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GLADA and its money are easily parted!
Shelves Integrated Park Water Front City project; cites paucity of funds as the reason behind decision
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 24
The much-hyped major infrastructure development project, Water Front City, to be developed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), has been shelved.

Paucity of funds has been cited as the reason for dropping the project, which was to be developed over 2,106.676 acres of land.

In an official memo (no 6/38/2013/6HU1/312406/1 dated September 18, 2014, addressed to the Chief Administrator of GLADA, the Housing and Urban Development Department stated that after discussing the matter with the Deputy Chief Minister, it was decided that the project of Integrated Park Water Front City (1,599 acres) would be dropped.

Confirming the decision, GLADA Additional Chief Administrator-cum- Land Acquisition Collector Kuldeep Singh said while initially notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, was issued for acquisition of 2,106.676 acres of land, subsequently an area of 607.676 acres was exempted where brick kilns and other commercial establishments were located. “For the time being, the project stands abandoned,” he added.

As per the notification issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act on September 5, 2013, the government had expressed an intent to acquire 2,106.676 acres to develop the Water Front City project which was to have a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential areas.

The land specified in the said notification fell in nine villages of the district namely Lohara (171.647 acres), Jaspal Bangar (499.585 acres), Garib Nagri (455.438 acres), Natt (358.338 acres), Harnampura (198.848 acres), Dharor (81.125 acres), Pawa (121.200 acres), Brahman Majra (195.505 acres) and Sangowal (24.99 acres).

Although it was not officially confirmed, but highly placed sources in the Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, indicated that another GLADA project for the development of an Urban Estate in Sahnewal had also been dropped for the time being for the same reasons (financial constraints).

The notification was issued by the government on June 5, 2013. The proposed integrated Urban Estate project was to have residential areas while also providing the required land for the expansion of the existing airport at Sahnewal.


fake ias officer
Police officials go into silent mode
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A day after being tricked by a man, who was claiming himself to be an IAS officer, police officials today refused to share any information with the media.

ASI Sanjiv Kumar, who was at the beck and call of Dr Sidhik Abdul Rehman, the supposed IAS officer, refused to divulge any information. “I am no longer investigating the matter. Kindly, speak to the SHO of the Jamalpur police station, Ranjit Singh,” said Sanjiv.

SHO Ranjit Singh maintained that ACP (South) Rupinder Kaur was investigating the matter. The ACP (South) said: “I was told by senior officials to look into the complaint. I have informed my seniors about the proceedings.”

Sources said Sidhik Abdul Rehman was treated like a VIP. He told the officials that he was working on a Central deputation in Delhi and was attached with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The imposter had approached the police seeking their help in tracing his missing wife, Jyoti, who later told the officials that Sidhik was not her husband. It was learnt that the woman had filed a harassment complaint against Sidhik.

Yesterday, Sidhik went to the office of the ACP (South) saying his cousin was being harassed by her husband Deepak Kwatra for dowry and that the woman had filed a complaint in this regard.

Deepak, who is stated to be under depression, was hospitalised after he learnt that Sidhik was an imposter.

Deepak’s father Gulshan Kwatra said he would file a formal complaint with the Police Commissioner tomorrow.

Gulshan said Sidhik, who was accompanied by four youths, alighted from a swanky car outside the ACP’s office at Sherpur Chowk and claimed himself to be an IAS officer.

“The ACP saluted him. Even we were surprised as my son’s wife had never told us that her relative was an IAS officer. He imposed his authority and virtually making the officials run at his disposal. He told my son Deepak that he would arrange a job for him at the Amritsar airport. He forced us to sign a document stating that Deepak and his wife would live in a different house. He even offered a job to my elder son at Dubai,” said Gulshan Kwatra. The president of Shivaji Nagar, Gulshan Kumar Soni, said they had met the ACP, who further told them that she was entertaining Dr Sidhik following the senior officials’ orders.

Nek Singh Khalsa, circle president of Sekhewal Road, said, “Sidhik had told us that he was an IAS officer attached with Minister Sushma Swaraj. He had threatened Gulshan Kwatra’s son Deepak saying that if the latter would not agree to the wishes of his wife and in-laws, he (IAS) would direct the police to arrest him and send him to jail for seven years. Everything was happening at the office of the ACP.”

Well-versed with nuances of conning
On Tuesday, the imposter, Dr Sidhik Abdul Rehman, went to the office of the ACP (South) Rupinder Kaur saying his cousin was being harassed by her husband Deepak Kwatra. On learning that Sidhik was an imposter, Deepak was hospitalised.



Financier booked for trespass, assault
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The Sadar police have registered a case against notorious financier Nirdosh Dhand for forcibly entering a house, assaulting the owner and making him sign cheques worth crores of rupees.

Gurbakshish Singh, chowki in charge, Lalto Kalan, said Shiv Kumar, a resident of Basant City, Pakhowal Road, stated in his complaint that he was having a monitory dispute with Nirdosh Dhand.

Shiv, a property dealer, said on September 17, Nirdosh, along with his accomplices, forcibly entered his (Shiv’s) house and started assaulting him. Later, Nirdosh made him sign a cheque for Rs 1.65 crore and left the scene threatening the property dealer.

On the other hand, Vijay Dhand, brother of Nirdosh Dhand, refuted the allegations levelled by Shiv.

He said it was a well-orchestrated conspiracy against his brother Nirdosh Dhand and the registration of case was meant to usurp Nirdosh’s money.

It is not the first time that Dhand has courted controversy. In 2004, he was booked for orchestrating the killing of gang leader Anil Sharma, alias Lalla.

He had escaped a murderous assault a few years later. Nirdosh also underwent jail term for his involvement in various offences. He has faced several allegations of extortion and money lending on high interest. 



Factory workers held for attacking employer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The city police have arrested two factory workers, who had stabbed their employer and his wife at Sunder Nagar on September 17.

The accused had decamped with cash, gold ornaments and mobile phones worth lakhs of rupees.

The victims, Ranjiv Bajaj (48) and Aprajita (46), had suffered multiple stab injuries. The couple was discharged from hospital recently.

Both the accused have the same name, Pramod Kumar, and are relatives. They hail from Uttar Pradesh. The duo was booked under Section 459 of the IPC for burglary.

The police claimed to have nabbed both the accused and recovered the weapon used in the crime. Investigating officer said it was a planned attack. One of the accused had been working at Ranjiv’s factory for the past three years. He brought his cousin, his namesake, to Ludhiana three months ago and succeeded in getting him a job in the same factory.

It is learnt that Pramod dangled a rope outside the factory unit and left the premises late in the evening on September 16. At midnight, they entered the house, but found Ranjiv’s room locked from inside. The duo then laid a trap outside Ranjiv’s room. In the morning, when Ranjiv woke up and opened the room, the duo stabbed him with a knife. They went on to attack his wife and decamped with gold and cash.

Nursing student stripped

A nursing student of a hospital near RK Road was stripped by the hostel warden for stealing a mobile phone. The student has lodged a police complaint.



Synthetic khoya bitters sweetness of festivals
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
It is that time of the year when the sale and purchase of mouth-watering Indian “mithai” witness a surge. But there is something that adds bitterness to the festive fervour — food adulteration.

With festivals round the corner, synthetic khoya has started arriving in the city.

Synthetic khoya is brought by traders from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and sold to sweetmeat shops in the city.

The authorities have geared up to crack a whip on shops selling adulterated items. Sweets are prepared in bulk and months in advance to be sold around Dasehra and Diwali. To meet the demand, adulterated oil and khoya are used to prepare the sweets. Chemicals such as argemone mexicana and butter yellow dye are added to the oil.

Refined palm stearin, a non-edible by-product of crude palm oil, is used as an adulterant in vanaspati. Stearin is largely used to manufacture soaps. Khoya is prepared by mashing blotting paper and toilet paper in milk and synthetic khoya is prepared by adding urea.

Metanil yellow dye, another non-permissible toxic colourant, is used mostly to colour besan or gram flour, pulses, ladoo, burfi, jalebi and papad to get that attractive deep yellow colour.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, said recently they had collected samples of khoya burfi and paneer from Sharma sweets and Jatinder Paswan at Giaspura Road.

However, the health department has not conducted any raids at any of the city’s cold stores or milk chilling centres so far, which has given sweetmeat sellers a free hand to continue the use of adulterated khoya and paneer.

The DHO said they had not conducted any raid at godowns so far, adding that the samples were sent for testing and cases under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act would be registered against those found guilty.

Shobna Garg, a resident, said raids should be conducted before the onset of the festive season.



Residents elated by MOM success
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) declared successful entry of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) into the orbit of Mars. The achievement triggered exchange of very interesting messages among the city residents.

“Hi Mars, Here do MOM reaches your orbit” was shared on a social networking site by a city resident. Another resident wrote, “Wow you proved your worth as an Indian MOM”. It was followed by many motivational messages such as ‘India excelled again’, ‘Hats off to ISRO’, ‘Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara’, ‘Proud to be an Indian’, ‘Due to ISRO we could make it today’ and so on.

National award winner Kusam Lata, headmistress of Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “I am very proud of my country. It has succeeded in such a big mission in its very first attempt. Our curiosity has increased all the more now to know if there is a life on Mars or what conditions are prevailing on that planet.”

Commenting on the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ISRO in which he said the short form of Mars Mission is MOM and MOM never disappoints, Group Capatin (retd) Dr Hemraj Garg said, “Modi, on the occasion of Independence Day had said we want to be the first in the world in every aspect. And within just a month of his speech, the great scientists of our nation have fulfilled his promise today. Credit goes to the year old efforts of the scientists. They deserve the highest award of the country.”

Resident apprises PM of condition of planetarium

Dr Ravinder Vatsayan, a city-based ayurvedacharya, has written a letter to Narendra Modi and congratulated him on the achievement. He stated in his letter that Ludhiana is the only city in the country which has a planetarium. Beautifully designed and built at the prime land and run by the Municipal Corporation of the city, the project was conceived to impart knowledge to the people, especially children, about the space, planets and to serve as an astronomical observatory. Vatsayan claimed in his letter that for the last 20 years, the planetarium has ceased to function in an efficient manner. He stated that the building is in a shambles, the equipment and other logistics have either rusted or have become obsolete.

The ayurvedacharya further wrote that the repeated reminders and requests to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears or many a times financial constrains have been cited to be the reason of closing down of the project.

Dr Ravinder has, thereby, requested the Central Government to take over the planetarium from the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana and give it to the HRD Ministry or provide financial grant to the authorities concerned so that it can resume functioning.



Students watch momentous Mars mission in govt schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Students of government schools watched the live telecast of the first-ever Mars mission of India by the ISRO on EDUSAT screens today morning. Most of the government senior and high schools had made proper provisions for the telecast.

The senior students of schools were asked to reach school premises at 6.45 am to watch the ‘Mars Orbit Insertion’.

At some schools, students even celebrated the successful insertion of Mars Orbiter.

No official, however, conducted a check if the instructions were obeyed. But some science teachers took the initiative and ensured that students saw the telecast. Some of the government schools witnessed a good number of students coming to school to watch the live telecast.

“Almost all the students of science stream were present to watch the live telecast of India’s Mars mission. We motivated the students to see this programme. Some of the students saw the programme at their homes,” said a teacher at a government school.

Gurjot Singh, a student, said, “I saw the live telecast of Mars Orbit Insertion at my school. It was a very proud moment. After the programme, we discussed various aspects of space science with our teachers.”



Illegal extensions of shops
MC, traffic cops crack the whip
Remove encroachments to ease traffic flow at Field Ganj, near Durga Mata Mandir
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 24
The tehbazari wing of Municipal Corporation and city traffic police today launched a joint operation to clear temporary encroachments in Field Ganj and other areas.

Led by MC Additional Commissioner Satwant Singh and ACP (Traffic) Richa Agnihotri, the MC staff and traffic police personnel removed unauthorised extensions of shops, kiosks and merchandise stacked on the roadside.

Talking to The Tribune, Satwant Singh said the tehbazari wing had identified several problematic spots in congested commercial hubs in the city where encroachments created obstruction to the free flow of traffic.

“We have carried out anti-encroachment operations at several such spots including Dandi Swami Chowk, Shingar Cinema, Ghumar Mandi and Mall Road during the past few days and the drive will continue relentlessly to check the menace across the city,” he said.

Today, the drive was carried out in the congested Field Ganj locality and around Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge.

Shopkeepers at Field Ganj put up some resistance to the removal of kiosks and illegal extensions, but “tactful” approach of the MC and police officials and presence of heavy police force saved the situation from taking an ugly turn.

The MC also contemplates some other measures, such as strengthening the infrastructure of tehbazari wing and simultaneous demolition of illegal constructions in front of shops and showrooms, to effectively carry out the anti-encroachment operations.



jan dhan yojana
Bank opens 500 accounts in camps
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 24
Staff of local branch of the State Bank of India, led by manager Ashwani Bansal, has claimed that they have opened more than 500 accounts by organising camps, under the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana, till today.

“Besides organising camps at the designated villages periodically, we have been opening accounts of those visiting our branch on liberalised norms as well,” said Bansal, maintaining that majority of the new customers have shown their inclination to run their accounts according to the prescribed guidelines.

Appreciating the role of staff members in accomplishing targets about the scheme, Bansal said he has recommended names of the outstanding performers for appreciation awards.



Local doc delivers a talk in Denmark Parliament
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The consultant physician and diabetologist, Deep Hospital, Dr Geeti Puri Arora, recently delivered a talk in the Denmark Parliament in Copenhagen. Arora was invited by the Danish government.

The physician spoke on the topic “Prevalence and risk factors of gestational diabetes in Punjab North India”.

Dr Geeti has been working on a mega project since February 2011 with strong support from a Denmark-based organisation, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF).

The project is on pregnancy induced diabetes or gestational diabetes (GDM) in the part of the North India. The aim of the project is to create awareness regarding the GDM among general population and health care professionals and also to motivate the health authorities in Punjab to make GDM-screening mandatory for all pregnant women, visiting the government hospitals and health centres. It was also decided to screen 5,000 pregnant women in both urban and rural areas of the state.



cow slaughter
Protesters disrupt rail traffic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Up in arms against an alleged incident of cow slaughter in Malerkotla, Shiv Sena activists disrupted railway traffic for nearly 40 minutes at Domorhia Bridge near the railway station here today. Another group staged a protest at Jagraon Bridge.

The protesters stopped a goods train moving on the Amritsar-New Delhi route.

The leaders alleged the Punjab Police had arrested two innocent migrant labourers in the case.

Rajiv Tandon, a Shiv Sena leader, said: “The police failed to arrest the accused persons. If they are not nabbed, we will intensify the struggle.”

The leaders demanded that shelter be provided to stray cattle in the city.

“Around 5,000 cows have been roaming on the roads of Ludhiana. Several accidents occur in city due to them. The state government must construct cow shelters,” said Amit Arora, a leader.

Yashwant Singh, Railway Protection Force in-charge, said: “The Shiv Sena activists disrupted the rail traffic for 40 minutes. We have sent a report to the higher authorities in this regard.”



transfer of land to glada
PSPCL employees intensify stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 24
The engineers, officials and employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have intensified the ongoing agitation against the proposal to transfer 32-acre prime land of the power utility to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) for commercial exploration. Under the banner of Coordination Committee of Employees and Engineers, the employees staged a massive dharna at the office of chief engineer, central zone, on Ferozepur Road here today.

Addressing the protesting staff, activists of the PSEB Engineers Association, PSEB Employees Joint Forum, PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC) and Junior Engineers Council condemned the government’s move to change the land-use of the said land that was originally acquired in public interest for setting up an administrative complex and residential colonies for the power utility.

The speakers at the dharna maintained that with the transfer of land to GLADA, various offices of senior officials of PSPCL and its sister entity – the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited — would get scattered at different places in the city, causing a huge inconvenience to the public.

Alleging that the transfer of land to GLADA for its “downtown project” was taken under the influence of certain “vested interests”, the trade union leaders said taking away 32-acre land for a project proposed to be developed over 100 acres was “ridiculous”.

They said the decision would also dislocate families of hundreds of officials and employees residing in the two power colonies besides affecting environment, as more than 2,000 trees would be cut down.

AAP extends support
The protesting staff found an ally in the Aam Admi Party (AAP), as party convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur joined the dharna. Condemning the move to destroy a green belt and converting it into a private commercial zone, he said the party would join the fight to save environment and foil the intentions of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal to squander away government properties.



Police, land mafia out to get me, says realtor
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Gulshan Kumar, owner of GK Estate, was arrested by Muktsar police in the first week of August for committing a land fraud in Ramgarh village. The action was taken on the complaint of one Harinder Singh of Moga district.

Ludhiana, September 24
City-based realtor Gulshan Kumar who was arrested by Jagraon and Muktsar police last month has cried foul.

Out on bail, the owner of GK Group said that he was implicated in a false case and was being targeted by a nexus involving police officers and land mafia. Gulshan Kumar, while addressing a press conference here, said that he had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking justice.

The realtor alleged that the Superintendent of Police, Muktsar, Narinderpal Singh Ruby, had arrested him without carrying out any investigation into the complaint. The SP, however, said the case was registered as per the merit of the complaint.

Recently, the realtor’s family had met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and requested him to ensure a free and fair investigation in the cases slapped against him. Gulshan Kumar, in fact, got a clean chit in the case registered against him at Jagraon.

The realtor told the mediapersons that he had filed several complaints against the persons who had implicated him in the false cases in order to grab his land.

“Inquiries were marked following the directions of the High Court, but the Muktsar and Ludhiana police were reluctant to register cases against those persons,” said Gulshan.

Recently, Gulshan Kumar’s mother, Savitri Devi, had said that two Punjab Police inspectors, who were on a long leave, had taken Rs 1.11 crore from his son on interest. She accused the duo of orchestrating a plan and slapping two false cases on her son.

Case spreads panic among colonisers

Property dealers and colonisers who were accompanying Gulshan Kumar said their business was already in hot water due to the slump in the market. The situation is worsening as the police was also harassing them by implicating them in false cases, they said. They said while many had opted out of the business, some were thinking of moving to another state.



UCPMA meet goes off peacefully
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) held its 47th annual general meeting today.

During the meeting, some members deviated from the agenda and started discussing about other industrial organisations, to which others objected. This led to a chaos for a few minutes during an otherwise peaceful affair.

Earlier, association president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma welcomed the members and general secretary Rajeev Jain read the minutes of the meeting held last year. Finance secretary Acchru Ram got the balance sheet approved from the members.

The agenda for an increase in the annual fee and membership fee was dropped.

Senior adviser to the Chief Minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, who was the guest of honour, assured the members that problems being faced by the industry would be solved on priority. He said efforts were being made to solve the issue pertaining to mix land-use area.

During the meeting, Bal Mahajan and the company CA were appointed as auditors for the next year.



Ramlila gets a twist this year
In absence of ‘good’ artistes, committee to screen the epic
Tribune News Service

Entrance to Daresi Ground illuminated ahead of Dasehra.
Entrance to Daresi Ground illuminated ahead of Dasehra. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 24
The city is all set to witness the centuries-old tradition of Ramlila, but with a twist. The epic Ramayana has been staged in the city for a long time, bringing together artistes and devotees during late evenings over a period of 10 days.

One of the oldest Ramlila committees in the city, however, has different plans this time around.

Instead of calling in artistes from far-off places like Mathura, the committee has decided to screen Ramananda Sagar’s Ramayana on a large screen put up at the Ramlila ground.

Sanjeev Kundra from the committee said that it was difficult to find good artistes during this time of the year. Most of the good actors are busy performing at other Ramlilas. Welcoming the screening of the yesteryear’s popular series, a resident said: “Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana has been the most-watched and loved version of the epic, despite many new adaptations showcased over the years. So it will be interesting to watch it again.”

Although there will be no staging of Ramlila, the “Singhasan” will be organised in the traditional way, with processions being taken out at different places of the city, said Kundra.

Various committes are gearing up for staging Ramlila in different parts of the city, including Daresi, Dugri, Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar.



Youth’s body found in car
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 24
A 26-year-old youth of a nearby village was found shot dead in his car by some persons. The incident reportedly took place near Barmalipur village, near Khanna, in the afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Supreet Singh, a resident of Ghungrali Rajputan village, near here. The reason behind the crime is yet to be ascertained.

The SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, said that there was a bullet mark on the back side of the head of the deceased.

Some of the villagers claimed that the deceased was to leave for a foreign country tomorrow.

They claimed that the deceased had also given some money to a travel agent in this regard.

SSP Bansal said investigation is on.



Youth fest: Day 2 sees plethora of activities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The Punjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone-B) entered its second day on the campus of the Government College for Girls here today.

As many as 11 colleges participated in the youth festival. Students displayed immense talent in various competitions such as Indian orchestra, instrumental music, tal vadan and sawav vadan, folk instrumental and folk orchestra today.

The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Food and Civil Supply, Punjab, Parkash Chand Garg, was the chief guest on the occasion. College principal Gurminder Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the guests on the occasion.

“The objective of the cultural extravaganza is to bring out talent from students of various colleges,” said the principal.

While addressing the students, Parkash Chand Garg apprised students of the significance of education in the competitive world. Ranjodh Singh and Pritam Singh were also present on the occasion.

The results of the competitions held are as follows-

Geet/ ghazal-Rishu Chopra, Government College for Girls, Amandeep Kaur, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Manpreet, Guru Nanak Girls College

Folk song-Shalu Narang, DD Jain Memorial College for Women, Jyotika Sharma, Khalsa College for Women, Navjot Kaur, Governement College for Girls, Jasmeen Akhtar, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Shobita, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Bhawna Handa, Ramgarhia Girls College

Group song-Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ramgarhia Girls College, Khalsa College For Women, Government College for Girls, SDP College for Women

Individual prizes for group song-Shallu Narang, DD Jain Memorial College for Women, Khush Kamal, Ramgarhia Girls College, Shallu Goria, Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women

Rangoli-Kulwant of Ramgarhia Girls College, Jashandeep Kaur of AS College, Kiranpreet Kaur, Government College for Girls

Pakhi-making-Harpreet, Ramgarhia Girls College, Simrandeep, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Sandeep, Government College for Girls

Indian orchestra-Ramgarhia Girls College, Khalsa College for Women, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women

Individual prizes for Indian orchestra-Jasleen, Government College for Girls, Jyoti, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Supreet, Guru Nanak College for Girls

Percussion-Jasdeep, SDP college for Women, Ritu, DD Jain College, Harpreet, Ramgarhia Girls College

Non-percussion-Navroop Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls College, Baldeep Kaur, Government College For Girls, Anju Kapoor, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women

Poem recitation-Karanbir Kaur, Government College For Girls, Shreya, Khalsa College for Women, Samridhi, DD Jain College

Debate-Megha, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Arshdeep, Khalsa College for Women, Arpit, Government College for Girls

Elocution-Arshdeep, Khalsa College for Women, Ashwinjit, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Sanya, Government College for Girls

Clay modeling-Najma, Ramgarhia Girls College, Amandeep Kaur, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Sanjay Devi, Guru Nanak College for Girls

Photography-Narinder Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls College, Kiratpreet, Khalsa College for Women, Harsangeet, Guru Nanak College for Girls

On-the-spot painting-Jaspal Kaur, Government College for Girls, Manpreet, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Charanpreet, Govt College for Girls

Collage-making-Amandeep Kaur, Government College for Girls, Rubi, Government College for Girls, Taranjit, Guru Nanak College for Girls.



350 examined at eye camp in Doraha

Doraha, September 24
Over 350 patients were tested during an eye check-up camp, organised by Shrimati Lajwanti Maini Memorial Charitable Hospital Trust, at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

Volunteers from the Youth Club and the Press Club also participated. Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Charanjit , inaugurated the camp. Spectacles and medicines were distributed free-of-cost . — OC



pau notes
‘Cultivate varieties that can resist yellow rust’

Ludhiana: Experts from the Punjab Agricultural University have said yellow rust has become a big problem for wheat cultivation in Punjab. The disease can cause yield losses up to 70 per cent depending upon resistance of cultivar and severity of disease. The experts stated, “It starts appearing in the months of December and January on wheat crop sown in sub-mountain areas of Punjab. Recently, two varieties of wheat namely, WH 1105 and HD 3086, were identified for North-West plain zones of India. The Punjab Agricultural University conducted adaptive trials in different parts of Punjab as well as on the experimental fields of the campus. It was observed that WH 1105 variety remained free from yellow rust and there was no need to spray any fungicide. As compared to this variety, leaves of variety HD 3086 started appearing yellow in the month of January which was confused with yellow rust. If fungicides are not sprayed well in time, there could be a heavy loss in yield. Therefore, farmers should cultivate wheat varieties which could resist the attack of yellow rust.” It has been observed during previous years, that wheat varieties namely, PBW 343, DBW 17, HD 2733, HD 2932 and WH 711 were damaged by rust. Therefore, these varieties should not be grown especially in sub-mountainous areas of Punjab, said an expert. The PAU experts have also recommended to not to use HD 3086 for cultivation in Punjab. Farmers have been advised to grow only those varieties which can resist the attack of yellow rust. They should also monitor wheat crop in the month of December-January for yellow rust.

PAU declared centre of excellence

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been declared as the Centre of Excellence by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, on the basis of its work in seed production. The PAU has bagged the award for the first time in the field of seed production. Dr SK Datta, Deputy Director General (Crops), ICAR, New Delhi, and Vice-Chancellor Acharya NG Ranga, Agricultural University, Hyderabad, presented the award to Dr Joginder Singh Brar, director (seeds), PAU, during the IX Annual Review Meeting of the ICAR Seed Project at PJTSAU, Hyderabad, recently. The award consists of a citation and a certificate. As many as 34 agricultural universities, 22 ICAR centres and 161 scientists from all over the country participated in the meet. Dr Balkaran Singh Gill, PAU, also took part in the meeting. The Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, and Dr SS Gosal, director of research, congratulated the team of scientists, engaged in seed production, for the big achievement. — TNS



school notes
Solo dance competition

A solo dance competition was organised at the BCM Kindergarten, Basant Vihar. Students danced on different bollywood songs on the occasion. Harshpret and Krish of LKG stood first and second, respectively. Manya and Sukhreet notched third positions. Principal Dr Vandana Shahi appreciated the efforts of the kids.

Agrasen Jayanti celebrated

Maharaj Agrasen Jayanti was celebrated on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, under the guidance of president Balraj Kumar Bhasin. Alisha delivered a lecture on the life history of Aggarsen.

Students visit science city

DCM Presidency School organised an educational trip to Puspa Gujral Science City and Rangla Punjab, Jalandhar, for the students of Classes IV and V. Laser show, 3D show, digital planetarium and virtual expedition were the main attractions of the visit. A buffet lunch was arranged for the students at Rangla Punjab. Principal Nupur Nutan said such trips and excursions contribute towards the social development of a child. The students also develop an insight into various aspects of the world and life at large.

Children take part in an activity at Cherry Lane Play School.Show and Tell Day at Cherry Lane school

Cherry Lane Play School conducted “Show And Tell Day” on the school premises. Many different articles and flash cards such as duck, teacher, brinjal, car, van, cow, peacock, sun, egg, milk, water, tiffin, sparrow, pig, book etc were placed in front of the kids. The children were asked to say a couple of lines on the given object. The idea behind this unique concept was to initiate the creative thinking process of the child. Mansaroop gave a wonderful welcome speech and Atharva thanked all the parents for being a patient audience.
Children take part in an activity at Cherry Lane Play School. Tribune photograph

School celebrates success of Mars mission

The first-ever Mars mission of India by ISRO was celebrated with fireworks at Green Land Convent School. Students danced on the beats of dhol on the occasion. Principal Vinita Sanan congratulated everyone for the achievement. She also exhorted the teachers to prepare samples that can inspire the scientific spirit of the students. — TNS

Students of Green Land Convent School in a jubilant mood on the success of MOM. Tribune photograph



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Govt employees protest

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers held a dharna. Their main demands were that 100 per cent DA be merged and made applicable from January 1, 2014, vacant posts be filled and ceiling on the bonus be removed.

Protesters stage a dharna. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Business lecture

The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a lecture on “Business Transformation for Survival and Growth: Managing an Ever Changing Business Environment”. Rajat Jain, managing director, XEROX India Ltd, delivered the lecture. He stressed the need to first understand volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) in the environment before planning the survival and growth strategies. He advised the gathering to embrace “Change Management” to take the best advantage of the present environment.

A blood donation camp under way in Ludhiana.Blood donation

Lions Club, Ludhiana Greater, organised a blood donation camp at the University Institute of Laws, Panjab University Regional Centre. Club president Sanjeev Monga said as many as 179 units of blood were collected.

A blood donation camp under way in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Polio drive

On the fourth day of pulse polio drive, the teams visited 1,53,283 houses and administered drops to 70,819 children. The drive will end tomorrow, said the district immunization officer.

Two dengue cases confirmed

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has confirmed two cases of dengue: a 30-year-old woman from Kailash Nagar and a 71-year-old man from Hoshiarpur. With this, the total number of patients diagnosed with the disease has gone up to 31.

Scholar remembered

The UNESCO Club of Punjab organised a seminar to pay tributes to eminent scholar and writer Dr Gian Singh Mann, who passed away a few months ago. In order to complete the works started by Dr Mann, Dr Veena Gian Singh Mann has been selected as the club president.

Cleanliness week

On the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleanliness week will be observed in the district from September 25 to October 2. Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said all departments will make people aware about the importance of keeping their surroundings clean.

Relief material donated

Saathi Teja Singh Sutantar Mohalla Sudhar Committee has donated blankets, medicines and other articles to the J&K flood-hit. The relief material was handed over to Dr Arun Mitra, secretary of Bharat Jan Gayab Vigyan Jatha, which is going to Kashmir to hold a medical camp.

Patients examined

A monthly heart OPD was conducted at USPC Jain Charitable Hospital. Dr SK Taneja and his team checked nearly 55 patients during the camp. Dr SK Taneja said people should avoid smoking and keep their weight under control. — TNS



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Match ends in draw, Jalandhar earns 3 points
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 24
The four-day match between Ludhiana and Jalandhar in the ongoing Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield played at Punjab Agricultural University ended in a draw.

The visitors, however, earned three points on the basis of their first innings lead. The hosts got one point.

Resuming last day’s play at 532 for five, Jalandhar played ten overs and denied Ludhiana any success today. They declared their innings at 616 runs. Himanshu Satyawan remained unbeaten on 100 runs while Sarabjit Singh made 33 runs.

Trailing by 263 runs in the first innings, Ludhiana, in their second essay, were on 271 runs for the loss of five wickets when the umpires called it a day.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings) 353 all out in 147.2 overs

Jalandhar (first innings) 616 for 5 declared after 127 overs (Taruwar Kohli 188, Pargat Singh 130, Robin Singh 95, Himanshu Satyawan 100*; Rahul Singla three for 151, Deepak Bansal one for 48, Amritpal Singh one for 87)

Ludhiana (second innings) 271 for 5 in 77 overs (Karan Goel 54, Sunny Pandey 56, Anil Sihag 56, Geetansh Khera 32, Ankit Pursharty 22* and Vaibhav Narang 21*; Yogesh four for 100 in 35 overs and Rahul Sharma one for 99 in 23 overs)



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