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H1N1 scare claims life
City hospital charged with criminal negligence

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 11
For Ajay Pal Singh (32), who was admitted to a city hospital after being afflicted with suspected H1N1 fever and chest congestion turned out to be fatal.

The panic among the medical and paramedical staff of the hospital had rendered the patient unattended for several hours and, ultimately, the hospital authorities forced the family of the patient to shift him to the PGI, Chandigarh, where the patient, even though testing negative for swine flu, died of multiple organ failure allegedly due to undertaking the journey from Ludhiana to Chandigarh in an inadequately equipped ambulance provided by the hospital.

In a complaint lodged with the health authorities, copies of which have also been sent to the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohinder Pal Singh, chief manager with Punjab and Sind Bank and father of the patient Ajay Pal Singh, stated that his son was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital in the evening on October 4. Till the next morning, the attending doctors were saying that the condition of the patient was better and he was responding to treatment.

"Around 4.30 pm on October 5, all of a sudden, the doctors on duty, informed us that Ajay Pal was suspected to be suffering with swine flu and he ought to be shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh. Our plea to isolate the patient, as advised by the civil surgeon and also by the nodal officer, and continue his treatment, went unheeded and Ajay Pal Singh was forcibly discharged around 11 pm," the complaint maintained.

According to Mohinder Pal Singh, the hospital did provide an ambulance against a payment of Rs 8,200 and a doctor and two attendants also accompanied the patient, who, by this time, appeared to be in a bad condition. "The ventilator in the ambulance was non-functional and all through the one-and-a-half-hour journey to Chandigarh, Ajay Pal Singh was provided respiratory support through a hand-operated oxygen pump."

He said doctors at the PGI termed the condition of the patient "critical" and despite their best efforts, Ajay Pal died of multiple organ failure after about an hour allegedly due to inadequate life-saving support on his way to Chandigarh.

Having lost his only son, who left behind a six-year-old daughter and his wife, an unconsolable Mohinder Pal charged the city hospital with criminal negligence and called for strict action for professional misconduct and murder against the institution. "By creating scare of the patient being afflicted with swine flu and refusing treatment to him, the hospital has virtually killed my son," he maintained.

The civil surgeon, Dr Maninderjit Singh, told The Tribune that he had received the complaint. "It is a serious matter and we will conduct an inquiry to ascertain the fact so that proper action could be taken against the hospital, if the allegations are found to be correct."


Thousands swam city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

spirants from far-off places gathered at Ryan School in Ludhiana on Sunday to take part in auditions. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 11
Thousands of youngsters from Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana turned up in the wee hours here today to take part in the auditions for yet another reality show, "Dance India Dance" to be telecast on Zee TV.

The auditions for Season 2 were held at Ryan Public School. Similar auditions have already been conducted in Jaipur, Indore and Ahmedabad. The team is expected to move to places like Lucknow, Guwahati, Baroda, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai by the end of this month for more talent.

Five youngsters from various states made it to round 2. These include Avipreet from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Tamanna Sharma, BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Shveta Jain from Rishikesh, Abhishek from Pehowa, Haryana, and Ruhi Sharma from Rajasthan. The next round of auditions will be held in Delhi on November 3.

The auditions in Ludhiana had two rounds - Round 1 was judged by local judges like Teja Khan, Ramnik Rammi and Pammi Sidhu. The selected participants moved to Round 2 and were judged by the local Zee TV Creative Team.

Participants, along with their parents/guardians, reached the venue last night itself and spent the night outside the school, hoping to be the first in the queue for today's auditions. Queues started at 4 am and gates were opened at 9 am. Looking at the huge rush, registrations were stopped at 2 pm sharp by the organisers.

Ruchi Goel, one of the participants, said the show could provide the biggest platform for the aspiring dancers. "With grandmaster Mithun Chakravarty on the hot seat and mentors Terence, Remo and Geeta, the show gained popularity not only for its supreme talent, but also for its unique format. It is a dream to participate in such competition", she added.

According to the organisers, "Dance India Dance" was an amazing opportunity, which had come to discover hidden talent from Ludhiana. Close to 4,000 entries have already been received from the viewers in the city, who were keen to participate in the auditions. Best dancing talent was to be selected from across the nation and their mettle was to be judged on this platform.

The eminent jury members will identify the best of the best of Ludhiana. The winners will then head towards a series of grooming sessions for the ultimate competition in Mumbai and then finally the numero uno among them will be crowned as "India’s best dancer".



Actual workers 34, on record 64
Commissioner orders probe against ward 73 councillor for allegedly pocketing salaries of 30 sewaks
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha has ordered an inquiry against municipal councillor of ward 73 Baby Singh Thakur following allegations of embezzlement of funds under the garb of salaries to 30 employees of the Mohalla Sanitation Committees.

Sinha has directed medical officer Charanjit Uppal to look into the matter and submit a report to him. Confirming this, Sinha said he had asked Dr Uppal to look into the allegations levelled by safai sewaks that out of 64 sewaks’ salaries being withdrawn by her, she was allegedly pocketing 30 sewaks’ salaries, while the actual number of employees was only 34.

Talking to The Tribune, complainants, along with social activist Surjit Singh, said, "The Municipal Councillor had been cheating the civic body for the past one year. There are five Mohalla Sanitation Committees in the ward and only 34 workers are working in these. But the attendance records available with us show that there are 64 employees."

They said, "We have various evidences to prove our point and if a probe is conducted, the ugly face of politicians will come out. You will be astonished to know that the attendance registers, which are being produced to withdraw the salaries by the councillor, have thumb impressions, while some of these 34 employees know how to read and write." Why an educated person would like to give thumb impression, they questioned.

Surjit Singh said, "These workers had been quiet due to fear of losing their job." He alleged that the councillor was also deducting money from the meager salary of Rs 2,800 of these 34 employees.

He revealed that if calculations were made, around Rs 1 lakh was being pocketed allegedly by the councillor.

When municipal councillor Baby Singh Thakur was tried to be contacted, her husband picked up the phone and said she was out of station and would be available for comments tomorrow only.



Substandard Sweets
Sale of dry fruits soars
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Prior to Diwali, the “adulterated” and “substandard” sweets being seized by the health officials these days have cast shadow over its sale in the city. It may bit expensive but people prefer to buy dry fruits over sweets for avoiding various health hazards. The wholesale dealers of dry fruits have confirmed that the sales were more as compared to the last year.

Sales of dry fruits like cashew, almond, walnut, raisins and khurmani have started picking up in the city. The wholesale dealers are busy selling dry fruits to retailers in bulk quantities. And the retailers have adopted a novel way to lure the customers by distributing pamphlets regarding the “slashed” rates of dry fruits in various sections of media.

Almond (giri) was available for Rs 370 per kg by the wholesalers while cashew were available for Rs 425 per kg. High quality raisins were being sold to retailers for Rs 130 per kg. The rates of pistachio were as high as Rs 630 per kg while walnut was available between Rs 130-350 per kg.

A wholesale dealer at Kesar Ganj Mandi, Rajesh Goel informed that retailers wanted good quality dry fruit, which was bit expensive as compared to normal one. “Most of the dry fruit was coming from Kabul, Afghanistan and other Gulf countries. We sell dry fruit at wholesale prices but when it comes to retail market, the prices are further increased between five to 10 per cent”, added Goel.

Deepa Grover, a homemaker at Rajguru Nagar, said seizure of adulterated sweets from various leading city shops had created a panic among the residents. “Our family has decided not to distribute sweets this Diwali. Though there has been a tradition of exchanging sweets among each other on this occasion. But we certainly don’t want to play with our lives. So we will distribute dry-fruits along with gifts this time”, she added.



Black magic costs woman dear
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Opting for black magic proved costly for a woman of Raikot, who was fleeced of Rs 31,000 by a self-styled baba in the Minerva market here for allegedly sacrificing owls to bring luck for her.

The baba allegedly took Rs 31,000 from her, stating that she would have to sacrifice six owls at Rs 4,000 each and Rs 500 each for butcher knives, or she or her son would die.

The woman, who did not want to be quoted, said she was panic-struck and she ended up paying that amount. Later, when she realised what she had done, she contacted an NGO, Taraksheel Society, active in exposing such babas, that took up the matter with Senior Superintendent of Police Dr S.S. Gill.

The SSP has marked the complaint to DSP Naginder Rana for an inquiry. Rana said he was yet to get a copy of the complaint. He will then investigate the matter.



Despite promises, vendor’s wife living in penury
Anti-Terrorist Front, GSL Solutions hand over Rs 25,000 to her

Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The wife of Santosh Kumar, a tea vendor at the local railway station, who was shot dead by activist of a terror outfit Balbir Singh Bhootna on August 25, is spending her days in penury.

Though, a politician and other social organisations announced lakhs of rupees during the vendor’s cremation but even after two months of his death the widow and her three children are awaiting monetary help.

The Anti- Terrorist Front (AIATF) and GSL Solutions handed over Rs 25,000 to Parvati during the Punjab Police martyr’s day organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Santosh was honoured posthumously for laying down his life for the safety of the people.

While speaking on the sidelines of the function, she said: “People honoured me and promised monetary help but no one came forward to help. I was virtually rendered homeless,” added Parvati.

“I soon realised that all promises were made just for the sake of a photograph in newspapers. I can never imagine that people could stoop so low that they didn’t even hesitate while exploiting a widow for cheap political gains,” she said.

Finally, SI Gain Chand arranged a quarter for the widow. A Good Samaritan also donated Rs 30,000 to the widow.

“This money mean a lot to me as I am doing menial jobs and working as a maidservant in the houses. Further, I have saved the money for my children’s education,” she said and added,” I have to marry off my two daughters and the money would ensure better future for them.”

Even DIG SS Chauhan and SSP SS Gill were all praise for the Santosh sacrifice.

Gill said it was due to Santosh’s courage that Bhootna could be nabbed. “If he had not catch hold of Bhootna, the latter would have managed to run and could have carried out further attack in the state.”

DIG SS Chauhan said during interrogation Bhootna admired the bravery of Santosh. As per DIG Chauhan, Bhootna said he had never seen a man so brave who did not care about his life in order to nab him.



Youth and Heritage Festival ends
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
About 200 students from colleges of Sangrur Zone of Panjabi University, Patiala, were congratulated for their performance at the Youth and Heritage Festival that concluded at Shanti Tara College at, Akbarpur Chhanna, near here.

Addressing the concluding day of the event, Cabinet Minister Teekshan Sood called upon residents of the rural areas to ensure higher education for their wards and encouraged them to participate in extra-curricular activities. He claimed that the rich cultural heritage of the state could be preserved and perpetuated through students as they would be better able to transmit elements of culture to the next generation.

Comedian Bhagwant Maan and lyricist Tejwant Kittu were prominent among judges. Prem Gupta, chairman, and Arvind Malhotra, secretary, of the trust of the host college welcomed and thanked the guests. Results of the festival were as follows:

Duet song: Government College Nabha 1, Government Ranbir College Sangrur 2.

Gazal : Government College Nabha 1, Akal Degree College 2

Cartooning: Government Ranbir College Sangrur 1, Vivek Tara College Gajjanmajra 2.

Mimicry : Government College Malerkotla 1, Shaheedh Udham Singh College Sunam 2.

Clay-making : Shaheedh Udham Singh College Sunam 1, Shivam College Khokhar Kalan 2.

Gidha: Guru Har Krishan College Phalewal 1, Government College Nabha 2,

Group Shabad: Government Ranbir College Sangrur 1, Government College Nabha 2

Classical dance: Bhai Gurdas College of Law Sangrur 1, Government Ranbir College Sangrur 2

Creative dance: Government College Malerkotla 1, Government College Nabha 2. Quiz contest: Government College Nabha 1, Government Ranbir College Sangrur 2.



2,500 examined at eye camps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 11
More than 2,000 patients were examined, rendered follow-up advice and given free medicines at the 12th annual eye check-up camp organised at Mata Gujri Charitable Hospital in Gurudwara Akalgarh here today.

Dr Harpreet Kapoor, eye specialist from Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), along with para-medical and supporting staff, conducted the check up of patients. Those in need of corrective surgical procedures for different eye ailments were registered for free operations, which will be carried out by the team of CMCH doctors.

The camp was inaugurated by the Punjab Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Others present on the occasion were Swarn Singh, president of gurdwara, Kartar Singh Chawla, Amrik Singh Sachhar, Choudhry Partap Singh, Gurcharan Singh Chhabra, Harmohan Singh Sarhaddi and Surjit Singh.

At a free eye and dental check-up camp organised by the Maa Bhagwati Club at Pindi Dayal Dharamshala, around 500 patients were examined and free medicines distributed among them.

Eye specialist Dr Ramesh, along with supporting staff, along with Dr Devinder Soni and Dr Rohini Soni, dental surgeons, conducted the check-up in their respective specialities and rendered follow-up advice to patients.

Baba Kulwant Bhalla from the Sankat Mochan Darbar Shri Balaji Mandir inaugurated the camp in the presence of Priya Gumber from Sanjeevni Astro Systems, Sukhdev Thapar, Ashok Marwaha and Avinash Sikka, patron, chairman and president of the club.



Bal Shivir held at Khamano
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 11
A three-day Bal Shivir was organised at Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Khamano, in which 217 students of nine schools of Patiala zone of the Sarvhitkari Shiksha Samiti participated in different disciplines.

The shivir was inaugurated by SP (D), Fatehgarh Sahib, Shamsher Singh Boparai, and Baba Sarbjit Singh Bhalla by lighting a lamp. In his address, he appealed students to participate in games and other disciplines with education and to stay away from drugs.

In shabad competition, DPS Pandusar, Nabha, bagged the first position and Shivanand Public High School, Morinda, came second. In fancy dress, SVM Khamano came first and SVM Jagraon was second. Groups song SVM Khamano came first and Shivanand High School was the second.

Sethania SVM Khamano came first and Prem Dham SVM Patiala came second. In Surya Namaskar, Shivanand High School, Morinda, came first and Shivanand High School, Morinda, was second. In rope-skipping, SVM Majhi came first and SVM Khamano was second.

In doha, Bhiamsen SVM Raikot came first and SVM Khamano second and shloka, Shivanand Public High School, Morinda, came first and D.P.S Silver city, Nabha, was second. In English handwriting S.V.M Khamano’s Dinky Batra came first and D.P.S Silver city Nabha’s Jashanpreet was second. In Rangoli (Shishu Varg) S.V.M Khamano came first and D.P.S Pandusar Nabha was second. In declamation (Bal Varg) S.V.M Khamano came first and D.P.S Silver city was second.

In drawing, S.V.M Khamano came first and D.P.S Pandusar Nabha was second. In lori, S.V.M Majhi came first and Premdham S.V.M Patiala was second. In action song S.V.M Khamano came first and Shivanand Public High School, Morinda, was second. In qawwali, Shivanand School, Morinda, came first and S.V.M Khamano was second.

In folk dance, Shivanand School, Morinda, came first and S.V.M Khamano was second. In varg geet, S.V.M Khamano came first and Shivanand School, Morinda, was second. The winners were awarded trophies by Narinder Dev Sharma, zonal secretary of the society, Giani Mohinder Singh Bhanglan, president, Nagar Panchayat, Samrala, Dr Devinder Dania, manager, Prem Pal Pathania, Deepak Verma and some other personalities of the area.



Chemists warned against selling addictive medicines
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 11
The Ludhiana rural police held subdivision-level meetings with chemists of the area and issued warning to them against selling medicines without prescription as also habit-forming drugs.

The meetings were held by DSPs of respective sub-divisions and the SHOs concerned.

The police informed presidents of various chemist associations that if they failed to follow the rules and procedures, the police would take action against them, especially those selling psychotropic and habit-forming medicines.

They also sought information from them regarding grocery merchants of villages selling medicines in their areas.

Dakha DSP Jagdev Singh along with SHOs held a meeting at Dakha and Dehlon.

At Dakha the meeting was attended by six chemists of Humbran, 28 from Mullanpur Dakha and others of the surrounding villages.

At Dehlon, around 35 chemists of the town and surrounding villages attended the meeting.

Jagraon DSP Bhupinder Singh along with SHO Naveen Pal Singh and Gurmeet Singh addressed over 100 representatives of chemists of the town and surrounding areas.

At Raikot, DSP Prithipal Singh along with SHO Gurdial Singh met with around 70 chemists from Raikot, Pakhowal, Bassian, Sudhar and surrounding areas.

Jagmohan Mittal, president, Jagraon Chemist Association, alleged that certain policemen also took sedatives from shops.

He, however, admitted that there were only a handful of chemists who were doing their business honestly.

He said instead of penalising the other chemists, they would try to convince them to mend their ways and not indulge in any sort of criminal activity.



Unfit Water
Peeved, resident moves NHRC
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Peeved about the unfit water being supplied by the local municipal corporation, city resident Devinder Kumar Jaggi has, now, knocked the doors of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and has launched a “signature campaign” to substantiate his claim.

Jaggi has stood up for this cause because he was irked with civic officials who had been unfair to save their skins. “Following NHRC directions, XEN Balwinder Singh and JE Ashwani Sharma along with Gurbachan came to Tilak Nagar. I was shocked to see these officials taking signatures of the residents on a paper with subject “water is clean”. I failed to understand why these officials were forcibly getting signatures of the people,” added Jaggi.

He revealed that when he along with officials visited various houses, residents told them that non-potable water was being supplied. “We are simple people and we only want clean potable water. I don’t think our demands are too big,” questions Jaggi.

“Even on October 8, electric pump driver Surinder Kumar and Harjinder took signature on a statement written in Punjabi that the water is fit for drinking. When I came to know about it, I immediately rushed to the spot and took these officials to 42 houses. Now, this is what people have written in my presence and going through these you can very well imagine what type of water we are drinking, “ he added.

Jaggi said: “I don’t know why the corporation wants to misguide the NHRC. If there is any problem, the officials should be open about it. They need help from residents, we are ready to assist, but at least an attempt should be made.” He added that he had apprised the municipal commissioner about the incidents through his letters.

Urging the civic officials to utilise their energy in solving problem rather than completing paper work to close the file, Jaggi asked the residents in city to launch such campaigns in their areas or locality too.



Plastic surgeons’ meet concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 11
The two-day 6th Annual North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (NZAPSICON-2009) concluded at DMCH here today.

In his concluding remarks, Dr Ashok K. Gupta, president, NZAPSI, said the conclave of plastic surgeons from the northern states had provided a platform for the guest speakers to share their experiences in the field with the delegates.

Organising secretary Dr Sanjeev K. Uppal, professor of Plastic Surgery at DMCH, said the second and concluding day of the conference commenced with scientific session on cranio-facial and cosmetic surgery. The topics covered in the session included innovation in hair transplant by Dr Uppal, cranial bone grafting by Dr RK Sharma, head and neck cancer reconstruction by Dr Adil Hafeez Wani, and abdominopathy by Dr Ravnder Tah. Professor C. Balakrishanan best-paper award, consisting of a medal and cash prize, was presented to Dr Manik Sharma from PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The topics pertaining to rescuer burns, management of sternal wound defects and groin flap were discussed by Dr Nitin Sethi, Dr Ashish Gupta and Dr Ajata Shatru, respectively. Dr Gurinder Singh spoke on management of mutilating hand injuries, followed by a lecture on lip reconstruction by Dr Mir Mohsin and neuro-cutaneous flaps in lower limb reconstruction by Dr Omi Jindal.

In the elections held on the closing day of the conference, Dr Ravi Mahajan was elected the president of NZAPSI for 2009-10. Dr Shabbir Iqbal was elected vice-president, Dr Puneet Pasricha secretary, Dr Sanjeev Uppal editor and Dr Rajinder Mittal treasurer. Dr Adil Wani from Srinagar and Dr Gurpartap Singh from Patiala were elected executive members.



Cops honoured on Martyrs’ Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The courts should be free from political interference and terrorist should be dealt with an iron hand, said All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) national chairman MS Bitta, while urging the political parities to rise above party lines and jointly make effort to root out terrorism.

Bitta was here for the Martyrs’ Day of Punjab Police, a function jointly organised by the AIATF and GSL Solutions Pvt Ltd at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here today.

IG Police, Zonal - II, Sanjeev Kalra was he chief guest and DIG, Ludhiana Range, SS Chauhan and SSP, Ludhiana, SS Gill were the guest of honour.

The programme started with the gathering paying rich tributes to the martyrs by observing two minutes silence.

On the occasion, bravery awards were conferred on DSP Bhupinder Singh, SHO Mandeep Singh and Sandeep Wadhera, ASI Surjeet Singh Cheema and GRPF SI Gian Chand and head constables Niranjan Singh and Karampal Singh, who were in the forefront of the efforts made to nab dreaded terrorist Balbir Singh Bhootna. Parvati Devi, whose husband, Santosh Kumar, sacrificed his life at Ludhiana railway station, was also honoured and presented Rs 25,000 and a sewing machine.

The organisers also presented "The Great Warrior Award" to IGP Zonal- II Sanjeev Kalra, “Valiant Son of Punjab Award" to DIG SS Chauhan and "Brave Man Award" to SSP SS Gill for their endeavour against terrorism.



Prof Mohan mela to be dedicated to Paras
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
The 31st Prof Mohan Singh Mela scheduled to be held at Nasrala village in Hoshiarpur district from October 19 to 21 will be dedicated to memory of folk singer Karnail Singh Paras.

This decision was taken at a meeting organised at Jassowal village recently.

Jasdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of the foundation, presided over the meeting.

Jassowal said the foundation besides felicitating outstanding artistes, poets, writers and singer would recognise the contribution of Karnail Singh Paras to Punjabi culture.

“Keeping in view the feedback received from enthusiasts across the state, we have decided to dedicate the annual event to Paras who worked for preservation of cultural heritage of Punjab. Jagjit Singh Ghogha will recite poems and songs written by Paras during his last phase,” said Jassowal.

The mela is organised every year in the memory of Prof Mohan Singh, an eminent Punjabi poet.

Jaswant Singh Grewal and Gurbachan Singh Thind, former Mayor, Slough (England), and Ravinder Puri were also present.



BKU warns govt against cut in subsidy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
If the Centre withdraws or cuts subsidies to the farm sector, farmers of the state would be forced to launch a protest, said Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal.

Addressing a press conference, Lakhowal demanded that subsidies to farmers be given directly and in cash as per the bill of the sold produce.

Taking a serious note of “harassment” of farmers in mandis with regard to the procurement of cotton and paddy, Lakhowal directed all the district presidents of the union to start taking stock of the situation in all the 145 mandis of the state.

"In case, farmers are facing harassment in the mandis in selling their produce, respective mandi board officials be contacted and the matter be sorted out at the earliest," Lakhowal said to the district union chiefs.

The union members said that as per the Dr Swaminathan Committee report, MSP of paddy be fixed at Rs 1,520 and as per the Prime Minister's directions, MSP of paddy be reviewed. They also demanded drought relief of Rs 3,500 per acre for the farmers of the state. The BKU members urged the Centre to fix the MSP of cotton at Rs 4,250 and direct the Cotton Corporation Council of India to start procurement at the earliest in all markets of Punjab.



Bank to support industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The Punjab and Sind Bank has decided to extend its support to the industrial sector in this part of region. General Manager Gurdev Singh Vedi while interacting with industrialists assured them today that the bank to MSMEs across the table would sanction more loans in future.

Bank officials and members of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting today. The latter apprised the former about problems being faced by them while getting the loans sanctioned. The members also urged the officials that rate of interest on credit should be minimised for the benefit of industry.

PD Sharma, president of the chamber, said the industrialists had to go through tedious job of paper work in getting the loans sanctioned. “This should be reduced to save time. We also asked the bank to provide credit at suitable rate of interest for promoting exports. Besides, the service charges were too high as compared to others. The officials gave a patient hearing to all our problems and promised to streamline the procedures. We hope to build a better future with them”, added Sharma.

The General Manager also released the directory of the Apex Chamber of Commerce on the occasion.



Pottery his passion even at 76
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, October 11
A septuagenarian still finds charm with his ancestral profession. Swaran Singh (76) of Jalaldiwal village, a potter by profession, can be seen working on his potter’s wheel and giving life to his creations.

Tragedy struck him in June, when Bhupinder Kaur, one of his two daughters, who was married to Amrik Singh of Sarabha village, was found murdered under suspicious circumstances. Amrik was arrested by the police and was currently lodged in the Ludhiana jail.

His grandson now lives with him along with his other daughter, who is also married and lives with her family at his home. Her husband runs a grocery shop in the village.

Even at the twilight of his life, Swaran Singh says he wants to keep the profession of his family alive.

He, however, laments that the government has failed to supplement them with alternative source of income or taken steps to promote the dying art.

Ready-to-use lamps, batteries and candles have hit the profession hard, he feels.

And, the business doesn’t pay much as a major chunk of their earnings goes to middlemen. Swaran Singh still hopes that the government will initiate steps to save the dying arts of the country and give a new lease of life to artisans like him.



Maths teacher awarded
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
Harvir Kaur Dhami, a mathematics teacher in Government High School, Dayalpur, has been awarded Doctorate of philosophy in mathematics for her research on “Application-approximation and interpolation of analytic function in LP-Norm.”

MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareiley, conferred degree on her considering her performance and presentations at international level.

Two of her papers, “polynomial approximation of finite order analytical function” and “LP-approximation error and generalised growth parameters of analytical function on Carathedory domains” were published in International Journal of pure and applied mathematics, Bulgaria.

Dhami had also delivered lectures on her research papers in the fifth International conference of applied mathematics and computing at Plovdiv, Bulgaria, a few months ago.

Harvir Kaur Dhami inherited mathematical instinct from her father Dr Balbir Singh Dhami, a renowned mathematician. She graduated from Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and pursued MSc in math from SD Government College for Boys, Ludhiana.



Punjabi novel released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Jaswant Singh Kanwal released a novel "Main injh nahin karanga" by Dr Kulvinder Kaur Minhas at a function organised by Sirjandhara at Punjabi Bhawan.

Speaking on the occasion, Kanwal said: “The story of the novel is interesting and effective. It gives the message that we should be careful about our social relations."

Dr SN Sewak and Prof Balwinder Pal Singh read their scholarly papers. Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, director of World Punjabi Centre, appreciated the author for good characterisation in the novel.

Prof Niranjan Tasneem said: “The novel cuts new grounds in the fiction. The dream sequence at the end of is so realistic that it borders on a nightmare.”

Karamjit Singh Aujla, president of Sirijandhara, proposed a vote of thanks and congratulated the author.

On her book, author Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas said: "I read a sad news in the newspaper, which inspired me to write this novel. Human relations are growing fainter by the day. We should be very careful about our social relations. They are delicate like flowers." Earlier, the function started with tributes to Shiromni writer Inderjit Hassanpuri.



Traffic chaos in Ghumar Mandi
Tribune News Service

Re-carpeting work in progress in Ghumar Mandi on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 11
Due to lack of coordination between the Municipal Corporation and the traffic police, residents had to face a lot of inconvenience in Ghumar Mandi here today.

While the civic body contractor was undertaking the work of laying road in Ghumar Mandi, the traffic police had blocked the approach road to the place near Aarti Chowk that created chaos with vehicles not finding any way to go out.

Being Diwali season, the market has been itnessing huge rush and the mismanagement by both the departments today left people stranded.

Talking to The Tribune, irked resident Gaurav Sharma said, "Vehicles were appearing on the road from here and there with no management of where to go. Even the MC officials should know that its festival season and being a holiday, the markets are going to be visited by people.

Similarly, another resident complained that there was no parking space left and vehicles were seen parked haphazardly on the road.



Physically challenged get prosthetics
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 11
A total of 45 physically challenged persons were provided with artificial limbs, calipers, hearing aids, wheelchairs and tricycles at the 794th free artificial limbs distribution camp held at Viklang Sahayata Kender by Tagore and Sarabha branches of Bharat Vikas Parishad here today.

The camp was sponsored by Domino's Pizza India Ltd and 23 executives of the company from different outlets in Punjab, Himachal, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir distributed the prosthetic devices to the beneficiaries.

Speaking on the occasion, RP Gupta, secretary of Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, said the kendra had provided artificial limbs and other aids to more than 30,000 physically challenged persons free of cost till now.

A free polio surgery camp was also held during the camp, where 10 operations were performed by Dr Pawan Dhingra.



Grandparent’s Day at Green Grove School
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 11
To show respect for the elderly, Grandparents Day was celebrated by students of Green Grove Public School here yesterday. A colourful programme was also organised.

President JPS Jolly presided over along with principal S George. Nursery girls and boys danced to the tunes of English rhymes and “Maa Da Ladla Bigar Gaya”, respectively. They also sang “Mama darling papa darling” and “Ate a peanut”.

Students of LKG-A danced on the tune of “Bang Bang Zamana Bole” and sang “Every day, every night”. Western dance and song “Jesus says you are my friend” was presented by students of LKG- B. Modelling by tiny tots was the main attraction.

The newly constructed multi-purpose hall was also inaugurated by Jaspreet Kaur of nursery class. Special games were organised for grandparents. Prizes were also given to the winners.



Campaign against adulteration
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Members of the Hindu-Sikh Jagruti Sena today burned the effigies of those indulging in adulteration.

The campaign started with a protest march that passed through various markets of the city before concluding at Jagraon bridge.

Slogans were raised against those indulging in adulteration.

On the occasion, sena president Praveen Dang exhorted the city residents to take cash memo of sweets so that in case of any adulteration, the owner can be brought to the book.

He said in case spurious ‘khoya’ or sweets were seized from any sweetmeat seller, members of the sena would sit on a hunger strike outside his shop.



Workshop on communication skills

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
Over 200 students of the Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology enhanced their communication skills during the weeklong campus learning programme (CLP) that concluded on the college campus on Saturday.

Dr VK Sharma presided over the concluding session and Jagdish Singh Garcha, former minister, was the chief guest.

Convener of the event Dr DS Grewal said specialists from Shri Ram Value Services, led by Rajat Kapoor, manager, learning and development solutions, imparted elements of time management, leadership, verbal and non-verbal communication. — OC



2 nabbed for buffalo theft

Machhiwara, October 11
Two thieves who were trying to steal two buffaloes were caught by residents of Jallowal village after their vehicle got stuck in mud and a pothole on a road outside the village.

Harbans Singh Buta, a resident of Jallowal village, said his two buffaloes were stolen by Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Machhiwara, and Dharamjeet Singh. They were trying to escape along with the buffaloes in a mini-truck. The owner of buffaloes raised an alarm. Some passer-by saw two men struggling with their vehicle loaded with buffaloes and immediately informed other residents. The accused were nabbed and were handed over to police. — TNS



RIMT win PTU championship
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 11
On the third day of finals of the Punjab Technical University Basketball Inter-college tournament that concluded here late last evening, RIMT-IET Mandi Gobindgarh became the champions defeating CIET Rajpura by 79-70. The main scorers for the match were Fatehjit Singh Grewal 33 points, Anshul Tapwal 15 and Jagdeep Ghuman 18. In girls section, DAVIET Jalandhar beat GNDEC Ludhiana by 43-21 points and became the winners.

RIMT-IET, the host, became the champions in basketball for the first time in the university tournament. Fatehjit Singh Grewal was adjudged the best player while champion trophy with cash award of Rs 2,100 was won by Jasdeep Ghuman of RIMT and Avtar Singh of CIET. RIMT group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal was the chief guest of the closing ceremony along with principal Dr Harsh Sadawarti distributed prizes to the winners and announced Rs 1 lakh cash prize to the RIMT-IET Basketball team for winning gold medal in the tournament.

Earlier in the semi-finals, RIMT-IET defeated SUS IET, Tangori, by 69-58 points to reach finals. In the second semi-finals match between CIET, Rajpura, beat BBSBCE, Fatehgarh Sahib, by 54-35 points and reached the finals. In the girls section, DAV IET, Jalandhar, defeated BBSBC, Fatehgarh Sahib, by 23-21 points and reached the finals. In the second semi-finals of girl’s section, GNDEC, Ludhiana, beat CIET, Chitkara, by 26-23 points and reached the finals.

For the third and fourth place, in boys section SUSIET Tangori defeated BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, by 51-50 points and won the third place and in the girls section, BBSBEC Fatehgarh Sahib, defeated CIET Rajpura by 29-08 points and won the third place.



8 teams to take part in hockey tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 11
Eight major hockey teams of the country will be vying for top honours in the 6th edition of the Delta City Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association here at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University from December 14 to 19.

Kulwant Singh Sohal, general secretary of the association, said the teams from Indian Oil, Air India, ONGC, BPCL, Punjab and Sindh Bank, Punjab National Bank Delhi, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, and Army XI would slug it out in this six-day hockey extravaganza.

The tournament will be held on the league-cum-knockout basis and four matches will be played daily.

The winners will be richer by Rs 75,000 while the runners-up will pocket a cash prize of Rs 50,000, besides running trophies, he added.

Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Minister for Jails and Tourism, will inaugurate the tournament on December 14 and Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, will be the chief guest on the concluding day.



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