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33 water samples fail test
Only 11 schools out of 44 in the region pass water purity test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Water samples collected from 33 government schools have failed purity test. The Health Department collected the water samples from 44 schools last month. Water samples of a majority of schools have been declared unfit for consumption.

“Information regarding the failed samples of water collected from schools has been passed on to the Deputy Commissioner and the District Education Officer for further action,” said the Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta.

The source of all failed samples of water was submersible pumps. Schools have been given instructions to clean their water tanks and get the water chlorinated.

The District Education Officer, (Secondary), Paramjit Kaur, said: “I have shot off letters to the erring schools and asked them to take necessary action. Surprise checks will be conducted to see if they are adhering to the orders or not”.

A teacher from a government school on the city periphery said the water tank in the school was rarely cleaned. “I bring my own water bottle as I cannot drink water from our school taps,” she said.

Earlier, field-testing kits (FTK) were distributed in schools of the district, enabling them to check the quality of water being supplied to their tanks. The move was aimed at preventing waterborne diseases.

Schools were asked to carry out the water test once a month and send the report by the fifth of every month to the DEO, who passed it on to the Civil Surgeon.

Except a couple of schools, the rest did not show any interest in submitting the report. Surprisingly, even the DEO (Primary), Gurjot Singh, was unaware of these kits or test reports.

Commenting on the failed water samples (many primary schools are also on the list of defaulters schools), he said: “I will look into the reason behind it and try to solve the problem”.

Following is the list of defaulter schools.

1. Government Primary School, Nandpur, Sahnewal

2. Government High School, Pawa, Sahnewal

3. Government Primary School, Pawa, Sahnewal

4. Shakti Public High School, Gobindgarh, Sahnewal

5. Government Primary School, Dhandari Khurd

6. Government High School, Pohir, Malaud

7. Government Senior Secondary School, Sihora, Payal

8. Government Primary School, Pohir, Malaud

9. Government Primary School, Sihora, Payal

10. Government Middle School, Ladda, Payal

11. Government Primary School, Ladda, payal

12. Government High School, Dolo Kala, Pakhowal

13. Government Middle School, Beela, Pakhowal

14. Government Primary School, Beela, Pakhowal

15. Government Primary School, Jassowal, Pakhowal

16. Government Primary School, Chupki, Pakhowal

17. Govt Middle School, Dullo Khurd, Pakhowal

18. Government Primary School, Dullo Khurd, Pakhowal

19. Governmentt Primary School, Dullo Kalan, Pakhowal

20. Government Primary School, Sihala, Machhiwara

21. Govt Primary School, Galhewal, Machhiwara

22. Govt Primary School, Chadaudi, Machhiwara

23. Govt Primary School, Manhewal, Machhiwara

24. Govt High School, Manhewal, Machhiwara

25. Govt Primary School, Aagwad, Lopon, Jagraon

26. Government Primary School, Raikot, Jagraon

27. Govt Primary School, Mudki Khurd, Sidhwan Bet

28. Government Middle School, Virk, Sidhwan Bet

29. Shaheed Sukhdev Public School, Virk, Sidhwan Bet

30. Govt High School, Sangatpura, Sidhwan Bet

31. Govt Primary School, Sangatpura, Sidhwan Bet

32. Govt Primary School, Bhairomanna, Sanhewal

33. Government Middle School, Bhairomana, Sahnewal.

What DC says

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said the Health Department would assist the Education Department in finding the reason behind the failed samples and solving the problem. “Schools will take help from the Health Department in ensuring clean water on their premises,” he said.


Dept to plug escape routes of ‘peti’ mafia
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The State Excise and Taxation Department has stepped up vigil at the city railway station ahead of Diwali. It has decided to put up more barriers to plug escape routes at the station.

The “peti” mafia has been thriving in the city despite strict vigil by the department. The department has decided to put up barriers on the Municipal Corporation land close to the railway station as it would have taken a long tome to get permission from the railways for using its land.

Manufactured goods worth crores are dispatched from the city. The department has geared up to check the evasion of taxes.

A few days ago, 250 items were seized by the department that had entered the railway station without booking papers. One carton of hosiery goods was worth Rs 25,000.

“Besides the festive season, it’s the peak season for the hosiery industry. To check tax evasion, the department has decided to put up barriers at the escape routes used by unscrupulous elements to transport goods without bills. We have sought permission from the Municipal Corporation and as soon as it is granted, we will put up barriers,” said Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Randhir Kaur.

The “peti” mafia is a major challenge to the department even though its activities have been checked to a large extent with the introduction of the e-trip system.

The mafia collects goods from traders and manufacturers, arranges for their transportation to the parcel office and load packages on trains. They take a fee per package. For incoming packages, the network provides similar facilities.



DJ commits suicide, wife blames his friend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
A disco jockey (DJ) reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Santokh Nagar, Saleem Tabri area. The police said the incident took place early morning today.

The deceased has been identified as Bhola Sood (28), who used to play music at marriages and parties.

His wife said her husband married her eight years old. The couple has three children from the wedlock. She said her husband had a friend who is a resident of the Tajpur road area. She told the police that his friend’s mother and brothers had been pressuring Bhola to divorce Neetu for the past few months.

Neetu alleged that her husband was depressed as his friend’s mother had been pestering him for a long time.

The police reached the spot and started investigation. They registered a case of abetment to suicide against Bhola’s friend, her mother and brothers. The Saleem Tabri police got a post-mortem examination conducted on the body and handed it to Bhola’s family.

He was depressed

Neetu, deceased’s wife, alleged that her husband was depressed as his friend’s mother had been pestering him for a long time.



A-Z asked to submit detailed plan
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, Ashok Gupta, has asked the A–Z company to submit its operational plan to the department within one week or else be ready to face the music. This is a kind of final warning to the company as residents, councillors and even the civic body authorities have expressed “displeasure” over the way the company was working in the city.

Sources in the department said the company started its operations in November 2011 and had reportedly set a deadline for the collection of garbage from houses and for starting its processing unit here. The collection of garbage from houses is done in just 35 per cent area of the city while starting a processing unit was still at the initial stage with just 25 per cent work having been completed.

It was learnt that the Secretary has given the company about 10 days’ time to submit its detailed operational plan.

Confirming the development, the Additional Commissioner, Ghanshyam Thori, said the company would have to submit a ward-wise plan.

Apart from that, the company will provide the details of lifted garbage on a daily basis. Earlier, it provided only a total figure of lifted garbage. A sanitary inspector of the MC checks if the company is providing correct details of lifted garbage, said the Additional Commissioner. 

A warning

This is a kind of final warning to the company as residents, councillors and even the civic body authorities have expressed “displeasure” over the way the company was working in the city.



IAS officer’s missing wife found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Wife of an IAS posted in Delhi, who had been missing for the past few days, was found at a farmhouse on the Tajpur road here.

The police said she was found at the farmhouse along with two other women. However, the police ruled out kidnapping in the case. The woman reportedly claimed that the women accompanying him were her relatives. 




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Tussle between LIT and Punjab Water Supply & Sewerage Board
Employees suffer for no fault of theirs
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 22
The ongoing tussle between the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) has cost 24 employees dear.

The PWSSB employees have not received salaries for the past six months. With their persistent pleas falling on deaf ears, they observed a chain hunger strike in batches of five at the office of LIT today.

The PWSSB has been maintaining water supply and sewerage under several schemes of the Trust for the past many years. Of late, there have been some problems between the two over the payment of maintenance charges. While the LIT authorities alleged that estimates for annual maintenance charges were not being submitted by the PWSSB on time, the officials of the PWSSB claimed that payments were being delayed for one reason or the other.

District president of the Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union Harpreet Singh Grewal, who led the protest, said the unsettled row between the two government bodies had led to immense financial problem. Making a fervent appeal to the district authorities and officials of LIT and PWSSB to intervene and save the employees from harassment, he said the protest would continue till the salaries were paid to the employees and future payment to them was ensured.

The state president of the union, Sukhdev Singh Saini, while criticising the anti-employee attitude of both LIT and PWSSB authorities warned that the employees would be forced to intensify the agitation and its sole responsibility would lie on the departments concerned. LIT officials said the protesting employees were on the rolls of the PWSSB and were not entitled to draw their salary from the Trust. LIT was liable to make payment to the PWSSB for maintenance of water supply and sewerage.

Trust engineer SS Jakhar said the matter had already been taken up with the officials of the PWSSB as well as the state government to settle the issue of non-payment of salaries to the employees who were deployed for maintenance in the residential colonies developed by LIT.

He, however, made it clear that the onus of paying salaries to its employees lied solely on the PWSSB authorities and the Trust had no role to play in the matter.



MC chief talks tough 
Says will write to state govt to act against building bylaw violators
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal today stated that he would write to the state government asking it to act against building bylaw violators.

A number of challans have been pending since 2001 and officials of the building branch have made no recoveries.Aggarwal held a meeting with the officials today. He said the condition of Zone A and Zone C was miserable. In one of the zones, building maps of just 16 buildings were approved while over 200 buildings had not got the maps approved by the Municipal Corporation.

“To my astonishment, maps of just 10 per cent of the total buildings in city have approved. Out of the total 730 buildings, the list of which was submitted by the building branch a few days ago, only 100 buildings have got their building plans approved,” said Aggarwal.

He appealed to residents to get their building plans approved before starting the construction work.

For approval, a person has to shell out Rs 2.50 per square feet, but if the building branch issues challans, the residents will have to pay Rs 12.50-Rs 25 per square feet.

He said if the government gave permission to increase the penalty amounts of challans, a healthy revenue could be generated by the Municipal Corporation. The MC chief said it was surprising that challans were pending and the residents did not bother to clear the dues. “Recoveries are not being made. This is one of the reasons behind the financial crunch,” said Aggarwal.

Illegal buildings are mushrooming, still the authorities are sitting mum.



Kisan sabha observes hunger strike 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 22
Led by activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, a group of farmers and farm workers commenced a 24-hour hunger strike in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner at the Mini-Secretariat to press their demands.

Their demands include implementation of the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Committee on minimum support price (MSP) of various crops, remission of agricultural loans of poor farmers, monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to everyone, including farmers, farm workers and artisans.

Punjab Kisan Sabha vice-president Kartar Singh Bowani said by following the policies of privatisation, liberalisation and corporatisation, the government had virtually stopped public spending on rural development, agriculture and irrigation.

“Despite repeated demands from representative bodies of farmers, the government is not implementing the recommendations, all natural and state resources are being handed over to the big corporate houses at throw away prices, small, household and medium sector industrial units are closing down in large numbers leading to unemployment among the youth, particularly the village youth,” he said.

District president of the sabha Surinder Singh Jalaldiwal said the farm inputs such as diesel, fertilisers and chemicals were becoming expensive. As if to add to the misery of farmers, the government is denying remunerative prices and at the same time procurement by the state agencies is being systematically abolished.

Focusing on the plight of farmers and rural population, Amandeep Singh, general secretary of the sabha, said the economic level of rural people was falling and the government was ignoring the persistent demand for social security in old age for the food providers.

Other speakers at the rally criticised the anti-farmer policies of the government at the Centre and the state. They said with the government being indifferent to the demands of farmers, many of them were forced to commit suicides across the country, including Punjab. The lack of comprehensive policy for compensation of heavy losses due to natural calamities was also highlighted.

The sabha leaders sounded a note of caution against introduction of GM crops without safety audit. “Such a move may lead to several problems for our food security and health in future,” they said. Among others speakers were Jang Singh Sirthala, Paramjit Singh, Pyara Singh Mann, Bharpur Singh, Gurnam Singh Sarpanch, Khushal Singh and Ram Chand.



‘Idiot Boys’ entangled in a love triangle 
Tribune News Service

The star cast of Punjabi movie ‘Idiot Boys’ in Ludhiana.
The star cast of Punjabi movie ‘Idiot Boys’ in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 22
Produced by Captab Entertainments and Yash Raj Mittal, Punjabi film ‘Idiot Boys’ will be released on September 26. Directed by Anandd and written by Prof PS Nirola (writer of Shaheed Udham Singh and Wangaar Fame), the film marks the debut of lead actors Surmeet, Rammi Mittal and Diljott.

It is a story of two boys, Surmeet and Gaurav Goyal (GG), who are the sons of politicians of two opposite camps. They become friends with a girl named Mahi in their college and on their way to win her heart they get swayed in fallacious waves and end up doing idiotic things they would have never done in the first place. The starcast of the movie was in city to promote the film. Anandd, who has done BTech and MBA from BITS Pilani, left his MNC career to follow his passion of storytelling. He said: “No filmmaker in the world can ensure a commercial hit, but as a team we can say the audience and critics will definitely appreciate our film.”

Surmeet, a musician-turned-actor, is playing the character of Meet Surmeet in the film. He believes: “To leave an everlasting impression in everyone’s mind, art is the only medium. I started honing my singing skills, it was then that I was approached for the film and I was all up for it.’’

Rammi Mittal, a dreamer from Patiala, got to live his childhood dream to be a hero. He said: “I struggled my way to become an actor. My interest in acting developed while giving dance training to children at the age of 12. I got the opportunity to play my character in various flavours. I’m immensely grateful to the director and producer for considering me suitable for the role.” Trained from Actor Prepares Mumbai and groomed in classical folk and western dance forms, Diljott, who is playing the character of Mahi, an NRI from Canada, said: “It was an enriching experience playing Mahi.”

Prof PS Nirola, the project head and writer of the film, shared: “With two Punjabi movies releasing every week, supply is more than the demand. With no formal training in filmmaking, many producers lose money while paying distribution cost. Considering all these factors, we have come with a film that will surely work.”



Dispose of complaints within 48 hours, say SDMs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Raikot / Payal, September 22
Due to the dissolution of civic bodies in the region a few months ago, grievances of residents regarding provision of basic amenities are going unheard. Recently appointed sub-divisional magistrates at Raikot and Payal have, however, launched coordinated movements to improve functioning of offices falling under them.

Earlier, residents used to ask respective councillors to redress their grievances. Officials have, however, stopped attending to complaints and suggestions received at respective offices. In absence of elected representatives, a large number of aspirants for the coming civic body elections started visiting offices, which further complicated the process for resolution of problems. Factionalism among leaders of parties in regime further aggravated problems for the residents.

The tendency has resulted in a situation wherein residents are forced to live under poor conditions.

Having received reports about the alleged laidback attitude of officials in various departments, SDM, Raikot, Sena Aggarwal directed Public Dealing Department to SET UP online complaint centres and dispose off complaints within a stipulated period of time.

Sena Aggarwal said residents may send their complaints regarding issues related with the Municipal Council through online ID on complaintraikot@gmail.com.

The executive officer, Shakti Kumar Kaushal, has been directed to ensure that all complaints should be disposed off within 48 hours of the receipt.

The SDM, Payal, Harjot Kaur, too has assured that all complaints will be redressed within the stipulated period. Harjot Kaur also visited various offices at Payal and Malaudh and directed concerned authorities to serve the public in a right manner. 



Ludhiana-Malerkotla road remains accident prone; authorities shut eyes to ‘black spots’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 22
Even months after identification of death traps, technically termed as black spots, the administration has failed to take preventive measures to check increasing incidents of vehicular accidents on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

A toll plaza may, however, come up on this road soon.

Though no formal announcement has been made yet, the authorities in the Punjab Roads and Bridges Board have already initiated process to set up two toll plazas on the Ludhiana-Sangrur road. The road was widened and strengthened under Punjab State Road Sector Project (PSRSP).

One of the plazas is proposed near Gopalpur village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road while, other will be constructed between Dhuri and Sangrur. Rates for various types of vehicles are yet to be fixed. Broken dividers, uneven potholed and uncontrolled growth of bushes have emerged as major factors inviting accidents on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here. The situation worsens during rainy season.

Dividers have also been broken in parts so as to avoid taking long routes. The police had informed the authorities of the Public Works Department long time ago in this regard, yet no action has been taken to check the practice. It has also been observed that many people, including owners of dhabas, petrol pumps and business organisations, have been freely creating ‘death traps’ on the highway thus endangering the lives of commuters on the road.

Perusal of site study report of the highway, submitted about a year ago, has revealed that the concerned officials had recommended rectification of black spots.

With an average daily traffic rate of 24,514, the stretch was found to be accident prone for varied reasons.

Black spots were also identified near the toll plaza number 1, proposed between Gopalpur and Lehar villages. Though it was observed that footpaths and zebra crossings were missing from these places and even informatory signs were obstructed by overgrown bushes, but even then no remedial action has been taken by the authorities so far. Lack of lighting system and road humps on access roads were identified as other impediments to the safety of commuters.

The Gill Circle police have also sought attention of the authorities in the Public Works Department towards factors which are leading to accidents. No action has been taken so far.

The ACP, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand claimed SHOs and beat officers have been advised to prepare reports about accidents prone areas, falling under their jurisdiction. They have been directed to send the reports to concerned officials for necessary action. The police said appropriate action is yet to be taken.



from colleges
Cultural extravaganza

Students perform during a cultural programme at the Gulzar Group of Institutes in Ludhiana on Monday.
Students perform during a cultural programme at the Gulzar Group of Institutes in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

Students of the GMT College of Education take out a rally to create awareness on environment conservation in Ludhiana.
Students of the GMT College of Education take out a rally to create awareness on environment conservation in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana: The Gulzar Group of Institutes welcomed the batch of 2014 by organising a cultural and literary extravaganza, “Anubhav-2014”, on the campus. More than 2,500 students from various streams of engineering and management participated in various events: mime, skits, dance performances, marshal arts, gatka and singing. Stage performances addressed social evils such as dowry, female foeticide and drug addiction. The function commenced with prayers and lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Sub-divisional Magistrate, Khanna, Sanyam Aggarwal. He spoke on contemporary management scenario and stressed the need to modernise education system and bring it on a par with the systems prevailing in developed nations. Chairman Gurcharan Singh welcomed the new students and talked about the importance of maintaining balance between academics and extracurricular activities. The highlight of the day was a fashion show in which Mr and Miss Fresher were chosen. The winners were made to wear sashes as the crowd cheered for them. Students from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala and Assam presented their folk dances and songs.

Students excel in exams

Students of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, have brought laurels to the college by securing first division in the MCom (second semester) examination held by Panjab University. Vasudha Mehra (78.5 per cent) stood first in the college. Raspreet Kaur (78.07) and Satwinder Kaur (77.57) grabbed the second and third position respectively. As many as 30 students scored more than 70 per cent in the university exams. All students pursuing postgraduate diploma in mass communication, too, secured first division. Rashminder Kaur and Navdeep Kaur stood first in the college by scoring 74.4 per cent marks. Mehak Jain secured the second position by getting 73 per cent, while Jasjeet Kaur came third with 70 per cent marks. Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, too, fared well in the exams. Amandeep Kaur Kailey bagged the first position with 75 per cent marks. Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College students, pursuing postgraduate diploma in international business, recorded 100 per cent results. Harmanpreet Kaur stood first, followed by Rajat Mishra and Shreyansh Jain on the second and third positions respectively.

Environmental awareness

The GMT College of Education organised an environment awareness campaign under the guidance of principal Dr Shikha Soni. District Treasure Officer Rashpal Singh Sidhu, who was the chief guest, distributed tree saplings among students. Dr Shweta Ohri, a dermatologist, and Dr Ashish Ohri, a surgeon, made ths students awaren about various skin diseases caused by pollution. An environment awareness rally was inaugurated by planting saplings on the college campus. Holding placardas and banners, students went to nearby areas in Jalandhar Bypass for planting tree saplings.

Development programme

A five-day development programme on marketing management, sponsored by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises—Development Institute (MSME-DI), Ludhiana, concluded at RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh. The resource persons — MSME-DI assistant director Kundan Lal, senior assistant director RK Parmar and assistant director Shahood Alam — addressed 26 MBA students during the programe. Alam made the students aware of various services provided by the insitute. RK Parmar helped students identify complexities that they would face in setting up their own units. RIMT chairman Vijayant Bansal said the institute and the industry could join hands to prepare the students to handle real life situations and find solutions. Founder chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal said students could set up their own industry with the help of the MSME-DI.

Students seek blessings

The Institute of Nursing Education at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital organised an “akhand path” of Shri Guru Granth Sahib to seek blessings for students and staff. After “bhog”, students organised a “kirtan”. Awards were distributed among the outstanding students. — TNS



School examinations
Right diet key to beat stress
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
While the first semester examinations have started at schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, students of schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board are already appearing in the half-yearly examinations.

The exams have brought with them stress. Students complain of indigestion, lack of appetite and anxiety.

Many keep munching while studying and then feel lethargic. They keep eating all types of snacks, especially junk food, which increases their anxiety level. They get tired very soon and sometimes complain of body aches.

Experts are of the view that if students take right diet at right time, they can remain alert throughout the day during exams.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychologist, said: “Diet plays an important role in beating stress. Our diet affects our mood. Junk food increases our glucose level and sudden increase in energy level makes us lethargic. This happens due to fats in the food. For example, chocolates give us an energy boost, but also bring energy down immediately.”

Eating fruits, instead of junk food, can help students. Fruits ensure that glucose is absorbed slowly and energy sustains for a longer time. Also, when we eat food items with high proteins, we can ensure better concentration and learning.

The doctor says that pulses, egg, milk and cheese should be preferred more.

“Some amount of complex carbohydrates, like grains, also gives sustained energy boost. It is advisable to eat something every three hours in order to sustain energy and memory,” says Dr Kala.

Other techniques, such as relaxing, staying away from distractions like television and mobile phones, are also important.

Dr Anshu Vatsayan, a city-based ayurveda expert, says: “Students should follow a proper diet plan. Those who study till late in the night should not eat anything for at least three hours after dinner. They should start their morning with a glass of milk or juice, followed by a nutritious and balances breakfast and lunch. In between, they should take fruits or juice if they feel hungry.”

She said children should avoid fried eatables and perform stretching exercises that help relax the joints and come out of the monotonous routine.



Officials get tips on leadership skills

Ludhiana: To equip extension officers with leadership skills, the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organised a five-day workshop on leadership development at Punjab Agricultural University. The extension officials from the state agriculture and allied departments participated in the workshop.

Dr HS Dhaliwal, director, PAMETI, highlighted the importance of leadership skills in today’s extension system. Dwelling upon the objectives of the workshop, he said “leaders are not born; these skills can be developed with training”. The participants were enlightened by experts from the varsity and other institutes on different aspects such as leadership styles, personality assessment, mastering change in leadership, communication and leadership attributes, enhancing employee performance, interpersonal relationships, conflict management, stress management and empathy, values and ethics in leadership.

Farmers get training in drip irrigation

A training programme on drip irrigation, fertigation and protected cultivation concluded at Punjab Agricultural University today. As many as 40 farmers participated in the programme, organised by the Precision Farming Development Centre, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU.

The chief guest, Dr JS Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (NRM), emphasised the adoption of resource conservation technologies for boosting the income level of farmers. He said the participation of women in these trainings would certainly help in promoting women’s empowerment. He also lauded the efforts of the organisers for successfully conducting the training programme. Dr AK Jain, head, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, said for the past five years, training programmes were being organised on various aspects of drip irrigation, its installation and maintenance and construction of poly houses and poly net houses.

Experts dwell upon major rice pests, diseases

A two-day review and planning workshop on major rice pests and diseases in South Asia, under the collaborative project Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA), was held at the farm university. It was jointly organised by the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, and PAU. Scientists from the Philippines institute besides Bangladesh, Nepal and different states of India participated in the workshop. Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, PAU, said climate change was posing a great threat to rice production. The incidence of diseases such as sheath blight, false smut and brown spot in rice, foot rot and neck blast in basmati rice, and insect brown plant hopper was on the rise over the years. He appealed to the group to chalk out strategies to identify resistant donors against these pests and breed resistant varieties that could prove beneficial to farmers in India and its neighboring countries. The group discussed the current status of diseases and insect pests and chalked out future plan for their management through different approaches. — TNS



from schools
Tiny tots have a gala time

Ludhiana: Jesus’ Sacred Heart School hosted the first phase of “Melange—A Kids’ Fiesta for Preschoolers”. The event saw children from 30 city-based preschools take part in innovative cultural and aptitude-based activities. School chairperson Amarjeet Kaur Sehgal was the chief guest. The annual affair involved children in the age group of two to four years compete in a healthy baby show and vegetable printing besides Ad Zap, Toy Tales, Just a Minute and Picture Talk.

School shines at national level

Nankana Sahib Public School has been conferred the Best Academic Excellence Award 2013-14 by the School of Educators. The school got this award for its outstanding contribution in the field of education. The SOE Global Education Awards 2014 ceremony was held at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, recently. The local school was among 10 schools from across the country felicitated during the ceremony. School principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich received the prize. She said it was a matter of great pride that the institute was recognised at the national level.

World Peace Day

Ryan School, Dugri, celebrated the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, on September 21. The day strives towards a war and violence-free world. Mont I students drew birds with hand prints, Mont II children made pictures of the earth and coloured these, and Mont III students designed the earth. Students of Classes I and II drew dove, the symbol of peace, and Class III-V children wrote lines on peace on the cut-out of a pigeon. — TNS



breast cancer
Survivors create awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The local chapter of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organisation, organised a fashion show to create awareness on breast cancer and salute the spirit of its survivors and fighters.

Termed “Pink Lotus”, the show was a celebration of the courage with which breast cancer patients fight the deadly disease and the positivity with which they are ready to begin their life once again in all adverse conditions.

The FICCI Ladies Organisation, now in its third year in the city, has dedicated the month of September to breast cancer awareness and cure.

The show saw members walking down the ramp. The highlight of the show was the “Breast Cancer March”, in which cancer survivors took to the ramp.

“We hope to sensitise the city about the disease,” said chairperson Divya Oswal.



Ludhiana scan
Dharna staged

A child being administered polio drops on the second day of pulse polio drive in Ludhiana.
A child being administered polio drops on the second day of pulse polio drive in Ludhiana. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Continuing with its protest against non-payment of salaries for the past two months, the Municipal Karamchari Joint Committee held a rally and staged a dharna outside the Zone A office on Monday. The employees alleged they were being harassed deliberately by few persons sitting at higher positions. The protesters said if their demands were not met, they will intensify the agitation and the MC authorities should be held responsible for that.

Banners removed

Cracking whip against the advertisements, put-up by shopkeepers in utter violation of the advertisement bylaws, the tehbazari wing of Zone D removed all such advertisement boards/banners from the Mall Road on Monday. The shopkeepers had been told that they must remove the ads else authorities will be forced to take action.

84K administered polio drops

Today was the second day of the pulse polio drive in the city. On the second day, the department covered 1,66,555 houses and 84,718 children were administered polio drops by the teams. The drive will continue till September 25. The Health Department has formed 1,577 teams which include 99 mobile and 67 transit teams. Meanwhile, 302 supervisors have been appointed to carry out the drive,” said the district immunisation officer, Dr Sanjeev Hans.

Larvae found

Following the direction of Dr Subash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, a team of 20 breeding checkers, under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisor checked the coolers in the area for the breeding of Aedes Egypti (Larva of dengue). In Deep Nagar, Civil Lines, 13 pots, 27 coolers and 1 tyre were found with larvae. The information regarding the same has been passed to the Municipal Corporation.

Dengue case confirmed

Total number of patients diagnosed with dengue in Ludhiana hospitals has reached 27. A 26-year-old female, belonging to Kakowal, Ludhiana, was admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on Monday.

Drawing contest result out

Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle conducted a drawing competition, the results of which were announced on Monday. First prize was won by Noorpreet Kaur from Guru Nanak International Public School, second prize went to Reeva Dhawan from DAV Public School while, third prize was won by Manisdak Singh from Springdale Senior Secondary School.

Traders’ meet

A meeting of the Gandhi Nagar Readymade Manufacturers’ and Traders’ Association was held on Monday. The vice-chairman of the Punjab Trade Board, Madan Lal Bagga, was also present. Manufacturers aired their grievances regarding parking and toilet facilities to Bagga. Bagga promised to solve the problem at the earliest.

AAP office inaugurated

The office of Aam Aadmi Party at Haibowal Kalan was inaugurated by the Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson and senior advocate HS Phoolka. Phoolka said, “The new office will be working under the complete area team comprising Tarlochan Singh Bedi, Atul Dutta, Sarabjit Singh, Nanak Singh, Arun Pal, Amandeep Singh Bedi, Rajinder Kumar and other members.

Medical camp

The Media Club, Khanna, organised a free medical check-up camp at AS High School, Khanna, with the help of the All-India Steel Rollers Association and Khanna district police. In the camp, 410 patients were examined. A team of specialist doctors from Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, including Dr JS Grewal, Dr Varinder Bhatti and Dr SD Everol examined the patients and gave away medicines. The tests of ECG, blood pressure, sugar and general medical check-up was conducted free-of-cost. The SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, MLA Khanna Gurkirat Singh Kotli, SP (D) Satinder Pal Singh, Steel Roller Association president Venod Vashishat, Youth Akali Dal leader Yadvinder Singh Yadu and some other senior leaders of different political parties and officials of different departments visited the camp.

Dharna by NGO

An NGO, working for women empowerment, staged a dharna outside the women cell. Babita Ahuja, president of the NGO, said the women cell had become a “den of corruption”. She alleged that police officials at the women cell were taking bribe and harassing families of boys and girls. She said the police threatened a dowry victim, Babita, to settle the issue with her husband and in-laws. — TNS



Crime rate on the rise in Doraha
Besides snatching incidents, miscreants are now setting vehicles on fire in the area 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 22
The rate of crime is increasing in Doraha. While the complainants have been lodging formal complaints but, the police are yet to make any headway in these cases.

Last night, Varinder Kumar of Dhuri, who had come to meet his relatives at Doraha, woke up at 4.20 am to find his car caught up amidst flames.

As per CCTV footage, installed at a distance, the car was set on fire at 3.50 am. Till the time, Kumar could control the fire, half of the vehicle was already burnt.

Similarly, a Ritz car on the Boparai industry road was set on fire recently. The owner alleged that he woke up at four on Thursday morning to find his car burning.

A case was registered against three residents of Doraha. Sahil Bhambhri, a resident of Doraha, had alleged that his uncle Adarsh Kumar Bhambri and his cousins Sachin Bhambri and Punnet Bhambri had set the two cars, parked in front of their house, on fire. When the owner woke up, one of the cars was completely destroyed, while the other was burnt up to 30 per cent.

A case under Sections 435, 506 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Doraha police station.

Similarly, two more cars were also set on fire in the region.

In another case, jeweller Chander Shekhar, who has at his shop on the college road, was robbed of his chain in his shop itself. The accused had entered the shop on the pretext of getting his ring loosened.

There have been other similar cases of snatchings in the past months as well.

A resident said, “The miscreants, without any fear or fret, set any car on fire parked outside in Doraha. Should we not sleep the whole night and take care of our vehicles instead, for you never know whose turn would be tonight?”

The SHO, Doraha, Rajneesh Kumar, said, “We have been trying to nab the miscreants.

Majority of these crimes are committed by drug addicts. The residents put all blame on the department. But despite the instructions, they cannot deploy a watchman in their area. Moreover, if the CCTV footage captures the accused, the residents do not identify them. We are doing our best.”

The SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, said, “All the incidents have been brought to our notice and I have asked the DSP and the SHO to intensify the night vigil. The accused will be in the police custody at the earliest. Residents’ safety is our priority.” 



Thieves decamp with Rs 16K
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 22
Some unidentified persons broke into the house of a financer in Jagraon last night. The thieves allegedly decamped with gold ornaments worth lakhs. The thieves also stole Rs 16,000 cash and some other valuables from the house.

As per the information, Jagraon-based financer Jatinder Singh Chaddha and his family were not present at the house when the theft took place. The incident came to light when some nearby residents found the doors of the house broken and informed Chaddha about the incident.

Chaddha and his family returned and found the doors of various rooms broken. They found that 160 grams of gold ornaments and other valuables were also missing. Following this, they informed the local police about the theft.

Soon after this, a police team, led by DSP, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar visited the crime spot. A team of forensic experts also visited the crime scene. The DSP, Surinder, said the police have registered a case and further investigation is on.



1 held for diverting ration to black market

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 22
The Sandaur police have nabbed a shop owner of Kutba village in Sangrur district for allegedly trying to divert ration meant for distribution among poor people to black market.

Two quintals of black gram and the vehicle used in the crime have been seized from possession of the suspect.

A police team, led by SHO, Sandaur, Harwinder Singh nabbed Jagjit Singh, alias Roop, a fair price shop owner of Kutba village. The police are yet to identify the trader who was to purchase the diverted stock.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused has been manipulating the records, pertaining to receipt and supply of various items of ration, on cheaper rates.

Items of ration, thus swindled and stocked illegally, were sold at premium price in the black market at various localities.

The police officials supervised by Harwinder Singh, intercepted pick up van (PB 10 CW 6167) at Jalwana Bridge, near here, and seized the stock.

The suspect has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act. — OC



Doc attempts suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
A woman doctor allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison at a hospital this evening.

She was rushed to a multi-speciality hospital. Her condition is stated to be critical.

The doctor’s relatives said after her son’s death, she had slipped into depression.



Katoch Shield: Jalandhar muster 140 runs 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 22
In reply to hosts Ludhiana’s first innings total of 353 runs, Jalandhar began on a sound note, finishing second day’s play at 140 for 2 in the Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield at Punjab Agricultural University.

Ludhiana resumed at overnight score of 245 for six and were bowled out for 353 runs.

Last night not out batsmen, Ankit Pursharthy (5) and Vaibhav Narang (3), went on to score 45 and 59 runs, respectively.

The pair added 99 runs for the seventh wicket that also helped the hosts to reach a respectable total. Jalandhar began their reply on a positive note. At draw of stumps, they were placed comfortably (140 for 2). Pargat Singh and Taruwar Kohli were at the crease with their individual scores of 57 and 25 runs, respectively.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 353 all out in 147.2 overs (Sunny Pandey 110, Abhinav Bhatia 41, Geetansh Khera 39, Vaibhav Narang 59, Ankit Purhsarthy 45; Navdeep Singh 5 for 45 runs, Yogesh 4 for 104 runs and Rahul Sharma 1 for 75 runs).

Jalandhar (first innings): 140 for after 30 overs (Abhishek Gupta 57, Pargat Singh 57*, Taruwar Kohli 25* and Rahul Singla 2 for 24 runs).



Facile win for Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 22
Anand Sharma excelled with the bat while Arush performed well with the ball to enable Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, to register a facile victory by 142 runs over Samriti Science College, Jagraon, in the match played during the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament.

The tournament is being played at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys. SS College won the toss and invited LLR DAV College to bat first. They could not survive their full quota of 40 overs as their innings folded at 169 runs in 32 overs. Anand Sharma played the pivot role scoring 69 runs. Harmandeep and Nirdosh contributed 21 runs each. For the SS College, Iqbal was the most successful bowler chipping in with four wickets for 11 runs in seven overs. Jashan and Mohit claimed two wickets each after conceding 29 and 31 runs, respectively.

SS College batsmen failed to put up a semblance of resistance and caved in. They could score just 27 runs in 12 overs and suffered a humiliating defeat. Only one batsman, Iqbal could reach double figure. He contributed 10 runs which however was of little use. For the winners, Simran, Arush and Baltej grabbed two wickets each while Prabhjot captured one wicket to complete the rout.



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