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100 marriage guests watch murder unconcerned
Youth thrown in front of speeding bus
Jupinderjit Singh/Mahesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Raikot, April 7
In an abject case of lawlessness and goondaism, two persons allegedly threw a youth in front of a speeding bus after beating him when the victim reportedly dared to prevent them from teasing his sister and wife last evening in Goindwal village near Raikot.

All this happened at a marriage function reportedly in the presence of over 100 persons but no one dared to save the youth or challenge the alleged hooligans.

The youth, Shamsher Singh of Mooman village, succumbed to his injuries on the way to a private hospital. The local police registered an FIR under sections 304 and 506 against the duo, who absconded from the scene.

Though the wife of the deceased stated that her husband was murdered as the goons had thrown him in front of the bus, the police did not impose section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

The bus, belonging to Sandeep Transporters, involved in the accident has been impounded.

According to the FIR registered on the statement of Charanjit Kaur, widow of the deceased, two persons later identified as Satinder Singh and Pali Singh of Nathowal village allegedly killed her husband, Samsher Singh by throwing him in front of a speeding bus yesterday.

The police investigation later found that the accused had come uninvited to the marriage.

Cursing herself for forcing her husband and sister-in-law Karamjit Kaur to accompany her on the marriage of her friend, Charanjit claimed that Shamsher had paid price for his pride and respect. "All other guests watched our humiliation as silent spectators. My husband told the accused to refrain from indecent behaviour. Instead of behaving themselves, they started beating him. They then took him out of the marriage pandal and threw him before the bus.

Narinder Pal Singh, DSP, said it was shocking that the other guests remained unconcerned about such a behaviour and did not intervene. SHO Amarjit Singh Khaira said the police had not imposed section 302 of the IPC amounting to murder, as there was no old enmity between the victim and the accused.

He said the police may add the section after further investigation and statement of other witnesses.

The youth was the main breadwinner of the family. 

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Confusion over theme of World Health Day
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 7
The Union government having failed to communicate the theme of the year on the celebration of World Health Day to the state health department, various constituents of the health and family welfare department have been asked to adopt the subject adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Interestingly, the state health authorities seemed to have failed to conceive the theme from the website of the WHO and instead of conveying ‘international health security’ as the subject, they have communicated ‘Invest in health, build a safer future’, which erroneously is the aim of the day.

The perusal of a circular addressed to all civil surgeons in the state showed that the directorate of the health and family welfare had not received any communication from its counterpart in the Union government on the theme for celebrating World Health Day that falls on Saturday.

“The theme for celebrating World Health Day on April 7 has been taken from website. Enclosing its photo copy, we are writing to you to submit a detailed report within 15 days of the celebration of the day. The theme from the Indian government has not been received yet and it will be forwarded to you for further action on receipt. You can avail more information from the website in case you wish so,” reads a communication sent by the office of director health and family welfare, Punjab, to all districts.

Interestingly, the letter signed on behalf of the director shows ‘Invest in health, build a safer future’ as the theme of the year instead of ‘international health security’.

The relevant paragraph downloaded from the website is reproduced as follows - “World Health Day on April 7 marks the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is an occasion to raise the awareness of the key global health issues. This year’s theme is international health security. The aim of the day is to urge governments, organisations to ‘Invest in health, build a safer future’.

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All set for IMA poll today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Probably for the first time in last so many years the elections for various posts of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) are going to be keenly contested. Although incumbent president Gursharan Singh has opted out of the race, he has been actively campaigning for his group that includes B.S. Sekhon for the post of president, Davinder Walia for the post of secretary, Rakesh Aggarwal and Naveen Sikka.

They are facing stiff competition from the other group led by Arun Mitra for the post of president, Subhash Batta for senior vice-president, Rajeev Gupta for general secretary, D.P. Singh Arora for joint secretary and Karamveer Goyal for the post of treasurer.

All efforts by some neutral doctors to arrive at a consensus failed at the last minute yesterday over the issue of secretary. Although the Gursharan group had agreed to Mitra being unanimously elected president and Sekhon as president elect, the post of secretary proved to be the bone of contention. Because the Mitra group wanted its own secretary while the Gursharan group argued that they should get the post of the secretary as they had agreed to give them the post of the president.

Meanwhile, allegations and counter allegations continued on the last day of the campaigning also. The Gursharan group questioned Mitra, who is also the general secretary of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, as when were last elections held in that organisation and how many members were made there in.

The group has also been asking Mitra whether he was going to resign from his post of assistant district secretary of the CPI if he gets elected as the district IMA president. It apprehends that the IMA might be turned into a CPI platform. And also it has asked Mitra when did he last attend an IMA meeting.

Mitra on the other hand said there was nothing wrong in holding the office of a political party and heading an organisation of the professionals. He said his rivals had been deliberately trying to rake up the issue as they had no other issue against him.

He also alleged that attempts were being made to alter the voters’ list at the last minute to scuttle the process of elections. He said, “We have taken it as a challenge and accepted this list also”. He said he would ensure that the IMA functioned in a transparent manner .

Meanwhile, chairman of the election committee Iqbal Singh said the elections would be held at the IMA house in BRS Nagar between 8 am to 5 pm tomorrow. 

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2 held with 7,500 pirated CDs, DVDs
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The Kotwali police today made a rich haul of pirated CDs/DVDs by seizing 7500 discs of new and old English and Hindi movies from two shops in the Bhadaur House market. Nearly 3,000 of the seized discs were porn movies. The movies were seized on the complaint of Shemaroo Movies Ltd.

DSP Varinder Singh Brar told reporters this afternoon that this was the biggest recovery of pirated movies in the recent past. Two persons have been arrested for indulging in the illegal trade.

They are Rahul Kumar Gupta of Gupta Music Centre and Gaurav Singla of Singla CD House. Both shops are located near Mata Rani Chowk. Gurdarshan Singh Bhullar, field officer of Shemaroo Pvt Ltd, had informed the police about the illegal trade. The accused were allegedly circulating the pirated CDs/DVDs in the region.

The DSP stressed that the accused had been specially booked under Sections 420 (cheating) and 292 (showing obscene pictures to youngsters) of the IPC. 

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Govt harassing Cong workers: Bhattal
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 7
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, leader of the Congress Legislative Party in the state Assembly, while on the way from Ludhiana to Moga today addressed a gathering of Congress workers near the Punjab State Electricity Board here.

Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, local Congress MLA, and Darshan Singh Brar, Congress MLA Bagha Purana, were also present.

She called the atta dal scheme of the SAD-BJP combine as a hallow promise.

Bhattal alleged that the SAD-BJP government was harassing Congress workers. In case,their harassment continued, the state government would have to face consequences.

She told Congress workers not to be afraid of the present state government. On a question with regard to city centre scam that whether she will stand by former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, she replied that she believed in the system of justice but in the event of any excess by the state government the Capt was returning on April 9 to give a befitting reply, she said. 

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City taste goes global
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Gone are the days when mothers used to teach their daughters routine cooking so that they did not face any problems after marriage. These days, the parents take a keen interest in making their daughters join cooking classes from professional teachers, where they could learn how to cook a variety of cuisines like Japanese, Lebanese, Thai etc.

Even the girls and young women who join the cooking courses feel that cooking was never such a wonderful experience.

Many girls who are free after their examinations have joined cooking classes these days.

Though north Indian and Chinese food remain the hot favourites, there has been a craze for learning salads, veg and non-veg snacks, cakes and puddings, cake icings and their decoration, Indian dishes, biryanis, summer drinks, punches and exotic mocktails.

Veenu Rai Dhanda, a cookery teacher from Mumbai, feels that metropolitan culture is fast catching up with the younger generation. She says not only girls but also elderly women show a keen interest in learning how to cook low-calorie dishes.

She added that when everything else had become innovative and designer, why not the food ?

People are developing a taste for baked and boiled vegetables. Hence, many new innovations are being made to make Continental food tasty and light.

The latest craze, however, appears to be the Japanese 'sushi' comprising a lot of seafood which is generally half cooked and served cold.

Sheel Nanda, another cookery expert, says that presentation of the dishes is also an important factor. “One should be creative while presenting the dishes,” she says, adding that with the availability of exotic vegetables like bell peppers and broccoli and herbs, a big revolution had taken place in cooking and people had developed a palate for many a new mouth-watering cuisines. 

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Protest against shoe unit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Activists of the Mahavir Mandir Trust and the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti today took out protest rallies against a prominent shoe manufacturing company for allegedly using cow skin in their products.

A team of the local police seized some samples of the alleged shoe to verify the allegations.

The organisations have sought a demand on the end to cow slaughter.

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Three held for snatching

Samrala, April 7
The Machhiwara police during a naka, arrested three persons, who were allegedly involved in incidents of snatching and robbing. A motor cycle (PB-10BL-9276) has also been impounded.

During investigation, the suspects have disclosed that the motor cycle cited belonged to Sukhchain Singh. — OC

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Fiat to focus on Punjab with new model
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Fiat Palio is aiming to double its volumes within a year with the launch of its new car Fiat Palio Stile. The car, that was launched yesterday, targets youth and is a B segment one promising a combination of higher fuel efficiency due to new technology and style.

"The car is ideal for those who desire a smooth driving experience combined with efficiency. It has certain unique features like it comes in two petrol versions of 1.1 litre and 1.6 litres, and clubbed with competitive pricing, we are expecting a good market response," Mudit Gupta, divisional manager, Tata Motors, North, told the Ludhiana Tribune yesterday.

Post the Fiat and Tata joint venture, the company is aiming at a higher market share. Punjab is a significant market, said Gupta. The combined share in Punjab is expected to rise to 23-24 per cent with the launch of this car. "In Punjab the response is expected to be tremendous as people are car lovers and prefer latest technology in products," said Shakeel, territory manger, Punjab.

While the 1.1-litre version is priced in the range of Rs 3.57 lakh to Rs 3.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Ludhiana), the 1.6-litre version of the car is priced at Rs 4.39 lakh.

The entire range is available through the countrywide Tata-Fiat network of 63 dealerships covering 42 cities.

Gupta said the car has a distinctive Italian appeal and is the fourth new product offering by the company in the past three months, widening the choice of six Tata and two Fiat models for the Indian market.

Designed for auto enthusiasts, Palio Stile 1.6 Sport comes with a 1.6-litre engine with an increased power and is the only sporty B segment hatchback available in the country, said Gupta. Both models feature an electrical multipoint fuel injection system with a 32-bit microprocessor fuel system. The car is equipped with all desired features such as power steering, central locking, fire prevention system (FPS), engine immobiliser, fog lamps, with a manual gear box 5 + R, all speed synchromesh and a front wheel drive.

The interiors of the Palio Stile are beige in colour, sporting a trendy two-toned dash board, comfortable seats and a very low index of articulation (quietness of cabin). 

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New restaurant opens
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
Club City, a hospitality club, opened a new restaurant here today. The outlet offers food from brands like Tikka Express and Shanghai Pos in Green Field here yesterday.

"Food lovers would get to have various kinds of foods, right from Indian to Continental under one roof. Ludhianavis are known to spend a lot on food and we are expecting the restaurant to emerge a hot favourite," said Harjot Singh Juneja, the owner of the restaurant.

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