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NRI, kin booked in dowry case
Man moves rights panel against wife 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
In an unusual case, an NRI husband has knocked at the doors of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission stating his wife in a dowry case at the behest of a Punjab police cop was implicating him.

Usually women have been knocking at the doors of the human rights and the women rights commission alleging excesses on them.

Dr Paramjit Singh Randhwa, who is settled in Christchurch, New Zealand and facing an alleged divorce law suit against his wife Gagandeep Kaur, also a New Zealand citizen, from the past two years has requested the Human Rights Commission to intervene in the matter.

Dr Randhawa, who is working as a scientist in New Zealand has alleged that his brother-in-law, who is a police officer has wrongfully framed his family in a dowry case and arrested his father Bahadur Singh Randhawa (65), former Comptroller in Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Sciences University, in a dowry case.

The Ludhiana police from Delhi recently nabbed Bahadur Singh after he returned from Vancouver, Canada. He has currently been remanded in judicial custody.

Complainant Satinder Kaur, mother of victim Gagandeep Kaur, has alleged that her son-in-law Dr Randhawa, has an illicit relation with woman and he is planning to marry her and trying to take her family abroad.

Satinder Kaur alleged her daughter was being mistreated by her husband and forcibly thrown out of the house after she gave birth to the second girl child.

Satinder alleged that in-laws of her daughter had demanded dowry from her. Though, Gagan’s father passed away well before her marriage, Gagan’s family members spent handsome amount on her wedding.

She further alleged that her son- in-law had recently suffered losses in business after which her daughter’s in-laws started demanding more dowry from her for reestablish Paramjit Singh’s business.

Paramjit has rubbished all these allegations. He said he had opted for divorce in New Zealand and the case would be decided on August 11. He alleged that the dowry case lodged in the city was to pressurise him to stop the divorce proceeding.

The police has booked Paramjit Singh, Bahadur Singh, Nachatar Kaur, Gurpreet Singh for demanding more dowry.


Customers suffer as ATMs run dry
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The two days’ strike by bank employees that ended yesterday had not paralysed its functioning but had also dried up ATMs of various banks.

As the cash by majority of the banks in their respective ATMs could not be deposited yesterday, the harassed customers had to make rounds of a few ATMs to withdraw the money.

According to bank officials, the working will get streamlined by tomorrow as no transactions could take place in the banks today due to the holiday.

A survey conducted by The Tribune revealed that several ATMs in areas like Ghumar Mandi, Kailash Chowk, BRS Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, and Ferozpur Road etc remained non-functional today due to cash crunch. An official of the Indian Overseas Bank, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that they had received several complaints of this nature from customers.

“There must be hundreds of ATMs of different banks in the city. Cash is generally deposited after two days. With bank employees going on August 6 and 7, no work could take place, as the cash could not be deposited in each ATM on Saturday. Though, the banks must have tried to deposit the cash in ATMs but it was not possible to cover each ATM in the city. I feel the problem of cash-crunch in ATMs will be resolved by tomorrow evening”, the official added.

Meanwhile, the customers rued over the services being provided by the leading banks also. As per new directions, the customer of a particular bank could withdraw money from any other ATM without being charged for the same. Still, people found it difficult to withdraw money as these ATMs, too, got dried.

Suman Lata, a resident of the Rani Jhansi road, said she had never faced this kind of problem before. “We have three to four ATMs of different banks near our place. If one is not working, money can easily be withdrawn from another.

But today, the ATMs showed signs like “Sorry, unable to proceed”, “ATM temporarily out of order”, “Sorry to continue with your transaction” etc. I had to make rounds of ATMs in the hot weather. Ultimately, I got cash from one of the ATMs at Feroz Gandhi Market”, she complained.

A security guard of a private bank at the Kailash Cinema road said withdrawal was not possible as there was no money in the ATM. 



Power Woes
People take to streets against erratic supply
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
As the power cuts of seven to eight hours are being imposed in the city for the past several days, and there have been widespread complaints of cable or transformer faults not being attended for hours together, especially during late evening and night hours, the exasperated city residents have virtually taken to streets to vent their ire against the officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for their utter failure in the crisis management.

Irked over major disruption in power supply on Friday night and most part of the day, residents staged dharnas at Jalandhar Bypass and the Rahon Road, which led to traffic jams on these national highways for more than an hour. Earlier in the day, a large number of residents, majority of them women, held a demonstration at the Kakowal Road office of the PSEB while group of irate residents gheraoed the Haibowal complaint centre to express their resentment against a faulty transformer and persistent low voltage in the area.

The police had to intervene to persuade the protesters to disperse at the Jalandhar Bypass and the Rahon Road, which became possible after the senior officials of the PSEB assured the residents that snags in the system will be rectified and power supply restored by afternoon.

Power supply played truants on Saturday night as well when thousands of residents of Dugri in Urban Estate and the Model Town area had to spend a sleepless night due to major snag in the power supply which could not be set right till late morning. “We received power barely for half-an-hour in the morning and thereafter a three-hour cut was imposed. There is no officials word about the fault in transmission system being rectified and we shall have to run after the line staff once again if power is not restored after the cut,” said a few residents of the affected area.

In the posh residential locality of Green Park in Civil Lines, power supply to more than 100 houses remained disturbed throughout the night as one the phase was cut off from the transformer due to technical fault. The households served from that particular phase had to go without power while supply to those consumers with three-phase connections was also affected.

The PSEB officials, however, claimed that all efforts were being made by the field staff to rectify the faults. “Minor cable faults, or fixing up a blown fuse at the transformer are attended to immediately and power supply restored. 



Bomb hoax spreads panic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
In the wake of the Republic Day celebrations, a bomb hoax call by a youth to settle score with her girlfriend held two major hospitals to ransom and made patients and attendants panicky here today.

The incident took place this afternoon, when DMC and CMC hospitals receptionist received a call that a bomb has been panted in their hospitals and it would explode at 5 pm. The police and security agencies sounded high alert and intensive search operation was launched in these hospitals.

The bomb disposal squad was pressed into service. They combed every nook and cranny of the hospitals for a bomb. Both DMC and CMC were turned into garrisons as the news spread that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was coming for treatment in the hospital.

The hospital authorities acted responsibly and snubbed the news and termed it as a bomb hoax call. Cops were able to bring the situation under control and they did no let the situation go off hand.

On probing the matter, the police found that the bomb call came from Rohtak. The police contacted the caller again. The youth revealed that he had made the bomb hoax call to settle score with her girlfriend, who betrayed her. He said he stolen the SIM of his girlfriend and made bomb hoax call at these hospitals.

Giving details, DSP Varinder Brar said teams had been dispatched to Rohtak to arrest the youth. Meanwhile, patients and attendant faced lots of inconvenience. “I came to visit my friend who is undergoing treatment for gastroenteritis. No sooner I reached his ward, the news of bomb-spread panic. Even my friend who is bedridden was trying to escape,” said Pramod Prashar of New Kundanpuri.



No fresh diarrhoea cases in Muslim colony
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
No fresh case of diarrhoea has been reported from Muslim Colony and the Ranjit Nagar localities around Sherpur in the city during the past 24 hours and most of the patients were recovering, claimed health officials.

Both health department and the municipal corporation continued their vigorous awareness drive to educate the residents of diseases-prone localities against water-borne and vector-borne diseases today.

A team of the mass media and education wing of the health department, led by district mass media and education officer Satish Sachdeva went round Sherpur Kalan, Sherpur Khurd, Ranjit Nagar, Fauji Colony, Deep Nagar, Muslim Colony and Railway Colony localities during the day to make people aware of water-borne diseases like jaundice, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, cholera and typhoid.

“The residents of the disease-prone areas were advised to maintain personal hygiene, keep their surroundings clean, drink chlorinated 

or preferably boiled water, avoid consumption of uncovered or stale food items,” said an official note of the health department.

In the wake of a few cases of dengue also being reported from the city, the people were asked to replace water in the room coolers at least once a week, drain out all water from discarded pots, utensils and tyres to break the mosquito breeding cycle.

Meanwhile, the teams of O and M wing of the municipal corporation also inspected numerous houses, commercial establishments and institutions in Maya Nagar, Udham Singh Nagar and several other localities in Zone D to check the stagnating water in room coolers as a preventive step against breeding of mosquitoes and outbreak of dengue.

The residents were directed to make sure that water was not allowed to stagnate anywhere inside or around their houses, Nachattar Singh, SDO (O and M), Zone D of the civic body, said.



BJP leader booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Krishan Lal Ahuja, an industrialist of Jodhewal Basti, said BJP leader Paramjit Singh was allegedly trying to usurp Ahuja’s land with the help of his goons.

Ahuja said the police reached the spot and nabbed the goons and also seized sharp-edged weapons from their possession.

However, Paramjit Singh managed to flee the spot. Ahuja alleged that the leader who was hiding had been threatening him of dire consequences.

He urged the police to arrest the leader soon as he was concerned abouthis safety. 



3 kids die of food poisoning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Three children died after having dinner, while the condition of mother, ollidevi, was said to be serious.

The incident took place last night when the children after having dinner started vomiting and were rushed to Raghunath Hospital, where they succumbed during the treatment.

The deceased have been identified as Deepak (5), Soni (4) and Suraj (3).



Fee Hike
Pvt schools sore over SC verdict 
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The managements of the private schools have not relished the Supreme Court’s verdict directing them not to hike the fee and asking the government to set up a regulatory authority.

Sources of the management said they were not indulging in commercialisation of education. They pleaded that they would not be able to implement the Sixth Pay Commission grades in the absence of fee hike.

They added that the government’s interference in the private schools would deteriorate the standards of education.

RS Patial, principal, DAV School, said the apex court verdict would lead to more restrictions on the private schools.

He said: “How could they implement the Sixth Pay Commission scales if there was no fee hike? The education standards in the private schools would go down, but the institutes are helpless, they have to abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court”.

Ashwini Kumar, manager, Kundan Vidya Mandir, said the school had not received the copy of the verdict hitherto and refrained from making any comments.

Col DB Sharma, director, Satpaul Mittal School, said the verdict had hit the academic independence of the institution. “Ours is a non-profit and non-commercial institution and we will raise the fee according to our needs, as permitted by the court verdict.”

DP Guleria, principal, BCM School, said funds were needed to provide better infrastructure, but there should be no binding on the private schools as they were paying higher salaries to the teachers as compared to the government ones.

Whereas, parents have welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court. Gurpreet Kaur, mother of a student, said the verdict was a relief to middle-class, especially the service class. 



Masses told to preserve environment
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, August 9
An environment awareness seminar-cum-exhibition was organised by Jeewan Jot Social Welfare organisation at Sidhwan Bet yesterday.

Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, an environmentalist and member of the Punjab Pollution Control Board presided over the seminar.

It was attended by MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Sohan Singh Slempura, Dr Gurdeep Singh, Harnek Singh Rode, agriculture development officer of Moga, Sarpanch Paramjit Singh and others.

Water shortage is the biggest problem in Punjab, Sant Seechawal said.

He said if the masses would not conserve water, the situation would worsen. The speakers stressed on using less fertilisers and insecticides in the fields. Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Aulakh, Dr Harjinder Singh, Surjeet Singh Lodhiwala and others also addressed the gathering. Sant Seechawal planted 550 saplings in the area. 



75,000 saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The Zila Parishad has planted as many as 75,000 saplings in various parts of the district under the NREGA scheme.

This was stated yesterday by Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman of the Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, while addressing a meeting to review the campaign at Zila Parishad complex here yesterday.

Devinder Singh, ADC (D), Vishal Chauhan, DFO, Mahinder Singh Grewal, DDPO, Amarjit Singh Gujral, secretary of the Zila Parishad and the BDPOs of the district also attended the meeting.

Ayali said 9,600 saplings had been planted in Block Ludhiana-I, 10,500 saplings in Ludhiana-II, 3,600 in Khanna, 3,500 in Samrala, 8,500 in Doraha, 3,000 in Sudhar, 4,800 in Payal, 6,000 in Jagraon, 7,000 in Raikot, 6,800 in Dehlon and 13,000 in Sidhwan Bet.

He said these trees had been planted alongside roads falling under the Zila Parishad schools, dispensaries, BDO offices and various villages.

He said the large scale plantation would definitely help in improving the environment. He told the people to also create awareness among the masses about the importance of the plantation.



Guru Nanak School reopens today
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, August 9
Guru Nanak Public School at Mullanpur village will reopen on Monday after the management closed it on Thursday last.

All teachers were on strike since then and seeing no close end of the demands of the teachers, the management decided to close the school till a mutual understanding with the teachers was reached.

Over 60 teachers of this CBSE affiliated school having more than thousand students were demanding non-removal of temporary staff.

Besides, the teachers were also demanding all the pending increments, including 17 per cent DA due since April. They were demanding new grades as promised, equality in gratuity, medical leave, salary of job done on vacations and rising retirement age to 60 as per the CBSE rules.

The management expressed its inability to pay 17 per cent DA due to financial crunch but said the medical and PF were given to the teachers as per law.

They said they were paying 54 per cent DA, as compared to 64 per cent of the government which was much higher as compared to other private schools. They said strike without notice was unethical and nobody would be allowed to disturb the discipline of the school.

The school was facing difficulties since long due to the dispute within the management. The teachers had always gained from the dispute and this time also they managed to convince the management to accept their demands. Only after this assurance, the teachers agreed to take their classes from Monday onward.



Excess water can affect maize crop: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Maize requires adequate moisture and warm climate from seed germination to flowering. Extremely high temperature and low humidity may lead to pollen desiccation, resulting in poor seed set.

Well-distributed rainfall of 50-75 cm is enough for its proper growth, says Dr Jasbir Singh Chawla and Dr DS Bhatti of department of plant breeding and genetics.

Various abiotic stresses such as heat stress, drought stress and excess water stress affect the crop growth adversely at various stages, said the scientists, adding that the maize crop experiences a major setback, if these stresses are not taken care of at their appropriate stage and this may lead to drastic yield losses.

The maize scientists observed that the crop sown during the kharif season occasionally faced extreme climatic conditions. Water stagnation caused by heavy rainfall, flooding of water in poorly drained soils is one of the most important produ

ction constraints.

Excessive moisture severely affects the plant growth and development. Under conditions of high temperature and excessive moisture, the plants may not survive even more than 24 hours, whereas low temperatures may prolong the survival.

Maize seed can be germinated under wet soil conditions in the presence of nominal oxygen, but further growth is highly susceptible to excess soil moisture stress, they added.

The experts further said there was no ventilation system in maize plants for gaseous exchange between above ground plant parts and inundated roots.

The other important secondary effects of excessive moisture are leaching of mineral nutrients and essential intermediate metabolites from the roots, due to volume of water in which they are immersed.

However, proximate causes of plant injury can be oxygen-deficit or mineral nutrient imbalances, decrease in cytokinins or other hormones released from the roots, a decrease in available soil nitrogen and nitrogen uptake, increase in toxic compounds in soil such as methane, ethylene, ferrous ions or manganese, said Dr Chawla and Dr Bhatti.

They suggested that for better crop growth and yield, adequate supply of water had been essential. To avoid flooding, drain away excess water by making a drain of adequate capacity at the lower end of the field. Damage due to standing water can be minimised by spraying of three per cent urea solution (6 kg urea/acre in two sprays) at weekly intervals in case of moderate damage or broadcast additional 25-50 kg urea per acre in case of moderate to severe damage only after cleansing the flood water.



Insanitary Conditions 
Virtually isolated Dehlon residents living in fear
Mahesh Sharma

Dehlon, August 9
Even as higher authorities, including the courts have taken a serious note of unhygienic conditions posing threat to human lives, stagnant water in under constriction drain and ditches at this village situated along the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway is forcing people to live in stench and under threat of diseases.

The open drain and unfilled ditches have also restricted the movement of people living in houses situated here and visiting commercial establishments too. Marriage palaces, nursing homes, shops and mechanical workshops are worst affected, as their business has remained closed for month’s altogether.

All appeals made by residents before contractors undertaking the World Bank projects and the government officials had fallen on deaf ears.

The officials supervising the construction work near the locality said the drain would be covered after slabs meant for the purpose arrive.

Investigations revealed that slow and haphazard work on the four-laning of the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road had made life of the residents of this locality a hell. Those living and running establishment near the Sahnewal Chowk are the worst affected.

“State of affairs is so bad on rainy days that we get geographically isolated besides being forced to breath in stinky atmosphere around. Apprehending that someone might not loose life by falling in water filled ditches and uncovered drain, we have asked our friends and relatives not to visit us on rainy days,” said Dr Ram Sarup Batish, director, Neel Kanth Nursing Home. His son, a medical college lecturer, travels by bus as his car has been blocked inside house for more than two months after workers dug a ditch in front of it.

Bir Pal Singh, another resident, alleged that the officials of the contractor had not allowed the residents to fill ditches even. “When we tried to make our door accessible by filling sand in drain and ditch, they threatened to initiate action against us,” he said alleging uncovered drain would facilitate breeding of pathogens and cause threat to life and property of passers by too. 



Vet varsity submits project to dairy board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A workshop for a project on economics of the milk production was organised at the department of dairy economics and business management, College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, recently. The Punjab Dairy Development Board had released Rs 50 lakh for the project which was submitted by the university.

During the workshop, technical aspects of the project, including the framing of a questionnaire for data collection, selection of appropriate methodology and final recommendations expected out of the project were discussed. Experts from various institutions, state departments, procurement agencies and farmers put forward their suggestions for the proper planning and execution of the project, which will have far-reaching implications on the future of dairy in the state and the country.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, had chaired the session. He said the procurement price of the milk was determined without considering the realistic estimates of its production. According to a few dairy farmers, this system is not conducive for the growth of the dairy sector.

Prior to this, the Central and the state governments with the help of a few agricultural universities had carried out the survey of producing major crops before fixing the procurement price, but no such mechanisms had been developed for determining the cost of the procurement price of the milk.

VK Singh, MD, Milkfed, co-chairman of the session, said the project would help in calculating the right cost of the milk and would help in increasing its procurement by the cooperative sector.

Inderjit Singh, director, Punjab Dairy Development Board, said the outcomes of the project would help farmers in planning their future for earning more profits from the dairy farming. Dr KK Datta, professor and head, division of dairy economics and management, NDRI, Karnal, also put forth his views on the project.

Dr OS Parmar, dean, College of Dairy Technology, gave tips on better implementation of the project. He stressed that the farmers could help in framing out the guidelines of the project.

Daljit Singh, president, Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association, said the project would be beneficial for the dairy farmers of Punjab and the country. Dr Inderpreet Kaur, assistant professor, also spoke on the occasion. 



Tete-a-tete with Tabassum
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Known as the “first lady of the entertainment world”, Tabassum has been associated with the entertainment industry for over 62 years. She started her career at the age of five. After movies, she moved to the small screen and anchored the famous TV show “Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan” for 21 years. She credits her success to her childlike behaviour and says that there are many who still call her “Baby Tabassum”. She says, “My range is from KL Saigal to Baba Sehgal, Devika Mukherjee to Rani Mukherji”. At present, Tabassum is associated with Zee TV show “Ladies Special Hasne Hasaane K Tonic”. In a conversation with her:

Ques: You left the big screen for small screen, how do you feel about this?

Ans: When I started working for the small screen, many used to laugh at me and would make nasty comments, too. But various Bollywood stars are seen on the small screen these days. Hence, I have been a trendsetter for the masses, for my journey has shown that one does come on a small screen from the big one.

Ques: Why did you choose this programme for a comeback?

Ans: I have been associated with comedy since long. But, I feel that the nowadays comedy shows are vulgar. With this show, I am trying to change the image of the today’s era woman - she is not only associated with saas-bahu sagas, she can do comedy as well.

Ques: How are you judging the contestants?

Ans: Content is the most important parameter of judgment for me. I feel that it should be new, and if it is old, the presentation should be fresh. In fact, the presentation is also an important factor. A great presence of mind and confidence work wonders.

Ques: Many people feel that women have less sense of humour than men. What do you say?

Ans: I would not like to comment on this. After this show, I do not think that anyone will say so after seeing this show.

Ques: What kind of serials do you watch?

Ans: To be honest, I only see National Geographic and Discovery. For they enhance one’s knowledge and are interesting too.

Ques: What do you feel has changed in television over the last few years?

Ans: While there has been a rapid change in the content of television shows, I still feel that a few old concepts were better. Nowadays there is no clear policy.

Ques: Do you have any unfulfilled wishes?

Ans: I have accepted everything God has given me. I learnt Bharatnatyam and Kathakali when I was very young. I am a writer, poet and have been working as a magazine editor for the last 15 years. I have achieved a lot, though my one wish is to act on the silver screen as a heroine.

Ques: Any childhood memories that you would like to share?

Ans: When I began my career as a child actress, my name used to go as “And Baby Tabassum”. I would always think that ‘and’ was a part of my name. Whenever anyone would ask me my name, I would promptly reply “And Baby Tabassum”. This always made everyone laugh.

Ques: Who is your inspiration?

Ans: My mother. She was a journalist and a Parsi and Urdu scholar. Despite being born in a Muslim family, she was inclined towards Hinduism. She married to a Hindu boy in those days. She was a true fighter and she has been an inspiration always.

Ques: Would you like to say anything about the young generation?

Ans: I would like to say that success without respect is meaningless. The day you feel that you have become a perfect human being, your progress will stop.



Vet don attends congress in Germany
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Dr Pritam Kaur Sidhu, associate professor, department of epidemiology and preventive veterinary medicine, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, took part in the Congress of European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (EAVPT) held at Leipzig, Germany.

The theme of the paper presented in the congress was "Use of PK-PD modelling approach to minimise the risk of resistance emergence against antimicrobials".



Residents vow to conserve water
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 9
Residents of a few villages of Sudhar and Pakhowal blocks have vowed to conserve potable water and to associate themselves with the World Bank project to ensure availability of clean potable water to the residents of 100 villages in its first phase.

This pledge was taken in the presence of Mohammad Ishfaq, Executive Engineer, in charge of the World Bank project, and SAD leaders led by Jagdev Singh Talwandi.

Interacting with a team of officials of the water supply and sanitation department and SAD leaders during Teej celebrations organised at a few villages of the block, residents of Rajjoana, Heran, Sudhar, Talwandi and Mohi villages vowed to make the scheme a success.

Earlier, Talwandi and Ishfaq appealed to the residents to help the government in achieving the target of providing clean potable water to all by 2012.

A World Bank project costing Rs 1280.3 crore had been launched to provide healthy sanitary conditions and clean drinking water to the residents of 100 villages of the state in the first phase.

The department of water supply and sanitation is implementing the Rs 1,280-crore World Bank-assisted project for providing safe and quality drinking water to the villages of Punjab. This project is implemented in community participation mode. The project has already been commissioned successfully in some villages, including Rajoana Kalan.

In order to sensitise residents about significance of conservation of potable water, the department has started organising awareness seminars at educational institutes of the area.

The main objective of arranging these seminars is to sensitise the rural community, especially the women, about the use of safe and quality drinking water and water conservation. The function was organised at the village primary school.



450 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 9
Nearly 450 patients suffering from optical and dental diseases were examined and free medicines were given to them at a medical check-up camp.

The medical camp was organised by Maa Bhagwati Club at Pindi Dayal Dharamshala in Civil Lines here today.

Teams of doctors comprising eye specialist Dr Ramesh, dental surgeons Dr Devinder and Dr Rohini Soni and orthopaedic surgeon Dr JL Bassi.

Paramedics also accompanied the doctors.

Pandit Bhim Sen Vashisht inaugurated the camp while Additional Deputy Commissioner Devinder Singh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Prominent among others present at the camp were Sukhdev Thapar, Gurcharan Wadhera, Avinash Sikka, area councillors Raju Thapar and Harish Goyal.



City to host global health expo from Aug 22
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 9
Paramount Exhibitors in collaboration with the International Trade Promotion Council will bring a four-day International Health Expo and Conferences from August 22 at Perfect Palace, Samrala Chowk, here.

The exhibition will also host a "healthy baby show" and another "meet the expert" programme. "This is the second such health expo that the company is holding. We decided to bring the show to Ludhiana after receiving a phenomenal response to the same in Chandigarh in February this year,’’ said Harish Arora, CEO, Paramount Exhibitors.

To be inaugurated by Dr Yash Sharma, president, Indian Medical Association, Punjab, the show has already received confirmations from over 5,300 doctors. Efforts are on to hold a blood donation camp at the venue.

The aim is to provide a pioneering and value-based platform for interaction among the healthcare professionals, manufacturers, distributors of medical equipment and technology industry, medical associations, societies under one roof, with an overall mission to accelerate the growth of the healthcare industry worldwide.

Corporate presentations by manufacturers and suppliers of medical, diagnostic, laboratory, pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical, biotechnological and physiotherapy equipment are also being planned at the venue.

A "meet the health experts" programme have been planned throughout the event, wherein registered patients will have direct interaction with a panel of specialists. Concurrent seminars on medical tourism, healthy living and hospital management plus current health issues will be held during the expo making it a total healthcare extravaganza.

The first such show was held in February last at Chandigarh, which turned out to be a resounding success. A total 12,683 health industry professionals had visited the show.



Folk dance marks Teej celebrations
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 9
Traditional fervour marked Teej celebrations organised at educational institutes of the town and nearby areas.

The campuses of Janta College for Women, MGMN Senior Secondary School, DAV High School and Guru Hargobind Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Bahadurgarh, reverberated with the beat of drums.

Usha Rani, president, municipal council, presided over the function at Gandhi School and Harbans Kaur Sekha, vice-president, was the chief guest.

Gurvinder Kaur of Chhappar and Kusum Lata Mediratta presided over the functions at Khalsa School and DAV School on Saturday.

Students presented songs depicting the Punjabi culture that left the audience spellbound. Girls attired in traditional outfits performed folk dances as well.

Surinder Kaur, principal, Janta College, expressed concern over the crumbling folk arts, including application of mehndi.

She said mehndi not only beautified the hands, rather had medical importance as well. The leaves of mehndi contained certain ingredients, which helped the human body to fight diseases, Surinder Kaur said. 



Loan for roof gardens
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
If you are planning to beautify your home with a kitchen garden or roof garden with fruits and vegetables, you can easily get financial assistance from Indian Overseas Bank.

Chief regional manager, IOB, VK Gupta said many independent houses, bungalows, guest houses, offices and private institutions had an open space inside the compound and on the terrace, which could be used for horticultural purposes like raising kitchen garden or decorative horticulture to be undertaken by owners of the house, occupants and housewives.

Gupta said the objective had been to extend retail credit facility on easy terms for raising such gardens. Individuals should possess an independent house having at least 500 square feet of open space for gardening. For raising roof garden, similar area of open roof space must be available.

Privately owned schools, guest houses offices, hospitals and hotels, having at least 1,000 square feet of open space, were eligible. The maximum loan amount was Rs 10,000 for every 1,000 square feet of garden space.

The bank is also roping NGOs, voluntary organisations and eco-friendly organisations to market the product, which will not only help in reducing pollution, but will also increase the greener-cover.



Campaign against female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 9
Activists and office-bearers of the Mata Raj Rajeshwari Mandir Management Committee vowed to work for the success of a campaign launched against female foeticide.

The oath was taken on the occasion of annual fair organised in the mandir at Nathu Majra today.

Inderjit Sharma, convener of the event presided over.

According to Manohar Lal Kaushal, general secretary, office-bearers of the association had realised that rural masses were unaware about the consequences of female foeticide and women illiteracy.

“Though government agencies have been trying to aware people about the consequences of gender bias, the lower strata of society in general and rural masses in particular are ignorant of the consequences of the social evils,” he said.

Earlier, a large number of devotees from Paitkey clan paid obeisance to their family goddess and langar was served to all.

Karam Chand Kaushal, Kuldeep Sharma, Shashi Kant Kaushal and Raghu Nandan Sharma were present.



Traders against ban on iron scrap import 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 9
The North India Importers’ Association at a meeting chaired by its chief Ved Dewan here yesterday has called the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India on July 21 as contrary to the interest of the traders and the industry.

Talking to the mediapersons Dewan said the traders used to make a bulk purchase of iron scrap from abroad out of which the furnace owners could make the purchase of their choice. In the past, traders imported 70 per cent of scrap while the user furnaces directly imported 30 per cent of scrap.

Total bank on purchase of scrap through traders will affect the industry, as it will have to undergo a long process of direct purchase causing delay in arrival of material. This process will bring down the tax collection of Custom, Sales Tax and Income tax departments, Dewan added.

He suggested that the government should withdraw the notification and introduce ‘Form 9’ for traders or make some amendments in the existing rules instead of banning the trade in iron scrap through traders.



Relevance of agronomic research highlighted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A talk on “Enhancing agronomic research relevance and use with crop models” was organised by the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Society of Agronomy in the agronomy department, Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday.

Dr James W Jones, professor at University of Florida, Gainesville (US), was the speaker on the occasion. Dr Jones is a pioneer in the field of crop modelling and has over 40 years of experience in the system analysis and computer simulation of the agricultural systems.

Speakers stressed on complementing field experimentation with agronomic models to use it as a predictive tool. Dr Jones highlighted the concepts, issues and criticism regarding the use of crop models for decision making.

He also presented research findings on crop modelling along with climate forecasting work done in the US.

Dr Jones was here to discuss the progress of the ongoing US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative (AKI) project on sustainable water resource management- a collaborative project between Punjab Agricultural University and University of Florida.

Director of research, Dr PS Minhas, and registrar Dr RK Mahey, PAU, were also present.

Dr US Walia, president of chapter-cum-head of the agronomy department while Dr Krishan Kumar Vashist, vice-president, proposed a vote of thanks, welcomed the speaker.



Blood donation camp at Khalsa College
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 9
Red Cross Society of GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, organised a blood donation camp in the memory of Sant Baba Piara Singh Ji.

Dr Sukhvir Kaur and her staff from civil hospital Samrala contributed in this noble cause. Principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana inaugurated the camp. College students and a large number of people from nearby villages donated blood.

The blood donation camp committee also thanked college principal for organising the camp on college premises and honoured her by presenting a memento. Also, certificates were handed over to blood donors.



Homosexuality: BJP against change in Sec 377
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Members of the BJP legal cell today condemned the amendments made in Section 377 of the IPC by the Centre thereby putting a legal tag on homosexuality in the country. Addressing a meeting here today, RP Dhir, president of the BJP legal cell, said by legalising homosexuality, the government had sent a wrong message to the countrymen and posed a threat to society.

Besides this, the BJP legal cell also condemned the joint statement made by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. Dr Dhir said this was for the first time that a joint statement contains a unilateral reference by Pakistan to threats in Balochistan. “Obviously the invisible finger was pointed at India for allegedly fomenting trouble in Pakistan,” Dhir added.



Freedom fighters remembered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The District Youth Congress activists today paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the 67th anniversary of Quit India Movement here today.

Dimple Rana, president of outfit, said by remembering all those who participated in the movement, they expressed their gratitude towards them.

He said it was due to the dedicated efforts of those people that India attained freedom.

The District Congress Committee (rural), too, observed the day by paying tributes to the freedom fighters.

Advocate Bhalinder Singh said they were indebted to the countrymen who laid their lives for the freedom of the country.



Play by Paresh Rawal on Aug 22
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) is all set to bring more entertainment for its members through a comedy play, “Shaadi@barbaadi.com” by Paresh Rawal and his troupe.

The show will be held on August 22 at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Ferozepur road, Ludhiana, at 7.30 pm.The play provides insightful commentary on relationships and the importance of compromises at various levels to sustain it.



Car thief arrested
Our Correspondent

Raikot, August 9
The Ludhiana (Rural) police achieved a major success with the arrest of a member of inter-state gang of car thieves. A luxury car worth Rs 7 lakh was also seized from his possession.

Pritam Singh, in charge, CIA, Jagraon, said on being tipped off that Lakhvir Singh of Leelan village and his associate Gurnam Singh, alias Gama Pehalwan of Ladhowal village, were going towards the Kaily Chowk in a stolen car they nabbed Lakhvir Singh and seized a Tevera car (HR 34 B 4798) from his possession.

Gurnam Singh was not in the car. The car was bearing a fake registration number of Haryana. Lakhvir Singh, however, said the vehicle was given to him by Gurnam Singh and was not aware whether it was stolen or not. The in charge stated that the duo used to steal cars from other states and used to sell it in Punjab on the basis of fake documents. A case has been registered against the accused at the Sudhar police station. The court remanded the suspect in two days police custody. 



4 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Raikot, August 9
The Raikot police has booked four persons for assaulting a man and his pregnant wife.

The accused attacked the victims with sharp-edge weapons at their residence in the broad daylight of Friday afternoon.

In a complaint to the Jagraon SSP, victim Jasvir Singh alleged that the seven accused attacked him and his seven-month pregnant wife with swords and baseball bats. He added that the accused had an old enmity with them.

Though they informed the Raikot police about this, it was reluctant to take an action against the accused, for all were close aids to an influential Akali leader.

A case has been registered against Ladi of Raikot and Bhaga, Neela of Raikot and Ganja of Gobindgarh village under the Sections 452, 324, 323, 354, 34 of the IPC.

The injured have been admitted to the Raikot civil hospital. 



Postmaster robbed of  Rs 1,700
Our Correspondent

Raikot, August 9
A sub-postmaster at the Raikot post office was robbed by some motorcyclist yesterday. Satwant Kaur reported to the police that yesterday after the office hours when she was returning to her house at local Idgah road, two youths on a motorcycle snatched her handbag and fled. She said the bag contained Rs 1,700, gold earnings and documents, besides, the post office keys. The police has registered a case against unidentified snatchers under Sections 356, 34 of the IPC.



Youth commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 9
A youth committed suicide by jumping before a train yesterday. The incident took place at Chowkiman village when Resham Singh (24) of Mor Karima village committed suicide by jumping before a Ludhiana-bound freight train in the wee hour yesterday. Resham Singh, a JCB driver, had returned from Dubai about two months.

He had suffered heavy losses during his four years of stay in Dubai.

He used to remain mentally upset these days and had came out of his house at 4 am on the pretext of going for a morning walk.

The Railways, after recording the statement of Jaswant Singh, his younger brother, proceeded under Section 174 of the Cr.PC. 



Three shops burgled
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, August 9
Thieves struck at three shops here last night and fled away with mobile phones, cash and iron rods. All shops are situated in main markets that have community police officers and police on patrolling. Besides, traffic runs in the area even during night hours.

Vishkarma Telecom, situated in Machiwara main market, was also burgled. The thieves damaged its shutters and had stolen mobile phone sets worth Rs 30,000.

The owner of the shop, Harpreet Singh, said when he raised the shutter of the shop today, its locks were found broken and mobile phone sets were missing.

The second incident took place near Gani Thaan Nathin Thana gate on Kohara road. At the Takiar Hardware shop, thieves only aimed at the vault meant for collecting cash. Owner of the shop Rakesh Takiar said Rs 2,000 had been missing from the vault.

In yet another incident, thieves struck at Rahon road at the shop of Bhupinder Singh who deals in scrap. Thieves broke into the shop after demolishing a portion of the roof. The thieves had stolen around five quintals bearing, two electric run motors, iron weights and old shafts worth Rs 35,000.

Cases have been registered against unidentified accused.



16 women cricketers selected
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 9
As many as 16 women cricketers were selected after the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines, here today.

The selected cricketers for district teams (senior and u-19) will take part in the Punjab State Inter-District under 19 Women's Cricket Tournament and the Inter-District Cricket Championship to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from this month.

The selection panel included Chaman Lal Malhotra, Naresh Marwaha and Anuradha, who supervised the aspirants before finalising the senior 16-member team.

The under-19 team would be selected tomorrow as some of the aspirants could not attend the trials.

The names of the senior women cricketers are Rajinder Kaur, Pooja, Neha, Ruby Sharma, Bhawna, Baldeep Kaur, Preeti, Ruby Thakur, Ramandeep Kaur, Manjinder Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, Ramanpreet Kaur, Khushwinder Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Harpreet Kaur.

The selected players have been asked to report on Khalsa College ground tomorrow at 4 pm.



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