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Broken roads cry to be relaid
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The promise made before the elections to relay bad roads in the Shimlapuri and New Shimlapuri areas lies unfulfilled. These roads, broken in April, have become troublesome for motorists and the area residents.

Talking to The Tribune, Gurwant Singh, a resident of the area, said, “The debris of the concrete road has been left in the middle of roads, which has become a nightmare for us. What to talk about vehicular movement, walking the roads has become impossible for us.These have also caused injuries to many commuters.”

“It has become quite impossible for us to use these roads, but we have no other option.It is almost one and a half months since these were broken to be relaid afresh, but none of Municipal Corporation officials ever visited the site,” said another resident.

Narrating the similar story, Shilpi said, “Work on the roads was started despite the code of conduct in force, but later it was abandoned for reasons best known to the authorities. Although Municipal Commissioner G.S. Ghuman has been apprised of the situation, no official has bothered to visit the site.”


3 city students make mark in AIEEE
Tribune News Service

Paresh Verma, who got the 20th rank in the state in AIEE-2009, celebrates with his family in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Paresh Verma, who got the 20th rank in the state in AIEE-2009, celebrates with his family in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photographAttack on Indians

Ludhiana, May 30
City students are proving their mettle in competitive exams. Hard work, dedication, proper coaching and self-study have helped students to do well and score high positions at the state and the national level in various exams.

Three students of DAV Public School have scored high rank in AIEEE-2009. Paresh Verma has scored 20th rank in the state and 713 at the national level. Anoop Grover and Amanjot bagged 131 and 148th rank, respectively, at the state level.

Talking to The Tribune, Paresh Verma said he was not very happy. He expected more. He had a regular coaching of physics, chemistry and maths and used to study for about three hours a day. He owes his success to principal of his school, who motivated him, teachers and his mother.

His mother says that he wants to be a computer engineer and was ready to go wherever he got the seat. His achievement is the outcome of his hard work and intelligence.

Harsimran Singh Saini of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, has bagged 49th rank at the state level and 1555th at the national level.

Amanjot Kaur, who got 148th rank at the state level, said she had taken up individual tuitions for physics, chemistry and maths. She used to devote five to six hours to her studies. She owes her success to her parents and teachers. She would like to go in for electronics and afterwards for IAS.



Attack on Indians
Leave Australia, parents to wards
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Following reports of racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, numerous city residents, whose wards are studying in that country, have asked their children to pack their bags and return home.

The attacks, which have sent shockwaves across the globe, have created panic among the students, forcing them to make phone calls and shoot off anxious e-mails to their families back in India.

Residents of Model Gram, Ludhiana, Balwinder Kaur and Jaskaran Singh, whose daughter-in-law is doing hotel management in Melbourne said, "The news of attacks on Indian students in Australia has terrified us. Even though the government has given assurances about the security of the Indians residing in foreign countries, we are very apprehensive."

They have asked their daughter-in-law to come back to India in case the problem aggravates.

SP Katyal, a city-based businessman, whose only son is pursuing MBA in Sydney, is in constant touch with his son, advising and directing him about his security over the cellphone.

"I have asked my son to always move about in large groups and not to venture out in late hours. Though I am worried, I have full faith in that country's police," Katyal said.

Hardeep Singh Chhabra, resident of Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, whose brother and sister-in-law are also in Melbourne, said, "My sister-in-law is studying in Melbourne and following news on television regarding attacks on Indians in Australia, there was panic in the family. But she has been calling us regularly to inform us about her well being which has lessened our tension."

Chhabra added that he had faith in the Indian Government and its assurances to the Indians settled abroad regarding their security. A 25-year old Rajesh Kumar, was attacked in Sydney when a petrol bomb was hurled at him in his home leaving him with 30 per cent burns.

This was yet another incident of racial attack against Indian students in Australia. Shravan Kumar (25), a student from Andhra Pradesh, was stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens. Shravan was fighting for life in a hospital. Three of his friends were also injured in the attack. Another student Baljinder Singh was attacked in the same manner.



World No Tobacco Day Today
Docs for pictorial warning on products
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 29
Concerned over the widespread use of tobacco products in the region, the city doctors have emphasised implementation of the law that requires picture-based warnings on tobacco products.

The Punjab Civil Medical Services’ Association (PCMSA) has given a call to the members of medical profession and also the people to participate in the WHO campaign of “Tobacco Health Warnings” as the theme for the 20th World No Tobacco Day.

State president of the association Dr Hardeep Singh said tobacco was the leading preventable cause of death. “More than 1.2 million people die every year in South-East Asia region due to tobacco use. The widespread use of tobacco products in the region has resulted from unrestricted use of marketing tools by the tobacco industry, the addictive nature of nicotine and lack of knowledge about the harmful effects of tobacco products among its users and non-users in the form of passive smoking.”

He said lack of implementation of laws to paste effective and well communicative warnings on the packing has exposed the population to the hazards of tobacco.

General secretary of the district unit of the PCMSA Dr Balwinder Kumar said the text and proposed pictorial health warnings would come handy to communicate the health risks of tobacco use, provoke more thought about the health risks of tobacco use and have a greater emotional response while at the same time generate increased motivation and intention to quit.

“The pictorial warnings will be particularly effective in communicating adverse health effects to comparative low literate populations, children and young people. Tobacco health warnings appear on packs of cigarettes and are among the strongest defences against the global epidemic of tobacco. The WHO particularly approves of warnings that contain both pictures and words because they are the most effective at convincing people to quit,” he added.

He said the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in its Article 11, mandates that countries should enact effective measures to ensure appropriate health warnings on tobacco products packages. It also says that these health warnings should be rotating, large, clear, visible, legible and include pictures or pictograms and occupy at least 50 per cent or more and no less than 30 percent of the principal display areas.

The PCMSA functionaries called for placing picture warnings on all tobacco products, which is an appropriate and highly cost-effective way to warn consumers about the risks of tobacco and to reduce tobacco consumption. They called all the social organisations to campaign for implementation of laws that ensure picture-based warnings on tobacco products.

All organisations working for social cause should act as a watchdog to monitor packaging strategies of the tobacco industry and compliance with the statutory warnings.



Institutes defy orders on sale of cigarettes
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 30
Despite the ban on cigarettes and other tobacco products under the Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act, 2003, only a few educational institutes in the area have followed the orders of the district administration, as most of them seem to have paid no heed to it.

Some of the institutes have not even bothered to display warning notices against the sale of these products.

The Deputy Commissioners of respective districts had directed the heads of the institutes falling under their jurisdiction to ensure that cigarettes and other tobacco products were not being sold within the area of 100m of the college premises.

Though the commissioner had directed the institutes to display notices regarding the prohibition on the sale of these products on notice boards, no such notices were seen displayed.

Going by the Act, it is mandatory that an owner or manager or any person in charge of the affairs of educational institutions should display and exhibit a board outside the premises, stating that the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100 yards of the institute is prohibited.

A visit to the area revealed that there was at least one shop outside every institute where cigarettes or other tobacco products were being sold openly to teenagers.

Besides, defying the civil rules, these organisations had also ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organisation, which urged the people to take effective measures to protect themselves from harmful diseases caused by smoking.

Inquiries revealed that most of the shopkeepers were not aware of the provisions of the Act.

They considered a fine of Rs 200 to be a minor punishment. It was reported that teachers of some institutes usually asked their students to bring cigarettes for them from nearby shops thus violating the rules themselves. Sources disclosed that none of the institutes had confirmed having complied with the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner issued five years ago.



Triple murder case cracked; 2 held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 30
The Jagraon police claims to have solved the triple murder case with the arrest of two persons.

The accused have been identified as Suhava Singh (22), son of nambardar Karnail Singh - who was murdered along with his wife and daughter - and his friend Karamjit Singh alias Karma (15), a resident of Lakha village.

DSP Mukhtiar Singh said the police had registered a case against the accused on the statement of Gurcharan Singh of Bujgar village. In his statement to the police, Gurcharan said that he saw Suhava Singh shot his father Karnail Singh and his stepmother Balwinder Kaur with a .12-bore gun.

Gurcharan Singh further alleged that Suhava Singh then took a kirpan from Karamjit Singh and stabbed his father, stepmother and his sister, Amritpal Kaur (17), killing them on the spot. He said on seeing him, Suhava also tried to attack him.

He alleged that after committing the crime, the accused dumped the bodies near the link road at Roomi village. The police has registered a case against the accused under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act.

The DSP said that during patrol near a bridge at Dangian village, the police party intercepted a white Maruti car (PB-22-B-2261), coming from Rasulpur village, and arrested Suhava Singh and Karnail Singh. Both of the accused have confessed to the crime, said the police.

The accused had offered some drink laced with sedatives to the victims before killing them, the police added.

The accused were produced before a local court, which remanded Suhava Singh to police custody till June 4, while Karamjit Singh was sent to Juvenile Home, Ludhiana.



Curfew relaxation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Curfew has been relaxed in five police divisions following orders of the District Magistrate.

According to the orders passed today, the curfew would be lifted in police divisions 4, 6, 7, Basti Jodhewal and Salem Tabri from 6 am to 8 pm.



Prison Act to be replaced: Gabria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Punjab jails minister Hira Singh Gabria today announced that the state government would soon replace the existing Prison Act 1894 with the new Punjab Prison and Correctional Service Act. This was stated during his visit to the Bostral Jail here today.

The minister was here for the inauguration of a water cooler and distribution of clothes to jail inmates.

Gabria said the bill had been passed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and had been sent to the President of India for the approval.

"As we get reply from President's office, we will start acting upon it," said Gabria.

He said the new Act would help to reform and rehabilitate prisoners languishing in various jails of the state.

Besides, it would ensure that after completing their sentences, the prisoners were able to become better citizens.

The present Act was prepared 114 years ago during the British Raj in accordance with the conditions prevailing at that time, whereas the new Act had been framed keeping in view the present circumstances.

Gabria said, "Punjab government's promise of constructing five new modern jails at Kapurthala, Faridkot, Nabha, Mansa and Ropar will also be completed in one year," adding that construction work on jail in Ropar had already been completed.

He said the modern jails would have a capacity of 2,500 inmates, along with facilities like a 50-bed hospital, administrative block, training centre-cum-canteen, library block, central watch tower and workshops.

Apart from it, new jails would also have educational facilities, firefighting system, solar water heater system, rainwater harvesting and a large green central court with every ward.

The coming up of these jails would raise Punjab jails' latest capacity to 12,000 convicts, he added.

The minister said even video-conferencing facility would be started in three jails at Ludhiana, Barnala and Sangrur within a year.

He also inspected meals and various types of training being offered to the prisoners.



Foul-smelling water causes problems in street
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 30
The street adjoining Mangat Dental Clinic here is difficult to pass due to the accumulated foul-smelling water.

The water has made residents of nearby areas susceptible to various water-borne diseases.

The municipal council too seems to be least concerned despite the repeated pleas and reminders of residents. The residents, who have submitted a memorandum to the committee several times, complain that the employees of the sanitation department are not bothered about the matter.

They grumble that the stagnant water is a real nuisance to all. It has proved to be a congenial breeding ground for mosquitoes. They also fear epidemic outbreak in this area.

“The chances of sewer water mixing with drinking water pipes is also not a distant possibility," a resident said.

“No authority has ever come to our rescue for the past more than three years, nor have we any hope in the near future," another resident said.

A resident said he had informed of this problem to the committee several times but to no avail. He said the sewer water was not only foul smelling but also loathsome. “Also, as the nullah, into which the water is drained, is seldom cleaned. The water gathers in no time and remains as it is till the outer passage is cleared," he further said.



75 participate in NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 30
A seven-day NSS camp for girls was inaugurated by principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

Programme officer Prof Amarjeet Kaur informed that a total of 75 volunteers are participating in the camp.

The inaugural day of the camp witnessed the students in the best of their spirits.

The principal asked the volunteers to be fully aware of the pros and cons of whatever is happening around them and to contribute to their best towards eradication of ignorance and false beliefs.

Programme officer Prof Harwinder Kaur elaborated upon aims and objectives of the NSS and motivated the volunteers to recognise the dignity of labour.

“We have also planned a rally in order to make residents, particularly those of the slum area, aware of effects of anti-social and communal activities especially on general health of the nation. Essay-writing and paper-reading contests would also be organised during the course of the camp,” she said.



10 pledge bodies to DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 30
Inspired by the motivation of the New Hope, an NGO, 10 more residents of the city have pledged to donate their bodies after death for medical research to Dayanand Medical College here.

NS Nanda, president of the NGO, said the number of body donors had gone up to 391 and it would cross the figure of 400 soon, as more and more persons were coming forward to donate their bodies after death for this noble cause.

Apart from this, many others had expressed the desire to donate their body organs like eyes and kidneys, which could be transplanted to the deserving and needy patients. Nanda further said, “Donating body or body organs after death is a noble cause. It costs nothing but has a priceless value.”

Among those pledging to donate their bodies were Rajinder Kumar Shukla, his wife Surinder Shukla, Chandu Verma, his wife Usha Verma, Raj Rani, Jawahar Lal, Saroj Rani, Kamla Devi, Krishna Wanti and Shanti Devi.



6 booked for attempt to burn woman
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 30
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked six persons in connection with an attempt to burn a woman. The police has booked Pappu, his wife Khushalia, his daughter Karamjit Kaur, his sons Rajwinder Singh and Surjit Singh of Bhundri village on the complaint of Rano Bai of the same village.

The complainant had accused that all the accused were her close relatives and had assaulted her on Wednesday morning over an old dispute and had tried to burn her alive. She, in her complaint, stated that the accused had burnt all the straw collected by her. She was claiming compensation for that, but the accused, instead of compensating her, attacked her with a motive to kill her.

The complainant was admitted in the Sidhwan Bet civil hospital in a critical condition. The police booked the accused under Sections 323, 341, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Constable attacked by motorists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
A police party deputed at a check post near Setluj Toll Plaza was attacked by four motorists, in which a constable sustained a serious head injury.

The incident took place on Thursday evening, when the Ladhowal police was checking the vehicles heading towards Phillaur, in the wake of curfew.

According to Ladhowal SHO Raj Kumar, four motorists were stopped by the police party and were asked to show the document of the vehicle.

Instead of showing the documents, the youths, who were in possession of a slugger “baseball bat” started arguing with the police.

Constable Balbir Chand asked the youths to hand over the keys of the vehicles, to which the youth retaliated strongly and attacked him with a slugger.

The constable sustained injuries on his head and was rushed to a hospital.

The accused, Vijay Kumar, Karnail Singh, Jarnail Singh and Ashok Kumar, all residents of Bounker village, fled from the spot after beating up the constable.

In the meantime, the police has booked the motorists in an attempt to murder case.



Cop kidnapped, thrashed by bus operator
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 30
A Sub Inspector (SI) of the Punjab Police has complained of his forcefully kidnapping by a bus operator and thrashing him.

The SI, Harchand Singh, presently posted at MT branch here, has complained at bus stand police picket that the owner and driver of Bharatpur mini bus had abducted him and had beaten him severely.

He said Rama, the owner of the bus, along with the bus driver and three other unidentified persons, forcibly picked him from the bus stand and started beating him in the bus using sticks and wooden rulers.

Later on, they bundled him off near Nanaksar gurdwara. He, somehow, returned back and complained the matter to bus stand police picket. Till the filing of the report, no case was registered.

On asking why it happened at all, he expressed ignorance and said he still could not recount why they did this with him.



Scribe attacked, accused held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 30
An electronic media scribe, Pardeep Jain, was allegedly attacked by Harpreet Singh, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana, today.

According to reports, the accused, in an inebriated condition, smashed Jain’s video camera and assaulted him.

The accused was a friend of industrialist Shamsher Singh, who committed suicide by jumping before a train yesterday.

When the accused was bought to the Jagraon Civil Hospital for medical examination, he allegedly attacked another group of scribes, who had reached there to get the firsthand information of the incident.

The police has arrested the accused and a case under Sections 323, 291, 427, 294 and 510 of the IPC has been registered against him.



Rejection in Love
Youth commits suicide, beloved booked
Our Correspondent

Raikot, May 30
Amritpal Singh, a resident of Kokri Kalan village, committed suicide by consuming poison because of rejection in love today.

Amar Singh, father of the deceased, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Amritpal was in love with Rajwinder Kaur of Galib Kalan village. Four months ago they had eloped in order to get marry but had returned back about a month ago. Surjit Singh, father of Rajwinder, had lodged a complaint with the police that Amritpal had abducted his daughter.

Meanwhile, Rajwinder under the pressure of her parents also refused to marry him and instead lodged a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, that Amritpal had abducted and raped her for three months. The police has booked Rajwinder and her father, Surjit Singh, under Section 309 of the IPC.



Ludhiana, Amritsar set for title clash
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 30
Hosts Ludhiana and Amritsar recorded victories in their respective encounters to secure berths in the title clash match in the boys’ section of the 14th Junior Punjab State Softball Championship, being held at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

In the semi finals, Ludhiana overpowered Jalandhar, while Amritsar outwitted Moga to book their place in final.

In the first semi final, Ludhiana lads survived a scare before romping home victors 3-0 against Jalandhar. Shamsher Singh and Shiv scored two and one points, respectively, to anchor their side to come out triumphant.

The second semi-final was played between Amritsar and Moga, in which the former emerged winners 9-1.

For the winners, Simranjeet Singh, Rahul and Bali accounted for two points each, while Harpinder Singh was the lone scorer for Moga.

In the quarterfinals, Ludhiana boys blanked Patiala, 8-0; Moga drubbed Gurdaspur, 13-2; Jalandhar prevailed over Bhatinda, 4-1 and Amritsar defeated Sangrur 5-0.

Matches in the girls' section will be played tomorrow.



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