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Kidnapped 6-yr-old boy found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
A six-year-old boy, who was abducted from Vikas Nagar Street No. 4 yesterday, was found by a man late last night. The boy was handed over to his parents here today. He is reported to be safe and does not have any injury on his body.

According to the police, Shamlal, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar spotted the boy outside his house late last night.

After giving him something to eat, he along with the boy, took a round of the locality to look for his parents, but in vain.

This morning, Shamlal took the boy to the Sarabha Nagar area, from where the boy led him to his house.

A police party headed by the DSP, Sarabha Nagar, Bhupinder Singh, reached the spot and took the statement of Shamlal.

Addressing a press conference, SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police cross-checked the details with residents, where Shamlal took the boy to locate his parents.

The SSP said the kidnapper might have tried to escape from the city, but would not succeed as the police had set up barricades.

The boy is the son of Bhupinder Singh, a clerk in the municipal corporation.

According to an eyewitness, three to four persons, one of them a woman, came in a white Accent and took him away.

After four hours of abduction, the accused left the boy in the Punjab Mata Nagar area and fled. The SSP said no woman was involved in the crime as claimed by the man.

Rather, two men in their mid-30s were behind the abduction. The police had got some vital clues The police had not ruled out the hand of a relative in the crime.

Gurkaran Singh, a Class I student of Guru Nanak Public School, was going with his maternal grandmother and two cousins for tuition at around 7.30 pm, when a man alighted from his Accent and forcibly bundled off the boy in the rear seat.

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Banners of SAD-BJP leaders removed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The election department, Ludhiana, today removed the banners of SAD and BJP leaders put up on bus shelters meant for city bus service here.

The action was taken following a news item carried out in these columns yesterday. A team of election department officials accompanied by an MC’s tehbazaari team removed the banners that carried pictures of prominent ruling party leaders, including the Punjab Chief Minister, in violation of code of conduct.

Besides the pictures, an appeal was also made to the public to vote and support for the BJP for a better Prime Minister of the country.

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No upkeep of 130-yr-old solar watch
Lovleen Bains

The solar watch mounted on a plinth at Canal Rest House in Doraha; and the dial

The solar watch mounted on a plinth at Canal Rest House in Doraha; and the dial
The solar watch mounted on a plinth at Canal Rest House in Doraha; and the dial. Photos by writer

Doraha, April 5
A 130-year-old solar watch is lying neglected at the Canal Rest House of Rampur village, near Doraha.

Erected by RG Kennedy in 1878, the watch was initially located at Bharthala in Samrala, from where it was shifted to Doraha in 1928.

The solar watch can show accurate time and consists of a needle, which with the help of sunlight focuses at a particular point on the dial. Attached to the dial is a plate on which is specified “standard time 26 minutes fast of the time given by this dial”. One is supposed to first view the shadow on the dial and add 26 minutes to it.

Alongside are various digits mentioned against months on the plate. If one has to have an idea of the exact time, one is supposed to add the digits variedly mentioned against the months from January to July and subtract the digits mentioned against the months from August to December in the time calculated by adding 26 minutes.

Which number is to be added on which date has been specified on the plate. For instance, in April from date 1 to 3, number 4 is mentioned; from April 4 to 6 it is 3; from 7 to 10 it is 2; from 11 to 14 it is 1; from 15 to 18 it is 0; from 19 to 23 it is 1; from 24 to 29 it is 2; from April 30 to May 12 it is 3 and so on.

The accuracy of time by following the specified calculations is astonishing. A lover of antique pieces rued that the government seemed to be least bothered about the preservation of such a treasure. “Rather than assigning it a special place and promoting it as an object of public interest, the solar watch is lying unattended. It was only when the media highlighted the condition of the watch that one of the attendants at the rest house began to clear the congress grass around it,” he added.

“Even the people of Rampur village or for that matter Doraha are unaware of even the presence of this watch, what to talk of educating their children about it. The surrounding schools and colleges should show it to students. The government has taken no efforts towards its preservation and upkeep,” lamented another resident of the area.

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Admn wakes up to deaths at Kanganwal
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 5
Reacting to reports of the alleged threatened boycott of elections by a large number of residents of Kanganwal, the largest village of erstwhile Malerkotla estate, the administration has initiated a process to identify the reason behind unexplained deaths at the village.

Besides collecting samples of water, the health department would hold a camp for diagnostic tests of hepatitis C, cancer and tuberculosis, among others.

Meanwhile, suspected patients and carriers of hepatitis C are looking to alternative systems of medicine. Two tempos carrying about 50 patients left for Himachal in this regard.

Investigations revealed that a medical team supervised by the Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, had visited the village after reports regarding comprehensive diagnostics tests was published in The Tribune a few days ago.

A large number of residents of the village had said they would not vote for any candidate in the Lok Sabha elections until diagnostics tests for all dreaded diseases were conducted for them. Residents led by Parkash Chand, member of the panchayat, told The Tribune that a medical team had interacted with people who had lost their relatives during recent weeks.

“The authorities took samples of water from the tubewell of the public health department and some taps,” they said.

At least 20 persons have died in the village during the past one month.

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Some sit in swanky MC office, others in old rooms
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

The building housing Ludhiana MC’s four departments lies in a dilapidated state; and (right) the loose wires

The building housing Ludhiana MC’s four departments lies in a dilapidated state; and (right) the loose wires
The building housing Ludhiana MC’s four departments lies in a dilapidated state; and (right) the loose wires. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 5
The local municipal corporation is a classic example of a disparity between various departments.

While officials in various zones sit in the comfort of a well-designed building with neat offices, those working with the accounts and audit departments are functioning from a building, which has outlived its lifespan.

The multi-storeyed building is in a shambles with the main door whose frame of metal hangs without any glass. The spider webs in every nook and cranny of the building speak for themselves about how much money is being spent for the maintenance where more than 150 officials had been working for the past two decades.

The complaint box on the ground floor, which has been gathering dust, tells the story of its neglect and so is the power connection and metre. It is an ironical that the civic body, which is responsible for demolishing buildings that have completed their lifespan, is itself functioning from such a building.

Talking to The Tribune, the employees working in the building said, “Staff would like to work in offices be it in zone-A, B, C or D. It’s ironical that despite having four office premises, no senior official has ever thought of changing the working atmosphere, “ the officials said while ruing corporation’s apathetic attitude.

An official working with the pension cell said, “I have been working for more than 10 years and not even a single proposal of relocating us to a better place has ever been considered.” He revealed that the building houses four departments namely audit, accounts, birth and death and the pension cell and quite a number of people visit this place.

Besides, if one look from the security point of view, it has just one entrance and in case of fire, the records could be destroyed completely as there is no other exit point.

Ramesh Chaudhary, who had come to get his grandson’s birth certificate made” said: “The parking lot meant for two wheelers always remain full as employees are in the habit of parking their vehicles. Thus, visitors are left with no choice other than parking their vehicles on the main road or near the Lakkar Bridge.”

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2 LIT officials booked for corruption
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
A case of corruption was registered against two officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here today. Those booked are executive officer Avtar Singh Azad and superintendent Paramjit Singh.

A corruption had been filed by the Deputy Director of the urban local body department.

According to the complainant, a plot measuring 22.68 sq yard was allotted to Raj Kumar at D-Block of Model Town extension in May 2007. According to the agreement, Raj Kumar had to pay Rs 4.67 lakh, but he failed to submit the amount in the stipulated period.

The department imposed interest on it and the price of the plot rose to Rs 8,67,100. According to the department authorities, only after taking the consent of the chairman of the Improvement Trust could the amount be paid.

Instead, the accused officials arbitrarily admitted to take the money in instalments. The accused also changed the records to help Raj Kumar.

The case was registered after taking the opinion of the district attorney.

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Woman killed over Rs 4,500
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, April 5
The police yesterday booked three persons, including a woman, for kidnapping Manjit Kaur (32) and later killing her all for Rs 4,500.

Manjit Kaur was married at Burj Kalala village and was staying at her parents’ house in Daherka village, near here, for over three years. Her husband was reportedly a drug addict.

The victim went missing on March 9 while returning home from Jagraon in the evening from near Akhara Village. Her stepbrother Harcharan Singh, after searching for her at relatives, approached the police and lodged a missing complaint on March 24.

Later, when he came to know that she was last seen with Jatinder Pal Singh, Kiran Rani and Amritpal Singh in their rickshaw in a semi conscious state, he informed the police, which booked all three under Sections 364 and 34 of the IPC on March 29.

All three accused are residents of the Lehndi Bhaini area of Jagraon.

Harcharan Singh also told the police that Manjit Kaur had given about Rs 5,000 to Kiran Rani and she was not returning it. They also had a dispute over the money.

The SHO of Jagraon Sadar, Gurmeet Singh, said the accused were nabbed yesterday and they had confessed to the crime.

Kiran Rani said she administered some medicine to Manjit Kaur in a drink and she, along with Jatinder Pal Singh, alias Chaudhary, and Amritpal Singh, took her to the Akhara canal where they threw her in the water.

The police has recovered the rickshaw used in the crime and added Section 302 to the FIR. The body of Manjit Kaur has not been recovered so far.

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Widening of Road
Admn cuts trees not stumps
Karamsar gurdwara management offers help
Mahesh Sharma

Karamsar (Rara Sahib), April 5
Thirty-two months after six persons, including four children, were killed in an accident that took place in this village after a truck, in which they were traveling fell into a canal, the span of road remains a death trap for those passing through this road. Though, the trees which had narrowed down the road have been cut, the administration has failed to remove their stumps. These proved even more dangerous than the trees.

The management committee of the Gurdwara Karamsar, which had impressed upon the administration to cut the trees, has started uprooting the stumps.

A large number of eucalyptus trees, which had been posing a threat to those commuting on these roads, were cut after The Tribune continued to highlight the issue during the past 30 months.

However, the authorities failed to remove massive stumps of these trees. Due to this road became even more dangerous than before.

People of the area had protested against the pathetic attitude of officials in the canal department and the state forest department when this site became accident-prone.

The residents alleged that officials of the canal department, civil administration and the forest department had been blaming each other for non-compliance of orders of then (August 2006) deputy commissioner who had assured to get the eucalyptus trees cut.

The administration instead of ordering the authorities of the forest department to get the trees cut chose to put up a notice on a board that bars the entry of the heavy vehicle in the area.

The tragedy that took place in August 2006 claimed six lives. This was followed by chain of mishaps that could have been averted had the bureaucratic wrangling not come in the way of felling of these trees.

This stretch virtually became a death trap during night as trees (and now stumps) are not visible from a distance.

Residents of the area have urged the authorities to get the road constructed uniformly.

Baba Balwant Singh, head granthi and manager Satnam Singh deputed volunteers to remove the stumps after praying at the site today.

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Lord Ganesha tops the list of investors
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 5
If balance sheets of traders of this part of Malwa are to be believed, Lord Ganesha is partner to large number of entrepreneurs on the earth.

Though his investment in each unit is restricted to Rs 1.25, his name appears in beginning of the list of investors on top of left side of ledgers of almost all businessmen.

Modernisation of accounting procedure did not alter the tendency as capital of the lord appears on desktops of corporate enterprises also.

Observations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that Ganesha appeared as partner in almost of all business organisations owned by the Hindus of this part of Malwa.

Perusal of account books opened by the entrepreneurs today and yesterday showed that the deity had invested Rs 1.25 in their organisation at the time of establishment. The investment is carried over as on April 1 every year, but no withdrawals or deposits are shown in name of the Lord Ganesha.

According to Tarsem Garg an office-bearer of the Chaura Bazar Shopkeepers Association, almost all businessmen, predominantly Hindus, believe that their business would flourish if a symbolic investment of Lord Ganesh were shown in their books.

Those learning to prepare account books were taught to start balance sheets and ledgers with the investment of Lord Ganesha. “Late Chhajju Ram, who ran a coaching centre in Munimee, used to teach us that each account should be started with Lord Ganesh’s name and share. This brings prosperity to the business,” said Tarsem Garg adding he had learnt accounting in 1986.

Sanjay Mittal, a businessman of local Grain Market, said he had been carrying over an amount of Rs 1.25 in name of Lord Ganesha for many years. The practise besides being good sign in business reminded him and his partners of worshiping Lord Ganesha before starting the work on every day.

Citing mythological stories Vashishat Raj Sharma, a pandit, asserted that this practise began decades ago and continues till today as the entrepreneurs believe that keeping deities as their partners would bring riches to their organisations.

Terming the amount as symbolic, Sharma claimed that it was fixed with a belief that it would bring heavy profits to establishments showing investment. “Sava rupyia is liye rakha jatta hai kyon ke is se labh savaya hone ki asha hoti hai,” justified Sharma. (1.25 is invested as it is hoped that it will make the capital and profit 1.25 times).

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Kitchlu Nagar association’s chief joins Congress
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The controversy surrounding installation of gates in Kitchlu Nagar turned political today when the president of the Kitchlu Nagar Welfare Association joined the Congress by deserting the SAD to express his disappointment at government’s indifference towards this issue.

Varinder Bhakoo, president of association, joined the Congress today after AICC national spokesman and the Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana, Manish Tewari, visited the area during his election campaign along with Congress councillor, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, and numerous supporters.

‘‘They all asked me to join the Congress. I decided since the SAD, being the ruling party, could not do anything to resolve the issue, I should rather be a part of the Opposition now,’’ said Bhakoo adding that his house was gheraoed by several people on March 20 and no police action was taken despite a complaint being lodged with MLA, Harish Rai Dhanda.

Bhakoo said when his party nominee could not do anything to ensure his security; he had no interest in the party. “I am better off without them. I was not asking for any illegal favour. All I was demanding was that the installation of gates on public roads was illegal. It was nothing more than that. Am I asking for more?’’ he asked.

Bhakoo had joined the SAD six years ago when the former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University had permanently closed the university gate opening into the Kitchlu Nagar area. At that time he had protested against it stating that the Congress had not bothered to redress his grievance.

After so many years, he has hasn’t changed. ‘‘I returned the cheque to Dhanda that was given to me for the welfare society. But nobody cared. If elected representatives don’t bother about public, they will have to pay the price,’’ he added.

Bhakoo had returned the cheque for Rs 50,000 to Dhanda to lodge his protest.

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Sehajdhari Sikhs warn Akalis
Want vote, give voting rights for SGPC poll
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 5
Taking a tough stand, national general secretary of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF) Pritpal Singh Khemkarn today declared that if the Sehajdhari were not awarded voting rights in the SGPC elections, they instead of supporting the SAD-BJP alliance would support Libra in the Fatehgarh constituency.

He asked the SAD that with which face would the Akalis ask for votes in the Lok Sabha Elections from those with short hairs whom they have declared as “patits” (non-Sikhs).

He stated that in 2004 the gurdwara election commission had debarred the Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting in the SGPC elections and deleted approximately 12.5 lakh Sehajdhari voters from the list with one stroke following directions from the NDA government.

The Sehajdhari voters have always voted k for the Badals. But, now they are fighting a legal battle in the Punjab and Haryana High Court after Badals started ignoring them and took away their voting rights.

The Sehajdhari Sikh federation, a registered political party, has given a slogan “Je Shiromani Committee vich vote nai, te Akalia nu koi support ni” (if no voting right in the SGPC then no vote for the Akalis). He stated that the federation had always played a decisive role in the elections and whomsoever they have supported had come out victorious and formed the government.

The federation has decided to stick to its previous stand of contesting the general elections only after it regains the voting right in the SGPC. Till that time it will continue to support the liberal and secular forces in the country. It has also decided to support Sukhdev Singh Libra from Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.

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CII roadmap for city’s growth
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Highlights

  • Revival of Phase VIII focal point
  • Resolving traffic congestion at key intersections
  • Autos to move on CNG
  • Advocate towards building a mechanism to help sustain the ecology of Buddha Nullah

Ludhiana, April 5
In order to develop the industrial city of the state, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has decided to form a core group comprising local industry, members of civil society as well as officials from district administration who can work together for focused development of Ludhiana.

In his first interaction with members in Ludhiana after taking over as Chairman, CII (NR), Harpal Singh shared CII’s roadmap, engaging the government and the community, outlined to address the issues precluding the growth trajectory of Ludhiana specifically and Punjab in general.

“The need of the hour is to have a master plan for the next 10 years which should also specify short term, medium term and long term targets along with the timelines,” said Harpal Singh.

Further dwelling on the subject, Harpal said to translate this vision into an actionable agenda. He sought the help of industry members and government to ensure revival and growth of Ludhiana.

Deliberating on concerns of pollution related issues, especially the Buddha Nullah, Subash Bajaj, from the Bajaj Group, urged the need to advocate a mechanism to help sustain ecology of Buddah Nullah whereby industrial, household and civic waste generated also gets treated.

Other issues voiced by the CII included more specific targeted interventions on SMEs in Ludhiana and help family business develop professional and market driven approach.

Earlier, Akshay Bector, Managing Director, Mrs Bectors Food Specialities, and vice-chairman CII, Punjab Zonal Council, highlighted the need to create low cost hostels or labour colonies under PPP model for factory workers who live in illegal slums that have come up in focal points on government and private spaces.

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Provisional fee condition by PU draws students’ ire
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The condition laid by Panjab University, Chandigarh, on students to pay Rs 935 as provisional fee in circumstances when their names were not mentioned in the cut-lists sent by the varsity is being condemned by educationists, faculty members and students. All concerned feel that students, who were not even at fault, must not be made to suffer by authorities.

The varsity asks students to pay Rs 935 on the spot in case they are issued the roll numbers, but their names are not in the cut-list. A centre superintendent at a private college informed that it was unjustified on part of the varsity to get the amount from a student, if he or she had to take the exam.

“The error is generally on the part of the varsity. It can be computerised or manual mistake, but why the student should be asked to pay for their fault? We try to accommodate the students who fall under this category. The private students have to bear the brunt as they have to go personally to varsity to get the error rectified. The case of regular students is represented by the college authorities/principal so they are not much bothered,” said the superintendent on the condition of anonymity.

Satwinder Kaur, a private student from Jagraon, said her name was not in the list and she was asked to deposit Rs 935 if she had to appear for the exam of environmental studies, which was held yesterday.

“How can you expect a student to carry thousands of rupees while going to take an exam? I did not have the money. I had no other option but to call my maternal aunt, who stays in the city. I could take the exam only after the amount was deposited. Centre superintendents can not be blamed if they ask for money. It is the condition, which is not justified,” she added.

Tarsem Bahia, convener, Punjab Education Forum, told that in another condition, if students carried the roll number and their names were in the list, but subject was not mentioned or wrongly mentioned by the varsity, even then students were asked to pay Rs 135 for sitting in the exam.

On an average 5-6 students suffered due to such problems at each centre during exams. There were about 30 centres in the city for undergraduate classes.

“The students must not be burdened in exams. They get panicky once they come to know that their names are not mentioned in lists. They get more disturbed if asked to pay huge amount on the spot,” he stressed.

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Fee Hike
ADC to meet school mgmts, parents
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
While the parents’ organisations continued the relay fast on the fifth day today against the fee hike by the CBSE affiliated schools, Kuldeep Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (general), has called for a meeting of school managements and parents' associations on Monday to discuss the issue.

The Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, a parents’ organisation, raised voice against the fee hike by the public school managements. The sena started the fast on April 1 at Jagraon bridge. The sena also presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, who directed the ADC to look into the matter.

Parveen Dang, president Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, told The Tribune that they had launched a signature campaign against the unprecedented fee hike and have procured more than 20,000 signatures of the parents. Dang claimed that they had received the support of about 175 organisations.

Even the film stars in Mumbai have come on the roads against the fee hike. "We are distributing pamphlets giving details of the exploitation of the students by the school managements. We will continue the agitation till our demands are met," he said.

Dang further alleged that one popular public school has sold 4,200 catalogues for 300 nursery class students at a rate of Rs 300 each.

Kuldeep Singh, ADC, told The Tribune that the district administration has divided the schools into two groups.

One group to which the land was allotted by the government agencies like improvement trust and the PUDA at subsidised rates. The other group has purchased land from the market.

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Teachers’ union chief retires
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 5
Office bearers of a few social and constitutional organisations of the area felicitated Sikandar Singh Jartoli, president state body of the Punjab Teachers Union, for his services in the field of education and trade union activities. The honour came during a function organised at Government Elementary School Maherna Khurad, near here, on the occasion of retirement of the employee.

Sukhdev Singh Bari, president the All-India State Government Employees Federation, Baldev Singh Latala general secretary Punjab Kissan Sabha, Bahadur Singh general secretary Punjab Teachers Union, Gian Kaur BPEO, Bhupinder Kaur principal and Harbans Singh presented mementoes.

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Havan at BCM school

Ludhiana, April 5
Havan ceremony was organised at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, which was attended by teachers and students with fervour.

Tiny-tots attended the havan with their parents. A baisakhi scene was created on the school campus. DP Guleria, principal, welcomed the guests. Chief guest Mahatma Satyanand Ji Munjal, showered his blessings.

Meanwhile, havan ceremony was also organised at Dayanand Public School where students who stood first, second and third were given prizes by principal Sarla Lumba. — TNS

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650 examined at medical camps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
More than 250 persons were screened at the 74th diabetes detection camp organised by the Ludhiana branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) in the Shivpuri locality here today.

Free diagnostic tests like the blood sugar level, blood pressure, BMI (weight and height related test indicative of obesity or fitness) were conducted on those suspected to be suffering from diabetes which led to detection of eight new cases. Another 130 poor diabetics, on regular follow-up, were given medicines free of cost and diet-related advice.

Team of NIMA doctors, led by Dr Surendra Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thapar, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr KK Kharbanda, Dr SK Kakar, Dr Sanjiv Jain, Dr Ranbir Singh, Dr Diwaker Sharma and Dr Neeraj Aggarwal attended to the diabetic and hypertension patients.

Dr Ramanbir Singh, consultant endocrinologist, SPS Apollo Hospital, examined a few patients suffering from thyroid insufficiency and other hormone related endocrinological disorders.

NIMA secretary Dr Surendra Gupta said though infective illnesses were also a cause of concern but majority of diseases affecting mankind these days were life style-related ones. Moreover, these disorders can be averted and reversed simply by few modifications in day-to-day lifestyle.

In another free medical camp organised by The Sewing Machine Dealers and Assemblers Association in Lakkar Bazaar here today, over 400 patients were examined by a team of doctors. The patients were provided follow up advice and given free medicines.

Dr Jagdeep Madan, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Varinder Kaur Chawla, dental surgeon and a panel of homoeopathic physicians, led by Dr Ramakant Jagpal conducted the check up in their respective specialties.

In yet another free medical camp organised by Red Swastik Society at Government Primary School in village Rajjowal near here today, a large number of patients were checked for diseases of the eyes, teeth, bones and joint by specialist doctors including Dr Anurag Bansal, Dr Vanita Arora, Dr Geeta Arora, Dr Harinderpal and Dr Mohammed Usman.

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Moisture delays procurement of wheat
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Khanna, April 5
As moist crop arrives in grain markets, the procurement, this time, will be delayed by a week or 10 days.

The government agencies procured 40 quintals of wheat here recently.

The officials of the grain market said though all officials of the procuring agencies were present during the occasion, however, they managed to procure only 40 quintals and the rest was purchased by private players.

“Despite repeated requests to the farmers, not to bring the wheat with moisture content more than 12 per cent, they have been unloading the same here,” said secretary of the market Sukhminder Singh Mangat.

This led to chaos all around and it further delayed the procurement, he said.

This time, the crop is wet due to incessant rains during the past few days and many farmers tried to harvest the green crop and then dried it, said the officials of the grain market. The government is purchasing at the minimum support price fixed by the Central government at Rs 1,080 this year.

The officials said there was no problem in purchasing the dry crop, however, the farmers brought wet wheat here, the sale of which kept on lingering due to high moisture content.

Karam Singh, a nearby farmer, said many people had started harvesting their crop with sickle, however, it would take time to harvest it with the help of the combines. Last year, we managed to get at least 20 quintals per acre, but this year, it may be reduced to 17 or 18 quintals per acre due to incessant rains, he said.

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People pledge to donate bodies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The inmates of Swami Vivekanand Swarg Ashram, Model Town, today pledged to donate their bodies after death. The persons include Jawahar Lal, Prem Kumar, Raj Rani, Sita Rani, Saroj Rani, Kaushalya Devi, Krishna Wanti, Kamla Devi, Motia Rani and Shanti Devi.

NS Nanda, president of the NGO, New Hope, announced that the total number of body donors has reached up to 336.

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Women exhibitors steal the show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
There is a man behind every successful woman is the contemporary connotation of the age old adage that accredits women for successful men as was evident from 80 per cent of the women exhibitors participating in a fashion exhibition, “The Woman 2009”.

The show can rightly be described as ‘of the women, by the women, for the women’.

Be it designer jewellery, garments, fashion accessories, footwear, bags, handicrafts or interiors the women entrepreneur surely made their presence felt.

Brimming with confidence, Relina Passwani, an ambitious dress designer from Delhi, while exhibiting her designer suits said: “I owe my success to my husband Vijay, who not only supported me financially but psychologically also and allowed me to go on even when I was expecting my baby.”

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Showrooms inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
Kids today got a new destination to pick the toys of their choice with the opening of a “Toy Shop” at Ghumar Mandi. “We plan to open more showrooms in the entire state," he added.

Meanwhile, "New Pinch" a garment showroom, was also inaugurated at Ghumar Mandi.

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Galib addresses rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
SAD nominee for the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, Gurcharan Singh Galib, addressed a series of rallies in the ward No. 64 here today.

While taking a dig at Prime Minister, he said Manmohan Singh was a puppet in the hands of AICC supremo Sonia Gandhi. It was for this reason that the UPA was able to complete its tenure.

He said the Congress was supporting Manmohan Singh just to harp on the religion factor in Punjab while outside the state it was Rahul Gandhi, who was being projected.

He claimed SAD supremo and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal's dream to hold the reins of state for 25 years would surely be fulfilled.

SGPC member, Balwinder Singh Bains, said Congress ticket for Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler had proved the party’s anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab policies as it had rubbed salt on the wounds of 84' riot victims.

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Himachal Biradri supports Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
Himachal Biradri, an organisation of the people from Himachal Pradesh, today announced its support for Manish Tewari, Congress nominee of Lok Sabha seat from Ludhiana.

The announcement of the support was made during a function which was attended among others by Kaul Singh, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president, and Pawan Sharma, Himachal Biradri president in Ludhiana.

Expressing his gratitude to the people from HP for extending an overwhelming support to him, Tewari said, it was only the Congress which understood the sentiments and sensitivities of all sections of the population. Later in the day, Tewari met prominent doctors here today who also extended support to him.

Meanwhile, Tewari today said the industry was looking forward to a bright future under the Congress regime.

Addressing a function at the Metro Road organised by industry representatives led by Varinder Kapoor, Tewari said it was too well known a government led by an eminent economist like Manmohan Singh was certain to take care of the industry.

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Rotten eggs irk consumer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
Buying grocery even from the hi-end shops these days don’t guarantee good quality consumable items.

Ashok Sood, a businessman, bought eggs from a prestigious outlet in Dugri market.

“I bought 24 eggs and as soon as I broke the first egg it was rotten. The date of packaging shown on the packet was March 6,” he added. It has been one month since the eggs were packed, he further added.

However, things were sorted out after the departmental store accepted the rotten eggs.

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Kolkata cops seize 43 parcels from rly station
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
The attempt by a local trader to dupe three Kolkata firms was foiled as the victims alerted senior officers of the Ferozepur division, who in turn blocked the delivery of machinery parts and wire worth about Rs 5 lakh dispatched from Howrah to Ludhiana in 43 packages about a fortnight ago.

Three police parties of the Kolkata police arrived at the parcel office here yesterday and took custody of the goods against indemnity bonds.

According to Gurjasbir Singh, inspector of the railway protection force, a person claiming to be the owner of a mill store in the city had made bulk purchases of machinery party and electrical cables from Kolkata firms in March and the payment was made by cheques drawn at a Ludhiana bank. However, the cheques bounced even as the goods were on their way to Ludhiana through train.

The firms lodged a report with the police and an alert was sounded by the Kolkata police to senior officials of the northern railway here that the packages should not be released.

Officials at the parcel office said no one had staked claim to the consignment so far and even the name of the consignee firm appeared to be fictitious.

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Youth arrested for theft
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 5
The Dehlon police has arrested a youth of Rurka village in Ludhiana district who, along with his accomplice, had allegedly stolen a golak from the village Gurdwara a few days ago. The golak and an amount of Rs 4,800 was recovered from his house.

Mandeep Singh of Rurka village was arrested by a police team when he was trying to leave the area today. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused, along with his accomplice, had taken away the golak from Gurdwara Singh Sabha during the night a few days ago.

The police had registered an FIR under Sections 457 and 380 on the statement of a preacher, Bikar Singh. Investigations further revealed that the accused was involved in some other thefts cases also.

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Inebriated man burnt alive

Khamano, April 5
An old man of the Sanghol village was charred to death after a fire broke out in a room. The man has been identified as Babu Khan used to share the room with Surjit Singh. Both of them were habitual drinkers. Both of them drank heavily and fell unconscious on Thursday evening.

While they were sleeping a fire suddenly broke out in the room. Babu Khan was charred to death while Surjit Singh managed to escape. ASI Ajitpal Singh, DSP Anil Kumar and SHO Ashok Sharma visited the site and took stock of the situation. — OC

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Cricket trials: 45 probables selected
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 5
About 83 aspirants attended the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) to select the Ludhiana probables (u-16) and players for the regional coaching centre being run by the association on Arya College ground, Civil Lines, here today.

The four-member selection panel, headed by Punjab chairman selection committee, Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Pawan Pandey and Naresh Marwaha watched these boys before choosing the probables.

The probables are- Sunny Pandey, Sandeep Singh, Abhinav Bhatia, Gaurav Sharma, Chirag Maria, Parul, Sahil Sood, Shubham Kwatara, Viren Singh, Angad, Saurabh Bedi, Lovedeep, Raghav Vij, Chetan Sharma, Sumil Sood, Arjun Adhikari, Gurpreet Verma, Mandeep, Ankit Grover, Mrinal Partap Singh, Charanpreet, Vivek Kumar, Nikhil, Rishabh, Avneet Singh, Tejas, Paras Bhardwaj, Rohit, Lekh Raj Sharma, Kunal Partap Singh, Lovish Saini, Gautam Manchanda, Deepak Saini, Nimit Malhan, Durgesh, Pushkin, Mohit Randhawa, Parth Pruthi, Angad Bhasin, Vipul Sharma, Ravi Kumar, Sachin Abhilash, Sagar Khurana, Manpreet and Sriyansh.

The selected probables are advised to report to coach Charanjit Bhangu and Punjab Ranji player, Ankur Kakkar, on April 7 at 5 pm in Arya College.

They would play practise matches prior to the final selection of the Ludhiana squad for the forthcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship for the M L Markan Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues in the last week of April, said Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA.

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Six-a-side Hockey Meet
Gurbhej, MPS Grewal XI script victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 5
A fine hat-trick by Tej Pal Singh steered Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI to 3-2 victory over Jagtar XI, while Gurbhej XI toiled hard to overpower Prithipal Singh XI 1-0 in the double leg phase of the weekend annual Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on Punjab Agricultural University campus, here today.

In the first match, Gurbhej XI and Prithipal Singh XI fought a pitched battle before the former romping home winners by a solitary goal. The all-important goal came off Iqbal Singh's stick in the 14th minute.

The second match, played between Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI and Jagtar XI, the former managed to squeeze past 3-2.

For the winners, Tej Pal Singh scored a hat-trick (5th, 28th and 30th minute) while Pargat Singh (12th minute) and Harminder Pal Singh (37th minute) scored one goal each for the losers.

After first round matches in the double leg, Gurbhej XI have garnered seven points while Prithipal Singh XI and Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI have secured six points each. Jagtar XI have collected four points.

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Mohit bats Media XI to victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 5
A scintillating batting performance by Mohit Khanna who remained unconquered on 74 runs, fashioned Ludhiana Media XI's victory by seven wickets against Westend Mall XI in a friendly cricket match played on Arya College ground here today.

Ludhiana Media XI won the toss and invited Westend Mall XI to bat. In the stipulated 15 overs, Westend Mall XI made 107 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Binny and Deepak contributed 24 and 23 runs respectively, while Manpreet chipped in 13 runs.

For the Ludhiana Media XI, Neeraj and Lahiri scalped three victims each, while Tarsem Dewgan captured two wickets. Arashdeep Samar grabbed one wicket.

Thanks to the useful innings by Mohit, Ludhiana Media XI achieved the target losing just three wickets after 9.3 overs. He remained unbeaten on 74 runs which included four sixes and 10 fours. Tarsem and Neeraj scored 10 and 8 runs, respectively.

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Players selected for sub junior b'ball tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 5
The following players have been selected to represent the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in the boys’ section and Ludhiana district in the boys as well as girls’ sections in the Punjab State Sub Junior Basketball Championship (u-14) to be held at Sangrur from April 6 to 9, according to Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Ludhiana District Basketball Association.

The boys who will represent Ludhiana Basketball Academy are Arjun Prasad, Sumeer Sen, Narinder, Rahul, Harbir Singh, Manjot Singh, Balraj Singh, Aman, Kartik, Siranjan, Mani and Rahmat. Ashwani Gatto will accompany the team as coach. The academy team won the title in the last edition of the meet held at Khanna.

Ludhiana district boys and girls teams are:

Boys - Navjot, Piyush Sharma, Manpreet, Maninder Singh, Maninder Pal, Yash Pal Singh, Guriqbal, Taranjot Singh, Md Dilbar, Ritam Bhardwaj, Devak Sethi and Rishav Rana.

Girls - Diljot Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Simanpreet Kaur, Jasleen, Barinder Deepa, Kirandeep, Harkeerat, Jaspreet, Rubaldeep, Imraj, Simarpreet and Pooja. Jaskaran Jeet Kaur has been appointed coach of the squad.

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