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Lakkar bridge faces Rs 45 cr cost overrun
14-yr project plagued by delays, incompetence
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The sloppy handling of the Lakkar bridge project by staff of the municipal corporation, the Punjab public works department and the Northern Railway has resulted in a four-fold increase in cost compared to what was originally envisaged.

When the project was initiated, its cost was estimated at Rs 13 crore, a figure that has now increased to about Rs 58 crore. As the project moved at a snail's pace, the government will now have to spend a whopping Rs 45 crore more in taxpayers’ money to complete it.

Even though the upward ramps of the 933.162 metre long bridge from the direction of Civil Lines and Reikhy cinema side have been constructed, the Northern Railway’s engineering department has yet to submit drawings of several other structures due to which the project, which was hanging fire since 1997, has been further delayed. It is a clear reflection of the sad state of affairs in the civic body as well as Northern Railway.

The plan to build a rail overbridge in place of the 105-year-old bridge was floated in 1997. At that time the municipal corporation had claimed the overbridge would provide easier access from the city’s older areas with newly developed ones and claimed the project would be completed within two years.

The MC was to bear half the construction cost with the LIT picking up the tab for the rest. However, owing to technical glitches in planning the project remained stalled for over a decade and work finally resumed in November 2009. When city mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and then LIT chairman Ashok Juneja formally “inaugurated” the stalled project on November 29 that year they claimed it would be completed by June this year.

The overhead high tension power cables over the tracks as well as unauthorized structures around the Lakkar bridge were removed by the MC and the electricity department only a decade after the work on the rail overbridge resumed. The Y-shaped bridge will have one portion near Raikhy Cinema Chowk while the other one would land in front of Bhadaur House.

However, Northern Railway deputy chief engineer SK Sharma claimed there no delays had been incurred in the project. "All drawings are coming on time and the work is already going on at fast pace. At this point I can say the overbridge will be opened to traffic in six months’ time”, he added.

MC commissioner AK Sinha said the PWD had completed the bridge’s upward ramps on both sides. "Even the money has been deposited by us but Northern Railway’s engineering department is yet to send some drawings related to their portion of project. May be that’s why there has been some delay”, he stated.

Further delay

At a meeting to review the progress on the project held in last November in Delhi, officials of Northern Railway (NR) officials told the municipal corporation authorities that they would not be able to complete their portion before August this year. However, NR deputy chief engineer SK Sharma has now said it will take another six months (till December) for their portion to be completed.


Pilgrimage turns tragic
10-yr-old city boy killed in car crash on way to Ajmer
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
A pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif undertaken by a local family to pay obeisance for their son’s good result in the recent school examinations turned tragic after their car collided head-on with a truck on the Jaipur highway, killing their 10-year-old son.

The boy, identified as Rahul, son of Puneet Bharti, an industrialist, was travelling with his mother Priya and a driver. The incident took place on the evening of June 1 when the driver 
could not spot a truck and collided with it.

The collision was so intense that the boy, who was sitting in the front seat, got badly stuck in the car. The driver was seriously injured while Priya sustained injuries on her face.

Commuters rushed them to a multi-speciality hospital where the child was declared brought dead. The condition of the driver is stated to be serious. Doctors have performed plastic surgery on Priya’s face.

The boy was cremated today. Priya, who had not been informed about the tragedy, started wailing profusely when she was brought to the cremation ground. Her crying led to her stitches to break open and will need to be operated again.



Wonder boy ranks 10th in CET
Suffers from juvenile arthritis; scored 90.4 pc in humanities recently
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
After an outstanding performance in the recent CBSE class XII exams, Goormeet, who is suffering from juvenile reactive arthritis for over four years along with a complex regional pain syndrome, has in a stunning performance secured 10th position in the common entrance test (CET) of law conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, the result of which was declared here today.

Goormeet, a humanities student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, had scored 90.4 per cent in the Class XII exam (Humanities).

His father Jasmeet Singh, an investor, and mother Navneet Kaur, a homemaker, said: “We are proud of our son. The credit of his success goes to Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM School, who believed in my son.” “I am feeling on cloud nine. All my hard work has borne fruit. Though I could not give my 100 per cent due to my ailment, I have no regrets,” said Goormeet, who has to exercise for at least four to five hours a day in order to keep his body warm.

“When I get up in the morning, my entire body suffers spasms. So I warm myself by doing yoga for 45 minutes,” said Goormeet.



PSEB result on June 6

Ludhiana, June 3
Laxity on part of school authorities has led to a delay in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) result. The result, which by all probabilities would be declared on June 6, was delayed, as private and government school authorities did not send the list of assessment of students on time.

Blaming schools for the mess, PSEB chairman DS Dhillon said, “The board officials personally visited schools across the state to collect award lists.” “We are issuing notices to schools asking them to explain the reason behind the delay,” said Dhillon. — TNS



Fund crunch drives woman to suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
What could be the first case of suicide in the state due to the rising prices, a 25-year-old married woman set herself afire after pouring kerosene on herself at her sister’s house in Jodhewal Basti here today

Nisha Sharma, wife of Charanjit Sharma, a rickshaw-puller, would often stay depressed as her husband’s earnings were not enough to keep the kitchen fire burning.

Also, her two children, who were suffering from some ailment, had died a few years ago. They could not arrange money for their medical treatment.

The victim’s sister Jyoti, who recently purchased a one-room tenement near Nisha Sharma’s house, said Nisha came to her house this afternoon.

“After talking to me for a few minutes, Nisha told me to fetch something from the market. When I returned, I was shocked to see her up in flames,” she lamented.

Nisha is survived by her one-year-old son and husband.



Stab victim’s uncle dies of heart attack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
A man died of cardiac arrest after his nephew sustained stab injuries here last night. Baljeet Singh, son of Davinder Singh, a policeman posted at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, allegedly stabbed Ijaz following a heated argument.

Ijaz sustained serious injuries. His uncle Nannu, who reached the spot, suffered a heart attack on seeing his nephew soaked in blood.

Both were rushed to hospital, where Nannu was declared brought dead.



BKU comes out in support of Baba Ramdev
Tirade against corruption
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 3
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has extended its open support to the proposed ‘satyagraha’ being launched in Delhi by yoga guru Baba Ramdev against black money, corruption and to press for farmer-friendly land acquisition laws.

This was announced by BKU secretary general Puran Singh Shahkot after a special meeting of the state-level office bearers of the body here today. He said the BKU supremo, who was on a visit to Canada at present, had given telephonic instructions to the central office here to extend full cooperation to Baba Ramdev’s agitation as he had taken up several issues related to the farming community in his agenda.

The meeting called upon the government to fix the minimum support price of farm produce on the basis of recommendations made by Dr Swaminathan commission. It urged the farmers to lend all possible support to the agitation against corruption, black money as Baba Ramdev was also fighting for demands of the farmers, which included a blanket ban on forcible acquisition and where acquisition was absolutely necessary, payment of 50 per cent resettlement compensation to the farmers over and above the market price of acquired land.

The BKU functionaries were of the view that fight against corruption and black money ought to be made a mass movement as only a corruption-free nation could develop and prosper. “Once lakhs of crores of black money stashed in foreign banks are brought back, the pace of development can be accelerated, farmers can be given lot of relief from their debt burden and people in towns and villages can be provided better infrastructure which require a lot of capital investment,” they remarked.

Among others, Shamsher Singh Gharooan, Gurmeet Singh Golewal, Ajmer Singh, Sharanjit Singh Mehlon, Harmeet Singh Kadian and Harbinder Singh Bhamian were also present at the meeting.



Anti-corruption rally: Traffic cops on alert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The police and city administration are trying to persuade followers of Baba Ramdev not to take to the streets tomorrow in view of the indefinite fast by the yoga guru in Delhi.

However, Darshan Singh, spokesperson of the local unit of the Patanjali Yoga Peeth, has affirmed that the followers of Baba Ramdev will quietly sit near the Bhai Bala Chowk. But the police is not taking any chances.

The traffic police has been issued strict guidelines to thwart any attempt by the followers to disrupt traffic. Extra force has been deployed at the chowk.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sajjan Singh Cheema said arrangements had been made so that traffic was not affected.

Nearly 129 social organisations have extended their support to the crusade.



MNCs come calling for NCC cadets
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
If you thought NCC cadets were only making forays in defence services, well think again as companies like Reliance and Sahara have thrown opened their doors for disciplined brigade of youths.

Colonel GPS Sawhney, Group Commander, says private organisations pay more emphasis on discipline and that is primarily the reason why multinational companies are knocking to door of NCC headquarters for recruiting cadets.

Sawhney says MNCs are taking keen interest in hiring women NCC cadets. Where fair sex is considered fragile and kept in a very protected environment, NCC cadets score an edge over them due to their endurance level.

“They are no bunch of flimsy girls, they are tough. Tell me how many girls are there who can run 15 round of a standard play ground carrying a 4.5 kg rifle?” said Sawhney.

Sawhney made these comments while inspecting the annual training camp of 3rd Punjab Battalion, which is being organised at Khalsa College for Women.

Lt Col Subash Sehgal, who is in charge of the camp, says apart from challenging security assignments they are receiving opportunity to explore career in hospitality sector as well and a major reason behind hiring NCC cadets in MNC is their disciplined lifestyle.

“The private sector has become really demanding and only the tough one can survive in the competitive environment. The NCC cadets have an edge over others as in the training camps they get to learn how to live in extreme situation and how to handle pressure,” Lt Col Subash Sehgal.

However, not many students have plans to venture into private sector. Marry and Deepal, who are in the senior most batch of the NCC, are all set for their foreign trips that would be funded by the Government of India.

Apart from attending the Republic Day camp and youth exchange programme, they have attended various other expeditions.

“We have no plan to jump into private sector. We rather want to serve our country,” said the duo.

Marry, while sharing her experience, said: “Earlier my fellow students used to mock at me for standing in the scorching summer afternoon. But mockers received an apt reply when I was selected to attend the Republic Day parade,” said Marry.

Priya wants to join the Army. The NCC cadet with C- certificate and daughter of fruit vendor Rajinder Kumar, she could not make a cut in the Army during the Service Selection Board interviews held at Allahabad last year.

Pallavi Sharma and Annui Puri, who have recently completed their training today, were decorated by Colonel Sawhney.

Nearly 500 cadets from various colleges, including Khalsa College for Women, Government College for Women, SDP, Mastar Tara Singh Memorial and Guru Nanak Khalsa College, participated in the camp.



Cong committed to development, says Tewari
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 3
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari yesterday said his party was committed to development and to achieve this objective, several welfare schemes had been launched by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

Laying the foundation stone of the development project for construction of streets, drains and installation of a new tubewell in Vikas Nagar (Ward No 35) here, he asserted that as an elected representative of the people of the industrial capital of the state, he was also committed to all-round development of the city. "We are laying special emphasis on the expansion of basic amenities and creation of better infrastructure for the city population," he claimed.

The Congress MP lauded the development projects being undertaken by the area councillor Parminder Mehta while pointing out that the problems of the people, especially those relating to delivery of basic civic amenities, ought to be addressed on top priority.

Power distribution system revamped

Under a special initiative, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has taken several steps to strengthen the power distribution system in Nali Mohalla (also falling under Ward No 35) in a bid to bring about improvement in quality of power supply. The senior executive engineer of city’s central division MP Singh said that new LT and PVC cables were laid, transformer was balanced and conductors were being changed in the area to ensure uninterrupted power supply.



For now, Doraha doesn’t have a gas agency
Two months gone, but licence still to be renewed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 3
LPG consumers here are facing tough times as they run from pillar to post for a cylinder. “We are passing through one of the toughest phases of our lives as it has been almost two months now that the licence of the sole gas agency here and surrounding villages was suspended but is still to be renewed.

For a population of more than 25,000 people, there is not a single agency to cater to the requirements of residents. Is it a joke really,” a resident lamented.

On April 7, the Indian Oil Corporation suspended the licence of Gyan Gas Service due to the non-renewal of the licence after March 31. Suhavi Gas Agency at Sahnewal, 7 km from here, was entrusted with the job of supplying LPG cylinders to Doraha and its surrounding areas. Four days have been reserved for the town and one day for Doraha villages.

“We do not even know where the cylinders will arrive and when. Sometimes long queues of consumers are seen near Shiv Mandir and at other times near JB College or Jaipura road,” complained Prof MS Bhandari, a resident.

“The time for the arrival of cylinders is 11 am, but consumers have to get in line as early as 4 am,” a senior citizen stated.

“Usually, a cylinder is booked after 21 days, but the agency at Sahnewal refuses to do so before 28 days. The IOC should intervene. With the snapping of the home delivery of cylinders, people have to take leave from their work places,” said Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker.



Powercom Employees Union burns management’s effigy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 3
On the call of joint forum of Powercom Employees Union, the employees of Powercom Jagraon sub-division held a protest in support of various pending demands of the employees here today. The protesters also burnt an effigy of the Powercom management.

Addressing the protesters, Ludhiana zone president of the union Kulwant Singh Dholan accused the Powercom management of not implementing the compromise signed during a meeting of the joint forum and Powercom management.

Dholan further said that in spite of a number of protests and meetings of union leaders with the Powercom management, the latter was not paying any attention towards various pending demands of the union.

The demands of the Powercom employees included release of all pending allowances of the employees, offering a job to the family member of an employee who loses his life while performing his duty, promotion of 388 linemen as JEs, issuance of category-wise pay scales, immediate rejection of report of the PWC etc.

Dholan said if the demands of the employees were not met within the given time, the union would have no option but to sharpen its struggle further for which the Powercom management would be responsible. According to Dholan, the joint forum would hold a state-level dharna in Patiala on June 22 and if the demands of the employees were not approved even after that the union members would go on one-day strike on July 7.

Among other union leaders who addressed the protesters during the occasion included Nirmal Singh Gill, Ajmer Singh Kaler, Harwinder Singh, Boota Singh, Manjit Singh, Satish Kumar, Ram Mohan and Rajdeep Singh.



Nurses’ strike hits patient care services at Oswal cancer hospital in Ludhiana
Children admitted in paediatric ward worst affected
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Charanjeet with her daughter Sunita waits for the reports in Ludhiana
Charanjeet with her daughter Sunita waits for the reports in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, June 3
The strike by staff nurses since May 1 at the city hospital run by the Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment & Research Foundation has severely disrupted services with patients in the pediatric ward being the worst affected.

There children aged between 5 to 17 years and suffering from various types of cancer (including leukemia) are under treatment and most of them are either waiting for medical tests to be conducted or for the reports if they have already been done.

Looking out for help, Prithipal, father of ten-year-old Anuj Kumar, was trying to provide some relief to his son lying listless in the pediatric ward by massaging his body. Expressing his grievances to this reporter, he said: “We came to this hospital on May 1 but no one came to collect my son’s blood sample for lab testing. Now student nurses come here and simply check his fever and go away. Do you have any idea when the strike will end and when the regular nurses will return? I’m very tense as Anuj suffers from blood cancer and we haven’t got his medical tests done."

Removing the wrinkles on the bedsheet on which his son lay, Balkaran Singh, father of five-year-old Armaan, who had come from Mansa district, said: ``My son, who has chest cancer, has been suffering from loose motions since May 1. But the nurses are on strike and there’s no one here to properly look after patients, although doctors come and prescribe medicines. The student nurses are not of much help”. Among the many others who faced the same problems was Ranjeet Singh who had come to the hospital to get his son Harnam, a throat cancer patient, treated. “No one collected my son’s blood sample yesterday or today. I’ve no idea when we'll get the reports of the medical tests as there is utter chaos here,” Ranjeet added.

Unable to control his emotions, Manohar Lal, father of a 17-year-old boy afflicted with leukemia rued: “We came here from Abohar with high hopes but the nursing staff went on strike and the student nurses have not been of much help. No one pays any heed to patients, many of whom are battling for their lives."

Joining him, Kulwant Chand, brother of 14-year-old Rajan Singh, who had come from Annoha village in Gurdaspur district, said: “’Saanu vi dasso nursan kado aan giya, mere bhara da koin vi test bahin hoya’ (please tell us when will the nurses come back. The reports of tests conducted on my brother are still pending”.

Said Charanjeet, mother of another patient, Sunita: “My daughter is having lot of pain in the stomach but yet to get relief. She has been given drip but tests are yet to be done."

Allegations baseless: Nursing Supdt

It is easy to accuse anyone. The allegations levelled by the nurses are baseless. I was not rude to them. I tried to convince them to take two weekly offs together, but they did not agree. This is the fourth time that they have gone on strike. The functioning of the hospital is not suffering as only a handful of nurses are on strike. We have enough staff to cater to patients.

— Col Tejinder Kaur, nursing superintendent, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation

Nurses’ Grievances

y The nurses who went on strike on May 1 accused the Nursing Superintendent Col Tejinder Kaur of being rude and not accepting their genuine demands. Barjinder Kaur, chairman of the Mohan Dai Oswan Nursing Staff Union, said: “I went to the hospital yesterday to get my bag kept in a cupboard. But Col Kaur rebuked me and asked me to leave the hospital premises.” The nursing staff has been joined by the OPD staff and laboratory technicians. “We want that cumulative offs should be given along with casual and earned leave. Many nurses are from far-flung areas. They should be allowed to compile these with two or three casual leave,” another nurse said. “Ever since the hospital management changed, the functioning of the hospital started deteriorating. Col Kaur is trying to implement Army rules here,” they claimed.



Blood transfusion safety week observed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 3
The Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals is observing a blood transfusion safety week from June 1 to 7 in order to educate the staff, patients and their relatives who are involved in the process of blood donation and transfusion.

Dr GL Avasthi, director of medical services at the hospital, said: “Each year, thousands of people are recipients of blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, haemophilia, thalassaemia and other blood-related diseases. Every day, in fact almost every second, someone who is seriously ill receives a blood transfusion. Too often, we take it for granted that there will be a regular supply of blood available in the hospitals for a transfusion should we need one."

Dr Hitish Narang, senior consultant, transfusion medicine, said an estimated 38 per cent of blood is collected from donors under the age of 25. Donors who donate blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons, have a lower prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections than people who donate for family members.

He said the blood transfusion safety week would see rigorous training through various modes. All mentors will be trained on the protocol who will further impart training to the other 400 staff nurses. "Blood Buddy", the mascot for this week will be emphasising the importance of safe blood transfusion.

To add fun to learning, skit competition and quiz competition will also be organised to assess the knowledge gained during the training sessions. The training will culminate with the celebration of "World Blood Donor Day" on June 14.



Rice residue improves soil health: Study
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Aiming at improving soil health and crop productivity, there is a need for retaining rice residues in-situ by surface mulching or by incorporating it in soil, said PAU agronomists Dr Amandeep Singh Brar and Dr US Walia.

The research carried out by these scientists on “Influence of rice residue management techniques on physical properties of soil and root density of wheat” observes that residues can be used for improving soil health and productivity in the long run as rice-wheat is the most predominant cropping system of the country.

“Rice straw is a potent source of organic carbon and plant nutrients for improving soil organic matter dynamics, nutrient cycling and soil physical environment. The incorporation of residues is not popular amongst the farmers because of the various problems such as requirement of heavy machinery, problem of seed placement, nutrient immobilisation, variable plant population, increased number of pests etc,” said Dr Brar and Dr Walia.

PAU experts conducted an experiment during the rabi season. The research findings by agricultural scientists revealed that in rice residue incorporation, lower bulk density and soil strength were observed in the surface layer due to pulverisation caused by tillage and addition of organic matter, as a result of which higher water infiltration at the initial stages and higher root density in the upper layers were also observed under this treatment.

The research found that incorporation of rice residue improved the physical condition of the soil.



Singapore, Peru among most preferred tourist spots
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Travellers from the city are thinking out of the box this summer. From Amazon to Uzbekistan, there is a genre of tourists opting for road-less travel and experimenting with newer destinations across the globe.

Indians travelling abroad for leisure are showing more interest in new destinations such as China, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Peru, Oman, Macau, Greece, Latin America, Africa and Bangladesh.

The most preferred destinations like Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia continue to attract first-timers, while the more experienced and experimental travellers are exploring unusual cities around the world.

“The diversification in destination indicates a greater sense of adventurism among tourists. We are witnessing a sudden spike in demand for destinations such as Oman, Peru, Uzbekistan and other Latin American countries. Trip for 40 persons to Uzbekistan is in its final stage,” said Saraswati Sharma from Spring Travels.

Cox and Kings has come up with a 13-day package called “Train to Machu Picchu”, a travel package for Oman, which includes visit to cities like Nizwa, Nakhl and Muscat, besides various packages for Central and South America, exclusively to cater to the appetite of this growing niche segment.

“The demand for visiting unusual destinations has been fuelled by well-experienced travellers. This segment has already travelled to known destinations like Singapore and Malaysia and now wants to go beyond the traditional hot spots. These destinations will be the trend in the years to come,” added Sharma.

Not only the rich and high-end customers are going for such packages, but it is the young aspirational lot which is travelling in an unconventional way. Europe has come back nicely this year and apart from this people are also trying destinations like Peru, Germany and Macau. Since these are uncommon destinations, flights are not very expensive. We are everyday receiving 8 to 10 queries for these out of the ordinary destinations,” said Swarn Singh from Sparsh International.



Training in bio-processing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
MNCs are introducing their products in food processing looking at the high purchasing power of 30 per cent of Indian population. If we fail to tap this opportunity, local market would be flooded with foreign products, while we grow almost every fruit and crop of the world.

These remarks were made by CIPHET director, Dr RT Patil during the 21-daylong summer school on advances in bio-processing/ bio-engineering and quality assessment techniques held at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here yesterday.

Around 20 participants, including seven women from across the country, are taking part in the training programme, which would be a combination of lectures, power point presentations, hands-on training and visits, etc.



International Children’s Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
DRV DAV Cent. Public School, Phillaur, celebrated the 125th anniversary of DAV and International Children’s Day. Students from Nursery to Class XII participated in different activities related to art and craft such as card making, pot decoration, slogan writing, etc.

Students of Class IX prepared poster on No Tobacco Day. On the occasion of International Children’s Day, students from Classes II to V participated in dance, singing, besides making Fathers’ Day cards, pen stands and ties.



Dog Sterilisation
‘Allow company using CNVR technique to carry out drive’
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Dr Sandeep Jain, a member of the municipal corporation’s (MC) monitoring committee, has written a letter to MC Commissioner AK Sinha stating that only companies using CNVR technique (catch, neutralise, vaccinate and release) should be allowed to carryout the dog sterilisation drive.

Last month, the MC had decided to rope in some more companies for dog sterilisation programme, which is presently going on at a snail’s pace. The tenders for this work would be floated and the work is also expected to start soon.

This time, MC officials have planned to adopt the CNVR scheme, which is adopted by the civic bodies of Bangalore and Mysore. This is a quicker way to sterilise a stray dog as compared to the presently ongoing conventional scheme.

In a letter to the Commissioner, Dr Sandeep Jain has stated that only experienced companies in CNVR may be allowed to carry out the programme.

“The contract may be granted to only those companies which can demonstrate their skill from catching of dogs to leaving them in the same area after surgery and is able to do 25-30 surgeries daily at a unit. The city may be divided into four zones and separate work for each zone may be allotted to a company, so that work may be expedited before the onset of monsoon. The pet shops selling puppies, kittens, birds and fish (aquariums) may also be registered, besides pets owned by residents and dog breeders. Rules may be framed for pet shops, veterinary clinics and hospitals, so that they may not throw their garbage (biological waste and parts, etc) in normal garbage dumps,” the letter read.

Dr Jain further stated that it should be made mandatory that all dogs and bitches with pet owners must be vaccinated and neutered before registration.

“Yearly vaccination and periodic vaccination must be made mandatory and record of this must be maintained by the owner,” he said.

He further stated that it would be more suitable if the places for sterilisation may be earmarked and evaluated before placing the tenders. “All operations must be done in total aseptic conditions and a place may be provided to companies in all four zones so that the target is achieved on time,” said Dr Sandeep Jain.



GCW girl tops city in BCA II examination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
A student of Government College for Women stole the show as she bagged the top position in the city in BCA II examination the result of which was declared today. Supreet Kaur, who scored 1362 marks (85.12%), is also in contention to become the university topper.

While Manpreet Kaur of DD Jain College with 83.9 per cent stood second. However, Jaspreet and Shristi Gupta of DD Jain College shared the third spot with 82.06 per cent.

Chahat Sood and Jasneet Kaur scored 81.6 per cent, 80.6 per cent, respectively. Ritika Jain and Shweta Baweja of GCW have secured 80.12 per cent, 80 per cent, respectively.

For SCD Government College Rahul (75%), Mani (74%) and Himanshu (73.6%) were the top scorers.

While the results of Ramgarhia Girls College, Guru Nanak Khalsa College Model Town, Khalsa College for Woman, Arya College and Gujranwala Khalsa College was not available.



‘IMF top post must go to non-European’
Delhi Stock Exchange CEO for more stock exchanges in country
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 3
It is high time that the monopoly of Europe on the top post of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) comes to an end. The Prime Minister has raised the issue of giving a chance to the developing world to lead the global financial powerhouse. Merit should be preferred over nationality.

This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Delhi Stock Exchange, HS Sidhu, in an interaction with the faculty of the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology here.

Sidhu was accompanied by Prof Gagan Deep Sharma, head of the department of management studies, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Sharma said it was sad that factors other than merit were still considered while choosing the chief of an organisation of the calibre of the IMF.

“Had these factors not been considered, Indians like Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia would have gone on to lead the organisation.”

“The upper age limit for the IMF chief is 65 years while Dr Ahluwalia is 67 years old,” he added.



Father of suicide victim moves rights panel
Seeks immediate arrest of accused
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 3
The father of a married woman, who committed suicide along with her toddler by consuming some poisonous substance at Kaunke Kalan village on May 30 after allegedly being harassed by her in-laws to give her son to her sister-in-law, has approached the human rights commission for justice.

In his complaint to the commission, Bharpoor Singh, father of Gagandeep Kaur, stated that the police had arrested only one of the four accused while the rest were absconding. He alleged that some police officials were pressuring him to take money and effect a compromise with the accused.

Twentythree-old Gagandeep Kaur killed herself and her one-and-a-half-year-old son Amarvir Singh by consuming poison. She had married Jaswinder Singh of Kanunke Kalan village about four years ago.

The police had booked her husband, mother-in-law Balvir Kaur and sisters-in-law Sawaran Kaur and Meeta for abetting her suicide. Though Balvir Kaur was arrested a few days after the death of Gagandeep Kaur, the other accused are still at large. Seeking the immediate arrest of the others, Bharpoor Singh has appealed the commission to intervene and instruct the police to arrest them. “I don’t want money. Nothing can bring back my daughter. I am just seeking justice for my daughter,” he added.



Writers find Naipaul’s comments immodest
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Woman is a creator, who creates man and with the same emotions and psyche she creates her creations, such as writings. So how can writings of a female be compared with those of male writers.

This is what Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana, an eminent literatteure, said while commenting on VS Naipauls’ comments about female writers.

While Dr Surjeet Patar, an eminent Punjabi poet said that apparently Naipaul felt insecure and frustrated and thus reflected his weakness through his comments.

Balbeer Kaur, director of the language department, Punjab Bhasha Bhawan, Patiala, said: “It is not justified to undermine women writers. The women writers write from the core of their heart and touch human emotions.”

‘Ignorant about women writings’ strength’

Dr Surjeet PatarAny great author should not pass ‘immodest’ remarks against others. Even if Shakespeare had said such words, he would not have sound phony, although he might have been legitimate in expressing them. By making such comments, Naipaul not only seems to be arrogant but also ignorant about the strength of women writings.

— Dr Surjeet Patar, an eminent Punjabi poet

Dr Dalip Kaur TiwanaBy making a comment that there is no woman writer whom he considers his equal, VS Naipaul has triggered a fresh controversy. There is poem in Punjabi ‘Jinni samajh onna chanan, baaki sab hanera, eithhon charda, eitthe chhipda sooraj tera mera’.

— Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana, an eminent literatteure.




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Farmers stage dharna

Hundreds of farmers and workers staged a dharna on the third and concluding day of agitation to press their demands in response to a call given by 17 bodies of farmers and workers. Their demands included free power supply to workers, scrapping power bills issued to farmers, waiving off agricultural loans, remission of water charges, compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to family members of farmers who had committed suicide and revocation of repressive laws. — OC

Memo submitted

Activists of the Universal Human Rights Organisation on Friday organised a march from Bharat Nagar to mini secretariat and presented a memorandum to the President through the Deputy Commissioner, demanding clemency to Devinderpal Singh Bhullar who has been awarded death sentence. The protesters pointed out that by rejecting the mercy plea of Bhullar, the government had committed yet another mistake, while also violating the international laws pertaining to human rights. — OC


The Ludhiana Citizen’s Council felicitated Punjabi folk singer Pradeep Suba on Thursday with a shawl and a sword. Council chairman Darshan Arora said Punjabi singers had enraptured international audience with their melodious voices.

Suba said he was proud that the people of Punjab were still listening to folk music. Others present at the ceremony were Ajay Sidhu, Raju Bindra, Sanjeev Kumar, Salam Khan, Pankaj Gupta, Jagtar Singh Jassal, Mangat Ram Aazad, Babu Girdhari Lal, Darshan Singh, Vijay Kumar, Vandana Arora, Monty Chabbra, Poonam Sood, Gurjeet Singh Jassal, Rakesh Kumar, Kuldeep Shergill and Kukka Master.

Anti-malaria rally

To celebrate June as the anti-malaria month, the district health department on Friday organised an anti-malaria rally under the leadership of Dr GP Mangla, district epidemologist, and District Health Officer, Dr Jagpal Singh. The awareness rally was flagged off by Dr Yashpal Mehta, Assistant Civil Surgeon. Employees of the health department were carrying placards conveying the message as how to remain safe from malaria and how to keep environment clean. Dr Mangla said different health organisations would hold awareness camps in the month. — TNS



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UP, Maharashtra clinch titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 3
Uttar Pradesh in the women’s section, while Maharashtra in the men’s section recorded victories to clinch the titles in the team championship in the 9th Senior National Soft Tennis Championship being played on Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

The final in the women’s section turned out to be a keenly contested affair, as Uttar Pradesh players had to fight it tooth and nail to overpower Madhya Pradesh 2-1 to romp home as champions.

Earlier, in the semifinals (women), Uttar Pradesh survived some anxious moments against Delhi before wrapping up the issue 2-1 and Madhya Pradesh scripted a convincing 2-0 win over Orissa to set up the title clash.

In the match to decide third place, Orissa beat Delhi to content with bronze medal.

In the men’s section, Maharashtra outplayed Uttar Pradesh 2-0 to lift the trophy. In the semifinals, Uttar Pradesh quelled a strong challenge from Gujarat 2-1, while Maharashtra pipped Chhattisgarh in a similar fashion (2-1) to secure their berths in the title clash match.

In the match for the hard line cup, Gujarat defeated Chhattisgarh to finish at third place.



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