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Rs 10-cr grant for PAU
Pension to retirees next week
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, September 4
The Punjab government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for Punjab Agricultural University for disbursement as pension to retirees.

The PAU is likely to receive the cheque within a day or so. A C Rana, comptroller of Punjab Agricultural University, is in Chandigarh to complete the formalities and receive the cheque. Rana told The Tribune over the telephone that the pensioners would get the pension next week.

The pensioners of the university had threatened to move contempt of court proceedings against PAU and the state government as they had failed to pay them pension as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The high court had directed the vice-chancellor to ascertain pensioners’ identity and disburse the pension within two months. This order was passed in May.

Following the order of the high court, the PAU authorities made the payment of pension to the retirees from November, 2007, to June, 2008, in three phases.

Now, the retirees have to receive the pension for July and August. According to the comptroller, the pensioners would get their dues along with the pension.

The university has been facing severe financial crisis and the SS Johl Committee has recommended that a cess of fifty paise per Rs 100 should be levied on the sale of farmers’ produce.

The state government accepted this report in principle at a meeting held with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on June 17 at Chandigarh.

R S Sandhu, financial commissioner (development), when asked about the progress on the cess issue, he told the Tribune, "The process has started and it will take sometime in finalising it.


Sanjana’s Death
Kin block traffic, demand action
IMA comes to the rescue of doc
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Enraged residents of the city and family members of Sanjana (26), who died yesterday at Christian Mediacl College and Hospital (CMCH), blocked traffic at the Baba Than Singh chowk for the second consecutive day.

The residents refused to remove Sanjana's body from the venue of the protest, demanding immediate 'closure' of the nursing home where the victim was operated and cancellation of the licence of Dr DP Arora.

The protest continued for almost three hours as the police authorities and IMA (Indian Medical Association) men tried to reason with the violent masses, ensuring them justice.

Holding Dr Arora responsible for Sanjana's death, victim’s family alleged he operated her a second time to take out a pair of scissors left negligently in her abdomen.

Sanjana, a resident of Salem Tabri was admitted in Inderjit Nursing home where Dr Arora performed a caesarean on August 25.

Rakesh Kumar, the husband of the deceased, stated that Sanjana was discharged on September 1 but was admitted again following severe pain in her stomach.

"The doctor took her to Anupam Scan Centre and re-operated her without my consent," Rakesh said.

Deceased's brother Amar Takkar alleged that the authorities at Anupam Scan Center were hand in glove with Dr Arora. "They are not ready to hand over the reports of the scan to us,” Takkar said.

However, the IMA (Indian Medical Association), after making investigations, refrained the police authorities from registering a case against the doctor.

Speaking on behalf of Dr Arora, IMA president Arun Mitra said the patient was brought to Arora Nursing Home on September 2 with a severe infection in the stomach and not because of a 'pair of scissors' carelessly left in her abdomen.

"Dr Arora drained the pus from her abdomen and took the initiative to shift her to CMCH abiding by the medical protocol," the IMA president said.



Flood-hit migrants struggle to keep afloat
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Struggle for survival has just begun for the families of the flood-hit areas of Purnia and Madhepura in Bihar.

Though they have reached the city to start life afresh, they are finding it hard to find a job.

The Jansewa Express or the “train to Ludhiana” has become a lifeline for these marooned families, who alight the train with a hope to earn two square meal, only to meet the dead end. With no work and money, their struggle is yet far from over.

While a large number of these tragedy-hit migrants can be seen at the Ludhiana railway station after being neglected by their relatives living here, some have started looking for place to live and work.

Saurabh Shukla, a city resident, expressed anguish over the uncaring attitude of the city NGOs towards the plight of these people.

“The NGOs, who desperately seek media attention, have not come forward to help them in this hour of crises.”

A group of migrants from Purnia, who were sitting idle at the railway station, rued that the generous Ludhianvis were sending relief material to the flood-hit areas, but were hard-hearted towards them.

"We are not here to live permanently. It’s a matter of survival for us. We will do any kind of job so that we can buy food and clothes for our families. We were living happily in Bihar, but destiny had something else in store. We have been rendered homeless and are wondering from one place to other to find work. Our children are forced to beg,” said Mounudin Alam, who is putting up in a shelter at Ludhiana railway station.

Showing concern, Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Jaiswal said: “We have to think above pseudo regionalism. They need help in this hour of crisis. “It would be inhuman if the police inquire about their antecedents. Ludhianvis have always come forward to help such people and I hope this time too, they will show the same generosity,” he added.

Chief parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda said that all of them would get work as the harvesting season is nearing. “There will be a huge demand of workforce during the harvesting season,” he said.



Despite ban, Sukhbir served chicken at club
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Chicken was served at the lunch organised in honour of Sukhbir Singh Badal at a meeting with industrialists today at the Club Nirvana on the Humbran road despite an official ban on all hotels and dhabas against cooking any non-vegetarian dish on the Ahimsa Day today.

Interestingly, the issuer of the circular announcing the ban, DC Sumer Singh Gurjar watched on as a mute spectator at the club.

The order applicable in the entire district had put a ban on the sale of mutton, chicken and eggs. Despite the ban, shops selling chicken and other non-vegetarian stuff were open all over the city.



Rs 6-cr undisclosed assets detected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Income Tax department has detected undisclosed assets to the tune of Rs 6 crore during surveys conducted in three industrial units, here on Tuesday.

According to sources, undisclosed assets to the tune of Rs 2.75 crore were detected in Arora Knitfab, Rs 1.75 crore in Rattan Hammer and Rs 1.5 crore in Chopra Industries.

IT sleuths checked important documents, computer records, stock of assesses. The surveys were on till filing of this report.



Navjot Sidhu bats for his debut flick
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
With his undying knack to tickle the funny bone, Navjot Singh Sidhu is all set to hit the silver screen as a debutant actor in “Mera Pind-My Home”.

The old-time cricketer having played fine innings while voicing his thoughts says: “It was the subject of the movie that motivated me to join the league of actors. It is the need of the hour to prevent exodus of Sikh youth to foreign lands.”

When asked about his urge to take up the new role of an actor, Sidhu said: “The multifaceted personality in me refuses to hold back, which is why I don’t waste a single chance to step into new shoes. We should learn from people in the West who believe in themselves yet ‘never say never again’.”

Unable to hold back his emotions, Sidhu went on to add: “The message is writ large on the face of every character in the movie. Don’t look for greener pastures abroad as they are better off their motherland.”

Keeping up with his accentuating tones, Sidhu confirmed to continue acting adding: “Expression is my forte, be it Punjabi films, Bollywood or Hollywood, for I take pride in calling myself master of all trades and jack of few.”

Sidhu was in the city with the crew of the movie that hit the city roads on tractor-trailer adding to the “rustic yet real” portrayal of the characters.

Big Pictures, a Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company, is releasing one of the most eagerly awaited Punjabi films of the year worldwide today.

The film is releasing across 100 screens worldwide, including India, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Germany.

Directed by noted film director and cinematographer of Punjabi and Hindi cinema Manmohan Singh, “Mera Pind-My Home” is a complete entertainer with mix of emotions, drama and comedy.

The flick sees, for the first time in the history of Punjabi cinema, coming together of the two Punjabi powerhouses of talent — former cricketer and Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu and popular Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann.

“Sidhu and Harbhajan are two talented individuals who have put Punjab on the world map. Since my film deals with the theme of self-empowerment and Punjabi culture, there couldn’t be a more perfect combination of talent than Sidhu and Harbhajan Mann,” says director Manmohan Singh.

The premiere was held at PVR Cinemas here with Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal being the guest of honour.



Hoarding mafia remains unchecked
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 4
The top brass of the Municipal Corporation (MC) here might find itself in a tight spot over the issue of illegal hoardings on major roads, commercial complexes, public streets and even residential buildings in the city.

This has caused a loss of crores of rupees to the civic body every year while the alleged nexus between politicians and senior civic officials continues to make a fortune from this dubious business.

The role of the so-called "hoarding mafia" in the city has come under scanner after the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice of motion to the MC on illegal hoardings on the petition filed by a city-based NGO, Anti-Crime and Crime Investigation Cell.

The MC authorities, along with senior district and police personnel have been asked to file their reply on December 2 by a division bench of the high court.

With the kind of patronage extended to the operators of the hoarding mafia by certain local political functionaries belonging to the ruling coalition, those putting up hoardings and signboards at every conceivable place in the city without permission or paying a single penny to the civic body, have become so powerful that repeated attempts by the MC staff to remove such hoardings have come to naught.

Even tall claims made by city mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura at a meeting of the general house as also statement of chief parliamentary secretary for local bodies Harish Rai Dhanda, who is an SAD-B legislator from the city, for removal of all illegal hoardings brought no results.

Such is the influence wielded by the hoarding mafia that in more than one instance, the staff deployed to remove illegal signboards and hoardings had to return back without carrying out their assigned task after some top political leaders intervened.

Sources in the MC stated that the total revenue collection of the civic body from advertisements at present was virtually "peanuts" and the hoarding mafia was minting money by charging exorbitant rates for signboards from big companies.

The figure might sound an exaggeration but certain senior functionaries of the MC went on record to claim that an advertising agency had offered Rs 50 crore annually for complete rights of outdoor advertising in the city.

MC joint commissioner Kuldip Singh, however, maintained that necessary steps were being taken to remove illegal hoardings put up on road sides and private buildings.

"We have removed a large number of hoardings and structures supporting huge boards and many owners of private buildings have been served with notices to remove the hoardings which have been put up without permission."

He further said that as against the total income of Rs 1.40 crore from advertisements during the previous financial year, Rs 1.60 crore had already been collected till August 2008, which was a massive increase.



Ex-DFO suggests new way to water plants
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Saving water has become a necessity in the present times. Keeping this objective in mind, scientists and researchers are finding innovative ways to save water, which is depleting in the state at an alarming proportion.

A retired District Forest Officer from Nagpur (Maharashtra), R.S. Bhangu, suggested that approximately 70 per cent of the water can be saved if root-watering technique was adopted to water plants instead of the normal surface watering.

He said while planting a sapling, one must keep an empty bottle of Bisleri upside down with its base cut near the root of plant.

"Instead of surface watering, plant must be given water through the bottle. With this method, water will directly go into the roots. Even a glass of water (everyday) will serve the purpose," said Bhangu, adding that the technique was best suited for the prevailing climactic conditions in Punjab.

The retired DFO also requested the managements of schools and colleges to ask students to empty their water-bottles before going back home.

"They should be allowed to water plants on their campus by emptying the water bottles. The water, which generally gets wasted, will be well utilised," he said.

He claims to have planted about 50,000 saplings in Maharashtra through this technique. He asked NGOs to plant saplings of ghumar and teak (Gmelina arborea) to get good returns.



In distress, knitwear industry seeks relief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The knitwear industry has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to resolve their problems pertaining to power shortage, pending tax refunds and bad roads so that industry can function smoothly.

In a memorandum highlighting their problems, president of the Knitwear Club Vinod Thapar said in absence of proper infrastructure, the industry was unable to meet global competition.

"Shortage of power has made functioning nearly impossible. While smaller units are on the verge of collapse, those pulling through are in no better condition. There is an urgent need to provide uninterrupted power supply to the industry," said Thapar.

The manufacturers said better infrastructure and performance of industry would also add to the government's revenues.

Highlighting the problem due to bad roads and sewerage systems, the manufacturers said an immediate attention was required to be paid for providing motorable roads and cleaning of choking sewers.

Unfortunately, Focal Point area is the worst victim of this malady, they added. The industrialists said they were suffering due to pending tax refunds and VAT export refund cases should be accelerated.

They further raised the demand for a research and development centre in order to facilitate training to workers in various processes such as training at management level, training programmes for entrepreneurs, etc.

By imparting training to various persons for different functions, the dependence on a handful of persons will be lessened and an enthusiastic work force will rise to the occasion. The labour problem will be minimised to a great extent, said the industry.



Lodhi Fort in a shambles
Has become a haven for anti-social elements
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Constructed some 500 years ago during the Mughal era, Lodhi Fort is crying for attention. The rich archaeological sight, which should have been preserved, is now in oblivion. Though the authorities had planned to develop a hanging garden in 3.5 acres around the Lodhi Fort, but it could not materialise due to reasons best known to those at the helm of affairs. Now, only wild grass stands in the fort complex.

Moreover, the fort has now become a safe haven for the anti-social elements. Youngsters smoking in this unoccupied fort are a common sight. Bishir Ahmed, who runs a shop near the fort for the past 30 years, rues that the fort, having great historical importance, is now in a shambles.

“My father used to tell me that a tunnel runs through the Lodhi Fort that ends at Phillaur Fort. Such tunnels use to prove helpful during wars. Some years back, devotees used to perform prayers in the fort on Thursday, but with passage of time, this custom has discontinued and nobody visits the abandoned fort,” he added.

He alleged that the administration has done nothing to preserve the fort and it is crumbling with the passage of time. One of the cannons placed on the four walls of the fort has collapsed during the recent rains, he said.

“The architectural engravings on main door could have been a delight for any art lover, but the government failed to preserve it. I was always fascinated by the old building, but a visit to the fort depicted official apathy,” rued Gurdish, a student of the SDP College, Daresi.



Fashioned from the past
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
If it's in today, it may be passé tomorrow. But then, it may soon make a comeback
and be in style. The speed, at which it evolves, adding or shedding elements
along the way, can leave those not clued on fashion, stumped. We see most of
the fashion of the early 1960s and ’70s are back in vogue. As it is, history
repeats itself. In the same manner, fashion keeps coming back with a little
adjustment here and there.

The fashion from the ’70s and ’80s have made a way in our day-to-day lives and not only clothes but also accessories and hairstyles are back in vogue.

After a short kameez is in fashion, it is time for a long kameez to come back in the fashion. For quite sometime, traditional functions like wedding, have seen women wearing short shirts with parallels, churidars and salwars. Now, it's time to see them wearing long shirts with churidars.

Anarkali suits, the latest fashion trend to emerge in the market for the traditional Indian attire, are today seen making their presence felt everywhere, right from kitty parties to marriage functions.

"The big trend this season is Anarkali-style churidars! It evokes a sense of beauty, grandeur and romanticism. One feels like a princess as it fits wonderfully on all body-types," quips Sonu Gandhi, a city-based fashion designer.

Elaborating further, she said Anarkali suits worn with churidars and high heels or Punjabi jutties, make a perfect style statement for girls these days. Anarkali suits usually come in flowing materials like chiffon.

For formal occasions, Anarkali suits are somewhat different from those worn in everyday life.

In case of formal suits, the shirt is heavily embellished. Work done on the shirts includes use of sequins, embroideries, embellishments and wide borders.

The other re-emerging trend is polka dots. Talking about polka dots, one instantly remembers 1960s’ beauties like Mumtaz and Babita. Yes, polka dots are back again.

"The most sought after colours in the polka dots are the classical black and white. Bright and pastel-coloured polka dots for daytime and deep colours for night parties are the rage this season.



Teaching is in their blood
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
At a time when youngsters are going for lucrative professions, some families in the city are sticking to their tradition and are into teaching profession for generations.

These families still consider teaching as a noble profession as it gives them satisfaction. A teacher is like a lighthouse for the students and guides them in achieving their goals, they feel.

Saggu family has been into teaching for the last four generations. Prof Upkar Singh, who retired as a principal from Ramgarhia College of Education, Phagwara, today proudly says they are carrying forward their family tradition, set by his grandfather.

His grandfather, Bhagwan Singh, taught at government school, Mandian, while his father, Bhagat Singh, used to teach at government school, Dhuri.

“My son Jagatjit Saggu was a computer teacher with the GGNIVS for three years, but has now moved to Canada. I expect that one day he would return and continue with the same profession,” said Prof Upkar Singh.

His wife, Manmohan Kaur, is a lecturer in English at the Ramgarhia College for Girls. Prof Singh’s younger brothers and their wives all are into teaching profession and are serving in the prestigious educational institutions of the city.

Teaching is a passion for the Dua family. Prof Gunwant Singh Dua, coordinator, GNIMT, needs no introduction in academic circles.

His brother, wife, sons and daughter-in-laws, all are carrying forward the family tradition. Prof Dua's father was a schoolteacher at Kamalia in Lyallpur district, now in Pakistan.

“We followed in the footsteps of our father and joined the teaching line,” added Prof Dua. His wife, Surinder Dua, also joined the league after their marriage.

“I was a simple graduate when we got married. Later, I did my post graduation and now I am serving as an officiating principal at the Devki Devi Jain Girls’ College,” added Surinder Dua.

Prof Dua’s sons have also followed in their parents’ footsteps by joining the teaching profession. "Our sons never thought of joining any other profession. They always had in mind to join the teaching line", added the duo.

“We may not be making megabucks but are contented. It feels good to see our students achieving high positions in their professional lives,” they added.

Prof Deepak Chopra, serving at the SCD Government College for Boys in the department of physics, has seen his father teaching for the past 40 years.

“I was inspired by my father and joined this profession. However, I am not earning fast bucks, but whenever any of my student visits me, it gives me immense satisfaction. My daughter also wants to be a teacher,” said Prof Deepak.



Arrangements for kisan melas reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
A meeting was held here yesterday at the farmers' service centre to review the arrangements for the kisan melas at different places.

The meeting, chaired by director, extension education, Dr N.S. Malhi, was attended by convener of various committees constituted for the purpose.

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will hold five kisan melas in September. Dr Malhi said the theme of the melas would be “save environment, save Punjab”.

Giving details, Dr Malhi said that these kisan melas would be held at Ballowal Saunkhri on September 10, at Rauni (Patiala) on September 15, on PAU campus on September 18-19, at Gurdaspur on September 23 and at Bathinda on September 25.

He said all arrangements for organising the mela had been made. He said latest farm technologies would be put a display during the melas through exhibitions, demonstrations and stalls.

There will be an agro-industrial exhibition for the farmers. The seeds of various rabi crops will be sold and question and answer session for addressing the queries of farmers will also be held, he added.

Additional director, communication, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman said the farm literature by the varsity would be put up for sale.

The special mela issues of ‘Changi Kheti’ and ‘Progressive Farming’ will carry messages of V-C Dr Manjit Singh Kang, director of extension education Dr N.S. Malhi, director of research Dr P.S.Minhas, besides articles by PAU experts.

Dr Dhiman said the proceedings of the kisan mela at Ludhiana on September 18 will be broadcast live by the All India Radio, Jalandhar.

The glimpses of the mela will also be aired on Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar and other channels.

Dr Malhi appealed to farmers from different parts of the state to visit the melas in large numbers to get exposure to latest developments in farm technologies.



PAU advisory to check sheath blight in paddy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
According to a survey carried out by the PAU team of plant pathologists, the incidence of sheath blight has been noticed in paddy fields in different parts of Punjab. Providing details, Dr H.S. Rewal, head, department of plant pathology, said the disease has been noticed in all cultivated varieties of paddy.

Experts say the disease first appears as greenish grey spots on the stem at the point where it touches the water level and the spots appear purplish on the margins.

Under favourable weather conditions, the spots coalesce with each other and cover larger areas. This happens when the crop starts flowering.

Dr Rewal said the plants affected by the disease did not bear grains in the inflorescence and the yield is drastically affected.

He suggested that farmers should control the disease by spraying 200 ml tilt or monceron in 200 litres of water and repeat the spray after 15 days.

Dr Chander Mohan, another pathologist working on this crop, said that when the disease appears in a cluster of plants, the spray material should be targeted on the diseased clusters.

He advised farmers to contact experts at PAU and its regional stations for any
further clarification.



Volunteers to check cruelty on cows
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 4
A few Hindu radical organisations have constituted squads of volunteers to keep a vigil on miscreants who had tried to spread hatred among various communities by allegedly throwing body parts and viscera of cows near banks of Bathinda branch of Sirhind Canal passing through this part of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

They have also urged the authorities to initiate action against some traders who had been allegedly engaged in sending milch producing cows to slaughter houses by procuring fake medical certificates from veterinary doctors.

Special squads of activists of the Bajrang Dal, the Vishav Hindu Parishad and the Bhartia Mahavir Dal were constituted to keep a vigil on a gang that was allegedly engaged in cruelty against cows during past weeks.

Bajrang Dal convener, Ludhiana division, Ajit Malhotra alleged that some unknown miscreants had been trying to disrupt peace by throwing parts of bodies of cows near Bathinda branch of Sirhind Canal for the past few weeks. Some viscera parts were reportedly thrown in canal waters also.

Referring to information received from residents of Maherna, Maholi, Dehliz and Kanganwal, Malhotra alleged that a notorious gang had been involved in sending milch cattle, predominantly cows, to slaughter houses in alleged connivance with some veterinary doctors.

"As normally the traders purchase sick and weak cows, some of them die due to starvation during transit. For the fear of being caught on the way, they separate marketable parts from the bodies and throw other parts either in open or in canals," said Malhotra.

Malhotra further said squads of volunteers would patrol in the area and during night to catch the suspects.

Yogesh Kumar, secretary, VHP, and Deepak Sharma, president, BMD, will supervise the patrolling.



Tech savvy Ludhianvis go online
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
People of Ludhiana, Punjab’s industrial capital, are readily adopting new technologies to give a boost to their professional skills and broaden their business horizons.

Not only traders and the big industrial houses, city-based doctors, fashion designers and even cookery experts are developing their own websites to woo clients.

Sonu Gandhi, a city-based fashion designer, has created a website giving details of her new ensemble.

“No doubt the websites have made the work easier. The websites work wonders if updated regularly. Many of my NRI clients view my website and place their orders so there's no need of even visiting the showroom,” says Gandhi.

Dr Gurminder Singh, a dental surgeon, adds that not only the traders but even doctors have created their sites on the web.

A detailed description of the facilities available at the clinic helps the patients in making a choice.

"Before visiting a doctor, people want to make sure that they are visiting the right place,” he adds.

Earlier, the city-based exporters had to locate buyers by visiting foreign countries. But now, keeping in view the requirement of the customers, they develop a website and customers come to them directly.

Giving detailed description on the concept, Sumit, a city-based web designer, adds: “We develop the website according to the need of the customer. A 10-page website is designed for between Rs 5,000 and Rs 8,000 and the charges increase if one wants to add flash animations.”

City students are also not lagging behind in this field and web designing is becoming popular among youngsters.

Poonam, pursuing her graduation, says that she is also doing a course in web designing. "My friend is earning a healthy amount by designing websites, so I also decided of make it a career,” she says.



Helpline for investors launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Sukhminder Singh Grewal, Punjab chief of the BJP Investor Cell, yesterday announced the commencement of an investor helpline to provide consultation to retail investors and even NRIs.

Satpal Gosain, deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Gosain received the first call from Arun Jaitley, national general secretary, who congratulated the cell for the laudable initiative.

Grewal said a panel of three experts had been formed. Investors facing problems can dial 94636-00008 on second and fourth Friday every month between 3 pm and 6 pm.



Nephrologists’ meeting on Oct 17
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The nineteenth annual conference of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation will be held for the first time in Punjab from October 17 to October 19, a press note of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said here today.

The event would be attended by more than 500 nephrologists, urologists and transplant surgeons from India as well as abroad.

The ISOT 2008 conference will be a showcase of the Indian perspective of knowledge in both the basic and clinical science of organ transplantation.

This conference will highlight the most updated and advanced knowledge in this field and also some distinct and special aspects of organ transplantation relevant to our country and region.

The latest immunosuppression drugs and their proper monitoring in order to achieve prolonged graft survival would be discussed in detail.



Max New York ties up with NGOs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Max New York Life Insurance has forged a liaison with the Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI), which would facilitate engaging around 6,000 NGOs working in rural India, as the company's corporate agents.

According to a company's spokesperson, the CNRI shall refer corporate agents to the company. In the first phase of this initiative, Max has set a target of selling more than 1.5 lakh 'Max Vijay' policies through the reach provided by 150 NGOs, which will gradually increase to all 6,000 NGOs.

The company also announced its first corporate agency relationship with the Mass Institute of Rural Development, an NGO with rural focus operating across 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh.



Principal to be honoured today
Tribune News Service

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 4
Bhupinder Kaur Pandher, principal of the local Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyala, will be honoured by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a special function in Chandigarh tomorrow for her contribution towards education.

The award ceremony is being organised in context of Teachers’ Day tomorrow. The strength of the girls school she is heading increased from 450 to 1150 from the time she took over as the principal in 2001.

"A majority of the teachers are engaged in providing quality education to their students. Only when a teacher makes a little extra effort towards promotion of education, does he really qualify for an award", she said.



Cruel colour of Khaki

Reference to the news item, "Death at Naka - who will feed Pritam's old prents, sister?" in The Tribune (September, 04), it's a matter of shame and pity that policemen are becoming so cruel day by day.

In order to grab money and to fill the empty cash boxes of the state government, people are being forced to stop at every barricade. And, whenever a person fails to halt his vehicle, he has to become a victim like Pritam or have to face the anger of cruel policemen.

Dictatorship of the police in the city has also been rising since many years. Sometimes, due to the terror of these cruel policemen, people have to encounter with accidents. Challans of the vehicles are being made forcibly.

Further, it has came to notice that huge amount is being charged by the higher authorities from the traffic as well as police personnel in order to provide duties at their favorite chowks or barricades.

The higher authorities of the state as well as Centre must check the ongoing proceedings of police and preventive steps must be taken to stop the dictatorship so that people of the state must heave a sigh of relief.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Power Shutdown

Power supply to the Gill Road area, Shimla Puri, Dashmesh Nagar, Chet Singh Nagar, Gurpal Nagar, Arjun Nagar, GNE College, Mirado, ATI, Partap Nagar, Sangeet Cinema area, New Janta Nagar, Daba road, Gobind Nagar, Isher Singh Nagar, Preet Nagar, Lohara, Bhagwan Chowk, Natinal, Azad Nagar, Raulax, Avon, Kot Mangal Singh and Pahwa will remain suspended on Friday from 8 am to 1 pm.



Duping: 2 booked
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 4
The Khanna police has booked two residents of Civil Lines and Bharat Nagar in Ludhiana for duping a Khanna resident of Rs 6.5 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Yuvraj Singh and Charu Bhardwaj. Complainant Sikandar Singh of Giddri village alleged that the duo promised to send him abroad.

The complainant added that they pocketed Rs 6.5 lakh but neither they sent him abroad nor returned the money.



Khanna resident battered, 3 booked
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 4
The police have booked three persons for beating up and injuring Sukhjivan Singh, a resident of Khanna.

The complainant alleged that Baljeet Singh, Bikramjit Singh and Raju beat him up in an inebriated condition.

He had objected to the high volume of loudspeakers near his house. Sukhjivan has been admitted the local civil hospital.



4 held with 11 stolen mobile sets
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 4
The Khanna police today arrested two thieves and two buyers of stolen mobile phones from Khanna.

The accused have been identified as Vikram Vicky and Jaanu, both residents of Jagat Colony, and the two buyers Aneesh and Gaurav Shahi.

Police officials investigating the matter revealed that the accused were involved in stealing mobile phones from Goyal Mobile Repair Centre on Lalheri Road last month.

The accused were arrested on a tip-off from a market in Khanna. The two buyers were later arrested by the leads provided by the thieves.

The police officials said eight mobile phones were recovered from the house of Vikram Vicky and one mobile each was recovered from the possession of Jaanu Aneesh and Gaurav. A case in this connection has already been registered. 



MBA students protest raise in seats
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
About 30 students of MBA department at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today protested the decision of the authorities of increasing five seats in the department.

The students sat in front of the office of the dean, College of Basic Sciences, in the afternoon.

One of the students on condition of anonymity disclosed that students were already facing problem of job placement, if seats were further increased, it would become more difficult to get the jobs.

Another student said they were hopeful of getting positive response from the authorities.

"We are not agitating. There are certain objections, which have been conveyed to the authorities. The media will be informed if our demands were not considered by the authorities", he said.

Meanwhile, Dr R.K.Mahay, registrar, PAU, said the university increased seats in many departments annually. He said seats were increased not only in MBA but in B.Sc Agriculture as well. "I am unaware about any such protest by the students", he said.



From Schools
Taranveer Kaur strikes gold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur, won five medals in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Karate Championship at Khanna.

Taranveer Kaur won the gold in under-14 (55-60 kg) girls' category, while Sahil Kalra got the silver in under-19 (55-60 kg) boys' category.

Similarly, Sourav Sharma, Navdeep Singh and Deepak won bronze medals in their respective categories.

Teachers' Day

Students of the Legends English Village presented a cultural programme to mark Teachers’ Day here on Wednesday.

Company general manager Atul Mehta said that teachers were the guiding force behind students.



Acid Case
Accused's bail hearing adjourned
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The hearing on the bail application of two accused in acid attack case was adjourned till September 25 as additional sessions judge Ashok Kumar was on leave.

This court had earlier granted interim anticipatory bail to Arun Kumar Khurmi, a city lawyer, and his father Roshan Khurmi in this case on September 1.

After granting interim bail, the court had issued notice to the state for bringing the case file conerning this case today.

Relatives and sympathisers of victim woman were present outside the court. They raised slogans against the accused persons and also staged a dharna near DC office. They were demanded strict action against the accused.

A case under Section 307 of the IPC was registered at Salem Tabri police station on August 31 on the statement of Ekta, daughter-in-law of Roshan Khurmi at the police station. The woman had accused the members of her in-laws family for throwing acid on her.

In this case, the complainant and accused family were levelling allegations and counter-allegation against each other.

The accused were alleging that they were booked by the police in haste under the pressure of woman family.

They claimed themselves to be innocent and implicated to settle scores. Whereas, the alleged victim's family was accusing the police for not arresting the accused.

Earlier, the police had booked the Khurmi family members in a dowry case on the complaint of Ekta.



Katoch Shield
Ludhiana beat Jalandhar
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 4
Skipper, Ankur Kakkar led from the front, scored 81 runs and also scalped five wickets as Ludhiana beat hosts Jalandhar by 40 runs on basis of first innings lead in an inaugural match of the Punjab state inter-district cricket tournament for the Katoch shield being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association which concluded at Burton Park, Jalandhar, yesterday.

Batting first, the visitors were bundled out for 248 runs in 82.4 overs. Their innings revolved around Ankur Kakkar, Bharat Malhotra and Chinton Sehgal, who contributed 81, 53 and 41 runs, respectivley. Varun Chitkara and Tarun Passi scored 23 and 13 runs each.

For Jalandhar, Surinder took four wickets for 76 runs, followed by Rahul Sharma, who chipped in with three wickets for 52 runs and Rahul Kumar claimed two for 63. Naamdeep grabbed one for 23.

Sat Pal's valiant innings of 93 went in vain as Jalandhar, in their first innings were bowled out for 208 runs in 91 overs.

Other notable scorers were Sidharth (27), Robin (21), Surinder (16), Rarvar Kohli (12) and A Gupta (11).

For Ludhiana, Punjab Ranji player, Ankur Kakkar sent down 24 overs, five of which were maiden and he captured five wickets after conceding 49 runs. Gagandeep Dhand too bowled exceedingly well, taking four wickets for 53 runs in 24 overs while Gaurav Marwaha took one for 66 runs in 31 overs.

With this win, Ludhiana secured two points. Now, Ludhiana takes on Minors Districts XI (Ropar zone) in the second match slated to be held at PAU, Ludhiana, on September 5 and 6.



Agriculture college team lift TT title
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
College of Agriculture (CoA) and College of Home Science (CoHSc) lifted men and women titles during the PAU Inter-College Table Tennis Tournament.

In men's category, CoA had easy win over College of Basic Sciences and College of Agricultural Engineering, while College of Home Science had to fight to gain the title.

Inter-house tourney

Prof Mohan Singh house gave a tough fight to Maharaja Ranjit Singh house to enter the finals of the inter-house football tournament being played at Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar.

In another match, Shaheed Bhagat Singh house defeated Bhai Veer Singh house by 1-0 to figure in finals scheduled for September 6.

Zonal hockey competition

Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School won the runners-up trophy in zonal hockey school competition which was played at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar.



B'minton tourney postponed
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 4
Satwant Kaur, mother of Charanjit Singh, Sports Authority of India (SAI) badminton coach, posted at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, died after a brief illness at Jalandhar today.

She was 78 and survived by two sons and one daughter. The funeral will take place at Model Town creamation ground, Jalandhar, tomorrow at 1 pm.

Meanwhile, Basant Avenue Ludhiana District Badminton Championship scheduled to be held at Shastri Hall, near Guru Nanak Stadium from September 5 to 7 has been postponed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

This was stated by Vipin Dawar, honorary general secretary, District Badminton Association, Ludhiana. The new dates will be announced later, he added.



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