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Chained youth creates scare in Durgapuri
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A mentally ill youth who was reportedly chained triggered a near panic in the city’s Durgapuri locality when they spotted him roaming in the streets. Area residents, taking him to be a prisoner who had escaped, informed the police about the man, identified as Ajay Kumar, 21, and a resident of nearby Sant Nagar.

The Haibowal police immediately began a major combing operation in the area. After searching for two hours the cops eventually found him hiding in a temple and took him into custody.

Haibowal SHO Gurpreet Singh said the mystery behind the youth walking around in chains began to unravel after he was caught.

Ajay was identified by a colony resident who informed the police the youth was mentally ill. The youth told the cops his father, Ram Parkash, a scrap dealer, had chained him as he did not want him (Ajay) to leave the house.

Later the cops took the youth to a police station and informed his father. Parkash told the police his son was a chronic drug addict and had “lost his mental balance” due to his addiction.

“When Ajay began pestering me to give him ‘bhang’ (cannabis) I chained him to a bedpost. I feared someone else might provide him ‘bhang’ laced ‘laddoos’ (a kind of sweets) and he would create trouble for the family. So in order to prevent such situation I chained him,” Parkash stated.

He told the police he chained his son near about midnight and left the home early in the morning. “A few minutes later my wife, Balwinder Kaur, told me Ajay had managed to free himself and had fled from the house”, he added.

Ajay told the police he scaled the walls of several houses before walking around on the streets in Durgapuri. ”I then hid inside a temple and savored bananas”, he added.

The temple authorities saw Ajay in chains and got frightened, and children visiting the temple began screaming. Amidst the commotion the youth left the temple and again wandered the streets. The cops gave chase and caught him.

Parkash said Ajay was into drugs for the past ten years and was under medication for two years. “I couldn’t afford the expenses to treat him and that was the reason I kept him chained at home”, he added.


ETT aspirants hold rally, burn govt’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
ETT aspirants today held a protest rally and burnt the effigy of the state government for failing to fulfill their demands. Over 1,000 candidates from all over the district gathered at the Ludhiana DC’s office to lodge their protest.

They then marched towards Bharat Nagar Chowk, where they burnt the effigy of the Badal government.

They are demanding incorporation of schools under the district parishads and nagar councils with the state education department.

They are also asking for the implementation of grades proposed by the Fifth Pay Commission and formation of a promotion and transfer policy as promised by the Badal government at the time of the elections.

Terming the indifference of the government towards their demands as “gross injustice being done to the teaching community”, their union leaders vowed to continue the stir.

“Even after three years, the government has failed to keep its poll promise to include the district parishad and nagar council schools in the education department. We will not accept this and will continue to fight for our rights,” Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, president of the ETT teachers’ union, Punjab, stated.

Yesterday, the agitating candidates called off the protest rally to be held at Lambi village today, fearing arrest, but they stayed away from schools run by the zila parishad in the district.

Their leaders had gone into hibernation following the alleged detention of two office-bearers of the union in Ludhiana by the police as a preventive measure.

The two teachers were released today.



BCom students protest fee hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Fee hike has forced over 100 BCom students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Boys to protest against the college management. The students had called for a strike on the campus yesterday, in which students of other departments of the college also participated.

Students’ union president Gursimranjit Singh Mundi led the protest and no class was allowed to be held on the campus.

The students are protesting against the hike in fee for the BCom course over the past three years. The students claimed that the college had hiked the fee from Rs 7,000 to Rs 20,000 this year. They also alleged anomalies in the fee structure.

“The fee hike is unjustified. The annual fee in other colleges is much less than ours. The college management is not following the fee structure recommended by Panjab University. They have added various college funds which are not prescribed by the PU,” a student alleged, adding that numerous complaints and requests to the authorities had failed to bear any fruit.

“We have been forced to protest as the principal is not ready to listen to our complaints,” another student added.

They complained that they had opted for the BCom course simply because the fee was much less and “affordable” as compared to other courses.

“Just because my family was not able to afford the exorbitant fee of courses like the BCA and BBA, I opted for BCom. But now the amount paid by me in the name of annual fee is almost the same as that of other courses,” a BCom final year student said.

Meanwhile, the college management has called for a meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue. However, the students have threatened to intensify their stir from tomorrow if the management failed to come up with something. “If even after the meeting, the matter is not resolved, we would not allow any classes to be held,” Gursimranjit Singh said.



Cracks develop on elevated road
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The ambitious project of the up-ramp being constructed to connect the elevated road to ease traffic hit a road block when cracks emerged on the elevated road where the construction of the ramp is in progress.

The cracks emerged on the stretch where the elevated road connects the Jagraon bridge. The cracks were first noticed by a commuter who informed the traffic police, which further informed the construction company officials. Immediately a team of MC officials reached the spot to check it.

Traffic was diverted to avert any untoward incident. The MC Commissioner AK Sinha, who is reported to be out of station, sent Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi to inspect the situation.

Sinha said he had been told about the incident, but there was no need to worry as such things happened during construction. “If there would be any problem, it would be fixed within a week,” he added.

The MC has given the tender to construct the ramp to Ludhiana traders for Rs 2.68 crore.

Sources, however, expressed concern that the construction could harm the elevated road, which had been surrounded by controversies ever since its inception in 1998-99.

A department source said tragedy could take place if a heavy vehicle crossed the stretch. It might result in the caving of the road.

It is learnt that despite a ban, heavy vehicles are plying on the flyover.



Shifting of meters will curb power theft
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board has embarked upon an ambitious initiative to shift electricity meters outside the premises of consumers in the state’s rural areas. The move, when completed by the yearend, is expected to result in a huge saving of power - estimated at 700 MW - besides cutting down transmission and distribution losses by 2 to 3 percent. The Rural Electrification Corp has provided Rs 697 crore to PSEB for the project.

Giving details, PSEB senior executive engineer Pradeep Gupta told The Tribune here today the project envisages shifting of electricity meters of nearly 3.2 million consumers in the state from their premises to pillar boxes with a capacity of 20 meters each. “In case the number of meters is small they will be shifted to meter cup boxes. The pillar boxes or MCBs will be fixed at the nearest electricity poles”, he said.

"Work on the project has already been taken up in about a dozen villages in Ludhiana East, Ludhiana West and suburban circles under the central zone. Some 285 pillar boxes have been installed and energy meters of over 4,000 consumers have been shifted outside in various villages. These include Kadian, Malikpur, Talwandi, Kutbewal, Bhattian, Hazari Bagh Colony, Bhukhri, Boothgarh and Meharban," he stated.

According to Gupta, electricity meters of nearly 200,000 consumers in more than 450 villages in the district were proposed to be shifted under the ongoing project. Not only will energy meters of consumers be shifted to pillar boxes and MCBs, but the LT lines will also be replaced with LT and PVC cables.

"The replacement of LT lines with LT or PVC cables in rural areas will not only improve the quality of power supply, but will also effectively plug the easiest method of stealing electricity by way of ‘kundi’ connections. It will be virtually impossible for unscrupulous people to steal power from LT or PVC cables that are heavily insulated," Gupta said.

“That shifting of meters, which also entails removal of LT lines, would come in handy to check power theft was evident from the number of applications for new electricity connections filed by residents of rural areas, where LT lines have been replaced with insulated cables in the course of shifting meters to pillar boxes”, Gupta added.



Audiences warm up to My Name Is Khan
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A powerful portrayal of an autistic individual spreading the global message of peace and camaraderie, the latest Bollywood release ‘My Name Is Khan’ turned out to be a treat for city audiences who thronged the cinema halls to see the movie on the opening day on Friday.

The on-screen chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol is the driving force in the emotional drama that revolves around the suspicion and hated that Muslims in the United States were subjected following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Directed by Karan Johar, the movie is a ‘must watch’ for people from all walks of life as it truly depicts the role of love that gives the "strength to fight" against human loss in times of natural calamities and inhuman acts of violence.

Said Sunanda, an MSc student, after watching the movie: "The incorporation of the song ‘Hum honge kaamyab’ and its English version ‘We shall overcome’ in two different situations and by two different communities is indeed an example of a persuasive screenplay."

“I was moved over by the film’s dialogues, with the best one being ‘Khuda ki raah to mohabbat raah hai, wehshat aur jang ki nahin’ (God's path is that of love and compassion),” said another movie buff.

Appreciating Shah Rukh for his depiction of an individual suffering from the ‘asperger syndrome’, Dr Daljit Singh of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital said the Bollywood star has enacted the part “with precision”. "However, what touches the human soul is the hero's ability to love and feel despite his handicap of poor social language skills and difficulty in functioning in a group”, he added.

A group of boys who had come from Moga to watch the first show at PVR Cinema could not stop themselves from humming the song ‘Tere naina - tere naina’ as they applauded the efforts of Shankar Ehsan Loy, the movie’s music director.



ITI to go under hammer today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The states premier skilled training institute, the Institute of Technical Training (ITI), situated on Gill road would go under the hammer tomorrow for the non-payment of house tax worth Rs 10 lakh. The notice pertaining to the auction has been pasted at the institute.

According to the MC superintendent, Surinderpal, the institute has not paid dues from 2002, which amount to Rs 10 lakh.

He said numerous reminders had been sent to the institute to pay the house tax, but no dues were paid by the institute. After receiving no response, the MC completed the legal formalities and put up the institute for auction tomorrow.

The institute is situated on prime location and is worth crores of rupees. MC sources said the ITI principal visited the MC Zone-C office yesterday and demanded an extension of 12 days.

The MC has yet to decide on this issue.



Memories abound at PAU alumni meet
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Walking down the memory lane with friends and reminiscing college days, the alumni of the College of Agriculture today came together for an alumni meet. The two-day meet concluded on the PAU campus here today.

They shared their experiences with seniors, friends and juniors at the meet, and said they owed their success to their 
alma mater.

Gleeful smiles and naughty chuckles filled the air at Pal Auditorium as over a hundred people gathered there. Big names in scientific fields like Dr DR Bhumbla, Dr DS Bains, Dr GS Khush and Dr Manjit Singh Kang, among others, attended the meet, which saw participation of a group of alumni from Faislabad, Pakistan, led by Prof Hafiz Abdul Qayyum. The VC, Dr Kang, said such meets were important to strengthen social and professional ties. The members of the PAU board of management and alumni elevated to coveted positions were also honoured. The list included established names like Urwinder Kaur Grewal, Dr Jairup Singh, VC of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda; Dr KR Dhiman, VC of UHF, Nauni, Solan; Dr SS Chahal, VC of MPUAT, Udaipur; and Dr AK Bakhshi, VC of SVBPUAT, Meerut.

The alumni appointed as directors, deans and prominent personalities were also felicitated. Awards were also presented to those who brought laurels to the college and the best extension worker by Dr Khem Singh Gill, former PAU VC. Dr GS Khush, rice breeder and winner of World Food Prize, delivered a lecture on how to overcome threat to global food security. A book of poems, “Beete Dinan Di Yaad”, translated by Dr GS Sandhu, was also released.



Agri scientist for revival of farming sector
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Institutions like Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) could show entire Punjab the way in achieving NCF's mission of making "every scholar an entrepreneur". These views were expressed by agricultural scientist and chairman of the National Farmers' Commission (NCF) Dr MS Swaminathan here during his visit to the university.

He said the future of the country was in the revival of the glory of farming, which in-turn could be achieved through a sector that had not only grown both numerically and quantitatively, but holds the potential to produce a new category of entrepreneurs to stimulate the growth of different farm enterprises mainly dairy industry and fisheries.

"The National Farmers' Commission stressed on the need to adopt its latest motto of making every scholar an entrepreneur" and this motto could be released in livestock industry, fisheries and allied branches of veterinary and animal sciences," said Dr Swaminathan.

"GADVASU has not only given a new direction to Punjab, but can show the entire country the way to achieve NCF's motto," said Father of the Green Revolution in India while interacting with the faculty and students.

He said at a time when the contribution of the crop husbandry in the agriculture GDP was stagnant, it was livestock sector that had given the country a hope for reversing the trend. "A large part of growth in agriculture sector is being contributed by the livestock sector," he added.

Dr Swaminathan also lauded GADVASU Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja and university scientists for ushering the university into a new era of technology advancement.

Earlier, Dr OS Parmar, director of extension education, Dr KS Sandhu, director, students' welfare, accompanied the Vice-Chancellor and Dr Swaminathan during his visit to veterinary clinics, dairy farms, poultry farms and fisheries.



Teaching of Punjabi
Surprise checks at schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
With a view to ensuring compliance with norms governing teaching of Punjabi, teams from the state education department are conducting checks on schools. Among the schools where the teams have conducted checks are Sat Paul Mittal School and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary, BRS Nagar.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Bachhitar Singh said the teams had conducted checks in over 20 CBSE-affiliated schools in the district. “I have personally conducted checks in some schools on the city’s periphery. Teams have been formed comprising senior officials to conduct the checks. We see the syllabi being taught, the students’ understanding of the language, and their analytical skills, including written and oral proficiency,” he stated.

They conduct dictation and oral tests to evaluate the students’ command on the language. Teachers’ diaries were also checked.

“We are checking the syllabi from Class I in all schools. Some schools have been covered and those left are on the agenda and would be checked,” informed Pradeep Kapoor, who is heading one such team.

This was being done as part of the government’s directions to all CBSE-affiliated schools. “Till now, our teams have expressed satisfaction at the level of Punjabi teaching in the schools, but the checks would continue until all schools in the district are covered,” he remarked.



Music Talent
Auditions on Feb 14, 21
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Saa Academy of Mumbai would be coming to Punjab for auditions. Dr Charan Kamal Singh, a postgraduate in vocal music, has been nominated coordinator for Punjab. Talented students from all over Punjab would be registered with a fee of Rs 600.

Auditions for registration would be organised 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.



Ramanpreet of Sacred Heart wins debate
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 12
Akansha Puri of Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, secured second position in the CBSE Inter-School debate contest organised by Sacred Heart Senior Secondary Jalalpur, Mandi Gobindgarh, here yesterday.

At least 20 students from various schools of Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib took part in it. The topic put forward before the house for debate was “Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation will improve the academic standard of the students.”

The contest was judged by Father Edward, manager of St Xavier School and Balwinder and Sapna from Desh Bhagat Institute. The function was presided over by managing director of the school JPS Jolly and chairman Jose Kottaram.

Ramanpreet Kaur of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Jalalpur Mandi Gobindgarh, won the first prize while the second prize was secured by Akansha Puri of Green Grove, Khanna.

Itika from BCM School got the third prize.



Farewell party for KVM seniors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A party was organised at KVM, city campus,today for the outgoing Class VIII, which will now join KVM, Civil Lines, in Class IX. Students of Class VII left no stone unturned to make the day a memorable one for their seniors. The function began with a "havan". This was followed by a cultural programme comprising songs, dances, speeches and lucky draws. Principal Rajeev Nagalia, headmistress Namita Raj and in charges of various sections were present on the occasion.

Results: Jasmeen Kaur was declared Miss Evening while Raghav Gumber won the Mater Evening title; Miss Versatile title went to Charu Jindal and Nitin Grover was Master Versatile; Miss Scholar title was won by Ishita Khurana and Gaurav Setia won the Master Scholar title; Kritika Jain was declared Miss Innocent and Abhinav Vasan was Master Innocent; Sidharth Virdi won accolades when he was announced Master Stylish while Aastha Ghai was envied by many for winning Miss Beautiful hair title; Mayank Grover was declared Master Handsome and Alisha Jindal walked away with Miss Beautiful title.

Hasrat wins creative writing contest

An inter-house creative writing competition was organised at Green Grove Public School today.

Students from Gandhi,Nehru,Tagore and Tilak houses showcased their writing skills on topics ‘Hard work is the key to success’, ‘Indian culture and tradition’ ‘Importance of games’, ‘ life in villages’ . Students of classes III to IX took part in it. The results are as follows-

Class VII to IX group-Hasrat (VII)Tagore House -1, Sukhman Kaur(VIII),Tilak House-2, Tanvir Kaur (VIII), Nehru House-3.



Togadia fumes at religion-based quota
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 12
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Praveen Togadia today lambasted the West Bengal government for its move to provide reservation to Muslims and Christians as per recommendations of Justice Rang Nath Committee. Terming the decision as unconstitutional, he said the Congress government also appeared to be inclined towards offering reservation to religious minorities in a bid to win their support.

The VHP general secretary, who was on a brief visit to the city to lay the foundation stone of a temple block on the occasion of Mahashivratri, said the Andhra Pradesh High Court had already ruled against a similar decision by the Andhra Pradesh government, saying that reservation based on religion was ultra vires of the Constitution.

He observed: “Any reservation for religious minorities would have a direct bearing on the employment prospects of poor Hindus and they would not take it lying down.”

Comparing the decision of such reservation to the rule of Aurangzeb, where Hindus were made to pay special tax, Togadia said if such reservation became a reality, it would be modern “jazia”.

“The VHP is in the process of mobilising Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes from among the Hindus, and a nationwide agitation is being planned against the discriminatory decision,” he stated.

Togadia also said Mumbai belonged to every Indian and regional passions were being roused by certain leaders for vested political interests.

Pointing a finger at the Congress and NCP combine in Maharashtra, he alleged that the state government had not only failed to take action against Raj Thackeray when migrants were attacked, but also certain functionaries of the ruling coalition were also lending covert support to the MNS leader to settle score with the Shiv Sena.

On the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, the VHP leader said a programme for achieving this goal would be announced after the Kumbha fair.



Overbridge Construction
DC orders closure of Raikot road
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 12
The deputy commissioner yesterday allowed a contractor of the railway over bridge at Mullanpur to close the road leading to Raikot. The road passes through the town. The order was passed following an application forwarded by the PWD in this regard. Rohan Rajdeep Tollways, the contractor of the over bridge, had made arrangement for diverting the routes. Now, the commuters planning to go to Raikot road from Ludhiana side will reach the Raikot road after passing Jangpur village from the road near Government School Dakha. The commuters from the Jagraon road will take the road passing through the Dhatt and Boparai village and merge at the Raikot Road.

Those commuting on two wheelers are having hard time as it is not possible for them to take such a lengthy route. Moreover the roads are blocked from the starting and end point of the over bridge putting the business on the 2 km stretch of the busy market at standstill. The residents living on both sides of the bridge rue against this blockade as they demand that only the necessary portion should be blocked so that the shopkeepers don’t face the heat due to the closure of business establishments. 



Shivratri celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Shivratri was celebrated with religious zeal and devotion in the city. On this auspicious day, devotees observed fast and kept awake throughout the night. Shivratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the “Tandav”. It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva got married to Parvati. On this day Shiva devotees observe fast and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva linga.

All temples in the city were beautifully decorated and devotees thronged the nearby temples for offering prayers since early morning. “The prayers continue throughout the night and the devotees offer coconut, bilva leaves, flowers and fruits and specially prepared sacred food to Shiva and his divine consort Parvati,” told a pujari at the Durga Mata Mandir.

While rath yatra was taken out yesterday evening, langars were organised in the city at various places. “As this is a dark fortnight devotees light candles and diyas throughout the night as this is a symbol of spiritual manifestation”, added Anju, a devotee.

Puja was performed to the Shiv parivar Shivji, Parvati Mata, Ganeshji, Karthikeyan and Nandi. Devotees bathe the Shivalinga with milk. Mahashivratri is also believed to be an auspicious occasion for women to pray for the well being of their husbands and sons. An unmarried woman prays for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be an ideal husband.



MCI moots new course for rural students
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, February 12
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has sent a proposal to the Union Health Ministry to start Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC) course for students living in the rural areas. This will be three- and- a-half year course with six months internship.

Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and transplant surgery, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, told The Tribune yesterday that this proposal had been formulated at a workshop organised by the MCI under the chairmanship of Dr Ketam Desai, president, MCI, New Delhi, last week.

Dr. Aulakh said medical education would be imparted to the students after 10 plus 2 at the medical schools that would be located at the district civil hospitals from notified rural areas. After graduation, these doctors would serve in the rural areas only as specified by the appropriate authority of the state from time to time. Need of the hour was to provide a competent trained compassionate health care in the far flung areas of the country where majority of the people still live and work.

According to Dr Aulakh, there are 300 medical colleges in the country with an annual capacity for the MBBS course being more than 34,000 and the annual intake capacity for the postgraduate medical education in India is well over 14,000 for general specialties (degree and diploma taken together) and 709 for the super specialties courses on December 31, 2009. With 300 medical colleges, India has the largest number of medical schools in the world. Besides this, there are 2,164 medical schools spread over 171 countries.

Dr Aulakh explained that the issue was just limited to the crunch of health manpower but more vital issue pertained to the unequal distribution of available trained manpower. The fact still remains that the requirement of rural health manpower has not been met significantly … and the health professionals have ‘urban-centric’ approach.

He disclosed that the executive of the MCI decided to adopt updated alternative model on December 1, 2009, with a view to mitigate the crunch of available trained health manpower or catering to the health needs of rural population. In this model, the permissible intake would be 25 to 50 for district hospitals having bed strength of 150 and 300, respectively.

Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, founder Vice - Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, has opposed the new scheme for training doctors for the rural areas. He maintained that a parallel health system in areas was being created with three-and-a-half year training of the doctors. He said at one time MCI was thinking of extending duration of MBBS course from five-and-a-half year to six years. The three-and-a-half year trained doctors would not be fully trained and they would learn only about 30 per cent which MBBS doctors were learning in five and half years. ‘They are treating rural people as inferior and creating a division among them’, he added.

Dr Chawla was of the view that the present system of primary health centres in the rural areas was the best provided there were proper doctors and means of communication were better. ‘We need two lakh fully trained doctors for the rural areas whereas the country has at present seven lakh trained doctors. The need of the hour is to strengthen the present system’, he said.

However, Dr GS Grewal, Director, SAS Grewal Memorial Multi-specialty Hospital, has come out in support of the MCI proposal of having doctors for the rural areas with three and half years training. This was done to eliminate the quackery in the rural areas and end exploitation of the rural people.



It’s unconstitutional, says association
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Rural Medical Service Association (RMSA), Punjab, and the Punjab Civil Medical Service Association (PCMSA) have termed the decision to start Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC) as “unconstitutional” and have even registered their protest against the Union Health Ministry’s proposal.

The association members stated that the government’s move was nothing but a refined way of promoting quackery, which was in complete paradox to the government’s decision to save people from the hands of “quacks”.

The MBBS doctors (association members) opined that proposed duration of BRHC was three and half years which was equivalent to that of BSc (Nursing) and B Pharma and giving BRHC pass outs the right to practice medicine would be a discrimination with the villagers.

RMSA state president Dr Aslam Parvez said providing the village populace with lesser-qualified “doctors” was against the fundamental right, as every Indian citizen irrespective of his/her habitat should be provided standardised healthcare services.

“We will give a representation to the Punjab Governor, MPs in Punjab and also to the Medical Council Of India for immediate withdrawal of the BRHC,” said Dr Parvez.

This is like going into pre-Independence era when India had diplomas for doctors which keeping in mind the “uniformity” in medical education were done away with, Dr Parvez went on to add.

PCMSA president Dr Hardeep Singh criticised the Union government’s decision to introduce Bachelor of Rural Health Care adding that the degree would be at par with the existing Nursing and Pharmacy courses as they too are done in the same time period.

“It is the length of time in MBBS that equips the doctors with the ability to make right diagnosis which makes all the difference in the treatment and it is immoral to hand over the rural populace to the lesser qualified medical practitioners,” added Dr Hardeep

Demanding immediate rollback of the proposal Dr Hardeep said a delegation of PCMSA would meet the MCI president and Union Home Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Increasing seats in the government and private medical colleges, infrastructure in health centres/dispensaries in villages and providing better salaries to the doctors serving in rural areas will be an ideal solution to the problem, stated the presidents of the above associations in unison.



Zero Discharge
Dyeing industry distances from electroplating units
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Reacting to the recent remarks made by the electroplating industry and Sant Seechewal on zero liquid discharge, the local dyeing industry said yesterday that the option could be agreeable to the former but not to them.

The dyeing industry said discharge by 100 electroplating units would be equal to the water discharge by just one average dyeing unit in the city.

The total discharge of dyeing units in the city was around 150 million litres per day as compared to 3 million litres per day discharge by electroplating units.

An office-bearer of the Dyeing Association of Ludhiana, Bobby Jindal, said the condition could not be forced on their industry.

Jindal said the quantity of their water discharge was much higher than that of electroplating units.

“Electroplating units may be claiming to discharge drinking water after treatment but dyeing units cannot do that. Out water discharge cannot be compared with electroplating industry,” said Jindal.

During the foundation laying ceremony of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for electroplating units at Doraha yesterday, Sant Seechewal, an environmentalist, had pointed out that electroplating was one of the most polluting industry. When the particular industry was coming up with zero discharge levels, why could others not follow suit.

He said the industry responsible for damaging natural resources like water, air, etc. should not be promoted at all. He said polluting industry of the city had already done irreparable damage to the Budda Nullah and the issue had to be taken seriously by society, politicians, officials and industry.

Meanwhile, the dyeing industry hopes to get 32 acre from the state government for installation of the CETP at the Tajpur road.

“A new organisation - Punjab Dyers Association - has recently been formed with 24 directors representing the dyeing industry from the state. Once it gets government’s recognition, the work on CETPs will start immediately,” claimed Jindal.



Youth Cong holds sarvodaya mela
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, February 12
The Jalandhar unit of the District Youth Congress (Rural) led by its president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary organised a programme in the memory of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Dham on the banks of the Sutlej here today.

It was on February 12, 1948, that the ashes of The Gandhi were immersed in the Sutlej. Sarvodaya Mela is organised at Gandhi Dham to commemorate this event annually. Speaking on the occasion Santokh Singh Chaudhary, former minister, Punjab, urged the youth to follow the footsteps of the Mahatma and librate society of corruption and violence.



17-year-old gangraped
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 12
A minor was raped by three youths on Wednesday night. Seventeen-year-old Kamaljit Kaur (name changed) and her mother Mohinder Kaur alleged in their statement to the police that a youth of the village, Baldev Singh, along with Mangal Singh of Alika district in Ferozepur and Surjit Singh of Gorsian Khan Mohammad village near Sidhwan Bet, had committed the crime.

ASI Jasvir Singh said the victim had stated that when she went to answer the call of nature in nearby fields, the accused waylaid and gagged her before dragging her to a tubewell room. There they raped her.

Meanwhile, Mohinder Kaur went looking for her and called her brothers, Hakam Singh and Amar Singh, when she could not find her. They heard some sounds from the tubewell room and on reaching there, they saw the accused raping her. The accused fled when they spotted them and the victim was taken to the Civil Hospital. Though the medical report of the victim is awaited, on the basis of the statement of the girl, the police has booked the accused under Sections 376, 506 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

The ASI said there was a function in the village and two of the accused were guests. The police was raiding the hideouts of the accused, he added.



Chemist shops raided
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 12
A police team raided a few local chemist shops and seized huge amount of habit- forming drugs. While the team raided the chemist shops, parents of addicts sought strict action against those selling synthetic drugs without any ckeck.

“Cops confiscate their (chemists’) stock and as soon as they leave, chemists are back in business. Sale of synthetic drugs cannot be stopped unless and until the offenders are not arrested and a case registered against them,” said a parent from Malaud village.

Similarly, parents gathered outside the shops being raided in Doraha and Lehal village and demanded strict action to keep a check on this abuse. Villagers added that a few panchayats have even appealed banning the stores that have been raided more than once. “It should be made a non-cognizable offence, so that offenders cannot laugh their way to relief,” opined team officials while talking to the aggrieved parents. Meanwhile, habit-forming drugs worth Rs 1 lakh was confiscated from Chak Sarai medical store.The store owner had been selling medicines without adequate bills or any other documents. Even the licence of this shop had expired in 2008 and has not been renewed till yet.

Pandher Medical Hall at Lehal village was raided for the fourth time and medicines worth Rs 35,000 seized. Raid at Grewal medical hall at Malaud village yielded drugs worth Rs 60,000. Grewal shop’s owner neither had documents of sale or purchase of medicines nor a pharmacist to sell medicines.

Similarly, Lali Medical hall at Doraha has been selling medicines without a valid licence. Yogi medical hall at Rara Sahib, too, was found operating without licence or pharmacist and did not have record of sale and purchase of medicines either.



8 booked for seeking dowry
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 12
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked eight persons in two cases for harassing two girls for bringing insufficient dowry. In both cases those booked are husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law and relatives.

On the statement of Harpreet Kaur of Sidhwan Bet, the police booked her husband Jagjit Singh Dhaliwal, father-in-law Mohinder Singh, mother-in-law Tejwant Kaur and Amanpreet Kaur, wife of the elder brother of her husband under Section 406 and 498A of the IPC. She had alleged that she was married to Jagjit Singh of GTB Mohalla, Malerkotla, who had migrated to Canada on November 17, 2008, and was currently residing there. Her father Bhupinder Singh had spent a handsome amount on her marriage as per in-laws demands.

She also migrated to Canada on April 1, 2009, but on reaching there her in-laws, including the husband, started harassing her and forced her to bring Rs 25 lakh from her father. She returned to India and lodged a complaint with the SSP, who ordered registration of a case against the accused.

Meanwhile, Pawandeep Kaur of Jandi village near Sidhwan Bet had in her complaint alleged that she was married to Lakhvir Singh Lalton Kalan village near Ludhiana on November 26, 2007. Soon after the marriage, her father-in-law Sukhwinder Singh, grandfather and Jasmeet Kaur, sister-in-law started harassing her for not bringing sufficient dowry. he said though her father met with all demands of her in-laws and even paid Rs 2,5000 at the time of marriage of her sister-in-law. After marriage her sister-in-law migrated to Canada. But her woos did not end here. Her in-laws continued to harass her and even threatened to get her divorce and marry Lakhvir Singh to some other girl. The SSP has ordered registration of the case against the accused under Sections 406 and 498A of the IPC.



Two held with pistol, knife
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 12
Two persons have been arrested for possessing .315 bore pistol and a live cartridge. They were arrested at a barricade put up by the police near Ramgarh village. One of accused has been identified as Jagwindra Singh, alias Jaipi, a resident of Jallowal village in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Another accused has been identified as Kuldip Singh, alias Kala of Ajner village of the same district. A knife has been seized from his possession.

Jagwindra Singh was booked for attempt to murder, quarreling, firing and under the Arms Act at Mandi Gobindgarh, Payal and Sadar Khanna earlier also. Whereas Kuldeep Singh was booked in two cases of murder, six of loot, three for stealing, attempt to murder, two cases under the Arms Act and two fraud cases.

Woman assaulted

Six persons have been booked for beating up a woman in a shop. Those booked have been identified as Lovedeep Singh, Avtar Singh from Dasmesh Nagar Khamano and four others.

In her complaint to the police, Pinki Verma from Gill Colony Model Town, Samrala road, Khanna, has alleged that she was married to accused Lovedeep Singh six years ago. Soon after marriage a dispute arose over a piece of the land. The issue was amicably settled later on. She was allegedly tortured at her in-laws house following which she returned to her parents. Yesterday, when Pinki was at her father’s shop, Lovedeep along with his accomplice came and beat her up.

2 booked for disrupting traffic

Two persons have been booked for disrupting traffic. According to the police, Samarjeet Singh of Majewara village had parked his tractor-trolley in the middle of the Samrala chowk at around 8. 30 am. This led to traffic chaos near the roundabout. Similarly, Harpreet Singh of Seera village had parked his tractor-trolley on a bridge at the Machhiwara road in Samrala. Both accused were booked and arrested for disrupting the traffic.



Business rivalry turns ugly, 3 hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A shawl trader along with an accomplice attacked a fellow trader at Chaura Bazar here today. The incident took place this afternoon when the victim, Manish Puri, was attending to an NRI customer.

He alleged that his neighbour, along with several others, barged into his shop and thrashed him, his nephew and a salesman. They also took away Rs 40,000 from the counter, he said, alleging that the attack was a result of professional rivalry.

According to an eyewitness, the clash took place when Puri’s salesman started attending to an NRI customer who was reportedly entering the other shop.

This led to the clash. Other shopkeepers also reached the spot and intervened in the matter and the police was informed about the incident. Later, Puri lodged a complaint with the police. Manjinder Singh, SHO Kotwali, said they had received a complaint, but no FIR was lodged till the filing of this report.



Veteran athlete honoured
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 12
Jagjit Singh, a veteran athlete from Ludhiana, proved his mettle at the National Masters Athletics Championship held in Chennai recently. He bagged a silver medal in the 4x400m relay race in the plus 65-year group. He retired from the income tax department and has won several medals for the department at national-level tournaments.

He was honoured by the Young Sports Friends Club at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. He was presented with a trophy, besides cash prize. Harbans Singh, in charge of the Sports Authority of India Training Centre, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.



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