Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Rise in gastroenteritis cases in city
Ludhiana, July 29
With mercury soaring, there has been an increase in the number of patients suffering from gastroenteritis in the city. This is evident from the fact that in the past 10 days, more than 30 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported from various city hospitals.

Often against, PHRC now with cops
Ludhiana, July 29
In a rare case, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has provided some reprieve to six police officers of Ludhiana police range, on the complaint filed before the commission by one of them.

Teaching, OPDs on from today
Ludhiana, July 29
To put an end to the ongoing crisis at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, the faculty has decided to commence teaching classes and start work in OPDs at the hospital premises (new DMC) from July 30.



Farmers to oppose digging of SYL canal: BKU
Ludhiana, July 29
The BKU has said the Punjab farmers will not allow digging of the SYL canal at any cost and asked the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to desist from creating a situation of direct confrontation which could have far-reaching effect on the inter-state relations.

Panchayat discusses child-thrashing case
Ludhiana, July 29
The controversy surrounding the case of child thrashing at Government High School in Kheri Jhameri village recently seems to be taking a serious turn following the involvement of villagers, panchayat, parent-teachers’ association and the entire staff of the school in the matter.

Teej festival celebrated with gusto
Ludhiana, July 29
To welcome the month of “Saawan”, members of the Roopika Ladies Club celebrated Teej at Hotel Mariot here today. Members were dressed specially for the occasion wearing phulkari odhnis and colourful bangles.

Members of the Roopika Ladies Club celebrate Teej in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari
Members of the Roopika Ladies Club celebrate Teej


Probe sought against doctor
Doraha, July 29
It has been more than a month since a lineman died allegedly due to the negligence of a Senior Medical Officer of Civil Hospital at Khanna, but the aggrieved family has got neither justice nor any compensation for the loss. The family has also sought an independent inquiry into the case.

SSF to disrupt Nurmehlia sect function
Ludhiana, July 29
The stage is set for a showdown between the Sikh Students Federation and the followers of Baba Ashutosh of the Nurmehlia sect with the former resolving to disrupt the ongoing Guru Puja Mahautsav organised by the latter at Dabwali Maloke village near Malout. The SSF has been a vocal opponent of the sect which allegedly denigrates the Sikh gurus and their teachings.
The president of the Sikh Students Federation, Mr G. S. Grewal, along with office-bearers
The president of the Sikh Students Federation, Mr G. S. Grewal, along with office-bearers, addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo IV

Industrialist alleges police high-handedness
Ludhiana, July 29
A city industrialist is moving from pillar to post to seek police action on his complaints and to protect him from alleged high-handedness of some cops. Even though a warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court had intervened in the case and had got an employee of the industrialist released from illegal confinement of Division No 7 police, the police allegedly continues to harass the industrialist.

BJP lambasts govt on fresh tax
Ludhiana, July 29
The Bharatiya Janata Party has come down heavily on the Congress government in Punjab and the Punjab State Electricity Board for imposing tax on power generators. “The move is unjustified, arbitrary and uncalled for, particularly in view of recession and financial crisis facing the trade and industry in the state.”

Cong flayed for ‘terror campaign’
Ludhiana, July 29
The local unit of the BJP has flayed “the terror campaign being pursued by the Congress wherein innocent workers are being harassed and implicated in false cases by the police”.

DYC demands ban on ‘gutka’
Ludhiana, July 29
The non-implementation of a ban on ‘gutka’ and other intoxicants in Punjab is forcing a number of social organisations to demand its ban. Now, a voice has been raised even from within the Congress for the implementation of the ban on the lines of the Maharashtra and Delhi Governments.

Transport Nagar phones play hookey
Ludhiana, July 29
Following digging of trenches by the Sewage Department, hundreds of telephone lines were disrupted at Transport Nagar here today. Stating this, owners of transport companies said employees of the department used buldozers this morning to dig soil for putting sewage lines and in the process they cut telephone ducts underneath.

Broken telephone ducts at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Broken telephone ducts at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana

Two injured in engine shed fire
Ludhiana, July 29
At least two persons were injured when fire broke out in an engine in the engine shed here this afternoon. One of the injured persons, Ramesh Kumar, was admitted with burn injuries at the Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Class IV union to intensify agitation
Amloh, July 29
The local police has failed to arrest the persons responsible for manhandling PWD and MC employees and causing damage to a PWD truck on July 12, according to Mr Hari Chand, district president of the Class IV Employees Union, in a press note here today.


Dowry almost claims another life
Ludhiana, July 29
The tale of Ludhiana-based 21-year-old woman, Jasbir Kaur, who was allegedly tortured by her in-laws for the want of dowry has raised questions about the state of women in today’s society. Jasbir had been frequently subjected to torture by her in-laws for bringing money from her parents. As long as she kept succumbing to their demands, nothing went wrong.

Inhumanity: Mother of 21-yr-old Jasbir Kaur shows the injuries inflicted on her daughter by her husband. Jasbir is receiving treatment in Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Mother of 21-yr-old Jasbir Kaur shows the injuries inflicted on her daughter by her husband


Chamber opposes govt measures
Ludhiana, July 29
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, has opposed the series of measures being taken by the Punjab Government which it said would be detrimental to the growth of industry and trade. A deputation of the chamber, led by Mr P.D. Sharma, president, met Mr Mukul Joshi, Financial Commissioner, Industry and Taxation, and pointed out that the proposed exim policy was not required since the taxation department had already implemented the Section 14-B of the sales tax under which purchase return and declaration were given at the state sales tax barrier.

Yatra leaves markets quiet
Doraha, July 29
The town has worn a deserted look with the shops being closed for the past three days on account of the ‘‘sadbhavana yatra’’ organised by various bodies of traders. Various unions of Doraha, including the Karyana Merchants Association, Cloth Merchants Association, Maniari and Readymade Garment Manufacturers Association, Electronics Union, collectively decided to take out a ‘‘sadbhavana yatra’’ for three days.



Confusion over order to schools
Ludhiana, July 29
Confusion prevails among students and teachers here following reports of a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee held on Saturday in which it had been decided to close all schools till August 7 due to erratic power supply in the region. It was decided that if the schools remained closed, longer power cuts were possible in the region and power supply could be diverted to villages.


A thought-provoking play
Ludhiana, July 29
Watching ‘Tain Ki Dard Na Aaya’, a play by Samuel John, is enough to make one believe that love for mankind is the biggest religion on earth and hatred on the basis of religion the greatest curse.


150 doctors attend conference
Ludhiana, July 29
The district unit of the Indian Medical Association held a conference here last evening. More than 150 doctors attended it. Dr Ajay Jha, a neurosurgeon from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, spoke on the latest treatment of brain tumours in India. He described the various non-invasive and minimally invasive methods for operating brain tumour patients.

Sanitation awareness taken to masses
Ludhiana, July 29
The sanitation-awareness drive for prevention of diseases in rains has been intensified and officials of the Municipal Corporation have been holding public meetings in several parts of the city.

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