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Father shoots at girl’s lover
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
A 22-year-old youth almost lost his life when he was shot at in the neck by the father of a girl whom he had gone to meet at her Dugri home here last night. The victim, identified as Prabhdeep Singh, son of a municipal corporation superintendent, KP Singh, was rushed to DMC Hospital where he was operated upon. His condition is stated to be serious.

The girl’s father, Gurvinder Singh, reportedly shot Prabhdeep, a resident of Dugri (Phase I), in a fit of rage when he saw the latter in his house. Hearing the shot fired neighbours came to the house and found the youth lying on the ground in a pool of blood. They immediately called up his father who arrived at the scene and took him to the hospital.

Talking to The Tribune, Dugri subinspector Amandeep Singh said a case of attempted murder had been registered against Gurvinder. “It’s very strange the boy went to the girl's house in the middle of the night,” he remarked.

Sources close to the police said investigations were continuing to ascertain on whether the incident was a case of ‘honour killing.’ "It could be that the girl’s father attempted to kill Prabhdeep to ‘save the family’s honour’”, said a police officer.

However, the police is also working on another angle. "During preliminary investigations Gurvinder revealed Prabhdeep used to follow his daughter and bother her. She complained about this to her father," said a police officer.

KP Singh’s colleagues said Prabhdeep had graduated from high school and was studying for a diploma as he wanted to settle abroad. "Prabhdeep is a young, vibrant and cheerful boy. He had been planning to visit Canada or Australia and was preparing for the IELTS exam," said an MC employee.


Closure of vends riles passengers
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The closure of almost 200 vends selling eatables and beverages by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for non-payment of dues has caused inconvenience to passengers.

The IRCTC had closed the vends at the midnight of February 3, demanding immediate payment of Rs 77 lakh as outstanding amount from the vendors.

Members of the vendors’ cooperative society, however, said they had not been given prior notice as a result of which each vendor ended up losing about Rs 8,000 in the past five days as they earned around Rs 1,500-1,700 every day.

The railway station wears a deserted look in the absence of the rush near the vends. Passengers waiting for trains are forced to buy eatables from the 12 IRCTC vends.

“I am a regular passenger on this route and had to buy tea for Rs 5 from the IRCTC vend instead of the private vend where tea costs Rs 3 a cup,” a passenger rued.

Sita Ram, president of the vendors’ cooperative society, alleged that the IRCTC was not paying heed to their request and had not given them a valid reason for closing down the vends. “We have been paying Rs 30 lakh annually to the IRCTC at 12 per cent rate of interest, but all of a sudden, we have been asked to pay the interest at the new rate of 30 per cent,” he claimed.

He added that the entire move smacked of pressure tactics to ensure the permanent closure of private vends so that the IRCTC could monopolise the eatery business.



Businessman robbed of Rs 3 lakh at gunpoint
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
An unidentified man allegedly robbed a businessman of Rs 2.5 lakh at gunpoint in broad daylight today at one of the city's busiest flyovers, only a few yards away from the police division 5 office.

The victim, Harvinder Pal Singh, a resident of Bhagat Singh Nagar, stated, "My briefcase that was snatched contained Rs 2.5 lakh along with bank drafts and cheques valued at Rs 50,000. I was stuck in a traffic jam on Jagraon Bridge at around 11:40 am when a man knocked on the windowpane of my Santro car, standing adjacent to the divider, and gestured at me to open it”.

Harvinder claimed when he opened the window the man took out a pistol and asked him to hand over the black briefcase to him. Fearing for his life, the victim gave the briefcase to him.

"The snatcher told me not to look back for another five minutes, saying another man with a gun was standing a few feet away and he would shoot me if I tried to raise an alarm or ask for help," the victim told the police.Harvinder Singh, who owns a factory making washing machines, said, "I had withdrawn the cash from my Bank of India locker just a few minutes ago and was on my way to my office at Cheema Chowk."

In his statement to the police Harvinder said, "The man was thin and tall, with a dark complexion, and was wearing a cap." He told the police the driver of the vehicle that was standing next to his car on Jagraon Bridge was an eyewitness as the gun must have been easily visible to him.

“However, since he might have also feared for his life he opted to move along with the traffic. I couldn’t note down the registration number of his vehicle,” Harvinder told the cops.

The police is investigating the matter and had yet to register a case till the filing of this report.



Cylinder explodes in hotel
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 9
Customers at a hotel on the Ludhiana road had a narrow escape when a gas cylinder exploded in its kitchen here today.

At the time of the incident, more than 70 customers, including children and women, were dining in the restaurant. Also a staff of over 30 employees was present. The incident occurred in the kitchen situated on the ground floor.

The customers said they heard the explosion from inside the hotel. The hotel staff helped move people to safety to avoid any loss of life if more explosions took place.

Sources revealed that more that a dozen LPG gas cylinders were stored in the kitchen that were immediately removed. Also, the hotel was using domestic LPG cylinders and the pipe carrying the gas to various stoves was of inferior quality, resulting in the explosion.

In the absence of adequate fire extinguishers, the employees of the hotel doused the fire with the help of water.

The management of the hotel, however, denied any explosion in the hotel, but confirmed that fire broke out in the kitchen in the gas pipeline.

It also denied using domestic LPG in the hotel, maintaining that there was no loss to life or property in the incident.



Plan afoot to widen police station road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
In order to make police division number 3 easily accessible for residents, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal today visited the police station to see what measures could be taken to broaden the road.

Bansal said: “Being the only police station in the old city area, we have received several complaints from the people that due to road and traffic congestion, the movement of vehicles was difficult. There is an urgent need to rush the MC plans to broaden the road so that it’s easy for both the police and residents to move comfortably in the area.”

The officials accompanying Bansal said various electricity and telephone poles would be removed under the project.

Talking to The Tribune, zonal commissioner Vinod Sharda said: “We did a recce of the area today and have identified the encroachments that would pose a hindrance. We plan to hold a demolition drive and the poles would be replaced so that the roads could be widened.”

Work on the rehabilitation of road vendors is also on. “We have identified a place which is around 800 yards in the old city area. Under the project, the area would be covered with a boundary wall and a gate would be installed.”

He said since the allotment of space led to chaos, the opportunity to vendors to get space on a monthly or daily basis was being worked out.

Bansal said: “We are working on the project of rehri markets on the pattern of Chandigarh to ensure that temporary encroachments are removed. The MC wants to help the poor by providing space to them to earn their livelihood.”



Colleges major traffic bottlenecks
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The failure of city colleges to provide adequate parking space for students on college premises has raised a question mark over the claims of the authorities regarding compliance with the rules of affiliation with universities.

This has also become a source of traffic problem in the city since students are forced to park their vehicles outside the colleges. As a result, a majority of colleges, especially the ones situated at Ghumar Mandi and Civil Lines, have become traffic bottlenecks.

The situation is worse at GGN Khalsa College, Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology and Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi; Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town; Arya College, Rajpura road; Guru Nanak Engineering College, Gill road; and Master Tara Singh College for Women.

A lot of accidents occur at these places due to traffic congestion. Complaints to the college authorities have failed to bear any fruit. Even the MC and the traffic police have failed to solve the problem.

Students of KCW said though there was parking area on the campus, due to the huge rush of vehicles, the students preferred to park the vehicles on the main road.

“As soon as the classes get over, it is convenient to leave from outside rather than from the college parking,” Preet Kaur, a student of KCW, said, adding that the students were paying parking fee to the college regularly.

Students of MTS College complained of insufficient parking on the campus. “We are forced to park the vehicles outside even though it is not safe,” a student stated.

The college authorities, meanwhile, blamed on another as well as the students of neighbouring colleges for the chaos.

“Our parking has enough space for our students, but the students of nearby colleges park their vehicles outside our college and block traffic,” a lecturer at Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, remarked.



Protest by non-teaching staff of Jagraon College
Tribune Reporters

Jagraon, February 9
On the call of the Punjab Chandigarh Non-Teaching Employees Union, the non-teaching staff members of local units of LR DAV College observed a one-day strike and staged a dharna out side principal’s office on the college campus.

They stressed on their demands and raised slogans against the Punjab government. They condemned the government’s attitude against them. They urged the government to implement the recommendation of the 5th Pay Commission. Alleging discrimination, Rakesh Sharma, president and Jagdeep Singh, secretary of the local unit, said the findings of the Pay Commission were being made applicable to the teaching community of the colleges, while the non-teaching staff had been ignored.

They alleged that their peaceful agitation was being ignored by the government. They demanded a hike similar to the teaching staff, medical allowance, Interim relief and hike of DA. They also threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands were not fulfilled and the decision would be taken at the state-level meeting of all private colleges of the state at HMV College, Jalandhar, on February 15. Local unit of the teachers’ union of the college also supported the cause.

PCCTU to intensify stir

Ludhiana: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) has been forced to intensify their stir against the managements of privately managed aided and unaided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh who have refused to implement the new pay scales.

The Punjab government had issued a notification in September 2009, which was approved by the UGC and MHRD.

Prof Vinay Sophat, finance secretary, PCCTU, said: "Though the managements of over 70 colleges have implemented the new pay scale, some short-sighted managements are unnecessarily harassing the teachers for the past four years."

"The Punjab government has issued instructions to pay salary for August 2009, with new pay scales. We are always fighting and arguing for the maximum expenditure for higher education by the government, but the decision of the managements of not extending the right of new pay scales to the teachers till the grant is increased is intolerable," he added.

Teachers of these colleges have been protesting against the college managements since long. "Our protest will continue till the implementation of the new pay scales. We will observe two-period strike and hold campus rallies on February 10 and 18 if our demands are not met."

Dharna by GTB College teachers

Mullanpur Dakha: The teachers working on the aided posts of the GTB National College, Dakha, today continued their dharna for the fifth consecutive day against non-implementation of revised pay scales as per the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations by the college managements on the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union. The teachers joined the agitation on February 7. They had intimated the college management giving them a one- month time to intensify their protests if their demands were not met. They protested for three days and lifted the dharna on the assurance of the management that they would soon take an action.

A number of colleges took part in the protest, including Ramgarhia College, KCW Ludhiana, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Aurbindo College of Commerce, Gobind National College, Narangwal, and others. Professors Baljit Singh Deol, Amrik Singh Virk, Kanwaljit Singh and others said 80 per cent of their salary was paid by the Central government and 20 per cent share of their salary was paid by the state government. The state had already sanctioned the required amount for payment at the rate of enhanced pay scale and the DPI Colleges had approved the new scales and asked the state government to deposit the sanctioned amount with them. Still the college managements were not implementing the new pay scales, they added.

Sher Singh, president of the college managing committee, could not be contacted despite several attempts.



Defying distance to party
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
City youth love to party hard, but with limited options in the city they are now exploring new places outside the city. After a long drive, it's sitting and dancing with a group of friends and then back to the city.

Eateries outside the city top the list of youngsters. Mc Donalds at Doraha, Haveli at Mullanpur and near Jalandhar, Sandli Darwaza at Kohara, Neelon Bridge and Floating Restaurant at the Sirhind road are some of the most popular places of the youngsters.

"No doubt there are number of restaurants in the city, but there is no fun. We usually go to Mc Donalds near Doraha, buy things from their and then head towards the Fort located near Manji Sahib. It is the same fort where Aamir and his friends use to go in "Rang De Basanti". Sitting at calm places distresses us," said Amanpreet Singh, a student of postgraduate class.

Another youngster Minnie said she liked Neelon Bridge. "When in a party mood, we park our cars nearby the canal and loud foot tapping music from the car stereo systems energises us to dance till late hours," smiles Minnie.

"Going to a restaurant and eating food is not my concept of partying. Whenever anyone's birthday in our group we either go to Haveli or Sandli Darwaza. During the drive we all enjoy music and long drive peps us up for the party," added Ankit, another engineering student from the city.



Models of teaching discussed
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 9
An extension lecture-cum-subject seminar was organised at DCE on “Models of Teaching” here today. Dr Khushwinder Kumar, principal, BCM College of Education, was the guest speaker. Dr Khushwinder Kumar gave a power point presentation on the theme. He discussed some challenges in the teaching - learning scenario. “Teaching is a means to generate an environment for learning. Thinking is an innate process, but teaching provides right direction to the thinking of a child,” said Dr Khuswinder.

“Teachers should have mastery over the subject they teach,” said Sukhpal Singh while addressing the students. Tapvir Singh, director, Doraha College of Education, was also present.



Heritage park named after Dr Swaminathan
Tribune News Service

Dr MS Swaminathan (centre) and PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang plant a sapling on PAU campus in Ludhiana.
Dr MS Swaminathan (centre) and PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang plant a sapling on PAU campus in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 9
Punjab Agricultural University has named a park after renowned agriculture scientist Dr MS Swaminathan, known as the father of the Indian agriculture.

The heritage park, situated next to the museum of social history of Punjab on the PAU campus, will have traditional plants.

This was stated by PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang here today during the inauguration of the park. At a special ceremony, Dr Swaminathan and Dr Kang planted saplings in the park.

Dr Kang said there was a plan to plant more than 50 types of traditional trees representing the heritage of Punjab. On this occasion, Dr Swaminathan released PAU souvenirs such as neckties, caps and coat pins brought out by the PAU Centre for Communication and International Linkages. 



From School & Colleges
150 students take part in talent hunt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
A talent hunt programme was organised at Chanda Mama Play School here today. As many as 150 tiny tots participated. The contest included four rounds, including introduction, dance, dramatic play and prayer. Tiny tots displayed their talent to win prizes.Proud parents applauded the dazzling performances of their wards, as the children introduced themselves, recited shabads and mantras before taking to the dance floor.

Annual day

Chain of Green Land Schools held the annual prize distribution function and cultural programme on the premises of Green LAND Senior Secondary School, GT road, yesterday. Rajesh Rudra, chairman of the chain of schools, trust president Shaabad Rudra, Usha Rudra and other members of the managing committee welcomed chief guests AK Singh, commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Luhdiana, and Dr SS Gill, SSP (city), Ludhiana.

After the cultural bonanza meritorious students were given prizes by the chief guests. Principal Baldeep Pandher read out the annual report of the school.

Online exam

The second batch of Class XII FMM (financial market management) comprising 31 students from CM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, appeared in an online exam on derivative (dealer) market from National Stock Exchange, New Delhi.

Aashima Dhingra, Rohit Tyagi and Hamanpreet Singh brought laurels to the school by scoring 96.25 per cent marks. Eight students scored above 90 per cent marks.


As many as 78 students from classes I-VII participated in the first-level of the 6th International Informatics Olympiad. 49 out of 78 qualified for the next level paper. Bal Bharti Public School students scored 100 per cent result with 19 medals (eight gold, seven silver and four bronze). Gursahib Singh and Aryan Oberoi of Class I got special awards by securing Olympiad rank four.

Technical bonanza

Students of Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, participated in INCOGNITO, a national-level technical bonanza, at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Deepak Bansal and Gorav Goel (two-member team) got first and second positions in “Reduplicate” and “Green Summit”, respectively.

In “Innovative and Futuristic Idea”, Assem Sharma got second position and in team event “robo-combat”, a team of five-members secured the second position.

LCET students won laurels at another front when they defeated PCTE, Badhowal, cricket team in the Punjab Technical University (PTU) Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament being held at Rayat College of Engineering and Technology, Rail Majra.


To upgrade the skills of engineering students, especially in the field of information technology, Microsoft IT Academy made a presentation at Gulzar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Khanna.

The event was organised under the aegis of Industry Academia Interface Programme of the college. Microsoft will be providing training to the students on various computer applications, including programming skills. Besides, over 250 students attended the event, along with principals of the nearby schools.


Punjab College for Technical Education (PCTE) has been adjudged as the Most Outstanding B-School of North India by Dainik Bhaskar B-School Leadership Awards. The awards will be held on February 12 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. A PCTE delegation will travel to Mumbai to receive the prestigious award. Dainik Bhaskar B-School Leadership Awards recognise institutions that are innovative, modern and industry related in their curriculum of marketing, advertising, marketing communications, etc.



‘Relief from Centre must go to industry’

Ludhiana, February 9
The industry in the region has expressed concern over the PSEB’s voluntary disclosure scheme, under which power connections of more than 90,000 tubewells were enhanced by December 31.

Reeling under problems like power shortage, low production and labour shortage, the industry said Punjab was already facing scarcity of power and this would impact in a big way.

Agricultural load would increase to 6,711 MW from 6,461 MW, putting more burden on the industry.

The industry said if the central government provided any relief package to Punjab, it should be disbursed among the industry only in such a scenario.

Badish K Jindal, chairman of the Punjab chapter of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India, today said that on the new tubewell connections, a load of about 250 MW would be increased. Besides, this would enhance the power subsidy bill of the state by another Rs 150 crore. “No such VDS was extended to the industry for mix-land use areas,” he said.

The business community rued that the agriculture sector was already taking advantage of 20 per cent cross subsidy, which was being recovered from the industrial and domestic sectors.

In the past five years, the industrial load was increased from 5,446 MW to 6,680 MW, with an average of just 22 per cent while during the same period, the agricultural load was increased from 4,474 MW to 6,711 MW. “We urge the government that since the industry was already passing through a recession, if any relief is provided by the central government, it should be reverted to the industry,” he stated. — TNS



City gears up for V-Day
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A woman haves a look at a soft toy
A woman haves a look at a soft toy:Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 9
Love is in the air these days and markets have been painted red. With Valentine’s Day round the corner, everyone is in a mood to plan something special for their loved ones.

Though love does not need a special day for expression, such days do bring people closer to each other. With Indians fast adopting the western culture, they choose this special day to express their love to the one they care.

When it comes to gifts, the list is endless. Starting from teddies, flowers, photo frames to wordings and chocolates, there is a plethora of goodies in the market to choose from.

Chocolates, cakes, wines and champagnes will be in great demand on the V-Day. Cakes form a major part of Valentine’s Day celebrations. Dark chocolates with mouth-watering fillings will be other hot favourites among the youth.

Even cafes, bakeries and eating joints in the city are gearing up for the V-Day. Every restaurant is planning something special for their clients. “Apart from decorating the place with red, we have planned a special package for clients who visit the place to celebrate the special day. A heart-shaped cake with a candle, chocolates, coffee and flowers will be included in the V-Day package. One can also dedicate songs for their loved ones on the spot,” says Swastika Sobti, owner of a cake shop on Pakhowal Road.

Ranbir Kapoor is Krissh’s girlfriend’s favourite actor and keeping this in mind, he has decided to dress up in John Players collection launched by the chocolate boy, Ranbir Kapoor recently. “I have planned to wear denims launched by Ranbir Kapoor. I am sure my girlfriend will love this idea since she is a huge fan of this actor,” he said.

“Chocolates and red roses are my ideal gift for the Valentine’s Day. Every year I gift a box of chocolates and red roses to my husband while in the evening it is a long drive and dinner,” says Shivneet, who works in a bank.



MCPI (U) terms govt pro-imperialist
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 9
The Khanna and Payal units of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) stage a dharna in front of the Payal SDM office and condemned the “anti-people” and “pro-imperialist” policies of the ruling parties.

The protesters lashed at the “authoritarian” tactics and “dictatorial” being followed by the ruling parties. Lakhwinder Singh Buani, district general secretary of the party, accused the Union government of following the guidelines of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. He said these policies were taking the nation towards unemployment, inflation and starvation. “Further the cost of living has risen to the extent that it has become difficult for the common man to make even both ends meet. The cost of medical expenses have risen manifold and the elderly cannot afford their treatment.”

Pawan Kumar Kaushal, the state committee member, said the government had failed to provide a solution to the existing economic crisis.

Jandeep kaushal, secretary of the Khanna and Payal unit of the MCPI (U), said the policies of the Manmohan Singh government had led to unemployment. He also flayed the policies of the Akali-BJP government in the state. 



Thalassaemia, kidney patients need help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Having been diagnosed with thalassaemia major, Harsh (11) requires allogenic stem cell transplant for which his sister Harshita has been chosen as the right donor.

Harsh belongs to Patiala but is undergoing treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and the estimated expense for his stem cell transplant is Rs 10 lakh.

Ashwani, Harsh's father, said the child was suffering from the diseases ever since his birth and his blood is changed after every two weeks. Harsh's need for blood is growing with his years and the doctors have recommended a bone marrow transplant. However, family is unable to pay for the treatment as they have already exhausted all its funds in his treatment in last 10 years.

The CMCH, on behalf of the patient, has requested philanthropists to donate generously so that the family can carry on with the child's treatment. Cheques and drafts can be sent to the Department of Clinical Haematology, Haemato Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, CMCH, Ludhiana.

Another patient, Neetu Gill (32), is undergoing treatment for renal failure at Deep Hospital, Model Town, Ludhiana, for the past one year. The fatherless boy belongs to a poor family, as his mother, who is a domestic help, is unable to bear the expenses incurred on his treatment.

The patient has to undergo dialysis every week. The hospital authorities, keeping in mind the family's condition, have appealed to philanthropists to come forward for Neetu's help. People interested in donating for the cause can contact on the mobile number 94176-42400. 



Check hoarding of yarn, says textile industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The Ludhiana Textile Association has demanded check on the “monopolistic” approach of the yarn mills in the country.

They feel if the government fails to intervene, the textile industry will be vanished as the prices of yarn have shot up in the last few months. Members of textile industry also held a protest demonstration against “cartelisation” of yarn manufacturers at Cheema Chowk here today.

Shakti Jaggi, president of the Ludhiana Textile Association, said the prices of yarn, particularly acrylic, have gone up in the last few months, hitting the powerloom manufacturers hard. He said the government was not paying any attention to check the illegal hoarding of yarn and thread by certain dealers as a result, the textile industry was on the verge of collapse.

The protesters said the ever-increasing prices of thread had harmed their business. Acrylic, which was considered to be the middleman's fabric, had suddenly started competing with wool in terms of prices. The price of thread, which was available for Rs 140-145 per kg, is being sold at Rs 230-235 per kg.

“The government should abolish the anti-dumping duty on fibre to save the textile industry. The yarn thread should be made available at controlled rates", said Jaggi. The protesters said they would intensify their agitation if government failed to come to the rescue of the textile industry. 



Pensioners sore over pay panel report
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
The Punjab State Government Pensioners’ Association has condemned the fifth Pay Commission report, saying it has given special consideration to officials while the subordinate staff had been discriminated against.

A meeting of the body held here last evening under the presidentship of Mohinder Singh Kainth called upon the government to remove anomalies in the recommended pay scales and arrange for payment of arrears in cash to employees and government pensioners with effect from January 2006.

The meeting brought to the fore the problems being faced by the pensioners of Punjab Roadways as files pertaining to the fixation of pay in accordance with the recommendations of the pay commission for those employees, who had retired after January 2006, were not being forwarded to the office of the Accountant General, Punjab. 



Action against threat to NGO head’s life urged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Outreach workers of the district’s Integrated Counselling & Testing Centres (ICTCs) for HIV/AIDS patients today submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner urging the administration to take action against those who had threatened the life of Jagjit Singh Mann, chairman of the Punjab Networking of Positive People Society (PNPPS), an NGO working for HIV/AIDS patients.

The outreach workers said they would go on hunger strike if the district administration failed to deal with their complaint. "We’ll not eat anything till the time the administration takes action against the people who threatened Mann”, said PNPPS president Mehar Singh Chauhan.

The complaint refers to an incident in which Mann, a schoolteacher, was threatened by a group of people on the Machhiwara-Kohara road when he was returning home after distributing charitable goods to the needy children of migrant workers on Republic Day. Though he had immediately filed a complaint with the authorities nothing has yet been done, the memorandum said.

The society has also forwarded the complaint the prime minister, HRD minister, Punjab chief minister, Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari and the director general of education (schools).



Migrants prone to HIV/AIDS: Study
Lack of awareness to blame
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Lack of awareness is the major cause behind increase in cases of HIV/AIDS among migrants in the city, reveals a study conducted by the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council, in association with the Punjab chapter of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

The HIV positive cases are 0.56 per cent, followed by HIV/AIDS occurrence rate of 0.7 per cent in the migrant populace settled in Ludhiana, reveals the study.

The study conducted under the “participatory action research programme”, funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), went on for a period of four years.

During the study, Dr SC Gupta, secretary general, Ludhiana Citizens Health Council, and former professor and head, department of Health Education and Family Welfare, along with Renu Bhasin, project coordinator, IUHPE, conducted pre and post-AIDS preventive education intervention programmes. There was a remarkable difference in the behaviour of migrant workers before and after the prevention education intervention on HIV/AIDS.

Dr Gupta said: “The study was part of a UGC project, which was undertaken to see the viability of the awareness programmes initiated by the department of Health and Family Welfare on HIV/AIDS, including the helpfulness of the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs).”

In a data collected from 1,500 respondents working in large and small industries of Ludhiana, the council concluded that more than 90 per cent of the workers were unaware of HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, modes of transmission and the availability of the testing facility at the ICTCs.

A majority of the industrial workers were found to be illiterate, younger in age and married, but the most shocking revelation during the pre-AIDS prevention intervention was little knowledge of migrant workers on the modes of transmission of AIDS and its symptoms. “Only 17 per cent of the migrant workers had heard about AIDS and they had no knowledge about contraceptives and repercussions of multiple sex relations," said Dr Gupta.

However, after the exposure to the planned HIV/AIDS preventive education services and orientations, more than 83 per cent workers knew about the disease, symptoms and modes of transmission, Dr Gupta added.

Following a regular follow up with special emphasis on testing of HIV/AIDS during the study, 710 industrial workers underwent ‘Elisa’ testing and three were tested positive for HIV, followed by one full-blown case of HIV/AIDS. 



Registration for music talent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Saa Academy of Mumbai will come to Punjab to select music talent from here. Sucheta Bhattacharjee, dean of a music academy at Mumbai and a vocalist, has nominated Dr Charan Kamal Singh, a postgraduate in vocal music, as co-ordinator for the state.

According to sources, talented students from all over the state will be registered with one-time registration fee of Rs 600.

Auditions for the registration of the aspirants from Punjab will be organised by coordinator, Punjab, on February 14 at Baba Ishar Singh Senior Secondary Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, and on February 21 at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus.



PAU team 2nd in youth fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The PAU mime team consisting of six students- Amit Kumar Ray, Rohit Dixit, Sahil Saklany, Pardeep Kumar, Jatin Pabby and Piyush Behl, got second position in the Inter-University National Youth Festival held from February 2 to 6 at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang appreciated the efforts of PAU students and congratulated the participants.

He said PAU students had excelled not only in studies, but also in extracurricular activities. Dr PPS Lubana, director of Students Welfare, said PAU mime team was selected for the national-level competition due to its performance in the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival held at Kurukshetra University.



City Concerns

In the absence of a public transport in city, residents have to depend on their private vehicles or autorickshaws to reach destinations. The autorickhaws have been identified as major polluters in Ludhiana as they emit venomous gases into the air. The growing number of private cars, too, are adding to the emission level of these gases. Since the world over, concern is being expressed over the high levels of emission, the city needs to wake up.

Switching over to CNG, introduction of metro rail and starting of a city bus service are some of the proposals mooted in the past, but nothing has been done on the ground to date. Should Ludhiana go in for metro and CNG? What can be done to alleviate problems related to emissions? The Ludhiana Tribune wants to know your opinion on the issue. 

Readers can send in their views in not more than 200 words. The responses can be e-mailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribune mail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.



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