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Once again, girls outdo boys in Class X
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Girls once again outdid boys in the Central Board of Secondary Education Class X exams, results for which were declared today. At least two-thirds of the 200 toppers in the city, who have secured more than 90 per cent, are girls.

Schools in the city which feature on the top list of merit holders (above 90 per cent) included Sacred Heart Convent, Sarabha Nagar, Sacred Heart, BRS Nagar, BCM Arya Model School and DAV School.

Rush of students in schools started at around 9 a.m. A large section of the students already knew their results as they had accessed the data on the internet. Sulekha, a student, said "My dad gave me a hug when he told me my result, this morning. I came here only to congratulate my friends and discuss our future proposals for our education".

A number of girls could be seen carrying chocolates to share with their friends under the shade of trees in their schools. Groups of boys were partying with bottles of cold drinks and also could be seen sharing personal jokes and enjoying.

"This is just a break before we enroll for tougher studies ahead", Rajinder Sharma, a beaming teenager, said.

Dr Rattan Singh, a mathematics teacher, said "Parents these days are concerned about the academic interests of their children. More than a dozen parents today spent very long time with me asking the mental aptitude of their wards. They want to be sure about the capability of their wards before they get them admitted".

Rajini Singh, a mother, said "my son is not good in science and mathematics. A majority of his classmates have taken either medical or non-medical streams saying they wanted to take courses which will facilitate their entry straight into professional courses. My son wants to enter some course in animation which we have not heard about. I have talked to two teachers, however, still am undecided".

No less achievers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Physical disability could not prove to be a handicap for them who overpowered their impairment and came out with flying colours in the CBSE Class X examination.

Two students, a partially visually challenged and the other, a kid suffering from Cerebral Palsy, did the city proud by scoring 91 per cent and 82 per cent marks, respectively.

Bikram Singh, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, had to put in extra effort compared to his counterparts as he had only 40 per cent sight left. He could not read from books like a normal child, Bikram had to scan his books on a computer and read the biggest font available.

“This made my life more difficult than a normal child. It took a lot of time to scan every page and then read every line. Hardship became a way of my life,” said Bikram.

Jaskaran Singh, a student of Guru Nanak Public School, who is suffering from Cerebral Palsy, left his parents, both doctors, very elated with his success.

“My son really worked hard. Despite his handicap, he was always studying, going to tuitions and school. He has really done us proud. We were hopeful that he would come out with flying colours and he has done it,” said his mother Dr Neelam.




Garima Goyal   (First)
Garima Goyal   (First)

Garima Goyal of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, topped Ludhiana district in the Class X CBSE examination with 97.8 per cent marks.

Garima, who plays considerably unconventional sorts like volleyball and football, has devoted eight to nine hours to studies during her exams.

She has scored 100 out of 100 in maths and science and 95 marks in English. She says, "I could have done better in the English exams."

She wants to be a computer engineer ans is passionate about her work and that is what her success mantra also, "I concentrate a lot on what I am doing, I think my passion for studies has paid off this time."

Harvineet Singh, (Second)
Harvineet Singh, (Second)

Harvineet Singh from BCM Arya Model School, Chandigarh Road, who stood second in the district with score of 97.4 per cent, is already away to Kota to prepare for his studies. Harvineet Singh, who topped his class from Class I onwards till his matriculation is content with his second spot.

Son of a doctor, he has participated in the International Informatics Olympiad last year, where he secured 35th rank in the state. Not just in studies, he has made his presence felt in the field of sports also. He was a member of Ludhiana Sahodya School Complex basketball team, which stood first consecutively for three years.

Harvineet, who aims to be an engineer, is looking forward to top the IIT-JEE examination.

His success mantra, "Give your best short to whatever you are doing."

Jalnidh Kaur (Third)
Jalnidh Kaur (Third)

Jalnidh Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, has stood third in the district with 96.6 per cent marks.

Hooked to fiction and non-fiction novels, she has recently returned from Hawai, the US, after participating in the essay competition based on "Values of Life".

She won accolades for her essay on “Global Peace”. Looking forward to work for the United Nation to maintain global peace and development, she wants to first serve the country by joining the civil services. Jalnidh feels that the examination should not be the sole criteria to evaluate the abilities of a students.

"Rather then organising examination, stress should be laid on the classroom discussion and overall development of a student," she says. Her success mantra, "Discipline is the hallmark of success".

Jasleen tops in Sahnewal
Our Correspondent

Jasleen Bhullar, topper, being offered sweet at Tagore International School at Sahnewal on Thursday.
Jasleen Bhullar, topper, being offered sweet at Tagore International School at Sahnewal on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Sahnewal, May 29
Jasleen Bhullar of Tagore International Public School topped in Sahnewal by securing 95.8 per cent marks in Class X CBSE results which were declared this morning.

Rupali Jindal and Navkiran Kaur secured second and third positions in the school by secuirng 94 per cent and 88 per cent marks, respectively.

Col Kulwinder Singh, principal of the school, said Jasleen Bhullar had brought laurels for the institution as this was the highest pecentage secured by any student in the school. He added that it was the result of hardwork and determination of students as well as of the teachers. The school has achieved 100 per cent result.

The parents of Jasleen, too, were happy over the success of their daughter. 



Panchayat Poll
Results manipulated, says candidate
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A woman candidate having contested in panchayat elections from Kasabad village today submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner-cum district electoral officer, alleging the polling staff of manipulation in results.

The memorandum was received by ADC (D) Priyank Bharti, Ludhiana, in the absence of the deputy commissioner, who has asked the complainant to meet the DC tomorrow morning.

Jasmel Kaur and Suvinder Kaur were contesting from the reserved seat in Kasabad village wherein both contestants got equal number of votes. Returning officer SDO Daljit Singh with the consent of candidates and polling agents decided to hold draw of lots.

Jasmel Kaur alleged that she was declared the winner in presence of the whole village on May 26 and was even congratulated by her opponent. "I was shocked when my opponent along with her supporters challenged the decision on false accusations of her absence at the time of declaration of results," said Jasmel.

Jasmel, registering her complaint with the deputy commissioner, has asked to mark an inquiry into the matter accusing the returning officer for having sided with her opponent. "The result has been manipulated as Savinder Kaur enjoys the support of SAD and I happen to be staunch supporter of the Congress", added the complainant.

It was also learnt that Suvinder Kaur has been declared winner by officials at the DC office today as her supporters were distributing sweets among villagers.

Inderjit Singh, PPCC secretary and former sarpanch of Kasabad, further accused the officials of having lied to them stating that Suvinder was declared the winner as her opponent Jasmel Kaur did not come to DC office despite the repeated reminders.



Revolver stolen from museum recovered
Two teenagers held, but museum officials see insider’s hand
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The police claims to have solved a case of an antique revolver stolen from War Museum with the arrest of two teenagers. But museum officials have not satisfied, who suspect the police had ignored an "insider" involved in the job.

A day after the police recovered the revolver belonging to the erstwhile Patiala princely state from two teenagers when they were sitting in a park, the member secretary of the War Museum, Col (retd.) Mulkjeet Singh Sandhu, today told Ludhiana Tribune that the police was not investigating the role of a security guard of the museum in the case.

"The two accused teenagers had never visited the museum. Some one must have handed over the weapon to them after stealing it from the museum. Yet, the cops have coolly sent the teenagers to children’s home without going in details on how they got the weapon, "the Col said.

He said as per the visitors record of the museum dated May 20, when the revolver went missing, no teenager had visited it, "It was raining that day.” There were a few visitors. At 4:45 pm, all weapons, artefacts and exhibits were intact. The theft was noticed at 8:45 pm. It meant only one guard left at the museum after 4:45 was the main suspect," he said.

The FIR lodged by the Colonel named the guard as the main suspect. However, the cops did not detain him. The Colonel said he learnt from the newspapers only that the theft was solved. "The police did not bother to tell us first. The cops usually bring the accused to the crime scene for verifying the manner in which the crime was committed."

SP City-III Sajjan Singh Cheema said the problem seemed to have occurred as the Division No 7 police have arrested the teenagers whereas the FIR was registered at the Salem Tabri police station.

"Still, we have taken note of the arguments made by the War Museum officials. We may bring the teenagers on production remand from the Juvenile Home for going into the depth into the matter."



Respite from hot weather expected
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
This year, the month of May remained the coolest in the last 15 years with the lowest temperature recorded at 22.5 °C (maximum) on May 20. The unusual cool and squally May was a sign of climate change.

As there was no major crop in the fields, the rainfall was good for paddy transplantation, which will begin around June 10 in Punjab region.

According to experts at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the current rains cannot be termed as pre-monsoon showers. These were due to influence of cyclonic circulation over Pakistan and adjoining Rajasthan.

Dr G.S. Bains, head of the agro-meteorological department of PAU, said forecast available from the global models for northwest India, including Punjab, indicate that the region was expected to experience near normal temperatures during the later part of the month.

There would be a temporary respite during the coming weekend (up to May 30) as some cloudiness was expected during the period, he added.

“In view of likely thunderstorm activity during this period, a temporary respite from hot weather conditions is expected. No significant rainfall activity is expected over and around the city during last week of the May,” informed Dr Bains.

The experts further added that the maximum temperature generally remained below normal during the months of April and May. The highest temperature (41.5 °C) was recorded on April 30. Due to western disturbances, the temperatures remained on the lower side in these months.

Dr K.K. Gill, another meteorologist, said usually May remained one of the hottest months in Punjab with average maximum temperatures around 38.5 °C and minimum temperature around 24.7 °C.

“But the fluctuations are due to western disturbances. One day the temperature reaches 43 degrees while on other days, weather becomes suddenly pleasant,” said Dr Gill.



Missing kid died of drowning: Report
Our Correspondent

Raekot, May 29
Sukhpreet Singh, a two and a half years old child of Kalsan village, who had disappeared under mysterious circumstances four days ago, died of drowning, opined doctors who conducted a postmortem on his body. The body was fished out from the village pond yesterday.

Mithu, a Dalit resident of Kalsan village near here, had informed the police that his son Sukhpreet Singh had disappeared under mysterious circumstances on May 25.

The police initiated a probe into the matter after registering an FIR against unknown persons under Section 365 of IPC.

Acting on information collected by the SIT, supervised by SP (D) Pritam Singh, the police got water drained out from the village pond. Sukhpreet's body was found entangled among aquatic plants, growing in the pond.

As no marks of external injuries were noticed on the body, the police depended on the postmortem report for proceeding further in the case. The report rejected the hypothesis that the child was sodomised and killed to conceal the crime.

"Though it is too early to comment on the exact cause of death, it is suspected that the child died due to entry of water in lungs," said a member of investigating team.

Suhkpreet was last seen playing with other children near his house last Saturday. All children, except Sukhpreet, returned to their homes when weather became hostile due to a strong windstorm.

As there is no barrier around the pond, the police suspects that the child had stumbled into it due to poor visibility. Desertion of streets, following the storm, may be a major factor in letting the incident go unnoticed.

Unfortunately the pond, unlike other water bodies, is deep near the banks also. It is more than seven to eight feet deep near the banks. The authorities have asked the village panchayat to construct a boundary around the pond to avoid reccurrence of such incidents.



14-yr-old girl eats for the first time
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 29
Navjot Kaur, a student of ninth standard in Government School in Saida Chowk in old city, has eaten for the first time ever since she was born. She is overjoyed with the pleasure of being able to open her mouth for the first time in her life. The lucky girl feels that she has literally been reborn, thanks to the Rotary Club of Ludhiana Mid Town.

Dr Ravindra Tah, president of the Rotary Club of Ludhiana Mid Town, while carrying out a health check-up and immunisation of the students of the school Navjot studies in, discovered the severely malnourished unfortunate girl, who had suffered from infection in her early childhood, which had led to permanent closure of her mouth. Since that time, the girl was fed on liquids only.

"Over a period, the bones of her lower jaw fused with the upper jaw and the cranium, and she developed severe bony ankylosis on both sides. It was a challenge to operate her safely with a positive outcome. Another stumbling block in the procedure was that without opening the mouth, it was nor possible to give her safe anesthesia," Dr Tah told The Tribune.

Dr Tah, a noted plastic surgeon, managed to open the mouth of the girl completely without resorting to tracheotomy (making a hole in her wind pipe).

It is also pertinent to note that the hospital did not charge the patient for the complex surgical procedure, which otherwise would have cost her anything from 40 to 50 thousand rupees. The cost of the medicines was also borne by the Rotary Club Ludhiana Mid Town.

Navjot, who had been suffering from poor health and malnutrition, and was thin and frail because of her inability to eat, is now likely to be healthier and will gain weight in due course, Dr Tah remarked.



Oz adventurer to cover Ganges delta on cycle
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Forty-one-year-old Australian adventurer Richard Wierzbinski’s love for Indian culture has motivated him for a trip through the Ganges Delta on a bicycle. He plans to undertake it in October this year. Wierzbinski would undertake his journey via Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. He has travelled 35 countries across the globe on bicycle.

“From a young age, I was fascinated with India and Indian culture. My father spent seven years in Kolapur in Maharashtra in the mid of 1940’s before moving to Australia. He had interesting tales to tell me of his boyhood memories,” he said.

Love for cycling and India made him undertake his first trip to India 13 years ago when he travelled Kerala and rode West Coast to Punjab and even across West Bengal, covering over 6,000 km in a span of four months.

“It helped me to know the real India and I fell in love with the place and its people. After that I undertook five more trips and covered some 25,000 km in different regions of the continent.”

Talking about bicycles, he said, “The one constant the always brought me great joy and interest was the intimate connection the people had with the common robust bicycles. It seemed that the country moved by bicycle, whether it was simply for transport, moving goods.

“Even thought the designs come from an earlier age, the strength and practicality was obvious. On occasions when I would do trips in flatter areas, I would buy a local bicycle for the journey, the first being an Avon’s AB-310.”

He grew so fond of Indian bicycles that he even started a business in Australia selling Avon bicycles under ‘The Classic Bicycle Shop Company’. Apart from various photoshoots, his company also supplied the bicycle for a number of movies, the latest being a $ 200 million Spielberg production called ‘The Pacific’.



Akalgarh market, a firetrap
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Shopkeepers in the Akalgarh market here are virtually sitting on a powder kegm thanks to lack of fire safety measures in the congested market.

Having as many as 750 shops selling readymade garments, shoes, watches, crockery items and many other things, the market can catch fire any time. All market has no fire-fighting systems.

The shopkeepers have encroached on the 16 feet corridors in the market, thereby choking the smooth passage. Huge packets of goods, trolleys and other materials are stored in the corridor making it impossible for people to pass through.

On any given time, there are more than 1,500 people in the shops. Moreover, the market houses a bank, a gurdwara and a small charitable hospital. If the market catches fire, it would be near impossible for the fire-fighting staff to reach inside and rescue those trapped.

‘‘If a fire breaks out, it would be a major tragedy. It will be impossible to carry out the rescue operations as there is no space for the teams. As tons of cloth is stored inside the market, it can catch fire anytime. But this does not wake up the shopkeepers who do not restrain from encroaching,’’ said Kartar Singh Patna, chairman of the Akalgarh Shopkeepers Association.

He added that the space in front of shops was sublet by the shopkeepers also and they did not care. At times if a shopkeepers or a visitor developed a serious health problem, it was very difficult to shift him to a hospital.

‘‘Many times it has happened that we had to waste many precious minutes before shifting a patient to a hospital. On May 15, a shopkeeper suffered a heart attack. An ambulance was called but it could not enter inside. There were makeshift shops, wheelbarrows, huge parcels and many other goods in the corridors which made it near impossible for a stretcher to pass through. It took us 35 minutes to take him to the ambulance which would have taken not more than 5 minutes had the market not been encroached upon. What would a rescue team do in case of exigency? ’’ asked Patna.



9 more pledge to donate their bodies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
The campaign for motivating people to donate their bodies for furtherance of medical education and research being run by New Hope, an NGO here, received a boost with nine more prominent city residents coming forward to pledge donation of their bodies to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here.

In a press release, president of the NGO N.S.Nanda said the donors came from different walks of life, but the noble idea of serving the mankind was common among them. Those who had pledged to donate their bodies included renowned Punjabi singer K. Deep, Professor N.K. Kalia and his wife Kamlesh Kalia, Sunita Bharti, Surinderpal Singh, Surjit Singh, G.S. Puri, Gopi Ram Aggarwal and Basakha Singh.



6 injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
Six persons, including two occupants of a van, were injured when a bundle of over 20-foot-long angle-irons, loaded on a horse-cart, pierced windscreen and windowpanes of the van on Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Alamgir village near here this morning. The injured were shifted to various hospitals at Ludhiana.

SHO Sadar Ludhiana has initiated a probe into the cause of accident. Six persons, including Surjit Singh and Jassi, owner and driver of the van (PB 10 BJ 5358), Bahadur Singh and Ganga Devi, were injured when a bundle of angle-irons loaded on a horse-cart pierced front windscreen of the vehicle at about 5.30 am today.

Investigations revealed that the accident was caused due to sudden whirling of long angle-irons loaded on a horse-cart that was going from Ludhiana to Malerkotla near Alamgir.

Bahadur Singh and Ganga were injured when the motorcycle they were riding, along with a few other two-wheelers, got dragged with the angle-irons for about 200 yards. 



Teachers must vote wisely

Elected representation of college teachers in PU senate is undoubtedly a positive and progressive measure. It provides them a platform to raise their voice for ameliorating their service conditions and redressal of grievances.

But as the senate elections come, sharp battle lines are drawn between the organisations which causes an irreparable damage to the fraternity.

Teachers are supposed to act in a dignified manner. Their methods of voting and campaigning are expected to be of higher level.

This intellectual class must play a constructive role and vote for the most deserving and best candidates rising above class, caste and creed.

K.B.S. Sodhi, Ludhiana

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Five booked for cheating traders
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 29
Five persons have been booked for cheating traders at the cattle fair here today. The accused had also fought with the complainant and beaten him.

The police booked five persons including Sukhwinder Singh of Amloh, Kulwinder of Kadani Khurd, Ravinder Singh of Majri, Hardeep Singh of Dholan Majra and Harbhajan Singh.

Complainant Deepak Kumar from Bijnore (Uttar Pradesh), a trader, complained to the police that the accused had been charging Rs 320 from each trader in lieu of fake tickets of union fees. Besides 4 per cent market fees imposed on traders, the accused had been pocketing Rs 320 per trader. When Depak Kumar objected to this, they beat him up.

The police has booked them under Sections 420, 468, 471, 341, 506 and 120-B at Sadar police station..



Snatching incident: stolen scooter recovered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The city police has recovered the stolen scooter in the Rs 6.50 lakh snatching case. The money was snatched from a hosiery employee two days ago. The Bajaj Chetak scooter (PB-10-4643) was found abandoned in Shimla Puri last evening.

SP-Detective Gurpreet Singh said the police was already expecting to recover the stolen scooter. The dickey of the scooter was found broken. Ram Badan, an employee of J G Garments had kept the money in the dickey.

The police official said not much headway was made in the investigations so far.



Prompt decision on fuel prices must: Dealers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Petroleum dealers today blamed the government for dilly dallying on the price issue and creating panic among fuel consumers.

The dealers said the government should take an immediate decision on whether to hike petrol and diesel prices as undue postponement of it was creating problems  for them.

"People are resorting to panic buying. Demand has risen manifold. So far there is no shortage of stocks but continuous statements from the government are creating uncertainty due to which consumers are panicking," said J.P. Khanna, president of Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association.

Commenting on today's postponement of the decision, Khanna said such statements were adding to the harassment of the dealers. "The stock that lasted say three days earlier is now insufficient even for a day. If the government has a clear intent, it should come out with a decision."

He said the oil companies were running into losses and for the last several days discussions on hiking fuel prices had been on. As public feared a steep hike, they were trying to hoard fuel, he added.



IGNOU begins 8 new courses
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 29
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will launch eight new courses, including a postgraduate certificate course in cyber law, at its regional centre here.

Ashok Sharma, regional director, said the courses would be launched in June. The courses include MA in education and social work, diploma in retailing, a certificate course in functional English, postgraduate certificate courses in endodontics, oral implantology, cyber laws, patents and sericulture.

An awareness activity, focusing on PG certificate course in cyber laws, would be organised on May 31 at the School of Law, IGNOU. Iqbalpreet Singh Sahota, IG, the chief guest and G.I.S. Sandhu, registrar, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, the guest of honour.

The last date for applying for these courses is June 15.



Conference on business management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The Punjab College of Technical Education will organise its 5th international conference on ‘Business challenges and strategies in emerging global scenario’ and 4th international conference on ‘Challenges and development in IT industry’ on May 30 at PCTE campus, Baddowal.

J.R. Singal, managing director of Eastman Industries and Punjab president for CII wing, will be the chief guest and will deliver the keynote address. 



Court restrains LDCA’s activities
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
The Court of Civil Judge Amita Singh has restrained the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) from doing day-to-day activities of the association. The orders were passed by the court in a case filed by Suresh Katyal, claiming to be the secretary of the association, and Sarabjit Singh Kahlon.

The court had also restrained the president of association Rajinder Nath Mahajan, Charanjit Singh (life president), Chaman Lal Malhotra, co-opted vice-chairman, Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, and Rajeev Bajaj, honorary treasurer, and directed to file objection if any on or before June 6.



Raninder seeks release of passport
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
Raninder Singh, son of former Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, today moved an application seeking release of his passport for going abroad in the court of sessions judge G K Rai.

Taking cognisance of the application, the court had issued a notice to the state for filing reply on May 31, 2008. He is one of accused in the alleged multi-crore City Centre Scam and facing trial here.



Submersible pump in court complex inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
The district and sessions judge G K Rai today inaugurated the installation of a submersible pump in the district court complex. This will solve the problem of acute shortage of water being faced by the lawyers, litigants and judicial employees for years.

Fresh drinking water was like a dream for the commuters in the court complex. Even the litigants were unable to find water in the urinals and used to face problems.

The president of the District Bar Association(DBA), Parupkar Singh Ghumman, managed funds for the installation of the submersible pump. Giving details, Ghumman said not even a single penny was used from the funds of the District Bar Association. He said water would be supplied to the Lawyers Chambers Complex as well as to the Judicial Complex. Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda was especially present on this occassion. He lauded the role of the DBA in the installation of the pump.

Senior lawyer Sukhpat Rai Wadhera, DBA secretary Govind Puri, Naveen Sharma, R P S Bhatti, B K Baweja, Amrit Varsha Rampal(councillor), Sanjeev Malhotra, chairman, Young Lawyers Welfare Association, and other office-bearers of the DBA were also present.



Pulse polio campaign from June 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 29
The health department will carry out a pulse polio campaign for children below six years of migrant population in the district from June 1 to 3.

Dr Satpal Sharma, civil surgeon, said 1,100 teams of volunteers would make door-to-door visits in slum areas, labour colonies and other localities inhabited by migrant workers.

Dr Puneet Juneja, paediatrician, reviewed the arrangements at a meeting of the supervisory staff. He said the field staff of the health department, along with NGO volunteers, anganwari workers, clubs and service organisations, would run the campaign.



Fat fuels heart trouble: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Dr Talwinder Singh Kahlon, fellow with the American Heart Association and a senior scientist, Western Regional Research Centre, California, delivered a talk on "Lipids, lipoproteins and the risk of heart disease and stroke" at PAU here today.

Dr Kahlon said coronary heart disease (CHD) was linked with the family history, age and gender. The risk though higher in men, was increasing faster in women. Intake of fat and alcohol led to obesity that could result in infertility, gallstones and even cancer.

"Eating is pleasurable, but we must avoid fat intake if we want our heart to be sound", he said.

Dr Kahlon highlighted that incidents of heart disease, stroke and diabetes were responsible for 23 per cent deaths in developing countries and 56 per cent in developed countries, the figures for cancer were 17 and 20 per cent respectively.

Dr S.S. Johl, eminent economist, said, “The best food for joints is exercise.” He explained that too much dieting should be avoided.

Dr Manjit Singh Kang, VC, thanked Dr Kahlon, an alumnus of PAU.



ESPN to telecast UEFA Euro Soccer Tourney
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 29
Taking into consideration the growing popularity of football in India, the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) has marked it as an emerging TV market for the forthcoming UEFA Euro-2008 Tournament, the biggest sporting event globally in terms of viewership. All 31 matches of this event, slated to be kicked off from June 7, will be shown live on ESPN.

According to a press note released here today by the ESPN Star Sports Channel, the UEFA derived confidence from the fact that soccer’s popularity chart had been going upwards in India over the past few years. The game had firmly established itself as the second most popular sport in the country, it added.

It further said the younger generation, especially in the metros, recognised and related to the mega stars participating in the event. The channel expected that this increased interest would be translated into unprecedented reach and ratings for UEFA Euro-2008.

“Soccer viewership has been on the rise in India. FIFA World Cup-2006 put soccer in different league, reaching out to a cumulative audience of 627 million, registering 9.1 TVR on an All-India basis, which is comparable to top performing soaps and one-day international cricket matches.

One expects India to be the biggest viewers of the UEFA Euro-2008 football experience outside Europe,” the note read.



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