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Four killed in road accident 
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Dakha (Ludhiana), December 8
A trip to Rajasthan proved fatal for four friends who met with an accident today morning near Guman village on the Ludhiana-Bathinda road.
They were returning home after their four-day trip to Rajasthan. 

All occupants of a car (PB 10 BC 5646) died when their car dashed against a truck (RJ- 31- G- 2561). The truck, loaded with potatoes, was heading towards Raikot from Ludhiana.

The killed have been identified as Kewal Krishan, a resident of Pavitter Nagar, Hebbowal Kalan, Gurcharan Singh of Aman Vihar of Chandan Nagar, Dinesh Goyal, a resident of Shastri Nagar, and Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of Kichlu Nagar, Ludhiana.

The accident took place at 2.30 a.m. The truck driver managed to flee. While, the three occupants of the car died on the spot while the fourth, Dinesh Goyal, succumbed to his injuries at Apollo Hospital today morning.

A case has been registered against the truck driver and the truck impounded. 



Eve-teasers hang around KCW
Authorities fail to take action
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
These days a park outside the Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, has been encroached upon by a large number of boys, majority of whom happen to be the students of GGN Khalsa College. They loiter around this park throughout the day.

Not only their haphazardly parked vehicles cause traffic snarls on the busy Rani Jhansi road but as soon as the college closes, these “eve-teasers” get an opportunity to pass nasty remarks at girl students. Since the authorities have failed to take stern action, the boys have a field day outside the girl’s college.

Ishita Grover, a student, said: “It is unfortunate to see boys behaving like this.“Seminars, lectures, awareness campaigns are organised on the liberty and empowerment of women. But, once we come out of the college, the way these boys look at us, we feel we are still living in the same orthodox society. They look at us as if they have never seen a girl for ages.”

The boys park their vehicles on the main roads connecting the Ferozepur road, Ghumar Mandi and the Fountain Chowk and block the entire traffic till 3 pm. They do not let the girl students conveniently come out of the college. One of the faculty members of the college said a few girls were equally responsible for the nuisance and chaos. “You have to give them a damn. If you start giggling, they will, obviously, feel encouraged. Girls should avoid and discourage this practice”, said a woman teacher.

A resident of HIG Colony opposite the college said the eve-teasers parked their vehicles in front of their gates. The roads have become a perfect dating place for boys and girls. “The boys keep on waiting for their girlfriends in the park. We keep on requesting them to remove their vehicles but they pretend as if they do not own them”, the woman complained. Satinder Singh, a student of GGN Khalsa College, said during winters, the park remained the perfect place for a break. “We gather here to get warmth as the Sun keeps on shining till evening. Some of us even bunk classes to get warmth, which we do not get inside the college premises”, claimed Satinder.

At times, the traffic is regulated by traffic personnel but on numerous occasions there is hardly any check. 



Bar Council Poll
1,400 lawyers cast their votes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 8
Responding to apprehension of disturbance during the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana poll here today, the police successfully managed to keep it a low key peaceful affair. The returning officer had declared Ludhiana to be sensitive booth.

Out of 1,902 voters registered with the Ludhiana City booth, 1,327 voters exercised the right of franchise. The polling started at 10 am. Initially, the turnout of voters was low on all four polling booths. At 11 a.m., huge rush of voters could be seen on the booths, which continued till 4 pm. Polling ended at 5 p.m.

Contestants from the city, Balwinder Goel, Harish Narang, Harpreet Singh Garcha and Kulwant Singh Boparai were looking confidant about their victory.

Two persons trying to cast votes were sent back, as their identity could not be established. One of the contestant and his polling agent, Rajneesh Gupta, got agitated, which led to exchange of hot words. But the police officials tackled the situation and asked them to go outside.

At Jagraon there were 81 votes. Out of which 20 voters were also registered with the Ludhiana city booth. So, they did not cast their votes at Jagraon. Out of remaining 61 votes 56 voters cast the votes in favour of candidates of their choice. Lawyers cast their votes in Khanna and Samrala as well.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda was seen campaigning in support of his close associate Harish Narang. Throughout the polling schedule, he remained present outside the polling booths. Being member of the Bar Council, he also cast his vote.

Former cabinet minister Harnam Dass Johar, a member of legal fraternity, also voted in favour of the contestants of his choice. MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon failed to cast his vote. He was reportedly suffering from viral. Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal also did not turn up.

Returning officer Rajeev Duggal from Chandigarh said the counting would start on December 11 and it would take at least 15 days to declare the results. Counting would be done by the staff of the Election Commission of Punjab.  



Mayor warns councillors against ‘weaving plots’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The mayor has warned a few councillors who are engaged in harming the morale of the municipal corporation employees. In a press note issued here today, Hakam Singh Giaspura, said: “The respect of the corporation house will not be allowed to be compromised.”

Giaspura criticised a few councillors who were engaged in “weaving plots” to disturb the morale of the employees and officers. Interestingly, the mayor has warned his own party’s (SAD) councillor Simarjit Singh Bains, who had yesterday alleged that the commissioner was engaged in a pay-off in the over-bridge project on the Gill Road.

The municipal corporation in a separate press note signed by Dharam Singh, superintending engineer (Civil), has clarified that not even a single penny had been paid with regard to project implementation. The report had been sent to the government headquarters.

Giaspura said: “Yesterday Bains has leveled unsubstantiated allegations in the house. The allegations were biased so the house has decided to expunge the related paragraphs from the proceedings”. It has also been pointed out that the corporation had made no payment on account of the controversial flyover under question. The corporation has sent related papers to the government, earlier.

The mayor said, “He has been given a memorandum by the corporation employees seeking strict action against Bains and also sought his removal. Separate memorandums with regard to removal of Bains have been given by different engineering wings of the corporation. Employees have also threatened to stage a dharna and a rally.

The corporation has also given the technical details of the entire project clarifying that “no works bill payment was released pending approval of the government. It is reiterated here till date not even a single penny has been released to the contractor for the work project in question. The allegations leveled by Bains are baseless, motivated, biased and leveled for extraneous consideration”. 



2 kg gold, Rs 40,000 looted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Two robbers decamped with more than 2 kg gold and Rs 40,000 in cash at a pistol point from a jeweller’s shop here last night.

The incident took place at Neeta Jewellers, situated at the Gill road. Ajit Singh, the owner of the shop, and Davinder, a sale man, were present when the incident took place.

According to Ajit Singh, first youth entered the shop on the pretext of purchasing jewellery but after looking at a few he started quarreling with the salesman and trained his pistol at both of them.

The other youth put the entire jewellery in his bag and took the Rs 40,000 cash lying in the counter and fled away.

A case has been registered. 



Three months’ grant insufficient: Front
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 8
The Aided Schools Progressive Front of Punjab (ASPFP) here today flayed the state government for issuing grant for just three month’s salary of the aided school teachers in the state.

In a joint statement, president Upjit Singh Brar, press secretary Gurdish Singh, principal Dharminder Singh, principal Ravinder Joshi, Tejinder Singh, Kabal Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Amandeep Samana said releasing a grant for just three months rather than eight months was a cruel joke with aided schools’ staff.

The leaders said despite the fact that former government had made a rule for releasing one-year grant for these schools in advance, the present ruling combine had failed to provide any relief to the teachers.

They said now auditors of finance department were creating hurdles in implementing this rule.

Front leaders said the grant had been released only due to prolonged struggle by the teachers. They said the government should restore old pension scheme, lift ban on new recruitment, provides interim relief to the teachers and enhance medical facilities.

The front leaders made an appealed to all aided school teachers to launch a joint struggle in support of their demands. They said the government was yet to release arrears of 50 per cent DA that was merged into their salaries.  



Players against use of stadium for Kirya ceremony 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
BJP leader Lala Lajpat Rai, who died recently, had never used the government machinery for personal use, but the “Kirya ceremony” of the former BJP leader is being organised at a multipurpose stadium in front of Guru Nanak Stadium. A large number of dignitaries, including the Chief Minister and high-profile BJP leaders, are expected to attend the ceremony.

But this has led to resentment among the sports fraternity, who have been regularly opposing the misuse of the multipurpose stadium for various political and electoral purpose.

The stadium had been a venue for various sports events. Even during the assembly elections, polls were dug in the wooden floor of the stadium which took months to repair. But, the most-affected were the players who could not use the court for months.

On the other hand the sport association apprehensive to voice against the authorities as they do not want to face the ire of politicians.

A sportsman said, “For the past three days we were not able to use the stadium and I don’t expect the stadium will be cleaned once he event is over. As the winter competitions are approaching this is crucial time for players but the 
authorities are not letting us to enter the premises.”

A few sportspersons have suggested that the ceremony could also have been organized at some other place.

Why are politicians bent upon destroying the sports infrastructure”, a sportsman said.  



Lala Lajpatrai, a multifaceted personality 
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, December 8
Lala Lajpatrai, a former Rajya Sabha member, who expired last week was a multifaceted personality and had made a rich contribution in the development of this industrial town in various fields like industry and education. His states in the society were also high and were a shrewd political leader with a vision.

Coming from a village Lala Lajpatrai was pioneer in the sewing machine industry as he started a manufacturing unit of sewing machines in the fifties of the 20th century in partnership with Mohanlal, a close associate.

Right from the start he was associated with the RSS and rose to be the head of the Punjab circle of the RSS. He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 1957 on the Jansangh ticket.... and served the town for five years.

Lala Lajpatrai was also held in high esteem by the high command of the RSS and the BJP and because of this fact he was elected to the Rajya Sabha when the SAD-BJP government was formed in Punjab in 1997. This was due to his close relationship with A.B.Vajpayee and the Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal.

As a member of the Rajya Sabha he was very keen that Ludhiana should get some higher learning institute and was instrumental in opening of the law institute by Punjab University. His major contribution in this regard was that he gave Rs 1 crore to Punjab University for the establishment of the law Institute and now MBA classes have also been started along with the law classes. Even otherwise Lalaji was associated with a number of educational and social organisations. He was also a Senator of Punjab University.

According to Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, former pro-vice chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, and a syndic of the Panjab University, the syndicate at its last meeting decided to name a block of the university building at Ludhiana in his memory in recognition of the contribution made by Lala Lajpatrai.



Two KCW cadets selected for R-Day parade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Two cadets of the local Khalsa College for Women have been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi in 2008. The selected cadets include Navdeep Rai, a student of BA III, and Navdeep Kaur, a student of BSc III.

An official press release issued here today said the cadets will participate in a formal training camp at the NCC base at Zirakpur, near Chandigarh, from December 12 till December 28. On December 29, the cadets will be leaving for New Delhi.

Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind said the candidates had been selected at a formal selection camp which was held at Zirakpur earlier this month. 



BCM cadets attend integration camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Harkirat, Damanpreet, Dishant, Shivam and Amandeep, all students of BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, Sector 32 A, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the city by winning prizes during their participation in the National Integration Camp in Shri Hari Ram Ashram, Pataudi (near Gurgaon).

They proved their mettle in performing different cultural activities. A skit on theme “Fauji Di Family” was played by these cadets. Their performance was adjudged first, conferring gold medalon them.

The cadets also gave a dance performance and secured second position. Swami Dharam Dev Ji Maharaj, chief guest, appreciated the performance of the cadets. 



MC conducts demolition drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The Municipal Corporation today conducted a demolition drive in various areas of the city. The drive was conducted under the supervision of joint commissioner B.K. Gupta, senior town planner, B.S. Brar, assistant town planner, H.S. Ghai and assistant commissioner AmarJit Singh Sekhon.

The drive was by and large peaceful barring the Daba Road where Simarjit Singh Bains along with 500 hundred supporter gheroed the officials and sat on a dharna. The supporters did not let the corporation to conduct the demolotion.

The sources in the MC revealed that the drive was specially targeted at the supporters of Simranjit Bains. Simrajit Singh Bains, accused MC Commissioner Vikas Partap Singh for taking bribe of Rs 25 Lakh from a local builder to get his bills related to a flyover project cleared. 



India needs to develop work culture: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The 4th international conference of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) begins today at Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology (KIMT). Dr J. Saddakadulla, regional director of the Reserve Bank of India, inaugurated the conference and said India needed to develop a work culture to compete in the world.

He said our traditions were good but we need to do a lot to face competition from China. He said China had been developed into a cost-edged manufacturing hub and Chinese products are sold all over the world. He said India could grow more in the services and IT sector.

While making the keynote address, Dr S.C. Vaidya, chairman of the University Business School, said in the past, powerful manufacturers and suppliers dictated the rules of the game to customers. In the world of e-commerce, the customers were gaining power and were demanding best products at cheaper prices.

He said if Indian manufacturers need to survive, then they have to become the cost leader.

Bruce from Canadian University said on the world map, India had gained popularity and credentials. While conducting the proceedings of the conference, Dr R.L. Behl, organising secretary, said with the sharing of thoughts by intellectuals on globalization, teachers and academicians have gained a lot.  



Unhealthy Affair
For residents of ward No. 14, life is hell
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 8
Residents of Gobindgarh village near the link road, connecting the National Highway No. 1 with the Chandigarh Road, are virtually living in the hell. The streets of the village, which partly falls under ward No. 14 within the municipal limits and the rest under the village panchayat, have got choked, sewers are overflowing and foul-smelling stagnant water has literally made it impossible for the residents to move outdoors.

According to the residents of the affected area, the sewer lines were laid in a few parts of the village about five years ago. And since then these have never been cleaned. Repeated pleas to the civic officials and the area councillor has gone unheard. “With the sewer lines clogged, and a few ponds in the village being illegally occupied by a few influential persons of the village, there is no outlet for the water which keeps flowing in the streets, and at times threatens to enter the houses located in the affected localities,” laments Rachpal Singh, a resident.

A few residents of the areas, where sewer discharge keeps on stagnating, say they have to wade through ankle-deep dirty water to reach their houses as a result of which many people, including women and children, are showing signs of developing skin disorders and allergy. Not only this, the stagnant water all around the houses, has become a fertile breeding ground for house flies and mosquitoes, posing a serious health hazard and exposing the residents to many other diseases like malaria, dengue, cholera and other gastro-intestinal disorders.

Jasminder Singh, a member of village panchayat, said the authorities, including the area councillor, MC officials and the BDO, were not bothered about the apathetic conditions of a large number of village. “There is strong resentment brewing among the affected people and if the authorities failed to redress their problem, the villagers might be forced to come out on the roads for making themselves heard.”

When contacted, area councillor Dharamjit Singh Garcha of the BSP maintained that he had on several occasions taken up the matter with the senior MC officials. “In fact a contract was awarded sometimes ago to a private party for the deployment of sewer-cleaning machine for clearing the clogged sewer lines. But the contractor left the work mid-way for reasons better known to him.”

He alleged that discrimination on political grounds was also playing its parts in the allotment of development projects and undertaking maintenance works in his wards since he belonged to an Opposition party in the MC house. Garcha, however, reiterated that he would persistently try to move officials concerned till the problem was solved.

Sewer lines were laid in a few parts of the village about five years ago. Since then these have never been cleaned. Repeated pleas to civic officials and the area councillor has gone unheard. People have to wade through ankle-deep dirty water to reach their houses. The affected areas have become a fertile breeding ground for house flies and mosquitoes. Residents are susceptible to diseases like malaria, dengue, cholera and other gastro-intestinal disorders. 



One dead, two hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
A 52-year-old man was killed in an accident that took place near the Samrala Chowk on Thursday night when the driver of a speeding patrol tanker lost control over his vehicle near Beant Nagar. Old man’s grandson who was accompanying him sustained serious injuries and is recuperating at a private hospital. Hare Ram, a 25-year-old pedestrian, also sustained serious injuries.

The incident took place at around 9.45 p.m last night when the driver of the patrol tanker (HR-55-E-7355) coming from Jamalpur lost control and ran over Achvir, an egg vendor, his grandson, Prince, and Hare Ram, who was purchasing eggs at that time. After hitting the three the tanker rammed into a shop of Niranjan Singh Kartar Singh and finally came to a halt. The tanker driver managed to flee.

The impact was so strong that the egg vendor died on the spot while Prince got seriously injured, but unfortunately Hare Ram’s arm got tangled under the truck. A rescue operation was launched by local residents. They were able to free Hare Ram after half-an-hour and rushed to the hospital.

According to Dr Gagan Kumar of Ratan Hospital, Hare Ram is suffering from multiple fractures and his condition is stated to be serious while Prince is reported to be out of danger.

Investigation officer ASI Gopal Sharma has booked the negligent driver under Sections 304- A, 327,379, 387 of the IPC.



Rise in crime

If any bank/home robbery or murder takes place in any ward, it becomes the responsibility of that area’s police station in charge or civil administration to provide necessary security. The chowkidars with necessary weapons for active patrolling should be appointed.

If we talk of Ludhiana, there is spurt of robberies and murders in and around the city, even in posh areas. With each passing day, one or the other theft or murder takes place. The police and civil administration do not swing into action until such an incident occurs. Chain snatching incidents have become really common and the kidnapping of children has also become very common.

All this is because of the laxity of the police and administration that are not as serious as ought to be. If it is not so, then why such incidents are taking place with each passing day?

Administration should wake up to encounter these problem, otherwise, the graph of robberies, murders etc will continue to rise in future.

Jai Gopal Kusla, Ludhiana 



Truck driver duped; steel worth Rs 10 lakh looted
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 8
Four impersonators today duped a Hisar-based truck driver of steel worth Rs 10 lakh by posing as excise officials. According to the police, four persons who identified themselves as officials of the Punjab Excise Department got on to the truck of Kuldip Singh while he was getting his vehicle weighed at a weighing instrument in Mandi Gobindgarh.

They accused Kuldip Singh of having evaded excise tax on the steel that was loaded in his truck. Even as the driver told the officials that there was no evasion of tax, they asked him to drive the truck towards Sirhind. On going 4 kms towards Sirhind, they tied Kuldip Singh with ropes and took the truck to a near by filed, where they locked the driver in a tube-well room and fled with the truck and 32 tonnes of steel that was loaded in it.

Kuldip Singh managed to get himself freed for the knots and reached the nearby police station and reported the matter to the police. The police immediately swung into action and a police teams were dispatched in various directions to recover the stolen truck.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Nilabh Kishore said that the truck had been recovered even as the culprits were still absconding. He said the police teams were still working on various clues and the culprits would be nabbed soon. He said the police was trying to ascertain whether the impersonators had sold some of the steel loaded in the truck or not. The case would be solved soon, the SSP assured. 




Rs 38,000 snatched from customer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Two youths snatched Rs 38,000 from HDFC Bank. The incident occurred at 2 p.m., when Karan Kumar, son of Rakesh Kumar, came to HDFC Bank 
for depositing Rs 1 

According to inspector, division No.5, Karan Kumar, who works as a sales man at Kirti traders, came for depositing the money at the bank. There he met a few persons who helped him in filling the voucher and became friendly.

In the mean time one of the thieves told Karan to count the entire amount before depositing it.

At This juncture the two youths snatched Rs 38,000 from Karan and fled away.

The police has registered a case. The role of Karan is also under scanner.  



Boy elopes with cousin; father beaten to death 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Father of a teenager was beaten to death on Friday night by his relatives because his son had eloped with his cousin at Bajra village. The incident occurred when the irate relatives cornered Manmohan Singh, the hapless father, and mercilessly beat him to death.

The police has registered a case and is investigating into the matter. Sources said the boy and the girl had been seeing each other for quiet some time. Their affair was not liked by the relatives and residents of the Thakur colony because both were cousins.

The sources said the couple had eloped on December 5. The accused allegedly waylaid the father when he was visiting a relative, yesterday evening. They kept on beating him till Manmohan collapsed. He was rushed to the CMC, where doctors declared him brought dead.



  Association seeks cut in tax rates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The Punjab Tax Bar Association yesterday asked that the finance ministry to reduce the rates of individual taxes from 30 per cent to 20 per cent and abolish fringe benefit tax.

“The income tax department has collected around Rs 1,43,000 crore during April-November this year against Rs 98,200 crore in the corresponding period of last year. In view of this unprecedented rise of 42.5 per cent in individual taxes and over 46 per cent increase in case of corporate taxes, there is a need no lower IT slab rates,” said association chairman Ashok Juneja here today.

He said reduction in tax rates had always resulted in increase in revenue generation. The lowering of rates would add new assessees and result in the progress of the economy, he said.


GADVASU breeds white quail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The new white coloured strain of quails developed by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was approved for release by the “Germplam/Variety Release Committee”.

It included Dr B.S.Sidhu, director of animal husbandry, Punjab, as the chairman and Dr A.S. Nanda, director of research, Dr O.S. Parmar, director of extension education, Dr Parminder Singh, assistant director (poultry), Punjab, and Dr M.L. Chaudhary, head, department of animal breeding, and genetics.

The strain will be released for commercial farming on the occasion of animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries officers’ workshop on December 12.

Quail, known as Bater in India, is a domesticated avian species. Main features of quail which make it a viable enterprise are early marketable age (5-6 weeks), lesser feed and space requirements (1/5th of chicken), low capital outlay, lesser susceptibility to diseases and early income generation.

Quail meat, on per-unit meat basis, is rich in protein, minerals and some vitamins and low in cholesterol.

Quail meat and eggs are specifically suited as therapeutics for anemia, diabetes, asthma, tuberculosis and sexual and nervous disorders. Quail meat is rated as culinary delicacy, the meat with taste of game birds.

Work on genetic improvement of quail in the university started in 1991, where high growing coloured stocks of quail were developed. But colored Japanese quails were a protected species under the “Wild Life Act’, and farmers and breeders needed license for their rearing.

Therefore, work on the development of a white plumage stock of quail was initiated in 2001.The 5-week body of the white stock, which was 150 g at the beginning, has consistently been improved through genetic selection, and the strain now attains average 5 week body weight of over 200 g with feed conversion ratio 
of 2:9.

Dr Gurvinder Singh, in charge of the quail-breeding project of GADVASU, revealed that the release of the stock would greatly encourage the farmers to go in for its commercial venture. 




4,895 teachers to appear in CTMP exam 
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 8
To meet one of the major aims of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) that is providing quality teaching, the state government has sponsored 4,895 government school teachers under the SSA to undergo certificate course in teaching of primary school mathematics (CTMP) which would be conducted by Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Regional director of IGNOU Dr Ashok Sharma said the examination of the teachers would be held on December 10 and 11 at twenty exam centres in all the districts of Punjab. He said all preparations to conduct the examinations had been made in collaboration with the SSA Authority of Punjab.

Dr Sharma said the aim of holding the certificate course was to orient and sensitise the primary school teachers for quality and joyful teaching of mathematics. He said the awareness generation and practical oriented programme inculcates teaching skills in which the teachers can teach mathematics to the children in such a way that would make them feel positive and at ease. 




Stroke unit opened at CMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 8
Prof Craig Anderson, director of the cerebro-vascular division at George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia, inaugurated a dedicated “stroke unit” and “stroke prevention clinic” in the department of neurology at Christian Medical College here yesterday.

He later delivered a series of lectures on research methodology, which were attended by faculty and students.

The visiting neurologist, who is also a professor of stroke medicine at Royal Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and a leading global expert in conducting multi-centered stroke trials, said stroke was the second leading cause of death worldwide.

“In 2005, chronic diseases like stroke and heart disease accounted for 35 million (60 per cent) of the 58 million deaths that occurred worldwide. Heart disease was responsible for 11.7 million of these deaths, while stroke, the second most common cause of death, claimed 5.8 million human lives. Globally, around 15 million new acute stroke cases occur every year, and some two-third of the victims live in low and middle income countries like India.”

Dr Jeyaraj Durai Pandian, consultant neurologist, CMCH, said stroke victims coming to the institution would be managed in the new unit.

A multi-disciplinary stroke team at the CMCH will meet twice a week to discuss the management plan of these patients.

The patients will be followed up in stroke prevention clinic, which will be held every Friday.

“Patients with high-risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and high cholesterol will be examined in the clinic and will be offered treatment plan to prevent stroke,” said Dr Pandian.

Dr Pandian has been instrumental in establishing the stroke unit and clinic at the CMCH.

Dr John Pramod, CMC director, and Dr John Abraham, principal, lauded the initiative of the neurology department for establishing the new units.



Medical camp for workers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
United Breweries in collaboration with ESIC Model Hospital conducted medical health check-up camp here today for its employees and their families in the factory premises.

The camp was inaugurated by R.K. Jindal, DVP, Operations, along with P.C. Gupta. Doctors and paramedical staff of the ESIC Model Hospital were also present. Local management team and workers of UB, Ludhiana, also assisted in the camp.

As many as 300 employees and their family members got themselves examined by the team of doctors of the hospital.

Free medicines were also distributed. A blood donation camp was also organised by the Red Cross Society. Forty employees donated blood. Jindal appreciated the UB and doctors and staff of ESIC for organising the camp. He said UB will organise similar camps with ESIC model hospital in nearby locality as a part of corporate social responsibility of the company. 




Sangrur prevail over Jarkhar 4-3 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
Sangrur fought hard to defeat Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, 4-3 in the u-16 years category of the Punjab Hockey League for boy’s being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Jaspal Singh opened the account for Sangrur in the sixth minute through a penalty corner conversion. Two minuts later, Bhupinder Singh of Jarkhar scored a field goal to restore parity.

Jaspal again struck in the 9th minute to put his side ahead. Prabhpreet Singh of Sangrur sounded the board in the 16th minute to make it 3-1. Sukhraj found the target in the 26th minute to read it 4-1.

After changing ends, Jarkhar lads reduced the margin in the 37th and 56th minutes through Gurjinder Singh and Hirdaypal Singh, respectively.

In the second match (u-14), Faridkot beat Sangrur 2-0. Both goals were scored in the first half. Jagjit Singh and Arshdeep Singh struck in the 12th and 18th minute to help their team to wrap up the issue easily.

In another match (u-14), Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, defeated Bathinda (3-0) after leading by two goals at the breather. Rajbir Singh scored a brace (5th and 38th minute) while the third goal came off Lakhwinder’s stick.

In the fourth match of the day (u-16), SAI, Patiala, demolished Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, 6-0. The winners were leading 4-0 at half time.

Ramanbir Singh, Narinder Yadav, Ranwant Singh, Ritesh, Tejbir Singh and Ajay Singh contributed one goal each in Patiala’s comfortable win.

In the u-14 years encounter, Khadoor Sahib outnumbered Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 3-0. Varun Kumar scored in the 17th minute while Maninderjit Singh added two goals (21th and 40th minute) to complete the rout.



National football league match shifted to Delhi
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
The third match of the sixth round of the ongoing ONGC Indian Professional National Football League, slated to be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 16, has been shifted to New Delhi.

Inder Singh, honorary secretary, Punjab Football Association, said the venue for the home match of the JCT, Phagwara, with the Dempo Sports Club has been shifted due to non availability of stadium in Ludhiana as Guru Nanak Stadium plays host to the annual America-Canada Kabaddi Cup Tournament. 



MPS hockey tourney begins today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
Sports Authority of India (SAI), North, will take on Dhanoa XI in the inaugural match of the XIth All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for Women which begins at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab 
Agricultural University campus here tomorrow.  



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