhere too), the respective districts will be held responsible,” said the official.



Punjab govt should take steps to attract industry, feel youngsters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
With the industry not being set up in Punjab, students of various professional courses are a unhappy lot. Although placements are going to begin from the next few months, but many of them lament that they may have to go to National Capital Region for job opportunities, or other manufacturing hubs in the country for good jobs.

“Hardly any companies are setting up their manufacturing plants in the state. Earlier, Ludhiana was the hub of the industry, it still is, but not a sought-after place for job seekers any longer,” said Akash from Guru Nanak Engineering College.

“Good government educational institutions are not coming up, some private institutions have been set up in the past few years, but industry seems to be lagging far behind and so are job opportunities,” said V Aggarwal, a student.

Punjab used to be a prosperous state, but now it is lagging behind in all sectors. “Though I have realised the pitfall of studying here, I’ll make sure that my younger brother takes admission in some good institute near the NCR, because jobs are there, not here,” said Nishant.

“The only vacancies for skilled youth are at factories in place of labourers rather than working elsewhere,” said another student.

“Gujarat, Haryana and other regions are turning into manufacturing hot spots with multinational companies setting up their plants at places like NCR, Bangaluru and Pune, but Punjab turning into a nightmare for job seekers, I don't know why the government is not taking any concrete steps to attract the industry to the state,” stated another student.

The government should make the border more porous and should allow more business exchange from the Wagah border for the development of business in the region, said a management student.

There is a need to develop infrastructure for information technology in the city. “It is essential to develop the IT potential, because this is the only way to develop and sustain the other industries as well,” said Gagan, a computer engineer.



From  schools & colleges 

Farewell party at BVM school
A farewell party was held at BVM school. Students presented melodious songs, self-composed raps and dances. The special attraction was the one minute show which the students enjoyed to their heart's content. “Awards of Excellence” were given to Naveen Sethi, Navjot Kaur, Rahul Sharma and Sakshi Malik.

Presentation: Cherry Lane Play School held an annual class presentation. Children came dressed as alphabets on the second day. Their performances mesmerised all.

Counselling session: BCM School, Chandigarh road, organised a counselling session for parents. The resource person, Dr Kiran Saini, gave important tips to parents. In an open session, parents took up their queries with the experts.

Prize distribution function: An “Akhand Path” was held at Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School. A prize distribution function was also held. Students presented shabads.
Students of Sat Paul Mittal perform a dance during a graduation ceremony in Ludhiana.
Students of Sat Paul Mittal perform a dance during a graduation ceremony in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Contest: Manojigyasa, a society formed by the psychology students of Government College for Women, organised a multimedia presentation competition on different topics in the college auditorium. College principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. She was accorded a warm welcome by Rajiv Sehgal of the psychology department. Presentations on psychological topics such as motivation, multiple personalities, phobias, stress management and depression were given. Upneet Dhaliwal and Saloni Dhawan, president and general secretary of the society, respectively, conducted an interesting and absorbing quiz for the audience. The students who secured the highest marks in the subject of psychology in annual examination were also honoured on the occasion. Results: PowerPoint presentation: Harneet Kaur and Arneet Dua 1; Shubra Jain and Jyoti Malik 2 and Surbhi Joshi and Rajveer Kaur 3. The toppers who were honoured included Jatinder Kaur, Sukhampreet, Gurpreet Kaur, Nisha Phakey, Arneet Dua, Upneet Dhaliwal, Kulwinder and Madri Thakur.

NSS camp: The NSS department of SDP College for Women organised a one-day NSS camp on the college campus here today. About 70 student participated in the camp. The projects undertaken in the one-day camp was face lifting and cleanliness of the college campus and its surroundings. The student volunteers were divided in groups and allotted areas for the purpose. Programme officers took a round and guided the students. The students not only cleaned the whole campus but also removed wild plants and weeds from the flower beds. Earlier, Dr Paramjit Kaur Ghuman, officiating principle, applauded the efforts of NSS department.

Athletics meet: While inaugurating the 52nd annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here.

Dr HS Bains, Registrar, Punjab Technical University, enlisted achievements of the college. He underlined the importance of sports. Earlier, Dr MS Saini, director of the college, extended a floral welcome to the chief guest. Folk dancers presented giddha and regaled the audience with bolis.

Seminar: A two-day national seminar on “How to Promote Basic (applied) Sciences to Strengthen Technical Education” commenced today at Satguru Ram Singh Government Polytechnic College for Girls. Chief guest Mohanbir Singh Sidhu, additional director, department of technical education and industrial training, Punjab underlined the importance of basic sciences in the field of engineering. He stressed on the need of innovative and simplified teaching methods in order to popularise study of basic sciences among engineering students. The special guest of the session was BL Chawla, father of Kalpana Chawla. He narrated interesting incidents of Kalpana Chawla's life. The keynote address was delivered by Dr GS Randhawa, professor of biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He stressed on the need of having goals, discipline and motivation to achieve success. Scientist Dr Satya Prakash, former VC of Jiwaji University, Gwalior, and president, Indian Association of Physics Teachers, explained how basic invention like boiling temperature of water led to the invention of steam engine and that of light weight metal aluminium led to the invention of aeroplane. Among others present included Dr SK Das, director, Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, Dr BS Sidhu, Dean, PTU, Jalandhar, Prof RC Verma, Punjabi University, Patiala. — TNS



PAU  notes

Workshop on kharif crops: A two-day workshop on kharif crop, organised by the Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), began here today.

Inaugurating the workshop, chief guest Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, said that there is a very strong relationship between the farmers and the university scientists. Calling it a two-way process, he said that the new developments, innovations and feedbacks from the farmers help the PAU in reorienting the research programmes.

Director of Agriculture, Punjab, Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, shed light on the targets and production problems of kharif crops in the state. He advised the farmers to bring more area under sugarcane for income enhancement. Calling for the second green revolution, he said that agriculture could not succeed without the participation of women.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, PAU, said, "Keeping in view the environmental concerns, national food requirements and changing agricultural scenario.

PAU win championship

PAU Vice Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon congratulated the members of the contingent who brought laurels to the university in the XIII All India Inter-Agricultural University Sports and Games Meet for the session 2011-12 which was organised by Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola (Maharashtra), from February 16-19.

According to Director Students' Welfare, Dr Devinder Singh Cheema, the PAU students made a hat trick by winning the overall championship trophy in the sports and games meet consecutively for third year. The PAU won eight gold, one silver and one bronze medals during the meet. PAU sportspersons also got distinction in different games/events.

Potato seeds developed

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has produced the seeds of the potato varieties in view of their rising demand, informed the Director of research, Dr SS Gosal. He told that the foundation seed (stage-II) of potato varieties namely ‘Kufri Pukhraj’ and ‘Kufri Jyoti’ have been produced at the University Seed Farm, Ladhowal, and are ready for distribution. PAU Director (seeds), Dr SR Sharma, informed that the seed sale will begin from February 27.

Golden jubilee flower show

The department of floriculture and landscaping, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is organising Dr MS Randhawa Golden Jubilee Flower Show and Competition, in collaboration with the Estate Organisation, and the department of family resource management near Examination Hall of the College of Agriculture on March 1-2. The competition will be open to individuals, private institutions, amateurs, government and semi-government institutions, and nurseries. There will be 10 classes and more than 100 sections comprising of fresh/dry flower arrangements, different flowers, foliage, cacti, ferns, and bonsai plants. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

PAU employees stage dharna: A joint dharna by PAU Employees Union and PAU Class IV Workers Union was staged near Thapar Hall today. Addressing the gathering, PAU Employees Union president Paramjit Singh Gill and general secretary Dr Gulzar Singh Pandher said that though PAU employees had received the salaries for the month of January, still a large volume of grants is pending with the state government. Only with the release of proper grant, PAU employees may get the other benefits like 40 per cent of the arrear of revised pay-scales, additionally revised pay-scales, and other allowances by the Punjab Government.

Career counselling camp: Briefing sessions about management courses to guide students in planning their careers, based on their individual strengths, were organised by the ICFAI group in a city hotel. A session to answer the questions raised by students was also held during the event.

Cleanliness campaign organised: A cleanliness camp and plantation drive by Sant Nirankari Mission to mark Guru Puja Divas was held. Banners with messages of cleanliness and spiritual education were carried during the campaign.

Wrestling competition concludes: A wrestling competition organised by Shaheed-e-Azam Sports Club concluded today. The event saw participation of about 200 wrestlers from different places in North India. Dharminder Alamgir defeated Gaggu Phagwara in the "31 Hazari Jhandi" wresting match. — TNS



Criminal flees from custody

Ludhiana, February 23
A hardened criminal facing over 30 criminal cases escaped from police custody by throwing red chilly powder in the eyes of two policemen at the Mullahpur-Jagraon highway here today.

The accused has been identified as Amit Kamboj from Haryana. He was being taken to Mohali from Faridkot Jail here today. — TNS



Woman inmate booked, 3 mobiles recovered 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Not only on the education front, women are fast edging past men in the world of crime as well. In an incident reported recently, alert jail officials have recovered three mobile phones from a woman inmate.

The menace, till now, was confined to the prison for men and it is probably for the first time that a woman has been caught with mobile phones. The inmate, identified as Kajal, was nabbed during a surprise check conducted by the city jail officials.

During the investigation, it was revelead that Kajal had spread her nexus in the jail for women. She used to offer mobile phones to inmates so that they could talk to their relatives outside.

It is also learnt that for offering mobile phone service inside the jail, Kajal's aides, sitting outside the prison, used to charge a premium from the relatives of the inmate who made the call. The crackdown was made following the DGP’s initiative taken to deal with the menace of drugs and mobile phones in jails. Kajal was booked under section 52 A of Jail Act 1894.



Gang of robbers busted
Bhushan Sood

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 23
The police has arrested four members of a notorious gang from a parking lot in Mandi Gobindgarh.

The accused were planning a robbery. Out of the seven members of the gang, Gurinder Singh, alias Gauji, alias Tinku, a resident of Dakha, Pawan Kumar, alias Bha, a resident of Kirpalpura, PS Phagwara, Atinder Vikramjit Singh, alias Honey, alias Hunter, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar, Patiala, and Mandeep Singh, alias Pistoli, a resident of Thapar Nagar, Ludhiana, were nabbed by the police while Jatinder Singh, alias Aman, alias Langra, a resident of Dugri, Ludhiana, Sukhdev Singh, alias Billa, a resident of Pahuwind, Tarantaran and Suraj Parkash, alias Devi, a resident of Ludhiana, are at large. Weapons, a Tata Safari and a Zen car were recovered from their possession. The accused used to take away vehicles at gunpoint. They had stolen a Fortuner from Patiala around 1.5 years ago and used the vehicle to loot Rs 8 lakh from Mandi Gobindgarh and Rs 42 lakh from the employees of Bonn Bread company of Ludhiana. They also took away a Honda Civic and snatched Rs 4 lakh in cash from the owner of Veer Chicken, Dugri road, Ludhiana, and looted Rs 29 lakh from the employees of Kitty Industries, Sahnewal. They also robbed the employees of Airtel company of Rs 20 lakh.

A case has been registered in this connection.

One of the accused, Gurjinder Singh, is a kabaddi player, while Pawan Kumar was selected as a

Sub-Inspector in the BSF. Atinder Bikramjit Singh is a student of Punjabi University, Patiala. The four were produced in the court, which sent them to a three-day police remand.



3 booked gangrape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Three persons were booked for raping a woman of Daba road. The victim, a resident of Daba Colony, said Surinder Singh, Kamal and Happy, all residents of Shimlapuri, had raped her in January, this year.

The accused had asked the woman to keep the matter under wraps. But when the victim got pregnant, she lodged a complaint with the police. A case under Sections 376, 342, 506 has been registered.



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