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Rules flouted over Modi’s victory in Gujarat
Jubilant BJP leaders fire shots into air
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Jubilant over the party's victory in Gujarat Assembly elections, activists and leaders of the party today flout the law of the land and fired shots at different places in the city even as the residents resented the ruckus stating that the ruling coalition partner was resorting to such practices.

Fires were shot in air by BJP leader Pawan Gupta openly as they were celebrating the party's victory in Ghanta Ghar Chowk. Similarly, the senior BJP leader and deputy speaker, Punjab Assembly, Satpal Gosain's grandson also fired in the air this afternoon to express his happiness while the family had organised a workers party at their residence.

Shockingly, as the fires were shot, senior BJP leaders, who were present at the spot, did not try to stop them. However, thy allowed the young workers to create ruckus and throw the rules to the winds.

As the activists broke into celebrations on the road, bursting fire crackers in Chaura Bazar, Gupta pulled out a revolver from his pocket and fired shots in the air. He was clicked in action by Tribune photographer also.

As soon as the news of the BJP's victory reached the city, the entire BJP camp started celebrations. Many activists and leaders made a beeline to Gosain's house. Some of them even danced to the tunes of bhangra on the road itself.

Many residents, who did not want to be identified resented the act of the BJP leaders for firing the shots in the air.

‘‘We were taken aback. Nobody had expected that they will indulge in such an act. This is no way to celebrate. One can burst crackers. Where is the need to brandish a weapon? If it is their achievement that does not mean they can behave like this,’’ said a resident.

This is not the first time that the BJP has resorted to such a practice. When Rajinder Bhandari was elevated to the post of the BJP state president, leaders like Subhash Verma had fired shots in the air. Their pictures were carried by newspapers also but no action was taken against anyone.

The residents said it was disappointing that such people held the law to ransom and the police did not have the courage to even book them. ‘‘The bullets can hit anybody if the leaders lose control on their hands. They even fired in congested areas. Is anybody listening? ’’ asked another resident. 



In Basta : IAS aspirant’s suicide
Cops yet to trace killer SMS
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
A mysterious SMS to his IAS aspirant son after that he committed suicide still haunts this BSNL employee who has approached almost everyone, from a constable to the President of the country, to find the culprits.

But nearly five years after Ashish Hansi, B. Com, LLB, hanged himself from a ceiling fan just three months before the civil services exams, his father N M Hansi is still unable to get justice.

He has been alleging that his son had got some SMS from BSNL number 94170-9995 before he ended his life.

But after such a long time, the BSNL has not provided him the exact details of the number nor revealed who had sent the SMS from that number.

Despite being a BSNL employee, he is unable to get the information. He has only been able to know that SMS came from this number.

He has been suspecting that a girl close to an official in the office of the former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was sending the SMS.

Umpteen police inquiries have been conducted so far. The case has been closed and reopened many a times. Still, the man has not been able to know what the contents of the SMS were and who was the sender?

BSNL officials have been stressing the number was a logisitics number of the department and SMS and calls were not possible. However, Hansi later proved that the number was a roaming one.

It was on February 20, 2003, that Ashish ended his life. In his suicide note, he said he was under immense pressure. The police did inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC only to be close the file after few months.

On intervention of the Punjab Human Rights Commission, the police and the BSNL moved. But the inquiries were closed with no one able to crack the mystery behind the number.

The BSNL stuck to its stand. It even served a charge-sheet to Hansi in some other context.

Hansi approached CM Parkash Singh Badal in April this year, which diretced DIG Ishwar Singh to inquire. The DIG told the Khanna police to investigate.

A report by the SP-Detective Khanna could not pinpoint the culprit at 
which the DIG formed a three-member Special Investigation Team to investigate.

The latest development in the case was that the Ropar police was now inquiring into the matter.



Fake desi ghee factory sealed; owner on the run
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
Officials of the health department and the police conducted a joint raid at a dairy unit in Jawaddi village late last evening and busted a racket of manufacture and sale of fake "desi ghee" under the brand name of "Shruti".

While the police rounded up two workers on the spot, the owner of the factory locked up the premises and managed to escape.

Civil surgeon Sat Pal Sharma, who led the raiding party, said Sanjiv Kumar, resident of Sunam, was reported to be involved in manufacturing and selling of fake desi ghee from this factory. As the team of the health officials and the police were in the process of gaining entry inside the factory, the owner gave them a slip after putting up locks on the unit.

A couple of workers, who were taken into custody, reportedly told the police that desi ghee was prepared from oxygenated vegetable oils (vanaspati ghee), refined oils, essence and certain chemicals.

Since the police and health officials could not enter the factory in the absence of permission from the higher authorities, the police had sealed the premises and deployed police guards outside the unit to bar access by the accused persons and fiddle with the material lying inside. A court order would be obtained on Monday after which the premises would be searched and samples of material will be taken.

The police had registered a case under Sections 420, IPC, Essential Commodities Act, and relevant sections of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act against the owner who was said to be absconding. 



2 die in road accident
Our Correspondent

Khamano, December 23
Two persons died in a road side accident near Jatana Ucha village, near here, this morning at about 7.30 am on Chandigarh-Ludhiana Road.

According to information, a tempo-traveller, loaded with bricks, was standing in front of a dhaba near Jatana Ucha on one side of he road and the cleaner was cleaning the front mirror of the tempo traveller, when a truck coming from behind hit the tempo.

The helper fell on the road and came under the tyres of the truck and he died on the spot. He was identified as Tarsem Singh of village Raipur Raian near here. The truck driver Kulwinder Singh of Hamira village (Kapurthala) also died on the spot. 



Rice worth Rs 6.25 lakh recovered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
The Haibowal Police today claimed to have recovered 280 quintals of rice worth Rs 6.25 lakh stolen from Khanna. The police has arrested the truck driver Ajaib Singh while the main accused trader Jagtar Singh was absconding.

SHO Gurpreet Singh said the accused had taken the rice from Khanna for delivery in Kota (Rajasthan). However, they did not make the delivery and sold the 550 bags to a person in Moga. 



Peacocks get safe abode in Punjabi varsity
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 23
Peacocks may have been pushed to near extinction in northern India, including Punjab, but much to the delight of pheasant lovers, the campus of Punjabi University, here, is abuzz with population of the glistening blue-breasted national bird.

The Punjab wildlife department has not undertaken any survey on peacock population but it is reportedly on a decline owing to a number of factors such as unmindful use of pesticides and insecticides by farmers and due to indiscriminate killing of the pheasant by unscrupulous poachers and fowlers.

Killing of male peacocks during their mating season has pushed the bird almost to the brink of extinction in Punjab, Haryana, parts of Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat - once known as the breeding grounds of peacocks and peahens. The effect of poaching and killing of peacock, mostly unreported, has been so evident that the bird is not easily visible in the villages of Punjab and Haryana.

But what can be good news for wildlife lovers and environmentalists is that the majestic bird can be witnessed in abundance in the sprawling campus of Punjabi University, Patiala.

The university can be the first in North India to have such a huge population of India’s national bird. In absence of any disturbance or poaching, peacock population has flourished to such an extent that more than 100 birds can be seen hopping around on the campus.

Though morning is the best time to be in the pleasant company of peacocks and peahens, a chance encounter can be had with more than one of them at any given time of the day on the university campus. A few buildings like Waaris Bhawan and a park earmarked for kids have seemingly become alternative ‘homes’ for peacocks who keep moving around freely in the absence of any hindrance.

Interestingly, peacocks have become so habitual of human movement that they don’t dread people and keep moving around morning walkers and others unmindfully picking their food and grains from well-kempt grassy lawns of the varisty.

“Peacocks have been flourishing on the university campus due to the fact that they are not disturbed by anybody. For their safety, the birds should not have become so fearless but they have turned out to be so. Anyway, they are in ‘safe hands’ in the university,” said Sandip Singh, a university employee.

Surminder Singh, a lecturer, said those who were interested in wildlife of Punjab should visit the varisty campus. 



Gay labourer hacked to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Financial dispute between two alleged gays led to the murder of one of them, who was stabbed with an axe by the partner in Focal Point this morning.

The victim youth, a migrant labourer, aged about 24 years, was found dead in a beer factory in Focal Point this morning. Swift police investigation found that his close friend Dharminder Kumar, aged about 25, had killed him.

Police sources said the victim owed some money to the alleged killer who hacked him several times with an axe.

Police learnt that both were gays and were often seen together.

However, the accused was missing and did not come to see the body of his friend when the news of the murder spread. This made him a suspect. He was soon nabbed in a police raid. 



Naat Utsav makes pompous beginning
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 23
The fourth Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav got off to a pompous start with a majestic presentation of a Punjabi play ‘Mein Bhagat Singh’ by Natyam Abhinet Rangmanch Jaitu at the Randhawa auditorium Punjab Kala Bhavan yesterday. 

The three-day festival organised by the Suchetak Rang Manch in collaboration with Punjab Arts Council and NZCC and UT culture affairs is a salutation to the peerless master thespian Gursharan Singh for his original service to theatrical arts.

The classic play dealt with the ideological dimensions of a true patriot, as propounded by the great martyr Bhagat Singh.  



Vodafone to restore cell connection
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
Taking serious note of the disconnection of a mobile phone without any prior notice being served, the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has ordered Hutchison Essar South Limited (Vodafone) to restore the mobile connection.

The orders were passed by forum’s president, A.S.Narula and its members while deciding a complaint filed by Naresh Dhall of Gulchaman Gali.

The forum observed that no notice before disconnection was given to the consumer. Moreover, no copy of terms and conditions was produced on record, which entitled the company to suspend the connection in such manner.

Dhall had submitted before the forum that he had purchased a new mobile connection from the company on June 18, 2007. After nine days, the outgoing facility on his connection was barred by the company on the ground that limit had exceeded. On the same day he deposited Rs 1,500. Thereafter thrice he made the payments as demanded by the company. But his connection was not restored, added the complainant.

During the arguments on the complaint, the company’s representative stated that service to the connection were suspended on June 27, 2007, after Dhall levelled serious allegations against the officials of the company. He had also not deposited the payment on time. Even the matter was got probed into by the SSP Ludhiana. But the forum observed that no such inquiry report was placed on record.

However, the forum held that the company would be at liberty to suspend the services to the connection in accordance with rules and regulations and terms and conditions of his application for getting the connection. 



CCTVs to monitor Jor Mela crowd
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
The town is all set to host the Shaheedi Jor Mela which is scheduled to be held here from December 24 to 26.

The district, civil and police administration have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the mela during which around 10 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the town to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib.

DC Alakhnanda Dayal said CCTVs were being put in and around the gurdwara to monitor the movement of the masses.  



Parents upset over gap between interview and admission
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Parents are agitated over the four months’ gap between the interview and that of admissions to the nursery classes in the city schools. A few of the most sought after schools in the city are either busy conducting interviews or announcing the list of selected students. 

The schools have told the parents that the session will start from April onward. 

A few parents alleged that it is a calculated move to earn quick buck by adopting a first-come-first-serve theory. Pritama, principal, Love Dale Nursery School, said, “Earlier the schools used to conduct nursery admission in February but with the growing competition among schools, they are in hurry to get their quota of seats filled as early as possible.”

Accordingly this concept was coined by some of the new schools, which started conducting interviews in November in order get their seats filled as early as possible. Due to this other schools also followed suit and started conducting interviews in November and December.

On the other hand parents alleged that the schools are serving their own interest and neglecting that of the parents. Gaurav Gupta, a businessman, said: “The schools are busy minting money and neglecting the interest of parents. Someone should ask these schools authorities as to why these schools have imposed a gap of four months between the time of interviews and that of the admissions.”  



Ludhiana Calling
Lack of concern

TIME has virtually stopped clicking for sports fraternity if one goes by a wall clock which greets those entering the Guru Nanak Sports Complex in the mega city. The clock mounted on the front wall of stairs which lead to the VIP enclosure in the stadium has been non-functional for quite some time now, but nobody seems to be bothered about it. 

Perhaps, this clock symbolises the concern, or rather lack of it, of the sports administrators for both sports and sports persons.

Khoya, jaggery, now ghee...

It was synthetic khoya during Diwali which was followed by jaggery mixed with harmful dyes and chemicals, which the merchants of adulteration were selling all over the city and surrounding areas with impunity, thereby putting people’s health at risk. Now, a unit making fake “desi ghee” has been unearthed on the periphery of the city. It is anybody’s guess as to how many unsuspecting consumers must have consumed the product and wasted their hard-earned money on buying a spurious preparation. Will the profiteers not stop at anything even if it is at the cost of jeopardising thousands of human lives?

VIP menace

A wedding in a leading transporter’s family held residents of BRS Nagar on ransom for the past two days. Last week, the road to his house was cordoned off and traffic diverted even as the residents fumed and fretted at the VIP. Being an Akali leader, the police and the district administration remained on its toes as the family enjoyed the party’s powerful position in state.

Sense of humour

Men in khaki have their own sense of humour. They can crack a joke even in strange circumstances. The other day a cop, who was escorting an accused to parade him before mediapersons could not stop himself without taking a dig at him. He told him in a lighter vein when mediapersons were taking his pictures that so many pictures of him would not have been taken even on his wedding day.  



Death of Cattle
Feed seller booked 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Green fodder high on nitrate is responsible for causing death of 13 heads of cattle in Haibowal few days ago.

According to an FIR registered by the Haibowal police station, veterinary doctors said the fodder sold by trader Hem Raj from his shop in Pawittar Nagar was unfit for consumption.

Hem Raj has been booked under section 429 of the IPC for causing the death of 13 heads of cattle. He was yet to be arrested. He faces a jail term of up to five years if charges are proved in a court.

The cattle, owned by Harish Kumar Sharma and Devinder Sharma, had died under mysterious circumstances in their dairy farm, Parkash Dairy, on December 20. The incident took few days after nearly 50 cows had died in another dairy.

The police was investigating if some one was playing mischief to kill the animals. The owners suffered a loss of Rs 2 lakh due to the death of the cattle.

SHO Gurpreet Singh said samples had been sent for further analysis. He said the owners had complained to the police that they suspected the feed had some adulteration. 



Trader, wife booked for cheating 
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 23
The local police has registered a case against a Jalandhar-based trader and his wife for allegedly cheating a local steel firm of Rs 10 lakh.

According to the police, Vinod Kaushal, owner of Rohit Steel Mill, in his complaint alleged that Ajit Singh, son of Swarn Singh and his wife, Hardeep Kaur,owners of Pannu Iron Store, Jalandhar, had purchased steel worth Rs 5.48 lakh from him in April. They paid a cheque for Rs 3 lakh to Vinod while another cheque for the rest of the amount got dishonoured.

Vinod said they assured him to repay the remaining amount soon. Ajit and Hardeep, on May 5, issued another cheque which also got dishonoured. Following this, both of them once again met Vinod and promised to return the money if he provided steel worth Rs 8.25 lakh to them. In anticipation of getting his money back, he allowed them to lift more steel, Vinod added. When, a few of his employees went to demand payment, the owners of Pannu iron store threatened them with dire consequences following which Vinod reported the matter the police.  



Biz Word
Water softener

Kent RO Systems has launched an automatic water softener. A company press note said the product removed hard salt contents present in water, thereby enhancing its quality and making it suitable for daily use. Mahesh Gupta, managing director, said: “We ignore the fact that the water we use for other daily chores is also harming us. Keeping all factors in mind, Kent automatic water softener is developed to give total solution to all hard water worries.” The product is priced at Rs 50,000. 



DMCH holds meet on anaesthesia updates 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
Anesthesiologists shared their experience on topics ranging from quality assurance in anesthesiology and the ICU, pain management, recent advances in spinal analgesia in children, obstetric analgesia and resuscitation, and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks at “Anesthesia Update 2007”.

The programme, which also incorporated a continuing medical education (CME), was organised by the department of anesthesiology and resuscitation at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today. Dr Sunil Katyal, professor and head of the department and chairman of the organising committee coordinated the proceedings, which were attended by delegates from all over the North India and the United Kingdom.

Prem Gupta, secretary of the managing society, lighted the ceremonial lamp and Dr S.S. Walia, registrar, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the guest of honour.

In his inaugural address, Dr Daljit Singh lauded the initiative taken by Dr Katyal in organising a seminar on topics which were of importance not only to the anesthesiologists but to the institution as a whole, especially clinical audit, quality assurance and pain management.

Dr Ranjit Verma, consultant anesthetist, Derby City General Hospital, United Kingdom, enlightened the delegates with simplified but relevant ingredients of good quality data on clinical audit that would go a long way in enhancing accountability, self improvement while also providing best quality care to the patients.

Dr Y.K. Batra, professor at PGIMER, Chandigarh, elaborated on the precise safe techniques of spinal analgesia in children. Dr G.D. Puri, also from PGIMER, Chandigarh, discussed various aspects of quality assurance in the ICU care and stressed on following evidence-based best practices.

It was a homecoming for Dr Baljit Singh, professor, G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, who is an alumnus of DMCH. In his lecture, he elaborated on recent advances in ultrasound- guided nerve blocks.

Organising secretary Dr P.L. Gautam, professor in the department of anesthesiology proposed the vote of thanks and invited the delegates to attend an international conference in 2008 being hosted by the department of anesthesiology, DMCH, at Ludhiana in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, USA.

Cancer treatment

The department of medical oncology at SPS Apollo Hospitals here organised a "continuing medical education" (CME) programme on oncology here on Saturday. Dr Navdeep Singh, consultant medical oncologist, who is an expert in cancer chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant outlined recent advances in the field of medical oncology in his elaborate presentation.

Dr S.P. Sharma, civil surgeon, the chief guest. He said the city could take pride in having an internationally-accredited medical institution, providing quality care to the patients. Focusing on the rising incidence of cancer in India and the advances in chemotherapy, he said since cancer was a complex disease, a team approach towards its diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up would ensure the best possible care. 



Hockey League 
Ropar defeat Amloh 1-0
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana,December 23
A superb field goal by Sanjay Bangar in the 23rd minute steered Ropar to squeeze past Amloh 1-0 in a under-14 year’s match of the Punjab Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University , here today.

In another match(under-16), Faridkot, after leading by two goals, drew 2-2 with Kurali. Faridkot lads went into an early lead (4th minute) through a field goal scored by Deepinder Singh. Ten minutes later, he again struck through a penalty corner conversion to reach 2-0.

Undettered by this, Kurali boys reduced the margin in the 27th minute when Harjit Singh successfully converted a penalty corner to make it 2-1. They scored the equaliser in the 29th minute through Rohit.

In the third match (under-14) of the day, thanks to a fine brace by Jaskaran Singh, Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Amritsar beat Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School,Ludhiana 3-1.

It were Ludhiana lads who went into an early lead when Ranjit Singh sounded the board in the 5th minute. Amritsar school restored parity in the 15th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Jaskaran Singh.

Gurbir Singh scored a field goal in the 34th minute to put Khalsa School, Amritsar, ahead and five minutes later, Jaskaran found the target to consolidate the lead which also sealed Ludhiana lads’ fate 3-1.

In another match (under-16), Bathinda outplayed Gurukul Mehta Academy, Doraha 3-2 after trailing 1-2 at a half time.

Doraha surged ahead in the fourth minute through Sunil Kumar while Parteek Singh of Bathinda scored an equaliser in the 8th minute. Gurukul Academy again went into the lead when Harvinder Singh struck in the 17th minute. Bathinda scored the third and match winning goal in the 55th minute through Mohanjit Singh. 



Amrinder wins 100 mt race
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana,December 23
The two-day annual sports meet of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar and Civil Lines branches, Ludhiana,concluded here today. Athletic events were conducted on the second day,today. Members of the managing committee of the school were present during the concluding function.

The final results are: boys (Classes IXth and Xth) 100 m race-Amrinder Singh 1, Jasdeep Singh 2 and Nikhil 3; girls- 100 m race: Rinky 1, Sakshi 2 and Shaina 3; (Classes XIth and XIIth) (boys) 100 m race- Mohit 1, Ashish 2 and Kushal 3; girls- Jasmine 1, Navneet 2 and Radhika 3.

(Classes VIh to VIIIth) (boys)- 100 m race- Gursharan Singh 1, Vivek 2 and Ashish 3; girls- Sanchi 1, Ahat 2 and Parminder Kaur 3; long jump (boys)- Gursharan Singh 1, Ajay 2 and Charanpreet 3; (girls)- Sanchi 1, Manpreet 2 and Sheenam 3. 



Ludhiana girls trounce Amritsar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 23
Hosts Ludhiana trounced Amritsar 10-0 to begin their campaign in a 
style in the girls' section of the 15th Senior Punjab State Softball Championship that got off at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today. 

In other matches, Sangrur routed Patiala 11-0; Moga defeated Fatehgarh Sahib 11-2 and Jalandhar demolished Taran Tarn 15-0. 



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