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BJP leader’s death triggers violent protest
Activists vandalise Sidhu Hospital; doctor booked
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 12
Leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party allegedly vandalised Sidhu Hospital and blocked the National Highway late last night in protest against the death of Ludhiana mandal president at the hospital.

According to sources, Jagat Bhooshan Johar, mandal president of the Amarpura area of Ludhiana, had undergone bariatric surgery at the hospital on Thursday. His condition deteriorated last evening after which he died last night.

His death triggered violent protest by BJP activists, who allegedly broke windowpanes of the hospital and a car of a senior doctor.

The protesters also tried to set ablaze the property of the hospital. They then blocked the national highway and raised slogans against the doctors and demanded immediate action against those responsible for the death.

Payal SHO said a case under Sections 304 and 34 IPC, has been registered against hospital director and chief of surgery department Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu and two others.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Gursaran Sidhu, a senior doctor, alleged that the police played an inactive role in bringing things under control.

Johar was operated upon successfully on Thursday and showed significant signs of improvement. However, the patient developed pulmonary embolism i.e. lung complication last evening, she claimed.

“In spite of efforts to revive the patient, he died. As we tried to remove his body from the ICU, fearing infection to other patients, around 10 persons dragged Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu out and assaulted him with blows and sticks.”

She alleged that Ludhiana deputy mayor Parveen Bansal, Ashwani Tandon, Jaswant Sadhvi, Satish Jindal along with around 250 supporters entered the hospital and resorted to violence.

“Apart from creating panic among patients, their attendants and hospital staff, they broke hospital’s apparatus, computers and other instruments. They also manhandled doctors and nurses. They also set ablaze carpets and broke windowpanes of the hospital, an ambulance and my car,” claimed Dr Gursaran Sidhu.

She alleged that the police reached the scene around three hours after the incident and played a passive role in pacifying the protesters and restoring peace.

Meanwhile, Amit Gosain, son of Sat Pal Gosain, deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly, said the deceased was their neighbour and had undergone surgery at the hospital.

He said complications had developed during the surgery but after assurances of a successful operation by the doctors, the relatives decided against consulting another hospital.

Gosain said they were kept in the dark by the doctor that the patient had already died around 5 pm. They were told about the death when they inquired about the same later in the evening.

“When the relatives tried to question the doctor, he threatened them with dire consequences,” Gosain added.


IMA decries attack

Ludhiana, July 12
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) today came out strongly against the mob attack at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, last night after the death of a BJP functionary of the city, Jagat Bhushan Johar, at the hospital.

Addressing mediapersons here today, IMA district president Dr Manoj Sobti alleged that a mob of around 200 persons, reportedly led by Amit Gosain, son of Sat Pal Gosain, deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly, Parveen Bansal, senior deputy mayor, and many other BJP functionaries caused damage to the hospital property, manhandled medical and nursing staff and assaulted Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu.

Charging the police with booking the operating surgeon (Dr Sidhu) under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC in clear violations of the directions of the apex court, Dr Sobti said a criminal case of negligence could be registered against a doctor or surgeon only after a report from a panel of experts.

Attack on a hospital or medical professional was a cognizable offence under sections of the legislation enacted recently by the Punjab government to protect medical institutions.

“While it is clear that some senior BJP leaders instigated the mob to attack the hospital and assault Dr Sidhu and other members of the staff, the police is showing reluctance to register an FIR against those responsible for the unlawful act,” the IMA chief maintained.

Dr Sobti said Johar was grossly overweight with further complications of diabetic hypertension and other ailments.

“Weight loss surgery carries a high risk of mortality, which goes up to 10 per cent, even in the best hospitals all over the world. The risk factors were duly explained to the patient as well as his family and the mandatory consent was obtained, which is a standard procedure involving all surgical procedures.”

Calling for stern action against the culprits, Dr Sobti along with other members of the medical fraternity asked the government to take effective steps against increasing incidents of attacks at hospitals and particularly curb the tendency of political functionaries of all hues extending patronage, or still worse leading such attacks on doctors.

“If not dealt with without any further delay, the sense of insecurity and fear prevailing among doctors can come in the way of extending treatment to seriously ill patients with serious consequences in the healthcare sector,” he added. — OC



Statue of freedom fighter desecrated
Mahesh Sharma

Who is Baba Gurmukh Singh?

Gurmukh Singh Garewal was born to Hushnak Singh and Nand Kaur at Lalton Khurd in 1892. He was intelligent and gifted with self-confidence and good physique. With a meager amount he, left home in 1913. He landed in Hong Kong to proceed to Canada. He was a close associate of Gurdit Singh (Komagata Maru).

He worked along with Kartar Singh Sarabha, Nidhan Singh Chugga, Uttam Singh Hans and Arjan Singh Jagraon.

He was arrested, tried and sentenced to jail a number of times. He was moved from one jail to another till February, 1946. He remained underground from 1948 to 1952, turned harder. He activated the Kisan Sabha. He finally decided to raise a memorial at Jalandha: Desh Bhagat Yadgaar. He died on March 13, 1977 and was cremated at his ancestral village. He ranks among the pioneers of the freedom movement.

Lalton (Ahmedgarh), July 12
Residents of this nondescript village of Ludhiana district and surrounding localities were peeved when some unknown miscreants desecrated the statue of Baba Gurmukh Singh, a freedom fighter and founder of Gadar Lehar, last night.

They have urged higher authorities, including the chief minister and the DGP, to impress upon the Ludhiana police to arrest the miscreants. Though the suspects failed to dislodge the statue of the freedom fighter, they defaced it by hitting it with bricks and stones.

The statue of Baba Gurmukh Singh Lalton is installed at Government Elementary School at his native Lalton Khurd village.

The Ludhiana police has initiated a probe into the matter after registering a case against unknown miscreants. The incident comes at a time when a large number of government and non-governmental organisations are remembering and recognising the sacrifice of martyrs of freedom movement and the Kargil War.

Investigations revealed that the miscreants had tried to uproot the statue with the help of a pipe that carried a flag on a Leftist party. Failing to do so, they hit the face of the statue with bricks and fled. Villagers came to know about the incident in the morning. Piqued residents, led by sarpanch Ujjaggar Singh and Tirlochan Singh Jhande, reported the matter to the police.

Sadar SHO Gurjit Singh said he had directed Jaswant Singh, in-charge of Lalton chowki, to probe the matter and arrest the miscreants at the earliest.

Meanwhile, office-bearers of the Desh Bhagat Yagari Hall Committee led by Mangat Ram Pasla, condemned the act and urged the chief minister to impress upon the police to identify and arrest the miscreants.



2 realtors shot dead
The victims, Rajesh Rana and Vijay Kumar, had invited the 2 assailants home to discuss some property related issues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Two property dealers, both living in the same apartment complex, were shot dead by two unidentified men at Teg Bahadur Nagar, near Veer Palace, last night. The incident took place around 11.30 pm yesterday when the victims, identified as Rajesh Rana and Vijay Kumar, invited the two men over to discuss some property related issues.

According, Rajesh’s wife Preety, the four had some drinks and indulged in a verbal exchange.

The two men left the scene but returned after some time. They entered the house and shot both Rajesh and Vijay. The victims died on the spot.

Preety said her husband tried to escape but the two chased him and shot him.

It was learnt that the suspects had come from Haryana two months ago. A pal of gloom descended on the area as families of the deceased mourned their dead.

SHO Balwinder Singh said the police has booked the two for murder and started investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, police sources said both the suspects had been identified and the police was raiding their whereabouts.



Two rob doctor of car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Two unidentified persons robbed Dr Manish Hans of his car at gunpoint here this morning. The incident took place around 6.30 am when Manish was about to park his Maruti Swift (PB 10 CG 2719) outside his residence at Pakhowal Road.

According to Dr Hans, two youths in their mid-20s, approached his vehicle and asked for directions. “The moment I lowered the window of my vehicle, one of them forcibly snatched the keys of my car and put a pistol to my head,” said Hans.

The other person got into the his car. Witnessing commotion, Dr Hans’ son came out of the house to rescue his father. The two pushed Dr Hans out of the car and drove off.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested Jasvir Singh for stealing the Swift car of Rakesh Puri, a Civil Lines residents, 10 days ago.



Newborn caught in family crossfire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Merely 17 days old, this unfortunate baby girl is bearing the burnt of her mother’s death. Neha (27), who underwent a Caesarean operation and gave birth to a girl child on June 23, died under mysterious circumstances by slipping in the hospital bathroom on June 26.

Later, the deceased’s parents registered a dowry death case against Vineet Arora, husband of the diseased, and his parents and brother.

While the police arrested Vineet Arora, the child has been torn between allegations and counter-allegations levelled by both families.

Abandoned by both families, this infant, who has not been named yet, is being taken care of by the nurses and doctors of Deep Hospital.

A close relative from Neha’s father played the role of a good samaritan and deposited Rs 5,000 with the hospital and gave clothes for the infant.

No one else has even visited the hospital ever since the incident took place.

While parents of the deceased’s family have refused to speak on the issue, close relatives of the family revealed that the girl was considered jinxed by the family.

According to the relatives, the parent’s of Neha believed that the infant had been the cause of their daughter’s death. “Neha’s soul must be in pain to see the plight of her little child,” a relative said.

The entire family of Vineet Arora has been on the run after the incident.

A relative of the accused said: “If we adopt the infant, Neha’s family would involve us in a dowry death case.” In the meantime, doctors and nurses at Deep Hospital are taking care of the infant like parents.

“We spend at least Rs 100 everyday on the child and don’t mind spending this much. But someone should come forward and claim the responsibility of the child,” said a doctor, on the condition of anonymity.

According to hospital sources, if no one from either of the families stepped forward to claim the child in the next two weeks, the hospital authorities would take up the matter with the SSP (city) and the Deputy Commissioner and request them to intervene and take appropriate action against the culprits.



e-filing of VAT returns made simpler
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Filing of the return of Value Added Tax (VAT) has been made yet simpler now. Earlier, those going in for the e-filing of the return also had to submit a hard copy of the return with the department. But now those traders who will be filing the return online will not have to submit the hard copy with the sales tax department.

Excise and taxation Deputy Commissioner Parampal Singh said those filing their returns in the first quarter of the current financial year, from April to June, will not be required to submit the hard copy of the return to the department.

“The process has been made easy and traders will not be required to visit the department personally and the process will be completed on the computer itself,” he said.

Further, he said the online assesses will be required to attach the print receipts of the online filing, copy of the cheque or draft or bank receipt where the amount has been deposited.

President of the District Taxation Bar Association Kawardeep Singh said e-filing is compulsory for those claiming the VAT refund, exporters and whose annual turnover is Rs 5 crore.

“Earlier the traders had to come to advocates for the filing of the VAT returns. Then came the e-filing and people started filing the returns on their own as the instructions available on the website makes it easy. Now, the things have been made simpler as the traders do not have to submit the hard copy of the return,” said Jatinder Khurana, an advocate.



Political Wrangling
Common man loses faith in leadership
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Bloody brawl among the supporters of two Congress leaders and allegations and counter-allegations by supporters of minister for jails Hira Singh Gabria and SAD councillor Simarjit Singh Bains recently has exposed the state of both political parties in the district.

With the politicians fighting for petty interests, the common man has lost faith in the leaders. Residents claim that things had come to such a pass that they had no leader to look up to for looking after their interests.

At least seven Congress workers were injured yesterday when supporters of former minister Malkiat Singh Birmi and DCC president Jagmohan Sharma clashed before a function to honour Member of Parliament Manish Tewari.

While Sharma alleged supporters of Birmi turned assailants, the latter counter-alleged that Sharma was trying to hijack his function and when he was not allowed to do so he asked his supporters to disrupt the function.

Whatever may have happened, it is clear that the differences among two leaders were as wide as two enemies.

“When the leaders are fighting like this, how can we look up to them for leadership?” asked a resident. He added their heads should be hung in shame.

Just two days ago, supporters of Bains, who is named an accused in Tehsildar assault case, had alleged that Gabria was allegedly getting Bains harassed at the Central Jail.

Bains supporters had even carried banners and placards holding Gabria responsible for the treatment meted out to the former.

Besides, they had claimed that though Bains was not present at the scene during the assault, he was booked as an accused.

All this was being done at the behest of Gabria, the supporters claimed.

Gabria refuted the charges stating that he was not behind the registration of case against Bains.

The differences between both leaders were known to everyone in the past.

But the fact came as a shock as nobody knew these would come out so openly at this juncture. 



Power Theft
Rs 17-lakh penalty slapped on offenders
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Stepping up the drive to check theft of power and unauthorised load, officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board conducted spot checking of more than 500 premises of domestic, commercial and agricultural connections in different parts of the city and its periphery yesterday during which as many as 85 cases of theft and another 51 of unauthorised load were detected.

A penalty of Rs 17.14 lakh has been imposed on the erring consumers. According to PSEB officials, inspection of power connections and installations of 235 domestic consumers in areas falling under Haibowal sub-division of the city, Aggar Nagar, Estate and Janta Nagar divisions led to unearthing of 21 cases of theft and 11 others of unauthorised load.

A total penalty of Rs 7.60 lakh was slapped in these cases. Four cases of power thefts came to light during spot check of 32 commercial establishments, which attracted a penalty of Rs 3.10 lakh.

The officials of flying squad of the PSEB carried out inspection of more than 250 connections of domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers in areas falling under Focal Point, City Central and CMC divisions where 60 cases of theft and 40 of unauthorised load came to light.

Notices were in the process of being issued to the consumers for a total penalty of Rs 6.44 lakh to the offenders.



Industrial units vow to upgrade workers’ skills
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
With an intention to produce better quality products, owners of industrial units and commercial undertakings vowed to focus their attention on upgrading the skills of their workers to meet the competition following global recession.

An oath was taken on the conclusion of the one-day workshop on "Enhancing competitiveness through quality and customer satisfaction" organised at the CICU Complex, Focal Point, here yesterday.

Realising that the Indian industry was facing a stiff competition due to the import of durable and consumer products manufactured in foreign countries, including China, various speakers emphasised on the need of improving the quality of Indian products keeping in view the shrinking income of a majority of the population.

“In the present economic scenario, the competition while maintaining the quality is the key for survival of an industrial unit and commercial undertaking. While we cannot control the cost of other inputs, we can increase productivity by improving the skills of our workers and technicians," said Avtar Singh adding it was essential to improve the level of customer satisfaction.

Manager NSIC, Rajesh Jain, Ludhiana, assured that entrepreneurs would be provided with all facilities to improve expertise of their workers.

Organisers presented appreciation certificates to the representatives of the participating units.

The participants vowed to do their best to improve the skills of their workers of their respective units.



Direct Payment
Farmers join arhtiyas’ stir
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 12
Farmers and mandi labours yesterday joined the ongoing agitation by commission agents (arhtiyas) against direct payment to farmers by purchase agencies through cheques.

Arhtiyas, farmers and labours jointly staged a protest at the Asia’s second largest grain market here. The protest was attended by over 2,000 persons. Arhtiyas and local presidents of grain markets from the state took part in the protest.

Nearly 500 farmers handed over affidavits to Ram Sarup, chairman, Dharam Singh Kang, convener of a 31-member committee to monitor the issue, Vijay Kalra, president, Arhtiya Association Federation of Punjab, and others.

The affidavits collected throughout the state would be later handed over to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The arhtiyas had been on indefinite strike since July 1 against the direct payment to farmers by procurement agencies.

Over 4,500 commission agents and around 2.5 lakh mandi labours had been rendered jobless for the past 10 days due to the strike, causing loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer besides hardship to farmers who were unable to sell their produce in the market.

Unmoved by the agitation, the state government this week issued a letter to all market committee secretaries to implement the new system immediately.

Arhtiyas and other associations are opposing the decision as they lend unsecured loan to farmers throughout the year and pay the price of farmers’ produce after deducting the loan given.

Farmers apparently are also against the new system, especially due to their bitter experience with co-operative sugar mills wherein the government (sugar mills) directly bought sugarcane from farmers and failed to pay them for the past eight years.

Moreover, the direct distribution of bonus amount to farmers through purchase agencies this year had fallen flat and the amount was finally given to arhtiyas for distribution.

Some farmers who were given cheques directly were yet to get their bonus payment.

Also, farmers preferred arhtiyas as middlemen as they got loans at odd hours and that too without paper work and formalities.

Apar Singh, secretary, Arhtiya Association, Jagraon, said the 31-member committee of the commission agents has decided to extend their strike till July 20, hold “chakka jam” at Phagwara bridge on July 18, and submit memoranda to respective Deputy Commissioners on July 13.



Anti-encroachment drives
Poor bear brunt of MC crackdown
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
When it comes to using muscle power, it seems the Municipal Corporation could find its prey only in economically weaker and middle class. The facts come true if the anti-encroachments drives done by the civic body in the last one month are analysed.

While the civic body boasts that it is going to deal with the encroachers with an iron hand, the claims clearly fail as all encroachments belonging to influential people are standing still while those living in shanties are facing MC hammer.

There are scores of illegal constructions, including the one at Transport Nagar, where the MC failed to stop construction of 20 shops.

Though Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman and Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura had formed committees to inquire into the land allotment, no result had come till date.

The media had been reporting about the construction since its initial stage, but MC chiefs preferred to be mute spectators to the construction, bringing their role too under question.

Similarly, there are various commercial constructions in areas like Model Town and Kocchar Market, which come under non-compoundable offence and belong to MLAs and councillors and their relatives, but no action has come upon that.

With the constructions in the city going almost haywire, failure of the Municipal Corporation to act upon them has proved that the officers and politicians in the city are not in favour of development.

The issues of holding demolition drives in posh areas like Dr Sham Singh Road, Ferozepore Road, etc never strike the officers minds, though their empty plots do remind them of possession.

The things are worse because there are many councillors and officials of the civic body who, too, have encroached upon the public land.

The alleged pick and choose policy of the MC needs to be corrected, but the question is who would try to make things right.



Economic Meltdown
CAs’ role critical in restoring faith: Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A conference of charted accountants was held here yesterday. Local MP and national spokesperson for AICC Manish Tewari was the chief guest.

The conference dealt with professional opportunities for CAs in practice with emphasis on capital markets, currency market, technical analysis of stocks, private equity and venture funding, networking and capacity building of CA firms.

Lauding the role of the Ludhiana Chapter of Charted Accountants, Tewari said it had been developing infrastructure and conducting regular lectures and conferences to update knowledge and practices of their members to face modern-day accounting needs.

He said the role of CAs was critical in ushering transparency in businesses and protecting larger interest of small investors.

Satyam scam had brought forth the dilemma of the profession because under the Chartered Accountancy Act, a CA’s role was that of regulator and watchdog but had to earn their bread and butter form the same entity that was to be regulated.

Especially after the recent global economic meltdown and crash of capital markets, the role of CAs had become all the more critical in bringing back the faith in accounting practices, he said.

Capital markets had and would play an important role in building wealth of nations and in India it was yet to catch the imagination of large section of society and benefit from it, he added.

Conferences and seminars like this would help young CAs educate themselves and serve society in a better way, Tewari said.

CJS Nanda, central council member, ICAI, said the Ludhiana chapter of CAs in particular and other members of the association were looking forward to having a long-lasting relation with Tewari.



Fee Hike Part-III
KVM fleecing students in garb of categories
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh in his inquiry report has found a number f irregularities in the fee structure of Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM). The ADC has found from the perusal of the statement of the school, “The school is charging annual charges of Rs 2,300 and dilapidation fund of Rs 7,500.”

Dilapidation fund and the admission fee, however, are same. The school is charging this amount separately. In their explanation, they mentioned that the school does not sell uniform to students. Rates were called from different suppliers for selling students’ uniforms.

After checking the quality and rates of different suppliers, parents were advised to buy the uniforms from M/s New Cloth House, New Fashion and M/s New Sat Di Hatti.

Regarding prices of school bags, the detailed information is given in the enclosed Annexure-3 and regarding NCERT/ CBSE books, the school authority has given in writing that the school keeps ten per cent discount and the rest is given to students. Regarding books of private publisher, the school authorities claim that only 15 per cent discount is kept by the school and rest of the amount is given to students.

In the statement of books presented by parents (Annexure A-3 (a) at Sr. No. 1) together with English Primer, publisher M/s Rachna Sagar, Delhi, the print rate of the book is mentioned as Rs 96 but the same is sold for Rs 172. Parents, however, objected to why two books were given to LKG and nursery students?

The school principal, in his reply, stated that one book was kept in the school and another book was meant to be kept at home to lessen the burden.

Similarly, the school authority is charging Rs 5,000 as security charges from each student for LKG admission, which is refundable when the student leaves the school. The amount is deposited with the school bank for at least 14 years and the school charges interest on it. However, the students are only given Rs 5,000.

He further said the school was not getting any financial aid from the government or any other agency.

Meanwhile, authorities in Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, informed that they had not increased fees and they don’t have any shop selling uniform on the school premises. Regarding the bookshop, they maintained that they have it on the school premises, but parents are not forced to buy books from here.



From Schools & Colleges
Unemployed teachers’ front meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A meeting of the BEd Barozgar (unemployed) Teachers’ Front, Punjab, was held under the presidentship of Davinder Singh, where the teachers from various parts of Punjab were present.

The unemployed teachers strongly condemned the educational policies of the state government and their attitude towards their demands.

They said they wanted the government to fill 10,710 posts of science, social studies and English teacher on priority basis at the earliest. The target of recruiting 14,000 teachers should also be fulfilled.

Priyanka excels in BA (II) exam

Priyanka Arora of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the college by obtaining first position in the college by securing 82.75 per cent marks in BA (II) exams, the result of which was declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Chetna college topper at Khanna

Chetna stood first in AS College for Women in the BA (II) exams held recently.

Principal, Dr Rekha Bhardhwaj, in a press note said the students of BA (II) had shown good results. The pass percentage of the college is 95.48 per cent.

Doraha college students shine

Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has scored better than the co-educational colleges of Chandigarh and Ludhiana in BA-I results recently declared by Panjab University.

The total pass percentage of the class has been 89, while that of the girls is 93.4.

Jaspreet Kaur and Mandeep Singh have collectively topped the class by getting 74 per cent marks, while Gurpreet Singh has stood second by securing 73.25 per cent marks. Jatinder Kaur, remained third with 70.9 per cent marks.

In BA-II results declared yesterday, the pass percentage of the college has been 98. Prabhjot Kaur has topped in the examination by securing 76.75 per cent marks, whereas Kirandeep Kaur and Jyoti Ghai remained second and third by getting 71.38 and 70.8 per cent marks, respectively.



PAU puts up barricades to check rowdism
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Roving Romeos zooming down the lanes of the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) campus in the evenings have forced the university authorities to put up a number of barricades all over the campus.

Each of the barricades, which are manned by at least two security personnel, has been put up at over eight points on the campus. The men standing guard at these barricades not only restrict the entry of outsiders into the university, but also keep a vigilant eye on the youngsters who are roaming about aimlessly in their swank cars or riding their speeding bikes on the campus.

Requesting anonymity, university security officials confirmed that the influx of a growing number of young outsiders on the university campus was becoming a nuisance for PAU residents and hostellers.

“Young boys, both outsiders as well insiders, who visit the university in the evening hours, create a lot of nuisance and are often found indulging in misbehaviour, especially with girls and young women. To keep a check on such people, these barricades have been put up,” informed a security official.

Another official added that anyone indulging in unacceptable behaviour on the campus would be dealt with strictness.

The tightened security on the university campus, however, has evoked a mixed response from the university residents, hostellers, regular visitors and the morning and evening walkers.

Appreciating the effort of the security authorities of PAU, Ritu, a BSc final year student of the university, said, “Very often we had to face embarrassing situations due to the nonsensical activities of boys we do not even know.

Eve-teasing and minor fights were a regular feature on the campus due to which most girls avoided going out in the evening. But the tightened security on the campus has given us a reassurance that we are safe in the university.”

On the other hand, Paramjeet Kaur, a resident of Sarabha Nagar and a regular evening walker on the PAU campus, feels, “One comes to the university in the evening, away from the hustle-bustle of the city, to relax.

But the presence of security personnel here too makes the environment so constipated that one feels no different from the outside world. The university, which is a walkers’ paradise, will lose its charm if things remain the same,” she remarked.



Lack of financial aid from govt irks PAU
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, July 12
The scientists at Punjab Agricultural University are unhappy with the state and the Central Government for not being able to meet the financial needs of the university.

The government has ignored the request of the PAU for financial assistance to meet its commitment towards the farming community of the state, faculty and the non-teaching staff of the university.

The PAU is in a dire need of adequate financial assistance from the government. Being the state funded university, PAU is dependent on the state government for financial requirements.

The authorities of the PAU have been pressing on the government for financial help for the past two years. Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang who has inherited financial ridden university met Deputy Chairman Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia to seek a special financial package of Rs 1,000 crore as corpus fund to tide over the financial difficulties.

The Deputy Chairman suggested that the only solution to the financial problems of the PAU lies in granting central status to the university.

However, this is possible only if the state government made a move to the Centre and this caused a rift between the state Chief Minister and the Vice-Chancellor.

In June, the Vice-Chancellor met the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and sought a special package of Rs 1,500 crore as a corpus fund for the PAU. The Vice-Chancellor was hoping that the Central budget would have some provision for the PAU but nothing happened.

The PAU authorities have been stressing upon the sate government for increasing the annual grant of the university. They expected a relief in the budget of the state but the Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has allocated only Rs five crore for the PAU in the state budget.

The treatment meted out to the PAU has brought demoralisation among the scientists, as they were expecting substantial assistance from the government. The Vice-Chancellor, however, said: “We can only request the government but can’t force them to give us money.”

Dr Kang maintained that the PAU had played a vital role in meeting the deficit of the national food.

The state government has not taken any decision on the recommendations of SS Johl committee report, so far, which has recommended a cess at the rate of 0.5 per cent on the arrival of crop produce in mandis. This cess could generate Rs 150 crore annually for the university, which would meet its financial needs, including the pension of the retirees.

The PAU pensioners are also disappointed with the pension fund and have even gone to the Punjab and Haryana High Courts.

The Chief Minister had agreed to implement the report last year but backed out after pressure from farmers lobby. However, the report has not been rejected so far.



Talent hunt show
City girl on sound note
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
She is playing her way to glory. City girl Jasleen Kaur has entered into the semi-finals of reality show “India’s got talent” currently aired on Colors. Having passion for guitar, she is also apt with keyboard and mouth organ.

Showing her multi-talented personality at the show, she is playing all three instruments -- guitar, keyboard and mouth organ. She plays guitar and mouth organ simultaneously. Don’t be surprised to know that she sings as well. Yes, she is also singing in the show.

An alumnus of Sacred Heart Convent School, she is currently doing her BCom (hons) from Hindu College, Delhi. She owes her skills at keyboard and guitar to her music teacher Dheeraj Kumar at her school. After that she went on and received professional training from Regal School, London.

“I am passionate about music and music instruments. Music is the best stress buster and winds you back into life,” she quips. The judges at the show are Shekhar Kapur, Kiron Kher and Sonali Bendre. Jasleen thinks it to be a great opportunity to perform in front of these judges who are pioneer in their own fields.

It was only through her neighbours that Jasleen came to know about this reality show and went to give auditions. “One of my neighbours told me about the auditions being held for the show. I was really impressed by the concept of the show as it did not restrict the participants to exhibit single talent. I was never aware that this show was such a big one. I was selected and things are going great since then,” she chuckles.

Winning the show is not the ultimate target for Jasleen. She is happy to get a platform where she is able to show her talent to millions. “I consider myself lucky that I got a chance to exhibit my talent. The winner will get a cash award of Rs 50 lakh and a Maruti Ritz. Winning or losing is a part of life. If I win I will spend the entire amount on learning music,” she adds.



Body for blind to hold protest on July 17
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Members of the Bharat Neterheen Sewak Samaj held a detailed discussion on the difficulties being faced by visually impaired individuals on the founder's day celebrations of the organisation here recently.

Samaj president Parminder Singh stated that the problems had not been redressed despite repeated reminders given to the departments concerned.

The organisation president also said a procession would be taken out in the Brail Bhawan on July 17, the venue where the Punjab Chief Minister had vowed to redress the problems of the visually impaired last year on the same date.

"Nothing has been done even after one year," added Parminder Singh.

Member SGPC Gurmail Singh Sangowal donated a cheque of Rs 31,000 in favour of the organisation.



3 weeks on, repair work still under way at tube-well
Tribune News Service

Repair work has been going on at this tube-well near Dholewal Chowk, Ludhiana, for the past three weeks.
Repair work has been going on at this tube-well near Dholewal Chowk, Ludhiana, for the past three weeks. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 12
During the June-25 surprise check of tube-wells by the MC Commissioner, the one at Quality Centre near Dholewal Chowk was under repair and the work was to be completed in two to three days. However, even a fortnight later the tube-well is yet to be fixed, baring the claims of officials of expediting work.

The tube-well in zone-C caters to the needs of thousands of people. Irked residents complained that the water situation in the area had been severely affected for the past three weeks.

Sneh Lata, a housewife, said: “It’s not easy to manage household chores with one bucket of water, but we don’t have any choice either. Who has time to hold dharnas and take rounds of the MC office? The claims and media statements of the MC Commissioner to take help of the XEN too has proved futile as the repair is still on.”

She added that schools would open tomorrow and things would only get harder for them.

Expressing displeasure over the working of the municipal corporation, her friend Rajni Tyagi said: “We don’t know what the civic body officials are paid for if they cannot find solution to our problem. You read about water shortage in newspapers and even then neither politicians nor officials do anything to mitigate out problems.” Zone C XEN Ganesh Raj said the tube-well had been abandoned and they only took small quantity of water from it.

“We had installed a small motor at the tube-well, which fell into the shaft and despite our repeated attempts, we have been unable to take it out.” However, he assured that they’ll find a solution to it soon.



1,300 patients examined at medical camps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Maa Bhagwati Club, in collaboration with Sanjeevani Astro System, organised a free medical check-up camp under its “Saanjh” project at Pindi Dayal Dharamshala here today in which nearly 550 patients were examined and given free medicines in addition to follow up advice.

The camp was inaugurated by Naresh Soni, local head of Sri Ram Sharnam, who lauded the initiative of the club while seeking blessings of the Almighty for the organisation which, he said, was putting in selfless service for the cause of humanity.

The Rotary Club, Ludhiana Main, organised yet another medical check up camp at Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital here today in which more than 740 patients were examined, given follow up advice and free medicines. Basic laboratory tests of patients were also performed free of cost at the camp.

Doctors in specialities of surgery, paediatrics, ophthalmology, dental, neurology, orthopaedics and de-addiction conducted the check up of patients.



Snake bite claims girl’s life
Our Correspondent

Khamano, July 12
A young girl of a migrant family died this morning due to snake bite. Pushpa (15) went out of her jhuggi around 11 last night to answer the nature’s call when a snake bit her.

However, she did not bother to inform any of her family members and slept. Around 6 am, she felt severe pain and narrated the incident to her family members. They took her to a private hospital at Morinda and after the first aid she was referred to GMCH-32, Chandigarh. However, she died on the way. Some residents of the area had demanded compensation for the poor migrant family.



10 records rewritten on final day
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 12
As many as 10 records were rewritten on the third day of the 25th Sub-Junior and 34th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Waterpolo Championship for boys and girls, which concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool, here today.

The hosts, Ludhiana swimmers, created five meet records today to stamp their superiority.

Shubh Karman Dhaliwal of Ludhiana established two records. In the 800 m freestyle (girls-II), she clocked 11.49:05 seconds to set a new record. The previous record of 12.30:32 seconds was written against Patiala’s Era Kalia’s name since 2004.

Shubh Karman again hogged limelight when in the gruelling 1,500 m freestyle event, she rewrote the record. She took 22.46:73 seconds to erase the previous record of 25.23:27 seconds, set by Harsimran Kaur of Ropar in 2005.

The third record was reset in the 50 m butterfly event (girls-II) when Ludhiana’s Kawalpreet Kaur took 34.78 seconds to put to shade the existing record of 35.62 seconds established by Prabhjit Kaur of Ropar in 2004.

In the 50 m backstroke (girls-I), Suhapanpreet Kaur of Ludhiana with timings of 36.58 seconds, created a new meet record. The earlier record of 36.78 seconds was established by Gurbinder Kaur of Hoshiarpur.

The fifth record for the hosts was rewritten in the 800 m freestyle (girls-I) as Arashpreet Kaur took 12.07:53 seconds to better her own previous record of 12.28:60 seconds, which she set last year.

Sangrur swimmers set two new records (Mankiran Kaur 50 m butterfly and 200 m breast stroke in the girls-I), Jalandhar established one record (Aman Ghai -50 m butterfly in the boys-I), Amritsar created record (Abhinav Dudeja - 50 m back stroke in the boys-II) and Ropar rewrote record (Jashandeep Singh - 200 m breast stroke in the boys-I).

Manish Tewari, Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, gave away prizes to the winners. Apinder Singh Grewal, president of the Punjab Swimming Association and Balraj Sharma, vice-president of the Swimming Federation of India, were among others who were present at the prize distribution function.

Final day’s results:

4x200 m freestyle relay (boys-I) Jalandhar 1, Patiala 2 and Sangrur 3; 4x200 m freestyle relay (girls-I) Sangrur 1, Ludhiana 2 and Patiala 3.

800 m freestyle (boys-II) Paramdeep Singh of Patiala 1, Rajanroop Singh of Ferozepur 2 and Gulmehak Singh of Sangrur 3; 800 m freestyle (girls-II) Shubh Karman Shaliwal of Ludhiana 1, Tejmeen Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Manvi Matta of Ferozepur 3.

500 m breaststroke (boys-IV) Sarabjit Singh of Sangrur 1, Roshan Chirag of Ludhiana 2 and Himanshu of Sangrur 3; 500 m breast stroke (girls-IV) Nandini Dewra of Serozepur 1, Bhawna of Sangrur 2 and Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 3.

200 m breaststroke (boys-I) Jashandeep Singh of Ropar 1, Charanjeet Singh of Sangrur 2 and Bishavjeet Singh of Sangrur 3; 200 m breaststroke (girls-I) Mankiran Kaur of Sangrur 1, Arpanjeet Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Khushman of Patiala 3; 200 m breaststroke (boys-II) Rajanroop Singh of Ferozepur 1, Mumneek Singh of Sangrur 2 and Shourya Partap Singh of Jalandhar 3; 200 m breast stroke (girls-II) Qudrat Jot Kaur of Ropar 1, Pommi Mandal of Ropar 2 and Arshia of Patiala 3.

100 m freestyle (girls-III) Jasmine Kaur of Patiala 1, Pukhraj Gill of Ludhiana 2 and Khushnaz Soni of Ludhiana 3; 100 m freestyle (boys-III) Deshdeep Ghai of Jalandhar 1, Manavdeep Singh Bal of Ludhiana 2 and Sahil Chopra of Patiala 3.

100 m butterfly (boys-III) Shahbaz Bhullar of Ferozepur 1, Abhinav Manchanda of Ferozepur 2 and Ishwanpreet Singh of Amritsar 3; 100 m butterfly (girls-III) Sargam of Patiala 1, Harleen Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Akanksha of Patiala 3; 100 m butterfly (boys-IV) Jagdeep Singh of Sangrur 1, Kushal Mehra of Amritsar 2 and Abhikaran Bhullar of Ferozepur 3; 100 m freestyle (girls-IV) Tulip of Patiala 1, Tamanna Jindal of Ludhiana 2 and Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 3.

4x100 m medley relay (boys-II) Sangrur 1, Ferozepur 2 and Patiala 3; 4x100 m medley relay (girls-II) Ludhiana 1, Sangrur 2 and Ropar 3; 4x50 m freestyle relay (boys-III) Sangrur 1, Jalandhar 2 and Amritsar 3; 4x50 m freestyle (girls-III) Patiala 1, Ludhiana 2 and Jalandhar 3.

1,500m freestyle (boys-II) Rajanroop Singh of Ferozepur 1, Gurpreet Singh of Sangrur 2 and Jatinder Singh of Ferozepur 3; 1,500 m freestyle (girls-II) Shubh Karman Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1, Richansha of Sangrur 2 and Pragati of Gurdaspur 3; 1,500m freestyle (boys-I) Kamaljit Singh of Patiala 1, Ajit Singh of Jalandhar 2 and Kanwalpreet Singh of Patiala 3.

50 m breaststroke (boys-II) Shubham Manchanda of Ferozepur 1, Shourya Partap Singh of Jalandhar 2 and Harroop Singh of Sangrur 3; 50 m breaststroke (girls-II) Qudrat Jot Kaur of Ropar 1, Pommi Mandal of Ropar 2 and Richansha of Sangrur 3; 50 m butterfly (boys-I) Aman Ghai of Jalandhar 1, Pankil Sharma of Ropar 2 and Adhiraj Sharma of Ludhiana 3; 50 m butterfly (girls-I) Mankiran Kaur of Sangrur 1, Arman Kaur of Ludhiana 2 and Rajni of Gurdaspur 3.

50 m butterfly (boys-II) Sarabdeep Singh of Ferozepur 1, Jagwinder Singh of Patiala 2 and Harnimrat Singh of Sangrur 3; 50 m butterfly (girls-II) Kawalpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 1, Kajal Saini of Sangrur 2 and Alisha Sharma of Patiala 3; 50 m backstroke (boys-I) Varinderjit of Sangrur 1, Ajay Thakur of Jalandhar 2 and Pankil Sharma of Ropar 3; 50 m backstroke (girls-I) Suhapanpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 1, Azalpreet Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Gargi of Amritsar 3; 50 m backstroke (boys-II) Abhinav Dudeja of Amritsar 1, Akshit Bawa of Ludhiana 2 and Jaspreet Singh of Sangrur 3; 50 m backstroke (girls-II) Richansha of Sangrur 1, Amandeep Kaur of Jalandhar 2 and Shivani of Gurdaspur 3.

200 m freestyle (boys-I) Rajabhan Singh of Patiala 1, Damandeep Singh of Sangrur 2 and Kuldeep Singh of Jalandhar 3; 200 m freestyle (girls-I) Arashpreet Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana 1, Sehajbir Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Aarushi Gupta of Ludhiana 3; 200 m freestyle (boys-II) Shubham Manchanda of Ferozepur 1, Paramdeep Singh of Patiala 2 and Gurinderjit Singh of Sangrur 3; 200 m freestyle (girls-II) Shubh Karman Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1, Alisha Sharma of Patiala 2 and Manvi Matta of Ferozepur 3.

4x100 m freestyle relay (girls-I) Sangrur 1, Ludhiana 2 and Patiala 3; 4x100 m freestyle relay (boys-I) Jalandhar 1, Patiala 2 and Sangrur 3.

800 m freestyle (girls-I) Arshpreet Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana 1, Arpanjit Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Aarushi Gupta of Ludhiana 3; 100 m backstroke (boys-I) Inderpal Singh of Ropar 1, Ajay Thakur of Jalandhar 2 and Navdeep Singh of Amritsar 3.



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