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MC wakes from slumber
To free its land from encroachers; take up court cases seriously
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has finally decided to free its land from the encroachers by taking up the litigations seriously. Sources in the civic body said that Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha today visited various sites in the city that were encroached upon by land grabbers. These included a few sites on the Hambran Road where three properties in the Dairy Complex, worth over Rs 2 crore, had been encroached upon." MTP Hemant Batra accompanied him.

The Municipal Commissioner had also sought property register from senior town planner AS Tulli that would have all the details about the cases going in various courts.

Revealing about his visit, the MC Commissioner said: "There are numerous properties of the MC that have been encroached upon and people have taken a stay from the court. As a result, the civic body was facing losses like shortage of land for projects or sale."

He added: “However, from now onwards, the cases will be taken up seriously. We would appoint special advocates to tackle these matters if already hired lawyers are found to be inefficient." It's high time and the age-old tradition of not taking court cases seriously needs to be changed, he said.

The law branch of the MC has come under scanner several times as in most of the hearings the officials are not able to present strong evidences. The biggest example of this is 20 shops at Transport Nagar that was constructed right under the nose of authorities despite strong protest by ATP Kamaljeet Kaur and the media. From the day when the construction work started, the media raised the issue but the MC's law branch failed to fight the case and present any evidence in the first few hearing of the case. Sources revealed that the ATP had given all the records to MC lawyers, but to no avail.

At present, over 20 court cases pertaining to encroachments on MC land are in various courts.


Seeks Rs 200 cr for development
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Fearing a stay on ambitious projects in the city due to paucity of funds, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal met Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia and demanded funds to the tune of Rs 200 crore.

According to information, the duo met the minister at the Circuit House last night and urged him to bail out the civic body from the crisis so that development does not comes to a halt. "Since the minister and the Senior Deputy Mayor are from the same political party (BJP), the latter tried to convince the minister to give a priority to the city," said a political leader, who attended the meeting.

An example of it is construction of Lakkar Bridge where the civic body has to adhere to the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions of completing the work in a stipulated time. But due to the MC's failure to pay money to the PWD, the contractor is threatening to abandon the work.

He said: "Following unearthing of the fake bill scam, the minister has started taking a keen interest in the civic body matters. For example, the minister had directed that no junior engineer working with the MC and committees across Punjab would be given two measurement books. Besides, many more reforms were introduced in the civic body functioning.”

Confirming his meeting with the minister, the Senior Deputy Mayor said: "I urged the minister to provide funds as the city was in a developing stage and a lot of projects were yet to be completed. It's not that the MC was not able to generate revenue, but it is not enough to match the pace of development in the city.”



Schools help students beat exam-time stress
Charu Chhibber/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
This is the time of the year when stress level soars and anxiety looms large on students’ faces. The reason: Exams are nearing. In order to help students overcome examination fear, schools in the city are seeking experts’ help. Various stress management workshops and seminars are being organised by schools across the city.

Almost everyday, one such workshop is held at some or the other school, where experts help students by providing effective learning techniques and ways to de-stress.

Speakers at these workshops are educationists, career counsellors and psychologists, who encourage students to share their problems, anxiety and worries.

Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, said, “During exams, the stress level is higher than usual. Too much stress can make one feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy. For those studying at school or college, the exam time is the most stressful and difficult, but proper stress-management techniques can help minimise the problems associated with it.”

She added regular counselling sessions helped students de-stress. “Such sessions should be made part of the curriculum,” she remarked.

“Stress-management classes are really beneficial for students, as they help them realise that the fear associated with exams is temporary and part of everybody’s lives. One should deal with it in a suitable manner in order to get desired results,” said Monica Sharma, a schoolteacher.

Sonia Chawla, a career counsellor, who holds stress management workshops for students in the city says, “Stress-management seminars are helpful for students. But they are not sufficient. Teachers and parents, too, need to be counselled,” she added.

However, whether such workshops are beneficial or not, is still a debatable question. While on one hand, many parents and psychologists feel that such workshops are helpful for children in many ways, others feel that these only increase the stress level. “But, a fact, which parents as well as teachers should understand is, that children need proper guidance, care, love and assurance to deal with mental and psychological pressures. Unnecessary and unrealistic expectations can ruin their lives forever,” remarked Dr Anuradha, a clinical psychologist.

How to get through exams

  • Get help: Ask a teacher or a tutor to give you tips on how to revise syllabi
  • Relax while studying or revising: If your mind is tired, you will not be able to remember anything
  • Plan your work: Revise when you are energetic enough
  • Stay healthy: Take a healthy diet and get enough sleep
  • Don’t panic.
  • Exercise: Walk, run and play games
  • Be positive: Stop thinking about the future 



Blind murder case solved; 2 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Outraging the modesty of a friend’s wife proved fatal for an auto-rickshaw driver as the latter was murdered in cold blood. With the arrest of two persons, the police claims to have solved a blind murder case of Raj Kumar, an auto-rickshaw driver, whose body was found from a drain at Guru Nanakpura on January 26.

The accused have been identified as Jarnail Singh and his brother-in-law Avtar Singh alias Babbu. The police managed to crack the case after spotting bloodstains on the rear seat of the auto-rickshaw.

SSP SS Gill said with this, the police had established that the victim was murdered at some other place.

Jarnail Singh and Raj Kumar were friends and used to drive one auto-rickshaw. However, things turned ugly when the latter tried to molest Jarnail’s wife in his absence.

The SSP said Jarnail’s wife narrated the entire incident to her husband following which he planned to kill Raj Kumar.

Though Jarnail was a perfectionist gatka, he apprehended that Raj Kumar would overpower him.

On January 25, he invited Raj Kumar for a drink at his resident at Karnail Singh Nagar in Haibowal. When Jarnail saw that Raj Kumar was drunk, he took out his sward and allegedly killed him. As Jarnail did not go for work that day, he took out the wallet of victim and rushed her wife to a Haibowal. After admitting her to the hospital, he called Avtar Singh alias Babbu, who is truck driver, at his residence. At around 4:15 am, they put the victim’s body in a sack and threw the sack into a drain. Later, they abandoned the auto-rickshaw in Salem Tabri area and fled. After reaching home, they cleaned the house to remove the bloodstains.



RIMT Youth Festival Concludes
SCD Govt College bags overall trophy
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
The inter-college national-level youth festival, Rythmz-2010, concluded at the RIMT Institutes of Management and Computer Technology last evening. Punjab police Inspector-General Jagdish Mittal was the chief guest for the prize distribution function. During his address, Mittal called upon the students to participate in such kind of cultural events.

The overall running trophy was bagged by SCD Government College, while Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, was the runners up. It was a very colorful event. RIMT chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal appealed the students and teachers to value and up hold the importance of intrinsic motivation. A cultural programme was also presented by the students. The remaining results of some events were declared as under:

The modeling competition was won by the RIMT College of Education. The debate trophy was bagged by CGI CIIS, Fatehgarh Sahib. The quiz competition was won by SCD Government College, Ludhiana. The first prize in chef vs chef was won by the Chandigarh College of HMCT.



Sans psychiatrist, people resort to self-medication 
Anshu Seth
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, February 6
In the absence of psychiatrists at government hospitals and health centres in the city, people are forced to consult general medical practitioners or are resorting to self-medication, leading to physical and mental health disorders.

There are only two government psychiatrists in Ludhiana, one at the Raikot Civil Hospital and the other at the Ludhiana women jail.

As most of the people cannot afford the hefty fee of private psychiatrists, they are forced to approach general medical practitioners. The situation has given people a free access to “self-medication” as they continue to take the same medicine prescribed to them years ago, say medical experts. The worst happens when patients with borderline personality disorders and depression tend to develop suicidal tendencies, they added.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, a psychiatrist, said: “Finding a specialist in psychiatry has become

a problem as there are only 2,500 of them in the county. It is shocking that the government has failed to make arrangement for even a single psychiatrist in the Ludhiana Civil Hospital, which caters to the populace of over 40 lakh.”

He said psychiatrists in private sector had been holding the CMEs for general medical practitioners to help them deal less complicated cases.

The city psychiatrists have been getting a number of patients, wherein self-medication and administration of psychiatric drugs by quacks have added to their problems, thereby taking them to the point of insanity.

Pointing towards the role of pharmaceutical companies, the doctor said the companies manufacturing anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic drugs and sedatives should carry a clear warning related to the side effects of medicines so as to abstain people from misusing them.

Referring to a case wherein a US national committed suicide in a span of three weeks of the administration of wrong medicine by his family physician, he said: “A few people know that wrong administration of anti-depressants can develop suicidal instincts in a person.”

A magazine on psychiatry referred to an incident wherein Pfizer, a US-based company, was fined $2.3 billion by the US government, as they had marketed four drugs in the US, which were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The city psychiatrists feel that drugs should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in India as well.



Youth Cong burns Bal Thackeray’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Activists of the District Youth Congress (Urban) burn an effigy of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Ludhiana on Saturday
Activists of the District Youth Congress (Urban) burn an effigy of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 6
Activists of the District Youth Congress (urban) today burnt an effigy of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray near Mata Rani Chowk. They were lead by organisation president Dimple Rana. Speaking on the occasion, Rana said, “Shiv Sena leaders were feeling insecure due to popularity of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. His visit to Mumbai and travelling on a local train to understand the difficulties of common man is being appreciated by the people. But Thackeray and his family didn’t like it and that is why they were making statement against Rahul, he added.

The activists were of the opinion that the Shiv Sena was a party based on caste politics, while the Congress was a national party. “People of India are convinced that the party does not want to be involved in any petty politics, but gives more attention to development, which is the reason as to why we are voted to power for the second consecutive time,” Rana said.

Among other party leaders present were Anil Abbas Rana, Inderjeet Gill, Harish Dua, Puneet Sapra, Sunil Shukla, Kamal Cheena, Anup Sharma, Lokesh 
Mani, Tejendar Chahal, Balwinder Sodhi and Kapil Dhanda.



Directory of ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
In order to extend best services to ex-servicemen, the District Sainik Welfare Office has decided to compile a directory of all ex-servicemen residing in the district to keep a record that will help the department.

Giving details, newly-joined District Sainik Welfare Officer Col Harvinder Pal Singh said, “We expect that around 40,000 ex-servicemen are residing in Ludhiana alone. If we have all record pertaining to these former defence servicemen, we will be able to help them.”

Urging all former defence officials to give their present address and contact numbers to the District Sainik Welfare Office, Ludhiana, Col Harvinder said, “The directory will be helpful in forming a network that could be used at the time of crisis and whenever their experiences and services are required.”

The information could be conveyed at 94178-22874, 98769-71230 and 0161-2741066.

The project will also be available in a digital format and will help the department have better interaction with ex-servicemen and their families.



From Schools & Colleges
Alisha first in salad making
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
A creative art contest was organised at Shifaly International School, Rahon road. About 50 students from classes VI to IX participated in the contest. Rajat and Harsh of Class IX won the first prize in the preparation of fruit juice, while Richa, Rajan and Charu got the second prize. In flower making, Nidhi and Rinkle of Class IX got the first prize. Radhika of Class VIII bagged the first prize in “best out of waste” material collection, while Himanshu and Diksha got the second prize.

In salad making (vegetable), Alisha, Bhawana, Rupali, Ritika, Komal, Sanchita and Divya got the first prize, while the second prize was won by Kanika, Jaspreet Chauhan, Jaspreet Vizan, Shweta, Ishita and Anshika of Class VIII.

In beverage making, Vani and Ginni of Class VII got the second prize.

In snacks making, Navjot, Hardeep, Vinay, Abhishek, Gurvinder and Jaskarn got the first prize. Principal Rosy Jain congratulated winners.

Annual day

BCM School, Dugri, celebrated its annual day on the school premises. Students presented a vibrant and colourful programme based on the theme “Incredible India”.

Dr Anuradha Kumar, principal, Atam Vallabh College, was the guest of honour. School manager SK Mehta, education advisor RB Khanna, principal of BCM, Basant City, Amarjyoti Chawla, were also present at the function.

The function began with a vandana. Children danced to the tunes of “Kasam li hai Humne”, “Chappa-Chappa Charkha Chale”, “Jai-Ho”, “Dance pe Chance” and “Tare Zamin Par”. Audience was mesmerised by Rajasthani dance and circus.

Sports day

Great enthusiasm and vigour marked the annual sports day of Ryan International School here today. Guard of honour to chief guest Jagir Nahar, district sports officer, was given by the NCC cadets. The event was declared open by Nahar as he lit the torch.

Special events for parents were also held. Winners received certificated and medals from the chief guest. Newton House won the overall trophy. Principal Gurpreet K Sandhu congratulated the winners and encouraged the students to participate in such events with enthusiasm.

Athletics meet

The annual athletics meet of SKN Model High School was a grand event in which 200 students participated. Malika Grover inaugurated the event. A cultural programme was also held on the occasion. Winners were honoured. School principal KD Arora informed the students about the importance of sports and congratulated them and their teachers on putting up a great show.

Prize distribution function

The annual prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, was organised here today.

Former Justice Kamaljit Singh Garewal, who is presently the Judge at the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his keynote address, Justice Garewal urged the students to face the challenges of life with determination and hard work.

Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal highlighted the achievements of the college. Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged them to develop a true learning spirit in them. Grewal and Kamal Nain Singh distributed the prizes to 660 students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities.


The Young Scientists’ Association of Guru Nanak Khalsa College organised a poster-making competition.

A science and mathematics quiz was also held.

Students from various institutes of the city participated with great zeal. The schools which participated included USPC Jain Public School, GGN Public School and Arya Senior Secondary School.

Three teams from different streams of GGN Khalsa College also participated in the event. These included students from pharmacy, BCA-I and BSc. Principal RP Singh proposed the vote of thanks.

Placement drive

Insurance Group Aviva India Limited conducted a campus placement drive for the final year students of MBA at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College.

Company officials Deepinder Singh Ahluwalia, senior sale manager, and Harish, HR manager, carried out the selection process. Three students got selected for the post of sales manager.


An inter-college competition on skills in teaching and on-the-spot teaching aid preparation was held at GMT College of Education under the guidance of principal Dr HS Sidhu here today.

Students from nine colleges participated in the competition with great enthusiasm.

Dr HS Gosal, fellow, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and principal of Govind National College, Narangwal, was the chief guest.

Results: Economics teaching: Nidhi from GMT College of Education; on-the-spot teaching aid: Balbir Kaur from GMT College of Education.

Science teaching: Rajdeep Kaur from GMT College of Education; on-the spot-teaching aid: Bikrampreet Singh from BCM College of Education.

Commerce teaching: Preety Sharma from Dev Samaj College of Education; on-the-spot teaching aid: Hardip Kaur from Dev Samaj College of Education.



NCC cadet felicitated

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 6
The management committee of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, led by director Kartar Singh felicitated Nayeea Vinayak, NCC cadet, on Friday. Nayeea made the school proud when she along with cadets from other states took part in the Republic Day parade (January 26) in New Delhi. According to Kartar Singh, Nayeea was among three junior wing cadets, who had participated in the parade from Punjab.

Nayeea had also received appreciation awards from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil at a function organised at Chandigarh recently. — OC



One drowns as car falls into canal
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 6
An Accent car in which three friends were travelling in an inebriated state along the southern bypass, fell into the canal when the car got out of control at Gurthali pull last night. One among the three friends is reportedly missing, while the other two had a close shave. Harshdeep Kaur Lali (22), son of late Satnam Singh, is believed to have been washed away by the strong currents, Navdeep Garcha, who was driving the car, somehow swam his way out.

Another occupant Rupinder Singh, son of Gurcharan Sigh, alias Montu, sensing danger ahead, jumped out of the car before the car fell into the canal. The victim who is missing was out of job, whereas, Rupinder is a student of BCA, final-year student of Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and Navdeep works as a builder.

Speaking to mediapersons, Navdeep Singh said they were going from Ludhiana towards Chandigarh, but the police said that they were in an inebriated state after enjoying a party nearby and were not going anywhere. “They had just gone out for a drive at the dead of the night and the incident occurred as they were all in an inebriated state”, claimed a police official.

The police got the car (No. PB11-AB 3131) taken out and the divers are still trying to recover the body from the canal.



PAU Notes
VC interacts with students from Moscow varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang while interacting with four students from the Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering (MSUEE) said collaboration in academics, research and transfer of technology between institutes, proved mutually beneficial.

He gave away certificates to students and their teacher in charge. The student group is on a visit to PAU under an already signed MoU between PAU and MSUEE. The teacher in charge shared views where exchange of students and faculty members of the two universities could benefit.

The Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Dr. PK Gupta, said during the 15-day stay, the students from Moscow were shown around different departments, laboratories, landmarks at PAU and that they held very purposeful interaction with PAU scientists.

The students also attended classroom sessions in College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology. The students narrated their experiences in terms of Punjabi culture, language, scientific facilities and the general academic environment at PAU.

DIG visits campus

Dr Arun Oraon (IPS), DIG (vigilance), Punjab, yesterday visited Punjab Agricultural University and interacted with the farm experts of the university. Born in Jharkhand, Dr Oraon said he wanted to take up farming after his retirement.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang presented a set of university publications to Dr Oraon.

Dr Oraon met Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, eminent rice breeder and winner of the World Food Prize.

Dr Khush will preside over the alumni meet of College of Agriculture to be held from February 11 to 12.


The PAU Department of Business Management organised a guest lecture on the capital markets of India and working of the Indian Stock Exchanges.

Senior general manager-cum-executive director of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange Pooja M Kohli was the guest of honour.

She deliberated upon the process of investment in the stock market, reasons behind the establishment of the regulator of stock markets-SEBI and laws framed for the protection of the rights of investors. She also guided the students on how to become informed investors. Students were encouraged to participate in the guest lectures being organised by the department.

Interactive session

While addressing farmers at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, Deputy Director Dr Jugraj Singh said farmers could improve farming by adopting the university-recommended technologies. An interactive session was held.

Dr Jagrup Kaur spoke on agronomic practices, Dr Rubaljot Kooner dwelt on plant protection, horticulture was discussed by Dr Harsimrat Kaur, while Dr Sharanbir Kaur deliberated upon home science.


“Entrepreneurship development is the need of the hour. Extension officials should motivate farmers to join hands for the establishment of their own small-scale enterprises in order to stimulate the farm sector,” said Dr SPS Brar, director, Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute, at the workshop on “Entrepreneurship Development”. The five-day workshop concluded yesterday.

Around 29 extension functionaries from agricultural, horticulture, veterinary and animal husbandry departments attended the workshop. Experts from the PAU and GNIMI covered project identification, formulation and report preparation aspects required for starting an enterprise and also practically focused on various possible enterprises like milk processing, cereal processing, honey processing, mushroom processing, fruit and vegetable processing and meat processing.

LS Rehil, senior manager, Allahabad Bank, focused on various schemes available to provide financial assistance to the rural entrepreneurs to enhance productivity and augment their on-farm and off-farm incomes.



Gurbani contest

Mullanpur Dakha, February 6
An inter-college gurbani competition was held at GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, to commemorate the 16th death anniversary of founder of the college Bakhtawar Singh. Guru Gobind Singh, Jhar Sahib, bagged the first prize, whereas Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, and Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, bagged the second and third prizes, respectively.

However, Bhajanpreet Kaur of Swami Ganga Giri Girls College, Raikot, Sargam of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, and Arshpreet Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College won the first, second and third prizes, respectively. — OC



Progress of water, sanitation projects reviewed

Ludhiana, February 6
Secretary in Ministry of Rural Development Works and Drinking Water and Supplies, Government of India, Rajwant Sandhu recently held a meeting with the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Department to see the progress of rural water supply and sanitation projects in the city.

She took stock of the works undertaken by the PWSSD and was given presentations by SE AK Soni and Mohammad Ishfaq on the present status of the work in various villages of the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali said, "Rs 52 crore was being spent to supply drinking water to 183 villages, while Rs 16.10 crore was being used to provide sanitation." He added that the department was also providing drinking water to the 38 villages under a World Bank-assisted scheme.

He informed that renovation of ponds had been undertaken in 20 villages under the TSC project and at least 2000 ponds would be covered in the district at the cost of Rs 10 crore. He requested the secretary to recommend the Government of India to release funds for the same.

Officials also visited Ayali Khurd, Narangwal and Dhandra villages where projects were in progress. — TNS



Tips on eye care

Ludhiana, February 6
Dr Sukhdip S Boparai, chief consultant, Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre, gave tips to middle-aged persons on eye care at a local hotel here. The talk was organised by the Rotary Club, Mid-Town Ludhiana.

Dr Boparai advised patients to go for a regular eye check up. He said people generally believed that if they could easily read a newspaper, their eyesight was normal.

He said such patients were vulnerable to glaucoma, which was an asymptomatic disease and the only cure was its early diagnosis.

Dr Gaurav Sachdeva of Ludhiana Medi Citi spoke on diabetes. After the talk, Dr Boparai played his Spanish guitar. His mouth-organ performance mesmerised audience.

He said his third album “Emotions-3” was almost ready to hit the market. It had a collection of old melody songs, he added. — TNS



Industry condemns VAT surcharge
Shivani Bhakoo/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The Punjab government’s recent announcement to impose 10 per cent cess on VAT from February 5 has come as a blow to the industry that is already reeling under recession. The decision to this effect came a few days after the government increased VAT rates from 4 per cent to 5 per cent. Bureaucrats were giving wrong recommendations to the government to take anti-industry decisions, say industrialists. Being a border state, industry in Punjab is already facing problems due to labour and power shortage.

However, the government is increasing VAT not taking into consideration that the Central government is giving tax holidays to the neighbouring states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Jammu and Kashmir, which had given a tough competition to Punjab, rue industrialists.

President of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) DS Chawla said the department was yet to pay the VAT refund running into crores. Due to the condition to submit form 'C' and 'H', a dealer was unable to fulfil the conditions. The government had extended the last date to submit the forms up to March 31, 2010, which was meant for one year, then how a dealer could submit four forms in a year?" questioned Chawla.



10 more to donate their bodies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Motivated and inspired by New Hope, NGO, 10 more persons from the city have come forward and decided to donate their bodies after death to DMCH. They expressed their desire that their mortal remains may be used for the benefit of mankind and their limbs including eyes, kidneys and other important parts, which can come in to use may be removed and transplanted to poor and deserving persons.



Tewari blames state govt for financial crunch
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Manish Tewari, Ludhiana MP and the Congress spokesperson, today lashed out at the state government over the financial crunch. He held the state government responsible for pushing the state towards bankruptcy.

Addressing a series of public meetings at Sohian, Pona, Dhatt, Dakha, Mor Krima and Bharowal villages (Dakha assembly segment), Tewari said the state government had incurred a debt of Rs 75,000 crore so far.

Every year the state has to a pay an interest of Rs 8,000 crore. This has affected the state’s economy.

Ludhiana MP alleged that the government had not taken even a single measure to improve the state’s economy.

Instead of mobilising resources and generating income, the government has overburdened the common man by imposing additional taxes. He said hike in petrol prices had burnt a hole in everyone’s pocket.

He said the Centre provided grants to panchayats and zila parishads, while the state government did not pay a single penny to them.

Tewari announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh each for Dhatt, Sohian, Pona, Bharowal and Mor Karima villages, while a grant of Rs 5 lakh was announced for Dakha village.



Two lakh to be given polio drops
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 6
Members of the Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel Clubs and Rotaract Clubs of the region are all set to eradicate polio from their respective areas. Polio drops will be administered to children in the 0-5 age group on Sunday.

Member of the Rotary International’s Indian National Polioplus Society Shubh Karan Gupta said the clubs helped the administration implement all welfare schemes launched by the government.

Gupta urged office-bearers of other social and philanthropist organisations to join hands with the administration.

Gupta said as many as 16,000 booths were set up for administering the vaccine to children.

According to civil surgeon Dr Chandan Jit Singh Kondal, the authorities have arranged over 800 booths to cover the town and its surrounding areas.

The vaccine will be provided to newborns at their homes by volunteers of various social organisations.

Of the total population of 15.754 lakh, 1,94,111 children in the target group will be administered the vaccine.

In addition, 30 transit and 26 mobile teams will also be pressed into service.



Docs in dispensaries absent from duty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
In order to curb the growing practice of absenteeism amongst doctors, Ludhiana Zila Parishad secretary AS Gujaral today checked the dispensaries falling under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.

The doctors appointed at the village dispensaries in Baddowal, Bhundari, Rakba and Pandori villages were absent from duty.

In an official statement issued, Gujaral said strict action would be initiated against those doctors, who were absent from duty.

He also said that in future, the department would carry on with surprise checks to ensure better healthcare services to the rural populace.

Meanwhile, Rural Medical Services Association (RMSA) Punjab president Dr Aslam Parvez said their association did not support absenteeism adding, “We have taken pledge to serve the people of Punjab with devotion and dedication thus any doctor playing truant from duty will not get any support from RMSA.” 



Penury forces father to strike deal with driver
Takes Rs 1 lakh to educate his other 2 kids
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The life of a minor girl, who was killed in an accident yesterday, was worth Rs 1 lakh, as the father of the victim settled the matter with the driver for the amount and did not lodge the complaint in the police today.

Jyoti, a five-year-old girl, who was seriously injured after an over speeding school bus hit her at Bachitter Nagar, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital last evening. Jyoti, a resident of Bachitter Nagar, was student of Kalgidhar School.

Penury forced the father of three to strike a deal with the driver instead of seeking justice for the little girl, who died. Sources said he thought the money would help him get his other children education.

The incident took place when she was coming out of the gurdwara situated adjacent to the school.

According to eyewitness, an over speeding school bus lost control while negotiating a sharp turn and hit the girl.

The bus driver stopped the bus and confessed that he had rammed the bus into the girl. Jyoti was the second among the three children of Upinder Ram, who runs a grocery shop in Bachitter Nagar.

The police had even nabbed the driver but he was later let off as no one lodged a complaint against him.

Jasbir Singh, In charge, Marado police post, said the police left the driver, since the father of the victim had not lodged a complaint against him.

It is learnt that a local leader and school authorities affected a compromise and compensated the father of the victim with Rs 1 lakh.



3 women, child held captive; rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The city police rescued three women and a child, who were allegedly held captive in a house in Ghora Colony near the Cheema Chowk here today. The police has also booked six people, including two women, in this connection. The accused have been identified as Gurdail, Gurdev, Deepak, Surinder, Seeto and Preeto. The complainants Nirmal, Palo and Sunita, all residents of Daddu Majra near Chandigarh, arrived in the city yesterday to settle a dispute of their relative Mukesh Kumar, who is undergoing a jail term in the Central Jail.

Pala said Mukesh and Sanjay, another inmate, had a scuffle on the jail premises a few months back. Sanjay, who was later released on bail, reportedly told Palo that he wants to settle the issue with Mukesh.

Palo alleged when the trio reached their house to settle the issue, the accused thrashed them and locked them inside a room.

The women raised an alarm, following which residents of Ghora colony informed the police about the incident. The police raided the spot and freed the women. However, the accused managed to flee.

On the other hand, relatives of the accused alleged that the women were not held captive.



Kundi Connection
Farmhouse raided
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
A team of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) raided a farmhouse near Kotla Dadheri village. The farmhouse was allegedly using a kundi connection. The team found an illegal connection in the electricity meter.

Various machines, bulbs, fans, one thousand watts motor, an AC and a submersible pump were being operated through an illegal connection.

Team comprised SDO Budh Prakash, SDP Ravi Verma and SDO Jatinder Garg.

The PSEB officials said the uncovered wire which was lying on the ground could be fatal.

The officials took the service wires and cables into their possession.

They imposed a fine of Rs 75, 000 on owner of the farmhouse.

The officials said about 15 cases of power thefts had been reported in the past two days.



Fleecing charge against private bus operators
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 6
Commuters here and in nearby areas are bearing a “double hike” in bus fares, one imposed by the government and the other being illegally extracted by private bus operators. Pawan Kumar, who travelled from Doraha to Bija in a PRTC bus on Wednesday, was charged Rs 5, while another private bus, on his return journey, charged Rs 7 for the same distance.

Similarly a passenger, who travels daily from Doraha to Lopon village, rued that the private operators had started charging Rs 9 as against Rs 7, while the increase had been 13 per cent i.e from 49 paise to 56 paise.These are not lone cases. There are many more such examples where conductors and drivers are charging at their will, which when questioned by vigilant commuters ends up with snubbing from the other side.

A commuter travelling from Doraha to Dhamot got engaged in such scuffle over the issue of illegal hike arbitrarily imposed by private bus operators.The conductor of the bus was heard saying if the government can resort to unprecedented increase in the prices of sugar and the people can accept it without much hitch, why can’t they pay a rupee or two more for the vehicle on which they have to travel as a matter of routine?

“Contrary to views of Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal who is promising major reforms in governance, the Punjab Government it seems is authorising the private bus operators (a majority of whom are close associates of the ruling coalition) to exploit the common man. The people of Punjab who were yet to come out of the shock of increase in bus fare are further left at the mercy of private bus operators who are charging according to their will. Throwing all norms to wind, the private bus operators have framed their own rules and are following them without any “fear or fret” rued a commuter.

“There is no one who can come to the rescue of commuters. The government has already turned a deaf ear to their grievances as they are hand in glove with the private bus operators, who still continue to rule over 70 per cent of the busiest routes of Punjab,” complained still another.



3 swindlers nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
In a major break through, the city police apprehended three members of an inter-state swindlers gang, who were into illegal weapon trade and were planning to commit robbery in the civil lines area. The trio was nabbed from Rose Garden last evening, while Lalit Kumar, the kingpin of the gang along with his accomplice Kulwinder Singh Bhangu, managed to flee the spot.

Kamal Joshi, a resident of Noorawala road, is wanted by the Model Town, Jagraon, Mogam Jalandhar and Tran Taran police in connection with immigration frauds and bank frauds.

Joshi, his accomplice Shrinath of Chander Nagar, was nabbed with his driver Amrik Singh of Khanna.

The police has seized a Chinese mouser along with a country-made gun, live cartridges and sharp-edged weapons from the possession of the accused.

It was learnt that Joshi possessed fake visa stamps. He used to extract lakhs of rupees from innocent youths on pretext of sending them abroad.

Jasbir Mangat, SHO Division No. 5, said the accused kept shifting from one place to another in order to evade arrest. He said after committing a fraud they used to leave the area.

“We are now hopeful that Lalit will be nabbed soon,” said Mangat and added that the accused had recently entered into an illegal weapon trade. The police said Lalit used to smuggle these weapons from Nepal to Uttar Pradesh. The accused were produced before the court and were further remanded in police custody till February 8.



Lok adalat settles 875 cases
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 6
The District Legal Services Authority today settled 875 cases involving an amount of Rs 5,49,42,195 in the quarterly lok-adalat held here under the supervision of its chairman S P Bangarh (Sessions Judge, Ludhiana.)

Divulging the details, the Sessions Judge said that 1,607 cases were taken up in the lok adalat held at the district headquarters and all sub-divisions. Nine benches were constituted to hear the litigants, which were headed by Additional Sessions Judges J S Chouhan, Munish Singal, Harveen Bhardwaj, Ashok Kumar, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Lukhvinder Kaur, Judicial Magistrates Jagdeep Sood, Balwant Singh and Yukti Goyal here in the city.

In Jagraon, Mandeep Kaur Bedi, SDJM, presided over the different benches of the lok-adalat. As many as 310 cases involving Rs 87 lakh were settled.

At Samarla, the lok-adalat was held under the supervision of Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee's chairman HS Lekhi. Here 115 cases involving an amount of Rs 1,57,33,323 were settled amicably by persuading the parties.

As many as 144 cases were placed before different benches headed by judicial officers.

In Khanna, MDS Dhillon presided over the lok-adalat being the chairman of Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee. As many as 104 cases were settled out of 442 cases.

Sessions Judge Bangarh alongwith JPS Wahniwal (Civil Judge Senior Division), Arvind Markan, Assistant District Attorney personally inspected the working of the lok-adalats.

He appealed to the masses to settle their cases through the lok-adalat, as it would save their money and valuable time also.



Cellular company told to pay Rs 5,000
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, February 6
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum’s additional bench headed by PD Goyal has ordered the cellular company, Bharti Airtel Ltd, to restore the mobile connection of an aggrieved consumer immediately.

Terming the services of the company to be deficient in this case, forum’s president and its member Rajesh Kumar directed the company to pay Rs 5,000 to the consumer as litigation expenses.

The orders came while adjudicating the complaint moved by Baljit Singh of Urban Estate, Dugri, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he was using a prepaid connection. He could not deposit the dues on time. So, his cellular connection was disconnected by the company.

Later, he was desirous of getting the connection restored. He contacted the company officials, who asked him to deposit an outstanding amount of Rs 11,500. Then he deposited the same. Again a demand of Rs 800 was raised, which was deposited by him, added the complainant.

Despite repeated requests, his mobile phone connection was not restored, which amounts to clear cut deficiency in the services.

Pronouncing the verdict, the forum ordered the cellular company to restore the connection immediately or refund the amount deposited by the complainant, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the day of filing the complaint till realisation. 



Haryana XI trounce RCF
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 6
Haryana XI scored an easy 4-0 win over Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, while Central Railway, Mumbai, overcame a strong resistance before outplaying Chandigarh XI 2-1 in the women’s section on the fourth day of the sixth edition of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association in association with the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

In the first match of the day, Central Railway, Mumbai, and Chandigarh XI fought a pitched battle to outperform each other.

In the first half, both the teams made attacks on each other’s territory repeatedly, but the result eluded them.

After the first barren half, Central Railway’s Sarita Hanuman scored a field goal in the 43rd minute. They increased the lead (2-0) eight minutes later through Usha Singh.

Down by two goals, Chandigarh XI players pulled up their socks and made frequent forays into the rival’s citadel. Eventually, these pressure tactics yielded result, as they forced a penalty corner in the 60th minute and Monika successfully converted it into a goal (2-1).

The match played between Haryana XI and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, turned out to be a one-sided affair with the former romping home victors, comfortably (4-0). The winners lad 3-1 at half time.

Sandeep Kaur opened the account for Haryana XI in the 10th minute through a penalty corner conversion and seven minutes later, Rity Rani added one goal to make it 2-0.

Six minutes later, Jaspreet Kaur sounded the board to enhance the lead (3-0), while the fourth goal came from Rani Devi’s stick in the 57th minute which also sealed RCF lads’ fate 4-0.

Tomorrow, the semifinal matches in the men’s section will be held. In the first semifinal, Namdhari XI will take on Punjab National Bank, Delhi, at 1 pm, while the second semifinal will be held between Punjab Police XI, Jalandhar, and Indian Air Force, Delhi, at 3 pm.

Besides, two matches in the women’s section are also slated for Sunday. Chandigarh XI will lock horns with Haryana XI at 9.30 am and Central Railway, Mumbai, will exchange swords with Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, at 11.30 am.



Baljot claims top spot in 600m
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 6
Peace Public School held its fourth annual sports meet here today. Various events were organised. Winners were given prizes.

Results: 600m boys: Baljot Singh 1, Jatinder Singh 2 and Balraj Singh 3; 600m girls: Harmanpreet Kaur 1, Arshpreet Kaur 2 and Mansi 3; 400m boys (junior): Malwinder Singh 1, Sitansh 2 and Sumit Malik 3; 200m girls (junior): Shivangi 1, Amisha 2 and Prabhleen 3; 100m boys: Arjun 1, Kulvir Singh 2 and Harkirat Singh 3; 100m girls: Arshpreet Kaur 1, Vidhi Jain 2 and Ishita Jolly 3; 100m boys (junior): Malwinder 1, Paras 2 and Sumit 3; 100m girls (junior): Shivangi 1, Amisha 2 and Prabhleen 3; sack race boys: Nitik 1, Chandan 2 and Ajaypal Singh 3; skipping race girls: Nitasha 1, Aarushi 2and Simrat 3; three leg race boys: Tarun and Harjot 1, Shivam and Manpreet 2, Dheeraj and Sameer 3; badminton: classes VIII and IX boys: Simardeep 1, Shubham M 2 and Kulvir 3; classes VIII and IX girls: Vidhi Jain 1, Saavi 2 and Pulak 3; 100m boys; Harmanbir 1, Manpreet 2 and Tanvir 3; girls: Pranjal 1, Geetanjali 2 and Savleen 3; three leg race (boys): Harmanbir and Manpreet 1, Neelansh and Tanvir 2, Dhruv and Darshdeep 3; three leg race (girls): Pranjal and Eknoorpreet 1, Geetanjali and Aishwaria 2, Savleen and Sumati 3; hurdle race (girls): Pranjal 1, Savleen 2 , Mehak and Aaishwaria 3; hurdle race (boys): Manpreet 1, Neelansh 2, Umesh and Harmanbir 3.



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