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15-yr-old girl sets herself afire
Sustains 90 pc burns; boy says no to marriage
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, July 16
In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old girl set herself on fire after a minor boy declined her marriage proposal.

The girl identified as Rinky, a resident of Passi Colony in Dugri area, sustained 90 per cent burns and is struggling for life in the Civil Hospital.

The incident took place last evening when she poured kerosene on herself and set herself on fire in the bathroom.

According to the victim’s mother, the girl locked herself in the bathroom before taking such a step.

Naresh Kumar, a rickshaw-puller and father of the girl, said she decided to end her life after a boy in the locality refused to marry her.

Expressing ignorance, he said he did not know that the boy and his daughter were seeing each other.

“She tried to end her life by pouring kerosene on herself yesterday afternoon, but her mother noticed it and snatched the bottle from her. I don’t know how she got hold of it again and set herself on fire,” said Naresh.

Neighbours and her mother doused the flames and rushed her to the Civil Hospital.

The Station House Officer (SHO), Bant Singh, said the boy had reportedly told the girl to wait till they became eligible for marriage, but she was adamant and took the extreme step. A case has been registered against the girl under Section 309 of the IPC for attempt to commit suicide.

The police is also probing if the girl was pregnant. Paramedics in the hospital said the chances of the girl’s survival were bleak.


Pvt colleges can now issue learner’s licence
Earlier only govt institutions could do so
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
The transport department has decided to extend the licensing authority to private colleges as well. Earlier, only government institutions were given the authority to issue licences to their students.

The decision was taken after a majority of private colleges in the city failed to send their consent for making learners’ licences on their premises. A meeting in this regard was held at the transport department office in Chandigarh.

District Transport Officers (DTOs) from major districts attended the meeting to discuss about the problems being faced by the department.

Talking to The Tribune from Chandigarh, Ashwani Sharma, DTO, said the step was taken by the government since a large number of students studied in hundreds of private institutions across the state.

“The process has been started to share the burden of the transport department at district levels. Hundreds of licences are being made at the DTO office every day. If the job is entrusted to private and government colleges, work pressure on the department will be reduced. Earlier, private college managements were told to get forms filled by students and submit them to the department. The government college authorities were given powers to issue licences to students at their own level,” said Sharma.

Welcoming the move, the principal of a girls’ college in Model Town said it was an “acceptable” proposal. “The previous decision was not acceptable to us. They had asked us to get the forms filled, and submit them to the DTO’s office and then collect the licences from the office to disburse them to students. We were not given any authority to issue the licences,” he said.

About 250-300 learners’ licences are issued by the transport department here every day. There are about 45 private and government colleges in the district. The department will now get more time to focus on other problems related to the common man.



Child among 5 hurt in pileup
Speeding bus, cars involved in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
A child and four women passengers were injured, one seriously, after a speeding vehicle rammed into a stationary car at Bhai Bala Chowk here today.

The incident took place this afternoon when a speeding private bus rammed into the car. The victims have been identified as Kamlesh Rani (48) from Mullanpur, Karamjit Kaur (36) of Moga, and Balwinder Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur (65) and Pawandeep (9), all from Cheema village near Moga. They were visiting the city.

Jatin Kumar, cluster leader of an ambulance service, said Kamlesh Rani sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital while the rest of the injured were discharged after first aid.

Dharminder Singh, driver of the car, said the vehicles came to a halt at the Bhai Bala Chowk lights. “While we were waiting for the light to turn green, a speeding bus hit the rear of our car. The impact was so strong that the car got tossed and hit the vehicle parked ahead of it,” he said. The impact of the accident could be gauged from the fact that seats in the bus were also broken due to the jolt. The injured said they fell from their seats due to the impact.

The accident led to arguments and counter arguments as the driver of the bus refused to admit to his mistake. On seeing the police, the driver and the conductor fled the scene.



Easy money driving people to concoct robberies
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
The lust for easy money is driving residents to concoct fake robbery stories. The police has been left stupefied with numerous complaints that recently came to the fore. The cops were left scratching their heads when the complaints turned out to be false. The crime busters, who could have spent their time and energy in solving other cases, ended up catching the complainants themselves.

Yogesh Verma, who worked for a trader Karan Malhotra, was arrested yesterday for concocting a fake robbery story and Rs 2 lakh seized from him. Amarjeet Kaur (45) had levelled allegations of kidnapping against head constable Malkit Singh last month. Her claims fell flat when the police came to know that she had concocted a kidnapping story so as to usurp Rs 1 lakh she had borrowed from the cop’s wife.

On January 1, mothers of five children along with her relatives were nabbed for stage-managing a robbery. Kuldeep Kaur and her relatives-Gurmail Singh and Balwinder Singh-were arrested, as they wanted to usurp Rs 65,000 belonging to her father-in-law.

Nawal Kishore (50), an iron trader had on October 7, 2010, put the local police in a quandary when he alleged that two armed youths had robbed him of Rs 11.5 lakh. Later, it was found to be staged-managed. The cops eventually got hold of the money and booked the trader and his son for concocting a fictitious robbery story.

On May 14, 2010, four armed assailants stole Rs 60,000 from them. This incident took place at a liquor vend located near the Ishwar Nagar bridge at Gill village. It turned out to be a spat between the vend manager and drunkards. Later, it was found that the manager made up a false story to settle score with the drunkards.

The sensational Rs 7.68-lakh broad daylight robbery, involving two collection agents of Cash Management Services (CMS), on June 7, 2010, was scripted and executed by the duo and their six accomplices. Though they executed their plan cleverly, but were netted when they failed to corroborate their claims with evidence.

The snatching case outside a bank in Sunder Nagar on August 27, 2010, was also found to be false. A youth claimed some unidentified assailants snatched Rs 1 lakh cash from his possession. However, his claims fell flat and the police found the money in his cupboard.

A woman had on May 11, 2010, alleged that a few youths had snatched seven tolas of gold jewellery as well as cash from her. However, the police found that she had falsely implicated the youths to settle some old score with them.



City girl gets 31st rank in AIIMS
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
City girl Mehnaaj Kaur Grewal has made the city proud by securing 31st rank in the entrance exam of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the results of which came last evening. The joys of Mehnaaj knew no bounds as soon as she saw her name in the list of successful candidates. Though she was sure that she would be through in the exam, she had kept her fingers crossed till results came last evening.

“It is like a dream come true. I am very happy as I always wanted to study at this prestigious medical institute. Whatever I have achieved today is due to my hard work, support of my parents and guidance by my tutors and teachers at the school. In all these struggling times, I felt Almighty’s blessings with me,” said an elated Mehnaaj.

Daughter of pharmacists, Mehnaaj took great pains to get success. Her father Jasbir Singh Grewal said, “She had put in her best in these two years’ testing period. She got selected everywhere. We are really proud to have her as our daughter. We never asked her to study. She knew what she had to achieve and for that what all was needed.” A student of DAV Public School here, Mehnaaj has brought laurels to her alma mater. RS Patial, principal of the school, said: “We are proud of Mehnaaj. She will always be an inspiration to our younger students.”



Desist from ragging or face action, warn medical colleges
Circulars issued to students, parents
Anupam Bhagria
tribune news service

Ludhiana, July 16
With less than 15 days left for the new academic session in the city’s two medical colleges to begin, the college authorities have issued circulars to students, warning them against indulging in ragging.

The colleges have issued strict instructions to students and also issued circulars to their parents, mentioning the guidelines of the Raghwan Committee constituted by the Supreme Court with regard to ragging. The punishment has also been spelt out.

Dr AG Thomas, Director of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), said: “The academic session will start from August 1. So before the newcomers join the institute, we have issued the instructions to students and their parents. We have told them about the various aspects of ragging and the over 17 types of punishable acts of ragging. The students have also been told about the 11 kinds of punishment if fail to follow the rules and indulge in ragging.”

Asked if he had received any complaint in the recent past, he said: “Our students are quite disciplined. We started issuing these instructions last year, but even before that, we never really received any complaint. The college also takes an affidavit from students and their parents against ragging.

The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is also strictly adhering to the anti-ragging rules. Dr Daljeet Singh, principal of the DMCH, said: “We always take an affidavit from senior students that they will not indulge in any act of ragging, failing which strict action would be taken against them.”

“As per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India, we have also put up banners against ragging in hostels and the campus to warn senior students. We give a 20-day break to senior students one day before the new session begins so that freshers get enough time to adjust in the college as well as hostel. Before joining back, each senior student has to give an affidavit against ragging,” he said. The college encourages welcome parties where seniors and juniors interact with one another, he added.



163 guards for 2,500 inmates shock US cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
The jail officials were embarrassed when the US-delegation expressed shock as to how just 163 guards were dealing with 2, 500 inmate lodged in Central Jail.

Delegation led Dr Maria Haberfeld visited the jail to prepare a report on prisons in the state. The report is to be submitted to the state government with suggestion of improving the structure.

“It is really astonishing as how they manage to keep a check on so many inmates with handful of manpower. They are understaffed, but still they manage to perform their duty and maintain law and order,” Dr Haberfeld added.

On being asked about the equipment being used to tackle inmates, jail officials said they were ill equipped.

Dr Haberfeld said: “We have huge prison force to maintain security. Jail inmates indulge in frequent group clashes. Over two million prisoners are languishing in the US jails, the highest number of people facing jail terms anywhere in the world.”

The delegates stressed on the fact that the inmates should be allowed to spend some time with their wives. They also told the jail staff to appoint a psychiatrist for the elderly inmate as inmates in both countries are facing similar psychiatric disorders.



DMCH observes plastic surgery day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana ,July 16
The department of plastic surgery and burns, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday observed the plastic surgery day in DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. Professor and head of plastic surgery Dr Sanjeev Uppal said the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India has recently declared July 15 as the plastic and reconstructive surgery day.

The Association of Plastic Surgeons of India has asked each of its 1,300 members to perform at least one surgery free of cost on poor patients on July 15, which will hereafter be observed by the association every year as plastic and reconstructive surgery day. In his address, Dr Uppal said most people were not aware about the options available in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Unlike specialties, such as cardiac and orthopaedic surgeries and neurosurgery, this subject did not relate to any particular organ. Plastic surgeons operated from head to foot.

The surgeries could vary from correcting a birth deformity to reconstructing an injured hand. Dr Ramneesh Garg, assistant professor of plastic surgery, said there were some major differences between the two main categories of plastic surgery.

In cases of reconstructive procedures, the patient generally undergoes plastic surgery to improve function or correct defects. Birth defects, such as hypospadias and cleft lip, may require plastic surgery to treat the physical aspects of the problem as well as the aesthetic issues.



Ludhiana scan
Libra flays state govt

The SAD-BJP government is leading the state towards destruction, said Sukhdev Singh Libra, Member of Parliament, while addressing a function on Saturday at the Congress Bhawan organised to celebrate the appointment of Malkit Singh Dakha as the president of the District Congress Committee (Ludhiana Rural). He said the government was driving the youth towards drug addiction.

Vanmahotsava celebrated

Tagore Public School celebrated vanmahotsava in the school by taking out a rally in and around Aggar Nagar. Amrit Lal Aggarwal, manager of the school, flagged off the rally.

Students enthusiastically marched on the streets of the locality with placards in their hands to spread the message of saving trees. From conveying the message of “Each one plant one" and "Trees are the lifeline", students sressed the need for planting and nursing trees.



Learn stress-busting techniques
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Don’t be surprised if you come across New York police personnel doing Yoga to beat the stress here. The two-member team of the New York Police is in India to learn crime-busting techniques and presenting people-friendly image by promoting community policing. The team is quite impressed with the dependence of the local policemen on Yoga to beat the stress.

These US-based crime experts are impressed with the pressure-busting techniques being adopted by the state police. Dr Maria Haberfeld of John Jay School, New York, USA, said, “Local police officials lay stress on physical activities and education, which is not to be found in the USA.”

Dr Haberfeld and former New York Police official Micheal C walker are observing how the police investigate, manage traffic and maintain law and order. They were full of praise for inculcating discipline among the cops.

“It’s commendable that even after remaining under so much stress they manage to hold their nerves and remain disciplined. Instead of teaching them the intricacies, we are learning a lot from them about the job,” Haberfeld added.



Visit Samrala police station
Our Correspondent

Samrala July 16
A two-member New York Police team led by Dr Maria visited the Samrala police station to know about the functioning of the modern police stations.

Dr Maria showed keen interest to know about the working of the community centre and new methods adopted in the ISO-certified police stations. SSP, Khanna, DP Singh told the team that the Samrala police station was among the top two police stations that were awarded ISO certification for better working with new techniques.

Dr Maria inspected the women cell, bathrooms, public reception window, beat system and almost all rooms of the police station. She also enquired from the locals about the working of the police and was shocked to learn that police personnel had no weekly off.

She was also informed that the policemen are short in number as compared to the population and they had to work extra hours without any count. 



Seminar on rural education

MANDI GOBINDGARH: The Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes organised a seminar “Rural Vidiyak Kranti-2020” on Saturday with a view to spread the message of quality education to rural folks.

Inaugurating the seminar, Desh Bhagat Group director general Dr Shalini Gupta said education was the only thing that can put an end to social evils. — OC



4 Akali councillors fire corruption salvo at Gabria
Say misusing his discretionary funds
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
With the assembly elections slated next year, the political scene in the city is hotting up as four Akali councillors have levelled allegations of corruption against a minister in the SAD-BJP government.

Once again, it’s a war of words between Akali councillor and Youth Akali Dal district president Simarjit Singh Bains and Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria.

During a press conference held here today, councillors from the Bains group, including Jagbir Singh Sokhi, Kamaljit Singh Karwal, Parminder Singh Soma and Swarandeep Singh Chahal, have accused Gabria of corruption on the pretext of development works.

“During the 1997 assembly elections, Gabria owned 80 sq yards of land and no cash deposit against his name. This is in the records of the Election Commission. But when Gabria filed his nominations in 2007 assembly elections, he was the owner of property worth Rs 1.3 crore. Besides, he recently bought a house in the Model House area, which is worth Rs 20 crore. Gabria is an elected representative and he should tell the residents from where this money came from,” said Jagbir Singh Sokhi, municipal councillor from ward number 63.

The councillors also alleged that Gabria had been distributing money from his discretionary fund. “Most of the organisations who have been allotted these funds are fake. Besides, there are many people who had to pay share in lieu of getting a grant sanctioned by the minister himself, which is a sad state of affairs for the city,” alleged Kamaljit Singh Karwal.

Residents to greet him with stones, tomatoes

The municipal councillor from ward number 63, Jagbir Singh Sokhi, alleged that for the past four and a half years, Gabria did not visit the wards represented by the Bains group councillors. “Now, he is laying foundation stones of works which are already in progress. Residents of wards represented by us are so perturbed that the next time Gabria comes to lay a foundation stone, they may pelt him with stones, eggs and tomatoes,” warned Sokhi.

Takes credit of works

Parminder Singh Soma, councillor from ward number 68, alleged that in the Vishwakarma Colony main market, the work of laying interlocking tiles was approved by the finance and contracts committee of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation on May 6. “I was working on the project since 2008 and finally I got it approved on May 6. But now, when the noting regarding this work was made in April 24, it is being said that the Punjab Infrastructure and Development Board (PIDB) would provide the funds and the same had been arranged by Gabria, which is wrong. The Mayor and the Commissioner had cleared the file. How can they now say the funds had been arranged by Gabria.

Gabria refutes allegation

Refuting allegations, Hira Singh Gabria said the councillors were levelling charges out of frustration. “They were not carrying out any development in their respective wards and now that I am getting funds, they are objecting to it. Everyone knows that I had personally got funds from the PIDB. Regarding corruption, everyone knows what kind of person I am. I don’t have to give clarifications to anyone,” said the minister.



Dairy farmers get training at vet varsity
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education (GADVASU) organised the second ‘Knowledge upgrade programme for dairy farmers’ which concluded yesterday.

On this occasion CH Srinivasa Sastry, customer relations manager, Indian Immunologicals, said the company was trying to upgrade the scientific knowledge of the dairy farmers of the country and it had shortlisted the farmers and other technical officers from the country and they were being trained at GADVASU.

Sastry said through the adoption of scientific and recommended practices, it was very easy to increase the milk productivity of the animals. “We cannot afford to increase the population of the cattle as the country is having around 16 per cent of cattle population of the world. But we can definitely improve the performance of our animals through these recommended advanced practices in dairy farming,” he said.

Twenty-two farmers of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, including two women farmers, participated in this training programme in which information regarding milch breeds of animals, balanced feeding of dairy animals, housing, vaccination, de-worming, infertility problems, right time of insemination, clean milk production, marketing of milk and milk products was provided to the farmers.



Students showcase skills at science, art exhibition
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 16
A science and art & craft exhibition was held at Guru Nanak Public School here today. The young artists participated in the exhibition with passion and excitement.

The school students displayed a number of items prepared by them during the exhibition. Various scientific working models were displayed during science exhibition by the students. The students also displayed charts, models and paintings depicting various aspects of life during the art & craft exhibition. Pencil shading and reverse painting were also displayed during the occasion.

Creativity of young minds came to the fore during the exhibition. Different working models of salt splitter, fire and rain alarm, human heart etc were well appreciated by the visitors.

The exhibition was inaugurated by school president Dr Bhupinder Singh Saran. Saran said such kind of activities were necessary for overall development of students.

At the end of the exhibition, school principal Baljit Kaur applauded the students for extra ordinary talent displayed by them. She also congratulated the faculty members of the school for making this exhibition a great success. The function concluded with a vote of thanks presented by school principal.



Girls shine in MSc IT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Two students of Khalsa College for Women have made their institution proud by achieving top two university positions in MSc (information technology) fourth semester examinations, results of which were declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh yesterday.

Shilpa Jindal has bagged the first position in the university by scoring 88.87 per cent while Shivani Sareen stood second scoring 88.43 per cent. Shilpa has topped Panjab University for the fourth consecutive semester.

Out of 29 students who had appeared for the examination, 28 students had secured more than 70 per cent. At district level, the college students bagged five of the top 10 positions. The meritorious students include Shilpa Jindal (1), Shivani Sareen (2), Ritika Kohli (6), Emani Arora (8) and Deepanti Bhardwaj (10).

Shilpa aspires to create her own software developing company. Meanwhile, students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women also grabbed university positions in MSc IT. Parminder Kaur got third position in Panjab University by securing 88.3 per cent while Guneet Kaur got seventh position by securing 86 per cent. Another student Shweta Uppal got ninth position in the district by securing 84.6 per cent in MSc IT.



Karishma tops PTU in BSc biotechnology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Punjab College of Technical Education’s students of BSc biotechnology final year bagged first, fourth and sixth position in the recently declared Punjab Technical University’s results. Karishma Chhabra stood first in the university by scoring 85.6 per cent, while Harpreet Kaur stood fourth with 82.94 per cent and Kirandeep Kaur bagged sixth position by securing 81.82 per cent.

Dr SK Munshi, head of department of biotechnology, PCTE, congratulated and appreciated the hard work put in by the students.



NRI fears for life, flees
Kin had allegedly threatened to implicate him in false case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Jacking up of the real estate prices has made the city a hostile place for NRIs to live, claimed a US-based NRI, Mewa Singh (56), who has been hiding at Mohi village after being allegedly threatened by relatives to implicate him in a false case.

Mewa Singh, a resident of California, is fighting for his share in the ancestral property measuring 300 square yards at Bains village near Ayali Kalan. He said Palwinder Singh and Gurinder Singh, both sons of his brother Lt Sajjan Singh, were unhappy with his return.

“As real estate prices in the area has sky rocketed, Palwinder and Gurinder were planning to usurp the property and had even shooed away labourers while they were erecting a boundary around my plot. Following the incident, I brought the matter to the notice of village panchayat and the NRI police. But, they refused to pay heed to the panchayat’s directions,” Mewa Singh added.

“On June 20,my niece Harbans Kaur intervened and I agreed for a close door meeting with Palwinder and Gurvinder. But I refused to part with my share. They got upset, threatened me with farm tools and hurled abuses. I saved myself by locking the house from inside. I even informed the police helpline, but it reached after about an hour. However, the police has failed to take any action against Plawinder and Gurinder in this regard.”

Later, Kuldeep Singh, a former sarpanch of the village, informed Mewa Singh that they were planning to implicate him in a false case. Since then, he along with his wife and children were hiding at Mohi village near Mullahpur.

Though an investigating officer of the NRI police station had helped him in taking possession of the ancestral land. But he was taken aback when policemen urged him to stay out of the village till he is in India.

Mewa Singh said: “I am a dejected man today. I have got constructed four rooms for a government school of my village and launched Shagun scheme for the girl, but look what I got in return. I am going to sell off my land soon and I will never return,” Mewa Singh added.

He is not the only one living in constant fear of being falsely implicated. In 2008 Raj Bhinder, a Canada-based NRI, escaped after a woman lodged a molestation case against him in the Model Town police station. Raj, who had to catch the flight on the same day, settled the issue with the women after paying nearly Rs 15,000.

Similarly, Amritpal Singh Grewal, a Canada-based NRI, sought the Chief Minister, DGP and the Police Commissioner’s help before coming to India for immersing of the ashes of his father earlier this year.

There was a dispute between Grewal and a city-based carpenter. The carpenter along with a constable was planning to implicate him in a false case.

Grewal stated the carpenter had lodged false complaints against him in order to exhort money.

Col RS Sohi, secretary general of the local unit of the NRI Sabha, said, “We will look into the matter and ensure that all those who are harassing NRIs shall be brought to the books.”



Youth submits fake certificates, booked
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 16
The police has booked a youth of Chaukimaan village, who had allegedly submitted fake sports achievement certificates to seek job in the armed forces.

The case was registered on the statement of the Commandant, 3 Indian Reserve Battalion, Ludhiana, who had lodged a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police (Ludhiana Rural) a few weeks ago.

Davinder Singh of Chaukimaan village was booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 for allegedly cheating officials of the 3 IRB by posing himself as a sportsman.

According to an FIR lodged at the local police station, Davinder Singh had applied for the constable’s post in the 3 IRB a few months ago. To increase chances of his selection, he had submitted his class XII certificate along with certificates of achievements in sports competitions at various levels.

It was during scrutiny of documents that the certificates were found tempered with. Having failed to contact the candidate, the IRB authorities lodged a complaint with SSP Gursharan Singh Sandhu, who got the matter probed.

Finding substance in the complaint, the SSP directed SHO Prem Singh to initiate action against the suspect after registering a case. The suspect is yet to be arrested.



Doraha college students excel

Doraha, July 16
The students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have shown commendable results in the annual examinations conducted by the Punjab University in April.

In MSc (IT) part II, Kiranpreet Kaur (84.7%) stood first in the college while Gurpreet Kaur (82.43%) and Gagandeep Kaur (82.43%) secured second and third positions, respectively.

In BA-II, Sham Kaur (77.38%) has achieved first position while Devinder Kaur (76%) and Manpreet Kaur (75.94%) have secured second and third positions, respectively. — OC



Private School turns political training camp
Studies suspended for three days, students suffer
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 16
The management of Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir School, Jagraon, has suspended the classes for three days (Friday to Sunday) to organise three-day state-level training camp for the state unit of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha on the school premises.

At least 70 to 80 women members of the organisation are lodging on the school premises since Friday. Apart from local leaders, a large number of senior BJP leaders attended the function. But, not a single leader realised that the study of the schoolchildren is being affected due to it.

The permission given by the management to organisers for holding this function in the school has not gone down well with the parents of the children studying in the school. Besides this, educationists have also condemned the management for permitting a political party to organise a function in an educational institution. “By giving permission to hold a political function in the school, the management is setting a wrong trend. No political organisation should be allowed to hold programmes in educational institutions,” said Hardev Singh a retired schoolteacher.

Moreover, the organisers are taking the help of peons and sweepers to serve water and food to the visitors. Apparently these employees were not happy with the task entrusted to them, but they were left with no option other than obeying the orders of the management committee.

During a visit to the school, a large number of participants and members of the organisation were seen resting in the classrooms on Friday and Saturday.

The organisers, on the other hand, claim that they have taken permission from the school management to organise the camp. Sudarshan Sharma, manager of the school, said the organisers had taken permission to organise the function. When asked about the study of the students being affected by the function, he said we would make up for it by taking extra classes. 



Hosiery makers feel the heat
“Palledars” hike charges
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Hosiery manufacturers seem to have been made scapegoats for the “nexus” between local dealers and “palledars” (labourers who pick up yarn bags from dealers to hand it over to hosiery manufacturers).

The “palledars”, who till date used to charge anything between Rs 8 and Rs 10 per 50-kg bag for transporting it, have suddenly hiked it to Rs 15 per bag. And, hosiery manufacturers are bearing the brunt of the nexus between the two.

They hiked it to Rs 15 following a strike called by the “palledar” union two days ago. The hosiery manufacturers were at the receiving end as the “palledars” refused to even lift the bags. The manufacturers who had hired labourers to transport the bags were threatened by “palledars” due to their monopoly in market.

Hitesh Gambhir, a Focal Point-based hosiery manufacturer, said the hike in wages were to be borne by yarn dealers and not hosiery manufacturers.

Earlier, the godowns of yarn labourers were within the city itself. Now, most of the godowns owned by yarn dealers had been shifted to the outer areas and the “palledars” have to travel 4 to 5 km to fetch the yarn and deliver it to the manufacturers, he added. “They want their wages to be hiked. We have been asked to pay Rs 15 per bag while numerous yarn dealers are just paying Rs 5 per bag to the “palledars.” The dealers in connivance with the “palledars” want to put additional burden on the manufacturers, which is unjustified,” he added. Another hosiery manufacturer Sudershan Jain said due to their hold, numerous manufacturers had started dealing with the yarn mills directly. “The reputed yarn mills send yarn through labourers hired by them. But the situation worsens with local yarn dealers showing helplessness in sending thread to the factory units due to the demand of increased wages by the “palledars.” Manufacturers whose works suffer are forced to pay almost double the amount to the “palledars,” Jain added.



Open-heart surgery saves pregnant woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Gurpreet Kaur (25), a resident of Kidwai Nagar, who was 28-week pregnant, suffered from cardiac problem and was admitted to CMCH. She underwent open heart surgery.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, Head, Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, CMCH, said, “She was extremely short of breath on admission. She was examined and one of her valves ( mitral valve) was found to be very tight. Gurpreet’s blood volume had increased due to the pregnancy and the valve which was already small due to the disease was now functionally smaller as more blood had to pass through it. The blood was getting trapped in the lungs and so she was unable to breathe.”

Dr Bedi said: “This is like pulmonary edema where a patient basically drowns in her own blood . An intervention procedure had been tried at another hospital but failed. Her condition was stated to be critical. She was also examined by the Head of Obstetrics Dr K Awasthi and Dr A Kellogg. They decided to perform an open heart surgery to save the mother and to let the baby continue growth in the womb. Dr Bedisaid an open heart surgery in a pregnant mother carries a high risk of miscarriage - but the surgery was essential to save the mother.

He said,”With utmost care and continuous monitoring of the baby, the delicate open heart surgery was performed on July 6. Mother’s heart was stopped but baby’s heart was allowed to beat normally and was monitored by a fetal monitor"

Gurpreet and her unborn child are healthy.



GLADA halts construction of 4 unauthorised colonies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today got the ongoing construction work of four unauthorised colonies, in different parts of the city stopped. The GLADA took this action under Section 88 of the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Act 1995.

The GLADA officials, along with police personnel, got the ongoing construction work on the backyard of NRI Block in South City, two colonies near Country Homes, South City and Sacred Heart Convent School, South City, and that of an unauthorised colony on the Birmi Road, stopped.



Chemists oppose amendments to Drugs and Cosmetics Act
Urge government to review its decision
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 16
The government of India’s decision to make amendments in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1945 has not gone well with the chemists and druggists. The insertion of the Schedule HX regarding proper use of the antibiotics and some other vital medicines has been drawing a lot of criticism from them.

They say the proposed amendment in the Act will severely impact the availability of antibiotics in rural and semi-rural areas, besides adversely affecting their business. The chemists and the druggists say since the existing rules regarding the sale of drugs are already complex, the proposed amendments in the Act will make situation more difficult.

“The amendment in the Act will severely affect the availability of antibiotics and many other vital medicines. The Schedule HX list has two parts. The first part of the list contains about 16 antibiotics that can be sold directly by the manufactures to the tertiary care hospitals. Whereas, the second part of the list includes 74 drugs and formulations, which are to be sold to the customers by the registered chemists on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner,” said Rajinder Kumar, owner of a medical store at Lajpat Rai Road.

All chemists are required to maintain a record of the purchased and sold drugs. The chemists have to retain the record of the prescriptions of the doctor for at least two years. If a chemist fails to produce the record of the drug sold and the copy of doctor’s prescription during the routine check-up by officials of the health department, he could be fined Rs 20,000, face two years imprisonment or both.

“Entire procedure is complex and all these consume a lot of time. In such a scenario if further amendments are made in the Act, no chemist will like to keep medicines falling under the Schedule HX category,” chemist Inderpal Singh said.

The new amendments will also lead to shortage of Schedule HX drugs, which will ultimately affect the patients. “Moreover, there is no tertiary hospital in this area. The patients will have to go to the hospitals like Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana, to purchase medicines,” said Jagraon Chemists and Druggists Association president Jagmohan Kumar.



2 youths duped of Rs 20 lakh
Were promised jobs in Canada; hunt on to nab swindlers
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, July 16
The police has launched hunt for two swindlers who had allegedly duped some youths of the area of huge amount on the pretext of sending them abroad.

The suspects, identified as Gurdial Singh of Kussa Menia village and Kulwant Singh of Badhni Kalan, were booked under Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC on the basis of inquiry conducted by the SP (D), Jagraon.

Investigations revealed that Ajmer Singh of Dakha had introduced Parminder Singh of Sohina village, now a resident of Dakha, and Ravinder Singh to Gurdial Singh and Kulwant Singh about a year ago.

Claiming that he had arranged visas and jobs for a large number of youths in Canada and the United States, Gurdial Singh allured them to try luck in Canada.

Convinced by his arguments, Parminder and Ravinder gave their passports and Rs 10 lakh each to Gurdial Singh Kulwant Singh and started preparing to leave for Canada.

Though the suspects had promised to arrange visas within one month of the payment of the money, nothing concrete was heard for months together after which the victims became suspicious. When inquired from residents of their native villages, it was found that Gurdial and Kulwant had already duped a large number of innocent farmers.

Realising that he had been duped, Parminder Singh lodged a complaint with Senior Superintendent of Police Ludhiana (Rural) Gursharan Singh Sandhu.

Investigations by a police team led by the SP (D) suggested that Gurdial Singh and Kulwant Singh had allegedly duped the complainant along with Ravinder Singh and other victims yet to be identified.

SHO Prem Singh was directed to initiate action against the suspects after registering an FIR under relevant sections. Raiding teams have been constituted to nab the suspects.



Mystery shrouds woman’s death
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 16
The case pertaining to the recovery of a body of a middle-aged woman from Bangsipura village on the Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet road on Wednesday took a new turn when some persons appeared before the police and claimed themselves to be her in-laws.

Davinder Singh, a resident of Kadian town, who was accompanied by his brother Gurnam Singh, visited the Sidhwan Bet police station last evening and claimed himself to be husband of the deceased.

Following which, a police team brought Davinder Singh and his brother to the Jagraon Civil Hospital, where the body of the deceased was kept. Davinder Singh said his wife Bhagwant Kaur had been missing since July 12. He said his wife had served poison laced milk to the family before eloping with her lover.

Meanwhile, parents of the deceased were also called to the hospital, who denied that the deceased was their daughter. The police is now assuming that the deceased might have been killed by the person with whom she had eloped.

When contacted, investigating officer Raminderjit Singh said the postmortem report was awaited and a probe was on.



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