Tuesday, October 16, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


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Kidney racket victims were minors
Policemen, MC officials part of nexus
Ludhiana, October 15
Investigations into the recently-busted kidney racket have revealed that two of the three complainants were operated upon despite being minors. Besides, they were given false identities by agents allegedly mixed up with officials of the Police Department, the Municipal Corporation and some politicians. This is in violation of the Organs Transplant Act. Following investigations by Ludhiana Tribune, two more victims of the racket have also been identified.

Earlier stories:

Pictures of the victims of the kidney racket. From left: Sagar Bahudar and his brother Sunil narrating their tale of woe, Sandeep Bahadur, Prem Bahadur, Sagar Bahadur, and the hitherto unknown victim, Sunil. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi




Gagandeep KaurCancer has won, help is useless now
Ludhiana, October 15
Gagandeep Kaur, 21-year-old student, who was suffering from blood cancer and awaiting the bone marrow transplant, did not survive long enough to undergo the surgery. She died of complications leading to her kidney failure on October 11.

HC declines stay on elevated road project
Ludhiana, October 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, while admitting two writ petitions, filed by representatives of the affected shopkeepers against the elevated road project, has declined their plea for grant of a stay order against the controversial project. Two separate civil writ petitions filed by Mr Kartar Singh and others and Mr Rajesh Mehra and others, being similar in nature, were clubbed together by the court.

Temple trust encroaches upon park space again
Ludhiana, October 15
Slack enforcement and lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Corporation towards removing encroachments is having its toll on the city. Though the Durga Mata Mandir controversy is yet to be resolved, the issue of alleged attempts to encroach upon a park near Shri Bhole Nath Temple in the ‘F’ Block of Kitchlu Nagar here has come to the fore.

Policemen on guard at a park in Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday, after tension in the area on the issue of the installation of a gate at the entrance to the park. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Case of fraud against LSE broker
Ludhiana, October 15
The police has registered a case against Mrs Usha Garg, a Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) broker, and her son, Mr Shagun Garg, proprietors of Usha Garg and Company, for committing fraud with Mrs Nidhi Jain. Both have allegedly denied that a payment of Rs 49,960 was due to Mrs Jain.

Confrontation over foundation stones
Ludhiana, October 15
As the assembly elections in the state are drawing closer, the politicians seem to have already taken the fight to the streets. Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD), have emerged as the worst rivals with strong mutual aversion for each other.


Irked by ‘illegal melas’, residents hold dharna
Ludhiana, October 15
In protest against the non-closure of melas in Focal Point, which had been declared illegal by the district administration, residents of the area staged a dharna in front of the area's police station here yesterday.

Residents sit outside the Focal Point police station in protest against the non-closure of ‘melas’ in the area, on Sunday. — Photo D. B. Chopra

Seminar on 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib
Ludhiana, October 15
A seminar in connection with the 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib was held at Punjabi Bhavan here today under the auspices of the Senior Sikh Bhudijiwi Council in which more than 200 scholars , intellectuals, bureaucrats, doctors, professors and others from all sections of society participated.

Rally by Youth Congressmen
Ludhiana, October 15
The District Youth Congress organised a “Congress lao, Punjab bachao” rally here today which was organised by Mr Rajesh Chopra and Mr Anil Kumar Pappi.

Case registered against factory owners
Ludhiana. October 15
The case of a Nepali labourer, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances outside an industrial unit, near Sherpur, yesterday, took a new turn this evening when the Focal Point police registered a case of murder against the owners of a factory, Ram Lal and Sons, where the deceased used to work.

Members of the Nepali Ekta Union demand constitution of a board of doctors to conduct a post mortem on the victim. — IV

Concern over nexus between drugs and elections
Ludhiana, October 15
The delegate session of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in a significant decision, today, endorsed and pledged to rout drug menace from the state. During the ensuing Assembly and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee elections in the state, over 200 delegates from 10 zones of Punjab and 9 states of the country would launch an aggressive awareness campaign exhorting the electorate to reject bartering their votes with alcohol and drugs.

Shehzad village gets 24-hour power supply
Ludhiana, October 15
The 24-hour power supply scheme was inaugurated by Mr Jagdip Singh Grewal, Chief Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, in Shehzad village in Lalton Suburban Division of the PSEB. In providing this facility to the village, a long pending demand of the villagers has been accepted.

Mr J.S. Grewal, Chief Engieer, PSEB, inaugurates the 24-hour-power-supply scheme in Shehzad village under Lalton subdivision of the PSEB in Ludhiana district. — IV

YC to launch agitation against corruption
Ludhiana, October 15
The District Youth Congress (DYC) has threatened to launch a mass agitation against the alleged irregularities and rampant corruption in Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) if the LIT chairman fails to take remedial measures to root out corruption and red-tape.

Laugh your blues away
Ludhiana, October 15
“Laugh and the world will laugh with you; weep and you weep alone”. These lines by Ella Wheeler Wilcox are still true. One who remains happy and stays cool in all adverse situations can defeat all odds and emerge as a winner. Everybody enjoys the company of cheerful persons and not of frustrated and desperate persons. Laughter is a heavenly bliss without which life can be hell.

Book on Sarabha’s life released
Ludhiana, October 15
‘Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha’, a book written by Dr Gurcharan Singh Muhay and published by the Publications Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was released at a function organised by the Sirjandhara in Punjabi Bhavan here on Sunday.


Kidnap bid, one booked
Ludhiana, October 15
The division No 5 police station has registered a case against Garish Kumar who allegedly tried to kidnap a boy, Prashant Rattan, in Haibowal yesterday.



Agricultural varsity gets Rs 42 lakh project from NATP
Ludhiana, October 15
In a move that is aimed at providing a boost to the research activities of the Department of Home Science Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the National Agriculture Training Programme (NATP) has granted a project of Rs 42.75 lakh to the department to work on empowerment of women in agriculture.

PAU students hold rally
Ludhiana, October 15
More than 200 NSS volunteers belonging to various colleges of Punjab Agricultural University, including the College of Agriculture, Home Science and Agricultural Engineering took out an impressive rally here today to create awareness amongst residents against evils and AIDS.

NSS volunteers hold a rally to spread awareness about the evils like drugs in Ludhiana on Monday.
— IV


PSEB told to refund payment
Ludhiana, October 15
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a Rs 84,567 Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) bill for theft of energy issued to Mr Amanpreet Singh, a resident of Shiv Puri here. The forum has directed the PSEB to refund the amount that has already been deposited and pay an interest at the rate of 12 per cent from the date of the deposit to the day of the payment.



Two-day CME on geriatric diseases
Chandigarh, October 15
A two-day continuing medical education (CME) programme on geriatric diseases was inaugurated at the Western Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir. Geriatrics is the study of disorders suffered by elderly persons.

DMC employees feel ignored
Ludhiana, October 15
The DMC management and the employees union seem to be heading towards a showdown as the union leaders today decried being regularly ignored by the management and threatened to launch a series of protests if the management did not take them into confidence about the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital affairs.

Vision awareness lecture
Ludhiana, October 15
Dr Jatinder Mohan Singh, eye specialist, gave a demonstration on the topic of “Poor vision effect academic performance” at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary School, B.R.S.Nagar, yesterday to make every one take care of one’s precious eyes. He stressed that due to certain misconceptions, students, parents as well as teachers ignore this precious part of the human body.

First free neuro camp in Punjab
Ludhiana, October 15
To commemorate the seventh annual day, the Arora Neuro Centre is currently organising a free medical camp for brain, spine, muscle and nerve diseases at its newly set up Satellite Centre in Udham Singh Nagar.

New OPD timings
Phillaur, October 15
The Punjab Government has changed the timings of the out-patient department in all government civil hospitals, dispensaries, ayurvedic hospitals and ayurvedic dispensaries of the state with effect from October 16.


Badminton title for Gurbux
Ludhiana, October 15
Second seed, Gurbux Singh scored an upset victory over top seed Raj Kumar to emerge as champion (u-13) in the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Sub-Junior and Veteran Badminton Championship which concluded here today.

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