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Gabria accused of encroachment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Jails Minister Hira Singh Gabria has been accused of encroaching upon a piece of public land at Labour Colony on Gill road that his supporters had got vacated three years ago, saying it was an encroachment.

The property that existed on the land that was extended to the middle of the road was demolished following the initiative of the minister’s supporters. The then owner of the house, Jodh Singh, had suffered a setback and left the city.

The land was then allegedly purchased by the supporters of the minister, who started constructing a party office there. They were about to lay a foundation today, when residents of the area protested against it.

Nearly 150 area residents staged a dharna in front of the house of the Municipal Commissioner, GS Ghuman, this morning. They also disrupted traffic for an hour.

Since Ghuman was not at home, his personal assistant came out and tried to pacify the agitators. They submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner through him, demanding action against the illegal building.

A resident said they had learnt that the deal of the land was struck at a very low price since nobody was buying it from the man who was evicted. “We never knew these people had such designs. They thought we would forget it easily. They cannot befool us.”

The residents demanded an immediate ban on the construction of the office, failing which they would be forced to take the law in their hands. “Rules should be the same for everybody. Even if he is a minister, he should not be allowed to have his way. And he should remember, the common man has elected him to this position. He cannot twist rules to his benefit,” they said.

Gabria’s political rival and Youth Akali leader, Simarjit Singh Bains, and his supporters were accompanying the residents of the area.

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Staff crunch at fire department
Nod to recruitment on compassionate grounds
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Severe staff crunch has been affecting the functioning of the fire department of the Ludhiana MC for the past two years, but the local bodies department of the Punjab Government seems to be least concerned.

After sending repeated requests for recruiting staff in the local bodies department, the fire department got a communique from the bodies department that it could recruit people as firefighters on compassionate grounds and that too the heir of employees who were dead.

The instructions state that the recruitment should be made in the sanctioned budget and no new recruitment should be undertaken.

As there is no trend of recruiting women as firefighters, the department concerned could not comment on the workers who have daughters.

Working with around 86 firefighters, the employees in the fire department are doing 12-hour duty everyday, which is affecting them physically and mentally.

Despite repeated requests to the department concerned, nothing has been done till date.

The firefighters said: “When we go on a site to fight fire, we are not sure if we would return home. The challenges in our job have always been ignored. Those working in the comfort of the four walls of the MC are getting more than us.”

They further added that they had not received uniforms since 2007 and they were supposed to be dressed officially while they were on VIP duty.

“Also, we don’t have any safety equipment, be it good shoes or masks. This is basically a violation of rights and it could be questioned in the court of law,” they claimed.

They said they had been quiet because of the fear of losing their jobs and their family life was disturbed due to irregular working hours and no holidays.

Local bodies director SK Sharma said: “I am not aware of the matter and would look into it.”

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Professor’s Murder
Another accused nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The third accused in the PAU professor murder case, Jaskaran Bhullar (19), a resident of BRS Nagar, was nabbed by the police last night.

He was produced in the local court and was sent on one-day police remand. According to the police, he was driving the vehicle in which the accused fled after killing the professor.

Dr Charanjit Singh Malhi, professor at the zoology department of the Punjab Agricultural University, was murdered by his son at his house in BRS Nagar on March 26.

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Vote Scam
Officials still to get clean chit
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Election time is tough for a group of PCS officers that was allegedly implicated in a case pertaining to the mass deletion of votes in Mansa district in 2002.

The Pawar committee had indicted eight PCS officers, along with some others, in the case. Four of them had sought a review of the findings in the light of the facts placed on record by them.

The committee indicted a PCS officer who was not posted at Mansa when the votes were deleted. After finding substance in their representation, the then Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had not acted on the recommendations of the committee and no action was taken against them.

In separate representations, some PCS officers, have urged the higher authorities to bring the case to a logical end. “When the investigations have proved that we were falsely implicated, the authorities should make the findings public so that people can know who is tainted,” Dr Indu, former Mansa SDM and Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, who was one of the indicted officials, said.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that an IAS officer was posted as SDM Mansa when the names of 1,663 genuine voters were deleted illegally. However, the committee indicted Dr Malhotra in the case who had joined office in August 2001 while the incident pertained to January. Even the district administration had recommended a review of her indictment.

Terming the report to be based on false observations, SDM Jagraon Mukand Singh Sandhu, AERO Jagraon-70, regretted that his name too was included falsely. “I have received no communication in connection with my alleged indictment till today. Had the commission found something adverse, it should have informed me,” he said, adding that the officials concerned had decided to take the matter to court.

Amarinder government, after its formation in 2002, had constituted district and division-level committees to inquire into the allegations that the SAD-BJP government had indulged in the deletion of voters’ names to ensure the victory of its candidates in the Assembly elections.

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Navratras push up prices of fruits
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
With the fasting season on, the demand for fruits has registered a rise and so have their prices.

Apple which was available for Rs 40 per kg last week, is today available in the retail market for Rs 60 per kg. Pomegranate has also registered a sharp rise in the price from Rs 70 per kg last week to Rs 100 today even as grapes continue to grow dearer, from Rs 35 per kg to Rs 50 per kg this week.

Watermelon has registered a price hike of Rs 5 per kg in the past couple of days. It is now available for Rs 25 per kg. Winter fruit kinnow is holding fort and has grown dearer by Rs 15 per kg since the Navratras commenced. Today, the price of kinnow is Rs 40 per kg.

Papaya, which earlier cost Rs 15 per kg, is being quoted at Rs 20 per kg. However, banana has not seen any price rise over the last week and is available for Rs 25-30 per dozen.

Even veggies have registered a hike as far as the prices are concerned. Potato was available for Rs 6 per kg last week whereas this week, it is available for Rs 8-10 per kg. Tomato got dearer by Rs 3-5 per kg. It is now available for Rs 12-15 per kg.

Lady’s finger is being sold for Rs 35-40 per kg while last week it was available for Rs 30. Ginger prices dropped from Rs 80 per kg to Rs 60-70 this week while garlic grew from Rs 25 per kg last week to RAs 35-40 per kg.

Mushroom registered a slight hike from Rs 25 per 200 gm to Rs 20-25 this week. Onion, however, came down from Rs 18 to Rs 12-15 per kg. Cabbage and cauliflower remained constant at Rs 5-8 per kg while carrot got dearer by Rs 7 per kg.

Cucumber came down from Rs 20 to Rs 12-15 per kg this week while peas have gone up from Rs 30 to Rs 40-45 per kg. Lemon prices almost doubled from Rs 25-30 per kg to Rs 50-60 per kg this week even as bitter gourd got cheaper by Rs 5 per kg. It was available for Rs 45-50 per kg last week while today it stands at Rs 35-40.

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EDUSAT launches coaching classes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
After receiving clearance from the Election Commission, the Punjab EDUSAT society, has resumed its coaching classes for AIEEE/CET/PMT programmes. There has been a good response from the students, who are aspiring to appear in the entrance tests.

The Punjab EDUSAT society has launched the programme in collaboration with an NGO in the government senior secondary schools, where EDUSAT network is available.

The tremendous response of the students is due to the availability of the coaching facility in government schools without any fee and for private students the fee is Rs 1,000 for the course.

It is pertinent to mention that private coaching institutes are charging very hefty fee ranging from Rs 13,000 to Rs 20,000 for such courses.

The Punjab EDUSAT society authorities are keen to make this programme a big success and in the rural areas where the students are not aware of this programme, the help of village gurdwaras is being sought and announcements are being made.

The authorities are also ensuring that the classes are not disrupted due to any technical snag. HK Mayer, principal Government Multipurpose School, said one subject expert, lab attendant and computer teacher have been instructed to be present during the four-hour relay programme. According to Neene Jindal, lecturer in physics and deputy co-ordinator of the school, EDUSAT is an asset for the poor students.

According to Narinder Sagar, district EDUSAT co-ordinator, the course content for April has been received and distributed to 41 centres in the district.

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432 women students given degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The annual convocation of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, was held here today. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was the chief guest on this occasion. The function began with shabad “Deh Shiva Var Mohe”.

College principal Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi welcomed the chief guest and presented the annual report of the college highlighting the achievements of the students in academics, sports and co-curricular activities.

About 432 graduates and postgraduates from arts, commerce and computer science received their degrees.

Kirandeep Kaur brought laurels to the college by standing first in BA in Ludhiana district for three consecutive years whereas Richa was honoured for standing second in PGDCA in Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Sheila Dikshit released a placement brochure and a book “Manavta De Rehbar- Shri Guru Granth Sahib”dedicated to the tri-centenary celebrations of Guru Gaddi Diwas.

Dr SP Singh, a Punjabi critic and former Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, was honoured for his contribution towards Punjabi literature.

Sheila Dikshit congratulated the meritorious students of the college.

She applauded the college for its contribution in sports, music and other fields and inspired them to work hard.

Prof Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary of the college governing body, extended a vote of thanks to the chief guest and other dignitaries.

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Malwa school celebrates annual day
Our Correspondent

Amloh, March 28
Deputy director (Education) Roshan Lal Sood, while addressing the prize distribution function of Malwa Model High School, here today, said: “We were worried over the deterioration in the standard of education, which has pushed our state at 17th position in the country, thanks to the wisdom of Education Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur, who succeeded to improve up to seventh position.”

He also stressed on the need for all-round development of the child. He distributed prizes to the students, who won distinction in the field of education, sports and cultural activities. Sarinder Singh, school principal, read the annual report. Students presented magic tricks, songs, gidha and bhangra on the occasion.

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From Schools
Tips on personality development
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
A workshop ‘Rainbow’ filled with hues was organised at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, today.

The students relished mouthwatering dishes on blue Friday along with few brainstorming activities.

There was a massive display of creative work on Orange Tuesday.

The students were given tips on personality development while director S Verma and principal Tarannum Fatma appreciated the efforts of the students.

Navsamvat celebrated

The beginning of Navsamvat was celebrated with enthusiasm and zeal on the premises of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, BVM, Chandigarh road and BVM, Dugri.

It was an endeavour to create awareness among the society regarding the Indian culture.

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Career guidance at Doraha College
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 28
The counselling cell of Doraha College of Education organised an extension lecture under the supervision of co-ordinator Sukhwinder Singh today.

Nahar Singh, vice-principal Government ITI, Samrala, was the resource person. He gave an illustrative power point presentation on “talk on career guidance”. He discussed in detail various diversified courses after matriculation, 10+2 and graduation. The queries of the students, teachers were answered by the resource person.

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HIV/AIDS
Spreading awareness among hospital staff
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 28
A two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS was held here at the Civil Hospital today. The workshop was held at a sub-division level to aware the hospital staff of prevention from AIDS and myths in the society about the disease.

About 100 staff members participated in the workshop headed by Dr Hari Krishan Singla, SMO Jagraon. The workshop was conducted as per the guidelines of the department of Health and Family Welfare as well as Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.

The emphasis was laid on handling of HIV patients coming to the hospital. It has bee seen in the past that the health staff do not deal with the HIV positive patients properly rather they are treated like untouchables. Help of audio-visual aids were taken to express the views perfectly.

Prof Baldev Singh, Dr Radha Goyal, Dr Kishan Singh, Dr Karkara, Dr Surinder Singh, Dr Harpreet Kaur and Dr Arun Gupta gave extensive lecturers.

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Misleading statements by SHO
Information Commission summons SSP
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 28
The misleading statements by former SHO, Jagraon Sadar, Pritam Singh, has put the Ludhiana SSP in a difficult spot.

In case of the murder of Gurvinder Kaur alias Pinki (17) in July 2004,

the Jagraon police arrested deceased’s two stepbrothers on the basis of a complaint given by Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal that she had been denying throughout.

The police later released them after an inquiry and in July 2005 it booked Manpreet Kaur, her brother-in-law Iqbal Singh and his friend Jatinder Singh stating that the deceased objected to the illicit relationship between her mother and her uncle.

Whereas the accused pleaded innocence and Manpreet levelled an allegation of rape by the then SHO Gurinder Singh Bal, chowki in charge Rajbir Singh, Bawa Singh and two policemen.

The accused claimed false implications but when their pleadings went unnoticed they took the help of Universal Human Rights group.

After getting bail after spending about two years in jail, they started following their case. They sought information from the SHO that he provided to the court but he refused to give the certified copies to the accused on the plea that on the SSP’s orders, they had destroyed the files.

Iqbal said the date of filing the records was after the date of destruction of the record. The SSP’s order said all records except the cases pending with courts or commissions should be destroyed. They finally approached the state information commission for over six months to get the relevant records where SHO Pritam Singh stated to have destroyed the record.

Iqbal said after going through the records the information commission had summoned the Jagraon SSP in the capacity of PIO for the hearing scheduled for April 6 either in person or APIO.

However, SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the matter was not in his notice yet and would act as per the law.

SHO Pritam Singh said nobody had asked any information hitherto and whenever anybody would ask any information, he would provide the same to the applicant.

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This mess will take too long to clear
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, March 28
Present day politicians have failed to make any contribution towards the welfare of the town and industrial development. In 1950s, it was the late Pratap Singh Kairon who took some steps for the development of the town. Two industrial areas, A and B, were carved out for the establishment of industrial units and these industrial areas were followed with the establishment of an Indian Estate.

Before Partition, Ludhiana was known as the city of weavers and the majority of the population consisted of Muslim weavers, but the face of the town changed after the migration of hardworking Punjabis from across the border.

Ramgarhia industrialists and refugees took up the task of developing this town into a major industrial town. Whatever development is seen here today, it is due to the hardy people of the area and the contribution of the Congress, Akali Dal and the BJP is nil.

Politicians have done only one thing -- harassed industrialists and the business community by forcing them to contribute for the election fund or funds for holding rallies.

During the regime of Bhim Sen Sachar as the Chief Minister, the industrialists could make small contributions for elections and other political purposes without any coercion. Things started changing with the arrival of Kairon as Chief Minister.

During the tenure of Amarinder Singh, Ludhiana did not see any development. Rather, things deteriorated.

Some development work was done by Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as MC Commissioner for over three years.

When the SAD-BJP government came to power in 2007 under Prakash Singh Badal, big announcements were made for making Ludhiana a model city. There was talk of a metro rail and local bus service. Two years have passed, but nothing has changed.

Prakash Singh Badal has been the Chief Minister four times, and yet he keeps blaming the centre for the present state of Punjab. He is minister in charge of Ludhiana and he has not held a single meeting of the district planning board or the town development since he assumed office.

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‘Bhajna Amli’ to contest from city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Amidst drums and slogans Bhajna Amli alias Gurdev Dhillon was announced the candidate of Jaspal Bhatti’s Recession Party from here for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

Painting the picture of Ludhiana’s Bhudha Nalla and pollution, Bhatti along with his partymen presented a burlesque, wherein, they made a committment to pollute the surroundings to get the city’s name in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’.

"We, after winning the Ludhiana seat will get special funds from the Centre to elevate pollution to the level that people flying in planes over the city will not see the land beneath and people will not be able to see a single plane,” the leaders said.

Supporting a multi-coloured turban and a garland, Bhajna Amli said, “On the pattern of special economic zones I will make special migrant zones. I ensure free distribution of bhuki, alcolohol, Charas, ganja to the addicts during elections and the availability of every intoxicant at police stations post elections.”

The artist was his mocking best and added that sabzi mandi would have a cattle mandi, ghas mandi, car/scooter mandi.

Jaspal Bhatti invited the ‘foolish’ individuals, adding that intellectuals do not have a place in his party as they are best suited for the sophisticated politicians. Keeping a straight face yet hitting at the former candidates of leading parties, Bhatti said, “We promise that Bhajna Amli will not prove less incompetent than Manish Tewari of the Congress and Gurcharan Singh Ghalib of the SAD.”

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Factionalism among SAD leaders
End differences or face action, Badal warns
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
Taking cognisance of alleged factionalism among the SAD leaders of Ludhiana district, Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, convened a meeting of senior leaders at Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology at Bhutta village, near here, yesterday.

Though Badal declined to divulge details of the meeting that continued for over 45 minutes. However, it is learnt that he warned participants of stern action against those, who tried to nurture factionalism in the party.

“You have tasted consequences of factionalism in the last Assembly elections. It’s high time when you should prove your worth by working for the victory of party candidates only and forget the differences. We will have to think about those who tried to nurture factionalism further instead of ending it,” Badal said while concluding the meeting.

Meeting was convened on the demand of the SAD candidates- Gurcharan Singh Galib and Charanjit Singh Atwal.

Observations revealed that SAD had lost Payal, Raekot and Kilaraipur seats in the last Assembly elections, allegedly due to factionalism among supporters of candidates from these constituencies. Though senior leadership had tried to bring Garchas, Talwandis and Maheshinder Singh Grewal closer, the cold war among their supporters continued even after the formation of the SAD- BJP government. There were incidents when the senior SAD leaders of Ludhiana opposed party candidates in Panchayat and Zila Parishad elections too.

It was during initial phase of their campaign that party nominees from Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana parliamentary constituencies, Charanjit Singh Atwal and Gurcharan Singh Galib observed that persistent factionalism could affect the results adversely. Atwal is known to have convened a meeting at Barundi village a few days ago.

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PSEB complaint office in a shambles
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 28
The complaint office of the PSEB at Nathowal village, near here, is in a shambles. The building is in dilapidated condition and poses a threat to the lives of people as it can collapse any time.

The complaint office was started by the PSEB for the convenience of village around 20 years ago.

The building, which was newly constructed at that time, is now in ruins.

The wild overgrowth in vacant space around the building poses a threat to employees as well as villagers.

Fearing that the building may collapse any time, the department has temporarily shifted the employees to a nearby health department building from where they are operating these days.

The building is, however, still being used as a store to stock material and is visited by employees on a regular basis.

No effort has been made by the authorities concerned to get the building repaired and put it back to use.

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Tussle between doctors hits work at hospital
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 28
The ongoing tussle between doctors and staff members is hampering work at the Civil Hospital here.

Yesterday, some councillors staged a dharna in connection with the transfer of a woman dental surgeon.

Some staff members, including the SMO, have accused the dental surgeon of thrashing them, but the dental surgeon has refuted the allegations.

She said her promotion was pending due to the adverse remarks of the SMO, which were false. She clarified that her behaviour with patients and colleagues was compassionate and sympathetic and she tried her best to provide better services to patients.

She said she was ready for a transfer if she was responsible for the happenings at the hospital, but if the SMO and a woman pharmacist were held responsible, then they should be transferred out.

She alleged that the dental chair was shifted to the Khera block due to the mismanagement of the SMO.

Meanwhile, the councillors and some residents of Khamano have threatened that they would be forced to start an agitation if the dental surgeon was not transferred immediately.

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DD to shoot teleserial on female foeticide
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Taprian (Samrala), March 28
While the villages in Punjab had been a favourite destination for Bollywood producers, now it’s Doordarshan that has diverted itself to rural streets of this village to shoot a teleserial on female foeticide.

Titled “Naya Savera”, the seven- episode serial is based on a story written by Jammu-based BM Bakshi.

Baljeet Singh, who is working as an executive producer, DD Chandigarh, said, “The protagonist in the serial is Malti who is happy being an expecting mother. She has a supporting husband. However, her mother-in-law Parvati along with her sister Savitri try to convince Malti to get the child aborted as she is a girl.”

Baljeet said the serial was shot in a village to make it look more real as the spectators, especially the rural ones could associate them with the characters.

He revealed the serial was a product of DD Chandigarh and emphasised on the fact that female foeticide was more prevalent in upper and middle class.

“Villagers don’t have money to conduct sex-determination tests. So the need is to bring awareness among the educated,” he said, adding that the serial would be telecasted on DD National also.

Production in charge Gurpreet Kohli said, “The serial also reveals that laws are made not for punishing but to help solve social problems.

“This is realised by the characters when they come across police officer Neelam Grewal after the matter goes to the Women Cell and the officer investigates the matter.”

Shooting with a team of about 40 crewmembers, assistant director of the serial Shabddesh said, “My wife Anita Shabddesh along with Sangeeta Bhattacharya are the episode directors.

We are basically theatre artists and the actors working in the serial are associated with Suchetak Rangmanch.”

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Cotton Fab exhibition draws crowd
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Cotton Fab at Welkom Palace has received a good response from the city residents. Dress material and readymade stuff from the entire country is displayed here and the handloom is basically block printed material from Rajasthan, chicken fabric from Lucknow, chicken chanderi from Maheshwari, bagalpur silk and exclusive dupatta from Bihar, dress material from Gujarat, handloom kurtas from Chennai, south handloom from Tamil Nadu and shawls from Kashmir. “The exhibition is a perfect place to pick stuff for the summers. Chicken from Lucknow and block printing from Rajasthan available here are the best. Such exhibitions should be organised on a regular basis,” a customer Tanya said.

Rashtriya Sanskriti Samaj Avom Sabhayata, Delhi, has organised the exhibition and the aim of organising this exhibition is the promotion of the artisans, who are manufacturers but have no place to sell their products. Society president Rajesh said exhibitions and craft bazaars were the only way of bringing craft persons and customers together.

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NGO formed to fight drug addiction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Disgruntled over the inconsequential role of the state government to curb drug addiction among the youth in Punjab, chemists of Ludhiana along with the local youth have formed an NGO ‘Pehl for social reforms’. The NGO members today discussed the possibility of announcing an ‘independent candidate’.

NGO chairperson Amandeep said: “The NGO is motivating people to vote for the candidate who promises to fight against the ‘addiction among youth’ in the state.

The NGO is all set to mobilise the members who would take out rallies in the sensitive areas where the politicians lure the voters with intoxicants, including habit forming drugs, alcohol, opium and smack.

“We will also sensitise people about their rights so that they come forward to oppose the muscle and money power,”stated NGO president Damandeep Singh. Punjab is a land of Gurus and it is our duty to conserve its culture and heritage, the NGO members said in unison.

The NGO will support the youth in drug de-addiction and has called upon the addicts to approach them for the treatment and they will bear the expenses for the same.

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TB: Volunteers raise awareness among slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
As part of the ongoing anti-TB awareness week, IMA members and NGOs have joined hands to achieve the target of reaching out to families residing in city slums and spread awareness among the high-risk population.

The IMA doctors along with volunteers yesterday went door to door in Rajiv Ghandhi Colony, Labour Samta Colony, BCM, Jhugian near Jamalpur, Chandigarh road, Industry Area and Focal Point slums.

They made them aware of tuberculosis in short meetings and distributed leaflets in Hindi as well as Punjabi languages.

Different teams led by Dr Satish Nauhria, co-ordinator IMA-RNTCP, Dharambeer Singh of Punjab Youth Forum, Balbir Singh Brar, in-charge of NSS unit, R and D Institute, told people about prevention, symptoms and treatment of the TB. People were also told that tuberculosis was a communicable disease but early treatment could cure it permanently.

The early treatment of open TB case in a family could immediately ensure prevention against TB of other family members.

Sputum tests and anti-tuberculosis DOTS treatment were made available free at every RNTCP treatment centers of the area.

Dr Hardeep Singh, senior vice-president, IMA, and Dr DP Singh Arora, general secretary, said the awareness drive would be continued in other parts of the city in coming days.

They said slum population in the city had been identified and the city had been divided into 15 zones by the IMA.

Permanent strategy against the TB had been planned with adoption of each geographical area by IMA doctors and volunteers, who would work under the guidance of doctors for free sputum examination and ensure regular treatment of detected cases, said Dr Hardeep.

Arrangements for free microscopy centres and treatment centres under the RNTCP programme would be planned by the IMA in each zone. IMA representatives have called upon private doctors and volunteers to participate the anti-TB campaign. On March 29, a training workshop would be organised for volunteer private doctors to train them in microscopy as well as treatment centre planning under the RNTCP.

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Rights body condemns Union Govt’s move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today deplored the attitude of the Government of India for denying the Amnesty International Foundation registration of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), alleging that it has many things to hide from the worldwide human rights groups and monitoring agencies.

IHRO chairperson DS Gill, general secretary Mohinder Singh Grewal and coordinators Sukhdev Singh and Inderjit Kaur, in a statement here today, said it was shocking to know that India would be responsible for the closure of the Amnesty International office in Delhi and thereby get isolated from the world human rights community.

Blaming the government for denying FCRA registration to the foundation, the IHRO said: “If the Government of India continued to deny FCRA registration to the Amnesty International, it would make it difficult for rights group to sustain their India operations and survive here due to the financial burden.”

The denial to the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to open a UN Human Rights Council office in India by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee was another jolt to democracy, they said.

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Members of Islam party elected

Ludhiana, March 28
The All- India Majlis Ahrar Islam Party has started preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Ali Patiala was elected the president of the Punjab unit. Maulana Hamid Hassan, Haji Ramzan Bhatti, Nasseboodin, Hazi Mohd Abharim, Hazif Mohd Israel, Baba Shaukat Ali were appointed as patrons while the post of the senior vice- president was given to Kari Altaf-ur-Rehman, Hazi Mohd Ashraf, Maulana Mohd Salim, Dr Sajid Hussain, Fakir Mohd.

Dr Chiragdin, Bahadur Khan, Shiraz Ali, Iqbal Din, Abdul Subhan, Dr Indrees, Abdul Razaq, Dr Imran Khan, Mufti Zamaludin, Dr Arif Iqbal, Imtiaz Ahmed, Abdul Kayum Sheikh.— TNS

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Baichung takes on dance challenge
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Ace footballer and key Mohun Bagan striker Baichung Bhutia, who is leading the Indian dreams for Football World Cup, has recently made his dancing debut in the dace show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”. Baichung was in the city to play the crucial I- league encounter against the host JCT at the Guru Nanak Stadium, here, today.

Baichung, who is turning out to be the latest heartthrob on the sets of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” is excited with his experience of being a contestant in the dace show. The shy, soft-spoken soccer player from the North-East is making all women go week in the knees with his dance steps.

The seasoned soccer striker spoke his mind with the Tribune about his latest fascination with dancing. "Although I am not a trained dancer, I always wanted to dance but it was football that took the front stage," said Bagan, whose crucial goal against Chirag United, in the previous I- League match has put the Bangla team back in the title contention.

He said: "The presence of my wife at the programme had the desired effect. She encouraged me to do well when I had a bad performance."

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Spring carnival in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The two-day Spring Carnival 2009 commenced here today. Carnival is a social endeavour of two organisations Joy De Vivre and Purnam that came together in 2006 and have reiterated their commitment towards the cause of disability in children with fun-filled carnivals.

It will be a wonderful experience of shopping for lifestyle products with the perfect ambience. The carnival has about 60 stall holders from Amritsar, Bhagalpur, Delhi, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Varanasi and Thailand.

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