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Youth burnt alive after car overturns
Mohit Khanna/Gurminder Grewal
Tribune News Service

Khamano/Ludhiana November 22
Celebrations for an impending wedding turned sour after a youth was reduced to ashes after his car caught fire following a road accident in the wee hours of the morning on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana Road near Maheshpura village in Khamano today.

The victim, identified as Varinderpal Singh, 30, a resident of Janta Nagar, was returning from Chandigarh along with his cousin, Jasjeet Singh, after booking a caterer for the wedding of his younger brother in January.

The incident took place at about 3 am when the duo, who were travelling in a Mercedes-Benz car, arrived near Mahespura and lost control of the vehicle, which rammed into a tree on the side of the road.

Jasjeet said he was looking for some luggage lying on the car’s rear seat when Varinderpal turned the vehicle towards a corner of the road. As the vehicle was reportedly being driven at a high speed, the latter lost control over the wheels and the vehicle rammed into a tree and overturned.

Both youths were stuck in the car and crying for help when a commuter spotted the vehicle. The driver reportedly rescued Jasjeet out of the vehicle. Later, both of them helplessly tried to extricate Varinderpal out of the car.

Jasjeet said Varinderpal’s legs were badly crushed after they got stuck under the overturned vehicle. After failing to bring out the victim, commuters on the road left the scene in order to fetch water to douse the fire. One of them saw a highway patrol vehicle and informed the cops in it about the mishap. However, before the patrol vehicle could reach the accident scene the car turned into a ball of fire and the victim was reduced to ashes.

The incident has yet again brought to the fore the callous attitude of commuter, who refused to offer help to the accident victims.

Jasjeet, who sustained minor injuries in the incident tried to stop commuters and requested their assistance but no one came to help the accident victims. “I couldn’t save my cousin as the latter was burnt alive”, he lamented.

Pall of gloom descends on family

Varinderpal, a young entrepreneur, and was jointly running a firm, National Crane Co, which makes cranes for bicycle manufacturing factories. The deceased left behind his wife and minor son. A pall of gloom descended during his cremation with his wife inconsolable. Beside family members, some top politicians including Punjab cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria attended the funeral.


Had plans of a grand wedding for cousin
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 22
Exhilaration to make his cousin’s wedding an unforgettable event for the family and friends became a death trap for Varinder, who was burnt to ashes as he banged his speeding Mercedes into a tree near Khamano village.

Having booked a caterer for the wedding at Chandigarh Varinder was on his way back to Ludhiana when the incident occurred.

“He wanted his brother’s wedding to be the best in the town. He was running around day and night for the preparation of the marriage ceremony to be a grand affair. We had no idea that our happiness would disappear and my child would be burnt alive,” rued the wailing father Bhupinder Singh during the cremation ceremony.

Varinder was preparing for a big fat wedding for his brother.

Ratanjit Singh, younger brother of the victim was still in a state of shock. He could not believe that the cruel fate would snatch his elder brother. The victim’s seven-year-old son is still in a state of shock.

“He has not taken food since morning and told me that he would have food with his father. How do I tell him that his father would never come home,” said, Jaspreet Singh, cousin brother of the victim, who was travelling in the same car and escaped with minor injuries.

“He wanted everything to be just perfect for the wedding of his brother. He was not satisfied with the caterers of the town. Yesterday, someone told him about a Chandigarh -based caterer. Without wasting time, he headed towards Chandigarh and struck the deal. But who knew that the man who was running to and fro for the preparation would not witness the wedding,” said Harvinder Singh, uncle of the victim, whose son Jasjeet was also travelling in the same car that caught fire and resulted in the death of Varinder.

“I am thankful to the man, who saved my child and even tried to pull out Varinder. But destiny had some other plans. Have you ever heard that a car like Mercedes can catch fire,” said Harvinder.

The condition of Inderpreet Kaur, wife of the victim was pitiable. She looked devastated by the tragedy. The tragedy has left the marriage plans in a limbo. It is learnt that the family has called off the wedding for the time being.



Man killed by moving train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 22
A 22-year-old youth was killed while he was crossing the level crossing near the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area this morning. The deceased, identified as Vipan, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, was a resident of Bihar and used to work with a DJ group.

Vipan had injury marks on his head. Cops suspected that he might have got hit by a moving train, when he was trying to cross the tracks this morning.

The incident came to light when residents of the locality spotted the body of a youth lying near the railway tracks near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. They immediately informed the Sarabha Nagar Police, who reached the spot.

The body was lying in the bushes along the railway tracks. ASI Amarjit Singh from Sarabha Nagar Police Station informed that the area from where the body was found lies under the jurisdiction of Government Rail Police Force. He said the GRPF officials have been informed about this incident.

Jaskaran Singh, Additional SHO of GRPF Police Station, informed that prima facie investigation showedthat Vipan got hit by a moving train, while he was trying to cross the tracks.

The polcie has esablished contact with the elder brother of the deceased. The brother of Vipan is presently in Ambala and will be reaching Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, proceedings have been initiated under Section 176 of the CrPC.



Drug addict throttles wife after fight
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
An unemployed drug addict gagged his wife to death following a domestic quarrel near Noorwala Road here today morning. According to area residents, Rajesh Kumar, 45, and Sunita, 41, began exchanging blows after a heated argument and, during the fight, the former got hold of his wife’s neck and choked her.

Rajesh’s elder son, Shyam, 21, who was at home when the incident occurred, reportedly witnessed the murder and ran out of the house in a state of shock. After killing his wife the suspect tried to flee the scene but was soon nabbed and handed over to the police.

Neighbours said the couple used to quarrel frequently over petty matters.

ACP Bhupinder Singh stated Rajesh was a chronic drug addict and had recently been sacked by his employer. “As he was sitting idle at home he began picking up fights with his wife and used to raise doubts about her character. Today the couple again had a big fight after which Sunita refused to give money to Rajesh for buying drugs. Shyam was also in the house but had no inkling the fight would lead to his mother’s death”, he said.

The Jodhewal police has filed a case of murder against Rajesh and has begun investigations.



Industrialists ‘harassed’ with false complaints
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Owners of many industrial units in the city claim they have been facing “harassment” by anonymous people lodging false complaints against them, which some said could be a consequence of family feuds and cutthroat competition. The departments concerned initiate action on the receipt of anonymous complaints. If the complaint is found false the complainant goes scot-free whereas the industrial unit may have to incur financial loss as the latter gets bad publicity, which is bad for any business.

"State government departments do not entertain anonymous complaints if they are made against any of them or any government official. But the departments initiate prompt action on the basis of anonymous complaints when made against industrial units. This practice leads to corruption and unnecessary harassment to their owners," said PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Only recently Punjab State Power Com Ltd initiated action against three industrial units in Ludhiana after receiving complaint. The units were found innocent but not before suffering harassment.

"Government departments should have firm policy of not initiating action of the basis of anonymous complaints. However, if complaints come from the complainant giving identity and it is found false departments should not hesitate to initiate action under the law," said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Ludhiana Motor Parts Association.

Genuine industrialists are falling prey to mischief mongers. As per trend there are floods of anonymous complaints in different departments against the particular industrialists. "The complaints go to almost every concerned department. This in itself is convincing that the motive behind may be either the family dispute or business rivalry in general which is ever on the rise," Sharma added.

What the law says

There is a provision for punishing a person filing a false complaint under section 182 of the Indian Penal Code. Elucidating on the provision, the Punjab & Haryana High Court has said: "Whenever any information is given to the authorities and when the said authority found the averments made in the complaints were false it is for the said authority to initiate action under section 182 of the IPC. The offence under this section is punishable with imprisonment for a period of six months and a fine or both. The authority should file the complaint under this section within one year from the date when that authority finds the allegations made in the complaints are false”.



Sans contractor, sewage project hangs fire
Manvinder Singh/TNS

Ludhiana, November 22
Uncertainty over timely execution of sewerage projects in the city continues with the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) not having been able to find any contractors to undertake the work due to which the delay has been incurred.

The Rs 248 crore project, part of the JNNURM scheme, to provide an efficient sewage system in the city was launched in December 2009. Under the scheme new pipelines are to be laid to ensure proper waste water disposal. However, work has been stalled after a key contractor involved in the project withdrew saying he had some other engagements. PWSSB, which is executing the project, had earlier floated tenders.

Sources said two major firms had got the project for the ambitious work to start the work but even after the passing of more the 6 months the work has not been kicked off in proper manner. The sources added one of the firms had backed out from the project while another was dragging its feet, due to which PWSSB was facing problems in executing the work.

Though PWSSB has forfeited the earnest money deposited by the firm that pulled out, the project has been hanging fire for the past several months.

According to the sources, due to the tremendous pressure on politicians PWSSB is considering the idea of dividing the work into parts and then allocating them to smaller contractors to ensure the work is completed in time. However, board officials are finding it difficult to get small contractors with a credible work record, the sources added.

When contacted PWSSB superintendent engineer RP Gupta admitted work on the project had been delayed. However he asserted the work would be completed in the stipulated time.



Rail wagon shortage hits lifting of woollens, hosiery
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 22
In the wake of acute scarcity of railway wagons at the peak of the woollen hosiery season, the outward clearance of parcels at the railway station here is moving at a snail's pace.

This has resulted in the accumulation of parcels with each passing day.

The failure on part of the railways authorities to arrange for extra parcel vans to cope with the seasonal spurt in booking of hosiery goods, which is a routine every year, has caused sleepless nights to manufacturers and traders of woollen garments as they are committed to make time-bound delivery.

"Even a slight delay in the delivery of woollen hosiery at the desired destination is not acceptable to our customers because once the peak winter season is over, the hosiery goods become redundant. In such circumstances, our payments are delayed for months together and the goods have to be sold at discounted prices in off season," says Kamal Jain, a hosiery trader.

The inability of the railways to clear the backlog of parcels, mostly containing hosiery goods bound for Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, North-Eastern states and other far-off places, has virtually forced the desperate hosiery and knitwear sector to seek the help of touts, railway loaders and lease holders of railway wagons, who undertake to load their parcels and despatch the goods speedily, albeit for a hefty consideration. Even the notorious "peti mafia" operators have also, once again, become active to make hay while the sun shines, say sources at the railway station.

While railway officials claim that extra wagons are being arranged to clear the accumulated goods at the parcel office and various railway platforms, the hosiery and knitwear manufacturers and traders refute the claim, saying little is being done in this regard. "More than 3,000 outward-bound packages of hosiery goods are still awaiting clearance at the railway station for lack of adequate number of wagons and few hundred fresh parcels being booked every day, says a handling agent.

RK Sharma, station superintendent said the loading of parcels had picked up during the last couple of days. Some 1,400 parcels were loaded in the last two days and we hope to clear as many more in a day or two.



Drug Addiction
Mafia operates without fear
Cough syrup popular amongst girls
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In the absence of any check from the department of health and family welfare and the police department on the kingpins of the "drug mafia", the most commonly used cough syrups like Rescof, Corex, Mits linctus, Pensydyl are selling like hot cakes.

The use of cough syrups is more prevalent among young girls as has been established by a study conducted by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, an NGO, working against drug addiction.

Officials’ view

Ishwar Singh, Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, said that the seizure of psychotropic drugs had been more than double ever since the coming up of commissionerate system. He said that the department was being very strict with all those involved in illegal sale of drugs adding that the campaign would be fortified in the future.

Balram Luthra, drug inspector, Ludhiana, said that the department of health and family welfare had raided a large number of wholesale outlets in Pindi Street and had cancelled licenses also. "We act on every piece of information given against illegal sale of habit-forming drugs."

The wide gap between the prescriptions by doctors and the number of cough syrups sold is evident from the fact that 50,000 bottles of the cough syrups are sold every day in the city while 3,500 retail chemists do not get more than one prescription per day.

Thousands of empty bottles can be seen every morning in and around Rose Garden, Rakhbagh, Leisure Valley, Guru Nanak Stadium, Chattar Singh Park and beneath the flyover at the Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar, inter-state bus stand.

A senior physician while pointing at the role of the wholesale chemists said that they were selling these syrups to the drug mafia adding, "the consignments of these cough syrups are brought to the city in the wee hours without sale/purchase records and are sold without bills."

He also said that the police department's drives to seize unbilled drugs were ineffective till the time they caught the "kingpins" operating in the business of drugs.

Dr Pushpinder Singh, in charge, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, stated that the surveys conducted in girls colleges/hostels clearly pointed towards the growing addiction for cough syrups among the fair sex. Psychiatrist and member of the state committee on de-addiction, Dr Rajiv Gupta stated the girls were using these cough syrups, as they were inexpensive, odourless with high intoxicating effect followed by no suspicion from the families.

"But the after effects are bad as when discontinued suddenly, the young girls come with complaints of convulsions, epileptic attacks, sleep disorders, irritability, memory loss and mood swings which take months and at times years to subside," Gupta saiod.

To be continued



Scrapping of CET brings relief to parents, students
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The decision to scrap the combined entrance test (CET) from 2011 in Punjab has brought much relief to the parents and students, seeking admission in engineering courses. From the next academic session, All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) will be the sole criteria for getting admission in engineering colleges in the state.

The parents as well as students said that the decision taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recently was much awaited as CET had lost its relevance. Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, which held the test every year, too, remained in controversies because of various "discrepancies" in conducting the tests. The number of seats available in colleges was more than the applicants and the syllabus for both AIEEE and CET were almost the same, the parents and students felt that there was no need to put more burden on students to prepare for multiple tests.

Public Cause, an NGO, which had been fighting for long to scrap the test, has welcomed the move. AK Bhandari, general secretary, Public Cause told Ludhiana Tribune that this decision was to be taken much before by the Punjab government. He said that certain colleges, affiliated to PTU used to "sell" the management seats.

"There was no fun in conducting CET exams when seats were filled much before the declaration of results. College managements gave plenty of advertisements in various sections of the media regarding availability of seats. Thousands of seats remained vacant and there were virtually no takers for engineering streams. But the university was minting money by holding various rounds of counselling. The parents and students were under tremendous pressure. Public Cause struggled a lot for scrapping of CET", said Bhandari.

He further alleged that by holding one CET test, about Rs 10 crore were earned by the PTU every year. "We had asked for detailed information under the Right to Information Act (RTI) but that was never supplied to us. There were lot of discrepancies, the test needed to be scrapped much earlier", said Bhandari.

A student, Geet Mohinder Kaur, said that PTU used to take Rs 10,000 against the counselling fee of Rs 2,500 from students on pretext that remaining money would be adjusted in semesters. "But the adjustments were never made. We did not get back the money. When students and parents raised a hue and cry, counselling fee was decreased to Rs 2,500 in 2008", she said.

While engineering seats remained vacant every year in private colleges in the state, the government started issuing no objection certificates (NoCs) to many colleges. "Students were less while seats were more. With mushrooming of hundreds of private colleges in the recent times, number of seats was further increased. CET had no relevance in such circumstances", said Bhandari.


  • More engineering seats less number of applicants
  • PTU charged hefty counselling fee and remained in controversies
  • Counselling fee reduced from 10,000 to Rs 2,500 in 2008
  • Private managements advertised in the media for direct admissions after class XII
  • Students were burdened as they had to prepare for multiple tests
  • Syllabus for CET and AIEEE was almost similar



GADVASU board to meet Thursday on VC’s extension
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
With the sole agenda of deciding the fate of vice-chancellor VK Taneja, the board of management of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will meet on November 25 in Chandigarh. The meeting, chaired by Punjab chief secretary SC, Aggarwal, will resolve whether to grant an extension to Taneja, whose term expires on December 19.

However, the idea of holding a "special" meeting for this purpose has certainly not gone down well with some board officials and senior faculty members, who feel extensions for key administrative and teaching positions must be stopped for the "betterment" of the varsity.

According to sources, several top posts in the university have been lying vacant and officials were in no mood to make permanent appointments. A senior faculty member said on condition of anonymity: "About six or seven key posts are lying vacant. Additional charges have been given to certain blue-eyed faculty members. Deserving candidates are being given a step-motherly treatment in varsity. Sore over this arbitrary attitude, the varsity’s faculty members had gone on strike in February. But we have been given an assurance that the posts would be filled soon".

According to reports, there was a "makeshift arrangement” for the key post of university registrar for about three years before PD Juial was appointed in May. A director of extension education has not been appointed since June 1, 2010. For the past five months there has not been a permanent appointment of a research director. Besides, an extension has been given to the varsity librarian.

Other important posts like director of students’ welfare and dean of the College of Veterinary Sciences will become vacant in December, but no advertisements inviting candidates' biodata have been given in any section of the media. Besides, “ad hoc arrangements” have been made for another two key posts including dean of the College of Dairy Technology and dean of the College of Fisheries.

Kanwarjit Singh Sidhu, a member of the board of management, said: "We’re certainly not in favour of giving extensions as it was decided in the first budgetary meeting of GADVASU that nobody would be given them".

When asked whether the present vice chancellor would be given an extension in his term, he replied it was too early to say anything as the final decision would be taken at the meeting next Thursday.

Despite repeated attempts, neither the vice chancellor’s office nor the registrar could be contacted on the phone.



Technology opportunities discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), along with the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), Ludhiana Hand Tool Association (LHTA), Punjab State Industries Development Corporation (PSIDC) and Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA) recently organised a seminar on “Technology opportunities for emerging enterprises”.

Joint secretary Upkar Singh in his presentation on the use of IT among industry updated participants on technologies, which help SME for continuous improvement like ERP for inventory and purchase control, whereas how design software helps MSME to develop new products efficiently and also help to save raw material, which contributes to 50-80 per cent of product cost.



PAU appointments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, additional director of research, has been appointed director of research and Dr Gursharan Singh, professor of entomology with additional charge of coordinator, PG studies, appointed dean, postgraduate studies, for a term of four years.

This was done in pursuance of a decision taken by the board of management of Punjab Agricultural University at its 244th (special) meeting held today at the PAU camp office, Mohali.

Dr Gurmeet Singh Butter, director, regional station, Bathinda, has been appointed head, department of agronomy.

The registrar, Dr Raj Kumar Mahey, informed that all three incumbents had joined their new positions. Dr Gosal is a an agricultural biotechnologist. He has also served the university as director of school of agricultural biotechnology, while Dr Gursharan Singh is a well-known entomologist. Dr Butter is an agronomist.



Health Notes
‘Most hip fractures occur in elderly’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Dr Harpreet Gill, senior consultant and head, department of orthopaedics, SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, was recently invited as guest faculty at the advance technology symposiums on hip and wrist fractures held at Delhi.

Gill shared the stage with the faculty from Australia, Japan, Medanta Hospital and AIIMS, New Delhi.

The symposium provided an insight into the latest developments in the treatment of hip and wrist fractures and was attended by 125 orthopaedic surgeons from North India.

Gill, said that the hip fractures were a major health problem in a developing country like India. The Indian population appears particularly vulnerable to the problem of osteoporosis and hip fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis that have been described include female sex, low body mass index, old age, positive family history, early menopause, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, poor calcium intake and Vitamin D.

Most hip fractures occur as a result of low-energy falls in elderly patients. Hip fractures are very dangerous episodes especially for elderly and frail patients. The risk of dying from the stress of the surgery and the injury in the first few days is about 10 per cent. If the condition is untreated, patient can have pressure sores and chest infections.

With increasing life expectancy in Indians, the number of fractures is going to increase and these fractures can cause physical impairment and reduction in quality of life.

Indian therapeutic device awarded

Cytotron, a therapeutic device of Indian origin, has been awarded a cash grant of a quarter million dollars by the US government for further research.

The grant is awarded to use Cytotron, as a stand-alone device to treat cancer and improve drug targeting and delivery through nano-permeabilisation. This grant provides long awaited validation and acceptance from key opinion leaders and medical fraternity in the field of oncology and orthopedics and several other disease indications. Cytotron is now poised for entry into Canada, America, Caribbean and Mexico, following the USFDA and Health Canada-mandated clinical trials. It already has the CE certificate necessary for entry into the European Union countries. QTDP grant will open up more doors to make the device and the treatment available in multiple medical institutions world over. Cytotron is a novel, patented therapeutic device, invented by Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar and his team at Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD), an Indian Technology company. Cancer occurs when cells that were at one time good citizens go hay-way and start behaving like terrorists. Cytotron uniquely combines radio frequency with instantaneous nuclear magnetic resonance, to safely yet effectively target and perform multi organ tissue engineering. The device helps a protein called p53 to kill the potential cancer-causing cells without the side effects found in conventional treatments for cancer.

Dr. Harpreet Kaur Sibia, director, Sibia Medical Centre, Ludhiana stated that in 2006 Ludhiana became the first centre in the world to adopt Cytotron therapy after the clinical trials showed positive results. The potential of this technology is immense but progress so far has been slow due to lack of resources and the Indian government and organisations not being alert to new developments by Indian scientists. The mental block doubting anything that is of Indian origin is also very discouraging, said Sibia.

Sibia said, “This news is very exciting and encouraging to us. Our colleagues at Bangalore and the US counterpart have done a great job and we hope to contribute in whatever way we can to the betterment of cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other patients. The grant will help bring the technology a step closer to the patients. We hope that the insurance companies, corporate and the government will pay for patients opting for this treatment. We aim at bringing affordable health care to the citizens and to reduce death and suffering from life threatening and debilitating diseases," Sibia went on to add.

Dental education programme

A continue dental education (CDE) programme was held at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, Ludhiana.

Dr Nageshwar Iyer, director-hospital administration, Prof Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Maharishi Maarkandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, and Dr. Neeraj Gugnani, professor, pedodontics and PCD, D.A.V Dental College, Yamuna Nagar, were the main speakers at the CDE.

The guest speakers presented lectures on " Career in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Today" and "Early Caries Diagnosis and Intervention" respectively.

Managing Director, S Piara Singh and Principal, Dr DS Kalsi welcomed the guest speakers and thanked them for sharing their professional knowledge and clinical acumen with the faculty and students.

Dr Neeraj Gugnani while elaborating his topic of presentation 'Early Caries Diagnosis and intervention' said that, there was a paradigm shift in our understanding of dental caries as a disease and methods of detecting and monitoring it at early stages have also advanced significantly. Visuo-tactile detection of caries is no longer acceptable and there is s shift towards usage of more advanced techniques like fibre optic trans illumination (FOTI), electric caries monitor (ECM), quantitative light fluoresescence (QLF) etc.

These new methods of caries detection also allow us to identify lesions that are amenable to early interventional strategies like remineralisation. The presentation focused on the usability of these newer caries diagnostic aids and the available methods of intervention.

Dr Nageshwar Iyer's lecture displayed the spectrum of health issues addressed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon today and the charm and aura associated wit the profession. He explained as to how the profession had grown from "oral surgery" to "maxillofacial surgery" to "craniofacial surgery" and to oral surgeons becoming a part of a team of "head and neck surgeons".

Multi-speciality CME

More than 200 doctors attended a multi speciality continued medical education (CME) organised by IMA, Ludhiana, at IMA House.

Dr Om Parkash Singh Kande, former IMA state president inaugurated the CME and Dr SM Bhati principal CMCH Ludhiana presided over the CME.

Dr Manmohan Singh, president Punjab Medical Council, telephonically congratulated IMA Ludhiana members for their effort and stressed on accreditation of knowledge and suggested doctors to obey their social responsibilities while treating patients.

Dr Narotam Dewan, district president of IMA and chief organiser of the CME said that it was necessary that a doctor should keep studying throughout the period he/she practices the profession. He said that the life and death, betterment or deterioration in the conditions of patients depended on the knowledge of the treating doctor.

Dr Hardeep Singh, honorary secretary, IMA, Ludhiana, stated that this was the regular activity of the IMA to provide a platform to the doctors to sit together to share their academic experiences. Their day to day experiences and skill super-specialization c ould be discussed at such platforms.Ten specialist doctors from various streams delivered lectures of their speciality, panel discussion on all the topics was done by the chair persons and delegates. Punjab Medical Council provided credit hours to all participants.

Dr Narotam Dewan President of IMA Ludhiana spoke on ‘Management of Pain Abdoman’ adding that abdomen pain in majority of cases is non specific but it can be an alarm for some serious problem with organs in the abdomen like gall bladder, pancreas, liver, intestine, kidneys, urinary organs as well as female genital organs problems.

Dr RP Singh was the academic coordinator of this CME, who in his capacity as a cardiology super specialist gave a speech on early diagnosis of heart disease with ECG. He expressed that fatty diet and consumption of alcohol was the main reason that Punjabi populace suffered more from heart diseases.

Dr Dinesh Gupta, gastroenterology super-specialist gave an update on ‘Recent Management of Hepatitis’.

Preventive measures against fractures:

  • Exercise to strengthen your bones
  • Take adequate calcium and vitamin D in your diet or as advised by your doctor
  • Preserve your bone density by avoiding excessive alcohol and to stop smoking
  • Lower your risk of falls, especially in bathrooms. Hence have handrails in bathrooms and the floor tiles should not be slippery
  • Keep away the slippery rugs, mats, electrical cords or anything else that can trip you.



Plea to help gaushalas
Mahesh Sharma

BJP MLA from Ludhiana Harish Bedi presents a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to office-bearers of Gaushala at Kaind near Ahmedgarh on Saturday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 21
Regretting that people were more enthusiastic to serve dogs than rearing cows, Harish Bedi, BJP legislator from Ludhiana, called upon Punjabis, in general, and farmers, in particular, to come to the rescue of those gaushalas that had been trying to protect cattle.

Announcing a grant of Rs 3 lakh for enhancing the infrastructure at the Shri Radha Krishan Gaushala, formerly known as Seth Gobindmal Chanan Ram Parmapati Gaushala, at Kaind village, near here, yesterday, Bedi presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the gaushala. He said the balance amount would be released after the utilisation certificate for the paid amount was submitted. While cows provide milk, ox act as beast of burden and help in the cultivation of fields, maintained the legislator.

Bedi was talking to Ludhiana Tribune after a function held at the gaushala on Saturday.

Claiming that rearing of cows, both indigenous and exotic varieties, had proved beneficial for the sustenance of agrarian economy, Bedi regretted that people had undermined the role of cattle in strengthening the agrarian society.

“Studies had established that even cow dung and urine contain certain chemicals that have medicinal value,” said Bedi.

Appreciating the committee led by Bimal Kumar Sharma for providing facilities for cattle in the gaushala, Bedi argued that supporting gaushala will also curb vehicular accidents being caused due to stray animals on roads and highways.

Office-bearers of the committee, led by Bimal Sharma, thanked Bedi for his concern for the welfare of cows.



40 pc dengue cases from rural areas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Out of the total 2,907 dengue cases reported in city hospitals from various parts of Punjab, 1,826 cases have surfaced in Ludhiana district this year. The health authorities have confirmed 10 deaths from dengue in the state, whereas city hospitals have the confirmation of more than a dozen deaths from Ludhiana alone.

More than the number of increased cases, it is the changing trend in the dengue fever this year that has become a matter of concern for the health experts.

The emergence of cases of dengue fever is not just restricted to urban areas this season as more than 40 per cent of the dengue patients were from rural areas of Ludhiana district.

Villages adjoining Sudhar, Sidhwan Bet, Sahnewal, Sherpur, Malaud, Hambran and various other rural areas, too, were under the impact of dengue fever, making the department of health and family welfare to organise awareness campaigns in all the above areas.

District Epidemiologist Dr GP Mangla stated that this "change" points towards the urbanisation of villages. "People in villages have coolers, modern utility items and garbage accumulation, too, is on the rise, which has made conditions appropriate for the larvae of Aedes mosquito to grow and develop into adult mosquito, the carrier of infection," said the epidemiologist.

However, the number of cases has declined in the last one week.

Said Dr Mangla, "We were getting almost 100 patients in a week till November 10, but now the number of cases in a week has gone down to 30 per week."

The weather conditions, at present, are not favourable for the larvae of Aedes mosquito, as the temperature is between 14 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius.

Urbanisation of villages

More than 40 per cent of the dengue patients have been from rural areas of Ludhiana district this season. District Epidemiologist Dr GP Mangla stated that this "change" points towards the urbanisation of villages. "People in villages have coolers, modern utility items and garbage accumulation, too, is on the rise, which has made conditions appropriate for the larvae of Aedes mosquito, the carrier of infection."



State of Affairs in Localities
Danger stalks Talaab Mandir Bazaar
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Plastic waste thrown in a choked nullah.

Ludhiana, November 22
Widespread encroachments, poor disposal of sewerage water and the poor condition of electricity wires has made life of residents and shopkeepers of Talaab Mandir Bazaar miserable. Despite several complaints, nothing has changed in the area.

The congested bazaar is among the most fire-prone areas of the city. The poor condition of electricity wires in the area could lead to fire accidents. But despite repeated complaints by the shopkeepers the Powercom authorities have never bothered to get them replaced.

Though the shopkeepers conduct business worth crores of rupees daily yet they are helpless before the authorities. Poor civic amenities are being provided to them and despite several complaints nobody has ever bothered to redress their grievances. One of the biggest problem faced by the area residents is the choking of sewerage line for which to some extent they too are responsible. The encroachments on the nullah have resulted in frequent choking. Similarly, the plastic and other waste material thrown by the shopkeepers in the sewerage lines also 
block them.

Many times the MC staff has also expressed their helplessness to clear the sewerage due to encroachments and throwing of the waste by the shopkeepers regularly. But the shopkeepers blame the apathy of the civic body for the mess.

Another major problem faced by the area residents is that of traffic congestion, which is largely due to the widespread of illegal encroachments in the area. Though the MC staff had conducted a massive drive a few months back to clear these encroachments but due to lack of proper monitoring by the civic body they have resurfaced again.

In order to attract customers, the shopkeepers have started putting their goods in front of their shops due to which the traffic gets blocked in the bazaar.

Councillor’s opinion

Problems of the area are grave since the area has gradually transformed from residential into commercial so the magnitude of problems has increased and efforts are on to solve tthem.

— Parminder Mehta, Area Councillor

On poor condition of electricity wires

As I have joined recently, I will have to enquire regarding the issue from my juniors.

— MP Singh, Executive Engineer, Powercom

What shopkeepers say

We are living in sheer mess but nobody has ever bothered to listen to our grievances. Before elections, the top brass of the ruling alliance had been visiting our shops and made tall promises at that time but all proved to be vain. We are living under constant threat due to poor condition of electric wires but the Powercom officials claim that they do not have the new one to replace them.

— Dhiren Aggrawal

The traffic nuisance in the area along with the choked sewerage lines has made our lives miserable. It seems that the authorities are hardly bothered about providing the civic amenities to us. Traders are the biggest taxpayers but nobody bothers to provide facilities to them.

— Raman Ahuja

The major problem of the area is that of illegal encroachments but it seems that nobody is bothered about that. Every shopkeeper has displayed goods outside their shop, which leads to frequent traffic jams.

— Ved Prakash

The problem of the choked sewerage is increasing day by day but there is no solution to it. As the lines of sewerage are very old and small due to which it gets choked. Similarly, the vehicles are parked in such a haphazard manner that the traffic gets blocked.

— Ashwani Vohra

The major problem of the area is that of traffic, which is largely due to illegal encroachments. We have requested the shopkeepers many times to refrain from it but nobody is ready to listen. Similarly, another major problem is that of the old wires but despite several requests nobody has bothered to replace them.

— Yash Ahuja

The major threat is that of old wires, which have almost formed a web around the market. A slight sparking in these wires can result in accidents. But the irony is that despite several requests nobody is ready to listen to us sowe feel harassed.

— Vijay Singhania



Rum and raisins at cake-mixing ceremony
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
It is not yet Christmas, but the intoxicating aroma of the "cake-mixing ceremony" at Hotel Fortune Klassik brought alive the rich tradition, heralding in the spirit of the festival.

Christmas is no fun without the traditional Christmas cake; and making this cake is not a quick, easy simple step. Preparations begin months in advance. The first step towards making the cake is the mixing process, formally called the "Cake Mixing Ceremony", a ritual religiously followed the world over and said to be a harbinger of good tidings and happiness.

It was all rums and raisins at Fortune Klassik. Armed with gloves and chef hats the hotel staff rolled up their sleeves to mix mounds and mounds of brown dates, black currants, red cherries, figs, dry apricot, candid ginger, orange peels, almonds, prunes, raisins, cashew nuts, walnut, spices of ground cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and other secret spices. The ceremony reached the spirited level when the staff poured bottles of whisky, white and dark rum, vodka, gin, wine, beer and honey syrup.

These were mixed till the dry fruits fattened on the liquor, wielding the magic on the invigorating mixture days before Christmas.

"The cake-mixing ceremony is done days ahead of the season. Dry fruits, nuts are soaked in wine and liquor, mixed thoroughly and kept for maturation for a few weeks," said Vishal, executive chef of the hotel.

After kneading, the mixture was emptied in large containers and stored away till just a couple of days before Christmas, with occasional stirring, to ensure the nuts soaked till they are swollen.

"The mixture is now going to be placed in a secure place to soak in all liquid and mature beautifully in time for Christmas, and will then be used by the in-house bakery to make plum cakes, puddings," added the chef.

Following tradition

This age-old tradition that dates back to the 17th century in Europe marked the arrival of the harvest season. Originally a family affair, now it is being celebrated within organisations to spread camaraderie and goodwill. Today, hotels perform the ceremony to welcome the season.

Feeding the cake

All Christmas cakes are made in advance. Many make them in November, keeping the cake upside down in an airtight container. A small amount of brandy, sherry or whisky is poured into holes in the cake every week until Christmas. This process is called "feeding" the cake.



PPL: Deepak Builders triumphant
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
Deepak Builders NRI Hunters, Ludhiana, recorded three consecutive wins to secure a berth in the semi-final in the ongoing inaugural edition of the Punjab Premier League being held at Guru Nanak Stadium and Satish Chander Dhawan Government College grounds here today.

In the match played at Government College campus ground, Deepak Builders NRI Hunters, Ludhiana, beat Jalandhar Spartans by 34 runs.

Batting first, Deepak Builders NRI Hunters scored 130 runs after losing 8 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs in which the main contributions came through Harikishan Kalli and Amrit Singla, who made 46 and 20 runs, respectively.

In reply, Jalandhar Spartan's innings folded at 96 runs in 18.4 overs. For the winners, Amit Verma and Rajiv were the pick of bowlers who scalped four and three victims, respectively.

Earlier, in the match played between Deepak Builders NRI Hunters and Chandigarh Ninjas, the former came out triumphant with ease. They scripted a 155-run victory.

Deepak Builders NRI Hunters made a mammoth total of 291 runs for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. The main scorers were Harikishan Kalli (80) and Anil Singla who chipped in with 61 runs, while Gaurav Marwaha made 20 runs and Shakun Jindal, too, scored 20 runs. Then they restricted their opponents to 136 runs after 18.1 overs. For Deepak Builders, Gurbaksh captured three wickets and Ravi Verma claimed two wickets. Sunny and Amit Verma grabbed one wicket each.

In the third match, played last night, Deepak Builders NRI Hunters defeated Malwai Kings by 77 runs.

In reply to Deepak Builders NRI Hunters' total of 217 runs (Anil Singla-74, Amit Verma-30 and Rinku-22), Malwai Kings were shot out for a meagre total of 140 runs .

For the winners, Amit Verma sent down four overs and took four wickets, followed by Harikishan Kalli, who captured two wickets in his quota of four overs.



PWSSB told to instal tubewells by year-end
Manvinder Singh/TNS

Ludhiana, November 21
The state local bodies department has ordered the Punjab Water Supply Sewerage Board (PWSSB) to complete the pending projects to set up 19 tubewells in various areas of the city by the end of this year.

Municipal corporation officials had raised the issue at a recent meeting with local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia after residents complained to them as well as politicians about water supply problems leaders. The officials had informed the minister work on 15 tubewell projects had been stalled while power connections for four others were awaited.

According to the list of tubewell projects submitted to Kalia by the MC work was pending in Sector 39 Urban Estate, Phase 8 of Industrial Focal Point near the treatment pant, Gurmail Nagar, Sunder Nagar, New Samrat Colony, Mahan Laxmi Nagar, Makker Colony, Pushap Vihar Colony, Guru Nanak Nagar, Guru Amardass Nagar, Sham Nagar Kande Wala, LIG/MIG Danga Peerat Colony, Preet Nagar Station No 3, Kashmir Nagar and Mini Rose Garden.

Similarly power connections for four tubewells at Haibowal (New Atam Nagar), Nalli Mohalla, LIG Danga Peerat Colony and Gau Ghat gurdwara are yet to be provided despite the fact that work of setting up the tubewells were completed a long time ago.

The MC officials had requested Kakia to get the work completed at the earliest else the residents would be facing acute shortage of water in the coming summers. Sources said the minister ordered PWSSB officials to complete work on the tubewells by December end or latest by the first week of the new year. PWSSB officials have swung into action to complete the stalled projects, the sources added. PWSSB SE RP Gupta confirmed the local bodies minister had asked the board to expedite work.



Doraha school wins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
Doraha Public School registered victories in the girls as well as boys sections on the first day in the Sahodaya Schools Complex (East) Basketball Tournament being organised at Mehta Gurkul Public School, Doraha, near here today.

In the boy's U-14 section, Doraha Public School scored an emphatic 18-7 win over hosts Mehta Gurukul Public School while Tagore International School overwhelmed Saffron City School, Fatehgarh Sahib, 20-2.



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