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Man killed, 6 hurt as neighbours clash
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, April 25
A man was reportedly killed in an armed conflict between neighbours at Chakar village, near here, today.

According to sources, Baljinder Singh, son of Sukhdev Singh, was going on a tractor listening to blaring music when the family members of Gurdev Singh stopped him near their house, and reportedly abused and slapped him.

The youth returned home and narrated the incident to his father, who along with his brothers and nephews went to the house of Gurdev Singh to inquire into the matter.

The two groups had a minor altercation, which took a violent turn after the two sides clashed with sharp-edged weapons, leaving leaving Sukhdev Singh (50) dead and six others seriously injured.

Both sides were equipped with sharp-edged weapons. Those who received injuries were from both sides and they included Nachhatar Singh, Baldev Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Gurdev Singh, Nirmal Singh and Harkinder Singh.

The injured were taken to the Jagraon Civil Hospital in a critical state.

Jagraon DSP Mukhtiar Singh, SHO Gurmeet Singh and Chowki in-charge Raminderjit Singh reached the scene and took stock of the situation.

No case had been registered till the filing of the report and the police was investigating the matter.

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Fire at paint godown
Goods worth Rs 30 lakh gutted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
A godown storing thinner, paints and other volatile material caught fire here last evening, causing a loss of over Rs 30 lakh to property.

According to eyewitnesses, they heard three or four blasts before seeing fire envelop the godown. This led to panic in the cycle market on the Gill Road. People in the vicinity raised the alarm and sounded the fire department.

“We heard the cries of Eurodecs Paints and Coatings’ godown catching fire and informed the fire department,” said an eyewitness, as he tried to douse the flames by pouring water from the rooftop of his house.

He said: “The residents and shopkeepers in the vicinity were worried as the area was clogged from three sides.”

The fire department pressed in six fire tenders to control the blaze. It took them two hours to douse the flames.

The eyewitnesses added that the godown owner had stored some inflammable material illegally. Some drums that were salvaged with the help of labour were immediately shifted from the scene by the owner.

The fire department officials said the godown owner had not taken no objection certificate (NOC) from the department for storing inflammable material.

They said the certificate was not only a necessity but was issued keeping in mind the safety of public.

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Sarna chides Galib for stance on ’84 riots
Advises not to shed crocodile tears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna today told SAD candidate for the Ludhiana seat Gurcharan Singh Galib not to shed crocodile tears on the 1984 anti-Sikh riot issue. He chided Galib for taking 25 years to realise who was at fault.

Reacting to Galib’s frequent statements about blaming the Congress for the 1984 riots, Sarna said: “Why did you not resign at that time from the Congress?”

Instead, he added, Galib preferred to enjoy the comforts of power. “Now that he was denied the ticket by the Congress, he defected the party and started reminiscing the party’s role in the riots,” the DSGMC president pointed out.

He said the riots were the worst human tragedy for which the guilty must be punished. “But using it as a plank for cheap publicity and a few votes is uncalled for,” Sarna observed, while adding that Galib would have sounded credible had he condemned the riots even once while being in the Congress.

“He has lost the moral right to speak about it now,” he said while advising caution and restraint on the issue.

Sarna also told Galib to ask his Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishan Advani about his proud claims of having pressured the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to storm Darbar Sahib during Operation Bluestar. “Galib’s plight is understandable because he is trying to be more loyal than the king to prove his loyalty to the communal Akalis and the BJP after remaining in secular Congress for over 50 years.”

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Plastic bags
NGOs show the way
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
In stark contrast to the state government’s failure to implement Punjab Plastic Bags Control Act 2005, it is an endless endeavour for some city-based NGOs to discourage the use of plastic bags and promote the use of paper bags.

Ek Prayas and Nirdosh, both schools for children with disabilities, are teaching these special children to make paper bags.

The schools are run by NGOs wherein the faculties in order to inculcate “concerns for environment health” are teaching the children with special needs to make simple and colourful bags that can rightly be termed as “eco-friendly” means of generating funds.

The carry bags include paper envelopes, small and big bags that are sold to city shopkeepers concerned for the cause.

Also, the organisations put up exhibitions of these paper bags on special occasions like Diwali every year.

Realising the hazards of plastic (especially the non-biodegradable plastic carry bags), governments of various countries have strictly implemented the ban.

Similarly, multinational companies operating in every sphere have also come forward to discourage the use of plastic bags by volunteering for alternative, including paper bags, jute bags and cloth bags. Even their franchise stores in the city adhere to the use of cloth, jute and paper bags.

A senior doctor from a city hospital stated that the government should encourage cottage industry to manufacture paper, jute and cloth bags that are eco-friendly.

“Jute bags are most suitable substitute than paper and cloth because they are cheaper and reusable. It will be best for the government to tie up with NGOs or small industries for manufacturing these so that a campaign could be started from vegetable/fruit mandis, which are responsible for circulation of thousands of plastic bags every day,” suggested the doctor.

Dr Aslam Parvez, president, Rural Medical Services Association Punjab, said the association would impress upon the state government to enforce the Act in totality in the state and call upon NGOs to join hands with the association.

The Act provides for strict punishments, including heavy penalty and imprisonment, for manufacturers violating the norms prescribed by the Ministry of Environment, added Dr Parvez.

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Shivpuri 
MC gets more time for demolition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The municipal corporation today submitted an affidavit with the local courts urging it to extend the deadline for the demolition of structure in Shivpuri here.

According to sources, municipal town planner Hemant Batra today filed an affidavit with the court of Lacchman Singh urging him that it won’t be possible for the municipal corporation to comply with the court orders due to non-availability of duty magistrate and the police in the wake of Lok Sabha elections.

Following the plea, the court has given the civic body time till May 21.

Interestingly, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the municipal corporation to demolish wall, shed and roof of the structure near Daresi and hand it over to the site owner by April 25.

However, the MC officials had failed to comply with the orders to date and submitted the affidavit today only.

On March 26, a corporation squad had gone for the demolition but had to return empty-handed as the residents and shopkeepers in the area stated that the site had a graveyard and a 60-year-old Kali Mata Temple.

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Papers of 7 candidates rejected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The District Election Officer today rejected the nomination papers of seven candidates, leaving 33 candidates in the fray for the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency.

The papers were scrutinised in the presence of three observers comprising Mohammed Ariz, Abha Shukla and BR Jadhav.

After the completion of scrutiny, the DEO said 40 candidates had filed 48 nomination papers.

After scrutiny, the nomination papers of 33 candidates were found correct and accepted.

He said the papers of covering candidates of recognised parties stood rejected, as those of main candidates had been accepted.

Those rejected included Amarjit Singh, covering candidate of Kehar Singh (BSP), Shamsher Alam, covering candidate of Tulsi Ram Mishra (Samajwadi Party), Amarjit Kaur covering candidate of Gurcharan Singh Galib (SAD) and Amrit Tiwari, covering candidate of Manish Tiwari (Congress).

Nomination papers of Gurdeep Singh Kahlon, Jatinder Pal Singh and Bobby, all Independents, were also rejected.

After today’s scrutiny, 33 candidates are left in the fray. They are Shiv Sunder (Independent), Daljinder Singh (Independent), Kehar Singh (BSP), Ajay Tandon (Independent), Manish Tiwari (INC), Harish Kumar (Rashtrawadi Sena), Sanjiv Kumar Atwal (Democratic Bhartiya Samaj Party), Lal Chand Rao (All-India Jan Samaj Party), Bhola Singh, (Independent), Tehal Singh (Independent), Tulsi Ram Mishra (Samajwadi Party), Harbans Singh (Independent), Jaspal Singh (Bhartiya Gao Taj Dal), Gurcharan Singh Galib (SAD), Chander Dev Singh (Independent), Laddo Shah (Lok Priya Samaj Party), Gurdiner Singh Sood (JK National Party), Surinder Singh Sodhi (Lok Jan Shakti Party), Ravinder Kumar (Independent), Jasvir Singh Thethi (Independent), Rajesh Kumar Independent, Girdhari Lal (Lok Bhalai Party), Kunal (Independent), Shambu Kumar Singh (Independent), Vijay Kumar Goel (Independent), Gurcharan Singh (Independent), Sheikh Mukthiar (Independent), Ravinder Kumar (Independent), Rajesh Patel (Independent), Balbir Singh (Independent), Rajesh Gandhi Independent, Charan Das (Independent) and Surinder Pal (Independent).

The last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is April 27.

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Admn chalks out plan for elections
Extra force for sensitive, hypersensitive booths
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 25
Having identified over 200 sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths in localities falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur district, the administration claimed to have 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 a large number of people to surrender their arms at the respective police stations, the police has booked notorious persons who could disturb peace during the election process under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC. Extra care is being taken in localities where bitter incidents had occurred during the past local bodies and zila parishad elections.

According to Payal SDM Neeru Katyal, 15 booths were identified hypersensitive and 55 sensitive in localities falling under the subdivision. Besides deploying extra forces at these booths, officials had been asked to videograph the activities of those coming to these booths.

Payal DSP Anil Joshi said extra force has been deployed according to the norms prescribed by the Election Commission of India.

While three policemen were deployed at single-booth polling centre, two extra ORs were suggested for sensitive booths.

Over 200 persons had surrendered their weapons in the subdivision.

Ludhiana (rural) SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said preventive action under Sections 107 and 51 CrPC had been initiated against 433 persons during the past weeks.

Huge quantities of drugs and narcotics had been recovered from various persons during a drive launched against anti-social elements during pre-election period.

This included 5.1 kg opium, 7 gm smack , 278 kg poppy husk , 35 kg poppy plants, 370 of lahan and 156720 ml of illicit liquor. Three pistols, some live cartridges and knives had also been seized during the campaign. The police claimed to have checked over 5,000 vehicles during 776 special nakas organised at various points in the area. At least 502 vehicles had been challaned under the Motor Vehicle Act.

At least 114 out of 282 polling stations of the six blocks of Kila Raipur, Jagraon and Raikot Assembly segments, which were declared sensitive during the last zila parishad and block samiti elections, have been put on extra vigilance this time.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said adequate security arrangements had been made at around 50 crucial booths, 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.

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Families, victim of terrorism not to vote
Want candidates to commit on relief, punishment for killers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 25
Members of 15 families, who had lost kin to firing by radical Sikh activists at Gandhi Chowk here 17 years ago, have said they will not vote for candidates in the Lok Sabha election till they clear their stand on punishment for killers and compensation 
for victim families.

Accusing political leaders of exploiting sentiments of 1984 riot victims, for political gains in every election, these families have questioned candidates if they had ever raised voice for their (terrorist victims’) rehabilitation and punishment to terrorists.

Endorsing action against those responsible for 1984 riots, terrorism-affected clans queried who would mourn the 25,000 Punjabis, predominantly Hindus, killed by activists of various Sikh radical organisations in the dark days. The killed included activists and leaders of a few political parties too.

According to Prem Kumar Jain, social activist, at least 15 persons, including four of his relatives, were killed in the firing at Gandhi Chowk on March 21, 1992. Promises made by then Chief Minister late Beant Singh to local people regarding compensation for victims families and punishment to the killers remained unfulfilled till his (Beant Singh’s) death and afterwards.

Probe into the case went into cold storage like many other cases of the killings of innocent persons in the border state. The police washed its hands off the responsibility by declaring the case untraced on May 14, 1994.

“Four persons with covered faces had come on foot and opened firing, killing people in the market, including my nephew Abdul Gaffar and our helper Rimpi,” Makbool Mohammad, barber, told the police on the evening of March 21, 1992.

Though the names of the alleged terrorists, Gurmel Singh, Jagdish Singh, Tarsem Singh and Jugraj Singh had been entered in the column of suspects, the records failed to suggest anything, except that it was the handiwork of either the Babbar Khalsa or the Khalistan Liberation Force.

Former Congress Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa, coordinator of election campaign in the state, claimed that the UPA government had sent a grant of Rs 290 crore for the rehabilitation of terrorist victims recently. However, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker and SAD nominee for the Fathegarh Lok Sabha constituency, showed ignorance about the grant.

“If they are so scared of sympathisers of terrorists they do not want to raise voice in our support, why should we waste our time electing them. Let them clear their stand on the issue then we will decide whom to vote,” said the terrorist victims.

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Cong failed to remove poverty: Galib
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The Congress ruled this country for more than four decades, but it failed to provide basic necessities to the citizens of the country. More than half of the population was still living below poverty line. This was stated by SAD-BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana Gurcharan Singh Galib while addressing a rally in the Goal Market of Focal Point. He further added that though the Congress failed to remove poverty, it removed the poor.

None of the segment of the population was satisfied with the policies of the Congress, he alleged. Therefore, it was necessary to install the NDA government at the Centre. Galib appealed to the audience that, “We must win all thirteen seats in order to realise the dream of the NDA government.” He alleged that instead of helping people to develop and providing employment to them, Congress leaders and workers always worked for their self-enrichment.

He also addressed another rally organised at ward No. 55 at Haibowal Kalan by Youth Akali Dal vice-president Davinder Singh Ghuman. Ghuman stated that the Shiromani Akali Dal in its election manifesto had taken care of all the segments of the population.

It had been decided to provide 35 kg wheat at Rs 2 per kg every month to each family living below poverty line. Similarly special schemes for the welfare and progress of economically weaker sections, backward classes, Dalits would also be initiated. Special benefits and facilities would be provided for promotion of industry, business and agriculture, he added. In the evening, Galib addressed another election meeting held at Basant Nagar which was organised by the Lohara BJP Mandal. He declared that the SAD and BJP were like real brothers. “We have worked collectively and will continue to do so in future for all-round development of Punjab,” said Galib.

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National issues don’t matter here 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
“Bipasa” (bijli, paani and sarak) as an issue is everywhere for the electorate even as national issues have taken a backseat during these elections.

Be it Ram Mandir or nuclear deal, it doesn’t find favour with the electorate, especially in the rural areas if this segment, where the  voters have to suffer power cuts, poor roads and shortage of potable water.

The candidates, especially the Congress, SAD and BSP talk of sending an able Prime Minister at the Centre during their rallies, but the voters say they would choose a candidate who would ensure basic civic amenities at villages and Ludhiana city.

“Wherever I have been, people have talked to me about inadequate power supply, bad roads and lack of sanitation. While we talk of strengthening our party at the Centre, they raise the same issues that they had been raising with their area councillors. It means these issues really require attention,” Kehar Singh Ramgarhia, BSP candidate from Ludhiana, said.

A survey of the villages falling in this constituency revealed that all villagers expected from their elected representative to ensure that their streets would be swept everyday and water and power was supplied for a maximum number of hours.

The construction of dharamshalas, cremation grounds, community centres, and drains were also on the priority list.

“We have been wanting a cremation ground for our village for the past several years.

Roads are also in a bad state and so are the drains,” Kamaljit Singh of Khaira Bet, said.

For residents of Malakpur village, the transportation of sand from Sutlej bank is an issue since their roads suffer due to the heavy traffic of trucks ferrying the sand.

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Tewari condemns Makkar’s comments on PM

Ludhiana, April 25
The national spokesperson for the All-India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari, today took strong exception to the remarks of the SGPC president, Avtar Singh Makkar, about the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, that he was a rubber stamp.

Tewari urged Makkar to maintain the decorum of the Prime Minister’s office. Tewari said, “We in Punjab must have respect for Dr Manmohan Singh, as he belongs to the same soil.” Tewari added, “The entire world, even the US President, Barack Obama, acknowledges the intellect of Dr Manmohan Singh.”

Tewari said Makkar had no right to comment on the position and status of the Prime Minister. “Being a head of such an august institution, how could Makkar pass such remarks?” he added.

Tewari said Makkar had hampered the code of conduct by making such a statement. “Maybe to please his bosses, who themselves don’t want to be caught on the wrong foot lest they should pay for it, because no Punjabi can tolerate such an insult,” he remarked. — TNS

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Paramilitary forces to guard sensitive stations
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, April 25
Out of the 335 polling booths, 11 polling stations are declared very sensitive and 102 sensitive, Ludhiana SSP said.

He further said total 526 polling booths would be made in 335 booths and 222 polling stations had been declared normal.

Election cell in charge Amarjit Singh said the Ludhiana rural police had been allotted five companies of paramilitary forces comprising 375 armed personnel.

He further said four polling stations in Jagraon Assembly constituency had been declared very sensitive, including Gidderwindi, two at Galib Kalan and Ramgarh Bhullar village.

Amarjit informed that in Raikot constituency, two polling stations at Bassian, Gondwal and Johlan villages and in Dakha constituency, Saholi, Shekupura and Chak Kalan villages had been declared very sensitive because of the previous track of violence at the village during elections. He said the Election Commission had instructed that the arms of all persons should be deposited a week prior to the polling.

Amarjit claimed out of total 5,451 licensed arms with private ownerships till date, only 1,373 had been deposited with the police or at gun houses.

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Labour shortage hits road work
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Roads in the city have often remained in the news for one reason or the other. As a result of this, residents have to face inconvenience. For the past few days, partially re-carpeted roads have become a common sight and it seems the municipal corporation responsible for building these roads.

Many roads in Model Town, Shastri Nagar, Mall Road, Dandi Swami, Civil Lines have been partly re-carpeted.

When the contractors were asked about the reason, it came to light that shortage of labour had badly hit the re-carpeting of roads. “There is almost no labour for road work. Most of the labourers from other states have gone back due to the polls and the local labour is busy with harvesting,” said a contractor, adding that he was using a truck driver for driving a road-roller.

Another road contractor with the MC said, “The matter is not in our hands. How can we work when there is shortage of labour? I have asked some people to arrange for workmen, but to no avail,” said another contractor, adding that he had the construction work of more than three roads with him and all of them were half-built.

Some contractors are also blaming the MC for the present status of half-built roads. “The fund-starved MC does not have money to pay us and expects us to complete work within the stipulated time. The payments from the civic body are also hindering work,” added a contractor, who has been working with the MC for the past 10 years.

Despite repeated attempts, XEN HS Salaria and SE Dharam Singh, responsible for the building of roads, could not be contacted.

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Residents live in shadow of fear
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 25
The residents of Doraha and surrounding areas seem to be living in a shadow of fear, as the administration has failed to clear discarded articles stored by junk dealers under a bridge constructed over Sirhind canal.

The scrap is highly inflammable, whereas the junk dealers are least concerned about consequences, the residents said.

“There is a possibility of unused

bombshells being transported from Arab countries along with the scrap,” a resident said.

Bombshells were recently seized near Doraha which resulted in several deaths. Unused bombshells were seized from the scrap at Mandi Gobindgarh and at the octroi of Jugiana village also.

Another resident opined: “As India is passing through tumultuous times, anti-social elements can plant explosives to destroy the bridge or kill people.”

It seems that the administration is waiting for a catastrophe to happen in order to take a reformatory action thereafter, he added.

The issue has been highlighted by the media but to no avail. The authorities have always turned a deaf earto pleas of the residents. 

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These slum kids are enterprising
Charu Chhibber

Ludhiana, April 25
Slum kids seem to have found a new vocation these days. Hundreds of children of migrant labourers have set up small makeshift stalls on the outskirts of the city where they sell daily-use items like shampoo sachets, biscuits, sweets and chocolates. Many of them have even set up tea and paan stalls.

Hundreds of such stalls have mushroomed along the GT Road, Focal Point, and Industrial Area.

Most of these slum children are below the age of 14.

Interestingly, they are students of Mahavir School which is run in the vicinity.

The kids come to the spot around 11 am to sell goods, which they procure from nearby shops with small investments of Rs 20 onwards, and manage to earn anything from Rs 20 to Rs 100 per day.

Having a good time playing with siblings and friends while they work, they call it a day around 6 pm.

Priyanka (7), who sells biscuits and namkeen, along with her sister Ritu(8), says, "We buy the eatables daily from the nearby shops and pack them up ourselves. Our mother, who is a worker in a local factory, comes to help us during the afternoon sometimes."

Vinki(7) says that after school hours, they have ample time during the day and they prefer doing something productive instead of just loitering around.

The mushrooming of such stalls has raised a question on the credibility of the authorities concerned, which should keep a check on child labour.

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Potato growers take to streets
Our Correspondent

Amloh, April 25
Members of the potato seed industry took out a rally here yesterday through markets and raised slogans against the decision of the Punjab government to suspend the licence of Technico Agricultural Sciences. Basically, the company provides potato seeds to the farmers and purchases back at high prices.

The rally was addressed by society president Dalbir Singh, vice-president Darshan Singh, chairman Baltej Singh, spokesperson Baljit Singh and adviser Amritraj Singh.

A memorandum was submitted to SDM Poonamdeep Kaur in which farmers demanded to revoke the licence suspension order, as the company provides seeds for higher yields.

The memorandum also stated if the suspension would not be withdrawn, the farmers would intensify the stir.

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Hospital to distribute free nebulisers to schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
In response to the recent incident at a school in New Delhi where a 17-year-old student died of an asthma attack, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, has taken an initiative to distribute nebulisers free of cost to all schools here.

The nebulizers were distributed at Government Senior Secondary School, DAV Public School and DCM Presidency School.

Managing director of hospitals Jugdeep Singh stated this move was required to avoid any such incident in the city.

Asthma is the top cause of school absenteeism, doctors observed. Though children suffering from the disease have nebulizers at homes, it becomes a problem when they suffer an attack in schools. And hence, the schools should be equipped with such devices, they added.

According to a doctor, degradation of the environment, post-harvest season, dryness in the weather and suspended particles in the air had risen the number of asthma patients.

One out of 13 students suffer from asthma. It can be controlled through proper treatment and management of environmental triggers, the doctor added.

While another doctor claimed the nebulizers would be useful for giving high doses of medication, but these should be prescribed only for asthma patients.

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Punjab docs oppose pay panel’s report
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , April 25
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has expressed anger over the report by the 5th Pay Commission in Punjab, which failed to solve disparity issues between PCMSA doctors and central doctors.

Dr Hardeep Singh, state president of the PCMSA, said the PCMSA cadre was the real sufferer in terms of the disparity of lower emoluments with their central counterparts.

He referred to the recommendations of the commission which had stressed on the parity of the doctors with their central counterparts. But it failed to record the existing discrepancies of the PCMSA cadre Dr Balwinder Kumar, general secretary of the PCMSA, said the disparity between juniors and seniors was not considered by the commission. 

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Vet varsity holds free vaccination camp 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
World Veterinary Day, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of April every year all over the world, was celebrated by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) today at Silver Jubilee block.

The theme of this year was “Veterinarian and Livestock Farmers - A winning partnership”. Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, inaugurated the free vaccination and de-worming camp held for dogs at Veterinary and Clinical Services Complex. He highlighted the achievements made by GADVASU during previous years.

He said new diagnostic laboratories at veterinary hospital had been established. The university had also set up a separate diagnostic centre, he said while informing that new equine hospital & canine hospital were to be set up in the campus. GADVASU was the first university to implement new regulations of the Veterinary Council of India, he added.

Dr PK Trehan shared his views on information technology in education, veterinary health and animal sciences and Dr AK Bhattacharya, head, dairy division, Veterinary Care, Bangalore, delivered a lecture on brucellosis. The function was attended by the faculty of the university, students and retired faculty members.

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Wrong question paper
BCom III students seek compensation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Once again the students appearing for examination under Panjab University, Chandigarh, had to suffer due to wrong question paper. Hundreds of students from their respective colleges had approached the authorities to write about it to the varsity so that they could be properly compensated.

The students of BCom final year, who had appeared for the operation research paper here last evening, were disgusted to see the question paper, which was wrongly set. The instructions given in the question paper were wrong. As per rules, there were three sections and students were to attempt four questions from section A, and two each from sections B and C. But the question-paper asked the students to attempt two questions from sections B and C. Confusion prevailed among students as to whether they had to attempt two questions each from both sections or total two questions from both the sections.

Amarjit Singh (name changed), a students of SCD Government College, said he left two questions in this confusing situation. “We had to adhere to the question paper and not to the rules,” he said. In yet another mistake, section C had three questions instead of total four as per conditions. A lengthy question of 15 marks was missing. Besides, question No. 3 in Section A was wrong.

Different college authorities had written about the matter to the university and the students had demanded compensation due to the wrong question paper, which was not as per the guidelines.

Executive vice-president of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) Ashwini Bhalla said that students, in such a case, should not suffer. “Students are absolutely at no fault. I feel examiners must be issued sufficient guidelines so that students should not suffer. We have represented the case to the university board,” said Bhalla.

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Akshit, Shubham adjudged Brain Fest champions 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , April 25
Abacus olympiad National Junior Brain Fest-09 was organised at Father Angel School in New Delhi recently. Around 3,000 students (5-14 years of age) from various academies participated in the competition. They were required to solve 75 sums in three minutes. About 12 students of “Brainobrain, Sundernagar branch, Ludhiana, also participated in the event.

All participants of this branch were given prizes. Branch head Shilpi Jain said: “It is a pride that all students of the academy have performed well.” Akshit Jain, Shubham Arora were declared champions while Sanya Jain, Nitish Jain, Pranav Jain, Chetan Gupta, Sunil Aggarwal, Rohan Gupta bagged gold medals. Vaibhav Jain, Aryan, Arham Jain, Pranshu Gupta bagged silver medals in their respective categories.

The Brainobrain Acadmy provides training in personality development and neuro linguistic programming. This programme improves memory, concentration, speed, accuracy and learning abilities of children. This academy is presently running in nine countries, including India.

Prize distrbution

An annual prize distribution function was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir in which around 800 students were awarded for excelling in academics and extra-curricular activities. President of the school management committee Vijay Gupta was the chief guest on the occasion. School principal Rajiv Nagalia highlighted the achievements of the school and distributed the prizes.

Meanwhile, an annual prize distribution function was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Dr SS Gill was the chief guest on the occassion. Dr Gill appreciated the efforts of the students and distributed prizes to the winners.

Principal Paramjit Kaur also encouraged the students and congratulated them. 

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Health dept begins check-up of students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
With the outset of new academic session, the Punjab health department has started the medical check-up of students studying in government schools of the state. Over 30 lakh students will be covered under this scheme starting from classes I to XII.

The health cover programme has been started under the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan wing of the Director General Schools Education, Punjab, and the state health department has been associated with the same.

After the medical check-up of students it was found that a majority of them suffered from anaemia, bad teeth and weak eyesight.

Sanjeev Thapar, principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, said they had received 1,100 health cards, which were filled by doctors of civil hospital after the check-up of students. He said the health department had given iron tablets for three months to students.

HK Mayer, principal, Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School,

said they had received 1,000 health cards of students which were filled by doctors.

According to Dr Jyotsana Mahajan, deputy director health (dental), all doctors of civil hospitals, primary health centres and civil dispensaries had been given the schedule. They would visit schools and prepare health profile cards of students, which would be valid for five years. Free medicines were also being provided to students.

She said students suffering from serious diseases would be referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The health department had received some basic medicines for students and would also supply numbered glasses to those suffering from weak eyesight. 

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Villagers apprised of legal services
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
The District Legal Services Authority organised seminars on Legal Literacy at Threekay and Jhande villages today. Civil judge Ashok Kumar Chouhan apprised different schemes launched by the authority for the masses. He said the authority was providing free legal services to SCs/STs, people in custody, industrial workers, those suffering from calamity, handicaps, persons having less than Rs 50,000 annual income.

The seminars evoked a positive response from the villagers. Assistant district attorney, Legal Services Authority, Arvind Markan, R K Mourya, Rajesh Mehra and Atul Sood also spoke.

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Doctor booked for making casteist remarks
Our Correspondent

Raikot, April 25
A doctor has been booked for obstructing government workers from performing their duty and making derogatory remarks under the SC/ST Act against workers of the local municipal committee.

In an application given to the local police, safai sewak Atbari Lal and 12 other employees had stated that the sewage of Bank Colony had been overflowing and stinking water had entered the house of residents at Barnala Chowk.

While carrying out the cleaning work, they found that Dr Ramesh Jain of Lajjawanti Nursing Home had blocked the sewerage by filling sand in it.

Yesterday, when they tried to clear the blockage, the doctor along with around 40 students of his hostel came out and abused the workers using casteist remarks.

They called MC chief Amandeep Singh Gill but the attitude of the doctor and his supporters did not change and they continued to abuse them. On this, the police was called.

SHO Gurdial Singh came with a police team and tried to pacify them. The workers alleged that the police showed reluctance in taking action.

In the evening, area residents staged a dharna and blocked the road for two hours. Thereafter, the DSP reached the scene and took the doctor to the police station. The doctor was booked under Section 186, IPC, and Sections 3 and 4 of the SC/ST Act.

Dr Jain, however, claimed that MC workers never cleaned their sewerage and they had been forced to cleaned it themselves recently.

He said he had only asked the workers to do the job the next day and remove the waste so that student did not get disturbed by the foul smell.

However, the workers blew the matter out of proportion and remained defiant.

SHO Gurdial Singh said an inquiry would be carried out by a gazetted officer before any arrest could be made.

The matter had been sent to DSP Narinder Pal Singh, who said action would be taken on the basis of statements given by both sides.

The workers have threatened to enhance the agitation if the accused was not arrested.

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Man held for attempted murder
Two others on the run
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 25
A contract killer, who had attempted to kill a farmer of Rajgarh village in Ludhiana district, after accepting money from his rivals a few days ago, was arrested by the Payal police last night.

The Khanna district police has constituted an SIT to probe the case and arrest two others who had hired the arrested youth to eliminate the complainant.

A police team led by SHO Varinderjit Singh arrested Sonu, alias Raja, after a brief chase when he had tried to run away on seeing the police during night patrol in the area yesterday.

Sonu admitted to having attempted to shoot his master, Darshan Singh of Rajgarh, a few days ago.

According to Khanna SSP SS Mann, Gurbachan Singh of Naudh Singh village, now a resident of Mani Majra, Chandigarh, and Sikandar Singh of Nagra village were in dispute with Darshan Singh over a piece of land.

While the case of sub judice, Gurbachan and Sikandar allegedly conspired to eliminate Darshan.

Sonu, who had been working with Gurbachan Singh for a long time, accepted an amount of Rs 25,000 as an installment to kill Darshan. He managed to get a job at the complainant’s house around a fortnight ago.

On the night of April 18, Sonu fired at Darshan Singh with a .315 bore pistol that was provided by Darshan Singh.

However, the bullet missed the target and Sonu fled the scene with Gurbachan and Sikandar, who were waiting for him in a car parked on the outskirts of the village.

An SIT, headed by DSP Payal Anil Joshi, was constituted to establish if the alleged contract killer was involved in other cases also.

“Though the arrested person has made vital revelations about the case, I have directed the officials to verify these before taking further decision,” said SSP Mann, adding that different teams had been dispatched to raid the hideouts of the absconding accused.

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55-yr-old man commits suicide 

Jagraon, April 25
A man died when he reportedly jumped before a train yesterday. The deceased, identified as Baljit Singh (55), was a resident of Gondwal village near Raikot. He apparently jumped before a Ludhiana bound passenger train coming from Ferozepur near the crossing of Aligarh village drain.

Baljit had returned from Abu Dhabi a couple of months back. The railway police had recovered a bottle of liquor beside his body and it appeared that he waited for the train while drinking liquor. — OC

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Drugs seized from chemist shop
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 25
The health authorities yesterday raided a chemist shop here and seized unaccountable psychotropic medicines.

A team of experts led by drug inspector Dr Rajesh Suri along with Dr Gurbachan Singh of the PHC, Dakha, raided Ashirwad Medical Hall on the Jagraon Road here. They had received a complaint regarding the selling of habit-forming medicines without prescription by the store.

The team sent the complainant as a decoy customer to the store, which handed over “schedule H” drugs without prescription to him.

The team swooped down on the store and seized 2,300 tablets and 42 cough syrup bottles from the store. The team found the pharmacist of absent from the store.

Dr Suri said they had registered a case against Rajesh Kumar Khurana, owner of the store, in this regard and would forward the case to the Drug Controller Punjab for necessary action.

Khurana, however, asserted that it was a routine checking and nothing wrong had been found from his store.

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DBA directory released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, released the directory of the District Bar Association here today.

Justice Gill and Sessions Judge GK Rai addressed the legal fraternity and shared their views. Earlier, he was welcomed by the DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, secretary Kamaljit Sharma, vice-president Anil Kaushal and other office-bearers of the association.

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Man gets life term for murder 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
The court of Sessions Judge GK Rai has sentenced Mukhtiar Singh of Tarn Taran to life imprisonment on charges of killing Ravi Kumar of Ludhiana due to old enmity.

The court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused. It also declined the plea of leniency raised by the convict keeping in view the fact that he had taken a human life.

A case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Haibowal police station following the statement of Gulshan Devi.

The complainant had stated to the police that the accused had killed Ravi by inflicting injuries with an iron rod on his head. After committing the murder, the accused kept the body in a room and locked it from outside. Then he ran away from the spot.

However, the accused had pleaded innocence. He said he used to help the complainant's daughter meet her lover. Later, she eloped with her lover and due to this the complainant was nursing a grudge against him.

He added that Gulshan Devi’s son, Gagandeep, had committed the murder. In order to save her son, she had implicated him falsely.

But after looking at the evidence on record, the court found no substance in the plea of the accused.

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Double delight for Rimpledeep
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 25
Rimpledeep Kaur of Harvest Tennis Academy won both girls’ singles under-14 and under-16 titles in the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being played at Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal village yesterday.

In under-14 category Rimple defeated Nehel Sahni of Delhi 6-1, 6-3, and in under-16 category she again trounced Nehel 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 on board.

In doubles Rimple along with Rajbir Kaur of Harvest Tennis Academy registered a win over Parminder Kaur of Chandigarh and Eetee Mehta of Gujarat.

In boys’ under-14 category top seed Shaikh Abdullah of Andhra Pradesh beat second seed Nischay Rawal of Chandigarh 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. In under-16 category second seed Ajay Yadav of Chandigarh beat top seed Arjun Khade of Maharashtra 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Rimple gave the credit of her performance to academy coaches, especially academy president

Harvinder Saran for building a tennis academy at the village.

The academy is opening a school based on the curriculum of Cambridge International Examinations. The school will provide tennis training along with education.

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Hockey: Prithipal XI to clash with MPS XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 25
Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI pipped Gurbhej XI 3-0 to storm into the final of the annual Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association here at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University campus.

In the final, they will clash swords with Prithipal XI that fought a pitched battle against Jagtar XI of Jarkhar and managed to hold them 1-1 draw, but squeezed past into the title clash match.

Prithipal XI and Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI accumulated 10 and 9 points, respectively, to secure their berths in the final while Jagtar XI secured 8 points to finish third and Gurbhej XI collected 7 points and had to content with the fourth place.

In their last league encounter, Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal faced a little resistance from their opponents, Gubhej XI whom they outclassed 3-0.

Tejpal Singh scored a brace while Kaka accounted for one goal to help Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal XI to script an easy victory and book a place in the title clash match.

The second match played between Prithipal XI and Jagtar XI of Jarkhar turned out to be a well contested affair in which players of both the teams dished out a superb stick work, however, the encounter ended in a one-one draw.

Pargat Singh struck in the second minute to put Jagtar XI into the lead which they managed to hang on to till the tenth minute when Kiranpreet Singh of Prithipal XI sounded the board to restore parity.

The final is slated to be held on April 26 at 8 am. Baldev Singh, former coach of the Indian hockey team, will be the chief guest at the prize distribution function.

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