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9 kids hurt as bus overturns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
A major tragedy was averted when a school van of BCM School, Chandigarh Road, ferrying students back home collided with a mini-bus and overturned near Vardhman chowk here this afternoon.

As many as nine students received minor injuries and they were taken to Dev hospital near Sector-32. The students were sent back home after treatment. According to eyewitness, the driver of the mini-bus, who was reportedly drunk, hit on the rear side of the school van due to which it overturned.

After hitting the van, the mini-bus driver lost control and hit it against the wall. The mini-bus driver managed to flee the spot.

Prem Singh, driver of the school van, said the mini-bus driver had parked his vehicle in front of the school gate and was inviting passengers.

The moment he drove his vehicle out of the school, the mini-bus driver started chasing his vehicle. As soon as he turned the school van, the speeding vehicle hit the rear-end of the school van.

"The impact was so strong that I could not control the vehicle and it overturned," said Prem Singh.

Around 20 students were reported to be travelling in the school bus during the time of collision, while one passenger was travelling inside the mini-bus.

SHO Division 7 said the statement of the school driver has been recorded. A case of negligent driving has been registered against the mini-bus driver. The injured are identified as Himani, Rrishub, Hinna, Kashish Bakshish, Lovish, Manik Ashish, Gurkawal Kaur.

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3 young lives snuffed out in accident
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, February 5
Three youths were killed in an accident yesterday evening. The accident took place near Dakha village around 7.30 pm when the victims riding a motorcycle (PB 10 BQ 7827) were hit by a Scorpio car (CH04C 6476) coming from Ludhiana.

The Scorpio earlier hit a Safari car (PB 56 B 4800) coming from the other side and the Scorpio also hit an Indica (PB 26 B 7766). Meanwhile, in panic while escaping from the accident site, the driver lost the control over the Scorpio and hit the motorcycle, badly injuring the bikers.

The victims, identified as Keerati Singh alias Tony (37), Karamjit Singh (30) alias Raju and Jaswinder Singh (35) alias Bindi, all from Dakha, were returning to their village after closing their shop at Mullanpur. Karamjit Singh and Jaswinder Singh were brought to Medicity Hospital, Ludhiana, while Kirat Singh was referred to DMCH, Ludhiana, where all of them succumbed to their injuries.

However, the Dakha police impounded the motorcycle and the Scorpio and registered a case against the driver of the Scorpio car under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427, 304A, IPC. The police handed over the bodies to their families after conduction post-mortem.

A pall of gloom descended over the village with the break of the news of the three deaths in the village. Scores of villagers were present on the cremation of the victims that was held today at village crematorium.

In yet another accident, a canter going toward Ludhiana hit a goods career (PB 10 CD 1631) coming from the other side injuring Gurpreet Singh Gogi and Lakhbir Singh of the tempoo. The accident took place around 7 pm near Bhanohar village near here.

The driver of the canter managed to escape towards Ludhiana but due to bad luck again, the vehicle hit a tree at the roadside around 400 yards from the accident site after he lost the control over it and got his leg fractured. The two were admitted to Medicity Hospital, Ludhiana. The canter was loaded with marriage gifts and furniture. The other occupants of the canter took away the injured driver to a hospital. The whereabouts of the driver of the canter are not known till now. The police had not registered any case of this accident as the victims were not in a position to give statement.

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100-yr-old trees axed
People protest as company to axe 1,700 more trees 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
It was the saddest day in the history of Ludhiana today, when the axe finally fell on old rare trees, on the pretext of development in the Old Sessions Court Complex here.

The felling of the old medicinal and environment-friendly trees started in the afternoon. A survey by residents had revealed there were about 1700 trees in the courts complex alone, several of them more than 100 years old, ready to be axed. These would be felled as the company that was allotted 11,974 sq yards of the session’s court complex has started the work on the site.

The cutting of trees evoked protests from all quarters today, when the residents reacted to the development. Though everybody knew once the land is auctioned, trees would be felled, the residents felt sad.

SS Chana, who has been spearheading a green campaign, for the past many years, said he had shot off a letter to the Chief Secretary telling him about the importance of these trees that are nearly 100-year- old. ‘‘It was a height of insensitivity that nobody cared.’’

‘‘The trees are between 50 to 100 years old. We don’t have so old trees in any other part of the city. These should not be felled no matter what price the government got for the land. Money should be no consideration for these valuable trees.’’ Chana said.

Sandeep K Jain, an activist of the Animal Welfare Board of India, said that not only trees but birds like peacocks, babblers, woodpeckers, parrots and many others species, who nested on these trees, lost their habitat due to the ongoing development.

‘‘By felling these trees we have taken away their shelter. The Civil Lines area would be finished without this spot, ’’ Jain added.

Not only the birds but rare trees like peepal and sheesham besides many other medicinal ones were standing in the courts complex, he added.

‘‘There are several trees like sheesham and peepal that cannot be grown. These trees germinate after following a natural process. The coats of seeds of these trees are acted upon in the digestive system of birds when they feed on the seeds. The seeds are then passed out with bird dropping and these germinate finding a proper place. They would not be able to grow these trees in the coming years. Then what right do they have to fell these? ’’ he asked.

Chana said these trees were our heritage. ‘‘Can we sell our heritage for money? I wonder how come this decision was taken. Why nobody in the government hierarchy sensitized the decision makers on this issue? ’’ He asked.

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Sexual Harassment in PAU
Dulcha Brar submits reply of chargesheet
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
For the first time in the past five months, Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, Director, Students Welfare, PAU, the accused in the "sexual harassment" case, has come forward and given his version on "the much-hyped" case. He also said he had submitted the reply of the charge-sheet to Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang here last evening.

Referring to the reply, Dr Brar said he had not much to say except that the complaint lodged by the employee working under him was nothing but a baseless allegation. He said everything was done in a planned manner to defame him. "I and my family members have gone through a very bad phase in all these months. But PAUTA members, the PAU Non-Teaching Employees' Union and the PAUSA executive stood by me and when I again joined the post as per directions by the High Court, they were all here to boost my morale", said Dr Brar.

On his repeated absence from appearing before the probing committee constituted by the the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Brar said unless and until, he was given the documents or the evidence to know the nature of complaint, how could he answer the questions of the committee? He said he had requested the authorities to provide him the necessary documents many times and it was on record.

"I was handed-over the documents/evidence on the day when I was charge-sheeted. But it was too late and by that time, the committee had already submitted its report, charge of DSW was taken away from me and I was suspended. As I had no faith in the enquiry committee constituted by the authorities, I had also requested the authorities to constitute another committee who could probe the matter in an unbiased manner but my request was also rejected", said Dr Brar.

Meanwhile, Dr Kang, before leaving for Delhi, today said he had received the reply submitted by Dr Brar and had asked the Registrar to look into it. "We will decide accordingly after going through the reply", said Dr Kang.

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NRI detained at IGI Airport 
Was trying to encash forged US pay orders worth Rs 300 cr 
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, February 5
The local police has arrested an NRI while he was trying to escape from India. Harvinder Singh, son of Mal Singh of Kamalpura village, is based in Holland. He was being kept under constant surveillance after international pay orders of a US bank worth Rs 300 crore were seized from his possession.

HDFC Bank’s Jagraon branch manager Kapil Dev had also accused him of duping the bank of Rs 90 lakh on the basis of these pay orders. But, the cops failed to act against him, as they were not aware that he would get these forged pay orders encashed from any bank.

HDFC Bank’s manager’s advocate had termed the pay orders as mere scrap. But, on January 30, Surinder Singh, Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Daresi Ground branch, Ludhiana, had in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Harvinder Sigh had deposited 18,000 pay orders ($ 2,000 each) worth Rs 1.8 crore with the bank. Out of these 334 pay orders were sent to HCDC, Bangalore, through their treasury in Mumbai for verification and were declared as fake. Thus, a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 465, 471 and 120B of the IPC was registered against Harvinder Sigh.

The Jagraon Sadar SHO said Harvinder Singh was trying to escape out of India after procuring a duplicate passport from the Embassy of Holland on the pretext of having lost it somewhere.

He had told the embassy that he had some urgent work in Holland. He, however, withheld the fact that his passport was in the Jagraon police custody.

Though, the embassy issued the passport but got suspicious and informed the Jagraon police. He was detained at IGI Airport, New Delhi, by a Jagraon police team.

He was produced before the court of Judge Mandeep Kaur Bedi, who remanded in the police custody for three days. He along with two of his accomplices, who also happens to be NRI, has been booked on a statement of SBI’s Manager Surinder Singh.

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Civil hospital lacks staff, equipment 
Docs forced to refer patients to pvt hospitals
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
In absence of test facilities and dysfunctional equipment at the civil hospital’s laboratory, patients are being referred to private hospitals. Even the 'autoanalyser', the most important device used in multiple diagnostic tests, is in the non-working condition.

Physicians and surgeons are unable to treat the patients even as basic tests like serum electrolytes, amylase, and fine needle aspiration cytology can't be done at its laboratory.

Shamsher, a patient, who was being treated by one of the doctors, was told to get some tests done but the laboratory lacked staff. "I could not afford the tests outside the civil hospital but had no choice as doctors concerned had no choice but to refer me to the Christian Medical College and Hospital."

The situation worsens when doctors and surgeons have to deal with emergency cases as the anesthetists don’t give a 'go ahead' till they see the investigation reports and the patients are referred to private hospitals.

Despite having a regular pathologist, MD biochemistry, lab technicians and a few staff members appointed recently on contract, the samples are not accepted after 12 noon whereas the lab timing is from 9 am to 3pm. The procedures are kept pending for the next day which harasses the patients coming from far-flung areas.

However, civil hospital’s SMO Harvinder Singh maintained that the autoanalyser was in the working condition. "We have ample staff in the laboratory but we don’t take samples after 12 pm because it take time to process the samples and give the reports."

However, we don’t have facilities for some advanced tests for which patients are referred to private hospitals, SMO added.

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Dissent in F&CC over installation of fancy lights
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Members of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation here today dissented over the issue of installing fancy streetlights on major roads at the cost of Rs 5 crore.

Members of the committee did not pass the agenda, stating the MC had to comply with the directions of the state government of installing energy-saving lamps by February this year.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal said if the MC had to ensure installation of energy savers, why should it waste public money to the tune of Rs 5 crore on fancy lights? These would have to be replaced, he said.

After the voice of dissent, the agenda item was not passed and kept pending for the time being.

The F&CC agreed on providing the advertisement rights to Greenline company at Rs 7.5 crore. Earlier, the company was allotted the contract for Rs 5 crore. It was in the midst of a controversy when another contractor had alleged favouritism in allotment. He had alleged that his draft, submitted with the MC was not considered as it was purposely lost.

The committee also did not pass setting up of two green belts in different city areas.

As many as 249 items out of a total of 250 tabled in the meet were passed.

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Undertrial drugs cops, flees
Tribune Reporters

Khanna, February 5
An undertrial in the NDPS (the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act) today escaped from the custody of two constables in Samrala after drugging both cops.

The cops were given strong intoxicants either by the accused or his accomplices while on way from Patiala to Kapurthala, said police sources.

The accused has been identified as Paramjit Singh Pamma, who was to be produced before a magistrate in Kapurthala today.

A case was registered against him under various sections of the NDPS Act a few months ago in Kapurthala. Head constable Mittar Pal and constable Balwinder Singh were escorting him from Patiala Jail. Both cops were deployed in the police lines of Patiala and were assigned the task of producing the accused in the Kapurthala court.

According to Samrala police officials, who found two constables in semi-conscious state near Bagli village, cops had taken accused in a private vehicle.

"It seems that the cops have taken a lift in a car instead of taking the accused in a bus", said the police officials.

They added that the cops would have taken lift in a private vehicle probably to save their TA, DA which was being reimbursed by the department.

Khanna SSP Arun Pal Singh said the cops had been detained at the Samrala police station and an FIR had been registered in this connection.

Both cops have recorded different statements with the police at the Samrala police station. They are still under the influence of strong intoxicants even after six hours of the incident.

"Either they might have been offered a cup of tea or some other edible after which both cops fell unconscious", said the SSP.

The cops revealed that Paramjit Singh Pamma was arrested in April, 2008, with heroin worth Rs 50 crore.

Another case of opium smuggling is pending against him at Patiala.

The Samrala police has registered a case of negligence against both policemen under Sections 223, 224 and 120-B of the IPC.

The police was conducting raids in nearby villages to arrest the absconding accused.

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan passes HRD test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has expressed satisfaction over the implementation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan programme in Punjab. A three-member team of the HRD Ministry visited Mansa and Jalandhar districts last month and inspected the implementation of the SSA programme. After the visit of the team, a review committee was held in Delhi last week.

Disclosing this, Krishan Kumar, Director-General, Punjab schools education, told The Tribune, that HRD Ministry, while expressing satisfaction, had emphasised the need for covering more children of the migrants under the literacy programme. All efforts were being made to have a maximum number of children of the migrants in the government schools in Punjab. But the problem with them was that they were not permanent residents which hampered the programme.

Krishan Kumar said the HRD team also pointed out that more private schools were being opened in Punjab and this was not a healthy trend.

He maintained that efforts were being made by the education department to improve the standards of education in the government schools and there was a feeling that the standards of education in the government schools were on the better side. People in Punjab had the tendency to send their wards to private schools as they could afford to pay hefty fees.

The DGSE revealed that the Punjab government had spent Rs 203 crore on the implementation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan in the state so far, out of Rs 265 crore sanctioned for this purpose. The remaining amount would also be spent before the end of the academic year 2008.

He said under the SSA, 356 primary school buildings, 14,996 additional classrooms, 125 block resource centres, 1,168 cluster resource centres, 534 headmaster rooms, 17,491 toilets and drinking water facilities had been provided. As many as 3000 posts of primary teachers and upper primary teachers had been filled under the SSA programme.

Padho Punjab programme had been implemented by the state government under the SSA programme to improve the quality of education among the primary schools.

The initial results indicate that there has been substantial improvement in the quality of education in all schools - class I to V.

According to the DGSE, math and science kits are being provided to all primary and upper primary schools so that the students are able to learn the difficult topics of maths and science easily.

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City Concerns
Animal welfare bodies major obstacle

Menace of stray dogs in the city is not new. The city is suffering from it since long due to the ignorance and poor follow-up by the local authorities. Abroad, nobody is allowed to keep a pet without getting licence from local authorities. In our country, a sizeable population considers stray dog as “darvesh” (Godly creature), so they are not "supposed to be touched". The role of the corporation to eliminate stray dogs, even those causing public nuisance, is limited as whenever the authorities launch an action programme, certain welfare societies for animals come in their way and hinder its progress. To save ourselves from the menace, we all should support sterilisation of the dogs, whose population is increasing day by day. Otherwise, it will be difficult to handle the situation later on.

Manjit Singh, Ludhiana

Harsh law

The law pertaining to cruelty against animals has been framed, keeping in view only one aspect that how to protect the animals. No mechanism to check the inconvenience caused to the public has been thought of. The law, instead, has become an instrument of “cruelty against people”. Packs of dogs and other animals are seen on the roads of every city. Public, especially the children, are always under threat of adverse behaviour of these animals, leading to bites, attacks or road accidents. Before enforcing the law on public, the government should have set up an independent department for arranging animal houses in the cities so that implementation of the law does not lead to nuisance, as is seen nowadays. Such department should be fully accountable for any mishap, with provision of adequate compensation to the victims due to its inefficiency. Rules should also be made for pet owners with heavy penalty clause for inconvenience to the public at large.

Satwant Kalkat, Ludhiana

Left uncared

I find it hard to believe that the so-called animal activists actually do love dogs. I am a dog-lover and I get very upset when I see stray dogs on the streets, some in pitiable conditions with skin diseases etc. It is better to kill them in a humane manner rather than leaving them unloved and uncared. Sterilisation is not a solution to the problem. Overseas, the dogs are kept in pounds and the local bodies give advertisements to find homes for them. In seven days, if no one comes forward to take a dog, it is given lethal injection. All dogs should be registered here.

Rozy Singh

Good option

I strongly feel that if we cannot give life to anyone, then we do not have the right to take it. Killing stray dogs is not a good option. To conquer the problem concerning to the fear of rabies due to increasing incidents of dog bites, sterilisation is a good alternative. Also, the bitches can be caught, thereby preventing them from mating with dogs and reproduce. Besides, vaccination of stray dogs against rabies should be practised. If the authorities concerned perform their duties properly and people cooperate whole heartedly, we can overcome the problem.

Reetika Garg, Ludhiana

Effective strategy

The stray dogs are a serious menace in the city. They have become a threat, as bad as the pollution. The stray dogs rule the roost in each and every nook and corner of the city and have held the whole city to ransom. The problem should be cracked as early as possible as the news of the people getting dog-bites almost daily publish in the newspapers. The worst-hit are those living near the animal mortuaries in rural areas, where they seriously hurt the passersby. The governments, the think-tanks and the administration should make some effective strategy to eradicate the problem. The initiative taken by the authorities in the city to organise a sterilisation programme is a welcome step. The dog kennels can be constructed near the dog mortuaries to keep them there.

HS Dimple, Jagraon

Students’ help

There are at least 30,000 stray dogs in the city. Out of these 75 per cent should be sterilised. The help of students of veterinary science from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University can be taken. At least 35 teams should be made, which should be given a specific time-frame for sterilisation, and certain identification marks should be made on the sterilised dogs. Each team should be given money on the basis of number of dogs they sterilise. Summer vacation is the best time to use the students for the noble cause.

Sushil Mahajan, Ludhiana

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Workshop on global warming
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 5
To generate awareness for protection of environment and wage a war against pollution under the guidelines of the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh, a one-day workshop and competition on Climate Change and Environment -2009 was organised by the International Council of Ayurveda (ICA) at Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon. Inaugurated by Bhag Singh Malla, chairman, Ludhiana District Planning Board, and Kulvir Singh, chief manager, State Bank of India, by lighting a lamp, it was attended by about 150 students and 50 teachers.

In the opening Session, Dr Ashok Sharma, chairman, and Dr BK Dutt, Director, ICA, highlighted the need and importance of clean environment for continuity of the existence of life on the earth.

In the technical session-I in the workshop, Prof Baldev Singh of District Institute of Education & Training (DIET), Jagraon, and Dr. Shailja Verma of Govt. College of Science Education & Research (GCSER), delivered expert lectures and gave multimedia presentations on global warming and greenhouse effect.

In the technical session-II, in the competition in which Prof. BS Sidhu, headmaster, Harkesh Koshar, and lecturer Om Parkash acted as judges, students namely Bhupinder Singh, 10+2 of Govt Sr Sec School, Miss Harpreet Kaur, MSc-II of GCSER and Miss Navkiran of Swami Roop Chand Jain Sr. Sec. School won first, second and third positions.

Dr. Ashok Sharma and Principal Parveen Kaur stressed for leading a simple life.

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Power cut for industry reduced, rescheduled
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 5
During his maiden visit to the industrial capital of the state after taking over reins of the crisis-ridden Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), chairman Harinder Singh Brar remained elusive to functionaries of 12 industrial associations which intended to put their case before him over drastic power cuts and massive production losses being suffered by them.

Led by office-bearers of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, representatives of the industrial bodies visited Circuit House, the PSEB Rest House on Ferozepur Road and ultimately the campus of Punjab Agricultural University where the PSEB chief was to inaugurate a hotline and preside over the annual athletics meet but their efforts to meet Brar did not bear fruit.

In fact, local PSEB officials were apprehensive that the representatives of the industry might hold a protest against erratic and inadequate power supply and this might have led to last minute cancellation of the chairman to his scheduled arrival at Circuit House and the PSEB Rest House.

However, the engineer-in-chief (Central) BS Bath claimed that due to a hurriedly convened meeting at Chandigarh in the morning, all other engagements of the chairman in the city later during the day had to be cancelled.

After discussions with the office-bearers of the industrial bodies in the presence of Bath and other senior PSEB officials, the power cut timings were rescheduled for the category II and mixed feeders (with more than 50 per cent industrial consumers) in the city with immediate effect. As against single power cut of five hours from 11 AM to 4 PM, two power cuts of two hour each will be imposed on these feeders from 7 AM to 9 AM and 12 hrs to 2 PM during the day.

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Eve-Teasing Case
Assailants got easy access, shows CCTV footage
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Those who visit shopping malls and multiplexes regularly, pay extra bucks for enjoying a stress-free movie and feel safe on seeing a battery of security guards around them need to think twice.

The Tribune has caught hold of footages recorded on a close circuit televisions (CCTVs) wherein armed assailants had beaten up a youth about a week ago.

The visuals caught on CCTVs also lay bare the tall claims of tight security inside the shopping malls. The footages show how the callous security guards deputed at PVR Mall- Flamz- allowed the assailants to enter the mall without being frisked.

At least 15 youths had mercilessly beaten up Rajiv Dhir, a resident of Aggar Nagar, after he raised his voice against eve-teasing a few days ago.

He sustained serious injuries and is recuperating at a private hospital.

"This means that the frisking of people and bags is just an eye wash as these assailants were allowed to enter the mall and not a single security guard dared to save me," Rajiv Dhir rued.

The youths carrying baseball sluggers and people running for cover are also caught on camera. The cops are taking the help of these footages recorded on CCTV cameras for strengthening their evidences.

Talking to The Tribune, Sandeep Wadhera, SHO Division No. 5, said: “ We received a video footage of the entire incident about a week ago. We are searching for those who witnessed the entire incident.”

Meanwhile, the security has been tightened in all shopping malls and youths booked for attempt to murder.

Prime accused Gurpreet Singh of Ambedker Nagar, Ranbir Singh of Model Gram and Varinder Singh of South Model Town are still at large. 

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National veterinary congress concludes 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The 19th National Congress of Veterinary Parasitology began yesterday and a symposium on the "National Impact of Parasitic Diseases on Livestock Health and Production" with theme "Changing Trends in Parasitology: From Eggs to Genomics” concluded here today.

In a message to veterinary parasitologists assembled here from all over the country, GADVASU VC VK Taneja exhorted need to reorient their research priorities in order to devise cost-effective technologies for controlling parasitic diseases and taking the feedback from the farmers and veterinarians.

With growing densities of livestock, particularly in semi-urban and urban areas, changing animal feeding practices, there was a growing concern regarding the transmission and propagation of diseases and general food safety. Concerns ranged from the traditional zoonotic diseases and contaminated food to waterborne diseases that could affect both livestock and humans.

SK Jand, dean, Postgraduate Studies, was the chief guest of the valedictory function and PK Sanyal, vice-president of the society, presided over the function. While welcoming chief guest PD Juyal, organising secretary of the Congress, laid emphasis on the emerging issues and challenges faced by the veterinary parasitologists throughout the country.

Jeybel, a young scientist from IVRI, bagged JP Dubey young scientist award while VS Alwar memorial award was won by G Ponnudurai form Nammakal, Chennai. In the best poster-presentation category, the award was given to Anees Yadav, Sukhdeep Vohra, both from Jammu, and G Ponnudurai. The participants from UAS, Banglore, Placid DSouza and G Ponnudurai from Chennai shared their views on the Congress. Juyal informed that 20th National Congress would be held at CCS HAU, Hisar.

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Daman wins solo dance contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 5
An inter-house solo dance contest was held at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, yesterday. One student each from Nehru, Tilak, Gandhi and Tagore House participated in the contest. There were three categories - Class I-II, Class III to V and Class VI to XI.

In the junior section, Daman II-B (I Love my India), Jaskaran II-A (Singh is King) and Patwant II-A (We’ll rock you) bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively. Priya IV (Chaliya), Arshnoor IV (Dancing Jodi) and Karanveer IV (Manjan) secured the first, second and third positions, respectively. In the senior section, the first place was bagged by Ramneek VII (Dance pe Chance), second by Sakshi XI (Maujan hi Maujan) and third by Akansha VI (Desi Girl).

President J.P.S Jolly appreciated and encouraged the efforts of the students and Principal S. George felicitated the winners. 

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‘Begumpura Exp’ gets warm welcome
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 5
The once-a-year special train "Begumpura Express" from Jalandhar to Goverdhanpura (Varanasi) for celebrations of Guru Ravidas birth anniversary was given a rousing reception on the arrival at the railway station here this morning.

Functionaries of several bodies of followers of Guru Ravidas, including the Guru Ravidas Bhawan Parbandhak Sabha, the Sri Guru Ravidas Mandir Sabhas from Bhagwan Das Colony, Basti Jodhewal, Guru Har Rai Nagar, Karabara, Bharti Colony, Bhaura, Peeru Banda. Salem Tabri, Simla Colony, Kutbewal and the Dr Ambedkar Mission Employees Federation thronged the railway station in a large number to extend a welcome to train.

All 24 coaches of the special trains were decorated with flowers, posters, banners, carrying teachings of Guru Ravidas and scriptures from gurbani. After extending welcome to those travelling to the holy shrine by this train, the activists of Guru Ravidas organisations got packets of "guru ka langar" and 300 cartons of mineral water loaded in the train for passengers.

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ADC Patiala begins probe into Vigilance action
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, A.P.S. Virk today conducted an inquiry into vigilance action against Naib Tehsildar, Mullanpur Dakha, who was allegedly caught red handed while taking bribe a month ago.

Virk summoned Naib Tehsildar, Salinder Singh and DSP, Vigilance, Banarsi Dass besides witnesses in the raid. The inquiry was going on till the filing of this report.

Talking to media, Virk said he was in the midst of the probe and was listening to both the parties. He was yet to reach any conclusion and had recorded the statements of several people, he said.

The inquiry was ordered by Chief Minister, Parkash Singh when the revenue officials had proceeded on strike against Vigilance action. Virk was then entrusted with the inquiry.

The revenue officials had claimed that they were being targeted by VB. While they were on strike, public work had suffered immensely. The public exchequer too had suffered losses worth crores. The matter had reached the CM who then intervened.

The revenue officials had been alleging that witnesses named on VB panel by Deputy Commissioner were not accompanying the team. They had also stated norms laid down by Home department were not followed by VB.

After the protest, the Chief Secretary, Ramesh Inder Singh too had listened to revenue officials. He had even assured that Salinder Singh, despite being arrested by VB, would not be suspended. After he was bailed out he was not put under suspension. He had joined his place of posting.

This had led to residents raising eyebrows at the working of the administration as well as vigilance. The residents had claimed either the VB orthe revenue officials were wrong. They had also wanted the government to clear who was at fault. 

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Knitwear exhibition from Feb 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Knit World 2009, the 15th international knitwear exhibition, is scheduled to be held here from February 13-16.

Over the past 14 years, the exhibition has become a buyer-manufacturer friendly meet and a platform where they can discuss various trade-related issues.

The expo is acclaimed to be an international exhibition on knitting-garment-allied machines and accessories held annually in northern India.

Various kinds of knitting, multi-head computerised embroidery, industrial sewing, dyeing, finishing, processing, steam presses, tumbler dryers, dry-cleaning etc will be on display during the exhibition along with trade magazines and fashion journals.

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Airtel penalised for deficiency in service
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 5
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Bharti Airtel Limited to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to an aggrieved consumer for causing harassment to him on account of deficient services.

The forum also directed the company to make the payment of Rs 1,000 as litigation costs to the complainant.

The orders were pronounced by the forum while deciding the complaint filed by former warrant officer of the AirForce, Sadhu Singh Dhillon of Halwara village in Raikot.

Dhillon had moved a complaint before the forum, stating that on April 16, 2008, he took a new connection from Bharti Airtel Limited, Cheema Chowk, here by submitting photo copy of his voter card, one photograph and BSNL number as his identify proof.

On the next day, he received a message that his mobile number had been suspended for want of identity.

He submitted another set of his identity papers on April 19, but his connection was activated after five days. But on the next day, it was again disconnected with the message “registration failed”.

The forum termed all this to be deficiency in services.

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Ramandeep adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 5
Ramandeep Kaur, BA IInd year student, was adjudged the best athlete while Anuradha of B.Sc II was declared the best player in the 66th Annual Athletics Meet at the Government College for Women, Civil Lines, which concluded here today.

Charanjeet Singh Grewal, Director, Sports, Panjab University, Chandigarh, gave away prizes. College principal RK Aulakh welcomed the chief guest and read out the annual report highlighting the achievements in the field of academics, sports and cultural activities during the current session.

Jai Pal Singh, president, Government College Teachers Association, along with Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Ranjit Singh Grewal, hockey player, coaches and former principal, Khushpal Kaur, were present at the prize distribution function.

Final day's results: 200m race- Ramandeep Kaur 1st, Anuradha 2nd and Ravinder Kaur 3rd; Three-legged race- Kamaldeep and Rajni 1st; Joban Sohi and Ramandeep Kaur 2nd; Jaspreet Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur 3rd; Javelin throw- Priyanka 1st; Gursimranpreet Kaur 2nd; and Harpreet Kaur 3rd; 4x100m relay race- Navjot, Ramajit, Ramanjit and Pawandeep 1st, Isha, Geeta, Pawandeep Kaur and Gursimran 2nd, Harpreet Kaur, Karamjit Kaur, Anuradha and Ravinder Kaur 3rd.

100m hurdles race- Anuradha 1st, Silky Arora 2nd and Ramandeep Kaur 3rd; Sack race- Geeta 1st, Isha 2nd and Rajni 3rd; Staff and students race- Staff 1st and students 2nd; Old students race- Kumakshi Sharma 1st, Shikha 2nd and Rana Brar 3rd; Class IV race (women)- Suman 1st, Balwinder Kaur 2nd and Swaran Kaur 3rd; Musical chair race- Jai Pal Singh 1st, Ranjit Singh Grewal 2nd and Kusum Parwhina 3rd.

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Baljit bags four titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 5
Baljit Kaur, a student of MA-II, bagged four titles and was named best athlete in the 40th annual athletics meet of SDP College for Women, Circular Road, here today.

Baljit proved her superiority in javelin throw, shotput, 200m race, besides winning the 100m sprint.

Earlier, Balraj Bhasin, president of SDP College, inaugurated the meet, in which a large number of students competed in regular and fun games. Principal Veena Maan, director S Verma and members of the college management committee, along with faculty members, were present on the occasion.

Director, Sports, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr Charanjit Singh Grewal distributed the prizes.

Results: Chatti race: Komal 1 and Aarti 2. Javelin throw: Baljit Kaur 1, Meenu 2 and Shallu 3.

Shotput: Baljit Kaur 1, Shallu 2 and Meenu 3. Discus throw: Meenu 1, Shallu 2 and Komal 3. 100m race: Baljit Kaur 1, Prabhjot Kaur 2 and Shelly 3.

50m race: Ritu 1, Pooja 2 and Silky 3. 200m race: Baljit Kaur 1, Ritu 2 and Shelly 3.

400m race: Deepika 1, Urvashi 2 and Reena 3. Potato-spoon race: Savita 1, Maneesha 2 and Surbhi 3.

Three-legged race: Shivani and Ganga 1, Shallu and Meenu 2, and Jyoti and Neetika 3.

Sack race: Neelam 1, Urvashi 2 and Maneesha 3. Slow cycling race: Meenu 1, Asha 2 and Prabhjot 3.

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