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Police shielding attackers, allege victims
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
Accusing the Dehlon police of shielding a gang of miscreants, a Dalit family of Mehma Singh Wala, near here, has knocked at the door of the SSP, Jagraon, to initiate action against the offenders for allegedly attacking their dhaba 12 days ago.

At least four persons were injured while goods and cash was reportedly lost.

Mr Rashpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Dehlon, denied the charges levelled by the complainant and said investigations in the case had been initiated and a case would be registered after receiving the X-ray reports of the injured persons.

In a communication addressed to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Mr Sohan Singh, a member of the panchayat, alleged that the Dehlon police was trying to shield a gang of miscreants who had assaulted him and his associates after forcibly entering a dhaba being run by his brother, Jagga Singh.

The miscreants, about 10 in number, three of whom were later identified as Mintoo, Billa and Helly, had assaulted them when Talwinder Singh, an employee at the dhaba, had refused to hand over cash to them on September 22.

“When Talwinder and the other persons present at the dhaba tried to lower the shutter, the miscreants forced it open and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons,” alleged Sohan Singh.

Devinder Singh Garcha, nephew of Sohan Singh, succeeded in reaching the village and raising an alarm. “When I, along with my friends, reached the dhaba in my car, the miscreants, instead of running away, attacked us with rods and axes and smashed the windowpanes of the car,” he said. Sohan Singh, Talwinder Singh, Palwinder Singh and Devinder Singh received multiple injuries.

As the telephone installed at the Dehlon police station was out of order, the victims called the police control room at Ludhiana.

“But instead of registering a case against the miscreants and initiating action against them, the officials at the Dehlon police station started pressurising us to arrive at a compromise with them,” said Sohan Singh.



Prevention of dengue the only safeguard
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 4
In the wake of the sudden increase in the number of dengue cases in the city and elsewhere in the district, medical specialists have stressed that there being no specific treatment for this viral fever, prevention remained the only effective safeguard against the mosquito-borne disease.

Says Dr Gautam Rai Aggarwal, consultant, Internal Medicine at SPS Apollo Hospitals here: “Those suspected to be suffering from dengue must seek medical attention immediately as the condition can be fatal. Patients need rest and drink plenty of fluids. They should be kept away from mosquitoes for the protection of others. Dengue fever is treated by replacing lost fluids. Some patients need platelet transfusion to control bleeding. With appropriate intensive supportive therapy, death rate may be reduced to less than 1 per cent.”

He said it was a flu-like infectious disease, carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of the four-related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called ‘break-bone’ fever because it sometimes caused severe joint and muscle pain that felt like bones were breaking. Dengue was caused from the bite of an infected female mosquito (Aedes Aegypti), sometimes also called tiger mosquito.

“These mosquitoes usually bite during the day time. Its preferred breeding places being clean, stagnant water in shady areas. The mosquitoes become infected when they bite infected humans, and later transmit the infection to other people they bite. Dengue is not transmitted from person to person.”

According to Dr Aggarwal, most dengue infections resulted in relatively mild illness, but some could progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). With DHF, the blood vessels started to leak and caused bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums. Without prompt treatment, the blood vessels could collapse, causing shock (dengue shock syndrome). DHF was fatal in about 5 per cent of cases, mostly among children and young adults.

Pleading for extreme caution in tackling the dengue, Dr Gautam Ahluwalia, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, remarks that with dengue cases being reported around this time every year, it is important for all of us to revise the lessons learnt about this infection dengue over the years and develop a rationale approach.

He says that the unfortunate reality about dengue is that it is not a new disease in India, but was earlier known as simple ‘viral fever’ due to lack of diagnostic facilities for virus isolation in the country.



Land dispute makes man drown son in canal
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
Greed for land overpowered the love Kamaljit Singh had for his son as he allegedly threw his two-month-old son into a canal after locking up other members of the family in his house early this morning.

The infant was feared dead. His body was yet to be recovered. A massive search operation for the body was on near the site.

Kamaljit Singh, son of Harbans Singh, a farmer of Jartoli village, stunned the residents of the area by throwing his son Manjinder Singh in the Abohar canal near Narangwal bridge as a protest against his father’s reluctance to transfer the rights of the family land in his name.

According to SSP R.K. Jaiswal, Kamaljit Singh was apprehensive that his father would transfer the rights of the land in the name of the infant.

According to the police, the child was sleeping beside his mother when the incident occured. Kamaljit carried him in the dickey of the scooter after bolting the doors of the house from outside. He carried out the whole operation before sunrise.

Kamaljit Singh had been pressurising his father to transfer his share of the land in his name. Friends and relatives of the family were forced to intervene in their disputes in the past. The issue was discussed last night also.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that Kamaljit had been living at Kalakh village with his maternal uncle, ever since his wife had gone to her parents’ house for the delivery of Manjinder. On her return to Jartoli, Sukhjit Kaur, sister of Kamaljit, offered to mediate between father and son and suggested that they should all live together at Jartoli.

“Having failed to convince his father to transfer the land measuring 12 acres in his name, Kamaljit decided to end life of the child who could have inherited the land directly from his grandfather,” said Mr Jaiswal.



1 hurt as tanker hits tractor-trailer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
An unidentified person was injured when a tanker carrying LPG turned turtle near Oswal Hospital after colliding with a tractor-trailer loaded with cow dung cakes this morning.

Police sources said the injured person was riding the tractor. It was sheer providence that the tanker did not explode and thus a major tragedy was averted.

The accident occurred when the tractor-trailer came on the road from a side road and the tanker driver could not anticipate it well in time. The driver tried to avoid a collision but in vain. After colliding, the tanker ran over the central verge and turned turtle.



Ludhiana girl is Army Lieut
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 4
Supriya Kaushal, the only girl from Ludhiana district to be selected in the Army as Lieutenant, was honoured at a function held by the Sports Welfare Committee of the Shiv Mandir Parbandhak Committee of Chehalan, 3 km from here, on the eve of the yearly sports function and Dasehra celebrations on Monday evening.

She was presented with a memento and a shawl. On this occasion, Supriya appealed to the participating girls to come forward to serve the nation and join the Army. Supriya also was a member of the local Bar Association. The president of the Bar Association, Mr Anil Gupta, thanked the mandir committee for honouring her.



Carnival of Lights from October 6
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 4
Joy de Vivre and Purnam will once again hold a bazaar — Carnival of Lights, 2006 — in the city. It will be held in association with Nirdosh, a school for mentally challenged children run by the Inner-wheel Club of Ludhiana. The two-day carnival will begin on October 6 at Rotary Bhavan, Sarabha Nagar.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, will inaugurate the carnival on October 6

Joy de Vivre and Purnam have a commitment to the social cause of providing in their own humble way to the field of disability, especially in children. Their functioning include identifying markets within the country and abroad and organising bazaars. These bazaars are creatively designed.

This carnival would be of shopping with a difference where products from all across the country will be displayed in style with a wide range of designer jewellery, intricate silverware, home furnishings, etc. Traditional and western garments, home and fashion accessories and also crystal and other gift items will also be on display.



Two ultrasound centres sealed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 4
Cracking the whip on ultrasound scan centres in the district for irregularities and violations of the Pre-natal Sex Determination Test (PNDT) Act, a team of health officials, led by Dr Reena Sandhu, District Family Welfare Officer, today sealed two scan centres — the City Nursing Home in Civil Lines and Veena Nursing Home in Harcharan Nagar, near Samrala Chowk — in the city for an indefinite period.

Giving this information here today, Dr Yash Pal Singla, Civil Surgeon, said that out of 240 scan centres in the district, 11 had failed to get their registrations renewed. The administration had issued show-cause notices to these scan centres which included seven centres in the city, two in Samrala and one each in Khanna and Jagraon.



‘Bharat milap’ staged

Ludhiana, October 4
The Urban Estate Ram Lila Dasehra Committee and the Lav Kush Ramlila Dramatic Club presented ‘Bharat milap’ and ‘Raj Tilak’ ceremonies of Lord Rama before a large gathering here yesterday.

Mr Bhushan Kumar Garg, DIG (Training) HQs, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Balwinder Singh, vice-chairman of Sri Ram Utsav Committee, performed pujan (shama-e-roshan) ceremony.

Mr Raj Garg, president of the committee, stated in a press note that the awards for educating people about the life of Lord Rama were presented to Mr Bhushan Garg, Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, a former MLA, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr Shakti Kumar, Mr Sudhir Sood, director of the Lav Kush Ramlila Club. — OC



Four held for bid to break open ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The police last night arrested four persons, who were planning to break open an ATM of Punjab National Bank on the Gill road.

Giving details about the incident, SI Surjit Singh told mediapersons today that one thief managed to escape. The arrested persons were identified as Jai Prakash, Harjinder Singh, Avtar Chand and Mandeep Singh.

The SHO said the fifth accused was identified as Daljit Singh. According to their criminal record, they were small-time burglars.

The police has recovered two motor cycles, four knives and two iron rods from the accused. The accused said they had no understanding of the working of the ATM or about the security alarms.



Four booked for trespassing

Jagraon, October 4
The police has registered a case on the complaint of Rashid Mohmmad, Estate Officer, under Section 447, 511, 120-B, 34 of the IPC against Nachhattar Singh, Somnath, Gurjit Singh and Amar Nath, residents of Sidhwan Kalan, on the charge of trespassing on the land of the Waqf board and trying to take its possession forcibly in Agwar Gujjaran. No arrest has been made so far. — OC



Auto parts industry threatens to shift from Punjab
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The auto parts industry of Punjab has threatened to shift to neighbouring states if the state and Central governments continued with their “indifferent attitude” towards it in Punjab.

Disappointed with the recent visit of the Prime Minister, where the industry had expected a special package, the local industry is further peeved with the Centre for giving three years’ extension in sops to units in the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

“The interests of Punjab have been ignored by the Centre bluntly. If the indifferent attitude of the Centre and state governments continues, the auto parts industry will shift to neighbouring states,” said Mr Surinder Singh, general secretary, Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

Expressing resentment over the sops by the Centre to northern states, industry representatives say these benefits have made those states attractive industry destinations. However, these sops are giving sleepless nights to the industry in Punjab which has already suffered a lot on account of the extra benefits the industry there is getting, they rue.

Industry representatives say as result of the concessions, many units from Punjab have shifted to Baddi and Barotiwala. The engineering industry, in particular, has become highly uncompetitive as the high costs here are creating heavy differentials in pricing.

“While other states which are getting concessions in taxes etc are witnessing a growth (like Hardwar is witnessing a growth in the automobile sector), the industry in Punjab is passing through a tough phase. Leading names like Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra and Mahindra , Mico and Ashok Leyland have decided to set up units at Pant Nagar and Haridwar Industrial area. Even Hero Honda has announced that its units will be operational by May 2007 in Uttaranchal,” said Mr Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the association.

According to industrialists, a heavy flow of investment to other states was worsening the condition of the industrial segment in Punjab. They added that factors like poor infrastructure were further placing the industry here in trouble.

Mentioning the recent visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, industry leaders said they were quite frustrated as the PM did not announce any package or concessions for them. “We were expecting a special package, but nothing was announced. The Centre is bluntly ignoring the interests of Punjab,” they alleged.

They said the government should take the industry in the state seriously so as to save it. “If the government does not give a boost to the industry here, it will prove unfavourable in the ensuing elections for the ruling party,” they threatened.



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