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Police at it again
  Tortures migrant for five days
  Family detains minor, kin for theft

Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Four members of a migrant family, including a seven-year-old girl and her elderly maternal grandmother, were allegedly detained illegally, beaten up and tortured by an influential family in Block-H of Sarabha Nagar and later at the police station of the area, as the minor girl was accused of stealing Rs 35,000 from the house.

The migrant family had a bitter taste of police high-handedness, for they were made to confess to the crime, as they belonged to the poor strata of society and had no one to back them.

Tikka Ram, the minor girl’s father, was detained at the police station for five days. When nothing was recovered from him, he was let off but not without being scarred mentally for his lifetime. Also, he is nursing internal injuries on the thighs, as a result of which he is unable to walk property.

Tikka Ram’s mother-in-law Sheela and his daughter also underwent confinement. They were allegedly held captive in the house on Thursday and told to bring back the money.

Their house was ransacked and every penny found was scrutinised.

To top it all, the police did not register a case of theft from the house, suggesting that the migrants had been pressured to pay the money, circumventing the law.

The trouble started when the girl, working in the house as domestic help for some time, said she had picked the money after she was shown live wires by the owner of the house on Thursday.

The owner had found Rs 35,000 missing from a wad of notes worth Rs 50,000. The finger of suspicion was pointed at the girl, who was slapped and confined to a room besides being intimidated till her aunt was summoned.

When her aunt arrived on the scene, she was told that the girl had taken away Rs 35,000. They were told to return the money. When the poor family could not do so, the police was informed.

The police then picked up Tikka Ram, who was told to produce the money.

When he was being allegedly tortured, his family sent a message back home in Uttar Pradesh to sell their land to repay the money and get Tikka Ram released.

The family yesterday approached DSP Bhupinder Singh, who got the Tikka Ram released.

Sarabha Nagar SHO Navreet Singh was not available for comments.

Bhupinder Singh claimed that the police had not detained anybody. Tikka Ram was only called to the police station twice or thrice for police investigation.

However, when he maintained that he did not know anything about the money, he was told to stay back yesterday, said the DSP. He said no case of theft was registered.



Dilly-dally over autopsy
Cops pulled up, probe ordered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The Ludhiana rural police has ordered a probe into the alleged dilly-dallying by a team of Raikot police over the conducting of post-mortem examination of a Dubai-returned accident victim yesterday.

The post-mortem examination of the deceased, Hakam Singh, was conducted at the civil hospital, Sudhar, this morning, 24 hours after he died at DMC hospital.

Ludhiana Tribune had highlighted the plight of the aggrieved family and friends this morning.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said he had pulled up the policemen for the incident and directed Raikot DSP Narinder Singh Ruby to head the probe against those involved.

Bhullar said the team of the Raikot police under the scanner had claimed that some relatives of the victim had initially said no to the conducting of a post-mortem examination.

However, family sources said the relatives had only told the police, when the deceased was alive, that they wanted to concentrate on his treatment first, instead of getting a police case registered.

SSP Bhullar said even if the family was not interested in the post-mortem, it was the duty of the police to follow all inquest procedures to avoid controversies or allegations over the case in future.

While, the sources said the accused had been identified, the police had not nominated him in the case so far.

The police has registered a case against an unknown person under Section 304 -A of the IPC for causing death by negligence.

The body of the victim was cremated at Raikot in the afternoon.

The victim is survived by his wife, a school teacher in Noorpur, a teenage son and a daughter.



Industrial corridor may encompass PAU land
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
With union government’s decision to extend the Mumbai-Delhi industrial corridor to Ludhiana, speculations are rife that the Punjab Agricultural University’s 1,250 acre land at Ladowal may be included in the project.

Though a number of proposals are there in state government’s mind regarding the land, the industrial corridor project seems to be on top priority if railway officials give it a nod.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune over telephone, chief secretary Rameshinder Singh said for industrial corridor, there was a need to provide them with a suitable piece of land in the city or nearby area.

“The 1,250 acre at Ladowal can definitely be considered,” he said provided the railway authorities found it suitable.

“Otherwise, the state government has various other proposals on its mind regarding the 1,250 acre and we will decide accordingly,” said Rameshinder Singh.

The particular piece of land has been the talk of the town ever since the state government declared to take it back from the university.

Though there had been a lot of hue and cry over the issue and the government had invited criticism over the decision, representatives of the government had made it clear that the land was given by the state to the PAU and it had every right to take it back for bringing “high-end projects” on it.

Chairman of PAU Employees Forum D.P. Maur said research land should not be wasted for such projects by the government.

For the past many years, numerous research projects had been under way on this piece of land. If the land was used for industrial-corridor project or any other high-end project, the research work will be hampered. Besides, lot of money will be wasted.

“The land is being used for common man’s benefit, let the government keep its hand off the land. They have 1,250 acre at Ladowal, part of which has been given to telecom company, the remaining land can be used for making money instead of disturbing the ongoing research projects,” said Maur.

PAUTA executive Mukesh Siag said if industrial development was necessary, it should not be done at the cost of agricultural development. “Punjab is agricultural state and majority of families were dependent on agriculture. The government has acres of land near PAU land at Ladowal, which can be used for minting money,” he added.



Bird Flu
Poultry industry says it is prepared
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal has failed to deter local poultry industry, which is confident of maintaining its sales this time.

Demand for chicken and eggs is already high due to winter and the industry, alongwith customers here, that was panic-struck after the news of avian flu in Maharashtra spread a year and half ago, feels stringent checks adopted after that incident would help it sail through.

It may be recalled that avian flu in 2006 spelt doom for poultry industry here and it recorded losses to the tune of crores of rupees.

Estimated daily losses of Rs 1 crore were incurred by the industry across the state. Several poultry farms even had to discontinue operations due to major losses.

As a consequence, broiler rates had come down to Rs 35-40.

The industry here reacted sharply to news of avian flu in Jalgaon also, post-2006 flu. However, this time, poultry farmers are confident.

The prevailing retail price of broiler is around Rs 100-105 while eggs are available at Rs 30 a dozen. “Poultry farmers are quite particular with checking and this time customers are also better aware. Due to this, we are confident that the industry would not be affected. Demand is quite high and it is likely to be retained in the coming weeks,” said Sanjiv Bassi, a poultry farmer. Those in the industry said regular quarterly check-ups were being carried out in order to ensure good health of birds. “Regular check-ups are carried out every three months,” said P.P.S. Gill of the Punjab Poultry Farmers Association.

The industry here has been recording good demand this season. Particularly, post-festive season rates have been on the higher side.



Jarkhar Festival
Karma vanquishes Pak Rustam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Finally, his victory spell came to an end. Punjabi wrestler Karma Mandaud made the undefeated Rustam-e-Pakistan Hamid Ali Khan bite the dust in the Indian style wrestling encounter held at Jarkhar stadium late last evening.
It was the first time that the Pakistani power house was subdued on Indian soil. During his earlier three appearances, he went back unconquered, wearing a victory crow.

Wrestling fans were anticipating a keen contest as Hamid defeated Rustam-e-Hind Rohit Patail at a packed stadium of 50,000 spectators in Pune last year.

Karma, who stands well over 6 ft, was too much to handle for his opponent who was defeated with a difference of 9 points. On the other hand, Hamid could not register a single point against Karma.

In a fight which lasted 16 gruelling minutes, the Indian grounded his counterpart almost every corner of the ring.

After the match, elated spectators lifted the wrestler on their shoulders.

"Karma has made us proud, what none in India could do, this Punjabi has managed to do it today, "said a spectator.

Karma, consumes a diet of Rs 500 daily, rich in protein and fibre.

Visibly exhausted, Karma Mandaud, said: "This was my comeback fight after I won the gold in the Indo Punjab-Pak Punjab Games at Patiala in 2005."

Hermail Singh, his coach said: "If we are provided with international quality mat, we can produce even better results. We can claim a medal at the international level, what we lack is infrastructure."

Karma Mandaud had thrown an open challenge to notorious Russian wrestler Nikita after he misbehaved with journalists last year.



Duleep Trophy
City cricketer books slot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Local lad Karan Goel has been selected as part of the North Zone team, scheduled to participate in the Duleep trophy tournament to be held from January 26 onwards. Surprisingly, seasoned paceman Gagan Deep Singh Toor has been left out from the side. Gagan had claimed 15 wickets in just two matches of the Ranji trophy, before injuring his hamstring. However, he is fully fit now.

Karan scored around 400 runs during this season and was a obvious choice for selectors. “This is my maiden stint at the Duleep Trophy and I am eager to do well," says Karan.

Elated by his son's selection, Kashav Goel said, " I am confident that he will do well even in Duleep trophy."

Vinod Chitkara, general secretary of Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), also applauded Karan. “He has had a superb Ranji season this year and I am confident he will make it to the national side soon."



PCR bike squad makes it 100
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Five years after its introduction, the PCR motor cycle squad in the city has hit a century. Its fleet of bikes went up from 97 to 112 today with the Punjab Police headquarters supplying 10 new Pulsar bikes and five Bullets coming from local industrialists.

DIG Ishwar Singh flagged off the new bikes in the presence of SSP R.K. Jaiswal at the Police Lines this morning.

The officials said they had sought 25 Gypsies from the DGP for better patrolling in the city outskirts.

The officials said the city PCR squad was one of the best in the state.



Autos to carry owners’ name
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Stung by exploits of the notorious "autorickshaw" gang, the city police has directed all auto drivers to paint the name of the owner as well as the driver at the rear of the vehicle.

SP Roopinder Singh told mdiapersons today that the drivers had also been told that all illegally plying autos would have to go off the road by February1, "after which the police would impound the vehicle and book the drivers."

The police action comes in the wake of the recent death of a Giaspura resident done to death by the gang near Jaspal Bangar village a week ago. The gangsters chopped off his hand when a gold ring worn in one of the fingers and a bracelet didn’t come off.

Dozens of such cases have been reported since last year.

The SP said autos plying illegally were causing congestion on roads.



Poor healthcare facilities
Rly pensioners threaten stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 16
Widespread resentment is brewing among railway pensioners here over poor medical care and health facilities.

With the railway authorities failing to concede to the demand of both serving and retired railway employees to upgrade the existing health unit in the city to a full-fledged hospital, the latter are left with no other choice but to adopt the path of agitation.

In a memorandum submitted to the Northern Railway authorities, the Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has threatened to stage protests at local health unit, divisional railway headquarters at Ferozepore and central office in Delhi if the medical facilities were not upgraded immediately.

According to association chairman Sher Singh, the railway health unit, catering to serving employees and pensioners, was ill-equipped both in terms of specialised professionals and healthcare infrastructure. The unit has just four MBBS doctors who could provide only basic medical care and attend to routine problems.

However, those in need of specialised consultation for serious and life-threatening diseases like heart problems, renal complications, which were common among elderly pensioners, or those needing simple diagnostic tests like lipid profile, echocardiography or TMT, were referred to Ferozepore or New Delhi.

Similarly, no surgical facilities worth the name existed in the health unit.

He pointed out that even though the Northern Railway authorities had approved two local medical institutions — SPS Apollo Hospitals and Christian Medical College and Hospital — for emergency treatment, pensioners were not entitled to get diagnostic tests conducted at these hospitals nor could they avail of treatment for serious medical complications unless the life of the affected person was threatened.

“As a measure of providing relief to aged and ailing pensioners and save them from arduous train journeys to Ferozepore and Delhi, the least the railway authorities could do was to allow them to seek consultation from local recognised hospitals before referring them to divisional or central hospitals.”

The association demanded that till such time that the railway health unit in the city was upgraded to hospital status and medical and surgical specialists were appointed, the railways should make arrangements for visiting consultants who could provide medical and surgical advice to the beneficiaries on fixed days every week.

This would come as a big relief to serving employees and pensioners while the railways would also benefit financially in terms of expenditure incurred on rail journeys of the beneficiaries to Ferozepore and Delhi.



ABHSS, Shiv Sena back Patyal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The “insurance for admission” issue involving DAV School Principal R.S. Patyal has taken a political turn with activists of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (ABHSS) coming up in his support and threatening Congress district president Jagmohan Sharma of dire consequences if he did not stop propaganda against Patyal.

In a signed joint statement here today, ABHSS president Rajeev Tandon and Shiv Sena Bal Thackrey district president Amar Takkar said Patyal was making students aware of Indian culture and was encouraging them to retain it.They said it was only due to Patyal’s efforts that the school had given 629 engineers, 170 doctors and 10 IITians to the country.

Accusing Sharma of raising a voice against Patyal for ulterior motive, the two said Sharma had not spoken against him all these years but when Patyal refused to admit his granddaughter he was coming up against him with various allegations.

“Through this statement, we want to ask Sharma how many socialworks he has taken up in the past. Why has he suddenly come up with the issue?” they asked.

Yesterday, Congress worker Sameer Sharma had a complaint against R.S. Patyal and his son Akshay Patyal to the vigilance bureau to inquire into the father-son duo’s assets.

In his complaint to SSP (VB), Sharma had alleged that Patyal was impressing upon parents of his students to get insurance policies from his son, who was an agent with different insurance companies, in contravention of the rules.

He alleged that Akshay had mentioned his name as Akshay Kumar and Akshay Singh at different places and his pictures clearly showed that he was the same person with different identities.

“Akshay Kumar, allegedly with the criminal conspiracy of his father, forcibly got insurance policy from parents of students using different names.

A handsome amount was collected by the two,” alleged Sameer.

He added that a person could not use different names under any circumstances and the issue needed to be probed by the vigilance bureau. 



City in grip of cold wave
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Drizzle and chilly winds kept people indoor during most part of the day today.

Though the minimum temperature remained 9 °C, the sky remained cloudy throughout the day.

Weather experts predicted the possibility of rain/thundershowers in this part of region in the next 48 hours.

The worst affected were schoolchildren who had to make it to their institutions in the biting cold.

Slum-dwellers tried to keep themselves warm by making bonfires. The experts said the day’s temperature will fall further if the sky remained cloudy and dry.



Silver ornaments weighing 4 kg stolen
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 16
Thieves broke into a jewellery shop located in Thana Bazar, near Kutba Bazar, here last night and decamped with silver ornaments weighing over 4 kg.

The loss could have been in lakhs had the burglars succeeded in breaking open the safe containing gold ornaments.

The crime was committed in spite of the presence of CPOs in the market.

Though the police had initiated investigation into the case, no case was registered till afternoon.

The shop is owned by Hand Raj Khurmi. The thieves seemed to have been well-versed in jewellery business as they did not touch gold-plated artificial ornaments.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the thieves entered the showroom by breaking an iron grill fixed on rear wall of the shop.

The investigating team apprehended loss of vital clues at the crime scene as it was visited by victim’s family before the arrival of the police party.

SHO Balwinder Singh said Khurmi had informed the police about the theft late in the morning. Though the exact loss was yet to be assessed, Khurmi claimed that the stolen ornaments weighed over 4 kg.aKhurmi alleged that the CPOs deployed by the police department in the market had shown gross negligence. “We fail to understand the logic of deploying CPOs if they cannot keep a watch on thieves,” he said.



Youth hangs himself
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 16
Bagga Singh (20) of Kothe Fatehdin here committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Kothe Sherjang, 2 km from here, today.

The local police took the body of the deceased to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination and registered a case under Section 174, CrPC.

According to information, the suicide was the result of a failed love affair.



Animal husbandry can supplement incomes 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 16
Dairy development officials here have called upon farmers of the area to persuade their wards to receive short-term training in animal husbandry sector, under the Dairy Udham Sikhlai scheme.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, after interacting with members of Samaj Bhalai Society at Sihar village near here, dairy development inspector (DDI) Balwinder Singh urged office-bearers of various social and educational organisations of Payal subdivision to generate awareness among people regarding the necessity of supplementing their agricultural incomes by adopting allied professions like animal husbandry and milk processing. According to him, over 700 youths of the subdivision had benefited from the scheme launched by the government last year. “Besides imparting training in breeding and feeding of milch animals, experts in dairy development sector educate learners about processing of milk and its by-products,” said Balwinder Singh. Trainees were also imparted knowledge on preparing various varieties of curd, cheese and soft drinks.

“Besides supplementing the family income, this would curb the practice of manufacturing synthetic milk from sour milk water,” added Balwinder. He advised that use of acetic and tartaric acid for splitting milk should be avoided. The department also arranged loans on borrower friendly terms for willing candidates, 
he added. 



Guru Nanak girls win ‘Nyle and Shine’ 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
A science group from Guru Nanak College emerged overall winners of the ‘Nyle and Shine’ contest organised by Nyle shampoo group here today.

The winners were given a cash award of Rs 15,000.

The contest involved three rounds - introduction, dance competition and jingle singing contest. Guru Nanak College, arts group, won the dance competition while in jingles it was Raj Karni College, eagle group, that emerged as winners. 



From Schools
A lesson from ‘Taare Zameen Par’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
In an endeavour to motivate teachers, Kundan Vidya Mandir screened Aamir Khan’s flick ‘Taare Zameen Par’ in its auditorium here today. Principal S.C. Saxena said the movie comes with a message that a dyslexic child should not be relegated to solitary existence, but his or her problem should be identified and solved amicably. Vice-principal Navita Puri, Soriia Verma and A. Sebra, in-charges of middle and primary sections, along with other staff members also saw the show.

Innovative teaching methods

‘Know and Grow with Derek’, a unique workshop with an innovative concept was organised at B.C.M Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, by Derek 0' Brien, the famous quizmaster, for senior teachers and principals of various schools today. The workshop aims at promoting a culture of quest for knowledge among teachers, which would enable them to emerge as well-informed global citizens.

Approximately 100 teachers from various schools of the city attended the workshop. Various group activities and games were organised, and tips for making teaching process effective were imparted during the workshop.

Derek exhorted teachers to address the problems of their students as friends. He laid emphasis upon converting hobby into profession and to be passionate about teacher-taught relation. The quizmaster asked school prinicpal to organise reading weeks regularly, write daily headlines on the newsboard, shun mathematics phobia, encourage students to write in good handwriting and organise 'mind gymnasium' where knowledge is imparted in an interesting way.

The highlight of the workshop was a ten-point formula for successful administration and organisation of schools.

Quiz contest organised

Knowledge and sharpness of mind was put to test in an inter-house quiz contest organised by the junior humanities forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir here today. Six houses of the middle section participated in the contest. The audience eagerly cheered the teams. School principal S.C. Saxena appreciated efforts of the teams and quizmaster Kalpana Sharma. A personality round, current affairs round, mental maths round, a visual round, sports and a rapid fire round comprised the show.

Results: 1st Subhash House (Adamya Nayyar, Raahat Verma and Shantanu Goel), 105 points.

2nd Gandhi House (Mudit Kapahi, Vibhanshu Gupta, Amrish Goel), 90 points.

3rd Nehru House (Nishtha Bansal, Apoorv, Ishana Jain), 85 points.



From Colleges
Prints of Sobha Singh's unpublished paintings released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The department of fine arts, Ramgarhia Girls College, invited Dr S S Johl, renowned agriculture economist, to release the prints of hitherto unpublished paintings of Sobha Singh here today. Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, who takes care of the art gallery at Andretta in Himachal Pradesh and has devoted her life to renovation of Sobha Singh's works of art, was also present on the occasion. Students of fine arts department showcased a slide show on the life and works of the famous painter who was honoured with the title of 'state painter’ by the government of Punjab in 1974. Shoba Singh was also a recipient of Padamshri award. Principal Harmit Kaur lauded the efforts of the department.

Poster-making competition

An inter-college poster-making competition was held at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College here. Around 30 students from various colleges in the city took part in the competition. College principal Dr Vandana Maini inaugurated the function and extended a warm welcome to teachers and students from different colleges.

She congratulated faculty members from various departments for organising such a function. Babli Singh, Satvinder Kaur and Raman Aggarwal were the judges. The first prize was bagged by Gurpreet Kaur, second by Sukhbir Kaur and Amandeep Kaur and the third by Isha.

Function against femicide

A function against the menace of female foeticide was organised at Chander Nagar by the social welfare department, Urban Estate 11, today. The organiser Neeta Gupta welcomed the chief guest Surinder Kumar, district programme officer. Anganwari workers, for whom the function was organised, were told about the unethical practice of female foeticide. "Girls are in no sense inferior to boys. There is a need to change the mindset of people. We must pledge to work against the evil of female foeticide. This has drastically disturbed the sex ration in Punjab," said Rupamdeep Kaur Malli, councillor from ward number 31.

Lecture on cancers

To enhance awareness about common cancers, the NSS wing and Red Cross society of Khalsa College for Women organised a lecture cum discussion on the topic of 'management of common cancers' today. Dr Rajiv Bedi, a senior consultant and head of department of medical oncology, Fortis hospital, was the resource person. He shared his views on the deadly disease and its treatment. 



Consumer forum quashes PSEB’s demand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 16
The District Consumer Disputes redressal forum has quashed the demand of Rs 4,015 raised by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to a consumer with the observation that the consumer was not joined during inspection.

The forum ordered the PSEB to refund the amount charged.

Pronouncing the order, the forum held that the checking report did not mention that the consumer was present at the time of checking of the premises.

“The fact remains that the checking was not conducted in presence of the complainant, which was mandatory,” observed the forum.

The checking done was invalid, so the demand raised on the basis of invalid checking did not stand the test of legal scrutiny. So, the demand of Rs 4,015 was quashed, further observed the forum.

The orders were passed while deciding the complaint of a painter, Mohd Yaseen, who ran his business from a shop in Rajori Garden at Barewal.

He had stated before the forum that he had an electricity connection had been regularly paying the bills.

On December 26, 2006, PSEB authorities raised the demand of Rs 4,015 with the allegation that he had constructed the shop while using the electricity and the amount was chargeable as temporary supply charges.

The demand raised was against the provisions of the sales regulations of the PSEB, meant for construction of a new plot where no electricity connection existed.

But he was not covered under those provisions of sales regulations, as he was already having an electricity connection.

The consumer claimed that no minor or major construction was undertaken, as alleged by the PSEB.

The shop was still in same condition as it had been purchased. On the other hand, PSEB officials had justified the demand. But the forum disagreed with their submission and quashed the demand.



Book exhibition at veterinary varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a book exhibition on January 24 and 25 on the premises of College of Veterinary Science.

Dr V.K. Taneja, vice-chancellor, GADVASU, will inaugurate the exhibition on January 24.

Books on different disciplines of veterinary sciences, animal sciences, fishery sciences, dairy technology and other allied fields will be on display for on-the-spot selection for GADVASU library and purchase.

Dr P.K. Trehan, university librarian, GADVASU, has confirmed that 15 book publishers and distributors of repute from different parts of northern India will participate in the exhibition.

The exhibition is expected to generate interest among students and staff members of the university through its selection of books on latest topics.

The exhibition is especially for those having keen interest in books on animals and as well allied fields.

This is the second book exhibition being organised at GADVASU.



Watch out! Snoring can be deadly
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 16
Around 45 per cent adults snore at least occasionally and around 25 per cent do so habitually. Snoring is not a normal function of the body, but a sign of some degree of airway obstruction. It is a crucial issue as to when the affected person should seek medical advice.

Self-help for light snorers

  Adopt healthy, athletic lifestyle to develop good muscle tone and lose weight

  Avoid tranquilisers, sleeping pills and antihistamines before bedtime

  Avoid alcohol for at least four hours and heavy meals or snacks for three hours before retiring

  Establish regular sleeping patterns

  Sleep on your side rather than back

  Raise the head of your bed upwards four inches

Says Dr Akashdeep Singh, pulmonologist at Christian Medical College and Hospital, everyone snores at some time due to nasal congestion, excess fatigue, central nervous system depressants, abnormal sleep positions, obesity or for some other reasons.The problem of snoring is more prevalent in males and overweight persons and it usually worsens with age.

“During sleep the pharyngeal airway narrows in due to reduction in dilatory muscle tone. Snoring is simply vibratory noise generated from the pharynx and soft palate when this phenomenon goes beyond a certain point. Further narrowing produces not only louder snoring but also laboured inspiration. A still greater degree of narrowing can cause complete obstruction, known as sleep apnea.”

According to Dr Akashdeep, there comes a point where the increased inspiratory effort is sensed by the sleeping brain and a transient arousal is provoked. A few of these arousals do not matter, but when the number goes up (sometimes in hundreds), then sleep is seriously fragmented with consequent daytime symptoms of excessive sleepiness. Snoring and sleep apnea are part of a spectrum extending from simple snoring with no sleep disturbance to obstructive sleep apnea with severe daytime symptoms and the physiological consequences of recurrent asphyxia.

He stated that a snorer usually becomes an object of ridicule and also irritates others.

Snoring disturbs normal sleeping pattern, resulting in sleep disruptions, choking, esophageal reflux, nocturia and heavy sweating. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long-term health problems like hypertension, reduced flow of oxygen to the brain and can, at worst, lead to stroke, heart attack and even death.

Other complications of this condition, he added, include mood alteration, sexual dysfunction and morning headache. Not only this, daytime sleepiness, short-term memory loss, decreased job effectiveness and an increased incidence of motor vehicle accidents are direct effects of sleep disruption.

In other words, this is not something one ought to ignore. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased mortality, so the condition deserves attention and appropriate treatment.

Dr Akashdeep emphasised that heavy snorers should seek medical advice. Snoring may respond to various surgical treatments like “uvulopalatopharyngo-plasty”, thermal ablation palatoplasty, genioglossus and hyoid advancement.

However, if the surgery seems too risky or unwanted, the affected person ought to sleep every night with a nasal mask that delivers air pressure into the throat.

This is called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).



Bone marrow transplant pioneer to visit CMC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 16
Renowned clinical haematologist and haemato-oncologist Prof Mammen Chandy will visit the Christian medical College (CMC) here in February.

He is the pioneer in establishing India’s largest marrow transplant programme at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in Tamil Nadu.

The bone-marrow transplant centre at Vellore has done over 700 transplants, including allogeneic, autologous and syngeneic stem cell transplants.

Under his guidance, maximum number of transplants for genetic disorders like thalassaemia and other indications like leukaemia, myelodyplastic syndromes, aplastic anemia were being carried out in routine.

A great visionary and man with compassion, his dream is to provide quality world-class care and train doctors in this much-needed speciality to cater to the needs of our country.

Dr Chandy will attend a conference on February 15 and 16 at the hospital. The aim of the conference is to increase awareness on the speciality in the region.

He will also guide the faculty here for establishment of a bone marrow transplant unit at the CMC, which is expected to become functional very soon.



Panjab, Delhi varsities march on
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 16
Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Delhi University registered wins in their respective matches on the second day of the North-Zone Inter-Varsity Hockey Tournament for Men played at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Panjab University outplayed Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, 5-1 to record their second consecutive victory.

Amit scored three goals, while other two goals came off Gurminder Singh’s stick. The lone goal for the losers was scored by Dhani Ram.

Delhi University began their campaign on a sound note with an easy 4-0 victory over Jammu University.

Vikas Khari struck twice (13th and 56th minute), while Manish Bhardwaj and Pardeep accounted for one goal each.

In another match, Shailendra scored a brace to guide RMLA University, Faizabad, to outclass Guru Anang Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, 3-0. The third goal was scored by Zainul.

In the fourth match of the day, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, squeezed past Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut 1-0. The all-important goal was scored by Faraz Mehdi in the 19th minute of the first half.

Hosts Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, scored a comprehensive 5-0 win against Amity University, Noida, in which the main scorers were Pavninder Singh (3) and Jaswinder Singh (2).

In the sixth match, Kurukshetra University carved out an easy 5-0 win over Kumaon University, Nainital. The main contributions came through Parveen and Jatinder, who chipped in with two goals each while Nirmal Singh scored the fifth goal to complete the rout.

In the last match of the day, Lucknow University proved too good for BR University, Agra, whom they drubbed 10-0.

In the matches played yesterday, Gurminder Singh struck three goals, while Amit Bhargav and Gurmeet Singh scored a brace each as Panjab University routed Bhundelkhand University, Jhansi, 10-0 in the inaugural match of the tournament. Daljit Singh and Sukhpreet contributed one each.

In the second match, Aligarh Muslim University got the better of Allahabad University 2-0. The winners were leading by one goal at half time.

Salman Khan struck in the 9th minute, while Kasim Khan found the target in the 57th minute to help their team to wrap up the issue comfortably.

The third match was played between Ch Charan Singh University, Meerut, and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna University, Garhwal, which the former won 3-1 in a tie-breaker after the issue remained unresolved at the end of the stipulated period.

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, got a walkover against Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, while GADVASU, Ludhiana, got a walkover against Gobind Ballavh Pant University, Pantnagar.

In the sixth match of the day, Lucknow University blanked Kashmir University, Srinagar, 6-0 in which Survesh Singh and Amit Singh scored two goals each. One goal each came off Abhishek Singh and Mohammad Arif’s sticks.

Earlier, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, inaugurated the tournament. In his inaugural address Dr Kang said the PAU had produced three hockey Olympian captains — Padam Shree Charanjeet Singh, Padam Shree Prithipal Singh and Arjuna Awardee Ramandeep Singh Grewal.

Dr Kang added that some of the PAU players — Rajwinder Singh and Lata Mahajan — had brought laurels for the state.

He praised the state agencies for making efforts for the promotion of hockey. He wished good luck to all participating teams.

Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, director, students’ welfare, welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries and introduced different participating teams.

The inaugural function was witnessed by deans, directors, officers, faculty, employees and students of the university who cheered for the players.



Stadium power crisis
Secy-level meeting soon: Ranike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
State sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike yesterday said a secretary-level meeting would be held to resolve electricity crisis at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Ranike was here to inaugurate the Jarkhar rural sports games organised by Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar.

The minister, when asked about the steps being taken towards improving sports infrastructure in the state, said: “I know about the issue and I am organising a secretary-level meeting to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

The stadium is in the grips of electricity crisis. It went without power for the 12th day today.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had disconnected the supply following unpaid power bills amounting to Rs 4.75 lakh.



Jarkhar Sports Festival
Day I sees spirited performances
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 16
Sangrur Academy, Jagtar XI, Rail Coach Factory Academy, Kapurthala, and Mohinder Mundi, Jalandhar, booked a berth in the semi-finals of the hockey event in the boy's section of the 22nd Sports Festival being organised by Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club under the patronage of Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council at village Jarkhar, around 15 kms from here today.

Although Sangrur Academy beat Jagtar XI by 4-2, the latter too made it to the semis. Mohinder Mundi defeated Rail Coach Factory Academy by 4-1; however, the latter defeated Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, by a margin of 4-1 to book a slot in the last four stage.

In the girl's section, Northern Railways, Ambala, prevailed over Sports Wing, Ludhiana, 3-2.

In basketball (boys), Sports School Kapurthala pipped Sports School Kheerawala 69-68 and Baba Ludhiana Academy outclassed Ludhiana 65-53. In the girl's section Ropar trounced Muktsar 46-5.

In handball (boys) event, Ludhiana outnumbered Amritsar 24-15 to enter the final. In the other matches, Patiala beat Sangrur 24-13; Mohali defeated Ropar 28-20 and Amritsar beat Bathinda 20-9. In the girl's section, Tarn Taran beat Hoshiarpur 17-9; Amritsar overcame stiff challenge from Sangrur by 18-17 and Ropar beat Patiala 11-4.

In volleyball (boys), Sports Training Centre, Ludhiana beat Ekta Club, Ludhiana; PAP, Jalandhar outplayed Gatehpur Club and Amritsar beat Jalandhar.

In kabaddi (one village), Konke beat Jandhi; Katari defeated Dulehn; Ber Khurd outclassed Mundian; Alaudipur defeated Ditupur Jattan; Alipur beat Jaspal Bangar and Hedon outclassed Threekay.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, member of Lok Sabha from Ludhiana, Malkit Singh Birmi, former Punjab minister, and D R Bhatti, former DGP of Punjab were the guests today.



Collector’s rate cut fails to cheer realtors, residents
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
The Ludhiana administration’s reduction in collector’s prices on property has not been able to please residents and property dealers here.

They had been protesting against the hike for the last four months.

Though chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, in an apparent bid to please real estate agents who have been a strong support group of SAD-BJP combine, had asked the deputy commissioner to roll back the hike in the prices, the property dealers stated that the reduction was arbitrary and they were not satisfied at all.

Kamal Chatley, president of Property Dealers Association that had spearheaded a campaign by going on chain hunger strike to move the administration against “unjustifiable hike” in prices, said 25 to 30 per cent of the areas were not considered for the roll back.

He added that there were several residential and commercial areas where the roll back was not effective due to reasons better known to the administration.

“Areas in the walled city and several others in new city like South City, Janta Enclave and Basant Avenue were not reduced. We fail to understand the reason. The deputy commissioner has not even cared for the CM’s orders,” said Chatley.

The property dealers took up the case with chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and member of Parliament Sharanjit Dhillon, who left for Chandigarh to meet the chief minister today. They were stated to be with Badal till the filing of this report.

“They have assured us that no area would be discriminated against. The reduction would not be arbitrary. We are waiting for them to come back. We will decide the further course of action after that,” he said.

Meanwhile DC Sumer Singh Gurjar in a statement issued here today said the administration had reduced the prices in nearly whole of the area under the control.

He said considering the demand of the property dealers of Ludhiana, the rates of stamp duty of property sale deeds have been substantially reduced in the district.

He said before taking decision, the administration had lengthy discussions with the local representatives regarding the rates.

Gurjar said in some areas even the revised rates were less than the old rates. He said in case the representatives of property dealers felt that the rates were not reduced justifiably in some specific areas, they could submit the applications for specific areas.

He assured that the administration would consider their representations on merit.



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