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Release pension, HC to Kang
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Months-old struggle of PAU pensioners came to an end with the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking the VC M.S. Kang to pass orders on the representation of employees, seeking their pension, within a month of the receiving of the order.

The court has also decided that pension of those found eligible will be released within another month of passing the speaking orders. The court orders brought relief to more than 2,700 pensioners at PAU who had failed to get their respective pension for the past four months.

Dr I.K. Garg, president, PAU Pensioner's Confederation, while speaking to The Tribune, said the university had been asked to clear the pending pension amount of approximately Rs 12 crore within a month followed by allied dues of all pensioners.

Hailing the decision, confederation office-bearers B.D. Tandon, N.K. Pillai, Manjit Singh and D.P. Maur stated that the court directions had come at the right time as every day had become a battle for people getting family pensions.

"There are some poor women who are making their both ends meet on the pensions of their late spouses and in absence of pension from January, 2008, they were not left with any option but to borrow money".

Among other pensioners Charan Singh Gurm, former senior vice-president, PAU Employees Union, and Roop Singh Roopa, former president, PAU Employees Union, settled in the US, had extended financial help to many pensioners.



Hutch fined for barring incoming calls
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Hutchison Essaar South to pay a compensation of Rs 2,000 to a consumer for unnecessarily barring incoming call facility on his cellphone for four days.

The orders were pronounced by J S Chawla, president of the forum and its member Daljit Singh Bakshi, while deciding the complaint filed by a local lawyer Shiv Mohan Gulati.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had obtained a mobile connection bearing no: 99881-03866 from the company. He had handed over the cellphone to his daughter, who was studying in Patiala. On April 4, 2007, the company barred the incoming facility without any fault. Moreover, no intimation or notice was served upon her before barring the incoming calls.

When he contacted the service care centre of the company, no satisfactory reply was given. Then he moved written complaints on April 5 and April 7, 2007, to the company. The incoming facility remained barred till April 8, 2007.

It was alleged that all this was done just to harass them as he had previously instituted one complaint against the company before this forum, he added.

On the other hand, company officials had refuted the allegations. They had denied of barring the incoming call facility. Rather, they accused the complainant for unnecessarily dragging the company into litigation.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the forum observed that mere denial did not prove the stand of company. Moreover, the company took adjournments for producing the record showing that the subscriber's incoming calls were not barred. But no such record was produced. Then the forum held that the company was deficient in rendering services and awarded compensation.



Hosiery employee robbed in busy area
3 youths loot him of Rs 6.50 lakh; take away scooter

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Three armed youths riding a motor cycle robbed a hosiery employee in broad daylight near busy Vishvakarma chowk and took away Rs 6.50 lakh and the scooter he was riding.

Ram Badan, employed with J G Garment, Cheema Chowk, was on way to deposit the money in Centurian Bank on his Bajaj Chetak scooter no PB-10-4643 when he was robbed at about 11:30 am on the busy four-lane road joining Vishvakarma Chowk and Campa Cola chowk.

The robbers, all clean-shaven youths with only one wearing helmet, came from behind on the bike. One of them threw Ram Badan down by hitting the scooter with his leg. They immediately took out pistols forcing the victim, passersby and shopkeepers into submission.

The three had exact knowledge that the cash was kept in the glove compartment of the scooter. They did not waste time in breaking it open and chose to take away the scooter as well. They went towards the Campa Cola Chowk brandishing pistols with no one daring to follow or intercept them.

Ram Badan later said he had withdrawn the money from Central Bank situated near Vishvakarma Chowk for depositing it in Centurian Bank. He told the police that the three might have noticed him withdrawing the money and keeping it in the scooter dickey.

The police later detained Ram for couple of hours for intense questioning about the regular procedure and the roads he followed for visiting banks. The police was also taking details of the calls he had made or received today.

Meanwhile, a red alert was sounded immediately after the incident. Cops erected special nakas looking for the bike and the scooter. Police sources said the scooter was likely to be found at an abandoned place.



Death in Manhole
MC shrugs off blame
Says death trap was on private plot

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
A day after a 3-year-old girl drowned in an open manhole in Focal Point, cops are struggling to fix the responsibility on the person whose negligence cut short a life at such a tender age.

The Municipal Corporation has distanced itself from the incident today stating the manhole was not part of a sewer line paid and maintained by the MC.

"It was situated on a private plot. Our staff cannot be held responsible if it was not covered," said MC commissioner Vikas Partap.

He said the fact came to light in an inquiry conducted by an MC official, who tabled his report today.

He said the plot on which the sewer line was situated belonged to the Knitwear Development Board. No official of the board was available for comments.

SHO Focal Point Gurdev Singh said an investigation was on to find out who was at fault, "I have not received the inquiry report of the MC in this matter. The parents of the victim have also stated that they considered it as an accident and have not sought police action."

He said still the police was bound to find the guilty persons and was investigating the matter under Section 174 CrPC.

Shanti fell to death in the open manhole in Phase 3, Focal Point, last afternoon. She was playing with her brother Shiv and sister Sonia, who were elder to her.

The children were running here and there when Shanti fell into the hole. She died instantly as a neighbourer, Pramod, hearing the cries of other children jumped into the manhole. He could only retrieve the body.

Her father Varinder is a daily wager. He worked in a factory situated near their house only.



Protests against ‘tampering’ with poll results
Our Correspondents

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 27
Irate mobs of supporters of various candidates backed by the Congress and the SAD kept the police on its toes at polling booths of the area last night. Had extra force not reached the spot, agitators could have torched a bus carrying polling staff and ballot papers at the Hargobindpura polling booth.

A major tragedy was averted at GHG Khalsa School, Bahadurgarh, near here, when a police party led by DSP, Dehlon, dispersed a mob by using mild force at about 11pm yesterday.

Supporters of defeated candidates had accused the polling staff of tampering with the records and favouring certain candidates supported by the SAD.

“Though the counting staff had declared me the winner on the basis of votes counted by them, the presiding officer changed the result and announced that I had lost the election,” alleged Ram Sheesh. His supporters had earlier distributed sweets to celebrate his victory.

Infuriated Congress activists also joined the migrant labourers and tried to break open the door of the bus that had been bolted to protect the polling staff.

It was at about 11 pm that a special mobile team led by the DSP rescued the staff after dispersing the mob by using mild force and persuasion.

The situation remained tense at Chhappar village for at least six hours. Though the authorities had already taken preventive measures, a large number of youths, armed with crude weapons, had gathered on two sides of the village at the time of the counting.

The authorities, apprehending violence, delayed the announcement of the results till midnight when a special team had arrived to handle the situation.

The chief election commissioner, acting on the demand of Ravinder Singh, a Congress- backed candidate, had directed deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, and the SSP to take security measures at Chhappar.

The local police had initiated probe into an incident of violence in which two Dalit panches and their supporters were attacked by goons of some defeated candidates last night.

Clashes were also reported from a few other villages but no case was registered at any of the police stations. The SSP Ludhiana (Rural) said action would be initiated in case formal complaints were received.



Workshop on Ayurvedic drugs today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
The national body of the Ayurvedic drug manufacturers association (ADMA) along with the department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Omani, sidha, homeopathy) of the Central government is organising one-day national technical workshop at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here on May 28.

The workshop will concentrate on understanding “good-manufacturing practises” (GMP) compliance issues pertaining to the traditional and proprietary Ayurvedic drugs manufacturing as also ways of implementing new notifications of various amendments pertaining to heavy metal controls, shelf life, labelling systems and centralised registration of approved drugs, besides giving presentations for implementing qualitative standard

Commissioner, AYUSH, Punjab, K.B.S.Sidhu, and director, Ayurveda, Punjab, Rakesh Sharma, all districts Ayurvedic officers besides other dignitaries and officials from departments concerned of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand will attend this workshop along with officials from department of AYUSH.

Regional secretary (North)-cum-president, Punjab chapter of ADMA, Rajesh Thapar, said the workshop had evoked a huge response from manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicines from all parts of these states. He said AYUSH sector-related manufacturing industry was still in a nascent stage of evolution and the rules being formulated now should have a long-term effect on the progress of this sector.

Thapar stated that in this first of its kind workshop, which was specially being organised for small and cottage-level Ayurvedic industry, the national adviser (Ayurveda) of WHO, Dinesh Katoch, will chair the technical session. Experts in the field like Dabur research foundation director K.R. Kohli, Ayurvedic pharmacopeia committee member Vaidya Prajapati, Pramod Sharma from Baidyanath, Ranjit Puranik from Shree Dhootpapeshwar, Dr Nagesh Sandu from Sandu Brothers and A.K. Tiwari from Ayurvet will deliver lectures on qualitative approach of Ayurvedic drugs.

Ayurvedacharya Pradeep Nagrath, CEO, India’s first certified Ayurvedic GMP unit (from Pentavox) and member of national managing committee of the ADMA will also share his views in this workshop.



Tributes paid to Pandit Nehru
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
Rich tributes were paid to first prime minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on his death anniversary at a meeting held at Congress Bhawan here today. The day was observed as “prerna diwas” (inspiration day) by the party workers.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagmohan Sharma, president, District Congress Committee (Urban), recalled that it was due to relentless struggle by freedom fighters like Nehru that the country had attained Independence from the British rule. Prominent speakers were Sushil Parashar, organiser, Congress Sewa Dal, Dimple Rana, president, District Youth Congress, Ramesh Joshi, Hans Raj Gagat, Sameer Sharma, Rachpal Gill, Kala Sareen, Ajit Singh Bhangani and Amarjit Oberoi.



Defeated candidate dies of heart attack
Our Correspondent

Rohira (Mandi Ahmedgarh), May 27
Celebration over the formation of the panchayat in this village turned into mourning for the second term consecutively when Gulzar Singh, a defeated candidate, died of heart attack hours after declaration of results yesterday.

Gulzar Singh, a former veterinary doctor, backed by the Congress died of heart attack last night. Though his supporters expected him to win by a wide margin, he lost in the election.

For the village, it is not the first time that such a tragedy struck it. Five youths from three victorious families had died in a road accident on June 30, 2003, the last day of panchayat polling that year.

Gulzar was so hopeful of his victory that he could not endure the defeat.



Teachers’ body divided over office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Despite the recommendation of names for the office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) by a special committee, a deadlock prevails in the teachers’ body over their acceptability. The committee had been constituted following differences among different groups of the union.

The committee, yesterday evening, had cleared the name of R.S.Brar as president of the union. Other proposed office-bearers were Davinder Joshi, vice-president, R.B.Singh, general secretary, and H.S.Walia, finance secretary.

"We recommended the names following discussions with different groups. However, now I have been informed that certain differences still exist. It is up to the union members as to whom they accept," said a committee member.



Chahal case adjourned till June 3
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
A fast-track court headed by Manjinder Singh, additional sessions judge, today adjourned the high-profile attempt-to- murder and land-grab case involving Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh till June 3.

The Court heard the arguments on the application filed by one of the accused Kartar Singh Grewal. In his application, he sought the permission to place on record the copies of judgments, in cases relating to the complainant of this case, Harchand Chand. The prosecution opposed the plea of accused. The court reserved order for the next hearing.

Chahal along with several of his relatives was booked at the Sadar police station on June 10, 2007. All the accused attended the court proceedings.



Failure to maintain records
Registration of 10 scan centres suspended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
The health department has suspended registration of 10 ultrasound scan centres for failure to maintain proper records as provided under the PNDT Act 1994 while 12 others were served show-cause notices for incomplete documentation during the past one month.

Giving this information at a meeting of the district advisory committee under the PNDT Act, held here today, the district health and family welfare officer, Dr Reena Sandhu, said inspection of 77 scan centres was carried out during April and May 2008 to ensure scrupulous compliance of the provisions of PNDT Act.

Following inspection of documents and other record, registration of Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, Shastri Nagar, Gamma Scan and Path Laboratory, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sidharth Scan and Diagnostic Centre, Shastri Nagar, Deepak Hospital, Sarabha Nagar, Chirayu Hospital, Dholewal Chowk, Munjal X-ray, Brown Road, Rattan Hospital, Harcharan Nagar, Aggarwal Hospital, Jamalpur and Archna Diagnostic, Aggar Nagar was suspended.

In a note of caution to the scan centres, she said stern action, as provided under the law, would be taken against those who failed to abide by provisions of the PNDT Act.



110 attend nursing workshop
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
Christian Medical College and Hospital today organised a continuous nursing education (CNE) programme under the supervision of Triveni Rajappa, nursing superintendent, for trained nurses working in the hospital.

The programme was aimed at refreshing and updating the skills and knowledge of the nurses, so as to enable them to provide comprehensive nursing care to the patients.

This workshop was a part of the ongoing in-service education program and its theme was “What we ought to know.” As many as 110 participants attended the workshop.

Ten professionals delivered lectures. The lectures focused on topics like importance of a nurse, medical and nursing rounds and their importance, bill of patients, importance of documentation, calculation of drugs for adults and children dose, needle stick injury, injection control in hospital and bio-medical waste management.



50 boys, girls take part in trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 27
More than fifty boys and girls from various schools of the district attended the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Swimming Association (LDSA) to select the Ludhiana sub-junior boy’s and girl’s teams at the municipal corporation swimming pool, Rakh Bagh, here today. These aspirants were asked to meet the time record set for the trials. The selection panel comprising Amandeep Kaur and Ajay Sharma, both coaches and Ajay Sharma, honorary secretary of the association, supervised the aspirants before finalising the teams.

The selected swimmers will represent Ludhiana in the State Sub-Junior Swimming Championship slated to be held at the same venue on June 1.



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