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Lathi charge on agitating DMCH employees
30, including 16 cops, hurt in violent clashes; injured DSP goes into coma
Ludhiana, July 13
As many as 30 persons, including 16 cops, were injured when the month-long standoff between the management and employees of the local Dayanand Medical College (DMCH) took an ugly turn and the police had to resort to a lathi charge and burst tear gas shells to disperse agitating and stone-pelting employees here today.

Policemen thrash a protester; and (right) women police caught up between protesting employees of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital during a lathi charge in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photos Inderjeet Verma

   70 persons booked for attempt to murder



No one spared a thought for patients
Ludhiana, July 13
Today’s unsavoury incident at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here was the culmination of the unbending posture struck by both the management and the union with the local administration playing the role of a passive onlooker.

Two women run into the police wall during a lathi charge in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — IV
Two women run into the police wall during a lathi charge

‘Corporal punishment no solution’
Ludhiana, July 13
There has been a mixed reaction among the teaching community over the child’s thrashing case that lead to death of Jagroop Singh, a Class X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Pakhowal, yesterday.

Town forces action against teachers
Victim of corporal punishment cremated
Pakhowal, July 13
Angry relatives of 15-year-old Jagroop, who died as a result of corporal punishment in school, and hundreds of persons of Pakhowal and Bhaini Arora villages staged a sit-in at Pakhowal Chowk today. 
Villagers of Pakhowal protest on Saturday at the town square near the school where 15-year-old Jagroop Singh received a corporal punishment that eventually resulted in his death. — IV
Villagers of Pakhowal protest on Saturday at the town square near the school


Government plans to restore forest wealth 
Amloh, July 13
The state-level Vanmahotsava function will be organised at Harbanspura village in Fatehgarh Sahib district on July 18. On this occasion, the foundation stone of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Forest Bhavan would be laid, besides planting saplings in 20 acres at Harbanspura village, said Dr Harbans Lal, State Minister for Forests, Food and Supply, while talking to mediapersons here on Saturday.

PHRC raps civic body for ‘casual attitude’
Ludhiana, July 13
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has come down heavily upon the officials of the municipal corporation for what it considered as a ‘casual attitude’ in conducting the case pertaining to discrimination and apathetic attitude in providing basic civic amenities in a particular locality.

Erratic power supply irritates residents
Ludhiana, July 13
As the unscheduled power cuts and erratic power supply continue to irritate the residents, the complaints against the PSEB are also piling up. Tired of not being heard by the PSEB staff, the residents have started ringing up newspaper offices to publish their complaints which according to them would “at least be redressed”.

CUTTING-EDGE: Ludhiana still cleans its teeth every morning with ‘datun’. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Cong hails drive against corruption
Ludhiana, July 13
Members of the District Congress Committee (DCC) took out a march in support of the state campaign against corruption, here today. The march began from the Congress office and concluded at Clock Tower.

Probe sought into Punjab Agro ‘scam’
Ludhiana, July 13
The senior vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged scandal in Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Ltd Ludhiana. He claimed that the inquiry would reveal a scandal worth crores of rupees in the implement section of the corporation.

NGOs resent restrictions on pilgrims
Ludhiana, July 13
The NGOs that provide Amarnath pilgrims with free food and tents have criticised the recent directives of the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Tourism. The Bhole Bhandari Trust here headed by Mr Rajan Gupta and the Delhi-based Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Board headed by Mr Rajinder Sharma have said that the new rules have hurt the religious sentiments of pilgrims.

80 cows captured
Ludhiana, July 13
As many as 80 stray cows, commonly known as ‘Ram Gaus’ that had created a havoc for the farmers of Pakhowal, Narangwal, Kila Raipur and other villages, have been captured in a week-long operation.


Smuggled liquor seized, one arrested
Ludhiana, July 13
During the special checking to curb smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh to Ludhiana, the raiding party of the Excise Department led by Mr G.S. Bahia, Excise and Taxation Officer, seized 70 pouches of whisky from Surinder Singh, a resident of Ghawaddi village.

Robbers injure 50-yr-old man
Khanna, July 13
Jarnail Singh, a 50-year-old man, was injured by robbers who struck at his residence on the Amloh Road yesterday night. He was rushed to a private nursing home for first-aid. The police has taken two persons into custody in this connection.

One injured in sword attack
Ludhiana, July 13
The Division No 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323,324 and 34 of the IPC against Davinder Singh, Tejinder Singh and Mohan Singh, all residents of Hargobind Nagar, on the complaint of Mr Avtar Singh, a resident of Ganesh Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused attacked him with a sword and injured him before running away.


CICU seeks FM’s intervention to control steep price hike
Ludhiana, July 13
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, (CICU), Ludhiana, has sought the intervention of the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, for checking the “sudden spurt” in the prices of steel, including HR coils and CT strips. The CICU has been maintaining that the steep hike will spell a doom for the cycle, auto parts and general engineering industry.



Dental Health Education workshop concludes
Ludhiana, July 13
A two-day programme for imparting training in dental health education to schoolteachers and community leaders was concluded yesterday at Christian Dental College (CDC). More than 200 schoolteachers and community leaders attended the programme which was inaugurated by Dr T.M. Jaison, Acting Director of Christian Medical College and Hospital here yesterday.

KVM students back from  foreign trip
Ludhiana, July 13
“It was paradise”, said the 50 students after coming back from their educational trip to Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur recently. The students enjoyed visiting the Golden Buddha Temple, the reclining Buddha Temple and the King’s Palace at Bangkok.


Steel company directed to pay interest
Ludhiana, July 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed M/s Jindal Vijaynagar Steel Limited, a Bellary (Karnataka)-based company, to pay the amount of overdue interest on debentures, along with interest for delayed payment of the redemption amount, to a complainant, Mr Prem Kumar Gupta.

Three men get 12-year  rigorous imprisonment
Ludhiana, July 13
Hansraj, Bhajna Ram and Mohan Chand of Lattodana village under the Sahnewal police station, have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 12 years on charge of illegally possessing poppy husk, under the NDPS Act. A fine of Rs 1 lakh each has also been imposed on them.



CMCH introduces new  cardiac care technology
Ludhiana, July 13
The Cardiology Department of the Christian medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has made yet another contribution to interventional cardiac care by introducing for the first time in the city ‘drug-eluting stent’, which is safer and more effective in the prevention of ‘in-stent restenosis’ (narrowing of the arteries again after being dilated by ballooning).


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