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Honour killing
SHO shifted to lines
 Missing girl alive, found
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 5
The Ludhiana (rural) police today shifted city police station SHO Inderjit Singh to police lines following allegations of inaction on part of the police levelled by family members of the victim of honour killing, Gagandeep Singh.

The police, meanwhile, recovered the girl, Rajdeep Kaur, today who was kidnapped along with Gagandeep Singh on Saturday, from village Lamma Jattpura.

Earlier, it was believed that the girl too has been killed by the accused.

Confirming action against SHO, SP (operation) Ludhiana (rural police) Paramjit Singh Goraya, who has been heading the whole investigation, confirmed that SHO Inderjit Singh had been shifted to police lines.

The police nominated six more persons, including former Congress sarpanch of the village and a press photographer of a leading Punjabi daily, for the murder of the youth of Lamma Jattpura village Gagandeep Singh, a victim of honour killing whose body was found from a canal near Badhani village yesterday.

Earlier the police had charged and arrested three persons, including Sukhchain Singh, Kulwant Singh and Jugraj Singh Raja for the murder of Gagandeep Singh. Apart from Sukhchain Singh, Kulwant Singh and Jugraj Singh Raja, who were arrested yesterday, six more persons who have been nominated in the case include former Congress Sarpanch of Lamma Jat\tpura Saudagar Singh, Gurcharan Singh Lakha, Surjit Singh Lakha, Janak Singh, Billu and Janta.

The police has arrested one more person, identified as Billu, in this regard today. With the arrest of Billu today, four accused are in police custody while remaining five have been absconding. The police produced all the arrested accused in a local court this morning which remanded in police custody.

The police has handed over the body of Gagandeep Singh to his family members after conducting a post mortem at Civil Hospital Jagraon today this morning. Later in the evening, the family members of the victim youth cremated him at cremation ground of village. A large number of people including activists of various farmers and labourers organizations were present during the cremation. 


City areas endure 2-day garbage stink
 Refuse not lifted due to water-logging at Garbage Dump on Tajpur Road 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
In a city which generates 900 metric tonnes of garbage daily, which is the highest across Punjab, one can imagine the state of affairs if the lifting of garbage gets delayed by a day. But this time, it got delayed by two days, resulting in city areas becoming a virtual hell.

The lifting of garbage had come to a standstill due to water-logging at Garbage Dump on Tajpur Road because of rainfall in the past few days. Consequently, the trucks ferrying garbage, used to get stuck there. Even two of the machines used for stacking the garbage were out of order.

Moreover, one of the two roads leading to the garbage dump has been blocked due to the laying of sewerage on the Tibba Road area.

There are 300 odd garbage collection points in the city, which remain mostly full to their capacity on regular days. One can imagine what can be the situation when there is no lifting of garbage for two days.

In the Jawahar Nagar camp area, due to garbage collection point and rainfall, the garbage came on one side of the road, where the commuters and area residents are facing a tough time to even walk on the road. Garbage mixed with water, if kept for few days, leads to foul smell. Confirming this, MC Commissioner AK Sinha stated that there was a problem with the lifting of garbage, "But it has been solved now and the lifting of garbage has started from today," he claimed.

MC Additional Commissioner Kuldip Singh today took a round of the areas, which were more prone to this problem and stated that he had ensured that the lifting of garbage had started from today onward.

"I took a round of the city, including areas near Fountain Chowk, Rani Jhansi Road, College Road, Verka Milk Plant, Sherpur, Dhandari, Fauji Colony, besides others. There was no lifting of garbage due to some problem with the Garbage Dump problem because of rain. Our trucks were getting stuck in the garbage, but this issue has been sorted out now. Moreover, the Tibba Road is blocked due to the laying of sewerage there and so we are virtually left with only one road for this purpose," stated Kuldip Singh.

Door-to-door collection

After a private company, A2Z Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, bagged the contract for solid waste management, the MC is hopeful that door-to-door collection of garbage in the city would start from October 1. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has already signed a letter of intent with the company. The company would be generating power from the solid waste collected from the city.



Chawla takes a dig at Gosain
 Removal of pictures on ambulances
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Upset over newly sworn in Health Minister Satpal Gosain ordering the removal of his predecessor Laxmi Kanta Chawla's pictures from highway ambulances, the latter today expressed bitterness against the party buddy's move.

Chawla, now Child Welfare and Social Security Minister, who was in the city today, could not contain her disappointment when she said, ‘‘By that measure all new governments should demolish foundation stones laid by previous governments.’’

After expressing displeasure in not many words, Chawla became reflective when she said, ‘‘Change is the law of nature. It is their policy. If they want to do it, how can I stop,’’ she said while talking to The Tribune at Circuit House before visiting the Juvenile Home here.

She evaded any further queries on the issue. Sources close to her said she was quite perturbed at Gosain ordering the removal of her pictures from the ambulances. She is learnt to have confided her disappointment in her close associate, stating that her own party leader was behaving like that.

She is learnt to have stated that if anybody from the alliance party or opposition had taken this step, she would not have felt anything. But her images were a cause of scorn among her partymen, she had frowned.

Gosain had ordered the removal of her photographs from ambulances of the health department after he had taken over. He wanted his pictures on the vehicles. However, the fight over photos had not gone down well with the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal following criticism. 



Euro bug bites civic body
 Will now pay more to buy German fogging machines
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
With the euro going up in the international market, the municipal corporation (MC) has been caught snoozing and will end up paying public money worth lakhs of rupees more owing to the delay in the payment for the 75 hand-held fogging machines purchased from Germany.

Bitten by the euro bug, the MC would now have to shell out Rs 2.6 lakh more, which is a sheer wastage of public money.

The civic body is yet to make payment to the company, which delivered these machines, and during the course of that, the rate of the euro has increased by around Rs 4.

As per information, the manufacturer had quoted a price of 850 euro for each hand-held fogging machine and at that time (in February), the euro was priced at around Rs 60. The MC had placed an order of 75 such machines, the total bill of which was of 63,750 euros (Rs 38.25 lakh at the time of placing the order).

These machines were purchased for around Rs 50 lakh, which included the cost of machines and charges, such as those of transportation and others. But even after receiving the delivery on February 29, the MC officials failed to make the payments, thus resulting in the wastage of public money.

A businessman, who is into import-export business, informed that the MC could have spoken to the supplier at the time of placing the order and could have got the rate of the euro frozen for them.But the Senior Deputy Mayor differs on this and said that the supplier wanted the payment in euros and not in rupees. "That is why, we could not get the rate fixed. Moreover, our officials don't deal in such issues related to the purchase of machines from a foreign country on a daily basis. But if the value of the euro had decreased, we would have gained from it," said Bansal. Even after getting the delivery of these machines on March 29, the delay of two months is being debated.



Meritorious students prefer Delhi colleges
 They did not appear for BCom admissions in city on Day-1; SRCC in Delhi is most sought after
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
The meritorious students seeking admission to BCom I, whose names came on top in the merit lists prepared by Panjab University, Chandigarh, have preferred other “best” colleges in Chandigarh and Delhi over the city colleges. As per data available with leading city colleges, the students coming on top in the lists did not even report at the respective colleges on the first day of BCom I admissions.

Three girl students on top did not report for the admission today at the college. They have reportedly joined colleges at New Delhi. Gurpreet Kaur, head, department of commerce, GCW, said top three students had not reported today for admissions. “We have come to know that they have joined colleges in Delhi, still we will have two more days to go for admissions. And we will wait for the students whose names are there in the list prepared by PU,” she said.

The meritorious students had reportedly applied to other leading colleges in the North. The most sought-after college for commerce remains the Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi, followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, Kirori Mal College, New Delhi, Hindu College, New Delhi and SD College, Chandigarh.

At SCD Government College, top six students seeking admission to BCom I did not report on the first day of admissions. A senior faculty member on the condition of anonymity said, “Since these students had applied in other colleges and their merit was high, we knew that they would prefer colleges in Delhi and Chandigarh.”

A faculty member at the Khalsa College for Women here (KCW) said out of the top 10 students, the girls coming at number two and three in the list reported here today. “Other eight students have not reported, but that does not mean that they have sought admission to other colleges. We will wait for them as admissions will continue for two more days,” said the faculty member.

A student whose name was amongst top at SCD Government College here said, “I had applied at Shri Ram College and I got admission there. It is perhaps the best commerce college in the country. I never wanted to miss an opportunity to get admission to such a prestigious institute. Secondly, another deserving and meritorious student will get a chance to get admission here.”

Meanwhile, there are other brilliant students like Shefali Arora, a student of BCM Arya College, who scored above 95 per cent marks and got admission at Hansraj College, Delhi, too, but prefers to study here in Ludhiana. Shefali’s father Suresh Kumar Arora, a businessman said, “Shefali wants to become an IAS officer. She believes that family support is must to be successful in life. The support and coaching, which she will get here was not possible if she joins a Delhi college. There are students who have left Ludhiana but I believe that in metropolitan cities, students get confused and lost,” said Arora.



Industry to face weekly power cuts again
 Punjab State Power Corp Ltd does a flip-flop after claiming surplus electricity
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
In a move that smacks of confusion over electricity supply availability, Punjab State Power Corp Ltd (PSPCL) has once again imposed compulsory weekly power cuts on industry beginning July 6, which will continue for an indefinite period. A few weeks ago the state-run utility had rolled back similar scheduled cuts only after two days after they were announced.

Only last Sunday Powercom CEO K.D. Chaudhary, had announced the company had surplus power and no cuts will be imposed.

In the latest move compulsory power cuts have been imposed for two days a week on furnace and rolling units while a one-day cut has been slapped on the “general” category of industry. Industrial units will now have to once again plan their schedules according to the new schedule.

Badish K Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said: “On the one hand Powercom claimed it had purchased surplus power, following which it had to close down four thermal plants, while on the other it has once again imposed compulsory weekly power cuts on industry. The corporation is not properly planning power supplies in accordance with the availability. Industry has to bear sizable losses due fault coordination. Industrial units will now have to again reschedule their operations. Powercom should be able to decide whether its wants to impose weekly power cuts or not”.

Added Mahinder Gupta, president of the Induction Furnaces Association, Mandi Gobindgarh: “Earlier we were purchasing power under the open access system but now subsidy has been levied on that as well”.



Girls increasingly getting hooked on the hookah
 34 youngsters including minors caught in raid on joints
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Abusing pain relieving balm containing iodine and cough syrups, smoking cigarettes and drinking gin or vodka to relieve tedium has become passé among the fairer sex. A growing number of “Generation Next” girls are now getting their highs off hookah smoking in which the tobacco used is totally distinct from that of cigarettes.

This fact came to the fore following a joint operation by health department officials and the police at some of the city’s major hookah joints on Monday night in which about 34 of the people caught were youngsters who included five girls and even some minors.

"Just visit any women’s hostel these days and you’ll soon spot a hookah with a good stock of flavoured tobacco. Not only this, many girls ingest cough syrups to get a high," said a cop who was part of the raiding team.

The police appeared visibly taken aback to see many girls at one of the hostels making rings of hookah smoke while their companions were happily serving them charcoal.

A man selling tobacco products near a girls’ hostel claimed he and others in the trade were stacking flavoured tobacco products in their shops to meet the rising demand. According to 'paanwalas' more girls than boys buy the flavoured hookah tobacco, adding girls were also abusing other habit-forming drugs to get a bigger “kick” from inhaling the smoke.

A “manager” of a hookah joint said: “Boys who don’t hesitate to smoke a hookah seem to befriend girls easily. It’s a win-win situation - if the boy's parents don't have any problems with wards having a puff of hookah at home. Even those girls who feel comfortable smoking hookah tobacco visit their friends' homes to take a puff”.

Smokers may land in deeper trouble

Those youngsters who were caught by health officials in the act of smoking a hookah, but were later let off after paying a fine of Rs 200, may face more serious problems if drugs or banned habit-forming substances are found in the hookahs they were using.

Said Division no 8 police station SHO Naveen Singla: “We’ve sent the hookah tobacco samples to the state forensic sciences laboratory to ascertain the presence of addictive drugs. If such substances are found then a relevant section of the Indian Penal Code will be added to the cases accordingly. We had informed the parents of all the youngsters who were caught smoking during the raids on hookah joints”.



Drug abuse rife among kids in juvenile home
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
If you think the drug menace only existed in the Central Jail then you have got it wrong. The fact that many of the children lodged in the city’s juvenile home who have become addicted to habit forming substances is giving sleepless nights to officials running the institution. Perturbed over the increasing number of cases of drugs being supplied in the juvenile home, they had to ban food being brought in by the children’s parents.

According to the authorities, it is none other than parents and relatives who are supplying drugs to the children to quench their addiction. This came to the fore following a visit of Punjab social security & child welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla to the juvenile home on Tuesday. At least two children admitted they were chronic drug addicts and even committed petty crimes to buy drugs.

The development occurred when Chawla told child development & project officer Gurcharan Singh to allow the inmates to have food brought by their family members. However, the latter promptly averred juvenile home was forced to prohibit bringing in food from outside following cases of drugs being supplied in it. To which Kanta said: “Even I’ve heard of cases of drugs being sneaked inside the juvenile home by hiding it in capsicum”.

One to the child facing theft charges admitted before the minister that he took ganja inside juvenile home and no one else but his relative supplied the drugs.

But some children objected and stated that their parents come to meet them and not to supply them drugs. "Why should we have to pay for someone else's mistake? The boy who was caught with drugs should be penalized why ban home-cooked food. I really miss my mother and food she used to cook," said the boy from Patiala while wiping his tears.

Later, following a discussion with social security & child welfare director Gurkirat Kirpal Singh it was decided to allow the children to meet their parents twice a week.

Home gets rid of scabies

Scabies was a common disease among children ”Scabies was earlier a common affliction among children lodged in the juvenile home but fortunately we haven’t had any case this time around.

However, as a precautionary measure we’ve given calamine lotion to the inmates," said child development & project officer Gurcharan Singh. 



BCom admissions leave students confused
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Adhering to the guidelines by Panjab University, Chandigarh, BCom admissions began in various city colleges today. A huge rush of students was witnessed in various city colleges. Though city colleges and students had to follow the merit list posted online by PU, confusion prevailed among students over the choice of colleges. The ignorant students visited colleges of their choice instead of the colleges as mentioned in the list by PU. Besides, rural colleges in the periphery become the second choice of students, who could not get admission in the city colleges.

Gurpreet Kaur, head of the commerce department, said though the university had made the procedure simple by putting everything online, students and their parents were confused. “The students will be accommodated as per the list and not as per their choice of colleges. The seats which will lie vacant, will be filled later once the final list is sent by the university on July 10-11,” said Gurpreet, further appreciating the online process. “We used to scan thousands of forms earlier but now the process has become simpler and easier. We will have to verify the student’s credentials and original documents,” she said.

While the students whose names were not there in the list in city colleges had already started filling forms in periphery colleges. The online procedure of BCom admissions was introduced by PU in the city colleges at Hoshiarpur, Chandigarh and Ludhiana.

Dr AS Ghuman, principal GTB College, Dakha, said the number of BCom-I seats in their college was 70. “As the admission procedure at our college is not online, students can submit the forms by July 11, which is also the starting date of admissions. Over 200 prospectuses have already been sold to students for 70 seats, including reserved quota. A majority of the students seeking admission are from Ludhiana city,” said Dr Ghuman.

Students excited, too

The aspiring BCom students seeking admission in various city colleges looked confused yet excited. Sonali, a student seeking admission at a college said, “I am excited. There is a drastic change. I don’t find any restriction here, girls are moving freely at the campus. After coming from strict environment, it’s carefree atmosphere here. I am waiting for the classes to commence,” she said. While Arvinder, another student, said she had got at least 12 new dresses in her wardrobe. “And why not? We are starting the college life, the most exciting period in any student’s life. At the same time, I will never forget my limitations,” she said.



26-yr-old gets Shiksha Rattan Award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Vamsi Krishna Chaudhary, the 26-year-old CEO of Career Café, was awarded the prestigious Shiksha Rattan Award by the Institute of Economc Studies. Vamsi Krishna Chaudhary, is the first academician and business man from Ludhiana to get this national award which stands out in a prestige.

Talking about Career Café he said the center was a training provider in the field of MBA entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, GRE, CSAT. Chaudhary received this award for his innovative method of teaching that almost guaranteed success in the field of competitive exams. Having cracked CAT six times in a row with 100 per cent result himself, he says he ventured in to coaching as he wanted to share his methods with millions of other aspirants who wanted to crack these exams but didn’t get proper guidance.

"My ambition is to provide quality education to every dedicated aspirant irrespective of his financial condition. By improving logical and analysing skills in every student, it is possible to make them get a good education," he said.



PAU scientists give tips to farm women for monsoon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Aiming at avoiding damage to the household articles in the rainy season, the home scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), honing the skills of the farm women and the home makers, underlined the need for observing the practices in terms of food safety and hygiene, house cleaning, care of children and maintenance of clothes.

Sharing tips about house cleaning, Dr Surinderjit Kaur asked the farm women to keep the rubber doormats on the entrance of the house for it retains dirt, moisture and can be easily washed. Also lubricate door hinges to avoid rusting and squeaking noise, she said.

Telling that due to dampness in walls and floors, there may be chances of electric shock, the expert advised to conceal all exposed electrical wires/plug points with insulating tape.

Suggesting to conceal the moist wall with inexpensive, colourful and washable ‘durries’ or ‘chatais’, Dr Kaur said regularly pouring liberal amount of hot water with salt or kerosene oil down the sink and drains could avoid breeding of cockroaches. “Put camphor on kitchen shelves to keep away cockroaches and apply little oil on all those kitchen tools which get rusted due to high humidity,” she added.

Providing useful tips about the care of clothes, Dr Harinder Saggu said to protect clothes from dampness during rains, keep chalk pieces in cupboards. “Keep camphor cakes in cupboards to protect clothes from moth/mildew,” she advised while asking to leave the cupboard doors open for some time during the day and change the newspapers placed therein once a month to drive out dampness.

Besides clothes, mould grows on wet leather shoes, purses, etc. Dr Saggu said one must always dry these before storing and apply mustard oil on the inner side of the shoes to protect the same from fungus.

Pointing to the food safety and hygiene, Dr Kiran Grover emphasised on storing grains and pulses in airtight containers and fresh food in a cool place or refrigerator. “Cook food thoroughly, but do not overcook vegetables, and serve it immediately after cooking,” Dr Grover said.

Dr Sukhminder Kaur advised to give them light meals, curd, butter milk, lemon water and other fluids without using any spices due to more water loss from the body due to perspiration during these months. “Do not let the children eat from street vendors as the food gets fermented easily during to monsoon and children may get digestive disorders,” stressed Dr Sukhminder. 


* Rubber doormats at entrance doors are must
* Conceal electric wires/plugs to avoid electric shocks in monsoons
* Put camphor on kitchen shelves to keep away cockroaches
* To protect the clothes from dampness during rains, keep chalk pieces in cupboards.
* Apply mustard oil on the inner side of leather shoes to protect them from fungus.
* Provide light meals, curd, butter milk, lemon water and other fluids to children in rainy season



BSc Biotech Results
City girl secures third position in PU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Harjiwan Kaur, a student of Khalsa College for Women, has secured third position in Panjab University, Chandigarh, and has stood first in Ludhiana in BSc III biotechnology, the results of which were declared today.

She scored 2,560 marks, out of total 2,800 marks and got 85.3 per cent marks. BSc biotechnology is the most sought-after course among students in the region.



MC demolishes three shops, elevator
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
Taking action against illegal buildings in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) officials demolished an under construction elevator near Gian Singh Rarewala Market and three under construction shops on the Barewal road today. In all these cases, the owners had not taken permission from the civic body for these constructions.

A team of MC officials, led by Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Surinder Singh Bindra, demolished a portion of a building in Gian Singh Rarewala Market near Preet Palace this morning.

“The owners of this building were constructing the elevator without taking permission from the MC. Besides they also had other violations,” informed ATP Bindra.

It is learnt that this building, which is a shop-cum-office (SCO), had permission of constructing not more than three floors, including the basement.

“But the owners had constructed five floors and now were planning to install an elevator in their building, which was illegal. So we demolished the pillars on which the elevator would have come up, besides they would be served notices for constructing more number of floors,” informed an MC official.

The owners of three shops, which were demolished on the Barewal road, had not taken any permission from the MC before constructing them. They had not even got their building plans sanctioned from the MC. “That is why, they were also demolished today,” stated ATP Bindra.

A team led by Municipal Town Planner Hemant Batra demolished an under construction industrial shed near Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital this evening. “This shed was coming up in ‘no construction zone’, which come within the 100 metres of the GT Road. The owner told us that his already constructed shed had fallen down some time back and that he was constructing a new one in place of that. However, it is illegal to construct anything in that area as it falls under no construction zone,” said Batra.



‘2 illegal structures could be put to use’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
In the meeting of the Municipal Corporation’s monitoring committee against encroachments, it was proposed by the Municipal Town Planner (MTP) Hemant Batra that the two rooms constructed inside a park near Sunet village should be put to optimum use instead of demolishing them.

“When two well built rooms are situated inside the park, why do we demolish them when we have already taken possession of that land? But this was only a proposal and nothing has been finalised yet and the final decision would be taken only after a discussion with senior officials,” stated Batra.

The liquor vend inside an encroached area of a park in Sunet village was demolished by Municipal Corporation officials on June 27, but two more rooms, which were also constructed on the encroached park land, were yet to be demolished by the MC. Even the debris of the liquor vend were yet to be lifted by the civic body.

Committee member Col JS Brar said the proposal of the MTP to put the rooms to the best use was in the interest of area residents. “The MTP proposed that a dispensary could run from one room, while the other room could be given to the Nagar Nigam Sudhar Sabha L Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar for setting up their office,” informed Col Brar.

Brar further said that the people who encroached upon the park by breaking the grills installed on its boundary should also be booked by the police. “I told them that an FIR should be registered in this regard, to which the MTP assured that they would look into the matter,” Brar stated.

Another issue raised by Brar was that some people had encroached upon the land meant for the construction of Government Primary School at Sunet village. “It was also proposed that the 5,500 sq yards behind Orient Cinema in BRS Nagar, meant for shooting range to be set up by the District Rifle Association, should have fencing or a boundary wall against it so that no one encroaches it,” said Brar.

When contacted, Batra said during the meeting several issues were highlighted and that the MC would look into all of them.



Poetry books released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 5
In the monthly meeting of the Punjabi Likhari Sabha, Rampur, on Tuesday, two books of poetry, authored by Surinder Kaur Binner were released. The books entitled “Tere Jaan Pichhon” and “Ik Khat Tere Naam” are collections of poems by the poetess.

Writer and journalist, Dr Harjinder Singh Lal was the chief guest. Speaking about the books, Surinder Rampuri mentioned that poems in these books demonstrate the pain of a lonely being. Dr Harjinder talked about the ghazals authored by Binner in the book “Ik Khat Tere Naam”. The second session of the meeting featured “Kavi Darbar” in which more than 25 poets presented their poems.



Tree branch falls on retd SDO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
A branch of a tree fell on the retired SDO of PSEB here today, as the chopping of trees was in full swing near the Fountain Chowk.

The incident took place when the victim, identified as Hari Ram (61), was travelling on a rickshaw when the branch of a tree fell on his leg. The victim was rushed to a hospital for treatment. The victim’s son alleged that the person concerned did not take requisite precautions before chopping of trees. The victim filed a police complaint against the woodcutter. 



Ludhiana Scan
‘Political parties ignored youth’

The Lok Bhalai Party youth wing president, Parminder Singh Ghoga, said all major political parties had ignored the youth and they were not given due representation in the dispensation of political set up.

He, however, claimed that unlike leaders of other parties the LBP chief and former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia was concerned with the future of youth. “With failure of the successive political leadership to channelise the energy of youth, the latter have gone astray and also hooked to drugs, which has wreaked further havoc,” said Ghoga. He added that the LBP intended to mobilise the youth and make them play a vital role in the coming assembly polls.

Eatables destroyed

A team of health officials, led by District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh, inspected fruit and vegetable shops and the street vendors selling food items on the Ferozepur Road, Pakhowal Road and Ghumar Mandi, and a large quantity of items, which were unfit for human consumption, were destroyed.

The DHO warned the erring shopkeepers not to sell sub-standard food items which could pose a serious health hazard.

He said the department had deployed field staff to keep a strict eye on shopkeepers, vendors and manufacturers to ensure that proper hygienic conditions were maintained in manufacture and sale of food items.

CME on nutrition

A CME on “enteral nutrition for critically ill patients” was organised by the department of dietetics, Hero DMC Heart Institute, here on Tuesday. Chief cardiologist-cum-coordinator Dr GS Wander was the chief guest while faculty comprised consultant anaesthetist Dr Vivek Gupta.

In the keynote address, Dr Gupta emphasised the need for balanced and nutritional diet for patients, which ought to be determined keeping in mind the degree and kind of illness, mobility and medication of patients.

Among others present were Karishma Virk, chief dietician at the HDHI, Dr Ashwini Chaudhary, medical superintendent, Dr Rajiv Gupta, professor of cardiac surgery, Ritu Sudhakar, chief dietician at the DMCH, Dr Anita Kochar, Dr Kiran Bains and Dr Harpreet Kaur, all from the department of food and nutrition at the PAU.

Wedding collection

Vasari has come up with an exclusive range of wedding collection comprising of a wide range of splendid Indo-Western as well as ethnic ‘lehangas’ and ‘sherwanis’ for a modish Punjabi look. At Vasari, the wedding collection for bride includes a wide range of ethnic ‘lehangas’ made in rich fabrics like silk, velvet, ‘chanderi’ and brocade. ‘Sherwanis’ were surely the favorites when it came to a groom’s outfit.

Glaucoma prevention

Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Sat Pal Gosain on Tuesday assured of all possible assistance from the health department to Punarjot Eye Bank Society in its noble mission of creating awareness against glaucoma — an irreversible form of blindness.

While releasing a special issue of Punarjot magazine, devoted to glaucoma awareness, he lauded the selfless service being carried out by Dr Ramesh and his team for world class eye care. Dr Ramesh, medical director of the society, said glaucoma was the second most common cause of blindness. By the time the condition was detected some 90 per cent victims have lost their 50 per cent sight, he added.— Tribune Reporters



‘Free ride’ gang robs two women of jewellery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 5
The “free ride” gang comprising women robbers is active again. In the latest incident the gang members fled with gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees by robbing two women on the pretext of offering them a ride in BRS Nagar and Sarabha Nagar.

In the first incident, the gang members robbed Joginder Kaur (70) of gold bangles weighing 3 tolas.

According to the victim, she was returning home after paying obeisance at a gurdwara in BRS Nagar. The gang members intercepted her and offered her a ride. As soon as she sat in the car, the women cut her gold bangles and abandoned her at an isolated place.

The gang has been stalking elderly women and robs them of their jewellery after offering them a ride.

In the second incident, Surinderjit Kaur of Sarabha Nagar was also robbed in an identical manner. The robber took five gold bangles after offering her a ride in the car.

Both the vicitms have reported the matter to the police. The gang, which remained underground for nearly a month, had now resurfaced.


* June 23: The gang snatched two bangles from a woman on the pretext of offering her a lift at Atam Nagar
* May 5: 70-year-old Jaswant Kaur of Dugri was robbed near a gurdwara
* May 3: Sneh Lata Singla and her husband Satpal (61) of Bhattian village were robbed of a gold bangle near the Jalandhar bypass
* April 29: Another elderly woman was robbed of a gold bangle valued at ~ 50,000 in the Model Town area. She was persuaded to take a ride in a car
* April 21: Harbhajan Kaur, an elderly resident of Model Town, robbed of her gold jewellery after she was “forced” to sit in a car by the gang members claiming to be her relatives



80 turn up for swimming trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 5
Over 80 aspirants turned up to attend the trials conducted by the District Swimming Association, Ludhiana (DSAL), at the Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool here today.

The selection panel constituted by DSAL, headed by its president Apinder Singh Grewal conducted the trials. Other members of the panel were swimming coaches, Ajay Sharma from PAU and Amandeep Kaur, besides Raj Paul and Ajay Kumar Sharma, a former national-level swimmer and secretary of the association.

These trials were held to select Ludhiana teams in swimming for boys as well as girls and water polo team (boys) for the forthcoming Junior Punjab State Swimming and Water Polo Championship slated to be organised from July 8 to 10 at Jalandhar.

Swimmers born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 are eligible to take part in group I, while those born in 1997 and 1998 can compete in group II and boys born on or after January 1, 1993 are eligible for water polo. The selected swimmers and water polo players will represent Ludhiana in the three-day state championship at Jalandhar, according to Balraj Sharma, general secretary, DSAL.



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