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Twist to abandoned bride phenomenon
NRI from Canada sent to ‘manage’ contract killing
NRI nabbed with gang of killers; Cops save the target, father of the bride, in the nick of time
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Like thousands of NRIs, he too coolly abandoned his bride in 2004 after her family could not pay the dowry of Rs 30 lakh. But when she checkmated him by reaching Canada in August this year and sought her rights, he sent a friend to contract a gang of killers and supervise the murder of her father in Mundiya village, near here.

But for timely police intervention based on the information provided by a dhaba owner, who overheard the plan, Mundiya village resident Harphool Singh, father of the abandoned bride Pawanjot Kaur, would not have been alive today.

Swift police action has led to the arrest of four persons, including the "event manager" Ramandeep Singh, alias Rimpy, of Surrey, Canada, and three members of the Ganganagar- based gang of contract killers. They were Sunil Kumar, alias Moni, Kulwant Singh, alias Kanta, and Jaskaran Singh, alias Jassi. The murder deal was finalised for Rs 1.20 lakh.

A black Scorpio car owned by Ramandeep and used to ferry the killers has been recovered. Two pistols, several cartridges, US $ 10 and Canadian $ 100 have also been recovered. A picture of the wedding carried by Ramandeep to identify Harphool has also been recovered.

Revealing the new dimension given to the abandoned bride phenomenon by this case, SSP R K Jaiswal said it was probably the first case of its kind where an NRI came to supervise the killing by hired killers.

Till now, contract killings involving NRIs were arranged by local relatives with only directions or money coming from the foreign land.

According to the investigation conducted by SI Pawanjit Singh and ASI Davinder Singh, VeerHarinder Singh, a glass trader based in Surrey, husband of Pawanjot Kaur and son of Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal, had planned the killing in Canada over two months ago.

Veerharinder wanted to teach a lesson to his father-in-law Harphool Singh for sending his daughter to Canada without his knowledge and without the money. Pawanjot was living in Edmonton with her grandfather.

He asked his cousin Sukhvir Singh, alias Sukhi, also based in Surrey to find a man for the job. Through his friend Ramandeep, who basically belongs to Ganganagar, Sukhi and Veerharinder sent Rs 60,000 to the contract killers through western money transfer two months ago.

However, when the killers could not carry out the deal, they sent Ramandeep with a return ticket for January 1, 2008, to manage the show.

The killing team including Ramandeep and six others were on way to Munidya village last night when they were intercepted and arrested on the Bhammian-Mundiya link road.

Two alleged killers Mohit Kumar, alias Pandit, and Suresh Kumar, alias Kaali, managed to escape. 

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Aroosa's effigy burnt; demand to deport her
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Activists of the All-India Majlis Ahrar Islam today burnt an effigy of Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam for calling Shahi Imam an illiterate and rustic after he had pronounced a fatwa on her for her alleged relations with former Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

The Shahi Imam, Maulana Habibur Rehman Sani, demanded from the government that she should be deported from India as her presence was a threat to the security of the country and she should not be given visa during her next visit.

Aroosa had hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims, the Shahi Imam said.  

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Linking of elevated road to old city nonviable
MC considering alternative design
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The issue of non-linking of the elevated road took a fresh turn today with the municipal corporation finding the links as per the original design non-viable. The civic administration is now considering the other design under which the elevated road would be linked to several places in the old city.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held between city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura, senior deputy mayor Parvin Bansal, commissioner Vikas Partap, traffic experts and MC engineers.

The meeting deliberated on the fact that the seven points where the old city was to be linked to the elevated road were not viable in the present circumstances. So the MC was forced to think about a new design that is feasible.

Talking to The Tribune after the meeting, Bansal said they were finding ways and means through which the residents of the old city could take utmost benefit of the elevated road. ‘‘We are working on connecting the railway over bridge in place of lakkar bridge with the elevated road so that the residents of Civil Lines are connected, ’’ said Bansal.

According to the original plan, the elevated road had to connect the city at seven points. But despite spending Rs 55 crore, the elevated road could not benefit the old city residents, who were supposed to be the main beneficiaries as per the original plan.

According to the original design of the elevated road, the elevated road was to be connected to Raikhy cinema, Chaura Bazaar and to MC office at two places. Similarly on the other side, it had to have a four-lane carriage way from Civil Lines side and two-lane carriage way on approaches from Bhadaur House side and Raikhy cinema side. After crossing the railway tracks, it was to have a rotary near existing Society cinema from where an integrating link to elevated road was to be provided through Bhadaur House at Mata Rani Chowk.

But none of the linkages were constructed and a long elevated road passing overhead the old city starting from Jagraon bridge to Jalandhar bypass was the final product.

This had left the residents disappointed who had been claiming that they were shown dreams of an imposing structure with a state-of-the-art design. They had been vehemently demanding that it should be linked to the old city, otherwise the huge money spent had almost gone down the drain.  

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Woman, daughter burnt to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
A 45-year-old woman and her 16- year-old daughter were charred to death in accidental fire that broke out in the cattle shed of their house in Mithewal village this afternoon. The Macchiwara police said the woman Kiran Kaur and her daughter Paramjit Kaur were killed when the cattle shed fell on them. They were trying to save the livestock but were trapped inside.

Kiran died on the spot only while the badly charred Paramjit Kaur died on way to the civil hospital.

Village sources said the fire initially broke out in a vacant plot behind the cattle shed.

The two women were cutting grass as fodder for the animals when they heard their house was on fire and rushed back. 

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Misuse of Brand Name
Customs released confiscated goods, alleges company
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Proprietor of Prabhat Engineering Corporation of Phagwara, which manufactures and exports engineering goods, today alleged that local Customs officials had failed to take action against a company that was misusing their brand name. 

The company has also lodged a complaint against P.J. International, alleging misuse the brand “Prabhat” owned by them.

P.J. International of Jamalpur, Phagwara, was engaging in an unlawful activity by using brand name ‘Prabhat’ that belonged to Prabhat Engineering Corporation.

Addressing a press conference, Inder Pal Khurana, proprietor, Prabhat Engineering Corporation, said: “We learnt that they were supplying goods under our brand. As per our information they procured an order from an overseas company and were about to export goods in three containers, two of which had pumps that contained our trademark, including our address. When we brought the matter to the notice of customs authorities in Ludhiana, as the goods were sent to the container depot here, they detained the goods. However, after 42 days, the authorities without even intimating us released the goods of the company. We are not just shocked over this attitude but fear that the company could misuse our trademarks and cause harm to our credibility,” said Inder Pal Khurana.

He wrote to the authorities on September 12, two days after which the containers carrying the goods by P.J. International were opened. On scrutiny, the officials found that the party was misusing the trademark and communicated the same to the complainant.

“However, now we have learnt that the goods have been released. We fear that this company would further tarnish our image.”

Officials, when contacted, said on finding that the company was using a brand name that did not belong to it; they did not allow it to export the goods. “We did not let them export the stuff. However, further, there was no Customs violation due to which we returned goods to the party. The matter now rests with patents and copyrights department,” an official said. 

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Tax evader deposits Rs 40 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Owner of Waryam Steels Atul Gupta, who had been eluding the central excise department for long, finally appeared before the investigating officers and deposited Rs 40 lakh as duty today. 

The department officials, who continued with their investigations, today conducted a search at V.G. Steels also in this connection.

The Central Excise Commissionerate that is estimating the duty evasion by Waryam Steels and V.K. Concast, two companies of which Gupta is the owner and managing director, said to be running into crores of rupees, were planning to move court due to "non-co-operative attitude" of the owner of these companies.

On December 18, raids were conducted on these companies as the department suspected heavy duty evasion. Despite being summoned, Gupta did not co-operate and was even put under arrest by the investigating officer on December 24 to be later released on bail.

However, as Gupta turned up today and even deposited "part" of the duty evaded, the department is expecting to resolve the matter relatively earlier.

"We wanted him to deposit Rs 1 crore today but he came forward with Rs 40 lakh for the two companies. Investigations are still continuing," said commissioner, Central Excise Commissionerate, A.K. Mehra, while confirming the development.

The department had also summoned Gupta's father and his brother in connection with the suspected evasion. "But as it is Atul Gupta who takes care of day-to-day operations, they were unable to furnish much details."

Officials said that investigations pertaining to the two companies are continuing. Three companies, namely Inderjit Forging, Ajar Amar Steel and V.G. Steels, doing transactions with Waryam Steels and V.K. Concast, have been investigated so far by the department.

The excise department, meanwhile, continues with its investigations, which, said officials, are expected to take quite some time on account of the very high amount involved. 

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Fest in freedom fighter’s memory on Jan 3 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Arrangements are in full swing for the second annual cultural festival in memory of a freedom fighter Sarup Singh Johal at Mandiani village (near Mullanpur) by the Baljit Charitable Trust on January 3.This was stated in a press note issued here yesterday.

Chairman of the trust Baljit Johar, a USA-based NRI and son of the freedom fighter, said cultural festival would be conducted from 11 am to 6 p.m. He said prominent Punjabi folk singers like Sarabjit Cheema, Balbir Boparai, Gora Chakwala, Faquir Chand Patanga, Suchet Bala, Kuldeep Manak, Chacha Raunki Ram and Gurmeet Bawa would take part in the event.

Referring to the contributions made by the late Sarup Singh, Johal said he joined the Indian National Army (INA) established by Subhas Chandra Bose, in close association with late Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, former Chief Minister of Punjab, and other patriots. He remained imprisoned for longer duration in the Andaman Nicobar islands and after the Independence played an active role in the promoting education, particularly for the girls in the rural areas.

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Smuggling of liquor flourishes
Local traders face losses
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, December 28
Smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to various districts of Punjab is flourishing and the local liquor traders are facing losses due to the same. 

The liquor traders allege that the state excise and taxation officials are not taking anti-smuggling steps because the state revenue is assured.

Inquiries show that maximum smuggling of liquor is taking place from Chandigarh followed by Himachal and Haryana. Even some smugglers bring liquor from Madhya Pradesh as well. The smugglers have a big network and they make home delivery too which has affected the sales of liquor. There is a difference of nearly Rs 100 per bottle in the price of liquor compared with the sale price of liquor in Punjab. The sales of liquor have improved in Punjab during the past few days as the liquor contractors have reduced the rates in order to exhaust the stocks. They claim that they have accumulated huge stocks of liquor because of low sales due to smuggling of the same from the neighbouring states.

A liquor dealer explained to this reporter that the state has fixed the quota of every vendor and he has to lift the same at any cost. The state government also collects the excise revenue and other taxes on the fixed quota, so the government does not lose anything.

They have reduced the rates of the scotch whisky as well in order to enhance the sales. The liquor dealers are selling Peter Scot whisky at the rate of Rs 350 per bottle against Rs 550 per bottle last year. Similarly Royal Challenge and Blander Pride which are popular IMFL brands are being sold for Rs 330 per bottle against Rs 450 per bottle. A case of 12 bottles of Royal Challenge and Blander Pride is available for Rs 3,100. Royal Stag is being sold for Rs 230 against Rs 350 per bottle.

Among the scotch whiskies- Johny Walker black label is sold for Rs 1600 per bottle against Rs 1800 per bottle. Chives regal is also available at the same price. Haig is sold for Rs 425 against Rs 620 per bottle and black dog for Rs 1100 per bottle.

With the start of wedding season, the sales have picked up. The state government charges Rs 1000 for L-50 license for serving liquor at a marriage palace. The state government has also started collecting Rs 5000 from a caterer or a halwai who are engaged for the marriages. The state government has now become rigid on this score in order to raise the revenue. Earlier, there was not much checking of the serving of liquor at the marriages and even the caterers were not asked to deposit the sum of Rs 5000 per marriage party.

A Veenu Prasad, state excise and taxation commissioner, said steps were being taken to check the smuggling of liquor to Punjab. He said the caterers and halwais were supposed to pay VAT. But they were evading the same. Rs 5000 is collected in advance before doing the catering service as it becomes difficult to locate the caterer or the halwai after the marriage ceremony is over.

He said the luxury tax proposed by the state government would be in addition to the VAT and other taxes.

Veenu Prasad claimed that the sales of liquor were going on normally and there was no reduction in the sales.

Enquiries further show that the smugglers bring liquor from Chandigarh by tempos and they have set up their godowns in the cities. The liquor dealers allege that the smugglers supply Peterscot as home delivery at the rate of Rs 250 per bottle and royal stag at Rs 150 per bottle.

Meanwhile, the liquor dealers have set up first class modern ahatas for serving liquor alongside the liquor shops. They have also set up theatres to entertain the liquor consumers. They supply snacks at cheap rates. The liquor shops on Ferozepur Road provide the visitors glimpses of the services being rendered by them. The large number of cars parked in front of these ahatas is also a proof of their popularity with the consumers.

Some people even drink whisky at public places while sitting in their bars which is illegal and the police authorities do not take any preventive measures 

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Book on parenting released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The juvenile mind is quite receptive and the knowledge gained becomes part of an overall personality development. Therefore, positive parent-child relationship is vital for optimum development of children, which in turn will make him or her a dynamic member of the community.

These views were expressed by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, PAU vice-chancellor, while releasing a book “Parenting-Step-by-Step” authored by PAU home scientists, Dr Satinderjit K. Thind, Ritu Mahal and Seema.

Dr S. Jaswal, dean, College of Home Science, said on one hand the book helped children cope with stressful events, taught discipline, on the other it provided practical hints to parents on how to bring up their children.  

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31 buffaloes charred, 16 injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
As many as 31 buffaloes were burnt alive and 16 received serious burn injuries when a massive fire broke out in their shelter in Tajpur village here last midnight.

The buffaloes belonged to Sepahia Gujjar, who runs a dairy and owned 65 buffaloes. The fire was spotted at 12:30 am by his neighbours when they saw thick smoke billowing out of the thatched shelter of buffaloes.

Sepahia was out of station last night and his family did not come to know about the fire till the neighbours raised the alarm. They informed the fire brigade that reached the spot and controlled the fire. Two fire engines were pressed into service.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained. Sepahia said he was ruined as 31 buffaloes worth lakhs of rupees were charred. Another 16 were oscillating between life and death as they had also sustained burn injuries.

He said were they not tied to their moorings they would have escaped. They kept on bellowing seeing the fire but nobody could come to their rescue.

Sepahia claimed that in the fire he lost Rs 60,000 in cash and gold ornaments that were kept in a huge trunk. He said he had to give that money to different merchants for fodder and other things.

Following his plight, the Red Cross sanctioned him Rs 10,000 in the evening.

Minister for jails Hira Singh Gabria also visited the spot during the day. He took stock of the situation and extended his sympathies with the dairy farmer’s family, which had lost its source of livelihood in the fire.  

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Course on water quality concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
A five-day, two credit course on “Landscape hydrology and water quality” conducted by Dr Ramesh Kanwar, professor and chairman, Department of Agricultural and Bio-system Engineering, Iowa State University, and Dr Prasanta Kalita, professor from University of Illinois and Dr Rabi Mohtar, professor from Purdue University, USA, concluded here today.

In her presidential remarks, Satwinder Kaur Mann, PAU dean postgraduate studies, said distance learning was a landmark facility available at the university. She appreciated the role played by the university alumni, Dr Kanwar and Dr Kalita, in strengthening this facility at the university.

Dr Ramesh Kanwar introduced the audience comprising of students from the UAS, Bangalore, faculty of the College of Agricultural Engineering, deans, directors and other officers of the university, about the course being taught using the distance classroom facility.  

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Letters
Conserve water

We can live without oil but not without water. The water table would recede if we fail to conserve the water. Then, there will be no one to save us. If the rain water is used for charging the ground water, it can raise the ground water table and check the flooding of roads and choking of the sewer.

The treated sewage water could also be used for the irrigating fields and partially solve the problem of the depleting water table. Solid waste generated from the treatment plant could even be used as manure. In a way this will save the land from getting poisonous.

People and the government should take initiative to conserve the water.

Barinderjit Singh Birdi
Ludhiana 

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Cyclist run over by truck, dies 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 28
Gurdev Singh, 60, of Pheruraian run over by a truck and he died on the spot yesterday. He, on his cycle, was going to get his empty LPG cylinder refilled from a gas agency located at the Kacha Malak Road. The truck driver fled away. 

The local police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC against the truck driver. Gurdev’s body was handed over to his relatives after the post-mortem examination.

28 kg poppy husk seized

The local police has seized 20 kg poppy husk from Gurmial Singh,alias Mela of Rasulpur. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him and Gurmail arrested from the village. In another incident, the Raikot police stopped Jagdev Singh, alias Jaggi of Gagra, near Burj Hari Singh village and recovered 8 kg of poppy husk that was hidden in his scooter (PB-56A-4802). A case under Sections 15, 25, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him and the vehicle impounded.

1 dies in mishap

Major Singh of Mahedpur district in Sangrur was killed and Amarjit Singh injured when a tractor-trailor hit their car (DL-4CM-9584) near Jodhan village. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC against Lakhvir Nath of Dolon Kalan on the complaint lodged by Nirbhai Singh of Mahedpur. Amarjit was admitted to the civil hospital in Sarabha.  

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Five booked for trespass
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 28
Gurdev Singh, his son Gurmit Singh, wife Paramjit Kaur, Sewa Singh all residents of Lehan, and Gurbachan Singh of Hains have been booked by the Humbran police on the charge of trespassing and creating mischief under Sections 447, 511, 427, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC.

According to information, they entered into gurdwara and damaged its wall in a bid to take over its possession. Gurdev Singh, Gurmit Singh and Sewa Singh have been arrested and a cement bag, wooden pieces and other implements recovered from them.

The other two, Paramjit Kaur and Gurbachan Singh, are absconding. 

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Looking Ahead
Education dept to marginalise unions 
Board to introduce modern science labs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The local office of the education wing of the Punjab government is all set to marginalise the role of the unions which are largely backed by retired teachers.

Calling them as the biggest stumbling blocks in the normal working of the department, the district education officer said, "I am looking forward to marginalise the role of unions, created by retired teachers. These unions interfere in the official work unnecessarily. I will bring this matter to the notice of the authorities."

The department has also clearly laid out a plan to discourage the use of cell phones on the school campus and partial success has already been reported from all over.

"Discontinuing practices which do not fit into the academic decorum expected on the campus is necessary to maintain the sanctity of the institutions", Sudesh Bajaj, DEO, said.

The Punjab School Education Board is coming up with a special New Year gift for students across the state. The board is all set to start a learning programme in association with Zee Punjabi from the academic year 2008.

Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman of the board, Mohali, said the programmes would be televised for the senior secondary students. Ultramodern science labs for science students would be introduced from the next academic session.

He further said that the board would also go online from the next academic session. The move, he said, had been initiated to maintain transparency in the working of the board.

The chairman said, "The board is determined to upgrade the standard of studies in the schools across Punjab. Keeping this in mind, we are looking forward to starting new programmes. We are also looking forward to launch programmes on television, especially for senior classes. The programmes will not only provide education but will also entertain the students as television nowadays is a convenient source of education among students."

He added that there was a proposal to install close circuit cameras as well to maintain punctuality among the teachers. But the employees promised to be punctual, so the board dropped the idea of installing cameras.

The chairman also said that no migration fee will be charged form the next academic session. Schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board before 1998 will be permitted to start the study centre of Punjab Open School. Regarding the area of the land for the affiliation to the private schools, he assured that the request of the association will be sent to the education minister and the Chief Minister for further consideration.

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8,000 school teachers to go without salary 
Had not been paid for 6 months
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
At least 8,000 teachers of 484 private-aided schools across the state will celebrate the New Year without salary. Ludhiana district alone has 48 schools in the category of those affected.

The teachers in this category were paid three months salary, recently, but still the salary and arrears of the past six months are pending with the Punjab education department. The salary they received was paid without getting any clearance from the audit department.

With the year drawing to an end, a large number of teachers are tied up with regard to financial matters at their homes. Left with no choice, a large section had to resort to taking loans from financial institutions and paying huge amounts as interest.

Gurcharan Singh Chahal, President, private added School teachers union, Punjab, said: “The teachers are feeling let down because of the delay in the release of funds by the Punjab education department. Even the arrears worth Rs 7 crore to Rs 8 crore which were sanctioned by the state education department have not been released by the finance department yet.”

Gurcharan Singh said: “The union is gearing up for an agitation in if the education department fails to comply with their demands by the beginning of the next year.”

K.K.Joshi, senior vice-president of the union, said, “The teachers are crying for an early release of their salaries. Majority of them are the sole bread earners in the family.”

Ranjit Singh, district president of the union, said, “I have never seen such a crisis. The noble profession looks like a discouraging proposition for the future generation”.

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Exhausted? You may be sick, says expert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 28
"I am exhausted." Once in a while, each one of us is apt to say those words. After all, no one is immune to being tired. But for a few, fatigue stops them in their tracks. 

It arrives suddenly or comes and goes for no apparent reason, or it may never relent. If one feels tired beyond the normal waves of energy that everyday life brings, and is not suffering from a particular illness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be playing a role.

In a public health awareness lecture here yesterday evening, Dr Paramjit Singh Khurana remarked that for many people, CFS begins after a cold or a bout with the flu, bronchitis, or other infection. But unlike these illnesses, which usually go away in a few days or weeks, CFS symptoms wax and wane in frequent but unpredictable cycles.

According to the International CFS Study Group, a person may have the condition if he or she has unexplained, persistent fatigue along with four or more of the other symptoms related to the problem for more than six months. In addition to general feeling of exhaustion, the affected person might have substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscular pain, pain in multiple joints without swelling or redness, headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity, unrefreshing sleep and malaise that lasts more than 24 hours after exertion (physical activity).

About the cause of the problem, Dr Khurana said, "No one knows what causes CFS. A few experts suggest that age, previous illness, stress, environmental factors, or genetic predisposition may play a role. Several other conditions, such as anemia, hypoglycemia, and low blood pressure, have also been proposed as causes."

It is important, he added, to be aware that a few members of the medical community are skeptical of CFS because of the ambiguity surrounding diagnosis of this syndrome. There is no specific laboratory test or clinical sign for CFS, and it is often difficult to diagnose because it has the same symptoms as many other conditions and illnesses, including immune or autoimmune disorders, muscle or nerve disorders, endocrinal diseases, depressive disorders, sleep disorders, abuse of alcohol or drugs and severe obesity.

Dr Khurana pointed out that currently, there is no cure for CFS. However, its symptoms can be treated. Some people recover fully within six months; others continue to experience symptoms for the rest of their life. He, however, advised that as a part of management of the condition, those suffering from CFS ought to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Experts also recommend that measures like eating a well-balanced diet and getting adequate rest, exercising regularly to a limit which is not tiresome and maintaining emotional and physical balance to help manage stress can prove helpful. 

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Ludhiana bag overall trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 28
Hosts Ludhiana in the boys under-19 year’s section while Kairon wing, Taran Tarn, in the girls under-19 year’s section bagged overall championship in the 53rd Punjab Schools Athletics Meet which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

In the boy’s section (under-19), Sports School, Jalandhar and Amritsar, secured second and third position,respectively, while in the girl’s section, Sangrur and Sports Training Centre, Badal, finished at second and third place, respectively.

In the boy’s under-17 years category, Amirtsar emerged overall champions while the second and third positions were bagged by Ludhiana and Sports School, Jalandhar, respectively.

In the boys (under-14), Amritsar clinched overall championship, followed by Ferozepur and Gurdaspur.

Similarly, in the girl’s section (under-17), Sangrur district annexed overall championship while Sports Training Centre, Badal, finished runners up and Hoshiarpur secured third position.

In the girl’s (under-14) section, Sangrur proved their mettle to win the overall championship while the second and third positions were bagged by Ludhiana and Amritsar,respectively.

Inderjeet Singh of Ludhiana and Gagandeep Singh of Mansa were jointly adjudged the best athletes in the boy's under-19 years section. The same honour in the under-17 years section was won by Arpinder Singh of Sports School, Jalandhar, and Parveen Kumar of Patiala, who was declared the best athlete in the under-14 years category.

In the girl's section (under-19), Navjowan Kaur of Hoshiarpur was named the best athelte while Supreet Kaur of Sports Training Centre, Badal, was adjudged the best among under-17 athletes. In the girl's under-14 years section, Amandeep Kaur of Kairon Wing, Taran Tarn, was declared the best athlete.

Today’s results: girls (under-19) triple jump- Bhupinder Kaur of Kairon wing, Taran Tarn, 1st; Jaspreet Kaur of Sports Training Centre, Badal, 2 and Jatinder Kaur of Sangrur 3 rd; (under-17) triple jump- Kulwinder Kaur of Sangrur 1st, Rajinder Kaur of Kairon wing, Taran Tarn, 2nd and Suman Devi Punia of Sports Training Centre, Badal,3 rd.

100-m hurdles race (girls under-17)- Jaspreet Kaur of Muktsar 1st; Beant Kaur of Sangrur 2nd and Jaspreet Kaur of Kairon wing, Taran Tarn, 3rd; (boys under-17)- Amritpal Singh of Gurdaspur 1st, Balvinder Singh of Patiala 2nd and Manvir Singh of Gurdaspur 3 rd.

110-m hurdles (boys under-19)- Gurinder Singh of Mansa 1st; Parminder Singh of Sports School, Jalandhar,2nd and Jagroop Singh of Taran Tarn 3.

100x4-m relay race (boys under-19)- Ludhiana 1st, Jalandhar 2nd and Faridkot 3 rd; under-17 years- Amritsar 1st, Ludhiana 2nd and Gurdaspur 3rd; under-14 years- Sangrur 1st, Gurdaspur 2nd and Ludhiana 3rd.

100x4-m relay race (girls under-19)- Kairon wing 1st, HMV wing, Jalandhar, 2nd and Sports Training Centre, Badal,3rd; (under-17)- Sangrur 1st, Ludhiana 2nd and Sports Training Center, Badal, 3rd; (under-14)- Sangrur 1st, Gurdaspur 2nd and Ludhiana 3rd. 

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Outstanding players honoured
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 28
Players of outstanding football teams of the region exhibited their talent on the first day of the second Rajiv Sanjiv Memorial Football Tournament organised by R.S. Friends Sports Club at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

The three-day tournament was inaugurated by Ravinder Puri, president, Journalist Association. S.K. Sharma, technical director, Shryans Industries Limited, was the chief guest during the opening session.

Raj Kumar Sharma and Shakuntala Devi, parents of Rajiv and Sanjiv, distributed prizes among outstanding players of the day.  

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