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Woman accuses husband of bigamy
FIR lodged 27 years after first complaint
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Twentyseven years after a woman accused her husband of bigamy, the Payal police has finally lodged an FIR and arrested the accused, a multimillionaire property dealer from Vikas Nagar, last midnight amidst intense family drama.

The struggle for justice for the woman, Harbans Kaur of Raul village near Payal, saw three generations in action.

While her father was the first to make rounds of the police corridors, it is her 32-year-old son, Balwinder Singh, who had been pursuing the case for several years now to bring justice to her mother.

Inpsector Gurmail Singh, SHO, Payal, arrested the accused Kulwant Singh, who runs K K property dealer shop and is said to be owning property worth Rs 15 crore.

The police withstood all kinds of antics and pressures exerted by the accused to arrest him.

The drama went on for three hours with the accused calling up MLAs, senior cops or anybody with some influence to prevent his arrest. None could prove helpful this time though.

"I am so happy and relieved today," said the son, Balwinder Singh, adding "all these years, my father had escaped using some or the other influence but the Khanna SSP Gautam Cheema ensured police action according to the law."

When the struggle began, his mother Harbans Kaur and maternal grandfather Karnail Singh were on one side with the accused on the other.

Now, so many lives were at stake. Balwinder said he was five years old at that time with his younger sister barely walking.

According to the FIR, the accused had married Charanjit Kaur a second time and was living with her till date. They had two daughters and a son from the alleged wedlock.

Inspector Gurmail Singh said Kulwant Singh had been booked for cheating his wife and bigamy under Sections 420, 494 and 120-B of the IPC.

He said no case could be lodged earlier as there was no proof that Kulwant Singh had married the woman.

"Recently, his son, Balwinder Singh, and other relatives managed to trace some documents like ration cards which spoke of the marital status between Kulwant and Charanjit Kaur."

Kukwant told the police in his defence that he and his first wife Harbans were divorced. He was yet to furnish documentary proof to support the claim.

The Payal police said the accused and complainants had lodged a number of FIRs against one another in the past for trespassing and attacking one another.



15-mark question out of syllabus
Law students at the receiving end
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
A day after the affirmation given by the PU Vice-Chancellor, Dr RC Sobti, that strict action will be taken against erring paper setters, the law students found themselves in a Catch 22 situation as a 15-mark question from the paper of Taxation Law, IV semester, was out of syllabus.

The paper setter had added a question from the Service Tax Act from section 74 and the students were unable to attempt the question following which they approached the varsity authorities to give them 15 grace marks for the same.

Dr Sobti, during his visit at SCD Government College yesterday, had said that he had already procured the list of paper setters responsible for giving questions out of syllabus and ignoring the “approved pattern”.

Terming the mess-up in question papers as an unending predicament, a group of students of IV semester in three-year degree course of law said, "A week ago we had a tough time attempting the Transfer of Property Act and Easement exam as the question paper was not as per the prescribed pattern of Panjab University."

"It is rather upsetting for ambitious students as they are at the receiving end for no fault of theirs."



BJP issues show-cause notice to Grewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Local BJP leader Sukhminder Singh Grewal is in trouble with the national BJP executive deciding to issue him show-cause notice for his recent statement in which he claimed that the Badal father-son duo wanted to eliminate him.

Balbir Punj, MP and in charge Punjab affairs of the BJP, told reporters here today that the BJP condemned Grewal’s statement.

"It is shocking that someone can suspect Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal of such an act. The statement amounts to indiscipline."

He said the relationship between the BJP and the SAD leaders was like that of a family and no one should be allowed to damage it.

Commenting on the burning issue of price rise, Punj said the UPA government was fully responsible for the mess.

"They had not bothered about the rising prices, which were being feared for two years now. Financial newspapers had been warning the government but no one paid heed to the reports."



Price Cut Fallout
Steel buyers get good bargains
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The downward trend in steel prices is finally percolating to steel-consuming industry, which has started offering products at reduced rates.

Keen on resuming smooth operations that had been hit due to a steep rise in steel prices, most manufacturers in fastener, auto component and handtool industries are offering 5-10 per cent lower prices in domestic as well as international markets.

However, cycle parts manufacturers are grappling with the problem of shortage in orders as their buyers are waiting for a further reduction in the rates.

The cycle parts industry, which is unlikely to reduce prices, however, is suffering as orders have declined by 35 per cent to 40 per cent within 10 days.

Steel prices in the last week, particularly after the announcement of export duty on steel items, have recorded a significant decline.

Rates of ingots, MS rounds and sheet have reduced by almost Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000 within this period.

However, as the government's measures to rein in rising steel prices are yet to be implemented, the industry is expecting a further fall of Rs 2,000-3,000 in most products.

The industry that was quite upset with spiralling rates is finally working towards regaining normalcy and hence offering good bargains to buyers.



Bickering over list of candidates
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The district-level elections of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) are scheduled for tomorrow but the two factions have already started flinging mud at each other.

One faction says that the list of candidates has still not been received by the office while the other claims to have sent the names of candidates well in advance.

One group has announced May 11 as the date of elections of the state unit of PCCTU, while the other is adamant that these be conducted on May 18.



Zila Parishad Poll
Polling staff already deputed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Sumer Singh Gurjar, deputy commissioner, has asked all political parties and candidates to fully cooperate with the election machinery engaged for conducting free and fair elections to 12 panchayat samitis and one zila parishad in the district on May 12, an official press note said here today.

The deputy commissioner was addressing a meeting of representatives of the political parties and officers concerned.

The deputy commissioner asked the representatives of political parties and candidates to abide by the directions given in the model code of conduct of the state election commission for the elections.

He told all the returning officers to ensure proper rehearsals of the polling staff and asked them to apprise them of the election rules and procedures, so that smooth elections could be conducted.

Pryank Bharti said 828 candidates had filed their nomination papers for elections to 227 zones in 12 panchayat samitis and 101 candidates filed their nominations for 25 seats of zila parishad Ludhiana.

He said the required polling staff had already been deputed for the conduct
of the elections.



Press crucial for success of democracy: Mattewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
International Press Freedom Day was jointly organised by the India Media Centre and the Punjab Union of Journalists in Hotel le Baron here today.

Advocate General, Punjab, H.S. Mattewal, Additional Advocate Generals, Piyush Kant Jain and H.S. Sidhu and PWD minister Parminder Dhindsa were present on the occasion.

Addressing the journalists, Mattewal said the Press was not only the fourth pillar of society but also essential for the success of democracy.

Terming the Right to Information Act as one of the greatest achievements of the government which has ushered into a new era of transparency, Mattewal also held that there was nothing wrong if there were a few queries for the advocates or the judges regarding their assets.

“The role of the Press, which is one of the most powerful institutions in the present scenario, is important for keeping a check on the working of the governments and also for regulating society,” he added.



Body found
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Dakha, May 3
A decomposed body of a man was recovered from the fields at Raqba village near Mullanpur. The body was spotted by farm owner Gurdeep Singh while he was harvesting the fields. The body seemed to be that of a migrant labourer.



School attack suspect held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 3
The Sudhar police has arrested Gurinder Singh of Jangpur, who along with his other accomplice had been booked under various sections of the law by two police stations for allegedly attempting to murder Jaswant Kaur and attacking Rajjoana Public School two days ago.

The Raekot police, after receiving information about the admission of Avtar Singh to a multi-specialty hospital at Ludhiana, has deployed cops to keep a watch on him. Avtar Singh is the prime accused in both the cases.

Gurinder and Avtar were among a group of armed persons who had attacked members of the staff of the school and damaged property on Thursday.

The assailants had also attacked houses of two employees at Buraz Naklina village, near here.

It is learnt that Gurinder was nabbed by a police party led by Balwinder Singh, SHO, Sudhar, on identification by members of the complainant family.

Gurinder was trying to leave the area in a car, when he was spotted by
the victim party.

However, Avtar, the prime accused, was reported to have been admitted to the civil hospital, Raekot, for the treatment of bullet injuries on one leg.

While Avtar had alleged that one of the supporters of the complainant had fired at him, the appellant accused him of injuring his leg with an intention to create pressure on the victim party and evade arrest. The police was yet to record his statement.

Meanwhile, the Sudhar police has seized some vehicles and harvesting machinery that was used in the incident that led to violence on Thursday. The school functioned under a security cover on second day today.

Altercation over issue of harvesting wheat crop near the school had resulted in violence in which Jaswant Kaur, wife of an employee of the school, had received bullet injuries on Thursday. She is admitted to a tertiary-level medical institute at Ludhiana.



Biz Word
SBI Life records profit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
SBI Life Insurance Company Limited announced that it had recorded a net profit of Rs 34 crore for the financial year ending March 31.

Earlier this year, the company had wiped out the accumulated losses from its balance sheet.

According to a press note, the total premium of the company grew by 92 per cent to Rs 5,622 crore.

Diamond fair

Kiah,a diamond jewellery brand, will organise a fair in the city from May 4. The three-day event will showcase 3,500 designs of rings, earrings, pendants, bangles and necklaces priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 20 lakh, said a company spokesperson.



PU VC’s address provokes teachers’ panel
Sobti says he was insulted
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The Government College Teachers Association and a large number of SCD Government College lecturers have condemned Panjab University, Chandigarh, vice-chancellor, Dr R.C. Sobti’s address during the annual convocation of the college here yesterday.

Terming the address as “politically motivated” and “provocative,” the teachers said the address was uninspiring and “aimed at them”. Teachers alleged that they had to face the vice-chancellor’s wrath in front of their students.

President, Government College Teachers Association (GCTA), Jaipal Singh, said they had submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor when the latter came to the principal’s office, prior to the convocation.

One of their demands was to raise the practical remuneration from Rs 3.50 to at least on par with science-stream teachers (Rs 7 per student).

“This annoyed Dr Sobti. He not only refused to increase the remuneration on the pretext that the university was under funds crunch, but mentioned about it in front of students. He blamed the teachers and respective colleges for all discrepancies at the university level,” Prof Jaipal added.

Resentment also prevailed among teachers over the “selective procedure” of increase in the evaluation system. The teachers said the evaluation money had been hiked to Rs 9.70 per sheet from Rs 8.80 per sheet.

“The rates were increased recently. But, what about the examiners, who evaluated the answer sheets before the announcement? They will be paid as per earlier rates, which is not acceptable to us. This increase should be for all examiners (evaluators)”, said another senior lecturer of the college.

Dr R.C.Sobti, when contacted by The Tribune said in fact he was “insulted” by the teachers. “The moment I entered the college campus, a memorandum was handed over to me. My address was neither politically motivated nor provocative; it was for the benefit of students and the university. We should work collectively for the betterment of system. If such treatment will be meted out to me in future, I will prefer not to go anywhere. All their demands have already been accepted except for the hike in practical remuneration. We are short of funds, I save as much as I can, still I am being criticised and dragged into controversies”, Dr Sobti added.

Mukesh Arora and Prof Jagpal Singh, Senators, in a joint statement said there was nothing against teachers in the convocation address. “Dr Sobti had to convince them and students for maintaining standards in university. The colleges had to be told about their weaknesses. If teachers send delayed assessments or wrong lists, it’s university that’s blamed. He has agreed to almost all demands of teachers. The convocation address was in the interest of students and teachers”, they added.



From Schools
KVM holds meet on dietary habits
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
KVM organised a health talk by Dr Prashant Anand, a nutritionist from Delhi, on the school premises here today.

He guided students on how to boost the immune system and stay healthy without medicine. This was only possible if proper dietary regime is followed, he added. The parents also attended the talk.

Principal S.C. Saxena and headmistress Namita Raj Singh urged the gathering to strictly follow the dietary guidelines given by the expert.

Spring Dale students win

Spring Dale Senior Secondary School students brought laurels by standing first in Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex organised district-level science and mathematics exhibition-2008, at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Anant Preet Singh Bedi and Ashish Arora of Class XII (Non- medical) have developed a model to convert waste plastic into the fuel.

The project was appreciated by one and all present in the exhibition and was chosen as one of the best science project.

The best project trophy was awarded to the school and participants given trophies and certificates.

Founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia and principal Sandeep Raikhi congratulated the winners for bringing laurel to the school.

Award ceremony at BCM

“Mehfil-e-Bachpan” the annual award giving ceremony and cultural fiesta was celebrated at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today.

At least 275 students from kindergarten received their prizes and certificates for excelling in academics from chief guest Dr Neeta D. Kang, head of innovation, Betty Cowan Research and INN. Centre, CMCH.

The programme began with the lighting of a ceremonial lamp amidst chanting of Gayatri Mantra by tiny tots.

On the occasion, students also presented cultural items which added glitter to the show. It was a delight to watch tiny tots dancing to the tunes of melodious music.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest appreciated the sincere efforts of the school in bringing about overall development and wished them a success in every walk of life.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised at KVM for the parents of tiny tots studying in the kindergarten section here today.

The parents were enlightened about the parenting styles and the general problems faced by them in child’s upbringing.

Tips were given to the parents as how they could help their children become better human beings.

The parents were enlightened about the responsibilities that they have towards their children. Ranjana Dhanda, in charge, KG section, welcomed the parents.

School counsellors Manisha Gangwal and Nidhi Sidhu laid stress on spending quality time with the children like playing indoor, outdoor games and reading stories from books at bed time as it helps in enhancing imagination and inculcate reading habits in them.

Principal S.C.Saxena sought parents’ cooperation in helping the school work for the benefit of the children.

DAV students excel

Three students of DAV Public School,Sarabha Nagar (Extention), Pakhowal Road, brought laurels to the institution by attaining top positions in the International Mathematics Olympiad and National Science Olympiad.

Apoorv Bansal of Class III stood first in the state by securing 15th position in the international-level competition.

Sarthak Gupta of Class IV stood first in the state in the International Mathematics Olympiad while Mallika of Class III stood first in the state in National Science Olympiad. At least 738 student had taken part in the contest.

Declamation contest

The 15th inter-school declamation contest was organised by Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust at its Joginder Pall Pandy auditorium in the memory of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru here yesterday.

The contest was held in English, Hindi and Punjabi. At least 57 students from 29 schools vied for the Nehru championship trophy and the first three positions.

Students spoke with elan and expressed their views confidently on day to
day topics.

Results: English- Lakesh Anand of KVM Ist; Gaurav Jhamb of BCM Arya School Ist; Jaisal Brar IInd; Sanchita Arora IInd prize; Sapandeep Kaur of MGM Public School IIIrd prize;Astha Kundra Sacred Heart Convent School won the consolation prize.



3 get life term in murder case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
The court of additional sessions judge M S Virdi has sentenced a woman, Munno, and her two sons, Charanjit Singh and Meet Ram, of Model Town, Khanna, to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing a neighbouring woman, Paramjit Kaur, in September 2003.

Delivering the verdict, the judge held that the prosecution had proved successfully the charges levelled against the accused.

Keeping in view the nature and gravity of the offence, the accused did not deserve any leniency, remarked the judge while declining the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

The accused were booked by the Khanna police on September 14, 2003, following a complaint of Des Raj, husband of the victim.

The complainant had stated to the police that they were residing in the neighbourhood of the accused persons.

A day prior to the incident, officials of municipal committee had started installed a water pump near their house.

Due to this, there was an altercation among his wife and the accused. The accused had threatened his wife of dire consequences, if the water pump was installed there.

On the next day, when his wife was spreading clothes on the line after washing, the accused attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon. She got several injuries.

In the meanwhile, he along with his brother reached there. The accused also inflicted injuries upon them. Thereafter, they ran away. Paramjit Kaur died of the injuries, added the complainant.

However, the accused had claimed that they were falsely implicated in the case. But after appreciating the evidence on record and hearing the arguments of additonal public prosecutor A S Chadha, the court found them guilty and sentenced accordingly.



Save your skin from scorching sun: Expert
Kuldip Bhatia

Basic rules for
sun protection

Do not roast yourself: However tempting it might be on a beach, do not take a sun bath. Even if you do it for short periods, all proper precautions like wearing protective clothing, a hat and a sun screen should be taken.

Mind the mid-day madness: You must avoid the sun as much as possible during the peak radiation hours of 10 am to 4 pm.

Keep the cover on: Always remember that loosely woven or see-through fabrics do not protect from sunlight.

Shelter the kids: The tender skin of babies and young children is especially vulnerable to sunburn. Sun screen should be applied to the exposed parts of the babies only after they are above six months of age, and that, too, in moderation.

Ludhiana, May 3
The rise in mercury and scorching sun rays can wreak havoc on the general health and especially skin, which needs special care during this particular season.

Even though sunny days bring along a general sense of well being but remember, the sun is a fickle friend, which can cause considerable damage to the skin.

According to Dr Gurinderjit Singh, chief dermatologist at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation here, medical science has proved beyond doubt that the sun not only accelerates the visible signs of ageing, but it also causes freckles and dark spots on hands, face and chest as well as mottled discolouration on other exposed areas of the body.

Those exposing their bodies to sun rays must remember that today's tan is tomorrow's wrinkle. Not only this, over exposure to sun can even cause cancer, although it is less common among dark-skinned people, since their skin contains more of the protective pigment known as melanin.

He further cautioned that exposing oneself to sun is more dangerous now than it was a couple of years ago.

"This is because of the depletion of the protective ozone layer, which acts as a filter to save us from the adverse effects of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It will be wrong to assume that it is safe to expose oneself to sun rays at sea beaches or hill stations because both water and snow also reflect as much as 85 per cent of sun's radiation."

Dr Gurinderjit commented that UV radiation causes collagen to break down in the dermis (lower layer of skin) at a higher rate than with the chronoligical ageing.

These damaged collagen fibres lead to accumulation of abnormal elastin and further turn into what is known as solar scars. The repetition of this process over and over results into development of wrinkles.

The UV exposure also disturbs an in-built process in the immune system called "Apoptosis" (self-killing process of damaged cells).



French surgeon performs knee surgery
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
More than 60 orthopaedic surgeons from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh witnessed a mobile-bearing total-knee replacement surgery performed by world renowned orthopaedic surgeon from France Dr Jean-Louis Briard at SPS Apollo Hospital here today.

The entire surgical procedure was webcast throughout the world for the benefit of medical professionals.

Dr Briard, a pioneer in total knee replacement, was here as a guest faculty for the “international symposium on recent advances in knee replacement”, organised by the department of orthopaedics at Apollo.

In the course of the surgery of a 70-year-old patient, suffering from osteo-arthritis, the French surgeon interacted with the delegates and discussed the issues and queries raised by them.

Author of a large number of articles on different aspects of orthopaedics published in leading journals across the globe, Dr Briard, has widely travelled in different parts of the world and is a member of a few professional bodies, including The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The symposium explored the technique, the design evolution and clinical experiences of knee replacement.

In his presentation, Dr Briard dwelt upon the high-flexion rotating platform knee replacement surgery, also called mobile-bearing high-bending knee, which is considered to be the latest and most modern technique in the field of knee-replacement surgery.

According to Dr Briard, the advanced technique provides combination of high-knee flexion and rotation.

"The advantage of rotation is that it gives movement similar to normal knee and hence improves the knee kinematics. With the invention of mobile-bearing artificial knee, lesser wear has resulted in increased life span of the artificial joint. Recent reports have shown extended survival of up to 30 years, especially in the younger and active age group of patients."



Punjab, J&K karatekas dominate
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
Hosts Punjab and participants from Jammu and Kashmir dominated the proceedings on the inaugural day of the 6th All-India Ashihara Karate Championship being held at Vandana Palace, Link Road, here today.

In the girl's section (18 to 21 kg), Kirandeep Kaur of Punjab proved her mettle to win top honours while Pooja from Uttar Pradesh and Priyanka from Jammu and Kashmir finished second and third, respectively.

In the 26 to 30 kg category, Reema Sharma from Jammu and Kashmir proved too good for her rivals and clinched the gold medal. Gurjit Kaur and Komal, both from Punjab, secured second and third position, respectively.

Sonia from Uttar Pradesh got the better of Shivani of Punjab and emerged champion in the 35 to 45 kg category while Kamaljeet Kaur of Punjab had to be content with the third place.

In the sub junior boy's section, Khushbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir overpowered his immediate opponent, Ritesh of Punjab to romp home victorious while Raghav Goyal of Punjab secured the third position.

In the boys section (35 to 40 kg), Divesh Rana from Uttar Pradesh romped home victorious while the second and third positions were bagged by Gurmukh Singh from Jammu and Kashmir and Sahil Gupta from Punjab.

Earlier, Pritam Singh, superintendent of police, inaugurated the championship in which around 350 karatekas including more than two hundred boys are competing. The championship is being organised by the Punjab Ashihara Karate Federation.

The event is being conducted under the supervision of international judges, Chimnay Dube from West Bengal and Pankaj Sahni from Punjab.

Vijay Agnihotri, Kewal Chand Garg, Kamalpreet Singh and other office- bearers of the organising federation were also present at the inaugural ceremony.



A correction

Ankur Kakkar, a local lad who has been selected to play for the Evenwood Cricket Club Division I for the Durham County Cricket League in England is not the district sports officer, Moga, as was erroneously published in these columns yesterday. He is employed with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and a trainee of Charanjit Singh Saini, at present working as the district sports officer, Moga. The error is regretted.



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