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Players fume as babus park vehicles in middle of ground
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Someone has rightly said that if possible, VIPs can park their vehicle on the moon. Similar scenes were witnessed during the trials of World Kabaddi Cup, which took place on the football grounds of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

Scores of vehicles, including red beacon vehicles of an IAS officer, zoomed past the football ground to be parked next to the tents where the seating arrangements for the VIPs had been made.

The act left the sports fraternity rattled, particularly the football players, who were fuming at the disrespect meted out to their playing field.

"We worship these grounds and while returning home, we get down on our knees, thanking the ground for keeping us healthy. Probably, the "babus" and the so-called wrestlers have no respect for the playing ground. That was the reason why they did not hesitate to drive through the middle of the ground," said Gurmeet Singh, a football player. He was mumbling something with utter disgust when he spotted the car of a VIP approaching the trial venue right from the centre of the ground.

Another sportsman, who was also watching the selection trials, lamented that every Tom, Dick and Harry feels that they have a right to encroach on the land.

"Sometime, playing grounds are used to organise functions and on other occasions, these are used as a helipad for the arrival of Chief Ministers. Now the ground is being used a parking lot. I believe being an official does not mean that they have a right to take the vehicle anywhere. Playing ground has its sanctity and the "babus" are supposed to know that," said Rashpal Singh, a footballer.

On the other hand, wrestlers and officials said the trials were taking place at the far end of the ground and approaching thre was a tedious task. So they decided to drive their vehicles there. 


Today is World Water Day
MC to act tough on water wastage
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Groundwater has started depleting at an alarming rate, particularly in Punjab. Environmentalists, who are concerned about this depleting natural resourse, have been urging people not to waste water. But residents seem to be in no mood to listen to their pleas. Wastage of water continues unabated despite repeated requests by the authorities concerned to save it.

Taking strict steps against the wastage of water, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to issue more challans from this year. All zones have been directed to impose penalty on defaulters so that the most precious natural resource could be preserved. As per information, more than 600 residents have been challaned by authorities for wasting water in the past one-year and a penalty up to Rs 500 was imposed on them.

Executive engineer (O and M cell) of the corporation, Kamlesh Bansal, said, “Actually, in posh localities, people keep more than one vehicle (four-wheeler). In the morning, servants are asked to wash the vehicles with pipes. Servants/drivers hardly bother to close the tap while cleaning the cars. Acting tough on them, authorities have decided to challan more such people so that water is not wasted.” He added that in summers, residents suffer from acute water shortage.

BK Verma, a senior citizen, feels that the residents must not waste water. “Litres of water are wasted while washing cars/jeeps whereas in some areas, people don’t get potable water. People should work collectively to save this natural resource. Buckets should be kept for washing cars. The authorities have been challaning the residents but what about the official vehicles? One can see the number of drivers washing vehicles of officers in the Rakh Bagh area early in the morning. I feel everybody should follow the rule. The defaulting officers should also be fined by authorities,” said Verma.

Gallons of water go down the drain at stadium
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Hundreds of gallons of water go down the drain at Guru Nanak Stadium everyday, thanks to the faulty water sprinkler system that has not been repaired for the past two years. The overflowing taps here do not serve any purpose.

A sportsman drinks water from a faulty water tap at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph
A sportsman drinks water from a faulty water tap at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

As there is no mechanism to stop the water from flowing, players are often seen removing water pipes from the stadium.

Players complain that due to the accumulation of water on the stadium, they are unable to practice.

Taps and pipes keep on overflowing during the routine timing of the MC’s water supply.

“Due to the overflowing pipes, even the astro turf mat gets wet during the practice session,” said a player. According to sources in the sports department, since the

installation of the faulty sprinkler system, the condition is more or less the same.

“I don’t understand why the department is not fixing the faulty sprinkler system. Potable water has been going down the drain for the past two years,” said a senior official.

An athlete on condition of anonymity said, “At the time of practice, not even a single person is available at the stadium to fix the overflowing taps. The water keeps on flowing even during the practice time.”

On a visit to the stadium, it was found that there are some faulty taps and the water flows constantly during the MC water timings.

However, when contacted, the District Sports Officer, said, “By far I have not received any complaint regarding the faulty taps. If there are some faulty taps, they will be fixed soon.”



Village Dispensaries
Unqualified staff dispenses medicines
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The health of people living in villages of Ludhiana is at stake as auxiliary midwife nurses (ANMs) and multipurpose health workers (MHWs) are dispensing medicines to the people in 19 village dispensaries of Ludhiana district in complete violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

The Act clearly says that only a qualified pharmacist with a valid degree has the right to dispense medicines in the absence of a doctor.

Rural Medical Officers (RMOs), in charge of village dispensaries, have violated the conditions of their contracts signed with the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, by appointing non-qualified staff in place of qualified pharmacists.

Dispensaries in villages including Hans Kalan, Bhairon Muna, Dhandra, Jandiali, Kanaich, Khakat, Aluna Miana, Mangli Uchi, Thareeke, Bhagpur, Bagga Khurd, Panjgarayian, Rupalon, Virk, Heran, Sahauli, Pandori, Toosa in Ludhiana district do not have pharmacists.

The RMOs in rural dispensaries are the service providers who have been vested with the powers to appoint the requisite staff in the village dispensaries. Despite having been specifically asked by the Chief Executive Officer of Zila Parishad Ludhiana to appoint qualified pharmacists in village dispensaries in 2009, the doctors have failed to do so. The orders for the same were issued following the instructions given to the RMOs in the renewed contracts in November 2009.

Balwinder Singh, district general secretary, Rural Health Pharmacists Association, while registering his complaint against the ongoing violation, said RMOs in all village dispensaries of other districts of Punjab had replaced their ANMs and MHWs with qualified pharmacists, but the RMOs in 19 dispensaries of Ludhiana had failed to do so.

"ANMs and MHWs are dispensing medicines to the patients in rural dispensaries which is a violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of India, as they are employed to disseminate health education and create awareness against diseases amongst public. Only a qualified pharmacist with a valid degree can dispense medicines to the patients," added Balwinder Singh.

Rural Health Pharmacists Association has accused the RMOs of "unethical practices", adding that these RMOs, by appointing non-qualified staff, save money as they have to pay half the salaries to these ANMs and MHWs.

Secretary Zila Parishad Ludhiana AS Gujaral said Zila Parishad was responsible for the appointment of the RMOs and the prerogative to appoint pharmacists lies with these RMOs, who have been designated as service providers. "But we have already taken up the matter with the RMOs in the 19 dispensaries who have promised to accommodate pharmacists after the completion of the contracts of the ANMs and MHWs," the secretary went on to add.



Aparajita Singh tops in MBBS exam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Forty medical graduates were awarded degrees at the annual convocation of Christian Medical College today. Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch, secretary, department of health research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, was the chief guest, while Dr PL Ogra, professor emeritus, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Buffalo, was the guest of honour.

Aparajita Singh was awarded the first prize for obtaining highest marks in the MBBS examination, while Shiti Bose received the second prize in the same category.

Geetika Gera stood first in the university (distinction in pharmacology and forensic medicine), Asha Thomas bagged 
the second position in the university followed by Sebastian Marker with a distinction in forensic medicine.

Amit Verma won a gold medal for being the best intern, while Dr Manmeet Singh Jhawar was awarded Jaswant Kaur Memorial award for best medical resident.

The faculty award for the best outgoing orthopaedics resident went to Dr Nithin Bither.

Dr Abi M Thomas, principal, Christian Dental College, Ludhiana, presented the Dental College report. About 42 graduates and four postgraduate were awarded degrees.

Kunjumary John Kolathu topped the BDS examination. Around 59 graduates and 20 postgraduates from the College of Nursing were awarded degrees.

Jincy Alex got the award for best community health nurse, Riti Anne Thomas was adjudged the best bed-side nurse, while Palvi was declared the all-round best student nurse.

The Association of Medical Alumni gave the lifetime achievement award to Dr Douglas V Paul, while Dr VK Satija Award for best clinical teacher went to Dr Anna Mani. The batch of 1976 excellence in teaching award was given to Dr Nitin Batra.



‘Medical history must for patient’s evaluation’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
A continued dental education (CDE) programme on “How to handle a medical emergency in dental practice” was organised at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, Ludhiana.

Dr Rajesh Gutta, assistant professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati, the USA, was the key speaker. Principal of the college Dr DS Kalsi welcomed guests. A live demonstration was given to all delegates on how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). They were also apprised in detail about as to how many chest compressions should be performed each minute while giving CPR, what is the recommended chest compression to ventilation ratio and how to do CPR in children. Emphasis was laid on how to diagnose a medical emergency and how to differentiate between medical urgencies and emergencies.

Mock drills for handling such situations should be conducted for staff, said Dr Rajesh. He further said the most important factor in the pre-operative evaluation of patient was the detailed medical history and reasonably good knowledge of medicines/drugs being used by the patient.



From Schools and Colleges
Tips on resume writing
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 20
Training and Placement Cell, along with the Indian Society for Technical Education chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, organised a workshop on psychology of interview and selection here today.

While interacting with MBA final year students, Asit Ghosh, a trainer from Kolkata, enlightened students about resume writing. Nuts and bolts of resume writing and type of resumes were discussed. Tips on making the resume interesting, length of resume, appearance and formatting of resumes, salient features of objective writing and qualification were also discussed.

The resource person deliberated upon commonly asked questions in interviews and guided students on proper ways to answer them.

HS Singha, director of the institute, said, “Students must use the tips given by the resource person in true spirits to enhance employability skills.”

Students get degrees

Degrees were conferred on 782 students, including 508 graduates from the disciplines of BA, BSc, BCom, BCA, BSc (FD) and BBA, along with 274 postgraduate students, at the annual convocation of Guru Nanak Girls College here today. Roll of honour was awarded to 19 students, 21 students were given college colour, while merit certificates were awarded to 26 NCC students.

HS Mattewal, Advocate General, Punjab, was the chief guest. Students recited shabads.

Principal Charanjit Mahal read out the annual report highlighting the achievements of the college in various fields.

She said the college was extending education through multifarious courses to 3,500 girls. She went on to add that education at the college was a blend of cultural, social, moral and spiritual values.

In his address, Mattewal felicitated students and exhorted them to strive for excellence in the present globalised world and accept valiantly the challenges of life.

Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, congratulated degree holders on their success and wished them good luck for their future.

‘Ardas diwas’ at college

To seek the God’s blessings for the success of students in the forthcoming annual examination, an “ardas diwas” was held at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today.

Punjab Minister for Jails and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest, while Balwinder Singh Lyallpuri, president, Gurudwara Shaheedan (Pheruman), presided over the function. They were accorded a warm welcome by Swarn Singh, president of the managing committee.

Gabria spoke on the importance of hard work, devotion and patience. He persuaded them to do their best.

He said, “God is always there to guide you.”

The minister gave away prizes to the outstanding students.

Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla urged students to work hard.

Nivedita’s rendition regales all

Kala Kunj, department of music at Ramgarhia Girls College, organised an extension lecture by Dr Nivedita Singh, reader in the department of music (vocal), Punjabi University, Patiala. The resource person delivered a lecture on “critical study of ragas” with detailed analysis from various ragas to explain the nuances of music.

She elaborated on “shudh sarang, jog, jog kauns, pariya kalyan and shudh kalyan ragas” and finally presented a semi-classical form of music-dadra. Her mellifluous voice enthralled students.

Charanjit Kaur, head of the department of music, expressed gratitude to the visiting faculty, while officiating principal Manmohan Kaur Saggu applauded the department for organising such an interactive session for students.

Farewell party

Darshan Academy organised a graduation ceremony for the kindergarten section, while students of nursery class bid farewell to their seniors.

Kids were dressed as parrots and butterflies.



World Water Day
Civic bodies caught unawares
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 20
Despite tall claims about supply of pure drinking water to residents, office-bearers and elected members of the civic bodies are ignorant about resolves of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which is coordinating the organisation of the World Water Day 2010 campaign on behalf of the UN-Water.

What to talk of organising awareness camps and making special efforts to save the water for future generation, the civic bodies have failed to ensure adequate water supply to its residents during the observance of World Water Day.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that majority of the office- bearers and elected members of the civic bodies of the area were unaware of the event being observed, even though the United Nations is coordinating the campaign in collaboration with FAO, UNDP, UNECE, UNICEF, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, WHO, and the UN-Water Decade Programme. The programme is aimed at the advocacy and communication and international organisations, including the International Water Association, World Wide Fund for Nature and World Water Council are partners in the mega event.

“We don’t have any knowledge about the observance of World Water Day and none of the authorities in the rural development have asked us to organise any camp to make people aware of its significance. However, we are concerned about the degrading quality of water,” said sarpanch of a nearby village regretting that successive governments had failed to educate elected members of civic bodies of the state.

Bimal Kumar Sharma, a local councillor, claimed that councillors lead by Usha Rani, president, had been trying their best to provide adequate drinking water to residents. But defective planning undertaken decades ago and lack of proper infrastructure has compounded the problem for present administration.

“We have all respect of observance of events being observed on international level, but for us each day has been the water day as we have to monitor the water supply according to disposal. We become helpless when the disposal tanks get filled during rainy season,” maintained Sharma admitting that he along with his other colleagues had received no invitation from any of the government or non- government agencies observing the event.

Claiming that projects for supply of pure drinking water had been started at about 100 villages in Ludhiana district recently, Mohammad Ishfaq, executive engineer, claimed that he had already sent draft plans for observance of the occasion to his senior. Approval for the same is yet to be received.



Garland Row
No end to misuse of currency notes
People ignorant about RBI’s clean note policy
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 20
Even as the row sparked off by presenting garlands of currency notes to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati refuses to die down, misuse of currency notes continues unabated.

This has invited widespread criticism in the town and residents, particularly clients of commercial banks, have demanded action against those who violate the “Clean Note Policy” of the Reserve Bank of India.

They have urged the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India to take notice of the violation of norms prescribed under Section 35-A of the Banking Regulations Act, 1949, which prohibits misuse of currency notes. They have urged the authorities concerned to educate bank staff, clients and people about the consequences of damaging currency notes.

Residents regretted that a majority of officials concerned with management and handling of currency notes were not aware about the elements of the “Clean Note Policy” of the RBI. Instead of making the people aware, social and political leaders were promoting misuse of currency notes by accepting garlands prepared by disfiguring and stapling currency notes, they rued.

“Unfortunately, the authorities have failed to check the malpractice at all levels. While a majority of cash managers show inability to issue new packets to their customers, these are available at a premium price in the open market,” said Tarsem Garg, a local resident, apprehending a nexus between suppliers of currency note garlands and bank officials.

Residents rued that new currency notes of all denominations were showered on dancers and singers and these were being crushed under feet during parties.

Bank officials too at fault

The RBI has been advising managements of all the commercial bank to follow directives issued under Section 35-A of the Banking Regulations Act, 1949, on stapling and misuse of notes. Though the bearers of currency notes had been directed to desist from disfiguring or writing anything on them, even the bank officials continue writing anything on them.



Critical care course begins at DMCH 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The first fundamental critical care support course (FCCS) in Punjab kicked off at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today. The two-day course will conclude on March 21.

Dr Narendra Rangta, president, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, stated the course was developed under the auspices of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the USA, by multidisciplinary experts in the fields of anaesthesiology, emergency, medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery and nursing to handle critical medical and surgical emergencies.

The same course is being conducted in the same pattern in almost 1,000 countries of the world since 1995. The course under the licence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is a standardised two-day course providing critical care information to those specialists who have no formal training in critical care medicine.

DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh lauded the efforts of the department of anaesthesia for organising the course on critical care medicine. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Jai Kishan, DRME. In his inaugural address, Dr Jai Kishan said such courses were essential to keep doctors updated.

Organising secretary and professor of anaesthesia Dr PL Gautam said a team of ten certified instructors from all over India led by FCCS national consultant Dr Narendra Rastogi had an interactive session with the participating delegates.

Sixteen lectures on topics, including airway management,assessment of seriously-ill patient, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, monitoring blood flow, oxygenation and acid-base status, diagnosis of management of acute respiratory failure, acute coronary syndrome, electrolytes and metabolic disturbances, diagnosis and management of shock, life threatening infection, seven interactive skill stations and pre and post assessment test, will be delivered during the course.

Individuals successfully completing the course will receive a certificate from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the USA.



Upcoming trends in fashion discussed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
In an effort to provide global recognition to the garment industry of Ludhiana, the Apparel Export Promotion Council has invited two leading fashion designers from Paris for its fashion forecast seminar “Spring/Summer 2011” here.

Delphine Lonjou and Faustine Baranowski-the two fashion consultants from Paris feel that embroideries, bright colours and inspiring work in India have no match worldwide. “These are exceptionally beautiful. Indian domestic market is growing tremendously. There is a need to focus on export market. Keeping in mind the European and American trends, the garment industry needs to follow certain fashion statements for its growth,” said Dalphine Lonjou.

The consultants discussed about knitwear, woven and casual wear for men and women. Participants took keen interest in the upcoming trends with influences in terms of design, fashion, lifestyle, cosmetics, art, colours and fabrics.

As per latest data with the council, there are about 10,000-12,000 units, including spinning, weaving, knitting, chemical processing and garment in Ludhiana. Out of these, 2,500 units are engaged in garment making activities, while the remaining are involved in various job-work activities. With an annual production of 14 lakh pieces, Ludhiana goods are sold in the domestic market and only 20 per cent of goods are exported.



Govt crippling industry: Cong
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 20
Terming the SAD-BJP government in Punjab as anti-people and anti-trade, the Congress today made scathing attacks on the ruling coalition for its “failure” on all fronts. Addressing party workers at Rajguru Nagar (ward No 58), District Congress Committee (DCC) president Jagmohan Sharma said people, including members of trade and industry, were fed up with wrong policies of the government.

“The people, especially the trade and industry are reeling under drastic power cuts, power tariff has been jacked up and burden of taxes gone up manifold. Not only the urban population, but the farmers are feeling frustrated and cheated by the government,” Sharma asserted.

He said fresh restrictions on power supply to the industrial sector, and compulsory 72 hours off would inflict a crippling blow to already ailing industrial economy as production would fall and industrial units would not be able to meet their commitments. The employment scenario would also be adversely affected due to overall slowdown in the industrial sector.

Presenting appointment letters of the ward unit of the party to Deepak Bansal, Sachin Gupta, Sanjay Behl and Sandeep Gupta-all dedicated party workers, the DCC chief said all deserving party workers would be suitably accommodated in the organisation.



College magazine ‘Udar’ out
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 20
A total of 285 students, who were awarded degrees during the recently held annual convocation and prize distribution function of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have done the institution proud, as more than 50 per cent of them have secured the first division.

This was stated by Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college, while reading out the annual report of the college. “The results are good. The college aims at providing quality education instead of concentrating on the number of students who would be finally awarded degrees at the end of the session”.

Sukhdev Singh Libra, member, Lok Sabha, graced the occasion as chief guest. The guests of honour were Ramesh Vinayak, Resident Editor, Hindustan Times, and Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, former Cabinet Minister, Punjab.

The chief guest appreciated the efforts of the college for educating rural girls.

The guest of honour urged youngsters to work hard.

Of the 285 students who were awarded degrees, 21 were from the MA Punjabi stream, four were students of MCom, 18 were MA political science students, 26 were from BA (honours) discipline, 20 were PGDCA students, 33 were BCA students, 42 were commerce students and 122 were from the humanities stream.

College colours were given to 40 students.

Tejvir Singh of MCom-III was given the award of the all-round best student of the college. Merit certificates were awarded to 52 students.

Prof Balwant Singh Pangli, general secretary, management committee of the college, welcomed the chief guest. Jaswant Singh Gill, director of the college, proposed the vote of thanks.

College students presented group shabad, gazal and folk songs on the occasion.

College magazine “UDAR” was released.

Earlier floral tributes were paid to Dr Ishwar Singh, founder president of the college management committee. 



New plan to curb pollution: board chairman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Visibly upset over the alarming increase in pollution levels in the state and Ludhiana, in particular, Rajat Aggarwal, chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), today said that a new action plan would be designed by hiring services of all major departments, including transport, traffic police and municipal corporation etc, to curb pollution.

The chairman was in the city to take part in an industrial interaction, organised by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU). He said pollution was one of the major areas of concern, which needed to be curbed at any cost. In this direction, a chimney for furnace industry had recently been designed by the IIT, Roorkie, which had been sent for approval to the Government of India. "If given nod, we will try to bring it in Punjab as well to minimise pollution levels," said Aggarwal.

Talking about pollution caused by fly ash, he said the department had been getting regular complaints about fly ash. "The PPCB is conducting a survey on its own to trace out the defaulters. Strict action will be taken against erring industrialists," he said, adding that research was also going on to legalise petcoke - an agro-based product, being used by dyeing units.

Interacting with members of CICU, Aggarwal said suggestions raised by industry during interaction would be considered. New measures, modified procedures and revised norms would be introduced to resolve all logical and technical issues. He also assured that comprehansive guidelines on industrial plants would be updated and supplied to industrial associations. The chairman emphasised the need for adoption of sustainable business model by the industries.

General Secretary CICU Avtar Singh submitted a memorandum to the chairman, highlighting backdoor entry by PPCB officials on daily monitoring of industry, unnecessary financial burden on industry in terms of bank guarantee, withdrawal of condition for zero-liquid discharge, comprehensive guidelines on pollution clearance for Industrial units etc. Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, stressed that the PPCB should lay emphasis on preventive rather than corrective measure. "There is a need for redressing issues for bringing desired improvements in industry," said Singh.



Farmers blame state govt for water wastage
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Holding the state government responsible for wastage of water, farmers from across the state termed disrupted electricity supply to agriculture sector as the main cause behind excessive water consumption.

A group of progressive farmers, while interacting with experts from the PAU in the wake of World Water Day on March 21, said "a large number of field segments remain without water when the power supply is discontinued and these have to be watered again when the supply is restored. But the gap between the watering of different segments results in more consumption of water".

The farmers raised their voice against the "targeting" of farmers for wastage of water in conventional farming, as they questioned the state government for its failure to take notice of the "water wastage" in the industrial units of Punjab “under the garb of development”.

Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli, president, PAU Kissan Club, pointed towards the 250 dying units in Ludhiana, 350 chrome-plating units, 35 paper mills and 60 leather units operational in other parts of the state, adding that these units consume water round the clock and a majority of these do not have water-treatment plants. Ideally, the government should impose water cess on the industrial units and monitor their usage of water through satellite. On the other hand, farmers, big or small, are in the firing line for using excessive water.

However, the farmers expressed their solidarity towards saving natural resources, especially water, as they agreed to implement the ways and means engineered by PAU scientists for the same.

They called upon the state government to invest in the drip irrigation system, which they said was the best answer to save groundwater in Punjab.

Dr SS Kukal from the department of soils, PAU, called upon the farmers to adopt direct plantation of paddy, avoid excessive seed sowing and to use Tensiometer to measure water level in paddy fields.

Farm economist Dr SS Johl said the farmers should make a proposal for the same, which he promised to submit to the state government. Meanwhile, expressing his views on judicious use of water, Dr Johl said, "It is best to make maximum utilisation of rainwater at personal as well as community level.”



Two travel agents held for cheating youth
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 20
The Sidhwan Bet police today arrested two travel agents for cheating a person to the tune of Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Jasparkash Singh of Moga in his complaint to SSP Ludhiana (Rural) said Manjit Kaur, alias Surjit Kaur of Galib Khurd, in connivance of her relative, Sampooran Singh and his son Jasmail Singh of Galib Ran Singh, cheated him.

The trio had taken this amount to send his son Nirmal Singh to Germany. Nirmal Singh had met the accused Manjit Kaur in Malaysia. She had presented herself as an embassy official and told him that she had helped many Indians reach their dream destination. Lured by her lucrative style and confidence, he developed faith in her and a deal to send him to Germany was struck at Rs 7 lakh.

The payment was made by Jasparkash Singh here in India to her relatives Sampooran Singh and his son. He paid Rs 2 lakh to them and it was agreed that the balance payment of Rs 5 lakh would be made on procuring VISA to Nirmal Singh. But when Nirmal Singh tried to immigrate to Germany on the basis of VISA papers given to him by Manjit Kaur, he found that them to be fake.

A case was registered against the three accused under Sections 420, and 120 B of the IPC. Today, the accused were nabbed while they were trying to visit the family at the village. The main accused Manjit Kaur is still at large.



PSEB’s JE thrashed
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 20
A junior engineer with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was thrashed while he was returning to the office after disconnecting the connection of a defaulter at Karamsar Colony here. According to Rajinder Kumar, the junior engineer, Rohit of Gabhi property dealer owes an outstanding bill of Rs 1. 40 lakh to the board. Kumar said Rohit and his friends thrashed him and his colleague Varinder Singh while he was returning home. A case has been registered in this regard.


Khanna: Thieves broke into an electronic goods shop at the Samrala road and decamped with a colour TV, CPU, wires, inverter set and cash worth Rs 2,500 from a shop owned by Ajay Kumar. He said the thieves entered the shop by breaking open the front door with an iron road. A case has been registered in this regard.

Four arrested

Samrala: Four members of a gang, who were responsible for freeing an undertrial by attacking a police team, have been arrested. The DSP said a police team stopped two cars near the Bondal village and managed to nab four of its occupants. Those arrested have been identified as Satvinder Singh Sati of Goh village, Amrinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh of Khanna and Raj Kumar of Bharthala village. Kingpin Gurpreet Singh Ladi, however, managed to escape under the cover of darkness. A pistol, five cartridges, iron rods and two cars were seized from their possession. A case has been registered against them and remanded in police custody for two days.

Robbery bid

Jagraon: Three persons have been arrested for a bid to commit a robbery. The in charge of the Chowkiman police post raided a stadium at Sidhwan Kalan where Sohan Singh of Johlan village near Raikot, Sukhdeep of Dakha village, Raj Kumar, alias Rockey of Mullanpur Mandi, Rachhpal Singh, alias Palla of Dakha village, and Harminder Singh, alias Soni of Issewal village near Dakhaand, Maninder Singh, alias Rajji of Issewal village, were making plans to commit robbery. The police team managed to nab Rachhpal Singh, Harminder Singh and Maninder Singh and seized sharp-edged weapons from their possession. Other accused managed to gave the police a slip. The accused have been remanded in police custody.

Body recovered

The body of an unidentified youth (40) was recovered from near the Karan Marriage Palace at Dhatt village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway. Chand Singh, owner of the marriage palace, informed the Dakha police about the incident. The body was in nude condition. The clothes, the man was wearing, was found lying at some distance from the body. According to the police, the body was lying there for the past few days and was mutilated beyond recognition. The Dakha police on Saturday cremated the body after getting its postmortem conducted.

2 thieves booked

Amloh: Cops claim to have solved a robbery case with the arrest of the two accused. Raja Singh, whose house was brugled, had stated that he and his family had gone out on the intervening night of January 13 and 14 when a few robbers entered their house and decamped with 260 gram jewellery, two mobile phones, Rs 5,000 in cash and $ 200. The police has recovered a few valuables. Those arrested have been identified as Vipan Kumar and Gurvinder Singh. 



Woman held for stealing jewellery
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 20
A woman was arrested today for robbing another on the pretext of giving her a lift in a car. The accused has been identified as Kali, alias Laxmi, a resident of Chhintawala village.

The action was taken on a complaint lodged by Bhupinder Kaur, a resident of Mohali. Bhupinder alleged that the woman along with two others had offered her lift in the car while she was waiting to board a bus for her nephew’s house in a nearby village a few days ago.

The woman was robbed by the accused and tow of her accomplices who threw Bhupinder out of the running car after robbing her of jewellery.

The accused confessed having stolen Bhupinder’s jewellery along with Karnailo, Jeeto and driver Shingara Singh. A case has been registered in this regard.



Woman elopes with paramour, held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 20
The police today nabbed an accused, who along with a few unidentified persons, had absconded after committing a theft in her house. On December 29,2009, Sarabjit Kaur of Dalla village had eloped with her paramour after administering sedatives to her husband and other members of the family. She took Rs 2.4 lakh in cash beside 200 grams of jewellery with her.

Harnam Singh, father-in-law of the accused, has got her booked under Sections 420, 406, 380 and 12B of the IPC. She had illicit relationship with a boy of Malla village, who ran a medical store in the village.

He stated that Sarabjit had administered a drug-laced milk to her in-laws family on November 26. When everyone became unconscious, she eloped with the boy and took all the cash and jewellery lying in the house. The accused has been remanded in police custody for two-days. 



Man found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Panic spread in the Tajpur road area, after the body of a youth was spotted laying in a vacant plot here today. The body, which could not be identified, was stated to be of a migrant.

It bore stab wound. The cops are suspecting that the victim might have been stabbed to death and the body was thrown in the plot. A case has been registered and the body taken to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.



Girl booked for assaulting paramour’s mother
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
A girl created a scene at the house of her alleged paramour in Indra Vihar Colony near Chandigarh Road after she, along with her maternal grandmother and a relative, thrashed the mother of her beloved for planning to marry the boy to some other girl.

The incident took place last evening, when Shalini (name changed), a resident of Gyaspura, along with a relative Sarabjit and her maternal grandmother, disrupted the marriage celebrations of Sonu, who was to get married in a few days.

Shalini alleged that Sonu had an affair with her for the past few years and his mother had pressurised him to marry some other girl for the sake of dowry.

According to Kamaljit Kaur, Sonu's mother, she tried to intervene in the matter and told the agitated girl to calm down. She told her not to spoil the marriage celebrations.

But the trio pounced on Kamaljit Kaur and thrashed her. After beating up the paramour's mother, the girl, along with her relatives, fled from the scene.

The Division No 7 police has registered a case.



Courier company fined Rs 10,000
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 20
The District Consumer Forum Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised a courier company- First Flight couriers- for its deficient services in a case. The courier company was ordered to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to the aggrieved consumer.

Pronouncing the order, the forum also directed the company to refund Rs 1,250 and make payment of Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses. The orders came on a complaint moved by Jagtar Singh of Dhandra in Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had booked a courier with the company on February 28 for sending important documents to his brother in the USA. But the courier never reached there. It was a clear-cut case of negligence.

The complainant alleged to have suffered a lot of tension and agony, as there were original documents in the envelope. The documents were sent for the purpose of immigration, he added.

The courier company admitted that the courier was lost during the transit. They stated that they had handed over the courier to some other company. But it was lost. They offered to refund the booking amount or sending the courier again free of cost. But the forum held that they should also compensate the consumer for harassment.



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