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Student’s suicide: SDM suggests transfer of staff
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 5
Finding disharmony among staff at examination centre to be a contributory factor for driving Sarabjit Singh, a youth of Ghungrana village, to commit suicide, Dr Indu, Malerkotla SDM, recommended transfer of the staff at the centre.

In the preliminary report submitted to Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, Dr Indu apprehended that the prevalent atmosphere at the examination centre at local M G M N Senior Secondary School, if allowed to continue, would affect the performance of students.

Some students, their parents and office-bearers of some organisations had complained to Dr Indu that disharmony among the staff had created problems for the students appearing in chemistry paper of class XII, held on Thursday. Sarabjit Singh of Ghungrana village had committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his home as he could not perform well in the examination.

Kewal Singh, father of the deceased, told the police that Sarabjit had hanged himself to death with the help of a turban after returning from the school in the evening as he had not fared well in the chemistry paper.

During her preliminary investigations, Dr Indu found the revelations made by The Tribune as true and observed that disharmony among Baltej Singh, Deputy Superintendent, his wife Inderjit Kaur, invigilator ,and Manjit Singh Superintendent, had created problems for a majority of students appearing in the examination.

Mr Sodhi admitted that the students had been harassed unnecessarily and he had not allowed students to avail of an extra time as demanded by them.

Mr Baltej Singh, however, denied the charges levelled against him and his wife and maintained that they were being framed as they had been working to curb the menace of copying. They alleged that the regulations laid down by the board were being violated at the centre.

"Prima facie, it seemed to be a case of factionalism among the staff posted at the centre, hence I have asked for transfer of the staff irrespective of his or her role in creating hostile atmosphere driving Sarabjit to commit suicide," told Dr Indu to the Ludhiana Tribune. 



Ludhiana cagers emerge champions
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 5
Ludhiana in women's section and the Baba Lodhiana Academy in men's section emerged champions in the 56th Senior Punjab Basketball Championship which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In women's final, hosts Ludhiana rallied to oust Jalandhar 59-45. At half time, hosts established four points lead (33-29). Jalandhar players exhibited fine skill in the third quarter to surge ahead (43-40). However, hosts reorganised themselves in the fourth quarter to push their opponents on defence. They yielded just two points and earned 19 points in the last quarter and thus clinched the issue comfortably.

Taranjit Kaur and Manpreet Kaur played the pivotal role in Ludhiana's performance scoring 23 and 19 points while Rajan Pal and Harminder Kaur chipped in with four points each. For the losers, Saloni and Rajwinder Kaur netted 12 points each while Maninder Kaur and Sukhwinder made 6 and 5 points.

Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Member of the Lok Sabha from Ludhiana, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, ADGP, Punjab and president, Basketball Federation of India, Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), Ms Surinder Dhir, former Deputy Director, Sports, Punjab, Mr Gianinder Singh Sandhu, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, former Olympian and Deputy Director, PAU, Ramandeep Singh Grewal, Shiv Charan, former national hockey coach of Canada, Mr J P Singh, secretary, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, Arjuna awardees and former international cagers Sajjan Singh Cheema and Parminder Singh (senior), Vipan Kumar of the BSF, Mr Joginder Singh Johal from Canada, office- bearers of district units of the PBA were present on this occasion. 



Johar gives grants to 7 organisations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, has announced that the government has launched a plan for the development of the urban areas and the Municipal Development Fund amounting to Rs 991 crore is being spent to provide drinking water to 117 towns and sewerage in 37 towns of the state by March 31, 2007.

Mr Johar was addressing a function organised to distribute grants for various development projects at Model Town here today. The minister said the state government had also launched “National Slum Development Programme” worth Rs 20.10 crore additional Central assistance in 23 towns .

He said that state government had given special attention to develop the city as a modern city of the North and the Government of India had included it in the cities to be developed under the Jawahar Lal National Urban Renewal Mission.

Mr Johar said the state government had also selected Ludhiana for the JNURM and under the city development plan for the integrated development of civic infrastructure in the city. He said the Centre would contribute 50 per cent of the total plan, besides 20 per cent of the plan was being contributed by the financial institutions.

The minister said the process for the recruitment of teachers had already been started and the teacher would be recruited through the panchayats for the village, so that they could serve better. He said no teacher would be transferred after the appointment and only one-time shifting would be allowed after their marriage.

Mr Johar said during the tenure of the Congress government, more than Rs 30 crore had been spent on the various development works in the Ludhiana (West) constituency and cheques of grants amounting to Rs 1 crore were being delivered for the various development projects. He said funds amounting to Rs 5 lakh would be given after March 31.

He distributed cheques of grants among seven organisations, including Sanatan Community Centre, Model Town, Gau Rakhshni Sabha, Gaushala Road, Khalsa Education Council, United Welfare Society, Model Town Extension, Mehla Social Welfare Society, Manjit Nagar, Sanatan High School, Deep Nagar and the Sewerage Safai Karamchari Union.

Among others who were present on this occasion included Ms Harvinder Kaur DEO(P), Mr K L Chhabra, Bibi Gurnam Kaur, Director, Punjab Khadi Board, and Mr Jagdish Marwaha. 



PFC, CMC join hands to fight stray dog menace
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
What the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC), an authority to check the population of stray dogs, could not do, a local hospital and animal lovers’ organisation have together decided to do. For they have joined hands to provide residents of the CMC campus some respite from stray dogs.

Starting with their sterilisation drive, which began today, the local chapter of the People for Animals (PFA) and authorities of Christian Medical College sterilised five bitches in the PFA hospital after catching these from the CMC campus.

According to PFA president Dr Sandeep Jain, they would sterilise 10 dogs from the campus tomorrow and double the number every day.

He said acting Director of the CMC Dr John Parmod also visited the PFA animal and birds’ shelter today to see the Animal Birth Control Programme being carried out by the organisation.

Dr Jain said he was explained the entire process, right from catching the dogs to their release.

He said once a dog was sterilised, it became docile. Moreover, sterilisation of a bitch meant prevention of birth of at least 250 pups.

Dr Parmod assured all help by their institute to make the city rabies-free.

The PFA, Ludhiana, and the CMC had been conducting anti-rabies vaccination camp every year for the past five years.

PFA veterinarian Dr Bhupinder Singh said he had successfully conducted the ABC operation and anti-rabies vaccination on five dogs and bitches brought from the CMC (residential campus) today.

“We are making arrangements for successfully handling the process. It would start from catching the dog, putting identification mark, giving them anti-tick bath and deworming medicines to the surgery. After surgery they are given anti-rabies vaccination and a ‘notch’ (V shaped) is made on right ear pinna before release in its area.” he said.



Knee-change surgery at Civil Hospital
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The Orthopedic Department at Civil Hospital here has successfully performed a knee replacement surgery on 55 -year -old Ram Naresh — the first in a government hospital of the state. The head of department, Dr Gagandeep Singh ,performed the operation on Friday . Within 48 hours of the surgery Ram was able to slightly move the knee joint.

The director of Punjab Health Corporation, Dr Y.C. Markan, who came to the hospital yesterday ,said the hospital was the first government hospital to carry out the knee- replacement surgery. Dr Gagandeep Singh told that he had performed some 15 hip replacement surgeries in the hospital. Ram Naresh, a native of Bihar, was runs a karyana shop in Focal Point here. A chronic patient of arthritis, he had problem with both of his knees ,but the condition of the right one was very bad which was replaced by Dr Jagandeep in 90 minutes. Ram said "my excruciatingly painful knee has been replaced at almost one third of the expenditure at a private hospital". 



Mega mart overcharging, says consumer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
A departmental store, Vishal Mega Mart, on Ferozepore road here, which claims to offers consumer goods at cheaper rates, has been charged by an employee of a mobile phone company with charging rates more than the maximum retail price (MRP) mentioned on the goods.

Mr Amit Vasudeva, an official with AirTel, has alleged that when he compared the bill with the MRP printed on labels of certain goods, he found that the rates charged by the store were more.

He said when he pointed out this to a senior employee, "he returned me the amount." He wondered if the officials would have returned the money after checking the accounts on their own.

Mr Prakash, a manager with the departmental store, admitted to the Ludhiana Tribune that the consumer was wrongly charged.

He said it was a clerical mistake. He stressed it was an isolated incident.



Ludhiana Calling

It took the scare of the bird flu to keep many diehard non-vegetarians away from the chicken diet. All homilies on vegetarianism had fallen flat on these fanatics. They had no problem in killing for the sake of their taste buds, but when the kill became a threat to their lives, they chickened out.

Does it need an epidemic to learn the value of life?

No rich example

The Reema Jain and Devgun murder cases in the city have shown the lust for more riches leading to property disputes and ultimately murders. This is no rich example to follow.

Officer’s way

A signboard announcing “Officer’s Way” at the venue of a women’s liberation seminar at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, early this week became a point of interest among the participants. The other-rank cops viewed it as a discrimination. They had to enter the seminar hall from another door. The officers too were not happy. They pointed out that while the way leads to the seminar hall, the signboard directly pointed towards the toilet.

Bush visit

The response to President Bush’s visit could be gauged from the conversation between two elderly men sitting under the shade of a tree. One of them was heard saying: “I always knew India was such a magical country. It has caught the fancy of US prez also. But how to tell our youngsters who are making a beeline to his country.”


Some days ago a journalist, who wanted to buy a house, was on cloud nine when she came across an advertisement about residential flats for as low as Rs 4 lakh. The offer filled her with happiness. Dreaming of owning an apartment in the city, where property is skyrocketing, she took no time to enquire about the scheme over the phone. The person on the other side seemed quite patient with her when she bombarded him with a number of queries.

In the end of the conversation when the man came to know that she was a journalist with an English daily, he said: “Sorry madam, these houses are not for you.” Surprised she asked him the reason. Pat came the reply: “This is an EWS (Economically Weaker Section) colony. Under the scheme we cannot entertain you.” And the dreams were dashed to the ground.



Manch to honour 5 women
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch will honour five prominent women for significant contribution to their respective fields on International Women Day here on March 8. Announcing this after a meeting at Circuit House here today, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the manch, said Ms P. Kahlon (educationist) would be awarded the Bibi Harparkash Kaur Sidhwan Award, Dr Raj Cheema (gynaecologist) would be given the Dr Edith Brown Award, Ms Amrit Gill, SDM, would get the Ms Sarla Grewal Award, Rupa Saini (sportswomen) would be presented with the Olympian Bal Krishan Singh Award while the Karam Chand Thapar Award would be conferred upon Ms Rajni Bector (entrepreneur).

Mr Bawa said the manch had been striving to restore the respect and glory of women in Indian society and bestowing honour on the outstanding women on International Women’s Day was yet another step in this direction. He outlined several steps being taken by the body to wage a war against female foeticide.

The meeting, presided over by Prof Mohinder Singh Cheema, was attended among others by Mr Pawan Diwan, Mr Surinder Singh Kooner, Ms Manjit Kaur Sodhia, Dr Neelam Khosla, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Sandeep Behl, Mr Ravinder Ranguwal, Mr Pawan Garg, Mr Gurbhej Singh Chhabra, Mr Ashok Makkar, Mr Jiwan Dhawan, Dr Devinder Bawa, Mr Rakesh Bhandari and Mr Amrik Singh Grewal.



600 attend Lok Suvidha camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 5
Over 600 residents of the town availed of the facilities provided at a Lok Suvidha camp organised under the supervision of Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, at M G M N Senior Secondary school here yesterday. Mr Razia Sultana, Parliamentary Secretary, presided over the function which was attended by functionaries of various departments and thousands of residents from the area.

Residents from Dehliz Road, Jandali Road, Jagera Road, Amarpura, Guru Nanak Pura and Ahmedgarh Chhanna attended the camp.

Staff and district-level officers of more than 20 departments were present at the camp with records.

Besides other miscellaneous services, at least 500 persons got different documents prepared on the spot.

More than 300 applications for old-age pension were processed and the health authorities led by Dr K.C. Goal, DHO, issued certificates to handicap persons also. Besides rectifying records in connection with the Revenue Department, resident certificates were also issued.



19 couples tie nuptial knot
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
"Do not make graveyard in your uterus by killing the foetus of girl child inside. Give up intoxicants and just have two children and see that you educate them," advised Sarwan Kumar, chairman of the Nishkam, addressing 19 couples at the mass marriage held today. Marriages of 19 poor girls took place this afternoon at Nishkam Sewa Ashram, Daad village.

After kirtan, the marriages were solemnised according to Sikh and Hindu rites.

The family members accompanying the brides and the grooms were served lunch. The couple were loaded with gifts by Nishkam. They got clothes, ornaments, watches, beds and kitchenware.

Mr Sarwan Kumar said a team of volunteers of the Nishkam had worked very hard. The Janta Seva Dal from Toronto had sent a cheque for Rs 1.30 lakh for the marriages.



Safety day celebrated 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Vardhman Spinning and General Mills observed the national safety day here yesterday to ensure the safety and health of employees. A company spokesman said this was a step towards achieving the ''zero-accident rates'' in Vardhmàn. Various competitions such as safety slogan, safety posters, safety speech, safety best suggestion were organised in which all employees participated with enthusiasm.

Mr M.P. Beri, Deputy Director of Factories (Punjab), was the chief guest. He emphasised the need to create a safety culture in the organisation.

A cultural programme was also organised by the staff which included safety skit, safety songs, safety poems and safety speeches.

Prizes were given to the winners by the chief guest. Safety exhibition was also organised.

Santosh Singh, senior fitter, was awarded with the Kirat Shiromani Award for giving best safety suggestion.



Study circle to honour Makkar
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle will honour Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar tomorrow at the circle’s head office in Model Town Extension. Chief organiser Ram Singh said he would inaugurate the networking of the circle during his visit.



Textile industry benefits from TUF
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Industrialists from the textile sector in the state have been given subsidies to the tune of Rs 1,594 crore under the technological upgradation fund (TUF) scheme. As many as 535 industrial units have availed of the benefit of the scheme.

The scheme aims at encouraging industry to go in for technological upgradation so as to meet global competition effectively in the quota-free regime.

The total amount extended by the government since the beginning of the scheme is Rs 14,262 crore across the country, said Mr J.S. Rawat, Deputy Director, Regional Office, Textile Commissioner.

Giving details of the scheme, Mr Rawat said five per cent subsidy was available to all kinds of units in the textile sector. The SSI sector could avail of a capital subsidy of 15 per cent. In the SSI sector, power loom units could get 20 per cent subsidy, under the TUF, whereas a five per cent interest subsidy was available for garment processing units and 10 per cent capital subsidy was available on several processing machines.

“The idea of offering subsidies under the TUF is to help industry emerge competitive in the quota-free regime by adopting the latest technology.”

Industrialists, meanwhile, welcomed the Finance Minister’s proposal of an allocation of Rs 535 crore under the technological upgradation scheme (TUF) and said it would help industry emerge as winner amid global competition.

Mr Rawat said the government was offering a 40 per cent grant under the Integrated Textile Park scheme. “If more than 50 industrialists form a textile park, the government gives a 40 per cent grant, subject to a maximum of Rs 40 crore for one park.”


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