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Dense fog hits rail, air traffic
Tribune Reporters

Amritsar/Hoshiarpur, January 1
Thick blanket of fog continues to throw life out of gear, with rail and air traffic getting severly disrupted. Visibility in the holy city was very poor in the morning today and by evening it got reduced to around 10 meters.

At the Rajasansi Airport, the morning Air India flight from Toronto via London was diverted to Delhi but due to poor visibility conditions and fog it was taken to Mumbai for landing. This caused immense problems to Amritsar-bound passengers.

Director Airport Arun Talwar said visibility was around 100 meters in the morning and the Air traffic Controller (ATC) did not give clearance to Air India flight to land. At 1.00 pm, it improved from 1,200 meters to 1,400 meters. However, all the incoming Kingfisher and Indian Airlines flights to Sharjah were cancelled and passengers were left stranded in Delhi. He said the only flight was operated by the Jet Airways which clubbed the daily two flights into a single operation.

Even the availability of CAT-1 system couldn’t counter the thick fog and extremely poor visibility. As a result, the airlines preferred to avoid landing the planes. Talwar advised the passengers to seek information from the airport authorities before taking flights.

It wasn’t any better on the ground either. Rail and road traffic were badly disrupted. The administration has advised people to use fog lights while travelling and aviod over-speeding. Trains were also running several hours late today.

Meanwhile in Hoshiarpur, thick blanket of fog conitued to cover the region. Long power cuts by the Punjab State Electricity Board has further aggravated the situation. Owners of the small scale and cottage industries who have already been struggling for their survival are bearing the brunt of weather and power cuts. Thus, resulting huge economic losses.

Former minister of the state Naresh Thakur said the power supply in Civil Lines area of the city remained disrupted from 8:30 pm till last midnight. This caused great frustration and inconvenience to the public on the New Year's eve. Responding to complaints of long power cuts, executive engineer of the PSEB city division Ajit Singh said the local staff was just implementing the orders of the authorities.


Probe ordered into suicide attempt by naib-tehsildar
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 1
Shock after shock in her already shattered life, no salary for over 15 years and alleged indifference of her superiors has forced 50-year-old 1984 anti-Sikh riot-hit widow Jaspal Kaur to attempt suicide.

Moved by the plight of Jaspal, naib-tehsildar (agrarian) having charge of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts, Patiala Divisional Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir has ordered a probe into the circumstances that forced her to attempt suicide. At the same time, the Commissioner has directed the Rajindra Hospital administration to ensure treatment of Jaspal till her recovery. Bir called on her and assured that she would get justice.

While most of Patialvis were busy preparing themselves for the New Year bash, Jaspal consumed some poisonous substance after paying obeisance at the local Dukhniwaran Gurdwara yesterday. She was immediately taken to the hospital.

The suicide note of Jaspal, whose husband had reportedly been killed in the 1984 riots, said: “I got the government job 17 years ago. I got salary regularly only during the first 11 months of my service. After this, my salary was not released for years together. I have been forced to beg money from friends and relatives time and again. My children were forced to remain un-educated for want of money. At times, I had even no money for fetching medicines for myself and for my children, not even when my son had got injured in a fire accident.

“I was not only humiliated, I approached my superiors in Ludhiana whenever, I approached them for release of my salary but, efforts was also to exploit me physically by middle-level government officials. Whenever I resisted their nefarious designs, they marked me absent, further complicating my professional life,” laments Jaspal in her suicide note.

Inquiries revealed that former Commissioner of Patiala Division SK Ahluwalia had conducted a probe into the non-release of salary to Jaspal. Her salary had been released, but not without the intervention of the Chief Minister’s office. Sources close to her family revealed that her son had also left her recently. “I am left with no courage to fight against odds any further,” said a sobbing Jaspal.


CM mum on Kanwaljit’s remarks
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has chosen to keep mum on the virtual political upheaval created by the statement of Cooperation Minister Kanwaljit Singh wherein he has said SAD chief Sukhbir Badal would have to prove his mettle during the parliamentary polls.

The Chief Minister was here to release an album dedicated to late Sadhu Singh Hamdard, carrying songs sung by the latter’s son Barjinder Singh.

Kanwaljit’s statement, political circles say, has pre-empted the purported move to install Sukhbir as Chief Minister before the parliament polls. In fact, the statement is also being viewed in political circles as a shrewd move by the senior minister who feel that Sukhbir does not have the requisite political experience to handle the highest political office in the state and needs to consolidate and prove his standing further in the public domain.

The statement also lends credence to the unconfirmed reports that a closed-door meeting had been held in Delhi in which the top brass of the BJP had participated. Among other things, the elevation of Sukhbir was also discussed.

The Cooperation Minister has not only made his mind public about Sukhbir, but has also deflated the latter’s much-touted economic model of economic for the states development. The minister had pointed out that the state needed more investment in agriculture, industry and the services sector instead of real estate sector where scope of employment for the Punjabi youth is negligible.


Dr Pramod to head reforms commission
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 1
Dr Pramod Kumar will be the chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission, Punjab. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was here today, gave his approval to the name of Dr Pramod Kumar for the post. The names of other members of the commission have not been finalised yet, it was learnt. Official sources said Dr Pramod Kumar would work in honorary capacity as chairman.

The sources said the file regarding Dr Pramod Kumar’s appointment was sent from Chandigarh to Jalandhar for Chief Minister’s approval. The Chief Minister was here in connection with certain functions and social engagements.

Punjab Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh has confirmed the appointment of Dr Pramod Kumar, whose Chandigarh-based Institute for Development and Communication (IDC) has conducted several studies on socio-economic issues, including suicide by farmers, on behalf of various departments of the state government. He has been told to submit the report in 45 days, it is learnt.

Though the setting up of the commission is being projected as an earthshaking development by the leadership of the ruling SAD, the state government already has a department of Administrative Reforms. At present, Narinderjit Singh is its administrative secretary. In fact, several years ago, JS Kesar, who has since retired as senior IAS officer, had been asked to prepare a report on administrative reforms. His report was never implemented.

A few months ago, the state government had set up two committees, one under the chairmanship of senior IAS officer Kusumjit Sidhu and the other under Suresh Kumar, to prepare a detailed report on administrative reforms. Both Sidhu and Suresh Kumar, assisted by brilliant young IAS officers, prepared lengthy reports and submitted them to the Punjab government, which has already approved their recommendations.

Instead of reforms, Punjab needs multi-level setups of officers in each department providing the opportunity to people that if one system is trying to impede official work, they should be able to approach other. Monopoly of officers from existing government system is required to be broken.

“If it is achieved, the corruption will come down several notches in a few weeks”, said an expert in government administrative functioning.


Delay in payment of subsidy
PSEB asks panel to approve interest expenses
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has now asked the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to approve the interest expenses incurred by it on raising loans for working capital requirements due to delayed payment of subsidy by the state government.

The PSEB has made this request while submitting the tariff as well as annual revenue receipt (ARR) application to the Commission on December 29.

The board had intimated the commission that the government was to pay a subsidy of Rs 2,601 crore to the board in advance quarterly instalments. It said this payment had been delayed and the board had received only Rs 1,640 crore out of the total due subsidy.

The PSEB has also submitted that the government has recalled overdue loans of Rs 1,362 crore after adjusting it against subsidy on February 29, 2008. It said because of this it had to pass on the requisite subsidy to the consumers and had to take short-term loans to finance it. The submission said though the board had tried to convert the short-term borrowings to long-term loans by inviting tenders, the response was not up to the mark due to the present market conditions. The board had asked that the commisison allow carrying cost of this loan as per actuals.

The board had also requested the regulatory commission to allow additional interest cost on account of non-payment of refund of excess interest of Rs 501 crore by the government as it needed more time to convert this into a long-term loan.

Meanwhile, the PSEB has failed to comply with the orders of the Commission to pay subsidy quotient of Rs 2,601 crore in advance in equal quarterly instalments. The government had given the board only Rs 1,000 crore as subsidy at the beginning of the third quarter and following this it gave the Board Rs 320 crore in November and December.

If the government continues with this policy of making monthly payments, the board will get the complete subsidy amount only till March 31 ensuring it has to again raise funds for working capital requirements and then approach the commission to allow it to approve the subsequent interest expenses.

KK Singla, chief engineer, commercial, when questioned on the issue, maintained that the government was obliged to give the entire subsidy amount to the board till the closure of the financial year that it March 31, even though para 6.8.8 of the tariff order of 2008-09 released by the Regulatory Commission stipulates that this is to be done in four equal quarterly instalments.

The tariff order also stipulates that the board is to submit a status report of the payment of subsidy and interest within the first fortnight of each quarter.


Punjab to have single emergency number
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab government signed an MoU with the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), Hyderabad, today to provide free response services to the state. Operators of 108 emergency number, EMRI is already providing this service in eight states across the country.

The service would be operational in Punjab on Baisakhi Day when 54 ambulances would be posted at various places in the state which would respond to the number 108. This number can be dialed from any landline or mobile and is a toll free number functional round the clock. The callers can ask for any help for police, medical and fire emergencies. The EMRI response centre would be located in Amritsar.

“We are beginning with 90 ambulances out of a total of 240 ambulances which would cover the entire state,” said Punjab Minister for Health Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla who, along with Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah, were present when the MoU was signed.

Venkat Changavalli, CEO, EMRI, said the ambulances were state-of-the-art vehicles which were equipped with life saving equipment and drugs. Satish Chandra, secretary (health) and mission director, National Rural Health Mission, who signed the MoU, stated that EMRI had been chosen to provide the services in the state following a rigorous and transparent tender system.

The state would be paying Rs 10 crore towards the cost of the 90 ambulances and Rs 18 crore per year towards the operation of these ambulances per annum.

Punjab DGP NPS Aulukh, who was also present on the occasion, said the police had 69 ambulances in various districts and another 65 highway patrol vehicles which responded to the 100 emergency number in case of accidents. “But there is a need to compliment the system that already exists,” he added.

IG traffic Hardip Dhillon said almost 10 persons died in road accident every day in the state. “The number of fatal accidents on Punjab roads is among the highest in the country,” he added.



Service panel members in race for Cong ticket
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 1
At least two members of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) are keen on the Lok Sabha elections. They are Dr Ajaib Singh and Dr Satwant Singh Mohi.

Congress insiders say Dr Ajaib Singh is interested to contest the elections from Sangrur as party candidate. His Gobindpura Papra village is near Lehragagga in Sangrur district. He had a long association with the Congress had remained active with its student front and later in the main party.

He had filed nomination papers to contest from the Lehragagga assembly constituency in 1997, but withdrew the papers on party’s directive. He is MSc and PhD in biophysics and is a professor with Panjab University, Chandigarh. However, following his appointment as member of the PPSC by the previous Amarinder Singh government, he had proceeded on leave from the university to take up the new assignment. His tenure as member of the PPSC will end in a few months.

Besides Dr Ajaib Singh, Arvind Khanna, who is considered close to Capt Amarinder Singh, and Kewal Singh Dhillon, who is said to be close to Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, are also keen to try their luck from Sangrur. Arvind Khanna had also contested last time. Dr Ajaib Singh refused to make any comment in this regard. However, he did not deny the reports regarding his willingness to contest from Sangrur.

Dr Mohi is interested to contest from newly created Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha seat. He is a qualified MBBS doctor and has also remained MLA in the Punjab assembly. He is close to Amarinder. Sources said Delhi Akali Dal President Paramjit Singh Sarna had urged the Congress to give ticket to Sukhdev Singh Libra, who had last time won from Ropar on SAD ticket. Sarna is also pressing Amarinder for his candidature. Dr Mohi refused to confirm or deny reports in this regard.


Unions want Rs 5,000 per month minimum wages
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, January 1
Activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), led by district president of the CITU Ram Singh Sohian, today took out a march and staged a dharna at the district administrative complex here to put pressure on the state government to issue notification, regarding minimum wages of the labourers and workers as Rs 5,000 per month instead of Rs 3,200 per month.

The protesters also submitted a memorandum, enlisting their demands, to Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Indu Malhotra here to forward the same to the government for further action.

Addressing the protesters, state secretary of the CITU Dev Raj Verma said the CITU rejected the state government’s decision to notify Rs 3,200 per month as minimum wages of the workers and labourers.

Since it was going to make an increase in the minimum wages of the workers of organised and unorganised sectors after a gap of eight years instead of five years, the hike didn’t sound reasonable to them. Also, the increase in the minimum wages from Rs 2,800 to Rs 3,200 was a meager one, so it was unacceptable to the CITU.

Verma added the increase in the minimum wages should be done from January 1, 2006. He also asked the government to cover all workers and labourers under the minimum wages formula. He also stressed upon the immediate issue of notification related to increase in the minimum wages so that the workers could get enhanced minimum wages without any further delay.

The CITU will organise a demonstration in front of Parliament on January 20 to press for its demands. Verma said the demonstration would include CITU leaders and activists from all over India.


‘Need for milk-chilling facility in villages’
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Farmers Commission may not stand for increased organic farming of wheat and paddy but it has called for producing milk, meat and eggs without any pesticide or antibiotic residue in a report on “Organic farming, its necessity and how far it can go”, which is due for submission to the state government.

The study has recommended to the government to create milk-chilling facilities in villages to avoid milk curdling so that milk producers and vendours do not use chemicals like urea, sodium bicarbonate and even caustic soda.

To produce vegetables without pesticide residue it has been recommended that the use of low-cost net housing be increased. It has been recommended that a subsidy be given to establish 1,000 net houses in the first phase in the state this year.

The study has pointed out that the use of artificial hormone (oxytocin) to stimulate milch animals to let down milk from udders (mainly in buffaloes) was the cause of serious health problems among women. It has suggested that in the initial stages, organised farms, where only cows are kept, be established to take up the production of organic milk.

The chairman of the commission, Dr GS Kalkat, told The Tribune that a successful business model could also be built around organic milk. He said milk produced organically through use of organic feed could be converted into milk powder. “This powder can be exported for reconstitution as milk with farmers being paid on a contract basis”. The milk production in Punjab is around 9.2 million tonnes.

In case of vegetables, the report says that the demand for the same has been increasing over the years. It says farmers are following spray schedules rather than base spraying on insect population, which is leading to the presence of pesticide contents in vegetables.

Farmers need to be trained on integrated pest management techniques that help bring down residual life of pesticides in vegetables.


Amritsar Vision Paper-2009
World-class varsity, check post at Wagah top projects
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 1
The setting up of a Rs 1,250-crore world-class university, Rs 130-crore Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Attari-Wagah border and the expansion of the Amritsar airport, figure prominently in the Vision Paper for 2009, prepared by the district administration.

Releasing the Vision Paper on the eve of New Year here yesterday, Kahan Singh Pannu, deputy commissioner, revealed that 750 acres, 120 acres and 44 acres, respectively, for the proposed university, ICP and expansion of the airport, had been acquired to start the construction of these projects in the New Year.

He informed that to beautify surroundings of the Durgiana Temple by widening its main access from 16 to 60 feet, the administration would acquire necessary property for Rs 29 crore, besides constructing a commercial complex to accommodate all shopkeepers.

On the infrastructure front, the administration has set to complete four-laning the road from Dhilwan to Verka Chowk and from Verka Chowk to the Attari-Wagah border, to start the work of four-laning the road from Amritsar to Pathankot, setting up of Rs 35-crore district administrative complex, a Rs 10-acre parking lot at the Attari-Wagah border, construction of railway over-bridges (ROBs) at Baba Bakala and Jawala Floor Mill, completion of elevated road project from Partap Avenue to Bhandari Bridge and to the Golden Temple, identification of land for IT Park, introduction of city bus service, besides a Rs 360-crore project in collaboration of Japan Bank for extension/upgrade of sewerage and setting up of treatment plants in the city, the DC added.

On the conservation of various heritage sites, the DC said a Rs 6.84-crore Heritage Village at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, a Rs 5-crore project of landscaping and upgrade of Ram Bagh Garden, opening of Gobindgarh Fort to the public, a Rs 5-crore project for conservation and beautification of Jallianwala Bagh, conservation of Pul Kanjri and Attari Smadhan at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore and a Rs 5-crore project for the conservation of the Town Hall building would be completed.

Similarly, a 30-acre Amrit Bagh in Ranjit Avenue, a Rs 7-crore open plaza in front of the Golden Temple by shifting the Ghanta Ghar market to the new shopping complex, shifting of the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar office, from the Town Hall building, computerisation of land records, renovation of six historical gates - Lahori Gate, Gate Hakiman, Hathi Gate, Hall Gate, Khazana Gate and Sultanwind Gate - at a cost of Rs 40 lakh, a Rs 2-crore dairy training centre in Amritsar, a food street with traditional food joints, besides a special drive for plantation of 10 lakh saplings were other projects to be accomplished in the year, the deputy commissioner added.


Furnace that saves wood in cremation
Neeraj Bagga
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 1
Shyam Sharma, a retired mechanical engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD), has taken upon himself the task to minimise the use of fuel wood in cremations.

A resident of Yol Camp in Kangra district, he was a member of the team, comprising Indian and German experts, which designed and developed an improved furnace to cremate bodies.

The device ensures 40 per cent less usage of wood during cremation, besides reducing pollution level.

The team was actually entrusted with the task of studying and developing non-conventional energy resources and water management under the Indo-German Dhauladhar Project in Himacal Pradesh sometime ago.

“Cremating the dead drew the attention of German experts, who, along with their Indian counterparts, evolved the indigenous crematorium with the easily available and inexpensive material,” Sharma recalled.

The indigenous instrument is called improved furnace having a rectangular shape. It is made from fire bricks, iron and clay. According to Sharma, each furnace costs about Rs 10,000, very low in comparison to the cost of electric crematorium. Besides, the society has not adopted the electric crematorium, he adds.

Currently, he is interacting with various NGOs to convince crematorium societies to adopt the new technique.

Meanwhile, a local art and cultural preservation organisation, Punarjyot, has decided to introduce the device at the cremation ground of Narli, ancestral village of Bhagat Singh.

Directors of Punarjyot Shivinder Singh Sandhu and his wife Manveen Sandhu said panchayats of nearly 11 villages located around Narli were in touch with them and they were convincing them to adopt the new device.


Tributes paid to Mumbai terror victims
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 1
Rising above parties, many political leaders from the SAD, BJP, Congress and city residents gathered yesterday at Baradari Garden, Patiala, to offer prayers to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks and the police, Army and commandos who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

This meeting was called by the Patiala Social Welfare Society.

Two-minute silence was observed and candles were lit for the departed souls.

Addressing the gathering, Jasbir Singh Bir, divisional commissioner, Patiala, said terrorism had become an international issue and city residents had shown great courage and respect by answering their call.

He said though India was a peace-loving nation, it was capable of handling every anti-nation activity.

Surjit Singh Rakhra, president NRI wing, SAD, Jathedar Mahinder Singh, chairman, zila parishad, Indermohan Singh Bajaj, district president, SAD, Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, Surjit Singh Kohli, Surinder Singh Pehalwan and Harpal Singh Teja, president and secretary general of the Mulazim wing, Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu, KK Sharma, ADC Shiv Dalar Singh were also present.


New Year celebrations turn sour
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
New Year celebrations turned gloomy when three people got killed in three separate accidents and eight others received serious injuries in the wee hours today. All the three accidents took place near village Naulakha on Sirhind-Patiala road.

A private bus (PB-11-Y-8989), which was on its way towards Patiala from Sirhind, hit a Bolero (PB-11-AD-9300). Both the vehicles collided head on and two of the four occupants of the Bolero died on the spot. The deceased have been identified as Harman Singh (22) and Harpinder Singh (23), both residents of village Naulakha. The injured have been identified as Jaspreet Singh and Balag Khan of village Naulakha. They were rushed to PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition.

A car, PB-10-BE-8143, going towards Patiala, bumped into the accidental bus, which hit Bolero and its occupants got injured. It is said that the driver of the car could not figure out accidental vehicles because of poor visibility due to fog. They received minor injuries and were rushed to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. After these two accidents, another Innova car, (PB-11-AB-0666), coming from Patiala, hit a truck stationed few metres away from the accident site. One of the occupants, Prabhjot Singh, a resident of village Kalwan in Patiala, died on the spot and six others were rushed to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. The car occupants were on their way to Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, to pay obeisance on the occasion of the new year. The truck driver sped away from the place and managed to escape untraced.

It is pertinent to mention here that a large number of accidents took place on this road and nearly seven persons lost their lives last year. Senior police officials, including SSP Kaustubh Sharma, rushed to the accident spot and took stock of the situation. Cases have been registered in this connection at the Mulepur police station.


909 panchayat secys to be regularised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab cabinet today approved the regularisation of 909 panchayat secretaries whose selection was terminated on December 10, 2002.

The cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for the recruitment of 54 medical officers (specialist) for the Department of Health and Family Welfare and taking out of the purview of the Punjab Public Service Commission.

The cabinet also approved the creation/filling up of 55 new posts of various categories in the office of the Advocate-General.

The Council of Ministers also approved the amendment to the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats (Group A) Non-Technical Service Rules-2002. The proposed Punjab Public Service Commission (Group B) Service Regulation-2008 was also approved. A two-minute silence was observed to pay tributes to Gurdip Singh Bhullar, MLA (Nurmahal), who died last week.


Mission disputes farm panel’s claim
SP Sharma
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 1
Reacting sharply to the claim of the Punjab State Farmers Commission that organic farming could be counter productive; the Punjab Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) today described it as a “blatant attack” on all initiatives working for ecological sustainability of the state and has announced that a debate at the national level would be organised on the issue.

Umendra Dutt, executive director of the KVM, said the mission had “very strong and serious reservations about the report of the commission that was totally misleading and thus creating confusion among the farmers about any attempt to build a people’s response to agro-ecological crisis of Punjab”.

There are more than enough academic studies that show that for agricultural productivity and food security, pesticides are not indispensable and what’s more these studies that have shown that the alternative methods of pest control give great benefits to farmers. Studies done by ICRISAT and IRRI clearly demonstrate the sustainability, viability and successful economics of non-pesticide management practices. Farmers in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam have successfully opted for pesticide-free rice cultivation. Cuba has also shown the way.

In spite of the well-known fact that pesticides have already pushed Punjab into environmental health devastation, any attempt to build up a debate on the pesticides is fiercely opposed to and subdued by the protagonists of pesticides and its economy, Dutt said.


Another doctor couple booked
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, January 1
In connection with performing an ‘illegal’ medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) on a pregnant woman, one more case has been registered by the police during the past three days in the district. The case was registered two days ago against a Khanauri-based GAMS doctor couple.

A few days ago, the police had also registered a case against a BAMS doctor couple for conducting an MTP. In both cases, the police registered cases under provisions of the MTP Act and the Indian Medical Council Act.

Khanauri SHO Hardip Singh said the police had registered a case against doctor Sunny Mehta and his wife doctor Shweta Mehta on December 30 for allegedly conducting an MTP on a pregnant woman from Arno village (Patiala) at their Mehta Hospital.

The police has reportedly registered a case against GAMS doctor couple on a complaint by Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Dalip Kumar. In his letter (complaint), Kumar had asked the Khanauri police to register a case against Dr S. Mehta and his wife Dr Shweta Mehta of Mehta Hospital, Khanauri, under the MTP Act 1971, the PNDT Act, and the Indian Medical Council Act on the plea that an ‘illegal’ MTP had been conducted in their hospital on a woman of Arno village (Patiala), who was pregnant for four months.


Indian trying to enter Pak arrested
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 1
The BSF held an Indian on the zero line as he was trying to cross over to Pakistan yesterday.

The person managed to cross the Customs gate. Sources in the BSF said the person had disclosed his identity as Tari of Mandala village in Patiala. He was not carrying any kind of travelling documents, they added.

He stated he had managed to reach the zero line taking benefit of trucks parked in a queue. He appeared slightly differently abled, sources said.

The BSF handed over him to the Attari police.


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