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Two suicides shake education dept
n DG Education seeks fact-finding report from District Education Office
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Shaken by two back-to-back suicides of students, the education department has swooped into action and is seeking fact-finding reports behind the two incidents.

Anil Matharoo, an employee with the district education department, said director education B Pursharthi had taken a serious view of the incidents and had asked department officials to file report in the matter.

The department officials were currently trying to establish contact with the family of the boy to know the reason behind the death of the child.

"So far we have come to know that the boy was being teased by his peer group for flunking the class IV exam. Even the available information we have was gathered from reports carried in different newspapers. The actual story would be clear once we establish contact with the family. We are also trying to gather information about the school where the boy was studying. It would be very important to know what was the role of teachers and school authorities and whether they aware of the fact that the boy could take such an extreme step," said one of the education department employees looking into the matter.

Rohit (11), son of Rajinder Singh, a class IV employee at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), had shocked city residents after he committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling hook installed in the kitchen of his house on June 1.

The DG, Education, has launched an investigation into the case of Ashish (18), who committed suicide yesterday. Ashish, a medical student of class XII, was awaiting result due to be declared in the next two days. His father Karam Masih is an employee of CMC hospital.

Ashish Shergill used to live with his grandparents in Dhariwal town. He came to his parents a few days ago for holidays. “We have been asked to look into the case of Ashish suicide as well,” said Anil. It is learnt that Ashish had not done well in the examination and feared bad results.

Apprehending that he would become a laughing stock among the peer group, he perhaps committed suicide, said investigating officer Raj Kumar.'

Mystery about boy’s school

Mystery shrouds where the 11-year-old was studying, with Sanjeev Thapar, principal, government senior secondary Model School, PAU campus, said that Rohit was not a student of the school.

"I spoke to my staff members and they told me that Rohit's parents took the former out of the school many years ago. We have our school records to prove that," said Sanjeev Thapar.

On the other hand, SHO Inspector Beant Juneja said only the father of the boy could tell where his child was studying. The police is probing the issue.


Financial stress, rising prices the trigger
n DC orders probe after spate of suicides
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 5
The flurry of suicides in the past three days, all of them triggered by financial troubles, has sent alarm bells ringing in the city. A 29-year-old woman, Nisha, set herself on fire in her sister's house in the Jodhewal Basti locality on June 3. A day later the body of a debt-ridden employee of a chemist shop, Amit Kumar, 28, who had been reported missing since May 31, was found from Sidhwan Canal near Beeja village.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari has ordered an inquiry into the suicides. "I have ordered a probe to ascertain the actual cause behind the suicides. Necessary action will be taken if they were triggered by rising prices of essential commodities”, he stated.

On the other hand anger is brewing among city residents against the conditions that have led desperate people to kill themselves. "As the district administration busy handling protests against corruption, with many social organizations staging ‘dharnas’ (sit-ins) to press their demands, no one appears to be bothered about lower middle class residents who are ending their own lives by setting themselves afire or hanging themselves," said KBS Sodhi, a writer and teacher.

The city’s housewives are finding it an uphill task to make ends meet. "Wheat flour Rs 180 per 10 kg, pulses ranging between Rs 70- 100 per kg and petrol Rs 70 per liter. How do you think with a meager salary it is possible to common man to provide quality education to their kinds and keep the kitchen fire burning," said Rakhi Gupta.

Meanwhile, three members of a family in dire financial straits - a couple and their 16-year-old son, who committed suicide on Saturday in Dera Bassi (near Chandigarh) were residents of Amritsar. Giving details about the incident the Dera Bassi police said before coming to Dera Bassi, Mukesh, Sweety and their son Haresh had visited Ludhiana.



10 injured as minibus hits median, overturns
n Driver said to be drunk; was talking on cellphone
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Ten passengers were injured when a mini bus overturned after the driver, who was reportedly under the influence, lost control of the wheel near the city’s Jodhewal Chowk on Sunday afternoon. The minibus was headed for Samrala Chowk from Jodhewal Basti.

According to the passengers, the driver was in an inebriated condition and was talking on his mobile phone.

When the bus reached near Tibba Road he lost control over the vehicle and it turned turtle after colliding with a road divider. Commuters soon came to help, pulling out the passengers by breaking the windowpanes of the bus.

“It was nightmarish journey - the driver was constantly talking on his cellphone. We had a narrow escape once and finally he banged the vehicle into a road divider. Thankfully he was not driving very fast, otherwise we could have sustained serious injuries, ’’ said one of the passengers, Gurmeet Singh.

“It was sheer providence that all the 10 passengers did not sustain serious injuries even though the bus overturned. Otherwise, in such accidents, the passengers are known to have neck breaking injuries and are incapacitated for life if they survive”, he added.

At the time of the incident most of the bus passengers were women. “Since it was Sunday very few passengers were traveling in the minibus. Had it been a weekday, the mishap could have been tragic”, said area residents.

Meanwhile the local police has filed a case against the bus driver, Pankaj Sharma, a resident of Subhash Nagar, for reckless driving and putting lives of passengers in danger.



Smarting, Ramdev followers deny collecting money
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Controversy surrounding yoga guru Swami Ramdev refused to die down as following the midnight drama in Delhi, it were the followers of the yoga guru who were at the receiving end for allegedly seeking donations to sponsor his protest against the Centre.

However, the organising secretary dispelled all such allegations and said funds were not being raised for protest and alerted the residents not to fall in the trap of the conmen who seek money in the name of the yoga guru.

The incident took place this afternoon when a woman resident of Kidwai Nagar said that people claiming themselves to be the followers of Ramdev were seeking money for staging protest against the Central Government's atrocities on people who were staging a peaceful protest against corruption.

Refuting the allegation of the woman, Darshan Singh, organising secretary, Bharat Swabhiman Trust, said, "Members of the Patanjali Yog Samiti were not generating funds for protest. If we receive money, we give receipt of the amount. I request the people not to fall in the trap of conmen who are trying to make profit out of the issue."

He did not deny that it might be a plan of the Central government to defame the yoga guru. On the other hand, nearly 29 social organisations extended their support to the yoga guru.

SP Sharma, patron of the Adarsh Lane Welfare Society, while condemning the Centre, said democracy only existed on paper and people in power give scant regard to the common man. "If someone dares to protest, they are thrashed like Ramdev and his followers."

City residents stage peaceful sit-in

While Delhi was on the boil following the midnight drama of Ramdev's detention and his subsequent forced exit from the Capital, hundreds of his followers, sitting on ‘Satyagrah’ in a park located near Bhai Bala Chowk, showed exemplary patience and did not hit the streets in their peaceful protest against corruption. Tempers ran high against the Central Government as many city residents, who camped in Delhi, narrated the tale of police atrocities



PSEB class XII result today, but not on CBSE pattern
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
``Once bitten twice shy'' seems to be the condition of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, for delaying the result of class XII, as the Board does not want to to repeat the errors it committed last year.

The result, which was earlier supposed to be announced on June 4, was postponed to June 6. But the result will not be announced on the CBSE pattern. Stating this, Suresh Tandon, vice-chairman, PSEB, Mohali said,``This is the first cumulative result of two semsters of XII. We will issue the result in old as well as in new pattern. It means the result will be available both in the forms of grades as well as marks. We have decised this to save students from any type of inconvenience, as many institutes where they want to get admission still prefer result in the form of marks. So there will be a grand total also along with grades in each subject."

Tandon said that in case a student fails in a semster, he or she will be issued detailed marks card separately for both semsters. However, the candidates who will pass in both semsters, will be issued single detailed marks card.

He further said, “The result is being compiled by a Delhi-based IT company. It is the same company which compiled the result last year, too, and committed blunders like the student who was declared first in Punjab, later was said to be at 92nd position in the state. To minimise such blunders, we have asked the company to review the result again.” 



City teenagers reach out to slum kids
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
While teenagers usually love to spend weekends chatting with friends over a cup of coffee this group of eleven young people trudge along in the scorching heat in the city’s slums to distribute clothes and impart “lessons” in civic responsibility.

Members of the group have formed an NGO, Jeevan Sanyam, to help slum kids in their little own way and will adopt five to eight orphaned children and fund their education. "After visiting the slums we’ve shortlisted a few kids who are keen on attending school but can’t due to poverty. We’re raising funds from our resources as well as collecting donations and are hopeful to provide education to these children. We’ll also plan to organize cultural programmes at the Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan and the funds collected will be used in schooling these kids," said Ankit Jain, the NGO’s “public relations officer”.

The NGO also has a page on the social networking site Facebook with nearly 400 members. "Help is also pouring in from the group’s members. With support from other sources as well we hope to making a difference in the lives of slum kids," added Rahool Chawla, the NGO’s vice president.

Sharing with this reporter how Jeevan Sanyam was set up, Jain said its present members of were all MBA aspirants and were attending coaching classes together. "Though we belong to different places we share common views. Everybody in our group used to get disturbed on seeing the plight of slum kids and it was then that we decided to do something for them and that’s when this NGO was formed," he added.

“Nothing can match the smile on a kid’s face. Today when we went to distribute clothes among slum children all of them had a gleam in their eyes. We also taught them some lessons in civic duty and how to keep themselves and their surroundings clean. It was a Sunday well spent," said Brahmjyot Kaur, the NGO’s treasurer.

Though some members of the group are still studying and others plan to take up jobs or have started their own businesses, a common cause binds them together.



Sukhdarshan Singh is city AIEEE topper
Tribune News Service

Sukhdarshan Singh Saini
Sukhdarshan Singh Saini

Ludhiana, June 5
Sukhdarshan Singh Saini, a student of BCM School, Basant Avenue, has achieved the 290th all-India rank in the AIEEE, the results of which were posted today.

Believing in hard work, Sukhdarshan said that proper planning was a must to achieve anything in life.

Sharing his views from Manali on telephone with Ludhiana Tribune, Sukhdarshan said, ”I had hoped to get a good position as I had worked hard and my family played an important role in my achievement. Presently, I am enjoying and celebrating my success with my family here in the hills,” said Sukhdarshan.

His mother Ravinder Kaur is a teacher, while his father Kanwaljit Singh is an engineer. His mother said,”Now we will enjoy our holiday even more. Sukhdarshan’s dream has been fulfilled. I wish him success in life”.



Paper leak responsible for poor showing, say students
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Hundreds of students who could not score well in AIEEE, the results of which were declared today, feel that their energy-levels had come down due to paper-leak on May 1. The students said that they felt disgusted, as they were not given another chance by CBSE to prove their worth.

Roopika Sharma, a student said that ever since she took the exam on May 1, she knew that she would not score well. “It was a shock that AIEEE paper had been leaked. Secondly, they asked us to appear again for the exam after three hours, which was simply exhausting. We had to wait at the venue, which put us off. My rank is in one lakh, which is not good”, rued Roopika.

Another student Madhav said that not all students could do well in the exam that was taken later. “These exams are not like other regular exams in which we can write anything. We have to be very clear before answering the questions. The freshness and preparedness had all vanished once we came to know that paper had been leaked at Lucknow. Some of my friends had begun crying. They were disgusted and disappointed. We had gone to Chandigarh to take the exam and we had to sit outside the centre so that any other important announcement could not be missed”, said Madhav.

Like Roopika and Madhav, many other students felt the same way. They said that they had told their parents as to why they could not score good ranks in AIEEE. About 10 lakhs students from all over India had appeared for the test, which was conducted by the CBSE. The paper of AIEEE was leaked at a Lucknow centre .

Roll of honour (AIEEE) State Rank

Sukhdarshan Singh Saini 13

Mohit Gupta 15

Kanav Rampal 18

Aatish Goel 19

Vineet Singla 30

Cheenu Khurana 31

Sumeet Singh 82

Atabak Ashfaq 94

Rahul Wahi 98

Harmanpreet Singh 526

Ankur Pratap Singh 735

Ashneet Kaur 873

Arshdeep Singh 881

Rajpuneet Singh Sandhu 905

Ankush Pratap Singh 1183



Parents couldn’t have asked for more from wards
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
For Anita Gupta, Sucheta Rampal and Renu Goel, mothers of Mohit Gupta, Kanav Rampal and Aatish Goel, who have bagged the top three positions in AIEEE, these were the “unforgettable” memories of their lives. “We could not ask for more”, has been the reaction of the proud mothers, whose sons have achieved the best!

Anita Gupta, sharing her feelings with The Tribune said, “ I have no words to express as to how I am feeling. It is like all my wishes have come true.

I wish parents have children like Mohit, who has been devoted to their studies. This has been a struggling period for all of us. We all put in our best to provide Mohit the best of atmosphere. And the sincere efforts have born fruitful results”, said Anita.

Sucheta Rampal, Kanav’s mother, said that the dreams which could not be realised by her or her husband, will be fulfilled by Kanav. “He will fulfil all the wishes. I pray to God to give him courage and peace of mind so that he comes out to be a good and successful human being. For two years, the whole family played their own roles. I was there to see that he took a nutritional diet so that he could perform well. We have given him the direction, now he has to make his own life”, said Sucheta.

Renu Goel, mother of Aatish Goel, said that she felt on top of the world. “I feel parents play an important role in shaping the future of their wards. If we want them to be devoted, we, too, need to be devoted to them. They need our motivation, courage and love. We need to provide quality time to them so that they perform well ”, said Renu.



Drunk cop creates ruckus at midnight
n Area residents lock him up in a house; call and hand him over to the police; no action taken
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 5
High drama was witnessed when a cop in an inebriated state created ruckus for more than an hour and a half at Jeevan Nagar locality of Kacha Malak Road here late last night. The tippler cop also showered abuses on nearby residents when they locked him inside a house where he had come to meet a woman.

According to residents of the locality, the said woman is living there alone. The tippler policeman use to visit her house often, they alleged.

As per the information, Joga Singh who is deployed as ASI at the city police station here, had visited Jeevan Nagar locality around 10 pm last night. When he entered the house of the woman living there a large number of area residents gathered outside the house. The residents locked the gate of the house from outside thus confining the ASI in the house.

When the city police came to know about the incident, SHO Inderjit Singh sent a police team to Jeevan Nagar who pacified the area residents and succeeded in taking the drunken ASI along with them.

Meanwhile, SHO Inderjit Singh said that ASI Joga Singh had gone to Jeevan Nagar to verify the facts of a complaint after he received on a phone call from a woman of Jeevan Nagar regarding some problem in the locality. “I am not aware of any such incident”, he added when asked to comment on the allegation levelled by the area resident against the ASI.

The area residents, on the other hand also alleged that the police was trying to protect the said ASI. “Despite of the fact that we caught him red handed and handed him over to the police only after the police officials assured us of taking action against him. The police officials who visited the spot asked us to come to the police station to register a complaint in the morning but when we reached there today, the police did not even register their complaint”, rued Goga, a resident of Jeevan Nagar.

According to area residents, the said ASI had misbehaved with the area residents in the past too when they had objected on his visiting the house of the woman living there alone. “We confined the ASI in woman’s house as we wanted to catch him red handed. But when we informed the police about this, the police took him away. Now the police was trying to shield him instead of taking any action against him, alleged an area resident requesting anonymity.

ASI Joga Singh, when contacted, said he had gone to Jeevan Nagar to inspect the scene after receiving a call about some problem in the area. Though he denied the allegations of misbehaving with area residents. “I have not consumed even a single drop of liquor since I have joined the city police station about a month back”, claimed he.



District Scan
Earthen pots, grains distributed for birds

The Bharat Vikas Parishad (Tagore Branch) distributed earthen pots and foodgrains under "feed a bird" programme in a bid to provide water and food to the birds.

Dr Sandeep K Jain, member, Punjab State Board for Wildlife and chief co-ordinator, Care of Animals and Prevention of Environment (CAPE-India), in his keynote address exhorted the people to save the natural resources like water, petroleum, electricity, forests and wildlife. "Earth is surrounded by 70 per cent water but only one per cent of it is potable. We ought to mend our ways and start water conservation otherwise the next world war will be for drinking water." Neelam Gupta, district president of BVP, Dr Vijay Lakshmi Kapoor, Rakesh Jain, project director, Prem Lata Jain, RP Gupta, JC Kapoor, Dr Nisha Bansal, Dr Shiv Kumar Sharma and Subhash Sodhi were also present. — OC

NGO observes World Environment Day

To observe World Environment Day, the Rising Youth Association organised a tree -plantation drive at the at Dakha Police Station on Sunday. Dakha SHO Prem Singh planted trees at the police station. He said people needed to understand the importance of e environment and save energy sources and grow more plants. Assistant subinspectors Sukhwinder Singh and Nachhattar Singh also planted trees. Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO said, for the first time, India had been chosen as the global host of World Environment Day in recognition of the country’s efforts and initiatives to move towards a low-carbon economy. He said trees and plants were the prime source of environmental purification and beautification. — OC

Protest against high price of petrol

Activists of Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha organsied a protest and burnt an effigy of the Punjab government at Cheema Chowk here on Sunday against the high price of petrol in Punjab as compared to all other neighbouring states due to higher per cent of state tax (VAT). Babloo Anarya and Raj Kumar Happy, who led the protest, alleged that the Punjab government had imposed 8 per cent higher VAT on petrol to fill its empty coffers while people were being crushed under the higher burden of taxation and overall inflation. The protesters also criticised the coalition partner BJP, which claimed to be the champion of the cause of the urban population, but was still maintaining silence over the exploitation of the masses. — OC

Anti-Corruption Council bats for Baba

The Anti-Corruption Council of India has condemned the use of brutal force at midnight against Baba Ramdev and people who were holding a peaceful agitation against corruption and black money. Functionaries of the council said that there was no justification for lathicharge and imposition of Section 144. They further termed the utterances of Union Minister Kapil Sibbal and the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh against Baba as unbecoming of seasoned political leaders. — OC

Save paper on World Environment Day

To commemorate ‘World Environment Day 2011, Connect dealing in wire-line and broadband services activated a paper reducing programme ‘Connect e-bill service initiative’. Now the company no longer needs to print your Connect phone bill, instead the subscriber just has to click! Launched as a long-term goal of their CSR plan, the Connect e-bill service aims to save nature by standing against deforestation.

As per survey, a total of 2, 50, 000 papers per month amounting to 30 trees per month will be saved with the service (1 tree = 8,340 sheets). Additionally, Connect aims at a 200 percent increase in penetration of this service from its existing 16,000 customers, thus ushering a massive environment-saving revolution. Customers can activate the service by dialing call centre number 5050505 or visiting the website -www.connectzone.in. <http://www.connectzone.in.> — OC

New products launched

Conference by Bharat Insecticides Limited concluded on Sunday. The conference, which was attended by more than 300 distributors also witnessed the commencement of "Purabb" scheme. The company unveiled six new products on this occasion, which includes Dhaak and Wiper Plus for protection against Bollworms, Polard to fight against sucking pest, fungicide William, miticide and termiticide. Tejas, a street play (nukkar natak) related to "Purabb" scheme was also staged at this occasion, which was enjoyed and applauded by distributors. — TNS

Support for Baba Ramdev

BJP burns effigy of UPA govt Activists of the Bhartiya Janata Party and Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, led by Punjab Health Minister Sat Pal Gosain and district president Rajiv Katna on Sunday burnt the effigy of Congress-led UPA government for use of force to dislodge Baba Ramdev from the Ram Lila Ground where the yoga guru was sitting on a satyagraha on the issues of corruption and black money. Speakers at the rally said the repression let loose against the baba was reprehensible. "The conduct of the government is evident that it did not want to act against the corrupt, and has no intention to bring back lakhs of crores of black money stashed in foreign-bank accounts. Similar protests were organised by mandal units of BJP at Samrala Chowk - OC

Old PAU students pledge for environment

The old students of College of Agriculture from the first batch of the trimester system, met here on Sunday in connection with the celebration of World Environment Day. They were keen to share their reminiscences and felt the nostalgia of being on the campus of their alma mater.

Dr Gurdev Singh Deol, secretary of the association of 1964-68 batch of students, welcoming the gathering, said that the get together was the third in the series, and was held in conjunction with the World Environment Day. He added that the occasion was to offer congratulations to Dr Manjit Singh Kang, the person behind the formation of the association of students, his classmates, for completing his four-year term as the PAU vice -chancellor, most successfully. Kang, in his remarks, said that he tried to do what he could for the betterment of PAU. He said that all should strive to contribute towards environment protection and for clean and green surroundings. — OC



MC allays contract staff fears on retrenchment
n To award work to pvt company on Monday
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
With the municipal corporation officials soon finalising the company that will handle the solid waste management project in the city, senior officials have clarified that no existing employee, whether on contract or those getting DC rates, will be sacked.

It is likely that the corporation will finalise the name of the company to be awarded the contract on Monday.

However, sources within the corporation said it was likely that A2Z Infrastructure Pvt Ltd would bag the contract, as it had quoted the lowest amount for the solid waste management project in comparison to the other two companies — Jindal Urban Infrastructure Ltd and Ramkey Invero Engineers Ltd.

The three companies had given their presentations to the MC officials on May 31 and the financial bids were opened on Friday. The officials were in a process of carrying out other formalities, before the name of the final company was announced.

As the officials finalise the project, a section of safai workers held a protest against the civic body yesterday. They alleged that most from the Valmiki community were involved in jobs related to garbage collection and if a private company took over, they would be laid off.

Clarifying this, the MC issued a statement today stating that no employee, whether permanent, contract or on DC rates, would be laid off.

“All existing employees would remain employed with the MC even if a private company takes over. The new company will need workforce of at least 3,000-4,000 employees for works like garbage collection and all of them will be recruited from the city. So, this will help generate more jobs,” the MC statement read.

Once the process of solid waste management starts, the garbage collection points from the city roads would disappear, lending a cleaner look to the city.

“Some persons with vested interest are trying to misguide people over this issue. They are keeping their own interest in their mind,” the statement read.



Traffic blues outside MC’s Zone-D building
n Presence of sub-registrar (west) office to blame for chaos
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

The new sub-registrar (west) office under construction on the Humbran Road in Ludhiana.
The new sub-registrar (west) office under construction on the Humbran Road in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 5
The municipal corporation officials posted at the Zone-D office in Sarabha Nagar have been grappling with the problem of traffic congestion in the area, especially ever since the shifting of the sub-registrar (west) office to their building three years ago.

The MC officials rued that the number of people coming to the Zone-D building for work at the sub-registrar office had increased manifold, as a result of which the number of vehicles coming to the premises as well as in the area had increased. Traffic jams were commonplace on the road opposite the Zone-D building.

The office of sub-registrar (west) was shifted to the present place from the PWD department land opposite Westend Mall on the Ferozepur Road around three years ago. Prior to this place, the office was located in a rented accommodation in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar market.

A senior MC official in Zone-D said the area wore a clean and peaceful look earlier. “But after the sub-registrar office was shifted here, we started witnessing a huge rush of visitors throughout the day. With visitors coming to the office in private vehicles, they end up creating traffic congestion,” said the official.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha said they had provided a piece of land measuring 2,000 sq yd adjoining the fire station on the Humbran Road to the district administration for the construction of the office of sub-registrar (west).

“The construction is going on there and the office will get shifted soon. Once they vacate the office, we will set up an ultra-modern ‘suvidha centre’ at the same place, which will benefit residents,” Sinha added.

A visit to the site showed labourers engaged in construction work on the building but claimed that the work started around a month ago.

The area in Zone-D building where the sub-registrar office is currently located, earlier housed in Sukhmani Centre where residents used to avail of various facilities under a single roof.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said the administration was constructing three offices for sub-registrars in different parts of the city. “The offices would be ready soon,” said Tewari.



Vikram Hazare enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Art of Living singer Vikram Hazare performs at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana.
Art of Living singer Vikram Hazare performs at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, June 5
Vikram Hazare an international singer, Art of Living, enthralled audience here at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan by reciting bhajans. He was performing in a musical evening “Dil se” organised by Art of Living a Non Government Organisation. He recited bhajana of Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva etc and kept the audience glued to the seats.

He started the bhajans by reciting "tu mane ya na mane dildara assan te maneya ve" and continuously entertained the audience with his melodious voice. The evening was held by the Art of Living with an aim to raise funds for the drug addicts. Addressing the august gathering, he said, “when you get peace of mind, just think that God is in communication with you." Many members of the Art of Living were also present there.



Punjabi Likhari Sabha honours five writers 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 5
Five distinct Punjabi writers were honoured by the Punjabi Likhari Sabha Rampur (PLSR) at its 58th annual function today. The function was presided over by noted historian and poet Niranjan Singh Sathi.

PLSR, the oldest rural literary association of Punjab has been working actively in the field of culture and literary activities since its first meeting on 7th August 1953. The writers honoured by PLSR during the function included eminent Punjabi-story writers Ajmer Sidhu, Mukhtiar Singh, Jatinder Haans; Punjabi poetess Kamalpreet Kaur Sidhu and veteran member of PLSR Didar Singh Didar.

Welcoming the audience of 100 writers and literary personalities, Surinder Rampuri, president of PLSR, stated that the literature had its task cut out in the nation-building process and particularly in the present era as it became the duty of the writer to get up and accept his responsibility of making significant contribution to the societal well-being. Inaugurating the function, Punjabi Sahit Academy’s senior vice-president and noted story writer Sukhjit maintained that PLSR had always chosen the best possible writers for its prestigious awards and this is the reason why the association had emerged as an unbiased contributor to the literary scene of Punjabi.

While Ajmer Sidhu was presented with Comrade Randhir Singh Memorial Award, Mohinder Kaur Memorial Award was presented to story writer Mukhtiar Singh. Story writer Jatinder Haans was felicitated with the Jaswant Dhamot Memorial Award, Labh Singh Chatrik Memorial Award was presented to Kamalpreet Kaur Sidhu, and Didar Singh Didar - the veteran member of PLSR aged 87 was honoured with a special award for his contribution to the PLSR and Punjabi literature.

During his presidential address, Niranjan Singh Sathi, said the writers of the present times had to delve into the past to understand the present.

Others present during the function included Jasvir Jhajj, Gurdial Dalal, Gagan Deep Sharma, Jasvir Raana, Harbans Machhiwara, Sukhdev Madpuri, Avtar Dhamot, Mill Singh, Harnek Rampuri, Jagjit Gurm, and Sarpanch Rajinder Singh Guni.



GN model school gets CBSE affiliation

Doraha, Sahnewal: Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, has been granted the affiliation of Central Board of Secondary Education up to Senior Secondary level w.e.f. the current academic session. Earlier, the school was affiliated to P.S.E.B. With a strength of more than 1,500 students and a staff of 65, the school has a well equipped gymnasium hall, basketball court, iken classrooms, well-equipped library, and a hockey ground. It offers music and moral education as special subjects.

Roop Brar, president of the management board, Harpartap Singh Brar, secretary of management board, Tarlok Singh Jaggi, secretary of management committee, director Jaswant Singh Gill, congratulated principal, DP Thakur and the staff for the new affiliation. They expressed hope that the new affiliation would serve the needs of the people of the area in a better way.

Tagore international school gets 100 pc result

Students of Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal to the school by showing 100 per cent result in class X CBSE board examination. All 76 students, who appeared in the examination, passed with first divisions. Seven students secured 10 grade points (100 per cent marks), 10 secured 9 grade points and 19 secured 8 grade points. managing director of the school BK Aneja and principal Swati Aneja congratulated the students on their success and the teachers for their motivation and hard work. — OC



Farmers’ body vows to get faulty policies reviewed
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 5
Condemning successive governments for dragging Punjab, once known as the ‘wheat bowl of India’, from top position to fifth in agriculture, office-bearers and activists of the Kirti Kisan Sabha Punjab resolved to get the alleged faulty policies reviewed in view of changed scenario.

Widening gap between input costs and MSP of farmers’ produce, anti-peasant Land Acquisition Act and exorbitant interest rates by private financiers were identified as major impediments to be removed from path of small and marginal farmers of the border state.

Resolutions were passed during the closing session of the annual delegate session of the organisation that concluded at Kila Raipur, near here, today.

The session, inaugurated by former general secretary of the All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha Jagjit Singh Layalpuri on Saturday, was presided over by acting president Prem Singh Bhangu.

Activists of the outfit, led by Bhangu and Kuldeep Singh Grewal, resolved to get anti-peasant policies reviewed and amended in light of changed scenario of agriculture during the past decades.

“Regrettably none of the successive governments have ever tried to analyse factors leading to unprecedented increase in number of suicides by small and marginal farmers in Punjab that was once known as the ‘wheat bowl’ of the nation,” said Bhangu and Grewal, recollecting that over 2,200 peasants had committed suicide in Sangrur and Bathinda districts alone during the past five years.

Maintaining that thousands of farmers were deserted due to the alleged irrational acquisition of their land, the sabha leaders demanded that Land Acquisition Act, 1894 be scraped and reframed, keeping in view the interest of farmers.

Terming waiver of loans the ultimate tool to check tendency of suicide by farmers, the leaders demanded that at least small and marginal farmers be provided institutionalised loans on differential interest rates.

Rehabilitation of farmers losing their land, jobs for kin of those who committed suicide, ban on ‘right to use’ mode of land acquisition and narrowing of gap between input cost and the MSP were the major demands made by the sabha.

Deaths of union activists Ganda Singh Sangrur, Gurpal Singh Bhoglan, Gurdial Singh Tapiala, Kirpal Singh Hans, Rattan Singh Chauganwan and Gurdev Singh Mandauli were condoled during the opening session.



Is it a real fight against corruption?

Almost everybody, it seems, is out to launch a fight against corruption. If every one cannot become an Anna Hazare, or Baba Ramdev, then there is an easier option to follow them, or still better, jump into their bandwagon. So in the rat race against corruption, all those who perform at the instructions of their yoga instructors, have become crusaders overnight to rid the nation of the demon of corruption.

It is altogether a different story that majority of the "fighters" against corruption still pay bribes to get their work done in government offices, evade taxes and duties, default in payment of bills for utilities, jump the queues, and hog the limelight when media focuses attention on the so called agitation. In nutshell, those claiming to be fighting a "valiant battle" againt corruption are more or less just spokes in the giant wheel of the rotten system that is eating out the roots of Indian democracy. Ironical, isn' it ?

How much work do you do?

With exposure, everyone is advancing but some people still love to live in their own old world. At a city Hospital an old woman who was an attendant of a patient while talking about her problems asked the reporter, “How a paper is published? Have you kept some men at work, who bring news to you?" And listening to an elaborate answer by the reporter, the attendant held her head and said with surprise, “God save you. I really wonder how much work you do in a day! From distributing a newspaper to publishing means working whole day and night."

Summer camps: boon for mothers

Summer vacation is the time of the year students take a sigh of relief but parents especially mothers are really anxious during this part of the year. Since the vacations last nearly a month, the mothers want their kids to be busy so that their daily routine is not disturbed. Thanks to the numerous summer camps and workshops going on in the city during this time of the year, the mothers have ample choices to get their children engaged into one of these camps. Every kid today is going to one or the other summer camp or workshop. Some are attending dance classes; others are going in for fitness yoga, still others are learning the art of cooking others are opting for classes art workshops. "These summer camps are proving boon for the mothers. It is very difficult to keep the kids busy throughout the day. My daughter attends a two-hour art workshop in the morning and in the evening she goes for swimming lessons. Without such activities it becomes very difficult for us to keep the kids busy throughout the day," said Anjali, mother of a nine-year old girl.

Who says viedo games are just for kids?

Who says that video games are only for children? Just recently, a senior official in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation told his friends that he is so hooked to playing video games on his mobile phone that he sometimes plays them till late night. He was heard telling his colleague that one night, he played the video game till 3 am. It is learnt that this official has also kept an I-pad with himself, on which he plays video games. "When we were children, there were no video games to play at that time. But now, I can’t resist myself from playing a video game as they are too interesting," the official said. — Contributions by:

Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Manav Mander and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Rotary underlines its fight against polio
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
“With just one case having been reported so far from all over the country, a drastic fall has been witnessed in the number of polio cases this year as compared to the previous years.

The day is not far when polio is eradicated from India. This will be a huge step towards the successful culmination of the global project of Rotary to eradicate polio from the face of the earth,” said Rotary International former director Sushil Gupta, while addressing delegates in the District Assembly of “Parivartan” of Rotary District 3070 here today. Gupta was the chief guest at the assembly.

The assembly was attended by 450 delegates from over 100 Rotary clubs spread across Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. 



Auto drivers charge traffic police with harassment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 5
The Clock Tower Auto-Rickshaw Union has charged the traffic police in the city with finding new ways to harass three-wheeler owners and drivers, while alleging that the apparent motive was to throw thousands of auto-rickshaw operators out of business at the behest of vested interest.

During a meeting of the union, held under the presidentship of Madan Lal Bhumbak, the members asserted that around 30,000 auto-rickshaws were not only serving as a virtual lifeline of the city but were also means of livelihood for over one lakh persons. Bhumbak said it appeared that a systematic approach had been adopted to harass three-wheeler operators as if to bring a bad name to the SAD-BJP government.

He said recently auto-rickshaw owners and drivers had been asked to fill out forms under the garb of “auto-rickshaw census”. The exercise had been launched at the behest of certain big companies and financiers of three-wheelers. The move would hurt a majority of drivers as most could not get their documents completed after the court banned new permits.



More research needed to prove cancer link: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Mobile phone radiation may cause malignant glioma - a type of malignant tumour that starts in brain - among users but research is inconclusive to prove this.

This was stated by Dr Vipul Gupta, head of endovascular neuro intervention, and Dr Aditya Gupta, senior consultant neurosurgery, at Medanta Institute of Neurosciences, Gurgaon, while talking to The Tribune.

Dr Vipul said: “The study conducted by the WHO is like a warning for all excessive users of cell phones. There is no substantial data as far as India is concerned because it is quite difficult to prove this. To come out with a valid figure, one needs to observe at least 10,000 people using cell phone for at least 10 years, as brain tumour is not a common disease. Moreover, the main reason of malignant glioma is smoking.”

Dr Vipul, who has operated upon thousands of patients, said: “Endovascular neuro intervention is a new technique through which brain clot can be removed through endoscopy, the way it is done in case of heart. Cases of brain stroke and hemorrhage are on the rise among adults due to their lifestyle.”

While Dr Sumit Singh, senior consultant and neurosurgeon, Medanta, said: “The health problems among western people are different from ours due to racial differences and genetic reasons. Diseases related to brain existed in the older days but often went undiagnosed. Nowadays, early diagnosis due to hi-tech machines has prompted people to avail of better treatment.”

‘Govt not utilising budget for healthcare’

“The government does not use requisite budget on medical facilities. It uses just 
1-2 per cent of its budget. Although AIIMS is a good institution, over the years we felt like moving on,” said the doctors who were in Ludhiana to hold a CME with the Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana. They have served in AIIMS, New Delhi. They were replying to a query on the difference between serving in the public and private sector hospitals.



Cabbage not alone to cause worm infection
n Doctors insist on proper cooking of veggies to avoid neuro cysticercosis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
For those who think mere avoiding of consumption of cabbage can prevent them the risk of getting infected from a disease-causing worm in the brain, think twice! For, cabbage is not the only culprit, as other vegetables can also cause the health hazard.

Making these observations, Dr Sumit Singh, senior consultant and neurosurgeon, Medanta — The Medicity, said: “Any vegetable grown in unhygienic water or soil can play havoc with your brain. If any raw vegetable grown in unhygienic conditions is consumed, it may cause neuro cysticercosis (NCC) i.e. the cyst of tapeworm may reach brain and create health problems.”

He added: “A patient suffering from this may complain of epileptic fits and headache. It is ironical that a majority of vegetables are cultivated in dirty water. However, if these are cooked properly i.e. at 70 °C, the cyst dies and seizes to harm its host.”

On preventing the disease, Dr Ashwani K Chaudhary, professor of neurosurgey, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: “Always eat vegetables after proper washing and cooking. Avoid unhygienic food, especially pork.”

Dr Sumit Singh added: “Epilepsy is curable in 60 per cent cases with medicine and in 30 per cent cases through lifelong medication. Some cases are also curable through surgery. However, one should avoid eating raw vegetables.” 



Nurses’ strike continues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The strike by nurses of Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation continued on its fifth day today.

The nurses have now pinned their hopes on health and family welfare minister Satpal Gosain, who has assured them of holding another meeting with the hospital management. Yesterday, Gosain had held a meeting with the hospital management but it proved futile.

The nurses went on strike on May 1 accusing the hospital authorities of rude behaviour and not fulfilling their demands of issuing the cumulative offs along with casual and earned leave.

A group of nurses said: “The management has been harassing us by not fulfilling our demands. The management has also issued show-cause notice to some nurses for going on strike.”

None from the hospital management could be contacted for comments.



Sports contract staff to hold dharna from June 27
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 5
Coaches and other administrative staff recruited by the Punjab Sports Department on contract will sit on a dharna from June 27 to 29. This was resolved at a meeting of the Punjab Sports Department Outsourcing Employees Union (PSDOEU) held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Sukhraj Singh, senior vice-president of the union, presided over the meeting in the absence of its president Parminder Singh.

Over 100 employees, including coaches and other staff, attended the meeting to take stock of the situation. The union had called off its one-day strike last month following the death of Punjab Chief Minister’s wife Surinder Kaur Badal. After the meeting, Sukhraj Singh said the sports department had recruited the staff on contract in October, 2008 with an assurance that they would be regularised in due course of time. However, they were not regularised and even not given an increment.

“We had requested the Director Sports, Punjab, a number of times to prevail upon the state government in enrolling this staff on payrolls but to no avail,” he rued. Coaches and other staff would hand over memoranda to the Deputy Commissioners of Patiala, and Bathinda, respectively, on June 20, urging them to convey their demands to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. 



Doraha Hawks sneak past Kila Raipur XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 5
Hat-trick by Parvinder Singh went in vain as Kila Raipur XI suffered their first defeat, going down 3-4 against Doraha Hawks, in the men’s section of the second edition of the Prithipal Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Festival, being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association, at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village, near here, today.

Parvinder put his team into the lead in the ninth minute but Doraha Hawks levelled the score eight minutes later through Sukhjit Singh. Doraha gained lead in the 24th minute through Rajinder. Palvinder struck immediately to read the scoreboard 2-2. He added another goal to make it 3-2 in favour of Kila Raipur. Doraha scored the equaliser in the 41st minute through Sukhjit Singh (3-3). The match-winning goal came off Varinder Singh’s stick in the 47th minute.

In the second match, Jarkhar Senior Taj Resorts XI defeated Gill Club, Ghawadi, 7-3.



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