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DTO rap for auto dealers
Asks them to submit documents within three days from date of delivery
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The District Transport Office, Ludhiana, has asked the automobile dealers to pull up their socks and submit documents related to registration certificates (RCs) of vehicles within three days of delivery.

The District Transport Officer, Anil Garg, has said: “I have issued these instructions to the auto dealers to avoid harassment to buyers who keep doing rounds of auto agencies to collect their RCs."

Garg said anyone who failed to submit the documents within three days from the date of delivery will have to pay a fine of Rs 20 per vehicle per day.

There are more than 95 auto dealers in the district who have been authorised to issue RCs. Surinder Kumar, who bought a car a few weeks ago, said: "I am yet to receive the RC of my vehicle. I visited the dealer concerned twice and every time he asked me to come the next week."

Sohrab Singh, a resident of the Dugri area, said: "I think the administration should take strict action against dealers if they submit the documents very late."

In many cases people got the RCs of their vehicles two or three months after deliver.

300 vehicles are registered in city daily

On an average, 300 new vehicles are registered daily in Ludhiana district. The DTO said: "We have almost cleared the backlog of the RCs. About 1,200 are pending now."


Anganwadi workers feel cheated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Anganwadi workers staged a protest and burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh near the Mini-Secretariat here today. Members of the Anganwadi Mulazam Union (Punjab), led by Subash Rani, alleged that the Centre had not considered any of their demand in the interim budget.

More than 2,000 anganwadi workers shouted slogans against the Centre and the Punjab Government. They pressed a revision in the criteria for promotions from anganwadi helpers to workers.

Subhash Rani, district president of the union, said: "As per the present promotion criteria for anganwadi employees, a helper is upgraded as worker after 10 years of service. We have demanded from the government to revise the criteria so a helper is promoted as worker after three years."

The anganwadi workers have also demanded construction of more buildings at the anganwadi centres in the state.

There are 26,566 anganwadi centres running under the Centre. The union leaders said more than 53,000 anganwadi employees worked in the state. Bhinder Kaur, general secretary of the union, said: "Providing quality food to the anganwadi centres is our long-pending demand. The government does not provide us LPG cylinders to cook the food."

If the government does not address our demands, then we will intensify out protest, said Subash Rani.



Posting video on social site led to Salem Tabri murder
Accused shot Satwinder to avenge humiliation
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Satwinder Singh, who was killed in the shooting incident.
Satwinder Singh, who was killed in the shooting incident. a file photograph

Ludhiana, February 21
Gangs of criminals have gone tech savvy. Now, they use the mobile messaging applications and social networking websites to terrorise their rivals.

The fact came to light following the arrest of Kapil Kumar, alias Billa Haryanvi, the prime accused in the Monday night's shooting incident at Salem Tabri. Satwinder was shot dead in full public view at New Azad Nagar near Bahadurke Road. The incident had led to a massive protest on National Highway. The victim's relatives had accused SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon of sheltering the assailants.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- IV) Swapan Sharma said Billa Haryanvi wanted to settle a score with Satwinder, Jassa and their accomplices for humiliating him by uploading his video on a social networking website and circulating it through mobile messaging applications.

Billa has reportedly told the police that Jassa, Satwinder and their accomplices had kidnapped him. They held him captive and assaulted him.

Billa said they made him beg for his life. Jassa and Satwinder recorded the entire incident. Later, Jassa uploaded the video on a social networking website and circulated the clipping through the mobile messaging applications.

To avenge his humiliation, Billa bought a country-made pistol for Rs 25,000. Billa claimed that on Monday evening he came to know that Jassa was visiting the market. Soon after receiving the information, he, along with his two accomplices, reached the market. Instead of Jassa, Billa came across Satwinder in the market. Soon an argument ensued between Billa and Satwinder. Billa said Satwinder mocked at him by showing him the video.

This led to a fight between them. Billa pulled out a pistol and fired three shots at Satwinder, killing him on the spot.



Youth killed in accident

Ludhiana, February 21
A 22-year-old youth was killed while his friend suffered critical injuries in an accident here today. The victim has been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Durgapuri, Haibowal, and his friend as Ritesh Kumar.

Investigating officer Sukhwinder Singh said the incident took place at around 3.30 am when the duo, who videographed weddings for a living, were driving back home.

When they reached Elite Arcade on Mall Road, Gurpreet, who was driving the car, lost control over it and crashed into a divider. The vehicle overturned after hitting the railing.

Gurpreet was the only child of her parents. — TNS



APICON-2014: Scientific sessions mark Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
On the second day of APICON-2014, which was inaugurated by Prof KC Mohanty from Mumbai, several scientific sessions were held.

Dr Amit Ghosh from Mayo Clinic, USA, delivered the inaugural guest lecture on continuous professional development while Dr Siddharth N Shah from Mumbai spoke on the Indian guidelines on hypertension.

Dr Inder S Anand from the USA elaborated on the topic, "Heart Failure: Current concepts 2014". He said cardiac arrest would continue to pose many challenges to health care providers. Research is going on to understand this complex disease. "New therapies are being developed to check heart failures, improve the quality of life and prolong life expectancy in cardiac patients. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment offers new opportunities to improve the overall management and quality of life of such patients," said Dr Anand.

Dr OP Kalra from Delhi delivered "Netaji Oration" on genetic determinants of diabetic nephropathy. He said 40 per cent diabetics were at the risk of having kidney failure. “But not everyone with diabetes suffers kidney damage. If a person has high blood pressure or high cholesterol he is at more risk of developing kidney problems,” he said.

The president of the Association of Physicians of India, Dr Shashank R Joshi, delivered presidential oration on diabetes, “Generating Indian Evidence”. Dr Joshi said diabetes had emerged as a major non-communicable disease globally as well as regionally. The top three countries with diabetic population are China, India and the USA. Diabetes not only reduces the quality of life and life expectancy, but also imposes a huge economic burden on the health system and families.

Dr Prakash P Punjabi, a cardiac surgeon from Imperial College, UK, spoke on the mitral valve disease for clinicians. He said the mitral valve prolapse or click murmur syndrome and Barlow's syndrome was the most common heart valve abnormality affecting 5 per cent or 10 per cent of the world population. Condition is more prevalent in women than in men. It can be confirmed with an echocardiogram.

Dr SK Sharma from Delhi spoke on approaches to sleep disorders while Dr YK Chawla from Chandigarh elaborated on “Non-alcoholic fatty liver - Indian perspective”. Clinical pathological case discussions among different groups were also held.

Jagriti Sena reminds docs of Hippocratic Oath

The Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena installed a board at the venue to remind doctors of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly.

Poor mobile signal

Poor connectivity at the venue left the delegates and their families high and dry. Most delegates had to make efforts to trace members of their families.



Delayed work irks students
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The slow pace of landscaping work at Students’ Home Compound in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is irking students as well as the varsity staff.

The work for beautifying Students’ Home Compound has been going on for a long time now. The students rued that very less staff has been deployed for the purpose which is leading to the delay.

The compound, including a reading room, a canteen and a cafe, is a favourite hangout of PAU students, staff and even outsiders.

“For the past several months, whenever I come to Students’ Home, all I see is heaps of sand and construction material. If the PAU authorities wanted to beautify the compound, they should have made adequate arrangements so that the work gets completed soon,” said a student.

Another student said earlier, the construction of footpath in the compound took a couple of months as only two persons were deployed for the job.

When contacted, Satvir Singh, welfare officer, PAU, claimed that though some labourers had been deputed for levelling sand. “But proper landscaping work is yet to start and it would be done by professionals in a single go. Soon, the PAU Students’ Home would have a new look,” claimed Satvir.



Poor toilet facility gross students out at PAU
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The insensitive approach of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) could be known from the fact that majority of the canteens located on the PAU campus, here, are without toilet facility for students.

Though toilets are located near a few canteens but they often remain locked for reasons best known to the authorities.

The students rue that even the toilets located inside several departments are stinky and some of them are without any doors. They said the staff responsible for cleanliness of the toilets often keeps a lax approach and the authorities fail to keep a proper check on them, resulting in such problems.

There are around eight canteens on the PAU campus and a majority of them don’t have toilet facility.

For instance, the toilet near the workshop canteen remains locked for most of the time. “The staff of the workshop canteen doesn’t allow the students to use the toilet located there. So, they lock it after using it,” informed a student. Same is the situation at other canteens.

In departments, the situation of toilets is worse. The girls toilets in the Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities does not even have a door, the boys toilet in Department of Economics often remains locked and several other toilets stink.

“As the door is missing, it becomes very embarrassing for us to use the toilet. And sometimes, the toilet is not even cleaned for so many days, which leaves it stinking,” said a girl student doing MSc from College of Basic Sciences and Humanities.

The boys’ toilet outside Wheat Auditorium in the Department of Economics remains locked while the girls’ toilet is open. “We have been told that as some unscrupulous elements steal taps, the boys’ toilet has been locked. We fail to understand that why won’t the thieves strike at girls’ toilet?” asked a professor preferring anonymity.

Similarly, the staff working in the building near the Economics Department, where Communication Centre once existed, also keeps the toilet locked.

A PAU professor informed that almost all the toilets in various departments were locked by authorities at 5 pm on working days. “Everyone knows that ours is a research-based university and the research work keeps on going 24x7. If any student or professor desires to work on either a holiday or after working hours, he would not be able to use the toilets,” said the professor.

Jaskaran Singh, estate officer, PAU, was unavailable despite repeated efforts to contact him.



apicon 2014
Expert lays stress on balanced diet, physical activity
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Living a lifestyle of modern age and following a diet pattern of grandparents do not gel together. This was stated by Dr Shilpa Joshi, consultant dietician and nutritionist from Mumbai, who was here today to participate in the 69th Annual Conference of Association of Physicians of India.

Delivering a talk on diet and nutrition, she urged people to change their diet according to their physical activity, adding that if lifestyle had taken a spin, the diet should follow the suit.

“People are increasingly becoming dependent on diet clinics. They lose weight but the real challenge is to maintain it for years,” Dr Joshi said.

Today's culture of quick snacking and calorie-rich ready-to-eat food might save one’s time, but could prove costlier. "It increases the incidence of obesity and the risk of serious health conditions like diabetes, cardio-vascular disorders etc," the consultant dietician said.

“Generally it is seen that people shed 15-20 kg by following a specific diet but once they are off diet, they immediately put on weight,” said Dr Shilpa.

She suggested low GI (Glycemic Index) diet. "The Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates based on their quality and the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels. The index ranks foods on an ascending scale of 1-100 by measuring the rate of release of sugar when consumed," she said.

If you like Indian food, Dr Joshi recommends you should eat sambhar, rajma, chana and usal. In Italian and Asian cuisines, pasta is also a low GI food along with other Asian favourites like udon noodles and sushi.

Choose before you eat
Replace fried sweets such as jalebis with a piece of jaggery.
Eat low-fat sweets such as til gud, chikkis, sandesh, homemade fruit custard and low-fat kheer.
Junk deep-fried snacks such as samosas, kachoris and pakodas and switch to nuts, popcorn and khakra.
Avoid aerated colas. Drink fresh fruit juice or better, eat fruit.
Indulge yourself once in a while but make sure you burn the calories.
Use skimmed or low-fat milk for oats, teas and yogurt.



Designer dress code for docs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Fashion designer and image management expert Sonu Gandhi held a lecture for doctors during the ongoing APICON-2014.

She said image was the foremost investment for an individual and was very important for doctors. A doctor has been dressed appropriately and have an empathy for patients.

A doctor should be dressed appropriately, according to the profession, as it goes a long way in winning the confidence of patients. "If the doctors present an image of someone they can trust, half of the worries of patients are put to rest," she said.

A doctor should look genial and approachable.

Doctors should also look 'authentic', and not go overboard when it comes to dressing.

They should not be dressed in branded-wears from head to toes. They can combine an expensive pen and non-branded T-shirt, or a non-branded belt with a branded trouser, she added. 



SAD (A) to oppose Modi’s rally
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
Simranjit Singh Mann led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has declared that it would oppose the proposed visit of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is visiting here to address the Fateh Rally at Sugar Mill, Jagraon, on February 23.

After a meeting of party workers here, SAD (Amritsar) secretary Jaskaran Singh disclosed that the party activists would hold demonstrations and rallies at district level against Narendra Modi’s rally in Jagraon.

“Party’s executive members led by Simranjit Singh Mann also submitted a memorandum to Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil today to lodge protest against Modi’s visit,” said Jaskaran Singh. The party activists also plan to hold black flag demonstrations during the rally.

Jaskaran Singh said SAD (Amritsar) was opposed due to Modi’s anti-minority policies, his alleged role in Godhra killings and over migration of Sikh farmers from the Kutch area of Gujarat.

“Sikh farmers were forced to move out of Gujarat due to discrimination against them. Narendra Modi led Gujarat Government did nothing to stop migration of Sikh farmers from the state,” added Jaskaran Singh.

Youth Congress to show black flags

Meanwhile, Jagraon unit of Youth Congress, Punjab, has also declared to oppose Modi’s rally. Jagraon Youth Congress president Manjinder Singh Dalla confirmed that the Youth Congress activists would hold black flag demonstration during Narendra Modi’s visit.



State govt ruining our business: Coal dealers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Coal dealers in the state today accused the Punjab Government of ruining their business over the last few years.

A state-level meeting of the Punjab Coal Dealers Association was organised here today to discuss the problems being faced by its members.

The dealers alleged that they were yet to recover around Rs 100 crore from brick-kilns in the state.

Rajesh Goyal, an office-bearer of the Association, said, "Less supply of sand crumbles the realty sector and consequently, the sale of bricks has been hit badly. Brick-kiln owners, who bought coal from us, are unable to clear our bills. Moreover, due to low demand in realty sector, most of the brick-kilns are not functioning and resultantly, the consumption of coal is minimal. So, we urged the government to revive the construction sector by ensuring adequate supply of sand otherwise all coal businessmen will be ruined.”

According to the dealers, brick-kilns accounted for more than 80 per cent sale of coal and the dealers earn the major revenue from brick kilns.

"We get coal from Guwahati. If brick-kiln owners will not pay our bills, we will default on payment to the dealers at Guwahati. Punjab might face crisis if dealers in the north-east denied us coal in future,” said Goyal.

Meanwhile, it was decided that office-bearers of the coal dealers’ body will be re-elected during the next meeting. As many as 150 dealers across Punjab are associated with the 15-year-old Association.



‘Knee replacement to last lifetime’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Revolutionising knee replacement surgery scenario in India, where increasing number of young and active are falling victim to knee problems needing replacements, Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head, Max Elite Institute of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement, Max Hospital, Mohali, today detailed about the launch of VERILAST 30-year wear performance knee system.

The system is closest to the natural human knee that increases stability and comfort level and meets unaddressed needs of longevity of young and active patients undergoing implants.

Dr Wadhwa observed that the demand for knee replacements among the age group 45-64 years had tripled since last two to three years. With the VERILAST technology, patients suffering from knee arthritis and knee pain can look forward to joint replacement. He explained that on an average, conventional knee replacement lasts 10-15 years in the times.

Dr Wadhwa said the success in making knee replacements lasting a lifetime meant significant cost savings to health care system. “Patients can avoid pain associated with the revision surgery,” he added.



Dhillon lays stone for new bridge on Sidhwan Canal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 21
The Punjab PWD Minister, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today claimed that the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was carrying out ‘unparalleled all-round development’ in the state.

Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of a new bridge on Sidhwan Canal, to be constructed at the cost of Rs 70 lakh, he said the work for the construction of the bridge on the road connecting Ayali Khurd to Ayali Kalan near the South City, would be taken up very soon. The new two-lane 8.5-metre wide bridge will facilitate the smooth flow of vehicular traffic on this section, he said.

Reiterating the commitment of the state government to provide all basic amenities, including a good road network, Dhillon said all link roads were being repaired and strengthened, new bridges were being constructed over the canals, rivers and railway tracks and the government was according top priority to execution of major infrastructural development projects.

The minister claimed that there was a wave in the favour of the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“The SAD-BJP combine in Punjab will also contribute to the formation of the NDA Government at the Centre, under the leadership of Modi, by winning all the 13 seats in the state in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections,” he added.

Elsewhere in the city, Dhillon inaugurated a new block of classrooms in Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Senior Secondary School.

The minister presented mementoes to the brilliant students for academic excellence and also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for construction of a ramp from the first to the second floor of the school.



Sanitation staff to get salary on time, says Shruti Singh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
The new Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Shruti Singh, today assured the sanitation staff that steps were being taken to ensure timely payment of salaries.

Discussing the problems being faced by sanitation workers and sewer men, the Commissioner told a deputation of Valmiki Sewa Sangh (VSS), led by Arun Bhatti and Babloo Anarya, that safety kits were also being provided to the sewer men to avert untoward incidents and also to protect them from health hazards.

As per functionaries of the Sangh, during their meeting with Shruti Singh, they had a detailed discussion on the memorandum that they had submitted to the outgoing MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari. “The new Commissioner gave us a patient hearing and assured that steps will be initiated soon to resolve all the pending issues and redress our grievances,” they added.



Pulse Polio from Feb 23

Ludhiana, February 21
The Health Department will be organising a Pulse Polio campaign from February 23 to 27 in the district.

During the drive, polio drops would be administered to children aged below five years.

The department plans to cover around 5.75 lakh children of the district during the five-day campaign. A total of 2,426 teams have been formed besides 62 mobile teams and 100 transit teams. As many as 461 supervisors have been appointed for the purpose. — TNS



Swine flu: Health officials hold meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Health officials held a meeting at the Civil Surgeon’s office here today to discuss the deparment’s preparedness and arrangements to tackle swine flu.

Dr Deepak Bhatia, project coordinator, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Punjab, presided over the meeting that was attended by medical specialists from the hospitals in the city, including SPS Apollo, Fortis, Oswal, Pahwa Hospital, Deepak Hospital, USPC Jain hospital, ESI Model Hospital etc.

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma discussed the current status of swine flu in Ludhiana and at the hospitals where patients from other districts and other states were being admitted. “Presently there are 46 beds and 46 ventilators for swine flu patients. There is no shortage of medicines and other logistics,” said Dr Verma.

Meanwhile, three suspected cases of swine flu were reported from the DMC Hospital and the CMC Hospital today. A Mansa resident suspected to be down with swine flu has been admitted to the DMC Hospital while one suspected case each from Ludhiana and Haryana are admitted to the CMC Hospital.



from colleges
Debate sessions at PCTE

Ludhiana: The national-level British Parliamentary Debate entered its second day at the PCTE Group of Institutes. The debate, which carries cash rewards of Rs 1,50,000, will test spontaneity, oratory skills and opinion on various subjects of national and International interests. After knocking out the rivals in the preliminary rounds, the AIT, Pune, Jamia Millia, New Delhi, NLU, Jodhpur, RGNUL, Patiala, Quest Institute, Mohali, NLSIU, Bangalore, RMNLU, Lucknow, and RGUKT, Hyderabad, entered the quarter-finals of debate competitions. Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes, said the two days had been a great learning experience for the participants. He said students displayed a good understanding of various national and international issues. Dr Kang congratulated the teams who have entered the quarter-finals of the debate.

Lecture held

The Department of Philosophy organised a seminar on ‘Exploring feminism and public sphere in the age of globalisation’ on the premises of the Government College for Girls here. The Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, sponsored the event that was presided over by college principal Gurminder Kaur. Prof Lallan Singh Behgal from the Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the resource person. Speaking on the occasion, the principal appreciated the efforts of the members of the Philosophy Society for organising the seminar. She said even as India was one of the fastest developing economies in the world, females still faced discrimination. “Students have presented it in a very innovative manner through their presentation,” she said.

Techno-fiesta at GNIMT

Students take part in an inter-college tech fest at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology.
Students take part in an inter-college tech fest at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The ISTE Students’ Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, organised ‘Technovision’, an inter-college tech fest. Nearly 150 students, who were accompanied by two faculty members each, from various colleges affiliated to the Punjab Technical University, the Panjab University, the Punjab Agricultural University and the Guru Nanak Dev University participated in the festival. The aim of the competition was to develop competitive spirit among the students that will eventually enhance their knowledge and skills to get placements. The students competed in various competitions, including software development, web page development, Code Smith, web surfing, C maestros, slogan making, paper presentation, data hunt, logo designing and admad show.

Arya College students visit shrine

Faculty members of the Computer Science Department at Arya College, Ludhiana, took students on an excursion to Chandigarh on Thursday. They paid obeisance to Mansa Devi ahead of their examinations and later visited the Yadwindra Gardens in Pinjore. Sukhna Lake and Elante Mall at Chandigarh fascinated the students.

Arts exhibition at AS College for Women

The Fine Arts Department of AS College for Women, Khanna, organised a two-day arts exhibition, which was inaugurated by college principal Dr Meenu Sharma on Thursday. She highlighted the importance of colours in life and the relevance of holding such workshops in the college. She appreciated the creative skills of participants. The principal congratulated Mandeep Kaur, Head, Fine Arts Department, for holding the exhibition. Parents of students also visited the exhibition. — TNS



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Athletics meet concludes

Ludhiana: Manjinder Singh and Pratishtha Verma of the College of Agriculture were adjudged best athletes as the 48th Annual Athletics Meet 2013-14 concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Inspector General of Police, Patiala range, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sandeep Singh and Jagpal Singh of the College of Agriculture were declared the best cyclist and the best hockey player of the University, respectively. The College of Agriculture bagged the Athletics Trophy (Men and Women) while the College of Home Science clinched the trophy for the best march past. Addressing participants, Dhillon said setting a goal and making vigorous efforts to achieve it in life was vital. He gave away prizes and certificates to the winners. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, congratulated the winners and urged them to take their Alma Mater to greater heights by bagging awards and honours at national and international levels. Earlier, Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director, Students’ Welfare, welcomed the guests and the participants. She highlighted the sports achievements and activities of the PAU.

Students shine at ICAR youth festival

PAU students brought laurels to the university by winning a gold medal in group mime, a silver medal in light vocal solo and a bronze medal in Indian group song events during the 14th All-India Inter Agricultural Universities Youth Festival 2013-14 organised by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi, at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Karnataka). The PAU team scored a hat trick by clinching the gold medal in group mime. Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon congratulated the winners. Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director, Students’ Welfare, said participation in sports and co-curricular activities developed self-confidence and enhanced one’s personality. She lauded the PAU students for the discipline and dedication shown by them at the festival. Satvir Singh, welfare officer, PAU, said a contingent of 27 members from the university participated in more than 17 events, which pertained to literary, fine arts, theatre, music and dance fields. A total of 43 agricultural universities from across the country participated in the festival, he said.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra promotes happy seeder

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the university at Fatehgarh Sahib organised a field day on ‘Happy seeder sown wheat’ at the fields of Dalbaag Singh in Badhouchhi Kalan village. Naresh Kumar Goyal, Deputy Registrar, Co-operative Society, was the chief guest on the occasion. About 90 farmers participated in the programme. Goyal appreciated the efforts of the KVK in promoting happy seeder and motivated the farmers to adopt it to tackle the problem of crop leftover. He added that wheat sown by happy seeder was not only viable but eco-friendly also as it prevented generation of pollution by burning paddy straw and maintained the fertility of soil as burning resulted in killing of micro-organisms useful for crops.

College of Home Science forms consumer club

The College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, has set up a Consumer Club, perhaps a first-of-its-kind in North India. The club aims to create awareness among rural and urban consumers by holding guidance and training programmes, seminars and celebrations of special days related to consumer’s protection. A large number of students of the college have enrolled themselves as members of the club. The club will be formally launched on February 24 when a ceremony will be performed in the Wheat Auditorium of the PAU. University Vice-chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will be the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, Dean, College of Home Science, said delegates from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Agmark Laboratory, Weights and Measures Department and Wool Club, Ludhiana, will attend the inauguration ceremony. An exhibition on consumer awareness and guidance will also be held on the occasion. — TNS



from schools
International Mother Tongue Day

Ludhiana: International Mother Tongue Day was celebrated at ABC Montessori School BRS Nagar in Ludhiana on Friday. 'Mothers are the most precious.' So, the school made sure to show its care and concern on International Mother Tongue Day. Mother tongue is a strong bond between the mother and the child. Mother tongue is actually the expression of a child's feeling, said the school principal.

Farewell party

Students of Class XI of OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School organised a grand farewell party for their seniors on the school premises. They made the ambience funny and cheerful by including activities such as fun games, solo dance, western dance, singing, talent show, fashion show, etc. Dhari Shah Singla was the chief guest on the occasion.

Baby show

A mother readies her son for a baby show at Saraswati Modren School in Ludhiana on Friday.
The final touches: A mother readies her son for a baby show at Saraswati Modren School in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Mothers with their babies during a baby show at Saraswati Modern School in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mothers with their babies during a baby show at Saraswati Modern School in Ludhiana on Friday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

A Baby Show for children belonging to age group of 6 months to 3 years was organised at Sarswati Modern School in Ludhiana. The atmosphere became vibrant and energetic when the along with their parents walked into the premises of the school to take part in the show. The kids were judged for ten different titles. The founder president of the school thanked the parents for being a part of the event.

Annual prize distribution

New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, celebrated its Annual Prize Distribution and Fun Juncture event on the school premises. The chief guest, Sunil Maria, honoured the meritorious students with the trophies. A cultural programme was also presented by the students. Principal Dr VL Patel praised the students for their achievements and motivated them to achieve success in their lives.

Healthy tiffin competition

A healthy tiffin competition was organized at Guru Nanak Public School to inculcate healthy eating habits amongst children of the Kindergarten section on Friday. The tiny tots were shown a short video on the importance of healthy food. They were also educated about the benefits of a balanced nutritious diet in comparison to junk food, which children normally relish. The tiny tots brought various attractively packed varieties in their lunch boxes. Prizes were awarded to children who brought balanced meal.

Student visits Japan on YFU scholarship

Palkh Datta, a student of Class XI (Mass Media) from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, visited Japan under the Youth For Understanding (YFU) International High School Exchange Programme. Palkh spent four weeks living with the host family at Nagoya, Japan-the fourth biggest state. Youth for Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. She joined 14 more participants from four other countries, including Korea, China, Thailand and Philippines in the same exchange program. The programme began with a pre-departure orientation, which emphasised on Japanese language, culture and etiquette. Students then flew to Tokyo, Japan, from where they further reached their host families in various cities of Japan. They learnt about Japanese culture by living with Japanese host families, participated in local activities, visited schools and one-on-one interaction with their host families.

Clothes donated

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, brought clothes and eagerly helped the poor and the needy. Avinash Kaur Walia, the founder principal and director, motivated them to contribute as much as they could and to serve for some fraction of suffering humanity. The students from Classes I to XII pooled in a lot of clothes. Principal admired their efforts and sent them to Nishkam Sewa Ashram, Dad Village, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, along with a team of teachers.

Students felicitated

MS Kalsy, executive vice-president of UB Group, visited Sukhdev Nagar Primary School, Urban Estate, Ludhiana, which is adopted under CSR scheme by the group. During the function, outstanding students were honored by Kalsy.

He complimented the teachers and urban estate welfare association members for increasing the number of students in the school to 285.

Kalsy further assured of all help to the school and for girl child development. the vice-president agreed to adopt five top students for further studies after completion of their primary school education. Speaking on the occasion, Mr P Chakrabarty GM emphasised on the importance of education to students. — TNS



A treat for fashion lovers

Ludhiana: A two-day exhibition on fashion, jewellery and lifestyle will be organized in Ludhiana on March 1 and 2.

The Superlative Show is going to be a treat for Ludhianvis. A whole new array of spring-summer collection by the designers will be launched at 'The Superlative Show'. The exhibition will have a wide range of stalls ranging from designer clothes, designer jewellery, semi-precious and fashion jewellery, home décor products, designer bed linen, kids' room accessories, handbags, fashion accessories, wellness products, astrologer, numerologist and tarot card reader. The designers and brands at the exhibition will come from various cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Amritsar. Some prominent designers from Pakistan will also be displaying their creations at the two-day exhibition. — TNS



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Congress block presidents’ meet

Ludhiana: The block presidents of the Ludhiana district held a meeting at the Congress Bhawan on Friday. It was presided over by the DCC president, Pawan Dewan. The meeting was held to discuss the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Speaking on the occasion, Dewan said the Congress was in a commanding position in the Ludhiana Parliamentary Constituency as the sitting MP and the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari, had done a lot of work here. He said the party position across the state was also very good as people of the state were disillusioned and alienated with the Akali-BJP government in the state. He maintained that the people of the state were waiting for the parliamentary elections to teach the ruling government a harsh lesson. Dewan said, in Ludhiana people were particularly upset as the state government had totally ignored the city despite of maximum revenue generated in terms of the taxes and other duties. Moreover, he said, the back-breaking taxes had upset the trade and industry.

Society to felicitate Ayali

Shiv Welfare Society will award Manpreet Singh Ayali MLA from Dakha Constituency and Lakshman Dravid with city drug-free award on March 3. Disclosing this Bittu Gumber, president of the society, said both of them would be awarded during the 6th bhandara of the society. He said some other personalities who had worked for the betterment of the society would also be honoured.

Free eye check-up camp held

A free eye check-up and operation camp was organised at Meerpur village. Eye specialist Dr Naresh Chauhan examined the patients. The camp was inaugurated by Nirmal Singh, MLA Bassi Pathana. He declared to give a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the village for development along with a sports kit. He said the construction of a government college and stadium would start soon at Khamano. Dr Naresh Chauhan checked about 270 patients and transplanted lens in the eyes of 31 patients with Fenko Machine without giving any stitches at CHC, Khamano. Medicines were given free of cost to the needy. The camp was organised under the supervision of Civil Surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, Neelam Bhardwaj and ACS, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr Jaswant Singh.

Literary programme on February 22

Punjabi Sahit Akademy, Ludhiana, will organise a literary and cultural programme to observe the International Mother Tongue Day on February 22. Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president Punjabi Sahit Akademy, informed that the Akademy would honour the writers for their contribution in promoting the language among masses.

International Mother Tongue Day

Malwa Sabhichark Sath observed International Mother Tongue Day in Ludhiana on Friday. Krishan Kumar Bawa, president, Malwa Sabhichark Manch, stated that the people of Punjab need to make their children aware of the richness of Punjabi language. Ravinder Ranguwal another activist said, “We should be proud on being Punjabi and should respect our mother tongue.

BJP sends invites to workers

Rajive Khatan, former district president BJP, sent 2,000 invitations to BJP workers in the city. Khatan said the BJP activists had been distributing the invitations from the past four days in various areas of the city. — TNS



Trespasser caught on CCTV camera
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Installing close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at his house turned out to be a wise decision for a local businessman. The police have booked a man, who was caught on the CCTV camera, for criminal trespass on Anand Jain’s house at Aggar Nagar on Saturday evening.

Anand Jain said he had a dispute with Ritesh Garg, also a resident of Aggar Nagar. "On Saturday evening, Ritesh Garg barged into my house and broke the CCTV camera installed at the gate. He went on to smash the windshield of my car and also damaged valuables lying in the house. When my father, who is suffering from a paralytic illness, asked Ritesh about his sudden outburst of anger, the latter assaulted him as well," alleged Jain.

Ritesh's violent behaviour was caught on the CCTV cameras installed at other locations in the house, he said.

"A year ago, Ritesh had set the gate of my house on fire. However, he was let off following intervention of the local residents," said Jain.

The PAU police have registered a case under sections 452, 427,323 and 506 of the IPC for criminal trespass against Ritesh.

Inspector Harinderpal Singh said raids were on to nab the accused and he would be arrested soon.

A relative of Ritesh alleged Anand's mother had borrowed money from Ritesh's mother and later refused to return it.



checking illegal trade
Four held with duplicate spare parts of Hero cycles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Four persons involved in manufacturing of duplicate spare parts of Hero cycles were arrested during a joint raid conducted by the Sahnewal police, Division No. 2, and the Sherpur police here today.

The police recovered a huge quantity of fake spare parts from their possession.

The company officials including Bharat Goel senior company secretary and Abhishek Kanoi company secretary also reached Sherpur Chowk.

“The sale of fake spare parts has not only caused loss to the company but has also affected the brand’s image. We were quite perturbed due to the sale of fake spare parts. Recently, we had hired an anti-piracy company, Tech India, to identify the units where fake spare parts of Hero cycles were being manufactured. Today, the raids were conducted in various parts of the city and a huge quantity of fake spare parts was recovered,” said Abhishek Kanoi.

Meanwhile, the investigating officer said more arrests were likely to take place in the case.



Athletics meet begins at SCD Govt College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Around 500 students took part in various events as the 94th annual athletics meet of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, kicked off here today.

The two-day meet began with a march past by the different houses of the college. Taranjit Benipal, Commandant (retd) of Central Reserve Police Force, was the chief guest on the occasion. College principal Rajinder Singh introduced Benipal as a President's police medal awardee and an eight-time winner of 110-metre hurdles race in the All-India Police Games.

College vice-principal RK Miglani and heads of various departments were present on the occasion.

Participants took a pledge to perform with sincerity, honesty and diligence.

Various athletics events, including 100-metre race, 200-metre race, shot put and javelin throw, were held today.

Yashpal Sharma, a star cricketer and a former student of the college, will give away prizes to the winners tomorrow.



Pb state primary school games
Sarabha village teachers in catch-22 situation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Teachers of government schools at Sarabha village are finding themselves in catch-22 situation.

On the one hand, the Education Department has issued instructions to all school teachers to stay in the school till examinations are over while on the other, the District Sports Office (Primary) has issued instruction to all school heads to attend the Punjab State Primary School Games along with teachers. The games are scheduled to be held at Sarabha village on February 22.

The District Sports Office (Primary) has asked schools to ensure that their 50 per cent staff attended the inauguration function. As per the directions, four teachers from senior secondary schools and two teachers from high schools will be attending the function.

The Punjab School Sports Department is going to organise the games from February 22 to 24. Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka will inaugurate the games.

Sarabjit Singh Toor, Deputy Director, Sports, said around 2,200 players from various primary schools across the state would participate in the games. Sports kits will be awarded to participants.

Toor said, "The Education Department is keen on developing and tapping the sports talent in primary schools. These games will motivate students towards sports.”



GADVASU to hold annual athletics meet on Feb 25
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will be holding its athletics meet on February 25.

Vice-Chancellr Dr VK Taneja will inaugurate the 8th edition of the meet at Punjab Agricultural University Track. Manjit Singh, assistant director and organising secretary of the meet, informed that colleges on the university campus, namely the College of Veterinary Science, the College of Fisheries and the College of Dairy Science and Technology would take part in the meet besides Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani (Bathinda), and the Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.



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