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Scheduled power cut duration up by 1 hour
Kuldip Bhatia

  • The increased gap between demand and supply has necessitated additional power cuts
  • Due to eight hours assured power supply to the agriculture sector from April 10, the demand for power had been on the increase and it had touched an all-time high
  • PSEB has appealed to the public to cut down the use of air-conditioners by at least 50 per cent to reduce load on the distribution and transmission system, desist from use of decorative lights and follow all norms for conservation of power

Ludhiana, June 23
With the mercury soaring and rains remaining elusive, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) increased the duration of scheduled daily power cut from five to six hours from today. Besides, unscheduled power cuts have also become routine due to snags in one or the other power generation plants or disruption due to other reasons.

As per the official schedule of power cuts in different city localities under the central zone, the City I area will observe power cut from 6 to 7 am, 9 to 11.30 am and 2 to 4.30 pm. The localities falling under City II group will get no power supply from 5 to 6 am, 8.30 to 11 am and 1 to 4.30 pm, while power cut will be imposed in City III area from 7 to 8 am, 10.30 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5.30 pm.

While the scheduled power cut till yesterday, according to the PSEB regulatory authorities, was five hours, almost two hours additional cut was imposed during the day after three units of Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Power Plant had tripped in the morning due to a technical fault. The tripped units resumed power generation in the afternoon, but the increased gap between demand and availability of power necessitated additional power cuts of half hour each for three or four times on urban feeders till evening.

Highly placed sources at the PSEB headquarters in Patiala revealed that as a result of eight hours assured power supply to the agriculture sector from April 10, the demand for power had been on the increase and it had touched an all-time high of little more than 1,800 lakh units yesterday as against the total availability of 1,460 lakh units from all sources. Last year, the demand had touched 1,323 lakh units on June 22.

HS Randhawa, Deputy Chief Engineer, City East Circle of the PSEB, said the board had made an appeal to the public through a notice to cut down use of air-conditioners by at least 50 per cent to reduce load on the distribution and transmission system, desist from use of decorative lights and follow all norms for conservation of power during the hour of crisis.

“Officials of the operations wing of different divisions have been directed to go round the city at night to make sure that directions of the PSEB for switching off electrical sign boards and hoardings at 10 pm as street lights at 11 pm are being followed scrupulously,” Randhawa said.

Meanwhile, the PSEB officials continued spot checking of energy meters and electrical fixtures on the premises of domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers to curb theft and use of unauthorised load.

According to Rachhpal Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer, City West Circle, several officials carried out inspection of more than 300 power connections in areas falling under Model Town, City West and Janta Nagar divisions where 43 cases of theft and overload were made out. In the course of checking of 162 agricultural connections in Dakha and surrounding villages, 32 cases of theft and unauthorised load were detected.


Ganda Nullah Cleaning
MC officials on toes to complete work
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Cleaning of much-hyped Ganda Nullah, which started with much fanfare on June 18, was technically incorrect as blockages below two pulleys on the way to Budda Nullah were not cleaned on the first day and the work started today only.

According to sources, MC officials initiated the cleaning job from the civil hospital pulley, while the work should have been started downstream so that after clearing clutter and sludge, the flow of water should be eased out.

Technical experts revealed that if the pulley had been cleaned from the downstream, the work could have given more results as compared to the present one.

“The cleaned area from Dukh Nivaran Gurdwara and thereafter would be of no use as the pulley at the end near Budda Nullah is not cleaned and choked. The blockage reverts dirty water and fails the entire hardwork taken to clean the seasonal drain," the experts added.

Interestingly, with just one day left for inspection of Ganda Nullah by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain, the municipal officials are on their toes to complete the job in the prescribed time.

They are using the MC machinery, including the workforce, to clean the drain on the directions of the MLAs.

At a meeting held on June 17, the MLAs had directed the MC officials to start up with cleaning of nullah and directed them that they would inspect the work on June 25.

Interestingly, with the monsoons on their way, the MC authorities till date have not taken cleaning of seasonal drains in Ludhiana seriously. The city, which has around seven nullahs, has till date concentrated on just two of them. One is Ganda Nullah on which the work has been started and another being Budda Nullah for which the work is being outsourced.

However, the MC officials rued the cleaning might go down the drain because Section 144 of the CrPC has not been implemented till date, although the request has been sent to the DC.

They revealed that no communication from the DC office has been received till date.



Residents without water for 20 days
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
For the past more than 20 days, residents of Awana and Barewal have been suffering due to acute water shortage.

Standing in long queues has become a daily routine for these residents who complained that the area had not been receiving water for the past three weeks, and regular complaints to the MLA, municipal councillor and the civic body officials seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Talking to The Tribune, they said, “Politicians and the gurdwara in the area are indulging in petty politics over water and we are suffering due to this. We have not been receiving water for the past more than one month.”

Gurcharan Kaur, a resident of the area for the past 40 years, said, “There is a gurdwara in the street and a tap outside it used to be the only source of water for us. But around 10 days ago, the tap was also removed and these 50 to 60 houses were left with only one option, which is to beg for water from those who have installed submersible pumps. Our water needs are being addressed through these houses only.”

Raghbir Singh, a resident, said, “The daily chores have been completely disturbed and these days even bathing seems to be a luxury.”



Benipal Issue
Day 2 No work in govt offices
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Government offices executed no public work on the second consecutive day today as the employees and officials remained on strike in protest against the murderous attacks on Tehsildar Major G.S.Benipal (retd).

As the demands of the Joint Action Committee, set up to seek justice for Major Benipal, were not met today, the officials did not return to work today.

A number of residents, who wanted their works done suffered on a hot day.

People visited the Deputy Commissioner's office, DTO office, Sub Registrar offices and all other offices of the district administration, but seeing nobody, returned empty-handed.

All the persons Ludhiana Tribune spoke to wanted the government to sort out the matter soon so that the common man was not inconvenienced.

Senior officials said they had received complaints that students were harassed as they had to fill several admission forms till June 30 which required several certificates. He added that the administration was trying to sort out the matter soon so that at least these students were not harassed.

JAC spokesperson K.S. Randhawa said they were getting feelers since morning that their demands would be met. But there was no official communication over the issue.

‘‘We received calls from political bosses in the morning that we would be given the solution by the evening. Nothing has happened till now,’’ he said.

He added if their demands were met, they would call off the strike tomorrow. He said they did not want to inconvenience the public. He said they had issued certificates to the students on June 19. Patiala Revenue Division officials were camping in the city today. Kohar said he was aware of the matter and assured that the agitating revenue officials would be pacified soon.



Staff Crunch
MC draughtsmen to discharge building inspectors’ duties
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Reeling under severe staff crunch, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has asked draughtsmen of the civic body to discharge the duties of building inspectors along with their own.

According to sources, during a meeting with Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman here today, the draughtsmen were allotted various areas in different zones and had been asked to start recovery by issuing challans to constructions, which were violating building bylaws in the city.

“The draughtsmen have been told to give field duties too as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has just around seven building inspectors against the sanctioned 20,” said a senior functionary, who also attended the meeting.

The orders were issued on June 19 and were received by the officers yesterday only.

He said, “The draughtsmen have been asked to study the technical details so that the MC could keep a check on the increasing illegal construction. Besides, the recovery from the building branch too has been less as compared to its potential.”

He added that the building branch in the civic body could manage amount in crores through challaning spree but not much had been done, especially during the last one year.

He revealed that the directions also included that the draughtsmen should assess at least two buildings in their areas daily and got development charges from them.

The initiative is being witnessed as a measure to increase revenue of the fund-crunched MC.

Earlier, a presentation on the master plan was given by assistant town planner Harpreet Ghai, briefing officials from both drawing and building branch apprising them of various technicalities to be kept in mind.

Ghai said the city had been divided into three layers according to the master plan where east side was allotted for industry, while north and south had been kept for residential purposes. This has been done keeping direction of air in mind.

Similarly, he also apprised the officers about change of land use and various areas where commercial activity like boutique, retail store, barber shop, etc. could be opened in the residential area.



Advisory on swine flu
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 23
Scientists at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) have issued an advisory to dispel the swine flu fear and clear some misconceptions related to the virus.

Dr H.S. Banga, professor of Veterinary Pathology, GADVASU, says flu viruses are small lipid enveloped RNA viruses having helical nucleocapsid symmetry. This virus belongs to the orthomyxoviridae family, affecting many species of animals, including humans.

They are commonly known by Type-A influenza virus (there are three types of orthomyxoviridae, A, B and C). Swine influenza virus is one among them and recently became a serious cause of human health concern throughout the globe.

The disease is characterised by acute febrile condition involving respiratory system of pigs with high morbidity and low mortality. It is popularly called by any of these three names - swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu. The medical terminology refers to the virus as “influenza-A (H1N1) virus, human”.

The 2009 swine flu outbreak is an apparent re-assortment of several strains of influenza-A virus subtype H1N1, including a strain endemic in humans and two strains endemic in pigs, as well as an avian influenza where pig has acted as mixing or churning vessel.

A never-before-seen flu strain - a mix of pig, human and bird viruses - has turned killer in Mexico and is causing illness in the United States and elsewhere in the world including India also where till date 46 cases have been reported.

There is a huge difference between preparedness and paranoia caution the experts. “Although we are dealing with a new strain of flu, a set of universally applicable preventive measures exist that can be employed right away to help check the spread of Swine flu. Now that, World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the pandemic alert level to Phase VI (Global Pandemic Proper), it is high time that adequate steps are taken to limit this infection and outbreak of disease.




Q: What are the symptoms of swine flu and how do symptoms of swine flu differ from other types of flu?

A: Symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular human flu -fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, chills, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have diarrhoea and vomiting and it does not differ much from seasonal flu.

Q: Can humans catch it from pigs?

A: No. This mutated form of a swine virus strain is one that is communicable through human-to-human contact.

Q: Can this flu kill?

A: Deaths have been reported from the Mexico City outbreak. So far the cases in the US have been mild. But, like seasonal flu, there is the potential for serious outcomes.

Q: Is there medication for this?

A: Yes, Tamiflu or Relenza have shown to be effective against these recently reported strains of swine flu. Altogether, there are four anti-viral drugs that are commonly used to treat various strains of flu. The medication can only be taken on advice of medical practitioner.

Q: Is there a vaccine?

A: Not yet, but the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, USA, has this current strain of virus and shall consider whether to add it to next year's flu vaccine as time goes.

Q: Can I catch it from eating pork?

A: Absolutely not. Swine flu is not transmitted by food. It is not a so-called food-borne illness. Bacon, ham and other pork products are safe to eat, assuming they are prepared properly. An internal temperature of 160 degree F for cooked meat will kill any bacteria or virus. Swine flu is transmitted by airborne droplets from an infected person's sneeze or cough; or from germs on hands, or germ-laden surfaces. Eating pork will not give you swine flu any more than eating chicken will give you bird flu.

Q: How do I protect myself and my family?

A: For now, take common sense precautions. Cover your coughs and sneezes, with a tissue. Wash hands frequently, if soap and water aren't available, hand gels can be used as substitute. Stay home if you're sick.

Q: Should I cancel my planned foreign trip and what steps should be followed by students/scientist entering India from countries affected with swine flu?

A: The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has passed an advisory not to travel overseas where there is outbreak of disease. Students/scientist coming back to India after vacations/scientific meetings must strictly comply to the guidelines issued by the Ministry and report at the Counters at airports especially made for screening purpose. They should only move out from the premises of airport to their final destination only after getting the clearance certificate issued by health officials.

Q: How do I know if I should see a doctor? Maybe my symptoms are from something else - like pollen?

A: Health authorities say if you live in places where swine flu cases have been confirmed, and you have flu like symptoms, ask your doctor if you need treatment or to be tested. Remember, Allergies won't cause a fever.

Q: Is culling of pigs, a final remedy for this outbreak of swine flu?

A: No. The Office des International Epizootics (OIE), strongly counsels against the culling of pigs (http://www.oie.int/eng/press/en_090430. htm) as the disease is being transmitted amongst humans and there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs as it has re-assorted genetic material of human, avian and swine origin. It is important to note that swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly cooked pig meat or other products derived from pigs.



People cancel foreign trips
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 23
Panicked over the increasing incidents of visitors to the US returning infected with the swine flu virus, friends and relatives of prospective tourists have started persuading them to either cancel their trips or reschedule them.

Also, relatives of NRIs settled here have started sending them feelers not to visit India. Many, who have already reserved the tickets for their relatives to visit India this month, are trying their level best to cancel them.

“Swine flu has left us alarmed. Especially after children from Jalandhar came back with the virus after visiting NASA. My mother was to arrive in June-end, but I am asking her to postpone her visit,” said Vinod Kumar, a local resident.

He added though it was difficult as the airlines had refused to cancel the tickets at the last minute, they were considering bearing the losses instead of visiting India.

Some of those who had decided to spend their vacations in the US have now decided to visit Canada only. “My children are not allowing me to visit the US. They do not seem to agree with me on this. My granddaughter told me that I could contact the virus. Now, I have also decided to be careful, " said Surinder Kumar Sharma, a resident of Subhash Nagar.

Another resident, Rajinder Bhardwaj of Galla Mandi locality, has cancelled his visit to the US. “I have to postpone the trip for the time being. Health is more important than business. I have agreed to pay the difference to the airlines for the postponement of the ticket," he said.



Homemade chocolates a hit with Ludhianvis: Study
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Homemade chocolates are becoming more popular among Ludhianvis and the same are giving a tough competition to the branded chocolates.

Reasons behind this popularity are customised shape of the chocolates, lesser price, easy availability and a number of flavours available in these chocolates.

Weddings, Valentine’s Day, Diwali and Lohri are some of the occasions when the homemade chocolates are bought in large quantities.

This is revealed in a study conducted by Swati Narang, a MBA final year student of Punjab College of Technical Education, under Asha Sharma’s guidance, faculty, department of business management, PCTE, Ludhiana.

The study “Consumer behaviour of Ludhiana citizens regarding homemade chocolates” and the study was carried out to know the consumer behaviour regarding the homemade chocolates, including buying a capacity of the consumer, frequency of purchase, reasons of purchase, factors affecting their decision of purchase, preferred price and flavours of the homemade chocolates. The study also undertook the seller’s point of view for the homemade chocolates.

The sample of the study was 100 consumers of the homemade chocolates and 20 selected retailers from selected retail outlets in different parts of Ludhiana.

The primary data was collected through a structured questionnaire from the consumers and retailers.

Dr KNS Kang, director-general, remarked that the consumer and its preferences change faster nowdays. Such studies keep one abreast with the consumer psychology and behaviour.

The study found that 68 per cent of the respondents like to buy the homemade chocolates. As per the study, the reasons for buying the chocolates were customised shape of the chocolates followed by attractive designs, various kind of flavours, exotic packaging and their affordable price.

The study also found that nuts (almonds, cashew) were the most preferred choice in the homemade chocolates by the customers followed by soft centered chocolates like butterscotch, bean, etc. Least preferred flavour was dark chocolate with mean score of 0.095.

A few number of people buy the homemade chocolates for weddings.

The study also revealed that for regular use, 50 per cent of the respondents buy the homemade chocolates from bakery and another major chunk i.e. 43 per cent buy from confectioneries.

For gift purpose, 60 per cent people prefer buying the homemade chocolates from gift shops and less number of respondents i.e. 6 per cent prefer buying from bakeries for gift purposes.

For occasions like Valentine’s Day, etc. more than 50 per cent of the respondents prefer buying from the gift shops and 20 per cent from the confectioneries.

For wedding orders, 47 per cent of the respondents buy the chocolates from private manufacturers. During festivals like Diwali, etc. more than one-third people buy chocolates from confectioneries and only 10 per cent of people buy from private manufacturers.

The study found that a majority of the respondents got to know about private manufacturers from family friends and rest of the respondents got to know from other sources like newspapers, boards, pamphlets, etc.

The study has also revealed that about more than one-third of the respondents would prefer to buy the homemade chocolates at Rs 7-10. The study found that the majority of the respondents have replaced their earlier choice of gifts on occasions like Valentine’s Day, Friendship Day, etc. to the homemade chocolates and the least number of people have replaced branded chocolates with usage of the homemade chocolates.

The study has also highlighted that the foremost reason for which the respondents do not buy the homemade chocolates is that branded chocolates are more easily available than the homemade chocolates. Another reason is that the branded chocolates are more hygienic. Another chunk of respondents are aware of the homemade chocolates but have never tasted them. A few number of respondents are not yet aware of the homemade chocolates.

Out of all retailer respondents, 50 per cent of people owned bakery, 25 per cent had confectioneries, 15 per cent of respondents were gift shops owner. The majority of the retailers were found manufacturer of the chocolates as well and they were found in this business from the past three-five years.

The study found that the majority of the respondents dealing in the homemade chocolates were manufacturing the homemade chocolates on their own premises because they used to feel that it’s an easy process.

As per the retailers, youngsters and adults are major customers of the homemade chocolates. Even the retailers informed that nuts chocolates were most preferred, 85 per cent of the respondents keep nuts chocolates on their shops.

According to the retailer respondents, the maximum number of customers buy the homemade chocolates during festivals like Diwali, Rakhi, etc.

As per the retailer respondents, the maximum demand for the homemade chocolates arises in August, October, November, December, January and February.

As these months include festivals like Diwali, Rakhi and occasions like Friendship’s Day, Valentine’s Day and also wedding season.



Retd postal staff seek medical reimbursement
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
No reimbursement of the medical bills after retirement is irking postal employees. While all other central government offices, including railways, telecom and income tax have got the benefit of medical reimbursement after retirement, the postal department employees are not getting this advantage. Even the monthly medical allowance of the employees is a meagre amount of Rs 100 per month.

After spending his life in the service, Ramesh Chand Kaushal, who retired as assistant sub-post master, said the government was giving a step-motherly treatment to the postal department by not giving them the benefit of medical reimbursement after retirement.

“The monthly medical allowance of Rs 100 we get is very small. One does not even get a bottle of cough syrup for such a paltry amount,” he added.

Initially, the Indian Postal and Telegraph Department was one department, but four years ago, the department was made into two units, postal and telecom. Though the telecom employees were getting the medical reimbursement, it was only the postal department which was denied the benefit. The worst sufferers were those who were recruited under the postal and telegraph department and then shifted to the postal department.

Kaushal said he was recruited in the Indian Postal and Telegraph department as a telephone operator and was later shifted to the postal department. “Say it my bad luck that I was shifted to the postal department and today I am facing this difficulty,” he added.

Kaushal has been on dialysis for the past few months and all his money has been going into the treatment but no help is coming from the government.

Another retired postal employee added that no reimbursement was given even for chronic diseases.

“We have even written to the President of India, but the response is still awaited. In the present times, when prices of medicines are sky-rocketing, medical reimbursement should be provided to us,” he said.



Jails cry for proper medical facilities
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Death of five jail inmates for the want of proper medical care and treatment in less than four months has raised a question mark on the medical facilities in the district jails.

Lack of proper medical facilities in the three district jails is increasingly becoming the cause of rising mortality rate among the jail inmates. With only one physician for health care of over 3,300 inmates, the prisoners are being denied the right to even primary medical facilities.

Recently, a cop deputed in the Central Jail was thrashed by the prisoners following the death of an NRI inmate on the jail premises for the want of the treatment.

The incident could have been averted had the deceased got timely medical care.Though jail officials said they had been complaining about poor medical facilities and even send various reminders to the health department, the latter had failed to act.

According to the jail manual, there should be one medical officer for every 500 prisoners. However, the Central Jail, Ludhiana, is an exception. The jail houses 2,500 inmates but does not have a single medical officer for the past six months.

Roop Kumar, superintendent, Central Jail, said, "Numerous letters have been written to the DG (prisons) demanding more doctors for the jail."

He said even the Director-General (prisons) had sent a letter to the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner but nothing had been done so far. On the other hand, DIG (prisons) Jagjit Singh said, "It is the duty of the heath department to depute a doctor at the earliest." Requesting anonymity, a prison official said, "More than five doctors are required for three jails but we have to do with just one doctor.”

Dr RP Singh, who was deputed at the Central Jail, was transferred around six months ago. Since then there has been no doctor for the treatment of the jail inmates.

This matter was even brought to the notice of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who then directed the health department to depute the doctor for the jail.

Unfortunately, there is no woman doctor for the treatment of women prisoners. Sukhjeet Singh, who was appointed for around 500 prisoners lodged in Borstal Jail, is also attending to around 2,500 inmates of the Central Jail and around 300 inmates of the women jail. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, a lower rung jail official, said if the physician was not provided at the earliest, things could go from bad to worst, as the arrival of monsoon would bring numerous viral infections and other diseases.



Assault on Tehsildar
Medical services body flays attack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has extended its support to Punjab Civil Services (PCS) stir to uphold the rule of law following a shocking incident of murderous battering and stripping of Major GS Benipal, an executive officer, at Ludhiana allegedly by a land mafia to teach him a lesson for exposing fake stamp duty papers scam.

Dr MS Randhawa, patron of PCMSA, Punjab, appealed to citizens, social and employee organisations to join hands to build an effective public pressure by hoisting black flags and wearing black badges and armbands to put a stop to such sinister attempts to run the writ of mafia by terrorising the law abiding citizens and demoralising the law enforcing agencies and officers.

Dr Randhawa maintained that the incident had actually exposed the tip of the iceberg and if people failed to rise to the occasion even now, Punjab faces real threat to become a mafia-ruled state since these well-protected attempts to subvert the law and its breakdown are organised and alarming.



‘Media facing new challenges’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Senior journalist from Delhi Alok Kumar said media was facing many challenges from various segments.

Interacting with mediapersons at the circuit house here, he asked them to be prepared to take on new challenges. The event was organised by the Punjab chapter of the Indian Media Centre, a project of the Media Centre Trust, Ludhiana.

Alok was in the city to impart training to the journalist of a particular media house. He said the concept of news was about to change in the coming days as readers’ expectations were increasing manifold with the invention of new concept of communication across the world. He added that communication had become fast these days. “There has been a tremendous change in media during the last few decades,” he said.

Alok said many renowned and old media houses were witnessing decline in readership/viewership forcing them to adjust with the changing times. He said a journalist should also understand his social responsibilities while performing his routine duties.

He said a journalist should never go beyond his limits after putting his job at stake.

He admitted that commercialisation was dominating the media houses these days and sometimes a journalist had to work like a tool for the group owners. The overall scenario has changed over the years and the purpose of media groups has also changed. “Still, there is a lot of scope for the journalists to work after applying their own mind for the better of the society and a common man,” he added.



Philanthropist to the rescue of newborn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
It was one of the happiest moments in the life Priya and her husband, when their seven-day-old daughter, weighing 2.3 kg, was succesfully operated for a hole in the heart at SPS Apollo Hospitals here.

The couple said Dr KC Mukherji, senior consultant, cardiac surgeon, gave a new life to their daughter.

The child was referred to the hospital just 36 hours after her birth as her breathing got abnormally fast and her condition started deteriorating with every passing hour.

Dr RP Singh, senior consultant cardiologist, conducted an urgent Echocardiography, which revealed two holes in the heart of the little girl. Out of these two holes, one large hole was causing the mixing of impure blood with pure blood leading to decreased oxygen supply to all vital organs.

A decision was taken to operate the child immediately, but poor parents showed their helplessness in arranging the money for their daughter’s surgery.

Fortunately, a philanthropist in the hospital came to know about the child who offered to sponsor the full treatment of the girlchild. One hole was closed and immediate danger to the life was averted. Second hole has a possibility to get closed on its own with the age or it may require closure in a later stage. The whole operation took 45 minutes. On fifth day, she was shifted to the ward.



Garment makers rue poor power supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
Facing a big dent in production and threat to the survival of their establishments due to poor power supply, hundreds of garment manufacturers and traders staged a protest in Gandhi Nagar here today against the state government and the PSEB for their failure to ensure adequate power supply.

Manmohan Dawar, president of the Gandhi Nagar Readymade Manufacturers and Traders Association, said the garment manufacturing units were already reeling under acute shortage of labour, which had upset their schedule of supplies for the coming winter season, and now the erratic power supply had pushed the industry, mostly small units, to the verge of closure.

The protesting traders, he pointed out, had been forced to take to the streets, as power supply was available for not more than three to four hours during the day, which was grossly inadequate for operating the units and fulfilling commitments. The agitation would continue till the power supply improved.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has sought the intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister and the PSEB Chairman to come to the rescue of the industry and bring about immediate improvement in power supply.

In a communication to the CM, CICU general secretary Avtar Singh said in the wake of increased demand for power from the farm sector for paddy sowing, the PSEB should cut off power supply to National Fertiliser Ltd at Nangal which had been the earlier practice during the paddy season.



Slimming programme launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
VLCC today announced the launch of its spot reduction treatment at one of its centres here.

A slimming solution focuses on the problem areas like the arms and the thighs for desired centimetre loss. The treatment is suitable for both men and women and is targeted at getting a more slimmer and toned look.

Speaking on the occasion Ashwinder of VLCC said this treatment is designed for people who have a problem of losing weight around the specific areas.

Technical head Jagriti said the customised programme is a combination of sessions with appliances, physiotherapy and physical activity regime.

Rashmi, slimming head, said this treatment was customised and thus the number of sessions would depend on the body composition analysis, body mass ratio and anthropometry findings.



713 take CET-GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, conducted the Common Entrance Test (CET), 2009, for BVSc and AH, BFSc (Bachelor of fisheries science) and BTech (Dairy science technology) at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, near Model Town, Ludhiana.

Dr SPS Sangha, controller of examination, informed that a total of 713 candidates appeared for the exam. Out of the total 294 were girls.

Dr SK Jand, registrar, GADVASU, revealed that there are 51, 18 and 20 seats, respectively, for BVSc and AH, BFSc and BTech.

The CET-GADVASU result will be declared in two to three days and will be available on the university website www.gadvasu.in and the university notice board also.

The counselling for BVSc and AH and BFSc will be held on June 30, while for BTech on July 1.



Former PAU dean donates 500 books

Ludhiana, June 23
Former dean SK Sondhi, College of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University, has donated his collection of more than 500 documents consisting valuable books on soil and water engineering, soils, mathematics and other engineering related subjects to Mohinder Singh Randhawa Library.

According to librarian, Dr BS Sidhu, these books would be placed in the departmental library of soil water engineering in College of Agricultural Engineering. He has appreciated the gesture and appealed to other retirees to donate their personal libraries for wider use. — TNS



Palvi shines in BSc (III) exam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
The declaration of BSc III result was a matter of jubilation for Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town.

Palvi Gupta clinched the first position in the college with 82.70 per cent marks. The second and the third positions were bagged by Surpinder Kaur and Deepika Makhija with 77.30 per cent and 76.90 per cent marks, respectively. As many as 17 students secured above 70 per cent marks and around 79 students cleared the exam with the first division.

Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal congratulated the staff and students on their performance.



Widow Day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
The Loomba Trust today observed International Widow Day. Thirty widows and their children have a fun-packed day. An opportunity was given to city residents to come together on this day to mobilise their action to redress the inequality widows and their children suffer.

Edible oil launched

Agro Tech Foods Ltd today announced the launch of a new variant of Sundrop, Sundrop Goldlite. The oil is a scientific blend of corn oil and sunflower oil, a healthier option when compared to other edible oils in the category. Low level of saturated fat content help maintain the cholesterol level.

Tropicana, a juice brand from PepsiCo, today launched its mixed fruit variant in its wholesome 100 per cent fruit juice series. Packed with goodness of seven fruits, Tropicana mixed juice is a perfect blend of taste and nutrition. The collective benefits of apple, orange, grape, peach, apricot, passion fruit and a dash of lemon go into creating Tropicana's mixed fruit juice.



Labourer electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 23
A migrant labourer from Bihar was electrocuted today at Tihara village.

The deceased, identified as Ram Babu Paswan (25), was employed with Baldev Singh of Leela Megh Singh village as an agriculture labourer along with four others.

At around 7 am today, they noticed sparking in a transformer. While repairing the lines, he got in touch with the phase lines with current and was electrocuted.

Investigating officer Bawa Singh, Sidhwan Bet police station, said they had proceeded under Section 174 of the CrPC on the statement of a co-worker, Gena Lal.



2 youths accused of raping minors
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 23
Two minor girls, who were missing since June 18, have accused two youths of Bilaspur village of rape.

The police recovered the girls and their brother (12) from Kamal Chowk yesterday. The Jagraon police had already booked the youths for allegedly abducting three minors.

Amarjit Khan of Manuke village near here had complained to the police that the accused, identified as Harjinder Singh and Amarveer Singh, both of Bilaspur village, had abducted his children on June 18.

The girls told the police that they were taken to an isolated place where the two youths and some other persons repeatedly raped them. They said the accused let them off yesterday near a bridge at Dalla village. The medical examination of the girls has confirmed rape.



14-yr-old killed in accident

Khanna, June 23
A 14-year-old boy was crushed to death by a speeding tractor in Bagli Kalan village.

The police has arrested the accused Rajwant Singh of Manjali Kalan village. Santokh Singh, father of the deceased, has lodged a complaint with the police demanding action against the accused. — TNS



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