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Gosain plays ‘feudal lord’
Decides to hand over appointment letters from home
Anupam Bhagria
tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 28
In a populist move to appease paramedical contractual employees, the health and family welfare minister, Satpal Gosain, will extend his “hospitality” to as many as 1,785 employees while issuing them appointment letters for regular jobs at his house in Kidwai Nagar here on July 1.

While the move smacks of feudalism instead of democracy, the minister said the employees wanted him to hand over the letters personally. So, he had decided to arrange for the “appointment gift” programme in a park in front of his house.

Though the normal practice followed by the health department and other government departments of the state suggests that whenever any appointment is made, the person concerned is intimated through post.

An official said the employees were informed through letters which were sent to them either through speed post or registered letters. “However, in special cases like appointment letters on compassionate ground are handed over to eligible candidates at a public function, say in the secretariat, etc. It is never at the residence of a minister,” he said.

Though the minister is all set for the “ceremony”, senior officials of his department are not aware of it. A surprised Satish Chander, Principal Secretary (Health), Punjab, said: “There is no hard and fast rule. I do not know how he will manage it.”

Three months ago, the state government issued a notification to regularise the services of contractual paramedical employees of the health department, but did not issue appointment letters.

Tehal Singh, vice-president of the union, said: “There are 1,785 contractual paramedical employees, including multipurpose health workers, radiographers, lab technicians, ambulance staff and operating theatre attendants.”

A First

This is perhaps the first time in the history of the health department that the appointment letters are being distributed to employees at a function being organised at the residence of the health and family welfare minister.


Health minister, police chief try to mend fences
Ishwar visits Gosain’s house to work things out
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
After Punjab Health Minister Satpal Gosain said he was “under pressure from various quarters” to patch up with city police commissioner Ishwar Singh whose transfer he had reportedly sought, the latter extended a friendly gesture by visiting the minister’s house on Monday night and spent nearly half an hour with him, apparently to “bury the hatchet”.

According to sources the two discussed the law and order situation in the city and agreed to work together to ensure proper policing.

Gosain had put the SAD-BJP alliance ruling the state in an embarrassing situation by his remarks made nine days ago that there was virtually no law and order in the city. He had also sought the transfer of Ishwar as well as additional deputy commissioner-I Harsh Bansal.

On Monday the seasoned politician took a u-turn by claiming he was under pressure from “various quarters to effect a compromise” with the police chief. On the other hand, both police officers had refused to comment on the controversy.

The sources added Gosain had to “face brickbats” for his comments, not only from the leader of his own party but also the leader of the opposition Congress party that began gunning for him for “unnecessarily creating pressure on police officials”.

Earlier too Gosain had employed similar “pressure tactics” and suspended the senior medical officer of the city’s Civil Hospital, US Sooch, a month before his retirement following a surprise check at the hospital. Dr Sooch was however reinstated a few days later.

Blow hot, blow cold

The health minister Satpal Gosain had put the SAD-BJP alliance ruling the state in an embarrassing situation by his remarks made nine days ago that there was virtually no law and order in the city. He had also sought the transfer of Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh as well as Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal.



SDM’s report on liquor vend ‘inaccurate’
Vend shown on panchayat land, but MC refutes it
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 28
The Sub-divisional Magistrate’s (SDM) report on the liquor vend in Sunet village that it was on panchayat land, has come under a scanner with the Municipal Corporation (MC) clearly stating that it was on a piece of land meant for a park.

If the SDM’s report was followed, the liquor vend could have remained on the land. “Either the SDM is wrong or the MC’s demolition drive was illegal. Clearly, one of them is wrong and tried to misguide the government,” claimed Col JS Brar (retd), president of an NGO Maha Sabha Ludhiana, who had spearheaded a campaign against the liquor vend.

The MC had demolished the vend yesterday, saying that when the land was acquired by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), a park was developed on it. But later, some persons encroached on it.

The park stands on “khasra” number 11/2 while the SDM (West) wrote in his report that it was on “khasra” number 61/28.

Col Brar said “khasra” number 61/28 was actually panchayat land of Sunet village and was lying vacant. “We had procured a map of the area from the MC, which had all ‘khasra’ numbers on it. That is how we found that the park was on ‘khasra’ number 11/2If we knew it, the SDM should have also known it,” he said.

The SDM, in his report to the Deputy Commissioner, said the tehsildar (West) had submitted a report, in which it was found that land of “khasra” number 61/28 was panchayat land of Patti Raghu and Patti Mansoor.

“If it is panchayat land, how can the SDM write that a liquor vend is running on it? He is giving a clean chit to an encroached piece of land. The report clearly indicates that the SDM tried to misguide the Deputy Commissioner over the issue and he should be transferred,” Brar said.



It pays to be a Chief Minister’s horse!
Badal’s ailing pet gets VIP treatment at GADVASU Hospital
Kanchan Vasdev
tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 28
It pays to be a Chief Minister’s horse if the VIP treatment meted out to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Irish horse undergoing treatment at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) is any indication.

The gynaecology emergency at the university’s veterinary hospital was converted into a special room for the seven-year-old horse named King of Rings. An air cooler has been provided to keep it cool.

While several people die for want of proper medical aid in several villages of the state, the VIP horse of Irish Tinker breed, also known as Gypsy Cob, suffering from high fever owing to a tick-borne protozoan blood infection, is being attended to by a battery of veterinarians, including the Dean of veterinary sciences, Dr HS Sandhu.

The room is carpeted with a thick layer of grass and two attendants from Badal’s stud farm have been posted round-the-clock outside the special room to take care of the horse.

They have been told to keep the door locked as the giant horse is getting “irritated” with curious onlookers. “We are waiting outside. The horse has not been eating well and is running fever,” said Phool Singh, a caretaker of the horse since it was imported by the CM.

The horse was brought to GADVASU hospital yesterday morning from Badal village. “All veterinarians of the university came to the hospital at 8 am. Usually, they never reach before 9 am. Later, they held meetings throughout the day to discuss the case of the horse,” observed a GADVASU student, requesting anonymity.

Dr Sandhu said the equine was recovering and would be discharged within a day or two.

“Being a CM’s horse makes it so special that many senior veterinarians are at its beck and call. It is ironical that in 1,000 to 1,200 veterinary dispensaries in the state, there are no veterinary officers and the cattle of the state, that produce record milch in the country, do not even have qualified veterinarians,” said a veterinarian.



Family of Indian teen killed in Canada devastated
Still trying to come to terms with its irreparable loss
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
"We sent our son to foreign shores with hopes for a better future, but little did we know then our beloved child would be brutally murdered in an alien country and we’d never get to see his dead body. The tragedy has shattered our whole life into pieces, leaving a void that’ll never be filled," said Narsingh Khanna, grandfather of Nitish Khanna, a 19-year-old Indian who was killed with a golf club by five assailants outside a restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario in the Greater Toronto area on June 20.

Nitish’s family members are still in disbelief that he is no more and trying to come to terms with the tragedy. A pall of gloom descended on his ancestral home located in the city’s Salem Tabri locality. Relatives visited the house to offer condolences to Narsingh and his wife, Indra.

Nitish’s father, Ashok Khanna, who is a general manager at local bicycle manufacturing firm Hero Cycles, attended his son’s cremation in Canada. Rachna, the deceased’s cousin, said she was informed about the incident last week but had kept it a secret fearing Nitish’s grandparents might not be able to bear the tragedy. Ashok flew to Canada after telling his parents his son was critically injured and he had to be there to look after him.

It was two days ago that the family members broke the news of Nitish’s death to his septuagenarian grandparents. Since then they have been watching TV coverage of the murder case aired by Toronto based news channels.

"We came to know the police arrested two suspects, two others have fled to India while one is said to be hiding in Canada. They aren’t human, they’re animals - only an animal could commit such a heinous crime. The murderers have ruined our lives for ever," said Indra.

Nitish, who graduated from the city’s Green Land Public School, moved to Canada four years ago along with his mother, Kamal. His sister Heena Sharma, is married and settled in that country.

Nitish was studying in Canada for a graduate degree. He last spoke to his grandparents on June 15 and cracked jokes with them. "He used to make everyone laugh. He last visited home in November last year. Now he’ll never come back and will never make us laugh again. His death has created a void that’ll never be filled," rued Indra.

Deadly fight

Nitish Khanna got involved in a minor scuffle with five young men outside a Tasty Bite restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario in the Greater Toronto area, but the matter was soon resolved. However, on June 20, he was attacked with a golf club when he was sitting alone in the same restaurant. After beating him up the assailants dragged him out of the restaurant where they killed him with the club.



Woman shot dead in public view
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
A 35-year-old woman was shot dead in full public view in Kakka village at Meharban area here today. The incident took place this morning when the victim, identified as Rani, appeared before the village panchayat to resolve a land dispute with Jagjit Singh.

Both the groups were at loggerheads over their claim on the 16 acres of ancestral land in Dholla village.

Jagjit Singh, his wife Roop Kaur, their sons Simmi and Amrit were also summoned by the panchayat to resolve the issue.

The panchayat was assembled at the house of Karamjit Singh, where Jagjit Singh raised objection over panchayat’s opinion on giving the 16 acre to Rani.

The victim, who came along with her driver, entered into a heated argument with Jagjit and his two sons.

In the meantime, Roop Kaur nabbed Rani. Before the panchayat could understand anything, Amrit pulled out a revolver from her mother’s purse and fired two shots, killing the victim on the spot. The incident took the residents by shock who ran helter-skelter for cover.

Karamjit Singh said the residents tried to nab the accused, but in the meantime Simmi and Jagjit Singh drew out weapons lying inside their SUV and told the residents to stay away.

The accused then fled from the scene in the SUV. Karamjit Singh said they soon informed the police about the incident. Sumit Sood, SHO, Meharban police station, said the accused have been booked for murder. “We have launched a hunt to nab the accused,” he said. The body of the victim was taken to the Civil Hospital where the residents of the village demanded the arrest of the accused at the earliest.



Is city ready for Metro rail project?
Ongoing projects still incomplete; City to witness unprecedented construction activity
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Is the city ready for witnessing heavy construction activity for the much-hyped Metro project?

Even as the state cabinet has cleared the detailed project report (DPR) for the Ludhiana Metro Rail Project prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, there are still many ongoing projects in the city which are still incomplete and many of them have surpassed their deadlines.

The Rs 10,000 crore project, which would be the first metro project in the state, would be constructed in a phased manner and would have two different corridors (routes). The first corridor of 15.798 kilometres would be from Ayali Chowk till BBMB powerhouse on the Chandigarh road. This corridor would have a total of 14 stations.

While the second corridor of 13.035 kilometres would start from Gill village and would finish at the Rahon road chungi. This corridor would have 13 stations.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura states that they have already conducted a survey of this project and that the city is ready to handle the heavy construction activity. But what about some other projects such as the Lakkar Bridge project, the City Bus Service project, six-laning of the National Highway-I besides many others, which are still in limbo?

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura says that a meeting in regard to know the status of the ongoing development projects was held with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh yesterday. "The CM has issued instructions that all the ongoing projects should be completed by December 31. We would comply with these orders and soon we would be serving notices to all contractors who are involved in construction of various projects in the city. I have spoken to a few of them and they have agreed to complete their works before December 31," claimed the Mayor.

He said the MC would impose heavy fine on contractors and even cancel their contract if they fail to comply with the deadline, said the Mayor.

Projects in limbo Lakkar Bridge

When the project was initiated in 1997, its estimated cost was Rs 13 crore, which has now skyrocketed to around Rs 58 crore. Even though the up ramps from both the Civil Lines side as well as the Reikhy Cinema side have been constructed, the railways department has yet not submitted drawings of several things due to which there is a further delay. Owing to technical glitches in planning, the project remained stalled for over a decade and the work restarted on November 27, 2009. The deadline of the completion of work was June, which has now been extended to December.

Six-laning of NH-I

This Rs 2,750 crore project started in 2008 and was to be completed in November this year. But now the company has fixed a new deadline of March 2012. Company officials blame the Municipal Corporation and the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for the delay. From Sahnewal till the Sutlej river bridge, nine flyovers, six underpaths, seven foot overbridges and other construction activity is yet to be carried out.

Indoor Stadium

The project started in 2004 and at that time its cost was Rs 16 crore. The construction of the project stalled in 2007 only to resume in May this year. Delays in the project have raised its estimated cost from Rs 16 crore to Rs 25.89 crore. The contractor, Deepak Singal, claimed that he would finish his part of construction by November this year.

City Bus Service

The project was first proposed in 2002 and later in 2008. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the MC was to purchase 40 low floor air-conditioned and 160 non-AC buses from two different suppliers. After the supplier of 40 low floor buses failed to supply the vehicles on time, the contract was cancelled. Now the MC would be floating new tenders which means more wait. 



Contemporary agriculture facing challenges: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
A regional training course on “Conservation agriculture: Nurturing sustainable production systems in South Asia” was organised at the PAU under the Cereal Systems Initiatives in South Asia (CSISA) here today.

The course was held under the aegis of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Speaking at the inaugural function, PAU Registrar Dr RK Mahey said contemporary agriculture was facing several challenges, including the decline in natural resource base. Conservation agriculture practices were useful in addressing the issues, he said, adding that it was good that the CIMMYT was playing a good role in promoting contemporary agriculture by taking along the partner organisations.

Dr Patrick Wall from the CIMMYT said that contemporary agriculture was being globally recognised as a need-based approach as far as the natural resource conservation was concerned. He said the training programme was started a couple of years ago with many partners worldwide. He said contemporary agriculture, being the multifaceted programme, needs the involvement of multi-disciplinary scientists.

Dr MSGill, Director of Extension Education, said for maintaining sustainability, resource conservation in agriculture was important. He said the PAU had developed and recommended several contemporary agriculture technologies such as laser land levelling, permanent bed planting and highlighted that resource saving technologies such as leaf colour chart for paddy and maize, tensio meter for need-based irrigation in paddy, etc. had been recommended.

Giving an overview of the course, course coordinator Dr ML Jat said emphasis had been laid on practical training to participants from different production systems. The participation of women in the training was positive sign, he said. 



MC officials seek police protection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
The issue of construction of Kidwai Nagar storm sewer seems to be getting murkier, with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials demanding police protection to resume sewerage work at Kidwai Nagar, where the MC has proposed dumping well.

MC sources saidthe police officials were asked to reach the spot (park in Kidwai Nagar) at 8 am tomorrow, so that the MC staff does not have any problem during the start of construction there. “We have called a force consisting 50 officials on the spot,” said the official. Ever since the inception of this project, it has remained in controversy. After the project was again started a few days back, the MC had planned to set up its disposal plant (pumping station) at a park in Kidwai Nagar.

Area residents have been opposing it ever since this proposal came and alleged that such a step of MC would spoil the beauty of the park and increase waterlogging woes of the area. 



Cong terms SAD-BJP claims as poll stunts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 28
Tall claims of SAD-BJP government in Punjab on development are nothing but election stunts aimed at befooling the people as majority of the projects are confined to papers only with no provisions for funding them, said Ramesh Joshi, chairman of urban development cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Addressing a workers’ meeting, he said after remaining in a deep slumber for almost four years, the incumbent government had now woken up to indulge in a spree of laying foundation stones of the projects which would never see the light of the day. “The whole exercise is an election gimmick with eyes on next assembly elections which are just a few months away.”

Joshi said the metro rail project recently cleared by the government is yet another of the dreams of the ruling coalition which will meet the fate of similar other high-profile projects which had failed to take off. “The government is out to play frauds, one after the other, on the people to hide its mismanagement and poor governance and secure another mandate,” he said.

He maintained that people of Punjab were enlightened enough to see through the deceit game being played by the government while expressing confidence that the coalition will have to lick the dust at the next hustings. "The frustration and despair of the ruling combine is evident enough from the manner all premium government lands and properties, lying vacant, are being dished out to the big business houses at throw away prices to keep the establishment afloat.” 



BSP protest against price hike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 28
Activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) held a demonstration against the rising prices and the recent hike in the prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene at the mini-secretariat and submitted a memorandum to the government through the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Criticising the UPA government for repeatedly increasing the prices of petroleum products, the BSP used bullock carts and mule carts to reach the mini-secretariat and women workers lit “chulhas” to make chappatis.

The party slammed the Centre for increasing the oil prices a dozen times since 2008. Charging the government with pursuing pro-rich policies a the cost of the poor, BSP leaders said on the one hand, the government had been hiking the prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene to cut down the so-called losses of oil companies and on the other hand, lakhs of crores were being handed out to the corporate sector as subsidies.



Girls reject free cycles with CM’s photo
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 28
Girl students of government schools of the region have announced to reject the government’s offer to provide free bicycles, in case they are forced to display photo of the Chief Minister or any other dignitary.

However, they are ready to carry any logo or insignia, which highlights the need to spread education in the state. The state government with the motive to ensure that girls are sent to school had decided to provide bicycles free of cost to girls living in villages that have no middle, high or senior secondary schools, so that they can go to the school in adjoining villages. It was also decided that photograph of the Chief Minister will be displayed on the bicycles.

Office-bearers of certain social, religious and educational organisations have offered to sponsor transportation of poor girl students.

“Why should we carry photo of anybody else other than our parents or teachers. All facilities being provided to us are coming from public funds and not from someone’s pocket,” said students of a government school led by Sandeep and Kulwinder Kaur of Maherna village. 



Victim had full faith in PGI doctors: Wife
Was reportedly burnt alive on a stretcher at the premier health institute 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 28
“Had I not listened to Ghinder when he insisted on getting treatment from the PGI a month back, I would not have been shattered today,” said wailing Narinder Kaur, wife of Ghinder Singh, a 55-year-old patient who was reportedly burnt alive on a stretcher in the PGI’s Emergency recovery room on Monday night.

“Ghinder had full faith in the capabilities of doctors of the PGI and the family had to bow before his persistence when he got himself readmitted a month back due to a liver problem. Earlier, too, he was admitted to the PGI with a similar problem. Since then, he had said that doctors at the PGI were no less than God for him. A month back when his liver problem aggravated, we suggested that he should get admitted to Fortis or Apollo hospital, but he said no and went to the PGI never to return,” said the heartbroken wife.

“So much so that he had bought 10 ceiling fans for the hospital to be donated on the day when he gets discharged,” said Gurpartap Singh, the brother of the deceased.

Prabhleen Kaur, niece of Ghinder Singh, said: “Last night when my father rang up to say that they were bringing my uncle’s body home, we were literally shocked because there was an overall steady improvement in his condition and we were confident that he would be sent to his private room in the next few days time. My uncle had been operated upon on Saturday and he was kept in the Emergency recovery room till the time he passed his urine .We were very delighted when he was able to do so on Monday morning. I was wonder struck at my father’s statement. My uncle could have been saved had the hospital authorities acted on the spur of the moment.”

Narrating the incident, she said: “My cousin had turned her back on my uncle when she saw the sparks and began to shout. Neither did the attendants do anything to control the fire nor did they allow her to do something. She was left with no other option but to shout at the top pf her voice. It was my father, my three cousins who with their shoes, hands and pillows tried to extinguish the fire. We lost everything but nobody did anything,” said the grief-stricken niece.

“The incident has left as indelible mark on our pscyhe. Was this the end my uncle was to meet? When his daughter was informed about this in the room of the hospital where she was waiting for his father’s recovery, her eyes went wide open and she kept standing still for the next half-an-hour. After that, the way she fought with the authorities and blamed them for their father’s death was simply miserable,” added the niece.

Varinder Singh and Taranjot Singh, nephews of Ghinder, who too were terribly upset, said: “Our uncle was completely burnt from the left side and his beard too was burnt. Somehow his face was saved for all of us to see for the last time. But such was the condition that we could not even give him the last bath.”



‘Charitable’ hospitals liable to pay house tax: Mayor
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Taking a tough stand against private run “charitable” hospitals, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura has said that all such hospitals, who were doing charity work only on paper, should pay house tax.

He said there were some hospitals, such as Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, which were charging as high as Rs 4,000 for a single room for one day.

“And in paper, they tell us that they are charging Rs 500 per room for a day, which is totally wrong. I have been telling my staff that they should conduct checks on their premises quite often, but now I will take this issue in my own hand and would make sure that these hospitals also pay house tax,” said Mayor Giaspura firmly.

He further said if small hospitals were earning lakhs and were paying house tax, hospitals like the DMCH earning crores should not be exempted. Even local councillor Sushil Raju Thapar had alleged that the DMCH and Christian Medical College and Hospital were saving house tax to the tune of crores of rupees on the pretext of being “charitable”.

Councillor from ward number 29, Thapar even submitted a memorandum in this regard to MC Commissioner AK Sinha today and had urged him to have a look into the matter.

“Big private hospitals such as Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital are not paying house tax on the pretext of being charitable, which is totally wrong. They are taking tax relaxations without doing any charity by giving any exemption in treatment of poor. You show me one person who can claim that he was given relaxation in total bill amount. These hospitals don’t even release a dead body until all dues are cleared,” claimed Thapar.

He further demanded that the MC should conduct a detailed and comprehensive survey to check how much tax these hospitals were saving on the pretext of being charitable. “Only from the annual contract of medicine stores inside the DMCH premises, the hospital authorities are earning crores of rupees, leave aside contracts of parking, canteens, shops and other such things,” claimed Thapar.

Thapar has demanded that the MC should conduct a survey and submit a report within 15 days. “So that the picture becomes clear,” stated Thapar.



GADVASU interns jittery over job prospects
Slam placement cell for neglecting to rope in private firms
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Interns at the city’s Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) are up in the arms against officials of the varsity’s placement cell for failing to “provide job security” to veterinarians. The interns claimed the cell did not bother to invite private firms for placement of varsity graduates but was entirely dependent on the state government for recruiting them.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, Jagdeep Singh, an intern at GADVASU, stated: “Usually by April every year the Punjab government advertised several positions for veterinarians and quite a few varsity graduates were appointed in government jobs. But this time the government did not invite applications for recruiting veterinary doctors in villagers and blocks due to which the students were feeling insecure”.

"Our batch of 90 students will complete the six-month internship soon after which we’ll be totally free. In case government isn’t advertising any posts, the varsity’s placement cell must initiate efforts to bring in private companies but it doesn’t seem bothered about our plight. We have visited the placement officer several times but to no avail. We’re very worried about our future", said Jagdeep.

Another intern, Jasneet Singh, said GADVASU paid a monthly stipend of Rs 6,200 to every intern. “These days many private firms including NABARD, Nestle, Verka, Godrej Agro-Vet and Mother Dairy besides several pharmaceutical companies were offering good jobs to veterinary officers. But our placement cell has never invited such firms for placement of graduates. Since the cell was set up no graduate has been able to get a job through it, which is very disturbing", he added. When contacted GADVASU registrar PD Juyal said the recruitment process was under way and the placement cell had already written to the rural development & ‘panchayat’ department to taking in varsity graduates. “The cell was set up a few months ago. Till now the veterinarians were absorbed by government and the students preferred government jobs over the private ones. But we’re making our best efforts to target private firms so that our graduates get good jobs - they need to be a little patient", he added. Placement officer SK Uppal, however, said until recently varsity graduates were placed in government jobs. "But we’ve now begun targeting private firms and have almost finalized things with one or two of them. By July 31 when students will complete their courses we’ll certainly be able to invite some leading companies so that our students get good jobs", he added.



50 examined at de-addiction camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 28
The department of psychiatry at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) held a de-addiction awareness camp in Samrala to mark the “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking” under the guidance of professor and head of psychiatry Dr Ranjive Mahajan.

In this camp, about 50 addicts were examined by a team of doctors and apprised of harmful effects of the drugs. Interacting with the patients, the doctors said as the drug abuse was rampant in this part of the world. Besides, people were not even aware that they had become addicted to substances like poppy husk, cough syrup and other habit forming drugs available at the counter, 
he added.

“Tobacco use (both smoking as well as chewable substances) was very low in hierarchy of the addictive substances 30 years back. But now, almost one third of adult male population uses tobacco in one or the other form and the number of female addicts have also increased substantially for the last few years.”



Girls belonging to poor families bag top positions 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Belonging to a poor family and dedicated to fulfil her father’s dream, Mishika Arora from Government College for Women (GCW) here has topped in district in BA III examinations, the results of which were declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh, today. She scored 1970 marks out of total 2400 marks (82.08 per cent).

Besides, Hena Gupta from Khalsa College for Women scored second position in the city by scoring 1950 marks. Pallavie from GCW and Karamjit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls College here scored 1946 marks and came at third position in the city.

An elated Mishika said, “I am happy that I scored well, but I had expected more marks. Whatever I have achieved is due to the efforts of my father, who works at a hosiery unit here. He wants to see me as an IAS officer and I am committed to fulfil his wish. My second preference is to become a lecturer.”

Mishika’s father works at a hosiery unit in Bajwa Nagar, while her mother is a housewife. A resident of Haibowal, Mishika wants to get admission in MSc maths.

Another student from Khalsa College for Women, Heena Gupta, has scored 1950 marks in BA III. Her father also works at a factory unit here. Varinder Kumar Thind, principal, KCW, said: “She belongs to a humble family and wants to pursue MSc maths. Since her family is not able to bear expenses of her studies, we have decided to sponsor Heena’s studies as she is a needy and meritorious student. We must encourage such students.”

Pallavie, another student from GCW, and Karamjit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls College here bagged third position (joint) in the city by scoring 1946 marks out of 2400. The principals of these colleges have congratulated the meritorious students and have wished them luck in future.



Arts, science students can join MCom Business Innovations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Keeping in view the craze among students to join M.Com Business Innovations programme, it has been clarified that the arts and science graduates are also eligible to join the professional programme of the University Grants Commission (UGC) at SCD Government College here.

B.Com and BBA students with 45 per cent marks and BA, B.Sc with 50 per cent marks will be eligible to join the course. The course has been designed to enrich students not only with commerce and business skills, but also to make them competent in teaching commerce and management in business organisations.

It will be a professionally oriented programme, which will develop diversified analytical skills and competencies required to gain insight and intelligence into the operations of a modern business enterprise.

The programme will have far reaching impact on teaching as it will be having industry institute collaborative programme where faculty of the college will have the chance to interact with industry experts, know their requirements, identify their core areas of research and the research projects will become collaborative in nature.

The format of entrance test prepared by Panjab University, scheduled for July 17, also signals to measure student’s competence level in general awareness, ability to take quick decisions etc.



ATM catches fire, one hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
A labourer sustained electrical shocks and a newly constructed ATM caught fire after a blast in the overhead high- tension wires in Haibowal here today.

The iron ladder used by the labourer came in contact with the overhead high tension wires this evening. The impact of the shock was so strong that labourer was tossed in the air and fell at distance. The ATM near the building also caught fire. According to the bank staff the machine did not contain currency notes. One fire tender was used to douse the fire. 



Murder: Police launches hunt to arrest accused
Had ‘strangulated’ 12-yr-old boy of migrant family
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 29
The Dehlon police has launched a hunt to nab a migrant labourer who had allegedly strangulated a 12-year-old son of another migrant family staying at a brick-kiln situated on the outskirts of Dulley village near here.

The child lost his life as he had dared to ask the accused to pay back a meagre amount of Rs 100, which he had borrowed from the victim a few weeks ago.

Had foul smell emanating from the body buried under a heap of straw not attracted the attention of villagers yesterday, the gruesome murder could have remained unnoticed forever.

Billu, a migrant settled in Khanna, was booked under Section 302 of the IPC for allegedly killing Pardesi, the minor son of a migrant family presently living at a brick-kiln.

Police investigations revealed that Billu had come to the area in search of a job and had borrowed Rs 100 from Pardesi a few weeks ago. Though Billu had promised Pardesi to return the money after a few days, the latter never received the amount.

On Saturday afternoon, Pardesi was returning after giving lunch to his father at a godown situated a small distance from the brick-kiln when Billu intercepted him and asked he would ever ask for the repayment of the borrowed money. Unaware of the consequences, Pardesi dared ask the accused to repay the amount and fell prey to his anguish.

Though the police is yet to corroborate the exact sequence of events, it is suspected that the accused strangulated the victim with a piece of cloth and buried the body under a heap of straw.

Parents of the victim started searching for him only late in the night and by that time the suspect had left the area.

The police came to know about the incident when villagers noticed foul smell emanating from the heap of straw. Highly decomposed body of the child was identified by his parents on the basis of clothes he was wearing.

Raids on the house of the suspect proved futile as all male members of his family had absconded. Separate police parties have been sent to native village of the accused and his relatives. 



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