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Sacked jawan slays father, brother
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Kotla Bhari (Khanna), September 25
In a gruesome incident, a dismissed subedar from the Army killed his father and brother today and left his mother, brother, sister-in-law and a six-year-old nephew seriously injured.

Lakhvir Singh attacked his parents, brother and his family at about 7 am. His relations with his parents had been sour for sometime. Angry at not being given adequate portion of ancestral land, Lakhvir entered the house and attacked his mother first with a sword.

His brother, nephew and sister-in-law were the next target. Assuming the three to be dead, he started looking for his 10-year-old niece who had fled after witnessing the gory scene.

Villagers claimed that Lakhvir pierced the sword into the stomach of his nephew and chopped off the arms of his sister-in-law.

He then went on his mobike towards the periphery of the village, looking for his father and brother who had gone to irrigate the fields. He attacked them and both died on the spot. He again came back to search for his niece, but failed to find her in the house. She had taken refuge in a neighbour’s house and escaped unhurt.

“He was shouting at the top of his voice as he searched for his niece, Amarveer. Some villagers tried to pacify him, but to no avail,” Sukhdev, a resident of the village, said.

The deceased have been identified as Sher Singh (70) and his son Balbir Singh (32) while the injured are Gurdev Kaur (66), Jasdev Singh (30), Kalamjeet Kaur (28), wife of Jasdev Singh, and Amardeep Singh (6).

The police said Lakhvir had been given seven kanal of ancestral land, out of a total of 21 kanal, by the panchayat in a decision on Sunday. Lakhvir had been holding a grudge against his parents and three brothers for the past three years. One of his brother is in the Army.

Lakhvir was not satisfied with the panchayat’s decision and threatened his family of dire consequences. He was living in a separate house near his parents’ house with his wife and two children. He was dismissed from service a few years ago.

“He even dared police officials who had come to arrest him. He kept abusing cops who overpowered him. They tied his hands and bundled him in a Gypsy,” another villager said.

The Khanna SSP, Arun Pal, said a case under Sections 302 of the IPC had been registered and Lakhvir had been arrested. The injured had been taken to the DMCH, Ludhiana, and their condition was stated to be critical.

The SSP added that Lakhvir was not remorseful.


NRI murder case cracked; 4 arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 25
The police today claimed to have solved the murder case of an NRI. At a press conference conducted by the IG Jalandhar range, Sanjiv Kalra, and SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the police claimed to have arrested Baljinder Singh and his three accomplices from Safuwala near Bagha Purana in this regard.

Earlier, it was thought that Baljinder Singh had been kidnapped along with the NRI, Basant Singh, on September 19. The body of Basant Singh was found floating in a canal at Kailanwali village near Dharamkot in Moga.

Sanjiv Kalra said the police had nabbed Baljinder Singh and following his interrogation, apprehended Pardeep Singh and Hansdeep Singh of Safuwala near Bagha Purana.

The bone of contention was Rs 5 lakh lent to the victim by Baljinder. The money was reportedly never returned, forcing him to plan Basant Singh’s murder. He had given Basant Singh the money so that he would take him to Finland.

He also staged a ransom drama to mislead the police. He confessed the killers fled to Dharamsala in Himachal after the crime.

Pardeep Singh confessed to have slit the throat of Basant Singh. He said Baljinder contacted him about a fortnight ago and said he would take care of all his expenses if agreed to commit the crime. He then took Pardeep Singh and Hansdeep into confidence and plotted the murder.

Basant Singh reached India on September 15. The trio trailed him from Jagraon to Mullanpur on the 17th, but returned when they did not got an opportunity.

On September 19, they planned that Baljinder would make Basant Singh consume liquor beyond his capacity while coming back from Ludhiana and stop at a dhaba.

Gurmeet and Hansdeep overpowered Basant Singh and Pardeep slit his throat.



Strike: No work at banks for second day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Banking services continued to suffer on the second day of the strike by public sector bank employees here today. As no transactions took place, the work at private sector banks that stayed open, was also hit. As per rough estimates, transactions to the tune of over Rs 1,200 crore came to a halt during the two-day strike.

“I have an account only with a public sector bank. I could not deposit cash and wonder how smooth the functioning of banks would be tomorrow as employees would be loaded with work. Even for a small transaction, we may have to wait in long queues,” Ajay Kumar, a customer, said.

The business community also suffered as enterprises were unable to deposit cash which they do on a daily basis and conduct other transactions.

Employees, who are participating in the nationwide strike, the call for which was given by the United Forum of Bank Unions, are demanding stoppage of mergers and privatisation, compassionate appointments, wage revision and pension option.

“We will continue with our struggle until our demands are met,” Naresh Gaur, general secretary of the local unit of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, said.



Only 4 MC house meetings so far
Jyotika Sood

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
After “failing” to fulfil the wishes of residents, the municipal corporation here is apparently unable to keep even its councillors “happy” as it has failed to organise house meetings so far.

A few councillors, including those of the SAD-BJP combine, said if the meetings were held regularly, the corporation could function more effectively and resentment brewing among residents addressed.

According to the rule book, the house should meet at least once a month, but the corporation is apparently “too busy”. Consequently, just four meetings have been convened so far.

Talking to The Tribune, Congress councillor and Leader of the Opposition in the house Prem Mittal said out of these four meetings, one was for electing the mayor while another was for passing the budget.

He added that the High Court had directed municipal corporations to hold a meeting every month.

“We had been requesting the mayor time and again but to no avail,” said Mittal, adding that when the Congress was in power it had held around eight meetings in a year.

Similarly, Pritpal Singh Ghail, Congress councillor from ward No. 17, said the last house met in July. “The entire monsoon season had gone by and I had been getting numerous complaints from residents about roads and sewerage system. If house meetings are held regularly we can at least question the progress of various works and projects being undertaken and answer our voters,” said Ghail.

However, SAD councillor Simarjit Bains from ward No. 71 attributed the delay in house meetings to the panchayat and zila parishad elections.

Similarly, senior deputy mayor and BJP councillor Parveen Bansal said due to late formation of finance and contract committee, and elections to the zila parishad and the block samiti, regular house meetings could not be held. He assured that meetings would be held regularly from now onwards.



Painkillers can cause kidney failure: Doctor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Terming prolonged administration of analgesics to be major cause of chronic renal failure (CRF), after hypertension and diabetes mellitus, Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a nephrologist, called upon medical practitioners of the region to consult kidney and hypertension specialists for management of pain in case of patients showing symptoms of renal problems.

He urged office-bearers of social, educational and medical organisations to launch a coordinated move for educating masses about causes and consequences of the renal failure.

While talking to The Tribune after interacting with the office-bearers of a few organisations, he averred that highly expensive management, including kidney transplant and dialysis, had shattered many families. Had the victims been educated to take preventive measures well in time, their health and financial position could have much better, said Ahluwalia.

The renal failure, that has proven major cause for heart failure also, has genesis in ignorance of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Excessive and prolonged administration of painkillers was the third major cause for the ailment. With 45 per cent cases of kidney failure suffering from sugar and 15 to 25 per cent diagnosing hypertension, rest were dominated by those who had been taking pain killers unreasonably, he claimed.

“Avoidance of analgesics is especially significant, as studies have shown that some of them can cause drug-induced renal failure over a long-term use. It is advisable that general physicians treat pain with only simple analgesics like Paracetamol, and rather refer the case to an expert pain physician before further aggravating the problem with wrong, inept and complex medication. Application of balms locally should be preferred over oral administration,” he said.

Advising usual medical check-up for those above 50, he asserted that the low intake of table salt, regular exercise and shunning of junk food would guard kidney against probable failure.

Admitting that the management of renal failure by kidney transplant, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) was beyond reach of common people, he maintained that prevention was the cheapest and most effective treatment of the kidney failure.



Shraadh: Market slowdown hits retail sales
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Business activity in the city has slowed down considerably in the past few days with people avoiding purchases during “Shraadhs”, which are considered an “inauspicious” period to make fresh buys.

Beliefs apart, a tight money market has made the impact stronger this year, 
say retailers.

According to rough estimates, the decline in retail business due to “Shraadhs” this time is more than 50 per cent, unlike 30 to 35 per cent last year. From apparel to household items and jewellery, sale has declined in most of the categories.

Retailers in city markets, including Chaura Bazaar, Ghumar Mandi and also in shopping marts and malls, are now waiting for the downward cycle to come to an end and customers to pour in.

A visit to city markets and malls gives a clear portrayal of the ongoing slump in business. Empty shops and idle shopkeepers are waiting for customers to arrive.

“This time the decline is much more than it was last year. It seems customers have vanished. Not only ‘Shraadhs’, but market situation, including tightened money market, inflation, has also caused this scenario. We are afraid that in case demand does not pick up soon, we may be left with piled up stocks of pre-winter clothes, which will mean heavy losses,” said Gurinder Singh MP of Akalgarh Market Shopkeepers Association.

The old city bazaars receive customers not only from within the city but from nearby areas as well. However, retailers said these days outside customer had ceased to come.

With winter clothes about to arrive in market, most shopkeepers want to exhaust stocks of pre-winter clothes like full-sleeve shirts, etc. In case of household items, too, they are keen on bringing in fresh stocks by Diwali.

“If stocks are not cleared, it will hit business performance for the entire year,” said a shopkeeper in Chaura Bazaar.

Jewellers, who were happy a few days ago after gold prices fell and market picked up, are once again disappointed due to low demand.

“Prices suddenly shot up recently that brought the demand to a near halt. Add to it is ‘Shraadhs’ when people avoid new purchases. There has been a decline of almost 60 per cent in the demand. We have now pinned our hopes on ‘Navratras’ and wedding season to begin,” said Vinit Dhanda of Ludhiana Jewellers Association.



Lok Sabha Poll
SAD to contest outside Punjab: Badal
Our correspondent

Macchiwara (Khamano), September 25
Akali Dal will also contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha election outside Punjab where there is a strong base of the Punjabi-speaking people. But, the final decision in this regard will only be taken after the poll dates are announced. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal stated this while talking to mediapersons at Macchiwara. Badal was here to inaugurate the ST Trading Company at Grain Market, Macchiwara, owned by Samrala-based MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnian and his associates. The BJP leaders would be consulted before any final decision is taken in this regard.

Other regional parties, which want defeat the Congress, are welcomed to forge an alliance with SAD-BJP combine. Talking about Rahul Gandhi’s Punjab visit he said it would have no affect because the Congress had done great injustice to Punjab on economic, religious and other fronts.

While talking about the return of Akali Dal leader, Karnail Singh Panjoli, in the party fold he said those willing to abide by the SAD’s principals were welcomed in the party. He added that new mandis would be set up in the state at the cost of Rs 200 crore so that farmers could sell their produce in nearby areas.

He also announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the stadium to be constructed at Macchiwara. MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, mandi board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, SGPC member jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, former MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal and other Akali leaders and workers were present on the occasion. 



Cops show disrespect to Granth Sahib
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 25
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to Macchiwara at the time of a bhog created controversy when a few of his security guards were seen standing very near the Guru Granth Sahib with shoes on.

On reaching the venue the Chief Minister sat with other leaders but a few police personals, including women constables on security duty, were seen wearing shoes. When a few reporters noticed this they took the snaps of police personals wearing the shoes. A few removed their shoes, but refused to budge. A few Akali workers who were present on the occasion, however, expressed their ignorance about the matter.

Khanna SSP Arunpal Singh expressed his ignorance, but promised to look into the matter.



Villagers protest against doctors’ transfer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Residents of Mansuran village staged a protest against the transfer of Mandeep Kaur, eye specialist, and Gurmeet Singh, posted at public health centre, Mansuran. They also met state health minister Laxmikanta Chawla and sought her intervention for ordering a high-level probe into the transfers.

The doctors were transferred after a few villagers leveled corruption charges against Mandeep Kaur. They had alleged that she had stolen goods that were donated to the health centre.

Denying charges leveled against her, Mandeep Kaur said allegations were baseless. She had even submitted her resignation letter in this regard.

Hardeep Singh Mansuran, former block samiti member, on behalf of the villagers said the doctors’ transfer were politically motivated as affecting the clientele of a private practitioner (eye specialist) settled in the area.

Sarpanches of the nearby villages in a written statement handed over to The Tribune had stated that the department concerned should consider the views put forth by them before ousting the doctors. 



Religious head’s body immersed in Sutlej
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
A large number of followers of Bhai Balbir Singh, head, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran, accompanied the religious procession that left the town for immersing his body in the Sutlej near Gurdwara Baghaur Sahib, near Nagal, today.

Bhai Balbir Singh’s body was immersed in the river in the presence of his followers.

Born in Barahampur village of Ludhiana district, 85 years ago, Bhai Balbir Singh had left his home at a young age. He established a gurdwara here and undertook many projects of social cause. Besides managing a free homeopathic dispensary and a sewing training school for women, he contributed generously towards marriages of poor girls and education of needy students.

Balbir Singh breathed his last after a brief illness on Monday. Bhog ceremony of the diseased will take place on Wednesday.



Students' strike enters second day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Strike of the Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association (PAUSA) entered the second day today. The agitated students from all colleges of farm varsity gathered near Thapar Hall and raised slogans against the management. The students refused to take their M.Sc statistics exam. They alleged that the authorities were not interested in implementing their long pending demands.

President Gurpreet Singh Brar, PAUSA, said the resentment prevailed among the students over the callous attitude of the management. "We have been protesting since yesterday. The students are raising the slogans against the management. But no official called to know the reason why we are protesting. This shows their stepmotherly treatment towards the students", said Brar.

Brar further added that the authorities had neglected the students in recent months. He said the DSW seemed to be helpless in the matter, as the ultimate decision had to be taken by the management.

The students have decided to continue the strike unless the authorities gave them a patient hearing.



Visually impaired students stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Students of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind today staged a protest against digging of a groove in their school building wall by a petrol pump in Haibowal here today.

The visually challenged students staged the dharna and raised slogans against the petrol pump owner.

They said the owner was weakening their structure by digging a slit.

They said earlier also he had tried to weaken their structure but had promised he would get it repaired.

Now again he got the wall slit and was fitting an electricity wire into it.

‘‘We told him not to do it buy he did not listen. So the students sat on the dharna and raised slogans,’’ said Sarah Johnson, an office-bearer of the centre.

The station house officer, the Haibowal police station, reached the spot and pacified the agitators.

Sarah said the building was owned by the VRTC. The centre was providing training to the visually challenged students.



Refresher course ends at vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The department of surgery and radiology, GADVASU, organised a national-level advanced refresher training course on ultrasonography and ancillary diagnostic procedures, which concluded here today.

The course was organised under the aegis of Centre of Advanced Studies(CAS), ICAR. Dr N.S. Saini, CAS director and professor-cum-head of the department, said so far the department had conducted 19 training courses on various topics and over 200 surgeons/clinicians have been trained.

According to Dr Saini, 57 applications were received from all over India for the training course, out of which 18 candidates were selected. Lectures on radiography, computerised radiography, endoscopies, echocardiography, laparoscopy, MRI, and ultrasonography among others, were organised.

Dr Jaswant Singh from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, spoke on advanced techniques in reproductive ultrasonography.

Lectures by experts were compiled for reference and were released at the concluding function by Dr S.K. Jand, dean, postgraduate studies and coordinator, CAS, and also the chief guest, gave away certificates and mementoes.



Quality Seeds: Farmers ask Centre to frame policy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Innovative Farmers’ Group general secretary Mewa Singh Kular, chairman Sushil Malhotra and Master Nishan Singh, president of the vegetable Growers Association presented a memorandum to Rahul Gandhi, AICC general secretary, during his visit to the city here yesterday.

The farmers had sought a Central policy on production and sale of the quality seeds. The multinational companies selling seeds should be made accountable for whatever they supply.

Farmers also sought insurance cover to losses; lesser rate of interest on loans; and infrastructure to store vegetables after harvesting. The present system of subsidies was very poor, they added. They also sought proper pricing mechanism for vegetables.



Manch to celebrate Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 25
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichaar Manch, Buani, in collaboration with the youth forum of Doraha will celebrate the 101st birth anniversary in a grand scale.

Sukhwinder Singh Buani, the club’s coordinator, along with other members today decided to chalk out an elaborate programme in this regard.

Elaborating further, Jandeep Kaushal, general secretary, All India Federation of Democratic Youth, said the statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh would be garlanded and residents asked to illuminate their houses on September 27.

A stage play depicting the life and ideals of Bhagat Singh and his fellow patriots shall be organised at Buani village. Plays directed by Ravinder Diwana, director, Chetana Kala Kender, Barnala, would be staged on the occasion. Plays entitled “Chippan ton Pehlan” and “Kalakh Hanere” would also be staged on this occasion. Apart from this, patriotic songs and poetry recitations would also be organised on the occasion.



Conserve environment, says Garcha
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Harpreet Singh Garcha, a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), called office-bearers of social, religious and constitutional organisations of the area to coordinate with the state government and the Sikh religious body to conserve the degrading environment.

Garcha was talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after planting saplings at Government Senior Secondary School, Kalakh, and common places of the village yesterday.

Appreciating the role of Eco Club of the school and the PTA, in perpetuating “Nanhi Chhan Movement” launched by the SGPC, Garcha said the school authorities should persuade students to adopt the plants, which had been planted during Van Mahotsava.

Principal Pyara Singh and sarpanch Bikram Jit Singh persuaded the students to plant more trees.



Students excel in varsity exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Eight students of All-Saints Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Ludhiana, secured top ranks in the III prof examination of bachelor of physiotherapy conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Manpeet Kaur Basoor secured first position followed by Swati Goel securing second position and Neerja Jain securing third position. Preet Brar was ranked fourth while Sonia Malhotra, Amandeep and Richa bagged sixth, seventh and eighth rank, respectively.



PWD union strike enters second day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Hunger strike by activists of the PWD field and workshop workers union entered the second day today. The sat in front of the deputy commissioner's office and demanded regularisation of the daily wagers in their department.

They said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised in his election manifesto that he would regularise daily wagers working for the past 18 years.



Workshop for self-help groups

Khamano September 25
A two-day workshop for members of women self-help groups under Mahila Jagriti Yojana was organised here. The members were given training about new schemes for the self-help groups. It was inaugurated by Surinder Kumar.



Drive launched

The drive launched by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) sleuths to detect theft cases with respect to kundi connections, less load, running of slow meters and tampering of seals will definitely enhance the earnings of the department.

This exercise must be continued to improve the fiscal condition of the department. All concerned checking staff must be rewarded every month to raise their morale.

It is paramount to check the meter load of all houses, shops, factories, non-affiliated schools, the government departments and banks ward wise. All outstanding amounts against defaulters must be collected within a time frame, failing which, the meters be removed.

Jai Gopal Kusla, Ludhiana

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Burglars strike at farmhouse
Our Correspondent

Raikot, September 25
The six-masked men entered into the farmhouse of Jasbir Singh, son of Gurbachan Singh, located on the Aitiana Road, Halwara, by scaling its boundary at around 1.30 am. The made the dogs eat some intoxicant-laced food before entering the house.

The robbers first attacked Joginder Singh and then Naib Singh, his wife Amarjit Kaur and daughter Sarabjit Kaur, besides employees present in the farmhouse. They also locked all of them inside a room before committing the robbery. One of the masked men was aware of the farmhouse. He brought the keys of a trunk and decamped with Rs 1,000 in cash, silver and gold ornaments worth Rs 25,000 and a mobile phone. After committing the robbery they ate food and consumed liquor.

During the scuffle the three robbers were identified as Gurdeep Singh, Manjit Singh and Raju. A labour working in the nearby fields opened their room in the morning. Those injured have been admitted to a private hospital.

The Sudhar police has registered a case in this regard. 



Goods worth Rs 3.3 lakh seized

Ludhiana, September 25
Officials of Excise and Taxation department seized 11 boxes of hosiery goods from the Chawal bazar here yesterday. A team of excise officials raided various godowns as goods were not properly documented. The market value of the seized goods is estimated to be over Rs 3.30 lakh. — TNS



ICICI Lombard told to pay Rs 1.75 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
The permanent lok adalat has ordered ICICI Lombard to pay Rs 1.75 lakh to a consumer for the damage caused to his vehicle in an accident.

The chairman of the lok adalat, C.D. Gupta, and members R.S. Khokhar and Nand Lal have directed the company to make the payment within 45 days. In case of failure, the consumer would be entitled for an interest at the rate of 9 per cent from the day of the filing of the case.

The lok adalat observed that the company denied the claim on the plea that the vehicle was being used for commercial purpose even though it was not insured as one. But the lok adalat held that the company failed to prove that at the time of the accident. The orders came on a complaint filed by Shingara Singh of Giaspura.



Schoolchildren visit court complex
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana , September 25
In a unique experience, several students from Delhi Public School had a first hand experience of working in courts. They put questions, which were also amazing to judicial officers.

It was for the first time in the city that the students of a school had come to the court complex to see the working and also interacted with the judges.

More than 70 students of fourth class had come to the court complex along with three teachers. The students even went inside certain courtrooms and saw judges, their staff and lawyers working.

The students interacted with the judges to learn about the functioning of the judicial system in the country. Additional district and session judges, M S Virdi and Kishore Kumar, answered their queries.



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