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Two killed in mishap at level crossing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Two women were killed and three persons, including two minor children, injured when a train hit a car at the unmanned Thrike village-Rajguru Nagar railway crossing this afternoon.

Residents of the area staged a demonstration at the rail track and stopped a passenger train, blocking the traffic on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore rail line. They were demanding that the crossing be manned immediately as a number of accidents had taken place at the site.

The goods train, going to Ferozepore, hit the Santro car in which the family of a businessman of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here was returning from the Thrike village side. The car was thrown several feet away. The train moved on after a few minutes.

The deceased has been identified as Manpreet Kaur (28) and her sister-in-law Amarjit Kaur (29), according to police sources. Manpreet’s minor daughter Harleen Kaur, son and the car driver, Sushil Kumar, sustained injuries.

While Manpreet died at the spot, Amarjit Kaur succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital. The condition of the injured persons was stated to be stable.

The sources said the driver of the car could not spot the train due to a huge growth of cannabis near the crossing.

Several lives have been lost at this and the other unmanned crossing between the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.



Child falls into open manhole, feared dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
A seven-year-old boy fell into an uncovered manhole in Phase-6 of the Focal Point near Jiwan Singh Nagar chowk today afternoon.

A case of negligence has been registered against unidentified MC officials concerned.

The boy, identified as Mohan Bahadur, son of Lal Bahadur, a factory employee, was playing with other children when he fell in the open manhole.

The body could not be recovered till the filing of the report. ASI Jatinder Kumar, in charge Dhandari police post, who was supervising the rescue operation, said the child cannot survive, ‘‘ First, he cannot escape drowning and second the sewage was hot because of the discharge of dyeing units’’ he said adding that attempt to send divers in search of the boy failed. The body could have floated into the main sewer from where it was very difficult to find it. It could also fall into Budha Nullah.

The dangers of open manholes in the city were highlighted in these columns today.

No officials of the Municipal Corporation, visited the spot till late evening today. The incident took place at 1.15 p.m. and the sewer cleaning staff came at 4 pm, according to area residents and the police.

The official would be identified and his name would be included in the FIR.

The child’s parents and brother and sister were sitting near the manhole hoping against hope that he would survive. After an hour or so, they pleaded with the authorities to retrieve the body as early as possible.



AIDS victim, husband appear before medical council
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Charnjit Kaur, who reportedly contracted the HIV infection allegedly due to the negligence of a doctor today appeared before the Punjab Medical Council, along with her husband Surinder Singh. Surinder Singh had approached the PMC seeking the cancellation of the licence of Dr Harpreet Kaur Bhullar of the Bhullar Nursing Home and Hospital, Sarabha Nagar for her alleged negligence.

Surinder Singh and his wife appeared before the PMC members led by the chairman, Dr Manmohan Singh. They gave all the details of the case and narrated the sequence of events to the PMC. They were reportedly told that they would be given another chance by the PMC to present their case.

Dr Harpreet Kaur Bhullar also appeared before the council while presenting her defence. She reportedly told the council that she had done all the mandatory tests before the transfusion of blood to Charanjit Kaur.

She reportedly said that the allegations being levelled against her were false and baseless as she had been found innocent in an inquiry conducted by a team of senior doctors.

In his complaint, Surinder Singh has alleged that his wife was given four points of blood without conducting the tests for various infections and diseases. He claimed that immediately after she was given blood his wife suffered from jaundice.

In the ninth month of her pregnancy when an ultrasound was performed on her, she was found to be HIV positive. When they tested the blood of donors, one of them Sukhbir Singh tested HIV positive.

Surinder Singh has been maintaining that his wife got HIV infection from the blood of Sukhbir, which “obviously was not checked before it was given to my wife”.

He pointed out, “the criminal negligence of the doctor has shattered our entire family life. My wife has been infected with HIV.

Even the child developing in the womb also runs the risk of the HIV infection. My wife, 32, will have to live under the constant shadow of death because of the negligence of the doctor”.

An FIR has already been registered against Dr Harpreet Kaur, after an inquiry conducted by the IMA, Ludhiana, after it was referred to it by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana.



36 in fray for nagar panchayat poll
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, September 11
Thirtysix candidates have been left in the fray for 13 wards of the Nagar Panchayat elections on which are scheduled for September 18.

Mr Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala, said the SAD-BJP combine had fielded its candidates in all 13 wards, the Congress in 11 wards and third front’s candidates were contesting elections in nine wards.

The following is the list of contestants: Ward No. 1: Mr Gurmail Singh (SAD-BJP) and Mr Sandeep Sharma (third front).

Ward No. 2: Ms Harjeet Kaur (SAD-BJP), Ms Parvati Devi (Cong) and Ms Swarnjit Kaur (third front).

Ward No. 3: Mr Shammi Kumar (Cong) and Mr Ashok Kumar (SAD-BJP).

Ward No. 4: Mr Avtar Singh Malwa (Cong), Mr Prem Chand (SAD-BJP) and Mr Dev Raj Rahul (third front).

Ward No. 5: Ms Balwinder Kaur (SAD-BJP), Ms Amarjit Kaur (Cong) and Ms Satinder Kaur (third front).

Ward No. 6: Mr Kamaljit Singh (SAD-BJP), Mr Mangat Rai (Cong) and Mr Ranjit Singh (third front).

Ward No. 7: Mr Surinder Kundra (Cong), Mr Ashok Sood (SAD-BJP) and Ms Parwinder Kaur (Independent).

Ward No. 8: Ms Kailash Rani Singla (SAD-BJP) and Ms Manjit Kumari (Cong).

Ward No. 9: Mr Ujjagar Singh (SAD-BJP) and Mr Inderjit Singh (third front).

Ward No. 10: Mr Darshan Singh (SAD-BJP), Mr Harchand (Cong), Mr Harmesh Lal Sogi (third front) and Mr Charan Singh (Independent).

Ward No. 11: Ms Kiran Pameh (SAD-BJP), Ms Rajinder Kaur (Cong), Ms Jaswant Kaur (third front) and Ms Mohinder Kaur (Independent).

Ward No. 12: Ms Gurjiwan Singh (SAD-BJP) and Mr Paramjit Singh (Cong).

Ward No.13: Mr Daljeet Singh Gill (SAD-BJP), Mr Tilai Shahu (Cong) and Mr Kewal Singh Kaddon (third front).



Book BJP councillor, say MC employees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, employees today sought the registration of a case against the councillor, who had alleged to have unearthed fogging scam yesterday, for obstructing employees from doing their work. Meanwhile, he councillor concerned urged upon the state vigilance chief, Mr A.P. Pandey, to order a high-level probe into the scam.

Mr Parvin Bansal, leader of opposition in MC House, said they would not rest until the guilty were brought to book.

In their written complaint to Division No. II police the union leaders demanded action against Mr Bansal and said it should be investigated how the complaint went to the Vigilance Department and how could the councillor impound the tractorn-trailer carrying chemicals, which was public property. The police has, however, not registered any case.

Mr Bansal said he and some other councillors would go and meet Mr Pandey tomorrow and urge upon him to order a thorough probe. He said Vigilance officials had recorded the statements of both parties and even visited the spot where the tractor-trailer carrying drums of chemicals was parked.

Helped by Mr Ramesh Bangar of the active anti-corruption group, Mr Bansal said he was not scared of anybody and would not be cowed down by any pressure.



Dullo sets up panel for municipal bypoll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
To ensure the victory of the party candidate from the Ward 66 which goes to the polls on September 18, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today constituted a committee headed by the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill.

The committee will monitor the election campaign of party candidate Subash Taina who is facing a lot of resistence within the party.

Mr Dullo had called a meeting of party leaders at Circuit House here. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawar and other MLAs.

Mr Dullo made it clear to all that no indiscipline or anti-party activity would be tolerated.

Mr Dullo’s assertion comes at a time when certain groups within the Congress were reportedly conniving with the opposition candidates to ensure Taina’s defeat.

Mr Dullo asserted that the Congress would win all byelections to the local bodies, including the Ward 66, for its performance during the last three-and-a-half years.



Consumers get back ‘bribes’ paid to PSEB officials
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 11
The Ludhiana district unit of the Zamhuri Kissan Sabha disbursed around Rs 40,000 among farmers of the area. The amount had been received from former employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Narangwal, which they had taken from the consumers allegedly as bribe for completing certain jobs. While the amount was disbursed during a jatha march in the area, the officials retuning the money had since been transferred from the Narangwal office.

Mr Mohinder Singh Seelon and Mr Baldev Singh Latala, president and general secretary of the union, respectively, said two officials at the Narangwal office of the PSEB, including an SDO, had forced consumers, most of them farmers, to part with variable amounts for getting certain jobs done during past years.

“After receiving information about the exploitation of farmers on the hands of employees, we launched a move against the erring officials, who ultimately agreed to return money received from consumers,” briefed the union leaders.

Though the union had demanded stern action against the erring officials, the authorities chose to suppress the matter by transferring them to other offices.

Harvinder Singh, Kapoor Singh, Banta Singh, Gurdev Singh of Jartoli village, Sinder Pal Singh and Gurmeet Singh of Ballowal village, Nirmal Singh, Gurdev Singh , Bhag Singh, Santokh Singh, Buta Singh, Nahar Singh, Balwant Singh of Phallewal village, Baisakha Singh, Pritam Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Purshotam Lal of Dhaipaie village, Baldev Singh of Chaminda village, Joginder Singh, Jhalmal Singh of Shahpur village, Amarjit Singh and Tej Kaur of Gujjarwal village and Ajit Singh of Lohgarh village received the amount paid to the PSEB officials today. 



Passing Thru

What is your first impression of India?

Mutungi Emmanuel, Director of Nommo Art Gallery, Uganda
Mutungi Emmanuel, Director of Nommo Art Gallery, Uganda

I have love my first trip to India. Indians like Ugandans are very warm and hospitable. Had it been not so hot in Ludhiana, I would have made it my second home.

For the first time an African art exhibition has come to the city. What are your views about it?

This is a very right step as art speaks a language which can bring people together. There is a lot of trade transactions between Uganda and India, but as far as art and culture are concerned, there has been no exchange at all.

How do you promote art in your country?

We use art to tackle all the problems like AIDS, corruption etc. We have started a project Yellow Star-Stars in Progress for promoting quality health services. I go to communities and tell them of the importance of quality health services. We have put a big sculpture in front of a hospital. People relate to it.

— Asha Ahuja



Plea to cut taxes on petrol, diesel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
The Ludhiana Citizens’ Council has made a fervent plea for reducing taxes on petrol and diesel to provide relief to the common people. The council pointed out that even though it had become imperative for the government to hike the fuel prices, yet the taxation burden of 140 and 54 per cent on petrol and diesel, respectively, was totally unjustified and need to be rationalised.

Mr Darshan Arora, chairman and Mr Ashok Juneja, secretary-general of the counsel said here today that the abnormal and disproportionate increase in prices of petrol and diesel, coupled with heavy taxes, had given a big jolt to the people.

According to Mr Juneja, the government was collecting a higher revenue by way of indirect and direct taxes on petrol and diesel and as such some part of the increase in prices should have been offset by cutting down the central and state taxes on these items.

They also termed the decision of the Punjab Government to provide free power to farmers as an ill-advised and populist step aimed at consolidating the vote bank in rural areas. They said it was a clear cut case of discrimination against the urban people.



PCMS doctors sore with Finance Dept
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has expressed its strong resentment over their alleged harassment by officials of Finance Department, charging it with refusal of salary bills for August even though these were claimed on the old pattern. The issue of DA merger pay fixation formula for the government doctors on a par with the Central Government was still under consideration of the government and was yet to be given effect.

In a statement here Thursday, Dr Hardeep Singh, state president, and Dr Balwinder Kumar, district general secretary of the association, said the PCMS’ doctors were sore over the adamant attitude of the Finance Department in refusing the salary bills on the old pattern. They said the doctors were also being victimised by the state government, which had granted the benefit of 50 per cent merger of DA to all other government employees but the doctors were being denied the same pay fixation formula.

Calling for the intervention of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the PCMSA has demanded an end to such discriminatory treatment and implementation of 50 per cent DA merger pay fixation formula without any further delay. The association asked the government to remove the ban on other financial benefits of annual increment and assured career progression on the salary of doctors, selected during the tenure of erstwhile chairman of PPSC, Mr Ravi Sidhu, since the Chief Minister had declared these doctors as ‘innocent’.



Seminar on Art of Living
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
A seminar highlighting the relevance of Art of Living (AOL) programme was held at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gurjarkhan Campus Model Town, here on Friday.

Mr Sumit Mahajan from the Art of Living held an hour-long interactive discussion with the faculty members of GNIMT.

He said the fast-paced modern life brought a lot of stress and negativity. As a result, people often failed to perform well in the work environment and could not even fare well in maintaining their relationships.

The Art of Living workshop trains people to ward away that stress and negativity. ‘Sudarshan kriya’ is a powerful tool practised and professed by the AOL that helps clear the toxins from the body.

Dr Col H.S. Singha, Director, GNIMT said such workshops helped in keeping the mind and body free from all types of stress and improved efficiencies of the people.



Meditation hall opened

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 11
Lachhman Dass Memorial Meditation Hall was inaugurated at Tera Panth Jain Ashram here today. Addressing a gathering of the devotees of Acharya Mahapragya, his disciple Samni Vipul Pragya appreciated the role of Mr Megh Raj Jain and Mr Krishan Lal Jain, sons of late Lachhman Dass, in setting up the hall. OC



Ludhiana Calling

When the Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration (also known as Tibetan Government-in-Exile), Prof Samdon Rinpoche, was in town on Saturday. Surprisingly, nobody from the state was there to receive him. Except for the usual security arrangements, there was noting to show that the protocol was observed. The Government of India has provided the status of a state to Tibet and its Prime Minister has to be received according to the protocol. Even the room allotted to him at the local Circuit House was ordinary. Even during a cultural show organised by the Indo-Tibetan Hosiery Association, no state official was present, including the Mayor. “Refugees cannot claim anything as a matter of right”, Prof Rinpoche had remarked earlier.

A scribe in the making!

Anganwadi workers had recently organised a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner in support of their demands. One of the workers had brought her child along. When they were raising slogans, the child was about to start crying when his mother handed him a pen and asked him to stand with mediapersons who were jotting down the address of the speaker. Soon, the boy was seen scribbling on his hand, taking a cue from the reporters!

Forgetting martyrs

Politicians and bureaucrats claim they have great respect for martyrs but the ground reality reflects otherwise. At the martyrdom function of Mahavir Chakra awardee, Major Bhupinder Singh, no politician or official from the district administration turned up, despite invitation. Just a couple of days ago, ex-servicemen, including several medal winners, were made to wait for over two hours for the Chief Minister.

CM must use roads

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should travel more on roads than helicopter. Whenever he visits the city, the traffic management is excellent and encroachments are removed. Even private buses are forced to stop at earmarked bus stops. This, even though the Chief Minister rarely uses the road.

Rickshaw-puller offers to pay fare

A woman had fixed a monthly fare with a rickshaw-puller. One day she waited for him, but he did not come. Exasperated, she took another rickshaw. Soon enough, the original rickshaw-puller called her up on her mobile and said: “I can see that you have hired another rickshaw. Actually, I was held up but don’t worry, I will give the rickshaw fare for today.”

A rare gesture

The MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer, who was the chief guest at a function organised by Tibetans in Ludhiana, was pleasantly surprised when he was leaving the venue. The audience, comprising mostly of Tibetans, stood up as a mark of respect for him. While many Ludhianvis were criticising him for he had arrived over an hour late, the Tibetans’ gesture pleased him. — Sentinel



Driver held with drugs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 11
The Dehlon police has arrested a truck driver of Gujjarwal village and seized a substantial quantity of poppy husk, a countrymade pistol and cartridges from him.

According to Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, a team led by Mr Amarjit Singh Khaira, SHO, Dehlon, had nabbed Gurjit Singh for allegedly distributing narcotics in the area.

Besides seizing 40 kg of poppy husk, the police found a .312-bore countrymade pistol and five cartridges from him.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused used to bring the contraband from drug peddlers active in trans-Sutlej area. He used to sell it to other drivers.



40 kg of poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 11
The police has arrested Gurjit Singh of Gujjarwal and seized a .315 bore country-made pistol along with two cartridges from his possession. The police also seized 40 kg of poppy husk from him. Cases under Sections 25-54-59 of the Arms Act and 15-61-85 of the NDPS Act have been registered.

Liquor seized

Resham Singh of New Salempura has been arrested for allegedly possessing illicit liquor. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Man crushed to death

Daljit Singh of Johlan was crushed to death when he was alighting from a bus at Raikot. A case under Section 304-A, IPC, has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.


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