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Comment on Operation Bluestar

DC writes to govt for action against Tehsildar
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Taking a strong note of the message inserted by a Tehsildar in a newspaper commenting on Operation Bluestar, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg today wrote to the state government recommending strong action against him.

Tehsildar J.S. Tiwana and DSP Vigilance Gurcharan Singh's pictures appeared in a vernacular newspaper on Saturday along with the message that Operation Bluestar was a planned attack by the then Indian government.

The action followed in the wake of a newsitem carried in these columns today.

Garg, while talking to The Tribune, said he had written to the state government about the entire episode and recommended action against the Tehsildar.

The DC said whatever has been done is not allowed under the service rules. No government official could comment on the decisions of any government. He said he was waiting for the directions from the government in the case.

On the other hand, SSP Vigilance, Kanwarjit Singh said they had not sought any explanation from DSP Vigilance, whose picture had also appeared in the newspaper.

He said somebody played a mischief with his colleague.

DSP Gurcharan Singh said he had not said a word to any newspaper. He said he did not know from where his picture was taken and with whose permission it was used in the message.

He said he would file a defamation suit against the reporter and newspaper concerned. ‘‘I even sent a clarification to the newspaper the next day, stating that I have nothing to do with message that was printed.

This is the height of everything. I think it was done deliberately to put me in trouble,’’ said the DSP.

The message shown to be inserted from their side stated that they were paying tributes to ‘‘martyrs of Ghallughara’’, besides calling Operation Bluestar as an attack on Golden Temple by the then ‘‘Indian government’’.

The message has created ripples in government offices, as officials claim that no government official could term a security operation as an attack by the government.

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Rain Dance Parties
Clubs wasting precious water, complain residents
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
With the summer in full swing and residents in dire need of water, it’s ironical that clubs in Ludhiana are wasting water by organising rain dance parties.

An example of this was witnessed here yesterday when a rain dance party was held at the Lodhi Club. The party, which went for two hours, might have given pleasure to club members, but in reality it was an illustration of water wastage. Similarly, another rain dance party is also scheduled at the Sutlej Club.

Moreover, even MC officials seem to have been adopting an “ignoring attitude” as they didn’t even bother to go and stop the party which was setting a bad example. Besides, most of the government officials are also member of these clubs.

Interestingly, these parties are not new to the city and such events are organised every year by different clubs. But the Municipal Corporation never ever cracked any whip on these “offenders”, who were literally wasting water.

Talking to The Tribune, a resident Puja said, “When there is no water in our homes for three days at a stretch, I don’t know how these people can think of an idea which causes inconvenience to masses.

My area has witnessed water shortage many times and the visiting MC officials always have an excuse that water level goes down during summers. Then why does not water-level go down for these rich clubs.”

Similarly, working woman Rajni, a resident of Dugri, said, “The rich have been always enjoying water supply and you would never find complaints of short water in areas like Civil Lines. But what about the old city area like Chaura Bazaar, etc. where water is often received in small quantities?

My relatives living there always complain about water and sometimes even come to our house for water works.” If the civic body could not stop these people, who is going to come forward, she questioned.

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Fake Stamp Paper Scam
Accused denied bail
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, June 8
The Additional and Sessions Judge Mohd Gulzar today dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Ravinder Singh, one of the accused in multi-crore fake stamp paper scam.

Pronouncing the order, the Judge observed, ''Custodial interrogation was necessary for recovery of the machinery used in preparing the counterfeit stamp papers. As such, keeping in view the gravity of the offence and economic crime, I do not deem it a fit case for extending the concession of anticipatory bail''.

This court has also dismissed one another bail application moved by Bhupinder Kaur alias Jyoti, who was running the office of documentation in the name of Jodh Documentation Centre, Dugri. She was facing accusation of scribing sale deeds on the fake stamp papers.

The scam came to light when Sub-Registrar (central) Major Gurinder Singh Benipal found that the stamp papers of Rs 45,000 denomination submitted to him by a private party were only a coloured xerox.

The party had submitted papers for sale deed registration and a stamp duty of Rs 49,000 was to be paid. The fake paper was attached with original papers worth Rs 4,000 to pass it on as real. When he investigated, he found it was a coloured photocopy and bore fake stamp of a stamp vendor.

Major Benipal had reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana. Taking congnisance of it, the DC had asked the SSP to register a case and investigate. Then an FIR under Sections 406,420,467,468,471 and 120-B of IPC was registered at Division no 5 police station.

Sensing the seriousness of the nature of crime, which had caused loss of worth crores to the state exchequer, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to look into the fake stamp paper scam. But SIT has failed to arrest even any accused in this case till now.

The SIT was formed on May 18 when The Tribune had in these columns reported about the scam. The police had booked stamp vendor Ravinderpal and nominated Jyoti in the case.

The Sub-Registrar had reported the scam to senior officials 10 days before the election. The officials, waiting for the elections to be over, kept sitting on it. The SIT was constituted after the results were declared. But, it has not been able to do anything substantial in the case.

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4 injured in roof collapse
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A two-year-old girl had her left ankle fractured, while three others sustained minor injuries after the roof of a house collapsed at Saida Mohalla Ghatti Guru Ravidas here today.

The incident took place in the afternoon when the roof of an old house fell over four people.

The injured were identified as Parkash Kaur (65), Meena Rani (35), Harpreet Kaur (2), Sunil Kumar (25).

According to a resident, all four had a miraculous escape. Except the two- year-old girl, no one sustained major injuries.

The injured were rushed to a private hospital. The condition of the injured was stated to be out of danger.

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3 killed in two accidents 
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 8
Three persons lost their lives in two separate accidents last night in Khanna.

Hari Singh of Bamban village in Samrala, along with his relative Gurbachan Singh of the same village, was on his way towards Samrala on a bike. Their bike reportedly got punctured and collided with a truck, which was parked haphazardly near Garhi Tarkhanwali village. Both on the bike died on the spot. The police has booked the truck driver, who was identified as Kulwant Singh. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives after a postmortem.

In another incident, Satpal Singh of Nagara village was walking on the road near MG Complex, Samrala, when a vehicle hit him. He died on the spot. A case in this connection has been registered against the driver of the vehicle. The police is investigating.

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Allotment Scam
Probe panel makes no headway
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 8
A three-member sub-committee of senior officials of the local government set up to conduct inquiry into allotment of plots to housing societies and locally displaced persons (LDPs) by Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here from April 2007 onwards has made no headway till now even as the allotments of plots made during this period remain frozen and all further allotments remain under a blanket ban.

After gross irregularities had surfaced in the allotment of plots by LIT in the course of disposal of a complaint filed before the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, principal-secretary DS Bains, local government (PSLG), had formed the three-member probe panel with the then administrator of the trust, GS Ghuman, additional director Ashok Bajaj, local government, and Joint Commissioner Mahinder Pal Gupta of MC, as its members to look into the matter and specifically to fix the responsibility of officers for the alleged irregularities in the allotment of plots in the colonies developed by LIT.

Although MC Commissioner Ghuman here no longer holds the charge of the administrator of the LIT, he would still head the inquiry committee for having been nominated by name and not by designation. A few days back, the local government department had given additional charge of the LIT to the deputy director of local bodies, who being on leave, was yet to formally assume the charge.

Earlier the inquiry was entrusted Mahinder Pal, who had also submitted a preliminary report to the local government department in April 2009. While no details of the report were made available, it was reliably learnt that the report had, prima facie, pointed towards the questionable role of certain LIT functionaries in the allotment of plots to housing societies and LDPs.

In the wake of the inquiry report, the PSLG was understood to have directed Gupta to probe deeper into the dubious dealings and specifically to identify the officials involved in the entire process of the allotments.

However, after it came to light that the officials and staff suspected to be responsible for the dubious allotments was not cooperating with the inquiry officer and certain record pertain to these allotments was not being made available, the task was reassigned to the committee of the senior officers.

While the probe panel has been dragging its feet for one reason or the other and gross irregularities committed by several officials and other staff members of the sale branch of LIT remain under the wraps, two inquiries conducted earlier by the senior officers of the local government department are clear indicators that the allotment of plots by the trust to housing societies and LDPs were not above board.

At the same time, connivance of the staff and officials of the trust in the process of the allotment of huge number of plots, each with a premium of several lakh of rupees on it was also a forgone conclusion.

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Complete flood protection works: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Vikas Garg, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the drainage and other departments to complete all flood protection works before the coming rainy season.

He was inspecting the Dhussi bandh along the Sutlej in the district. The DC visited a number of vulnerable sites, including Issapur, Dhulewal, Ghumana, Garhi Fazil, Mattewara, Jamalpur, Leily, Kasabad, Khera Bet, Manewal, Huzra, Noorpur Bet and Madhepur.

He directed drainage department officials to ensure vigil on the bandh along the river so that a leak could be checked in time.

Garg said to strengthen vulnerable sites of Dhussi bandh on a priority basis, funds would be released by the Punjab government shortly. He asked all SDMs of the district, the XEN, Drainage, and the District Revenue Officer (DRO) to set up control rooms fitted with telephones at district and subdivisional headquarters and circulate the phone numbers among all officers.

He said a district level control room would be set up in DRO. He also directed officers of the control room to maintain a register in flood control rooms and asked the XEN, Drainage, to set up information and working control rooms in his offices which would have constant contacts with the Bhakra Head Works to collect the information regarding the discharge of water in the river and to further give this information to the officers without any delay.

He asked all SDMs to send him report about rain gauge for measure of rain during rainy seasons and if these rain gauge was not installed, then they would install rain gauge in their subdivisions. He directed the animal husbandry and health departments to keep their relief measures in readiness to meet any eventuality.

He said to keep a strict vigil on all these points, patrolling by revenue officials and a police patrolling party (with wireless sets) would be carried out on a daily basis so that information regarding any danger to the bandh could be given to the officers concerned to take immediate remedial measures.

ADC Kuldeep Singh, Surinder Kumar Kalia SP(D), Manpreet Singh Chhatwal SDM (E), Sukhdev Singh, SDM, Samrala, Mukand Singh Sandhu, SDM, Jagroan, Pinki Devi, DRO, Jasmer Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, Mohinder Singh, DDPO, and Rajinder Singh, XEN, Drainage, were also present.

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State of Health- Part I
Ayurvedic dispensaries short of medicines, staff
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Poor infrastructure, missing medicines, inadequate staff in the rural ayurvedic dispensaries and new dispensaries set up in Primary Health Centres (PHC) and mini PHCs under the department of Ayush is a mockery of the oldest system of medicine.

The ayurvedic dispensaries set up under Ayush have not received any medicine so far thereby defeating the purpose of promoting ayurveda as patients are disillusioned when they have to leave without medicine.

There is no provision of tables and chairs for the staff in these dispensaries as was evident from the “makeshift arrangements” made by the staff at the ayurvedic dispensary at the mini PHC, Laddowal.

So much so that ayurvedic officers posted in Ludhiana district have even failed to get their salaries for the past three months.

On the other hand, a majority of the dispensaries being run under the state government are short of medicines and the ayurvedic officers are writing prescriptions to the patients to get the required medicines from the drug stores.

Even a simple ayurvedic formulae for fungal infections and gynae problems are not available at the dispensaries, not to speak of the combinations for enhancing immunity for which the ayurveda is best known for.

Chavanprash, Muktasukti, Chitraharitke and Kumariasiv are some names, which are available at these dispensaries two decades ago but have not been supplied in any of the dispensaries in the last two decades.

The ayurvedic officer at one of the dispensaries stated that it was because of non-availability of the medicines that the number of patients had drastically gone down.

“I used to attend an OPD of almost 100 patients per day and now 30 is the upper limit as the patients do not prefer to come here for consultation when they don't get the medicines," rued the official.

However, director Rakesh Sharma, ayurveda, Punjab, said the medicines were being provided to all rural dispensaries operational under the state government as per their requirement.

At the same time he agreed to the non-availability of the medicines at the PHCs and mini PHCs adding, “I have personally given six representations to National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the same but they have failed to provide us the funds to purchase the medicines.”

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Foreign element in Fanta bottle
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 8
Some foreign element was reportedly found in a Fanta bottle purchased by a resident of the town from a confectionery store here today.

Jandeep Kaushal, who purchased a 200ml Fanta bottle, was astonished to find the element, which looked like some soft spongy thing.

“Initially I did not notice it, but as my son began to open the lid, I immediately saw the thing and stopped him from opening the bottle,” said Kaushal.

He said this was a serious lapse on part of the manufacturing company, as carelessness on their part could put a customer’s life in danger.

“It is for the government authorities to check and impose some sort of fine or ban on the sale of such drinks,” said another resident.

“These companies have no right to play with the lives of consumers in such a manner. When the use of popular soft drinks has always been marred by controversies, people should better give up using such drinks. It is now on part of the government to keep a serious check on the companies,” said a physician. 

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Smoking at Sutlej Club goes unchecked 
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The Supreme Court regulations regarding no smoking in the public places is going up in smoke at the Sutlej Club. Members are openly flouting the rules and smoking on the club premises.

While some portion of the rummy room in the club has been converted into the smoking zone, nobody pays heed to it and smoking goes unnoticed in the entire club premises. Non-smokers are having a tough time here and are therefore, becoming passive  smokers.

Ajay Singh Bhandari, member of the club, said according to the law, it was necessary to mark a separate smoking zone, but the club management converted half of the rummy room into the smoking zone.

He said according to the notification in the government gazette no service should be provided at the smoking zone, but food and drinks were openly being served in the area marked for the smoking zone in the club.

Another member said the club members were openly smoking on the club premises, be it bar room, billiards room or lawns.

Bhandari has even written to the Human Rights Commission regarding the violation of rules in the club.

Justice RS Mongia, chairman of commission, has even written to Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, president of the club, to stop the unhealthy practice in the club, but no action has been taken so far.

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NGO for distraught people

The work being done by New Hope, an NGO, formed by prominent hotelier and socialite NS Nanda received accolades from newly elected Congress MP from the city Manish Tewari recently. The young Lok Sabha member appreciated the work done by the NGO towards the welfare of the abandoned and lonely elderly persons, or those being ill-treated by their children. Tewari lauded the efforts of the NGO to motivate people towards pledging their bodies after death to a local medical college for education and research purposes, which has been successful in getting 400 human bodies in donation to the institution. Some of the donors have pledged their body organs, including the eyes.

Summer camps their new priority

Time was when kids visited their grandparents’ during summer vacation.Nowadays they prefer attending the summer camps and workshops rather than visiting their grandparents’. The nuclear family system is to be blamed for this change in their behaviour.

Now, kids now prefer living alone rather than mixing up with members of the family. Gone are the days when kids would love to listen to fairy tales from their grandmothers. Today they are seen hooked to their computer sets and video games. Things have changed with the passage of time.

Failed on home front

The other day my mother asked me to make chapattis for dinner and much to my embarrassment I found myself lacking in chapatti-making skills. Well, it led to a long discussion between me and my family members, with the latter making me realise that no matter how professional one is, but when it comes to housekeeping you cannot run away from your responsibilities.

Born and brought up in a joint family, I have been always taught to maintain an equilibrium between my profession and domestic duties as it would help me in the long run.This lesson would surely last on my mind forever.

Water woes

Come the summer season and the city residents have to grapple with water scarcity, thanks to the gross mismanagement of available resources and failure of the MC to take timely steps. With a number of tubewells or submersible pumps being rendered non-functional due to one reason or the other at any given time, people in several parts of the city continue to raise hue and cry over erratic or non-supply of water. As far as clean drinking water is concerned, who cares? Water samples taken on a regular basis from different parts of the city, both from the posh localities and disease-prone areas, fail the test. Water chlorination is not up to the mark and complaints of contaminated water continue to pour in with the MC authorities failing to raise to the occasion.

Tailpiece

A youth of Ludhiana is often seen on the Ferozepore road driving a bike while standing on it. His ‘‘daredevil’’ feat impresses every passersby, but he does not realise that he is posing a risk to his life. What is more awesome is he passes through the traffic easily and nothing seems to disrupt his concentration . This feat is repeated often everyday. Many people get distracted also while seeing him standing on the bike. One wishes he realises it can endanger his life.

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Ghuman, Jyotika Sood and Kanchan Vasdev. 

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4-member panel seeks records of illegal construction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The four-member team formed by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to probe illegal construction of 20 shops in Transport Nagar held its meeting and sought all relevant records for the inquiry.

The team comprising ATP S.S. Bindra, Congress councillor Bharat Bhushan Ashu, BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu and SAD councillor Harbhajan Singh Dang were also made aware about the matter.

Talking to The Tribune, Dang said, “The next meeting is scheduled for the next Tuesday. We have asked the ATP to get all records as the documents presented today were incomplete. The various important documents that were asked included Improvement Trust letters, all actions taken at site, etc.”

Interestingly, these records have already been submitted by ATP Kamaljeet Kaur of zone-B last month to ATP Bindra but the councillors today said the documents were incomplete.

This construction has been in the limelight since its inception as earlier it was demolished by CVO AK Prabhakar and ATP Kamaljeet Kaur had been harassed and her written communications had not been taken seriously neither by the Municipal Commissioner nor by the Mayor.

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Mayor pacifies protesting residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A high drama was witnessed here at Gurdev Nagar today following installation of a tower in a residential area.

According to information, during a protest by residents, the Mayor was rushed to the site and held a meeting with them and the area councillor in ward 56.

The Mayor even called upon MC officials from various departments to address the grievances of the residents, including dumping of building waste, putting up a tower and incomplete roads. Officials from the department said, “The Mayor has asked us to issue notices to four companies, SK, Dass Builders, J&K Company and another, asking these to complete their work on time failing which they will be blacklisted.”

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Special persons given earthen pots
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Activists of the Care of Animals and Protection of Environment (CAPE-India) distributed earthen pots to inmates of the Viklang Sahayta Kendra at Rishi Nagar yesterday so that they could provide water to birds in hot weather.

The activists said many birds and small animals perished due to the non-availability of water during the summer months. Team of CAPE-India, led by Dr Sandeep K Jain, chief coordinator and co-op member, Animal Welfare Board of India, provided the pots.

While sensitising the inmates about the need for providing water to birds, he said by just filling the pots every morning will help many birds to survive.

The inmates agreed to provide water and food to birds on campus and as well as in their houses. Dr Jain said the birds had a very good role in the afforestation process as they helped in carrying seeds of various trees with their droppings.

Dr Neelam Gupta, Kuldeep Moudgil and Dr Roshan Lal Gupta of the Bharat Vikas Parishad were also present on the occasion.

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An evening of glamour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
An evening of glam and glitter marked the fashion show organised by the passing out students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT).

Amid roaring applause, blaring music, scintillating lights and colours, the models walked down the ramp in tastefully tailored garments designed by the passing out designers of SIFT.

Adding to the glamour were the elite and glitterati of the town.

Having anchored more than 100 shows all over India, Pragya Tiwari acted as an anchor between the designers and the audience while choreographer Liza exhibited her finesse through musical narration. The innovative creations of the students kept the onlookers ogling as the designs were “global” in every sense of the word.

Acclaimed models like Saryu, Himani and Ankita, who have participated in many international fashion shows, had all praise for the young designers as they appreciated the works of the students proclaiming that some of the garments were of international standards.

Giving an insight into the research and imagination, the young designers had worked on themes like “Youngistan, Pirates, Estilo, Money, Glitzy, Biker’s Dome Ravvisant Rossane and Yabunauto”. The best being the knitted creations which depicted a fusion of the imagination weaved with practicality.

The knitwear design students were successful in arresting the interest of doyens of hosiery industry thereby opening up avenues for themselves. As the show coincided with the knit and wears exhibition-cum-buyer seller meet, a lot of retailers from far off places attended the show.

The works of the students presented a wide range of moods from word on street to Aafreen, from antiquity for Rajasthan to stripes of the track from Mehfil-e-Sama to Chand ki Bidai from brush strokes to multiple personality.

Winning students were presented awards donated by reputed industrial houses of Ludhiana which included cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.

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Training on energy conservation begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
A short-term training programme on "Energy Conservation and Auditing: The Need of Present Energy Scenario" was inaugurated by KD Chaudhry, member (Distribution) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here today. The one-week training programme is being organised by electrical engineering department of the college.

Chaudhry laid emphasis on the need of electrical energy conservation in the present energy scenario, which is also the prime centre of attention of the PSEB. He wished the trainees a huge success and appreciated the initiative taken by the electrical engineering department of the college and the course coordinators.

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4-yr-old dies after consuming father’s drugs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 8
A four-year-old child died today after he accidentally consumed drugs of his drug-addict father on Friday.

Babaljit Singh (4) of Hathoor village near here accidentally got access to the box of his father, Jagjit Singh, a labourer, which had tablets of Lomotil and similar salts that he was in a habit to consume as drugs.

The child chewed the tablets thinking them to be sweets as the tablets are sugar coated. When the child lost his conscious, his mother took him to a medical practitioner. Later the doctor referred him to a private nursing home at Jagraon.

The hospital instead of informing the incident to the police, released the body with a referral letter.

The doctor, however, refuted the allegation that the child had already died at the time of discharging from the hospital.

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Neha scores 79.4 pc, tops in BCom I

Ludhiana, June 8
The BCom I result was a matter of jubilation for Guru Nanak Girls College. All students passed with excellent results. Neha Kohli clinched the first position with 79.45 per cent marks, while the second and the third positions were bagged by Nidhi and Saru, respectively.

Principal Dr Mahal congratulated students for this achievement.

Students of Devki Devi Jian Memorial College for Women also scored good results in BCom I. Heena Makkar bagged the first position in college with 80.36 per cent marks, while Richa and Shilpa bagged the second and the third positions, respectively. — TNS

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Man poisons son, self to death
Another son battles for life in hospital
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 8
Tarikjot Singh (7), who was poisoned by his debt-ridden father and fighting for life and death at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, died today morning.

Avtar Singh, father of the deceased, had died earlier after consuming poison due to a pressure by Kulwant Singh, a landlord of Sarwarpur village, for returning his money.

Avtar had taken Rs 7,000 from Kulwant as debit but Kulwant increased the amount up to Rs 35,000 and demanded immediate return. This resulted in Avtar consuming poison with his two sons because he had no money to return.

Tarlok Singh (8), brother of Tarikjot, is still recovering at the hospital. The Samrala police has registered a case against the accused.

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Teacher commits suicide 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
Manjit Singh, a former teacher and resident of local Dasmesh Nagar, whose son and his accomplice had allegedly killed his another son about 15 months ago, allegedly ended his life by hanging from a fan hook at his house yesterday.

The police handed over the body of the deceased to his relatives after getting postmortem conducted.

Manjit Singh, who had been apprehending threat from henchmen of alleged killers of his son Jaskaran Singh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to the hook yesterday. Suspected killers of his son had been remanded in judicial custody after being booked. His elder son Sanjit Singh is one of the accused.

Investigations revealed that Manjit Singh was upset over circumstances at his family. While his wife had died a few years ago, his elder son Sanjit, along with his accomplice, had killed the younger son Jaskaran last year.

Alleging that the district authorities had refused to grant him an arms licence for keeping a 12 bore gun, Manjit Singh had apprehended that the accused would get him eliminated by a contract killer.

"As my wife and parents have already died, I live alone in my house. My elder son and his accomplice, who earlier killed my younger son, can also kill me to grab my property," Manjit Singh had apprehended a few months ago.

Sanjit Singh, elder son of Manjit Singh, Pardeep Singh, a local resident, and Harvinder Kaur of Chandigarh, were booked for allegedly murdering Jaskaran Singh (Sanjit's brother) and destroying his body on March 11.

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Doctor misleading people on AIDS cure
NGO demands action for Act violation
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
In a blatant violation of the Drugs and Magical Remedies Act 1954 (objectionable advertisements) a city doctor is misleading people through his claims of providing cure of HIV/AIDS.

Ironically, repeated advertisements given by Dr Praveen Bansal, a doctor near Cheema Chowk pertaining to definite cure of HIV/AIDS have gone unnoticed by the department of health and family welfare as no action has been initiated by the department so far.

The advertisement reads that AIDS is no more an incurable disease as the special medicine prepared after years of research can reverse the symptoms of people suffering from HIV/AIDS. "The medicine not only improves the immune system but also kills the deadly virus and the CD4 level increases enormously," further reads the advertisement.

The doctor is also trying to attract more people through a special note wherein he is promising to give a month's free medicine after paying for a week's medicine.

Till date no medicine in allopathy, homoeopathy, ayurveda or any other alternative system of medicine has been made which can cure HIV/AIDS. On the other hand, no statements have ever been given on cure of the disease by the World Health Organisation, state or Centre.

In absence of any action on the part of the administration, the Punjab Networking of Positive People Society (PNPPS), a city-based NGO working for HIV/AIDS patients, along with the Health and Education Society, the Taraksheel Society, the Universal Human Rights Organisation and various other social organisations today submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.

The organisations called upon the DC to take stringent action against the individual and the others like him who is trying to mint money at the cost of the people suffering from the dreaded disease.

Jagjit Singh Mann, PNPPS president, said Dr Praveen Jain was subjecting the people suffering from HIV/AIDS to mental and financial exploitation through these misleading advertisements. "It is a gross violation of the Drugs and Magical Remedies Act 1954 and the administration should act promptly to safeguard the interests of the people suffering from the disease."

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Double delight for Pranav
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 8
Local shuttler Pranav Chopra continues to make waves and adds one after another feather in his cap. Trainee of Ludhiana Badminton Acadmey (LBA), Pranav has won double crown in Krishna Khaitan Junior National Ranking Selection Tournament that concluded at Chennai today.

According to a communique received by LBA secretary Anupam Kumar here today, Pranav and Sai Praneeth from Andhra justified their top seed in the junior doubles category when they defeated Sumeet Reddy (AP) and HS Pranoy (Kerala) in straight sets 21-15 and 21-16.

Later, in the mixed doubles category, Pranav teaming up with Prajakta Sawant from Maharashtra gave a stupendous performance as the pair stunned top seeds Nand Gopal from Andhra Pradesh and Megha from Kerala by 21-11 and 21-12.

Pranav has been representing India for the last six years in the junior as well as sub-junior sections in the international-level tournaments and came out triumphant.

Recently, Pranav represented India in the Dutch Open Junior Championship and German Yonex Open Junior Championship, which was played in Harlem and Berlin early this year.

Pranav is sponsored by Air India and has been selected in the elite group of players for the 2010 Common Wealth Games scheduled to be held in New Delhi.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) has been spending handsome money on young players like Pranav and it has yielded great results.

The BAI had also provided Pranav an advance training for more than two months at Jakarta (Indonesia).

The LBA has congratulated Pranav for bringing fame to the city and state continuously.

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Ludhiana take on Bathinda today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 8
Ludhiana will take on Bathinda in the second match in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association to be played on June 9 and 10 here on the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground.

In the opening match of this tournament, played at Amritsar on June 6 and 7, Ludhiana suffered defeat against Amritsar. Ludhiana made 242 runs in the first innings while the hosts went on to score 361 runs and thus emerged winners by virtue of first innings lead of 119 runs.

Whereas, Bathinda too lost their inaugural match against Patiala. Patiala scored an outright victory over Bathinda in the match played at Patiala on June 6 and 7.

The match will begin tomorrow at 7 a.m.

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