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NRIs fall victim to bank fraud; lose Rs 58 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Over the years instances of funds deposited by nonresident Indians in the country’s private banks, which incidentally do not fall under the purview of the Right to Information Act, have become more frequent. Recently two NRIs reportedly lost their savings parked in a private bank and in both the cases the funds were allegedly siphoned from their accounts, indicating the involvement of an organized gang.

In the first incident four people including a woman withdrew Rs 52.81 lakh from the account of an Indian residing in Thailand, Surjit Kaur, a native of Boparai village in Jagraon district. The suspect(s) are said to have siphoned the money from her account in connivance with the bank staff.

Surjit alleged the suspect(s) along with bank officials first transferred the funds in their account(s) by submitting a stolen cheque and later withdrew the entire amount of deposits in her account in a fraudulent operation.” The fraud can’t have been committed without the active connivance of the bank staff," she claimed.

Said Bhan Singh, a relative of Surjit: "The fraud took place in 2009 and subsequently the police also booked four suspects including a woman, but all are roaming freely. Even bank staff was hand in glove with the accused persons and refused to provide us any kind of details about our account a status. Even though the accused made errors in filling the cheque but the bank authorities did not take notice of the error and transferred the cash in their account."

“In the cherub the suspect(s) filled in Rest 5,281,000 in figures while they filled in fifty two laky eighty thousand in worlds, but the bank staff deliberately ignored the error and transferred the funds”, he added.

In the second incident Parveen Khosla, an NRI living in France and currently residing on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana, lost his savings amounting to Rs 4.9 lakh deposited in the post office. In this case too the money was clandestinely withdrawn with the active involvement of officials of the same private bank.

"As I was residing France I’d given the authority to manage my post office saving scheme account to my sister-in-law. But little did I know she had other intentions and wanted to usurp the money. As she couldn’t withdraw the funds from the post office, she filed an account closure statement and got a cheque for Rs 4.9 lakh. With the connivance of bank employees she then opened a joint account by submitting forged documents and siphoned off the entire amount," said Parveen Khosla, who is running from pillar to post to get the police to file a criminal case against the suspects but to no avail.

"The fraud took place in 2008 and I didn’t visit India that year. The bank still holds my account and refused to provide any details about how the account was opened in my absence. When I asked whether I could get the details under the Right to Information Act, an executive in the bank retorted private banks in India didn’t fall under the act’s purview," said Khosla.


Professional advice: Don’t strain your vocal chords
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Professionals, including teachers, lawyers, singers, actors, hawkers, radio -video jockeys, who make excessive use of their vocal chords need to be careful even at the slightest change in their voice patterns, as it may indicate anything from a common cold to a sinister pathology like cancer of the throat, said city-based ENT specialists on the World Voice Day here today.

The theme of the World Voice Day is “We share a voice” which points towards the role of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist in managing the spate of voice disorders.

The other categories that are most susceptible to throat cancer are the ones related with mobile for long hours and people who are addicted to drinking and smoking.

Dr Manish Munjal, professor of ENT at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) said: “Almost 15 persons come with the problem of vocal chords every week in the hospital. This is seven times more in males as compared to females,” said Dr Munjal.

The specialists opine that it is important for professionals to exercise with caution by “exerting less pressure” on the vocal chords. The voice is not just an expression for the thoughts, ideas, concerns and emotions, but is an insight into the diseases that can be diagnosed by change in the voice, observe specialists. Common features of a voice problem are hoarseness, raspy sound speech, raw or strained throat, increased effort needed to talk or sing and loss of ability to hit high notes when singing.

But as soon as you have trouble speaking loudly or being heard in the noise, don’t know what will come out when you begin to speak, the time is just right to consult a specialist.

“People feel anxious, frustrated and depressed when their voice is unclear to the people on telephone and this is a significant change that points towards the gravity of problem in vocal chords, as has bee ascertained in more than 70 per cent of the cases,” said another noted ENT specialist.

Replacement of voice box

We take out the voice box of a person suffering from vocal chord cancer through a surgery and esophageal techniques are taught to the patients. The air from the stomach is brought out through the esophagus and converted into a vibration in the tissues, which is modulated by the tongue, resulting in alternative vocalisation.

— Dr Munish Munjal



A new dawn for polio-afflicted
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Mahavir Jayanti became a memorable day for Parthi, Gurpreet, Ashpreet, Husanpreet, Pooja and many more who, having undergone polio surgeries at the hospital in Viklang Sahayta Kender in Rishi Nagar, are looking forward to brighter days.The hospital is run by a city-based NGO Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan.

Gurpreet Singh (left) and Parthi (right) both suffering from polio underwent corrective surgery.
Gurpreet Singh (left) and Parthi (right) both suffering from polio underwent corrective surgery. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Suffering from polio for almost seven years, Parthi (10) was restricted to minimum activities in his routine life. But his parents were unable to afford the surgery due to scarcity of funds. The boy's family learnt about the Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan, a city-based NGO, working for the cause of polio affected and physically handicapped people.

"The operation has been successful and Parthi is looking forward to leading a normal life. He wants to become an orthopaedic surgeon with an aim to dedicate his life to physically disabled children," said Ritu , the boy's mother.

Ashpreet (1) and Husanpreet (3), siblings from Amla Singh Wala village, were unfortunate as both were attacked by the polio virus in the first year of their birth. "We were sad when Husanpreet was diagnosed with polio, but it was Ashpreet's state that made the family determined to find the solution." Having discovered about the "corrective surgery" for deformities, the family came and met the management at Viklang Sahayta Kender, who readily agreed to help the siblings.

Fighting poverty and his disability, Gurpreet Singh, another victim of polio who became partially paralytic at the age of seven months, was also operated upon today.

Smiling through tears, the 26-year-old young man cannot wait to stand straight on his legs, as he said, "My handicap has not lowered my spirits, as I did my class XII from Government Senior Secondary School Kumkalan and then learnt television repair. Despite having been rejected at shops, I carried on the fight and am positive of completing my course as a computer data operator and get a job in a year’s time," Singh went on to add.

Patient selected after assessment

The patient is selected for the surgery after an assessment of the deformity in the limbs. Out of the total 30 patients, almost 20 are operated wherein the success rate is more than 95 per cent. A physiotherapy session of almost six months, followed by the surgery enables the children/adults to give up their crutches. The results are commendable in people who were not even able to stand before the surgery.

— Dr Pawan Dhingra, orthopaedic surgeon



Fair sex at risk
Rape, abduction cases on rise
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The filing of three cases of abduction and rape, including two involving minors, has again highlighted the vulnerability of the fair sex in the city.

The first incident took pace on Thursday afternoon in the Nanda colony located in Jodhewal Basti, when a drunk horse cart rider attempted to rape a 12-year-old.

The accused, identified as Monu, is said to be a chronic alcoholic. According to Rana Pratap, father of the victim, the incident took place when the victim was playing with her brother in a street.

Monu, who was crouching near the door of his house, latched on the girl and gagged her face.

He stripped the girl, but in the process the victim managed to free and ran outside the house. She raised an alarm and was rescued by residents.

"My daughter is still in shock. She fears to be alone and is reluctant to go out of the house," said Rana Pratap.

It is learnt that the area councillor allegedly wanted to hush up the matter and forced the victim's family not to file a case.

But the matter soon came to the notice of senior police officials, who further directed the station house officer (SHO) to register a case.

Today, the police booked the accused Manu in an attempt to rape case. To top it all, an area councillor was also booked for manhandling a scribe who was covering the incident. The councillor, who came out in support of the accused, got upset and went up in arms against the scribe of a vernacular daily.

In the second incident, the Salem Tabri police booked Suresh Kumar, a resident of Salem Tabri, for abducting and raping a 16-year-old.

According to the police, the incident took place on April 13 when the victim was alone at home as her mother was undergoing treatment in a local hospital.

The victim stated that Suresh trespassed into the house of the victim, abducted her and took her to his house. On reaching his house, Suresh raped the victim. The girl reached the house at midnight and narrated the entire incident to her relatives. Soon the family of the victim informed the police. After a probe, the police arrested Suresh for abducting and raping the minor. In the third incident, the police booked Ranjit Singh of Khanori village for raping a girl on the pretext of marrying her. 



Plea to save city from land mafia
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
While the septuagenarian Anna Hazare pushed the government on the back foot by initiating a Gandhian crusade against corruption, the city’s very own “Anna” has requested Commissioner of Police to save the city from land mafia, who are opting new methods to encroach upon the property of senior citizens.

Former accounts officer at PAU, SP Sharma, who once sat on fast-unto-death for 11 days in September 2005, against the alleged corruption and misrule during the tenure of the then PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr KS Aulakh, has approached the commissioner to take a strong action against land mafia, who are using rag pickers to encroach upon the land of senior citizens.

Sharma and his associate Vasdev Kashyap have fallen prey to land mafia, as despite winning a long legal battle, the mafia is trying its best to usurp Vasdev’s property.

SP Sharma, who purchased a plot measuring 286 - 1/9 sq yard at Jassian village in 1990, had no inkling that it would turn into a prelude of his harassment.

Sharma had purchased the plot through a property dealer, who was the brother of the landowner.

“After making the full payment, I obtained a power of attorney in favour of my brother Yashpal on August 23, 1991. Further, on my directions my brother Yashpal executed an agreement and handed over the possession of the plot to Vasdev on October 26, 1991, after receiving the full consideration amount,” claimed Sharma.

Yashpal subsequently executed a registry on the name of Vasdev in 1995. “But to my shock, property dealer’s brother, from whom I purchased the land, filed a civil suit against Vasdev and Yashpal, alleging that the land documents were fake. However, he lost the prolonged legal battle in various courts,” said Sharma.

“In their latest attempt to usurp the land, the property dealer and his brother have now opted novel method. According to the plan, they have encouraged some rag-pickers to put up their rag material in the plot.

Now, rag-pickers are interfering in the construction activity. Besides, rag-pickers, who are backed by land mafia, are threatening me of dire consequences,” said Vasdev.

A similar incident occurred with Surinder Jathaul, a retired French professor of Panjab University (PU), who is presently residing at Mani Majra in Chandigarh.

Vasdev, along with Sharma, met the Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh yesterday and acquainted him of the novel way of encroachment by land mafia.

The Commissioner promised that no one would be allowed to take illegal possession of the land, added Sharma.



Cooking trends in for change
Boys, who want to pursue their careers abroad, are showing keen interest in learning fancy cooking
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Gone are the days when girls were given training in traditional cooking by their mothers before their marriages. Today, fancy cooking has replaced the regular traditional cooking. And contrary to previous trends, not only college-going girls learn the art of cooking, the school students (girls) who have just taken class X or XII exams recently, make a beeline at cooking classes to utilise their free time in the "best possible way".

What is more surprising is that enthusiasm to learn cooking is seen among the young boys, too. These days boys, who want to pursue their careers abroad, are showing keen interest towards learning fancy cooking. Unfortunately, there are not easily "accommodated" in the cooking-classes as their female counterparts for several reasons.

Amarbir Singh, a BBA student, said that for doing MBA, he planned to go to USA along with his two friends. "And we plan to take a small apartment on rent. But we need to learn cooking as there will no domestic helps or cooks as we have here in India. I am fond of junk food, sandwiches, cakes etc. I tried to learn it from a local cooking-school, but they politely declined. I am learning as much as I can from the Internet, still when someone cooks in front of you, it is much easier to learn", said Amarbir further adding that in holidays, he planned to go to Chandigarh to learn how to bake cakes and cookies.

Sheel Nanda, an expert, who is into cooking for about three-decades said that times had changed and so were the trends. "Earlier girls used to learn typical Indian (south and north Indian) dishes but now they are more interested in learning cakes, biscuits, mocktails, sandwiches etc. I get a number of calls from boys, who want to learn cooking. But I have always taught girl students. I don't know how do the boys take it. The boys who want to settle abroad or plan to go overseas for studies, show much interest towards cooking", said Nanda.



Poor Work by MC Sub-committees
Panel heads changed to ensure transparency
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Owing to the failure of various sub-committees formed by the Municipal Corporation (MC), the civic body Mayor has now changed the heads of these committees to ensure efficiency in their working.

The sub-committees of the House under the officials were formed with an aim to ensure transparency in the working of the civic body and to ensure accountability of officers towards the general problems being faced by the public.

However, the dismay performance of these sub-committees could be judged well from the fact that most of these sub-committees had not even met for once during the past four years of their constitution due to which several questions were raised over the constitution of committees.

In a major reshuffle, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura thus decided to revamp these committees by changing the guards of these committees.

As per the letter issued to all branches of the civic body, Mayor has ordered for the reconstitution of these committees.

According to the order, joint commissioner BK Gupta will now head the Tehbazaari branch, whereas XEN SP Singh will be incharge of the Streetlight branch.

Similarly, MC Additional Commissioners Kuldeep Singh, Mahinder Pal Gupta and Malwinder Singh Jaggi will now head the sub-committees of transport, land acquisition and buildings, respectively. Superintendent Engineer (SE) VP Singh will be the incharge of the sub-committee on water, whereas Pranab Kumar, a superintendent of the civic body, has been made the incharge of purchase committee.

Meanwhile, Giaspura said the objective behind the move was to ensure better working of the civic body. He said the sub-committees had not been able to fulfil the basic cause for which they were constituted due to which there was a need to change the guards. He expressed hope that things would be streamlined soon.



India's Got Talent — Season 3
Auditions draw big crowds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
There was comedy, songs, dance, drama and action galore at the auditions of the popular reality television show India's Got Talent - Season 3 here today. A massive crowd of performers from various genres like folk dance, music, traditional art forms, mimicry, group dance and acrobatics had gathered at the venue of auditions, Ramgarhia Girls' College, since early hours to showcase their talents in front of the judges from the television channel.

Artistes from various states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi converged upon the city to participate in the auditions of the reality TV show. Out of 350 contestants who performed at the auditions today, as many as 114 were selected to further participate in the final auditions scheduled to take place at Delhi on April 21. "The judges were highly impressed with the immense talent showcased by artistes from different walks of life. The most amazing part was the participation of people from various age groups ranging from 6-62 years in the auditions," informed chief organiser of the auditions Atamjit SIngh, director, Thukral Investments.



‘With ban on plastics, we sure can turn a new leaf’
Lovleen Bains

Unchecked disposal of plastic bags is a serious environmental and health hazard.
Unchecked disposal of plastic bags is a serious environmental and health hazard. Photo by writer

Doraha, April 16
“Life shall definitely change for the better if the Punjab Government’s decision to strictly implement the Punjab Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Control Act is implemented in letter and spirit,” believe environmentalists.

“It is high time the government takes such a decision, otherwise we shall be literally suffocating ourselves and our future generations to untimely death,” opined Dr Jagbir Singh from the department of zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala, who is working for the cause of environmental conservation with Sant Seechewal.

Dr Jagbir Singh worked towards putting a strict ban on plastics on the Punjabi university campus two years ago.

“Plastic is one of the major toxic pollutants of our time being a non-biodegradable substance and composed of toxic chemicals, plastic pollutes the earth, air and water. Not only is plastic causing untimely death of thousands of stray cattle, every year 200 rare species of animals as whales, turtles, Asiatic and African lions are dying due to the unabated use of plastic bags. Plastic clogs their intestines and leads to their slow starvation and ultimate death”Dr Jagbir said.

He further added, “The shopping bags which we use are made up of thermo plastic, which is prepared from oil, meaning thereby that on the one hand we are using plastics, while on the other we are making our land oil-starved for our future generations. As opposed to this, China is the country where there is 90% ban on the use of plastic bags due to which they are able to save 37 million barrels of oil every year.” “If an individual saves six plastic bags a week, it comes to 24 in a month, 280 a year and 22,176 in an average life span and if one out of five exercise this practice, we can save billions of plastic bags, thus saving millions of our land, sea and air creatures from destruction, apart from making our land pollution-free.”

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, who is an environmentalist, viewed, “This step of the government definitely needs to be hailed, as it has come at a time when there is literally no other alternative left but to put a strict ban on the manufacture and use of plastics at all costs. The need to put a similar ban on the indiscriminate use of paddy and straw, leading to environmental degradation and health problems, too, has become utmost essential.”

He further emphasised that the environmental concern is everybody’s concern and all need to be focused towards this.



Saggu, aides again booked in land fraud case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
After remaining at loggerheads with a local MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, who accused the police for helping a property dealer in grabbing the land, the Sadar police today booked property dealer Surinder Saggu in a land fraud case.

Not only Saggu, his wife Neelam and son Roxy along with his close aide in the revenue department Patwari Ram Singh have been also booked in a land fraud case.

The case was registered following a detailed investigation conducted by a senior official. The MLA had earlier expressed doubt on the investigation conducted by the SHO, Sadar.

Saggu was booked following a complaint by Nirmal Singh, a resident of Gagda village. Nirmal had alleged that Saggu, in connivance with his accomplices, working in the revenue department forged the documents pertaining to land belonging to him.

Nirmal alleged that though he had brought the matter in the notice of the revenue officers but Saggu along with a Patwari got the fake land deed registered on the name of his wife Neelam. Acting on his compliant the city police started an inquiry regarding the matter.

Following a thorough probe, the city police registered a case under Section 420 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Surinder Saggu, his wife Neelam Saggu, his son Roxy and Patwari Ram Singh.

ACP Narinder Pal Singh said, "As Saggu was booked and subsequently sent to jail in a property fraud case registered against him by the Haibowal police, we are in process of seeking production warrant to arrest the accused. While a team has been formed to nab Roxy, Neelam and Patwari Ram Singh, "Shivalik had in the past accused the police for helping a property dealer in grabbing the land.

MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik who was at loggerheads with Saggu made shocking revelations about the property dealer. MLA claimed that Saggu was a notorious land grabber in Haryana and was already facing nearly 17 land grab cases.



Rashmi shines with four titles
Anil Kumar

Winners show the victory sign after receiving medals at the concluding ceremony of Seventh National Sports for Blind, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday.
Winners show the victory sign after receiving medals at the concluding ceremony of Seventh National Sports for Blind, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 16
Rashmi of Dehradun clinched four titles - 100m, 200m, shot put and discus throw in B-II category of girls’ section on the final day of the seventh National Sports for the Blind that concluded at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana.

She was followed by Kulwinder Kaur (Ludhiana) and Ravina (Dehradun) in 100m, while in 200m, Ravina and Kulvir Kaur followed her on second and third positions, respectively.

Seema and Lovepreet Kaur of Ludhiana finished second and third in shot put. In the U-12 boys’ section (B-I), Mohammad Shahabudin of Delhi clinched three titles by winning gold medals in 50m, 100m and 200m.

Devinder of Ludhiana secured second position in 50m, Pawan (Dehradun) and Gian Singh (Dehradun) finished second and third in 100m, while Lallan Patel (Delhi) and Pawan (Dehradun) followed him at second and third positions in 200m, respectively.

Sanath Handa and Shankar of Jharkhand finished first and second in shot put, Lallan Patel followed them at third position.

Shankar (Jharkhand) managed to win gold medal in discus throw, while Khem Singh and Ashok finished second and third, respectively.

Jasbir Singh of Ludhiana, Satyam of Delhi and Sua Lal of Dehradun clinched the titles of 50m, 100m and 200m, respectively, in B-II category. Sua Lal and Sajanpreet of Faridkot finished second and third in 50m. Sagar and Devinder both of Dehradun finished second and third in 100m. Devinder and Jasbir won silver and bronze medals in 200m.

Preet Lakra and Tara Kumari of Jharkhand clinched gold and silver medal in the 100m in Under-16 girls’ (B-I) section, while Nazia of Ludhiana followed them to finish at third position.

Preeti also topped in 200m, Amita Jharkhand and Sailly of Ludhiana were second and third, respectively.

Tara Kumari of Jharkhand clinched gold and silver medals in shot put and discus throw, respectively. Anita and Seema Rani of Ludhiana managed to win gold and a bronze medal in discus throw in girls’ B-I category.

MLA Jassi Khangura distributed medals and certificates to the winners.



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