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Ambala police releases kidnapped brothers
Tribune News Service

Pankaj Main
Pankaj Maini

Sachin Maini
Sachin Maini

Ludhiana, October 31
The ordeal of two city youths, who were kidnapped and kept in illegal confinement by the Ambala police for about 10 days, has finally ended after the intervention of senior police officials of Ludhiana.

The brothers, Pankaj and Sachin Maini, were brought back yesterday by their father, Mr O.P. Maini. After much running around, Mr Maini was able to convince Ludhiana police that his sons were innocent. Reportedly, the Superintendent of Police (City-I), Mr Harish Kumar, talked to senior officials of the Ambala police and got the brothers released.

The Ambala police had picked up the youths on the night of October 20 from the Durga Mata Mandir market here. It was looking for a nephew of Mr O.P. Maini, in connection with a case of fraud registered against him at Ambala. Allegedly, the youths were picked up in order to force the absconded accused to surrender.

Though newspapers carried reports of the kidnapping, the family could do nothing, as senior police officials were not available. Mr O.P. Maini could reach them only two days ago. He had also approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, that had sent a warrant officer to Ambala to search for the youths at some police stations. The raids had been futile.

The youths, according to the police, look upset, but carry no visible sign of physical torture. Family sources said the youths had not been ill-treated and the Ambala police had even lodged them in a hotel for a few days.

The family has, now, reconciled. “All’s well that ends well,” said Mr Maini, when asked if the family would take any legal action against the Ambala police. He said the family had given in writing that it would not take any such action.

Mr O.P. Maini had, earlier, filed a complaint at the Division No. 5 police station in this regard. In his report, he had said that seven persons, including two in police uniform, Baldev Singh and Ashok Kumar, had picked up his sons. He had said that similar raids had been conducted on the house of one of his relatives in Jalandhar.

The Mainis were rather shaken; and Mr O.P. Maini, with tears in eyes, said he did not even know whether his nephew had committed a fraud or not. “The Ambala police could have sought our cooperation, instead of humiliating our family. My sons are law-abiding citizens,” he said.



PCMSA doctors to serve in ESI Hospital
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
All posts of doctors in the ESI Hospital, the model hospital of Punjab, will be filled from the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) only. This demand of PCMSA doctors was accepted by a high-level committee headed by Dr Nalini Tandon, Nodal officer and Deputy Medical Commissioner II, ESIC, Delhi after a discussion with representatives of the association, led by its state president, Dr Hardeep Singh, recently. Dr Rajinder Kaur, Deputy Director ESI (Punjab), also attended the meeting.

Releasing details of the meeting to the press, Dr Balwinder Kumar, district-general secretary, PCMSA, said that plan to make the ESI Hospital a model super specialisation hospital would begin from November 1 with administrative take over by the ESIC, Delhi.

Dr Hardeep Singh said that total bed capacity would be raised to 262 from present 100-bed capacity. After discussions with representatives of the association and other employees’ unions, apprehensions regarding service terms and conditions were also removed.

All employees opting to serve with the new set up would be given deputation allowance [email protected] per the rules of the CGHS with all emoluments and service benefits at par with Punjab Government employees.

All posts of doctors (GDMOs and specialists), required in the hospital, would be filled from the Punjab cadre only. No objection would be raised by the ESI administration in case the serving doctors want to avail leave for higher qualifications or revert back to parent cadre at any time.



For some, Divali is no longer exciting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
“The commercialisation of Divali has throttled the fun and zeal associated with the festival: It is no longer exciting. In our time, there was an air of excitement at least two weeks before the festival. We unseal to clean the house, linens, cupboards, utensils of the kitchen and after sundry articles of the house with great zeal,” said Ms Vimal Zutshi, a lecturer in a college. Sweets were prepared after prolonged discussions. And as the Divali approached the excitement mounted. Earthen lamps were bought, soaked in water so that they do not absorb much mustard oil. The elder members in the family used to tourist wicks out of specially carded cotton. The house was decanted with Rangoli. People used to meet each they, exchange gifts like home-made sweets. But with the passage of time Divali has lost its charm and sheen.

Commercialisation of the festival decorated lamps, candles, attractively wrapped gifts ranging from dry fruits to decorative items, has left no room for creativity and imagination. Imagine we used to make beautiful ‘kandeels’ to put lamps at the entrance of the house. Now they are available in dozen designs, different shapes and colours. Thus the festival has become brining; Ms Zutshi adds.

Similar views were expressed by Ms Krishana, Ms Sudesh both housewives. But the young couples, Panan Verma and Radhika, and Anubhav and Beena, both working in multi-national banks, feel that the availability of every aesthetically thing in decorated gift packs atleast give them a chance to celebrate and enjoy Divali festival. “We hardly get any ‘leave’ from the office. Meat of the cleaning is done after we come tired from the office. Who has the time to make vicks and light ‘diyas’? We get an amazing variety of decorative items to choose from and gift them to our friends and bosses.



Have a safe Divali
Shivani Bhakoo


  • Children should always burst crackers under the supervision of adults
  • Burst crackers in large spaces only
  • Use protective glasses
  • Wash the burnt area immediately with fresh water and cool with ice packs or cool water
  • Apply antiseptic powder or cream
  • Cover the area with clean sheet or towel
  • Wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers


  • Don’t remove pieces of burnt flesh or dead tissue
  • Don’t prick blisters
  • Don’t apply ghee, haldi, atta or toothpaste
  • Bombs should not be set on fire in hands

Ludhiana, October 31
Divali-the festival of lights, brings joy and happiness to millions but tragedy also strike many homes on this night. Every year, thousands of people are blinded and receive burns while bursting crackers. Small children are the main targets as they are more aggressive and ignorant of the power of crackers. Even few sparklers from a phuljhari can cause serious damage to skin and eyes of children.

Dr S.S.Bedi, a pediatrician at Model Town, said that small children should not be allowed to burst crackers all alone. In case of a burn injury, that particular burnt area should be immediately washed with fresh water to remove dust and soot particles. “If the area is small like fingers, immerse it in ice-cold water or apply ice-packs for a few minutes. If the area is large then keep it under running cold tap water. As the heat can damage body tissues for some time even after source of heat is removed, it is important to keep the burnt area cool. This will reduce the burning sensation and remove dust and other particles from the wound. Dry the area with clean towel or sheet”, said Dr Bedi.

Dr Bedi, however, warned that one should not try to remove any dead tissues from the area. “Do not apply haldi, atta, ghee or toothpaste. If possible sprinkle antiseptic powder on the wound. Antibiotic cream like Soframycin or Neosporin can also be used. If nothing is available, cover the area with a dry sheet and take the patient to the hospital”, maintained Dr Bedi.

Dr G.S.Dhami of Dhami Eye Care Centre said that eye injuries were of two types. The thermal injuries were because of heat effects causing burns to the eyelids, cornea, conjunctiva and face. Blunt injuries were caused because of blast effect from compressed air traveling from high powered bombs.

Dr N.S.Chugh, another eye specialist, said that serious sight threatening complications like dislocation of lens, cataract secondary glaucoma, retinal tears and detachment, optic nerve concussion and even rupture of the globe can occur due to blast injuries. Dr Chugh suggested that children should use crackers under the supervision of adults. Crackers should be used in large open spaces, if possible protective glasses should be used. Children should wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers. “People should avoid use of high powered bombs, fire pots and rockets. These bombs should not be covered with glass bottles, tins or earthen pots. Bombs should not be set on fire in one’s hands”, stressed Dr Chugh.



PFA contests MC claim
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
The People for Animals (PFA) has reacted strongly to the assertion made by civic officials that bodies like the PFA were obstructing effective handling of the problem of stray animals in the city.

Reacting to a story, ‘Stray animals menace dogs city population’ which appeared in these columns today, the PFA general secretary, Mr Ajay Jain, said it did not behove the government or local bodies to speak in such a tone about legislations framed by Parliament or other measures invoked by the Union Government.

He said by isolating the stray animals in a pound maintained by the Municipal Corporation, the animals could be saved from cruelty and the people could be rid of the problem. According to Mr Jain, there was need to adopt dog sterilisation as an effective step to check their increasing population. It had been carried out successfully in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Chandigarh and many other places by the respective local bodies in cooperation with animal welfare bodies.

“The MC had convened a meeting about 4 to 5 months back to start a dog pound and launch dog sterilisation programme but nothing came out of it,” he said. However, the PFA was still hopeful that the MC would come to the rescue of the stray animals and the public, he added.



Lawyers end strike
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 31
The strike by lawyers of the local Bar Association, going on for the past 15 days, has been suspended, keeping in mind the interest of the public and litigants, said Mr Anil Gupta, president of the Bar Association, here today.

Talking to the mediapersons, Mr Gupta said office-bearers of the association held a meeting, in this regard today.

He said that some members of the association met senior executive authorities and PUDA officials and asked them to start the construction of Bar Room in the new tehsil complex as promised at the time of the withdrawal of a civil suit filed by the association and shifting of lawyers to the new tehsil complex. But executive authorities refused to start the construction on the ground that the judicial malkhana in the old tehsil complex had not yet been shifted.

Mr Gupta said members of the association were of the view that the shifting of malkhana had unnecessarily been connected with the construction of the Bar Room.

Mr Gupta said the Bar members would meet Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, inspecting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and request him to issue directions to the executive authorities for the construction of the room at the earliest.



Homage paid to Indira Gandhi
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 31
Punjab Youth Congress activists today observed the 18th martyrdom day of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as ‘Prerna Diwas’ and paid tributes to her at functions held in Congress Bhavan here.

Speaking at the function Mr Pawan Dewan senior vice president, PYC, exhorted the youth to take inspiration from the dedication and the patriotic spirit of Mrs Gandhi and come forward to serve society and nation to the best of their abilities. “Our country achieved new heights and occupied a place of pride during the tenure of Mrs Gandhi.” Mr Dewan recalled the achievements of the then Congress government under the dynamic leadership of the slain Prime Minister and the radical measures, taken by her to ensure social justice to the weaker sections.

Mr Bawa, president DCC, described the slain Prime Minister as the most outstanding of the woman of modern India, who had made a significant contribution to the freedom struggle. She was instrumental in directing the ideology of the party towards basic issues of Indian society and encourage the younger generation for national reconstruction. According to Mr Bawa, she had not only provided a stable government and dynamic leadership to the country, but had also played a vital role in technological advances.

Mr Nirmal Kiara recounted the India had become a nuclear power during the regime of Mrs Gandhi and armed forces had inflicted a crushing defeat upon Pakistan in the 1971, twenty point economic programme, nationalisation of the banks and strengthening public sector undertaking were some of the revolutionary steps, initiated by Mrs Gandhi for the welfare of the Indian people.

Those who offered tributes to Mrs Gandhi included, Baljt Malra, Ashwami Garg, Sudhir Sayal, Munish Tandon, Akshay Bhanot, Prof. Jeevan Dass Bawa, Ashok Makkar, Charanjit Sonu, Tilak Raj, Amarjit Singh Bindra, Surinder Kumar Binda, Suresh Garg, Anand Kumar.

A district-level function was organised at Mini Secretariat, here today. Mr Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, administered the oath to participants regarding rededicating themselves to the unity and integrity of the country and strengthening the brotherhood among different sections of the society.

The Deputy Commissioner paying his tributes on this “Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas” to late Mrs Indira Gandhi said that she was a great leader with broad vision and far sightedness, who had lead the country to the new heights at international level in various fields overcoming a large number of obstacles. He said that she, during her regime had also strived hard for the improvement of the weaker sections and eradication of poverty from the country.

The Deputy Commissioner appealed the people in general and government employees in particular to cooperate with the administration to completely eliminate corruption and bring about efficiency and transparency in the administration, so that ordinary people could get justice at the earliest.

Mr A K Sinha Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Mr M S Jaggi Assistant Commissioner (General), Mrs Bhawna Garg SDM (East) and other district-level officers of the different departments were also present on this occasion. The ‘Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas’ functions were also organised at all subdivisional towns of the district, where the SDMs concerned presided over the functions.

Meanwhile rich tributes were paid to slain Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her martyrdom day, which was observed as ‘national dedication day’ on the directions of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

A large number of Congress workers, led by District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa took out a ‘prabhat pheri’ in the morning. Starting from the Clock Tower Chowk, the Congress workers marched through Books Market, Kesarganj Mandi, Karimpura Chowk, Lakshmi Cinema Road and Jagraon Bridge where a rally was held.

Addressing the party workers, Mr Bawa focussed on the various revolutionary steps taken by Mrs Gandhi during her tenure as Prime Minister for the overall development of the nation, strengthening of Public Sector and emancipation of the weaker sections and women. Mr Pawan Diwan, vice-president, Punjab Youth Congress, cautioned the countrymen against nefarious designs of communal forces, aimed at creating a division among the people in the name of religion, cast and community. He urged the people to give a befitting reply to the anti-national forces and to be prepared to safeguard the unity and integrity of the country.

Prominent among others present at the occasion were Mr Ashok Makkar, vice-president, DCC, Mr Raju Thapar, Mr Satwinder Singh Jawaddi, both councillors, Mr Mulkh Raj, Dr Amarjit Singh, Mr Dharm Vir, Mr Hans Raj, Mr Naveen Kumar Sharma and Mr Balwinder Singh Grewal.

The Urban Development Cell of PPCC organised a function at Upkar Nagar locality to pay homage to Mrs Indira Gandhi. Mr Ramesh Joshi, convener of the UD Cell observed that the country would remain ever indebted to the then Prime Minister, who had laid down her life in the war against terrorism.

In yet another function at Khullar Palace, rich tributes were paid to Mrs Gandhi on her martyrdom day by functionaries of All India Anti-Terrorism Front. Mr Anil Sharma, general secretary of the district unit of the front, Mr Satish Khullar, Mr Varinder Gandhi, Mr Ashok Sarin, Mr Ram Sarup Bagga, Mr Ramesh Thakur, Mr Bal Krishan Sharma, Mr Krishan Lal Raju, Mr Sardari Lal Rai, Mr Jagdeep Sarin and Mr Rajinder Sharma were present at the occasion.



Human rights workshop concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A two-day Human Rights workshop concluded at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, yesterday. This specialised course was conducted for police GOs’ from Punjab and other states.

Dr S.S. Chauhan, IPS, Deputy Director (Indoor) of the academy inaugurated the course. About 30 police officers of the rank of the SP, Deputy SP of Punjab and Deputy Command/Assistant Commandant of the CRPF participated in the course. The objective of the course was to acquaint the participants about the importance of Human Rights and rights granted by the Constitution.

Participants interacted on the various aspects of human rights with senior police, civil, defence, judicial officers and academician.

Dr G.S. Aujla, IPS, ADGP and Director of the institution delivered the valedictory address. He stressed on the need to change the style of police functioning and behaviour while dealing with the people. He also highlighted the working of the State and the National Human Rights Commission and recommendations made by the National Police Commission for amending the Indian Evidence Act.



Divali gifts for ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
As part of welfare schemes for the ex-servicemen initiated by the Indian Army, 152 Gunners Medium Regiment would present Divali gifts at a function to 43 retired defence personnel at District Sainik Welfare Board, Clock Tower tomorrow. The ex-servicemen include Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Other Ranks (ORs). Only persons above the age of 70 have been invited.

The Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare Board, Wg Cdr (retd.) M S Randhawa said it was probably for the first time that the ex-servicemen were accorded such honour. Ludhiana district had, in fact, taken a lead over the other districts in organising the function. While other districts were honouring the ex-servicemen after Divali, local Sainik Welfare Office was organising it before the festival of lights.

Mr Randhawa said the regiment officials thought it would be fine to give gifts to the ex-servicemen before Divali. They would be presented shawls and some other utility items. The function would take place at 11.00 a.m.



Dr Alag honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A renowned scholar and writer, Dr Sarup Singh Alag, Chairman, Alag Shabad Yug Trust, Ludhiana, was honoured on the behalf of the Canada Government and many socio-religious organisations during his visit to Canada and the UK for the services rendered by him to humanity, the Punjabi language, literature and the Sikh culture.

Recently he was honoured at a function by Mr Gurbax Singh Malhi, MP and Parliamentary Secretary.

Radio and TV in Toronto appreciated Dr Alag’s services at a special function. The Guru Nanak Sikh Centre, Brampton, Canada, and the Sikh Heritage Centre, Airport Road, Toronto, Canada, also honoured Dr Alag at their special functions arranged in his honour. Many speakers highlighted Dr Alag’s services rendered to humanity for the past four decades.



Minor raped
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 31
Amandeep Kaur (name changed), 16, of Rattowal village was allegedly raped by Sukhwinder Singh, son of Haripal Singh, with the help of his friend, Himmat Singh, son of Pritam Singh, when she came out of her house to tie the cow during night. According to Amandeep, her mother had gone to Latala village and her father, a truck driver, was away. She along with her three younger brothers was alone in the house. When she came out of the house to tie the cow she found Sukhwinder Singh and Himmat Singh present there. Sukhwinder Singh put his hand on her mouth took her forcibly to the shop of Himmat Singh and raped her. When Amandeep’s mother returned she reported the matter to the police. A case has been registered under Sections 376, 342, 34 of the IPC in this regard.


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