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Venomous Buddha Nullah 
Efforts to clean toxic vein go in vain 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
For the past three decades, successive governments have been making efforts to clean and beautify Buddha Nullah, but to no avail.

In the absence of funds and a concrete plan, ‘operation clean-up’ seems a distant dream. The “toxic vein of Malwa” continues to be a bane of the city.

Crores of rupees spent by the governments have gone down the drain.

The Municipal Corporation gives around Rs 55 lakh to the drainage department to clean the nullah, but all efforts go futile. Industrial waste makes things difficult for the department.

Zonal Commissioner, Zone B, Kamlesh Bansal said despite carrying out a number of cleanliness drives, heavy metal content was found in the nullah. “There are 16 disposal units into the 14-kilometres nullah,” said Bansal.

Recently, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked engineers of India Limited Company to visit the city and look for ways to clean the nullah. The engineers met the higher authorities and went through the data.

Besides, the Central government had given its nod to construct three green-bridges for the cleaning of nullah and two more were to be constructed.

The project worth Rs 15.25 crore has been stalled,” said the Zonal Commissioner. 


A slow poison, indeed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Hundreds of dairy owners in the Haibowal and Tajpur area bathe buffaloes/cows in Buddha Nullah, jeopardising the lives of the animals and residents.

The buffaloes may catch an infection while bathing in the nullah which remains polluted with chemicals, intoxicants and pollutants.

Experts believe that strict measures should be adopted by law enforcing agencies against such dairy owners.

Professor of Veterinary Extension at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) Dr Harish Verma said the dairy owners or farmers did not know that bathing the animals in the nullah could be dangerous. Awareness needed to be created as milk buyers too were at risk. The milk could poison them, he added.

“The animals drink the same water. The milk that they give is not fit for consumption as pollutants and chemicals are disposed of in the nullah. The consumers can also catch infectious diseases such as foot and mouth disease, tuberculosis and brucellosis. These are called zoonotics diseases which spread from animals to humans,” said Dr Verma. Joint secretary of the Progressive Dairy Farming Association Rajpal Singh said only a few farmers took their animals to the nullah. “Leading companies check the quality of milk before buying it from the farmers. The consumers too should get the quality of the milk checked.

The farmers should not take their animals to the dirty/poisonous nullah,” said Rajpal Singh.



2 killed, 40 hurt as tempo overturns 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Two persons were killed while 40 others suffered injuries when the tempo they were travelling in overturned near Kup Kalan village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road this afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Niranjan Singh and Ramki Devi while the injured are yet to be identified. They were returning home after paying obeisance at Anandpur Sahib.

The driver lost control over the vehicle after one of the tyres burst near Sirhind Canal. Passersby and area residents pulled the bodies out of the vehicle and helped the police take the injured to the hospital.

Sadar SHO Harwinder Pal Singh and city SHO Tejinder Singh said they rushed the injured to the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla. Four of them, including a child, were referred to Government Rajindra Hospital at Malerkotla, they said.

At the Civil Hospital, only one doctor and one nurse were available.



Govt’s largesse to pensioners — Rs 250 per month
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Prices of essential commodities have gone through the roof and the common man is bearing the brunt. The elderly and physically challenged are having it the toughest. They are given Rs 250 for their regular handouts per month.

The beneficiaries said the government was not concerned about their needs. Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha and other NGOs have decided to give a representation to the Chief Minister demanding a pension of Rs 3,000 per month.

Gulzar Goriya, general secretary, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, said, “There are more than 13 lakh pensioners in Punjab. They have been getting Rs 250 since 2007.”

He said the scheme was started in 1964-65 and the pensioners used to get Rs 50 per month at that time. It took the government decades to increase the amount from Rs 50 to Rs 250. Swaran Singh Nago, president of the sabha, said, “We have taken up the issue with the Central and the state governments a number of times, but to no avail. The state government had assured us of increasing the amount, but nothing of the sort has happened so far. The Union Budget was a disappointment. No one knows what the pensioners are going through. How long will they be able to hold on? Each day is a struggle for them.”

Saraswati Devi, a pensioner, said, “It appears as if the state government is laughing at us. I don’t have money to afford treatment. At the age of 75, officials expect me to make rounds of their offices. My son works at a grocery store. His salary is meagre. I don’t know what fate has in store for us.”

Goriya said six NGOs, including Kul Hind Hit Mazdoor Union, Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and Pendu Mazdoor Union, were in talks with the authorities and were trying hard to get the amount increased from Rs 250 to Rs 3,000 per month.



Couple commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
A couple committed suicide by jumping before a train near Kup Kalan village this morning.

The bodies have been kept at the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, for identification. In-charge, railway police chowki, Karamjit Singh said the two were in their twenties. The couple had gone to a factory near Kup Kalan for a job interview.



Doc booked for negligence 

Ludhiana, July 19
The police have booked a doctor for negligence. Complainant Chintu Singh told the police that the medicine given by the doctor had claimed the life of his wife.

The deceased was identified as Kushboo, a resident of Jasdev Nagar, Gill Road.

Chintu said after his wife complained of toothache, he took her to Tomar Clinic. Dr Joginder examined her and gave her some medicines, but she did not get relief. When they went to the doctor in the evening, he changed the medicines, Chintu said. He said after taking the medicines, Kushboo started crying and was unable to breathe. She died after sometime. Balbir Singh, in-charge, police post, Marado, said, “We have registered a case under Section 304A.” — TNS



TV Programme
Doctor put on notice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The Punjab Medical Council has served a notice to Dr Sumita Sofat, a city-based gynaecologist, over her “objectionable” TV programme. The notice served by the Registrar, Punjab Medical Council, (dated July 14, 2014,) says that the type of advertising programme by Dr Sofat amounts to soliciting the patients, which was against the ethics to be observed by registered medical practitioners.

The notice mentions that as per the Medical Council of India Code of Medical Ethics “The Indian Medical (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002,” and guidelines issued by the Punjab Medical Council, “you (Dr Sofat) are not supposed to insert any advertisement in the lay press/electronic media/hoardings of any size in the state and adjoining states like Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh or anywhere in the country. You are directed to submit the clarification as to why the action should not be taken against you within 15 days of the issue of this letter.

Copy of the notice has also been forwarded to the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, by the Registrar. Dr Subhash Batta, the Civil Surgeon, however, said he had not got the copy yet, he will get it likely by Monday.



2 buffaloes electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Koom Kalan, July 19
Two buffaloes of a Gujjar family were electrocuted when they touched the live electric wires near Koom Kalan Mandi.

As per information, Gujjar Akbar and Mohamed Ali were going with their buffaloes near Koom Kalan.

Suddenly two buffalos went towards bushes and touched the live wire that was lying there. The buffaloes died on the spot due to the electric shock.

They said some days ago one buffalo had died at the same place but the Power Department officials failed to remove the wires from there.

They termed the department responsible for the incident and demanded compensation from the government for the loss they had suffered.



Educated fall prey to bank frauds
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Contrary to earlier trend when only illiterate and elderly persons using ATM cards were duped by cheaters, members of the elite class are also at the receiving end these days.

Elated on receiving a call from a woman claiming to be a bank official, bank customers, including highly educated ones, spontaneously tell their ATM card number and password. Later, they find themselves duped when they receive messages about debit in their accounts.

Illiterate and elderly seem to have immunity against these type of incidents as they cannot read out card numbers and tell passwords on phone.

Investigations revealed that incidences of swindling of money from saving accounts of depositors by transferring amounts using ATM number and password received on the pretext of reactivating cards had increased during the past times.

Banks officials have been finding hard to educate individual customers that no information about their accounts or password is to be provided to callers pretending to be bank officials.

Malkiat Singh, a customer of a nationalised bank, was duped of Rs 15,000 by unknown members of a gang having educated women after he responded to a call from Mumbai.

“I was confused when I received a call from a woman claiming to be a bank official who informed me that my ATM card was blocked. I told my card number and password to her,” said Singh, adding that the caller had told his account number which he himself remembered with great difficulty.

Singh later got his card blocked himself after receiving a message on his cellphone about a withdrawal of Rs 15,000.

Gurvinder Kaur, a teacher and a savings account holder of a nationalised bank, was also duped of Rs 11,000 in a similar manner. Interestingly, she was not called by a woman but a youth speaking fluent Hindi.

Many cases were reported where account holders were saved by officials of their banks by immediately getting their cards blocked or putting their accounts on hold, but the tendency still continues.

Leaders and high profile officers too show casual approach towards maintaining secrecy of password of their ATM cards. In a majority of the cases, when they want to withdraw money from accounts through ATM cards, their personal aides are asked to operate the card. The ATM number and password was later misused for making online transactions by the latter.

Upset over increased number of incidences and inquires, officials of various banks have urged their customers not divulge any information about their accounts and alternative channels of transaction, including ATM card, even if the caller is a bank official.



Akalis have no one to blame for their ‘failures’: Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari said today that Akalis in Punjab have no one to blame now for their own failures since they were the alliance partners of the ruling government at the Centre.

“Earlier, the Akali-BJP leaders tried to put all blame on the Centre when Congress was in power. Now, when it is their own government at the Centre, things have only gone from bad to worse,” he said this while interacting with mediapersons after inaugurating a tube well near Ishmeet Chowk at Shastri Nagar. The tube well was constructed with the Rs 15-lakh grant provided by Tewari from his MP’s Local Area Development fund.

Referring to severe shortage of power, Tewari said: “Years ago, we were told by this government that surplus power will be exported to Pakistan, but it has not been able to maintain even the regular supply to residents.”

He said the agriculture sector was the worst hit as farmers were not getting proper power supply. “Theoretically, they are getting free power, but actually they are not getting any power at all and they have to spend money to run their diesel-operated motors to irrigate their fields.”

The former minister also referred to the closure of about 18,000 industrial units in the state.

He said it was because of power shortage and extra costs and wrong taxation policy of the government that the industry was shifting base to other states.

“All promises of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre have proved hollow,” he said.

Former minister and MLA Rakesh Pandey, district Congress committee Ludhiana (Urban) president Pawan Dewan and Parminder Mehta were among others present.



Shahi Imam flays clashes at Baltal camp
Tribune News Service

Police deployed outside Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Police deployed outside Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on Saturday. 

Ludhiana, July 19
The Shahi Imam of Punjab, Habib-ur-Rahman Sani Ludhianvi, has condemned the violent clashes at Baltal camp in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, one of the base camps for pilgrims visiting the Amarnath cave shrine.

He said a scuffle between two stall owners turned into riots because of the role of mischievous elements to disturb the communal harmony. The Jammu and Kashmir Government must make arrangements of appropriate security at such places and camps.

The Shahi Imam also condemned the hatred against minority communities in Punjab in reaction to the J&K incident and said sloganeering and stone-pelting at Jama Masjid at Phagwara following the violence at Baltal was a conspiracy to disturb the communal harmony in the country and in the state.

He alleged that the police was responsible for allowing rioters to reach the mosque.

The Shahi Imam appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that action be taken against mischievous elements attacking the mosque and demanded disciplinary action against the police and the administration for lax attitude of letting such incidents happen.

He added that Muslims across Punjab condemn the violence at the Baltal camp and appealed for maintenance of peace in the state.



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Death anniversary

The management, doctors and faculty members of Dr BL Kapur Memorial Hospital observed the death anniversary of Dr BL Kapur, founder of the hospital. A havana was performed on the hospital premises. Dr Wahigurupal Singh Sidhu, medical superintendent, paid tributes to the renowned gynaecologist who founded the hospital in Ludhiana in 1947.

The hospital has now been developed as a charitable institution and facilities like medicine, surgery, dentistry, X-ray, modern laboratory with emergency services are available 24x7. On the directions of senior medical officer Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu, two medical teams took out a door-to-door campaign keeping in view the rainy season. People were told to keep cleanliness around them, avoid having cut fruits, hands should be washed properly before and after eating and water should not be allowed to get stagnant in and around 
their houses.

Free eye check-up camp

A free eye check-up camp was organised at a gurdwara in Kular village. Eye surgeon Ramesh examined patients and said one should take care of their eyes. Free medicines were also given to the patients while 325 patients were operated upon free of cost and 173 persons were given spectacles.

Coolers, containers checked

Under the direction of Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta and under the supervision of District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, checking of coolers and containers was done in many areas of Ludhiana by breeding checkers and larva of aedes were found in four houses in Lakshami Nagar, New Janakpuri Salem Tabri and Guru Arjun Dev Nagar in Ludhiana. The information regarding the same has been passed to Municipal Corporation officials.

Blood donation week

The Rotary International Club celebrated the blood donation week and inspired more and more donors to donate blood. Under this week, the club with the help of the Rotary Innerwheel Club on Saturday organised a blood donation camp at Krishna Charitable Hospital, Model Town. It was inaugurated by Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta. He appreciated the efforts of the club and appealed to all social workers to come forward for this noble cause. Female members of the club participated with a lot of enthusiasm. As many as 23 units of blood units were collected.

Foundation chief gets welcome

KK Bawa, president of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Antar Rashtriya Foundation, who has recently came back after celebrating 298th martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Canada and USA, was welcomed here today at Lok Sewawan office at Atam nagar. Resham Saggu, Amrit pal Kalsi, Pal Singh Matharu and Dr Jaswinder Singh Jassi were among those present. Bawa briefed about different functions organised there to mark the Martyrdom Day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

GADVASU students get support

Missionary worker of the Bahujan Samaj Party Ramanjit Lali came in support of the striking students of GADVASU. He said the Chief Minister camped at Delhi to get a berth reserved in the Cabinet for his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal. He must consider girl students of fisheries as his own and do something to provide employment to them. If government failed to do so, he along with other workers will resort to an agitation against state government, said Lali.

Delegation meets police chief

A delegation of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking under the Chairmanship of Onkar Singh Pahwa, Chairman Bicycle Research and Development Organisation (BRADO) met the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, Parmod Ban. A discussion regarding industrial security was held. It was discussed that more vigilance to be kept on the payment and advance pay days so that migratory labour is not robbed off. The Commissioner assured to provide extra force to keep vigil and a seminar on industrial security be organised to aware the industrialists regarding industrial security. Traffic problem was also discussed and suggestion was given to increase the PCR. Members also discussed about the manual control on traffic during morning and evening Peak hours. — TNS



gadvasu notes
Veterinary varsity bags excellence award

Ludhiana: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) bagged the ‘Partnership Excellence Award’ from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on its 33rd foundation day held at Chandigarh. 

The award was given by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU. Dr SNS Randhawa said the award was based on the performance of the veterinary varsity in 2013-14 for technology dissemination to farmers in allied fields. It is important to mention here that GADVASU has been associated with NABARD since 2012 by conducting training programmes for dairy farmers, transfer of new practices and technologies in the field of dairy farming to the farmers clubs promoted by NABARD. 

Under the Area Development Scheme operated by NABARD in two districts of the state, a novel project was started for subscribing the monthly animal husbandry magazine ‘Vigiyanak Pashu Palan’ published by GADVASU to 210 farmers clubs. It was sponsored by NABARD for a period of two years. These projects are showing excellent results and now the dairy scheme has been extended from already operational in two districts to further three more districts, including border area of Amritsar.

Training programme on milk held

College of Dairy Science and Technology in association with the Department of Veterinary Extension Education of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) conducted three-day training programme on milk and milk products for dairy farmers of Punjab. Seventeen farmers, including five women, from different parts of Punjab attended the training programme. 

Dr Amandeep Sharma revealed that during the three-day training they were apprised of quality evaluation and testing of milk, milk processing and manufacturing of different milk products (paneer, lassi, ice cream, mozzarella cheese, flavoured milk and whey beverages). Besides product manufacturing they were also told about various government schemes available for the promotion of dairy farming, milk processing and value added dairy products in rural area. Framers showed keen interest in learning the various technologies for value addition of milk. — TNS



Admission to meritorious schools
Dept to hold counselling at Mohali
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
In an odd move, the Education Department called the applicants for Meritorious School at Mohali for counselling. Ironically, a majority of students of government schools could not go for the counselling due to financial issues.

In a circular issued by project director, society for promotion of quality education, the students who have submitted the forms for admission have to attend the counselling at Mohali.

The students who got 80 per cent or more than 80 per cent marks in Class X were eligible to take admission in Senior Secondary Residential Schools for Meritorious Schools.

Despite providing free education and residential facilities, schools failed to attract the students. The government has initiated these schools in six districts of Punjab, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Mohali.

In the new instructions by the project director, counselling of all the students will be held from July 22 to July 26 at Government Middle School at Phase VII in Mohali.

Teachers condemn the move of the department

The teachers at government schools who are concerned with students condemn this move of the department. The teachers suggested that the counselling should be held in districts so that students can reach easily.

Sandeep Singh, a teacher, said, “It is a well-known fact that most of the students who have been studying in government schools are from economically weaker section of the society. They cannot not afford visit to Mohali for counselling. Already the number of applicants for meritorious schools is less. And now a number of students will not be able to attend it.”

Gurbeer Singh, another teacher, said, “It is shocking that all the students, who want to get admission in meritorious school, will have to attend counselling at Mohali. I don’t think that there is a need of any counselling for admission to these meritorious schools. The department should change the decision.” 



from schools
Students showcase summer projects

Ludhiana: Students displayed a host of creative summer project works based on the theme of 'Creativity Saluting Mother Nature' at Police DAV Public School. Different projects were assigned class-wise to the students during summer vacations were displayed. The main objective of this activity was to encourage the children to appreciate 'mother nature' and to inculcate in them a sense of harmony between science and nature. Nilambri Jagdale was the guest of honour. She appreciated the keen interest shown by the students for their projects.

Splash pool party

A splash pool part was organised for Kindergarten students at Green Land Convent School. The students brought refreshing drinks and umbrellas which they used while waiting for their turn. A lot of water games, watch slides were organised for them.

Saplings planted

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a plantation drive on the premises of the court situated at Bharat Nagar Chowk. The plantation was done by Vijay Verma, president of Bar Council. Students interacted with Vijay regarding law and order. The headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, congratulated all the winners and motivated all the students to participate in such activities.

Poster-making contest

Inter-class colouring competition was organised for students of Kindergarten wing at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. While an inter-class poster making and slogan writing competitions were also organised for the Primary Wing. The themes were 'Say No to Polythene, Save Water, Moral Values and Literacy'. Principal Kuldip Sharma motivated the budding artists.

Spellathon 2014

Students of BVM Kitchlu Nagar organised 'Spellathon 2014' on Saturday to revitalise their word power. The competition was categorised in four categories. It proved much beneficial for all the students, said Principal Neelam Mittar.

Plantation drive

To emphasise the drive of 'Each One Plant One', a tree plantation day was observed at Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur. Dr Bhupinder Singh Saran, president, Guru Nanak Education and Welfare Trust accompanied by S Balwant Singh Jajj (Trustee) inaugurated the plantation drive by planting a sapling. Students of primary, middle and senior sections planted variety of saplings. Principal Baljit Kaur said it was high time that children should shoulder their responsibility of saving earth. She added that it's the duty of the schools to motivate the students to plant more and more trees.

World Earth Day observed

Under the theme: 'Our environment legacy, our responsibility', World Earth Day was observed at BVM, Usham Singh Nagar. Students of Classes III and VII planted saplings and students of Class IV and V depicted their concern for medicinal herbs and birds on the verge of extinction. While students of Class XI participated in essay writing competiton based on the topic: 'Causes and effects of global warming'. A declamation contest was also held among students of Class VIII on the topic 'conserve sparrows to save biodiversity'. — TNS



Local agricultural scientists go global
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Scientists from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana; National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB) of ICAR, New Delhi; and Delhi University (DU), in collaboration with International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), have published a research paper in one of the most reputed international journal ‘Science’.

The paper on chromosome-based draft sequence of the bread wheat genome provides new insight into the structure, organisation, and evolution of the large, complex genome of wheat, the world’s most widely grown cereal crop.

According to Dr Kuldeep Singh, director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, PAU, who is the project coordinator for India and one of the author, the decoding of wheat genome has helped in identifying more than 1,25,000 genes and assigned these to the individual wheat chromosomes. Dr Arveen Chhuneja is the other co-author from PAU.

Dr Singh further said bread wheat has the largest content of DNA among all the food crops, making wheat genetics more complex than other food crops. Ten years back, wheat was considered one of the toughest crops to decode due to its huge genome size of 17,000 million bases and presence of three sets of highly similar chromosomes in the genome. Technological advances made in recent years and availability of specialised wheat lines has made it possible to isolate individual chromosomes for sequencing, he added.

He further informed that India was entrusted with the responsibility of decoding of chromosome named ‘2A’, which alone had a size of about 900 million bases, which is about two and a half times the size of entire rice genome and is about one third the size of human genome. The Indian initiative was financially supported three years ago by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology and Government of India at a total cost of Rs 35 crore. PAU is the lead centre for the sequencing project.

The draft sequence is an assemblage of about 60 per cent of the wheat genome and is a major landmark towards obtaining a complete gold standard sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat genome, the ultimate goal of the IWGSC. Quoting Dr Catherine Feuillet, co-chairperson of IWGSC, Dr Singh informed that researchers in the IWGSC envisage that the full genome sequence would be available within three years.

Congratulating the scientists on this big achievement, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said the genetic blueprint of wheat was an invaluable resource to plant science researchers and wheat breeders in particular. For the first time, they have at their disposal a set of tools enabling them to rapidly and precisely locate specific genes on individual wheat chromosomes which wheat breeders can use for tracking and transfer of any number of genes from one variety to another through cross hybridisation. “With a chromosome-based full sequence in hand, wheat breeders will have high quality tools at their disposal to accelerate breeding programmes and to identify how genes control complex traits such as yield, grain quality, disease, pest resistance or abiotic stress tolerance,” he said.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, director of research, PAU, stated that this research had opened tremendous possibilities to produce a new generation of wheat varieties with higher yields and improved sustainability to meet the demands of a growing world population in a changing environment. According to Dr Navtej S Bains, lead wheat breeder at PAU, the draft sequence is already providing new insights into the history and evolution of the wheat genome and genes involved in grain development and disease resistance. This will also decrease the time from discovery to commercialisation of new varieties for farmers, he added. 



PAUTA elections 
2 candidates withdraw nominations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Two candidates for the Punjab AgriculturalUniversity Teachers Association (PAUTA) withdrew their nominations here today.

Gulzar Singh, who had filled the nomination for councillor from North Research, withdrew his nomination as no one from the rival group was contesting the election. While Ruchika Bhardwaj, another councilor, also withdrew her nomination.

The elections of PAUTA are scheduled to be held on July 22.

There are two groups namely Kingra and Siag contesting the elections. Total 446 voters will use their right to vote.

Dr KS Sanga is contesting for the post of president from Kingra group, while Dr Mukesh Siag is contesting from the Siag group. DK Sharma is contesting for the post of general from Kingra group while Kulbir Singh Saini is contesting for secretary from Siag group. 



PAU to hold seven kisan melas in Sept
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, July 19
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will hold a series of seven kisan melas and kisan divas in various parts of Punjab in September 2014.

Divulging details, Dr HS Dhaliwal, director of extension education, said the series would commence with kisan divas at Nagkalan Jahangir in Amritsar on September 8 followed by the kisan mela at Ballowal Saunkhri on September 10. The kisan mela on the PAU campus, Ludhiana, will be held on September 12 and 13, he informed. The kisan mela at Rauni, Patiala, will be organised on September 16 whereas kisan divas at Faridkot will be held on September 18, he said. The regional kisan melas at Gurdaspur and Bathinda will be held on September 23 and 26, respectively.

Dr Dhaliwal said during the melas and divas, the farmers and farm women would be given an opportunity to visit exhibitions, technical stalls, discuss their farm issues with the PAU experts and seek solutions for their agri-problems. In addition to showcasing latest agricultural technologies, the melas will educate the farmers about new farm innovations and scientific know-how of progressive farming.

The farmers can also purchase farm literature, new seeds and planting material during these melas, he added. 



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Students excel in BSc exam

Raagis perform kirtan at Ramgarhia Girls College in Ludhiana.
Raagis perform kirtan at Ramgarhia Girls College in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: BSc Hotel Management (Semester 2) students of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, brought laurels with their exceptional performance in PTU Final Examination held in May-June 2014 .Manjeet Singh stood first in the Class by scoring 86 per cent, while Amanpreet Kaur has secured the second position with 85 per cent marks. Kirti Khanna stood third with 84 per cent marks. Principal Dr PS Khattra applauded the achievers and advised them to carry on with their efforts for a successful career.

Faculty development programme concludes

A PTU sponsored and ISTE approved Faculty Development Programme on ‘Research Techniques, Methods and Case Study’ of one-week duration concluded at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town. Resource persons Dr GS Batra; Dr MA Zaheer, chairman, Synetic Business School, Ludhiana; Dr SK Singla, director, GNA-IMT, Phagwara; and Dr Amanpreet from Punjabi University, Patiala, chaired the different sessions.

College holds job fair

The Gulzar Group of Institutes organised a successful mega job fair on its campus. The job fair was dedicated to the diploma holders. This year, more than 15 national and multi-national companies participated in the job fair and recruited a major chunk of students with handsome packages.

New academic session begins

The new academic session began at GGN Khalsa College. After the recital of Shabad Kirtan, addressing the students and staff on the occasion, Prof Sohinderjit Singh, honorary general secretary, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, exhorted the students to utilise and channelise their energy, vigour and time to aim for self-dependence and achieve mission of life.

Book released

A sehaj paath was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College to mark the beginning of the new academic session 2014-15. The event commenced with the recitation of kirtan by the students of PG Department of Music. Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shaant, Hazoori Raagi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, graced the occasion. The occasion was also marked by a book release ceremony. A book titled Sadde Lok Gaun edited by Dr Amarjit Kaur Bhamra was released by Ranjodh Singh and Jagtar Singh. While addressing the gathering, the writer said she was proud of the rich culture of Punjab and the present book was yet another attempt by her to cherish it. Ranjodh Singh urged the students to treasure the rich heritage that has been bestowed upon them. College magazine ‘Rutt Lekha’ was also released on the occasion. — TNS



Standing crop inundated
Gurminder S Grewal

Machhiwara, July 19
Standing crop spread over nearly 70 acres of land in Machhiwara was inundated today after Buddha Nullah overflowed due to heavy rain.

A few days ago standing crop spread over around 2,000 acres of land was affected due to breach in the nullah. Several affected farmers of the area had threatened to commit suicide if the Irrigation Department and administration failed to solve the problem.

Showing their inundated crops, Bhupinder Singh, Avtar Singh, Gurpreet Singh and other farmers who have fields near the Lakhowal Kalan bridge said the problem kept recurring as the authorities concerned had failed to clean Buddha Nullah.

They said the nullah had not been cleaned for the past 30 years and the weed growth obstructed the flow of water, leading to overflowing in monsoons. They said several trees had fallen into the nullah, but no one had cleared them yet.

XEN, Irrigation Department, Balvir Singh Sandhu said only a few acres of fields had been affected, instead of the reported 70 acres. He said the department had taken up the task of cleaning the affected parts of the nullah between Powat and Machhiwara.

Sandhu, who was reportedly at the site to take stock of the situation, said JCB machines would be arranged to start the process of cleaning the nullah by tomorrow.



Finding no help in city, Good Samaritan decides to wind up Pakshi Sewa Samiti
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Vipin Bhatia has been taking care of injured and sick birds for the past seven years.

His NGO Pakshi Sewa Samiti has saved more than 3,500 birds since 
its inception.

A small cloth merchant by profession, Bhatia ends up spending Rs 6,000 a month on the treatment of ailing birds. He has constructed three special rooms at his home to tend to the birds.

Bhatia, however, has one complaint: Ludhiana residents have always 
been selfish.

“People call me up and ask me to treat injured birds but no one volunteers to help me in this endeavour. To date, I have treated around 3,500 injured birds and nurtured many baby birds that got separated from their parents,” 
says Bhatia.

He says many NGOs sought his services for treating injured birds, but none extended a helping hand.

“Some volunteers did come forward but left after some time,” says Bhatia.

Finding no help coming in, Bhatia decided to wind up his NGO and send the birds undergoing treatment at his house to other safe places.

“Last week, I handed over 45 birds to Pakshi Vihar, Hoshiarpur. Tomorrow, I am going to hand over four injured crows to Pakshi Sewa Society, Rakh Bagh,” says Bhatia.

A postgraduate in political science, Bhatia recalls how his passion developed: “It was about 22 years ago when I came across an injured bird on the roadside. I took it to a doctor but the doctor said he could not treat birds. As the bird was bleeding profusely, I brought it to my home. My mother advised me to treat the injured bird with an ointment and bandage it. Slowly, the bird recovered and one day it was able to fly again.”

After this incident, Bhatia got encouraged to treat injured and sick birds. By now he has saved a wide variety of birds: owl, bulbul, eagle, cuckoo, parrot, Australian parrot, duck, crane, hornbill, etc.

He says: “The city residents have no time to take care of the environment. I have appealed to many, but all in vain. The birds which are with me will be shifted to other places after ensuring their safety. This is a promise I have made to myself.”



no action in lang grab case
Ex-subedar protests outside CP office 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A 70-year-old ex-serviceman protested outside the Police Commissioner’s office seeking action on an FIR lodged by him in February this year.

Accusing the police of inaction, Subedar Gurdeep Singh (retired) sat outside the office this afternoon.

He alleged that his younger brother Mahinder Singh Grewal, who is a retired District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO), had grabbed his share of ancestral land at Balloke village.

He said the Haibowal police had registered an FIR in the case in February 11, but had failed to take any action on the complaint.

Gurdeep Singh said: “The police have not submitted the charge sheet in court in the past five months. My brother is an influential person due to which the police are taking no action.”

Gurdeep Singh alleged that Mahinder Singh had also broken his leg in 2006.

SHO, Haibowal police station, Inspector Amarjit Singh said he was investigating the case.



Girl beats up misbehaving tipsy youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A high drama was witnessed at Mintgumri Chowk when a girl started beating up some tipsy youths after they allegedly misbehaved with her in the Model Town area.

The youths, identified as Navjot Singh, Harpreet Singh, Barinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Samul, had parked their vehicle on the wrong side in the market area, disrupting the traffic.

When the girl objected to this and asked them to remove their vehicle, they allegedly misbehaved with her, using derogatory language.

As per eyewitnesses, the girl got infuriated and started thrashing the youths. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot. The girl, however, did not file any complaint against the youngsters.

Station House Officer, Model Town police station, Gurdev Singh said: “When we reached the spot, we found that the five youths were under the influence of liquor. They all hail from Raikot and are preparing for IELTS in Ludhiana. We have registered a case of creating nuisance and disrupting traffic against them.”

Mill owner booked for thrashing labourer

The city police today registered a case against the owner of a textile mill who had allegedly beaten up a labourer. The suspect, Jagdeesh Gupta, is the owner of Modi Woolen Mill.

Textile workers have been protesting for the past five days, demanding the registration of a case against Gupta.

They alleged the victim, Chander Shekhar, had worked at Gupta’s mill for some months. After leaving the job, when he went to get his salary, Gupta allegedly threatened him. The victim kept visiting the mill to get his salary, they said.

On July 14, when Chander Shekhar again visited the mill, Gupta allegedly called the police and thrashed him brutally in front of them.

The labourer allegedly got injuries on his face. 



Manavdeep swims to glory at nationals
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
Local lad Manavdeep Singh Bal stole the limelight by winning medals at the 41st Junior National Aquatic Championship held at Bhopal recently.

Manavdeep gave a stupendous performance to clinch a gold medal in addition to a silver medal in the freestyle events.

In the 100-m freestyle event in the age group of 15-17 years, Manavdeep clocked 54.17 seconds to romp home victorious and bagged top honours.

In the 50-m freestyle event, he took 24.51 seconds to finish as the runner-up in the same age group.

Other swimmers from the state also performed well at Bhopal and reached finals in various events. Harleen Kaur of Sangrur got gold in the 200-m breast stroke (age group: 15-17 years) and bronze in the 100-m breast stroke event.

The Punjab water polo team (boys) missed the bronze medal by a whisker.



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