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Ticket To Abroad
Travel agent, accomplices dupe youths of Rs 1 crore
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Raikot, July 12
In one of the biggest emigration frauds reported in recent times, a gang led by a Delhi-based travel agent and a ‘Godman’ has duped 50-odd youths of the state of over Rs 1 crore on the pretext of sending them abroad. Most of the youths were of Raikot town.

Prime accused travel agent of Delhi, Vineet Jain, is missing with most of the money. His alleged accomplice Baba Afran Sanwri of Shahjahanpur, a self-styled ‘godman’, is also on the run.

The police has arrested the two alleged "front" persons of the gang. They are Amarjit Kaur, belonging to Parwali near Ahmedgarh, who lived in a rented house in Raikot, and Suresh Jain, a prominent cloth merchant of the town.

The tricksters duped the youths on the promise of emigration via marriage, study visa, and job visa. The police said it was alarmed to find that the gangsters showed fake visas, appointment letters, admission letters and even some suspected fake NRI girls to some of the youths.

The case came to light when Gurmukh Singh of Rajgarh village complained to the police about the false promises made by the woman. He said the woman sought Rs 38 lakh from him for sending his son abroad by marrying him to an NRI girl.

They claimed that they gave her Rs 2 lakh as advance. But when they saw the girl in Chandigarh, shown by the accused Amarjit Kaur, they suspected if she was an NRI.

They demanded their money back at which Amarjit Kaur reluctantly gave them a cheque for Rs 2 lakh. The cheque bounced, forcing them to seek police help.

By the time the police booked the four accused under Sections 406, 420, 465, 471. 468, 120-B of the IPC for fraud and cheating, more complainants reached the police stations crying over the financial set back and loss of face in society at the hands of the gang.

DSP, Raikot, Narinderpal Singh Ruby, said by last evening 25 victimised youths had come forward to lodge complaints. Each of them was duped of Rs 2 to Rs 10 lakh, taken as advance by the gang for sending them abroad.

The number swelled to more than 50 by this evening as the news spread. The gangsters allegedly have pocketed more than Rs 1 crore. The DSP said the number of victims may increase further.

Relatives of the cloth merchant and accused in the fraud case tried to physically prevent The Tribune team from taking his pictures when he was being produced before a duty magistrate in Jagraon.

The duty magistrate Ranjeev Kumar Vashisht earlier remanded them to police custody till July 16. The police contended it had to recover money and fake documents from the accused besides finding out the whereabouts of the two missing accused.

The police said the prime accused Vineet Jain of Delhi was not found at the address where he used to meet the youths earlier. The owner of the Mohini Park Colony, Madhuban Chowk, New Delhi-based house said he left a few days ago.


Poor students still can’t get admissions
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The tall claims of the state government to provide free education to the poor and needy have fallen flat. Contrary to the claims made recently by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a college convocation here of imparting free education to deserving students, including rural (10 per cent), about 10 meritorious students failed to get admission at the local SCD Government College due to shortage of finances.

It is learnt that 10 seats of BCA course at the college remained vacant as parents of these brilliant students did not have substantial amounts to be deposited as admission fees. The merit for BCA at college went up to 73.5 per cent. These students, in spite of getting above 78 per cent marks, could not secure a seat for themselves due to financial constraints.

Sukhjeet Singh, a disappointed boy from Chauriyan village near Macchiwara, scored 78 per cent in 10 plus 2. He felt happy that he would be able to get admission at the SCD college. "But my dreams were shattered when I was asked to deposit a huge amount of Rs 21,308 for BCA I. I have lost my father who served in the Indian Army for long. We do get the pension, but it is too less to serve my purpose", he said in a dejected manner.

The case of Princedeep Singh, who scored 78.5 per cent, is no different either. Son of a mason, he said the poor had no right to dream big. He worked hard in plus two thinking that he would be able to get his BCA degree. "Now I feel that my efforts have gone waste. I should have joined my father. I came to know about 10 per cent reserved seats recently but it seems that such schemes exist on paper only", said Princedeep.

Ravi Shankar, father of Mahesh Tiwari, who scored above 81 per cent marks, said the admission fees was too huge to be paid by him. Since his son was brilliant in studies, he pleaded that he could deposit the fees in instalments. "But they refused to entertain my request and said rules did not permit this. With just Rs 4,000 in hand every month, how can I provide education to my son. Mahesh is under depression these days but he has to come out of it. There is no other way”, said the helpless father.

Colleges have received a directive from Panjab University, Chandigarh, about the increase in the number of seats (10) in courses like BBA, B.Com, BCA etc. Authorities at SCD college have filled 30 seats so far; 10 seats have remained vacant as these students failed to deposit the fees. Ten more seats will now be added but there seems to be no end to their woes.

Meanwhile, principal Dr Malkiat Singh said admissions were given as per the university norms. “We have not received any circular from the state government regarding free education to deserving or rural students. I will speak to DPI (Colleges) and admissions will be given accordingly”, he said.



Gifting cellphone to friend cost him his life
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Gifting a cellphone to a childhood female friend allegedly cost a married man of local Beantpura his life. The man committed suicide after a tiff over the issue with the parents of the girl living in the neighbourhood.

The 29-year-old Sonu, the father of a three-year-old girl, breathed his last at CMC hospital here today after oscillating between life and death for four days.

The police later this evening booked Saroj Rani (mother of the female friend), her other daughter, Rama, and son, Raju, for allegedly forcing the man to commit suicide. The police said so far there was no allegation against the female friend.

The police said the post-mortem examination report to ascertain the kind of poison consumed was awaited.

Sonu's mother, Kamla Rani, said her family was very close to her neighbour Saroj Rani for the last 22 years when both the families came to street number 1 of Beantpura area and settled there. Since then the two families had very good relations.

She added that Saroj would treat Sonu like her son but suddenly on July 9, she called him up at his workplace in the Focal Point area and abused him for gifting the phone to her younger unmarried daughter.

‘‘It was not uncommon for our children to exchange gifts on birthdays. Her daughter gifted my son a teeshirt on his birthday. But she took offence to my son's gift. She called him to meet her at her house after 4 pm that day. When my son came home, he asked me to accompany him to their house. When we both went there, she along with her son and elder divorced daughter got very angry and started abusing my son,’’ said Kamla.

She added that her younger daughter kept on telling Saroj that there was nothing wrong in their relationship and that he was a married man. ‘‘I also requested her not to rake up the issue like this. I told her if she suspected them of some relationship, we all can sit together and make them understand. She was so upset that she kept on threatening my son to kill him, accusing him of breaching her trust,’’ said Kamla.

She said she came back from her house thinking the issue was not reaching any conclusion. ‘‘Soon after my son came back dejected. After a few minutes, he started vomiting. We shifted him to CMC hospital where doctors said he was very critical. There was no hope for his survival. We do not know whether he consumed poison after being reprimanded or she forced him to ingest the toxin.’’

SHO Harpal Singh of Division number 7, said prima facie it was a case of abetment to suicide. The police had recorded the statements of both the parties.



Docs’ prescriptions cost dear to patients
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
With doctors prescribing high-priced medicines, ignoring the economical range, the cost of treatment has shown a steep increase during the past one decade.

In complete disregard to the agony of the sick and needy, the doctors at private as well as government hospitals are prescribing 'ethical' medicines instead of 'generic' medicines. Ethical drugs are priced higher than generic drugs.

A doctor, working at a Primary Health Centre, while pointing towards the price variation in medicines manufactured by pharmaceuticals, said, "Cetrizine (anti-allergic) manufactured by Glaxo and Cipla is priced at Rs 35 per strip whereas the same medicine manufactured by companies like Lyca and Themis is available for just Rs 10. But the doctors prefer to prescribe the expensive range as they are offered attractive incentives by the pharmaceuticals concerned."

The price of Augmentin (an antibiotic) varies between Rs 15 to Rs 40 and interestingly a majority of the drug stores run by private hospitals are selling Augmentin manufactured by Glaxo, which is the costliest.

Similarly, G.S. Chawla, general secretary of the Wholesale Chemists Association, raised a question mark on the conduct of doctors, stating that they demand sponsored tours from pharmaceuticals in lieu of prescribing the company medicines. "The patients suffer on account of the 'understanding' between the doctors and medical representatives of pharmaceuticals,”.

Speaking in his capacity as a senior physician, Dr R Vatsyayan stated that it had become imperative for the government agencies to intervene and inquire into the unethical practices of doctors especially the ones working under the state government. "The doctors are availing tour packages ranging between Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh in lieu of prescribing medicines worth Rs 50 lakh plus per year and these sponsored holidays are planned under the garb of medical conferences," the doctor said.

It is for the government to frame a drug- control policy and implement it with an iron hand, stated district president, Indian Medical Association, Dr Arun Mitra. Even the companies selling generic drugs are arbitrarily selling them on printed rates against the prescribed lower prices thereby defeating the purpose of having generic drugs in the market."



Vegetable prices zoom up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Vegetable prices continued to sore this week as well with most items recording 10 per cent to 40 per cent increase. Vegetable sellers attributed the rising trend to shortage in supplies. The existing stocks, too, were getting destroyed that had further contributed to rising prices, they added.

Maximum increase was recorded in the rates of tomatoes, ginger and potatoes, the rates of which saw nearly double hike. Tomatoes that were priced in wholesale markets at Rs 7 per kg a week ago, are now available for Rs 12, while ginger has witnessed an increase from Rs 20 to Rs 25 to Rs 35 to Rs 40 per kg and potatoes are now available for Rs 8 against their earlier price of Rs 4 to Rs 5 per kg.

Garlic is priced at Rs 30 to Rs 35 per kg, from Rs 25 that prevailed a week ago, lady finger is now available for Rs 10 to Rs 11, capsicum for Rs 18 to Rs 20 while the price of cauliflower is Rs 11 to Rs 12 per kg, cabbage Rs 4, green peas Rs 24 to Rs 25, french beans Rs 15 to Rs 16 and cucumber Rs 9 to Rs 10 per kg. These vegetables have recorded 20 per cent to 40 per cent rise.

Prices in retail markets are 30 per cent to 100 per cent higher than wholesale. "There has been a significant affect on supplies.

The rates have been increasing for more than three weeks now. Given the situation, where even existing stuff is getting damaged due to rain and there is a shortage in arrivals, the upward movement is expected to continue," said Amarbir Singh, general secretary, Ludhiana Fruit and Vegetable Commission Agents Association.

Prices of fruits, meanwhile, remained stable. A box of 7 to 8 kg “dussehri” mangoes is pried at Rs 110, while Kashmiri apples are available for Rs 120 to Rs 150 a box of similar quantity. Leechi is priced at Rs 450 per box of 10 kg in the wholesale market while pears from Kullu are available in markets for Rs 35 to Rs 45 per kg.



Contractors at loggerheads over stubble picking
Our Correspondent

Khamanon, July 12
Picking up of the paddy stubble from the local Grain Market has taken an ugly turn with a Naib Tehsildar, two contractors and the police at loggerheads over the issue.

Naib Tehsildar Balwinder Singh said stubble had been lying in the grain market from the past a few months. At first, the contractor failed to lift it and didn’t even bother to remit the required amount. The aggrieved party moved the court that appointed him as receiver for disposing of the case by giving the contract to some other contractor. After the court’s order he auctioned the paddy stubble to a Pehova contractor for Rs 2.40 lakh. But, when Pehova contractor’s workers reached the spot to lift the stubble they were chased away by women staff of the first contractor.

The contractor approached the court in this regard. The court directed the police to provide security cover to the contractor. The contractor even met the Fatehgarh Sahib SSP but nothing has been done so far.

When DSP Khamanon was contacted he said they had not received any order from the court or senior officers in this regard. Women employees of the first contractor stated that they had given hard earned money to the woman contractor for remitting it to the market committee, but she failed to do so. They warned that they would not allow anyone to lift the paddy stubble without compensating their money.



Lions Club elect new executive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Lions Club (vegetarian), Ludhiana, elected its new executive in a special function yesterday. Dr Jasbir Singh Bawa was elected club president for the year 2008-09.

Ten new members were added to the existing executive of the club who were administered oath in the presence of former district Lion governor K.S. Sohal. District vice-governor Dr Manmohan Kaushal was also present during the oath-taking ceremony.

In his address, Dr Bawa assured that he would live up to the expectations of the team members and make sincere efforts to take up the projects for the coming year.



Hike interest rate

Inflation has touched 11.89 per cent. With no respite from the rising crude oil prices, inflation may rise further and touch 14 to 14.5 per cent, as per Assoc ham Eco Pulse (AEP) study.

With the increase in prices of commodities, the rate of Repo, CRR (cash reserve ratio) as well as PLR (prime lending rate) etc. by the Reserve Bank of India, the concerned authorities should increase the rate of interest being provided on saving bank accounts as well. It's a matter of surprise that 3.50 per cent rate interest is being provided on the savings made by lower as well as middle-class people.

Moreover, it seems that banking authorities are undervaluing such accounts.

Authorities are therefore requested to treat the matter at priority and concrete efforts must be taken to hike the rate of interest on saving bank accounts to at least 6.50 per cent.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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One injured in firing
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 12
Two motorcyclists today fired with a revolver to snatch a cash bag from Keemati Lal, but Vijay Kumar (36) was hit a bullet on the leg.

Keemati Lal, who was working in a firm, was going with a cash bag containing Rs 80,000 on a scooter. Two persons on a black motorcycle hit him in Motia Khan here. Keemati Lal ran into nearby firm of DP Steel and the persons fired at him.

The bullet missed the aim and hit Vijay Kumar who was sitting in a nearby shop of Guru Kirpa Decorators. The motorcyclists managed to escape from the site.

The injured was taken to the local Civil Hospital.

The police has registered an FIR against two unidentified persons.

Chain, purse snatched

Khanna: Three unidentified men snatched a gold chain and purse containing Rs 10,000 from a woman here last evening when the woman was on her way back home. The snatchers were riding a bike.

In her complaint to the police, Ranjeet Kaur said the snatchers fled after the incident. A case has been registered against three unidentified persons and the matter is being investigated.

2 booked for fraudulent withdrawal

The Khanna police has booked a safai karamchari and a cop deployed in the State Bank of India, Khanna branch, for withdrawing Rs 1.95 lakh fraudulently.

Branch manager Deepak Jassal had lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. He said safai karamchari Rohit Kumar found a few keys and handed it over to Amit Kumar, a sepoy from 3 IRB, deployed in the bank. Amit stole ATM codes from the bank and withdrew the money between April 19 and April 23.

Bank officials questioned both Amit and Rohit on finding that the money was withdrawn by them. A case under Sections 379 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against them. Raids were being conducted to nab the culprits.



Minor raped
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 12
A minor was raped by Taran Kumar, alias Tarni of Acharwal. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 376, 366A, 323 of the IPC following a complaint by the victim’s mother.

According to information, the girl was coming back from school on July 10 when she was abducted and raped by the accused.

The victim is admitted to the Raikot Civil Hospital. No arrest has been made so far.



300 teachers stage dharna
Want govt to recruit them as permanent staff

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Braving rain, at least 300 computer teachers representing the Computer Teachers’ Union (Contractual), Punjab, staged a dharna at the Bharat Nagar Chowk and blocked the traffic for more than two hours.

Their agitation led to massive traffic jam at the Bharat Nagar Chowk and Jagraon Bridge causing inconvenience to a large number of commuters. The teachers urged the government to fulfill its promise and recruit them as permanent teachers rather then contractual ones.

According to Manjinder Singh, general secretary of the union, nearly 7,000 teachers have not been paid salaries for the past three months. Gurvinder Singh, president, Computer Teachers Union (Contractual), Punjab, said: “During the time of the legislative assembly elections, the SAD and BJP combined promised to recruit us as permanent employees.

It has been more than a year that the government has been in power but nothing has been done in these regards. It has forgotten us. What more can be asked, even to get our salary we have to stage dharna.”

On the other hand commuters complained that such agitations were becoming a routine affair and cause a lot of inconvenience to them. Sanjiv Kumar complained, “I had to immediately reach hospital for attending my friend, who is suffering from a chronic ailment, but for the past half- an -hour I am stuck in this jam. If these teachers have resentment against the leaders, they should agitate in front of their residents. Why should they make the innocent commuter suffer?”



100 special kids given certificates
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 12
Under the Sarv Sikhya Abhyan launched by director general, education, Kishan Kumar to issue certificates to physically and mentally challenged children which would help them stand on their feet, a camp was organised at Government Senior Secondary School (boys) here on Friday.

The camp was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Singla. He highlighted various schemes of the government to help the needy. SDM Punamdeep Kaur, DEO (S) Vijay Kaushal, BPEO Balkar Kaur, principal Navtejinder Kumar, BRP Boota Singh and Dharam Singh also addressed the inaugural function. Teams from Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajinder Hospital, Patiala, examined the percentage of disability in children.

Camp organiser DEO (E) Roshan Lal Sood said out of 120 candidates, only 100 could be issued certificates till late evening, the remaining 20 would be given the certificates at the next camp on July 14 at Hansali village. The beneficiaries would be transported free of cost from Amloh to Hansali and back by the department, he asserted.

The beneficiaries were told to bring along four photographs with them.



Alumni assn honours Dr Katyal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Executive members of the Alumni Association of College of Agriculture at PAU met today to discuss the plans and programmes of the association. An alumnus of the college Dr J.C. Katyal, VC of CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, was the chief guest while PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Katyal remembered his days spent at College of Agriculture. He said PAU had progressed tremendously since then and he felt proud to be an alumnus of this great institution. Dr Katyal said he had learnt three things from this institution - to value morals in life, to keep goals high and to help colleagues excel in their profession. He said he had acquired traits like working fearlessly, without greed and with confidence. He said Punjab and Haryana could make tremendous progress in agriculture with favourable policies and support by the respective governments that helped the cause of farmers and farming in the region.

In his remarks, Dr Kang expressed his gratitude to Dr Katyal for his visit and offered him best wishes. Dr Kang said there was much for the younger generation to learn from Dr Katyal's experience. Dr Kang honoured him with a memento on behalf of the university. The soil science club of PAU also presented mementoes to Dr Katyal.



Entrepreneurship training course concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A training course on ‘Entrepreneurship Development in Agricultural Mechanisation’ that was organised from July 2-11 concluded at Punjab Agricultural University yesterday.

This training programme was organised by the entrepreneurship cell of College of Agricultural Engineering wherein 23 students of BTech (agril engineering) participated.

Speaking on the occasion, PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang said young technocrats should look out for opportunities to exploit their full potential by setting their own venture thus, becoming job providers rather than job seekers.

He said students should choose entrepreneurship at their vacation rather than merely assuming supervisory/ managerial positions in various entrepreneurships.

A manual on non-conventional energy technologies and information bulletin about the Entrepreneurship Development Cell was released.

Dr P.K. Gupta, dean of the college, said by putting entrepreneur as a career, one should be able to participate directly in the economic development of the country, adding that academic institutions must undertake this role and plan their technical inputs with entrepreneurial and managerial skills in their academic programmes.

The training was coordinated by Dr S.S. Ahuja and Dr Kang. Dr Ahuja highlighted various options available for trained students in agricultural mechanisation as an entrepreneur. Dr Kang presented a report of the training.

The programme was a blend of guest and expert lectures, visit of industries and different organisations related with entrepreneurship, visit to Indo-foreign tractors at Baddi, HP, Tara Olive Oil Plant, Small Industry Service Institute, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Park (STEP) etc.



‘Electronic Combat’ at LCET
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 12
In order to test the confidence, presence of mind, alertness, imagination, communication skills, retention and other similar traits of BTech I students, Aztec Club of the department of electronics and communication engineering of Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology organised ‘Electronic Combat’ today on the campus.

The students were judged on the basis of extempore speeches, dumb charades, tongue twisters, spell-a-word, picture recognition etc during the “combat”.

Ankul, Gurinder and Nitin were declared the winners out of 10 participating teams.

LCET director Dr. J. S. Sohal and principal Dr Pawan Kumar appreciated the club and gave away prizes to the winning teams. They also appreciated the organisers of the event and members of Aztec Club.

Head of the department, ECE, Prof R.K. Aggarwal addressed the students and encouraged them to organise more such events.



Biotech most preferred subject at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
There was a great enthusiasm among students and entrepreneurs in terms of admission and training in School of Agricultural Biotechnology at PAU, said Dr S.S. Gosal, head of the school. Gosal informed that the training was imparted in biotechnology to more than 450 candidates during the last four years. The candidates came from various institutions located in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Delhi, Maharashtra and Bihar.

He further said that varsity had a tie-up with Christian Medical College and Hospital, wherein the doctors and students had also undergone short training on molecular biology techniques.

Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, dean, College of Agriculture, also expressed that in the recent admissions to undergraduate programmes, BSc (hons) biotechnology had been the most preferred programme. He said for 40 seats, a large number of applications were received and university increased the number of seats to 50.

Dr Gosal informed that the School of Agricultural Biotechnology had obtained number of research projects funded by prestigious national and international organisations.



Seminar on child psychology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A two-day seminar on child psychology was held at DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension.

Dr R. Kala, well-known psychologist from North India Psychiatric Centre, Ludhiana, along with her team, guided the teachers on how to tackle the problems of children of different age groups.

Dr Kala is also secretary general of Roshini, an NGO working for various social issues. She is also associated with Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, and various schools and colleges. It was a sort of workshop, which included various activities, games and discussions.

Dr Kala expounded that nowadays behavioural and emotional problems among children were more persistent because of frequent media interaction. She discussed different problems of children, their causes and techniques to solve them positively. She also stressed upon friendly relationship between teachers and students so that classroom teaching as well as examination could be made stress free.



Sapna wins drawing contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
An art competition was organised at Alpine International Senior Secondary School here today. It gave an opportunity to the students for displaying their talent in drawing and painting. Students also put portraits, posters and illustrations drawn by them on display.

Dr Sangeeta Lamba was the chief guest on the occasion. Sapna of Class XII stood first, Narkaran and Nikita of Class IX won second prize and Ashutosh and Sahil of Class VI stood third.

MASTER STROKES: Students of Alpine International school participate in a painting competition in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Students of Alpine International school participate in a painting competition in Ludhiana on Saturday.



DIET observes Population Day
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 12
On the occasion of the World Population Day, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon, organised inter-house competitions to spread awareness regarding explosion of population, under the guidelines of State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, Chandigarh.

In the programmme, which was attended by more than 80 ETT students, 30 students of ETT Semester-IV participated. In on-spot painting competition, Jaspreet Kaur won the firs position.

In essay writing contest, Mandeep Kaur stood first.



Dairy training from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A 10-day dairy training course will be organised from July 14 to 25 at Animal Science Building by department of veterinary and animal husbandry at GADVASU.

Farmers with matriculation from various parts of the state will participate in the training course. Experts from College of Veterinary Science will deliver their lectures on various aspects of dairy farming. The farmers will be provided information for proper planning in connection to land, funds and availability of loans.



200 attend weight-loss, diabetes-cure camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
While there are no obesity statistics in India, UNICEF and WHO, in a study conducted in 1999 in north India, found that one in every three men in the middle and elite segments and one in two women were obese.

Keeping in view the study, SPS Apollo Hospital organised a two-day weight loss and diabetes cure camp which was attended by more than 200 people.

A team of endocrinologists, weight loss surgeons, lifestyle management consultants, dieticians and physiotherapists examined the patients to diagnose the reason of weight gain and distribution of fat in the body.

According to Dr Arindam Ghosh, renowned weight loss and laparoscopic surgeon, a whopping 10-14 per cent of the adolescent population worldwide is affected by this disease. “It is being fuelled by a sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits comprising largely of "junk" food and complete lack of exercise or physical activity,” point out obesity management specialists.

He said for people who had BMI above 35 and who had tried everything to get rid of extra weight, the only option was weight loss surgery.

According to Dr Ramanbeer Singh, consultant endocrinologist, urban Indian families, too, were facing a problem in getting their children to go out and play rather than surf the Internet or watch television while they tuck-in "junk" food.

Tracing the contours of the issue, renowned surgeon and specialist in obesity management Dr Rajan Dhamathia pointed out the difference between fat, over-weight, obese and morbid obesity or grossly over-weight. "Only a specialist is able to decide whether the individual can settle with a change in diet, coupled with exercise or whether the condition would require a gastric bypass surgery," he points out.

Further, people could put on weight due to other medical conditions triggered by thyroid or pituitary gland. According to Sonam Grewal, psychologist, another important cause of obesity is related to stress. Stress can cause insulin resistance-related excess weight and obesity. Various forms of stress release the steroid cortisol and this process may result in severe weight gain.



Ludhiana to host T20 cricket tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 12
The Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Association (LDTTA) will organise Punjab State Inter District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (Under-16) for Shaheed Udham Singh Trophy here from July 15 to 21.

Giving the information, Amarvir Singh, president of the association said at least twenty teams from all over the state were expected to take part in the tournament, which was earlier scheduled to be held at Amritsar.

Players born on or after December 1, 1992 are eligible for participation in the championship.

Three matches will be played daily during the week-long tournament. Two matches will be held at the Government Institute of Textile Technology and Knitting, Rishi Nagar, and one match will be played at BCM Senior Secondary School ground, Shastri Nagar.

Piyush Rana of Punjab State Twenty20 Cricket Association said Amarvir Singh, president and Des Raj, general secretary of the LDTTA had been appointed organising chairman and organising secretary, respectively, for the tournament.

Pankaj Dhamija from Fazilka has been named liasion officer while Kuldeep Kochhar, spokesperson of the Punjab State Twenty20 Cricket Association and Suman Deep Rockey from Mohali have been appointed observers, Singh said.



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