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Extortion racket busted
Kingpin Rajan was operating from jail; would target NRIs on phone
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
The local police today claimed to have arrested kingpin of the notorious Rajan gang, who was running an extortion racket from the Central jail, where he was incarcerated for the past two years.

The alleged racket run by cronies of the kingpin, Charanjit Singh, alias Rajan, facing trial in a few cases of looting and murder, targeted rich NRIs or locals with NRI relatives hoping to make fast bucks on the pretext of liquidating the person or his family.

SP (City-I) Sukhchain Singh said the three members of the gang were arrested after the police intercepted a call made from inside the jail. They were all set to take Rs 5 lakh as ransom from Barrewal resident and property dealer Harpreet Singh Gill.

Those arrested have been identified as Mohammed Aslam, Rajdeep Singh, alias Ronny, and Amandeep Singh, alias Aman.

The police said Rajan had told them to demand ransom from Gill on the pretext that he had information about Rajan’s NRI relatives and would be able to easily dish out money.

The three threatened him over the phone and sought Rs 5 lakh as ransom lest he would be killed. They also give him details of his relatives settled abroad and even threatened to target his foreign-based relatives if he failed to fulfill their demands.

Gill informed the cops laid a trap and lured them into reaching Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar where the culprits were nabbed last night.

A .315 bore country-made pistol along with a few cartridges and a knife were recovered from their possession.

All three have criminal record. The cops were investigating if the gang had already extorted money from a few city residents.

The cops would be seeking production remand of the main accused, Rajan, to nail his activities and bust the entire network.

The police officials said it was astonishing that the accused was using the mobile phone from inside the jail premises. They would be taking up matter with the jail authorities in this regard.



No sale deed executed on day one
Partial rollback in collector’s price
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
No sale deed was registered on the first day after the partial rollback in hiked collector’s prices was implemented in the district today. Officials said the new prices had to be fed into the software for updating it.

Residents, who came from different parts of the city and a few villages, were left high and dry. The officials told them to come on Wednesday. They were told that the computer system was shut off to carry out important changes. Officials and employees of the sub-registrars office were seen in a relaxed mood today as the usual rush was nowhere to be seen.

Though, the people were grumbling for coming to the office in such a cold weather, but the office had its own reasons to cite. Instead of wasting two valuable working days, the should have been upgraded on Saturday and Sunday,” residents complained.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had, during the inauguration of a bus stand, passed orders for immediately reducing the collector price. The district administration has already prepared the lists of revised prices that came into effect in 13 sub registrar and joint sub registrar offices in the district from today onwards.

The much-hyped reduction in prices has left the traders feeling cheated as they claim that the hike has not been rolled back in old city parts where the property was mostly commercial.

Angry traders have threatened to launch an agitation if they were not provided the benefit of the rollback.

While the department has prepared the list of the entire city with 40 per cent reduction in already increased prices, but the areas like the Calibre Plaza AC market in Bhadaur House, Gujjar Mal Road, Chaura Bazaar, Pindi street and numerous other parts of the walled city have been left out, they claimed.

Vinod Kumar, vice-president, Calibre Plaza, said termed it as unfair. If the prices were to be reduced they should also have got some benefit out of it, he added.

The issue of jacking up prices by the administration had caused quite a stir in the city. The property dealers had even gone on 10 days hunger strike. The protest was called off after minister for jails Hira Singh Gabria and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, took up the issue with the Chief Minister.

All sale deeds will now be registered at revised prices.

Earlier, the administration had worked on two formulas for increasing the price. Following the first formula 60 per cent hike was effected on old collector prices and as per the second formula 80 per cent hike was effected on market prices. The maximum sum was announced as the collector price. This had caused a lot of resentment among the property dealers, especially those supporting the SAD-BJP combine.

The property dealers have been claiming that there was an unjustified hike of up to 300 per cent in a few areas. 

Revised rates (Per sq. yrd)

Sarabha Nagar: Rs 9,000-Rs 12,000

Gyan Vihar (Jassian Road): Rs 3,000

Urban Estate Dugri: Rs 4,000

Rajguru Nagar: Rs 8,000

Kitchlu Nagar: Rs 12,000

Rishi Nagar: Rs 7,000

Model Town: Rs 9,000

Haibowal: Rs 2,000



Cleaning of Budda Nullah to restart
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Hopes of city residents to have a cleaner Budda Nullah were once again rekindled with the Budda Nullah Development Committee planning to restart the work from January 18 onwards.

The work came to a standstill four months ago at Bhukhri village after the committee led by Baba Jaspal Singh Baddowal, which had cleaned 17 kms of polluted water body, alleged that the administration had refused to get the land demarcated as per the revenue records. The committee had gone on record to state that the administration did not want them to go ahead with the work.

Jaswant Singh Chapa, president of the committee associated with P. Ram, said once P.Ram wants us to restart the work, they would start it on January 18 from Rattangarh village and proceed towards Macchhiwara. They had already cleaned the stretch from Dhanansu to Koom Kalan.

‘‘We are not going to wait for the demarcation now. Whether they help us or not we will continue to clean the nullah, ’’ said Chapa.

The district administration was alleged to have bowed down under political pressure exerted by industrialist lobby. They had even met the Chief Minister in this regard. The industrialists were asked to stop throwing effluents into the drain.

Meanwhile, P.Ram, principal secretary, who has been entrusted with the task of cleaning Budda Nullah by the High Court visited the city today and went around dairy complex near the Tajpur Road and Haibowal. He inspected the sumps constructed by a few dairy owners for treating the waste generated by them. He also suggested a modified design for the sumps so as to treat the water more effectively.

P.Ram also went to the sewerage treatment plant, construction of which is underway at Jamalpur, and took stock of the situation. He was told that the 40 per cent work on the treatment plant was complete and the rest would be done within three to four months.

Later, he went to villages alongside the nullah that were also emptying their sullage into the nullah. 



Ruby Dhalla’s Case
Witnesses turn hostile
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
The “mob justice” controversy involving beating up of two minors for teaching them a lesson for snatching the purse of Canadian MP,Ruby Dhalla, at Pohir village last week took an interesting turn with a large number of witnesses, including the two journalists and a few villagers, stating that the children were neither beaten up nor manhandled.

The two journalists along with the villagers have in statements recorded before DSP Paramjit Singh Goraya stated that the children started crying on being caught. They also said the two fell flat on the road on their own and behaved as if they were unconscious.

The alleged beating up of the children, viewed as inhuman act in the civilized world and violation of their rights, has become a big issue with mediapersons questioning the police action and MP Ruby for allegedly justifying the beating.

The statements of the witnesses, however, have given a new twist to the incident. It were the journalists who had spread and flashed pictures all over the world alleging the inhuman treatment meted out to the two children after surprisingly one of them had chased the snatchers and caught them.

It was on these reports that DGP (Punjab) N.P.S. Aulakh had ordered an inquiry. SSP (Ludhiana, Rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the children were not beaten up. As per his information the children enacted the drama and were exhausted after they snatched the purse.

The children were medically examined, he stated. The report indicated that they were neither beaten nor had any injury marks to suggest that.

Meanwhile, the cops are trying to establish a link of a few adult members of the alleged snatchers’ gang who were active in snatching bags containing valuables from venues were social and religious functions were being organised.

Investigations revealed that the children were being exploited by a high profile gang of snatchers. “As not a single parents or relatives came forward to vouch for the children we suspect a few gang of burglars might be exploiting their innocence for achieving sinister designs,” argued Gorayan.

Bindia and Sachin, the juvenile snatchers of unknown background, were booked for allegedly stealing purse containing visa and valuables of Ruby Dhalla, Canadian MP.



PAU pensioners to serve legal notice on govt
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have decided to serve legal notice on the state government by February 1 if the latter fails to resolve the issue within 15 days.

Fed-up with the false assurances by political leaders, hundreds of pensioners today held a dharna, wearing black badges and carrying black flags oppositeThapar Hall, PAU.

They were supported by the Joint Council of Trade Unions (17 unions), Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA), Confederation of PAU and PAU Employees Forum.

Lambasting the government, Dr Labh Singh, a retiree, said leaders had done nothing in the past and now had started blaming PAU for the financial crunch.

"If the government feels that funds were misused by the university authorities, they must register a criminal case against the culprits. We (pensioners) must unite to fight for our right to pension," he added.

N.K.Pillai, general secretary of the Confederation of Punjab Agricultural University Pensioners’ Associations, said till date pensioners had so far adopted a wait and watch policy, but no more. He said several developmental projects were being undertaken by the state government, which clearly showed it had sufficient funds.

Former president of the PAU Employees Union, D.P.Maur, said in 2004 the then VC of PAU wrote several letters to the government, informing that the corpus fund had depleted to a mere Rs 40 crore from Rs 100 crore.

"But they did not respond. Now they have started blaming PAU for the present crisis," he said.



Ludhianvis spent crores on Lohri
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
India is a land of festivals and Ludhianvis seem to top the chart when it comes to spending on festivities, according to a study by faculty members of the department of economics, Kamla Lohtia College.

The study by Mohammad Saleem, Sandeep Chanana, Radha Arora and Meenakshi Garg reveals that on an average each family (middle class) in Ludhiana spent Rs 500 on kites and other material related to Lohri in the last three days.

The study says:” Ludhiana has eight lakh families with 33 lakh members. If 25 per cent of the families(two lakh) incur similar expenses, the total amount comes to Rs 10 crore".

The study was conducted on hundreds of households in Haibowal Kalan, Kailash Chowk, Bindraban road, Brown Road, Civil Lines and Jamalpur.

The study suggests if at least half of the said amount was spent on development purposes, with the passage of time, Ludhiana could be one of the best developed cities in the country. The survey team labelled it as "unproductive expenditure". The members also found that this unproductive expenditure was not confined to a particular religion.

"We should aim at increasing productive earnings from our festivals. If China can strengthen its economy and earn crores from Indian rituals and traditions, why can we not do the same for our country," asked the survey team.



Row over construction of drain
Police begins probe amid charges, counter-charges
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
The Ludhiana (rural) police has initiated investigation into the initiation of construction work on a drain by the civic body of Kamalpura village in Raikot subdivision allegedly in contravention of the orders of a Jagraon court.

The village sarpanch claimed that the development work was started on the orders of the block development officer of the area, while residents of the street, including NRI education and sports promoters, alleged that the drain was being constructed to harass them, as they had opposed SAD candidate during the last assembly elections.

A police party led by SHO Gurmit Singh Brar had to persuade leaders of the two factions divided over commencement of construction work of a drain in a street inhabited by kin of Amarjit Singh Hansra, an NRI and education and sports promoter.

While the faction led by sarpanch Gurmit Singh, an SAD leader, claimed that the digging work had been initiated on the orders of Raikot BDO Jaswant Singh Waraich, the group led by Darshan Singh Hansra, a congress activist, showed stay orders passed by a Jagraon court on June 1.

However, the SHO warned leaders of both factions against indulging in violence.

“As both parties claimed to have orders of judicial and civic authorities, we could neither permit nor stop the construction work. However, we have asked leaders of both groups to abstain from indulging in violence,” said the SHO while talking to Ludhiana Tribune.

The SHO added that he would submit a report to his seniors after verifying claims and counterclaims made by both factions.

Hansra alleged that the construction work was started only to harass the Hansra clan.

“We are surprised that the police, instead of stopping the panchayat from violating court orders by digging up the street in front of our houses, has asked us to have patience,” said Hansra.

He rued that the authorities had ignored contributions made by the Hansra family in the development of the area in general and village in particular.

According to him, the case will be heard on February 26.

The BDO said he would comment on the issue only after perusal of records at his office on Monday.



PAU staff observe black day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
The staff of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), including teachers and non-teachers, observed a black day today to protest against the non-payment of pension and ill- intentions of the Punjab government by taking over university land.

Teachers and non-teachers wore black badges to mark their protest opposite Thapar Hall.

The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA), the PAU employees Union and the PAU Fourth Class Workers Union lent their support to pensioners and demanded immediate release of funds by the state government.

The pensioners held a rally in front of administrative block of the university.

The rally was addressed by office-bearers of different associations. They asked the government to provide appropriate funds for pension and normal functioning of the university.

Different speakers deplored government intention to grab university land and hand it over to private parties.

They appealed to the government to keep their hands off the university land.

Local MP Sharnjit S Dhillon and MLA Harish Rai Dhanda promised to take up the matter with the chief minister.



Need to deal with terror firmly, feel NRIs
Our Correspondent

Hardev Singh Liddar
Hardev Singh Liddar
Malkiat Singh
Malkiat Singh
Satwant Singh Boparai
Satwant Singh Boparai

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
Terming reviving terrorism the genesis of alleged defective polices of successive governments at the center and state, a group of NRIs from Canada have called upon social and religious leaders to impress upon the administration to follow the western federal government that had curbed violence with a strong hand.

The NRIs called upon local population not to succumb to pressure of radicals who were playing into the hands of politicians.

Terming revival of terrorism fatal for development of the state, Malkiat Singh of Pohir, a former principal at a government school and now settled in Canada, apprehended that terrorism would be more offensive and indiscriminate.

Accusing successive governments of ignoring permanent solution to law and order problem, Malkiat Singh alleged that certain politicians, criminals, bureaucrats and self-styled religious leaders (organisers of deras) were responsible for forcing youth to move on the path of extremism.

“Instead of playing a positive role in solving the problem, some political leaders used criminals, self-styled religious leaders and bureaucrats for achieving their sinister designs,” said Malkiat Singh, adding that corruption and state victimisation were other reasons for producing terrorists.

He claimed that Punjabi NRIs settled in Canada were so upset over the revival of terrorism in their native state that some had decided to organise awareness marches here.

Another NRI, Satwant Singh Boparai, said the union and the state government should follow Canadian government in dealing with terrorism.

“Unlike some other governments, the government there has taken a strong stand against terrorism. Besides banning extremist groups, the government had seized the property and bank accounts of terrorists,” said Satwant Singh.

Claiming that he had been visiting Punjab every year for the past 15 years, the NRI said he would discontinue his visits if the situation worsened.

Hardev Singh Liddar, an NRI of Pohir village, called upon office-bearers of social and religious organisations to launch a coordinated effort to persuade youths to work for the development of the state.

He claimed that preservation of tranquility was prerequisite for lasting development of the region.



Soldier’s body consigned to flames
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
The body of Kuldeep Singh (23) of 53 Infantry Battalion (56 RR), who was killed in an avalanche at the Machhal sector in Jammu and Kashmir on January 10, was consigned to flames with honours at his native village Kanganwal today.

Hundreds, including dignitaries from the civil, police and defence administration, paid floral tributes to the martyr.

Kuldeep Singh joined the Army after school about five years ago. He died 11 days after he had joined his posting in J&K. An avalanche hit two soldiers at 5.30 am on January 10 after they were returning from duty.

Jaspal Singh Jassie, SDM, Malerkotla, Abdul Gaffar, former minister, Manjit Singh, executive magistrate, Sukhdev Singh, SHO, and Subedar Darshan Singh placed wreaths on the body of the martyr. A team of army men from Nabha cantonment reversed arms and fired shots to pay tribute to the deceased. 



Resentment over arrest of trade unionists
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 14
Kisan and trade unions workers have expressed resentment over the arrests of Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Sabha general secretary Lakhwinder Singh Bowani and BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) district president Darshan Singh Kohli by the Payal police from their respective places early yesterday morning.

Payal SHO Naveen Kumar said the arrests were made as a precautionary measure in view of the forthcoming Maghi Mela and that they would shortly be produced before the SDM.

Unionists, however, claimed that that the leaders had been arrested in anticipation of kisan and trade union rallies to be organised shortly.

Criticising the “illegal detention” of farmer activists, AICTU co-convener Pawan Kumar Kaushal said it was highly unjust on part of the government.

“In a democratic setup every individual has an equal say and such acts on part of the government and administration are highly condemnable. The arrest of our leaders indicates the inefficiency of the government in tackling existing social, economic and political crisis through which the state is currently undergoing,” Kaushal added.

Punjab MCPI (U) secretary Kuldeep Singh said it was an attempt to suppress the voice of people. He said: “No government has ever succeeded by oppressing the common man. Instead of accepting the genuine demands of agitating government and semi-government employees, the Akali-BJP government was unleashing its rein of terror and repression on peaceful agitators. The government was misusing Sections 107 and 151, CrPC, by implicating leaders of various political parties in false cases.”

Both leaders were produced in the court of executive magistrate of Payal in the afternoon and released on bail.

Surinder singh Shehzad and Sukhdev Singh also criticised the government for the arrests.



Treatment plant excludes bar, wire drawing units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
The Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society for Electroplating Units has decided that the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Focal Point here would not lift hazardous chemical generated by bar and wire drawing units.

The decision affects units from bar and wire drawing industry that had availed membership to the society for the purpose of getting their hazardous waste treated.

The society, an SPV formed to put the CETP to operation, said it took the decision on account of nature of chemical generated by bar and wire drawing units.

“The decision has been communicated to these units as chemicals used by them resulted in high metal content in the water that was to be treated. That could have created problems related to fulfilling of specified norms. The money paid by the units would also be refunded,” said Joginder Kumar, chairman of the sub-committee of the SPV.

The CETP, formed mainly to cater to electroplating industry, was put to operation in June last year and on account of lukewarm response from electroplating units, the SPV decided to involve industries like bar and wire drawing as well.

It was only after repeated meetings with industry that units started coming forward and the process of treatment of hazardous water got initiated. As of now, the CETP has reached membership of 335.

Over 200 wire drawing and bar drawing units here have been getting their hazardous waste treated from several other sources.

When asked about the mode that would be adopted by the units that had availed of membership to the CETP, representatives of these units said there were several options.

“Majority of units are getting their waste treated from private party in Kohara. It is up to these units now which option to exercise,” said A.D. Miglani from the association of wire drawing units.



Dowry victim accuses police of shielding suspects
Seeks intervention of CM, top police officials
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
Accusing the Sangrur district police of shielding suspects of a dowry case, registered at Sandaur police chowki over a month ago, a woman of nearby Barundi village has sought the intervention of higher authorities in getting the accused arrested.

Her in-laws had allegedly been harassing her for bringing more dowry and sending her husband to Canada.

An SP-rank police officer was accused of trying to exploit her helplessness by allegedly sending her an obscene SMS.

The Sandaur police, denying charges levelled by the complainant, claimed that the case was being investigated by the CIA wing of the district police.

The accused, terming the case false, have sought cancellation of the case. One the accused has been granted pre-arrest bail by a court.

In a communication addressed to higher authorities, including chief minister and state police chief, Balwinder Kaur of Barundi village has sought the arrest of members of her in-laws who had been booked under Sections 498 A, 323, 324 and 34, IPC, over a month ago.

Her husband Gurpreet Singh of Sandaur village, mother-in-law Manjit Kaur and sister-in-law Gagandeep Kaur were booked for allegedly beating her up and harassing her to bring more dowry.

“Though the police has registered an FIR against my husband and other members of his family, it is trying to shield them by allowing them to move freely,” alleged Balwinder Kaur, maintaining that appeals before Sangrur SSP had fallen on deaf ears.

Apprehending danger to her life, Balwinder alleged that goons of her in-laws were threatening her with dire consequences if she did not withdraw the case.

Balwinder said she was married to Gurpreet in July, 2003. Gurpreet and other members of his family allegedly started harassing her for bringing more dowry and sending him to Canada, immediately after Balwinder’s mother and brother left for that country.

As no other member of her family lived in India, they (the accused) allegedly tried to eliminate her on December 4 and 7, she claimed.

“On December 4 and 7 my mother-in-law and sister-in-law dragged me by a string tied around my neck. They could have succeeded in killing me on the second attempt if wasn’t for a villager who knocked at our door,” alleged Balwinder, adding that Gurpreet had attacked her with a sword later in the day.

Accusing a senior police officer (of SP rank ) of exploiting her helplessness, Balwinder alleged that he (the police official) had sent her a lewd SMS from his official mobile phone. She had shown the SMS to higher authorities also.

Sandaur SHO Harinder Singh said the case had been registered on the statement of the victim but the investigation was transferred to CIA wing of the district police.



From Colleges
Mathematics symposium at LCET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) under the aegis of Optima Mathematics Club organised a symposium on mathematical applications in engineering education on its campus here today.

The aim of the workshop was to elucidate mathematical concepts and delivery of teaching material to the faculty to synchronise the talent of students with that of industrial environment.

Mathematics faculty from various engineering and degree colleges participated in the symposium.

The resource persons were Dr Tejwant Singh, dean, college of basics sciences and humanities, PAU, Dr M.L. Bansal, professor and head, department of maths, statistics and physics, PAU, and Prof Kanwar Ranbir Singh, head, PG department, Narangwal college.

Prof Kanwar Ranbir Singh, in his lecture on “Role of mathematics in astronomy”, discussed calculations made for determining the distances between various planets, galaxies, constellations, etc.

Dr Bansal discussed various sampling techniques and advised the students and faculty to use statistical tools with care to analyse data to get appropriate results.

Tejwant, in the last session of the workshop, explained the right use of various concepts like curve fitting, interpolation, cubic supline, etc. in different engineering pro-cesses.

He also discussed questions frequently asked in interviews of mathematics faculty and the right way to answer them.

LCET chairman Vijay Gupta, director Dr J.S. Sohal and principal Dr Pawan Kumar appreciated the efforts of club members in organising the programme.

Visit to LSE

Placement cell of Quest Infosys, Regional Centre of PTU, Jalandhar, organised an industrial visit of MBA students to Ludhiana Stock Exchange here today.

Around 40 students of PTU learning centre accompanied by centre head Jaspreet, placement officer S.S. Arora and course coordinator Rupinder visited the stock exchange.

LSE senior manager J.S. Arneja talked about Sensex, market capitalisation, KYC, etc.

Systems manager Shammi Kohli briefed students about trading procedure.

He also briefed students about derivative market and how to open D-mat accounts.

The queries of students were answered by both officials of the LSE. Jaspreet thanked speakers for enlightening students about the role of stock exchange.



From Schools
Students regale audience with dances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
The annual prize distribution function was held at Sanatan High School, Deep Nagar, Civil Lines, today. Vidhan Sabha deputy speaker Satpal Gosain and Bartiya Janata Party unit president Prof Rajinder Bhandari inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

Students of different classes presented a cultural programme.

Students of nursery performed a group dance. Loveena, Baljeet, Rahul and Sahil of classes IX and X paid a rich tribute to martyrs by performing “Fansi”.

Students of other classes performed Rajasthani dance, gidda, bhangra and skit “Lagaan”.

Gosain gave away the prizes to outstanding students.

School president Rajesh Kashyap, manager Chaman Lal Sachdeva and other management members thanked the guests.

Usha Kaura read out the annual report of the school.

Horse cart ride

Students of Bal Bharati Public School were treated to a joy ride after a 15-day winter break, as a well-decked horse cart with balloons and flowers welcomed them upon their arrival at the school.

Students enjoyed ride near the campus and got acquainted with the traditional means of transport. Students sang songs like “Ghora-gari ki sawari, kitni achi kitni pyari” and “Lakri ki kaathi, kaathi pe ghora”, etc. during the ride.

Principal Punam Dogra talked about organising such rides to entertain and educate students.



32 medicos complete course on life support
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 14
The department of anaesthesiology and resuscitation at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised “Basil Life Support” (BLS) and “Advanced Cardiac Life Support” (ACLS) health care provider course, accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA), for the first time in Punjab.

The first batch of 32 medicos from various specialties were imparted training in various life-support procedures during the three-day programme from January 11 to 13.

In his inaugural address, DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh congratulated Dr Sunil Katyal and the department of anaesthesiology and resuscitation for introducing a standardised universally accredited course on life saving skills, which should be mandatory for all medical graduates and postgraduates. He stressed the need for introducing these courses, not only for the medical fraternity, but also for paramedical staff and members of public.

The training was conducted by a team of trained AHA accredited instructors led by Dr Rakesh Kumar from Maulana Azad Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi, which is the AHA’s recognised international training satellite 

Dr Anju Grewal, associate professor and AHA-accredited ACLS instructor, coordinated the course.

Addressing trainees, Dr Sunil Katyal, professor and head, department of anaesthesiology and resuscitation, said basic life support and advanced cardiac life support skills were important life-saving emergency first-aid skills practiced throughout the world to keep alive someone who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The course focussed on training the healthcare provider on the core basic skills needed to perform BLS and ACLS and effective team interaction skills in accordance with the latest universally standardised AHA guidelines and algorithms.

“These guidelines highlight the importance of basic life support cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to patient survival, the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions with a major emphasis on a universal compression to ventilation ratio, effective chest compressions with minimal interruptions and defibrillation preferably by automated external defibrillators.”

Dr Katyal said the future lay in teaching all doctors and lay public BLS and ACLS cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with availability of automated external defibrillation programs in all public places.

Amrit Nagpal, vice-president of DMCH managing society, presided over the concluding function.

Other dignitaries present were Dr Tej K. Kaul, Dr J. Whig, vice-principal, Dr G.S.Wander, chief cardiologist at Hero DMC Heart Institute, medical superintendents Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and Dr Balbir Singh Shah.



Bariatric surgery boon for type-II diabetics
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January14
The American Diabetes Association has recommended bariatric surgery for patients with type II diabetes and body mass index of 35kg/m˛ or more, as the surgery can markedly improve glycemia. 

Stating this in a press conference here today, newly elected vice- president of Asian Metabolic Society Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu said this has been included in the recently released guidelines for medical nutrition therapy for diabetics. Notably, bariatric surgery, developed primarily for morbid obesity, proves to be a permanent cure for diabetes and many other dreaded diseases.

Elaborating this, Dr Sidhu explained that symptoms of metabolic syndrome include high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, deranged levels of blood lipids and obesity. The ramifications of this disease are unlimited and if left untreated, lead to heart ailments. Morbidly obese patients have been identified as being at high risk of developing this condition.

Currently known therapies including diet, exercise, lifestyle modification, oral drugs and insulin. However, complications like stroke, heart diseases, eye problems, kidney failure, amputations and neurological problems are not prevented by these therapies.

Dr Sidhu said that bariatric surgery, commonly performed for morbid obesity, has been established to ameliorate metabolic syndrome, especially diabetes. It has been seen that there are a few enzymes secreted from the intestines, which cause insulin resistance and play an important role in initiation of this type of diabetes. After the surgery, there is alteration in the pathway of food in the intestines, which modifies response of these enzymes and reverses insulin resistance, thus ensuring a permanent cure of this dreaded disease. It is seen that even before there is significant weight loss, diabetes is cured. Dr Sidhu said that it has been proved that within one year after the surgery, metabolic syndrome, especially diabetes, is reversed in 98% of patients.



Jarkhar Academy register win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 14
Jarkhar Academy and Sports Wing, Ludhiana, registered victories in the boys and girls’ sections, respectively, in hockey on the inaugural day of the 22nd edition of the annual sports festival at Jarkhar village, around 15 km from here, today.

The festival is being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club under the patronage of Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council.

In the boys’ section, Jarkhar Academy prevailed over Kothala Academy 4-3, Sangrur Academy defeated Anandpur Sahib 5-1, while Jagtar XI blanked Patiala 4-0.

In the girls’ section, Sports Wing, Ludhiana, carved out a 3-0 win over HMV College, Jalandhar, and Northern Railway, Ambala, pipped Khalsa Club, Ludhiana, 5-0.

Club president Balbir Singh was the chief guest today.

He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the club to update facilities at the sports venue.

Former coach of the Indian hockey team Baldev Singh along with former international kabaddi star Channa Alamgir, Deepinder Singh Dimpy, Gurwinder Singh Kila Raipur, Daljeet Singh (Canada) and Dr Kulwant Singh was 
also present.

Meanwhile, club chairman Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the festival would be inaugurated formally on Tuesday.

Punjab sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike will be the chief guest, while minister for cooperatives Capt Kanwaljit Singh will inaugurate wrestling bouts in which a team of famous wrestlers from Pakistan will be seen in action, he added.



Inter-varsity hockey meet from today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 14
The stage is set for this year’s edition of the North Zone Inter-Varsity Hockey Tournament for Men that begins at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University here tomorrow.

Twenty eight teams from the northern region will battle it out in the tournament to be played on knockout-cum-league basis.

Eight matches are slated for the first day.

The first four positions holders in the last year’s championship — Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and Gurukul University, Haridwar — have been directly placed in the quarter-finals.

Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU, will inaugurate the tournament at 10 am tomorrow, according to Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, director, students’ welfare, PAU.



Power woes continue as soccer players brave chill 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Electricity woes of Guru Nanak Stadium seem to be unending even on the 10th day today as neither the municipal corporation nor the district administration authorities have stepped in to resolve the problem after the Punjab Electricity Board snapped the connections due to the non-payment of bills.

Despite this, the 11th edition of the ONGC Indian Premier Football League (IPFL) between JCT and East Bengal was played in the biting cold today.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had disconnected the power supply to the stadium following non-payment of dues. With both sports department and the municipal corporation passing the buck regarding the payment of dues, there is no immediate hope of power supply being restored.

The Ludhiana District Football Association (LDFA), the organisers, had to install a generator at the stadium today for the players’ comfort.

“We just came to know that there is going to be no electricity in the stadium for a few days. So as to tackle the problem, we installed the generator so that the players should not be put to any inconvenience,” Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president, Ludhiana District Football Association, said.

The power connection was snapped almost 10 days ago. The sports department blames the corporation for the non-payment of the bills, which amount to whopping Rs 4.75 lakh. According to sports officials, “Since the municipal corporation has opened its offices in the stadium, they are liable to pay the dues. But, the civic officials are not convinced and ready to pay the proportional amount.

Ludhiana District Football Association president Shivtar Singh Bajwa hoped that the matter would soon be resolved. “More matches will be played at the stadium. Installation of a 100 KV generator here is an additional financial burden for us,” he pointed out. 



20 shuttlers selected for school games
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 14
Twenty shuttlers have been selected to represent Punjab in the National School Games to be held at Panchkula from January 15 to 20. They were picked up from a coaching camp held from January 4 to 13 here.

The players assembled at the local Guru Nanak Stadium where they were wished good luck by district sports officer and senior badminton coach Gianinder Singh Sandhu, assistant education officer Rupinder Singh Ravi and others.

The players are: boys u-14: Kawaldeep Singh and Chanpreet Singh of Sangrur, Rupinder Singh of Ropar, Antarpreet Singh and Puneetinder Singh of Ludhiana; boys u-19: Prateek Mahajan and Love Kumar of Gurdaspur, Deepak Kumar, Jaswinder Singh and Binaypal Singh Kang of Amritsar.

Girls (u-14): Mariam, Muskan and Harlivleen Kaur of Sangrur, Husandeep Kaur and Kiranpreet Kaur of Ferozepur; u-19: Steffi Kala of Ludhiana, Neelam of Nawanshahr, Dilpreet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur Sangrur and Jagriti of Amritsar.

Rupinder Singh has been appointed contingent leader, while Rupinder Kaur, Satwant Singh, Satnam Singh and Gurmeet Singh Sodhi will accompany the squad as officials.



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