Saturday, August 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Govt fails to check bus operators’ mafia
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The private bus operators of Punjab and the public transport services of neighbouring states have taken the shape of a mafia. These are virtually running a parallel transport night service with the blessings of some officials of the state Transport Department and politicians of the ruling as well as opposition parties. The city of Ludhiana, owing to its large migrant population and central location, has become the hub of all illegal activities taking place in the transport sector. As a majority of the buses going from Punjab and the neighbouring states to Delhi and vice-versa pass through Ludhiana, such nefarious activities can be controlled to a large extent if proper checking is ensured here.

One may not get a bus from the Ludhiana bus stand at night as the night service is almost non-existent, but one can get a bus to almost any destination including Delhi, Jaipur, Ganganagar, Bathinda, Abohar, Jammu and even up to Bihar, from just outside the bus stand, the railway station, the Focal Point and Manju, Chand and Sangeet theatres. The modus operandi is very simple. The bus operators get passengers from agents that are spread in almost every part of the city and the neighbouring towns. Three-wheeler operators also get commission for providing passengers.

A joint checking committee of Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has submitted an investigation report to the Transport Secretary and other officials alleging the illegal operation of more than 200 buses, including about 80 buses of the neighbouring states, running from the city and neighbouring towns without permit.

The report submitted on June 8 and a reminder on July 3 has revealed that Nirbhai, Pritam, Khatra, Jhujhar, New Patiala, Jimmy, National, New Fatehgarh Sahib, Kartar, Sutlej transport companies and a number of buses of a local politician were running without any valid route permit on the Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ambala Cantonment, Jammu, Haldwani, Tanakpur and Patna routes. Interestingly, the report has mentioned that about 55 buses of Haryana Roadways, 10 buses of Rajasthan Roadways and eight buses of UP roadways are ferrying passengers without any permit from the region. It is resulting in an annual loss of more than Rs 1 crore to Punjab Roadways, the PRTC and the state exchequer in the form of fare and road tax.

The sources in the Transport Department at Chandigarh reveal that no action has been taken on this report so far to check the alleged illegal operation of these transporters. One of the officials on the condition of anonymity, said,‘‘ How can we take action against these operators who are paying lakh of rupees to the higher officials, and even to the ministers every month. Leaders of the ruling as well as opposition parties are running these buses. Perhaps the High Court may do something to break the politician official-bus operators nexus.’’

The passengers, however, said they are forced to take these buses as they charge less fare at night when there is virtually no state transport service on these routes. Regular commuters admit that they are harassed by private operators and were often left on the road in case of any checking on the route.

The officials of the PRTC and Punjab Roadways reveal that the private operators having tourist permits for single visit were running illegally as passenger buses. They usually charge less than the state transport which cannot cut the fares officially. Moreover, they needed security cover of the Punjab police to run buses at night, that was usually not available.

Mr Bhupinder Singh, DTO, Ludhiana, admitted that they were unable to check the illegal plying of buses though they had impounded and fined more than 600 buses during the past one year. There are 650 private buses and 415 tourist buses registered. He said, ‘‘It is almost impossible to fully curb the operation of these buses. There is a need of proper checking at the borders of the state.’’ However, there are a number of ways to evade the checking at state barriers, said bus operators.

How the mafia operates

* These operators usually have tourist visas or a single permit and run more buses by allegedly paying monthly charges to officials of the transport, local police and even to some ministers in the state government.

* The agents near the bus stand and the railway station book passengers during day time and night and buses are usually run between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

* They charge depending upon the capacity and urgency of the passenger.

* The ACs/ TVs,usually non-functional, are shown to attract the customers.

* No charges for goods.

* Once the passenger pays for the ticket, they have to wait till the bus fills to its capacity.

* Lack of legal and public transport service at night ensure adequate passengers for them.



Yorkshire and Punjab cops to work together
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The Punjab police and the Yorkshire police will soon work on an exchange programme to facilitate staff from both sides to work together for evolving better policing measures. A three member of South Yorkshire police left Ludhiana today after negotiating terms with the Indian police. Men from the two forces will now come together in the month of September. These officers were in India as part of a programme — South Yorkshire Police India, 2000.

As a community-based initiative for young people and to create a greater understanding of the Punjabi community in the UK, the SYP organised a project, South Yorkshire Police India, 2000. The project took young people and police officers on a journey of exploration from the UK to Punjab. The first project took place in March, 2000, and involved 17 young people and 8 police officers.

“Young people raised money as they wanted to do something for little babies. School students organised sponsored walks and running, and bhangra contests. We raised £ 5000. We brought prams and other kid stuff for the Unique Home in Jalandhar. The home is run by Bhai Ghanayaji Charitable Trust”, said Surinder Kaur Dave, a constable with South Yorkshire police.

The project was a tremendous success and the young people and police officers gave at least three presentations of their experiences when they returned to the UK, spreading awareness of life in Punjab.

Surinder said that back home she has the power to arrest a culprit. She noticed that in India the constable did not have such powers. When asked if she was discriminated against, she said that everyone was helpful to her. She was incharge of recruitments of the constables and they had to select constables from the minority. In UK there are 43 police forces and they all use one strategy.

They are interested in working in Punjab as there are a lot of Indians in England. Inspector Martin. R. Baines said that he worked in Bradford where there were a lot of Indians. So he enjoyed his trip in India. Michael Veneables, Inspector, said that they do not use third degree methods, Rather they go for scientific methods and interrogation.

The South Yorkshire police like many other police services in the UK have a significant population who originate from Punjab. It is a normal practice for police services in the U.K to work with young people and different communities within their area.

The India 2000 project helped to create a better understanding in the UK. It also created police and education links in India. The S Y Police organised a second similar project ‘South Yorkshire Police India 2001’. A significant difference was that of the 25 young people taking part this time, almost 50% of them were from Punjabi backgrounds in the UK .One of the highlights of the concert performed by the group was a visit to GRD Academy in Ludhiana.

The South Yorkshire police has extended the range of their commitment to Punjab and is now working in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council in India, the West Yorkshire police, the Punjab police, the Phillaur Police Academy and the GRD Academy, to introduce other UK police services to India, and produce some joint projects.

A number of Punjabi police officers have already been hosted on training attachments with the South Yorkshire police. In late July, 2001, the DGP of Punjab, Mr Sarabjit Singh was hosted by the S.Y. Police, which facilitated the DGP’s meetings with the Chief Constables of South and West Yorkshire Police, West Midlands Police and the Commissioner of London Metropolitan Police.



Infighting intensifies in YC, 3 district
chiefs suspended
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 10
The infighting between warring groups in the Youth Congress , owing allegiance to the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh and a former Punjab Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has further intensified, with the Punjab Youth Congress President, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, suspending three district presidents for ‘anti-party activities, holding parallel meetings and criticising the party leadership’.

Those placed under suspension are Mr Maninder Singh Patti, president, Amritsar (Rural), Mr Raminder Singh Amla, district president, Ferozepore and Mr Narinder Singh Bhuleria, district president, Bathinda.

According to Mr Babbu, disciplinary action had been initiated against these party activists on the instructions of Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, President, Indian Youth Congress.

While a cold war for oneupmanship was continuing between the two factions, the immediate provocation, which prompted the PYC President to proceed against three of his district presidents, appeared to be a party meeting, convened by the IYC General Secretary, Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa here yesterday. According to party sources, on the same day Mr Babbu had also called a party meeting in Jalandhar and holding a parallel meeting elsewhere was treated as an act of defiance and challenge to the leadership.

However, the detractors of Mr Babbu charged him with perpetrating factionalism and discrimination on the basis of allegiance. ‘‘While even non-entities, claiming affinity to the Capt Amarinder Singh’s camp are given importance by Mr Babbu, those considered as close to Mr Bhattal or Mr Jagmeet Brar are totally ignored and treated with contempt,’’ charged a local functionary of DYC. While choosing not to speak against the party leadership, the DYC president, Mr Parminder Mehta, alleged that he was not invited, nor even intimated about the Jalandhar meeting by the party president.

Meanwhile, Mr Mehta today organised a function in New Vishnu Puri, in connection with the ongoing party membership drive while the PYC chief, Mr Babbu, attended another party function, convened by district unit of the urban development cell at the Congress Bhavan, despite the fact that the party high command had announced dissolution of all these cells.



Rare surgeries performed in the city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
In a rare surgery, doctors at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital performed a reconstructive procedure on a teenager girl, who presented herself at the hospital with a disorder termed as Mullerian Agenesis that is marked by the absence of reproductive organs.

Poonam (not her real name) did not show any signs of reproductive growth and was diagnosed with the absence of internal and external reproductive organs and genitals. According to Dr Suman Puri, Senior Consultant in Obstetric and Gynaecology at the GTB hospital, she and her team, in a painstaking reconstructive procedure, created artificial external genitalia that would help the girl live a near normal life.

This complicated and sophisticated surgery was done at a minimal cost to the patient, with the Lakshmi Ladies Club generously donating towards the cost of the surgery.

Meanwhile, another team of doctors from Sigma Hospital, Dr K.C.Mukerjee and Dr H.S.Pannu, claimed to have done the first multi-vessel total arterial coronary vascularisation in the region at the hospital.

Stating this at a press conference here today, Dr Mukherjee said that Darshan Singh, a 52-year-old man from Ferozepore was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of chest pain. His angiography revealed that he was suffering from triple vessel coronary artery disease and needed a surgery. ‘‘His bypass was done by using LIMA, RIMA and RADIAL arteries. No incision on the leg was made. The surgery was completed in four and a half hour’s time’’.

Dr Pannu, while talking to mediapersons, said that in most centers conventional method of surgical treatment was by using one artery from chest (LIMA) and veins from the leg. As veins were not meant for bearing higher pressure of arterial systems for bypassing the blocked blood vessels of heart (coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart were part of arterial systems), they get thickened and diseased and ultimately block.

The blockade rate of vein grafts was 15 per cent in first year, 40 per cent in fifth year and 60 per cent in tenth year. Arterial grafts were having patency rates of 95 per cent at the fifth year, 85 per cent at the 10th year. So if patients less than 65 years receive arterial grafts, they would definitely have greater life expectancy , than patients who received vein grafts, he claimed.



Cong to release charge sheet against
SAD-BJP govt: Vora

Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The Congress has prepared a charge sheet, listing in details the acts of omission and commission by the SAD-BJP government in Punjab during last four and half years, which will be released in next few days. The people of Punjab will be asked to judge the performance of the government with reference to unfulfilled promises, failure on all fronts and corruption crossing all limits under the present regime, said by Mr Moti Lal Vora, Treasurer, All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and in charge of the Punjab affairs, while talking to mediapersons here today. Mr Vora was in town to attend a two-day training programme organised by the Punjab Mahila Congress for its state-level office-bearers, district and block presidents. Ms Chandresh Kumari, President, All-India Mahila Congress, and Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, President, Punjab Mahila Congress, among others, were present at the occasion.

Mr Vora maintained that the party was all set to give the ruling alliance a run for its money in the coming assembly elections. A 105-member Campaign Committee, headed by Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP, has been set up, which will meet at Chandigarh to finalise the strategy for the electioneering. Similarly, an Election Manifesto Committee, led by PPCC President Capt Amrinder Singh and a Media Committee, under the leadership of Mr Surinder Singla were also carrying out their assigned tasks under the guidance of Central Election Campaign Committee, set up by the AICC leadership with the former Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh as its chairman.

According to him, the AICC observers had already completed their observation of party units at block and district-levels in the state and were expected to submit their report to the party leadership by August 20. Thereafter, the process of selection of party candidates for the assembly polls will gain momentum, which would be based on the report of the party observers and recommendations of the State Election Campaign Committee. “The party nominees will be announced well in time to give them adequate time for the campaigning and the party leadership will give due representation to youth and women.

Lambasting the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for squandering away massive funds through his ‘sangat darshan’ programmes, the AICC Treasurer observed that as such the Congress was not opposed to distribution of government grants for development works but in this case election was the motivating factor and grants were being doled out by Mr Badal in a desperate bid to affect the outcome of the assembly elections. “Why did Mr Badal not remember the ‘sangat’ for four and a half years and from where have the funds suddenly come now.”

Mr Vora disagreed with a question on factionalism in the party and the senior leaders being on loggers head over several vital issues. “The party is totally united. There is no factionalism and every one has seen in a rally in Rayya in Amritsar district when all party stalwarts were together on one stage.” Commenting on fierce faction-fighting between the Youth Congress functionaries in Punjab and a meeting of dissident party activists, held in Ludhiana on August 9, he asserted that indiscipline, at any level, will not be tolerated.

Earlier, addressing Mahila Congress activists at a training camp, Mr Vora asked them to gear up for assuming greater responsibilities in the fast changing political scenario and the increasing role of women in all spheres. He said the party leadership was aware of the aspirations of the youth and women for more participation in the governance and due care will be taken at the time of selection of party candidates to provide adequate representation to these sections.

Ms Chandresh Kumari, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP and Mr Jagjit Singh, Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly, also addressed the function.



Fighting off addiction menace
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, August 10
Eak Jyot is a secular, charitable trust dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs. It was established in June with the efforts of Harsimran Preet. Harsimran worked with drug addicts in Aas Kiran, another de-addiction centre. Seeing her involvement in the work, she was sent for training to Ministry of Social Empowerment and for next three months she imbibed everything taught to her in Delhi and Chennai. The best de-addiction centre for her was in Chennai as they were counselled well to take care of the patients without getting emotionally involved.

Armed with her new-found knowledge and with support of the addicts, whom she was treating, Eak Jyot came into existence. Interestingly, the name was suggested by the patients themselves. They brought things required for the centre. In fact its origin owes to the people who have been working in this field and wanted to start something different.

This 10-bedded residential facility offers the services of trained professionals and experienced counsellors, who are deeply committed to the cause. Medical, psychological and therapeutic treatment is provided during the treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.

The outstanding feature of the centre is that it offers alternative healing techniques to help the patients fight off addiction. Since the centre believes in community living, everyone undertakes “The Art of Living Course”. Ms Preet says the course helps in stablising the patients. They learn to accept themselves as they are without dwelling on their past. It helps them to take each day as it comes. They practice yogic kriyas, meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Reiki and ear acupuncture. Pradeep, in charge of the centre and a reformed de-addict himself, has an expertise in ear acupuncture. This technique helps in reducing the urge for drugs. The others techniques help in reducing mental anxiety and stress.

The facilities offered at Eak Jyot include *detoxication, *therapy centre, *family therapy, *recreation room, *personality development courses and *counselling.

According to Ms Preet, addiction is a disease and anyone can be its victim. It can affect people of any age and of both sexes. The society has to face this problem squarely and develop a sympathetic attitude towards the drug addicts.

What the Eak Jyot feels about drug addiction:

* Alcoholism/drug addiction is not a habit, weakness, sin or crime.

* It is a disease — that is chronic, progressive and fatal, which affects a person physically, mentally, spiritually etc.

* It is a serious health problem that needs timely intervention and proper treatment.

* Any addict with timely treatment and support can lead a healthy, productive and meaningful life.

The treatment at Eak Jyot aims at total abstinence from all forms of drugs and alcohol from the first day, effecting changes in the thinking behaviour, attitude and level of feelings of the individual, to improve his lifestyle and coping skills. The treatment also comprises of Yoga Medication, Auricular Acupuncture and other Personality Development Courses. Family members are also educated about the problem and their role in helping the person to recover from addiction.

Eak Jyot serves both in-patient and out-patient services. After detoxification, therapy session is started where individual attention and care is provided to each person. Follow-up is a very important component of treatment. After the discharge, people are encouraged/advised to maintain weekly visits, which later, become once a month. They are also advised to attend sessions of Alcholic Anonymous/Narcotic Anonymous and family meetings regularly. These meetings are also held on the centre premises. Addiction affects both the family and the addict.

Eak Jyot provides emotional support to the families, both during and after the treatment and also gives guidelines to help the patient in his recovery.

Since it is an NGO, it faces paucity of funds. Due to this, it has not been able to reach out to many people, though the problem of addiction is widespread, as youngsters inject themselves with pathedene morphine, drink cough mixtures and use smack.



DC for better redressing of grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has issued directions to officials to carry out the inquiries marked to them at sangat darshan programmes themselves instead of relying upon the lower staff. While addressing officials of the district, he said the quality of the inquiries was very poor. He directed them to consider all the facts and summon the complainant while holding an inquiry.

On a complaint by Mr Sadhu Singh and her daughter, Paramjit Kaur, of Mohi village, regarding harassment by their neighbour, Mr Sandhu directed the SP, Jagraon, to conduct an inquiry and submit the report within one week. On a complaint by Mr Balram of Industrial Area, against the owners of factories creating pollution, he ordered the SDO, Pollution Control Board, to look into the matter. Mr Darshan Singh, of Uppal village, complained that a road was forcibly being constructed on his land by a sarpanch. He ordered the SDM (East) to conduct an inquiry and report within a week. Mr Sikander Singh, of Ramgarh village, complained that he had not been given a loan by the SC Corporation for the past four years. Mr Sandhu ordered an immediate action, following which a draft of Rs 56,000 was given on the spot to Mr Sikander Singh. Mr Hoshiar Singh of Iqlaha village complained that the godawari on his name had been changed. Mr Sandhu immediately directed the SDM, Khanna, to take an action. Mr Sikander Singh of village Gujjarwal complained of being denied transfer despite repeated requests. Mr Sandhu directed the ADC (D) to immediately settle the matter. Residents of Kundan Puri complained that noise, water and air pollution and made their lives miserable in the residential area. The XEN, Pollution Control Board, told that show-cause notices had already been sent to the factories in that area and the directions had been issued to install devices for pollution control within one month.

At least 58 complaints were received in today’s sangat darshan programme, out of which 35 were settled on the spot.

Among others who attended the programme were Mr S.R. Kaler, ADC (General), Mr S.K. Sinha, ADC (D), Mrs Anita Darshi, PGO, SDMs of all subdivisions and district officials.



Mother’s feed nature’s best gift to baby
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, August 10
Every new born is suckled by the mother as mother’s feed is the nature’s best gift to the baby. But human beings are deviating from nature and in the race for becoming modern, mothers are trying to deviate from the natural practice of breast-feeding the babies, leading to low immunity among the new borns. This is the finding of a seminar on breast-feeding organised in rural and urban areas as per directives of the Government of India. This week is celebrated every year by the Department of Social Security of Women and Child Development from August 1 to 7 all over India.

Mr Gurcharan Singh, project officer, block (1), rural, gave information of the entire week’s programme. The different venues were chosen so that maximum number of pregnant and nursing mothers could benefit from these seminars. On August 1 the programme took off from Gobindgarh village. A team of food and nutrition experts gave a talk about the importance of a balanced diet. They explained how they can have access to cheap nutritional food. The value of sanitation was explained. Some ladies demonstrated preparing nutritious snacks like peanut ‘tikkis’ and besan ladoos. Subsequent programmes of similar nature were orgnised in Nandpur village on August 2, Hibowal on August 4, Bulra on August 5, Kaind on Aug 6 and Jhande on Aug 7. A lot of women benefited from these talks.

On August 3, a special programme was organised on a large scale. The programme was attended by Mr. Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, and by the Director of the same department, Mr. R.L. Kalsia. In this function, all the speakers of different religions condemned foeticide and female infanticide in strong words. The Deputy Commissioners, Mr S.K. Sandhu, urged the religious leaders to create awareness among the people against the ‘most despicable’ practice of female foeticide.

Mr Gurcharan Singh imparted information of different schemes started for the girl child. In the kanya jagriti scheme, all girls born on or after Jan 1 were given Rs 5000, to be held in their name in trust. The compounded sum would be used at their marriages, provided the parents’ annual income was Rs 20,000. But if the parents produced a third child, they will be deprived of the benefit. Similarly if the girls do not clear matriculation, then too, the sum will not be given. The girls are given education stipends

The second scheme is titled balika smridhi yojna. Under this scheme, the girl child born on Aug15 and thereafter will have Rs 500 deposited in the mother’s account. From time to time more funds for the education will be added. The third scheme, pradhan mantri gramye yojna, is specially devised for children suffering from moderate to serious malnutrition. These children are supplied dry milk powder, sugar and moongdal.The fourth scheme is called integrated child development scheme. Under this scheme six services provided are: (a) supplementary nutrition programme; (b) primary school education; (c) immunisation; (d) free health check-up; (e) nutrition and health education; (f) referral services.

Kishore shakti yojna is meant for adolescents from age 11-18. In this, they are made aware of different fields in education and services. The department also provides free bus pass service to the ladies above 60 years.



Don’t burden your dog with over exercise

NO matter how bizarre it may sound but it is true, contrary to the popular belief, not much exercise is required for a dog, if it is fed judiciously. Dogs need activity and excitement in life and not discommode. The truth is that dogs are as accommodative to their exercise requirements as you and me. So do not let the worry of burden of walking your dog miles let you miss the millions of smiles it can offer.

Although you may crave to exercise your pup, never do when they are very young, especially if it is one of the large breeds. Avoidance of over exercise until the pup of a large breed is 25-26 week old is advised as it is very easy to overdevelop their shoulders in a displeasing way .

Once you plan to exercise the pup make sure you don’t burden it and make the activity enjoyable for the pup. Moderate exercise will not only add titillation to your and your pup’s life. Moreover, it boosts the pup’s immunity to fight infection. Exercise may include retrieving, playing buffoon, short walks on leash. Pups love to chase and it is an enjoyable exercise for them. They just adore playing tug of war. It also strengthens their muscles but the material used for sport should be sensibly selected.

All dogs need action in life, some more than others do. The magnitude depends on the original purpose of breed. The dogs can adapt to different exercise schemes but it is favourable to give game breeds (labaradors, etc.) a good workout, guard dogs (boxer, etc.) a pleasurable frolic and the toy breeds (Chihuahua, etc.) do enjoy occasional strolls. Old dogs tend to suffer from joint ailments and if let to rest may stiffen up. Daily frequent brief walks help to improve condition.

Exercise may include brisk walks, off leash fooling around (under supervision), retrieving, and if feasible, swimming which is an excellent form of work out for all aged canines. Retrieving objects like balls, sticks etc. is lot of merriment for both but precaution should be taken as injury may happen if the playground is having pernicious elements like barbed wires etc. or the ball is too small that it might be swallowed, and the wooden stick might have splinters which might harm the dog.

The exercise should be fun for the dog and it should be praised for accomplishing the task. This can be done verbally as dogs tend to respond excellently to love.

The routine can be made enticing by taking different walk detours and letting the dog explore its environment. This should be done with alertness to avoid any detrimental situations.

The ill effect of not exercising your pet and feeding it inconsiderately is obesity that brings along lethargy, arthopathies, metabolic bone diseases, increased risk of diabetes mellitus and immense susceptibility to infection to name a few. As such you might be showing your love by over feeding your pet but it certainly does away with few years you might spend with your pet.

If your pet is plump it should be put on an exercise program soon. This includes increased physical activity to utilise the stored fat and lipids in body by escalating the BMR and reduced caloric intake.

This should be carried out scrupulously i.e. not putting too much burden at once on the pet but increasing the activity slowly and steadily. The diet should also be changed after consulting a veterinary doctor, as you don’t want to deprive the pet of essential nutrients by unbalanced feeding. The diet has to balanced and bulky to satisfy the hunger.

Final words of caution: Never exercise the pet just after feeding. A slow walk may not harm but jumping and leaping are sure to get your pet in bother. It may lead to gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) syndrome due to displacement of a filled stomach. This condition is more common in deep-chested large breed dogs but may occur even in smaller dogs. This is an emergency and professional help is recommended instantly. The GDV is evident from frequent non-productive retching (without vomiting) and abnormal abdominal distension.

In summer brachycephalic breed (small head breeds) like boxers, pugs, should be exercised in cool hours of morning and evening and allowed to rest in warmer parts of day as these are susceptible to heat stress. Over exercising young pups may lead to permanent deformities in tendons and ligaments.

Swimming should be encouraged only if the pet shows interest. Dirty polluted water bodies should be obviously avoided so should rivers with strong currents. If domestic pool is used then assistance may be needed to get out due to its structure.

Jaspreet Singh 



Trade unions want women’s Bill passed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The trade unions affiliated with the CPI (ML) Liberation held a demonstration in front of the mini secretariat seeking the passage of women’s reservation Bill in Parliament and to demand action against the Vajpayee government for following ‘anti-labour and anti-poor people policies’. The demonstration was held as part of the nationwide campaign — ‘Vajpayee hatao and desh bachao’ — under which rallies and dharnas were organised at the district headquarters today by the CPI (ML) Liberation and its affiliated organisations.

Mr Rajinder Sharma, district secretary of the party, while addressing the workers, said, ‘‘In the name of evolving a consensus for the women’s reservation Bill, the government has entered into a conspiracy with Mr Laloo Prashad and Mr Mulyam Singh Yadav against women’s reservation Bill. Rather it was trying to cut facilities currently available to women workers and to initiate night shift for them.’’

He further condemned the government for promoting the MNC’s interests and steps to suppress the workers’ rights in the country. In the name of labour reforms the government was curbing the rights of workers. The education system has been communalised and the attacks on minority communities were on the rise in the country.

The delegates later presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.S. Sandhu for submission to the President of India.

In the memorandum, the workers asked the president to take appropriate action against the government for following communal agenda in the country. Mr Sharma, in the memorandum, mentioned the failure of the government to curb terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country. Incidentally, the speakers in the meeting urged the President to dismiss the Vajpayee led coalition government for not ‘following people-friendly policies’ and for its ‘failure’ to pass the women reservation Bill.



Homage paid to Hiroshima victims
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The Ludhiana Welfare Society paid homage to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who lost their lives in the atomic bombs dropped on the two cities on August 6 and 9.

At a special meeting summoned for this purpose on the society’s premises, the president of the Society, Mr Manji Singh Mathroo, said that Americans had wanted to display their power and hence dropped bombs on innocent people in 1945.

That was the biggest and cruellest example of mass killing. Not only did 2.5 million people perish, but many more were grievously injured. The loss of property was immeasurable. Members of the society paid homage to the martyrs by maintaining a two-minute silence.



Stress on behavioural change among cops
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The image of the police depends upon the overall behaviour of its men and officers and their general attitudes. To sensitise the field supervisory police officers, a three-day special training programme concluded at the PPA, Phillaur, today. The main aim of the programme was attitudinal and behavioural change, in which over 30 police officers of gazetted rank participated. The participants also included senior officers from the CRPF.

The course was inaugurated by Mr D.R. Bhatti, Director, PPA Phillaur, who highlighted the need for bringing attitudinal and behavioural changes among police personnel in order to meet future challenges. He also pointed out the importance of developing positive approach for achieving individual as well as organisational success. Mr Bhatii said many new training courses were being introduced at the Punjab Police Academy, which would significantly contribute towards the professional as well as behavioural effectiveness of the force. The police personnel, he said, should be humble, polite and respectful towards the public.

Giving details about the special course, Dr D.J. Singh, Course Director, said renowned experts from management fields, behavioural experts and police officers interacted with the participants. The broad issues that were discussed during the course were: nature, concept and formation of attitudes; parameters of attitudinal change and communication at various levels; attitude of police personnel towards women, children and weaker sections of society; developing self-confidence and leadership qualities with special reference to strategies for self development; developing the art of self motivation, positive thinking and happiness; effective management of power, authority and discretion among police personnel; attitude of police personnel towards their families; managing aggressive behaviour in individual and group; improving personnel effectiveness; and alcoholism and its impact on police behaviour.

The valedictory address was delivered by Mr C.S.R. Reddy, DIG, Jalandhar Range. He spoke about various aspects of the police subculture and its effect on police perceptions and attitudes. The participating officers were of the opinion that the entire force should be made to attend such useful and effective training programmes.



BSF jawan cremated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The body of Karamjit Singh, BSF jawan, who died on duty on Wednesday near Tral in the Kashmir valley, was consigned to the flames with state honours at Baurhai, near Ahmedgarh, today.

The funeral was attended by officials and villagers.

Contingents of the Punjab police and 39 BN reversed their arms in honour of the brave soldier.

The departed soldier leaves behind his widow, Baljinder, and three minor sons.



In-laws booked in dowry case
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, August 10
The Sahnewal police registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC on the complaint lodged by a woman against her husband and the in-laws yesterday. Taranjit Kaur, who got married to Inderjit Singh of Amargarh (Sangrur), on August 13, 1999, alleged that her husband, mother-in-law Santosh Kaur and sister-in-law Baljit Kaur used to torture her physically as well as mentally, asking her to bring more dowry from her parents. In April, 2001, she was beaten and turned out of the house.

Fraud case: A case of fraud under Sections 420, 406 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sahnewal police station on the complaint by Kharag Singh of Rurka (Dehlon) village against Tehal Singh and Balwant Singh of Majara village. The complainant alleged that the duo had taken his passport and Rs 75,000 from him in 1992 with the promise of sending him abroad. But till now, he had neither been sent abroad nor given his money back.


Accident: One person was killed, and another injured in an accident that took place on the GT Road at Khamano this morning. According to sources, Sikander Singh, a resident of Jagraon, was killed on the spot when the tempo he was driving hit a roadside tree, in his attempt to save a cow. Dalip Singh, who was sitting along with him, was injured. Mohan Lal, cleaner of the vehicle, escaped unhurt.


Youth dies: Joginder Singh (17), a resident of Durga Mandir road, here died of electric shock on Friday. He used to work at Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala. His body was handed over to his relatives after a post mortem at the local Civil Hospital.



Discussion on WTO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
To cope up with the WTO challenges and to make farmers aware of the threats of agreements of agriculture (AOA) to them, the Department of Agriculture held a district-level discussion on “WTO challenges and its impact on agriculture’ here yesterday.

This technical discussion was organised on the premises of the office of Chief Agriculture Officer with the initiative of Dr S.C. Khurana, who has joined the CAO, Ludhiana, just a week ago. To make the discussion healthy and fruitful, Dr Khurana had invited all the agricultural technocrats of Ludhiana district.

Initiating the discussion, Dr R.P.S. Aulakh explained the challenges for the AOA on agriculture and the role of agricultural technocrats. He appealed to the state government to uplift and strengthen the extension services of agricultural technocrats to cope up with these challenges.

In his introductory-cum-presidential address, Dr S.C. Khurana warned the technocrats about their increased role in the wake of globalisation. He said the land holdings in India were small but the expenses to produce per kilogram of agricultural produces were much higher as compared to other agriculture-dominating countries. So in addition to keep other points into consideration, partial shifting from wheat-paddy mono-culture, conservation and judicious use of natural resources, cutting down the inputs expenses to the possible extent, integrated nutrition management and integrated pest management must be given due attention.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kesar Singh, Deputy Director of Agriculture (oil seeds), stressed the need for producing high-yielding varieties of oilseed crops and pulses arguing that the diversification is possible only if the returns from these crops are comparable to that of wheat, paddy and other cash crops.

Others who participated in this discussion included Dr Gurcharan Singh, Seed Testing Officer, Seed Testing Laboratory, Ludhiana, Dr Daler Singh, District Agriculture Information Officer, Ludhiana, Mr Prabhdyal Thind, Mr Baldev Singh Grewal, Field Inspector (State Wing), Dr Charanjit Kainth, Agricultural Officer and Dr Kirpal Singh, ADO, (Seed).



‘Kismat Crown Mein’ contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
Dr Ashok Kumar has won the cash prize of Rs 2 lakh under the “Coca Cola Kismat Crown Mein” promotion scheme in Ludhiana. The cash prizes, which were upto Rs 1 crore, were printed under the crown. Besides this, consumers had the option of doubling their cash prize through shagun crowns.

This scheme which started on May 1, lasted till June 30.


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