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Drive to ensure safe injections to patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 12
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), in a major initiative towards ensuring safe injections to patients, has formed The India Injection Safety Coalition, which would be modelled on the lines of the global alliance.

According to IMA district president Dr Gursharan Singh, the aim of the body would be to place injection safety issues on the national agenda, work with stakeholders to help formulate safe injection policies and assist in implementation of safe injection practices and waste disposal.

"The IMA, at the national level, has come up with a booklet which has material on the right way of giving injection, various dangers to healthcare providers, dangers to community and dangers to environment. The booklet also contains material related to the practices and precautions which should be taken by recipients. Available at a nominal cost with the local IMA office, the vitally important booklet will prove of immense value to all health workers."

He said the first and foremost rule of healthcare was 'do no harm'. Yet, everyday, health workers around the world were known to give unsafe injections to patients, the health workers and the community, at the risk of contracting deadly diseases like the HIV and AIDS.

According to the IMA chief, the WHO estimated that unsafe injections transmitted approximately 21 million Hepatitis B virus infections, 2 million Hepatitis C virus infections and 2,60,000 HIV infection each year. The figures in India were equally alarming where unsafe injections transmitted an estimated 20,00,000 new Hepatitis B infections, 4,00,000 new Hepatitis C infections and 30,00,000 new HIV positive cases each year. It was estimated that 83 per cent of the total injections given in the country each year were for therapeutic purposes and only 17 per cent for immunisation purposes.

All these things led to one death every 20 seconds which was alarming and needed to be tackled collectively by all concerned agencies on a war footing.

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Joy turns into sorrow
Man found dead on daughter’s birthday 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The birthday celebrations of a 19-year-old girl turned sour when her father got electrocuted under mysterious circumstances in the Krishan Nagar area behind Kaka Palace here this morning.

The girl, Neetu, as usual had gone to her father's room at 6 am today to seek his blessing and a gift but the fate, however, had chosen to provide greatest shock of her life. She saw her father Baldev Singh lying dead on the floor near a pedestal fan.

According to the police, the man, was a mason by profession and used to drink heavily before going to bed.He could have accidently fallen from his bed on loose electricity wires attached to the pedestal fan. So powerful was the current that the back of Baldev Singh was completely burnt.

He seemed to have been pulled towards the fan as traces of skin were found on its base. Though the exact timing of the death was not known, the man seemed to have died a few hours ago as ants were seen on the base of the fan where the traces of his burnt skin were found.

The mason had tied the loose wires of the fan with that of the TV antenna and many of its joints were naked. These joints were covered with small pieces of cloth and polythene bags in a bid to prevent any mishap but the pieces had moved away from the joints.

The Sarabha Nagar police sources said there was some property dispute between Baldev Singh and his relatives but it ruled out the possibility of he being murdered because of that.

Family members of Baldev Singh, including his wife, have in statement made to ASI Ram Kishan and Head Constable Baldev Singh claimed that it was an accident and they don’t suspect any person or a foul play. Senior police officials, including DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar and forensic expert Krishan Dutt inspected the spot in the morning.

The police sources said the case was being investigated under Section 175 of the CrPc, under which some family members could be questioned if needed.

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With trains on hold, bus operators make moolah 
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
With the trains remain cancelled, the bus operators have been trying to make best of it. Sources in the transport industry revealed that during the past one week the business had increased by several folds.
The operators have pressed more buses into service as it has been generating a lot of business.

The sources pointed out that since there was no availability of trains from Ludhiana to New Delhi, people were preferring buses only.

Moreover, the train journey these days between Ludhiana and New Delhi takes at least nine hours, while in a bus it takes six hours only. The bus operators have now started making bookings at least two days in advance.

While a number of buses are already plying on the Delhi-Ludhiana and Ludhiana-Jammu route after the cancellation of trains the number of the buses has increased at least four fold.

There is a lot of demand for the air-conditioned bus service and those running these services are in much demand.

Mr Jagjit Singh of Libra Bus Service, which runs buses between New Delhi and Ludhiana, said during the past one week they had been plying more buses to accommodate the rush of passengers. “Even then we have to turn down many passengers”. People are even prepared to pay more to ensure a confirmed bus ticket.

There are a number of private bus operators in the city, all of whom have reported substantial increase in the passenger rush.

This is despite the fact that there are a number of buses being operated mostly be the Haryana Roadways and other states between New Delhi and Katra.

“But people prefer the private services, since these go non-stop and are more comfortable and charge the same fare as that of the government buses”, Mr Jagjit said.

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Body exhumed, relatives allege foul play
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, August 12
The Jagraon police this evening exhumed the body of a middle-aged married woman after some of her relatives alleged foul play. She was buried five days ago at Akhara village, near here.

The police lodged an FIR against the victim’s husband and two others yesterday, accusing them of murder. The body was exhumed after taking permission from the Subdivisional Magistrate of Jagraon.

The deceased, Rani, had died under mysterious circumstances on August 7 here. Her husband and his brothers without letting her relatives see the body allegedly buried her hurriedly.

Daler Din said his sister was married to Ranjha Khan, a resident of Akhara village, 15 years ago. The couple had three sons. For the past few years, her husband and his brother Madan Khan were allegedly ill-treating her. A few days ago Madan Khan and his son Rafiq Khan had complained to the police that the woman had killed their livestock using black magic.

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Man gets RI for killing woman after rape
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 12
The Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh, has sentenced Mangu Ram (24) of Sugandh Vihar Colony, Pakhowal Road, to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of raping and murdering a woman.

Mr Baldev Singh held that the prosecution had proved that the accused had raped his neighbour, and thereafter inflicted injuries on her, which led to her death. Keeping in view the gravity of the offence,the judge declined the plea of leniency .

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Residents demand shifting of poultry farm
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 12
A poultry farm located in the new Kundan Puri locality of the Civil Lines area not only emits foul smell but also threatens the health and hygiene of the people living in this thickly-populated residential area.

In a signed representation sent to the civic and district administrations, functionaries of the Residents Welfare Committee apprehended the outbreak of an epidemic. They alleged that repeated pleas made with the owner of the poultry farm had fallen on deaf ears.

Residents further said the owner was neither prepared to shift the poultry farm to some other non-residential area nor taking any steps to improve the insanitary conditions around the farm.

Members of the association had also taken up the matter with the councillor of ward No. 69, Mr Jai Parkash. He had assured them to appropriately pursue the matter with officials concerned.

Meanwhile, residents of Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar on the Tajpur Road have threatened to launch an agitation if their demands were not accepted. In a meeting organised by the Mohalla Sudhar Committee here today, residents regretted that despite assurances, the authorities of the Municipal Corporation had not started any development work or project.

Mr Hardial Singh, president of the committee, said they met the area councillor of ward No. 13, Mr Ram Chander Yadav, several times but nothing concrete had come out of these meetings.

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Rights panel seeks report on slaughter houses
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Taking a strong note of the fact that the roadside butcheries were functioning in the city despite the directive of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, (PSHRC), to the Municipal Corporation for ensuring their closure, the commission has appointed a retired judge to inspect the city and submit a report to the commission.

The commission has appointed Mr S.K. Garg, Additional District and Sessions Judge as a Local Commissioner and has asked him to prepare a report. Taking a strong note of the complaint that the slaughter houses were functioning normally, the commission has pulled up the MC by stating that it was wasting the time of the commission as well as of the complainant.

Although the mini slaughter houses were selling meat openly in every nook and cranny of the city, the MC has been claiming to the PHRC that these had been closed after the directive. Interestingly, not even a single butchery was closed after the directive and all were functioning as usual.

Taking up the case once again, the local chapter of the People For Animals group, that had complained about the slaughter houses, had alleged that the MC authorities were submitting ‘‘false and fabricated reports.’’ The PFA has claimed that the Municipal Corporation authorities had taken no action against the roadside butcheries even as the commission had directed them to do so on November 7 last year.

The commission, exercising powers under Section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act has appointed the Local Commissioner, who would be inspecting the places pointed out to him by the PFA from time to time and would submit a report to the PHRC ‘‘whether open butcheries are being run at different places in the city or not’’ . The commission has further stated that his fee would be Rs 5,000 which should be paid initially by PFA but if the report of local commissioner goes against the MC,then the fee would be recovered from the MC.

Stating that the open slaughter of animals, birds and fish is not only source of nuisance but also hurt the sentiments of the people, especially school going children and women, the PFA had been saying that it posed a health risk to the citizens as these slaughter houses were breeding grounds for flies and rodents and lead to the spread of diseases like cholera, gastroenteritis, tuberculosis and rabies too. Most of the animals are sick and are under heavy stress and are kept in unhygienic conditions. So the meat obtained from these unhealthy animals, birds and fish is also not fit for consumers, maintains the PFA.

The PFA had, in its complaint to the PHRC, stated that the MC had failed to check illegal slaughter houses in the city. It had further stated that all major roads in the city had roadside butcheries which were located near schools, hospitals and even religious places. Quoting instances it had said roadside butcheries were situated near Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Meherban, CMC Hospital, Haibowal, Aggar Nagar, Shimla Puri, Tajpur Road, Sherpur, Kashmir Nagar and many other places.

The animals were brought there and slaughtered in the open, the PFA stated. Many social and religious organisations and individuals had been demanding the closure of such butcheries.

The PFA, quoting the Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, said all provisions under the section were being flouted by the owners of the roadside butcheries. 

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Honour for crime site analyst
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
City-based scientific crime scene analyst (SSCA) of the Punjab Police, Mr Krishan Datt, has been invited by the prestigious International Association for Identification (IAI) to attend the 89th Annual International Educational Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, from August 22 to 27.

The conference is being organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the use of fingerprint identification in the United States.The IAI is the oldest and the largest forensic association in the world. Only select from persons from all over the world are invited to share their experiences in the field of forensic science at the annual conference.

Topics such as crime scene investigation, DNA, fingerprints, firearms and tool marks, photographic and electronic imaging, bloodstain pattern analysis would be included in the workshops, lecture sessions and seminars available at the conference.

Mr Krishan Datt was recently appointed the first-ever scientific crime scene analyst of the Ludhiana police. The SSP, Ludhiana, Mr Narinderpal Singh, had roped in the forensic expert to help in the scientific investigations of criminal cases. 

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Youth commits suicide

Ludhiana, August 12
A young man allegedly trapped in an illicit relationship with a middle-aged woman, who was also a mother of five children, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house in New Subash Nagar today afternoon. The deceased Rakesh Kumar, 25, belonged to Nawanshahr and was employed in a private firm here. He was having an illicit relationship with a 45-year-old woman, Kamlesh Rani for a couple of years.

According to the Basti Jodhewal police, the deceased had wanted to discontinue the relationship but the woman was not ready to do so and was pressurising him to marry her.

The youth was allegedly depressed over the issue and committed suicide. A case of abetment to suicide has been registered against the woman. TNS

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