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Buildings violating parking norms to be sealed
Big players issued notices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Damocles' sword of sealing that had been hanging on various city outlets will finally fall on April 1 if the outlets do not conform to the parking restrictions.

This was stated by city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura while addressing a press conference here today. The mayor said they had issued notices to big players like Park Plaza, Maharaja Regency, Ansal Plaza and Khushi Ram sweets on Ferozepore Road and Nikka Mal Jain jewellers on Mall Road.

The mayor said they were given a deadline of March 31 and if they failed to adhere to the parking restrictions, these places would be sealed. He said not only these buildings but all the buildings not complying with the parking rules would be sealed in the coming days. The mayor was supported by senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal and deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal.

He added that to spare people of harassment due to faulty water supply and sewage bills, employees including accountant, superintendent and clerk would be held responsible for the goof up.

The bills that are issued sometimes carry the previous months’ bills that are already paid. In such cases, once the bill would be got rectified from the employee concerned, a receipt bearing his signatures would be received. And if the bill carried the last months’ bills once again the employee concerned would be chargesheeted, said the mayor.

He also announced that the proposed budget of the MC would be tabled in the general house tomorrow.

The mayor gave the tehbazaari department a pat on the back and said that they had done a good job by removing encroachments.

Several commercial establishments were sealed by the building branch of the MC. 



Govt releases Rs 20-cr special grant to PAU
Pensioners likely to benefit
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Punjab government has come to the rescue of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and has released a grant-in-aid of Rs 20 crore for strengthening the university under the plan scheme. This amount is likely to be disbursed as pension to the retirees of PAU, who have not been paid their pension for the past five months.

The vice-chancellor, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, told The Tribune today that he was seeking clarification from the Principal Secretary (Finance) to disburse pension to the retirees as "we have been requesting the state government to release special grant for the pensioners as the university had exhausted the pension fund. We are committed to making the payment to the pensioners", said Dr Kang.

The pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University have not received pension for the months of November, December, January, February and March. They had launched an agitation and observed a relay fast for 15 days and also organised rallies on and outside the campus. The pensioners called off the agitation on March 12 on the assurance of the VC that the state government had promised to release a special grant of Rs 20 crore to the university.

Asked about the future arrangement of funds for the pensioners, Dr Kang said they had requested the state government to make provision for the pension fund in the allocation of funds for the next financial year.

Meanwhile, the retirees of the PAU have expressed relief over the release of grant by the state government. One of the bank employees of the State Bank of India (PAU branch) confirmed that the branch had received the cheque sent by state government.



Shopkeepers buying stolen mobiles to face action
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
To check the activities of mobile phone lifters, the city police has warned all the mobile sale-purchase outlets to maintain records of persons selling second-hand phones or face action.

SP-Detective Gurpreet Singh said a study of crime incidents in the last six months had revealed that a number of youths and drug addicts had fallen deep into the crime world by snatching or stealing mobile phones only with the purpose to sell them cheaply to buy drugs. The police has case histories of 40 such youths.

The police has directed shopkeepers to take the identity proof and the picture of a person selling second- hand mobile phones. "We have busted many gangs, in which youngsters, mostly drug addicts, have revealed how they stole phones and sold them at cheap rates to shopkeepers to arrange money for drugs," said the police official.

He said the police aimed to check this ready market for the criminals. The shopkeepers would have to inform the CIA staff about the phones purchased by them and the sellers every 15 days.

Till now, the police was generally taking action against jewellers, car dealers or scrap dealers for buying stolen things. It is for the first time that the mobile phone sellers and purchasers would be liable to face similar action.

The SP said the shopkeepers who violated this order would be liable to face criminal action. “The police will be conducting surprise raids to check the records,” he warned.

Moreover, whenever the police finds during a case investigation that some shopkeeper had provided such an easy market to criminals, he will be prosecuted along with the criminals.

In the same order, the police has issued another stern warning to chemists and druggists in the city to refrain from selling intoxicant tablets and syrups.

The police will be taking stringent action against those chemists who are caught selling intoxicants more than once. The police has during interrogation of drug addicts found they were becoming addicts first and then entering the world of crime to arrange money for getting their daily dose of intoxicants.



Headless body of woman found
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News service

Samrala, March 19
The district police recovered a headless body of a woman from one of the fields in Neelo Kurd village. The body was first spotted by some of the passersby who immediately reported the matter to the police. A team of police officials from Samrala police station reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

According to SSP Gautam Cheema, initially the police was unable to identify the body. However, as it started to probe the matter, it was found the body was of one Baljit Kaur, wife of Zora Singh. He said the woman who was about 30 years of age was a resident of Majri village that falls in the Payal segment of the district. The SSP said from the preliminary investigation carried out so far it appeared that the woman was murdered somewhere else and that the body had been dumped in the fields on the outskirts of the village. He said though the police had stumbled upon various clues in the matter, the motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. Police sources said it was possible that the woman had been raped before she was hacked to death as the body lay in a semi-nude condition in the fields.

The SSP said the police was still working on the case and it was yet to be ascertained whether it was the handiwork of a single person or more than one persons were involved in the crime.

Meanwhile, it was found that Baljit Kaur was suffering from some aliment and had gone to Ludhiana day before yesterday to fetch some medicines.

The Samrala police has registered a case under the relevant section of the law against unknown persons and has started investigating the matter. The body of the deceased was sent to the local civil hospital for postmortem examination after which it was handed over to the relatives.



Traders looted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
In yet another incident, exposing the crime-prone night life in the city, two unidentified motorcycle- borne youths beat up and looted Rs 50,000 in cash besides jewellery and mobile phones from two auto parts traders near Taksonz Palace, Dugri road, at about 3:30 am today.

The traders, Bhupinder Singh and his friend, had returned from Delhi after finalising a business deal. They were on their way to their homes in Urban Estate Dugri when the assailants, who were following them on a bike, attacked them with iron rods.

The accused snatched their bag containing the cash, rings, and bracelets besides a gold chain they were wearing. The traders are admitted to the CMC hospital with injuries all over their bodies.

The police has registered a case and efforts are on to identify the culprits.



Election fever grips Sutlej club
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Elections to the elite Sutlej club here, to be held on March 30, appear to have become a prestige issue for the contenders who are leaving no stone unturned to garner support for themselves.

Campaigning has been started in full gear by the contestants and their supporters for various posts, the nominations for which were filed till 8 pm last evening. It is not only the members who are taking a keen interest in the elections, local politicians, municipal councillors, leading industrialists and even some of the bureaucrats have been "unofficially" lobbying for some of the candidates.

For the post of the general secretary, which obviously seems to be the most "lucrative", four contestants are in the fray. They include Varinder Goel, Sunil Jain, Sanjiv Dhanda and Yogesh Bansal. For the post of the vice-president, Gaurav Choudhry and Rajesh Bhambi have filed their nominations while for mess secretary Sarabjit Singh "Tunnu" and P.S.Thapar are in the race. Neeraj Malhotra "Neeru" has been elected unopposed as bar secretary.

For the post of the sports secretary, Simarjit Singh Nota and Dr Rajan Satija are in the field while Prof Arvind Malhotra and Sanjay Mehta have offered their candidature for the post of finance secretary. The contest for the post of cultural secretary is between Deepak Singal and Sanjay Kapur.

To maintain discipline and decorum in the club, a code of conduct has been enforced which, among other things, also prohibits the contestants from throwing lavish parties to woo voters (club members). The elections will be held under the supervision of Returning Officers Priyank Bharti (ADC) and S.M.Sharma, SDM (West).

As if some of the candidates knew of the impending code of conduct, a couple of them have already hosted lavish parties at marriage palaces and farm houses during the last few days.



Jagriti Yatra reaches Ahmedgarh
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 19
It was a historical moment as the Jagriti Yatra of Guru Granth Sahib (Gurta Gaddi) went around local town and various villages of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts. Thousands of devotees paid obeisance to the holy Guru Granth Sahib brought from Hazoor Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra, and the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru.

The Yatra entered Sarinh village in the afternoon yesterday and left Bhogiwal village early morning today after passing through Ghabbaddi, Rurka, Guram, Butahri, Karamsar, Jhammatt, Kalarh, Jagera, Kup, Ghallughara Rohira and Jitwal.

A sea of devotees thronged roads and streets for a glimpse of the weapons and the holy scripture, which were carried in palanquin decorated with floral petals. Devotees waited for hours on the roadside. Some sprinkled scented water on the crowds, filling the atmosphere with fragrance. They remained awake for the whole night.

The yatra started from Hazoor Sahib last year and is to go around the country to commemorate the tercentenary of the consecration of Guru Granth Sahib. 
Shastars (weapons) of Guru Gobind Singh and other articles, including the handwritten Guru Granth Sahib, is part of this yatra.

The police had a tough time managing the vehicular traffic that had to be diverted on alternative routes at certain places.

Activists of a few religious and social organisations arranged langars of tea and snacks at Gurdwara Karamsar, Gurdwara Bahadurgarh, Gurdwara Singh Sabha and Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj.

Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, member SGPC, Jai Pal Mandian, Yadwinder Singh, Jagwant Singh Jaggie, Ajit Singh Walia, President of Gurdwara Committee, Kuldip Singh Karwal, Kuldip Singh Bhullar and Amar Singh Saraon led their respective jathas at various places. 



Fighting for his right for 25 years
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
An 83-year-old man is fighting since the last three decades to get pension as per his grade but thanks to red tapism, he is getting pension as per the old grade.

Ajit Singh Sodhi, a resident of Field Ganj, who retired as a head sorter, Higher Selection Grade -II from Ludhiana Railway Mail Services, is still getting pension that is not in accordance with his higher selection grade.

He has written thousands of letters to various authorities in the postal department, but to no avail. All he has achieved is a collection of reams of paper, on which he wrote to his authorities.

Ajit Singh is making rounds of various offices to get his grade. Having retired in 1983, he is yet to be heard by the authorities even after 25 years of his superannuation.

‘‘I am getting a basic pension of Rs 725. If I were given a pension as per the new grade, I would be getting Rs 750. But, this would help me in several ways, as I would get the benefits of Central Pay Commissions also,’’ said Ajit Singh.

He added that he was promoted to H.S.G-II in 1982, just a few months before his superannuation. But, the benefit of promotion was not passed on to him all these years.

He is left all alone to fight his battle. He lost his wife two years ago and both his sons are settled abroad. He makes rounds of the offices himself, as there is nobody to help him. Having attended 7-8 postal adalats to get his grievance redressed, Ajit Singh said the entire system had made a mockery of him.

‘‘Whenever I wrote to them, I received a reply but that was misleading. If I asked for something, the reply was about something else. This is how they have been evading my queries. I do not know why should they behave with a senior citizen like this. If I deserve a benefit, why should it not be passed on to me,’’ he asked bitterly.

Now, he has shot off a letter to Chief Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission, New Delhi, complaining to him that he had not received relevant information from him regarding his case. 



Postponement of panchayat poll, relief for teachers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The postponement of panchayat elections has come as a welcome relief to hundreds of teachers across the district. The teachers were all set to be burdened with teaching and election-related work for the month- long process of panchayat elections.

Only a few days ago, the deputy commissioner had said that as many as 7,000 employees would be required for poll duty, most of whom would have been teachers only.

Many teachers complained that the Zila Parishad department was already making them do jobs other than teaching work. Teachers complained that they were burdened with conducting surveys. Besides, they were looking after mid-day meals also. Due to such duties, child education was being neglected.



Bank manager, guard booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Focal Point police is now probing the mysterious death of a Punjab and Sind Bank peon, Avtar Singh, as a murder case after treating it as an accidental death yesterday.

On the statement of his relative Vijay Batra, the police have booked Hardeep Singh, the bank manager, and a security gaurd, Manjit Singh, for allegedly killing the peon due to old enmity. The police has also booked them for humiliating the deceased belonging to the reserved class.

Bank officials had reported to the police last evening that Avtar Singh had died after the gun of a security guard went off by accident.

However, a delegation of some political leaders along with relatives of the deceased filed a representation before the SSP seeking registration of a murder case.



Mystery shrouds murder of SAD leader’s son
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, March 19
Mystery shrouds the murder of Ashwani Kumar (40), son of a SAD leader of Rahimabad village, whose body was found lying in the fields on the outskirts of the village last evening. The victim had disappeared under mysterious circumstances after receiving a telephone call on Monday evening.

The police has initiated a probe into the sequence of events leading to the suspected murder.

In his statement given to the local police, Kuldip Chand Sharma alleged that his son Ashwani had been killed by some persons who had a scuffle with him a few days ago. A financial dispute was reported to be the cause behind the scuffle.

Investigations by a police team, supervised by DSP Daljit Singh Rana, revealed that Ashwani had left his house on Monday evening after receiving a telephone call from an unknown caller. When he did not return till late night, members of his family started inquiring about him from his friends and relatives. "We were about to lodge a missing person report at the police station when some villagers told us that a body was lying in the fields on Chakki road. We were shocked to find that my son had been killed mercilessly," Kuldip Chand reported to the police.

Further investigations revealed that the deceased had withdrawn Rs 50,000 from a bank a few days ago.

Injuries on the head suggested that the assailants had attacked him with a sharp- edged weapon. Ashwani's mobile phone and purse were also missing.

The police has initiated the process to get details of telephone calls made and received by the deceased during the days preceding his murder. 



3-yr-old boy sodomised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Just two days after a three-year-old girl was raped by an alleged maniac, a three-year-old boy has become the victim of a neighbour’s lust.

The Focal Point police has booked the accused, Mohan, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Colony, for allegedly sodomising a son of his neighbhour last evening.

The victim required medical help. The accused is absconding.



Poor budget, say agriculturists
Livestock experts satisfied with grant
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The second budget announced by the Akali-BJP government for the year 2008-2009 has failed to satisfy agriculturists. Experts feel that very less share was provided to the agrarian sector and there was no scope for further development and research with such a "meagre" amount.

The livestock experts, however, seem to be satisfied with the budget as they feel that the grant announced by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal will give boost to dairy farming in the coming year.

Dr K.S. Aulakh, former vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said the government had provided less share to agriculture. It should have announced liberal funds to promote agriculture. In the absence of funds, there cannot be growth of agriculture. If there are no planned schemes, how can one think of expanding the agrarian sector, asked Dr Aulakh.

Dr S.S. Johl, an economist and former vice- chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, terming it to be an "unplanned" budget said that it had brought no relief to the agrarian sector. He said Manpreet Badal had brought Punjab back on track but he was not given a free hand.

Talking about PAU, Dr Johl said it was unfortunate that the agricultural university was facing a severe financial crunch. "The experts cannot think of further development or research if they are under continuous pressure. The pensioners have not been paid a single penny for the past five months and Rs 20 crore granted for them by the state government, is a part of the development fund. Even the audit can raise objections over the use of this grant. The so-called agrarian state is in a bad shape today", said Dr Johl.

PAUTA president Dr M.S.Mahal said the government should have done something for the small farmers (having less than five acres of land). "It is a routine budget, nothing new in it", he said, adding that the subsidies announced in various sectors were not meant for the needy. The farming community should have been given more relief. "We are blaming the central government for not paying attention to farmers but what are we doing for their benefit, asked Dr Mahal.



Infovision 2008
Chanpreet, Jasmine best debaters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The ISTE students’ chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised national-level students’ competitions "Infovision-2008" here today.

Students of various management and technical colleges of Punjab and other states were invited to participate in paper presentation, software development, web development, debugging, logic design, extempore and debate.

Vikramjit Singh, faculty, GNIMT, having experience in handling mobile technology, gave the keynote address on the topic “Applications and hazards of mobile technology”.

Priya Sharma and Navjot Kaur of SASIITR, Mohali, bagged the first prize in paper presentation and Rishabh Dua of GGNIMT got the second prize. In debate, Chanpreet Kaur and Jasmine Bedi of GNIMT bagged the first prize and Ajay Verma and Priyanka Sharma of SASIITR, Mohali, bagged the second position. The first prize in software development was bagged by Gurpreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh of SASIITR and Ravi Mantra and Mandeep Singh of LCET, Katani Kalan, bagged the second prize.

Jasmine Bedi of GNIMT got the first position in extempore and Manvir Singh of GGNIMT bagged the second prize. In debugging, Jaspreet Singh and Simerdeep Singh of LCET bagged the first prize and Saurabh Jain and Jaswinder Singh of GNIMT bagged the second prize. In web development, Manjit Singh and Albis Naoram of SASIITR bagged the first prize and Sandeep Singh and Kamal Kumar of GGNIMT got the second position.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, director, GNIMT, gave away the prizes. Dr Singha thanked the directors and faculties of all the participating colleges and congratulated the organisers and winners of various prizes.



GADVASU scientist awarded fellowship
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Dr Pritam Kaur Sidhu, toxicologist, department of epidemiology and preventive veterinary medicine, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, has been awarded with a prestigious UKIERI - Research Fellowship for 12 months, to conduct research at Royal Veterinary College, London.

This was the first time that the UKIERI fellowship was awarded to a scientist working in the field of veterinary pharmacology in India.

Dr Sidhu is going to work on the project “A novel pharmacological approach to minimise the risk of anti-microbial resistance” during this fellowship period. The research committee headed by Prof Jonathan Elliot, vice-principal of Royal Veterinary College, London, has accepted the research proposal. Sidhu did her PhD in Veterinary Pharmacology from University of London in 2001. Her area of specialisation is pharmacokinetics and toxicology. She is a recipient of post-doctoral fellowship at University of South Carolina, USA.



From Schools
Students plant medicinal trees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Students of R.S. Model Senior Secondary School planted many medicinal saplings in the school premises here today. The plantation drive was initiated by Mohan Lal Kalra, principal, and Veena Khanna, vice-principal.

Mint, turmeric, akarkara, brahmi, tulsi, stevia and aloevera were among various medicinal plants that were planted by the students.

The students were taught about the medicinal value of these plants by science faculty, Dimple Chopra and Kawalpreet Kaur.

Workshop: An art and craft workshop for parents was organised at Darshan Academy, Bhamian Kalan, here today. Gulwant Singh acquainted the parents and teachers with the basic tactics of calligraphy, drawing, painting and craft.

Parents enthusiastically participated in various games like lemon and spoon race. Musical chair was also organised for them.

Children gave self written thank you letters to their parents expressing their gratefulness for their love, care and co-operation.

Principal Yachana Chawla thanked the parents and assured that the schools will continue to organise similar workshops in future.

Farewell party: Sunrise Kindergarten celebrated the farewell party for their outgoing students in the school campus here today.

Students presented a colourful programme.

Varinder Kaur, principal of the kindergarten, gave away prizes to the winners. 



Annual day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
The Little Kingdom Nursery School, Gurdev Nagar, celebrated its 3rd annual day function on the school premises here today.

The theme was based on number three as the school completed 3 years of operations. Students enacted a story of love and friendship in the musical play “The Three princesses of Three-York”. The show concluded with the passing out ceremony. 



10,000 students take part in workshop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 19
Quest Infosys, regional centre of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, organised a workshop on “PTU-DEP- The future roadmap” under distance learning programme here today. Dr R.P. Singh, dean, PTU, was the chief guest. More than 25 learning centres of PTU with over 10,000 students took part in the workshop.

Dr Singh said PTU learning programmes had come a long way since its inception. “Under PTU distance education programmes, more than 90,000 students have been enrolled in 800 learning centres across the country. Students are provided skill-based courses which also prepare them for global market,” informed the dean. 



Seminar on development
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 19
The RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology will organise a three-day seminar on ‘Sustainable Development’ on its campus from March 25 to March 27. Jagesh Khaitan, vice-chairman and managing director, Amrit Banaspati Company, will inaugurate the seminar.

Apart from students, experts, research scholars and faculty members of various institutes and universities will take part in the seminar.



Daljit Singh Bittu and Gamma discharged in TADA case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 19
Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Panch Pardhani) chairman Daljit Singh Bittu and Gursharan Singh, alias Gamma, have been discharged in a 21-year-old TADA and attempt-to-murder case by the Special Judge, M S Virdi, here yesterday.

The orders of the Judge say that they stand discharged for the time being. The file be consigned to the record room till the original challan was produced before the court, for starting trial.

The main reason for discharging the accused was that the police had failed to produce the challan against the accused in the court. However, police officials were maintaining that the original challan was filed in the TADA court at Hoshiarpur, as at that time there was no Special Court to deal with the TADA cases here.

The case was registered back in the year 1986 on the charges of attempting to kill the then Special Judge, R L Anand, at Ludhiana. The Judge had retired as a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court and also served in the Human Rights Commission Punjab.

Bittu and Gamma were arrested in this case on April 24, 1996. Supplementary challan was presented against them in the court. But the original challan was missing. This fact came to the light during the cross examination of constable Sukhbir Singh in the year 1999.

Then the case was adjourned. When the police officials maintained that they had already filed challan in TADA court at Hoshiarpur, the enquiry was conducted by the court. It was held that the original challan was never presented.

Instructions were issued by the local court to SSP Ludhiana for presenting the original challan. But the case kept on lingering for awaiting original challan to start the trial. Few days back, the accused had moved application with the request that the case is liable to be sine-die till the presentation of challan.

FIR was registered under section 307(attempt to murder) of IPC and 3/4/5 of the TADA Act at Civil Lines police station. 



Paddy Scam
DFSC's interim bail extended till March 26
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 19
In the alleged multicrore rupees paddy scam of Mullanpur, additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh today extended the interim bail granted to district food supplies controller Simarjit Kaur till March 26.

The same court also extended the interim bail granted to Punsup's district manager Darshan Singh Mann, Subash Chander inspector, Punjab Agro's DM Sham Sunder Bassi, inspector Mela Singh, PUNGRAIN's inspector Manjit Singh, inspector Manpreet, the owners of Kuber Rice Mill Amarjit Singh, Hardial Singh and Sukhdev Singh till March 26.

The arguments in their bail applications will be heard by the court on the next date of hearing. The Vigilance Bureau (VB) had registered the case, claiming that it was a scam of Rs 2 crore 73 lakh and 23,000.

The VB had raided the premises of M/s Kuber Rice Mills and M/s Guru Kirpa Rice Mills, Mullanpur, and checked their stock of paddy provided to them by the government agencies. The bureau had claimed that in connivance with the government officials, rice millers were duping the government. 



Gosain donates Rs 5 lakh to CMCH for poor patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 19
Deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Satpal Gosain has sent a cheque for Rs 5 lakh from his discretionary funds for the treatment of poor patients at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

In his message, Gosain said the present grant was being provided without any demand from the institution. The gesture of providing financial assistance, he said, was to recognise the noble work being done by the CMCH for the last 114 years in the field of medical care. Gosain made a special mention of moments of crises like Khud Mohalla fire, Khanna train accident, Shingaar bomb blast and many more when the hospital had come all out to alleviate the suffering of the victims.

The deputy speaker offered his congratulations to the new team of administrators at the CMCH and assured them of total support from the state government for all the future endeavours in public interest. He promised a significant contribution from his funds for the Cancer Centre, in case it was undertaken by the institution on its own without any support or collaboration from outside.

Gosain promised to take up the matter with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to grant significant funds for the proposed projects of CMCH. He also expressed his desire of setting up a deemed university in the name of Dame Edith Brown, the founder of CMCH.

Being busy with the budget session of state assembly, Gosain had deputed his grandson Amit Gosain to present the cheque to Dr Abi Thomas, interim director, and Dr V.P Singh, interim medical superintendent.

In his thanksgiving letter, Dr Abi Thomas appreciated Gosain's concern for the poor and his interest in the welfare and growth of CMCH. He assured that the donation would be used exclusively for the intended purpose and urged the deputy speaker, as also other like-minded people, to keep up their thoughtfulness and generosity in future as well.



500 villagers examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 19
More than 500 patients were examined at a free heart and medical camp organised at Khosa Kotla, district Moga, by the village welfare society in association with Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI), here yesterday.

Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist and coordinator at HDHI, led the team of doctors including Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Harpreet Singh, along with the support staff.

Commenting on the significance of such camps in rural areas, Dr Wander said, “With rapid changes in our lifestyles, we find that diabetes and hypertension, the so called lifestyle diseases, are now spreading their tentacles among the rural populace as well. But, in general, the level of awareness among rural masses has not kept pace with the incidence of these ailments. This is the reason that more and more rural patients are suffering the slow but visible effects of these ailments, most notable among them being cardiac complications.”

He said sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet, even amongst the villagers, was leading to the rise in the number of diabetics. It had also been proven that people with diabetes were much more likely to have high blood pressure. Often called the ‘silent killer’, this condition is the cause of numerous deaths due to heart attacks and stroke. But a large number of people with high blood pressure were not aware of this problem.

Stressing on the need for creating awareness, he said it was of prime importance that rural population was apprised with this condition, the risk factors and proper treatment. Dr Wander pointed out that in the western nations, timely treatment and management of hypertension had reduced the occurrence of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent since 1970 onwards.

At the camp, investigative tests including echocardiography were conducted and medicines were distributed free of cost. 



Indian Airlines set up title clash with IOC
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 19
Indian Airlines blanked Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Limited, 3-0, to settle for the title clash with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Limited who defeated Air India, Mumbai, in an identical fashion in the semifinal on the penultimate day of the 5th All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

The final is slated for tomorrow at 4.15 pm.

The first semifinal between Indian Airlines and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited turned out to be a one-sided affair with former dominating the proceedings most of time.

After wasting a penalty corner in the initial moments and also a couple of scoring chances, Indian Airlines drew the first blood in the 24th minute when Dilbagh Singh found the target. Two minutes later, Pawan Bassi scored a filed goal to increase the lead (2-0).

In the second half, BPCL players tried to put a brave face as they exhibited fine ball control and stormed opponents’ territory time and again but could not capitalise on chances, which came their way.

Indian Airlines added another goal in the 50th minute through Varinder Lakra to consolidate the lead (3-0) and managed to hang on to it till the long hooter.

In the second semifinal, Indian Oil Corporation Limited with internationals in their ranks got the better of Air India 3-0. The winners were leading by two goals at half time.

IOC Limited surged ahead in the 4th minute when skipper Deepak Thakur sounded the board and in the very next minute they enhanced the lead through Jaswinder Singh. The third goal came off Raghunath’s stick in the 43rd minute, which sealed Air India’s fate, 3-0. 



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