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Doraha toll barrier to have new address
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Phillaur, July 20
The Doraha toll barrier, hated by the industry and residents alike, is all set to start functioning from the Sutlej bridge from August 1.

The functioning of the toll barrier, which was scheduled to start from January this year at the new location, near the Sutlej bridge, Phillaur, has already been delayed for almost seven months.

Residents of Rajgarh village, near Doraha, who were the worst hit, as they had to take a circuitous route through the village to avoid the barrier, are also glad.

"We are happy that the toll barrier is going to shift form here in a few days. The residents of Rajgarh and surrounding villages were facing a tough time ever since the barrier was constructed here.The commuters used to take other routes to avoid the barrier. They used to take a detour through our villages, due to which the traffic got increased manifold and mishaps became a common sight," said Dasondha Singh, a resident of Doraha.

Officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) said the barrier had been shifted as commuters were bypassing it at Doraha by taking alternative routes. No such route was available at the new location.

A JE of the NHAI said the Doraha checkpoint had connecting roads and commuters, especially truck drivers, made use of alternative routes to avoid paying the tax, thereby causing a loss to the government exchequer.

As many as 12 checkpoints will be constructed at the new barrier and for this purpose the national highway no 1 was being widened. 


Three oppose woman’s election as sarpanch
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
The move to empower women at the grassroots level, by reserving village panchayat for a woman sarpanch, has badly been hit in the Basant Avenue where three men have bluntly refused to elect a woman as their sarpanch.

The five-member panchayat of the colony, which is located on the outskirts of the city, has been left in limbo owing to the stand taken by the three panchayat members.

The two remaining members happen to be women and as per the law one of them has to be elected sarpanch as the panchayat seat is reserved for the woman candidate as per the 33 per cent woman reservation policy of the Union government.

Kulwant Kaur Grewal, one of the elected panches, said though she had emerged as the leader, the three men bluntly refused saying they don’t want woman to head the panchayat.

Grewal said she and another panch Usha Aggarwal were even willing to work for two and a half years, if other members agreed but the three refused.

Situation took a dramatic turn when the three male members refused on grounds that they pledged not to allow the woman to become the sarpanch in front of a returning officer yesterday evening. They based their argument on grounds that they were not aware that the seat was reserved for women.

The returning officer tried to convince them that opposing a woman’s candidature for election to the seat reserved by the Constitution could put them in trouble.

An official associated with the polling process said the problem was due to a lacuna in the prevailing panchayat poll rules. He said under the rules if a quorum of the panchayat members could not agree on one person as Sarpanch, then a sarpanch can be elected after one member proposes his or her name and another seconds it. However, in case of Basant Avenue panchayat, none of the two rules implies.

He said the state panchayat department was silent on the issue though a few panchayats, which failed to choose a leader, had represented praying for a solution.

Even returning officers are being harassed due to the lacunae in the rule with all members trying their best to pressurise them.



Power Crisis
Two weekly offs imposed on industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), which has failed to solve the power crisis, has now, imposed more restrictions on the power being supplied to the industrial sector.

Henceforth, the induction furnaces and re-rolling mills will observe two weekly offs instead of one compulsory off. The industrial units fed by the category two feeders (where industrial load is more than 90 per cent) will have to shutdown their units for one-and-a-half day.

Till the power situation improves, the mixed feeders supplying power to the residential, commercial and a large number of medium and small industrial units in various parts of the city, will continue to remain reel under six to eight hours of power cuts every day.

These units will also be subject to compulsory off for one-and-a-half day in addition to routine power cut imposed on them.

Enquiries made by The Tribune revealed that the gap between supply and demand of power in the state was little more than 200 lakh units whereas the state was getting 1,500 lakh units from all sources as against its daily requirement of more than 1,700 lakh units.

There seems to be no end to power crisis as after Maharahstra, Kerala and Gujarat, now Madhya Pradesh has refused to supply power to Punjab under the power-banking agreement. These states, which had agreed to supply power to Punjab, were themselves facing power shortage due to inadequate rains, poor generation of wind energy or snags in power projects.

To make the matters worse, the state was not even getting its due share of electricity from the national grid as two units of 500 MW each of Singrauli thermal power station and one 500 MW unit of the Rihand power project, both in Uttar Pradesh, were still non-functional.

PSEB sources, however, were optimistic that the power situation will improve with two weekly offs imposed on industrial units. According to them, the non-functional power project at Singrauli and Rihand are also expected to resume generation from tomorrow onwards.

As the power supply from Central grid improves, the duration of power cuts on the urban feeders will reduce accordingly.”



12,000 students left in lurch
Pbi varsity fails to declare MET results on Net
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
At least 12,000 students, who had taken their Management Entrance Test (MET) on July 13 at Punjabi University, Patiala, have been left in the lurch due to the non- declaration of results on Internet.

Confusion prevails among students and their parents over the delay in declaration of results by Punjabi University, Patiala. These students have been called for counselling on July 23 at Patiala, but they are not sure whether they have cleared the test or not. The MET by the university is held every year for MBA and MCA students at Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala, by rotation.

Talking to The Tribune, Anil Sandhir, a parent, said the university was supposed to declare the results on Internet on July 18. “We saw the site at 12 pm on July 18 but after an hour or so, the site showed that the page can not be displayed. Till date, the site cannot be opened. We have come to know that their server is down. But students are suffering because of their callousness. My son want to know whether he has cleared the test or not”, he added.

Bikramjit Singh, another MCA aspirant, said the university had given an advertisement in a section of media about the declaration of results on Internet. “But we have failed to access the site. Due to two holidays (Saturday and Sunday), we could not get information from university either. All students are worried. Counselling date is July 23, I do not know whether to attend it or not. We don’t know which documents are to be taken”, said Bikramjit.



‘Topless’ protesters pledge support to N-deal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
In the wake of acute power crisis gripping the state, activists of All India Hindu Suraksha Samiti today came out with a novel way to pledge their support to the proposed nuclear deal with the USA in the hope that it would provide a permanent solution to the growing power needs of the country.

Activists of the samiti squatted at the Jagraon Bridge here without shirts and vests to prevail upon the political parties opposing the nuclear deal to keep national interests foremost and extend support to the UPA government to enable it go ahead with the deal.

President of the samiti Rajiv Tandon and vice- president Varinder Honey, who led the unique dharna, alleged that at this hour, parties were more concerned about their personal gains than the overall national interest.

They said those opposing the nuclear deal ought to realise the plight of the masses, who were made to face extended power cuts due to the shortage of power and the gap between demand and availability of power.

"Now that the UPA government at the Centre has sought to address the crucial issue of power shortage through the proposed civil nuclear deal, the political parties opposed to the ruling alliance, including Left parties, were resorting to dirty political games for their vested political interests," they maintained.

Meanwhile, the All- India OBC Welfare Organisation has made a fervent appeal to all political parties to support Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA government with an open mind on the nuclear deal.



It’s beneficial for us, say youth
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
The UPA government has to show its strength on July 22 on the issue of Indo-US nuclear deal. A majority of youth in the city feel that signing the nuclear safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will benefit the country in a big way.

They said the most powerful country in the world like the US had extended its support to India, which in itself was an achievement. The country cannot afford to lose such a bright chance for certain politicians with vested interests and the deal must be signed.

Aanchal Kapoor, a B.Tech student from Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), feels that the nuclear deal is in favour of the country. She said Punjab was suffering from an acute power shortage. If the deal was signed, the consumers will benefit from it. "This is the time when leaders have to be united; they should support unanimously what is in favour of the nation. Their personal rivalries, political vendettas can wait but if this golden opportunity is missed, future generations will suffer,” she said.

Vikas Kapoor, a young businessman, said the deal was favourable for India and Punjab in particular. He said the power situation in the state was miserable. "Even the Chief Minister, in a section of the media, has expressed his inability to generate more power. If leaders themselves feel helpless, where will we go from here? And now, when a powerful country is coming forward to pull you out from such a situation, do we start raising objections? That's unfair,” said Vikas.

Parvesh Thapar, a IIIrd year student from Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, near Mohali, however, said that the deal must not be finalised. He said if the agreement was signed, all the power will vest in America's hands and India will become a puppet. "We will never come out of America's shadow. The Britishers have already ruled over India and the country must not be handed over to the US like this,” he said.

Condemning politicians for being "hypocrites", Zenia Singh, a non-medical student from Chandigarh, said the leaders had failed to provide a secure system to the country after Independence. "A majority of them want to back the deal as they know that in the coming years, it will make the nation strong and independent. Still they are more bothered about proving their loyalties to their mentors. The leaders who are opposing the deal are more concerned about their own welfare than the country's,” she said.



Hassle-free driving a call away
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
From August 1 residents of the city can dial 1800-180-2424 for hassle-free driving. Ace Road Assist Services has launched “on-road assistance” within the municipal limits of the city. For an annual subscription of Rs 500, residents can avail any number of services for a year.

The ISO 9001: 2000 certified company with 85 employees on its roll will provide round-the clock assistance to those stranded on roads. With 20 vehicles in its fleet, the employees will provide services like puncture repair, provision of fuel on road, toeing service, dropping facility and first aid boxes followed by transporting the injured to the nearest hospital.

Seventeen vehicles, equipped with necessary gadgets, fuel and first aid boxes, will be stationed at main intersections like Jalandhar bypass, Samrala Chowk, Preet Palace, Bhaibala Chowk, Sarabha Nagar, DMC, railway station and other important junctions.

The company has also positioned seven bikes at different locations exclusively for changing punctured tyres. Besides these, it also has three luxury vehicles in its fleet for dropping the client and his family at their doorstep irrespective of the distance.

Free-toeing facility in case of major breakdown, fuel provision for reaching the nearest petrol station and arrangement for opening the cars with keys locked inside are among other services offered by the company. Three Tata Sumos and two Boleros will facilitate toeing of vehicles to the workshops or the residence.

This move has also been welcomed by women drivers who, now, would not have to request people to change the punctured tyres as company’s help line would send the vehicle within 15 minutes.

Joint venture of Pawan Sharma and Anil Singla, the project is similar to the services provided to people in western countries. “I am proud to have pioneered road assistance in Punjab and my dream to elevate the company to global standards. The next step would be to open branches in every major city of Punjab,” Pawan Sharma added. 



Callous system

This refers to the report about a Haryana youth affected with the HIV virus, published on July 9. The young man is a victim of a careless system that never cares about individuals.

The youth visit the local hospital or laboratories for treatment but they end up contracting fatal diseases. Moreover, a probe against the hospital has been going on since 2005 on a complaint lodged by the victim, but without any result so far.

I appreciate the stand taken by the victim, as he is not only fighting his destiny, but against the system as well.

The authorities concerned have failed to impart justice to the victim yet. It is their duty to look into the matter without delay. Strong action should be taken against the doctor booked in this case and other culprits.

Khushwinder Singh Toor, Bharowal Kalan

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2 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 20
The Jagraon police has booked two persons on a charge of assault. Sukhwinder Singh and Vicky of Malak allegedly trespassed into the house of Bhupinderpal Singh of their village and assaulted him on Friday.The local police has booked them and registered a case under Section 452, 323, 427, 506, 34 of the IPC.

In another case, Ramandeep Singh, Parget Singh, Amandeep Singh, Varinder Singh, Jagjit Singh, Charanjit Singh, Harjinder Singh of Bhamipura Kalan and Agiapal Singh of Dehrka along with six others allegedly threatened Tarsem Singh of Bhamipura. The accused also snatched Rs 5030 and opened fire with a pistol. The police has booked them and registered a case under Section 323, 341, 294, 506, 336, 365, 382, 148, 149 of the IPC.



Biz Word
Leonardo holds ‘celebrity cook out’
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, July 20
Dalmia Continental, the owners of Leonardo, a well-known brand of olive oil, today organised a celebrity cook out at Club Nirvana here in which four top industrialists of the city, who also cook as a hobby, tossed up their favourite dishes in the presence of a large crowd.

Ajay Bector, managing director of Cremica Group, Ajay Nayyar, director of FMI Limited, Amit Jain, director of Shingora Textiles Limited and Varun Mehra, director, Nagesh Knitwears Limited were among those who displayed their culinary skills using Leonardo olive oil as the cooking medium.

V.N. Dalmia, chairman, Leonardo Olive Oil, who was the host of the event, said it was a unique initiative aimed at creating awareness about olive oil as a cooking medium. Today, olive oil was considered the cornerstone of health and well being the world over. With high levels of monounsaturated "good" fats, low-saturated "bad" fats and a high content of Vitamins A, D, E, K, B and other antioxidants, olive oil is universally accepted as the healthiest of all edible oils.

Mobile handsets

Meridian Mobile has launched the new models of “Fly” handsets - Sx315, B720 and E105 in a dealers’ meet from across the state here today. Sales Head (Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh) of the company Ranjit Sidhu shared future expansion plans with the dealers and also showcased the upcoming handset models - Hummer 2 and Attitude. The range of products marketed by the company includes feature phones, smart phones and mobile phone accessories. The style diva Malaika Arora Khan and cricket superstar Ishant Sharma were the brand ambassadors of Fly phones.



30 engg students attend course on creativity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
The local Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC), in collaboration with the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chandigarh, organised an AICTE- sponsored short-term training programme on "Innovation and creativity development" from July 14-18.

Dr M.S. Saini, principal, GNDEC, congratulated the participants and welcomed the dignitaries from various parts of the country. Ranjodh Singh, MD, GS Radiators, was the chief guest on the inaugural day. Dr Rupinder Singh, Dr J.N. Jha and Dr Rakesh Wats were the coordinators for the programme.

During the programme, Dr Y.K. Anand, Dr Vidhu Mohan, Dr Sandeep Kapoor and Dr S.B. Singh delivered motivational lectures with practical illustrations. The programme was attended by 59 participants from different engineering and management colleges throughout the country.

The principal, Dr Saini, also congratulated the staff of the computer science and information technology departments on the successful completion of their training programme.

According to S.K. Singla, co-ordinator, 30 students from various engineering colleges of Punjab participated in the programme. Dr J.N. Jha, K.S. Mann, dean, T and P, J.S. Saini, Amit Kamra and Suninit Kaur were also present at the valedictory function. 



College celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
Established in the year 2007, Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College celebrated its first foundation day here today.
Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was the chief guest.The function was presided over by Manmohan Singh Jain of the MS Jain group, Chennai.

Addressing the students and faculty, Dr Kang complimented the S.A.V. Jain Education Board for running two schools in the city for the past 75 years.He appreciated the perception of the management for starting a management institute to provide professional manpower to the local industry. He advised the students to be toppers as there was no place for mediocres in the corporate world. 

Manmohan S Jain expressed satisfaction at the rapid progress made by the college in one year. “The very fact that the students earned 10 distinctions in the first semester results speaks for the hard work put in by the faculty and the Principal”, he said.



GMT student returns from NASA
Tribune News Service

Juhi Dhingra
Juhi Dhingra

Phillaur, July 20
Juhi Dhingra, a Class X student of GMT Public School, has returned from a trip to NASA (USA). She stayed there for 15 days. She spent seven days at the Space Centre, Houston.

Sharing her experience with The Tribune, Juhi said, "My cousin encouraged me to appear for an interview, conducted by the US embassy. I was part of a 20-member group selected from various schools of the country by the US embassy. I saw the next rocket to be launched in 2014. I also got the opportunity to see NASA in action. It was a dream come true."

Juhi went to Orlando and saw the Wet and Wild Park. She visited the world's largest park, Disney World, and also visited Universal Studio.

She thanked her parents, directors of her school, Kashmir Singh Thind and Jasbir Singh, and principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal for giving her an opportunity to go to the US to explore and gain more knowledge. 



He made cardiac surgery accessible for poor
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20“We have successfully replaced xenograft with homograft in cardiac surgery, thereby making the surgery accessible to economically weaker sections” informed Dr K.M. Cherian, the pioneer of coronary artery bypass in India.

Xenografts are tissue-engineered products from SPF (specific pathogen animals) and homografts are prepared from human bodies.

Dr Cherian, a Padamshri awardee, was in the city to attend a national-level cardiac symposium. The surgeon is accredited with the sole pediatric heart transplant performed in India.

Dr Cherian, a diehard patriot at heart, tried to settle down in Australia in 1970 and the USA in 1978, but returned to join as an assistant medical officer in the Railways. “I was happy working in India for just Rs 711 against the package of $ 60,000 (Australian) per month,” the doctor informed.

A tertiary cardiac care unit in Paruwala (Kerala), a small village with a population of just 7,000 people, is among his altruistic endeavours. “ It was a dream come true for me as in first week of July, the European Society for Cardiac Thoracic organised a valve repair workshop.

Paruwala give him a global recognition. The experts in the team were at home in the houseboats far from the comforts of five star hotels,” the doctor informed.

Recollecting his anxious moments as a surgeon, Dr Cherian narrated his 11 amputations at Sirpur Kagaznagar Primary Health Centre without single qualified assistant. Tamil Nadu Express met with an accident and I being a surgeon was immediately asked to take charge of the injured.

The doctor harked back to say, “I can never forget the involvement of a group of hippies (drug addicts) who broke open the door of the health centre and administered morphine to the injured followed by assisting in amputations.”

When asked about his most memorable celebrity patient, the surgeon informed that he did a double-valve replacement surgery of Umi, the only sister of Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor. Soon after I was offered the proposition to head an institute in Delhi, which was named “Escorts.”

Referring to the poignant touch in the first heart transplant after legalisation of brain death in India, Dr Cherian said, “The specific surgery speaks of national integrity as the recipient was a Muslim Mamon Bibi, donor was a Hindu Brahmin Hema Saunder Rajan and the surgeon was a Christian.” 



Ludhiana win cricket tournament
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 20
Hosts Ludhiana registered an overwhelming six-wicket win over Chandigarh to win the title in the Punjab State Inter- District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the Shaheed Udham Singh Trophy which concluded at the Government Institute of Textile Chemistry and Knitting Technology, Rishi Nagar, here today.

Ludhiana won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. In the stipulated 20 overs, Chandigarh made 111 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

The main contributors were Sham and Navdeep who scored 48 and 18 runs, respectively.For Ludhiana, Jeewanjot captured two wickets for 8 runs while Sunny and Sachin Abhishek accounted for one wicket each for 18 and 16 runs, respectively.

In reply, Ludhiana scored 115 runs for the loss of four wickets with seven balls to spare. The main architects of their innings were Dipankar and Jeewanjot who scored 39 and 23 runs, respectively, while Sunny contributed 20 runs and Nikhil chipped in with 12 runs.

For the losers, Arun and Gaurav took one wicket each conceding 12 runs apiece.

Earlier, in the second final, Ludhiana outplayed Sangrur by 27 runs to set up the title clash with Chandigarh.

Sangrur won the toss and decided to field. Ludhiana scored 110 runs for the loss of eight wickets.Sunny was the top scorer with 39 runs, followed by Nikhil and Jeewanjot Jot who contributed 20 and 11 runs, respectively. Dipankar made 8 runs.

For Sangrur, Sohail, Subash and Lovely chipped in with two wickets each conceding 22, 12 and 19 runs, respectively.

Then, Ludhiana restricted Sangrur to 83 runs in 17.3 overs. Jala (23) was the highest scorer. Other notable contributors were Lovely and Sohail who scored 13 runs each.However, which were not enough to save their team from inevitable defeat.

For the winners, Kushal and Sachin Abhishek were the main wicket takers who scalped three wickets each for 12 and 13 runs, respectively. Sarabjot grabbed two wickets for 6 runs to steer their team to an easy victory.

The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Harish Rai Dhanda, and Ch Madan Lal Bagga, vice- chairman, Punjab Traders Board, and president, Punjab Beopar Mandal gave away the prizes to the winners.



Hockey trials on July 22
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 20
Trials to select the Ludhiana men’s senior hockey team will be conducted here at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on July 22 at 4.30 pm.

The honorary general secretary, District Hockey Association, Ludhiana, Ajay Pal Singh Roomi informed that the selected players will represent Ludhiana in the forthcoming Punjab Hockey League to be organised by the Punjab Hockey Association from July 27 at four venues- Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Badal.

Interested players are advised to contact Ajay Pal at PAU, Ludhiana or at 98156-00711. Ludhiana will begin its campaign on July 27 at Ludhiana.



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