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Two run over by truck
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Two persons were mowed down by a garbage truck near Vardhman Chowk today. The incident took place around 6.30 am when the victims identified as 50-year-old Satvir Singh and 40-year-old Nand Lal were headed home after work on their bicycles when a garbage-laden truck hit them from the rear.

The victims lost balance and fell on the road. Before they could react, the speeding truck ran over them, killing them on the spot.

The police said Satvir was working as a Class IV employee at a cancer hospital while Nand Lal was a daily wage labourer at a factory.

The truck driver tried to flee, but commuters informed the police about the incident. The police swung into action and arrested the driver, identified as Suresh. The truck has also been impounded.

SHO Division No. 7 Raj Kumar said the truck belonged to A to Z, a private garbage lifting company. The accused has been booked under Section 304-A of the IPC for reckless driving resulting in death.

Emotional scenes were witnessed at the Civil Hospital, where relatives of the victims were inconsolable. Kamaljit Soi, a traffic expert, said: “Such fatal accidents can be averted by installing speed governors in trucks. For how long will we let people get killed in accidents?"

No lessons learnt

  • August 7, 2011: 18-year-old Akhikesh Maingi, a Class XII student of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, was crushed to death by a speeding garbage truck in Arjan Dev Nagar locality. The incident took place when Akhilesh was returning home on his scooter after tuition.
  • August 22, 2010: 16-year-old Mayank Jain, a Class X student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh road, was run over by a speeding truck on the Tajpur road.


MC Commissioner's order on file protocol
Will deter councillors, influential contractors from manipulation
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 23
It will no longer be possible for politically connected contractors or councillors belonging to the ruling coalition to put up files personally before the Municipal Corporation Commissioner and get his nod if the new orders on the movement of files are followed.

MC Commissioner RK Verma has issued orders that the movement of files should be as per rules and files meant for his approval should be forwarded to him through proper channels. "No file brought to me directly will be entertained," he said.

It had become a habit of councillors, especially those from the ruling coalition, as well as contractors with proximity to certain functionaries of the SAD-BJP alliance, to take the files personally to the MC Commissioner and seek his approval for development projects.

Senior MC officials said resource crunch and overzealousness on the part of certain councillors to get development projects for their respective wards had necessitated this decision.

"A virtual race is on among councillors to get as many development projects sanctioned for their wards as possible, most of the times without any dire need or justification. Similarly, politically connected contractors put up a lot of pressure for the payment of their bills out of turn which results in inordinate delay in payments to other contractors," they said.

Civic body officials said the new orders would enable the top brass to fix priority for the approval of development works that should be need-based and not as per the whim of councillors. The system for the payment of pending bills to contractors would also be streamlined.



Jails to be made drug free: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Jails across the state will be made drug-free zones and strict action will be taken against those, including the jail staff, caught supplying drugs to the inmates, Jail Minister Swaran Singh Phillaur said. The minister was here to plant saplings on the jail premises.

He said close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would be installed around the jail premises for better surveillance so that the tossing of drugs inside the premises could be checked.

In order to stop the use of mobile phones in jails, the minister said the process of installing jammers was under way. He paid obeisance at a mosque on the premises and greeted inmates on the occasion of Eid.

He said four new jails were being constructed in Amritsar, Moga, Bathinda and Muktsar.



Hours earlier, inmate caught with opium
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Hours before the arrival of Jail Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur today, jail officials seized 26 gm of opium from an inmate during a special check.

The inmate has been identified as Gurvinder Singh, who is undergoing a jail term in a drug peddling case. He was caught during a special search operation last evening in the wake of the minister's visit.

Today, the jail officials sent a report to the Division No. 7 police station and Gurvinder was booked for possessing drugs. He has not told the jail authorities how did he manage to get the opium.



dues not paid
GLADA gets tough with developers
Says no to registration of sale deeds in colonies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 23
In a bid to rein in the developers of approved colonies who have been defaulting in clearing arrears of external development charges (EDC) and special infrastructure fund (SIF), the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Agency (GLADA) has asked revenue officials not to register first sale deeds till the developers produced no-dues certificates.

In a letter to all revenue officials in the districts of Ludhiana, Moga, Jalandhar and Ferozepur, GLADA Chief Administrator Rahul Tiwari said even though development works were being carried out in most approved/licensed colonies falling under the administrative jurisdiction of GLADA and sale/purchase of plots was also taking place, many developers had failed to clear the dues despite repeated reminders.

As per information on the GLADA website, huge amount as arrears towards EDC and SIF is outstanding against 35 colonies approved by the Senior Town Planner in Ludhiana, 65 approved colonies in Ludhiana zone, four each in Moga and Ferozepur districts, six at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and 11 at Phillaur in Jalandhar district.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh said the defaulting developers had also been issued a notice for immediate clearance of dues, failing which proceedings for cancellation of their licenses would be initiated against them.

Instructions to revenue officials

The revenue officials have been asked not to entertain any cases for first registration of sale deeds from owners of the property or through the general power of attorney in the approved colonies till the applicants produced no-dues certificates.



No medicines at ayurvedic dispensaries
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Ayurvedic dispensaries of the state do not have the required medicines. It has been more than a year that the dispensaries have been facing an acute shortage of medicines, forcing patients to buy these from outside.

There are about 300 ayurvedic dispensaries in the state that cater to OPD patients. An ayurvedic medical officer revealed that even basic medicines are not available. "Needy patients visit us every day and we tell them to buy medicines from outside," he said.

The dispensaries do not even have cough syrups and medicines for skin problems. Another medical officer said: "What to talk of other medicines, we do not even have 'triphla chooran' with us. Monsoon is on and there is not a single bottle of eye drops for eye infections."

A pharmacist said: "We received medicines in March, but in very less quantity -- about a kilogram each. These finished within a few days. So, now there is an acute shortage of medicines."

Medicines not available

Yograj guggal, singh naad guggal, gandhak rasayan, shankh vati, lehsun ashatbati, visham jawarhar vati, arsh kutthar ras, shwas kutthar ras, sir shool aadi vajar ras, eye drops and cough syrup.

No shortage

I supplied 11 types of medicines to all dispensaries in March this year. I do not think there is a shortage of medicines. If any dispensary has been facing a shortage, we should be told. We will supply the required medicines.

Dr Rakesh Sharma, Director Ayurveda, Punjab 



Con women rob victim of gold ornaments
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 23
A gang of con women struck again today and robbed a woman of gold ornaments near the Raikot Adda police station on the Raikot Road.

The gang members took away a gold chain, gold ring and earrings from Vinod Kumari, a resident of Raikot Road, Jagraon.

Vinod said four women came in a Maruti Swift car and snatched her gold ornaments. She raised the alarm but the women fled the spot. Vinod sustained minor injuries.

Her family members informed the police about the incident.

Interestingly, the incident took place only a stone's throw away from the Raikot Adda police chowki.

Several such incidents have takn place in the area in the recent past.

The gang strikes once or twice and then goes underground for two to three weeks before targeting the next victim.

SHO Mohammad Jamil stated that a case had been registered against the unidentified women on the complaint of Vinod Kumar.



Girl rescued from canal dies
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Soon after she arrived in this world she was branded as illegitimate and became the latest causality of the cruel social norm. After over a month long battle for survival, the girl child died last week.

She was barely a day old when she was put in a basket and left to die in the Sirhind branch canal near Sudhar. However, she was rescued by a local resident and rushed to the Civil Hospital, from where she was further sent to an orphanage in Talwandi Dham.

The death was kept under wrap for a whole week and except the police, the orphanage authorities did not even inform the administration about the incident. And the police too quietly got the postmortem conducted and did not inform his senior officials about the incident.

All this is happening when Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Member Parliament (MP) and wife of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, is running an aggressive campaign to save the girl child through her NGO Nanhi Chhaan Foundation.

Born to an unmarried woman from Saholi village on July 9 at a nursing home located close to Sirhind Canal in the Sudhar area, the child was dumped by the father of the woman.

The woman and her father were later booked by the Sudhar police. However, they are on the run ever since the incident took place.

Kuljeet Singh Mann, secretary, Swami Ganga Nanad Bhuri Wale International Foundation, said the child was suffering from breathing problem following which she was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H). “Though, the doctors tried their best, the condition of the child worsened and she died on August 14,” Kuljeet Singh Mann said.

When asked whether the administration was informed about the death of the child, Kuljeet said the police was informed immediately after the incident and her postmortem was conducted on August 15.The matter, which was kept under wrap for nearly a week, came to light when the residents of Talwandi Dham informed CPI- M activist Santokh Singh Gill about the incident.

A delegation led by Santokh Singh Gill, CPI- M, secretary, Raikot, met Ashish Choudhary, SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), and demanded action in the incident. While speaking to The Tribune Santokh Singh Gill said, “The SSP has assured us that the culprit will be sent behind the bars.”

MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana range, said, "The death of the girl child was very unfortunate. According to law, necessary action will be taken against the culprits."

Harjit Singh Pannu, SP- D, Ludhiana (Rural) said, “Soon after receiving the information we have brgun the investigation.”

The accused still on the run

Born to an unmarried woman from Saholi village on July 9 at a nursing home located close to the Sirhind Canal in the Sudhar area, the child was dumped by the father of the woman. The woman and her father were later booked by the Sudhar police. They are on the run ever since the incident took place.



Bank strike: exchequer bears losses
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The banks’ strike on the second consecutive day had hit the life severly as no transactions could take place today. The general public, businessmen, industrialists had to bear the brunt of the strike.

According to a rough estimate, exchequer has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 3 crore in these two days. An official in the Revenue Department said stamp papers were required from the banks for the land-sale deals of above Rs 50,000 but due to the strike the exchequer would lose up to Rs 3 crore as stamp papers could not be made available to people.

Madhu Garg, a homemaker, rued that she had to wait longer for a loan to buy a new car as nothing could be done yesterday and today due to the strike.

The public also expressed anger as they could not withdraw from the ATMs.

The call for strike was given by the Banks Federation.



Business suffers on day two
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 23
The paralysis of banking business for the second consecutive day, has greately impacted the registration of sale deeds, vehicles and other monetary transactions here.

Although inability to withdraw money and realise promissory notes, including cheques and drafts was the major reason behind less registrations, yet failure to purchase stamp papers and deposit fee in the accounts of treasury compounded the problem. Sources in the Revenue Department said the impact of strike would continue till next week as people would avoid going for registrations.

Those, who had to withdraw money and buy revenue stamp papers on Wednesday and Thursday, suffered the most as stamp vendors usually didn’t deal in stamp papers of very high denominations and these were available only in the treasury branches of nationalised banks at Ludhiana and Malerkotla. So the residents had no choice but to reschedule their plans regarding registration of deeds.

Usually on other days, hundreds of deeds get registered at the offices of registrars and sub-registrars, but in the last two days 35 per cent less registration were done. Due to no sail of stamp papers during the two days, the state exchequer had borne big loss.



Ill-equipped temples of learning-ii
Labs at govt schools face neglect
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
A locked lab at Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd
A locked lab at Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd.

Ludhiana, August 23
Although the education department provides equipment to government schools for establishing science laboratories, these present a picture of neglect.

Sources said as the education department officials rarely inspected the laboratories, science teachers and school authorities did not care much about these labs.

A science teacher, said,"The lab for students of classes VI to X requires various equipment, including test tubes, beakers, measuring cylinder, room temperature measuring thermometer, body temperature measuring thermometer, spirit lamp, glasses, MA meter, jar and other instruments to verify laws."

Students keep complaining that teachers do not conduct practical classes.

There are some schools like Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, where science labs are well-maintained. But Government Middle School, Labour Colony, lacks a science lab and all equipment have been kept in cupboards.

Situation is no better at Shaheed Sukhdev Thaper Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar. The building has been declared unsafe. The school's science lab is in a bad shape. Equipment can be seen strewn around. Kawaljit Kaur, principal of the school, said, "We have asked for a new building."

Commenting on the issue, district science supervisor, said,"Infrastructure needs to be updated. Building and labs are in a poor condition. The schools should have more labs."

Sukhdarshan Singh, a science teacher, said, "As per norms, science teachers have to conduct practical sessions everyday."

Science lab closed

During a visit to SSBS Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, the science laboratory was found locked. When contacted, the school principal refused to comment on the issue. However, district science supervisor Barinder Kaur said, "The labs should remain open. Appropriate action will be taken against the school."



Education department issues fresh instructions
Tells school authorities to upload health record of students on websites
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The education department has directed government schools to upload the health record of students on their websites.

The school authorities are in a fix as they don't have the health record of most of the students.

The education department has asked the teachers to upload all information regarding schools, students and their parents on the websites.

Director-General, School Education, (DGSE), said the department needed health-related details like blood group of students, disability status, height, weight, chest, haemoglobin, date of de-worming, status of left eye, status of right eye, hearing, jaundice, chronic disease, name of family doctor and doctors' advice to students.

Now, most of the students in government schools are from underprivileged section of society and a majority of them take medicine from quacks.

During a visit to government schools, it was found that most of the students were not aware of their blood group. Computer teachers said all columns had to be filled in.

Now, government schoolteachers are in a fix. They said medical check-up of a student cost them Rs 300.

"Most of the students do not have a medical record and answers to queries like date of deworming, jaundice record and eye status," said a teacher.

Surinder Singh, Government Senior Secondary School, said, "There are no clear instructions from the government about the medical record of students. I think parents will have to bear the expenses. It will only add to their burden."



The needy will get free legal services, says CJM
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 23
In order to create awareness among people about their legal rights, the Legal Services Authority, today, organised a legal literacy camp at Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar village, Dugri.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of the Punjab Legal Services Authority KK Singla stated that needy section of the society would be provided legal assistance free of cost by the authority.

Singla apprised that the authority had opened its front office just opposite the court of the Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, for providing free legal consultation to the people. The front office is always manned by a retainer lawyer of the authority.

He appealed to the people to make the most of the the opportunity.

He further said that any woman, persons in custody, schedule caste or schedule tribe, physically challenged, mentally ill, industrial worker or a person having annual income less than Rs 1 lakh was entitled for avail the free legal services authority.

They would be provided with a lawyer free of cost. Fee to that lawyer would be paid by the authority itself.

Singla exhorted the people for settling their disputes amicably through lok-adalats and mediation centres. Assistant District Attorney Ritu Jain, Malwinder Ghumman, para legal volunteers Nardeep Singh and Kuldeep Singh were also present there.



Lawyers protest against starting of evening courts
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 23
Lodging their protest against starting of evening courts, city lawyers observed a strike today.

As per the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a few days ago cheque-bounce cases involving an amount of Rs 50,000 were entrusted to four evening courts.

The timing of evening courts has been fixed from 5 pm to 7 pm. The District Bar Association president Jagmohan Singh Warraich said that the lawyers were under immense pressure due to the startng of evening courts. He said a meeting of president and secretaries of 62 bar associations of the district and the sub-division was held at Moga and a decision was taken to protest against the starting of evening courts.

Lawyers will boycott evening courts and all courts on Saturdays. Moreover, a demonstration would be held at the High Court on August 31, he added.



Bunty Bajwa murder case
Parents cry foul
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Parents of former Sarpanch Bahadurke village Gurvinder Singh, alias Bunty Bajwa, who was shot dead during the Municipal Corporation elections on June 10,have alleged that the police was trying to hush up the murder case under political pressure.

They alleged that though they had arrested the main accused, Karanvir Singh, other accused persons identified as Gurdev Singh, Balwinder Singh, Davinder Singh Vicky Sakhon were still on the run.

They alleged that the accused in connivance with police officials, who was investigating the case, were trying to hush up the matter.



Kin of rape victim stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Relatives and residents of the Jodhewal Basti area staged a dharna outside the office of the Police Commissioner and demanded the arrest of the accused persons, who raped a six-year-old girl and left her to die at a secluded place.

The kin complained that the police was not taking action against the culprits and pressurising them to affect a compromise.

The victim, a resident of Basti Jodhewal, has identified the accused, but the police has not registered a case so far, her parents said. The official assured that a case would be registered and culprits would soon be caught as an investigation was on.



Gold touches an all-time high
The price of yellow metal is Rs 31,000 per 10 gm in the market
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
If those in gold business are to be believed then the demand of yellow metal is going to fall in near future due to the ever-soaring prices of gold. The price of gold today is about Rs 30,800 per 10 grams and in the next two to three years, it is expected to cross over Rs 34,000 mark, say the goldsmiths.

Gold, so far was mostly associated with India as foreign countries did not show much inclination towards buying it. But now, China has taken over India in the global market by purchasing maximum gold in the country followed by Thailand, Bankok etc.

"Earlier, India purchased gold in bulk from the international market. In today's scenario, India purchases just about 25 per cent gold while remaining 75 per cent is purchased by other countries, including China and Thailand. The Asian and West Asian countries are investing too much in the yellow metal. In India, gold has become a thing to be kept in lockers, which, otherwise used to be the identity of an Indian woman", said Anand Sikri, president, Ludhiana Jewellers Association.

Manoj Dhanda, general secretary of the association, said that China was purchasing tonnes of gold each day. In the next few years, gold will cross an all -time high price. "Gold was purchased for making ornaments, but now there are no buyers of gold ornaments in the market. People who are purchasing it, have been doing it for investment purpose. It has become so expensive that women feel reluctant to wear it", said Gupta.

Anjali Goel, a homemaker, said that when she got married about 15 years ago, she used to invest money in kitties to buy gold ornaments. "In those times, we could get a decent set of about five tolas in about Rs 35,000. But now we just get 10 grams in that much amount. Purchasing gold has become impossible these days", she said.



Hostel night organised on RIMT campus
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 23
RIMT-IET and Management students organised a hostel night at RIMT campus here. Many students from various courses participated in the event and a colorful programme was presented on the occasion.

The judges for the event were Dr BS Bhatia, Director General, RIMT Management Campus, Dr M S Pabla, Director, RIMT-IMCT, Kiran Sood, Warden, RIMT-IET Girls' Hostel and Deepa Sharma, Warden, RIMT-Management Girls' hostel.

Dr Pabla said the institute would always welcome such gestures from the students and the institute would encourage the students to organise such events more frequently. He further said co-curricular activities would be designed to help in overall development of the students.



Furnace bodies to shut units
Ask state government to withdraw notification on e-billing
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Induction Furnace Association of North India and Mandi Gobindgarh Furnace Association have decided to close their units indefinitely till the state government withdraws its notification on e-billing started by the excise and taxation department, Punjab.

Condemning the move, the Induction Furnaces Association said the move of Online Interstate Transactions Notification (e-billing system) initiated by the Punjab excise and taxation department from August 10 was uncalled for. Terming the system as "cumbersome", the Induction Furnace Association members said under the system every unit would dispatch their finished goods with e-trip slip along with the bills within four-six hours.

Members of the furnace association said the system was too complicated and it was very difficult for them to survive under such circumstances.

KK Garg, president of the association, said there were 200 induction furnaces and 300 steel rolling mills in Punjab. These furnaces meet the 75 per cent demand of steel by the SME sector. The induction furnace industry uses scrap as raw material. Scrap is generated by cycle parts, small scale industries, non-excisable units and other engineering industry and the major percentage is imported.

Garg said there was a problem for the scrap being generated by non-excisable units as there was no deemed credit scheme under the Central Excise for such scrap and hence the loss on account of excise difference, which would have to be borne either by the furnace industry or the scrap generating industry, was virtually impossible for both.

"Since this e-billing system is not applicable in the adjoining states, scrap coming from other states has been diverted to HP, Haryana, Uttaranchal and Rajasthan. The finished product is brought from outside Punjab at the cost of Punjab's steel industry. As a result, we are facing acute shortage of raw material and sale of finished product has also dipped," said Garg.

Speaking on the technical problems being faced with the e-billing system, the general secretary of the association, Dev Gupta, said the supply of power was uncertain.



Union protests against ‘police excesses’ in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 23
The members of Tractor-Trolley Union, Jagraon, held a protest march due to the strictness adopted by the police against the drivers of tractor and trolleys, involved in the business of supplying sand and other construction material in the area. The protestors raised slogans against the Police Department during the protest. Besides, the members of the Union,the representatives of some other labour unions also took part in the protest.

Hakam Singh, president of the union, stated that the police was harassing the tractor-trolley drivers and during the past two weeks, the police had challaned more than 24 vehicles without any fault.

Terming the police action as dictatorship, vice-president of the union, Darbara Singh, said they would not tolerate this kind of attitude at any cost and the struggle would intensify if the state government fails to solve the issue.

"The police officials are unnecessarily harassing the drivers and owners in the name of law. In some cases our drivers had all required documents regarding the vehicles but their vehicles were challaned. If there is no change in the working of the police, we will be compelled to intensify our struggle," he added.

Surinder Kumar, DSP, Jagraon, had refuted the allegations of causing harassment to the drivers. He said the police was acting according to law and it had challaned the vehicles, which were found without proper documents.

The union has submitted a memorandum regarding the demand and has urged the Chief Minister to address the grievance of the tractor trolley owners and drivers. The union has also threatened to block main highways if their demand is not met in coming days.

Paramjit Singh Pamma of All India Trade Union, Teja Singh of Kul Hind Khet Mazdoor Union, Charan Singh Kaunke of NAREGA Workers Union also addressed the protestors and declared to support the Tractor-Trolley Union in their struggle.



Resolution to remove MC chief passed
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 23
As expected, President of Gobindgarh Municipal Council was removed from the post after the passage of a no confidence motion, which was moved by the 14 members of the opposition. The election was held as per the directions of the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The meeting was held under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib, Yasvir Mahajan, here today.

When contacted, Dharampal Rao said the resolution was illegal and he would contest the removal in the High Court.

While addressing the media persons Randeep Singh, MLA, Amloh, said the councilors had risen above the party affiliations and voted against the corruption and under Section 22 of the Municipal Council Act, Dharam Pal Rao, had been removed from the post of the president. "The report of the meeting will be sent to the Punjab & Haryana High Court through the Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib,” he said. He further added that the election for new president would be held within 30 days and soon a meeting would be called for the purpose.

It may be recalled here that during the last municipal elections, no political party could get the clear mandate. Earlier, the Congress councilors had constituted Vikas Manch with 13 members, which prevented the SAD-BJP combine to occupy the post of president. However, due to the High Court’s orders Dharampal was able to become president.

Prior to the voting strict security arrangements were made to prevent any wrong and SP Gurpreet Singh, DSP of Amloh, Arshdeep Singh Gill, the local SHO Gurmeet Singh were present with the force. The passages leading to the council were sealed.

Randeep Singh, MLA, Amloh, SAD councilors Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri, Kamaljit Kaur Bhambri, Congress representatives Harmit Kaur Bhambri, Rajiv Sood, Daljit Kaur, Harsimarprit Singh Bajwa and others were present during the proceedings.



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Scheme to promote dairy farming

Ludhiana: In a major step to boost dairy sector in Punjab, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NBARD) today launched a comprehensive area based scheme on dairy development expecting to increase bank credit five times to figure of Rs 300 crore this year. The last year's figure was 60 crore. The scheme, which attempts to take all stakeholders from dairy farmers, milk plants, self-help groups, research institutes, private sector to the administration on board, was launched at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). For ensuring the success of the scheme, a committee headed by principal secretary with members from the department of animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries will be monitoring the scheme at the state level. At the district level, the scheme will be monitored by a committee headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D).


The "Research and Extension Specialists' Workshop for Rabi Crops" organised by the Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), concluded on Thursday. A detailed discussion and interaction took place between PAU experts, scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS) and functionaries of the state agriculture department on new package of practices for rabi crops like wheat, barley, pulses, oil seeds, winter maize, forages and millets. The workshop concluded with a technical session on "Agricultural engineering, forestry and economics," wherein PAU scientists, through a PowerPoint presentation, educated the participants about improved agricultural implements, new package of practices for forestry, establishment of agro-processing complexes and economics of rabi crops. The necessary modifications in farm machinery suggested by the field-level functionaries were also discussed. Chairing the concluding session, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, emphasised that the indigenous knowledge of farmers should be kept in view while revamping and devising the PAU research programmes.

'Greening Punjab' drive

Head of the PAU department of forestry and natural resources (FNR), Dr Avtar Singh said under the recently launched "Greening Punjab" drive by the Punjab government, the university has earmarked two places, Ladhowal and Bathinda, for the nursery production of agro-forestry plants. The focus will be laid on dalbergia, poplar, eucalyptus, neem, dek and other trees. "This will help in the promotion of agro-forestry in the state," said Dr Singh.

Saplings planted

"In view of global warming and pollution arising from excessive use of pesticides, fertilisers, and agro-chemicals, it is vital to enhance forest cover in the state for the sake of environment and conservation of natural resources," remarked DS Bains, Home Secretary Punjab -cum- Financial Commissioner of forests and wildlife department, who visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), on Thursday. He was accompanied by HS Gujral, chief conservator forests, Punjab and Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana. They and the forest guards trainees planted about 200 saplings on the PAU campus to mark Vanmahotsava. — TNS



From schools & colleges


Ludhiana: Students of Shaheed Sukhdev Thaper Government Girls Senior Secondary School secured six positions in poetry competition organised by the literature department, Punjab, at Punjabi Bhawan. Principal Kawaljit Kaur said Neha Hans and Deep Kaur bagged the first and second prizes in storytelling and poetry, respectively.

Mesmerising performance

DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised an inter-house dance competition. Students danced to the tune of rocking numbers. Students mesmerised all with their performance. Prosperity House won the overall trophy. Individual prizes were also given. Yogesh Gambhir, principal of the school, appreciated the students.

Students shine

Two students of BCM, Basant City brought laurels to the school by performing well in Olympiads. Johnson got the first rank in International Olympiad of Mathematics, 2011, whereas Diya emerged state topper in International Olympiad of Science, 2011. The school also won 'Performance Excellence Trophy'. Principal Amarjyoti Chawla congratulated students.

Declamation contest

A declamation contest was held in Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School. Students spoke on female foeticide, effect of mobile on students, relationship between teachers and students, importance of trees. Director Prem Singh Sokhi and principal Manjeet Kaur Lotey congratulated the winners.

Results out

Students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, have achieved outstanding results in MA-II fine arts, the results of which was declared by Panjab University on Thursday. Four students of the college have made it to the merit list. Leena secured the second position in the university with 91.2 per cent. Divya Narang stood fourth with 88.6 per cent. Harpreet Kaur secured the eighth position with 87 per cent while Rajinder Kaur stood ninth with 86.7 per cent.

NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College during a plantation drive in Ludhiana
NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College during a plantation drive in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Saplings planted

NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College carried out a plantation drive. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal planted saplings on the campus. She highlighted the importance of trees towards the restoration of clean and green environment. The students were encouraged to plant saplings during the rainy season. Hundreds of saplings were distributed among the students

Lecture on cancer awareness

Dr Vineet Talwar from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, visited AS College for Women, Khanna, on Thursday. Dr Vineet Talwar delivered a lecture on "General Cancer Awareness" and dwelt on various facilities provided by hospitals and medical centres for early detection of breast cancer, its symptoms and cure, including bone marrow transplant units.

The following tips were given by Dr Talwar

  • Early detection of cancer by spreading awareness among masses.
  • Treatment of cancer at authorised hospitals and medical centres.

A question-answer session followed the lecture. A cultural programme was also held.

Students excel

Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujharkhan campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the college by scoring top positions in the postgraduate diploma in mass communication (PGDMC)examination conducted by Panjab University. Rajdeep Kaur topped the university with 75.6 per cent.

Certificates distributed

Certificates were distributed among students at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), on Thursday. A workshop on "Art of Living" was held in the college for the students in the workshop was held in the 18 to 28 age group.

Installation ceremony

Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana , held an installation ceremony of the Rotract Club on Thursday. The function started with "Shabad Gyan". President Amarpal Singh, secretary Mnasvi Dang, vice-president Reepak, joint secretary Maanik Prashar, treasurer Shivam Chhabra and directors were appointed. A cultural programme was also held. Various activities such as group song, dance and bhangra. Principal Dr Gurdev Singh delivered a speech. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Medical representatives protest

Ludhiana: All medical representatives of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical Sales Representatives Union (PCMSRU), Ludhiana, went on strike on the issue of generic medicines today. BS Shahi, president of the PCMSRU, demanded that all the essential drugs should come under the Price Control Authority . More than 300 representatives of the union supported the strike and the member of the Federation of Medical Representatives and Sales Association of India also observed strike on the issue.

Ad hoc employees to hold rally

The Field and Workshop Union, Punjab, will hold a rally at Udyog Bhawan , Chandigarh, on August 29 to press for the demand of regularisation of adhoc employees, serving in the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. The union representatives said they had repeatedly urged the authorities to address the grievances of the adhoc employees but the adhoc employees were still being denied their rights till now.

Drive against social evils

The Activists of Feed Foundation have decided to launch a drive to free society from the menace of liquor vends as well as shops, selling meat and tobacco products near religious places. Jaspreet Singh Hobby, president of the foundation, said the struggle to achieve the objective would be carried out in collaboration with sant samaj, the state government and the judiciary. "We will mobilise the people and will raise the demand for more effective legislative steps against this menace," he said.

Expo-Infocomm 2012

In a bid to facilitate more IT usage in micro, small and medium enterprises, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has organised a three-day national level Expo-Infocomm 2012 from August 24-26 at the CICU Complex here. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Public Works Department Minister, Punjab, will inaugurate the event, which is supported by the National Small Industries Corporation and the Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. — TNS



Man falls from roof, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
A 45-year-old man, working at a factory unit located near the Division No 3 area, died after falling from the rooftop of a factory unit during the wee hours here today.

The victim identified as Makhan Singh, who was working as a security guard. His body was found by area residents who further informed the police about the incident.

The police sad Makhan died after falling off the building. The body of Makhan was sent to civil hospital for a post-mortem examination to find whether he was under the influence of liquor or not the investigation is on.



Hockey, kabaddi tournaments on anvil
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
After hosting the National School Games last year, Punjab will host hockey, kabaddi, handball tournaments and gatka this year.

Officials said the National School Games would be organised in November, 2012.

"The venue for the games is yet to be finalised," said Ravinder Ravi, state sports organiser, Punjab.

Students from government or PSEB/CBSE/ICSE affiliated schools can participate in the games.

Officials of the education department said players would participate in 46 games. "They will be divided into 205 groups," he added.

As per the sports wing of education department, basketball, athletics, badminton, table tennis, kabaddi, cricket T20, tennis ball cricket, handball, volleyball, hockey, kho-kho, football, wrestling and kabaddi (circle style) are considered as major games.

The zonal tournaments will start on September 4 while the district competition will begin from September 7.

Boxing, weighlifting, tug-of-war, gymnastic, wrestling, baseball, yoga, chess, carrom, dodgeball, fencing, long tennis, cricket, softball, ball badminton, archery, gatka, taekwando, rifle shooting , cycling, polo, netball, throwball, judo, rope skipping, swimming and water polo, kick boxing and roller hockey will start from August 24.

Ajitpal Singh, assistant education officer, Ludhiana, said, "Our sportsmen have good potential and our coaches are working hard. We have pinned hopes on players. We have made several changes to improve the sports infrastructure."



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