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Rain throws life out of gear
Several roads inundated; sewer network choked; students, office-goers stranded
Kuldip Bhatia

Students wade through knee-deep water on Domoria Bridge Road.
Students wade through knee-deep water on Domoria Bridge Road.

Ludhiana, August 6
Heavy rain lashed the city for more than six hours today, throwing life out of gear in the mega city with most of the roads, including those in several posh localities, under knee-deep water. In many parts, the rainwater choked the sewer network and residents complained of sewer discharge flowing into their houses and commercial establishments.

Life virtually came to a standstill as the roads were flooded with rainwater, causing huge inconvenience to motorists, especially two-wheeler drivers. The public transport system was adversely affected with little movement of three-wheelers, cycle rickshaws and local buses due to the waterlogging.

Pedestrians, school and college students and a large number of office-goers were stranded as long spells of rain restricted the movement on city roads. At several places, vehicles got stuck in water accumulated on roads.

Most of the commercial and residential areas in the old city were affected. Roads in other parts of the city were also inundated. Areas like Old GT Road from Jagraon Bridge to Old Sabzi Mandi, Domoria Bridge Road, Old District Courts Road, Dholewal Chowk and feeder roads in the Civil Lines, Model Town, BRS Nagar and Dugri remained under water for several hours.

Councillors representing old city localities and the periphery complained of rainwater flooding residential areas and shops alongside main roads. Parminder Mehta, spokesperson for the Congress councillors, said the municipal corporation had failed to carry out extensive cleaning of sewer lines and open drains ahead of the rainy season.

He said rainwater and sewer discharge had entered several houses and shops in Talab Bazar, Chaura Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Chauri Sarak and Gokal Road, causing damage to household articles and merchandise. "The MC top brass and the state government brag about major infrastructure development projects, which may or may not materialise, but the civic body has failed to provide basic amenities like a proper sewer network and drains for the disposal of rainwater," said Mehta.


City records 59 mm of rainfall
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
With the city today witnessing the second heavy rainfall of this month so far, the city has received 107 mm of rainfall in the first week of August. The city receives an average rainfall of 180 mm in August. The city today recorded 59 mm of rainfall from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm. Earlier, the city and the adjoining areas had received 47 mm of rainfall on Saturday.

According to the agro-meteorology department of Punjab Agricultural University, more rain is expected over the next 24 hours. Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Agro-meteorologist at the PAU, said, "We are predicting more rain over the next 24 hours.

"This year the monsoon has been good so far and we have received more than the average rainfall," she said.

According to agriculture experts and farmers, the rain will prove useful for the paddy crop. However, farmers of the kandi area have started panicking due to the rising water level of the Sutlej.

Meanwhile, residents today got a respite from the hot and humid weather conditions due to the rain. There was a dip in the temperature.

Ravinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, said," Due to the heavy rain, I stayed at home and enjoyed the pleasant weather. The rain brought a respite from the humid weather". 



School Games: Rain plays spoilsport on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Rain played spoilsport on the second day of the district School Games. Sports officials decided to postpone the matches of all outdoor games due to the rain.

The chess competitions were organised on the premises of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar. In the U-14 girls' category, students of Greenland Bypass clinched the first prize. In the same category, BCM Arya Senior Secondary School won the second position, while Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, bagged the third position.

In the U-17 girls' category, BCM, Sector 32, won the first position, while Greenland Bypass bagged the second position and BCM, Shastri Nagar, ended up at the third spot.

In the U-19 category, Greenland Bypass won the first position, while Sacred Heart, BRS Nagar, won the second position and BVM the third position.



Labour shortage forces knitwear industry to
outsource work

Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A labourer at work in a knitwear unit in Ludhiana.
A labourer at work in a knitwear unit in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 6
The textile and knitwear industry in the city is flooded with orders for the coming winter season, but a shortage of labour is playing spoilsport for it. Left with no other option, the industry has started outsourcing work to deliver the consignments on time.

Several textile manufactures are also hiring specialists and outsourcing their work to reduce the dependence on labourers. "Small works in my units like tying, knitting and dyeing are being outsourced now as it is very difficult to engage labour for such a small work. The industry is now in a mood of automation as things are going to be really difficult in the times to come," said Kunal Gandhi, MD of Gandhi Fabrics.

Some units have also appointed specialists to suggest measures to reduce the dependence on labour. Industry representatives are also making regular visits to China to learn their the "art of working and reducing the dependence on labour".

"The labour problem is getting out of hand. Outsourcing is a short-term solution and is not going to help in the long run. To solve the problem, we need to reduce our dependence on labour," said an official of Krishna Fabrications.

The industry is trying hard to retain labour. While some units have increased the wages of labourers, several others have given them emoluments and incentives like mobile phones and cycles. Big houses are building colonies to help retain manpower required by the industry.

Some other units are trying their hand at employing local women and training them instead of depending on labourers coming from far-flung areas.

Rakesh Singla, an industrialist, maintained that besides "automation and upgrade", the garment industry was looking for more women workers. "Instead of calling labourers from far-flung areas, we plan to train local women, who can be easily be absorbed in the textile industry."



GLADA nets Rs 37.52 crore
Auctions 22 of 54 commercial sites/properties
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 6
A day after the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) sold 14 residential plots in Dhandari Kalan for Rs 9.90 crore, it raked in another Rs 37.52 crore from the sale of 22 commercial sites/properties in Dugri, Phase I and II, and Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road in a public auction conducted here today. The properties sold today yielded a premium of nearly 40 per cent over the total reserve price of Rs 27.37 crore.

Braving moderate to heavy rain that continued since morning till afternoon, more than 70 prospective buyers turned up for the auction, with each one of them having deposited an eligibility fee of Rs 50,000 for a shop/booth and Rs 1 lakh for a shop-cum-office (SCO).

The auction was conducted by GLADA Estate Officer Rakesh Kumar Popli along with Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, Superintending Engineer RK Sharma and other officials.

According to Popli, the SCOs in Dugri, Phase I, were sold at the highest price of Rs 1,20,500 per sq yard while the lowest successful bid was Rs 1,11,500 per sq yard against the reserve price of Rs 80,000 per sq yard. The lone shop in this locality, with the same reserve price, fetched a price of Rs 1,30,000 per sq yard.

Similarly, the SCOs in Dugri, Phase II, with a floor price of Rs 1,04,795 per sq yard, were taken for Rs 1,52,200 (highest) and Rs 1,16,600 (lowest) per sq yard. The highest bid for a booth in this locality with a reserve price of Rs 1,01,970 per sq yard was Rs 1,98,500 while the lowest successful bid was Rs 1,10,000 per sq yard. The lone booth sold in Sector 32-A was taken for Rs 2,11,100 per sq yard against its reserve price of Rs 1,35,991 per sq yard.

The GLADA had put 54 commercial sites/properties under the hammer. The properties that failed to attract bidders included two shop-cum-flats (SCFs) in Dugri, Phase I, one SCO and four booths in Dugri, Phase II, three SCOs, five SCFs and 17 booths in Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road. 



Bridge collapse rumour sends police in a tizzy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A rumour regarding the collapse of the old Sutlej bridge had officials of the police and the administration on their toes here today.

A miscreant allegedly spread the rumour on the mobile messaging application, "Whatsapp", that the old Sutlej bridge had collapsed and 10 cars had fallen into it.

The rumour sent the police and the administration in a tizzy. Frantic calls were made by officials of the NHAI from Delhi to check the status of the bridge. Employees of the Ladhowal toll plaza and district administration officials at Phillaur also rushed to the spot to check the status. Soon panic SMSes were sent by residents, asking each other not to travel towards Phillaur.

Later, employees of the administration clarified that the Sutlej bridge collapse message was a hoax.

"Miscreants are taking the entire city for a ride and creating a fear psychosis among residents. Earlier, there was a rumour about the Kala Kachha gang. Then there was a rumour about the African gang comprising students and now this one regarding the collapse of the Sutlej bridge. Those spreading these rumours will be taken to task," said ACP-Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand.

The police today nabbed a man and a woman for spreading rumours and causing panic in the Kakowal area here. The accused have been identified as Deepak Kumar and Surinder Kaur. The duo have been booked under Section 68 of the Punjab Police Act. They were allegedly spreading rumours that the Kala Kachha gang was operating in the area.



‘Check use of pressure horns by students’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The use of pressure horns is not limited to buses and trucks. School students are increasingly using pressure horns on their mobikes, which is contributing to the noise pollution.

The district administration has expressed concern over the "growing menace" of pressure horns used by youngsters.

Executive Magistrate Shikha Bhagat today passed instructions to District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal to spread awareness among children about the ill-effects of pressure horns to check the menace.

Chahal was asked to ensure that all schools in the district teach their students how pressure horns contribute to the noise pollution. Similar instructions were given to elementary education officers.

The Executive Magistrate today ordered the traffic police and the Transport Department to remove pressure horns from buses and trucks.

Bhagat passed the directions while chairing a meeting of the district-level noise pollution monitoring cell.

Members the cell sought action against school bus operators for using pressure horns. They complained that a majority of the vans ferrying schoolchildren had pressure horns.



Water samples of 272 schools fail purity test
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Water samples of 272 government schools and government-aided schools in the district have failed the purity test. The Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kaushal Saini, said, "We have received the report of water samples collected from 969 schools in the district, of which 272 have failed the purity test, while 697 samples were found fit for human consumption."

The Health Department has now written to these schools to get their water tanks purified and check the water sources."

There are 1,533 government and government-aided schools in the district where H2S kits were distributed for testing water. Dr Saini said, "The report of some schools from where water samples were collected is under compilation."

The Water and Sanitation Department, Chandigarh, had provided the H2S kits to these schools for testing water.



Rain plays spoilsport at public darbar
79 complaints disposed of at Kotwali police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Rain played spoilsport during a public darbar organised at the Kotwali Police Station. As the incessant rain flooded the old city area, only 80 complainants could manage to reach the Kotwali police station.

Giving details about the public darbar, ACP (North) J Elanchezhian said it was organised for the quick disposal of complaints.

The ACP admitted that the rain hampered the programme. After the rain stopped, the complainants started arriving at the police station.

Elanchezian said a total of 79 complaints were disposed of by the police during the darbar. As many as 53 complaints were disposed of from the Salem Tabri police station, while 12 complaints were resolved from the Division No. 4 police station. Complaints pertaining to other police stations were also disposed of during the darbar.

The officer said there were many petty disputes, which were settled after counselling both the groups. 



Raid on food court at mall
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Excise and Taxation Department today raided a food court, "Destination Food", located at Silver Arc Mall for not paying tax. The food court has not even got itself registered with the department.

“The food court is operational for the past several months, but it failed to get itself registered with the department. Incriminating documents have been seized and it is estimated that they were defaulting on the payment of VAT,” said Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Bhupinder Gupta.

The exact amount could be known after the verification of records and papers, he said.

Meanwhile, the owner of Welkom Palace deposited a lump sum amount of Rs 2.25 lakh as tax to the Excise and Taxation Department for organising an exhibition at the venue.

The Excise and Taxation Department raided Welkom Palace yesterday evening where a lifestyle exhibition had been going on for the past few days.

The exhibitors, who were from outside the state, had paid their tax. While neither the exhibitors from within the state nor the owner of the venue had paid the tax. One of the two is required to pay the tax amount.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Bhupinder Gupta said: “The owner of the palace deposited a lump sum amount of Rs 2.25 lakh as tax. He was required to deposit the tax in advance according to the stalls, but he did not. The other option is that the stall owners pay tax according to the sales”.

Gupta said in past also, several cases had come forward where exhibitors did not pay tax.

“Any person hosting an exhibition is required to pay tax to the department,” he said. 



Businessmen briefed about opportunities in Hong Kong

Ludhiana, August 6
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) jointly organised a session on “fast track to expand business with China and international markets via Hong Kong” in Ludhiana. It was organised to raise the awareness of local entrepreneurs and businessmen about Hong Kong being an excellent sourcing platform for quality products.

The objective of the seminar was to encourage Indian companies to expand their business to the Chinese and international markets via Hong Kong, and also take advantage of the array of business services provided by the HKTDC.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council also supports India companies by providing marketing opportunities, business matching services, market intelligence and SME development programmes that help Indian businesses take the next step towards international business opportunities.

Sunny Chau, marketing manager from HKTDC Regional Office in Bangkok, and Rajesh Bhagat, HKTDC India consultant, were the keynote speakers for the session. They made presentations on international trade opportunities and the practical assistance that the HKTDC offers to assist Indian businessmen.

The HKTDC is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. It organises around 30 trade fairs annually, of which three are the world’s largest and eight are the Asia’s largest fairs. It organises business missions to connect Indian companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and China, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online media. The session was attended by 130 delegates from various segments of industries. — TNS



Green category industries
Knitwear Club sends memo to CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Knitwear Club has sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister regarding the areas that are with heavy concentration of green category industries and do not generate any kind of pollution but are not included in industrial mixed land use.

“The industry of Ludhiana, which is predominantly an industrial city, was shocked, shattered and surprised to find that some of the areas, which have a large concentration of the hosiery industry, garment embroidery units, dairies, gobar gas plant, medicines, paper/cardboard box factories, printing units, air/water coolers, ice-cream units, for more than hundred years have been left out of the industrial mixed land use category,” said Darshan Dawar, president of the club, in the memorandum.

The units, which are around 10,000 in number, are a source of providing two square meals a day to more than one lakh workers directly or indirectly. These age-old industries face ignominy of closure as a result of non-inclusion of these locations in the industrial mixed land use areas. These units are functioning from such localities that are predominantly engaged in manufacturing and auxiliary activities. Barely 20 per cent of the premises account for residential purpose while the remaining 80 per cent relate to industrial activities.



Withdraw appeal from SC: Cong panel to Modi
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) legal cell has appealed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to immediately withdraw the appeal filed by his government in the Supreme Court.

Dharamjit Singh Khera, chairman of the legal cell, said the High Court of Gujarat had given its verdict in favour of Sikhs residing in Gujarat for more than 30 years. What was the need for the government to approach the Apex Court, if they were in favour of Sikhs?

Khera alleged that Modi was shedding crocodile tears and levelling false allegations against the Congress.

“He was saying that there was confusion in the rules and a circular issued by the Congress in 1973. No one prevented him from withdrawing that circular and removing confusion over the rules,” he said.

Among others who were present during the meeting included the legal cell’s ex-state chairman PD Sharma, district convener Ashok Bhakri, Trilok Singh Sood, SK Pathak, Ramesh Lakhanpal and Kamaljit Sharma.

The PPCC legal cell also exhorted the SAD-BJP leadership to compel the Modi government to withdraw the appeal instead of befooling Sikhs by their old habitual slogans.



Over 50% men unaware of andropause: Expert
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Like female menopause, males also go through a similar phenomenon with identical symptoms called andropause. More than 50 per cent men are unaware of it. These men keep visiting physicians for getting themselves treated, and sometimes fall prey to other lifestyle diseases. This was revealed by Dr Kim Mammen, Professor and Head, Department of Urology, CMC, Ludhiana.

He said: “Hormone named testosterone stimulates sexual development in the male infant, bone and muscle growth in adult males, and is responsible for sexual drive. It has been found that even in healthy men, by the age of 55, the amount of testosterone secreted into the bloodstream is significantly lower than it is just 10 years earlier. In fact, by age 80, most male hormone levels decrease to pre-puberty levels".

Dr Nitin Aggarwal, another city-based urologist of Balaji Hospital, said: “Diagnosis and treatment of andropause is must. Sometimes, deficiency of this hormone also results in late-onset diabetes and diseases related to pancreas. There is a myth that the treatment of andropause can cause prostate cancer. There is nothing like that.”

Dr Ravinder Vatsayan, Ayurveda Guru of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, said: “In Ayurveda it is called ‘vaya-sandhi’ when young age and old age meet. In ancient books of the Ayurveda, it has been said that by proper diet, lifestyle and stress management one can manage it.”

Decrease in sex drive, lack of energy, decrease in strength and/or endurance, lost height, decreased "enjoyment of life", sad and/or grumpy, erections less strong, deterioration in ability to play sports, falling asleep after dinner, decreased work performance.

Although all causes of male menopause have not been fully researched, some factors that are known to contribute to this condition are hypothalamic sluggishness, hormone deficiencies, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, hypertension, prescription and non-prescription medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor circulation, and psychological problems, notably mid-life depression. A general decline in potency at mid-life can be expected in a significant proportion of the male population. A relative increase in circulating levels of estrogen (which competes with testosterone for cellular receptor sites) can tilt the testosterone- estrogen balance unfavourably and can reduce the availability of testosterone to target cells.

Tips to cope with change
Find new ways to relieve stress, eat nutritious, low-fat and high-fibre diet, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, find a supportive friend or group and talk to them about what you are going through, limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine and drink lots of water. 



Rat menace at railway station
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
It may sound surprising but the fact is that the Ludhiana railway station, one of the most revenue generating railway stations of North India, is finding itself helpless in controlling pests on the station premises and rail tracks.

The population of rats and cockroaches has been increasing rapidly at the station. The railway authorities used to hire a private firm to control the pest at the railway station. But, for past year and a half the officials have failed to arrange any of the pest management company.

It often happens when rats and cockroaches entered the trains and passengers created drama with their surprise entry. Even the offices of the railway authorities at the railway station are not safe. Moreover, rats damage the luggage of passengers.

Number of rats is quite less at platform no. 1, 2 and 3 as the cleaners clean the tracks properly. Besides these tracks, all other tracks are filthy and haven for the rats.

“Rats are common at railway stations across the country. The number of rats is quite more at the Ludhiana Railway Station. I don't know the reason behind their large population. But, the railway authorities should control the rats and other pests as this can cause various diseases and health hazards to the visitors,” a passengersaid.

Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent, said, “It is true that population of rats has been increasing. Even my office is not safe from them. We are trying to manage the things individually and soon tenders for hiring a pest management company will be invited again.”



Delay in salary irks health employees

Ludhiana, August 6
The Para-Medical and Health Employees Union of Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, organised a meeting today under the leadership of Avtar Singh, president.

They discussed the issue of delay in getting salaries since the month of June. Following which the employees held protest by wearing black badges today.

Avtar Singh said, “The union demands that their long pending demands should be fulfilled at the earliest.” Sahnewal SMO said, “Salaries have been given to the majority of staff. Since, the treasury was closed, so the remaining staff will be given salary soon.” — TNS



Students face harassment
Say roadways staff dilly-dallying on providing bus passes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Students from Ludhiana, studying at DAV College, Phillaur, are facing harassment at the hands of Punjab Roadways, as the staff has adopted a dilly-dallying attitude in providing them the bus passes.

Many of the students have been flatly declined the bus pass by the authorities as they are studying at Phillaur. They were told that their bus passes will be made from Phagwara and not from Ludhiana despite the fact that they have to board the buses from Ludhiana.

Karan Saini, a student, said that he was making rounds at the office for the past one week but of no use.

“We are about 20 students and the staff at the office here has asked us that passes will be made at Phagwara. Authorities in Phagwara maintain that since we belong to Ludhiana, the bus passes will be made by the roadways there. We have to travel between Ludhiana and Phagwara but the passes have still not been made,” said the student.

Another student Kamaljit Singh said, “Passes of our seniors are being renewed and only the new students are facing problems. We were told since the NOC by the college had not been submitted, so passes are not being issued to them. But the college authorities have already sent the NOC and the receipt is with college, still we fail to understand, why are they not giving us the bus passes? We have to make queues at the bus stand to get the tickets and in such circumstances, we reach college late most of the times.”

Amrik Singh, Superintendent at Roadways Office, said there was some confusion over the NOC by the college. But now we have got the information that the PRTC has received it. In Phagwara too, their passes can be made but we would also start the process here from tomorrow.



Computer diploma course discontinued at SCD College
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) programme, which was running at SCD Government College here for the last three years, was abruptly stopped by the PU.

The PGDCA course was being run at SCD Government College for the last three years and students were being given 30 per cent rebate on the fee structure as it came under the self-financed courses.

According to information, when the PU team visited the college for the affiliation of courses, "by mistake", the team wrote that the PGDCA had been discontinued in the college. On top of it, even the college authorities did not bother to write about the discontinuation of the programme to the government so that matter could be taken up with the university authorities.

Mukesh Arora, a senior faculty member from SCD Government College, said they were in touch with the PU authorities and the course would started soon. "We have sufficient funds and salaries as per university norms. Since, students and their parents had shown keen interest in the programme, we will start it again from this session itself," said Arora.

Meanwhile, Sikandar Singh Maluka, Education Minister, when asked about the discontinuation of the programme from SCD College said he was unaware of the situation and neither the college authorities nor the parents or students have approached him.

"The programmes from government colleges cannot be discontinued without valid reason. At government college students are given education at much lower rates as compared to private colleges and government colleges are always preferred by the students. College authorities must write a letter to the university and a copy of it should be sent to us so that we can take up the matter with the PU," said Sikandar Singh Maluka.



Street plays mark Organ Donation Day

Ludhiana, August 6
On ‘Organ Donation Day’ the Theatre Studies Department of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, organised street plays at MBD Neopolis, Westend Mall, SarabhaNagar (Kipps) Market, Khalsa College for Women Ghumar Mandi, and Khalsa College for Women Gujjarkhan campus.

The aim is to make people realise the importance of organ donation and to provide students an opportunity to spread message about it.

“We need to take steps to educate people on the importance of donating their organs so that others can get a new life,” said Dr Paranjit Kaur, principal. — TNS



Extension lecture

Ludhiana: NSS Unit of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, organised an extension lecture on “Skin Rejuvenation” with special emphasis on facial skin. Dr Aman Dua, Consultant Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon, was the resource person. Dr Aman Dua interacted with the NSS volunteers and enlightened them regarding daily skincare and how to reinvigorate it. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal extended welcome to Dr Aman Dua and expressed her gratitude towards the speaker. She motivated the students to interact with the resource person and to attain maximum information.

MoU signed

Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter and the PCTE Group of Institutes signed MoU for opening of Yi Net at the PCTE, Baddowal. Young Indians objective is to ensure that the current generation of young Indians is involved in shaping the future of India as a developed and inclusive nation. With opening of Yi Net at PCTE students will get platform to work along with CII & Young Indians for nation building as well as self development as a leader. On the occasion, Sifti Riat, chairperson (Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter), thanked the management of the PCTE for taking up the initiative and ensured that this would be a journey filled with lots of learning and fun. Aanchal Goel, co-chairperson, Youth Affairs (Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter), presented a short presentation about working of Yi Net to all students. She exemplified activities and events happening all over nation and abroad in terms of student community and appealed students to be the part of change. Harpreet K Kang, Deputy Dean, International affairs, at the PCTE applauded the efforts of Young Indians and ensured that association of Yi and PCTE would bring futuristic results.

New academic session

The USPC Jain Institute of Professional Studies, an associate institute of GNDU, Amritsar, commenced its classes. On the occasion, Tarsem Kumar and Mohinder Paul Jain encouraged students to do well. KK Dhir shared his experiences with the students and told students to have confidence in themselves and work hard. Tarun Ghai encouraged students to grow in inter-disciplinary learning culture of the college. —TNS



Tips for horticultural operations imparted

Ludhiana: Providing useful tips for the horticultural operations in August, the farm experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised the farmers of the Punjab that the weather in this month is the most suitable for the establishment and growth of evergreen fruit plants like citrus, mango, guava, aonla, litchi, loquat, and sapota. The experts suggested that the short statured leguminous crops such as moong, mash, guara and beans may be intercropped on vacant land in the young orchards. Elaborating, the experts emphasized on adopting prompt measures to drain out excess rainwater from the orchards. In case of root damage due to water stagnation in pear and peach apply 10 g Bavistin 50 WP+ 5g Vitavax 75WP in 10 litres of water along the trunk after draining out the excess water and drying of soil. Prune the dried ends of the branches alongwith 5-8 cm of the live wood, they told. "To check weeds in ber orchard, spray 1.2 kg Hexuron 80 WP (Diuron) per acre during first fortnight of August or 1.2 litres Gramoxone (Paraquat) during second fortnight of August when the weeds are growing actively. Dissolve the herbicide in 200 litres of water per acre," they said. Furthermore, to control zinc deficiency, the experts advised to spray the affected citrus trees with 0.3 per cent zinc sulphate without addition of lime to late summer flush. "In citrus, spray 1250 ml Rogor 30EC or 200 ml Crocodile 17.8 SL in 500 litres of water for the control of insect-pests. Spray Bordeaux mixture (2:2:250) or 50 per cent Copper Oxychloride (0.3%) for the control of citrus diseases. To control foot rot of citrus, drench the affected plants with 25 g Ridomil Gold or Matco 8-64 in 10 litres of water per tree," they told.

Dates for seven kisan melas announced

Punjab Agricultural University has announced the dates for the series of seven kisan melas (farmers' fair) scheduled to be held in September in various parts of the state. Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said: “The first regional kisan mela will be organised at Tarn Taran on September 2, followed by another at Ballowal Saunkhri on September 4, at Gurdaspur on September 6, and at Faridkot on September 10. The two-day kisan mela on the PAU campus will be held on September 13 and 14.” Dr Gill said, “The melas will familiarise the farmers and farm women with the latest farm innovations and advanced agri-technologies for the forthcoming rabi season. Besides, the fair will provide an opportunity to the farming community to visit exhibitions and technical stalls, interact with the subject-matter specialists, discuss their farm issues and seek on the spot solutions for the same.” — TNS



from schools
Teej celebrated

Ludhiana: “Teej” was celebrated by the students of the kindergarten wing of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass. The school campus wore the look of a typical Punjabi village and was beautifully decorated with phulkaris and flowers. The students had a wonderful time taking swings and relishing malpuas and kheer. Chairman-cum-director of the school Rajesh Rudhra and principal Baldeep Pandher joined the students. They impressed upon the fact that such celebrations play a vital role in binding the students to their culture as the present generation is drifting away from their age old traditions under the impact of westernisation.

Army School

The day started with full of fun and frolic on Vajra Army school premises where "Teej" was celebrated. Students were made aware of the culture and heritage of our country and significance of the festival. Teachers and students were dressed up in their best of Punjabi dresses enjoyed the day. The pre-primary wing students performed bhangra and folk play ‘vanjara’. The primary wing students participated in a ‘multi-cultural’ fashion show. Girl students also performed ‘gidda’. Gautam and Gurbaksh Kaur of Class V were awarded Mr Punjab and Miss Punjaban titles on the basis of their dress, confidence and personality.

MGM Public School

Students of MGM Public School celebrate Teej in Ludhiana. Students of MGM Public School celebrated “Teej” with gusto on the school premises. The students delivered speeches to depict the importance of the festival. Students of the junior wing sang Shabad. Community lunch was also arranged for the students to imbibe the feeling of brotherhood and togetherness. Principal Poonam Sharma felicitated all the students and highlighted the importance of the festival.

Students of MGM Public School celebrate Teej in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Fauja Singh visits Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy

Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy became a host to yet another eminent personality when Fauja Singh visited the campus .He was accorded with floral welcome by the school captain Lovedeep Kaur. The Amritians inquisitiveness about Fauja Singh's life and personality could be gauged from the fact that they satisfied all their queries during his short visit. In his words, Fauja Singh highlighted that the string of success was attached to the roots of culture and spiritualism. Hard work and Honesty always pays dividend and one should never ever shirk it.

Delegation’s visit

A delegation of Canadian educationists and representatives from over 14 Atlantic Canadian universities on Tuesday visited DCM Presidency School, Ludhiana, where they interacted with the students and gave them an overview of the Canadian educational system. Earlier, the delegation on their arrival was greeted by members of the student council. Later, in order to imbibe a spirit of internationalism, the students were exposed to various processes and system to get into the best universities abroad .The members of the delegation, including Mike Rosson from EduNova, Gillian Macdonald from Dalhousie University, David Switch from University of King's College and Lauren Culllen from Saint Mary's University were present on the occasion.


Investiture ceremony was organised on the campus of GMT Public School on Tuesday to designate the students on important disciplinary positions. The ceremony was conducted during the morning assembly. Four houses along with their houses in charges assembled in the school ground. The house in charges of Bhagat, Patel, Subhash and Tagore house, Charanjeet, Geeta, Natasha and Manju Verma were honored with the badges. The concluding part of the ceremony was the announcement of the names of junior head boy and junior head girl. They were Mahesh Sood and Harpreet of Class VIII .The principal of the school, Amarjit Dhaliwal congratulated all the students who have been appointed at different designations.

Career counselling

Delegates of 14 Canadian Universities visited Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School BRS Nagar on Tuesday for the career counselling of students of classes XI-XII. The main objective of the counselling session was to enhance the education and to articulate educational paths for those who want to study abroad. The focus of the session was to give an in-depth exploration of different education programmes in Canada. Students whole heartedly participated in the interactive session and their queries were taken up by the representatives. The Principal, Rev Sister Christo, expressed her gratitude to all the delegates for sharing the valuable information for different ventures open to students.

Plantation drive

Students of Rose Playway Pre-School on Tuesday planted saplings. The students were told about the importance of plants. Tarannum Fatma, Principal of the school, said: “If children are made to realise the importance of trees, they will grow into responsible citizens.”

Group discussion competition

To develop communication skills among students, group discussion competition was held at BCM School, Basant Avenue, Dugri. The students of classes VI to X represented different countries like China, Pakistan , Australia , USA , India and they discussed social , biological , economical and cultural problems of the country. The discussion was aimed at getting knowledge, confidence and team work through peer learning. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi was greatly impressed by the performance of the students and encouraged them. — TNS



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Dengue cases reported

Two cases of dengue have been reported from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. These included two male patients from Gurdaspur and Hanuman Garh, Rajasthan, respectively.

Hair trend show

The annual hair trend show for hairdressers, titled, Smart Street Style Collection was oganised here by Indola. The show stepped into its second season. It was graced by leading international hairstylist Dieter Kaiser and Nitin Manchanda, technical head of Indola. Around, 20 Punjab hair stylist winners of Indola Raftaar, a contest held by Indola, were rewarded.

Protest held

Youth wing of Shiv Sena Hindustan protested against the killing of Indian soldier by Pakistan Army. Krishan Sharma, president of the state wing, said, “It has become a common practice for the soldiers from across the border to infringe upon our land. The time has come to take a strict action against the same.”

Blood donation

A blood donation camp was organised with Salaam Zindagi Foundation by Cinepolis to celebrate its first anniversary. A team of doctors led by Dr Sonia Singla, from medicine and transfusion dept, DMCH, co-ordinated the camp. Around, 52 units of blood was donated.

Play staged

Members of the Akas Rang Manch at a felicitation ceremony in Samrala.Samrala: Akas Rang Manch, staged a play ‘Mawan de Dukhre Kaun Sune’ based on story ‘Sambhlo Punjab’ written by Gurpreet Singh Toor at Samrala. The play directed by Rajwinder Samrala is based on the story of youths falling prey to drugs in Punjab. — TNS

Members of the Akas Rang Manch at a felicitation ceremony in Samrala. A Tribune Photograph



Punjab squad for athletics championship announced
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab Athletics Association (PAA) released the names of players who would represent the state in the forthcoming 25th National Athletics Championship scheduled to be held at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh from August 31 to September 2.

The list of athletes in the boys’ and girls’ under 14, 16, 18 and 20 categories, except for boys’ (U-20), was released by RS Randhawa, general secretary (officiating) of the PAA, here today. The names of athletes in the boys’ U-20 category would be announced later, said Randhawa.

The names of athletes are:

Boys’ U-14: Mohit, Shankar Singh, Abhay Puri, Amninder Singh, Sahil, Karanvir and Nihal Singh

Girls’ U-14: Nisha, Anamika, Avdeep Kaur and Paramjit Kaur

Boys’ U-16: Gurpreet Singh, Ashish, Gurpreet Singh II, Dilbir Singh, Snehpal, Arshdeep, Amritpal Singh, Karandeep Singh, Harmesh, Gurpreet Singh III, Ajaypal Singh, Anand, Ustam, Sukhwinder Singh, Mankirat Singh, Mehakpreet, Surinder, Divnoor, Ujjhal and Hardeep Singh

Girls’ U-16: Sukhwinder Kaur, Priyanka, Mandeep Kaur, Prabhjot Kaur, Jashanpreet Kaur, Sukhwant Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Netika, Ramandeep Kaur, Arpandeep Kaur and Karanbir Kaur

Boys’ U-18: Simranjeet Singh, Sukhsagar, Sharan, Dharamvir, Jagraj Singh, Pawan, Swaraj, Lovpreet, Jaspreet Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Prabhjot Singh

Girls’ U-18: Manbir Kaur, Avneet Kaur, Abhiti, Pooja, Birbal, Sukhbir Kaur, Daljeet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Kamalpreet Kaur, Upneet Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur and Jyoti Saini

Girls’ U-20: Mandeep Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Virpal Kaur, Taranpreet Kaur, Kuljeet Kaur, Saroj, Amandeep Kaur, Suman, Navneet, Amandeep Kaur and Harpreet Kaur.

MS Dhillon and Paramjit Kaur have been appointed managers, while Prem Singh will accompany the contingents as the assistant manager.

Sarbjit Singh Happy, Kulwant Singh and Birkramkeet Singh will be the coaches of the teams.



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