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Car driver rams into 5-yr-old
Boy’s condition critical
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 5
The police has arrested the driver of a car that hit a five-year-old boy and drove on for quite some distance with the child stuck in the suspension rod of the car, causing serious injuries to the boy.

The incident took place near the local bus stand when Ronak Lal, while crossing the national highway, was hit by a car coming from the Mandi Gobindgarh side. Instead of halting the car, the driver continued to drive the vehicle at a high speed. Some commuters chased the car, but it did not help. One of them even rammed his car into the vehicle, but even then the driver did not stop.

When the car halted at the traffic lights on the Lalheri road, the mother of the boy reached the spot and tried to free her son from the suspension rod. The driver again pressed the accelerator and tried to run her down as well. However, the driver of a bus used his vehicle to block the road and the car was brought to a halt.

As people gathered around the car, the accused began to argue and was beaten up.

The police registered a case under Sections 279 and 237 of the IPC against the driver who has been identified as Yadwinder.

Meanwhile, the child has been admitted to the local civil hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

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11-yr-old girl run over by bus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
An 11-year-old girl beggar was killed and another girl on a rickshaw seriously injured when hit by a bus near the local bus stand this afternoon.

Manisha was begging near a restaurant when she was run over by the bus. The bus (DLIP-2288) then rammed into two autorickshaws and seriously injured Taranjit Kaur, who was admitted to Pahwa Hospital.

According to ASI Balbir Singh, the police nabbed driver Harbans Singh and registered a case of negligent driving against him.

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Football League to be shifted to Hoshiarpur
Reason: Empty stands at Guru Nanak Stadium in city
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Guru Nanak Stadium will no longer play host to India's biggest professional football league as the JCT Mills authorities plans to shift the league to the football heartland of Hoshiarpur.

It will take another two years before this is done. Sameer Thaper, vice-chairman and managing director of JCT Mills, confirmed the development during the National Football League encounter between home favourites JCT and Mahindra United here yesterday.

Speaking to the Tribune on the sideline of the match, Thaper said: "We will shift the league to Hoshiarpur but it will take some time as we are waiting for the completion of the stadium there."

Despite the hype, the Indian Football League has failed to attract enough spectators to Guru Nanak Stadium. During yesterday’s match there were too many empty stands.

The city was cold in its response even during the Federation Cup played here three months ago. This is being sighted as the prime reason for the league being shifted to Hoshiarpur where football is a popular sport.

Said Thaper: "The city has not shown any interest in the Football League, even after playing host to it for over 10 years. On the other hand, people in Doaba has shown a special interest towards football as the match played between JCT and Mahindra and Mahindra during the first NFL encounter at the JCT Mills football stadium in Phagwara drew a crowd of 20,000." 

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Trade unions disrupt rail traffic
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
Several organisations representing farmers, industrial workers and employees of the PSEB today disrupted rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur section at the Model Gram railway station against the privatisation move being pursued by the government.

Trade union leaders said the agitation would be intensified if the government did not scrap the policy of privatisation and withdraw the Electricity Act, 2003, among other things.

Darshan Singh Kohli, district president, Balwant Singh Ghudani, general secretary of the BKU (Ekta), Kewal Singh Banwait and Mohinder Pal Sharma, president and secretary, respectively of the PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), Gulzar Goria of Khet Mazdoor Sabha, Ranjit Singh Saya of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Harjinder Singh of Moulder and Steel Workers Union, Parkash Singh Hissowal, Bagga Singh and Hardev Singh Sunet of Lal Jhanda Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union, Tarsem Jodhan of the Indian Centre of Trade Unions, and Ranjit Singh and Tarsem Lal of the Technical Services Union of the PSEB were among those who spoke.

They said the unbundling of the PSEB would lead to unemployment and create bad working conditions. “Not only this, the subsidies on power to the farm sector and cheaper power to the poor will no longer be available and power tariff will go up. The resultant inflation and drying up of employment avenues will hit the working classes,” they said.

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Study: 5,600 farm accidents every year
But only 21 pc get monetary aid
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
About 5,600 accidents take place every year during farm operations in Punjab. In 75 per cent cases of accident, farm machines are involved. However, only 21 per cent victims receive monetary benefits.

A study conducted by C.J.S. Pannu and N.K. Chhuneja of the PAU found that in 7 per cent cases of accident, women were involved and 20 per cent of the victims were unmarried.

The use of farm machinery had made it possible to increase crop intensity (185 per cent) and complete farm operations on time. The machinery had also reduced the risk of crop losses during harvesting and threshing, especially in unpredictable weather conditions, “but nobody pays attention to the safety of farm workers,” Pannu said, adding that 54 per cent and 34 per cent victims were in the age groups of 18-40 years and 40-60 years, respectively. About 19 per cent of the accidents were fatal.

The study informed that the Punjab State Marketing Board provided financial help to farmers, their families and labourers working with agricultural implements. Markfed also provided financial assistance to farmers affiliated with societies at the rate of Rs 50,000 in case of loss of life and Rs 25,000 in case of disability.

But it was found that not many people were aware of the compensation provided by the mandi board or Markfed. “In the mandi board, the victim or the nearest successor has to submit a prescribed application within 30 days of the accident or with a justification in case of delay. But most of them fail to fill the performa on time, as a result, they do not get compensation,” the study said.

For the loss of life, Rs 75,000 was given by the mandi board and Rs 45,000 for loss of two limbs and Rs 30,000 for the loss of one limb. A sum of Rs 7,500 was provided for the loss of a finger/finger part equivalent to amputation of a finger.

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Industrialists meet BJP leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Around 40 industry representatives presented their problems to BJP president Rajinder Bhandari here today.

The issues included rising cost of power, harsh VAT Act provisions, delay in VAT refund, implementation of entry tax and change of land use for industrial units in the state.

Industrialists demanded withdrawal of the 66 kv scheme by the PSEB, stating that it would result in the closure of several units in operation.

They added that the provision pertaining to deposits with the electricity board for industrial consumers were harsh.

Refund delays had become frequent and were causing harassment, they said. They also put forth problems on account of the implementation of entry tax.

“The entry tax has affected the textile sector in particular. The sector does not attract VAT and the 4 per cent entry tax is a burden on the industry,” said P.D. Sharma of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Setting up of industrial units in the state required change of land use for which heavy charges were levied, they pointed out, adding that industrial projects were getting hampered on account of such provision.

Among associations that participated in the meeting were United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fasteners Manufacturers Association, Induction Furnace Association of North India, Focal Point Industrial Sheds Association and Punjab Beopar Mandal.

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10 booths fetch PUDA Rs 2.21 cr
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
The auction of 10 commercial booths, measuring 33.33 sq yards each and located in the market opposite the civil hospital, fetched PUDA Rs 2.21 crore against the reserve price of Rs 1.73 crore.

The auction was conducted at the PUDA house here today. S.R. Kaler of the GLADA said the reserve price of each booth had been fixed at Rs 52,167 per sq yard. The highest bid was recorded at Rs 73,000 per sq yard while the minimum was Rs 63,000. In all, 15 bidders had participated.

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Parking lot goes for 80.25 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
A parking lot in the upmarket commercial hub of Feroze Gandhi Market (D zone) was today leased out for Rs 80.25 lakh through open bidding for a period of one year. The reserve price was Rs 60 lakh and six bidders participated.

Earlier, the parking site was auctioned for Rs 79 lakh to a party, which failed to fulfil its contractual obligation and the contract was terminated. For the past few months, the MC had been running the parking site.

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Sarna to sue SGPC chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna announced today that he would file a defamation suit against SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar for getting two resolutions passed against him from the Akal Takht.

Addressing a press conference, Sarna said: “In context of the two resolutions passed against me, it appears that the Akal Takht is not an independent body. It appears as if is under the influence of the Shiromani Committee”.

A defamation notice has already been forwarded to Makkar. Sarna said attempts were made to stop the publication of religious works by the Delhi Gurudwara Committee, whereas the Shiromani Committee had no reply to hordes of lies published in its pamphlet "Sikh History".

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Serve poor, says SGPC chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
A full-fledged CT scan department with latest equipment and machines was inaugurated by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Makkar made a fervent plea to all religious and social organisations to come forward for serving the poor and ailing persons selflessly.

Lauding the role being played by the hospital and other charitable institutions, he said modern medicare should be made accessible to the people at affordable cost.

Makkar also urged people, particularly those in medical profession, to work against menace of female feticide and other social evils.

He was welcomed by president of the hospital trust Bakshi Mohinder Singh. Principal of the Institute of Nursing Education G.K.Walia proposed a vote of thanks.

A cultural programme was organised by students of the nursing institute on the occasion.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were Joginder Singh Makkar, Inder Singh Chawla, Balbir Singh, Parupkar Singh, Joginder Singh Eros, Surinder Singh Bindra and Harbhajan Singh.

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Rs 80 lakh grant for Khanna
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 5
Grants worth Rs 80 lakh were released for the development of rural areas in the Khanna constituency during the last six months. This was claimed by the local Akali legislator and chief parliamentary secretary (technical education) Bikramjit Singh Khalsa while laying the foundation stone of a project to revamp roads and drainage network of Lalheri village.

He said the government would not let any financial crunch to affect the development work in the state. He said the government had pledged to usher a new era of development in the state.

The legislator also visited some of the primary schools in the adjoining villages and ensured the village panchayats that he would ask the officials concerned to provide the required infrastructure at the school so that good education is provided to rural students. 

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Book on preventive medicine released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
Secretary of Dayanand Medical College managing society Prem Gupta released a book on “Preventive and Social Medicine” at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today. DMCH principal Daljit Singh was also present on the occasion.

The book has jointly been authored by GPI Singh and Sarit Sharma of the Department of Community Medicine at DMCH.

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‘71 war hero remembers Battle of Ranian
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Hero of 1971 Indo-Pak war which started on December 3,1971, got together at a local restaurant to refresh their memories of December 3 and 4,1971, when Pakistan opened up its western front by launching air raids on radars and airfields and simultaneously attacked the screen positions under heavy artillery fire all along the western borders.

The border post Ranian which is located at the end of the Amritsar- Chugawan-Ranian road was manned by a BSF platoon and Company Headquarters of the 9 Punjab.

Lt Col H.S.Kalhon, who was Captain of the 175 Field Regiment was the observation post officer responsible for controlling the artillery shelling on the enemy troops trying to capture the post.

Ranian was of immense importance to the enemy as its capture would have put them in advantageous position.

Capt Gurmel Singh, the then 2 Lieutenant, whose hand was in plaster and was not allowed to fight disregarded all medical advice and proceeded to the battlefield.

As the successful defense of Ranian was attributed largely to the tireless, determined and bold efforts of Lt Col H.S.Kahlon, he was awarded Vir Chakra.

But, Colonel Kalhon was a proud and a sad man as he lost his dearest friend Flt. Lt. G.S. Rai on December 5, 1971, who had successfully completed his mission deep inside the Pakistani territory but never returned. He, too, was awarded Vir Chakra.

Feeling dejected by political leaders, he said the Army men sacrifice their lives for the welfare of the country. Lt Col H.S.Kahlon, Lt Col Davinder Singh, Maj Harprakash Singh, Maj B.S.Gill, Amarjit Singh and Capt S.K.Sood were present on the occasion.

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400 employees to attend convention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
About 400 employees from across the state will take part in a convention of the joint employees forum to be held at the trade centre here on December 8.

Gurdip Singh, forum spokesperson, said in a press note that employees would discuss problems being faced by them at the convention. Issues like one union per department and strengthening of the forum and its expansion at the state-level would be a special focus, he added.The convention would also chalk out employees’ struggle campaign in favour of their demands.

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Coal merchants’ meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The Punjab Coal Merchants Association condemned intrusion of goons who attempted to collect money from them.

At a meeting of the association held in this regard here on Tuesday, the traders presented their problems to the deputy speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain. Rajiv Sharma, Parvin Tayal and Rakesh Kaura were also present.

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Anishka Sharma is Hungama TV Captain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Ten “cool and fun kids” selected from more than 75,000 kids across India experienced their first stint as the new “Hungama TV Captains” today.

Bubbling with fun and excitement, Anishka Sharma (Ludhiana), Amulya Sharma (Indore), Grusha Prasad (Hyderabad), Mathaious Vallikappem, (Bangalore), Jasjot Singh Kawatra (New Delhi), Sanchit Arora (Kolkata), Anmol Gupta (Jaipur), Sneha Ramanan (Mumbai), Shreya Banerjee (Lucknow) and Param Vyas (Ahmedabad) met for their first board meeting in Mumbai, said a press note issued here today.

Aparna Bhosle, head of programming and production, Walt Disney Television International India, said these kids got an insight into responsibilities for their year-long tenure as captains.

Being their first day of work, they got to know the rest of the captains hailing from other cities.

The team also met all the heads of businesses of The Walt Disney Company (India).

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Letters
Avoid alcohol

In your columns, I often read about youth, even from well to do families committing crimes for satisfying their lust for alcohol and other intoxicants.

Consumption of alcohol dates back to the time of Aryans. They were addicted to such drinks, of which they had at least two known as soma and sura.

The point I want to bring out is the ill-effects of drinking on a person and his family. I am a qualified engineer working in a government organization. I have also served in the Indian Army as a short service commission officer. What started as a few pegs of alcohol with friends ended up with alcohol drinking me instead of me drinking it?

I was fortunate enough in having an understanding father who had put me through rehabilitation process. Now, I have left drinks and again started enjoying the finer side of life.

My request to all my fellowmen is to avoid alcohol and enjoy the gift of life given by the God.

Even Buddha enjoined his disciples to stay away from alcohol and avoid this “openings for the swallowing up of wealth.”

Capt Rupinder Singh, Sangrur

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Bid to rob two transporters, 2 arrested
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The Raikot police has arrested two persons along with their accomplice, who had attempted to rob two transporters of Goindwal village after injuring them with a sharp edged weapon on Monday night. The police has seized the weapon and scooter, used by suspects.

Sarabjit Singh and Harjinder Singh Jinder of Talwandi Rai village were arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to rob Jaswant Singh and Jagtar Singh of Goindwal village after injuring them. Malkit Singh Goga of Buraj Hari Singh, another accomplice, was reported absconding.

According to FIR, Jaswant Singh and his cousin, Jagtar Singh, had been attacked by three persons when they (victims) were going to their residence after parking their oil tankers at yards on outskirts of the village at about 11 pm on Monday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects, one of whom was a close relative of the victims, had laid a trap to snatch money from them. Jaswant Singh and Jagtar Singh, owners of an oil tanker, had returned from Ludhiana after receiving huge payments from their clients on the fateful night.

The suspects, who knew about the business tours of the transporters, laid a trap. “Three persons pretended to have exhausted fuel in their scooter and stopped us when we were going to our houses after taking cash from our oil tankers. One of them pointed a pistol like object on me and asked us to part with the cash and valuables. When we refused to obey they attacked on us with sharp edged weapons,” said Jaswant. However, the robbers had to flee when the victims resisted their attempt and raised alarm.

The robbers were later identified on the basis of documents of the scooter they had surrendered before fleeing. 

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Three booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 5
The Raikot police has booked three persons under Sections 382, 341, 323, 324, 511 and 34 of the IPC on the charges of snatching and assaulting.

According to information, Sarabjit Singh and Harjinder Singh of Talwandi Rai and Malkiat Singh of Burj Hari Singh allegedly waylaid Jaswant Singh of Gondwal, owner of an oil tanker, who after parking it, was going to his house with a bag containing Rs 45,000 in cash. The three accused tried to snatch it. On being resisted, one of them hit Jaswant on his head while his cousin who tried to save him was assaulted.

Meanwhile, a large number of people rushed to rescue them and managed to catch one of the accused. Another accused was arrested later on. However, their third accomplice is absconding. The injured have been admitted to a civil hospital in Raikot.

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Biz Word
Hosiery units willing to invest in property, shares
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Prompt payments from buyers from across the country have made hosiery manufacturers and traders happy this season. With heavy inflow of money, entrepreneurs are looking forward to making major investments in avenues like property. It is in direct contrast to the past few years when a large number of those in the business complained of payments getting stuck.

Buoyancy in business this year has made property dealers, share brokers and jewellers also happy as they are expecting a good inflow of investment from the hosiery industry. Encouraging business is also being viewed as a reversal of the slump that the hosiery units had been witnessing in the past few years.

“We are expecting property rates to hike as major buyers are likely to come from the hosiery industry that has done well this time. Queries have already begun pouring in,” Gulshan Sharma of G.K.Estates said.

While in the past few years, production normally used to halt by the end of November, this time most of the units are continuing with their work on account of surplus orders. Barring a few payments in Srinagar, other payments are prompt, said traders.

“The season was unexpectedly good this time. Payments have already started arriving and people are making good money,” said Pradeep Chopra, a hosiery broker.

Discouraged by the slump, a large number of small industrial units had cut their production by 10 to 20 per cent. However, on account of bulk orders they started production at full capacity with a renewed vigour. “This time a large number of orders were from states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh,” said Dimple Gupta of Ganpati Yarns.

Business owners said they were looking for investment avenues. “It is quite natural and after a long time we are considering making major investments in property and share market,” a trader said.

Improved liquidity, said experts, is likely to have an impact on markets for at least two seasons. “Once good investments are done, some part of it also goes towards betterment of the business, which results in a further improvement of industry,” said Ashwani Sharma, an investment adviser.

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Industry for entry tax on Chinese goods
K.S.Chawla

Ludhiana, December 5
Small-scale industrialists of the city are sore over the treatment being meted out to them by the SAD-BJP government notwithstanding the promises made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal before the Vidhan Sabha elections in February 2007. The industrialists are unhappy because instead of giving any relief to them, the state government was levying new taxes, imposing entry tax on yarn, steel, steel scrap besides other commodities.

According to them the Chief Minister had during elections promised to solve the problems faced by these industrial units. The government has neither simplified the VAT nor set up any small-scale industrial development board so far. The Chief Minister, during his several visits to the city had held numerous meeting with the local industrialists, and promised to solve their problems, they alleged.

President and general secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings Inderjit Singh Pradhan and Avtar Singh, respectively, on Monday met the Chief Minister in Chandigarh and urged him to withdraw the entry tax from the industrial raw material. They suggested that the state government should instead levy entry tax on finished goods being received from China. China was sending bicycles, bicycles parts and toys in bulk to the city and other parts of the country as a result of which the local bicycle industry had suffered a lot.

Both of them told the Chief Minister that the local bicycle industry was acting as an ancillary industry to the cycle industry of Ludhiana and 90 per cent of components were supplied from Ludhiana. With the entry of China in the cycle market, the local industry had received the maximum setbacks. Even the export of bicycle and parts has fallen and it was estimated it will fall by about Rs 200 crore. The major cycle manufacturers of the city and other parts of the country had opened their offices in China and were getting the readymade goods from there with their ‘brand name.’ To save the small-scale industry, this must be stopped, they emphasised.

Avtar Singh said the industrialists were still getting electricity bills with upward revised bills and the old tariff was not being implemented as promised by the Chief Minister. Moreover, there was heavy power cut which had crippled the industrial production.

He said the delay in the simplification of VAT and imposition of entry tax would further increase the arrears of VAT. Already a few industrialists had not received their arrears of VAT for the past six months and more.

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Students’ strike fails to move authorities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
As many as 100 students of the College of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are on strike since November 26 to protest against authority’s decision to deduct 10 marks each of the students, who did not take their mid-term exams, held in September-October. The agitating students alleged that such decision would destroy their career.

One of the second year student disclosed that they did not take the exams because teachers had not completed their syllabus. The exams of SPM-204, CSE 301 and 302 were taken given by the first, second and third year students.

“They have decided to deduct 10 marks (from each subject) of students who did not appear in the mid-term examinations. But this is not done. Since, these are the final examinations; we will suffer a lot if they cut our marks. We will not tolerate this as the deduction will have its impact on our percentage and career”, said another student of third year.

The students have their last exam today. “We have tried to contact the authorities but they are not ready to listen to us”, said another student.

Dr V.K. Sehgal, dean of the college, said the decision had been taken according to the rules. The students had also met the vice-chancellor. He said the authorities were already taking a lenient view by deducting just 10 marks, otherwise how could they get marks when they did not sit in the examinations, asked Dr Sehgal.

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Increase in MBBS course duration irks IMA
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
The Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken strong exception to the move by the union health and family welfare ministry to increase the duration of MBBS course by one year through compulsory rural service in internship before awarding the degree.

The executive committee of the IMA which met here today with Dr Arun Mitra in the chair felt that the step initiated by the union health and family welfare minister Dr Ambumani Ramadoss would put extra burden on the medical students who will have to wait for one more year for completion of their course.

Dr Mitra said the government, having failed to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide comprehensive healthcare to the people in general and the rural population in particular, was committing yet another mistake of sending partly trained “student doctors” to the villages for providing medical care.

“Rather than this experiment (of sending MBBS students to rural areas), which will have disastrous effects on the already grim rural healthcare scenario, the government should work towards improvement of infrastructure for healthcare and medical facilities for the rural people, provide latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to rural health institutions and offer incentives to doctors to work in villages.”

The IMA expressed hope that better sense will prevail among the policy makers and this retrograde decision will be withdrawn without any further delay.

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School honours alumnus for cracking PCS exam
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 5
The management of AS Modern School, Khanna, organised a function to honour Parshant Verma, an alumnus of the school, who stood fourth in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam for judiciary.

The management and the faculty presented a memento to the former student and hailed his achievement. Dr Ashwani Bansal said Parshant had stood fourth amongst 27 candidates who had passed the exam.

Parshant, son of a lawyer, had topped his matriculation examination after which he did his high school and later went on to study law at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. Following this he went to the Panjab University for further studies.

Parshant Verma said there was no short cut to success and one needs to put in a lot of hard work to achieve success in life.

He exhorted the students to remain focused and go ahead with determination.

He also lauded the contribution made by his teachers at the school, who laid a strong foundation in him to achieve success in life.

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Seminar on motivation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Management students of the GGN Institute of Vocational Studies attended a seminar on “Motivation” on the college premises here today. Former chief manager, State Bank of India, Jaswant Singh Saini, who has three books to his credit, conducted the seminar. About 60 students pursuing their management studies under MBA Ist, IInd, and BBA Ist year took part in this seminar.

The seminar dwelled on various tips, tools and strategies that budding managers need to apply for improving their performance at the professional level. The motivational and entertaining seminar progressed through story telling, humor and motivational lecture with a specific mention of a few strategies required to be adopted by budding managers. By quoting Sigmund Freud, the speaker deliberated on mastering a powerful psycho-analytical strategy to know the behaviour of associate workers.

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Govt to set up sports clubs in Punjab villages: Gabria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
With a view to promote sports, the state government has planned to set up sports clubs in all the 12 thousand villages of the state and grants of Rs 50 thousand each would be given to these clubs every year.

This was stated by Hira Singh Gabria, minister for tourism and cultural affairs, while addressing the sportspersons on the prize distribution function of the North Zone Handball Championship at PAU here today.

Gabria said to ensure the proper flow of funds for the promotion of sports, the government would form a new sports policy, which would be implemented shortly. The government is going to set up a number of sports academies, where outstanding players would be given training of particular game to prepare them for national and international level competitions.

He said the government would spend Rs 75 lakh on training and providing international- level sports equipment to the players during this year and Rs 50 lakh will be spent for the improvement of the available stadiums in the state.

Expressing his serious concern over the consumption of intoxicants and drugs by the youth in rural areas, Gabria said special attention would be given to set up more and more sports clubs in the rural areas and good coaches would be deputed for coaching in these centres.

Welcoming the players from other states, Gabria said with the participation of the players in the inter-state games, the bond of mutual brotherhood would further strengthen. It would facilitate the players to learn about the culture and heritage of the other states. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the Punjab Handball Association.

In the men’s section, Punjab won the championship defeating Haryana in the final match and Delhi remained on third position. In the girl’s section, Punjab defeated Haryana in final, whereas Himachal Pardesh bagged third place.

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Annual athletics meet at BCM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Excitement and enthusiasm marked the three-day long annual athletic meet of the kindergarten section at BCM today, wherein tiny tots budding with energy participated with full zest. Manager, school managing committee, Capt V.K. Sayal, was the chief guest. He inaugurated and declared the meet open after taking the salute from the contingents of the nursery, LKG and UKG students along with their teachers.

Class I students danced to the tunes of the “welcome dance”. The events on the opening day included rainbow race, tricycle race, parrot race, phantom race, kangaroo race, hoop race, bhul bhulaiya race (obstacle race), blooming buds race. Even the parents had a chance to take part in the athletics.

Results: (Nursery (A) balloon race) Parshant, I st; Karandeep Singh, 2nd; and Abhivansh, 3rd. (Nursery (B) tricycle race) Ruhani Maheshwari, Ist; Chirag Walia, 2nd; Mayank, 3rd.

(Nursery © parrot race) Ansh Guleria, Ist; Sumit, 2nd; Krish, 3rd.

(Nursery (D) phantom race) Tanvir, Ist; Aasmeet, 2nd; Bableen, 3rd.

(Nursery (E) kangaroo race) Tejasvi, Ist; Kishnoor Kaur, 2nd; Vansh Arora, 3rd. (Nursery (F) hoop race) Divyansh,Ist; Gurleen, 2nd; Vasu, 3rd. (Nursery(G) Angel and Mary race) Aayushi and Madhav,Ist; Kumudh and Gopal, 2nd; Kanishka and Rahul, 3rd.

(Nursery (H) obstacle race) Deepali, Ist; Kashish, 2 nd; Sartak Chopra, 3rd. (Nursery (I) blooming buds race) Gurnoor, Ist; Abhishek, 2nd; Samarth, 3rd. Father’s race: Manoj Gautam, Ist; Vinay, 2nd ;Pradeep, 3rd.Mother’s race: Monica Sood, Ist; Vineeta Dhand, 2nd; Anju Chug, 3rd.

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