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3 of family run over by truck
Woman hurt; truck driver flees, cleaner held
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Three out of four scooter riders, including a child, were crushed to death by a truck when the scooter had skided after it rammed into a handcart parked on the road here today.

The driver of the truck, which was coming from the opposite direction, failed to save the ill-fated riders and it ran over them.

The fourth sustained minor injuries and was rushed to a hospital for treatment. The accident victim is recuperating in the hospital. The incident took place in the morning near a petrol pump at Dugri road.

The victims are identified as Amar Singh (62), a resident of Raikot, her daughter Mandeep Kaur (32) and Mandeep's son Santokhpal Singh alias Prince (8), while Amar Singh's wife Harbans Kaur (55) sustained minor injuries and was rushed to hospital.

The daughter of Amar Singh, Mandeep Kaur, was married to Amarjeet Singh of Phullanwal. According to relatives, the four were riding pillion to attend a birthday ceremony of their relative in Shimlapuri.

A witness said the scooter first hit the Municipal Corporation (MC) handcart, due to which Amar Singh, who was driving the vehicle, lost balance and all of them fell on the road.

In the meantime, the truck, which was coming from the opposite direction, had no time to avert the accident. All three were crushed under the rear tyres of the truck. The truck driver fled from the spot. The police sent the bodies for post-mortem and started the investigation. The police has nabbed the truck cleaner Tanna Singh.

Not merely the scooterist, even the truck driver violated the traffic rules. Interestingly, the truck had different number plates on both front and the back. While the front number plate showed RJ-07-GA-2124, the rear number plate was bearing a different number RJ-07-GA-212.

It was destined

According to Harbans Kaur, the lone survivor in the accident said she asked her husband that they should take an autorickshaw as it was difficult for four of them to sit on the scooter. But they could not find any autorickshaw and decided to hire it at Dugri chowk.

Not a thief’s day
A thief being pulled by a cop at the accident site.
A thief being pulled by a cop at the accident site.

While public was extending a helping hand to the victims’ family members, thieves and pickpockets were engaged in stealing. One of the thieves was nabbed by the mob and was beaten black and blue, while he was trying to steal a mobile phone of an onlooker. Later, he was handed over to the police.

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Indiabulls mega store shuts down
Meltdown’s first big local casualty
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Global economic meltdown seems to have claimed its first prominent victim here, with retail chain Indiabulls Mega Store, one of the biggest and oldest retail outlets in the state, shutting shop in the city.

Situated on the premises of the city’s first shopping mall Ansal Plaza, the retail chain shut operations, leaving almost its entire strength of employees’ jobless.

Sources revealed mounting losses had led to the closure of the store.

Indiabulls Retail Services Limited, known as Pyramid Retail before it was acquired by the financial services group in 2007, has been downsizing operations in the wake of losses.

The firm, which is the retail arm of Indiabulls Financial Services Limited, had already shut its nine India bulls Mega Stores, each with a floor space of about 50,000 sq ft, and sacked several employees, including senior executives, working at these stores.

It is said the store management had received a communication from the “high-ups” of the company around last week to wrap up operations from the city with clear-cut instructions to clear stocks through heavy sales and discounts.

When contacted, senior executive of Indiabulls, requesting anonymity, confirmed that the store had closed down.

However, the employees who had been sacked by the retail chain, requesting anonymity, rued that though rumours about the management's plans to shut operations in the city were doing the rounds, they were not informed through any formal communication and were sacked without being paid their dues.

Sources revealed that the retail chain had big payments pending and the sudden closure had left the vendors (suppliers) fuming. “It is also learnt that Indiabulls owed a huge amount as rent of the store premises,” said a sacked store employee.

When a team of Ludhiana Tribune visited the premises, a “closed” signboard was seen outside the site with some unidentified persons, claiming to be vendors whose payments were pending with the company, running helter-skelter in search of company officials. A minor altercation between the store staff and the party was also reported.

Interestingly, days prior to the closure, the retail chain had put up a “mega sale” offering discounts as high as 70 per cent. The sale was a real treat for city residents, especially women and youth, who cashing in on the opportunity, filled their coffers with brands at throwaway prices.

However, the sudden closure of the store left city residents disappointed and fuming at the “unprofessional attitude of the company”.

Designer Nick Sharma said, “The mega store management should have informed its customers before closing operations paving the way for them to clear payments and fulfil pending commitments. The act is shameful and against the ethics of business.”

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‘Haphazard buying’ to avoid fund lapse
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
As the financial year closed today, purchases worth several crores of rupees were being made in the past 3-4 days by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here to avoid lapse of funds/grants. If officials with the audit department here are to be believed, "unwanted purchases" were being made by several departments.

According to sources, the departments having funds were spending in a "haphazard" manner on items, including chairs, computers, printers, lab and farm equipments, pesticides, insecticides, etc as today was the last day for utilising the funds granted by the government and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).

"This is a normal affair which happens every year. Most grants are utilised by the departments in the March-end every year. The funds get lapsed if we do not make the purchases before March 31. I agree that purchases should be made throughout the year but at times we get grants very late", said a senior faculty member of the PAU.

An official with the audit department at the PAU said they were helpless and had to clear the bills as certain grants reached late to both universities. "GADVASU has received a grant of approximately Rs 3 crore yesterday. Do you think it is possible for them to purchase everything today? They will write for the revalidation. We are doing the job sincerely, still allegations of bribery have been levelled against us", said the official, further adding that last-minute purchases should not be there.

"I agree that we have to clear the bills of several crores at the end of the financial year. On holidays, including Saturdays and Sundays, we have been working here so that funds are not lapsed", told the official.

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Man killed for opposing kundi connection
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 31
A man was done to death after he objected to his neighbour’s attempt to put a kundi connection. The man has been identified as Daljit Singh (40) of Malshhan village near Sidhwan Bet.

The electricity board had laid a wire from the pole to his house after he paid for it. His neighbour, Jagjit Singh Bittu, his wife Rekha and their two sons, Gagan and Raman, tried to put a kundi connection on that wire yesterday.

When he objected, the three of them caught hold of him and Jagjit Singh struck with an iron rod on his head. Daljit died on the spot. His son Hardip Singh saw the body of his father lying in the pool of blood. The villagers gathered on the spot after he raised an alarm.

All four accused escaped from the spot. hey informed the police and DSP Mukhtiar Singh and SHO A case has been registered against the four accused under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC at the Sidhwan Bet police station. Police parties are raiding the possible hideouts of the accused for arresting them.

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11-yr RI for possessing charas
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
A drug peddler, Chanda Singh, from Hisar, Haryana, has been convicted on the charges of possessing huge quantity of charas by a local court. Holding him guilty, Additional Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar ordered him to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 11 years.

The convict was also ordered to pay fine of Rs 1.5 lakh, apart from undergoing the imprisonment. In case of default in making payment of fine, the convict will have to undergo more imprisonment of one and half years.

An FIR was registered against him at Jagraon police station on October, 2006, under Section 20 of the NDPS Act.

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Default on power bills
Govt offices may lose power today
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 31
If the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) with regard to government departments defaulting in payment of their energy bills are followed, many departments here will have power cut tomorrow.

In the wake of the HC’s orders to disconnect power supply of the government departments, which fail to clear their pending electricity bills by March 31 this year, the operational wing of the central zone of the PSEB is reported to be keeping an eye on the departments having huge arrears of energy bills, stated to be Rs 1.90 crore till the end of last month.

Senior officials of the PSEB said even though some departments had made substantial payments of their outstanding bills and Rs 20 lakh had been released today, still the PSEB was bound by the HC’s orders to disconnect the power supply of those departments, which have failed to clear their arrears of power bills by the close of the financial year.

According to officials, two holidays and another public holiday on March 30 due to the death of Punjab Cooperation Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh in a road accident had affected the recovery of the arrears from the government departments.

Attempts by the PSEB to keep its receipt counters open on March 29 and 30 had met with little success because most employees were either preoccupied with election work or were unable to attend offices on the holidays.

Among the major defaulters in the overdue payment of energy bills in the central zone were the Punjab Police, the Public Health Department, the civic bodies, Central government offices, the District Courts and the Deputy Commissioner's office.

Senior PSEB officials said they had been taking a lenient view of the delay in the payments of the energy bills by various departments, and, except for issuing notices, no further action was being taken since many of these departments were providing essential services to people.

In particular, disconnection of the power supply in government dispensaries or hospitals, the municipal water works and the Public Health Department will put the public on inconveniences.

“However, from now, we have to abide by the rules of the High Court, which mandates to disconnect power supply of such departments which fail to pay their pending bills on time specified by the High Court”, they added.

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End of Financial Year
Heavy rush at I-T offices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
The last day of the financial year saw heavy rush at income tax offices and bank branches as assessees made a beeline to deposit service tax and furnish income tax returns here today.

At the IT offices in Aaykar Bhawan and in Tagore Bhawan, assessees stood in queues to deposit their returns. The department is expecting almost 20 per cent increase in the number of assessees who furnished returns this year.

Department officials worked till extended hours to accommodate lakhs of assessees. IT officials worked on Saturday and Sunday also.

"The details to be furnished are much more and it took us a lot of time filling the returns. With more than 20 pages to be filled, a lot of assessees get confused. The department should have continued with single-page returns," said tax lawyer Sanjeev Jain.

Bank branches also recorded heavy customer turnout, it being the last date for depositing the service tax.

Meanwhile, the banks would be open tomorrow, but would have no public dealing on account of closing.

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MC staff on toes

Ludhiana, March 31
Being the last date of the 2008-09 fiscal, a large number of residents, taking advantage of the municipal corporation’s scheme of waiving off the interests, made a beeline for various offices for submitting their water, sewerage and house-tax bills. According to officials, they have been busy collecting revenue from the residents since morning. 

The exact revenue collected would be revealed after collecting the data from all zones tomorrow. They revealed that they would be working till night and the total amount thus collected in a zone would be submitted at around 10 am tomorrow.

However, the officials confessed that they would be way behind the target set by the authorities, but emphasised that they have collected more money as compared to the last year’s target. The officials were on their toes as they have been directed to collect as much revenue as possible.

Talking to The Tribune, officers said, “We have been working for the past eight days. Even, Saturday and Sunday were working days for us.” — TNS

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300 surrender arms; 21 polling stations declared sensitive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
The district administration has chalked out a comprehensive plan for holding free and fair elections to the Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Ludhiana parliamentary constituencies in this part of Malwa.

Besides making more than 300 people to surrender their arms at the respective police stations, the cops have started booking notorious persons who could disturb the peace during the election process under 107/151 of the Cr.PC.

Extra care is being taken in localities where people of both communities live. Some of the polling stations in these areas, including MGMN Senior Secondary School, Janta College for Women and the Municipal Council Town Hall have been declared hypersensitive.

While the police was finding it hard to identify those possessing arms in urban areas, over 168 weapons have been deposited at the local police station during past week. Almost similar number of weapons has also been deposited at Dehlon, Payal and the Jargon police stations.

All except one polling booth out of 22 were declared sensitive during the last civic elections. The authorities have recommended deployment of extra forces to deal with any untoward situation arising during the election process. Extra force, led by a DSP, will supervise the security arrangements.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said adequate security arrangements had been made according to the norms laid down by the elections commission. Acting on a report submitted by the SHO (city) and the SHO Sadar various booths had been declared sensitive.

About 114 out of 282 polling stations of the six blocks of Kilaraipur, Jagraon and the Raikot Assembly segments were also been declared sensitive during the last zila parishad and block samiti elections. The Ludhiana (Rural) police chief has directed all police personnel to be extra vigilant in areas where disturbance was reported during the previous elections. 

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Mass copying allegations in school
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, March 31
The situation at SGG Senior Secondary School, Gondwal, took an ugly turn when vice-principal and controller of examinations levelled allegation of mass copying against the management of school.

An FIR has been lodged against three persons, including two trustees of the school.

The Class XII chemistry exam of March 14 was cancelled by the board and was rescheduled for March 24 at the same centre. When the controller of examinations reached late at the answer sheet collection centre at Jagraon on March 24, Ravinder Sharma, incharge, collection centre, asked the reason, and Atma Singh, vice-principal of the school, revealed to him that he was kidnapped by certain persons and then some answer sheets were changed by them forcibly after breaking the seals. He was accompanied by driver Jaswinder Singh and gatekeeper Harnek Singh. However, he did not reveal any names to him. On the report of Ravinder Singh, the examination was again cancelled.

The DSP, Raikot, Narinder Pal Singh Ruby, has initiated an inquiry into this matter and has recorded the statements of all those involved.

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Symposium on bronchial asthma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
The Department of Physiology, DMCH, organised a symposium on “bronchial asthma” today. Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH, said bronchial asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood adding that the prevalence and severity of childhood asthma has increased substantially in the recent years.

Others who deliberated on various topics related to bronchial asthma were Dr Monika Garg from the physiology department. She spoke on “pathophysiology of bronchial asthma” and Dr Tarundeep Singh, who spoke on “drugs used in bronchial asthma”. Dr Savita from the medicine department spoke on the “management of bronchial asthma”.

Dr B Shah, medical superintendent, DMCH, lauded the efforts of the physiology department in organising this workshop. 

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Doctors condemn Lahore incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Dr LS Chawla, vice-president, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) South Asia, has condemned the recent incident in Lahore.

Dr Chawla said there is a grave threat of nuclear weapons to be used by terrorist groups. The IPPNW has called upon the government to take concrete steps and free the region from the menace of terrorism.

The organisation suggested that all the governments of South Asian countries should form a joint task force to discuss the issue of terrorism, followed by concrete steps against spread of terrorism and proliferation.

India and Pakistan should call joint meetings and hold dialogue to develop mutual trust.

Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), said the IDPD would make serious efforts to achieve this goal.

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Vegetarian food in demand during Navratras
Liquor consumption declines
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Many elite city clubs here, referred to as epicentres of lavish lifestyle, have witnessed a steep decline in the consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian food during Navratras.

The sale of liquor in the clubs, including the Sutlej Club and the Lodhi Club, has reduced to 40 per cent during this time.

Pawan Garg, bar secretary at the Lodhi Club, said, “We sell liquor worth Rs 20,000 every day at the club, which has come down to Rs 7,000.”

Similarly, a majority of the club members have turned vegetarian, reducing the sale of non-vegetarian food to 30 per cent.

Meanwhile, keeping in mind sentiments of the people fasting during Navratras, the management of the Sutlej Club has purchased new dishware for the Navratra thali, which is washed and kept separately.

Even leading restaurants and hotels in the city, known for their non-vegetarian cuisine, are depending on the best vegetarian preparations, as they had very less customers preferring non-vegetarian food.

“It's the cardamom, clove and cinnamon aroma that has replaced the ginger, garlic and onion flavour in the dishes which indeed is a pleasant change,” said a chef at a leading city eatery. 

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Workshop on health programmes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
The district health authorities conducted a workshop on the promotion of various health programmes under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) here today.

District family welfare officers, district programme managers, district mass media officers, BCG facilitators from Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar, Ferozepur and Ludhiana, attended the workshop.

Civil surgeon Dr SP Sharma said in order to bring down the morality rate of infants and women, there should be 100 per cent registration of pregnant women. 

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Priests at a premium

As the Navratras are going on, pujas are being performed religiously in almost every household as well as workplace as the current few days are considered to be pious and an opportune time for the goddess worship. A friend recently went to at least half a dozen priests to get havan performed at her place. "But all of them were already preoccupied with the rituals. At most houses, rituals are being performed by priests already booked for all the nine days. My worries ended only when a senior priest at a temple asked one of his assistants to perform havan at my place on ashtmi. The next time, I will seek a prior appointment from some panditji for the Navratras," she said.

Tribal way of living

Ludhiana is a city of contrasts. While, on one side, there are rich folk who zoom around in costly cars like the Mercedes and BMW, on the other, the city also houses the poor who still use animals for commuting from one place to another. A group of tribal people were recently seen along the roadside commuting on donkeys (see picture).

While the world has grown leaps and bounds, there are still some tribes who like to live as they were living many moons ago. They wear the same old traditional tribal clothes, live in groups and move from one place to another along with their animals. In the information technology age, they are the one who are carrying forward their traditional way of living and have not changed despite the surrounding world has undergone a sea change.

Beware of rumour (mongers)

It is always advisable to deal with a problem with a multi-pronged approach, especially when it is a rumour aimed at ruining one’s reputation. After the West End Mall authorities found their reputation at stake as some miscreants forwarded messages questioning the safety of women in the mall, they not only lodged a police complaint against the suspected perpetrators, but also held a press conference in which the general manager made it clear that it was just a prank with mala fide intention. Not only that, the chairman's wife came to the city and paid obeisance at Old Shiv Mandir at BRS Nagar where the mall is located and offered a ‘Shesh Naag’ weighing one kilogram to steer clear of “the bad omen”.

Protesting against protesters

When the photojournalist went to cover a dharna held on the Jagraon bridge recently, there was a sizeable chunk of people who raised voice against the ill-effects of the dharna on the public roads. They were of the view that the protesters should always take into consideration the plight of the innocent commuters. Not only are there people who require the urgent medical aid, but also infants who have to go through the ordeal of long waiting hours and mothers find it hard to handle them amid chaos. The picture of a mother holding a milk bottle and trying to appease the infant is abundant proof.

“Thick-skinned" officers

Fear of being exposed seems to be of least concerned for the Municipal Corporation officials who have become so "thick-skinned" that they hardly care what is being written about them. What to talk of being guilty, these officers even don't have fear of God.

Recently, I was sitting with an official who got a call from a municipal councillor asking him to get some work done. When I said the work was wrong, procedurally, he said, "Yes, it is, but you cannot write it because you don't have evidence.” Sometimes, these officers make us realise that our efforts are worthless as their seniors are operating in collusion with the government.

Fleeting visitor

The much-awaited visit of Northern Railway general manager Vivek Sahay to some of the key stations in this region, including Ludhiana, turned out to be a damp squib. The local railway officials were preparing for the much hyped visit of the top official for the last more than one month and the entire railway station complex was given a facelift to impress the visiting dignitary. As per schedule provided to the local railway officials, the GM was to spend 55 minutes here to inspect the services and passenger amenities like ticket counters, reservation complex, parcel office and waiting rooms. However, the inspection was over in a jiffy, much to the relief of the accompanying officials.

Running behind the schedule by about an hour, Sahay alighted from his special inspection train to a "red carpet" welcome, spent about 10 minutes with an MP waiting for him in the retiring room of the station superintendent, talked to mediapersons for another 15 minutes, briskly went out of the main gate to look at the reception area, and boarded his inspection car (train) to move ahead towards Sahnewal, Doraha and Ambala.

Championing social issues

No doubt, VIPs and public figures are known to support various social causes and lead numerous campaigns for the same. However, one wonders how many of them actually support these causes in real life too, away from the public eye. One top Punjab Police cop does so religiously, and with utmost sincerity.

The humble, soft-spoken cop supports the cause of the girl child and is so dedicated to it that he begins his day by forwarding a very touching SMS about the issue to every acquaintance. This, he says, is his way of spreading awareness. "If my SMSes affect even one person and change the way he/ she thinks, I will think I have succeeded," said the IPS officer.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Manav Ghuman, Rajesh Bghambi, Jyotika Sood, Kuldip Bhatia and Charu Chhibber 

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Medical negligence
Docs rebut mother’s allegations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Dr Naresh Bassi and Dr Omi Jindal of AIMC Bassi Hospital have refuted allegations levelled by Dr Sonia Uppal, mother of a two-month-old, of medical negligence while operating the child.

Dr Sonia Uppal had approached the Ludhiana unit of the IMA asking it to probe into the case of her daughter, who was operated for hemangiama.

Dr Naresh Bassi stated that the child was given highest degree of medical treatment and saved and added that the problem of wound dehisence and sutures giving way was a common problem in children and could be effectively managed without risk.

He also stated that a small child of her age could never be operated without a general anaesthesia. Speaking about the grafts from buccal mucosa and postauricular area taken in the surgery, the doctor stated that it was a routine procedure.

The parents stopped the prescribed drugs the very next day by themselves without information and came five days after surgery, counter-alleged the doctors and stated that the couple never followed their instructions.

However, Dr Sonia Uppal maintained that the doctors didn't disclose the facts about the surgery and didn't administer proper treatment. "I have already prepared my case and am lodging a formal complaint against the doctors with the district health authorities. I will meet the Civil Surgeon and urge him to consitute an inquiry committee against the doctors at the earliest," stated Dr Sonia Uppal.

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Compartment students fail to sit in exam
Shivani Bhakoo and Loveleen Bains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
Students sitting for compartment examination in English were a confused lot today. Thanks to the callous attitude of Panjab University, Chandigarh, due to which the students had to move from one college to another for locating their centres. A few of them were allowed to appear in the new centres whereas many others were told to again sit in examination to be held on April 2 with the regular students. Confusion prevailed among students as to how could they give the compartment examination along with those appearing as regulars? They were told to appear at the centres, which were not holding any compartment examinations.

Amanpreet Singh (name changed), a BA IInd year student, had to sit in English compartment examination at Arya College as assigned by the Panjab University, Chandigarh. A resident of Lalton Kalan, Amanpreet told The Tribune that he arrived at Arya College at about 11.30 am as he was to appear in the evening session exam (2pm to 5 pm). “But on reaching the college I was told to go to SCD Government College as they (Arya college) were not holding any compartment exams. At least 50 to 60 students had gathered at Arya College for taking English exam”, he said.

Even Controller (Examinations), Arya College, RP Sabharwal said their college was not declared as the centre for holding any compartment exam this time. “I don’t know why there is a confusion”, he asked?

As if this was not enough, the students on reaching SCD Government College were told to deposit Rs 850 if they were to sit in examination, as their names were not mentioned in the cut list provided by the university. Confused students were left with no choice but to pay the fee to the centre.

A few students were asked to appear for the same exam on April 2. “We have been told by SCD Government College authorities to come again on April 2 to sitting in the examination at Arya College. But, when there is no centre at Arya College, how can we take the examination? We are really confused and disturbed”, said Kanwalpreet Kaur, another student, who had come from Jagraon to sit in the English compartment exam for third and the final attempt.

Despite repeated attempts AK Bhandari, Comptroller (Examinations), in charge, Panjab University, could not be contacted for comments.

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256 examined at camp
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 31
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Blood Donation and Welfare Society organised a blood donation and medical examination camp at Gurdwara Bagichi Sahib here yesterday.

Volunteers donated 82 units of blood, while in the medical camp as many as 256 patients were examined. The doctors of Life Care Hospital gave their services free of cost while the free pathological tests were conducted by Dashmesh Charitable Laboratory.

A team of DMCH collected the blood from the donors. The camp was inaugurated by Ranjit Singh Talwandi, who called upon other social clubs to come foreword and indulge the youth in such activities. Free medicines were also distributed.

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Malwa college convocation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
The Malwa Central College of Education for Women organised its 52nd annual convocation today. About 250 B.Ed and 25 M.Ed students were awarded the degrees. Dr SK Aulakh, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, presided over the ceremony and addressed the degree holders.

The role of honour was presented to Jasdeep Kaur and Ishatpreet Kaur for securing the first positions in M.Ed and B.Ed. More than 85 academic prizes and 11 medals were given to the degree holders for their achievements in various subjects and fields.

At least nine students were honoured for their performance in academics. These included, Jasdeep Kaur, Ishatpreet Kaur, Megha Girdhar, Shaveta Sharma, Ekta Nagpal, Amritbir Kaur, Neha, Silky and Suman. Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal, presented the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the college during the academic session 2008-09.

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Workshop on Art of Living
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
A workshop on “Art of Living” was organised by Swami Anand, an internationally renowned teacher of the subject, at Badowal village today. The opening address was given by Amber Talwar. He mentioned his indebtedness to the sect for directing his life towards a great mission.

Anand gave the congregation tips on the true Art of Living. He said, "Give your 100 per cent to the task in hand and the results shall also be 100 per cent and that a ‘yes’ in mind for any unaccomplished work shall bring a ‘yes’ result.”

Swami Anand was a software engineer who gave up his profession to be a teacher. “We are grateful for this gesture as he is an ‘Om Mani Padmehum’ ( jewel in a lotus) of this sect,” said Amber.

He ended by saying that all wonderful things come in small packages to deliver colossal package of knowledge to ‘unenlightened’ souls.

He advocated smiling in adverse circumstances, calling it the test of ones true knowledge.

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Cardiac surgeon honoured
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 31
Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardio-vascular surgery, CMCH, was conferred with lifetime achievement award by Dr AR Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, at New Delhi recently.

Dr Kidwai said Dr Bedi had invented the technique of beating heart surgery for the first and second-time bypass surgeries. The technique had been published in renowned journals and had been presented before various international audiences.

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Panthers Party to contest all seats in Punjab
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
The National Panthers Party will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and national chairman of the party Bhim Singh has authorised state president of the NPP Gurinder Sood to finalise candidates for all Lok Sabha constituencies.

Addressing a news conference here, Sood said the party intended to put up candidates on 100 Lok Sabha seats in different parts of the country so as to create an effective strength for the proposed amendement of the Article 370 of the Constitution as per the Delhi declaration of the party.

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Youth dies of burns, 2 booked
Bickering over ownership of pigeons
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
Two youth of Chhapar village have been booked under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly setting afire another youth of the same village. Bickering over the pigeon flying competition was reported to be reason behind the rivalry that ended up in ruining the life of at least three peasant families.

Alleging that the accused had been falsely implicated, relatives of the suspects have demanded probe into sequence of events leading to the victim’s death.

Baboo and Bania of Chhappar village in Ludhiana district were booked for allegedly setting afire Mansha Singh (32) of the same village yesterday.

According to an FIR registered at the Dehlon police station, Baboo and Bania had set Mansha Singh afire after entering into his room on Sunday evening.

In a statement recorded by the police, Harvinder Singh alleged that Baboo and Bania had set his brother, Mansha, afire after sprinkling kerosene on him.

Harvinder, who had come to the victim’s rescue after hearing his cries, had tried to get hold of the accused but they managed to escape.

Mansha, who sustained severe burn injuries, was taken to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana city where he succumbed to his injuries yesterday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the Mansha and the accused had stated bickering while taking part in the pigeon flying competition being organised in villages of the area. They had on numerous occasions quarreled over the issue of ownership of the prize-winning pigeons forcing elderly villagers to intervene every time.

Though the suspects were yet to be arrested, their relatives have demanded probe into sequence of events leading to the death of the deceased.

SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has deputed DSP Dakha Paramjit Singh Gorayan to probe into the matter. 

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Woman accuses octogenarian of molestation
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 31
A woman has accused an octogenarian of attempt to molest her. In her complaint lodged with the SSP Ludhiana (Rural), a 26-year-old resident of Pherurahin village, alleged that Gurcharan Singh (82) of the same village illegally entered her house and tried to molest her on March 27.

When this incident took place her mother-in-law, Shinder Kaur and sister were at home. Her husband Joga Singh, a truck driver, was performing his duty. On sensing Gurcharan’s motive she raised an alarm. On hearing her cries family members came to her rescue.

On seeing them, Gurcharan Singh fled away on his cycle. She also alleged that the village panchayat did not listened to her problem as she lives alone at home. She fears Gurcharan might strike again.

The Jagraon SSP has directed the SHO to probe into the matter. Gurcharan Singh accepted to have entered Kamaljit’s house but refuted the molestation charge levelled against him.

He said he had gone to call a neighbour Harmail Singh on the request of his parents. Harmail Singh was seen going toward her house. He also stated that he returned home just after enquiring about the whereabouts of the man.

Darshan Singh, father of Harmail Singh, also recorded his statement with the Raikot SHO, which corroborated with the statement of Gurcharan Singh.

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Patwari booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 31
A patwari along with two other persons of Andlu village near here has been booked for cheating with a motive to grab the land of a man of the village.

Uday Singh, a retired ADC, residing at Andlu village, had filed a complaint against patwari Gurdeep Singh, Dilbag Singh and Avtar Singh to the SSP, Ludhiana rural, on March 23, 2006. The complainant accused Dilbagh Singh and Avtar Singh of grabbing his three kanal 16 marle land with the convenience of the patwari. He had stated that till 1992-93, the said land was shown in the name of his father in the revenue records, but in the revenue records of 1997-98, the land was shown in the name of both the accused. The SSP, Jagraon, entrusted an inquiry with EO wing, Jagraon, but on Udey Sing’s insistence, the inquiry was transferred to the DSP, Raikot, Narinder Pal Singh Ruby.

The DSP found the allegations to be true an FIR was registered against the three accused under Sections 167, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B at the Raikot police station. No arrest has been made so far. However, the revenue department conducted a separate inquiry and transferred the land in his name in the revenue records.

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