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DMCH officials gheraoed 
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, March 3
Members of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Union gheraoed members of the management and allegedly manhandled the Secretary, DMCH Managing Society, Mr Amrit Nagpal, here today.

More than 200 employees of the Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMCH Union waited for more than two hours outside Dumra Auditorium where the members of the managing committee and management had come to attend the seventh Sat Paul Mittal oration by Prof M.G.K. Menon. Once the oration was over and management members came out for lunch, the employees gheraoed them to resolve the issue of 50 "sacked" HDHI employees. The management tried to convince the union leaders that this was not an appropriate time for talks, but the union members forced them to hold an emergency meeting with the union leaders after the oration.

The agitated union members said, "We will not let them go today, if the issue is not resolved".

Till the filing of this report, the meeting was going on at the DMCH premises. From the management side, Mr Amrit Nagpal, Dr Rajoo Chhina, Dr Daljit Singh, Dr Sandeep Puri, Mr Narinder Singh were present in the meeting. The union leaders included Mr Chandermohan Kalia, Mr Ashok Kumar, Mr Irfan, and Mr Darshan Massih.



Great rush for Indo-Pak matches
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
With the long awaited Indo-Pak cricket series only a few days away, there is a great rush for the tickets for various one-day international and Test matches. While most people are diehard cricket fans, quite a number of them see it as an opportunity to procure a visa to Pakistan.

It is believed that anybody in possession of a ticket may be able to get visa at least to that city where the match is scheduled to be played. While there is a great demand for all tickets for all the matches, but those scheduled to be held at Lahore are said to be madly sought after.

Recently a senior Pakistan High Commission official was quoted saying that those people who possess the tickets should not have any problems in getting a visa. A special counter has also been opened up at Amritsar to facilitate and expedite the process of issuing the visa to the cricket fans. However, it has also been clarified that the mere possession of ticket should not mean that the visa would be necessarily granted.

Most people have already booked their tickets online through the Wisden cricinfo website. The Cricinfo has been providing online ticketing facility for and on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, it has clarified that all the rights will be reserved by PCB. The tickets can be booked online from anywhere in the world by accessing the website cricinfo.com. It added that the PCB reserved the right to refuse admission for any reason at its complete discretion.

A person can reserve a maximum number of ten tickets. Since the payment is to be made through the credit or debit card only, no two entries from a single credit card will be accepted if the number of tickets sought against this card exceeds ten. However, anyone wanting to buy more than ten tickets for any game can e-mail the PCB at pcbtickets@cricket.org.

It is learnt that the PCB had reserved 30 per cent of about 3.2 lakh tickets (for all matches including the tests also) for online booking. While the tickets were readily available till late last night, today nobody was able to book the ticket online. Although no confirmation was available about the ticket status, it is believed that all the online tickets have already been sold.

Hundreds of people from different parts of the region have purchased the tickets online. While the craze is equal all over the country, the proximity of the region to Pakistan makes a trip to that country relatively cheaper. And people also see it as a chance to visit Pakistan. It is learnt that the maximum demand for tickets was for two One Day Internationals and a Test match being played at Lahore. This is obviously because Lahore holds prime attraction among the Punjabis. Probably for the obvious reason, jinhe Lahore nahi vekhiya, oh jammiya hi nahin.



Discrepancies in voter’s ID cards
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Slips issued by the District Election Office for voter ID cards to two residents of Gurdev Nagar show them residents of Sarabha Nagar
Slips issued by the District Election Office for voter ID cards to two residents of Gurdev Nagar show them residents of Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, March 3
Some residents of the Gurdev Nagar area here, who had got themselves photographed for a voter's identity card on February 23, are in a fix as the slips for the card issued to them show their place of residence as Sarabha Nagar, instead of Gurdev Nagar.

They are apprehensive that if their voter ID cards are also issued mentioning their address as Sarabha Nagar they would not be allowed to franchise their right to vote during the parliamentary elections to be held in the state in May.

The residents claimed that while they were being issued the slips they had told the officials present on the booth that the address mentioned there was wrong but the latter allegedly did not listen to them.

Dr H.S. Rataul, a resident of house number-3135, Gurdev Nagar, said some members of his family had got themselves photographed in the CSE School, near Arti Chowk, on February 23 and they were shown as the residents of Sarabha Nagar. Showing the serial number 612 of the voter's ID card, Dr Rataul said he had brought the discrepancies in the notice of the Tehsildar concerned but he directed him to talk to the SDM. He said he then called up an Additional Deputy Commissioner, whose Personal Assistant said he was not available but the message would be conveyed to him.

‘‘But nothing has happened. I am sure that in our identity cards, we are going to be the residents of Sarabha Nagar. Our house number is 3135 and in Sarabha Nagar there are blocks and I don't think there is any house number like this there. So on the voting day we will be told to go back as we would be presenting the wrong documents without any of our fault. Had they listened to me on that day only, I could have been spared of this harassment,’’ said Dr Rataul.

To vindicate his point, Dr Rataul showed two slips issued by the District Election Office, Ludhiana, for constituency number 058, Ludhiana West. The slip showed Mr Nittarman Singh (20) as a resident of Sarabha Nagar, while he is a resident of Gurdev Nagar.

Similarly in case of the voter's ID card of Rana Mangat (45), she is shown as the resident of Sarabha Nagar. ‘‘I am sure when we go to vote, the officials in the polling booth of Gurdev Nagar would direct us towards Sarabha Nagar and those in Sarabha Nagar would not have our name in the voters' list. Moreover, if this card is supposed to be an identity card, then it must show our correct addresses. Otherwise, the entire motive behind its issuance would fail,’’ added Dr Rataul.



Date extended for paying water, sewerage arrears

Ludhiana, March 3
The Punjab government has extended the date for one-time facility of interest free payment of water and sewerage charges to March 31. Earlier, through an order issued by the Department of Local Government, the interest free payment of arrears was permitted as a one-time measure till February 29, 2004. The interest rate on accrued arrears was slashed from 18 per cent to 9 per cent.

Against the budgeted income of Rs 25 crore as user charges during the current financial year, the Municipal Corporation recovered Rs 7.83 crore till December, 2003.

The interest on arrears of house tax had also been waived as a one-time measure provided the principal amount was paid by March 31, 2004. A sum of Rs 105 crore was outstanding on account of house tax arrears in the state which included Rs 43.19 crore interest.

Compared to water supply and sewerage charges, the house tax recovery during the year was much better. Against the total projected income of Rs 40 crore, the MC had recovered Rs 24.05 crore till the end of December 2003 and almost Rs 12 crore were expected to be collected by March end. — OC



Body found at Khattra village
Tribune Reporters

Khanna, March 3
The body of a middle-aged man, Sat Pal, was found in a pond of Khattra village this morning. Sat Pal was said to be mentally upset.
According to information, Sat Pal, a resident of the Samrala road area, Khanna, was mentally upset. He had been missing since Monday. Some residents of the village saw the body lying in the pond. They informed the sarpanch of the village, who later informed the police. The son of the deceased, Sanjiv Kumar, identified the body.

A case under Section 174 of the IPC had been registered. The body was sent to the local Civil Hospital for a postmortem.

: Jagraj Singh of Nahernakhurd was arrested from the Brahmin Najra area and 500 gm of opium was recovered from him. A case has been registered.

In-laws booked for murder bid: Following a complaint by Ms Manu Bala, who lives in street No. 2 of Basti Jodhewal, the police yesterday registered a case under Sections 307 and 498-A of the IPC against her father-in-law Neki Ram, mother-in--law Satya Devi, Raj Kumar, Raj Bawa and Rakesh, alias Mantoo, who live in the same house.

Ms Bala had stated in her complaint that after her marriage to Mr Satish Kumar in April last year, the accused had been harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry. On January 23 last, the accused caught her and set her afire after dousing her with kerosene. However, she survived the attempt and is now convalescing at a private nursing home. No arrest has been made so far.

Gang of cheaters busted: Acting on a tip-off, the Shimla Puri police raided a place near the post office in the area and arrested four members of a gang involved in duping migrants of their money on the promise of doubling it.

The police said today that the arrested persons were Parveen Kumar, alias Mintu, a resident of Azad Nagar, Lakhvir Singh, alias Lakhu, a resident of Gopal Nagar, Sunil Kumar, alias Sunny, a resident of New Janta Nagar, and Deepak Kumar, alias Kaka, a resident of New Shimla Puri.

It said the gang used to lure gullible migrants into their trap by offering them wads containing genuine currency notes only on the top and the bottom while the rest were only pieces of paper in lieu of their money.

Man killed: The Sarabha Nagar police yesterday registered a case on the statement of Mr Jodha Singh, a resident of Thuthian Wali Kainchian village, against an unknown driver of a bus . The complainant had alleged that he and Tek Singh, a resident of Satta Singh wala village, near Mansa, were travelling by the bus to Ludhiana. Tek Singh fell from the bus while alighting from it near Rajguru Nagar on the Ferozepur Road and sustained injuries. The incident occurred as the driver sped away before Tek Singh could get down the bus. Later, he succumbed to his injuries at a hospital at Bathinda on Monday.

Doctor booked: Dr C.K.Singh, who runs a clinic on the Noorwala road, has been booked under Section 304-A of the IPC on a complaint by Mr Rajinder Kumar, a Bihari migrant living in Anand Pur mohalla. The complainant had stated that he had admitted his brother Davinder Kumar to the clinic for treatment of some ailment. The doctor allegedly gave the patient some injection and later disappeared from the clinic. Davinder died l on Monday last. 



Contractor clubbed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Two labourers clubbed a contractor to death at Mullanpur yesterday.
The accused Ganga Chowdhry and Kailash had an altercation with the victim Montu Kumar Mandal over raising their salary while wages were being paid to labourers late last evening.

Mr Pramod Kumar, a brother of the deceased saw his brother being beaten up with a rod. While saving Montu, he suffered injuries on his legs.

Later, he called other persons and took Montu, who was still alive to a hospital in Mullanpur, where he died. The post-mortem examination conducted today at the civil hospital here confirmed that the man died due to the excessive blood loss through injuries. 



Campaign against female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
An 80-member team of the Shaheed Memorial Seva Society has started a campaign against female foeticide. The team has got 10,000 posters printed. The members have distributed the posters to schools, colleges, government offices and hospitals.

Each member makes 20 to 30 calls to places where the posters have been sent.

A play on female foeticide is being prepared by students of Government Senior Secondary School, Ramgarh, on the Chandigarh road. 



Implement policy for street vendors, says union
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
The rehri-farri union, affiliated to the National Alliance of Street Vendors, asserting the right of vendors to employment, has called upon the government to implement the proposed national policy for street vendors.

Addressing a meeting of the union, its state president Bal Krishan Pappi said if the policy was not implemented before the Lok Sabha poll, the vendors would be forced to launch an agitation. He said they would not only hold rallies and resort to gheraos all over the state, but also oppose the ruling party candidates.

He said the state unit of the union had launched an enrolment drive under which a target of enrolling two lakh members by the end of March had been fixed. All bona fide members of the union would be issued identity cards so that the instances of harassment by the police and civic bodies could be checked.



At the Crossroads
Not a voice in the wilderness

From across the border Dr Wazir Agha, a litterateur of great renown, has asserted that literature created in any language in the land of five rivers is a part of Punjab’s heritage. In view of this Kirti Kesar’s Hindi poems hold a mirror to the changing patterns of life in this part of the land. She depicts in her poems the passions, conflicts and contradictions in human life. For this she employs soothing undertones, lyrical sensibilities and befitting terminology. The hidden emotional pattern gives her poems the form that has aesthetic appeal. The images she creates in her poems convey different shades of feeling.

The ambivalence of the individual of today towards the object of love is obvious in some of her poems. There is a feeling of unconcern at one time because the mind is fully engrossed in the interior monologue. No more knocking on the door, of consciousness as it disrupts the spiral movement of thought. In the poem ‘Ek dost ke naam’, Kirti Kesar says -

My friend -

Entertain no high expectations of me

Nor fancy establishing any relationship with me.

I am a rock set on the bank of the stream of life.

But at another time, the mind of the poet expands and craves for the person who is far away. There is some realisation that the other person may be grieving in the chamber of loneliness. At such moments there is some thawing of the ice-bound regions of the mind. Such a feeling results in the creations of the poem like ‘Mujhe Awaz Dena’!

‘When there are ripples

on the surface of the blue lake

When the stars blink at dead of night

on the full-moon night

When there is the stirring of emotions

in the lonely corner of your heart

Think of me, my love and call me forth unhesitatingly’.

The sensory images weave the texture of some of the poems included in ‘Mujhe Awaz Dena’ (a collection of 37 poems) published by Abhivyanjana, New Delhi. At times a feeble touch of the hand on the shoulder may open casement of wonder and romance. The sensation that lingers in the consciousness can find no better expression than the one ensconced in the poem Spandan -?

‘Your warm palm

resting on my shoulder -

Just as life

purified by the showers of Sawan

knocks on the door of a ruin.’

In some of the poems the feminist ideas predominate. It is of course fruitless to discover a distinctively female way of writing. Society’s oppression of women comes precisely from its need to avoid facing the mythic powers of the mother. Kirti Kesar does not view the feminist perspective as an effort to emancipate women. Here is a psychological approach aimed at probing deep into the male psyche. In the poem Tumhee kaho, she says -

‘Then why don’t you yourself tell

as to what makes you

ill-treat me?

And why do you accept defeat

on the chessboard of your waywardness

in the long run?

Yes, yes -

Only you can reveal this mystery.’

Kirti Kesar’s heart is with the down-trodden. The Dalits have been treated most harshly, down the ages, at the hands of the privileged classes. The classic example is that of Rishi Dronacharya demanding guru-dakshna from Eklavya in the form of the thumb of his right hand. In the poem such as Nanhe Bhikhi ke Naam, Prashano se Ghira Prajatantar and Kahani Sukh ki Kyon Nahin Hoti, the poet is relentless in condemning hypocrisy, double standards and pseudo-patriotism.

‘Mujhe Award Dena’ is in fact a persistent knock on the door of the 21st century to be beware of the dangers of dehumanisation at the personal, social and national levels.

N.S. Tasneem



Curing dogs of diabetes

LUDHIANA: Dogs too suffer from diabetes. Like in humans, it involves inability of the body to handle sugar levels. Normally the pancreas, a gland in the body, produces two hormones, including insulin, that regulate the glucose level. In diabetes, there is either no insulin or not enough of it. Sugar cannot be used by muscles so the body thinks it is starving and breaks itself down to produce more sugar. This increases the sugar level of the body, which increases excretion of glucose in urine and also the urine production.

Signs of diabetes in dogs include excessive hunger accompanied by weight loss, thirst and urination. As the excessive sugars enter the lens of the dog, he may develop cataract. Urinary tract infections are also a potential risk in diabetic pets. If you have an unspayed bitch, the risk of her having diabetes is much more than that of a male dog.

Unlike humans, dogs usually cannot be cured by oral hypoglycemic agent. For all practical purposes, diabetes mellitus for dogs is treated with insulin injections. This is the biggest drawback in treating a case of diabetes. Eating too much sugar may not harm the pet unless it becomes obese.

— Jaspreet Singh



Steel prices will come down, claims BJP
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is alive to the problems being faced by the trade and industry. The BJP state president, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, has taken up the issue of hike in steel prices with the Union Government.

Stating this, Mr Ashok Juneja, finance secretary of the BJP state unit, claimed that bowing to the demand of the steel-consuming industry, the Union Ministry of Commerce had directed the Steel Authority of India and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam to suspend the export of steel till the prices stabilised.

In a press note issued here today, he said the Union Minister for Commerce, Mr Arun Jaitley, had assured the party leadership that the government would not hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Essential Commodities Act if the spiralling steel prices were not brought under control.



Yellow Pages directory in June
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
GETIT Infomediary Limited, the pioneer of Yellow Page directories in India, is now launching its quality services in Ludhiana. These will include its printed yellow pages directories, its 24-hour teleinformation service, its CD ROMs and website. The first edition of the yellow pages for Ludhiana will be brought out by June 2004.

Addressing a press conference here today, Sidharth Gupta, CeO, GETIT Infomediary LTd, said, consumers in Ludhiana can now look forward to international quality yellow pages.

Mr Gupta said, “GETIT is committed to delivering high quality products and services ensuring that end users get relevant information in the most user-friendly manner.” 


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