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Dead man booked for fraud
Prime suspects move scot free
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Shocking, but true.The Ludhiana police has booked a dead man for fraudulently executing a sale deed by forging the signatures of a dead woman.

Ram Nath, a city resident died in 1997. But as per the FIR registered by Division No.5 police on January 29, 2008, he is an accused booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

The complainant is Ram Nath's son, Sunil Kapoor, who sent a copy of his complaint to Kiran Bedi's Safer India Organisation when the local police turned a deaf ear to his plea. The SSP then directed the Division No.5 police to register a case which goofed up.

According to Sunil, a woman sold his ancestral house in Kundan Puri, forging the signatures of his mother. His mother, Sheela Rani, died on June 28, 1976 and her death was registered on July 12 that year.

A woman, identified as Sheela Devi by Lambardar Sujan Singh, executed a sale deed of the house on September 12, 1980, and transferred the same in the name of one Nand Kishore.

Sheela's son, Sunil Kapoor, came to know of the fraud years later. He alleges that Parkash Rani, known to his brother, had impersonated as Sheela Rani.

The police has booked Parkash Rani and Ram Nath but no action has been taken against some more persons named in the complaint.

Sunil alleges that Parkash, in connivance with Nand Kishore, Kewal Krishan and Lambardar Sujan Singh, committed the fraud. But no case has been registered against them.

‘‘ This is a blatant case of fraud, but no police official has registered a case against the suspects. Now, the policemen have booked my dead father,’’ he says.



In Basta
Double Murder
Motive yet to be ascertained
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Friends of septuagenarian Harbhajan Singh knocked at his door on the cold afternoon of January 28,2006, as they had been doing daily for months to play cards.

With no one answering for long time, they along with Harbhajan's son Sunil broke the door open. The sight inside send more chill in their bones than the harsh winter outside.

Harbhajan and his one-year-old grandson, Sehaj were found dead lying in pools of blood as their throats were slit open with a sharp-edged weapon. Two years later, the division no 3 police and the CIA has failed to nab the killers.

Cops are in fact groping in the dark with not even the motive of the macabre murder was clear so far.

Though initially, robbery seemed to be the motive, but the manner in which the accused committed the crime between 3 and 3:45 pm, when the old man was unusually alone, suggested some old enmity with the help of an insider who knew the timing.

Sub-inspector Surinder Pal, SHO, Division No 3, said the police tried all theories and massive investigation has been conducted but in vain. "But we have not lost heart. We will find the criminals one day."

The deceased Harbhajan Singh (70) and his grandson Sehaj (1) were alone in their house when they were killed. The house is located in street number 4 of Madhopuri.

Harbhajan Singh's son and Sehaj's father Sunil, a hosiery worker, was away on duty. His wife Monika was visiting a doctor.

Cops were baffled at the crime as it was found nothing very valuable was missing from the house.



Kar Seva for Budda Nullah begins today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal will start the kar sewa of Budda Nullah at Lakhowal village near here tomorrow.

According to Jaswant Singh Chapa, president of the Budda Nullah Development Committee, 25 tractors will be pressed into service and the stretch of Budda Nullah passing through the village will be cleaned.

He added that with Lakhowal also supporting the cause, farmers of the neighbourhood villages had offered their services. As many as 100 tractors were offered for the kar sewa.

Giving a call to industrialists Kar Seva for Budda Nullah of the city, who are being alleged to act as a spoke in the wheel of kar sewa, Chapa said they should rise above their ulterior motives and think about their coming generations who would have to pay the price for the deteriorating environment.

The work on the nullah had come to a halt in September last year when the district administration had refused to provide demarcation.



Biting cold to stay
Don’t reopen schools: Parents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The chilly winds along with intermittent rain continue to sweep the city for the past 24 hours.The cold wave has further intensified with the decrease in the temperatures, which otherwise had increased up to 4 degree Celsius (minimum). Residents, who thought of enjoying their Sunday basking in the sun, had to remain indoors throughout the day due to biting cold.

Though the exact temperature could not be known because of holiday, meteorology experts said temperature had further come down up to two degrees because of regular drizzling and chilly winds. They also predicted that in the coming 48 hours, weather was going to remain the same with clouds and winds blowing in the region.

The district administration had already ordered to change the winter timings and many schools have started following the new time table. But residents feel that schools should be closed for another week so that small children are not exposed to the extreme weather.

Deepa Grover, a home-maker, said it was very difficult for kids to bear the severe cold. "The state government should close the schools for the benefit of children. There are going to be the final examinations in the coming days and they should not fall sick", she said, adding that going in rickshaws and auto-rickshaws had become tough task for children.

The regular power cuts have further aggravated the problem by putting normal life out of gear. The residents feel if there is such an acute shortage of electricity in winters, what will happen in summers? "We cannot switch on geysers, room heaters, blowers, etc. The worst affected are the elderly, who are unable to bear the chilling weather", said Shalini Gambhir, one of the residents at Ghumar Mandi.

The poor people have to brave the chill as they are also the worst affected. They provide themselves warmth by making temporary fire arrangements. Radhey Narayan, a rickshaw puller, said it had become difficult to get his both ends meet in absence of daily commuters due to the bad weather. 



Attack on Baba
Security beefed up at dera
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, February 3
The Ludhiana police reacted quickly and set the security on high alert at the lone Dera branch situated at Gahor village following a powerful attack on the controversial head of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in which he escaped unhurt yesterday.

As many as six police personnel were deputed last evening at the controversial site soon after the news of attack on Dara head was aired.

According to ASI Amrik Singh, “Ever since the controversy surrounding the controversial cleric has heated up, it has left some sort of impact on the other deras situated at different parts of the state. We received orders from the senior official to tighten the security at the dera last evening.”

The two workers of the dera said, "It has been happening for quite some time now whenever there has been any controversy related to the dera chief, the security has been set on high alert. We came to know of the attack on the Baba when the police suddenly cordoned of the entrance gate of the dera.”

Head constable Paramjit Singh said, “This place is very significant as Baba Ram Rahim has visited this dera twice in the past. Fortunately, no untoward incident has taken place so far as it is Sunday. We were expecting followers to visit at the dera but due to the recent incident no dera follower has visited the dera as yet.”

R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Ludhiana (urban), said, “We want to maintain law and order situation in the city as soon as we received the news of attack on the dera chief we took preventive measures and depute security personnel at dera.”

Sikhs’ gesture

The inhabitant of Gorhar village has shown the example of humanity. This village, largely dominated by Sikhs, provided food to dera workers. Braving the chilly weather, the volunteer of the nearby gurdwara provided langar to the two workers of the dera.



Chill warms up hosiery owners’ pockets
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Sales of woollens have shown an exceptional rise this year, thanks to extended winters. An unusual phenomenon witnessed is that production normally stops by November-end but this time it is continuing even at the beginning of February. Excessive chill has saved the industry, which was fearing a major blow due to multiple factors, the dollar crisis being one.

Industry sources say a rough increase of 20 per cent in sales has already happened. Demand for items like sweaters, scarves, socks and caps is considerably high in the domestic market as well as in other states. As a result the industry is expected to exceed its last-year turnover of around Rs 700 crore, said sources.

For the industry, which had expected a decline in sales and maintained low levels in production, the unexpected rise in demand has come as a pleasant surprise.

"Last year, the production ended by November. In fact manufacturing units had deliberately slowed down production due to shrinking winters and low demand. But we have been forced to continue with production even two months after the routine period due to high demand," said Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club.

The industry’s performance is in contrast with other industries which are ruing that business activity has slowed down due to excessive cold.

For the woollen industry, however, extended chill has not just resulted in high sales for this season, it has helped them deal with the losses due to the declining dollar value.

On account of the good season, payments, too, are likely to be prompt and several industrialists are learnt to have made heavy investments in real estate and gold.

"It is after a long gap that hosiery industry has performed well and we have had a lot of clients keen on making investments in property," said a real estate dealer. The coming months are likely to witness more investment flow from this segment towards various options like gold, mutual funds and the capital market.



Ludhianvis will remain grateful to Randhawa

Ludhiana, February 3
Centenary celebration of Randhawa starts on February 1. His birth anniversary will be observed on February 2. Ludhianvis will always remain grateful to Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa, who served as the vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University. Dr Randhawa not only took the university to dizzy heights but also helped locals in providing them with an invaluable gift in the shape of Nehru Rose Garden.

This garden was set up by the efforts of Dr Randhawa in 1970 at a place known as “chuvi khoos” (24 wells) which were the main source of drinking water supply to the city. This part of the land was lying deserted.

Parkash Singh Badal,who became the Chief Minister of Punjab for the first time in 1970 after the ouster of justice Gurnam Singh, was invited on the PAU campus by Dr Randhawa to inaugurate the Kairon Kisan Ghar. Badal discussed the developmental plans of the city with Dr Randhawa and a committee was setup known as “implementation committee” headed by Dr Randhawa to look after the development works.

Besides, Rose Garden Dr Randhawa was also instrumental in the completion of the present district administrative complex known as mini secretariat Guru Nanak Dev stadium and one part of the Jagraon over-bridge. The foundation stone for the mini secretariat was laid by late Justice Gurnam Singh and was completed by the PWD during the tenure of Giani Zail Singh as the Chief Minister. Similarly the over bridge on the Jagraon-Ambala-Ferozepur road was completed and inaugurated by Giani Zail Singh. The portion from the over bridge on the Ludhiana-Jagraon side was completed during the tenure of Darbara Singh as the Chief Minister.

The university which was setup in 1962 under N.Thapar, ICS (retired), had a good start but fell sick. The university administration was in disarray. The university was a common link with Haryana and Himachal till then with campuses at Hissar and Palampur, respectively. A.P. Shinde, then minister of state for agriculture, visited Ludhiana to assess the situation. He sent his report to the government and Randhawa, who was then Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh, was immediately asked to take over the university’s rein and took over in 1968.

Dr Randhawa invited Dr B.N. Uppal, who had retired as the director of the Irrigation Research Institute of Amritsar and appointed him as Professor Emeritus. Dr Uppal had done the pioneering work of canalization of rivers in Punjab and was instrumental in the construction of the Dhusi bund on the Satluj, Beas and the Ravi. Dr Randhawa built an Anglo-Sikh war museum at Ferozeshah in Ferozepur district.

The Union government honoured Dr Randhawa with Padma Bhushan while Chicago state university of the USA conferred the degree of DSc (Honoris cause) on him in recognition of his services to the development of agriculture in India and Punjab.



Majithia dares Cong to attend protest rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Taking strong exception to the claim of the Punjab Pradesh Congress leadership for being the sole votary of the state's interests and the rights of its people, Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for water supply, sanitation and information and public relations, Punjab, has asked them to accompany them to New Delhi for attending a protest rally on February 22.

‘‘If they are true to their words, then they should not miss an opportunity to accompany the SAD-BJP combine to pressurise the Centre to concede the legitimate and just demands of the beleaguered peasantry and industry of the state".

Majithia stipulated that the SAD-BJP alliance would virtually launch a crusade for seeking an attractive agriculture and industrial package for the state at all costs. He demanded an early announcement of similar package for its debt-ridden farmers on the Vidharbha pattern and grant of liberal concessions for the industry on a par with the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a massive gathering after inaugurating a newly executed water supply scheme at a cost of Rs. 63.93 lakh at Ayali Khurd village, 8 km from here today, Majithia squarely blamed the Congress in the state for bringing the state to the brink of economic disaster.

He claimed that whenever the Congress party came to power in Punjab, it always negated the development process initiated by the SAD-BJP government, which was a pointer towards their established policy of double speak.

Referring to the broad outlines of the ambitious World Bank-assisted Punjab Renewal Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Rs 1280.30 crore to provide potable drinking water in all water-scarcity hit villages in Punjab, Majithia said under this programme water supply would be provided to 3,662 villages i.e. 2,124 not covered, 920 partially covered and 1,618 villages where service level had reduced from prescribed norms. He said 1,000 ponds in the villages were also being renovated under this programme. The engineers of the department would provide technical assistance and superintending engineers would also periodically monitor the quality of water being supplied in the villages.

Earlier, he also inaugurated the scheme, costing Rs 50 lakh, of upgrading the Government High School and another Rs 10 lakh project of streets and drains in the village.



Power cuts throw life out of gear
Patients, students worst affected
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 3
A higher number of patients suffering from lungs diseases and insomnia, interrupted studies of students during the pre-examination period and increased consumption of diesel are some of the consequences of power cuts being imposed this winter.

Meanwhile, a few domestic and commercial consumers have urged the authorities to prepare bills on the basis of actual consumption for this period and not on the basis of permitted load of the connection.

Gurjant Singh, executive engineer, said the power cuts were being imposed according to the schedule received from the higher authorities. As a dipping mercury has affected the production of electricity adversely, both in the case of hydroelectricity and thermoelectricity, the cuts were unavoidable. “As far as demand for raising the bills on the basis of actual consumption is concerned, we will forward, it to the higher authorities for action at their end,” said Gurjant Singh.

Though power cuts during daytime have been less annoying, those during nights and the pre-dawn period have posed more problems. With electric geysers remaining out of use, consumption of LPG and diesel has gone up manifold.

Excessive noise and air pollution caused by generators is reported to have resulted in an increased incidence of insomnia and pulmonary diseases.

According to Dr Jaspreet Kaur and Dr Gurtej Singh the number of patients suffering from lungs diseases and insomnia has been unusually high during the past weeks. “It was for the first time in the past years that such a high incidence of insomnia and lung diseases has been reported. The soot particles emanating from exhausts of generators have low concentration in the atmosphere and sound pollution does not let people sleep,” said the doctors.

Rajan Sharma and Karamjit Singh, local students, said their studies had been affected due to frequent interruption in power supply. Apprehending poor performance in the examinations, the students urged the authorities to reschedule cuts.“As a lot of time is wasted every time we switch over to a generator,

we fail to focus on our studies. If the cuts are unavoidable, the authorities can at least reschedule these to cause minimum inconvenience,” said the students.

Avtar Sharma, a petrol station owner, said that consumption of diesel for generating electricity had increased during the past weeks. 



Heart diseases rising among young: Doc
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
Ram Pratap, a resident of Ferozepur town, and Bhagwan Singh of Jagraon in this district had two things in common — both were 35 years old and both had a severe life-threatening heart disease.

Ram Pratap had a massive heart attack and was brought to a local hospital here.

His attack continued and he had to be saved with an emergency bypass surgery.

Similarly, Bhagwan Singh was investigated at a hospital in Chandigarh where he was told that he needed an expensive bypass surgery which he was unable to afford. He also came to the city and was operated upon at a subsidised cost.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi of a local hospital said heart disease was on the rise among younger generation, which he attributed to increasing stress, bad eating habits, junk food culture, tobacco intake, lack of exercise and a genetic predisposition of Punjabis.



Architects to be involved in city planning: BJP chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
The first news letter of Ludhiana Architects Association (LAA) was launched here today by state president of the BJP Rajinder Bhandari, who was the chief guest at the function. Leading architects of Punjab and Chandigarh also attended the function.

In his address, Bhandari expressed the need for an open and ongoing dialogue between practising architects through their professional bodies and local government departments for betterment of cities on the long-term planning front. The areas for this purpose could include roads, flyovers, water supply, sewerage, reduction in pollution, traffic planning and management and creating more greenery for a healthier life.

The chief guest lighted the lamp and released the news letter of LAA.

President of the association Ravinder Khosla while welcoming the chief guest said that the aim of the quarterly news letter was to collect the day-to-day activities of architects from the region and then share these not only among the fellow architects but with others construction professionals, builders, contractors, manufactures, companies, corporate houses, government agencies, building departments and members of public.

Vinay Jain, general secretary, focused on the problems of practising architects from quacks and local government departments for getting various approvals in time for buildings. Rajan Sareen, vice- president and editor of the news letter, presented the vote of thanks.

The meeting was organised by Gyan Steel Rolling Mills, located in Mandi Gobindgarh. 



Obesity support group holds meeting
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 3
The fourth meeting of the obesity support group, launched by minimally invasive and bariatric surgery unit of a local hospital, was organised here yesterday.

Pritam Kaur, an NRI from Canada who underwent gastric bypass surgery at the hospital, inaugurated the meeting.

The hospital director said obesity support group included persons who had already undergone bariatric (weight loss) surgery at the hospital and physicians from departments concerned.

People suffering from obesity, who weighed over 30 kg of their ideal body weight, were also invited to the meeting so that they could obtain useful information about health hazards of obesity and its remedies.

The support group serves to create a social network to which patients could turn for any type of emotional psychological and and medical support.

Most patients who have joined the group feel it to be single most beneficial aspect of postoperative follow-up.

It gives immense psychological support to those who have given up hope of ever gaining normal weight. Patients gain from experience of others who have undergone surgery. It makes them familiar with different bariatric operations so that patients play a positive role in planning their surgeries.

The group has a coordinator who counsels patients on a 24-hour helpline.

Pritam Kaur had come from Canada to undergo the operation here after she was declared high-risk patient for surgery because she had already undergone five abdominal surgeries earlier.

She conveyed her gratitude to the doctors and staff who operated upon her.



Protest against rising steel prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Sore over continues rise in steel prices about 60 industrial associations here have decided to stage a dharna followed by chain hunger strike on February 4.

Industry representatives said steep hike in steel prices had crippled industries using it as a raw material. “In the past three to four months there has been more than Rs 6,000 per metric tonne hike in prices of rounds and hot-rolled coils. 

Industries like fasteners manufacturers, cycle and cycle parts, hand tools manufacturers and other engineering products makers are unable to bear the pressure of hike,” said Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Associations.



NDPS undertrial dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
An undertrial under the NDPS Act died at PGI, Chandigarh, after allegedly suffering a heart attack in the Central Jail here on Friday afternoon.

Baldev Singh, aged about 45, was shifted to PGI from the Civil Hospital here that evening only. 



New Central excise offices opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Chief commissioner,Central Excise and Customs,Chandigarh zone, D.S.Sra, inaugurated new premises of the Central excise offices near the Dholewal Chowk here.

Offices of all ranges have been shifted to the new premises. Addressing the gathering during the inauguration, Sra said healthy working atmosphere improved quality of work.

Commissioner A.K. Mehra said the office was equipped with latest infrastructure and facilities.

Sra also honoured superintendent Subhash Batra for winning a gold medal in mens singles table tennis in the 50 plus category at a sports meet held in Kolkata recently.



Restrict  gadgets

With the board or non-board examinations just round the corner those appearing for the examination must be banned from bringing mobile, calculator, cutters and guides with them as mobiles play a vital role for doing mass copying and contacting the outsiders. Likewise, calculators should also be strictly restricted. Necessary directives are needed to be circulated by the ministry and the education board concerned to all DEOs for implementing the same with effect from 2007-08 onwards. This will definitely reduce mass copying.

Jai Gopal Kusla, Ludhiana

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Chandigarh Ryan wins Minithon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Ryan International School, Chandigarh, won the 10th edition of the Ryan Maggi Minithon organized by Ryan International, Ludhiana, here today

Reason behind organising such a programme was to give a competitive platform to the schoolchildren. The initiative behind Minithon was taken by Dr A.F. Pinto. The aim was to empower the students by providing them a unique platform for upgrading their skills.

At least 3,500 students from 65 schools of the city took part in it.

The student took part in under 12, 14 and 16 years age category.

The opening ceremony began with reading of the Bible and prayer.

R.P.Mittal, DIG, Patiala, Rohit Sagar, vice-president, Coca Cola, Hardeep Singh, Olympian, former hockey player,Sajan Singh Cheema, SP (City), Jagdeep Singh, captain, Indian basketball team,Teja Singh, vice-president, Indian Basketball Association,Naresh Kalra, proprietor, Kalra Nursing Home, K.K.Mathur, Manager (events), Nestle India Ltd., Pankaj Shrivastva, area sales manager, Nestle India Ltd., I.P.Singh ,area sales manager, Punjab, were the guests.

They said the importance of excelling in both academics as well as non-academic activities such as sports and athletics. The winners were given Rs 30,000 and participation certificates and a freebie for all from Nestle India Limited. Results: Ryan International School, Chandigarh, Ist; Ryan International School, Ludhiana, IInd; G.T.B.National Senior Secondary School, Khanna, 3rd.



Sacred Heart students awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
A prize distribution function was organised at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, B.R.S. Nagar, recently. The school choir prayed a thanksgiving song for the God. Children welcomed school’s director Father Davis and principal Sister Sobel.

Children who excelled in sports, arts, singing, doll making, candle and diya decoration, rangoli, English extempore, Hindi recitation, patriotic and carol singing and shabad gayan were honoured on the occasion.

Special awards of appreciation were given to those who had won prizes at the district, zonal, state and at the national-level competitions in swimming, fencing, hockey, football, chess, basket ball, hand ball and NCC cadets.

On this occasion, the Director of the school, Father Davis congratulated the winners on their achievements and encouraged the others to participants in different activities.

Names of the prize winners are as follows: (Dance competition): Pyasui Ist, Sirjan Bakshi 2nd and Jshika Jam 3rd. LKG (fancy dress): Abidha Jain Ist, Anshita Gupta,2nd and Sarnrathdeep Singh 3rd.

(UK dance competition): Muskan Kaur Ist, Pranjal Nayyar 2nd and Arushi Gupta 3rd. (Healthy Tiffin competition): Manav Sood Ist, Keshav Tondon 2nd and Simran Narula 3rd.

(Flag Making): Arushi Sharma Ist, Adish Ben 2nd and Sanmati Goyal 3rd. (Basket decorator): Paras Ist, Hitika Sabbarwal 2nd and Rishita Sood 3rd. (Kite making): Jagjot Ist, Anami Saggar 2nd and Saif Aggarwal 3rd. (Flower arrangement): Ishwinder Ist, Shrada Gupta 2nd and Ridhima Nayyar 3rd. (Hindi calligraphy): Harsimrat Chawla Ist, Shubarn Parkash 2nd and Arsha Mohan 3rd . (Poster making): Divya Ist, Aanchal Agnihotri 2nd and Harneet Kaur 3 rd. (Greeting card):

Gabby Sethi Ist, Nyanjot Kaur 2nd and Diksha Chanderi 3rd. (Pledge writing) Nyati Asth Ist, Tavanjot Sohi 2nd and Arpit KausLal 3rd. Class X (Slogan writing): Saloni Jam Ist, Divjot Hans 2nd and Eman Thind 3rd.Classes XI And XII: Multirned Ist, Namisha Sood 2nd and Sekshey Bakshi 3rd. 



PIFT students visit Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
PIFT (Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology) organised a one-day educational trip of interior design students to Chandigarh.

The visit was arranged for all 40 students from 1st and 2nd year of the IEDT department of PIFT along with their architect faculty. They were shown Rock Garden where every part was designed with waste material of building and industrial construction. Students even went to the Secretariat building where they were shown the original map and model of Chandigarh designed by architect Le Corbusier.

The main aim of this visit was to give them some practical knowledge about new types of infrastructure.



Apram wins first prize
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Jatindera Greenfield School, Gurusar Sudhar, organised a drawing contest besides the clay-modeling contest for the kindergarten section. Tiny tots draw beautiful images and gave went to their expression.

Results: Nursery: Apram and Harneet Kaur got Ist and IInd prizes, respectively.L.K.G: Avneet Kaur and Navjot Singh stood Ist and IInd, respectively.

In U.K.G. Rohan and Vanshika secured Ist and IInd. The drawing competition was organized for Classes I to IV. The theme was ‘Basant Panchmi’. The rangoli contest was also conducted for Classes V to VIII. In which the Nilgiri House excelled overall. Manager Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal stressed on the need for organising more such programmes. Principal, Suman Arora, congratulated the winners.



Ashwinder, Satwant top in singing contest
 Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
‘Ectopia-2008’, the three-day cultural festival organised by undergraduate students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, ended yesterday. The 2003 batch stood first, 2005 batch second and the 2004 batch was placed third.

A large number of students took part in the solo song and choreography competitions on Friday evening. The competition went on till 10.30 pm. In the solo singing contest, medical students entertained the audience by singing a few Bollywood and folk numbers. In the girls category, Ashwinder (batch 2004) stood first and Harleen (batch 2003) and Harkiran (batch 2004) stood second. The third position was shared by Surneet (2003) and Kulmeet (2006). In the boy’s category, Satwant (2005) was declared first.

In the instrumental music contest held on Friday, the 2003 batch was declared first while 2005 batch was adjudged second and 2004 batch third.

In the choreography competition, 2003 batch was declared first for presenting an item based on the theme of female foeticide. The second prize was awarded to 2005 batch and the third prize was won by 2004 batch.

On the concluding day yesterday, competitions in various categories, including ‘Girgit’ (turn-coat extempore), ‘rangoli’, ‘rang manch’, parody and duet were organised. A large number of students took part in ‘rang manch’ and parody show.

In the rangoli competition, 2004 batch was declared first, 2007 batch second and 2006 and 2005 batches were declared third jointly.

The 2005 batch bagged the first position in the skit, 2003 batch secured second and 2006 batch stood third. 



Clinical Establishments Bill
NIMA rejects legislative proposal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 3
The local branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) has rejected the proposed "Clinical Establishments Bill" saying it will adversely affect the health care delivery system to the common people by promoting corporate and bigger hospitals.

The members of NIMA discussed the issue on the sidelines of a CME, organised here last evening. Strongly reacting to the move, NIMA secretary Dr Surendra Gupta maintained that ill-conceived legislative proposal would upset the otherwise stable and suitable private health care drug delivery system.

"The proposal is bound to interfere in the working of private medical institutions and also add to the cost of treatment. Rather than going ahead with this move, the government should strengthen the infrastructure in the health care services and take necessary steps to curb medical practice by unqualified persons and quacks in the state," Dr Gupta demanded.

Earlier, at the CME, NIMA president Dr Rajesh Thapar extended a warm welcome to delegates and guest speaker Dr D.S. Sandhu, medical oncologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Initiating the discussion on the "Emerging Trends in Anti-Rabies Vaccine", district manager of Ranbaxy Pharma Rajiv Singla highlighted the positive effect of the vaccine, as far as prevention of full blown clinical rabies was concerned. He said effectiveness of the vaccine could only be compromised in case of failure in maintaining the cold-chain. Injection of vaccine must be given on shoulder/deltoid muscle, otherwise it proved ineffective or had less absorption due to high fat contents in gluteal region.

In his presentation, Dr Sandhu gave a brief informative lecture on cancer prevention. He said that longevity of life expectancy, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, junk foods (specially diet deficient in fibres, fresh fruits and vegetables), certain chemicals, pesticides, and above all illiteracy, ignorance and casual attitude, were the major contributing factors in various types of cancer. Some factors were preventable while others like increased life span/expectancy were the otherwise positive impact of socio-economic development.

Twelve new young members of NIMA Ludhiana were introduced to delegates in the meeting. They were given the task to enroll more new members and also take active participation in all CMEs and other community service projects. 



Athletics meet concludes
Vivek adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
The 63rd edition of the annual athletics meet of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Ludhiana, concluded today with Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, M.S. Rai, distributing prizes among position holders.

Rain and cold waves failed to dampen the spirits of students who were present to witness the closing ceremony as the chief guest announced the culmination of the three-day meet during which the players displayed prowess to leave an impression of grit and fortitude.

S.C.Saxena, KVM principal,and Ashwani Kumar, manager, KVM managing committee,were present on the occasion.

In the primary section,Vivek Paudel (Gandhi House) and Paya Deora (Subhash House), both students of Class V were declared the best athletes among boys and girls, respectively, while this honour in the middle section was bagged by Bhuvan Suri and Eshana Jain, students of Class VIII, who represented Nehru House.

In the senior section, Nitin Sharma of Class XI (Raman House) was adjudged the best athlete in the boy's section and Srishti, student of Class XI (Tagore House) was named the best athlete among the girls.

Vijya Gupta, president of the KVM managing committee, along with other members, including Dr Lajpat Rai and Dr G. S Wander, was present during the prize distribution function.



Ludhiana win handball title
Lalton Kalan Sports Festival
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Ludhiana emerged champions in the boys as well girl's sections in the Punjab State Junior Handball Championship held during the 13th annual sports festival at Lalton Kalan organised by the Yuvak Sevawn Sports Club under the patronage of Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council, today.

In the boy's section, Ludhiana pipped Sangrur to rompe home victorious while Patiala lads finished at third place and in the girl's section, Ludhiana got the better of Taran Tarn to lift the title while Ropar had to content with third position.

In kabaddi (all open), Ambi Hathoor overpowered Dashmesh Club, Jhandi 13-11 to emerge as champions. Bhinder Kalan secured third place.

In kabaddi (62 kg), Kakrala Bhaike beat Jassar, in 57 kg category, Kaunken Kalan outplayed Bheela to come out as winners. In volleyball, Khajarwal outnumbered Fatt.

Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Hira Singh Gabria, both Punjab minsiters gave away prizes to the winners. Parminder Singh Dhoomchheri (wrestler), Shamsher Singh Sandhu (writer) and Prof Kawaljit Singh (newscaster) were honoured by the organisers at the concluding function.



Spring Dale defeat SAI 4-1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, recorded a victory in two matches during the Punjab State Hockey League for boys (under-16) being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the first match, Spring Dale lads defeated the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Patiala, 4-1 in which Satinderjit Singh and Kanwar Subheg Singh excelled, contributing a brace each.

Spring Dale School players drew the first blood in the third minute of the encounter when Satinderjit Singh scored a field goal. They increased the lead in the 24th minute through Kanwar Subheg Singh. In the very next minute, Satinderjit Singh added another goal to consolidate the lead (3-0).

Immediately, after changing ends, SAI, Patiala, reduced the margin as Ranmeet Singh found the target (1-3). Their repeated attempts to further reduce the margin could not succeed as Spring Dale defence thwarted many moves. However, SAI lads conceded one more goal when Kanwar Subheg Singh sounded the board to complete the rout (4-1).

In their second match, Spring Dale School, Amritsar, overpowered Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur 1-0. The all important goal came off Ramandeep’s stick in the 47th minute.

The third match, played between Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, and Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, ended in 1-1 draw.

Malwa Khalsa School went ahead in the seventh minute through Gurpreet Singh and Surjit Academy restored parity in the 37th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Prabhdeep Singh.

In the last match of the day, SAI, Patiala, overcame stiff resistance from Khalsa XI, Amritsar, before romping home winners 1-0. The lone goal was scored by Tejbir Singh in the 25th minute which sealed Amritsar lads’ fate.



Sukhdev, Gurpreet win gold medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Sukhdev Raj of the weightlifting centre and Gurpreet Singh of the Ludhiana Club won gold medals in the 56 kg and 69 kg category, respectively, in the 31st Ludhiana District Weightlifting Championship for Men and Women. The event was organised by the District Ludhiana Weightlifting Association at Ludhiana Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Club, Rakh Bagh, here today. At least 70 participants competed in this one-day event.

Sukhdev Raj lifted a total of 163 kg (73 kg snatch and 90 kg clean and jerk) to prove his superiority over others while Gurpreet Singh stamped his authority with a total lift of 247 kg which included 107 kg snatch and 140 clean and jerk.

In the women’s section Sandeep Kaur, Raji Bala, Arashpreet Kaur of the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women and Baljinder Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Ruby Rani of the Government College for Women won top honours.

Results: (Women)- 48 kg: Sandeep Kaur of Master Tara Singh College (102 kg) 1st, Mandeep Kaur of Master Tara Singh College( 89 kg) 2nd and Kamaljit Kaur of Master Tara Singh College (69 kg) 3rd.

53 kg: Raji Bala of Master Tara Singh College (105 kg) 1st, Paramjit Kaur of Master Tara Singh College (91 kg) 2nd and Shobha Rani of Government College (70 kg) 3rd.

58 kg:Baljinder Kaur of Government College (137 kg) 1st, Gurpreet Kaur of Master Singh College (92 kg) 2nd and Navjeet Kaur of Government College (55 kg) 3rd.

63 kg: Arashpreet Kaur of Master Tara Singh College (92 kg)1st, Karamjeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College (60 kg) 2nd and Renu Rani of Master Tara Singh College (49 kg) 3rd.

69 kg: Navjot Kaur of Government College (100 kg)1st, Jolly Rani of Master Tara Singh College (87 kg) 2nd .

75 kg: Ruby Rani of Government College (106 kg) 1st, Seema Rani of Master Tara Singh College (106 kg)2nd and Gaganpreet Kaur of Gurua Nanak Khalsa College 
(79 kg) 3rd.

(Men 56 kg): Sukhdev Raj of Stadium Centre (163 kg)1st, Parminder of Khanna (155 kg) 2nd and Vikas Thakur of Ludhiana Club (140 kg)3rd.

62 kg: Monu of Ludhiana Club (209 kg) 1st, Ajmer Singh of Khanna- (204 kg) 2nd and Ashok Kumar of Ludhiana Club (197 kg) 3rd.



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