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Contaminated water behind jaundice
Report of blood samples tested at Faridkot medical college says disease is water-borne
Bathinda, December 28
Ruling out other factors for the outbreak of jaundice in the city, the district health authorities today confirmed that the epidemic is water-borne. The statement comes after the department received reports of blood samples sent for test.

Gidderbaha, Fazilka youth in judicial services list
Gidderbaha (Muktsar), December 28
Clearing the judicial services examinations of two states — Punjab and Haryana— a city lad, Gagan Deep Singh Garg has brought laurels to the town. A product of the Panjab University, Gagan Deep has secured the sixth rank in PCS (Judicial) and 17th in the HCS (Judicial).
Gagan Deep Singh Garg (centre) with his father Parshotam Garg and mother Reha Garg at their home in Gidderbaha. Gagan Deep Singh Garg (centre) with his father Parshotam Garg and mother Reha Garg at their home in Gidderbaha. A Tribune photograph


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Politicos flex muscles
Poster war defacing public places in Fazilka
Fazilka, December 28
To derive political mileage, a virtual war in installing the flex board hoardings at prominent sites in and around the town among the political leaders has begun. The town can been seen dotted with the flex boards installed by politicians. The hoardings have been installed at public places allegedly by flouting the norms.

Sarai Rohila-Sriganganagar Exp
Stoppage sought at Abohar by NGOs
Abohar, December 28
More than 200 members of the NGOs today gave an ultimatum to block the rail traffic on January 5, if stoppage of the new Sarai Rohila-Sriganganagar AC train is not allowed at the local railway station and the run of 13007-13008 Udyan Abha Toofan Express train is not restored.

Conflicting versions cloud police claim
DIG, Bathinda range, Lok Nath Angra along with SSPs of Muktsar, Mansa and Bathinda at a press meet on Tuesday.Bathinda, December 28
Release of stolen goods worth Rs 3.61 crores, including 159 vehicles, by the Bathinda range police today is in the thick of a controversy due to conflicting claims of the police and the owners.


DIG, Bathinda range, Lok Nath Angra along with SSPs of Muktsar, Mansa and Bathinda at a press meet on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Tanker-truck collide, 2 hurt
Bathinda, December 28
Two persons suatained injuries after a head-on collision between a coal-laden truck and an empty oil-tanker near village Macchana on the Dabwali road in the district, late this evening.

Road mishaps claim two lives
Fazilka, December 28
An elderly man and a minor girl were killed in two different road accidents that took place in Fazilka today. As per the details, Panjab Ram (65), a resident of village Rana of this sub-division was killed in a head-on collision between two motorcycles near the Border Security Force (BSF) headquarters here.






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Contaminated water behind jaundice
Report of blood samples tested at Faridkot medical college says disease is water-borne
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 28
Ruling out other factors for the outbreak of jaundice in the city, the district health authorities today confirmed that the epidemic is water-borne. The statement comes after the department received reports of blood samples sent for test.

The health authorities had some days back sent 20 blood samples of jaundice patients to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, to ascertain the type and determine the cause of the disease.

The district health authorities today received the report of the blood samples from the medical college in Faridkot. According to the report based on the samples, the disease is water-borne.

Bathinda Civil Surgeon Dr Inder Dayal Goyal told this reporter today that as per the tests, conducted on 20 blood samples by the micro-biology laboratory of the Medical College, Faridkot, five samples had been tested positive for Hepatitis-A and 12 samples tested positive for Hepatitis-E while three samples had been tested negative.

Dr Goyal said the laboratory tests had proved that the jaundice cases in Bathinda city were water-borne as both Hepatitis-A and Hepatitis-E were water-borne diseases.

These blood samples were collected from Kikar Dass Mohalla, Mehna Chowk area, Birla Mill Colony, Malvia Nagar, Navin Basti, Ghanahiya Nagar, Ajit Road and Bibi Wala Road etc. District Health Officer Dr Raghbir Singh Randhawa said this evening that they had today collected nine more blood samples of jaundice patients from the city, including Ganesha Basti, to get the same tested at the Medical College, Faridkot.

With the detection of 23 new jaundice cases in the city today, the total number of jaundice patients in Bathinda rose to 274 within a fortnight. Eight cases were reported by the local Civil Hospital, four by the Women and Children's Hospital and 11 by local private doctors.

In view of the increasing jaundice cases in the city, district health authorities had collected 29 water samples from various localities and water works during the past few days. As many as 28 samples passed the test the first time while one sample passed the test the second time.

Meanwhile, state nodal officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) Deepak Bhatia yesterday visited the city to take stock of the situation, regarding the outbreak of jaundice. He visited some localities and inspected the records of the health authorities. He will now submit his report about his visit to the Principal Secretary, Health, Punjab.

An epidemiologist from Mansa Dr Gurpreet Singh along with members of a survey team visited various localities yesterday and today to know the case history of the jaundice patients as part of the investigation.

The team filled up more than 60 forms of jaundice patients from Ganesha Basti, Namdev Nagar, Thakur Colony, Mehna Chowk, Mata Rani Gali, Ajit Road and 
Navin Basti. The epidemiologist will now submit his report to the state nodal officer (IDSP) Bhatia.

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Gidderbaha, Fazilka youth in judicial services list
Rajay Deep/TNS

Gidderbaha (Muktsar), December 28
Clearing the judicial services examinations of two states — Punjab and Haryana— a city lad, Gagan Deep Singh Garg has brought laurels to the town. A product of the Panjab University, Gagan Deep has secured the sixth rank in PCS (Judicial) and 17th in the HCS (Judicial).

There were celebrations at his house as a large number of residents of the town visited his parents to congratulate them on the success of their son. Thanking his parents, Parshotam Garg and Reha Garg, for cooperation, an elated Gagan Deep said, "It was the dream of my parents to see me join the judicial services, which was once shattered in 2007. It would now be fulfilled."

Speaking to TNS, Gagan Deep said that he had made up his mind to opt for the judicial services of his home state-Punjab.

After scoring first division in LLB in the 2006 batch from the Panjab University, Chandigarh, Gagan Deep had started practising as a lawyer under the guidance of the Advocate General of Punjab, HS Mattewal, at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Replying to a query, Gagan claimed he would do his best to provide justice to all will do all to help the needy.

Meanwhile, people were seen visiting his uncle Raghubir Singh Garg, an ex-MLA of Congress from Gidderbaha, to congratulate him on the success of his nephew.

 

 

Chander Parkash/TNS

Pankaj Verma
Pankaj Verma

Fazilka, December 28
Set up more than 160 years ago by a British officer, the residents of this town, located in the close vicinity of the Indo-Pak border, has carved a niche for themselves in various fields.

Now, its resident Pankaj Verma, who has been practicising as an advocate in the local Bar, has been selected for the Punjab Judicial Services and Haryana Judicial Services.

The achievement of Pankaj is rare as there are only a few advocates, who have been selected for the state judicial services of the two states within a short period. A number of prominent residents and kin of Pankaj have been flocking to his residence to congratulate his family.

Talking to the TNS, Pankaj said he managed to qualify in the exams of Punjab Judicial Services and Haryana Judicial Services as he always believed that his hard work would fetch him the desired result.

Pankaj, who also does social work, said his motive is to bring honour to his family and this town where he found a number of people, who extended support to him. All this helped him in achieving his goal, he added.

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Politicos flex muscles
Poster war defacing public places in Fazilka
Praful C. Nagpal

Fazilka, December 28
To derive political mileage, a virtual war in installing the flex board hoardings at prominent sites in and around the town among the political leaders has begun. The town can been seen dotted with the flex boards installed by politicians. The hoardings have been installed at public places allegedly by flouting the norms.

The sitting MLA, former MLA and self-proclaimed candidates, which include ‘keen’ contenders of the national and regional political parties of the ruling and opposition, have installed huge hoardings with almost a common theme of wishing happy new year and Lohri to the people of the area.

The main reason for the war of hoardings and enhancement in the number of aspirants for the legislature in the coming elections is the change in geography of the Fazilka assembly segment. Even the less popular aspirants for the membership of the legislature are projecting themselves to be the champions of the common man.

Those whose hoardings have been installed include two-time sitting BJP MLA Surjit Kumar Jyani, two-time former MLA Mohinder Rinwa, new contender for the Congress party ticket, former PPCC secretary Davinder Sachdeva, another aspirants for Congress ticket, local youth and member, Task Force, Ministry of Food Processing Atul Nagpal.

Following the delimitation and substantial increase in the Rai Sikh votes, young lawyer Sukhjit Singh Sukha and strongman Jaswinder Singh Rocky have also installed their hoardings.

There are about half a dozen known aspirants in different political parties including the Improvement Trust chairman Mohinder Pratap Dhingra of BJP, Bunty Bedi, considered to be a family friend of the PPCC chief Amarinder Singh, former MLA Mehtab Singh and former PPCC general secretary Jaspinder Singh Jakhar, who had contested the recent Assembly elections unsuccessfully as a rebel Congress party candidate. They have perhaps chosen to stay away from the war of hoardings.

“I do not want to indulge in the war of posters. Instead, I want to work at the grassroots level only,” says Mohinder Prataph Dhingra. As per the information gathered by this correspondent, some of the aspirants, who have installed the hoardings, have not even paid the requisite charges to the contractors, who have been authorised by the local Municipal Council to collect the revenue.

A functionary of the administration, while requesting anonymity, said the poster war has defaced some areas but they are helpless due to the interference of the political bigwigs.

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Sarai Rohila-Sriganganagar Exp
Stoppage sought at Abohar by NGOs
Our Correspondent

Abohar, December 28
More than 200 members of the NGOs today gave an ultimatum to block the rail traffic on January 5, if stoppage of the new Sarai Rohila-Sriganganagar AC train is not allowed at the local railway station and the run of 13007-13008 Udyan Abha Toofan Express train is not restored.

Notably, the railways on Monday announced that the new train would be flagged off by the chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit on January 4 and would pass through Abohar the next morning on way to Sriganganagar. Its stoppage has been scheduled only at Rohtak, Jakhal, Jind, Dhuri and Bathinda.

While submitting the memorandum to the Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee through station superintendent Tarun K. Srivastva here this afternoon, Pramil Kalani, president of the Arhtia Association and Sanatan Dharam Sabha informed that the copies of the memorandum have been dispatched to the chairman of the Railway Board, General Manager Northern Railways and Divisional Railway Manager Ambala.

The signatories to the memorandum included heads of 15 NGOs including Beopar Mandal, besides some members of the local Municipal Council.

The NGOs said stoppage of the Sarai Rohila-Sriganganagar AC train has not been allowed at Abohar. They demanded that its stoppage be sanctioned here. Beopar Mandal president Suresh Phutela said the people of this area would not hesitate in intensifying the agitation if the railways did not respond in a positive manner.

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Conflicting versions cloud police claim
Rajay Deep
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 28
Release of stolen goods worth Rs 3.61 crores, including 159 vehicles, by the Bathinda range police today is in the thick of a controversy due to conflicting claims of the police and the owners.

A function was specially organized in the Police Lines to brief the media about the recovery of the stolen goods. DIG Lok Nath Angra and SSPs of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar, Sukhchain Singh Gill, HS Mann and Inder Mohan Singh, respectively, were present on the occasion.

While the police claimed that the stolen articles were recovered recently and were being handed over to the owners during the function, some of the owners clarified that they were returned some time ago and were asked by the police to be present in today's function.

A number of vehicles were lined up and jewellery and other articles displayed in a bid to impress the media. Some owners claimed that they were summoned yesterday for a rehearsal for the event and were given directions.

"We were summoned by the cops about three-four days ago and asked to bring the released articles to the Police Lines, Bathinda, claiming that the DIG wanted to inspect them," said a car owner.

A farmer of Muktsar district, seeking anonymity, said, "I was busy in my fields, when I received a call from an SHO that some high-ranking official wanted to see the tractor, which was once stolen, recovered by the police in October and released on court orders".

Another owner of a motorcycle claimed, "It has been three months that I received my motorcycle back from the police on the basis of the court orders."

When questioned, the DIG Lok Nath Angra refuted the allegations and denied the police had called the owners along with their properties to get any undue credit.

"After going through the records of the outgoing year, we wanted to speed up the property releasing process for which we opted to organize the event observing that it would motivate the police and also help in developing better relations between the police and the public," the DIG added.

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Tanker-truck collide, 2 hurt

Bathinda, December 28
Two persons suatained injuries after a head-on collision between a coal-laden truck and an empty oil-tanker near village Macchana on the Dabwali road in the district, late this evening.

The tyres of the oil-tanker caught fire in the mishap.

Receiving the information, cops from the Sangat police station and volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva reached the spot and rushed the injured to the Civil Hospital in Bathinda.

According to information available, two fire-tenders had reached the spot and launched an operation to douse the flames.

SHO Sangat police station Sandeep Singh said the injured had been hospitalized while the driver and conductor of the truck managed to flee from the spot.

No case was registered as the police was investigating the matter at the time of filing the news. — TNS

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Road mishaps claim two lives
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, December 28
An elderly man and a minor girl were killed in two different road accidents that took place in Fazilka today. As per the details, Panjab Ram (65), a resident of village Rana of this sub-division was killed in a head-on collision between two motorcycles near the Border Security Force (BSF) headquarters here.

The brother of the deceased Datta Ram said he and his brother Panjab Ram had gone to participate in a rural fair at village Beriwala. As they were returning on a motorcycle, it collided with another bike driven by Mohinder Singh, a resident of village Churiwala, coming from the opposite direction near the BSF headquarters. All the three persons fell on the road. The BSF jawans shifted them to the local civil hospital. Panjab Ram succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. Doctors declared him brought dead.

In another road accident, Baljit Kaur (7) was crushed by a three-wheeler carrying vegetables. As per Kewal Singh, father of Baljit Kaur, a student of class I and a resident of Dhobi Ghat locality, she had gone to play with her friends in the street.

She was crushed by a tempo that hir her from the rear in the street near their residence. She was shifted to the local civil hospital in the evening but was declared brought dead by the doctors.

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