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Capt’s Rally
Akalis force admn to change venue at last minute
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
The venue for former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s rally was changed at the last minute as the SGPC did not allow the Congress to hold it in the Shimlapuri area, a citadel of the Akalis.

The Deputy Commissioner, Gurkeerat Kirpal Singh, had allowed the Congress to hold the rally on the land owned by the SGPC. When the Congress started pitching tents and placing chairs, the SGPC secretary, Dilmegh Singh, opposed the move, saying that nobody could use the land without taking their permission.

The helpless DC withdrew the permission last night and asked the Congress to organise the rally at Lohara road. The Congress was disappointed as it had to remove the paraphernalia.

Party activists worked through midnight to make the arrangements.

Sources in the SGPC said Dilmegh Singh took objection as the NOC had to be obtained from the secretary. He was, however, not taken into confidence.

Sources in the SAD, however, told The Tribune that the land fell in the area of three Youth Akali councillors, including Kamaljit Singh Karwal, who has already been booked for attacking Congress candidate Manish Tewari’s mother three days ago.

The trio could not take it that Amarinder would address a rally in the area known as an Akali stronghold.

Akali sources said they wanted the rally to be held at Lohara road as the venue was located in scarcely populated area.

This is for the second time that Amarinder has faced the wrath of the SGPC.

Earlier, the SGPC had taken objection to his visiting Dera Sacha Sauda to garner votes.

The allegation was denied by Amarinder.


Notices issued on illegal hoardings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
After receiving notices from the municipal corporation yesterday, private building owners have started removing banners and posters that they had put up on the steel structures atop their buildings.

Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Deputy Commissioner-cum-returning officer, Ludhiana, had directed the MC to issue notices to all private building owners who had put up hoardings on their buildings without the MC’s permission.

The MC has given a two-week time to the owners to file their reply and inform the authorities whether they had the MC’s permission to install the steel structures to put up the hoardings. However, the issuance of notices has come quite late, as on May 13 the district would be going to the polls. The private building owners have enough time to allow their sites for canvassing as the notice period expires on May 19.

As many as 164 notices from all four zones had been issued and distributed yesterday by the Area Town Planners (ATPs).

The buildings that have been issued notices include various hotels, multi-storied buildings like Jhandu Tower and industries like Oswal woollen mill and Avon Cycles.

The ATPs revealed that the building owners had already started filing replies and those who had illegally put up the hoardings had started removing them.



LIT Scam
Panel to probe allotment of plots
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 6
The Punjab government has set up a three-member sub-committee of senior officials of the local government to conduct an inquiry into the allotment of plots to housing societies and locally displaced persons (LDPs) by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) from April 2007.

As per the orders issued by the Principal Secretary, local government, DS Bains, the Administrator of LIT, GS Ghuman, Additional Director, local government, Ashok Bajaj, and MC Joint Commissioner Mahinder Pal Gupta would hold the probe to fix the responsibility of officers for the alleged irregularities in the allotment of plots in colonies developed by the LIT.

Earlier, the inquiry was entrusted to Mahinder Pal Gupta, who had submitted a preliminary report to the local government department last month. Even though officials were tight-lipped about the findings, it was learnt that the report had, prima facie, pointed toward the role of certain LIT functionaries in the allotment.

Agreeing with the inquiry report, Gupta had been directed to probe deeper into the dubious dealings and identify officials involved.

Highly placed sources in the department of local government revealed that after the inquiry officer expressed his limitations in completing the probe in the given time frame due to his preoccupation with the Lok Sabha elections, the government constituted a new panel.

Although the outcome of the ongoing inquiry was a matter of speculation at this juncture, going by the report of an earlier inquiry into the matter conducted by a Joint Secretary at the local self government department in July 2008, as also preliminary report submitted by Mahinder Gupta last month, it was beyond any doubt that massive irregularities were committed in the allotment of plots.



RTI: MC officials fined
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
The Punjab State Information Commission has asked the Municipal Commissioner to take disciplinary action against erring officials under Section 20 (2) of the Right to Information Act in two cases. The directions were pronounced by information commissioner Surinder Singh at Chandigarh yesterday.

The information commissioner has also asked the XEN, HS Khaussa, working with the building and roads branch of the MC, to pay Rs 10,000 as penalty while MC’s legal adviser, KS Kahlon, and ADC (D) Davinder Singh, have been asked to pay Rs 10,000 and Rs 2,500 each to the complainant.

The civic body has also been asked to pay Rs 6,000 as compensation to complainant Hitender Jain of Resurgence India for harassment.

Hitender Jain said: “On August 25, 2008, I had sought information regarding road strengthening on Gill road which was to be answered by Khaussa. However, he failed to give a reply and a petition was filed with the state information 

About the second case, he said he had gone to submit an RTI application in one of the zonal offices of the MC and was told that the applications could be submitted at the MC’s head office only. Jain filed an application on August 28, 2008, and asked why RTI applications could not be accepted at the zonal offices. Once again, MC officials failed to answer the question and he approached the information commission again.

It was due to his efforts that the MC has started accepting RTI applications at zonal offices.



Blood Banks - II
Charges vary across hospitals
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
Disparity in rates charged by blood banks of private hospitals in the city has defeated the cause of voluntary blood donation. Almost all hospitals operating in the private health sector are ignoring the recommendations of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) to adopt uniformity in the charges of blood.

Government hospitals in the state, including the Civil Hospital here, are charging Rs 300 per unit of blood followed by Rs 30 for frozen plasma and Rs 60 for other components.

But the rates of private hospitals vary from Rs 850 to Rs 2,100. The rates per unit charged by the DMCH is Rs 900, Rs 1,000 at Oswal Charitable Hospital, Rs 1,050 at Deep Hospital, Rs 850 at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Rs 1,100 at the CMCH and Rs 1,800 at Apollo Hospital.

Pahwa Charitable Hospital takes Rs 650 per unit from patients whose family members volunteer to donate blood and Rs 2,100 per unit from patients buying blood. The blood bank at Krishna Charitable Hospital charges Rs 850 and Rs 1,500 per unit.

The hospitals are charging more in the name of advanced testing, quality storage and packaging.

Dr Jasbir, blood bank in charge at the Civil Hospital, said the hospitals that fell in the category of tertiary care centres had the facility for nuclear antigen test (NAT) and fourth generation Elisa test, but the rest were just minting money.

Ironically, drug inspector Rajesh Suri, who is authorised by the state health department to check the working of blood banks, did not even know about the charges of blood at the Civil Hospital.

Asked about the periodical checks conducted at blood banks, he evaded the answer, saying that there was a team from the centre which was the licensing authority and the checks were carried out by their teams.



Real Congman vs fake, says Tewari
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 6
Congress candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency Manish Tiwari, accompanied by legislators Gurdip Singh Bhaini, Darshan Singh Brar, Major Singh Bhaini, Purshottam Khalifa, Amarjit Kaur Calcut, Vijay Sathi, Manjit Dhillon and Dr Gurdeep Singh, made a whirlwind tour of about one and half dozen villages of Jagraon segment yesterday.

Starting his tour by inaugurating his election office in Sidhwan Bet village, Tewari addressed various public meetings in Leela village, Sherpur Kalan, Galib Kalan, Kaunke Kalan, Rasulpur, Malhah, Dalla, Dherka, Hathur, Chakkar, Lakkha, Manukee, Bhammipura, Akhara, Roomi, Kamalpura, Dhollan, Chachrari, and Haans Kalan.

With this tour he invaded the stronghold areas of his opponent Gurcharan Singh Galib, SAD-BJP nominee for Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency. Addressing the meetings, Tiwari termed the state’s ruling alliance as anti-farmer.

He expressed his resentment over the fact that after coming into power the Akali-BJP alliance has turned its back towards the rural areas. He said bus mafia, sand mafia and liquor mafia were dominating the state due to patronage of the state government.

He further said the slogan of ‘Raj nahin sewa’ had proved to be a damp squib.

Tewari said the SAD-BJP alliance and their turncoat candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib stands exposed before the electorate.

He claimed that election results would be an eye opener for the state’s ruling alliance who had taken the people of the state for granted. In the meetings he again challenged Galib to face an open debate session so that both of them could approach the court of voters in a healthy way.

In Sidhwan Bet village, on the occasion of inauguration of Tiwari’s election office, SAD leaders Angrez Singh Geza, Kuldip Singh, Manjeet Singh, Vijay, Beant Singh and Gurmeet Kaur, along with their supporters, joined the Congress.

Tiwari, upset over the attack on his mother Amrit Kaur and assault on the women workers of the Congress by Akali workers at Ludhiana, said he did not want to spoil the election scene otherwise he would have given a befitting reply to the Akalis who attacked his mother.

However, he claimed that from Ludhiana constituency the contest was among a real and a fake Congressman.



If I am old, so is PM: Galib
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
Congress candidate Manish Tewari is an outsider and will vanish after the elections. This was stated by SAD-BJP candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib while addressing an election meeting at Sham Nagar.

“Tewari has raised the issue of my age, forgetting that the person in whose name he is begging for votes, is of my age. He must know that I was born in a village and have worked hard throughout my life. Even now I get up at 5 am and work till 12 at night. It appears that the Congress in general and Tewari in particular has little respect for their elders,” he said.

He said it showed that the nomination of Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister was a stopgap arrangement to keep the post vacant for a “young candidate”.

He said Tewari was a practising lawyer in Delhi.

“Why should anyone believe in a person who does not belong to Ludhiana? My slate is clean,” he added.

Hectic campaign

The BJP has intensified its door-to-door campaign in favour of Galib. Ludhiana has become a prestige seat for the BJP. Women are also taking keen interest in the campaign. All the wings of the BJP have been activated and every effort is being made for his victory.

The youth wing organised meetings in Ward 40 while the SC Morcha took the command in Ward 42. Women were active in Ward nos. 38 and 42. In Ward no. 43, former councillor Kashi Ram and other local leaders visited various houses.

Wipe out Cong, says Makkar

The Congress is the enemy of Sikhs and other minorities. It has ruled the country with the help of minorities, but has never taken care of their interest.

This was alleged by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar after inaugurating new election offices of Galib at Dugri, Phase 1.

He stated that the Sikhs would never forget Operation Bluestar and the riots of 1984. He appealed to the voters to teach a lesson to the Congress.

He claimed that the SAD believed in “emotional unity” of people, as against the “artificial” uniformity advocated by the Congress.



Ind candidate promises better amenities
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Rajesh Gandhi Ludhiana, May 6
It is the futuristic approach and the resolve to bring about a positive change that brings success, feels Rajesh Gandhi, the independent candidate contesting from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency.

Hailing from Pratap Singh Wala, Ludhiana, the candidate having done his graduation in pharmacy worked as a product manager in a pharmaceutical company. Thereafter, he went on to work as a vaccinator in schools and other organisations.

Gandhi says it was his public dealing and travelling that gave him a closer insight into the existing problems of people which could have been taken care of, but were never taken up by their elected representatives. “I decided to contest the elections so as to take up the most important issues concerning the people in routine lives,” adds Gandhi.

“I am not Don Quixote to promise sky train or express highway to the people of Ludhiana, but better health facilities, properly connected roads, affordable education, insurance cover and job opportunities,” the candidate went on to add.

Gandhi’s younger brother fought in gram panchayat elections last year from his native Pratap Singh Wala village. However, younger brother’s defeat has not deterred Gandhi.

Further envisaging his new found role of ‘people’s representative’, the candidate says, “Though it is hard to generate confidence in people, I am hopeful of making them see the need to have young politicians. My vote will not go to any CM or PM, but to the people of Ludhiana.”



Shimlapuri keeps cops on its toes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
After a clash between SAD and Congress supporters at the Shimlapuri area, the battle for ballot between the two parties has reached centre stage.

As the area has become the epicentre of political combat, it has added to the problems of the police, which is working overtime to provide security to star campaigners.

Though the police registered counter cases against both parties, but the Congress is planning to complain to the Election Commission, alleging that the police was working hand-in-glove with the ruling alliance.

Official sources said keeping in mind the situation, paramilitary forces would be deployed in the area and extra police arrangements would be made to tighten security.

Around 80 persons booked in this regard, including SAD councillor Kawaljit Singh Karwal and city Youth Congress president Dimple Rana are campaigning freely without furnishing bail bonds.

The sources said the police was reluctant to arrest any accused politician as the issue might flare up.

Intense campaigning is being done by both parties as Shimlapuri area has a big chunk of voters and could sway the tide in anyone’s favour.

Meanwhile, an inquiry has been marked in the clash.



Charanjit leaves Akalis for Congress
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
A former District Mahila wing president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Charanjit Kaur Gill today joined the Congress.

According to a pressnote, after joining the Congress, Charanjit alleged that there was no respect for the workers in the SAD and everyone was disappointed with the party. She said, she tried not to leave the party, but she was forced by the circumstances to call it quits with the Akalis.

She further said the recent attack on the women Congress workers by some Akali leaders had deeply upset her.



Transport Nagar
MC fails to check illegal construction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
In an example of mockery of law and directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an illegal construction at Transport Nagar is going on unabated as the Ludhiana municipal corporation has failed to stop it.

Only a boundary wall of 20 shops was constructed till April 21 which was highlighted by the Tribune also, following which the Municipal Commissioner has directed the site owner not to carry on the construction and orders were followed. But the roof has also been constructed questioning the validity of the commissioner’s orders.

The construction has been going on at the site for the past many days, including today, and area town planner Kamaljeet Kaur has given, in writing to the Municipal Commissioner, that the matter is beyond her control and police personnel should be deployed. However, nothing seems to have fallen on deaf ears of senior officials of the corporation, who too seemed to be hand-in-gloves with the site owner.

The failure of the Municipal Corporation to stop the construction at the site, especially during elections, has proved that the department officials were puppets in the hands of the politicians who were taking advantage of the SAD-BJP being in power. Despite the corporation officials confessing that the construction is violation, no directions have come from the civic body, which seems to have become a mute spectator.

Though the site owner claims that the land is owned by him and he has a documentary proof of it, the biggest problem with the construction is that it comes within a radius of 100 m byepass and the civic body has already been directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to clear encroachments on these areas.

Despite repeated attempts, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman could not be contacted.



Panel takes note of poor park upkeep
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 6
Considering poor maintenance of parks in the colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in the city, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has called for a status report from the home affairs and justice department and the principal secretary in this regard on the next hearing i.e. July 6, 2009.

Admitting a complaint lodged by colony resident Bua Das Sharma, the commission agreed with the complainant that the failure on behalf of the authorities concerned to maintain a park in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar was tantamount to violating the human rights of the residents.

The commission also warranted an action under the provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

Having failed to spur the officials into action after repeated attempts, Sharma complained to the commission that the park was in a pathetic state. No action had been taken to develop the park that had now become a dumping ground and safe haven for stray animals.

The officials concerned said the maintenance of parks was earlier being carried out at the departmental level, in which the staff crunch and financial approval from an appropriate authority stood in the way of proper upkeep.

“But after getting a nod from the state government, many parks in LIT colonies have been handed over to the park management committees (PMCs) for landscaping and beautification. However, other parks are being maintained by the staff of the Trust,” they said.

They further added that no management committee had come forward to take over the task of maintenance of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar park.



City Concerns
Shorten election period

The democratic process of electing a government is becoming a pain in the neck for the common man. Though nobody minds participating in the process for nation building for a single poll day, electioneering prior to elections make people resent the scene. With the election time overstretched especially in Punjab, residents are ruing that politicians should have been given less time to campaign. Read what Ludhiana residents have to say:

Life of individuals becomes hell during the election period, more so when campaign lasts for long. Residents have to face many hurdles as the leaders of parties start holding rallies at regular intervals much before the start of the campaig process. Further, violation of the code of conduct becomes a regular feature as nobody bothers about it.

Shortening the election period is necessary for continuity and stability.

Long election campaign also creates fatigue and loathing among voters that discourages voters from casting their vote.

Residents are familiar with the daily problems and don’t need elections to become aware of them.

Finally, a shorter period is enough for us, during which election propaganda signs are hung, which deface the neighbourhood.

Shivanshu Garg,

Too many elections

The issue, however, is a broader one affecting any ruling party, which happens to be in power. A comparison with the US or European experience might be useful in this regard. In the US, all the elections are held together only once every four years. There is no byelection or mid-term election. Barring the UK, in most European Parliaments as well, the legislature has a fixed term as the elections are held on fixed intervals.

In India, there is no fixed tenure and there are continual elections. The Chief Election Commissioner has a fixed tenure, but not the elected members. There is some merit in the argument that without tenure, governance can be affected, no matter which party is in power at the national level.

The panchayat election, the MLA and MP elections should be held on the same date.

Major Kuljit Singh Sidhu,

No shortcuts

Residents must know that elections are not a one or two-day affair and it takes a lot of time to accomplish the mission properly.

A lot of elements like impartial and professional election administration; effective voter and candidate registration and the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly have to be taken into account.

A credible election process is the one that permits all its eligible voters to cast their ballot in an unhindered manner and free from any form of intimidation.

An honest, transparent, and timely vote count, besides complaint centres are the salient features of this process. All such issues have to be taken into account. Thus, the election process becomes a lengthy one.

Besides this, the job of an election observer is a challenging, but enriching one. Serving as an observer allows him to capture the reality of an election process as it unfolds at the local level, and to witness the unique quality of the pre-electoral environment within a time frame.

An observer has to gather, analyse, and report election-related information's and findings from the respective regions.

It takes a lot of time to condenseobserve so many facts and figures, which can't be reduced.

The only thing the administration can do is to issue the necessary guidelines as well as directions to observers to maintain impartiality in the conduct of their duties and at no time publicly express or exhibit any bias.

Ravi Chander Garg,

Reckless political conduct

General elections were like festivals in the past but with the passage of time they have become a troublesome exercise. Our politicians have little regard for the welfare of general public. They feel proud in flouting social and legal norms. This time they have set new records, of course, for all the wrong reasons.

All major roads and by-lanes are blocked to conduct election meetings. Indiscreet use of loudspeakers and DJ’s is made till late night causing inconvenience to people. Film stars, singers and dancers indulge in amoral activities to draw large crowds but certainly not votes.

Elections for the parliament and the state legislatures must be held simultaneously for a term of five years.

These have become a regular feature now causing huge loss of wealth and time. Can we afford this extravagance? Having complete disregard to examinations of students, extremely hot or cold weather conditions and sowing or harvesting priorities; elections are scheduled to suit the whims and fancies of politicians.

Moreover, long-drawn election programme is causing lack of public interest, if declining voting percentage is an indicator. Short election schedules must be observed if public interest is least cared for.

The whole exercise must be completed within the shortest period leaving little scope for political gimmickry.

DN Sharma,

Dropping turnout

The time gap between the announcement of elections on March 2 and our constituency's election in the last phase on May 13 is way too big. The already uninterested voters lose all their energies and even concern due to the time gap. The constituency as it is features in the last two positions on the list of the lowest voters turn out in the state.

I was moved by the public reaction and participation during the Mumbai shootout. It looked as if the public wanted a change and would express their feelings through the ballot. However, the turn out even there had been very poor (approximately 41 per cent, which is lesser than the last time).

The long period of more than two months also had a direct effect on the studies of children. The examinations of Panjab University were postponed. Many important projects like the Dugri Bridge could not be opened despite completion. Many other government plans were also affected.

The government needs to review the election process, duration and bring amends under the code of conduct.

Rajesh Sharma,

Unrestricted menace

Election proceedings that go on for too long always create hurdles in the way of general public.

It is observed that party candidates as well as their supporters usually start holding political rallies, road shows and door to door surveys much before time in order to appease voters.

Because of the non-existence of restrictions and proper follow up by the Election Commission, political parties don’t even hesitate to hold rallies and seminars at busy intersections or market places.

A similar rally was recently witnessed in the city.

I want to suggest that advertising and rallies should not be permitted in the busy parts of the city because they tend to disrupt public order.

They should also be restricted in other public places like schools, places of worship and public facilities such as bus terminals and bus shelters.

Bhawna Garg,



Students oppose drugs to woo voters
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
Students of MGMN Senior Secondary School pledged to launch a movement against the use of drugs and narcotics to woo voters for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

They urged parents and teachers to contribute in forming a government that could save the future of the nation.

The morning assembly of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School changed into a social reform rally when a group of students, led by Lavish, called upon their fellow students to tell their parents not to vote for those candidates, who were luring voters with liquor, drugs and narcotics, besides cash.

Showing concern over the falling standard of democracy in the country, the students regretted that the political scenario was different from what they were taught in the class.

Lavish said: “Contrary to what we are taught in the class, candidates and their supporters are trying to woo voters in the name of religion. It is a pity that things like these are happening in a secular country like India.”

Karamjit (name changed), from Maherna village, blamed supporters of certain political parties for misleading several families during the elections. “I could never study when my father returned in an inebriated condition after attending the election meetings and quarrelled with my mother for not casting her vote in favour of the candidate of his choice,” Karamjit added.

Teachers of the school, led by principal Pardip Sharda, endorsed the appeal made by the students.



Students vote for style icon

Ludhiana, May 6
Students of all the centres of International Institute of Fashion Designing yesterday voted to select their style icon in politics. They voted for the best-dressed politician in the male and female category.

The idea behind holding these elections was to create awareness among the youth and advocate them to vote in the forthcoming elections.

One of the students said the concept was so new that she could not resist being a part of it. Another student added that he enjoyed being a part of selecting the style icon from the political leaders.

The walls had collages and cut outs of the nominated leaders. The reception area served as the checking and signing point where the polling officers checked the identity of the students. After which, they moved inside the voting area where ballot papers were printed for voting and specially created ballot box was there to cast votes.

In the male category, students had a choice from Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia to Navjot Sidhu. In the female category they had a choice between Sonia Gandhi, Jaya Pradha, Hema Malini, Jayalalitha and Vasundhra Raje Scindia. — TNS



Only six students take rescheduled exam
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
The students of the College of Agricultural Engineering, PAU, took out a rally today in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor to press their demands. The students have been demanding to reschedule one examination of the last semester, which the PAU authorities have refused to accept.

According to dean Dr PK Gupta, the third year students did not appear in one examination of Soil Water Engineering in the term-end examinations that was scheduled in December last year, and hence, all were given F grade.

Following the request of the students, the examination was rescheduled and only six students took the examination. Now, they were again demanding rescheduling of the same examination that the authorities stated unjustified.



From Colleges
200 students awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
The annual prize distribution function of Government Polytechnic College for Women, Rishi Nagar, was organised here yesterday.

More than 200 students were awarded.

Annu Thakur, a sixth semester student, was given the Best Student Award.

Principal, SP Singh, presented the annual report of the college. A cultural programme, including folk songs, skits, choreography and giddha were presented by students.

Surjit Kaur from the Punjabi Sahit Sabha addressed the students and asked them to respect their native language.

Satire on foeticide

DPharmacy-I students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy organised a farewell function, “Sayonaara-2008”, here yesterday.

It was inaugurated by director-principal Kuldeep Singh.

Harbans Kaur, an educationist, was the guest of honour. The cultural programme started with a prayer followed by a thought-provoking satire on female foeticide. The play focused on the emerging scenario where the skewed sex ratio would make marriage of boys impossible.



Seminar on legal literacy

Ludhiana, May 6
In order to create awareness among the rural people about their legal rights, a seminar on legal literacy was organised by the lok adalat, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the District Legal Services Authority at Manekwal village.

Ashok Kumar Chouhan, Civil Judge, appealed to the villagers to resolve disputes at the village level and not indulge in litigation.

He said pursuing legal matters was quite a lengthy process and one should resolve disputes amicably.

He also highlighted the importance of the concept of lok adalat and providing of free legal services to the needy. He said every resident having annual income of less than Rs 50,000, any person belonging to Scheduled Caste/Tribes and industrial worker was entitled to free legal services. — OC



College patron dead

Doraha, May 6
Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, chief patron of Guru Nanak National College, died here after long illness early this morning. Bibi Bhagwant was 82-year-old. She is survived by two daughters Roop Brar and Sartaj Dhillon, daughter-in-law Dr Sarbjit Kaur, and grandchildren.Office-bearers and members of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak National College, along with the staff of the institutes, attended her cremation that took place this afternoon. — OC



Hope for kids with heart diseases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
Members of various fraternities have come together to work for the cause of children born with congenital heart diseases.

An NGO, Jeevan Jyoti, has been formed under the patronage of Dr Baldeep (MS Deep Hospital), Dr Viresh Mahajan (Medicity Gurgaon), Rajneesh Oswal, Bhagwan Singh, Mohit Sharma and Punjabi singer Babbu Mann.

Dr Baldeep said it was painful to see the agony of parents who could not afford the treatment of children born with congenital heart diseases.

He added that poor children suffering from heart diseases would be given concession.

Gurmail Medical Hall has volunteered to bear about 50 per cent expenses of medicines while Babbu Mann has promised to organise shows to raise funds for these children.

Dr Mahajan said: “There are only 25-30 paediatric cardiologists in India against the requirement of at least 200.” 



Notices to 2 nursing homes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
A team of health officials led by the District Family Welfare Officer yesterday sealed an ultrasound machine at Mohi Nursing Home at Mullanpur in connection with the violation of the PNDT Act.

The doctor concerned was found absent and the machine was lying in the open.

Show-cause notices were also issued to Saran Hospital, Sant Nursing Home and Deol Nursing Home as their records were incomplete.

Civil Surgeon SP Sharma said inspections would be carried out regularly.



Biz Word
Training centre launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
i360 Staffing and Training Solutions opened their new centre in BRS Nagar yesterday. The centre will offer a vast variety of courses, including financial wizard, retail management, managerial accounting and CS training. It will also offer coaching for spoken English and IELTS. Placement assistance will also be provided to the students.



Three booked for seeking dowry
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 6
The local police has booked three persons yesterday for seeking dowry. In a complaint given to ICCAW branch, Ludhiana, complainant Maninder Pal Kaur of GTB Nagar, Mullanpur, has accused her husband and in-laws of assaulting her for dowry.

SHO Dakha Yogi Raj said she had filed an application against husband Gurpreet Singh, father-in-law Karamjit Singh and mother-in-law Baljit Kaur on December 12, 2008.

She had accused that her in- laws were asking more dowry, and hence, she had to live with her parents after a year of marriage.

She got married to Gurpreet Singh of Jalandhar on August 27, 2006, and has a two-year-old son now.

The enquiry and counselling was done by the ICCAW cell but to no avail.

Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has asked to register a case against the accused under the Sections 406, 498A of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



4 booked for burning wheat stubble
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 6
The Khanna police today booked four people for burning wheat stubble of a farmer near Koom Kalan village.

In his compliant, Jagdev Singh alleged that Jogi Singh, a resident of Maal Ghumana, Kuldeep Singh of Landa village and two other unidentified men burnt his wheat stubble two days ago due to an old land dispute between him and family members of Kuldeep. A case under Sections 435 and 341 of the IPC has been registered.


The police today booked Manmohan Singh, a resident of Chava village, for stealing bricks from a plot. The accused also tried to encroach upon the piece of land. The land belongs to Jasveer Singh of Harbanspura village. In his complaint to the police he accused Manmohan of stealing the bricks yesterday. The police is investigating.



Khanna man killed in Malaysia
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 6
Gurdev Singh, a resident of Naulari village, was killed in an accident in Malaysia. He was living there from the past three years. Gurdev was returning after meeting his brother at the Kuala lumpur International Airport when his two-wheeler collided with an unidentified truck. He was accompanied by his friend from Jalandhar who also got killed.

The family members of the deceased said Gurdev’s body would be brought from Malaysia next week and the last rites would be performed in Naulari.

The identity of Gurdev’s friend could not be established.



Govt school, St Paul seal victory on Day 5
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 6
Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Haibowal, defeated Saraswati Modern School, Partap Singh Wala, by 33 runs to register their second victory on the fifth day of the first edition of the Open Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19) being played at the SDP College for Women, Circular Road.

GSSS won the toss and chose to bat first. They made 130 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Vicky and Vishwanath were the main contributors, who scored 35 and 34 runs, respectively.

For Saraswati Modern School, Arun and Kanav chipped in with two wickets each.

Chasing the target, Saraswati Modern School scored just 97 runs. Only two batsmen reached a double figure. Abhinav and Hitesh made 21 and 11 runs, respectively.

For GSSS, Piyush took four wickets, while Vishwanath captured three wickets.

The second match between St Paul School, Malerkotla, and St RK School, Malerkotla, turned out to be a mismatch, as the former came out triumphant by 10 wickets.

Batting first, St RK School were all out for a meagre total of 22 runs with only Sahil making seven runs off nine balls. For St Paul School, Mujammil and Younis grabbed five and two wickets, respectively.

St Paul School, Malerkotla, made the required runs without losing any wicket to record a thumping 10 wicket win.



IPL bug bites jail inmates
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
After enthralling millions of cricket fans across the globe, the Indian Premier League (IPL) bug has now bitten the inmates and undertrials of the Central Jail, here.

Teenagers lodged in the Bostal Jail are the biggest casualties of the IPL fever. So much so that even visitors to the Central and Bostal Jails update themselves with the IPL.

In fact, even the jail staff is complaining that they are missing out on all the action happening on the cricket field, as cable channels are not allowed in the jail. The IPL matches and highlights are, however, not shown DD-1.

According to sources, the inmates are making repeated requests to the jail authorities to let them watch the tournament. A jail official, requesting anonymity, said each day they had to giving excuses to the inmates for not showing the IPL matches.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Charanpreet Singh, who was returning home after meeting his brother Kuljit Singh, in Bostal Jail, said they only talked about the IPL. He said his brother asked a lot of questions about the matches and was curious to know how Sachin Tendulkar was performing. He also asked about the performance of his favourite team Kings XI Punjab.

Charanpreet remarked that he hoped his brother would be out of the jail next year and they would watch the matches together.

Parshant Mong, a jail inmate, who was brought from the Nabha Jail to the district courts complex, Ludhiana, for a hearing in connection with a murder case, expressed disappointment over the non-telecast of the IPL on national channel.

However, a section of the jail authorities questioned the purpose of punishment if entertainment was allowed inside the jail.

On the other hand, voicing his resentment, an inmate who came for hearing from the Central Jail, said: "Inmate rehabilitation centre existed only in books" as the jail authorities refused to provide even the basic means of entertainment to the inmates.



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