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Tewari’s campaign to kick off next week
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Sitting Member of Parliament (MP) from Ludhiana and senior Congress leader Manish Tewari will start his poll campaign next week.

This statement, issued by senior Congress leaders from Ludhiana, puts to rest, at least tentatively, speculation over who the Congress candidate from Ludhiana will be. In the past few days, the name of a Congress MLA was doing the rounds as a possible candidate from Ludhiana.

A joint statement issued by senior leaders today said, like in the past (Lok Sabha poll campaign), this time, too, Tewari will start his campaign in the first week of March that will provide him “enough time to reach out to the voters”.

These leaders, who issued the statement, include Ludhiana district rural and urban unit presidents Milkiat Singh Dakha and Pawan Dewan, legislators Rakesh Pandey, Surinder Dawar, former minister Milkiat Singh Birmi, leaders Gurmail Pahalwan, Ashok ‘Pappi’ Prashar, Jassi Khangura, Isher Singh Meharaban, Hemraj Aggarwal and Parminder Mehta.

Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s name was missing from the list of the leaders. Ashu and Tewari share an uneasy relation attributed to the MP’s reported closeness to the District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) Chief Pawan Dewan. Ashu and Dewan’s clash of ambitions is an open secret.

Ashu said none of the leaders who had issued the statement had spoken to him. He said he would support the candidate nominated by the party.

Meanwhile, sources reveal that Tewari would start his campaign in Ludhiana from March 3. Tewari has not yet been officially announced as the Congress candidate from Ludhiana for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

joint statement
A joint statement issued by senior leaders on Tuesday said, like in the past, this time, too, Tewari will start his campaign in the first week of March that will provide him “enough time to reach out to the voters”.


High drama after speeding tipsy youth hits auto
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
High drama took place at Barewal Chowk, the near Ferozepur road, last night when a tipsy youth rammed his car into an auto-rickshaw.

The incident took place at around 11pm. Two tipsy youth, along with his friends (two girls), were going to the city.

The police said the car driver was drunk and was speeding. An eyewitness claimed that the driver was driving at about 130 km ph.

Though he applied breaks, he could not avoid the collusion. The auto-rickshaw overturned and the car was damage badly. The auto driver and the passenger suffered injuries and were rushed to the hospital. The four youths travelling in the car suffered minor injuries.

Soon, the relatives of the injured passenger reached the spot and pressed the driver’s arrest.

Soon passersby also gathered at the spot. It came to light that the girls were accompanying the two boys without informing their parents. As the agitating relatives of the injured passenger also demanded action against the girls, they started crying.

Later, PCR cops and Inspector Arminder Singh reached the spot and made arrangements to send the girls to their homes. "No case has been registered as both the parties have reached a compromise," said Arminder Singh.

Not the first incident
It is not the first case of accident involving tipsy youths speeding on the newly laid eight-lane road. One can find the children of rich industrialists speeding on the Sidhwan Canal-octroi post stretch of this road during the late hours.

On August 14 last year, police constable Munish Kumar (24), a resident of Shanti Nagar at Ferozepur, was killed and his three colleagues were injured after they were hit by a car at a ‘naka’ on the road. The car driver, Karanvir Singh (28) of BRS Nagar, who was reportedly drunk, hit a Mahindra Scorpio, smashed a police barricade, tossed a PCR motorcycle and finally rammed into a Maruti car. Munish, who was looking for something in the boot of the car, died on the spot.



Anganwari centres running on ‘mercy’ of leaders
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Though the UPA government has been projecting the expansion of Anganwari schemes as its achievement in the last 10 years, these centres in the state are in a pathetic condition.

Only 500 centres, out of 26,656, have their own buildings in the state. Most of them have been running from gurdwaras, dharmshalas and temples.

The Centre provides funds to rent accommodation for these centres. However, leaders of the Anganwari Employees Union said the rates fixed by the Centre were to meagre to get proper accommodation.

Earlier, the government used to give Rs 200 to rent an accommodation in rural areas and Rs 750 in urban areas. In 2011, the Centre increased the amount to Rs 750 (rural areas) and Rs 3,000 (urban areas). According to workers, the government has not implemented the revised rates yet.

Subash Rani, District President of the Anganwari Employees Union, said: “According to the direction of the Social Welfare Department, a room, one store, kitchen and a toilet are required to run a centre. The landlords demand Rs 1,000 for one room and kitchen in rural areas. The recommended accommodation is available for Rs 5,000 per month in the cities”.

“The Anganwari centres in villages have been running on the mercy of political leaders. They provide accommodation for five years in any public building. After the change of government, we have to shift the centres,” said Subash Rani.



2 lives snuffed out on railway track
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 25
Two youngsters, who were riding a motorcycle, were crushed by a train as they tried to cross the track. Both of them were residents of Gobindgarh village and were going to pay their electricity bills.

They victims were Saurav Sharma (18), son of Satdev Sharma, and Avtar (17), son of Babu Ram.

Government Railway PoIice ASI Gurjinder Singh said the bodies had been sent to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, for post-mortem and a case under section 174 had been registered.

Harbans Singh Sains, a social worker of the area, said: "Such accidents have become a routine now. The railway track has been closed due to the construction of a flyover. However, bikers and scooterists don’t hesitate from risking their lives crossing the track even as the train is well in sight."

"The problem has a definite solution but the Sahnewal Municipal Council officials are not ready to pay any heed to it. Many a time we have asked them to open the small bridge near the High School to traffic but they are not ready to make little effort to prevent the loss of precious lives."



Woman loses diamond necklace, cash in daylight snatching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
It’s no stopping snatchers. In the latest incident, two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched a purse, containing a diamond necklace, Rs 10,000, an ATM card and a passport, from the wife of a railway engineer.

The incident took place at around 11:30 am when the victim, identified as Archna, was returning from a bank after withdrawing the cash and gold ornaments kept in a locker. She had withdrawn the ornaments and cash for the wedding of a relative.

When she reached near Fountain Chowk, two turbaned youths, came from behind and tired to snatch her purse. Archna raised an alarm. But the youth sitting pillion punched her on the face and she fell unconscious. The biker then sped off with the purse.

All this happened when the police were deployed at the chowk.

There wee a large number of commuters at the scene, but they all witnessed the incident like mute spectators.

Two children suffer electric shocks, critical

Two children got electric shocks overhead high tension lines at Jeevan Nagar, near Focal Point, here today.

The children, Vivek (7) and Mohit (6), were rushed to the Civil Hospital. They have suffered burns all over the body and their condition was stated to be critical.

According to a section of residents, the incident happened while the children were trying to free a kite entangled in the overhead power cables.

Members of the children’s families said both of them were playing on the rooftop when suddenly there was a sparking in the overhead power cables. A cable fell on the children. Fluctuation caused by the sparking damaged electrical appliances in the nearby houses.



Copying: 300 centres in state sensitive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) held a meeting with the district Education Officers, principals, flying squad in-charges and other staff deputed for the examinations of Class X and XII. According to the board officials, more than 300 centres in the state were sensitive on account of copying.

The Chairperson of the PSEB instructed the officials and members of the flying squads to keep a strict vigil at the examination centres.

However, the principals and the flying squad staff considered the meeting as unwanted exercise. “The Board Chairperson gave the routine directions to curb copying. The directions could be given on EDUSAT. The principals across the state visited Chandigarh. Teaching at schools suffered due to this unwanted practice,” said a school Principal.

Paramjeet Kaur, District Education Officer, said: “The board officials gave the instruction to conduct copying-free examinations. We don’t get any list of sensitive centres in the district”.



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City youngsters feel disillusioned
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The youth of the city is interested in elections and politics but has become disillusioned with corruption and vote-bank politics.

One of the youngsters said there was nothing in the country except corruption. Chelsi, a student, said she felt there were hardly any options for a voter. People cast their vote hoping for a positive change, but are disappointed later, she said.

Sidhant Arora, another student, said he was definitely going to cast his vote. However, going by the kind of politics and unscrupulous politicians, educated people would use their “Right to Reject”. There aren't any good politicians and leaders around, he said.

He said many newly elected politicians only tried to grab the limelight and shirked their responsibilities by resigning a few days after coming to power.

Lakshya, a student, said politicians were only misleading innocent people and practising vote-bank politics, without doing any good to people. Let alone providing jobs to the youth, they have failed to provide basic amenities to the people of the country, decades after Independence. The politicians are concerned about coming to power, rather than working for the betterment of the nation.

The regional parties become active during elections and World Cup Kabaddi. Rather than working for overall development, parties focus on their vote base, said Sidhant, another student.



Conservation agriculture the way forward: Experts
Question Narendra Modi’s emphasis on technological innovations for improving farm sector
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The Akali Dal-BJP leaders declared during the Fateh Rally at Jagraon on Sunday that agricultural sector would remain on top in their priorities’ list. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said technological innovations were essential for improving the agricultural sector.

However, according to experts, with nearly 80 per cent land in Punjab still under rice and wheat cultivation and the farmers not very receptive to the idea of resource management, the real challenge is to focus on conservation agriculture.

“There can be no big jumps in the production (of food grains) as the productivity level is already high,” says Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

There could only be a gradual increase in productivity, he says.

Former PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang blames the rice-wheat monoculture for causing ecological and agricultural problems such as depletion of underground water, loss of soil health and environmental pollution.

“The problems of agriculture in Punjab stem from putting all eggs in one basket. During the Green Revolution in late 1960s and early 1970s, the adoption of rice-wheat cropping cycle led to disappearance of crop diversity,” he says.

According to Dr Kang, three factors contributed to the success of the Green Revolution: new varieties of wheat developed by PAU (after crossing the local variety with some highly productive, short-statured Mexican wheat provided to the PAU scientists by Dr Norman Borlaug in mid-1960s), receptivity of Punjab farmers to new technologies, and favourable government policies.

Wheat production jumped from 1.9 million ton in 1965 to 5.6 million ton in 1972. It increased to 15.8 million ton in 2007-08. Rice production increased 15 times in less than four decades.

“India achieved self-sufficiency in wheat production in 1972 and in rice production a couple of years later. One of the wheat varieties, WL711, was adopted widely. Another variety, PBW 343 (released in 1995), provided annual returns of about Rs 1,000 crore to farmers,” says the expert.

Prior to the Green Revolution, the farmers in Punjab were cultivating over 200 crops. The highly remunerative rice-wheat cropping pattern proved to be the death knell for crop diversification.

Need to revert to crop diversification

The agricultural experts recommend conservation agriculture, with emphasis on crop diversification, for management of natural resources such as water and soil. According to experts, the rice-wheat monoculture consumes a lot of nutrients and unless there is a continual replenishment, the soil is depleted of micronutrients. However, not all soils require replenishment with the same micronutrients in same quantity at the same time. So, apart from diversification, regular soil tests are a must.

“We, in Punjab, are using very high NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium)—about 243 kg per crop per hectare annually,” says Dr Gosal.

As a step towards conservation agriculture, the experts recommend agrochemicals that leave fewer residues. PAU has made a list of the recommended agrochemicals that are effective in maintaining soil fertility. The state government, on its part, is procuring the agrochemicals recommended by PAU and, through the Department of Cooperation, selling these recommended agrochemicals to farmers at a reasonable price.

According to Dr Gosal, measures such as drip irrigation, drip fertigation (incorporating fertiliser into the irrigation water by drip system), use of tensiometre (for measuring how hard the root system of a plant must work to extract water for its needs), and cultivation of short-duration varieties of rice are some steps towards conservation agriculture.



Society seeks action against TV channels promoting superstitions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The local unit of Tarksheel Society, Punjab, today asked the Deputy Commissioner to initiate a legal action under the Cable Television Network Regulation Act, 1995, against the television channels that were telecasting programmes and advertisements spreading superstitions in the society.

The society also demanded a ban on the advertisements of palmists and tantriks being shown on the cable television.

Society's representatives said, under the Act, a person could be awarded two years of imprisonment for telecasting programmes promoting superstition.

The society members also sent a copy of the memorandum, submitted to the DC, to the Home Ministry demanding immediate action against people promoting witchcraft.



9 suspected cases of swine flu reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Nine suspected cases of swine flu have been reported from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital in the past two days.

While two patients each hail from Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Kapurthala, the remaining three belong to Hoshiarpur, Moga and Nawanshahr.

As per the health department, a total of five cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the state this year.

Of these, three cases were reported from Ludhiana and the remaining from other districts. Also, one person has died due to the disease.



Non-teaching staff protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The non-teaching employees’ union of Arya College held a protest against the alleged ‘anti-employees policies’ of the state government on the campus here today.

On the call of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Non-Teaching Employees Union they boycotted the work and sat on the protest for the whole day.

Rajiv Bhasin, vice-president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Non-Teaching Employees Union, said a state-level protest rally would be organised on March 3.

Non-teaching staff from 150 private colleges in the state will join the rally, the vice-pesident said.

The employees’ have been demanding the payment of their arrears on the basis of pay parity and lifting the ban on appointments.



Teachers’ union writes to Chief Minister
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union has written to the Chief Minister to release grants for aided colleges as teachers here have not been paid salaries for the past nine months.

The union has urged the CM to save the teachers from financial hardship and evolve a mechanism to streamline the grant-in-aid system.

The letter states that the teachers have not received their salaries since May, 2013. It has also been mentioned in the letter that the first quarterly grant (March to May) was distributed in the month of November and the grants for three quarters were lying with the government.

Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary of PCCTU, said, “It has been learnt that out of the remaining amount, more than Rs 150 crore has been exhausted. We requested the Education Minister on December 16, 2013, to release the remaining two quarters of grants worth Rs 86 crore. He assured that it would be given soon. We requested again on January 25 at Malwa College, Bondli (Samrala), but to no avail.”

Dr PS Gill, president of the union, asked, “Is it possible to survive without salary for nine months?”

“The condition of the Class IV employees is more miserable. The aided colleges have not yet received Rs 69 crore on account of arrears for the year 2012-13. Our repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears. We sat on a dharna on February 18 in front of DPI (Colleges) and met the principal secretary (Finance) on February 11 and 18 but the government has yet to address the cause of teachers, who promote education among those who have to shape the destiny of the nation,” Gill added.



Nursing colleges of Ontario, Narangwal sign pact
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 25
The Loyalist College of Nursing, Ontario, and Nightingale Nursing College, Narangwal, have collaborated for higher studies of students who have completed graduate degree in nursing from an Indian university.

Enrolled students will be allowed to complete first, out of five semesters at a local college while the managements of two institutes will arrange placement and other technical issues regarding the registration of successful candidates as the permanent residents of Canada.

Jim Whiteway, dean of the Loyalist College, and Dr Sarabjit Singh, chairman of the Nightingale Nursing College, informed that the local institute would be allowed to admit 30 students in the first semester of the post-graduation courses.

While the staff at the local college will be imparting knowledge and training according to innovative curriculum the parent instate would monitor registration and further progress of the student on online management system regulated in Canada.



Health Dept defies HC orders
Has no record of cases registered against quacks in Ludhiana district
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Defying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Health Department has failed to register cases against quacks operating in the Ludhiana district.

The department has no data of the cases registered against the quacks and the officials say they act only when they receive a formal complaint. When asked about the number of complaints register with the department till now, the authorities showed the way towards the police station saying that the data would be with them as they register the case.

Requesting anonymity, an employee of the Health Department said although the case was registered with the police and action was also taken by them but it was done only after the reports were submitted by the Health Department. “The department should have the data of reports with them. Since they do not take any action that is the reason they are passing the buck and have no reports or data,” the employee said.

Thousands of quacks are operating in the district and the Health Department has not been able to register case against any of them.

Dr Subhash Batta, civil surgeon, said they had been registering cases against the quacks but had no records. “You can check from various police stations to know about the number of cases register against the quacks,” said Batta.

When contacted, assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini said, “We cannot go to every clinic and hospital to check their authenticity. We act whenever we receive any complaint and after verifying all the details, a report is made and submitted at the nearest police station which further takes action against the quack.”

Dr Manoj Sobti, president of the Punjab chapter of Indian Medical Association, said the department was playing with the health of the people by not registering cases against quacks.

“Anybody can file a complaint with the department but the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued orders to the senior medical officers to get the cases register but the department is doing nothing in this regard. We will be filing a writ petition in the Supreme Court,” said Dr Sobti.

We cannot go to every clinic and hospital to check their authenticity. We act whenever we receive any complaint and after verifying all the details, a report is made and submitted to the nearest police station, which further takes action against the quack
— DR ks saini, civil surgeon



Facebook identity verification comes as a big relief
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
To keep the online imposters at bay, celebrities have started getting their accounts verified on Facebook as they used to do it on Twitter.

This has come as a big relief to celebrities as well as their fans. A number of fake profiles exist on the names of noted celebrities.

"The problem with many of the imposters is that they add pictures of the movies and friends as if they were the actual celebrities," says Radhika, a student. It is very difficult to make out the right profile of celebrities. "I am shocked and embarrassed that I felt proud to be a friend of Gippy Grewal for a long time, but it later turned out to be a fake account," she said.

Type in Sonu Nigam and four profiles pop up. "I had been following one of the accounts of Sonu Nigam for a long time. Now the blue tick has started appearing and I can make out that this is an indication of the right account," said Tejas, another student.

"The blue tick used to appear on Twitter earlier, but thankfully that has started appearing on verified accounts on Facebook too. It is such a relief," said another youngster.

“Many of the celebrities still haven't got their accounts verified. I wanted to follow Ajay Devgn and Sunny Deol but couldn’t do it as there are many accounts on their names," said Aved, a businessman.

"As the verification thing has starting, it will be good that celebrities will have verified Facebook accounts. At least it will prevent the misuse of their online identities," said an IT student.



Management development programme concludes
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 25
The management development programme on ‘Marketing Management’ at the Department of Business Administration in the RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, concluded today.

It was sponsored by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises– Development Institute (MSME-DI), Ludhiana. Dr Sushil Garg, principal RIMT-MAEC, said the engineering students would develop their skills with the help of these MDP’s that would be helpful for them in their career.

Thirty students, including SC students, from different trades of engineering participated and got certificates by MSME-DI. Chief guest SS Dhillon shared his views and experiences with the students. He said the institute and industry together could prepare students to handle the real life situations.

“The students can set up their own industry with the help of MSME-DI as they will get the require help and advisory services from the department,” he said.



Shivratri celebrations

Ludhiana: Green Land Convent School celebrated Shivratri on the school campus with devotion and religious fervor on Tuesday. Principal Jyoti Sachdev Pujara and the students of the school worshipped Lord Shiva and offered flowers. The students sang hymns devoted to Lord Shiva. The hymns rented a religious fervour in the air. The principal told the students about the significance of the day. She also enlightened them by telling mythological importance of 1008 names of Lord Shiva.

Annual function

An annual function was organised at BBSB Convent School. The function started with shabad gayan- ‘Jeo-Jeo Tera Hukam Tive Tiv Hovana’. Manpreet Singh Ayali, Akali leader, was the chief guest on the occasion. He addressed congratulated the students for their wonderful performance and suggested parents to keep away their children from drugs. Jagraon SDM Apneet Riyat presided over the function. The SDM lauded the remarkable progress made by the school in the field of education and sports.

Students felicitated

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The annual prize distribution function was organized at Shri Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School, Phallewal. As many as 200 students, who achieved distinguished position in academics and extra-curricular activities during the session, were felicitated. Sukhdev Singh Walia presided over the function while legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan was the chief guest.

— Tribune Reporters



Lecture on Punjabi culture

Ludhiana: The Postgraduate Department of History organised an extension lecture on ‘Punjabi culture a historical and contemporary perspective’ at Guru Tegh Bahadur National College, Dakha. Noted historian Surinder Singh from Panjab University, Chandigarh, addressed the students. In an interactive multimedia presentation, he compared the modern influences on Punjabi culture with the traditional culture. He explained how the contemporary Punjabi songs, films and TV channels were corrupting the impressionable minds and how the modern youth was forgetting the traditional Punjabi values of valour and respect for elders and women folk. Singh drew instances from history and folklore especially of Dulla Bhatti, Heer Ranjha, the works of Baba Farid and the Sikh gurus and emphasised that the present generation needs to draw inspiration from such great works to protect their culture.

Students visit BPO

In order to acquaint the students about the working of the BPO and KPO services, GGNIVS (PTU Learning centre, GGN campus) organised a visit to KocherTech, a BPO company. Fifty students pursuing undergraduate courses in IT and undergoing BPO Customer Care course at the institute visited the company along with their teachers Vishal Kant and Chhaya Jyoti. During the visit, Baljeet and Gautam briefed the students about the company and its services. Gautam said, “BPOs and KPOs have an open market of job opportunities for youngsters in India. This is a field that has employed thousands of professionals and has given them international working environment with great salary packages.” GGNIVS coordinator Manjit Singh Chhabra said such visits give practical training to the students. “They not only get an opportunity to update their knowledge about industrial growth but also get to learn about tools being used in organisations,” he added.

Eye check-up camp

Rotractors of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College organised a discussion and eye check-up camp on the college premises. Dr Deepak Gupta, chief consultant for cataract services at Centre for Sight, made the students and the staff aware of general eye care. Dr Gupta apprised the students and teachers of the symptoms related to eye problems and clarified several myths which are often considered to adversely affect the eye sight. He said computer vision syndrome had become a major problem nowadays. After the lecture, an eye check-up camp was held in which eyes of more than 100 students and faculty members were examined.

Extension lecture

Khanna: An extension lecture was orgainsed for the NCC cadets at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna). Resource person Sanjeev Kumar (2nd Battalion Officer) guided the cadets about the benefits of the NCC, recruitment of NCC cadets in Army etc. More than 100 students took part in the lecture. — TNS



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Floriculture meet begins at PAU

Ludhiana: A three-day XXIII Annual Group Meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on floriculture began on Tuesday at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The meet has been jointly organised by PAU, the Directorate of Floricultural Research (DFR) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

Floriculture scientists and progressive farmers from across the country are participating in the meet.

PAU Vice Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said flowers were a beautiful creation of God and an essential part of life. “With the growing demand for flowers in the domestic market, there is a tremendous scope of their year round cultivation. There is a need to expand floriculture and earn more from flower production,” he said while highlighting the multipurpose use of flowers at marriage palaces, religious places, meetings, functions and as gifts.

Director, Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) and former Additional Director of Extension Education, PAU, Dr HS Dhaliwal, said the enterprise of floriculture was expanding rapidly. The enterprise was voluminous and perishable but the major problem was of marketing, he pointed out. He said contract farming of floriculture was an answer to this problem.

Former head, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr SPS Raghava, highlighted the achievements of the stalwarts of floriculture. He also lauded the efforts of the DFR for organising this meet.

Director, Directorate of Floricultural Research, New Delhi, Dr Ramesh Kumar, said the future research would focus on turf grass for landscape use, development of exportable varieties using molecular breeding, standardisation of packaging techniques, fortifying research on F1 hybrid seed production of selected seasonal flowers, re-orientation of agro-technology for open field and protected cultivation and market intelligence for providing information on demand, supply and price of flower commodities.

A set of publications entitled ‘Seed Production of Annual Flowers’, ‘Status of Floriculture in Punjab’ and ‘AICRP on Floriculture’ were released on this occasion.

Consumer Club inaugurated

The College of Home Science of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised the inaugural function of the Consumer Club. A large number of PAU students, faculty and members of PAU Kisan Club (Ladies Wing) turned up on this occasion.

The chief guest, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, applauded the efforts of the faculty of College of Home Science in establishing the club. He said due to the increase in the purchasing power of the consumers over the decades, there was a need of initiatives to make them aware of their rights.

Dhillon said the club members would guard the interests of the consumers by helping them from being exploited by unscrupulous marketers/shopkeepers, making them quality conscious, explaining consumer protection rights and helping them in seeking redressal of their grievances. The efforts of this club were envisioned to go a long way in achieving the objective of consumer guidance and protection, which was the need of the hour for a healthy society, he said.

Welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, Dean, College of Home Science, Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, said, “As India is the world’s third largest economy and consumerism is growing day by day, the initiative of establishing the Consumer Club will prove quite fruitful.”

Award for farming development centre

The Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC) of the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was conferred with the ‘Excellent Display Award’ during the 6th International Horti Expo 2014, held in Chandigarh from February 20-22, 2014.

Chief coordinator of the expo and president, Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora), S Jafar Naqvi presented the award to the PFDC stall. The PFDC also participated in the 9th International Flora Expo 2014, 8th Landscape and Gardening Expo 2014 and 3rd India Potato Expo 2014, held in Chandigarh from February 20-22.

Around 117 firms from all over India and The Netherland participated in the expo.

Extension specialist Dr Rakesh Sharda and Associate Professor, PAU, Dr Mukesh Siag, provided useful information to the farmers and entrepreneurs regarding the installation of green house, its benefits and types of crops that can be grown with this technology. There were queries about the use of mulching, low tunnels and fertigation.

The PFDC stall displayed plasticulture technologies including micro irrigation and protected cultivation. The main attractions of the stall were green house technology, live display of fully automated drip irrigation system and information on the various drip irrigation technologies recommended by PAU. The models of poly-house and poly-net house were displayed and demonstrated to the visitors. — TNS



health notes
Minimal invasive spine surgery effective: Expert

The minimal invasive spine surgery can be very effective for treating spine injuries of the patients. This was said by Dr Damandeep Singh Makkar at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. “With minimum incisions, the patient can start walking within a few hours of the surgery. It causes minimal blood loss,” he said. Other benefits of the surgery are lesser pain, less soft tissue damage, decreased post-operative pain and meditation, shorter hospital stay, less chances of infection, faster recovery. Sixty-year-old Bachitar Singh, who had been suffering from pain due to a damaged rib, said he was relieved after the surgery.

Talk on DNA-based cancer detection kit

A presentation to inform about cancer detection kits was organised at Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Hospital. Dr Balbir Singh Shah said the kits helped in early detection of cancer and was based on DNA analysis. The kits have already undergone clinicalDr Balbir Singh Shah addresses a gathering at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Tuesday. trials for their efficacy in Safdurjang Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, and independent trials are being done by Taxas University, he said. Dr Shah said the kits were based on the principal of free DNA fragments in the plasma in people who suffer from cancer. “The test is inexpensive and can screen population with minimum manpower and infrastructure,” he said.

Dr Balbir Singh Shah addresses a gathering at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Roko Cancer’ camp

The Roko Cancer Charitable Trust and Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee would organise a ‘roko cancer camp’ at Gurudwara Dashmesh Pita, Chandar Nagar, on Wednesday from 11 am onwards. A team of 12 doctors with well-equipped bus would be coming to the city from Delhi. Tests for cancer, including breast cancer detection test, mammography apart from other tests for more diseases would be conducted during the camp, said Pirthipal Singh, one of the organisers of the camp. He said the camp was being organised in the memory of Giani Hari Singh. — TNS



shooting and snatching incident
7 held, 3 on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The city police today arrested seven persons accused of opening fire and robbing a youth of his mobile phone and wallet in the Civil City area on Jassian Road on Sunday.

The accused have been identified as Rajesh Kumar of Pritam Nagar, Pawan Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Raman Gupta and Rajul Kumar of Jaswand Vihar, Salaudin of Laxmi Nagar and Perminder Mathur of Anand Vihar.

Three of their accomplices, including Gagan and Praladh, managed to escape from the scene.

Besides sharp-edged weapons, the city police have recovered the snatched wallet, mobile phones and motorcycle from the possession of the accused persons.

The Division No 4 police had yesterday booked the accused under Sections 382, 336, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC, besides various other sections of the Arms Act.

The victim, Ravi Kumar, said the incident took place on Sunday evening, when he was playing cricket with his friends on a plot on Jassian Road.

Ravi Kumar told the police that the accused came on motorcycles and suddenly fired a shot in the air. Then, one of the accused pointed a pistol at him and threatened to kill him, complained the victim.

One of the accused then allegedly snatched his wallet and mobile phone, before fleeing from the scene with his accomplices, said the victim.



Police take three days to register burglary case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Three days after some unidentified burglars barged into a house, overpowered the servant and decamped with gold and silver ornaments and cash in the absence of the ocupants, the Jodhewal police registered a case and started investigations yesterday.

Owner of the house Abhishek Gupta said he, along with his family, was visiting a relative’s house when the incident took place, on February 21.

Abhishek Gupta said his servant was alone at home. The servant alleged that some unidentified persons entered the house and took him hostage, before decamping with valuables.

Abhishek said the burglars took away over 50 tolas of gold ornaments, including two necklaces and two bangle sets, 2.2 kgs of silver ornaments and around Rs 6.4 lakh from the house.



Widow booked for fraud

Ludhiana, February 25
A woman was booked for receiving her deceased husband's pension by showing him alive.

The accused has been identified as Mahinder Kaur of Kirat Pur Sahib. The case was registered on the complaint of Ranjit Singh, father-in-law of accused’s son.

The Division No. 5 police booked the woman for fraud under Section 420 of the IPC. — TNS



7 summoned in dowry case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 25
Judicial Magistrate Pankaj Verma has summoned seven persons of a family in a dowry harassment case. The orders came on a complaint moved by Meenu, a local lawyer.

Those summoned to face trial include Subir Goyal (Meenu’s husband), Veena Goyal (mother-in-law), Sanjeev Goyal (brother-in-law), his wife Hema Goyal, Shamma Gupta (sister-in-law), her husband Sanjay Gupta of Jallandhar, and Dr Ashok Singal of Main Bazar, Moga.

The local police had registered an FIR against the in-laws on November 4, 2005.

During the investigation, the police found the accused family’s version more convincing than the allegations of the complainant and filed a cancellation report in the case. The police had requested the court for cancellation of the FIR against the in-laws.

The court, however, did not accept the cancellation report and ordered to club the FIR file with the complaint case filed by the woman. The case would now come up for hearing on February 28.



Girls display athletic prowess at city colleges
Our Sports Reporter

Students take part in an athletics meet at the Gujarkhan Campus of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women in Model Town, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.
Students take part in an athletics meet at the Gujarkhan Campus of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women in Model Town, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 25
By pocketing 25 points, Jasjot Kaur, a student of BA-I, was adjudged the best athlete at the annual sports meet of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here today. Harkiran Kaur, a BA-II student, followed her closely with 23 points.

Fun events such as three-legged race, sack race, potato-and-spoon race and slow cycling complemented the track-and-field events including races, long jump, shot put and discus throw during the two-day meet.

Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman distributed prizes among the winners.

At Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, students from all the streams took part in various events during annual athletics meet that began today. District Sports Officer Kartar Singh Sehemby inaugurated the meet. He said educated women could play an important role in the development of the country.

Kulwant Kaur of MA-I (history), the best athlete of the college, took the oath on behalf of the all the participants, as colourful balloons were released to mark the opening of the meet.

The top three positions in various events were bagged by the following students in the given order—800m race: Rajni, Amandeep Kaur, Kulwant Kaur; 200m race:Rajni, Gurminder Kaur, Manmeet Kaur; javelin throw: Amandeep Kaur, Ranvir Kaur, Manpreet Kaur; rope skipping: Gurminder Kaur, Prabhpreet Kaur, Gaganpreet Kaur; 400m race: Rajni, Gurminder Kaur, Sukhpal Kaur; shot put: Harpreet Kaur, Maneesha Sharma, Manpreet Kaur; high jump: Seema, Vicky Sharma, Kiranjot; long jump: Shivdeep Kaur, Swaranjeet Kaur, Jasleen; three-legged race: Gaganpreet Kaur and Tehmeen Saleem, Pavneet Kaur and Gurvinder Kaur, Kiranjot Grewal and Navjot Grewal; discus throw: Ranvir Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Harjot Kaur.

At the Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Harmandeep Kaur and Priya Dogra shared honours, as they were jointly declared the best athletes during the annual athletics meet organised here today.

They clinched three titles each. While Harmandeep won titles in javelin throw, discus throw and shot put events, Priya romped home victorious in long jump, 200m race and 400m race to prove their mettle. Ramanpreet Kaur emerged as the fastest runner, winning the 100m sprint.

Earlier, principal Dr Ravinder Kaur declared the meet open for the BEd and MEd students. The highlight of the opening ceremony was the march past. Dr Amarjit Singh Dua, director, Institute of Nursing, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, was the chief guest at the concluding function and gave away the prizes.

The top three positions in various events were bagged by the following students in the given order—javelin throw: Harmandeep Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Sangeeta; long jump: Priya Dogra, Sharanjeet Kaur, Kamaljeet Kaur; 800m race: Ramanpreet Kaur, Kulveer Kaur, Gurinder Kaur; discus throw: Harmandeep Kaur, Sukhman Kaur, Prabhjot Kaur; 4x100m relay race: BEd Section B1, BEd Section A2, BEd Section C3; shot put: Harmandeep Kaur, Sukhman Kaur, Kamaljeet Kaur; 400m race: Priya Dogra, Gurinder Kaur, Rajwant Kaur; 200m race: Priya Dogra, Babli Rani, Sandeep Kaur; high jump: Kamaljeet Kaur, Preety Kumari, Sukhman Kaur; march past: BEd Section C1, BEd Section A2, BEd Section B3; 100m race: Ramanpreet Kaur, Bably, Paramjeet Kaur; obstacle race: Amandeep Kaur, Shruti, Paramjeet; tug of war: Section D1, Section C2; 50m sack race: Sangeeta, Harmeet, Ravdeep; 50m spoon-and-potato race: Ravneet, Sonu, Jasmeet Kaur; chatti race: Jyoti, Sangeeta, Amandeep Kaur; three-legged race: Sandeep and Gurinder, Harmeet and Sandeep, Gifty and Navpreet; staff race: Harpreet Kaur, Manveer Kaur, Inderdeep Kaur; rope skipping: Amandeep Kaur, Babli Rani, Navpreet Kaur.



Arshdeep, Ramneet shine at veterinary university meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 25
Ramneet Kaur and Arshdeep Singh Kailey were declared the best athletes among girls and boys respectively at the Eighth Annual Athletic Meet of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here today.

Students of all the colleges of the veterinary varsity—College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology, College of Fisheries and School of Animal Biotechnology—besides the affiliated college—Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar—took part in the meet.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, inaugurated the meet. He said the university always promoted games and sports among the students to keep them healthy and in high spirits. Gurvinder Singh, the star athlete of the university, took oath on behalf of the participants.

A friendly kabaddi match between teams of the non-teaching staff of the university was also organised. Cadets of the NCC unit of GADVASU, took part in equestrian events. Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Inspector General of Police, Patiala Range, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function.

The College of Veterinary Science bagged the overall trophy during the meet.

Winners in various events in the boys category were Arshdeep (110m hurdles), Jagdeep Singh (javelin throw), Jashandeep Singh (5,000m race), Arshdeep Singh Kailey (400m hurdles), Simerdeep Singh Toor (hammer throw), Jaskarandeep Singh (800m race), Jagdeep Singh (triple jump), Mukhmeet Singh Deol (high jump), Simardeep Singh Toor (shot put), Mehrans Singh Hundal (1,500m race) and Jugraj Singh Mahal (discus throw), Arshdeep Singh Kailey (long jump).

Among girls, the winners were Jaanesh Kaur (javelin throw), Ramanjot Kaur (1,500m race), Ramneet Kaur (800 m race), Ramneet Kaur (200m race), Ramneet Kaur (long jump), Geetika Jagpal (shot put), Ramneet Kaur (400m race) and Gulgul Singh (discus throw).



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