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Manufacturers go on strike
Want state government to withdraw notification on e-trip system
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Hosiery, yarn, oil and plywood manufacturers in the city today went on a strike against the changes made in the e-trip system by the Excise and Taxation Department. The industry has given time to the government till July 26 to withdraw the recent notification, failing which it will intensify its struggle.

Industrialists gathered at Madhopuri Chowk and held a protest march to Mata Vashno Devi Chowk. They also burnt an effigy of the e-trip system. MLA Surinder Dawar has also extended support to the agitating industrialists.

The Punjab Government had recently made amendments to the e-trip system rules. The bill amount for filing online information about six commodities was reduced to Rs 50,000. It was applicable to the commodities transported within the state.

The commodities for which the bill amount was reduced include cotton, yarn, mustard, plywood, iron and steel (excluding scrap) and vegetable oil (edible and non-edible).

Naveen Sood, president of the Ludhiana Hosiery Association, and Suresh Dhir of the Dal Bazar Merchant Association warned the government and the Excise and Taxation Department to review their decision and withdraw the notification or be ready to face a protest.

"We have give time to the department till July 26 to withdraw the notification. If the department fails to do so, we will intensify our struggle," said Sood.

Traders have to submit online information of goods being transported within the state (e-trip).

"It is not practically possible as all SME units are not equipped with computers and the Internet facility and they don't appoint full-time accountants. We have to fill online information of the consignment and also the time of departure in the form. In case of a power failure, we will be unable to fill the online information and will have to hold back the consignment till the electricity supply is restored," said Mohinder Aggarwal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal.

"The SME sector is dependent on part-time carriers. Their time of lifting and carrying goods to the destination is not fixed. This will further add to the woes of small traders," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.


Hundreds take part in awareness rally on dengue
Tribune News Service

Members of the Punjab Medical Representatives Association hold an awareness rally on dengue in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo ; Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 22
The Punjab Medical Representatives Association (PMRA) today organised a rally to create awareness about dengue. The rally was organised as part of an initiative of the Civil Surgeon and the state government to observe July as the month of creating awareness about dengue and its prevention.

During the rally, members of the PMRA distributed handouts and pamphlets among people to educate them regarding the precautions to be taken by them for the prevention of dengue. The rally commenced at Punjabi Bhawan and ended at the Civil Surgeon's office.

Around 500 members of the PMRA participated in the rally. Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was the chief guest and flagged off the rally. Dr Batta lauded the efforts of the association in organising such awareness rallies for the benefit of society. Dr KS Saini, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Manjit Saini, president of the PMRA, said members of the PMRA would wholeheartedly support the social welfare programmes of the state government.

Mandeep Rawat, secretary of the PMRA, spoke about the social welfare programmes pertaining to environment, de-addiction and education planned by the association.

Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, was also present on the occasion.



Glada projects
Proposed industrial park, urban estates face rough weather
750 land owners file objections against land acquisition
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 22
The proposals mooted by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to acquire 1,125 acres around Sahnewal for an integrated industrial park-cum-urban estate and another 429.54 acres at Bondli near Samrala for the development of an urban estate on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road face rough weather.

As many as 750 farmers and owners of land in villages around Sahnewal and 56 in Bondli village have filed their objections against the acquisition of their land citing various reasons. The opposition to the acquisition of land for the industrial park and urban estate near Sahnewal will also affect the proposed expansion of the airport as some 300 acres of the total 1,125 acres were to be provided to the Department of Civil Aviation for the expansion of the runway and other infrastructure development. According to GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, it was too early to say about the total area of the land whose owners had raised objections to the proposal for acquisition.

"All land owners who have filed their objections will be called for a personal hearing and efforts will be made to persuade them to offer their land for the project either against adequate compensation or else by way of land pooling (which entitles the owner to a chunk of developed land or property in the project)," he said.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, had issued a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act on June 5 for the acquisition of 1,125.42 acres in eight villages in and around Sahnewal for the development of a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential area while making a provision for providing land for the expansion of the airport. Another 429.54 acres were proposed to be acquired in Bondli near Samrala for an urban estate.

Although the land owners have cited different reasons while filing their objections against the acquisition of land, most of them, it is learnt, have asserted that the agricultural land proposed to be acquired was their only source of livelihood. Some others have opposed the acquisition, saying that they would lose their built-up properties (houses and commercial establishments).



4 found unconscious on train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Four unidentified migrant labourers were found unconscious on a train at the railway station here this morning. The migrants had boarded the Jan Seva train at the Amritsar railway station and were headed for Bihar.

According to officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), passengers of the Jan Seva train, which arrived at the railway station at 9.15 am, told the police about some persons lying unconscious on the train.

The police is suspecting the role of the Zehar Khurani gang, which used to loot migrants by giving them poison in food.

The police admitted the victims to the Civil Hospital, where doctors said all labourers were out of danger. Yaswant Singh, in charge of the RPF at Ludhiana, said "No document, address, luggage or money was found from their possession. It is difficult to say what happened with them. We will record their statements after they gain consciousness."

"Passengers told us that the victims were lying unconscious on the seats from Amritsar. Initially, the passengers thought that they were sleeping, but when they tried to wake them, the labourers did not respond," said Yaswant Singh.

RPF officials ruled out the theory that the migrants might have been targeted by the Zehar Kuhrani gang.

"We can't say anything before recording their statements. Maybe, they had unhygienic food on the train after which they fell unconscious," said Yaswant Singh.

Farm labourers, who mostly come from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, return to their states after the paddy cultivation. It has been observed that the Zehar Khurani gang becomes active during these days and tries to loot the earnings of labourers.



Man held for duping business partner of Rs 1.13 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The city police has arrested a person for allegedly duping his business partner of Rs 1.13 crore here. The accused has been identified as Manish Kumar, a resident of Ram Nagar.

Capt Kuljeet Singh, a retired Army officer and resident of Hambran, lodged a complaint against his business partner at the Division No. 5 police station. He said he used to work in a private insurance company and Manish Kumar was the works manger in the same company. Manish Kumar offered him to do business in the share market in partnership. They started the business and Capt Kuljit Singh collected money from his relatives to invest it in the stock market.

Capt Kuljeet Singh alleged that he collected money from his contacts and relatives and gave Rs 1.13 crore to the accused to invest in the business. However, instead of investing money in the market, he duped him of the money.

When he learnt about the fraud, Capt Kuljit Singh asked the accused to return the money. However, he refused to do so.

Acting on Capt Kuljit Singh's complaint, the police registered a case against the accused under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC and arrested him after conducting a raid on his house.



Dept to hold meetings with industry associations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Following the protest held by industrialists, the Excise and Taxation Department has decided to hold meetings with their associations from tomorrow to know about their problems. If a need arises, the department may "rectify" the notification.

"I will hold meetings with industrial associations from tomorrow onwards. I will listen to their grievances and together we will try to find solutions," said Rishipal Singh, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner. He said the notification might be rectified if a need arose.

Earlier, traders were required to give information regarding intra-state movement of goods (within Punjab) in case of sales of Rs 3 lakh or above in a single transaction except in the case of iron and steel where the threshold limit was Rs 2 lakh instead of Rs 3 lakh and above. Now, the sale value of six goods has been reduced to Rs 50,000 for filing online information of goods being transported within the state. These six goods are cotton, yarn, mustard, plywood, iron and steel (excluding scrap) and vegetable oil (edible and non-edible).



2 samples of eatables fail purity test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The samples of two eatables, "aam papad and chum chum", collected by the Health Department in June, have failed the purity test. The District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Avinash Kumar, said, "The reports of these two samples have been received from the Food Analyst, Chandigarh. The sample of "aam papad" was collected from a grocery store near Bharat Nagar Chowk. The sample of "chum chum" was collected from a sweets shop at Haibowal. It has been declared unfit for human consumption as it was found containing non-permitted colour."

He said action would be taken against the shopkeepers concerned under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Meanwhile, four samples of eatables, including three from a restaurant at Bhadaur House, have been collected. These are of "cream chicken, tandoori chicken" and sauce. One sample of curd has been collected from Rajguru Nagar.

16 challaned under tobacco Act

A team of the District Anti-Tobacco Task Force has challaned 16 persons under the tobacco Act, 2003 in different areas of the city, including the railway station, the bus stand, the Kochhar market and the court complex. The task force included Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur, Drug Inspector Harpreet Kaur and Additional District Attorney Gurpal Singh.

A sum of Rs 3,600 was also collected from the violators as fine.



Another illegal shop springs up; MC caught napping
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in Zone D has failed to keep tabs on illegal constructions in the city. Another illegal shop has come up right opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market with the MC turning a blind eye to the violation.

The issue of illegal constructions near the Sarabha Nagar main market was recently highlighted in these columns.

The shop has been opened recently and is being run from a house. According to rules, business activity cannot be carried out from a residential area.

When building branch officials came to know about the construction, they visited the house, but the owner told them that he was just renovating his house. However, when the shop started functioning from the house, the building branch failed to notice of it.

In January, these columns had highlighted that illegal shops were being run from houses located opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market and the MC had failed to take action.

Ironically, these shops are located right opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market, which is frequented by a large number of people, including MC officials.

Area building inspector Kuljit Singh claimed that when the construction was under way, the owner had claimed that he was renovating his house. “However, if he has constructed a shop, we will issue a 'sealing' notice to him,” said Kuljit.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma expressed ignorance about this matter. He said he would ask the building branch staff to visit the area and seal the shop if it was found to be illegal.



Rural docs to go on strike from Aug 1
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
To press upon their demand of 60 per cent MD /MS quota, meant for in-service doctors working in rural areas, the rural medical officers (RMOs) working in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats are going on strike from August 1. It was decided at the general house meeting of the Rural Doctors' Services Association, Punjab, here today. They also decided to hold a state-level rally in Chandigarh on August 2 to protest against the biased attitude of the state government for ignoring the doctors working under various zila parishads in Punjab.

Condemning the state government, the state president of the association, Dr Aslam Parvez, said the rural medical officers were ready to fight for their rights and the government would be responsible for the paralysis of the health services in rural areas. “Disenchanted with the decisions of the Health Department and the Department of Research and Medical Education, rural doctors are feeling suffocated and marginalised," said the President.

The rural doctors claimed that 60 per cent PG quota was meant for the government doctors working in the rural areas so that more and more doctors could be motivated to reach out to the rural areas. They have decided that rural medical officers will not send weekly and monthly reports to the Department of Health, which is technically responsible for running 1,186 dispensaries in rural areas. In the first phase, the rural medical officers in six districts of the state will not send their reports to the department from July 22.

The second phase will start from the next week. Besides stopping the weekly reports, the rural medical doctors will not submit the monthly reports regarding OPD attended, school health programmes, mainly run by the them in rural areas, patients' TB data and reports regarding the monthly progress in all national programmes.

Terming the decision of giving the PG quota only to PCMS doctors arbitrary, the rural doctors will hold state-wide demonstrations from August 7. The rural doctors alleged that even the very concept of giving the PG quota was being changed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. “The PG Quota was introduced for motivating doctors to go to rural areas,” said Dr Anand Malhotra, state general secretary of the association.

“We have 1200 posts and Health Department has 800 in rural areas, why don’t the State Government divide the quota as per the number of posts in the respective departments” asked State spokesperson Dr Rajesh Sharma demanding division of the 60%PG quota.

Meanwhile, the rural doctors passed a resolution at the general house meeting to demand the division of the 60 per cent PG quota in ratio to the number of posts. They have demanded 36 per cent seats for rural medical officers and 24 per cent for doctors working in the Health Department so that no conflict of interest arises. The rural doctors also demanded that the RMOs should be shifted , absorbed, transferred or sent on deputation to the Health Department after clearance of the PG entrance and could work as specialists on the same terms and conditions as applied to PCMS doctors till rest of the rural health institutes, currently with the Health Department, were shifted and the posts of specialist were created in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.



Old equipment behind power woes
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 22
The old electrical equipment and devices have emerged as the root cause behind the regular technical snags in the power supply. A day after a major disruption of the power supply for more than 24 hours in more than two dozen villages falling under Dakha Suburban, sub division of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PowerCom), due to some technical snag, it was learnt that the old equipment installed many years ago were the main reason behind the fault.

It was not the first and the only incident when the power supply was disrupted due to a technical fault caused by the outdated electrical equipments. In the past too, most of the technical snags developed in the power supply were the direct or indirect result of these outdated equipment.

According to sources in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, a large number of electrical equipment and devices installed at different places are outdated and the design and technology of the equipment is not capable of meeting the present day power supply demands.

The sources confirmed that there is an urgent need of replacing the old electrical equipment with the latest devices. Infact, the entire system needs to be revamped to prevent interruption in the power supply in future.

It is not that the higher authorities of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited are not aware of this situation. We have informed the higher authorities about the problem many times and have repeatedly requested to replace the outdated equipment. Still, the authorities have not been paying attention towards such an important issue, said a source.

NP Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited said the department kept on changing the electrical equipment from time-to-time. Whenever the need of replacing any equipment is felt, it is done without any delay. There might be some old equipment at some places but all these equipment are functioning properly, claimed NP Singh.



Ludhiana scan
Foundation day

A file photo of Aam Aadmi activists.

To mark its foundation day, NGO Ann Jal Sewa Trust organised a seminar on drug addiction, "Dasha te disha", at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana on Monday. The gathering was addressed by medical officer incharge, Opioid Substitution Therpay at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana, Dr Raj Krishan Karkra and Dr Jasbir Singh. While J Elinchalian, Joint Police Commissioner of Police (North), appreciated the efforts of the NGO regarding drug addiction. Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO also distributed pamphlets related to drug addiction.

Meeting held

The district PNDT advisory committee and district level MTP committee meeting held at Civil Surgeon office, on Monday, under the leadership of Dr Kumkum Awasthi. In the meeting, Dr Subhash Batta, a civil surgeon in Ludhiana, said as many as 237 scan centres are working in the district, out of which 83 were checked in the month of June. Out of these, 10 have been issued show cause notice. There are 141 MTP centers in the district, he said.

Aam Aadmi Party begins campaign

The Aam Aadmi Party, Ludhiana, started its campaign of strengthening the organisational structure in Ludhiana by forming ward and block level committees. In a meeting of party activists and volunteers presided over by Yogendra Yadav, social scientist and member of the national executive of Aam Aadmi Party, committees were formed in 30 wards and 13 blocks of the District on Sunday. Yadav said, "The Aam Aadmi Party has brought transparency in the internal functioning of the party. We have formed 11 state units democratically. The party has formed 30 committees of experts and intellectuals to decide policies on the matters of national interest. We believe that corruption is at the root of this evil system and it needs to be rooted out completely."

Poetry recitation

Language Department, Punjab will be holding district level Punjabi and Hindi creative writing and poetry recitation competitions. The main idea behind holding the competitions is to create students’ interest in literature. Students from Class X can take part in the competitions which will include poetry, story and essay writing. To participate in the competitions students can submit their applications with their respective principals who will further submit them with the district language office.

Clerical staff to hold dharna

On the call of State Mnisterial Sevices Association, Punjab, clerical staff of various departments has decided to hold dharnas in the constituencies of local bodies minister, Chuni Lal Bhagat, MP Sher Singh Gubaya and Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa. This was disclosed by the state president of the association Sukhvinder Singh and general secretary of the association Kulwant Singh in a meeting held in Jalandhar on Sunday. The association said they would hold a dharna on August 8 in front of the house of Chuni Lal Bhagat in Jalandhar, in the constituency of Sher Singh Gubaya on August 20 and in front of the residence of Parminder Singh Dhindhsa on August 27. — TNS



From colleges
Students excel in MSc (IT)

Students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the institution by securing excellent marks in the recently declared results by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Neha Narula secured fifth rank in the university by securing 86.78 per cent, Ankita Bhatia stood 10th by securing 85.43 per cent, while Rimple secured 12th rank in the district by securing 84.56 per cent. Hira Lal Jain, chairman of the college managing committee, and others congratulated the students on their brilliant performance. The chairman also announced incentives for the position holders.

Orientation programme

The Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology conducted an orientation programme to welcome the new batch of students. The new students were given a warm welcome by the faculty, staff and senior students of SIFT. The students were given a brief detail about the institute, its inception, infrastructure and facilities available at SIFT. RM Gupta, the executive director of the institute, while welcoming the students, highlighted the career prospects related to the field of fashion designing, knitwear designing, production and merchandising. The students interacted with their respective course teams wherein they were briefed about the curriculum, the examination system and the timetable for the semester. Some creative activities and games were also a part of this orientation program. Regular classes for the semester (July to December) will start from Tuesday.

Book release

To seek the blessings of the almighty for the initiation of the new academic session, Sehaj Paath Bhog was observed at Ramgarhia Girls College, on Monday. Students of Department of Music recited kirtan. Bhai Gurmej Singh, who has performed the pious task of writing Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Braille, also rendered his mellifluous voice for the kirtan. On the occasion, Onkar Singh Sandhu's book, "500 Saal Guru Naal: Ramgarhia Itihaas", was released by Bhai Gurmej Singh. Madan Singh, patron of the managing committee, who has recently been appointed as the president of Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust, also graced the occasion. The outstanding students who secured first, second and third positions in the annual examinations were felicitated by the members of Ramgarhia Educational Council. The chairman of District Planning Board, Hira Singh Gabria, also blessed the students for their excellent performance in their respective fields. — TNS



From schools
Poetry competition

Students of Class III to Class V participated in the final round of poetry competition at Ryan International School, here on Monday. The students outpoured their sentiments in the form of heart touching poems on the topic 'Environment'. The participants used various props and recited the poems confidently. The competition was judged by Neetu Sethi, Associate Professor, Doraha College. The judge praised the students and appreciated the fact that the students at a tender age had developed a sense of poetry.

Plantation drive

The Vanamahotsava Week commenced at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bye-pass On Monday. Students of nursery to Class II carried out a plantation drive. The chairman-cum-director of Green Land Schools, Rajesh Rudhra, and principal Baldeep Pandher emphasised upon the importance of trees and the contribution of the students towards the environment. The students planted saplings of ashoka tree and palm tree to spread awareness about the need and importance of protecting the environment which has become a victim of deforestation and global warming. An inter section fancy dress competition was also held among students. About 54 students participated in the contest. They were dressed up as trees, animals and birds. “Each One, Plant One” was the slogan of the rally taken out by the students on the school premises.

Academic session

In keeping with the sacred tradition of the Sanatan Dharam to mark the auspicious beginning of a new academic session (2013-14), a havan ceremony was organised on the premises of Kamla Lohtia SD College, here today. Amid the hymns and chanting of mantras in the pious environment, the students were advised to follow the righteous path of hardwork, discipline and punctuality and to imbibe the ethics and moral values in their daily life. Principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma blessed the students and exhorted them to put their best in studies and respect their teachers.

Declamation contest

The GRD Academy, Humbran road, conducted an inter-house declamation contest. The students enforced that the ideas of Swami Vivekanand were relevant to the present situation and how one could draw inspiration from him. The students of Classes VI-XII participated in the competition and Arjunbir Singh bagged the first position in junior category and Simranjeet of Class X stood first in senior section.


In order to stimulate the efforts put in by the students of Green Grove Public School to showcase their talents and to bring out their hidden skills, an exhibition was organised in the school where the students displayed their projects and models. The exhibition was inaugurated by the school president, JPS Jolly. Students of the school presented various innovative ideas at the exhibition. Several informative models and charts were prepared by the ardent learners. The viewers were absorbed in the fascinating work of the students. There were science models on 'rock cycle', 'resisters in parallel', 'solar system' and 'process of photosynthesis; models of maths like 'rational numbers on number line', etc. The president admired and congratulated the students for their hardwork and talent. S George, principal of the school, applauded the teachers for motivating the students to explore their inner and fabulous talents.

Awareness campaign

A mass awareness campaign highlighting the importance of trees, was organised by the Environment Club of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. Students directly approached the local community, making people aware about the fact that sustainable growth of our blue planet was possible only by protection of trees. Through pictures and placards they explained the link between natural disasters and cutting of trees. Each enthusiastic listener was given a tree badge and was motivated to save trees. The students also enacted a role play emphasising the vital need to plant more trees as nature owes a lot to trees for its balance. More than 50 saplings were planted by the students who pledged to safeguard trees throughout their lives. Mona Thakur, principal of the school, appreciated the effort of the teachers and students. — TNS



New academic session
Day 1: Colleges abuzz with activity
Freshers enjoy new-found freedom, some appear nervous in unfamiliar surroundings
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Confusion and excitement writ large on the faces of students as the new academic session in colleges began today. Freshers, who had taken admission in undergraduate courses, including BA I, B.Com I, BCA I, BBA I etc looked enthusiastic and happy as they would not have to wear uniforms anymore and there would be more freedom here than they had in schools.

Gurpreet, a new entrant to Khalsa College for Woman, said that the college atmosphere was altogether different. "The college life is so cool. We can sit in the lawn or stairs or in the canteen and no one is bothered. I realise that I have to concentrate on my studies, but for at least one week, I will enjoy college life to the fullest ", she said.

While Navita, another student, looked confused as she was not able to find her class. She said, "Classes are held at different places so we need to rush from one place to another. Though I am confidant but still I am a bit scared as surroundings are new. Though ragging is banned in colleges, but I have heard that seniors take our introduction and in the process they grill the freshers ".

All students were in their best outfits with bags in which they kept books and other things. Sukhpreet Kaur, a student at the Government College for Women, said that it felt so strange to carry just a few books and notebooks. "We used to carry huge school bags in school and now, everything can fit into a small bag. I feel relaxed and relieved", said the student.

While, many students were seen enquiring teachers, seniors and employees about their classes, canteens, library etc, while several college managements had organised paths, havans on their premises to mark the beginning of the new academic session. The students took keen interest in all the rituals. While Ankur, a student at SCD Government College, said that his parents had told him to choose the right kind of friends, stay away from drugs and be respectful to teachers and seniors. "My parents were more tense than I was", said Ankur in a light mood.



PAU notes
‘Protect poplar plantations’

According to the entomology experts at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the poplar plantations and nurseries were infested with poplar leaf defoliator, clostera fulgurita and clostera cupreata during the past fortnight. "The attack has become serious in the past few days and is resulting in severe defoliation of nurseries and plantations throughout Punjab, particularly in the riverine belts (Bet areas)," said Dr Balwinder Singh, head of entomology department, PAU.

"The peak activity period of the defoliator is July and October," he cautioned. About its symptoms, Dr Singh said, "The attack can be identified by observing black excretal pellets of the larvae on the ground and also by noticing the leaves, which are either skeletonised or completely eaten up. The larvae feed on the green tissue of the leaves, leaving behind the veins only." Giving preventive advisory, Dr Singh suggested the farmers that the defoliator could be controlled by spraying the nurseries and plantations with Quinalphos 25 EC @ 4 ml/lt or Profenophos 50 EC @ 2 ml/lt using 250-300 litres of water per acre. The spray should be done with tractor operated sprayer in 3-5 year plantations or with foot sprayer or rocking sprayer in case of 1-2 year old plantations and nurseries, he emphasised.

Session on wheat disease management

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise a brain storming session on "Strategic Management of Yellow Rust and Karnal Bunt of Wheat in North-Western Plains and Hill Zone of India" on July 23 at at the farmers' service centre of the university. During the session, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr GK Choudhary, Director, Directorate of Wheat Development, Ghaziabad, Dr JS Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India, Dr BS Sidhu , Agriculture Commissioner, Punjab, and Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, will share their views. other eminent wheat scientists from various parts of the country will also participate in the session.

PAU student to visit South Korea

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, India, has nominated the M Sc (botany) student of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Khushmeet K Bains, to the Indian youth delegation, which will visit South Korea from August 7-16 under the Indo-Korea Youth Exchange Programme. — TNS



Irregularities: Notice of motion to VC of PTU
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University for not considering the grievance of petitioner Joginder Kular and has asked the VC to report regarding the compliance of the orders by September 27, 2013. The recent orders were issued by the High Court on July 15.

As per the available information, the petitioner, Joginder Kular, had filed a civil writ petition number 5553 of 2013, in which Kular had requested the High Court to issue directions to the respondents, including PTU VC Dr Rajneesh Arora, Nankana Sahib Educational Trust, the All-India Council for Technical Education, direct admission committee of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College and Dr MS Saini, principal-cum-Director, GNDEC, to hold an enquiry into the admissions for various courses of engineering at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here for 2010-11 and 2011-12 session.

Following the writ petition, the High Court had ordered the VC to take note of the grievance raised by the petitioner, and the court had asked that the needful should be done within three months. Since the VC failed to adhere to the orders of the High Court, the notice of motion had been served to him to redress to the grievances of the petitioner by September 27, 2013.

The petitioners, who are the alumni of GNDEC had grievances that the principal-cum-Director of the engineering college and the direct admission committee (of the college) were involved in bungling when the admissions were being done for the courses of engineering at the college. Besides, the petitioners had filed that the appointment of Saini had not been approved by the Director, Technical Education, and Industrial Training, Punjab, which was mandatory. The petitioners had grievance that the admission committee of GNDEC had admitted undeserving candidates for the direct admission of candidates for the academic year 2010-11, further the petitioners had filed in the writ that irregularities in admissions were repeated in the 2011-12 session.



Finally, MC general house meeting on August 2
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
After a week-long protest by Congress and Independent councillors, the general house meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is likely to be held on August 2. Last meeting was held more than four months ago on March 12.

For the past several weeks, the Congress as well as some Independent councillors were sitting on dharna in front of the Mayor’s office. After the Mayor’s assurance, the councillors lifted their dharna.

Inderjit Singh Gill, adviser to Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, confirmed that the general house meeting would be convened on August 2. “Even today, the Mayor held a meeting with the MC Commissioner to finalise the agendas for the meeting. We always wanted to hold the general house meeting and did not delay it intentionally,” claimed Gill.

To convene the MC general house meeting had gained momentum in June when Congress councillors, accompanied by some Independents, had demanded that the Mayor should convene the meeting at the earliest so that the development works did not suffer.

The Congress councillors along with Independent councillors had even submitted a memorandum to the Mayor in this regard. Interestingly, the councillors had submitted a memorandum carrying signatures of 29 councillors. “As per rules, if one third of the councillors demand the convening of a general house meeting, the MC will have to do so. The MC House consists of 75 councillors,” Parminder Mehta, a former councillor and spokesperson of the Congress councillors said.

It is not for the first time that the Congress councillors had to hold a protest for convening a general house meeting. Before the first general house meeting held on March 12, the Congress councillors had sat on a week-long protest at the Zone A office. It was after their protest that the general house meeting was convened.



Residents get tips on water-borne diseases

Jagraon, July 22
To create awareness among the masses about water-borne and vector-borne diseases during the rainy season, a joint medical and health awareness camp was organised by the Health Department and Jagraon Municipal Council at Bagh Kheta Ram locality of Jagraon today.

Dr Deepika Goel from the Jagraon Civil Hospital educated the area residents how to keep various water-borne diseases at bay by keeping their surroundings clean. Dr Goel urged the residents to maintain proper hygiene while preparing food and other eatables to stay healthy. A team of Health Department officials comprising of health inspectors Gurdev Singh and Hari Singh distributed chlorine tablets.

Davinder Singh Toor, executive officer of Jagraon Municipal Council, asked the residents to maintain sanitation inside and outside their houses. He instructed the people to clean their room coolers on regular basis and do not let dirty rain water assemble in their locality to stop breeding of mosquitoes which cause various kind of diseases during the rainy season.

“Keep checking the cleanliness of the drains of your locality and if the drains are not clean, approach the Municipal Council authorities. In case the MC cleaner of your locality neglects his duty and does not clean the drains regularly, bring the issue into the notice of the authorities concerned. Strict action will be taken against the cleaner,” said Toor. — OC



Milk tanker gets stuck as road caves in near Kitchlu Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
A road near Kitchlu Nagar caved-in today. The poor quality of road is believed to be the reason behind the incident. Due to this, a milk tanker remained stuck for a long time on the road. It was after a long time that the driver managed to leave the spot.

Such incidents are very common, especially during the rainy season. However, MC officials always claim that such incidents take place due to laying of underground cables by private telecom companies. But, senior officials admit, though unofficially, that the poor quality control during the construction of roads is the reason behind frequent cave-ins.

A senior MC official, who did not wish to be named said during the re-carpeted or construction of roads, very less attention was being paid to the quality control. "That is why, such incidents take place every year. If the MC officials follow rules and make sure that all the roads are constructed properly, such incidents would not take place," claimed the officer.

When contacted, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said he came to know about the the incident this morning. "The road has been repaired and I have also asked my staff to find out the reason behind the incident," he said. When questioned about the cause behind the incident, he admitted, "It seems the poor quality could be the reason behind it." 



Industrialists urged to take up production of set-top boxes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has called upon the industrialists, especially those from Ludhiana, to venture into the making of set-top boxes and earn money, which is otherwise going to China, Taiwan and South Korea as India is importing the boxes from these countries.

Addressing a gathering of the United Cycle and Parts manufacturers' Association in Ludhiana last evening, he said about 8 crore more set-top boxes were still required in the third and fourth phase of the process to cover the whole country.

Tewari said that as Ludhiana had a culture of entrepreneurship, the industrialists should make optimum use of the opportunity. He said digitisation of cable television in the country would cross its deadline, set for December 2014, due to various reasons.

The minister also underlined the need for the proper utilisation of funds released under the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD).

The minister also laid the foundation stone of a cremation ground at Bhanor village. He also addressed public meetings at Raowal, Madarpura and Bhundari villages and announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the each village for several development works. He also announced a special grant of Rs 20 lakh for the Chakkar pond from his MPLAD. He also met a delegation at Mullanpur and assured the delegation that the problems being caused by the construction of the flyover would be brought to the notice of the department concerned.



Lack of appreciation deters doctors from taking initiatives
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The noble profession of medicine seems to be lacking in the spirit of dedication and enthusiasm, which was evident in the doctors of yesteryears. The doctors are not giving their best as many of them feel that there is no appreciation even for their distinguished services.

A doctor said, "When I was posted in one of the peripheral areas, I was very regular. It doubled the number of OPD patients. But, all my efforts remained unrecognised."

Another PCMS doctor said, "While performing my routine services, I also used to hold seminars and campaigns in collaborations with some NGOs for villagers. But I never received a word of appreciation for it. Now, I have stopped taking such initiatives."

Dr Hardeep Singh, president of the PCMS Association, Punjab, said,'' Although there is a column in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR), which we fill for extra activities, our officers do not give much preference to it. There should be some kind of award for progressive doctors."

All this has resulted in discouraging the doctors working in government hospitals and dispensaries. Approving doctors' hard work, Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said," During my inspections I have observed that doctors are more or less regular in their services in rural as well as urban areas. And some of them are doing exceptionally good job and of course their good work should be acknowledged.



Army recruitment rally from Aug 5
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
An open recruitment rally for the youngsters of Districts Ludhiana, Roopnagar, Moga and SAS Nagar will be held at the Military Complex of Dholewal Chowk from August 5 to 13. Army recruitment officer Davindera Singh said the recruitments would be made under the categories such as includes sepoy (general duty), Sikh Majabi, Ramdasia, soldier (technical, soldier nursing, soldier clerk , and storekeeper.

Talking about the criteria of the recruitment, the Army recruitment officer said the age for the recruitment was between seventeen-and-half years to twenty-one years. The aspirant should be 170 cm tall and their weight should not be less than 50 kg. The chest of aspirants should be 77cm to 82 cm.

A aspirant must have passed matriculation with 45 per cent marks and not less than 33 per cent in any of the subject. For the solider (technical) category, the education qualification will be XII with physics, chemistry, math and English subjects.



Police accused of inaction

Ludhiana, July 22
Demanding a fair inquiry, Balwant Singh Minian, president of the International Dharam Parchar Council alleged that the police had not been taking any action against the people, who allegedly barged into his home and assaulted him and his wife.

While addressing a press conference, Balwant Singh Minian said that some people wanted to grab his house with the aid of politicians. He alleged that around 35-40 persons forcefully entered his house at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on March 10. Balwant Singh Minian said, "I have filed a compliant against the accused persons at the police station, but instead of taking any action against the accused, the police has registered a forge case against me." "If the police does not take action against the accused within one week, we will protest against the Police authorities in the city", he said. — TNS



At PAU, hostel inmates arrive, complete registration process
Tribune News Service

A student arrives with his guardian on the PAU campus.

Ludhiana, July 22
The campus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was once again abuzz with activity as the new academic session began today. Students were seen completing their registration process in their respective departments.

Hostlers were seen arriving on the campus with their luggage. The newcomers were enthusiastic but some were nervous because of the new environment. "It is my first day in the university and has been really hectic. I came late and have been completing my registration process", said Sandeep, a student of B.Sc (first year). "I have done my schooling at Mukatsar and the environment here is totally different. I was excited about coming here, but now, I am nervous. ", said Ravi, a fresher. A postgraduate student said, "I reached here yesterday and met my friends after a long time".



Now, get certificates for disabled at civil hospital

Ludhiana, July 22
Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludiana, said that certificates for the handicapped and the disabled, which were earlier issued at the Civil Surgeon Office on every Thursday, will now be issued at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

He said that the change had been done while keeping in view the shortage of doctors. From August 1, 2013, these certificates will be issued at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, between 9 am to 1 pm on every Thursday. — TNS



Two arrested in cattle slaughter case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The city police arrested the main accused in the cattle slaughter case here today. The accused have been identified as Abdul Majid, alias Mahajan, a resident of Banaras (UP). In the case, the police had arrested Nadeem Yunis, alias Bunty, and Arshad Ali, alias Sonu, of Chhawni Mohalla on July 15, while Abhul Majid had managed to escape. The police arrested the accused from the Meharban area.

Police officials said the police had formed a number of teams to arrest the main accused. Today, the police raided the Meharban area following a tip off and arrested the accused.

Drug peddler arrested

The city police has nabbed a drug peddler here last evening. The accused has been identified as Gobind Singh, a resident of Gurpreet Nagar. The accused was nabbed from Yard chowk. The police said that a checkpoint had been set up near Dhandhari Kalan . The accused was coming from Dhandari. On spotting the police, he tried to escape. The police intercepted his motorcycle and nabbed him. During the search of his belongings, the police seized 150 gm of seductive powder. The police also recovered five stolen mobiles from his possession.

Mobile phone snatched

Three unidentified persons snatched a mobile and Rs 500 from a person at Tikoni Park, Jamalpur Chowk, last night. Complainant Kundan, a resident of Sukhdev Nagar, Bhamian, stated that he along with his brother was going home when three youths intercepted them near Tikoni Park. Two youths caught him by his arms and snatched his mobile.The third accused snatched Rs 500 from his pocket. The police recorded the statement of the victim and started the investigation.



Indian badminton league
Mumbai Masters pick city lad
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 22
Pranaav Jerry Chopra of Ludhiana was picked by Mumbai Masters for the Indian Badminton League (IBL) to be held later this year.

A press note issued by the Ludhiana Badminton Academy here today said the auction was held last evening in New Delhi and 150 players, including a number of international stars, went under the hammer for this league, which would be organised on the pattern of the Indian Premier League (cricket).

Pranaav Chopra emerged as the highest paid doubles player (US $36,000). He will team up with Akshay Dewalkar in this event. Jerry is currently, India's top ranked player in the doubles category, and seeded 30th in the world. His selection for the IBL will give him an opportunity to play with international stars such as world top seeded player, Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zweibler. Pranaav has already carved a niche for himself by representing the country in the international-level tournaments like Sudhirman Cup and Thomas Cup. He will also be taking part in the World Badminton Championship slated to be held next month.

Talking to The Tribune over the phone, Jerry expressed gratitude towards the Badminton Association of India for appointing Indonesian coach to train him. "This will certainly help me to learn the latest techniques of the game and help in polishing my game further," he opined.



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