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Meant for poor, ‘charity’ hospitals strike it rich
Ludhiana, May 9
Contrary to their commitment to serve the needy and poor, charitable hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the city appear to have come up with every possible way to make money, which has only aggravated the woes of those belonging to economically weaker sections of society.

Joginder Pal, having spent Rs 35,000 for his gastroenteritis treatment at a charitable hospital, still struggles to fight the disease.


Girl ‘sold’ thrice as sex slave rescued
Ludhiana, May 9
She has no idea how many times she was raped. She does not even know her mother's name. At the tender age of 19, when girls her age think about their future careers, she was forced to quench the lust of middle-aged men.

Firemen put their lives at risk to save others
But get peanuts in return; many not promoted for years
Ludhiana, May 9
They are on duty round-the-clock and are constantly putting their lives at risk to save others. During the mission, they sustain severe injuries and even burn marks at times, but they are not allowed to be casual while on duty. They are the firemen in the local fire department, who, save others’ lives but are paid meagre salaries in return. Besides, a majority of them join the job as firemen and end up retiring in the same post only. The incidents of fire increase during summers so do the tough job of the firemen. In the local fire department, there are at least 47 firemen who are getting salaries to the tune of Rs 20,000 a month. And of these, 22 have already crossed 50 years of their life.

Due to the absence of ladder, firemen climb on each others shoulder to cross the wall in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph


Animating Sikh history his passion
Ludhiana, May 9
He has entrusted upon himself the task of taking rich Sikh history to every household through his animation films. Sukhwinder Singh, a Mohali-based IT professional jumped into the world of movie making six years ago and has already produced four films. For seeing himself achieve this mission, he spent millions taking personal loans, borrowing money from friends and even taking out money from his IT firm’s profit.

70 pc of pancreatitis cases caused by alcoholism, say experts
Ludhiana, May 9
“Consumption of alcohol over a long period is the usual cause of pancreatitis, beside other causes such as blocked pancreatic duct due to gallstones or pseudocysts.” These observations were made by attending gastro super specialists at a CME on “Management of Pancreatitis”, organised by Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here today.

Jarkhar stadium gets Rs 4-crore grant
Ludhiana, May 9
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari has facilitated Rs 4-crore grant from the union ministry of sports and youth affairs for laying astro-turf in the hockey stadium being constructed by Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy at Jarkhar village in this district.

Abolition of contract labour
Trade union welcomes the move
Ludhiana, May 9
Terming it as big win for the trade unions, the All-India Trade Union Congress has hailed the abolition of contract labour system in 60 depots of the Food Corporation of India across the country, including 31 in Punjab.

DL Sachdeva, AITUC secretary, addresses a meeting of the FCI workers’ union in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Gur Mandi hub of duplicate cosmetics
Ludhiana, May 9
With no check on quality control of cosmetics, the city markets are being flooded with spurious and expired products, which are causing severe skin reactions and allergies among the buyers. This can be gauged from the number of people queuing up in various city hospitals.

Some of the duplicate cosmetic products. Photo: Indejeet Verma

‘Pechcha Bhangre Da’ finale a hit with crowds
Pammi Bai, Harbhajan Mann, Jazzy B enthral audience
Ludhiana, May 9
A bevy of stars descended on the city last evening to be a part of the grand finale of a bhangra dance competition ‘Pechcha Bhangre Da’, a fun-filled, power-packed Punjabi cultural bonanza.

Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai performs; and (right) a laser show in progress during the finale of ‘Pechcha Bhangre Da’ in Ludhiana.
Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai performs; and (right) a laser show in progress during the finale of ‘Pechcha Bhangre Da’ in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Empowerment of working women emphasised
Ludhiana, May 9
"Women must come forward to know their rights and to get these implemented in various spheres of life like education, health, law, banking, agriculture, domestic or any other sector. They must involve themselves more and more in socio-political activities and assert to be included in the process of decision-making."

Encroachments removed from interior markets
Ludhiana, May 9
The tehbazari wing of the municipal corporation once again went ahead in interior part of city today to remove counters, ‘rehris’, footpath shops, two-wheelers etc of the shopkeepers who have encroached upon the MC land. It is the ninth such effort by the authorities in the past one month to remove encroachments.

Agents booked for duping woman of Rs 3.5 lakh
Had promised to send son abroad
Jagraon, May 9
The Jagraon police yesterday booked three persons, accused of cheating a youth by promising to send him abroad. Sukhwinder Kaur of Ramgarh Bhullar village near here had complained to the SSP Jagraon on June 18, 2008, that the accused Robin Mashih and his father Abdul Gaffur of Makra village near Jalandhar had lured her to send her son Harvinder Singh abroad.

Farmers protest against GAIL
Raikot, May 9
A large number of farmers from affected villages of various districts in Punjab yesterday protested against the GAIL’s decision to lay a gas pipeline in their fields.

Programme for young executives
Ludhiana, May 9
The public image of any corporate house is dependant upon communication skills of its frontline staff. Executives, which are foreseen as future leaders, also need effective grooming to grow into managers.

Expectant woman not allowed to take exam
Ludhiana, May 9
A 30-year-old woman who had come to appear for an insurance exam in the city today alleged the invigilator at the examination hall forced her to leave and levelled false charges of cheating against her. The exam was conducted by the Insurance Institute of India at Harkrishan Public School on Dugri Road.

Jazzy B A proud Punjabi
Ludhiana, May 9
"I feel proud to be a Punjabi”, says singer Jazzy B. He adds, “Punjabi is our native language, but a lot needs to be done to promote it.” Notably, people living abroad are more close to the language while those living near their roots are deviating from their culture. The singer was in the city to perform at Sutlej Club.

Patient operated upon for abnormality in kidney
Ludhiana, May 9
A rare case of congenital abnormality of the kidney was recently diagnosed and then operated upon through laparoscopic technique by Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor and head, urology and transplant Surgery unit, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), in Ludhiana.

Trains soft target for agitators
Ludhiana, May 9
With cases of unrest on the rise, trains have become soft target for agitators even though their act causes inconvenience to passengers. In yesterday’s incident also, train passengers were at the receiving end.

Kulbhushan is president of Bharat Vikas Parishad
Jagraon, May 9
The Jagraon branch of Bharat Vikas Parishad was reconstituted yesterday and new office-bearers took the charge for 2010-11 session after the swearing-in ceremony.

312 examined at medical camp
Raikot, May 9
The Masihi Prarthana Sabha of Akalgarh village, near Halwara, organised the 15th free medical camp, in collaboration with the Helping Hands Charitable Welfare Society of the village, here today. The camp was inaugurated by Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, councillor of ward No. 59. The specialists from DMCH, Ludhiana, examined the patients suffering from various kinds of ailments. The experts also provided them with the information of precautions from the common diseases and the early symptoms of the prevailing seasonal diseases.

Paintings, sculptures mesmerise art lovers
Ludhiana, May 9
A two-day art workshop and exhibition-cum-sale showcasing works of artists from the city as well as from West Bengal and Karnataka concluded here today. The first-of-its-kind workshop was organised by artist Ranjeet Grewal with a view to promoting art in the city, better known for its industry.

Indians on death row
Prayer meeting organised
Mullanpur Dakha, May 9
On one hand, legal experts and social workers are working round-the -clock to get the 17 youths facing death sentence released from the UAE and on the other all affected families, their supporters and god men are praying for their early release.

Problems of tent dealers discussed
Ludhiana, May 9
The Ludhiana Tent Dealers’ Welfare Association organised a meeting at Model Town for discussing problems being faced by them in promoting their trade. The meeting was held under the presidentship of Raj Aggarwal.

175 cases settled at police-public meeting
Ludhiana, May 9
As many as 175 cases were disposed of either by taking quick legal action or by effecting compromises at a special police-public meeting, conducted near the Sherpur chowk here yesterday.


2 of bikers’ gang held
Ludhiana, May 9
Two members of a biker gang, who were allegedly behind the killing of two city residents, besides several other cases of snatching have been arrested. The accused have been identified as Gagandeep Singh, alias Jogga and Ravi Kumar, alias Vicky, both residents of Shimlapuri and Dehlon, respectively. They were intercepted at a police check post near Lohara.

Four booked for rape
Jagraon, May 9
A 15-year-old, who was residing in the shanties near the railway godown, was gang raped on Thursday evening while she was on her way to a shop at Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar to fetch milk for her family. The local police has booked the three youths and a woman in this regard.

House of JE attacked
Ludhiana, May 9
Angered neighbours allegedly pelted empty liquor bottles, stones and caused damaged to the house of a junior engineer (JE) of the Punjab State Power Corporation, located in Dhandar, last night.

Habit-forming drug seized, 1 held
Mullanpur Dakha, May 9
A youth has been by the Dakha police during a routine patrol and habit-forming drugs seized from his possession. The in charge of the Chowkiman police post, who was patrolling the area near Hans Kalan village arrested a youth identified as Munish Kumar Jadja of Mahavir Colony, Jagraon, and seized huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from his possession.




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