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MC, district admin at loggerheads 
Mayor against DC‘s move to allot the premise to sub-registrar’s office
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Shifting of the sub-registrar’s office (West) from the Ferozepur Road to the Zone-D office of the municipal corporation has brought the district administration and the civic body at loggerheads.

Senior municipal corporation functionaries on the condition of anonymity said, “Deputy commissioner Vikas Garg neither approached the municipal commissioner even once for shifting the office nor sought any approval from the civic body’s chief. In fact, the deputy commissioner didn’t even bother to call up Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman once to ask whether the municipal corporation’s premises could be lent out to them for doing official work.” They added that the commissioner came to know about shifting of premises yesterday only when the work was going on.

Senior officials of the corporation said, “It’s an encroachment. The deputy commissioner did met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura in the last week of May to ask him for shifting the offices, but the latter had strictly refused to the former.

Besides this, on June 1 the mayor has also written a letter (copy of which is with The Tribune) to the deputy commissioner that the premises should not be allotted for the sub-registrar office.” Apart from it the letter also stated that the department should also vacate the district food and supply office, as the corporation required it.

The deputy commissioner when contacted said the office had been shifted and it would continue to function from here.

The premise where the sub-registrar office has been shifted was given by the municipal corporation, Ludhiana, to the district administration for the Sukhman Centre where power and telephone bills could be paid. However, the scheme failed and till date the place had not been vacated by the district administration despite repeated requests by the corporation.

According to information, the set up came during the previous Congress regime in November 2004 with an aim to bring together all departments under a single roof based-on principle of multi-service single-window system.

The unit of the centre is centrally air-conditioned and equipped with computers for quick and easy clearance of the bills.

Last year, while Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Priyank Bharti was posted in Ludhiana, he had stated that the district administration would soon vacate the centre during a news item published in The Tribune.

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Cleaning of Ganda Nallah begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Following MLAs Harish Rai Dhanda and Satpal Gosain’s directive, the municipal corporation officials today initiated work of cleaning the Ganda Nallah.

Talking to The Tribune, project in charge XEN Kamlesh Bansal said: “Three JCB machines, 12 tippers, along with 25 workers, were employed today to start work on the stretch between Dukh Nivaran Gurdwara and Isa Nagri bridge. Around 800 mts of stretch has been cleaned today and the manpower was taken from the municipal corporation’s health department.” He added that the work force would be increased to 50 tomorrow, as nothing would be outsourced.

Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman today wrote a letter to the deputy commissioner to impose Section 144 of the CrPC near the Ganda Nallah so that residents could not go near it and throw the waste. Apart from it, the commissioner is stated to have directed officials to be careful about the work, as he would himself be inspecting the project.

The 3.5 km Ganda Nallah extends from Dukh Nivaran Gurdwara to Gaushala disposal plant after which it meets the Budda Nullah. The nullah has sewerage disposal plant along with a few cottage industrial disposal units, too.

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Bidders fail to turn up for auction again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
For the second consecutive time in a row, the municipal corporation has failed to find any bidders during the auction of 1.13 acre on the Ferozepur Road with market price of above Rs 100 crore.

Though the corporation had tried its best to sell this property by reducing the earnest money from Rs 63.4 lakh to Rs 1 lakh, the entire exercise proved to be futile as all senior officials kept waiting for the bidders for about an hour in the tents erected for the auction.

Senior municipal officials said, “It may be due to upcoming Budget that we didn’t found any bidders. Once the Congress government presents its Budget, we will surely find advertisers because industrialists and advertisers are waiting for the new policies.”

The civic body had given various provisions this time to lure buyers. These included provision of allowing the buyer to develop or sell the property as whole or in parts. Besides the minimum price for the land was also reduced from 63.40 crore to 54.69 crore.

Apart from it the corporation had also allowed buyers to pay the total amount in installments. The buyers were allowed to pay 10 per cent of the total bid amount at the fall of hammer. After which 15 per cent shall be deposited in 30 days, whereas 75 per cent of the balance could be paid in five equated half yearly installments with interest of 12 per cent per annum.

Although the officials claimed that they had various enquiries from the big groups, including the MBD and a Dubai-based firm, however, the corporation didn’t found any person for auction.

Earlier, the auction was scheduled for March 25. The civic body had failed to find any buyers even than . The site is important as it would provide revenue to continue with developmental works.

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Deputy Commissioner talks tough
Wants officials to speed up welfare schemes; stick to deadline
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg today cautioned officials of all government departments to work fairly and stick to the deadlines of all developmental works and implement all welfare schemes fast so that the benefits could trickle down to the masses.

He said this while addressing a meeting of the development, roads, animal husbandry, agriculture and health committees in the district.

He warned officials against compromising with the quality of development projects. It was the responsibility of the officials to ensure that the public money is not wasted and people get maximum benefit out of the developmental works. He even directed the SDMs to conduct surprise checks on development projects underway.

Addressing the meeting of District Roads Committee, he directed all XENs to complete the repair works on the link roads by July 15. He also reviewed the progress of upgradation of the Ludhiana- Malerkotla- Sangrur road.

The XEN concerned said the upgradation work of 71-km Ludhiana-Malerkotla- Sangrur four-lane road was in progress at the cost Rs 226 crores and would be completed by August 2010. About pre-construction activities, he said 94 per cent land acquisition, 99 per cent forest clearance, 75 per cent shifting of electric lines and 44 per cent physical progress had been completed.

The Deputy Commissioner said this project would on completion provide better transport facilities. He directed the department concerned to expedite the work on this road. He also directed the officials of Punjab State Electricity Board to immediately remove electric lines from this road. He also asked Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Davinder Singh to contact PSEB officials for removal of electric lines.

In another meeting of the Agriculture Production Committee, Garg reviewed the progress of sowing of paddy and different schemes of the department. Yadvinder Singh Chinna, Chief Agriculture Officer, informed that in current paddy season the crop would be sown in about 2.54 lakh hectare in the district and a yield of 1.68 lakh MT was expected.

The deputy commissioner asked the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, to ensure that animals are immunized against the seasonal diseases in the villages. Dr Joginder Singh, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, informed that hemorrhagic septicemia vaccine was being done on a war footing and it would be completed positively by June 30. About 5 lakh animals would be vaccinated before during the monsoon.

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Quackery at Giaspura hospital
Civil surgeon expresses ignorance
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The recent incident of an alleged quackery at SAS Qadri Hospital in Giaspura wherein a woman had died following the “unsuccessful attempt” of childbirth through caesarian has taken a new twist with residents alleging that police and health authorities were siding with the owners of the hospital.

Civil surgeon Dr SP Sharma while expressing ignorance on the issue added that he also got to know about the case from the newspapers. “I have not received any complaint from the deceased’s family, area residents or the police authorities, thus it is not the prerogative of the health department to initiate an inquiry into the case,” he added.

Daljit Singh, a resident of the area, while talking to the reporter on phone stated that a PCMS doctor from the Sangrur district was also involved had not been mentioned in the investigations anywhere. “Neither the police nor the health department has held the owners of the hospital responsible the case. The quacks in this case have been used to shield the real culprits,” he alleged.

However, Shimlapuri SHO said the hospital owners were innocent as had been established in the detailed inquiry report. Mohammad Azgar and his accomplice took the initiative on their own to go ahead with the caesarian without informing anybody.

The investigating officer failed to mention the “link” between the hospital owners and the quacks and their presence on the hospital premises. When asked about the reason for not bringing the case into the civil surgeon’s notice, the SHO said their boss (SSP, Ludhiana) himself is a qualified doctor who knows the best.

A senior member of the medical fraternity held the educated doctors responsible for the quackery “terming” them as the perpetuators and mentors of the quacks.

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Railways
Tewari lists pending projects to Mamata
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Local MP Manish Tewari met with railway minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum listing various pending and sanctioned railway projects for Ludhiana, a press note said here today.

The MP also sought the resumption of special Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabdi Express, which was started last year and ran for around four months.

Pawan Dewan, a senior local party aide of the MP, also accompanied him to the minister.

According to a press release issued here today, the Railway Minister assured Tewari that the projects would be taken up at the earliest and completed in a time bound manner. She also assured that she would personally ensure that the Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi was resumed at the earliest.

Among the main projects, Tewari listed the Lakkar Bridge, which is an important link between the old and new city and has been pending completion for a long time.

He said the project report on Dana Mandi Gill Road, railway overbridge on Dhuri railway line had already been submitted to the ministry but there had not been any response so far.

He appealed to the minister to sanction the same in this year’s budget.

Tewari added that the canal-Dhuri line railway overbridge was crucial for the smooth flow of traffic.

With frequent movement of the trains on this line, traffic remained suspended quite frequently for long durations. The overbridge was needed on urgent basis. Also, canal-Ferozepur line railway overbridge, the proposal for which has been pending with the railways for a long time, was also sought to be sanctioned at the earliest, he said.

Besides, three important railway overbridges were needed to be built in the heart of the city without which the bottlenecks could not be removed, he pointed out. These include one each on Convent School Pakhowal Road, Shastri Nagar-railway under-bridge and Giaspura-railway overbridge.

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Encroachment
Spat between MC staff, shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Officials of the tehbazaari wing who had gone to remove encroachments in Chaura Bazaar quarreled with shopkeepers of the area with the latter alleging that the former misbehaved with them.

The matter took a serious turn when both municipal officials and the shopkeepers went to the police station to lodge a complaint against each other. But, they were made to reach a compromise. The drama went for around 45 minutes and DSP Amandeep Kaur of the corporation was also called upon.

One of the officials said, “While we were removing the material placed outside the shop, one of the shopkeepers alleged that our employee Ranjit Singh had spitted over him. This led to a verbal abuse. Things worsened and the police had to intervene.”

The officials added that they had easily removed encroachments from Books Market, Pratap Bazaar and Old Subzi Mandi.

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Power Theft
Rs 2.5-lakh penalty on tehsil complex
Two deed writers also fined
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
As part of an ongoing drive to curb power theft, officials of the enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), led by director of enforcement SS Kohli, conducted raids on tehsil complex and premises of several deed writers at Mandi Ahmedgarh town yesterday and found tehsil office (sub-divisional administrative headquarters) and two deed writers stealing power through kundi connections.

According to Kohli, a penalty of Rs 2.5 lakh had been slapped on the tehsil office, while the erring deed writers were penalised Rs 50,000 each for resorting to unmetered power supply. Some other deed writers were also found drawing power through kundi connections but on seeing the raiding team, they closed their shutters and escaped.

The power supply to all such booths was disconnected and operational wing of the city sub-division under the Ahmedgarh distribution division had been asked to calculate the penalty and issue demand notices to erring deed writers. The general bus stand in Ahmedgarh town and some shops selling different articles were also inspected by the officials of enforcement wing.

While no theft of power was detected there, it came to light that the bus stand, as also some shops had connected load far in excess to the authorised load. The city sub-division had been asked to work out the charges for use of unauthorised load and issue demand notices to the consumers concerned.

The bus stand authorities and shop owners had also been directed to get their additional load sanctioned and pay additional charges, Kohli added.

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PU Notes
Stress on mutual cooperation in agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Alumni Association of College of Agriculture, PAU, organised an interaction programme with a delegation from the University of Agriculture, Faislabad, Pakistan, who visited the university.

The delegation was led by Prof Hafiz Abdul Qayyum, retired professor of entomology.

The other members of the delegation included Dr Zahid Ata Cheema, chairman, faculty of agronomy, Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Chatham, associate professor of agronomy, Dr Tasneem Khaliq Gill, lecturer of agronomy, and Dr Mohammad Usman, lecturer of Agricultural Engineering.

The delegation was welcomed by Dr DS Dhillon, officiating director of extension education.

Dean, college of agriculture, Dr MS Aulakh presented an overview of the activities carried out by the alumni association.

PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang said the university had its roots in the erstwhile College of Agriculture at Lyallpur. He said there were many areas where the two agricultural institutions could collaborate in addressing agricultural issues facing the region.

He said the PAU was ahead in technologies for natural resource management, production of wheat and rice and farm machinery, while the University of Agriculture, Faislabad, in kinnow, cotton and animal husbandry.

He appreciated the efforts being made by the alumni association in maintaining liaison between the faculty members of both universities. He said literary efforts could help bring all Punjabis together because they shared common heritage, language, culture and way of life.

Professor Qayyum said progress in agriculture led to prosperity and peace among people.

He appreciated PAU’s role in ushering in prosperity through green revolution.

Professor Qayyum added that institutions had made efforts to sustain agriculture in the region.

The delegation was presented with bouquets and mementos by 
Dr Kang.

Earlier, Professor Qayyum presented mementos to the office-bearers of the alumni association and other dignitaries.

Dr SS Johl, eminent economist, Dr BS Butari, deputy soil conservation officer, Gurnam Singh, ADO, Dr Balbir Singh Sidhu, chief agricultural officer (retd), along with faculty members of the PAU and executive members of the alumni association were also present.

They interacted with the delegation. Earlier in the day, the members visited some fields. Dr Allah Rang, proposed the vote of thanks.

Mozambique team visit

A four-member Mozambique delegation led by Prof Rogerio Jose Utui, rector of Pedagogic University, Maputo, visited the PAU to explore the possibilities of collaborative tie-ups with the university.

The other members of the delegation included Maria Fatima GC Phumbe, counsellor, High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique, Dr Ana Paula F Manso, directora do Gabinete de Relacoes Internacionais, and Marcio Luciano Muzila, director of technical school.

They interacted with PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang, deans of constituent colleges of PAU, dean, postgraduate studies, registrar, director of extension education, comptroller and additional director of communication on possible areas where the PAU and Pedagogic University could join in a collaborative education programme.

Dr Kang thanked the delegation for the visit. He said the PAU had already signed MoUs with leading universities and institutes of the world in agricultural education, research and technology transfer.

He said there was a great possibility of joint pursuits in different areas through collaborative efforts between PAU and Mozambique university.

Professor Rogerio added that the aim of their visit was to explore possibilities of collaboration in education and other areas.

He provided an overview of agricultural education in Mozambique University and said his interaction with PAU officials was the first building block towards a purposeful educational route. Professor Rogerio said Mozambique, with a student population of 40,000 scattered over bunch of campuses, was on way to agricultural progress.

He said the PAU had made strides in agricultural front that had attracted them to seek collaboration.

“For a country like Mozambique, still seeking to undergo a green revolution, we found the PAU very interesting and quite appropriate,” he said after visiting various laboratories and museums on the PAU campus.

Professor Rogerio added : “We learnt how the technologically improved seeds can change the whole picture of agriculture and that there is a lot of similarity in crop pattern in Punjab and Mozambique.”

He highlighted that his university had a mandate to train teachers, promote professional education, upgrade teaching through postgraduate and doctorate programmes and infrastructure development.

He emphasised that cooperation with the PAU in human resource development, teacher training, student exchange, developing sandwich model and exploring the possibility of making PAU teachers visit Mozambique and vice-versa were the major areas where they would like to seek collaboration.

He said formal inter-university cooperation backed by governments of both countries through commonwealth setup could be explored. Deans of different colleges of PAU shared the educational and curricular programmes of their respective colleges.

The delegation members also met Mozambique students who completed their courses from the college of agriculture. Earlier, the delegates visited the PAU campus, museum of social history of Punjab, museum of water resources of Northern India and crop museum of the department of plant breeding and genetics.

World Environment Day

The PAU celebrated the World Environment Day today. Students of constituent colleges of the university made multi-media presentations, highlighting the threats from the climate change.

The event was jointly organised by PAU science club; society for advancement of sports and cultural activities; and institute of engineers.

PAU vice-chancellor Dr MS Kang was the chief guest.

Sushant Mehan of college of agricultural engineering who spoke on “Green chemistry and green chemical engineering” highlighted the importance of eco-friendly technologies.

While Bishwanath Das of college of agriculture highlighted the contributions of farming towards global warming. Also, Jyotika of college of basic sciences and humanities focussed on “Impact of climate change and animal behaviour”.

Similarly, Charu Rikhey of college of home science made a presentation on “Green planet — our dream”. She highlighted the daily activities that added to global warming and suggested ways to combating the threat. Appreciating the students, Dr Kang said creating awareness was a big step in combating global warming, as it required a collective effort.

He said the changing climate was a serious concern and that the PAU was fully aware towards the problems of environmental pollution. It had developed technologies for efficient pesticide and water use, he added.

He suggested that every student should plant a tree while joining the university and nurture it during his stay on the campus.

Dr SK Mann, dean, postgraduate studies, and chairperson, PAU science club, said changing life styles had greatly contributed towards the deteriorating environment.

“We must bring a shift in our lifestyle so that we make the environment safe for living.”

Dean, college of basic sciences, Dr Tejwant Singh gave a statistical detail of the emissions in the world that were contributing towards global warming.

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Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan
Novel scheme for out-of-school children
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
To encourage dropouts and those children who are not going to the school, the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan wing of the director general schools education, Punjab, is launching a novel scheme for residential schools in the state from July 1.

Under the scheme, children in the age group of 6 to 14 will be admitted to these residential schools where they will have bridge courses of teaching.

The schools will be funded by the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan wing and a sum of Rs 10,000 will be spent on each child for a period of nine months.

The city will have two such schools where 50 students will be admitted while in other towns, one such school with 50 students will be available. In all 1,050 students will be enrolled in these schools.

According to official spokesperson for the SSA, the students will be provided with food and clothing besides teaching them basics of elementary education.

After the completion of nine months, they will be admitted to mainstream schools.

The aim of these schools is to bring maximum number of children to schools and make them literate, said the spokesperson.

The authorities of the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan wing have also eliminated NGOs from these schools to avoid any misuse of funds.

The state has identified 47,165 children who are not going to schools by conducting household survey and another 1,804 children from the last year.

Most of such children (75 per cent) belong to the Scheduled Caste category.

The state proposes to cover these through the NRBC — Non Residential Bridge Course (38061), RBC — Residential Course and AIE — Alternative Inclusive Education.

A sum of Rs 1,342.13 lakh has been earmarked for the programme for 2009-10.

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Diploma courses losing charm among students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Diploma courses offered by Punjab Agricultural University have lost their charm among students as is indicated by the number of admission forms sold so far. The entrance examination for the next academic session are slated for June 19.

The courses like diploma in interior decoration received just three applications for eight seats;diploma in fashion designing received 14 out of 20 seats;food preservation and baking only 12 out of 15 seats and diploma in agriculture 11 out of 30 seats.

Even in the postgraduate diploma sections, PGDCA (online) received 55 applications against 60 seats; PGDCA received only five against 30 seats and PGDAJMC got 11 applications against 15 seats. At the same time, the B.Ed (one year course) has received only five applications for 25 seats.

The courses which have received more applications than the number of seats available are B.Sc (honours in agriculture),B.Sc (biotechnology),B.Tech (biotechnology),M.Sc(agriculture) and MBA. The B.Sc (home science) received 42 applications for 59 seats.

The B.Sc (honours in agriculture) (six-year programme) continues to be a favourite among students with 762 applications for just 80 seats and the M Sc (biotechnology) course with 177 applications for 10 seats. The course in MCA which commences in the forthcoming session has got 125 applications for just 30 seats. 

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Missing boy reunited with parents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
An eight-year-old boy, who went missing on Sunday, was reunited with his parents by the Kotwali police here today. Ajay, a resident of the Rahon Road, had gone after his father, Ranjeet Singh, who had left his house for some work at 4 pm on Sunday.

The boy lost his way and did not return home. His parents filed a missing report with the Meharban chowki on Sunday. Ajay met a rickshaw puller in books market yesterday and told him that he wasn’t able to find his house for the past three days.

The rickshaw puller then contacted PCR cops, who took the boy to the Kotwali police. The police then checked missing records in different police stations and found Ajay’s report in the Meharban police post.

Finally, they reunited the boy with his parents. Ajay said he somehow reached Chaura Bazar on Sunday and stayed there. He started working with a snack seller who gave him food. Yesterday, he sent him to buy the milk. He again lost his way and contacted the rickshaw puller, who in turn helped him reunite with parents.

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Illegal quarrying of sand
Sarpanches, villagers up in arms
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, June 18
A large number of sarpanches of villages adjoining the Sutlej today threatened to launch an agitation against the illegal quarrying of sand from the river.

“If the practice was not stopped immediately, a joint action by the villages adjoining the river would be chalked out and an agitation would be launched,” claimed villagers, panchayat members and their sarpanches.

They demanded immediate action against the “thieves” who took away sand from the river and damaged its banks. The panchayat members and the sarpanches said the illegal quarrying of sand had been going on in alleged connivance with some officials for a long time.

The miscreants not only took away the sand but also damaged the banks at different places. This could lead to breach of the banks during the coming rainy season, they added.

The villagers accompanying the panchayat members and sarpanches from Garhi Fazal, Garhi Tongar, Mattewara and some other villages said the claims of the government to strengthen the beds always fell flat during rainy season.

In spite of repeated pleas to senior officials of various departments, nothing had been done in this regard, alleged the villagers. Ranjeet Singh, Shingara Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Nirmal Singh, Karnail Singh, Baldev Singh and Nachhattar Singh said if the authorities failed to act against the activity, they would launch an agitation in this regard by next week.

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SGPC Polls
SAD (A), Panch Pardhani join hands
Our Corespondent

Jagraon, June 18
Keeping in view the interest of the Sikhs of the state, the SAD(A) and the Panch Pardhani have decided to contest the SGPC election jointly.

The elections are expected to take place next month. Addressing a gathering at Talwandi Khurd village, near here, during a bog ceremony, Harinder Singh Khalsa, former Ambassador to Norway and a presidium member of Panch Pardhani, led by Daljit Singh Bittu, said all pro-Sikh forces should join hands to fight against the Badals family.

He appealed people to join hands for the betterment of Sikhism.

He added that their coalition had started from Ludhiana. The candidates throughout the state would be decided after a meeting of the top brass of like-minded parties.

He said the reforms in governing of gurdwaras under the SGPC could be effective only if the SGPC came out of the control of the Badal family.

Local leader Tarlok Singh Dalla, Jasbir Singh Khandoor, Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal, Rachpal Singh Brar, Bhan Singh Talwandi and Bahadur Singh Talwandi also accompanied Khalsa.

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Swine Flu
Directives issued to pvt hospitals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The district health department today issued directions to leading private hospitals, including DMCH, CMCH, SPS Apollo, to report all positive cases of malaria, dengue and swine flu to the civil surgeon office.

District health officer (DHO) Dr SS Dhir said: “Letters have been written to the administrative heads to report every single case to the civil surgeon office so that the department can take preventive measures accordingly. However, the situation is under control as the department officials are on high alert,” DHO added.

Civil surgeon Dr SP Sharma appealed to the people to approach the health officials in case of emergency.

The officials can be contacted on their respective numbers and on the toll free number (1075), added the civil surgeon.

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Turban Row
Rights panel for early resolution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Universal Human Rights Organisation has taken up the matter of turban in France with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee and Prime Minister of India and urged them to sort out the issue soon.

Addressing a press conference here today, secretary general of UHRO, Surat Singh Khalsa said according to Article 2 of International Human Rights document, 1948, nobody could be discriminated against on account of their colour, gender, language, and religion.

Still, France had banned turban of Sikhs. Khalsa said they had sent a letter to the United Nations also and urged it to resolve the issue at the earliest. 

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13 booked for violence
Our Correspondent

Jagraon,June 15
The rural police has booked 13 persons for violence yesterday in villages falling under Dakha, Sidhwan Bet and Raikot police stations.

The Sidhwan Bet police booked five persons, including Jatinder Singh Fauji of Bhumal village, Roopa Singh of Abbupura village and three others for attacking Ranjit Singh of Bhumal village.

The accused armed with blunt and sharp edged weapons had threatened and even attacked him over an old land dispute after barging into his house yesterday afternoon. Those injured have been admitted to the local civil hospital. The accused have been booked under Sections 452, 323, 324, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, four persons were booked under sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Manjit Singh of Raikot.

He had complained that the accused Harnarinder Singh, Daljit Singh, alias Happy of Jangpur village, Harbhajan Singh of the GT Road, Mullanpur, Jalla of Rurka Kalan village had attacked him over the petty issue on Monday.

Manjit Singh had allowed his friend to keep his goods in a tube well room to which the accused, close relatives of Manjit Singh, had objected and when Manjit refused to obey, they attacked him.

In another incident, Bhola Singh and his brother Pal Singh, his sons Malwinder Singh and Bali of Boparai Khurd village, were booked for attacking 
Kulwinder Kaur of the same village on Tuesday evening. She had stated that the accused had beaten her up over an old dispute. She sustained injuries in the attack and was admitted to the Jagraon civil hospital. 

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100 stolen wheat bags seized, three held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 18
The Sadar police has nabbed three members of a notorious gang that has been involved in stealing food grains from godowns of food procurement agencies and private traders.

A tempo and 100 bags of wheat belonging to Markfed that were stolen from a godown located near Ballewal village near here last night had also been seized. Those arrested have been identified as Rakesh Kumar and Ramu, alias Kiran of Mullanpur, and Kuljit Singh of Salemtabri.

According to SHO Sadar, a team led by the in-charge of the Merado Colony police chowki nabbed the accused, who were ferrying the wheat bags in a Tata 709 tempo, when they tried to flee after seeing cops on the Gill Road today.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the wheat bags belonged to Markfed agency and were stolen from a godown located near Ballewal village in near here.

Markfed officials, however, had not reported about the theft to the police as yet.

The trio belonged to a notorious gang that had been involved in committing thefts in godowns owned by various food procurement agencies and private traders. The accused confessed having stolen food grains from at least seven to eight godowns during past few months.

The suspects disclosed that the kingpin used to attack at pre-decided target at midnight. They (arrested burglars), along with six to eight others used to carry bags from godown to the vehicle parked nearby. The police is yet to establish whether the nabbed persons shared the booty or were paid Rs 1,000 for doing the job as claimed by them. Those who used to accompany the vehicle to the destination were paid extra. 

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Body found in canal

Jagraon, June 18
The Sidhwan Bet police today recovered an unidentified body from a canal near Janetpura village here.

The victim in his early 30s seemed to be of Nepalese origin. The naked body was in highly decomposed state. Sidhwan Bet SHO Dharam Paul said the victim had apparently died around 15 days ago.

He added that the police had also recovered the body of a 45-yr-old man two days ago. He said bodies were often held up in the obstructions made in the canal near Janetpura village. He added that the body would be sent for a post-mortem examination after proceeding under Section 174 CrPC. — OC

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National Softball Meet
Punjab lads retain title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 18
Punjab lads gave a stupendous performance to bag the title for the sixth consecutive year in the 27th Junior National Softball Championship held at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh from June 9 to 14.

According to Pran Nath Passi, honorary secretary, Punjab Softball Association (PSA), boys’ team proved its mettle to romp home champions in the six-day event.

In the final, Punjab quelled a strong challenge put up by their opponents from Kerala, whom beat by a wafer-thin margin of one point (4-3) to annex the title.

The office-bearers of the PSA congratulated the boys and coach Inderbeer Singh for the success.

The boys who represented the state in the national championship included Mandeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Kunal Khurana from Sangrur; Vikramjit, Shamsher Singh, Shiv Kumar, Navraj Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Amit Hans from Ludhiana; Amit Bhogal from Jalandhar; Simranjit, Rishabh Bali, Inderbir Singh and Ranjodh Singh from Amritsar.

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Trials on June 29, 30
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 18
Trials to select players for admission to different colleges, affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh, will be held on June 29 and 30 in Ludhiana.

This was resolved during a meeting of principals of various colleges convened at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Women here today.

The meeting was chaired by Charanjit Singh, director, sports, Panjab University.

After the meeting, Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal of the host college, said the trials would be held on the Punjab Agricultural University campus, at municipal corporation swimming pool, near Rakh Bagh, and Guru Nanak Stadium.

Trials in disciplines of hockey, handball and cycling will be held on the PAU campus, in swimming at MC pool, while in other games at Guru Nanak Stadium, added Makkar.

 

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