28012019-LT-01.qxd 1/27/2019 11:51 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PROTEST AGAINST ‘DENIAL OF RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION’ PAGE 4 Dal Khalsa and its allies protest on R-Day against the ‘denial of right to self-determination to minorities’. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF COUPLE BOOKED FOR TRAVEL FRAUD RCF, SHAHBAD MARKANDA SET UP HOCKEY TITLE CLASH PAGE 4 RCF, Kapurthala, Shahbad Markanda Hockey Centre, Haryana, set up a title clash in hockey in women's section. MAX 17°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 2°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:57 PM LUDHIANA SCIENCE EXHIBITION: KVM; 9 am. RU-BA-RU — PARVAS DE ANUBHAV: Ramgarhia Girls College; 9:30 am. CPI-CPM RALLY: Dana Mandi; 12 pm- 3 pm. 11 trains remain cancelled, lone flight delayed Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 27 Even after improvement in the foggy weather a wee bit, the woes of rail passengers seem to be never-ending. The Railways had to cancel 11 trains today, one was partially cancelled while four were rescheduled for late departure. The fate of air travelers was no better as the lone Ludhiana-New Delhi flight was delayed for more than three hours due to low visibility. According to the Railways, 12241/42 Chandigarh-Amritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, 13151/52 KolkataJammu Tawi-Kolkata Sealdah Express, 15209/10 Saharsa-Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 15708/09 Katihar-New Delhi-Katihar Amrapali Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express, 19614 AmritsarAjmer Express and 22424 Amritsar-Gorakhpur Jansadharan Express trains were cancelled for the day. Trains running late ■ (4 to 7 hrs): JabalpurAttari Special Express, Rajendra Nagar (Patna)Jammu Tawi Archana Express, Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express. ■ (2 to 4 hrs): Howrah-Jammu Tawi Himgiri Express, Howrah-Amritsar Express, Howrah-Amritsar Mail, Varanasi-Jammu Tawi Begumpura Express, Allahabad-Udhampur Superfast Express, Attari-Jabalpur Special Express. ■ (Up to 2 hrs): Amritsar-Sealdah Jallianwala Bagh Express, Gevra Road-Amritsar Chhattisgarh Express, Kolkata-Amritsar Durgiana Express, 18507 Vishakhapatnam-Amritsar Hirakud Express. MONDAY | 28 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Padma Shri for PAU VC Best foot forward Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service TRADER HELD WITH CHINESE STRING WHAT’S ON PAGE 4 Around 2,000 students take part in dist-level function. ~10 lakh, holiday announced for participants on Jan 28. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:20 AM Ludhiana: The police have booked a couple on the charge of duping a man of Rs 3.66 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. They have been identified as Jagjit Singh and his wife Raveena Singh, both residents of Surya Complex, Ghumar Mandi. The complainant, Jaswant Singh of Mangewal, Mora, told the police that the suspects had promised to send him abroad and he paid them Rs 3.66 lakh. But they neither fulfilled their promise nor returned the money. TNS Ludhiana: The police have nabbed a shopkeeper on the charge of selling the banned Chinese string and recovered 20 spools from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Satpal Chaurasia of Pipal Chowk. TNS PATRIOTIC FERVOUR REACHES ZENITH ON 70TH R-DAY NCC cadets take part in a march past during the Republic Day function at Guru Nanak Stadium on Saturday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Activists, artists join hands to save Buddha Nullah Take pledge to restore pristine glory of ‘Buddha Darya’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 27 Environmentalists, activists, artists, industrialists and personalities from different walks of life today joined hands to save Buddha Nullah from pollution. Thousands of people from parts of Punjab gathered on the banks of the nullah and took a pledge to clean the nullah, once known as Buddha Darya. The occasion was “Aan Milo Daryao” programme organised near Sewerage Treatment Plant on Tajpur Road. A large number of eminent persons appealed to the government and common people to come forward and join hands to clean the nullah. While the melodious music was playing on the background, the participants took the pledge that they would make concrete efforts to clean the nullah, which once used to be a clean water body. Satguru Udai Singh of the Namdhari chief Satguru Uday Singh with social activist Jaswant Zafar and others during a function “Aan Milo Daryao” on the banks of Buddha Nullah on Sunday. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Namdhari sect, environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, renowned poet Surjit Patar, Jaswant Singh Zafar, singer Harbhajan Mann, violin maestro Ustad Johar Ali Khan, former ViceChancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, SP Singh, representatives of various non-government organisations, teachers and students of many schools took part in the event. Works of artists and schoolchildren were also exhibited during the occasion. Nukkar nataks, stage plays and songs were also presented on the occasion to spread awareness among the masses on this sensitive issue. Speaking during the occasion, Seechewal said it was the duty of every individual to come forward and make Armed bikers rob 2 of cash, valuables City man held with banned currency notes Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 27 Bike-borne men robbed two persons of cash and valuables in separate incidents in the Basti Jodhewal area. In first case, Satan Yadav (42) of Manmohan Nagar, told the police that on January 24 around 8.30 pm, he, along with his cousin Deenanath Yadav, was returning home. When they reached Manmohan Nagar, around six armed men on two motorcycles and a scooter cornered them. They threatened the duo with life and asked them to part with cash and valuables. The robbers took away two mobile phones, Rs 9,200 and important documents of the duo. “We were so scared that we could not note down the registration numbers of the robbers’ two-wheelers. All robbers had covered their faces with cloth,” said the complainant. The investigating officer, ASI Surjit Singh, said the footage of CCTV cameras Panchkula, January 27 The Pinjore police today nabbed two persons and recovered Rs 71.95 lakh in old currency in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 from them. They have been identified as Vikramjit Singh, a resident of Kidwai Nagar, Ludhiana, and Karambir Singh, a resident of Bhutana village under the Samanabahu police station in Karnal. The police have also impounded their vehicle, a Brezza. They had come to Pinjore to deliver the currency to be exchanged with new currency. On a tip-off, the police laid a trap and arrested them with Rs 71.95 lakh in old currency. According to the investigating officer and in-charge of the Amravati police post, Sub-Inspector Mulk Raj, they had received a complaint from Vikramjit Tangri, also a resident of Ludhiana, in this regard. was being scanned to identify the robbers. In the other case, Hardev Singh, a resident of Kailash Nagar, told the police that while he was returning home from his TV repair shop on Thursday evening, he was cornered by three two-wheeler-borne armed men. “When I noticed a sharp weapon in the hands of one of the robbers, I left my scooter and ran towards Satsang Ghar. But the robbers caught up with me and snatched my mobile phone, cash and jewellery,” said the victim. Assistant Sub-Inspector Roop Singh said a case had been registered against unknown persons and efforts were on to trace them. Sources said the police suspected that the two robberies were committed by the same gang. c m y b efforts to clean our water bodies. “Nature is God and it is our moral duty to protect our nature. We shall all join hands and make every possible effort to protect our natural resources,” said Seechewal. The organisers of the event said they had been getting a positive response from the public, administration and industrialists to their cause to clean the nullah. “It is our dream to make Buddha Nullah clean and we have been continuously working in this direction. We have been in regular touch with the owners of dying units, dairy owners and other industrialists on this issue. Besides, our teams have also been working in educational institutes to create maximum awareness,” said Jatinderpal Singh, one of the organisers. President of CICU Upkar Singh, FICO president Gurmit Kular and municipal councillors were also present during the programme. Ludhiana, January 27 Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) BS Dhillon has been declared the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India. Dr Dhillon is an illustrious scientist in plant breeding and genetic resources. He has served PAU as Director of Research and Maize Breeder and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, as Assistant Director-General, and Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, ICAR-NBPGR. He was also Director of Research, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Just prior to joining PAU as Vice-Chancellor, he was working in University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Earlier, he served at the University of Birmingham, UK, and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico. Dr Dhillon developed 16 maize varieties and hybrids, including ‘Paras’, the first single cross in India, 1995, and thereby, gave a new direction to maize breeding in the country. His pioneering work on maize cultivation during non-traditional season led to the emergence of spring maize as an important crop. He has developed new plant breeding methods and quantitative genetic analysis, which have become part of plant breeding text books. As PAU Vice-Chancellor since 2011 and Director of Research during 2005-07, Dr Dhillon took numerous initiatives. As a result of these initiatives, PAU won Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award – 2017, and is identified as a ‘Special Institution in Agriculture’ having great potential to reach national and global prominence by the Empowered Expert Committee of MHRD constituted for the selection of Institutions of Eminence. The university also occupies top rank in research publications and citations among all state, Central and deemed univer- Vice-Chancellor of PAU BS Dhillon. A FILE PHOTO EARLIER AWARDEES Among the PAU vice-chancellors who have been recipients of one (or more) of the Padma Awards include Dr GS Kalkat, who passed away last year. Dr Kalkat was awarded Padma Bhushan as well as Padma Shri. Former vice-chancellors Khem Singh Gill and Dr SS Johl were awarded Padma Bhushan. ABOUT PADMA AWARDS The Padma Awards, announced annually on the eve of Republic Day, are one of the highest civilian honours of our country. The Padma Awards are given in three categories viz. Padma Vibhushan for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of higher order and Padma Shri for distinguished service. These awards, ever since they were instituted in 1954, have been an annual feature except for brief interruptions during 1978, 1979 and 1993 to 1997. PRESIDENT’S MEDAL FOR BHARGAVA Rakesh Bhargava, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate-General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Ludhiana Zone U, has been awarded Presidential Medal for Specially Distinguished Record of service. The medal, along with an appreciation certificate, will be presented to the officer at a ceremony in New Delhi. Bhargava joined the Central Excise, Customs Department, in 1990 as an Inspector. He has played a key role in the detection of central excise/service tax/GST cases involving revenue of more than Rs 200 crore during this short span of time in the DGGI. About Rs 100 crore of revenue has been recovered in these cases. Bhargava played a vital role in cracking the biggest fraud of issuing fake invoices by iron and steel traders. sities as per CII-India Citation Index Report, 2017. Under Dr Dhillon’s guidance, PAU has developed new crop varieties. The agricultural university has led the nation in the development of zinc-biofortified wheat and less seeded kinnow as steps towards nutritional security, diversification and value addition. Dr Dhillon led the Joint Inter-State Campaign in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan that successfully managed the cotton whitefly, resulting in record productivity of 756 and 750 kg per ha of lint as compared to 197 kg per ha during 2015 and saving of pesticides worth Rs 2,589 and Rs 2,808 per ha during 2016 and 2017, respectively, in Punjab. During his tenure as Director, NBPGR, Dr Dhillon actively participated in negotiations on the formulation of International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources to safeguard interests of Indian plant wealth.
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