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SAD-BJP rides high after rally
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Mood in the SAD-BJP camp became upbeat as soon as leaders and workers saw a mammoth gathering that participated in the NDA maha rally organised here today.

Thousands of people stayed put for four hours listening to a galaxy of leaders, who descended on the scene at 1 pm and continued addressing till 4:30 pm. As the weather also became pleasant, the people remained all ears to what all was being said.

Thinking the gathering would transform into votes for them in the nine Lok Sabha segments in the state, the SAD-BJP leaders said today's rally meant that half the battle was won.

As soon as Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal came on the stage, he looked at the crowd and became content.

A wave of happiness prevailed all around as the leaders presented beaming faces from the three stages erected for local as well as NDA leaders.

Sitting MP from Ludhiana Sharanjit Singh Dhillon was amidst the crowd till the last minute. ‘‘We really had a sigh of relief as we saw the people turning. We could not see the other end of the crowd. Surely we are going to win,’’ said Dhillon.

The joy of workers knew no bounds when the Prime Ministerial candidate of NDA LK Advani too commended them and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for organising a rally on a short notice. ‘‘Make sure that it transforms into votes,’’ he exhorted workers.

Though SAD leader Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal had to exhort people to raise slogans every now and then as the crowd appeared sluggish, almost all chairs were occupied till the end.

‘‘There was no goof-up, no organisational failure and we got a pat on our backs for all we did, ’’ said Simarjit Singh Bains, an Akali leader. He said it was not possible to gather so many people and still they did.


Nitish babu, the crowd puller
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar remained the major crowd puller, besides Prime Ministerial candidate of the NDA LK Advani, during a maharally today as Ludhiana is considered as mini Bihar by Bihari migrants in the city.

Lakhs of Biharis, who visit Ludhiana every year in search of greener pastures, came to the rally just to have a glimpse of the son of their soil, Nitish Kumar, who changed Bihar during his regime.

‘‘I have come to see Nitish babu, who has turned Bihar into Punjab. We have started getting jobs, good food and what not over there. So I wanted to salute him today,’’ said Ram Dular, a migrant from Darbhanga, while echoing the sentiments of scores like him.

Like him, many migrants from Bihar waited to listen to him. After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Nitish was the one who was welcomed on the stage amidst applause by the gathering.

As and when his name was announced by BJP minister Manoranjan Kalia, the migrants cheered him. Not to lef go the opportunity, Nitish too struck the chord right when he said, ‘‘Badal Sahin helped us during Kosi floods. You should also help him in elections and pay him back.’’

So as to entice the Biharis, he said, ‘‘Bihar is also going to vote for the NDA. If you want more development there, strengthen the hands of the NDA.’’

While Biharis could relate to the rally as their leader was amid them, there seemed to be no native factor for migrants from Uttar Pradesh. Though former Chief Minister of UP Rajnath Singh was there, they said they had come to see Advani.

‘‘We wanted to see Advaniji,’’ said Ram Avtar, a resident of Hardoi, who said though his motor workshop was open on Sundays, he preferred to be in the rally.

Migrant votes is a major factor in Ludhiana as the city has many registered voters from Bihar and UP.



Maryada ignored while presenting siropas
NDA leaders with uncovered heads were also found wearing shoes during the presentation ceremony 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Several Sikh leaders took a strong exception to the violation of the Sikh maryada at NDA rally today where the “siropas” were presented to leaders, who were wearing the shoes and their heads were not covered.

In a joint press statement issued here today, former ministers Malkit Singh Birmi and Malkit Singh Dakha, former Mayor Nahar Singh Gill and Amarjit Singh Tikka, media coordinator of the PCC for Ludhiana, criticised Akali leaders, who offered siropas to the NDA leaders.

They pointed out that in clear violation of the Sikh maryada, a picture of Golden Temple along with swords and siropa were given to the leaders of NDA constituents.

They expressed shock that a blasphemous act had been committed in the presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who, along with his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, was responsible for it.

They urged the head priest of Akal Takht to take umbrage of this violation of the Sikh maryada, summon the father and the son at the takht and seek apology from them, a press note said.



Two men die in accident 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Rajiv Duggal and Tersem Jindal, trustees of Govind Godham here, died after their vehicle crashed into a tree near Ambala.

The incident took place this morning, when they were returning to the city from Vrindavan. They were accompanied by three friends, who sustained minor injuries.

According to one of the injured, Tersem was driving the vehicle and Rajiv was sitting beside him. The vehicle lost balance and crashed into a tree on the Ambala road. Both of them died on the spot.

The cremation will take place tomorrow at the Civil Lines crematorium.



Girl electrocuted 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
A 12-year-old girl was electrocuted after she touched an iron poll being installed at a jagran site in Darasi ground yesterday night.

Preeti along with her mother Babita had come to pay obeisance. She got electrocuted after she touched the iron poll on her way home. According to an eyewitness, the impact was so strong that the deceased flew at a distance after receiving an electric shock.

The division No. 4 police has registered a case against the organisers for the negligence leading to death.



Leaders’ indifferent attitude
Election fever eludes farmers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 10
Contrary to the expectations of leaders, traditional gusto for the election campaign is missing among farmers of the area in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Consistent occupation of peasants and farm labourers in agricultural chores during the past weeks was cited as the main reason behind the alleged political indifference among rural masses.

However, the rural youth is devoting more time for campaigns of their respective candidates.

A majority of the farmers, who had earlier been taking part in the active politics, had disappointed their senior leaders by not accepting responsibility to organise meetings and rallies in their respective areas.

The political indifference is found to be equal among supporters of the SAD and the Congress.

The farmers, who had hardly freed themselves from harvesting of wheat crop and selling of their produce, had to complete preparations for sowing paddy in their fields.

As peasants in the state practise both early and late sowing of wheat, the farmers remained occupied in harvesting and transporting their produce to grain markets during last month.

Baldev Singh Latala, senior vice-president, Punjab Kisan Sabha, averred that the alleged indifference of leaders of the SAD and the BJP towards genuine demands of the farmers had swayed them to nurture their crops instead of wasting time and energy on canvassing for the candidates.

Harbans Singh of Jandali Khurad village said working in fields was important than attending election meetings.

The majority of the farmers of Ghudani, Ghaloti, Sihar, Jhammatt, Kalarh, Jagera, Pohir, Karamsar, Bhikhi, Zirakh, Akbarpur Chhanna and Jandali villages in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts had put off their leaders for attending a rally organised at Ludhiana.

A large number of the SAD (youth wing) activists, however, showed solidarity with their leaders by joining jathas participating in the rally.



Kids make their mothers feel special
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, May 10
Nothing can match mother's love. A Punjabi poet has aptly said, "Maavan thandiyan chaavan". Mothers shower unconditional love on their kids. On Mother’s Day even kids did not hesitate to show love and affection to their mothers.

Simran Sekhon, a mother, said, "My kids ordered cake and flowers for me. I was really impressed by their concern. Such occasions really bring us close.”

"My little girl made a card for me. It was really sweet of her," said Komal. She added that she had planned to surprise her little daughter with a chocolate cake.

Huge rush was witnessed today at local bakeries. Some had placed orders in advance to avoid the last minute rush while other were seen making orders on the spot.

A chef of a local bakery said, "We had made special preparations for the day."

Apart from cakes and flowers, cards were another way of expressing love to mothers.

Sudhanshu said, "I will never forget this day. Like every year I gave a card to my mom. She has done innumerable things for me and this is a perfect day to show her how much I care for her."

Mother's Day was also celebrated at GMT Public School, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School and BCM School.

Students of KG and senior block of GMT school prepared greeting cards for their mothers. Principal Amarjit Singh Dhaliwal, GMT Public School, said children should respect their parents and Mother’s Day was one such occasion when they could show respect and affection to their mothers.

On the other hand, BVM School organised acting, drawing and poetry writing competition for students. Principal Santosh Mehra, BVM School, encouraged the students for their efforts and participation.

A special Mother's Day recitation competition was organised by BCM School, Dugri.

Jagraon: A fancy dress competition was organised here today by St Mahapragya School to celebrate Mother's Day. Students were dressed like doctor, teacher, beauty queen, dancer, king, fairy, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

Principal of the school Jaandeep Sandhu appreciated the students for participating in the competition.

He advocated the importance of participating in extracurricular activities as these activities helped in harnessing interest and talent among the students.

Director of the school Vishal Jain said the students should obey their parents.

Simran and Sukhman of the nursery section bagged first prize. Arshpreet Kaur and Prabhdeep Singh of LKG and Shobha and Sukhpreet.



35 get artificial limbs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 10
Thirtyfive physically challenged persons were given artificial limbs, calipers and hearing aids free of cost at the 788th artificial limbs distribution camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Punjab, at Viklang Sahayata Kendra in Rishi Nagar today.

State Bank of Patiala AGM BN Datta was the chief guest on the occasion.

"Viklang Sahayata Project" convener Narinder Mittal said the trust had already lent physical and economic assistance to nearly 30,000 physically challenged persons.

The 25th polio surgery camp was also held today at Polio Surgery Hospital. Dr Pawan Dhingra performed 15 polio operations and replaced the plaster cast of 10 patients operated upon last month.

Calipers were provided to the patients operated in March 2009. Pawan Aggarwal, joint secretary of the trust, said till now 431 polio operations had been performed successfully. 



NDA Rally
Police stations wear deserted look
Complainants suffer as cops on VVIP duties
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
City residents had a tough day, as no cop was available to listen to their complaints. The police stations across the city wore a deserted look as the entire city police was pressed into the service for a smooth conduct of an election rally held by the NDA allies to support their party nominee GS Galib here today.

The cops, who ensured security to public, were themselves feeling vulnerable in the absence of adequate staff to man the police stations.

With only a munshi and a constable deployed at the police stations, the place, which ensured security to the residents, certainly looked defenceless. The complainants were seen sitting outside the police station, waiting for the munshi to register the matter.

People endlessly waited for the SHO’s as the munshi’s told them that an FIR would not be registered till the time the SHO returned from the rally.

Darshan Singh, a resident of Dehlon village, said, “We are sitting here for three hours, still the munshi has not called us to listen to our complaint. We have been told that the SHO has gone to the rally and told us to wait outside, lets see how long it takes.”

A constable deployed at one such police station said, “It is not safe to leave the police station today. If some incident takes place in the city, then we are in no position to reach to the spot. As there is no one to man the police station in my absence, I am keeping my fingers crossed.”



A piece of glass in biscuit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Having been lucky enough not to gobble a piece of glass in a “Good Day” biscuit, Shailesh Verma failed to register a complaint with representatives of Britannia yesterday.

Shailesh had bought the pack of biscuits, bearing lot number 63,278 and manufacturing date as April 12 from a tea vendor in Pindi street on Friday.

As he was about to take the second bite, he noticed a piece of glass in the biscuit.

He called up on the toll free number, given at the back of the pack, to make a complaint, but did not get any response.

"All I got was the number of their area representative Krishankant, who asked me to hand over the pack to him so that the company could look into the matter. I refused as I wanted to take the matter to the health authorities,” Verma said.

He also said the company officials sent Pramod, their agency holder, to get the pack of biscuits, to which the complainant refused.

Food inspector Dr Harjot, said, "It is difficult to take action against the company once the seal of the pack is opened, as they deny that the ingredients are from their pack. However, we will bring the matter to the notice of the quality control department of Britannia and warn them.



Cops take out flag march in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 10
The Jagraon police today conducted a flag march in the town. The flag march was conducted to build the confidence of residents regarding law and order and security of voters during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The march started from the DSP office and passed through the congested markets of Jagraon led by DSP Mukhtiar Singh and SHO Navin Pal Singh.

The paramilitary forces and the police from other states assigned to the Jagraon assembly constituency for free and fare polls also participated in the flag march.

DSP Mukhtiar Singh said the flag march was conducted on the instructions of the Election Commission of India at the sub-division level.

A flag march was conducted at Mullanpur Dakha also that was led by DSP Paramjit Singh Goraya and SHO Yogi Raj.

SSP (Ludhiana rural) Gurpreet Singh said they were committed to ensure peaceful elections in a cordial atmosphere.

He said no anti-social elements would be allowed to raise their heads and disrupted the election process.



Manifestoes take the backseat
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 10
Election manifesto seems to have lost its significance among voters of the rural and suburban parts of the Malwa region, who otherwise are set to use their franchise to elect their representative for their respective Lok Sabha constituencies.

Let alone the voter, political leaders, too, are unaware about the content of election manifestoes of their respective parties and details of unfulfilled promises of the party in regime in the Centre.

Observations by The Tribune revealed that election manifestoes - past and present - found no place among the voter or supporters of candidates contesting the election to the Lok Sabha from Sangrur. Return of Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister and Amrinder-Badal feud emerged as major factors to decide the fate of warring candidates.

“When we are not sure that the promises made in election manifestoes of these parties will be kept, why should we waste our energy on analysing them?” said Suman of Nai Mandi.

However, she could not recollect any of the promises made in last manifesto of the party in regime at the Centre.

Dilbagh Rai of Issi village regretted that the manifesto had lost its relevance during the past elections.

Award and punishment theory seems to have become outdated due to lack of truthfulness of policy-makers of successive governments.

“Past experience shows that the successive governments have been trying to appease their vote bank, divided on caste and creed basis. What you call a manifesto has now become a product of craftsmanship of ‘paid’ agencies,” said Issi.

Manifesto was also missing from speeches of leaders, including candidates of the Congress and the SAD.

Ilamdeen, a resident of Malerkotla town, said he could not get any idea about the policies of parties of the candidates contesting election from his constituency.

“Earlier we used to make up our mind about the vote after listening to speeches of various candidates and their supporters.

I attended meetings and rallies convened by almost all candidates but was disappointed to note that they, instead of projecting their programme, indulged in mudslinging,” added Ilamdeen.



Manmohan’s rally today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
In probably the last address to the nation before the concluding phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 13, Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, will address a press conference here tomorrow. The campaigning ends tomorrow evening.

The PM will come to the city after addressing a rally at Khadur Sahib before proceeding back to New Delhi.

Replying to a question on the PM's visit, Manish Tewari, party candidate during a press conference, said: "Dr Manmohan Singh will give befitting replies to different issues raised by the NDA at the “maha” rally today.

The NDA gathering was only an attempt to put a brave face to otherwise scared parties, which are fearful of the election results".



More join Atwal campaign
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 10
SAD-BJP candidate for the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal received a shot in the arm when alliance leaders from Malerkotla subdivision joined his campaign.

SAD leaders from adjoining constituencies also joined his movement.

Party leaders led by Nusrat Akram Khan Bagga, Abdul Gaffar (former ministers) and Nadim Ahmed (working committee member) called upon their supporters to work for the victory of Atwal and not to fall prey to misleading propaganda by supporters of rival candidates.

The leaders asserted that Atwal, if reelected to Parliament, would strive to complete pending development projects in the area.

Usha Rani Sood, president, Municipal Council, Vijay Goyal, president, BJP, Surjit Gogna, president, BYM, Bimal Kumar Sharma, Dilshad Khan, Ravinder Puri, Avtar Jassal, Manjit Kaur, Kedar Kapila (all councillors ), Sanjay Sood. BJP, Ramesh Ghai, former president, BJP, Amar Singh Saraon, president, SAD, and Jagwant Jaggie, former councillor, extended support to Atwal.



Poll results on May 16
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Results of all polling stations in the city will be consolidated at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on May 16. This was stated in an official press note issued here today.

The postal ballots of the entire parliamentary constituency will be compiled at Sukhdev Bhawan, PAU. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Deputy Commissioner-Cum-District Electoral Officer, said the individual counting of Ludhiana (East) would be carried out at the Government College for Boys, near the Rose Garden.

The counting for the Ludhiana (South) and Atamnagar would be carried out at the Government College for Boys. The counting for Ludhiana (Central), Ludhiana (West), Ludhiana (North), Gill, Dakha and Jagraon assembly segments would be carried out at Punjab Agriculture University.



Campaigning hits a new low
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, May 10
The election campaign to the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, which is in its final phase now, has reached the lowest ebb with the candidates of the two major parties- the Congress and Akali Dal making personal attacks on each other.

Congress candidate Manish Tewari stooped down to describe his rival Gurcharan Singh Galib from Akali Dal as “budha” (an old man) and also said Galib had not been making any contribution in the Lok Sabha during his two stints as a member of the Lok Sabha.

Galib on the other hand has described Tewari as an “outsider” who has landed in Ludhiana through a “parachute” and claims that he will disappear after the election.

Galib in his reply to Tewari said: “I am of the age of the Prime Minister and have worked hard throughout.” Lately, both the candidates are giving advertisements in the newspapers making personal attacks on each other. This campaign of vilification against each other by the two candidates has baffled Ludhianvis.

He has also announced a number of plans for the development of the industry. He has announced major concessions for the industries after his victory.

During the regime of the NDA government, major concessions were given to Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Following these concessions, a number of industrialists from Punjab shifted their focus to Himachal and Uttrakhand.

Prakash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, had made all efforts to get the same benefits from the NDA government but failed despite being a partner in the NDA.



Bhattal sees Cong wave in state
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition in the Punjab legislative assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said that the Congress wave had swept the state and the party would win all 13 seats.

Addressing a largely attended public meeting in Pamal village in the Dakha assembly segment, along with former minister Rakesh Pandey and Ram Partap Goyal, she said vote for Manish was vote for Dr Manmohan Singh.

She pointed out the Akalis had no right to claim to be representatives of the Punjabiat. Dr Manmohan Singh represented the Sikh community in the entire world, a press note said.

Meanwhile, Congress candidate Manish Tewari, addressing a series of meetings, had a dig at the sitting MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, who was boasting about having asked “two questions” in five years. “At least Dhillon admitted how inefficient and ineffective he remained in Parliament by asking just two questions in five years”, he remarked.

He regretted that thanks to the inefficiency of the representatives that Ludhiana remained neglected till date. “Otherwise a city like Ludhiana, which is a backbone of the industry and agriculture, should have been placed at the top on growth and development index”, he pointed out.

These public meetings, held in Kocchar Market (Ludhiana West), were organised by councillors Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Mamta Ashu and in Preet Nagar (Atam Nagar) by councillor Gurdep Kaur Kaka.

The Ludhiana Stock Exchange Association also held a meeting in Rajguru Nagar which was organised by KG Shelley and Rajneesh Garg. Prominent among those present on the occasion include former minister Harnam Dass Johar and Malkit Singh Dakha, the note added.



Sant Jagjit to back Galib

Jagraon, May 10
The Lopon sect today announced to support Gurcharan Singh Galib, the SAD-BJP nominee from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat. The announcement was made by Sant Jagjit Singh Lopon at a press conference.

He was accompanied by Harsamunder Singh Gill, Karamjit Singh Soni, Gurcharan Singh Gill, Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Didar Singh and others.

Sant Jagjit is the senior vice-president of the SAD and in the last Assembly election he backed the SAD-BJP coalition. Sant Jagjit advocated for Galib and appealed the voters to vote in his favour.

He said his nomination was forwarded by Sukhbir Singh Badal. He also said the sect was in the service of people from the past more than 45 years and had always advocated for the development. — OC



Orkut community members release poetry book
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
It was in the year 2006 when a community, "Kosse Chanan Satth", was formed on the social networking site Orkut.

And today in 2009, the community has released their collection of poems in the form of a book. The community was formed with a cause to promote Punjabi poetry. One after the other amateur poets started joining the community and its membership has now gone in hundreds.

Youngsters from Australia, UK, US and of course India are its members. It is the commitment to do something for their mother tongue, which binds them all.

They met for the first time on a common platform on the release function of their book "Kosse Chanan". The book is a compilation by 30 young writers and was released by Dr Surjit Patar.

Amrinder, creator of community is a poet himself. "I have started the community and people with similar ideas and thoughts joined me and there are more than 1,500 members in the community.

Recently, the community got hacked and I have to recreate it. Before hacking it had nearly 6,000 members. The number will once again surge," he added.

His four poems have been included in the book.

Interestingly, Manisha from Goa, one of the group members started learning Punjabi after becoming a member of the community. "I write poetry in Hindi and was not so fluent in Punjabi. One of my friends told me about this community.

I became its member, learnt Punjabi and started writing poetry in this language," added Manisha with a smile.

Her three poems have been included in the book.

Most of the poets have touched the sensitive issues like female foeticide, dowry deaths and issue of girl child.

A site promoting Punjabi culture www.punjabizm.com was also launched. 



Finance dept sits on PAU pay scales
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Resentment prevails among teachers of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here over the finance department's failure to grant permission for revision of pay scales of the former to secretary, agriculture, Punjab.

Sore over stepmotherly treatment being meted out to them, the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) have expressed shock that necessary financial advisory with regards to preparation of a cabinet note from the finance department has not been issued in case of the PAU teachers.

Dr Harmit Singh Kingra, vice-president, PAUTA, said their delegation had held a meeting with the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (PFUCTO) at SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh on May 8 on the issue of the revision of pay scales.

In a resolution passed at the meeting, secretary Dr Jagwant Singh, PFUCTO, had requested the Election Commission of India to grant permission for the revision of pay scales of the university and college teachers, as allowed for the state employees.

Secretary Dr KS Sangha, PAUTA, said they were shocked to learn that the necessary financial advisory had been issued to the secretary, higher education, for preparing the cabinet note to be put before the council of ministers but the secretary, agriculture, had not been given any instructions in this regard.

On behalf of the PAUTA, both Kingra and Sangha have urged the finance department to issue necessary concurrence of the financial order to the secretary, agriculture, for preparing the cabinet note to be placed in the forthcoming cabinet meeting. 



PU okays semester system
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The Academic Council of Panjab University, Chandigarh, has given its approval to introduce semester system in postgraduate courses from the next session (2009-10). However, academicians said its success solely depended on the steps that the university took for its proper execution.

They said though it would put less burden on students, the university needed to tackle operational problems in an efficient manner to make it successful.

Tarsem Bahia, convener, Punjab Education Forum, said the major problem students would face, if the semester system was implemented, was of late admissions. Admissions took place in colleges till August. By that time, the students would miss many lectures.

Prof Jaipal Singh, president of the Government College Teachers Association, Punjab, said students might suffer due to the availability of limited faculty.

"Streamlining the process is important if semesters are to be introduced," he added.

However, Sugandha Sharma, a student, said introducing the semester system was a good effort.

It would bring a sense of seriousness among the students as in the annual system students usually studied at the end of the session, she added.



550 examined at medical camps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 10
A medical camp for eye ailments and bone disorders was organised by the Maa Bhagwati Club at Pindi Dayal dharamshala here today. A team of doctors led by Dr Ramesh and Dr JL Bassi conducted the check-up of around 300 patients. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamantary secretary, inaugurated the camp.

Medicines were distributed to the patients free of cost and more than 12 patients in need of corrective eye and bone surgery were identified for operations.

Dr Ramesh cautioned people, especially those afflicted with diabetes, to take care of their eyes and go in for periodic check-up to avoid complications which could lead to loss of eyesight.

In another orthopaedic camp held at Garg Hospital, nearly 250 patients were examined for bone diseases. A bone mineral density scan test was conducted free of cost on 200 persons by Dr Vishal Garg. Fifty per cent were detected with mild or severe osteoporosis.

Dr Garg highlighted the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise for strong bones. He said osteoporosis was one of the major causes for hip and wrist fractures, especially among the elderly people. The condition was the most common cause for multiple joint pains and fatigue.

Patients were given advice on treatment of various bone and joint diseases. Laboratory tests were also conducted on the subsidised cost.



570 volunteer teachers face removal
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 10
Fear of being forcibly being removed from the job looms large on 550 volunteer teachers working in various government-run schools of the Ludhiana district after heads of some of the primary schools relieved a few teachers from the posts.

The district authorities feigned ignorance about the action allegedly taken in violation of the election code.

The Volunteer Teachers Association had called a meeting of its members on May 13 for deciding the next course of action for getting their demands implemented.

Terming the action as inhuman and arbitrary, office-bearers of a few teachers’ unions decided to support any movement launched in their favour.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed a few graduates and postgraduate, posted as volunteer teachers ( sikhya karmis) at the state-run schools of the area under the Sarav Sikhya Scheme had been relieved from services by heads of their respective schools.

According to Jagmit Singh Pandher, an activist of the Democratic Teachers Front, and Jagroop Singh, an office- bearer of the Volunteer Teachers Association, the administration had initiated the move for removing 570 volunteer teachers who had been appointed in place of teachers deputed as the block resource persons in Ludhiana district.

While graduates were paid Rs 3,000 as honorarium and postgraduates were paid Rs 3,500 per month.

The volunteers were shocked when Kuldeep Kaur, head mistress, Government Primary School, Jogimajra, handed over a letter relieving them of their duties on May 8.

Perusal of the relieving orders revealed that the volunteers had been relieved on directions of the block primary education officer, Dehlon.

Jagroop Singh, coordinator, feigning ignorance about the move said he would confirm the issue from the office on Monday. 



Move to check free flow of liquor during poll
Violators to pay Rs 10,000 as fine
Mahesh Sharma

Ghaloti (Ludhiana), May 10
Residents of this village are not just content with campaigning against the use of drugs and liquor during elections, they have decided to impose Rs 10,000 fine on those found selling or supplying liquor in the village. Two persons have already shelled out Rs 5,000 each for violating the ‘dictate’ of the villagers.

Taking cognisance of alleged unauthorised sale of liquor in the village, office-bearers of social, religious and constitutional organisations, led by sarpanch Paritam Singh, announced a fine of Rs 10,000 on those found facilitating the distribution of the liquor.

A group of villagers, led by Bachan Singh, got suspicious when they found a few supporters of Fatehgarh Sahib constituency candidates distributing liquor among youth of the locality.

Office-bearers of the village panchayat, the Naujwan Sabha, gurdwara management committee and the Dera Sahib convened a meeting under the supervision of Paritam Singh.

Finding this trend to be a blot on the villagers, they decided to take a stand against the use of drugs and liquor in the election and announced that anybody supplying these materials to villagers would be fined Rs 10,000.

“What disturbed us the most is that a few persons had dared to sell and supply liquor by entering the village. Not that the use of drugs is unethical during the elections, it’s worse in routine as well,” said Bachan Singh, adding that the dictate would continue after elections as well.

Two persons, who were found selling liquor in the village after the decision, had deposited Rs 5,000 each with the office- bearers.

“The money, thus, collected in the form of a fine will be used for spreading awareness about the ill-affects of drugs and liquor,” claimed Sarabjit Singh, ex-serviceman of the village.

Jit Singh, another villager, said the step was taken to discourage the use drugs and narcotics for luring voters. A few youths had died after consuming illicit liquor during the previous elections. 



Ludhiana Hawks beat Sher-e-Punjab Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 10
Ludhiana Hawks defeated the Sher-e-Punjab Club 2-1 in the annual Ludhiana Hot Weather Six-a Side Hockey Tournament that commenced at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at PAU today.

Rinku of Sher-e-Punjab sounded the board to put his side ahead in the sixth minute. They enjoyed the lead till the 21st minute, when Ramdeep of Ludhiana Hawks struck to level the score one-all.

Ludhiana Hawk's Tejpal Singh found the target, which sealed Sher-e-Punjab’s fate 2-1. The second match was played between King's XI and PAU XI in which the former came out triumphant 6-3.

For the winners, Gurdeep Singh scored four goals, including a hat trick while Tejdeep Singh and Malkiat Singh contributed with one goal each. For PAU XI, all three goals came off Gurmeet Lucky's stick.

Olympian Hardeep Singh inaugurated the league in which four teams are vying for top honours. District Hockey Association Ludhiana general secretary Ajay Pal Singh said matches in this league would be played on Sundays.

Matches to be played on next Sunday are Ludhiana Hawks vs Kings XI at 6. 30 a.m and Sher-e-Punjab Club vs PAU XI at 7.30 a.m.



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