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Widespread support to medicos’ stir
DMCH resumes OPD services
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 19
The agitation by the medical fraternity against the reservation in professional courses continued here today with the students from several medical institutions resorting to chain fast and many NGOs and organisations coming forward to their support.

On an appeal of various social and public organisations, the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital decided to start OPD services in the larger interest of the local people and particularly, the patients coming from far-flung areas.

The chain fast by the medical students from Dayanand Medical College, Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College continued at the DMCH reception area. The leader of the DMC Teachers Association, Dr Parveen Sobti, joined in the chain fast.

The Joint Action Committee of integrated doctors held a peaceful umbrella march at Mini Secretariat to express their resentment against the quota system.

Expressing solidarity with protesting medical students in their agitation, the members of NIMA and the All-India Integrated Medical Association (AIIMA) turned out in large numbers to submit a memorandum to the administration against caste-based reservation. The protesters wore black ribbons around their arms to express displeasure over the brutal lathi charge on the protesting students.

District president of NIMA Rajesh Thapar and secretary Surendra Gupta said the association had also launched a massive anti-quota signature drive. Dr Pradeep Nagrath, former president NIMA, Ludhiana, said the reservation policy in education system had made a mockery of the great Indian visionaries, who had actually envisioned reservations in jobs for the uplift of the economically weaker sections.

Criticising government’s policy on reservation in higher education, AIIMA’s state patron Anil Kapoor, state president Dr Pardeep Sareen, local president Dr Sandeep Arora and secretary Dr Pran Gupta were of the view that those sections, which had already taken benefit of the reservation policy, were being again made to gain at the cost of the deserving candidates.

Dr Satinder Kakar, patron of state NIMA, Dr Ravinder Vatsyayan, Dr Vivek Mohindra, Dr Sarabjit Singh, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, Dr Ashok Narula, Dr Harjit Singh, Dr Brahm Kumar Dutt, Dr Kuldeep Kharbanda, Dr Preet Paul Singh Arora, Dr Ashok Verma, Dr Sarjeevan Sharma, Dr D.B. Arora, Dr Navneet Saggar and Dr Atul Monga were also present.

According to functionaries of the DMC Teachers Association, medical students and faculty members of different medical institutions, along with other medical professionals, took out the candle-light march from Rose Garden to Fountain Chowk in the evening.

Meanwhile, the agitation of the students received a shot in the arm as various non-medical organisations came out in their support. They condemned the caste-based politics being pursued by the government.

The Ludhiana Citizen Council, represented by Mr Darshan Arora, chairman, and Ashok Juneja, secretary-general, Dr D.S. Gill, chairman, International Human Rights Organisation, Mr Ajay Shahi of the National Consumer Organisation, The Chartered Accountants for Resurgent India, Sri Mahaveer Jain Yuvak Sangh, the Brahmin Sabha, Punjab, and the Ghumar Mandi Market Association, were among several other bodies expressed their solidarity with the agitating doctors and appealed to the government to shun the caste-based politics.



PAU scraps 4 diploma courses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to discontinue four diploma courses from academic session 2006-07.
These are Diploma in Pest Management; Apiculture; Food Technology and Seed Production Technology.

This was stated today by Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Dr S.S.Chahal. However, the four courses in Home Science — Food Preservation and Baking; Interior Decoration, Fashion Designing and Management of Creche and Nursery School will continue.

Dr Chahal said those students who have purchased the PAU prospectus (2006-07) with the intention of applying for any of the four courses, which are to be discontinued from the new academic session, would be returned the money. The last date for the receipt of applications in respect of the diploma courses was June 8, 2006, and with the late fee June 15. The late fee is Rs 500.

It is pertinent to mention that Diploma in Fishery has already been transferred to the new university.

Meanwhile, in an important decision, Dr Chahal said a new committee, CAPP, has been constituted with the view to improving postgraduate teaching and research at the PAU.

The members of the committee are: College of Basic Sciences Coordinator of Research, Dr R.P. Gupta; College of Home Science Coordinator of Research, Dr J.K.Sangha; Professor of Agronomy, Agrometeorology and Forestry, Dr R.K. Mahey; Head, Department of Plant Pathology, Dr (Mrs) S. K.Mann; Head, Deptt of Botany, Dr (Mrs) Neelam Setia; Professor of Ecology, Dr V.K. Dilawari, and Professor of Farm Power and Machinery, Dr Surendra Singh. Dr Gupta has been appointed convener of the panel.

The committee held its first meeting in the office of the Dean, Postgraduate Studies, today where a broad format was agreed upon to give impetus to postgraduate teaching and research programmes.



Order to auction PSEB official’s car
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 19
The court of Ms Ravi Inder Kaur, Civil Judge (Junior Division), has ordered to auction a car belonging to a top official of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at Ludhiana on August 7.

Earlier, the court had ordered to attach properties of the PSEB, as it failed to honour a verdict delivered by the court in connection with a case filed by one of its retired Junior Engineers. With the orders of the court, the car of the top ranking official was attached.

Accepting the case of Mr Santokh Singh, a retired official, the court ordered the PSEB to pay him the outstanding amount of pension, gratuity, GPF, leave encashment etc. along with interest on delayed payments.

Praying for attaching the properties of the PSEB, the employee had claimed that an amount of Rs 6.57 lakh was due towards the board.



Man gets life term in murder case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 19
Sessions Judge Harbans Lal has sentenced Gurmail Singh alias Billu of Daad village undergo rigorous life imprisonment for killing Dalwinder Singh alias Jagga the village in 1998. A fine of Rs 3,000 was also imposed on the accused.

Earlier, the accused was declared a proclaimed offender. On November 14, 2003, he was arrested. However, the court acquitted Darshan Singh of Rampur district (UP).

Whereas two co-accused, Satwant Singh and Surinder Singh alias Shingara, had already been sentenced to life imprisonment in September, 2001, by the then Sessions Judge, Mr S.S. Arora.

An FIR was registered under Sections 302, 120-B, 148, 149 and 25 under the Arms Act at the Sadar police station on March 1, 1998, following the complaint of Kartar Singh, father of the deceased. He had submitted that he was an agriculturist and also working as property dealer.

On the day of incident he along with his younger son Jaswinder Pal Singh, were sitting on the roof of their office at Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, whereas his son Dalwinder Singh, and Munshi Avtar Singh were sitting on the chairs in the lawn of that office.

Accused Gurmail Singh, armed with gun, and his elder brother Satwant Singh and nephew Surinder Singh alighted from a car. Thereafter, the accused ran away from the spot.



RSS to celebrate Madhav Gowalkar’s birth centenary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is planning to hold the birth anniversary celebrations of Madhav Sadashiv Gowalkar, also known as Guruji. A number of functions have been planned all over the state to mark the centenary.

Disclosing this here last night, the prant pracharak of the RSS, Mr Kashmiri Lal and other members of the Guru Ji Jannam Shatabadi Samaroh Samiti, including Lala Lajpat Rai, Mr Ram Kumar Jain, Mr Sunder Das Dhamija, Mr Ashok Juneja, Mr Som Nath Aggarwal, Mr Mavir Parshad Naharia, Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, Dr Lajpat Rai and others said that special functions would be organised through out the year.

They said that during the year the basic ideology of the RSS would be spread among the masses. They said Guru Ji consolidated the RSS network across the country and made it a force to reckon it. He is considered to have moulded the thinking of the RSS according to the contemporary needs. He remained the longest surviving chief of the RSS after taking over from the founder head Dr Keshav Bali Ram Hedgewar. 



Resentment over land allotment to Rotary Club
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 19
The residents of Rajguru Nagar, Rajguru Nagar Extension, New Rajguru Nagar, Lal Bagh, Aman Park, Jagjit Nagar and Threeke have resented the allotment of 2,000 sq yards of prime land to the Rotary Club-North at a very low lease rate for the construction of a senior citizens home.

In a representation to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the residents have said that the allotment of the land to the club amounted to giving sops to rich people and disturbing the privacy of the residents who have paid high prices for the land.

They have pointed out that a piece of land lying vacant was developed into a park with voluntary contribution, without causing any financial burden on the Ludhiana Improvement Trust that owns the land. The development of the park has given a facelift to the colony and also improved the environment of the area.

They have stated that a large number of men, women and children come to the park for walk in the morning and evening daily.

The residents have informed the Chief Minister that the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, which are known as international service clubs, have already been allotted land by the Improvement Trust and both have constructed buildings there.

The functionaries of these clubs are making commercial use of the bhavans and these are let out to the people for marriages, birthday functions and other social gatherings. They charge heavy fee for the same, they have said.

The residents have pointed out that there are more than six senior citizens homes around Rajguru Nagar. Besides, the District Red Cross Society has also set up a senior citizens home in Sarabha Nagar. They have stated that there is no need for setting up any more such homes.

The residents have further pointed out that the Rotary Bhavan in Sarabha Nagar has sufficient land lying vacant that can be used for the construction of a senior citizens home to fulfil the aspirations of the elite of the town.

The residents have called upon the Chief Minister to cancel the lease deed of the Rotary Club-North and the retain the piece of land 
as park.



Anti-terrorism day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A district-level function was organised in Bachat Bhavan here today to observe anti-terrorism day.
Mr Ajmer Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, presided over the function and administered the oath to the participants to denounce terrorism and work for strengthening of the unity and integrity of the country.

Addressing the function, Ajmer Singh said the object behind the observance of this day as anti-terrorism day was to wean people away, particular the youth, from terrorism and violence by highlighting the suffering of the people and showing it was prejudicial to the national interest.

Paying his tributes to late Rajiv Gandhi, the ADC said he had sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of the country. He called upon the people to seek inspiration from his sacrifice and rededicate themselves to carve out a harmonious society, where every citizen irrespective of caste, creed and religion had equal opportunities to grow.

Ajmer Singh said the terrorism had taken thousands of lives in Punjab during the black days of terrorism and reversed the pace of development in the state. He said in whole world, terrorism was posing a great threat to the humanity. He also appealed to the people to be vigilant against the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values with all their strength.

Prominent among others who were present on this occasion were M.S. Jaggi, SDM, Ludhiana (West), Mrs Amrit Kaur Gill, SDM, Ludhiana (East), Miss Anupam Kaler, Assistant Commissioner (General), Mr Inderpreet Singh Kahlon, DRO, Mr Tarlochan Singh Bhatia, District Treasury Officer, and Mrs Manjit Kaur Deputy DEO(S). 



At the Crossroads
Our tolerance level is decreasing by the day

There was a time when we used to say, “Where has love gone?’ Then came the time when we were curious to know - ‘Where has romance gone?’ Now the big question is, ‘Where has tolerance gone?’ The situation is indeed baffling at present.

My quest is for the person who is ready to die for the right of his opponent to disagree with him. How ‘soothing sweet’ the exclamation is, when someone says - “We agree to disagree”. In this disagreement there is some element of agreement also.

Some persons who are immaculately dressed want others to dress like them. Some persons who are teetotallers want others to shun alcohol. Some persons who are vegetarian want others to avoid taking meat. But why this sort of impatience when others do not follow suit? To categorise others as “fallen people” is an exercise in futility.

The persons who were crucified like Jesus Christ or poisoned like Socrates or burnt alive like Saint Joan were later invested with divine aura. Shelley, who was expelled from the Cambridge University, for writing a pamphlet that annoyed the authorities, was reinstated after his death in the form of a statue installed at the campus of the same university. D.H. Lawrence and Sa’dat Hasan Manto were condemned as pornographers and some of their writings banned during their lifetime. Later they gained prominence as great writers who broadened the vision of the readers and made them aware of the aesthetic approach to life.

To cry hoarse, when something not to our liking happens, is a blatant display of intolerance or misplaced anger. Salman Rushdi’s book ‘Satanic Verses’ was banned, as a result of which it received undue publicity. It passed hands speedily and was read with great curiosity. But then it was dropped like a hot potato as it was incomprehensible. Khushwant Singh’s “History of the Sikhs” was burnt at the holy precincts of a place of worship as it had made some unpleasant predictions about the Sikhs by the turn of the 20th century. Later the author was honoured at Anandpur Sahib, as a great Sikh scholar, on the occasion of the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa.

To sit on judgement as the sole saviour of a particular faith is nothing short of self-delusion and self-indulgence. Generally speaking, religion is all-comprehensive and it does not vouchsafe for narrow outlook. Tolerance is needed most when religious sentiments are hurt. Lack of patience takes a heavy toll. To arrogate to oneself the right of dismissing others as heretics is morally wrong. One can wait till better counsel removes one’s doubts and fears.

Not that historians, creative writers or artists do not commit blunders. Sometimes they do so either out of ignorance or miscalculation or misplaced conviction. To disagree and to lodge a protest is understandable but to take to streets or to enthuse others for confrontation is unwarranted. It is like making confusion worse confounded. Tolerance can yield far better results to the satisfaction of all. But it requires awareness of cultural heritage.

— N.S. Tasneem



Violations by auto owners alleged

Ludhiana, May 19
Mini-bus owners in the district have alleged that a large number of three- wheelers and four-wheelers are operating outside corporation limits in violation of the law. They are eating into the profits of mini-bus operators.

"Particularly during early mornings and in evenings, three-wheeler operators carry passengers even outside the corporation limits. In case of four-wheelers, that are supposed to be goods carriers, the situation is no better and to earn more, they too carry passengers," said Jaswinder Singh Grewal, president, the Ludhiana Mini-Bus Owners Association.

He said the routes where such violations was common were from Ludhiana to Alamgir, Baddowal, Mullanpur and Kohara.

While autorickshaws and four- wheeler operators manage to get passengers during mornings and evenings by offering lower fare, which are peak times for passenger traffic, it is the bus owners who suffer.

The mini-bus owners rued that despite being apprised of the situation, the local administration was not doing anything to control the situation.

At a meeting of the bus owners from the district today, it was decided that a memorandum would be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner on May 25.

The mini-bus owners said they were already facing problems due to the rising cost of diesel. Urging the administration to take concrete measures, they also demanded that measures should also be taken to discourage passengers from travelling free of cost. — TNS



Cops apprised of DGP’s policies

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 19
The police should be sincere to its duty and come up to the expectations of all sections of society, if it wants to be respected by people. This is the advice of Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, IG, Jalandhar Zone, to the Jagraon police.

Mr Dhillon visited all police stations in the district today.

Mr Dhillon, who was accompanied by Mr Prag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana, and Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, apprised police personnel of the policies of the state police chief.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Dhillon said his visit was a part of a routine inspection. “Besides, the visit is aimed at propagating policies of the DGP down to the bottom of hierarchy in the department,” said Mr Dhillon.

Mr Jaiswal said morale of all personnel of the police force had got a boost with the visit of the IG.

Mr Dhillon commenced the inspection with a function organised at the Sidhwan police station yesterday. He exhorted GOs and NGOs of the district to be committed to their respective offices. — OC



Development to be Cong poll plank, says Bawa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Development will be main poll plank of the Congress in the coming elections. This was stated by Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Chairman, HOUSEFED.
Mr Bawa was addressing a meeting, which was organised to educate party workers on the proposed publicity campaign, in Rajguru Nagar, here last evening.

The Chairman asserted that funds totalling more than Rs4,000 crore were being spent on the development inthe state. Referring to the activities of HOUSEFED, Mr Bawa said loans amounting to Rs933 crore had been given for the construction of 11,4796 hoses in the state. 



This beer has nothing to cheer about
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 19
A retired soldier of the Army was in for a shock when he purchased four bottles of “PALS” beer from 3805 NCC Group Headquarters canteen here. Shamsher Singh, a resident of Phullanwal village in this district, found extraneous matter in three bottles.

The bottles carried a label which says these were brewed and bottled by Skol Breweries Limited, Meerut (UP), on behalf of Mysore Breweries Ltd, Bangalore. These have no batch number and date of manufacturing.

The ex-serviceman has lodged a complaint with the canteen authorities.



Two held for murder of youth
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 19
The Dehlon police has arrested two persons who had been booked under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly murdering a youth of Kilaraipur village on Monday. They had assaulted the youth as they suspected he had stolen money from the pockets of their clothes while they were taking bath in a canal.

According to Mr Harjit Singh Brar, DSP, Dakha, the police had arrested Jiwan of Kilaraipur village and Jasbir Singh of Assi Kalan for allegedly murdering Sukhdeep Singh Gopi of Kilaraipur village. The duo was nabbed in Kilaraipur village when they were trying to flee the area yesterday.

The police had booked the accused on a statement of Jinder Singh, father of the deceased.

Jinder Singh had alleged that Jiwan and Jasbir Singh had killed his son and thrown his body into the canal last Monday.

The body of Sukhdeep was recovered near the Narangwal bridge across the canal on Tuesday and handed over it to the family after getting a post-mortem examination done on it at the Civil Hospital, Dehlon. Marks of external injuries were seen on the body.

Referring the to information received from Mr Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Dehlon, Mr Brar said the accused had confessed to the crime. 



20 cases settled at camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 19
The Dakha police claimed to have processed 31 cases for amicable settlement at a dispute redressal camp organised at Mullanpur today. Mr Parag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana, and Mr R. K. Jaiswal supervised the progress of the camp.

According to Mr Harjit Singh Brar, DSP, Dakha, the process for settlement of 31 complaints out of 45 had been initiated at a camp organised at Mullanpur.

"While compromise has been reached in 20 cases, the process for amicable settlement has been initiated for all other cases," said Mr Brar. There were certain cases which could be settled in the court now, claimed the DSP.

As a majority of the cases were concerned with land disputes, a team of revenue officials led by Mr Joginder Singh, naib tehsildar, had been called to the camp.

Mr Parag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana, and Mr R K Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, had earlier urged the leaders of social and political parties to impress upon the residents of their areas to settle their cases amicably to avoid unnecessary harassment during legal recourse.

Poppy husk  seized

A police party led by Mr Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Dehlon, has nabbed Iqbal Singh of Faridewal (Ferozepur district) and seized 30 Kg of poppy husk from his possession. He was intercepted by the police when he was going to distribute the contraband to the addicts on his scooter yesterday.


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