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Transporter shot at
 Was saving woman from eve teasers in Model Town area
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Being a Good Samaritan proved costly for a 40-year-old city-based transporter Jagdeep Singh Chahal as he was shot at in the thigh by a tippler in the Model Town area here today.

The incident took place in the evening when Chahal was travelling in a car and was heading towards his home in Model Town.

The victim stated that he saw two youths, who appeared to be tipplers, creating problem for a couple and indulging in eve teasing.

"The tipplers were also fighting with the man, who was accompanying the woman. I thought that I would intervene and resolve the matter. But one of the tipplers pulled out a pistol and shot at me," said Chahal, while undergoing treatment in a hospital.

While two shots missed the target, the third one hit him on the thigh. The firing of shots created panic in the area and people ran helter-skelter for cover.

Soon, Chahal, who was bleeding profusely, was rushed to hospital.

After firing shots, the assailants fled from the scene. Interestingly, the couple, for whom Chahal took up the cause, also fled from the scene. In the meantime, the police launched a major manhunt operation to nab the accused. ADCP Bhupinder Singh Sidhu has formed a team to nab the assailants who escaped in a white Ford Figo car.


holiday rush
Railways’ drive against ticketless travellers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
Officials of the Northern Railway have launched a concerted drive to keep a check against those travelling without tickets in the wake of heavy rush in the long-distance trains.

A large number of passengers were caught travelling without valid tickets in Amritsar-Saharsa Garib Rath and Indore-Jammu Tawi Malwa Express during a raid conducted by a team of the railway officials on Sunday.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr DCM) of the Northern Railway MM Singh told The Tribune that he had travelled in the Garib Rath from Amritsar to Ambala in the wee hours on Sunday and found 60 passengers travelling without tickets. All of them were booked and in addition to fare, penalty as per rules was imposed on them.

Later on, the officials boarded the Indore-Jammu Tawi Malwa Express from Ambala Cantonment railway station. More than 50 passengers were caught travelling without tickets. The officials recovered the rail fare along with penalty from them.

MM Singh inspected platforms at the local railway station. Vendors were found violating the provisions of the agreement and issued warnings. At least 12 unauthorised vendors were caught and handed over to the police. A few other persons loitering in the railway station without valid train and platform tickets were booked under the Railway Act.

According to MM Singh, staff deployed at the reservation counters were being pressurised by the railway authorities amidst reports of irregularities in advance reservation on long route trains, especially those under “Tatkal” category.

“Senior officials under the overall direction of Divisional Manager (Traffic) Palwinder Singh have been directed to keep a check on staff to weed out unscrupulous agents, middlemen and touts as well as colluding railway employees, if any, to ensure that tickets were issued only to the bonafide passengers or their representatives and there is no exploitation of any kind,” he added. 



Man thrashed for carrying liquor gifted to him
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Taking a liquor bottle gifted to him during the civic elections proved costly for a daily wager, as he was thrashed black and blue by some goons of a liquor vend owner in Jawhar Nagar Camp here today. Puran Chand (30), a resident of Jawahar Nagar camp, sustained serious injuries following the incident.

Narrating the incident, Puran said he, along with his friend Bhagmal (32), decided to consume liquor that was gifted to him during the time of elections.

Both were heading towards a park when they were nabbed by the alleged goons hired by the liquor vend owner. While Bhagmal managed to flee, Puran Chand was severely thrashed on the suspicion that he was a liquor peddler.

After thrashing Puran, the goons threw him at the Kochar market chowk. The thrashing of Puran Chand triggered a protest, as residents demanded action against the liquor vend owner.

Puran was immediately rushed to hospital. In the meantime, the police recorded the victim's statement.



Accident site
Construction of divider triggers protest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Labourers of the municipal corporation and police personnel were forced to abandon the work of constructing a divider at an accident- prone site on the Rajpura Road following a protest by those residing at Rishi Nagar.

The incident took place today when the police personnel along with the municipal workers reached Rishi Nagar to plug the accident-prone point and started erecting a divider in the middle of the road. People residing in the locality started reaching the spot as soon as they came to know about the construction work. They complained that they would have to travel an extra mile due to the erection of the divider. Meanwhile, Congress councillor Balkar Singh Sandhu reached the spot and staged a protest along with the residents.

As irritated residents continued to stage protest and hamper the ongoing work, the police personnel and labourers left the place in a huff.

One of the police personnel said, “We were erecting the divider following reports that the place has turned accident prone.”

Increase in travel distance resented
People residing in the locality started reaching the spot as soon as they came to know about the construction work. They complained that they would have to travel an extra mile due to the erection of the divider. Meanwhile, Congress councillor Balkar Singh Sandhu reached the spot and staged a protest along with the residents.



Good Samaritan comes to rescue of commuters in city
 An anonymous activist has affixed warning notices on 3 trees located in the middle of Ludhiana roads
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Posing a risk to the lives of commuters, these trees, standing in the middle of roads in the city, have a warning affixed on their trunk. An anonymous activist, who claims to be working for road safety, has affixed sign plates on the trees. If we go by the Municipal Corporation account, the trees are waiting to be axed.

A sign plate, cautioning the commuters, put up on a tree standing in the middle of the road, leading to the bus stand
A sign plate, cautioning the commuters, put up on a tree standing in the middle of the road, leading to the bus stand.

A board affixed on the trees says, "I have been life-giving. I don't take life. But in the course of development, I have come in the middle of the road, posing a threat to human life."

The board further says, "The process for my removal has been on for the last two years. Till the municipal corporation wakes up, protect yourself."

There are three such trees where these sign plates have been affixed to caution the commuters. Such a tree is standing on a road, which leads from Bharat Nagar Chowk to bus stand and other two trees are on Ferozpur Road. Both roads run busy day and night.

Ram Krishan, a worker in a outlet near the location where one such tree is standing in the middle of the road, said, " I don't know who affixed this plate, but it is true that the tree is at a very unsafe location, as I have witnessed a number of commuters whose vehicles hit this tree. These trees are a threat to human lives. The MC should remove these trees."

A commuter, who drives through the bus stand area daily, says that the tree poses a danger to the lives of commuters, particularly those who are unfamilar with the area and those who drive at night.

When connected, Municipal Commissioner MS Jaggi said, "There is a long legal process to remove a tree. All those trees which come in the middle of the roads or are at unsafe locations would be removed. We are already on the job and these trees will removed soon."



Woman thwarts snatching bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
In an exemplary display of courage, a woman thwarted a snatching bid, but in the process sustained injuries here today. The incident took place in the Model Gram area when Balwinder Kaur, a resident Wallipur village, was returning home after visiting her relatives in a hospital.

She was travelling on a rickshaw when two youths riding a motorcycle came from behind and tried to snatch her handbag, but she retaliated strongly and held the bag tightly. However, in the process, Balwinder lost control and fell from the rickshaw and sustained minor injuries. Later, she raised an alarm.

Sensing trouble, the snatchers fled from the scene. The Kochar Market police reached the spot and started investigation.



PAU entrance test draws heavy rush
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 18
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) conducted a Common Entrance Test (CET) today for admission to its various undergraduate programmes. A large number of students from across the state came to the university to appear for the test.

According to the university authorities, 17 examination centres were set up on the university campus and various schools of city due to the large number of students. The test was conducted to screen students for 250 seats in various undergraduate programmes including B Sc Agriculture (Hons), BTech Food Technology (Hons), BSc Biotechnology and integrated MSc programme in biochemistry, botany, economics, sociology, microbiology and zoology.

As many as 4861 students applied for admission and 4232 appeared for the test today which included 1532 girls and 2700 boys.

Dr Baldev Singh Sohal, Controller of Examination ,said, "This rush is a testimony to the fact that PAU is a brand name in quality education.

Last year about 3700 students appeared in the test, but this time the number has increased by 1100. The university also offered some new courses and students are showing interest in these courses."

"However, I am happy that this time male students appeared in good number as the number of boys has been decreasing for some years," he added.

"PAU attracts students for its quality education, good facilities and placement opportunities. Moreover the university conducts examinations in a fair manner and that is why a large number of students come to take admission in university," said Dr Jagtar Dhiman, Additional Director Communication at PAU

Dr RK Mahey, Registrar, PAU, informed that the result of the test will be made available on the PAU website tomorrow and the counselling will begin on June 29. 



Admission  Hotline part III
A look at colleges offering BSc
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
After the results of class XII are out, students are now on the mission to get admission in the college of their choice. Those opting for science stream and wishing to pursue Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree have plenty of choices when it comes to colleges. They can either opt medical or non-medical stream in BSc. Here is a look at various colleges offering degree in BSc and the subjects students can choose from. 

Colleges in and around Ludhiana

* Government College for Women

* SCD Government College for Boys

* Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College

* Ramgarhia College for Women

* Arya College

* Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women

* Khalsa College for Women

* DD Jain College

* Master Tara Singh College

* Gujranwala Guru Nanak College

* Guru Nanak Girls College.

* SDP College for Women

* AS College, Khanna

* Guru Nanak National College, Doraha

* LRD DAV College, Jagraon

* Sanmiti Government Science and Research College, Jagraon

* GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar

* Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd 

BSc (Medical)

* Compulsory Subjects: Punjabi, Chemistry

* Optional subjects: Botany, zoology, industrial microbiology, biology, microbiology, biochemistry

BSc (Non-medical)

* Compulsory subjects: Physics, maths, Punjabi

* Optional subjects: Computer sciences, computer application, chemistry

* Vocational courses: Early Childhood Care and Education, Advertisement, Sales and Promotion

* Add-on courses: Computer-based accounting, event management, interior designing, apparel design, cosmetology, web-designing, bank management, tourism and travel, journalism, computer-based accounting, post-graduation diploma in dieticians and nutrition, functional English 

Expert’s take on future prospects
"There is lot of scope for students after doing BSc. They can pursue MSc and then go in for a specialised research in any field. Or they can go for a white collar job in R&D department of any firm or can join a pharmaceutical company. In addition to this, one can also go in for PhD and do research on any subject and join the teaching line. The option of the civil services exam is also there" —
Gurminder Kaur, principal, Government College for Women



Residents pin hope on new councillors
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 18
Fed up by the inefficient previous Municipal Council, the residents are now pinning all hopes on the Council to be constituted in the coming days. The reason being that apart from the sewerage installation in a few wards of the town, Sahnewal is reeling in filth due to problems of water accumulation, non-operational street lights, lack of clean drinking water, and unlevelled streets.

As the residents contend, “Months pass but no cleaning takes place .It seems that no sanitation employee is there to look after the area. Mounting garbage heaps and sewer-water accumulation is a common sight here in Sahnewal. The town is literally on the verge of collapse, with filth, sewer problems and diseases in almost every street,” said Rajiv Kapila, a resident of the town.

“Sewerage system is being installed in some of the wards of the town, but the process is very slow. Moreover, it has been learnt that the work has now come to a standstill due to residents’ complaining of putting smaller pipes by the committee which people feel will not solve the problem of water accumulation. The streets have been dug up and the process of levelling is not being done. Till the system begins to work, the residents have to grapple with the same unhygienic conditions,”rued Jasvir Singh, another resident of the town.

“On the one hand the conditions of living are deplorable, and on the other, not even a single flogging machine has arrived since the arrival of summer season in spite of repeated remainders. The sorry state of affairs is revealed from the fact that huge heaps of garbage get collected in the corners of streets, but no cleanliness drive has ever been launched. We have been pleading time and again for containers in the absence of which the garbage remains littered all around. We are utterly deprived of the facilities so essential for our very sustenance,” expressed Bhupindernath Sharma.

“There are no public urinals, especially in the grain market, and as a result the residents ease themselves anywhere and everywhere. The street lights have been installed but they remain out of order most of the time. There is no supply of water from the committee’s side. Everybody has to make his own arrangements for clean supply of water, but only a selected few can afford submersible pumps and the rest of us have to depend on unhygienic water,” commented another resident.

“Now we are eagerly looking forward to the newly elected Councillors to start functioning as per the expectations of the public. So far what we have got is just allurement and promises," said a local resident.

Executive officer of the Nagar Council, Sahnewal, Ashok Kumar Arora, when contacted, said, “The sewerage work was going at the snail’s pace due to Nagar Council elections. It is sure to pick up in the coming days. As far as the availability of clean water is concerned, it would be made available in a month’s time. There is however no obstruction as far as the working of street lights is concerned."



Education providers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
It was a tense afternoon at the grain market on the Jalandher bypass where more than 500 members of the Education Provider Union staged a state-level protest rally today.

The union had announced to block the GT Road, so a large number of policemen had been put on duty by the district administration. The situation become relaxed after the administration assured them a meeting with the Chief Minister.

Various union leaders condemned policies of the Punjab Government while addressing the teachers.

Ajmer Aulakh, state president of the Education Provider Union, said,"The state government had promised to give grade to education providers before the assembly elections. But now the government has forgotten its promise."

Gurpreet Singh, an education provider, said, "Most of the teachers working as service provider in government schools of the state are well qualified but getting minimal salaries. It is very hard to meet the expenses in Rs 8,000. Government recruited nearly 7,000 service providers in 2004 on a contract basis. We are demanding grade pay, which the government had promised."



Senior citizens, a neglected lot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Although senior citizens abuse day was observed a day before, some organisations did come out to speak about it. But despite all the lip-service, this respectable section of society is getting increasingly side-lined and neglected from the main society.

Senior citizens are increasingly facing problems of neglect and negligence at the hand of family. “Break up joint family system is turning out to be like a curse for senior citizens. They are facing a host of problems. Many are suffering from depression and isolation, after suffering abuse at the hands of those who they bring up with love and care," says Charanjit Singh, a retired school headmaster.

“Even for some of the government employees, children appropriate their pension, making the condition of parents even more pathetic," he says.

Ironically, senior citizen homes, which are highly misplaced in the social set-up, are increasingly becoming a necessity, according to an elderly. “Nobody comes to care for us. This is like a dark age for the old," he said.

“As religious values are no longer there, there is no fear amongst children. People are becoming more materialistic and these are adding to our problems." There should be better rules and strict implementation of children being bound to keep their parents with them.

Children of many of the elderly want property on their name and abuse and dispel them from homes. “Although there are some old age homes that have been built, like the one in Doraha, which offers good facilities, but it is too expensive for many," says Singh. Er SS Aulakh said that the administration should build more senior citizens homes. “We have been requesting the administration to build on in Rajguru Nagar," he said.

More needs to be done by the government, most of the senior citizens say. “Facilities for senior citizens should be upgraded. The senior citizens who are not getting any pensions are particularly distressed, as they feel ousted from society, and lack of financial security makes their lives worse," says BR Kaushal, Chairman, Punjab government pensioners association.



MLA visits localities hit by choked sewerage
 Instructs local Municipal Council to solve problem within two days
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 18
Taking notice of the plight of the residents of Gandhi Nagar and Ajit Nagar localities situated on Raikot Road, Jagraon, who have been forced to live in highly unhygienic conditions due to chocked sewerage water flooding the streets of these areas, local MLA SR Kaler paid a visit to these localities today and took account of the situation.

During his visit, the residents reminded him of the promises made by him ahead of the assembly elections in which he had assured to solve their problem on a priority basis.

The area residents revealed that they have been facing this problem for a long time and have not got any relief. The residents told him that they have been forced to live in hell like situation due to the constant neglect of sanitation levels of these localities by the local municipal council.

The residents complained to Kaler that the dirty sewerage water assembled in the streets of their localities due to chocked sewerage has been causing a lot of inconvenience. "We have to face a lot of trouble everyday as dirty water often enters into our houses. Though we have brought the issue into the notice of the local municipal Council officials several times, yet nothing concrete has been done to solve this problem," said Kanti Devi, a woman of Gandhi Nagar locality while speaking to the MLA.

The situation turned embarrassing for local Municipal Council president Baldev Krishan Dhir, who was also accompanying Kaler during his visit, when some residents directly blamed him for neglecting this long pending demand of the residents of these two localities.

The residents rued that such kind of unhygienic conditions have also been causing various health hazards during the summer and rainy seasons and asked the MC president to dare spending a single day with them in such a situation.

Notably, the residents of these localities have been facing this problem since a long time. Though the residents have raised this issue several times with the local municipal council officials, but the municipal council has failed to find a permanent solution to the problem of chocked sewerage due to which the streets of both these localities often remain flooded with dirty sewerage water.

During his visit to the area, Kaler listened to the problems faced by the residents patiently and assured the residents to get their problem solved as soon as possible. He also directed MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir on the spot to take immediate and effective action to solve the problem and submit a report in two days.

When contacted, Dhir said the Council had installed a genset and pulled the water out of the street. "Within two days, we would work out a permanent solution," he added. 



Power supply insufficient, say farmers
 Forced to use diesel to run generators
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 18
Fearing losses in continuing cultivation of paddy due to the widening gap between the costs of inputs and the MSP of the produce, farmers of the region have urged the government to improve power supply so that extra burden due to consumption of diesel during preparation of fields for paddy sowing could be minimised.

Farmers alleged that the authorities had failed to provide minimum eight hours of power supply to electric motors running tube-wells installed in their fields. On average farmers were receiving 4-6 hours of power supply everyday.

Farmers led by Sikandar Singh Jartoli and Baldev Singh, both office-bearers of the Punjab Kissan Sabha, apprehended that they would suffer major loss due to increased cost of sowing of paddy allegedly due to unavailability of power for preparing fields for paddy transplantation.

Disproportionate hike in prices of inputs and that in the MSP of the produce is sure to drag them towards losses alleged the farmers. "Statistics data shows that the prices of inputs have increased by 64 per cent during the past three days whereas the MSP of the paddy has been increased by 16 during this period. 

Denying allegations about inefficient power supply, Inder Jit Singh, executive engineer at local office of the Powercorp maintained that almost all the farmers were receiving assured supply. “Though we have already made arrangement to ensure uninterrupted supply of power I have advised all the SDOs and JEs to be extra vigilant during sowing season and rectify faults as soon possible," said Inderjit Singh.



Chinese alternative to saag
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 18
Nothing can keep a Punjabi away from makki di roti and sarson da saag, come what may. But the patients suffering from stone in the kidney or gallbladder have to keep away from vegetables like saag made from mustard as they contain oxalates that complicate the condition.
PAU profs, Dr Daljit Singh Khurana and Dr Paramjit Singh Brar, with a can of the ‘saag’ made from Chinese cabbage
PAU profs, Dr Daljit Singh Khurana and Dr Paramjit Singh Brar, with a can of the ‘saag’ made from Chinese cabbage. A Tribune Photograph

Evolution of a cultivar known as Chinese Cabbage (Chini Saron) by scientists at Punjab Agricultural University would be a matter of relief for such patients. The cultivar is nutritionally rich in vitamins and minerals but low in oxalate content.

The university has collaboration with processing industries Markfed and cooked saag of Chinese Cabbage is available in cans. According to the university authorities, the saag is being exported to the UK, the gulf and other countries where Punjabis reside. "Not only Punjabis, even foreigners like to eat saag," says Dr Daljit Singh Khurana, Professor from the Vegetables Department, PAU.

"Chinese Cabbage has large leaves which are free from stout stems that make it easy to cook. The leaves are quite succulent which makes it cost effective as the saag is gets cooked quickly," said Dr Khurana.

Dr Paramjit Singh Brar, head of the Vegetables Department, PAU, said, "Although this Chinese cabbage is free of oxalates, it is rich in vitaman A and vitamin C Which are good for eyes and skin diseases. It contains vitamin A to the tune of 5000 IU (International Units) and 500 mg of vitamin C from 100 gm of the leaves. It is also rich in phosphorus and potassium."

According to the experts, the grower can have 5-6 pickings from this plant which increase its yield up to 350 quintile from one acre. 

y Chini Sarson is a cultivar of Chinese Cabbage which hails from China. It has been grown as an annual crop during winters for the last 6000 years and is gaining popularity in India. 



Noon drizzle cools city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The city woke up to a cloudy and mellowed morning today. The same weather conditions prevailed throughout the day with pre-noon drizzle. Gusty winds lifted the mood of the residents in the morning, which was getting dull in the hot weather for the past a few days. Although, not being the monsoon showers, the drizzle did bump up the longing for the monsoon all the more. “I am just eyeing for the water-filled clouds to shed some showers and bring some respite from this unbearable heat. The fact that weather affects your mood can be seen on day like this,” Navriti said.

Residents enjoyed the weather the most. They could be seen coming out of their houses and moving around in the city during the daytime. “Getting out of the house during the daytime is otherwise torturous, as afternoons are extremely hot. The weather is pleasant today, so I came out of the house to enjoy the day,” another resident said.

According to GS Buttar, Head, Agronomy and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, said the maximum temperature dropped to 37°C today from yesterday’s 42°C. However, the minimum temperature rose by about a degree to 29.6°C. The humidity, however, increased due to the drizzle, he added.

It is going to become hot after a few days, as monsoon is not expected to hit the city in the next a few days. 



He doodles with pen to create art
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Although we have doodled at some time or the other, but a few artists have made use of the ordinary ballpoint pen to create serious art. Once in their hands, the usual ballpoint pen assumes a new form. For artists like Jaywant Katrojwar, it is a tool to create an art. A fine arts student from Shri Gyanesh Chitrakala Mahavidyala, Nawargaon, Maharashtra, he is participating in an art exhibition along with his batch mates.
Jaywant Katrojwar poses with his creation at Artmosphere Gallery in Ludhiana.
Jaywant Katrojwar poses with his creation at Artmosphere Gallery in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Creating images with a ball point pen is a different experience all together, he says. There is no scope for mistake as erasing or correcting the art is almost impossible. “One wrong stroke and the entire artwork is spoilt. It requires concentration and precision,” he says. One piece takes more than a week to complete, he says.

For Harpreet Kaur, creation of an art form with a ballpoint reflects a truer and more direct expression of the mind of an artist. “For other media, for example in oils, an artist can mould the art, adding new layers, but with a ballpoint there is no scope of changing the art later on,” she says. It gives much more freedom to an artist, she adds.

The best part about creation of an art with ball point pens is that these are accessible and readily available. If one starts doodling, a person can graduate to an amateur artist and then evolve further. The art is also much more permanent as compared to the one by using pencils, another artist said.

Ballpoints represent the instinct of an artist to grab the pen and start creating an art form, without worrying about correcting and covering it. “Pen simply, for its fluency, can be an excellent tool and turn any piece of paper into art. It needs to be encouraged in schools,” an art enthusiast said.

The week-long exhibition began at Artmosphere Gallery on June 15. Works of 14 students from Nawargaon have been exhibited here. Techniques and media like oils, acrylics, woodcut, colograph, and pencils have been used by these students. Their paintings not only depict their skill, but also show various aspects and facets of life through metaphors and everyday observations. A few artworks are direct and realistic, others philosophical and a few edge on satire and irony. 



People seek relief from VAT on petrol 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
With the state budget to be announced on June 20, local residents have pinned their hopes on state Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa. They think he would dole them out of the crisis by announcing new schemes and giving some relief from the heavily burdened tax system.

The first and foremost wish of every person living in Punjab is to reduce VAT on petrol. “If petrol is available in the neighbouring states at lesser prices, then why is Punjab government burdening us with heavy taxes? Punjab is the highest paying state when it comes to petrol so the need of the hour is to reduce VAT on petrol,” said Jasbir Singh, a retired government employee. Another city resident Jyotsana, a banker, said, “The government starts developmental projects, but these ultimately become a nuisance for those residing in the city. Numerous such ongoing projects are hanging fire in the city. All such projects should be completed earliest as possible,” she added.

Pooja Verma said the need of the hour was to promote the education of girl child.

“A society could progress only if the women are educated. Schemes should be launched especially in rural areas for educating the fairer sex. In addition to this, the government needs to review its mid-day meal scheme and overcome the shortcoming in it,” added Pooja. 

Industry’s wish list

n Launch scheme for technology upgradation on the lines of TUFS for cycle industry.

n Cycles should be made free from VAT.

n Introduce cluster development programmes

n Strengthen research and development centre.

n More focal points should be developed

n Technical courses be introduced at ITIs to get skilled manpower.

n Industry is in dire need of electricity.

n Subsidies should be provided to the MSME sector in form of registry charges.

n As Punjab faces locational disadvantage, exporters must get freight subsidy from the government 

People’s wish list

n No more taxes to be introduced.

n Reduce VAT on petrol

n Make power generation effective.

n Tax collection made more effective

n Complete pending developmental projects

n Rationalise state subsidies and freebies

n Curtail in house government expenditure

n Open more technical and vocational institutes

n Introduce schemes for the cause of girl child 



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PAU to train FCI staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), New Delhi, today to impart training to the quality control and field staff of the FCI and to identify collaborative research projects in the field of quality control of foodgrains.

Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, and AS Arunachalam, deputy general manager, FCI, Punjab, signed the MoU on behalf of PAU and FCI 

PAU Registrar Dr RK Mahey appreciated the pivotal role of the FCI in the procurement and storage of food grains throughout the country for the public distribution system. He said that the signed MoU aimed at providing training to the quality control staff of the FCI based on the advancements across the world on various procedures and techniques of handling and preservation of food grains, right from the stage of procurement to its final distribution. Besides, the basic objective of the MoU was to jointly identify research projects and the benefits and credits of collaborative work, he added. He also stated that the fruitful cooperation between the two would be of immense benefit to both in future. Addressing the participants, Arunachalam said that the MoU would remain in force for three years, from the date of its execution. Lauding the PAU as a premier university of national importance, he remarked that it was committed to forge ties with other institutes/universities across the nation and the world involved in developing quality manpower and research partnerships.

The FCI had expertise in procurement and storage of food grains but lacked in research and development, he pointed out. Earlier, the FCI had collaborated with PAU and CIPHET (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology) to reduce post-harvest losses. The present MoU with PAU would be helpful in honing the skills of the trainees and in producing quality manpower, he added.

There was a need for expertise in detection of wheat disease, Karnal Bunt, and other pathogens, emphasised Arunachalam. The FCI had the strength of nearly 5000 workers, he disclosed, while saying that the partnership would help in finding out alternative chemicals for the clearance of consignments. Earlier, Dr Dhiman welcomed the dignitaries and the senior officials of the FCI. He said that PAU and FCI, established in 1962 and 1964 respectively, had played good innings in agriculture and its allied fields. Highlighting that Punjab had retained its top slot in wheat production, he underlined the need to create scientific manpower to handle the produce. Dr Dhiman also shed light on the problem of the storage capacity for food grains being faced across the nation.

Prof invited to US varsity

Dr VP Sethi, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, PAU, has been invited as a visiting research faculty for three months by North Dakota State University (NDSU), USA, to conduct collaborative research in the field of greenhouse design and micro-climate control for adverse solar regions of the USA and India. The preliminary results attained during the visit will be used to write a joint research proposal between PAU and NDSU for seeking further funding from the federal agencies of the USA for developing new greenhouse designs and carrying out further experimental studies.

Dr Sethi has been working in the field of greenhouse design, thermal modeling and micro-climatic control for the last 15 years. He has published many research and review papers at the international level. He is a part of the panel of expert reviewers in the field of energy for many journals, published from the USA and other parts of the world. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, director of research, Dr SS Gosal, and dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Dr PPS Lubana, congratulated Dr Sethi for bringing laurels to the PAU at the international level.



No security at night shelter, say commuters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 18
A large number of people, who generally board or alight from buses at the local bus terminal, are unaware of night shelter constructed by the administration. But a few, who have stayed there, say that the shelter is not comfortable. According to the commuters, attendants could not be found at the shelter most of the time.

A fan running in a closed room of the night shelter at the bus stand in Ludhiana.
A fan running in a closed room of the night shelter at the bus stand in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

“I am not aware of a night shelter being run at the local bus stand,” says a commuter. Another adds, “I stayed at this night shelter three months ago. It was quit a horrible experience. The washrooms and urinals are unkempt and non-functional.”

Yet another commuter said, “The night shelter isn’t safe. A few strangers stay in a single room. An attendant needs to be present there round-the-clock. At least, this will provide some relief to the commuters.”

Interestingly, when this correspondent visited the bus stand, he saw fans running in the locked shelter. Ironically, the authorities say these fans need to be repaired.

Rajinder Singh Bhati, manager of a company that runs the bus stand, said, “I am not aware about the situation. I will check the status and take action if required. If the fans were running in the locked room, it is gross negligence on the part of the attendant.” 



Ludhiana Scan

Ration cards for migrants

Migrant workers in the city will be issued temporary ration cards with a validity of three months subject to an extension for a period of another three months. Within the period of six months, the card holder will have to submit a surrender certificate, attested by sarpanch or councillor, if his ration card was made at his native place, or else get in writing that no ration card was issued in his name. This was decided in a meeting convened by the Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Punjab, here today.

Free medical camp

More than 800 patients were examined and provided free medicines at a medical camp organised by Shri Dandi Swami Trust here on Sunday. Specialists in gynaecology, diabetes and medicine condcuted the medical check up of the patients and rendered follow up advice. An educative lecture on eye donation was also delivered by functionaries of Punarjot Eye Bank at this occasion.

Blood donation camp

Khanna: A blood donation camp was organised at the District Police Office, Khanna, by the police department in which about 278 donors, including girls, donated blood. SSP Khanna Inderbir Singh was the first to donate blood, followed by SDM Khanna PS Sodhi and others. More than 70 girl trainees of Kular Nursing College and Hospital Bija donated blood on the occasion. Gursharanjit Singh, a social activist, donated blood during the camp for the 90th time. A team of doctors led by Deputy Medical Commissioner of Civil Hospital Ludhiana and SMO Khanna NK Singla collected blood during the camp..

Sewerage to be laid

Amloh: Complete sewerage system at a cost of Rs 13 crore will be laid in Amloh within 3 years, according to SAD district chief and Halqa incharge Jagdeep Singh Cheema. The work on bus stand, at the cost of Rs 3 crore is already in progress, he said. The government has also approved Rs 30 lakh for street lights, he added. He was speaking after the Akhand Path Bhog organised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha.

Protest march

Jagraon: The representatives of various religious and social organisations of the town organised a protest march against the cow slaughter incident that took place at Joga town situated on the Barnala-Mansa road some time back. Apart from others, local MLA SR Kaler and Jagraon Municipal Council president Baldev Karishan Dhir also participated in the march.

Ghazal manch

The monthly meeting of Punjabi Ghazal Manch was organised at Punjabi Bhawan today. A two-minute silence in the memory of ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was observed on the occasion. — Tribune Reporters



From Colleges


Students of various colleges from the district have excelled in the Panjab University BSc-III annual examination, 2011-12.

Guru Nanak Girls College: Mandeep Kaur stood first in the college by scoring 92.45 per cent marks. Parineet Kaur bagged second position (80.8 per cent marks) while Nancy Garg stood third (78.05 per cent). Principal of the college Dr Charanjit K Mahal congratulated the students for their success.

AS College, Khanna: Harmanpreet Kaur stood first in the college with 85.35 per cent, while Jinki Ahuja stood second with 82.90 per cent. Kamaljeet Singh attained third position with 81.30 per cent. Dr RS Jhanji, principal of the college, college president Ashok Sharma, and other management members congratulated the students, parents and faculty for the excellent performance.

Government College for Women: The overall result of the college is 100 per cent, according to a press release issued today. Navneet Kaur stood first with 89.35 per cent, while Manu came second with 86.05 per cent. Shaweta Poplay and Taranpreet Kaur came third with 85.80 per cent.

Faculty development programme

A 5-day PTU-sponsored faculty development programme on "Emerging Paradigms in Professional Education" began at the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) here today. More than 30 delegates from various institutes of Punjab, including Bhutta College Of Engineering and Technology, KC group of Institutions, KIMT, LCET, GGNIVS, Quest InfoTech, North-west Institute, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, participated in the programme. Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, welcomed the guests and the key note speaker. Dr DR Vij gave the inaugural address and set the tone for the programme. He motivated the participants to undergo continuous learning and keep growing as a professional and as a person. He inspired the delegates to keep themselves abreast with the latest technologies used in the world of education. Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, was the guest speaker for the second session. She highlighted the role and the scope of educational psychology.

Tripta, Assistant Professor, Malwa Central College, emphasised on the use of audio-visual aids for effective learning. She said that, "One seeing is worth 100 tellings" and informed the audience that the use of audio-visual devices helped to make the learning process more concrete and realistic. The session concluded with a question-answer round. Kuldip Singh, director of the institute, thanked the guests and delegates for their participation and support. Also present on the occasion were Prof Sohinderjit Singh, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, principal Dr PS Khattra and coordinator Prof Gunwant Singh Dua.

Toppers felicitated

Jagraon: A brief function was held in the multimedia hall of GTB National College, Dakha, to felicitate the toppers of BCom, the results for which were declared recently by PU, Chandigarh.

As per the information, the results of BCom-III remained 100 per cent with Shilpi securing first position in the college with total 75.33 per cent marks, while Hardeep Singh with 71.22 per cent and Harmandeep Singh with 67.94 per cent marks stood second and third respectively.

In B Com-II, Alies Gambhir clinched the first position with 75.25 per cent marks while Simran Monga and Jagvir Singh secured second and third positions with 73.82 per cent and 69.82 per cent marks respectively. In B Com-I, Meenu Batra secured 75.63 per cent marks and stood first while Gursharan Singh with 71.27 per cent marks stood second. Vaishali Saggar stood third with 70.9 per cent marks. Speaking during the felicitation ceremony, principal Dr Assa Singh Ghuman congratulated the students. According to Dr Ghuman, the motive behind holding the function was to inspire other students of the college to work hard and do better in the future.

Head of the commerce department, Prof Avtar Singh, opined, "The students deserve special appreciation because a majority of them come from rural and semi-rural areas where they have to overcome various challenges. Through the value addition made by the college, they are now fully equipped to meet the cut-throat competition in the present day world." The parents of the students were specially invited on the occasion by the college authorities. Senior members of the faculty, including Dr Pavitarpal Kaur, Prof Parminder Singh and Dr Guriqbal Singh were also present during the felicitation ceremony. —TNS 



Speaking Out
Expectations from budget

“There should be no further hike in the prices of essential commodities and if possible these should be slashed. VAT on petrol is highest in the state after Karnataka. Even this should be reduced. Everyone is facing hardship due to the rising petrol prices.” — Monika Khurana, a homemaker

“The government should not impose any fresh taxes. People are not in a position to take more burden since interest rates of the banks are already very high. More focal points should be developed in the state and schemes to encourage industrialization launched.” — Ajit Lakra, president, Federation of Knitwear and Textile Association

“VAT refunds should be disbursed on time. In addition to this, we want that refunds should be given with interest so that the government releases them on time. There should be no tax disparity with other states. The government should cut down the tax rate especially in case of petrol.” — Mohinder Aggarwal, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal

“More and more institutes imparting technical and vocational education should be opened so that no one remains unemployed and youth becomes self sufficient after graduating from colleges. Girl education should be promoted by launching various schemes. Further the standard of the government schools should be uplifted so that they don’t hesitate in going to one.” — Niharika Mehta, PU, B.Com topper

“The first and foremost expectation from the government is to reduce VAT on petrol. It is the second highest in the country and people who are feeling the pinch of taxes should be relieved by reducing VAT on petrol. In addition to this, driving schools should be opened by the government and road safety fund generated for helping general public. — Charan Singh Lohara, chairman, Punjab State Goods Transport Association

“First and foremost girl education should be promoted and schemes like Mai Bhago be launched. In addition to this, vocational education should be encouraged at the college level and the government should take initiative in this regard.” — Amarjit Kaur, Principal, GMT Public School

“The foremost expectation is that the Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme should be launched for the bicycle industry as was given to the textile industry. In addition to this, funds should be allocated for ready-to-use tools and dyes and a raw material club should be established.” — DS Chawla, former president, United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers’ Association

“The Library Act should be implemented in the state. Apart from allocating funds for the promotion of the art and culture, libraries and clubs should be developed in the villages and the government should allocate special fund for the same.” — Surjeet Patar, a poet

“First and foremost the government should rationalize the subsidies, which are counting very heavily on the state. In addition to this, it should reduce its in house expenses and the money should be used for the development of the state.” — Prof PS Bhogal, Head, PG dept of political science, Arya College

“VAT on petrol should be reduced in Punjab. There is great disparity in the price of petrol in one country. If the neighboring state is getting petrol at lesser rate, then why should we pay more? In addition to this, schemes for the upgradation of technology in the industrial sector be launched in the budget.” — Ashok Marwaha, Chairman,  Zindagi Life Foundation


Industrialist booked for Rs 6-cr fraud
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Division no 2 police today booked owner of Royal Industries Harbhajan Singh Sandhu for embezzling Rs 6 crore. He was booked following a complaint lodged by Karan and Kunal, both managing directors of Ramson Industries.

According to the police, there was a monetary dispute between Sandhu, Karan and Kunal over Rs 3 crore. Harbhajan had recently met them and offered to resolve the issue by handing over Rs 2 crore.

Both of them stated that Harbhajan handed over a cheque for Rs 6 crore and told them to deduct Rs 2 crore and transfer the rest of the amount to his account.

The complaints encashed Rs 2 crore and transferred Rs 4 crore to Harbhajan’s account. Meanwhile, the complainants came to know that Harbhajan had allegedly stolen the cheque of a Mumbai-based firm Shri Ram Industries. They approached the bank to get the transfer of payment in Harbhajan’s account stopped. But, bank authorities told them that Harbhajan had already withdrawn Rs 80 lakh from the account.

Infuriated, the complainants informed the police about the alleged fraud. The Division no 2 police swooped into action and booked Harbhajan under Sections 406, 420 and 120 B of the IPC.

SHO of the Division no 2 police station Gurpreet Singh has not ruled out business rivalry in this case. The police was establishing contact with the Mumbai-based firm to know that whether it had issued a cheque for Rs 6 crore to Harbhajan Singh. 



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